Friday, December 21, 2018

TheList 4885

The List 4885 TGB

To All
I hope that your week has been going well.
This day in Naval History
Dec. 20
1822—Congress authorizes the West Indies Squadron to suppress piracy in the Caribbean. Under the leadership of Commodores James Biddle, David Porter, and Lewis Warrington, the newly created squadron crushes the pirates.
1941—Adm. Ernest J. King is announced as the designated Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet, in charge of all operating naval fleets and coastal frontier forces, reporting directly to the President.
1943—TBF aircraft (VC-19) from escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE 9) attacks German submarine U-850, which responds with anti-aircraft fire. TBFs and FMs (VC-19) reinforce the TBF and sink U-850 as it tries to submerge 530 miles southwest of Fayal, Azores.
1964—USS Richard E. Kraus (DD 849) completes a successful emergency mission in aiding the disabled American merchant ship SS Oceanic Spray in the Red Sea.
1974—Task Force 65 concludes Operation Nimbus Star, the clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance in the Suez Canal, as part of a joint effort to reopen this vital artery to international shipping.
1989—Naval Special Warfare Task Force Papa attacks Punta Paitilla Airport during Operation Just Cause to prevent the dictator, Gen. Manuel Noriega, from leaving Panama. Chief Engineman Donald McFaul is mortally wounded while carrying a wounded SEAL to safety. 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines are dominated today by the White House announcement to withdraw nearly 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria as soon as possible and reports that Congress passed a short-term spending bill Wednesday night, averting a potential government shutdown. USNI News continued coverage on the release of CNO Adm. John Richardson's Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0, taking a deeper look at how the document addresses gray zone conflict and the upcoming return of USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) from deployment to Norfolk. 
Today in History December 20

Vespians's supporters enter Rome and discover Vitellius in hiding. He is dragged through the streets before being brutally murdered.

Stephen Urosh IV of Serbia dies while marching to attack Constantinople.

The United States buys the Louisiana territory from France.

South Carolina secedes from the Union.

English transports loaded with 8,000 troops set sail for Canada so that troops are available if the "Trent Affair" is not settled without war.

Adolf Hitler is released from prison after serving less than one year of a five year sentence for treason.

Thousands of Spaniards sign a revolutionary manifesto.

The German government announces 400,000 citizens are to be sterilized because of hereditary defects.

First electronic television system is patented.

The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.

Soviet forces halt a German army trying to relieve the besieged city of Stalingrad.

Viet Minh and French forces fight fiercely in Annamite section of Hanoi.

U.S. Supreme Court announces that it has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals of Japanese war criminals sentenced by the International Military Tribunal.

National Liberation Front is formed by guerrillas fighting the Diem regime in South Vietnam.

In its first free election in 38 years, the Dominican Republic chooses leftist Juan Bosch Gavino as president.

Four thousand cross the Berlin Wall to visit relatives under a 17-day Christmas accord.

U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara.

NATO begins peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.

NeXT merges with Apple Computer, leading to the development of groundbreaking Mac OS X.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch in the history of the UK; previously, that honor belonged to Queen Victoria.
Elvis Presley is drafted
On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army.
With a suggestive style–one writer called him "Elvis the Pelvis"–a hit movie, Love Me Tender, and a string of gold records including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel," Presley had become a national icon, and the world's first bona fide rock-and-roll star, by the end of 1956. As the Beatles' John Lennon once famously remarked: "Before Elvis, there was nothing." The following year, at the peak of his career, Presley received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis would have none of it. He received one deferment–during which he finished working on his movie King Creole–before being sworn in as an army private in Memphis on March 24, 1958.
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After six months of basic training–including an emergency leave to see his beloved mother, Gladys, before she died in August 1958–Presley sailed to Europe on the USS General Randall. For the next 18 months, he served in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Friedberg, Germany, where he attained the rank of sergeant. For the rest of his service, he shared an off-base residence with his father, grandmother and some Memphis friends. After working during the day, Presley returned home at night to host frequent parties and impromptu jam sessions. At one of these, an army buddy of Presley's introduced him to 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom Elvis would marry some years later. Meanwhile, Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, continued to release singles recorded before his departure, keeping the money rolling in and his most famous client fresh in the public's mind. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft or serve domestically, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. After he got his polio shot from an army doctor on national TV, vaccine rates among the American population shot from 2 percent to 85 percent by the time of his discharge on March 2, 1960
Great story from Naval Aviation News
"Trap" Trapnell. USN aviation wizard
Appropriate wishes for the festive season
thanks to ted – and Dutch R.


I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends and colleagues, but it is difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on her advice I wish to say the following :

Please accept with no obligation , implied or implicit , my best wishes for an environmentally conscious , socially responsible ,low stress , non addictive , gender neutral celebration of the
winter solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious / secular persuasions and / or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all .

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2019 , but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great ( not to imply that Australia is necessarily greater than any other country ) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee .

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms :

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her / him or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher .

Best Regards ( without prejudice )

Name withheld ( Privacy Act ).
Thanks to Robert
Subject: "7%" Written by a 90 year old
Written by:
Regina Brett, 90 years old, writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. This is something we should all read at least once a week. "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Thanks to Robert
The old west is still alive.
Wal Mart, a cowboy, a horse and a bike thief!

Thanks to Mud,
I hope that the attachment comes through as it is a great story.
The Billy Quinn who circulated this is the grandson of the Billy Quinn in my Boy Scout Troop.  The attachment is one of the best things I've read in a long time.
    I think the writer of the story probably meant 1stLt Quinn lead a company and not a platoon.  Today Jim Quinn would probably gotten the CMH.
- Mud
Good Morning.  

The Billy Quinn mentioned in the beginning of the story was my Grandfather.  
He was born in 1929, passed away in 2014.  He was very involved in the Boy Scouts. 
His Father was Jim Quinn, the WW1 veteran.
The guy that wrote it was a friend of my grandfather, I met him once but I don't really know him.  It's a good read about a great American war hero. 
Thanks to Al.
Monday Morning Humor--Preparing for Christmas
It's mid-December and I'm hearing some strange chatter from the spice cupboard. I looked inside and found that it was just the season's greetings.

     Several years ago, I remember being out shopping in the toy department with my two sons.  After seeing this outstanding layout, I said, "What a marvellous train set. I'll buy it."
     The girl behind the counter looked pleased and murmured, "Great, I'm sure your sons will really love it."
     I replied with a smile,"'Maybe you're right.  In that case I'll take two."

     One Christmas Eve when we were first married, I thought it would be nice to buy Patty a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, I thought long and hard about what that present might be.  Unable to decide, I went to Sears and in the cosmetics section I asked the girl, "How about some perfume?"
     She showed me a bottle costing $100.
     "Too expensive," I muttered.
     The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $50.
     "Oh dear," I groused, "still far too much."
     Growing rather annoyed with me, the sales girl brought out a tiny $10 bottle and offered it to him.
     "What I mean," I whined, "is I'd like to see something really cheap."
     So the sales girl handed me a mirror.

     It is late December and the correctional court judge is in a good mood. He asks the defendant: "What are you accused of?"
     The defendant replies "I am accused of having done my Christmas shopping too early!"
     The judge says "But that's not a crime."
     "Well, it was before the store opened."

     As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"
     The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped, "Didn't you get my E-mail?"

     Kneeling in front of the fireplace, a boy exclaimed: "Dear Santa, I WANT A NINTENDO SWITCH!"
     After a slight silence: "Dear Santa, I WANT A NINTENDO SWITCH!"
     And again: "Dear Santa, I WANT A NINTENDO SWITCH!"
     At this moment, his father intervened: "It's not worth shouting like this: Santa Claus is not deaf!"
     And the kid replied: "Santa is perhaps not deaf...but grandma is!" 

     Mason says to his mother: "You can delete the train set from my Christmas wish list."
     Mother: "Why is that?"
     Mason: "Yesterday, I found one in the closet."

Submitted by Mark Logan:

Since it was decided to pull "Baby it's Cold Outside" from its playlist because someone was offended, I feel that these other holiday songs are also on the chopping block."
 "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus": subjecting minors to softcore porn
"The Christmas Song": Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation
"Holly Jolly Christmas": Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances
"White Christmas"? Racist
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town": Sees you when you're sleeping? Knows when you're awake? Peeping Tom stalker
"Most Wonderful Time of the Year": Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer": Bullying
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas": Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben
"Santa Baby": Gold digger, blackmail
"Frosty the Snowman": Sexist; not a snow woman
"Do You Hear What I Hear": blatant disregard for the hearing impaired
 "Jingle Bell Rock": Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse
"Mistletoe and Holly": Over eating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?
"Winter Wonderland": Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership
"I'll Be Home for Christmas": Not if you are homeless. That's just Insensitive
"Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer": Homicide. Extremely violent and promotes alcoholism."

Have a great week,
Thanks to Mud
A science test….Have fun
Jack, a handsome man, walked into a sports bar around 9:58 pm. He sat down next to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the bar and stared up at the TV as the 10:00 news came on. The news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building preparing to jump.
Alexandria looked at Jack and said, "Do you think he'll jump?"
Jack says, "You know what, I bet he will." Alexandria replied, "Well, I bet he won't." Jack placed $30 on the bar and said, "You're on!"
Just as she placed her money on the bar, the guy did a swan dive off of the building, falling to his death. She was very upset and handed her $30 to Jack, saying, "Fair's fair... Here's your money."
Jack replied, "I can't take your money, I saw this earlier on the 5 o'clock news and knew he would jump."
Alexandria replies, "I did too; but I didn't think he'd do it again."
Jack took the money. Alexandria went back to work at the US Congress.

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