Capitalist Propaganda: “Spies”

From 1943, one of a series of instructional cartoons made for the Army featuring Private SNAFU, “Spies”:

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This one isn’t so much about praising the virtues of capitalism as it is a cautionary tale about having loose lips when your country’s at war. And while watching it, I couldn’t help thinking about Obama.

That One had no problem releasing memos on our interrogation techniques, and the left supported him, as they pooh-poohed it all as being “harmless” and chattering about “the American public has a right to know”.

Problem is, these folks forget all too easily that “the American public” aren’t the only ones paying attention. And maybe one piece of information won’t kill our troops en masse, but bits and pieces get added up. Why make our enemy’s job easier?

And for folks like you & me, well… if you’re in a public waiting room and there’s a swarthy-looking man in his 20’s or 30’s of Middle-Eastern descent sitting nearby, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to restrict your topic of conversation with your companions to the weather for a while.

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  1. Obama is such a poofy poonagger that…

    …He thinks a “swarthy-looking man in his 20’s or 30’s of Middle-Eastern descent” is just a friend Biden met at a 7-11 in Delaware.

  2. Industrial spying is also alive and well. As a new employee of an Austin, Texas, semiconductor factory (or fab as they are called) I was shown a hilarious movie wherein our company secrets were actively pursued by spies listening to conversations at restaurants, or picking up garbage at my home.

    I worked for Motorola. God help anyone who stole ideas from us.

  3. Better yet, tell Mohammed jokes to show that you are a fun-loving American with a great sense of humor, like…

    “Mohammed heard one of his wives was leaving him, so he rushed home where he found her on the carpet in front of the tent with her belongings. He sat beside her and said, ‘I heard you were planning to leave me.’ She replied, ‘Yes, I heard your other wives saying you are a pedophile!’ Mohammed thinks for a minute or so and then responds, ‘that’s a mighty big word for a 6 year old.'”

  4. Mikee,

    I work as a contractor at ON Semiconductor, and if any Industrial Spy wanted our secrets, they’d just need to take up smoking. Those guys are constantly discussing their ongoing projects as if it were the latest movie everyone’s watched or the latest performance by their local sports team. Guess they never watched that film when ON was still a part of Motorola.

  5. The Wikipedia entry said Snafu (Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) had a brother in the Navy named Tarfu (Things Are Really Fouled Up).
    Snafu and Fubar I’d heard of but not Tarfu.
    That’s why I like this site so much.
    I learn something new every day!

  6. At what point does swarthy become hippie? I mean really …. dirty looking, hairy, “swarthy” sounds like a different word for hippie. If the two words are closly enough related … it could justify punching the swarthy ones. And we all know punching hippies is your merican duty

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