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.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

No Damage Inflicted

WED 24 FEB 1943
Pacific
Naval Air Facility, Amchitka, Alaska, is established.

Mediterranean
U.S. freighter Nathanael Greene, en route to join Algiers-bound convoy MKS 8, is first torpedoed by German submarine U-565 about 40 miles northeast of Oran, 35°56'N, 00°05'N, and then is hit with an aerial torpedo during an air attack, forcing her abandonment. British minesweeper HMS Brixham takes on board 26 survivors directly from the sinking ship, and plucks others from the water. Brixham tows the ship out of further danger, transferring the tow to rescue tug Restive, which beaches Nathanael Greene off Oran, where salvage vessel Redwing (ARS-4) saves 400 of the 1,300 tons of cargo. Nathanael Greene will be written off, however, as a total loss. Of her complement, four merchant sailors die in the initial explosion but the Armed Guard (16 men) survives intact.

Atlantic
Carrier Ranger (CV-4) launches USAAF P-40s off Accra, Gold Coast, for further transfer to the North African theater in her second such ferry mission of 1943.

PBM-3 (VP 74) sights Italian submarine Barbarigo attacking Spanish merchantman Monte Igueldo, 04°46'S, 31°55'N, and attacks the enemy submersible, which comes to the surface and fights it out with the flying boat. Neither side, however, inflicts damage on the other.

Defense of convoy ON 166 continues; German submarine U-604 is damaged by depth charges from Coast Guard cutter Spencer (WPG-36) or corvettes HMCS Chilliwack, HMCS Rosthern or HMCS Trillium. U-621 conducts unsuccessful attack on Spencer.

The Old Get Old & The ...

 Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Teen survivor's ultimatum to NRA attack dogs: “We will outlive you”  —  The Parkland shooting survivors are the NRA's worst nightmare.  —  Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg has emerged as a powerful advocate for gun violence prevention in the aftermath of the Valentine's …
In other words:

Friday, February 23, 2018

British Fortitude Torpedoed

TUE 23 FEB 1943
Atlantic
Battle to protect convoy ON 166 continues as German submarines continue the onslaught. After Canadian corvette HMCS Trillium's attempt to scuttle U.S. freighter Expositor (torpedoed the previous day by U-606) with depth charges fails; it falls to German submarine U-303 to administer the coup de grâce to the hardy American merchantman. U-186 then torpedoes and sinks U.S. freighter Hastings at 46°30'N, 36°23'W as well as British motor tanker Eulima; from Hastings, nine merchant sailors (of the 41-man civilian complement) perish, but all 20 Armed Guards and the ship's sole passenger survive, rescued by Canadian corvette HMCS Chilliwack. U-707 torpedoes and sinks straggling U.S. freighter Jonathan Sturges at 46°15'N, 38°11'W; no. 1 lifeboat (with 19 survivors on board) from Jonathan Sturges encounters one from torpedoed Dutch motorship Madoera (three men on board) and transfers eight men to the Dutch lifeboat to equalize the number of survivors in each craft; Jonathan Sturges's no. 3 lifeboat (nine men) locates one merchant sailor in the no. 2 boat and four Armed Guards from the ship; that second group of survivors is then divided between boats no. 2 and no. 3 to distribute them evenly (see 12 March and 6 April).

German submarines attack Curacao, N.W.I.-bound convoy UC 1, which is shepherded by four U.S. destroyers, two British frigates and three corvettes. Despite the proximity of the Anglo-American escort force, U-382 torpedoes Dutch motor tanker Murena; U-202 torpedoes British tankers Empire Norseman and British Fortitude, and U.S. tanker Esso Baton Rouge, the last-named ship at 31°15'N, 27°22'W. British sloop HMS Totland rescues Esso Baton Rouge's survivors, who include 24 of the 25-man Armed Guard and 41 of the 43-man merchant complement.

District patrol craft YP-336 sinks after running aground, Delaware River.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

You Tell 'Em!

 John Paul Brammer / NBC News: 
Billy Graham leaves painful legacy for LGBTQ people

Today Below The Mason-Dixon Line
(& The Ileum)

After South Carolina seceded in 1860, Petigru famously remarked, "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum." This quote is still used to describe contemporary South Carolinian politics.

No shit. Case in point:

South Carolina Bill Would Require All Citizens to Wear Mom Jeans

How stupid is this, beyond the fact that fashion modes have changed & now the yout' are sporting extra-tight super-skinny jeans, so the baggin' & saggin' issue isn't what it used to be?

This fucking stupid:
Section 16-17-780.  (A)  It is unlawful for a person to appear in public wearing his pants more than three inches below the crest of his ileum exposing his skin or undergarments.

[...]

That’s because the “ileum” is not the hipbone, as these jokers appear to believe. That’s the ilium. The ileum is the small intestine, more specifically the last part of it. (You know, the part between the jejunum and the cecum.) Does it matter? Well, I don’t know, do you think legislation referring to human body parts should refer to the right body parts? Because these are two different parts.

Granted, this was obviously a spelling mistake. It’s not that they don’t know the difference between guts and bones. But the fact remains that this particular spelling mistake makes the bill refer to a different thing. And so if the bill passed in this form, acceptable pants height in South Carolina would be measured not by hip level, but by reference to the lower third of the small intestine.
I'm not in the least bit sure it was a spelling mistake. These people are ignorant buffoons.

Battleship Iowa (BB 61) Commissioned

MON 22 FEB 1943
Atlantic
Battleship Iowa (BB 61) is commissioned at New York, New York, the first of the four-ship Iowa class that will be the last American battleships built.

Battle to protect convoy ON 166 in the North Atlantic continues. British rescue ship Stockport rescues Empire Trader's survivors; German submarine U-92 torpedoes Norwegian motor tanker Nielson Alonso (which is again torpedoed by U-92 and then by U-753, but is eventually scuttled by Polish destroyer Burza); U-606 torpedoes a trio of merchantmen: U.S. freighters Chattanooga City at 46°54'N, 34°30'W, and Expositor at 46°52'N, 34°26'W, as well as British steamer Empire Redshank. Chattanooga City sinks. Canadian corvette HMCS Trillium rescues all hands (including the 21-man Armed Guard) from Chattanooga City as well as 34 of 41 merchant sailors (two of whom die of their wounds) and the entire 21-man Armed Guard from Expositor. Trillium scuttles Empire Redshank. U-606's opportunity to savor her triple play is short-lived, for Canadian corvette HMCS Chilliwack and Polish destroyer Burza depth charge U-606 and drive her to the surface, where Coast Guard cutter Campbell (WPG-32) rams and sinks her at 47°44'N, 33°43'W. Campbell, damaged in the encounter, is taken in tow by Burza.

German submarines locate Curacao, N.W.I.-bound convoy UC 1; four U.S. destroyers comprise part of the escort force (see 23 February).

Pacific
District patrol craft YP-72 sinks after grounding off Spruce Cape entrance to Kodiak, Alaska.

Japanese army cargo ship Kuwayama Maru sinks off Soembawa Island as the result of damage inflicted by submarine Thresher (SS-200) the previous day, 07°53'N, 119°13'E.

Dropping Like Flies

Remember this?
The N.R.A.'s affiliation w/ F.N.B. Omaha & Enterprise Holdings, which operates Enterprise, Alamo, and National, is now history.

Who's next?

Today In The Constitution: Fuck The First Amendment, I Guess

 Speaker.gov:
Rev. Billy Graham to Lie in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda
There is no honor among thieves.

Today In Republicanism:
Sex Crimes & Tax Cuts:

Pretty much like every other day, really. Republican Governors Assoc.:
GOP Governor Eric Greitens continues to fight for lower taxes in Missouri, rolling out new reforms that would cut taxes for 97% of the state’s citizens. Last week, Governor Greitens put forward an extensive tax reform package that would put in place an Earned Income Tax Credit, cut the state’s business tax, and lower personal income tax rates. As Governor Greitens fights for tax relief, the people of Missouri understand that they have a leader in office focused on returning money to the pockets of taxpayers – not government.
The rest of the world:
 Kansas City Star:
Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair  —  Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy.  —  The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release …
Nothing to see here, just move along.

LATER:
Great job for the people, w/ one possible exception. And Mike, did "Mother" Pence know you were meeting alone w/ this sick fuck?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"Thank You For Your ServiceMoney, Chump-Ass Soldier"

Only the best minds enlist.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's (CID) Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for 'social media scams' where cybercriminals impersonate servicemembers by using actual and fictitious information. Frequently, CID receives notifications from individuals stating they were scammed online by someone claiming to be a Soldier, but in reality it was an online Scammer who has used an unsuspected Soldier's name and available social media photos to commit a crime. For information about computer security, other computer-related scams and to review previous cyber-crime alert notices and cyber-crime prevention flyers, visit the Army CID website.
We're completely fucked if the people sub-human monstrosities who can't find employment elsewhere yet are allegedly defending us can be chumped so easily. Or at all.

Two Weeks Afloat End
For Roger B. Taney Survivors

SUN 21 FEB 1943
Pacific
Marines (3d Marine Raider Battalion and 10th Defense Battalion detachment) and Army troops (elements of the 43rd Division) occupy Russell Islands in Operation CLEANSLATE, the inaugural movement through the central Solomons. Supported by TU 62.7.2 (Captain Ingolf N. Kiland), the landings* are made with no opposition. Four light cruisers and four destroyers of TF 68 (Rear Admiral Aaron S. Merrill) and Henderson Field, Guadalcanal-based Saratoga (CV-3) Air Group provide cover.

Submarine Sawfish (SS-276) damages Japanese oiler Ose off Oagari Jima, 29°29'N, 132°48'E.

Submarine Thresher (SS-200) attacks Japanese convoy northeast of Soembawa Island, N.E.I., damaging army cargo ship Kuwayama Maru, 07°53'N, 119°13'E (see 22 February).

Dutch submarine O 24 sinks Japanese merchant motor vessel Bandai Maru off Salang Island, 07°50'N, 098°09'E.

Atlantic
Battle to protect ON 166 from German submarines begins as U-332 and U-603 torpedo and sink Norwegian motor tanker Stigstad; U-92 torpedoes British steamer Empire Trader (she will be scuttled by Canadian corvette HMCS Dauphin). Coast Guard cutter Campbell (WPG-32), British corvette HMS Dianthus and Canadian corvette Dauphin, aided by flying boats, temporarily drive off U-332, U-454, and U-753 threatening the merchantmen. Coast Guard cutter Spencer (WPG-36) sinks German submarine U-225 at 51°25'N, 27°28'W.

U.S. freighter Rosario, steaming in convoy ON 167, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-664 at 50°13'N, 24°48'W. Fourteen of the 17-man Armed Guard, and 14 of 44 merchant crewmen are picked up by British rescue ship Rathlin; the rest perish with the ship.

British merchantman Penrith Castle rescues 15 merchant seamen and 13 Armed Guard sailors, survivors of freighter Roger B. Taney that had been sunk by U-225 on 7 February (see 20 March).

[The moral here is "Don't name ships after assholes, dummies" & certainly don't sail on an asshole-named vessel. And Sweet Blood of Jesus, may there never be any naval craft named after D.J. Trump, Sr., other than a Russki garbage scow. — M.B.]

*The rest of the story.

Professional Liar Sent to Hell, Finally

 Matthew Avery Sutton / The Guardian:
Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history  —  Racial tensions are rising, the earth is warming, and evangelicals are doing little to help.  That may be Graham's most significant, and saddest, legacy … Play Video  —  When Billy Graham stands before the judgment seat of God …
RELATED:
Yeah, must've been the "demon-power" of sleeping pills. Kiss my ass, hell-bound corpse!

Worst Person In The World Today

Lookit this schmuck; needs notes on how to act human. Gotta be a lizard person. (Also note the "45" monogram on his cuff. What the fuck?)
"I hear you." Fuck your bitch ass, Trump. Fuck you to hell.
Even sadder he's too fucking stupid to keep his notes out of view. Something must be done, & soon.

Chain Of Fools

Get these lazy parasites out of our country before they're on welfare, & get some "skilled" Western Europeans in here!
 Washington Post:
Melania Trump's parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on ‘chain migration’ … The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar …

Today In Mockery: It Works!

 Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The outspoken Parkland students inherently understand how to counteract pro-Trump media, stripping conspiracy theorists and critics of power by mocking them  —  The pro-Trump media chose a political enemy effectively born onto the internet and innately capable of waging an information war.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

So Much For "President" Cuban

List of celebrities who think they'll run for President reduced by one asshole who "wasn't aware".
 Sports Illustrated:
Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks  — More than a dozen current and ex-employees characterize the Mavs' hostile work environment—ranging from sexual harassment to domestic violence—as an “open secret.”  Sports Illustrated details the allegations in a special investigation.

Action Off Attu

SAT 20 FEB 1943
Pacific
Motor minesweeper YMS-133 founders and sinks, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Submarine Albacore (SS-218) torpedoes and sinks Japanese destroyer Oshio about 140 miles north-northwest of Manus, Admiralty Islands, 00°50'S, 146°06'E. Albacore escapes damage in the resultant depth-charging by an accompanying enemy warship.

Submarine Halibut (SS-232) torpedoes and sinks Japanese transport Shinkoku Maru about 450 miles north of Ponape, Carolines, 15°09'N, 159°30'E.

Japanese auxiliary patrol vessel Yoshida Maru is damaged by mine (probably laid by submarine Sunfish (SS-281) between 14-17 December 1942), 34°28'N, 137°20'E.

Japanese army cargo ship Aragane Maru sinks as the result of damage inflicted by gunfire from heavy cruiser Indianapolis (CA 35) and destroyers Coghlan (DD-606) and Gillespie (DD-609) off Attu, 53°05'N, 171°22'E.

Atlantic
German submarines sight New York-bound convoy ON 166, which is escorted by Coast Guard cutters Spencer (WPG-36) and Campbell (WPG-32), one British and four Canadian corvettes. During the night of 20-21 February, Coast Guard cutter Spencer (WPG-36) depth charges U-604.

USAAF B-24 locates German prize tanker Hohenfriedberg 500 nautical miles southwest of Cape Finisterre; consequently, British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex intercepts and sinks the Axis vessel.

Indian Ocean
Hospital ship Atlantis rescues the last 10 survivors of U.S. freighter Deer Lodge, torpedoed by German submarine U-607 off Attuabout 60 miles east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa on 16 February.

Waste, Fraud & Abuse, Raytheon-Style

The Associated Press 20 Feb 2018
HONOLULU — The U.S. Missile Defense Agency spent a total of $130 million on a failed missile test off of [sic] Kauai.

The missile is meant to be deployed to Navy ships, Japan, Romania and Poland to protect against North Korean and Iranian threats.

The cost of the Raytheon SM-3 Block IIA missile that was still in development was $36 million, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

The cost of the intermediate-range target missile was about $40 million.

It also spent money on Pacific Missile Range Facility use, several radars and sensors and about 350 personnel, the agency said.

"This was a developmental and operational test of a new capability and utilized a missile variant not yet in production," Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, head of the Missile Defense Agency, said after the test.

A failure review board is investigating why the missile was unable to intercept.

The Raytheon/Kongsberg Navel [sic] Strike Missile is a long-range, precision strike weapon capable of reaching a target at distance of up 115 miles, according to published reports.

A separate SM-3 IIA also failed to reach its target in June off Kauai when a sailor on the Pearl Harbor USS John Paul Jones accidentally pushed a button that caused the missile to self-destruct.

That failed test cost $130 million.

Since 2002, the agency has received about $123 billion to develop and deliver ballistic missile defense system, according to a May 2017 U.S. Government Accountability Office report, and is requesting $9.9 billion in 2019.

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.
© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Earlier. Also.

"I Have Here In My Hand A List Of ..."

McCarthy W/ A Gun:

Prosecutors said Chen physically had a list of grievances against other students on him when he was arrested. When investigators later searched his home they said the cache of weapons was located. Chen was arrested after he was pulled out of class after the school received a report that a student was in possession of a weapon. Chen told police that he had a gun in his backpack and a knife in his shirt pocket.
This is exactly the gun-humping ammosexuals' position:
More concealed carry on campus. I hope whoever squealed
is on his list now too.                                                        [Fox5]

List Of Businesses To Shoot Up Good (When They Are Closed, Obvs.)

The NRA is being supported by these companies

Come for the discounts, stay for the opposition to common sense gun laws.

At the very least you can let the air out of the tires of FedEx trucks & vehicles from the various car rental agencies & moving companies. Keep an icepick w/ you at all times, & be ready to poke!

[Think Progress]

Monday, February 19, 2018

Freezing Temps: I Suffer, You Starve

Cold unto death here, but the chumps who suffer this freezing torture in benighted ice-holes where stuff doesn't grow yr. 'round will suffer because of it (Neither almonds nor cherries for you this yr., Easterners!) so I s'pose I can suck it up for a day or two.

Freezing temperatures expected across California could threaten Central Valley crops

Action In The Aleutians!

FRI 19 FEB 1943
Pacific
Heavy cruiser Indianapolis (CA 35) and destroyers Coghlan (DD-606) and Gillespie (DD-609) (TU 8.6.2), intercept Japanese army cargo ship Aragane Maru bound for the Aleutians and engage her northwest of Attu, Aleutians.

Submarine Gato (SS-212) torpedoes Japanese ammunition ship Hibari Maru off eastern Bougainville, 06°27'S, 156°05'E. Hibari Maru is beached off Buin (see 28 February).

Submarine Grampus (SS-207) torpedoes Japanese transport/aircraft ferry Keiyo Maru, 04°55'S, 152°26'E.

Submarine Runner (SS-275) is damaged by aerial bomb off the Palaus, 07°35'N, 134°25'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

USAAF B-17s bomb Japanese shipping off Buin, Bougainville, damaging transport Tokai Maru, 06°45'S, 155°50'E.

Atlantic
Submarine Blackfish (SS-221) torpedoes and sinks German patrol craft VP 408 (ex-trawler Haltenbank), 43°30'N, 02°54'W, but is damaged by depth charges from what she reports as two converted trawlers, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

Readership Capture

You'll note that this item was of especial interest to The Daily Caller & Fox News. One might even assume that the typical right-winger is a fart-sniffer. Or worse. (And has a mental/emotional age of about what, five, maybe?)
 Kate Buck / Metro.co.uk: 
Passenger drops farts so putrid pilot is forced to make emergency landing

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Aleutian Action

THU 18 FEB 1943
Pacific
TG 8.6 (Rear Admiral Charles H. McMorris), consisting of light cruiser Richmond (CL 9), heavy cruiser Indianapolis (CA 35), and four destroyers, bombards Japanese installations at Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbor, Attu, Aleutians.

Heavy cruiser HMAS Australia and three U.S. destroyers of TF 44.3 operate south of Australia to cover passage of five-ship convoy transporting the 30,000 troops of the 9th Australian Division to Sydney.

Submarine Grampus (SS-207) damages Japanese transport Keiyo Maru, 05°04'S, 152°18'E.

German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe 28) arrives at Singapore; the next day she turns over to the Japanese the merchant and Armed Guard sailors she had captured when she sank U.S. freighter Sawokla on 29 November 1942.

I S'pect America Already Regrets

Sick Burn Of The DayMonth:

Soon enough Trump will regret the day he was born, & punishment is what really matters here.

Crucified On A Cross Of Shame

 Bruce Riley Ashford / Fox News:
Mike Pence, Tim Tebow, Tony Dungy have all been ‘Christian Shamed.’ This ugly form of bigotry must stop  —  Is believing in God a sign of mental illness?  Is praying a silly exercise in make-believe - just a big waste of time and a delusional activity?  —  I certainly don't think so, nor do most Americans.
Swift Answer To Silly Questions: YES! Delusional mental illness, waste of time, & a sheen of bullshit atop idiotic & unpopular political positions.

And just shut up, you whining victims. You should be ashamed.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Whooops! Sorry, Soviets.

WED 17 FEB 1943
Pacific
Submarine Sawfish (SS-276) accidentally sinks Soviet cargo ship Ilmen off east coast of Kyushu, 30°56'N, 135°30'E.

Atlantic/Mediterranean
Moroccan Sea Frontier (Rear Admiral John L. Hall) is established.

Indian Ocean
U.S. freighter Deer Lodge, torpedoed by German submarine U-607 about 60 miles east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the previous day, sinks at 33°46'S, 26°57'E. Two merchant seamen are lost with the ship, but the survivors (37 civilians and an 18-man Armed Guard) are rescued by South African minesweeper Africana (13 men) and British trawler Havorn (32 men) (see 20 February).

Bouffant Tweets!

I Felt It (Barely)!

More like heard it, but I knew what it was. Did not feel the aftershocks.
A 2.9 quake hit around 2:20 a.m and a second tremor measuring 1 struck a few minutes later.
Mainstream media version:
A magnitude 2.9 earthquake was reported in the Echo Park area early Saturday morning.

The quake occurred at 2:16 a.m. and was felt across parts of central Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was centered just east of the 2 Freeway near the intersection of Lake Shore Avenue and Ewing Street.

No damage was reported.
We're overdue for our 20-yr. not-The-Big-One-but-big-enough event.

Don't you wish you lived somewhere interesting?