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David Barton Falsely Claims U.S. Warned Japan 'Exactly Which Cities We Were Going To Bomb And When' Before Using Atomic Weapons

Last night, David Barton delivered a presentation at a Patriot Academy gathering in Austin, Texas, which, as usual, was filled with all sorts of misrepresentations and falsehoods. This time, Barton falsely claimed that prior to the use of atomic weapons against Japan during World War II, the United States had specifically warned Japanese civilians of "exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when."

Barton was complaining that the Advanced Placement history standards for WWII only present the U.S. in a negative light and don't teach that the U.S. put its own forces in danger in an effort to protect Japanese civilians by letting Japan know in advance exactly which cities were going to be targeted.

"We dropped 70 million pamphlets in Japan telling the Japanese exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when and what bombs we would use on them," Barton said. "We said, 'We do not want to hurt civilians but we are going to destroy the military side of this, we urge all civilians to leave Nagasaki, to leave Hiroshima.' We gave 29 cities that we were going to bomb because they were loaded up with military stuff. And, by the way, they said, 'We have a bomb that has never been seen by the world before, it is the equivalent of 5,000 B-29s dropping their bombs at the same time. It's one bomb; you need leave those cities, get out of those cities, we don't want to hurt you' ... Because we told them what cities we were going to be bombing, we'd also told the Japanese where they could set up their guns to shoot our planes down as we come over. So we put ourselves in jeopardy in that."

If it seems unlikely that the U.S. military would warn its enemy of "exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when," thereby providing them with an opportunity to shoot down our airplanes, that is because it never happened.

What actually happened was that the U.S dropped millions of leaflets on dozens of cities, warning that "some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs" and urging residents to evacuate:

Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America's humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.

After the first atomic bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima, the U.S. then dropped another leaflet urging Japan to surrender or face another atomic bombing:

TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE:

America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet.

We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s can carry on a single mission. This awful fact is one for you to ponder and we solemnly assure you it is grimly accurate.

We have just begun to use this weapon against your homeland. If you still have any doubt, make inquiry as to what happened to Hiroshima when just one atomic bomb fell on that city.

Before using this bomb to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, we ask that you now petition the Emperor to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better and peace-loving Japan.

You should take steps now to cease military resistance. Otherwise, we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.

EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.

ATTENTION JAPANESE PEOPLE. EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.

Because your military leaders have rejected the thirteen part surrender declaration, two momentous events have occurred in the last few days.

The Soviet Union, because of this rejection on the part of the military has notified your Ambassador Sato that it has declared war on your nation. Thus, all powerful countries of the world are now at war with you.

Also, because of your leaders' refusal to accept the surrender declaration that would enable Japan to honorably end this useless war, we have employed our atomic bomb.

A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s could have carried on a single mission. Radio Tokyo has told you that with the first use of this weapon of total destruction, Hiroshima was virtually destroyed.

Before we use this bomb again and again to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, petition the emperor now to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better, and peace-loving Japan.

Act at once or we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.

EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.

The U.S. did not warn Japan "exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when," as Barton claimed, as that would obviously have been lunacy, as Gregg Herken explained:

But there was never any specific warning to the cities that had been chosen as targets for the atomic bomb prior to the weapon’s first use. The omission was deliberate: The United States feared that the Japanese, being forewarned, would shoot down the planes carrying the bombs. 

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/28/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/28/16

 

 

 

 

  • Glenn Beck is asking his audience to "send a letter of support to Ted Cruz, thanking him for his bravery and character" in not endorsing Donald Trump when he spoke at the GOP convention.
  • David Kyle Foster has some advice for conservative Christian parents who have gay children: "Despite what the media and all of the pride parades might have you think, no one wants to be gay! Your child did not choose to have same-sex attractions. Your children are not the enemy — Satan is." 
  • CBN's David Brody reports that "Newt Gingrich is working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to craft a bill that would repeal the controversial Johnson Amendment."
  • Jerry Newcombe defends Ben Carson for attempting to link Hillary Clinton to Lucifer.
  • Finally, an all-caps warning from Jerry Boykin, so you know it's serious: "THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN PHILADELPHIA, MARXISM IS ON THE RISE IN AMERICA AND ISIS ARE THE WOLVES AT THE DOOR."

Glenn Beck Walked Out Of 'God's Not Dead'

Glenn Beck opened his show today by arguing that a key difference between conservatives and progressives is that conservatives make their case using facts, whereas progressives make their case using stories. Progressives, Beck claimed, always win because emotional stories are more powerful than facts for many people. 

Conservatives, he argued, must take this lesson to heart and learn to present their views using effective storytelling if they are to have any chance of turning America around and pointed to the Christian film "God's Not Dead" as a perfect example of how not to do that and, as a consequence, why conservatives keep losing.

"I know a lot of people liked 'God's Not Dead,'" Beck said. "I didn't. I don't think I've ever said this on the air. I walked out of it."

Beck said that he went to see the film with his daughter and neither could stand it because it was so poorly done and one-sided and that they walked out after 40 minutes.

"It might feel good to have a movie come out where we get to slap people across the face," he said," but that's not helpful."

Bryan Fischer: 'It Is Not Possible For Homosexual Behavior To Be A Constitutional Or Moral Or Ethical Or Legal Right'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that "it is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional right" because all our rights come from God and God would never sanction homosexuality.

Fischer was complaining that students today are not taught the proper role of government, which, according to him, is to secure the rights that have been given to us by God. Given that government can only protect our God-given rights, Fischer said, it stands to reason that "homosexual behavior can never be a right."

"It is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional or moral or ethical or legal right," Fischer said. "Why? Because our rights come to us from God and would never, under any circumstances, ever grant human beings the right to engage in homosexual behavior."

Bailout 2016: The Desperate Plan To Make Right-Wing Author Brad Thor The Next President Of The United States

NOTE: Sadly, this scheme fell apart when Thor announced today he would not run for president. See the update below.

For the last few days, Stu Burguiere, one of the co-hosts of Glenn Beck's daily radio program, has been promoting a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton from winning the required 270 electoral votes to become president that he is calling "Bailout 2016."

The plan involves finding a third party candidate who can be placed on ballots in deep red states like Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and possibly a few others, around whom "Never Trump" conservatives could rally for the purpose of hampering Trump without helping Clinton in order to create a scenario in which no candidate can secure the necessary number of electoral votes.

As the plan explains, if a third party candidate could win the popular vote in a few conservative states, it could deny Trump a handful of electoral votes that he would need to win the election outright, thereby sending the election to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which would then hopefully choose this third party candidate to be president and save America from either a Trump or a Clinton presidency. 

Among the names floated by Burguiere when he first laid out this plan was Brad Thor, a right-wing author of thriller novels who is probably best known for getting Beck's radio show suspended earlier this year after Trump supporters accused him of calling for Trump's assassination.

During President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, Burguiere and Thor came together on Twitter to rally behind this plan and it looks like Thor is all in: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Despite all of Thor's bluster on Twitter last night, he appeared on Beck's radio program today to declare that he is not, in fact, running for president:

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/27/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/27/16

  • Stu Burguiere, Glenn Beck's co-host, has come up with a brilliant plan to prevent both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from being elected president.
  • Take one guess what Michael Brown's answer is to this question he has posed: "Seeing that Hillary Clinton is a radically pro-abortion candidate and seeing that the Democratic platform reinforces those radical views, can a Christian vote for Hillary in good conscience?"
  • CBN's David Brody has an interesting response to Donald Trump's lunacy and recklessness: ".@realDonaldTrump isn't a traditional political candidate and when he doesn't act like one media gets in a frenzy. #chillout."
  • Jennifer LeClaire prays that Miley Cyrus "will be like the prodigal son and return to her Father's embrace."
  • Finally, a warning from Laurie Higgins: "The Republican Party is rapidly becoming less shaped by serious Christians and thus less conservative on essential issues related to sexuality, including marriage and physical privacy. The party is being corroded by vipers like U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) who has asex-rejecting daughter, foolish men with deep pockets like Peter Thiel, and by homosexual activists like Milo Yiannopoulis." 

'I Don't Know How He Sleeps At Night': Glenn Beck Cannot Understand Sean Hannity's Shameless Shilling For Trump

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that he doesn't understand what has happened to his former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity or understand how Hannity can sleep at night given his shameless shilling for Donald Trump.

Beck and his co-hosts were discussing the fact that Hannity declared that Ted Cruz "blew it" when he spoke at the GOP convention last week and refused to endorse Trump, but then called Bernie Sanders "a gutless coward" for endorsing Hillary Clinton. Beck and crew pointed out that Hannity was basically ripping Cruz for not doing the very thing that he was now ripping Sanders for doing.

"There are too few honest brokers" in the media today, said Beck's co-host, Pat Gray, pointing specifically to the likes of Hannity and Tucker Carlson as people whose positions have become utterly incoherent as a result of their support for Trump.

"I've heard the Sean Hannity" clip, Beck said, "and it is jaw-dropping. And I say this as a friend of Sean Hannity's: I don't know how he sleeps at night, I really don't."

"He's got to have some justification in his head," Beck said. "I'd like to know what the hoop is that he's jumping through because this is truly dramatic."

David Barton Falsely Claims Wesleyan University Doesn't Offer Separate Housing For Male Or Female Students

During his recent appearance at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, David Barton added a new anti-transgender wrinkle to his standard presentation that, unsurprisingly, contains a blatant falsehood.

After repeating his false claim that the Supreme Court banned mandatory Bible reading in public schools over concerns that it was causing "brain damage," Barton claimed that it is actually society that has been suffering brain damage since removing the Bible from schools, pointing to a policy at Wesleyan University that he said bans separate student housing for male and female students.

Recounting that he had recently participated in a cattle drive where "none of us had any difficulty telling the difference between male and female" cattle, Barton said that "there was no gender identity crisis that we had; only in America as we become more secular do we have difficulty seeing what's obvious throughout all of nature."

Barton then pointed to a Newsmax article about an "Open House" option at Wesleyan University that "works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and the vivacity of gender, sex, and sexuality, and we work to be an anchor of the amorphous, chaotic, and beautiful queer community" and used it to falsely claim that all student housing at the university was "based on 15 different sexual orientations and you know what's missing? They do not offer housing for male or female, but they've got everything else, just not male or female."

This is, like so much of what Barton says, entirely false, as the Wesleyan website makes perfectly clear:

As students move through their years at Wesleyan, they have an opportunity to choose an increasingly more independent living option from residence hall doubles to singles to program houses, apartments, and eventually wood frame houses. All of these options are within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. All of our units house both men and women; however, some residence halls are coed on each floor, while other halls offer single-sex floors. Smoking is prohibited in all University Housing. Residential facilities vary by size, room type, and ratio of first-year to upper-class students.

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Student housing at Wesleyan is designed so that first year students live together in residence halls near the center of campus.  Residential facilities vary by size, room type and ratio of first year to upperclass students.  In all locations, first year students comprise at least 50% of the residents.  All of the buildings are coed, however some halls offer single-sex floors.

Gender Neutral Housing:

Wesleyan University assigns roommates for incoming students based on legal sex.  Students choose among the following three options on the housing preference form:  to be assigned according to this policy, to request an exception to this policy, or to be available as a potential roommate for someone who has requested an exception.  Gender neutral housing is available in all student residences.

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