Enola Gay

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2014 by andelino
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Captain Van Kirk, left, who was known as “Dutch,” with Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr., center, and Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee in 1945 after they flew the Enola Gay to Hiroshima to drop an atomic bomb.

Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the last days of World War II, died on July 28, 2014 at his home in Stone Mountain, Ga.

His son Thomas confirmed the death. He was 93.

In the predawn hours of Aug. 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, piloted by Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. and carrying a crew of 12, took off from Tinian in the Mariana Islands with a uranium bomb built under extraordinary secrecy in the vast Manhattan Project.

Captain Van Kirk spread out his navigation charts on a small table behind Colonel Tibbets’s seat. From that spot, at the end of a long tunnel atop the bomb bays, he took the plane’s bearings, using a hand-held sextant to guide with the stars.

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When the Enola Gay reached Iwo Jima as the sun rose, it began an ascent to 31,000 feet. At 8:15 a.m. Japan time, it reached Hiroshima, a city of 250,000 and the site of an important army headquarters.

The bombardier, Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, said, “I got it,” announcing that the Enola Gay was over his aiming point, the T-shaped Aioi Bridge.

Captain Van Kirk, who had also familiarized himself with Hiroshima’s landmarks, leaned over Major Ferebee’s shoulder and confirmed he was correct.

His navigating skills had brought the Enola Gay to its target only a few seconds behind schedule at the conclusion of a six-and-a-half-hour flight.

Major Ferebee released the bomb, known as Little Boy, and 43 seconds later, at 1,890 feet above ground zero, it exploded in a nuclear inferno, leaving tens of thousands dead or dying and turning Hiroshima into scorched devastation.

Colonel Tibbets executed a diving turn to avoid the blast effects, but the Enola Gay was buffeted by a pair of shock waves. A flash of light that Van Kirk likened to a photographer’s flashbulb engulfed the cabin.

“The plane jumped and made a sound like sheet metal snapping,” Van Kirk told The New York Times on the 50th anniversary of the Hiroshima raid.

“Shortly after the second wave, we turned to where we could look out and see the cloud, where the city of Hiroshima had been.”

He added: “The entire city was covered with smoke and dust and dirt. I describe it looking like a pot of black, boiling tar. You could see some fires burning on the edge of the city.”

Van Kirk remembered “a sense of relief.”

“Even though you were still up there in the air and no one else in the world knew what had happened, you just sort of had a sense that the war was over, or would be soon,” he told Bob Greene in Mr. Greene’s 2000 book, “Duty.”

Shortly before 3 p.m., the crewmen returned to Tinian and were greeted, as Van Kirk told it, by “more generals and admirals than I had ever seen in one place in my life.”

Three days later, another B-29 dropped a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. On Aug. 15, Japan surrendered, bringing World War II to an end.

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The crew of the Enola Gay is debriefed after their bombing mission over Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

Theodore Van Kirk — everybody called him Dutch — was born and reared in Northumberland, Pa. He attended Susquehanna College for a year, then became an Army Air Forces cadet in October 1941.

Colonel Tibbets, flying with the Eighth Air Force out of England, selected Captain Van Kirk and Major Ferebee for his crew the next year.

Their B-17 Flying Fortress, named “Red Gremlin,” became the lead plane in the 97th Bomb Group’s missions and flew Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to Gibraltar in November 1942 in preparation for the invasion of North Africa.

After 58 missions over Europe and North Africa, Captain Van Kirk returned to the United States to train navigators.

When Colonel Tibbets was selected to command the 509th Composite Group, a unit of 1,800 airmen assembled in Utah in the fall of 1944 to train for delivering the atomic bomb, he brought Captain Van Kirk and Major Ferebee with him.

This time they trained on the newly developed B-29’s.

As Van Kirk recalled Colonel Tibbets’s words in a 2005 Time magazine interview: “He told me, ‘We’re going to do something that I can’t tell you about right now, but if it works, it will end or significantly shorten the war.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, buddy, I’ve heard that before.’ ”

In the summer of 1945, the 509th conducted its final training on Tinian, and President Harry S. Truman gave the order to drop the atomic bomb.

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Atomic Mushroom Clouds.

Whether the United States should have used the atomic bomb has been debated endlessly. Van Kirk thought it was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides.

“I honestly believe the use of the atomic bomb saved lives in the long run. There were a lot of lives saved. Most of the lives saved were Japanese,” Van Kirk said.

But it also made him wary of war.

“The whole World War II experience shows that wars don’t settle anything. And atomic weapons don’t settle anything,” he said.

“I personally think there shouldn’t be any atomic bombs in the world — I’d like to see them all abolished. But if anyone has one,” he added, “I want to have one more than my enemy.”

The crews that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were seen by Americans as saviors for ending the war. But over the years, the morality of atomic warfare and the need for the bombings has been questioned.

Van Kirk joined his fellow crewmen in “unwavering” defense of the atomic raids.

“We were fighting an enemy that had a reputation for never surrendering, never accepting defeat,” he said. “It’s really hard to talk about morality and war in the same sentence.”

He continued: “Where was the morality in the bombing of Coventry, or the bombing of Dresden, or the Bataan Death March, or the Rape of Nanking, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor? I believe that when you’re in a war, a nation must have the courage to do what it must to win the war with a minimum loss of lives.”

Van Kirk stayed on with the military for a year after the war ended and retired from military service in 1946 as a major, having received the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross.

Earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Bucknell University Van Kirk became a marketing executive with DuPont where he stayed until he retired in 1985.

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Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk in 2009.

He later moved from California to the Atlanta area to be near his daughter. Besides his son Thomas, survivors include another son, Larry; two daughters, Vicki Triplett and Joanne Gotelli; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Like many World War II veterans, Van Kirk didn’t talk much about his service until much later in his life when he spoke to school groups, his son said.

“I didn’t even find out that he was on that mission until I was 10 years old and read some old news clippings in my grandmother’s attic,” Tom Van Kirk said in a phone interview.

Instead, he and his three siblings treasured a wonderful father, who was a great mentor and remained active and “sharp as a tack” until the end of his life.

“I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father,” Tom Van Kirk said.

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Van Kirk’s military career was chronicled in a 2012 book, “My True Course,” by Suzanne Dietz. Van Kirk was energetic, very bright and had a “terrific sense of humor,” Dietz recalled.

Interviewing Van Kirk for the book, she said, “was like sitting with your father at the kitchen table listening to him tell stories.”

A funeral service was held for Van Kirk on August 5th in his hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania where he was buried next to his wife, who died in 1975.

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President Barack Obama “Ebola Gay.”

Air Ebola Airlines

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on October 22, 2014 by andelino

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For the “first time” in his presidency, Barack Hussein Obama has “delivered” results that are “indisputably” positive.

Now, that is truly “ObamaCaring.”

Have you ever “wanted” to see what it feels like to have your body “consumed” by Ebola?

Have you ever wanted to “fly” right to the source of a “disease” outbreak, so you can “suffer” alongside the third world?

Have you ever thought, “It’s not fair that I don’t have Ebola just because of my lighter skin color!”

If so, “you’re in luck!”

You now can “fly” to west Africa on “Air Ebola” and “pre-infect” yourself!

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Announcing the all new “Air Ebola” with “nonstop” flights to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from “multiple” cities in America.

“Air Ebola” is not “just” the name of a new Airline. Ebola particles are actually “floating” through the air on the plane, “deposited” by previous Ebola tourists.

You can “quadruple” your chances of becoming “infected” by flying “Air Ebola.” No cleaning crews are hired by “Air Ebola” so the plane is always “extra” contagious.

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Experience the following “social” platitudes while flying “Air Ebola:”

- Celebrate Ebola equality!
- Ebola Without Borders: Support free and open spread of pestilence!
- Practice Ebola Tolerance: America’s Ebola is no better than anyone else’s!
- Ebola Amnesty: America should get Ebola too!
- Ebola for All: Now whites can also suffer!
- No Justice, No Cure! Ebola as slavery revenge!
- Insurance coverage under “ObolaCare”

The “cost” of the flight to “catch” Ebola includes an extra fee for “carbon” offsets to negate the effect of “global warming” caused by your “desire” to fly to Africa.

Not only can you catch Ebola to “avenge” slavery, but you can “support” the global environment, all at once.

“Air Ebola” promotes “spread” of the disease so more people can “expire” quickly. The “existence” of fewer people will result in less carbon emissions for the planet.

“Air Ebola” is the official airline of the “Democratic National Committee” (DNC). Vote Democrat to “increase” the spread of Ebola!

Use the hashtag “#Dems4Ebola” to show your support!

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Any privileged “white” American can “sacrifice” themselves for the “original” sin of slavery by flying straight to the “source” of the outbreak.

Meander with the “locals,” hang out at the “hospital,” and get “sneezed” on by an “Ebola” victim.

Once “infected,” you are free to “fly back to America” and bring the “disease” to your privileged family.

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Just “tell” Customs Agents that you “have” a fever.

All airports will have lie detectors to stop people from “lying” about whether they’ve come in “contact” with Ebola.

It is what President Obama has “ordered” the TSA to do in his effort to “decimate” America’s population.

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Wake Up Democrats

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by andelino

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Apparently anticipating “problems” with a Democratic “turnout” on Election Day, Michelle Obama “seems to think” she knows what the issue is: “Democrat voters are ignorant and lazy.”

The first lady was speaking at a campaign rally for the Democrat candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, when she said “Democrat voters too often feel that they have more important things to do than vote – like sleeping.”

“That’s if they even realize that there’s an election being held at all.”

In an effort to “boost” turnout in November, Michelle told the crowd that she runs across voters “who are like, no, I ain’t going to vote, or I couldn’t wake up.”

But she stressed that “every” vote matters.

“So this is where — when I find people who are like, no, I ain’t going to vote, or I couldn’t wake up, or it doesn’t matter, or why — 20 votes decided who your Governor was in 2010, and it could decide who the Governor is this time.”

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The first lady wasn’t finished with the “sleepy-voter” theme. Later in her remarks, she expanded on the idea.

“You know your 20 people. You know the people in your neighborhood, in your church, in your family who aren’t focused. And you can’t leave anybody behind.”

Michelle appeared “unsure” that her audience, presumably there to see her and the candidates running for office, even knew that there was a “midterm” election coming up.

“See, but then when the midterms come along — which is where we are now — too many of our people just tune out,” she told the crowd.

This “ignorance”, apparently, does not surprise the first lady. It seems like that she has been meeting people on the “campaign trail” who, in addition to “being” ignorant, just don’t want to be “bothered” with the hassle of voting.

“And sometimes, folks just aren’t informed about the issues at stake in this election. Sometimes, they just don’t know how to make their voices heard on Election Day. Some folks don’t even know there are midterm elections,” Michelle said.

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In case anyone thought that was a slip, or merely a flippant remark, Michelle then “doubled down” on her concern that Democrats might actually “sleep” through Election Day.

“That nephew you know who sleeps — get him up. Wake him up. Young people, you all know folks who aren’t paying attention. Your classmates, your dorm mates — wake them up, get them out.”

It hardly bears mentioning that if Republicans “labeled” Democrat voters as either oblivious or indolent – “never mind both” – they would be “burned at the stake” alive by the mainstream media.

But, as usual, Michelle gets a “pass” from the press, but why her audience puts up with such “insults” is unfathomable.

Maybe they weren’t really “paying” attention. They probably were “catching up on their sleep” at the campaign rally.

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So now Michelle has “create” this new campaign to “wake up” these folks with a bit of an “angry” spark.

Yes, like “Frankenstein,” she will re-animate the “deep sleepers” to come out and vote.

This would also help to “dispel the notion” that Barack Obama is a “lame duck” in the White House who “only is interested” in playing golf.

So, “wake up” sleepers, “Next Tuesday” is right around the corner!

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Meanwhile, President Barack Obama made a “rare” appearance on the campaign trail with a “rally” to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but “early departures” of crowd members while he spoke “underscored” his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels “hovering” around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year “raising” money for “struggling” Democrats, who risk “losing” control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

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Which way to the exit? People depart a Maryland gymnasium soon after President Obama started making a campaign speech on Sunday.

Most candidates from his party have been “wary” of appearing with him during their election races because of his “sagging” popularity.

“You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated “over and over” at the rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.

Democrats have a history of not “turning up” to vote in midterm elections.

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A heckler who interrupted President Obama’s campaign speech for Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is escorted out of the gymnasium at Sunday’s Early Vote Rally.

“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said as a steady stream of people “walked out of the auditorium” while he spoke, and a heckler “interrupted” his remarks.

In other speeches designed to “fire up” Democrats to vote in “midterm” elections, President Obama has at times described voters in his party as having a “congenital defect.”

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The old “Do something” campaign by President Barack Obama “did not work” apparently because “Democrats are sleeping too much.”

Neither did the Europeans when Obama asks them to do something.

Go with the Flow

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by andelino

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The “Go with the Flow” campaign is the “brainchild” of students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

This new and progressive suggestion to “save” water poses a simple question, “Why not take your first pee during your communal morning shower?”

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Some “conditioning and retraining” may be required, but the “brainy” youngsters calculate the 15,000students” at their campus could save enough water in a year to “fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times.”

It is unclear if the “pee” is included in this estimate.

The pair want those taking part to “pledge their allegiance” on Facebook and Twitter and have offered “gift vouchers” to the first people to join the challenge.

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Dobson said: “We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact. With 15,000 students at UEA ” imagine how big an “impact” it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to “change” their morning habits.

“The campaign has been really divisive – people either seem to love it or hate it. We’re trying to challenge conventional behavior, to start a debate on a resource that we largely take for granted.”

But what about the “health” risk?

Dobson assured everyone that “absolutely” no risk is involved. He said he’d taken “advice” from a professor and “undertaken” online research about potential health risks for people using “communal” showers.

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“As long as the water is flowing there is no hygiene risk as urine is sterile but we would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part,” he said.

Others are not so sure.

“There are guys here at the school who like this proposal cause it’ll give them a chance to pee on me every morning!” sniffled an unnamed student.

Other youngsters were heard joking about “pissing contests” and the explosion of “lawsuits and hazing” charges certain to follow.

A UEA spokeswoman said the university supported “students in their efforts in these initiatives and encouraged all forms of enterprising, entrepreneurial and employability activity.”

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Our “illustrious and progressive” institutions of higher learning have once again “paved the way” for the future of humanity!

The toiling masses have two more “icons” to gaze upon in “awe and admiration.”

The Nobel committee has already “created” a new prize! You may thought “urine is trouble” but now we know “it’s safe.”

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Let’s hope “everyone” is looking forward year after year of “urinating” in the shower!

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Nudie Tees

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 19, 2014 by andelino

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Outlets selling “nude” lady golf tees, molded without a head or arms, have been criticized over claims they promote “violence against women.”

The “Nudie Tees”, which cost around £3 for a pack of six, are sold in sports shops across the UK and for about $8.00 at online retailer Amazon.

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But shopper Stephanie Davies-Arai, 55, took “offense” when she saw them for sale in her local “Intersport” shop in Lewes, Sussex claiming: “They are really horrible. I was actually upset. It’s basically saying that knocking the head off a woman is a joke, something that is really funny.”

Now suddenly the “Nudie Tees” have caught the attention of several publications on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as several “women’s rights and sexual-assault victims’ groups,” decrying the products as not only “sexist,” but disrespectful and ignorant of the “violent” way women are treated throughout the world.

Do women “honestly” think the makers of these “Nudie Tees” were thinking that when you put a golf ball on the tee it looks like you’re “hitting a woman’s head off!”

How stupid is that! These are just golf tees shaped like a “nude” women that a guy can have “fun” with and startle his “buddies” with when they play. It’s that simple.

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Apparently people can’t simply say, “Hey those golf tees are shaped like nude women. That’s clever.” Nope. That would  be “too much to ask” and way too simple.

They have to “lose” their minds and look at a “deeper” meaning that isn’t even there just so they can throw a fit about “violence against women.”

A spokesman for Intersport in Lewes explained why the store is not going to remove them. “We have stocked these for about ten years as a novelty item which is bought by a lot of wives for their husbands at Christmas time.”

“A regular customer took offense to them 18 months ago so we took them off prominent display and put them behind some balls. They used to sell really well but we don’t sell many now because of where we moved them to.”

“We are not going to take them off display. We’ve only had two complaints in ten years. If we had regular complaints or the company withdrew them, then we would respond.”

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Dunlop continues to sell the product on their website and is yet to comment on the reports critical of the product.

“Add a little humor to your game or, why not get these as a fun present for someone who takes the sport a little too seriously,” Dunlop says of the product on its website.

I love the “response” from the manufacturer. They’ve been making those tees for 10 years and now, “for some reason in 2014,” people have a problem with them?

Gimmie a break. They’re a “hilarious” novelty. Nothing more, nothing less.

British activist launches campaign against Dunlop Sports’ novelty nudie tees.

Allah Hates ISIS

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 18, 2014 by andelino

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A Syrian Kurd woman, member of “Yekîneyên Parastina Gel” (YPG), The People’s Protection Units, who was fighting for her family was beheaded by a “Takfiri” terrorist of ISIS in Kobani.

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According to reports, the ISIS “bastard” who beheaded the Kurdish woman fighter in Kobani has been “sent to hell. “

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100% Proof Allah Hates ISIS.

Ever notice that “Allah” always takes out the biggest “scumbag” Muslims?

No “Martyr’s” smile! Apparently the Kurdish “virgins” in Jannah were “not” in a giving mood.

Lock Your Doors

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 17, 2014 by andelino

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The White House announced it would do what most homeowners practice to secure their property: “Lock the front door.”

“After Friday night’s incident, when the door is not in use, it will be secured,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, clarifying that officials would, in fact, lock the door.

An Iraq war veteran armed with a concealed knife managed to scale the outer fence of the White House and make it through the North Portico doors, near the residence of the first family.

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There was a heightened security presence outside the White House and Earnest said the Secret Service had launched an investigation on how to further bolster security around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Earnest said officials were exploring whether to boost staffing levels and move security personnel to other parts of the White House.

“Providing security at the White House is a complicated business,” Earnest said, reminding reporters that thousands of tourists visit the president’s residence every year.

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When asked about the president’s response to the security breach, Earnest said Obama was “obviously concerned” but will still be able to “get out and play golf.”

Really? They will now “lock” the front door? What about the “front doors” on our porous borders?

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Omar J. Gonzalez, the “oppressed migrant,” who jumped the White House fence deserves the right to live in President Barack Obama’s home, just as the president is allowing hundreds of thousands of “border jumping” Central Americans to live in Americans’ homeland, says a new tongue-in-cheek petition posted at the “We the People” White House website.

“We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, the ‘Undocumented Visitor’, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence,” says the petition, which was authored by D.A. King, founder of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which advocates for actual enforcement of immigration law.

You can read and sign the petition HERE to speed up comprehensive visitor reform!

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