Friday, October 6, 2017

TheList 4561

The List 4561

To All
I hope your week has been going well.
This gets top billing today
(NFL scumbags should have to watch this respectful man!!)
What this Las Vegas victim did when Trump visited him is getting millions of views
7 hours

Thomas Gunderson is being praised by many for his act of patriotism and respect for the presidency despite being wounded in the leg in the Las Vegas attack. (Image Source: Facebook video screenshot composite)
One Las Vegas shooting victim's inspiring statement of respect for the presidency has gone viral after he posted it on Facebook.

Here's the amazing video he posted:
"I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand." - Thomas Gunderson, survi… 
Why did he force himself to stand?

Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg, and was clearly hurting from the wound, but when he saw President Trump heading towards his hospital room, he willed himself to get up on his feet to show respect for the office of the presidency.
He explained why he pushed through the pain in his Facebook post.
"I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!" he wrote. "There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag."
"Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!" he concluded.
Gunderson slowly and painfully stands in the video after first lady Melania Trump arrives, and President Trump heads towards him.

How many people have shared his post?
Gunderson's simple Facebook post has been shared more than 240,000 times, and has garnered more than 8.3 million views in the eight hours since it was posted. Many more have seen it from videos copied from the original and posted on other social media platforms, like Twitter.
In a prior Facebook post, Gunderson spoke about the goodness that had come from so many in response to the great evil from one man. 
"On Sunday night 1 evil man showed us just how cruel this world can be. In return, thousands upon thousands of people showed the world just how thoughtful, caring and kind this world can be," he wrote. "Y'all have made me feel so loved and I'm eternally grateful for that! Pray for Vegas, pray for the families affected and pray for the world. May God bless America!!"
This Day in Naval History - October 5
1863 - Confederate David seriously damages USS New Ironsides with a spar torpedo off Charleston, South Carolina.
1913 - Trial of OWL, Navy's first amphibian flying boat
1942: PBY aircraft from Commander Aircraft South Pacific sink Japanese submarine 1-22 near Indispensable Strait, Solomon Islands. Also on this date, PBY aircraft from VP-73 sink German submarine U-582 south of Iceland.
1943: Task Force 14 (TF 14) performs raids on Wake Island. Rear Adm. Sakaibara Shigematsu then orders the execution of the 98 remaining civilians captured on Dec. 23, 1941 due to his fear they would escape and weaken his garrison.
1945 - Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is given a parade in his honor through downtown Washington, D.C. at the end of World War II.
1957 - Minitrack, a satellite tracking net developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, becomes operational. This network, with stations from Maine to Chile, tracked the Vangard satellite.
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
2016 Today in History October 5
The British fleet bombards and captures Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
The day after he routed counterrevolutionaries in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte accepts their formal surrender.
U.S. victory at the Battle of the Thames, in Ontario, broke Britain's Indian allies with the death of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, and made the Detroit frontier safe.
Greek rebels capture Tripolitza, the main Turkish fort in the Peloponnese area of Greece.
At the Battle of Allatoona, a small Union post is saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's army.
Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrenders to Colonel Nelson Miles in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
The first ball-point pen is patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.
Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.
Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania.
Bulgaria enters World War I on the side of the Central Powers.
The World Series is broadcast on radio for the first time.
Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.
Germany invalidates Jews' passports.
Imperial Japanese forces execute 98 American POWs on Wake Island.
US President Harry S Truman delivers the first televised White House address.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Ashgabat in the USSR kills tens of thousands; estimates range from 110,000 to 176,000.
The first James Bond film, Dr. No starring Sean Connery, debuts.
U.S. forces in Saigon receive permission to use tear gas.
A sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit. Radiation is contained.
Police attack civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland; the event is considered to be the beginning of "The Troubles."
Monty Python's Flying Circus debuts on BBC One.
The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is established.
Members of the Quebec Liberation Front (QLF) kidnap British Trade Commissioner James Cross in Montreal, resulting in the October Crisis and Canada's first peacetime use of the War Measures Act.
Britain's The Sunday Times newspaper publishes details of Israel's secret nuclear weapons development program.
Brazil's Constituent Assembly authorizes the nation's new constitution.
Slobodan Milosevic, president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, resigns in the wake of mass protest demonstrations.
How Vietnam War POW Doug Hegdahl Tricked His Captors by Playing The Fool
After he was returned to the US, Hegdahl was assigned to the staff at SERE – Survival Evasion Resistance Escape – School – I was an "attendee" a few times – when I went in the 70's I saw he was a really great addition to their training efforts –
From another net, with thanks -
03 October 2017 – 1112
USNA-At-Large: Thanks to Steve Hanges
How Vietnam War POW Doug Hegdahl Tricked His Captors by Playing The Fool
Imagine that it's the 1960s. You're an American POW in a North Vietnamese camp, so you have two options:
If you want to live, you do whatever they say in return for better treatment – as a number did. The downside is that you become a traitor. Or you can remain loyal to your country and resist. The problem, of course, is that it's bad for your health and greatly reduces your chances of survival.
There is, of course, a third option – pretend to be stupid, as one incredible man did.
__._,_.___ How Vietnam War POW Doug Hegdahl Tricked His Captors by Playing The Fool
Thanks to Bill
I was just thinking.......
* If you attempt to rob a bank you won't have any trouble with rent/food/medical bills for the next 10 years, whether or not you are successful.
* Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned?
* What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it?
* If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?
* Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the S or the C?
* Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn't it be called double V?
* Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and It just takes 75-100 years to fully work.
* Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
* The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims".
* Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, scissors is just as hard as trying to win.
* 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
* Your future self is watching you right now through memories.
* The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1953 are probably dead.
* If you replace "W" with "T" in "What, Where and When", you get the answer to each of them.
* Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.
* If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.
* If 2/2/22 falls on a Tuesday, we'll just call it "2's Day".
(It does fall on a Tuesday)
            1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats..
            2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
            3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always Catch the second person.
            4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
            5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food..
            6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair..
            7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
            8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
            9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
            10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.
Thanks to John and Tony.    Take that NFL
Most Amazing Football Play Ever
This really is amazing!
Football fans, don't miss this.  Watch what could be the most amazing improvised football play
ever...right out of a rugby playbook.
Thanks to Carl
Friends don't let friends drink diet soda - Dr. Josh Axe
Diet soda can really wreak havoc on your body. I posted a new video talking about the dangers of the seemingly harmless beverage, and it's quickly gone viral. I think you'll see why in the video. Warning: what see might shock you.
Another item  from Admiral Cox
Attacks on the U.S. Mainland in World War I and World War II
S.J. Cox
23 Sep 17
Japanese Actions in World War II
     Shortly after Pearl Harbor, seven Japanese submarines commenced operations off the West Coast of the United States, with intent to shell targets in California on Christmas Eve 1941.  The operation was initially postponed to 27 Dec, and then cancelled by the Japanese for fear of U.S. retaliation on the Japanese homeland.  Over the next year, Japanese subs contented themselves with sinking 10 U.S., Canadian, and Mexican merchant ships, some within sight of the U.S. mainland, and also sinking the Soviet submarine L-16 with all 50 hands by I-25 (a big "oops" since the Soviet Union was at that time neutral in the war between Japan and the rest of the Allies; the L-16 was transferring from the Soviet Pacific Fleet to the Soviet Northern Fleet via the Panama Canal.  A U.S. Navy Chief Photographer's Mate serving as an LNO was also lost aboard the Soviet sub.)
      On 23 Feb 42, the Japanese submarine I-17 shelled the Ellwood Oil Field west of Santa Barbara, California, inflicting minor damage (but triggering an invasion scare on the U.S. West Coast, which served as additional pretext for interning Japanese-American U.S. citizens.)  It was followed on the night of 24-25 Feb 42, by the "Battle of Los Angeles," whereupon jittery American anti-aircraft gunners unleashed an intense barrage over the city at non-existent Japanese aircraft, an action "extremely" loosely depicted in the Steven Spielberg/John Belushi movie "1941" in which the submarine that provoked the movie hysteria was the "I-19" which in reality was the float-plane equipped Japanese submarine that sank the USS Wasp (CV-7) on 15 Sep 42.
     Before conducting her float-plane attack on Oregon, the I-25 also shelled Fort Stevens, at the mouth of the Columbia River, on the night of 21-22 Jun 42, the only attack on a mainland U.S. military post during the war, which damaged some phone cables and a baseball backstop.   U.S. shore gunners requested permission to open fire on the submarine but were denied out of concern that doing so would give away number, position and capability of U.S. defenses prior to an actual invasion, thus depriving U.S. coastal artillery of their only opportunity to shoot at a real Japanese ship during the war.  (Another Japanese submarine shelled a target in Canada, but all rounds missed.)
     The Japanese submarine force was fixated on the idea that its purpose was to attack and whittle down the U.S. Battlefleet in preparation for the decisive battle between the U.S. and Japanese battleships expected to occur in the western Pacific.  The force never adapted to the idea of sinking merchant ships or auxiliaries (although the U.S. had an ample supply of fuel oil at Pearl Harbor (thanks to the Japanese failure to bomb the oil tanks during the raid on Pearl Harbor) oilers capable of refueling at sea were in very short supply.  The sinking of the USS Neches (AO-5) by Japanese submarine I-72 off Pearl Harbor on 22 Jan 42 and the loss of USS Neosho (AO-23) by air attack at the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 significantly impacted U.S. fleet operations.)  Japanese submarines would regularly bombard U.S. Marine positions on Guadalcanal and occasionally on other islands, but few would ever be considered effective attacks.  I-25 would be sunk by USS Ellet (DD-398) off the New Hebrides Islands on 3 Sep 43.
    Although the Japanese Navy conducted no further shore bombardments of the U.S. mainland, between November 1944 and early 1945, in retaliation for the commencement of U.S. B-29 raids from the Marianas Islands in Nov 44, the Japanese released over 9,000 balloons carrying incendiary devices ("fire bombs") toward the United States, some launched from submarines but most from the Japanese mainland itself, riding the Pacific jet stream.  Approximately 300 are believed to have reached North America causing a number of fires.  Tight wartime censorship prevented the Japanese (or the American public) from getting any "BDA" on their balloon attacks.  Six Americans were killed (a woman and five children) when one of the children found an unexploded device and disturbed it, setting off an explosion.  These were the only confirmed deaths due to enemy action on the U.S. mainland during World War II.   (The U.S. fire-bombing raid on Tokyo on the night of 9-10 Mar 1945, killed between 80,000 and 100,000 Japanese civilians.)
German Actions in World War II
    Although German U-boats sank numerous Allied merchant ships just off the U.S. east coast and Gulf of Mexico, they never opted to shell the U.S. mainland.  The U-507 did sink the tanker Virginia right in the mouth of the Mississippi River on 12 May 42.  Another German submarine did shell the American Standard Oil refinery on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in early 1942.  However, on 12 Jun 42, the German submarine U-202 landed a party of four agents at Amagansett, NY (Long Island) whose mission was to destroy power plants at Niagara Falls and several aluminum factories across the U.S.  After landing, the team leader quickly turned himself in to the FBI and compromised the rest of the team, who were promptly arrested.   On 17 Jun 42, U-584 landed a second team of four agents at Ponte Verde Beach (near Jacksonville) Florida, tasked to attack multiple targets in the U.S., including New York City's water supply pipes.  They were also compromised by the first team leader's defection.  Although the teams had landed wearing military uniforms, they were captured in civilian clothes.   All eight were tried by military tribunal; six were executed as spies, and two who had turned themselves in were given 30 year sentences before being deported to Germany in 1948.
   On 29 Nov 44, the Germans tried again with much the same result.   U-1230 landed two agents at Hancock Point, Maine, with intent to gather intelligence.  One soon turned himself into the FBI, resulting in the other's capture.  Both were sentenced to death, but the sentences were commuted.
German Actions in World War I
   The most damaging attacks on the U.S. mainland by a foreign power (not counting the War of 1812 and the American Revolution) were actually carried out during World War I by a German sabotage ring.  On 30 Jul 1916, the major munitions storage depot and loading facility at Black Tom Island in Jersey City, New Jersey exploded with a massive blast felt for a hundred miles, blowing out most of the windows in lower Manhattan, damaging the Statue of Liberty (the stair to the torch has been closed ever since), killing at least four people, and injuring hundreds as 2,000,000 lbs. of small arms and artillery ammunition and 100,000 lbs. of TNT detonated, all destined for Russia.  At that time, the United States was officially neutral, but U.S. businesses were happily selling arms and ammunition to anyone who would buy them, although the British Royal Navy's blockade of Germany meant that in reality almost all the U.S.-manufactured arms and ammunition were going to the Allies.   The German government repeatedly objected to this one-way trade, to no avail.
   The initial investigation pinned the blame for the Black Tom Blast on a Slovak immigrant (who later served in the U.S. Army after the U.S. entered the war) who had delivered a suitcase which triggered the blast, however he was mostly an unwitting agent of a German sabotage ring.  Subsequent investigation by the Office Naval Intelligence (which had counter-espionage as a primary mission at the time) revealed one of the most incredibly complex spy and sabotage rings in history.  The details go beyond the scope of this paper but are worthy of a Le Carre novel, and include Germans, Communists, Mexicans, the Irish anti-British Clan na Gael group, the Indian anti-British Ghadar Party (mostly Sikhs,) and other gun-running mercenaries, mostly operating out of San Francisco, California.   (The break-up of an arms smuggling effort by elements of this group resulted in the most sensational and highly publicized trial of the day, sometimes referred to as the "Hindu-German Plot.")  A key member of the ring was a German naval officer, Lieutenant Lothar Witzke.  At the start of World War I, Witzke was an officer aboard the German light cruiser SMS Dresden, which after running amok for several months in the Pacific, was eventually trapped in some islands off Chile (the British flagrantly violated Chilean neutrality in the process.)  The Dresden subsequently scuttled herself and her crew was interned in Chile for the duration of the war.  Witzke, however, escaped from Chile on a merchant ship, which he jumped in San Francisco, where he eventually met up with the master German spy Kurt Jahnke.  The two were primarily responsible for several espionage and sabotage events, including the Black Tom Blast.
      After the U.S. entered the war, Jahnke relocated to Mexico, but with Witzke conducted another spectacular sabotage attack in the United States, when on the morning of 9 Jul 17 a massive blast rocked the Mare Island Shipyard and numerous barges filled with munitions, killing six, wounding 31, and causing damage across a wide area of northern San Francisco Bay.  Witzke would eventually be caught and imprisoned before being pardoned by President Calvin Coolidge (and sent back to Germany, where he served the Third Reich with as much zeal as Imperial Germany.)  Jahnke also served Nazi Germany, and he and his wife were both captured and executed by the Soviets in April 1945.  Although the munitions that Jahnke and Witzke had blown up at Black Tom had been destined for Czarist Russia (which had sued the U.S. government for lax security that enabled the blast,) the Soviets weren't any more forgiving than the Czar.

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