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Sunday, October 23, 2011

When The Cat's Away ...

War fever is running high.  The entire country is on full alert.  The cry goes forth, "Avenge Pearl Harbor!"  The industrial might of the United States of America has, in just nine short months from that terrible December day when the Japanese Empire brought the USA into the fight with its dastardly and unprovoked attack on our country's Pacific Fleet at anchor in Hawaii, turned itself into the greatest military production complex the world has ever known.  To highlight America's transformation, in two short months from now, a ship - the S.S. Robert E. Perry - bound for the nation's vast Merchant Marine fleet, would be constructed - start to finish - in an amazing 4 days, 15 hours and 29 minutes.

In order to prosecute the war, President Franklin Roosevelt needs men.  And lots of 'em.  To fill the emerging ranks in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. (the Air Force wouldn't become a separate branch of the military for five more years).

How many men were needed?

Ten million.

To pilot the planes, man the guns, hit the beaches, patrol our shores, tend to the wounded, assault the landing fields ... and on and on ...

And with ten million men being pulled from every town, village, city, and farm field to fulfill their military service obligation, who would replace them in the factories?

Women.

By the millions.

Housewives, nannies, and girlfriends became Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder.

And America's shop floor was changed forever.

Including in ways that were never anticipated.

From Time magazine, September 14, 1942:
Sex In The Factory

No problems like these bothered factory managers a year ago.  But now, perhaps, a very shapely sweater girl wanders in to take her place in the swing shift.  Low whistles follow her as she ambles down the aisle between machines.

This is only one of a dozen new problems since nearly two million women have gone to work in plane plants and other war industries.  Some of the new problems - which are going to grow before 5,000,000 more women get war jobs:

► Some girls flirt at work.  Douglas Aircraft (almost 25% of whose employes are now women) had to close its Santa Monica plant's bomb shelter with heavy tar paper (to be broken in case of a real air raid) because swing shift couples found it too handy for lovemaking during lunch.
Other examples are provided.  But you get the idea.

While "the boys" were off doing their duty, their "girls" back home were doing other boys.

Odd how you never read that in the history books.

Odder still, it all seems to have worked out - in the end - just fine.

Senator James Webb Introduces 'Criminal Justice Reform' Bill

United States Senate Ignores Him.

A matter of disrespect well-deserved.

Paula Makes a Good Point

The American Dream.  The effort to make for our children and grandchildren a better life than we were afforded when we came into this world.

Is it dying away?

Give this some thought.  Those "Occupy Wall Street" youth are forever exemplified by this wretched creature:






"Help us now. Help us now!" A pitiful, disgraceful wail.

We can't do for ourselves. We are helpless.  Someone save us.

It's in moments like that that I am ashamed for my country.

On the other hand, on the hopeful side, Paula and I watched "A Better Life" last night on TV, a story about "a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had."




It made me believe that The American Dream is not dead.

It may live.

In the hearts of Mexican immigrants.

In this case, illegal Mexican immigrants.

Who are willing to do whatever it takes to provide a better life for their children and grandchildren.

I listened to Pat Buchanan on the radio the other day (he was out hawking his new book) lament the fact that America as we know it may completely disappear by the year 2025.

Somehow I don't think so.

It may look different.

But The Dream will live on.

Just not, as Paula mentioned after we watched the movie, in the hearts of privileged, helpless white boys who don't even know how to take care of themselves, much less think about providing for others.

Perhaps it's for the best.

* Unlike the stereotype liberals have painted of us, many conservatives - like me - welcome immigration to America.  We just demand that it be done legally.

Why Did We Go To War With Libya Again?

Oh.  Yeah.  To bring freedom to a tortured land.

Nearly 7,000 prisoners of war are packed into dingy, makeshift jails around Libya, where they have languished for weeks without charges and have faced abuse and even torture ...

Obama ousted the bad guys, right?

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To show that our elected representative to Washington has gotten the political bluster thing down pat, here's what Congressman Morgan Griffith had to say about Muammar Gadhafi's execution:

"The announcement of Gadhafi's death today will allow the Libyan people to begin closing this chapter of tyranny and moving towards a more free society. Today's events should serve as a sobering reminder to other despots around the world that, in the end, justice, dignity, and freedom will prevail. It is my hope for the Libyan people that they peacefully come together to build a democratic government."

Yeah.  Okay.

Is The Washington Post a 'Newspaper'?

Or is it a slanted political broadsheet?

A blurb from its ombudsman, Patrick B. Pexton, pretty much sums it up, in "Did The Post story do right by the Koch brothers?"
Post Business Editor Greg Schneider said he “was aware” before republication that “the piece had stirred up some reaction, but we look to highlight work that is provocative.

I think newspapers should always be provocative. But they should also be fair and provide context.
Is it the role of newspapers to be provocative?  Or to be news papers?

Secondly, considering its shameful macaca provocations, its Niggerhead provocation, and its shameful - and provocative - attack on Marco Rubio the other day, its a fair question to ask if the Washington Post ever provokes leftists?

No.

Its a house organ for the Democratic Party.

Nothing more.

Leftist Hypocrisy On Display

Just as racism can only come from the conservative side of the political debate, "puppets" can only take money from - and be mouthpieces for - Big Oil.

A puppet whose strings are being pulled by the Sierra Club, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation for conservation and science, the Wilburforce Foundation for Responsible Trails America, the Center for Biological Diversity, Earth Justice, Greenpeace and the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund?

Naaah.  Can't happen.