Thursday, August 22, 2019

Only The Best People, Part Yada

Liar cheat thief drunk. A perfect fit.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Stephanie Grisham's Turbulent Ascent to a Top White House Role  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham doled out fast food and tracked lost gear as a press wrangler on President Trump's 2016 campaign, far from the in-crowd flying on the gold-plated Trump jet.  An early and hard-working convert …
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Behind Stephanie Grisham's Turbulent Ascent  —  The New York Times profiles
Stephanie Grisham, who “occupies one of the most prestigious roles in American politics, as White House press secretary
and communications director for both the president and the first lady.”

“Her career history contains red flags that most administrations might deem troubling. They include losing a private-sector job
after being accused of cheating on expense reports, a later job loss over plagiarism charges and two arrests for driving under
the influence, the second while working on Mr. Trump’s campaign.”
Walter Einenkel / Daily Kos:   The new press secretary who doesn't hold press briefings has a history filled with ‘red flags’
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:   NYT: Trump's New Press Secretary Has Two DUI Arrests and Lost Two Jobs For Cheating on Expenses and Plagiarism
Jake Thomas / The Intellectualist:   Trump's New WH Press Secretary Has Arrest Record, Shady Employment History

Sixties Slideshows

Sorry, these look like '70s vehicles.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tribal War Planet

The Kashmir Crisis Spotlights What A Civilizational World Looks Like

In dealing with recent conflicts, US President Donald J. Trump, Israeli and Indian prime ministers Benyamin Netanyahu and Narendra Modi and Arab and Muslim leaders have put flesh on the skeleton of a new world order that enables civilizational leaders to violate with impunity international law.

It also allows them to cast aside diplomacy and the notion of a nation-state as the world has known it since the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia and ignore national, ethnic, minority, religious and human rights.
I simply cannot wait until you stupid jerks have blown your shithole planet into tiny pieces.
[The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, via Lobe Log.]

Also: Earlier theorizing on the subject.

"Armenian Prisoners"?

MON 21 AUG 1944
Off Mindoro, submarines Guitarro (SS-363), Haddo (SS-255), Harder (SS-257) and Ray (SS-271) carry out series of attacks on Japanese convoy: Guitarro sinks merchant cargo ship Uga Maru, 13°21'N, 120°18'E; Haddo sinks merchant cargo ships Kinryu Maru and Norfolk Maru and damages merchant tanker Taiei Maru, 13°22'N, 120°19'E; and Ray sinks Japanese merchant tanker Taketoyo Maru 13°23'N, 120°19'E.

Submarine Muskallunge (SS-262) attacks Japanese Manila-to-Singapore convoy, sinking Japanese army transport Durban Maru off Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina, 11°45'N, 109°46'E.

PB4Ys damage Japanese guardboat No.10 Sumiyoshi Maru and small cargo vessel Shinyama Maru northwest of Marcus Island.

PB4Ys damage Japanese cargo vessel Tateishi Maru in Davao harbor.

RAAF Beaufighters and Kittyhawks attack Japanese shipping off Kaimana, 03°40'S, 133°50'E.

Japanese army cargo ship Tokuhei Maru is sunk, probably by USAAF aircraft, Tayeh, Yangtze River.

Destroyer Eberle (DD-430) takes 140 Armenian prisoners from Porquerolles, France.

Still 1969

Fifty Years Of Manson Month Continues

Don't let the mug shot scare you. It starts w/ Miss Pamela, & some period footage.Here is the westbound drive down the Strip, at greater length.

Rage To Live

Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
A Mom Said Her Son Was “Just A Little Boy.”  Police Said He Could Be The Next “Kid From Parkland.”  —  A 15-year-old high school student was arrested at his home in Volusia County, Florida, on Friday for allegedly making an online threat to shoot up a school.
Long Beach Marriott Worker Arrested for Alleged Threat of Mass Shooting
Police took weapons from the home of 37-year-old Rodolfo Montoya. (Long Beach Police Department)
Rodolfo Montoya, 37, was arrested Tuesday at his Huntington Beach home, according to the Long Beach Police Department. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to jail records.

“He was an employee at the hotel and he was upset about some recent workplace activity having to do with H.R.,” Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna told reporters at a news conference announcing the arrest.

Luna said Montoya allegedly spoke to a fellow employee on Monday and threatened “that he was going to shoot up fellow employees and people coming into the hotel.”

That employee told the hotel’s general manager, who called police.

Luna said police found a variety of weapons and ammunition in Montoya’s home. He said Montoya does not appear to have any criminal history, so there is no indication he is prohibited from purchasing firearms. The chief noted, however, that some of the firearms found at Montoya’s home “may be illegal to possess,” along with some of the high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Added Local Gun Fun:
Gunman opens fire at Lancaster sheriff's station, wounding one deputy
The gun shoots both ways, coppers.

The ManyTwo Faces Of The G.O.P.

Dog Bites Man Again

GOP leaders suddenly silent on 'anti-Semitism' as Trump bashes Jews for two days straight

Republicans previously said anti-Semitism should be condemned, but they're not saying a word against Trump now.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not speak up about Trump. Yet in his speech to AIPAC in March, McConnell warned about dual loyalty attacks, describing them as "anti-Semitic slurs" and condemning anyone who uses them.

"For many years, such slurs and tropes were limited to the fringes," McConnell said at the time. "Sadly, they have recently received new prominence, having been repeated and retweeted by a sitting member of Congress."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently visited Israel and his social media accounts are filled with pictures of his trip. But he has also said nothing about Trump's comments.

In February, though, he had plenty to say about anti-Semitism.

"Anti-Semitic tropes have no place in the halls of Congress," McCarthy tweeted. "It is dangerous for Democrat leadership to stay silent on this reckless language." He also released a statement, declaring that "Republicans will take action this week to ensure the House speaks out against anti-Semitic hatred. We stand with Israel and the Jewish people."


Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), chair of the House Republican Conference, claimed in May that there are "so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic Caucus."

During an appearance on Fox News, she insisted that members of Congress have an "obligation" to condemn anti-Semitism.

"We have a situation today where those of us who are elected officials and particularly elected officials in the House of Representatives where this anti-Semitism is rising within our body have an obligation to stand up and to stop it," she said.

She accused "House Democratic leadership of "enabl[ing] anti-Semitism in their ranks." She has repeatedly invoked the Holocaust to try to shame Democrats she accuses of being anti-Semitic. (She is not Jewish.)

Since Trump's attacks, however, Cheney has gone silent.
We're sure they'll all have plenty to say about the "King of Israel" any time now.[Shareblue MEDIA]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hebrews In The News

People sho' nuff like to type, don't they?
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's ‘disloyalty’ comment about American Jews who vote Democrat was disgusting and worrisome  —  President Trump, on a tirade about Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday, claimed that American Jews who voted Democrat were either ill-informed or were exhibiting “great disloyalty.”
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Jewish groups react to Trump's latest comments on American Jewish voters  —  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump dropped another bombastic claim in his campaign to paint Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as the face of the Democratic Party.  “I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   ‘This is how he gets us killed’: American Jews and allies horrified after Trump blurts out anti-Semitic trope
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Trump decides that Democratic-voting Jewish Americans are either ignorant or ‘disloyal’
Matt Margolis / PJ Media Home:   Trump: 'I Don't Buy Rep. Rashida Tlaib's Tears... She Hates Israel and All Jewish People'
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:   Trump Accuses Most American Jews of “Disloyalty” to Israel, Deploying Anti-Semitic Trope
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:   Trump mocks Tlaib's tears, says she ‘grandstanded’ over grandmother visit
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump says Jewish-Americans who vote Democrat show “great disloyalty”
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:   Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews
Sister Toldjah / RedState:   Trump Says He “Doesn't Buy” Tlaib's Tears, Reminds People That the Squad Are the Faces of the Democratic Party
Tom Tillison / BizPac Review:   Rashida Tlaib breaks down at presser, but Trump calls her out, says he doesn't ‘buy’ the tears   Trump: I do not ‘buy’ Tlaib's emotional claims
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:   Trump Has Some Predictably Anti-Semitic Advice for America's Jews
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Trump Calls Any Jew Who Votes For A Democrat Stupid Or Disloyal
Al Jazeera:   Trump slammed for saying Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show ‘great disloyalty’
Brandon Morse / RedState:   Rashida Tlaib's Tears Over Border Checkpoints Get Shamed In the Face of a Mother Who Lost Her Child
Neo / The New Neo:   The growing acceptance of anti-Semitism by the Democratic Party
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:   Trump Says He Doesn't ‘Buy’ Rep. Tlaib's Tears Over Spat With Israel: ‘Live With It!’

Air & Scuttles

SUN 20 AUG 1944
RAAF aircraft damage small Japanese cargo vessel Kairyu Maru, Menado Bay, 00°49'N, 127°38'E.

RAAF Beaufighters sink small Japanese cargo vessel No.3 Yamada Maru off north coast of Ceram.

USAAF B-24s (14th Air Force) sink Japanese army tanker Chuko Maru near Hong Kong, 22°23'N, 115°34'E.

TBM and FM-2 (VC 42) from escort carrier Bogue (CVE-9) sink German submarine U-1229 in North Atlantic, 42°20'N, 51°39'W.

German submarines U-178 and U-188 and UIT 21 (ex- Italian) are scuttled to avoid capture at Bordeaux, France.

Rally Playlist

If these aren't played at your (Nürnberg) rallies, you are a certified (if not certifiable) loser.
This carry go bring come, my dear, brings misery
This carry go bring come, my dear, brings misery
You're going from town to town making disturbances
It's time you stopped doing those things, you old Jezebel
The meek shall inherit this Earth, you old Jezebel
It needs no light to see you're making disturbances
It's better to seek a home in Mount Zion high
Instead of keeping oppression upon innocent man
Time will tell on you, you old Jezebel
How long shall the wicked reign over my people?
It's better to seek a home in Mount Zion high
Instead of keeping oppression upon innocent man
Time will tell on you, you old Jezebel
How long shall the wicked reign over my people?
How long shall the wicked reign over my people?
How long shall the wicked reign over my people?

What Next Indeed

Perhaps The Wall St. Journal?
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
What Will California Ban Next?
First they came for our plastic grocery bags. Then they came for our plastic straws. Now they’ve come for our plastic water bottles at SFO. Yes, you read that right. Starting Tuesday, the sale of plastic water bottles will be banned at San Francisco International Airport, one of the few places they actually make sense. California has many dumb laws and statutes and bans, but this one is especially brainless—spurred by futile self-righteousness.
Timothy Meads / Townhall:   San Francisco Airport Bans Plastic Bottled Water, But Not Soda
Speaking of water, here's something one doesn't see every day.
Unrefrigerated & lukewarm.

Future Schadenfreude:
"They Won't Take My Calls"

Trump's post-presidency will be sadder and more pathetic than his presidency. His presidential library will be neither presidential nor a library. His memoir, if someone writes one for him, will be dreadful — ghostwritten, poorly written, replete with falsehoods and errors, and bereft of insights and useful information. His presidential papers will contain such statements as "Horseface"; "trade wars are good, and easy to win"; "a very stable genius"; and "your favorite President, me!" No mainstream public figure will want to be associated with his legacy.

In February, 157 scholars ranked Trump as the third-worst president in U.S. history. And it's not just the eggheads who disapprove of him. According to Gallup, 54 percent of Americans disapprove of his presidency. Trump has averaged the lowest approval rating of any president in history. Unlike his predecessors, Trump doesn't need a war or a recession to be unpopular — he just needs himself. And unlike his predecessors, Trump won't improve his public standing as a private citizen.


In the early republic, ex-presidents returned to private life. That changed with John Quincy Adams, who broke with tradition and entered the U.S. House of Representatives. Over time, ex-presidents began to monetize their experience. In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant sold his memoirs for $450,000. Nixon received a $2.5 million advance for his. Clinton made millions of dollars giving speeches.

Trump will try to profit, too, of course. He already runs an online store on his personal website, where you can purchase a MAGA bathing suit for $55 and a "WITCH HUNT" coffee mug for $30.


But the market for Trump regalia will shrink when he's out of office. Of his poorly educated supporters, how many will spend $30 on a memoir they won't read? Who will pay to hear Trump blabber about nothing when he already does that for free? Won't people tire of him?

They already are. On his wife's birthday last year, Trump called Fox & Friends and rambled for so long that the hosts didn't know how to get rid of him. After waiting patiently for 30 minutes, Brian Kilmeade politely informed the unhinged man on the other line that he probably had "a billion things" to do that day, his being president and all.

After Trump leaves office and has fewer things to do, people will have fewer reasons to listen to him. Ex-President Trump will call Fox & Friends every morning, but they will ignore him. Instead of ranting on air, he will leave voicemails for Steve Doocy's assistant's intern.
Sounds good, but if Trump ups & dies in office it'd work for me too.

[The Week. Image & caption not part of original item.]

Monday, August 19, 2019

Eight More? More?

Messages from space? 2007? Why wasn't I informed earlier?

Canadian astronomers find 8 more mysterious repeating fast radio bursts from space

Findings are important step in better understanding what's creating these powerful signals, where they're from

The first FRB was discovered in 2007 by an astrophysicist and his student while going through 2001 data collected from the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. Since then, dozens more have been detected. As to what is causing these signals, scientists have yet to learn.

But these brief signals that are crossing the universe — and last only a millisecond or so — had another surprise: some of them repeated.

The first of these repeaters was discovered by McGill Ph.D. student Paul Scholz in 2015. A second one was discovered last January. And the list is getting longer.

Crackermobile Market Crashing?

Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Here's what new tariffs will cost the average American household  — J.P. Morgan estimates the average American household will be down $1,000 per year thanks to the newest round of tariffs on Chinese goods.  — The firm’s chief U.S. equity strategist Dubravko Lakos-Bujas says unlike the agriculture sector, which is receiving subsidies from the government to offset some of the tariffs, “there is no simple way to compensate consumer.” — Given the larger impact on the wallet of the U.S. consumer going in the 2020 election, Lakos-Bujas says the administration will likely roll back tariffs or compromise on a trade agreement.
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:   Kellyanne Conway says ‘Trump economy’ is great as 74% of economists warn of recession
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
An Economic Warning Sign: RV Shipments Are Slipping  —  Some manufacturers in Elkhart, Ind., cut production as tariffs drive up costs of components  —  Elkhart, Ind., is flashing a warning sign about the economy.  —  Capital of the country's recreational-vehicle industry …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:   RV Sales Are Down  —  I guess we should all be prepared …
Peter Weber / The Week:   As signs of a looming recession mount, Trump is pre-emptively blaming the Fed, the media, other countries

Jack & Bobby At The 7-Eleven®

Life On The Street

Previously on Web Of Evil(& Ennui).

Sub Attacks Continue

SAT 19 AUG 1944
U.S. submarine attacks on Japanese convoy HI 71, begun the previous day, continue off the west coast of Luzon as Bluefish (SS-222) sinks fast fleet tanker/seaplane carrier Hayasui, 80 nautical miles northwest of Cape Bolinao, 17°34'N, 119°23'E, and damages hospital ship Awa Maru, 17°36'N, 119°38'E.

Submarine Redfin (SS-272) lays mines off Sarawak, Borneo.

Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks Japanese landing craft depot repair ship Tamatsu Maru west of Luzon, 18°48'N, 119°47'E.

Battleship Nevada (BB-36), French battleship Lorraine, and heavy cruiser Augusta (CA-31) conduct reconnaissance in force off Toulon to support the U.S. Army's Third Division and French troops making a drive on that port. Escorted by four destroyers, Nevada, Lorraine, and Augusta shell the harbor and batteries at St. Mandrier*; heavy cruiser Quincy (CA-71) provides counter-battery fire on Giens, from position south of Isle Port Cros.

German submarines U-123 and U-129 are scuttled to avoid capture at Lorient, France.

*Heavy guns at St. Mandrier (nicknamed "Big Willie") consisted of turrets taken off French battleship Provence, sistership to Lorraine.

Rat Tail

W/ Flat Rat

Spotted in the exit from the drive-through of the Carl's Jr. at 6th St. & Virgil Ave., for whatever that may be worth. (Known as Hardee's in the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S.)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hardhead Sinks Natori

FRI 18 AUG 1944
Submarine Hardhead (SS-365) sinks Japanese light cruiser Natori about 200 miles east of Samar, P.I., 12°29'N, 128°49'E; accompanying fast transport T.3 continues on for Palau. Destroyers Uranami and Kiyoshimo rescue most of Natori's survivors (See 31 August and 12 September 1944).

U.S. submarines Rasher (SS-269) and Redfish (SS-395) encounter Japanese convoy HI 71 off west coast of Luzon. Rasher sinks escort carrier Taiyo, transport Teia Maru cargo ship Eishin Maru at 18°16'N, 120°21'E, and oiler Teiyo Maru southwest of Cape Bojeador, 18°09'N, 120°13'E, and damages transport Noshiro Maru southwest of Cape Bojeador, 18°09'N, 119°56'E; Redfish damages merchant tanker Eiyo Maru west of Luzon Strait, 20°28'N, 121°04'E.

Submarine Ray (SS-271) sinks Japanese merchant tanker Nansei Maru off southern tip of Palawan, 08°48'N, 117°02'E.

Dutch submarine Zwaardvisch sinks Japanese vessel Kim Hup Soen in Strait of Malacca, 04°00'N, 99°32'E.

Japanese destroyer Samidare is damaged when she runs aground on Velasco Reef, north of Palau, Carolines (see 26 August).

Off southern France, amphibious force flagship Catoctin (AGC-5) is damaged by JU-88, 43°17'N, 06°38'E; the JU- 88 had followed closely behind USAAF P-38s and an RAF Beaufighter during an air raid alert. Elsewhere off the beachheads minesweeper Steady (AM-118) is damaged when a broken fire main floods jamming equipment compartment, and destroyer MacKenzie (DD-614) is damaged by operational casualty (starboard engine) during attack on submarine contact. U.S. freighter Albert A. Michelson is damaged off St. Tropez, by bomb during German air raid; while there are no casualties among the 27-man Armed Guard, 5 of the 43-man merchant complement are wounded badly enough to warrant their being left in a shoreside hospital for treatment.

International Relations Wrap-Up:
Buy Greenland, Blockade Venezuela

Waggin' The Dog

Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Amid failure to topple Maduro, Trump privately proposes a naval blockade of Venezuela  —  President Trump has suggested to national security officials that the U.S. should station Navy ships along the Venezuelan coastline to prevent goods from coming in and out of the country, according to 5 current and former officials who have either directly heard the president discuss the idea or have been briefed on Trump's private comments.
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Trump Obsessed with Naval Blockade on Venezuela
While this reporter is both a lawyer & a doctor, as well as a nuclear physicist/cosmologist, he's not an I.R. expert. Nonetheless, isn't a blockade an act (or, in this case, a declaration) of war? Anyone bothered to tell Lumpy?

The End

The End of an Era Edition.
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Unclear On The Concept

Diversionary Assault

THU 17 AUG 1944
Submarine Croaker (SS-246) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Yamatero Maru off west coast of Korea,35°33'N, 126°10'E.

RAAF aircraft sink Japanese cargo vessel No.2 Jun Maru off south coast of Miscol Island.

Japanese river gunboat Hira is damaged by aircraft at Kiukiang, China.

Diversionary assault is carried out with Special Operations Group (TG 80.4) penetrating Baie de Ciotat; destroyer Endicott (DD-495) and two motor torpedo boats bombard western half of the beach area; British river gunboats HMS Aphis and HMS Scarab and the 24th Motor Launch Flotilla bombard eastern half. Enemy shore battery fire is heavy but falls short. After group withdraws from beach area, German submarine chasers Uj 6073 and Uj 6081 engage the small task force. Endicott, Aphis, and Scarab engage them and sink both 13 miles off Cap Croisette light.

Heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa (CA-37) is near-missed by shore battery off southern France; beachhead screen (TU 80.6.10) engages four German E-boats off southern France; destroyer Harding (DD-625) sinks two, Carmick (DD-493) and Satterlee (DD-626) one apiece. Destroyer Frankford (DD-497), damaged by E-boat, later captures the craft, which sinks subsequently.


The Buying Greenland Edition.
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Later in the decade, things were more sophisticated. If one could call Kurt Russell sophisticated.