Nachthexen

Night Witches, indeed.

They flew low-and-slow in their wood and fabric biplanes during the dark of night with only basic instrumentation. The instrument panel had airspeed, altimeter, compass and turn-and-bank indicators. Add in a timepiece and it’s called “dead reckoning” for a reason, particularly in the middle of the night.

Some of them flew eighteen missions a night. By the end of the war, each and every one of them left alive had flown 1,000 or more missions. If you don’t know what that entails, read the article.

“We simply couldn’t grasp that the Soviet airmen that caused us the greatest trouble were in fact women. These women feared nothing. They came night after night in their very slow biplanes, and for some periods they wouldn’t give us any sleep at all.” –Hauptmann Johannes Steinhoff, Commander of II/JG 52, Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross, September 1942.

They were the women of the Russian 588th Night Bomber Regiment. You can read more about the bravery of these women and how they operated and survived at The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Addition.

Dear Mr. Kerry: You’re a dolt.

k thx

Without even a quick look to check numbers, here’s how it stacks up for some of us:

Hitler

  • 20,000,000 Russians;
  • 6,000,000 Jews;
  • Miscellaneous Poles, Slovacks and on and on.

Assad

  • we don’t really know, but perhaps it’s in the hundreds or a thousand.

Hussein

  • who really knows for sure, because America, as it is doing now, obfuscates. We all know how much damage Saddam Hussein did on 9/11 to endure Butcher Bush’s crowd and its indignities. For those ignorant of the facts, the answer is none.

And just for the hell of it, let’s throw in the United States of America and see what we come up with.

  • Vietnam, courtesy of Henry Kissinger’s favorite Domino Theory country at the time, wherein Indochine would go all communist, all the time;
  • Iraq, thanks to the monumental dumbassery of Butcher Bush and his ignorant cronies;
  • Oh, and let’s not forget to add Cambodia and Pol Pot/Henry Kissinger into the mix;
  • And on and on. If you want numbers, go look it up. They’re horrendous in America’s own right.

Or wrong.

Hitler? Really? You had to drag out Hitler, as many Americans do when comparing people in their own country to a favorite bogey-man? Why, I’ll never understand, but for the most part, it’s probably ignorance. Deliberate ignorance of fact is not unknown in America.

Why not some American bogey-man? Oh, that’s right. America is the good guy in all of this, just waiting to bomb the shit out of more innocent civilian men, women and children to show the world how righteous it is.

God bless America in its pursuit of even more enemies around the world.

 

Please don’t tell anyone in Congress about this…

because we all some a few of us know it wouldn’t be long before it would be implemented on this side of the ocean. For all we know, perhaps it has already been implemented in, you know, some country on this side of the ocean. A simple executive order would do it, for the most part, and Congress wouldn’t ever have to be consulted. Nor would the electorate.

Sound familiar?

Quoting an outside news source is now illegal. Linking to a news site is illegal. Opposing the government on your personal blog, of course, was already illegal, and those who did so were routinely prosecuted. –the Daily Dot

Link to the Daily Dot article.

How’s that War on Drugs been workin’ out for ya so far, Amerikuh?

The New York Times revealed Tuesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has access to the entirety of telecom giant AT&T’s phone records.

the Hemisphere program enables swifter and more reliable tracking of drug dealers. The program “simply streamlines the process of serving the subpoena to the phone company so law enforcement can quickly keep up with drug dealers… –salon.com

What dumbassery.

Of course the American government and the DEA can quickly keep up with drug dealers by using a vast and illegal database. That’s why the importation and use of drugs is way, way down and rapidly decreasing. Because, you know, the government is listening, and the drug dealers are so very afraid.

Unrelated, but I have to say it anyway:

Already the American Constitution lies in tatters. Judges and courts spout corporate and government propaganda in their judgements. The middle class has been raped, pillaged and destroyed by greedy corporations. Politicians of all stripes are bought, sold and traded by big business and the lobbying machines like nothing more than the cattle they are. Mainstream media, owned by giant corporations, ignores and abdicates their responsibilities, then lines up to see who can kiss more government ass, faster.

The biggest joke of all: Ignorant citizens, ad nauseum, hold high three-word signs, much photographed, proudly declaring, We the People.

Doesn’t anyone know the rest of it?

The next two presidential elections will seal the fate of America. If not one of them will begin to put an end to the abject stupidity, there will be no end to the road America has chosen to travel. Ever. Sadly, many nations will be drawn in to Amercia’s nightmare, as others have in the past during related excursions by other countries.

I really hope I’m wrong on this, but I don’t think I will be.

New Hampshire – Live Free or Die

What a joke. Not only that, but they’ve capitalized it.

Proposed legislation in New Hampshire, that self-proclaimed bastion of freedom or death, would be sure to keep ’em down on the farm. Jesus, what’s with those people?

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person, including a business owner or employee thereof, shall be required to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges to an individual if the request is related to the solemnization, celebration, or promotion of a marriage and providing such services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges would be a violation of the person’s conscience or religious faith. A person’s refusal to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges in accordance with this section shall not create any civil claim or cause of action or result in any state action to penalize or withhold benefits from such person.

Live free or die indeed.