Closing Thought–21Aug17

We have been returning past unidentified soldiers home for proper burials than to DNA.

Now we have located a Naval vessel that went down in 1945 with almost all hands on board…..the USS Indianapolis……

In the closing days of WW2 the ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes and sunk

On July 30, 1945, having just helped deal what would prove to be a death knell to World War II, the USS Indianapolis was fatally torpedoed by the Japanese. She sank fast—in 12 minutes, giving no time for a distress call—and only 316 of the 1,196 Americans aboard survived, reports CNN. On Friday, more than 72 years later, civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the cruiser in her grave 18,000 feet under the surface of the North Pacific Ocean, a discovery he says he hopes will give “everyone connected to this historic ship … some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming.” The Indianapolis had just delivered components for the atomic bomb the United States would drop on Hiroshima to the island of Tinian, from which the Enola Gay would take off on its fateful mission just days later.

The Indianapolis’ demise is the Navy’s single biggest loss at sea, notes the AP, which calls it “one of the Pacific war’s more horrible and fascinating tales.” Most sailors survived the initial sinking only to be subjected to a four-day ordeal in which their ranks were decimated by exposure, dehydration, and most cruelly, shark attacks. Only 22 survivors lived long enough for the ship to be found, notes CNN. The son of the ship’s dentist tells CNN that he regards the Indianapolis as his father’s grave, and that “I don’t think I have cried this hard in my adult life.” He adds that, “my mother would be torn to pieces if she were still living. She did not want them to ever find the ship. But I am glad she does not have to cry today.” Adds the nephew of another sailor lost aboard the Indianapolis, “I am filled with so much emotion. Part of me wanted the Indy to be found, part of me did not want it to be found.” The ship is still Navy property and its location a secret.

A story to be told!

21 August 1940–Leon Trotsky

Today is Eclipse Monday….waiting for a total eclipse of the Sun…..I can think of nothing else that I care so little about….

Since I am not that interesting it this how about a little history?

Ever since my days in school I was fascinated with Russian history it was ll so colorful….the period of their history from 1890 to 1920 was the most interesting….this was the years just before, during and after World War One.

Did you know that Germany funded Lenin’s rise to power in 1917?  They did so because that if Lenin had gained power he had given his word that Russia would be pulled out of WW1 and then Germany would be fighting on a one front war giving them an advantage (this would make an interesting post later)

Any way  the Communists that were fighting for power Lenin, Stalin, the one that I was most interested in was Trotsky.

After the death of Lenin and persecuted by Stalin Trotsky left Russia for New York and then Mexico….on this day, 21 August 1940, Trotsky was assassinated by agents of Stalin in Mexico.

His life is stuff of legend as they say (whoever they are)…….

Leon Davidovich Trotsky (November 7, 1879 – August 21, 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronstein, was a Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. An influential politician in the early days of the Soviet Union, Trotsky served as the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs and the People’s Commissar of War and was the founder and commander of the Red Army. He was also a founding member of the Politburo, the central policymaking and governing body of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Following a power struggle with Joseph Stalin in the 1920s, Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party and deported from the Soviet Union. Ramon Mercader assassinated Trotsky in Mexico in 1940. Trotsky’s ideas form the basis of the Communist theory of Trotskyism, which remains a major school of Marxist thought theoretically opposed to Stalinism and Maoism.

Source: Leon Trotsky

Okay that was a history lesson…..

Here Comes The “Shutdown” Again

September is quickly approaching and if you know you government then you will realize the the debt conversation is looming….and while it does so the whole subject of a “Shutdown” awaits this years debate.

Every year there is a back and forth over the debt and every year there is the rumblings of a governmental shutdown.  And every year it is Right versus Left in these deliberations.

Since the installing of this Trump person there seems to be some clear skies in DC…..some …wait for it……..something that has been missing for decades.

A bipartisan group of House members is working on a proposal to address the most urgent issue facing Congress when it returns in September: how to keep the government open and avoid the first-ever default on the nation’s debt.

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus are drafting proposals to present to the entire 43-member caucus when Congress returns after Labor Day, said caucus co-chairman Tom Reed, R-N.Y.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has warned congressional leaders that the government will run out of money to pay its bills by Sept. 29 unless lawmakers vote to raise the debt limit. Funding to keep the government open is set to expire two days later, on Oct. 1, unless Congress can agree on a spending deal during the approximately three weeks it will be in session in September.

Source: Bipartisan group of House members drafting proposal to avert shutdown, default

Is this the beginning of the return to bi-partisanship….the beginning of the Congress working together to solve out problems….or is it just a fluke?

Me? I believe that any bi-partisanship will be temporary….soon it will be beack to the “trench warfare” of American politics.

Standing On The Precipice

It has never been a secret that I am a staunch critic of all the wars that our presidents have thrown the nation into fighting.

Our leaders for the past few decades have bot been shy about throwing the US into a war….most times they could have not been fought but with the use of good propaganda they have convinced the population that those conflicts are absolutely necessary.

And a few of these “small wars” have turned into a national nightmare that has been fought for at least 16 years.

We have a new president and nothing has changed….all the chest thumping and the propaganda are once again in use…..against North Korea, Iran while others are just simmering…..waiting for the proper time to boil over.

Trump’s popularity is suffering a bit and what better way to get back into the good graces of the people?

Trump should be mindful that superficially limited military engagements have a nasty tendency to morph into honest-to-goodness full-blown wars.

President Donald Trump has struggled in his first six months on the job. His signature legislative goals—from Obamacare repeal to the border wall—are stuck in Congress. He has managed to push through some initiatives via executive action, but these have been thwarted or delayed by the courts.

Desperate for a win, the president may be tempted to initiate a war. After all, Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes against Syria in April won him praise and support—even from some of his harshest critics.

Source: Is America Standing On the Precipice of Another War? | The National Interest Blog

If the country is standing there waiting….maybe there is something our president should do before throwing the full weight of the military at a problem.

In a real war, nations or organized non-state actors square off against each other. A metaphorical war is like a real war — after all, that’s what a metaphor is, a way of saying that one thing is like something else — but the enemy isn’t a country or even a single group of Islamic jihadists. It’s some other kind of threat: a disease, a social problem, or in the case of the war on terror, an emotion.

Source: When All the World’s a War… | By Rebecca Gordon | Common Dreams

It is time for the country to demand an end to all these wars!  This country has invested more than enough of our children in the pursuit of war.