What The Hell Is A Democratic Socialist?

What I said.

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It  has suddenly become fashionable among the left wing of the Democratic Party to attach “Socialist” to their political moniker, perhaps in the vain hope it will make their brand of benign political extremism more palatable than Donald Trump’s populist tripe. Very nuovo chic indeed!

Self-described benevolent Democratic Socialists like New York’s newly elected Rep.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and veteran Vermont campaigner Sen.  Bernard “Bernie” Sanders are the most prominent of this breed. They advocate “free” higher education, medical care, and mandated social and economic reforms.  How to pay for all that munificence remains to be discovered. The nation is $22 trillion in debt.

Sanders, the junior United States senator from Vermont since 2007, is the longest serving independent in the Senate. He got that way keeping his socialist message behind mainstream Democratic demands for social and economic justice.

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez now say everything necessary for an upwardly mobile life…

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The Trump Dump: All Hail King Pyrrhus

A pyrrhic victory is better than none in Trumplandia

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Any victory Trump might claim in a trade war with China will also come with heavy losses.

Someone needs to introduce Donald Trump to the phrase Pyrrhic Victory.

Trump claims victory in his government-paralyzing Wall tantrum. In truth, he gets no Wall and $3 billion less in congressional funding than he could have had a few months ago. That “victory” comes at a cost of many more billions in a month-long hamstrung economy and a significant decline in approval ratings, both for himself and his party.

So too did Trump claim victory in improving US-North Korean relations. His “victory:” Kim  has increased his missile-building since the summit that put his tin-horn dictatorship on equal footing with the United States.

Now Trump is about to claim another victory with China, one that will earn him undeserved popularity and fuel his pompous pronouncements for months. The cost of this “victory” will be…

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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

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