Follies of the Madmen #293


Death-dealing war instrument of mass destruction compared to treasured hymn.

Original ad here.
     Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 26, 2016
     Category: Death | War | Armed Forces | Weapons | Advertising | 1970s

Si vis pacem, para bellum.
Posted by KDP on 09/26/16 at 08:56 AM
Actually, it's a T-38 trainer. And for the record, since you lefties seem unable to comprehend this without detailed and pedantic explanation, a "weapon of mass destruction" is something that kills indiscriminately on a scale measured in megadeaths: a nuclear warhead or weaponized biological organism. Stop using it to describe everything from a pocket knife to a meteor strike.
Posted by A Nonny Mouse on 09/26/16 at 09:07 AM
Points well made and well taken, A Nonny Mouse. Nonetheless, extremely cynical and/or tone-deaf to use hymn references for recruiting, esp. in EBONY magazine, given Black church practices and history.
Posted by Paul on 09/26/16 at 09:32 AM
I never thought they would swing so low (sorry, Stoop, stoop so low) to grab your attention. What a mad ad world eh?
Posted by Greg on 09/26/16 at 10:41 AM
When I was in the USAF, I heard African-Americans singing it. (Okay, it was at a squadron's talent night, but still . . .)

For recruitment, it may be be a bit more appropriate than many might realize. A chariot (airplane) could take them from misery (inner-city poverty/drugs/crime) to comfort (a clean life and job skills). There were few opportunities for African-American youths. The military was a guaranteed way to escape the ghetto, just as the Underground Railroad had been a way to escape the plantation. The parallels are there.

To me, the song's use by English Rugby blighters is far worse.

Posted by Phideaux on 09/26/16 at 11:40 AM
This reminds me of the controversy when the Navy wanted to name a new nuclear-powered fast attack submarine the USS Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ"). Religious groups protested, and the Navy changed the name to USS City of Corpus Christi. The only thing interesting I found out about this ship was that it was "annihilated" by an Indian submarine in naval exercise MALABAR, a simulated battle involving the navies of India, Japan, and the U.S. (Sidenote: The ship was decommissioned earlier this year, and is in Reserve status in Bremerton, Washington, while undergoing the process of inactivation.)
Posted by Fritz G on 09/27/16 at 07:32 AM
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