Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Long Shall The Wicked
Reign Over My People?

Number of the Day: 2,864,974. (Popular votes.)
If I'd voted for Mme. Secretary instead of Peace & Freedom the total would have been a nice round 2,864,975.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Things Are Established, Ships Are Sunk, People Are Killed (In History)

August 15, Sat.
Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington, is established. [Paving the way for An Officer and a Gentleman.]

Marine Aircraft Wings, Pacific (Major General Ross E. Rowell, USMC) is established at San Diego, California.

Patrol Wing 11 (Commander Stanley J. Michael) is established at San Juan, Puerto Rico, for operations in Caribbean Sea Frontier.

Naval Auxiliary Air Facility, Jamaica, British West Indies, is established.

U.S. freighter Balladier, in convoy SC 95, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-705 (one of 13 boats deployed to intercept Allied transatlantic convoys) approximately 550 miles southeast of Iceland at 55°00'N, 25°00'W; eleven of the 34-man crew and two of the 11-man Armed Guard die in the attack. Merchantman Norluna rescues survivors.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Third Time's The Charm!

These United Snakes have already beaten both rogue nations represented by these flags; come at us again, losers!
Chevy driver. Found here, w/o credit.

They Liked Ike; Submarining;
Giuliani Sinks California (Really!)

FRI 14 AUG 1942
Submarine S-39 (SS-144) is damaged when she strikes submerged reef off Rossel Island, Louisiade Archipelago.

Submarine Seawolf (SS-197) sinks Japanese merchant passenger-cargo ship Hachigen Maru (ex-British Wenchow) in Sibitu Passage, 05°07'N, 119°37'E.

Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, Commanding General, European Theater of Operations, is appointed Commander in Chief of Allied Expeditionary Forces; Admiral Sir Andrew B. Cunningham, RN, is appointed Allied Naval Commander.

Unarmed U.S. freighter California is torpedoed, shelled and sunk by Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani at 09°24'N, 33°02'W; all hands (38 men) abandon the sinking ship under fire (see 4, 5 and 14 September).

Eat This, Johnny Reb!

Protesters pull down Confederate statue
at old Durham County courthouse


Today's Three Words: "Trite", "Infantile" & "Meaningless"

The mostly gratuitous Michael Gerson recently in "Democracy Dies in Darkness".
Trump babbles in the face of tragedy
Trump’s reaction to events in Charlottesville was alternately trite (“come together as one”), infantile (“very, very sad”) and meaningless (“we want to study it”). “There are so many great things happening in our country,” he said, on a day when racial violence took a life.


Trump-'Tards: Don't Be A Sucker!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Magic Submarine?

THU 13 AUG 1942
Gulf of Mexico
U.S. tanker R.M. Parker, Jr., en route to Port Arthur, Texas, is torpedoed, shelled, and sunk by German submarine U-171 at 28°37'N, 90°48'W. There are no casualties, and Coast Guard auxiliary cutter Pioneer rescues all 37 merchant seamen and the seven-man Armed Guard.
U.S. freighter Cripple Creek is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-171 at 04°55'N, 18°30'W; one crewman is killed. The survivors take to three lifeboats (see 16 August). [This reporter finds it hard to believe that U-171 was looting, shooting & wailing off both New Orleans & Sierra Leone (just north of the equator) on the same day.]

U.S. freighter Delmundo, in convoy TAW 12, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-600 in the Windward passage, 19°55'N, 73°49'W; five of the 41-man crew perish, as do three of the eight passengers. The survivors, including the 9-man Armed Guard, are rescued by British destroyer HMS Churchill [ex-U.S. destroyer Herndon (DD-198)].

Operation PEDESTAL: German and Italian motor torpedo boats attack Malta-bound convoy before dawn; German S 30 and S 36, and Italian MAS 554 and MAS 557 torpedo and sink British merchantman Wairangi and damage Rochester Castle (which will eventually reach Malta although she is damaged further by Luftwaffe JU 87s and JU 88s). U.S. freighter Almeria Lykes is torpedoed and is abandoned, 36°40'N, 11°35'E. The ship remains afloat, but is sunk by scuttling charge after daybreak. British destroyer HMS Somali rescues all hands: 51 merchant seamen, 15-man Armed Guard, and 39 passengers. Freighter Santa Elisa is torpedoed in the same attack, approximately 20 miles southeast of Cape Bon, 36°48'N, 11°23'E, and is abandoned when her cargo of aviation gasoline catches fire. Four of the 33 embarked army passengers are killed, but the 56-man merchant complement and the 11-man Armed Guard suffer no fatalities. British destroyer HMS Penn rescues the survivors and transports them to Malta; three Armed Guard sailors will be hospitalized there for burns suffered in the attack that leads to the ship's abandonment. Santa Elisa is finished off by bombs later that day. Three surviving British transports and the one tanker will reach Malta later this day; a fourth transport will reach the island on 14 August.

Big Talk

That angry-looking bird is a roadrunner, if you care.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

S.S. Irish Rose To The Rescue

WED 12 AUG 1942
Light cruiser Cleveland (CL-55), on her shakedown cruise in Chesapeake Bay, tests the newly developed proximity fuzed antiaircraft projectiles for the first time under simulated combat conditions; she destroys all three target drones with four proximity bursts.

Seven survivors of U.S. schooner Wawaloam, sunk by German submarine U-86 on 6 August, are rescued by steamship Irish Rose, which transfers them subsequently to British corvette HMS Campanula.

Operation PEDESTAL: attacks by German and Italian aircraft continue on large British convoy (which includes within its composition U.S. freighters Almeria Lykes and Santa Elisa), bound for Malta (see 13 August).

Submarine Pickerel (SS-177) is damaged by depth charges off the Marianas, 16°19'S, 145°23'E, but remains on patrol.

USAAF B-17s damage Japanese oiler Matsumoto Maru.

State Of Emergency
Sat. Afternoon Bandstand!

Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally Violence Prompts State of Emergency

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white
nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally
to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them.
Ryan M. Kelly / The Daily Progress via AP

Joe Gibbs and The Professionals - State of Emergency - 10 - State of Emergency

Curiously, on the same album,

Joe Gibbs and The Professionals - State of Emergency - 13 - Stone Wall Jackson

one of the objects of controversy in Charlottesville.
A statue depicting Confederate general Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson stands in downtown Charlottesville.
Photo: Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress

Grudging Flattery
& The Half-Wit Princess

The truth is told about Ivanova Trumperella Kushner.
Harriet Agerholm / The Independent:
Indian diplomat likens Ivanka Trump to ‘half-wit Saudi prince’ ahead of summit where she will lead US delegation

Friday, August 11, 2017

Operation PEDESTAL Continues

TUE 11 AUG 1942
Operation PEDESTAL: large British convoy (which includes in its composition U.S. freighters Almeria Lykes and Santa Elisa), bound for Malta, its presence determined by Axis aerial reconnaissance, comes under attack from Luftwaffe JU 88s and HE 111s (see 12-13 August).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Time Passes ..."

We were laboring under the impression malls & retail were history (Alright, we read a headline to that effect & a few paragraphs before boredom set in.) but in Irwindale drag racing history is probably going to be replaced by a new mall.
“A project of this nature could not only help the city, but also the region,” Irwindale Community Development Director Gus Romo told the Pasadena Star News in 2015. “It has a capacity of bringing in revenue to the general fund and we believe it will be a catalyst to development around the center.”
You tell 'em, Gus. "Could ... a capacity of bringing in revenue ("It could happen!") ... we believe ... catalyst yada yada." Insufferable.

Musical reference:
Alphabet/Google/ appears effed up; if it doesn't start at (12:48) move it there. Or don't bother at all. (Dunno why I arse myself, myself.)

Schadenfreude Report

Dr. Inside-The-Congress-Trading gets a dose of "incivility" at the old ball game.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Price booed as he throws out first pitch at Nationals game  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price  —  was booed as he threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals Game on Wednesday.  —  Price was reportedly met with boos and only a few cheers when he took the mound …
You can imagine my maniacal laughter.

Revenge From Beneath The Waves

MON 10 AUG 1942
Submarine S-44 (SS-155) sinks Japanese heavy cruiser Kako near Kavieng, 02°15'S, 152°15'E, as Kako retires from the Battle of Savo Island.

Operation PEDESTAL: British convoy, WS 21S, formed around 13 transports and cargo ships (which include U.S. freighters Almeria Lykes and Santa Elisa) and one tanker transits Straits of Gibraltar, bound for Malta. Royal Navy cover and escort forces include a total of two battleships, four aircraft carriers, seven light cruisers and 25 destroyers (see 11-13 August).

Today's Republican Morality

Fuck every last one of these disgusting (And stupid; ever heard of birth control, adulterous scum?) pigs to hell.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Ex-Trump staffers reveal love child after campaign trail sex scandal  —  The very first sex scandal of Donald Trump's presidency has just resulted in the birth of a love child.  —  Married former White House communications director Jason Miller has fathered a son with Trump transition adviser …

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Savo Island

SUN 9 AUG 1942
Battle of Savo Island: Japanese force of seven cruisers and one destroyer (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) approaches west of Savo Island, Solomons, undetected. The defeat is one of the worst ever inflicted on the U.S. Navy. Allied ships depart Guadalcanal area. Japanese vessels temporarily control waters around Guadalcanal. Heavy cruiser Astoria (CA-34) is sunk by gunfire of Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai, Aoba, Kinugasa, and Kako. Quincy (CA-39) is sunk by gunfire of heavy cruisers Aoba, Kako and Furutaka and light cruiser Tenryu and is torpedoed by light cruiser Yubari.
IJN YUBARI opens fire on the American cruisers ASTORIA, QUINCY and VINCENNES.
No further info given.
Vincennes (CA-44) is sunk by gunfire and torpedo from heavy cruiser Chokai, and gunfire from Kako, Aoba, and Kinugasa, and light cruiser Yubari. The fourth Allied ship lost off Savo is Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra which, badly damaged by Japanese gunfire, is scuttled by destroyer Selfridge (DD-357).

U.S. ships damaged are heavy cruiser Chicago (CA-29) by Kako; destroyer Ralph Talbot (DD-390) by Furutaka, Yubari, and Tenryu; and destroyer Patterson (DD-392) by Yubari and Tenryu. U.S. gunfire damages Chokai (from Quincy and Astoria); Kinugasa (by Vincennes); Aoba (by Quincy) and Tenryu (by Chicago and Patterson).
"Battle of Savo Island in Guadalcanal" by Yoshio Shimizu 1944
Destroyer Jarvis (DD-393), damaged the previous day, is mistaken as an "Achilles-class cruiser" and attacked by Japanese land attack planes (Misawa Kokutai) and torpedoed 200 nautical miles southeast of Tulagi, 09°42'S, 158°59'E. Jarvis puts up a stout fight, splashing two of the attacking planes; a third ditches due to battle damage. There are, however, no survivors from the destroyer, which is lost with all hands.

German submarine U-98 completes laying mines off mouth of St. Johns River, east of Jacksonville, Florida.

Enough Already? You Betcha!

A Large "If" Indeed

The question

What If Nazi Germany Had Built the Atomic Bomb?

To which we answer, examine the following, direct from the fascists' microphones & lenses, then ask yourself "What makes anyone think they didn't?"

Desert Rock I:

Exercise Desert Rock - Report #177 1951

Here, U.S. Marines are exposed to dangerous radiation.

Exercise Desert Rock V: Operation Upshot-Knothole, 17 MAR 1953

To be fair, total Nazis might have nuked North Carolina after blowing Nevada up real good.

"Exercise Flash Burn" The Big Picture TV-266

Or Louisiana.

Operation Sagebrush: The Big Picture TV-327

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dog +1

SAT 8 AUG 1942
Marines wrest control of Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, Solomons, from tenacious Japanese resistance. Unfinished airstrip on Guadalcanal is captured and named "Henderson Field" in honor of the late Major Lofton R. Henderson, USMC, who was killed while leading VMSB 241 in the gallant but unsuccessful attack on Japanese carrier Hiryu at Midway on 4 June 1942. Coastwatchers report incoming raid. During fierce Japanese aerial assault by land attack planes (4th and Misawa Kokutais) on invasion shipping, destroyer Jarvis (DD-393) and transport George F. Elliott (AP-13), 09°10'S, 160°10'E are torpedoed. The latter, also crashed by a Japanese plane, is later scuttled by destroyer Hull (DD-350). Another crashing bomber damages transport Barnett (AP-11), 09°13'S, 160°01'E.

Submarine Narwhal (SS-167) sinks Japanese crab boat Bifuku Maru southeast of Shiriya Zaki, at northeast tip of Honshu. 41°14'N, 141°32'E.

Submarine S-38 (SS-143), despite presence of escorting minesweeper W.21, sinks Japanese transport Meiyo Maru at southern entrance of St. George Channel, between New Britain and New Ireland, 04°52'S, 152°42'E.

Submarine Silversides (SS-236), attacking Japanese convoy emerging from Kobe harbor, torpedoes and sinks merchant cargo ship Nikkei Maru in Kii Suido, near Ichiya Zaki, 33°33'N, 135°23'E.

Destroyers Mustin (DD-413) and Morris (DD-417) are damaged in collision during night maneuvers in Hawaiian Operating Area.
German submarine U-98 mines waters off Jacksonville, Florida.

U.S. freighter Kaimoku, en route to Liverpool in convoy SC 94, is torpedoed and sunk by shellfire of German submarine U-379 at 56°32'N, 32°15'W. Two of the 36-man crew die in the attack, as do two of the 14-man Armed Guard. Canadian corvette HMCS Battleford rescues survivors.

This Date In History

President Nixon waves goodbye with both hands as he boards his Marine One helicopter
for the last time on the South lawn of the White House August 9, 1974.
Six yrs. & a day from nomination to resignation. Coincidence? Or karma?
Nixon and Agnew receive the Republican Party nomination»
Vice President Agnew under attack»
Nixon announces that he will resign the Presidency»
Extra amusing: All under the "VIETNAM WAR" rubric. File under "Slow Coup".

Monday, August 7, 2017

Guadalcanal Overkill


U.S.M.C. Footage

Richard Frank "Guadalcanal: The First Offensive"

CRUSADE IN THE PACIFIC EPISODE 7 "Guadalcanal: America's First Offensive"

James D. Hornfischer, author of Neptune's Inferno, at the Marines' Memorial Club for the Commemoration Luncheon for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal on August 7, 2012.Just read said Neptune's Inferno The U.S. Navy At Guadalcanal. Absolutely worth downloading from the Public Library, & might well be worth a trip to the library if you are literate, dig that sort of thing & still leave the house occasionally.

Veterans thereof narrating stills for close to an hr. & 25 mins. at the Surface Navy Association 2011 Naval Heritage Program.

Newsreel filler:

At Last, Some Action!

FRI 7 AUG 1942
Operation WATCHTOWER: 1st Marine Division (Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, USMC) lands on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo, and Guadalcanal, in the first American land offensive of the war. Amphibious Force, South Pacific (Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner) lands the Leathernecks under cover of naval surface and air forces (Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher). Landings are supported by carrier and shore-based aircraft (Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes and Rear Admiral John S. McCain). Overall commander is Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley, Commander South Pacific Force; officer in tactical command is Vice Admiral Fletcher. During Japanese air attacks on the transport force and its escorts off Guadalcanal, destroyer Mugford (DD-389) is damaged by carrier [dive] bomber (2nd Kokutai), 09°00'S, 160°00'E. Following shore bombardment operations in Tulagi Bay, light cruiser San Juan (CL-54) is damaged by explosion in one of her forward 5-inch gun mounts.

TG 8.6 (Rear Admiral William W. Smith) bombards Kiska, Aleutians.

Submarine Tambor (SS-198) sinks Japanese auxiliary netlayer Shofuku Maru off Wotje, Marshalls, 09°25'N, 170°11'E.
Here's some phonus-balonus digital shit from History.Victory at Sea:

UNCOMMON VALOR - Battle for Guadalcanal:

This Is Guadalcanal:Filler:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

75 Yrs. Ago In Submarining

THU 6 AUG 1942
Submarine Tautog (SS-199) sinks Japanese army transport Ohio Maru in South China Sea about 250 miles east-northeast of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina, 13°51'N, 113°15'E.

Unarmed U.S. schooner Wawaloam, en route to St. John's, Newfoundland, is sunk by shellfire of German submarine U-86 at 39°18'N, 55°44'W, but suffers no casualties to the six-man crew and the sole passenger (see 12 August).

The Way We Roll Now


The Big Picture:
"Why Can't We Use 'Em?"

The Atom Soldier - 1955

TV 393 – Individual Protection Against Atomic Attack
TV 394 – Pentomic Army
TV 396 – Atomic Battlefield
Bombs away, suckers!

Sun Day