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November 06, 2006


Incoming snark sighted off the starboard bow!

in the 1790s, the U.S. re-established her Navy as we found ourselves actively involved in diplomacy around the world, and a strong Naval presence was key to our diplomatic successes at that time. As you might imagine, traveling to the far reaches of the world by ship in 1798 took some time and our Sailors were often at sea for months, sometimes years, at a shot. The Navy brass, always mindful of morale, quickly recognized that something had to be done to keep the men’s spirits up during those long voyages, so Saturday night dances were established whereby the Sailors would clear the decks of their vessels each Saturday night and hold a dance. It wasn’t long before the brass realized that there was nobody for the Sailors to dance with. Can you imagine all those guys standing around on deck all dressed up in their best white bell-bottoms, the music playing, a bowl of punch on the foredeck, and no dancing?

...in 1798 the Navy asked for, and received, authorization to establish the United States Marine Corps to provide a pool of highly trained and skilled dancers for their very popular Seaborne Saturday Night Dances and morale greatly improved among the swabbies at sea. Here’s one of their early recruiting posters…


Never mind lads... Just more grapeshot from some guy in a petticoat, riding a mule. (Actually it was pretty funny, but our wounded dignity prevents us from admitting as much. Hmmmpppfff. "Highly trained and skilled dancers" indeed.)

Hey - Bad Cat Robot, can you hand the Marine Team some suntan lotion? Muuuuuch better!


Of course the problem with returning fire is that the payback can be painful! Sly returns fire:


And the Armorer takes a potshot at the Air Force:


More posters here...

Posted by Cassandra at November 6, 2006 06:24 AM

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Did you forget to "dis" the Air Force?

Posted by: camojack at November 6, 2006 06:55 AM

Better? I've got so much back email I'm having trouble keeping up, camo.

Posted by: Cassandra at November 6, 2006 07:15 AM


1.. You *do* know whose shoulder patch was the basis for that graphic, right?

2. *I* actually have permission to use the copyrighted image in the Semi-old Farts Bn snarkage... unlike you or Sly I'm betting! (Though I'm sure these guys will give it to you if you ask - and probably provide more graphics... just sayin')

Posted by: John of Argghhh!!! at November 6, 2006 07:26 AM

I think that I hear a waltz playing...this is getting good.

Posted by: Sgt Hook at November 6, 2006 07:40 AM

Actually I'd never seen it before John, but I'm betting this is fair use.

Sgt. Hook, I was thrilled to receive return fire. It's a shame when you have to snark your own team! Great job :D

Posted by: Cassandra at November 6, 2006 07:49 AM

Fair use, perhaps - but using the Marine Recon shoulder patch that way? For shame.

S'okay - you are going to spontaneously combust when you see what I'm putting up...

Posted by: John of Argghhh!!! at November 6, 2006 08:00 AM

That last poster, are her bosoms flailing?

Brilliant and more power to you for being gracious under fire and able to capably return same.

Posted by: Cricket at November 6, 2006 08:19 AM


While john was distracting with his comments here: you need to check out his latest poster!! And fast!

Posted by: seawitch at November 6, 2006 08:47 AM

And we all know *why* the Marines are "Soldiers of the Sea" -- the sailors have to have somebody to dance with on Friday nights.

Although I've gotta admit, nobody else would have the nerve to tote a Lewis gun gangsta style...

Posted by: BillT at November 6, 2006 08:58 AM

Actually, I got the Old Farts Bn pic from one of the members of that particular group a long time ago. We turned it into a retirement card for a friend....along with a few other choice phrases and pix that made our point about "getting old". >;-)

Posted by: Sly2017 at November 6, 2006 10:41 AM

Sly - and you still chose to use an honored Marine symbol to slime me.

For shame! 8^)

Did they give you patches, too?

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at November 6, 2006 11:27 AM

That Army Strong poster could also double as a Marine recruiting message...the Marines are still looking for a few good men...

Posted by: Cricket at November 6, 2006 05:31 PM

Consider it a compliment to a worthy adversary. A usage my friend would have indeed approved of as he always took an opportunity to "spitball" (his words) Army.
And yes, I do have patches. They occupy a place of honor right next to my father's 1st Cav patch and other awards he earned in his 32 years of service to his country.

Posted by: Sly2017 at November 7, 2006 10:43 AM

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