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  1. I am glad we have not "needed" an air war against Iran. From Wikipedia. The Blitz was a German bombing campaign against the United Kingdom in 1940 and 1941, during the Second World War. The term was first used by the British press and is the German word for 'lightning'.The Germans conducted mass air attacks against industrial targets, towns, and cities, beginning with raids on London towards the end of the Battle of Britain in 1940 (a battle for daylight air superiority between the Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force over the United Kingdom). By September 1940, the Luftwaffe had failed and the German air fleets (Luftflotten) were ordered to attack London, to draw RAF Fighter Command into a battle of annihilation. Adolf Hitler and Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe, ordered the new policy on 6 September 1940. From 7 September 1940, London was systematically bombed by the Luftwaffe for 56 of the following 57 days and nights.[7] Most notable was a large daylight attack against London on 15 September. The Luftwaffe gradually decreased daylight operations in favour of night attacks to evade attack by the RAF, and the Blitz became a night bombing campaign after October 1940. The Luftwaffe attacked the main Atlantic sea port of Liverpool in the Liverpool Blitz. The North Sea port of Hull, a convenient and easily found target or secondary target for bombers unable to locate their primary targets, suffered the Hull Blitz. Bristol, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Southampton and Swansea were also bombed, as were the industrial cities of Birmingham, Belfast, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield. More than 40,000 civilians were killed by Luftwaffe bombing during the war, almost half of them in the capital, where more than a million houses were destroyed or damaged.[1] Japan. Allied forces conducted many air raids on Japan during World War II, causing extensive destruction to the country's cities and killing between 241,000 and 900,000 people. During the first years of the Pacific War these attacks were limited to the Doolittle Raid in April 1942 and small-scale raids on military positions in the Kuril Islands from mid-1943. Strategic bombing raids began in June 1944 and continued until the end of the war in August 1945. Allied naval and land-based tactical air units also attacked Japan during 1945. The United States military air campaign waged against Japan began in earnest in mid-1944 and intensified during the war's last months. While plans for attacks on Japan had been prepared prior to the Pacific War, these could not begin until the long-range B-29 Superfortress bomber was ready for combat. From June 1944 until January 1945, B-29s stationed in India staged through bases in China to make a series of nine raids on targets in western Japan, but this effort proved ineffective. The strategic bombing campaign was greatly expanded from November 1944 when bases in the Mariana Islands became available as a result of the Mariana Islands Campaign. These attacks initially attempted to target industrial facilities using high-altitude daylight "precision" bombing, which was also largely ineffective. From February 1945, the bombers switched to low-altitude night firebombing against urban areas as much of the manufacturing process was carried out in small workshops and private homes: this approach resulted in large-scale urban damage. Aircraft flying from Allied aircraft carriers and the Ryukyu Islands also frequently struck targets in Japan during 1945 in preparation for the planned invasion of Japan scheduled for October 1945. During early August 1945, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were struck and mostly destroyed by atomic bombs. Japan's military and civil defenses were unable to stop the Allied attacks. The number of fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft guns assigned to defensive duties in the home islands was inadequate, and most of these aircraft and guns had difficulty reaching the high altitudes at which B-29s often operated. Fuel shortages, inadequate pilot training, and a lack of coordination between units also constrained the effectiveness of the fighter force. Despite the vulnerability of Japanese cities to firebombing attacks, the firefighting services lacked training and equipment, and few air raid shelters were constructed for civilians. As a result, the B-29s were able to inflict severe damage on urban areas while suffering few losses.
  2. George W. Bush after September 11th. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human nature -- and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could. Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks. The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well. The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them. I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me. This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. Good night. And God bless America. Winston Churchill: “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,”
  3. Very good, Jon Anderson! And I like “Oh Holy Night” by Asia’s songbird. Regina Velasquez, The Filipino singer. And I like Josh Groban’s “Oh Holy Night,” and “The First Noel.” Though it's not a Christmas song I get nostalgic when hearing "Memories" by Barbra Streisand.
  4. Oh. By the way. Merry Christmas! Or Festivus. From the net. Why don't Jehovah's witnesses celebrate Christmas? Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas simply because Christmas has pagan origins and associations; Christmas is based upon falsehoods and Christmas also promotes idolatry, a practice the Bible condemns. Famous people, who were or are JW’s are Michael Jackson. Prince. Ja Rule. Dave Mustaine. Dwight Eisenhower. Venus and Serena Williams. Naomi Campbell. Donald Glover. end quote Dwight Eisenhower? No way. He ain’t black!
  5. Can you imagine a country where it is a tradition to watch Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas? Peter Christmas Eve, known as Julafton in Swedish, is also very important in Sweden. Christmas Eve dinner includes dried fish, Christmas ham, boiled potatoes, pork sausage, herring salad, spiced bread, and lots of sweets. A popular Christmas tradition in Sweden is to serve Risgryngrot, a special rice porridge cooked with one almond in it and the person who finds the almond in his or her bowl gets to make a wish. Another popular and important Christmas tradition in Sweden is that many Swedes on Christmas Eve afternoon watch Donald Duck. This slightly odd tradition of religiously watching the same 1950s Disney cartoons over and over again started back in 1959 at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve, when the TV station TV1 showed the Disney special “From All of Us to All of You” or in Swedish “Kalle Anka och hans vanner onskar God Jul” meaning “Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas.”
  6. A good, but goofy Christmas song? “White Christmas” by the Drifters in 1954. "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney is a bit goofy and nice too. You may have already guessed it. I am listening to a cable Christmas songs. Some good pop Christmas songs? REO Speedwagon’s, “I believe in Santa Clause,” and "My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears. Broadway sounding, little person song? Kristin Chenoweth, “The Christmas Waltz.” Christmas for non-Christians? From Wikipedia. Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally created by author Daniel O'Keefe, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” which O'Keefe's son, Dan O'Keefe, co-wrote. The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".[3] The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us". It has been described both as a parody holiday festival and as a form of playful consumer resistance. Journalist Allen Salkin describes it as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering".
  7. This isn’t necessarily for the holidays but what love song or any song has the best ending? Go listen to this on You Tube. The lead singer has surprisingly, high pitched voice that sounds great. “Lost in Love” by Air Supply, songwriter: Graham Russell I realize the best part of love is the thinnest slice And it don't count for much But I'm not letting go I believe there's still much to believe in So lift your eyes if you feel you can Reach for a star and I'll show you a plan I figured it out What I needed was someone to show me You know you can't fool me I've been loving you too long It started so easy You want to carry on Lost in love and I don't know much Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch? But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted So lift your eyes if you feel you can Reach for a star and I'll show you a plan I figured it out What I needed was someone to show me You know you can't fool me I've been loving you too long It started so easy You want to carry on Lost in love and I don't know much Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch? But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted You know you can't fool me I've been loving you too long It started so easy You want to carry on Lost in love and I don't know much Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch? But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted Now I'm lost, lost in love, lost in love, lost in love Now I'm lost, lost in love, lost in love, lost in love Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love.
  8. What are the most underplayed Christmas song? “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” in 1962, is underplayed. What’s naughty? “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Rosemary Clooney’s “He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney Tonight.” Funny and good? “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” with Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live. All she does is wiggle her butt. What is the best Christmas song? Perhaps, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” by Nat King Cole. What are your favorites? Peter
  9. The impeachers are like the loud mouthed kid at the movies who won't shut up.
  10. With a name like Boris he must be a Russian asset. Couldn't he just change his name to Bob?
  11. “Representation Without Authorization,” The Ayn Rand Letter, I, 21, 1. Dictatorship and determinism are reciprocally reinforcing corollaries: if one seeks to enslave men, one has to destroy their reliance on the validity of their own judgments and choices—if one believes that reason and volition are impotent, one has to accept the rule of force. end quote I am leery of ANY propaganda but I do think President Trump is a heroic archetype. Expressing that thought may seem to invite snarky-ness just as I too, have a twinge of worry about anyone else who elevates him to godlike status. So? If I think he is heroic why do I worry about others who think he is heroic? Well, have fans of Rand idealized her to popstar status and now put President Trump on a pedestal too? I don’t think so, except to say, just a teeny bit maybe. (humor) The truth is being reinforced in our multi-media age, like that constantly fact checked Wikipedia. His Tweets give us the “lowdown.” And our senses and brains are using reason to come to conclusions. Peter
  12. Wow. Q is definitely the "good guys." That is the best propaganda (or information) I have ever seen and for once it isn't about The Reds or the Nazi's but instead about truth and justice. Is it wrong for the Jedi Knights to showcase their victories? No. Is everyone who went to Yale or lived the high life provided by their parents part of the cabal or deep state? Again no. The conclusion of the video showcasing a President born into a millionaire family who none the less, is the leader of Q is inspirational. Any mistakes he makes will not keep him from winning in 2020. And President Trump needs to build on this legacy. It is morning in America if we can have a President Trump or Reagan every 20 years. And Q's point about the internet being the biggest exposer of lies that will continue to transform the globe is spot on. The internet and other real news sources will continue to nullify anything our next generation is wrongly taught. In what is called Trump territory as here on Delmarva, the kids are not propagandized into being left wingers. Peter
  13. Thanks, merjet. I don't consider 7 of 9 from Star Trek a robot or cyborg, but how could I forget the android/cyborg in Terminator 3? "She seemed like a woman to me," as Billy Joel sang.
  14. I saw a story about an hour ago saying that President Trump, perhaps jokingly, said he should be allowed to serve more than two terms. After all, the democrats are wasting his and everybody else’s time and money over a phony impeachment. How does the crowd pleasing chant, “8 more years, 8 more years sound?” Peter Tom Murse: . . . Over the years, several lawmakers have proposed repealing the 22nd Amendment. Congressional opponents of the 22nd Amendment argue that it restricts voters from exercising their will. As Democratic U.S. Rep. John McCormack of Massachusetts proclaimed during a debate over the proposal: "The framers of the Constitution considered the question and did not think they should tie the hands of future generations. I don't think we should. Although Thomas Jefferson favored only two terms, he specifically recognized the fact that situations could arise where a longer tenure would be necessary." One of the most high-profile opponents of the two-term limit for presidents was Republican President Ronald Reagan, who was elected to and served two terms in office. In a 1986 interview with The Washington Post, Reagan lamented the lack of focus on important issues and lame-duck presidents. "I have come to the conclusion that the 22nd Amendment was a mistake," Reagan said. "Shouldn't the people have the right to vote for someone as many times as they want to vote for him? They send senators up there for 30 or 40 years, congressmen the same."
  15. Has a robot or android ever been portrayed as a woman robot? And isn't R2D2 gay? Is C3PO a dwarf? And that whistle language. I never did understand that.