Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Shoot-Out At Cherbourg

SUN 25 JUN 1944
Submarine Bashaw (SS-241) attacks Japanese convoy, and sinks army cargo ship Yamamiya Maru between Taland Island and Halmahera, 03°28'N, 127°06'E.

Submarine Jack (SS-259) attacks Japanese convoy, and sinks merchant tanker San Pedro Maru off northwest coast of Luzon, 16°17'N, 119°40'E.

Japanese minelayer Nichiyu Maru (see 3 March 1943 and 12 June 1944) is further damaged by naval gunfire in Apra Harbor, Guam.

Battleship, cruiser, and destroyer force (Rear Admiral Morton L. Deyo) duels with German shore batteries and coastal defenses at Cherbourg, France; battleship Texas (BB-35) and destroyers Barton (DD-722), Laffey (DD-724), and O'Brien (DD-725) are all damaged by the enemy gunfire.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Comedy Corner, W/ Mockery & Mirth

New York Times:
Iranians Greet Latest Sanctions Imposed by U.S. With Mockery  —  Iranian officials have railed for two months against the Trump administration's sanctions blocking their oil sales as “economic warfare.”  —  But the response to the latest American penalties imposed on Monday …
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:   Iranians Laugh at Trump's New Sanctions
No wonder they're laughing:
Somewhat later:

Japanese Submarine Sunk In Atlantic

SAT 24 JUN1944
Japanese planes conclude night high-level bombing attack on U.S. amphibious shipping off Saipan. Battle damage repair ship Phaon (ARB-3), submarine chasers PC(S)-1401 and PC(S)-1461, and tank landing craft LCT-998 are all damaged by near-misses.

Aircraft from carrier task groups (Rear Admiral Joseph J. Clark and Rear Admiral Alfred E. Montgomery) strike Japanese airfields and facilities on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, and Pagan Island, Marianas.

Motor torpedo boat PT-193, irreparably damaged by grounding, western New Guinea, 00°55'S, 134°52'E, is burned by her crew.

Submarine Grouper (SS-214) attacks Japanese convoy off coast of central Japan, and sinks cargo ship Kumanoyama Maru and merchant tanker No.6 Nanmei Maru south of Yokosuka, 34°45'N, 139°30'E.

Submarine Redfin (SS-272) attacks Japanese convoy off southern coast of Leyte, and sinks army cargo ship Aso Maru southwest of Surigao Strait, 09°51'N, 125°06'E.

Submarine Tang (SS-306) attacks Japanese convoy leaving Koshiki Straits, and sinks army cargo ships Tamahoko Maru and Kennichi Maru, and merchant tanker Nasuzan Maru and cargo ship Tainan Maru outside Nagasaki harbor, Kyushu, 32°24'N, 129°38'E. Coast Defense Vessel No.1 does not prove fast enough to pursue Tang to counterattack.

TBM (VC 69) from escort carrier Bogue (CVE-9) sinks Japanese submarine I-52, 800 miles southwest of Fayal, Azores, 15°16'N, 39°55'W.

My Heart Pumps Piss For
These Rat Bastards

You don't know from schadenfreude.
Wall Street Journal:
New York Landlords in a Financial Bind From New Rent Law  —  Curb on market-rate conversions pressures the value of rent-stabilized apartments  —  Property investors have spent billions of dollars on apartment buildings for what has been one of the most reliably profitable bets in New York City real estate …
Sophie Weiner / Splinter:   Landlords Are Still Crying About New York's New Rent Control Laws ;(
Two words: Lynch mob.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

"In Hollywood Since 1946!"

Another casualty of digital progress.
This reporter remembers Mel's prior iteration, on Sunset east of Vine.
Allegedly from the '50s. This reporter's memories of L.A. only extend to the '70s.


"Bent over, doubled up. I did the vom in a ..."


FRI 23 JUN 1944
Aircraft from carrier task group (Rear Admiral Joseph J. Clark) bomb Japanese air facilities and shipping in the Marianas, sinking guardboat Haruta Maru off Pagan Island and cargo ship Shoun Maru off Rota, 14°10'N, 145°10'E.

SB2C crew (VB 14) is rescued by PBM (VH-1); the two men picked up by the flying boat are the last to be recovered in the wake of the "Mission Beyond Darkness" of 20 June 1944. Ironically, the PBM is off course when it recovers the men.

Japanese planes begin night high-level bombing attack on U.S. amphibious shipping off Saipan.

"Slap-Dash": Only The Best Weasels

Another clusterfuck more fully exposed. Big load of documents dumped on Axios on HBO.
Why it matters: The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government.
Pretty pathetic search for clicks there Axios, or do the short attention spans of your staff (& readers) preclude you from typing it all on one page?

Make Hollywood Great Again:
Bring Back The Code!

Wandering through the Los Angeles Public Library website I spotted this event:

Pre-Code vs. Pro-Code: New Stories and New Stances on the Era Before Censorship

Not un-interesting, I thought. Then I read the description:
This illustrated presentation will offer two viewpoints on the “pre-Code” era (1930 to 1934), when Hollywood ignored the lax Production Code, releasing films that dealt with adult themes. Mark A. Vieira says: "These saucy, cynical films were an honest expression of the times, advancing the art of film." Tiffany Brannan says: "Pre-Code films were exercises in sensationalism, warping impressionable young minds solely to boost box office."

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and historian. His fine-art books on Hollywood’s Golden Age specialize in genres, photography, and careers. He has written about film noir, George Hurrell, Greta Garbo, and Irving Thalberg. He has authored two books on the pre-Code era. Sin in Soft Focus was published in 1999. Forbidden Hollywood was published on April 2, 2019, and is in its second printing.

Tiffany Brannan is an operatic soprano, travel writer, ballet writer, and film historian. As co-founder of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society (PEPS), she is working to replace the MPAA Ratings System with the Motion Picture Production Code of 1934. She and her colleagues are raising the public awareness of the Code's value and are providing new information about its co-author and administrator, the late Joseph I. Breen.
Really, Tiffany? You're going to stuff that genie back in an 85-yr. old bottle? Nostalgia for the days of Catholic values imposed on a Protestant nation is one fuck-tuck-tucking hell of a drug. When does the Woman's Xian Temperance Union rise from the grave? What is wrong w/ you people?

Saturday, June 22, 2019



Submarine Batfish (SS-310)

THU 22 JUN 1944
Battleship Maryland (BB-46) is damaged by aerial torpedo off Garapan, Saipan, 15°13'N, 145°39'E; tank landing ship LST-119 is damaged by Tinian shore battery, Saipan, 15°10'N, 145°58'E; transport Prince Georges (AP-165) is damaged by near-miss of bomb off Saipan.

Submarine Batfish (SS-310) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Nagaragawa Maru off Honshu, 34°36'N, 137°56'E.

Submarine Flier (SS-250) torpedoes Japanese army cargo ship Belgium Maru west of Mindoro, 13°11'N, 120°27'E.

Submarine Narwhal (SS-167) damages Japanese tanker Itsukushima Maru in Sulu Sea, 09°00'N, 120°55'E.

USAAF aircraft damage Japanese cargo vessel Shoyu Maru off Sorong Island.

U.S. freighter Cyrus H.K. Curtis is damaged by mines off SWORD Beach, Normandy, but discharges her cargo; there are no casualties among the 43-man merchant complement, the 27-man Armed Guard, or the 250 U.S. troops on board.

Viral Vehicle Vandalism

Fuck your scooters!
Redistribution does not necessarily imply endorsement, but in this case, I'll admit to having snapped the cheap plastic kickstand off one of these. Not much help for the most personally irksome aspect of this, fucking scooters lying in the middle of the sidewalk, but it did make me feel better, if not actually good.

[Mucho mas on ridding our streets of these accursed things at laist.]

Band Name Of The Wk.:
Credible Threat

'Tain't treason, 'tis sedition.

Album Title Of The Wk.:
“send bachelors and come heavily armed”

SALEM, Ore.—The president of the Oregon Senate ordered the state Capitol to close on Saturday due to a “possible militia threat” from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation dragged on.

Republican state senators fled the Legislature — and some, the state — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes to take up the climate bill, which would dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050. It would be the second program of its kind in the nation after California if passed.

Gov. Kate Brown then dispatched the state police to round up the rogue lawmakers, but none appeared in the Capitol on Friday and the stalemate seemed destined to enter its third day with a week left in the legislative session.

Right-wing groups posted their support for the GOP lawmakers Friday on social media — in one instance offering to provide escorts to them should the state police come for them.

A group of local Republicans were set to protest inside the Capitol on Saturday when lawmakers were present, and anti-government groups threatened to join prompting the statehouse shutdown.

One of the groups, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Dozens of people occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands. The standoff began to unravel when authorities fatally shot the group’s spokesman and arrested key leaders as they headed to a community meeting.

“The Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat,” Carol Currie, spokeswoman for Senate President Peter Courtney, said in an e-mail to the AP late Friday.

The governor’s office also confirmed the threats.

Oregon State Police, in a statement, said it has been “monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviors were realized.”

Also late Friday, Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, both Democrats, condemned comments made by Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, Oregon, that urged the state police to “send bachelors and come heavily armed” when they come to bring him back to the Capitol.

“His comments have created fear among employees in our workplace,” the leaders said in a joint statement. “We will always defend free speech and welcome frank policy discussions, but threats like these are unacceptable.”

Boquist has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Senate Republicans did not respond to queries about the statehouse closure.

Democrats have an 18 to 12 majority in the chamber, but they need 20 members present for a quorum. One GOP senator recently died and has not yet been replaced.

Under the proposed cap-and-trade bill, Oregon would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution “allowances” for each ton of carbon industries plan to emit. The legislation would lower that cap over time to encourage businesses to move away from fossil fuels: The state would reduce emissions to 45% below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Those opposed to the cap-and-trade plan say it would exacerbate a growing divide between the liberal, urban parts of the state and the rural areas. The plan would increase the cost of fuel, damaging small business, truckers and the logging industry, they say.

Democrats say the measure is an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities’ ability to adapt to climate change. It has the support of environmental groups, farmworkers and some trade unions.

California has had for a decade an economy-wide cap and trade policy like the one Oregon is considering. Nine northeastern states have more limited cap-and-trade programs that target only the power sector.

Pegged It Again

Note below item: "Or is it even more empty bullshit from His Sickening Orange Majesty, the King of Lies, Posturing & Attention-Seeking?" The answer is yes, it is bullshit from an asshole.

Kristallnacht or Bloody Sunday?

Anticipation mounts. Here's all the news that fits, or that gives you fits.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major U.S. cities  —  President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin …
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:   Chicago Mayor Vows to Shield Migrants From Raids by U.S. Agents
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:   Trump orders ICE to round up families starting Sunday
Neal Baker / The Sun:   US cops REFUSE to help Donald Trump's illegal immigrant deportations as '2,000 migrant families …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:   ICE's planned deportation raids in 10 big cities: what we know
Marc Rod / CNBC:   ‘Sanctuary’ policies can limit but won't stop Trump's deportation plans
Neil Munro / Breitbart:   Washington Post: ICE Plans Sunday Effort to Arrest Migrants with Deportation Orders
Ali Tadayon / Mercury News:   Oakland mayor on Bay Area ICE raids: ‘This is not my America’
Alexi Cohan / Boston Herald:   ICE to begin national deportation sweep Sunday — report
Block Club Chicago:   Aldermen, Activists Warning Immigrant Neighbors Of Reported ICE Deportation Sweep Starting Sunday In Chicago
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:   Denver police, mayor say they're in the dark on ICE raids, won't assist in any immigration roundup
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:   Immigration raids slated to begin in major US cities as early as Sunday
ACLU:   As Trump Tweets Hateful Threats, States are Protecting Immigrant Rights
Sanford Nowlin / San Antonio Current:   Trump's Mass Roundup of Immigrants Will Start Sunday, Washington Post Reports; San Antonio Unlikely …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:   TrumpRaids are coming: ICE raids and mass deportations as early as Sunday in these 10 cities
Samantha Grasso / Splinter:   ICE Will Reportedly Begin Raids to Deport Thousands of Families on Sunday
Bob Cronin / Newser:   Trump Orders ICE to Start Family Raids on Sunday
Nate Madden / TheBlaze:   ICE to begin operations removing illegal immigrants on Sunday: Report
Gabe Ortiz / Daily Kos:   Trump admin may carry out ICE raids targeting up to 10 major cities Sunday, report says
CBS Miami:   Large Immigration Raids Planned For Miami, Several Other Cities
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Eleanor Clift Blasts Trump Administration's Planned ICE Round-Ups as Inflicting ‘Terrorism’ on Immigrant Communities
Mairead McArdle / National Review:   ICE Plans to Target 2,000 Undocumented Immigrants in New Deportation Operation
CBS Chicago:   Mayor Lightfoot Says CPD Will Not ‘Cooperate With Or Facilitate Any ICE Enforcement Actions’
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:   Trump to launch mass family deportations: report
Doug P. / twitchy.com:   SHAMELESS: Kamala Harris takes an assist from Rachel Maddow to accuse Trump of politicizing ‘immigrants’
David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:   Trump's Cruel Threat of ICE Raids to Rip Children From Parents and Deport ‘Millions’ Becomes Reality Sunday
Gaby del Valle / VICE:   Trump Can't Arrest “Millions” of Immigrants. This Is His Real Plan.
Quinn Owen / ABC News: Trump administration plans unprecedented roundup of 2K family members in deportation raids  —  The Trump administration planned to deport more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants in as many as 10 cities, administration officials said this week, in an unprecedented show of force aimed at deterring illegal migration of families.
Mayor / One America News Network:   U.S. cities brace for immigration raids, say they will not participate
Jason Hopkins / The Daily Caller:   Trump Administration Plans To Arrest Over 2,000 Illegals On Sunday
CNN: ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 cities on Sunday
Dara Sharif / The Root:   ICE Raids to Deport Migrant Families Set to Begin Sunday in 10 US Cities
Washington Post:   Trump ordered up mass arrests for reelection purposes. Now he's getting them.
Peter D'Abrosca / Big League Politics:   REPORT: ICE to Begin Illegal Alien Roundups Sunday
Nishajaime / KTLA:   ICE Expected to Begin Immigration Raids Targeting Families in 10 Cities, Including L.A., on Sunday
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   ICE Raids to Round Up Immigrants Across Major Cities to Start This Weekend: Reports
Brendan Morrow / The Week:   ICE to reportedly begin raids targeting up to 2,000 migrant families on Sunday
Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit:   JUST IN: ICE to Begin Pre-Dawn Immigration Raids in 10 Major US Cities on Sunday
Dnexon / Lawyers, Guns & Money:   This Coming Sunday in Ethnic Cleansing
NBC News: ICE to launch mass raids targeting undocumented families on Sunday
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:   ICE Is Expected to Begin Operation on Sunday Targeting 2,000 Immigrant Family Members
Kayla Galloway / KRON:   Here's what to do if you're approached by ICE agents
Axios:   Trump isn't matching Obama deportation numbers
Or is it even more empty bullshit from His Sickening Orange Majesty, the King of Lies, Posturing & Attention-Seeking?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Last Load Of Junk From Nick Metropolis's Lot

So much for quirky collectibles.

Your Dreams Have Been Smashed & Swept Into The Dustbin Of History

How's that free market capitalism working out for you chump-ass entrepreneurial suckers?

Same Stuff, Same War

WED 21 JUN 1944
Destroyer Newcomb (DD-586) and high speed minesweeper Chandler (DMS-9) sink Japanese submarine I-185, 90 miles east-northeast of Saipan, 15°50'N, 145°08'E; Japanese guardboat Kompira Maru is sunk by gunfire off Tinian.

Submarine Bluefish (SS-222), despite presence of escort, sinks Japanese army cargo ship Kanan Maru off southern approaches to Makassar Strait, 03°58'S, 116°35'E.

Submarine Narwhal (SS-167) sinks Japanese powered sailboat No.2 Shinshu Maru 12 miles southwest of Culasi, 11°22'N, 121°52'E.

Dutch submarine K 14 damages Japanese minelayer Tsugaru between Sorong, New Guinea, and Kau Roads, Moluccas, 01°10'S, 130°30'E.

TBF/Ms and F4Fs from escort carrier White Plains (CVE-66) sink Japanese cargo ship Shoun Maru off Rota, Saipan, 14°10'N, 145°10'E.

Off Normandy, destroyer Davis (DD-395) is damaged by mine, 49°23'N, 00°46'W; Coast Guard cutters 83415 and 83471 are sunk by storm.

German torpedo boat TA 25 (ex-Italian Navy Ardito), damaged by U.S. motor torpedo boats southwest of Viareggio, Italy, 43°49'N, 10°12'E, is scuttled by German torpedo boat TA 29 (ex-Italian Navy).

Priced Out

Fucking landlords.
Oh the irony: Evicting the restaurant frees sidewalk space for urban camping.

Stacy Lash & Skin/Civil Defense Siren

Fuck These Cracker Dickwads:
Rural Cretins Get What They Wanted, Good & Hard!

Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
ORIENT, S.D. — The sky had finally cleared after weeks of record-setting rain, and now farmer Ray Martinmaas was facing a time crunch.  —  He was out in his white Ford F-150 Raptor pickup …
Up your moron ass w/ your F-150, Ray, you ignernt buffoon. How fucking stupid are you?

I call on all indigenous peoples to burn the homesteader pigs from the prairie.

Days Shorten, Entropy Increases