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Nagasaki_peace_garden_pointing_statueAn amazing story by an acquaintance of  mine.  Lafayette Political Buzz Examiner Ken LaRive

In the spring of 1970 the carrier USS Kitty Hawk pulled into the port of Sasabo Japan. I was one of about two thousand Navy service men standing at parade rest as we pulled into slip. I didn’t know it at the time, but we did this as a sign of respect.

We were explained a lot while at sea, more than any other port. Or relationship with Japan is complicated. There were discussions on our ship’s closed circuit TV, and a variety of mandatory general briefings went on for weeks before we arrived. Among a lot of information, we were told that no nuclear carriers were allowed to dock, that no civilian clothing would be allowed on shore leave, that we were to be on our best behavior, and that any breach of conduct would be dealt with harshly.

My two best friends, Al Moore and Gary Hammitt, both four by six, had already made two West Pac tours. They knew the ropes, and had been to Japan twice before. In the chow hall we discussed where to go, deciding to give one of our three days to the village of Nagasaki. We would stay in a quaint bed and breakfast next to a “hotsie bath”, close to ground zero. It was the place where we had dropped the second nuclear bomb less then thirty years before. These gardens and museum we planned to see stood at the very epicenter.

1970 is thirty four years ago. At the time it had been just twenty-six years since the bomb. I thought 26 years was an awful long time back then, as my first 20 years had crawled by slowly.

In dress blues, spit polished shoes, and zippered haircuts, we made it through the gambit of old Chiefs and Petty Officers looking for any excuse to turn us around. We all slid through, and with a practiced and proper salute of the ensign we walked the aft plank to a very busy peer, and a bright spring day.

Pea Coats slung over our shoulders, and swinging our overnight bags, we made our way to the Base Exchange where our rental car waited. Past the jar head guards who gave us a final look-over, we were out of the gate and on the road, free at last. Gary’s international driver’s license had again come in handy.

There were fields of flowering fruit trees, and amazing rice paddies built on steps into the hills. Colorful pagodas, brightly painted bridges over clear swift moving streams, and elaborate manicured flower gardens were an artist’s dream. Hanging baskets were everywhere, holding delicate clusters of every conceivable color.

In three hours we were on the outskirts of this famed city of Nagasaki. If I hadn’t known, I would never have guessed this city had been completely razed. It was beautiful. Industry, suburbs, open shops, electric train stations, children flying silk kites, new American and Japanese cars mixed with hundreds of bicycles, all blended so as to dazzle the senses. We stopped for lunch and I had Sukiyaki for the first time, eating everything but the raw egg in the middle. I was mesmerized.

By early noon we pulled into the Atomic Park, and though I can truly say that most of this trip is now a blur or forgotten, there are some things that will never leave my mind.

There, before the six-story museum was a giant statue of a muscle man, the “Statue of Peace.” Under it was carved in several languages: “Beware! It comes from the sky, it will level the earth.” One of his strong arms was pointing to the heavens, and it is said that the tip of his finger is where the bomb blew up. His other arm is outstretched to show destruction.

Each floor in the museum is dedicated to some aspect of this horror. One floor showed nothing but burn victims, that was 90% of the deaths here. Trying to separate skin from clothing was the hardest part, but I’ll spare you the ghastly details. I couldn’t stay but for a moment on the floor of genetic abnormalities, the next generation.

One floor had thousands of everyday objects displayed, showing the strange effect that the bomb’s intense heat had on them. Four bottles of wine melted together with the corks and liquid still intact, half of an iron melted down a mantle in its own molten puddle, bubble blisters of metal and glass that was once a car, and the strangest picture that haunts me even as I write this… With high resolution color film a photographer took a picture of a charred wall. It was blown up to its original size, and the charred ivy that covered the wall was jet black. But there, to the side, was a vivid silhouette of healthy fresh ivy, untouched by the flash of heat. It was the body of a man holding the hand of a child that stood before that wall, saving that area from the burn. I could almost see them, her little dress, his hat, her thin arm and her hand in his, could all be seen. It was a moment frozen in horror. I stood before that wall for a long time, and the gravity of what this all was hit home.

It was the morning of August 9, 1945. At 07:50 Japanese time an air raid sounded. Soon after, at 08:30, an all clear signal was given. At 10:53 two B-29 super-fortresses were sighted, but officials gave no alarm thinking that these planes were just another reconnaissance. It didn’t matter, as no alarm would have made the slightest difference. No one expected anything like this. A few moments later one of the B-29s dropped a bundle of instruments attached to three parachutes. At 11:02 the other plane dropped a large object set to detonate a few hundred feet above the ground, for full effect. At the point of this muscle man’s finger an atomic bomb exploded.

Captain F.l. Ashworth, U.S.N. was in technical command of this mission. He watched as the bomb detonated above the valley of Nagasaki. He wrote: “The bomb burst with a blinding flash and a huge column of black smoke swirled up toward us. Out of this column of smoke there boiled a great swirling mushroom of gray smoke, luminous with red, flashing flame, that reached 40,000 feet in less than 8 minutes. Below through the clouds we could see the pall of black smoke ringed with fire that covered what had been the industrial area of Nagasaki.”

nagasaki-0774,000 people were dead in that flash of light, and 75,000 burn victims screamed into the afternoon, into the weeks, the years ahead. 95% of all injuries died from burns.

This bomb had the equivalent of 20,000 tons of T.N.T. To give you some idea of what power we are talking about, it takes just on pound of T.N.T. to raise 36 lbs. of water from freezing to boiling. A nuclear fission equivalent pound of uranium would produce the same temperature rise of 200 million pounds of water.

Radiation comes in many forms. Initially, heat radiation traveling at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, promotes wavelengths all the way to gamma rays, shorter than even an x-ray. This radiation comes in two bursts. The first lasts just 3 milliseconds of ultra-violet radiation, destroying all life within reach. The second lasted for about three seconds, 90% of the total light, and able to raise the temperature of skin by 50 degrees.

At the beginning of WW2 the bombing of civilians was not even considered. We were desperate for a closure, and desperation seeks desperate action. Though we can justify our actions, we should all realize what actually happened, and try everything within our power to see that it doesn’t happen again.

We met up later on the huge colonnade before the Statue of Peace. Close by is a little obscure hill that is the actual ashes of those who died that awful day. It is covered in flowers.

Busses of school children loaded and unloaded on a large turn around next to the parking lot. They walked holding hands and smiling, in clean pressed uniforms. Suddenly I was surrounded by a group holding out little scraps of paper and pencils. They wanted a sample of our writing. Our squiggly lines fascinated them, as their open smiles fascinated me. The adults were just as friendly, and I wondered what was in their hearts. I wrote down my name many times, and gave it to little soft hands reaching up to me. Suddenly they were loading up the bus and waving goodbye. I saw that little girl on the wall …I still do.

I think back on this with the same wonder, and a bit of regret too. I wish I had not put my name on those tiny pieces of paper, but had written the words “Love and Peace” instead.

 
 
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  • jj solari

    The Muslims or the Russians or the Chinese or the Koreans will be sending some of those our way eventually. Obama will likely be in Fiji waiting-out the fires and the screaming, toasting his world-wide friends on a job well done.

  • 98ZJUSMC

    I visited Peace Park in Hiroshima when I was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni some years ago. A very sobering experience for a young lad. As at Atomic Park, there are the skeletal remains of a building denoting ground zero. I remember looking at that for a very long time, reflecting on its melancholy, ghostly presence. Unless you have an historical perspective, it would be very esay to come away from an experience like that with a hatred of those who commited such an event. It would also be wrong.

    In the recurring debate on the legitimacy of dropping the atomic bomb, the somewhat popular notion is to completely blame the US. The Japanese, who I have an immense fondness for, were ready to surrender, it was just a matter of time, they were more frightened of the Soviets invading, etc. This is pure leftist revisionism. One only needs to explore accurate historical account of the incredible horror that was the conventional Pacific campaign. The brutality of the War in the Pacific was unmatched by anything in any other theater in the conflict. Taken on scale, the casualty figures will bear this out. This includes the very brutal Eastern Front in Europe.

    Even before the amphibious operations at Iwo and Okinawa, a very real debate was occuring, as to the willingness of the American people to accept the certain casualty figures that would have assuredly occured with an invasion of the home islands of Japan. The figures, at the time, reach up to a million or more. What is not often accounted for and, this is where the leftist argument completely falls apart, is the absolute destruction and the casualties that would have been inflicted on the Japanese populace. I put forward that, the dropping of the bombs saved millions of Japanese lives and saved the country from an utter and complete ruin never seen before. There would have been very little of Japanese society, industry or even culture to survive to rebuid again.

    Strange, is it not that, dropping the bombs was actually the humane thing to do.

  • 98ZJUSMC

    I visited Peace Park in Hiroshima when I was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni some years ago. A very sobering experience for a young lad. As at Atomic Park, there are the skeletal remains of a building denoting ground zero. I remember looking at that for a very long time, reflecting on its melancholy, ghostly presence. Unless you have an historical perspective, it would be very esay to come away from an experience like that with a hatred of those who commited such an event. It would also be wrong.

    In the recurring debate on the legitimacy of dropping the atomic bomb, the somewhat popular notion is to completely blame the US. The Japanese, who I have an immense fondness for, were ready to surrender, it was just a matter of time, they were more frightened of the Soviets invading, etc. This is pure leftist revisionism. One only needs to explore accurate historical account of the incredible horror that was the conventional Pacific campaign. The brutality of the War in the Pacific was unmatched by anything in any other theater in the conflict. Taken on scale, the casualty figures will bear this out. This includes the very brutal Eastern Front in Europe.

    Even before the amphibious operations at Iwo and Okinawa, a very real debate was occuring as to the willingness of the American people to accept the certain casualty figures that would have assuredly occured with an invasion of the home islands of Japan. The figures, at the time, reach up to a million or more. What is not often accounted for and, this is where the leftist argument completely falls apart, is the absolute destruction and the casualties that would be inflicted on the Japanese populace. I put forward that, the dropping of the bombs saved millions of Japanese lives and saved the country from utter and complete ruin. There would have been very little of Japanese society, industry or even culture to survive to rebuid again.

    Strange, is it not that, dropping the bombs was actually the humane thing to do.

  • 98ZJUSMC

    Are comments moderated here, Kevin?

  • 98ZJUSMC

    visited Peace Park in Hiroshima when I was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni some years ago. A very sobering experience for a young lad. As at Atomic Park, there are the skeletal remains of a building denoting ground zero. I remember looking at that for a very long time, reflecting on its melancholy, ghostly presence. Unless you have an historical perspective, it would be very esay to come away from an experience like that with a hatred of those who commited such an event. It would also be wrong.

    In the recurring debate on the legitimacy of dropping the atomic bomb, the somewhat popular notion is to completely blame the US. The Japanese, who I have an immense fondness for, were ready to surrender, it was just a matter of time, they were more frightened of the Soviets invading, etc. This is pure leftist revisionism. One only needs to explore accurate historical account of the incredible horror that was the conventional Pacific campaign. The brutality of the War in the Pacific was unmatched by anything in any other theater in the conflict. Taken on scale, the casualty figures will bear this out. This includes the very brutal Eastern Front in Europe.

    Even before the amphibious operations at Iwo and Okinawa, a very real debate was occuring as to the willingness of the American people to accept the certain casualty figures that would have assuredly occured with an invasion of the home islands of Japan. The figures, at the time, reach up to a million or more. What is not often accounted for and, this is where the leftist argument completely falls apart, is the absolute destruction and the casualties that would be inflicted on the Japanese populace. I put forward that, the dropping of the bombs saved millions of Japanese lives and saved the country from utter and complete ruin. There would have been very little of Japanese society, industry or even culture to survive to rebuid again.

    Strange, is it not that, dropping the bombs was actually the humane thing to do.

  • 98ZJUSMC

    I visited Peace Park in Hiroshima when I was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni some years ago. A very sobering experience for a young lad. As at Atomic Park, there are the skeletal remains of a building denoting ground zero. I remember looking at that for a very long time, reflecting on its melancholy, ghostly presence. Unless you have an historical perspective, it would be very esay to come away from an experience like that with a hatred of those who commited such an event. It would also be wrong.

    Pt. 1

  • jj solari

    98zjusmc – hey if you’re a Marine don’t hold back. You’ll pro’bly get preferential treatment. you deserve it.

  • Janelle

    Thanks, Kevin, for this one!

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    @97ZJUSMC – To a degree. If people get out of hand like some Liberal trolls, then I just spank their racist butts and delete their comments. In the past few weeks things have gotten out of hand, and so I have implemented stricter policies. I don’t like profanity on my blog, and I will start deleting comments with those. But other than that, I want a free forum. I don’t expect everybody to agree just be cordial, or dang clever and witty!

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    Wow! Interesting to see it from the Japanese point of view. Thanks for posting this Kevin.

  • Richard

    Wow, Infiltrator. I think you’re the type that Kevin mentioned. Nice argument, by the way. No facts, no position, and most of all name calling. how does that Obama Kool-Aid taste, btw?

  • jj solari

    hi infiltrator!! you’re gonna be fun!!! AND you will learn how to be a more effective name-caller. which you need.

  • Janelle

    Sounds to me that what is needed here is a ‘Badger, king of the in-sink-er-ators’. Bones, peels, chicken skin, corn silk……… no matter. Garbage in and garbage out.

  • jj solari

    I can only speak for myself, honey. Interested?

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    Infiltrator-What do you think about the Japanese perspective on Nagasaki?

  • jj solari

    Hey, Schurmann HAHAHA infiltraitor is just here for the beefcake. he aint here to discuss anything that takes place outside the aids clinic. HAHAHAHAHA he probly thinks nagasaki is a japanese mickey to get male prostitutes in tokyo drunk. “Oh! Yu put prenty naga in infirtraitor’s saki, he likee man-ruv velly much!!”

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    Folks, don’t sweat the trolls. That is GREAT news! The word is out, and this blog is apparently making a difference. I have deleted their comments, and I suggest you guys ignore them. Comment ON the blog, not on those monkeys! Personally I find them entertaining, and am thoroughly enjoying using my control to delete them.

    I am being followed by HuffPo, and the last thing racist Liberals want is a black man escaping the plantation! Problem is, I’m the fricking SHERIFF “up in here!” At BEST, their comments will last a few hours.

    They were emailing me, but I put their emails in “infinite loops”, so when they emailed me, I never saw it, and the messages were just returned to them over and over!

    They would like nothing more than to silence me, and by chasing you guys away, they think they succeed. Disregard them, and I will deal with them with the “delete” button from now on!

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    JJ thats some funny stuff. I just asked him a serious question to get rid of him. He’s probably trying to figure out what perspective means.HaHAHA.

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Mick

    Gee. I missed Infiltrator. He must have been deleted.

    Have a comment on Obama and his two trips to Copenhagen. Guess his leader of the world attitude is turning into a big joke because he failed when he went there as community organizer for the olympics and once again today as it relates to China’s participation in global warming. They best watch their P’s and Q’s with China because all China has to do is call in all their outstanding paper and that would all but put this country into bankruptcy.

    While on bankruptcy Obama told us we had to pass his stimulus package to keep unemployment under 8%. Well, they passed it and unemployment reached double digits. The other day Obama said if his health care package isn’t passed it will cause us to enter bankruptcy. Here we go again.

    On health care it will cost just under 900 billion over 10 years according to Harry Reid. But, they have used creative accounting to keep it under 900 billion by using 10 years for revenue sources and only 6 years for disbursements or expenses. And they still outspend by 900 billion.

    Simply stated our president and his administration and advisors are lacking financial common sense. Not one of them have had any business experience. But, they have a new stimulus package that will be for the purpose of repairing infrastructure. After these 3 to 6 month projects are completed the part-time people added will be back in the unemployment line. No new jobs paving roads or repairing bridges created full-time jobs. All were part-time and length is/was time certain.

  • jj solari

    i’ll do what you say Kev. but i aint gonna like it. i dont have to LIKE it, do I?

  • jj solari

    Having been alive during that war, WW2, the United States was a different sort of a place. We got ourselves involved in the European front because Churchill was a lot smarter and cleverer than Roosevelt, and we got ourselves involved in the Asian front because we were attacked. In those days when the United States was attacked there was a sense of – what would you call it – vengeance. It was a matter of “sending a message,” as is the exhausting expression these days. The message was “Attacking the United States is not a good idea.” Two atomic bombs put this message into the Japanese government’s head really good. They have been model Earth Citizens ever since. However that sense of infuriation inside the American heart is no longer present. We were again attacked in 2001 and the response was weak, puny, insignificant, meaningless, and wasteful. There are two schools of thought among the extreme “right,” or “Americans,” and that is, the entire Middle East should have been nuked, and then there is my own view: the Kaaba should have been hit with a cruise missile. This would have sent an appropriate message: “You destroy our temples -( the Islamic world, like the Marxist world, considered the World Trade Center as the capitol of World Jewry, whatever that is, and basically the “temple” of the capitalist dogs, the USA.) Thus we shoud have destroyed the Islamic temple, the Kaaba, the big square cloth-shrouded block of masonry in Mecca that houses….are you ready for this?….a meteorite. Now the goofy among us say that such an act would have provoked all of Islam to a resolve of retribution. Hey, that’s their state of mind no matter what happens. Might as well provoke it. Returning to Japan, the dropping atomic bombs on civilian populations has – now that the war is over – resulted in a lot of whining and breast-beating by people who were not involved and who feel it is their duty to insult the previous generation who made their present lives speaking English, not Japanese or German, possible. These are people I enjoy referring to as “piles of mucous.”
    Since the dropping of two atomic bombs on civilian populations, the “leaders” of the United States, have determined that criticism is too big a price to pay for liberty and so engage only in endless half-assed wars that drain the morale, economy, and fierceness of America and render her ripe for eradication. We had a moment of vengeance in 1945 and have been undergoing endless self-examination ever since. The world is now convinced that a good nuking is what we deserve. And most “americans” – not the kind I associate with – feel the same way. Guilt: it’s the killer of souls and the killer of men and the killer of life. And we are soaking in it. It is a sign of weakness that is not unnoticed by the mongrel-dog nations – which is most of them – of the world.

  • Aussie

    Hi Kevin,
    this is a great post because it adds a little bit to the whole story of Nagasaki. There is a book, called Song for Nagasaki (if I have the title correct). It tells the tale of a survivor, a young doctor-radiologist who had become a Christian. His wife Midori was killed inside the Cathedral when the bomb dropped. There was something like 6000 Catholics inside the Cathedral who were praying for an end to the war.

    The man survived but in the end he was dying from radiation poisoning, due in part to the bomb but also due to the use of radiology equipment. The man’s story is very powerful because it showed a man who was full of love rather than of hate.

  • Dennis

    It’s time we gas up the Enola Gay and fly her over Mecca

  • Dale

    Thanks Kevin for your service. December 7th has just passed and I miss the reverence given by past Presidents for the service and sacrifice given to defend our land from a ruthless regime.

    I love the Japanese people and am very grateful that we did not take everything from them. Thankful that we gave them there country back. They are a wonderful people who have become a greater nation since the end of WWII.

  • http://juliasnewjournal.blogspot.com/ Julie

    Kevin, I always did get a kick out of your comments along with your great posts, missed this latest troll, darn night shifts but I know you handled it well. Great post as usual.

  • DefendUSA

    Yes Indeed. You is the Sheriff and you know they hate it!! I always say that it would suck to be them.

  • Dana

    Even in Hawaii, the attack on Pearl Harbor is barely a blip on the screen anymore. I live near Pear Harbor and once there, it all becomes very real, but outside, in our every day lives, even on 12/7 there isn’t much more than a few mentions on the news.

    That may be because Hawaii has such a huge Japanese population; and we all get along. Those Japanese of today seem not to pass judgment on what was done to their homeland in the past. They know what Japan’s military did to provoke the attack.

  • Dana

    Of course I meant, “Pearl” Harbor. Frickin’ spell-check.

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    Kevin-I hope all the other trolls see themselves and how childish their rants are.

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    Folks, disregard the trolls. They are troubled souls, and in need of government support! I assure you that their comments will be gone within minutes of posting. If they want to expend the tiny amount of brainpower trying to be clever on my blog, let them. They end up with headaches, and self-imposed fat lips!

    Enjoy the blog, and the sane comments from your peers, because unless you are Dr. Doolittle, you simple can’t communicate with racist, monkey, Democrat trolls!

    Merry CHRISTmas to all of you, and I will be posting soon!

  • Raw

    Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin is exactly right! If you totally ignore these people they will go away. Do not even acknowledge them whatsoever, look at it this way if we respond to their juvenile antics we thus enable them. Kevin I am sorry your great blog ungoing some termite problems or better yet roach problems. But when people live mediocre lives they need to find something to entertain themselves. I bet that this “infiltrator” is actually a child, he couldn’t possibly be a grown man or woman.

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    @Raw – Don’t sweat it. One of the trolls is even posing as me, as IF he has the juice to be this ruggedly handsome! Too funny! They are obviously upset to not be a part of this party, and they are now party crashers! LMBO.

    We are monitoring things closely, so like I said, their comments won’t be up long. I could implement things to stop them, however they are not worth it.

    By the way, I LOVED the roach description. They are cockroaches! LOL

  • http://google gh

    Kevin,
    Merry CHRISTmas to you too! USMC and jj have said it as I was told…let these truths be spread far and wide. Cannot believe ANY American could possibly our Land intentionally wanted to jump into killing people…more and more it must be the after effect of illegal drugs. A whole group could not believe America wished to get into the war unless provoked (right on jj)…the Drug Generation is at the helm may I propose…and in combination with planned Socialists’ Agendaes, here we are…bald faced lies…and Pelosi, Reid, and the contingent seem individuals who should know better than deny their Country. That’s why I suggest they are Drug damaged, somehow, although others tell me it is Power they are drugged on. God Bless America as it was meant to be! May we find our way back. Thank you Kevin for this Blog Site…your book, your communications, your truth about America!

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    @ALL Infiltrator update: I learned from his deleted comment that he is “not a child” as he is NINETEEN years old. Wait! His prowess does not end there, as he is a… college student!! Well this new revelation has gained Infidel a TON more respect than I had before. His VAST world knowledge has told us stupid Conservative OLD people what’s up! I don’t know about you all, but I feel SO ashamed. My 40+ years of life running businesses, with CHILDREN older than Infiltrator, and running multi-national companies, in comparison to the KNOWLEDGE that Infiltrator has acquired in ACADEMIA! I say let’s give him a Nobel Peace Prize! It’s amazing that he is not running GM, I mean he is only 3 years from his degree, HECK why not just skip the formalities, and make him POTUS!

  • Raw

    Kevin, I know this doesn’t have anything to do with your current blog but I would love to get your opinion on the Republican litmus test for 2010 candidates. I have mixed feelings concerning it, on one hand it seems like a good idea because the platform opposes gun control, abortion, gay marriage (a potential problem we face here in Houston due electing an openly gay mayor) who is as liberal as they come, Obama’s healthcare reform, and other issues. On the other hand we seem to want use it (litmus test) to somehow ressurect another President Ronald Reagan. There will never, never, never be another Reagan I’m sure we can all agree that he was one of kind.

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    Had to sweep on the trash, Timothy Rodden aka Infiltrator the 19 year old bon vivant! He’s attending Remedial U, majoring in Ignorance. Getting his PhD! Anyway, his comment won’t stay up long, so read them quickly. jj, got you in friendly fire, as people wouldn’t know the context of your witticism unless I left Roddencrotch’s stuff up there as well. I was worried about the stench, thus the clean up. Anyway, back to being the Master of this Plantation!

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    @Raw – We won’t get Reagan this time around, and if people get their sanity back, we won’t need him right now. We need to GET RID of the LIBS FIRST! A few RINOs will get a pass, but it’s only temporary! We get them next, along with Obama! That’s the only plan we should be discussing, unless you love Libs!

  • jj solari

    at this rate of pay it’s really not a problem.

  • http://thebastardofthechurch.wordpress.com the boc

    This post is awesome! The unfortunate thing about it is most will view it as what America did wrong when the real meaning is we should learn from history. We have China, Korea, and Iran–rogue countries-in possession of these powerful weapons. They want to use them to destroy other nations for their own gain. The US used atomic weapons to stop a war, not start one, which is the lesson to be taken from this article.

  • Raw

    Kevin, I am surrounded by Libs on a daily basis especially on the job. I’m studying Mark Levine’s great book right now, and it has helped to fight them off. I know you finally got rid of infiltator for us but I’m placing a can of Raid near my computer just in case.

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    Raw-you have my sympathy. I know exactly what your going through. I was a union member for 31 years on the shop commitee for 6 years. One of those ignorant,brainwashed Dems. for about half those years. When I finally came to my senses and switched to Conservative I was constantly being screamed at for being for those evil rich people. Just brought that up to let people on this site know they can influence people and change their minds if their willing to hear the truth.
    Boc-you make a good point about our use of the bomb and the intentions of of the Chinese et all.

  • http://www.watchdogsHawaii.ning.com Dana

    @Jim S
    I’m curious what turned you from a “brainwashed Dem” to a conservative? And is it something we can put into the drinking water? :-)

  • Timmy

    I’m still here!

  • Raw

    Ignore, ignore, ignore, ignore.

  • jj solari

    HI TIMMY!! WANNA PLAY HALO?????

  • Timmy

    Sure!

  • Janelle

    Jim Shurmann, another wide smile coming your way. Glad to have you – now bitch at your ‘congress critters’ and don’t let up, ever. Talk to people, if they don’t listen, talk to the next person, It does and will work.

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    Janelle-Thank you!
    Dana-Short answer-Tom Daschle. He told us he would always vote against anti gun legislature. But once he got Seniority in the Senate he voted for every anti gun bill that Schumer,Kennedy, Feinstein and others proposed. In other words he sold his vote for power and pork for our State rather than honor the Constitution. Thats why I believe in term limits. Once someone is in Congress a few years they have to abandon their principals and vote for pork for their colleages or they won’t get any pork or any power for themselves.
    Once I stepped out of the forest and saw the trees I saw the light.It was easy being a Dem. Every Republican who ran for President was a moron and the Republicans were for the rich.Funny when people get laid off they don’t go to the poor part of town to look for a job. They go to those evil rich people. Sorry I could go on for hours but I tried to keep this short.
    Like the black sheriff said in Blazing Saddles (my favirite movie) “I likes to keep my audiences rivited”.

  • DaSicilian

    @Jim Schurmann

    As an individual that has sat on both sides of the union table…a couple of thoughts…inherently unions aren’t bad and are, in some cases, needed to protect the worker. HOWEVER, when any group (e.g., unions, Congress, big business, etc.) pulls in or is given too much power..that is when all heck (heck: in keeping w/KJs no swearing law), breaks loose.

    I once had a director of labor relations tell a group of execs: ‘you, don’t want a union here? Then treat your people right…!’ It was like this director shoved a pole up the execs corporate behinds.

    Herein lies the rub…unless we use some good old common sense and treat people fairly…union bullshit (oops, sorry KJ)…will always exist. The real issue lies in We the People keeping the aforementioned unions, Congress and big business in check.
    Sorry for the rambling…

  • Rich

    Kevin, great blog!

    Many great comments as well. Mick the One is setting us up and trying to deflect the blame ahead of time. He means to bankrupt the US and is going to blame it on not getting everything he has asked for. Even though everything would bankrupt us much faster.

    Kevin, keep stomping on the cockroaches so that others won’t keep them alive with comments about their inanity. For everyone else, please ignore the ignorant (that’s why those 2 words are so similar).

  • http://www.scogginsnoggin2.blogspot.com Joe

    Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed too many, but saved ten times as many.

    It was tragic that it had to be done, but it was the right thing to do, given the nature of the enemy at the time.

    It was not an act of revenge, but of protection, for it was the Emperor’s declared intent to rule the world…including and starting with the U.S.

    Today’s enemy, the Middle East notwithstanding, is not a foreign power so much as it is a foreign amount of power in our own government.

    We can’t bomb them (at least I don’t think we can), so we must vote them out of office come November 2010.

  • DaSicilian

    Enough is enough…radical islam like sto blow things up…we can do it w/a bigger bang and brighter lights….’turn the sand into glass…’

  • Dennis

    @Kevin

    Most-not to say all- black people are greedy and don’t even tip 15% when they go to restaurant. Are you one of them? All they do is complain and complain and try to skip on the bill. Why you black people have difficulty in accepting that you are Americans and live like one? Tipping your waiter the right amount shows your compassion to others.

    Why all these National Fellon Legue (NFL) members and your basket ball players whom do not speak english can keep themselves out of jail? It is a curse to be black in America. I feel your pain brother Kevin.

    BUT YOU ARE DOING GOOD!! KEEP PIMPING YOUR PIGMENT!! Make it for you.

  • Chip

    Can you imagine the slants given to Truman if he were a republican?

  • Amazon

    Dennis, what a funny comment. But I wish someone answer it honestly though, I’m black and I feel hard-pressed to overtip in order to compensate for the austerity of my ‘brothas’ and wipe the plate clean (no pun intended) once and for all.

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    I’m going to leave Dennis’ comments up, as he does a good job of proving my point…Liberals are the real racists. Learn from him, as this is what we will be getting rid of in congress, and eventually we will send the Dennis’ of the world scurrying down their rat holes!

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Mick

    Yes Kevin leave Dennis’ comments up. In addition to proving your point he is the perfect example of what’s wrong with this country today. In fact Kevin, his stupidity provides a few good laughs.

  • Ol’ Crabby

    Hey Kevin, I think both Liberals and Conservatives are a bunch of racist. In other words, the Democrats had their Bull Connor, but the Republicans had their Strom Thurman too.

  • Dennis O.

    The Republicans suck and the Democrats blow.

  • http://thebastardofthechurch.wordpress.com/ the BOC

    Spencer said “You’re Kevin a taste of his own medicine, clever.”

    The BOC says ” Spencer you are ignorant. You write before you think leaving out words. Or maybe you just lack the motor skills to do more than one thing at a time, like most liberals. You probably type with one finger, don’t you? And you pause between words to wipe the drool from your mouth.”

  • Kevin Jackson

    @Spenster – Danks for taying dat! Tu are toe clebber!

  • http://www.theblacksphere.net Kevin Jackson

    @All – I was traveling, as I had to film some TV stuff, so that is why the racist, ignorant trolls got a little more time on the blog. My moderator will allow the turds to linger just long enough to let you know how the ignorants smell, then we will flush them! LMBO!! I suggest you not slam them, as people will not know what you are referencing!

  • Spencer

    BOC, you are right I did leave out a word I guess I was typing too fast. My motor skills are just fine and I am able to type with both hands. You are a bumbling idiot and I can careless what you say or think. Kevin, you little house nigger you there’s nothing you can do to keep me from posting except try to keep up with me as I post.

  • http://www.redlandsteaparty.com Lane Schneider

    Kevin,
    Thanks for this post and the blog! I love it! You are doing a great job exposing the truth. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Mike

    Kevin, you have to do something about these trolls or will have to find another blog to post my comments.

  • http://www.blackshere.net Jim Schurmann

    DaSicilian-Sorry I’ve been gone a few days.I agree with you. Unions are a necessary evil in some cases. If companys treat their people right the people wouldn’t vote the Unions in.
    If you have been on both sides of the table you realize the waste,incompetence and laziness the Unions create especially in the public sector teachers and government workers. Also the Union leaders are as corrupt as our current Congress.
    One other thing. There have been studies done that wages weren’t the main reason people wanted a Union. It was the poor way they were treated.Unfortunately companys and government haven’t figured that out.
    Anyway-Happy New Year!

  • 98ZJUSMC

    To the board: Sorry for all the multiples. I have been having problems with disappearing posts on other boards and my internet connection (dial-up) sux. My apologies.

    @jj solari-

    What do you mean if? It wouldn’t be in my username if it wasn’t fact.

    @ Kevin -

    I’m Patrick McCloskey on Facebook.

  • http://gmsplace.com GM Roper

    Dear Kevin,

    I came to TBS to congratulate you on your appearance last night on Glen Beck’s show. Then scrolled down and read this post. As a child growing up in Germany, my dad (U.S. Army) took us to a number of “camps” to see what he and so many others fought against in WWII. My memories of Dachau and Bergin-Belsen (mostly a heath – burned by the Allies after the war to try to stop a typhus epidemic) where Anne Frank and her sister Margret died, remain in my memory some 55 years later and very occasionally in a nightmare – it was that horrific at Dachau.

    Never Again needs to be screamed at every person that supports any totalitarian way of life, be it communist or islamofascist. Never, NEVER, NEVER AGAIN!

  • henrylow

    There’s a movement to radically change California government, by getting rid of career politicians and chopping their salaries in half. A group known as Citizens for California Reform wants to make the California legislature a part time time job, just like it was until 1966.

    http://www.onlineuniversalwork.com

  • Dan1138

    It is amazingly sad to see that the culture of the Japanese people had to be submitted to such an extent by exterminating two cities. Nagasaki settles all debate. Any culture that was not hell bent upon rage and destruction would have seen Hiroshima for what it was, a material demonstration of power under control. After all it was not Tokyo was it? This demonstration was followed up by a second necessary demonstration.

    The Japanese honor code is without a doubt the strongest and proudest in the World. The Japanese people and Empire, had they not been checked by Nimitz and many fine young Sailors and Marines, would most certainly have ruled the World and made Rome look uncivil.

    Only a people of paramount strength and discipline could have still stood beneath the weight of the Pac Fleet and Hiroshima’s destruction, for the purpose of sheer defiance. Had a third city been required for destruction, I dare say that the entire Nation would have to have been sacrificed before the Rising Sun.

  • bülent

    I liked your article so much.really it is very nice.There is still very big armament in the world today.the event(nuclear bomb ,people’s death and burning people) that happened in the japan will never be forgotten and lost from the memory of people.but the japan people rebuilt their country again better than old.but if there is armament in the… Devam?n? Gör world today,acourding to me the weapons,guns,biological and chemical weapons or nuclear weapons are being produced in order to dominate or invade another countries not to defend their countries and land.I consider and see that most of countries go to a very big chaos in this world ,because of they produce these dangerous weapons.on the contrary why dont some countries prefer love and peace instead of war and armament?I really would want to learn answer of this question.But I think ,to answer this question is not so easy.because to arm is indispensable work of most countreis in the world.but I personally want love and peace.I want from many people to want and choose love and peace.because , to choose love and peace is going to be the most beautiful choice for all people.

  • http://odessatoma.blogspot.com odessa

    Mr. Jackson, thank you for beinga voice of reason in an unreasonable time. And thank you for this post.I pray that this world would come to it’s senses, get rid of the commies, and remember that no one can control this world, only God, and we are none of us The Almighty! Thanks and God Bless you!
    Love & Peace

  • Janelle

    jj solari, are you really on facebook? I definitely will check that….same style?

 
 
 
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