Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Twitter Turkey

Real argument for not missing when you're assassinating someone, too.

Note that this loud-mouthed whore Dan Pfeiffer became a big muckety-muck in the corporate world the minute he left the Obama admin. I'd bet he hates taxes & regulations just as much as any Trumpoid.
VP of Communications and Policy for . Former Senior Advisor to President Obama, current contributor, co-host of Pod Save America
So what the hell was he doing during the election, jacking off in his hat? And where was the effort to abolish the Electoral College during Obama's eight yrs.? Kee-rist, what an asshole.

This Date In The Past

What a world: All shit & pain, now & forever.

Local Action:

One Of The Most Violent Police Shootouts In Modern American History Happened In L.A. 20 Years Ago

And: Xians are doing some bullshit in reference to their pig-on-a-stick god's phony death.

Also: This reporter's immediate female ancestor died ten yrs. ago on this date, screwing him out of her Social Security for the month, which probably lead to his becoming homeless. Bitch couldn't have held on for another day? Should have been dead yrs. earlier anyway.

That's my existence: Abandoned by everyone. Fuck you bastards & your world to hell w/ a splintered broomstick.
Then I'll shit & piss on your graves just as you've shit & pissed all over me for the last 60+ yrs., & all over the planet since your species crawled from the decaying filth in which it was born.

Pacific Battles End & Begin;
Friendly Fire

SAT 28 FEB 1942
Battle of Java Sea, begun late the previous afternoon, concludes. Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro torpedoes and sinks Dutch light cruiser De Ruyter (Doorman's flagship, in which he is lost) while Nachi torpedoes and sinks Dutch light cruiser Java; remnants of the Allied force flee to Surabaya, sheltering briefly there before trying to escape to Australia. In the wake of the battle, submarine S-37 (SS-142) encounters boat from the sunken De Ruyter and recovers two U.S. Navy sailors who had been serving in a liaison capacity in the Dutch ship. Before continuing on patrol, the U.S. submariners provide the Dutch seamen with rations. S-37's sistership S-38 (SS-143) rescues survivors from sunken British destroyer HMS Electra.
Japanese land on north coast of Java. Battle of Sunda Strait begins shortly before midnight as heavy cruiser Houston (CA-30) and Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth (Captain Hector M. L. Waller, RAN), attempting to retire from Java, accidentally encounter Japanese transport force and escorting ships (Rear Admiral Takagi Takeo) in Banten Bay, Java, and engage them (see 1 March).
Minesweeper Whippoorwill (AM-35), while searching waters south of Tjilatjap for survivors of sunken seaplane tender Langley (AV-3), rescues crew of British freighter City of Manchester, that had just been torpedoed, shelled and sunk by Japanese submarine I-153 at 08°16'S, 108°52'E. Gunboat Tulsa (PG-22), in the vicinity on the same errand, takes on board the injured British merchant sailors and treats the wounded.

German submarine U-578 torpedoes and sinks destroyer Jacob Jones (DD-130) off the Delaware capes, 38°42'N, 74°39'W.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Oregon is torpedoed, shelled, and sunk by German submarine U-156 about 150 miles northeast of Mona Passage, 20°44'N, 67°52'W; U-156 machineguns the crew trying to launch one of the lifeboats, killing six men. One group of 26 survivors reaches Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, on 4 March; U.S. tanker Gulfpenn rescues other group of four men the following day.

PBY (VP 73) mistakenly bombs and damages submarine Greenling (SS-213) outside submarine sanctuary off New London, Connecticut.

Today In Accepting Personal Responsibility & Accountability

Trump won’t accept responsibility for deadly SEAL raid he approved over dinner, blames Obama

“Well, this was a mission that was started before I got here.”

Trump was asked about Owens’ comments during a Fox & Friends interview that aired Tuesday morning. He responded by trying to blame President Obama for a mission Trump gave final approval for over dinner with his advisers during his first full weekend as president.

“Well, this was a mission that was started before I got here,” Trump said. “This was something that was, you know, they wanted to do. They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do — the generals, who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe.”
Yes, "his" generals, the very generals he personally trained & then promoted, right? Except they suck too:
Trump passes blame for Yemen raid to his generals: ‘They lost Ryan’
Weeks after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in a covert mission in Yemen, Trump has resisted accepting responsibility for authorizing the mission and the subsequent death of Senior Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

In an interview with Fox News that aired Tuesday morning, Trump said the mission “was started before I got here.”

He noted that the operation was something his generals “were looking at for a long time doing.”

“This was something that was, you know, just — they wanted to do,” Trump said. “ And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected.”

“And they lost Ryan,” Trump continued.
After this pathetic bullshit, can we assume the likelihood of a military coup has increased?

Monday, February 27, 2017

In Which The Toilet Bowl Is Circled

So-called Senator Ted Cruz is going down down down down down! Suck it, loser!

Quote Of The Day

His comments since Inauguration Day have disintegrated into a pettiness unbefitting a man of Bill Kristol’s
intellectual heft and influence.
Intellectual heft & influence? Assumption not backed by any evidence. Who the fuck are you trying to kid?

Bad Shooting

FRI 27 FEB 1942
Battle of Java Sea is fought as Allied naval force (Rear Admiral Karel W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) of five cruisers and 11 destroyers in Java Sea near Surabaya attacks Japanese support force (Rear Admiral Takagi Takeo) covering Java invasion convoy. Japanese gunfire proves ineffective, as heavy cruisers Nachi and Haguro expend 1,271 8-inch rounds but achieve only five hits. Of those five, four are duds: one each on Houston (CA-30) and British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter, and two on Dutch light cruiser De Ruyter. The only shell that does explode reduces Exeter's speed. Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro torpedoes and sinks Dutch destroyer Kortenaer; survivors are rescued by British destroyer HMS Encounter. Japanese destroyer gunfire sinks British destroyer HMS Electra (see 28 February); while British destroyer HMS Jupiter is sunk by mine laid earlier that day by Dutch minelayer Gouden Leeuw. Allied gunfire damages Japanese destroyers Asagumo and Minegumo; U.S. destroyers' torpedo attack proves ineffective (see 28 February).

Seaplane tender Langley (AV-3), carrying 32 USAAF P-40s earmarked for the defense of Java, is bombed by Japanese naval land attack planes (Takao Kokutai) 75 miles south of Tjilatjap, Java, 08°58'S, 109°02'E. Irreparably damaged, the ship that had once been the U.S. Navy's first aircraft carrier (she had been converted to a seaplane tender in 1936) is shelled and torpedoed by destroyer Whipple (DD-217). Necessity to clear the area precludes knowing exactly when Langley sinks.

U.S. freighter Sea Witch delivers 27 crated USAAF P-40s to Tjilatjap, Java, but the planes will be destroyed on the docks to deny their use by the victors.

Submarine Narwhal (SS-167) damages Japanese fleet tanker Manju Maru, 28°55'N, 138°15'E.

Joint U.S.-Mexican Defense Commission is established.

What Have They Done To The Earth?

I'm just sorry I won't be alive (albeit choking while stewing in your filthy wastes) to give you greedy fucking morons the "I told you the fuck as much" speech.
“Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate,” said biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California. “We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cell phones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: how do we stop it?”
May I suggest you cancers on the planet stop killing yourselves slowly like the cowards you are & pick up the human extinction pace. The sooner the better, too. Talk about enjoying the suffering of others. Whooo!
Ehrlich agreed: “If you look at the figures, it is clear that to support today’s world population sustainably – and I emphasise the word sustainably – you would require another half a planet to provide us with those resources. However, if everyone consumed resources at the US level – which is what the world aspires to – you will need another four or five Earths.

“We are wrecking our planet’s life support systems. We have the capacity to stop that. The trouble is that the danger does not seem obvious to most people, and that is something we must put right.”
If it takes convincing this world of dumbfucks of anything that doesn't please them, you losers & your pathetically devolving children (who will hate you if any of them survive) are completely fucked, & deservedly so.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Life, Death, & The Sea

THU 26 FEB 1942
Submarine S-38 (SS-143) bombards Japanese radio station on enemy-occupied Bawean Island that had been set up the previous day.

Small reconnaissance seaplane from Japanese submarine I-25 reconnoiters Melbourne, Australia.

Unarmed U.S. bulk carrier Marore is torpedoed, shelled, and sunk by German submarine U-432 off the North Carolina coast, 35°33'N, 74°58'W. U.S. tanker John D. Gill rescues 25 survivors; 15 more men land at Coast Guard Big Kinnakeet Lifeboat Station. There are no casualties.

U.S. tanker R.P. Resor is torpedoed by German submarine U-578 five miles off Sea Girt, Delaware, 39°47'N, 73°26'W; of the 41-man merchant crew and 8 Armed Guard sailors on board, one civilian and one Armed Guard sailor are rescued by submarine chaser PC-507. Coast Guard cutters Icarus (WPC-110) and Antietam (WPC-128), yacht Zircon (PY-16) and coastal minesweeper AMc-200 converge on the scene; Eagle Boat PE-55 attacks sound contact in the vicinity without result (see 1 March).

U.S. tanker Cassimir is sunk in collision with U.S. freighter Lara 48 miles from Frying Pan Shoals lightship, 33°28'N, 77°34'W.

The Party Of Intestinal Fortitude: Can't Take A Question Or A Joke

Bwok Bwok Bwok!

Grand new logo for rancid old party.
Sissy Republicans like Little Marco & Tiny Trump live in fear of the American people & their representatives.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio on skipping town halls: Activists will ‘heckle and scream at me’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio won't participate in town hall meetings because he says political activists will crash them to create a media spectacle of people who “heckle and scream at me in front of cameras.”
 Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Trump to skip White House correspondents' dinner: ‘No reason for him to go in and sit and pretend’  —  President Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, after a campaign and early tenure during which he has continually battled with the press.
Deepest bench of presidential candidates ever, remember?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

75 Yrs. Ago In Nothin'

WED 25 FEB 1942
Coast Guard assumes responsibility for U.S. port security.

Japanese force lands on Bawean Island, 85 miles north of Surabaya, Java, and sets up a radio station (see 26 February).

Submarine Perch (SS-176) attacks what she identifies as a Japanese merchantman but is damaged by shellfire and is forced to break off action. Perch remains on patrol.

Japanese cargo ship Fukushima Maru runs aground on a reef and is wrecked, Katsura Bay, 35°09'N, 140°18'E.

Today In Calumny

Make America Ancient Rome Again!
Speaking today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), actor Robert Davi called for the passage of laws that would jail reporters for spreading false information about “the very best of our American heroes,” like President Trump.

Davi claimed that in Ancient Rome, anti-calumny laws made it “impossible to spread false rumors or lies against upstanding and virtuous political candidates” and called for such laws to be enacted in America.

“Let’s go back to Ancient Rome,” David said, “because if such laws existed today, we would see more men like Donald Trump and Mike Pence running for Congress or the Senate or the presidency and more fake reporters perhaps going to prison for the very lies they make up to commit cruel character assassination against the very best of our American heroes.”

Cruel character assassination like playing recordings of the upstanding & virtuous very best of our American heroes lying & contradicting themselves every five mins.? Calumnies like exact quotes?

From Trump & his Executive Mansion coterie of liars, lickspittles, incompetents & family members right down to the bush league hypocrites like Davi the assault on a free press is on. If I gave a shit I'm sure I could find Mr. Davi's other face bitching & moaning about a college campus somewhere depriving some fascist jerka virtuous conservative of his or her right to be an asshole in a public venue.

Not the first time we've noted what a developmentally-disabled dimbulb Mr. Davi is. A calumny, Bob. C'mon, sue me!

Fake Headline

Say no more, it's a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Fortunately, only subscribers can read it.

The Media Do Battle With a Pragmatic New President

Trump talked policy in his Florida rally, but journalists thought it was about them.

Nothing says "pragmatism" like assaulting the First Amendment & the last vestiges of rationality. In Journal-world only the press does battle; certainly the pragmatic Trump has barely mentioned the media, & then only in the most glowing terms. And "journalists thought it was about them"? It takes a card-carrying, dues-paying member
Credit: Katie Andrews Potter
of the Projectionists Union to accuse the media or anyone else of self-absorption in comparison to ratings & poll-obsessed Trump.

Typist Jason L. Riley (if that is his real or even legal name) gets the coveted "Kee-rist, What An Asshole" Award, w/ an honorable mention to whoever typed the headline.

Anti-American Bandstand Will Not
Be Seen Today ...

... because Web of Evil, in a contrarian demonstration of Ameri-philia, is watching spring training. Betcha that effing Nazi Donald Trump doesn't watch baseball.

Friday, February 24, 2017

More Flee Philippines

TUE 24 FEB 1942
TF 16 (Vice Admiral William F. Halsey Jr.) raids Wake Island to destroy Japanese installations there. SBDs and TBDs (VB 6, VS 6, VT 6) from carrier Enterprise (CV-6) and SOCs (VCS 5) from heavy cruisers Northampton (CA-26) and Salt Lake City (CA-25) bomb installations on Wake. Bombardment unit consisting of Northampton and Salt Lake City and destroyers Balch (DD-363) and Maury (DD-401) (Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance) shells the atoll. Combined efforts of Enterprise's planes (bombing and strafing) and ships' gunfire sink guardboats No.5 Fukyu Maru and No.1 Miho Maru. Fortunately, the bombing and shelling of Wake harms none of the American marines, sailors and construction workers too badly wounded to have been evacuated in the initial increment of POWs, and the civilian workmen (Contractors Pacific Naval Air Bases) retained on the island to continue work on defenses. One SBD (VS 6) is lost, however, and its crew taken prisoner (see 13 March).

Small reconnaissance seaplane launched from Japanese submarine I-9 reconnoiters Pearl Harbor.

Panamanian motor freighter Snark is mined while attempting to enter Nouméa, New Caledonia, without a pilot. Destroyer Worden (DD-352) tows the crippled ship out of the channel but has to abandon further salvage when the damaged vessel drifts and grounds hard and fast onto a reef.

Submarine Swordfish (SS-193) embarks U.S. High Commissioner to the Philippine Islands Francis B. Sayre and his party off Manila Bay (see 9 March). Their original destination is Surabaya, Java.

Submarines Pike (SS-172) and Pickerel (SS-177) are sent to assist stranded submarine Tarpon (SS-175) in Boling Strait, N.E.I.; in the event that they cannot free the grounded boat, they are to destroy her. Fortunately, Tarpon manages to work herself free by removing anchors, torpedoes, oil and ammunition.

Today In Lying Losers

Cavernous, innit? Gabrielle Bluestone, The Slot.
Here we go again:
Gabrielle Bluestone / The Slot:
Here's a Picture of the Crowd Lined Up Outside CPAC to See Donald Trump Speak  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—A few minutes into his CPAC speech Friday, esteemed and honest president Donald J. Trump said people were so excited to hear him speak that, “There are lines that go back six blocks."
Trump lost bigly; insecurity must be running rampant in & out of the Swiss-cheese holes that riddle his brain,
no matter what lame compensatory bullshit he shouts to the rest of the world.

D. & S.M. Up-Date

35 days post-inauguration & nothing has actually blowed up real good yet, just more of the blah blah blah we've been hearing from aged (both the literally old & in the way, & prematurely wretched freshly-scrubbed young conservatives in their suits & bow-ties) mental cases since Reagan ruled the earth (in his demented mind).

I hope that when I wake up I'll find that Trump (scheduled to be on stage at C.P.A.C. at the time this item is posted) said something so stupid or repugnant (Is it too much to hope for an opening joke like "In five minutes we start draining the swamp that is the enemy of the people, the Washington Post newsroom, & believe me, folks, this will be a military operation, bigly!"?) that the 25th Amendment will be in play.I suppose this puts Scientology firmly in the Trump camp.

"Tomorrow Belongs To Me ..."

Or, "ideas whose time has come ..."Yes, Tomorrow was indeed yours, right through April of '45. We've already had this conversation. And a similar one that (sort of) ended in 1865.

Does Mr. Spencer strike you as a bit light in the loafers, as they used to say? Or is it just that to our jaundiced ears all the kids today speak like sissies?

Oh my, this has turned into one of those FoxNews "we report, you decide" situations:
This may help decisions.
From Esquire, totally on it.
[C.J.R. article]

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Johnny Winter's birthday (1944) today; we apparently didn't know (certainly didn't acknowledge) he is no more, having slipped the surly bonds of earth from a hotel room in Zurich, 16 July 2014.

Rolling Stone reminded us that Mr. Winter was "afflicted with albinism and 20/400 eyesight in one eye and 20/600 in the other".
Johnny Winter - Dallas (1969)
And the all-time honkie blues band number:
Added morbidity: On this date in 1821, John Keats died in Rome.

California Attacked!
Republic Finally Sinks!

MON 23 FEB 1942
Japanese submarine I-17 shells oil refinery at Ellwood, California. [The Wiki indicates I-17 hit an oil well on a golf course in what is now incorporated as Goleta, CA.]
Submarine Tarpon (SS-175) is damaged when she runs aground in Boling Strait, N.E.I. and becomes stranded (see 24 February).

U.S. freighter Lihue is torpedoed by German submarine U-161 about 275 miles west of Martinique, 14°30'N, 64°45'W; Lihue, damaged, engages U-161 in a surface gunnery action before the freighter is subsequently abandoned and the crew rescued by British tanker British Governor. Canadian armed merchant cruiser HMCS Prince Henry places a salvage party on board in attempt to save Lihue. Minesweeper Partridge (AM-16) tries to tow Lihue to safety, but the crippled merchantman sinks short of St. Lucia, the intended destination. There are no casualties to either the 36-man merchant crew or the 9-man Armed Guard.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Sun is torpedoed by German submarine U-502 about 54 miles north of Aruba, 13°02'N, 70°41'W, and although initially abandoned is reboarded. She is ultimately repaired and returned to service; there are no casualties among the 36-man crew (see 5 July).

Unarmed U.S. tanker Republic, torpedoed by German submarine U-504 on 21 February, having drifted onto reefs off Hobe Sound, Florida, sinks.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sole Survivor Swims Ashore

SUN 22 FEB 1942
Submarine Swordfish (SS-193) disembarks Philippine President Manuel Quezon and his party
(embarked since 20 February) at San Jose, Panay, P.I., to continue their journey out of the archipelago.

U.S. tanker Cities Service Empire is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-128 25 miles north of Bethel Shoals, 28°00'N, 80°22'W. Destroyer Biddle (DD-151) rescues survivors from life rafts while Coast Guard cutter Vigilant (WPC-154) goes alongside and rescues men directly from the burning ship. All told,
3 of the 9-man Armed Guard are lost, in addition to 11 of the 41-man civilian complement.

Unarmed U.S. tanker W.D. Anderson is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-504 about 12 miles northeast of Jupiter Point Lighthouse, 27°09'N, 79°56'W. The sole survivor of the 36-man crew swims ashore at Stewart, Florida.

Unarmed U.S. freighter West Zeda is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad, B.W.I., 09°13'N, 69°04'W. Schooner Emeralda rescues the entire 35-man crew,
who suffer no casualties in the encounter with the U-boat.

Awards Season Re-Cap & Brush-Off

You bet your ass I've better things on which to waste what little money, energy & interest I have & what little time remains to me on attendance & consumption at the mainstream cinema, so I've no idea what's been playing since, oh ... 1987, maybe. As far as this yr.'s load of nominations, Oscar®™© Night has always seemed like a good time for spring cleaning.

Also: Who gives a fucking shit? (Not Americans.)
Hollywood Reporter: Oscars Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Can't Name One Best Picture Nominee
Continuing the "crop of cinematic crap" theme, a partial list of nominations from the only awards that matter, The Golden Raspberries:
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Becky Turner / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Boat-Rockin', Cont'd.

Rock my Boat Dub (Special Melodica Version)

"Our love is like a ship on the ocean We've been sailing with a cargo
full of love and devotion"

Today in "English, motherfucker, do you speak it?":
“We’re not bragging, we brought the president where he is,” Jones said. “That doesn’t mean he didn’t have the will like a ship to be on the ocean but we were on the ocean that Trump was on. He knows that.”
I'll bet Trump understands it too; only a really good mind, the best mind, could follow it.

Actual Wed. weasel-dicked mo-fo, who is so not projecting his self-hatred he's N.S.F.W. (And proably not safe for his cardio-vascular system either. Don't hurt yourself, obese obscenity.):Even this reporter, a big league loser indeed, has more self-respect & self-control than to turn on the Web of Evil web-cam & record anything that inaneperiod. (Let alone make it available to others. Like Alex, I'm not perfect; laziness may enter into my reticence as well.)
But Jones, as usual, reserved his greatest wrath for the “globalists” who he says are determined to destroy humanity: “All across the world, humanity knows you’re the enemy. We’re going to get you assholes, just know that. It doesn’t mean we’re perfect but we’re not out to screw women and children and hurt people. You understand that, assholes? You hate humanity because you project your own hatred of yourself on us, assholes. You want to kill us, how about you die? Kill your fucking selves you fucking globalists!”

Last May, Jones told conservative columnist George Will to “put a .357 Magnum to your head and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself” for daring to criticize Trump.
Sauce, goose, gander, Jones. Surely you're always armed. G'wan, ya chicken?

Today In Demonology

This time the "demons" are white nationalists, not smelly leftish women who hate Jesus.
Seems as if every day is Weasel-Dick Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Republic Torpedoed: Foreshadowing?

SAT 21 FEB 1942
Submarine Triton (SS-201) sinks Japanese merchant cargo vessel Shokyu Maru in East China Sea, 60 miles south of Quelpart Island, 32°10'N, 126°28'E.

Unarmed U.S. tanker J.N. Pew is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-67 about 225 miles west of Aruba, N.W.I, 12°40'N, 74°00'W; two survivors reach the coast of Colombia, 35 miles east of Riohacha (see 14 March).

Unarmed U.S. tanker Republic is torpedoed by German submarine U-504 about three miles east of Jupiter Inlet, Florida, 27°05'N, 80°15'W; three crewmen perish in the initial explosion, while two drown in the abandonment. One lifeboat reaches shore unaided (18 men on board) while U.S. tanker Cities Service Missouri rescues six men from a second boat (see 23 February).

Admiral Leahy receives instruction to see Admiral Darlan immediately about German submarine U-156 receiving assistance at Martinique. Unless the Vichy French can assure the U.S. government that no Axis ships or planes will be allowed to enter French ports or territory in the Western Hemisphere, and that unless such assurances are rigidly maintained, the United States "will take such action in the interest of security of the Western Hemisphere as it may judge necessary and in accordance with existing inter-American obligations." Leahy writes in his diary that everything points to his early recall to Washington "for consultation" (see 16 April).

Worst State In The Nation?

Today it's Iowa, the Hawkeye State, one of whose elected representatives would like to dumb Iowans even further down.
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Senator Mark Chelgren Aims To Purge Democrats From Iowa Universities  —  The party affiliation on your voter registration card could block you from employment at Iowa's state universities were a newly proposed bill by Senator Mark Chelgren to become law.  Senate File 288, proposed …
Next, a proposal to ban "liberal" Jooos from academe? And we can't have no Catholics teaching our Protestant evangelical children now, can we? No women perfessin' neither, they should be at home cleanin' up after the children.

The mental & moral rot is not limited to state senators. Iowa's two Republican U.S. Senators were both busily ignoring or fleeing their constituents earlier today.

May I remind you that the two drooling idiots Iowans elected to the Senate have the same power in the Senate as Califonia's two Senators, who represent 10 times as many humanoids, many of them elitists who can read, write &
do simple arithmetic w/o using their fingers.

Tuesday Trump Toady Talent Try-Out

When Kellyanne Conway was still sur-named Fitzpatrick.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Today's Actual Birthdays Include ...

  • 1844 Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909) [I believe I read this by Slocum in the seventh or eighth grade. If so, I don't remember one word of it.]
  • 1902 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1904 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • 1912 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • 1914 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • 1916 Jackie Gleason, American comedian, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1921 Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1921 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outer space), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1924 Gloria Vanderbilt, don't my jeans look great (poor little rich girl)
  • 1925 Robert Altman, director (The Player, M*A*S*H), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927 Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)
  • 1927 Sidney Poitier , 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1928 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1929 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • 1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • 1942 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 1942 Peter Strauss, Croton-on-Hudson NY, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1942 Phil Esposito, Canadian NHL center, GM (Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • 1946 Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)
  • 1947 Peter Strauss, American actor
  • 1948 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois
  • 1949 Ivana Trump, Czech-American model and ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club), born in Gottwaldov, Moravia, Czechoslovak Republic
  • 1950 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1951 Randy California, [Wolfe], Cal, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You)
  • 1953 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • 1954 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • 1955 Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)
  • 1959 Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer
  • 1960 Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
  • 1963 Charles Barkley, American NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama
  • 1966 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • 1967 Kurt Cobain, American rock vocalist (Nirvana), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1969 Vaginal Creme Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
  • 1971 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • 1988 Rihanna, Barbadian singer and songwriter (Umbrella, We Found Love, Diamonds), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • It's a holiday, you bet I 'phoned it in. Crummy inaccurate source.

Philippine Gov't. Bugs Out

FRI 20 FEB 1942
Commander in Chief U.S. Fleet directs Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to establish Amphibious Forces.

TF 11 (Vice Admiral Wilson Brown Jr.), en route to attack Rabaul, is spotted by Japanese reconnaissance flying boats (Yokohama Kokutai).
Although the American attack is cancelled, Japanese naval land-based bombers (4th Kokutai) attack TF 11, centering their efforts upon Lexington (CV-2). In the ensuing battle off Bougainville, combat air patrol F4Fs (VF 3) and SBDs (VS 2) (the latter utilized in the anti-torpedo plane role) and ships' antiaircraft fire annihilate the enemy formations. In the battle, Lieutenant Edward H. O'Hare (VF 3) shoots down five bombers in six minutes, a phenomenal performance that earns him the Medal of Honor.

Submarine Swordfish (SS-193) embarks Philippine President Manuel Quezon, his wife and two children, Vice President Sergio Osmeña, and other Philippine government officials off Mariveles.

In the wake of the Japanese carrier strike the day before, Darwin, Australia, is abandoned as an Allied naval base. RAF and USAAF air operations from the field outside the port, however, will continue.

Japanese invade Timor Island, N.E.I.

Destroyer Stewart (DD-224), damaged by shellfire in the Battle of Badoeng Strait the previous night, suffers further damage when, improperly shored and placed on blocks, she rolls on her port side in a Dutch floating drydock at Surabaya, Java.

U.S. freighter Delplata is torpedoed by German submarine U-156 about 60 miles west of Martinique, 14°45'N, 62°10'W. Small seaplane tender Lapwing (AVP-1) rescues the 52 survivors (including the 13-man Armed Guard) and then scuttles the irreparably damaged merchantman with gunfire.

Unarmed U.S. freighter Azalea City is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-432 about 125 miles east-southeast of Ocean City, Maryland, 38°00'N, 73°00'W. There are no survivors from the 38-man crew.

Admiral William D. Leahy writes to President Roosevelt that he expects a recall "for consultation" since the French have not responded positively to Roosevelt's message of 11 February. President Roosevelt, while sympathetic to Admiral Leahy's position, subsequently informs his ambassador to Vichy that "to hold the fort [in Vichy] is as important a military task as any other in these days." Leahy is thus retained in France. On the same day that Leahy writes to the President, however, German submarine U-156 puts in to Martinique to put ashore one of the men wounded by the premature barrel explosion on 16 February (see 21 February).

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Survival At Sea

THU 19 FEB 1942
Japanese forces land on Bali, N.E.I.

Battle of Badoeng Strait begins as Allied naval force (Rear Admiral Karel W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) of three cruisers and accompanying destroyers attacks retiring Japanese Bali occupation force (Rear Admiral Kubo Kyuji) in Badoeng Strait. Destroyer Stewart (DD-224) is damaged by gunfire of destroyers Oshio and Asashio, 07°18'S, 112°46'E. Dutch destroyer Piet Hien is sunk; 30 of her survivors find motor whaleboat jettisoned by destroyer John D. Ford (DD-228) and proceed unaided to Java. Dutch light cruisers Java and Tromp are damaged by Japanese gunfire. Japanese destroyers Ushio and Michisio are damaged by Allied gunfire.

Japanese carrier striking force (Vice Admiral Nagumo Chuichi) attacks Darwin, Australia; 189 planes from carriers Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu and Soryu bomb shipping, airfields, and shore installations; carrier bombers sink destroyer Peary (DD 226), 12°30'S, 130°50'E, U.S. Army Transport Miegs and U.S. freighter Mauna Loa (on board the latter all hands--37-man crew and seven passengers--survive); and damage seaplane tender (destroyer) William B. Preston (AVD-7). U.S. freighter Portmar is damaged and beached (one of her 34-man crew is killed; two of the 300 embarked soldiers perish as well; 12 men are injured); freighter Admiral Halstead (carrying drummed gasoline) is damaged as well (she suffers no casualties). In related actions, U.S. freighter Florence D, under charter to the Army and carrying a cargo of ammunition, rescues eight-man PBY (VP 22) crew (Lieutenant Thomas H. Moorer) off north coast of Australia, near Darwin, and later comes under attack by Japanese carrier aircraft that bomb and sink the ship (one man of Moorer's crew and three of the 37-man ship's complement are killed in action); Australian minesweeper HMAS Warrnambol and mission boat St. Francis rescue the survivors. Japanese carrier planes also bomb and sink Philippine motorship Don Isidro (chartered by the U.S. Army to run supplies to Corregidor) off northwest coast of Bathurst Island, 11°00'S, 130°00'E; 11 of the 67-man crew and one of the 16 embarked soldiers are killed. HMAS Warrnambol rescues the surviving crew and passengers. Japanese naval land attack planes (Kanoya and 1st Kokutais) bomb airfield at Darwin.

Submarine S-37 (SS-142) is damaged by grounding off the northeast corner of Lembogan Island, Lombok Strait, N.E.I., but continues on patrol.

Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Harold F. Dixon (Naval Aviation Pilot) and his two-man crew (VT 6), whose plane ditched due to fuel exhaustion on 16 January, reach Danger Islands, 10°48'S, 165°49'E, having spent 34 days at sea in their rubber boat. They have subsisted on occasional fish speared with a pocket knife, two birds, and rain water. While the straight line distance traveled measures 450 miles, the estimated track is approximately 1,200 miles. Dixon is awarded the Navy Cross for heroism, leadership, and resourcefulness.

Destroyer Dallas (DD-199) rescues 46 survivors from Brazilian tanker Olinda, sunk the day before by German submarine U-432.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Pan Massachusetts is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-128 about 20 miles off Cape Canaveral, Florida, 28°27'N, 80°08'W; Coast Guard lighthouse tender Forward (WAGL-160) and British tanker Elizabeth Massey rescue 18 survivors from the 38-man crew.

U.S. freighter Lake Osweya is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-96 in the North Atlantic, 43°14'N, 54°45'W. Although U-96 sees three lifeboats pull away from the ship, no survivors from the 30-man merchant complement or the seven-man Armed Guard are ever found.

Transport William P. Biddle (AP-15) arrives at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and disembarks the 9th Defense Battalion.

Oh My!

Found some seriously fake news.

As the world braces itself for the high profile arrests to begin of senior politicians in relation to the “Pizzagate” Washington D.C. pedophile ring scandal, CNN seems to be preparing their own spin on the shocking (fake) news story.

The mainstream media outlet, who have been desperately trying to cover up Pedogate since it first broke last year by branding it as “fake news”, are now preparing to suggest that the upcoming arrests are all part of some elaborate coup by President Trump’s administration to “drain the swamp” of some of his less desirable opponents.
The American cable and satellite TV channel even went as far as to suggest that the arrests will be a “shock event” also used as a diversionary tactic to distract the public from “those Trump tax returns, or even his ties to Russia”.

CNN, along with other news agencies and high-level politicians, have desperately been trying to convince the public that the Washington pedophilia ring was nothing more that a wild conspiracy theory, but as the Pizzagate arrests now seem imminent, the conspirers begin scrambling to create another cover story.
Note that the "imminent" link goes to neonnettle.com., which would appear to be where typist "Jay Greenberg" first published this lump of codswallop, in the grand "One lies, the other swears to it" tradition of the Echo Chamber of Idiocy & Paranoid Buffoonery.
The news broke last week of the imminent arrests following the leak from an FBI insider last week, confirming that 30 politicians and 40 other individuals are to be arrested in Washington D.C., Virginia, and New York City in connection with the Pizzagate pedophile ring.

According to the leak, the FBI has now submitted the arrest warrants to the Department Of Justice and awaits the signature of the newly appointed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and soon as he is sworn in this Thursday morning.

Mr. Sessions was briefed on the investigation and all of the evidence over three weeks ago.
Published ten days ago: What's Sessions waiting for?

As a final fillip, get an idea of the mental miasma emanating from the fake news fever swamps.

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