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You Know Who Else Worked With The Nazis? America, That’s Who.

Which one's the moderate?
Here’s a nifty little tale about that time the United States government worked with Nazis — actual Nazis, not the hyperbolic “Obama is just like Hitler” kind. In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show. Read more on You Know Who Else Worked With The Nazis? America, That’s Who….
  facts are stupid things

RNC Pretty Sure New AP History Test Is Racist Against America

Why teach American history when you can worship it instead?
Get your helmets and flak jackets on, folks, because it’s Culture War time again. The Republican National Committee is very very concerned about the College Board’s newly revised framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, condemning it for being way too LIEberal and for its “consistently negative view of American history.” You can’t say the RNC doesn’t have its priorities in order! For instance, the exam framework doesn’t even say that America is the Bestest, Freest, Most Wonderfullest Republic that ever existed in the world, and it also completely fails to say that Jesus handed the Constitution to George Washington. Worse, according to a resolution passed at the RNC’s summer meeting last week, the new framework Read more on RNC Pretty Sure New AP History Test Is Racist Against America…
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George Takei Tells How He Was Sent To An Internment Camp At Age 5. And Somehow It’s Not Horrifying!

We all love George Takei
Last night’s Daily Show brings us George Takei, who’s gone from pretend starship helmsman to real-life human rights hero and kept an excellent outlook on everything, somehow. Takei is on a press tour for his autobiographical documentary, To Be Takei, and instead of the usual interview fodder — his career on the popular “Star Wars” TV series or his work as a gay rights activist — Jon Stewart instead asked Takei to talk about his childhood experience in an internment camp during World War II. The amazing thing, and one of the reasons we just love George Takei, is that he can talk about the horrible irony of saying the Pledge of Allegiance in an elementary classroom and looking out at barbed wire and guard towers while saying “with liberty and justice for all” … and he can tell the story so calmly, summing it up with his father’s explanation years later: Read more on George Takei Tells How He Was Sent To An Internment Camp At Age 5. And Somehow It’s Not Horrifying!…
  it gets better

Michele Bachmann Bravely Stands Up For Oppressed Straight People Everywhere

Michele Bachmann leads a rough life. Despite being a Congresswoman, former presidential front-runner, and a national spokesperson for Crazy Eye Syndrome, she has a problem. As a straight person, she is tired of being bullied by the gays all the time. Bachmann recently went on the Lars Larson show to discuss CPAC, and discussed being the victim of bullying, via Right Wing Watch: “And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.” When will America come to terms with the decades of oppression faced by straight people at the manicured hands of the gays? And here’s the crazy(er) part: that’s not the craziest thing she said in the interview!  Read more on Michele Bachmann Bravely Stands Up For Oppressed Straight People Everywhere…
  praise the ammunition and pass the lord

Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks That Will Live In Infamy

After all those wonderful lies about the Great Depression, it will be nice to get back to something more like reality in our rightwing Christian textbooks for the Christian school/homeschooling market. And so, on with World War II — as we’ve noted, once these guys have an actual shooting war to look at, they tend to tone down the Culture War stuff. And for one of our two texts, the 11th/12th-grade United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001), that’s pretty much the case — there is almost nothing in this textbook’s coverage of WWII that would be out of place in a secular textbook. Happily for our purposes, our other book, A Beka’s eighth-grade America: Land I Love (1994, 2006), is just as full of crazy as ever, and even some of its discussion of the war itself is at best cursory. This is important, because we just aren’t ready to jump straight into the weirdness that is their discussion of the Cold War. (How’s that for a teaser for next week?) Let’s start with the primary causes of World War II: Socialism, spiritual emptiness, and of course, Charles Darwin. Yep, it’s going to be another of those chapters. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks That Will Live In Infamy…
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Illinois Residents Can Sleep Safer Now That Police Have Tased, Beanbagged 95-Year-Old Veteran To Death

Did you feel as though an intangible but perceptible cloud of safety and serenity descended on your community sometime last week? Probably this is because you live in Park Forest, Illinois, where local police successfully tased and beanbagged a 95-year-old World War II veteran to death last week for being ornery and refusing to put down a kitchen knife. Or maybe there was no kitchen knife and it was actually a shoehorn, who can be sure. But yes, thankfully, residents of Park Forest can sleep more soundly knowing that they are safe from the menace of cranky 95-year-olds thanks to Park Forest’s best and brightest! Read more on Illinois Residents Can Sleep Safer Now That Police Have Tased, Beanbagged 95-Year-Old Veteran To Death…
  Part 19: Blecch in the USSR

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Protect Homeschooled Darlings From The Big Mean U.N.

Be of good cheer, intrepid Wonketteers! We are very nearly finished with our 10th-grade textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, which means that very soon, Saint Reagan and Jesus will come to take us home! (That, or we’ll delve into a sex ed book from the same publisher.) Last week, we polished off World War II, so this week, it’s time for the bestest clash of civilizations evar, the Cold War. So dust off your Civil Defense helmet, hunker down in your fallout shelter, and learn to love The Bomb! But first, a word about the United Nations, which is both a “colossal failure” and the “foundation for a totalitarian, one-world government.” Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Protect Homeschooled Darlings From The Big Mean U.N….
  Part 18: You Theocratic Bastard I Read Your Book!

Sundays With the Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Annexes The Sudetenland

This is another weird chapter in our fundamentalist textbook for 10th graders, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective. Where much of the book emphasizes how the world has gone wrong by abandoning God, theological matters are almost wholly absent from the chapter on World War II. The editors don’t even say that God wanted America to win! For the most part, World History gives us a chronological account of WW II that’s very similar to what you might find in a secular textbook. Except, you know, for the parts about how Germans’ acceptance of the theory of evolution made Hitler inevitable. Read more on Sundays With the Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Annexes The Sudetenland…
  senior citizen cat fight

Bill Clinton Accuses Greatest Generation of Being Bad Parents

Don’t worry, in another forty or fifty years, all the Baby Boomers and “The Greatest Generation” will be gone. Meanwhile, this, from a new interview with Bill Clinton: I mean, all of this “the greatest generation is World War II?” — it just happens that they’re the most horrible parents in human history, right? Read more on Bill Clinton Accuses Greatest Generation of Being Bad Parents…
  hell on earth

Japan Nuke Nightmare Level Raised To ‘Chernobyl Level’

Japan finally acknowledged the full horrors at its Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant and raised the “severity rating” to 7, the highest on the accident scale and equivalent to the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine a quarter-century ago. Each step up the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale represents a tenfold increase in danger, with an accident level of 7 indicative of a “major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures.” Read more on Japan Nuke Nightmare Level Raised To ‘Chernobyl Level’…
  the fly-as-eff dogs of war

Nazis Were Obsessed With ‘Hitler-Mocking’ Dog That Wore Sunglasses

In the middle of World War II, the Foreign Office in Berlin commanded its diplomats in the Nazi-friendly Nordic country to gather evidence on the dog, and even came up with plans to destroy the pharmaceutical wholesale company of the dog’s owner. […] Read more on Nazis Were Obsessed With ‘Hitler-Mocking’ Dog That Wore Sunglasses…
  we hate ohio nazis

GOP ‘Young Guns’ House Nominee Loves Playing Nazi Dress-Up

What this year’s crop of insane GOP/Teabagger candidates had lacked, so far, was really only a Tea Party-backed Republican nominee hand-selected as one of Eric Cantor’s “Young Guns” who also spent all his spare time dressed up like an actual Nazi Waffen SS soldier playing German Invasion in the woods around Toledo. And now, the story of the GOP Resurgence is complete, because the dress-up Nazi has been located. Meet Rich Iott, your new teabagger congressman from Ohio! Read more on GOP ‘Young Guns’ House Nominee Loves Playing Nazi Dress-Up…
  daily briefing

Everyone Do Some Celebratory ‘Stoner Culture Thing’ In Honor Of New Jersey!

Medical marijuana is now legal in the nearby state of New Jersey! This is a thing MTV orchestrated, for its popular Jersey Shore documentary series. [New York Times] Miep Gies, the very nice Dutch lady who hid Anne Frank and her family from the cast of Jersey Shore, has died at 100. [Washington Post] Read more on Everyone Do Some Celebratory ‘Stoner Culture Thing’ In Honor Of New Jersey!…
  just throwing it out there

Why Was Obama Keeping Japanese Death Submarines Underneath His Hawaii?

Whoa, neato! “Researchers on Thursday announced the discovery of two World War II Japanese submarines, including one meant to carry aircraft for attacks on American cities and the Panama Canal, in deep water off Hawaii, where they were sunk 63 years ago.” They are still operational and Obama plans to operate them, on America and the Panama Canal. No, they are not operational at all. But will Obama still use them? [NYT] Read more on Why Was Obama Keeping Japanese Death Submarines Underneath His Hawaii?…
  the editing process

Newsmax Changed Its Mind About The Need To ‘Exterminate’ Obama’s ‘Pesty’ Socialist Pals

#1 maximum news place, Newsmax, thought twice—or, you know, once—about its new article today that suggested Obama’s socialist and leftist advisers, or “pests,” should be somehow “exterminated.” The piece has since been removed from the Internet and sent to a camp in Poland. Newsmax has won the morning! Read more on Newsmax Changed Its Mind About The Need To ‘Exterminate’ Obama’s ‘Pesty’ Socialist Pals…
  same principle

Paultard Candidate: Don’t Call Me A Hero, But Basically What I’m Doing Is Akin To Singlehandedly Killing Every Nazi In WWII

Connecticut Senate candidate Peter Schiff, who (by default) fills the role of the “Holy Spirit” in the Paultards’ Trinity of masturbatory fever dream starring actors, gave a rather epic quote to the Washington Post in an interview yesterday: “I’m interrupting my career. It’s not like I want my new career in politics. But I’m willing to interrupt it the same way that somebody interrupted their career and joined World War II and went off to fight the Nazis. I don’t think that I’m that heroic, and I don’t think I’m risking as much as a soldier. But it’s the same principle.” No, it’s actually the exact same thing. [Washington Post] Read more on Paultard Candidate: Don’t Call Me A Hero, But Basically What I’m Doing Is Akin To Singlehandedly Killing Every Nazi In WWII…
  move right along

Bachmann Says ACORN Will Use Census For Internment Camps

Something like that at least; she may have said these things before: “If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the census bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps.” Ha. We all know that if Michele Bachmann had been in power in the 1940s, she would’ve *loved* the idea of internment camps. [YouTube, Think Progress] Read more on Bachmann Says ACORN Will Use Census For Internment Camps…
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Pat Buchanan Still Seething Over That Fink, Hirohito

Pat Buchanan has written a real ripsnorter of a column in the American Conservative about how the Republicans are a bag of salty dicks, for hating Detroit. Detroit could be worse — for example, they could be Japs: “But why this ‘Let-them-eat-cake!’ coldness toward U.S. auto companies? General Motors employs more workers than all these foreign plants combined. And, unlike Mitsubishi, General Motors didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor.” [American Conservative] Read more on Pat Buchanan Still Seething Over That Fink, Hirohito…
 

Colorful Environmental ‘Time’ Cover Offends Veterans

Now this is a creative graphic from America’s Magazine of Record, Time, which will grace the cover for its upcoming green issue. (Hey, wasn’t that Vanity Fair‘s gimmick-issue to begin with?) Of course it is a play on the famous Iwo Jima photo/statue from World War II, which was a fake to begin with. Naturally, Iwo Jima veterans are very offended that their fake posing photo is being used to promote something as Communist as saving the environment. Read more on Colorful Environmental ‘Time’ Cover Offends Veterans…
 

A Short Guide To Iraq

Hey look, the “War and Navy Departments” put out this little handbook (PDF) to help the troops in Iraq … in 1943, when we had soldiers and sailors over there for some reason. Let’s see — yes, right: “YOU HAVE been ordered to Iraq (i-RAHK) as part of the world-wide offensive to beat Hitler.” Join us after the jump as we visit a mysterious era in which everybody at the Pentagon wasn’t a complete fucking idiot, after the jump. Read more on A Short Guide To Iraq…