Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Long Shall The Wicked
Reign Over My People?

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trigger Warning

SAT 17 OCT 1942
Submarine Trigger (SS-237) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Holland Maru close inshore near the mouth of Bungo Suido, off Kyushu, 32°21'N, 132°04'E.

U.S. freighter Angelina, straggling from New York-bound convoy ON 137, is torpedoed by German submarine U-618 at 49°39'N, 30°20'W (see 18 October 1942).

U.S. freighter Winona torpedoed the day before by German submarine ;U-160, arrives at Port of Spain, Trinidad, under her own power.

Adultery Is Forever


Politics raises its ugly haid in the world of sports (again). Glibertarian bullshit, to be specific.
The Heritage Foundation has narrowed its search for a new president down to a shortlist of finalists, a group that includes Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Marc Short, a senior Trump White House official, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
Crush those fascist bastards, Dodgers! Maybe even burn down Wrigley Field when the Cubs are toast.

Drifting ...

The Drifters top the U.S. pop charts on October 17, 1960, with "Save the Last Dance For Me."
While many famous pop groups saw changes in lineup over the course of their careers, none saw as many as the Drifters. From 1953 to 1956, the original lineup of the Drifters established themselves as R&B giants, scoring a #1 R&B hit with "Money Honey" (1953) and launching the solo career of the legendary Clyde McPhatter. When McPhatter left the group, he sold his 50-percent ownership stake in the Drifters' name and song copyrights to his sole partner, the group's manager, George Treadwell. And from that point forward, Treadwell ran the Drifters as a business in which the group's singers were paid a modest weekly salary but did not share in royalty earnings. This arrangement did little to encourage longevity among group members, but Treadwell's ear for talent kept the group relevant and successful for many years to come.

Following McPhatter's departure in 1956, Treadwell ran through six different lead singers in two years before firing the entire group in 1958 and starting over from scratch. Version 2.0 of the Drifters was a group centered around lead singer Benjamin Nelson and originally called the Five Crowns. With that group taking on the new name "the Drifters," and with Nelson changing his to Ben E. King, a new era of success for the group began. Placed in the hands of producer Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller by their label, Atlantic Records, these new Drifters scored immediate hits with "There Goes My Baby" (1959) and "This Magic Moment" (1960) followed by the song that topped the Billboard pop charts on this day in 1960, "Save The Last Dance For Me."

But this was not the last lineup of the Drifters to enjoy success. Following Ben. E. King's departure in 1960, group member Rudy Lewis took over lead singing duties on the hits "Up On The Roof" (1963) and "On Broadway" (1963), and following Lewis's death in 1964, Johnny Moore took over and scored yet another hit with "Under The Boardwalk" (1964).

Considering the group's track record, it was little wonder that voters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected the Drifters for induction in 1988 alongside the Beatles, the Supremes, the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. The thorny question was, "Which Drifters to induct?" From among more than 30 singers who had been Drifters up to that point in time, the Hall of Fame selected seven for induction, including all four of the aforementioned lead singers: Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore.
Other crap that happened on this date:

How Dumb Is Donald Trump?

Per New York (the magazine, not the whole damn city).
But there is one sense in which Trump is genuinely a man of the people — or, more precisely, of a certain subsegment of said people: Like millions of ordinary Americans, Donald Trump watches a lot of Fox News, but isn’t really interested in politics.

No occupant of the Oval Office has ever shared the average person’s disinterest in policy, parliamentary procedure, and the rudiments of American civics to the extent that Trump does. He is America’s first “low-information voter” president.
Does that answer the question?

Scientology Scammers Scared

Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Scientologists are urging advertisers to boycott A&E's Leah Remini show, claiming it's inciting acts of violence and threats against members of the church  —  Letters claim program has triggered harassment, threats of violence against church members; channel backs the show, which won an Emmy
Sounds good to me. Evil must be resisted by any means necessary. Think I'll call the local Scientology shithole (Plenty from which to choose here in Los Angeles.) right now & tell them there's a 💣bomb💣 in their building, & L. Ron Hubbard is still dead.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Poop On Pence

Surprising that Pence wants to "hang the homos"
When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”
considering that his older brother is in the "antiques business".
Eighty-four and energetic, Fritsch met me for coffee this summer, along with her eldest son, Gregory, who is in the antiques business in the Columbus area.
Other typical tidbits from the Republican life-style:
Edward, Jr., like his father, was a tough disciplinarian. Gregory recalled, “If you lied to him, you’d be taken upstairs, have a conversation, and then he’d whack you with a belt.” He expected his children to stand up whenever an adult entered the room. “He’d grab you if you didn’t,” Gregory said. At dinner, the kids were forbidden to speak. [O.K., this one is beyond me. What the hell? — M.B.]

While Gregory was in college, he was sleeping late on a visit home when his father pulled the covers off him and told him to get up for church. “I said he couldn’t tell me what to do anymore, because he was only paying half my college tuition,” Gregory said. His father stopped paying his tuition altogether. “He was black and white,” Gregory said. “You were never confused where you stood. My brother’s a lot like him.”
Sadistic assholery, intolerance & lack of nuance from mom & dad seems to be a significant factor in the lives of Republicans when they are young. Especially Republicans who are so confused they call their wives "Mother" & believe there is a Big Invisible Fairy watching them from somewhere in the sky.

Essentially, we have to Agnew Pence the fuck out of office before we execute impeachment on Trump.

Dana "SuperBeets" Loesch
Running Scared

Steve M. breaks down the gun pitch this professional mouth-piece has been trying to pimp, along w/ "SuperBeets".
Loesch's notorious recent NRA ad referred to the organization as "freedom's safest place." But she doesn't claim to feel safe now. Loesch used to joke about people who stalked and threatened her. Now she's telling us her arsenal isn't sufficient.

The gun lobby's message is that guns will make you invincible in a dangerous world. Crime? Government tyranny? Say hello to my little friend!

But her arsenal isn't working against threats like this from anonymous randos. It certainly wouldn't be enough to fight off a well-armed government bent on tyranny. So the marketing of guns seems to be based on a lie.
As if everything isn't a lie.

Stupid Question Of The Day

A ninny w/ a "tumblr" (What the hell is that, anyway? Do you have to sign up & give them your first-born in order to leave comments there? Fuck it either way, just more bullshit that allows people not to be responsible for anything they say or do.) asks
Random sports question #3:
Why do baseball coaches and managers wear players’ uniforms as they coach? No other sport has 60 year old men dress like they’re about to run onto the field of play and have at ‘em. It’s fundamentally undignified.
Prof, if you don't know anything about the game just keep it to yourself. Here's the fucking deal: In baseball, the first- & third-base coaches are on the field & participate in the game at a much greater level than some N.B.A. coach in a fucking suit & tie screaming "Pass it!" from the bench. And pitching coaches & managers are allowed to visit the mound & consult w/ the pitcher. So in a sense they are "about to run onto the field of play and have at ‘em". Except the "having at 'em".

In all the other major sports, a coach coming on the actual playing field/court is a technical violation & can result in penalties to the offender's team. No idea about hockey, but I'd guess not there either. (Plus slipping on the ice & hurting oneself.) Soccer pitches, I've no idea, but I can't see it being any different than real sports. Baseball being the exception to the other sports as far as managers/coaches on the gridiron/court/ice/pitch, now do you understand?

File this one under "Someone is wrong on the iNternet & I will not rest until his head is removed from his ass."

Sub Lays Mines

FRI 16 OCT 1942
Japanese surface force (Rear Admiral Omori Sentaro), with heavy cruisers Maya and Myoko, and Rear Admiral Tanaka Raizo, with light cruiser Isuzu and seven destroyers, shells Henderson Field.

TF 17, formed around carrier Hornet (CV-8) (Rear Admiral George D. Murray), strikes Japanese troops on Guadalcanal, and seaplane base at Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel, Solomons.

Seaplane tender (destroyer) McFarland (AVD-14) is damaged by Japanese dive bombers, Lunga Roads, Guadalcanal, 09°24'S, 160°02'E.

After attacks by PBYs fail, USAAF B-26s (11th Air Force) sink Japanese destroyer Oboro about 20 miles northeast of Sirius Point, Kiska, 52°17'N, 178°08'E, and damage destroyer Hatsuharu.

Submarine Thresher (SS-200) mines the approaches to Bangkok, Thailand, in the first U.S. Navy submarine mine plant of World War II.

U.S. freighter Winona in convoy bound for Rio de Janeiro, is torpedoed by German submarine U-160 at 11°00'N, 61°10'W; and veers out of line, grazing the stern of steamship Austvangen. One merchant seaman and two Armed Guard sailors suffer injuries in the attack, but there are no fatalities among the 42-man crew or 15-man Armed Guard (see 17 October 1942).

Who The Hell Gave This Stupid
Witch A Teaching Credential?

Face it: "Teaching" is nothing but fascist indoctrination. Stop trying to control people, you pathetic little Hitlers!Seems as if Mr. Student Body President here has already had his brain washed, w/ his inane "let Mommy & Daddy in the administration make a bullshit statement before the students stand up for themselves" ass-licking. Fuck the administration. You think they're any better than the ignorant idiots they hire to "teach"?

[Hither, via yon.]

Official Baseball Position

Thinkers in blue, dumb crackers in red.
Pulling for the Yankees in the American League; let's have a "World" Series w/ real, rational Americans, not fly-over fuckheads from the Central Time Zone whose ancestors were driven out of the coastal cities & forced to farm for a living because they couldn't read or write, & whose dense descendants haven't learned anything since.

Also: This reporter lived in Houston for about six yrs. in 1970-71.
Fuck their flooded asses.

Biggest Lie Of The Day (So Far)

Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
White House paper: Corporate tax cut would boost wages  —  The White House on Monday is rolling out a paper arguing that the GOP's plan to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent would “very conservatively” increase average household income by $4,000 per year.
Yes, this has worked so well every time it's been tried since prior demented idiot moron Reagan started the lie. It's why your wages are so much higher now than in the 1980s, when this bullshit was first tried.

Stairway To The Stars

Is this Republican candidate any more mentally & psychologically disturbed than Trump?
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship.  Now she's running for Congress.  —  WASHINGTON  —  Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle.  —  A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's been aboard a spaceship too.

From The Nation's Adult Day Care Center, in Washington ...

Disturbed old man, if I may. "Sick fuck", even. He is a clear & present danger to our nation, shithole that it is, & should immediately be removed from office (BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY) before he kills the rest of us.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Trump Piss Christ: The President Effect

terminal pictures/Andre Perkowski

Clusterfuck Off San Cristobal

THU 15 OCT 1942
Submarine Base, Fremantle-Perth, Australia, is established.

Patrol Wing 14 (Captain William M. McDade) is established at San Diego, California, for operations in Western Sea Frontier.

Heavy cruiser Portland (CA-33) bombards Japanese shipping and installations at Tarawa, Gilberts.

Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai and Kinugasa (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) bombard Henderson Field, covering the movement of six destroyers and eleven transports to Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal. Planes from Henderson Field, including USMC and Navy SBDs (VMSB 141, VB 6, other unidentified units), USAAF B-17s and P-39/P-400s, Navy F4Fs (VF 5), and USMC PBY (personal "flag" plane of Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing), conduct a succession of attacks upon Japanese supply convoy off Tassafaronga undamaged by VS 3's strike the previous day. USAAF B-17s damage transport Azumasan Maru which, along with merchant cargo ship Kyushu Maru, is run aground, where uncontrollable fires destroy both ships. Air attacks also sink Sasago Maru and damage destroyer Samidare.

Off San Cristobal, Solomons, destroyer Meredith (DD-434) takes on board the crew of tug Vireo (AT-144) at approach of planes from Japanese carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku. Before Meredith can scuttle the tug with a torpedo to prevent her from falling into enemy hands, however, the destroyer is overwhelmed and sunk in the ensuing air attack, by bombs and aerial torpedoes; Vireo and her tow (a gasoline barge), though, having been abandoned, drift off, untouched by the enemy. Some Meredith survivors reach safety on board the tug (see 21 October 1942).

Submarine Skipjack (SS-184) engages Japanese auxiliary Kifuku Maru at 04°36'N, 146°59'E. Skipjack's torpedoes miss; Kifuku Maru returns fire with her guns and escapes into a rain squall.

More Shit Not To Buy, Ever!

Dana Loesch, professional pimp.
She'll sell anything, including vicious fascist lies & calls to violence.Worst person in the world? Mmmmm, could be.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

This Date In Human Idiocy & Events

55 yrs. ago, the CubanSoviet-American missile crisis got underway.
60 yrs. ago today, the Everly Bros. hit the top of the charts for the first time.
Harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the three- and four-part harmonies of doo-wop, derived from black gospel and blues traditions, would never have given us Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles or the Byrds. To get those groups, you first had to have the Everly Brothers, whose ringing, close-harmony style introduced a whole new sound into the rock-and-roll vocabulary: the sound of Appalachia set to hard-driving acoustic guitars and a subtle backbeat rhythm. One of the most important and influential groups in the history of rock and roll, the Everly Brothers burst onto the music scene in 1957 with their first big hit, "Bye Bye Love," which was quickly followed with their first #1 song, "Wake Up Little Susie," which topped the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1957.
Bonus: Hideous Ed Sullivan Show arrangement.70 yrs. ago, the speed of sound was exceeded.
Where is speedster pilot Chuck Yeager today? Being celebrated at the N.L.C.S.
Second Amendment History: 105 yrs. ago today Teddy "Big Stick" Roosevelt got plugged in Milwaukee (& we all know how painful that can be).
Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Theodore Roosevelt, the presidential candidate for the Progressive Party, is shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel. Schrank’s .32-caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt’s heart, failed to mortally wound the former president because its force was slowed by a glasses case and a bundle of manuscript in the breast pocket of Roosevelt’s heavy coat–a manuscript containing Roosevelt’s evening speech. Schrank was immediately detained and reportedly offered as his motive that “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.

Despite his vigorous campaign, Roosevelt, who served as the 26th U.S. president from 1901 to 1909, was defeated by Democrat Woodrow Wilson in November. Shrank was deemed insane and committed to a mental hospital, where he died in 1943.
Two fucking words, would-be assassins: HEAD SHOT!!

951 yrs. ago, the Battle of Hastings was fought, beginning the long (& not yet finished) struggle to civilize the Brits.

Pix, moving, for the uncivilized & illiterate.And for the functionally literate, from the barely literate.

It's An Underwater World

WED 14 OCT 1942
Motor torpedo boats PT-60, PT-38, PT-46, and PT-48 (Lieutenant Commander Alan R. Montgomery) engage Japanese surface force (Rear Admiral Kurita Takeo) comprising battleships Haruna and Kongo, light cruiser Isuzu, and seven destroyers bombarding Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Destroyer Naganami turns back the motor torpedo boats; Japanese bombardment destroys 48 of 90 planes at the field, putting the facility temporarily out of action. PT-60 is damaged by grounding on coral reef off Guadalcanal.

SBDs (Guadalcanal-based VS 3) attack six-ship Japanese convoy escorted by eight destroyers heading southward toward Guadalcanal between Santa Isabel and Florida Islands, 08°50'S, 160°00'E, but inflict no damage.

Japanese submarine I-7 shells Espiritu Santo.

Submarine Finback (SS-230), attacking Japanese convoy, sinks army transport Teison Maru about 20 miles off Tansui harbor, on northwest tip of Formosa, 25°20'N, 121°25'E.

Submarine Greenling (SS-213) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Takusei Maru six miles off Todo Zaki, off northeast coast of Honshu, 39°33'N, 142°15'E.

Submarine Grampus (SS-207) lands Australian coastwatchers on coast of Vella Lavella (see 19 October 1942).

Submarine Sculpin (SS-191) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Sumiyoshi Maru 75 miles southwest of Kavieng, New Ireland, 03°51'S, 151°21'E.

Submarine Skipjack (SS-184) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Shunko Maru about 450 miles west-southwest of Truk, 05°35'N, 144°25'E.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Answered Prayers

A question the answer to which disgraced ex-Alabama justice Moore may not like.

Roy Moore Poetically Asks
‘How Much Longer Will It Be
Before His Judgment Comes?’

Johnnie Clarke - "None Shall Escape The Judgement" b/w "This A The Best Version"

As he did during the luncheon held at the Values Voter Summit today, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore closed out the remarks he delivered from the main stage by reciting a poem he wrote, “America The Beautiful,” which warns that God’s judgment will fall upon this land if the nation does not repent.

Moore said that he is often criticized for infusing his politics with talk of God but that he intends to continue doing so because “when you forget God, you can forget politics … For me, it’s a question of freedom or slavery.”

“This is an awful moment for our country,” Moore said as he quoted Patrick Henry. “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time as this I would consider myself guilty of treason toward my country and an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.”

“We must act, we must fight and appeal to God as our only hope,” Moore stated as he began to recite his poem:
Eat shit & die, theocratic fuckstick. If you hate this country so much, get the hell out before Jah Ras Tafari comes in judgement!

Dogfaces Show Up, Two Months Late

TUE 13 OCT 1942
1st Marine Division is reinforced by 164th Infantry Regiment of Americal Division, the first major U.S. Army unit to reach Guadalcanal.

Small reconnaissance seaplane from Japanese submarine I-7 reconnoiters Espiritu Santo.

Japanese submarine I-30 is sunk by mine, three miles east of Singapore (see 9 September 1942).

North Russia
German torpedo bombers attacking convoy PQ 18.

U.S. freighter Susana, in convoy SC 104 and bound for Cardiff, Wales, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-221, 53°41'N, 41°23'W; 27 of the 42-man crew perish with the ship, as do 10 of the 16-man Armed Guard. British rescue ship Gothland rescues the six Armed Guard survivors and the 15 merchant seamen who survive Susana's loss.

U.S. freighter West Humhaw rescues 18 survivors of freighter John Carter Rose, sunk by U-201 and U-202 on 8 October 1942. Argentinean tanker Santa Cruz picks up the remainder of those who survive the merchantman's loss.

It Doesn't Always Work

Can kill you in more ways than drowning. Image.
This item
They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire
burned their neighborhood to the ground
was previously noted here. Sadly, there's another side to the coin.

Wine Country fire: Huddled in pool amid blaze,
wife dies in husband’s arms

"Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever"

Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace
in 1964. AP File Photo
Alabama brings us another George Wallace:
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Roy Moore Led Charge Against Removing Segregation From Alabama Constitution
Can we expel this sickening state from our union (reverse secession) or consolidate it w/ a neighboring state? (If any would have them.)

And why hasn't Moore been busted for grifting & nepotism at his "non-profit"?

Bad Luck & Trouble ...

Hoping as always for catastrophe; will this Friday the Thirteenth be a Black Friday of its own, even if only for a news dump that will be remembered as the beginning of the end of the Time of Trump?
Speaking of bad luck & trouble, today would be my mother's 96th birthday, if she hadn't died ten yrs. ago. (Was the old bat born on a Friday?) Good time to thank her estate for the US$5.10 in residuals mailed to me 11 days before my birthday.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Battle of Cape Esperance Continues

Mon 12 OCT 1942
Battle of Cape Esperance continues as TG 64.2 engages Japanese cruiser and destroyer force. As the result of damage received in the battle, Japanese heavy cruiser Furutaka sinks, 09°02'S, 159°34'E; destroyers Murakumo and Shirayuki rescue survivors of Rear Admiral Goto's ships sunk in the engagement with TG 64.2.

Despite efforts of a salvage party from destroyer McCalla (DD-488), destroyer Duncan (DD-485) sinks as a result of damage received off Cape Esperance. McCalla also conducts unsuccessful attempt to sink Japanese submarine I-2 off Guadalcanal.

Destroyers Gwin (DD-433), Nicholas (DD-450), and Sterett (DD-407) shell Japanese artillery positions on Guadalcanal.

SBD (VS 71) sinks Japanese destroyer Natsugumo off Savo Island; destroyer Murakumo, after being damaged by TBF (VT 8), Navy and Marine SBDs (VS 3, VS 71, VMSB 141) and Marine F4Fs (VMF 121, VMF 212, and VMF 224) off New Georgia, Solomons, is scuttled by destroyer Shirayuki.

Submarine Nautilus (SS-168) is damaged by depth charges off northern Honshu, 41°05'N, 141°58'E, but remains on patrol.

Motor torpedo boats PT-38, PT-46, PT-48 and PT-60 arrive at Tulagi, having been towed from Espiritu Santo to a point 300 miles south of that place by high speed minesweepers Southard (DMS-10) and Hovey (DMS-11).

Transport Mount Vernon (AP-22) is stranded by storm, Sydney, Australia, harbor, but is not damaged in the accidental grounding.

U.S. freighter Pan Gulf, in convoy TAG 18S, blunders into U.S. minefield at 10°01'N, 61°50'16"W; she returns to Trinidad under her own power. There are no casualties among the 38-man merchant complement and 21-man Armed Guard.

The California Experience
In One Headline

They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground
Had an earthquake heaved them out of the pool into the flames they would've hit the California Living trifecta.

Which reminds us: Last big Kali quakes? '89 & '94. Overdue. Any. Day. Now.

Inspirational Literature

Blast from the past: The Turner Diaries.

The book that lies at the heart of white nationalist violence

It's been connected to over 200 murders.

39 yrs. later, still (possibly, more or less) relevant (if not dangerous). On the other hand ... well, why don't you read it & make up your own damn mind.

Morbidity Report

Deaths on this date:
Silent-film star Tom Mix dies in Arizona car wreck;
brained by "Suitcase of Death"
Robert E. Lee dies
John Denver dies in an aircraft accident
British nurse Edith Cavell executed
Gen. Joseph Stilwell dies
Be careful out there.