Pearl Harbor Unmasked, by J. Alfred Powell – The Unz Review

Stinnett comments: “Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row and its old dilapidated warships presented a mouth-watering target. But it was a major strategic mistake for the Empire. Japan’s 360 warplanes should have concentrated on Pearl Harbor’s massive oil stores … and destroyed the industrial capacity of the Navy’s dry docks, machine shops, and repair facilities”[249]. Six months later, at the battles of Coral Sea (May 4-8, 1942) and Midway (June 4-7), the warships of the Pacific Fleet which were at sea when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred permanently destroyed the offensive capacity of the Japanese Navy to operate in the eastern Pacific and permanently crippled its defensive capacity in the western Pacific. Thereafter, as informed observers understood, a Japanese attack or invasion of the West Coast of America was a total logistical impossibility. Nevertheless, two months later, the internment of West Coast Japanese American citizens began in August 1942.

Source: Pearl Harbor Unmasked, by J. Alfred Powell – The Unz Review

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There is no doubt in my mind that FDR contrived this ti end the Great Depression.

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Guy Writes To Advice Columnist About Lawfully-Armed Daughter

She’s already refused to cough up the gun, and I don’t blame her. You’re not likely to be the one targeted for rape or assumed to be an easy target for a break-in because she’s female. She is. Should there be a home invasion while you all are there, she’s the one who is likely to get the worst of it. You’re not the one likely to have to deal with a stalker, be it an ex-boyfriend or someone else. In other words, there are a lot of reasons she should keep that gun.

Source: Guy Writes To Advice Columnist About Lawfully-Armed Daughter

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“God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal.” — Unknown

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

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Florida State says privatizing athletics won’t change anything. Skeptics aren’t so sure. – The Washington Post

“When you take a college program, a state university program, and privatize it, there’s only one reason you’re going to do that, and that’s to hide things. Why else would you do it?” she said. “There’s no advantage to it other than avoiding oversight and accountability.”

Source: Florida State says privatizing athletics won’t change anything. Skeptics aren’t so sure. – The Washington Post

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More corruption in the Gooferment!

Why are their “State Universities”?

Gooferment Skrules are just wrong — at any level!

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Democrats have set themselves a major ‘climate trap’

Bearing real costs for the sake of the climate will always be a sucker’s game for any one country so long as there isn’t a global regime mandating emission reductions (and, thankfully, there isn’t anything remotely like the political will for such a regime). It was supposed to be a disaster when Trump pulled out of the Paris accords, but G-20 countries haven’t been on pace to meet their goals regardless.

Source: Democrats have set themselves a major ‘climate trap’

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As a skeptic, I’m not surprised.

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City Completes Process of Installing Paul Robeson Blvd. Signs | TAPinto

Residents, business owners and leaders of houses of worship on the street are encouraged to begin the process of changing their addresses.

As of June 1, they will have up to 18 months to inform all agencies and businesses that the address on file and let them know of the change.

All addresses on the street will see a change in the street name, but the numerical part of the address will stay the same. For example, 1 Commercial Ave. will now be 1 Paul Robeson Blvd.

Source: City Completes Process of Installing Paul Robeson Blvd. Signs | TAPinto

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The signs are the cheap part of this change.

I’m imagining all the costs, inconveniences, and errors that imposed on “We, The Sheeple” to do this.  It’s a “tax” on living.

I’m not disputing that it could or should be done.  I am objecting to the costs being imposed by the Gooferment on others.

Gooferment is force and here is just one tiny example of it.


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3 Rivers Communications terminating TV services by end of October –

A telecommunications service provider in north-central Montana will stop providing television services to customers this fall.

Source: 3 Rivers Communications terminating TV services by end of October –

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Is this a sign of things to come?

Yes, streaming works well with fiber optic to the home, but who has that?

And certainly no one is investing in that.  Google tried and seems to have failed.

Maybe there is a place for municipal or “community” broadband?  After all that’s how cable TV got started!

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The Day the Music Burned

The fire made news around the world, and the destruction of the video vault featured prominently in the coverage. But nearly all news outlets characterized the vault fire as a close call, in which worst cases were averted. The New York Times reported that “a vault full of video and television images” had burned up, but added that “in no case was the destroyed material the only copy of a work,” a claim attributed to Universal Studios officials. Subsequent articles focused on the fire’s impact on film festivals, which relied on prints from Universal’s library. But journalists moved on from the story, and there has never been a full accounting of film and video losses in the fire.

Source: The Day the Music Burned

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Hard to believe that something wasn’t lost.

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Russian airport on alert after huge brown bear wanders through security – World News – Mirror Online

Yelizovo airport, a key hub on the Pacific coast, was packed with passengers when the bear made his way to security

Source: Russian airport on alert after huge brown bear wanders through security – World News – Mirror Online

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Boarding pass or not, who’s going to stop it?

Interesting that it got away.

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Letters to the Editor

I’m 65 so it doesn’t affect me directly but I find this trend upsetting. I remember when 18 year olds gained the right to vote in 1971. at that time the age to make many decisions for oneself was lowered from age 21 to 18. Apparently they forgot how to stand up for themselves since then.

They have become a bunch of sheep, doing what the media tells them, standing up to spread socialism at the command of their masters. “If God didn’t want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.”

Sometimes it looks as if the youth of America are being bamboozled into adopting an ovine state. The problem is that a libertarian society is meant for adults who are not domestic sheep and these youngster are not learning to be either wild or adults.

Source: Letters to the Editor

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If you’re old enough to sign up for the military, then you’re old enough to make decisions about smoking, drinking, drugs, etc. etc.

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Driver Arrested, Charged After Repossession of Officer’s Car

When he appeared in court, the felony charge disappeared, replaced by misdemeanor charges of falsifying documents and possession of police scanners, allegations he denies.

Source: Driver Arrested, Charged After Repossession of Officer’s Car

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Want to bet that nothing happens to these “police officers”?

Seems “laws” are for the common folk; not the “Praetorian Guard”!


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Knowledge is a stone-age concept, we’re better off without it | Aeon Essays

For those philosophers who work in epistemology (the ‘theory of knowledge’), the holy grail is to pin down the nature of knowledge and explain why it matters. But despite thousands upon thousands of articles devoted to the topic, the philosophers haven’t been able to come up with a good story. I say that’s because they’re barking up the wrong tree. The notion of knowledge doesn’t in fact pick out anything important. It’s a crude concept we have inherited from our prehistoric ancestors, and it positively handicaps us in our dealings with the modern world.

Source: Knowledge is a stone-age concept, we’re better off without it | Aeon Essays

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I’ve always worked on a paradigm of dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom).  Never could fit “skill” into my meme.  Now “knowledge” may be on shaky ground?

Guess I’ll have to add: “direct observation, sensory perception, hearsay, or inference”.  Seems ugly.  Maybe it should be “knowledge with provenance”?

Still doesn’t account for “skills”, “system of ‘evidential’ constructions”, or “knowledge provides the norm for assertion”, but that’s for another time.

To much heavy thinking for one fat old white guy injineer.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Keep Democrats in office if you want to protect illegal immigrants.


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The Headline

Latest iteration of DREAM Act offers citizenship status to 2.7 million illegals

The Grind

House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 237-187 in favor of a bill that would cancel deportations and grant citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants.

The proposal offers “Dreamers” conditional permanent residency for 10 years if they meet the following criteria:

— Arrive in the US before age 18

— Live in the US for four years before proposal is enacted

— Have a GED or high school diploma

— Pass a background check

To obtain full citizenship, “Dreamers” must fulfill one of four requirements:

— Earn a college degree

— Complete a two-year program in technical school or other institution of higher learning

— Serve in the military

— Work in the US for at least three years

The bill offers permanent residency to TPS and DED recipients if they meet the following criteria:

— Live in the US for more than three years before proposal is enacted

— Do not have felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors

The Details

The Dream and Promise Act is the latest version of a sweeping legalization proposal introduced in 2001. As estimated by the Migration Policy Institute, it could grant legal protections to 2.7 million people.

“This is a day that glorifies what America is to the world,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “A place of refuge, a place of safety, a place of opportunity.”

Republican critics who supported previous efforts to grant citizenship to “Dreamers” oppose this bill because it fails to address the emergency at the southern border and provides no strategy to reduce illegal immigration.

If passed, the Dream and Promise Act would produce even greater numbers of illegal immigration. Another sticking point for Republicans: the bill does not exclude immigrants with gang ties or DUI convictions.

The Takeaway

Democrats know the Dream and Promise Act will never make it through the Senate. What we are seeing here is a policy statement to voters ahead of the 2020 election: keep Democrats in office if you want to protect illegal immigrants.

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I think that this captures the essence of the issue.  The D’s want more “illegals” voting; look at Wisconsin with the Muslim importation.  Swung the state.  And, it’s happening elsewhere.  End welfare and see how many stay?  And, it seem that most of the “immigrants” both here and in Europe are healthy young men with name brand sneakers and cell phones. I don’t see the “yearning to be free”.  End the deceptions  welfare / warfare D’s and the warfare / welfare R’s!

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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As part of her plan, she attacked Levi’s for making most of their jeans overseas. She also mentioned, as a problem because of overseas manufacturing, other firms including Dixon Ticonderoga — maker of the famous №2 pencil. Carlson cheered all this. He said firms that manufacture products overseas cost “millions of good jobs lost” here in America.

Of course, this view is a call for economic protectionism.

Source: Tucker Carlson Endorses Elizabeth Warren’s Economic Central Planning Program and Then Disses Austrian School Economics

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I thought Tucker Carlson had “it”, but this shows he doesn’t get “it”.

“It” being that truly free trade makes everyone richer and peaceful.

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Time to End the Postal Monopoly – The Future of Freedom Foundation

It turns out that commercial package delivery for e-commerce retailers such as Amazon was actually profitable for the USPS. Revenue from delivering packages increased in 2018. The problem is that revenue from first-class mail, which is still the biggest source of the USPS’s revenue, continues to decline even as labor costs continue to increase. In 2018, labor costs accounted for 76 percent of overall operating costs, and especially the pension and health benefits provided to each of the USPS’s retired government employees.

Lost in all of this is the real problem with the Post Office, specifically the postal monopoly and, to a larger extent, the fact that the federal government is involved in the postal business.

Source: Time to End the Postal Monopoly – The Future of Freedom Foundation

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Have to blame Ben Franklin for this mess.  He was the advocate for a Post Office.  He did OK with fire insurance, bifocals, and a lot of other things.  But he really did realize what boondoggle this would become!

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The Peasants’ Revolt

In 2016, James Delingpole commented that toffs hate Brexit because it’s the Peasants’ Revolt. For non-British readers, the word “toff” is a shortened form of “toffee-nosed,” a slang term for the rich or upper class. But more important is the reference to the Peasant Revolt of 1381, which is little-known on the western side of the Atlantic.

Source: The Peasants’ Revolt

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However, we should take this time to recognize that Brexit was a twenty-first century form of the Peasants’ Revolt – a time when the population had the government running scared but made the mistake of accepting the continued leadership of those who created the problem in the first place.

Whatever country we are from, we should be reminded that, no matter how reasonable or conciliatory this may seem, putting the fox back in the henhouse is never the answer.

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Seems like that’s a recurring mistake that “We, The Sheeple” make — thinking that an agreement will solve the problem.

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Non-diversity and the spelling bee :: Jeff Jacoby

Is that a problem? Should we be lamenting the lack of diversity in the top ranks of competitive student spellers? Ought Scripps and ESPN (which broadcasts the annual spelling bee) manipulate the rules — the way Harvard, for example, has manipulated its admissions standards — to ensure that more non-Asians make it to the final rounds? . . .

Source: Non-diversity and the spelling bee :: Jeff Jacoby

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“Equality of Opportunity”; not “Equality of Results”!

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L. Neil Smith‘s The Libertarian Enterprise: working to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution since 1995

“Government healthcare is the first step to cyanide showers.”

Source: L. Neil Smith‘s The Libertarian Enterprise: working to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution since 1995

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That seems accurate!

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Dem Rep Illustrates Standard Anti-Gun Stupidity Following Virginia Beach

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Anti-gun politicians have a standard script they tend to follow in the wake of a mass shooting. It seems that no matter what gun control bill they’re advancing, that is the key to averting the mass shooting.

Source: Dem Rep Illustrates Standard Anti-Gun Stupidity Following Virginia Beach

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It’s not about lives to them, but legislation. Unless Nadler is a complete and total moron–a fact I’m not willing to rule out completely–he knows there’s not any information to suggest that HR8 would have made any difference in this shooting. None whatsoever. He just hopes that the voters are too freaking stupid to catch this fact.

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I often wonder about politicians and bureaucrats, who push their agendas and pet projects regardless of their applicability to the situation at hand.  I think we need a special adjective to describe this behavior and I can’t think of one that applies.

Maybe you the reader can help?

It’s worst than “dishonest”.  It’s worse than “despicable”.  It’s worse than “deplorable”.


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Attkisson: 10 Questions I’d Ask Robert Mueller (If I Were Allowed) | Zero Hedge

Does it concern you that the FBI claimed “collection tool failure” in stating that 19,000 text messages between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strozk had been deleted and were unavailable for review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general? Is it worth investigating how the inspector general was able to recover the messages, when the FBI said it could not? Does the FBI lack the technical expertise, or the will? Isn’t it a serious issue that should be addressed, either way?

Source: Attkisson: 10 Questions I’d Ask Robert Mueller (If I Were Allowed) | Zero Hedge

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If this IT guy was on Wall Street, he’d have been fired on the spot!

That’s only because having that person “drawn and quartered” is permitted.


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Gunsmith uses 19th Century technology to fight ridiculous gun laws

To comply with California’s ridiculously ineffective SB 880 gun law, AR-15 owners must use a fixed magazine. With this configuration, shooters must disassemble the firearm in order to load a second magazine. Gunsmiths across the country have been developing new concepts to sidestep these backwards laws. Mean Arms went the other direction and looked to […]

Source: Gunsmith uses 19th Century technology to fight ridiculous gun laws

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Meet the MA Loader, a detachable polymer loading device that attaches to the weapon’s ejection port. What’s basically a 10-round stripper clip in a plastic guide lets the shooter rapidly feed fresh rounds into the fixed magazine. After the MA Loader is removed the bolt slams shut and chambers the first round.

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I love when the “free market” satisfies demand and frustrates the Gooferment’s politicians and bureaucrats efforts.

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Finally, I would eliminate government schools, which in the inner cities does nothing but destroy minds and spirit–and distorts the thinking of youth in all other non-inner city schools.I am, more and more, beginning to think that government schools are the most dangerous institutions in America. I would end government-funded “education” of all kinds, including for all public schools and for all voucher programs.

Source: Solving the Homeless Situation in American Cities

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Good luck with that.  I agree completely.  But the Gooferment Skrules are politically controlled by powerful unions that have the politicians and bureaucrats on a leash.  And, they are the closest thing to a national religion we have.


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Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions –

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  • The DEA classifies marijuana as a drug with no accepted medical use, akin to LSD and ecstasy (among others). But many turn to it for medical reasons, as do plaintiffs (a group of children and adults suffering from life-threatening medical problems), who sue the DEA to challenge its classification. Second Circuit (over a dissent): Alas, we cannot hear the case until you first ask the DEA to review it. But because the DEA is notoriously slow in reviewing classifications (petitions average nine years each), we will retain jurisdiction of this case so we can ensure speedy review.

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Where is the treasure? Where are the assets? Where’s the loot?

Source: Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions –

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Sounds like typical Gooferment bureaucrat “barbara streisand”!

The phrase “no accepted medical use” rings hollow when so many are using it as side-effect free pain reliever?

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A World War II-era veteran returns to the air: “Miss Montana” joins other planes for a trip to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day – CBS News

A World War II-era veteran returns to the air: “Miss Montana” joins other planes for a trip to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day – CBS News
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Argh. What at brave men. California Town Sees Businesses Vanish Following Minimum Wage Hike

Representatives from the Mills College Lokey School presented data from its recent ‘business conditions’ survey to our City Council on Tuesday. The study confirmed what restaurant owners warned when the ordinance was hastily passed in 2015. They are struggling, rapidly raising menu prices and increasingly looking to leave. …It’s getting harder to find small food service businesses that were around in 2015 when the MWO was passed. Emeryville institution Bucci’s, Commonwealth, Farley’s, Scarlet City … all gone. In fact, nearly all the brick & mortar businesses that comprised the short-lived Little City Emeryville small business advocacy group have moved, folded or sold. …The survey also identified that “the restaurant industry is clearly struggling.” Specifically, small, independent, non-franchise establishments are having the most difficulty.

Source: California Town Sees Businesses Vanish Following Minimum Wage Hike

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The politicians and bureaucrats don’t understand the Laws of Economics are just like the Laws of Physics and not like the “Laws” that Gooferment passes.

It’s really unfair to use the same word “law” to apply to the fundamentals of the Universe and the diktats of politicians!  If the Eskimos can have a lot of words for snow, then the English language should have two different words for “Universal Laws” and “political diktats”!


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