Remember The Big One

For the US, World War Two started today, 68 years ago, when the Japanese wiped out much of the US Pacific Naval fleet and President Roosevelt declared war.

The dissenting vote was by Jeannette Rankin, of Montana (House), who also voted against engagement in WW I. Her statement on casting her dissenting vote: “As a woman I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else” … supposedly.


  1. #1 Crudely Wrott
    December 7, 2009

    There were some old men being interviewed on NPR today and I caught a few moments of their memories. Two or three man mention of the horrible smell of fuel oil and their mates bodies burning.

    With respect to Rep. Jeannette Rankin, there’s an old joke from when Exxon was Esso.

    A swarm of honey bees flew down a street that hosted several gas stations. They were looking to start a new hive.

    A small number of the swarm landed on the sign in front of the Sinclair station and all but one of the remainder came to rest on a Conoco sign. The final bee landed on the Esso sign.

    And that just goes to show that in any crowd there is at least on SOB.

    *with apologies as he grabs hat*

  2. #2 Crudely Wrott
    December 7, 2009

    . . . “two or three men made mention” . . .

    Proof reading. The forgotten skill.