The logo at the top of the page juxtaposes “St. Trinian’s Sewing Circle” with a call to “support your local police”. This joke probably made more sense in to a 1960s audience.
St. Trinian’s is a fictional boarding school for girls which appeared in a World War II era comic strip. The tone of the comic was morbid and dark. The girls of St. Trinian’s, often depicted as being the daughters of gangsters and other criminals, were dangerous, anarchic, and violent. It was made into a series of comedy films in the 1950s, and a reboot was released in 2007.
St. Trinian’s is based on two real life boarding schools: St Mary’s School, Cambridge, and the Perse School for Girls, Cambridge. These schools emphasized self-discipline, as opposed to discipline imposed by the school. This gave them a reputation for being pretty wild.
The logo on this page suggests that the evil little girls of St. Trinian’s support their local police. The forces of law and anarchy are not at odds, they have a symbiotic relationship. The Discordian point of view holds both forces in equivalence: you cannot impose law without creating more disorder, nor can you create disorder without evoking the law.
The Battle Hymn of the Eristocracy
The Battle Hymn of the Eristocracy is a parody of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a patriotic war anthem which was written during the American Civil War. The Battle Hymn of the Republic may have been selected for parody because it was popular amongst both Union and Confederate soldiers and it celebrates war as a righteous glorification of Christianity.
Both sides of any battle believe that God is on their side. The Battle Hymn of the Eristocracy satirizes this position. Clearly if God is on both sides, she is not a God of mercy who advocates turning the other cheek. She is a God of War who will eagerly throw the first apple. The chiefs of staff who contemplate dropping the bomb do not destroy the balance of order and disorder, they are an integral part of it.
Lord Omar served in the marines from 1958 to 1960, and probably intended that this page be interpreted ironically. Thornley served in the same unit as Lee Harvey Oswald, and was one of the only people that spent any time getting to know him. When Thornley left the marines, he wrote a book called Idle Warriors which starred a fictional version of Oswald. It is the only book written abo0ut Oswald before 1963. Wikipedia summarizes: “[Thornley] viewed Oswald as the metaphorical embodiment of an intelligent peacetime GI: deeply dissatisfied with the monolithic, totalitarian structure of military life which stood in distressingly sharp contrast to the professed American ideals of individual liberty and free enterprise.”
Custer’s Last Stand
The page closes with another American Civil War-era reference: a quote from General Custer. Custer is hopeful about the future, but is sadly deluded. Shortly after saying this, Custer would be killed by American Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn. It just goes to show that in battle, it’s really hard to tell whether or not God is on your side.