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Pearl Harbor Day.

wheeler_field_pearl_harbor-2Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which launched the United States into World War II. It is not that we like remembering the devastation, the death and injuries that this attack caused, but rather we remember the sacrifices of the men and women during that period of time to keep us a free nation.

Even more importantly, we remember that there are people and countries who seek to end the United States and the freedoms we enjoy. It can be argued that in many ways, the US was caught with its pants down on December 7, 1941, but it is never the getting knocked down that matters.

What matters is how you get back up.

Today there are enemies of the US who seek to kill our nation, our freedoms, and our people. We should meet them with the same resolve that came out of the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago today.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.


Racial Incident That Sparked Outrage At The Air Force Academy Found To Be A Hoax.

In late September, there was an alleged racial incident at the US Air Force Preparatory School. Five black students found racially charged writing on the message boards outside of their rooms.

The Prep School is on the ground of the Air Force Academy and it is designed to help prepare people to enter into the Air Force Academy itself.

After the incidents were reported, the head of the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, had some strong words concerning what had happened:

In a five-minute address in front of the academy’s 4,000 cadets and 1,500 staff members, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria affirmed the Air Force’s belief in “the power of diversity” and insisted that “small thinking and horrible ideas” had no place there.

He was responding to racial slurs that were found on the dormitory message boards of five black students at a preparatory school on the academy’s campus on Monday, said the academy, which is investigating.

“If you’re outraged by those words then you’re in the right place,” General Silveria said. “You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect–then you need to get out.”-Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, Superintendent @AF_Academy
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) Sept. 28, 2017

He then explicitly linked the discovery of the slurs to events like the demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists marched with torches in August, and Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer in 2014 set off protests across the country. He said that these events formed a backdrop that had to be addressed, and that to think otherwise would be “tone deaf.”

After calling for a civil discourse, he spoke of the power of various forms of diversity, evoking “the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, we come from all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringing.”

He added: “This is our institution and no one can take away our values. No one can write on a board and question our values.”

We hope those values include a strong stand against lying and false allegations as the incidents have been found to be false.


Your Body Is Amazing.

This is why your body is INCREDIBLE!


Bernie Vs. Ted. Ted Wins By Knockout.

The other day, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders got together for a debate on tax proposals.

Unfortunately for Bernie Sanders, he was debating a really smart, intelligent guy. Cruz just schooled him.

It is just brutal to watch Cruz stand there and eviscerate Sanders who is clearly uncomfortable at his lack of knowledge. Oh, Sanders will still cling to the idea that people need to be taxed more and only the government can spend money correctly, but he’ll never forget the night Cruz took him to the intellectual woodshed.


Are You Anxious?

This is rather interesting….

And in case you are interested, a companion video on dealing with anxiety can be found here.


How to Fit A Full Outfit Into Your Socks – The Skivvy Roll.

This may have been more timely before people started bugging out for Irma, but it is still cool.

The ability to fit a full outfit into your socks is useful for travellers, hikers and anyone going on an overnight trip that can’t be bothered to pack a bag. And it could even be used to pack more outfits in a smaller suitcase for longer trips.


If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism.

Interesting take on the subject by the Prager University.

Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent? How did that happen? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains.


Who Does A $15 Minimum Wage Help?

From Prager University:

Would a nationwide $15 minimum wage help or hurt American workers? Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., explains.


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