Last crewman of the Enola Gay passes:

Theodore VanKirk, Navigator On Enola GayFrom CBSNews.com:

Theodore VanKirk, last survivor of Enola Gay crew, dies

ATLANTA – The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia.

Theodore VanKirk, also known as “Dutch,” died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93.

VanKirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft that dropped “Little Boy” – the world’s first atomic bomb – over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed 140,000 in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki three days later. VanKirk was 24 years old at the time.

A funeral service was scheduled for VanKirk on Aug. 5 in his hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania. He will be buried in Northumberland next to his wife, who died in 1975. The burial will be private.

Crew of the B-29 "Enola Gay"Like the bulk of The Greatest Generation, these men wanted no spotlights on themselves and rarely spoke of their exploits and conditions in WWII.  That is simply how they acted and existed, as issued from the factory.  Humble and quiet and efficient and patriotic.

The Enola Gay was recognized as the Silverplate Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb, “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima — August 6th of 1945.

Theodore VanKirk was a member of that crew.  In his dotage, he spoke to UK media here in 2010.

But what he said deserves to be reproduced here for the sake of historical posterity:

He is now a frail old man who spends his days tending his roses. Yet 65 years ago this Friday Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk took part in a mission which changed the world forever.

Dutch was the navigator on Enola Gay, guiding the B-29 Superfortress bomber to a point 31,000ft above Hiroshima to deliver the deadliest weapon man had ever built.

More than 200,00 people were killed when the world’s first atomic bomb exploded. Yet 89-year-old Dutch, the last remaining survivor of Enola Gay’s flight crew, has never had any doubts that it was the right thing to do.

“Do I regret what we did that day? No, sir, I do not,” he says. “I have never apologised for what we did to Hiroshima and I never will. Our mission was to end the Second World War, simple as that.

“If we had not dropped that bomb, there is no way the Japanese would have surrendered. We would have had to invade the country and the death toll would have been truly unimaginable.

“They had been taught to fight to the last man and they would have fought us with sticks and stones. We did what we had to do. Not only to save American lives, but Japanese lives as well.”

Boeing B-29 "Enola Gay"We did what we needed to do when we needed to do it.  He said: I would do it again.

VanKirk confirms it.

The Bockscar and its crew applied the second atomic weapon to Nagasaki on August 9th, via “Fat Man.”

BocksCar B-29Truth and in full.

God bless you for your service, sir.

BZ

 

Potential Ebola arrivals in North Carolina, Texas and Canada? Where else?

ebola-outbreak-responsible-for-59-deaths-confirmed-in-west-africaThe Peace Corps is currently removing its volunteers from the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the Ebola outbreak in those three nations.  It is believed that some volunteers were exposed to Ebola whilst making contact with locals.

There are at least three U.S. citizens known to have contracted the disease. Two are medical workers in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

Brantly and the couple’s 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia for a scheduled visit to the United States on July 20. Days later, Kent Brantly quarantined himself in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients after testing positive for the disease. His host organization Samaritan’s Purse has recalled non-essential employees from Liberia.

Amber Brantly and the children are in Abilene, Texas, under a 21-day fever watch but are not believed to have contracted the illness.

Another American citizen, Patrick Sawyer, died prior to being able to board an aircraft to the United States, which he intended to do — as I wrote about here.

A potential Ebola arrival to the US.

One of those volunteers recently arrived into the United States proper on Tuesday and was responsible for the isolation of an entire corridor of the ER at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

“CMC officials said earlier Wednesday that a patient was being tested, but a spokesman would not specify what for. Officials with CMC said Wednesday afternoon the patient had recently visited Africa.”

A potential Ebola arrival to the US.

One very important physician familiar with Ebola has already perished from the disease, Dr Sheik Umar Khan, in Sierra Leone on Tuesday.

A story like this with no medical attribution does little to assuage fears of a potential epidemic.

British and Hong Kong authorities are concerned about a global breakout — particularly with regard to centers of high population where the virus could spread geometrically.

Ebola is up to 90% fatal, the incubation period is roughly 21 days, and there is no cure.

Now, a doctor has been quarantined in Canada because of an Ebola fear.

One plane ride away.

Perhaps that plane ride has already occurred.

No one can yet say for certain whether it has, or whether it hasn’t.

BZ

 

Obama’s take on Muslims: clinically insane?

Islam Religion of PeaceDamned near.

Check this from Breitbart.com, as Mr Obama “honors” Ramadan whilst, simultaneously, holding Israel at arms’-length:

Obama: Muslims Built ‘The Very Fabric of Our Nation’

by Robert Wilde

On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”

The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. The Obamas said in their statement that Eid “celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity” and “welcomed their commitment to giving back to their communities.” The International Business Times reports that during Eid, Muslims join in Islamic prayer, while saying “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great,” and feasting.

The statement further reads that the administration “wishes Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration.” The letter ended with salutation of “Eid Mubarak,” which roughly means “blessed celebration.”

Let’s back that up a bit, shall we?

Just how have Muslims built the “very fabric of our nation”?

With hijacked aircraft flown into buildings?

With the advocation of Sharia Law?

With the advocation of female genital mutilation?

With honor killings?

With misogyny?

Quite frankly, I don’t see even one instance where Muslims have contributed a single molecule to the fabric of these United States of America, save those molecules required to disassemble our narrative and our culture.

Oh, that’s right.  Muslims were right there in building the Transcontinental Railroad.  Right there in the Civil War.  Right there, fighting side-by-side with US troops in WWII.  Muslims right there, building the very fabric of our nation.

All I see is a unified Muslim front dedicated to tearing down Western culture on every level and demanding that any and all religions extant simply convert to Islam or be removed from the face of the earth.

To me, that simply sounds like the Borg.  And perhaps Islam does in fact = the Borg.  Resistance is futile.  You will be assimilated.

Islam = Borg.

You convert or you shall be killed.

And this Death Cult is what Mr Obama “honors”?

BZ

 

Speaking of “one plane ride away”

Literally: one small plane ride away — and in fact this man did board an aircraft.

From the UKTelegraph.com:

Ebola outbreak: Victim who sparked fears of global epidemic was on way home to US

Patrick Sawyer could have brought Ebola to US but died in Nigeria while en route to family in Minnesota

by Rosa Prince

An Ebola victim who was allowed to board an international flight was an American citizen on his way home to the United States, it has emerged.

Patrick Sawyer worked for the Liberian government and was visiting his sister there when he developed symptoms while on a plane to Nigeria. He was quarantined on arrival in Lagos and died on Friday.

His wife, Decontee, 34, who like Mr Sawyer is originally from Liberia, currently at the heart of the terrifying Ebola outbreak, said he had been due to travel on to America where he could have become Patient Zero in a US epidemic.

The 40-year-old father-of-three is believed to have contracted the disease from his sister, whom he was caring for without knowing she had Ebola.

Mr Sawyer took two flights to get to Nigeria from Liberia, where he had attended his sister’s funeral. The first took him from Monrovia to Lome in Togo, where he boarded a plane to Lagos. He collapsed at the airport on landing.

Should Ebola find its way to our shores, you can be assured this nation will come to a screeching halt, physically and economically.

One plane ride.  And we’ve already come this close.

I submit that now may not be quite the finest time in the world to board a commercial aircraft, considering this aspect and that of medically-unscreened illegal children having been flown around the United States on aircraft as well, all containing oxygen systems that do nothing but recycle trapped air.

Merely a suggestion.

BZ

 

Ebola only one aircraft ride away from contaminating the world

Ebola One Plane Ride AwayFrom USAToday.com:

Ebola only a plane ride away from USA

EBOLA VIRUS RAPIDLY SPREADING IN WEST AFRICA

Since it was detected in March, the number of cases attributed to Ebola in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea stands at 1,201, including 672 deaths. Two U.S. doctors contracted the virus while trying to stop the spread of the infectious disease.

Ebola could easily arrive in the USA on board a plane, but wouldn’t spread far, experts say.

The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say.

The outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90% in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus — which has an incubation period of a few days to three weeks — could easily travel to the USA through infected travelers, says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

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“A case very well could fly out of Africa, only to be detected in some distant country,” says Osterholm, who served as an adviser to the George W. Bush administration on bioterrorism.

I have written about this here and here and here and here and here.

Now, Ebola may be “one plane trip (away) now.”

I wrote about that three months ago, way back on April 7th.

Highly populated cities are areas of huge first potential impact.

BZ

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