Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fw: TheList 4824

The List 4824     TGB
To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 1
1844—The Naval Observatory, headed by Lt. Matthew F. Maury, occupies its first permanent quarters in the Foggy Bottom district of Washington, D.C. before it moves nearly 50 years later to its present location north of Georgetown.
1880—John Philip Sousa becomes the leader of the United States Marine Band, serving until 1892 when he left to tour with his own civilian concert band. During World War I, he enters the Navy as a lieutenant and serves as musical director at Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
1942—USS Roe (DD 418) rescues 17 merchant seamen and two Naval Armed Guard sailors of the freighter SS West Chetac who drifted off the coast of Brazil for eight days after their vessel is sunk by German submarine U 175.
1955—USS Forrestal (CVA 59), the first postwar super-carrier, is commissioned. In 1975, Forrestal is redesignated as (CV 59) until 1993 when she is decommissioned.
1980—USS Cochrane (DDG 21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon.
1990—USS Independence (CV 62) transits the Strait of Hormuz enroute to the Persian Gulf, a first for a carrier since 1974.
October 1
Alexander the Great decisively shatters King Darius III's Persian army at Gaugamela (Arbela), in a tactical masterstroke that leaves him master of the Persian Empire.
Rudolf of Hapsburg is elected emperor in Germany.
The feeble Sultan Mohammed Shah of Persia, hands over power to his 17-year old son Abbas.
In Paris, the National Legislative Assembly holds its first meeting.
The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.
Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, discovers a comet and is elected the same day to the American Academy of Arts---the first woman to be so honored. The King of Denmark awarded her a gold medal for her discovery.
The first installment of Gustav Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary appears in the Revue de Paris after the publisher refuses to print a passage in which the character Emma has a tryst in the back seat of a carriage.
The Condor, a British blockade-runner, is grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
General Lew Wallace is sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory. He went on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and write Ben-Hur. His Civil War heroics earned him the moniker Savior of Cincinnati.
Yosemite National Park is dedicated in California.
The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold, all of them black.
The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.
British troops in Italy enter Naples and occupy Foggia airfield.
The U.S. First Army begins the siege Aachen, Germany.
Eleven Nazi war criminals are sentenced to be hanged at Nuremberg trials---Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachin von Ribbentrop, Fritz Saukel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Alfred Rosenberg.
First flight of F-86 Sabre jet fighter, which would win fame in the Korean War.
Mao Zedong establishes the People's Republic of China.
"In God We Trust" appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR; the motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) replaces the 43-year-old National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in the US.
Nigeria becomes independent from the UK.
The Federal Republic of Cameroon is formed by the merger of East and West Cameroon.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson debuts; Carson will remain The Tonight Show host until 1992.
The first Free Speech Movement protest erupts spontaneously on the University of California, Berkeley campus; students demanded an end to the ban of on-campus political activities.
Japanese "bullet trains" (Shinkansen) begin high-speed rail transit between Tokyo and Osaka.
Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, the second of Disney's "Magic Kingdoms."
First CT or CAT brain scan performed, at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
Five Nixon aides--Kenneth Parkinson, Robert Mardian, Nixon's Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell--go on trial for conspiring to hinder the Watergate investigation.
Legendary boxing match: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila."
US returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama.
First compact disc player, released by Sony.
Denmark introduces the world's first "civil union" law granting same-sex couples certain legal rights and responsibilities but stopping short of recognizing same-sex marriages.
Siege of Dubrovnik begins in the Croatian War of Independence.
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over judicial functions of the House of Lords.
Thanks to Al
Monday Morning Humor ---Law
     Once upon a time, in a nice little forest, there lived an orphaned bunny and an orphaned snake.  A surprising coincidence was that both were blind from birth.  One day, the bunny was hopping through the forest, and the snake was slithering through the forest, when the bunny tripped over the snake and fell down. This, of course, knocked the snake about quite a bit.
     "Oh, my," said the bunny, "I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you.  I've been blind since birth; so, I can't see where I'm going. In fact, since I'm also an orphan, I don't even know what I am."
     "It's quite okay," replied the snake. "Actually, my story is much the same as yours. I, too, have been blind since birth, and also never knew my mother."
     "Tell you what, maybe I could kinda slither over to you, and figure out what you are, so at least you'll have that going for you."
     "Oh, that would be wonderful," replied the bunny.
     So the snake slithered all over the bunny, and said, "Well, you're covered with soft fur; you have really long ears; your nose twitches; and you have a soft cottony tail.  I'd say that you must be a bunny."
     "Oh, thank you!  Thank you," cried the bunny in obvious excitement.  "Maybe I could feel you with my paw, and help you the same way you've helped me."
     So the bunny felt the snake all over, and remarked, "Well, you're scaly and slimy, and you have a forked tongue, and no backbone. I'd say you must be either a politician or an attorney."
     A lawyer died and arrived at the pearly gates. To his dismay, there were thousands of people ahead of him in line to see Peter, James and John. To his total surprise, Peter left his desk at the gate and came down the long line to see where the lawyer was, and warmly greeted him.
     Then Peter and one of his assistants took the lawyer by the hands and led him to the head of the line, and into a comfortable chair by his desk.
     The lawyer said, "I don't mind all this attention, but what makes me so special?"
     To which Peter replied, "Well, I've added up all the hours for which you billed your clients, and by my calculation, you must be 193 years old!"
     A lawyer's dog, running about unleashed, beelines for the local butcher shop and steals a roast off the counter. The butcher goes to the lawyer's office and asks, "If a dog, running unleashed, steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog's owner?" 
     "Absolutely," the lawyer responded.
     The butcher immediately shot back, "Good! You owe me $24.99 for the roast your dog stole from me this morning."
     The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $24.99.
     A few days later, the butcher, browsing through his mail, finds an envelope from the lawyer. The contents read, "Consultation fee: $100.00."
Submitted by Mark Logan:
     Two very elderly friends, Max and Wally, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels and discuss world problems.  One day Wally didn't show up Max didn't think much about it, figured maybe he had a cold or some such.
     But after Wally hadn't shown up for a week or so, Max really got worried. However, the only time they ever got together anymore (they used to play a lot of golf together) was at the park, and Max couldn't remember where Wally lived so he was unable to find out what had happened to him.
     A month passed and Max figured old Wally had gone to his heavenly reward, but one day Max approached the park and, lo and behold, there sat Wally!
     Max was very excited and happy to see him and told him so! Then he said, "For crying out loud Wally, what happened to you???"
     Wally replied, "I have been in jail."
     "Jail???," cried Max!! "What in the world for???"
     "Well," Wally said, "You know Sue, that cute little blonde waitress at the coffee shop where we sometimes get coffee?"
     "Yeah" said Max, "I remember her. What about her?"
     "Well one day last month she got mad at me and to get even, she charged me with assault. I was so proud of what everyone would think an old timer like me could still do, that when I got into court, I pled 'Guilty'.
     The judge then took a good look at me and gave me 30 days for perjury."
Submitted by Mike Ryan and Dave Harris: 
These are from a book called "Disorder in the Court" and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY:  What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS:  Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY:  Are you sexually active?
WITNESS:  No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY:  What is your date of birth?
WITNESS:  July 18th.
ATTORNEY:  What year?
WITNESS:  Every year.
ATTORNEY:  How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS:  Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY:  How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS:  Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY:  Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS:  Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY:  The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS:  He's 20, very close to your IQ.
ATTORNEY:  Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS:  Are you $#!++ing me?
ATTORNEY:  So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY:  And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS:  Getting laid
ATTORNEY:  She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?
ATTORNEY:  Were there any girls?
WITNESS:  Your Honor, I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS:  By death.
ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS:  Take a guess.
ATTORNEY:  Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS:  He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY:  Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS:  Unless the circus was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY:  Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS:  No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY:  Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS:  All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY:  ALL of your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you attend?
ATTORNEY:  Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS:  The autopsy started around 8:  30 PM.
ATTORNEY:  And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS:  If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY:  Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS:  Are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY:  Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY:  How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS:  Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS:  Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
Have a good week,
Thanks to Clyde
Navy Creates New Flight Instructor Billet Outside of Traditional Career Path
September 28, 2018 12:25 PM
Marine Corps Capt. Chris Latimer, left, an instructor pilot for Training Squadron (VT) 31, and Ensign Marvin Smith, a student naval aviator, conduct pre-operation procedures before a training flight in a T-44C Pegasus aircraft on Jan. 12, 2012. US Navy photo.
The Navy is creating a Professional Flight Instructor (PFI) program that would allow pilots and naval flight officers to remain in the Navy later in their careers as flight instructors outside the normal sea/shore rotation.
Announced today in a NAVADMIN message, the PFI program is meant to address both readiness and retention challenges the naval aviation community faces today.
"As Naval Aviation faces several inventory challenges, especially in the [tactical air] community, our ability to fully man both production and operational billets is increasingly challenged. We are fully engaged in reversing this trend along multiple fronts (e.g., improving F-18 readiness, increasing production capacity, enhancing incentive programs, expanding professional/personal growth opportunities)," Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Creighan, who works for Navy Personnel Command's aviation officer distribution office and will now lead the Professional Flight Instructor program, wrote in a Navy blog post.
"Additionally, fleet feedback consistently indicates that many aviators want career path flexibility, and would serve beyond Department Head if allowed to remain flying as instructors instead of following the legacy career path through command. The PFI initiative aims to do just that by allowing some qualified pilots and [naval flight officers] to serve continuously as shore-based flight instructors beyond Department Head as an alternative to following the traditional sea/shore rotational path of operational service."
"The PFI program is being implemented to improve retention by providing career flexibility, assignment stability for selected officers/families, and rewarding experiences training our newest Naval Aviators. The program will also significantly improve instructor manning levels in Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) commands—better leveraging the fleet experience and instructional skills of officers who otherwise may have left service for civilian opportunities," Creighan's post continued.
Commander of Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe "Chip" Miller told USNI News today that "we value every single aviator who wears the Wings of Gold. We are listening to their feedback, and the PFI program is just the beginning of changes the fleet will see over the next few years that will lead us on a path to greater effectiveness and lethality."
Miller, who took command of the naval aviation community in January, said in his first site visit that his new priorities would be "warfighting and people, and the readiness of both." He addressed retention during an all hands call with aviators at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, noting increases in flight pay and other incentives to keep aviators interested in continuing in the Navy despite ample opportunities to take a job with a commercial airliner with good pay, no risk of combat, and no at-sea deployments to take them away from their families.
Miller told the crowd that, ultimately, he thinks the decision to stay in the Navy comes down to whether the officer feels fulfilled in his or her job.
"I still wake up with a passion for this business, and it's meaningful. I still think, in the positions that I've been given, that I can make a difference. And I'm still having fun – this is rewarding," he said, noting that he would work to ensure other naval aviators felt the same way – with a push to increase jet material readiness and therefore pilots' flight time being a big part of that.
The NAVADMIN also hits on that point, noting that "this path is an alternative to the traditional sea/shore rotational career path associated with operational service and for officers who do not wish to pursue command opportunities. The PFI career path offers greater assignment stability for selected officers and their families and provides professionally and personally rewarding experiences shaping the development of our newest naval aviators."
The first board to select the first professional flight instructors will convene on Nov. 20, and applications to be considered for a PFI spot are due by Nov. 13, according to the
Thanks to Robert

This is really worth your time to read. Funny how your perspective changes when you know the facts, huh?

A Very Good  Message for Today

This past week I was on a four and a half hour, nonstop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Atlanta, Georgia.

In all my years of traveling, I have learned that each time a plane has the opportunity to stop, there is potential for
unexpected challenges. Flight delays, weather and airline  crews can create unanticipated challenges on any trip.  Therefore, I always try to fly nonstop between my destinations.
About an hour into this particular flight, the Captain's voice rang over the intercom. He asked if there was a physician
or nurse on the plane. If so, he asked them to identify themselves by ringing the flight attendant call button beside their seat.

I listened carefully but heard no one ring their bell. Immediately began to wonder what was happening.

In a few minutes the Captain informed us that there was a medical emergency on board and asked again if there was a physician or a nurse who could help.

When there was no response, we were told that we were going to make an emergency stop in Denver, Colorado. He apologized but told us that there would be a medical emergency team waiting to meet us at the gate and that we would probably only be delayed by about thirty minutes.
Though it was necessary, we knew we would all be inconvenienced by the extra stop.

About half an hour later, we landed at Denver International Airport and the medical crew immediately came on board.
However, everything took longer than had previously been expected. An elderly gentleman, about 95 years old, had
suddenly taken ill. It was not clear whether he had experienced a stroke or heart attack. 

Even after the gentleman was carried off of the plane, we still sat there for quite a while. The original "short" stop turned into about an hour and a half. 

When we finally pushed back from the gate and were in the air, the pilot apologized profusely for the unavoidable delay. He said that since the stop had taken longer than expected, those passengers who needed to make connections in Atlanta would miss their flights but would automatically be booked on the next flight out. 

You could almost hear the moans and groans throughout the airplane of everyone who was being inconvenienced by the unexpected stop. Then the pilot did one of the classiest things I have personally ever seen or heard anyone do. 

He spoke into the intercom and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I thought you might be interested in one bit of information. The elderly gentleman who was taken off the plane was a U. S. Marine in WWII. I am holding in my hand a copy of the Congressional Medal of Honor that was awarded to him and signed by President Harry Truman in 1945."  

The pilot went on to say, "I realize that we have all been inconvenienced today. However, in light of the fact that this gentleman was a war hero, and was inconvenienced for four years of his life in order that we might experience the freedoms that we enjoy today, I thought you all should know that." 

Immediately the airplane was filled with applause. Everyone was cheering and so pleased to know that the gentleman had been cared for in a way that was fitting and appropriate.

As we continued to fly, I thought to myself, "Isn't that interesting? We were concerned that we were inconvenienced for a couple of hours and yet, this gentleman's entire life was interrupted and inconvenienced for over four years while he went and fought in a war to protect the freedoms and values that we love and hold dear in this country today." 

I breathed a prayer for the gentleman and asked God to bless him for all he had done to help us understand what freedom is all about.

"History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thanks to Chuck
The great global warming scam is coming to an end.
Thanks for the newsy update. Trump sees a challenge, goes after it tenaciously, and WINS!!! He doesn't let what the leftist domestic enemies deter him! I sure do hope we win congress back!
On 10/01/2018 07:58 AM, Howard Pritz wrote:
Canada, U.S. confirm new deal with Mexico updating NAFTA
By Megan HenneyKen MartinPublished September 29, 2018
The United States and Canada confirmed Sunday they had reached a deal on a "new, modernized trade agreement," which is designed to replace the 1994 NAFTA pact.
In a joint statement the two nations said the new deal would be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said following a cabinet meeting, "It's a good day for Canada"
Trudeau plans to address the media on the deal on Monday.
The agreements reportedly boost U.S. access to Canada's dairy market and protect Canada from possible U.S. autos tariffs.
President Trump's administration has said Canada must sign on to the text of the updated NAFTA by a midnight Sunday deadline or face exclusion from the pact. Washington has already reached a bilateral deal with Mexico, the third NAFTA member.
Trump's new strategy 'is working,' Afghan leader says
Despite seventeen years of war with no apparent victory in sight for the U.S-led effort, the chief executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, insists that the Trump administration's renewed approach to the stalemate conflict "is working."
"Imagine a situation without that commitment. Things would be very different. It is working," he told Fox News in an exclusive interview during last week's United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. "They announced a strategy and mobilized other countries and partners in NATO. They doubled the size of our Afghan Commandos, they've supported our Air Force -- which is important in the way of Medevacs transporting the injured. These things are going to take time, but it is working."
Most significantly, Abdullah said, is the Trump team's "conditions-based" procedure rather than the Obama administration's "time-based" plan, which entailed a 2014 draw down and has been widely condemned to have enabled the Taliban to simply regroup and wait.
Isn't it nice we finally have a real businessman calling the shots that actually has "balls" and has a 'strategery' and focus. I'll forgive him his tweets if that's all he's doing that I can find fault with...even though I'm beginning to think he only does it to stir up the loony libs. 
Item Number:3 Date: 10/01/2018 CHINA - BEIJING CALLS OFF PLANNED TALKS WITH MATTIS (OCT 01/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- The Chinese government has canceled an annual high-level security meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, reports the New York Times.   Beijing said a senior Chinese military officer would not be available to meet Mattis for the mid-October meeting, said U.S. officials on Sunday.   The decision is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat actions as relations deteriorate.   The Trump administration last week imposed sanctions on a Chinese state organization for its role in the purchase of weapons from Russia and announced the sale of US$330 million in military equipment to Taiwan, in addition to ongoing trade disputes.   China has also been irritated by U.S. military activities in the South China Sea, including B-52 bomber flights late last month
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/01/2018 GERMANY - POLICE ARREST 6 ALLEGED FAR-RIGHT TERRORISTS (OCT 01/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- German police have arrested six men charged with creating a far-right terrorist group and planning attacks on migrants in eastern Germany, reports Deutsche Welle.   Around 100 officers raided several properties in Saxony and Bavaria early Monday morning as part of an investigation into the "Revolution Chemnitz" group.   The six arrested men, between the ages of 20 and 30, are suspected of forming a terrorist organization under the leadership of a 31-year-old man who was arrested last month.   The men planned to attack "foreigners" and people who did not share their political views, said Germany's state prosecutor.   The group attempted to obtain semi-automatic weapons and on Sept. 14, made a coordinated attack on foreigners in Chemnitz using glass bottles, weighted knuckle gloves and an electroshock weapon. One man was injured in the attack.   Investigators called it a "practice run" for a larger attack planned for Oct. 3
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/01/2018 IRAN - IRGC LAUNCHES MISSILES AGAINST MILITANTS IN SYRIA (OCT 01/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has fired ballistic missiles against militants allegedly involved in the Sept. 22 attack on a military parade in Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, reports CNN.   Six missiles were fired from Kermanshah and hit targets in the Al Bukamal district in eastern Syria, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency, citing an IRGC statement.   Seven military drones also fired missiles at targets in the area, the statement said.   The attacks hit the headquarters of "takfiri terrorists," or Sunni extremists, according to the IRGC. Al Bukamal is one of the last Islamic State strongholds in the region.   The IRGC said that "many terrorists" were killed or injured in the strike and infrastructure and ammunition stockpiles were destroyed, reported BBC News.   A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS confirmed the strike and said that no coalition forces "were in danger."  
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/01/2018 USA - MARINE F-35B GOES DOWN IN S.C. (OCT 01/BEAUGAZ)  BEAUFORT GAZETTE -- A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jet has crashed in South Carolina, reports the Beaufort Gazette (S.C.).   The jet went down outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on Friday during a training flight. The pilot ejected safely, said local police.   This was the first known crash of an F-35 during a training or operational flight, said the Pentagon, as cited by the Stars and Stripes.   MCAS Beaufort has been dealing with a number of problems with its F-35s, including a shortage of spare parts and software issues, Defense News reported earlier this year.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/01/2018 USA - NAVY AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR 10 DESTROYERS TO 2 SHIPYARDS (OCT 01/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts to Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to build a total of 10 Arleigh Burke Flight III-class destroyers, reports USNI News.   The combined $9 billion procurement covers orders from fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022, said a release from the Naval Sea Systems Command. The two shipbuilders have been competing for work under a five-year multi-year procurement deal.   Huntington Ingalls received a $5.1 billion deal that covers two ships in fiscal 2018, and one ship annually from fiscal 2019 to 2022.   Bath Iron Works was awarded a $3.9 billion contract for one ship per fiscal year from 2019 to 2022.   There are additional options for up to five more destroyers, Navy officials said.

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