Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Today is Pearl Harbor Day. This will not be a typical looking back seventy-five years to the sneak attack upon the US, which ultimately brought us into World War II, but a look forward. Most of my generation remember Pearl Harbor from the stories we heard from those who were there. The previous generation lived it. The next generation? Who knows?
Many of us have seen, with nervous laughter, Jay Leno's Man on the Street, or Watter's World, where young adults and college students are asked very simple questions about historical events that most of my generation learned in grade school. Those interviewed appear clueless, sometimes not able to locate the founding of our country or the Civil War within a century of when they actually happened.
"Remember the Alamo!"
"Remember the Maine!"
"Remember Pearl Harbor!"
Each of those sayings stirred the soul of a generation at one time or another. Some fade more quickly than others. The veterans who served at Pearl the day of the attack are fewer in number every year. Soon, the last of them will be gone. Who will remember Pearl Harbor? Even our own president famously showed his own ignorance of the day, when he referred to Japan "dropping the bomb" on Pearl Harbor. Only twice in human history has a piece of ordinance been significant enough to be referred to in the singular, Those were the two atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. "The Bomb" is atomic. The bombs (plural) used on Pearl were conventional, not atomic. Details!
I suppose we could jump on the bandwagon and blame our constantly declining public education. Despite the bleating on the Left, throwing more money at the problem is not the solution, after trying it for decades.
So, what are we left with? An annual documentary or two on public television? A declining number of human interest features as we watch a declining number of veterans return to Pearl for an anniversary remembrance? It's unfortunate, but people who can't name even three Founding Fathers can name a half a dozen Kardashians. 54-40 or fight? Tippecanoe and Tyler, too? "From which country did we declare our independence"??? Might as well be speaking Klingon! (No. A few might actually understand Klingon!)
I will remember Pearl Harbor as a significant turning point in American and world history for as long as I live. The tragic loss of life and the motivation it provided to the US to enter the war and take leadership of an alliance against the axis of evil of its day, teaches us lessons that ought not be forgotten. Unless, of course, they're never learned in the first place.
Will this generation learn from the lessons of history? Or are they doomed to repeat them?
Magic Eight Ball says: Outlook not so good.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
“Memory has its own language, its own texture, its own secret melody, its own archaeology and its own limitations: it too can be wounded, stolen and shamed; but it is up to us to rescue it and save it from becoming cheap, banal, and sterile.”
The Daily Mail published a report at 7:08 AM on December 5th: “White House’s extraordinary insult to heroes of World War II as it accuses veterans of being 'personally embittered' toward Japan over Pearl Harbor attack.”
Seventy-five years ago, at 7:55 a.m. on December 7, 1941, a Japanese strike force unleashed 353 warplanes on Pearl Harbor sinking or damaging 19 ships including 8 battleships, destroying 188 aircraft and killing 2403.
The single most devastating explosion came when a bomb plunged into the forward magazine of the battleship Arizona. The ship all but disappeared in a purple cloud of smoke that rose a thousand feet into the air. Most of the people killed that morning were killed in that explosion.
In a press briefing focusing on the upcoming visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor on December 26 and 27, White House spokesman Josh Earnest reportedly said, “A WWII veteran who was drafted by the US military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack might feel quite embittered, and I think it would be a perfectly natural and understandable human reaction to not be particularly satisfied with the words of the Japanese prime minister.”
The report continued, “The White House official began to make a statement about those veterans, saying, 'The thing that we know about the Greatest Generation of Americans is that they're anything....' but stopped himself mid-sentence. He paused, restarted and said, 'I think, we take a risk if we underestimate their patriotism and their capacity to set aside their own personal interests and prioritize the ambition and opportunity of the American people. So yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered, but I'm confident that many will set aside their own personal bitterness, not because they're personally satisfied by the words of the prime minister but because they recognize how important this moment is for the United States. And that's certainly why they qualify to be described as the greatest generation.’”
I have been unable to locate a video of Earnest’s remarks. I also could not find any other report on his insult to World War II heroes until the Daily Caller picked up the story at 11:00 PM Monday.
The bonds between the crewmembers of the Arizona have lasted far beyond the ship’s loss on December 7, 1941. Since 1982, the US Navy has allowed survivors to be interred in the ship’s wreckage upon their deaths.
Following a full military funeral at the memorial, the cremated remains are placed in an urn and then deposited by divers beneath one of the gun turrets. To date, more than 30 Arizona crewmen who survived Pearl Harbor have chosen the ship as their final resting place. Crewmembers who served on the ship prior to the attack may have their ashes scattered above the wreck site, and those who served on other vessels stationed at Pearl Harbor that fateful day, may have their ashes scattered above their former ships. In 2011, only 18 of the 355 crewmen who survived the bombing of USS Arizona were still alive. Today there are only six. All of them are in their 90’s or older. This will be their final commemoration appearance.
If you have never visited Pearl Harbor or the Arizona Memorial you are missing one of the more poignant testaments to the madness of man’s inhumanity to man.
The bright white memorial was constructed in 1962 to sit atop but not touch the sunken wreckage of the Arizona. Slowly seeping out of the submerged ship are some 500,000 gallons of oil which Pearl Harbor survivors call “black tears”. The little droplets bubble to the surface of the water and are then swirled by the breeze and the tide. One cannot help but feel the grief of the 1177 souls who rest in that watery grave. When I visited the memorial in 2004 I purchased a US flag that had been flown over the memorial on September 11th. I need not tell you the significance of that purchase.
The Japanese government has made it clear Abe will not admit the sneak attack that morning was an act of aggression nor will he offer an apology. He will express his country’s commitment to peace. Retired Air Force Gen. Dave Stilwell noted Abe’s message will be one in which Japan acknowledges its past and is ready to move forward.
Monday, December 5, 2016
The bed-wetting on the Left over a congratulatory phone call made to President-elect Trump by Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president, caused heads to explode last Friday. But why? Because no US Commander-in-Chief has spoken directly to a Taiwanese leader since America established diplomatic ties with Beijing in 1979 via President Jimmy Carter’s “one China” policy.
The President-elect did not inform the White House or the corrupted-by-Hillary State Department beforehand. He did not consult with what is effectively America’s liaison office in Taipei, the American Institute in Taiwan. Each would have tried to stop him.
Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a tweet acknowledged that “consistency is a means, not an end” but suggested Trump’s moves, including the call with Tsai, “are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan.” “That’s how wars start,”the Connecticut Democrat wrote.
Evan Medeiros, former Asia director on the National Security Council, told the Financial Times Chinese leaders “will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions” and that he is worried “Trump is setting a foundation of enduring mistrust and strategic competition.”
I was promised by uninformed DC journalists who had lunch at PF Changs the world would end in nuclear holocaust tonight https://t.co/xiPkdbtCUl— Comrade Balding (@BaldingsWorld) December 3, 2016
The people of Taiwan (formerly known as Formosa) consider themselves Taiwanese not Chinese and Beijing is worried the island situated off China’s southeastern coast will formally break away and declare itself the Republic of Taiwan. China has long sought to absorb the island nation into the Communist Party’s “Motherland”.
Gordon Chang, a noted expert on China, Asia and nuclear proliferation as well as a former trustee of Cornell University notes, “Trump, by seemingly not caring about Beijing’s reaction, has cut China down to size, telling its autocrats he does not fear them.”
“Just about everyone assumed the Chinese would create a crisis for Trump in his first months in office, just as they created crises for both George W. Bush—in April 2001 with the detention of the crew of the U.S. Navy EP-3—and his successor—the harassment of the Navy’s unarmed reconnaissance vessels, the Impeccable and Victorious, in March and May 2009.”
“Instead, Trump took the initiative and created a crisis for China’s leaders, and he did that more than a month before taking the oath of office. Therefore, Beijing is bound to find the next months unfamiliar and unsettling.”
“There is, if you need a metaphor, a rather large bull in the china shop. And, yes, that could be a good thing.”
China is a bully. The Communist regime is a master at strategic and methodical planning fully seizing on Obama’s impotence as a leader. It has engaged in a series of confrontations in the East and South China Sea. They have witnessed the decline of the United States under the sorry leadership of The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer. The leaders of that country chortle at his ineptitude in much the same way you will see in the video below. The point of the video, released 6 years ago, is Americans erred by turning away from their values. We should shudder at the idea of a Chinese-dominated future.
Our betters on the Left show little, if any, regard for the Taiwanese people. They are quite happy to turn a blind eye to the expansion of Communism in the Pacific Rim. Leave well enough alone they say. Don’t upset the Dragon they say. Watch the failed attempt by ABC’s little Georgie Stephanopoulos to create a controversy where none exists.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The 1-10 San Francisco 49ers meet the 2-9 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field today. These are two teams playing out bad seasons and one of them will win to drop lower in the draft.
Snoop Dogg, hardly a paragon of virtue, put Colin Kaepernick in his dog house calling the Niners QB a hypocrite for protesting social injustice while praising late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The “Lay Low” rapper advised the fool to make a choice between football and his ongoing National Anthem protest.
As Kaepernick stoops ever lower with his disgraceful “protests” it would be hilarious if the Chicago Bears played the Cuban National Anthem in an effort to get this punk to stand at attention.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
I don’t want to be accused of overreacting, but FTV Live obtained a video in which CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, her crew, and producers were prepping for a news broadcast covering President-elect Donald Trump's Carrier press conference.
Moments before Trump's plane touched down in Indianapolis on Thursday, a member of Malveaux's crew joked about it crashing.
The producer can be heard telling Malveaux she'll signal her if the plane lands during the live segment: “That means the plane has crashed…just kidding.”
This so-called “joke” may not rise to the level of a Class E felony under US Code Title 18, Section 871 making it illegal to knowingly and willfully mail or otherwise make any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, but the Secret Service needs to investigate this abhorrent incident.
Many will view this as free speech under the First Amendment so I will henceforth exercise my First Amendment rights by calling for everyone reading this blog post to turn off CNN. Heck, why not boycott the cable outfit’s advertisers? There is no current or concise list of advertisers that I can find but this website has quite few of them listed with contact information from a posting that dates back to 2008.
JK Harris and Company
Monex Precious Metals
Sprint / Nextel
Philips / Norelco
University of Phoenix
Johnson and Johnson
CNN was forced to quickly issue an apology to both Trump and his transition team in the wake of the video’s release. “An unfortunate and inappropriate remark was made by one of our producers off camera yesterday. We have apologized to the Trump transition team, and the producer has been disciplined,” said the network in a statement. CNN did not however release the name of the producer who made the comment.
Malveaux, who was the only person on camera when the producer made the joke, will not be facing any disciplinary action for her role in the exchange.
This is just the latest in a long string of egregious actions taken by the network. It’s time to affect their bottom line; their effing pocketbook.
CNN Crew Jokes about Donald Trump's Plane Crashing https://t.co/eVY4X4gEt1— FTVLive (@FTVLive) December 2, 2016
CNN apologizes after employee jokes about Trump plane crash- What's the name of the producer? What's the discipline? https://t.co/BuY2jkdb4A— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 2, 2016
Remember this every time the press complains about how they're treated.... https://t.co/7b45hVOBi6— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) December 2, 2016
UPDATE: Welcome readers of The Feral Irishman.
Today’s the day my beloved Crimson Tide rolls to its third straight SEC Championship title. Bama is the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation and is riding a 24-game winning streak and what’s more The Boys from Tuscaloosa haven’t trailed in a fourth quarter since coming back to beat Clemson in last year’s National Championship Game.
The 12-0 Tide meets the 8-3 underdogs of Florida at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM ET on CBS. This will be the ninth time in the 25-year history of the SEC Championship Game the two teams clash for the title. The series is tied 4-4. Did I mention the swamp critters are underdogs? Vegas has Alabama as a 3-touchdown favorite and ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives the Tide an 88.5% chance of turning the Gators into alligator boots and a nice purse.
This game will not, I repeat, will not be a slugfest. Gone are the glory days of Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyers, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow. There is simply no way the Gator offense can do what better offenses have failed to do all season long.
Millions of Bama haters nationwide will be cheering for the Gators. A local watering hole across from the campus of the University of Florida will give out free orange-and-blue shots anytime the Gators score. You can rest assured no Florida fans are going to be pounding shots if the Gators score. They may, however, be pounding them because they’re getting pounded by the Tide. This is the same restaurant/bar that is facing eviction for non-payment of rent and defaulting on a promissory note. A former employee was arrested two weeks ago for stealing more than $5,000 from the safe. What a pathetic bunch of losers.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
How Bama & Florida Fans Really Feel About Each Other! 🐘🐊 (feat @ScooterMagruder ) #RollTide #GoGators #SECChampionship pic.twitter.com/qrXZS0aNWl— FunnyMaine.Com (@FunnyMaine) December 2, 2016
While y'all argue about who should get into the playoff, we're just over here chillin'. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/x5u6MmD0am— FunnyMaine.Com (@FunnyMaine) December 3, 2016