Monday, December 16, 2019

Dear President Trump


Brigadier General Curtis Buzzard is the Commandant of Cadets.  Prolly needs his ass kicked


Skoonj said...

Maybe it means Baseball and Ballantine. Used to, anyway.

Unknown said...

As reported elsewhere, a lot of "perfumed princes" got into command positions during the Clinton and Obama years. I hope with the Election of Trump a lot of them are going to be in charge of new positions in Alaska. I understand some of the uninhabited Aleutian's can be lovely in the Winter.

Skoonj said...

‘Outrage culture isn’t the truth’: Dan Crenshaw says ‘white power’ cadets were playing Circle Game

Turns out it's a game. BFD

oy vey ole' said...

The real white power game was played in 1912, Carlisle Indian School vs. Army and guess what, whitey lost that game, Carlisle 27, Army 6!

JLW III said...

The idiot announcers didn't even know the difference between West Point Cadets and Annapolis Midshipmen. Called them all Cadets. The one video I saw showed a Midshipman doing the circle game bit. Didn't see the mid, only the end of his sleeve and his hand making the circle gesture. Yes, it was a male hand.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

!!! JL

Stu Tarlowe said...

Skoonj is correct. Besides being the "OK" gesture (and an unmistakable gesture of approval), it was "The 3-ring sign for Ballantine"; the three rings stood for "Purity, Body, Flavor." You could walk into a tavern and flash that sign, without a word, and the bartender would draw you a Ballantine beer. Similarly, you could simply say "Mabel!" and be served a Carling Black Label, and there were other hip, shorthand ways of calling for your favorite brew.

Skoonj said...

It's really amazing how old commercials stick with you. Ballantine and the three ring sign, Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one, and then Rheingold. I was sitting in the officers club at Bolling AFB in Washington, DC. Walking among us were The Strolling Strings, a small violin group playing very nice music. Suddenly they began to play Band of Students Waltz. I didn't know the name of the tune, but I was very familiar with it. I began to sing:
My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer.
Think of Rheingold whenever you buy beer.
It's not bitter, not sweet; it's the dry flavored treat.
Won't you try extra dry Rheingold beer?

One of the violinists was a New Yorker, and he came by when they were done and we had a laugh over the Rheingold lyrics.

Amazing what will stay with you. And no, I never drank any of those beers when I saw the original commercials. I was much too young.

Stu Tarlowe said...

Skoonj, I remember that Rheingold (why wasn't it "Rhinegold"?) jingle as well as you do. Wasn't there also a "Miss Rheingold" beauty contest? And, like you, I was too young to drink the beer, but all those beer commercials still made an impression.

Skoonj said...

Yes Stu, there was a Miss Rheingold contest beginning in the 1940s. I never got too interested in that.

It's really something how we remember the commercials for beer and cigarettes, but I for one, never smoked. And by the time I was of age to drink, I was away from the beer companies that had the commercials.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Pass the popcorn

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