Monday, April 30, 2018

Atlantic Fleet Shirks Duty;
Men & Equipment Landed On Panay

FRI 30 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Gudgeon (SS-212) lands men and equipment on Panay, P.I.

Submarine Scorpion (SS-278) sinks Japanese guardboat No.5 Ebisu Maru east of Japan, 37°24'N, 154°40'E.

Submarine Snook (SS-279) lays mines off Saddle Island, China.

U.S. freighter Phoebe A. Hearst is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-19 about 240 miles southeast of Suva, Fiji Islands, 19°48'S, 176°44'E (see 1, 5 and 14 May).

Atlantic
Atlantic Fleet turns over responsibility for convoys between Halifax and United Kingdom to British and Canadian naval forces.

Web-Log Wrangling Returns!

Read 'em & weep. Or stay ignorant & uninformed, it's not as if this reporter ever gave a flying fuck at a rolling dough-nut about anything, ever.

Moments Later: Found this, dated 22 January 2017 (A reaction to something posted about the inauguration?) in the Mike's Blog Round Up tip-line. Seems nice, as they say.
The reactionary mind revealed: Happy to make vicious death threats, but won't use actual "dirty" words.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Pearl-Clutching Pukes

Reactions to the reactions from the triggered snowflakes:
If the snowflakes can't take the heat, they should get the hell outta the kitchen before they melt.

Missionary Evacuation; Ranger "Sunk"

THU 29 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Gato (SS-212) lands coast watchers at Teop Island, Solomons Islands, and evacuates missionaries.

Atlantic
German submarine U-404 attacks carrier, misidentified as Ranger (CV-4), in screen of convoy ONS 4. Although U-404's Korvettenkapitan Otto von Bulow claims to have heard four detonations, leading the German Navy to credit him with Ranger's destruction, U-404's intended victim, however, is British escort carrier HMS Biter, which emerges unscathed from the encounter. The "sunken" Ranger will prove, much to the Germans' distress, a very potent adversary (see 5 October).

PBY (VP 84) damages German submarine U-528 as it threatens convoy ONS 5.

U.S. freighter McKeesport, in convoy ONS 5, is torpedoed by German submarine U-258 at 60°52'N, 34°20'W, and abandoned. British trawler HMS Northern Gem rescues all hands: 43 merchant seamen (one of whom dies subsequently) and the 25-man Armed Guard. British frigate HMS Tay scuttles McKeesport with gunfire.

Sensitive Sissy Snowflake Wrap-Up

Note esp. Andy Richter & Charlotte Clymer. "Drain the swamp" hell, nuke every last one of the swamp-dwellers.
 Matt Schlapp / @mschlapp:
Discussion:
Yes, the White House is certainly incredibly respectful, & not the least reprehensible.

Patriarchal Asshole Of The Wk.: "Cover Up, Hoors!" Also: "Slutbug".

Sweet Sunday Morning Blood of Jesus, read this, but be prepared to recover your jaw from the floor ...

BRITAIN’S ROYAL WEDDING REQUIRES PROPER DRESS!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be married in a few weeks and their wedding announcements clearly state that there will be a dress code! The strict royal wedding dress code that guests will have to follow requires men wearing uniforms or mourning coats that include waistcoat and striped trousers and very conservative dress for the ladies: No open toed shoes, no bare shoulders, and dresses below the knee or just above. No black dresses and no wedges “since the Queen hates them.”

That’s a more decent standard than what I see in very Conservative churches weekly! This concern for proper attire is even popping up in secular organizations and businesses!

I never expected to see the day when secular organizations were concerned with proper clothing! But it’s here. Psychology Today published an article, “The First Impression,” revealing that decisions are made about us in 20 to 30 seconds so our dress must be appropriate. For office work men should wear suits with black or brown shoes–no tennis shoes. Women’s blouses should not be sleeveless or see-through and skirts should not be “too tight” and no more than two inches above the knee! I prefer the middle of the knee.

Many Christian schools and Christian colleges don’t have such tight standards! What’s going on? Maybe folks are finally willing to say that there should be some parameters in everything. Maybe we should exercise some discretion in dress, speech, and actions. Although to watch female entertainers parade around on the red carpet it seems they have not received the message: there are some standards that decent people won’t break.

Recently, I walked into a room where the television news had been on and one of the award shows was on. What I saw was pure exhibitionism as female after female exposed themselves to the world. It seems some people have no standards.

Yes, I spend much of my life in a bubble but anyone should be able to agree that a woman should not expose her breasts to anyone except her husband. And with splits and see-through dresses, they almost expose other special parts of the female body. Of course, the human body is not “dirty” but it should be private.

It is noteworthy that men are still dressing basically as they did a hundred years ago but women seem to have been bitten by the slutbug that some say originated in France but its source is questionable.

I don’t hear many preachers, priests, or rabbis saying much about the exhibition on television. Maybe we need another Jerome who, in the fourth century, scolded a female Roman church member: “Your vest is slit on purpose….Your breasts are confined in strips of linen, your chest is imprisoned in a tight girdle…your shawl sometimes drops so as to leave your white shoulders bare; and then it hastily hides what it intentionally revealed.” His statement, “intentionally revealed” seems right on target to describe female entertainers today. Not many preachers like Jerome today, but there are a few.

In his Sunday sermon, a Baptist pastor in Chattanooga said to his congregation (and to the woman in question): “There’s a woman here who I’ve seen more of [while preaching] than any man should see who is not your husband–and you know who you are.” That takes courage.

Major secular magazines and newspapers are discussing (and cussing) modesty in dress. Who would have thunk it? Jews, Roman Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Fundamentalists, and even Evangelicals are talking about modesty.

In a speech, former actress Jessica Rey (I don’t know her but then, the last actor I knew about was John Wayne) discussed the evolution of the swimsuit and her opinions on modesty. Her video caused a mini-storm – even some Christians responded negatively. She mentioned that the first bikini was publically introduced by a stripper because no other models would wear it indicating devolution in modesty. But now, even Christian women wear one without concern. Where are the parents or husbands of those women?

We know that at the dawn of the twentieth century, women wore bathing suits that covered most of their bodies. Some women were taken to the water’s edge in a kind of outhouse pulled by horses (or people) so the women could exit into the water without being seen by the public.

Of course, a better answer if a woman is concerned with modesty is not to go swimming in public. That’s better than exiting from a floating outhouse. After all, is public swimming such a major thing is one’s life?

Jessica stopped wearing a bikini and started her own line of modest one-piece swimsuits. Of course, she is not alone since others have done the same thing. Everyone seems to have an opinion and even their own line of clothes! Even the Mormons have their own line of modest clothing sold in high-end department stores, and the Muslims also have their own line–sold at Macys. The Mormons’ dresses are much more stylish than the Muslims since you can’t do much with black sheeting except cut two eye holes in them. With that, voilร , we have a dress!

For many years some Roman Catholics, Mormons, and Jews have tried to combat the rise in immodest dress. On some of my tours to the Middle East, we stopped for a couple days in Rome and when I took the large group to the Vatican, there was a notice that informed us what was acceptable and unacceptable dress. At other Catholic churches, women were given wraparounds if they wore shorts or scandalous skirts. None of my group was dressed scandalously.

But feminists and many modern Christian leaders argue that the Bible’s demand for modesty refers to display of things such as wealth, not seductive clothes. It is both! We should be more concerned with modesty and neatness in our garments than elegance, cost, and fashion. However, if church leaders are immodest, ordinary members will follow their bad example.

Maybe strict Bible-preaching churches should take a lesson from the Royal Family (at least in this regard) and require all church leaders, choir members, special singers, instrumentalists, etc., to meet the Queen’s standard.

I think the King would be pleased!
Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, author of 15 books, frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. His shocking book, ISLAM: America's Trojan Horse!; Christian Resistance: An Idea Whose Time Has Come–Again!; and The God Haters are all available at Amazon.com. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are www.cstnews.com, www.Muslimfact.com and www.thegodhaters.com. Contact Don for an interview or talk show.
Or give Don a call & tell him where to shove it.
"Beaver Shot" - Periscopes

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sick Fucks Unite

Who'd a thunk it? Fans of child-killing join w/ fans of child-raping:
They’re back.

This paper has learned exclusively that the Brooklyn Friends of the NRA, whose event featuring a gun auction was booted from two Brooklyn venues over the past couple of months after local residents and elected officials expressed strong objections, will be holding their dinner at the Dyker Heights Knights of Columbus, at 86th Street and 13th Avenue, tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.
Are there no laws? Is there no more human decency? Of course not, & you're fooling yourself if you believe there ever was anything resembling human decency.

More Hospital Ship War Crimes

WED 28 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Gudgeon (SS-212) sinks Japanese transport/hospital ship Kamakura Maru 30 miles southwest of Naso Point, Panay, P.I., 10°18'N, 121°44'E.

Atlantic
Escort group formed around escort carrier Bogue (CVE-9) and four destroyers drives off five German submarines against convoy HX 235. Another group of U-boats threatens convoy ONS 5, which is protected by British escort vessels and PBYs (VP 84) (see 29 April).

Friday, April 27, 2018

"About 100 miles east of Sydney ..."

TUE 27 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Scorpion (SS-278) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking merchant cargo ship Yuzan Maru off east coast of Honshu, 38°08'N, 143°03'E.

U.S. freighter Lydia M. Child is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-178 about 100 miles east of Sydney, Australia, 33°08'S, 153°24'E; Australian minesweepers HMAS Warrambool and HMAS Deloraine rescue the entire crew (including the 21-man Armed Guard).

Atlantic
PV-1 (VB 125) providing coverage for convoy SC 128 off Halifax sinks German submarine U-174, North Atlantic, 43°35'N, 56°18'W.

Indian Ocean
British destroyer HMS Relentless rescues 14 survivors from U.S. freighter John Drayton, sunk by Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci in the Indian Ocean on 21 April (see 21 May).

Salem As In "Witch-Hunt"?

StalinTrumpist Purge:
 Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Conservative site RedState fired much of its staff, letting go of Trump critics and those whose click rate was below contract  —  Salem Media, owner of the influential conservative outlet RedState, froze the site on Friday and dismissed many of its writers.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sophomoric Slump

The Tubes - "TV is King"
Politico Magazine examines Trump on the telly, & in his crummy life.

How the Trump Show Gets Old

A big slump in season two is a hallmark of the presidentTrump’s entire career. This time the “show” is the White House, and his response will affect the world. So what are we in for?
Whatever you're in for, it won't be enough punishment for you Yankee pigs for electing that sad fucking sack. The schaden freudes itself, jerkwads.

Bonus Track:
The Cramps - "TV Set"
Featuring two close personal acquaintances (O.K., occasional members of the party clique w/ which I used to party in the later '80s & early '90s.) Click Mort (rhythm guitar) & Nick Knox (drums).

Ennui At Atttu

MON 26 APR 1943
Pacific
TG 16.6, three light cruisers and six destroyers (Rear Admiral Charles H. McMorris), bombards Japanese installations at Attu, Aleutians.

Atlantic
District patrol craft YP-47 is sunk in collision with motor minesweeper YMS-110 in Ambrose Channel, off Staten Island, New York.

Mediterranean
Naval Station, Mers el Kebir, Morocco, is established.

Just Shut Up, You Little Whiners

"My Generation" - The Who
 Steve LeVine / Axios: Millennials blame boomers for ruining their lives
Fucking cretins. Once (if) they get wise, they'll see this is the way of our lame-assed species. My parents ruined my life, why shouldn't my generation ruin W.A.T.B. Millennial lives? I'm guessing that we "ruined" them by allowing them to be the whiny-ass little babies they've become.

All of which is why this reporter was not breeder scum. I knew better; why couldn't the rest of you figure it out?

Lumpy Loses More Of It

๐Ÿ“บHear the horror of Trump's "mind". If this piece of merde Fox News video ever embeds, that is. Indicative of Fox's quality work, innit?๐Ÿ“บ
Or, settle for highlights:The word is tossed around easily, but this does approach "meltdown" territory.

Lets's Literally Torture Bill Cosby, Ph.D. ...

... as he will not live long enough to receive adequate jail-time punishment for his filthy S-E-X crimes. Maybe shove something up his ass a couple times a day, to give him a better idea of what rape is, & why it's wrong.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sex Pervert Tee Vee To Debut?

 Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Tina Brown wants no part of Charlie Rose's #MeToo redemption series  —  Disgraced CBS anchor Charlie Rose is being slated to star in a show where he'll interview other high-profile men who have also been toppled by #MeToo scandals.  —  The move was revealed by editor, writer and women's advocate Tina Brown …
"Atonement"? How about 10 yrs. hard time for each & every pervert? And no such assholes on the telebision again, ever?

Further Foundering

SUN 25 APR 1943
Atlantic
District patrol craft YP-481 founders after running aground off Charleston, South Carolina.

Mediterranean
U.S. freighter Samuel Parker is damaged by fire on board gasoline lighter moored alongside, Tripoli harbor. There are no casualties to the merchant crew. Armed Guard, or Egyptian stevedores working cargo.
Yr. in second panel should be 1943.

"Every Cop Is A Criminal ..."

#BlueLivesSuck: Investigate all "law" enforcement officers, now!
Neighbors in this Sacramento suburb watched stunned as a ranch house became became a center of the investigation into the notorious Golden State killer, who preyed on victims across California in the 1970s and 1980s.

The crush of police vehicles, media trucks and yellow crime scene tape stood out in an otherwise quiet neighborhood of cul de sacs and well-maintained two-story homes.*

The suspect was a police officer in Auburn during the 1970s, but was fired after he was accused of shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent, according to a 1979 newspaper article. He is suspected of committing some crimes while he was still on the force, but his arrest is related to a 1980 double homicide of a Ventura County couple, according to law enforcement sources.

*The suburbs are where America's true criminals & sickos live.

Bouffant On Streets Again?
It's WAR, You Sons-Of-Bitches!!!

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I should have slit sleepy-eyed son-of-a-bitch Ben Carson's throat when he was in town spewing shit earlier this wk.
RELATED:
Again, not a threat, a promise: When I'm on the streets, no longer forced to pay rent to some motherfucking parasite of a landlord, I'll be able to afford guns & ammo, & won't have the slightest fucking reason to continue my pathetic existence, other than a desire to see the streets run red, red, red w/ the blood of people who've fucked w/ me. Before I'm executed by the police. Need I say more? ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ

Not to mention:

GOP’s pathetic new pitch to voters:
Cut Social Security and Medicare

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Song For "Men's Rights Advocates"

"I Can't Get No Nookie" - The Masked Marauders
Note to the pin-dicked losers: You know why you can't get laid? Natural Selection. You sub-human scum are the drain in the gene pool.

Dep't. Of Nausea

"Bent over, doubled up/I did the vom in a blindo's cup."
— Some lyrics I wrote yrs. & yrs. & yrs. & yrs. ago. (Can't even remember which tune.)
Never in a million yrs. I'd rather drown in my own vomit, which would be a highly likely outcome were I to ingest this mixological horror.
Jรคgermeister will be serving a unique Jรคger-horchata cocktail that’s a must-try– the flavor combination is both surprising and delicious.

Isn't Attacking A Hospital Ship
A War Crime?

SAT 24 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) sinks Japanese merchant passenger-cargo ship Kasuga Maru in Tsugaru Strait, 41°44'N, 141°21'E.

Submarine Runner (SS-275) damages Japanese army hospital ship Buenos Aires Maru south of Hong Kong, 21°41'N, 116°24'E.

Atlantic
British freighter Campana rescues 15 survivors from U.S. freighter James W. Denver sunk by German submarine U-195 in the North Atlantic on 11 April (see 4, 6 and 16 May).

Swedish motor vessel Venezia rescues all hands (57 merchant seamen, 28-man Armed Guard and 10 passengers) from U.S. freighter Santa Catalina, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 the previous day.

Monday, April 23, 2018

"With all hands ..."

FRI 23 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Pike (SS-173) is damaged by depth charges off central Carolines, 04°20'N, 152°02'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

Submarine Seawolf (SS-197) sinks Japanese Patrol Boat No.39 off east central coast of Formosa, 23°45'N, 122°45'E, while the enemy warship is screening the towing of the wrecked Nisshin Maru.

District patrol craft YP-422 founders after grounding on Tumbo Reef, three miles southeast of entrance to North Bulari Passage, New Caledonia.

Atlantic
U.S. freighter Robert Gray, straggling from convoy HX 234, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-306 in the North Atlantic at 57°30'N, 43°00'W, with all hands (39-man merchant complement and a 19-man Armed Guard).

U.S. freighter Santa Catalina, bound for Basra, Iraq, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 at 30°59'N, 70°57'W, and abandoned (see 24 April).

Indian Ocean
Swedish merchant ship Oscar Gorthon rescues 11 survivors from U.S. freighter John Drayton, sunk by Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci in the Indian Ocean on 21 April 1943 (see 27 April and 21 May).

Sunday, April 22, 2018

There Will Always Be An England. Unfortunately.

What a fascist shithole. Fuck her majesty & all the Nazi scum on the island.
 BBC:
Now let's talk about "left-wing bias" in the media.

Grenadier Scuttled

THU 22 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Grenadier (SS-210) is scuttled off Penang, Malaya, 06°30'N, 97°40'E, after having been damaged by Japanese plane (936th Kokutai) the previous day.
Submarine Stingray (SS-186) mines waters off Wenchow, China.

Dutch submarine O 21, despite presence of escort vessel, sinks Japanese army cargo ship Yamazato Maru in Malacca Straits, 03°28'N, 99°47'E.

Japanese aircraft bomb airfield at Funafuti, Ellice Islands.

Atlantic
PBYs (VP 84), flying from bases in Iceland and Greenland, drive off German U-boats threatening convoy HX 234.

"C-I-L-L, CILL My Landlord!"

The records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade. The properties range from luxurious mansions to rentals for low-income families. Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of the shell companies and his attorney did not dispute that he owns all of them.

Dozens of the properties were bought at a discount in 2013, after banks foreclosed on their previous owners for defaulting on mortgages. Before and after then, Hannity sharply criticised Barack Obama for the US foreclosure rate. In January 2016, Hannity said there were “millions more Americans suffering under this president” partly because of foreclosures.

Hannity, 56, also amassed part of his property collection with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not disclose when praising Ben Carson, the H.U.D. secretary, on his television show last year.
What a fucking low-life.

Today In Lumpy's America

 abc7ny.com: 
Police: Man wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, shirt assaults man on Manhattan subway
Gawd DAMN america!!

EARTH DAY 2018: DIE, PIGS!!

If any of you filthy scum animals actually give a shit about the planet you're destroying, I urge you to kill yourselves immediately & then have your useless bodies dumped in the ocean. Anything else is the filthiest hypocrisy.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci At War

WED 21 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Grenadier (SS-210) is damaged by Japanese plane (936th Kokutai) near Straits of Malacca (see 22 April).

Submarine Stingray (SS-186) mines waters off Wenchow, China.

Admiral Koga Mineichi is appointed Commander in Chief Japanese Combined Fleet.

Atlantic
Destroyer Swanson (DD-443) drives German submarine U-129 away from NG convoy in the Greater Antilles.

Indian Ocean
U.S. freighter John Drayton is torpedoed by Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci off the coast of South Africa, 34°00'S, 34°40'E, and abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci then surfaces, finishes off the freighter with gunfire, and temporarily detains a member of the crew on board for questioning before returning him to his shipmates (see 23 and 27 April and 21 May).

You Live By The Gun,
You Might Just Die By The Gun

Uh-oh, snowflake alert! Sensitive N.R.A. sissy boy has hissy fit.
 Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Protesters target NRA lobbyist's home and wife's business … National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Cox says his house was splashed with fake blood — twice.  —  Then, someone made a fake website for his wife's interior design business, altering images of artwork to show photos of child gun violence victims.
If you can't take the heat, get the fucking hell outta the kitchen, Chrissy-poo! And consider yourself very lucky that no one has (yet) decided to impose a Second Amendment "remedy" on your sorry coward ass.

See You In The Funny Pages

Couple open tabs now closed. Enjoy, or don't.

The Creator of Avengers: Infinity War Villain Thanos Hates Marvel Comics’ Guts

How Stan Lee Became the Man Behind Marvel

"Mob Rule" 2018, W/ W.A.T.B.
Kevin D(ickwad). Williamson

 Kevin D. Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
When the Twitter Mob Came for Me  —  Recently hired by the Atlantic and then promptly fired, the conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson discusses the social-media outrage that made the celebrated magazine retreat  —  In early March, I met up with Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor in chief of the Atlantic …
Alexandra Petri, meanwhile, has penned something that is much closer to the truth than anything Williamson is capable of typing.
It is with a heavy heart, and profound regret for the current state of media in America, that I have dragged my laptop to a Starbucks to pen this column. But I think it is important that we understand the degree of oppression we are up against.

I regret to say: I have been silenced.

I expressed an opinion, and people criticized that opinion. And since that day, my voice has never been heard again. I am entombed where none can hear my jangling bells, for doing nothing more than walking down the street, saying that women who get abortions ought to be hanged.

The mob has borne me aloft (metaphorically, of course) with their torches and — in their infantile gulosity — devoured everything I worked to build. My voice is trapped in a seashell in the grip of a NARAL-affiliated sea-witch, and I swim haplessly through the world, bipedal but voiceless. No. Voiceless is not the word I want. Sponsorless. Except for my ability to type and publish this now, the world has excommunicated me and barred me from public spheres, where I cannot exist in safety. I am like a mime (I once saw a mime on the streets of Chicago; I think this image speaks for itself).

My life is (metaphorically!) over. These very words are invisible to you. Simply for having the temerity to breathe (this opinion in the pages of an august publication) I have had my liberty stripped from me and I am now confined, for life, to the pages of the Wall Street Journal, at best. This is injustice.

(No, thank you, I am still making up my mind what to order. I will just sit here and enjoy the dulcet strains of Bob Marley. By the way, what is the bathroom code?)

It takes courage to pen, for money, an opinion that half the country shares. But I feel that I must speak. I must let America see what she has become. I call her “she” because I feel she owes me her silence and acquiescence; she is something to be talked about, not to; she is a rhetorical device; she is a puzzle to be discussed and solved before she returns to the room.

It was not quite an infernal journey that I began when I first sallied into the small intestine of America, towards the sphinctered cloister of the Discourse, but (lasciate ogni speranza!) I did venture into such fetid depths, to be blown away with a great thunderclap — not, like the poet-sage, to purgatory, but expelled into the Land of Nod, where partisan heads whose last perishing thoughts shriveled and withered in the sirocco belch of noxious tweets now nod their acquiescence to the false Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamanthus of Virtue Signaling. The rapacity of these cretins knows no bounds, and I must regret that I have been transformed, by their perverse animadversions, into an albatross to be hung around the wattled, sun-bleached necks of the nation’s institutions.

(I don’t think I will use the bathroom after all, but if anyone needs it, the code is 14479.)

Every day I have to exist in this so-called free country of America, I fear that I may pay the ultimate price: not having column space in EVERY publication. Think carefully, America. Is it not a fearful thing to ask that people refrain from expressing every provocative thought that occurs to them? Is it not a hideous imposition that you are free to say anything you wish, but sometimes people will respond by saying they would not care to read what you have written, and do not think you ought to be given a large platform from which to express your haphazard thoughts, and they would rather not work with you if you have repeatedly suggested they are sub-human? We have been cast into the pit of Tartarus by many tiny hands! I cannot (metaphorically) breathe!

When I walk out each day onto the street (of ideas), I quake with fear that the (thought) police (who determine who gets to appear on panels with corporate sponsorships) may take me aside and silence me for good. Every morning, I wonder whether I will be able to go home to my family (as a columnist in a magazine or newspaper with a wide circulation). I live with this fear every day, and I can imagine nothing more chilling.

Every time I give birth to one of these ideas, I fear for my life (in print). Soon it will not be safe for me to go anywhere (intellectually.) These are all metaphors.

Anyone who has read my published works knows I understand what oppression is. Oppression is when you write something and then people online become upset. I am paying the price, each day, an unthinkable toll, and I feel inside as though a terrible weight has broken my body and made it impossible for me to exist in public spaces in safety — or, rather, some people yelled at me on Twitter, which is much the same. I ought to call the police! (Every interaction I have had with the police has been pleasant.)

I have been repressed. I have been silenced. You cannot hear me right now.

(No, thank you, I won’t buy anything. I am going to leave now.)
Eat shit & die, Williamson.

Truth Of The Day

Hoping to hell someone has planted a bomb in the fucking church & all the scum inside are killed.

P.S.: Fuck this faux-Texas bullshit. The Bushes are Northeastern elitist scum, & Texas should have rejected their carpet-bagging asses decades ago. But no one ever said people in Texas are especially intelligent, or perceptive, or wise, or educated.

Friday, April 20, 2018

No Reefer Jokes

TUE 20 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Runner (SS-275) mines waters near Hong Kong.

Submarine Scorpion (SS-278) sinks Japanese gunboat No.1 Meiji Maru off east central coast of Honshu, 37°10'N, 141°25'E.

USAAF aircraft sink Japanese cargo ship Kosei Maru north of Wewak, 03°30'S, 143°30'E.

USAAF planes sink Japanese ship Nojima Maru north of Kiska.

Japanese transport/cargo ship Sumerusan Maru is sunk by accidental explosion, Surabaya, Java, 03°30'S, 143°30'E.

Mediterranean
U.S. freighter Michigan, steaming in convoy UGS 7, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-565 off the coast of North Africa, 36°01'N, 01°25'W. All hands (37 merchant seamen, 23 Armed Guards and the one passenger) survive; some remain in the boats to help rescue survivors (Senegalese soldiers) from French steamship Sidi-Bel-Abbes, also torpedoed and sunk by U-565, thus preventing the toll in human life from the loss of that Allied vessel from being much larger. Michigan's survivors are rescued by British escort trawlers HMS Stella Carina and HMS Foxtrot, and transferred thus to sloop HMS Felixstowe, in which they are transported to Oran.

Friday's Freak-Out

For many, Captain Beefheart’s music is almost impossible to describe. But Kristine [McKenna] can.

“A startling synthesis of free jazz, delta blues, and tin pan alley, his music was rooted in an elastic approach to composing that allowed him to combine rural folk tales, voodoo incantations, and anthropological fantasy with a spectrum of sound that stretched from Charles Ives and Stravinsky to the natural sounds of the universe.

His music was built around incredibly complex time signatures, and he had a five-octave vocal range that allowed him to slip into different characterizations as he ruminated on his pet themes: the wonderfulness of women, man’s stunning stupidity and spiritual sloth, and the splendor of every damn thing in the universe from Haley’s Comet to a rusty nail.”

It may sound like a glorious genius, free-wheeling mess. But Don Van Vliet was exacting. “It was… tough to be in his band,” Kristine says.

Over the course of their long friendship, Kristine recorded hours of conversations with Don. And she began to see his genius, and what she calls his “unshackled mind.”
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BONUS TRACK: Highland Park's adopted son Marc Maron on Beefheart (as the Cap't. relates to him, natch):

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"American Carnage" Continues

Bethlehem Steel Works Panoramic 1, Bethlehem, PA ©Ronald C Saari More.
Earlier in American carnage. (Or just scroll down a couple items.) The whole shithouse is going up in flames: Will the inevitable Great Trump Depression be here in time to effect the mid-terms, or will it just be Russkies meddling?
 Matthew Rocco / Fox Business:
US steel prices up ‘dramatically’ due to Trump tariffs: Fed
I hope every last one of you useless gringo pricks is under a collapsed freeway roasting diseased sparrows over a trash-can fire fueled by worthless stock certificates by New Yr.'s Eve, if not by Thanks-fucking-giving. (Then I'll have something for which to be thankful, & about damn time.)

Same Shit, Same Ocean

MON 19 APR 1943
Pacific
Submarine Scorpion (SS-278) mines waters off Kashima Nada, Japan.

Submarine Seawolf (SS-197) sinks Japanese depot ship No.5 Banshu Maru, 26°15'N, 139°35'E.

Navy planes bomb Japanese shipping off Buin, Bougainville, damaging cargo vessel Shirogare Maru.

Chumps Chumped Again, Dog Bites Man, Yada ...

 Ethan Wolff-Mann / Yahoo! Finance: 
Gas prices will likely wipe out Trump tax cut gains for millions
This reporter pays no taxes & purchases no gasoline. Those who do are complicit, guilty & about to get it good & hard,
as they want & deserve. Bend over sad American chumps, here it comes again!

Cheerleaders, America Herself Under Attack! Also Under Attack?
Women At Coachella

 Vera Papisova / Teen Vogue:
Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018  —  Trigger Warning: This article contains multiple stories describing sexual assault.  —  The annual Coachella music festival always promises a few things for my social media feeds: selfies in front of a ferris wheel, an array of photogenic …
 Nancy Armour / USA Today:
No place in the NFL for cheerleaders in 2018  —  Correction/clarification: An earlier version of this story misidentified one of the teams that does not have cheerleaders.  Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the six teams without them.  —  The Houston Texans aren't even bothering with the pretense.
Oh, that's where the OUTRAGE is. I was wondering.