Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 18 (A Double)

1227 - Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.

Genghis Khan is one of the greatest rulers in world history, even though he was one of the worst tyrants in history as well.

Uniting the various Mongol tribes was impressive, but Genghis left his mark over most of the Asian world and much of Eastern Europe...At the time of his death, the Mongol Empire was still growing, and it's important to note his successors built on his creation, which eventually became the largest land-based empire in the history of the world:  From Poland to Iran in the west, and Russia's Arctic shores to Vietnam in the east.

Oh, and there's also a claim that 1/8 of the people on the world carry his genetic makeup.

1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the final state needed to obtain the three-quarters of the states necessary to amend the Constitution.

There's no denying the Founding Fathers made mistakes, most of which were impossible to make right during 'their time'...Women's rights and ending slavery were two problems of note, but the time wasn't right to correct these problems - the Constitution would have never been ratified if either of these two issues had been part of it.  And the young nation would have been in a perilous position.

This is why they put the amendment process in the Constitution...It was a brilliant and foresighted way of admitting the document's flaws, and allowed for the hope that progress could be made over time.

The concepts of the 19th Amendment should have been part of the 14th, which granted voting rights to all male citizens...Try to imagine the anger women had that voting rights were granted to black men, but not them. This was a real problem. Of course it was racist, but women were definitely shafted in the deal.

The 19th Amendment righted this wrong: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

1587 - Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

The first of millions.

1914 - President Wilson issued his 'Proclamation of Neutrality,' aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

There are many who think we should have stayed out of 'Europe’s War,' but it was a mistake for Wilson to do so.

Had the U.S. been in it from the start the Germans would have been thoroughly routed, and the post-WWI world would have been shaped by a legitimate defeat of Germany. Instead, the war ended with the Germans losing, but not defeated, which resulted in a pissed off German nation...The end result of which was Hitler and WWII.

1924 - France began removing troops from the Ruhr.

The French and Belgians occupied the Ruhr region as a means of punishing Germany for its inability to pay WWI reparations...The Germans rightly saw this as a humiliating act, which was just another in the many events leading to the creation of the Nazi State.

1961 - Construction of the Berlin Wall was completed.

East and West Germany were divided, and Berlin was the focal-point...30 long years followed, and the damage done during this time still hasn’t been healed.

1991 - Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea.

The Soviet Union was collapsing, but the Commies made one last attempt to maintain control...I remember watching these events unfold, wondering if the 'hard-liners' had a chance at overturning change and continuing the existence of the Soviet Hell State.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 17

1945 - Korea was divided at the 38th parallel with the U.S. occupying the southern area.

This is a terrible day for Koreans (North and South), and a turning-point in the history of the world because it set the stage for the Cold War becoming very 'hot' within a couple years...It is also exactly what would have happened in Japan had the war continued much past the Atom Bombs.

1590 - John White, leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returned from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers was ever found.

It's reasonable to assume they were devoured by the Indians, who were smart enough at this time to annihilate the invaders before they could do likewise to them.

Unfortunately for the Indians, they weren’t as staunch with every European landing in the New World, and were overrun by a stronger people...Such is the true history of the world.

1812 - The Battle of Smolensk: Napoleon's army defeated the Russians during their retreat to Moscow.

Smolensk was a victory for Napoleon, but it was also a reality check...The reality was the Emperor was seeing the beginning of the destruction of his supply lines, which ultimately lead to a complete debacle and elimination of his Grand Armee.

1896 - A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding which started the Klondike gold rush.

The Russians have to be kicking themselves for selling Alaska to the U.S....So much for the 'folly' of Seward’s Folly, which has paid for itself over and over not only in gold but also in oil.

Also, the Canadians can’t be too pleased the Brits didn’t make this purchase instead of the Americans.

1917 - Italy declared war on Germany and Turkey:  WWI

Gotta love the Italians; waiting till the war was more or less decided to take a side...I guess it's better than the route they took in WWII.

1962 - East German border guards shot and mortally wounded Peter Fechter, who was attempting to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

Peter wasn't the first or last shot at this wall, but this event does give a good opportunity to ask a question: How many West Germans tried to cross to the East?

The answer to this question is the ultimate tell-tale sign of the failure of Communism.

1982 - The U.S. and China signed the 'U.S.-PRC Joint Communique': The U.S. agreed it "recognized the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, and acknowledged the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China."

It’s unfortunate, but the truth of the situation is in this part of the text: 'Taiwan is part of China'...Look at a map and tell me how this island can possibly be anything but part of China.

1987 - Rudolf Hess, last surviving member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at a Berlin hospital near Spandau Prison at age 93, having apparently committed suicide by strangling himself with an electrical cord.

Hess lived 42-years too long...It’s disgusting Hitler’s Henchmen weren’t all executed after the war, and were allowed to live any longer than their leader.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 16

2003 - Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.

Good riddance to dead tyrants!!!

During his seven year reign of terror, Idi Amin Dada Oumee managed to earn a place among the mega-murderers of the 20th Century...He was nowhere near the Kings of Democide (Stalin, Hitler, Mao), but should be listed shortly below them, alongside such notables as Pol Pot and Nicolae Ceausescu.

1513 - The Battle of the Spurs: Henry VIII of England and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian defeated the French at Guinegatte, France.

Just another in the seemingly never-ending list of European battles, but I’ve chosen to make note of it for one reason: The battle is called the 'Battle of the Spurs' because of the way the French fled the battlefield.

1777 - The Battle of Bennington:  American Revolutionary War.

Every battle in the war was important, but defeating British forces early in the war was a necessity in order to maintain American resolve to the cause.  This battle was extremely important for this reason, and was also a turning point in the French decision to support the Colonists.

Quote from the battle: "There are your enemies, the Red Coats and the Tories. They are ours or this night Molly Stark sleeps a widow." – American General John Stark.

1780 - The Battle of Camden: American troops were badly defeated by the British in South Carolina:  American Revolutionary War.

The British 'Southern Strategy' was proving quite effective, and in this battle the Americans were crushed by Cornwallis.

There were more losses to come, but each British victory carried a cost in troops and supplies - and angered Americans who hadn't taken sides in the war.

1861 - President Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the Southern states to be in a "state of insurrection against the United States":  U.S. Civil War.

This declaration was a little tardy. Lincoln should have made it after Fort Sumter, in April...Either way, the American Civil War was in full swing, and four horrific years followed.

1995 - The U.S. government more than doubled its estimate of rapes or attempted rapes in the United States each year, to 310,000, a finding praised by leaders of women's groups.

That’s a lot of rapes. Who knows the methodology they used, or what they consider rape...Here's hoping the study didn’t use the National Organization of Women definition that: “All sex is rape.”

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Monday, August 14, 2017

August 15 (A Double)

1096 - The First Crusade set out for Jerusalem.

A Battle of Civilizations was about to begin...A battle which neither side won, and neither side lost - to this day.

The West won many battles, but couldn’t invest and control the Middle East...On the flip side, Islam was kept at bay by the Crusaders, and was never able to conquer Central Europe.

1945 - V.J. Day: Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally, ending WWII. In a recorded radio message, Emperor Hirohito called upon the Japanese people to "bear the unbearable" and lay down their arms.

Don't forget the WWII started in 1937 with Japan and China, not in 1939 with the Germans invading Poland...And please don't feel sorry for the Japanese or Germans, regardless of how revisionist historians play games with the history of the war. Both deserved the ass kicking they received - and then some.

That said, almost 60,000,000 people were killed as a result of this war, and the world was turned upside down...Sadly, there will eventually be a third, and who knows what the damage and outcome will be. 

636 - The Battle at Yarmuk: Islamic forces beat a Byzantine army and gained control of Syria.

Islam was on the march, and the Byzantines were in the process of a long decline...A deadly reality for the Western world.

778 - Charlemagne's rear guard, returning from Spain, was attacked by Muslim Basques.

This headline is confusing if you don't understand Spain was a Muslim country at this time...If you come here daily you should already know this, though, and Charlemagne and the Franks were the only force which kept Islam from sweeping through Western Europe.

Of note in this battle is the death of Roland, Charlemagne’s 'right hand,' whose death was a terrible blow to the great king...It was also an event which put Charlemagne on the offensive, keeping Islam isolated in Spain.

I highly recommend you read
The Song of Roland, one of the greatest books of the Middle Ages, and a great story for all time.

1620 - The Mayflower set sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims.

These Puritans could have met the same fate as the settlers at Roanoke (probably should have), but they were destined to survive...And a great nation emerged from their founding.

1914 - The Panama Canal opened.

The Canal is an awesome engineering achievement, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and should be put right up  with any of the ‘Wonders of the World’...Ancient or modern

1947- The Indian Independence Bill created the two independent states of India and Pakistan, after some 200-years of British rule.

Two nations with awesome and terrible potential...Both have proven nuclear capability and both border some of the world’s hot spots:  China, Afghanistan, Iran, etc.

Oh, and they have ancient hatred for each other, for various ethnic and religious reasons - with nukes and missiles to deliver them...Both will be major players on the world stage in the 21nd Century - for better or worse.

1961 - East Germany began building the Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall was a terrible monument to the reality of the Cold War...I wasn't alive when it went up, but remember the day 'The Wall' came down, and still get tears in my eyes at the event of it falling.

1971 - President Nixon announced a plan to help the economy recover from the costs of the Vietnam and Cold Wars - freezing wages and rents for 90-days.

Oh goody, the government threw itself even more into the lives of the American people - specifically the economy...So, how'd that work out?

The Down Jones went up!  For one day...Followed by a dismal economy for a decade...Genius!!!

That said, it's predictable, and should be a warning to our overlords to quit trying to 'help'.

2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own.

We are not alone...We have no understanding of the enormity and power of the universe, and must admit we (Earth) are but one of what is possibly millions of planets with life on them (or not). The more we search, the more we will find.

2005 - Israel began to pull out from the Gaza Strip.

This is working out great for the Israelis...Not! As predicted by anyone willing to admit the truth about the Palestinians.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 14

1281 - The 'Divine Wind' sunk an invading Mongol fleet off of Japan.

The 'Divine Wind' was a typhoon, which saved Japan from the Mongol onslaught...And there was very little doubt if the Mongols reached land, they would have conquered Japan.

The invasion force consisted of 281 ships and 150,000 men, and after 50+ days of fighting they were getting the upper hand on the Japanese before the typhoon hit.

It is interesting to know, the Japanese do not call the WWII suicide-bombers by the name of Kamikaze's = 'Divine Wind'...The relationship is a loose English translation.

410 - Visigoth King Alaric sacked Rome.

Rome was on it's last leg, and accelerated the problems with the Goths (and all the other Barbarians) by allowing them in their ranks.

This 'sacking' can be directly related to this matter, because Alaric was trained by Roman General Stilicho - a Goth.

Ironically, it was Stilicho who was sent out to put down the Gothic force...After thinking it through, however, the Romans decided to recall Stilicho, and had him executed. Thereby killing their best leader, and the man who knew Alaric best.

Such was the Western portion of the Empire in the 400's...A shell of its former self, and barely clinging to its very existence.

1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.

The northern border of the U.S. was finally delineated, and a major source of contention between the U.S. and Britain was put to rest.

1900 - International forces entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreigners.

I can't say I blame China for wanting to overthrow these foreigners, but China had no chance of success...Just about every world power was in the fight against it - powers with modern technology on their side.

Unfortunately, the only one who ultimately profited from this battle was Japan, who used this event as one more step towards its domination of the Far East.

Even worse, the Chinese haven't forgotten the way it was treated by the West during this time, and it has a long memory...There's little doubt they will be looking for a little payback as soon as they can.

1935 - The U.S. Congress passed the Social Security Act and President Franklin Roosevelt immediately signed it into law.

Social Security was created as a means to provide 'Aid to Dependent Children' (now Aid to Families with Dependent Children [AFDC]), unemployment insurance, and pension plans for the elderly."

A nice idea, and one which has become the National Noose around the neck of every living - and unborn - American.

1945 - Japanese Imperial Guards attempted a coup, which was put down:  WWII.

Even after 2+ years of continuous ass kickings, including two atomic bombs, many Japanese leaders didn't want to surrender...Thankfully these nuts were crushed.

1945 – President Truman announced Japan accepted terms for unconditional surrender, setting the stage for the end of WWII.

August 15th is considered VJ Day, but it was still the 14th in North America at the time of the Japanese surrender...It was August 15th in Japan.

1973 - The U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt, marking the official end to 12-years of American combat in Southeast Asia:  Vietnam War.

I can't do this one...Hopefully we learned from our mistakes and never again fight a war without the objective of winning.

Sadly, the same Liberal scum who forced us to lose in Vietnam made a goal of 'stealing defeat from the jaws of victory' in Iraq, and due to sheer incompetence by Obama have gotten a double in Afghanistan. Make that a triple in Syria.  Make that a quadruple in Libya, make that...Ugh!!!!

1997 - Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for his part in the 1995 explosion which killed 168 people.

On June 11, 2001, this SOB was executed. Good riddance to murderous scum.

2000 - On the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, President Bill Clinton offered an embarrassing triumphant review of his years in office, and exhorted delegates to propel Al Gore on the road to succeed him.

Gotta love Bubba turning Al's party into a Bill Clinton love fest...Imagine what he would have done if Hillary had won in 2016.  For that matter, imagine the 'Ode to Obama' Obama will give himself as well.

2003 - The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast.

Picture of the Cause of the Blackout...Warning: Rated R.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 13 (A Triple...But I'm Making Note of a Special Fourth)

1521 - Hernando Cortes, Spanish conqueror, captured and destroyed Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) after a three month siege.

Firepower, cavalry, disease, superstition and neighboring Indian tribes who detested the Aztecs (probably the most important factor) were more than enough for Cortes and his meager band of Spaniards to overwhelm the greatest nation in the New World...It's a story beyond belief - maybe the most incredible conquest ever - and one which changed the world.

Read more about Cortes.

1898 - The Spanish-American War ended.

This war was America's coming out party, and also the end of Spain's once great role on the international stage...It's ironic it is also the date which saw Spain's greatest conquest: Cortes against the Aztecs.

1961 - Berlin was divided when East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate, sealing off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work began on the Berlin Wall.

The Cold War got much 'hotter' on this day...And millions of East Germans saw their slight chance at freedom disappear.

1995 - Baseball great Mickey Mantle died of cancer.

I am too young to have seen him play, but as a child I read extensively about 'The Mick' and watched re-runs of 'Home Run Derby.'  He was my first hero...I admit to crying when I saw the news of his liver cancer, and even more on this day of his death.

Mickey was an awesome baseball player who was the strongest and the fastest, a switch-hitter, a Hall of Famer, a Triple Crown winner, a 3-time MVP, a 16-time All Star, a champion. He was almost mythological in my young mind, and the ballplayer I most often pretended to be when hitting balls against the wall or catching flies in the outfield.

"That boy hits baseballs over buildings. He runs as fast as Ty Cobb." - Casey Stengel

I'm glad I didn't know of his flaws when I was a child, and wish we could return to a better time when our heroes could be just that - HEROES!

Unfortunately, we live in a time where heroes are created then destroyed by the media, and I feel sorry for the children of our current day. There is no such thing as childhood innocence, and they are made to grow up much too fast in a world with the cruelest of realities...I admit I long for a better time, a time when a boy could be a boy.

1932 - Adolf Hitler rejected the post of Vice-Chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or nothing."

Unfortunately the Austrian Madman soon got it 'all'...And the world got Hell.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

August 12 (A Double)

1934 - Babe Ruth played his final game.

The Babe, the Bambino, the Sultan of Swat. The greatest player in the history of the game...The most dominant American athlete - regardless of which sport.

I don’t do many sports events here, but there has never been a bigger American sports figure, and there will likely never be another like him in the future...The Babe was a baseball god, the likes of which has never been seen.

Most know of his hitting prowess, but it should also be known he was one of the best pitchers of his time, and had he not switched to the outfield would have possibly gone into the Hall of Fame as a pitcher.

1953 - The Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.

They had the A-Bomb, and it was only a matter of time before they got the 'H'...Thankfully the Soviets never put that bad-boy to belligerent use, but the Ruskies still have them and who knows what will happen in the future?

1099 - The Crusaders won the Battle of Ascalon.

Ascalon was the last major battle of the First Crusade - a victory for the Crusaders...Sadly, they soon realized they conquered a land which could never be held. A lesson which went unlearned for the entirety of the Crusades.

As much as I hate to say it, I'm afraid this is a lesson the Israelis are going to learn over time as well.

1552 - Emperor Charles V granted religious freedom with the Treaty of Passau.

'Granted'? Hardly...Charles had no choice, because he couldn’t control the Protestant lands he gave such 'freedom' to.

1553 - Pope Julius III ordered all copies of the Talmud to be confiscated and burned.

There’s no doubt the Roman Catholic Church had a period where it was much more like the Taliban than the 'Kingdom of Heaven'...This was one of those cases.

1865 - Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery.

Coming from a medical background and knowing what I know about infection, I’d say this was a huge event.

1867 - President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

I hope you know Johnson was the first president to be impeached...It wasn’t Clinton (#2), and it wasn’t Nixon (who wasn’t impeached).

If you didn’t know this, you need to come to this blog much more regularly.

1941 - French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany:  WWII.

Would anyone expect anything else? Petain rolled over like a cheap whore for the invading Germans. Why would he be expected to fight after the fact.

1972 - The last American combat ground troops left Vietnam.

We won every battle, but lost the war...A pathetic statement about our civilian leaders - who sent the military out to fail.

It was the right war, in the right place, at the right time, but those in the ultimate position of running the war ran it right into the ground...Unfortunately they took the country with them.

1990 - Air Force Staff Sergeant John Campisi died after being hit by a military truck in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first U.S. casualty of the Persian Gulf crisis.

All too often our brave troops die in events other than combat related...Such is the history of warfare and always will be.

No matter how they fall, however, every American soldier who serves the country honorably is deserving of infinite honor and remembrance by the American people.

1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle lawsuits brought by Holocaust survivors and their heirs. The banks kept millions of dollars deposited by Holocaust victims before and during World War II.

This really is pathetic, but lets play games with math just to show how pathetic it is (Assume 6,000,000 dead Jews):

- 1,250,000,000/6,000,000 = $208.33 per dead Jew.

Most of us spend more than $210 on groceries every other week. No wonder Hitler thought they were worthless.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 11

1941 - President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed the Atlantic Charter, setting forth eight world goals for the world after the war ended:  WWII.

The 'eight world goals' for the post-WWII world order:

1. No territorial gains sought by the United States or the United Kingdom.
2. Territorial adjustments must conform to the people involved.
3. The right to self determination of peoples.
4. Trade barriers lowered.
5. There must be disarmament.
6. There must be freedom from want and fear.
7. There must be freedom of the seas.
8. There must be an association of nations.

#’s 1, 4, 7, and 8 all came to fruition - as a result of U.S. domination in these areas...But #’s 2, 3, and 6 were obliterated by the reality of the Soviet Union, who weren’t invited to this ‘goal setting’ party.

#5 was a complete joke.

1492 - Alexander VI was elected Pope.

This is one of the most important popes in history...But notice I didn’t say 'good'.

Alexander closely allied the Church to the Spanish throne, began the mass censorship of books, excommunicated many pre-Reformation antagonists, and set the parameters for the Treaty of Tordesilla, which demarcated the areas of exploration in the New World between Spain and Portugal - at least on paper.

1942 - Vichy government official Pierre Laval publicly declared "the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war":  WWII.

Make no mistake, many Frenchmen would rather be German slaves than saved by the English and Americans...Vive la France! Bunch of pathetic surrender monkeys.

1954 - A formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Viet Minh.

'A formal peace'? In other words, the French got their asses handed to them and decided to quit Indochina...Always beware of how words are phrased. The headline was ‘true,’ but it didn’t tell ‘the truth.’

1964 - The U.S. Congress approved the 'War on Poverty' bill (Economic Opportunity Act).

A classic example of ‘throwing good money after bad'.

The government has placed those in poverty in a perpetual state of helplessness, and made them dependent on the government...This is bad for the human spirit, and bad for America as a whole - but it is good for the politicians dependent on the votes of those on welfare.

In other words: The Democrats have kept the poor in a system of 'Political Indentured Servitude,' and it has been great for the Democrats, but horrible for those they are preying on.

1965 - The Watts Riots erupted in Los Angeles when a white police officer arrested a black man for drunk driving. After six days of rioting, four people were dead, over 1,000 hurt, nearly 4,000 arrested, and property damage was estimated at about $40,000,000.

This worked out well for the Watts community...I’ll never understand why rioters kill and destroy their own.

1975 - The United States vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations, following the Security Council's refusal to consider South Korea's application.

We didn't have to worry about this problem for long...North Vietnam soon swallowed up the South, and there was only Vietnam.

1984 - President Reagan sparked controversy when he joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address saying he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

Ooops! Reagan probably would have been better off not saying this...But, it is one of the million reasons I love him.

1995 - President Bill Clinton banned all U.S. nuclear tests, calling his decision ''the right step as we continue pulling back from the nuclear precipice.''

What a great idea. I’m sure our enemies will follow suit. Riiiiiiiiiiight???

2000 - President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 13166, commonly known as the 'Limited English Proficiency' (LEP) Act. EO 13166 requires federal agencies and any other entities which receive federal funds via grants, contracts or sub-contracts to make their activities accessible to non-English speaking persons.

Clinton was the king of pushing 'bad laws' through the Executive Order instead of the legitimate way of leaving it to the representatives of the people - until Obama came around, that is...Ah, who needs Congress when we have a degenerate Chief Executive to make laws instead?

Plus, I’m sure all of you don’t mind paying for the thousands of forms being printed at taxpayer expense in the modern day Tower of Babel we seem intent on building.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

August 10

1920 - The Treaty of San Sevres was signed - formally ending WWI between the Allies and Turks.

The terms of this treaty have been disputed, violated, and overlooked by most of the principles involved, because the Ottoman Empire didn’t last long enough to put it into effect...The 'Young Turks,' led by Kemal Ataturk, had other ideas after taking over the Turkish government and simply refused to accept the treaty.

The results of this treaty, its uselessness, and the fact it left the Middle East without a Muslim hegemon (the Brits and French were never seen as legitimate - nor are Americans in our time) have been some of the many reasons why the Treaty of San Sevres has been called 'The Peace To End All Peace.'

70 - The Jewish Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

The ancient Jewish state and nation ended with this event, which marks the beginning of the 1900-year Diaspora.

1776 - A committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson suggested the United States adopt "E pluribus unum" as the motto for its Great Seal.

A brilliant motto – “Out of Many, One” – and a perfect concept to found the new country on...Sadly, Liberals have debased this motto, and changed its definition to
'Out of Many, MANY.'

1831 - The Nat Turner slave rebellion occurred.

This was the largest slave uprising in pre-Civil War America, and was brutally put down, resulting in the killing and beating of hundreds of slaves and clamping down on security measures against future revolts.

1921 - Franklin Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello.

It’s amazing most Americans didn’t know FDR had polio, and doubtful he could be elected in modern times with such a disease due to the negative media coverage he’d receive from it.

1942 – General Bernard Montgomery assumed command of the British Eighth Army, in North Africa:  WWII.

Monty was a good commander, and the first Western Allied leader in any position to hand the Nazis a significant loss of any kind...That said, he was timid in the field and a pain in the ass in the office.

But, there’s no doubt he was the best British field commander in WWII.  It's also true the Nazis never won another significant battle in the West after Monty took command of the 8th  - a fact which was helped by the timing of the U.S. entry into the war in earnest.

1945 - Japan announced its willingness to surrender to the Allies, provided the status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged:  WWII.

The terms of surrender stipulated “unconditional surrender,” and the Japanese were unwilling to do away with the emperor. So...

1945 - The U.S. Third Fleet aircraft raided northern Honshu and Hokkaido:  WWII.

The Japanese refused to surrender, so the war went on and the Americans started preparation for the impending invasion of Japan Proper...Had the Japanese not quickly surrendered all of Japan would have been destroyed.

1988 - President Reagan signed a bill awarding $20,000 to each survivor of the Japanese-American internment.

There's no denying Japanese internment wasn’t America’s kindest event, but it was probably a proper decision.

Unfortunately, we’ll probably need to have another internment in the future:  A Muslim internment...To protect them from themselves.

1991 - China agreed in principle to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Agreeing and doing are two different things.

1993 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can you say 'FAR LEFT?'

Just a reminder: Ruthie served as the ACLU's General Counsel from 1973-1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974-1980...That's as far Left as they come.

1995 - Norma McCorvey, 'Jane Roe' of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.

I’m sure 'Roe' had no idea abortions would go from being 'SAFE, LEGAL and RARE' to leading to the death of one out of every four American pregnancies.

I’m against abortion, but I’m a realist, not an absolutist.

The sooner both sides come to an agreement that our current argument is out of control the better...Put the 'RARE' back into the equation, and most will be placated, but abortion shouldn’t be a form of after-the-fact birth control - which is simply fetal murder.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

August 9 (A 5'er)

480 B.C. - The Battle of Thermopylae ended (began August 7 - though some calendar systems list it as September 8-10).

The Persians won the battle and should have won the war, which would have drastically altered the history of the world...But the Persians had no way of knowing what waited for them at 'The Hot Gates' - Leonidas and the flower of Sparta, 300 Lacedaemonians strong.

The Persian Empire was history's first great empire, by far the strongest nation in the Middle/Near East and Europe at the time, and invaded Greece with the intention of conquest through the weight of an estimated million man fighting force...Defending the Thermopylae Pass against this invading force the Spartans fought with an estimated strength of 3000 men (300 Spartans and 2700 allies).

Needless to say, the Persians didn't have a million troops but they had far more than the Spartans, and there was no way the Spartans could overcome such odds in this battle, but they did enough to help Greece win the war...At the Battle of Thermopylae, the Spartans put up one of the greatest defensive holding battles in history, which gave the Greeks enough time - and will - to mount a nationwide defensive force and also eliminated the best Persian troops:  The Immortals.

This battle is one of the classics of all time, and I can't tell you how much I recommend you read '
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae' and see the movie '300'.

48 B.C. - The Battle of Pharsalus: Julius Caesar defeated Pompey.

Caesar chased Pompey all over the Mediterranean world, and was on the verge of crushing his force...Pompey was lucky to escape to Egypt after this battle, but his days were numbered and it didn't take long for the Egyptians to murder him in order to win favor with Caesar.

378 - The Battle of Adrianople: Visigoth Calvary crushed a Roman Army.

The Roman Empire was in a steady state of decline, but at this battle the empire showed it was in it's death-throws.

The Visigoths annihilated the Roman force in the battle, which had the effect of forever opening the eastern portion of the Roman Empire to a tidal wave of Goths, Huns, Franks, etc. - barbarian invaders.

1945 (11:02 am, local time) - The United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people:  WWII.

The 'Fat Man' hit Nagasaki, forcing the Japanese Empire to finally consider capitulating to the overwhelming force of the U.S...A force which they brought on themselves. Please keep this in mind.

Also keep in mind the horrendous damage and loss of life which would have happened had the U.S. invaded Japan instead of ending the war with the atom bombs: MacArthur and Nimitz would have bombed the hell out of Japan Proper from the sea and air, and then sent in the artillery and infantry to finish the war...A reality which would have caused millions of Japanese deaths, and also completely destroyed the infrastructure and historical landmarks of Japan as well.

Oh, and the Ruskies would have swooped in from the north, looking for a little payback for the loss of their navy in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05)...Never minimize the importance of this in the mind of the Japanese decision to surrender.

1974 - President Richard Nixon formally resigned as President of the United States. Gerald R. Ford became the nation's 38th president.

Nixon is a disgrace, and it's too bad because he was on the verge of being one of America's better presidents...But he let his fears and emotions get the best of him, and vowed to never be cheated again as he was in 1960 by John F. Kennedy and the mob.

What's really sad is Nixon didn't need to pull 'tricks', because there was no way he was going to lose the election in 1972.

Luckily, Ford was a good man who was able to keep the pieces together for the shaken nation...Even though he was the lamest of lame duck presidents in history.

1378 - The election of Urban VI as Pope was declared null when the College of Cardinals declared him a lawless, anti-Christian, devil.

Papal politics has always been brutal, but never as bad as during the Middle Ages...Urban wasn't the first scoundrel-pope, and also wasn't the last.

1790 - The 'Columbia' returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage, becoming the first ship to carry the American Flag around the world.

The new nation was trumpeting its existence, but hadn't yet proved it could last over time...Luckily, the success of the Columbia has been matched by the brilliance and greatness of the future United States of America.

1842 - The Webster-Ashburton Treaty between the U.S. and Britain was signed, establishing the boundary between the U.S. and Canada from Maine to the Great Lakes.

Prior to this time, the U.S. and British contested the divide between Canada and the U.S...I often wonder if Canadians secretly wish the line could have been further north, or if it had become part of the U.S. itself?

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Monday, August 07, 2017

August 8 (A Double)

1940 - The Battle of Britain began when Nazi warplanes launched air attacks against England:  WWII.

The date for the Battle of Britain is argued between the Brits and Germans (the Krauts say this day, Brits say July 10)...Either way, it was a major assault on British cities, and truly was Britain’s "finest hour."

“What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'” – Winston Churchill (after France quit the war)

Churchill was correct in his assessment, and the Germans descended from the skies to try to crush the Brits...Luckily for the world, the Brits were up to the task, and able to hold out long enough for their American cousins and the Ruskies to be drawn into the war.

If you are interested in the battle, check out this site: Battle of Britain.

1945 - The Soviet Union declared war on Japan, two days after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and seven days before Tokyo surrendered:  WWII.

Those who think the U.S. shouldn’t have dropped the A-Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki haven’t thought through (or have no idea of) the reality of the continuation of the war.

1. The U.S. invasion of Japan would have been exponentially worse than the Bombs...Millions more would have died and most Japanese cities would have been obliterated.

2. The Soviets were fresh off of crushing the Germans, and were in the mood for a little payback for the way the Japanese embarrassed them in 1905 - the result would have been brutal.

3.  Had the Soviets gotten their troops into Japan, they would have split it like they did Germany - and later Korea and Vietnam...This would have been much worse for the Japanese than the soon-to-be U.S. occupation, which not only rebuilt the country, but allowed it to remain free.

These are just a few of the reasons the Japanese wanted no part of fighting the Soviets.

70 - The Tower of Antonia was destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish Revolt.

The Jews were fighting an impossible battle.  The destruction of the Tower foretold the destruction of the Second Temple and what had been a semi-independent Jewish state, as well as the beginning of a 1,900-year Jewish diaspora.

449 - The Council of Ephesus upheld the Monophysite view.

I hate to admit it, but this concept is beyond me...I’m not a Christian, and have difficulty with the concept of the Divine on Earth.

Check it out if you are interested

1786 - The U.S. Congress adopted the decimal system of money.

I’m not quite sure why we haven’t also switched to the decimal system of weight and measurement as well...The system of 10’s is so much easier than our current system.

1844 - Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.

This was an important decision for the Mormons...Smith may have been the first prophet, but Young was the superior leader.

1918 - The Battle of Amiens began:  WWI.

This battle was the beginning of the Allied 'Hundred Days Offensive', which effectively ended the war.

It was one of the few ‘breakout’ opportunities taken advantage of by either side in WWI, and is considered the end of the 'Trench Warfare Era.'

1942 - Six Nazi saboteurs who had landed in the U.S. were executed:  WWII.

Today they’d be kept in Guantanamo Bay and given 'culturally sensitive meals' and 'prayer rugs' - errrrr copies of 'Mein Kampf'...And even at that, jerk-offs like Democrat Sen. 'Dick' Durbin would be crying about their civil rights being trampled on.

Bunch of degenerate fools.

1969 - Executive order 11478 was issued by President Nixon: "Equal employment opportunity must become an integral part of the day to day management of Federal agencies and interwoven with every action which has an effect on employees," declared the heads of all federal agencies. Section 2 of the order maintained that each agency was required to establish an affirmative action program of equal employment opportunity.

I’m all for fairness in the workplace (racial, gender, etc., etc.), but wish we didn’t have 'Affirmative Racism' or 'Affirmative Gender' laws...They should be unnecessary, and quotas of any kind aren’t helpful for those they are intended to help.

1993 - In Somalia, four U.S. soldiers were killed when a land mine was detonated underneath their vehicle, prompting President Bill Clinton to order Army Rangers to try to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

I must ask the obvious question: Why was it necessary to send troops to Somalia but not to Iraq?

1995 - The regime of Iraq's Saddam Hussein was shaken when his two eldest daughters, their husbands and other senior army officers defected.

Why would they leave such a wonderful place??

Incredibly, the daughters and son-in-laws were stupid enough to return...The son-in-laws were promptly executed on Saddam’s order.

1998 - President Bill Clinton, in his Saturday radio address, vowed the bombers of two U.S. embassies in Africa would be brought to justice, "no matter how long it takes or where it takes us."

What a cruel joke we played on ourselves allowing this POS to be the Commander-in-Chief of the United States!!

Also, I thought the Muslims loved us during Clinton's presidency...More Liberal lies.

And I’m sick of this “brought to justice" garbage...We need to find maggots like these terrorists, torture them into telling us anything they may or may not know, and then shoot them in the field. Instant justice is the only thing they understand.

2000 - Chile's Supreme Court stripped General Augusto Pinochet's immunity, clearing the way for the former dictator to be tried on human rights charges. An appeals court later ruled Pinochet unfit to stand trial because of his deteriorating health and mental condition.

Talk about a travesty of justice...Pinochet deserved to meet the hangman, as one of South America’s greatest tyrants of the 20th Century.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

August 7

1942 - The Battle of Guadalcanal began: U.S. Marines launched America's first offensive in the Pacific in World War II.

Midway was the ‘turning-point’ in the Pacific, but the Battle of Guadalcanal started a string of victories which didn’t end until the Japanese surrendered.

The battle also showed what it would take to defeat Japan: Of the 30,000 Japanese troops at Guadalcanal, almost 24,000 died during the battle. Compared to only 1,500 for the U.S…They had to be slaughtered, and even at that barely surrendered.

1782 - The Order of the Purple Heart (Badge of Military Merit) was established by General George Washington to honor Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War.

The Purple Heart should be worn as a 'Badge of Honor' for the self-sacrifice made for this great nation.


1944 - The trial of the anti-Hitler 'July Plot' conspirators began in Germany:  WWII.

The Nazi's were on their last leg, and the executions against those in this plot did much to bring the war to a quicker end - because many of the German Army's best leaders were killed...Again, Hitler did what he could to cause Germany to suffer as much as possible.

1963 - Jacqueline Kennedy became the first wife of a president to give birth while he was in the White House since the days of Grover Cleveland. The infant died two days later.

A premonition of Kennedy tragedies to come??

1964 - The U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President L.B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces:  Vietnam War.

If Congress had any balls it would have declared war on North Vietnam instead of passing the buck to the President...Yes, this gave LBJ the power to fight the war, but if he had a declaration of war he would have had much more, and would have been able to pursue it properly.

It would have also kept Congress in the loop, and kept the traditional power of going to war in their hands...One of many responsibilities Congress has abrogated on the way to being the President's bitch.

1992 - The 39-nation Conference on Disarmament produced the final draft of a treaty to ban chemical weapons, ending 24-years of talks.

What a complete waste of time. There is little doubt all 39 nations at the conference continue to produce such weapons...Including the U.S.

1998 - Terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

And what did President Clinton do? Other than launching a few missiles in the desert, he didn’t do jack-squat!!

Try to imagine Bill or any of his Lefty cronies as Commander-in-Chief on 9/12/01...A scary thought.

2006 - A new finding implied that the universe is about 15.8 billion years old and about 180 billion light-years wide based on new evidence, which suggested that the Hubble constant, a number that measures the expansion rate and age of the universe, is actually 15% smaller than other studies have found.

We are very small.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

August 6

1945 (8:15 EDT) - The United States dropped an atomic bomb (named 'Little Boy') on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.

Poor Japan...Not!

"WAR IS ALL HELL" - Gen. William T. Sherman

Japan brought war to the U.S., so the U.S. brought Hell to Japan.

Let’s review a few FACTS:

1. The Japanese began the war, not the U.S...In fact, Japan started the entire World War in 1937 when it invaded China.

2. The Japanese were beaten and asked to surrender many times, but refused to do so.

3. If the U.S. had invaded Japan, instead of forcing them to surrender with the atom bombs, the death and destruction of the Japanese people and homeland would have been many, many times worse than that caused by the A-bombs.

4. If we hadn’t dropped the bombs, the Soviets were on the march to join the battle, and would have destroyed the Japanese in the north. As a result, Japan would have been split up like Germany, and later Korea.

5. If the war hadn’t ended with this quick-hit, the Japanese may have finished their plans to drop dirty-bombs on the West Coast of the U.S. (make sure you check back on Sept. 22).

6. The race for nuclear weapons was already on...The Germans and Japanese would have gotten there eventually had the allies not destroyed their war making capability, and the Soviets were already collecting German scientists to get theirs. The U.S. dropping atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn't start an arms race. An arms race had been on for decades.

So please, don’t buy into Liberal BS and revisionist writing of history. Dropping the atomic bombs on Japan saved lives (MILLIONS OF LIVES), as well as Japanese culture, and was the absolute proper thing to do.

258 – Bishop of Rome Sixtus II was beheaded while celebrating services in a cemetery.

The Roman world was a dangerous place to be a Christian during this time, and remained so until Constantine became emperor.

1787 - The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began to debate the articles contained in a draft of the United States Constitution.

This group of men created one of the most important non-religious documents in the history of the world...Lucky for our young nation, we had the right men in the right place at the right time.

Will we always be so lucky?  It seems like our luck ran out decades ago.

1806 - The Holy Roman Empire ended when Francis II renounced the crown and became Francis I, Emperor of Austria.

This is an understatement, because it should say the HRE was forcefully dissolved by Napoleon.

FYI:  Most are familiar with the '3rd Reich' = Nazi Germany...The HRE was the '1st Reich' and Imperial Germany (1871-1918) was the '2nd Reich.'

1890 - Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair when he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.

Ol’ Sparky was de-virginized...I wish he was used as often as a cheap whore.

1918 - The Second Battle of the Marne ended:  WWI.

The Marne was one of WWI’s major battles, with almost 300,000 casualties between the two sides...The major importance of the battle is it was the last large-scale German attack on the Western Front.

1942 - Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands became the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, telling lawmakers despite Nazi occupation, her people's motto remained, "No surrender.":  WWII.

She should have stayed in Holland and died fighting instead of running away, leaving her people to be butchered by the Nazi dogs...But that’s not the European way.

1944 - The Nazis began the deportation of 70,000 Jews to Auschwitz, from Lodz, Poland:  WWII.

Another big day for the Nazi butchers...But only for the butchers, because I’m sure the Wehrmacht and German people didn’t know anything about it. Riiiiiiight.

1994 - In Wedowee, Alabama, an apparent arson fire destroyed Randolph County High Schools, which had been the focus of tensions over the principle's stand against interracial dating.

We all know the song: “Sweet home Alabama...In Birmingham they love the Governor"...Referencing Governor Wallace, a first class racist - lets not forget he was a Democrat by the way.

2005 - Iran rejected Europe's proposal for ending the standoff over Teheran's nuclear program, saying it was "unacceptable" because it did not give the country the right to enrich uranium.

Ten years later the shell game came to an end...Not with the Iranians forgoing a nuclear program, but with the West trying to stop them.

The Iranians may have put off getting a nuclear weapon (for 10 years - hahaha), but they have not dropped the idea...Our leaders simply kicked the can down the road to our children - like every other problem we have.

2006 - Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Iran would expand uranium enrichment, in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution giving the Islamic Republic until Aug. 31 to halt the activity or face the threat of political and economic sanctions.

Of course Iran did...And will continue to do so until it either has its weapon or has its production facilities destroyed by someone with some serious testicular fortitude.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

August 5

1861 - President Lincoln signed into law the first federal income tax, which levied a maximum of 3% on income over $800. It was meant as a Civil War tax only and was rescinded in 1872.

$800/year was quite a bit back then. And 3% would be a wet-dream for those of us living in the modern age...That said, the American economy would do back-flips for a top rate of 20%, and there is a 0% chance it will ever be rescinded again.

1864 - Union Admiral David G. Farragut is said to have given his famous order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" as he led his fleet against Mobile Bay, Alabama:  American Civil War.

Farragut was the dominant naval figure of the Civil War, and capturing the Confederate port at Mobile Bay (after previously capturing New Orleans) effectively isolated the South from the rest of the world.

1936 - Jesse Owens won his third gold medal by running a 200-meter race in 20.7 seconds at the Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany.

So much for the 'master race.'

It was great for Jesse to stick it to Hitler...Sadly, however, he returned to the U.S. with no civil rights or opportunity to better himself, and more or less died a broke and broken man.

1974 - President Nixon admitted ordering the Watergate investigation halted six days after the break-in. Nixon said he expected to be impeached.

Nixon was a tragic - and pathetic - figure, who had the talent and opportunity to become one of America’s better presidents, but was paranoid and doomed to self destruction.

The damage he did to the Republican Party is immeasurable...The damage he did to America was likewise - if for no other reason, Nixon led to Jimmy Carter becoming President.

1981 - The U.S. federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone on strike.

Good! Unions had their time in the sun, but have overplayed their hands...Especially public service unions, which are employees of the U.S. taxpayer.

Besides that, any industry which is a national necessity should never go on strike...If they do the American people must be protected, and replacing them as necessary should be the absolute policy.

1990 - President GHW Bush again denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, telling reporters, "This will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait."

It’s too bad GW Bush wasn't president at this time, because if he had been it is likely the First Persian Gulf War would have been the ONLY Persian Gulf War.

1991 - Iraq admitted it misled U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons and also admitted to extracting plutonium from fuel at a nuclear plant.

But they didn’t have them in 2003...Riiiiiiiiiight!?!?!?!

1998 - Iraq President Saddam Hussein broke off cooperation with U.N. weapons inspectors and demanded the commission monitoring Iraqi weapons be reorganized.

GHW Bush failed us when it came to Saddam, and so did Bubba...This should have been handled in the 1990’s, and both presidents and parties deserve a lot of blame for the failure to get it done.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

August 4

1914 - Britain declared war on Germany, one day after Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium and Luxembourg: WWI.

Most of the major European players were in the game, and the slaughter was in process...By the end of 1918 the world witnessed the most awesome war in history (to it's time), with participants from every corner of the globe: Serbia, Russia, France, Belgium, Montenegro, Britain, Japan, Italy, Romania, Greece, Portugal, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.

Truly a world war; but even more important a war which changed the world...Unfortunately its end wasn't a finale, and had to be finished with WWII.

1790 - The U.S. Coast Guard had its beginning with the establishment of the Revenue Cutter Service.

"Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, to create a maritime service to enforce customs laws. Alternately known as the system of cutters, Revenue Service, and Revenue-Marine this service would officially be named the Revenue Cutter Service in 1863. This service was placed under the control of the Treasury Department." - Author Unknown

1862 - The first U.S. Federal Income Tax was collected:  U.S. Civil War.

The revenue was necessary to pay for the Civil War, but I’m quite certain the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves about this long-term consequences of this law.

We have 'taxation with representation,' which has become worse than 'taxation without representation,' because our current tax burden is much more severe than anything the English ever forced on the Colonists.

1917 - Pravda called for the execution of capitalists, priests, and officers.

Coming soon to the New York and L.A. Times, as well as many other American papers...But they'll be calling for the execution of plain ol' Average Joe and Janes.

1984 - The African Republic of Upper Volta changed its name to Burkina Faso, which means "the land of upright men."

This event has zero historical importance...I just like the name change.

1987 - The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

This doctrine was akin to putting a commissar in every radio and TV station...Which I’m sure Liberals would love to see happen.

How this ever made it past the Supreme Court I’ll never know, because it is anything but “Freedom of the Press.”

1988 - The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WWII.

I say we up it to $50,000 and start interning all the Muslim SOB’s who refuse to swear allegiance to this country and disavow terrorism of every kind.

1993 - A federal judge sentenced Los Angeles police officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to two and a-half years in prison for violating Rodney King's civil rights.

Rodney was drugged out, huge, and belligerent...He's lucky they didn't shoot him.

2004 - In New York City a 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor "the enduring spirit of freedom," was laid at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the skyscraper that will replace the destroyed towers.

We must never forget...Or forgive.

And we must never allow ourselves to fall into a 9/10/01 mindset.

Too late.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

August 3 (A Double)

1492 - Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain with a convoy of three small ships, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, accompanied by fewer than 100 crewmen, beginning a search for a water passage to India and Cathay (China and northeast Asia).

Columbus set sail, but got nowhere near India or Cathay...He caught a much bigger fish - though he didn't know it.

On October 12, he landed at San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, not India, though he thought this was where he landed...I hope you know this is why we call the New World's indigenous people Indians.
1914 - Germany declared war on France, and Britain warned the Germans not to invade Belgium: WWI.

By the end of the day, Germany invaded Belgium and Luxembourg...It was the best way to get to France.

World War I was on, and all of the European big dogs were jumping in the fray.

30 B.C. - Mark Antony committed suicide in Alexandria, Egypt, where he was pursued by Octavian after the Battle of Actium.

Antony was lucky to go on his own terms, because Octavian wouldn’t have been very pleasant to deal with.

After Actium there was little doubt Octavian (later Augustus) would become the new ruler of Rome, but Antony’s death sealed the deal and set Rome on a new path - One of empire.

987 - The Count of Paris, Hugh Capet, became king of France, founding the Capetian Dynasty.

The Capetians ruled France from 987-1328, and during this time distanced itself from their Frank-Germanic ties, becoming the French nation we know today...For better or worse.

1942 - Paris police helped German occupation troops round up almost 13,000 Jewish men, women, and children, cramming them into an indoor cycling stadium, interning them in suburban Drancy, and then deporting them to death camps:  WWII.

I can’t be the only one surprised the French took part in the Nazi ‘fun’...After the way they rolled over for the Krauts, the French proved they’d do anything to avoid a fight.

1944 - Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp gassed 4,000 gypsies:  WWII.

The Jews were the primary target of the Nazis, but the, Slavs and Gypsies (Roma) were right behind them...As would have been every non-German people if the 1,000 Year Reich had lasted longer than 12-years.

1948 - Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist, publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss denied.


I hope you have read the
Venona Papers.

It’s amazing how correct McCarthy (and JFK) were when it came to concerns of Communists in the U.S. Government.

1992 - The U.S. Senate voted to sharply restrict, and eventually end, U.S. testing of nuclear weapons.

What a bunch of fools...Oh well, I guess we’ll have to see how they work in 'real time' if we ever need to launch them on our enemies.

1993 - The U.S. Senate voted 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg is one of the most Liberal justice in the history of the Supreme Court, but the Republicans were decent enough to respect tradition, and allow the President to nominate the person of his choice...Even though she is much more Liberal than any of GW Bush or Trump's choices are Conservative.

Not surprisingly, Democrats refuse to accept this tradition and sense of decency.

HOW LIBERAL IS R.B.G? She was the ACLU's General Counsel from 1973-1980, and on the ACLU National Board of Directors from 1974-1980...That’s as Liberal as they come.

Thankfully the Republicans refuse to confirm Obama's last SCOTUS nominee, and forced Justice Gorsuch down the Left's throats...Let's pray Trump gets more choices and picks similar ones to Gorsuch.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August 2

216 B.C. – The Battle of Cannae: Second Punic War.  Hannibal crushed a Roman Army at Cannae, Italy.

Hannibal routed the Romans, making superb use of the terrain, his elephants and executing a perfect 'double envelopment' in one of the most famous battles in history.

How overwhelming were the Carthaginians in this battle? Hannibal had significantly less troops (the Romans had one of the largest field armies they ever sent out to battle), but handed the Romans almost 70,000 casualties, compared to less than 20,000 of his own.

That said, Hannibal won battles, but like many great invaders he was unable to conquer Rome...As a result, the Romans eventually destroyed and ended Carthaginian civilization - literally.

1776 - The Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4th, was actually signed by members of the Continental Congress:  American Revolutionary War.

I bet you thought the declaration was signed on July 4th...It isn’t important when they ‘formally’ signed the document. It is important when they declared their intentions, which was July 4th.

1802 - Napoleon declared himself 'Consul for Life.'

He only kept this title for a year and a half before taking an even bigger leap, naming himself Emperor.

1934 - Adolf Hitler declared himself Fuhrer (leader) of Germany, and the German Armed Forces swore a 'Holy Oath' to Hitler personally.

1. It’s wasn't chance that Hitler picked this day (same as Napoleon crowning himself emperor).

2. Many have tried to wash away the sins of the German Army when it comes to Hitler and his crazy Nazis, but it must be noted there would have been no Fuhrer without their loyalty to him...History should not be kind to the Wehrmacht on this issue, in which they had every opportunity to depose of - instead of empowering - the madman.

1939 - Albert Einstein signed his famous letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging the American government to support research toward an atomic bomb. After the bombing of Hiroshima, Einstein stated, "I could burn my fingers that I wrote that first letter to Roosevelt."

Einstein’s quote is very famous, and extremely short-sighted...The Germans were the dominant scientific nation of the time, and there was no way to know the Allies would defeat them before they created their own atomic weapon.

And there is little doubt Hitler would have made much more horrific, and frequent, use of such a weapon...Same with the Japanese if they had the opportunity.

Einstein was a math and physics genius, but his moral compass was short circuited.

1964 - The Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin:  Vietnam War.

Was it a fake report? Maybe...Was the war inevitable either way? The U.S. had an official doctrine of 'containing communism,' so war was going to happen either way.

1983 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 338-90 to designate the third Monday in January a federal holiday in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This should have been Civil Rights Day...There were too many who had a large roll in the process to give it to one person, even though MLK was the logical choice if they insisted on naming it after a specific person.

1990 - Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. President GHW Bush condemned the incursion as an act of "naked aggression."

Today’s Democrats claim the second war with Iraq was wrong, but the first one was proper because the 'international community' agreed with it.

Lets look back: Only ten Democrat Senators voted to back Bush in 1991...The same double-talking SOB’s voted against the first, just as they did in the second - even though, after the fact, they claim they supported the first.

SOB's indeed!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

August 1 (A 5'er)

527 - Justinian I became the sole Byzantine Emperor.

There were few great emperors after the fall of Rome, but Justinian was one...His most famous work was the creation of the Justinian Code, but he also expanded the Byzantine Empire militarily, and was a proponent of the Church - it hadn't split at this time.

Justinian is also a saint in the Orthodox Christian tradition.

1619 - The first twenty blacks landed in the territory of the modern United States - at Jamestown, Va.

A big day, on many levels...Of course slavery was horrible, and can't be looked at in any other light. But I wonder if some good came of it for blacks?

It sounds insensitive, but I often wonder if American blacks would rather still be in Africa?

Africa is the Hell-pit of the Earth, and its population suffers mightily - especially sub-Saharan Africa...If they could turn back time, would American blacks wish their forefathers to have been left alone in Africa?

I think the instant answer would be YES!! But I wonder if this answer would be the same if thought through.

1834 - The British Empire outlawed slavery.

This was a huge event in the global slave trade, because the Brits controlled the seas, and used its navy to slow the transit of slaves from Africa to Europe and the New World.

The unfortunate aspect of it was slavery in the Americas was such a 'necessary' source of labor, a new system was devised to continue acquiring slaves: Chattel Slavery...They were bred, born and traded as a commodity, and often separated from their family.

1914 - Germany declared war on Russia, France mobilized against Germany, and Italy declared its neutrality:  WWI.

Austria v. Serbia would have been a small matter, but the introduction of Germany, Russia and France into the war made it a huge issue - a World War...Italy declaring neutrality was just its way of saying it was waiting to see which was going to be the winning side.

1992 - Pero married his wonderful wife - Melissa.

A life-changing day, the likes of which I hadn't had since I was eight years old, and didn't have again until my children came along.

I love you, Melissa!

1794 - The Whiskey Rebellion.

This was the second great internal battle in the new nation (after the 1786 Shays Rebellion), and one President Washington attacked head on...Thankfully, because it had the possibility of splitting the country.

Washington looked at this as a chance to test federalism, and along with Alexander Hamilton took the necessary steps to put the rebellion down.

1881 - The U.S. Quarantine Station was authorized at Angel Island, San Francisco Bay.

Oh what most Americans would give to have such an entity re-established at every port of entry.

But this wouldn't be fair to those coming over with HIV, AIDS, TB, Hep A/B/C, WMD, etc...I can already picture the ACLU running amok, defending the right to enter the U.S. with diseases and weapons from Hell.

1936 - Adolph Hitler opened the 11th Olympic Games in Berlin.

Last I checked the Olympic 'Ideal' is everything the Nazi's weren't...But if one takes a closer look, both are/were little more than groups of crooked scumbags.

Thankfully Jesse Owens was there to stick it up Der Fuhrer's ass...Sadly, within three years Hitler was marching on the very neighbors who allowed him to host this pathetic spectacle.

1944 - An uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland against Nazi occupation, which lasted two months before collapsing:  WWII.

Too little, too late for the Poles, but within a few months they were 'liberated'...A cruel joke, considering their new masters (the Soviets) were little better than their old ones.

1966 - Britain disbanded the Colonial Office, ending the British Empire.

The Empire had been over for a long time, but this marks its legal ending...That said, there are still many members of the 'Commonweatlh', and Britain is still a major player on the world stage - as America's best ally.

1975 - The Helsinki Pact: Guaranteeing boundaries and civil rights in Europe.

Hahahahaha! The only thing guaranteeing anything for the Euros is the might of the United States, and the 'Peace Americana' it has established.

If left to their own, the Euros would continue their centuries old game of never-ending warfare...And to a certain extent the French and Germans are continuing to do so, but through the methods of E.U. politics and euro monetary strangulation instead of war.

Also, the Ruskies are still at the eastern fringe of Europe, and they won't be weak forever - as we've seen in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, etc...And let's ever forget the Muslims to the south and east haven't given up their intentions of conquering - or re-conquering - Europe.  If they're smart, they'll quit with the business of jihad, and simply overtake Europe the process of breeding.

Never forget these two truths:

"War is the continuation of Politics by other means." - Carl von Clauswitz
"Politics is the continuation of War by other means." - Poison Pero

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