Thursday, January 26, 2017

History: The Year is 1939

I've uploaded year 1939 to the TSP Wiki...

The American Nazis Hail George Washington -- US citizens say that Washington was the "first fascist".

Abridging the Public's Right to Know -- Hitler's Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is sold in the USA in it's abridged form... the form that might give the impression that he wants a war.

World War 2 in Review -- It's a little jumbled but I try to give a sense
of what it happened in the various countries involved.

Notable Births -- See below.

This Year in Film -- See below.

This Year in Music -- See below.

In Other News -- Nylons, the Hydra-Matic transmission and Amelia Earhart.

The American Nazis Hail George Washington

WHAT???!!! The German-American Bund is celebrating George Washington's birthday with the Nazi salute. If you will recall, the current salute to the American flag is EXACTLY the same salute and has been for decades. The American Nazis declare boldly that George Washington was "the first fascist." New York's Madison Square Garden is hosting a convention of 22,000 American Nazis. From the picture, it looks like a 50 foot tall image of George Washington is at center stage, flanked by American flags and swastikas. A banner flies overhead, "Stop Jewish Domination of Christian Americans". (FYI, Alex Shrugged is Jewish. He doesn't want to dominate anything but his own life and property.) Nazi speakers at the convention state that FDR (that is, "Frank D. Rosenfeld") can stuff his "Jew Deal", and keep America out of Germany's war with Europe. Children's camps are springing up across the USA... especially in Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Children sing "Deutschland, über alles." If you are wondering why FDR is not leaping to the aid of Great Britain right now, it is because he wants to win his reelection bid next year. To do so he will sacrifice many things including any shred of decency he may possess. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
It looks bad. Doesn't it? I don't recall the Kaiser getting this kind of German-American support during World War 1. What changed? Germany's defeat changed everything. Their pride was broken. They came to America to escape the economic disaster that ensued. In fact, American eugenics immigration policy favored the Germans, but some Germans did not assimilate well into American society. As Hitler rose to power, Germany was getting respect again. Many German-Americans went to Germany to fight under Hitler, but don't read too much into it. The current and accurate information that the average American could have about ANYTHING going on overseas was limited to what newspaper reporters chose to tell the public. Some of those reporters were LIARS! Others were being blackmailed, and some editors supported FDR's reelection. With such a large number of American Nazi voters, the media tried to move the discussion away from the Jews. That sounds crass, but most of the Jewish-American leadership supported FDR's reelection bid though in the end, many of them regretted it. [7]

Abridging the Public's Right to Know

Adolf Hitler's manifesto entitled Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is selling reasonably well in America in it's ABRIDGED English translation. It has been edited for the sensibilities of good Americans, and to avoid giving the United States an excuse for entering the war. However, a reporter working for the International News Service, realizes that the abridged version does not accurately reflect what is in the original German version. In fact, it is giving an entirely false impression to the American people. Since it is unlikely that the reporter could ever obtain copyright permission to translate Hitler's manifesto, he and his buddy work night and day to translate and publish their own unauthorized translation without permission. They are immediately sued for copyright infringement (which it certainly is). By the time the court rules against them, and orders a halt to publication, half a million copies are sold. The proceeds will go to charity. Hitler can go to... court. [8] [9] [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
So who was the reporter? It was the future US Senator Alan Cranston of California.... that One-World-Government, pain-in-my-backside. (He has since passed away, but the pain remains.) He published the translation because he didn't like the way Hitler's propaganda was skewing public opinion. For this one good deed (and it really galls me to say it) all is forgiven. Today, I look at how the public is manipulated by propaganda and I wonder, "Have we learned nothing at all?" Even people that I KNOW understand propaganda don't want to face it, probably because facing it means they must do something about it.... like finding the facts. Thinking about what it means and then telling others the truth. Truth-tellers are not popular people. I've told the truth many times, but now that I am older, I can get away with it. I smile and people laugh. Humor is like that.... speaking the truth out loud. It surprises people. I'd rather they think about it.

World War 2 in Review

  • USA: FDR asks for money for the War. (America is at war?) The "Neutrality Patrol" is launched to protect British shipping. (How is that neutral?) [12] [13]
  • Britain: The draft begins, a mutual defense treaty with Poland is signed, radar stations are built, balloons are anchored over major cities, and women and children evacuate London (for some reason). [12]
  • France: French troops are moved up to the Maginot Line to block a German invasion... as if it was World War 1. (These guys are hosed.)
  • Germany: Doctors euthanize the sick. Czechoslovakia is occupied, and Poland is blitzed. IT'S WAR! U-boats attack British shipping. The mass deportation of Jews to Poland begins. [14] [15]
  • Italy: Albania is overrun. The "Pact of Steel" alliance is signed with Germany. [16]
  • Japan: Declines the "Pact of Steel" alliance with Germany and Italy. Continues to beat the tar out of China. [17]
  • USSR: The German–Soviet Non-aggression Pact is signed. The USSR invades Finland and Poland. The USSR is expelled from the League of Nations. (The League is worthless.) [18]

Notable Births

  • Lee Harvey Oswald: Some people think he assassinated John F. Kennedy. (People like Alex Shrugged.) [19]
  • David Frost: Best known for the TV interview of former President Nixon. (Nixon was paid $600,000.) [20]
  • And in Entertainment...
  • -- Ian McKellen (Living): Gandalf in Lord of the Rings; , Magneto in X-Men and British historian in The Da Vinci Code. [21]
  • -- Richard Kiel: Who? The 7 foot tall villain in "Moonraker", "The Longest Yard", and the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man". [22]
  • -- Cleavon Little: Sheriff Bart in "Blazing Saddles", replacing Richard Prior in the role. [23]
  • -- Lily Tomlin (Living): Ms. Frizzle in The Magic School Bus, and comedy characters like Ernestine from the phone company. [24]
  • -- Ray Stevens (Living): Known for "Everything Is Beautiful" and comedy songs like "Gitarzan" (Guitar-zan) and "The Streak". [25]
**Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked.

This Year in Music

  • God Bless America: sung by Kate Smith. [12] [26]
  • Over the Rainbow: sung by Judy Garland. [12] [26]
  • When the Saints Go Marching In: sung by Louis Armstrong. [26]
  • Moonlight Serenade: played by the Glenn Miller Band. [26]
  • The Beer Barrel Polka: played by Will Glahé, the Polka King. [12] [26]

This Year in Film

  • Gone With the Wind: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." (Academy Award for Best Picture). [12] [27] [28]
  • The Wizard of Oz: (musical) A Thanksgiving favorite starring Judy Garland. [12]
  • Gulliver's Travels: (animated) A Paramount film to compete with Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released 2 years ago. [29]
  • Of Mice and Men: Adaptation of John Steinbeck's novella of dustbowl migrant workers and Lennie, a man of limited mental gifts. [30]
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: The Frank Capra film that puts Jimmy Stewart on the map. [31]

In Other News

  • Nylons on sale now! STAMPEDE! [12]
  • The Hydra-Matic automatic transmission on sale now. STAMPEDE! [12]
  • Amelia Earhart is declared dead. Her Lockheed 10 probably crashed over the Pacific. By now she is dead. [32]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1939, Wikipedia.

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