Monday, October 8, 2018

Fw: TheList 4829

The List 4829     TGB
To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 8
1812—During the War of 1812, a boat party under Lt. Jesse D. Elliott captures HMS Detroit and Caledonia at Fort Erie in a night attack. Detroit is burned and Caledonia is purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1813 and placed in commission as USS Caledonia.
1842—Commodore Lawrence Kearny, commanding the East Indian Squadron, sends a letter to the Viceroy of China urging American merchants in China be granted the same treaty privileges as the British. As a result of his letter, Chinese ports are opened to American ships. These agreements re-formalized by Caleb Cushing in the Treaty of Wangxia in 1844.
1912—The Navy first defines physical requirements for prospective naval aviators in Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Circular Letter 125221. Standards concern equilibrium, hearing, vision, and organs of the circulatory and respiratory systems.
1915—Light cruiser Chester (CL 1) transports British, French, and Russian refugees to Alexandria in Egypt from Jaffa, Israel.
1943—USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Kashu Maru north-northwest of the Admiralty Islands while USS Gurnard (SS 254) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Taian Maru and transport ship Dainichi Maru off the northern tip of Luzon.
1955—The sixth USS Saratoga (CV 60) is launched.
1960—The third USS Constellation (CVA 64) is launched. In 1975, she is reclassified as a multi-purpose aircraft carrier and receives the designation (CV 64). In 2003, Constellation is decommissioned. 
1990—Two Marine UH‑1N Iroquois disappear with eight men during routine night training operations from the amphibious assault ship USS Okinawa (LPH 3) in the Gulf of Oman.
Today in History October 8
Charles the Bald is defeated at the Battle of Andernach.
Belgrade is retaken by the Turks.
King William I of Holland abdicates.
Arrow, a ship flying the British flag, is boarded by Chinese who arrest the crew, thus beginning the Second Chinese War.
The Union is victorious at the Battle of Perryville, the largest Civil War combat to take place in Kentucky.
The Great Chicago Fire begins in southwest Chicago, possibly in a barn owned by Patrick and Katherine O'Leary. Fanned by strong southwesterly winds, the flames raged for more than 24 hours, eventually leveling three and a half square miles and wiping out one-third of the city. Approximately 250 people were killed in the fire; 98,500 people were left homeless; 17,450 buildings were destroyed.
Journalist Charles Henry Dow, founder of the Wall Street Journal, begins charting trends of stocks and bonds.
Maximilian Harden is sentenced to six months in prison for publishing an article critical of the German Kaiser.
Karl Ludwig Nessler first demonstrates a machine in London that puts permenant waves in hair. The client wears a dozen brass curlers, each wearing two pounds, for the six-hour process.
First Balkan War begins as Montenegro declares war against the Ottoman Empire.
US Army corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132 in the Argonne Forest; promoted to sergeant and awarded US Medal of Honor and French Croix de Guerre.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives pass the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Bill.
First live radio broadcast of a football game; Harold W. Arlin was the announcer when KDKA of Pittsburgh broadcast live from Forbes Field as the University of Pittsburgh beat West Virginia University 21–13.
Lilian Gatlin becomes the first woman pilot to fly across the United States.
Indian Air Force established.
Nazi Germany annexes Western Poland.
Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitches the first perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Guerrilla Che Guevara captured in Bolivia.
U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation SEALORDS (South East Asia Lake, Ocean, River and Delta Strategy), an attack on communist supply lines and base areas in and around the Mekong Delta.
The "Days of Rage" begin in Chicago; the Weathermen faction of the Students for a Democratic Society initiate 3 days of violent antiwar protests.
In the Yom Kippur War an Israeli armored brigade makes an unsuccessful attack on Egyptian positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal.
Ken Warby of Australia sets the world water speed record, 317.60 mph, at Blowering Dam in Australia; no other human has yet (2013) exceeded 300 mph on water and survived.
The musical Cats begins a run of nearly 18 years on Broadway.
Croatia votes to sever its ties with Yugoslavia.
US President George W. Bush establishes the Office of Homeland Security.
Thanks to Mud…..If you did not listen to it here it is, both video and in print.
Sen. Susan Collins' speech from Friday
    A good friend sent this, and I thoroughly agree with him.
    I heard the speech and thought it was brilliant.  It never ceases to amaze me how over the years the strict constriction of the Constitution has been chipped away through liberal interpretation.  It has often been said that judges don't make law; they interpret it, but that's certainly wrong.  Thank God for people with courage like Kavanaugh and Susan Collins.  We don't have many of those around anymore.
S/F & v/r,
- Bayard
I've spent part of the day reading Sen. Susan Collins' speech from Friday in which she reviews her considerations of advice and consent of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a Justice of the Supreme Court.
I still can hear my constitutional law professor explain each of the pivotal cases that Have become the touchstones of law and precedent in our country and how those cases illuminated the brilliance Of our founding fathers in drafting the document that we have agreed with each other will guide us in the present and In the future.
And perhaps, because of that, maybe I am a Constitution nerd, certainly no scholar.  No lawyer cannot be.
When I read, however, what Ms. Collins has said about this nomination process, I am inspired that she, among others, deserves whole-heartedly to serve the good people of Maine and our country at large.  She has been diligent, even scholarly, And thorough in her considerations, and always bearing in mind the best of our legal traditions, and Congressional obligations and comity.
I urge you to be inspired, as I have been, by reading her speech.
See here:
And if you are lucky enough to be represented by Sen. Collins (Ed, I'm looking at you!), congratulations.  And please do the rest of the country, and yourselves, a favor and work keep her in the Senate.  She has certainly proved to be one of its most powerful pillars.
A bit of Naval History
Because only Naval Aviation would be interested...
Thanks Darth and Rich
This post won't make a lot of sense to anyone who hasn't been a Naval Aviator or Aircrew Chief, but I figure it's better than bitching about NASA being killed, or the current globull warming I've been shovelling, or the BS PU shoveled the other night…
Without further ado, a bit of history…Naval Aviation officially began 08 May 1911 with the first order of a "Flying Machine" from the Wright Brothers. This purchase also included aeronautical training of Naval personnel who would become the first Naval Flying Instructors who would be the founders in spearheading Naval Aviation as we know it today.
To train these future Naval Aeronautical Aviators in the Wright Brother's flying machine, Rockwell Field (the first Army airfield in the United States, located on the north island of the island chain in San Diego), was selected and jointly shared with the Navy as the most suitable airfield site. In October 1935, Rockwell Field was transferred to the Navy by presidential executive order of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The last Army units departed in 1939. Later, the Army Corps of Engineers was commissioned to dredge the channel and fill the low areas, leveling the island chain, thus the name "North Island" emerged as Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California.
Six commissioned officers were selected from the surface fleet as the first student Naval Aviation Aviator Trainees to be trained by these Naval Flight Instructors.
These pioneer Aviator Trainees coming from the surface fleet wore uniform low quarter, square toed, black rough out leather shoes which served best on the coal burning ships commonly consumed by soot from the ships stacks.
Arriving for duty at the North Island Air Field for training flights, the six students experienced a foreign environment of dust on the soft surface air field. They found themselves being constantly required to remove the dust from their black shoes which was irritating causing them to look for alternatives to this nuisance.
In the midst of their training while often times funding their own petrol expenses, the six discussed alternatives to their problem deciding that brown shoes might serve best to solve their problem with seniors who were putting what they felt 
was too much into uniform appearance. With that, all six decided that brown high top shoes with brown leggings was their solution. On a Saturday morning, the six located a cobbler shop on 32nd Street in San Diego, California whom they commissioned to produce same at a time and price they could live with.
Upon taking custody of their prize a short time later, the test of practical use of their new Brown Shoes and acceptance from their senior cadre members became a function of time.
Within a few days, the practicality of the Shoes of Brown proved to be an acceptable solution to the student Aviators.. The six then met to discuss how to bring about change of the uniform regulation to include the Brown Shoes and high top leggings as distinctive part of the aviators permanent uniform.
With some discussion on how to approach their proposal, they concluded that a petition to bring about change for a distinctive aviators uniform would best serve their plight.
A few days later, they met to compose a petition which would later be approved and endorsed by their seniors and forwarded to the Navy Bureau for consideration.
On 13 November 1913, the Navy Bureau signed approval to the uniform regulations to include The Shoes of Brown with Brown high top leggings as part of the permanent uniform for Naval Aerial Aviators.
This change carried itself through World War II to 1944 while logistically; the brown shoes were not in production due to priority war efforts. However, in stock supply would be issued and the wearing of same was still authorized. At the end of the war in 1945, production of brown shoes was again continued and issued until July 1976.
Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., USN, was a two term CNO from 01 Jul 1970 to 01 Jul 1974. An Admiral from the Surface Navy (Black Shoe) had a desire for significant change within the Navy and its policies. With that, one of his initiatives was to end an era of Naval Aviation with the removal of the Brown Shoes from the Navy.
With the stage set, at 0000, 01 July 1976, the CNO, by instruction to Naval Uniform Department of NMPC, ended an era in tradition of Naval Aviation distinction and pride. "A Naval Aviation tradition came to an end when Brown Shoes were stricken from the Officer's and Chiefs uniforms. The tradition distinguished the Brown Shoe Navy of the Aviators from the Black Shoes of the Surface Officers."
Note- Most people just put them in the closet in hopes they would be back when someone at the top got some 'sense'…
The following is a letter from LCDR William L. Estes, USN (Ret.) to Pat Francis detailing his odyssey to make the higher ups 'see the light'…
In September 1979, I was assigned to TRARON Ten as a T-2B/C Buckeye flight instructor (The Dirty 100) at MAS Pensacola, Florida. With my keen interest in history, I began initiatives to resurrect The Shoes of Brown as part of the permanent uniform for Naval Aviation in the same spirit as those in lead who first set the initiative. With several cross country flights to the Naval Archives at NMPC in Washington DC, I researched for the original aviators petition in an effort to author, in kind, the same which would be reborn at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, the Cradle of Naval Aviation. Receptive and in support of the Brown Shoes initiatives, Captain Jude J. Lahr, USN, Commodore, Training Air Wing 6, gave the "Thumbs Up with a Sierra Hotel" for same. With that, I drafted a petition which was headed by and reads:
"RESURRECTION OF THE BROWN SHOES – WHEREAS, In the course of history of Naval Aviation, the "SHOES OF BROWN", first adopted in November 1913, have held a position of revered, cherished esteem in the hearts of all those associated with Naval Air, second only to the "WINGS OF GOLD", and WHEREAS, in the course of human events it becomes necessary to recognize an overwhelming desire to return the esprit of heritage amongst the cadre of AIRDALES, now – THEREFORE, let the feelings be known that we the undersigned, all duly designated NAVAL AVIATORS, NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICERS, FLIGHT SURGEONS and FLIGHT PHYSIOLOGIST, do hereby affix our signatures and designators to this petition calling for the immediate change to the Naval Uniform Regulations which would allow the "SHOES OF BROWN" to once again take their rightful position below the "WINGS OF GOLD."
The first and most fitting to sign was Captain Jude J. Lahr, USN followed by senior CNET cadre members to include Captain Robert L. Rasmussen, USN, parent Commanding Officers (NASP, NASC, NAMI, NAMRL) and other command seniors, 
mid-grades and juniors alike and was unanimously received and signed as presented.
Numerous requests from commands throughout the United States, foreign ashore activities and carriers on the line requested the petition be sent them for signing via telephone, message and post mail.
Upon completion of my shore tour, I was then assigned to USS MIDWAY (CV-41). I continued initiatives with the Brown Shoes petition after receiving a "SH" approval from Commanding Officer, Captain Charles R. McGrail, Jr., USN. After an overwhelming receptive Carrier Air Wing 5 and ships company cadre, Captain McGrail later signed out the petition in Red with "forwarded Most Strongly Recommending Approval" to the CNO/NMPC on commands letterhead stationery with a personal note.
Following my 2.5 year Midway tour, I returned to Training Air Wing 6 as a T-2C Buckeye flight instructor with TRARON Ten. On the morning of 12 Sep 85, while airborne on a APM/Spin Hop with a student, I received a UHF radio call from the squadron duty officer (SDO) to "BUSTER" return to base with no explanation. On return to squadron spaces to meet with the SDO, the Skipper escorted me to his office where he moments later received a telephone call from SECNAV, The Honorable John 
F. Lehman, Jr. (a Tailhooker himself) who congratulated me as being the spearhead in Resurrecting the Brown Shoes back to the "AIRDALES" of U. S. Naval Aviation. SECNAV Lehman informed me that he was going to announce that month, the return of the Brown Shoes at the 1985 TAILHOOK Convention and that he wanted to personally authorize me to be The First to wear the "Coveted Shoes of Brown" before his announcement.
"When you fight with the spirit, the sword will follow…" 

I was one of the many proud aviators that donned brown shoes the following day (not that we had a heads up or anything)…
Rich Keane
Blue Angel Alumni 
Historian/ Director
Crew Chief #3 / #7 68-71
"OABAAB" Once A Blue Always A Blue
Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al         Columbus Day
     Some say we should celebrate an Italian-American who has actually done good in the world by petitioning to change Columbus Day to Guy Fieri Day.
     Others are extremely opposed to Columbus Day aside from the part about having the day off. 
     Some say there's nothing more American than complaining all day about not having Columbus Day off.
     Or some want to celebrate Columbus Day by walking into someone's house and telling them they live there now.
     Some replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day while department stores want you to replace your mattress today.
     Have you noticed that there aren't too many casinos putting up Columbus Day decorations.
     My brilliant idea in hopes of making all sides happy is to keep the holiday, but say it was named after the Home Alone and Harry Potter movie director.
So rather than pick on Columbus today, we will focus on Italians……
Submitted by Ed Denker:

     An 18 year old Italian girl tells her Mom, that she thinks she's pregnant. Very worried, the mother goes to the drugstore and buys a pregnancy kit.  The test result shows that the girl is pregnant.
     Shouting, cursing, crying, the mother says, "Who wassa dah piga thata do thisah to you? Ima wanna know!''
     The girl picks up the phone and makes a call.  
     Half an hour later, a Ferrari stops in front of their house.  A mature and distinguished man with gray hair, and impeccably dressed in an Armani suit, steps out of the Ferrari and enters the house. He sits in the living room with the father, mother, and the girl, and tells them, "Good morning.  Your daughter has informed me of the problem.  I can't marry her because of my personal family situation, but I'll take charge.  I will pay all costs and provide for your daughter for the rest of her life."
     "Additionally, if a girl is born, I will bequeath a Ferrari, two retail stores, a townhouse, a beach-front villa, and a $2,000,000 bank account."
   "If a boy is born, my legacy will be a factory and a $3,000,000 bank account.  If twins, they will each receive a factory and $4,000,000 each."
     "However, if there is a miscarriage, what do you suggest I do?"   
     At this point, the father, who had remained silent holding a shot gun, places a hand firmly on the man's shoulder, and tells him, "You gonna try again."

Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

Italian Pasta Diet -- it really works !! 
You walka pasta da bakery. 
You walka pasta da candy store. 
You walka pasta da Ice Cream shop. 
You walka pasta da table and fridge. 
You will lose weight!

     An old Italian Mafia don is dying and calls his grandson to his bed.  "Lissin-a me.  I wanna for you to taka my chrome plated 38 revolver so you always remember me."
     "But grandpa, I really don't lika guns. Howzabout you leava me your Rolex watch instead?"
     "Shuddup an'a lissin.  Somma day you gonna runna da business. You gonna have a beautifula wife, lotsa money, a bigga home and maybe a couple a bambinos.  Somma day you gonna comma home and maybe find your wife inna bed with another man. Whadda you gonna do then, pointa to you watch and say, 'Times up?'"

Submitted by Al Anderson:

What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other?
A speech impediment

Submitted by J.T. Strong:

A bomb fell on Italy. It slid off!
During the war an Italian girl saved my life. She hid me in her basement in Cleveland.
Why does the new Italian navy have glass bottom boats? To see the old Italian navy!

Submitted by Skip Leonard:

The Pope calls his mother right after being elected Pope. 
Pope: Hi mom, I've got some good news and some bad news. 
Mother: What's the good news? 
Pope: I've just been elected Pope. 
Mother: What's the bad news? 
Pope: I have to move into an Italian neighborhood.

Have a great Columbus Day and week,
A bit of history

October 7: The Feast of Our Lady of Victory

How the 1571 Battle of Lepanto saved Europe.

By Michael Novak
Detail of Battle of Lepanto 1571 (National Maritime Museum)
For those who know little history, today's battle with the Islamic State in the Middle East may seem new and unprecedented. It is not.
In a.d. 622, Mohammed set out from Medina to conquer the whole Christian world for Allah by force of arms. Within a hundred years, his successors had occupied and pillaged every Christian capital of the Middle East, from Antioch through North Africa (home of Saint Augustine) and Spain. All that remained outside Allah's reign was the northern arc from Southern France to Constantinople.

Item Number:1 Date: 10/08/2018 AFGHANISTAN - CIVILIAN IED CASUALTIES REACH RECORD LEVELS, SAYS REPORT (OCT 08/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- Civilian deaths by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have increased dramatically in Afghanistan, according to a new report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan cited by the Stars and Stripes.   Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, there were 93 IED attacks that targeted civilians, which led to 2,354 civilian casualties, including 676 deaths, according to the reported released on Sunday.   This is around twice the number of attacks recorded during the same period in 2017. Civilian casualties increased by more than two-thirds, says the study.   These IED attacks were responsible for about half of all conflict-related civilian casualties so far this year, an increase of 21 percent compared to 2017.   Civilian casualties from suicide IED attacks rose 46 percent.   A number of groups, including midwives, ethnic and religious minorities and students have been increasingly targeted by militants, according to the U.N. News
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/08/2018 CHINA - POLICE CONFIRM CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION, DETENTION OF INTERPOL CHIEF (OCT 08/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Chinese officials have confirmed that they detained the president of Interpol under suspicion of accepting bribes, reports the South China Morning Post.   In a statement on Monday, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said the investigation into Meng Hongwei would also pursue his associates.   The National Supervision Commission confirmed his detention on Sunday after his wife reported him missing on Oct. 4.   On Sunday, Interpol confirmed that it had received Meng's resignation, with immediate effect.   Meng, a deputy minister in the security ministry and a career Chinese official, assumed the presidency of Interpol in 2016.   The first Chinese citizen to hold the position, his term was set to expire in 2020.   Any decision to arrest Meng likely came from a high level, given his seniority, said the head of the SOAS China Institute in London.   The development undermines Chinese efforts to gain legitimacy through membership in international organizations, said analysts. Such bodies may now be concerned that Chinese officials cannot act independently.   The incident also indicates that Beijing considers its anti-corruption objectives as more important than the expected international response, experts said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/08/2018 CROATIA - AIR FORCE TO HOST NATO SPECIAL OPS TRAINING PROGRAM (OCT 08/NATO)  NATO PRESS RELEASE -- Croatia will host a new NATO special aviation training facility, reports the alliance.   On Oct. 4, defense ministers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia signed an agreement to establish a multinational special aviation program during a NATO meeting in Brussels.   Under the agreement, a new training facility will be headquartered at the 93rd Air Force Base in the Zadar district on the central coast of Croatia, reported Total Croatia News.   The program is designed to train multirole helicopter crews for special operations, including theoretical and multi-week flight training courses.   The training program will gradually expand over time to offer additional training opportunities, said a NATO release.   The training facility is scheduled to open by the end of 2019.   Separately, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos announced plans to establish a NATO aviation center in Kalamata on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula, reported the Sputnik news agency (Russia).  
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/08/2018 INDIA - S-400 DEAL FINALIZED DURING PUTIN'S VISIT (OCT 08/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The Indian government has formalized the purchase of five S-400 air defense systems from Russia, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   On Oct. 5, the $5 billion deal was inked on the sidelines of a meeting in New Delhi between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   An agreement was also signed to develop six nuclear power projects in India and work together on India's manned space mission, Putin said at a joint press conference.   The announcement comes amid increasing tensions with the U.S., which imposed sanctions against China last month over purchases of Russian weapons, including S-400 systems.   India is hoping to receive a sanctions waiver from the U.S., noted the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   New Delhi sees the S-400 as vital to its ability to counter potential Chinese incursions, experts said
  Item Number:11 Date: 10/08/2018 RUSSIA - OPEN-SOURCE INVESTIGATION REVEALS NAMES OF 300 GRU AGENTS (OCT 08/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- An open-source investigation has revealed the names of more than 300 agents working for Russia's primary military intelligence agency, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   The development followed a disclosure last week by Dutch and British authorities of four employees working for the Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, who attempted to infiltrate the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).   Open-source intelligence group Bellingcat then searched a Russian traffic-records database that revealed the names of 305 other individuals associated with the GRU, reported the Voice of America News.   The information included passport numbers and other identifying information.   All of the vehicles were registered to a single address, known to serve as the headquarters for Unit 26165, which is suspected of cyber espionage activities.   The agents are believed to have put their information on the public list to obtain immunity from traffic stops and avoid punishment for violations, said an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center.  
Item Number:15 Date: 10/08/2018 USA - NEW LEADERS EXPECTED FOR TOP MILITARY POSTS (OCT 08/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- President Donald Trump is looking to fill a number of top spots in the military as senior generals retire, reports CNN.   Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to retire in early 2019.   Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, head of U.S. Forces Korea, is a leading candidate for the position, said anonymous defense officials.   Trump must also select a new candidate for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before Gen. Joseph Dunford's term ends on Oct. 1, 2019.   Gen. David Goldfein, the current Air Force chief of staff, has been discussed as a potential candidate, as has Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the head of U.S. Strategic Command.   Defense Secretary James Mattis is playing a key role in making recommendations for the positions.   Other major commands are in line for new leadership.   Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie is expected to take over U.S. Central Command from Gen. Joseph Votel.   Army Lt. Gen. Richard Clarke will succeed Gen. Raymond Thomas as head of U.S. Special Operations Command.   Air Force Gen. Tod Walters is said to be the top candidate to replace Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti at U.S. European Command
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/08/2018 YEMEN - 5 HOUTHIS DIE IN FAILED ASSAULT IN TAIZ PROVINCE (OCT 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- At least five Houthi rebels have been killed and 15 injured in fighting in the southwestern Yemeni province of Taiz, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Sunday, the Houthis attempted to take government positions in the Maqbana district, reported Al Masdar Online (Yemen).   The militants withdrew after the fighting, losing their weapons in the process, reported the state-run Saba news.   The fatalities reportedly included a field commander.   The Houthi-run Masirah news confirmed two attacks against government positions in the province but did not provide further details.

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