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, December 10, 2017

Poor Otis ... &c.

Gone 50 yrs. now.
Otis Redding - "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Something in The New Yorker I may get around to reading.

Two entries:

Music

1967

Soul legend Otis Redding dies in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin

DISASTER
1967
Music star dies in Wisconsin plane crash

Halibut Attacks!

THU 10 DEC 1942
Pacific
Submarine Halibut (SS-232) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Kosei Maru and damages Japanese transport Uyo Maru, off Hachinoihe, 40°40'N, 141°58'E.

Submarine Stingray (SS-186) is damaged by bombs off northern Solomons, 07°58'S, 156°12'E.

Submarine Wahoo (SS-238) sinks Japanese collier Kamoi Maru off Buin, Bougainville, 04°06'S, 154°58'E.

USAAF B-17s damage Japanese oilers Fujisan Maru and Toa Maru off Buin, Bougainville.

Atlantic
PBY (VP 84) sinks German submarine U-611, North Atlantic, 58°09'N, 22°44'W.

Key Paragraphs

Al Hunt, longtime W.S.J. person (he's no libtard/left-loon) now at Bloomberg, typed a few words on Trumpy-Russki.

The Trump-Russia Probe
Is About to Get Uglier

Unpleasant facts are spilling out. Republicans don't want to know them.
And what can we learn?
Equally clear is that no matter what is revealed, Trump and his allies won't go quietly. Already, some congressional Republicans are trying to smear Mueller, the most experienced and respected special counsel in more than 40 years. If cornered, does anyone doubt that Trump will summon his core supporters to the streets?

[...]

Trump, if caged, will lash out furiously. Maybe he'd try to fire Mueller and issue pardons for his family and friends. He'd rally his hardcore supporters, urging them to protest against the threat to him. Thus it's impossible to envision a peaceful resolution like the one that occurred in 1974, when Nixon was forced out to avoid impeachment.
That Mr. Hunt expects violence. In the streets. Protests, maybe worse. Unlike The Nix, no peaceful resolution.
And what rhymes w/ resolution? (Hint: It's the very same word but for one letter.)

We keep hearing that The Deplorables want to "burn everything down", destroy Washington, D.C., yada. They obviously hate these United Snakes, or what the U.S. appear to be becoming; will they really get off their couches & tee vee chairs, pick up their shootin' irons & torches & literally destroy Washington? Can't wait.

Andy Devine, Had A Thong Rind

"Andy" - 1974 03 08

I'll Jingle Your Fucking Bells!

The paucity of iNternet-available Xmas-themed gamelan is very disappointing. What kind of world are we stuck in?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

PT-59 Sinks I-3

WED 9 DEC 1942
Pacific
Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, USMC, is relieved by Major General Alexander M. Patch, USA, as commander of Marine and Army troops, Guadalcanal.

Aircraft from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, begin what become daily attacks on Japanese installations at Munda, New Georgia.

Motor torpedo boat PT-59 sinks Japanese submarine I-3, engaged in a resupply mission to Guadalcanal, three miles northeast of Kamimbo Bay, 09°12'S, 159°42'E.

Sadly All Too American Bandstand

Trumpy & The Telly

The Tubes - "TV Is King"
Shareblue gets a little hysterical about the NYT's inside the White House item:

Insiders reveal Trump’s 8-hour-a-day TV addiction is putting millions in danger

Donald Trump is addicted to TV, allowing right-wing propaganda networks to guide his worldview and dangerously shape White House policy.
Black Flag - "TV Party"
Why, other than the obvious & usual, is he this way? A hint:
Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson says President Trump told him that television programming is a more accurate reflection of the public’s beliefs than polling is.

“I know that he watches a lot of television. I know because I’ve talked to him about it at length, that he’s really interested in television, both the mechanics of it — he knows a lot about ratings and lighting, and producing and guest booking,” Carlson said on “The Jamie Weinstein Show.”

Trump was the executive producer and star of the highly rated reality show “The Apprentice,” and has tweeted about cable news throughout his campaign and presidency. However, Trump claimed in a July tweet, “I have very little time for watching T.V.”

Carlson told Weinstein that Trump “believes that television is a pretty clear window into what people care about.”

“He believes that television producers, especially of highly rated shows, understand what the public is interested in — what it fears, what it wants, what it loves. And so TV programming in some ways is a more accurate reflection of the public mood than polling,” Carlson said. “That’s his view, he said it to me. And that’s one of the reasons he watches a lot of television. Whether that’s true or not is an entirely debatable point, but he believes if you want to know where the country is, watch TV.”

Iggy Pop f/ Metallica - "T.V. Eye" (Mexico City - 5 MAR 2017)
Trump has both touted and attacked public polling. Since entering office he has talked about polls less, likely because his approval ratings have been low.

“The numbers that we’re focused on have to do with actual problems that Americans are facing. The numbers that we’re focused on are the ones that actually impact day-to-day life for all Americans,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said about polling during a recent press conference. “That’s what we’re focused on. Certainly not silly polls that frankly weren’t much use to us in the election and certainly I don’t think are now.”
So the current loon occupying the Executive Mansion is taking his cues from evil liberal Gawd-less Hollyweird?
Or the biased whatever of C.N.N., Sinclair & Fox producers, who play to a small audience of wretched shut-ins?
(Who still, wretched & shut-in or not, manage to get out to vote against their & their hideous spawn's interests,
but that's another bitch & moan.)
The Cramps - "TV Set' (Ohio Demos 1979)
Obligatory, esp. at this time of yr.
Frank Zappa - "I'm the Slime"

"A Lout And A Lecher", Sure, But
What Else Is Up W/ That?

David Atkins is curious about the Trent Franks affair. As in, US$5 million? For surrogacy services? Seems steep, dunnit?
That allegation on its own is a shocking self-parody of patriarchal abuse: an anti-choice Republican politician demanding sex from a much younger female employee to make her a breeding mare for his own family seems ripped from a bad political parable.

But even then there has to be more going on here. It still doesn’t make sense.

It’s been an open secret for years in the halls of Congress that Franks is a lout and a lecher, and that a drunken fratboy culture permeates throughout the men in his employ. It’s also no secret that an army of sex workers exists in the nation’s capital catering to men like him.

If Franks just wanted sex with younger women, that could be had discreetly in Washington for far less than $5 million, and without the risk of being exposed by his own staffers. But then again, Franks could have hired a dozen pregnancy surrogates for far less than $5 million, too, with no shame, risk or embarrassment at all.

Why offer a staffer $5 million for sex, surrogacy or both? It doesn’t add up. Was Franks offering to keep these staffers as permanent mistresses? Did he become sexually obsessed with them such that he was willing to pay any cost? Or was there something even darker involved?
As sadly true as 50+ yrs. ago, from "Brown Shoes Don't Make It":
A world of secret hungers,
Perverting the men who make your laws
Every desire is hidden away,
In a drawer in a desk
By a Naugahyde® chair
On a rug where they walk and drool
Past the girls in the office

You see in the back, of the City Hall mind
The dream of a girl about thirteen
Off with her clothes and into a bed,
Where she tickles his fancy all night long
Nothing's ever going to changeget better, is it?

Caribbean Bandstand

Icho Candy - "Christmas Is A Rich Man's Treat"

Annals Of Crime

Murder For Financial Gain Leads To Death Sentence

Here's a hideous holiday (not specifically holiday-related, just concurrent w/ the season) story to start your wknd. of forced consumption & pseudo-joviality. Hohoho.
The prosecution’s key witness was Hunter’s now-23-year-old daughter, Briuana Lashanae Hunter, who confessed to plotting with her mother to kill Thomas.

Briuana Hunter pleaded guilty last year to three counts of attempted murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter. She’s slated to be sentenced Wednesday to 18 years, nine months in state prison.

The young woman, who’s being held without bail at the Indio Jail, testified that her stepfather was a “calm, quiet person,” who was “never overly aggressive” in the seven years that she and her mother lived with him in Moreno Valley.

The witness stated that he held down two jobs — one as a short-haul trucker and another as a clerk at a Moreno Valley Auto Zone.

According to Hunter, her mother frequently argued with Thomas about not having enough money to spend. Deputy District Attorney Will Robinson described the elder Hunter as “money hungry” and not interested in holding down a job to contribute to the household.

[...]

Robinson said Lorraine Hunter pulled a small-caliber handgun she’d stolen from a member of her church and shot the victim point-blank in the back of the head twice, then shot him twice in the upper back as he knelt in the compartment. Sheriff’s deputies found him dead in a kneeling position.

Hunter and her daughter fled the scene with the help of a relative and the case went cold for two years, until the same relative confessed everything she knew to investigators after being arrested herself for an unrelated offense.

Robinson theorized during Hunter’s penalty trial that she was a sociopath with blood on her hands when she married Thomas.

The prosecutor argued to jurors that she had masterminded, and probably carried out, the slaying of her previous husband, Allen Brown, who was gunned down in what appeared to be a random act of violence in Inglewood in 1996. The circumstances were eerily similar to Thomas’ death, with Brown shot in the back, and like Thomas, the victim was a truck driver.
Best Practice/ProTip: Avoid all human contact you possibly can, & trust no one w/ whom you do come in contact, especially not family members. You're more than welcome.

Friday, December 8, 2017

PT-109

TUE 8 DEC 1942
Pacific
Motor torpedo boats PT-36, PT-37, PT-40, PT-43, PT-44, PT-48, PT-59, and PT-109* turn back eight Japanese destroyers (Captain Sato Torajiro) attempting to reinforce Guadalcanal.

Submarine Gar (SS-206) sinks Japanese cargo ship Heinan Maru, 00°52'N, 118°54'E.

USAAF B-17s and B-24s damage Japanese destroyers Asashio and Isonami off Buna, New Guinea.

Atlantic
Spanish motorship Motomar rescues the only six survivors (three merchant seamen and three Armed Guard sailors) from U.S. tanker Caddo, sunk on 23 November by German submarine U-518, at 38°10'N, 35°24'W. Neither of the other two lifeboats from Caddo are ever seen again, together with their occupants.

*Future Prez & assassination victim Lt. (j.g.) J.F. Kennedy didn't take command of the 109 until 23 APR 1943.

Freak-Out Friday

"Help I'm A Rock" 1969/05/23

Also: John Lennon Dead 37 Yrs. Now

"Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask" [Demo Acetate 1967]

Still Fucking Peasants

If self-imposed sloth required choosing but one song ...
Working Class Hero

Today In Hypocrisy

Beyond the theocratic militarism, general thuggery & secret privatized spy network we already know he'd like to be free to perpetrate, pathetic warlord wanna-be Erik "Blackwater/Xe/Whatever" Prince has further revealed himself to be a douchebag of the first water, & not merely because he's the brother of simply horrid SecEd Betsy "Amway" DeVos.

Nope, he's another one of those knocked-up-the-nanny-while-his-wife-was-dying-of-cancer types beside his other virtues.
A man who can't keep his household from spinning completely out of control sounds well prepared to lead a 21st century American version of the British East India Co. thieving resources in Afghanistan while he's also running Trumpy's private web of spies.
 Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals  —  BuzzFeed News is publishing the slide presentation by the founder of Blackwater to privatize the Afghan war and mine Afghanistan's valuable minerals.  He pitched the proposal to the Trump administration.
Enough of this already. Go ahead, turn the entire defense budget over to Erik Prince, & let him run foreign policy too, such as it'll be beyond "Nice little country you've got here, 'cept for all the swarthy non-Christians in it". The sooner these United Snakes dissolve, implode, explode or drown in their own filthy hypocrisy the better.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

G.O.P. 2017: Hatin' On America,
Lovin' Them Some Putin

What is wrong w/ sick fuck Roy Moore? Why doesn't he move his sorry (allegedly) teen-humping ass & his 14 or 15 yrs. younger wife to Russia if it's so gawddamn great? I hear it's a real fucking moral paradise, w/ the pee-hookers & the corruption & the oligarchs & the lawlessness & the murdered journalists & ...
60+ yrs. ago, in the Age of H.U.A.C. & "Tail Gunner Joe" McCarthy, such a statement would have resulted in foaming-at-the-mouth outrage & demands already disgraced Judge Moore be fired, hung from the nearest lamp post, etc. "Liberal" Hollywood would have blacklisted him & made a public display of burning all his old films. Now? Crickets. Where's the outrage, Republicans? Where's the fucking outrage?

Whole lotta evil going on, modern, musical & otherwise.

eartha kitt, "i want to be evil"

Blue Oyster Cult Rehearsal (w/ Patti Smith and Allen Lanier) - "Career of Evil"

One Yr. Later

MON 7 DEC 1942
Pacific
USMC SBDs (VMSB 132) from Henderson Field attack Japanese Reinforcement Unit (Captain Sato Torajiro), 12 ships strong, carrying reinforcements and supplies to Guadalcanal, damaging destroyers Nowaki and Arashi.

Cargo ship Alchiba (AK-23) is damaged by Japanese midget submarine Ha.38 (from submarine I-24) off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal (see 28 November).

Submarine Kingfish (SS-234) sinks Japanese transport No.3 Hino Maru west of the Bonins, 23°59'N, 138°43'E.

Atlantic
U.S. freighter James McKay, attempting to join convoy HX 217 in heavy seas east of Newfoundland, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-600 at 57°50'N, 23°10'W; although U-600 notes two boats clearing the ship's side containing survivors, none of the 48-man merchant complement or the 14-man Armed Guard are ever found.

Lifeboat from U.S. tanker Caddo capsizes twice; seven of the 13 occupants drown. Of the 17 men who originally occupied the boat, four have already perished at sea (see 8 December).

Throw 'Em Out Thursday: Time For Trump & Thomas To Resign Too

Just sayin': Follow Freedom Caucuser Trent Franks (Reactionary-The Arid Zone) & Sen. Al Franken (D.F.L.-Minnesota) right the fuck-tuck-tucking hell out the door, equally sickening duo of perverts!
Donald Trump levanta el pulgar en su caracerístico gesto ante de pronunciar su primer discurso como
presidente de EEUU. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
, via Público.
And speaking of pajama boys, why hasn't Mr. Taxpayer Money Payoff (below, right) resigned yet?
If only Blake's daughter had told him to stay home from the Pajama Jammy Jam.
We are told that the "M" on the right hand of the woman in the Santa hat on the left is to indicate her minority status
& preclude her being served alcohol. Really, this image alone should have been enough to disqualify Farenthold from anything but an interview w/ the sex crimes unit.

What, No Shutdown?
We Gotcher Shutdown(s)!

Throwback Thurs.: Totally 'phoning it in, from a pre-paid & untraceable mobile 'phone purchased at a convenience store.
Stop-gap & short-term ... excellent summation of the current contingency.
 Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House passes bill to avoid shutdown  —  The House on Thursday passed a two-week stopgap spending bill one day before a deadline to avoid a government shutdown.  —  House Republicans managed to pass the legislation mostly along party lines in the 235-193 vote, despite often coming short …
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Nature Selects

From the "No, really?" file:
 Jen Christensen / CNN:
Increase in accidental deaths follows spike in gun sales, study finds

Uncle(an) Meat

"Uncle Meat" [Demo Acetate 1967] Suite From Beat Club

Uncle Meat's first name is Stu.

Darby Crash, Dead For 37 Yrs. Now

No one here gets out alive ...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today's Scared Snowflake

What sissies these Republican weirdoes be. (Not the guy in the thumbnail on the video. He's the offended party.
Note also the woman in the electric blue suit covering her face.)Scared you'll like it, pajama boy?
Open Rebellion
Fitting neatly into the "Christ, what an asshole!" category.
A stunned Bradford could only try and laugh it off, but now, the state’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is calling on Pennsylvania House leadership to remove Metcalfe from the state’s civil rights committee, citing a history of discriminatory statements:
“Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident but part of a disturbing pattern of behavior,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “In light of this documented history of discriminatory statements, I urge House leadership to reexamine whether it is appropriate for Rep. Metcalfe to continue controlling the committee that oversees civil rights legislation.”
Most notably, Metcalfe cut openly gay state Rep. Brian Sims’ microphone when he tried to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. Metcalfe said that allowing Sims to continue “would have been an open rebellion against Almighty God and God’s word.”
Yet another Roy Moore-style, anti-First Amendment Republican theocrat. Has anyone checked his status at area malls, parks & day-cares?

Rescue At Sea

SUN 6 DEC 1942
Atlantic
British armed merchant cruiser HMS Alcantara rescues 18 survivors from freighter Jeremiah Wadsworth, sunk by German submarine U-178 on 27 November.

Au 'Voir, Johnny Hallyday:
Froggy Elvis Dead, Aged 74

Bad-ass w/ a 1,000-yd. stare: Johnny Hallyday, 2003. Photo by Frédéric Loridant/Wikimedia Commons
M. Hallyday moved to Los Angeles to avoid taxes & spent some of his time & money riding around on a motorcycle.Music maven Yastreblansky has a video.

The Grauniad's obit:
Hallyday’s detractors pointed to the derivative nature of his material: he faithfully copied almost every major rock star from the 1960s on, from Buddy Holly to Elvis Presley, the Who to the Stones, Hendrix to Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi to Prince. More than a quarter of all his recordings were French adaptations of English-language songs. Even his sternest critics, though, would concede that Hallyday was one of rock’s great showmen, almost certainly the only French performer capable not just of selling out, on three successive nights, the Stade de France, but of holding its 80,000-strong crowd rapt in the palm of his hand. His last great free concert, on Bastille Day 2009, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, drew a live audience of between 800,000 and 1 million people.
(Damn right I picked the most negative paragraph!)

And from the music biz bible:
taking a chance on a young act called The Jimi Hendrix Experience, whose first gig was opening for Hallyday in October 1966.
The critics weigh in:
 John Lichfield / The Guardian: 
The tragedy of Johnny Hallyday? He should have sung Piaf, not Presley
Discussion:
And so another part of this reporter's youth is gone; Johnny & Sylvie Vartan were the Liz & Dick of the French pop world during my days in Paris.

"It's the middle of the night ..."

"Sleeping In A Jar" [Demo Acetate 1967]

Biggest Non-Nuclear Bang!

General Interest

1917
At 9:05 a.m., in the harbor of Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the most devastating manmade explosion in the pre-atomic age occurs when the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes 20 minutes after colliding with another vessel.

[...]

The massive explosion killed more than 1,800 people, injured another 9,000–including blinding 200–and destroyed almost the entire north end of the city of Halifax, including more than 1,600 homes. The resulting shock wave shattered windows 50 miles away, and the sound of the explosion could be heard hundreds of miles away.

Disaster

1917
The explosion sent burning debris throughout Halifax. It also caused a large wave to form that pushed the ships at pier right up out of the harbor. A Canadian army officer stationed at Halifax described the result, “All that could be seen for a great circumference were burning buildings, great mounds of iron and brick in the streets and dead bodies.” A 2.5- mile radius was completely demolished and the explosion could be felt 125 miles away. The wave of water hit a Navy ammunition plant located near the shores, possibly saving it from the fire.

Most other places nearby were not so lucky: The railway station collapsed from the blast and crushed scores of people inside. About 100 more were killed in a sugar plant located near the water. Of the 500 students located in schools nearby, less than 10 survived. In all, the death toll was somewhere between 1,200 and 4,000, but no one knows for sure because so much of the city was completely obliterated. Many more might have died except for a snowstorm later that day that helped put out the flames. Still, 25,000 people were left homeless in the wake of the disaster.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Did You Know?

Little Richard, not only alive but 85 today.

New book w/ some Richard Penniman in it. Don't waste your money, listen to a broadcast.

From The "Why Bother?" Files

Executive Mansion Mouthpiece Sarah Huckabee "Sargeant Schultz" Sanders knows nothing, & wouldn't share it w/ the "fake news" if she did, so there!
 Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness  —  Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders rejected the notion that the White House frequently is untruthful.  “We believe the truth is fundamental and to suggest otherwise is outrageously insulting,” she said by email.
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"Blowing In The Wind" (March 1963)

"Eat That Question"