THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 23 (A Double)

1533 - Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon void, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn legal.

Not only did Henry upset the Pope by directly challenging his spiritual authority, but he pissed off Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Catherine’s nephew). Amazingly, he got away with it...As a result of Henry's bold action, England's place in history was in the process of changing - leaving the Catholic sphere of influence and entering the Protestant.

1618 – The Defenestration of Prague: Three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window.

Normally this would be an uneventful act, but it was the spark which ignited the 30-Years War.

The war started as a battle between Protestants and Catholics, and was fought primarily in the German lands of the Holy Roman Empire, but eventually spread to include every major power in Europe and the New World...As such, it isn’t a stretch to consider the 30-Years War as the first World War.

1864 - The Battle of North Anna, Virginia: U.S. Civil War.  Union General Ulysses Grant attempted to outflank Robert E. Lee.

This was one of the few times Grant tried to get cute and outmaneuver Lee - he failed miserably.

Grant learned very quickly that Lee was his tactical superior, and after this battle rarely strayed from the strategy of driving straight ahead to cause as many Confederate casualties as possible...A strategy which couldn’t fail as long as Grant followed it to its natural conclusion - a rule he followed from here out.


1945 - Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg, Germany:  WWII.

An unjust death if there ever was one...The Chicken Farmer deserved to die a long-drawn, painful death, and allowing him to go on his own terms was a crime.


1958 - Mao Tse Tung began China's 'Great Leap Forward.'

The Great Leap Forward was a plan to increase China’s industrial production, through the use of its massive amount of cheap (slave) labor...Like many of Mao’s ‘movements’ it closely resembled a bowel movement, and resulted in the death of millions of Chinese.


1960 - Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

After 15-years of living on the run, the S.S. Obersturmbannfuhrer was caught...Thankfully, unlike Himmler, justice was served at the hands of the Jews he previously aimed to slaughter.


1994 - Funeral services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

I don’t mean to be a hater, and I have nothing against Jackie or JFK, but the whole Kennedy landmark at Arlington is disgusting...There are over 260,000 buried at this most honored American cemetery and there is no way the Kennedy’s should hold any honor over any other person interred there.


1997 - Iranians elected a moderate president, Mohammad Khatami, over hard-liners in the ruling Muslim clergy.

Khatami isn’t a moderate by any means, but everything is relative. And never forget, Iran is ruled by Ali Khamenei - the Supreme Leader...The role of the president is a figure-head at best, who serves at the whim of Khamenei.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 22 (A Triple)

334 B.C. - The Battle of Granicus: Alexander the Great defeated Persian King Darius III, in modern-day Turkey.

This battle has historical significance for many reasons:


1. It was Alexander's first great victory in his conquest of the Persian Empire.

2. It was the closest Alexander ever came to losing a battle...In fact he almost lost his life.

3. It was the first recorded battle dominated by the strength of cavalry.

4.  It was the beginning of the end of the world's first great dynasty:  The Persian Empire.

1455 - The Battle of St. Albans:  Lancastrians v. Yorkists, beginning England's 30-year War of the Roses.

This battle began a civil war, which wasn't won by either of these 'Roses.'

FYI: The House of Lancaster was symbolized by the 'Red Rose,' and the House of York by the 'White Rose'...Both the Lancasters and Yorks descended from the Plantagenet royal line, which was their basis for claiming the throne

Unfortunately for both, neither ultimately won the war, because it was the House of Tudor - led by Henry VII - which came out the victor...Founding the Tudor Dynasty.

1947 - The 'Truman Doctrine' was enacted when Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.

There have been three great National Defense strategies in U.S. history:

1. The Monroe Doctrine: Keeping Europe out of the Western Hemisphere...It was strengthened with the Roosevelt Corollary.

2. The Truman Doctrine: Stopping the spread of Communism.

3. The Bush Doctrine: Attacking international terrorism, and those who support terrorists...People can love or hate Bush, but make no mistake, to this point the Bush Doctrine has been effective - we have taken the war to the Jihadis, giving them less chances to bring it to American soil.

Only time will tell if our current and future leaders keep the Bush Doctrine in play...To their credit, President Obama primarily did (even though many may not like the way he's applied it - and he certainly didn't admit it out loud), and so has President Trump.


337 - Constantine 'the Great' died.

Constantine’s life was one of the greatest of all time, because his actions affected so many (during and after his time).

He made Christianity the official religion of the Empire, was one of the last of the great Roman emperors, and the founder of one of the ancient world's greatest cities: Constantinople.


1807 - Former Vice President Aaron Burr was put on trial for treason in Richmond, Virginia. He was acquitted in August.

It’s hard to believe this scoundrel was almost President of the United States, and actually was the V.P.

1863 - Union general Ulysses S. Grant’s second attack on Vicksburg failed and he began a siege of the fort:  U.S. Civil War.

Other than ultimately winning the war, this was the beginning of Grant’s finest hour...The fall of Vicksburg was a crushing blow to the Confederacy because the Union gained control of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy between east and west.

It's important to point out this is the greatest siege in the history of the American nation...And the only one of consequence on American soil.

1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to U.S. Southerners.

As a result of this act, most Southerners were allowed to reclaim their position in American society (property, voting, etc)...An important point in the healing of the torn nation.

1939 - The Pact of Steel:  Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini committed Germany and Italy to a military alliance.

Both would regret their decision to take the other as a partner, which ended with their deaths.
 

1985 - U.S. sailor Michael L. Walker was arrested aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, two days after his father, John A. Walker Jr., was apprehended; both were later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.

Both were Navy officers, and both escaped the hangman...What a pathetic lack of justice for two traitorous POS's.

Read more about the
Walker Family.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 21

1832 - The first Democratic National Convention began. The delegates nominated President Andrew Jackson for a second term.

These Democrats wouldn’t even recognize the current party of their name.  Hell, the Democrats of 1960 wouldn't recognize the current party of their name...They’d both probably think degenerate Martians took it over.

1420 - Treaty of Troyes:  French king Charles VI signed over France to England after his death.

Obviously, this treaty was never put into effect, because in order for the English to make it a reality they had to win the Hundred Years War - which they didn't.

1941 - President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed "an unlimited state of national emergency," seven months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Did he know something was going to occur in the Pacific? Of course he did.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

May 20

1997 - The U.S. Senate approved legislation to ban certain late-term abortions, but fell three votes shy of the total needed to override President Bill Clinton's threatened veto.

Remember I am not an anti-abortionist absolutist - and as a non-religious person, I certainly can't be called a 'religious nutter.'

Lets revisit the late-term abortion procedure:  Partial Birth Abortion

1. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the BABY’S leg with a forceps.
2. The BABY’S leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
3. The abortionist delivers the BABY’S entire body, except for the head.
4. The abortionist jams scissors into the BABY’S skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
5. The scissors are removed and a suction tube is inserted. The CHILD’S brain is sucked out causing the skull to collapse.
6. The dead BABY is then removed.


If a person kicks their dog they can go to jail, but this act of cruelty is somehow legal???

Congratulations on your political victory Bill Clinton - truly one for the ages...The Prenatal Holocaust is in the good hands of modern-day liberals.

Dr. Mengele and his Nazi quacks would be proud.

1862 - The Homestead Act was passed by Congress, giving 160 acres of land in the West free to homesteaders if they agreed to stay and improve it for five years.

This act was a major boom for the West, but was enacted at an odd time: During the Civil War.


In order to qualify a person had to be a current citizen and never have taken up arms against the country, which disqualified the entire South - white and black...Plus, movement from East to West was extremely difficult because much of it was a war-zone.

2000 - The five nuclear powers on the U.N. Security Council agreed to eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as part of a new disarmament agenda approved by 187 countries.

This is one of the biggest jokes of all time. None of the existing nuclear nations will disarm (unless some future Democrat president unilaterally disarms the U.S., that is), and another dozen will eventually do whatever they can to join the club.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19

1864 - The Battle of Spotsylvania ended:  U.S. Civil War.

Spotsylvania was a brutal battle, like two heavyweight fighters standing toe-to-toe throwing hay-makers at each other...Almost 32,000 casualties out of 150,000 troops (both sides combined).

Grant threw his troops into the fray, and sent them out to die. He didn’t do so to kill Union boys, he did it to force the Confederates to fight and lose theirs at a pace they couldn't sustain...The next year was horrific, but Grant's strategy achieved President Lincoln's ultimate goal:  Winning and ending the war - which was the only way to stop the killing.


1588 - The Spanish Armada set sail for England.

The 'Invincible Armada' was on its way to put England in her place...But history proved otherwise, with its destruction in August at the hands of the English Navy, Nature, and Providence.


Most history books teach this battle incorrectly.  What's important to know about it is the Brits gained experience and confidence in her tiny navy, and Spain began to lose confidence in what was one of the world's greatest naval forces at the time...But in no way was the Spanish navy destroyed in this battle.

1921 - The U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.

The problem hasn’t ceased to be an 'emergency,' and another such law is well overdue.


1943 - Berlin was declared 'Judenrien' (Free of Jews):  WWII.

What a proud day this must have been for Der Fuhrer. He and his henchmen next tried to rid the entire Reich of Jews...And did a pretty thorough job of accomplishing their goal.


1986 - Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the school board, maintaining that for their policy of protecting minority employees by laying off non-minority teachers first (even though the non-minority employees had seniority) the injury suffered by non-minorities affected could not justify the benefits to minorities.

Of course ‘whities’ shouldn’t have to pay for the historical crimes of the people of their race...This is such an obvious truth. For this same reason every Affirmative Racism policy should be ended as well.


1994 - President Bill Clinton held a news conference defending his foreign policy against suggestions he improvised it from crisis to crisis, saying, "I continue to look for new solutions."

Lets just look at some of Billy's great foreign policy 'solutions':

1. He gave North Korea nuclear technology, materiel and money.
2. He allowed Iraq to keep shooting at our planes, training terrorists, and giving money to the families of martyred terrorists.
3. He sent our troops to Somalia without proper supply, to die with no purpose.
4. He allowed Chinese spies to infiltrate our national defense institutions and production facilities, while taking millions of dollars in Chinese 'contributions.'

5.  He turned down an offer from Sudan to hand over Osama Bin Laden.

These were just some of his brilliant 'new solutions'...Forget the BlewClinsky episode, these reasons were enough for him to be impeached, the Republicans just didn't have the testicular fortitude to say it.


1995 - The U.S. Senate voted 99-to-0 to reject President Bill Clinton's spending blueprint.

The Republicans controlled the Senate (52-48), but in order to get this 99-0 vote, 47 Dems voted against Clinton’s plan.

I’m pretty sure this was the greatest smack down ever given by the Senate to a U.S. President, especially considering his own party couldn’t even vote for his idea…I’m also sure the abstaining voter would have voted against it too, but didn’t want to see Clinton go down 100-0.

Incredibly, President Obama has managed to repeat this feat on multiple occasions.

1998 - French lawmakers voted to cut the work-week from 39 hours to 35 by 2002, a measure aimed at reducing France's 12% unemployment rate.

No wonder the French produce NOTHING!!! They spend more time on their arses than at work...Similar to how they fight wars.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 18 (A Double)

1974 - India became a nuclear power when its first atomic bomb successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.

The 'Smiling Buddha' exploded and India became the sixth nation to join the most exclusive club on Earth...Sadly, I can easily see India being the next country to take an atomic hit - from members of the 'Religion of Piece,' of course - Pakistan in particular.
 
1980 - The 9,677-foot Mt. St. Helens volcano in Washington state, quiet for 93 years, exploded. The volcanic blast was five hundred times more powerful than the atomic bomb which leveled Hiroshima. Steam and ash erupted more than eleven miles into the sky and darkened skies in a 160-mile radius. Forest fires erupted around the volcano and burned out of control, took 1,300 feet off the top of the mountain and left 57 people dead or missing.

Nature truly is a “mother.”


1291 - The Mameluke Sultan of Egypt and his son took the last Christian stronghold of Acre, breaking the hold of Christians in the Holy Land.

The Crusades were doomed to failure, even though they continued for a while longer...The logistics of fighting battles a continent away were miserable, and holding and maintaining them was even more cumbersome.


Plus, the European Christians were never united enough to stop fighting each other while fighting the Muslims.

1896 - 'Plessy v. Ferguson: The U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the concept of "separate but equal" racial segregation.

This is the same branch of government Liberals claim has always been the beacon of hope for the republic...By the way, it was the Dems who pushed to continue slavery and segregation as well.


1908 - The motto "In God We Trust" was made mandatory on all United States coins.

How long till the ACLU(seless) goes after this as a 'separation of church and state' issue? Bunch of communist jackals.


1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created. It's purpose was to control Tennessee River floods, institute a reforestation program on lands in the valley and provide rural electrification.

Of all FDR’s New Deal programs this is the one that has had the most positive effect...But it wasn't created to 'control floods.' It was founded to create jobs, and compared to the ridiculous government stimulus programs in our time it was genius.

1944 - Allied forces finally occupied Monte Cassino in Italy after a four-month struggle which claimed about 20,000 lives:  WWII.

A hard fought victory, and one that had to be won, even if the monastery needed to be destroyed...The Germans had to be routed out of Italy and forced to surrender or retreat to Germany, and couldn't be bypassed allowing them to have forces at our back on the way to Germany.


1944 - In the Soviet Union, the expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from the Crimea began after the Tartars were accused of collaborating with the Germans:  WWII.

They may or may not have been helping the Krauts, but the reality of the situation is Stalin was looking for any excuse to remove an impediment to his power, and used expulsion, the Gulag, and famine as his tools of choice.


1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of U.S. citizenship if they return to their country of birth for more than three years.

Why did they come here to establish citizenship if they didn’t want to be here? To get free stuff of course.


1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Head Start Bill into law.

What a waste of time...This program is in its 52nd year, and American school children are worse off than they’ve ever been.

If the government spent nearly as much money and time keeping families together and executing criminals and child abusers, children would have an infinitely better chance of succeeding - in school and life - by having steady homes and safe places to study and live....But that was never the goal.


Like most Liberal programs the goal was getting more people sucked into government give-away programs to make them dependent on Democrat politicians.  Politicians who used these dependents to gain more and more personal power.

A truly genius political scheme.  A truly terrible scheme to be caught in for those who fall prey to it.

1983 - The U.S. Senate approved a major revision of the nation's immigration laws giving millions of illegal aliens already in the United States the opportunity to gain legal status under an amnesty program.

UGHHHH!!!! We are asking for our own demise...Say what you will, but the Germanic tribes overran Rome after centuries of ‘legal’ migrations. We will all be dead when it happens, but the U.S. is following the same path.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 17 (A Double)

1756 - Britain declared war on France, beginning the Seven Years War - known as the French and Indian War in North America.

Victory in this war greatly expanded Britain’s empire, but also played a large role in the beginning of the American Revolution.

Much of the war was fought in the American colonies, and the Brits leaned very heavily on the colonial population (taxes, direct housing, feeding its troops, and pressing the population into service), which increased colonial discontent with the mother country...It is also where George Washington got his first real schooling in war - even though he performed miserably it was a good education.

1954 - Brown v. Topeka Board of Education: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled racially segregated public schools are inherently unequal.  Overturning the court's 1896 'Plessy v. Ferguson' ruling.

Of course segregation creates 'unequal' conditions...That said, it's interesting how the public has 'self segregated' schools (whites, blacks, Hispanic, etc) without any mandate from the government?

It is unfortunate, but it is normal...So maybe it's not unfortunate - it just is what it is.

1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.

From a meager beginning came the largest financial market in the history of the world...For better or worse.


1809 - Napoleon annexed the Papal States.

Just another in a long line of French interference in Papal politics.


1938 - The U.S. Congress passed the Vinson Naval Act - providing for a two-ocean navy.

This seems to be a common-sense decision, but prior to this time the U.S. thought it could avoid the rest of the worlds conflicts...We were terribly unprepared when entering WWII in 1941, but thankfully due to this act had enough foresight to have the logistics in place to fight a two ocean war.


1946 - President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.

One year after WWII ended and the unions couldn't wait to go on strike? Typical.

Truman may or may not have been correct in grabbing the railroads, but he wasn't afraid to make decisions.

 

1961 - Fidel Castro offered to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.

Such is the value of human life in communist nations.


1994 - The U.N. Security Council approved a peacekeeping force and an arms embargo for violence-racked Rwanda.

How gracious of the U.N...After sitting on their thumbs and watching 800,000 people be executed in a 13-week period, they decided to 'help.'

”France, a close ally of the Hutu government in Rwanda, has been accused of sending them military support both before and during the genocide. Although France did send 2,500 soldiers to Rwanda before withdrawing, which estimated saving 15,000 to 17,000 lives, the U.N. forces were unable to save twice as many lives before withdrawing their troops as well.”

What a sad joke...The U.N., that is.


1996 - President Bill Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. 'Megan's Law' is named for Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and slain in 1994.

This sounds nice, and is better than the previous system, but there is no way sex offenders should be released on the public...They are every bit as bad as murderers, because they kill their victim’s spirit, and should be executed.


2004 - In Massachusetts, same-sex couples exchanged marriage vows for the first time in the United States.

Time will tell how this affects our nation.  I can't imagine how it will be positive, but I could be wrong.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

May 16

1703 - Russian Tsar Peter the Great founded Petersburg.

Peter's creation truly was a feat of amazing proportions:  Built on what was formerly a swampy mess; with what amounted to mostly unskilled slave laborers using the most basic tools imaginable - blood, sweat and tears...Oh, and the number of laborers who died in the city's construction is uncounted, but estimated to be upwards of 100,000 - which is why it is often called the 'city built on bones.'

That said, St. Petersburg is one of Europe’s great cities - also called the 'Paris of the North,' and the site of one of history’s most awesome battles: The Battle of Leningrad...The city's name was changed to Petrograd in 1914, then Leningrad in honor of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, and was renamed St. Petersburg after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Hopefully it remains St. Petersburg for the rest of history.

1804 - The French Senate declared Napoleon Bonaparte emperor.

The French Senate? What a joke...Napoleon may as well have declared himself emperor. Which he more or less did.


1868 - The U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson after taking its first ballot on one of eleven articles of impeachment against him.

This is the closest any U.S. President ever came to being thrown out on his ass.

I hope you understand the difference between 'impeachment' and 'conviction,' and don’t make the mistake of thinking Nixon was impeached or Clinton convicted.


1918 - The Sedition Act was passed, defining as criminal the direct advocacy of treason and criticism of the U.S. government, conscription, or the American Flag.

I can think of thousands of Liberal Jackasses who should be arrested for being seditious bastards.


1927 - Whitney v. California: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state has the power to punish those who abuse their rights to speech "by utterances inimical to the public welfare, tending to incite crime, disturb the public peace, or endanger the foundations of organized government and threaten its overthrow."

Again, I can think of thousands of Liberal Jackasses.


1943 - Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ended after 30-days of fighting, and German troops destroyed the city’s main synagogue:  WWII.

This was a battle doomed to fail from the very beginning, but one well worth fighting...They would have died either way, so they may as well have taken a few Germans with them.


1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled police can search discarded garbage without a search warrant.

How ridiculous it had to come to the Supremes to have to determine 'trash' was fair game for the police...If criminals want to preserve the privacy of their trash they shouldn’t throw it away.

Even more ridiculous is some ACLU(seless) lawyer defended criminals rights to their garbage.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 15

1957 - Britain tested its first hydrogen bomb, at Christmas Island in the Pacific.

Any time a nation gets a nuke (particularly a hydrogen bomb) it deserves notice as an outstanding event...Welcome to the club - an awesome club, which must use its toys wisely and make sure they don't get in the hands of those who refuse to play nicely.


756 - Abd-al-Rahman became Emir of Cordova, Spain.

Rahman conquered most of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and founded the Ummayad Emirate.

It's sad, but most Americans don't realize this huge chunk of Europe was ruled by Muslims for over 700 years - which is longer than Spain has been ruled by Christians...Most Americans, also, don't know this same region was ruled by the Visigoths after fall of Rome - a Germanic people.

That said, it's pretty safe to say the Muslims will forever try to return to this previous holding - a Re-Reconquista of sorts.

1252 - Ad Exstirpanda:  Pope Innocent IV issued a bull authorizing - though limiting - the torture of heretics in the Inquisition.

Needless to say, the Church was in the hands of not-so-Godly men at this time...It took 300 years of this kind of behavior to bring on a 'reformation' of the Church.

1618 - Johannes Kepler discovered the 'Harmonics Law.'

Newton was the greatest mind of this era (and maybe any other), but much of what he discovered was nibbled on by Kepler.

1765 - The Quartering Act became law in the American colonies, requiring colonists to provide barracks and supplies for British troops.

Just another reason for the Colonists to become Patriots...And the direct reason for the Third Amendment to the Constitution:

“No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”


1862 - Union General Benjamin Butler's 'General Order #28':  U.S. Civil War.

"As the officers and soldiers of the United States have been subjected to repeated insults from the women (calling themselves ladies) of New Orleans, in return for the most scrupulous noninterference and courtesy on our part, it is ordered that hereafter when any female shall, by word, gesture, or movement, insult or show contempt for any officer or soldier of the United States, she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman of the town plying her avocation."

Butler was a real treat, but with this order he did much to end chaos in New Orleans; virtually ordering any women who were rude to Union officers to be treated as whores...It sounds brutal, but it brought order to a situation which would have otherwise required even more violence - violence Butler would have used if needed.

1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of J.D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

From one monopoly were born 34 companies, which created an oligopoly, otherwise known as a monopoly of a few rather than one.

Oligopoly = 'A market structure dominated by a small number of large firms, selling either identical or differentiated products, and significant barriers to entry into the industry.'

In other words, the company was broken up, but doing so helped the people very little.


Oh, and it made Rockefeller even richer than he already was.

1940 - The Dutch Army surrendered to Nazi Germany:  WWII.

Amazingly, they lasted almost as long as the French.

1942 - Gasoline rationing was introduced in the U.S.:  WWII.

Oh my goodness!! Due to WWII, the rights of millions of Americans were trampled on by the government limiting their ability to purchase gas.

That was tough. I’m auditioning for a role in an ACLU(seless) movie.
 

1994 - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer arrived in Washington to spend the night at the White House, while Republicans joined Democrats in predicting swift Senate confirmation.

We should all take notice of this event: Breyer is a hard-Liberal...But the Republicans didn’t filibuster this nominee.

1. The Dems would have with anyone even close to this far on the Right.
2. Due to previous filibusters by the Dems, the Republicans should reciprocate in the future...I'm counting on it, though I'm not holding my breath.


That said, it's good to see the Republican Senate has used the 'Reid Rule' to push through Trump's first SCOTUS nominee...Here's hoping there are many more.

1995 - China conducted an underground nuclear test just days after it agreed to an extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Pretty much 'Flipping The Bird' at the West, and showing the real value of treaties.

2000 - More than two decades after a study in rats prompted scientists to link saccharin to human cancer, the federal government dropped the artificial sweetener from its list of cancer-causing chemicals.

So the federal government virtually killed the saccharin industry on a whim? What a joke...Yet we trust their Chicken Little Climate Change insanity, our retirement and health (Social Security, Medicare/Medicare/ObamaCare, etc.), and multiple other necessary functions to this same group of know-nothing jackasses.  Ugh!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 14

1796 - English physician Edward Jenner performed the first successful vaccination, inoculating an eight-year-old boy against smallpox and laying the foundation for modern immunology.

WOW!!! How many millions (billions?) of human beings have been saved from the scourge of smallpox by this vaccine alone? And this was just the beginning of the history of immunology.

For this reason, Dr. Jenner should go down as one of the ten most important people in the history of the world...Alexander, Caesar, etc., were great leaders, but is their value for all of humanity, for the rest of time, even close to that of Dr. Jenner’s?  It's debatable.


1787 - Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.

These brilliant men met to create the most important legal text in the history of the world...Out of which grew the federal republic we know as the United States of America.

1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase left St. Louis. The expedition started up the Missouri in a 55-foot covered keel boat and two small craft.

These explorers were the astronauts of their time, and their journey was every bit as dangerous as the trips to the moon...In fact, more people expected the lunar astronauts to return home than those who expected this mission to end successfully.

I highly recommend you read about this great adventure:
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West.

1948 - British rule in Palestine came to an end with the Jewish National Council proclaiming the State of Israel. Within hours Israel was under attack from Arab forces.

And they’ve been at war ever since...I am a huge proponent of the Israeli State, and hope with all my heart it lasts forever.

That said I am very leery of a few million Jews in a sea of a billion Muslims...Time will tell, but we should all pray for 'The People of the Book.'


1955 - Representatives from eight Communist Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland. The Warsaw Pact was inspired by Nikita Khrushchev to strengthen the Soviet hold over its Eastern European allies.

The ‘Iron Curtain’ was 'strengthened' and the Cold War got much hotter...Also, it should be noted this 'alliance' was created to control the nations in the bloc as much as it was to defend against NATO.

1984 - The chairman of the Soviet Union's Olympic Committee told a Moscow news conference his country's decision to withdraw from the summer games in Los Angeles was "irrevocable."

They were correct to withdraw, just as the U.S. was in 1980...But not for the reasons both gave.  I wish the entire Olympics would go away, because it is a corrupt showcase for dictators, corrupt politicians, and even more corrupt scumbags in the International Olympic Committee.

1986 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said in a televised address that casualties from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster had risen to nine dead and 299 hospitalized, but said, "The worst is behind us."

9 or 299 or 2,999,999, what’s the difference in the 'Land of the Gulags?'...When life is cheap, statistics mean nothing. In fact the higher the number, the less important it often is.

"A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." - Joseph Stalin.


1992 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev appealed to the U.S. Congress to pass a bill aiding the people of the former Soviet Union.

What other people in history have rebuilt the nations and economies of the countries it defeated? NONE!

And it should be noted, this is a theme in American history:  Germany, Japan, etc.

1993 - President Bill Clinton told a news conference his threat of military force to halt the war in the former Yugoslavia was "still on the table" despite opposition from European allies.

How dare Clinton not pass the 'Global Test,' upsetting our European 'ALLIES?'

2000 - Tens of thousands of mothers rallied in Washington to demand strict control of handguns.

If they really want handgun control they should have rallied to put more police on the streets, arrest all of the shit-heads, and execute those who murder...This is how you control the ‘handgun problem.’

Guns in the hands of good people are not dangerous, and the Second Amendment guarantees our right to them. Also, it's important to remember each of the amendments to the Constitution has equal value, and would be meaningless without the other.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

May 13

1927 - 'Black Friday' occurred in Germany, signaling the collapse of its economic structure.

The poison pills in the Treaty of Versailles (ending WWI) were too much for the Germans economically, they never believed they were 'beaten' in WWI, and the Weimar Republic was powerless and corrupt at best...These events, which set the stage for overall lawlessness of the country, set the stage for a strongman to come in and right Germany’s ship.

That strongman proved to be Adolph Hitler.  And make no mistake, he did right the ship.  Unfortunately, he also rammed it right into his neighbors - which ultimately sunk Germany.


1846 - The U.S. Congress formally declared war on Mexico, although fighting began days earlier.

The Mexican-American War wasn't a major war, but it did much to increase the territory of the U.S...Plus, the Mexican-American War was a proving ground for many of the future leaders of the American Civil War - on both sides, but mostly the South.


1865 - The last engagement of the Civil War occurred in Brownsville, Texas.

This sounds silly for a battle to occur after the war ended, but we must remember the South had been destroyed and the spread of information through telegraphing was hampered.


1940 - After setting up Britain's wartime coalition, Winston Churchill told parliament he could offer "...nothing but blood, toil, tears and sweat":  WWII.

The Brits had the perfect war leader, and Churchill made sure the Nazis suffered as much “blood, toil, tears and sweat” as they inflicted.

Without this great man it is debatable if Britain would even exist at this time...He was also lucky the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, because the U.S. seemed willing to allow Germany to swallow up Europe. Something we should all be ashamed of and never allow to happen again.


1941 - Martin Bormann was named Head of the Nazi Party Chancellery, following Rudolf Hess's mysterious flight to Scotland:  WWII.

One psycho succeeding another...Bormann had a nice title, but he was small peanuts compared to some of Hitler’s other henchmen.


1988 - The U.S. Senate voted 83-to-6 to order the U.S. military to enter the war against illegal drug trafficking, approving a plan to give the Navy the power to stop drug boats on the high seas and make arrests.

Who were the 11 crack-head Senators who abstained from this vote? And why did they abstain?


Unfortunately, like all the rest of our post WWII wars, this one has been poorly prosecuted...Mostly because far too many couldn't truly care about fighting against drug use in the first place.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 12

1943 - Axis forces in North Africa surrendered:  WWII.

Hitler’s 'soft underbelly' was collapsing...Taking Africa and Italy first was a brilliant strategy, and one Stalin cried about for years.

1. The German forces in North Africa and Italy would have likely overwhelmed - and enveloped from Africa, Italy and Germany proper - a continental invasion force at this point in the war. If this happened, instead of a forward fighting attack, the Allies would have had to fight German forces from all sides.

2. The 'underbelly' was a great training ground for American troops, because Rommel’s forces in Africa had been fighting the Brits for years and were wearing down. Also, the Nazi forces in Italy were probably Hitler’s worst units (even though they had great leadership), and the Italian troops were - well they were Italians (more French than the French).

3. Instead of taking on the main German forces, the Allies allowed the Ruskies to take the brunt of the fighting...And they deserved such a double-cross for allying with Hitler in 1939 (as well as dropping out of WWI without the Western allies).

So, Uncle Joe was right that the Soviets were screwed over, but Churchill and FDR were also right in thinking the USSR brought it on themselves, and the Western Allies needed more time before invading the Continent.

1949 - The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade. The Berlin airlift bringing supplies into West Berlin, Germany (blockaded by the USSR since June 1948) ended after 277,264 flights when the USSR allowed normal land communications to resume.

The first battle of the Cold War was over, and the good guys won...We weren't always so lucky.

Thankfully, old-school Democrats were in charge instead of today's Democrats. Had modern-day Democrats been in charge, much of Europe would currently be under the Soviet boot...And yes, there would still be a Soviet Union if the Democrats had their way.

2002 - Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro's Cuba.

I’m sure they became great friends...No less should be expected from the worst U.S. president of the 20th Century.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 11

330 - Constantinople, named after Emperor Constantine and built over the ancient city of Byzantium, was dedicated as the new capital of the Roman Empire.

This was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world, and succeeded Rome as capital of the 'Roman Empire' after the fall of the Western Empire...I hope you understand the Roman Empire was much greater than Rome itself, and continued on for another thousand years after the 'fall of Rome.'

If you did not know this, you must come back to this blog more regularly.

You should also know, this great city is now Istanbul, Turkey.

1864 - The Battle of Yellow Tavern: U.S. Civil War.  J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded.

Lee lost Stonewall at Chancellorsville, and here he lost his next most trusted commander...Stuart was no Stonewall, but those who followed him weren’t his equal either; the result of which was another factor in the final Confederate defeat.


1960 - Israeli agents captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

Eichmann was a special Nazi, as Head of the Gestapo Jewish Section (Final Solution), with the nickname of 'Chief Executioner of the Reich'...He escaped his day at Nuremberg but could not run forever from the Nazi Hunters, and received justice at the end of a rope in 1962.

Eichmann's last words: "I was just following orders."


That's what they all said.

1994 - Arkansas put to death two convicted murderers.  It was the first time a state executed two people on the same day since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976.

What a beautiful day...Every murderer and  every rapist should be executed, and the more they do per-day the better.

1995 - A United Nations conference indefinitely extended the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which was originally set to expire after 25 years.

Hahahaha!! What a waste of time...These ‘pie-in-the-sky’ morons have such wonderful ideas, but exactly how are they going to prevent nations from joining the Nuke Club?

Truth is, if the U.S. doesn't stop other nations from getting nukes, no one will...Least of all the clowns at the U.N.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

May 10 (A Triple)

1521 - Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes began the siege of Tenochtitlan (modern-day Mexico City).

Cortes surely wasn’t Quetzalcoatl, but the fact he conquered the Aztecs and their million man empire with his 600 man, 20 horse and 10 cannon force is almost godly. At the very least it was an Alexandrian effort...Having tons of moxie, as well as gunpowder, luck, and superstition, was helpful, but smallpox was Cortes' best ally.

1607 - The first permanent English colony in North America, the Jamestown Settlement, was founded near what is today Williamsburg, Virginia.

This settlement could have easily had the same fate as the 'Lost Colony of Roanoke Island'...Thankfully it didn’t and Anglo-American history took hold from this point.

1940 - Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.
 
The Krauts invaded Western Europe, Neville Chamberlain resigned as P.M., and the Brits threw a 'Hail Mary' - named Winston!

Very few British citizens wanted Churchill to ever get close to the top spot; even fewer politicians did - even among his own Conservative Party...But he was a man of extremes (genius and crazy), and the Nazi invasion of Western Europe called for extreme measures.

The Soviets and Americans did the heavy lifting when it came to defeating Germany, but it was Winston Churchill who kept the Nazis from winning the war...He was able to string the Germans out across the map, buying space and time - allowing the Germans and their allies to make strategic mistakes; strategic mistakes no one could have predicted, but mistakes the Brits have always been able to create for their enemy in times of extremis.

Most important, Churchill refused to surrender.  70-years later it's easy to say 'of course the Brits didn't surrender', but at the time there were many who thought it was a smart idea; an inevitable reality - including many Brits...Winston refused to surrender, offering only "blood, toil, tears and sweat", and truly helped save the world from "the abyss of a new dark age."


1497 - Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci sailed on his first voyage to the New World. America was named after him.

This was a strange twist of history, because the New World should have been called Columbia.

FYI: America was originally going to be called Americus, but was changed to America (the female version) instead.


1752 - Benjamin Franklin first tested the lightning rod.

Franklin was a true genius - the Da Vinci of his time...It's incredible so many difference-making men appeared in the American Colonies in such a short period of time.

It's impossible to rank the American revolutionaries in order of importance, but Ben Franklin belongs in the top two or three easily.

1775 - The Second Continental Congress named George Washington supreme commander of the revolutionary forces.

Like Franklin, above, Washington is one of those 'top three' guys...Actually, the top guy.

The congress didn't pick a perfect general, but it did pick a perfect supreme commander for this war.

1801 - The First Barbary War began:  The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declared war on the U.S.

"...to the shores of Tripoli."

Our young Navy and Marines proved themselves more than worthy, and set a precedent for the U.S. not being messed with...Until modern times, that is.

1837 - The Panic of 1837.

Recessions and depressions have come and gone through all of American history.  None were 'good times', but they were a by-product of America's tremendous growth.  Luckily, they were always followed by more times of growth...Only in the last couple decades have we become so pathetic as to think things have never been so bad, which is part of the reason our recoveries have been so poor.

1863 - Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops at the Battle of Chancellorsville:  U.S. Civil War.

A great general met his end.  Only Lee was more important to the Confederate cause...It's not surprising, his troops and country started a downward slide from this point on.


1869 - The 'golden spike' was driven at Promontory Point, Utah, joining the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific lines to form America's first transcontinental railway.

The Gold Rush was huge, but linking the nation via rail was the source of the population boom in the American West.

Amazingly, California alone comprises 1/8 of the current U.S. population...And that doesn’t even include the illegals.


1924 - J. Edgar Hoover became FBI Director.

Hoover was an extremely important person in American history, but no one should hold a government post for 48-years...New blood is vital to any organization, especially in doing the 'people’s business.'


1940 - Germany invaded France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg:  WWII.

It’s hard to believe the French surrendered almost as quickly as the other three...Something to keep in mind when marveling at the Brits holding out alone for the next year.


1941 - Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission:  WWII.

Hess was Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich, and technically only behind Hitler and Goering on the Nazi food-chain.

In reality, however, Hess was a 'deputy' without duties, nothing more than Hitler’s lapdog, and by fleeing he saved his tail from the real power-brokers in the Reich: Hitler, Himmler, Goering, Heydrich, Borman, etc., who would have eventually swallowed him up.


1969 - The Battle of Hamburger Hill began: Vietnam War.

This was a controversial battle, but in no way a large-scale, strategic or tactically important battle...It was a meat-grinder, however.


1984 - The International Court of Justice said the U.S. should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua's ports. The U.S. previously said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue.

Thankfully we had a president in Ronald Reagan who told the globalists to stick it up their arse.

Do you think any of the (D)-boys would have done this? Jimmy (D) Carter, William (D) Clinton, John (D). Kerry, Barack (D) Obama? Hell NO!!

American sovereignty trumps any global authority and we run serious risks of losing such sovereignty every time we elect a Democrat president.


1993 - Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee visited the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia for a hearing on the issue of homosexuals in the military.  Most of the sailors said they favored keeping the ban on gays.

I was in the military and can guarantee you many more than 'most of the sailors (military)' don’t want gays in the service...Probably over 95% of them would say NO WAY!!


1994 - The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.

Good riddance to serial killers.

It’s hard to believe a bunch of Liberal pukes protested the execution of this human piece of crap, but they did...Per normal, they were on the wrong side of humanity.

Oh, and I'm sure these same scum would fight like hell for the right to execute the unborn.


2000 - High winds drove what began as a deliberately set fire into a New Mexico canyon, forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Los Alamos and its 11,000 residents. The fire was set to contain an earlier blaze intended to clear brush.

Nice 'controlled burn.'

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Monday, May 08, 2017

May 9

1945 - Victory Day:  WWII in Europe ended between the Soviet Union and Germany.
 
It's almost impossible to explain how much the people of the Soviet Union suffered in WWII.  It's almost impossible to explain how close the Nazi's were to defeating the Soviets in 1942.  It's almost impossible to explain what the Nazis had in store for these people had they conquered them.


The war in Eastern Europe was truly a war of extermination.


USSR: Over 23 million dead
Germany: Over 7 million dead
Poland: Over 5 million dead
Yugoslavia: Over 1 million dead
Romania: Over 830,000 dead
Hungary: Over 580,000 dead
Lithuania: Over 350,000 dead
Czechoslovakia: Over 340,000 dead
Latvia: Over 220,000 dead


Compare those numbers to the Western Allies

France: Over 560,000 dead
Italy: Over 450,000 dead
United Kingdom: Over 450,000 dead
United States: Over 410,000 dead
The Netherlands: Over 200,000 dead


If it seems as though I am impressed by the people of the Soviet Union, I am...They not only survived the insane leadership of Stalin, but they found a way to overcome his poor war-leadership and crushed (not defeated, but crushed) the Nazi war machine.

The Western Theatre in Europe was amazing, but for those interested in the most awesome battles in history - Moscow, Leningrad, Stalingrad, and Kursk in particular - I recommend learning more about the Eastern Theatre in WWII.

Sadly for the people of Eastern Europe and the USSR, Victory Day ended one war, and began another - as Stalin started a one-sided war against the people of the lands he 'liberated' - including his own.


1754 - The first American newspaper cartoon was published. The illustration in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony - the caption read, "Join or die."

Interesting. I always wondered why the "Don't Tread on Me" slogan has a rattlesnake.

1936 - Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.

WOW!!! The ‘Romans’ were really awakened with this fantastic conquest.

 

1962 - The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer.

The greatest band and assortment of individual music genius ever, and it's not even close.

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

May 8 (A Triple)

1945 – V.E. Day (Victory in Europe Day) is celebrated by the Western Allies in WWII), for ending the war against Germany - May 8, 1945...Victory Day is celebrated by the Russians, for ending their war against Germany May 9, 1945.

After hundreds of years of general war, Europe was finally saved from itself...It's important to remember, WWII was nothing less than an extension of WWI, which was an extension of the hundreds of wars fought on the continent for thousands of years.

Luckily, since this day Europe has seen the longest period of general peace since the time of the Romans...Which is why this period will go down in history as the Pax Americana - the American Peace.  A peace enforced by the strength of the American military and economy - and it's people's willingness to provide such strength.

To understand what an incredible human undertaking this war was, look at the death statistics from the major players in the European Theatre:

USSR: Over 23 million dead
Germany: Over 7 million dead
Poland: Over 5 million dead
Yugoslavia: Over 1 million dead
Romania: Over 830,000 dead
Hungary: Over 580,000 dead
France: Over 560,000 dead
Italy: Over 450,000 dead
United Kingdom: Over 450,000 dead
United States: Over 410,000 dead
Lithuania: Over 350,000 dead
Czechoslovakia: Over 340,000 dead
Latvia: Over 220,000 dead
The Netherlands: Over 200,000 dead

By far the most destructive war in the history of humankind.


It should also be noted V.E. and Victory Days didn't end WWII...There was another enemy who needed to be finished off:  The Japanese - who were on the verge of collapse, but the killing in the Pacific Theatre didn't stop for another couple months.

1952 - The U.S. conducted the first hydrogen bomb test, at the Eniwetok Atoll.

This was a massive upgrade on the atom bomb - Many hundreds of times larger.

The big question isn't who will ultimately have them.  The big question is: Who will be the first to use one - and equally, who will be the first to take one?


1980 - The World Health Organization announced the eradication of smallpox.

One of the true scourges of mankind was killed off...Hopefully.

Smallpox has been with man for at least 10,000 years, and with the expansion of cities it became one of man's greatest killers...In the 20th Century alone, it's estimated 500 million people died worldwide form smallpox.  To put this number in context:  It's estimated 200 million people died in the 20th Century due to war, genocide and famine - less than half the number killed by smallpox.

It must also be remembered smallpox pretty much wiped out the original inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere - the 'Indians'.  A fact which drastically changed the world.

Only time will tell, but it's a pretty safe bet the germ-world will find another great man-hunter.

Hopefully mankind isn't stupid enough to re-introduce such a killer in the form of a re-branded - and newly 'banded' - biological weapon, which would be much more devastating then nuclear weapons.

1541 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River.

No he didn’t, the Indians had been there for thousands of years...I’m practicing to be a Liberal.


1846 - The Battle of Palo Atlo: The first major battle of the Mexican-American War.

General Zachary Taylor gave the Mexicans a 'whoopin,' which was the norm for the whole war...But make no mistake, the result of this battle was more a result of Mexican military inferiority than U.S. superiority.

It is kind of funny this same Mexican army, which couldn’t win a single battle against U.S. troops, spanked an invading French force 16-years later.


1864 - The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse began: U.S. Civil War.

Another bloodbath, another day closer to Union victory…Grant wasn’t winning battles but he was winning the war.  It was a brutal last year, however.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

May 7 (A Huge Day)

This date has six events which would be the top event on most normal days...It's rare, but it happens, so I'm not going to try to pick one or two over the others, and will highlight all six.
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1429 - The English siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc:  100 Years War.

The English were on the verge of winning the war, but a girl saved France.

And what did the French do to repay 'The Maid?' They handed her over to the English to be executed…Bastards then, bastards now!!

1863 - The Battle of Vicksburg began:  U.S. Civil War.

Vicksburg was one of the turning points of the war, splitting the Confederate east and west, and giving the Union control of the Mississippi River...Other than ending the war, Vicksburg was Grant's finest moment.

1939 - The Rome-Berlin Axis:  Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance.

Hitler got a crappy ally - he expended far to much time and too many troops bailing Il Duce out of problems...Mussolini got a maniacal ally - he lost control of events, and the Germans absorbed Italy.

Both men paid the ultimate price for their alliance - as did their countries.

1945 - General Dwight Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany from General Alfred Jodl:  WWII.

The end of the war in Europe was one day away.

1954 - The 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu ended: Vietnamese insurgents overran French forces, beginning the end of French involvement in Indochina.

They not only lost, but got smoked in this battle...Question: Since 1918 have the French won a single military battle? Answer: None of consequence!!

1975 - President Ford formally declared an end to the 'Vietnam era.' In Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) the Viet Cong staged a rally to celebrate their takeover.

It's ironic the date of the French capitulation in Vietnam matched that of the U.S...It's not something we should be proud of.

Incredibly, the U.S. won every battle, but lost the war...Has this ever happened?

Not only was Vietnam the right battle, at the right place, at the right time, it was one we won militarily. But we lost domestically because the 'Enemy Within' was stronger than the will of the general public, and surely stronger than that of our political leadership (some of which happened to be part of the 'Enemy Within')...A dangerous precedent we've been paying for on every front since this time.

1915 - 1,198 people, including 63 children, died when a German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast. 114 of the victims were American:  WWI.

We should have been in WWI prior to this event, and it’s pathetic we waited almost two more years to get in, but the sinking of the Lusitania was a prime motivating factor of U.S. entry in 1917.


1985 - 10-years after the Vietnam War ended, New York City honored Vietnam veterans with a huge ticker tape parade.

Spit on our soldiers for 10-years, then throw them a parade? I think not...We must never screw over our troops again!!


1997 - A U.S. government study criticized Switzerland for dealing in Nazi gold during World War II.

It took 50-years to figure this out??

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Friday, May 05, 2017

May 6

1994 - The Channel Tunnel was completed.  For the first time since the Ice Age, a direct link connected Britain and mainland Europe.

This is an awesome feat of engineering...No surprise the Brits did most of the heavy lifting, but the French have reason to be proud as well.

Unfortunately for the Brits, the 'Chunnel' will likely be a German invasion route after the next time the Frenchies roll over to the Krauts...Or maybe it'll be a Muslim invasion?
 
Invasion or no invasion, you can bet the Channel Tunnel is very high on the list of Jihadi terror sites.


1527 - Charles V's Spanish and German troops began the 'Sack of Rome.'

This sounds like the Emperor attacked the Church, but it was not the case...At the time, Rome was a pawn between the French and Charles, and the Emperor had to take Rome in order to keep it from France.

The fact his troops sacked the city was a sad byproduct of a war-torn era...This sacking is also considered the end of the Renaissance Period by many historians.


1861 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved a bill declaring war between the U.S. and C.S.A.:  U.S. Civil War.

Kind of an afterthought, but at least the war was 'officially' on.

1935 - The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established under the direction of long-time aide to President Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins. The WPA philosophy was to put the unemployed back to work in jobs which would serve the public good and conserve the skills and the self-esteem of workers throughout the U.S.

All of FDR’s 'work projects' were better than modern welfare 'give-aways,' but some were pretty pathetic.

Example: 5,300 visual artists, 16,000 musicians, 12,700 theater workers, 6,686 writers, and others were given Federal employment...No wonder most who have these jobs are now absolute Democrats?


1937 - The hydrogen-filled German dirigible 'Hindenburg' burned and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 of the 97 people on board.

How all 97 people didn't die is amazing.


1941 - Josef Stalin became the official leader of the Soviet government (replacing Vyacheslav M. Molotov) by appointing himself Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars.

I hope you know this is true, yet untrue...Prior to this time Stalin wasn’t the titular head of the USSR, but he was the leader in reality as dictator, which is all that matters.

The fact he 'appointed himself' should be a pretty good clue of this truth.


1942 - Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese:  WWII.

The Fall of Corregidor gave the Japanese the highest ranking American soldier ever captured in battle (excluding the U.S. Civil War): Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright.

When MacArthur left the Philippines for Australia, he put Wainwright in overall command, and ordered him to defend the Philippines to the last man...This was a fools order, because the battle wasn’t winnable and was completely unnecessary strategically.

Wainwright was right to surrender when he did, and saved the lives of many American troops. Even though they suffered through years of captivity and torture...The only other choice was fighting to the last man - which would have been happened.


1997 - President Bill Clinton wrapped up his visit to Mexico as he and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo pledged closer cooperation on immigration and drug smuggling.

If their goal was to INCREASE 'immigration and drug smuggling' they were wildly successful...Unfortunately, I think at least one of the two was the goal.


1998 - Astronomers announced the detection of a gamma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion light years away that was equal to the energy expended by the sun in one trillion years.

We are very small!!

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

May 5

1260 - Kublai Khan became ruler of the Mongol Empire.
 
Kublai was Genghis Khan's grandson, and proved to be one of the greatest Mongol leaders; ruling until 1294, and founding the Yuan Dynasty in China...That said, his insistence on consolidating his rule in Mongolia and China was one of the reasons for the dissolution of the Mongol Empire - which became splintered from the Pacific Ocean to Eastern Europe.
 
It's unfortunate most Westerners - myself included - are ignorant about the Mongol Empire, but one thing most of us are familiar with is Marco Polo's travels to China...Marco was a guest at Kublai Khan's court.


614 - The Persians captured Jerusalem and seized the 'True Cross.'

"According to Christian tradition, the True Cross is the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. According to medieval legend, the True Cross was built from the Tree of Jesse (father of King David), which became identified with the Tree of Knowledge that had grown in the Garden of Eden."

You can imagine Christians were pissed to have this fall to the Persians...I hope you also know Islam was in its infancy, and Persia certainly wasn’t a Muslim nation at this time.


1821 - Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.

He went to the island in 1815 (for a second time)...How was he not executed? These Euro’s are pathetic.

1862 - The Battle of Puebla: Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III.

What a pathetic event for the French...But not surprising considering the ridiculous state of the French military after the fall of Napoleon.

- 1870 = Prussian debacle.
- 1914-18 = WWI (didn’t lose, but surely didn’t win).
- 1941 = Rolled over like a cheap whore for the Germans.
- 1954 = Whipped by the Vietnamese at Dien Bien Phu (FYI: The U.S. wasn’t beaten in Nam, it quit - which is actually worse.)

No wonder the Frenchies wanted no part of the war in Iraq. Besides the bribes of course.

By the way, Cinco de Mayo is proof we have too many illegals in the U.S....Think I'm wrong? Then name me a Canadian national holiday celebrated in any fashion in the U.S.


1864 - The Battle of the Wilderness began:  American Civil War. General Lee had just over 60,000 men against Grant's 100,000 men, but the Confederates heavily defeated the Federal troops who lost over 17,000 men.

Lee won the battle, but like every battle from 1864-65 he couldn’t afford the losses associated with his 'victory.'

Grant may have lost 17,000, but at the end of the battle he still had 83,000 troops, more than Lee started with, which was Grants overall strategy...It was costly but as long as Grant was willing to do put his men into battle, Lincoln knew he couldn’t fail in the long run.


1892 - The U.S. Congress passed the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act, which required Chinese in the United States to be registered, or face deportation.

How horrible to single the Chinese out like this...We need a Foreigner Exclusion Act, which requires all foreigners to be registered or be deported.

Every American is registered at birth (Birth Certificate and SS#), so why is it unreasonable to expect every non-American to be registered as well?


1893 - The 'Panic of 1893' hit the New York Stock Exchange.

You mean there were recessions and depressions before 1929 and 2008?  How long were they?  Were they as long as the Great Depression and Great Recession?  Of course not...Because they weren't 'fixed' by government intervention.


1912 - The first issue of the Soviet Communist Party newspaper 'Pravda' was published.

I’m sure the LA and NY Times, along with other American Commie rags, celebrate this day like no other.


1925 - Biology teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution in violation of Tennessee state laws.

In less than 100 years we went from one extreme to another. Now a teacher would be fired for teaching anything other than evolution...The sooner we get to a happy medium of teaching both, the better we will be.


1932 - Japan and China signed a peace treaty.

Such is the value of paper...Japan invaded Manchuria in September 1931 and this treaty was little more than a stop-gap until they looked to take more of China.

1936 - Italian troops under Field Marshal Badoglio took Addis Ababa in Ethiopia (Abyssinia).

The grand Italian Army was flexing its muscle by conquering the great world power of Ethiopia...What a joke.

Amazingly this conquest impressed Hitler, who believed Italy would be a strong ally.


1942 - Sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program:  WWII.

How un-American for sugar to be withheld from any citizen...I can’t believe the ACLU didn’t step in and fight for the right to make as much Kool-Aid as we wanted.

A different time. A better time. A pre-psycho Liberal America.


1945 - In the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.

They bombed the American mainland!!! Imagine if we hadn’t dropped the A-Bombs and they had been successful in their atomic or bio/chem program...These balloons were tests to see if it could be done.


1987 - The U.S. government began a year-long amnesty program, offering citizenship to illegal immigrants who met certain conditions.

It was supposed to be a 'year long'...The offer of citizenship ended, but the illegal immigrants have never quit coming. In fact they are coming more than ever in the hope another 'offer' will eventually come.

I hate to admit it, but Reagan really blew it on this one.

1994 - Singapore caned American teenager Michael Fay for vandalism, a day after the sentence was reduced from six lashes to four in response to an appeal by President Clinton, who considered the punishment too harsh.

We’d have a lot less crime here in the U.S. if we’d be a little more harsh...Funny though, Clinton didn’t think lighting up Waco was too harsh. Hmmm!

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