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(Wikipedia)   Today in history: 'Bombing in five minutes': President Ronald Reagan's off-the-record joke rattles Cold War world   (en.m.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2022-08-11 8:36:30 AM  
And these days Putin threatens nuclear war once a week, and nobody cares.  It's tough getting taken seriously any more.
 
2022-08-11 8:38:51 AM  
Stable Genius.
 
2022-08-11 8:41:14 AM  
At the time, my concern was with the incompetence involved.
I knew their motives weren't to be trusted but I hadn't thought they would kill us all by accident.
 
2022-08-11 8:41:45 AM  
Also, these wingnuts used to worship St. Reagan. He hated the Russians. Now we have Trump, who the wingnuts currently worship. He loves the Russians.

Weird.
 
2022-08-11 8:45:03 AM  
I had just gotten over to West Germany to be stationed at a Pershing missile unit when he made that "joke". The other soldiers and I looked at each other nervously. One guy turned to me and said, "Bet you're glad you got sent here." All I could think was at least I wouldn't suffer or have to live in the aftermath.
 
2022-08-11 8:48:25 AM  
Presidents should never joke around, especially about scary or stressful situations. It makes them seem too human and I like my Presidents to be perfectly rehearsed robotic lizard people with teleprompters, 24/7.

GO PENCE 2024!
 
2022-08-11 8:54:41 AM  
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2022-08-11 8:59:17 AM  
He knew the Commies were listening to that radio feed. He used the media to fark with them on purpose.
 
2022-08-11 9:01:08 AM  

mrmopar5287: He knew the Commies were listening to that radio feed. He used the media to fark with them on purpose.


That's a new tack I haven't he's before from a Reagan apologist. Points for originality, I guess?
 
2022-08-11 9:02:23 AM  
Reagan was alzheimered out by that remark. By 1986 he was showing real signs.
 
2022-08-11 9:04:19 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: Presidents should never joke around, especially about scary or stressful situations. It makes them seem too human and I like my Presidents to be perfectly rehearsed robotic lizard people with teleprompters, 24/7.

GO PENCE 2024!


Presidents can joke around and should. But their topics best be limited to making fun of themselves and their imperfections.

I don't think anyone needs reminding that these people are all too human. But the US President is not a stand-up comic. And humor is oh, so easy to miss. The Soviet had the right crew on shift that day, for real. Another time, a slight malfunction in Perimetr - or was it still Dead Hand then? - and the USSR Rocket Forces would have had a busy few hours.

And we would not be having this pleasant discussion.
 
2022-08-11 9:06:02 AM  
I loathe that mfer so much, its, he is one of my triggers.
Loathe lee Atwater, schaffly, watt, all the dividers under their "big" tent.
Patti davis book. Ron jr, this mfer started newt, family values bs whilst divorced. Uuuuhhhhh
Air traffic controllers the mental health programs cuts...hes the worst. Was the worst and freaking peggy Noonan and bill sapphire wrote his great communicator stuff.
Grover Norquist's and the murderer alex jones got there start with this mfer.
Ex union actor to that. Downfall of America politics was this guy beating jimmy Carter-sold arms weapons to avowed enemies for hostage release to win the election.
Yet nothing happend, ollie north huh white collar, literally said he lied. Marine col, wtf? Worst 8 years ever post 1900.
He six he sux he says he sux...

And that piece of history shows how flippantly they treated everyone. These become neocons, now repuglithugs.
These guy.....

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Shower now.
Just gross...
 
2022-08-11 9:09:07 AM  

Slypork: I had just gotten over to West Germany to be stationed at a Pershing missile unit when he made that "joke". The other soldiers and I looked at each other nervously. One guy turned to me and said, "Bet you're glad you got sent here." All I could think was at least I wouldn't suffer or have to live in the aftermath.
Then I looked at the other guys and said "Well if we're all going to die in a few minutes, may as well go out having sex!  Who's up for end of the world BJs and buttsechs?" You should have seen the commander's face when he walked in to tell us everything was ok. Boy were our faces red. And a lot of white too.


/FTFM
 
2022-08-11 9:11:49 AM  
The jelly bean guy? He didn't f*cking scare anyone. He did not end the cold war single-handily.

Gorbachev saw their accounting records and knew they were broke. It was not fear of Reagan, it was fear that eventually the people would rise up and kill the entire Politburo looking for food unless he found some way to open up the economy.

Reagan was a stupid, lazy bastard who slept half the goddamn day and let his minions dismantle most of the government so his friends and benefactors would grow insanely rich over the next 40 years.
 
2022-08-11 9:17:36 AM  

Ragin' Asian: mrmopar5287: He knew the Commies were listening to that radio feed. He used the media to fark with them on purpose.

That's a new tack I haven't he's before from a Reagan apologist. Points for originality, I guess?


Brian Shul (SR-71 pilot and author of "Sled Driver") spoke a bit about it. He tells the story of a huge Commie gathering in North Korea and he's piloting the SR-71 over the peninsula, taking surveillance photos, and thinking about why they were doing that. They covered the entire area of the peninsula in like 5 minutes and what is the point... oh, right. They're doing figure 8s over all the Commies to show them we're up there, they all know we're up there, and there isn't a thing they can do about it. Doing figure 8s, sonic-boom rattling the coffee cups on the table every 5 minutes, letting all the Commies know we are watching them.

It was using a tool to fark with people.
 
2022-08-11 9:24:55 AM  

MythDragon: Slypork: I had just gotten over to West Germany to be stationed at a Pershing missile unit when he made that "joke". The other soldiers and I looked at each other nervously. One guy turned to me and said, "Bet you're glad you got sent here." All I could think was at least I wouldn't suffer or have to live in the aftermath.
Then I looked at the other guys and said "Well if we're all going to die in a few minutes, may as well go out having sex!  Who's up for end of the world BJs and buttsechs?" You should have seen the commander's face when he walked in to tell us everything was ok. Boy were our faces red. And a lot of white too.

/FTFM


You joke but one of the guys I was stationed with told us that if we had to launch that he was going to die farking. This was before the days of Don't Ask, Don't Tell but it was interesting to see who liked to be scheduled on guard duty with him.
 
2022-08-11 9:28:37 AM  
"Am I dead yet, mommy?"
 
2022-08-11 9:30:03 AM  
Probably his best acting performance.
 
2022-08-11 9:30:09 AM  
His cult status was a lot lighter.  Until he got shot and they worked that story, he was actually pretty low in the polls.  After he karate chopped John Hinckley, drove himself to the hospital in a classic Chevy Impala convertible and removed the bullet from his very heart himself.
 
2022-08-11 9:30:10 AM  

fatalvenom: Also, these wingnuts used to worship St. Reagan. He hated the Russians. Now we have Trump, who the wingnuts currently worship. He loves the Russians.

Weird.


It isn't that odd if you scratch past the surface. A big part of the hate for the Soviets was grounded in their being "Godless Communists", their State policy of atheism greatly offended the US religious crowd. But when Putin took power, he restored the Russian Orthodox Church and quickly supported a mostly religion backed campaign against LGBTQ. The US Theocracy crowd love that.
 
2022-08-11 9:39:44 AM  

fatalvenom: Also, these wingnuts used to worship St. Reagan. He hated the Russians. Now we have Trump, who the wingnuts currently worship. He loves the Russians.

Weird.


Only in your head. Sounds like a scary place.
 
2022-08-11 9:39:58 AM  
Reagan killed my mother and raped my father.

/True story
 
2022-08-11 9:42:55 AM  
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2022-08-11 9:49:52 AM  

ranchguy: Reagan was alzheimered out by that remark. By 1986 he was showing real signs.


What historians refer to as the Jellybean Era.
 
2022-08-11 10:02:16 AM  

Ragin' Asian: mrmopar5287: He knew the Commies were listening to that radio feed. He used the media to fark with them on purpose.

That's a new tack I haven't he's before from a Reagan apologist. Points for originality, I guess?


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It wasn't a joke.  Whoever's hand was up Reagan's ass loved to provoke the Russkies, because the flip side of defense spending them into ruin bought a lot of summer houses in the Hamptons..
 
2022-08-11 10:02:17 AM  
"Reagan's impromptu comments have had significant staying power, being mentioned and analyzed as recently as 2017."

Geez. They've not even been keeping up with years of Pol Tab. TAKE US SERIOUSLY!
 
2022-08-11 10:09:08 AM  

wademh: At the time, my concern was with the incompetence involved.
I knew their motives weren't to be trusted but I hadn't thought they would kill us all by accident.


My concern was that it was an open secret that Ronnie wasn't all there mentally, and this wasn't a good look on someone who had the nuclear football.  I recall vividly this sparking another serious-media round of "how are his faculties, really?"
 
2022-08-11 10:10:00 AM  

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2022-08-11 10:40:58 AM  
That was the moment the timeline forked and we ended up with ... all this ... instead.
 
2022-08-11 10:41:21 AM  
Written in 1987, performed by Bonfire, an excellent West German band. Saw them in concert in Giessen in late 87 as part of their tour. I was in the Army there. (Their album "Don't Touch The Light" was amazing, too.)
When they performed this song I got farking chills. Still do.

Bonfire - SDI
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/SDI, killers in the sky...
//who remembers THAT?
///Peace Through Superior Firepower
 
2022-08-11 10:45:40 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: And these days Putin threatens nuclear war once a week, and nobody cares.  It's tough getting taken seriously any more.


And Russia sounds measured and restrained compared to the North Koreans when they get going.
 
2022-08-11 10:47:22 AM  
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/1986 to 1988 West Germany, before the Wall fell
//82nd Airborne
///I believed so blindly back then
////I should be a wacko right wing farkface goateed asshole veteran, but I did my time and grew the fark up
//fark Trump and his Nazi followers and their shiat doctrines
 
2022-08-11 10:52:37 AM  

deadsanta: wademh: At the time, my concern was with the incompetence involved.
I knew their motives weren't to be trusted but I hadn't thought they would kill us all by accident.

My concern was that it was an open secret that Ronnie wasn't all there mentally, and this wasn't a good look on someone who had the nuclear football.  I recall vividly this sparking another serious-media round of "how are his faculties, really?"


Let's all hope we never have to go through that again.
 
2022-08-11 10:56:44 AM  
I went to high school in a Republican county - no one from any other party had won the vote for any elected position since Abraham Lincoln.  Herbert Hoover got over 70% of the vote versus FDR.  My government/civics teacher had a poster of this quote hanging behind his desk.  He'd sit there teaching us about civic responsibility with Reagan's words saying he was going to blow up the world 3 feet above his head.
 
2022-08-11 11:08:49 AM  

jjorsett: deadsanta: wademh: At the time, my concern was with the incompetence involved.
I knew their motives weren't to be trusted but I hadn't thought they would kill us all by accident.

My concern was that it was an open secret that Ronnie wasn't all there mentally, and this wasn't a good look on someone who had the nuclear football.  I recall vividly this sparking another serious-media round of "how are his faculties, really?"

Let's all hope we never have to go through that again.


We're going through it now
 
2022-08-11 11:11:30 AM  

wademh: fatalvenom: Also, these wingnuts used to worship St. Reagan. He hated the Russians. Now we have Trump, who the wingnuts currently worship. He loves the Russians.

Weird.

It isn't that odd if you scratch past the surface. A big part of the hate for the Soviets was grounded in their being "Godless Communists", their State policy of atheism greatly offended the US religious crowd. But when Putin took power, he restored the Russian Orthodox Church and quickly supported a mostly religion backed campaign against LGBTQ. The US Theocracy crowd love that.


Plus they are essentially a corporate-government oligarchy just like us now.  Jeb and Cletus love that for some reason.
 
2022-08-11 11:19:21 AM  
I suppose you can point to this as the start of "shouldn't the president act like a leader of the US rather than a clown?" that came to a head 2-6 years ago.
 
2022-08-11 12:16:52 PM  

mrmopar5287: Ragin' Asian: mrmopar5287: He knew the Commies were listening to that radio feed. He used the media to fark with them on purpose.

That's a new tack I haven't he's before from a Reagan apologist. Points for originality, I guess?

Brian Shul (SR-71 pilot and author of "Sled Driver") spoke a bit about it. He tells the story of a huge Commie gathering in North Korea and he's piloting the SR-71 over the peninsula, taking surveillance photos, and thinking about why they were doing that. They covered the entire area of the peninsula in like 5 minutes and what is the point... oh, right. They're doing figure 8s over all the Commies to show them we're up there, they all know we're up there, and there isn't a thing they can do about it. Doing figure 8s, sonic-boom rattling the coffee cups on the table every 5 minutes, letting all the Commies know we are watching them.

It was using a tool to fark with people.


I saw an SR-71 do a flyby at an air show once.  It was in-sane!  Went by low over the runway with afterburners blasting.  Like a gorilla was tap dancing on my chest.  Never saw another one at any of the many air shows gramps took me to.  If that had been the only event of the day, it still would have been the best air show evar.
 
2022-08-11 12:27:33 PM  

jtown: I saw an SR-71 do a flyby at an air show once.  It was in-sane!  Went by low over the runway with afterburners blasting.  Like a gorilla was tap dancing on my chest.  Never saw another one at any of the many air shows gramps took me to.  If that had been the only event of the day, it still would have been the best air show evar.


I so badly wish I could have seen one flying when they were in operation.

Funny anecdote (NOT the LA Speed Check story by Brian Shul):

The SR-71 "Buzzing the tower" story you probably never heard before
Youtube xTJYNq4GQAE
 
2022-08-11 12:34:14 PM  
Mentioning A Colder War by Charles Stross seems appropriate in this thread
 
2022-08-11 2:24:49 PM  
I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine.
 
2022-08-11 8:48:34 PM  

BoothbyTCD: Mentioning A Colder War by Charles Stross seems appropriate in this thread


One of the THE greatest Lovecraftian Spy stories written.
 
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