Aboard USS Gloria Steinham

 

Message: We care

Message: We care

Navy proposes banning cigarette sales on its ships, bases. “We’re a military of social justice and reform now”, Admiral Joseph Porter told FWIW, “not merely a tool of imperialistic force.

“That’s why, faced with a declining budget and limited funds,we’re spending a billion dollars converting our fleet to clean, all-natural vegetable oil instead of nasty, stinky old bunker fuel, which is just loaded with CO2.

“And before we send our Marines ashore to have their legs blown off and their lungs riddled with shrapnel,” he continued, “we want them in tip-top condition. If they survive, they’ll thank us when they’re seventy, and our political leaders will thank us now. Dismissed.”

UPDATE: How could I have forgotten? Libertarian Advocate reminds us that the U.S. Navy adopted this as its official recruiting video in 1978:

UPDATE II: Upon reflection, G&S did it better, and far earlier, as my reference to Admiral Porter hinted.

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  1. The name of the woman you’re trying to advert to is spelled “Steinem.”

  2. Chris
    Please start making things up.
    This “reality” stuff is too much to take.
    From cow farts to light bulbs to whether we can be buried or not, Orwell must be crying in Heaven. Ohh that’s right he wrote fiction….

  3. Anonymous

    what you get when you engage in useless “wars” for people that don’t give a shit:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/commemorating-suicides-vets-plant-1892-flags-on-national-mall/

  4. AJ

    ‘Pushing Toward The Final War — Paul Craig Roberts’

    “Does Obama realize that he is leading the US and its puppet states to war with Russia and China, or is Obama being manipulated into this disaster by his neoconservative speech writers and government officials? World War 1 (and World War 2) was the result of the ambitions and mistakes of a very small number of people. Only one head of state was actually involved–the President of France.

    In The genesis Of The World War, Harry Elmer Barnes shows that World War 1 was the product of 4 or 5 people. Three stand out: Raymond Poincare`, President of France, Sergei Sazonov, Russian Foreign Minister, and Alexander Izvolski, Russian Ambassador to France. Poincare` wanted Alsace-Lorraine from Germany, and the Russians wanted Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. They realized that their ambitions required a general European war and worked to produce the desired war.

    A Franco-Russian Alliance was formed. This alliance became the vehicle for orchestrating the war. The British government, thanks to the incompetence, stupidity, or whatever of its Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was pulled into the Franco-Russian Alliance. The war was started by Russia’s mobilization. The German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, was blamed for the war despite the fact that he did everything possible to avoid it.

    Barnes’ book was published in 1926. His reward for confronting the corrupt court historians with the truth was to be accused of being paid by Germany to write his history. Eighty-six years later historian Christopher Clark in his book, The Sleepwalkers, comes to essentially the same conclusion as Barnes.

    In the history I was taught the war was blamed on Germany for challenging British naval supremacy by building too many battleships. The court historians who gave us this tale helped to set up World War 2.

    We are again on the road to World War. One hundred years ago the creation of a world war by a few had to be done under the cover of deception. Germany had to be caught off guard. The British had to be manipulated and, of course, people in all the countries involved had to be propagandized and brainwashed.

    Today the drive to war is blatantly obvious. The lies are obvious, and the entire West is participating, both media and governments.

    The American puppet, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, openly lied on Canadian TV that Russian President Putin had invaded Crimea, threatened Ukraine, and was restarting the Cold War. The host of the TV program sat and nodded his head in agreement with these bald-faced lies. http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Stephen+Harper+accuses+Vladimir+Putin+being+stuck+back+USSR/9663692/story.html

    The script that Washington handed to its Canadian puppet has been handed to all of Washington’s puppets, and everywhere in the West the message is the same. “Putin invaded and annexed Crimea, Putin is determined to rebuild the Soviet Empire, Putin must be stopped.”

    I hear from many Canadians who are outraged that their elected government represents Washington and not Canadians, but as bad as Harper is, Obama and Fox “News” are worse.

    On March 26 I managed to catch a bit of Fox “news.” Murdoch’s propaganda organ was reporting that Putin was restoring the Soviet era practice of exercise. Fox “news” made this report into a threatening and dangerous gesture toward the West. Fox produced an “expert,” whose name I caught as …”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/28/pushing-toward-final-war-paul-craig-roberts/

  5. AJ

    ‘Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun — Paul Craig Roberts’

    “It is now apparent that the “Maiden protests” in Kiev were in actuality a Washington organized coup against the elected democratic government. The purpose of the coup is to put NATO military bases on Ukraine’s border with Russia and to impose an IMF austerity program that serves as cover for Western financial interests to loot the country. The sincere idealistic protesters who took to the streets without being paid were the gullible dupes of the plot to destroy their country.

    Politically Ukraine is an untenable aggregation of Ukrainian and Russian territory, because traditional Russian territories were stuck into the borders of the Ukraine Soviet Republic by Lenin and Khrushchev. The Crimea, stuck into Ukraine by Khrushchev, has already departed and rejoined Russia. Unless some autonomy is granted to them, Russian areas in eastern and southern Ukraine might also depart and return to Russia. If the animosity displayed toward the Russian speaking population by the stooge government in Kiev continues, more defections to Russia are likely.

    The Washington-imposed coup faces other possible difficulties from what seems to be a growing conflict between the well-organized Right Sector and the Washington-imposed stooges. If armed conflict between these two groups were to occur, Washington might conclude that it needs to send help to its stooges. The appearance of US/NATO troops in Ukraine would create pressure on Putin to occupy the remaining Russian speaking parts of Ukraine.

    Before the political and geographical issues are settled, the Western looting of Ukraine has already begun. The Western media, doesn’t tell any more truth about IMF “rescue packages” than it does about anything else. The media reports, and many Ukrainians believe, that the IMF is going to rescue Ukraine financially by giving the country billions of dollars.

    Ukraine will never see one dollar of the IMF money. What the IMF is going to do is to substitute Ukrainian indebtedness to the IMF for Ukrainian indebtedness to Western banks. The IMF will hand over the money to the Western banks, and the Western banks will reduce Ukraine’s indebtedness by the amount of IMF money. Instead of being indebted to the banks, Ukraine will now be indebted to the IMF.

    Now the looting can begin. The IMF loan brings new conditions and imposes austerity …”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/29/western-looting-ukraine-begun-paul-craig-roberts/

    • Well cheer up, latest word is that Putin wants to “reclaim” Finland. No word yet on how the IMF and the CIA are behind that, but I’m sure the tinfoil hat brigade will enlighten us.

      • AJ

        Don’t tell me you’re buying the fear mongering? Are you really that easy to close? You want that in red or in blue? When was the last time our side told the truth about anything. I mean, Obama will even lie about not knowing his uncle and invent girl friends he never had if it fits the narrative. Condi Rice’s mushroom cloud? Saddam Hussein 9/11? Libya? Syria? What country is it that has a mile long reputation for overthrowing governments, assassinating foreign leaders and invading countries without provocation?

        Do we really need World War III to feel good about ourselves? So that we can watch reruns of old Western movies and know that we’re tough hombres? Since the “global warming” trick isn’t working à la “The Report from Iron Mountain” to subdue and control the populace, it looks like they’ll have to resort to the old standby, war, to get people to toe the line. But if we have to, couldn’t we just do another feel good war, another Grenada?

        • jB

          I guess I just don’t see much to suggest the Ruskies are anything but imperialist fuck-withs and the ‘Mericans are just inept bureaucrats. Lots of greed and corruption to go around but engineering a war? I didn’t buy the idea that the first gulf war was about the pentagon budget either.

      • AJ

        PS: You don’t buy any of the global warming BS that the MSM is selling, so why would you buy anything else from them.

      • Mazama

        And don’t forget Russia’s efforts to officially claim and occupy much of the Arctic, including some that Canada already thinks belongs to them.

        • AJ

          The same can be said for the US that along with Denmark also disagrees with what Canada claims as its territory. Canada does maintain a regular military presence in, and patrols, the Arctic.

  6. Anonymous

    Interesting….doesn’t our so-called Commander-in-Chief smoke?

  7. If you look at how much military health care spending has grown, banning the sale of cigarettes makes a lot more sense. Growth in pension spending is eating them alive too, but that’s harder to tackle politically.

    • Anon2

      I’d be more worried about the mental health of the soldiers than whether they light up. Anyone done a study to see if there is a greater proportion of former military who die of cancer than the general population? Doubt it. But sure as hell there is more depression, PTSD. Let them smoke, have sex, do whatever; they are after all serving our country to keep us safe.

    • Anonymous

      Smoking reduces pension costs.

      • True that. Some have speculated that the government was slow to discourage tobacco use because of the positive effect it had on the SS “trust fund”.

  8. Mark B.

    Man that’s quite a photo.
    Can you imagine being on active duty serving your country, and having to salute these two putzes? (…is it “putzii…?)

  9. Libertarian Advocate

    Hmmmm… Is there a more appropriate video to accompany this post?

    I don’t think so….

  10. Rivman

    Kids don’t get schooled on G&S anymore. Early satire at its best.