Thoughts on History

To me, Sunday, December 7, 1941, is a date that will live in infamy. My navy experience at Pearl Harbor was quite different than those who were present on that fateful day, but the history of the place and time endures. Do present generations see it the way that I do? Now there’s one for the ages.

September 11, 2001, had a similar impact on me and still does, though, for my grandchildren, it doesn’t hold the same weight.  I don’t think that it should, but more recently, my friend Claudio (from Italy) took his family to see Ground Zero, and his account of what they experienced was moving.

 

12 Strong (Book: Horse Soldiers, by Doug Stanton) Review

Trailer

ODA 595 was an experienced, mature team of Green Berets that had recently worked with special operations forces in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan’s northern neighbor. The team had been working together for two years and the average age was 32 years old. Each member had an average of eight years of experience and most had combat experience in either Desert Storm, Kosovo, or Somalia. As for team leader Captain Mark Nutsch, the real-life counterpart to the film’s main character portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, he had no actual combat experience prior to the mission. His lack of combat experience is pointed out in the movie. However, he had been deployed in the Middle East and around the globe. -The Fayetteville Observer

It’s a good film, Stanton’s book, Horse Soldiers holds up too. – Worth watching.

Note: The War in Afghanistan was turned from a justified war into the abortion that it became not because of the men and women who served there, but because of the permanent administrative state, Big Army, and a deliberate lack of accountability. You can imagine the relief of many when Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine and they knew that the scam could continue. The media’s silence and complicity are deafening. The shameful retreat from Afghanistan and old Pedo Joe’s botched withdrawal in a way that was 100% avoidable — resonates.

 

Photographic Proof

Women in ancient Rome were as dangerous as they are today.

 

Bullet Points:

* Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.

* 2.9 million people died of influenza and pneumonia in 2018. 98% decline in influenza cases in 2020.  2.8 million “die of covid” in 2020. It’s not that hard to figure out what they did. The 2022 cold and flu season is marked by the return of covid and the hue and cry (again) that we’re all going to die.

* Nothing messes up your Friday like realizing that it’s only Wednesday.

 

Burnt Offerings to Uncle Sam?

The Burnt offering: The Supreme Court case 303 vs Elenis. Captured above by Michael Ramirez. At issue in the ongoing SCOTUS case is whether a web designer with a private business can be forced under penalty of law to create wedding sites for non-traditional marriages. In what world should anyone be forced to celebrate sodomy?

For the past decade,  progs were so cool with Twitter and Facebook crushing conservative posts and censoring them – their general opinion was that social media could not be compelled to provide equal service to conservatives “because they are private businesses and enjoy First Amendment rights”.

A personal Facebook page or a blog such as Virtual Mirage is essentially the same kind of creative digital asset as a digital wedding site. Leaving aside the issues of their legal status as “public squares”, why should giant social media monopolies, for which an argument can be made for legally induced inclusive standards, have more rights to free speech than a citizen, for whom the First Amendment was written in the first place?

 

A new map has revealed Europe’s heaviest drinkers, and Scotland doesn’t even come close 🍻 I demand a recount. What about the Turks? I thought that they were good Muslims.

 

 

 

39 COMMENTS

  1. “…why should giant social media monopolies, for which an argument can be made for legally induced inclusive standards, have more rights to free speech than a citizen, for whom the First Amendment was written in the first place?”
    As Hilarious stated, “the unborn child has no rights”. The reciprocity of rights / privileges for Mark resulted in $419m donations in 2020. In plain sight, $11.9m we’re in the hands of the DNC. The remainder was to help the undecided get their prayers on the altar written on a ballot.
    Your previous post resonates;; a 22 selling point was legal murder for mothers. I hope SCOTUS doesn’t punt on this Lady’s proposed website business. Since 1956, millions of children are pledging their allegiance to an indivisible Republic, under God’s authority and rule of law. May liberty continue for the honest. Will justice come for those that sleep with the same sex?

  2. “. . . their general opinion was that social media could not be compelled to provide equal service to conservatives “because they are private businesses and enjoy First Amendment rights”.

    The problem is that our media and social media businesses weren’t just private businesses. If you remember, Obama held a White House meeting with the CEOs to develop and implement a new government in D.C. Prior to the first Trump impeachment, social media CEOs were questioned by Congress. Each of them stated that they received payments from the US government and that they assisted various agencies with agency requests. Our congressmen didn’t press the issue as to which agencies they worked with and which requests were actually honored.

    Now we are able to see just a tiny bit of how the media worked for the DNC and what they were paid to do.

    Contractors taking government money must follow the governmental rules for whatever they are doing including not violating the Constitution.

    Our media are not just private businesses, but are US government contractors doing the king’s bidding and taking the king’s coin for doing dirty work that the government is prohibited from accomplishing outright.

    • Amazon may be the largest recipient of government contracts, but you’re right, they all do and it creates a situation where they all become state actors because of that flood of taxpayer money.

  3. Thank you for the link, Ed.

    In the Star Trek future, attractive 105-lb women in skimpy outfits apparently serve as Security. (In the all too real post-Western world of 2022, skimpy is unfortunately for creatures such as Sam Brinton.) Star Trek is not the only scifi [1] show with girls in skimpy uniforms. Exhibit A: Nebula Nine [2] (cosplay gone wrong).

    https://youtu.be/bkvUkvCZEvI?t=848

    [1] “scifi” used with malice aforethought. Science Fiction is “SF”.
    [2] this scene (Castle: mystery novelist Rick Castle and his girlfriend NYPD Detective Kate Beckett up to no good) is meta(^2). Castle is of course the alter ego of Captain Mal Reynolds (Firefly), and the song is performed by William Shatner. And in the episode (not the clip) the terms “shiny” and “fracking” are used.

    Speaking of cosplay, in Roman times they had not yet perfected the “hover hand” — of which Keanu Reeves is a master. Our legionary is keeping his hand as a loose fist (so as to be less grope-y) but the air gap had not yet been invented.

    “2.9 million people died of influenza and pneumonia in 2018”
    In the opening days of Covidiocy I had an exchange with someone very dear to me
    SVD: But if we don’t cooperate with quarantine then people could die.
    MC: People die every day. Does it justify crashing the economy — and all the fallout from that?
    SVD: Yeah, but thousands could die of Covid. Thousands each day!
    MC: First, no one knows that for a fact. Second, just how many are we talking?
    SVD: I heard it could be two or three thousand.
    MC: Äskling, look up how many people already die in the US daily, pre-Covid. [roughly 9000/day]
    SVD: Oh.

    SVD has a masters in Statistics, a STEM PhD, and two post-doctoral fellowships in public health and epidemiology areas. Just goes to show that lots of people are swayed by The Message and their emotional response over looking at things analytically. SVD is very good at being analytical when it come to her job, but apparently that doesn’t carry over. I suspect lots of people are like that, and *I* am the mutant.

    • I never watched Castle before viewing your clip. Obviously, I missed something. Because both main characters aren’t black it must be an old show.

      Your discussion with SVD underscores the power of the media. Between media propaganda and rigged elections, nothing can ever be right again.

    • PhDs who are honest about the track record of the powers that be are almost so rare we know all of them by name. A heretic is not permitted a normal career.

      The defense establishment allowed Pearl and 9/11 to happen because it wanted more war as a self-promotion. This meets the constitutional definition of treason.

      • There were six Movietone News crews who flew to Pearl Harbor two weeks before the attack. They were hanging out there on Sunday morning and rushed from their rooms at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to photograph the carnage…

    • Älskling (not Äskling). And SVD is not The Swedish Disaster (that one is MD/PhD, no master’s degree), not that anyone cares.

      To the point of “honesty”: I don’t think it’s deliberate dishonesty in most cases, PhDs or otherwise. Most people simply go along with the narrative. This is not for ulterior reasons or anything nefarious. It’s just the easiest thing to do.

      A very low-level (and flawed, but go with me here) analogy is Consumer’s Reports. If you really know about, say vacuum cleaners, and you read a CR report on a vac, you see all kinds of problems with the CR’s evaluation methodology, conclusions, etc. “Ah, they’re fulla crap! I can’t believe people trust this stuff. Hahaha!” says the vacuum cleaner expert to himself. But when he needs a new toaster oven, he goes and looks up the CR ratings of toaster ovens. People are like that with sociopolitical stuff too.

      • My folks bought a propane powered fridge that got really low ratings from CR. It kept running, problem free, all during the time I was growing up and even after I had left home for a number of years. My dad eventually sold it to a guy in Colorado who lived in an area up in the mountains that did not have electricity.
        Fun note: when the buyer showed up to get it he said they’d need four guys to get it into the back of his pickup. My dad then proceeded to show him how one guy could do it.

      • I don’t know about the fifteen other guys but I care:
        Älskling (not Äskling). And SVD is not The Swedish Disaster (that one is MD/PhD, no master’s degree), not that anyone cares.

        Your point is well taken. Society is complicated. Bureaucracy is complicated. We stand in the middle of a room full of noise about all sorts of competing interests. 1000 years ago it wasn’t like that. The radio broadcasting of music and talk intended to reach a dispersed audience started experimentally around 1905–1906, and commercially around 1920, so 100 years ago. Even during my lifetime, the noise level went from mild to wild and if you care about it all, you go insane. The blog is a relief valve for me. People have asked why I blog as much as I do – lots of steam.

  4. Colorado Law- It is invasive and unconstitutional, forcing/demanding Christians to go against their beliefs. Polis may the smartest politician in the state but Dem’s hold sway in trampling peoples inherent rights.

    Today- How many more generations of “America sucks” indoctrination before Pearl Harbor becomes “we had it coming”…or worse, ignored altogether?

    • Arizona has gone democrat because of rigged elections. So it’s only a matter of time before it becomes California. Unfortunately, there is nowhere else to run.

      PS – The Squad always says that we had it coming.

        • She would have. That’s why they had to stop her. She would have been a national contender if she had a bully pulpit available to her.

          • She’s not out yet…and if she ran for President I’d vote for her in a heartbeat. Principled and unafraid.

            A thought on Trump: What if…a big if of course…he’s trying to get his base to move away from him and over to DeSantis? Could be a chess move…how could we know so a total spitball.

            He doesn’t have to run again despite people wanting him to because he embodied great policy and work ethic and a stick it in yer face to the Establishment mode. But a lousy public persona won’t fly this time around. Like the beaten down aging Gladiator, at some point you hang up your armor. Just finished Target, Swagger sitting in his rocking chair between crazy ops in order to recoup…I get that.

    • Pearl Harbor becomes “we had it coming”

      Good question. Pearl Harbor is “problematic” however because the Japanese are a high-IQ, orderly, and cleanly people who are also highly and openly ethnocentric. (Plus with a tendency toward perversion, pedophlia and war crimes, but that’s a different conversation.) It is hard to reconcile intelligence, competence and economic success with the victimhood narratives that are ascendant. (No, self-reflection is not a strength of our “elite”. Or maybe it’s just an utter lack of shame about hypocrisy.)

      • I knew people who were at Manzanar during WW2. The couple has now passed away. I spoke with them on a number of occasions while a guest at their home. Their children, good friends of mine, never knew their parents’ Japanese names. They were just Elmer and Mollie. They never held themselves out as victims.

        • “They never held themselves out as victims.”
          There you go. And that’s the problem with traditional East Asians. (But the “new breed” of 2nd and 3rd generation East Asians, especially the women, have enthusiastically bought into the “Victim Ruler” mentality. VR is my personal riff on the concept of the “Servant Leader”.)

          “never knew their parents’ Japanese names.”
          I get where that comes from (as do you of course) and that’s sad. But back when many people really tried to fit in. Overcompensation happened. Plus psychological trauma. Even for me personally there is a lot of family history lost. Among other things I have a couple of photo albums of kin in China (and in Imperial Russia — I’m not part-Rooski, just that one branch of the family traditionally went to college in St Petersburg) wherein I have no idea who 90% of the people are. Parents retained the photos, but they didn’t want to talk about it; too much a reminder of what they had lost.

      • A naval blockade is an act of war. The American national ban on sales of petroleum to Japan is not a blockade because it doesn’t prevent as many alternatives, but I believe it’s in the neighborhood. I won’t say “we had it coming”, but the attack was no surprise.

        • The US move to stop Japanese expansion of the co-prosperity sphere had a predictable reaction but the Japanese didn’t have to attack Pearl Harbor. They chose to and it ended Japan. Did the US underestimate Japanese Naval Airpower? Absolutely.

          Did we have it coming? No.

          • No, we did not “have it coming”…yet how many today (as LL points out, The Squad) have been so crazed anti-American by the teachers union and lunatic prof’s that they BELIEVE we had it coming?

            Know thine history is an imperative. These types eschew history as some white construct…except slavery, thus reparations. Can’t fix willful ignorance that touts itself as wise.

  5. USAREUR Circa 1960’s had a random monthly alert. We had two hours to be at our rally points. The only alert that wasn’t “random” was December 7. We always started the day with loading out and then just waiting.

    I wonder today if military members are even aware of the day’s significance?

    A man I worked with was a 4 year old dependent that day playing in his yard. He remembers a Japanese plane coming low over their house and someone in the airplane waving to him.

    Twice during war games in the 1930’s the base was successfully “attacked” by our own forces. Surely the Japanese took copious notes.

  6. My late uncle was too young to see action in WWII. He sailed aboard USS Chicago (CA-136) in January of 1946 as a cook.

    In 1964 my grandmother treated the whole family to a Christmas vacation in Hawai. We took a boat tour of Pearl Harbor. I was eleven. To this day, I clearly remember standing aboard the USS Arizona memorial and watching the oil rising to the surface. Back then, my dad and my uncle were vets. My maternal grandfather was an “old guy”, having served in the U.S. Army Air Service in WWI. The Civil War was ancient history. Now, WWI was more than a hundred years ago. I need to get this DVD–

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrabKK9Bhds

    • The Naval Intelligence Center (or whatever the name is now) is located across from the Pearl Harbor Memorial (high rise building, no windows). I worked at PACFAST (it used to be a Navy Command now the USMC uses the name) – Pacific Forward Area Support Team – which was co-housed with Commander Task Force 168.1 on the ground floor. At lunch, I’d walk across the street and look across the water at the Arizona Memorial. Not every day, but often. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

  7. LB and LC Curtis, USS Arizona, Dec 7, 1941. Re big tech, I’ve been slapped twice in the last two weeks, once by blogger and once by facebork for ‘violating community standards’… The blogger one was ‘funny’, in that it was four years ago, and I was getting a DDOS attack and I did some trackback and posted a map of the location of the hackers (in China), that got the post blocked /restricted for ‘doxxing’… sigh

    • I have no idea how your blog violates community standards. Publishing the address of a hacker? If you’d had let me know at the time, I’d have arranged to have the person visited.

  8. Going to Peral was a bucket list item I managed to cross off some years ago. To see the bullet holes in the tower at Hickam Field and other buildings damged was sobering, but when we left the Arizona memorial, and I saw the oil rising, it all hit me hard. SLW and the sailors running the shuttle had to help me get back on.

  9. Being a sailor of much less than stellar renowned I felt sadness for those who are entombed in the Arizona and died in the Oklahoma. The thousand plus that never had a chance to get out or died not know what was going on or why. I have been to the Arizona monument twice and passed her four times entering and leaving the base, and it affects me every time.

  10. History is rife with military decisions that changed the course of a war. Vice Admiral Nagumo was in charge of the air attack on Pearl and his mission was to destroy the American surface fleet and the carriers that were supposed to be there. (He must have crapped his kimono when he heard the US carriers were not in Pearl) After the second wave reported that the fuel storage farm and the salvage yards and repair/drydock facilities were untouched, he had to decide whether to remain in the AO for another 2 hours to send a third wave to complete the destruction of Pearl and the pacific fleet, or to call it good and haulass for home before the US carriers found him. He chose poorly for the future of Japan’s war aims. Leaving the fuel farm and repair facilities undamaged meant the US Navy was back in business within 6 months instead of years. All of the ships sunk or damaged (Except Arizona) were salvaged and repaired on-site and put back in service within 1 – 2 years. He wasn’t fired, but he was accused of cowardice by many. Yamamoto gave him a pass.

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