Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sunday, February 18, 2018
THU 18 FEB 1943
TG 8.6 (Rear Admiral Charles H. McMorris), consisting of light cruiser Richmond (CL 9), heavy cruiser Indianapolis (CA 35), and four destroyers, bombards Japanese installations at Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbor, Attu, Aleutians.
Heavy cruiser HMAS Australia and three U.S. destroyers of TF 44.3 operate south of Australia to cover passage of five-ship convoy transporting the 30,000 troops of the 9th Australian Division to Sydney.
Submarine Grampus (SS-207) damages Japanese transport Keiyo Maru, 05°04'S, 152°18'E.
German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe 28) arrives at Singapore; the next day she turns over to the Japanese the merchant and Armed Guard sailors she had captured when she sank U.S. freighter Sawokla on 29 November 1942.
Sick Burn Of The
You are such a psychopath that you have to make even the death of 17 children about you. America will regret the day you were ever born. https://t.co/5jyhVXRSRn— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 18, 2018
Bruce Riley Ashford / Fox News:Swift Answer To Silly Questions: YES! Delusional mental illness, waste of time, & a sheen of bullshit atop idiotic & unpopular political positions.
Mike Pence, Tim Tebow, Tony Dungy have all been ‘Christian Shamed.’ This ugly form of bigotry must stop — Is believing in God a sign of mental illness? Is praying a silly exercise in make-believe - just a big waste of time and a delusional activity? — I certainly don't think so, nor do most Americans.
And just shut up, you whining victims. You should be ashamed.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
WED 17 FEB 1943
Submarine Sawfish (SS-276) accidentally sinks Soviet cargo ship Ilmen off east coast of Kyushu, 30°56'N, 135°30'E.
Moroccan Sea Frontier (Rear Admiral John L. Hall) is established.
U.S. freighter Deer Lodge, torpedoed by German submarine U-607 about 60 miles east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the previous day, sinks at 33°46'S, 26°57'E. Two merchant seamen are lost with the ship, but the survivors (37 civilians and an 18-man Armed Guard) are rescued by South African minesweeper Africana (13 men) and British trawler Havorn (32 men) (see 20 February).
See something, say something ... & then be ignored by the bureaucratic assholes in law enforcement. American "society" & culture is a pathetic gawddamn joke. Why aren't you all laughing?— M. Bouffant (@MBouffant) February 17, 2018
A 2.9 quake hit around 2:20 a.m and a second tremor measuring 1 struck a few minutes later.Mainstream media version:
We're overdue for our 20-yr. not-The-Big-One-but-big-enough event.
Don't you wish you lived somewhere interesting?
Friday, February 16, 2018
TUE 16 FEB 1943Just a couple of months prior aboard the Triton.
Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) sinks Japanese stores ship Hyuga Maru 24 miles off Pagan, Marianas, 18°30'N, 145°57'E.
Submarine Triton (SS-201) departs Brisbane for her sixth war patrol. She will never be seen again (see 6 March).
Fleet Air Wing 16 (Captain Rossmore D. Lyon) is established at Norfolk, Virginia.
U.S. freighter Deer Lodge is torpedoed by German submarine U-607 about 60 miles east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and abandoned (see 17 and 20 February).
A GOURMET APPROACH TO FRIES
What new horror have hipsters or whoever brought us?
And what kind of neighborhood am I in that a glossy 5.5" by 10.5" card advertising this madness was in today's mail?
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:S'pose I should have realized no such organization would volunteer such info, especially not to the J.D.L.
How white nationalists fooled the media about Florida shooterDiscussion:Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times: A Familiar Editorial Split After Parkland Shooting, but Not EverywhereAmanda Prestigiacomo / Daily Wire: Dubious Report That Florida Shooter Was White Supremacist Apparently Started With 4Chan PrankMary Chastain / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion: Looks like ADL and media were duped by publicity-seeking group leader.Holmes Lybrand / Weekly Standard: Fact Check: Did Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Train with a White-Supremacist Group?
However, there's no question the shooter wore one of those idiotic MAGAt hats, so I'm pretty much off the hook.
Not that I'm responsible to anyone, or ever gave a shit.
Barely going through the motions at this stage.
Fuck The Poor, Part The Whatever
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:Previously in the war on everybody who isn't a millionaire:
After Trump clears the way, GOP states move to charge poor for health care
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After approving Medicaid work requirements, Trump's HHS aims for lifetime coverage limits — WASHINGTON — After allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, the Trump administration is now pondering lifetime limits on adults' access to coverage.Discussion:Joan McCarter / Daily Kos: Trump administration ponders next Medicaid move: Attacking disabled AmericansAddy Baird / ThinkProgress: Trump administration to allow lifetime limits on Medicaid, coverage for thousands at risk
Thursday, February 15, 2018
|Weapon of choice: AR-15 rifles at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania.|
Lawrence Bonk / Mediaite:He's right. Urbane sophisticates vs. the hicks.Tucker Carlson Calls Fight For Gun Control ‘Class War’ and Says the ‘Left Hates Rural America’ — Tucker Carlson used his monologue tonight to rail against increased calls for gun control in the wake of the Florida high school mass shooting, ending by accusing gun control advocates of trying to start a “class war.”
Speaking of Tuck's former dump (We s'pose Swanson, Jr.'s still collecting money from the investors he rooked for it.) are you a "thoughts & prayers hater"?
I didn't know such a being existed, but it turns out I are one too!
Thoughts And Prayers Haters Turn Out In Droves On Ash Wednesday Minutes After School Shooting
And pardon me, Mr. Daily Caller Religion Reporter, but if it being Ass Weds. is such a big deal when the "haters" note the rancid emptiness & futility of "thoughts & prayers", why'd your non-existent Gawd allow mass murder to happen on such a "holy" day in the first fucking place?
Sweet Blood of Jesus, we should start calling it the Ash Wednesday Massacre, in recognition of all the good praying has brought us.
MON 15 FEB 1943
Joint air command designated Aircraft, Solomons (Rear Admiral Charles P. Mason) is established with headquarters at Guadalcanal.
Submarine Gato (SS-212) sinks Japanese stores ship Suruga Maru in Bougainville Strait, 06°27'S, 156°02'E.
Submarine Pickerel (SS-177) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking cargo vessel Tateyama Maru off the east coast of Honshu, 39°18'S, 142°08'E.
USAAF aircraft sink Japanese cargo ship Kokoku Maru in the Bismarck Sea, 05°32'S, 150°09'E.
U.S. tanker Atlantic Sun, straggling from convoy ON 165, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-607, 150 miles off Cape Race, 51°00'N, 41°00'W; other than one deckhand rescued by U-607, all hands (45 merchant sailors, a 19-man Armed Guard and one passenger) perish with the ship.
Or, in the case of vampire wanna-be Peter Thiel, who has just made himself much more accessible, wooden stakes.
Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel relocating businesses, self to LA
[Jah Lyrics]Unno old vampire/You don't like to see youths prosper/Only like to see youths suffer/
Unno set up vampire
Unno old vampire/Only trod upon creation/With your bloody meditation/Unno set up vampire
Gonna fight against upfullness/Gonna fight against creation/Gonna fight against everything/Good for the younger generation
Unno old vampire/Do unno wickedness at midnight/And unno humble when it's daylight/Unno set up (vampire)
Unno old vampire/Only like to see blood running/But sure you know it's fire burning/Unno set up vampire
I wanna fight against upfullness/Fight against creation/You fight against everything/Good for the younger generation
Unno old vampire/Only trod upon creation/Sucking the blood of the nation/Unno set up vampire
Unno old vampire/Unno drink up the old wine/Have no place for the new wine/Unno set up vampire
Gonna fight against morality/You fight against integrity/Fight against everything/Good for the younger generation
Unno old vampire/Only trod on creation/With your bloody meditation/Unno set up vampire
Unno old vampires/Do unno wickedness at midnight/And unno humble when it's daylight/Unno set up vampire/Unno old!
Unno old vampires/Unno grieve their [??]/Unno fire burial/Unno inequity worker/Unno vampire
Do unno wickedness every night/Unno humble when daylight/Unno old ...
Does this surprise anyone?Anti-Defamation League:
Florida White Supremacist Group Admits Ties to Alleged Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz — A spokesperson for the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday, February 15, that Nikolas Cruz, the man charged with the previous day's deadly shooting spree …Discussion:
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast: Nikolas Cruz Trained With Florida White-Supremacist Group, Leader SaysTravis Gettys / Raw Story: Florida gunman trained with white supremacist militia group before school shootingMegan Cerullo / AOL: School shooter has ties to white supremacist group in FloridaThe Daily Beast:
Nikolas Cruz Trained With White Supremacists, Group Claims — Hate group says the accused Florida school shooter did paramilitary exercises and got a rifle from members. Ex-students say he wore a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat in school.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
St. Valentine's Day On The High Seas, 75 Yrs. Ago
SUN 14 FEB 1943
Submarine Amberjack (SS-219) is probably sunk by Japanese naval aircraft (958th Kokutai), torpedo boat Hiyodori and submarine chaser Ch 18 off Cape St. George, New Britain, 05°05'S, 152°37'E.
[Hell of a Valentine there. Hell of a Sunday.]
Submarine Runner (SS-275) unsuccessfully attacks Japanese cargo vessel Tokyo Maru north of Biak, New Guinea, 07°31'N, 134°21'E.
Submarine Thresher (SS-200) damages Japanese submarine I-62 off the Lesser Sundas, 06°05'S, 105°47'E.
Submarine Trout (SS-202) sinks Japanese gunboat Hirotama Maru at south entrance to Makassar Strait, 04°11'S, 117°45'E. Return fire from the enemy warship in the last phases of the action fought on the surface wounds seven sailors.
PB4Ys (VB 101) strafe and damage ammunition ship Hitachi Maru off Buin, Bougainville, 06°48'S, 155°50'E; USAAF B-17s bomb shipping at Buin as well, completing the destruction of Hitachi Maru.
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:I am hard-pressed to determine what unknown "details" could make "pushing gun control" wrong or premature, but it's really the old "there's been a tragedy, it's too soon to discuss or 'politicize' it, blah blah blah" that we hear from the gun goobers after every Second Amendment spree.
Florida School Shooting Suspect Nick Cruz Was ‘Creepy and Weird,’ Survivor Says
Also: Stop hating the "creepy & weird", jerks. Not completely sure what all that means, but I think I am one.
(Psychological insight to self: The only reason I haven't shot up every place where I had to be but didn't want to be must be that I couldn't possibly have cared less about being accepted by the other prisoners in all those hellholes. And the only real inspiration in my salad days was the yeoman work of Charles Whitman. [By the time of Charles Manson & the finale of If ... I'd dropped out of school & was mostly where I wanted to be. Didn't even hear about Charlie Starkweather until the '70s.] A little much for a teenage monster to take on, even one w/ the same [legal] first name as those three American icons.)
"The Price Of Freedom"
🖤Happy Valentine's Day, you sick fucking enablers.🖤 And Gawd Damn America!
Fucking sheep, all of them.That change would also impact thousands of military families who monthly receive the SNAP benefit across the U.S.
Although Pentagon officials have not yet commented on the proposed cut, in the past they noted that such cuts would hit troops hard, and that they would look to mitigate any impact on families were the cuts to be approved by Congress.
The number of active-duty military households who use food stamps is notoriously difficult to track, in part because the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program, and the Pentagon have not in the past shared data on the subject, according to 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
That report found that about 23,000 active-duty troops used food stamps in 2013, the most recent year for which such data were available.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:POLITICO:
This is why Kushner's gargantuan debt matters… Politico reports: … (As an aside, who carries that much credit-card debt? Are the Kushners' liquid assets so low that their lifestyle has to be paid for by borrowing at presumably outrageous rates?) — Kushner's financial problems relating …Discussion:
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill: Kushner has added millions in debt since joining White House
The changes take Kushner and Trump’s reported debts to a range of approximately $31 million to $155 million from the previously reported range of between about $19 million and $98 million.
Hedda Hopper’s first column appears in the L.A. TimesOn this day in 1938, the former silent film actress Hedda Hopper pens the first installment of what would become her tremendously influential gossip column in the Los Angeles Times.
Born Elda Furry in 1890, she was the fifth of nine children of Quaker parents living in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. She left school after the eighth grade and worked as a chorus girl on Broadway, where she met her future husband, actor DeWolf Hopper. Elda was Hopper’s fifth wife; his four previous wives had been named Ella, Nella, Ida and Edna. After her husband reportedly called her by the wrong name, Elda decided to change her own name to Hedda Hopper, a change she maintained even after the couple’s divorce in 1922.
Hedda appeared in MGM’s first production, Virtuous Wives, in 1915 and went on to act in more than 100 films over the next two decades. In 1936, several years after an unsuccessful bid for the Los Angeles City Council, Hopper parlayed her knowledge of the movie industry and Hollywood society into a radio show. A syndicate later offered to carry a print column that would compete with that of Hearst’s resident gossipmonger, Louella Parsons. The result, dubbed “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood,” debuted in February 1938, kicking off a juicy 28-year run. In 1939, the column turned into a radio program.
The 1940s and 1950s were a golden age for Hollywood gossip columnists, and Hopper and Parsons (who famously carried on a bitter decade-long feud) received sizeable salaries–Hopper’s was estimated at close to $200,000–and tons of gifts from studios hoping for favorable coverage of their movies and actors. In one telling statement, Hopper referred to her own lavish home as “the house that fear built.” In addition to her titillating coverage of Hollywood’s latest pregnancy or breakup, Hopper was famous for her fashion sense, most notably her flamboyant hats. She also became increasingly political over the years, voicing her conservative opinions, praising Republican candidates such as Barry Goldwater and attacking the actor Charles Chaplin for his leftist views.
Over the years, Hopper occasionally played herself in episodes of TV sitcoms spoofing her power. In an episode of I Love Lucy, Lucy and Desi stage publicity stunts to get into Hopper’s column; on The Beverly Hillbillies, Hopper posts bail for Jed and Jethro after an incident at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. In 1960, Hopper appeared in her own TV special, Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood.
Also: Mother of actor William Hopper, best (if at all) known to the ignorant masses as "Paul Drake" on Perry Mason.She published a book called The Whole Truth and Nothing But! in 1962. Hopper died in 1966; two decades later, her fierce rivalry with Parsons was adapted for the big-screen in Malice in Wonderland, starring Jane Alexander as Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Parsons.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Jim Dalrymple II / BuzzFeed:Mormonism, the "American" (& Republican) religion. Patriarchal, sexist & racist from the beginning, like the country in which it was made from whole cloth.
In The Wake Of Rob Porter Allegations, Mormon Women Say Church Leaders Encouraged Them To Stay With Their Abusers — Nearly two dozen women told BuzzFeed News they went to Mormon church leaders after suffering abuse at home and were counseled to remain in their relationships.Discussion:Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story: ‘He pushed me down and assaulted me’: Mormon wives reveal abuse as church elders counsel silence to save marriagesLauren Evans / Jezebel: Like Porter's Ex-Wives, Many Mormons Are Encouraged to Stay With Their Abusive Partners
Next time I see a pair of their lying missionaries on bicycles, they're going down.
WBNS-TV:"I'm scared, kill it!!" What a pathetic pansy & sissified snowflake.
Gigantic “Pigzilla” caught rummaging through dumpster — An enormous wild boar was caught on camera rifling through a garbage dumpster outside a school in Hong Kong. Video of the encounter posted on Facebook has gone viral, with thousands of shares and comments.Discussion:
Morally, ethically & politically wrong wrong wrong!!!New York Times:Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say — JERUSALEM — The Israeli police recommended on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, casting a pall over the future of a tenacious leader who has become almost synonymous with his country.RELATED:Haaretz:
To really understand Israeli politics and the Netanyahu cases - subscribe to HaaretzDiscussion:Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast: Israeli Police Recommend Benjamin Netanyahu Be Indicted for CorruptionJosef Federman / Associated Press: Reports: Police recommend indictments of NetanyahuUdi Shaham / Jerusalem Post: POLICE TO SUBMIT RECOMMENDATIONS ON CHARGING NETANYAHU FOR CORRUPTION TONIGHTAlayna Treene / Axios: Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be indicted on bribery chargesThe Right Scoop: BREAKING: Israeli police to recommend indicting Netanyahu on bribery... [UPDATE: NETANYAHU RESPONDS]
Monday, February 12, 2018
Andy Ternay:Whoa, check out tough guy John Wellington up there. "Nyah nyah nyah!"
Adventuresome morning today! Mary Ann and I went to First Watch …
Discussion:John Wellington / The Daily Caller: Guy Who Wears ‘FUCK TRUMP’ T-Shirt To Restaurant - Got What He Had ComingBrad Reed / Raw Story: Texas man gives perfect response when restaurant asks him to leave over ‘Fuck Trump’ shirt