And speaking of surprise attacks…

December 7, 2011

How about having a cannonball fly through your home and smash your van in the middle of the night?

I hope Mythbusters has good insurance…

UPDATE: CBS changed the link, so I’ve updated it. Thanks to Red Gypsy in the comments for pointing that out. BTW, the Mythbusters hosts visited the homeowners to apologize and promise to make it good.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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Pearl Harbors then and now

December 7, 2011

In the last surprise attack on American soil before 9/11, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor:

The end of the USS Arizona

(Credit: Aviation History)

My grandfather was a Petty Officer aboard the USS Nevada during the battle. Below are a couple of pictures of his ship under attack, the only battleship to get underway that day:

…and…

Grandpa was having a bad day

(Both photos credit: Naval Historical Center)

As you can see, they had been hit pretty hard. Thankfully, Grandpa survived.

Ten years ago, we were hit by another fascist enemy, with casualties 25% higher than Pearl Harbor:

(credit: September 11th News)

…and…

(Credit: Aspersions)

…and…

(Scene at the Pentagon. Credit: US Navy via Wikimedia)

Our grandfathers finished their job. Let’s not do any less, shall we?

RELATED: The story of Lt. John William Finn, the last surviving Medal of Honor winner from Pearl Harbor.

NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I put up each December 7th.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)