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Now any 17 year old will feel free to cross state lines. Heckuva job, America.

Note she's a lefty but apparently mocking the "HE CROSSED STATE LINES!" obsession of the shitlib media. She's even making fun of righties who are making fun of her for saying this. But, you know, can you blame us? We're literally hearing this seriously offered as Real Crime by every shitlib in the media and by ever shitlib on Twitter. And this is quite a subtle parody.
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April 11, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Alrighty it's Sunday all so let's run out the weekend clock.

The Hiroshima Dome That Survived The Bomb

Originally the Hiroshima Trade Promotion Hall it was only 150 meters from the hypo-center yet it mostly survived due to its sturdy construction. Some people in building basements only 100 to 200 meters from the epicenter also survived the blast though the buildings were destroyed. Today you can still visit the dome and epicenter as part of the Hiroshima Peace Museum.


And last week Enola Gay crewman Morris ‘Dick’ Jeppson died at age 87. He was the last man to touch 'Little Boy' before it detonated over Hiroshima.

A personal note

Years ago when I lived in Japan I visited Nagasaki and the Atomic Bomb Museum. For a city that had been nuked there was almost no reminder except for the museum and adjacent park - everything was new and modern and I was told that there no residual radiation left at all from the bomb.

The museum there has exhibits about the bombing that have never been seen outside Japan. It was both fascinating and horrifying. Pretty much everything that can happen when something or someone is exposed to 100 millions degrees F can be seen there. And there will be an entire room of it: eyeglasses fused onto skulls, arms and hands melted into bricks, a thousand clocks all stopped at 11:01, shadows of people burned onto walls. I remember in particular the shadow of a man carrying an umbrella caught in mid-stride when the blast hit. It was truly horrific stuff - things that Dante or Bosch leave to the imagination.

And yet. And yet if I had been in charge in August, 1945 and had the same information available to me they had, I think I would still have dropped the bombs.

Because it would have been the least worst option.

People were going to die no matter what - it was only matter of how many millions. Until Japan was occupied, the war would never really be over. And based on the casualties from the Battle of Okinawa among the military and civilians, it was estimated that Operation Downfall (the invasion and occupation of mainland Japan scheduled for October 1945) would result in up to 500,000 US KIA and the deaths of 10 million Japanese civilians and continue the war for another year.

It was going to be a bloodbath and equal all US losses up to that point in WWII. Compared to that the nuking of a few cities, horrible as it was, was a relative bargain in the larger bloody scheme of things. Needless to say I don't find the revisionists' arguments very compelling. And based on this letter from President Truman they were already active in 1946.

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