RIP Stan Musial

Stan Musial played for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a Hall-of-Famer, but he also was a Navy Sailor based in Pearl Harbor in 1945, assigned to a unit that helped with ship repair:

Sailor Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinal outfielder and 1943 National League batting champion, received approval of his Navy discharge papers on Feb. 26, 1946. However, he doesn't know when he will actually be discharged. Navy has said it will be on March 15 or later. He is standing beside sign at Philadelphia naval base, advertising his baseball school for sailors.

Sailor Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinal outfielder and 1943 National League batting champion, received approval of his Navy discharge papers on Feb. 26, 1946. However, he doesn’t know when he will actually be discharged. Navy has said it will be on March 15 or later. He is standing beside sign at Philadelphia naval base, advertising his baseball school for sailors.

Stan the Man passed away at 92 this weekend. RIP Shipmate. Thanks for your service.

Bloggers: Do Not Read This Post

Come Back

This post is for non-bloggers only. If you have your own site, you are hereby warned, under penalty of law, not to read this.

What’s a-causing the big commotion?

Well, Japan is seeking some publicity. From some “highly influential blogger-types.” (Of course, this pre-requisite immediately disqualifies me.) The unusual tactics direct from the source:

Japanese Geisha Bloggers

“We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” said Kazuyoshi Sato, with the agency.

Interesting. How and who is going to implement the program?

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Japan, this may be your chance.

In a desperate attempt to lure tourists back to a country plagued by radiation fears and constant earthquakes, the Japan Tourism Agency‘s proposed an unprecedented campaign – 10,000 free roundtrip tickets.

Japan, Blogger’s Paradise

The catch is, you need to publicize your trip on blogs and social media sites.

Fellow bloggers, if you read this, despite my musculary warnings, do not enter the contest with the good folks at the Japan Tourism Agency.

Or, if despite my exhortations to the oppostie, you insist on casting your name into the Japanese bowler hat, and you actually win, you had better take me with you!

I suppose now is a good enough time as any to explore the latest and greatest from cherry-blossom land. Let’s see, another WikiSneaks nugget:

President Barack Obama Bowing to Japan’s Emperor

A heretofore secret cable dated Sept. 3, 2009, was recently released by WikiLeaks. Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan’s Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that “the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a ‘nonstarter.’”

In keeping with the (mostly) apolitical vein of this blog, I won’t comment on the above. Although Bryan Preston, from PJ Media, does have several interesting Navy tales to tell, and we are nothing if not interested in those. He also offers a good pol-mil perspective:

Japan wants you to visit!

As weird as this sounds, having studied the war and the post-war period extensively and having lived in Japan for years and visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I’m convinced that the atomic bombings saved Japan.

They saved Japan from her own militarism and from potential Soviet invasion and partition.

America bequeathed to our bitter enemy a democracy that functions well to this day, and Japan is our strong friend despite its having raised its hand against us.

America has nothing to apologize for in its conduct or conclusion of that war. Nothing at all.

Japan and the United States: friends. What else is going on with the Land of the Rising Fun? The Japanese Navy visiting Pearl Harbor:

Japanese Sailor working, Chiefs looking Chiefly above him

A Japanese naval training squadron is expected to arrive at Pearl Harbor for a port visit.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron is expected to arrive Monday morning at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

And what is Japan without a little wackiness? This time with cats:

The city of Saga has found an interesting way of dealing with stray cats.

Instead of sending animal control officers to round up and imprison the cats, it has turned them into celebrities.

One lucky Japanese cat in Saga, Japan

Two years ago, eight of the downtown area’s stray cats were designated “stray cat idols.”

Local shops began to sell souvenirs featuring images of the eight “lucky” cats, and one bakery sold cookie reproductions of them.

Under penalty of losing my man card, watch the video on the link above. It is priceless.