Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TheList 4903

The List 4903     TGB

To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
. This Day In Naval History
Jan. 15
1815—The frigate President, commanded by Stephen Decatur, encounters HMS Endymion out of New York and attempts to board her, not realizing the War of 1812 ended with the Treaty of Ghent on Dec. 1814. After British reinforcements arrive, Decatur is forced to surrender.
1846—The sloop-of-war Jamestown captures the slaver Robert Wilson off Porto Praya.
1865—In a joint amphibious force with the Union army, Rear Adm. David D. Porter and Maj. Gen. Alfred H. Terry capture Fort Fisher, Wilmington, NC, the last port by which supplies from Europe could reach Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's troops at Richmond, VA.
1916—The submarine E-2 explodes at the New York Navy Yard because of escaping gases during an overhaul. The interior of the ship is severely damaged and four men are killed.
1942—Bad weather off Iceland causes destroyer Mayo (DD 422) and British trawler HMS Douglas to collide, and damages destroyer Simpson (DD 221). 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National media are reporting that another migrant caravan left Honduras Monday heading for the U.S., and multiple lawmakers are calling for Rep. Steve King to resign following recent comments he made about white supremacy and white nationalism. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and his counterpart met in Beijing on Monday to discuss adhering to internationally accepted rules governing maritime operations and reducing risks in interactions between the two navies reports USNI News. "I appreciate the opportunity to visit China and to meet with Vice Adm. Shen in person," Richardson said in a statement. "There is no substitute for these types of face-to-face meetings. Defense News interviewed 6th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti on her priorities for the 6th Fleet going into 2019 and the growing threat from great power competition in the region. Additionally, USNI News reports that the Navy intends to restart LCS Deployments this year.
2016 Today in History January 15

Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.

In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.

Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.

The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.

Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.

The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.

The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.

The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.

The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.

Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.

In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.

The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.

Chinese Communists occupy Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.

Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.

Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.

US President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action by US troops in Vietnam.

Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.

The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of independence and granting the country independence from Portugal.

Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life in prison for her failed attempt to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.

UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II approves Australia instituting its own Victoria Cross honors system, the first county in the British Commonwealth permitted to do so.

Slovenia and Croatia's independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is recognized by the international community.

Wikipedia goes online.
Thanks to David
Moving wet compass
The link regarding the volcano underlying Yellowstone reminded me of the global magnetic anomaly.- - it is an element of the earth changes that certainly affect aviators (at least pre-GPS aviators… !)
from the Australian website
and in the northern Hemisphere:
Thanks to Dutch R
A great read...this is just too good!
thanks to Donna - 
This needs no explanation - and is a fun read, no matter your gender.
Men Are Just Happier People! What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves.  Chocolate is just another snack.  You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character.  Wedding dress - $5,000. Tux rental - $100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a five-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes - one color for all seasons.   You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.   You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache... You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier!
NICKNAME - If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.     
                         If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba, and Wild Man.
EATING OUT - When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50.  None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
MONEY - A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
   ·            A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
BATHROOMS - A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these item .
ARGUMENTS - A woman has the last word in any argument.
                          Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
FUTURE - A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
                  A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
MARRIAGE - A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
                       A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
DRESSING UP - A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
                            A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
NATURAL - Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
                     Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
OFFSPRING - Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears, and hopes and dreams.
                        A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. A married man should forget his mistakes.  There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!

So, send this to the women who have a sense of humor .... and to the men who will enjoy reading.

Old Song
Thanks to Dutch R. for his pause to reflect
i paused from doing service bulletins and such tonight - found this old favorite - squadron mate Stan Smiley was heading up making a movie (Super 8 if you can believe it!) during the '69 cruise of us flying - formation, dropping bombs, landing and launching and such - which was to use this song as the backdrop - 
Stan crashed in Laos in July - 
in the mid-80's and a couple of years later I was shown a few photos represented as being recent of men taken in a jungle setting, the men were gaunt, unshaven, dirty - both time I was positive one of the men was Stan  - Stan was over 6' tall and built like a linebacker - no mistake in my ID - never heard any more about it - even after I pressed for more info - finally was told to 'forget it' ...'mistaken identity'....
I am still pissed - probably why I went to Classical Gas tonight - just cannot forget - like others of you out there, I know - 
thanks to Hal - 
Remember that years later a letter was found in the Archives of the USSR by Dr. Steve Morse of Harvard.  The letter was written three months before Operation Homecoming when only 591 men were released. Letter was written by LtGen Tran Van Quang, Head of Enemy Proselytizing, NVA, saying he was holding 1205 Americans in eleven POW camps.  In the three months following that letter, some sixty more literally fell into NVA's hands.  So of 1265 in Vietnam, and this does not count those in Laos and Cambodia that were known about, only 591 were released.  The general had said earlier that some men would be released at some time. but those who had chosen 'the bad path' would never be released.  Recall also no amputees or psych cases or anyone showing severe beatings (like those beaten by the Cubans with strips of tires) were released.  Former POW LtCol Donald Odell, USAF, testified before Congress that two POWs in the next cell were tortured so badly by the Cubans they were not released because the NV did not want the world to see what had been done to them. These fifteen Cubans arrived at The Zoo and they were going to show the North Vietnamese how to get prisoners to confess to war crimes or anything you wanted them to say. We know that navy Capt Earl Cobeil was beaten so badly his back and buttocks were hanging in shreds. He died from the beating. At some point the NVA were going to release one of our POWs as a sort of Goodwill sign. Senior officer Capt. Stockdale said no one goes until we all go.  But CDR 'Dick' Stratton convinced him to let a seaman, Doug Hegdahl, be released . He had memorized the names of 256 POWs.  Our government was surprised as some of these men were KIA/BNR. We also know that the Russians ordered the building of a top secret hospital known as 'Hospital 198' in Hanoi for psych experimentation on our men. Cuban and Czech medical personnel staffed it. No one who was ever there survived. We know also that 17 Americans were taken to Cuba in the late 1960's to a top secret prison run by Cuban Intelligence. It was called Villa Marista.  No one taken there was ever released. In 2003 the Miami Herald published an article, CUBAN TORTURERS HIDING IN FLORIDA ? The CIA and the DIA provided some names to Congress. INS even admitted that some of them might be living in South Florida.  However, nothing was ever done to apprehend them.
For years after war's end, there were reports of live sightings of  Americans in SE Asia, but if you recall the US Senate set up a Select Committee to investigate such sightings.  Senators McCain and Kerry were appointed Co-Chairmen.  They couldn't shut it down fast enough.  McCain even belittted and yelled at some of the wives and families who only asked to know what the government knew, and wouldn't share. President Nixon said to the world that all of our POWs had been released.  Huge Lie.  Years later, after spending fourteen years as a POW, PFC Bobby Garwood, USMC made it out by slipping a note to a Finnish banker who had come to Hanoi.  Garwood said he could name at least a hundred men who were still being held. He was not asked who they were. Our government didn't care.
There is a lot more, but this is enough for now.
Thanks to Chuck
Here is an interesting clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-21mwr2zfKE
From: Michael
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2019 9:53 AM
To: Chuck Nash <nashct@erols.com>
Subject: Great story and lesson - from Linked-in Elementary principal, trainer, coach
"This is Jim Thorpe. If you look closely at the photo, you can see that he's wearing different socks and shoes. This wasn't a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma represented the U.S. in track and field. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can. That's the pair that he's wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock. Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day.
This is a perfect reminder that you don't have to resign to the excuses that have held you back. So what if life hasn't been fair? What if life has dealt you not a very nice hand? What are you going to do about it today? It's not the hand that's dealt to you but how you play that hand.
It's a new day, new month, new year. Don't let it stop you from running your race. Besides, you have no chance of winning if you're not in the race.
You can experience more in life if you'll get over the excuses and get on with living. If you'll just count your blessings rather than focus on your lacks. So, put your shoes on and get on with it."
A few bits from around the world
Pakistan—Police Arrest Senior Taliban Leader In Peshawar   British Broadcasting Corp. | 01/15/2019 Pakistani police have arrested Hafez Mohibullah, a senior member of the Afghan Taliban, reports BBC News.  Mohibullah, who served as religious affairs minister during the rule of the Taliban, was detained in Peshawar, sources said Tuesday. He has been living in the city for several years, according to Taliban sources.  The arrest comes ahead of a visit by Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation.  The U.S. has long urged Pakistan to increase its efforts against Taliban militants who use Pakistani territory to stage attacks on Afghan targets.  The move could be aimed at increasing pressure on militants amid ongoing peace talks, said two high-ranking Taliban members. Despite negotiations led by the U.S., the Taliban has refused to meet with Afghan officials, who they consider American "puppets."  The Taliban has also said that it will only meet with Afghan officials once a firm date for the withdrawal of U.S. forces is set. It could also be part of an effort to demonstrate Pakistani contributions in the fight against terror. In September 2018, the U.S. announced that it was holding back US$300 million in aid to Pakistan over Islamabad's perceived inaction against terrorists and extremists.  
Turkey—Erdogan Says Deal Reached With U.S. For Syria Border Zone   Al Jazeera | 01/15/2019 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has reached an agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump to establish a 20-mile (32-km) secure zone along the Turkish-Syrian border, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).  During a phone call the previous day, the leaders agreed that Turkey should establish a safe zone along the border, Erdogan said on Tuesday.  The zone could be extended further in the future, the president said, as cited by Reuters.  Erdogan called the deal a "historic understanding" but did not elaborate. The White House has yet to reveal details of the proposed zone. President Trump alluded to the plan in a post on social media Monday.  The leaders also agreed on the importance of establishing a plan to prevent a security vacuum in the border town of Manbij, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency.  Trump also affirmed his intent to complete the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops in Syria, said the Turkish president.  Turkey has vowed to carry out an operation against mostly-Kurdish militants in northern Syria and has been moving troops and weapons to the border over the last week.  The phone call on Monday came after Trump threatened harsh economic measures against Turkey if it attacked U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.   
USA—Pentagon Extends Border Mission Through September  Military Times | 01/15/2019 The military mission along the border with Mexico has been extended through September, reports the Military Times.  The troops have been ordered to lay concertina wire, establish barriers and assist border patrol agents in Arizona, California and Texas. The extended mission will include more surveillance, according to the Pentagon. About 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops have been deployed at the border since October 2018. There are around 2,350 active-duty personnel currently on the border down from 6,000 in late 2018, reported Fox News.  U.S. military support for the border mission had been scheduled to expire on Jan 31.   
Iran—Launch Fails To Put Satellite Into Orbit  Mehr News Agency | 01/15/2019 The Iranian government says an attempted satellite launch has failed, reports the semi-official Mehr News Agency.  The rocket carrying the 200-pound (90-kg) Payam satellite failed to reach the necessary speed to reach orbit, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi told state television on Tuesday, as cited by the Tehran Times. The first two stages of the rocket performed as expected before problems were experienced with the third, Jahromi said. Iranian officials said the satellite was planned to orbit at 320 miles (500 km) to take high-resolution photos for non-military purposes. It also had a telecommunications role.  Jahromi said that Iran still plans to move forward with the launch of a second satellite. The Dousti is a 115-pound (52-kg) remote-sensing satellite.  The U.S. has maintained that the launches are thinly-veiled tests for Iran's ballistic missile program in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
South Korea—Initial F-35 Stealth Fighters To Be Delivered In March  South China Morning Post | 01/15/2019 South Korea will take delivery of its first two F-35 fighter jets in Seoul in March, reports the South China Morning Post.  The jets will be made available for combat operations in April or May, a South Korean military official said on Sunday.  Additional F-35s will be delivered two at a time over the course of the year, with 10 to be handed over by end of 2019 a military source told the Korea Times.  Korean pilots have received training on the advanced platform at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.  In 2014, South Korea finalized a US$6.8 billion contract for 40 F-35 A conventional fighters. All 40 aircraft are slated for delivery 2021, reported the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   
Afghanistan—Taliban Claims Deadly Bombing In Diplomatic Quarter In Kabul  Khaama Press | 01/15/2019 The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul that killed at least four people and injured 113, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).  On Monday, a truck bomb was detonated near the Green Village Compound, in the city's diplomatic quarter.  Five Taliban fighters carried out the attack, said a spokesman for the hardline movement cited by Al Jazeera (Qatar).  The attack targeted a compound that housed mainly foreigners, said the Interior Ministry. Some U.N. staff had lived and worked at the compound at the compound, but it was now mostly empty, reported Radio Free Afghanistan.   Three soldiers and one civilian were killed, said the ministry. At least one Indian national was among the dead, said the Embassy of India in Kabul.   
France—Order Placed For Next Rafale Fighter Configuration  Dassault Aviation | 01/15/2019 The French Defense Ministry has signed a contract with Dassault Aviation for the development of the F4 standard of the Rafale fighter jet, reports the defense firm. On Monday, French Defence Minister Florence Parly awarded the contract during a visit to the Dassault facility in Merignac, said a company release. The 2 billion euro (US$2.3 billion) deal covers 28 Rafale aircraft as well as the development of the F4 configuration. The 28 aircraft, to be delivered starting in 2023, will include some F4 functionality, reported Defense News. Another 30 jets in the full F4 configuration are to be ordered in 2023 for delivery from 2027 to 2030, Parly said. The F4 standard includes radar and forward optronic sensor upgrades and enhanced helmet-mounted display capabilities. The new Mica NG air-to-air missile and 2,200-pound (1,000-kg) AASM guided bomb will be integrated. The modernized fighters will also be able to launch upgraded Scalp cruise missiles and carry the Talios targeting pod. Validation of the F4 standard is planned for 2024, with some functions becoming available as soon as 2022.  
USA—Agreement Inked With Qatar To Expand Al Udeid Air Base  Sputnik | 01/15/2019 The U.S. and Qatari governments have finalized an agreement to expand and moderize Al Udeid Air Base near Doha, reports the Sputnik news agency (Russia). On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, in Doha to discuss regional security.  The leaders discussed the crisis between the Gulf countries, the Middle East peace process, the situation in Afghanistan and Syria and coordination in counterterrorism efforts.  During the meeting, Pompeo and Al-Thani signed a memorandum of understanding on increasing the U.S. military presence at Al Udeid. Al Udeid Air Base is a key U.S. military facility in the Middle East and has played a major role in the U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The base is the headquarters of Air Forces Central Command and houses nearly 11,000 U.S. military personnel. In July, Qatar announced a US$1.8 billion plan to expand the base, including new family housing facilities for more than 200 officers and other infrastructure enlargements, along with operational improvements.  
Ethiopia—Airstrikes Target OLF In West Following Bank Robberies  Addis Standard | 01/15/2019 The Ethiopian military has conducted airstrikes against militant positions in the western part of the country following a pair of bank robberies over the weekend, reports the Addis Standard. On Sunday, the military carried out a series of airstrikes against training camps run by the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Qellem Wellega in Oromia state, said a military source. The move followed robberies of the state-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and the Cooperative Bank of Oromia on Saturday. The gunmen, who identified themselves as members of the OLF, took at least 12 employees hostage during the incident. The OLF has increased its activity in Western Oromia in recent months and inflicted grave damage, said Ethiopian military officials. The OLF is among the rebel groups that were based in neighboring Eritrea and returned after a peace deal was reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea in July 2018, reported Africa News. The group has accused the military of conducting illegal armed operations in areas where its forces were active.
India—Government Eyes Strategic Roads Near Chinese Border To Boost Troop Mobility  Hindustan Times | 01/15/2019 The Indian government is seeking to build a series of roads along the Chinese border as part of efforts to improve troop mobility, reports the Hindustan Times. The latest annual report published by the Central Public Works Dept. (CPWD) calls for the construction of 44 "strategically important roads" in the northern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The US$3.2 billion project aims to improve infrastructure along the border to counter Beijing and ensure the quick mobilization of troops in case of a conflict. New Delhi is also planning to build 466 miles (750 km) of 22-foot tracks to support the movement of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel in Arunachal Pradesh, the report said. This effort is expected to cost about US$191.7 million. There are plans to build 96 permanent integrated buildings at ITBP border posts. In addition, the CPWD plans to build about 1,370 miles (2,200 km) of axial and lateral roads along the border with Pakistan at a cost of around US$819 million, reported the Press Trust of India. Work will be completed by the CPWD and the Border Roads Organization, a government body under the Ministry of Defense, said unnamed government officials. The project proposals have been submitted to the Cabinet Committee on Security for approval.   

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