Saturday, June 22, 2019

Free-range parents let their kid play with fire and dangerous tools | New York Post

These parents are nuts.

Raise a glass at Belle City Biergarten

RACINE — What could be better than hanging out at a park looking out at Lake Michigan with friends and a beer in hand?
Not much.
That’s what Mayor Cory Mason toasted at the grand opening of the first Belle City Biergarten on Friday. Mason had just tapped a firkin — a small keg — of Lakefront Brewery’s Hazy Rabbit IPA, which is infused with peach puree and which on Friday was free to anyone with a glass.
Belle City Biergarten is a collaboration between the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Hop Heads Hospitality and Events, the vendor behind the Franksville Beer Garden.

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Megadeth - Washington Is Next!

White Aryan Resistance?


The War Between the States Continues in Civil War II:

Molon Labe

Europeans are either Communists or National Socialists. I have chosen
my side. Now...

Molon Labe.

AC/DC - Highway to Hell (Official Video)

Wolves v Sheep

"There lacks backbone and fiscal responsibility within the city"!

Not really - Cory Mason is a Blue Fisting Communist - he's shoving his
blue fist up City of Racine Taxpayers while providing overly generous
benefits - at taxpayers expense - to people of color and LGBT.

Wolves eat Sheep - that's what they do.

Sheep try to keep from being eaten.

The JT = "The Daily Wolf Howl" - the Sheep have grown tired - and no
longer subscribe.

Anonymous doesn't understand how The World works - your confusion is
readily explained explained that you operate on a different playing

A Ram can take down a Wolf - but the Wolf Pack can take down a Ram.

Rams are solitary - Wolves operate in Packs.


It is a lesson this Ram learned the hard way.

"Come Heavily Armed": Oregon Senator Threatens Violence As Governor Hunts Down Lawmakers

"The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon
State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they
committed to push forward," Brown said on Thursday, adding "As the
executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill
the Senate Democrats’ request."

(Of note, Oregon House Democrats once fled the capitol in 2001 for
five days over a redistricting proposal - which Brown said at the time
was "appropriate under the circumstances.)

Sen. Brian Boquist (R) didn't take too kindly to Brown's threat -
telling a reporter he was prepared for a bloody standoff if state
troopers show up for him. Boquist had previously told Brown that "hell
is coming to visit you personally" if she went forward with the

"Send bachelors, and come heavily armed; I’m not going to be a
political prisoner in the state of Oregon, it’s just that simple,"

Oregon state senator @BrianBoquistGOP said if R's walk out to stop
a vote on Cap and Trade and @OregonGovBrown sends state police to
bring him back, they should be single and well armed. Your take?
— Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) June 19, 2019

Meanwhile, Oregon's Senate President Peter Courtney's office told
ABC13 that each missing Senator was hit with a $500 fine on Friday,
which would continue daily until they vote on the legislation.

Republicans immediately pushed back.

"We will file legal action," said Sen. Tim Knopp, a Republican
from Bend who has said he has been in three states in the past three
days. "If they were trying to bring us back, threatening to arrest us
and impose fines isn't going to work."

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick said Republicans have no
legal recourse as the fine is explicitly written in statute. A
GoFundMe to cover the rogue lawmakers' expenses and fines raised
nearly $30,000 in less than a day. State ethics laws prohibit
officials from receiving gifts exceeding $50, so it's unclear whether
senators could access the money. -ABC13

State police, meanwhile, will have the ability to track down senators
and force them into a patrol car to return to the capitol, though the
agency promises to use "polite communication" and patience throughout
the process.

If Boquist starts shooting, we imagine that could change rapidly.

Open Blog - Weekend

Take it easy.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Refinery explosion and fire should drive up gasoline prices in some locations

Source: WCAU Philadelphia

Key Points
  • Gasoline futures jumped more than 3% after blasts at a Philadelphia refining complex, which represents 27% of East Coast refining capacity.
  • The impact on drivers is expected to be modest, unless the outage is extensive or the damage is more severe than expected.
  • Analysts said there could be immediate price jumps of about 5 cents per gallon in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • The head of a New Jersey gasoline buyers’ association says gasoline prices were already rising Thursday, as oil prices jumped on Iran tensions, and they could go as much as 10 cents higher at the wholesale level Friday night, due to the refinery fire.

On 4-3 vote, Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state's lame-duck laws limiting power of Democratic governor

Then-Judge Rebecca Bradley speaks at the state Capitol in Madison after being appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Gov. Scott Walker. (Photo: Associated Press)

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws Friday that limit the power of the state's new Democratic governor, handing Republicans a victory in one of several legal fights over the laws. 
Two other lawsuits over the lame-duck laws are ongoing. The state Supreme Court is considering one and a federal judge the other. 
In Friday's 4-3 decision, conservatives on the state's high court found lawmakers were allowed to bring themselves into session in December to trim the authority of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul just before they took office.
"The Wisconsin Constitution mandates that the Legislature meet 'at such time as shall be provided by law.' The Legislature did so," Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and Disability Rights Wisconsin in January sued over the lame-duck laws, arguing legislators had illegally approved them.

Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman (Vinyl)

Truer words have not been sung.

According to confidential sources . . .

According to confidential sources, the City of Racine and Timothy Thompkins have come to a termination  agreement with a substantial payout attached. He fails the preliminary drug test and the city hires him anyway.

This is the kind of  bullshit that happens at City Hall and we never hear about it.

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you have enjoyed your week. I know the weeks seem to be going by quick or it is just me. Here are your questions.

1) What are you looking forward to in the summer?

2) What is the best thing you remember you have done in the summer?

3) Is summer your favorite season?

4) Do you cookout in the summer?

Have a great weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Yahoo, it's finally here!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, have documented the prevalence of bone spurs at the back of the skull among young adults.

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live - how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this.
What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit.
New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls - bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.
The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck.

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Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes walks away from interview

Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

CreditCreditWilfredo Lee/Associated Press

MIAMI — The leaders of Riviera Beach, Fla., looking weary, met quietly this week for an extraordinary vote to pay nearly $600,000 in ransom to hackers who paralyzed the city’s computer systems.
Riviera Beach, a small city of about 35,000 people just north of West Palm Beach, became the latest government to be crippled by ransomware attacks that have successfully extorted municipalities and forced them to dig into public coffers to restore their networks. A similar breach recently cost Baltimore $18 million to repair damages.
Even large cities, however, have had to pay smaller ransoms than Riviera Beach. On Monday, the City Council unanimously agreed to have its insurance carrier pay the hackers 65 Bitcoin, a hard-to-trace digital currency, amounting to about $592,000. By making the payment, the City Council hopes to regain access to data encrypted in the cyberattack three weeks ago, though there is no guarantee the hackers will release the data once payment is received.
Rose Anne Brown, a city spokeswoman, said on Wednesday that Riviera Beach was working with law enforcement, which does not typically endorse making ransom payments, and with security consultants, who sometimes do as a way for their clients to recoup years of valuable information.

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

CHICAGO (AP) — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows.
Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That's from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3% in 2002-03.

Some studies have linked marijuana use during pregnancy with increased chances of premature birth and low birthweight. Animal studies have linked high doses early in pregnancy with fetal brain abnormalities, but whether typical use in humans poses similar risks is unknown, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
"Because we don't know exactly how harmful it is, it's better to err on the side of caution," said Volkow, one of the authors of the government study. Marijuana use during pregnancy "is not worth the risk," she said Tuesday.

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Survey Sees Biggest US Honeybee Winter Die-Off Yet

In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, a man holds a frame removed from a hive box covered with honey bees in Lansing, Mich. According to the results of an annual survey of beekeepers released on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, winter hit America’s honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed.
The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss.
The survey of nearly 4,700 beekeepers managing more than 300,000 colonies goes back 13 years and is conducted by bee experts at the University of Maryland, Auburn University and several other colleges.
Beekeepers had been seeing fewer winter colony losses in recent years until now, said Maryland's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the bee partnership and co-author of Wednesday's survey.
"The fact that we suddenly had the worst winter we've had ... is troubling," vanEngelsdorp said.
Some bees usually die over winter, but until the past couple decades, when a combination of problems struck colonies, losses rarely exceeded 10%, he said.
Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. food crops. One-third of the human diet comes from pollinators, including native wild bees and other animals, many of which are also in trouble, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"We should be concerned on multiple levels," said University of California, Berkeley, agricultural social scientist Jennie Durant, who has a separate study this week on loss of food supply for bees.
Year-to-year bee colony losses, which include calculations for summer, were 40.7%, higher than normal, but not a record high, the survey found.
"The beekeepers are working harder than ever to manage colonies but we still lose 40-50% each year... unacceptable," Swiss bee expert Jeff Pettis, who wasn't part of the survey, said in an email.

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Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo will become the 23rd poet laureate of the United States, making her the first Native American to hold the position.
Shawn Miller/Library of Congress

Poet, writer and musician Joy Harjo — a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation — often draws on Native American stories, languages and myths. But she says that she's not self-consciously trying to bring that material into her work. If anything, it's the other way around.

"I think the culture is bringing me into it with poetry — that it's part of me," Harjo says in an interview with NPR's Lynn Neary. "I don't think about it ... And so it doesn't necessarily become a self-conscious thing — it's just there ... When you grow up as a person in your culture, you have your culture and you're in it, but you're also in this American culture, and that's another layer."

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10 Facts You Never Knew About Death Row

Open Blog - Thursday

Have a great every day.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

La Crosse Tribune laying off 20 employees

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Tribune Newspaper is laying off 20 people as it transfers printing operations to Madison.
A letter from parent company Lee Enterprises says the layoffs are permanent.
The affected employees work in the printing production department.
The layoffs begin August 10th.

Fiery semi explosion closes Interstate 94 in Racine County; at least two killed, multiple injured

At least two people were killed Wednesday when a semi jumped the median, fell from the freeway and exploded, closing one of the state's busiest roadways for hours.
Investigators from the Racine County Medical Examiner's Office were dispatched to the fiery crash that has closed all northbound and southbound lanes on I-94 at County K near Mount Pleasant.
Two people were killed and "multiple people" were injured in the crash, according to Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne.  
A WTMJ-TV photographer who witnessed the crash told the Associated Press that the semi jumped the median on I-94 near Highway 20 in Caledonia about 11 a.m., caught fire and exploded. The photographer says at least two other vehicles were set on fire.
The first emergency units dispatched to the scene reported seeing a heavy cloud of black smoke but radioed to dispatchers that they were having trouble reaching the scene because of gridlocked traffic, according to emergency radio traffic.
“We have multiple victims here right now that need help,” an officer who reached the scene reported to dispatchers.
"They were going southbound. We have multiple vehicles in flames. We're still assessing how many victims we've got," another officer radioed to dispatchers.  
"I have one victim with severe burns to his arm and his head," a rescuer radioed to dispatchers.
The freeway, one of the busiest in the state, was completely closed for hours and surface roads in the area were crowded as well as motorists found their way off the freeway.
While the DOT had not announced the reopening of southbound lanes, traffic did appear to be moving south as of 3 p.m.
At 1 p.m. Oak Creek police, who were closing the southbound lanes at Ryan Rd., reported a 4-car accident southbound at Drexel, adding to the problems. 
One victim was taken to Froedtert Hospital, according to a spokesperson there, but they were not expecting more patients.
Another victim was taken to Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, which is home to the regional burn Center.
Flight for Life, the regional emergency medical helicopter was called to the scene but could not fly because of bad weather conditions, said Tammy Chatman, a public information officer for the service. 
The organization sent one of its ground units, which has the same capabilities as the helicopter, Chatman said.  
Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center has been placed on alert for the  I-94 accident but were not able to comment on the situation.
Racine-based South Shore Consolidated Fire Department has sent paramedics and at least one ambulance to the scene. 
The crash was reported about 11 a.m. and the highway was expected to be closed for more than two hours, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
 The interstate is completely closed from Highway 20 to Highway G and both the east and west frontage roads are closed, according to the Racine County Sheriff's Office, which said the crash involved multiple vehicles.
Southbound traffic is being directed to exit at Ryan Road, then west to US Highway 45, then south to Highway 20 and east back to I-94, according to the DOT.
Northbound traffic is to exit at Hwy 20, east to Hwy 31, north to Ryan Road and west back to I-94, according to the DOT.

Dear Madame Zoltar

I'm sorry, but I'm helping Mr. OrbsCorbs prepare for surgery.  His right leg will be operated on on Monday, June 24.  After that he should be able to dance on rooftops.  But he better not try.

Frozen Dreams: Russia's Arctic obsession

What does this hat mean to Americans? BBC News

Open Blog - Wednesday

Wednesday is named for Mercury.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Why We Win

Color me dubious

This Reddit analysis strikes me more as revolution porn than a revelation of actual government wargaming analysis, but nevertheless, it appears to be generally correct with regards to the essentials:
The United States Government has extensively studied the concept of second American Civil War. Their conclusion is as follows: They don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning. The moment civil war is declared, the government loses. No scenario or outcome ends in their success. Period. It’s just a matter of how long it takes.

A longer analysis will follow, but here are the salient points.

30% of the American population will actively revolt.

This alone is enormous and damning. Historically, you only need 10% of the population to actively participate in a rebellion to successfully overthrow the establishment: We only had 15% of the population actively attempting to throw out the British during the Revolutionary War; roughly 70% of what remained was neutral and simply stood by. By contrast, 30% of Americans in modern America would support a revolution to stop their own government if it happened tomorrow That’s how discontent the people are and how much the people don’t support the government.

The government would need infrastructure more than rebels would.

Already working with significant handicaps, the establishment would need electricity, access to the Internet, bridges, and airports to coordinate any active campaign against the rebellion. By contrast, the rebellion can work in the dark. Considering how easy it would be to sabotage US infrastructure, one of the first things the rebellion would do is collapse bridges, destroy, or seize power plants, and cover the Interstate in IEDs. This is relatively simple to accomplish, and it would inflict enormous damage on the establishment’s ability to restore order. It would also cost an enormous amount of time and effort to fix any sabotage, because the establishment would need to provide military protection to any workers attempting to rebuild, which is a drain their active fighting personnel resources that they could not afford.
It would certainly make for an interesting wargame design challenge. And it also is in harmony with what we know of the Clinton adminstration's study of the various militia groups and the government's inability to suppress them. As a general rule, there is very, very little that governments can do about 4GW insurrections; a government that lacks the ability to suppress illegal organizations such as MS-13 and the Gulf Cartel isn't going to be able to do much about ideological rebels either.


The Bride and Doom

From The Shepherd Express:

I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh man manischewitz what a world, ain’a? And about this summer solstice June 21, it’s a bad news/good news deal to me. Bad news: June 21 is the first—not the last—focking day of summer with way too many to follow, chock-packed with heat, stupidity, racket and bugs. Good news: The days become shorter as they say, so a couple, three more spins of the moon around the Earth and fall, with its more civilized seasonal sanity, will be upon us. And it can’t come soon enough, I kid you not.
So on account of my summertime blues, fock the essay this week. And since the Uptowner tavern/charm school is yet to open, I’m off to my favorite Webb’s. Come along if you want but you leave the tip, what the fock. Let’s get going.
Bea: Hey there Artie, what’s your pleasure?
Art: Hey Bea, how ’bout a nice cup of the blackest, thickest and cheapest of whatever you’re calling plain-old regular coffee today. And by thick, Bea, I mean you got to stick a fork in it to tell if it’s done or not.
Bea: You’re in luck, Artie. I just took some out of the oven right before you came in.
Art: So what do you hear, what do you know, Bea?
Bea: We had a nice couple stop in for their rehearsal breakfast earlier. They’re getting married tomorrow.
Art: Yeah yeah, June. Great month for brides, limo drivers and those goddamn DJs, ain’a? The one piece of advice I got for any young couple planning a catered affair is this: Live music is best.
Bea: It surely is, Artie.
Art: Anyways, I wish them the best of luck. It’s one thing to get married, but it’s not so easy staying married like it was years ago, no sir. Too many couples aren’t ready for the practical realities of the conjubial obligations of the marriage betrothing.
Bea: You may be right about that, Artie.
Art: Focking-A, Bea. I’m no expert but maybe they could help cut the divorce rate right from the get-go during the wedding vows for the husband groom, if in between when he says “to love, honor and obey” and “till death do us part,” he had to say, “and damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” You ever been married, Bea?
Bea: No Artie, can’t say that I have. And how about you?
Art: That would be a definite no, Bea. Not to say there haven’t been a couple, three possible future-ex Mrs. Art Kumbaleks come down the pike, but the thought of marriage can sure put the fear of the lord into a guy, and what do I need that kind of aggravation for?
Bea: Couldn’t tell you, Artie.
Art: Cripes, I already got the fear of the IRS, the fear of coming up with one more excuse for the landlord, the fear of running out of cigarettes when all the stores are closed—I sure as heck don’t need to be tossing the lord into that fearsome pot, what the fock.
Bea: I suppose not.
Art: ’Nother reason I never got married Bea, most of the ladies I know either have a pet or always wanted one, and that’s just too risky a proposition for a successful marriage.
Bea: Really, Artie.
Art: You bet, Bea. Let me tell you a little story. This gal I know was coming out of the donut shop on her way to work when she saw the strangest funeral procession heading to the cemetery. At the front was a long, black hearse followed by a second hearse. Following the second hearse was a solitary woman dressed all in black and walking a dog on a leash. Behind her were maybe 200 women walking in single file.
Bea: You don’t say.
Art: So my gal friend says to the woman walking the dog, “I’m sorry for your loss. I know it’s a bad time to disturb you, but I’ve never, ever seen a funeral like this. May I ask whom it’s for?” And the dog lady says, “The first hearse is for my husband. My dog attacked and killed him.”
My friend says, “I’m so sorry. But then who’s in the second hearse?” And the lady says, “My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my husband when the dog turned on her.” A moment passed and my friend asked, “Could I borrow that dog?” And the new widow said, “Get in line.”
Bea: Isn’t that something.
Art: That, it is. Anyways, I got to run, Bea. Thanks for the coffee and for letting me bend your ear there, Bea—utiful. See you the time that’s next.
Bea: My pleasure, Artie. Always nice getting talked at by you. Take care.
(It’s off to the Uptowner. And if I see you there, then you buy me one ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.


Yeah, we know it's been cold and rainy in Wisconsin. Blame the jet stream.

Before Wisconsinites start griping about this spring's unusually cold, wet weather – What? Too late? – know this: 
The reason why Wisconsin hasn't been hit with tornadoes, thunderstorms and floods plaguing other parts of middle America  is because of our cold, wet spring.
Sure, folks have had to wear winter coats to Little League games and polka dancers at Polish Fest bundled up last weekend. Youth soccer leagues have been rained out and farmers' crops are way behind.
It seems like spring never arrived and summer has so far been mostly a no-show. Aside from slugs, few Wisconsin inhabitants are happy about this.
It has been relatively cold and crummy this spring because of the jet stream flowing consistently out of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, which has created a trough of cold air over the Great Lakes, said Andy Boxell, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.
That has kept humid, warm air well south of Wisconsin.
"We've really just been on the persistently cool side of all the systems coming through," Boxell said. "All the storms coming through the Plains have gone to our south."

Open Blog - Tuesday

Don't get pinned down today.

Monday, June 17, 2019

A day of infamous deceit

As if there were still any remaining doubts, the evidence that FDR not only knew about the Pearl Harbor attack ahead of time, but actually connived at making it happen in order to get the USA in the war against Germany is conclusive:
A Second World War Navy radioman turned journalist, Robert Stinnett was in the National Archives in Belmont, California, researching a campaign-year picture book on George Bush’s South Pacific wartime navy career in aerial reconnaissance — George Bush: His World War II Years (Washington, D.C., Brassey’s, 1992) — and encountered unindexed duplicate copies of Pearl Harbor radio intercept records of Japanese Navy code transmissions — documentary evidence of what actually happened at Pearl Harbor and how it came about. After eight years of further research and a prolonged case at law under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain partial release of these materials, Stinson published Day of Deceit (2000). A Japanese translation appeared within a year, understandably.
Stinnett demonstrates, on the basis of extensive incontrovertible factual evidence and self-evidently accurate analysis that President Roosevelt oversaw the contrivance and deployment of a closely-guarded secret plan to goad the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor and monitor them while they did it. Stinnett hypothesizes that Roosevelt did this in order to precipitate an unwilling American public into supporting intervention in the Second World War, but whatever the motives or purposes, the facts are now abundantly clear. Stinnett establishes and proves his case with voluminous documentary evidence, including forty-seven pages of Appendices presenting photographic reproductions of key official records, as well as numerous others reproduced in the body of the text, and 65 pages of closely detailed reference notes. This evidence proves Stinnett’s factual assertions, arguments and conclusions. His research files and notes are deposited at the Hoover Institute library at Stanford. Day of Deceit is exemplary documentary historiography. It presents the material testimony on which its analysis and conclusions are based. Its validity will be clear to any fair-minded reader. Stinnett’s book settles and resolves rational, candid, honest, fact-based discussion and debate about the background of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As Stinnett shows, the plan that eventuated in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was set in motion in early October 1940 based on an “eight-action memo, dated October 7, 1940 … by Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Navy Intelligence.”
At this point it should be abundantly clear to every historically aware individual that absolutely no single incident should ever be regarded as a legitimate justification for war by the American public, considering the way in which the US government regularly engages in fraud and deception in order to manipulate public opinion whenever it wants to go to war with a foreign state.
And note that the author served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He clearly isn't an anti-military fantasist with an axe to grind.

Open Blog - Monday

Oh boy, a green doughnut.