Thursday, August 8, 2019

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To All,

I hope that your week has started well.

Regards,

Skip

Today in Naval History

August 6

1862 During the Civil War, CSS Arkansas is destroyed by Confederate Cmdr. Isaac N. Brown to prevent her capture when her engines fail during an encounter with USS Essex.

1917 During World War I, the tank steamer S.S. Campana is captured and sunk by the German submarine U-61 in the Bay of Biscay. Four out of the five Naval Armed Guard ships are captured, along with the ship's captain, and become the first American sailors to be taken prisoner since war is declared on Germany. Chief Gunner's Mate James Delaney receives the Navy Cross for commanding the Armed Guard on this occasion.

1943 Just before midnight, Task Force 31.2 waits at Vella Gulf as four Japanese destroyers carrying soldiers and supplies steam into radar range. Not giving away the position until firing their torpedoes, all four Japanese destroyers were subsequently hit. Bursting into flames, the destroyers, Hagikaze, Arashi, and Kawakaze were sunk. The last one, Shigure, is hit by a dud and escapes into the night.

1944 PV-1 (VB 130), PBMs (VP 204 and 205), along with USAAF B-18 aircraft sink German submarine U 615 off Venezuela.

1988 USS San Juan (SSN 751) is commissioned at New London, Conn. The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine is the third to be named after San Juan, Puerto Rico. The boat is assigned to Submarine Group Two.



Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• The New York Times reports that the United Kingdom joined an American-led effort to protect ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz on Monday.

• North Korea launched two short range ballistic missiles Tuesday, the fourth such launch in 13 days, reports the Wall Street Journal.

• In an escalation of tensions between the U.S. and China, the U.S. Treasury labeled China a currency manipulator after the Chinese central bank let the yuan depreciate, reports the Wall Street Journal.





This Day in history

Today in History August 6



1497

John Cabot returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.


1863

The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope.


1888

Martha Turner is murdered by an unknown assailant, believed to be Jack the Ripper, in London, England.


1890

William Kemmler becomes the first man to be executed by the electric chair.


1904

The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria.


1914

Ellen Louise Wilson, the first wife of the twenty-eighth president, Woodrow Wilson, dies of Bright's disease.


1927

A Massachusetts high court hears the final plea from Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italians convicted of murder.


1942

The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army.


1945

Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender.


1962

Jamaica becomes independent, after 300 years of British rule.


1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South.


1972

Atlanta Braves' right fielder Hank Aaron hits his 660th and 661st home runs, setting the Major League record for most home runs by a player for a single franchise.


1973

Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is in an automobile accident and goes into a four-day coma.


1979

Twelve-year-old Marcus Hooper becomes the youngest person to swim the English Channel.


1981

Argentina's ex-president Isabel Peron is freed from house arrest.


1988

A melee that became known as the Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City leads to NYPD reforms.


1991

Tim Berners-Lee publishes the first-ever website, Info.cern.ch.


1993

Pope John Paul II publishes "Veritatis splendor encyclical," regarding fundamentals of the Catholic Church's role in moral teachings.


1997

Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in troubled rival Apple Computer, Inc.


2012

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro erupts for the first time since 1897.




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Thanks to Al

Monday Morning Humor--Golf

August is National Golf Month.



Noddy is 90 years old. He's played golf every day since his retirement 35 years ago. One day he arrives home looking downcast. "That's it," he tells his wife. "I'm giving up golf. My eyesight has become so bad that once I hit the ball I can't see where it went."
His wife sympathises and makes him a cup of tea. As they sit down she says, "Why don't you take you old mate Milton, and give it one more try."
"That's no good" sighs Noddy, "Milton's a hundred and three. He can't help."
"He may be a hundred and three", says Noddy's wife, "but his eyesight is perfect."
So the next day Noddy heads off to the golf course with Milton. He tees up, takes a mighty swing and squints down the fairway.
He turns to Milton and says, "Did you see the ball?"
"Of course I did!" replied Milton. "I have perfect eyesight".
"Where did it go?" says Noddy.

"I don't remember."



Submitted by Mike Ryan:



10 Reasons I do not use a caddy…



Golfer: "I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake.

"Caddie: "Think you can keep your head down that long?"



Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course."

Caddie: "Try heaven, you've already moved most of the earth."



Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?"

Caddie: "Yes. You miss the ball much closer now."



Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?"

Caddie: "Eventually."



Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world."

Caddie: "I don't think so. That would be too much of a coincidence."



Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."

Caddie: "It's not a watch. It's a compass."



Golfer: "How do you like my game?"

Caddie: "It's very good, but personally, I prefer golf."



Golfer: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?

Caddie: "The way you play, it's a sin on any day."



Golfer: "This is the worst course I've ever played on."

Caddie: "This isn't the golf course. We left that an hour ago."



Golfer: "That can't be my ball, it's too old."

Caddie: "It's been a long time since we teed off, sir."



Submitted by Mark Logan:



A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year, which means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind of makes you proud. I almost feel like a hybrid.



A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack. "Help me dear," she groans to her husband.

The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. "I'm dying here and you're putting."

"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you."

"Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.

"No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."



A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole, my son?"

The young man says, "An 8-iron, father, how about you?"

The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray."

The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green.

The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, "I don't know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down."



Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 3-iron standing over a lifeless man. The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?"

"Yes" says the woman.

"Did you hit him with that golf club?"

"Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club and puts her hands on her face.

"How many times did you hit him?"

"I don't know -- put me down for a five."



A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through. Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.

As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"

The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?



Submitted by Skip Leonard:



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, we have a tee time for two weeks from Friday. What's the weather going to be like that day?



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, I had a tee time for this afternoon but I'm running late. Can you still get me out early?



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, do you have one of those areas where you can buy a bucket of golf balls and hit them for practice?

Staff: You mean a driving range?

Caller: No, that's not it.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, I'd like to get a tee time tomorrow between 12 o'clock and noon.

Staff: Between 12 o'clock and noon?

Caller: Yes.

Staff: We'll try to squeeze you in.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Do you have any open tee times around 10 o'clock?

Staff: Yes, we have one at 10:15.

Caller: What's the next time after that?

Staff: We have one at 10:22.

Caller: We'll take that one. It will be a bit warmer.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: How much to play golf today?

Staff: 25 to walk, 38 with a cart.

Caller: 38 dollars?

Staff: No, 38 yen.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: What do you have for tee times tomorrow?

Staff: What time would you like?

Caller: What times do you have?

Staff: What time of the day?

Caller: Any time.

Staff: Morning or afternoon?

Caller: Whenever.

Staff: We have 16 times open in the morning and 20 open in the afternoon. Would you like me to read the whole list?

Caller: No, I don't think any of those times will work for me.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Do you have a dress code?

Staff: Yes, we do. We require soft spikes.

Caller: How about clothes?

Staff: Yes, you have to wear clothes.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, do you have a driving range there?

Staff: Yes.

Caller: How much for a bucket of large balls?

Staff: Sorry, we're all out of large balls. But we can give you twice as many small balls for the same price.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Can I get a tee time for tomorrow?

Staff: Sure, what time would you like?

Caller: Something between 9 o'clock and 10 o'clock. In the morning, if possible.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Do you rent golf clubs there?

Staff: Yes, they're 25 dollars.

Caller: How much to rent a bag?



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, my husband just called me on his cell phone and told me he's on the 15th hole. How many more holes does he have to play before he gets to the 18th?



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, do you have a driving range there?

Staff: Yes.

Caller: How much for a large bucket?

Staff: Four dollars.

Caller: Does that include the balls?



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Do you have a twilight rate?

Staff: Yes, it's 15 dollars after 2 o'clock.

Caller: And what time does that start?



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: Yes, I'd like some info about your golf course.

Staff: OK, what would you like to know?

Caller: I don't know, that's why I called.



Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: My kids just came home with pockets full of range balls and said they stole them from your driving range. Would you like to buy them back?



At last I found a wood that can lower my score. It's called a pencil!

Have a great week,

Al



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Thanks to Dick

From a friend.



Most of these you have seen before but you have to look at two things...the photos are wonderful and the origin of the quotes......enjoy



http://www.doyletics.com/tidbits/militaryadvice.pdf



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Thanks to Mud

FIVE UNDENIABLE FACTS

1. A wise man once said: 'We all love to spend money buying new clothes but we never realize that the best moments in life are enjoyed without clothes.'

2. Having a cold drink on a hot day with a few friends is nice, but having a hot friend on a cold night after a few drinks is PRICELESS.

3. Breaking News: Condoms don't guarantee safe sex anymore. A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot dead by the woman's husband.

4. Arguing over a girl's bust size is like choosing between Fosters, Heineken, Carlsberg, & Budweiser. Men may state their preferences, but will grab whatever is available.

AND

5. I haven't verified this on Google, but it sounds legit…..

A recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

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Thanks to Mugs

So did I. I can't say I've had all the experiences this writer has had, but I've seen enough of the world and had enough experiences to know that what he says is most likely true.
Mugs


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I got this from a fellow crew dog

Subject: FW: WHY WE LOVE AMERICA



I asked the Medical Doctor who sent this to me "Did you write this? Do know the author? He replied: "I did not write this. I don't know the original author.



Subject: WHY WE LOVE AMERICA



Every American should read this. I have been to those places that are mentioned and it is true.



I have traveled and lived abroad extensively as the child of CIA agents and then as a Marine officer. There are many beautiful things to see out there. However, I have to wonder if people like Rep. Cortez and others who complain about the USA have ever left the US for more than a holiday. There is NO way any American could complain about living in the US if they have experienced the alternatives. It's even more incredible that somebody like Rep. Ohmar can complain about US society, since she experienced the poverty, violence, misery, and disorder of Somalia (I know because I was a member of the unit that delivered food aid to her before they fled to Kenya). While we can strive to improve American society, we must recognize the fact that we have it better than everyone else.



Anybody who thinks pollution in the US is bad has obviously never been to Pakistan, India, China, Russia, Africa, Latin America, where unregulated trucks and factories belch black smoke each and every day, all day long. Hundreds of millions of people open-pit burning waste of every type imaginable, dumping toxins wherever they can. The rest of the world (with the exception maybe of Scandinavia, SOME parts of Europe, NZ/Australia/Japan/Singapore) is, in fact, covered with plastic waste. With the exception of the places above, the rest of the world also pumps all their human waste directly into the sea.



Anybody who believes gay rights are poor in the US has obviously never been to the Middle East, Latin America, Russia, Africa, Eastern Europe, most of SE and SW Asia, where gays are castigated, thrown off buildings, beheaded, publicly executed, or beaten to death. Even in Eastern Europe, I recently witnessed a gay rights march where the police outnumbered protestors 10-1, and just so they could protect them from the onlookers who outnumbered the police and wanted nothing less than to beat the hell out of or even kill the gays.



Anybody who believes America treats animals with cruelty has obviously never been to Mexico, Iraq, Korea, India, Russia, Africa, Asia......and the list goes on. The way animals we consider pets are regularly treated in those places is repulsive. I've been to a party in the Philippines where a black lab's head was on display in a tree as people ate appetizers made with its flesh. I've seen emaciated pack animals drop dead in the middle of the street from heat exhaustion in Mexico, while their owner beat them with sticks to try to force them back up. I saw a man beat a skin and bones horse to death in Africa with the sharp end of a rake. I've seen Iraqis shoot dogs walking by for fun, and then howl with laughter if the animal managed to run away yelping. I witnessed a ship in Saudi Arabia overloaded with sheep, sitting in the 130 degree heat, animals screaming all night long and thrown overboard when they collapsed. Not exceptions.....the norm.



Anybody who thinks US racism is the worst has obviously never been to most of the places mentioned above, where not only are minorities not allowed to be Generals, President, CEO, Congresswomen, but they are "shooed away" from stores, restaurants, and openly called derogatory names. This includes "enlightened" societies such as Italy and France where blacks are openly discriminated against (just ask Oprah who vowed never to return). I've personally witnessed German restaurant and bar owners barring entry to me and other Americans because one of our group was black or Mexican. Even amongst Africans in Africa there is rampant discrimination based on skin tone and/or ethnic groups. Yes, there will always be individual racism in the US and smartphone videos to record it, but as a country the US is FAR ahead in the battle against insitutional racism (schools, govt, businesses, workplaces).



Anybody who thinks the US doesn't care for our disabled has obviously never been ANYWHERE. Nowhere else in the world (not even civilized Western Europe) will you find every school, every building, every mode of public transport, every public space outfitted for the handicapped. In almost every other country in the world except in Western/Northern Europe/Australia/Japan, the mentally and physically disabled, including children, are cast into the street to beg for money or food and eventually die on the sidewalk, unloved. And, during their short, miserable existence, the ignorant masses mock, stare, and make a spectacle of them. That is, when shop owners aren't chasing them away with brooms. Try taking your child with MS in a wheelchair on a European vacation and see how accomodating the museums, hotels, restaurants, transport are.



Anybody who believes that the US economy and job market is in a poor state has obviously never been to most of Africa and Central America, where unemployment hovers at 80-90%, and people have to beg, fight, and scrounge for the ability to exist every single day. Even the poorest of the poor in the US don't compare to what the average soldier/Marine witnessed in Iraq. Children around the age of 2 or 3, completely alone, covered in dirt with torn clothes, standing on the side of the road in the middle of the desert with their tiny arms raised up hoping that somebody would throw them a bottle of water or bit of food. Can you imagine your 2 year old CHILD having to do this to survive? One particular little girl in a dirty pink shirt still lives in my memory nearly every day. Don't believe me? Ask my kids, they hear about her every time they complain they don't like their food.



Anybody who complains about our FREE education through highschool in the US has obviously never been to Africa, Afghanistan, and many places in Asia and the Middle East where education is scarce if it exists at all and where women are denied it. It's not far fetched to say that most of the world's population is generally illiterate.



Anybody who derides the quality of US healthcare has obviously never been to all of the places mentioned above and even some of the "1st world" countries of Western Europe. I've been in hospitals in Liberia and other African nations where the childrens' ward had to have chicken wire to stop the rats from eating the newborns and life expectancy is late 40's-early 50's. I've witnessed people having medical procedures in socialist Germany where the post-op care included putting them back in their street clothes and leaving them in a waiting area, without pain meds and covered in blood, to include my own daughter....she was 7. Also in Germany, a Marine friend recently died of an aneurysm. Ambulance crew showed up and said "yeah, he's probably going to die..so we won't do anything." They only rushed him to hospital after two Marines threatened to beat them.



Think the police in the US are bad because they kill on average 1,300 people each year while policing 320 million, at a whopping rate of 0.00040625%? Try going to Russia, Africa, Latin America, India, Pakistan, where a police uniform and badge is a license to demand bribes, indiscriminately kill, rape, confiscate personal property, enter your home, take you into custody for any reason or none at all, generally do as they please. Due process is non-existent in the majority of the world. In Germany, I've seen the police mercilessly beat young people with clubs for skipping line at a festival. I helped rescue an Iraqi/American man and his daughters from the combat zone during the war who told me the Iraqi police arrested him for the crime of having an American passport. He escaped only when we blew a hole in the prison wall. As he sobbed with gratitude he told me his mother came to visit and the police raped her in front of his cell....to death. We got them to America safely.



Anybody who thinks America runs concentration camps hasn't been to Bosnia, where I and 2,000 other Marines sat off the coast in 1995, told to prepare to go ashore to provide relief to 8,000 young boys and men held in a concentration camp at Srebrenica. Only to be told a few days later, "Oh yeah, forget about that, they killed them all."



The list could go on and on. So many things Americans like these people complain about that they have no idea how much they take them for granted. I feel like it should be a requirement for elected officials to do an extended tour of all the miserable places in the world to understand exactly how great we have it, before they are allowed to take office and start telling us how terrible our great country is. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with wanting to refine what is already very good, but it must start with an admission that we live in the best country in the world, with a system that allowed us to move beyond all of the problems I described above. In other words, stop saying America is terrible.



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