Shitzu Sunday Reads

Good morning.

It’s a give two shits too…morning… and here are a few items that you may find interesting enough, to give a shit.

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A lot of the soldiers wrote graffiti on their helmets with inscriptions of their attitudes about where they were and why they were there. The military called it the M- I helmet, the troops called it a “steel pot”. The damn thing felt like it weighed half a ton when you first put it on your newly shaved head in basic training or boot camp. It’s a sure bet that not long after the U.S. military introduced the steel pot (with its fiber glass shell liner) in 1941, some GI or Marine scribbled “Kilroy war here” or some other oddball or iron, saying on his helmet. Until the Vietnam War, though. what you most commonly saw on helmets were rank insignia and unit designations. As is the case with so many other thing, the conflict in Vietnam put its own unique stamp on the things the soldiers wrote on their helmets. All manner of iconoclastic stuff found its way onto our steel pots. By far, the most popular were a girlfriend’s name, a city and state back home, peace signs and short-timer calendars. As the war progressed, slogans and other graffiti were proudly displayed by the wearer. Ironically, the most reproduced helmet graffito to emerge from the Vietnam War is a fictitious one, although it is based on reality: the “Born to Kill” that Private Joker wrote on his steel pot in the movie Full Metal Jacket, which is based on former Marine Gustav Hasford’s 1979 novel The Short-Timers. The iconoclastic Joker’s helmet message is central to the surreal “duality of man” dialogue in the movie, in which a hard-core colonel chews out Private Joker for his peace symbol button. “You write ‘Born to Kill’ on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s thus supposed to be, some kind of sick joker?” the colonel harrumphs. To which Joker replies: “I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir, the Jungian thing, sir.” To which, the colonel replies: “Whose side are you on. son?” The troops in Vietnam were the children of the 1960s, and like their cohorts back home, even in a war zone they found a way to express themselves.

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7 Comments on “Shitzu Sunday Reads”

  1. Enheduanna says:

    Interesting post JJ. It’s nice to see something else besides polls for a change. The news sure does obsess over them….

    Hoping to have my mail-in ballot in a week or two. I’m dropping it at the ballot box. I honestly trust the machines here less than someone tossing my ballot in the trash.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. NW Luna says:

    On the other side of the country:

    The air quality across [the Northwest] was listed as “hazardous” or “very unhealthy” by state environmental officials, and a dense smoke advisory from the National Weather Service remained in effect for much of the state until at least 6 p.m. local time Sunday. Oregon officials said there were 34 fires still burning across the state Sunday afternoon, dozens remained missing and 902,620 acres had already been destroyed, an area about the size of Rhode Island.

    Similar warnings about smoke were in place from California to Washington state. In San Francisco, residents were advised to remain indoors and block air from seeping into their homes.

    In Seattle, the air quality index topped 200, the level considered “very unhealthy.” “The sun doesn’t seem to rise or set. The sky gets a little bit brighter and a little bit darker and that’s how you know the day is starting or ending,” said Eileen Quigley, founder and executive director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute in Seattle.

  4. NW Luna says: