From Stilton Jarlsburg at Hope n Change
DEC 7th, 2016: ANOTHER DAY OF INFAMY
The few remaining survivors of that horrible day 75 years ago now have the odd distinction of being attacked twice at Pearl Harbor…once by the Japanese, and once by the Obama administration.
Yes, we understand the symbolic importance of showing Japan and the United States united on this historic anniversary – but it could so easily have been presented to the public without accusing those aging heroes who fought, bled, and saw their friends and shipmates blown to pieces, drowned, or burned alive of “personal bitterness” if they haven’t just “moved on” and made their peace with the horror of the sneak attack.
This appalling statement makes it clear that, in the mind of this administration, this anniversary is not about those who fought or died at Pearl Harbor, but rather about one more fatuous photo-op with a foreign figurehead for the sole benefit of the second greatest American tragedy to originate in Hawaii: Barack Hussein Obama.
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Pearl Harbor plus 75 years
It’s the 75th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy,” the early morning peacetime attack on Pearl Harbor that in just 30 minutes claimed 2,043 American lives — a one-day death toll that would not be exceeded until 9/11 — and unleashed a war in the Pacific that would kill millions more.
This is likely the last milestone commemoration of Pearl Harbor: The few remaining survivors are all well into their 90s. All too soon, Americans’ last first-hand links to The Greatest Generation will be gone.
But Americans should never forget what happened on that bloody day: the perfidy, the tragedy and, most of all, the bravery and unbelievable heroism.
The treachery of the attack, and the huge losses suffered, stunned Americans — but it also unified and galvanized them into a grim determination to persevere at all costs until total victory was won.
The nation saw much the same immediately after 9/11 — but, unlike Pearl Harbor, that unity was short-lived.
So, as we pay tribute to the heroes of Dec. 7, 1941, let us all remember also how America pulled itself up from that dark day and secured the ultimate revenge: victory.
Watch Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy Speech After Pearl Harbor Attacks
The remains of this Pearl Harbor sailor, and many others, are finally coming home
Edwin Chester Hopkins’ casket was draped with an American flag that had hung above the state Capitol
It was a grand funeral, one of the most memorable this New England town had witnessed, for a young man who had perished just past his 19th birthday. All that was lacking were the copious tears one would expect for someone whose death was so tragic and premature.
None of the several hundred mourners had met Hopkins, not even his near relatives. He was truly an unknown soldier, but the sense of loss, of what might have been, was still palpable. Hopkins was one of 2,403 Americans killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the date that would live in infamy.
As the nation prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack, more and more of those who died that day are finally returning home.
This year alone, the remains of more than 20 sailors from the Oklahoma have been identified and reburied with full military honors — some at Arlington National Cemetery and others at their hometowns.
‘Everything was on fire’: Pearl Harbor survivors recall their fear and anger 75 years after attack as US and Japan are set to pay respects to the victims together
JIM DOWNING, 103
THERE ARE ABOUT 30 LEFT… THEN THEY’RE ALL GONE
White House: Some ‘Embittered’ WWII Vets Will Get Over Japanese Leader’s Pearl Harbor Visit
IT JUST MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL TO SEE WHAT THIS BAG OF BASTARDS WILL STOOP TO DISHONOR THESE HEROES
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press conference Monday it was natural for World War II veterans to be “embittered” about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor, but they should get over it for the sake of America.
But Earnest followed up by saying those veterans should overcome those feelings for the good of the country.
“Yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered,” he said. “But I’m confident that many will set aside their own personal bitterness, not because they’re personally satisfied by the words of the Prime Minister, but because they recognize how important this moment is for the United States.”
White House’s extraordinary insult to heroes of World War II as it accuses veterans.
THIS BUNCH OF EFFEMINATE GASBAGS WOULD PISS THEMSELVES IF THEY WENT THROUGH WHAT THE PEOPLE THEY’RE MOCKING DID. SO GLAD WE’RE ALMOST RID OF THEM.
Japan PM Abe won’t apologise at Pearl Harbor: government
Tokyo (AFP) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won’t apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said on Tuesday.
The move follows Barack Obama’s historic May trip to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting US president, where he spoke of victims’ suffering but offered no apology for dropping the world’s first nuclear bomb.
“The purpose of this visit is to commemorate war dead, not to apologise,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular press briefing in Tokyo.
I DON’T HAVE THE WORDS TO EXPRESS THE REVERENCE I HAVE FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERED AND PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE SO THAT WE CAN LIVE THE WAY WE DO. THE DEPTH OF THE GREATEST OCEAN DOES NOT COMPARE TO THE DEPTH OF CONTEMPT I HAVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHO NO LONGER CARE, IF THEY EVER DID, ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES.
IN 1941, THE NATION CAME TOGETHER AND EVERYONE SHARED IN THE SACRIFICE THAT LED TO ULTIMATE VICTORY. AFTER 9/11 THE UNITY LASTED ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE MEDIA WENT BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF ATTACKING GEORGE W. BUSH AT EVERY TURN. I WAS AND REMAIN THANKFUL THAT HE WAS OUR PRESIDENT AND NOT MR. GLOBAL HUCKSTER, WHO WHINES TO THIS DAY.
MAY WE ONE DAY BE DESERVING OF WHAT THESE MEN DID FOR US.
DOES ANYBODY STILL REMEMBER?
It’s doubtful any of us were here at the beginning. Of the 16 million who participated in that World War about one million remain. It was a different time. After trying to become directly involved in the world conflict,the Empire of Japan dragged us inexorably into that maelstrom. Back then,when we went into war we went to win. We were not as preoccupied with political correctness or considering the feelings of those who were trying to kill us. Had Obama been around then he doubtless would have been a zoot-suit-wearing draft dodger. It is to this country’s everlasting shame that he has as commander-in-chief became the most dangerous enemy of those with the balls to put on the uniform.
When we studied history the text stuck pretty much to the facts,as I recall. If it hasn’t happened already our future generations will be treated to the liberal view of events,no doubt blaming the Pearl Harbor attack on American imperialism and just not trying to understand the Japs who were killing us. They will be taught we had it coming and we got what we deserve. We were fortunate to have talked to people who lived through it. Younger people will not.
It was,as FDR famously stated “a day that will live in infamy.” It seems to be disintegrating into a day that will slip into anonymity. I know nobody comes around here on Sunday,it’s just something I feel I owed to my uncle Ron who fought in Europe and my last surviving uncle Roger,who served in Korea.
FROM THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Obama declares National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
This day doesn’t live in as much infamy as it used to.
Today is the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s sneak attack on the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,403 people, wounded 1,178 and took out 21 Navy ships.
But fewer people remember — and there’s less pomp surrounding the occasion.
President Obama issued a proclamation — on Friday — declaring Sunday as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“The men and women of the Greatest Generation went to war and braved hardships to make the world safer, freer, and more just,” the proclamation says.
But the president is not expected to attend any ceremonies Sunday and has no public schedule. He also had no public schedule last Dec. 7.
In New York, flags will be flown at half-staff at government facilities.
But the ceremonies held every year are getting smaller. At the USS Intrepid, this year’s ceremony will include a wreath laying and remarks by Pearl Harbor survivors.
The low-key remembrance will be in contrast to 2011, the 70th anniversary of the attack, which included an overflight by two World War II-era propeller planes that dropped 70 roses over the Statue of Liberty.
Only 1 million of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II still live.
I had planned on doing some links,but that can wait until tomorrow.
During the reportedly dreadful New Year’s Eve coverage on NBC, the potato-heads on the couch decided to double down on stupid and discuss the SpaghettiOs Pearl Harbor tweet.
Natasha Leggero (who? … google “actress and comedian” … oh) was the worst, with this “joke” about toothless Pearl Harbor survivors gumming their food. A close runner up was the jerk on the left who thought this was so HIGH-larious, he fell off the couch laughing.
Natasha Leggero Mocks Pearl Harbor Veterans VIDEO with Carson Daly on New Years Eve [:53]
Tweeters said Natasha also discussed her bikini wax.
Posted by Pistol Pete
I had no intention of posting anything today until I realized what day it was. Considering the price those men paid I felt it my duty and my honor to voice my appreciation in whatever way I could. Fortunately I was educated in a time when schools actually taught about our history without the political biases. It seemed to me unthinkable that as Japan was overrunning the Far East and committing genocide of the Chinese we did nothing. I understand there were a lot of people who had no taste for another World War. We helped the Allies in Europe through Lend Lease,but did not involve our own war machine until the Empire of Japan wakened the sleeping tiger.
A precious few,some estimate about 70,that survived that day are still with us. You wonder what their opinion of the current administration is.
THIS IS THE USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL. HER COMRADES REST TOGETHER FOR ETERNITY. NO BOAT OR DIVER CAN TAMPER WITH THIS SACRED MEMORIAL.