Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fw: TheList 4823

The List 4823     TGB
To All,
I hope that you all have been having a great weekend. Looks like we are back in business and welcome to all the new members from the F-8 reunion.
This day in Naval History
Sept. 28
1822—Under Commodore David Porter's West India Squadron, the sloop of war USS Peacock raids a pirate camp at Funda Bay, burning two pirate boats, capturing five others, while also liberating "89 sacks of coffee concealed in the woods...."
1850—Flogging on Navy and merchant marine ships is abolished by an appropriation bill by Congress, which President Millard Fillmore signs into law.
1861—The side-wheel steamer USS Susquehanna captures Confederate schooner San Juan bound for Elizabeth City, NC, with a cargo of salt, sugar, and gin.
1957—After reconfiguration and reclassification, the former LST-32 becomes USS Alameda County (AVB 1), an advance aviation base ship. The first of her class, she is designated to provide fuel, spare parts, technicians, and facilities necessary to establish and operate an airstrip for patrol and carrier aircraft in locations where there are no base facilities.
1964—The first deployment of a Polaris A-3 missile takes place on board USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) from Charleston, SC.
1991—USS Asheville (SSN 758) is commissioned during a ceremony at Newport News, VA. The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine is the fourth ship in the Navy to be named after the city in North Carolina, and is ideally suited for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and special forces missions.
1991—USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) is christened and launched at San Diego, CA. The fast combat support ship delivers petroleum products, ammunition, food and other cargo to ships at sea. It is Military Sealift Command's largest combat logistics ship and the third Navy vessel to be named after Mount Rainier in Washington. 
Sept. 29
1829—The brig-sloop USS Hornet is driven from her anchorage off Tampico, Mexico by a gale. She is never seen again and her crew of 140 is lost.
1854—The sloop-of-war USS Albany departs Aspinwall, Columbia (now Colon, Panama) for New York with a crew of 193. She is never seen again.
1906—USS Connecticut (BB 18) is commissioned. During World War I, USS Connecticut is employed as a training ship off the United States East Coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. In the first half of 1919, she serves as a transport, making four trans-Atlantic voyages to bring home veterans from France.
1944—USS Narwhal (SS 167) evacuates 81 allied prisoners of war from Lanboyan Point, Sindangan Bay, Mindanao, Philippines. They had survived the Sept. 7 sinking of Japanese POW transport Shinyo Maru.
1946—Lockheed P2V Neptune, Truculent Turtle, departs Perth, Australia on a long distance non-stop, non-refueling flight to the mainland United States that ends on Oct. 1 at Columbus, OH. The flight breaks the world record for distance without fueling at 11,235.6 miles over 55 hours and 17 minutes.
1959—USS Kearsarge (CVS 33), with Helicopter Squadron 6 and other 7th Fleet units, begin six days of disaster relief to Nagoya, Japan, after Typhoon Vera.
Sept. 30
1800—French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and American envoys sign the Treaty of Mortefontaine that releases the United States from its Revolutionary War alliance with France and ends the Quasi-War.
1918—During World War I, German submarine U-152 sinks USS Ticonderoga. Seriously wounded early in the battle, commanding officer Lt. Cmdr. James J. Madison remains on the bridge controlling the ship's fight until she is abandoned. The lost included 112 Sailors and 101 Soldiers and was the greatest combat loss of life on any U.S. Navy ship during World War I. For his "exceptionally heroic service" during this action, Lt. Cmdr. Madison is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1943—USS Bowfin (SS 287) delivers supplies and evacuates people from Siquijor Island, Philippines and sinks Japanese cargo ship, Mitake Maru. Also on this date, USS Harder (SS 257) sinks Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser No.3 Shosei Maru, while USS Pogy (SS 266) sinks Japanese army transport, Maebashi Maru, 300 miles east of Palau.
1944—USS Nautilus (SS 168) lands 95 tons of supplies, 70 drums of gasoline, and four drums of oil at designated spot on Panay, Philippine Islands and embarks 47 evacuees (seven servicemen, 10 women, five civilian males, and 25 children).
1944—USS Fessenden (DE 142) fires depth charges and sinks German submarine, (U 1062), south of the Cape Verde Islands.
1954—The world's first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN 571), is commissioned at Groton, CT. On Aug. 3, 1958, she is the first U.S. vessel to transit across the geographic North Pole. Nautilus now serves as the historic ship at the Submarine Force Museum at Groton.
1981—USS La Jolla (SSN 701) is commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine is ideally suited for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and Special Forces missions.
1995—USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) is commissioned at Julia Street Wharf in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship is the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for the historical estate in Clarke County, VA, built by Nathaniel Burwell to honor his grandfather, Robert "King" Carter, a wealthy plantation owner and acting governor of Virginia in 1726-27.
Thanks to CHINFO for 28 September
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines are dominated by news analysis and commentary of yesterday's Senate judiciary hearing. USNI News reports that the Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter has conducted its first-ever combat strike, completing a mission in Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. "The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy," said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in a release announcing the strike. USNI News also reports that the Navy awarded six contracts to Ingalls Shipbuilding and four contracts to Bath Iron Works for its next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Additionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN on Thursday that his intelligence agents had discovered a "secret atomic warehouse" in Tehran reports the New York Times.
2016 Today in History September 28
48 BC
On landing in Egypt, Pompey is murdered on the orders of Ptolemy.
The Emperor Lothar dies in Gaul, and his kingdom is divided between his three sons.
William, Duke of Normandy, soon to be known as William the Conqueror invades England.
King Henry of England defeats his brother Robert at the Battle of Tinchebrai and reunites England and Normandy.
James of Aragon retakes Valencia, Spain, from the Arabs.
Samuel de Champlain and his colonists return to France from Port Royal Nova Scotia.
The Anglo-Russian-Austrian Alliance of St. Petersburg, which is directed against France, is signed.
Union General William Rosecrans blames his defeat at Chickamauga on two of his subordinate generals. They are later exonerated by a court of inquiry.
Colonel Ronald Mackenzie raids a war camp of Comanche and Kiowa at the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, slaughtering 2,000 of their horses.
A woman is placed under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York's Fifth Avenue.
W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues" is published.
Race riots in Harriston, Mississippi, kill 10 people.
Three U.S. Army aircraft arrive in Seattle, Washington after completing a 22-day round-the-world flight.
Sir Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin when he notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory; it remained for Howard Florey and Ernst Chain to isolate the active ingredient, allowing the "miracle drug" to be developed in the 1940s.
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland; Warsaw surrenders to German troops.
France ratifies a new constitution.
Explorer VI, the U.S. satellite, takes the first video pictures of earth.
Military coup in Damascus ends the Egypt-Syria union known as the United Arab Republic that was formed Feb. 1, 1958.
Roy Lichtenstein's pop art work Whaam!, depicting in comic-book style a US jet shooting down an enemy fighter, is exhibited for the first time; it will become one of the best known examples of pop art.
Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat sign an interim agreement concerning settlement on the Gaza Strip.
Afghanistan's former president (1986-92) Mohammad Najibullah tortured and murdered by the Taliban.
SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, Falcon 1
Thanks to Clyde.. A repeat but fun
Written by Kit Bonner, a noted Naval Historian.
From November 1943, until her demise in June 1945, the American   destroyer 'William D. Porter' was often hailed - whenever she entered   port or joined other Naval ships - with the greetings: "Don't shoot,   we're Republicans!'
  cid:image001.jpg@01CFDB67.B8B07440  For a half a century, the US Navy kept a lid on the details of the   incident that prompted this salutation. A Miami news reporter made the   first public disclosure in 1958 after he stumbled upon the truth while   covering a reunion of the destroyer's crew. The Pentagon reluctantly   and tersely confirmed his story, but only a smattering of newspapers   took notice.   In 1943, the Willie D as the Porter was nicknamed, accidentally fired a   live torpedo at the battleship Iowa during a practice exercise. As if   this weren't bad enough, the Iowa was carrying President Franklin D.   Roosevelt at the time, along with Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, and   all of the country's W.W.II military brass. They were headed for the   Big Three Conference in Tehran, where Roosevelt was to meet Stalin and Churchill.   Had the Porter's torpedo struck the Iowa at the aiming point, the last   60 years of world history might have been quite different. The USS   William D Porter (DD-579) was one of hundreds of assembly line   destroyers built during the war. They mounted several heavy and light   guns, but their main armament consisted of 10 fast-running and accurate   torpedoes that carried 500-pound warheads.  This destroyer was placed in commission on July 1943  under the command of Wilfred Walker, a man on the Navy's fast career track.   In the months before she was detailed to accompany the Iowa across the   Atlantic in November 1943, the Porter and her crew learned their trade,   experiencing the normal problems that always beset a new ship and a   novice crew.   The mishaps grew more serious when she became an escort for the pride of the fleet,  the big new battleship Iowa. The night before they left   Norfolk, bound for North Africa, the Porter accidentally damaged a   nearby sister ship when she backed down along the other ship's side and   her anchor tore down the other ship's railings, life rafts, ship's boat   and various other formerly valuable pieces of equipment. The Willie D   merely had a scraped anchor, but her career of mayhem and mishaps had begun.   Just twenty four hours later, the four-ship convoy, consisting of Iowa   and her secret passengers, the Willie D, and two other destroyers, was   under strict instructions to maintain complete radio silence. Since   they were going through a known U-boat feeding ground, speed and   silence were the best defense.   cid:image002.jpg@01CFDB67.B8B07440   Suddenly, a tremendous explosion rocked the convoy. All of the ships   commenced anti-submarine maneuvers. This continued until the Porter   sheepishly admitted that one of her depth charges had fallen off her   stern and exploded. The 'safety' had not been set as instructed.   Captain Walker was watching his fast track career become side-tracked.   Shortly thereafter, a freak wave inundated the ship, stripping away   everything that wasn't lashed down. A man washed overboard and was   never found. Next, the fire room lost power in one of its boilers.   The Captain, at this point, was making reports almost hourly to the   Iowa about the Willie D's difficulties. It would have been merciful if   the force commander had detached the hard luck ship and sent her back   to Norfolk. But, no, she sailed on.   The morning of 14 November 1943 dawned with a moderate sea and pleasant weather.  The Iowa and her escorts were just east of Bermuda, and the president and his guests wanted to see  how the big ship could defend herself against an air attack. So, the Iowa launched a number of   weather balloons to use as anti-aircraft targets.  It was exciting to see more than 100 guns shooting at the balloons,  and the President was  proud of his Navy.   Just as proud was Admiral Ernest J King, the Chief of Naval Operations;   large in size and by demeanor, a true monarch of the sea.   Disagreeing with him meant the end of a naval career. Up to this time,   no one knew what firing a torpedo at him would mean. Over on the Willie   D, Captain Walker watched the fireworks display with admiration and   envy.   Thinking about career redemption and breaking the hard luck spell, the   Captain sent his impatient crew to battle stations. They began to shoot   down the balloons the Iowa had missed as they drifted into the Porter's   vicinity.   Down on the torpedo mounts, the crew watched, waiting to take some   practice shots of their own on the big battleship, which, even though   6,000 yards away, seemed to blot out the horizon. Lawton Dawson and   Tony Fazio were among those responsible for the torpedoes. Part of   their job involved ensuring that the primers were installed during   actual combat and removed during practice. Once a primer was installed,   on a command to fire, it would explode shooting the torpedo out of its   tube.  Dawson, on this particular morning, unfortunately had forgotten to   remove the primer from torpedo tube #3. Up on the bridge, a new torpedo officer,  unaware of the danger, ordered a simulated firing. "Fire 1,   Fire 2," and finally, "Fire 3." There was no Fire 4 as the sequence was   interrupted by an unmistakable whooooooshhhhing sound made by a   successfully launched and armed torpedo. Lt H. Steward Lewis, who   witnessed the entire event, later described the next few minutes as   what hell would look like if it ever broke loose.   Just after he saw the torpedo hit water on its way to the Iowa and some   of the most prominent figures in world history, Lewis innocently asked   the Captain, 'Did you give permission to fire a torpedo?' Captain   Walker's reply will not ring down through naval history, although words   to the effect of Farragut's immortal 'Damn the torpedoes' figured   centrally within.   Initially there was some reluctance to admit what had happened, or even   to warn the Iowa. As the awful reality sunk in, people began racing   around, shouting conflicting instructions and attempting to warn the   flagship of imminent danger.   First, there was a flashing light warning about the torpedo which   unfortunately indicated the torpedo was headed in another direction.   Next, the Porter signaled that the torpedo was going reverse at full   speed!   Finally, they decided to break the strictly enforced radio silence. The   radio operator on the destroyer transmitted "'Lion (code for the Iowa),   Lion, come right." The Iowa operator, more concerned about radio   procedure, requested that the offending station identify itself first.   Finally, the message was received and the Iowa began turning to avoid   the speeding torpedo.   Meanwhile, on the Iowa's bridge, word of the torpedo firing had reached   FDR, who asked that his wheelchair be moved to the railing so he could   see better what was coming his way. His loyal Secret Service guard   immediately drew his pistol as if he was going to shoot the torpedo. As   the Iowa began evasive maneuvers, all of her guns were trained on   the William D. Porter. There was now some thought that the Porter was   part of an assassination plot.   Within moments of the warning, there was a tremendous explosion just   behind the battleship. The torpedo had been detonated by the wash   kicked up by the battleship's increased speed.   The crisis was over and so was Captain Walker's career. His final   utterance to the Iowa, in response to a question about the origin of   the torpedo, was a weak, "We did it."   Shortly thereafter, the brand new destroyer, her Captain and the entire   crew were placed under arrest and sent to Bermuda for trial. It was the   first time that a complete ship's company had been arrested in the   history of the US Navy.   The ship was surrounded by Marines when it docked in Bermuda,  and held there several days as the closed session inquiry  attempted to determine what had happened.   Torpedo man Dawson eventually confessed to having inadvertently left   the primer in the torpedo tube, which caused the launching. Dawson had   thrown the used primer over the side to conceal his mistake. The whole   incident was chalked up to an unfortunate set of circumstances and   placed under a cloak of secrecy.   Someone had to be punished. Captain Walker and several other Porter   officers and sailors eventually found themselves in obscure shore   assignments. Dawson was sentenced to 14 years hard labor.   President Roosevelt intervened; however, asking that no punishment be   meted out for what was clearly an accident.   The destroyer William D. Porter was banished to the upper Aleutians. It   was probably thought this was as safe a place as any for the ship and   anyone who came near her.   She remained in the frozen north for almost a year, until late 1944,   when she was re-assigned to the Western Pacific.  However, before leaving the Aleutians, she accidentally left her calling card  in the form of a five-inch shell fired into the front yard of the American Base   Commander, thus rearranging his flower garden rather suddenly.   In December, 1944, the Porter joined the Philippine invasion forces and   acquitted herself quite well. She distinguished herself by shooting   down a number of attacking Japanese aircraft. Regrettably, after the   war, it was reported that she also shot down three American planes.   This was a common event on ships, as many gunners, fearful of   kamikazes, had nervous trigger fingers.   In April, 1945, the destroyer Porter was assigned to support the   invasion of Okinawa. By this time, the greeting "Don't Shoot, We're   Republicans" was commonplace and the crew of the Willie D had become used to the ribbing.   But the crew of her sister ship, the USS Luce, was not so polite in its   salutations after the Porter accidentally riddled her side and   superstructure with gunfire.   On 10 June, 1945, the Porter's hard luck finally ran out. She was sunk   by a plane which had (unintentionally) attacked it from underwater. A   Japanese bomber made almost entirely of wood and canvas slipped through the Navy's defense.   Having little in the way of metal surfaces, the plane didn't register   on radar. A fully loaded kamikaze, it was headed for a ship near the   Porter, but just at the last moment veered away and crashed alongside   the unlucky destroyer. There was a sigh of relief as the plane sunk out   of sight, but then it blew up underneath the Porter, opening her hull    in the worst possible place.  cid:image003.jpg@01CFDB67.B8B07440   Three hours later, after the last man was off board, the Captain jumped   to the safety of a rescue vessel and the ship that almost changed world   history slipped astern into 2,400 feet of water. Not a single soul was   lost in the sinking. After everything else that happened, it was almost   as if the ship decided to let her crew off at the end.   Kit Bonner, Naval Historian  NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
A repeat from last year
Thanks to Shadow -
Random Thoughts about Protest and Common Sense... Lessons from Marines... then segue into the events of the NFL.
Gonna start with a short story about the Marine approach to common sense, and then get into the other.
As a young Marine, I was part of a "draft" of fellow Marines that were flown from MCAS New River in Jacksonville, N.C., to San Diego to attend the various specialists schools there… my assignment was to C&E Battalion at MCRD, to attend electronics school. Since most of us were from various parts of the deep south and had gone through boot camp at Parris Island;, we were in awe of the new world we were about to experience. After de-planeing... to add to our experience, one of our guys had a transistor radio that he turned on as we were headed into "Cattle Cars" for the short trip over to MCRD from the airport. As he dialed in a local station… the first song that was played (and this is the truth) was "California Dreaming" by the Momma's and Papa's. One of those coincidental moments in life that one never forgets. As we pulled onto Harbor Drive on our way to PCH… we passed the first "Topless" bar any of us had ever witnessed. I still remember the name of it… "The Barbary Coast". Big Vegas style, neon sign above the building. Pulling  onto PCH, we had to go by the old terminal building for the San Diego Airport, just in time to see a trio of PSA's finest, walking into the terminal as the Beach Boys were singing "California Girls". It was a scene right out of a movie… and the testosterone level in the Cattle Car, was off the meter! All of us had the same collective thought… We couldn't wait to go on liberty and throw ourselves into this strange new world that had been a dream beyond our reach, until now. 
But as usual…. "The Green Machine" had it's own agenda… and fantasies would be put on hold for the next few days. First we had to go through "Processing"… assigned quarters and we'd get no liberty until we'd received our "Indoc Lecture". MCRD had some of the most beautiful barracks and buildings of any military base I was ever assigned to… huge, adobe looking, classical looking, Spanish Architecture buildings, awesome!… Then reality set in as we were assigned the ubiquitous "Quonset Huts" across the grinder from those beautiful building, just like the recruits going through boot camp. Reveille was at 0400… a stark reminder that we were still at the bottom of the totem pole as far as the Corps was concerned. Processing took a couple of days and we finally were scheduled for our "Indoc Lecture" that was a requirement before going on Liberty. Cinderella Liberty during the week (in by 2400) and we could stay out all night on Friday's and Saturday's. I remembered my father's warning as I got into my teens… "Bad Chit happens after Midnight"… thus that was my curfew. Evidently my dad and the Marine Corps had a lot in common?
The lecture was given by a salty Staff Sgt…. and for years I thought his last name was "Early"… in later years, I've become convinced it was the great one… Lee Ermey. If it wasn't Lee, had to be his twin brother. He was the epitome of the lean, green, Fighting Machine. You knew just looking at him, he'd spent time on the Drill Field as a D.I. Spit shined shoes that you could see your reflection in and incredibly sharp creases in his trousers and military creases in his blouse… and brass polished to perfection. As he paced behind the podium with his hands behind his back… he stops and bellows out… "I'm here to give you the Welcome to California Lecture"! "I was chosen because I've seen it all and done it all… and you will pay attention if you want to stay out of trouble and the brig… so listen up"! In a funny way… his words reminded me of the lecture on "sex"… that we were given before we were released from boot camp. This is the God's truth… the lecturer was the Senior Catholic Chaplin at Parris Island!… And he started the lecture by saying; "The Commanding General Ordered the Recruit Command, Commander... to give you young Marines the lecture on sexual etiquette and do's and don'ts… and he wanted the most eminently qualified officer on the base to give the lecture… and that's why I stand before you today"! Who says, Marine's don't have a sense of humor and mirth? 
For those with sensitive ears and sensibilities… you can skip this next part… it ain't gonna be PC.
He then starts his lecture thus… "Welcome to California… the only state in the union that when you suck on an orange… it sucks back"! Followed by… "The mating call of the California Queer is… Hey Marine… you want a ride"? And then he went on and on… "Squids out number Marines ten to one in San Diego… leave them alone". Here are some of the other highlights… "Stay away from downtown… nothing but clip joints, tattoo parlors and bars... and very few of you are legal to get into the bars. Even fewer of you will have cars, so you'll be walking everywhere. As Marines, you'll stick out like a sore thumb… your high and tight haircuts (which you will maintain) will give you away every time. And whenever two or more of you are walking together… the dead give away is that you will always be in step with each other… and will always step off with your left foot from the curb (that was absolutely true… it was so ingrained in us from our hours of drill in boot camp. it was second nature… couldn't avoid it even when we tried… within two steps… we were back in step). Every time a squid gets beat up… you will be the number one suspect. The San Diego Police patrols heavily in downtown and along PCH. You can expect to be stopped and questioned if something happens. Listen to me!… DO NOT… ever give any lip or argue with someone who has a badge, a billy club and a gun… I guarantee you, you will lose every time. The man is just doing his job. You will comply, be polite and say Yes Sir and No Sir and do whatever he says… as long as you do that, you will be on your way shortly. And sad to say… just because you think being a Marine is something special… most civilians don't see it that way out here. All your dreams of Surfer Chicks, Beach Blonds in skin tight Ski Pants (the sixties answer to Yoga Pants) will more than likely remain just that… a California Dream… they want nothing to do with your short hair and high libido… besides… what kind of mother would let her daughter date a Marine? In reality… between laundry bills, health and comfort items… you won't have enough money to afford a nice date anyway(I think we were making about $42.00 dollars a payday, every two weeks). You want to meet a nice girl… go to church. He went on and on. He hit Tijuana… "The dirt is dirtier in Mexico and you will still stick out amongst all others… be very, very careful there… you won't like the Tijuana Jail". And finally, he concluded with this short comment…
 "Men… it is a matter of common sense… know your surroundings and use your head. Life isn't fair… no one owes you anything". And that was how the lecture ended.
Now I'm sure most of you are thinking… what the hell does this have to do with what is going on today?
The answer is … "Common Sense".
Those who chose to protest (and the idiots who support them) by kneeling during our National Anthem, display a total lack of common sense! If any of them with half a brain had stopped to think about it… they'd have realized that it would backfire, big time. Of course… intellectual excellence is not a high priority for being an NFL player. Besides, as extremely gifted and talented athletes… most of their peccadillos and major personal faults had been swept under the rug and excused for most of their lives, since high school and beyond. They have been coddled, fawned over and inherently developed an "entitled" mind set. An "I can do anything I want and get away with it, because I'm a world class athlete"… and sad to say… for the most part, that has become true. No one can argue that over our lifetime, the public behavior of professional football players have become so coarse as to be bordering on the obscene… and that is despicable. Witness Odell Beckham's imitating a dog pissing on a fire hydrant after scoring a touchdown last Sunday. An offense so egregious… that just a decade ago, it would have drawn a 15 yard penalty, ejection from the game and maybe even a loss of his job. The fact that it didn't, says a lot about how NFL owners and management have let themselves become prisoners of accepting the worst that modern culture has to offer in terms of personal behavior. Its' become a tail, wagging a dog kind of thing. And the left wing media has been cheering them on, every step of the way. A pox on their house!
Now let's get down to the nitty gritty… "Not one of us white folk… know what it's like to be a black man or woman in America today"… there I've said it! I accept it poses unique challenges. But as a world traveler "I Also Know"… that the challenge; is the same the world over. Be it here or Europe, the Mid East, Latin America or the Mother Land… Africa its' own self. Even in the islands of the Pacific… Black Folk's lot in life is a constant challenge. BUT… and you know there has to be a but… a major component is a cultural problem… almost as much as the obvious color of one's skin. Somewhere along the line, things went terribly wrong. From the time the Civil Rights Act was passed in Congress with Republican votes and leadership (not the majority of Democrats) when I was in high school. We have witnessed the slow and then rapid, disintegration of the Black Family in America… along with it… the dissolution of acceptable behavior. It has become pandemic throughout Black Culture, from the arts to everyday life… they went from beautiful, soulful love songs... to the obscene Hip Hop and Rap. From polite manners, to the sultry and confrontational. From peaceful communities to enclaves of violence, rampant drug use and murder rates that exceed the deaths annually; of American fighting men in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Think of it… more Black People were murdered in one city (Chicago) last year… than all American's were killed on the battlefields of Afghanistan! And 99% were killed by other Blacks! The greatest threat to the lives of young Black Men in America today… is not the police who are so outrageously criticized… but other young Black Men who've known no discipline, nor expected to act according to societies norms.
Let's go back to Ermey's lecture on common sense… his admonishment to us that when stopped by the police to cooperate fully; be compliant… "The man is just doing his job"! You're in an area where something bad has happened… you fit the general description of a suspect. Common sense dictates you have a good chance of being stopped and interrogated... Common sense... Somewhere along the line… that simple logic has escaped the modern Black Community. Instead it is viewed as racial prejudice and harassment by the police and society at large. Again, I appeal to your common sense… there is a shooting in a black neighborhood… the perpetrator is described as a young Black Male who jumps in a car… two streets over, three young black males (totally innocent) are cruising in a car. The police searching for a suspect pulls them over, because they fit the description of the suspect. That is not police harassment… "They are just doing their job"! Common sense. Instead of being outraged at the police… be outraged at the culture that promotes aberrant behavior that leads to such enforcement. A culture that harbors 75% of the violent crime in America today. Common sense… if you belong to that subculture… you have to expect more interaction with authority. Its not the cops fault… it's societies fault. Common sense.
And look at it from the cops point of view… ask any cop… Black or White… whether they expect a routine traffic stop to break bad when they pull over a car with Blacks aboard or any other ethnic group… Common Sense dictates the obvious answer. As an example, let's look at the latest 'cause celeb'  of Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks… that has led to the current "taking of the knee" protests, during our National Anthem. Bennett's version of events was that as he was leaving the latest faux professional fight in Las Vegas… he and others in his group heard gunshots! He admits that he and others started running, trying to get away from the danger that was apparently close by. Natural instinct… up to then, his story and the Las Vegas police version are the same. Then the story changes drastically. Bennett claims he was accosted by the Las Vegas Police, forced to the ground and handcuffed. Bennett's version is that its was simply because he was a Black Man… absolutely no reason for them to have done that. It wasn't until the Las Vegas Police held a subsequent press conference, that the whole truth came out. Their version was… in fact there was a shooting in close proximity where Bennett and his party were located. In 911 phone calls and police radio traffic… the shooter was described as a "Large" Black male (Bennett certainly fit that description as he is a defensive end in the NFL)… who took off running (which Bennett also admits he did) after firing multiple rounds. A couple of police officers see Bennett running as the perpetrator's description comes over the radio… they take chase and take him in custody, handcuff him, pending a search and questioning. Was Bennett singled out simply because he was a Black Man? Not quite… he was singled out because he was a "Large Black Male"… fleeing the scene of a shooting, wherein the shooter was described by witnesses as a "Large Black Male", fleeing on foot! Get the picture? He wasn't shot, he wasn't tasered, he wasn't beaten… he wasn't harmed. He was simply inconvenienced! Inconvenienced because another "Large Black Male"… fired multiple gunshots in close proximity to him and took off running. The shooter was not described as simply a Black Male… a short Black Male… or a White Male… he was described as a "Large" Black Male… who took off running. Michael Bennett, by his own admission fit that description perfectly. Instead of being pissed at the perpetrator who did the nasty deed… he turns it into a racist act by out of control cops! Shame on you Michael… instead of accepting the obvious… you chose to turn it into a racial confrontation (which it wasn't) and to show your outrage… you refused to stand for our National Anthem… Give me a break! Shame on you!
And to you other NFL players that fell in line like lemmings… shame on you too! And to Roger Goodell and you owners… a pox on your house! You have brought dishonor on "America's Game"… and that's gonna be hard to recover from. Goodell is a left winger… part of the New York City elite and media mob… I expected something like that from him. But I thought others would have more common sense than to let themselves get dragged into it. I'm especially disappointed in our Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan… who more than all the other owners in the NFL, has more reason to respect the Flag and Anthem of a nation, who graciously accepted him and allowed him to become one of the richest men in our nation, through his good work and intellect. Shahid is an American success story… where a first generation "legal" immigrant, was afforded the opportunity to succeed on his own… and frankly, beyond his wildest dreams. Only in America! 
In conclusion… I'll state the obvious… does racism still exist in modern America… certainly it does. It also exists in every other country in the world… that can't be denied. But I will also submit… a lot of it is self induced. And that may be the saddest statement of all.
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/28/2018 IRAN - 4 MILITANTS KILLED IN BORDER OP, SAYS IRGC (SEP 28/MEHR)  MEHR NEWS AGENCY -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says its forces have killed four militants along the border with Pakistan, reports the Mehr News Agency (Tehran).   The militants were attempting to attack Iranian border posts from Pakistani territory near the Saravan border crossing in southeastern Iran.   Two other fighters were injured in the clashes and the remaining militants fled back into Pakistan, said an IRGC statement.   Iranian forces did not suffer any casualties. Ammunition, weapons and other military equipment were captured from the militants, the IRGC said.   The region has long experienced violence from drug-smuggling gangs and separatist militants, noted Reuters. Iran blames Pakistan for providing a safe haven for militant groups
Item Number:6 Date: 09/28/2018 ISRAEL - NETANYAHU ACCUSES TEHRAN OF STOCKPILING NUCLEAR WEAPONS TECH (SEP 28/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Iranian government of hiding prohibited nuclear technology at a secret warehouse in Tehran, reports BBC News.   The prime minister made his remarks on Thursday at the annual U.N. General Assembly debate in New York.   Netanyahu also criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency for failing to investigate tons of material Israel secretly obtained earlier this year from a warehouse in Tehran. Israel says it proved Iran was lying about its nuclear intentions.   The "secret atomic warehouse" is located not far from the facility Israel revealed in April, the minister said. It contains as much as 300 tons of nuclear-related equipment and material.   Iran has been removing radioactive material from the site since Israel's previous disclosure and storing it around Tehran, said Netanyahu.   Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif derided the claims and emphasized that the IAEA had consistently verified that Tehran was complying with the 2015 nuclear agreement.  
Item Number:9 Date: 09/28/2018 NETHERLANDS - POLICE ARREST 7, THWART 'MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK' (SEP 28/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Dutch police say they have arrested seven men allegedly planning to conduct a "major terrorist attack" at a public event, reports Agence France-Presse.   On Thursday, police arrested the men, ranging in age from 21 to 34, in Arnhem and Weert after a month's long operation, said the public prosecutor's office.   Authorities had been monitoring a group of people led by an Iraqi convicted in 2017 of attempting to reach territory controlled by the Islamic State, the prosecutor said.   The suspects were from Arnhem, Rotterdam and villages near those cities. Two members of the group had previous convictions related to attempts to travel to Iraq or Syria.   The planned attack was to include a car bombing, explosive belts and an AK-47 assault rifles, said police. The target was not immediately known.   The men were trying to obtain the explosives and weapons when they were arrested, officials said

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