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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Aug 1 To Aug 8

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 1st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Reader Selected News For The Week Of Aug 1 To Aug 8”

  1. captstubby says:

    This Day In History

    Aug 6, 1945:
    Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima
    On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.
    U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland.

    “The Japanese army strategy was to cling to its gains, arguing that US conscripts would be no match for Japanese soldiers in close-quarter fighting, and that high casualties would lead American public opinion to force its government to compromise.
    On 6 June the Japanese Supreme Council approved a document, ‘Fundamental Policy to be Followed henceforth in the Conduct of the War’, which asserted ‘we shall . . . prosecute the war to the bitter end’. The final plan for the defence of Japan itself, ‘Operation Decision’, provided for 10,000 suicide planes (mostly converted trainers), fifty-three infantry divisions and twenty-five brigades:

    2,350,000 trained troops would fight on the beaches, backed by 4 million army and navy civil employees and a civilian militia of 28 million. They were to have weapons which included muzzle-loaders, bamboo spears and bows and arrows. Special legislation was passed by the Diet to form this army.101 The Allied commanders assumed that their own forces must expect up to a million casualties if an invasion of Japan became necessary. How many Japanese lives would be lost? Assuming comparable ratios to those already experienced, it would be in the range of 10-20 million.

    The Allied aim was to break Japanese resistance before an invasion became unavoidable.

    The Allied Tribunal in Tokyo sentenced twenty-five major war criminals, especially those responsible for planning the war and the four major horrors — the Nanking massacre, the Bataan ‘death march’, the Thai—Burma railway and the sack of Manila. Seven, including Tojo, were hanged. Local military commissions condemned a further 920 war-criminals to death and over 3,000 to prison. Of the non-white judges of the Tribunal, the Indian, Radha-bino Pal, dissented, saying the Japanese had acted throughout only in self-defence and that the trial was ‘victors’ justice’.

    The Japanese killed more British troops in prison camps than on the field of battle. The Japanese pow record, in fact, was much worse than the Nazis’: of 235,000 Anglo-American pows held by Germany and Italy only 4 per cent died, whereas of the 132,000 in Japanese custody 27 per cent died.
    of the 50,00 prisoners who worked on the Siam railway,
    16,000 died of torture, disease and starvation. Captured Japanese field orders repeatedly emphasized that prisoners thought to be of no use were to be killed.”

    Paul Johnson
    Modern Times 1992

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Damn! These are my kind of people!”

    Says Barack Hussein Obama

    President hosted killers/murderers of the African continent at the White Hut.

    From the UK Mail Online:


    Obama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators and homophobes and turned blind eye to their human rights record

    >Leaders were invited to the White House for the first ever US Africa summit
    >Included were dictators and despots with shocking human rights records
    >Obama’s speech barely acknowledged the oppression rife across Africa

    By Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill

    Published: 13:42 EST, 6 August 2014 | Updated: 18:13 EST, 6 August 2014

    President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe.

    But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records.

    The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented.

    The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of any homosexuals in the country and for Cameroon’s Paul Biya, who has the dubious honor of ranking 19th on author David Wallechinsky’s 2006 list of the world’s 20 worst living dictators.

    Many of the leaders were later photographed in the White House, posing for individual portraits with Obama and the First Lady.

    The President’s opening speech avoided the prickly issues of homophobia and torture and instead sought out similarities between the two continents.

    He opened with: ‘I stand before you as the president of the United States, a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa’.

    Before going on to say: ‘Our faith traditions remind us of the inherent dignity of every human being and that our work as nations must be rooted in empathy and compassion for each other, as brothers and as sisters.’

    Here we run the rule over nine of the most controversial leaders who enjoyed the lavish affair.

    See the photos in the article and the posh exorbitant clothing worn by murderous dictators and megalomaniacs’ wives.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Moron Dope Peddler Says "Think of the children (me)" I ran into guys like this in the military. Their inability to escape their own fraudulent "logic" was amazing:

    From FoxNews:

    Teen to be punished for pot brownies ‘very scared’


    GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil said Wednesday he remains scared despite new evidence that his attorney believes should reduce the charges.

    So which is it? Is he a "teen" as the headline suggests or is he a "19-year-old man" as stated in the article?

    Holmes said the test results don’t justify tough punishments but was skeptical of getting a break. Although neighboring Austin is a liberal haven in deeply conservative Texas, Williamson County has a long reputation of law and order, which came under national scrutiny in 2011 after an innocent man was freed after serving 25 years in prison.

    The reason(s) he should not receive a break are made evident some paragraphs later, after the reader tires of wading through "what they do in Colorado" and the "legal definition of what constitutes a crime" And the defendant said:

    ""I’m scared. Very scared," Lavoro said. "I’m 19 years old and still have a whole life ahead of me. Take that into account."

    Yes…..exactly. Seems to me, Mr Lavoro, you failed to take that into account for your own sake. Something along the lines of "Gee, what might happen if I get caught doing this?" But poor Mr Lavoro is making himself out to be the victim here. However, here’s the money statement:

    "If this was just some college kid experimenting in his friend’s Easy-Bake Oven, with a reefer’s worth of pot and a bunch of brownies, that’d be different," Brunner said. "This man was trying to run a business, allegedly." Hash oil is a controlled substance that carries much harsher state penalties than marijuana. The oil has higher concentrations of THC. It’s in a penalty group with amphetamines and ecstasy.

    (Brunner is The First District Attorney of the county in question.) So Lavoro is rolling as a dope peddler and probably looking to expand his "business" in order to fund a lifestyle that would be the envy of all his "friends". This is exactly the sort of thing the "war on drugs" was intended to circumvent and prevent. The DA is right on all counts and this 19-year-old boy/man needs to have his butt tanned. This is the opportunity to make an impression and make it stick. The author of the article on FOX seems to lament that it’ll be mighty harsh and unforgiving if he gets the book thrown at him but even in his own article, he is forced to admit that nothing of the kind is likely to take place. It’s a good example though of how hungry the potheads are to have it legalized all over the country/world so they can stink up every venue and social gathering they can think of. Yet…..cigarettes are the devil’s own spawn. Go figure.

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