Wednesday, January 31, 2018

More Of The Greatest, Bestest Minds

What a collection. Sheer fucking loser idiots.
 Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump's Environment Pick: Fossil Fuels Ended Slavery, CO2 Is Good for You … One of the most embarrassing political flops of 2017 was Donald Trump's nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White, a longtime fossil-fuel advocate, to direct the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Also: Sleepy Ben Carson, nepotist.
 Washington Post:
‘Using his position for private gain’: HUD lawyers warned Ben Carson risked running afoul of ethics rules by enlisting son … Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson allowed his son to help organize a “listening tour” in Baltimore last summer despite warnings from department lawyers …
Crazy, stupid, ignorant people, religious fringies & petty grifters, every one of them.

30+ Yrs. Later, Retarded Reagan's "Star Wars" Bullshit Still Doesn't Work

The US Navy reportedly conducted a failed ballistic missile intercept test on Wednesday, the second failed test involving a SM-3 Block IIA in a year.

The missile was fired from an Aegis Ashore missile defense station in Hawaii and missed its intended target, which was launched from an aircraft.

The Department of Defense confirmed to CNN that a test had taken place, but did not mention the result.

"The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning," DoD spokesman Mark Wright told CNN.

If confirmed, the test would be the second time this year that the missile, made by Raytheon, failed to intercept its target during tests. The last failure happened in July of last year, and was blamed on a sailor accidentally entering data that identified the target as a friendly, causing the missile to self-destruct.

Raytheon is developing the missile as part of a joint project between the US and Japan, which plans to install two of the systems on its mainland in order to defend against threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

The failure comes amid high tensions between the US and North Korea. Defense officials told CNN that they would not publicly discuss the failed launch, in part because of "sensitivities surrounding North Korea."
Waste fraud & abuse!! "Reportedly", because the Pentagon is lying to us, as it always does, in this case by omission. Fuck Raytheon too. Nothing but bullshit.

Bombs Away!

SUN 31 JAN 1943
USMC SBDs (VMSB 233), TBFs, F4Fs and USAAF P-39s, flying from Guadalcanal sink Japanese transport Toa Maru between Vella Lavella and Kolombangara, 07°50'S, 156°50'E. Torpedo boat Hiyodori and minelayer Kamime, damaged in the air attacks, rescue survivors and transport them to Kolombangara.

Paranoid Asshole Of The Day

Hey, this sounds like a great idea! Can't wait.
John Guandolo, a disgraced former FBI agent who now makes a living as an anti-Islam conspiracy theorist, appeared on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” program yesterday where he urged President Trump to purge everyone in the government who was appointed by President Obama, dismiss all generals in the military, and investigate members of Congress “for committing sedition and treason.”

Guandolo, who has recently been calling for those responsible for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and members of the media who have attacked the president to be tried for treason and executed, said that he recommend to Trump prior to the election that he should “purge” the government upon taking office and is urging him to implement this plan now.

“When we talk about a purge,” he said, “it would include everybody who is a SES in the government being asked to leave—and I don’t mean asked, I mean, ‘You’ve got 24 hours to pack your junk and get out of your office.’ You can task the inspector generals [sic] and within 24 to 48 hours they could provide you a list of names of everybody in their component compartments that were appointed by Mr. Obama and you would fire all of those people. I would fire everybody in the military who has a star on their shoulder, every general officer and one through four stars in the Navy; fire them because they are the ones responsible for us losing the wars.”

“I think investigations into members of Congress who are aiding and abetting our enemies and committing sedition and treason,” Guandolo also suggested, “and making real examples of them.”
None of the above sounds anything like "sedition", does it? Although it certainly makes it even clearer that conservatism is a form of paranoiac mental illness.

More Shit Not to Buy:
Interstate Batteries

Are there no laws about truth in advertsing? Because this Gawd stuff is a big fucking lie. No such thing as "love" either.Note also that the company is a parasitic middle-man. Just like Jesus:
Interstate Battery System of America, Inc., a.k.a. Interstate Batteries, is a privately owned company that markets automotive batteries manufactured by Exide Technologies, Johnson Controls and others through independent distributors.

Songs To Listen To While Being Crushed In A Garbage Truck In Virginia By Republicans

Garbage trucks all over the news recently.
ALEX JONES (HOST): This is breaking: Paul Ryan was onboard the train carrying lawmakers, a whole bunch of lawmakers, to a high-level GOP retreat. A truck kamikaze rammed it, a cement truck, a big truck, a dump truck kamikaze rammed it. And Paul Ryan was on board. There’s one dead. A bunch of people injured. But what’s the odds of this? No, this is a message, you better believe it. And they’re going to spin it and try to, “Oh, it’s no big deal, everything’s fine.” “Oh, Vegas isn’t Islamic.” Of course it’s come out it has. “Oh, there’s not multiple shooters.” This is a serious message, very serious message that we can get you anywhere you are. You go to your baseball practice, we’re going to shoot you. We’re going to come after your family.

Rammed the front of the train, killing the driver and derailing part of the train. I mean, this is amazing. So this country is in a civil war. You can believe this was on purpose. I mean, I’d say 98 percent chance. This is unbelievable.

You had two miles away in Washington Antifa meeting with videos and police raids saying they were going to derail trains at that exact place and derailing a train a month before, but nobody -- it wasn’t a passenger train. And then they go, “Oh, the driver admits that he missed the speed limit and just went ahead and went too fast around there.” Yeah, whatever. I mean, this is getting ridiculous.
The songs in question are here.

We are again confronted w/ the fact that there is no Gawd; if there were a big killer fairy in the sky, surely some of the Republicans would have died.

Another One Bites The Dust
[Now W/ Video Update]

Another of Lumpy Trumpy's "greatest minds" who couldn't figure out what her job was.
 Brianna Ehley / Politico:
Trump's top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts
Debra Goldschmidt / CNN:   CDC Director Fitzgerald resigns
Sure, Coca-Cola gives a big fucking shit about obesity.

Maybe Trump could try appointing someone who isn't an aging, stupid, stock-holding right-wing nut-job to a position somewhere.

Added pictures & spoken words for the illiterate:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


70 yrs. ago: Hindu nut-job plugged Gandhi. (No one could hit Trump today? He was right there asking for it.)

50 yrs. ago: Beginning of the end of American attempts at empire?

Cold War


Tet Offensive shakes Cold War confidence

Vietnam War


Tet Offensive begins

Just fuck everybody & everything to hell.

Chicago & Samuel Gompers Sunk

SAT 30 JAN 1943
Battle of Rennell Island ends as F4Fs (VF 10) engage Japanese land attack planes (751st Kokutai) attacking the retiring TF 18. Japanese land attack planes torpedo crippled heavy cruiser Chicago (CA 29), now under tow of tug Navajo (AT-64), and torpedo destroyer LaVallette (DD-448). Consequently, Chicago sinks 30 miles east of Rennell Island, 11°26'S, 160°56'E.

Japanese submarine I-10 torpedoes and sinks U.S. freighter Samuel Gompers 115 miles from Amadee Lighthouse, New Caledonia, 24°28'S, 166°20'E; one of the 17-man Armed Guard dies, and three of the 43-man merchant complement perish in the sinking. French fishermen and U.S. Army crash boat P 111 rescue the survivors.

Naval Station, Akutan Harbor, Fox Island, Alaska, is established.

Floating drydock YFD-220 founders and sinks in heavy weather off California coast.

Grossadmiral Karl Doenitz succeeds Grossadmiral Erich Raeder as Commander in Chief of the German Navy.

After Trump ...

It will take a lot of work, but there is precedence. The U.S. has had some experience in de-Nazifying/de-militarizing a nation or two:
"Your Job In Germany"
"Our Job In Japan"
And an historical side note for Sean "Lord Suck-Up" Hannity: No one is safe from justice, loudmouthed punk!But don't let that keep you from shooting off your big traitorous mouth, America-hater! Your goose is already cooked, & is about to be served on a big platter.

"YOU LIE!!!"

Someone had better have the intestinal fortitude to shout said truth as loudly as possible at Trump every time he lies (i.e., opens his fat yap) tonight during his little dog-&-pony show. Or just have the guts to stand up & shoot the fat bastard.

Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis!!

Pin-Dick's Compensator Confiscated
At Airport

Why does this obese obscenity need a gun? Is it because of all the cash he carries around in his rôle as a Republican Party bagman/"lobbyist"? Or merely compensation for a shriveled little wee-wee?
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he will pay a fine after being arrested with a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he went through an airport security checkpoint in early January.

Barbour — Republican National Committee chairman in the mid-1990s and governor from 2004-12 — told The Associated Press on Tuesday he was trying to board a flight Jan. 2 from Jackson to Washington, D.C. He said he forgot he was carrying the gun, which he had put in his briefcase after an assistant removed it from his car days earlier.

“This was absentmindedness and nobody’s fault but mine,” said Barbour, 70, who lives in Mississippi and frequently travels to the nation’s capital for his job as a lobbyist.
Shouldn't Barbour be placed on the no-fly terrorist list? And forbidden from ever again owning a gun, since he & his thug flunkies obviously haven't the slightest idea of how to handle one properly?

Today's Trump Cult Chump

Saw this witch spinning Trump on the telly. Nothing but the greatest, best minds for the Cult of Trump, right?
Madison Gesiotto (born Madison Mari Gesiotto on March 20, 1992) is an American conservative commentator, columnist, figure skater, model, and beauty queen who won Miss Ohio USA 2014. She represented the state of Ohio at Miss USA 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014. She is currently the author of a weekly column at The Washington Times titled Millennial Mindset.
Wait, wait, a 25-yr. old who sells her appearance pimping for Trump? This is a joke, right? If it is a joke, it's on you, American people.

Impeachment Watch

On July 28, the US Senate voted 98-2 to adopt the new Combating America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). President Donald Trump had little choice and signed it into law on August 2, although the main aim of the law was to make sure that the president could not revoke the sanctions against Russia because of its military aggression in Ukraine on his own.

The most interesting element of the new law was section 241. It called on the secretary of the treasury, in consultation with the director of national intelligence and the secretary of state, to submit within 180 days a detailed report identifying “the most significant senior foreign political figures and oligarchs” in Russia, “as determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth” and an “assessment of the relationship between individuals" and "President Vladimir Putin or other members of the Russian ruling elite” and an “identification of any indices of corruption with respect to those individuals.”

This anticipated report was called the “Kremlin list” and it was due at midnight on January 29. The obvious aim was to identify those who had made their fortune on illicit contacts with the Kremlin. The various US government bodies involved clearly carried out conscientious work along these lines.

At the last minute, however, somebody high up—no one knows who at this point—threw out the experts’ work and instead wrote down the names of the top officials in the Russian presidential administration and government plus the 96 Russian billionaires on the Forbes list. In doing so, this senior official ridiculed the government experts who had prepared another report, rendering CAATSA ineffective and mocking US sanctions on Russia overall. By signing this list, the secretary of the treasury took responsibility for it.

If this excerpt of the Kremlin phone book will have any effect, it will solidify the Russian elite behind Putin, while the authors of CAATSA aspired to split the Russian elite and offer prominent Russians the option to live safely in the West. Many businessmen on the Forbes list are citizens of countries other than Russia and have lived abroad for years. In no way have the US authorities proven that these people have done anything wrong.

The main beneficiary of this list is Russia’s president. The question arises why the secretary of the treasury derides US sanctions on Russia and legislation signed into law by the president.
Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
[From the globalists.]

Uh, Grounds For Impeachment, Anyone?

To hell w/ all the other horseshit that's been committed, shouldn't this alone do it?
Trump admin declines to impose new Russia sanctions  —  US-Russia relations after Trump's first year  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has declined to impose sanctions against companies and foreign countries doing business with blacklisted Russian defense and intelligence entities.
Once impeached, convicted & removed from office & memory, can we string him (& much of the Republican Congress) up at a gas station, Mussolini-style?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Battle Of Rennell Island Begins;
Kiwi & Moa Sink I-1

FRI 29 JAN 1943
Battle of Rennell Island begins as Japanese land attack planes (701st and 705th Kokutai) attack TF 18 (Rear Admiral Robert C. Giffen) cruisers and destroyers covering the movement of transport force (TG 62.8) toward Guadalcanal. Japanese 701st Kokutai land attack planes damage heavy cruiser Chicago (CA 29); in the retirement from the area, heavy cruiser Louisville (CA 28), in a masterful piece of seamanship, takes her damaged sistership in tow in complete darkness.

New Zealand corvettes HMNZS Kiwi and HMNZS Moa sink Japanese submarine I-1 off Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal, 09°13'S, 159°40'E.

Submarine Gato (SS-212) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Nichiun Maru off southeast tip of Bougainville, Solomons, 06°22'S, 156°04'E, despite proximity of escorting submarine chaser Ch 22.

Portuguese destroyer Lima recovers survivors from U.S. freighter Julia Ward Howe, sunk by German submarine U-442 about 350 miles southwest of the Azores.

Today In Tweetering

A point so obvious it's easily & often missed.
Remember, the cult has almost three million fewer members than the rest of the voting country.

And this guy:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Julia Ward Howe Sunk, City Of Flint Survivors Rescued

THU 28 JAN 1943
German submarines continue operations against stragglers from convoy UGS 4. U-514 resumes attack on freighter Charles C. Pinckney. The freighter is abandoned for a second time, after which time U-514's officers question the survivors. The U-boat then sinks Charles C. Pinckney with gunfire; a storm separates the four boatloads of survivors (see 8 February). U-442 torpedoes and sinks freighter Julia Ward Howe about 175 miles south of the Azores, 35°29'N, 29°10'W, 1 of the 29-man Armed Guard is lost with the ship (see 29 January).

Portuguese destroyer Lima rescues 48 survivors from sunken U.S. freighter City of Flint (see 12 March).

Songs To Listen To While Being Crushed In A Garbage Truck
In San Diego

Mothers of Invention - "Mr. Green Genes"
You can eat the truck/That brought 'em in/Garbage truck
MMMMMMMMoldy garbage truck/Eat the truck & driver/And his gloves
The Cramps - "Garbageman"
Frank Zappa - "Son of Mr. Green Genes"
The Novas- "The Crusher"
William Shatner - "Garbageman"

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Today's Phrase: "Marine Casualty"

WED 27 JAN 1943
Submarine Whale (SS-239) damages Japanese transport Shoan Maru in the central Pacific, 14°24'N, 153°30'E; towed to Saipan and grounded to facilitate salvage, Shoan Maru performs no more active service.

Japanese ship No.2 Choko Maru rescues about 1,000 survivors of army cargo ship Buyo Maru, sunk the previous day by submarine Wahoo (SS-238).

Japanese destroyer Karukaya is damaged off Takao, Formosa, by marine casualty.

Submarine I-27 is damaged by marine casualty off Penang, Malaya.

U.S. freighter Cape Decision, steaming independently from Charleston, South Carolina to Freetown, Sierra Leone, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-105 at 23°00'N, 46°40'W; all 45 merchant sailors, 26-man Armed Guard, and six passengers, survive the sinking (see 5 and 10 February).

U.S. freighter Charles C. Pinckney, a straggler from convoy UGS 4, is torpedoed by German submarine U-514 about 200 miles southwest of the Azores, 36°37'N, 30°55'W. When U-514 surfaces nearby, Armed Guard gunners hold fire until well within range, at which point they open up and score hits on their assailant, driving her off for the time being (see 28 January).

Literal Garbage In The
Throwaway Society

No longer mere metaphor; can't be any more obvious now, can it?

Homeless man escapes after being thrown into garbage truck with his tent in San Diego

The incident occurred Dec. 22 in downtown San Diego as police and code-enforcement officers were performing a regular clearing of homeless encampments.

The abatements involve removing property left on the street, usually by homeless people.

According to people familiar with what happened, police officers at the scene approved the area for clearing before work crews heaved the tent into the trash truck. Presumably they thought the tent was filled with bedding and other discards.

San Diego police did not respond to questions about why officers allowed the code-enforcement team to proceed with the removal of an occupied tent.
Better luck next time, eh coppers?

And where are all the libertarians motherfuckers hypocrites? Shouldn't they be standing up for the property rights of these dispossessed citizens?

Animal Bandstand

Sly And The Family Stone - "I'm An Animal"
Angry Samoans - "Too Animalistic"

Today In Good Parenting
(Good Schooling, Too)

Reporter rushes to Kentucky school shooting - and learns the alleged gunman is her son … BENTON, Ky. — It was a journalist's worst nightmare.  —  The editor of the Marshall County Daily Online raced to the county's high school Tuesday morning after reports that shots had been fired.
Where'd Junior get the gun, lady? Not to mention the urge to kill?

Perhaps the school rather than the home, but common sense suggests a vicious synergy of the two environments most toxic to the youth of today: School & home.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Submarines In Action

TUE 26 JAN 1943
Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) damages Japanese transport Tokai Maru at Port Apra, Guam, 13°27'N, 144°37'E.

Submarine Grayling (SS-209) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Ushio Maru in Verde Island Passage, north of Mindoro, P.I., 13°26'N, 121°16'E.

Submarine Gudgeon (SS-211) is damaged by depth charges in the Banda Sea, 03°59'S, 127°54'E, but remains on patrol.

Submarine Wahoo (SS-238) attacks Japanese convoy about 270 miles north of Dutch New Guinea and torpedoes and sinks army cargo ships Buyo Maru and No.2 Fukuei Maru, 02°00'N, 139°14'E. After dispatching the freighters, which are serving as transports, Wahoo (Lieutenant Commander Dudley W. Morton) surfaces to recharge her batteries and mans her guns. Firing her 4-inch gun at the largest of the craft draws Japanese return fire from automatic weapons. As Morton later writes, "We then opened fire with everything we had." Subsequently, Wahoo pursues and torpedoes armed merchant cruiser Ukishima Maru, 02°37'N, 139°42'E, and army cargo ship Pacific Maru, 02°30'N, 139°44'E (see 27 January).

Today's S-E-X Criminal

Who's next among the Titans of Greed?
 Wall Street Journal:
Dozens of People Recount Pattern of Sexual Misconduct by Las Vegas Mogul Steve Wynn  —  Wynn Resorts employees and others described a CEO who sexualized his workplace and pressured workers to perform sex acts.  Mr. Wynn responded: ‘The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.’

Survey: Approx. 95+% Of Small Business Owners Are Ignorant Assholes Who Make Their Employee's Lives Miserable

 Ali Meyer / Washington Free Beacon: 
Survey: 64% of Small Business Owners Believe Trump's Policies Have Helped Their Business
Chump-ass suckers, too. Can't wait until the (impending) Trump recession hits them in the ass. They'll be whining an entirely different tune then.

More On How You Bastards Treat
The Least Among Us

This is just in Southern California, you realize.
A 35-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting on fire a tent where two people were sleeping, Santa Ana police said.

The morning of Jan. 19, authorities said, James Anthony Lawlor approached the tent, which was pitched in a vacant lot, and told the occupants they had 15 minutes to leave. Otherwise, he told them, he'd come back with his Glock handgun, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

When a man inside the tent popped his head out, police allege, Lawlor kicked him twice and then fled in a black truck.

About five minutes later, Lawlor returned, carrying a red gas container, police say. He then poured gasoline on the tent and set it on fire.

The man and woman inside were able to flee. The man suffered some minor burns, as well as injuries from the two blows to his head.

Investigators arrested Lawlor at his home, and took him into custody on suspicion of attempted murder, arson of an inhabited structure and other charges.
Meanwhile, downtown, the U.N.'s special rapporteur for housing, Leilani Farha, looked around & was horrified.
Nearly 58,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County, according to a 2017 count — a 23 percent increase from the year before. “The reason for the number of people living in encampments and in their vehicles is very simple,” Shayla Myers, an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, testified at the forum. “The City of Los Angeles is 560,000 units short of affordable housing for very low- and extremely low-income households.”

Myers said city officials talk the right talk, while primarily concerning themselves with the wishes of the well-to-do, especially when touting urban renewal that results in gentrification.

According to Myers, instead of treating the presence of thousands sleeping on its streets as an emergency, a city that’s hosting the Olympics in 2028 has “doubled down on its commitment to seizing and destroying people’s property.” The stated reason is cleanliness and disease, but the embraced solution is myopic and cruel, placing “the onus of public health, of alleviating the public health crisis, on unhoused people.”

Farha, who is preparing a report for the UN on informal settlements, shook her head throughout the testimony. After two hours, she’d heard enough.

“How the fuck did we get here?” she asked, apologizing for her profanity. It’s just that, she expained, “the fight is so base. In the frickin’ richest country, a relatively stable democracy, it’s so base — I mean, fighting for the right to sit; fighting for the right to shit; fighting for the right to sleep, in a tent.”

“People are being annihilated here,” she continued. “I have my work cut out for me.”
That's right, it's annihilation. Or simply murder. And don't think it won't happen to you suckers out there when your asses are gentrified out of the dumps you live in.

Me, I'm not leaving this world of shit & pain until I've struck a blow for justice & taken at least a couple of landlords w/ me, IYKWIMAITYD. (Hope I'm safe from little squealers if I'm not more specific about potential targets.)

[L.A.Times/LA Progressive]

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Day On (& In) The Atlantic

MON 25 JAN 1943
Submarine Shad (SS-235) torpedoes German blockade runner (ore transport) Nordfels in Bay of Biscay, 43°28'N, 02°59'W.

German submarine U-575 torpedoes and sinks U.S. freighter City of Flint, straggling from Casablanca-bound convoy UGS 4, about 300 miles south of the Azores, 34°47'N, 31°40'W; 4 of 24 Armed Guard sailors are lost (see 28 January).

Crunchy Cretin Rod
Raked Over Racial Coals

Sarah Jones at TNR:

Rod Dreher’s Race Problem

In wading into the “shithole” debate, Dreher betrays the dark side of his reverence for Western civilization.

Fucking fear-crazed moron.

Today In Stenography

Miss Piggy oinks:
At Wednesday’s daily press briefing, Fox News reporter Jon Decker asked Sanders if Trump would try to prevent his former strategist, Steve Bannon, from testifying before a grand jury in the Russia investigation by invoking a claim of executive privilege.

“As you have mentioned many times,” Decker said, “as the president has mentioned many times, ‘there is no collusion,’ why —”

“I’m glad you guys are starting to echo that, too,” Sanders interrupted. “If you could say it more and more when you’re on your networks, that would be really helpful.”
What a piece of work she is. The nutjob doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Old Order Passeth;
Will Not Be Missed At All

Lame musical hacks Neal Diamond & Elton John have announced retirements; Mr. Diamond has Parkinson's disease & has actually canceled some tour dates at the bottom of the world, while Mr. John (The Limey Billy Joel) is apparently grubbing money for his retirement & will have a farewell tour.

Good riddance, if much too late. The horridly limp & lamely mid-tempo music of both these crowd-pleasing hacks has been offending my delicate sensibilities for decades now, & (like everything the hell else on this planet of idiots) I am frankly sick & tired of the non-stop drivel that has emanated from their two pieholes for a virtual eternity.

Hoping their retirements are short & painful; I can't wait forever to piss on their graves.

"... subsisting on raw fish, fowl, and rainwater"

SUN 24 JAN 1943
Bombardment group of destroyers (Rear Admiral Walden L. Ainsworth) bombards Japanese fuel and munitions dumps in the Stanmore area, Kolombangara, Solomons. Later that same day, TBFs, SBDs and F4Fs from carrier Saratoga (CV-3) air group (Rear Admiral DeWitt C. Ramsey) bomb the same objectives.

Submarine Wahoo (SS-238) damages Japanese destroyer Harusame eleven miles west of Wewak, New Guinea, 03°23'S, 143°34'E.

High speed minesweeper Zane (DMS-14) recovers one boatload of crewmen from torpedoed freighter Peter H. Burnett and then proceeds to aid the stricken merchantman. Zane then tows the freighter to Sydney, Australia, for repairs.

Japanese light cruiser Nagara is damaged by marine casualty off Anatahan Island.

Submarine chaser PC-576 rescues one Armed Guard sailor (Seaman First Class Basil D. Izzi, USNR) and two Dutch seamen from Dutch motorship Zaandam at 08°39'N, 58°46'W. Zaandam had been sunk by German submarine U-174 on 2 November 1942. The three survivors have spent 83 days on the small raft, subsisting on raw fish, fowl, and rainwater.

Survivors of U.S. tanker Brilliant, which had broken in two on 20 January, are rescued by Canadian minesweeper from the after portion of the ship. Of the 54 men on board, 31 merchant seamen are saved; 13 of the Armed Guard survive.

Well Of Course They Do!

Study: Married Veterans Face Greater Risk of Suicide

Hell is other people. The ninth circle of hell is other people under the same roof you're stuck under.

There's also the guilt factor, though I rather doubt anyone who'd enlist in the military is capable of feeling guilt (or much of anything but craven fear of anything new or different) about murdering furriners who talk & look funny.


To Hell W/ The Mayor,
& The Board Of Supervisors

"A lot of people have asked, and rightly so, 'Why isn't homelessness gone?'" Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a kickoff event for the count Tuesday night. Residents will see some progress this year, including "pop-up villages" and new housing, Garcetti said.

"In five years we can cut this population on the street in half," Garcetti said. "And in 10 years … we can end life on the street."

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas urged patience and realistic expectations, saying: "This is not about perfection. It is about progress."
TEN FUCKING YRS.? TEN? I'd like to strip both of these heartless uncaring bastards naked & throw them on the street downtown. Or just force them to spend a night sleeping on the fucking street. Their "be patient, progress is being made" tune might change a little. Board Chair Ridley-Thomas is of the African-American persuasion; did he think black people should have just sat & waited, & convinced themselves that in a few hundred more yrs. Honky America might come around & stop legal discrimination, rather than standing up for their rights?

Remember, trillions for war & murder on the other side of the world, not even a few million for affordable housing, or prosecuting rent-seeking landlords out of business, which is the real answer to the problem.

From the L.A. Times, which is also a part of this problem, & a hell of a lot of other problems.

Good News From Nature

  —  New data from state geologists show that an earthquake fault runs below Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills' shopping district, heightening the known seismic risk in an area famous for Cartier, Gucci, Prada and other luxury brands.
The planet has just about had it w/ the depradations of the filthy rich. Die in a fucking earthquake, rent-seekers & parasites!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fuck The Poor, Part It Never Fucking Ends, Does It?

 Rachel Louise Ensign / Wall Street Journal:
Bank of America: No More Free Checking for Customers With Low Balances  —  eBanking customers switched into accounts that typically require direct deposit or a minimum balance to avoid $12 monthly fee  —  Bank of America Corp. has eliminated a free checking account popular …
Here's some inspiration from 1970, when the Isla Vista branch of the BofA was burned to the ground.If you can't destroy a BofA branch, at least attack one of their free-standing A.T.M.s. I suspect that pouring a flammable substance over/in one & lighting it would work pretty damn well. And don't forget to smash the cameras first.

An even better & completely deserving target:
Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America.
A rent-seeking bog-monkey. What next? Send him back to the Ould Sod w/ a shillelagh up his parasite ass!