Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TheList 4836

The List 4836 TGB

To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 17
1863—Sailors from the Union screw steam gunboat Tahoma and side-wheel steamer Adela board the blockade runners Scottish Chief and Kate Dale at Old Tampa Bay, FL and destroy them. During the battle, five of the landing party are killed, 10 are wounded and five are taken prisoner. This mission also diverts the real attention from the shelling of Tampa, FL.
1918—German submarine U-155 torpedoes and sinks the freighter S.S. Lucia in the Atlantic. Despite being rigged with "buoyancy boxes" to render her virtually unsinkable, a torpedo penetrates the engine room, killing two men and sinking her the next day. USS Fairfax (DD 93) rescues her crew and transfers them to armored cruiser No. 5 USS Huntington.
1922—The Vought VE-7SF, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Virgil C. Griffin, makes the Navy's first carrier takeoff from USS Langley (CV 1), anchored in York River, VA.
1941—Before the United States' entry into World War II, German submarine U-568 torpedoes and damages USS Kearny (DD 432) near Iceland, killing 11 and injuring 22.
1942—USS Trigger (SS 237) sinks the Japanese freighter Holland Maru near the mouth of Bungo Strait off Kyushu, Japan. Lost in action with all hands later in the war, Trigger receives 11 battle stars for her World War II service and the Presidential Unit Citation for her fifth, sixth, and seventh war patrols.
1943—USS Tarpon (SS 175) sinks German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe No. 28) off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands.
1944—Naval forces land Army rangers on islands at the entrance to Leyte Gulf in preparation for landing operations on Leyte Island. 
1962—Operation Blue Moon—low-level reconnaissance flights over Cuba to help verify Soviet military deployments to that country—becomes operational. VFP-62 initially prepares ten photo variant RF-8A Crusaders with aerial cameras for high-speed, low-level photo missions, and places four of the jets on four-hour alert at NAS Cecil Field, FL, but subsequently shifts the Crusaders to NAS Key West, FL.
1986—Aboard USS America (CV 66), Lt. Cmdr. Barry D. Gabler of VFP-206, the Navy's last photoreconnaissance squadron, makes the final catapult takeoff and carrier landing of an F-8 Crusader.
1989—An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale devastates northern California killing 62 people. HM-15 Detachment 3, HC-1, and HC-11 Detachment conduct lifts of food, water, and relief materials to the heavily damaged areas from ammunition ship Flint (AE 32) and fast combat support ship Kansas City (AOE 3). Amphibious assault ship Peleliu (LHA 5) provides food and shelter to 300 homeless earthquake victims.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes the Federal Communications Commission calling for an investigation of widespread cellphone service outages in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael; and flooding in central Texas turning deadly following days of pouring rain. Assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition James Guerts stated that expeditionary warfare will be the key to success in future battles and to maintain its edge, the U.S. must quickly adapt to new threats, reports National Defense Magazine. "You cannot compete and win at a global scale if you cannot be expeditionary," said Geurts. "You cannot be expeditionary if you don't have pivot speed at scale." USNI News reports that fabrication has begun on the USS Bougainville. Additionally, USNI News reports that the USS Shoup is patrolling the Oceana region, helping small island nations protect their exclusive economic zones.
October 17

The Sixth Crusade ends when an Egyptian-Khwarismian force almost annihilates the Frankish army at Gaza.

Henry VIII of England strips Thomas Wolsey of his office for failing to secure an annulment of his marriage.

English forces defeat the Scots under David II during the Battle of Neville's Cross, Scotland.

Maine and Plymouth are incorporated in Massachusetts.

British Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 men at Saratoga, N.Y.

Napoleon Bonaparte arrives at the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he has been banished by the Allies.

Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin dies in Paris of tuberculosis at the age of 39.

General Ulysses S. Grant is named overall Union Commander of the West.

Brigadier General Alfred Terry meets with Sitting Bull in Canada to discuss the Indians' return to the United States.

Zeppelin LII explodes over London, killing 28.

Due to rising anti-Semitism and anti-intellectualism in Hitler's Germany, Albert Einstein immigrates to the United States. He makes his new home in Princeton, N.J.

The U.S. destroyer Kearney is damaged by a German U-boat torpedo off Iceland; 11 Americans are killed.

The nuclear power station Calder Hall is opened in Britain. Calder Hall is the first nuclear station to feed an appreciable amount of power into a civilian network.

Peace talks between Pathet Lao and Royal Lao government begin in Vietnam.

The worst earthquake in 82 years strikes San Francisco bay area minutes before the start of a World Series game there. The earthquake registers 6.9 on the Richter scale--67 are killed and damage is estimated at $10 billion.

Dmitry Kholodov, a Russian journalist, assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces; his murkier began a series of killings of journalists in Russia.

Rehavam Ze'evi, Israeli tourism minister and founder of the right-wing Moledet party, assassinated by a member of the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); he was the first Israeli minister ever assassinated.

Taipei 101 is completed in Taipei, becoming the world's tallest high-rise.
Thanks to the F-14 Association. It was a great airplane retired before its time and still nothing can touch it. There was a certain feeling of confidence when with a touch of your thumb you could go from Phoenix to Sparrow to Sidewinder to Gatling gun. There is a reason that there is one in front of Reagan's Library. It was a national symbol.
Subject: F14 Monuments
We have inaugurated a serious undertaking to erect monuments to the F14 Tomcat we were all proud to fly and learned to love as we operated that glorious machine in peace and in war. To that end we have established the F14 Tomcat Monuments Association here in Virginia Beach to solicit revenue to fund a project to memorialize not only the airplane but also the aircrew and maintainers who dedicated themselves to the airplane and its mission. Special recognition and tributes will be given to those who gave their lives while flying the Tomcat. I am pleased to say that we have gotten off to a rousingly good start. Our intent is to erect the first monument at the Naval Aviation Plaza in Virginia Beach within the next year with follow-on sites under consideration in Pensacola and San Diego.
In some way all of you contributed to the success of the F14 program, and all of you need to have your association with the program recorded for posterity. What we are proposing to all of you and the thousands of other Tomcat veterans is an honorable way to have your efforts recognized. Please take a look at our website at for more info about the program and ways to contribute, and then make that positive decision to help us make it happen.
One final request: Our data base for Tomcat veterans is, to say the least, somewhat lacking, so I ask that you forward this email to all of your Tomcat buds and solicit their support.
Anytime, Baby,
Bad Fred
Thanks to YP …and Dr. Rich
If you've not seen this, it is definitely worth your time.
Thanks to Mugs
Subject: One man in a million
He also said that "you will never get rich in politics unless you are a crook".
One man in a million... they broke the mold after Harry.
 We will never see this again.

Thought you'd enjoy this!
It's one
you want your Children and Grandchildren to read.
They won't
believe this happened, but it DID.

Harry & Bess
(This seems unreal.)

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You
don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong
to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!

If you agree, forward it. If 
you don't, delete it. I don't want to know one way or the other. By me 
forwarding it, you know how I feel. 

Enjoy life NOW! -- it has an expiration date!

Thanks to Carl
Remembering Wilt Chamberlain
(Did not know he never fouled out of a game.  That is a phenomenal record!)
Remembering Wilt Chamberlain
Gary North - October 12, 2016
Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest American athlete in the second half of the twentieth century. 
At the University of Kansas, he was a great track & field athlete.
The 7'2" goliath ran a sub 11 second 100 yard dash and also threw the shot put 56 feet. Despite competing and excelling in both sprinting and throwing his best events were not surprisingly the jumping events as Chamberlain triple jumped in excess of 50 feet and successfully won the Big 8 Conference high jumping competition three years in a row. In the world of track and field it is an extraordinarily rare athlete that can compete at the highest level in the shortest sprints, all the jumping events, and the throwing events. This dynamic collection of talents is so rare in fact that Wilt might be the only man ever to possess this unique skill set.
He ran the 880 in under two minutes.
If he had trained in the decathlon, his only weakness would have been the pole vault. Maybe. (They used fixed metal poles until 1960. The world record was 15 feet, 9.25 inches.)
Could he have played wide receiver in football? I think so. 
Think of boxing. Think of his reach. Ali did. They almost staged an exhibition match.
But he chose basketball. He holds 72 NBA records.
He never got tired. For his career, he averaged 45.8 minutes per game.
Then there was his 1962 season. He averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game. He averaged 48.5 minutes per night. This was impressive, since there are only 48 minutes in a regular NBA game. How? He played every second of every overtime period. He scored 100 points in one game. No two NBA players on one team have ever scored 100 in a game. [Kiki Vandeweghe (51), Alex English (47) totaled 98.]
In that year, Oscar Roberson averaged a triple double: 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists. When asked decades later if Chamberlain was the greatest basketball player, he replied: "The record book does not lie."
He never fouled out of a game in the NBA -- not in 1205 games. While this statistic is not recorded in high school and college, there is no record that I can find that he ever fouled out. This is one of the great sports records in history. It indicates complete control over your body.
I guess my favorite Wilt story was provided by Paul Silas, one of the great offensive rebounders in NBA history.
"One time, when I was with Boston and he was with the Lakers, Happy Hairston and I were about to get in a scrape. All of a sudden, I felt an enormous vise around me. I was 6'7", 235 lbs., and Wilt had picked me up and turned me around. He said, 'We're not going to have that stuff.' I said, 'Yes sir.'"
After retiring from basketball, he took up volleyball at age 34. His spike was fearful.
There are collections of Chamberlain videos. They are amazing. Seeing him block Kareem's shot is something to behold.
Yet he died of heart failure at age 63. He died alone in his custom-built home with the high doors.
I suppose that is the lesson I take from his career. He was truly the greatest, but it did him little good at the end. The score he is most remembered for is his claim of having seduced 20,000 women. There is, of course, no independent confirmation. I remain skeptical. It was a silly claim appropriate to schoolboys. He had so many records, yet they did not satisfy him. He chose to invent one that did not elevate his career in retrospect.
You can be the best there ever was, but that's not good enough. You also need good judgment and the ability to say no.
Thinks to Bill
From: Hank  
A flying Segway?   Now this is flying.
5 min video 
Item Number:1 Date: 10/17/2018 AFGHANISTAN - ANOTHER PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE KILLED IN TALIBAN BOMBING (OCT 17/TN)  TOLONEWS -- A candidate competing in upcoming elections was among four people killed in an attack on his campaign office in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Wednesday, an explosive detonated in the office of Abdul Jabar Qahraman, killing the candidate and three men sitting in his office, said local officials.   Seven other people were injured in the attack in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.   The explosives were placed inside a sofa in his office, said a spokesman for the provincial governor.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, the militants called the candidate "a renowned communist," reported Reuters.   Qahraman is the 10th candidate killed in the last two months. Two others have been kidnapped and four injured in attacks, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Elections for the Afghan Parliament are scheduled for Saturday.   The Taliban has called on Afghans to boycott the elections and has attacked on candidates and polling places
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/17/2018 BURMA - AIR FORCE FIGHTERS GO DOWN DURING EXERCISE, KILLING PILOTS, CIVILIAN ON THE GROUND (OCT 17/IRRAW)  IRRAWADDY -- A pair of Burmese air force fighter crashed during a training exercise, killing the pilots and a girl on the ground, reports the Irrawaddy magazine (Burma).   Four F-7 fighters were on a training flight on Tuesday when the weather suddenly turned dangerous. Two jets landed safely and two crashed in the central Magway region, the air force said.   According to an initial military report, one fighter jet hit a broadcast tower, clipping the other aircraft with its wing.   A sixth-grade girl on the ground was killed after being struck with pieces of wreckage.   The crashes are under investigation, officials said
Item Number:4 Date: 10/17/2018 CHINA - 2 GENERALS STRIPPED OF RANKS OVER CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS (OCT 17/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese Communist Party has stripped two generals of their party membership and ranks over corruption accusations, reports the state-run Xinhua news agency.   On Tuesday, the Central Military Commission said that Zhang Yang and Fang Fenghui had been stripped of their party membership and ranks because of alleged corruption.   Fang was dismissed from the military entirely. He "seriously violated the Party's political discipline and political rules" in addition to accepting bribes, said the military.   A source close to the military told the South China Morning Post that over 300 military personnel had been implicated in the ongoing case against Fang, which had revealed bribes in excess of US$1.4 million.   Fang's case will soon be referred to the judiciary, the military said.   Zhang committed suicide in November 2017 while he was being investigated for corruption.   About 40 people have been implicated in the ongoing case against Zhang, said a military source.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/17/2018 COLOMBIA - CRIMINAL GROUPS RECRUITING VENEZUELAN REFUGEES (OCT 17/INSIGHT)  INSIGHT CRIME -- Criminal and rebel groups from Colombia are increasingly recruiting migrants and refugees from Venezuela, reports InSight Crime, a think tank that focuses on organized crime in South America and the Caribbean.   Over the last three months, authorities in Colombia have identified 27 cases of National Liberation Army (ELN) and dissident units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) recruiting migrants from Venezuela, reported El Colombiano (Medellin).   ELN and FARC groups target people who have fled the growing economic crisis and hunger in Venezuela, said a spokesman from the 8th Division of the Colombian army.   The Venezuelan recruits are then used for smuggling and other criminal activities along the border, he said.   Recruits can earn up to US$300 per month working for the criminal groups, sources told InSight Crime.   Several have died in confrontations with soldiers, said the spokesman.   While FARC has largely demobilized since a peace agreement was finalized in November 2016, some groups -- including the now-disbanded 1st and 28th Fronts -- remain active
  Item Number:10 Date: 10/17/2018 ISRAEL - AIR FORCE HITS 20 TARGETS IN GAZA AFTER ROCKET ATTACKS (OCT 17/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says it has attacked 20 targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks in southern Israel, reports the Jerusalem Post.   On Wednesday, a rocket destroyed a home in Bersheeba. Two minor injuries were reported when the residents tripped running to a bomb shelter.   A second rocket landed off the coast of Tel Aviv, reported the Times of Israel.   Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad denied responsibility for the attacks, saying they were committed to an Egyptian-led dialogue process.   The IDF rejected these claims. Only Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad possess the types of rockets used in the attack, the military said.   The rocket was reportedly an upgraded variant of the standard Grad rockets with a larger warhead.   The Home Front Command later indicated that it believed a minor armed group was behind the attack.   In response, the IDF launched strikes on 20 targets inside of the Gaza Strip, including a Hamas tunnel, said an IDF spokesman. Other targets included Hamas bases and a rocket manufacturing site.   One Palestinian was killed and eight injured in those strikes, including six children, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Israel closed the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings after the attacks.   Hours after the airstrikes, sources in Gaza reported that an agreement had been reached with Israel to prevent an escalation, reported Haaretz (Israel
Item Number:11 Date: 10/17/2018 NORWAY - AIR FORCE IN LINE FOR AERIAL TANKERS TO MEET NATO REQUIREMENTS (OCT 17/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Norwegian government will have to buy two aerial refueling aircraft to support its F-35 fighters under NATO requirements, according to local media cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   According to a NATO document obtained by the Klassekampen newspaper late last week, Norway has agreed to field two aerial tankers in 2028 and 2029.   The document outlines NATO capabilities goals for each member country, which have been approved by the defense ministers.   The project is expected to cost around US$540 million, in addition to operating costs and hangars, the newspaper said.   Norway currently operates nine F-35s, with plans to purchase up to 52 of the jets by 2025.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/17/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - PILOTS DIE IN TRAINING CRASH (OCT 17/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- Two Saudi air force pilots have been killed in a crash in northwestern Saudi Arabia, reports Press TV (Iran).   On Monday, a single-engine Hawk training aircraft went down during an exercise in the Tabuk region near the border with Jordan, reported local media.   An investigation into the crash has been launched
Item Number:13 Date: 10/17/2018 SOMALIA - AFRICOM REVEALS NEW DETAILS OF DEADLY AIRSTRIKE ON AL-SHABAAB (OCT 17/ABC)  ABC NEWS -- A U.S. airstrike earlier this month killed about 60 members of the Al-Shabaab terror group, according to the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), as cited by ABC News.   The strikes were launched on Oct. 12 on a target 250 miles (400 km) north of Mogadishu, the command said on Tuesday.   The strikes were previously announced but no details were immediately provided.   About 60 Al-Shabaab fighters had gathered at the location at that time, said the command.   There were no reports of civilian casualties, said AFRICOM.   It was the largest strike targeting the group since November 2017.   The U.S. has conducted more than 25 airstrikes against Al-Shabaab this year, noted the Hill (Washington, D.C.).  
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/17/2018 UKRAINE - AMERICAN PILOT KILLED IN UKRAINIAN FIGHTER CRASH DURING JOINT DRILLS (OCT 17/UNIAN)  UNIAN NEWS AGENCY -- A Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet has crashed during multinational exercises in Ukraine's western Vinnytsia region, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency of News (UNIAN).   On Tuesday, the Su-27 went down during a combat training flight, about 185 miles (300 km) southwest of Kiev, said the Ukrainian air force.   Both crewmembers, reportedly including a U.S. Air Force pilot were killed. The California Air National Guard has deployed F-15C fighters to the exercises.   The jet lost altitude and maneuvered away from civilian areas before the crash, said witnesses.   The Su-27 had passed all safety checks prior to the flight, said the service.   Nine militaries are taking part in the inaugural Clear Sky air force drills, noted the Air Force Times.   Training flights will continue despite the accident, said the Ukrainian air force.   The incident is under investigation, said U.S. Air Forces in Europe, as reported by the War Zone
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/17/2018 USA - FORMER SPECIAL OPERATORS HIRED TO RUN TARGETED ASSASSINATION PROGRAM IN YEMEN (OCT 17/BUZZFEED)  BUZZFEED NEWS -- Retired U.S. military special operations troops have been hired to attack political targets in Yemen, reports Buzzfeed News.   The elite mercenaries were working for a private U.S. company named Spear Operations Group which had been hired by the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen.   The group, founded by Abraham Golan, was behind a December 2015 assassination attempt against Anssaf Ali Mayo, a local leader of the Al-Islah Islamist political party.   The U.A.E. considers Al-Islah to be the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Abu Dhabi considers a terrorist group. Some experts say that Al-Islah is a legitimate political party.   "There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen," Gohan told Buzzfeed News. "I was running it. We did it. It was sanctioned by the U.A.E. within the coalition."   During the company's months-long engagement in Yemen, Golan's team was responsible for several high-profile assassinations, he said, without providing details.   The mission was the confluence of three major factors transforming the conduct of war, said Buzzfeed. These include a shift in counterterrorism missions from traditional military objectives, such as airfields or artillery emplacements, to specific individuals; increased outsourcing of military support services; and the production of thousands of elite personnel for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, who later seek high salary defense contracting or mercenary work.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/17/2018 USA - TREASURY SLAPS SANCTIONS ON IRAN'S BASIJ MILITIA (OCT 17/TREASURY)  U.S. TREASURY DEPT. -- The U.S. government has announced new sanctions on a paramilitary arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reports the Treasury Dept.   On Tuesday, the Treasury Dept.'s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed new sanctions on the Basij Resistance Force, a volunteer militia that operates primarily within Iran's borders.   The sanctions target companies and banks that support the Basij, primarily the Bonyad Taavon Basij, or the Basij Cooperative Foundation, a collective of about 20 companies.   The cooperative uses shell companies and other measures to hide the militia's control over billions of dollars in assets in Iran's automotive, mining, metal and banking industries, Treasury said.   The Basij recruits, trains and indoctrinates child soldiers, some as young as 12 years old, said the department.   Since 2015, the Basij has also provided training to those seeking to fight for the government of Bashar Assad in Syria.   The Basij has also been used to stifle internal dissent, such as during the 2009 Green Movement.   Under the sanctions, all property and interests in property of the designated entities in the U.S. or held by U.S. persons must be blocked, said a department release.

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