Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Modest Proposal: Apocalypse NOW!

Is there the slightest reason the United Snakes shouldn't let these two other shithole countries destroy each other & all the fucking oil they're sitting on? Hell, we shouldn't "let" them, we should encourage them in mutual population reduction.
CNN:
Trump says US ‘locked and loaded depending on verification’ of attack on Saudi oil field  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday evening tweeted that the US has “reason to believe that we know” who is responsible for an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field and the country is …
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:   Trump Says U.S. is ‘Locked and Loaded,’ But Will Wait on Saudi Arabia to Confirm Culprit of Attack on Oil Supplier
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:   Trump Awaits orders from Saudis; and Why the Houthis could have Done It
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:   Threatening New War for Oil, Donald Trump Calls His Own Offer of Iran Talks “Fake News”
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Trump Says U.S. ‘Locked and Loaded’ After Attack
Martha Raddatz / ABC News:
Iran fired cruise missiles in attack on Saudi oil facility: Senior US official  —  Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory in the attack on a key Saudi oil facility Saturday, a senior Trump administration official told ABC News Sunday.
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:   US ‘locked and loaded’ in wake of Saudi oil field attacks: Trump
middleeastmonitor.com:   Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:   The U.S. Owes Saudi Arabia Nothing
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ against attackers of Saudi oil facility ‘depending on verification’  —  President Trump on Sunday suggested U.S. investigators had “reason to believe” they knew who launched crippling attacks against a key Saudi oil facility, and vowed that America was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”
Beth Baumann / Townhall:   Trump: America Is ‘Locked And Loaded’ To Deal With Those Who Attacked Saudi Oil Field
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:   Donald Trump Authorizes Release of Strategic Oil Reserves After Attacks on Saudi Oil
Catherine Garcia / The Week:   Trump says the U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’ following Saudi oil attack
Mayor / One America News Network:   Oil surges, stock futures slip after attack on Saudi facility
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump says U.S. ‘locked and loaded’ after attack on Saudi oil
Behnam Ben Taleblu / Fox News:   Attack on Saudi oil facility shows Trump was right to pull out of Iran nuke deal
Mayor / One America News Network:   Dollar falls as oil attacks send investors to safety
Close to 40 yrs. on, as sadly fresh as ever. (Awright, maybe the band remnants aren't quite as fresh.)

Operations STALEMATE II
& TRADE WIND

FRI 15 SEP 1944
Pacific
1st Marine Division (Reinforced) (Major General William H. Rupertus, USMC) lands on Peleliu, Palaus, in Operation STALEMATE II. Landing is preceded by several days of intensive carrier-based aircraft bombing and ship gunfire bombardment (TG 32.5, Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf).
TF 77 (Rear Admiral Daniel E. Barbey) lands Army 41st Infantry (Reinforced) (Major General John C. Persons, USA) on Morotai Island, N.E.I., in Operation TRADE WIND; supported by two heavy cruisers, three light cruisers and ten destroyers (TG 77.2) (Rear Admiral Russell S. Berkey) and aircraft from six escort carriers (TG 77.1) (Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague), screened by eight destroyer escorts. Airfield facilities built on Morotai will be used in operations to support operations against Japanese positions in the Philippines.

Submarine Guavina (SS-362) sinks Japanese fast transport T.3 off Pagubas, southern Mindanao, 05°35'N, 125°24'E.

Submarines Pampanito (SS-383) and Sealion (SS-315) rescue 73 British and 54 Australian POWs who survived loss of Rakuyo Maru when she was sunk by Sealion on 12 September, about 300 miles west of Cape Bojeador, Luzon. There had been some 1,300 men on board Rakuyo Maru when she was attacked.
Emaciated British and Australian prisoners of war being rescued by Sealion (SS-315) on 15 September 1944.
The POWs had been on board unmarked transports en route from Singapore to Japan when their ships were
sunk by Sealion, Growler (SS-215), and Pampanito (SS-383) 12 September 1944.
(U.S.N. Photograph 80-G-281718, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
Submarine Stingray (SS-186) lands men and stores on Majoe Island, Molucca Sea.

USAAF B-24s sink small Makassar-bound Japanese cargo vessels Kirishima Maru and No.6 Keinan Maru off Mongole Island.

RAAF Beaufighters and USAAF A-20s bomb Japanese shipping off southeast coast of Ceram, sinking fishing vessels No.3 Hoyu Maru and No.4 Bonan Maru.

U.S. aircraft sink Japanese guardboats Kaiko Maru and No.1 Kaza Maru, Marshalls.

Atlantic
Salvage vessel Escape (ARS-6) resumes tow of damaged U.S. freighter George Ade toward Chesapeake Bay (see 16 September).

Impeach The Lying Sack of Irish Catholic Crap Already

Off W/ His Head!

That shit Gorsuch too.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

More Storm Damage

THU 14 SEP 1944
Pacific
TG 38.2 (Rear Admiral Gerald F. Bogan) attacks Japanese shipping and installations on and around Panay and Negros, supported by TG 38.3 (Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman); during these operations, Navy carrier-based planes damage motor torpedo boat Gyoraitei No.482 north of Cebu, 11°00'N, 124°00'E. TG 38.1 (Vice Admiral John S. McCain), en route to support Morotai landings, carries out strikes on Japanese installations on Mindanao; during the course of these operations, SB2Cs (VB 2) sink fast transport T.5 in Davao Gulf, 06°10'N, 126°00'E.

Destroyers Farenholt (DD-491), McCalla (DD-488), and Grayson (DD-435), detached from TG 38.1, bombard suspected Japanese radar installation on Cape San Augustin, at mouth of Davao Gulf.

Submarine Pargo (SS-264) lays mines near Natuna Island, South China Sea.

Japanese escort destroyer Yashiro is damaged by mine off Formosa, 22°42'N, 120°12'E.

Atlantic
Coast Guard cutters Bedloe (WPC-128) and Jackson (WPC-142) are sunk by storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Coast Guard Lightship No. 73 is sunk by storm, Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts.

Miscellaneous district auxiliary YAG-17 sinks after running aground off Chesapeake Bay, 36°57'N, 76°13'W.

Hurricane-engendered heavy seas cause towline from salvage vessel Escape (ARS-6) to the damaged U.S. freighter George Ade, torpedoed by U-518 on 12 September 1944, to part; the ship anchors to resume the passage toward Hampton Roads the following day (see 15-16 September 1944).

Mediterranean
Cruiser-based SOC spots small naval craft off Imperia, Italy, a 300-foot merchantman seven miles to the east, and 14 small craft off Cape Delle Mele; destroyer Ludlow (DD-438), with SOC spot and unopposed by enemy shore battery fire, scores at least twelve direct hits on the vessels off Imperia.

Wknd.

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs signed off his Friday show wishing viewers a “great weekend” and followed up that salutation with a rapturous encomium for President Donald Trump, whom he duly credited with “making such a thing possible for us all.”
Dobbs’ brief benediction came at the end of a show where he had also offered a hagiographic account of his recent visit to the White House, saying “there’s great sunshine beaming throughout the place” and “it’s winner and winning center.”

The Fox Business host has become one of Trump most devoted worshippers, warning that “traitors” to the president were “committing absolute suicide,” condemning Democrats —
“to hell with them” — who have refused [sic] with him, and cursing as “damned idiots”
any of the president’s disciples who don’t demonstrate sufficient faith in his agenda.
Fuck you, Lou. The only sunshine involved is what's being blown up your lard ass, you demented pig.

[Mediabite]

Friday, September 13, 2019

Warrington (DD-383) Sunk By Hurricane

WED 13 SEP 1944
Pacific
TG 38.2 (Rear Admiral Gerald F. Bogan) continues operations against Cebu, supported by TG 38.1 (Vice Admiral John S. McCain) and TG 38.3 (Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman), as well as against Japanese targets in the area of Negros, Cebu, and Legaspi. Navy carrier-based planes sink submarine chaser Ch 55 three miles northeast of Cebu, 10°20'N, 124°00'E. Late that afternoon, TG 38.1 (see 14 September) is detached to provide support for the landings at Morotai.

High-speed minesweeper Perry (DMS-17) is sunk by mine, 750 yards off the southeast coast of Angaur, southern Palaus, 06°53'N, 134°10'E.

Submarine Sunfish damages Japanese army cargo ship Gyoku Maru, 34°32'N, 124°44'E, and sinks army cargo ship Etajima Maru, 35°04'N, 124°49'E.

USAAF A-20s sink merchant cargo ship Akitsushima Maru off southeastern Ceram, 03°04'S, 128°11'E.

Japanese landing ship T.153 damaged (probably by USAAF aircraft) off Iwo Jima.

Atlantic
Destroyer Warrington (DD-383) is sunk by hurricane, 175 miles east-southeast of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas Islands, 27°00'N, 73°00'W.

14 DAYS? Days? Months, Minimum, Or Just Throw Away The Key!

'GOOD MOTHER'


(Mother is only half a word.)

Felicity Huffman Deserves Every Day In Jail She’s Getting

[Daily Beast]

Friday The 13th Freak Out

What. Day. Is. It?

It's Friday the 13th!

Hoping something truly unfortunate occurs that will lead to serious reduction of the humanoid population on this forsaken planet of irksome, tedious & banal cretins.

I mean, do you people never tire of yourselves?

I know I'm sick & tired (& I really have my doubts) about all of you.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today In Gorka: Fish Oil
(W/ Bonus Malkin)

Media Matters for America:
Stupid jerks at Mediaite won't let me embed the fish oil.

Romania Quits

TUE 12 SEP 1944
Romania signs armistice with U.S., Great Britain, and Russia.

Pacific
TF 38 (Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher) (TG 38.1, TG 38.2, and TG 38.3) begins operations against Japanese shipping and airfields in the Visayas. Planes from all three carrier groups pound enemy installations on Cebu and shipping offshore, sinking gunboat Kiso Maru, auxiliary submarine chasers Mogami Maru and No.12 Kyo Maru, auxiliary netlayer Korei Maru, auxiliary minesweeper No.18 Choun Maru, guardboats No.97 Banshu Maru and No.4 Fukuju Maru, transports Bugen Maru and Nichiei Maru, army cargo ships Keian Maru and Genkai Maru, merchant tanker Ayazono Maru, merchant cargo ships Toyo Maru, No.2 Shintai Maru, No.5 Shintai Maru and No.8 Shintai Maru, 10°20'N, 124°00'E; salvage ship Miho Maru, 10°35'N, 124°00'E; transport Shiramine Maru, 10°34'N, 124°01'E; transport Oakita Maru, 11°21'N, 124°07'E; transport Rakuto Maru, 10°35'N, 124°20'E. TF 38 planes also damage minesweeper No.21 Choun Maru off Cebu, 10°20'N, 124°00'E. Between Biliran and Cebu, TF 38 planes sink auxiliary minesweeper Takao Maru and auxiliary submarine chaser Nan-Ho Maru; in Bohol Strait, carrier aircraft sink motor torpedo boat Gyoraitei No.483.

Ensign Thomas C. Tillar, USNR, a pilot from Hornet, in TG 38.1, is rescued by Filipinos after his F6F ditches off Apit Island, off the southwestern coast of Leyte. Before Tillar is recovered by SOC from heavy cruiser Wichita (CA-45), he learns from his rescuers that the size of the Japanese garrison on Leyte is negligible. That fact, when combined with the lack of aerial opposition encountered and the few airfields that exist on Leyte and Samar, prompts Admiral Halsey (Commander Third Fleet) to recommend that the planned attack on Yap be abandoned and that the date of the landings on Leyte be advanced from 20 December to 20 October 1944.

Light minelayer Preble (DM-20) explodes acoustic mines in the shoals between Angaur and Peleliu; she and sistership Montgomery (DM-17) sweep most of the navigable waters by the end of the day.

Destroyer Marshall (DD-676) captures boat with 44 survivors of Japanese light cruiser Natori (see 18 August).

High speed transport Noa (APD-24) is sunk in collision with destroyer Fullam (DD-474) off Palau, Carolines, 07°01'N, 134°30'E; Fullam is damaged; oilers Millicoma (AO-73) and Schuykill (AO-76) are damaged in collision off the Palaus.

Submarine Growler (SS-215) sinks Japanese destroyer Shikinami 240 miles south of Hong Kong, 18°25'N, 114°30'E, and escort vessel Hirado 250 miles east of Hainan Island, 17°54'N, 114°49'E.

Submarine Pampanito (SS-383) sinks merchant passenger/cargo ship Kachidoki Maru (ex-U.S. passenger liner President Harrison) and tanker Zuih_* Maru,19°25'N, 112°27'E.

Submarine Pipefish (SS-388) sinks Japanese auxiliary vessel No.7 Hakutetsu Maru off Shiono Misaki, Japan, 33°32'N, 135°56'E.

Submarine Redfin (SS-272) carries out unsuccessful attack on Japanese cargo vessel Tosho Maru, 05°27'S, 120°28'E; counterattack by submarine chaser Ch 53 is likewise unsuccessful.

Submarine Sealion (SS-315) sinks Japanese transport Nankai Maru and merchant passenger/cargo ship Rakuyo Maru in South China Sea, east of Hainan Island, 18°42'N, 114°30'E; Sealion's crew is unaware that the latter carries Allied POWs.

Japanese tanker No.2 Eiyo Maru, damaged by Paddle (SS-263) on 7 September, is sunk by aircraft, 08°12'N, 122°37'E.

Atlantic
Motor minesweeper YMS-409 founders and sinks off Atlantic Coast.

U.S. freighter George Ade, en route from Mobile, Alabama, to New York, via Key West, Florida, is torpedoed by German submarine U-518 at 33°30'N, 75°40'W; the ship's Armed Guard fires two rounds at what they believe to be a surfaced submarine. There are no casualties among the 41-man merchant crew or the 27- man Armed Guard. Destroyer Barton (DD-722) contacts the stricken ship, and salvage vessel Escape (ARS-6) takes George Ade in tow (see 14-16 September).

*Hadda look it up, so, more details:
12 September 1944:
At 0200, LtCdr Thomas B. Oakley’s (USNA '34) USS GROWLER (SS-215) torpedoes HIRADO. She blows up and sinks at 17-54N, 114-49E. Her CO, Cdr Segawa Iwao, and 106 sailors are KIA. Rear Admiral Kajioka, victor of Wake Island, is also KIA. He is promoted Vice Admiral, posthumously.

At 0500, LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Eli Reich’s (USNA '35) USS SEALION II (SS-315) torpedoes and sinks RAKUYO MARU carrying 1,318 Allied POWs. She stays afloat for another 13 hours, sinking at 1820 that evening. Nine crewmen are KIA and 1,051 Allied POWs are lost.

At 0527, Reich also torpedoes and sinks NANKAI MARU carrying 525 passengers, 6,500 tons of bauxite ore, 4,000 drums of gasoline, 170 tons of other oil, 76 packages and the ashes of 18 war dead. Hit in Hold Nos. 3 and 6, she sinks about 0800. 196 passengers and three crewmen are KIA.

At 0840, USN codebreakers intercept a message from unknown Japanese station that says, “Have rescued survivors of HIRADO (survivors include the staff and 26 men plus 74 crew members. Captain of HIRADO killed in action ---.”

240 miles south of Hong Kong. SHIKINAMI is torpedoed by USS GROWLER (SS-215) and sinks at 18-16 N, 114-40 E. Kaibokan MIKURA rescues 128 crewmen, but her CO, LtCdr Takahashi Tatsuhiko and an unknown number of other crewmen are KIA. The rest of the convoy heads towards Samah, Hainan Island.

At 2254, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) Paul E. Summers’ (USNA '36) USS PAMPANITO (SS-383) torpedoes KACHIDOKI MARU leased to Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and carrying an Army unit of 487 men and other 608 patients, gunners and crewmen and 1,318 Allied POWs. At 2337, KACHIDOKI MARU founders and sinks. 12 sailors and 476 passengers (including the POWs) are lost. The Japanese rescue a few POWs and transfer them to KIBITSU MARU for Japan. American submarines later return and rescue 159 survivors of whom seven die en route to Saipan. In all, 92 Australian and 60 British ex-POWs survive.

At about the same time, USS PAMPANITO also torpedoes and sinks ZUIHO MARU at 19-23N, 111-50E. There are no casualties, but her cargo of 8,000-tons of needed of aviation gas and oil is lost.

Tweet Of The Day

Talk Is Cheap & So Are You

Remember kids, political power comes from the barrel of a gun, not the mouths of lying politicians. (Or your meaningless votes.) Arm yourselves before it's too late!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Second Quebec Conference

MON 11 SEP 1944
Second Quebec Conference (OCTAGON) between President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill and the Combined Chiefs of Staff commences in Quebec, Canada. The agenda principally concerns the role the Royal Navy will play in the Pacific War.

Pacific
Destroyer Ellet (DD-398) bombards supply dumps on Aguijan Island, Marianas.

Submarine Albacore (SS-218) sinks Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 165 off Kyushu, 32°20'N, 131°50'E.

Submarine Finback (SS-230) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Hassho Maru and merchant cargo ship No.2 Hakun Maru north of Chichi Jima, 27°45'N, 140°40'E.

Submarine Pargo (SS-264) sinks Japanese auxiliary netlayer Hinoki Maru in Java Sea, 06°17'S, 116°24'E.

USAAF B-24 aircraft bomb Iwo Jima, damaging Japanese cargo vessel No.8 Saiwai Maru; difficulties encountered in attempting to tow the damaged craft result in her being scuttled.

Japanese cargo ship No.1 Horai Maru is sunk by aircraft two miles off Palau.

Domestic Terrorist 9/11s Family

Your Species Is The Worst, Cont'd.

Officers sent to the 9600 block of Vanalden Avenue on a “shots fired” call shortly after 9 a.m. entered the residence and found bodies of a man in his 20s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, said Los Angeles police Officer Jeff Lee.

Their relationships to each other and their names were not immediately released, but police said the shooting appeared to be “a family violence matter.”

Reports from the scene indicated that the dead were a couple and their adult son.

A woman believed to be in her 20s came out of the house and told neighbor Greg Demos that her father had tried to shoot her, KTLA5 reported.

“(She was) in her pajamas, her sleeping attire, upset, confused, distraught, somewhat in shock, seemed like a little bit embarrassed, (and) said `I don’t know what to tell you, Greg, but this is what just happened in my house and I don’t know what to do,”’ Demos said. “She said, `my dad took a shot at me, and my mom and my brother are still inside.”’

Police recovered two handguns from inside the residence.

“From what I understand, the husband had some medical issues,” neighbor Bob Nolan told Channel 5.
If you bemoaned the events of 11 Sep't. 2001 but forget to mention what a sad collection of murderous males your own shithole country produces, go fuck yourself, hypocrite.

[mynewsLA.com]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

U.S.N. Opens Paris Branch

SUN 10 SEP 1944
Pacific
TF 38 air strikes against Japanese shipping, facilities and airfields on Mindanao continue. During these operations, TF 38 planes sink Japanese merchant cargo ship No.7 Unyo Maru off Mindanao.

Submarine Sunfish (SS-281) sinks Japanese merchant tanker Chihaya Maru east of Quelpart Island, 33°47'N, 127°37'E.

Other Japanese casualties include army tanker Bukun Maru sunk by mine (laid by British submarine HMS Porpoise on 8 July 1944) in Strait of Malacca, 03°54'N, 98°42'E; and merchant tanker No.2 Hoei Maru sunk by mine off Woosung, China.

Europe
Command designated Naval Forces France (Vice Admiral Alan G. Kirk) is established with headquarters at Paris, France.

Mediterranean
U.S. motor torpedo boat PT-206 on right flank of southern France beachhead gives chase to German explosive boat unit consisting of a control boat and two drones; one of the latter is destroyed.

Minesweeper Seer (AM-112) is damaged by mine while sweeping Grande Passe to Rade d'Hyeres, 42°59'N, 06°20'E; fleet tug Hopi (ATF-71) tows the damaged ship to Toulon for repairs.

While patrolling between Noli and Genoa, Italy, PT-559 and British motor torpedo boats attack southbound convoy, sinking one F-lighter and an ammunition barge. Escorting German patrol craft break off action.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Planes, Subs, Mines

SAT 9 SEP 1944
Pacific
TF 38 (Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher) begins strikes against Japanese shipping, facilities, and airfields on Mindanao; carrier-based planes sink transport Kuniyama Maru in Sulu Sea, 06°30'N, 121°50'E, and transports Kurenai Maru and Mihara Maru, and cargo ship Taiyu Maru in Mindanao Sea, 09°45'N, 125°30'E. Light cruisers Birmingham (CL-62) and Santa Fe (CL-60) and four destroyers detached from TG 58.3 (Rear Admiral Laurance T. DuBose), covered by planes from small carrier Langley (CVL-27) demolish coastal convoy consisting of predominantly small ships and craft proceeding down the west coast of Mindanao.

Submarine Bang (SS-385) sinks Japanese transport Tokiwasan Maru south of Japan, 28°53'N, 137°42'E, and merchant cargo ship Shoryu Maru, 28°58'N, 137°45'E.

Submarine Queenfish (SS-393) sinks Japanese transport Toyoka Maru and merchant passenger/cargo ship Manshu Maru and damages torpedo boat Manazuru northwest of Babuyan, Luzon, 19°45'N, 120°56'E.

Submarine Seal (SS-183) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Shonan Maru in Sea of Okhotsk, north of Etorofu, Kurils, 47°57'N, 148°15'E.

Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers Cha 8 and Cha 9 are sunk by mines (laid on 6-8 July by British submarine HMS Porpoise) off Sumatra.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Tsinan Maru is sunk by mine off Woosung, China.

It Started W/ A Whorehouse

Where & how it will end, no one can say.

Dead These Fifty Years

Immediate ancestors, paternal side.
Grandfather, grandmother, father.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Working hard to help Prestwick, the airport near Trump's golf resort stay open by having the DoD pay retail for jet fuel, that is.
During the start of May 2019, Prestwick Airport had the most USAF heavies in at once in 15 years. This led to the closure of this secondary runway just for parking which is incredible.
I was looking through some older footage and it turns out I had a third USAF Heavy Operations series in the works, back in 2017. I decided to finish it off and here it is. 20+ minutes of pure USAF heavy action, including 2 C-5M Super Galaxys, 2 C-17A Globemaster IIIs and 9 Lockheed C-130s. It's very unusual to see this many C-130s pass through Prestwick within a short period of time.
[A] number of the USAF KC-135 Stratotankers I filmed at Prestwick Airport during 2018. Last year a record number of KC-135s visited the airport and this is only a handful of them. Some of these are 3 times my age, which is crazy.
Ahem.Where's that outrage?

First V-2 Hits England

FRI 8 SEP 1944
Pacific
Submarine Bashaw (SS-241) sinks Japanese transport Yanagigawa Maru west of Mindanao, 08°10'N, 121°48'E.

Submarine Seal (SS-183) damages Japanese destroyer Namikaze off Hokkaido, 47°28'N, 148°20'E.

Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks Japanese transport Shokei Maru and army cargo ship Shinten Maru off Sakishima Gunto, 24°39'N, 123°31'E, and merchant cargo ships Nichiman Maru and Nichian Maru, 24°45'N, 123°26'E.

USAAF B-24s bomb Japanese shipping off Chichi Jima, damaging cargo vessels Heiwa Maru and Toyo Maru.

Atlantic
First German V-2 rocket bomb lands in England.
Not much Wernher von Braun, but the music is awful & not a propos at all.This one's hosted by Walter Cronkite.
Mediterranean
German explosive boats attack destroyer Hilary P. Jones (DD-427) off Cap Martin, but inflict no damage; destroyer Madison (DD-425) is attacked by German explosive boats but sights them in time to avoid them. U.S. destroyers are attacked by German explosive boats five miles south of Cap Ampeglio; U.S. motor torpedo boats engage an additional four enemy craft.

Sunday Summer's Ending Earworm

Whence this? Big shit on the radio in (early, pre-Beatles) nineteen-sixty-fucking-three; how often since have I heard it that it wormed its way inside my brain? (Surely it wasn't this close-up of Cliff Richard that made me think of it.)Oh, never the hell mind. Once possessed this disc, so I was thinking King Yellow rather than Cliff Richard.
The humanoid mind is an amazing thing, especially at an advanced age.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sensing A Theme? Yes, It's Democracy On The March, Republican Style

Pathetic Kennedy wanna-bes. (Mere decades? Surely centuries wouldn't be too grandiose for the Trumps.)
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
‘The Trumps will be a dynasty that lasts for decades’  —  At the California GOP convention, the president's campaign manager tells delegates they have an important role to play in 2020.  —  INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — With their dominance dissolved in once-storied bastions like Orange County …
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Parscale Predicts Trump Family Dynasty
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
SC, Kansas GOP scrap 2020 presidential preference votes  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican leaders in South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, while party officials in Nevada were deciding whether to follow suit as the GOP erects …
Orion Rummler / Axios:   Trump's GOP challengers squeezed out of primaries in Kansas, South Carolina
Lauren Keene / FOX6Now.com:   South Carolina GOP scraps 2020 presidential primary; other states may follow
Steven L. Taylor / Outside the Beltway:   Canceling Primaries?  —  To further illustrate a point …
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:   SC Republicans vote to forgo 2020 GOP presidential primary, setting up Trump renomination
WHERE'S THE FUCKING OUTRAGE?

Final Crummy Score

Utah State Aggies 62, Stony Brook Seawolves 7. Long flight(s) from Logan to Long Island.

"paucity of targets"

THU 7 SEP 1944
Pacific
Planes from TGs 38.1, 38.2, and 38.3 conduct full-scale air strikes on Japanese installations throughout the principal Palaus; they will repeat the evolutions (albeit with diminishing force in view of the paucity of targets) the next day. CRUDIV 14 (Rear Admiral F.E.M. Whiting) (three light cruisers, screened by four destroyers, drawn from TGs 38.2 and 38.3) bombards Japanese installations on Peleliu, Angaur, and Ngesebus, supplementing the carrier air strikes begun the previous day by TF 58. Heavy cruiser New Orleans (CA-32) and light cruiser Biloxi (CL-80) and four destroyers (from TG 38.4) bombard Yap; they will repeat the bombardment the following day. Planes from TG 38.4, meanwhile, on this day and the next will carry out operations against Yap and Ulithi.

U.S. Army forces supported by naval vessels land on Soepiori Island in the Schouten Islands of New Guinea.

Destroyer Flusser (DD-368) is damaged by shore battery, Wotje Island, Marshalls, while on a routine patrol to the south of the island.

Submarine Paddle (SS-263) sinks Japanese transport Shinyo Maru, which unbeknown to her attacker carries 750 American prisoners of war on board. Tanker No.2 Eiyo Maru is damaged by Paddle off the coast of Mindanao, 08°11'N, 122°40'E, and is beached at Sindagon Point, 08°10'N, 122°40'E.

RAAF Beaufighters sink Japanese motor sailboat Keishin Maru off southern coast of Ceram.

Crummy Game Of The Wk.

S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook at Utah State University. (On Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.) You know it's crummy when it's on Facebook: Sound in & out, levels mismatched, picture freezes, digital artifacts in the picture ... & that's from the Chromecast. Watch it on the computer & it's like tee vee through Jell-O®. Fuck you in every hole in your greedy pig body, Zuckerberg.

Score at the half: U.S.U. 34, Stony Brook 0.

B.Ö.C. Connection: "It was still in the Soft White Underbelly days when we were playing dances at Stony Brook University [on Long Island] for our sustenance money. Three Stony Brook students went to Tuscon, Arizona, to buy some bulk marijuana for resale. I don’t know how they got whatever contact they had, but it was two brothers – scions from one of the better-to-do families in Tuscon. They never intended to sell them any pot. They just wanted to rip 'em off and shoot 'em, which they did. They took them out to the desert and shot them. It was three guys, and one managed to survive and get back to the highway ... I wrote the story from basically the newspaper accounts of the Long Island newspaper, Newsday."

Sound Familiar?

While channel surfing, this: "Flight", Law & Order Season 12, Episode 15, aired 2 February 2011.
Sounds like "The Jeffrey Epstein Story".
  • SVU investigates whether a wealthy and powerful defense contractor forced an underage French girl to give him an inappropriate massage, and whether he used his ex-girlfriend to arrange the encounter.
    IMDb commenter who doesn't need any publicity.
  • When it is discovered that a teenage girl is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to sexual abuse, all leads point to billionaire Jordan Hayes. As Detectives Benson and Stabler continue to investigate, Kress* involves his lawyer, Dwight Stanitch, who throws the whole case awry.
    NBC Publicity
Extra surprise: Didn't even watch long enough to see the "ex-girlfriend" part mentioned in the summary.
What else did the writers know eight & a half yrs. ago?

Aah, fuck it all. Never has "Why bother?" been truer.
*No idea. And the lawyer's name is spelt "Stannich" in the IMDb credits. (Something the fuck else is wrong on the iNternet, damn it!)

More Poop On Prestwick & The Prez

This theft from the taxpayers & Treasury has been going on for some time.
This article is more than 1 year old

Scottish government criticised over US military use of airport

 This article is more than 1 year old
SNP accused of hypocrisy for funding Glasgow Prestwick airport which has links to Trump
A US Navy fighter jet arrives at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Saw this at Hullabaloo, looked at the video, which claimed USAF C-17 Globemaster III departs USAF base Prestwick,so I looked: No U.S. base since 1966, & the Royal Navy left in early 2016. And found the Guardian item.

Bonus image: a different shot of the F/A-18F shown above landing at Prestwick.
U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet (BuNo 168493) assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 103 (VFA-103)
"Jolly Rogers" prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in
the Atlantic Ocean on 1 August 2018. Abraham Lincoln was conducting tailored ship's training availability and
final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP). TSTA prepares a ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike
group through a wide range of mission-critical operations. Note the anniversary markings of VFA-103, naming
the U.S. Navy "Jolly Roger" squadrons in the last 75 years. The silhouettes of the aircraft flown are painted on
the fuselage band. "Mutha" refers to the Mutha Award that is awarded to the most outstanding and spirited
U.S. Navy fighter squadron. The dates 1943 and 2018 are painted on the insides of the rudders.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Night Work

WED 6 SEP 1944
Pacific
TF 58 (Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher) arrives off Palauto begin operations against Japanese airfields and defense installations in the western Carolines; a fighter sweep discloses no aerial opposition and reveals much damage caused by prior strikes. Task groups involved are TGs 38.1, 38.2 and 38.3. TG 38.4 (Rear Admiral Ralph E. Davison), meanwhile, conducts fighter sweep over Yap.

Small carrier Independence (CVL-22) begins use of specifically trained air group for night work, marking the first time that a fully equipped night carrier operates with the fast carrier task force.

Destroyers Ellet (DD-398) and Downes (DD-375) bombard Aguijan Island, Marianas, to destroy gun emplacement located by air reconnaissance.

Submarine Albacore (SS-218) sinks Japanese auxiliary minesweeper No.3 Eguchi Maru at entrance to Kii Suido, Japan, 33°29'N, 135°32'E.

Submarine Hake (SS-256) damages Japanese destroyer Hibiki east of the Ryukyus, 16°19'N, 119°44'E.

USAAF P-40s sink Japanese fishing boats Sakae Maru, Tairyu Maru, Tatsuei Maru, and Takuyo Maru off Kai Island.

Japanese army cargo ship Eiji Maru is sunk by mine, 22°19'N, 120°30'E.

Cretinous Dumbfuck Also Ignorant

Are we ignoring the genetic & other contributions made by one Ivana Trump, née Zelníčková; Czech: [ˈzɛlɲiːtʃkovaː] to the Trump family?
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Eric Trump Encounters Journalism, Is Confused  —  The manipulation of journalism is perhaps Donald Trump's only real talent.  His career was created by deceiving the media into presenting him as a budding tycoon when he had done almost nothing in business.  He used the media to reinflate his reputation repeatedly, after repeatedly driving the business he inherited into the ground, and expertly learned how to bully critics while courting sycophants.

It is not clear, however, that he has bothered to pass any of this hard-won expertise on to the next generation. Eric Trump has uncovered an email from Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who has exposed a number of Trump Organization schemes, some of which are now under investigation. In the email, Fahrenthold politely offers his contact information to a Trump Organization employee. Eric is scandalized ...

[…]

The traditional Trump family response to having its secrets spilled to the public is to call the leaked information fake and insist the sources do not exist, while simultaneously denouncing the leakers for their treachery. But Donald Trump understands enough about the workings of journalism to loathe it and work to undermine it by discrediting it as “fake news” and cultivating propagandists who undermine its values. Eric just seems confused by the whole thing.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   ‘This is why they call you the dumb one’: Eric Trump ridiculed for making WaPo journalist look like a pro
Colin Taylor / Washington Press:   Eric Trump just made himself a laughingstock by exposing how reporters do journalism
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:   Journalists Roast Eric Trump EXPOSING WaPo Reporter for ... Standard Reporting Practice
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:   Eric Trump Scandalized to Discover Journalists Use Email
You stupid Odo-lookin' jerk.

Friday Freak-Out

Plastic Boots & A Plastic Hat ...

Behind Closed Doors

  • President Donald Trump's aides and confidants are increasingly worried about his mental state after days of erratic behavior and wild outbursts.
  • "No one knows what to expect from him anymore," one former White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations about the president, told Insider. "His mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet, and the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he's losing his shit."
  • Trump has spent the past several days fixated on his false claim that Alabama was going to be hit by Hurricane Dorian. He has also taken time to lob attacks at his perceived enemies, like the actress Debra Messing, former FBI Director James Comey, and the "LameStream media."
  • "He's deteriorating in plain sight," one Republican strategist who is in frequent contact with the White House told Insider on Friday.
  • But one person who was close to Trump's legal team during the Russia investigation told Insider his public statements were "nothing compared to what he's like behind closed doors. He's like a bull seeing red. There's just no getting through to him, and you can kiss your plans for the day goodbye because you're basically stuck looking after a 4-year-old now."
Dramatization:[Bidnis Insider]

Republican Threat Assessment

That's right, not a damn thing. Just sat there w/ his thumb up his ass.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

German Manned Torpedoes

TUE 5 SEP 1944
Pacific
Submarine Albacore (SS-218) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Shingetsu Maru north of Muroto Saki, 32°24'N, 134°15'E.

British submarine HMS Tantivy sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Shiretoko Maru off Sumatra, 05°44'S, 104°58'E.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Kokka Maru is sunk by mine, Keelung, Formosa.

Mediterranean
Off southern France invasion beaches, French destroyer Le Malin discovers presence of German manned torpedoes and opens fire; destroyer Ludlow (DD-438) joins Le Malin in dropping depth charges, destroying three torpedoes and capturing the crews who manned them.

Reefer: Better When It Was Illegal?

Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, tests show
Let the fucking capitalist pigs in & everything goes to hell.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tackle Damaged

MON 4 SEP 1944
Pacific
Submarine Bowfin (SS-287) sinks Japanese guardboat No.6 Hinode Maru east of Nanpo Shoto, 31°54'N, 152°05'E.

Mediterranean
Aviation supply ship Tackle (IX-217)* is damaged by mine, Port de Buoc, France, while being towed by French tug Provençal.

Atlantic
Tank landing ship LST-659 is damaged when she strikes a submerged wreck off RED beach, southern France.

*At the time, Tackle was actually a rescue & salvage vessel, (ARS-37). Further details on the mine damage.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Monsoon Sunset

Pound Japs On Wake

SUN 3 SEP 1944
Pacific
TG 12.5 (Rear Admiral Allen E. Smith), comprising small carrier Monterey (CVL-26), three heavy cruisers, and three destroyers, pounds Japanese installations on Wake Island.

Japanese destroyer Hasu is damaged by mine off Yangtze estuary, 31°19'N, 121°43'E.

Mediterranean
Submarine chaser SC-535 is damaged by storm off southern France, 43°17'N, 06°38'E.

Tank landing craft LCT-151 is sunk by storm, 39°22'N, 08°00'E.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Big Damn Mistake: George Herbert Walker Bush Rescued

SAT 2 SEP 1944
Pacific
Submarine Finback (SS-230), while lifeguarding for Chichi Jima strike, rescues Lieutenant (j.g.) George H.W. Bush, A-V(N)*, USNR, of VT 51; Bush will eventually become the 41st President of the United States.

Submarine Guardfish (SS-217) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Shirakami Maru north of Chichi Jima, 29°48'E, 140°20'E.

British submarine HMS Sirdar sinks Japanese guardboat No.5 Kaiyo Maru off northwestern Sumatra, 03°55'N, 096°20'E; and submarine HMS Strongbow sinks Japanese army cargo ship No.1 Toso Maru off west coast of Siam, 07°57'N, 98°49'E.

TG 38.4 aircraft damage Japanese landing ship T.104 damaged by aircraft off Chichi Jima.

Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser No.2 Misago Maru is sunk by aircraft north of Mindanao.

*A-V(N) -- USNR aviation flight officers, detailed to active duty in the aeronautic organization of the Navy immediately following their completion of training and designation as naval aviators. This classification was abolished in September 1944 and replaced by one of the following: (A1), (A1)-L, (A2), (A2L), S(A1), or S(A2).

But You're Still Fucking Peasants ...

Labor

Opening next yr., the A.M.P.A.S. museum.

Jesus H. Christ & The Curse Of Catholicism

From the Church Of S-E-X Crimes, further foolish superstition ...

Caitlin O'Kane / CBS News:
Nashville school bans “Harry Potter” series, citing risk of “conjuring evil spirits”  —  A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has banned the “Harry Potter” series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which …
Holly Meyer / The Tennessean:   Harry Potter books removed from St. Edward Catholic School due to ‘curses and spells’
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:   Elementary school yanks ‘Harry Potter’ over claims it contains ‘actual curses and spells’
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   Nashville Catholic school bans Harry Potter books for containing ‘actual’ curses and spells
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:   Nashville Private Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Book Series Over ‘Curses and Spells’
Rebecca Fishbein / Jezebel:   Exorcists Convinced a Catholic School to Toss Their Harry Potter Books So Kids Can't Summon Demons
This one'll actually clear the demons out if you play it loudly enough.

Enjoy Your Day Off, Laboring Losers ...

... tomorrow it's back to the fields.
Don't any of you chumps have the guts to kill your overseers? Buy me a gun, I'll kill your fucking bosses for you, pathetic cowards.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Spycraft & Minecraft; Tunny Terminates Patrol; Krauts Scuttle Kehdingen

SEPTEMBER

FRI 1 SEP 1944
Pacific
Naval Operating Base, Saipan, is established.

Heavy cruiser New Orleans (CA-32), light cruiser Biloxi (CL-80), and four destroyers drawn from TG 38.4, bombard Japanese installations at Iwo Jima and Chichi Jima (the bombardment will be repeated the following day). The ships draw no return fire and U.S. gunfire damages landing ship T.105 off the latter place.

Submarine Narwhal (SS-167) lands men and supplies on east coast of Luzon.

Submarine Pilotfish (SS-386) sinks Japanese auxiliary vessel Ina Maru north-northwest of Chichi Jima, 30°32'N, 140°55'E.

Submarine Tunny (SS-282) is damaged by aerial bombs, Luzon Strait, 21°50'N, 119°18'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

Other Japanese casualties include merchant cargo ship Sekino Maru, sunk by aircraft in Celebes Sea, 01°06'N, 122°21'E; and merchant cargo ship Tientsin Maru, sunk by mine off Woosung, China.

Atlantic
Coast guard cutter Northland (WPG-49) locates German weather ship Kehdingen off Great Koldeyey Island, Greenland, and pursues her through the ice floes. Kehdingen, however, is scuttled by her crew to avoid capture. German submarine U-703's attack on Northland is thwarted by ice.

Mediterranean
Motor minesweeper YMS-21 is sunk by mine, Toulon, 43°06'N, 05°54'E.