Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

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

Just One Rescue

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

Shadow Gummint At 70

Cold War

1947

Truman signs the National Security Act

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

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

Hump Day

It Must Be A Camel (1969)

Today's C&L aggregation submission.

Politics: Show Bidnis For The
Not-Actually Disfigured

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

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Valley Moron Wayne Gets His, Finally

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

Hoping History Repeats Soon

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

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

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

Saturday Off

No war today, come back tomorrow.

Still Stupid After All These Yrs.

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

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

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Narwhal Trifecta

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

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

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

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

Fortunately for McConnell, he does.

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

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

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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bad Luck Former Master

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

There's A Riot Going On!

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

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

Another Wk. Of Typing* Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

Contempt For The Audience

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

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

More Ugly History

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

General Interest

1916

The Preparedness Day bombing

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

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

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

And One Stowaway

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

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

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

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

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

D (For Dillinger) Day

History blows again & again:

Crime

1923

Dillinger joins the Navy in an attempt to avoid prosecution

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

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

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

General Interest

1934

Dillinger gunned down

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

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

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

War On ChristiansHypocrites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plan B

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

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

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

Failure to Disclose

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

Fashion Notes From All Over

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

Scaramucci!

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pretty Much Nothing

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

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

Doenitz Reassigns U-Boats

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

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

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

Another Homophobic Snowflake

Lobbyist files nuisance lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Washington by Chris Sevier, who describes himself in the lawsuit as a “former Judge Advocate General, combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, DC lobbyist, overseas missionary, whistleblower and recording artist.”

[...]

The suit “respectfully asks” that a judge force the four lawmakers to “remove the Gay Pride Rainbow Colored Flag on display.”

[...]

In his complaint, Sevier said that he feels unwelcome in public areas of federal buildings where rainbow flags are displayed and is unable to approach the defendants to perform his lobbying duties.

According to news reports, Sevier has filed suit in Utah and other states demanding the right to marry his laptop computer, in light of the same- sex marriage ruling.
Who's the "Safe Place Sissy" here?

Captured Loser Has The Big "C"

30 yrs. late:
Washington Post: 
Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer10 minutes ago
Discussion:
Before you say one fucking word about what a big fucking hero disturbed warmongerer John McCain was, read the fucking truth*:
It was a dangerous mission — taking the planes into the teeth of North Vietnam's fiercest anti-aircraft defenses. As the planes entered Hanoi airspace, they were instantly enveloped in dark clouds of flak and surface-to-air missiles. Still cocky from the previous day's kills, McCain took the biggest gamble of his life. As he dived in on the target in his A-4, his surface-to-air missile warning system sounded: A SAM had a lock on him. "I knew I should roll out and fly evasive maneuvers," McCain writes. "The A-4 is a small, fast" aircraft that "can outmaneuver a tracking SAM."
But no, so he lost yet another aircraft, & was captured. Then he started squealing to the North Vietnamese. Plenty of other dirt on what a privileged sack of shit this spoiled brat was in the article. (Which has a few paragraphs out of sequence. Good fucking job, Rolling Stone. There is no competence remaining anywhere in this world, is there?)

I suppose he'll just stay in the fucking Senate & continue voting for fascism until his brain starts dripping out his ears, like all the other Republican Senators.

And, lest we forget, another reason to condemn him to hell: Sarah fucking Palin:
McCain and Palin on stage at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (AP)
How many crimes aginst his country & comrades did he actually end up committing?
*A truth so obvious even a lump like Donald Trump was able to perceive it.

Local Action We Remember

Ah, Metro News-Metro News, from 40 yrs. ago. Basically News of the Weird on the telly, it was pretty funny at the time. For all we know, it might be as amusing today.
Bill Smith, the retired news veteran at KTTV Channel 11 and KTLA Channel 5, died last week at age 74. His colleague Sam Rubin remembered Smith in the KTLA Morning News clip above. Sam name-checks "Metro News-Metro News," the irreverent news show that Channel 11 aired after "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" in the 1970s. Smith was co-anchor with Chuck Ashman. He also had been news director and Dick Whittington's producer at KGIL radio, on the air with Wink Martindale at KABC radio, and at KNXT and the Sunland-Tujunga Record-Ledger. Here's a Deadline obit and the family's obit.

Can We Extend This Interesting Policy To Fox News Viewers?

Katherine Lam / Fox News:
North Korea firing squad carries out public executions in school yards, report says

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Close To Nothing

SAT 18 JUL 1942
Pacific
Amphibious Force, South Pacific Area (Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner) is established.

North Russia
British minesweeper and escort vessel rescue 22 survivors from U.S. freighter Honomu, sunk on 5 July (see 22 July).

He Can Hide, But He Can't Run

Big Chief Chickenshit won't leave his tepee.

Trump hasn’t appeared publicly on American soil in a month

Retreating behind the White House walls, Donald Trump no longer ventures out in public for stateside events.
Ben Strauss / Politico:
Is the President Fit?  —  Few props have been more indispensable to Donald Trump's presidency than the golf cart.  He drives them on his frequent weekend trips to the links (invariably at Trump-owned clubs, where he rolls onto the greens, too—normally a no-no).
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Festival Of Shitty '70s Acts

Why punk was needed: Lame-assed limp-dicked folk music singers w/ entirely too much money. Like these grotesqueries:

The Eagles Honor Glenn Frey, Fleetwood Mac Break Out The Hits At Dodger Stadium

The Eagles headlined the Saturday show (with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers opening), Fleetwood Mac took the reins on Sunday following sets by Journey and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
Shoot. Me. Now.

Monday, July 17, 2017

More Book Report: "A limp-dick motherfucker who was born in a Petri dish at the Heritage Foundation"

Cont'd. from two items below. Esme Cribb of T.P.M. pulls a few more juicy ones.
The possibility that Ryan might swoop in and become the party nominee “sent Bannon into a panic of his own,” according to Green. Bannon employed longtime Ryan nemesis Julia Hahn, a writer at Breitbart, to smear the House speaker’s reputation ahead of time.

According to Green, Bannon also waged his assault-by-epithet allowed in Breitbart’s Washington, D.C. headquarters: He described the House speaker as “a limp-dick motherfucker who was born in a petri [sic] dish at the Heritage Foundation,” a conservative think tank Bannon said was too close to the “globalist donor class.”
What'll you bet Ol' Gin Blossoms Bannon hasn't seen his limp dick since twenty, thirty lbs. ago?

Bannon drew inspiration from rabid World of Warcraft fans

Bannon drew inspiration from what he called the “monster power” of “rootless white males” who frequented websites about the massive online game World of Warcraft, according to Green.

Bannon joined a Hong Kong company that bought and sold virtual currency and goods within World of Warcraft’s virtual economy for real-world money, a practice known as “gold farming.” The company sustained steep losses after irate gamers pushed for World of Warcraft’s publisher to shut down the accounts of players engaged in gold farming, and one fan filed a class-action lawsuit against the company.

Bannon “began to wonder if those forces could be harnessed and, if so, how he might exploit them,” according to Green.

“It was the pre-Reddit,” Bannon said.
The base that Trump must continue to please? Game-playing white-boy losers, apparently.

The People Speak: Get Out Now!

YEE-HAW!! Here's some polling Trumpy's not likely to mention:
Currently, 41% of the public think that Trump should be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency, while 53% disagree. The Monmouth University Poll asked the same question used by the Gallup Poll during Nixon's presidency. In July 1973 as the Watergate scandal started to unfold, just 24% of the public supported impeachment and 62% were opposed. Support for Nixon's impeachment was significantly lower six months into his second term as president than it is for the incumbent today. Interestingly, Nixon's job rating at that point in his tenure - 39% approve and 49% disapprove - was about the same as Trump's current rating.

"Even though Trump's approval rating is similar to Nixon's, more Americans support impeachment today than did in 1973. That's partly due to the current epidemic of hyper-partisanship that was simply not prevalent forty years ago," said Murray. [Note: the 1973 Gallup dataset was obtained from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives. Murray's blog post on the history of Gallup's impeachment polling during Watergate can be found here.]

Just 34% of Democrats supported impeaching Nixon in the summer of 1973, compared to 70% of Democrats who support impeaching Trump today. There are much smaller differences in support for impeachment of the two presidents among independents (22% for Nixon and 32% for Trump) and Republicans (7% for Nixon and 12% for Trump). Another difference in the two polls that underlines today's partisan tribalism is that Nixon had a higher approval rating than Trump among Democrats (24% versus 7% for Trump) and a lower approval rating than Trump among his fellow Republicans (67% versus 79% for Trump). Approval among independents was the same for Nixon in 1973 (41%) as it is for Trump today (41%).
When will the people's disgust hit 51%? Hallowe'en? Xmas?

What? Oh, never mind. The Stupidest Man On The iNternet has debunked the whole thing:
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Monmouth Releases Another Trump-Bashing CRAP POLL — Same Far Left Group That Distorted Polls Before Election

No News Today

You could look it up.

Today In Germophobic Assholery

EXCLUSIVE: Trump the foul-mouthed germophobe fired Chris Christie because New Jersey governor arranged for Obama to call his phone NOT The Donald's on election night

  • A new book reveals how Trump fell out with his then transition boss Chris Christie over whose cellphone to use on election night
  • Christie had arranged for Obama to call his number if Trump won - but germophobe Trump didn't want to use the New Jersey governor's cell
  • Jared Kushner removed Christie from his role running the Trump transition in the wake of the row  
  • Devil's Bargain also reveals how Trump fell out with Paul Manafort, his now under investigation campaign chair, over a new story about Trump advisers
  • Trump accused Manafort of treating him 'like a baby' when it was claimed campaign officials did TV interviews to get their boss's attention
  • Book reveals Trump did not think of and was 'indifferent' to signature policy to build a wall until he unveiled it in Iowa in January 2015 and crowd 'went nuts'
All from The Daily Mail.
Christie said: 'Hey Donald. The President talked to me earlier' - the two had gotten to know each other after Superstorm Sandy. Christie said: 'If you win he's going to call my phone, and I'll pass it over to you'.

Trump 'flashed a look of annoyance, clearly resenting the intrusion' and was repulsed by the idea of having somebody else's phone next to his face.

Trump told Christie: 'Hey Chris, you know my fucking phone number. Just give it to the President. I don't want your fucking phone'.
One thing about germophobes: Their resistance is usually lower because they try so hard to avoid "germs", so there may be higher likelihood that Trump will catch a flesh-eating bacteria & die. Assuming any germs could eat through the layers of spray tan/make-up/whatever to consume his miserable aged flesh.

Today's Treasonous Trump Turkey

What can one even say? "First Amendment", maybe? Or just "Go fuck yourself, self-help book typing scam artist/moralizing asshole!"

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Currently Ignoring

George Rail Road Martin's Game of Thrones.

I can barely afford cable telebision as is, let alone middle-brow horseshit like H.B.O. Not that I'd watch anyway.
Much too popular, & sounds exceptionally morbid, even for this would-be mass murderer.

Battle Off The Congo

THU 16 JUL 1942
Pacific
Submarine Seadragon (SS-194), attacking Japanese convoy off coast of French Indochina, sinks merchant cargo ship Hakodate Maru north of Cape Varella, 12°55'N, 109°29'E.

Atlantic
Advanced Group, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet (Rear Admiral Andrew C. Bennett) is established to conduct amphibious training in Great Britain.

Unarmed U.S. fishing boat Gertrude is sunk (demolition charge or gunfire) by German submarine U-166 approximately 30 miles northeast of Havana, Cuba, 23°32'N, 82°00'E (see 19 July).

U.S. freighter William F. Humphrey battles German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe 28) in the South Atlantic about 800 miles west of the mouth of the Congo River, 05°37'S, 00°56'E, but is sunk by gunfire and torpedoes (the latter fired by motor torpedo boat Elsan (LS 4) after a gallant fight. Of the seven-man Armed Guard, two sailors are killed while a third is wounded; Michel recovers 26 merchant seamen and 3 Armed Guard sailors, but the rest of the survivors manage to avoid capture (see 22 July).

U.S. steamship Fairport, in Persian Gulf-bound convoy AS 4, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-161 at 27°12'N, 64°30'W; destroyer Kearny (DD-432) rescues all hands: 43-man crew, 16-man Armed Guard, and 66 passengers.

Survivors (17 crewmen and one passenger) from unarmed U.S. freighter Raphael Semmes, sunk by German submarine U-332 on 28 June, are rescued by U.S. freighter Explorer.

Gulf of Mexico
U.S. tanker Pennsylvania Sun's master and three of his officers and a salvage party from reboard their ship (torpedoed the previous day by U-571) and, aided by salvage vessel Willett (ARS-12) quell the remaining fires and save the ship, which is towed to port. Repaired, she subsequently returns to service.

Caribbean
Survivors of U.S. freighter Tachira, sunk by German submarine U-129 on 12 July, reach Punta Herrera, Mexico.

Hope From History:
Sic Semper Tyrannis!

On this date:

Romanov family executed

Late on the night of July 16, Nicholas, Alexandra, their five children and four servants were ordered to dress quickly and go down to the cellar of the house in which they were being held. There, the family and servants were arranged in two rows for a photograph they were told was being taken to quell rumors that they had escaped. Suddenly, a dozen armed men burst into the room and gunned down the imperial family in a hail of gunfire. Those who were still breathing when the smoked cleared were stabbed to death.
Also on this date: First atomic bomb blowed up, 1945; Pedophilia gains foothold in California: First Catholic mission in California dedicated, 1769; Catcher in the Rye is published, 1951 (Fuck every one of you goddamn phonies!!); & in 1999 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. died in his plane, along w/ his wife & sister-in-law. 18 yrs. already?

What Exactly Does Trump Do?

Not doin' nuthin' but Tweetin' bullshit & pimpin' his crummy "brand". Sad!
SINCE FRIDAY NIGHT, the president of the United States has tweeted five times about the U.S. Women’s Open at a golf club that bears his name.

-- TWEETS THIS MORNING: at 6:35 a.m.: “Hillary Clinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?” … at 6:51 a.m.: “Thank you to all of the supporters, who far out-numbered the protesters, yesterday at the Women’s U.S. Open. Very cool!” … at 7:04 a.m.: “Thank you to former campaign adviser Michael Caputo for saying so powerfully that there was no Russian collusion in our winning campaign.” … at 7:15 a.m.: “With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!” … at 10:10 a.m.: “The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!”

ALSO: How is a 36 percent approval rating “not bad at this time?”

WHAT THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T WANT TO READ -- “Poll finds Trump’s standing weakened since springtime,” by WaPo’s Scott Clement and Dan Balz: “Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they ‘disapprove strongly’ of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.” http://wapo.st/2tX7lXd

THINGS THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT TWEETED ABOUT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS: Wishing John McCain well after he announced he’d have surgery for a blood clot in his eye. Urging senators to raise the debt ceiling or pass the health care bill. Urging House Republicans to pass the air-traffic control overhaul bill, which is in big trouble.
Nuthin', y'hear? NUTHIN'!

Trump insists he is busy working. His schedule says otherwise.

You Say "Mentally Challenged",
I Say "Cretinous Sub-Human Retards"

What a sad collection of moronic imbeciles we're stuck w/. Even their crooked & corrupt att'y. admits they can't be allowed to go anywhere w/o minders.
A few days ago, I predicted that we would soon arrive at the stage where Trump supporters would be arguing that “The Trump’s [sic*] deserve our pity rather than our contempt. Where was Obama to help them? They are a family of mentally challenged individuals with no experience following the law.”

It seems we’re getting close to that.

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow now says the Secret Service, in addition to ensuring the physical security of candidates, should protect the candidate, the candidate’s advisors and even the candidate’s family from their own potential criminal wrongdoing – a seriously expanded brief!

*Speaking of cretins, c'mon Marshall, are you in third grade? Learn the proper use of the apostrophe already.

Down & Down We Go, 'Round & 'Round We Go ...

Straight into the toilet!
Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.
Sucks to be you, Trump.

[Jeff Bezos's WaPo]

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Special Sissy Snowflake
Needs Safe Space

Excerpted at Political Wire:
Trump urged British prime minister Theresa May to “fix it” for him to get a warm welcome in Britain, The Sun reports.

“Trump made his shameless plea in a private conversation with Theresa May to plan his state visit — now postponed until next year. Two million people signed a petition calling for Mr Trump’s proposed trip to be axed.”

A transcript of the chat, seen by senior diplomats, reveals his touchiness. Mr Trump says: “I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.”
What a prancing little fairy & simultaneously gigantic asshole to boot.

"Please 'fix it' for me, mommy." They got free speech in Limeyland too, idiot. It's not like Russia.

Come to Los Angeles, Trumpy, you big pansy. Or any city. We'll give you the reception fascists deserve.Sic Semper Tyrannis!

Est'd. 1942

WED 15 JUL 1942
United States
Naval Air Transport Service Squadron (VR 3) is established at Kansas City, Kansas, for operations in the U.S.

Pacific
Submarine Base, Midway Island, is established.

Submarine Grunion (SS-216) sinks Japanese submarine chasers Ch 25 and Ch 27 west of Sredni Point, Kiska, Aleutians, 52°02'N, 177°42'E.

Salvage party, transported to Akutan Island in district patrol vessel YP-72, continues salvage of ZERO fighter discovered on 10 July.

Atlantic
German submarine U-576 attacks convoy KS 520, torpedoing U.S. bulk carrier Chilore about 20 miles east of Okracoke Inlet, North Carolina, 34°45'N, 75°29'W, as well as Panamanian freighter J.A. Mowinkel and Nicaraguan merchantman Bluefield. Chilore later blunders into a U.S. minefield, fouling two mines and receiving further damage. Two of her 42-man crew are lost when a lifeboat capsizes; there are no casualties among the 9-man Armed Guard. U-576's time to savor her triple triumph, however, is short, for an OS2U (VS 9) and U.S. merchant vessel Unicoi combine to sink that U-boat off the North Carolina coast, 34°51'N, 75°22'W. Chilore later capsizes and sinks at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
U.S. tanker Pennsylvania Sun is torpedoed by German submarine U-571 about 125 miles west of Key West, Florida, 24°05'N, 83°42'W; the crew (42 merchant seamen and the 17-man Armed Guard) abandon the burning ship. Destroyer Dahlgren (DD-187) rescues the survivors and transports them to Key West (see 16 July).

Pope's Pals To Trump's Chumps: Theocratic Assholes Fuck Off!

(CNN) - Two close confidants of Pope Francis have written an article in a Jesuit journal that strongly criticizes some American religious supporters of President Donald Trump for their fundamentalist views, which the authors say demonize others and create fear and hatred.

The article, in the Vatican-reviewed journal La Civiltà Cattolica, says some American evangelicals and Catholics have become a "community of combatants" who seek to impose a "xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations."

Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, and pastor Marcelo Figueroa, editor-in-chief of the Argentinian edition of L'Osservatore Romano, in an article titled, "Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism," take "value voters" to task for wanting religion to influence politics in what the authors call a "nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state."

The authors claim that conservative Catholics and evangelicals come together over "shared objectives," such as combating abortion and same-sex marriage or promoting religious education in schools, fostering an "ecumenism of conflict" that demonizes others.

"The panorama of threats to their understanding of the American way of life have included modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on," the authors write. "And now in our day there are the migrants and the Muslims."

The authors accuse chief White House strategist Steve Bannon of supporting "an apocalyptic geopolitics" based on misguided theopolitical thinking that centers on state submission to the Bible, an idea "that is no different from the one that inspires Islamic fundamentalism."

The White House did not immediately return a request from CNN for comment on the article Friday.

The article laments the religious viewpoint that considers "the United States to be a nation blessed by God" and doesn't "hesitate to base the economic growth of the country on a literal adherence to the Bible." The authors also note how some electoral campaign messages "are full of references to evangelical fundamentalism. For example, we see political leaders appearing triumphant with a Bible in their hands."

The authors claim that the beliefs of these religious groups "do not take into account the bond between capital and profits and arms sales," and suffer from "a sort of anaesthetic with regard to ecological disasters and problems generated by climate change."

Spadaro and Figueroa say that fundamentalist evangelical and Catholic views are radically opposed to those of Pope Francis, who urges, "inclusion, peace, encounter and bridges."

"Francis is carrying forward a systematic counter-narration with respect to the narrative of fear," they say.

"Francis is courageous here and gives no theological-political legitimacy to terrorists, avoiding any reduction of Islam to Islamic terrorism," the authors write. "Nor does he give it to those who postulate and want a 'holy war' or to build barrier-fences crowned with barbed wire."
Also, The Hill.
An article in a Vatican-reviewed journal released this week blasted evangelical and Catholic allies of President Trump for attempting to impose a "theocratic" worldview and practicing "apocalyptic geopolitics."

CNN reported Saturday that an article in La Civiltà Cattolica blasted "value voters" who support the Trump administration for becoming a "community of combatants" in America.

The article's two authors, who are close confidants of Pope Francis, accused Catholic and evangelical voters of coming together over a "xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations."

"The panorama of threats to their understanding of the American way of life have included modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on," the authors write. "And now in our day there are the migrants and the Muslims."

Mentioned specifically in the article was Trump's top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who the authors said wants a country where citizens submit to the Bible, which they called an idea "that is no different from the one that inspires Islamic fundamentalism."

They contrasted Trump supporters' visions with that of Pope Francis, who they praised for spreading a peaceful worldview.

"Francis is carrying forward a systematic counter-narration with respect to the narrative of fear," the two wrote.

"Francis is courageous here and gives no theological-political legitimacy to terrorists, avoiding any reduction of Islam to Islamic terrorism," they continued. "Nor does he give it to those who postulate and want a 'holy war' or to build barrier-fences crowned with barbed wire."

The "barrier-fence" reference seems a clear swipe at another Trump proposal to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

Trump met with Pope Francis in May at the Vatican, where he presented Francis with first-edition copies of books written by Martin Luther King Jr.

In February, Francis famously criticized Trump, appearing to say Trump was not a Christian due to his stance on the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“To not respond to evil with evil. To defeat evil with good, the offense with forgiveness. A Christian would never say ‘you will pay for that.’ Never,” Francis said in February.

“That is not a Christian gesture,” he added. “An offense you overcome with forgiveness. To live in peace with everyone.”
Yeah, swell, you're stupid hippies, but let's be honest. You have to kill these hypocrites before they can consolidate power (or reproduce).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Le Quatorze Juillet Afloat

TUE 14 JUL 1942
Atlantic
Last 13 survivors (a 14th man had perished in the interval between the loss of the ship and the survivors' making landfall) from U.S. freighter Thomas McKean sunk by German submarine U-505 on 29 June, reach the Dominican Republic.

North Russia
German submarine U-376 comes upon survivors of U.S. freighter Carlton (sunk by U-88 on 5 July). While the German offer of medical help is turned down, the U-boat sailors give the Americans rations, blankets and cigarettes (see 24 July). One boat full of survivors of U.S. freighter Alcoa Ranger, sunk by German submarine U-255 on 7 July, reaches Cape Kanin, USSR. Russian patrol craft subsequently take all of the survivors to Archangel.

Pacific
Unarmed U.S. freighter Arcata, steaming from Bethel, Alaska, to Seattle, Washington, is shelled and sunk by Japanese submarine I-7 at 53°35'N, 157°40'W. Seven of the 29-man crew perish; three Navy and one civilian passenger survive the attack. I-7 machineguns the life rafts; one sailor suffers mortal wounds. Destroyer Kane (DD-235) rescues 11 of Arcata's survivors; fishing boat Yukon picks up 14.

When Do We Start Killing The Aristocrats (And The Nazis)?

History shows, again & again ...

Annals Of Derp: Just How Fucking Retarded Is Trump?

Another of Trump's telling verbal tics.
The presidential learning curve has been steep at times for Donald Trump, America’s first amateur leader. We’ve all been witness to the president learning things that many of us have known for quite a while.

This awkward process of discovery has, however, produced a phrase of underappreciated beauty: “A lot of people don’t know that.” These seven words are Trump’s way of saying, “I just learned something new, and I’m going to assume others are as ignorant as I am.”

Today, for example, Trump held a joint press conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, where the U.S. president declared, “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that.” If you watch the brief clip, you’ll note that the first sentence was part of the prepared text, but the second sentence was ad libbed.

Trump probably wouldn’t admit this out loud, but I’m reasonably sure he said this because he considers this rather obvious historical detail – already familiar to much of the country – to be an interesting bit of trivia that only recently came to his attention.

It’s reminiscent of remarks Trump delivered in March when he said, in reference to Abraham Lincoln, “Most people don’t even know he was a Republican. Right? Does anyone know? A lot of people don’t know that.”

Referring to the president as “Captain Obvious,” the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank noted soon after just how frequently Trump reflects on what he assumes others don’t know.
That Bill Clinton signed NAFTA: “A lot of people don’t know that.”

What a value-added tax is: “A lot of people don’t know what that means.”

That we have a trade deficit with Mexico: “People don’t know that.”

That Iraq has large oil reserves: “People don’t know this about Iraq.”

That war is expensive: “People don’t realize it is a very, very expensive process.”
Whether he thinks “people” are incredibly uninformed, or whether he’s simply oblivious himself, will remain a subject of some debate.*

Occasionally, though, Trump will reflect on things “people don’t know,” because the purported fact is simply wrong.

The Republican has argued, for example, that “nobody knows” that the murder rate is at 45-year high. Of course, in reality, “nobody knows” that because it’s not true. As Milbank’s column added, Trump also believes that “a lot of people don’t know” that U.S. taxes are the highest in the world, which would be fascinating, if his point weren’t completely wrong.

In other words, the president is fascinated by details that are already widely known and details he made up.
Could Trump pass a G.E.D. test?

'BOUT AN HR. LATER:

*Nah, no debate. Resolved: That Trump has little to no interest in the knowledge or opinions of others, & therefore could not possibly be aware of what others may or may not know.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unlucky 13th For S-16

MON 13 JUL 1942
Pacific
Submarine S-16 (SS-121) is accidentally damaged by USAAF plane off coast of Panama.

Submarine Seadragon (SS-194) sinks Japanese auxiliary vessel Shinyo Maru 10 miles northeast of Cape Varella, French Indochina, 13°05'N, 109°29'E.

PBYs (VP 71) attempt daylight bombing of Japanese base at Tulagi-Gavutu, but bad weather forces a second straight cancellation of the mission.

Japanese transport No.3 Mikage Maru is sunk in collision three miles south of Tsuru Jima, Japan, 33°00'N, 133°00'E.

Japanese Combined Fleet is reorganized in the wake of the disastrous defeat suffered at Midway.

Atlantic
Naval Air Facility, Grand Cayman, British West Indies, is established.

German submarine U-153 damaged by submarine chaser PC-458 and USAAF plane off coast of Panama, is sunk by destroyer Lansdowne (DD-486), 09°56'N, 81°29'W.

Unarmed U.S. freighter Oneida, straggling from convoy NG 359, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-166 approximately two miles north of Cape Maysi, Cuba, at 20°17'N, 74°06'W. Six crewmen perish; the 23 survivors reach the Cuban coast in two life rafts.

Survivors from U.S. freighter Andrew Jackson, sunk by German submarine U-84 the day before, reach Vavendero, Cuba, by life boat.

Gulf of Mexico
U.S. tanker R.W. Gallagher is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-67 approximately 80 miles from Southwest Pass, Louisiana, 28°32'N, 90°59'W, and abandoned. Eight of the ship's 40-man merchant complement die in the attack, as do two of the 12-man Armed Guard. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell (WPC-130) rescues survivors; two men later die of their injuries.

North Russia
Survivors of U.S. freighter Carlton (sunk by U-88 on 5 July) receive rations dropped by a British plane (see 14 and 24 July).