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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sensing That Another "Benghazi!1!!1"
Is About To Happen

How will Trump excuse it when the next consular office/C.I.A. station is attacked & burned to the ground w/ loss of (U.S. Gov't. employee) life? Will he call for Sec. of State Tillerson to be "locked up"?
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department head of diplomatic security resigns  —  The head of the State Department's diplomatic security bureau has resigned and will leave his post on Thursday, leaving the two top positions vacant for the foreseeable future in the bureau in charge of embassy security around the world.
RELATED:
Also note: Typist Rogin of the WaPo up there might want to look up a little something called syntax & learn more about it. Sheesh.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shirtless 70-Yr. Old Force Of Nature Will Not Stop The Rock!

Der Ig at local "fest", via laist. Click for stills of crepey skin. Maybe he should call Jane Seymour & get a case of Crepe Erase®.

Just One Rescue

SUN 26 JUL 1942
Pacific
Destroyer Worden (DD-352) and oiler Platte (AO-24) rescue survivors of Dutch motorship Tjinegara, which had been sunk by Japanese submarine I-169 about 75 miles southeast of Nouméa, New Caledonia, 23°10'S, 165°00'E, on 25 July.
Hey, just a ding-dong minute here! The Tjinegara wasn't mentioned in yesterday's report. COULD THE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN LYING TO US?

Shadow Gummint At 70

Cold War

1947

Truman signs the National Security Act

The National Security Act had three main parts. First, it streamlined and unified the nation’s military establishment by bringing together the Navy Department and War Department under a new Department of Defense. This department would facilitate control and utilization of the nation’s growing military. Second, the act established the National Security Council (NSC). Based in the White House, the NSC was supposed to serve as a coordinating agency, sifting through the increasing flow of diplomatic and intelligence information in order to provide the president with brief but detailed reports. Finally, the act set up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA replaced the Central Intelligence Group, which had been established in 1946 to coordinate the intelligence-gathering activities of the various military branches and the Department of State. The CIA, however, was to be much more–it was a separate agency, designed not only to gather intelligence but also to carry out covert operations in foreign nations.

The National Security Act formally took effect in September 1947. Since that time, the Department of Defense, NSC, and CIA have grown steadily in terms of size, budgets, and power. The Department of Defense, housed in the Pentagon, controls a budget that many Third World nations would envy. The NSC rapidly became not simply an information organizing agency, but one that was active in the formation of foreign policy. The CIA also grew in power over the course of the Cold War, becoming involved in numerous covert operations. Most notable of these was the failed Bay of Pigs operation of 1961, in which Cuban refugees, trained and armed by the CIA, were unleashed against the communist regime of Fidel Castro. The mission was a disaster, with most of the attackers either killed or captured in a short time.
Gawd damn America!

Hump Day

It Must Be A Camel (1969)

Today's C&L aggregation submission.

Politics: Show Bidnis For The
Not-Actually Disfigured

The Hill makes a People-like list of the 50 least ugly of Washington, D.C.'s swamp creatures. Shallow, superficial, concerned only w/ surfaces & totally w/o substance. (Like most Americans. Completely empty.) Which fucking century/millennium are we in again, that we're making "hot-or-not" lists?

Although we must credit the lame hacks for finding pictures taken of Trump's Mail Order Bride Mark II at a time when enough of the Botox had worn off that Mel was able to move some facial muscles to form something other than that squinting, affect-less glower in which her face seems stuck most of the time.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Valley Moron Wayne Gets His, Finally

Wayne from ENCINO, noted here over a yr. ago, has at last been rendered some justice, 'though not enough punishment in this reporter's opinion. He's an armed loon; put him behind bars until he's no longer a threat to anyone. Whatever happened to zero-tolerance & full sentences? No more plea bargains for punks, damnit!!

Hoping History Repeats Soon

25th Amendment, anyone?
On this day in 1943, Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy, is voted out of power by his own Grand Council and arrested upon leaving a meeting with King Vittorio Emanuele, who tells Il Duce that the war is lost. Mussolini responded to it all with an uncharacteristic meekness.

During the evening of July 24 and the early hours of the 25th, the Grand Council of the fascist government met to discuss the immediate future of Italy. While all in attendance were jittery about countermanding their leader, Mussolini was sick, tired, and overwhelmed by the military reverses suffered by the Italian military. He seemed to be looking for a way out of power. One of the more reasonable within the Council, Dino Grandi, argued that the dictatorship had brought Italy to the brink of military disaster, elevated incompetents to levels of power, and alienated large portions of the population. He proposed a vote to transfer some of the leader’s power to the king. The motion was passed, with Mussolini barely reacting. While some extremists balked, and would later try to convince Mussolini to have those who voted with Grandi arrested, Il Duce was simply paralyzed, unable to choose any course of action.

Shortly after the Grand Council vote, Mussolini, groggy and unshaven, kept his routine 20-minute meeting with the king, during which he normally updated Victor Emanuele on the current state of affairs. This morning, the king informed Mussolini that General Pietro Badoglio would assume the powers of prime minister and that the war was all but lost for the Italians. Mussolini offered no objection. Upon leaving the meeting, he was arrested by the police, who had been secretly planning a pretext to remove the leader for quite some time. They now had the Council vote of “no confidence” as their formal rationale. Assured of his personal safety, Mussolini acquiesced to this too, as he had to everything else leading up to this pitiful denouement. When news of Mussolini’s arrest was made public, relief seemed to be the prevailing mood. There was no attempt by fellow fascists to rescue him from the penal settlement on the island of Ponza to which he was committed. The only remaining question was whether Italy would continue to fight alongside its German allies or surrender to the Allies.
Betcha Trump'll be the same way when they come for him: Groggy, unshaven, barely reacting, uncharacteristically meek, sick, tired, overwhelmed, paralyzed, & w/o support from his fellow fascists. String him up in a gas station!!

Saturday Off

No war today, come back tomorrow.

Still Stupid After All These Yrs.

Those glasses don't fool anybody for even a miniute, dimbulb.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post: 
Rick Perry thought he was talking to a world leader about pig manure. It was a prank call.
Did Stupid's handlers tell him he had to take the call, because they were Russians?

"Cut 'em out, ride 'em in, Ride 'em in, let 'em out, Cut 'em out, ride 'em in Rawhide!"

Today's (yesterday's, really) effort in rounding up dogies may be found here. Yee-haw!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Narwhal Trifecta

FRI 24 JUL 1942
Pacific
Submarine Narwhal (SS-167) sinks Japanese guardboat No.83 Shinsei Maru, Utasutsu Bay, Hokkaido, 44°53'N, 147°09'E, and merchant cargo ships Nissho Maru off Etorofu, 45°09'N, 147°31'E, and Kofuji Maru off Oito, 45°14'N, 147°31'E.

Arctic
Survivors of U.S. freighter Carlton (sunk by U-88 on 5 July) reach North Cape, Norway, where they become POWs. During the ordeal in the lifeboat, one man dies shortly before they make landfall.

America's Foremost Neurological Music Combo Sings The Songs
Of John McCain

"There's a hole, there's a hole in my head!"
Angry Samoans - Inside My Brain
Inspired by Snarki, child of Loki, at LG&M:
McCain would have to have a hole in his head to ignore medical advice and rush back to the Senate for the vote.

Fortunately for McConnell, he does.

M.B. Round-Up (Not Monsanto's Poisonous "ROUNDUP") 'Though It Could Be Poisonous

Click yourselves there, & then click on everything there once you're there. (I need the work.)

Prior bitching (three items down) aside, the one thing that does get to me about rounding 'em up is that I've already done the Tues. round-up (deadlines) & am half-laboring under the impression that today, right here, right now, is Tuesday. An especial drag when the quick passage of time until my gummint monies arrive is the only sincere concern or interest I can afford.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bad Luck Former Master

THU 23 JUL 1942
Atlantic
Unarmed U.S. freighter Onondaga, bound for Havana, Cuba, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 five miles north of Cayo Guillermo, 22°40'N, 78°40'W. Nineteen of the 33-man crew die in the attack, as does the sole passenger, the former master of U.S. freighter Thomas McKean (sunk by German submarine U-505 on 29 June). Cuban fishing boat Laventina rescues the 14 survivors.

There's A Riot Going On!

It was 50 yrs. ago today ...
The 1967 Detroit Riots were among the most violent and destructive riots in U.S. history. By the time the bloodshed, burning and looting ended after five days, 43 people were dead, 342 injured, nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned and some 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops had been called into service.
N.P.R. talks to former Sen. Fred Harris, last surviving member of the Kerner Commission L.B.J. established to ... to ... uh, well, not really to get at any truth, anyway.
HARRIS: Well, the president got bad information. Somebody from inside the commission leaked a copy of the report in advance. And a member of the Congress who was his real close friend read it, called the president and said to him, this report is just going to ruin you. It encourages and condones riots, and it doesn't have a good word to say about anything you've done on civil rights and against poverty. That was all wrong, but the president believed it. And so he canceled the formal meeting we'd set up to deliver the report and he rejected it.

SIEGEL: He disowned the report of the very commission that he had established is what you're saying.
Just fuck Lyndon ("I'd look like a pin-dick if I pulled outta 'Nam") Johnson, y'know?

Another Wk. Of Typing* Ahead

Doing "Mike's Blog Round-Up" (Who was this mysterious Mike, anyway?) chez CROOKS AND LIARS this Mon., that is, tomorrow, 24 July through Sun. 30 July.

(Sweet Blood Of Jesus, everything is an imposition innit, including the autonomous brain functions that keep this reporter breathing. Stop already. I'm tired.)

So if you're the kind of early '00s person who still uses a web-log, rather than spewing on a more contemporary platform like Facespace, Tweeter, CrapChat, InstaShit or whatever, good for you & watch out; I may send you viral. (Not actually. No one reads this or anything worthwhile these days. We're merely voices in the wilderness.)

Really shouldn't complain, as this is as legit an excuse as any (NOT THAT I FUCKING NEED ONE! "I don't owe you fuckers anything & all I've got to say is ...") not to bother typing anything beyond historical extracts around this dump. (That, &/or not being able to pay all of the cable telebision/iNternet bill. See 23 June through 2 July this yr. Good thing I scheduled the 1942 crap. Note to self: Better get started on August '42 before it's too late.)

Reality check: Thanks again to tengrain, for suggesting me, & to Blue Gal, for going along.
*FULL DISCLOSURE: It's really just advanced hunting & pecking.

Contempt For The Audience

Johnny Hart, "the most widely read Christian of our time," has been dead for over seven yrs. Not that you'd know it, as his name is still splashed on two strips that run to this day. We hope this act of contempt & sloth made under his name has him spinning in his grave.

From 22 July 2017, B.C.:
Same date, The Wizard of Id:
Jesus, you stupid hack motherfuckers, if you're out of fucking ideas just get out of the business already!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

More Ugly History

A California event of which I had not previously known. The filthy hypocrisy of this nation of fucking sheep & its bullshit legal system never ceases to amaze me, even after 101 yrs.

General Interest

1916

The Preparedness Day bombing

In San Francisco, a bomb at a Preparedness Day parade on Market Street kills 10 people and wounds 40. The bomb was hidden in a suitcase. The parade was organized by the city’s Chamber of Commerce in support of America’s possible entrance into World War I. San Francisco was suffering through severe labor strife at the time, and many suspected that anti-war labor radicals were responsible for the terrorist attack.

Labor leader Tom Mooney, his wife Rena, his assistant Warren K. Billings, and two others were soon charged by District Attorney Charles Fickert with the bombing. The case attracted international interest because all evidence, with the exception of a handful of questionable witness accounts, seemed to point unquestionably to their innocence. Even after confessions of perjured testimony were made in the courtroom, the trial continued, and in 1917 Mooney and Billings were convicted of first-degree murder, with Billings sentenced to life imprisonment and Mooney sentenced to hang. The other three defendants were acquitted. Responding to international outrage at the conviction, President Woodrow Wilson set up a “mediation commission” to investigate the case, and no clear evidence of their guilt was found. In 1918, Mooney’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

During the next two decades, many groups and individuals petitioned California to grant the two men a new trial. By 1939, when evidence of perjury and false testimony at the trial had become overwhelming, newly elected Governor Culbert Olson pardoned Mooney and commuted Billing’s sentence to time served. Billings was not officially pardoned until 1961.

And One Stowaway

WED 22 JUL 1942
Pacific
USAAF planes (B-17s, B-25s and B-26s are utilized in the attacks) attack Japanese shipping off Buna, New Guinea, damaging destroyer Uzuki and sinking army cargo ship Ayatosan Maru, 08°50'S, 148°50'E.

U.S. freighter William Dawes is torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-24 off the coast of Australia at 36°47'S, 150°16'E; four of the 15-man Armed Guard, and one (of five) Army passengers are killed in the attack, but there are no casualties among the 40 merchant seamen who make up the ship's complement. Survivors row toward the coast, where fishing boats tow them the remainder of the way. The burning William Dawes sinks the next day.

Atlantic
Unarmed U.S. freighter Honolulan is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-582 off the west coast of Africa at 08°41'N, 22°12'W. U-582 provides the Americans with cigarettes and question them briefly before departing. There are no casualties among the 39-man crew and one stowaway (see 28 July).

Norwegian freighter Triton rescues survivors from U.S. freighter William F. Humphrey, sunk by German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe 28) in the South Atlantic on 16 July.

Arctic
German submarine rescues last survivors from lifeboat from U.S. freighter Honomu, sunk on 5 July 1942. Nine of the 19 men in the lifeboat have perished of exposure during their ordeal.

D (For Dillinger) Day

History blows again & again:

Crime

1923

Dillinger joins the Navy in an attempt to avoid prosecution

John Herbert Dillinger joins the Navy in order to avoid charges of auto theft in Indiana, marking the beginning of America’s most notorious criminal’s downfall. Years later, Dillinger’s reputation was forged in a single 12-month period, during which he robbed more banks than Jesse James did in 15 years and became the most wanted fugitive in the nation.

Dillinger didn’t last in the Navy very long. Within months he had gone AWOL several times–the last time in December 1923. Making his way back to Indiana, he was arrested for armed robbery the following summer. Dillinger pled guilty, thinking that he would receive a light sentence, but instead got 10 to 20 years. His first words to the warden at the prison were, “I won’t cause you any trouble except to escape.” A man of his word, Dillinger had attempted to escape three times by the end of the year.

Between escape attempts, Dillinger became friendly with some of the more professional thieves in the prison. After he was finally paroled in May 1933, Dillinger hooked up with his new friends and began robbing banks throughout the Midwest. He also began planning to break his friends out of prison. In September, he smuggled guns to Harry Pierpont, who led a 10-man break from the Michigan City prison.

General Interest

1934

Dillinger gunned down

Outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre, notorious criminal John Dillinger–America’s “Public Enemy No. 1″–is killed in a hail of bullets fired by federal agents. In a fiery bank-robbing career that lasted just over a year, Dillinger and his associates robbed 11 banks for more than $300,000, broke jail and narrowly escaped capture multiple times, and killed seven police officers and three federal agents.

John Dillinger was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1903. A juvenile delinquent, he was arrested in 1924 after a botched mugging. He pleaded guilty, hoping for clemency, but was sentenced to 10 to 20 years at Pendleton Reformatory. While in prison, he made several failed escapes and was adopted by a group of professional bank robbers led by Harry Pierpont, who taught him the ways of their trade. When his friends were transferred to Indiana’s tough Michigan City Prison, he requested to be transferred there too.

In May 1933, Dillinger was paroled, and he met up with accomplices of Pierpont. Dillinger’s plan was to raise enough funds to finance a prison break by Pierpont and the others, who then would take him on as a member of their elite robbery gang. In four months, Dillinger and his gang robbed four Indiana and Ohio banks, two grocery stores, and a drug store for a total of more than $40,000. He gained notoriety as a sharply dressed and athletic gunman who at one bank leapt over the high teller railing into the vault.
As B/4,
M.B.

Friday, July 21, 2017

War On ChristiansHypocrites

Seven months ago:
Ole Miss is still waiting on the results of an NCAA investigation into the program. And according to one recruit, head coach Hugh Freeze implied the NCAA is going after the program because of his outspoken religious beliefs.
[...]
At the Under Armour All-America Game this week, 4-star CB Chevin Calloway* was asked about what Ole Miss is saying to recruits about the investigation.

“Well, Coach Freeze told me when you’re that big and out there with faith in Christ, he’s like, ‘What do you expect? Jesus got nailed to the cross,’” Calloway said, according to SB Nation’s Morgan Moriarty. “So, he was just telling me sometimes things like that happen, but that’s never going to change how he’s going to treat his players and take care of them.”

The Rebels were under investigation because of possible recruiting violations before last season. The NCAA ramped up its investigation earlier this year after former Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil said he took money from coaches during his time in Oxford.

Freeze has often spoken publicly about his Christian faith. He frequently tweets out bible verses and speaks about his beliefs.
Well of course. Couldn't possibly be about the violations he committed (& apparently tried to blame on his predecessor). First refuge of a scoundrel: Hiding behind Jesus's skirtsrobe. (Call it what you will, the Son of Gawd's not wearing pants like a man.) The N.C.A.A. are really after him for being an obnoxious loudmouth about his bullshit beliefs.

Then he's caught living up to those Ten Commandments like the big-time two-faced Christian he is:

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigns amid discovery of call to escort service

Freeze resigned from Ole Miss in light of a
'pattern of personal misconduct'

Stiil waiting for the Big Fucking Killer In The Sky to do something, anything, about his pathetic worshippers in this world of shit & pain using him as a cover &/or excuse. (Or just to do one damned thing to make this world even slightly less shitty & painful. Allegedly his creation, doesn't he care? Where is he? Why have you forsaken us, fairy tale?)
*Hope Ole Miss provides enough education to its football slaves that chump-ass Calloway will understand the concept of affinity fraud. Or was Freeze paying him, so he didn't want to ruin a good thing?

Plan B

TUE 21 JUL 1942
Pacific
Japanese forces occupy Buna, New Guinea, having been frustrated in their attempt to capture Port Moresby by sea (first at Lae-Salamaua and then at the Battle of the Coral Sea) in the first step of an overland campaign to take the same objective.

U.S. freighter Coast Farmer is sunk by Japanese submarine I-11 in the South Pacific at 35°23'S, 151°00'E. RAAF crash boat rescues the 40 survivors (who include the 7-man Armed Guard).

Gulf of Mexico
U.S. freighter William Cullen Bryant, in convoy TAW 4J, is torpedoed by German submarine U-84 in the Straits of Florida, 24°08'N, 82°23'W; all hands (40-man crew, 12-man Armed Guard, and 2 USN signalmen) abandon ship but later reboard the freighter; salvage vessel Willett (ARS-12) and civilian tug Moran tow William Cullen Bryant to Key West, Florida. She subsequently returns to service.

Failure to Disclose

Who's "failing" now?
Which of them there Ten Judeo-Xian Commandments covers lying again? Anxiously awaiting The Big Judeo-Xian-Mooslimb Fairy In The Sky smiting some of these lying sacks w/ a bolt of divine lightning. Holding my breath, even.

Fashion Notes From All Over

Advice to the wall-eyed:
Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images
Poorly-applied & cheap false eyelashes do not conceal your defects.*
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has been named White House press secretary, and incoming White House
communications director Anthony Scaramucci pass each other by the podium during the press briefing in the
Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 21, 2017.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Plus which: Doesn't the not at all shallow & certainly not concerned only w/ surfaces Trump want "good-looking" people representing his sorrily demented ass? And what's w/ the string of pearls? Is it still 1941 in the Trumplight Zone?
*If that's a glass eye, pardon the hell out of us. If it's just Huckabee genes, sucks to be you, Sarah!

Scaramucci!

Our previous note of & take on Trump's latest turkey, Tony-the-Wop. He was such a sack of obsequious crap then we couldn't help but give him our coveted Asshole Of The Day award. And now he's kissed enough Trump-ass to get an important position in an administration that is circling the toilet after a mere six months. Watch what inspired us at (3:27):

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pretty Much Nothing

MON 20 JUL 1942
General
Admiral William D. Leahy reports to President Roosevelt as Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy.

Pacific
Naval Operating Base and Naval Air Facility, Dutch Harbor, Alaska, are established.

Atlantic
German submarine U-66 mines the waters off Castries, St. Lucia.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Jury Would Convict Me
(Not That I Fucking Care Any More)

My very existence is being threatened by murderous scum.
Mulvaney has conceded that his stance on entitlement programs diverges from Trump’s purported views. During his confirmation hearings, Mulvaney defended his support for raising the eligibility age for Social Security to 70 years old and said he continues to back means-testing for Medicare. While the president’s budget this year didn’t cut Medicare or Social Security’s core retirement benefits, it did include cuts to Social Security’s supplemental-income and disability programs.
Politics are over, Mulvaney, you sack of Nazi crap; it's bullets, bombs & poison gas from here on. I'll take so many murdering scum Republicans w/ me it won't even be funny.

Doenitz Reassigns U-Boats

SUN 19 JUL 1942
Atlantic
Carrier Ranger (CV-4) in TF 22 ferries 72 USAAF P-40s (earmarked for ultimate delivery to Burma) to Accra off the Gold Coast of Africa.

With the successful operation of convoys off the East Coast of the United States, Admiral Doenitz orders the last U-boats deployed there (U-89, U-132, U-402, U-458 and U-754) reassigned to other hunting grounds.

Unarmed U.S. tug Keshena is sunk by mine east of Okracoke Island, North Carolina, 35°00'N, 75°45'E, while engaged in salvage work on torpedoed and mined Panamanian-flag tanker J.A. Mowinkel. Two men perish in the explosion, but the surviving crew (14 men and 1 woman) is rescued by a launch and taken to the Coast Guard station at Okracoke.