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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"A Spirited Encounter"

THU 26 MAR 1942
Admiral Ernest J. King relieves Admiral Harold R. Stark as Chief of Naval Operations and thus becomes Commander in Chief U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations; Vice Admiral Frederick J. Horne (Vice Chief of Naval Operations) and Vice Admiral Russell Willson (COMINCH Chief of Staff) are his principal assistants.

TF 39 (Rear Admiral John W. Wilcox), including battleship Washington (BB 56), carrier Wasp (CV-7), heavy cruisers Wichita (CA-45) and Tuscaloosa (CA-37), and eight destroyers, sails from Portland, Maine, for Scapa Flow, to reinforce the British Home Fleet (see 27 March). [Wait for it! — M.B.]

Commander Eastern Sea Frontier is given operational control of certain USAAF units for antisubmarine patrol duty in the Atlantic. Unity of command over Navy and USAAF units operating over water to protect shipping and conduct antisubmarine warfare is thus vested in the Navy.

Antisubmarine vessel Atik (AK-101) is torpedoed and sunk with all hands by German submarine U-123 in the North Atlantic, 36°00'N, 70°00'W, after the "Q-ship's" gunfire damages the U-boat in a spirited encounter. Atik is the only U.S. Navy warship disguised as a merchantman that is lost to enemy action during World War II. Sistership Asterion (AK-100) will conduct a fruitless search for survivors (see 30 March).*

Unarmed U.S. tanker Dixie Arrow, bound for Paulsboro, New Jersey, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-71 about 12 miles off the Diamond Shoals Lighted Buoy, off the coast of North Carolina, 34°59'N, 75°33'W. The ship breaks in half and sinks. Destroyer Tarbell (DD-142), directed to the scene by a Coast Guard plane, rescues 22 survivors; 11 merchant sailors either drown or burn to death, however, as the torpedo explosions set the ship's cargo of 86,136 barrels of crude oil afire.

Panamanian freighter Equipoise is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-160 at 36°36'N, 74°45'W (see 27 March).

*Bait Boats:
Atik (AK-101) was placed in commission at 16:45 on 5 March 1942, at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Lieutenant Commander Harry Lynnwood Hicks, USN, in command.

At the outset, all connected with the program apparently harbored the view that neither ship "was expected to last longer than a month after commencement of [her] assigned duty." Atik's holds were packed with pulpwood, a somewhat mercurial material. If dry, "an explosive condition might well develop and, if wet, "rot, with resultant fire, might well take place." Despite these disadvantages, pulpwood was selected as the best obtainable material to assure "floatability."

Atik's mission was to lure an unsuspecting U-boat into making a torpedo attack. According to the projected scenario, the submarine, having deemed the tramp unworthy of the expenditure of more torpedoes, would surface to sink the crippled foe with gunfire.

The plan presupposed that supporting forces would come to the rescue whenever a Q-ship ran into difficulties. In March 1942, though, there was no such reserve available. The commanding officers of the two ships were told that they could expect little help if they got into trouble. Every available combatant ship and plane was employed in convoy and patrol duties.

Following fitting out and brief sea trials, she and Asterion got underway on 23 March 1942. Soon after leaving port, Atik and Asterion went their separate ways. On the night of 26–27 March, she was cruising about 300 mi (480 km) east of Norfolk, Virginia and Asterion was cruising some 240 mi (390& km) to the south of this area.

Sunday In The City

Never ends, does it?

The Death Of Parody

The proverbial 27% of this nation's polled population would not find this amusing or mockable in any way,
& if you are laughing, Mr. & Ms. Libtard Smarty-Pantses, you are not real Americans, & may be subject to deportation.
"Epic over-the-top T-shirt depicts Trump rolling in on a tank to take care of pressing presidential matters his way."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Until The Oil Tanker Got It"

WED 25 MAR 1942
Dutch tanker Ocana is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-552 at 42°36'N, 64°25'W; destroyer Mayo (DD-422) rescues four survivors.

Bouffant Sports Book Now
Open For Business

Step right up, punters, our wickets are open.
Today's friendly wager: Which will last longer, the Affordable Health Care Act ("Obamacare"), the Trump residency,
or the Republican Party as currently constituted?

All-American Blues Bandstand

Somehow missed the passing of harmonica giant James Cotton at the age of 81, on 16 March. Rolling Stone has details & a good cross-section of embedded tunes. Pat Hare's guitar stands out in this Memphis number.
Paying to see & hear a performance probably doesn't qualify as a "Brush w/ Greatness", nonetheless, this reporter saw Mr. Cotton wail thrice; once, probably in 1968, at Seattle's Eagles Auditorium, then at B.B. King's Blues Dump at Universal CityWalk, sometime in the early '00s, where J.C. was confined to a chair on stage, & co-billed w/ a giant of blues guitar, who I can't for the life of me remember. (Buddy Guy? Buddy Buddy?) The last time was this event at Hollywood's Bowl.

And I still have a promo single of a ℗1975 Buddah Records® remake of "Rocket 88", entitled "Rockett 88". One side of which is stereo (BDAS-468-A) & one mono (BDA-468-A) as if it made any difference in 1975.

Under Lawsuit Threat, Ed Anger
Alex Jones Sorta Apologizes For Pizza Parlor Shooting

Gotta love Mediagazer, where at least half the "discussion" is Tweets.
Katy Perry's in on it too.
  Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
InfoWars' Alex Jones apologizes to Pizzagate restaurant's owner a day before becoming exposed to punitive damages in potential libel suit under Texas law  —  Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting “Pizzagate,” the baseless viral story …

Art Of The (One-Shot) Deal

Next deal to close in the capital? "Tax Reform". Can't. Effing. Wait.
Entropy increasing: Above musical selection will have been out 45 yrs. as of 5 July.
The Seeds "Faded Picture"

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bombing Daily: "We'll Be Here
All Week."

TUE 24 MAR 1942
Japanese naval planes (12th Kokutai) begin daily bombings of Corregidor.
That is all.

Eleventy-Dimensional Fake News

Puttin' the spin on it:
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart: 
Health Care Bill's Failure: Just Part of the ‘Art of the Deal’
Sure, not only will this end w/ Paul Ryan out on his ass but Obamacare will be repealed. That's the ticket! And just the distraction they'll need while Trump is doing a perp walk from the Executive Mansion following his arrest for treason.

Jesus H. Christ! "A Guide To Hiding From Queer People"

An atheist and a Christian review
‘The Benedict Option,’ a guide to hiding from queer people

[Think Progress]

"The Common Clay Of The New West
... Morons"

Could America just not have any more sod-busting simpletons involved in governing us,
or in anything beyond supplying urbane sophisticates w/ milk, butter, cheese, ice cream & so forth?
House Oxymoron Committee Chairman Nunes is from California's fly-over country (It's a big state, we have a lot of just about everything, good, bad, ugly &/or indifferent.) where his family has molested cattle for generations. My paternal grandparents had a dairy farm (& owned a gas station in town); I wouldn't have wanted either of them telling me how to live, yet the future security of these United Snakes may depend on a "normal dad" whose most complex task before this mess may have been navigating the cow-flops in his pappy's fields. Now he acts as if his job is to keep Donald Trump happy as a dairy cow.
Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm.

Now the Republican from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in recent memory.

As chairman of the House intelligence committee, which holds its first public hearing on Monday, Nunes is at the helm of a probe of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 campaign and the murky web of contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. It's a potentially sprawling enterprise that spans continents, plumbs spycraft and dominates international headlines.

He's a long way from raising cattle.


Until recently, the soft-spoken 43-year-old — dubbed a "normal dad" by friends — was hardly a fixture on the national news circuit.
An' he sho' nuff stepped right in that cow-flop, did'n he? When you've lost even the very-very-conservative Jennifer Rubin ...
Nunes shows why he’s incapable of running an investigation

Thursday, March 23, 2017

D For The Dead

A round-up of notables who've recently departed this steaming mortal coil. The pace has picked up of late, 'though it seems to be striking among those who are beyond their allotted three-score & ten.

Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author

18 February.
No personal connection here, but we have the same print of the Eiffel Tower
that's seen to Bob's left on the TCM set above hanging in our bunker. (Ours isn't sepia, however.)

Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies

6 March.
Previously noted in this space, founding definer Chuck Berry, 18 March.

Artist Bernie Wrightson, also 18 March, & sadly under his allotted 70.

Jimmy Breslin, ink-stained wretch, made 88 before croaking the 19th inst.

David Rockefeller, inheritor of vast wealth & power & rent-seeking parasite, made it to 101 before dying much too late, on the 20th. There is no justice.

Chuck Barris, whose Gong Show was a work of absurdist genius (he also created The Dating Game) 87 when he was gonged March 21st. "Brush w/ Greatness": Saw Mr. Barris in the (rather short) flesh in probably 1978, at the then-A.B.C. studios on Vine St., walking down the hall followed by several flunkies. The broadcast technicians were striking A.B.C., which meant the corporate accountants had to run the cameras on the soaps & news & this reporter was called in to do some work for the A.B.C. Records Group. (Fun Fact I Learned: The first Ramones album, on Sire, had only sold about 20,000 copies by mid-1978.)

And speaking of absurdity, we had neglected until now to mention the passing, on 6 February, of The World's Foremost Authority, Professor Irwin Corey, whose contributions to American intellectual discourse will long be remembered. The Professor outlived that bastard Rockefeller, having hit 102. There may be a slight amount of justice.

75 Yrs. Ago Today In Friendly Fire

MON 3 MAR 1942
Submarine Gato (SS-212) is damaged when accidentally bombed by nonrigid airship (blimp) TC 13
off the entrance to San Francisco Bay, California.

Indian Ocean
Japanese occupy Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal.

Political Wire, Congenital Liar

Bonus Quote of the Day

"The whole world had a chance to watch this unfold, and it was a direct test of his credibility. And the whole world now knows he lied about it. We’ve seen it again and again. When we have a president who is a congenital liar, it really matters.”

— Former White House aide David Gergen, quoted by the Washington Post.
And in the Palace, the Imperial Family continues to consolidate power.
Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune.

Fake Fake News

"I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children. This was a typically false news story.”

— President-elect Donald Trump, quoted by Politico, on November 16, 2016.

“Ivanka Trump to get top security clearance and office, White House official says”

— CNN headline, March 21, 2017.

Clearing Out California's
Trailer Parks

Sending the spawn of the Okies back to fly-over country:

California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in

Spoiler Alert: Landlords to blame.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ken Boothe, 69 Today

If you give more of a crap the miracle of the iNternet allows you to learn more.
Above from 1966. Later re-cut, re-make, re-mix, mutation:
You may recognize this as a differently titled cover of a song whose best known version is also a cover.
Curate this'n yourself.

Death At (Approx.) 28°00'N, 58°00'W

SUN 22 MAR 1942
Unarmed U.S. tanker Naeco is torpedoed by German submarine U-124 at 33°59'N, 76°40'W. Coast Guard cutter Dione (WPC-107) rescues 10 survivors from one lifeboat and two men from the sea; minesweeper Osprey (AM-56) rescues one survivor from a raft; tug Umpqua (AT-25) takes off one man who had returned to the ship after she had been abandoned. All told, 24 men perish with the ship, which later breaks in half (the stern section sinking). Destroyer Roper (DD-147) scuttles the bow section with gunfire.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Muskogee is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-123 at 28°00'N, 58°00'W. U-123 draws near to the survivors on two rafts and questions them before clearing the area.
None of the 34-man crew, however, are ever seen again.

Nice World You Assholes Have
Made For Yourselves

The Guardian:
Parliament attack: man shot after police officer stabbed at House of Commons - live updates
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death … On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution.  The water was turned up top 180 degrees …
 Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Prosecutors find no wrongdoing in shower death at Dade Correctional mental health unit  —  A 101-page investigation released Friday concludes that corrections officers who locked a schizophrenic inmate in a hot shower at Dade Correctional Institution and left him there for nearly two hours …
Note well that Trump has no direct involvement w/ any of this horror. None of you murderous assholes need any help, do you?

Anyway, the sooner you mother-fucking rat bastard sons-of-bitches finish killing each other the better. Your species is dead to me already, but I'll volunteer to stick around to cremate your rotting corpses.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's U-124's Ocean War;
We're Just Re-Living It

Sat. 21 March 1942
Unarmed U.S. tanker Esso Nashville is torpedoed by German submarine U-124 off Frying Pan Lightship Buoy, 33°35'N, 77°22'W. High speed transport McKean (APD 5) rescues eight survivors from two lifeboats; Coast Guard cutters Tallapoosa (WPG-52) and Agassiz (WPC-126) recover the rest (21 men and 8 men, respectively). After Esso Nashville breaks in two, tug Umpqua (AT-25) tows the after end of the vessel to Morehead City, North Carolina. Later, U-124 torpedoes tanker Atlantic Sun off Beaufort (North Carolina) Lightship, but inflicts little damage; there are no casualties among the 40-man merchant complement or the 5-man Armed Guard and Atlantic Sun reaches Beaufort without further incident.
Well, nobody's perfect.

Today's Accomplishments

Did laundry. Two loads, yet. Which is more than Trump & his Gang of Idiots have gotten done in 60 days.
Too tough for Trump?

Today In Fake (& FOX) News

Brian Stelter / CNNMoney: 
Andrew Napolitano absent from Fox after citing anonymous spying claims
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, is being kept off the air indefinitely.  (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off …
Fake, not FOX:
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Inside the identity crisis at the Independent Journal Review, the outlet that has become a powerhouse in the Trump era  —  It was supposed to be Independent Journal Review's week to shine.  —  The upstart, millennial-focused news website, which has emerged as a favorite …
When does it stop, lying right-wing propagandists?

And Now, The Rest Of The Story

This story. Which is pretty much this video:Ensuing:
Arizona Republic:
Anti-Trump billboard artist receives death threats - Artist Karen Fiorito knew backlash was bound to come. And it has. - Commissioned by a downtown Phoenix art gallery in January to create a billboard art piece that would comment on President Donald Trump's administration ...

À Quoi Ça Sert, Hein?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Little New In WWII

Fri. 20 March 1942
Unarmed U.S. tanker Oakmar is shelled by German submarine U-71 at 36°21'N, 68°50'W, and abandoned; submarine R-6 (SS-83) is sent to her assistance. U-71 torpedoes Oakmar and shells her until she sinks.

Six men perish in the abandonment; the remainder (30 men) are rescued by Greek steamship Panos Pladelis.
Image apparently entirely from the artist's imagination.

Spring Is Sprung

So set your clocks ahead an hr.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

U-332 Also Rampaging

Thu. 19 March 1942
Philippine President Manuel Quezon and 13 members of his party are transported from Dumaguete, Negros, to Oroquito, Mindanao, after a 240-mile voyage in motor torpedo boat PT-41.
Previously in Pinoy "history", from Navy Task Force Vol. 1, No. 5, August 1955. © 1955 by Aragon Magazines, Inc.
Small reconnaissance seaplane from Japanese submarine I-25 reconnoiters Suva, Fiji Islands.

Destroyer Dickerson (DD-157) rescues 14 of the 40-man crew of tanker E.M. Clark, sunk by U-124 the previous day. Later, however, Dickerson is mistakenly fired upon and damaged by gunfire from U.S. freighter Liberator off Virginia capes; three men (including the ship's captain) are killed and six wounded. Later the same day, Liberator is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-332, three miles west of the Diamond Shoals Buoy, 35°05'N, 75°30'W; five crewmen perish. Tug Umpqua (AT-25) rescues 26 merchant sailors and the 4-man Armed Guard.

Destroyer Hambleton (DD-455), at 35°39'N, 71°10'W; rescues six survivors of Honduran freighter Ceiba, sunk by U-124 on 17 March.

British motor vessel Port Halifax rescues the 23 survivors of U.S. tanker W.E. Hutton, sunk by German submarine U-332 off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, the previous day.

High speed transport Stringham (APD 6) rescues the 31 survivors of U.S. tanker Papoose, irreparably damaged the previous day by German submarine U-124. On report of the master, who believes his ship can be saved, tug Kewaydin (AT-24) is sent to investigate salvage possibilities. Papoose, however, is beyond saving, and sinks the next day; Kewaydin proceeds to assist Acushnet (see below).

Damaged U.S. tanker Acme (torpedoed by German submarine U-124 on 17 March) is taken in tow by tug Acushnet (AT-63) and taken to Norfolk.

Thanks, Mr. Berry!

Allegedly 1958. Railroad Jack, flickr.
As a result of Gawd-Among-Men Chuck Berry's death yesterday, we heard more good music on the radio today than we'd ordinarily hear in the proverbial month o' Sundays.

For sing-a-long purposes, at least, I seem to have the lyrics of many of the classics in memory. But could I put the lyrics to paper w/o the musical/vocal cues?

"Too Much Monkey Business" has been a perpetually relevant & stirringly contemptous condemnation of this modern world of shit & pain FOR 60 GODDAMN YRS.+ OF SUFFERING NOW; despite outward changes (& inflation) the 'phone co., the military, the opposite sex, consumer culture, the fossil fuel industry, the educational & judicial systems, wage-slavery yada fucking yada, world w/o end have always been monkeying w/ us.
Speaking of monkey biz, compare & contrast the electronicized stereo on this'n.

Labor Relations

You just wait 'til Trump brings back those manufacturing jerbs. 'Murka'll be so great you won't recognize it!
From Navy Task Force Vol. 1, No. 3, April, 1955. ©1955 by Aragon Magazines, Inc.
A mere 62 yrs. ago. One could devote some time to the subtexts behind those six panels.