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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Better Late Than Never, But Never Better Late Dep't.
CNN:If Trump had ever intended to send the check he would have done it immediately. Now let's see if the check is received & then clears, considering the lying bastard's record of stiffing people to the point they have to sue him.Trump sends $25,000 check to fallen soldier's family on same day as Washington Post report — STORY HIGHLIGHTS — Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump sent a $25,000 personal check to the family of a fallen soldier the same day that The Washington Post reported that he had promised …Discussion:John Wagner / Washington Post: White House decries ‘politicized’ death of chief of staff's son — which Trump thrust into the spotlightSean Colarossi / Politicus USA: Trump Again Revealed As A Fraud After Breaking $25,000 Promise To Gold Star FatherWilliam Steakin / IJR: Trump Offered $25,000 of His Personal Money to Father of Fallen SoldierJosh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: He Shouldn't Be President — Another simply bizarre new thread …
Other land grabs: Puerto Rico, this date in 1898.
From HISTORY, for the illiterati:
If he starts to succeed at voting contrarily to what his handlers tell him maybe Senate Republicans will change their minds, but for now:
Must be why they call it the Grand OLD Party.
SUN 18 OCT 1942
Vice Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. relieves Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley as Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force, on board auxiliary Argonne (AG-31) at Nouméa, New Caledonia.
From our friends at HISTORY:Submarine Grampus (SS-207) torpedoes Japanese light cruiser Yura 07°47'S, 157°19'E, but her "fish" fails to explode.On this day in 1942, Vice. Adm. William F. Halsey replaces Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley as commander, South Pacific.
The man nicknamed “Bull” by the press began his military career as a destroyer commander during World War I. Halsey was made a captain at the age of 53, earned his naval aviator’s wings, and was promoted to vice admiral in 1940. But it was the bombing of Pearl Harbor that would mark out his future for him. Halsey’s task force was one of the few functioning battle groups left after the destruction of so much of the American fleet, placing him in the position of making the unpredictable and aggressive strategic decisions for which he would become renowned.
In 1942, he led surprise attacks on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands and supported the American reinforcement of troops on Samoa. It was his task force (a temporary organization of a fleet for a specific operation) that carried the 16 B-25 bombers for Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo in April 1942. By this time, Halsey’s reputation for being where the action was had made him arguably the most famous American admiral of the war. And so it is ironic that he missed two major Naval engagements: the Battle of the Coral Sea (his fleet was not strategically positioned to participate) and the Battle of Midway (a severe case of dermatitis put him out of commission).
But by October 1942, Halsey was back just in time to be appointed commander of South Pacific operations by Admiral Nimitz, who wanted Vice Admiral Ghormley replaced. (Ghormley had suffered several defeats militarily and severe cases of indecision and anxiety personally.) Brilliant work in the capture of the Solomon Islands and New Guineas led to Halsey’s promotion to full admiral. His career continued to strike awe in his admirers and terror in his enemies, as he succeeded in destroying the Japanese fleet in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944, and commanding U.S. forces in the operations that led to the capture of Okinawa and the surrender of the Japanese there.
Submarine Greenling (SS-213) sinks Japanese transport Hakonesan Maru close inshore off northeast coast of Honshu, 38°46'N, 142°03'E.
U.S. freighter Angelina, straggling from New York-bound convoy ON 137, is again torpedoed by German submarine U-618 at 49°39'N, 30°20'W, and abandoned; an "exceptionally heavy sea" claims 33 crewmen and 13 Armed Guards; British rescue ship Bury rescues six men (one of whom dies later) from a raft and three from a lifeboat. Only four merchant seamen and four Armed Guards thus survive the ship's loss.
U.S. freighter Steel Navigator, also straggling from convoy ON 137, takes on 40° list as her sand ballast shifts; Armed Guard volunteers shovel ballast for 30 hours without relief (reducing the list to 12°) until financial bonus offered by ship's master induces reluctant merchant sailors to lend a hand in the arduous work (see 19 October 1942).
I, however, will stay here long enough to piss on every one of your graves* while shouting "I told you so, idiots!"“Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline,” said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”
*As if there would be graves. There won't be enough of the livng to bury the dead.
Anthony Cuthbertson / Newsweek:One can only assume that Newsweek's readership has a higher proportion of butt-plug users than the average magazine; why else would they bother?
HACKED BUTT PLUG CAN BE CONTROLLED ‘FROM ANYWHERE’ — Researchers have discovered a serious security flaw with a Bluetooth-enabled butt plug that allows hackers to remotely take control of the vibrating sex toy. — Italian security researcher Giovanni Mellini published his findings …
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say — Throughout his presidential campaign and since, President Trump has made bold assertions about his charitable giving. But as the Washington Post has thoroughly documented, those boasts of philanthropy don't always stand up to scrutiny.
Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a call, but didn't follow through — President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.Discussion:Taegan Goddard / Political Wire: Trump Promised, Never Gave $25K to Soldier's FamilyPeter Jacobs / Business Insider: A grieving military father says Trump offered him $25,000 after his son was killed and didn't follow through
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
SAT 17 OCT 1942
Submarine Trigger (SS-237) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Holland Maru close inshore near the mouth of Bungo Suido, off Kyushu, 32°21'N, 132°04'E.
U.S. freighter Angelina, straggling from New York-bound convoy ON 137, is torpedoed by German submarine U-618 at 49°39'N, 30°20'W (see 18 October 1942).
U.S. freighter Winona torpedoed the day before by German submarine ;U-160, arrives at Port of Spain, Trinidad, under her own power.
@newtgingrich Happy to be rid of Wife Mk. III so you can start "auditioning" Wife Mk. IV, you sickening senile sack of adulterous crap?— M. Bouffant (@MBouffant) October 18, 2017
The Heritage Foundation has narrowed its search for a new president down to a shortlist of finalists, a group that includes Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Marc Short, a senior Trump White House official, according to three people familiar with the discussions.Crush those fascist bastards, Dodgers! Maybe even burn down Wrigley Field when the Cubs are toast.
Other crap that happened on this date:The Drifters top the U.S. pop charts on October 17, 1960, with "Save the Last Dance For Me."
While many famous pop groups saw changes in lineup over the course of their careers, none saw as many as the Drifters. From 1953 to 1956, the original lineup of the Drifters established themselves as R&B giants, scoring a #1 R&B hit with "Money Honey" (1953) and launching the solo career of the legendary Clyde McPhatter. When McPhatter left the group, he sold his 50-percent ownership stake in the Drifters' name and song copyrights to his sole partner, the group's manager, George Treadwell. And from that point forward, Treadwell ran the Drifters as a business in which the group's singers were paid a modest weekly salary but did not share in royalty earnings. This arrangement did little to encourage longevity among group members, but Treadwell's ear for talent kept the group relevant and successful for many years to come.
Following McPhatter's departure in 1956, Treadwell ran through six different lead singers in two years before firing the entire group in 1958 and starting over from scratch. Version 2.0 of the Drifters was a group centered around lead singer Benjamin Nelson and originally called the Five Crowns. With that group taking on the new name "the Drifters," and with Nelson changing his to Ben E. King, a new era of success for the group began. Placed in the hands of producer Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller by their label, Atlantic Records, these new Drifters scored immediate hits with "There Goes My Baby" (1959) and "This Magic Moment" (1960) followed by the song that topped the Billboard pop charts on this day in 1960, "Save The Last Dance For Me."
But this was not the last lineup of the Drifters to enjoy success. Following Ben. E. King's departure in 1960, group member Rudy Lewis took over lead singing duties on the hits "Up On The Roof" (1963) and "On Broadway" (1963), and following Lewis's death in 1964, Johnny Moore took over and scored yet another hit with "Under The Boardwalk" (1964).
Considering the group's track record, it was little wonder that voters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected the Drifters for induction in 1988 alongside the Beatles, the Supremes, the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. The thorny question was, "Which Drifters to induct?" From among more than 30 singers who had been Drifters up to that point in time, the Hall of Fame selected seven for induction, including all four of the aforementioned lead singers: Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore.
Does that answer the question?But there is one sense in which Trump is genuinely a man of the people — or, more precisely, of a certain subsegment of said people: Like millions of ordinary Americans, Donald Trump watches a lot of Fox News, but isn’t really interested in politics.
No occupant of the Oval Office has ever shared the average person’s disinterest in policy, parliamentary procedure, and the rudiments of American civics to the extent that Trump does. He is America’s first “low-information voter” president.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:Sounds good to me. Evil must be resisted by any means necessary. Think I'll call the local Scientology shithole (Plenty from which to choose here in Los Angeles.) right now & tell them there's a 💣bomb💣 in their building, & L. Ron Hubbard is still dead.Scientologists are urging advertisers to boycott A&E's Leah Remini show, claiming it's inciting acts of violence and threats against members of the church — Letters claim program has triggered harassment, threats of violence against church members; channel backs the show, which won an Emmy
Monday, October 16, 2017
When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”considering that his older brother is in the "antiques business".
Eighty-four and energetic, Fritsch met me for coffee this summer, along with her eldest son, Gregory, who is in the antiques business in the Columbus area.Other typical tidbits from the Republican life-style:
Sadistic assholery, intolerance & lack of nuance from mom & dad seems to be a significant factor in the lives of Republicans when they are young. Especially Republicans who are so confused they call their wives "Mother" & believe there is a Big Invisible Fairy watching them from somewhere in the sky.Edward, Jr., like his father, was a tough disciplinarian. Gregory recalled, “If you lied to him, you’d be taken upstairs, have a conversation, and then he’d whack you with a belt.” He expected his children to stand up whenever an adult entered the room. “He’d grab you if you didn’t,” Gregory said. At dinner, the kids were forbidden to speak. [O.K., this one is beyond me. What the hell? M.B.]
While Gregory was in college, he was sleeping late on a visit home when his father pulled the covers off him and told him to get up for church. “I said he couldn’t tell me what to do anymore, because he was only paying half my college tuition,” Gregory said. His father stopped paying his tuition altogether. “He was black and white,” Gregory said. “You were never confused where you stood. My brother’s a lot like him.”
Essentially, we have to Agnew Pence the fuck out of office before we execute impeachment on Trump.
As if everything isn't a lie.Loesch's notorious recent NRA ad referred to the organization as "freedom's safest place." But she doesn't claim to feel safe now. Loesch used to joke about people who stalked and threatened her. Now she's telling us her arsenal isn't sufficient.
The gun lobby's message is that guns will make you invincible in a dangerous world. Crime? Government tyranny? Say hello to my little friend!
But her arsenal isn't working against threats like this from anonymous randos. It certainly wouldn't be enough to fight off a well-armed government bent on tyranny. So the marketing of guns seems to be based on a lie.
Random sports question #3:Prof, if you don't know anything about the game just keep it to yourself. Here's the fucking deal: In baseball, the first- & third-base coaches are on the field & participate in the game at a much greater level than some N.B.A. coach in a fucking suit & tie screaming "Pass it!" from the bench. And pitching coaches & managers are allowed to visit the mound & consult w/ the pitcher. So in a sense they are "about to run onto the field of play and have at ‘em". Except the "having at 'em".
Why do baseball coaches and managers wear players’ uniforms as they coach? No other sport has 60 year old men dress like they’re about to run onto the field of play and have at ‘em. It’s fundamentally undignified.
In all the other major sports, a coach coming on the actual playing field/court is a technical violation & can result in penalties to the offender's team. No idea about hockey, but I'd guess not there either. (Plus slipping on the ice & hurting oneself.) Soccer pitches, I've no idea, but I can't see it being any different than real sports. Baseball being the exception to the other sports as far as managers/coaches on the gridiron/court/ice/pitch, now do you understand?
File this one under "Someone is wrong on the iNternet & I will not rest until his head is removed from his ass."
FRI 16 OCT 1942
Japanese surface force (Rear Admiral Omori Sentaro), with heavy cruisers Maya and Myoko, and Rear Admiral Tanaka Raizo, with light cruiser Isuzu and seven destroyers, shells Henderson Field.
TF 17, formed around carrier Hornet (CV-8) (Rear Admiral George D. Murray), strikes Japanese troops on Guadalcanal, and seaplane base at Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel, Solomons.
Seaplane tender (destroyer) McFarland (AVD-14) is damaged by Japanese dive bombers, Lunga Roads, Guadalcanal, 09°24'S, 160°02'E.
After attacks by PBYs fail, USAAF B-26s (11th Air Force) sink Japanese destroyer Oboro about 20 miles northeast of Sirius Point, Kiska, 52°17'N, 178°08'E, and damage destroyer Hatsuharu.
Submarine Thresher (SS-200) mines the approaches to Bangkok, Thailand, in the first U.S. Navy submarine mine plant of World War II.
U.S. freighter Winona in convoy bound for Rio de Janeiro, is torpedoed by German submarine U-160 at 11°00'N, 61°10'W; and veers out of line, grazing the stern of steamship Austvangen. One merchant seaman and two Armed Guard sailors suffer injuries in the attack, but there are no fatalities among the 42-man crew or 15-man Armed Guard (see 17 October 1942).
[Hither, via yon.]
|Thinkers in blue, dumb crackers in red.|
Also: This reporter lived in Houston for about six yrs. in 1970-71.
Fuck their flooded asses.
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:Yes, this has worked so well every time it's been tried since prior demented idiot moron Reagan started the lie. It's why your wages are so much higher now than in the 1980s, when this bullshit was first tried.White House paper: Corporate tax cut would boost wages — The White House on Monday is rolling out a paper arguing that the GOP's plan to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent would “very conservatively” increase average household income by $4,000 per year.Discussion:Matthew Yglesias / Vox: Trump says a big corporate tax cut will boost average incomes by $4,000 a yearShannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg: White House Says Corporate Tax Cut Would Boost Wages $4,000
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship. Now she's running for Congress. — WASHINGTON — Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle. — A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's been aboard a spaceship too.Discussion:
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post: She claimed tall, blond aliens kidnapped her as a child. Now she's running for Congress.Brad Reed / Raw Story: GOP candidate claims her lifelong conversations with UFO aliens have revealed ancient secrets
Listen to this disturbed man talk like a gangster and pride himself on the carnage and calls for emergency measures he's created. pic.twitter.com/CIzNTpyDnv— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
THU 15 OCT 1942
Submarine Base, Fremantle-Perth, Australia, is established.
Patrol Wing 14 (Captain William M. McDade) is established at San Diego, California, for operations in Western Sea Frontier.
Heavy cruiser Portland (CA-33) bombards Japanese shipping and installations at Tarawa, Gilberts.
Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai and Kinugasa (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) bombard Henderson Field, covering the movement of six destroyers and eleven transports to Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal. Planes from Henderson Field, including USMC and Navy SBDs (VMSB 141, VB 6, other unidentified units), USAAF B-17s and P-39/P-400s, Navy F4Fs (VF 5), and USMC PBY (personal "flag" plane of Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing), conduct a succession of attacks upon Japanese supply convoy off Tassafaronga undamaged by VS 3's strike the previous day. USAAF B-17s damage transport Azumasan Maru which, along with merchant cargo ship Kyushu Maru, is run aground, where uncontrollable fires destroy both ships. Air attacks also sink Sasago Maru and damage destroyer Samidare.
Off San Cristobal, Solomons, destroyer Meredith (DD-434) takes on board the crew of tug Vireo (AT-144) at approach of planes from Japanese carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku. Before Meredith can scuttle the tug with a torpedo to prevent her from falling into enemy hands, however, the destroyer is overwhelmed and sunk in the ensuing air attack, by bombs and aerial torpedoes; Vireo and her tow (a gasoline barge), though, having been abandoned, drift off, untouched by the enemy. Some Meredith survivors reach safety on board the tug (see 21 October 1942).
Submarine Skipjack (SS-184) engages Japanese auxiliary Kifuku Maru at 04°36'N, 146°59'E. Skipjack's torpedoes miss; Kifuku Maru returns fire with her guns and escapes into a rain squall.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
hit the top of the charts for the first time.
Bonus: Hideous Ed Sullivan Show arrangement.70 yrs. ago, the speed of sound was exceeded.Harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the three- and four-part harmonies of doo-wop, derived from black gospel and blues traditions, would never have given us Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles or the Byrds. To get those groups, you first had to have the Everly Brothers, whose ringing, close-harmony style introduced a whole new sound into the rock-and-roll vocabulary: the sound of Appalachia set to hard-driving acoustic guitars and a subtle backbeat rhythm. One of the most important and influential groups in the history of rock and roll, the Everly Brothers burst onto the music scene in 1957 with their first big hit, "Bye Bye Love," which was quickly followed with their first #1 song, "Wake Up Little Susie," which topped the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1957.
94-year-old Chuck Yeager is being honored at the Dodgers game. Chuck Flippin Yeager. pic.twitter.com/OXADRaLcOH— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) October 15, 2017
Two fucking words, would-be assassins: HEAD SHOT!!Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Theodore Roosevelt, the presidential candidate for the Progressive Party, is shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel. Schrank’s .32-caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt’s heart, failed to mortally wound the former president because its force was slowed by a glasses case and a bundle of manuscript in the breast pocket of Roosevelt’s heavy coat–a manuscript containing Roosevelt’s evening speech. Schrank was immediately detained and reportedly offered as his motive that “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”
Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.
Despite his vigorous campaign, Roosevelt, who served as the 26th U.S. president from 1901 to 1909, was defeated by Democrat Woodrow Wilson in November. Shrank was deemed insane and committed to a mental hospital, where he died in 1943.
951 yrs. ago, the Battle of Hastings was fought, beginning the long (& not yet finished) struggle to civilize the Brits.
Pix, moving, for the uncivilized & illiterate.And for the functionally literate, from the barely literate.
WED 14 OCT 1942
Motor torpedo boats PT-60, PT-38, PT-46, and PT-48 (Lieutenant Commander Alan R. Montgomery) engage Japanese surface force (Rear Admiral Kurita Takeo) comprising battleships Haruna and Kongo, light cruiser Isuzu, and seven destroyers bombarding Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Destroyer Naganami turns back the motor torpedo boats; Japanese bombardment destroys 48 of 90 planes at the field, putting the facility temporarily out of action. PT-60 is damaged by grounding on coral reef off Guadalcanal.
SBDs (Guadalcanal-based VS 3) attack six-ship Japanese convoy escorted by eight destroyers heading southward toward Guadalcanal between Santa Isabel and Florida Islands, 08°50'S, 160°00'E, but inflict no damage.
Japanese submarine I-7 shells Espiritu Santo.
Submarine Finback (SS-230), attacking Japanese convoy, sinks army transport Teison Maru about 20 miles off Tansui harbor, on northwest tip of Formosa, 25°20'N, 121°25'E.
Submarine Greenling (SS-213) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Takusei Maru six miles off Todo Zaki, off northeast coast of Honshu, 39°33'N, 142°15'E.
Submarine Grampus (SS-207) lands Australian coastwatchers on coast of Vella Lavella (see 19 October 1942).
Submarine Sculpin (SS-191) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Sumiyoshi Maru 75 miles southwest of Kavieng, New Ireland, 03°51'S, 151°21'E.
Submarine Skipjack (SS-184) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Shunko Maru about 450 miles west-southwest of Truk, 05°35'N, 144°25'E.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Roy Moore Poetically Asks
‘How Much Longer Will It Be
Before His Judgment Comes?’
Johnnie Clarke - "None Shall Escape The Judgement" b/w "This A The Best Version"
Eat shit & die, theocratic fuckstick. If you hate this country so much, get the hell out before Jah Ras Tafari comes in judgement!