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Rigged Elections

The Fix Is In !

Why Should This Election Be Different From The Last !

This Is Why We Need To Require IDs To Vote !

Next time you hear Hillary, or any other Democrat, ranting about Republicans wanting to disenfranchise minorities by requiring voter ID, keep the following in mind:

* In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility)

* In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations – and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (Another statistical impossibility).

* In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters .

* In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.

* The National SEAL Museum, a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout.

* Palm Beach County, FL had a 141% voter turnout.

* In one Ohio County, Obama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters

NOTE: Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote .

Imagine that….



Published By: The Crusty Conservative   10/28/2016

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


A Quiz For History Buffs

For all you history buffs out there, it will be interesting to see if you get these right…

Six trivia questions to see how much history you know! Who said the following:

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” 

A. Karl Marx 

B. Adolph Hitler 

C. Joseph Stalin 

D. None of the above 

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity.” 

A. Lenin 

B. Mussolini 

C. Idi Amin 

D. None of the Above 

3) “(We) …..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.” 

A. Nikita Khrushev 

B. Josef Goebbels 

C. Boris Yeltsin 

D. None of the above 

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.” 

A. Mao Tse Dung 

B. Hugo Chavez 

C. Kim Jong Il 

D. None of the above 

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.” 

A. Karl Marx 

B. Lenin 

C. Molotov 

D. None of the above 

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched.” 

A. Pinochet 

B. Milosevic 

C. Saddam Hussein 

D. None of the above 

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(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004 

(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007 

(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007 

(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007 

(5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007 

(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005 

Surprised? Not really!!! 

 And this was before she fell and hit her head!!! 

And the Democrats want her for President in 2016! 

 People better wake up & realize what has happened in the last 5 years & what COULD happen if you don’t make sure this idiot is kept OUT of the Office of the POTUS!!!! 

Thanks to an unnamed source for this enlightening piece of trivia!!


Published By: The Crusty Conservative   10/27/2016

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


Trump’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words!!!

With all of the press coverage currently being given to what Donald Trump allegedly said over 10 years ago, why don’t we hear anything about the many good deeds he has performed for people in the past

A good friend recently sent us the following article that hopefully shows that:

Trump’s Actions Should Speak Louder Than His Wordstrump

Trump Does The Unthinkable

by Liz Crokin, an entertainment  columnist for the “RedEye Edition of the Chicago Tribune” and as a freelancer for “Us Weekly”.

Some of the acts of kindness Trump’s committed over three decade which virtually have gone  unnoticed or fallen on deaf ears.

  • In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill’s family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill’s pleas for help in news reports.
  • In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn’t hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment.
  • In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this, he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to their loved ones.
  • In 1995, a motorist stopped to help Trump after the limo he was traveling in got a flat tire. Trump asked the Good Samaritan how he could repay him for his help. All the man asked for was a bouquet of flowers for his wife. A few weeks later Trump sent the flowers with a note that read: “We’ve paid off your mortgage.”
  • In 1996, Trump filed a lawsuit against the city of Palm Beach, Florida accusing the town of discriminating against integrated clubs that allowed Jews and blacks. Abraham Foxman, who was the Anti-Defamation League Director at the time, said Trump “put the light on Palm Beach – not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination.” Foxman also noted that Trump’s charge had a trickle-down effect because other clubs followed his lead and began admitting Jews and blacks.
  • In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl’s story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.
  • In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson’s family members were tragically murdered in Chicago, Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump’s security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.
  • In 2013, New York bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump. When Trump heard about this story, he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.
  • In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border. President Barack Obama couldn’t even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine’s release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.
  • In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she’s the “bravest woman, I know.” She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his funding organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.
  • Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization, released a statement in 2016 defending her boss against accusations that he’s a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she’s struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb, she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through “immensely difficult times.”

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

That is but one of the many reasons that I am voting for Donald Trump and urge you to do likewise!


Republished By: The Crusty Conservative   10/25/2016

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Please Fly Your Flag Tomorrow (10/7/16)

15 years ago tomorrow (October 7, 2001), the United States began military operations in Afghanistan.



flag301Please join us in flying your American Flag tomorrow to honor the 3,570 brave Americans who gave their lives in this war as well as the many thousand servicemen and women who came home with serious physical and emotional battle scars.

Published By: The Crusty Conservative   10/6/2016

 The Crusty Conservative™

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Presidential Debate Questions For Hillary Clinton

debate-1Tonight is the first Presidential Debate of 2016. A conservative friend of mine from Colorado obviously spent a lot of time compiling the following very thoughtful list of questions that he would like to see the debate moderators ask Hillary Clinton.

He forwarded it to Bret Baier at FoxNews in the hope that he may well have an opportunity before November to pose these questions. I would suggest that each of us forward it to each and every debate moderator including Lester Holt of NBC News who will moderate tonight’s debate. 

Presidential Debate Questions For Hillary Clinton.

Moderator: Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

Let’s start the first questions with you Mrs. Clinton.hillary

When you left the White House after your husband’s last term as president, why did you steal $200,000.00 worth of furniture, china, and artwork that you were forced to return?

Mrs. Clinton, when you were Secretary of State, why did you Solicit contributions from foreign governments for the Clinton foundation after you promised President Obama you would not?

Mrs. Clinton, why do you and your husband claim to contribute millions of dollars to charity for a tax write off when it goes to your family foundation that gives out less than 15% of the funds you collect and you use the balance to support yourself tax free?

Mrs. Clinton, why are you unable to account for 6 billion dollars of State department  funds that seem to have disappeared while you were Secretary of State?

Mrs. Clinton, why did you say you were broke when you left the White House, but you purchased a 2 million home, built an addition for the secret service, and charge the tax payers of the Untied States rent in an amount equal to the entire mortgage? 

And Mrs. Clinton, how is it that your daughter, Chelsea, can afford to buy a $10.5 million apartment in New York City shortly after you left the White House?

And speaking of Chelsea, how is it that her first paying job, in her late 20’s, was for more than the President of the United States’s salary? Was there a quid pro quo of any sort involved??

Mrs. Clinton why did you lie to the American people about the terrorist attack in Benghazi but managed to tell the truth to your daughter the same night it happened?

Mrs Clinton why did you lose your law license?

Why did your husband lose his?

Mrs Clinton, what really happened to Ron Brown when he was about to testify against you and your husband?

Mrs. Clinton what really happened to Vince Foster?

Take your time to respond Mrs. Clinton.

Republished By: The Crusty Conservative   9/26/2016

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow (9/11)

We Will Always Remember September 11, 2001

Fifteen years ago tomorrow (9/11/01) Muslim terrorists in an act of outright war hijacked four US commercial airliners and in an act of religious extremism and Islamic Jihad. They flew two of the flights into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City and a third into the Pentagon.

On the fourth hijacked flight which was scheduled to crash into the White House or the Capitol, the passengers overwhelmed the hijackers and crashed United flight #93 in to a field in central Pennsylvania.This was just one of literally thousands acts of heroism carried out that day. Unfortunately, these unprovoked acts of Muslim terror committed on Americans on American soil that day 15 years ago cost close to 3,000 innocent Americans their lives. Each of them was a hero and a martyr..

Please fly your American Flag at 1/2 staff* tomorrow in memory of everyone who lost their life that horrendous day and to honor their families, their loved ones, their friends and the thousands of survivors who were perpetually scarred by the events of 9/11/01.



*Note – The US Flag Code specifies that when the American Flag can not be flown at 1/2 staff (for example when it is attached to a house or is displayed on a podium stand) it should be displayed on designated days with a black banner or black ribbon  as shown below.



Also posted on the We Remember Blog

In Loving Memory Of


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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


The New Deal = A Bad Deal

The Real Story About What Ended the Great Depression (Hint: It Wasn’t the New Deal)

The Great Depression. Unemployed men queued outside a soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone. The storefront sign reads 'Free Soup, Coffee and Doughnuts for the Unemployed.' Chicago, 1930s (Newscom TagID: evhistorypix027753.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

The Great Depression. Unemployed men queued outside a soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone. The storefront sign reads ‘Free Soup, Coffee and Doughnuts for the Unemployed.’ Chicago, 1930s

For years, we have heard politicians and revisionist historians continually tell us that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal”ended the Great Depression.This lie was recently embellshed and retold by PBS docudrama producer Ken Burns in his series “The Roosevelts”.

Over the years, I have contended just the opposite, proclaiming that the so called “New Deal” did not end the depression but actually prolonged and intensified it. Indeed I feel that most of our current economic problems are actually a result of the continuation of Roosevelt’s economic philosophies and programs.

Nobody took me too seriously. After all what were my credentials? I was simply a businessman who had earned an under graduate degree in economics way back in 1959.

Well, maybe I have been validated. Several weeks ago Stephen Moore a renowned economist – formerly a lead economist for the Wall Street Journal and currently a Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Fox News contributor published the following commentary hat supports my long-held opinions re the depression.



Stephen Moore@StephenMoore *

My seventh-grade son recently wrote a U.S. History paper extolling the virtues of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. “It ended the Great Depression,” he wrote with great certainty. He’s only 12 and parroting what the history texts and his teachers told him.

That’s his excuse. What’s Ken Burns’?

Mr. Burns’ docudrama on the Roosevelts—for those who weren’t bored to tears—repeats nearly all the worn-out fairy tales of the FDR presidency, including what I call the most enduring myth of the 20th century, which is that FDR’s avalanche of alphabet-soup government programs ended the Great Depression. Shouldn’t there be a statute of limitations on such lies?

Ask nearly anyone over the age of 80, and they will say that FDR cared about the working man and “gave the country hope,” a point that Mr. Burns emphasizes. Roosevelt exuded empathy, which isn’t a bad thing—remember Bill Clinton’s memorable line “I feel your pain”?—but caring doesn’t create jobs or lift gross domestic product.

Nor does spending government money revive growth, despite the theories put into practice by the then-dean of all economists, John Maynard Keynes. Any objective analysis of these facts can lead to no other conclusion. U.S. unemployment averaged a rate of 18 percent during Roosevelt’s first eight years in office. In the decade of the 1930s, U.S. industrial production and national income fell by about almost one-third. In 1940, after year eight years of the New Deal, unemployment was still averaged a god-awful 14 percent.

Think of it this way. The unemployment rate was more than twice as high eight years into the New Deal than it is today, and American workers now are angry as hornets. Imagine, if jobs were twice as scarce today, the pitchforked revolt that would be going on. This is success?

Almost everything FDR did to jump-start growth retarded it. The rise in the minimum wage kept unemployment intolerably high. (Are you listening, Nancy Pelosi?) Roosevelt’s work programs like the Works Progress Administration, National Recovery Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were so bureaucratic as to have minimal impact on jobs. Raising tax rates to nearly 80 percent on the rich stalled the economy. Social Security is and always was from the start a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme that will eventually sink into bankruptcy unless reformed.

The cruel irony of the New Deal is that the liberals’ honorable intentions to help the poor and the unemployed caused more human suffering than any other set of ideas in the past century.

The most alarming story of economic ignorance surrounding this New Deal era was the tax increases while the economy was faltering. According to economist Burt Folsom, FDR signed one of the most financially devastating taxes: “On April 27, 1942, he signed an executive order taxing all personal income above $25,000 [rich back then] at 100 percent. Congress balked at that idea and later lowered it to 90 percent at the top level.” The New Dealers completely ignored the lessons of the 1920s tax cuts, which just a decade before had unfurled an age of super-growth.

Then there was the spending and debt barrage. Federal spending catapulted from $4.65 billion in 1933 to nearly $13.7 billion in 1941. This tripling of the federal budget in just eight years came at a time of almost no inflation (just 13.1 percent cumulative during that period). Budget surpluses during the prosperous Coolidge years became ever-larger deficits under FDR’s fiscal reign. During his first term, more than half the federal budget on average came from borrowed money.

The cruel irony of the New Deal is that the liberals’ honorable intentions to help the poor and the unemployed caused more human suffering than any other set of ideas in the past century.

What is maddening is that thanks to this historical fabrication of FDR’s presidency, dutifully repeated by Mr. Burns, we have repeated the mistakes again and again. Had the history books been properly written, it’s quite possible we would never had to endure the catastrophic failure of Obamanomics and the “stimulus plans” that only stimulated debt. The entire rationale for the Obama economic plan in 2009 was to re-create new New Deal.

Doubly amazing is that at this very moment, the left is writing another fabricated history — of the years we have just lived through. The history books are already painting Obama policies as the just-in-time emergency policies that prevented a Second Great Depression. I wonder if 80 years from now, the American people will be as gullible as they are today in believing, as my 12-year-old does, that FDR was an economic savior.

*Stephen Moore grew up in New Trier Township, Illinois. He attended Saints Faith Hope & Charity School in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1978.[5] He received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. from George Mason University in economics.[

From 1983 through 1987, Moore served as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. In 1987, Moore was research director of President Reagan’s Privatization Commission. and spent ten years as a fellow of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. Moore was the senior economist of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey of Texas, where Moore “was instrumental in creating the FairTax proposal”.

Moore founded the Club for Growth in 1999. Moore was ousted by the group’s board in December 2004, and subsequently announced his resignation.  After his ouster from the Club for Growth, Moore founded the 501(c)(4) Free Enterprise Fund with other former Club for Growth members including Arthur Laffer and Mallory Factor.[10] In 2005, Moore left the Free Enterprise Fund to serve on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.[9] Moore is a partner in the econometrics firm Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics.[ On January 21, 2014, the Heritage Foundation announced that Moore would rejoin the think tank as chief economist.[12] Moore is a contributing editor for National Review. 

In May 2015, Moore cofounded the Committee to Unleash American Prosperity with Arthur Laffer, Larry Kudlow, and Steve Forbes with the stated mission of, “persuading the presidential hopefuls in both parties to focus on the paramount challenge facing our country: slow growth and stagnant incomes”.

BY: Stephen Moore 8/2016

Republished By: The Crusty Conservative   9/7/2016

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Please fly your flag tomorrow..

pres day 2 (2)Please Fly Your American Flag 

Seventy one years ago tomorrow (September 2, 1945), US General Douglas MacArthur’s staff accepted Japan’s unconditional surrender aboard the Battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

This ended World War II less than four years after the Japs sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

Also published on the

September 1, 2016

by Frank Fleming

In Loving Memory of


Pat Fleming

1938 – 2016

The Unnecessary Invasion

Two week ago, we published a post on our sister website – “We Remember Blog” recalling Pat and my memories of VJ Day 1945 and today is the 71st anniversary of Imperial  Japan signing the formal surrender documents on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay ending World War II.


Following our publishing of the “We Remember VJ Day” post, I received numerous messages from friends all over the country commenting on how the Japanese surrender, hastened by the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki earlier in August 1945, most probably saved their fathers’ lives. In August 1945, these friends’ fathers were in training and preparing to be part of the US invasion of Japan in November 1945.
Although I knew that horrendous causalities would have resulted from such an invasion, I had never really read or studied much about the plans for the invasion, Japan’s preparations for it or the size and scope of the anticipated casualties on both sides. Nor, did I know that there was a very good chance, despite the massive casualties, that the invasion would not have succeeded.
The messages from these friends re their fathers caused me to go back and research the plans for the invasion Japan’s preparations for it and the speculation regarding causalities and the outcome of the invasion. In doing so, I discovered the following in-depth paper on those subjects by James Martin Davis that was originally published in the The Omaha World Herald in November, 1987.
Although the publication is long (+/- 20 minutes reading time), I highly recommend that it be read. After reading it, I am sure you will concur with my conclusion:

Thank God Truman (not one of my favorites) Ordered The Use Of Atomic Weapons.

atomic bomb

That won the war and saved millions of lives including many of my friends’ fathers

Operation Downfall

The Invasion of Japan, November, 1945

“An Invasion not found in the history books” by James Martin Davis, The Omaha World Herald, November, 1987

Deep in the recesses of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., hidden for nearly four decades, lie thousands of pages of yellowing and dusty documents stamped “Top Secret”. These documents, now declassified, are the plans for Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan during World War II. Only a few Americans in 1945 were aware of the elaborate plans that had been prepared for the Allied invasion of the Japanese home islands. Even fewer today are aware of the defenses the Japanese had prepared to counter the invasion had it been launched. Operation Downfall was finalized during the spring and summer of 1945. It called for two massive military undertakings to be carried out in succession and aimed at the heart of the Japanese Empire. In the first invasion – code named Operation Olympic – American combat troops would land on Japan by amphibious assault during the early morning hours of November 1, 1945. Fourteen combat divisions of soldiers and Marines would land on heavily fortified and defended Kyushu, the southernmost of the Japanese home islands, after an unprecedented naval and aerial bombardment. The second invasion – code named Operation Coronet – would send at least 22 combat divisions against 1 million Japanese defenders on the main island of Honshu and the Tokyo Plain. Its goal: the unconditional surrender of Japan. With the exception of the British Pacific Fleet, Operation Downfall was to be a strictly American operation. It called for using the entire Marine Corps, the entire Pacific Navy, elements of the 7th Army Air Force, the 8th Air Force (recently deployed from Europe), the 10th Air Force, and the American Far Eastern Air Force. More the 1.5 million combat soldiers, with 3 million more in support or more than 40 percent of all servicemen still in uniform in 1945 – would be directly involved in the two amphibious assaults. Casualties were expected to be extremely heavy.

Admiral William Leahy estimated that there would be more than 250,000 Americans killed or wounded on Kyushu alone. General Charles Willoughby, chief of intelligence for General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific, estimated American casualties from the entire operation would be one million men by the fall of 1946. Williughby’s own intelligence staff considered this to be a conservative estimate.

During the summer of 1945, America had little time to prepare for such an endeavor, but top military leaders were in almost unanimous agreement that an invasion was necessary.

While a naval blockade and strategic bombing of Japan was considered to be useful, MacArthur, for instance, did not believe a blockade would bring about an unconditional surrender. The advocates for invasion agreed that while a naval blockade chokes, it does not kill; and though strategic bombing might destroy cities, it leaves whole armies intact.

So on May 25, 1945, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after extensive deliberation, issued to MacArthur, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and Army Air Force General “Hap” Arnold, the top secret directive to proceed with the invasion of Kyushu. The target date was set for after the typhoon season.

President Truman approved the plans for the invasion July 24. Two days later, the United Nations issued the Potsdam Proclamation, which called upon Japan to surrender unconditionally or face total destruction. Three days later, the Japanese governmental news agency broadcast to the world that Japan would ignore the proclamation and would refuse to surrender. During this same period it was learned – via monitoring Japanese radio broadcasts – that Japan had closed all schools and mobilized its schoolchildren, was arming its civilian population and was fortifying caves and building underground defenses.

Operation Olympic called for a four pronged assault on Kyushu. Its purpose was to seize and control the southern one-third of that island and establish naval and air bases, to tighten the naval blockade of the home islands, to destroy units of the main Japanese army and support the later invasion of the Tokyo Plain.

The preliminary invasion would begin October 27 when the 40th Infantry Division would land on a series of small islands west and southwest of Kyushu. At the same time, the 158th Regimental Combat Team would invade and occupy a small island 28 miles south of Kyushu. On these islands, seaplanes bases would be established and radar would be set up to provide advance air warning for the invasion fleet, to serve as fighter direction centers for the carrier-based aircraft and to provide an emergency anchorage for the invasion fleet, should things not go well on the day of the invasion. As the invasion grew imminent, the massive firepower of the Navy – the Third and Fifth Fleets – would approach Japan. The Third Fleet, under Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, with its big guns and naval aircraft, would provide strategic support the operation against Honshu and Hokkaido. Halsey’s fleet would be composed of battleships, heavy cruisers, destroyers, dozens of support ships and three fast carrier task groups. From these carriers, hundreds of Navy fighters, dive bombers and torpedo planes would hit targets all over the island of Honshu. The 3,000 ship fleet, under Admiral Raymond Spruance, would carry the invasion troops.

Several days before the invasion, the battleships, heavy cruisers and destroyers would pour thousands of tons of high explosives into the target areas. They would not cease the bombardment until after the landing forces had been launched. During the early morning hours of November 1 the invasion would begin. Thousands of soldiers and Marines would pour ashore on beaches all along the eastern, southeastern, southern and western coasts of Kyushu. Waves of Helldivers, Dauntless dive bombers, Avengers, Corsairs, and Hellcats from 66 aircraft carriers would bomb, rocket and strafe enemy defenses, gun emplacements and troop concentrations along the beaches.

The Eastern Assault Force, consisting of the 25th, 33rd and 41st Infantry Divisions, would land near Miyasaki, at beaches called Austin, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Ford and move inland to attempt to capture the city and its nearby airfield. The Southern Force, consisting of the 1st Cavalry Division and Americal Division would land inside Ariake Bay at beaches labeled Desoto, Dusenberg, Essex, Ford, and Franklin and attempt to capture Shibushi and to capture the city of Kanoya and its airfield.

On the western shore of Kyushu, at beaches Pontiac, Reo, Rolls Royce, Saxon, Star, Studebaker, Stutz, Winton, and Zephyr, the V Amphibious Corps would land the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Marine Divisions, sending half of its force inland to Sendai and the other half to the port city of Kagoshima.

On November 4, the reserve force, consisting of the 81st and 98th Infantry Divisions and the 11th Airborne Division, after feigning an attack off the island of Shikoku, would be landed – if not needed elsewhere – near Kaimondake, near the southernmost tip of Kagoshima Bay, at beaches designated Locomobile, Lincoln, LaSalle, Hupmobile, Moon, Mercedes, Maxwell, Overland, Oldsmobile, Packard and Plymouth.

Olympic was not just a plan for invasion, but for conquest and occupation as well. It was expected to take four months to achieve its objective, with three fresh American divisions per month to be landed in support of that operation if needed.

If all went well with Olympic, Coronet would be launched March 1, 1946. Coronet would be twice the size of Olympic, with as many as 28 American divisions landing on Honshu.

All along the coast east of Tokyo, the American 1st Army would land the 5th, 7th, 27th, 44th, 86th, and 96th Infantry Divisions along with the 4th and 6th Marine Divisions.

At Sagami Bay, just south of Tokyo, the entire 8th and 10th Armies would strike north and east and attempt to go as far as Yokohama. The assault troops landing south of Tokyo would be the 4th, 6th, 8th, 24th, 31st, 32nd, 37th, 38th, and 87th Infantry Divisions, along with the 13th and 20th Armored Divisions.

Following the initial assault, eight more divisions – the 2nd, 28th, 35th, 91st, 95th, 97th, and 104th Infantry Divisions and the 11th Airborne Division – would be landed. If additional troops were needed, as expected, other divisions redeployed from Europe and undergoing training in the United States would be shipped to Japan in what was hoped to be the final push.

Captured Japanese documents and post war interrogation of Japanese military leaders disclose that information concerning the number of Japanese planes available for the defense of the home islands was dangerously in error.

During the sea battle at Okinawa alone, Japanese kamikaze aircraft sank 32 Allied ships and damaged more than 400 others. But during the summer of 1945, American top brass concluded that the Japanese had spent their air force since American bombers and fighters daily flew unmolested over Japan.

What the military leaders did not know was that by the end of July the Japanese had been saving all aircraft, fuel and pilots in reserve, and had been feverishly building new planes for the decisive battle for their homeland.

As part of Ketsu-Go, the name for the plan to defend Japan, the Japanese were building 20 suicide takeoff strips in southern Kyushu with underground hangers. They also had 35 camouflaged airfields and nine seaplane bases.

On the night before the expected invasion, 50 Japanese seaplane bombers, 100 former carrier aircraft and 50 land-based army planes were to be launched in a suicide attack on the fleet.

The Japanese had 58 more airfields on Korea, western Honshu and Shikoku, which also were to be used for massive suicide attacks.

Allied intelligence had established that the Japanese had no more that 2,500 aircraft of which they guessed that 300 would be deployed in suicide attacks.

In August 1945, however, unknown to Allied intelligence, the Japanese still had 5,651 army and 7,074 navy aircraft, for a total of 12,725 planes of all types. Every village had some type of aircraft manufacturing activity. Hidden in mines, railway tunnels, under viaducts and in basements of department stores, work was being done to construct new planes.

Additionally, the Japanese were building newer and more effective models of the Okka – a rocket-propelled bomb much like the German V-1, but flown by a suicide pilot.

When the invasion became imminent, Ketsu-Go called for a fourfold aerial plan of attack to destroy up to 800 Allied ships.

While Allied ships were approaching Japan, but still in the open seas, an initial force of 2,000 army and navy fighters were to fight to the death to control the skies over Kyushu. A second force of 330 navy combat pilots were to attack the main body of the task force to keep it from using its fire support and air cover to protect the troop carrying transports. While these two forces were engaged, a third force of 825 suicide planes was to hit the American transports.

As the invasion convoys approached their anchorages, another 2,000 suicide planes were to be launched in waves of 200 to 300, to be used in hour-by-hour attacks.

By mid-morning of the first day of the invasion, most of the American land-based aircraft would be forced to return to their bases, leaving the defense against the suicide planes to the carrier pilots and the shipboard gunners.

Carrier pilots crippled by fatigue would have to land time and time again to rearm and refuel. Guns would malfunction from the heat of continuos firing and ammunition would become scarce. Gun crews would be exhausted by nightfall, but still the waves of kamikazes would continue. With the fleet hovering off the beaches, all remaining Japanese aircraft would be committed to nonstop suicide attacks, which the Japanese hoped could be sustained for 10 days. The Japanese planned to coordinate their air strikes with attacks from the 40 remaining submarines from the Imperial Navy – some armed with Long Lance torpedoes with a range of 20 miles – when the invasion fleet was 180 miles off Kyushu.

The Imperial Navy had 23 destroyers and 2 cruisers which were operational. These ships were to be used to counterattack the American invasion. A number of the destroyers were to be beached at the last minute to be used as anti-invasion gun platforms.

Once offshore, the invasion fleet would be forced to defend not only against the attacks from the air, but would also be confronted with suicide attacks from the sea. Japan had established a suicide naval attack unit of midget submarines, human torpedoes and exploding motorboats.

The goal of the Japanese was to shatter the invasion before the landing. The Japanese were convinced the Americans would back off or become so demoralized that they would then accept a less-than-unconditional surrender and a more honorable and face-saving end for the Japanese.

But as horrible as the battle of Japan would be off the beaches, it would be on Japanese soil that the American forces would face the most rugged and fanatical defense encountered during the war.

Throughout the island-hopping Pacific campaign, Allied troops had always out numbered the Japanese 2 to 1 and sometimes 3 to 1.

In Japan it would be different. By virtue of a combination of cunning, guesswork, and brilliant military reasoning, a number of Japan’s top military leaders were able to deduce, not only when, but where, the United States would land its first invasion force.

Facing the 14 American divisions landing at Kyushu would be 14 Japanese divisions, 7 independent mixed brigades, 3 tank brigades and thousands of naval troops. On Kyushu the odds would be 3 to 2 in favor of the Japanese, with 790,000 enemy defenders against 550,000 Americans. This time the bulk of the Japanese defenders would not be the poorly trained and ill-equipped labor battalions that the Americans had faced in the earlier campaigns.

The Japanese defenders would be the hard-core of the home army. These troops were well-fed and well equipped. They were familiar with the terrain, had stockpiles of arms and ammunition, and had developed an effective system of transportation and supply almost invisible from the air. Many of these Japanese troops were the elite of the army, and they were swollen with a fanatical fighting spirit.

Japan’s network of beach defenses consisted of offshore mines, thousands of suicide scuba divers attacking landing craft, and mines planted on the beaches.

Coming ashore, the American Eastern amphibious assault forces at Miyazaki would face three Japanese divisions, and two others poised for counterattack.

Awaiting the Southeastern attack force at Ariake Bay was an entire division and at least one mixed infantry brigade.

On the western shores of Kyushu, the Marines would face the most brutal opposition. Along the invasion beaches would be the three Japanese divisions, a tank brigade, a mixed infantry brigade and an artillery command. Components of two divisions would also be poised to launch counterattacks.

If not needed to reinforce the primary landing beaches, the American Reserve Force would be landed at the base of Kagoshima Bay November 4, where they would be confronted by two mixed infantry brigades, parts of two infantry divisions and thousands of the naval troops.

All along the invasion beaches, American troops would face coastal batteries, anti-landing obstacles and a network of heavily fortified pillboxes, bunkers, and underground fortresses.

As Americans waded ashore, they would face intense artillery and mortar fire as they worked their way through concrete rubble and barbed-wire entanglements arranged to funnel them into the muzzle of these Japanese guns.

On the beaches and beyond would be hundreds of Japanese machine gun positions, beach mines, booby traps, trip-wire mines and sniper units. Suicide units concealed in “spider holes” would engage the troops as they passed nearby.

In the heat of battle, Japanese infiltration units would be sent to reap havoc in the American lines by cutting phone and communication lines. Some of the Japanese troops would be in American uniform, English-speaking Japanese officers were assigned to break in on American radio traffic to call off artillery fire, to order retreats and to further confuse troops.

Other infiltrators with demolition charges strapped on their chests or backs would attempt to blow up American tanks, artillery pieces and ammunition stores as they were unloaded ashore.

Beyond the beaches were large artillery pieces situated to bring down a curtain of fire on the beach. Some of these large guns were mounted on railroad tracks running in and out of caves protected by concrete and steel.

The battle for Japan would be won by what Simon Bolivar Buckner, a lieutenant-general in the Confederate army during the Civil War, had called “Prairie Dog Warfare.” This type of fighting was almost unknown to the ground troops in Europe and the Mediterranean. It was peculiar only to the soldiers and Marines who fought the Japanese on islands all over the Pacific – at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Prairie Dog Warfare was a battle for yards, feet and sometimes inches. It was a brutal, deadly and dangerous form of combat aimed at an underground, heavily fortified, non-retreating enemy.

In the mountains behind the Japanese beaches were underground networks of caves, bunkers, command posts and hospitals connected by miles of tunnels with dozens of entrances and exits. Some of these complexes could hold up to 1,000 troops.

In addition to the use of poison gas and bacteriological warfare (which the Japanese had experimented with), Japan mobilized its citizenry.

Had Olympic come about, the Japanese civilian population, inflamed by a national slogan – One Hundred Million Will Die for the Emperor and Nation – was prepared to fight to the death.

Twenty-eight million Japanese had become a part of the National Volunteer Combat Force. They were armed with ancient rifles, lunge mines, satchel charges, Molotov cocktails and one-shot black powder mortars. Others were armed with swords, long bows, axes and bamboo spears.

The civilian units were to be used in nighttime attacks, hit and run maneuvers, delaying actions and massive suicide charges at the weaker American positions.

At the early stage of the invasion, 1,000 Japanese and American soldiers would be dying every hour.

The invasion of Japan never became a reality because on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was exploded over Hiroshima. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Within days, the war with Japan was at a close.

Had these bombs not been dropped and had the invasion been launched as scheduled, combat casualties in Japan would have been at a minimum in the tens of thousands. Every foot of Japanese soil would have been paid for by Japanese and American lives.

One can only guess at how many civilians would have committed suicide in their homes or in futile mass military attacks.

In retrospect, the 1 million American men who where to be casualties of the invasion, were instead lucky enough to survive the war.

Intelligence studies and military estimates made 50 years ago, and not latter-day speculation, clearly indicate that the battle for Japan might well have resulted in the biggest bloodbath in the history of modern warfare.

Far worse would be what might have happened to Japan as a nation and as a culture. When the invasion came, it would have come after several months of fire bombing all of the remaining Japanese cities. The cost in human life that resulted from the two atomic blasts would be small in comparison to the total number of Japanese lives that would have been lost by this aerial devastation.

With American forces locked in combat in the south of Japan, little could have prevented the Soviet Union from marching into the northern half of the Japanese home islands. Japan today could be divided much like Korea and Germany.

The world was spared the cost of Operation Downfall, however, because Japan formally surrendered to the United Nations September 2, 1945, and World War II was over.

The aircraft carriers, cruisers and transport ships scheduled to carry the invasion troops to Japan, ferried home American troops in a gigantic operation called Magic Carpet.

In the fall of 1945, in the aftermath of the war, few people concerned themselves with the invasion plans. Following the surrender, the classified documents, maps, diagrams and appendices for Operation Downfall were packed away in boxes and eventually stored at the National Archives. These plans that called for invasion of Japan paint a vivid description of what might have been on of the most horrible campaigns in the history of man. The fact the story of the invasion of Japan is locked up in the National Archives and is not told in our history books is something for which all Americans can be thankful.


Please ask for permission before using these maps. Thank you.
Operation Downfall
Kyushu island
Operation Olympic – Preliminary Operations, X – 5 and X – 4.
Operation Olympic – Preliminary Operations, X – 4 on Koshiki Retto
Operation Olympic – X Day, November 1, 1945
Honshu island
Tokyo and vicinity
Operation Coronet

Other Links
Giangreco Bibliography on Operation Downfall
My Dad in WW II
5th Naval Task Force – Aboard the USS Tennessee (BB-43). The diary of a sailor, January to August 1945
The Decision to use the Atomic Bomb
V [Marine] Amphibious Corps Planning for Operation Olympic and the Role of Intelligence in Support of Planning
Some interesting views on the Bomb vs. Invasion

Bibliographic resources in my library

  • America Attacks Japan: The Invasion That Never Was – Tim Maga, University Press of Kentucky 2002
    The author examines what might have happened if Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan in November, 1945 had occured. A reasonable, sober assessment. Good notes and bibliography.
  • Codename Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan and Why Truman Dropped the Bomb – Thomas B. Allen, Simon & Schuster 1995
    The plans for the invasion of ‘Orange’, the US codename for Japan. This book traces the history of US planning from the early part of the century up to the end of WW2. Good maps, charts, drawings.
  • Death Is Lighter Than A Feather – David Westheimer, University of N. Texas Press 1994
    A novel based on Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of Japan. Excellent prologue, followed by a host of characters who are wrapped around a technical readout of how this battle would have been fought. Highly recommended for Downfall readers.
  • Invasion of Japan, The: Alternative to the Bomb – John Roy Skates, University of SC Press 1995
    Revisionist work on Operation Downfall, the plans to invade Japan in November 1945. Skates argues that projected losses would not be near as great as predicted, and many authors are now taking that view. Detailed Olympic plans. Great maps!
  • Operation Downfall: The Invasion of Japan (Collected Works) – Various , Internet 2003
    Collected works from the Internet. Giangreco, military papers, various commentarys, personal webpages, a full reprint of the official 1945 papers, copies of my web page, some maps, much more in text and pictures. Complete collection as of 4/2003.
  • Top Secret: The Details of the Planned WWII Invasion of Japan – James Martin Davis, Webb Research Group Publishers 1994
    Notes, maps and outlines of Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of Japan. A small disappointing book.
  • Top Secret: World War 2: U.S. Military Plans for the Invasion of Japan – Thomas Frensch, New Century Books 2001
    Reprint of the military and government documents relating to Operation Downfall. Directives, notes, a couple of maps, discussions, other documents. For the JCS, Truman, top officials, etc. Good raw material on Downfall. I paid $32 – too much.

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Van T Barfoot – Beat Both The Nazis & The Local Communists

Personal Note: I believe that Nazism and Communism represented the two biggest treats to personal liberty that free people ever faced. Fortunately, we defeated the Nazis in the 1940s but unfortunately communism still exists and still threatens people around the world. Throughout the USA communism is rampant in the form of the thousands upon thousands of so-called “Homeowners Associations” which subvert the rights of individuals for the “General Good” much like the governments of the Eastern European communist countries did during the Cold War. 

The following is the story of one heroic American who fought and defeated not only the Nazis but also his communistic Homeowners Association.

Van T Barfoot


who fought and defeated both the

Nazis and His Communist Homeowners Association 

has died…

Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down

on his Virginia property a while back?

You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flag pole on  his property along with the large American flag he flew on it.

Now we learn who that old man was.


On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg , Texas . That probably didn’t make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy ,
that same Van T. Barfoot, 
who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, setout alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers.

His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war.

And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions


That probably
didn’t make much news either given thescope of the war,

but it did earn

Van T.Barfoot,

who retired as a Colonel after also serving
in Korea and Vietnam, a well deserved 

 Congressional Medal of Honor.

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What did make news…

Was his Neighborhood Homeowners Association’s
quibble with how the 90-year-old 
veteran chose
to fly the American flag outside 
his suburban 
Virginia home.


Seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but,
for decorum, items such as 
Barfoot ‘s   21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable”.

Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down. Then the HOA story made national TV, and the Neighborhood Homeowners Association rethought its position
and agreed to indulge this 
aging hero who dwelt among them.

“In the time I have left”, he said to the 
Associated Press,

“I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.”

van5 (1)As well he should.

And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to 
contest him further, they might have done well to first read his
Medal of Honor citation.

Seems it indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn’t particularly good at backing down.

If you got this email and didn’t pass it on – guess what –
you need your butt kicked





August  29, 2016

 The Crusty Conservative™

 Flying Flag w Eagle

“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788