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Monday, August 14, 2017

"My Israeli friend wrote,The world is watching..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #201)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Ivanka-Obama Da Dog!

Blog #1954~Kimo's world's #201

My Israeli friend wrote,The world is watching

My friend from Israel wrote me in an email;
"As an Israeli citizen who sees the tensions with North Korea from the sidelines, you have to understand something simple. Be united! Your quarrels between the liberals and the Republicans weaken the US."

"When the media criticizes Donald Trump, it causes your enemies to raise their heads. For example, China is daring to threaten you only because of this, the first rule in the war is to be united, you must not quarrel with each other, and you must not call out  Trump in the event of war, it reduces your power as the only superpower in the world." 
We love you from Israel.

 Trump cannot win.  When he tries to talk and be diplomatic with another country like Russia, he is accused of collusion and trying to serve his own self interest.  When he comes out strong and tries to spell out in clear terms that any attack on the United States will be met with force, he is accused of bringing this country closer to war.  Trump can do no right in the media's and the those on the left's eyes.

Politics is much different than business, in business like in the game of poker
you can bluff your competition with false hands that make you a winner. The same moves in politics can destroy the world or also make you a winner? Is it worth the gamble?

The world is watching the Untied States, we are the super power. They are not only watching our President and dissecting every word and movement he makes under a microscope, but also watching us, the American people quarrel and hate on one another. Those blaming their fellow Americans and arguing with their neighbors must stop and take a  look in the mirror before any of this is resolved.

Michael Jackson said it all with his hit song, 
"Man in the mirror."  (Check out the Music video below)
I'm starting with the man in the mirror 
I'm asking him to change his ways 
And no message could have been any clearer 

If you want to make the world a better place…
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah---
Complete lyrics click on link below

Hana Hou, Encore!

More dakinetalk reading on Donald Trump; (Great reading!)
(All Trump related  blogs by James "Kimo" Rosen unless otherwise indicated)
1-Trumped by "The Donald" 'Obama Da Dog' (Special political edition)
2-Trump supporters must come out of the closet! (Kimo's world #118)
3-Trump, the election and the Jewish connection...(Kimo's world #119)
4-Trump-fulling... (Kimo's world #120)
5-A poem about Donald J. Trump...
6- Trumps Failing businesses are his strengths...
7-Extra! Extra! Read All About It!--Trump Hijacks Republican party into Hell
8-Trump and the race for President, a nasty one fueled by the media (Carrie Eckert)
9-Win or Lose, Could Trump Be A Secret Agent For Hillary
10-Raccoon's and Trump~Larry Arruda~(Source)
11-Definition of Trump
12-Hillary and Donald Trump walk into a bakery
13-Kaepernick and Obama, trump this Kool-Aid
14-Hoping one thing will remain after the election
15-Undecided voters
16-Don't be surprised if Mr. Trump is hired
17-Biggest Hail Marry of all time, Obama Da Dog to change name to Ivanka
18-Mazol Tov Mr. Trump!
19-Just Give Trump a Chance
20-Wishing Hillary well and why all the protesting?
21-The election is over (and)Trump is our captain and is on our side..!
22-Trump's Political Chess
23-Who would you rather kiss goodnight, Obama or Ivanka..?
24-Bet you thought I was going to blog about Trump
25-Fake News~It's hard to believe the news these days
26-Heed the words of Michelle Obama
27-Trump era off to shaky start
28-It was a beautiful Inauguration yet I am scared for my country
29-Fasten your seat-belts for the Trump era
30-America's second civil war has begun
31-Immigrant ban and the real definition of civil war
32-TRUMP,The most charismatic man in the world
33-Trump's buyers remorse
34-Never a dull moment with Trump as Potus
35-Trumps vetting good for the dogs, why not the people?
36-I Drank Trump's Kool-Aid
37-Why let politics destroy Friendships
38-EVERYTHING TRUMP, the first 101 days
39-Trump's wall and how it can be financed
40-Where do we draw the line on Political humor?
41-Trump would be wise to resign with dignity
42-I don't care about politics on Memorial day
43-Time to Lower political rhetoric


Cali K. Gullion said...

Oh please, first of all, it is not only Liberals who dislike Trump and it is the American way. This is not a dictatorship.Sounds contrived to me.

Cali K. Gullion said...

Trumps approval rating is only 34%, we are not stupid.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Dear Uncle C's Mafia : part -1

Hiroshima and the Scar of Moral Injury
Peter Van Buren Posted on August 7, 2017
For military historians, walking a battlefield is a special experience. That’s where things previously locked away in books happened, the hill that blocked an advance, the river that defended an important city and altered the course of human history. Historians visit Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Normandy all the time.

Things work differently for those interested in the final days of World War II. Absent the bloody struggle for Okinawa, the real end days of the war were conducted from the air. The firebombing of Tokyo in March 1945, the greatest civilian loss of life in a conventional air raid, left no signs some 70 years later in the modern city. There is nothing to indicate a million people were left homeless because one-fourth of the urban area was destroyed. And that is exactly as the Japanese want it. It was all cleaned up, buried, as if it never had happened.

The only indication in Tokyo that any war at all took place is tucked away in the Yushukan War Memorial Museum. Attached to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of Japan’s war dead reside (including some who committed war crimes), Yushukan is in its own way a marker of things cleaned up and things buried. The building houses carefully curated artifacts from the war. The choices speak of things almost no Japanese person, and few Japanese textbooks, will otherwise talk about.

There’s a locomotive from Burma, the rail line it traveled constructed by slave labor (as shown in part in the movie Bridge Over the River Kwai). It is not a symbol of shame, however, like the locomotives displayed elsewhere in the world that pulled train cars into Auschwitz, but a point of pride: Japan brought modern train service to the jungle. Also in the museum is a kaiten, a human-guided, suicide torpedo. Not a symbol of the madness of war, but one of martial spirit. There’s an aircraft like one that bombed Pearl Harbor. A video shown claims Japanese forces were liberating Asia from western colonialism and that Japan’s troops were warmly welcomed into Manchuria. Located inside the stigmatized Yasukuni Shrine grounds, the museum is almost purposely not easily visited. Certainly not by foreign tourists or young people out for day’s entertainment.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Part-2-continued- Otherwise, there is little to see, even less to experience, of the war, all across the country. Small towns lack the plaques and displays to the fallen you see in rural America, and certainly nowhere is there evidence of the self-reflection one sees across Germany. Elsewhere, the museum and peace monument at Nagasaki are small, a bit out of the way and well, tatty around the edges. There’s almost nothing of a world war in Japan.

Nothing except Hiroshima.

Hiroshima is the place that has not been buried, the place not allowed to heal fully. The Peace Park and Museum at Hiroshima were created for the Japanese as a symbol of their victimhood, but they end up, against all plans, exposing raw edges of a war everyone otherwise wanted to go away.

I’ve visited Hiroshima many times.

The thing that always struck me was simply being there. The train pulled into the station under an announcement that you had arrived in Hiroshima. It was just another stop on the bullet train’s long run from Osaka to Fukuoka, so they called out the name as if it was just another stop. I’d step out into the sunlight – that sunlight – and I was in Hiroshima.

No matter how many times I went, I always expected something different to happen, when in fact nothing happened. There were 200,000 souls out there. I couldn’t see them for the crowds of people pushing into the station, and I couldn’t hear them over the traffic noise, but past lives lingered. It couldn’t be helped. No matter how much concrete and paving had been laid down, it could not have been enough. History runs very deep in Hiroshima.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Part-3-continued-Even if you have never been to the place, you know the place. The mountains that form the background in all the old photos are still backstopping the city. A lot of newer, tall buildings now, but the Ota River delta, where thousands drowned trying to cool their bodies and extinguish their burning flesh, is right there. You’ve seen the pictures. Most of the bridges and streets were rebuild right where they’d been before the Bomb. Same for most public buildings. You could see where you were in 2017 and where you would have been in 1945 because they are the same place.

In August, Hiroshima is hot as hell and twice as humid. You can’t really sweat, there’s so much moisture in the air. You feel like you have asthma. But in 2017, you can duck into a McDonald’s not far from the Atomic Dome and absorb as much free air conditioning as you’d like. An American there, or in the Peace Park, is as likely to be ignored as just another tourist as he is to become the target of some nice Japanese person wanting to practice English and lead you around chatting. Have you seen the famous watch, they ask, the one that the atomic bomb froze at the moment of detonation? How about the atomic shadows, the ashes of people photo-flashed to death? You can take pictures, no problem.

But no matter how many truly genuine smiles or how many Big Macs, you can’t get away. Hiroshima is an imperfect place, and one which will not easily allow you to forget the terrible things that preceded its day of infamy.

Outside of Japan, most people feel the Japanese government has yet to fully acknowledge its aggressiveness in plunging East Asia into war. Indeed, the museum inside the Peace Park has been chastised as focusing almost exclusively on a single day, out of a war that began over a decade earlier and claimed millions of innocent lives before the bomb fell on August 6, 1945. The criticism is particularly sharp, given the rise in militarism occurring under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Now, as in decades past, China watches to see what Japan will do with its armed forces.

There is also ongoing friction between Japan and Korea regarding Hiroshima.

An estimated 40,000 Koreans were injured or killed in the atomic blast, most slave laborers kidnapped and brought to work in Hiroshima’s factories. They were the industrial equivalent of the “comfort women,” the Korean sex slaves raped by the Japanese military. The centerpiece of the Peace Park, the Memorial Cenotaph, is the final resting place for the ashes of the bomb’s victims. Japan, however, only allowed those remains believed to be Japanese to be placed in the Memorial. There was of course no way to determine whether a handful of ashes was Japanese or Korean. The Korean dead did not get a marker until the 1980s, and that was laid off to the side, and was paid for by Koreans. Until that time, following Buddhist tradition, the souls of those men and women could not rest.

How deep does hate lie? Or is it actually a shallow grave?

There are others with things to atone for, and much to reconcile. The U.S. remains unrepentant. It was only on the 60th anniversary of the bomb that the first American ambassador came to Hiroshima on an August 6th morning to pay respects. There has never been an apology for the first use of a nuclear weapon, and against a civilian target at that. Ask most Americans about the bombing, and it would be surprising not to hear the phrase “the Japs deserved it.” A few elderly survivors, many with disfiguring burns, still suffer today. Yet there is not enough vengeance for some, even seven decades later.

But perhaps the oddest part of my visits to Hiroshima was always at the end. I simply got on a train, and left it all behind me. Or so I thought each time I tried.

Glenn Mickens-by email said...

Thank you, Unc for your take on the War with Japan. Since I played baseball in Japan for 5 years I also went through Hiroshima a couple of times on the train but Fukuoka was in our league and we usually flew there so I like you saw little of what went on there with the bomb.
The Japanese treated me well while I played baseball there and I made a lot of friends while playing. When I coached at UCLA our team would go to Japan and play Keo University and they would come to the US to play us---a real friendship operation. Their coach, Maeda-san and his wife got to be our good friends and until his death a few years ago we staying in touch.
I found that baseball is an international sport and brings people together. No matter which team won both teams respected the other for their abilities and there was never any animosity or dislike for each other.
Too bad that the whole world cannot be like this without the military to see which has the most might or bombs and can just have competition in the sports arena.

My only thoughts about the Atomic Bomb was that it was horrible to use BUT it obviously saved thousands of American (and Japanese) and allied lives. I did see some of the Japanese ways while playing ball there. After I had some good years pitching I would sit in the office with and interpreter working on a new contract for next year asking for a raise. It took me 2 to 3 hours of going back and forth with my interpreter before getting things ironed out whereas in the US this issue would have been settled in no longer than 30 minutes.

Think about this. We warned the Japanese that we would drop the A bomb if surrender did not come and I guess that they called our bluff and thousands of people died.

And, then, like my negotiations with the ball team, their military sat around talking and forced us to drop ANOTHER bomb before the war ended!!! What other nation in the world would not have immediately surrendered when they saw the horrible devastation of the bomb and need TWO bombs dropped to stop the war??

In fact, this MO of sitting and talking probable cost them further damage to the US as they destroyed our entire fleet in Pearl Harbor and could have come to the US proper with no navy to protect us but, again, they spend hours talking and not making a decision and that ultimately hurt them and let us recoup and go after them in the Pacific.

Just my thoughts, Pal Chester and right or wrong I just hope no rogue country like N Korea will entertain the thought of starting a horrendous war.

Always your pal,

KimoRosen said...

Mahalo for you words Glenn and Unc. I too traveled the bullet train through Hiroshima when I was living in Japan and had chicken skin the whole time although I never got of the train. I could feel the war energies and the nuclear blast of so many decades ago and the forever damage.
May something of that magnitude never happen again.

G-d help this world...