Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you have a good day, with family, with friends, or however you choose to spend it.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.


Operation Ivy, King Shot

Operation Ivy was the project by the US military that produced the first thermonuclear explosion. That was the Ivy Mike explosion. But they weren’t sure it was going to work. So they had a backup plan – the King shot. It was detonated a little more than 2 weeks after Ivy Mike.

Ivy King was the largest fission explosion tested by the United State. It was detonated on November 16, 1952. It was a 500 kiloton device, and unlike the Mike shot (which was 2 stories high, and weighed in at about 80 tons) could have been carried by the bombers of the day.

Veteran’s Day – To Mark the End of “The War to End All Wars”

They only started numbering them later. AP Was There: Armistice brings World War I to an end.


WASHINGTON, MONDAY, NOV. 11 [1918] — The Armistice between Germany, on the one hand, and the Allied governments and the United States, on the other, has been signed.

The State Department announced at 2:45 o’clock this morning that Germany had signed.

The world war will end at 6 o’clock this morning, Washington time, 11 o’clock Paris time.



WASHINGTON, NOV. 11 [1918] — The greatest war in history ended Monday morning at 6 o’clock Washington time, after 1,567 days of horror, during which virtually the whole civilized world had been convulsed.

The Night of Broken Glass: November 9th, 1938

Kristallnacht could be counted as the beginning of the Holocaust. German politicians remember Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom.

Germany is marking the 80th anniversary of attacks on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust.

Other things that happened in Germany on the 9th of November.

  • Demolition of the Berlin Wall began on November 9, 1989
  • Weimar Republic was created (de facto) on that date in 1918 when Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated.

Ку́зькина ма́ть (Kuzka’s Mother) – Known in the West as Tsar Bomba

The largest explosion ever created by mankind was unleashed by the Soviet Union on October 30, 1961. Or should I say Союз Советских Социалистических Республик – CCCP? (Seems like a lot of these tests fall near Halloween.) Tsar Bomba – The king of bombs. (Video is below the fold.)

It was originally designed to have a yield of 100 megatons, but that would have made even testing it, a suicide mission. In the end it had a 50 megaton yield, which gave the crew of the Tu-95 bomber a 50 percent chance of survival.

The specs are horrific. Total destruction in a 15 mile radius around ground zero. 3rd degree burns over a 64 mile radius. (That’s almost a 13,000 square mile area.) Buildings and people would basically be set on fire over much of that area. Then there would be fallout.

The name Kuzka’s Mother (Kuzma’s Mother in some places) comes from a Russian threat, that Nikita Khrushchev was fond of.

The phrase “I’ll show you Kuzka’s Mother!” (or in Russian “Ya Pokazhy tebye Kuzkinu mat!”) is a Russian idiom that is generally understood as a threat.

It fits in the whole mode of Khrushchev’s shoe-pounding episode.

As I’ve said before, we are forgetting about the Cold War, about the kinds of threats we faced. I think this is why no one takes the new threats seriously. They haven’t considered even the old threats. Interviews around the movie 33 Minutes, and the reaction to the false-alarm attack warning that Hawaii recently experienced, and the reaction to the new Russian ICBM tell me (and others) that people have forgotten everything about the Cold War. History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat.

As mentioned, there is video below the fold.

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One Year After the Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

That was when Stephen Willeford decided to be a hero. The Ultimate Good Guy With a Gun.

This is a nicely written review of the day, and the effect it has had on Mr. Willeford’s life in the past year. It is worth your time.

And for those who wonder why would you ever need a large-capacity magazine…

As they closed in on the SUV, it swerved back and forth across both lanes and then, abruptly, careered off the road into a ditch. Langendorff pulled up about five yards behind the Explorer. Willeford clutched the AR-15 in his right hand— he only had two rounds remaining, not enough to survive another shootout—and reached down to open the door with his left. Just as he was stepping out, the Explorer peeled off, plowing through a street sign on its way back to the road. Willeford closed his door. Langendorff stomped on the gas.

Johnnie Langendorff, a guy Willeford had never met, was driving by when all this started, he didn’t hesitate when Willeford said, “That guy just shot up the church.” Langendorff unlocked the door to his truck.

The History of Character Assassination and Left (1950s and on)

We’ve heard it all before. If we are old enough and have been paying attention. A book on the pale pastels of a Never Trumper senator.

The link is a review of Never-Trump Senator Ben Sasse’s book. There is apparently a section on “when it all started” that tracks the hard divide between Left and Right to the Bork nomination to SCOTUS during the Reagan administration.

But the start of the Left-Right divide? Hardly. One wonders in astonishment if Sasse is at all familiar with the careers of William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan. And the fact that all three paved the way for Sean Hannity.

A short history. In 1951, 24-year-old William Buckley penned God and Man at Yale, which its publisher, Regnery Books, would describe in a special re-publication of the book in 1997 as “the protest of a young Yale graduate against the pervasive liberal bias and waywardness of his alma mater.” Buckley himself recounts the reaction to his book in that 1997 re-issue in a new foreword. Liberals of the day assailed the young conservative as a fascist, a Nazi, and a Klansman. In the latter case Buckley cites a hostile review that appeared in Saturday Review. It ended this way:

The book is one which has the glow and appeal of a fiery cross on a hillside at night. There will undoubtedly be robed figures who gather to it, but the hoods will not be academic. They will cover the face.

That review of Buckley’s book was from 1951. The only real difference between the attacks on Buckley, Goldwater and Reagan versus the attacks of today is that the MSM doesn’t get to have it all its own way. (Which is why Google and Twitter and Facebook are trying so hard to reintroduce the censorship of ideas that the Left enjoyed before talk radio upset the apple cart.)

Anyway, as they say, go read the whole thing.