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This day in Naval History
1863—Confederate ship David severely damages ironclad steamer New Ironsides with a spar torpedo off Charleston, SC. Though not sunk, she has to leave the blockade for repairs at Philadelphia, PA.
1918—USS Mary Alice (SP 397) is sunk in a collision with USS O 13 (SS 74) in Long Island Sound. There are no casualties.
1940—The Organized Naval Reserve is placed on short notice for call to active duty by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.
1942—PBY aircraft (Commander Aircraft South Pacific) sink Japanese submarine 1-22 near Indispensable Strait, Solomon Islands. Also on this date, PBY aircraft (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.
1884—The Naval War College is established at Newport, RI, when Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler signs General Order 325.
1943—During the Battle of Vella Lavella, USS O'Bannon (DD 450), USS Chevalier (DD 451), and USS Selfridge (DD 357) intercept nine Japanese destroyers enroute to Rabaul after evacuating their garrison on Vella Lavella Island. The Japanese escape northbound but the destroyer Yugumo is sunk. All of the U.S. destroyers suffer damage, with Chevalier being scuttled by USS LaVallette (DD 488) after being hit earlier by Yugumo.
1944—USS Whale (SS 239) sinks the Japanese merchant tanker Akane Maru while under the escort of Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No. 21 west of Balintang Channel, Philippines. USS Seahorse (SS 304) then sinks Coast Defense Vessel No.21 as the ship is rescuing survivors from Akane Maru, 140 miles northwest of Cape Bojeador, Luzon.
1958—USS Seawolf (SSN 575) completes a record submerged run of 60 days, logging more than 13,700 nautical miles.
1962—USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25), the first nuclear-powered frigate, is commissioned. In 1964, she is part of Operation Sea Orbit, the first nuclear-powered task group to go on a world cruise without refueling.
1997—NASA astronaut Cmdr. Wendy B. Lawrence returns from mission STS-86 Atlantis, the seventh mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. The mission began Sept. 25, 1997.
1864—USS Wachusett rams the Confederate raider CSS Florida in the harbor of Bahia, Brazil. The collision brings down Florida's mast, then Wachusett opens fire. After Florida's surrender, both vessels are fired upon by Brazilian coastal forts as Wachusett tows her prize out to sea.
1924—The rigid airship Shenandoah (ZR 1), commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne, begins a roundtrip transcontinental cruise from NAS Lakehurst, NJ. The airship returns 25 Oct. having covered 9,317 miles in 258 hours of flight.
1944—USS Hawkbill (SS 366) and USS Baya (SS 318) attack a Japanese convoy and sink the Japanese cargo ship Kinugasa Maru about 400 miles west of Manila, while USS Cabrilla (SS 288) sinks Japanese transport No.8 Shin'yo Maru off Vigan, Luzon.
1944—USS Greenling (SS 213) sinks the Japanese transport No 8 Kiri Maru and the merchant tanker Kotai Maru.
1955—USS X-1, the U.S. Navy's only midget submarine, is placed into service and conducts numerous scientific tests for the Naval Research Laboratory.
1975—President Gerald Ford signs a law allowing admission of women into service academies (Public Law 94-106).
1985—Palestinian terrorists hijack Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. On 10 Oct. four of the terrorists attempted to escape aboard an Egypt Air Boeing 737 airliner, but F‑14As from VF-74 and VF -103 are launched from USS Saratoga (CV 60) and intercepted the aircraft over international waters directing it to NAS Sigonella, Sicily.
2001—Operation Enduring Freedom begins with carrier air strikes and ship and submarine Tomahawk strikes in Afghanistan. USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carl Vinson (CVN 70) spearhead the first coalition strikes against al-Qaeda terrorists and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
2017—The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) is commissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, is the 14th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy's operational fleet.
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.
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We Are Living
September 25, 2018 6:30 AM
eorge Orwell's 1949 dystopian novel is no longer fiction. We are living it right now.
Google techies planned to massage Internet searches to emphasize correct thinking. A member of the so-called deep state, in an anonymous op-ed, brags that its "resistance" is undermining an elected president. The FBI, CIA, DOJ, and NSC were all weaponized in 2016 to ensure that the proper president would be elected — the choice adjudicated by properly progressive ideology. Wearing a wire is now redefined as simply flipping on an iPhone and recording your boss, boy- or girl-friend, or co-workers.
But never has the reality that we are living in a surreal age been clearer than during the strange cycles of Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In Orwell's world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Instead, regimented ideology — the supremacy of state power to control all aspects of one's life to enforce a fossilized idea of mandated quality — warps everything from the use of language to private life.
Senator Diane Feinstein and the other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had long sought to destroy the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. Much of their paradoxical furor over his nomination arises from the boomeranging of their own past political blunders, such as when Democrats ended the filibuster on judicial nominations, in 2013. They also canonized the so-called 1992 Biden Rule, which holds that the Senate should not consider confirming the Supreme Court nomination of a lame-duck president (e.g., George H. W. Bush) in an election year.
Rejecting Kavanaugh proved a hard task given that he had a long record of judicial opinions and writings — and there was nothing much in them that would indicate anything but a sharp mind, much less any ideological, racial, or sexual intolerance. His personal life was impeccable, his family admirable.
Kavanaugh was no combative Robert Bork, but congenial, and he patiently answered all the questions asked of him, despite constant demonstrations and pre-planned street-theater interruptions from the Senate gallery and often obnoxious grandstanding by "I am Spartacus" Democratic senators.
So Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed unless a bombshell revelation derailed the vote. And so we got a bombshell.
Weeks earlier, Senator Diane Feinstein had received a written allegation against Kavanaugh of sexual battery by an accuser who wished to remain anonymous. Feinstein sat on it for nearly two months, probably because she thought the charges were either spurious or unprovable. Until a few days ago, she mysteriously refused to release the , and she has said she does not know whether the very accusations that she purveyed are believable. Was she reluctant to memorialize the accusations by formally submitting them to the Senate Judiciary Committee, because doing so makes Ford subject to possible criminal liability if the charges prove demonstrably untrue?
The gambit was clearly to use the charges as a last-chance effort to stop the nomination — but only if Kavanaugh survived the cross examinations during the confirmation hearing. Then, , Feinstein finally referenced the charge, hoping to keep it anonymous, but, at the same time, to hint of its serious nature and thereby to force a delay in the confirmation. Think something McCarthesque, like "I have here in my hand the name . . ."
Delay would mean that the confirmation vote could be put off until after the midterm election, and a few jeopardized Democratic senators in Trump states would not have to go on record voting no on Kavanaugh. Or the insidious innuendos, rumor, and gossip about Kavanaugh would help to bleed him to death by a thousand leaks and, by association, tank Republican chances at retaining the House. (Republicans may or may not lose the House over the confirmation circus, but they most surely will lose their base and, with it, the Congress if they do not confirm Kavanaugh.)
Feinstein's anonymous trick did not work. So pressure mounted to reveal or leak Ford's identity and thereby force an Anita-Hill–like inquest that might at least show old white men Republican senators as insensitive to a vulnerable and victimized woman.
The problem, of course, was that, under traditional notions of jurisprudence, Ford's allegations simply were not provable. But America soon discovered that civic and government norms no longer follow the Western legal tradition. In Orwellian terms, Kavanaugh was now at the mercy of the state. He was tagged with sexual battery at first by an anonymous accuser, and then upon revelation of her identity, by a left-wing, political activist psychology professor and her more left-wing, more politically active lawyer.
It does not exist. An incident 36 years ago apparently is as fresh today as it was when Kavanaugh was 17 and Ford 15.
Not at all. Kavanaugh is accused and thereby guilty. The accuser faces no doubt. In Orwellian America, the accused must first present his defense, even though he does not quite know what he is being charged with. Then the accuser and her legal team pour over his testimony to prepare her accusation.
That too is a fossilized concept. Ford could name neither the location of the alleged assault nor the date or time. She had no idea how she arrived or left the scene of the alleged crime. There is no physical evidence of an attack. And such lacunae in her memory mattered no longer at all.
Again, such notions are counterrevolutionary. Ford said to her therapist 6 years ago (30 years after the alleged incident) that there were four would-be attackers, at least as recorded in the therapist's notes.
But now she has claimed that there were only two assaulters: Kavanaugh and a friend. In truth, all four people — now including a female — named in her accusations as either assaulters or witnesses have insisted that they have no knowledge of the event, much less of wrongdoing wherever and whenever Ford claims the act took place. That they deny knowledge is at times used as proof by Ford's lawyers that the event 36 years was traumatic.
An incident at 15 is so seared into her lifelong memory that at 52 Ford has no memory of any of the events or details surrounding that unnamed day, except that she is positive that 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, along with four? three? two? others, was harassing her. She has no idea where or when she was assaulted but still assures that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were drunk, but that she and the others (?) merely had only the proverbial teenage "one beer." Most people are more likely to know where they were at a party than the exact number of alcoholic beverages they consumed — but not so much about either after 36 years.
No longer relevant. It doesn't matter that Kavanaugh and the other alleged suspect both deny the allegations and have no memory of being in the same locale with Ford 36 years ago. In sum, all the supposed partiers, both male and female, now swear, under penalty of felony, that they have no memory of any of the incidents that Ford claims occurred so long ago. That Ford cannot produce a single witness to confirm her narrative or refute theirs is likewise of no concern. So far, she has singularly not submitted a formal affidavit or given a deposition that would be subject to legal exposure if untrue.
Again, the ideological trumps the empirical. "All women must be believed" is the testament, and individuals bow to the collective. Except, as in Orwell's there are ideological exceptions — such as Bill Clinton, Keith Ellison, Sherrod Brown, and Joe Biden. The slogan of Ford's psychodrama is "All women must be believed, but some women are more believable than others." That an assertion becomes fact due to the prevailing ideology and gender of the accuser marks the destruction of our entire system of justice.
They too do not exist. In the American version of , the accuser, a.k.a. the more ideologically correct party, dictates to authorities the circumstances under which she will be investigated and cross-examined: She will demand all sorts of special considerations of privacy and exemptions; Kavanaugh will be forced to return and face cameras and the public to prove that he was not then, and has never been since, a sexual assaulter.
In our 1984 world, the accused is considered guilty if merely charged, and the accuser is a victim who can ruin a life but must not under any circumstance be made uncomfortable in proving her charges.
Doublespeak abounds. "Victim" solely refers to the accuser, not the accused, who one day was Brett Kavanaugh, a brilliant jurist and model citizen, and the next morning woke up transformed into some sort of Kafkaesque cockroach. The media and political operatives went in a nanosecond from charging that she was groped and "assaulted" to the claim that she was "raped."
In our 1984, the phrase "must be believed" is doublespeak for "must never face cross-examination."
Ford should be believed or not believed on the basis of , not her position, gender, or politics. I certainly did not believe Joe Biden, simply because he was a U.S. senator, when, as Neal Kinnock's doppelganger, he claimed that he came from a long line of coal miners — any more than I believed that Senator Corey Booker really had a gang-banger Socratic confidant named "T-Bone," or that would-be senator Richard Blumenthal was an anguished Vietnam combat vet or that Senator Elizabeth Warren was a Native American. (Do we need a 25th Amendment for unhinged senators?) Wanting to believe something from someone who is ideologically correct does not translate into confirmation of truth.
Ford supposedly in her originally anonymous accusation had insisted that she had sought "medical treatment" for her assault. The natural assumption is that such a term would mean that, soon after the attack, the victim sought a doctor's or emergency room's help to address either her physical or mental injuries — records might therefore be a powerful refutation of Kavanaugh's denials.
But "medical treatment" now means that 30 years the alleged assault, Ford sought counseling for some sort of "relationship" or "companion" therapy, or what might legitimately be termed "marriage counseling." And in the course of her discussions with her therapist about her marriage, she first spoke of her alleged assault three decades earlier. She did not then name Kavanaugh to her therapist, whose notes are at odds with Ford's current version.
Then we come to Orwell's idea of "memory holes," or mechanisms to wipe clean inconvenient facts that disrupt official ideological narratives. Shortly after Ford was named, suddenly her prior well-publicized and self-referential social-media revelations vanished, as if she'd never held her minor-league but confident pro-Sanders, anti-Trump opinions. And much of her media and social-media accounts were erased as well.
Similarly, one moment the — just coming off an embarrassing lie in reporting that U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley had ordered new $50,000 office drapes on the government dime — reported that Kavanaugh's alleged accomplice, Mark Judge, had confirmed Ford's allegation. Indeed, in a sensational scoop, according to the , Judge told the Judiciary Committee that he remember the episode and has nothing more to say. In fact, Judge told the committee the very opposite: that he does remember the episode. Forty minutes later, the Times embarrassing narrative vanished down the memory hole.
The online versions of some of the yearbooks of Ford's high school from the early 1980s vanished as well. At times, they had seemed to take a perverse pride in the reputation of the all-girls school for underage drinking, carousing, and, on rarer occasions, "passing out" at parties. Such activities were supposed to be the monopoly and condemnatory landscape of the "frat boy" and spoiled-white-kid Kavanaugh — and certainly not the environment in which the noble Ford navigated. Seventeen-year-old Kavanaugh was to play the role of a falling-down drunk; Ford, with impressive powers of memory of an event 36 years past, assures us that as a circumspect 15-year-old, she had only "one beer."
A former teenage friend of Ford's sent out a flurry of social-media postings, allegedly confirming that Ford's ordeal was well known to her friends in 1982 and so her assault narrative must therefore be confirmed. Then, when challenged on some of her incoherent details (schools are not in session during summertime, and Ford is on record as not telling anyone of the incident for 30 years), she mysteriously claimed that she no longer could stand by her earlier assertions, which likewise soon vanished from her social-media account. Apparently, she had assumed that in 2018 Oceania ideologically correct citizens merely needed to lodge an accusation and it would be believed, without any obligation on her part to substantiate her charges.
When a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, followed Ford seven days later to allege another sexual incident with the teenage Kavanaugh, at Yale 35 years ago, it was no surprise that she followed the now normal Orwellian boilerplate: None of those whom she named as witnesses could either confirm her charges or even remember the alleged event. She had altered her narrative after consultations with lawyers and handlers. She too confesses to underage drinking during the alleged event. She too is currently a social and progressive political activist. The only difference from Ford's narrative is that Ramirez's accusation was deemed not credible enough to be reported even by the , which recently retracted false stories about witness Mark Judge in the Ford case, and which falsely reported that U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley had charged the government for $50,000 office drapes.
As in , "truths" in these sorts of allegations do not exist unless they align with the larger "Truth" of the progressive project. In our case, the overarching Truth mandates that, in a supposedly misogynist society, women must always be believed in all their accusations and should be exempt from all counter-examinations.
Little "truths" — such as the right of the accused, the need to produce evidence, insistence on cross-examination, and due process — are counterrevolutionary constructs and the refuge of reactionary hold-outs who are enemies of the people. Or in the words of Hawaii senator Mazie Hirono:
Guess who's perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It's the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men in this country, "Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change."
The 's Joy Behar was more honest about the larger Truth: "These white men, old by the way, are not protecting women," Behar exclaimed. "They're protecting a man who is probably guilty." We thank Behar for the concession "probably."
According to some polls, about half the country believes that Brett Kavanaugh is now guilty of a crime committed 36 years ago at the age of 17. And that reality reminds us that we are no longer in America. We are already living well into the socialist totalitarian Hell that Orwell warned us about long ago.
Thanks to Red …and Dr. Rich
Air Arabia Pilot's Insane Takeoff Mistake
It always amazes me how safe air travel is. For every serious incident there are a countless number of incidents where something almost goes very wrong. This is one of those incidents, and it's sort of unbelievable.
The Aviation Herald has the story of what happened to an Air Arabia flight that was departing Sharjah on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
The flight, Air Arabia 111, was scheduled to fly from Sharjah to Salalah using an Airbus A320. Note that Air Arabia is based in Sharjah, so generally you'd expect pilots to be most familiar with operating procedures at their home airport (they should of course know how to operate at any airport based on reading charts and NOTAMs, but my point is that they should have a special familiarity).
Sharjah Airport has a runway that's over 13,000 feet long, which is really long, and could accommodate any plane. So it's not unusual for an airplane to perform an intersection takeoff. The plane was supposed to depart from runway 30 at the intersection with taxiway B14.
This intersection is located about 3,350 feet from the end of the runway, meaning the plane would still have about 10,000 feet to take-off, which is more than enough.
However, instead the plane took off in the opposite direction, where it only had about 3,350 feet of runway left. The crew managed to become airborne in time and avoid obstacles, and the flight continued as scheduled to Salalah.
A day after the incident, Air Arabia banned intersection takeoffs, and both pilots have been suspended pending an investigation.
Did neither pilot visually notice that they only had a few thousand feet of runway?
Did neither pilot look at the compass heading or any of the other visual clues to make sure they were taking off in the right direction?
Did neither pilot realize their mistake when they started their takeoff roll, and make the decision to abort the takeoff?
So, how much runway does an A320 need? It depends on all kinds of factors, including the winds, temperature, takeoff weight, how much power is used for takeoff, and more. However, the general estimates I've seen range anywhere from 3,500 feet to 6,500 feet, with the 3,500 number being on the very low end for an empty flight.
I assume this flight wasn't anywhere close to its maximum takeoff weight, or I think this may have ended differently.
(Featured image courtesy of Konstantin von Wedelstaedt)
Item Number:5 Date: 10/05/2018 NIGERIA - MORE THAN 30 KILLED IN ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN PLATEAU STATE (OCT 05/VANGUARD) VANGUARD -- At least 33 people have been killed in the latest communal violence in Nigeria's central Plateau state, reports the Vanguard (Lagos). On Tuesday, 14 people were killed in the village of Jol in the Riyom local government area. The attack was apparently in response to the killing of three cows on Sept. 19, reported the Premium Times (Abuja). A herder and five cows were then killed in an ambush on Sept. 29, an army spokesman said. Then, on Oct. 2, a young boy from a herding community was shot in the hand. An attack on Berom, a predominately farming community, killed 13 the same day. On Wednesday night, at least 19 people were killed in an assault in the village of Ariri in the Bassa local government area. Women, children and farmers were shot to death in their sleep, locals said. Security forces arrested 72 people following the attacks. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the army chief of staff, blamed elders and elites for the violence in the state. Tensions have risen this year between herders -- many of them from the Fulani community -- and farmers. More than 1,500 people have been killed this year in fighting, which is often sparked after animals graze on farmland, according to the International Crisis Group
Item Number:10 Date: 10/05/2018 TUNISIA - SOLDIER DIES IN LAND MINE BLAST IN KASSERINE PROVINCE (OCT 05/XIN) XINHUA -- A soldier has been killed and two injured in an explosion in western Tunisia, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency. On Wednesday, a military unit hit a land mine while conducting a routine counterterrorism patrol in Kasserine province, said the defense ministry. Armed extremist groups have been active in the mountainous northwestern region since the Tunisian revolution in 2011. Militants routinely launch attacks against security forces and civilians.
Item Number:16 Date: 10/05/2018 USA - WHITE HOUSE UNVEILS NEW COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGY (OCT 05/CBS) CBS NEWS -- The White House has approved a new counterterrorism strategy, reports CBS News. The new strategy focuses on isolating terrorist groups by cutting out bases of support and countering extreme ideologies, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday during a White House press conference. The new strategy emphasizes the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and border security, said Bolton. This is the first counterterrorism strategy since the Obama administration's in 2011 and represents a significant departure in its "conceptual framework," he said. White House officials claimed it was more comprehensive than previous approaches and said it focused more on ideologically-inspired attacks, including new ways to combat them, reported the Stars and Stripes. President Trump's strategy recognizes that America is under attack from a "radical Islamic threat," argued Bolton. The strategy will not necessarily increase funding but will direct spending priorities. In a notable shift from the 2011 strategy, the new plan forgoes discussing climate change as a cause of terrorism.