Friday, October 19, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 19
1843—While commanding the first screw propelled U.S. naval steamer Princeton, Capt. Robert F. Stockton challenges the British merchant ship Great Western to a speed race off New York. Princeton easily wins the race.
1864—The steamer Mobile captures schooner Emily off San Luis Pass, TX, with a cargo of 150 bales of cotton.
1915—The Naval Submarine Base at New London, CT, is established.
1944—President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves Secretary of Navy James V. Forrestal's order for African American women to be accepted into the Naval Reserve.
1987—U.S. Navy destroyers destroy two Iranian oil-drilling platforms during Operation Nimble Archer. This action was in response to the Iranian Silkworm Missile that hit MV Sea Isle City, which was under the protection of Operation Earnest Will.
2000—USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS 65) is launched at Halter Marine in Pascagoula, MS. She is the sixth Military Sealift Command Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship.
Oct. 20
1864—A boat expedition under Acting Master George E. Hill, with the screw steam gunboat Stars and Stripes, ascends the Ochlockonee River in Western Florida and destroys an extensive Confederate fishery on Marsh's Island, capturing a detachment of soldiers assigned to guard the works.
1941—USS Hornet (CV 8) is commissioned. During World War II, she participates in the Doolittle Raid on Japan, the Battle of Midway, and the Solomon Campaign. On Oct. 26, 1942, at the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, Hornet is severely damaged by the Japanese enemy and abandoned. Though U.S. destroyers attempt to scuttle her, Hornet remained afloat and was sunk by Japanese destroyers early the next morning.
1943—Torpedo bombers (TBF Avengers) from Composite Squadron (VC) 13, then based on board the escort carrier USS Core (CVE 13), sink the German submarine U-378 north of the Azores.
1944—The U.S. Navy lands four Sixth Army divisions ashore on Leyte. Japanese aerial counter-attacks damage escort carrier Sangamon and a few other ships, but do not hinder the landings. Later in the day, Gen. Douglas MacArthur gives his "I have returned" radio message to the Philippine people. If Leyte is lost, the rest of the Philippines will soon follow, so the Japanese prepare to send five strong naval forces to drive off the American fleet and add more troops for the land fighting. In the following days, this response will lead to World War II's biggest and most complex sea fight, the multi-pronged Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1986—ALNAV message 202001Z Oct authorizes naval aviation Sailors and Marines to wear brown shoes and khaki socks with summer khaki uniforms, effective April 1987. Part of naval aviators' uniforms since 1913, brown shoes had been removed from the uniform regulation in July 1976.
1991—USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) is commissioned at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA. It is the third U.S. Navy ship to be named for West Virginia, and the 11th of 18 Ohio-class submarines.
1994—Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) deployed to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf as the first carrier with women permanently assigned. More than 400 women served aboard at times during the cruise.
2001—USS Howard (DDG 83) is commissioned at Galveston, TX. The first U.S. Navy ship named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Jimmie E. Howard, she is the 33rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy.
1952—USS Lewis (DE 535) takes fire from a radar-controlled enemy gun battery in the vicinity of Hungnam, North Korea. Eighty-four rounds from probable radar controlled guns cause no personnel casualties or damage. Lewis counters with 214 rounds and observes one direct hit followed by smoke and fire. The batteries were silenced.
1954—USS Saipan (CVL 48) begins relief and humanitarian aid to Haitians who are victims of Hurricane Hazel. The operation ends Oct. 19.
Oct. 21
1797—The frigate Constitution launches at Edmund Hartt's Shipyard, Boston. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy.
1862—The Cairo class ironclad river gunboat Louisville, under the command of Lt. Cmdr. R.W. Meade III, escorts the steamer Meteor, whose embarked Army troops landed at Bledsoe's Landing and Hamblin's Landing, AR. The towns are burned in reprisal for attacks by Confederate guerrillas on mail steamer Gladiator early in the morning of Oct. 19.
1864—The wooden side-wheel cruiser Fort Jackson captures steamer Wando at sea, east of Cape Romain, SC, with cargo of cotton.
1942—The British submarine HMS Seraph lands Navy Capt. Jerauld Wright and four Army officers including Maj. Gen. Mark Clark at Cherchel, French North Africa to meet with a French military delegation to assess French attitude towards future Allied landings ("Operation Torch"). Eventually, the French agreed to the mission.
1942—USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks Japanese freighter Nichiho Maru about 120 miles north-northeast of Formosa while USS Gudgeon (SS 211) attacks a Japanese convoy in the Bismarck Sea and sinks the transport Choko Maru.
1952—USS Lewis (DE 535) aids two Korean minesweepers under fire at Wonson Harbor. As she approaches, at least four enemy batteries open up on the destroyer escort. Lewis returns fire and lays down a smoke screen to cover the minesweepers' retreat. Shortly thereafter the destroyer escort takes two 75mm shell hits, killing six crewmen outright and mortally wounding a seventh. The second hit explodes on the main deck, port side, lightly wounding one sailor.
1989—Los Angeles-class submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) is commissioned at Groton, CT.
1995—USS Stethem (DDG 63) is commissioned at Port Hueneme, CA, and named in honor of Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, Robert Dean Stethem. She is the 13th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy.
2017—Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) is put into service during a christening ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes President Trump praising a Republican candidate's assault last year on a reporter during a rally meant to mobilize his base's support in the coming midterm elections; and the Department of Justice launching an investigation of child sex abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church. Stars and Stripes reports that U.S. Marines, embarked aboard USS Iwo Jima, USS Gunston Hall and USS New York, have kicked off a training operation in Iceland, which started Wednesday as part of Exercise Trident Juncture. "Trident Juncture is all about showcasing NATO as a defensive alliance, demonstrating our credible capability and deterring potential adversaries," said Marine spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway. "Ultimately, we want to demonstrate the Navy-Marine team's ability to respond faster from longer ranges with greater capabilities across the range of military operations than other conventional forces." Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with his Chinese counterpart on Thursday, reports the New York Times. Mattis attempted to smooth over recent heightened tensions, emphasizing the need to talk through differences and repeating an invitation to the Chinese defense minister to visit the U.S. Additionally, in his first Commanders Training Symposium, Vice Adm. Rich Brown called on commodores and commanding officers to drive towards a culture of excellence.
Today in History October 19

The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.

King John of England dies at Newark and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.

The Ottoman Sultan Murat II defeats Hungarian General Janos Hunyadi at Kosovo, Serbia.

The peace of Torun ends the war between the Teutonic knights and their own disaffected subjects in Prussia.

England declares war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The War is known as the War of Jenkins' Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.

Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Va. Cornwallis surrenders 7,157 troops, including sick and wounded, and 840 sailors, along with 244 artillery pieces. Losses in this battle had been light on both sides. The Revolutionary War is effectively ended.

Napoleon Bonaparte begins his retreat from Moscow.

John "The Pathfinder" Fremont moves out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition--a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.

At the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., a narrow victory helps the Union secure the Shenandoah Valley.

Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities draft the first code of football rules.

The German cruiser Emden captures her thirteenth Allied merchant ship in 24 days.

The first doughnut is fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I.

The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea.

The People's Republic of China is formally proclaimed.

The North Korean capital of Pyongyang is captured by U.N. troops.

Egypt and Britain conclude a pact on the Suez Canal, ending 72 years of British military occupation. Britain agrees to withdraw its 80,000-man force within 20 months, and Egypt agrees to maintain freedom of canal navigation.

Canada and the United States agree to undertake a joint Columbia River project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control.

President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.

In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U. S. navy disables three of Iran's offshore oil platforms.

British government bans TV and radio interviews with members of Irish political group Sinn Fein and 11 paramilitary groups.

The 1975 conviction of the Guilford Four overturned by British courts; the 4 men had been convicted in the 1974 Guilford pub bombings.

Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II for her work among "the poorest of the poor" in India.

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's trail for crimes against humanity begins in Baghdad.
Thanks to Clint. I remember watching a safety video in a welding class many years ago but this one tops that by a long shot.
Welding supply truck crash
A reason to keep your distance from vehicles in front of you!
Welding Supply Truck Crash - spectacular!
Have you wondered what would happen if a delivery truck carrying hazardous materials such as oxygen and acetylene welding gas cylinders had an accident in front of you? View the video below for what actually happens. It's spectacular and just when you think it's all over - it's not!!
(The picture freezes for 3-4 seconds in the middle, but resumes again)
Click the link below:
Thanks to Robert
Hot coffee and grandkids ...
This is outstanding!

I was eating breakfast with my teen-aged Granddaughter
and I asked her, "What special day is it tomorrow?" .
Without skipping a beat she said, "It's U.S. Congressman's Day!"
She's smart, so I asked her "What does that mean?" .
I was not ready for what she was about to say.
She replied, " U.S. Congressman's Day is when they step out
of the Capital Building and see their shadow, then we have
4 more years of Bull S*&t."
You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose.
Thanks toRobert
              "THE SALTY SAILOR and the FIREMAN"
              By Sarah Vaughan
                Read this once, pause for a minute or two to think honestly about it, then read it again.  I can find no fault with it...
               The views this mother has about Donald Trump are much like many other people.  Her characterization of Trump as the "Salty Sailor" or as "The Fireman" paint an excellent picture!!  She has written many great books about her son and family.  This is a Comment from KAREN VAUGHN, Mother of Aaron  Vaughn,    Navy Seal.                 
           Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done.  Appreciating what the man is doing doesn't mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor.  It doesn't even mean God admires the salty sailor.  Maybe He just knows he's necessary for such a time as this..
                                I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House to give this nation one more chance in November 2016.  Donald Trump is what he is – and he is still the man he was before the election – and without guilt. I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing..
               He's not like me.  That's okay with me.  I don't want to be like him.  I will never behave like him.  I know we've NEVER had a man like him lead our nation before.  It's crazy and a little mind blowing at times.  But I can't help admire the stamina and ability he has – acting with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script.  I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he's been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.                 
                I'm THRILLED with what he's doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn't matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST.  I will not be ashamed of my position because others don't see him through the same lens.                
               Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he's pulling me from a burning building?  Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments?  Heck no!  I'd CARE about what he was DOING.  He wasn't sent there to save my soul and I'm not looking to him for spiritual guidance.  All I'm thinking in those moments is, "Thank you, GOD, for sending the fireman." AND DONALD TRUMP IS OUR FIREMAN.
                I'll soon post this article again for those who still might not understand me.  This man is crass.  Okay.  He's not careful with what he says.  Okay.  You feel offended that he's not a typical statesman.  Okay.  But he is DOING THE JOB of rebuilding the nation  my son died for ...  the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause.
              Forgive me if I'm smiling."
(NAVY.MIL—12 OCT 18) … Lt. j.g. Kaleel Pitre, USS Cole (DDG 67) Public Affairs

            NORFOLK (NNS) -- In remembrance of the attack on the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), family, friends and service members – both past and present – gathered at Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 12, to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the ship's bombing, with a wreath-laying ceremony and tolling of the bell.    
            The solemn ceremony honored and celebrated the 17 shipmates who perished in the attack, as well as the resolve and warfighting attitude the "Mighty Cole" continues to embrace.
            Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Christopher Grady who served as Cole's commanding officer from January 2003 to July 2004 provided the keynote address.
            "We are here today to remember and ensure the many sacrifices are never forgotten," said Grady. "The Sailors who gave their lives in service to this nation are indisputably heroes. When their country called, they answered."
            He also thanked Gold Star Families for their enduring strength, dignity and grace.
            Grady explained the Navy was undeterred by the attack 18 years ago and highlighted how Cole and other U.S. ships continue to remain resolute, ready and lethal.   
            "We will continue to operate forward – shaping the security environment, signaling our resolve and protecting our interests."
            Cmdr. James J. Von St. Paul, Cole's commanding officer, also shared remarks.
            "Today, we come together to remember our 17 fallen shipmates, to pay homage to their sacrifices and the enduring sacrifices of their families, and to continue our lasting commitment to honoring them through our actions and deeds."
            Deployed to the Middle East on this day in 2000, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer stopped briefly for refueling in the port of Aden, Yemen. At approximately 11:18 a.m., unknown to Cole security, a small boat with terrorists aboard came alongside the ship. Suddenly, a highly explosive bomb detonated alongside Cole. The explosion was so massive that it crumbled a 40-by-60 foot hole on the port side of the ship, taking the lives of 17 Sailors and injuring 39 others. Cole's Sailors courageously fought fires and flooding for the following 96 hours to keep the ship afloat.
            The ceremony ended with a bell tolling and reading of the names of the 17 heroes whose lives were sacrificed. It was held indoors due to inclement weather.
            Despite the rain and soggy grounds, some family members visited the nearby Cole Memorial. It includes 17 low-level markers that stand for the youthfulness of the Sailors, whose lives were lost. Three tall, granite monoliths – each bearing brass plaques – stand for the three colors of the American flag. A set of brown markers encircling the memorial symbolizes the darkness and despair that overcame the ship Oct. 12, 2000. Additionally, 28 black pine trees were planted nearby to represent the 17 Sailors and the 11 children the heroes left behind.
            For more news from USS Cole (DDG 67), visit

            Much has been written over the years about the fabled 1963 Navy football team.
THE Bear advises that the link at the bottom for the "American Mind" piece by Angelo Codevilla, OUR REVOLUTION'S LOGIC  is incorrect.  
It is corrected in the post, also 
From: Dutch R
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 6:25 AM
October 19, 2018Bear Taylor
19 OCTOBER 1968…Day NINE HUNDRED FIFTY-EIGHT of a 1,000 day era of American history that included the air war over North Vietnam called Rolling Thunder…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Saturday, 19 October 1968…
THE WAR: Page 9: "U.S. SHIPS SHELL LAKE SANCTUARY–Inflict Damages In Mekong Delta–Ground War Slow"… Page 28: "LeMAY, ENDING VIETNAM VISIT, EXPLAINS VIEW ON BOMBING PORT"… "General Curtis E. LeMay, retired, the American Independent party vice-President candidate, apparently retreated today from a position that favored the bombing of North Vietnam to end the war. General LeMay asked if he believed that the port city of Haiphong should be attacked by Americans air power, said, 'I don't say you have to bomb Haiphong to close it.' He went on to explain that the port could be closed by the destruction of harbor dredges so they could no longer clear the shipping channels. General LeMay made his comments after concluding a three day tour of American military installations. during his trip, he refused to talk to representatives of news media. This morning, however, he consented to speak to a few reporters aboard a Pan American World Airways jet as it waited at Tansonnhut airport to carry him and his party back to the United States. PRAISES COMMAND… The general was relaxed and affable during his brief interview. He praised the military command here, saying it was doing a good job with 'a high degree of professionalism.' He returned to his previous position, however, by saying that the allied policy of 'offering sanctuaries to the enemy' had 'hampered' the war effort. General LeMay declined to discuss in detail any of his ideas on Vietnam, saying that he wanted to talk over the situation with George C. Wallace, his party's Presidential candidate, before making any public pronouncements. The former Air Force Chief of Staff had come here with ideas of how to subdue the enemy: blast the daylights out of Haiphong, the chief port of North Vietnam, 'bomb every military target that was necessary to be destroyed to win the war, regardless of where it was found.' But what he was told, as a 'distinguished visitor,' in briefings by infantry, Air Force and naval officers did not support his prescription of 'bomb them back to the stone age.' He was told, among other things that the decision to limit the bombing raids in North Vietnam to targets below the 19th Parallel had achieved results. The enemy has apparently been unable to increase the flow of men and material to South Vietnam, and there has been a slight decrease in the number of American air casualties, according to briefing officers."…
PEACE TALKS: STATE DEPARTMENT. Office of Historian. Historical Documents. Foreign Relations. 1964-68 Vietnam, Volume 07. Eleven documents are references and briefly introduces in order to keep the make the complete series of communications concerning the Paris peace talks in the October 1968 a part of the RTR archives. During this period –17 through 19 October– the effort to get "serious talks" started hung on getting Hanoi to agree to a firm start date to start the day after the President orders the cessation of bombing of the North. Hanoi insists on a greater gap between the halt of bombing and the start of talks. But progress is being made. A second issue is who gets to sit at the table. The U.S. insists on the GVN (SVN) join the U.S. at the table, and says that the North can bring anybody they want to sit on their side. Issue is: Thieu insistence the NFL (Vietcong) not be accorded the status of a government… The series is worth a perusal, but the eleven Notes, Memos, Telegrams, and Telephone Conversations are dull reading… Start at document 83, which is the best of the bunch–an angry Secretary of Defense holds the floor at a daily morning meeting of the Defense Department's top echelon of civilian leaders… Continue access to remaining ten documents 84 through 93 by mousing the small forward carrot in the right hand margin of document 83, etc…
HEAD LINES: Page 1: "CAPITAL HOPEFUL ON BREAKTHROUGH IN HANOI'S REPLY–Response Is Still Awaited To Bombing Halt–Proposal Administration Says–War Course A Factor–American Aies Feel North May Be Swayed Now–Thieu Stirs Speculation"… Page 1: "BAN ON F-111 FLIGHTS ENDED BY AIR FORCE"…Page 1: "JORDAN CONTACT WITH ISRAEL SEEN–Informal Talks Reports to Have Been Initiated With Hussein's Emissaries"… Page 1: "APOLLO ORBIT RAISED IN A TEST OF ENGINE"… Page 1: "TWO BLACK POWER ADVOCATES OUTED FROM OLYMPICS–U.S. Team Drops Smith and Carlos For Clenched Gloved Fist Display On Victory Stand"... Page 45: "SOME ATHLETES-NEGRO AND WHITE-THREATEN TO GO HOME WITH SMITH AND CARLOS"… Page 1: "MRS. KENNEDY AND ONASSIS ARRIVE AT ISLAND SCORPIOS"… Page 1: "HUMPHREY IS TOLD CONNECTION TIDE IS SHIFTING TO HIM–But He Encountered Heckling From Wallace Supporters At An Aerospace Plant In Stratford"… Page 1: "NIXON DEPLORES HATE-BASED VOTE–Tells Party Aids In Boston He Does Not Want Victory Conferred By Negativism"… Page 8: "THIEU SAID TO ASK 3 GUARANTEES FROM HANOI IN A BOMBING HALT"… "President Thieu wants assurances that (1) the enemy will respect the demilitarized zone, (2) stop shelling South Vietnamese towns, and (3) agree to let the South Vietnamese Government participate in the Paris talks."
19 OCTOBER 1968…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times: There was no coverage of air operations north of the DMZ… VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There were two fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 19 October 1968…
(1) LCOL DONALD R. D'AMICO and 1LT SAMUEL F. WILBURN were flying an F-4D of the 48oth TFS and 366th TFW out of Danang on an armed reconnaissance mission south of Dong Hoi and shot down by AAA while strafing a gun emplacement. The aircraft was severely damaged by the ground fire but LCOL D'AMICO was able to fly the Phantom east and about 15 miles to a point northeast of the DMZ where the crew was forced to eject. During the rescue effort an Air Force HH-3E was hit by enemy gunfire from Tiger Island and had to be abandoned. Both F-4 pilots were rescued by another Air Force helicopter. It was 1LT WILBURN's second ejection and rescue in two weeks…
(2) CAPTAIN RALPH ROBERT WENSINGER and CAPTAIN ANTHONY JOSEPH PEARSON were flying an O-2A of the 19th TASS and 504th TASG out of Bien Hoa and were controlling an air strike 10 miles south of Saigon when their aircraft was downed by AAA killing both airmen… They are remembered with admiration and respect on this 50th anniversary of their final flight for our country…
1966, 1967 and 1968… NONE…
1965… LTJG JOHN BOWERS WORCESTER, USN… (MIA… XX-Presumptive Finding of Death… Body Not Recovered) …
"On the afternoon of 19 October 1965, then LTJG John B. 'Smiley' Worcester was the pilot of an A-4C of the VA-195 Dambusters launched from the deck of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) as the number two aircraft in a section of two. The flight was conducting a late afternoon armed reconnaissance mission over central North Vietnam between the major cities of Thanh Hoa and Vinh…The visibility along the entire route of flight was excellent. At approximately 1700 hours the Skyhawks were directed to attack the bridge over the Song Hieu River that flowed through the town of Nghia Hu in an attempt to cut off the communist supply line in that region. Both aircraft made a run on the bridge with LTJG Worcester right behind the lead aircraft. Smiley Worcester expended part of his ordnance on the bridge, and as he pulled off target, he reported he was turning over checkpoint one. At approximately 1715 hours his flight leader reported reaching checkpoint two and requested a radio check from LTJG Worcester. When no contact could be established, the flight leader radioed the Airborne Battlefield Command and Control (ABCCC) aircraft to request a search and rescue mission be immediately initiated. He then began a visual search through the rolling hills, along their flight path, but found no evidence of LTJG Worcester or his aircraft…. All aerial search operations proved negative. Because of the location of loss being deep in enemy held territory, no ground search was possible. LTJG Worcester's last known location was approximately 26 miles south-southwest of Thanh Hoa and 47 miles north-north-west of Vinh. At the time of formal search effort was terminated, John Worcester was listed as Missing in Action. He was on his 15th combat mission when lost."… LTJG Worcester was not among the POWs released in 1973 and the North Vietnamese have denied any knowledge of him, though circumstances surrounding this incident indicate the strong possibility that enemy forces knew his fate…His status in 2018 remains XX (Presumptive Finding of Death)…
Today, 53 years after LTJG SMILEY WORCESTER's final flight, he is remembered as a young warrior left on the battlefield where he fell in honorable death in the service of his country…
"CYCLES OF RIOTS IN U.S. RECALLED–Expert Says Nation Forgets Its History of Violence"…
"The slum and campus riots of recent years are not, as many Americans seem to think, a new phenomenon in national life. So says Dr. John P Spiegel, Director of the Lemberg Center for the Study of Violence at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Spiegel, who also serves as consultant to the national Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, spoke to newspapermen at an annual United Press International conference of editors and publishers here in Washington this week. 'As a nation, we suffer from historical amnesia,' he said. 'We have an image of ourselves as quite peace-loving and rational beings. The United States citizen thinks of himself and his country ordinarily as governed by democratic, rational, peace-loving instincts. But the fact of the matter is otherwise. We have always been a violent country, and in our country there have been repeated cycles of violence, cycles of rioting, which we tend to forget about. It's easy to see why this happens, because these particular episodes in our past certainly don't fit into our self-image as being so peace loving and so rational.'
"'So we have forgotten about Shay's Rebellion of 1786, when a group of hard-presses poor farmers in the western part of Massachusetts, resentful about tax laws passed by the state legislature, simply seized the law courts and wouldn't let any justice be transacted, scaring the daylights out of the legislature to the extent that the tax laws, which the farmers so much resented, were modified. You might say that's a prototype of what has happened ever since with respect to the uses and functions of violence.
"'We've forgotten about the anti-Catholic riots–the anti-Irish riots–of the 1840's and the 1850's with a particularly bloody outbreak in the city of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love in 1844. We've forgotten about the Civil War draft riot of 1863, in which, in a period of five days, almost 2,000 people were killed. We have had nothing like that in the current series of urban disorders. We've forgotten about the anti-Chinese riots on the West Coast of in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1870's which were extraordinarily cruel.'
"We've forgotten about the labor uprisings, the whole series of episodes in the course of labor attempting to organize itself and conduct collective bargaining, which began seriously in the 1890's and was seen in such bloody affairs as the Homestead strike and the Pullman strike just south of Chicago in the 1890's. In the Pullman strike, I don't think any of us remember that the nation had to mobilize 16,000 Federal troops to contain the disorders that spread so rapidly throughout the country. Well, again, we've just had nothing like that in terms of the numbers used for law enforcement in our current series of difficulties. And frankly, we've forgotten about the anti-Negro riots of 1919 and 1920, after World War I–the so-called race riots, which is an improper name for them because they were almost exclusively characterized by the sacrifices of whites attacking black people.
"'So when we come up to the current cycle that we're now engaged in of urban disorders in black communities and on college campuses, this is obviously the seventh of number of such cycles that characterized our country, and I have left a lot out of this account.'"…     End NYT article quote…
Humble Host features the short NYT article on American violence as a consequence of reading an "American Mind" piece by Angelo Codevilla, OUR REVOLUTION'S LOGIC today. The lengthy essay (18 pages) is on line at:
RTR quote for 19 October: Angelo Codevilla's parting shot for his essay OUR REVOLUTION's LOGIC: William Shakespeare, JULIUS CAESAR:
Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The genius and the mortal instruments
Are then in council; and the state of man,
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection."…
Lest we forget….  Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 10/19/2018 AFGHANISTAN - ELECTIONS PUSHED BACK IN KANDAHAR AFTER DEADLY ATTACK (OCT 19/KP)  KHAAMA PRESS -- Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province have been delayed for a week after an insider attack that killed the provincial intelligence and security chiefs, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   The decision to postpone elections followed consultations with tribal officials in Kandahar, the president's office said on Friday.   On Thursday, an Afghan guard opened fire on the leaders after a meeting of top security and political officials in Kandahar city, reported Tolo News (Afghanistan). The attacker was reportedly one of the provincial governor's body guards.   Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief, and Gen. Abdul Momin Hassankhail, head of the provincial National Directorate of Security, and governor Zalmay Wesa were killed in the attack, reported the New York Times.   Abdul Raziq was a powerful security official and feared opponent of the Taliban. He faced accusations of torturing suspected insurgents.   The importance of his loss underscores the continued U.S. reliance on key security officials instead of political allies, said analysts.   Resolute Support Commander Gen. Scott Miller, who had just left the meeting with Afghan officials, was unhurt. Three coalition members, including two Americans, were wounded.   Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing, the Ministry of Interior said on Friday.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/19/2018 ICELAND - U.S. MARINES CONDUCT AIR ASSAULT AS PART OF NATO DRILLS (OCT 19/ICELNDMNTR)  ICELAND MONITOR -- U.S. Marines have been training in Iceland as part of NATO's large-scale Trident Juncture exercise, reports the Iceland Monitor.   About 2,000 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, as well as sailors from the USS Iwo Jima, USS Gunston Hall and USS New York, are taking part in operations in Iceland, reported the Stars and Stripes.   On Wednesday, about 120 Marines conducted operations at the secured part of Keflavik airport.   CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft also landed troops who established a coastal bridgehead for further operations.   The Marines were also scheduled to take part in cold weather training among Iceland's glaciers.   Since Iceland does not have its own armed forces, U.S. troops were assisted by police and coast guardsmen.   About 50,000 personnel from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture. Around 65 vessels, 150 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles have been deployed for the exercise.  
Item Number:6 Date: 10/19/2018 RUSSIA - PILOTS FEARED DEAD AFTER TRAINER JET GOES DOWN (OCT 19/TASS)  TASS -- Two Russian pilots may have been killed in a training crash, a defense official told Russia's Tass news agency.   On Thursday, the L-39 jet crashed into the Sea of Azov, north of the Black Sea. Both pilots are believed to have successfully ejected but have been missing since the crash.   Investigators have identified the crash site in the Sea of Azov and found pieces of the plane and parachutes, the defense ministry source said on Friday.   The pilots have not been confirmed dead but it is unlikely they could have stayed afloat for so long, said the source.   Technical failures are believed to have caused the crash.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/19/2018 SYRIA - PUTIN CLAIMS ISIS HAS TAKEN HUNDREDS OF HOSTAGES IN SYRIA (OCT 19/FN)  FOX NEWS -- U.S. officials have dismissed claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) is holding about 700 hostages in Syria, reports Fox News.   On Thursday, Putin claimed that the terrorist group had recently taken hundreds of captives following an attack on a refugee camp in Deir Ezzor.   ISIS was threatening to execute the hostages, which included U.S. and European citizens, if their demands were not met, he said. Putin provided no details of the alleged demands.   Putin also said that ISIS was making gains in areas held by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces.   U.S. officials cast doubt on this assertion.   While an attack occurred as described, there was no evidence that supported such a large number of hostages being held by the group, said a Pentagon spokesman.   There is no information that any Americans have been kidnapped by ISIS, he said, as reported by the Voice of America News.   The coalition has pushed ISIS from about 99 percent of the territory it formerly controlled, while Russia has focused on helping President Bashar Assad expand his control over the country without regard for the laws of armed conflict, civilian casualties or the use of chemical weapons by the regime, the spokesman said
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/19/2018 USA - 12 INJURED IN HELICOPTER HARD LANDING ABOARD CARRIER RONALD REAGAN (OCT 19/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter has crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea, injuring several sailors, reports CNN.   The helicopter made an emergency landing and struck the flight deck of the Nimitz-class ship shortly after taking off on Friday, the Seventh Fleet said.   All injured personnel were in stable condition and under medical supervision. Four aircrew on the helicopter and eight sailors were hurt, reported the Stars and Stripes.   Injuries "ranged from minor abrasions and lacerations to fractures" said a Navy release.   Maintenance crews were assessing the damage to the helicopter. The Reagan suffered only minor damage, officials said.   An investigation into the cause of the accident has been opened.   The Reagan has resumed normal flight operations, the Seventh Fleet said
Item Number:15 Date: 10/19/2018 USA - NORTHROP GRUMMAN TO UPGRADE AUSTRALIAN, U.S. ELECTRONIC WARFARE AIRCRAFT UNDER $697 MILLION DEAL (OCT 19/USDOD)  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Warfare Center Weapons Division, Point Mugu, Calif., has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for system upgrades for electronic warfare aircraft in Australian and U.S. Navy service, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The five-year, $697 million contract, announced on Wednesday, covers the modernization of EA-18G Growler system configuration sets and augmenting airborne electronic attack and warfare systems. It also covers final updates for EA-6B Prowler systems.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by October 2023
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/19/2018 USA - USS EISENHOWER 1ST CARRIER TO RECEIVE UAV CONTROL CENTER (OCT 19/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is the first aircraft carrier to complete initial installation of an unmanned aerial vehicle command center, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The initial installation phase, completed on Sept. 28, covered the foundational, physical space for the unmanned aviation warfare center, the Navy said on Wednesday.   The second phase of the project will equip the carrier with the systems necessary to operate the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned refueling aircraft, including the MD-5 control station.   The control station comprises display, processing, networking and communication hardware; a video management system to provide situational awareness of the flight deck and surrounding areas; and a radio communication system.

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