Sunday, November 17, 2019

"... spirited surface gunnery action fought in heavy weather"

FRI 17 NOV 1944
Attack transport Alpine (APA-92) is damaged by kamikaze off Leyte, 11°07'N, 125°02'E. Elsewhere, during a Japanese air raid on shipping off Red Beach, Leyte, freighter Benjamin Ide Wheeler is damaged by bombs; there are no casualties.

TBM (VC 82) from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57) and destroyer escort Lawrence C. Taylor (DE-415) sink Japanese submarine I-26 in Philippine Sea, 12°44'N, 130°42'E.

Submarine Bluegill (SS-242) is damaged by depth charges in Makassar Strait, 00°48'N, 118°52'E, but remains on patrol.

Submarines Burrfish (SS-312) and Ronquil (SS-396) battle Japanese guardboat Fusa Maru in a spirited surface gunnery action fought in heavy weather south of Hachiro Jima, central Honshu, 32°15'N, 140°00'E; American gunfire damages the enemy patrol craft, but not before she in turn damages Burrfish. Ronquil is damaged by own gunfire (premature explosion of 40-millimeter shell or contact with lifeline stanchion) and is forced to terminate her patrol. Fusa Maru is written off as a total loss and performs no more active service.

Submarine Gunnel (SS-253) attacks Japanese convoy and sinks torpedo boat Hiyodori and merchant tanker Shunten Maru 130 miles east of Tourane, French Indochina, 16°56'N, 110°30'E. Destroyer Shiokaze and submarine chaser Ch 21's hunter-killer operations are ineffective.

Submarine Picuda (SS-382) sinks Japanese landing ship Mayasan Maru and damages merchant tanker Awagawa Maru, 33°16'N, 124°43'E.

Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks Japanese escort carrier Shinyo 140 miles northeast of Shanghai, China, in Yellow Sea, 33°02'N, 123°33'E, and damages landing ship Shinshu Maru.

Submarine Sunfish (SS-281) damages Japanese army transport Edogawa Maru west of Quelpart Island, 33°40'N, 124°30'E; although Coast Defense Ship No.61 claims her destruction, Sunfish escapes. Edogawa Maru sinks the next day.

PROJECT MIKE continues as USAAF B-24s (42d Bomb Squadron) lay 8 mines in effective locations in Futami Ko, Chichi Jima.

USAAF P-38s sink Japanese ships Jinko Maru and No.3 Yawata Maru off Merida, 10°55'N, 124°30'E.

Japanese merchant tanker Seian Maru runs aground off entrance to Subic Bay (see 19 November).

Destroyer Woolsey (DD-437) shells German artillery at Ventimiglia; shrapnel again showers the ship but she suffers no casualties; destroyer Benson (DD-421) bombards barracks in same area.

Back To The '30s W/ Old Man Biden

Political Wire:
“Joe Biden doubled down on his reserved stance over legalizing marijuana and said his questions over its status as a gateway drug hold him back from supporting legalization,” Business Insider reports.

Said Biden: “The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug. It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it.”
Th' fucking hell? Is he literally retarded, as in "slow"? "Gateway drug"? Has Joe given any post-1955 thought to anything? Are we going to hear about the "Red Menace" at the next debate candidate forum?

Fuck off right back to the V.F.W. Hall, Joe. Or, couched in the terms of your youth:

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow In Corporate-Controlled Speech

The tech investor Marc Andreessen once said that in the future, there will be two types of people:
“People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”
(Also that thing about the boot & the human face.)

Kevin Roose / New York Times:
As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods  —  Photo illustration by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari  —  A decade ago, an internet video start …
Ashkan Soltani / @ashk4n:   How freedom from advertising, not just privacy, is a luxury good ‘in the future, there will be two types of people: “people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do”’
Sam Lessin / @lessin:   It is kinda interesting to watch the idea that privacy is a ‘premium good’ go mainstream in NYT articles. The tech world has been talking about this inversion as obvious for 10+ years.. i.e. this is me making this point in @jeffjarvis book in 2010!
Albert Lloreta / @albertlloreta:   'You've always had Louis Vuitton handbags. Now you have software that makes you feel the same way.'
Rowan Walrath / @rowanwalrath:   “We have not fully appreciated how much of our internet experience is shaped by socioeconomic status, and the magnitude of the tax the internet imposes on lower-income users in the form of data-sucking devices and predatory ads.”
Dwight Silverman / @dsilverman:   “It's not surprising that given the choice between a free, seedy internet and a costly, orderly one, more people are opening their wallets.” The “premium” internet vs. the free one. Via the @NYTmag - behind a paywall, natch.
Bear Braumoeller / @prof_bearb:   I genuinely can't tell whether this is a sincere and profoundly blinkered attempt to portray paid internet services as classist, or a brilliantly subtle attempt to promote them. (Or both.)
David Montgomery / @dhmontgomery:   “Paying for goods and services online used to mean you were an easy mark — someone too lazy or unsophisticated to figure out the necessary hacks and workarounds. Now, subscriptions are a status symbol.” @kevinroose on the New Internet:
Daniel Tunkelang / @dtunkelang:   “Free” was always a lie. If you aren't paying for the product, you are the product — and you're paying with your attention, data, or worse. As Joan Didion said, people with self-respect know the price of things.
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi:   “In the moment, it felt vaguely like extortion — as if $11.99 was the price not just of uninterrupted entertainment but also of fencing off my brain from low-rent scammers and opportunists”
Silvia Pareschi / @silviapareschi2:   The tech investor Marc Andreessen once said that in the future, there will be two types of people: “people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”
Frank Pasquale / @frankpasquale:   “Fortnite character skins — they're like costumes for your avatar — have become a source of social cachet for young kids. Poorer kids who use the free, default skin inside the game report being bullied by their peers who can afford to buy rarer ones.”
John Zhu / @jzheel:   This is a pretty crappy take, mainly bc the examples don't back up the premise. Freedom from ads/"online cesspool" is NOT the value proposition for Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc.
Parmy Olson / @parmy:   “If privacy becomes an expensive add-on, the rich and the poor will have very different experiences of the internet.” Great write-up of where this trend is going.
Kevin Roose / @kevinroose:   I wrote an essay for the @NYTmag's tech and design issue about the “luxury internet” — a kind of digital farm-to-table movement for people who want to pay to escape the clunky, predatory free internet and inhabit tasteful, private spaces instead.
more at Techmeme »

Also This:

Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Craig Silverman, a talk radio host on the conservative Colorado station KNUS, says he was cut off mid-show and fired after segment criticizing President Trump  —  Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver and talk-show host on the conservative 710 KNUS radio station …
Jake Tapper / @jaketapper:   Denver Post: Radio host Craig Silverman cut off mid-show for criticizing President Trump
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:   Conservative Denver Radio Host Fired Midshow After Criticizing Trump
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:   Denver Radio Host Booted Mid-Show for Trump Criticism
Alex Seitz-Wald / @aseitzwald:   “Silverman's show page appears to have been removed from the station's website. A link to his show gives a “404 Error — NotFound.”
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:   This host will join me live on Sunday's @ReliableSources on CNN:
Matthew Yglesias / @mattyglesias:   This seems in some ways like a bigger deal than a contretemps at a student newspaper
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Radio host taken off air mid-show after replaying clip of him discussing Trump and Roy Cohn
Joe Walsh / @walshfreedom:   Pathetic. @craigscolorado was a great, honest voice on the radio. But @SalemMediaGrp & almost all of conservative talk radio don't want honesty. They want Trump worship. Salem got rid of @MedvedSHOW because he wouldn't worship Trump & they pressured me to worship Trump. Pathetic.
Axe fell quickly, didn't it? Must be the thinner atmosphere of the Mile-High City.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Freighter Fires On Friendly Lifeboat

WED 16 NOV 1994
Submarine Scabbardfish (SS-397) sinks Japanese transport Kisaragi Maru north by west of Chichi Jima, 29°04'N, 142°12'E.

Submarine Tambor (SS-198) sinks Japanese guardboat Takashiro Maru southwest of Torishima, 30°00'N, 139°30'E.

Japanese guardboat Kojo Maru damaged the previous day by submarine Saury (SS-189), sinks northwest of the Bonins, 29°59'N, 139°39'E.

Other Japanese losses include heavy cruiser Haguro light cruiser Oyodo, and destroyer Yukikaze damaged by aircraft off Brunei, North Borneo; merchant tanker Asokawa Maru damaged by unspecified cause off Brunei; and fleet tanker Kyoei Maru sunk by USAAF B-24 and P-38 aircraft; and Man-yo Maru damaged off Tarakan, Borneo.

Indian Ocean
U.S. freighter Mary Ball rescues 17 survivors of U.S. tanker Fort Lee, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-181 on 2 November 1944, but not before she has fired on the lifeboat until identifying it as friendly. Fortunately, there are no casualties.

U.S. freighter Theodore Parker is mined about 12 miles east of the mouth of the Humber River, 53°33'N, 00°39'E, but returns, under her own power, to the port of Hull for repairs. There are no casualties to the 42-man merchant complement or the 27-man Armed Guard.
Additional War News: The wreck of U.S.S. Grayback (SS-208), last seen here 27 FEB 1944, has been located about 50 nautical miles south of Okinawa.

Friday, November 15, 2019

More Of The Same

WED 15 NOV 1944
TG 78.14 (Captain Lord Ashbourne, RN) lands Army troops (31st Division) on Mapia Island, 160 nautical miles northeast of Sansapor.

Marines reoccupy Ngeregong Island (see 9 and 10 November 1944), finding that the Japanese have abandoned it after being pounded by Marine aircraft and LCI(L)-bombardment.

Submarine Barbel (SS-316) attacks Japanese convoy in the South China Sea about 250 miles east of Tourane, French Indochina, sinking transports Misaki Maru, 15°10'N, 112°40'E, and Sugiyama Maru, 15°14'N, 112°14'E.

Submarine Guavina (SS-362) sinks abandoned Japanese army cargo ship Yutaka Maru, damaged the day before by Navy carrier-based aircraft, off Mindoro, 12°25'N, 120°55'E.

Submarine Jack (SS-259), operating in the South China Sea, sinks Japanese transports Nichiei Maru, 11°11'N, 108°56'E, and No.2 Yuzan Maru, 11°15'N, 108°57'E.

Submarine Queenfish (SS-393) attacks Japanese convoy HI-81, and sinks army cargo ship/aircraft transport Akitsu Maru at southern entrance of Tsushima Strait, about 60 miles east of Saishu Island, 33°05'N,128°38'E.

Japanese supply ship Kurasaki sinks as the result of damage inflicted by submarine Raton (SS-270) the previous day, north-northwest of Cape Bolinao, Luzon, 17°27'N, 117°43'E.

Submarine Saury (SS-189) damages Japanese guardboat Kojo Maru, northwest of the Bonins, 29°59'N, 139°44'E (see 16 November 1944).

Submarines Sterlet (SS-392) and Silversides (SS-236) damage Japanese guardboat No.12 Hachiryu Maru northwest of Ogasawara-Gunto, 30°10'N, 137°23'E. No.12 Hachiryu Maru reaches port, but apparently performs no more service.

PB4Y completes destruction of Japanese ship Celebes Maru, aground since 10 November 1944 off Bondoc Point, Luzon, 13°17'N, 112°37'E.

Navy land-based aircraft sink Japanese ship Harufuji Maru off Borneo, 06°52'N, 116°51'E.

USAAF P-38s damage Japanese gunboat Man-Yo Maru off Balikpapan.

RAF Liberators bomb Japanese shipping at Mergui, sinking No.3 Tanshin Maru and communications boat Kasumi.

Destroyer escort Frament (DE-677) collides with Italian submarine Luigi Settembrini 685 miles west of Gibraltar; Frament is damaged, but Luigi Settembrini sinks.

Fever For A Friday

Applebee's® ad agency now dragging Peggy Lee's voice & snapping fingers from the grave to sell shit on telebision.

Little Willie John's (Original) Version

Obligatory to note the tragedy of Mr. John, who died at 30 in the Washington State Pen. at W2, 26 May 1968, after being convicted of manslaughter for cutting a bitch in Seattle in 1964. (Sourced from Seattle's "underground" wkly.,
The Helix, Vol. 3 No. 9 [July 1968].)

Sunset From Melrose & Western

Sunset Over Melrose

Paper Pumpkins

Thursday, November 14, 2019

War Continues

TUE 14 NOV 1944
TF 38 (Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman) air strikes against Japanese shipping in Philippines continue. At Manila, Navy carrier-based planes sink transport Tatsura Maru, merchant tanker No.5 Horai Maru, merchant cargo ships Hatsu Maru and Aoki Maru, and damage transport Tottori Maru and army cargo ship Myogi Maru; cargo ship Yukihisa Maru is sunk just outside Manila Bay, 13°58'N, 120°36'E. Off Mindoro, F6Fs from carrier Yorktown (CV-10) attack Japanese convoy SIMA-04, sinking merchant tanker Ayagiri Maru, 12°40'N, 120°41'E; and damaging army cargo ship Yutaka Maru (see 15 November 1944) as well as escorting submarine chasers Ch 1, Ch 19, Ch 26, and Ch 36.

Submarine Halibut (SS-232) is damaged by depth charges and aerial bombs, Luzon Strait, 20°56'N, 121°33'E, but returns from patrol with no difficulty.

Submarine Jack (SS-259) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking merchant cargo ship Hinaga Maru and damaging merchant tanker No.2 Yuzan Maru, 11°02'N, 109°02'E (see 15 November 1944).

Submarines Batfish (SS-310), Raton (SS-270) and Ray (SS-271) attack Japanese convoy off the northwest coast of Luzon; Raton damages supply ship Kurasaki north-northwest of Cape Bolinao, 17°41'N, 118°00'E (see 15 November 1944), and sinks merchant tanker No.5 Unkai Maru, 17°48'N, 117°58'; Ray sinks Coast Defense Vessel No.7 65 miles northwest of Cape Bolinao, 17°45'N, 117°45'E.

Submarine Skipjack (SS-184) damages Japanese motor sailship No.6 Tatsu Maru off Shimushiru, Kurils,46°40'E, 151°40'E. Strong currents then drive the damaged vessel upon a reef; she is declared a total loss.

Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Gyokuyo Maru, previously damaged by Barb (SS-220) on 12 November 1944 while in convoy MOMA-07, 31°04'N, 123°56'E.

PROJECT MIKE continues as USAAF B-24s (42d Bomb Squadron) lay 6 mines in effective locations off Ani Jima and Haha Jima.

During Japanese air raid on U.S. shipping off Leyte, freighter Floyd B. Olson is damaged by bomb; there are, however, no casualties among the 43-man merchant complement, the 28-man Armed Guard, and the 409 stevedores embarked to work cargo.

USAAF B-24 sinks Japanese lugger Kiho Maru off Sandakan harbor.

Japanese ship Heiyo is sunk by mine, Adang Bay, 01°43'S, 116° 26'E.

Ignorance Exemption

Dare To Be Dumb!

Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution.  The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act.”
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Ohio Moves Bill to Allow Students to Be Wrong on Science
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Ohio GOP bill may bar teachers from penalizing students who give creationist answers on biology tests: ACLU

Rite Of Passage?

What we know: The suspect in the Saugus High School shooting turned 16 today, described by classmates as a 'quiet kid.'
(Why do we need a 2009 Remaster and a 2018 Mix?)

[L.A. Times/A.P.]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Local Karmic Submarine Action

MON 13 NOV 1944
Aircraft from three carrier task groups (TG 38.1, TG 38.3, and TG 38.4) of TF 38 (Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman, in the temporary absence of Vice Admiral John S. McCain) pound Japanese shipping and port facilities at Manila and in central Luzon. At the former place, TF 38 planes sink light cruiser Kiso, destroyers Hatsuharu and Okinami, and auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 116 14°35'N, 120°50'E; and army cargo ships Eiwa Maru, Kinka Maru, Kakogawa Maru, Sekiho Maru, and Teiyu Maru, as well as merchant cargo ships Taitoku Maru, Hatsu Maru, Seiwa Maru and Shinkoku Maru, 14°35'N, 120°55'E, and damage destroyer Ushio. At Cavite, Navy carrier planes sink destroyers Akebono and Akishimo, fleet tanker Ondo, and guardboat Daito Maru, 14°29'N, 120°55'E. TF 38 planes also sink army cargo ship Heian Maru at Cabcaben, and auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 116 some 20 nautical miles west of Cavite, 14°30'N, 120°45'E.

Minesweeper Ardent (AM-340) and frigate Rockford (PF-48) sink Japanese submarine I-12 (that had sunk freighter John A. Johnson on 29 October 1944) 100 miles west-southwest of Los Angeles, California, 31°55'N, 139°45'W.

Submarine Seal (SS-183) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Gassan Maru north-northwest of Etorofu, Kurils, 45°35'N, 148°14'E.

Japanese submarine I-53 is damaged, cause unspecified, off Marcus Island.

Every Thing DJTJ Touches Dies

Ha ha ha, fuck you, Michael Murphy.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
University of Florida's student president faces impeachment after bringing Donald Trump Jr. to campus for $50,000  —  After the University of Florida's student body president helped bring Donald Trump Jr. and Trump campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle to campus last month to the tune of $50,000 …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   Florida student president facing impeachment for handing over $50K for Donald Trump Jr speech
Megan Reeves / Tampa Bay Times:
UF student president faces impeachment over Trump Jr. visit
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:   Student president at University of Florida faces impeachment after funding Trump Jr.'s visit
The resolution accuses Murphy of spending mandatory student fees to push his own political beliefs when he brought Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, to speak on campus last month. The event ended up being a disaster, culminating in Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle storming off the stage after pro-Trump protesters demanded a question and answer session.

Student Body statutes forbid student money from being spent in support of or against a political party, according to the resolution.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Murphy has maintained that the visit wasn’t campaign related.

But emails obtained by The Independent Florida Alligator, the student newspaper, show a Trump re-election campaign official personally asked Murphy in September to bring Donald Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle to campus.

“We met at my house on the 4th of July,” Caroline Wren, a national finance consultant of Trump Victory, wrote Murphy in a Sept. 10 email obtained by the student newspaper. “I wanted to follow up with you regarding a speaking engagement at the University of Florida for Donald Trump Jr.”
Off w/ his head! Off w/ all their heads!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tirpitz Sunk By R.A.F.

SUN 12 NOV 1944
Landing craft repair ships Egeria (ARL-8) and Achilles (ARL-41) are damaged by kamikazes off Leyte, 11°11'N, 125°05'E. U.S. freighters off Leyte come under attack from Japanese planes as well. Leonidas Merritt is crashed by two suiciders off Dulag, Leyte, but her crew controls the fires; 1 of the 28-man Armed Guard is killed, as are a merchant seaman and one of the embarked stevedores. Thomas Nelson is hit by a kamikaze, but despite ultimately successful firefighting efforts, 133 of the 578 embarked troops are killed, as are 3 of the 28-man Armed Guard; 88 men are injured. Jeremiah M. Daily is struck by a suicide plane, and the explosion and fires account for the deaths of 100 of the 557 troops on board, in addition to 2 of the 29-man Armed Guard and 4 of the 39-man merchant complement; 43 more men are injured and 50 troops jump overboard to escape the flames (they are rescued by nearby boats and craft). William A. Coulter is struck by two kamikazes, but there are no fatalities among the 41-man merchant complement, 27-man Armed Guard and four passengers. Morrison R. Waite is strafed and then crashed by a Japanese plane, and the resultant fires kill 21 troops and wound 41 (of the 600 embarked at the time); 2 of the 29-man Armed Guard are wounded in action. Alexander Majors's Armed Guard gunners deflect a kamikaze with a well-placed 5-inch round, but the plane strikes the mainmast and, along with its bomb, explodes and showers the forward part of the ship with burning gasoline that compels the Armed Guards at the forward guns to leap overboard to save themselves. Two of the merchant crew are killed and 16 injured, but there are no fatalities among the Armed Guard sailors and the Army passengers. All six of the freighters ultimately return to the west coast of the United States under their own power for repairs.

Destroyer Nicholas (DD-449) sinks Japanese submarine I-37 south of Yap Island, 08°04'N, 138°03'E.

Submarines Barb (SS-220) and Peto (SS-265) continue attacks against Japanese convoy MOMA-07 in the East China Sea. Barb sinks army cargo ship Naruo Maru and damages merchant cargo ship Gyokuyo Maru, 31°39'N, 125°36'E (see 14 November 1944); Peto sinks army cargo ship Tatsuraku Maru, 31°18'N, 125°30'E.

Submarine Redfin (SS-272) damages Japanese ship Asogawa Maru, 12°45'N, 118°14'E.

PROJECT MIKE continues as USAAF B-24s (42d Bomb Squadron), finding cloudy weather at the primary objective, Chichi Jima, opt for the alternate, Haha Jima, and lay 15 mines in effective locations.

Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 84 is sunk by aircraft off Banggi, North Borneo.

PB4Y attacks Japanese convoy SIMA-04 (see 2 November 1944) and sinks merchant cargo ship Atsuta Maru off Malampaya Sound, 11°50'N, 119°19'E.

USAAF P-51s damage Japanese auxiliary-powered sailing vessel Namikiri Maru at entrance to Haiphong River, French Indochina.

German battleship Tirpitz is sunk by RAF Lancasters, Tromso Fjord, Norway.

Destroyer Woolsey (DD-437) shells German howitzer emplacement east of San Remo, Italy, and encounters "fairly accurate" 88-millimeter gunfire in return; shrapnel showers the ship but she suffers no casualties.

Today's Self-Hating Jew

This clown is beyond belief. Was he dropped on his head when he was young? Or is he simply one of nature's noble assholes?
In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch.

Hater's Guide

Calling this little bastard "Mayor Pete" infantilizes us all. Learn to pronounce his name, illiterates!

The Hater’s Guide to Mayor Pete

Pete Buttigieg has campaigned on a pledge to build unity. That’s just a pledge to do nothing.
Tool of the military, employee of corporate interests. No change!!


Veterans Day Is Over; Have You Forgotten Them Until Next Yr. Yet?

There are no good vets left. Virtually all who are now alive are nothing but the thug tools of imperialists, colonizers & the fossil fuel industry.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Scamp (SS-277) Sunk On Eternal Patrol

SAT 11 NOV 1944
Aircraft from TG 38.1 (Rear Admiral Alfred E. Montgomery), TG 38.3 (Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman), TG 38.4 (Rear Admiral Ralph E. Davison) set upon Japanese convoy (fourth phase of TA Operation) as it enters Ormoc Bay, sinking destroyers Hamanami, Naganami, Shimakaze, and Wakatsuki; minesweeper W.30; army cargo ships Mikasa Maru, Seiho Maru, and Tensho Maru; and merchant cargo ship Taizan Maru (ex-St. Quentin), 10°50'N, 124°35'E.

TG 30.2 (Rear Admiral Allan E. Smith) (three heavy cruisers and five destroyers) bombards airfields and other Japanese shore installations on Iwo Jima; shelling commences shortly before midnight and continues into 12 November. PB4Ys screen the group's approach, spot gunfire, and cover the retirement.

U.S. submarines begin series of attacks on Japanese convoy MOMA-07 (see 12-14 November 1944); Queenfish (SS-393) damages transport Miho Maru off Miike harbor, 32°20'N, 128°00'E.

Submarine Scamp (SS-277) is sunk, probably by Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.4 and naval aircraft off Tokyo Bay, 33°38'N, 141°00'E.

Japanese minesweeper W.22 is sunk by mine off Babelthuap, Palau.

U.S. freighter Lee S. Overman is mined off Le Havre, France; outside of one merchant sailor injured, there are no casualties among the 39-man civilian complement and the 27-man Armed Guard. The ship is later written off as a total loss.

Fuck You & Uber Too

These people are fucking pigs & should all be sawed to little bitty pieces & burned.

Tech’s transportation companies keep bending the knee to Saudi Arabia

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi isn’t alone

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Harm Is Joyful

Dipstick Jr. & his gal pal Guilfoyle came to town & were rousted by
a fringe group of America Firsters who believe the Trump administration has been taken captive by a cabal of internationalists, free-traders, and apologists for mass immigration.

When the shouting would not subside, Trump Jr tried – and failed – to argue that taking questions from the floor risked creating soundbites that leftwing social media posters would abuse and distort. Nobody was buying that.

In minutes, the entire argument put forward by the president’s son – that he was willing to engage in dialogue but that it was the left that refused to tolerate free speech – crumbled.

“I’m willing to listen…” Trump began.

“Q and A! Q and A!” the audience yelled back.

“We’ll go into the lion’s den and talk …” Trump tried again.

“Then open the Q and A!” came the immediate response.

Guilfoyle, forced to shout to make herself heard, told students in the crowd: “You’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive.”

She and Trump Jr. left the stage moments later.


The fiasco pointed to a factional rift on the Trump-supporting conservative right that has been growing rapidly in recent weeks, particularly among “zoomers” – student-age activists. On one side are one of the sponsors of Trump Jr’s book tour, Turning Point USA, a campus conservative group with a track record of bringing provocative rightwing speakers to liberal universities.

On the other side are far-right activists – often referred to as white supremacists and neo-Nazis, although many of them reject such labels – who believe in slamming the door on all immigrants, not just those who cross the border without documents, and who want an end to America’s military and diplomatic engagement with the wider world.

A number of the loudest voices at Sunday’s event were supporters of Nick Fuentes, a 21-year-old activist with a podcast called America First that has taken particular aim at Turning Point USA and its 25-year-old founder, Charlie Kirk. In a number of his own recent campus appearances, Kirk has faced questions accusing him of being more interested in supporting Israel than in putting America first. He has responded by calling his detractors conspiracists and racists.

On Sunday, Kirk appeared alongside Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle but said nothing.

Two Fuentes supporters, delighted with the outcome of Trump Jr’s appearance, later told the Guardian the pro-Trump movement was being infected with “fake conservatism” and that the president himself was at the mercy of a cabal of deep state operatives who wouldn’t let him do many of the things he campaigned on.

The pair, who called themselves Joe and Orion Miles, said: “It was an absolute disaster for them. We wanted to ask questions about immigration and about Christianity, but they didn’t want to face those questions.”
The inmates have taken over the Trumpsylum.

Would have been there protesting myself* but I had other things to do, like waiting for a bus for half a fucking hr. on Western Ave. & watching the Steelers beat the Rams.

Oddly enough, DJTJ wasn't the only Russian agent in town today.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is scheduled to lead a workout session in Santa Monica Sunday to begin a two-day visit to the Los Angeles area for her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The session will be held from 1-3 p.m. at CrossFit Santa Monica.
The fucking hell?
*"I'm the worst! I'm the worst!!"

Mount Hood Blows!

FRI 10 NOV 1944
Ammunition ship Mount Hood (AE-11) is destroyed by accidental ammunition explosion in Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands. The cataclysmic blast damages nearby escort carriers Petrof Bay (CVE-80) and Saginaw Bay (CVE-82); destroyer Young (DD-580); destroyer escorts Kyne (DE-744), Lyman (DE-302), Walter C. Wann (DE-412), and Oberrender (DE-344); high speed transport Talbot (APD-7); destroyer tender Piedmont (AD-17); miscellaneous auxiliary Argonne (AG-31); cargo ship Aries (AK-51); attack cargo ship Alhena (AKA-9); oiler Cacapon (AO-52); internal combustion engine repair ships Cebu (ARG-6) and Mindanao (ARG-3); repair ship Preserver; fleet tug Potawatomi (ATF-109); motor minesweepers YMS-1, YMS-39, YMS-49, YMS-52, YMS-71, YMS-81, YMS-140, YMS-238, YMS-243, YMS-286, YMS-293, YMS-319, YMS-335, YMS-340, YMS-341, and YMS-342; unclassified auxiliary Abarenda (IX-131), covered lighter YF-681, and fuel oil barge YO-77. Mount Hood has an estimated 3,000 tons of explosives on board, and except for a working party from the ship that is ashore at the time, her entire ship's company perishes. The force of the explosion blasts a trough in the harbor floor longer than the length of a football field and 50 feet wide and 30 to 40 feet deep; some fragments land more than 2,000 yards from where Mount Hood lies. Investigators find no fragment of the ship on the ocean floor larger than 16 by 10 feet. In terms of the extent of damage, it ranges from an estimated 48,000 man-hours to repair Mindanao (which suffers 23 dead and 174 injured) to "superficial" or "insignificant." In addition to the ships listed above, nine medium landing craft (LCM) and a pontoon barge moored to Mount Hood are also destroyed; 13 small boats or landing craft are sunk or damaged beyond repair, 33 are damaged but repairable.

Motor torpedo boat PT-321, damaged by grounding off Leyte, 11°25'N, 124°19'E, is scuttled.

Submarine Barb (SS-220) sinks Japanese transport Gokoku Maru seven miles off Koshiki Jima, eastern Kyushu, 33°24'N, 129°04'E.

Submarine Flounder (SS-251) sinks German submarine U-537 in Java Sea, 07°13'S, 115°17'E.

Submarine Greenling (SS-213) sinks Japanese Patrol Boat No.46 (ex-destroyer Fuji) southeast of Honshu, 34°30'N, 138°34'E.

Submarine Steelhead (SS-280) sinks Japanese repair ship Yamabiko Maru south-southwest of Yokosuka, 31°42'N, 137°50'E.

USAAF B-25s, P-47s, and P-38s (13th Air Force) attack Japanese convoy (TA Operation, third phase) in Ormoc Bay hit the previous day, sinking army cargo ships Kashii Maru and Takatsu Maru, 10°53'N, 124°25'E; and damaging destroyer Akishimo, Coast Defense Vessel No.13 and army cargo ship Kinka Maru. B-25 attacks drive Coast Defense Vessel No.11 aground in Matlang Bay, where she is scuttled and abandoned, 10°54'N, 124°27'E. Nearby fast transports T.6, T.9, and T.10, however, escorted by destroyers Take and Kasumi, are unmolested, and rescue survivors from Kashii Maru and Takatsu Maru. On their return voyage to Manila, the convoy rescues men from Celebes Maru, which has run aground off Bondoc Point, Luzon, earlier that day (see 15 November 1944).

USAAF B-24s attack Surabaya-bound Japanese ships off Soembawa, sinking No.21 Tachibana Maru, Fuji Maru, and Tsukushi Maru and damaging Benten Maru.


Could be. Probably worth at least a nickel.

A Wk.'s Worth Of Whatever

From the "Why Bother" file.

When Do We Start Killing The Pastors?

Jurupa Valley Pastor Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Minor

A pastor at a Jurupa Valley church was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage parishioner, sheriff’s officials said Sunday.

Sean Ortiz* of Jurupa Valley, 51, the lead pastor at New Beginnings Community Church, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl on at least two separate occasions, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Julio De Leon.
Let's all get together & administer some vigilante justice to New Beginnings Community Church w/ some arson. Which "community" do they serve, by the way? Inland Empire sex criminals?

*May Pastor Sean get it good & hard in the ass every day he's in jail & prison.

[Sex Crime News]

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Death From Above

THU 9 NOV 1944
Marine fighter aircraft based on Peleliu commence air strikes on Japanese on Ngeregong Island. These strikes, together with bombardment by vessels of LCI(L)-Flotilla 13, will continue on 10 November, rendering it untenable for the invaders (see 15 November 1944).

PROJECT MIKE continues as USAAF B-24s (42d Bomb Squadron) lay 10 mines in Futami Ko, Chichi Jima.

Submarine Barbero (SS-317) attacks Japanese convoy and sinks merchant tanker Shimotsu Maru about 250 miles west of Manila, 14°32'N, 116°53'E.

Submarine Haddo (SS-255) sinks Japanese fleet tanker No.2 Hishi Maru in Mindoro Straits, 12°24'N, 120°45'E.

Submarine Queenfish (SS-393) attacks Japanese convoy TAMA-28 in East China Sea, and sinks gunboat Chojusan Maru about 50 miles west of Kyushu, 31°15'N, 129°10'E.

Japanese cruiser Kumano, damaged by U.S. submarines on 6 November 1944, breaks her anchor and drifts aground off Santa Cruz, Luzon.

Japanese TA Operation (fourth phase) convoy reaches Ormoc Bay and unloads men and materiel brought from Manila (see 10 November 1944).

USAAF B-25s and P-38s (13th Air Force) and motor torpedo boats PT-492, PT-497, PT-524, and PT-525 begin attacks against Japanese convoy in Ormoc Bay, the former damaging escort vessels Okinawa and Shimushu.

Indian Ocean
U.S. tanker Tumacacori rescues 17 survivors of U.S. tanker Fort Lee, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-181 on 2 November 1944 (see 16 November 1944).


Friday, November 8, 2019


Representation Of A Representation Of A Giant Short Faced Bear (Arctodus simus) On A Representation Of A Rock

Eye Of The Beholder

Donald Trump's Blood Dunza

Jeffery Martin / Newsweek:
Parents of teenager killed by U.S. diplomat's wife say Donald Trump offered to have the Treasury write them a check  —  While meeting with President Donald Trump, the parents of a British teenager who was killed in a traffic collision with the wife of a U.S. diplomat were offered money from the Treasury by the president, which they refused, according to The Guardian.

Harry Dunn, 19, was riding his motorcycle near the Royal Air Force base in Northamptonshire, England when he was involved in an accident with Anne Sacoolas. Dunn died of his injuries in the hospital while Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left the United Kingdom. Trump invited Dunn's parents, Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles, to the White House to discuss the case.

Toward the end of the meeting, Trump intimated that he had Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "standing by ready to write a check."

"It was almost as if he let it slip out," said family spokesman Radd Seiger. "When he said, 'We've got the driver here', he basically meant we're all going to have a big hug and a kiss and I'll get my Treasury guy to write a check. That's how it was. On the day it just didn't register with me, but the more I think about those words, the more shocking it is." …
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:   Harry Dunn parents say they rejected Trump offer of cheque

Submarine Growler (SS-215) Is Sunk

WED 8 NOV 1944
Japanese party, armed with automatic weapons and light mortars, lands on Ngeregong Island five miles northeast of Peleliu, under cover of typhoon, and forces evacuation (without loss) of men from medium infantry landing craft LCI(M)-740 that had been landed there three days before to provide protection for ships utilizing Denges passage (see 9 November 1944).

Submarine Growler (SS-215) is sunk, probably by Japanese destroyer Shigure, patrol-escort vessel Chiburi, and Coast Defense Vessel No.19 off Mindoro.

Submarine Gunnel (SS-253) attacks Japanese convoy off west coast of Luzon, and sinks torpedo boat Sagi about 60 miles west of Lingayen Gulf, 16°09'N, 118°56'E.

Submarine Hardhead (SS-365), despite proximity of two escorts, sinks Japanese tanker Manei Maru about 90 miles southwest of Manila, 13°30'N, 119°25'E.

Submarine Queenfish (SS-393) attacks Japanese convoy off southern Kyushu, and sinks cargo ship Hakko Maru and auxiliary submarine chaser Ryusei Maru near Uji Gunto, 31°10'N, 129°39'E.

Submarine Redfin (SS-272) attacks Japanese convoy in South China Sea, and sinks merchant tanker No.2 Nichinan Maru, 14°00'N, 116°48'E.

Submarine Sea Fox (SS-402) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Keijo Maru, 29°05'N, 127°40'E.

Decomposed Remains Story Of The Wk.

Woman Mauled by Roaming Pit Bulls Loose on Street, Dog Owner Found Dead

Deputies arrived within a few minutes and went inside the house where the pit bulls were seen, while the woman was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment of severe bite wounds, Welsh said.

Her condition Friday was not revealed.

Inside the home, deputies discovered the badly decomposed remains of a man to whom the pit bulls apparently belonged, Welsh said.

It was unknown how long he had been deceased, but the deputies did not believe he was killed by the dogs.
[Inland Empire Up-Date]

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Real President F.D.R. Wins Fourth Term

TUE 7 NOV 1944
President Roosevelt wins an unprecedented fourth term in the White House, defeating Republican challenger Wendell Willkie for the second time.

Motor torpedo boat PT-301 is damaged by accidental explosion off western New Guinea, 01°15'S, 136°23'E.

Submarine Albacore (SS-218) is sunk by mine off the northern tip of Honshu, 41°49'N, 141°11'E.

Submarine Greenling (SS-213) sinks Japanese transport No.8 Kiri Maru and merchant tanker K_tai Maru, 34°34'N, 138°35'E.

Indian Ocean
British motor vessel Ernebank rescues 16 survivors of U.S. tanker Fort Lee, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-181 on 2 November 1944 (see 9 and 16 November 1944).

T'rowback T'ursday

Yet new.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


MON 6 NOV 1944
TF 38 (Vice Admiral John S. McCain) resumes strikes against Luzon; TG 38.3 planes sink Japanese transport T.139, Silanguin Bay, 14°35'N, 120°55'E. Planes from carrier Ticonderoga (CV-14), in TG 38.3, sink tanker Marifu Maru, previously damaged by submarine Flier (SS-250) on 13 June 1944, in Mariveles harbor, 14°26'N, 120°29'E.

Submarines Guitarro (SS-363), Bream (SS-243), and Raton (SS-270) each torpedo Japanese heavy cruiser Kumano west of Lingayen, 16°11N, 119°44'E. Kumano is towed to Santa Cruz, Luzon (see 9 November 1944). Guitarro is damaged by depth charges, 15°54'N, 119°44'E, but remains on patrol.

Submarine Gurnard (SS-254) lays mines off western Borneo.

The blockading of the Nanpo Shoto region, by mining, begins as PROJECT MIKE commences. USAAF B-24s (42d Bomb Squadron), fly from Guam and stage through Isely Field, Saipan, where the mines are loaded and fuel tanks topped off. The B-24s lay 10 mines off Chichi Jima.

RAAF Mitchells sink Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 118 off Soemba Island, N.E.I., 09°38'S, 120°17'E.

Destroyer Plunkett (DD-431) shells German troop concentrations and pillboxes. She carries out shore bombardment against gun emplacement south of Ventimiglia.

Weird Weds.

O.K., more odd, unusual & unexpected than straight-up weird (& far from unlistenable) it's the Qatar Philharmonic Brass, from the Qatar Philharmonic channel. (Not entirely certain these cats are all native Qataris, however.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

T.111 Again

SUN 5 NOV 1944
TF 38 (Vice Admiral John S. McCain) begins two days of carrier strikes on Luzon, targeting Japanese aircraft, airfields, and shipping. TG 38.3 attacks warships and auxiliaries in Manila Bay, where planes from carriers Lexington (CV-16) and Essex (CV-9), and small carrier Langley (CVL-27) sink heavy cruiser Nachi five nautical miles west of Corregidor. F6Fs from TG 38.3 sink Patrol Boat No.107 [ex-U.S. tug Genessee (AT-55)] off Lubang Island, 14°23'N, 120°25'E. Navy carrier-based planes (TG 38.3 hitting targets in Manila Bay, TG 38.1 targets off Santa Cruz) damage destroyer Akebono and escort destroyer Okinawa, landing ship T.111, motor sailship Tanoguchi Maru and cargo ships Toyo Maru and Showa Maru. During Japanese retaliatory air strikes, kamikaze damages carrier Lexington (CV-16), 16°20'N, 123°59'E.

Motor torpedo boat PT-320 is damaged by aerial bomb off Leyte, 11°11'N, 125°05'E.

USAAF B-29s bomb Singapore, damaging Japanese fleet tanker Notoro while she lies in drydock at Selatar, 01°18N, 103°52'E.

Japanese landing ship T.112 runs aground off southwest Mindoro, 12°40'N, 121°22'E.

Japanese merchant ship No.11 Bakshu Maru is sunk by mine off Penang.

"It's Tricky"


GOP congressman says determining if foreign election interference is OK is 'tricky'

[Shareblue MEDIA]

Rescued Owl

According to Camarillo Wildlife Rehabilitation, the owl was found “among the ashes, disoriented and suffering from smoke inhalation. Thanks to these courageous men, he will make a full recovery and be released back to his territory as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Ventura County Fire Department
[L.A. Times]

Monday, November 4, 2019


We know our audience, so we're sharing this warning.
Federal authorities issued a warning to the public Monday regarding the severe dangers posed by counterfeit prescription pills containing the extremely potent and often deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl are being manufactured by Mexican drug cartels for distribution throughout North America, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which reported that a sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March, revealed 27% contained potentially lethal doses of the substance.

A lethal dose of fentanyl is estimated to be about two milligrams, depending on a person’s weight, tolerance, previous usage and other factors, the DEA reports.

Counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and heroin laced with it cause thousands of opioid-related deaths in the U.S annually, and fentanyl is involved in more deaths than any other illegal narcotic, according to the DEA.

“Counterfeit prescription pills and overdose deaths do not discriminate and they impact every community within every demographic,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge William D. Bodner. “These counterfeit pills are extremely dangerous and often times the user is unaware of how lethal they are and what’s inside them.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged anyone who needs drug-abuse help — or knows someone who does — to call the 24-hour Substance Abuse Service Helpline at 844-804-7500.
Take your host's advice: Accept no artificial substitutes!

T.111 Gets It Twice

SAT 4 NOV 1944
Submarines Bream (SS-243), Guitarro (SS-363) and Ray (SS-271) attack Japanese convoy off western Luzon, all three team up to sink transport Kagu Maru off Dasol Bay, 15°55'N, 119°44'E. Guitarro torpedoes landing ship T.111, 15°56'N, 119°44'E.

Submarine Sailfish (SS-192) damages Japanese destroyer Harukaze and landing ship T.111 in Luzon Strait, 20°08'N, 121°43'E. Although damaged by aerial bombs, 20°09'N, 121°43'E, the submarine remains on patrol; Patrol Boat No.38 takes the damaged Harukaze in tow and brings her into port.

British submarine HMS Terrapin attacks Japanese convoy in Malacca Strait, and sinks minesweeper W.5, 03°14'N,99°50'E.

U.S. freighter Frank J. Cuhel is damaged by friendly fire while anchored off Tacloban, Leyte; the explosion of a shell wounds one of the 500 troops being transported by the ship, and 2 of the 28-man Armed Guard. During Japanese air attack shortly thereafter, freighter Cape Constance is damaged when a kamikaze, having been hit by the heavy fire being put up by the Armed Guard gunners, explodes over the ship and scatters wreckage. Only the Armed Guard officer is wounded during the attack; there are no other casualties among the 41-man merchant complement and the 28-man Armed Guard.

Destroyers Benson (DD-421) and Woolsey (DD-437) bombard German gun emplacements in Cap Ampeglio area.

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Mule Skinnin' Monday

Execute The Hostages!

Gee, has it really been 40 yrs.?
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei speaks on the 40th anniversary of the Iran crisis.
Lideri Basn Ofisi / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Humanoids: A Cancer On The Planet

India air pollution at ‘unbearable levels’, Delhi minister says  —  Air pollution in the north of India has “reached unbearable levels,” the capital Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says.  —  In many areas of Delhi air quality deteriorated into the “hazardous” category on Sunday with the potential to cause respiratory illnesses.
Choke on your effluvia, shit-eatin' morons. Then drink your own piss & die, just as you all deserve.


FRI 3 NOV 1944
Japanese aircraft attack air facilities on Saipan and Tinian as part of a series of strikes on this area from which heavy bombing missions against their home islands are launched.

Japanese planes raid U.S. shipping and airfield facilities at Tacloban, Leyte; U.S. freighter Matthew P. Deady is crashed by kamikaze that is engaged with intense antiaircraft fire from the Armed Guard; the explosion of the crashing suicide plane starts a fire in the cargo that threatens the ship. Although firefighting efforts are successful, two Armed Guard sailors (of the 27-man detachment) and 26 troops (of the 300 on board) perish in the attack.

Light cruiser Reno (CL-96) is damaged by Japanese submarine I-41 off Leyte, 13°46'N, 131°27'E.*

Submarine Cero (SS-225) lands men and supplies on east coast of Luzon.

Submarine Gurnard (SS-254) attacks Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, and sinks merchant cargo ship Taimei Maru about 275 miles west of Labuan, Borneo, 05°48'N, 111°12'E.

Submarine Pintado (SS-387) attacks small detachment of Japanese warships and sinks destroyer Akikaze 160 miles west of Lingayen Gulf, 16°50'N, 117°29'E.

Submarine Pomfret (SS-391) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Hamburg Maru in Bashi Channel, 20°19'N, 121°30'E.

Transport Atlas Maru, torpedoed by Pomfret the previous day, is beached, a total loss, off Sabtang Island, 20°18'N, 121°51'E.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Shino Maru is sunk by aircraft off Palau.

Destroyer Woolsey (DD-437) shells German troop concentrations near Franco-Italian border.
*Not since 1942 has a Japanese submarine successfully attacked a ship operating with a fast carrier task force. High winds and heavy seas from a nearby typhoon complicate the task of saving Reno, but "skillful seamanship, courage, and the unremitting effort of all of those remaining on board" allow her to reach Ulithi on 11 November.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Fort Lee Torpedoed, Sunk

THU 2 NOV 1944
Japanese aircraft bomb U.S. airstrip and planes on the ground at Tacloban, Leyte.

USAAF B-24s and P-38s (13th Air Force) attack Japanese reinforcement convoy (TA Operation, Second Phase) unloading reinforcements at Ormoc Bay, sinking army cargo ship Noto Maru, 10°30'N, 125°00'E. The rest of the convoy, however, returns safely to Manila.

Submarine Barbero (SS-317), despite presence of escort vessel, sinks Japanese army cargo ship Kuramazan Maru in Makassar Strait, 04°30'S, 118°20'E.

Submarine Pomfret (SS-391) attacks Japanese convoy between Formosa and Luzon, sinking transport Hamburg Maru and damaging transport Atlas Maru in Luzon Channel, 20°20'N, 121°30'E.

British submarine HMS Tantalus attacks Japanese Singapore-to-Manila convoy SIMA-04 one day after its departure, sinking cargo ship Hachijin Maru and damaging submarine chaser Ch 1 about 225 milee east of Singapore, 00°48'N, 107°43'E.

British submarine HMS Terrapin sinks netlayer Kumano Maru in Strait of Malacca, 01°30'N, 103°00'E.

Japanese army cargo ship No.2 Tateyama Maru is sunk by aircraft, 13°16'N, 99°46'E.

Indian Ocean
U.S. tanker Fort Lee is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-181 at 27°35'S, 83°11'E; of the 26-man Armed Guard, at least ten perish in the loss of the ship (see 7, 9 and 16 November 1944).

Donald Trump, Genius Psychologist

How would/should a "wife" react?
The president reflected on the shooting of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise a few years ago and remarked how tough the Louisiana Republican is – and Trump quipped he wouldn’t recommend getting shot as a weight loss plan. Trump also said Scalise’s wife “cried her eyes out when I met her at the hospital that fateful day* … I mean not many wives would react that way to tragedy, I know mine wouldn't.”
I'll fuckin' bet she wouldn't. Mel's an actual tough person.
*Speaks only in the most tired clichés.

[POLITICO/Spotted by me.]

Not A Wildfire: We Were (Sort Of) There!

Something actually informative from the local Times:
Los Angeles firefighters are battling a fire at a recycling facility near Atwater Village.
The fire, whose smoke could be seen for miles, broke out Friday afternoon at a construction and demolition recycling facility at 4560 W. Doran St. The Los Angeles Fire Department said no structures are currently threatened by the fire.
The blaze is near Interstate 5 and the 134 Freeway.
No idea if these had anything to do w/ the conflagration in question.
Obligatory Hywd. Sign shot.

Friday, November 1, 2019

H.M.S. Storm Sinks Schooner


WED 1 NOV 1944
In Leyte Gulf, kamikazes sink destroyer Abner Read (DD- 526), 10°47'N, 125°22'E; and damage destroyers Anderson (DD-411), 10°11'N, 125°02'E, and Claxton (DD-571) and Ammen (DD-527), 10°40'N, 125°20'E. Destroyers Bush (DD- 529), 10°13'N, 125°21'E, and Killen (DD-593), 10°40'N, 125°20'E, are damaged by horizontal bombers.

Submarine Atule (SS-403) attacks Japanese convoy, and sinks transport Asama Maru in Luzon Strait, 20°09'N, 117°38'E.

Submarine Blackfin (SS-322) attacks Japanese convoy, and sinks auxiliary vessel Caroline Maru and transport No.12 Unkai Maru in Mindoro Strait, 12°54'N, 120°10'E.*

Submarine Ray (SS-271) sinks Japanese merchant tanker No.7 Horai Maru, 13°02'N, 120°17'E, and lands men and supplies on west coast of Mindoro.

British submarine HMS Storm sinks Japanese schooner No.3 Goenong Perak, 04°56'S, 120°59'E.

Destroyer Benson (DD-421), although troubled by inadequate spotting, fires bombardment mission against railroads and troop concentrations.
*Submarine Ray (SS-271) may have torpedoed Caroline Maru as well.

85th Annual E.L.A. Super Bowl

The East L.A. Classic — the “85th annual” battle between Boyle Heights (Roosevelt High School) and East L.A. (Garfield High School) — represents one of the most storied high school football rivalries in the country. The Classic, which serves as the homecoming football game for both schools, attracts generations of alumni to Weingart Stadium.

The event is “the Super Bowl of East L.A.,” as a then-Garfield football player told The Times in 1980.

The room was “a bit tense” Sunday at Stevens Steakhouse in Commerce, where the opposing teams broke bread together at the pregame “Beef Bowl.” That’s according to Boyle Heights Beat reporter Ahiti Juárez, who — full disclosure — is a student at Roosevelt. “Sunday’s annual dinner could only signify the beginning of one thing,” Juárez writes. “Classic Week.”

The intervening days have been dominated by hall decorating, pep rallies, senior events and deep school pride on both campuses.

There are a lot of bragging rights attached to the outcome of this game. Garfield High, which was immortalized in the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver,” has dominated the rivalry for nearly a decade, winning the last nine Classics. But in the long wash of time, Roosevelt still has the upper hand. The Rough Riders hold a 41-39-6 lead in the series.

The first East L.A. Classic was played in 1925. By 1935, this very paper was already referring to Garfield as Roosevelt’s “ancient enemy of the East Side.” And the rest, as they say, is history. (For those doing the math on 1925 and “85th annual,” you’re correct, it does not add up. The Classic went on a nearly decade-long, World War II-induced hiatus from 1939 to 1948.)

The Dodgers are out and the Lakers are away, noted Roosevelt head coach Aldo Parral at a news conference Wednesday. So, on Friday night, “the focus of the world is going to be on us, two little Mexican schools.”

“At the end of the day, they want to win. We want to win,” Parral said.

The reasons, according to the coach and Roosevelt alum, are very simple: On Friday night after the game, people are going to roll up to King Taco. “Whether you’re wearing blue or red, there’s going to be a lot of smack-talking going on,” he said.

And, after nine long years of Garfield running the show, they want to be the ones doing the smack-talking.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Weingart Stadium on the East Los Angeles College campus.
However, Friday’s homecoming game for both schools is more than a battle to see who runs LA, it carries strong league and playoff implications as well.

Both the Roosevelt Riders and the Garfield Bulldogs are coming into the game at 7-2, each riding winning streaks (Garfield six games, Roosevelt five). They are also both undefeated in league games at 5-0, beating their usual opponents South Gate, Bell, Legacy, South East, and Hungtington Park.


Led by second-year coach Aldo Parral, the Riders will look to end their nine-year losing drought. As an alumni himself, Coach Parral said it feels like an “eternity” since Roosevelt last won the Classic. The Bulldogs, led on the other hand by Lorenzo Hernández, will look to keep their rivalry streak going, and cap off their season with another league championship.

“For the fans it’s bragging rights and water cooler talk, but for Lorenzo and us, we have a league title on the line,” said the Rider’s Parral at a Wednesday press conference at ELAC’s Weingart Stadium, where the Classic is to be played.

“This is the way it should be every year, and there is no reason why both Roosevelt and Garfield should not be playing for a league title every year,” he added.

Winning Friday‘s game will not only give Garfield its 10th league championship in a row, it would also guarantee a spot in the Open Division playoffs. For the Riders, winning the game would put them in contention for a high-ranked seed in the Division 1 playoffs, and allow them to claim the throne to the league for the first time in 10 years.
[L.A. Times/Pulso de Boyle Heights]