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calendar   Saturday - December 07, 2013

up before the crack of dawn on December 7th

No, nothing dirty.

I’m just up early today. Either that, or my nightly episode of getting up in the middle of the night came really late. Whatever. I woke up, it was 6:05am. I got up, I made coffee. Still dark out.

We lost 2 out of 3 at Friday cheap league last night. It’s getting really depressing. The alley has taken to laying down some kind of strange ragged oil pattern, that acts like it’s used up and pushed down even when it’s brand new and freshly laid. Come on ... I can’t throw much of any hook ever, and I was arcing off the side of the lanes. I used my deadest ball and stood way left and it still came back far too far. I put away my robo-brace, put away my flat wrist Mongoose brace, and bowled bare handed. And the dead ball was still crossing over? Give it up. That’s just wrong. That’s how the lanes bowl on Saturday afternoon, when they haven’t been oiled since Friday and they’ve had a weekend full of kiddie parties and open bowling on them. WTF. I don’t want to pay money for that crap. 

It’s still dark out. Days are really short this late in the year. Sunrise isn’t until 7:07am today.



Oh, and it’s Pearl Harbor Day.  Ok, I remembered. Not sure what it is about it that I’m supposed to remember. Anyone want to tell me?

I’m not supposed to carry forward any race hatred against Japan, that’s not PC. Nor am I supposed to feel that they’re a never ending enemy, since they’re not, nor have they been in the slightest for longer than I’ve been alive. Am I supposed to cherish the memory of all the heroes that died that day? Well, for the small handful that got it together and were able to fight back, my thanks and my respect. You were heroic, and so were those who were first responders that day. For the rest, the 2400 who died and the 1200 wounded, especially those that drowned or burned, my prayers. Bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Worse luck to take a soldier’s risk when there is no war going on.

Damn shame the Navy didn’t have a workable plan in place that day. Something, anything, that would have given them a few minutes heads up warning. OTOH, what would they have done with it? Sure, they new the war was going to start any day. Were they prepared? Perhaps for some things, but obviously they weren’t ready for major anti-aircraft defense. Is that the lesson, the take away, I’m supposed to have?

Or is “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” the moral of this story, in reaction to how the Pacific Fleet was nearly destroyed that day? Except, well, maybe it wasn’t. Discounting the loss of life, maybe that attack was the best thing that could have happened. Not only did it all go down in protected shallow water, so that most of the damaged big ships could be refloated and repaired, a large number of the ships and planes lost were old clunkers, outdated relics from an earlier era. So a whole new Navy got built after this, with a big emphasis on air power.

And you can never ever really let go of the suspicion that FDR knew it was coming. That dirty sneaky lying bastige was the Obama of his day, and then some. So is “never ever trust the government” the real lesson here?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/07/2013 at 06:42 AM   
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