I don’t get much into general news type items on this blog, but I couldn’t let this one go.
A friend of mine called me, a couple of weekends ago, to tell me some plane was flying across Manhattan, trailing one of those large advertising banners with…wait for it…a large swastika on it.
“Come again?” I said.
“Is the Luftwaffe back?” I thought.
“Has the American Nazi party decided to advertise its wares in the skies of the most diverse enclave in the country, just to piss off its population of liberal metrosexuals?” I conjectured.
Turns out this had nothing to do with Nazis, but everything to do w/a PR move by a fringe UFO cult called, the Raelians, who happen to whole-heartedly believe that the swastika has gotten a bad rap. The plane was a stunt meant to celebrate World Swastika Rehabilitation Day – an effort by the group to return the deservedly hated symbol to its original meaning, which in Sanskrit is supposedly “to be good.”
Yeah, right…good luck with that, guys. But, freedom of speech and all that, you know. So…
Anyway, you may have noticed that I’ve posted about the Nazis before here and here. History’s biggest psychopaths are truly an unending source of fodder. Since we’re on the subject again, I may as well point you to a book that came out a couple of years ago that deserves some attention called, Hitler’s Private Library. If you’ve ever wondered, as I have, what sort of literature inspired Der Führer’s insidious brand of lunacy, this is it.
During his research, the writer apparently discovered “a wiry inch-long black hair that appears to be from a moustache” in one of the books belonging to Hitler. Now that’s truly creepy. I hope he incinerated it before someone got the bright idea of trying to clone him, kinda like in the ultra-bad B movie, They Saved Hitler’s Brain.