Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Long Shall The Wicked
Reign Over My People?

Number of the Day: 2,864,974. (Popular votes.)
If I'd voted for Mme. Secretary instead of Peace & Freedom the total would have been a nice round 2,864,975.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers


Monday, November 20, 2017

Cue The Outrage!

Fake News Sites enjoy a moment in high dudgeon.
Melissa Matthews / Newsweek:
They just can't handle the truth, can they?

75 Yrs. Ago In Seamanship

FRI 20 NOV 1942
Japanese submarine I-175 is damaged when she runs aground at Truk, Carolines.

District patrol craft YP-405 burns and sinks off Smith Shoal light.

Indian Ocean
U.S. freighter Pierce Butler is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-177 off the coast of South Africa at 29°40'S, 36°35'E. All hands (41-man merchant complement and 21-man Armed Guard) abandon ship in four lifeboats (see 21 November).

British hospital ship Atlantis rescues the last 13 survivors from U.S. freighter Excello, sunk by German submarine U-181 on 13 November.

Damaged U.S. tanker Brilliant encounters auxiliary schooner Isabel H., whose master pilots the ship to Musgrave harbor, Newfoundland, where she anchors to await an escort to St. John's (see 21 November).

Today In Naked Groping &
Obscene 'Phone Calling

We've always found Charlie Rose a bit creepy (an even lower-rent William F. Buckley, Jr. w/ a few less affectations,
not that we ever watched him much) but didn't realize his creepiness would manifest itself thusly:
Washington Post:
Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls  —  Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence …

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Helter-Skelter Time!

"Murders That Changed L.A."

"Explosion of undetermined origin ..."

THU 19 NOV 1942
District patrol craft YP-26 is destroyed by explosion of undetermined origin while on marine railway, Cristobal, C.Z.

Damaged U.S. tanker Brilliant proceeds back toward Newfoundland, obtaining her true position from passing warships (see 21 November).

Sunday Snowplowing

There's snow in the Sierra Nevada & the Cascades, & it's headed east, wrong-side-of-the-Rockies types. Enjoy a frozen Thanksgiving!

Fake train, real snow, ditto, then fake everything.

Historical Horseshit

Today in History
November 19
1620: The Pilgrims sight Cape Cod.
1828: In Vienna, Composer Franz Schubert dies of syphilis at age 31. [Why he never finished that symphony? — M.B.]
1861: Julia Ward Howe writes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while visiting Union troops near Washington.
1863: Lincoln delivers the "Gettysburg Address" at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.
1885: Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza.
1873: James Reed and two accomplices rob the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw Nation.
1897: The Great "City Fire" in London.
1905: 100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.
1911: New York receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.
1915: The Allies ask China to join the entente against the Central Powers.
1923: The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures.
1926: Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union.
1942: Soviet forces take the offensive at Stalingrad.
1949: Prince Ranier III is crowned 30th Monarch of Monaco.
1952: Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe.
Would've been 100 today: Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India from 1967 to 1977 and 1978 to 1984, who was assassinated by her own guards.

Historynet missed this catastrophic flood.



Thousands perish in St. Petersburg flood

On this day in 1824, a flood on the Neva River in Russia claims an estimated 10,000 lives.
And Billy Strayhorn, composer, arranger and pianist who wrote “Take the ‘A’ Train” would've been 102.

Veni, Vidi, Tweeti

A stupid jerk receives a reply:


Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis has joined the great round-up in the sky. Good run; he was 85.

Mel Tillis - "Heart Over Mind" (1961)


Also passed (until next time): Last Round-Up.

Some Sunday Slut-Shaming

Oh, not by us! (Heaven forbid.) No, the shaming is courtesy of David E's Fablog, & shame he does.

Digby notes:
By the way, his behavior in this incident took place on a USO tour which have always been exploitative sex shows. (Here's a video of the one with Franken and Tweeden.) It's long past time to retire that particular format too.

What a mess.
If the Daily Mail's crummy video doesn't embed, click the link in the quote above; or stick around & wallow in the nostalgia of this example of a U.S.O. show. Seems wholesome.Timing can be a mystery, can't it? If only Ms. Tweeden had told the good people of the Great State of Minnesota what a pervert Al Franken is when he first ran for the Senate in 2008, only two yrs. after his assault against her. Or maybe before his reëlection in 2014. (Better late than never ...)

Did she fear that candidate & then Senator Franken, w/ his vast influence over show biz (Two words: Air America.) would ruin her career if she came forward? Maybe she forgot the whole thing & was only reminded of it last yr., when we first heard the recording of Trump pronouncing himself a grabby sort of person. No, not then either.

A mystery indeed, but let's move along; no need to be cynical here.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What Are The Robots
Ruining Now? Fishing.

Cute? Not when it's taking your job & your leisure time it isn't.
Casting by drone. You pathetic, lazy-assed weaklings deserve everything you're going to get, good & hard.

"... instills confidence by the casual attitude he assumes when things are the worst."

WED 18 NOV 1942
USAAF B-17s damage Japanese destroyers Umikaze and Kawakaze off Buna, New Guinea.

British submarine HMS Trusty sinks Japanese army cargo ship Columbia Maru off Penang, Malaya.

USAAF B-17s (5th Air Force) sink Japanese merchant cargo ship Havana Maru off Kahili airfield, Bougainville.

German submarine U-613 is damaged by aircraft; U-91 is damaged by depth charges off North Africa.

German submarines attack west-bound convoy ONS 144. U.S. freighter Parismina is torpedoed and sunk by U-624 at 54°07'N, 38°26'W; of the 75 souls on board, 20 are lost with the ship: 15 crewmen, two Armed Guard sailors and three passengers. British rescue ship Perth and Dutch-manned corvette Rose rescue the 55 survivors between them. U.S. freighter Yaka also falls victim to U-624, at 54°25'N, 38°52'W, and is abandoned; all hands (41 merchant seamen and a 11-man Armed Guard) are rescued by Canadian corvette HMCS Vervain. German submarine U-522 torpedoes and finishes off Yaka.

U.S. tanker Brilliant, in convoy SC 109, is torpedoed by German submarine U-43 at 50°45'N, 45°53'E; an intense fire breaks out. Although ship's master and six merchant seamen and two Armed Guard sailors take to a lifeboat, apparently intending to remain nearby but the boat swamps, drowning two men; British corvette HMS Bury rescues the remainder of that boat's occupants and retains them on board for medical treatment. The ship's junior third officer, J. Cameron, meanwhile, takes command; the crew puts out the fire. Lieutenant John R. Borum, USNR, the Armed Guard officer, instills confidence by the casual attitude he assumes when things are the worst (see 19 November).

Spanish tanker Campares rescues nine survivors (including six Armed Guard sailors) from U.S. freighter West Kebar, sunk by German submarine U-129 on 29 October.

"... But Never Better Late"

Didn't get around to noting
Thursday's rodeo,
wasn't this reporter's
(technical difficulties
&/or e-mail trouble;
one or two
of the items
will be recycled
in tomorrow's finale);
here is
today's exercise.

Dick Clark's New American Bandstand '65

Bobby Vee "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes"

Orig. air date alleged to be 26 Dec. 1964.

Literary & Other History

1477: William Caxton publishes the first dated book printed in England. It is a translation from the French of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers by Earl Rivers.

General Interest


Mass suicide at Jonestown

On this day in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint. The final death toll at Jonestown that day was 909; a third of those who perished were children.

Jim Jones was a charismatic churchman who established the Peoples Temple, a Christian sect, in Indianapolis in the 1950s. He preached against racism, and his integrated congregation attracted many African Americans. In 1965, he moved the group to Northern California, settling in Ukiah and after 1971 in San Francisco. In the 1970s, his church was accused by the media of financial fraud, physical abuse of its members and mistreatment of children. In response to the mounting criticism, the increasingly paranoid Jones invited his congregation to move with him to Guyana, where he promised they would build a socialist utopia. Three years earlier, a small group of his followers had traveled to the tiny nation to set up what would become Jonestown on a tract of jungle.

Jonestown did not turn out to be the paradise their leader had promised. Temple members worked long days in the fields and were subjected to harsh punishments if they questioned Jones’ authority. Their passports were confiscated, their letters home censored and members were encouraged to inform on one another and forced to attend lengthy, late-night meetings. Jones, by then in declining mental health and addicted to drugs, was convinced the U.S. government and others were out to destroy him. He required Temple members to participate in mock suicide drills in the middle of the night.

In 1978, a group of former Temple members and concerned relatives of current members convinced U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan, a Democrat of California, to travel to Jonestown and investigate the settlement. On November 17, 1978, Ryan arrived in Jonestown with a group of journalists and other observers. At first the visit went well, but the next day, as Ryan’s delegation was about to leave, several Jonestown residents approached the group and asked them for passage out of Guyana. Jones became distressed at the defection of his followers, and one of Jones’ lieutenants attacked Ryan with a knife. The congressman escaped from the incident unharmed, but Jones then ordered Ryan and his companions ambushed and killed at the airstrip as they attempted to leave. The congressman and four others were murdered as they boarded their charter planes.

Back in Jonestown, Jones commanded everyone to gather in the main pavilion and commit what he termed a “revolutionary act.” The youngest members of the Peoples Temple were the first to die, as parents and nurses used syringes to drop a potent mix of cyanide, sedatives and powdered fruit juice into children’s throats. Adults then lined up to drink the poison-laced concoction while armed guards surrounded the pavilion.

When Guyanese officials arrived at the Jonestown compound the next day, they found it carpeted with hundreds of bodies. Many people had perished with their arms around each other. A few residents managed to escape into the jungle as the suicides took place, while at least several dozen more Peoples Temple members, including several of Jones’ sons, survived because they were in another part of Guyana at the time.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Submarines Searaven & Salmon
Sink Ships

TUE 17 NOV 1942
Submarine Searaven (SS-196) sinks Japanese transport Nissei Maru in Flying Fish Cove, off Christmas Island, 10°24'S, 105°41'E.
Submarine Salmon (SS-182), attacking Japanese convoy off west coast of Luzon, sinks repair ship Oregon Maru about 65 miles northwest of Manila, 14°16'N, 119°44'E.

Naval Air Station, De Land, Florida, is established.

German submarine U-566 is damaged by depth charges in Central Atlantic.

Duck The Futch


Actual flood image.

Thousands die in massive flood

On this day in 1421, a storm in the North Sea batters the European coastline. Over the next several days, approximately 10,000 people in what is now the Netherlands died in the resulting floods.

The lowlands of the Netherlands near the North Sea were densely populated at the time, despite their known vulnerability to flooding. Small villages and a couple of cities had sprung up in what was known as the Grote Waard region. The residents built dikes throughout the area to keep the water at bay, but fatal floods still struck in 1287, 1338, 1374, 1394 and 1396. After each, residents fixed the dikes and moved right back in after the floods.

Even the St. Elisabeth’s flood of November 1404 (named after the November 19 feast day for St. Elisabeth of Hungary), in which thousands died, could not dissuade the residents from living in the region. Seventeen years later, at the same time of year, another strong storm struck the North Sea. The resulting storm surge caused waves to burst hundreds of dikes all over Grote Waard. The city of Dort was devastated and 20 whole villages were wiped off the map. The flooding was so extensive this time that the dikes were not fully rebuilt until 1500. This meant that much of Zeeland and Holland–the area that now makes up the Netherlands–was flooded for decades following the storm. The town of Dordrecht was permanently separated from the mainland in the flood.
1421's Darwin Award Winners.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"The remainder ... who ... managed to reach four rafts, are never found."

MON 16 NOV 1942
U.S. Army 32nd Division and Australian 7th Division land south of Buna, New Guinea.

Submarine Haddock (SS-231) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Nichinan Maru, 31°52'N, 126°14'E.

Submarine Seal (SS-183) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Boston Maru off Palau, 06°18'N, 135°20'E. Just 12 seconds after firing her torpedoes at the cargo ship, Seal is rammed by another enemy vessel; the damage leads to the termination of her patrol.
The Seal (c. 1940) is visible in the background.
Japanese destroyer Harukaze is damaged by mine off Surabaya, Java.

Destroyers Woolsey (DD-437), Swanson (DD-443), and Quick (DD-490) sink German submarine U-173 off Casablanca, French Morocco.

German submarine U-218 is damaged by depth charges off North Africa.

British steamship Durando rescues the 18 survivors (13 of the 47-man crew, 4 of the 15-man Armed Guard and 2 of the 12 passengers) (one of whom dies later of his injuries) from U.S. freighter East Indian sunk on 3 November 1942 by U-181. The remainder of those who survived the loss of the ship 13 days before (18 crewmen, 11 Armed Guards and 3 passengers) and managed to reach four rafts, are never found.

Another Man Of The (Trumpian) Cloth

Scared into pants-pooping & the usual stereotypical lies by anyone in any way different.
 Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Republican appointee resigns from the DHS after past comments about blacks, Muslims come to light  —  A Republican appointee in charge of a Department of Homeland Security center for outreach to faith and community groups has resigned after a report that he said black people had …
 Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Homeland Security's head of community outreach resigns over past controversial comments on black community, Islam  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned Thursday as the head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security …
(CNN)The head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security has said in the past that the black community is responsible for turning cities into "slums" and argued that Islam's only contribution to society was "oil and dead bodies," a CNN KFile review of his time as a radio host reveals. Rev. Jamie Johnson was appointed in April by then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to lead the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the department.

In radio appearances from 2008 to as recently as 2016, Johnson was critical of the black community and painted Islam as a violent, illegitimate religion.
Claims to be a "reverend", no indication of, like, a church or anything. However,
Prior to joining the department, Johnson was a fixture in grassroots Republican politics in Iowa, serving as a GOP state committeeman and working for Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Donald Trump in the state. He also frequently appeared on the radio airwaves as a guest and as a host of his own weekend program and guest host for other conservative talk radio hosts.
Remember “I would use the greatest minds"?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Naval Battle Of Guadalcanal
Over At Last

SUN 15 NOV 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ends as TF 64 repulses Vice Admiral Kondo's force. Battleship South Dakota (BB-57) is damaged by gunfire of Japanese battleship Kirishima and heavy cruisers Atago and Takao; destroyer Benham (DD-397), damaged by torpedo, is scuttled by destroyer Gwin (DD-433) in Savo Sound, Solomons; Gwin is damaged by gunfire. Gunfire from Admiral Lee's flagship, battleship Washington (BB-56), sinks Kirishima and destroyer Ayanami southeast of Savo Island, 09°10'S,159°52'E.

Navy SBDs (VS 10) and TBFs (VT 10), USMC SBDs (VMSB 132), Marine and Army coast artillery, and gunfire from destroyer Meade (DD-602) sink four Japanese merchant transport/cargo ships off the northern coast of Guadalcanal: Kinugasa Maru, Hirokawa Maru, Yamazuki Maru, and Yamura Maru. Meade also rescues survivors from sunken destroyers Walke (DD-416) and Preston (DD-379) (see 14 November).

Although the United States suffers the greater loss in warships in the savagely fought series of engagements on 12-15 November, the Japanese withdraw and never again send large naval forces into the waters around Guadalcanal; the ultimate outcome of the struggle for that island is decided.

USAAF B-17s bomb Japanese shipping at Rabaul, sinking supply ship No.3 Unkai Maru, 04°12'S, 152°00'E, and damaging transport Azuma Maru.

Off North Africa, cargo ship Electra (AK-21) is torpedoed by German submarine U-173, 33°45'N, 07°52'W; cargo ship Almaack (AK-27) is torpedoed by U-155, 36°19'N, 07°52'W.

French submarine Le Tonnant, having been damaged by U.S. warships off Casablanca, French Morocco, is scuttled off Cadiz, Spain.

Unarmed U.S. schooner Lucy Evelyn is shelled by what she believes to be an enemy submarine at approximately 12°00'N, 75°00'W; apparently undamaged, she reaches Baranquilla, Colombia, soon thereafter, having suffered no casualties among the seven-man crew.

Today's Pointless Effort

Blah blah blah.

"Rocket Man" 60 Yrs. Ago

Any of this seem familiar?

Cold War


Nikita Khrushchev challenges United States to a
missile “shooting match”

In a long and rambling interview with an American reporter, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev claims that the Soviet Union has missile superiority over the United States and challenges America to a missile “shooting match” to prove his assertion. The interview further fueled fears in the United States that the nation was falling perilously behind the Soviets in the arms race.

The interview elicited the usual mixture of boastful belligerence and calls for “peaceful coexistence” with the West that was characteristic of Khrushchev’s public statements during the late 1950s. He bragged about Soviet missile superiority, claiming that the United States did not have intercontinental ballistic rockets; “If she had,” the Russian leader sneered, “she would have launched her own sputnik.” He then issued a challenge: “Let’s have a peaceful rocket contest just like a rifle-shooting match, and they’ll see for themselves.” Speaking about the future of East-West relations, Khrushchev stated that the American and Soviet people both wanted peace. He cautioned, however, that although the Soviet Union would never start a war, “some lunatics” might bring about a conflict. In particular, he noted that Secretary of State John Foster Dulles had created “an artificial war psychosis.” In the case of war, it “would be fought on the American continent, which can be reached by our rockets.” NATO forces in Europe would also be devastated, and Europe “might become a veritable cemetery.” While the Soviet Union would “suffer immensely,” the forces of communism would ultimately destroy capitalism.
Khrushchev’s remarks came just a few days after the Gaither Report had been leaked to the press in the United States. The report supported many of the Russian leader’s contentions, charging that the United States was falling far behind the Soviets in the arms race. Critics of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s foreign policy, particularly from the Democratic Party, went on the attack. The public debate concerning the alleged “missile gap” between U.S. and Soviet rocket arsenals continued through the early 1960s and was a major issue in the 1960 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

More On Military Murder In Mali

Previously noted.
The Daily Beast:
Green Beret Discovered SEALs' Illicit Cash.  Then He Was Killed. … Logan Melgar hadn't had a drink on June 4.  —  The Green Beret sergeant's dry day became a key to unraveling the narrative spun by the elite Navy commandos whom military investigators now suspect killed him, officials familiar with the case said.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Naval Battle Of Guadalcanal Continues, Continuing

SAT 14 NOV 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal continues as bombardment of Henderson Field by heavy cruisers Suzuya and Maya fails to achieve the desired effect, prompting the postponement of the landing of troops from the 11 transports poised to proceed down the "Slot" toward Guadalcanal.

Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai and Kinugasa, light cruiser Isuzu and two destroyers (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) and heavy cruisers Maya and Suzuya, light cruiser Tenryu and four destroyers (Rear Admiral Nishimura Shoji), come under attack by planes from carrier Enterprise (CV-6) and from Henderson Field: Kinugasa is sunk by USMC SBDs (VMSB 132), 15 nautical miles northwest of Rendova Island, 08°45'S, 157°00'E. Maya (crashed by a crippled VB 10 SBD) and Isuzu are damaged south of New Georgia Island; Chokai, Tenryu, and destroyer Ayanami are also damaged.

That afternoon, USMC and Navy land-based SBDs and TBFs bomb Japanese convoy off Guadalcanal, sinking transports/cargo ships Arizona Maru and Canberra Maru and merchant transport/cargo ships Brisbane Maru (VS 10, VMSB 141), Kumagawa Maru (VMSB 130), Nagara Maru (VT 10), Nako Maru and Shinano Maru (CVG 41). Cargo ship Sado Maru is damaged.

Beginning shortly before midnight, TF 64 (Rear Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr.), comprising battleships Washington (BB-56) and South Dakota (BB-57) and four destroyers, engages a Japanese naval force comprising a battleship, a light cruiser, and six destroyers (Vice Admiral Kondo Nobutake) in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Japanese gunfire sinks destroyers Preston (DD-379) (by light cruiser Nagara) and Walke (DD-416) (see 15 November).

Indian Ocean
First boatload of survivors from U.S. freighter Excello, sunk by German submarine U-181 the previous day, make landfall at Port St. John, South Africa.

Whole Lotta History Went On

Per, anyway. Just a few examples:
1501: Arthur Tudor of England marries Katherine of Aragon.
1812: As Napoleon Bonaparte‘s army retreats form [sic] Moscow, temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero.
1851: Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick is published in New York.
1908: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.
1910: Lieutenant Eugene Ely, U.S. Navy, becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship. He flew from the ship Birmingham at Hampton Roads to Norfolk.
1921: The Cherokee Indians ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1 million acres of land in Texas.
1922: The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1930: Right-wing militarists in Japan attempt to assassinate Premier Hamaguchi.
1935: Manuel Luis Quezon is sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of the Philippines is inaugurated.
One item Historynet missed:

Vietnam War


Marine general killed in Vietnam

Maj. Gen. Bruno Hochmuth, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, is killed when the helicopter in which he is travelling is shot down. He was the most senior U.S. officer to be killed in action in the war to date.

Musical Coincidence?

Birth, life, & death, baby:
 [Not the "Billy The Kid" (William Bonney) of whom A.C. was probaly thinking. — M.B.]

Copland - "Billy the Kid" (Ormandy, 1955)

Back In The Saddle Again

Today is Tues. Second installment.

Thanks for all the comments, ingrates.