Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Long Shall The Wicked
Reign Over My People?

"Who's Sorry Now?"
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, February 18, 2018

Aleutian Action

THU 18 FEB 1943
Pacific
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.

I S'pect America Already Regrets

Sick Burn Of The DayMonth:

Soon enough Trump will regret the day he was born, & punishment is what really matters here.

Crucified On A Cross Of Shame

 Bruce Riley Ashford / Fox News:
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.
Swift Answer To Silly Questions: YES! Delusional mental illness, waste of time, & a sheen of bullshit atop idiotic & unpopular political positions.

And just shut up, you whining victims. You should be ashamed.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Whooops! Sorry, Soviets.

WED 17 FEB 1943
Pacific
Submarine Sawfish (SS-276) accidentally sinks Soviet cargo ship Ilmen off east coast of Kyushu, 30°56'N, 135°30'E.

Atlantic/Mediterranean
Moroccan Sea Frontier (Rear Admiral John L. Hall) is established.

Indian Ocean
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).

Bouffant Tweets!

I Felt It (Barely)!

More like heard it, but I knew what it was. Did not feel the aftershocks.
A 2.9 quake hit around 2:20 a.m and a second tremor measuring 1 struck a few minutes later.
Mainstream media version:
A magnitude 2.9 earthquake was reported in the Echo Park area early Saturday morning.

The quake occurred at 2:16 a.m. and was felt across parts of central Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was centered just east of the 2 Freeway near the intersection of Lake Shore Avenue and Ewing Street.

No damage was reported.
We're overdue for our 20-yr. not-The-Big-One-but-big-enough event.

Don't you wish you lived somewhere interesting?

American Bandstand

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Shot The Sheriff"

Friday, February 16, 2018

Triton (SS-201) Off To Eternal Patrol

TUE 16 FEB 1943
Pacific
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).
Just a couple of months prior aboard the Triton.
Atlantic
Fleet Air Wing 16 (Captain Rossmore D. Lyon) is established at Norfolk, Virginia.

Indian Ocean
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).

Fri. Madness?

No, Fry Madness.

A GOURMET APPROACH TO FRIES

Elevating french fries to new levels. The side just became the main dish.
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?

Double Chumpery

I blame only anyone but myself for stealing the suggestion that Florida Shooter was somehow aligned or trained w/ would-be Nazis.
 Shawn Musgrave / Politico: 
How white nationalists fooled the media about Florida shooter
S'pose I should have realized no such organization would volunteer such info, especially not to the J.D.L.
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.

Today In Class Warfare

Fuck The Poor, Part The Whatever

 Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
After Trump clears the way, GOP states move to charge poor for health care
Previously in the war on everybody who isn't a millionaire:
  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.

Now Can We Nuke Moscow?

Just asking. Or suggesting. Or wishing. And hoping.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tucker Carlson Calls It Class War

Weapon of choice: AR-15 rifles at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
Joshua Roberts/Reuters
Hey, here's Tucker Carlson, phony champion of rural white peopletrash. As if the once bow-tied, now merely simpering pajama boy personified has ever spent five minutes anywhere rural, worked w/ his hands, or done anything at all but sit in studios & offices using the family fortune to amplify his lying &/or whining about everything he could find to lie &/or whine about.
 Lawrence Bonk / Mediaite:
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.”
He's right. Urbane sophisticates vs. the hicks.
The Dils - "Class War"
After further analysis, sadly, no! Tucker's wrong again; it's more geographical/cultural war. (My mistake, & now I've wasted an eternity typing & assembling this crap because the words "Class War!" always get me hot. Welp, nagonna leave this'n in "Draft".)

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"?

Thoughts And Prayers Haters Turn Out In Droves On Ash Wednesday Minutes After School Shooting

I didn't know such a being existed, but it turns out I are one too!

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.

This Date In Military Bureaucracy

MON 15 FEB 1943
Pacific
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.

Atlantic
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.

Thursday Target Acquisition

When the safety net has been destroyed to the satisfaction of the Republican party & this reporter is back on the streets (assuming/hoping that his Social Security has not been reduced or taken away, & that inflation doesn't continue shrinking the dollar) he'll have the money he was wasting on rent & cable telebision & iNternet service to blow on whatever nihilistic stuff he wants, from heroin to guns & ammo, to name but two categories. (Is there poison gas available on the "dark web", or must I mix it myself?)

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

Peter Tosh - "Vampire" (Studio Demo)

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 ...
[Jah Lyrics]

American Carnage

Too soon to "politicize"?
Again, this was not a teenager secretly stewing and tricking everyone into thinking he was not a violent threat. Cruz made it abundantly clear that he wanted to harm people and that he was obsessed with getting the weapons to do so.

Yet nothing in Florida's gun laws — which have been loosened by decades of NRA-funded Republican control to the point they barely exist — would prevent him not only from buying guns but also from buying the most deadly military-style weapons available on the market.

Gov. Rick Scott's avowed position on preventing mass shootings is to pray about them. Sen. Marco Rubio is a gun-lobby gremlin. Attorney General Pam Bondi will promise to pay for funerals but not to stop killings. And President Donald Trump revoked an executive order mandating tighter background checks for the mentally ill before they can buy weapons.

So Nikolas Cruz, who was not allowed to carry a backpack to class, could legally walk into any gun shop in Florida and walk out with the firepower to do what everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High had feared for years that he might do.
 The 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.
Does this surprise anyone?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hobo Ride #3

Forget your nine-to-five misery & murder; take a "hobo ride" & zone or zen out.From American Master John Ford's Fresno Series. Really.

U.S.S. Amberjack "Probably" Sunk

St. Valentine's Day On The High Seas, 75 Yrs. Ago

SUN 14 FEB 1943
Pacific
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.

Details ...

 Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
Florida School Shooting Suspect Nick Cruz Was ‘Creepy and Weird,’ Survivor Says
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.

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.)

Chickens Come Home To Roost

"The Price Of Freedom"

And again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again & again. Fuck everything to hell. I'm well beyond caring, sympathy, empathy or any humanoid feeling.

🖤Happy Valentine's Day, you sick fucking enablers.🖤 And Gawd Damn America!

Support Our Troops! (Not!)

Would you fight for a nation that doesn't pay you a living wage for murder? How stupid are "the troops"?
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.
Fucking sheep, all of them.

Can't Balance Their Own Budget

Today in Trumpery:
 Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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 …
POLITICO:
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.

Don't Ever Change, America: Valentine's Day Massacre II

Looking for a white male, of all people!

Also: No body count yet?

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood Horseshit

80 yrs. ago in fake news.

Hollywood

1938

Hedda Hopper’s first column appears in the L.A. Times

On 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.
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.
Also: Mother of actor William Hopper, best (if at all) known to the ignorant masses as "Paul Drake" on Perry Mason.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

When Did You Stop Beating
Your Wives?

 Jim Dalrymple II / BuzzFeed:
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.
Mormonism, the "American" (& Republican) religion. Patriarchal, sexist & racist from the beginning, like the country in which it was made from whole cloth.

Next time I see a pair of their lying missionaries on bicycles, they're going down.

Sorry, Nothing Today

SAT 13 FEB 1943
Fri. the 13th a day late.

Something tomorrow for sure.

Right-Wing Reaction

Nothing makes the fear & paranoia of these pants-pissing cowards clearer than this:
 WBNS-TV:
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.
"I'm scared, kill it!!" What a pathetic pansy & sissified snowflake.

Compare & Contrast: Lumpy & Bibi

Say, here's another dog-bites-man story: Right-wing reactionary leaders are just as crooked, corrupt & greedy on the other side of this world of shit & pain as they are in these United Snakes.
 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.
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Morally, ethically & politically wrong wrong wrong!!!