White scarf

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I admit my ignorance of the de riguer military aviation garderobe, especially the contemporary one, though I have read something here and there. For example, during WWII the USAF pilots and navigators were excepted from the requirement of having a reinforcing wire in their visor caps because of interference with headphones. Thus many air force officers, in charge of counting B-24 tyres or cucumbers in the officers’ mess, never inside an aeroplane when the skies were unfriendly, removed the wire to achieve a floppy, but better female attracting image.

Curse-You-Red-Baron-SnoopyThe silk scarfs, almost always white, of fighter pilots in both World Wars, were not just a regulations defying fashion. Pilots, in order to survive air combat, without assistance of modern electronic gizmos, had to turn their heads in the cramped cockpits very often and very rapidly. That led to neck chaffing and a silk scarf was a logical solution.

The above musing was sparked by somebody’s comment that Obama the Orator when speechifying resembles a Wimbledon referee during a long volley. Turning his head and steady gaze from one teleprompter to another with metronome-like regularity he must be wearing out his shirt collars faster than his listeners.

Would a white scarf be racist? White House seems to be. http://human-stupidity.com/equality4/race-equality4/white-house-is-racist-repaint-it-black-house


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to White scarf

  1. Gloria S says:

    You should not make fun out of the President. It’s not his fault that he can’t speak without prompting. It’s white men’s fault.

  2. Typical US citizen says:

    Perhaps Obama can’t decide between the red and the green and the black scarfs.

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