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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Historical Horseshit

Today in History
November 19
1620: The Pilgrims sight Cape Cod.
1828: In Vienna, Composer Franz Schubert dies of syphilis at age 31. [Why he never finished that symphony? — M.B.]
1861: Julia Ward Howe writes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while visiting Union troops near Washington.
1863: Lincoln delivers the "Gettysburg Address" at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.
1885: Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza.
1873: James Reed and two accomplices rob the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw Nation.
1897: The Great "City Fire" in London.
1905: 100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.
1911: New York receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.
1915: The Allies ask China to join the entente against the Central Powers.
1923: The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures.
1926: Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union.
1942: Soviet forces take the offensive at Stalingrad.
1949: Prince Ranier III is crowned 30th Monarch of Monaco.
1952: Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe.
Would've been 100 today: Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India from 1967 to 1977 and 1978 to 1984, who was assassinated by her own guards.

Historynet missed this catastrophic flood.



Thousands perish in St. Petersburg flood

On this day in 1824, a flood on the Neva River in Russia claims an estimated 10,000 lives.
And Billy Strayhorn, composer, arranger and pianist who wrote “Take the ‘A’ Train” would've been 102.

Veni, Vidi, Tweeti

A stupid jerk receives a reply:


Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis has joined the great round-up in the sky. Good run; he was 85.

Mel Tillis - "Heart Over Mind" (1961)


Also passed (until next time): Last Round-Up.

Some Sunday Slut-Shaming

Oh, not by us! (Heaven forbid.) No, the shaming is courtesy of David E's Fablog, & shame he does.

Digby notes:
By the way, his behavior in this incident took place on a USO tour which have always been exploitative sex shows. (Here's a video of the one with Franken and Tweeden.) It's long past time to retire that particular format too.

What a mess.
If the Daily Mail's crummy video doesn't embed, click the link in the quote above; or stick around & wallow in the nostalgia of this example of a U.S.O. show. Seems wholesome.Timing can be a mystery, can't it? If only Ms. Tweeden had told the good people of the Great State of Minnesota what a pervert Al Franken is when he first ran for the Senate in 2008, only two yrs. after his assault against her. Or maybe before his reëlection in 2014. (Better late than never ...)

Did she fear that candidate & then Senator Franken, w/ his vast influence over show biz (Two words: Air America.) would ruin her career if she came forward? Maybe she forgot the whole thing & was only reminded of it last yr., when we first heard the recording of Trump pronouncing himself a grabby sort of person. No, not then either.

A mystery indeed, but let's move along; no need to be cynical here.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What Are The Robots
Ruining Now? Fishing.

Cute? Not when it's taking your job & your leisure time it isn't.
Casting by drone. You pathetic, lazy-assed weaklings deserve everything you're going to get, good & hard.

"... instills confidence by the casual attitude he assumes when things are the worst."

WED 18 NOV 1942
USAAF B-17s damage Japanese destroyers Umikaze and Kawakaze off Buna, New Guinea.

British submarine HMS Trusty sinks Japanese army cargo ship Columbia Maru off Penang, Malaya.

USAAF B-17s (5th Air Force) sink Japanese merchant cargo ship Havana Maru off Kahili airfield, Bougainville.

German submarine U-613 is damaged by aircraft; U-91 is damaged by depth charges off North Africa.

German submarines attack west-bound convoy ONS 144. U.S. freighter Parismina is torpedoed and sunk by U-624 at 54°07'N, 38°26'W; of the 75 souls on board, 20 are lost with the ship: 15 crewmen, two Armed Guard sailors and three passengers. British rescue ship Perth and Dutch-manned corvette Rose rescue the 55 survivors between them. U.S. freighter Yaka also falls victim to U-624, at 54°25'N, 38°52'W, and is abandoned; all hands (41 merchant seamen and a 11-man Armed Guard) are rescued by Canadian corvette HMCS Vervain. German submarine U-522 torpedoes and finishes off Yaka.

U.S. tanker Brilliant, in convoy SC 109, is torpedoed by German submarine U-43 at 50°45'N, 45°53'E; an intense fire breaks out. Although ship's master and six merchant seamen and two Armed Guard sailors take to a lifeboat, apparently intending to remain nearby but the boat swamps, drowning two men; British corvette HMS Bury rescues the remainder of that boat's occupants and retains them on board for medical treatment. The ship's junior third officer, J. Cameron, meanwhile, takes command; the crew puts out the fire. Lieutenant John R. Borum, USNR, the Armed Guard officer, instills confidence by the casual attitude he assumes when things are the worst (see 19 November).

Spanish tanker Campares rescues nine survivors (including six Armed Guard sailors) from U.S. freighter West Kebar, sunk by German submarine U-129 on 29 October.

"... But Never Better Late"

Didn't get around to noting
Thursday's rodeo,
wasn't this reporter's
(technical difficulties
&/or e-mail trouble;
one or two
of the items
will be recycled
in tomorrow's finale);
here is
today's exercise.

Dick Clark's New American Bandstand '65

Bobby Vee "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes"

Orig. air date alleged to be 26 Dec. 1964.

Literary & Other History

1477: William Caxton publishes the first dated book printed in England. It is a translation from the French of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers by Earl Rivers.

General Interest


Mass suicide at Jonestown

On this day in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint. The final death toll at Jonestown that day was 909; a third of those who perished were children.

Jim Jones was a charismatic churchman who established the Peoples Temple, a Christian sect, in Indianapolis in the 1950s. He preached against racism, and his integrated congregation attracted many African Americans. In 1965, he moved the group to Northern California, settling in Ukiah and after 1971 in San Francisco. In the 1970s, his church was accused by the media of financial fraud, physical abuse of its members and mistreatment of children. In response to the mounting criticism, the increasingly paranoid Jones invited his congregation to move with him to Guyana, where he promised they would build a socialist utopia. Three years earlier, a small group of his followers had traveled to the tiny nation to set up what would become Jonestown on a tract of jungle.

Jonestown did not turn out to be the paradise their leader had promised. Temple members worked long days in the fields and were subjected to harsh punishments if they questioned Jones’ authority. Their passports were confiscated, their letters home censored and members were encouraged to inform on one another and forced to attend lengthy, late-night meetings. Jones, by then in declining mental health and addicted to drugs, was convinced the U.S. government and others were out to destroy him. He required Temple members to participate in mock suicide drills in the middle of the night.

In 1978, a group of former Temple members and concerned relatives of current members convinced U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan, a Democrat of California, to travel to Jonestown and investigate the settlement. On November 17, 1978, Ryan arrived in Jonestown with a group of journalists and other observers. At first the visit went well, but the next day, as Ryan’s delegation was about to leave, several Jonestown residents approached the group and asked them for passage out of Guyana. Jones became distressed at the defection of his followers, and one of Jones’ lieutenants attacked Ryan with a knife. The congressman escaped from the incident unharmed, but Jones then ordered Ryan and his companions ambushed and killed at the airstrip as they attempted to leave. The congressman and four others were murdered as they boarded their charter planes.

Back in Jonestown, Jones commanded everyone to gather in the main pavilion and commit what he termed a “revolutionary act.” The youngest members of the Peoples Temple were the first to die, as parents and nurses used syringes to drop a potent mix of cyanide, sedatives and powdered fruit juice into children’s throats. Adults then lined up to drink the poison-laced concoction while armed guards surrounded the pavilion.

When Guyanese officials arrived at the Jonestown compound the next day, they found it carpeted with hundreds of bodies. Many people had perished with their arms around each other. A few residents managed to escape into the jungle as the suicides took place, while at least several dozen more Peoples Temple members, including several of Jones’ sons, survived because they were in another part of Guyana at the time.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Submarines Searaven & Salmon
Sink Ships

TUE 17 NOV 1942
Submarine Searaven (SS-196) sinks Japanese transport Nissei Maru in Flying Fish Cove, off Christmas Island, 10°24'S, 105°41'E.
Submarine Salmon (SS-182), attacking Japanese convoy off west coast of Luzon, sinks repair ship Oregon Maru about 65 miles northwest of Manila, 14°16'N, 119°44'E.

Naval Air Station, De Land, Florida, is established.

German submarine U-566 is damaged by depth charges in Central Atlantic.

Duck The Futch


Actual flood image.

Thousands die in massive flood

On this day in 1421, a storm in the North Sea batters the European coastline. Over the next several days, approximately 10,000 people in what is now the Netherlands died in the resulting floods.

The lowlands of the Netherlands near the North Sea were densely populated at the time, despite their known vulnerability to flooding. Small villages and a couple of cities had sprung up in what was known as the Grote Waard region. The residents built dikes throughout the area to keep the water at bay, but fatal floods still struck in 1287, 1338, 1374, 1394 and 1396. After each, residents fixed the dikes and moved right back in after the floods.

Even the St. Elisabeth’s flood of November 1404 (named after the November 19 feast day for St. Elisabeth of Hungary), in which thousands died, could not dissuade the residents from living in the region. Seventeen years later, at the same time of year, another strong storm struck the North Sea. The resulting storm surge caused waves to burst hundreds of dikes all over Grote Waard. The city of Dort was devastated and 20 whole villages were wiped off the map. The flooding was so extensive this time that the dikes were not fully rebuilt until 1500. This meant that much of Zeeland and Holland–the area that now makes up the Netherlands–was flooded for decades following the storm. The town of Dordrecht was permanently separated from the mainland in the flood.
1421's Darwin Award Winners.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"The remainder ... who ... managed to reach four rafts, are never found."

MON 16 NOV 1942
U.S. Army 32nd Division and Australian 7th Division land south of Buna, New Guinea.

Submarine Haddock (SS-231) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Nichinan Maru, 31°52'N, 126°14'E.

Submarine Seal (SS-183) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Boston Maru off Palau, 06°18'N, 135°20'E. Just 12 seconds after firing her torpedoes at the cargo ship, Seal is rammed by another enemy vessel; the damage leads to the termination of her patrol.
The Seal (c. 1940) is visible in the background.
Japanese destroyer Harukaze is damaged by mine off Surabaya, Java.

Destroyers Woolsey (DD-437), Swanson (DD-443), and Quick (DD-490) sink German submarine U-173 off Casablanca, French Morocco.

German submarine U-218 is damaged by depth charges off North Africa.

British steamship Durando rescues the 18 survivors (13 of the 47-man crew, 4 of the 15-man Armed Guard and 2 of the 12 passengers) (one of whom dies later of his injuries) from U.S. freighter East Indian sunk on 3 November 1942 by U-181. The remainder of those who survived the loss of the ship 13 days before (18 crewmen, 11 Armed Guards and 3 passengers) and managed to reach four rafts, are never found.

Another Man Of The (Trumpian) Cloth

Scared into pants-pooping & the usual stereotypical lies by anyone in any way different.
 Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Republican appointee resigns from the DHS after past comments about blacks, Muslims come to light  —  A Republican appointee in charge of a Department of Homeland Security center for outreach to faith and community groups has resigned after a report that he said black people had …
 Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Homeland Security's head of community outreach resigns over past controversial comments on black community, Islam  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned Thursday as the head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security …
(CNN)The head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security has said in the past that the black community is responsible for turning cities into "slums" and argued that Islam's only contribution to society was "oil and dead bodies," a CNN KFile review of his time as a radio host reveals. Rev. Jamie Johnson was appointed in April by then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to lead the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the department.

In radio appearances from 2008 to as recently as 2016, Johnson was critical of the black community and painted Islam as a violent, illegitimate religion.
Claims to be a "reverend", no indication of, like, a church or anything. However,
Prior to joining the department, Johnson was a fixture in grassroots Republican politics in Iowa, serving as a GOP state committeeman and working for Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Donald Trump in the state. He also frequently appeared on the radio airwaves as a guest and as a host of his own weekend program and guest host for other conservative talk radio hosts.
Remember “I would use the greatest minds"?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Naval Battle Of Guadalcanal
Over At Last

SUN 15 NOV 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ends as TF 64 repulses Vice Admiral Kondo's force. Battleship South Dakota (BB-57) is damaged by gunfire of Japanese battleship Kirishima and heavy cruisers Atago and Takao; destroyer Benham (DD-397), damaged by torpedo, is scuttled by destroyer Gwin (DD-433) in Savo Sound, Solomons; Gwin is damaged by gunfire. Gunfire from Admiral Lee's flagship, battleship Washington (BB-56), sinks Kirishima and destroyer Ayanami southeast of Savo Island, 09°10'S,159°52'E.

Navy SBDs (VS 10) and TBFs (VT 10), USMC SBDs (VMSB 132), Marine and Army coast artillery, and gunfire from destroyer Meade (DD-602) sink four Japanese merchant transport/cargo ships off the northern coast of Guadalcanal: Kinugasa Maru, Hirokawa Maru, Yamazuki Maru, and Yamura Maru. Meade also rescues survivors from sunken destroyers Walke (DD-416) and Preston (DD-379) (see 14 November).

Although the United States suffers the greater loss in warships in the savagely fought series of engagements on 12-15 November, the Japanese withdraw and never again send large naval forces into the waters around Guadalcanal; the ultimate outcome of the struggle for that island is decided.

USAAF B-17s bomb Japanese shipping at Rabaul, sinking supply ship No.3 Unkai Maru, 04°12'S, 152°00'E, and damaging transport Azuma Maru.

Off North Africa, cargo ship Electra (AK-21) is torpedoed by German submarine U-173, 33°45'N, 07°52'W; cargo ship Almaack (AK-27) is torpedoed by U-155, 36°19'N, 07°52'W.

French submarine Le Tonnant, having been damaged by U.S. warships off Casablanca, French Morocco, is scuttled off Cadiz, Spain.

Unarmed U.S. schooner Lucy Evelyn is shelled by what she believes to be an enemy submarine at approximately 12°00'N, 75°00'W; apparently undamaged, she reaches Baranquilla, Colombia, soon thereafter, having suffered no casualties among the seven-man crew.

Today's Pointless Effort

Blah blah blah.

"Rocket Man" 60 Yrs. Ago

Any of this seem familiar?

Cold War


Nikita Khrushchev challenges United States to a
missile “shooting match”

In a long and rambling interview with an American reporter, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev claims that the Soviet Union has missile superiority over the United States and challenges America to a missile “shooting match” to prove his assertion. The interview further fueled fears in the United States that the nation was falling perilously behind the Soviets in the arms race.

The interview elicited the usual mixture of boastful belligerence and calls for “peaceful coexistence” with the West that was characteristic of Khrushchev’s public statements during the late 1950s. He bragged about Soviet missile superiority, claiming that the United States did not have intercontinental ballistic rockets; “If she had,” the Russian leader sneered, “she would have launched her own sputnik.” He then issued a challenge: “Let’s have a peaceful rocket contest just like a rifle-shooting match, and they’ll see for themselves.” Speaking about the future of East-West relations, Khrushchev stated that the American and Soviet people both wanted peace. He cautioned, however, that although the Soviet Union would never start a war, “some lunatics” might bring about a conflict. In particular, he noted that Secretary of State John Foster Dulles had created “an artificial war psychosis.” In the case of war, it “would be fought on the American continent, which can be reached by our rockets.” NATO forces in Europe would also be devastated, and Europe “might become a veritable cemetery.” While the Soviet Union would “suffer immensely,” the forces of communism would ultimately destroy capitalism.
Khrushchev’s remarks came just a few days after the Gaither Report had been leaked to the press in the United States. The report supported many of the Russian leader’s contentions, charging that the United States was falling far behind the Soviets in the arms race. Critics of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s foreign policy, particularly from the Democratic Party, went on the attack. The public debate concerning the alleged “missile gap” between U.S. and Soviet rocket arsenals continued through the early 1960s and was a major issue in the 1960 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

More On Military Murder In Mali

Previously noted.
The Daily Beast:
Green Beret Discovered SEALs' Illicit Cash.  Then He Was Killed. … Logan Melgar hadn't had a drink on June 4.  —  The Green Beret sergeant's dry day became a key to unraveling the narrative spun by the elite Navy commandos whom military investigators now suspect killed him, officials familiar with the case said.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Naval Battle Of Guadalcanal Continues, Continuing

SAT 14 NOV 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal continues as bombardment of Henderson Field by heavy cruisers Suzuya and Maya fails to achieve the desired effect, prompting the postponement of the landing of troops from the 11 transports poised to proceed down the "Slot" toward Guadalcanal.

Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai and Kinugasa, light cruiser Isuzu and two destroyers (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) and heavy cruisers Maya and Suzuya, light cruiser Tenryu and four destroyers (Rear Admiral Nishimura Shoji), come under attack by planes from carrier Enterprise (CV-6) and from Henderson Field: Kinugasa is sunk by USMC SBDs (VMSB 132), 15 nautical miles northwest of Rendova Island, 08°45'S, 157°00'E. Maya (crashed by a crippled VB 10 SBD) and Isuzu are damaged south of New Georgia Island; Chokai, Tenryu, and destroyer Ayanami are also damaged.

That afternoon, USMC and Navy land-based SBDs and TBFs bomb Japanese convoy off Guadalcanal, sinking transports/cargo ships Arizona Maru and Canberra Maru and merchant transport/cargo ships Brisbane Maru (VS 10, VMSB 141), Kumagawa Maru (VMSB 130), Nagara Maru (VT 10), Nako Maru and Shinano Maru (CVG 41). Cargo ship Sado Maru is damaged.

Beginning shortly before midnight, TF 64 (Rear Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr.), comprising battleships Washington (BB-56) and South Dakota (BB-57) and four destroyers, engages a Japanese naval force comprising a battleship, a light cruiser, and six destroyers (Vice Admiral Kondo Nobutake) in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Japanese gunfire sinks destroyers Preston (DD-379) (by light cruiser Nagara) and Walke (DD-416) (see 15 November).

Indian Ocean
First boatload of survivors from U.S. freighter Excello, sunk by German submarine U-181 the previous day, make landfall at Port St. John, South Africa.

Whole Lotta History Went On

Per, anyway. Just a few examples:
1501: Arthur Tudor of England marries Katherine of Aragon.
1812: As Napoleon Bonaparte‘s army retreats form [sic] Moscow, temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero.
1851: Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick is published in New York.
1908: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.
1910: Lieutenant Eugene Ely, U.S. Navy, becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship. He flew from the ship Birmingham at Hampton Roads to Norfolk.
1921: The Cherokee Indians ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1 million acres of land in Texas.
1922: The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1930: Right-wing militarists in Japan attempt to assassinate Premier Hamaguchi.
1935: Manuel Luis Quezon is sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of the Philippines is inaugurated.
One item Historynet missed:

Vietnam War


Marine general killed in Vietnam

Maj. Gen. Bruno Hochmuth, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, is killed when the helicopter in which he is travelling is shot down. He was the most senior U.S. officer to be killed in action in the war to date.

Musical Coincidence?

Birth, life, & death, baby:
 [Not the "Billy The Kid" (William Bonney) of whom A.C. was probaly thinking. — M.B.]

Copland - "Billy the Kid" (Ormandy, 1955)

Back In The Saddle Again

Today is Tues. Second installment.

Thanks for all the comments, ingrates.

Tuesday Train To Nowhere

Very calming. Hypnotic, even.

Today In "How Stupid Are ...?"

Good. These things are an ecological disaster made for lazy-ass white people anyway.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Friday The 13th Afloat

FRI 13 NOV 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal continues: TG 67.4, comprising two heavy cruisers, three light cruisers, and eight destroyers (Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan) encounters Japanese Bombardment Force (Rear Admiral Abe Hiroaki) that includes two battleships, steaming to bombard Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, shortly after midnight on 12 November; a savage nocturnal naval action ensues. Abe's force inflicts heavy damage on TG 67.4 before it retires northward; Rear Admirals Callaghan and Norman Scott are killed on board their respective flagships, heavy cruiser San Francisco(CA-38) and Atlanta (CL-51). Both Callaghan and Scott are awarded Medals of Honor (posthumously). On board San Francisco, Lieutenant Commanders Herbert E. Schonland and Bruce McCandless prove instrumental in saving their ship, and Boatswain's Mate First Class Reinhardt J. Keppler performs a succession of heroic acts in fighting fires and removing wounded during the thick of the battle. Those three men (Keppler posthumously) also earn the nation's highest award for bravery. TF 16 (Rear Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid), formed around carrier Enterprise (CV-6), the last operational fleet carrier in the Pacific, nears the battle area and launches air search and attacks against the enemy.

Light cruiser Atlanta (CL-51), irreparably damaged by Japanese naval gunfire and torpedo as well as by friendly fire from heavy cruiser San Francisco, is scuttled by demolition charges three miles off Lunga Point; light cruiser Juneau (CL-52), damaged by gunfire, is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26, 10°34'S, 161°44'E, as Juneau retires toward Espiritu Santo. Loss of life is heavy. Also sunk are destroyers Cushing (DD-376) and Monssen (DD-435) to gunfire, Laffey (DD-459) to gunfire and torpedo, and Barton (DD-599) to two torpedoes. Heavy cruiser Portland (CA-33) suffers torpedo damage; San Francisco, light cruiser Helena (CL-50), and destroyer Aaron Ward (DD-483) are damaged by gunfire; friendly fire damages destroyer O'Bannon (DD-450).

The Japanese, however, do not emerge from the brutal nocturnal slugfest unscathed: battleship Hiei, damaged by gunfire from heavy cruisers Portland and San Francisco and destroyers Cushing, Laffey, and O'Bannon, is sunk by TBFs (VT 8) from carrier Enterprise and USMC SBDs (VMSB 142) and TBFs (VMSB 131) from Henderson Field. Destroyer Akatsuki is sunk by San Francisco and Atlanta gunfire near Savo Island, 09°17'S, 159°56'E. Destroyer Yudachi, damaged by gunfire, is sunk by Portland southeast of Savo Island, 09°14'S, 159°52'E. Japanese destroyers Murasame, Ikazuchi,and Amatsukaze are damaged by gunfire; destroyer Yukikaze is damaged by aircraft, off Guadalcanal. Destroyer Michisio is also damaged by aircraft off Shortland Island, Solomons.

On the night of 13 November, heavy cruisers Suzuya and Maya approach Guadalcanal to shell Henderson Field, intending to render it inoperable the following morning.

Unarmed U.S. schooner Star of Scotland is shelled and sunk by German submarine U-159 while en route from Cape Town, South Africa, to Paranagua, Brazil, 26°30'S, 00°20'W; one sailor (of the 17-man crew) drowns when the ship is abandoned (see 1 December).

Indian Ocean
U.S. freighter Excello, proceeding independently from Port Said, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-181 at 32°23'S, 30°07'E; one Armed Guard sailor and one merchant seaman perish in the attack (see 14, 15, and 20 November).

Branding Today

Once again, the kats & kittens of Crooks And Liars have invited me to spend the wk. as if I still give a hoot about anything at all & round up web-logs. (I can round them up, but I can't brand them! Is that fair?)
Froggie dreamstime.  LIBRE DE DROITS
Therefore, publishing here will be light to invisible. (Any excuse!) And as there is already foam & spew scheduled
for the next two wks., there's no telling if I'll return before the new yr.

Not that I owe anyone anything, even an explanation.

Here, Have Some History

1474: In the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Swiss infantry shatters the army of Charles the Bold at Hericourt near Belfort, countering his march to Lorraine.
Born on November 13
 354: Saint Augustine, Christian theologian and philosopher.
1312: Edward III, King of England who won victories against such renowned foes as Baybars, Llewellyn and Wallace.
Of course the above yrs. bring up the Julian/Gregorian thing.

Cold War


Indiana Textbook Commission member charges that Robin Hood is Communistic

Robin Hood & Friar Tuck, by Harry G. Theaker.
In an example of the absurd lengths to which the “Red Scare” in America is going, Mrs. Thomas J. White, of the Indiana Textbook Commission, calls for the removal of references to the book Robin Hood from textbooks used by the state’s schools. Mrs. Young claimed that there was “a Communist directive in education now to stress the story of Robin Hood because he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor. That’s the Communist line. It’s just a smearing of law and order and anything that disrupts law and order is their meat.” She went on to attack Quakers because they “don’t believe in fighting wars.” This philosophy, she argued, played into communist hands. Though she later stated that she never argued for the removal of texts mentioning the story from school textbooks, she continued to claim that the “take from the rich and give to the poor” theme was the “Communist’s favorite policy.” Reacting to criticisms of her stance, she countered that, “Because I’m trying to get Communist writers out of textbooks, my name is mud. Evidently I’m drawing blood or they wouldn’t make such an issue out of it.” The response to Mrs. White’s charges was mixed.

Indiana Governor George Craig came to the defense of Quakers, but backed away from getting involved in the textbook issue. The state superintendent of education went so far as to reread the book before deciding that it should not be banned. However, he did feel that “Communists have gone to work twisting the meaning of the Robin Hood legend.” The Indianapolis superintendent of schools also did not want the book banned, claiming that he could not find anything particularly subversive about the story. In the Soviet Union, commentators had a field day with the story. One joked that the “enrollment of Robin Hood in the Communist Party can only make sensible people laugh.” The current sheriff of Nottingham was appalled, crying, “Robin Hood was no communist.”

As silly as the episode seems in retrospect, the attacks on freedom of expression during the Red Scare in the United States resulted in a number of books being banned from public libraries and schools during the 1950s and 1960s because of their supposedly subversive content. Such well-known books as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo, were just some of the books often pulled from shelves. Hollywood films also felt the pressure to conform to more suitably “all-American” themes and stories, and rock and roll music was decried by some as communist-inspired.
Wasn't ol' Robin of Loxley more of a glibertarian tax rebel? (And suck-up to the king, who Robin expected to drain
Prince John's swamp, if memory serves. Sad!)

Gas Chamber

Bezos-Amazon "fake news" Washington Post reports:
New Delhi’s ‘gas chamber’ smog is so bad that
United Airlines has stopped flying there

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Neptune's Inferno* Commences

THU 12 NOV 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal opens: TF 67 (Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner) unloading troops in Lunga Roads, Guadalcanal, under the protection of air and surface forces, is attacked by Japanese land attack planes. Heavy cruiser San Francisco (CA-38) is damaged when hit by a crashing bomber; destroyer Buchanan (DD-484) is hit by friendly fire.

Submarine Grenadier (SS-210) damages Japanese army cargo vessel Hokkai Maru off the south coast of French Indochina, 11°18'N, 109°02'E.

Japanese oiler Naruto is damaged by aircraft (nationality unspecified) off Shortland Island.

Naval Operating Base, Casablanca, Morocco, is established.

Transports Tasker H. Bliss (AP-42), Hugh L. Scott (AP-43), and Edward Rutledge (AP-52) are torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-130 off French Morocco.

Gunboat Erie (PG-50) is torpedoed by German submarine U-163, Caribbean Sea, 12°03'N, 68°58'W, and is beached northwest of Willemstad, Curacao, N.W.I., to prevent sinking (see 28 November and 5 December).

Submarine chaser SC-330 accidentally collides with, and sinks, merchant vessel Rogist seven miles southeast of Cape Charles, Virginia, Lighthouse.

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(53:47) of author James Hornfischer on Book TV.
Hey, we can embed Google Books.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Armistice Day Afloat; This Time
The French Surrender

WED 11 NOV 1942
Small reconnaissance seaplane from Japanese submarine I-7 reconnoiters Vanikoro, Solomons; small reconnaissance seaplane from I-21 reconnoiters Nouméa, New Caledonia; and small reconnaissance seaplane from I-9 reconnoiters Espiritu Santo.

Transport Zeilin (AP-9) is damaged by dive bombers off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, 09°24'S, 160°02'E.

Submarine Haddock (SS-231) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Venice Maru in center of Yellow Sea, between China and Korea, 35°36'N, 123°44'E.

Submarine Tautog (SS-199) is damaged by depth charges in Makassar Strait, 01°22'N, 119°31'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

Japanese armed merchant cruiser Hokoku Maru is sunk by Indian Navy minesweeper RINS Bengal and Dutch merchant tanker Ondina south-southwest of Cocos Islands, 20°00'S, 93°00'E.

Japanese transport Kobe Maru is sunk in collision with army cargo ship Tenzan Maru 87 miles off the Yangtze River estuary; Tenzan Maru then founders and sinks, too.

Casablanca surrenders to U.S. forces. Allied-French armistice is signed.

Mechanized artillery transport Lakehurst (APM-9) is damaged when accidentally rammed by cargo ship Titania (AK-55) in Safi harbor, French Morocco.

German submarine U-173 torpedoes and sinks transport Joseph Hewes (AP-50) and torpedoes destroyer Hambleton (DD-455) and oiler Winooski(AO-38) off Fedala Roads, North Africa.

German troops occupy France, south to the Mediterranean Sea.

Italian troops land on Corsica and move into France.

Naval Operating Base, Oran, is established.

Indian Ocean
First survivors from U.S. freighter Marcus Whitman, sunk by Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci on 9 November, reach coast of Natal, South Africa, in the merchantman's motor lifeboat; the remainder will arrive within the next few hours. All hands (41-man merchant complement and the 11-man Armed Guard) reach safety.
Other military events 75 yrs. ago:
On this day in 1942, Congress approves lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37.

In September 1940, Congress, by wide margins in both houses, passed the Burke-Wadsworth Act, and the first peacetime draft was imposed in the history of the United States. The registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later. There were some 20 million eligible young men—50 percent were rejected the very first year, either for health reasons or because 20 percent of those who registered were illiterate.

But by November 1942, with the United States now a participant in the war, and not merely a neutral bystander, the draft ages had to be expanded; men 18 to 37 were now eligible. Blacks were passed over for the draft because of racist assumptions about their abilities and the viability of a mixed-race military. But this changed in 1943, when a “quota” was imposed, meant to limit the numbers of blacks drafted to reflect their numbers in the overall population, roughly 10.6 percent of the whole. Initially, blacks were restricted to “labor units,” but this too ended as the war progressed, when they were finally used in combat.

By war’s end, approximately 34 million men had registered; 10 million had been inducted into the military.
"20% of those who registered were illiterate". Many of the "health reasons" were the preventable effects of poverty & the resulting poor nutrition. America really used to be great, didn't it? Make her great again by bringing back the old days!! (And while we're bringing things back, let's start drafting some of those so-called Millennial bastards!)