Navy covering up swastika barracks

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24 Responses to “Navy covering up swastika barracks”

  1. Teresa Nielsen Hayden/Moderator says:

    True. But then, Alex Jones and David Ickes are easily amused.

  2. El Mariachi says:

    I’m sure the ADL will have a fundraiser to reimburse the $600K their hypersensitivity cost taxpayers. After all, they wouldn’t want to play into the anti-Semitic stereotype of being “careful with money.”

  3. Flying Squid says:

    I’d say easily outraged, Teresa. But their outrage easily amuses me.

  4. bezer says:

    I think an important point to be made here is that the swastika throughout its very long history has more often than not been rendered counter-clockwise, rather than clockwise. Hitler adopted the symbol and flipped it around.

    This swastika is a Nazi swastika, not a Chinese, Buddhist or Native-American swastika. That’s all irrelevant.

    It is clearly made to look as though two planes are coming to bomb the Nazi swastika. The architect’s message here is anti-Nazi. How is that offensive to anyone but Nazis?

    Are these people context-illiterate? The culture of the politically correct in this country has truly grown extreme (and idiotic). $600,000? Are you f-ing serious?

  5. novabeatnik says:

    Waste of money. PC has gone too far.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The so called “swastika” does not belong to the nazis. They appropriated it and it’s time to take it back. It’s ridiculous that we should relinquish a simple geometric pattern that Chinese people have been using for thousands of years. If you get up in arms every time you see this symbol, you only give power to it. Meanwhile actual fascism can run rampant right under everyone’s noses.

  7. Brook says:

    The runway layout at Denver International Airport is also a swastika. They should put solar panels and trees over the runways to cover that up as well. Here’s a Googlemap link:

    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.861922,-104.66177&spn=0.071944,0.188141&z=13&om=1

  8. ill lich says:

    As several other people have noted, the swastika is not necessarily only a Nazi symbol. It predates national socialism by thousands of years, is seen in Mediterranean, middle eastern, and far eastern art (native American too I think), and is considered a symbol for Buddhism (in fact, in Taipei Taiwan the swastika appears on subway maps to denote Buddhist temples.)

    But OH the HORROR that people flying overhead might see an offensive symbol. Next thing you know they’ll fill in the Snake River gorge because maybe someone will think it resembles a vagina.

  9. outlanderssc says:

    Nobody noticed it until until after the groundbreaking in 1967?

    Didn’t they draw up site plans for this thing?

    If it was a typical Navy project, it was probably approved by several dozen engineers and Navy personnel, all of whom should have seen the plans –

  10. dculberson says:

    Tim, oh my goodness you’re right! It does look like two planes about to attack a swastika.

    Oh, and LA Times fails for not having a link to the Google Maps image. Here:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&ie=UTF8&ll=32.675072,-117.158772&spn=0.006295,0.01133&t=k&z=17&om=1

  11. Jewels Vern says:

    All they needed to do was add four covered patios, changing it into a plus inside a square. I would have done that for them for only $100,000!

  12. NarmGreyrunner says:

    Does this qualify as some sort of Architectural-Terrorism?

    But seriously the building layout actually makes a lot of sense, you get four arms for living space, and each arm has it’s own courtyard and green space for the residents.

    So as well as TV and radio, and print being monitored by people to protect us from anything offensive, are there now people using Google Earth to scour every inch of America to look for any architecture that could be offensive?

    It makes me want to see a large housing development built in the shape of a hand giving the finger.

  13. NarmGreyrunner says:

    Does this qualify as some sort of Architectural-Terrorism?

    But seriously the building layout actually makes a lot of sense, you get four arms for living space, and each arm has it’s own courtyard and green space for the residents.

    So as well as TV and radio, and print being monitored by people to protect us from anything offensive, are there now people using Google Earth to scour every inch of America to look for any architecture that could be offensive?

    It makes me want to see a large housing development built in the shape of a hand giving the finger.

  14. American Scot says:

    Don’t people have better things to do with their time time?
    Why the outrage over something so trivial?

  15. Tim says:

    If you zoom out the satellite image, you’ll realize that the building’s shape makes sense in context. It’s two jets about to bomb the Nazis. A bit outdated, but interesting nonetheless. I still see their reason, but I think people should at least get why they did it in the first place.

  16. MattFeath says:

    I was stationed at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado back in the mid-90′s and noticed it on a map of the base … the people I showed it to at work thought I was crazy.

  17. Cpt. Tim says:

    if you want to look for it, the swastika is everwhere, especially in floor tiling or fabric prints.

  18. Mitch says:

    What a waste of money. It’s just a building with 8
    sections, arranged to form 4 courtyards open at one
    end. If people think it looks like a swastika from
    the air, people shouldn’t look at aerial photos of
    it.

    Besides, the swastika has existed in many cultures
    centuries before the Nazi party adopted it. If it
    were a heavy black swastika inside a white circle
    inside a red rectangle, then I’d be concerned.

    It’s really annoying when people construe things
    like this as anti-Semitic when that is obviously
    not the intention. I can think of a lot better
    uses for $600,000.

  19. The Rabbit Ambulance says:

    The swastika is not a nazi symbol, damn your eyes.

  20. Big Daddy says:

    Man, that building ~in context~ with the other two looks pretty awesome.

    It looks like an Apple //e game or something.

  21. Flying Squid says:

    The Alex Jones and David Ickes of the world will have a field day with this one.

  22. rst says:

    Does anyone know when that airplane icon began? 60s wargames? 80s videogames?

  23. Marshall says:

    Such a waste of money. There’s nothing wrong with the swastika – it’s about time we stop obsessing about it.

  24. Flying Squid says:

    I wouldn’t say NOTHING is wrong with the Swastika. That’s like saying nothing is wrong with giving people the finger because some cultures think that’s a sign of affection…

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