Thursday, October 4, 2018

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The List 4827 TGB


To All,
I hope that your week has started well
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This day in Naval History
Oct. 4
1821—Lt. Robert F. Stockton sails aboard USS Alligator from Boston to West Africa, to suppress the African slave trade and select and acquire territory to resettle former slaves in their native continent. The land eventually purchased by Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers of the American Colonization Society becomes the Republic of Liberia.
1943—Aircraft from USS Ranger (CV 4) attack convoys in the harbor of Bodø, Norway during Operation Leader, sinking German tankers, steamships, and freight barges. This mission is the only Navy carrier operation in northern European waters during World War II. USS Corry (DD 463) provided escort support.
1943—TBF and F4F aircraft from (VC 9) based aboard USS Card (CVE 11) attack and sink three German submarines – U-460, U-264, U-422, and U-455 – north of the Azores. A fourth is sunk by PV1 aircraft southwest of Iceland.
1944—Pfc. Wesley Phelps, while serving with the First Marines on Peleliu Island, immediately rolls onto a grenade after it is thrown into a foxhole he shares with another Marine, saving his comrade's life. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1944 - Aircraft from USS Ranger sink 5 German ships and damage 3 in Operation Leader, the only U.S. Navy carrier operation in northern European waters during World War II.
1952 - Task Force 77 aircraft encounter MIG-15 aircraft for the first time.
 
1976—USS Jonas Ingram (DD 938) rescues seven survivors of a Finnish motor craft that sank in the Baltic Sea.
1991—USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USNS Sioux (T ATF 171), USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) and Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 6 (HS 6) rescue personnel on merchant ships in three different rescue operations in the Arabian Sea.
1998—U.S. and Algerian navies conduct the first bilateral exercise – a search and rescue operation involving USS Mitscher (DDG 57) - since Algerian independence in 1962.
 
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I remember coming to school that morning and the teacher saying that the world had just changed. Only a couple of years later my dad was at Vandenberg AFB and I watched our Thor, Atlas, Titan and Minuteman missiles being launched.
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On this day in history (October 5):
 
1892: The Dalton gang was nearly wiped out while attempting to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, KS. Four members of the gang and four citizens were killed. The only survivor of the gang, Emmett Dawson, was sentenced to life after surviving his wounds.
1947: U.S. President Harry S. Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House.
1974: American David Kunst completed the first journey around the world on foot. It took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
 
And today is:
 
National Green Bean/Apple Betty  Day
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Today in History October 4
1777

At Germantown, Pa., British General Sir William Howe repels George Washington's last attempt to retake Philadelphia, compelling Washington to spend the winter at Valley Forge.
1795

General Napoleon Bonaparte leads the rout of counterrevolutionaries in the streets of Paris, beginning his rise to power.
1861

The Union ship USS South Carolina captures two Confederate blockade runners outside of New Orleans, La.
1874

Kiowa leader Satanta, known as "the Orator of the Plains," surrenders in Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he commits suicide October 11, 1878.
1905

Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles.
1914

The first German Zeppelin raids London.
1917

Battle of Broodseinde near Ypres, Flanders, a part of the larger Battle of Passchendaele, between British 2nd and 5th armies and the defenders of German 4th Army; most successful Allied attack of the Passchendaele offensive.
1927

Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting the heads of 4 US presidents on Mount Rushmore.
1940

Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass.
1941

Willie Gillis Jr., a fictional everyman created by illustrator Norman Rockwell, makes his first appearance, on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post; a series of illustrations on several magazines' covers would depict young Gillis throughout World War II.
1943

US captures the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
1957

Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the "space race." The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up.
1963

Hurricane Flora storms through the Caribbean, killing 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.
1965

Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, the first Pope ever to visit the US and the Western hemisphere.
1968

Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary.
1972

Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.
1976

In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.
1985

Free Software Foundation founded to promote universal freedom to create, distribute and modify computer software.
1992

Mozambique's 16-year civil war ends with the Rome General Peace Accords.
1993

Russia's constitutional crisis over President Boris Yeltsin's attempts to dissolve the legislature: the army violently arrests civilian protesters occupying government buildings.
2004

SpaceShipOne, which had achieved the first privately funded human space flight on June 21, wins the Ansari X Prize for the first non-government organization to successfully launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space.
 
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Thanks to Mike
 
One man's opinion on the hearings that I think is shared by many
God Stalks the Kavanaugh Hearings
By Roger L. Simon
Roger L. Simon - co-founder and CEO Emeritus of PJ Media - is a novelist and the co-screenwriter of two Holocaust-themed movies: Enemies, A Love Story (with Paul Mazursky) and Prague Duet (with Sheryl Longin).
Far be it for me, someone who spent the better part of his life as your typical secular agnostic, to talk about God. But that was what I have been thinking about in the hours since I spent my day, as many of us did, watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing.
I guess it first hit me when Judge Kavanaugh, in the midst of his powerful and heartfelt opening statement, one few expected him to make, choked up, fighting back tears as he spoke of his ten-year old daughter's desire to pray for Dr. Ford. I had trouble choking back my own and it dawned on me I was watching an event that I thought was political being transformed into a spiritual one.
Nothing was as expected. A real rape had taken place but it wasn't the one everyone was talking about. It was simultaneously a rape of Judge Kavanaugh, his family, and the American people themselves. The collateral damage was Dr. Ford, her friends, and her family. And the perpetrator was the Democratic Party, principally their Judiciary Committee members, their ranking member, and the minority leader.
It also dawned me that whatever the pundits were saying had become irrelevant. The American people were watching now -- they would make up their own minds -- and... I thought I'd never say this... God was looking down on the proceedings.
For the first time I had a visceral understanding of what Dennis Prager meant when he said God was involved in the American founding. (I've been reading his book on Exodus.)
And then Lindsey Graham said what so many of us were feeling, making the most magnificent, impassioned speech I have heard in Congress since Joseph Welch's famous "Have you no shame, sir?" to Joe McCarthy. No, scratch that. I was a little kid then and was told to despise McCarthy by my parents. I could be all or partly wrong about that, but I'm not about Graham. He hit a home run with the bases full in the seventh game of the World Series.
He was so good, in fact, that for a moment the Democrats seemed chastened. But it didn't last long and pretty soon that ranking member, Ms. Feinstein, was up to her old tricks, doddering as she may have become, reading with her head down a litany of recent accusations against Kavanaugh so ludicrous even the New York Times wouldn't print them.
But, for all intents and purposes, the hearings were already over.
Louisiana Senator Kennedy formally ended them, appropriately enough, by asking Judge Kavanaugh to swear to God that he never sexually assaulted anyone. He so swore.
Kavanaugh, I predict, will soon be Justice Kavanaugh.
But I can't let go of my religious theme so quickly.  I am Jewish and trying, as many do as they grow older, to find consolation in my faith. I make no claims for any knowledge or depth in this. I am very much a neophyte. But nevertheless, I was offended, even appalled, by the activities of my co-religionists Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blumenthal on the committee.  They have shamed our faith by disobeying one of the keystones of the Ten Commandments, the Ninth: "Thou shall not bear false witness." (Exodus 20:13)
I suspect Feinstein even knows this deep down. But I'm still not sure I want to know about what role she did or didn't play in hiding or revealing Dr. Ford's accusations. It's all too nauseating and depressing. Whatever it is, it doesn't look good and does no service to women or anybody else, least of all Dr. Ford.
That Richard Blumenthal -- a man who lied about his military service - would dare begin interrogating Judge Kavanaugh by asking him to translate the watchword of Roman law Falsus in uno falsus in omnibus (False in one thing, false in everything) was such eye-rolling arrogance and self-delusion it made you wonder what they have in the drinking water in the state of Connecticut.
But never mind. All is well. As I finished typing this, I reached into my wallet, curious to see if the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" were still printed on our money. (Frankly, I hadn't bothered to look closely for a long time.) Thankfully, they were.
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Thanks to Mike
The Salty Sailor and The Fireman
The views this mother has about Donald Trump are much like many others.  Her characterization of Trump as the "Salty Sailor" or as The Fireman paint an excellent picture!!. She has written many great books about her son and family...This is a Comment from KAREN VAUGHN, Mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal.
Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done.  Appreciating what the man is doing doesn't mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor.  It doesn't even mean God admires the salty sailor.  Maybe He just knows he's necessary for such a time as this.
I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016.  Donald Trump is what he is.  He is still the man he was before the election.  And without guilt, I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

He's not like me.  That's okay with me.  I don't want to be like him.  I will never behave like him.  I know we've NEVER had a man like him lead our nation.  It's crazy and a little mind blowing at times.  But I can't help admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script.  I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he's been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.
 
I'm THRILLED with what he's doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn't matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST.  I will not be ashamed of my position because others don't see him through the same lens.
 
Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he's pulling me from a burning building?  Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments?  Heck no!  I'd CARE about what he was DOING.  He wasn't sent there to save my soul and I'm not looking to him for spiritual guidance.  All I'm thinking in those moments is, "Thank you, Jesus, for sending the fireman."
 
I'll post this article below again for those who still might not understand me.  This man is crass.  Okay.  He's not careful with what he says.  Okay.  You feel offended that he's not a typical statesman.  Okay.  But he is rebuilding the nation my son died for...  the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause.
Forgive me if I'm smiling."
KAREN VAUGHN
 
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Thanks to John …
I've seen a few clips of this before, but not the full video … amazing!  This clip includes some of the "misses"!!
Click on the screenshot 


 

Interesting bit of history from Naval History and Heritage Command
 
Behind the Scenes at Pamplin: Signals at Sea


(THE PROGRESS INDEX—01 OCT 18) … Carley Elder, Collections Manager, Pamplin Historical Park


            Recently, Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War soldier had the opportunity to collaborate with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Mariner's Museum in Newport News. The project consisted of using 3D scanning technology to create digital copies of items in the Pamplin Collection for possible 3D printing. One item of particular interest was the rare Coston Signal Gun, currently on display in the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.
            The Coston Signal Gun is a part of a signaling flare system developed by Martha Coston. Martha Coston was the widow of Benjamin Franklin Coston, director of the U.S. Navy's scientific laboratory in Washington, D.C. where he experimented with creating a color-coded signaling system that could be used by ships to communicate at night. He resigned from the Navy after a pay dispute and became president of the Boston Gas Company in 1847. Unfortunately, he grew ill from chemical exposure and died soon after, leaving his wife Martha and their 4 children destitute.
            After the passing of her mother and 2 sons within the next couple of years, Martha became desperate. One night she began sorting through her husband's old papers she came across the design for a pyrotechnic signal system.
            "At last I came upon a large envelope containing papers and a skillfully drawn plan of signals to be used at sea, at night for the same purpose of communication that flags are used by day. This chart was colored and showed that to each signal was attached a number and letter..."
            The design however, still needed a lot of work. Her husband had not left behind any instruction on the chemical compounds needed to create the signals. For ten years Martha struggled on the project; working with fireworks experts, chemists, and the Navy. As a woman with no formal knowledge of chemistry or business she observed that she was often ignored, deceived, and not taken seriously.
            "The men I employed and dismissed, the experiments I made myself, the frauds that were practiced upon me, almost disheartened me; but despair I would not."
            Finally, she was able to achieve flares that burned in combinations of red, white, and green, brightly enough to be seen by ships at night. Prepared in cartridges, these flares could be loaded into a holder that ignited them via a percussion cap. She submitted her work in 1859 and was granted Patent No. 23,536.
            At first she attempted to sell it to the U.S. Navy but despite its successful testing and admitted usefulness, the Navy declined. So Martha took her invention abroad, where she had immediate success selling it to the English and French. National tragedy proved to be the impetus the U.S. needed to get on board, and after the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Congress approved the purchase of Martha's patent for $20,000. The adoption of the system allowed for superior communication among the ships of the Union Navy over their Confederate counterparts during the war giving them an edge in naval engagements. Coston signals continued to be the prime method of night signaling among ships until the development of marine radios in the 1930s.



 
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Item Number:3 Date: 10/04/2018 ISRAEL - IDF STRENGTHENS FORCES ON GAZA BORDER AMID ONGOING DEMONSTRATIONS (OCT 04/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Israeli military says it is sending more troops to its southern border with the Gaza Strip, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Thursday's announcement followed a security assessment by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and comes ahead of protests expected on Friday.   The reinforcements include snipers, soldiers and armored vehicles. Additional Iron Dome rocket defense systems are also being deployed.   Troops will monitor for attempts at encroachment along the 40-mile (65-km) border fence.   Border demonstrations have increased in recent weeks, reported the Times of Israel. Hamas has apparently ratcheted up activities and created new units to sustain tensions on the border after talks with the Israeli government stalled, the newspaper said.   In an interview with the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said that the militant group does not desire a wider war with Israel
Item Number:5 Date: 10/04/2018 LAOS - RUSSIAN SAPPERS TO HELP CLEAR UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE (OCT 04/URDUPOINT)  URDU POINT -- The Russian military is set to deploy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts to Laos to help clear ordnance remaining from the civil war, reports Urdu Point (Pakistan).   A team from the Russian International Mine Action Center will leave for Laos later this month to help remove and defuse bombs that pose a threat to local residents, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.   Russian personnel are also expected to train local deminers and provide them with search and personal protective equipment, said a senior military official.   Many explosives remain in the jungles of Laos following the end of the civil war in 1973, with nearly one-third yet to be defused, reported Russia's Tass news agency. Most are cluster and anti-personnel munitions.   The project is scheduled to conclude in March 2019.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/04/2018 PAKISTAN - 7 MILITANTS KILLED IN CROSS-BORDER ATTACK IN N. WAZIRISTAN (OCT 04/DAWN)  DAWN -- The Pakistani military says it killed at least seven militants in fighting along the border with Afghanistan, reports the Dawn (Pakistan).   On Tuesday, Afghan militants attacked a military post in the North Waziristan district, said an army statement. Several groups linked to the Pakistani Taliban routinely attack Pakistani forces along the border, security officials told Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Due to extensive fencing along the border, terrorists cannot physically attack outposts and have to resort to long-range "fire raids," said unnamed military sources.   Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces since the army's large-scale operation in North Waziristan in 2014.   A recent surge in attacks could be linked to a group led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, which is currently operating across the border, a security official told Dawn
Item Number:9 Date: 10/04/2018 RUSSIA - RAILGUN TESTING CONTINUES (OCT 04/ARMYRECOGN)  ARMY RECOGNITION -- Russia has been testing its first electromagnetic railgun, reports the Army Recognition website.   During the most recent test, a team of scientists at the Russian Institute of High Temperatures in Shatura fired a 15-gram plastic cylinder through an aluminum plate several centimeters thick.   The railgun, which uses electromagnetic forces instead of explosives or propellants, is capable of firing projectiles at the speed of 1.9 miles per second (3 kilometers per second). Such force is powerful enough to cut through all existing armor.   Although testing has not produced any military breakthroughs yet, the railgun could potentially be developed into a multi-mission weapon capable of detecting, tracking and engaging ballistic missiles, as well as air and surface threats.   Russia is also considering railgun applications for sending cargo to the International Space Station, the website said
Item Number:11 Date: 10/04/2018 SUDAN - 2 TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT DAMAGED IN RUNWAY COLLISION (OCT 04/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- Two Sudanese military transport planes have collided at the Khartoum International Airport, reports the Sudan Tribune.   On Wednesday, an An-32 and An-26 crashed into each other when they both entered the same runway.   The second plane entered the tarmac at high speed, plowing into the tail of the slower-moving plane that was already in the runway. Both aircraft appeared badly damaged in photos posted online.   No fatalities were reported. Eight people were injured in the collision, an official told Agence France-Presse.   An investigation into the incident has been launched.   Air traffic was temporarily redirected to Port Sudan, reported Africa News.   This was the third accident in the Sudanese military in less than a month. On Sept. 21, two pilots were killed when their jet crashed near Khartoum. Earlier in the month, a military helicopter crashed in Darfur.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/04/2018 USA - AIR FORCE EYES UNDERGRADUATE PILOTS FOR U-2 TRAINING PROGRAM (OCT 04/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Air Force is launching an experimental program to fast-track U-2 spy plane training as part of wider efforts to increase pilot production, reports the Stars and Stripes.   As the Air Force faces a shortage of nearly 2,000 pilots, the service is looking at ways to increase the number of pilots trained for all airframes by about 200 a year.   Under the new U-2 First Assignment Companion Trainer (FACT) program, students in undergraduate pilot training may select the U-2 spy plane similar to other aircraft, said Air Force officials on Monday.   Currently, pilots are required to spend at least six years flying other aircraft before applying for the U-2 program.   The service needs access to young, talented officers earlier in their careers, said a senior Air Force official. The U-2 FACT program can accomplish this while still maintaining the integrity of the selection process, he said.   The service plans to select two pilot candidates for the program, with the first to be selected this fall and the second about six months later. Every undergraduate pilot training student is eligible during the designated assignment window.   The candidates will attend T-38 pilot instructor training at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, before moving to Beale Air Force Base, Calif., for an assignment as a T-38 instructor pilot for the U-2 Companion Trainer program.   After initial training, the candidates will undergo the standard two-week U-2 interview process and, if hired, begin basic qualification training, officials said.   The Air Force will make a final decision on whether to continue to program based on the results, said a service statement
Item Number:14 Date: 10/04/2018 USA - NAVY EVALUATING SHOW OF FORCE IN S. CHINA SEA (OCT 04/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The U.S. Pacific Fleet has proposed a large-scale operation near contested waters in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, reports CNN.   The classified plan reportedly calls for a series of operations in a single week in November, according to the Oct. 4 article.   The goal would be to conduct a highly-focused and concentrated set of exercises involving warships, combat aircraft and troops to demonstrate that the U.S. can rapidly counter adversaries on multiple fronts.   The freedom of navigation operations near Chinese territorial waters would bring U.S. vessels and aircraft close to Chinese forces but there are no plans to engage in combat, said U.S. defense officials.   News of the plan comes after a near-collision on Monday between a U.S. and Chinese destroyer during a U.S. freedom of navigation operation near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.   Expanding U.S. operations from the South China Sea to the Taiwan Strait would escalate ongoing tensions between the countries, a diplomatic observer told the South China Morning Post
Item Number:15 Date: 10/04/2018 USA - SUPPORT FOR FRENCH OPERATIONS IN MALI TO CONTINUE SAYS MATTIS (OCT 04/HILL)  THE HILL -- Defense Secretary James Mattis says the U.S. will continue its military support of French-led operations in Mali, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   Washington will continue to provide intelligence, surveillance and logistics support to the French-led mission in Mali, Mattis said on Tuesday during a press conference in Paris.   The U.S. has allocated about US$46 million in its latest budget to support the French effort.   The announcement comes as the Pentagon has been re-evaluating its presence in Africa. The U.S. is shifting its focus from counterinsurgency campaigns to emerging threats from peer adversaries such as Russia and China.   About 4,500 French troops are currently deployed in the region to fight militants linked to Al Qaida and the Islamic State, reported Reuters
Item Number:16 Date: 10/04/2018 USA - USNS COMFORT HEADED TO S. AMERICA FOR HUMANITARIAN MISSION (OCT 04/VP)  VIRGINIAN-PILOT -- The U.S. Navy is set to deploy a hospital ship to provide humanitarian assistance across Central and South America, reports the Virginian-Pilot (Hampton Road, Va.).   The USNS Comfort is scheduled to depart from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 11 for an 11-week deployment. The ship is expected to travel between ports including Esmeraldas, Ecuador; Riohacha and Turbo, Colombia; and Puerto Castilla, Honduras, the U.S. Southern Command said on Monday. An additional port visit is planned in Peru.   The deployment is intended to ease the strain on medical workers caused by millions of Venezuelans fleeing the oppressive regime of President Nicolas Maduro.   At least a million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia alone, said Defense Secretary James Mattis. He called the deployment a "very specific effort to try to help our neighbors."   The ship's crew will include more than 200 U.S. and partner nation military doctors, nurses and technicians, as well as 60 volunteers from non-governmental agencies. Personnel are expected to treat about 750 patients a day onshore and perform as many as 20 surgeries per day aboard the vessel.   Health ministries in each country will select the patients to be evaluated and treated by the Comfort and its crew, said SOUTHCOM.


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