Monday, September 17, 2018

TheList 4814

The List 4814 TGB


To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. A couple of interesting tidbits today.
Regards,
Skip
This day in Naval History
Sept. 17
1787—The Continental Convention signs the Constitution of the United States at Philadelphia, PA, replacing the Articles of the Confederation. Named in honor of the Constitution, USS Constitution is launched in 1797 and to date is the world's oldest commissioned U.S. Navy ship in service.
1852—A party of Marines from USS Jamestown land at Buenos Aires, Argentina, to protect Americans during a revolution. During this time, USS Jamestown serves as part of the Brazil Squadron.
1861—During the Civil War, a landing party from USS Massachusetts takes possession of Ship Island, MS, forcing the Confederates to evacuate.
1902—Landing parties of Marines and Sailors from the sternwheel gunboat USS Cincinnati go ashore at Col√≥n, Panama (later Colombia) to protect American property during a period of unrest.
1944—The Naval Task Force under Rear Adm. William H. P. Blandy lands Army troops on Angaur, Palau Islands, supported by Navy carrier aircraft from USS Wasp (CV 7) and shore bombardment from USS Tennessee. Two days later, Marines land. On Sept. 20, the island is declared secure.
2011—USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) is christened and launched at Mobile, AL. The joint high-speed vessel provides rapid transport of military equipment and personnel in theater.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes Hurricane Florence's continued flooding and destruction despite its weakened status as a tropical storm, and California professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusations toward Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago potentially impacting his Supreme Court nomination.  USNI News reports that the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group has finished providing disaster relief to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands following Typhoon Mangkhut.  Washington Post reports that Navy ships that had been sortied before the arrival of Hurricane Florence began returning on Sunday.  Additionally, Defense News reports that OPNAV N96 has convened a "large surface combatant requirements evaluation team," with a goal of buying the first cruiser replacement in 2023 or 2024.
Today in History
1787

The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America.
1796

President George Washington delivers his "Farewell Address" to Congress before concluding his second term in office.
1862

The Battle of Antietam in Maryland, the bloodiest day in U.S. history, commences. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside's Bridge rages all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffer a combined 26,293 casualties.
1868

The Battle of Beecher's Island begins, in which Major George "Sandy" Forsyth and 50 volunteers hold off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.
1902

U.S. troops are sent to Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggle for independence from Colombia.
1903

Turks destroy the town of Kastoria in Bulgaria, killing 10,000 civilians.
1916

Germany's "Red Baron," Manfred von Richthofen, wins his first aerial combat.
1917

The German Army recaptures the Russian Port of Riga from Russian forces.
1939

With the German army already attacking western Poland, the Soviet Union launches an invasion of eastern Poland.
1942

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad.
1944

British airborne troops parachute into Holland to capture the Arnhem bridge as part of Operation Market-Garden. The plan called for the airborne troops to be relieved by British troops, but they were left stranded and eventually surrendered to the Germans.
1947

James Forestall is sworn in as first the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
1957

The Thai army seizes power in Bangkok.
1959

The X-15 rocket plane makes its first flight.
1962

The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the U.S. Justice Department.
1976

The Space Shuttle is unveiled to the public.
1978

Egypt and Israel sign the Camp David Accords.
1980

Nationwide independent trade union Solidarity established in Poland.
1983

Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America; relinquished crown early after scandal over nude photos.
2001

The New York Stock Exchange reopens for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers; longest period of closure since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
2006

Alaska's Fourpeaked Mountain erupts for the first time in at least 10,000 years.
2011

Occupy Wall Street movement calling for greater social and economic equality begins in New York City's Zuccotti Park, coining the phrase "We are the 99%."
 
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September 14, 2018
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Our diversity is our greatest strength.
After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific."
Reaction to Carlson's question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.
Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?
From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.
Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which — Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia — have since split further along ethnic lines.
Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.
Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nations.
And even as we proclaim diversity to be our greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.
The rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.
Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat — mass migration from across the Med.
Japan's population has ceased to grow, and each year brings fewer toddlers into its schools. Yet Tokyo resists the racial and ethnic diversity greater immigration would bring. Why, if diversity is a strength?
What South Koreans dream of is uniting again with the 22 million separated members of their national family who live in the North, but share the same history and blood.
This summer, in its Basic Law, Israel declared itself an ethnonational state and national home of the Jewish people. African migrants crossing the Sinai to seek sanctuary in Israel are unwelcome.
Consider China, which seeks this century to surpass America as the first power on earth. Does Xi Jinping welcome a greater racial, ethnic and cultural diversity within his county as, say, Barack Obama does in ours?
In his western province of Xinjiang, Xi has set up an archipelago of detention camps. Purpose: Re-educate his country's Uighurs and Kazakhs by purging them of their religious and tribal identities, and making them and their children more like Han Chinese in allegiance to the Communist Party and Chinese nation.
Xi fears that the 10 million Uighurs of Xinjiang, as an ethnic and religious minority, predominantly Muslim, wish to break away and establish an East Turkestan, a nation of their own, out of China. And he is correct.
What China is doing is brutalitarian. But what China is saying with its ruthless policy is that diversity — religious, racial, cultural — can break us apart as it did the USSR. And we are not going to let that happen.
Do the Buddhists of Myanmar cherish the religious diversity that the Muslim Rohingya of Rakhine State bring to their country?
America has always been more than an idea, an ideology or a propositional nation. It is a country that belongs to a separate and identifiable people with its own history, heroes, holidays, symbols, songs, myths, mores — its own culture.
Again, where is the evidence that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and not to Europe, the stronger we will be?
Is the Britain of Theresa May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920?
Was it not the unity Bismarck forged among the diverse Germanic peoples, bringing them into a single nation under the Kaiser in 1871, that made Germany a far stronger and more formidable power in Europe? Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.
The British Empire was the greatest in modern history. What tore it apart? Tribalism, the demands of diverse peoples, rooted in blood and soil, to be rid of foreign rule and to have their own place in the sun.
And who are loudest in preaching that our diversity is our strength?
Are they not the same people who told us that democracy was the destiny of all mankind and that, as the world's "exceptional nation," we must seize the opportunity of our global preeminence to impose its blessings on the less enlightened tribes of the Middle East and Hindu Kush?
If the establishment is proven wrong about greater diversity bringing greater strength to America, there will be no do-over for the USA.
 
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thanks to Shadow - 
KERRY THE TRAITOR — CHAPTER I
Not to mention his phony "Winter Soldiers" dog and pony show for Congress… where he and the others who testified with him (televised of course) claimed to have witnessed atrocities on the level of Genghis Khan. All bald faced lies… Kerry was the only one of these supposed Vietnam Combat veterans ever to set foot in Vietnam. One and only one, got as far as Okinawa… two others never left the states, one spent his active duty time in Germany and the last guy never wore a uniform except for the phony military garb of protesters. Later he claimed to have spent Tet in Laos… when none of the swift Boats ever went there. He is a pathological liar. None of his medals were validated… the Purple Hearts were rejected by medical staff as not caused by enemy action. The first one the dumb shit tried to fire a M-79 and instead of firing into the ocean, he flenched and hit a rock 20 feet from the boat and a piece of shrapnel came back and hit him in the arm. The Medical doctor who treated him pulled a fragment of the stainless steel spring that was coiled inside our grenades… he denied Kerry's petition for a Purple Heart, as did his C.O. The second one was when he threw another grenade into a rice stash and didn't run fast enough to get away from it… this time they pulled rice out of his ass. There was no enemy action involved… no medal warranted. The third petition had no witnesses. All three were processed by his new C.O., not the Commander who was the C.O. when this all was supposed to have happened. His awards for heroism were even more bogus… None were endorsed by his Commander. And none were awarded in country. And the Command had no record of any such heroism. Now how'd that happen?
 
Last but not least… it's no wonder he became best Bud's with John McCain… after all they had so much in common; they were both born liars with inflated ego's and they worked actively together to seal the records of all POW's and MIA's… denying that any MIA's or POW's were left behind. And another thing they had in common was hustling stupid "rich" women, while still married… using them to further their political ambitions. And yes… Kerry was and is in violation of the Logan Act, first with the North Vietnamese, now with the Iranians… and maybe a case could be made that McCain was too.
 
Shadow

On Sep 15, 2018, at 8:01 AM, Dutch R <flyboy@helndutch.com> wrote:
 
Thanks to THE Bear - 
 
Dutch... The most recent criminal activity of Kerry negotiating or selling out our country to Iran is just another chapter of bad behavior with roots in 1971... I am surprised the talking heads on TV haven't put the two seditious acts together... Bear
 
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is a federal law, enacted by Congress. Its provisions are contained in United States Code, Title 10, Chapter 47.
 
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Thanks to Paul
This is a great story about Willy Driscoll. It is a great day when you have your navy Wings of gold pinned on. My mother did mine. This was a great honor for this young man and I am sure he will remember it. BZ Willy
 
 
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Thanks to Paul
General MacArthur-hero or goat?
While the Inchon Landing is a laudable event it needs to be balanced out by including the disastrous decision making MacArthur made on the attack on Inchon while headquartered 700 miles away in Japan. Deuce
"November 1950, the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao's warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge that will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 234 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass, where they will endure four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox's Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like they will be overrun, Lt. Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a daring mission that will seek to cut a hole in the Chinese lines and relieve the men of Fox. This is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism in the face of impossible odds."
 
 
Landing at Inchon - the beginning of the end.
 
INCHON LANDING
In June 1950, when North Korean troops poured over the 38th Parallel and swept across South Korea, Harry Truman realized that the United States had to stop the naked aggression "no matter what." If left unchecked, he argued, the Communists would soon challenge Western defenses elsewhere in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Truman turned to General Douglas MacArthur, who just five years earlier had stood on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay to receive the Japanese surrender that ended World War II.
The 70-year-old MacArthur came up with a plan that was audacity itself. He proposed a seaborne invasion behind the Red lines at Inchon, a port on the northwest coast of South Korea just 25 miles from its capital, Seoul. "We drew up every conceivable natural and geographic handicap, and Inchon had them all," said one of MacArthur's military aids. Those hazards included deadly 30-foot tides, dangerous currents, and a harbor surrounded by sea walls. MacArthur's naval chief could muster no better endorsement of the plan than it was "not impossible." MacArthur kept his own counsel, puffing constantly on his trademark corncob pipe.
The general gathered 261 ships, and on September 15, 1950, the Marines stormed ashore at Inchon. For breathtaking boldness, the assault ranked alongside Washington's crossing of the Delaware and Grant's descent on Shiloh. The invasion caught the North Koreans off guard— they had considered Inchon invulnerable to attack. American troops pushed inland and within eleven days entered Seoul. South Korea's aged president, Syngman Rhee, accepted the return of his liberated capital with tearful gratitude: "We love you," he told MacArthur, "as the savior of our race." The war would last nearly three more years, but the daring landing at Inchon ultimately saved millions of Koreans from a totalitarian regime.
From Bill Bennett's "The American Patriot's Daily Almanac"
 
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Thanks to Robert
President Trump Cancels Obama's Vacation Plans!
How come the news media is not concerned about this...the answer is obvious
 
NOTE: Verified as being TRUE by the liberal "Snopes."
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TRUMP JUST ENDED OBAMA'S VACATION SCAM

 Obama was going to stick us for 2.1 billion or so. 
Before Obama left office, he arranged with the State Department for a series of "official visits" to foreign countries spanning the next 20 years.  Using discretionary funds from the Office of Presidential Visits and Vacations, Obama was planning to weasel what would have been another $2.1 billion in free vacations for him and up to 24 members of his family plus staff and even a dog sitter until the year 2036.

He would have, that is, until Donald Trump put a stop to it.  Trump, who is always looking for ways to save money, was presented with a ledger that contained all of the Obama travel plans and expenses.  The ledger was found by one of the workers Trump hired from outside the typical White House staff.  Trump immediately canceled the plans and recalled all Secret Service agents scheduled to protect the Obama's anywhere outside of the United States.

The Obama's are also facing another new challenge at the hands of Trump.  They're going to have to repay the government for all of those vacations that weren't official state business. The bill, after some small allowances, for days that were possibly work related, is for $214 million.  Of the 692 days the Obama's spent on vacation, almost none included any work at all.  They ate, slept and golfed and Michelle was given shopping allowances from the Office of Discretionary Gifting Funds, which is supposed to be used to buy presents for visiting dignitaries.
Feel free to share this.  Many Americans will appreciate it!
 
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Thanks to Carl
More evidence of 'drilling' has been found aboard the International Space Station,
WTF, Over??  Sounds like one of them should have failed the mental/psychiatric tests?
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 09/17/2018 AFGHANISTAN - HELICOPTER GOES DOWN IN FARAH PROVINCE, KILLING ALL ONBOARD (SEP 17/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least five Afghan soldiers have been killed after their helicopter went down in the western Farah province, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Sept. 14, the helicopter from the 207th Zafar Military Corps went down in the Khaksafid district, reported the Pajhwok Afghan News.   The crash was the result of technical difficulties, said a provincial spokesman cited by Reuters. The helicopter made an emergency landing and caught fire, district officials told Radio Free Afghanistan.   The Taliban claimed to have shot down the aircraft in a video released online, reported the Long War Journal. The group controls much of Farah province, including the Khaksafid district.   The cause of the crash was being investigated, said a defense official.   The type of helicopter involved was not identified.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/17/2018 CHINA - J-15 CLEARED FOR NIGHTTIME CARRIER OPS (SEP 17/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- The Chinese military has announced that the J-15 fighter jet is now capable of nighttime combat missions from an aircraft carrier, reports China Military.   The navy has made a breakthrough in its aircraft carrier night take off and landing technique, said a military release on Wednesday.   During recent training exercises, J-15 pilots took off and landed at night multiple times and completed live-fire target practices with various types of missiles, the release said.   Night operations are inherently difficult. It has taken five years for the J-15 to go from flight-testing and pilot training to full day and night capability, the navy said.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/17/2018 GREECE - LOCKHEED LAUNCHES F-16 FIGHTER MODERNIZATION (SEP 17/GREEKCTYTI)  GREEK CITY TIMES -- Lockheed Martin has announced that it will begin upgrading 85 Greek air force F-16 fighter jets this week, reports the Greek City Times (Sydney Australia).   The fighters are being brought up to the Block 70/72 configuration, a senior Lockheed official said during a press conference in Thessaloniki on Thursday.   The modernization includes the APG-83 active electronically scanned array radar, which shares much of its technology with the APG-81 radar used by the stealthy F-35 Lightning II, reported the Greek Reporter.   The first two years of the program will focus on developing the prototype and registering the systems.   The systems are scheduled to be integrated with the Greek jets during the third year, with pilot training taking place in the fourth.   Most of the work will be completed in Greece, the official said
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/17/2018 SOUTH SUDAN - REBELS ACCUSE GOVERNMENT FORCES OF ATTACKS FOLLOWING PEACE DEAL (SEP 17/REU)  REUTERS -- Two days after the South Sudanese government signed a peace deal with rebels, the main rebel group in the country accused government forces of attacking its positions in the southern Yei River state, reports Reuters.   The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) says that government forces attacked rebel outposts on Sept. 14.   At least eight troops were killed in the assault on the SPLM-IO position in Mundu.   Four government troops also died in an attack on a base in Mangalatore, said the SPLM-IO.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/17/2018 SYRIA - ARMY UNIT IN NORTH EQUIPPED WITH UPGRADED BTR-70 ARMORED VEHICLES (SEP 17/ARMYRECOGN)  ARMY RECOGNITION -- The Syrian military has apparently taken delivery of BTR-70M 8 x 8 armored personnel carriers (APCs) from Russia, reports the Army Recognition website.   At least three APCs were handed over to an army unit in northern Syria, the website said on Sept. 13, citing local media.   The BTR-70M is fitted with an upgraded transmission, fuel system and steering unit; manned turret with optical sight; KAMAZ-7403 diesel engine developing 260 hp; TVNE-4B and TKN-3 observation systems with day and night passive channels; 14.5-mm and 7.62-mm machine guns; and six Tucha 902V smoke grenade launchers.   The BTR-70M has previously been sold to Nicaragua, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia
Item Number:11 Date: 09/17/2018 SYRIA - SUSPECTED ISRAELI STRIKES TARGET IRANIAN WEAPON SHIPMENT (SEP 17/HA)  HAARETZ -- Syrian state media say Israel was behind a strike on the Damascus International Airport over the weekend, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Syrian air defenses thwarted the attack on Saturday, reported SANA, citing a Syrian military source.   The airstrike targeted an arms depot near the airport used by Iran and Hezbollah, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. New weapons had reportedly arrived for Iranian forces or Lebanon-based Hezbollah, reported the Times of Israel   The missile also hit an Iranian cargo plane carrying weapons, reported Hadashot TV.   Several Russian-built S-200 air defense systems were destroyed in the attack, said Syrian media reports.   There were no immediate reports of casualties.   Israel does not usually confirm its involvement in such strikes.   Israel has been critical of Iran's expanding presence in Syria. Earlier this month, a top Israeli military official said that the Israel Defense Forces had hit more than 200 targets in the last 18 months
  Item Number:12 Date: 09/17/2018 TURKEY - TROOPS REINFORCE OUTPOSTS IN SYRIA AHEAD OF ANTICIPATED IDLIB OFFENSIVE (SEP 17/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Turkish military has deployed additional troops and heavy weaponry to its southwestern border with Syria, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Thursday, reinforcements arrived at a Turkish outpost near Morek in Syria's northern Hama province in preparation for a major offensive by Syrian government-backed forces in neighboring Idlib province.   Dozens of Turkish troops also arrived at a civilian airport in Turkey's Hatay province, about 30 miles (50 km) from the Syrian border. It was not immediately clear if the troops were heading to the frontier.   The move was likely a preventive and defensive military buildup to manage the anticipated refugee flow, said analysts.   Turkey currently hosts about 3.5 million Syrian refugees. Officials have expressed concern that an attack on Idlib, the last rebel stronghold, could result in another influx of refugees.   According to a U.N. estimate, about 900,000 Syrian civilians could flee Idlib if a full-scale ground offensive begins. Nearly 40,000 people have already fled Idlib after Syria and Russia increased airstrikes in recent weeks.   Turkey has deployed reinforcements to a dozen outposts in the Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces over the past week. The posts were set up under a de-escalation agreement reached with Russia and Iran in 2017.   On Sept. 7, Russia and Iran rejected a cease-fire proposed by Turkey during a meeting in Tehran.  
Item Number:16 Date: 09/17/2018 YEMEN - 3 SOLDIERS KILLED IN RAID ON AQAP HIDEOUT (SEP 17/XIN)  XINHUA -- Three Yemeni soldiers have been killed fighting Al-Qaida militants, reports China's Xinhua news agency.   A Yemeni military operation on Sunday targeted an Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) stronghold in the southern Abyan province, said a local military official.   The soldiers failed to breach the well-fortified stronghold in the Mudiyah district, which was reportedly held by dozens of militants, said local sources.   Preparations are underway for another operation against the fortress.   The fatalities were recent recruits, said a medical source.
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