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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ken Boothe, 69 Today

If you give more of a crap the miracle of the iNternet allows you to learn more.
Above from 1966. Later re-cut, re-make, re-mix, mutation:
You may recognize this as a differently titled cover of a song whose best known version is also a cover.
Curate this'n yourself.

Death At (Approx.) 28°00'N, 58°00'W

SUN 22 MAR 1942
Unarmed U.S. tanker Naeco is torpedoed by German submarine U-124 at 33°59'N, 76°40'W. Coast Guard cutter Dione (WPC-107) rescues 10 survivors from one lifeboat and two men from the sea; minesweeper Osprey (AM-56) rescues one survivor from a raft; tug Umpqua (AT-25) takes off one man who had returned to the ship after she had been abandoned. All told, 24 men perish with the ship, which later breaks in half (the stern section sinking). Destroyer Roper (DD-147) scuttles the bow section with gunfire.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Muskogee is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-123 at 28°00'N, 58°00'W. U-123 draws near to the survivors on two rafts and questions them before clearing the area.
None of the 34-man crew, however, are ever seen again.

Nice World You Assholes Have
Made For Yourselves

The Guardian:
Parliament attack: man shot after police officer stabbed at House of Commons - live updates
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death … On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution.  The water was turned up top 180 degrees …
 Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Prosecutors find no wrongdoing in shower death at Dade Correctional mental health unit  —  A 101-page investigation released Friday concludes that corrections officers who locked a schizophrenic inmate in a hot shower at Dade Correctional Institution and left him there for nearly two hours …
Note well that Trump has no direct involvement w/ any of this horror. None of you murderous assholes need any help, do you?

Anyway, the sooner you mother-fucking rat bastard sons-of-bitches finish killing each other the better. Your species is dead to me already, but I'll volunteer to stick around to cremate your rotting corpses.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's U-124's Ocean War;
We're Just Re-Living It

Sat. 21 March 1942
Unarmed U.S. tanker Esso Nashville is torpedoed by German submarine U-124 off Frying Pan Lightship Buoy, 33°35'N, 77°22'W. High speed transport McKean (APD 5) rescues eight survivors from two lifeboats; Coast Guard cutters Tallapoosa (WPG-52) and Agassiz (WPC-126) recover the rest (21 men and 8 men, respectively). After Esso Nashville breaks in two, tug Umpqua (AT-25) tows the after end of the vessel to Morehead City, North Carolina. Later, U-124 torpedoes tanker Atlantic Sun off Beaufort (North Carolina) Lightship, but inflicts little damage; there are no casualties among the 40-man merchant complement or the 5-man Armed Guard and Atlantic Sun reaches Beaufort without further incident.
Well, nobody's perfect.

Today's Accomplishments

Did laundry. Two loads, yet. Which is more than Trump & his Gang of Idiots have gotten done in 60 days.
Too tough for Trump?

Today In Fake (& FOX) News

Brian Stelter / CNNMoney: 
Andrew Napolitano absent from Fox after citing anonymous spying claims
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, is being kept off the air indefinitely.  (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off …
Fake, not FOX:
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Inside the identity crisis at the Independent Journal Review, the outlet that has become a powerhouse in the Trump era  —  It was supposed to be Independent Journal Review's week to shine.  —  The upstart, millennial-focused news website, which has emerged as a favorite …
When does it stop, lying right-wing propagandists?

And Now, The Rest Of The Story

This story. Which is pretty much this video:Ensuing:
Arizona Republic:
Anti-Trump billboard artist receives death threats - Artist Karen Fiorito knew backlash was bound to come. And it has. - Commissioned by a downtown Phoenix art gallery in January to create a billboard art piece that would comment on President Donald Trump's administration ...

À Quoi Ça Sert, Hein?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Little New In WWII

Fri. 20 March 1942
Unarmed U.S. tanker Oakmar is shelled by German submarine U-71 at 36°21'N, 68°50'W, and abandoned; submarine R-6 (SS-83) is sent to her assistance. U-71 torpedoes Oakmar and shells her until she sinks.

Six men perish in the abandonment; the remainder (30 men) are rescued by Greek steamship Panos Pladelis.
Image apparently entirely from the artist's imagination.

Spring Is Sprung

So set your clocks ahead an hr.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

U-332 Also Rampaging

Thu. 19 March 1942
Philippine President Manuel Quezon and 13 members of his party are transported from Dumaguete, Negros, to Oroquito, Mindanao, after a 240-mile voyage in motor torpedo boat PT-41.
Previously in Pinoy "history", from Navy Task Force Vol. 1, No. 5, August 1955. © 1955 by Aragon Magazines, Inc.
Small reconnaissance seaplane from Japanese submarine I-25 reconnoiters Suva, Fiji Islands.

Destroyer Dickerson (DD-157) rescues 14 of the 40-man crew of tanker E.M. Clark, sunk by U-124 the previous day. Later, however, Dickerson is mistakenly fired upon and damaged by gunfire from U.S. freighter Liberator off Virginia capes; three men (including the ship's captain) are killed and six wounded. Later the same day, Liberator is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-332, three miles west of the Diamond Shoals Buoy, 35°05'N, 75°30'W; five crewmen perish. Tug Umpqua (AT-25) rescues 26 merchant sailors and the 4-man Armed Guard.

Destroyer Hambleton (DD-455), at 35°39'N, 71°10'W; rescues six survivors of Honduran freighter Ceiba, sunk by U-124 on 17 March.

British motor vessel Port Halifax rescues the 23 survivors of U.S. tanker W.E. Hutton, sunk by German submarine U-332 off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, the previous day.

High speed transport Stringham (APD 6) rescues the 31 survivors of U.S. tanker Papoose, irreparably damaged the previous day by German submarine U-124. On report of the master, who believes his ship can be saved, tug Kewaydin (AT-24) is sent to investigate salvage possibilities. Papoose, however, is beyond saving, and sinks the next day; Kewaydin proceeds to assist Acushnet (see below).

Damaged U.S. tanker Acme (torpedoed by German submarine U-124 on 17 March) is taken in tow by tug Acushnet (AT-63) and taken to Norfolk.

Thanks, Mr. Berry!

Allegedly 1958. Railroad Jack, flickr.
As a result of Gawd-Among-Men Chuck Berry's death yesterday, we heard more good music on the radio today than we'd ordinarily hear in the proverbial month o' Sundays.

For sing-a-long purposes, at least, I seem to have the lyrics of many of the classics in memory. But could I put the lyrics to paper w/o the musical/vocal cues?

"Too Much Monkey Business" has been a perpetually relevant & stirringly contemptous condemnation of this modern world of shit & pain FOR 60 GODDAMN YRS.+ OF SUFFERING NOW; despite outward changes (& inflation) the 'phone co., the military, the opposite sex, consumer culture, the fossil fuel industry, the educational & judicial systems, wage-slavery yada fucking yada, world w/o end have always been monkeying w/ us.
Speaking of monkey biz, compare & contrast the electronicized stereo on this'n.

Labor Relations

You just wait 'til Trump brings back those manufacturing jerbs. 'Murka'll be so great you won't recognize it!
From Navy Task Force Vol. 1, No. 3, April, 1955. ©1955 by Aragon Magazines, Inc.
A mere 62 yrs. ago. One could devote some time to the subtexts behind those six panels.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

U-124 Kills Again!

Wed. 18 March 1942
River gunboat Tutuila (PR-4), decommissioned at Chungking, China, on 18 January, is leased to the Chinese government for the duration of the war.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Jumpo Maru is sunk, agent unknown, off Tsushima Island.

U.S. tanker E.M. Clark is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-124 about 22 miles southwest of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina, 34°50'N, 75°35'W. Venezuelan tanker Catatumbo rescues 23 of the tanker's complement. Unarmed U.S. tanker Papoose is torpedoed by German submarine U-124 about 15 miles south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, 34°17'N, 76°39'W (see 19 March 1942).

Yacht Tourmaline (PY-20) and Coast Guard cutter Cuyahoga (WPC-157) rescue eight survivors of British tanker San Demetrio, sunk by U-404 on 16 March.

Unarmed U.S. tanker W.E. Hutton is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-332 about 20 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, 34°05'N, 76°40'W; 13 of the ship's complement of 36 merchant sailors perish in the attack (see 19 March).
Dive the wreck of the Hutton. Unless it's the Papoose.

Ooops: Little Richard Still Kicking

We stand corrected: Chuck Berry was not the last of the O.G.s. We had no idea that "Little" Richard Penniman is still w/ us, & will hit 85 if he lives until December. I'd been laboring under the vague memory/impression that Richard had "passed" in the mid-'00s. (I may have conflated local news idiocy involving Richard & his Beverly Hills house w/ James Brown's death.)

Also not-dead is Jerry Lee Lewis, a mere 81, perhaps a G. (but no Original); some say before Jerry Lee went back to hillbilly music he was but a pale impersonation of Little Richard.

And Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. is 89 & almost a month.

Chuck Berry Dead At 90

Black History in America
Rock and roll legend and electric guitar pioneer Chuck Berry has died at age 90.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. — known to the world as Chuck Berry — was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m., said a statement from the St. Charles County Police Department.
Literallly sad, 'though this reporter will sign up for 90 right now, even w/o the musical impact & Mann Act violations. 90 is well above average for a rock-&-roller, making Mr. Berry literally the last of the O.G.s of rock-&-roll, unless I'm missing someone.

Remember the first time you heard Chuck (presented as an "oldie" on top-40 radio) & realized there were even better versions of those Beatles & Stones numbers you didn't even know were covers? ('Cause you didn't know what covers were.) Or not, if you aren't old enough.

Best Songs Of Chuck Berry - Nhα»―ng ca khΓΊc hay nhαΊ₯t của Chuck Berry
Obligatory "Brushes w/ Greatness": Double bill w/ Little Richard at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House (Do not remember who opened for whom.) in the winter of 1970-71, & at The Roxy sometime in the mid-to-late '70s.

I Have Tweeted!

Free Speech In Phoenix

Why is the plain & simple truth always so "controversial"?

Mr. David's Young Americans Bandstand

Previously in "Young Americans".

Fifty Years Ago Today In
Dreadful Grate Bandstand

Grateful Dead - Smokestack Lightning (March 18, 1967)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Big Job But Someone's Gotta Do It; U-124 On Rampage

Tue. 17 March 1942
United States, in agreement with Allied governments, assumes responsibility for the strategic defense of entire Pacific Ocean.

Submarine Grayback (SS-208) sinks Japanese collier Ishikari Maru six miles west of Port Lloyd, Chichi Jima, Bonins, 27°05'N, 142°05'E.

Submarine Permit (SS-178) is damaged by depth charges off Tayabas Bay, P.I. but remains on patrol.

Naval Forces Europe (Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley) is established.

Destroyer Stack (DD-406) and carrier Wasp (CV-7) are damaged in collision while en route from Casco Bay, Maine, to Norfolk, Virginia.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Acme is torpedoed and damaged by German submarine U-124 west of Diamond Shoals, 35°06'N, 75°23'W; U-124 later torpedoes and sinks Greek freighter Kassandra Louloudi four miles west-southwest of Diamond Shoals gas buoy. Coast Guard cutter Dione (WPC-107) rescues 20 survivors from Acme and 35 from Kassandra Louloudi; steamship Beta rescues 22 men from the latter ship.

Honduran freighter Ceiba is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-124 at 35°43'N, 73°49'W (see 19 March).

Today In Republicans & Culture

Perhaps the worst Irishman in these United Snakes is the Speaker of the House. Not that any of Trump's Irish Mafia are competent or capable of anything, apparently.
The irony of the mishaps was that Trump has surrounded himself with Irish Americans, from presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to press secretary Sean Spicer. Two of the leading Republicans involved in Thursday’s cultural gaffes — Pence and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) — identify as Irish American.

Ryan introduced both Trump and Kenny at the luncheon, praising the United States’ relationship with Ireland and lauding the nation for “all she has given us.”

One of his statements caused a fair bit of head-scratching: “Americans, especially American Irish, are always trying to endear ourselves to the Irish. Think about it. We went from a president who plays a lot of golf to a president who owns a lot of golf courses,” Ryan said. “That is about the closest thing you can get to royalty in Ireland.”

Trump, indeed, owns a golf course in Ireland and has golfed on various courses  at least nine times since taking office. And he recently played 18 holes with pro golfer Rory McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland. But aside from that connection, some Irish people questioned the reference to royalty and golf, a sport that originated in Scotland.
Yes, he said, "Think about it. We went from a president who plays a lot of golf to a president who owns a lot of golf courses.” That's some intellectual heft there. He really must be as smart as they say.

Today In Irish

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50 Yrs. Ago In Record Releasing

Per some source or another, the Dreadful Grate's first disc was released to the world exactly 50 yrs. ago today.
Still our favorite of their voluminous output. We've embedded a re-issue w/ the usual bonus tracks & alternate takes.

Yo, Weiner: No One Said Being A Fascist Would Be Easy

Someone doesn't like it when the tables are turned.
If one can't take the heat, perhaps one should shut one's festering gob. Or open it wider & let us see just how ugly one is.
Aaron Klein / Breitbart: 
EXCLUSIVE - Michael Savage Following Alleged Assault: ‘It Is Clearly Open Season on Prominent Trump Supporters’
Speaking of Trump's Chumps Supporters:

Trump supporters call for ‘liberal genocide’ and deportation of Jews at Arizona Rally

Thursday, March 16, 2017

75 Yrs. Ago At Sea

Mon. 16 March 1942
Submarine Permit (SS-178) delivers ammunition to Corregidor, and evacuates second increment of naval radio and communications intelligence people.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Australia is torpedoed, shelled, and irreparably damaged by German submarine U-332 off Diamond Shoals, 35°07'N, 75°22'W. U.S. freighter William J. Salman rescues survivors and transfers them to yacht Ruby (PY-21) for further transportation to Southport, North Carolina. Australia, sunk in shallow water, is written off as a total loss and her wreck demolished on 20 March.

British tanker San Demetrio is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-404 at 37°03'N, 73°50'W (see 18 March).

Up The Irish

Especially up the Irish-American ass of one Mick Mulvaney, Trumpy's director of the O.M.B., currently on telebision lying about things & bragging about how cruel the Trump budget is if you aren't a zillionaire. Mr. Mulvaney is a vicious sack of shit whom I would love to meet in a dark alley very soon.

Hey you fucking drunken bog-monkeys, which one has a real, federal holiday; your imaginary saint, or actually-existed Eye-talian sailor Christopher Columbus? Sad! Losers!

And if Mulvaney isn't enough to convince you every one of these murdering Irish rapists should all be shipped back to their damp rotting island, Sean Spicer is again spewing spit from the podium, this time about Trumpy's already-refuted claims of "wire tapping" or whatever it was about which Trump was baselessly bitching.

Now can we start the deportation proceedings?

John Cole saw it too.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

U-158 Busy, Pacific Still Dull

Sun. 15 March 1942
Coast Guard lighthouse tender Acacia (WAGL-200) is shelled and sunk by German submarine U-161 south of Haiti.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Ario is torpedoed, shelled, and sunk by German submarine U-158 11 miles southwest of Cape Lookout, 34°20'N, 76°39'W. Destroyer Dupont (DD-152) rescues the 29 survivors of the 36-man crew.

U.S. tanker Olean is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-158 15 miles south of Cape Lookout, 34°24'N, 76°29'W. Coast Guard motor lifeboats from Cape Lookout and Fort Mason stations rescue 33 survivors.

While providing coverage for convoy ON 74, PBO (VP 82) bombs and sinks German submarine U-503, North Atlantic, 43°50'N, 48°45'W.
Artist's conception of something else entirely.

Somebody Else's Babies

Not quite getting how it works:
Rachel Hosie / The Independent:
Atheists at risk of dying out due to belief in contraception, study claims  —  Religious people are having more babies  —  A new study has suggested that atheism is doomed because religious people have higher rates of reproduction.  —  Due to their lack of belief in contraception …
You wonder what goes through their minds.