Post Debate

by: the Common Constitutionalist

At the start of the Vice Presidential debate, I thought Joe Bidens strategy might be a winner, but his condescension soon started to grate on me. The constant interruption of Paul Ryan was deplorable.

In fact, Biden interrupted Ryan 82 times during the 40 minutes Ryan was able to speak. That’s an interruption approximately every 30 seconds. Way to do your job Martha.

As Rush says, the Joe Biden you saw last night, was the real Joe Biden and the real modern-day democrat party. Mean, arrogant and patronizing.

I don’t know how Ryan felt, but I was worn out, watching Old Uncle Joe (not Stalin; Biden) cackling, grinning, wagging his finger and lecturing me.

I always thought the media, and the left in general, were disgusted by angry old white men. Yet, watching and listening to the main stream and lefty cable shows, post-debate, one would think the democrats were, in fact, the party of angry old white guys.

When discussing Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Ryan repeatedly stressed that they (Iran) had four additional years to develop fissionable materials and thus develop a nuclear weapon.

Biden’s retort was to agree, that Iran has more fissionable material but forcefully stated, “that we have no need to fear because they don’t a weapon to put it in.”

Well, that sure is good news Joe. And, of course, they’ll never find anyone willing to sell them one.

Biden turned to the camera and stated, “ Folks, we’re going to knowwwwww if Iran acquires a weapon.” “WE’LL KNOW!”

Really Joe; you’ll know? Just like you knew that the Benghazi attack was terrorism and not due to a video?

How Joe, will you find out they have a weapon? Will you receive that information from your intelligence community? You know, the one you threw under the bus, when you said they gave you the wrong info regarding Benghazi, and were unable to get you the correct intelligence for a two solid weeks. Is that where you will get the information regarding Iran’s bomb?

I’m not in the intelligence community, but even I could let this administration know two weeks after Iran gets a nuclear weapon.

It will be fairly evidently from the giant crater and nuclear fallout that was Israel.

Also, I would add that terrorists don’t need missiles. All they need are suitcases or backpacks and several brainwashed idiots willing to blow themselves for Allah.

As for the rest of the debate, it was more of the same; Old Joe, smiling, cackling and lying about all of the administrations domestic positions. In between, was Joe’s constant attempt at belittling Paul Ryan. By the close of the debate it was clear that Biden looked the village idiot.

One of the barometers of how well Old Joe did is how much time the mainstream media will continue to spend on breaking the debate down.

If he pulled off a clear and concise victory, the press will be discussing his brilliance up until the second the second presidential debate begins next week.

But the AP (Associated Press) , which, for all intent and purpose, is the media arm of the White House, is already speaking of the next Presidential debate. That debate is still a week away. That tells me they don’t want to discuss Old Joe’s performance. Evidently, the sooner they can put it behind them, the better.

Reports have also surfaced that the debate “Moderator” Martha Raddatz actually visited Old Uncle Joe Biden in the White House sometime prior to the debate. I’m sure it was to just stop by and say howdy and not to discuss the questions she would ask during the debate.

As it turns out Martha did Paul Ryan a huge favor by siding with Old Joe. Martha unwittingly preformed a valuable service to the viewing public by allowing all to see Old Uncle Joe, as he really is, an angry, insipid and shrill liberal.

The old saying is, if someone insists on making a fool of themselves, just get out their way and let them.

Ryan, I thought, may have been a little too polite for my taste, but it worked for him. The consensus opinion is that Paul Ryan won and Joe Biden surely lost, both the debate and his mind.

Forever Young

Marine animals could hold the key to looking young

Sea urchins could hold the key to youth

Sea urchins could hold the key to youth

Sea cucumbers and sea urchins are able to change the elasticity of collagen within their bodies, and could hold the key to maintaining a youthful appearance, according to scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.

The researchers investigated the genes of marine creatures such as sea urchins and sea cucumbers, known as echinoderms. They found the genes for “messenger molecules” known as peptides, which are released by cells and tell other cells in their bodies what to do.

The study was published online in the journals PLOS One and General and Comparative Endocrinology.

Project leader Professor Maurice Elphick, from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, said: “Probably the most exciting discovery from our research was finding genes encoding peptides that cause rapid stiffening or softening of collagen in the body wall of sea cucumbers.

“Although sea urchins and sea cucumbers may not look much like us, we are actually quite closely related to them. As we get older, changes in collagen cause wrinkling of our skin, so if we can find out how peptides cause the body wall of a sea cucumber to quickly become stiff or soft then our research might lead to new ways to keeping skin looking young and healthy.”

The scientists analyzed the DNA sequences of thousands of genes in the purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus and the edible sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus and specifically searched for genes encoding peptide messenger molecules. Rapid advances in technology used to sequence genes made the research possible.

“When the human genome was sequenced over a decade ago it cost millions of pounds – now all of the genes in an animal can be sequenced for just a few thousand pounds,” Professor Elphick said.

“We also found that sea urchins have a peptide that is very similar to calcitonin, a hormone that regulates our bones to make sure that they remain strong,” Professor Elphick said.

“So it will be fascinating to find out if calcitonin-type peptides have a similar sort of role in spiny-skinned creatures like sea urchins.”

“These types of advances in basic science are fascinating in their own right but they are also important because they underpin the medical breakthroughs that lead to improvement in the quality of people’s lives.”

Attribution: Real Clear Science

Joke of the Day

Little Tim was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence.

Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, “What are you up to there, Tim?”

“My goldfish died,” replied Tim tearfully, without looking up, “and I’ve just buried him.”

The neighbor was concerned, “That’s an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?”

Tim patted down the last heap of earth then replied, “That’s because he’s inside your stupid cat.”

Won’t Back Down

from:  at The Blaze

After being harshly criticized for questioning the veracity of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch on Tuesday evening responded to his detractors in a lengthy and unapologetic op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

“Imagine a country where challenging the ruling authorities — questioning, say, a piece of data released by central headquarters — would result in mobs of administration sympathizers claiming you should feel ‘embarrassed’ and labeling you a fool, or worse,” writes Welch.

“Soviet Russia perhaps? Communist China? Nope, that would be the United States right now, when a person (like me, for instance) suggests that a certain government datum (like the September unemployment rate of 7.8%) doesn’t make sense,” he adds.

Welch goes on to reiterate his point, that is, that recent BLS data is not just faulty, but “implausible.”

“Unfortunately for those who would like me to pipe down, the 7.8% unemployment figure released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week is downright implausible. And that’s why I made a stink about it,” he writes.

The former CEO continues, reminding readers that a) he is not working for the Romney campaign and b) BLS data is hardly free of error.

“The unemployment data reported each month are gathered over a one-week period by census workers, by phone in 70% of the cases, and the rest through home visits. In sum, they try to contact 60,000 households, asking a list of questions and recording the responses,” he writes, adding that the BLS even has an entire page in its “Handbook of Methods” dedicated to explaining the limitation of its data.

“Bottom line: To suggest that the input to the BLS data-collection system is precise and bias-free is — well, let’s just say, overstated,” he adds.

Later on, Welch directly addresses the tweet that got everyone in a twist:

Now, I realize my tweets about this matter have been somewhat incendiary. In my first tweet, sent the night before the unemployment figure was released, I wrote: “Tomorrow unemployment numbers for Sept. with all the assumptions Labor Department can make..wonder about participation assumption??” The response was a big yawn.

My next tweet, on Oct. 5, the one that got the attention of the Obama campaign and its supporters, read: “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”

And here’s the controversial Oct. 5 tweet:

As he did when attacked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Welch maintains that he was simply trying to raise a question, adding that, were he to do it all over again, he would definitely add question marks at the end of the Oct. 5 message.

“But I’m not sorry for the heated debate that ensued. I’m not the first person to question government numbers, and hopefully I won’t be the last,” Welch writes.

“The coming election is too important to be decided on a number. Especially when that number seems so wrong.”

All In a Days Work

Standing still or making waves every one of  these awe-inspiring brown bears seems to have a different strategy to get a catch at Kurile Lake, a large caldera containing the crater lake located at the southern tip of Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian wilderness.

The furry fisherman were caught on camera on the isolated peninsula of Kamchatka, more than 4,000 miles from Moscow.

Standing still or making waves every one of these awe-inspiring brown bears seems to have a different strategy to get a catchStanding still or making waves every one of these  awe-inspiring brown bears seems to have a different strategy to get a  catch

The brown bears – which are the largest in Eurasia – take part in one the greatest natural phenomenons on Earth as the hunt the annual spawning run of Pacific salmon. And  for many of the tasty fish it’s a losing battle against the claws and teeth of the huge bears.

Those that don’t meet a grizzly end will die naturally feeding the waters of the lake with nutrients after they have laid their eggs to carry on the species. Kurile Lake is formed from a crater of an extinct volcano and reaches depths of around 1,000ft.

Czech wildlife photographer Petr Slavik, 44,  spent weeks following the bears as they took advantage of the spawning fish filling the lake.

He said: ‘Photographing of big predators is a strong experience anywhere in the world.

Catch of the day: The battle between some 1,400lb grizzly fisherman and the humble salmonCatch of the day: The battle between some 1,400lb  grizzly fisherman and the humble salmon
The pictures were taken at Kurile Lake in the Russian wilderness on the isolated peninsula of Kamchatka, more than 4,000 miles from MoscowThe pictures were taken at Kurile Lake in the Russian  wilderness on the isolated peninsula of Kamchatka, more than 4,000 miles from  Moscow
The brown bears - which are the largest in Eurasia - take part in one the greatest natural phenomenons on Earth as the hunt the annual spawning run of Pacific salmonThe brown bears – which are the largest in Eurasia –  take part in one the greatest natural phenomenons on Earth as the hunt the  annual spawning run of Pacific salmon

‘The shores of the Kurile Lake offer such a concentration of bears that soon enough you will stop counting the bears who will get in front of your camera during a single day.

‘The Kamchatka subspecies of brown bear can reach more than a thousand  pounds.

‘Thanks to millions of salmon which are coming every year to spawn, these giant animals have enough food and it is possible to observe quite often a bear female with three or four  cubs.’

For many of the tasty fish its a losing battle against the claws and teeth of the huge bears
For many of the tasty fish its a losing battle against the claws and teeth of the huge bears
Czech wildlife photographer Petr Slavik, 44, spent weeks following the bears as they took advantage of the spawning fish filling the lakeCzech wildlife photographer Petr Slavik, 44, spent weeks  following the bears as they took advantage of the spawning fish filling the  lake
Petr Slavik, who took the pictures, said: 'Photographing of big predators is a strong experience anywhere in the world.'

Petr said such was bears desire to hunt for the salmon it gave him amazing access.

He said: ‘When you are lying on the lake shore waiting for the right image, you will get in a close contact with these creatures.

‘A bear who is fishing concentrates so deeply on his prey that often he forgets the distance between you and him. When he splashes your camera with water you start to think, how close is too close?’

Majestic: said: Petr said: 'When you are lying on the lake shore waiting for the right image, you will get in a close contact with these creatures.'Majestic: said: Petr said: ‘When you are lying on the  lake shore waiting for the right image, you will get in a close contact with  these creatures.’

Attribution: Leon Watson

Joke of the Day

CATHOLIC HORSES

A man was at the horse races playing the ponies, losing all but his shirt.

He noticed a Priest step out onto the track and blessed the forehead of
one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.

Lo and behold, that horse – a very long shot – won the race.

Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track.
Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses.

The man made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet
on the horse.  Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse
won the race.

He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the
Priest would bless next.

He bet big on it, and it won. As the races continued the Priest kept
blessing long shots, and each one ended up winning.

The man was elated. He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all
his savings, and awaited for the Priest’s blessing that would tell him
which horse to bet on .

True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last
race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was the longest shot
of the day.

This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag.
The man knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old
nag.

He watched dumbfounded as the old nag came in last. In a state of
shock, he went to the track area where the Priest was.

Confronting Him, he demanded, ‘Father! What happened? All day long you
blessed horses and they all won. Then in the last race, the horse you
blessed lost by a mile. Now, thanks to you I’ve lost every cent of my
savings!’.

The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy.

‘Son,’ he said, ‘that’s the problem with you Protestants, you can’t
tell the difference between a simple blessing and last rites.’

Divine Providence

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you ever had the feeling you were chosen by a higher power and driven to do something exceptional? Yeah, me neither.

That’s because it’s so uncommon. There is a name for this phenomenon. It’s called Divine Providence.

Divine Providence is not often revealed to mankind, but it does happen. There are times in our history when it seems God has reached down from the heavens and plucked a man (or men) from the masses and guided him to do what must be done in that moment in history.

I don’t believe George Washington just happened. He was chosen and guided through Divine Providence. No one else could have been that guy. As great a collection of minds as they were, not Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, etc. could have been the inspiration that was Washington. He was chosen because he was the one man that could take on the task and see it through.

The King of England, George III, the Mad King, begat George Washington. The King was a bad guy and the colonies needed a polar opposite to lead them out of bondage, as it were.

Washington was not perfect, but he was a good and just man. He was, by no coincidence, exactly what America needed at the time.

Abraham Lincoln was also that man this country needed at that exact time in our history.

James Buchanan, Lincoln’s presidential predecessor was arguably pro-slavery, at least so far as the American territories were concerned. He had many pro-slavery advocates in his cabinet.

Once more, Buchanan begat Lincoln. Many would argue Lincoln was not an anti-slavery advocate to start, but no one could make that claim, by the time he ran for reelection against George McClellan, who wished to end the war and compromise with the south allowing slavery to continue.

I contend that Lincoln was guided on the path of good and no other, at that time in history, could have accomplished the task of both preserving the Union and emancipation.

Carter begat Reagan. In the late 1970’s this country was floundering and leaderless. Carter was a weak administrator at best and America craved, no needed, a strong leader. Reagan was that man. He was a good man with strong ideals and not afraid to call out evil. He reminded us how great America was and how it could be again, that we were the last best hope of mankind and a beacon of freedom for others to emulate.

He was the man, guided by Divine Providence , to restore and renew America. No other of his time could have been that man.

And so do we stand at this moment in history with a clear choice, and Mitt Romney is the clear choice.

As many know, Romney was not my guy, as it were. He is not the “true conservative” we all think we need and as we would define a conservative.

What Mitt is, is a good man. I have concluded that a conservative policy wonk is not now what America needs, although, as an added bonus, we will get one in the V.P., Paul Ryan.

In every crucial moment in our history, a phoenix has risen from the ashes to pull us back from our path to self destruction and place us back on the path to good.

It’s as if God gives us a little rope and then pulls us back when we stray too far.

I’m no clairvoyant, but I think we might be living in an historic time. We may be witness to another Divine Providential event.

Evil gives way to good and Barack Obama and his administration of radicals are evil, maybe the worst in our history. They may not be “the Devil” evil, but evil in that they wish to shake the foundation of liberty and freedom established by our founders until it topples, in order to rebuild it in their own warped image of the “perfect” society.

It’s not evil to wish to change things, if done in the light, where all can see, understand and freely choose. The evil is in the covert way they’ve chosen to operate.

The mark of a good man is how good he is when no one is looking. Few people are as good as Romney when no one is looking.

We, at this moment in history, need a good and moral man. I believe, through Divine Providence, Mitt Romney has been chosen to be our standard bearer of good.

Do I wish that Mitt was not only good but more conservative? Yep, but I’ve come to gladly accept that he is not both. He is honest, moral and very hard working.

That’s what we need at this moment in history and we get to witness the history and hopefully be a part of it.

Mystery Solved

The mighty drone of 600 bombers filled the night air as they flew the length of eastern England. As planes thundered overhead, people peeped through their blackout curtains to see if they could  glimpse what was then one of the largest bombing forces ever assembled.

On board the Lancasters, Stirlings, Halifaxes and Wellingtons were more than 4,000 airmen — and all knew they stood a very  good chance of not returning to base the following morning.

Among that awesome mass of metal pounding  through the dark sky was a Lancaster bomber with the marking  ED427.

 
Fallen hero: Pilot F O Alec Bone
Fallen hero: Sergeant Norman Foster
Fallen heroes: Respected Flying Officer Alec Bone, upper,  piloted the plane which had seven crew members including flight engineer  Sergeant Norman Foster, lower
 
Target: The men in the Lancaster Bomber were attacking factories in the Czech brewing town Pilsen

Target: The men in the Lancaster Bomber were attacking  factories in the Czech brewing town Pilsen

As part of 49 Squadron, the bomber and its  seven crew had taken off at precisely 21.14 on the evening of April 16, 1943,  from Fiskerton airfield five miles east of Lincoln. It was the second time the  plane’s crew had flown together, and they were hoping this raid would go as  successfully as their bombing of Stuttgart two nights before.

The Lancaster was piloted by Flying Officer  Alexander ‘Alec’ Bone, who, at 31, was by far the oldest and most experienced of  the crew.

An instructor who had taught many Battle of Britain pilots to fly, Bone was one of the most respected and able pilots in all of Bomber Command. A champion fencer, tall and charming, Bone was what we would  today call an alpha male.

The rest of the seven-strong crew — flight  engineer Norman Foster, navigator Cyril Yelland, wireless operator Raymond  White, bomb aimer Raymond Rooney, air gunner Ronald Cope and air gunner Bruce  Watt were aged 19 to 23, and all looked up to Bone.

One of six brothers, his father described him  as ‘the pick of the bunch’, and he was well qualified to command of a bomber  crew.

As he sat at the controls, Bone’s mind might  well have wandered temporarily from the mission to his own recent tragedy. Just  four months earlier, he had lost his wife, Menna, 22, to tuberculosis. He had  received the news of her illness when stationed in Canada, but by the time he  had returned, Menna was already dead and buried.

 
 
On board: Sergeant Ronald Cope
Sergeant Cyril Yelland
On board: Air gunner Sergeant Ronald Cope, pictured  upper, and navigator Sergeant Cyril Yelland, lower

The planes that night had two targets. Fewer  than half the aircraft were heading for various factories in and around Mannheim  some 40 miles south of Frankfurt. Bone’s Lancaster, however, was part of the  larger element heading more than 200 miles further east to the Czech brewing  town of Pilsen, where they were to attack the massive Skoda works that produced  armaments for the Nazis.

After a flight of nearly 800 miles, in which Bone successfully outwitted night fighters and dodged numerous flak batteries,  ED427 safely arrived over what he presumed was the target at around 1.30am on April 17.

Below was a hellish inferno, and Bone would  have felt confident he was dropping his two 1,000lb bombs and one 4,000lb ‘Cookie’ bomb — made of a thin steel casing to carry more explosives, and  devastating in its impact — in the right place.

However, unknown to him, the leading Pathfinder aircraft had dropped their flares which indicated the target in the wrong place: they fell on the harmless village of Dobrany five miles to the south-west of Pilsen.

To make matters more tragic, a nearby psychiatric hospital had been mistaken for the Skoda works, and it took the  brunt of the raid. According to a German casualty report, some 300 patients were killed, and some 1,000 German soldiers and 250 civilians were killed or wounded.

Unfortunately for the Allies, the Skoda works were untouched, and the entire raid — called Operation Frothblower in  recognition of Pilsen’s brewing history — was one of Bomber Command’s biggest  failures.

 
The men were part of a 600 strong squadron of RAF Lancaster bombers - at that time, one of the largest bombing forces ever assembled

The men were part of a 600 strong squadron of RAF  bombers – at that time, one of the largest bombing forces ever assembled
 
Air gunner Bruce Watt
Wireless operator Raymond Charles White, aged 21
Lost: Air gunner Bruce Watt, upper, and Wireless operator  Raymond Charles White, aged 21, lower

This would of course have been unknown to Bone and his crew, who had dropped their payload and were now bearing west for the five-hour flight home.

They were looking forward to breakfast and some sleep, as well as Easter the following weekend. However,  the men of ED427 were never to enjoy another breakfast.

At some point during the flight something went badly wrong, and the Lancaster failed to return. In  the squadron’s operations records book, the bald statement was simply typed: ‘Missing without trace.’

Until last week, nearly 70 years after the raid, the fate of ED427 was still a mystery. But now, thanks to an archaeological excavation in Germany, the truth of what happened can finally be told.

The story that emerges from the German soil is a heart-wrenching tale not only of tragedy, but of incompetence and an unforgiveable bureaucratic slip-up which kept the families of the crew in the dark for decades.

A week after the raid, Wing Commander Johnson of 49 Squadron wrote to Bone’s mother, telling her ‘so far we have received no news of any kind, but you can be sure that as soon as any is received, it will be passed to you immediately’.

No concrete news was ever to come. According  to Bone’s brother, Arthur ‘Alf’ Bone, 91, their mother suspected the worst. ‘I  think she knew he had gone in her mind,’ he says, ‘and I think I did,  too.’

Pieces of history: The team sorted the fragments they found into boxes at the site

Pieces of history: Sixty-nine years after their burning  plane plunged to the ground after being shot by German anti-aircraft fire the  remains of most of the Lancaster bomber crewmen have been recovered.The team  sorted the fragments they found into boxes at the site
 
Burnt out: The remains of a scorched parachute

Burnt out: The remains of a scorched parachute. The site  was discovered by a British military historian and a team of German  archaeologists who spent hours digging a muddy field looking for the RAF crew  after an eye-witness who saw the plane crash guided them to the precise  spot.
Damage: The crater made by the impact of the engineDamage: The crater made by the impact of the engine. A  Rolls Royce engine and landing gear of the World War Two aircraft was found  followed by ‘hundreds’ of fragments of human bones in what would have been the  cockpit

Alf was an RAF pilot as well, and heard  about his brother when he was about to take a Wellington up in a  practice  flight. A telegram was delivered to the cockpit a few minutes  before take off. ‘For the first time, I felt a panic attack,’ Alf  recalls. ‘Alec was so dear to  me. Normally I liked the smell of the  inside of a Wellington, but on that  occasion I just smelled death.’

Alf  idolized Alec. The last time he saw him was in Canada in 1941. ‘I was stationed  at an airfield called Swift’s Current,’ Alf says. ‘One day Alec flew his  two-seater Harvard 120 miles from Moosejaw to pay me a surprise visit.’ Alec told Alf to put on a parachute, and took his brother up in the training  aircraft. ‘We did lots of acrobatics,’ Alf remembers. ‘We dived, climbed, looped  the loop — you name it. I loved it.’

In October 1943, the family received a letter  informing them the Air Council had determined that ‘they must regretfully  conclude that he has lost his life’, and that Alec’s death was presumed to have  occurred on April 17.

For the rest of her life, Alec’s mother lived  in what Alf described as ‘a vacuum’, in which she was never to know what had  happened to her son. Officials of every stripe simply told the families of the crew they had no idea what had happened to ED427.

However, it now emerges the RAF did know what  had happened to the plane and the bodies of its crew but, disgracefully, the families were never told. In October 1946, Squadron-Leader Philip  Laughton-Bramley of the RAF’s Missing Research and Enquiry Unit was investigating the fates of crashed aircraft in the Mannheim area.

Fatal flight: A graphic of the site in Laumersheim, Germany, where the Lancaster crashed 69 years ago

Fatal flight: A graphic of the site in Laumersheim,  Germany, where the Lancaster crashed 69 years ago
 
Birds eye view: An aerial Luftwaffe picture showing the crash site at Laumersheim, GermanyBirds eye view: An aerial Luftwaffe picture showing the  crash site at Laumersheim, Germany

His research took him to the village of  Laumersheim, 14 miles west of Mannheim, where a former police constable told him that on April 16-17 a ‘four-engined aircraft crashed in flames  200 yards  east of the village and exploded on contact with the ground’.

According to the German, the trunk of one body was  found, along with the remains of some six or seven men. The body parts were  removed, but nobody could remember where they had been taken. Laughton-Bramley was persistent, and continued to hunt.

Eventually, he found two graves in the military section of the Mannheim cemetery, whose inscriptions stated that they  contained the bodies of ‘Unknown British flyers shot down in  Laumersheim  17.4.43’, and who were buried on 24 April — the same day Wing Commander Johnson  had written to Mrs Bone.

One can only imagine the terrifying last  moments of ED427. It was almost certainly hit by the flak battery at Frankenthal, five miles from the  crash site. Flying at around 200 miles per  hour, and at a height of  perhaps 10,000 feet, it may well have taken over two minutes to have plummeted to the ground.

Alec Bone, if he had survived the impact of  the flak, would have used all  his considerable skill to try to keep the plane  steady enough to allow the crew to bail out. If anybody could have done it,  Bone could. But clearly the flak battery had done its work too well. Death  would have been instantaneous as the plane ploughed five metres deep into the  soft  earth.

Volunteers dig within the crater, exhuming the fateful planes remains

Excavation: Volunteers dig within the crater, exhuming  the fateful planes remains. The team dug five metres deep in a 100 square metre  area and found sections of the fuselage, cockpit, landing gear, a tyre, a burnt  parachute, tools and ammunition
Commemoration: A minutes silence was held in respect by the volunteers. Members of the Bundeswehr reserve, part of the German army, are in uniform

Commemoration: A minutes silence was held in respect by  the volunteers. Members of the Bundeswehr reserve, part of the German army, are  in uniform
 
It is thought the remains of the men will be buried in the same coffin in a single grave at a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Germany.

Respect: A poppy memorial was erected as a mark of  remembrance. It is thought the remains of the men will be buried in the same  coffin in a single grave at a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Germany

On May 15, 1947, Laughton-Bramley filed his  report to the Air Ministry in London, in  which he concluded that the bodies  were the crew of ED427, and that the  plane had been shot down by flak. For some inexplicable reason —perhaps  simply an oversight — the information was never passed on to the families as it should have been. And so the crew’s poor relatives remained in ignorance.

Light was only shed on the case when, in  2006, military historian Peter  Cunliffe found a copy of the report in  the  Canadian Archives while  researching the raid for his book. A Shaky Do, in the  file of Pilot  Officer Bruce Watt, a Canadian member of ED427’s crew.

Cunliffe made a copy of  Laughton-Bramley’s report, and passed it to the German archaeologist Uwe Benkel, who had been investigating the fate of ED427. It jibed with  the story told by Peter Menges, now 83, who was a child in the next village when the plane was shot down.

‘Peter saw the plane coming down on fire,’ says Mr Benkel, ‘and saw the explosion. His parents didn’t allow him to go and see the plane that night. He went the next morning and the German military were there. From what he saw the majority of the body parts were on the surface and taken away.’

Last week, Benkel and his team unearthed the  remains of Lancaster ED427. Contrary  to Bramley-Laughton’s report, which suggested all the bodies had been  recovered by the Germans in the war, Benkel  says that there were still  body parts in the cockpit. Benkel concludes that they were those of Alec Bone.

For Alf, this finally ends the mystery of what happened to his beloved brother. ‘You  have closed the missing page of our memory book,’ he told Uwe Benkel.

Sacrifice: 53,573 members of Bomber Command were killed during the Second World WarSacrifice: 53,573 members of Bomber Command were killed  during the Second World War
 
Momentous: The men of Bomber Command were witness to events that have shaped our historyMomentous: The men of Bomber Command were witness to  events that have shaped our history

‘My mother would have been so relieved that we at last know something,’ he says.

‘I now want to go and pay my last respects on behalf of the family. My brother was a real professional — we were all amateurs.  He was a gentleman and a gentle man.’

Families of other crew members share that sense of a chapter finally being closed. ‘It is a great relief to know what did happen,’ says Hazel Snedker, 72, the daughter of Sergeant Norman Foster, the plane’s Flight Engineer.

‘At least he will now have a grave with a  headstone.’

The plan is for the remains of all the crew  to be buried together. ‘They flew together and died together,’ says Mr Benkel. ‘It is only right that they should stay together.’

Attribution: Mail Online

And Who are the Real Racists?

Twitter Explodes After Black Actress Endorses Romney as the ‘Only Choice for Your Future’

from:  at The Blaze

Actress Stacey Dash, who has starred in everything from the 90′s hit Clueless to CSI, prompted a firestorm on Twitter after publicly endorsing Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and then standing by her opinion.

“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney,” Dash wrote on her official Twitter page, accompanied by a photo of herself with an American flag.

Not long after, presumed Obama supporters began insulting Dash for her opinion, saying she isn’t “black” enough, several even asking if the actress would just “kill herself.”

One man wrote: “This hurts but you a Romney lover and you slutting yourself to the white man only proves why no black man married u @REALStaceyDash.”

As news of Dash’s treatment spread, however, First Amendment-lovers nationwide began voicing their support for the actress using the hashtag #ISupportStaceyDash.

Twitchy captured some of the worst responses to Dash’s Romney endorsement (content warning):

Twitter Responds to Actress Stacey Dashs Endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney

(Photo: Twitter via Twitchy)

And here are a few more (content warning):

Twitter Responds to Actress Stacey Dashs Endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney

(Photo: Twitter via Twitchy)

But Dash was apparently undeterred by the cruel reaction, and sent a number of sarcastic responses to the worst offenders, wrote a tweet reminding that she is entitled to her own opinion, and– to top it off– re-tweeted a Romney campaign message.

“Women have had enough of @BarackObama’s disappointment. We need new leadership to get our economy growing again…” the re-tweeted message reads.

Here a few of the top #ISupportStaceyDash tweets:

Twitter Responds to Actress Stacey Dashs Endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney

(Photo: Twitter/#ISupportStaceyDash)

And a few more:

Twitter Responds to Actress Stacey Dashs Endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney

(Photo: Twitter/#ISupportStaceyDash)

One man summed it up as a choice between Republican Utah congressional nominee Mia Love and Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.

#ISupportStaceyDash regardless of whether she gets a phone call form #Obama or not,” another wrote, highlighting the stark contrast between how quickly Fluke was propped up after being called a “slut” for advocating taxpayer-funded birth control, and how quickly Republican Stacey Dash was dragged through the mud for failing to support Obama in 2012.