Sunday, November 27, 2011

MOTHER'S MILK OF POLITICS ... WOULD THAT BE NON-FAT, 2% OR WHOLE?


The Best Leaders That Money Can Buy

By Bob Weir
Are you as tired as I am of hearing about how much money is being raised by these presidential candidates?  It's become synonymous with a Jerry Lewis Telethon, with the numbers continuously changing on the tote boards.
"All right, ladies and gentlemen, let's go back to the board to see how much has been added to the total.  As of five minutes ago, Mitt Romney was in the lead with $17 million, but we have some new figures coming up."  The numbers begin spinning as multi-colored lights flicker.  A new number emerges, and the host becomes visibly excited.  "Great Scott, people, here comes Rick Perry with just over $15 mil.  The Texas governor may have flubbed some debates, but he's no slouch when it comes to amassing the long green.  Newt Gingrich is a distant third with a mere $8 mil, but his dollar signs are growing fast lately.  Hold on to your hats, folks -- this is just the beginning."
That's a lamentable fact; it is just the beginning!  We have to put up with this for the next several months as each Republican White House wannabe rakes in the dough at one event after another like a celebrity performer on a concert tour.
As for the current chief executive, reports indicate that he'll have about a billion dollars in the bank to fund his reelection effort.  That's a one, followed by nine zeros!  That means that the president will have enough money to pay his annual salary ($400,000) for 2,500 years, until A.D. 4512.
The reason why the current and would-be commanders in chief are scrounging around the country for cash is because they need to pay for the advertising legerdemain -- that is, persuade voters to forget everything negative said voters already know and supplant that knowledge with a list of achievements that, hitherto, never existed.
Called "the mother's milk of politics," money is used to create mass hypnosis.  With a large enough bankroll, you can make people believe that Madonna is a virgin and Sean Penn is a patriot.
There is something fundamentally dishonest about this gluttonous quest to accumulate a swollen treasury in order to sell oneself to the voters.  Moreover, the system is so corrupted by money that the candidates don't even talk about how their opponents got it.  Like partners in crime, each candidate fears that if he points to questionable largesse, fingers will be pointed right back at the lucre-laden haul he himself has gathered.
Recently, I received an invitation from one of the GOP candidates (I'll omit the name because they all do it).  It began, "You are cordially invited to a dinner with [Candidate]."  Upon reading further, I found that my acceptance would cost me a cool grand -- not exactly my idea of a cordial way to invite someone to dinner.  Oh, and if I wanted a VIP reception with the candidate, the price was $2,300.  I wonder how many people in the middle and lower economic brackets could afford to attend.
If the axiom about getting what you pay for is correct, most Americans will be going to bed hungry.  The only way I'd pay $2,300 to be in the same room with a notable politician is if Abraham Lincoln was brought back to life and wanted to give me a review of "Our American Cousin."
It's sad that we the people have countenanced a system that produces the best leaders that money can buy.  To tell ourselves that there's no quid pro quo surreptitiously bundled into those hundreds of millions of greenbacks is to engage in the same suspension of disbelief that occurs when we watch Spiderman catapult himself throughout the city on web-like membranes.  While we're facing a $15-trillion debt, those who proclaim to be capable of leading us back to prosperity are undoubtedly making deals with their most affluent contributors, many of whom are partly responsible for getting us into this economic quicksand.  I think it's fair to say that the average man or woman who gets up every day, goes to work, obeys the law, pays his or her taxes, and struggles to raise a family has had nothing to do with the meltdown of the financial markets.
Nevertheless, these same average men and women are the ones who suffer the most when high-ranking elected officials begin these incestuous relationships with Wall Street brokers and bankers, many of whom are still walking away with multimillion-dollar bonuses during a recession they themselves caused.  I'm not na├»ve enough to think that life is fair, but I do believe that it doesn't have to be so one-sided that the maniacal quest for money, notwithstanding the corruption accompanying its acquisition, becomes the only pathway to success.  Perhaps we should vote for the candidates that have the least amount of contributions to their campaigns.


Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/the_best_leaders_that_money_can_buy.html#ixzz1ey0j7bV6




















Saturday, November 26, 2011

WHAT WAS I DOING WHEN THEY SCREWED ME?


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was a flawed piece of legislation that has caused troubling uncertainty for American employers

Beginning in 2014, the law will require all plans in the small group and individual markets to cover all items and services contained in the Essential Health Benefits Package (EHBP), as determined by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  


All plans (including those in the large group market) will be prohibited from imposing dollar limits on lifetime benefits and annual dollar limits for “essential benefits” are being phased out by 2014.


The passage of PPACA was dangerous to begin with — but the actual implementation of the 2,000 -plus page law is a process that threatens to make it even worse. 


PPACA A.K.A. Obamacare
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is one part of the controversial healthcare bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress and signed by President Obama, and is commonly known as Obamacare. Obamacare’s constitutionality is being challenged in several lawsuits. Judicial Watch has been closely following these lawsuits and has been aggressively pursuing other avenues of investigation and litigation to fully expose and combat this unprecedented expansion of the government’s powers.
Our primary areas of investigation include: the criteria used by the Obama administration to provide “waivers” to companies and unions exempting them from provisions of Obamacare; the Obama administration’s decision to evaluate medical treatments based solely on cost; “death panels”; and the regulation and funding of Obamacare in general. For more information, please take a look at a full list of our Obamacare-related Freedom of Information Act requests and results.

The Unconstitutionality of the "Individual Mandate"

On May 11, 2010, Judicial Watch hosted an educational panel featuring Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Georgetown Professor of Law Randy Barnett, to discuss the constitutionality of the healthcare bill. You can view that panel on YouTube.

Judicial Watch Lawsuits

Press Releases

Documents Uncovered

Weekly Update articles

Corruption Chronicles blog posts

Florida v. US

In one of the key lawsuits brought against Obamacare, Judge Robert Vinson ruled the entirety of the legislation to be unconstitutional because of the unprecedented expansion of government powers through the requirement for all individuals to purchase healthcare (usually referred to as the healthcare mandate.)

Virginia v. Sebelius

One of the first lawsuits brought against Obamacare, this case also saw the individual mandate portion of the legislation ruled unconstitutional by Judge Henry Hudson, a US District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. However, the rest of the legislation was not affected by the judge's ruling.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA ... WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE BUTT END OF THE JOKE

Obama, I already got your money and job dude ,,, and the interest rate is negative ... so, what you gunna do now, dude?



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HIT THE ROAD JACK AND DON'T COME BACK ...


Former Democratic Pollsters: Obama Should Abandon Run for Second Term

November 20, 2011 | 7:58 p.m.

President Obama should abandon his run for a second term and turn over the reins of the Democratic Party to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, two one-time Democratic pollsters wrote in Monday's Wall Street Journal, which appeared online Sunday.
(RELATEDRomney's Team: Obama's the Real Flip-FlopperPatrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen argued that just as Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson decided not to pursue additional runs though they could have, Obama should do the same.
“He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,”Caddell and Schoen wrote.
Caddell, who worked as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter, and Schoen, who was a pollster for President Bill Clinton, argue that Obama will inevitably have to run a negative campaign in order to win reelection, the negative consequences of which will make it difficult for him to govern effectively.
“One year ago in these pages, we warned that if President Obama continued down his overly partisan road, the nation would be ‘guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it.’ The result has been exactly as we predicted: stalemate in Washington, fights over the debt ceiling, an inability to tackle the debt and deficit, and paralysis exacerbating market turmoil and economic decline,” they write.
Caddell and Schoen say they write as “patriots and Democrats” who are concerned for their country, and they do not expect to play a direct role in any possible Clinton campaign.
This is not the first time Caddell and Schoen have made this argument. They wrote in November 2010 in The Washington Post that they “do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed.”














Monday, November 21, 2011

SUPERCOMMITTEE CAN'T AGREE ON CUTTING SPENDING ... WELL START HERE!!!


Obamacare: Community Groups Get $1 Bil For Ideas To Serve Needy

Last Updated: Wed, 11/16/2011 - 12:02pmA controversial Medicare and Medicaid Innovation center created by Obamacare will give “community-based organizations” and other qualified groups $1 billion to devise “compelling new ideas” to deliver better services to those “with the highest health care needs.”


The allocation is the perfect complement to the tens of millions of dollars already doled out by another brilliant Obamacare agency—Office of Minority Health—to reduce health disparities between that “underserved” population and whites in the U.S. Under that initiative the administration has dedicated north of $100 million in the last year to “empower” poor, minority communities with the resources to make residents healthier.


Announced this week, the innovation grants will go to those who promise to implement “compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs” to recipients of government-funded programs for the elderly and poor. Community organizations, healthcare providers and local governments will each get between $1 million and $30 million to get the job done, according to the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS), which distributes the cash.  


The allocation comes days after a group Senate Finance Committee members called for an investigation of Obama’s year-old Medicare and Medicaid innovation center, which debuted last year with a $10 billion budget under the president’s healthcare law. The agency’s mission is to test new ideas that could improve healthcare quality while also cutting costs. In the end, it will improve the healthcare system for the entire nation, the administration asserts.


But some lawmakers are skeptical and have called for a congressional investigation to determine the innovation center’s fiscal impact on the nation’s healthcare entitlement programs and what, if anything, it has accomplished so far. In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius three senators express their concern that, “at a time of significant uncertainty for the fiscal health of the U.S. government,” funds are being expended by the innovation center with “little to no actual value provided.”  


Following this week’s billion-dollar grant announcement one of the senators, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, blasted the agency for trying to save money by spending more money at a time when the nation is broke. “Another billion dollar government program won’t fix the President’s broken promise that his $2.6 trillion health law would lower health care costs,” Hatch said in a statement posted on his U.S. Senate website.

THE TRILL IS GONE ... HARD-BALL PITCH LOW AND OUTSIDE!



Talkers Magazine compiles Arbitron's data, along with other sources, to estimate the minimum weekly audiences of various commercial long-form talk radio shows.[8] NPR also compiles Arbitron's data for its public radio shows and releases analysis through press releases.[7][9][10][11]
ProgramWeekly Listeners
in Millions
American Top 4020+ worldwide
The Rush Limbaugh Show15+
The Sean Hannity Show14+
Morning Edition13+
All Things Considered13+
Glenn Beck Program9+
The Savage Nation9+
The Mark Levin Show8.5+
The Dave Ramsey Show8.5+
Delilah8+
The Neal Boortz Show6+
The Laura Ingraham Show6+
Fresh Air5+
Car Talk4+
Coast to Coast AM3+ (Most listened to late-night radio show)






Sunday, November 20, 2011

CAVEAT EMPTOR ... OWS ASSUME THE POSITION ...


Obama's Team Relied on Jon Corzine for Economic Advice


In 2009, the president's transition sought input from the now-former governor, who resigned his post at MF Global this month. Will it be an issue in 2012?

Jon Corzine has been the CEO of Goldman Sachs, a United States senator, and the governor of New Jersey, the position he held in 2009, when the Obama administration was preparing to take office. His mix of Wall-Street and public-sector executive experience is doubtless why the Obama transition team called on him for advice. As Joe Biden tells it, they'd gathered a few dozen economists in Chicago to talk over the financial crisis. Some were suggesting a bank holiday.

"I literally picked up the phone and called Jon Corzine and said Jon, what do you think we should do," Biden said. "The reason we called Jon is that we knew that he knew about the economy, about world markets, how we had to respond, unlike almost anyone we knew. It was because he had been in the pit -- because he had been in the furnace. And we trusted his judgment."

Now the October 2009 remarks could come back to haunt the Obama administration, given recent revelations about what happened after Corzine left office to run the brokerage firm MF Global, a position he resigned last week. "The resignation capped a disastrous week for Mr. Corzine, as he saw MF Global lose two-thirds of its market value, file for bankruptcy and face a handful of federal investigations into more than $600 million in missing customer money," DealBook reported.

The details:

Soon after joining the firm, he moved to transform the sleepy brokerage firm into a full-service investment bank in the mold of his former employer, Goldman. He aggressively bought up European sovereign debt, wagering that the Continent would not let troubled countries default on their loans. As the sovereign debt crisis dragged on this fall, regulators noticed the risky bets and pushed the firm to hold more capital against the investments.
The move alarmed shareholders, clients and rating agencies, inciting a crisis of confidence. With the stock in free-fall, the firm searched desperately for a suitor to buy at least a part of its business.. overnight revelation of hundreds of millions of dollars of missing customer money scuttled any potential deal. Early Monday, the firm filed for bankruptcy.
This is the sort of story that shows why it will be difficult for the Obama administration to win over Occupy Wall Street protesters. 


PERHAPS OWS NEEDS SOME HISTORY TO REMEMBER JUST HOW FAR WE'VE COME ...


THE REALITY OF LIFE CAN BE UGLY ... WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO RE-VISIT THE PRETENSE OF MOLDING A "BETTER WORLD" ... ACCORDING TO WHOM?


HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT ALMOST EVERY GENERATION HAS TO LEARN THE UGLY TRUTH OF GOVERNMENT AND RULE OF CONSENSUS CALL "LAW" ACCORDING TO WHOM?

HOW MANY MORE "LESSONS" DOES MANKIND HAVE TO ENDURE BEFORE "WE THE PEOPLE" STOP THE SOCIAL-PSYCHOPATHIC BEHAVIOR? 
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/ww2.html
At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins, borders were being redrawn, homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way, and the massive efforts to rebuild had just begun. When the war began in the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world. Allied forces became occupiers, taking control of Germany, Japan, and much of the territory they had formerly ruled. Efforts were made to permanently dismantle their war-making abilities, as factories were destroyed and former leadership was removed or prosecuted. War Crimes trials took place in Europe and Asia, leading to many executions and prison sentences. Millions of Germans and Japanese were forcibly expelled from territory they formerly called home. Allied occupation and United Nations decisions led to many long-lasting problems in the future, including tensions that led to the creation of East and West Germany, divergent plans on the Korean Peninsula which led to the creation of North and South Korea -- and the Korean War in 1950, and the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine which paved the way for Israel to declare its independence in 1948 and begin the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict. The growing tensions between Western powers and the Soviet Eastern Bloc developed into the Cold War, and development and proliferation of nuclear weapons raised the very real specter of an unimaginable World War III if common ground could not be found. World War II was the biggest story of the 20th Century, and its aftermath continues to affect the world profoundly more than 65 years later. (This entry is Part 20 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II[45 photos]
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Italy, on December 1, 1945. The General, Commander of the 75th Army Corps, was sentenced to death by an United States Military Commission in Rome for having ordered the shooting of 15 unarmed American prisoners of war, in La Spezia, Italy, on March 26, 1944. (AP Photo) Click here to find out more!


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Soviet soldiers with lowered standards of the defeated Nazi forces during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, on June 24, 1945.(Yevgeny Khaldei/Waralbum.ru# 


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Gaunt and emaciated, but happy at their release from Japanese captivity, two Allied prisoners pack their meager belongings, after being freed near Yokohama, Japan, on September 11, 1945, by men of an American mercy squadron of the U.S. Navy. (AP Photo) # 


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The return of victorious Soviet soldiers at a railway station in Moscow in 1945. (Arkady Shaikhet/Waralbum.ru# 


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Aerial view of Hiroshima, Japan, one year after the atomic bomb blast shows some small amount of reconstruction amid much ruin on July 20, 1946. The slow pace of rebuilding is attributed to a shortage of building equipment and materials. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry) # 

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A Japanese man amid the scorched wreckage and rubble that was once his home in Yokohama, Japan. (NARA) # 

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Red Army photographer Yevgeny Khaldei (center) in Berlin with Soviet forces, near the Brandenburg Gate in May of 1945.(Waralbum.ru# 

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A P-47 Thunderbolt of the U.S. Army 12th Air Force flies low over the crumbled ruins of what once was Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden, Germany, on May 26, 1945. Small and large bomb craters dot the grounds around the wreckage. (AP Photo) # 

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Hermann Goering, once the leader of the formidable Luftwaffe and second in command of the German Reich under Hitler, appears in a mugshot on file with the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects in Paris, France, on November 5, 1945. Goering surrendered to U.S. soldiers in Bavaria, on May 9, 1945, and was eventually taken to Nuremburg to face trial for War Crimes.(AP Photo) # 

The interior of the courtroom of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in 1946 during the Trial of the Major War Criminals, prosecuting 24 government and civilian leaders of Nazi Germany. Visible here is Hermann Goering, former leader of the Luftwaffe, seated in the box at center right, wearing a gray jacket, headphones, and dark glasses. Next to him sits Rudolf Hess, former Deputy Fuhrer of Germany, then Joachim von Ribbentrop, former Nazi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilhelm Keitel, former leader of Germany's Supreme Command (blurry face), and Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the highest ranking surviving SS-leader. Goering, von Ribbentrop, Keitel, and Kaltenbrunner were sentenced to death by hanging along with 8 others -- Goering committed suicide the night before the execution. Hess was sentenced to life imprisonment, which he served at Spandau Prison, Berlin, where he died in 1987. (AP Photo/STF) # 

Many of Germany's captured new and experimental aircraft were displayed in an exhibition as part of London's Thanksgiving week on September 14, 1945. Among the aircraft are a number of jet and rocket propelled planes. Here, a side view of the Heinkel He-162 "Volksjaeger", propelled by a turbo-jet unit mounted above the fuselage, in Hyde park, in London. (AP Photo) # 

One year after the D-Day landings in Normandy, German prisoners landscape the first U.S. cemetery at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France, near "Omaha" Beach, on May 28, 1945. (AP Photo/Peter J. Carroll) # 

Sudeten Germans make their way to the railway station in Liberec, in former Czechoslovakia, to be transferred to Germany in this July, 1946 photo. After the end of the war, millions of German nationals and ethnic Germans were forcibly expelled from both territory Germany had annexed, and formerly German lands that were transferred to Poland and the Soviet Union. The estimated numbers of Germans involved ranges from 12 to 14 million, with a further estimate of between 500,000 and 2 million dying during the expulsion.(AP Photo/CTK) # 

A survivor of the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare, Jinpe Teravama retains scars after the healing of burns from the bomb explosion, in Hiroshima, in June of 1947. (AP Photo) # 

Disabled buses that have littered the streets of Tokyo are used to help relieve the acute housing shortage in the Japanese capital on October 2, 1946. Homeless Japanese who hauled the buses into a vacant lot are converting them into homes for their families.(AP Photo/Charles Gorry) # 

An American G.I. places his arm around a Japanese girl as they view the surroundings of Hibiya Park, near the Tokyo palace of the emperor, on January 21, 1946. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry) # 

This is an aerial view of the city of London around St. Paul's Cathedral showing bomb-damaged areas in April of 1945. (AP Photo) # 

General Charles de Gaulle (center) shaking hands with children, two months after the German capitulation in Lorient, France, in July of 1945. Lorient was the location of a German U-boat (submarine) base during World War II. Between January 14 and February 17, 1943, as many as 500 high-explosive aerial bombs and more than 60,000 incendiary bombs were dropped on Lorient. The city was almost completely destroyed, with nearly 90% of the city flattened. (AFP/Getty Images) # 

The super transport ship, General W.P. Richardson, docked in New York, with veterans of the European war cheering on June 7, 1945. Many soldiers were veterans of the African campaign, Salerno, Anzio, Cassino and the winter warfare in Italy's mountains.(AP Photo/Tony Camerano) # 

This aerial file photo shows a portion of Levittown, New York, in 1948 shortly after the mass-produced suburb was completed on Long Island farmland in New York. This prototypical suburban community was the first of many mass-produced housing developments that went up for soldiers coming home from World War II. It also became a symbol of postwar suburbia in the U.S.(AP Photo/Levittown Public Library, File) # 

This television set, retailing for $100, is reportedly the first moderately priced receiver manufactured in quantity. Rose Clare Leonard watches the screen, which reproduces a 5x7 image, as she tunes in at the first public post-war showing at a New York department store, on August 24, 1945. Although television was invented prior to World War II, the war prevented mass production. Soon after the war, sales and production picked up, and by 1948, regular commercial network programming had begun. (AP Photo/Ed Ford) # 

A U.S. soldier examines a solid gold statue, part of Hermann Goering's private loot, found by the 7th U.S. Army in a mountainside cave near Schonau am Konigssee, Germany, on May 25, 1945. The secret cave, the second found to date, also contained stolen priceless paintings from all over Europe. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle) # 

In Europe, some churches have been completely ruined, but others still stand amid utter devastation. Munchengladbach Cathedral stands here in the rubble, though still in need of repairs, seen in Germany, on November 20, 1945. (AP Photo) # 

On May 21, Colonel Bird, Commandant of Belsen Camp, gave the order for the last hut at Belsen Concentration Camp to be burned. A rifle salute was fired in honor of the dead, the British flag was run up at the same moment as a flame-thrower set fire to the last hut. A German flag and portrait of Hitler went up in flames inside the hut in June of 1945. (AP Photo/British Official Photo) # 

German mothers walk their children to school through the streets of Aachen, Germany, on June 6, 1945, for registration at the first public school to be opened by the U.S. military government after the war. (AP Photo/Peter J. Carroll) # 

A general view of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East meeting in Tokyo in April, 1947. On May 3, 1946, the Allies began the trial of 28 Japanese civilian and military leaders for war crimes. Seven were hanged and others were sentenced to prison terms.(AP Photo) # 

Soviet soldiers on the march in northern Korea in October of 1945. Japan had ruled the Korean peninsula for 35 years, until the end of World War II. At that time, Allied leaders decided to temporarily occupy the country until elections could be held and a government established. Soviet forces occupied the north, while U.S. forces occupied the south. The planned elections did not take place, as the Soviet Union established a communist state in North Korea, and the U.S. set up a pro-western state in South Korea - each state claiming to be sovereign over the entire peninsula. This standoff led to the Korean War in 1950, which ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice -- but, to this day, the two countries are still technically at war with each other. (Waralbum.ru# 

In this October 1945 photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, communist leader Kim Il Sung chats with a farmer from Qingshanli, Kangso County, South Pyongyang in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images) # 

Soldiers of the Chinese communist Eighth Route Army on the drill field at Yanan, capital of a huge area in North China which is governed by the Chinese Communist Party, seen on March 26, 1946. These soldiers are members of the "Night Tiger" battalion. The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) had waged war against the ruling Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) since 1927, vying for control of China. Japanese invasions during World War II forced the two sides to put most of their struggles aside to fight a common foreign foe -- though they did still fight each other from time to time. After World War II ended, and the Soviet Union pulled out of Manchuria, full scale civil war erupted in China in June of 1946. The KMT eventually was defeated, with millions retreating to Taiwan, as CPC leader Mao Zedong established the People's Republic of China in 1949. (AP Photo) # 

This 1946 photograph shows ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), the first general purpose electronic computer - a 30-ton machine housed at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in secret starting in 1943, ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory. The completed machine was announced to the public on February 14, 1946. The inventors of ENIAC promoted the spread of the new technologies through a series of influential lectures on the construction of electronic digital computers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, known as the Moore School Lectures. (AP Photo) # 

A test nuclear explosion codenamed "Baker", part of Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, on July 25, 1946. The 40 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated by the U.S. at a depth of 27 meters below the ocean surface, 3.5 miles from the atoll. The purpose of the tests was to study the effects of nuclear explosions on ships. 73 ships were gathered to the spot -- both obsolete American and captured ships, including the Japanese battleship "Nagato". (NARA) # 

Northrop's Flying Wing Bomber known as the XB-35 in flight in 1946. The XB-35 was an experimental heavy bomber developed for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. The project was terminated shortly after the war, due to its technical difficulties. (AP Photo) # 

Japanese ammunition being dumped into the sea on September 21, 1945. During the U.S. occupation, almost all of the Japanese war industry and existing armament was dismantled. (U.S. Army) # 

These unidentified German workers in Decontamination clothing destroy toxic bombs on June 28, 1946, at the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service Depot, at St. Georgen, Germany. The destruction and disposal of 65,000 dead weight tons of German toxics, including mustard gas, was accomplished in one of two ways: Burning or dumping the empty shells and bombs into the North Sea. (AP Photo) # 

U.S. military authorities prepare to hang Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling, 74, at Landsberg, Germany, on May 28, 1946. In a Dachau war crimes trial he was convicted of using 1,200 concentration camp prisoners for malaria experimentation. Thirty died directly from the inoculations and 300 to 400 died later from complications of the disease. His experiments, all with unwilling subjects, began in 1942.(AP Photo/Robert Clover) # 

The new cemetery at Belsen, Germany on March 28, 1946, where 13,000 people who died after Belsen Concentration Camp was liberated are buried. (AP Photo) # 

Jewish survivors of the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp, some still in their camp clothing, stand on the deck of the refugee immigration ship Mataroa, on July 15, 1945 at Haifa port, during the British Mandate of Palestine, in what would later become the State of Israel. During World War II, millions of Jews were fleeing Germany and its occupied territories, many attempting to enter the British Mandate of Palestine, despite tight restrictions on Jewish immigration established by the British in 1939. Many of these would-be immigrants were caught and rounded up into detention camps. In 1947, Britain announced plans to withdraw from the territory, and the United Nations approved the Partition Plan for Palestine, establishing a Jewish and a Palestinian state in the country. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared independence and was immediately attacked by neighboring Arab states, beginning the Arab-Israeli conflict which continues to this day. (Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images) # 

Some of Poland's thousands of war orphans at the Catholic Orphanage in Lublin, on September 11, 1946, where they are being cared for by the Polish Red Cross. Most of the clothing, as well as vitamins and medicines, are provided by the American Red Cross. (AP Photo) # 

The Empress of Japan visits a Catholic Orphanage staffed by Japanese Nuns for children who have lost their parents in the war and air raids over Tokyo. The Empress inspected the grounds and paid a visit to the chapel. Children wave Japanese flags to greet the Empress during her visit in Fujisawa in Tokyo, on April 13, 1946. (AP Photo) # 

New buildings (right) rise out of the ruins of Hiroshima, Japan, on March 11, 1946. These single story homes built along a hard-surfaced highway are part of the program by the Japanese government to rebuild devastated sections of the country. At left background are damaged buildings whose masonry withstood the effects of the first atomic bomb ever detonated as a weapon.(AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry) # 

Clocks are being readied for export to Allied countries, shown as collateral for imported goods needed by Japan. Thirty-four Japanese factories produced 123,000 clocks during April of 1946. Photo taken on June 25, 1946. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry) # 

U.S. General George S. Patton acknowledges the cheers of thousands during a parade through downtown Los Angeles, California, on June 9, 1945. Shortly thereafter, Patton returned to Germany and controversy, as he advocated the employment of ex-Nazis in administrative positions in Bavaria; he was relieved of command of the 3rd Army and died of injuries from a traffic accident in December, after his return home. Joe Rosenthal's famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph is visible on the war bonds billboard. (AP Photo) # 

This 1945 photo shows German women clearing up the debris on Berlin's Tauentzienstrasse, with the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Church in the background. The absence of able bodied men meant that the responsibility for clearing the wreckage fell mainly to civilian women, which were called "Truemmerfrauen," or rubble ladies. The signs on the left mark the border between the British-occupied sector and the U.S. sector of the city. (AP Photo) # 

The scene in Berlin's Republic Square, before the ruined Reichstag Building, on September 9, 1948, as Anti-Communists, estimated at a quarter of a million, scream their opposition to Communism. At the time, the Soviet Union was enforcing the Berlin Blockade, blocking Allied access to the parts of Berlin under Allied control. In response, Allies began the Berlin Airlift until the Soviets lifted the blockade in 1949, and East Germany and West Germany were established. When the meeting pictured here broke up, a series of incidents between Anti-Red Germans and Soviet troops brought tension to a fever pitch as shootings took place, resulting in the deaths of two Germans.(AP-Photo) # 

In March of 1974, some 29 years after the official end of World War II, Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese Army intelligence officer, walks out of the jungle of Lubang Island in the Philippines, where he was finally relieved of duty. He handed over his sword (hanging from his hip in photo), his rifle, ammunition and several hand grenades. Onoda had been sent to Lubang Island in December of 1944 to join an existing group of soldiers and hamper any enemy attacks. Allied forces overtook the island just a few months later, capturing or killing all but Onoda and three other Japanese soldiers. The four ran into the hills and began a decades-long insurgency extending well past the end of the war. Several times they found or were handed leaflets notifying them that the war had ended, but they refused to believe it. In 1950, one of the soldiers turned himself in to Philippine authorities. By 1972, Onoda's two other compatriots were dead, killed during guerrilla activities, leaving Onoda alone. In 1974, Onoda met a Japanese college dropout, Norio Suzuki, who was traveling the world, and through their friendship, Onoda's former commanding officer was located and flew to Lubang Island to formally relieve Onoda of duty, and bring him home to Japan. Over the years, the small group had killed some 30 Filipinos in various attacks, but Onoda ended up going free, after he received a pardon from President Ferdinand Marcos. (AP Photo) # 

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