Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 21

1916 - The Battle of Verdun began (7:12 a.m., French time):  WWI.

Verdun was the longest, bloodiest battle of WWI, and one of the biggest battles in history...There were over 700,000 German and French casualties, with almost 300,000 deaths, in this standoff, where 'trench warfare' proved its ultimate uselessness against modern weaponry - particularly against long-range artillery, rifles and machine guns.

This battle was also one of the last times the French put up a good fight...When the Germans came calling in 1939 they surely didn’t give such a valiant effort.

1431 - England began the trial of Joan of Arc, on charges of witchcraft.

It was awfully nice of the French to turn their ‘savior’ and national hero over to the English.

1613 - Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, was elected Russian Tsar.

The Romanovs were one of the most successful European monarchical dynasties, ruling Russia until 1917 when the Commies took over.

1940 - The Germans began construction of a concentration camp at Auschwitz:  WWII.

What a glorious day for mankind...The Goth finally re-emerged in the Germans and all Hell was breaking loose.

Civilization held the Germans at bay for almost 2,000 years, but their base instincts finally got the best of them, and the Jews, Roma, Poles, etc., were in the process of feeling their wrath.

1965 - Former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, was shot to death in New York by assassins identified as Black Muslims.

Good riddance...Blacks were finally starting to make some political headway, and the last thing they needed was a fighting war to erupt. Malcolm could have brought this on eventually, which would have been catastrophic for the Civil Rights Movement.

Blacks have gotten much more through the process of politics and economics then they ever could have with the sword.

Of interesting note: Norman 3X Butler (Abdul Aziz), one of the three men convicted of killing Malcolm, was paroled in 1985 and in 1998 was appointed by Louis Farrakhan to head a Harlem mosque.

1972 - President Nixon began his historic visit to China. The first American president to visit China and the first president to visit a country not officially recognized by the United States.

This was Nixon's shining moment, and had he not gone all 'Tricky Dick' it would have propelled him to the heights of some of our greatest presidents...But he couldn't help himself.

Also, it's important to note how important Nixon's visit was in the fall of the Soviet Union, because the Ruskies feared China more than they did the U.S., and the fear of a Sino-American alliance drove them crazy.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

February 20

1809 - U.S. v. Peters: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government has more power than any individual state.

In our time, this opinion is pretty self-evident, but at the time it was revolutionary...Within 51-years the Southern states decided to put this ruling to the ultimate test - and lost big.

Something modern-day states might want to keep in mind when threatening to secede because they don't like the will of their fellow citizens.

1936 - Switzerland barred all Nazis from entering the country.

Except those with gold bars and artwork, of course.

1938 - Hitler demanded self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia with his quest for Lebensraum ('living space').

This was a nice excuse for Hitler to invade these two countries and begin the war he was hoping for...But he had no idea his European peers would drop their pants and hand these lands over to him.

Poor guy. I guess he had to attack Poland before they were willing to fight...And even at that, the Frenchies did little more than roll over like a cheap whore for Der Fuhrer.

1943 - The Battle of Kasserine Pass: WWII.  German troops of the Afrika Korps broke through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S. forces.

Rommel gave the Americans a pretty thorough 'ass-whoopin' at this battle, but it was
an excellent tune-up for the many battles which followed. Luckily, there were very few which went this way after this point.

1997 – Lt. Kelly J. Flinn faced a court-martial on charges of adultery, conduct unbecoming an officer, failure to obey a lawful order, making a false official statement and failure to obey the Air Force regulation on fraternization.


If Clinton could do it, why couldn’t Flinn? I guess the Lieutenant didn’t have enough rank to get away with it.

Actually, the answer is the U.S. Military is a job Americans expect excellence and decency from, but Presidents, Senators and Congressmen are generally accepted to be shitheads and liars...Nice system we have.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 19

1945 - The Battle of Iwo Jima began: WWII.  Over 60,000 U.S. Marines went ashore at Iwo Jima, where they began a month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. The 36-day battle took the lives of 7,000 Americans and about 20,000 of 22,000 Japanese defenders.

25% of the U.S. Marines who received the Medal of Honor in WWII received theirs as a result of heroics in this battle:

"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

If you ever get the chance, go to the Iwo Jima Memorial (just outside Arlington National Cemetery). Looking into the eyes of the soldiers in the statue is absolutely breathtaking, awe-inspiring and heart-breaking...I'm not too proud to admit tearing up at this magnificent monument.

197 - The Battle of Lugdunum.  Roman Civil War:  Emperor Septimius Severus defeated Claudius Albinus.

Lugdunum is considered the largest and most bloody civil war battle in Roman history.

The barbarians, pestilence, constant war, failing economy, etc., etc., were all reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire, but the fact there was no routine 'peaceful' means of leadership transition was as big as any...Of course there were emperors who took office without fighting to gain it, but just as often succession was a simple matter of who could overthrow the previous emperor or win a civil war.

This is the historical norm for most countries throughout all of human history...Any modern states which have managed to have peaceful political transitions are truly rare.

1674 - The Treaty of Westminster was signed, ending the Anglo-Dutch War. Under its terms, New Netherlands became British.

New Netherlands later became New York, and the Dutch were all but eliminated as a New World power.

1800 - Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed himself First Consul of the newly established French dictatorship.

The modern-day Caesar was soon calling himself Emperor.

1807 - Aaron Burr became the first Vice President of the United States to be arrested; charged with treason for planning an expedition to invade Mexico.

Burr was an absolute nut, and it’s hard to imagine the damage he could have done if the House voted for him to break the tie in the 1800 Presidential Election instead of Thomas Jefferson.

1859 - Daniel E. Sickles, N.Y. congressman, was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This was the first time this defense was successfully used. He shot the D.C. district attorney for having an affair with his wife. Sickles pleaded temporary insanity and the sanctity of a man’s home and beat the murder rap.

Murder is an 'insane' act, so of course he was insane...This was a terrible precedent, and one the 'Red Diaper, Doper Babies' love to run out as a defense for their pathetic clients.

1861 - Russian Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom.

A nice first step, but the Russian people were a long way from freedom...Sadly, they will have to cross the threshold from absolutism to Communism through their current post-Communist state to get there.

1918 - A decree was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources in Russia.

A giant leap for the Hell State, which more or less ended private property rights...Sounds like the wishful thinking of some American Democrats.

1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the U.S. military the power to relocate and intern "any and all persons." The order was used to detain some 110,000 Japanese-Americans, most of them U.S.-born citizens:  WWII.

This is black-eye on American history, but it was the correct thing to do. Sooner or later, we will have to do something similar again...Mark my words.

1977 - President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino ('Tokyo Rose').

I don’t care how old she was, it is always a bad decision to free traitors...She should have been executed a long time before this date.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 18

1405 - Emir al Kebir Timur 'i-Leng' (Tamerlane) died while leading an expedition to China.

How can one person be known by so many names? Timur - also known as Temur, Taimur, Timur Lenk, Timur i Leng, Tamerlane, Tamburlaine, or Taimur-e-Lang, which translates to Timur the Lame.

No matter what he was called, this Turko-Mongol was a fantastic leader, and one of the few to go down in history with 'the Great' after his name - a well earned title

1536 - France and the Ottoman Empire signed a trade and military alliance against the Holy Roman Empire.

It's important to remember the Ottomans held large chunks of Eastern Europe and were major players in the European power structure...It's also important to remember the French have always been willing to take on any allies - even Muslims who wanted to crush Christian Europe.

1546 - Martin Luther, German Augustinian Friar and leader of the Protestant Reformation, died.

Luther is one of the twenty most important people in history...Anyone could have taken on the Church, but very few could have survived its attacks, and almost none could have won.

1861 – Jefferson Davis was inaugurated the Confederacy’s provisional president at a ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala...“All we ask is to be left alone,” Davis stated.

Thankfully President Lincoln was at the helm...If a man of lesser qualities had been president, the America we know today would be a much different place.

1932 - Japan declared Manchurian independence from China.

How nice of the Japanese...In reality, Japan placed a puppet in charge of Manchuria and held it for themselves, but the headline is nice.

1962 - Robert F. Kennedy said U.S. troops would stay in Vietnam until Communism was defeated.

Or until peaceniks flooded his party and forced the defeat of our proud military.

I have no doubt the war would have went differently if JFK hadn’t been assassinated...If nothing else, a reasonably Conservative leader would have been Commander-in-Chief, instead of LBJ.

1979 - Snow fell in the Sahara Desert.

Global Cooling at its finest.

1985 - General William C. Westmoreland and CBS reached an out-of-court settlement in Westmoreland's $120 million libel suit from a CBS News documentary, 'The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception.'

You’d think CBS would have learned, but they obviously haven’t and continue to put out 'hate-the-military propaganda.'

1998 - President Bill Clinton's foreign policy team encountered jeers during a town meeting at Ohio State University while trying to defend the administration's threat to bomb Iraq into compliance with U.N. weapons edicts. "One, two, three, four, we don't want your racist war," shouted some of the handful of hecklers at The Ohio State University in Columbus, catching Secretary of State Madeleine Albright off guard and drowning out what she was trying to say.

This puts a big challenge to the 'Bombs with (D) = Good, Bombs with (R) = Bad' theory.

That said, I’m sure Halfbright was 'caught off guard,' because she had no reason to think 'her people' would turn on her.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

February 17

1801 - The U.S. House of Representatives chose Thomas Jefferson as the third President of the United States. Aaron Burr, who tied with Jefferson in the Electoral College, became Vice President.

Burr was a true American scoundrel, and it was an enormous blessing for the nation that Jefferson was chosen by the House...It's hard to imagine such a great man as Jefferson being passed over for Burr, but due to a glitch in the Electoral College counting system it could have happened.

Also, this event is a reminder the 2000 Election wasn’t the first time the Presidency was in question, and was by no means a 'Constitutional Crisis'...If anything it was an opportunity for the Constitution to prove itself.

1947 - The 'Voice of America' began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

It would be a good idea to do likewise in the Middle East, instead of leaving the information void to be filled by Islamic propagandists...Nah!

1993 - President Bill Clinton addressed a joint session of Congress, asking Americans to accept one of the biggest tax increases in history as part of a plan to curb massive budget deficits and stimulate the economy.

How on Earth did he come to the conclusion a 'tax increase' would in any way 'stimulate the economy?'...The way to stimulate the economy is to lower tax rates, and significantly lower government spending.

Clinton was lucky he had the Republican Congress and 'Computer Revolution' at his back, and also that he didn't bother to spend money on the military (which came back to bite us after 9/11/01). Unfortunately, the result of this luck was the Democrats didn't properly learn the lesson of 'taxing to stimulate'...We re-learned this lesson under Barack Obama instead.

1995 - A Federal judge allowed a lawsuit claiming U.S. tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive and manipulated its levels to keep its customers addicted.

I have no doubt this is correct...Yet the same government continues to subsidize tobacco companies.

1998 - President Bill Clinton, preparing Americans for possible air strikes against Iraq, said military force is never the first answer "but sometimes it's the only answer."

It would have been nice for Bubba to acknowledge Bush reached this point...Nah, that wouldn't have fit into the 'Bush is the Devil' theme the Democrats played for eight years.

Also, I thought Liberals always say "war is never the answer.”

2003 - European Union leaders declared their solidarity with the United States, warning Saddam Hussein that Iraq faced one "last chance" to disarm peacefully but calling war a last resort.

Nothing but a bunch of talk, in the hope of covering their own bribes and scandals.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 16

1808 - The Peninsular War began when Napoleon ordered a large French force into Spain under the pretext of sending reinforcements to the French army occupying Portugal.

Napoleon met his end at Waterloo in 1815, and his invasion of Russia in 1812 was a complete disaster, but the Peninsular War played as big a role as the other two in the emperor’s eventual downfall.

The Spanish fought a guerrilla war against Napoleon, and never won a large battle, but instead forced him to fight a war of attrition...Also, the Peninsular campaign is where the Duke of Wellington perfected the tactics he used to defeat the emperor seven years later.

There are many similarities between the Peninsular War and the WWII Allied attacks on Germany’s ‘soft underbelly’ (North Africa and Italy). Both were used:
- As a training ground for green troops and commanders.
- To soften the tyrant’s (Napoleon and Hitler) allies.
- To string out enemy troops from the far west of Europe to the far east.
- And equally important, both allowed the Brits (and U.S. in WWII) to buy time while their Eastern allies took the brunt of the Imperial and German assaults - largely at the hands of the Ruskies in both cases.

600 - Pope Gregory the Great decreed "God bless You" as the religiously correct response to a sneeze.

I bet you’ve been wondering where this came from.

1804 - The U.S. frigate Philadelphia, captured and held by Barbary pirates at Tripoli during the Tripolitan War, was set fire to and destroyed by a small group of men led by Stephen Decatur.

For those of who didn’t understand the line in the Marine Corp Hymn: “...
to the shores of Tripoli” - Now you know.

1862 - About 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn., earning Gen. Ulysses S. Grant the nickname 'Unconditional Surrender Grant.'

Grant wasn’t a military genius by any means, but he was a fighter. Sadly it took Lincoln a few more years to realize Grant was the commander he was looking for...Amazingly, in our time a general like Grant would be run out of the military for being 'too tough,' 'indiscriminate with the use of his troops,' 'a butcher,' 'a drunk,' or for not being 'Politically Correct.'

Thank God for men like Grant; Pershing, Patton, etc.!!! Our nation is at risk because our military has become 'too nice' - and too feminine - figuratively and literally...Someday our armed services will have to revert to their natural roots, which is to 'break stuff and kill people' in the process of protecting our nation.

Unfortunately, it's likely many troops (and probably civilians) will pay the price for our current stupidity on the way to re-learning this ancient knowledge.

1923 - Egyptologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen.

An incredible find...But it was nothing compared to what the ancient grave diggers found with most of the other pharaohs.

Tut was a boy king, and a very unimportant figure compared to most of ancient Egypt's rulers...Yet Carter found a true treasure trove.  Imagine what the powerful pharaohs were buried with.

1951 - Joseph Stalin contended the U.N. was becoming the weapon of aggressive war.

Against who??? This is the ultimate ‘pot calling the kettle black.’

2005 - The Kyoto Protocol took effect.

What a joke.  The Global Warmers got their global law, and it has done nothing...No one who signed the deal has bothered to follow through.

The world just wanted the U.S. to agree to it, which is never has, in order to chop the world's superpower down a few notches - and to dip its hands in her coffers.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 15

1898 - The U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, killing two officers and 258 crew members:  Spanish-American War.

Did the Spanish blow up the ship? Maybe, maybe not...Either way, the result was the U.S. soon declared war on Spain, beginning the Spanish-American War, which set America on a course of future greatness.

It's hard to believe the whole war was put together by a spunky 'Undersecretary', who would have never had so much power if the 'Secretary' wasn't such a pathetic loser...No one remembers who the 'Secretary of the Navy' was (John Davis Long).  Everyone has heard of the 'Undersecretary of the Navy':  Teddy Roosevelt.

That said, the Spanish-American War also put the final nail in the coffin of what was formerly a strong and proud Spanish Empire...And it's just as well, because being a European weakling allowed Spain to stay out of WWI and WWII.

1944 - Allied forces heavily bombed the monastery atop Monte Cassino in Italy:  WWII.

The U.S. has been ripped for destroying the monastery - by the same fools who hate religion and wish the USSR were still around.

General Clark felt it was the only way to break the German lines, which were using the monastery as a fortress, and he did what he thought was best...He was correct, even though it turned out the monastery's rubble created serious impediments to the Allied advance.  If nothing else, the Allied troops passed a mental obstacle.

1950 - Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung signed a mutual defense treaty in Moscow.

What a dynamic duo...I think it’s safe to say, never in history have two men with so much blood on their hands been in the same place at one time.

1987 - ABC broadcast the first segment of 'Amerika,' a controversial miniseries about a Soviet takeover of the United States which was criticized by some as potentially damaging to superpower relations.

Forget 'superpower relations,' ABC was wishful thinking...SOB’s.

1989 - The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan ended.

It's hard to believe this is where the likes of Osama bin Laden got started, but at the time there was no doubt the U.S. was supporting the right side.

2011 - Protests against Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule in Libya began.

Much like the Soviet-Afghanistan war, it's likely we'll find we supported a future enemy...The difference is, Gaddafi wasn't nearly the enemy the USSR was.

Getting rid of him has proven much more disastrous than when he was around.

It also played a large roll in Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 Presidential Election.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 14 (A Double)

1803 - Marbury v. Madison: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall ruled any act of Congress which conflicts with the Constitution is null and void. This decision established the Court as the ultimate interpreter of the U.S. Constitution.

This ruling was nothing short of an ‘invisible revolution’ within the great document...It is nowhere to be found in the Constitution, but has long been the absolute rule, for better or worse.

"[T]he germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary: an irresponsible body, working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. To this I am opposed." - Thomas Jefferson

Like I said, an invisible revolution.  One which has been going on from the beginning of the nation's founding...For better and worse.

1928 - Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered the mold penicillin has an antibiotic effect.

This is one of the greatest discoveries of all time - medical or otherwise, and the results of this event have been awesome...It's impossible to calculate, but it can easily be assumed millions (billions??) of people have been saved by this discovery?

Try to imagine how many times you’ve taken penicillin, then multiply that by the billions of people on the planet over the past 90-years...That is awesome, and is why Fleming’s discovery belongs with the greatest of all time.

44 B.C. - Julius Caesar was honored with the title of ‘Dictator of Rome for Life.’

An impressive title, but one he only had for 29-days...The 'life' part got in the way of his grand plans.

1496 - Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.

"There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it 'From Your Valentine.' Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him." - Original author unknown

1349 - 2,000 Jews were burned at the stake in Strasbourg, Germany.

I bet you thought the Nazi’s were the first Germans to toast Jews...Nah, it’s been a national pastime for centuries.

1918 - Warsaw demonstrators protested the transfer of Polish territory to the Ukraine.

I bet the Poles were really happy when Ukraine entered the Soviet Union...Then when the Nazi’s came in to 'liberate' them from the Ruskies; and vice verse.

1949 - The United States charged the U.S.S.R. with interning up to 14-million in labor camps.

14-million is probably a low estimate.

I recommend you read '
The Gulag Archipelago,' by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (the most important book of the 20th Century, but terribly difficult to read)...Or 'Gulag: A History,' by Anna Applebaum (the best English history of the Gulag, and much easier to read.)

1956 - The 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party opened, and Nikita Khruschev denounced the policies of Joseph Stalin.

This would have been much more impressive had he done it while Uncle Joe was alive...Nikki would’ve had his neck snapped had he done so, but it would have been brave.

1991 - Two San Francisco men became the first couple to register as 'domestic partners' under a new city ordinance.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

February 13

1945 - Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden:  WWII.

Those who know WWII history know this was a fantastic three day bombing raid, and is often debated by the 'Hate-America' crowd as an unnecessary taking of lives and destruction of a city.

Of course the Allies lit up Dresden, and more or less destroyed the city...SO WHAT!!! The Germans had it coming, and were lucky the atom bomb wasn’t available.

How can anyone feel sorry for the land of the Holocaust, Leningrad, Stalingrad, The Blitz, Mengele, etc., etc.?  How can anyone be foolish enough to believe in the 'innocent German theory' - that it was all Hitler's fault?

The German people brought Hitler to power.  The German people also willingly swallowed his poison pills...The only way to make sure the German nation was defeated, was to crush the German Army, kill Hitler and his leading henchmen, and make the German people suffer to a point they'd never want to fight a war of aggression, enslavement and extermination again.

In other words, the Allies had to make sure they didn't repeat the mistakes of WWI, and had to DEFEAT Germany to a point it knew it had been defeated!

American leaders at the time knew this.  It would be nice if those in our current time would relearn this ancient knowledge:  If you go to war, you fight to win - convincingly...And, you better be willing to lose it all if you are defeated.

1570 - The Massacre of Novgorod ended.

Ivan proved just how 'Terrible' he could be, torturing and killing up to 60,000 who he claimed were going to defect to Poland and turn against Russia.

1865 - The Confederate States of America approved the recruitment of slaves as soldiers, as long as the approval of their owners was granted:  U.S. Civil War.

What a bizarre concept: Fighting to ensure your own enslavement...In reality, the slaves were pressed into service and didn’t fight well if at all.

1920 - The League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.

Neutrality = Playing all sides...Check Swiss bank records and art galleries, and you’ll see just how 'neutral' Switzerland has been since this time.

1936 - The first U.S. Social Security checks were put in the mail.

Do you hear that huge gasping for breath? It’s America struggling to breathe with the National Noose around its neck...Sooner or later the neck will snap and the body will die.

1942 - Hitler canceled Operation Seeloew (Sealion), the proposed invasion of Britain:  WWII.

Thankfully Hitler was too impatient to attack the Soviets (1941), or he may have actually had a chance of successfully invading Britain...Also, had the Japanese not attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor who knows how long it would have taken FDR to get America into the war.

The invasion of Russia and the American entrance into the war drastically altered Hitler’s plans, and eventually doomed the 1000-Year Reich to the status of being the 12-Year Reich.

1961 - The Soviets fired a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus.

Those Ruskies have always had impressive rocketry.

1998 - President Bill Clinton forcefully sought to persuade Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to permit U.N. inspectors to search his country for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons but said Washington could not "walk away" if he did not. "I hope and I pray that he will permit qualified, honest, nonpolitical, technically competent inspectors to have access to those sites which have been forbidden."

This is absolutely comical considering Clinton’s lack of action after his big talk. His idea of a 'Big Stick' was swinging a wiffle-ball bat (or his pecker) in the wind...Unfortunately for Saddam, G.W. Bush carried a much bigger club, and wasn't afraid to use it.

2007 - North Korea agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for millions of dollars in aid. The agreement reached in Beijing said North Korea would close its nuclear plants within 60 days in return for aid and other inducements. North Korean state media said the pact required only a temporary suspension of the country's nuclear facilities.

Another promise to get rid of nukes, millions more dollars down the toilet, and another middle-finger for the U.S. from North Korea...The Kim family of nut-jobs continual 'middle-finger' at the U.S. would be funny if it weren't so serious.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 12 (A Special Double in Peroville)

1940 - The U.S.S.R. signed a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade:  WWII.

The Ruskies were more than willing to stick it to Britain, and everyone else, prior to Barbarossa...In fact, the German invasions of Poland and France probably wouldn't have happened without the Ruskies helping them with supply - and much more in the case of Poland.

Yet Stalin had the gall to bitch and cry that the Allies were too slow to invade the Continent...He made deals with the Devil, and the Soviet Union got run through Hell in return.

Deservedly run through Hell.

1994 - My first child (Holly) was born...She will never know how much I love her.

I was off serving my country, and unable to see my little girl for the first couple weeks of her life, but I've never been prouder than becoming a daddy...I can still visualize the 'little girl' outfit I hung on the door of my locker.

She's not a little girl any longer, but she'll always be my little sweetheart.  My crazy little sweetheart.

I hope I've done well by her.

Happy birthday, baby.

1554 - Lady Jane Grey, who'd claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded with her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, after being charged with treason.

It takes some big cajones for a 16-year old to claim any crown, but it was really her husband who pushed her into the decision...Too bad their necks weren’t as strong as their desires.

1797 - The German national anthem, 'Deutschland uber alles,' was written by Haydn. He didn't write it for Germany - the Germans took the melody for their own after Haydn composed it as a national anthem for Austria.

It wasn’t long before the Germans started claiming much more than just Austria’s national anthem.

1892 - President Lincoln's birthday was declared a national holiday.

BUT IT ISN’T ANYMORE!!! What a joke that the second greatest president in American history is no longer acknowledged by name, instead his holiday has been incorporated into President’s Day.

You’d think Liberals would want to respect this great man, but he was a 'white guy,’ so he’s off the calendar...It'll be interesting to see how long it takes (not if) Liberals try to get President Obama his own day.

1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

Exactly which color are they advancing? They have done little for blacks, and seem to be more involved with 'Reds' than anything else.

1912 – Pu Yi, last emperor of the Manchu (Chi’ing) Dynasty in China, renounced his throne following the establishment of a republic under Sun Yat-sen.

In China 'renounced' must be synonymous with 'saved his neck,' because he surely didn’t give up his crown out of niceness...Pu's lucky Sun was a much nicer guy than Lenin, however, because the Bolsheviks wouldn’t have given him the option of living.

1998 - The American Medical Association called for a voluntary five-year moratorium on human cloning, rather than the outright ban President Clinton backed. The AMA said it supported research which is important to human health, urging Congress not to interfere with current human, animal or cellular cloning research not directly aimed at producing a human being.

The American Mengelian Association didn’t want ethics to get in the way of science...It's pretty bad when Bill Clinton has higher moral standards than so-called 'care givers.'

1999 – The U.S. Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton. The votes on perjury were 45 guilty, 55 not guilty. The votes on obstruction of justice were 50 guilty, 50 not guilty.

It’s just as well because if Gore had replaced Clinton he would have surely won the 2000 election - as a martyr.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 11 (A Double)

1945 - President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement.

I’m a Conservative ‘hawk,’ but it is foolish for anyone to claim FDR 'gave up Eastern Europe and Berlin' to the Soviets at Yalta...We weren't going to go to war with the Soviets to save Eastern Europe, and were not going to beat the Ruskies to Berlin.

Sure Roosevelt was on his deathbed, but he did not betray anyone, and wasn’t swindled by Stalin.

Plus, from the very beginning of the war, the Western allies main goal was to defeat defeat Germany and contain them in the future - at the time, 50-years was a pipe dream...The Soviets were a strong force on the Eastern flank, and to this day the Germans are still cowed from their resounding defeat - proving the 50-year goal to be much more achievable than anyone could have hoped for.

The one ‘mistake’ FDR did made at Yalta was pushing so hard to get Soviet involvement in the Japanese theatre of battle. It was completely unnecessary at this point of the war, and proved terribly costly because it was Uncle Joe’s excuse to openly intervene in China and Korea.

1979 - Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15-years of exile.

Thank you Jimmy Carter...This should have been stopped before it began, but he didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to assassinate the 'Lenin of the Middle East.' We will continue to pay dearly for this mistake, because this joke-of-a-president was unwilling to take care of the situation while it was possible at a minimal cost.

660 B.C. - Japan was founded by Emperor Jimmu Tenno.

Of course this date is mythical, but it's a great story, for a great culture and people...Here’s hoping they are our perpetual allies, because their genius and national discipline would combine to make a terrible foe - again!

1650 - Rene Descartes died.

Many will say: 'Who cares?' (myself included)...The reason this event is memorable is because most historians link his death with the end of the Renaissance Period.

1847 - Thomas Alva Edison was born.

Thankfully this genius was born long before the days of mass abortion.

I wonder how many Edison’s, Einstein’s, Da Vinci’s, Newton’s, etc., have been executed in the womb during the Prenatal Holocaust? Odds are, at least a few with such brilliance are killed off in the 45,000,000 abortions per year worldwide.

1904 - President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed strict neutrality for the U.S. in the Russo-Japanese War.

This war was so short it wouldn’t have mattered if T.R. proclaimed our alliance with either, because by the time we would have gotten there the war would have been over.

1943 - General Dwight Eisenhower was selected Supreme Allied Commander of all Allied armies in Europe:  WWII.

Ike was the perfect ‘political-general’ for the difficult task of invading the Continent with a multi-national force...He didn’t have the tactical genius of Patton or the strategic and logistical genius of Marshall (who outranked him), but it is doubtful any other general could have molded such a perfect Allied force.

1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first female leader of a British political party when she was elected leader of the Conservatives.

The 'Iron Lady' was a great leader, and proved to be the third most important person in the downfall of the USSR...After President Reagan and Pope John Paul II.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

February 10

1258 - Huegu (Hulega Khan), a Mongol leader and grandson of Genghis Khan, seized Baghdad following a four day assault. Mongol invaders from Central Asia took over Baghdad and ended the Abbasid-Seljuk Empire. Some 200,000-800,000 people were killed and looting lasted 17 days.

1. There’s a huge difference between 200,000 and 800,000 people.

2. Even the democidal butchers of the 20th Century (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc) would be envious of that many executions in a 17-day span...Especially considering they pulled it off without modern methods of killing.

3. The Abbasid's were the last of the Arab rulers in the Middle east until the end of WWII.

1763 - The Treaty of Paris ended the French-Indian War.  France ceded Canada, and all its territories in North America east of the Mississippi River to England.

Too bad the Brits didn’t kick all the Frenchies out of Canada when they took it over.

1933 - Adolph Hitler proclaimed the end of Marxism.

In a twist of fate, it was the Marxist-Leninist-Stalinists who put the final dagger in Hitlerism.

1942 - The first World War II Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to 2nd Lt. Alexander Ramsey for his heroism at the Battle of Bataan.

Ramsey is just one of the hundreds of thousands of heroes from WWII...It’s hard to imagine what the world would have been like without them, but it's possible the Nazi and Japanese Empires might still be haunting the world.

2005 - North Korea announced for the first time it has nuclear arms and rejected moves to restart disarmament talks anytime soon, saying it needs the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States.

Thanks for announcing what every one's known for years, Dr. Ill.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

February 9

1825 - After no presidential candidate won the necessary majority, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as sixth President of the United States.

I thought there wasn't such a 'Constitutional crisis' until the 2000 election? This is what Liberals would have us believe...They know they can get away with such stupidity, though, because they've controlled the education system for the past 60-years, and have thoroughly dumbed-down and brainwashed America.

J.Q. Adams may have been our smartest president ever, and he was an excellent foreign diplomat, but he wasn't a very good president...Probably because he was too smart and diplomatic.

That said, the House performed its Constitutional duty - even though Adams didn't win the popular vote, and didn't even have the most electoral votes...It also set the stage for the next president to walk into office on a much less contested vote: Andrew Jackson - the man who did have the most popular and electoral votes in the 1824 Election.

1861 - The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

Both were the logical choices to lead the CSA, and both were extremely capable - both would have been excellent choices for these same posts in the U.S. government...Luckily for the Union, most of the rest of the South wasn’t as ‘capable’ as Davis and Stephens, however - or those who were shunned.

1943 - The Battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces:  WWII.

This was a brutal battle, but a fantastic victory for the Americans...The Japanese tide was halted in 1942, but this battle was the first large-scale U.S. offensive in the Pacific, and began a string of enormous losses for the Japanese.

1943 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a minimal 48-hour work week for those employed in the war industry:  WWII.

How inhumane!  Can you imagine the response modern-day unions and the ACLU would have to a proclamation like this one? You know instead of doing their duty to help the nation they’d do just the opposite and go on strike or sue the government...SOB’s.

1946 - Joseph Stalin announced a new five-year plan for the USSR, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.

That's a good one.  Production boosts in the Soviet Union were another way of saying the commissars needed to become more creative in making statistics up to satisfy Moscow.

1950 - In a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy charged the State Department was riddled with Communists.

'Crazy Joe' was considered ‘crazy’ at the time, but time has proved he was correct in many of his charges - particularly when it came to State...See the
Venona Papers.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

February 8

1904 - The Battle of Port Arthur: In a surprise attack at Port Arthur, Korea, the Japanese disabled seven Russian warships, beginning the Russo-Japanese War.

This is one of the most decisive naval battles in history, with the Japanese completely destroying the Russian Far East Navy.

It is also the beginning of the great modern Japanese Navy, and set a precedent for Japanese surprise attacks...The Pearl Harbor attack was based primarily on this one, and was equally successful on a tactical level.

An interesting note on the Russo-Japanese War: It is considered the first war in history where more troops died in battle than due to disease.

421 - Flavius Constantine became co-emperor as Connstantius II.  He was emperor of the Western part of the empire, and Honorius was emperor of the East.

Emperor was a nice title, but being in charge of Rome was a brutal position by this point...Western Europe was besieged by barbarians of every sort, and in the process of being overrun by Germanic tribes.

The East, on the other hand, had another 1,000 years of existence...Not that it was nearly as grand an existence as it had been.

1587 - Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

Legend has it, her head fell down the scaffold, and her pet dog grabbed it by the hair and ran though the streets for hours...True or not, it’s a great story.

1807 -  The Battle of Eylau:  Napoleon defeated the Russians.

The French held the field, but the battle accomplished very little for them:  "What a massacre!  And all for nothing." - French Marshal Michel Ney

The Russians didn't win, but Napoleon didn't crush them, which was a strategic victory for the Allies.

1924 - The first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City - Gee Jon was put to death for murder.

Gas, beheading, lethal injection, by noose or by the bullet, I couldn't care less how murderers are executed. We shouldn’t worry about how, but about the lack of them on a regular basis.

If you murder, you should be executed. It's a pretty simple concept.

1940 - Nazis shot every tenth person in two Polish villages near Warsaw in reprisal for the deaths of two German soldiers:  WWII.

A slow day by Nazi standards.

1943 - FDR ordered a minimal 48-hour work week in war industry:  WWII.

Gasp!!! The horror!! Try to imagine a modern-day American president trying to make such a requirement...Even during a time of war the Liberal scum would throw a fit.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

February 7

1249 - The Christburg Peace Treaty: The 'Prussians' were forced to recognize the rule of the Teutonic Knights (also known as Knights of the Cross). Within about 50-years the Teutonic Knights overcame most of Prussia and established German as the dominant culture and language in the region.

Prussia was originally inhabited by Slavic peoples (Poles, etc)...The Knights squashed the Slavs and Germanic Prussia began a steady climb towards becoming one of Europe’s great powers - Brandenburg, part of the HRE, Prussia, and finally as Germany.

1522 - The Treaty of Brussels:  The Habsburg Empire was split into Spanish and Austrian branches.

By this time Charles V felt the Habsburg holdings were too enormous for one leader to rule - remember these holdings also included Spain's New World lands as well as modern-day Belgium and the Netherlands.

And ruling was only part of the problem.  Defending these lands was becoming more and more difficult, because the French and British were none-to-pleased by the expanding power of the Habsburgs - and then there was the problem of the Turks in the East.

1795 - The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, curbing the power of the federal judiciary in relation to the states and reaffirming the sovereignty of the states.

We may need a 27th Amendment to force the federal judiciary to act properly in relation to the 11th Amendment - and even more so towards the 10th Amendment...The sovereignty of the states has become a complete joke, and the judiciary is in large part to blame.

1856 - The Electoral Act of 1856:  The Tasmanian Parliament, a British colonial holding, passed the first law anywhere in the world requiring elections to be held by 'secret ballot.'

A major event, especially for such a minor - almost nothing - territory...It's hard to imagine anyone would be against 'secret ballots.'  Well, anyone other than tyrants, American union bosses and Democrats - as if there's a difference.

1943 - The U.S. government announced shoe rationing would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year:  WWII.

Can you imagine if the government made such a pronouncement in modern-day America? The ACLU and Democrat Party would howl like the jackals they are, and claim it is better for the country to lose the war than give up an ounce of freedom...Morons!

1947 - Jews and Arabs rejected a British proposal to split the area of Palestine.

There were too many Arabs and the Jews suffered too much in WWII - they also had too much weaponry by this time...The landholder would have to be claimed through blood, not politics - as it should be.

Unfortunately for the Jews, there is no guaranteeing they will forever win the blood claim.

1964 - Muhammad Ali was born.

Not really, but this is the day Cassius Clay became a Muslim and took his much-more-famous name.

1986 - Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled the country, ending his family's 28-year reign of terror.

It’s incredible the U.S. allowed Papa and Baby Doc to exist...Western Hemisphere dictators should be assassinated as a matter of American policy.

I'm sure Liberals would be against this policy, but the poor, slaughtered people who are forced to live under these dictators would surely appreciate it.

1990 - The Soviet Union's Communist Party agreed to let other political parties compete for control of the country, thereby giving up its monopoly on power.

The end of the Soviet Hell State was in sight, and 73-years of Communist rule was about to end...Unfortunately for the Russian people (and its previous satellite states), the change from a state-controlled economy to a capitalist economy has been slow and painful - very painful.

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Monday, February 05, 2018

February 6

307 - China's 'War of the Eight Princes' ended.

This was a 15-year civil war in China, between eight princes vying for control of the Jin Dynasty.  It's important to remember at this time China was a loosely controlled empire, and each portion of it was ruled by different warlords...Also during this time, China was under constant pressure from outside 'barbarian' invaders - similar to the events in the West which broke up the Roman Empire.

China did not break, however...It's leadership may have been in flux, but its civilization was much too strong to fall apart.

It is also important to know China has had many civil wars, which is more a fact of its 4,000 year existence than due to any flaw in its civilization. Every great nation has had them, and the longer they are around the more they will have.

1778 - The United States won official recognition from France as the nations signed a treaty of aid in Paris. The Franco-American Treaty of Alliance bound the two powers together “forever against all other powers.” It was the first alliance treaty for the fledgling U.S. government:  American Revolutionary War.

It's undeniable the U.S. owes many thanks to the French for helping defeat the Brits in the American Revolutionary War...It's also undeniable the U.S. has more than paid back it's debt of gratitude to the French - specifically in WWII.

1899 - A peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate, ending the Spanish-American War.

The Spanish-American War was extremely one-sided, and the final nail in the coffin of the Spanish Empire, wiping out what little remained of the once proud empire - with Cuba receiving independence and the U.S. gaining the territories of the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Equally important, the results of this war began a period of American prosperity and influence on the world stage.

1929 - Germany accepted the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

HAHAHAHA!!! This agreement was a Utopian joke, and everyone who signed it knew it.

For those who don’t get the joke: The 'pact' was an international agreement outlawing war.

I guess no one told Adolph, Tojo and Mussolini the world previously agreed to ‘make love, not war.’

1992 - Democrat presidential candidate Bill Clinton denied he'd tried to avoid the Vietnam draft, saying he gave up a draft deferment in the fall of 1969 because he "didn't think it was right to keep it."

What a complete jackass...How we elected a draft-dodging POS as Commander-in-Chief will always be beyond my understanding.

1998 - President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair redoubled their pledge to use military force against Iraq if necessary.

Bill triangulated the meaning of the word 'is.'  It's a safe assumption he did the same with the word 'if' in this instance.

2007 - In France nearly 60 nations pledged not to use children to wage war and to disarm and rehabilitate underage soldiers. The Paris Commitments Agreement was seen as a strong moral step against the problem, though it carried no legal weight. They also signed a treaty banning governments from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and some of its key European allies were not among them.

And then the world sang Kumbaya!!

Kind of funny how this joke of a pledge was passed on the same date as Germany accepted the Kellog-Briand Pact.  I'm assuming it wasn't an accident...It was an equal joke, regardless of the timing.

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

February 5

1918 - The Soviet Union proclaimed the doctrine of 'separation of church and state.'

Look back and try to find where this concept began in American history. It definitely isn’t anywhere in the Constitution, even though it is often quoted as such.

I'm still amazed anyone can read 'separation of church and state' into the First Amendment, which speaks of 'freedom of religion,' and the need to avoid the creation of a state sponsored religion - not 'freedom from religion.'

The whole idea is new (a product of International Communism), and modern-day Liberals are more than happy to recall and re-frame the proclamations of Lenin.

1597 - Japan killed a group of Japanese Christians for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.

The Japanese were correct in this assessment...I'm sure many Christians would argue they were there to give the Japanese God or to enlighten them in some way, but the reality is they were there to convert Japanese from their ancient beliefs.

Any research on any region the Christians went proves this to be true, and to a large extent their 'success' shows the destruction of most of the cultures they touched - both Americas and Africa are the best examples...For the sake of their own culture, the Japanese were wise to act as they did.

And no, I'm not anti-Christian.  I'm just a realist.

1937 - Not happy with the lack of Supreme Court approval for some of his measures which tended to stretch the Constitution a bit, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed a way to 'stack the Court' by adding six more justices.

FDR made a huge mistake tinkering with the basic foundation of American government...He attempted to make himself a king and got slapped for it, even though he was the only U.S. President to more-or-less attempt to be 'king for life.'

Incredibly, Barack Obama has found a way around the Court and Congress:  He just does what he wants through 'executive order,' unlegislated regulations, and simply refusing to execute laws he has a problem with...FDR must be rolling over in his grave - with jealousy.

1990 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed the Communist Party give up its monopoly on power in the Soviet Union.

An exciting year followed this proclamation, but don’t buy into the mythology of Gorbachev as a great man. He gave up power only after realizing the situation was untenable and the likelihood of losing his life in an eventual coup was a very real possibility.

1997 - Switzerland's 'Big Three' banking giants announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.

Lets play with numbers: $71,000,000 for 6,000,000 exterminated Jews = $11.83/Jew...WOW!! That's a great deal.

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February 4

1789 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first President of the United States.

A more perfect choice has never been made...Washington wasn’t just the 'right man at the right time,' he was probably the only man who could have pulled off the miracle of uniting the states under a federal government.

“The United States of America has been fortunate in many ways, especially in the magnificent endowment of nature. But not the least of its blessings was the man who first led it to victory (Washington), then made the new nation that emerged law-abiding, stable and prosperous, as well as free. This double achievement is without parallel in history.” – Paul Johnson

Washington truly was the 'Irreplaceable Man' in American history - meaning no one else could have pulled off the miracle he did...And part of what makes him so special is he left office after two terms, trusting that he was 'replacable,' and the young nation he helped found could go on without making himself 'president-for-life' or 'king,' which he could have been - and many wanted.

960 - The Song Dynasty in China was founded by Emperor Taizu.

This dynasty ruled China for over 300 years.  It was a time of great achievement:  The world's first banknotes were created, China created it's first permanent navy, and the use of gunpowder was discovered...All during a time when the West was in a period of semi-barbarism in the Dark and Middle ages China continued to progress and was by far the greatest nation on earth.

1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.

In their minds this was a cease-fire, not an acceptance of American independence...It took the War of 1812 for the Brits to finally realize they were never going to recover their thirteen colonies.

1938 - Adolph Hitler assumed direct control of the German Army.

What a huge blessing for the Allied and Soviet armies...The German Army was an awesome fighting force in every way, but Hitler insisting on controlling it doomed it to failure.

1945 - The Yalta Conference began: Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin met at Yalta, in the Crimea, to discuss plans for the defeat of the Axis powers and to decide on the post-war future:  WWII.

FDR is often ripped for giving up Eastern Europe and Berlin to the Soviets in this meeting. Of course he was in poor health, and Uncle Joe got a Hell of a deal, but Roosevelt had no other choice.

Those who blame Roosevelt for the Russians 'conquering' Eastern Europe would be much better off questioning his reasoning for keeping America out of the war in 1939-41...Had FDR been a statesman instead of a politician he would have entered before Pearl Harbor, but this wasn't the route he took.

Also, the Battle of the Bulge (as well as Montgomery's Market Garden fiasco) held up the Allied assault on Germany to a point the Soviets were able to subdue Berlin, and Eastern Europe was already in Stalin’s hands...Were we going to fight the Russians? I think not. The deal at Yalta was tragic, but it was reality because of the events which occurred prior to Yalta.

1974 - Mao Tse-tung proclaimed a new 'Cultural Revolution' in China.

The Chairman was so creative in his titles for plans to repress and kill his population.

1997 - A civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, awarding $8.5 million in compensatory damages to Goldman's parents. (Six days later, the jury added $25 million in punitive damages to go to Nicole Brown Simpson's estate and Goldman's father.)

I thought he was innocent???

It's hard to believe this POS got away with murder. It's equally hard to believe he met justice 11 years later due to an act of stupidity - trying to 'recover' some of his football paraphernalia.

1998 - President Bill Clinton vowed "one way or the other" he would deny Iraq any weapons of mass destruction and said he was encouraged by an international consensus that Baghdad obey U.N. mandates.

Bombs with (D) = Good, Bombs with (R) = Bad...But then again, we know the Democrats would never have done much more than make useless threats and launch a few cruise missiles.

Now that I think about it, what was Clinton talking about? I thought there was no risk of Iraqi WMD's and President Bush made the whole thing up?...This is what his party has tried to sell us since the 2004 presidential election.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

February 3 (A Triple)

1451 - Mehmed II became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Mehmed wasn't any ol' sultan - he was one of the greatest Ottoman rulers...Also known as Mehmed the Conqueror, for taking Constantinople - ending the Byzantine empire, which put an end to the Roman Empire - as well as reclaiming all of Anatolia, portions of the Balkans in Europe, and extending the empire further into Asia.

As such, the Ottoman Sultanate became not only an empire, but one of the most powerful and vibrant nations on earth.

1870 - The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting the right of citizens to vote regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude.

For all its greatness, the Constitution and its founders failed on this issue. Many of the Founders knew they were wrong to allow slavery to continue, but they also knew the Constitution would have never been passed by the states if the issue of slavery was tackled at that time...Like most things in life, they had to serve the greater good at the expense of some obvious wrongs.

Fortunately, the Founders were brilliant enough to know the document's flaws and left it open ended with a means of righting this and other wrongs...Such was the brilliance of the amendment process.

1913 – The 16th Amendment, allowing the establishment of an income tax, was ratified. The new income tax laws included an exemption on life insurance to help widows and orphans. Also, the first $3,000 was exempted, and the top rate on incomes over $500,000 was 6%.

The Founders may have missed on the issues of the 13th-15th Amendments, but...

That said, there is no reason we shouldn’t return to the 6% top rate, and then tax consumption at a reasonable rate...Business would boom, and the government would get more money than it ever dreamed.

But this will never happen, because everyone would have to pay the consumption tax, including those who currently don’t pay income tax...The Democrats aren't about to do this to one of their primary voting bases.

1160 - Emperor Frederick Barbarossa hurtled prisoners, including children, at the Italian city of Crema, forcing its surrender.

That might have be a violation of the Geneva Conventions :)

1887 - The U.S. Congress passes the Electoral Count Act, designed to prevent the sort of confusion which marred the 1876 presidential election. Individual states were to be responsible for determining their own electoral vote counts.

The system could use a few more tweaks, but fraud will never be completely avoided...Not as long as politics is the method of choice to determine who rules the country. Which isn't perfect, but is highly preferable to civil war.

1919 - The first meeting of the League of Nations took place in Paris.

What a waste of time. Almost as much as the U.N...ALMOST!

1950 - Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs was arrested on spy charges. His confession revealed the Soviet Union obtained the atomic bomb from sources within the Manhattan Project.

The Ruskies would have caught up eventually, but treasonous American help definitely sped them up.

This event drastically altered the world, and led to the enslavement of many million people, because the U.S. no longer had the ultimate power to save them without having to commit millions of troops to the cause (E. Europe, Korea, China, etc).

1969 - The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasir Arafat head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The Hitler-in-a-Headdress got a promotion...Congratulations.

1973 - President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law.

I can't imagine Nixon had any idea how drastically this law would be used to restrict production and commerce, instead of as a method to 'save our precious animals.'

Lefties were very aware of its potential future uses, however.

1998 - The state of Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker for the pick-ax killing of two people in 1983.

What’s good for the gander is good for the goose...At least it should be.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

February 2 (A Double)

962 - Otto I, King of the Lombards, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

Otto is considered the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, but this history is very sketchy.

Some historians claim Charlemagne was the founder of the HRE, after being crowned Emperor of the Romans, but his empire was dissolved shortly after his death.

The first known use of the term Holy Roman Empire was in 1254, and the formal name of the empire, the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (Heiliges Römisches Reich deutscher Nation) first appeared in the 1500's...But the HRE was fact long before this.

Also, I hope you understand the Holy Roman Empire was neither 'holy' nor 'Roman,' and wasn't much of an 'empire'...It was a collection of German states, which at times ranged outside of Central Europe but not often enough to be considered an empire.

1942 - The Battle of Stalingrad ended:  WWII.

There were approximately two million casualties in this battle, and the Soviets took the brunt of the beating, but on this day the German 6th Army surrendered, ending what is considered one of the greatest battles in history...If you are not a historian and want to read about any part of WWII this is the battle I recommend.  There are many excellent books on the subject, and I promise you will be enthralled by its enormity, barbarism, and turns of fate.

Not only was this battle one of the greatest ever, but Stalingrad was the beginning of the end for the Germans in the East - a true turning point in WWII.

1653 - New Amsterdam became a city.

The city is still there, but it's better known as New York...Never forget the Dutch had colonies in North America before having to cede them to the English.

1811 - Russian Settlers established Ft. Ross trading post.

Like the Dutch (above) it's important to remember the Russians held territory in North America, as well...Today this area is more or less the city of San Francisco.

1848 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: This treaty ended the Mexican-American War, and turned over to the United States a huge portion of the present-day Southwestern United States, including Texas, New Mexico and California for $15 million.

America's 'Manifest Destiny' was getting closer to it's natural point...The Gadsden Purchase occurred a few years later, Hawaii and Alaska were a bonus, and 'space' is still to be conquered.

1933 - Two days after becoming German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler ordered the dissolution of the German Parliament.

Never forget good ol' Adolf was ELECTED by the German people. They should have seen this coming, yet they chose him anyway...And Europe sat around with its thumbs up their rectum allowing it to happen.

Sometimes you get what you ask for...We must keep this in mind in our time, as well.

1954 - President Eisenhower reported the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb.

This test occurred in 1952.  Thankfully, 60 year later the world has only seen them tested - not used in anger.

1971 - Ugandan Army strongman, Major-General Idi Amin took full power as military head of state and formed an 18-man cabinet to run the country.

Idi has gotten a bad rap. He was nowhere near as prolific a 'democidal dictator' as some of his peers...He only killed around 250,000 (give or take a few).

Compared to the other great butchers of the 20th Century (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc.), Amin is a pauper on the list of madmen...A pretty sad statement about the history of the 20th Century.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February 1

1790 - The U.S. Supreme Court convened in New York City for its first session.

This is one of the greatest judicial bodies in the history of the world, and one which will continue to be so as long as it remembers its job is to ensure the constitutionality of items coming from the Executive and Legislative Branches - including at the lower levels in the states.

The problem is when the Supremes determine they need to replace the duties of the President and Congress - acting as 'super legislators'...The other problem is the President and Congress have too often ceded their responsibilities to the Supremes in order to avoid having to make politically difficult decisions.

"Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role." - Chief Justice John Roberts

1327 - Edward III was crowned King of England.

Edward was only a teenage boy at the time - the country was effectively ruled by his mother Isabella and her lover Roger - but he proved more than up to the task of ruling the country when he came of age...Edward was one of England's greatest kings, ruling for over 50 years, and establishing the island nation as one of Europe's great powers.

1669 - French king Louis XIV limited freedom of religion.

Of course he did.  That's what tyrants - and Liberals - do...As if there's a difference between the two.

1918 - Russia adopted the Gregorian Calendar.

It was about time...I wonder what the Ruskie people thought about losing 13 days, because out of nowhere it went from being February 1 to February 14.

1923 - Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Voluntary Militia.

The 'Paperboy' was picking up steam, and out of this rabble of humanity came a bunch of thugs who made Benito a dictator.

1933 - The German Parliament dissolved.

Shocking, just a few days after Hitler became Chancellor.

1943 - One of America's most highly decorated military units of World War II, the 442d Regimental Combat Team, made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, was authorized.

This unit was awesome, and proved to America they weren’t Japanese or hyphenated Americans (Japanese-Americans)...They were Americans first.

We should offer the same kind of unit to fight in the War on Terror. I’m not as certain this would end as well, however.

1951 - The U.N. condemned China as an aggressor in the Korean War.

Lotta good that did.  Especially since the only ones who cower over U.N. declarations
are the pansies in the West.

1958 - Egypt and Syria announced plans to merge into the United Arab Republic.

Now that would be a power-player in the Middle East.  But it was destined to failure...Either on its own, or at the hands of the Israelis, who could never have allowed it to work out.

2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven person crew perished upon re-entry from their 16-day mission.

This was a terrible event, but it's amazing it hasn’t happened more often...Man was not made to leave Earth, and every time we jump off this ball we run the risk of such accidents.

That said, we must continue.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 31 (A Double For Most...A Triple For Me)

1915 - Germans staged the first poison gas attack in battle - against the Russians:  WWI.

Is anyone surprised the Germans were the first to use gas as a weapon? They perfected it as a killing mechanism, though not a battlefield weapon, with the creation and use of Zyclon B in the next great war.

1940 - The first U.S. Social Security check was issued. The check was for $22.54, issued to Ida Fuller of Brattlesboro, Vermont. Her check number was 00-000-001.

The ‘National Noose’ was put around the neck of  every American with this first check...Each additional one simply tightens it up. Who knows which one will squeeze so tight the head falls off?

1970 - Melissa Karlin was born.

Happy Birthday, Melissa...I'm sure this means nothing to most, but it is a great day for me.

I love my children and family, have a solid job and a pretty good life, but two events have defined my adult life:  Basic Training and meeting Melissa.

Thank you for two decades of marriage, being a great mother, my best friend, and keeping me around regardless of my many, many faults.

I love you!

1865 - General Robert E. Lee was named General-in-Chief of all the Confederate Armies.

Too little, too late...I hope you didn't think Lee was the overall Confederate commander before this time. He had been Commander of the Army of Virginia, but not the entire Confederate force - by this time it didn't matter.

1865 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery:  U.S. Civil War.

Like every protracted war, the original war aim (keeping the Union together) changed...It became a war to end slavery, but in no way was this President Lincoln's reason for going to war.

1917 - Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare:  WWI.

So much for the concept of ‘civilized’ warfare...It was a policy which brought the U.S. into the war, but one the Germans felt compelled to try.

1945 - Private Eddie Slovik became the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion:  WWII.

Desertion should be a capital offense. Draft dodging and subversion during a time of war should be as well.

1950 - President Truman announced he ordered the development of the hydrogen bomb. Truman said, "A leader has to lead, or otherwise he has no business in politics.''

Absolutely correct Harry.

1958 - The United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit: 'Explorer One.'

Sure the Ruskies beat us to the punch with Sputnik, but Explorer 1 eventually led the U.S. towards the Moon, and the economic destruction of the USSR.

Explorer 1 also discovered the 'Van Allen radiation belts,' which was something the Soviets would never have discovered because their goal wasn’t to learn, it was to get a satellite up...Just another of the million differences between the Soviet Union and the U.S.

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