YAY! Silly season is almost over. No more political flyers stuffing my mailbox, robocalls interrupting my evenings, and spam filling my inbox – at least until the general election campaign starts.
Floridians began going to the polls in early voting a few days ago, but the contest ends when the voting booths close tonight. If you live in the sunshine state and have a photo I.D., get your butt down to the polls. If you don’t, I don’t want to hear your b****ing about who the eventual nominee is.
This election will eventually boil down to 2 candidates; one that will turn America away from the path of soft socialism,unconstitutional power grabs, nanny-state paternalism, and international appeasement or Barack Hussein Obama II. In November you will have the choice to vote for a return to American values and Constitutional principles or you vote for what we have now.
1606 Guy Fawkes, chief conspirator in the “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up parliament and the king, jumps to his death on the way to his execution
1752 Founding Father, lawmaker, and “Penman of the Constitution” Gouverneur Morris is born in New York City (d. 1816)
1865 13th Amendment to the Constitution in passed by Congress; it will be ratified and adopted by December; outlaws slavery in America
1915 Germany attempts 1st large-scale use of chemical weapons on the battlefield; freezing temperatures and wind render poison gas ineffective – this time
1945 Private Eddie Slovik becomes 1st and only U.S. soldier executed for desertion during WWII; Civil War was last time deserters executed
1950 President Truman announces that U.S. will develop a new generation of atomic weapons now that Soviets have the bomb; hydrogen bomb is coming
1958 NASA successfully launches its 1st satellite into orbit; Explorer 1
1971 NASA launches Apollo 14 from Cape Canaveral beginning 3rd mission to land men on the Moon; Shepard, Roosa, and Mitchell aboard
1995 President Clinton authorizes $20 billion loan to Mexico in attempt to prevent economic collapse that could impact U.S. markets
2001 Libyan terrorist Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is convicted by Scottish court for role in 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270; “terminally ill” and facing imminent death he is released on compassionate grounds in 2009; still alive as of this writing
1703 In Japan the Forty-seven Ronin avenge the death of their master in an attack that took 2-years to plan and execute
1781 Maryland is 13th and final state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, does so only after Virginia gives up claims to western lands
1835 Deranged Richard Lawrence is 1st to attempt to assassinate an American president; Andrew Jackson escapes injury when attackers pistols misfire
1862 America’s 1st “ironclad” warship USS Monitor is commissioned
1882 Future 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, New York (d. 1945)
1933 German president Paul von Hindenburg names Adolf Hitler to be chancellor
1945 While evacuating civilians during operation Hannibal, German transport ship MV Wilhelm Gustav is sunk by Soviet submarine, over 9000 civilians die
1945 126 American Army Rangers and Filipino scouts rescue almost 500 POW’s from Japanese prison camp in Raid at Cabanatuan
1948 Political and spiritual leader of Indian independence movement Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi assassinated by Hindu fanatic (b. 1869)
1956 Home of Martin Luther King Jr. is bombed in response to Bus Boycott
1968 Massive surprise attacks across the country mark beginning of the Tet Offensive; ultimately a failure for North Vietnam, public loses confidence in President Lyndon Johnson’s promises of rapid resolution of Vietnam conflict
1972 British soldiers shoot 30 unarmed protesters in Londonderry, Northern Ireland killing 13; “Bloody Sunday” leads to IRA bombing campaign
2006 Civil rights activist and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King dies (b. 1927)
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To honor the anniversary of the first flight of the P-38 Lightning on January 27, 1939 we present to you some great footage in this new edition of Warbirds. This iconic aircraft emerged from United States Army Air Corps specifications drawn up in 1937. It was designated an “interceptor” to bypass the bureaucratic restriction of less than 500lbs of armament in pursuit aircraft. USAAF ordered an initial 55 aircraft in 1939 with the initial lightnings deployed with the 1st Fighter Group’s 27th Pursuit Squadron in July 1941. The first Lightnings to see service in WWII were unarmed F-4 photo reconnaissance version with the 8th Photographic Squadron in Australia. Armed P-38’s began operating in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska in May 1942. At the end of a 1000 mile patrol in August, a pair of Lightnings of the 343rd Fighter Group, 11th Air Force encountered and downed a pair of Japanese H6K “Mavis” flying boats. These were the 1st kills recorded for the aircraft nicknamed by the Japanese “two planes, one pilot”. In the European theater, P-38 Lightnings earned a fearsome reputation among Axis aircrews. After 26 P-38’s destroyed 31 aircraft near Tunis in April 1943, it earned the nickname “fork-tailed devil” from German aircrews.
Over the course of its operational life, over 10,000 P-38’s were built. It was the only American aircraft to serve continuously from start to finish of World War II. Over 100 pilots became aces piloting this plane with several earning the Medal of Honor. Her most famous mission is considered to be the interception of the transport and escorts of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto; resulting in his death. Over a dozen working examples of this famous Warbird remain airworthy today and can often be seen at air shows. If you get the chance to see one in action, you wont be disappointed.
No matter how many times and in how many ways he says the same things, President Obama won’t acknowledge that his administration is a failure (Hat tip to Rush Limbaugh for predicting this one). We’ve heard Obama’s tired promises and platitudes over and over and over again. Let’s roll the tape, shall we?
For a translation (into reality) of the President’s remarks last night, read below…