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The post below brought to mind an RC Cola commercial from the mid-80’s that caught a goodish amount of flak at the time from fellow travelers, but which amused me intensely.  Fortunately, through the magic of YouTube, here it is:

Update:  While we’re at it, how about another classic (made, I think, by the same PR shop)?

As I say, there was much hand-wringing and tsk, tsking about these ads.  The claim was that they were “insensitive” and “hurtful” and likely to provoke the Sovs into nuking us, or something, especially with that idiot maniac Ronnie “Ray-gun” in the White House.

(Don’t you historical revisionists who like to pretend now that everybody loved Reagan try to say otherwise.  I was there.  I know.)

As to the charge of insensitivity to the goddam Commies?  My reaction was, “More, please.”

Some retro ideas are much worse than others and here’s one:  The Russian Federal Guard Service is going NKVD chic:

MOSCOW — Russia’s federal guard service, in charge of protecting President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, may soon sport black leather overcoats harking back to the era of Stalin’s purges. The elite service known by its Russian acronym FSO has launched a tender to purchase 60 leather trenchcoats on the official site for government purchases, instantly drawing tongue-in-cheek criticism from Russian bloggers.

Long leather trenchcoats are infamously associated with uniforms of Soviet NKVD secret police, worn by its low-ranking officers at the height of Stalin’s pre-war purges in the late 1930s.

The coats ordered by the FSO appear to be nearly identical to the NKVD coats, according to the tender documentation and images uploaded on the website zakupki.gov.ru last week.

The jet-black “light leather overcoat” as the item is described is meant for “high-ranking FSO officers” and features a belt and various insignia, including the image of the Russian two-headed eagle on every button.

The 60 overcoats are ordered by the service along with 60 black leather jackets for a total sum of 2.9 million roubles ($104,600).

“The next tender: a batch of black Voronok cars and Mausers,” quipped one Russian blogger, writing under the nickname _abnormal_ on LiveJournal website.

Very amusink Ab, but perhaps a bit nekulturny, yes?  Let’s hope Comrade Putin doesn’t take you up on the idea.

The question flies round the clubs: How is ol’ Robbo coming along while the gels are gone at summah camp for two weeks?

Well, the answer is that he’s sort of wishing it were three weeks.

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