Frontier Former Editor

August 26, 2009

White captain’s hats

Filed under: cinema — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:36 pm

There exists a severe disparity between how Europeans can carry off the white captain’s cap look and how Americans can do the same.

Example: Jurgen Prochnow as the hard-boiled, veteran U-boat skipper with his no-nonsense chief engineer in “Das Boot”:

Alles gut?

Alles gut?


And hard-boiled pop ditty writer Daryl Dragon and his nonsensical sidekick Toni Tennille:

Muskrat love? 'America' should have been summarily beaten for giving this duo the rights . . .

Muskrat love? 'America' should have been summarily beaten for giving this duo the rights . . .


I rest my case.


  1. Ah yes,the Capstain and Toenail argument again. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that one, I’d have a nickel.

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — August 27, 2009 @ 2:29 am

  2. Ka-ching!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 27, 2009 @ 6:42 am

  3. Heh, The Captain and Toenail … an oldie but goodie.

    Comment by azahar — August 29, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  4. azahar– I remember having an argument with someone long ago about who had the biggest mouth, Tony Toenail or Carly (“I bet you think this song is a butt chew”)Simon.

    As for captain’s hats, we yanks did pretty well,back when we could bisect the sea with the foaming wake of a fast motorboat.

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — August 29, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  5. Case most definitely rested 😉

    Comment by nursemyra — August 31, 2009 @ 5:50 am

  6. mmm

    We must respect the (misplaced) Bravery of our German Friends (with 85% casualties) in such an unPleasing Cause

    BUT I have to say :

    The Royal Navy cut a more dashing Wake …. and much improved their Deep-Lurking Opponents with occasional Depth charges

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — September 2, 2009 @ 2:10 am

  7. No argument from me, GE. Damn the torpedos.

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 2, 2009 @ 2:38 am

  8. I’m feeling the ‘Muskrat Love’ . . .
    Going to shoot myself in the foot now.

    Comment by michaelm — September 2, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  9. Who do we have to bag to get another post out of you?

    Comment by nursemyra — September 4, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  10. …ooops… that was supposed to be BEG

    Comment by nursemyra — September 4, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  11. Nursem was right the first time. Who we gotta bag?

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 5, 2009 @ 3:28 am

  12. Neil Sedaka

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 5, 2009 @ 6:43 am

  13. We’re on it. He’s going down doobydoo down down.

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 5, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  14. Is there any Truth in the suggestion that it was the CIA that blew up the USS Maine ?

    ….. and why did the USA in 1898 relinquish Cuba (very near to home) while so determined to grab Spanish Guam & Puerto Rico … and indeed to hold on to the Spanish Phillipines

    Comment by geagleesq — September 9, 2009 @ 2:19 am

  15. Sr. Eagle– The CIA didn’t exist at the time, but yellow journalism did. The Maine likely blew up due to a boiler problem, but:

    “The mainstream media, then dominated by newspaper magnates Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, exaggerated—and outright fabricated—stories of horrible conditions under Spanish rule.Following the age-old maxim, ‘If it bleeds, it leads,’ the newspapers published stories about Spanish death camps, Spanish cannibalism, and inhumane torture. Americans ate it up and asked for more gravy.”

    So the U.S. took on a virtually non-existant Cuban Navy due to propaganda spewed by pulp salesmen. I’m not sure why we didn’t take it and keep it, like we did most everything else.

    As for Guam and the Phillipines, Japan was already gearing up for expansion in the early 1900’s, and our intelligence knew it. They also realized that Guam and Manila would likely become valuable property as refueling bases in case the U.S. needed to thwart future aggression from the Japanese.

    Puerto Rico was kept in check so that “West Side Story” would be successful on Broadway and also in a film version once “talkies” became more prevalent.

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 9, 2009 @ 2:56 am

  16. Addendum from a more reputable source [here]:

    “To help pay for the Spanish-American War, congress enacted a ‘temporary’ tax of 3 percent on long-distance telephone bills. This was essentially a tax on the rich, as only about 1,300 Americans owned phones in 1898.

    Although the Spanish-American War ended in 1898, the temporary tax was only abolished in…2005.

    Over its lifetime, the 107-year-old tax generated almost $94 billion—more than 230 times the cost of the Spanish-American War.”

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 9, 2009 @ 3:06 am

    • A very interesting Article

      ??? How many Stealth Bombers or Aircraft Carriers [or Hospitals] can you buy for US$94 billion

      A Country founded on “anti-imperialism”, but inventing Coca-Cola & General Motors — and annexing the Philippines (etc) in 1898 … and the “Danish” West Indies in 1917

      AND wasn’t the 1776 “Rebellion” partly driven by Yankee Imperialism, determined to go on seizing Indian Territories, despite British attempts to restrain this in the interests of respecting Indian Rights (and reducing the costs of defence [err … defenSe])

      AND the seizure at Gun=Point of Seattle in 1846 by that Kindly Honest-Burger Mr Polk which paved the way for the US Triumph over the 1859 Pig War, thanks to that confounded German Emperor


      The PathWays of an Anti-Imperialist Imperialist are not always entirely smooth – a price is to be paid for Triumphalist Imperialism

      This attitude saddled that Glorious Republic=beyond=the=Pond (in so many ways God’s Best Hope for a Struggling Humankind) with New York AND also with the Montana Militia …. and with California … and vast Quantities of Bubble-Gum

      Damn the Torpedoes [and Bennington’s Green Mountain Boys] and full steam ahead

      Comment by geagleesq — September 9, 2009 @ 4:14 am

  17. Hah! I actually know something about the Maine explosion. An engineering analysis of the yard photographs and official documentation of the hull damage indicate that coal dust in the ship’s bunkers probably ignited and caused an internal fuel-air explosion that sank the ship within moments. Translation: some engineering department officer kept a slack shop.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 9, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

  18. FFE– I was running from foggy memory… Either way, it wasn’t sabotage as Hearst and Pulitzer promoted it. Carry on.

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 9, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

  19. No intent against you, I promise! I had to write a book review years ago in a college history course on late 19th century American history and stumbled upon a book on the subject by – of all people – Hyman Rickover. I’m still waiting for my moment on Jeopardy when I can whip that out, heh.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 10, 2009 @ 5:52 am

  20. Torpedos los, Kinder

    US “dash” has rewards – securing Hawaii for the United States as well as Guam and Puerto Rico

    BUT is there a downside ?

    Manifest Destiny has left the USA with California and the Montana Militia … and Baywatch

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — September 23, 2009 @ 11:55 am

  21. Hon. Eagle– C’mon now. Yaller not ignernt of history, so y’all must be baiting… again. =)

    Comment by Bunk Strutts — September 24, 2009 @ 3:59 am

  22. I shoulda stolen this for AYYYY.

    Comment by raincoaster — October 3, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

  23. … and Baywatch ====

    ===== and the A-Team ~~~~ and Friends

    Polk has a lot to answer for

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — October 4, 2009 @ 4:47 am

  24. This was before my time. Should I be thankful?

    Comment by Stiletto — June 12, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

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