Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Long Shall The Wicked
Reign Over My People?

"Who's Sorry Now?"
Number of the Day: 2,864,974. (Popular votes.)
If I'd voted for Mme. Secretary instead of Peace & Freedom the total would have been a nice round 2,864,975.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday's Final Fantasy

This is what your wingnut uncle was watching tonight on Hannity. Nothing is at it seems. A vast conspiracy of disloyal Republicans has plotted against President Trump. But their deeds have been uncovered. They will soon all be in prison. And all will be well.
Sweet Blood of Jesus, talk about fake fucking news! All projection all the time w/ these fabulists, innit?

[Stolen in its entirety from TPM, so don't bother clicking here.]

Landing At Wewak

TUE 19 JAN 1943
Pacific
Japanese land at Wewak, New Guinea.

Submarine Swordfish (SS-193) encounters Section A of the Japanese Solomons reinforcement convoy, and sinks army cargo ship Myoho Maru, 05°38'S, 156°20'E. Section C of the reinforcement convoy, meanwhile, departs Truk (see 20 January).

Submarine Greenling (SS-213) damages Japanese army cargo ship Shinai Maru north of Rabaul, 01°35'S, 150°57'E.

Submarine Haddock (SS-231) attacks Japanese convoy off south coast of Honshu, damaging transport Shunko Maru, 34°13'N, 136°59'E.

Submarine Nautilus (SS-168) damages Japanese destroyer Akizuki 270 miles west of Tulagi, 05°55'S, 156°20'E.

Submarine Spearfish (SS-190) en route to Pearl Harbor after completing her patrol, is damaged by aerial bombs off the Gilberts, 04°44'N, 175°28'E.

Atlantic
Carrier Ranger (CV-4) launches USAAF P-40s off Accra, Gold Coast, for further transfer to the North African theater.

Make America Horny Again?

Looking at Trump au naturel 10+ yrs. ago is not about to make America horny again.
Where's the outrage? Anyone? Your skin crawling yet?

Fri. Freak-Out: Shutdown Showdown

The Bleached Boys
The Noo Yawk Dulls
"... passed out on the fuckin' set ..."
Like assholes, everybody has an opinion.

J'en ai marre

"Don't you know I can't stand no more?"
I'm So Bored w/ the U.S.A.
Enough is enough. Would all you damn Americans just turn green & die already? You are so awful, stupid & boring that neither I nor the planet can take much more of you.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Yamafuku Maru Sent To Bottom; Mobilube Is Total Loss

MON 18 JAN 1943
Pacific
Submarine Greenling (SS-213) damages Japanese ammunition ship/survey vessel Soya in Queen Carola Channel, 02°04'S, 150°37'E.

Submarine Silversides (SS-236) sinks Japanese fleet tanker Genyo Maru about 90 miles southwest of Truk, 06°19'N, 150°15'E, but is damaged by depth charges from escorting warship and is forced to terminate her patrol.

USAAF B-24 sinks Japanese transport Senzan Maru off Kavieng, 03°29'S, 149°02'E; submarine chaser Ch 16 rescues survivors.

USAAF B-17s and P-39s sink Japanese cargo vessel Yamafuku Maru off Shortland Island.

Japanese collier Tokachi Maru is sunk by Japanese mine west of Surubaya, Java, N.E.I., 06°50'S, 112°12'E.

U.S. tanker Mobilube is torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-21 off coast of New South Wales, Australia, 33°57'S, 157°20'E; Australian minesweeper HMAS Kapunda provides assistance as the tanker remains afloat. Other than three men killed in the initial explosion, no other members of the ship's complement (that includes an 11-man Armed Guard) perish. Mobilube is towed to Sydney by salvage tug St. Aristell, but is eventually declared a total loss.

Third World Throw-Back Thurs.

Blackout (not just in the bunker but for blocks around) about 1230 today. Second time this yr., & this one lasted over an hr. Getting very very very irritated.

But if they want us to live like savages, I'll be happy to display all the savagery I can muster against any incompetent Dep't. of Water & Power employee.

Also: Do not give the incumbent shithead (or any previous L.A.) mayor your vote for anything, at any time, anywhere. Ever. Fuck those tools of real estate developers/middle-class pigs in leftish clothing.

Throwback Thurs.

Classics IV - "Stormy"
Where's the outrage? Where's the damn outrage, self-righteous morality-mongers?
 In Touch Weekly:
‘In Touch’ Explosive Interview With Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump Cheated on Melania With Me … Allegations of an affair between President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels recently resurfaced after a Wall Street Journal article reported that the porn star was paid a reported $130,000 to stay silent.
Discussion:
RELATED:
 Erin Gloria Ryan / The Daily Beast:
InTouch to Drop 5,000 Words From Stormy Daniels on Sex With Trump  —  According to the source, the transcript contains details of “[w]hat he's like in bed, pillow talk, she talks about what he's like down there...”  —  On Wednesday, InTouch magazine ran excerpts from an interview …
 Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
This is why the Stormy Daniels story is so dangerous  —  There are credible allegations that the President of the United States engaged in an affair with an adult film actress, paid her over $100,000 to keep quiet about it weeks before the election, and is now actively engaged in an elaborate cover-up.
Compare & contrast w/ the treatment of John Edwards in 2007-8.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Duds

SUN 17 JAN 1943
Pacific
Naval Base and Naval Air Station, Brisbane, Australia, are established. The Brisbane base will eventually become the largest Navy facility in Australia. It will not be disestablished until 14 January 1946.

Section B of Japanese Solomons reinforcement convoy sails from Truk, bound for the Shortlands.

Submarine Finback (SS-230) damages Japanese merchant cargo ship Yachiyo Maru off Tanega Shima, 30°33'N, 132°25'E.

Submarine Searaven (SS-196) torpedoes Japanese ship Gokoku Maru just off Palau, but the "fish" that hits proves a dud, 07°52'N, 134°02'E.

Submarine Whale (SS-239) damages Japanese troopship Heiyo Maru northeast of Truk, 10°13'N, 151°25'E.

SOC (VCS Detachment RINGBOLT) on night patrol locates Japanese submarine by lightning flash and attacks her, but the bomb fails to detonate.

New California, New Feudalism:
They Want To Be Serfs

Fine by me. A string of sophisticated, technologically-advanced city-states along the coast, & the cretinous sub-human serfs laboring on the inland farms from dawn to dusk, as nature & culture intend.
Or we could simply bulldoze all these ignorant lying bitches & their sons into the Pacific fucking Ocean, & be done w/ them once & for all.

Tweets selected from the L.A. Times' San Diego edition.

Buh-Bye, Clodhoppers, & Don't Let
The Door Hit Ya

Revolutionary role-players get on tee vee. (I haven't bothered to watch; are they attired in tricornes & breeches?)
 CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
New California Declares Independence From Rest Of State  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.
I'm sure California will really miss the 30 to 40,000 people (& several thousand mountain goats) that will compose "New California".

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Again, Fuck The South!

U.S. Army Study: "Real Americans" Are The Greatest Danger To This Great Nation Of Ours

Lazy Bible Belt bums take our blue-state tax money & spend it all at Mickey D's®
or on MoonPies® & R.C.®!

The Mothers of Invention - "The Legend of the Golden Arches"
Crackers & Confederates are emptying the treasury & endangering national security because they are fat, out-of-shape & just plain lazy. Gawddamn Trump-voting hick morons.
Military.com 16 Jan 2018 By Richard Sisk
Army recruits from 10 Southern states are the most unfit and prone to injury in training compared to other regions of the country, according to a new study.

The study finds that recruits from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas* "are significantly less fit, and consequently are more likely to encounter training-related injuries [TRI] than recruits from other U.S. states."

Although the South is the top recruiting region, the study, based on U.S. Army data, shows that "male and female soldiers coming from these states are 22 to 28 percent more likely to be injured" in training.
Oh man, this is even better than I'd hoped; they really rake the crackers over the fucking coals!
"It is our hope that the states identified through this analysis, along with federal entities, work to establish policies and environments proven to support physically active lifestyles," Bornstein said in a statement.

"If such actions were taken, physical fitness levels among residents of these states would rise and each state's disproportionate burden on military readiness and public health could be minimized," he said.

The report says, "Many states in the southern region of the United States are recognized for higher rates of obesity, physical inactivity, and chronic disease. These states are therefore recognized for their disproportionate public health burden."

In addition, the 10 Southern states "are also disproportionately burdensome for military readiness and national security," the report states.

The study notes the presence of "high physical inactivity and obesity prevalence" in the South, and says "physical inactivity and obesity are well recognized among the most critical public health challenges of the 21st century." [Who are these people, Michelle Obama? — M.B.]

The study warns that the overall recruiting pool for the military is dwindling and cites estimates that 27 percent of Americans aged 17-24 are too overweight to qualify for military service, "with obesity being the second-highest disqualifying medical condition between 2010 and 2014."

In comments to the Citadel on the study, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said the findings provide "critical insight into the real national security issues posed by recruits who are less physically fit and less prepared for military service than they have ever been in our history."

"I know firsthand the challenges faced in addressing the fitness levels of our youth after having served as commander of all U.S. Army basic training units," said Hertling, now a CNN analyst.

"While commanding in combat, I saw the effect training-related injuries had on mission accomplishment," and "in basic training, the number of unfit recruits forced changes to our physical training procedures and dining menus," he said.
There's no mention of the comparative mental abilities of the benighted residents of these Southern shitholes, but you can imagine. (As noted above, the South is the top recruiting region ... A confederacy of dunces!) How many of the excess of training accidents these down-home droolers are involved in are directly attributable to their sheer inane stupidity & ignorance, above & beyond their physical problems?
*Inquiring minds: Does this mean Virginia is officially out of the Confederacy?

Chifuku Maru Sunk

SAT 16 JAN 1943
Pacific
Submarine Greenling (SS-213) sinks Japanese transport Kimposan Maru west of Kavieng, 02°47'S, 149°10'E; after forcing Greenling deep, submarine chaser Ch 17 rescues Kimposan Maru's survivors.

Submarine Growler (SS-215) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking army passenger-cargo ship Chifuku Maru 11 miles north of Waton Island, 04°00'S, 151°55'E, and survives escorts' counterattacks.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Grim Irony

FRI 15 JAN 1943
Pacific
SBDs from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, and USAAF B-17s, escorted by F4Fs and USAAF P-39s, attack nine Japanese destroyers northeast of New Georgia, Solomons, and damage four: Arashi, Tanikaze, Urakaze, and Hamakaze.

Japanese attempt to reinforce their troops in the Solomons begins as first group of ships--Section A-- three transports accompanied by destroyer Shigure, departs Truk for Bougainville. The soldiers are being transferred from China (see 17, 19, and 20 January).

USAAF B-24s bomb Japanese convoy, sinking army cargo ship Nichimei Maru and damaging army cargo ship Moji Maru, about 200 miles south-southwest of Rangoon, Burma, 13°30'N, 97°30'E. Unknown to the aviators, Nichimei Maru is transporting Allied POWs, 500 of whom are lost.

Another Entry In The "Death To Humanity, Now!" Series, As America Continues To Eat Its Young

Would you sick fuck breeders knock it the hell off?

 Matthew Haag / New York Times:
13 Siblings, Some Shackled to Beds, Were Held Captive by Parents, Police Say  —  A 17-year old girl who said she was being held captive by her parents in her home in Perris, Calif., escaped on Sunday and alerted the authorities, who then rescued her 12 siblings — several of whom were found shackled …
RELATED:
The L.A.T. talks to the neighbors:
A lot about the family struck her as strange, she said. The children she saw were very pale — an observation several other neighbors made as well. And she often wondered why, if there were so many children in the house, they never came out to play.

“I thought the kids were home-schooled,” she said. “You know something is off, but you don’t want to think bad of people.”
Another reason to promote cynicism. Start thinking badly of people, you enabling suburbanite; it's the Age of Trump!

M.L.K. Jr. Monday Music

Dennis Hartley at Hullabaloo compiled a playlist & posted it. As nothing is perfect, there's a U2 number in it.
Therefore, alternatives:
Scientist - "Martin Luther King"

1984

From Tech Age Kids™. Breeders w/ rug rats
still in the house may be interested.
It won't be the gummint establishing the Orwellian panopticon (Panaudion?) in your house; the capitalists have already sold you the rope w/ which they will hang you.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Uses White House Twitter Account to Complain That Alexa Ordered a Batman Toy

Not to mention the national security implications of a robot permanently recording everything said in the house of the Executive Mansion's Press Secretary. And that said secretary used an official Twitter acc't. essentially to complain that she's too dense to disable the damn robot's microphone.

Gizmodo thinks it's bullshit; I'd already forgotten Trump's attacks on Bezos, as Bezos is hardly one of my favorite humanoids, but Press Sec. Sanders adding to the attacks would be of a piece, wouldn't it?
On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her official government Twitter account to complain that her two-year-old had allegedly ordered a $79.99 action figure by “yelling ‘Batman!’ over and over again at her Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo.

Hmm.

If this were true, it would certainly be a convenient way for Sanders to score some points with her boss, who has repeatedly accused Amazon of not paying fictional “internet taxes” (a confused reference to state sales tax), being a tax shelter, and screwing over the U.S. Postal Service on delivery rates. Also, it would be very bad if a two-year-old repeatedly screaming “Batman!” could in fact end up with an account owner being charged $79.99 for a toy.
Asimov's Three Laws? Not bloody likely. Ferengi Rules of Acquisition will govern future capital-produced robots.

[Headline at top from THR. WARNING: Hollywood assholes have autoplay for their stupid, un-needed video of the story.]

The L.D.S. Church & Its "Relationship" W/ The Truth

Hint as to that relationship: "Milk before meat".

Romney, like a rug & through his teeth, per Booman:
I think it’s safe to say that the country had never before seen a politician who lied so easily and so routinely as Mitt Romney. He couldn’t be relied on to tell you whether or not the sun was shining.

Amazingly, Trump is actually worse.
Imagine that. Which is worse, a hypocritical Mormon (Do they even pretend to follow those 10 Commandments? Do the Commandments exist in their faker-than-the-others holy book?) or a hypocritical whatever it is Trump pretends to be?

Ashtray Heart

Not only does Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday actually fall on the Monday of its observation this yr., but 15 January is also (& we did not know or remember this) Captain Beefheart's natal anniv. The Cap't. would have been 77 today, as noted by BLCKDGRD, who has more.

A brace o' tunes from The Magic Band's debut disc, Safe As Milk:
Yes, I'm an ugly drop-out. And?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Gov't. Meeting, Pre-PowerPoint

THU 14 JAN 1943
General
Casablanca (SYMBOL) Conference begins. President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their staffs meet to plan future operations against the Axis powers.

Pacific
Submarine Gudgeon (SS-211) lands men and equipment near Catmon Point, Negros, P.I.

Submarine Nautilus (SS-168) hits Japanese Toa Maru with dud torpedo off Bougainville, 05°13'S, 155°09'E.

Submarine Pike (SS-173) is damaged by bombs and depth charges off Ichie Saki, southern Honshu; she is forced to terminate her patrol.

Submarine Searaven (SS-196) attacks Japanese convoy northwest of the Palaus, sinking the sole escort, auxiliary submarine chaser No.1 Ganjitsu Maru, and army cargo ship Shiraha Maru, 09°12'N, 130°38'E.

Motor torpedo boat PT-28, previously damaged, is abandoned, Dora Harbor, Unimak Island, Aleutians.

Japanese naval auxiliary Shoan Maru is damaged by aircraft off Saipan.

SOCs (VCS Detachment RINGBOLT) locate and illuminate Japanese destroyers for PT-boats; the planes also bomb and strafe the enemy ships.

Go Vikings!!

A team we can support, from a blue state!

Minnesotans divided over Trump; majority sees him as temperamentally unfit, dishonest

Minnesota Poll: Majority says he lacks presidential temperament, but stark divide remains on performance.
[StarTribune]

Bonus Bimler bait:

Recently In Shithole Arkansas

Making Arkansas great again, one family at a time:
 Bill Bowden / Arkansas Online:
Arkansas man charged in wife's killing; she changed channel, police told  —  Suspect arrested in killings of woman, two young children at Little Rock apartment  —  A Carlisle man was charged Monday with capital murder after he told police he stabbed his wife to death after she changed …
Why would we want people from a shithole country like Arkansas to come to America? BUILD THAT WALL!!

Again, The Last Round-Up

Done, done & done! Now I return to my ordinary low-impact existence of sheer nothingness punctuated by long periods of boredom.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hell Of A Harbor There, Amchitka

WED 13 JAN 1943
Pacific
Transport Arthur Middleton (AP 55) is damaged when she runs aground at western end of Constantine Harbor, Amchitka, Aleutians.

Submarine Triton (SS-201) damages Japanese oiler Maru [sic] north of the St. Matthias Island group, 00°26'S, 148°40'E.

Submarine Whale (SS-239) sinks Japanese collier Iwashiro Maru about 40 miles north of Kwajalein, 09°54'N, 167°07'E.

Atlantic
PBY-5As (VP 83) sink German submarine U-507 off Brazil, 01°38'S, 39°52'W.

Pseudo-Anglo American Bandstand

Spinal Tap - "Hell Hole"
Closest we could find to "shithole".

Sixth Edition

Saturday?

Attack Warning!!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Poor Seamanship Sinks Ships

TUE 12 JAN 1943
Pacific
TF 8 (Rear Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid) covers unopposed landing of Army troops (Brigadier General Lloyd E. Jones) to occupy Amchitka, Aleutians. Destroyer Worden (DD-352) is lost when she sinks after running aground south of Kirilof Point, at entrance to Constantine Harbor.

Motor torpedo boat PT-28 is damaged by grounding during storm, Dora Harbor, Unimak Island, Aleutians.

Submarine Guardfish (SS-217) sinks Patrol Boat No.1 about 10 miles southwest of the Tingwon Islands, located just southwest of the northern tip of New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago, 02°51'S, 149°43'E.

New Zealand corvette scuttles hulk of motor torpedo boat PT-43 off Guadalcanal.

District patrol vessel YP-183 sinks after running aground off west coast of Hawaii, T.H.

Weekly News Recap: Trump Paid US$130,000.00 For A Fuck

Not a "pee tape"; nonetheless nauseating. And still not feeling sorry for Mme. Trump, Mk. III. She made her bed (in a separate bedroom) & now she has to lie in it.
 Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star's Silence  —  Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say  —  A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment …
Discussion:
RELATED:

 The Daily Beast:
Porn Star: Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Invited Me to Their Hotel Room… On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer for President Donald J. Trump, arranged a $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels one month prior to the 2016 presidential election.

 New York Times:
Porn Star Who Claimed Encounter With Trump Received Hush Money, Wall Street Journal Reports  —  A lawyer for President Trump orchestrated a $130,000 payment to a pornographic-film actress in October 2016 to prevent her from going public with claims of a consensual sexual encounter with Mr. Trump …
 Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report  —  reportedly arranged a six-figure payment to a former adult-film star to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a new report Friday.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported …
Hell of an expensive date, even for a married man. At least Bill Clinton never had to pay for it.

Here's how the pros do it:
The Mentors - "Free Fix (For A Fuck)"
(Mentors album cover photo above taken on the steps of "world famous" Hollywood High School, Home of the Sheiks.)