On this day September 4, 2004

On this day  Insurgents clashed with American and Iraqi troops in northern Iraq. A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside a police academy in the northern city of Kirkuk as hundreds of trainees and civilians were leaving for the day, killing 17 people and wounding 36. Saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline in southern Iraq.

I can vouch anytime I traveled through a police checkpoint I was nervous. It was not uncommon for the police to bomb themselves for money and fear from the other side. They go to work and dig a hole and put a mine or IED in the hole and it detonates and kills cops and civilians. They were good at it and it was always an uneasy feeling going through them.

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On this day September 2, 1945

On this day Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II. By the summer of 1945, the defeat of Japan was a foregone conclusion. The Japanese navy and air force were destroyed. The Allied naval blockade of Japan and intensive bombing of Japanese cities had left the country and its economy devastated. At the end of June, the Americans captured Okinawa, a Japanese island from which the Allies could launch an invasion of the main Japanese home islands. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur was put in charge of the invasion, which was code-named “Operation Olympic” and set for November 1945. The invasion of Japan promised to be the bloodiest seaborne attack of all time, conceivably 10 times as costly as the Normandy invasion in terms of Allied casualties. On July 16, a new option became available when the United States secretly detonated the world’s first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert. Ten days later, the Allies issued the Potsdam Declaration, demanding the “unconditional surrender of all the Japanese armed forces.” Failure to comply would mean “the inevitable and complete destruction of the Japanese armed forces and just as inevitable the utter devastation of the Japanese homeland.” On July 28, Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki responded by telling the press that his government was “paying no attention” to the Allied ultimatum. U.S. President Harry Truman ordered the devastation to proceed, and on August 6, the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 80,000 people and fatally wounding thousands more. After the Hiroshima attack, a faction of Japan’s supreme war council favored acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration, but the majority resisted unconditional surrender. On August 8, Japan’s desperate situation took another turn for the worse when the USSR declared war against Japan. The next day, Soviet forces attacked in Manchuria, rapidly overwhelming Japanese positions there, and a second U.S. atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese coastal city of Nagasaki. Just before midnight on August 9, Japanese Emperor Hirohito convened the supreme war council. After a long, emotional debate, he backed a proposal by Prime Minister Suzuki in which Japan would accept the Potsdam Declaration “with the understanding that said Declaration does not compromise any demand that prejudices the prerogatives of His Majesty as the sovereign ruler.” The council obeyed Hirohito’s acceptance of peace, and on August 10 the message was relayed to the United States. Early on August 12, the United States answered that “the authority of the emperor and the Japanese government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers.” After two days of debate about what this statement implied, Emperor Hirohito brushed the nuances in the text aside and declared that peace was preferable to destruction. He ordered the Japanese government to prepare a text accepting surrender. In the early hours of August 15, a military coup was attempted by a faction led by Major Kenji Hatanaka. The rebels seized control of the imperial palace and burned Prime Minister Suzuki’s residence, but shortly after dawn the coup was crushed. At noon that day, Emperor Hirohito went on national radio for the first time to announce the Japanese surrender. In his unfamiliar court language, he told his subjects, “we have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable.” The United States immediately accepted Japan’s surrender. President Truman appointed MacArthur to head the Allied occupation of Japan as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers. For the site of Japan’s formal surrender, Truman chose the USS Missouri, a battleship that had seen considerable action in the Pacific and was named after Truman’s native state. MacArthur, instructed to preside over the surrender, held off the ceremony until September 2 in order to allow time for representatives of all the major Allied powers to arrive. On Sunday, September 2, more than 250 Allied warships lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay. The flags of the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and China fluttered above the deck of the Missouri. Just after 9 a.m. Tokyo time, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed on behalf of the Japanese government. General Yoshijiro Umezu then signed for the Japanese armed forces, and his aides wept as he made his signature. Supreme Commander MacArthur next signed on behalf of the United Nations, declaring, “It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out the blood and carnage of the past.” Ten more signatures were made, by the United States, China, Britain, the USSR, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, respectively. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signed for the United States. As the 20-minute ceremony ended, the sun burst through low-hanging clouds. The most devastating war in human history was over.

Living in Missouri, I felt the need to post this one. I mean the last of the troops surrendering to the USS Missouri is a pretty big deal and should be talked about.

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On this day September 1, 1983

On this day Soviet jet fighters intercept a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shoot the plane down, killing 269 passengers and crewmembers. The incident dramatically increased tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States. On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines (KAL) flight 007 was on the last leg of a flight from New York City to Seoul, with a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska. As it approached its final destination, the plane began to veer far off its normal course. In just a short time, the plane flew into Russian airspace and crossed over the Kamchatka Peninsula, where some top-secret Soviet military installations were known to be located. The Soviets sent two fighters to intercept the plane. According to tapes of the conversations between the fighter pilots and Soviet ground control, the fighters quickly located the KAL flight and tried to make contact with the passenger jet. Failing to receive a response, one of the fighters fired a heat-seeking missile. KAL 007 was hit and plummeted into the Sea of Japan. All 269 people on board were killed. This was not the first time a South Korean flight had run into trouble over Russia. In 1978, the Soviets forced a passenger jet down over Murmansk; two passengers were killed during the emergency landing. In its first public statement concerning the September 1983 incident, the Soviet government merely noted that an unidentified aircraft had been shot down flying over Russian territory. The United States government reacted with horror to the disaster. The Department of State suggested that the Soviets knew the plane was an unarmed civilian passenger aircraft. President Ronald Reagan called the incident a “massacre” and issued a statement in which he declared that the Soviets had turned “against the world and the moral precepts which guide human relations among people everywhere.” Five days after the incident, the Soviets admitted that the plane had indeed been a passenger jet, but that Russian pilots had no way of knowing this. A high ranking Soviet military official stated that the KAL flight had been involved in espionage activities. The Reagan administration responded by suspending all Soviet passenger air service to the United States, and dropped several agreements being negotiated with the Soviets. Despite the heated public rhetoric, many Soviets and American officials and analysts privately agreed that the incident was simply a tragic misunderstanding. The KAL flight had veered into a course that was close to one being simultaneously flown by a U.S. spy plane; perhaps Soviet radar operators mistook the two. In the Soviet Union, several of the military officials responsible for air defense in the Far East were fired or demoted. It has never been determined how the KAL flight ended up nearly 200 miles off course.

I vagally remember this as a kid. It is crazy considering that most air defense systems have the ability to detect a signal from civil air craft that detects it as friend or foe. The other thing that is crazy is the flight number. This was flight 007 so was James bond on this flight and was it just a civilian flight flying over a top secret area in Russia. lol, I am just playing with the James Bond stuff. The truth is this was a very unnecessary thing to do. Lots of civilians died for no reason here.

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Just shaking my head

As I sit here I really didn’t know what the title should be. I’m waiting to go to work looking through the news articles to read bull shit.

One article reads Ozzy Osborne is leaving America. In the article it says he is tired of the mass shootings. He is selling his house in California for 18 million dollars. Not two months ago he stated he was leaving California do you high taxes. We’ll I wonder if hiring 87000 IRS agents had anything to do with him wanting to go back to England. If he really is leaving from all of the mass shootings, I ask why can’t you give back to a country that has gave you so much. So many people has lived his music to include me. I never thought someone would turn there back on a country that has supported him so much. With all the money and influence you have you can’t help do something to stop it.

The answer doesn’t start with money it starts with people asking questions. Put your political views apart and start doing what the people did to build this country. The government will not fix this problem. They will continue to profit from it. You look at how much money was spent to benefit this government. The first question should be, what are you doing to protect our children? I promise you the security at congress and senate will be increased after Jan 6. Do you not think that costs money?

I just really wish people would think and start relying on each other to fix problems. As a veteran I know you can’t rely on our government, however history has shown you can rely on the American people.

We have came together during so many times of need. From 9-11 to ww1 and 2. National disasters that has effected people you didn’t know, but wanted to help. Do you not think the things going on in our country isn’t something that we should rely on each other to fix versus a government that does not listen.

On this day August 28, 1941

On this day With the nation on the verge of entering World War II and prices threatening to skyrocket, the government chose to take action against inflation. On this day, President Franklin Roosevelt handed down an executive order establishing the Office of Price Administration (OPA). Charged with controlling consumer prices in the face of war, the OPA wheeled into action, imposing rent controls and a rationing program which initially targeted auto tires. Soon, the agency was churning out coupon books for sugar, coffee, meat, fats, oils, and numerous other items. Though goods were in tight supply, Americans were urged to stick to the system of rationing. Some even took the Homefront Pledge, a declaration of their commitment to avoiding the black market in favor of buying the OPA way. The end of the war didn t prompt an instant shutdown of the OPA. Reasoning that some goods were still quite scarce, President Truman kept the agency running. However, the existence of a government agency for regulated prices and production didn’t sit well with some people. Big business bristled at the controls, as did farmers, who suffered under continued meat rationing. Soon after the ’46 election, the OPA was relieved of its duties, with only rents, sugar, and rice still subject to controls. The agency’s record of service during the war was fairly impressive: by V-J, consumer prices had increased by 31 percent, a number which was noticeably better than the 62 percent bloating of prices during World War I.

So you compare what President Roosevelt did for this country compared to what is happening for us and I think you will see how times have changed. I heard people from both sides say the bill that just passed to control inflation will do nothing for inflation. Most think it will make things worse by spending more money that we don’t have. I don’t think the people are in the best interest of the powers to be anymore.

I am not a fan of President Roosevelt, however you can’t say he wasn’t here for the people. He was the reason working conditions for factory workers improved. He is also the reason why the energy monopoly was stopped. The very rich and powerful put him in as a vice president to prevent him from becoming the president. It turned on them when he was made president by the death of President McKinley. I think he remembered who he worked for maybe its a lesson that needs relearned.

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On this day August 24, 1990

On this day Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sent a message to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein warning the Persian Gulf situation was “extremely dangerous.”

It makes you wonder if he wasn’t a bit physic. I mean considering years later the man was hiding in a hole in the ground while we hunted him down. We than turn him over to his own people who killed him. So ya I guess you could say it was dangerous. Years later the world seen our government has made our military for hire. I mean we are still sitting in Kuwait protecting them while they pay our government for us to be there.

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On this day August 23, 1954

On this day First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations. The C-130 entered service with U.S., followed by Australia and others. During its years of service, the Hercules family has participated in numerous military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. The family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft—after the English Electric Canberra, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95, and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, all designs with various forms of aviation gas turbine powerplants—to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Air Force. The C-130 is one of the only military aircraft to remain in continuous production for over 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules.

I have some very fond memories of being on a C-130. Sitting in the cargo net seats. Shoulder to shoulder with the guy next to you. The crew chiefs walking across everyone’s knees to do there checks. Is truly an experience I can say not enough people get to encounter. Its funny as hell when you embrace the suck, how little some other things suck. These aircraft on a serious note truly is amazing. I think they are one of the most versatile aircrafts in the Air Force’s fleet.

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On this day August 22, 1990

On this day President Bush signed an order calling up reservists to bolster the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf. This created a ton of funny images. I remember seeing reservist holding up signs that say “1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year my ass”. These made us active duty guys laugh so hard. However nobody ever expected what came much later to happen. As Afghanistan raged on, I remember Soldiers who were forced to go past their enlistment date. I know for a fact you got a much different attitude from these Soldiers compared to when they thought they were full filling their contract obligations. I never really agreed with it as I felt that a volunteer army has always made us the best military in the world.

Now to be fair, the small print of the contract does state your obligation is 8 years. So if you enlist for 2 years active you will do 6 inactive with the ability to be called back up. So instead of calling people back up they just kept you. Now I also seen people who was out of the military get called back up to the reserves, after being out of the military. That small print got a lot of people.

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87,000 new jobs created Build Back Better

Man if that title doesn’t look like an awesome thing for Americans in this time of need. The inflation rate is up to 8.5% which has lowered your buying power by 5% from a year ago. The new jobs are all in one industry. The IRS is hiring 87,000 employees to replace the 50,000 that are retired or expected to depart over the next 6 years. I know in the media that they say the term agents. This is not completely true, as some of these positions are IT, maintenance and the normal jobs that is required to run a business.

Wait did I say busines? Well to be honest I think the government has turned more into a business over the years. It seems they really do care about two things. Your vote, and your tax dollars. It does not matter what political party your with, you have to look back and ask yourself one question. Did they do anything they told you they would do when they tried to persuaded you to cast that vote. I know I heard all sorts of free stuff that was coming, like free college and reduced taxes, and jobs. Well at least one thing was true, there is jobs coming.

Now I am not against taxes so lets get that out in the open. I do think that our government has gotten so big that they feel we work for them. Here is why I say that! If you go back to the several stimulas bills I want to focus on a few things. In the 1.9 trillion dollar recovery act they gave away about 11 billion dollars to foreign aid. From 2013 to 2018 we gave away almost 300 billion dollars in foreign aid mostly consisting to 11 countries. In this time frame America has gave away the most money in foreign aid than any other country. I have never seen anyone get a vote on where their tax dollars go at the federal level. Polls have been taken over and over, and they all say majority wants to stop giving away so much in foreign aid. Than bill after bill gets passed with money allocated to foreign aid.

My problem is how over taxed the American working class is. Giving away a huge chunk of their money to a government who does not appreciate it. Regardless of what the government does for us, they will constantly give themselves a raise higher than inflation levels, while jobs gives American workers the standard 2.5% raise if any at all. Let me break it down why the average American worker feels like it can’t get ahead.

Lets say you make a $1000.00 a month. Lets say you spend 120.00 in gas a month. and a budget of 200.00 in groceries a month. Leaving the rest for rent and utilities. Now I know this is low on what it takes to survive, but bare with me.

For fuel tax I could only find a 2019 average. The average tax was .60 a gallon. The average price of fuel was 2.60 in 2019. Divide the 120 by 2.60 this means you bought 46 gallons of fuel. This means you gave the states 28.00 of your 1000.00 for taxes reducing your buying power of fuel by .60 cents a gallon. Now this tax is suppose to go towards roads and emissions and so forth. However the same items are taxed several times in different ways.

That 1000.00 you made is also taxed so lets say you pay about 15% in taxes this is also low its closer to 18 so out of the 1000.00 you lost 150.00 to states and federal taxes. This money is to be spent however they want.

Grocery items are taxed as well. Most states are between 4 and 7 percent. Non Grocery items are taxed at the states sales tax rate. So you see what is happening. You loose the buying power of your money to pay taxes on items with money that is already taxed because you worked for it. So the government can decide how much money they made off you versus how much over there income they received they are going to borrow from other countries. All of this additional money from stimulus bills to national debt contributes to increased taxes and inflation. These two items are directly effecting your buying power at the pump, the grocery store, to supplies for home repairs and car repairs.

I completely feel it is time for people to think about cause and effect. Everything the government does will have a direct effect on you in some way. It is important to understand over regulations effects jobs directly as well as the need for more money from the tax power. So increasing the IRS by 37k will have a direct effect on you buy the budget that is needed to pay them. They are already counting on money that will come from business, and regardless of what is said the middle class. You will see mom and pop stores closing, and taxes and inflation will be the direct cause. It is sad to see the down fall of the greatest country in the world, but if things don’t change it just may come to light.

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On This Day August 21, 2001

On this day  NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. I have always had issues with this situation. Most of the Soldiers I know was given a real quick lesson, that our government was for hire. I was stationed in Germany when our sister battalion was sent on rotation to Macedonia. The fact that our Soldiers had to wear blue berets and UN patches was discussing. Not one of us took an oath to defend the U.N They originally sent 1100 troops from the U.N into Macedonia to watch surbia. Out of the 1100, 350 was US troops. I was tired as a Soldier risking my life to carry out orders from a U.N. board. Tax payers have continued to be force to pay for the position as world police.

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