The American Nazis Hail George Washington
WHAT???!!! The German-American Bund is celebrating George Washington's birthday with the Nazi salute. If you will recall, the current salute to the American flag is EXACTLY the same salute and has been for decades. The American Nazis declare boldly that George Washington was "the first fascist." New York's Madison Square Garden is hosting a convention of 22,000 American Nazis. From the picture, it looks like a 50 foot tall image of George Washington is at center stage, flanked by American flags and swastikas. A banner flies overhead, "Stop Jewish Domination of Christian Americans". (FYI, Alex Shrugged is Jewish. He doesn't want to dominate anything but his own life and property.) Nazi speakers at the convention state that FDR (that is, "Frank D. Rosenfeld") can stuff his "Jew Deal", and keep America out of Germany's war with Europe. Children's camps are springing up across the USA... especially in Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Children sing "Deutschland, über alles." If you are wondering why FDR is not leaping to the aid of Great Britain right now, it is because he wants to win his reelection bid next year. To do so he will sacrifice many things including any shred of decency he may possess.      
Abridging the Public's Right to Know
Adolf Hitler's manifesto entitled Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is selling reasonably well in America in it's ABRIDGED English translation. It has been edited for the sensibilities of good Americans, and to avoid giving the United States an excuse for entering the war. However, a reporter working for the International News Service, realizes that the abridged version does not accurately reflect what is in the original German version. In fact, it is giving an entirely false impression to the American people. Since it is unlikely that the reporter could ever obtain copyright permission to translate Hitler's manifesto, he and his buddy work night and day to translate and publish their own unauthorized translation without permission. They are immediately sued for copyright infringement (which it certainly is). By the time the court rules against them, and orders a halt to publication, half a million copies are sold. The proceeds will go to charity. Hitler can go to... court.    
World War 2 in Review
- Britain: The draft begins, a mutual defense treaty with Poland is signed, radar stations are built, balloons are anchored over major cities, and women and children evacuate London (for some reason). 
- France: French troops are moved up to the Maginot Line to block a German invasion... as if it was World War 1. (These guys are hosed.)
- Italy: Albania is overrun. The "Pact of Steel" alliance is signed with Germany. 
- Japan: Declines the "Pact of Steel" alliance with Germany and Italy. Continues to beat the tar out of China. 
- USSR: The German–Soviet Non-aggression Pact is signed. The USSR invades Finland and Poland. The USSR is expelled from the League of Nations. (The League is worthless.) 
- Lee Harvey Oswald: Some people think he assassinated John F. Kennedy. (People like Alex Shrugged.) 
- David Frost: Best known for the TV interview of former President Nixon. (Nixon was paid $600,000.) 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- Ian McKellen (Living): Gandalf in Lord of the Rings; , Magneto in X-Men and British historian in The Da Vinci Code. 
- -- Richard Kiel: Who? The 7 foot tall villain in "Moonraker", "The Longest Yard", and the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man". 
- -- Cleavon Little: Sheriff Bart in "Blazing Saddles", replacing Richard Prior in the role. 
- -- Lily Tomlin (Living): Ms. Frizzle in The Magic School Bus, and comedy characters like Ernestine from the phone company. 
- -- Ray Stevens (Living): Known for "Everything Is Beautiful" and comedy songs like "Gitarzan" (Guitar-zan) and "The Streak". 
- **Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked.
This Year in Music
- When the Saints Go Marching In: sung by Louis Armstrong. 
- Moonlight Serenade: played by the Glenn Miller Band. 
This Year in Film
- The Wizard of Oz: (musical) A Thanksgiving favorite starring Judy Garland. 
- Gulliver's Travels: (animated) A Paramount film to compete with Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released 2 years ago. 
- Of Mice and Men: Adaptation of John Steinbeck's novella of dustbowl migrant workers and Lennie, a man of limited mental gifts. 
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: The Frank Capra film that puts Jimmy Stewart on the map. 
In Other News
- Nylons on sale now! STAMPEDE! 
- The Hydra-Matic automatic transmission on sale now. STAMPEDE! 
- Amelia Earhart is declared dead. Her Lockheed 10 probably crashed over the Pacific. By now she is dead. 
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1939, Wikipedia.
- LIFE - Google Books. books.google.com (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017.
- Life (magazine) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “The motto of the first issue of Life was: 'While there's Life, there's hope.' The new magazine set forth its principles and policies to its readers: 'We wish to have some fun in this paper.... We shall try to domesticate as much as possible of the casual cheerfulness that is drifting about in an unfriendly world.... We shall have something to say about religion, about politics, fashion, society, literature, the stage, the stock exchange, and the police station, and we will speak out what is in our mind as fairly, as truthfully, and as decently as we know how.'”
- American Nazi organization rally at Madison Square Garden, 1939. rarehistoricalphotos.com (February 19, 2014). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “upposedly 22,000 Nazi supporters attended a German American Bund rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden in February 1939, under police guard. Demonstrators protested outside. Aside from its admiration for Adolf Hitler and the achievements of Nazi Germany, the German American Bund program included antisemitism, strong anti-Communist sentiments, and the demand that the United States remain neutral in the approaching European conflict.”
- In the 1930s, thousands of American Nazis hailed George Washington as the 'first fascist’. timeline.com (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “The organization ran Nazi camps across the country, with locations in Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, where children and adolescents could participate in the fanfare of fascism and proud heritage. These camps, like Camp Siegfried in Long Island and Camp Nordland in New Jersey—with their copious use of the swastika and other Nazi symbols, choruses of children singing 'Deutschland, über alles,' streets named after Hitler and Goebbels, and military-inspired drills—did put neighbors on edge, even before the U.S. entered the war.”
- When Nazis held mass rallies in Madison Square Garden. mashable.com (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “Outside, some 80,000 anti-Nazi demonstrators furiously protested the event, clashing with police and attempting to gain entry to the arena and shut it down.”
- Dawidowicz, Lucy S.. War against the Jews, 1933-1945, The. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 9780030136610.
- Alex Shrugged notes: My remarks come from my general reading on this subject.
- Mein Kampf: Cranston Translation and Controversy - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Alex Shrugged Notes: I seem to remember hearing this story on Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story" but I'm not sure.
- The Rest of the Story - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Alan Cranston - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 514-517.
- Neutrality Patrol - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “Despite the name, the Neutrality Patrol greatly favored the British, because the Royal Navy had significantly greater access to the Atlantic. While German naval shipping and military aircraft could operate only from the coast of Europe to intercept British ships, German ships could be intercepted by British military forces operating from the British Isles, Canada, Newfoundland, Labrador, Gibraltar, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria, South Africa, British Togoland, the British Cameroons, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, The Bahamas, the British Leeward Islands, the British Windward Islands, the British Virgin Islands, British Honduras, and British Guiana.”
- Aktion T4 - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “The name T4 is an abbreviation of Tiergartenstraße 4, a street address of the Chancellery department set up in spring 1940 in the Berlin borough of Tiergarten, which recruited and paid personnel associated with T4. Under the programme certain German physicians were authorized to sign off patients 'deemed incurably sick, after most critical medical examination' and then administer to them a 'mercy death' (German: Gnadentod). In October 1939 Adolf Hitler signed a 'euthanasia decree' backdated to 1 September 1939 that authorized Reichsleiter Philipp Bouhler, the chief of his Chancellery, and Dr. Karl Brandt, Hitler's personal physician, to carry out the programme of involuntary euthanasia:”
- Keegan, John. First World War, The. Vintage. ISBN 9780375700453. “The Second World War, when it came in 1939, was unquestionably the outcome of the First, and in large measure its continuation. Its circumstances--the dissatisfaction of the German-speaking peoples with their standing among other nations--were the same, and so were its immediate causes, a dispute between a German-speaking ruler and a Slav neighbour.”
- Italian invasion of Albania - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “Albania had long been of considerable strategic importance to the Kingdom of Italy. Italian naval strategists coveted the port of Vlorë and the island of Sazan at the entrance to the Bay of Vlorë, as they would give Italy control of the entrance to the Adriatic Sea.”
- Pact of Steel - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “Japan elected to focus on anti-Soviet alliances instead of anti-Western alliances like Italy and Germany. Germany, however, feared that an anti-USSR alliance would create the possibility of a two-front war before they could conquer Western Europe. So when Japan was invited to sign the Pact of Steel, they declined.”
- Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “a neutrality pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed in Moscow on 23 August 1939 by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, respectively.”
- Lee Harvey Oswald - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 December 2016. “According to four Federal government investigations and one municipal investigation,[n 1] Oswald shot and killed Kennedy as the President traveled by motorcade through Dealey Plaza in the city of Dallas, Texas.”
- David Frost - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “In 1977 The Nixon Interviews, a series of five 90-minute interviews with former US President Richard Nixon, were broadcast. Nixon was paid $600,000 plus a share of the profits for the interviews, which had to be funded by Frost himself after the US television networks turned down the programme, describing it as 'checkbook journalism'. Frost's company negotiated its own deals to syndicate the interviews with local stations across the US and internationally, creating what Ron Howard described as 'the first fourth network.'”
- Ian McKellen, roles and awards - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “an English stage and screen actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen's work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His notable film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Magneto in the X-Men films and Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes (2015).”
- Richard Kiel - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond franchise, portraying the character in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979); he lampooned the role with a tongue-in-cheek cameo in Inspector Gadget (1999). His next-most recognized role is the tough, but eloquent Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore (1996). Other notable films include The Longest Yard (1974), Silver Streak (1976), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Pale Rider (1985) and Tangled (2010).”
- Cleavon Little - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “He was also cast as Sheriff Bart in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, after the studio rejected Richard Pryor, who co-wrote the script. Studio executives were apparently concerned about Pryor's reliability, given his reputation for drug use and unpredictable behavior, and thought Little would be a safer choice. This role earned him a BAFTA Award nomination as most promising newcomer.”
- Lily Tomlin - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “Edith Ann is a precocious five-and-a-half-year-old girl who waxes philosophical on everyday life, either about life as a kid or things for which she feels she has the answers, although she is too young to fully understand. She often ends her monologues with 'And that's the truth', punctuating it with a noisy raspberry.”
- Ray Stevens - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “known for his Grammy-winning recordings 'Everything Is Beautiful' and 'Misty', as well as comedic hits such as 'Gitarzan' and 'The Streak'. He has worked as a producer, music arranger, songwriter, television host, and solo artist; been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Christian Music Hall of Fame; and received Gold Albums for his music sales.”
- 1939 in music - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017.
- Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn' is a line from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The line is spoken by Rhett Butler (Gable), as his last words to Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh), in response to her tearful question: 'Where shall I go? What shall I do?' Scarlett, however, clings to the hope that she can win him back.”
- Gone with the Wind (film) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “At the 12th Academy Awards, it received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary) from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award). It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history.”
- Gulliver's Travels (1939 film) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “The film was released to cinemas in the USA on December 22, 1939 by Paramount Pictures, which had the feature produced in response to the success of Walt Disney's box-office hit Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The sequences for the film were directed by Seymour Kneitel, Willard Bowsky, Tom Palmer, Grim Natwick, William Henning, Roland Crandall, Thomas Johnson, Robert Leffingwell, Frank Kelling, Winfield Hoskins, and Orestes Calpini. This is Fleischer Studios' first feature-length animated film.”
- Of Mice and Men (1939 film) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “Two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression—George Milton (Burgess Meredith), an intelligent and quick-witted man (despite his frequent claims of being 'not that smart'), and Lennie Small (Lon Chaney, Jr.), an ironically-named man of large stature and immense strength who, due to his mental disability, has a mind of a younger child—hope to one day attain their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream, which he never tires of hearing George describe, is merely to tend to (and touch) soft rabbits on the farm.”
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about a newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system. It was directed by Frank Capra and written by Sidney Buchman, based on Lewis R. Foster's unpublished story. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was controversial when it was released, but also successful at the box office, and made Stewart a major movie star.”
- Amelia Earhart - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 26 January 2017. “During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.”