Time heals old wounds . . . unless they’ve turned gangrenous

Time too quite drinking the milk of Trumpian kindness.

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A self-imposed exile from the machinations of Donald Trump is a good thing. It is like spraying Febreze Clean Linen scent inside your skull until the rotten stench is completely covered. Two weeks wasn’t long enough to fully enjoy it, but it is a start.

A real exile from Trump means no cable news, newspapers, Facebook memes and rants, not answering taunts and jibes and no light-hearted political discussion with the neighbors.

Netflix is a good hiding place. A more extreme alternative is Devotional Hour with Sister Marie, the wizened old nun who provides solace on a local Catholic television show. Five minutes cured everything. Even with great alternatives available, actually weaning oneself off the Trumpian titty is like quitting smoking without a nicotine patch. His nefarious influence is everywhere.

Perhaps the most revealing thing about such an experience is discovering that people who must work every day to…

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The Death of Admiral Yamamoto April 18, 1943 Was Kept Secret For Months

On April 17, 1943  American intelligence officers determined that on April 18 Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was to be at the Ballale airstrip just off Bougainville Island in the southwest Pacific Ocean at precisely 9:45 am on a fact-finding and morale visit to the critical Japanese supply hub.

See the source imageA life-long sea dog and battling warrior, the Harvard educated, urbane Yamamoto was the architect of Japan’s successful offensive war in 1942 that drove the Americans and Europeans out of the so-called Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere that encompassed the rimlands of Asia.                                                                             Mitsubishi G4M “Betty” bomber                          

By 1943 American industrial might and overwhelming population advantage combined with a burning vengeance to literally exterminate the Japanese for its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor began grinding Nippon’s military machine into impotence. Yamamoto was depended upon in Japan to fix it.

The same morning Yamamoto took off on his final flight 18 Bell P-38 “Lightning ” twin-engined fighter planes from the 339th Fighter Sqdn. flew 427 miles, the longest interception mission to date in the Pacific War,  to kill him.

Legend has it Yamamoto was found in an upholstered seat after being ejected from the bomber after it crashed into the jungle, his body landing under a tree upright and still clutching his samurai sword. He reportedly sustained three bullets wounds, including one that entered his jaw and came out his right eye.

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Yamamoto’s G4M “Betty” Bomber years after it crashed in the Bougainville jungle. 

Months later in the United States, in order to cover up the fact that the Allies were reading Japanese codes, American news agencies were told that civilian coastwatchers in the Solomons observed Yamamoto boarding a bomber and relayed the information by radio to American naval forces in the immediate area. This conveyed to the Japanese military that it was only through a stroke of luck that the Americans carried out the successful attack.

On June 20, 1943 the Associated Press ran a story around the world about the “hottest” unnamed fighter squadron in the Pacific war. No mention was made of its accomplishments. it simply listed the names of the pilots on the unit. Two names, Lt. R.T. Barber and Capt. T.G. Lanphier are particularly significant. They were the pilots credited with shooting down and killing Japan’s greatest military leader. The Japanese never won another battle after his death.  Below is the picture and cutline that appeared in in the St. Louis Globe Democrat and hundreds of other newspapers with the original date stamp visible on the copy.  The American public had still not been told about his death to prevent the Japanese from even consider that the U.S. had broken the most secret Japanese codes to learn of Yamamoto’s classified itinerary.

Barber and Lanphier feuded for the rest of their lives over who actually shot Yamamoto’s plane down.Yamamoto shooters

Hottest sqdn Yamamoto

 

 

 

Trumplandia: Jan. 19 — 26, 2019

Good one

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Pulling Away the Ol’ Pigskin Edition

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APPROVAL ALERT AT PRESS TIME:
FiveThirtyEight Poll: 39.3% — percentage points lower than last week
Rasmussen Poll: 45% — same as last week

Welcome to Trumplandia, a place where with a bit of wit and snark, we keep the world caught up on all of the tasty Nuggets-O-Trump you may have heard about but were too busy to care. Because most of this minutia occurs just below the massive headlines about the POTUS, it’s in a land of its own. Here, an infusion of social media, video clips and print media meld with our outdated political views to make more delicious “Fake News” about our Commander-in-Chief.

So just like the president, we start it all with a little tweet like this:

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The toddler-in-chief gets a time out

In the corner now🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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Finally!

Just like any other mature (and sane) adult dealing with a spoiled, tantrum-throwing toddler, Nancy Pelosi was finally able to put Donald Trump in the timeout corner. It’s long overdue and well-deserved.

It wasn’t that hard, either. Basically, Nancy stood up to the man-child. When she said “no,” she meant “no.” You know, kind of like when our parents disciplined us before all the new rules of parenting sprouted up, along with the kiddie kale smoothies and organic cotton burp sheets. Democrats just need to stand their ground and let this giant orange baby cry about his damned wall. Ignore him, he’ll stop soon enough.

It will be interesting to see how things play out. Trump knows about as much as we do when it comes to Congress, and his ignorance shined through this past week. He might not even realize that he didn’t win. Or maybe he was…

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The Donald’s ‘Cowboys’ Include Doctors and Lawyers and Such

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Editor’s note: The conversations featured here are the product of the author’s memory, with the intent of preserving long-held friendships with people he hopes will regain their mental equilibrium once The Donald and his cohorts vacate the White House.

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They didn’t grow up to be cowboys, thanks in large part to their mamas. They were doctors and lawyers and such, as Waylon and Willie sang about decades ago. Others were once bankers or government workers in some of the more difficult administrative jobs on the federal, state and local level.

These are my friends and family members from more than 50 years spent grinding out a paycheck in stops ranging from Delaware to Texas. People I grew to respect for many reasons as we confronted the challenges of making ends meet, raising and supporting families, and finding time to share a few beach encounters along the way…

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Is Ellen the anti-Trump?

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Ellen DeGeneres, left, with wife Portia de Rossi. — Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

A year-old tweet by Eric Trump has recently made the rounds on Facebook for some reason. In it, he posited that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the “Deep State” that is looking to overthrow his father’s administration.

It seems he drew this conclusion when Twitter suggested that he follow DeGeneres, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In true conspiracy-theory fashion, Eric sussed out a connection.

DeGeneres, of course, denied it, calling Eric’s accusation “the craziest thing” on her syndicated talk show. But maybe it’s not as crazy as it seems. Oh, she seems genial and harmless enough, and you’d think the talk show host/comedian would be busy enough without having the time to plot a coup.

But think about it: Ellen just might be the anti-Trump. She’s a liberal and a lesbian, two things that Trump’s base abhors. But apart from that…

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Marsha Still Hates His Lips

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For Trump, tonight’s address to the nation was about everything but a wall. For the Democrats it was about obstinance, unreasonableness and lying. What it wasn’t about was a flat rejection by either side for the proposals of the other.

Somebody really smart got to Trump. He is too pig headed to listen to people who know more about many things than he does otherwise. The fact that he mentioned the so-called “Wall” last, after a recitation of horrors designed to set the mood, suggests he is ready to abandon his lost cause by transforming it into another manufactured crisis waiting in the wings.

The Dems, on the other hand, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) so somber at the podium, looked like they were offering a requiem for a pathetic soul who had died unloved and soon to be forgotten in their…

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Being a bonehead doesn’t make you a general

Thoughts on Mattis

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James Mattis, a retired general.

Whether or not one agrees that Mr. Trump is a moron, nobody is arguing that he isn’t a bonehead.

There is a distinction. A moron has no control over his impulses, fails to comprehend the simplest principles, offers loyalty only to himself. A bonehead, on the other, hand simply ignores the learned advice of his betters because a bonehead is by nature an arrogant asshole.

Donald Trump, bonehead and commander in chief.

In the instant case, Captain Bone Spurs Trump, leader of the armies of totalitarian democracy, thinks he knows more about the brittle, always dynamic Middle East and Syria than Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. McGurk authored the war-fighting policies in the region and Mattis’ generals implemented them.

Mattis rose to fame crushing Al-Qaeda in Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004…

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Trumplandia: Dec. 15 — 22, 2018

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A Christmas Carol Edition

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APPROVAL ALERT AT PRESS TIME:
Gallup Poll: 38% — down from 40% last week
Rasmussen Poll: 49% — up from 48% last week

Welcome to Trumplandia, a place where with a bit of wit and snark, we keep the world caught up on all of the tasty Nuggets-O-Trump you may have heard about but were too busy to care. Because most of this minutia occurs just below the massive headlines about the POTUS, it’s in a land of its own. Here, an infusion of social media, video clips and print media meld with our outdated political views to make more delicious “Fake News” about our Commander-in-Chief.

So just like the president, we start it all with a little tweet like this:

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Death on the Border

So sad, So unnecessary

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— Glenn Redus/The Shinbone Star

Like many Americans, I don’t know a lot about Guatemala. Of course there’s this fine cup of coffee I’m sipping, freshly ground beans from Guatemala that had less trouble crossing the border than some 7-year-old girl who had to die to get my attention.

Fact is, I don’t know a lot about Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica nor any other spot in Central America that most of us north of the Rio Grande couldn’t correctly label on a geography quiz.

I’m pretty sure Donald Trump and his disciples have labeled them all “shithole countries,” but beyond that, I don’t have much knowledge other than the apparent need for a big, beautiful wall to keep people like Jakelin Caal and her “irresponsible,” father out.

A couple of days ago on one of the Sunday morning news shows, I watched as White House Senior Policy Adviser…

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