THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 17

1991 - The U.S. Patriot Defense Missile was used in battle for the first time.  It shot down an Iraqi Scud fired at Saudi Arabia.

The Patriot defense system is truly revolutionary, because never in the history of ballistic warfare had a defensive weapon been used to intentionally eliminate an offensive weapon in use.

And for those who question the efficacy of missile defense:  The Russians and Chinese oppose and hate the development, production and placement of all types of missile defense...Which should say a lot about its effectiveness.


395 - Roman Emperor Theodosius died.

Theodosius was the last emperor to effectively rule the Roman Empire as a complete unit...Another event in a long line of events leading to the 'Fall of Rome.'

On his death, he granted his two sons parts of the Empire, which was permanently divided between the East and West...The West (Rome) fell in about 100 years, but the East (Constantinople) lasted for over 1,000 more.


1501 - The Papacy returned from Avignon to Rome.

Most people have no idea the Catholic Church went through a period where the Pope wasn't at Rome, or that there were periods of two competing Popes...Such is the ignorance of the American educational system - which is great when it comes to degenerate studies and Leftwing propaganda, but fails miserably when it comes to legitimate history.

The Catholic Church has always been a political entity, but never as much as it was during the pre-Reformation era.  It's too bad for the Church it took its fracturing, as well as being 'put in its place' by the various European princes and monarchs, before it was able to return to its primary position as the spiritual leader of the Christian world.

1821 - Mexico allowed Moses Austin and 300 U.S. families to settle in Texas.

Big mistake for the Mexicans...Huge boom for the U.S.

1935 - The League of Nations voted to award Germany the Saar Basin.

The first Nazi appeasement.

Hitler could tell from the beginning that France, Britain and the Soviets would do just about anything to avoid a fight...Unfortunately, Hitler was willing to do anything to force them to fight.


1945 - Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw:  WWII.

The Soviets were nice enough to let the Poles do most of the fighting - and dying...A systematic scheme to undermine the Poles from the very beginning of their liberation.


Once again, lets not get too crazy about any sentence containing the words 'Soviet' and 'liberate.'

1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.

Vomit In, Vomit Out!!


1964 - The PLO charter was put together with articles proclaiming Israel an illegal state, pledging "the elimination of Zionism in Palestine."

Few things are as amazing as the survival of the Jewish State in the middle of the Muslim wasteland...I’ve said for years, I don’t see how Israel can outlast its enemies. Here’s hoping I’m very wrong. Past history says I'm probably not.


1982 - 'Cold Sunday':  The U.S. saw temperatures drop to the lowest levels in over 100 years in many cities.

Had to be Global Cooling, back before Global Warming, back before Climate Change, of course...Sure.

1995 - The Kobe Earthquake:  A massive 7.2 earthquake destroyed Kobe, Japan, killing over 5,000.

Nature truly is a 'Mother.'

1997 - A French medical team removed ten bullets from Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein. One bullet was still left lodged in his spine.

How nice of the French to save one of the worlds biggest psychopaths...Papa Hussein was bad, and Kim Jong Ill was a treat as well, but Uday may have taken the cake.

I’m sure the people Uday sent through the plastic shredders, or the soccer players who lost their legs for losing soccer matches, thanked these French bastards for saving Saddam's loony son...Thankfully the U.S. Military gave him a proper ending six years later.


1998 - President Bill Clinton was interrogated during a deposition in the Paula Jones case. It was the first time a sitting president was interrogated in a court case. During the nearly six hours of sworn testimony, Clinton denied he engaged in a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

This was a civil trial, not some 'right wing conspiracy'...AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMITTED PERJURY!!!!!!

That said, the problem with Clinton was never about sexual relations (sadly much of America had no problem with his sexual weakness), but was about his overall lack of honesty and decency...We’ve had rogues in the White House before, but none were quite like Bubba.


Thankfully, his equal despicable wife will never be President.

2001 - The British House of Commons voted to ban fox hunting.

How pathetic for what was formerly the most powerful nation on Earth to have its federal government reduced to such stupid governance.


Sadly, the U.S. government is getting to this point, as well.

2003 - The Strategic Partnership with Africa (SPA), consisting of 15 developed nations, international lending institutions and U.N. agencies, concluded its annual meeting in Addis Ababa, agreeing to increase aid to Africa.

What a colossal joke...No one at the U.N. cares about Africa (as displayed in Rwanda, the Sudan, etc.). They just pay off African dictators in order to get their support in the Circle Jerk Group, and to steal their  natural resources.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 16

27 B.C. – The Roman 'Imperial Era' was inaugurate when the Senate proclaimed Octavian as 'Augustus.'

Julius Caesar is much more well known, but it's debatable that Augustus is the single most important person in Roman history.

Octavian became Augustus, Augustus became 'the first citizen,' the Republic ended and the Empire began...More important, Augustus began a period of relative peace in the Roman world, known as the Pax Romana.

But don't think for a minute there was absolute peace.  There was a relative peace, imposed by Rome - meaning they crushed anyone who tried to break the peace...Until they became weak through decadence and sloth, and allowed their neighbors to overrun them.

1547 - Ivan the Terrible crowned himself Czar of Russia - the first Russian ruler to assume this title.

Ivan was terrible, but he was also a great Russian ruler...Sadly this combination has proven to be more the rule than the exception in Russian history.


1556 - Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, abdicated his crown as Holy Roman Emperor.

Charles was the Charlemagne of his era, and no European ruler had an empire with such power and grand holdings until Napoleon in the 1800s...Unfortunately for his successors, Charles' holdings proved impossible to keep together.

1919 - Prohibition became law in the U.S. with the passage of the Volstead Act, which enforced and defined the 18th Amendment. It was passed over President Wilson's veto with the necessary two-thirds majority of state ratifications.

This act became effective on this day the next year (1/16/1920)...In the end, however, this amendment was a failure. Prohibition was flaunted by mobsters, bootleggers and many average American citizens throughout the country, and was eventually repealed in 1933.

1925 - Leon Trotsky was dismissed as CEO of the Russian Revolution Military Council, and Stalin took over the post.

The ‘Man of Steel’ showed his strength by devouring Lenin’s favorite, and never looked back...Soon every Soviet citizen felt his strength, and Stalin proved to be a leader comparable to Russia's first czar - Ivan the Terrible.

1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for an extension of the Social Security Act to include more women and children.

One of the many attempts bastardizing the Social Security system...It was a boondoggle from the day it was instituted, and has become a political lightning-rod, as well as an economic noose around the neck of every American's future.

1944 - The U.S. First and Third Armies linked up at Houffalize, Belgium, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge:  WWII.

The Battle of the Bulge temporarily halted the Allied offensive, but from here the route resumed and didn’t end until VE-Day.

The 'Bulge' was a failure, and it was Hitler’s last betrayal of the German people, because its short success was enough to ensure the Ruskies took Berlin before the Western Allies could get to it...A reality which doomed East Germany to 50-years of Soviet controlled Hell.

1973 - 'National Nothing Day' was first celebrated; set aside each year for people to sit around for the entire day and just hang out. No celebrating, observing or honoring anything.

Too many Americans celebrate this day everyday...These same turds vote (D) every two years as well.

1991 - The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. President G.H.W. Bush said in a nationally broadcast address "the battle has been joined" as fighter bombers pounded Iraqi targets. (Because of the time difference, it was early January 17 in the Persian Gulf when the attack began).

What an amazing display of planning, power and speed. As impressive as any in history.

Unfortunately, Bush didn’t remove Sadaam Hussein...The decision to leave him in power was a costly one for the U.S. and the Iraqi people.

2003 - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off on what was its final mission.

Space exploration and exploitation is definitely another frontier in America’s ‘Manifest Destiny,’ but 17 days after this shuttle's launch the world saw this fateful mission end in tragedy.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 15

1929 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

What a phenomenal joke...A group of 62 nations agreed to outlaw war, which was incredibly successful.

1931: Japan invaded Manchuria.

1935: Italy invaded Ethiopia.

1936: The Spanish Civil War began...Many of Europe's players got involved as a tune-up for WWII.


1937: Japan invaded China.

1938: Germany took Austria (peacefully, hahaha), as well as the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia (peacefully as well...Thanks Nev!).

1939: Germany and the U.S.S.R. invaded Poland - then Western Europe...Europe went to war - sort of.

1939: The U.S.S.R. invaded Finland.


1941: Italy invaded Greece.

1941: Germany invaded the U.S.S.R...The European war became total.


1941: Japan attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor...The Pacific was now aflame.

I could do this all day, over the entire globe - FOR ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY...The sad reality is fighting and war are part of the human condition. Always has been, always will be.

Promises of peace are a joke...There is only one way to have peace, and that is to be strong enough to thoroughly destroy your enemies, and having the will to use such force as needed.

Ultimate strength, and the willingness to use it is the only deterrence to those who threaten peace.


588 B.C. - Babylonian king Nebuchadrezzar II began a siege against Jerusalem.

The event isn't great, but the fact it is in the ancient period and is recorded is great...These kind of events are so rare they can't be taken for granted.

1535 - Henry VIII declared himself head of the English Church.

Although he was a buffoon, Henry proved to be the third most important person in the Reformation period, after Luther and Charles V...His decision to leave the Catholic Church forever separated England from the Continent, and led it down a path of greatness only matched by the Romans and Americans in the Western World.

1559 - England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth was one of England's greatest monarchs, and one of the most important women in the history of the world.

1870 - The Democrat Party was represented as a donkey in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.

The Donkey was created as a representation of the Democrats kicking around the Republicans...That said, the Democrats ended up with the perfect character representing its party and ideas: The Jackass.

1919 - Peasants in Central Russia rose against the Bolsheviks.

Those who don't understand the Russian Revolution may think the Russian Communists were supposed to be for the 'peasants,' but Lenin had no intention of following Marx's ideas...Instead he tilted towards the city workers and intelligentsia.

The entire communist movement was a joke from the beginning, but Lenin and the Ruskies bastardized it to a point of simply being a 'Political Philosophy from Hell.'

1945 - The Soviet Red Army liberated the Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp:  WWII.

Lets not make the mistake of ever buying into sentences mixing the words 'liberate' and 'Soviet/Red Army.'

What a treat this must have been for the Jews and Poles to go from being enslaved, abused and killed by the Nazis, to being enslaved, abused and killed by the Soviets.

1951 - The U.S. Supreme Court curbed freedom of speech, ruling "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot was cause for arrest.

This took a ruling by the Supremes???? I guess 'common sense' has never been common.

1989 - NATO, the Warsaw Pact and twelve other European countries adopted a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria.

Blah, blah, blah...Wasted words, and a complete waste of time.

See Kellogg-Briand at the top.

2004 - Amnesty International said more than 400 prisoners had been hanged since 1991 in Singapore, mostly for drug offenses.

Anytime you see 'Amnesty International' you know it is going to be a line of B.S...And this one is right up to par.

Singapore should be proud of itself for executing scumbags with drug offenses...We'd be much better off here in the U.S. if we did likewise. Instead we go limp on the issue, and have chosen to accept an enormous drug problem, along with all the problems drugs contribute to.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

January 14

1784 - The United States ratified the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War.

It took almost 10-years, but the Colonists proved to the world that Americans would never live under a monarch again.

It's important to remember how difficult it was to gain freedom, and how long it took as well...We must keep this in mind as countries around the world take their time establishing a modicum of freedom in previously tyrannical lands.

Freedom isn't free, nor is it easy to obtain...It is even more difficult to maintain.


Sadly, I'm also afraid it isn't for everyone.

1526 - Charles V and Francis I signed the Treaty of Madrid. Francis was forced to give up French claims in Burgundy, Italy and Flanders.

The reign of Charles V is one of the most impressive in all of history...His holdings were greater than that of any previous European ruler (including the Romans and Charlemagne), and matched that of any in world history.

Charles' largest holdings: He was Holy Roman Emperor (Germany, Austria, etc.), and King of Spain (including Spanish America, the Netherlands, the Low Countries and parts of Italy).

Unfortunately for Charles, his holdings were extremely contested, and he spent most of his reign defending them in almost constant warfare...There was also a German priest who raised Hell during his rule as well - Martin Luther - and the never-ending threat of invasion from the Turks.


1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all U.S. aliens to register with the government:  WWII.

Sounds like a good idea. All U.S. citizens are registered with the government (birth certificates, SS#'s, etc.), so why is it such a big deal to do the same with aliens? Hmmmmm?


1963 - George Wallace was sworn in as Governor of Alabama, with a pledge of:  
"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

I hope everyone realizes the Governor was a good ol’ Democrat...As were most of the hard-line segregationists.


Also, you know President Lincoln was a Republican right? The guy who made the Emancipation Proclamation...Ike was also a Republican president - he's the one who forced Gov. Wallace to accept segregation.

I’m sure this history isn’t properly taught in schools however, because Liberal educrats have never been too worried about history which doesn't fit their propaganda.


2011 - Tunisian dictator Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.

It's always good to see dictators deposed - even better when they are killed - but we need to be very careful in our hopes for a better Muslim world after the current crop are kicked out...What follows may be much worse.

I made that comment in 2012...I was correct.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 13

1863 - Thomas Crapper invented the one-piece pedestal-flushing toilet.

A seemingly minor event...Hardly!

It's hard to imagine living in the 'pre-sanitation' days, and the advent of this system of eliminating human waste was a huge story in the decline of many of man's most awful diseases in major cities...Namely typoid, cholera, and other diarrhea causing diseases.

"And now you know the rest of the story." - Paul Harvey

1559 - Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England.

The 'Virgin Queen' was not only one of the most important English rulers, she was one of the most important women in history.

1920 - A N.Y. Times Editorial said rockets could never fly.

90-years later and the Times continues to mystify many with its idiotic pronouncements.


1931 - The bridge connecting New York and New Jersey was named the George Washington Memorial Bridge.

This would never fly today...Because Washington was a racist, slave owner. Forget that he was the first President of the United States, and the greatest American.

This bridge would be named after one of the flamers from 'Queer Eye for the Normo Guy' before it could be named after Washington.


1943 - General Leclerc's Free French forces merged with the British under Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in Libya:  WWII.

I ride the French pretty hard, and constantly refer to how they rolled over for the Germans - and liked it...This group of Free French forces, however, was an excellent force, and a worthy descendant of Charlemagne.

Unfortunately, the rest of the 99.9% of the French give them a bad name.


1943 - Hitler declared 'Total War':  WWII.

I guess prior to this date, the Germans were fighting a ‘partial war’...Psychotic fool!!


1966 - Robert C. Weaver became the first black U.S. cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Why is it always a big deal when Democrat presidents appoint a minority to a minor cabinet position, but when a Republican president puts one in a major position (State, SCOTUS, etc.) the media whitewashes it or calls the recipient an 'Uncle Tom?'


1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled public school officials had broad powers to censor school newspapers, school plays and other "school-sponsored expressive activities."

Amazingly this (along with the mythical “separation of church and state” clause) was taken to mean they could censor any form of religious display...But displays of Jihad Joe taking a leak on the American Flag would surely be allowed. Maybe even encouraged.


1992 - Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Not to make light of this issue, but this was Japan’s big crime in WWII???? I guess the words Pearl Harbor, Unit 731, Nanjing and Bataan were minor incidences.


1996 - President Bill Clinton paid a front-line visit to American forces in Bosnia, praising the troops as "warriors for peace."

Warriors for peace under a Commander-in-Chief who is a (D) = Good; with an (R) = Bad...Riiiiight.


Such is the reality of the American media and lying anti-war Liberals.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 12 (A Double)

1896 - H.L. Smith took the first X-ray photograph - a hand with a bullet in it.

This was a huge development in the history of medicine..And one which extended well past medicine. For better and for worse.

1943 - Soviet forces penetrated the siege of Leningrad, creating a breach in German lines, which had encircled the city for a year and a half. This breach allowed more supplies to come in along Lake Ladoga, the lifeline of the Leningrad resistance:  WWII.

The Battle of Leningrad is one of the greatest battles in world history, and should be read by all...I recommend 'The 900 Days,' by Harrison Salisbury.

The Russians lost approximately one million lives in almost 900-days; around 1,000 per day for 2 1/2 years...As a point of reference, imagine the effect a 9/11/01 or Pearl Harbor every 2-3 days for almost three years would have on America.

The 'City of Lenin,' (or 'Peter' for those who are true historians) much like Stalingrad, could not fall to the Germans, and Hitler was so maniacal he insisted on conquering it, when bludgeoning, isolating and bypassing the city made much more strategic sense.


1893 - Hermann Goering was born.

Happy Birthday, you fat-ass, psychotic, piece of human garbage!!


That said, the field marshal is one of my favorite Nazis to read about.

1918 - The U.S. government agreed to use state prisoners as farm laborers.

Can you imaging if we did this today? The ACLU and the rest of the Liberal Jackals would be howling mad.

Who cares what the ACLU wants, though.  It sounds like a much better plan than bringing in millions of illegal aliens to do the same work...But I’m sure in modern-day, moronic, Liberal America this would be considered “cruel and unusual punishment.”


1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.

Of course race shouldn’t preclude anyone from law school (or any school)...Neither should gender, etc.


This should include whites and men, by the way, because 'Reverse Racism' is as repugnant as 'Direct Racism'...Except in Liberalville, of course, where they not only push for Reverse Racism but also push for the "soft bigotry of low expectations." - G.W. Bush.

It's what keeps Democrats in office, and has been a brilliant political scheme for over 60-years.


1950 - The USSR reintroduced the death penalty for treason, espionage and sabotage.

In 1950?  That would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

1961 - A United Nations pact banning genocide went into effect.

Bangladesh (1971), East Timor (1975-99), Cambodia (1975-79), Bosnia (1992-95), Rwanda (1994), Darfur (2004-today).

Looks like banning genocide works really well.

1976 - The U.N. Security Council voted 11-1 to seat the Palestine Liberation Organization for its debate on the Middle East. The United States cast the only dissenting vote.

Yet we continue to prop up this joke of an organization - actually both...So, we get what we ask for.


1990 - Romania became the first Warsaw Pact member to ban the Communist Party.

Considering Romania's sordid history, banning Commies is unlikely to keep them from reverting to poor form.

1991 - A deeply divided U.S. Congress gave President G.H.W. Bush the authority to expel Iraq from Kuwait.

Wait a minute.  I thought everyone supported the first Gulf War - just not the second one...This is the mythology we've all heard from Democrats and their lap-dogs in the media for the past two decades.

For the record:  The Senate voted 52-47, the House voted 250-183.

Can you believe there were actually 48 dirt bag Senators (47 + 1 dissenter) and 183 POS Representatives who voted to allow Saddam to keep Kuwait?


Democrats of course!

This same group of clowns were raging again 12-years later when the time came to get rid of the 'Butcher of Baghdad'...So much for the lie that Democrats supported the First Gulf War because we had a 'global mandate' to free Kuwait.

1995 - Amid unprecedented media hype, the murder trial of Hall of Fame football star O.J. Simpson began in a Los Angeles Superior Court. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

It’s hard to believe, but this is still the biggest media story in my 40+ year existence...It got every bit as much play as 9/11, Iraq War, Katrina, Obama, etc., and certainly was overwhelmingly covered for a longer period of time.

Incredibly, 'The Juice' got away with murder...Equally incredible, justice was finally served when he was put in prison for such a stupid act as trying to steal his own stolen football paraphernalia.


1998 - Nineteen European nations signed a treaty in Paris opposing human cloning.

Sure...We’ll see how long the Mengelian-wannabes are held at bay on this one.


1998 - Germany said it agreed to establish a $110 million fund to compensate Jewish victims of the Nazis in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Payments from the fund would be released starting in 1999 over a period of four years, benefiting an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 victims.

So the other 9-10 million were ‘freebies’? I guess this makes everything alright, though, for the 17,000.

Uhhh, do you realize that comes to a paltry $6,471 per person? (110,000,000/17,000).

A piece of crap used car costs over $6,471. I guess Der Fuhrer was right and the life of a Jew really is cheap.


2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.

They should have given the police the 'authority' to see if the 'runners' can outrun a bullet...If you have nothing to run from, then don't run.


2010 - A massive earthquake struck Haiti.

200,000-300,000 Haitians were killed as a result of this event...As a point of reference, the U.S. had around 400,000 deaths in all of WWII.

Nature is truly a 'mother.'

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 11

532 - The Nika Revolt: A general revolt against Byzantine emperor Justinian.

This event wasn't a revolution; it was a massive riot. One of the largest in history...It almost destroyed Justinian, which would have likely brought on a much quicker downfall of the Byzantine Empire - and please remember this was nothing less than a continuation of the Roman Empire in the East.

Luckily, Justinian's wife, Theodora, helped him 'keep his head' and gave him the inner strength to put down the riot...Not only did Justinian survive the riot, ending up the greatest Byzantine emperor, but he rebuilt Constantinople which helped strengthen the empire enough to last another 1000 years.

1879 - The Zulu War began:  South African colonials vs. Britain.

Shaka was dead, but he trained his people well...Unfortunately for the Zulus, the Brits were also trained, and had modern weapons.

1922 - Insulin was first used to treat diabetes. Leonard Thompson, from Canada, was the first patient.

Diabetes is a horrible disease, and it's hard to imagine what it would be like without the genius of such medicines.

1923 - France and Belgium occupied the Ruhr as a way to collect reparations from Germany.

I hope they collected plenty because the Ruhr was quickly reclaimed by Germany when Hitler took power, and the Germans soon returned to France and Belgium...Payback-for-payback is a bitch.

1929 - In the Soviet Union, the Bolsheviks officially reduced the workday to seven hours.

Hahahahaha!!! Those silly communists had such a way with words.

I bet if you asked any person who lived in the Soviet system how long their workday was they’d say much longer than seven hours a day...Maybe they meant seven before lunch and seven after lunch.


Oops.  I forgot, lunch was a myth, too.

1943 - The Soviet Red Army encircled Stalingrad:  WWII.

Hitler's army was enveloped, and his insistence on capturing Stalingrad was about to end in disaster...German Field Marshall von Paulus surrendered shortly after this, and the Soviet rout was on.


1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his 'State of the Union,' proposed a National Service Act and a new set of rights, including: a right to a job, a right of decent income to farmers, a right to a decent home, a right to medical care, etc.

Sounds like FDR was proposing the U.S. become Utopia. Unfortunately, for Liberals, America is a place situated in 'REALITY,' and is based on 'LIBERTY,' not 'EQUALITY.'

We have the freedom (Liberty) to make our lot in life. We are not owed anything except opportunity, and Equality isn’t an attainable goal, or even a goal worth wanting, because the only way to make everyone Equal is to make everyone 'MISERABLE.'


Incredibly, President Obama attempted to revive FDR's silly program...Which led to the electoral disasters of 2010-2016 for Democrats - ultimately giving rise to the presidency of Donald Trump.

1989 - 140 nations agreed to ban chemical weapons.

How many have kept this agreement?  Did the U.S. keep it?

2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled state employees cannot go into federal court to sue over age bias.

This sounds like a simple ‘states rights’ issue, but some cried because they’d rather have their 'Uncle' (Sam) control everything...Most notably the federal courts, and their Liberal agenda.


2002 - The first al-Qaeda prisoners arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

I'm so glad President Obama is using his last days in office freeing these poor prisoners...I'm sure we'll be much safer for such actions.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

January 10

49 B.C. - Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon and invaded Italy, beginning a civil war after being ordered to disband his army three days earlier.

"Alea iacta est!" = “The die is cast.”

Caesar is one of the ten most important people in history, and this day began the path towards his crowning achievement...It was also the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic, which was soon to become the Roman Empire.

1776 - Propagandist Thomas Paine anonymously published 'Common Sense,' a scathing attack on King George III's reign over the American colonies and a call for complete independence.

"O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare opposed not only the tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the Old World is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted around the globe...O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind." - T. Paine

Within a year over 500,000 copies of 'Common Sense' were purchased in the Colonies, which proved to be as much a spark for the American Revolution as anything.

Paine was a great man, and a Patriot of the first order...I can’t even express how proud I’d be to be called a modern-day Thomas Paine, who was known as a 'poison pen' during his time.

I admit to stealing this for my 'Blogger name,' and you’ll soon see where the 'Pero' part comes from.


1847 - General Stephen Kearny and Commodore Robert Stockton retook Los Angeles in the last California battle of the Mexican War.

Mexico lost the war, but has never given up the battle of reclaiming its former territory...The Mexican Reconquista has long been underway, and the re-population of the Southwest U.S. is more of a Mexican success than anyone wants to acknowledge.


1901 - Oil was discovered in Texas.

A huge state was soon to become an economic monster.

1920 - The League of Nations came into being when the Treaty of Versailles went into effect. The United States did NOT join the League.

The League was an abortion from its very first day, and the U.S. was smart enough to stay out ...We will see this intelligence reversed shortly.


1928 - The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.

It's amazing Trotsky wasn’t simply assassinated...Most of Uncle Joe’s rivals met a much quicker death.  Not that Joe didn't eventually kill him.

For those who don’t know, Trotsky was called 'Pero' by Lenin, for his writing ability (Pero = Pen, in Russian)...Although I am no admirer of Trotsky, I admit to stealing this for part of my 'Blog name.'


1944 - The G.I. Bill of Rights was passed by the U.S. Congress. The bill, formally known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, was intended to smooth demobilization for America's almost 16 million servicemen and women.

This is a small token of what this country owes its brave troops.

Unfortunately, some of our current troops joined the military with the intention of doing so ‘just to collect on the benefits’...The reality of the job was not in their minds, and now they are bitching about being called on as warriors.

Luckily, most of our troops are not like these, and joined the military to defend our great nation.


1946 - The League of Nations was officially superseded by the United Nations when the first meeting of the General Assembly began in London.

The U.S. stayed out of the League (rightly), but didn’t have the foresight to stay out of the U.N...Which has proven to be every bit as corrupt and useless as its evil mother.


1967 – PBS (the Public Broadcasting System) began as a 70-station network.

Why is the federal government funding a Liberal propaganda network?

I have no problem with Lefty networks, like CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc., because they are at least privately funded...The fact PBS is paid for by the American taxpayer is completely absurd.


2003 - North Korea announced it was pulling out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

As if it was following the declaration anyway...Every country should pull out of it (including the U.S), and just do what they are doing.

The next global war will occur in due time anyway, and treaties with participants who refuse to follow them are useless.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

January 9

1905 – 'Bloody Sunday': The name given the day the Russians in St. Petersburg started their long struggle against the Tsarist regime, beginning the Russian Revolution of 1905.

Do not confuse this with the ‘Communist Revolution' in 1917...This was an attempt by the people to force the Czar to give them representation, which he eventually did with the establishment of the Duma/Parliament. Not that it did much for the people.

What it did do, however, was give the people a taste of revolt...It also gave some of the future communist leaders of the 1917 Revolution a little practice in rabble-rousing - particularly Leon Trotsky.


1861 - The first hostile act of the U.S. Civil War occurred when the Confederate 'Star of the West' fired on Fort Sumter.

Understand this action was not part of the Battle of Fort Sumter, but it was an inevitable beginning to the most destructive war in American History...It's also important to keep in mind this war had to be fought, because sometimes war is the only answer.

1945 - American troops invaded the Philippine island of Luzon and went on to liberate Manila:  WWII.


MacArthur “returned”...I love the guy, but the fact MacArthur staged and filmed his wading ashore is more than a little wacky. But he did what he promised, and eventually liberated the Philippines.

Unfortunately, by this time recovering the Philippines was probably unnecessary and delayed the endgame of destroying the Japanese Empire.

1945 - Major Raymond Cromley, head of the top secret 'Dixie Mission,' sent a cable to U.S. military headquarters in Chunking which said Mao Tse-tung would like to send a group to President Roosevelt to explain the situation in China. Ambassador Patrick J. Hurley, who opposed the meeting, intercepted the message and failed to pass it to Roosevelt:  WWII.

Who knows how this would have affected post-WWII China, but it is a strange event, and a case of treason in my opinion by Ambassador Hurley.


1951 - The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.

Ugh!! Why did we have to put the 'Circle Jerk Group' on American soil? Amsterdam, Paris, or even Damascus would have been a much more logical site.


1991 - Major League Baseball banned Pete Rose from being in the Hall of Fame.

For gambling on baseball, Pete was 'banned for life', and he should be banned from the Hall 'for life', as well...Which means Rose should be inducted as soon as he dies.

2000 - The controversial 'Sensation' art exhibit ended its three-month run at the Brooklyn Museum, which had gotten into a fight with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani over what the mayor called the exhibits offensive anti-Catholic content.

Here’s a quote about the content of the show: “Chris Ofili's work titled 'The Holy Virgin Mary;' it is this work - a depiction of a black Madonna adorned with elephant dung and sexually-explicit photos.”

Very nice.

This kind of "dung" is protected by the First Amendment in Liberalville. Which is also the same insane asylum where saying the 'Pledge of Allegiance' is considered a violation of the mythical ‘separation of church and state’ clause.

By the way, has anyone found that part of the Constitution yet?

2002 - Lawyers advised the Pentagon the Geneva Conventions do not apply to the Taliban or al Qaeda and the president has the authority to suspend the Geneva Conventions.

I want to get sick every time I hear about the 'Geneva Conventions'...The only fools who follow them is the U.S.

"War is Hell," and should only be entered into if it is going to be fought as a battle to get out of Hell...Playing by 'rules of nicety' is ridiculous. Heaven knows our enemies don't worry about such idiocy.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

January 8

1926 - Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud established the Kingdom of Hejaz - later renamed Saudi Arabia.

A country was created out of the desert wasteland...What a cruel irony their only valuable resource is the most important resource on Earth:  Oil.


And the world’s most irresponsible and lunatic people happen to control it.

1815 - The Battle of New Orleans:  War of 1812.  U.S. forces, led by General Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the last battle of the war.

The war ‘officially’ ended on December 24, 1814, but news of the peace treaty hadn’t reached the South yet...That's a good story, but not reality.

The truth is the Brits were hoping for a victory in New Orleans to use as a way of restarting the war, or at the very least to use as a bargaining tool against the U.S. in peace negotiations.

Instead the Brits got whooped, and it was beautiful for Jackson to slap the Brits around to the tune of 2,044 British casualties to only 71 for the U.S. troops...It was the last time the Brits returned to the U.S. with bad intentions.


1871 - Prussian troops began bombarding Paris:  Franco-Prussian War.

This became a reoccurring theme for the next 70-years between the Germans and French...Amazingly, they are friends now, but sooner or later the French will be Germany’s whipping-boy again.


1918 - President Wilson outlined his 'Fourteen Points for Peace':  World War I.

It all sounded nice, his idealistic plan for a world forever free from conflict, but the reality was (and always will be) the world isn’t a pretty place...The League of Nations was created out of Wilson’s Utopian pipe-dream, but the U.S. didn’t even join it, and WWII was less than 25-years away.


1954 - President Dwight Eisenhower proposed stripping convicted communists of their U.S. citizenship.

This was a move which would have been completely against the First Amendment, and never made it past the Supreme Court...He could have done more to destroy communism in America had he done more to destroy it internationally.


1964 - President Lyndon Johnson declared a 'War on Poverty.'

In order to crush poverty he increased welfare, which increased the 'political indentured servitude' of America’s poor and minorities by tying them to the Democrat Party...All along knowing these people would never be able to pull themselves out of their poor state as long as the Democrat Party was around to 'help keep them down.'

I have to admit it has been the greatest political strategy in American history, even though it's also been one of the most destructive social experiments in that same history.


1997 - The state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.

Gotta love a ‘triple’...It's good anytime a criminal scumbag is removed from this world. It's even better when three go at a time.


1998 - 'Unabomber' suspect Theodore Kaczynski tried to commit suicide just hours before stunning a packed courtroom by saying he wanted to be his own lawyer and argue he was sane. He appeared in court with a red mark on his neck and missing his undershorts, leading police to conclude he attempted to kill himself in his cell at the Sacramento County Jail. He was placed under security surveillance.

On the next day, they should have tossed a rope in his cell...Instead the state of California will be paying to incarcerate this piece of garbage for the rest of his life. What a sad joke.


1998:  World Trade Center bomber Rahmzi Ahmed Yousef was sentenced to life in prison.

Six people died and over a thousand were injured, yet this terrorist was given a life sentence instead of being executed.  Like Kaczynski, this case is a sad joke.

2002 – The 'No Child Left Behind Act,' was signed into law by President Bush.

Another case of 'Bad if (R) and Good if (D)'...Also, don't forget, this was a 'bi-partisan' bill, co-authored by two Republicans and two Democrats (one being Ted Kennedy).

The media and the Left love to snipe at this act, but if the same bill had been passed under Bill Clinton or Obama they’d be saying it is a great law.


2002 - The Bush administration sent a secret report to Congress, the 'Nuclear Posture Review,' which said the Pentagon needed to be prepared to use nuclear weapons against seven nations: China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Libya.

The press and Congressional Democrats went nuts over this report...But it's a matter of National Defense, which should have been done long before this date.

The president’s first priority is protecting the nation. Neglecting to acknowledge our enemies, and finding ways to destroy them, would be a complete dereliction of duty...Something Democrats have become expert at.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

January 7 (A Double)

1789 - The first nationwide U.S. presidential election was held. The electors unanimously picked George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President.

Two better men couldn't have been chosen for the position of President and V.P...It's doubtful anyone will ever surpass Washington in importance in American history, and although Adams was no Washington he was more than up to the task of succeeding Washington eight years later.

Our nation would never have survived without these early leaders, and it's been said a million times: "America has always been blessed with the right man, in the right place, at the right time."

Unfortunately, this axiom is being tested greatly in our current time.

1971 - DDT was outlawed by a U.S. Court of Appeals.

It takes a lot for an event to share a day with Washington, but the long term suffering and death caused by this decision puts it right up there in importance.

DDT kills a lot of insects, birds and small animals...But not using it has led to the death of tens of millions of HUMANS.

I'm sure the people of Africa, South America and Asia would rather see animals and bugs die from DDT than their family members from Yellow Fever and other diseases.

I'm also sure it's coincidental (not racist, of course) that Liberals across the planet have chosen to protect the furry little creatures of the world instead of its most destitute people...Sure!


49 B.C. - The Roman Senate declared Julius Caesar a public enemy, unless he would disband his army.

Caesar scoffed at this pitiful order...The Republic was on its last legs, and Caesar soon cut them off.

1558 - The Duke de Guise captured Calais for France.

Calais was one of England's last Continental properties, and after hearing the news of the loss Queen Mary I reportedly said: "When I am dead and opened, you shall find 'Calais' lying in my heart."

I'd say getting off the Continent was a blessing for the English, because it forced them to look inward and turn away from the decadence of Europe.

1807 - Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte's attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockaded Continental Europe.

Neither the Brit nor French 'blockades' were very successful, and Europe continued to be bled out until Britain was able to put together a strong enough alliance to finally defeat the Emperor.

1934 - Six-thousand pastors in Berlin defied the Nazis insisting they would not be muzzled.

These pastors were brave; they were also out-gunned.

1935 - Fascist Italy and France agreed to protect Austria against Nazi German encroachment.

France has been Germany's whipping-boy since 1870. What made them think they could stop Hitler from taking his homeland?


Italy?  Hahahaha!  Actually, it's pretty sad to think Musso was gonna be of any help to anyone.

1945 - British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery gave a press conference where he all but claimed complete credit for saving the Allied cause in the Battle of the Bulge:  WWII.

Montgomery is a favorite target of ridicule for American historians (myself included), but it is foolish to deny he was a good general...As Churchill rightly noted: "Before Monty the Germans never lost a battle, but after Monty they never won one."

The unstated coincidence is the U.S. entered the war soon after Monty took command in Africa.

For the Field Marshal to make any claim for the success at the Battle of the Bulge was a complete farce, though...If anything, his waste of time at 'Market Garden' made the Battle of the Bulge possible for the Germans, and slowed down the effort in the West so much the Ruskies were able to get to Berlin first.

1951 - Hostile demonstrations welcomed Dwight Eisenhower to Paris during talks on European defense strategy.

Some have fallen for the Liberal propaganda that France has always been our friend (prior to G.W. Bush, that is)...Think again.

The French have never been our friends:

1. Sure they helped in the Revolutionary War, but they did so to spite Britain, not because they were supporters of liberty or the American colonists.

2. They sold us the Louisiana Territory, but had no choice. France was at war all over Europe and couldn't hold on to its American prize even if they wanted to...Plus, after their defeat in Haiti, Napoleon had to scrap his plans of invading the U.S. But that's not something taught in public school. Hell, it's not even taught in American universities.

3. The French gave us the Statue of Liberty; sort of...A group of French citizens gave it to 'the American people' in France's name, but the French government could have cared less.

4. In WWI, France treated our troops like dogs, and didn't want them there other than as fodder against the Hun.

5. In WWII, France rolled over like a cheap whore for the Germans, and hate the fact the U.S. and Brits saved it from becoming a nation of bars of soap and lampshades.

Etc., etc., etc...They were self-serving bastards then, just as they were in 1951 (not even six years after being liberated), just as they are today.

1953 - President Truman announced in his State of the Union Address, the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.

This monster has been tested but never used in anger. I wonder who will be the lucky 'first' recipient? Will it be the U.S.?

Who really knows what our enemies have?  Or what our 'friends' will eventually sell to our enemies.

1999 - For only the second time in history, an impeached American president (Bill Clinton) went on trial before the Senate.

The House did its job properly, and so did the Senate...He should have been impeached by the House, and acquitted by the Senate.  I hope you follow this logic.

The threat of impeachment should be held over every public official, and wielded like a hammer...For too long our presidents, representatives, senators, judges, and bureaucrats have acted without fear of repercussion. The Constitution has specific means for protecting the 'people' from these officials and it is Congress's duty to use impeachment as needed to protect the people.

Unfortunately, many government officials have long since ended the promise of working for and protecting the people, and now simply work for and protect themselves and their friends.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

January 6

1838 - Samuel Morse made the first public demonstration of the telegraph.

This was a huge event; an event which shrank the world, because anytime transport of people and ideas is made quicker or more efficient the Earth is made a little smaller.

1066 - Harald was crowned King of England.

By the end of the year, this 'king' was destroyed by a 'duke':  William the Conqueror.

1931 - Thomas Edison submitted his last patent application.

There have been very few inventors who match Edison's genius.  Thankfully he was born in a country which put his genius to help humanity, instead of destroy it.

2001 - The U.S. Congress formally certified George W. Bush the winner of the 2000 presidential election.

Every vote counts!  Unfortunately, even some votes which shouldn't count, count. Specifically, fraudulent votes from illegal aliens, dead people, and non-existent people - a Democrat specialty...Which is all the more reason why Republicans can never sit out an election cycle.

Sadly, Republicans didn't follow this advice in the 2008 and 2012 elections...Which is exactly how we got such fantastically incompetent leaders as Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi dominating our lives.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

January 5

1919 - The German Workers Party - later known as the National Socialist (Nazi) Party - was formed in Germany.

It isn’t amazing Germany fell under the spell of Hitler and his nutty Nazis.  It could happen again; it could happen anywhere - including in the U.S., because people in general are want for a strongman...What's amazing is how so many psychopaths were able to gather in one place and function as well as they did. It would have been much more natural for them to cannibalize one another much faster than they did.

1349 - Jews were massacred at Nuremberg during Black Death riots.

'The Jews poisoned the wells, causing the Plague'...People in the Middle Ages were scientifically ignorant, and it's always been easy to blame the Jews for just about anything - not just in Germany, either.

1781 - A British naval expedition, led by Benedict Arnold - infamous American traitor - burned Richmond, Virginia:  American Revolutionary War.

Arnold was one of the true heroes of the American Revolution, but he was a narcissist who didn't feel he got 'enough love' from Washington and the political leadership, so he turned.  It's too bad, because had he stayed the course, he would have went down in American history below only George Washington and Nathaniel Greene as military leaders in the War for Independence.

1896 - German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays.

The Germans were far ahead of the rest of the world scientifically at this time, and continued its domination throughout WWII...Sadly, they made far too much use of this genius destroying their neighbors and themselves, instead of such things as medical x-ray technology.

1945 – The 'House Un-American Activities Committee' (HUAC) became a permanent House committee.

With the modern-day Benedict Arnold's running around, it would be nice to see Congress revive this long-since-dead, 'permanent House committee.'

1948 - Alfred Kinsey's 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Male' was published.

How many little boys were raped by Kinsey's subjects in order to get his deviant research? I'm sure a few little girls were 'test subjects,' too.

1993 - The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex-killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.

All sexual predators should face execution...I guarantee if we killed enough of them the level of sexual crimes would drop.

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Monday, January 02, 2017

January 4

1923 - Vladimir Lenin's 'Political Testament' called for the removal of Joseph Stalin.

Lenin knew Stalin was bad news, and foresaw the Stalin-Trotsky battles to come: "Stalin is too rude, and this fault, entirely supportable in relations among us Communists, becomes insupportable in the office of General Secretary. Therefore, I propose to the comrades to find a way to remove Stalin from that position and appoint to it another man who in all respects differs from Stalin only in superiority - namely, more patient, more loyal, more polite and more attentive to comrades, less capricious, etc. This circumstance may seem an insignificant trifle, but I think that from the point of view of preventing a split and from the point of view of the relation between Stalin and Trotsky which I discussed above, it is not a trifle, or it is such a trifle as may acquire a decisive significance.” - V.I. Lenin

Of course, Lenin was correct in his assessment, but he wasn't able to keep the 'Man of Steel' from claiming power after his death. Such is the cruelty of history...Not that Trotsky would have been a treat.


1648 - The English House of Commons declared itself sovereign.

This is the difference between England and the U.S.:  In the U.S. the American people are sovereign - at least B.O. - Before Obama. 

1847 - Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the U.S. government.

Firearm production was just getting ramped up; perfect timing for an upcoming civil war.

1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters.

Where did it open?  10-12 Broad - near Wall Street.

1894 - France ratified the Duple Alliance with Russia.

One more step in a chain of alliances leading to WWI.

1935 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt claimed in his State of the Union message the federal government would provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on welfare.

Most Conservatives look at FDR as the ‘Father of American Liberalism,’ but this is unfair - it was actually President Wilson...FDR never intended to establish a pathway to inter-generational welfare, and simply was looking for a way out of the Depression.

Not that he wasn't a Liberal.

1939 - Hermann Goering appointed Reinhard Heydrich as Head of Jewish Emigration.

'Emigration', aye?  The Nazis had a special way of creating distorted titles.

Words can be funny.  They can also be cruel.

1965 - President Lyndon Johnson outlined the goals of the 'Great Society' in his State of the Union Address.

'Great Society' = U-T-O-P-I-A-N  I-D-I-O-C-Y!!!

1994 - U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen announced a plan to drive most gun dealers out of business by proposing sharp increases in licensing fees and stricter controls on people who buy and sell weapons.

There's an old saying: “Those who burn books will eventually burn people." - Unknown

An addendum to that statement goes as such: “Those who ban guns will eventually burn books, and then burn people." - Poison Pero

1998 - Administration officials said President Bill Clinton would ask Congress to help him overhaul the Social Security pension system by the end of 1999. Clinton wanted to move on the issue quickly, expecting once the presidential election got into full swing there would be little chance to pass legislation to save the system.


I thought there isn't a problem with the Social Security system. This is what the Democrats said when G.W. Bush wanted to fix it...It's also the lie Obama is pawning off on the people, as well.

2002 - Sergeant First Class Nathan Ross Chapman, U.S. Army Special Forces, was killed by small-arms fire during an ambush in eastern Afghanistan.  He was the first American military death from enemy fire in the war against terrorism.


Thank you for your service Sergeant Chapman...You and your companions are truly America’s finest, and your efforts are appreciated.

2002 - Zimbabwe released a report on its state of affairs: $54 million in short term food aid was needed to ward off widespread starvation in Zimbabwe. The AIDS epidemic, called 'Nkondombera' (a Shona word for “no condom”) was claiming over 2,000 people per week. Inflation was running at over 100% per month, and unemployment was estimated at 50%.


Just more of the same in Africa: A continent on the verge of implosion.

2007 - Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House.

Nice accomplishment, horrible Speaker.

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January 3

1868 - The Meiji Restoration.

The authority of Japan's emperor was re-established, ending the Shogun period of military rulers. The feudal clan system was also abolished, industrialization started, and Japan opened itself up to the West - thereby obtaining the benefits of Western technology.

The Shogunate was replaced, but their militarist system wasn’t...Instead it was expanded, and ceased to limit itself to the Japanese islands.  In a short period of time (1905 - Russia, 1937 - China, 1941 - U.S. and British Empire, etc.), the world would find out just how much Japan ceases limiting itself.


1521 - Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Excommunication is a terrible sentence for any Catholic - especially in the 1500’s...Luther was condemned to Hell, and more or less evicted from the 'community of man.'

Lucky for Luther, there were plenty who were as disgusted with the Church as he was, and even more important there were enough German princes who were jealous of the power of the Holy Roman Empire and the Church who were willing to provide protection for him...Without the help of these princes, Luther would have died very shortly after this date, and the Protestant Reformation would have likely died with him.

1565 - Ivan the Terrible threatened to abdicate the Russian throne.

'Terrible' he was, but he was also a great Russian leader...At least by the standards of the time. As such, he was begged to stay, which cost the Russian nobility greatly, but saved the Russian nation from its neighbors.

1777 - The Battle of Princeton: American Revolution.  The Continental Army, commanded by General George Washington, defeated the British at Princeton, New Jersey.

The Battle of Princeton had little tactical value, but was a strategic victory because it was a huge moral boost for the Colonial cause.  As a result, recruitment for the revolution increased.

1920 - The New York Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000.

Not only is this the worst trade in the history of American sports, but it is the beginning of the greatest dynasty (Yankees) and one of the worst curses (Red Sox) in American sports.

1925 – Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini dissolved the Italian Parliament and announced he was assuming dictatorial powers in Italy.

Italy was ripe for a strongman, and Mussolini was such a man.  Oh, and the 'trains ran on time'...Unfortunately for Italy, ‘Il Duce’ also proved to be a nut, and made a huge mistake joining with the even more nutty lunatics to the north - Nazi Germany.

1930 - The Second Conference on War Reparations began in the Hague.

The French decided they needed to bleed Germany a little more for their actions in WWI...Another in the long line of events leading to the Nazi’s and WWII.

1932:  Martial law was declared in Honduras to stop a revolt of workers fired by United Fruit.

Ever wonder where the term "banana republic" came from?

1938:  The March of Dimes was established to fight polio.

Less than 20 years later a polio vaccine was created...I have no doubt we could cure many of our current diseases just as successfully if the political and regulatory chains were taken off.  And if there wasn't such tremendous fear of lawsuits due to negative reactions to new medications.

1961 - The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba after Fidel Castro announced he was a Communist.

Eisenhower was a good man, a great general, and an above-average president…Unfortunately, his presidency will always be tainted with the establishment of a Communist country next door.

He was a lame duck president, but he and Kennedy should have worked out a way to eliminate this problem.

1973:  George Steinbrenner bought the New York Yankees for $12 million.

As of 2015, the Yankees estimated worth is over $2.5 billion...A pretty fair deal for the 'Boss.'

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

January 2

1492- Muhammad XI, leader of the last Arab stronghold in Granada, Spain, surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Muslim Moors held Spain for around 780-years before the Spanish Reconquista was complete. The Christian Spanish have held it for around 500-years, and the Muslim Reconquista is just beginning...It's debatable if the Christians - though its almost comical to call any European country 'Christian' anymore - will be able to hold off the Muslims long enough to match their 780-year reign.

Personally, I doubt if they can...If nothing else they'll be conquered through moronic immigration policies and being out-bred.

1570 - Russian Czar Ivan the Terrible began marching on Novgorod.

Ivan was most definitely 'terrible', for his own people and his neighbors, but he was instrumental in strengthening and building the Russian nation...Which is why he is one of the most respected and approved of Russian rulers in history - by the Russian people.  A fact, which is true for most of the 'great' Russian rulers - including in our time.

1776 - George Washington designed the first U.S. Flag with thirteen red and white stripes and a Union Jack in the corner:  American Revolutionary War.

Most will wonder why he put the British 'Jack' on the flag, but it's important to remember the colonies hadn't declared independence from England at this time; and many still held out hope to avoid doing so.

1872 - Brigham Young, leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.

Here's betting bigamy and polygamy becomes the next battle in the redefinition of marriage.  And those who support multiple marriages will take the same path as those who support gay marriage:  'Who is to stand in the way of consenting adults in love?'

1882 - Standard Oil was organized as a trust to avoid anti-monopoly laws.

Interestingly, this same 'trust' was eventually broken up under anti-trust laws designed to break up monopolies.

1905 - After a six-month siege, Russia surrendered Port Arthur to the Japanese.

The Japanese Navy destroyed the Russian Far East and Baltic Fleets, setting itself up for a 40-year run as one of the world's great military nations...An accomplishment of major significance; especially considering Japan is such a small nation with almost no natural resources - outside of its brilliant people.

1954 - Senator Joseph McCarthy was condemned by Congress, and later censured by the Senate.

McCarthy went over the top - particularly in attacking the Army - but it's not surprising many of his claims proved to be true about Communist infiltration of the government and Hollywood.

1997 - California's law against smoking in public places, passed in 1995, was extended to bars. Reports from the first day in effect was the law was widely ignored.

I'm not a smoker, and generally prefer not being in places where smokers are, but I can't be the only one who finds it bizarre that California fights smoking tobacco so hard yet finds ways to support smoking marijuana.

2001 - President Bill Clinton met with Yasser Arafat and coaxed him to curb Middle East violence.

These two should always be listed together for their efforts at ending the Jihadist insanity in the Middle East.  In other words: They should be linked as absolute frauds and failures when it comes to Middle East peace.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

January 1

1356 - The Pope published the 'Golden Bull' ('Bulla Aurea').

This was a very important document, which more or less acted as a ‘semi-constitution’ for the Holy Roman Empire. It stated each emperor would be chosen by election, the right of voting being vested in electoral princes (electors).

The reality of the electoral process was much more messy than this great edict wished, setting the stage for 500-years of political intrigue and wars for control of Central Europe.

5777 B.C. - Origin of the Solar Cycle.

4713 B.C. - Origin of the Julian Period.

45 B.C. - The Julian Calendar was introduced.

1 - The Christian Era began.

Different calendars throughout history are a source of much confusion among historians - as should be expected considering there are at least 30 different calendar systems in use in our day...Imagine trying to figure out exact dating on any of these, let alone extinct calendar systems.

On this blog, I do my best to use the accepted dates in the Western world...Which is where the initials A.D. come from - 'anno Domini' = 'in the year of our Lord.'

404 - The last gladiator competition in Rome.

I can't lie, I would have watched and enjoyed these games.

1610 - Simon Marius, a German astronomer, discovered the moons of Jupiter.

Marius should have officially reported this finding; instead Galileo claimed the finding on July 1 of the same year.

1863 - The Emancipation Proclamation, declared the previous September by Abraham Lincoln, took effect. It declared freedom for slaves in all areas of the Confederacy still in rebellion against the Union.

The North had very little control of the South at this time, which means there was no effective way of putting this proclamation into force...That said, the proclamation was an excellent political tool for Lincoln, as well as an additional battle-cry for the North.

1902 - The first Rose Bowl game.  Michigan crushed Stanford, 49-0.

The 'grand-daddy of them all' started a fantastic tradition of college football bowl games.

1906 - The British Parliament curtailed immigration for the insane, impoverished, criminal and diseased.

You'd think this would be common sense.  You'd think the U.S. would have a similar policy...And then you'd remember immigration has become more a tool to control the native population than one to help it - from both American political parties.

1912 - The Chinese Republic was founded by Sun Yat-sen.

China has never had anything near a republic, and certainly nothing resembling a democracy.  That said, Chinese civilization has been as successful as any in the history of mankind and I am not here to say they do it wrong.

1920 - The League of Nations convened for the first time.

This worked just about as well as the U.N. has.

1920 - The 'Great Raid of the Red Scare': 'Radicals' were arrested in 33 U.S. cities.

They could round up many more 'Reds' if they'd just go to each city's DNC headquarters.

1934 - Germany passed the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring."

It wasn't long till they started considering anyone who wasn't German to be 'diseased.'

1946 - Japanese Emperor Hirohito rejected the notion the emperor is a living god and the notion the Japanese are superior to other races and destined to govern the world.

A thorough 'whoopin' will do this to most people bent on conquest and subjugation...It's usually the only thing which works - something all freedom-loving people must always keep in mind.
 
1949 - The U.N. brokered a cease-fire in Kashmir granting it the right to vote on whether to remain in India or join Pakistan.

No vote has taken place, and the cease-fire is in constant danger of dissolving...A reality made even more dangerous by the fact India and Pakistan are nuclear powers.

1959 - Fidel Castro led Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.

It's a disgrace President Eisenhower let this happen right off the shores of the U.S...It's an even bigger disgrace no succeeding president has righted this wrong.  And even worse that President Obama has embraced the Castros.

1986 - Soviet television aired a five-minute greeting from President Reagan, and Americans got the same from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the first such exchange between the superpowers.

The iron fist of the Soviet Union was loosening.  It wasn't long until it completely crumbled.

1993 - Czechoslovakia dissolved, and the Czech Republic and Slovakia were formed.

As Liberalism takes over American popular culture, the memory of Ronald Reagan may shrink, but the people of Eastern Europe will long remember him for bringing down the Soviet Union and her hold on her neighbors.  This 'Velvet Revolution' has been the most successful of the previous communist nations.

1994 - The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.

Free trade is always good for the U.S...As long as it is 'fair' trade.  And as long as the deal isn't just a means to smuggle more foreigners in.

1999 - President Fidel Castro, marking 40-years as Cuba's leader, portrayed his Socialist nation as a defender of humanity against rapacious capitalism.

You'd think with such magnanimity Americans would be fleeing to Cuba, instead of vice verse...Except for douches like Sean Penn, that is.

2002 - Euro banknotes and coins became the legal tender in 12 EU states.

The Euro will ultimately fail without a united Europe, which will never happen.  Sadly, this process of failing is in the process of occurring.

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