Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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To All,
I hope that your week has started well. See attachment for Daily News.



Today in Naval History

January 14

1863—Navy General Order 4, signed by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, announces the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, which is signed on Jan. 1, 1863.

1943—USS Gudgeon (SS 211) lands six men, 2,000 pounds of equipment, and supplies on Negros Island, Philippines, during the first resupply mission for a submarine.

1944—Five Navy submarines sink five different Japanese vessels in and around the Pacific Ocean. USS Albacore (SS 218) sinks Japanese destroyer Sazanami 300 miles off Yap; USS Scamp (SS 277) sinks the tanker Nippon Maru off Sorol Island; USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks tanker Kenyo Maru southeast of Palau; USS Seawolf (SS 197) sinks tanker Yamazuru Maru off Okinawa; and USS Swordfish (SS 193) sinks transport Yamakuni Maru off Hachijo Jima.

1945—USS Cobia (SS 245) sinks the Japanese minelayer Yurijima off the east coast of Malaya.

2006—Amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) is commissioned at Naval Station Ingleside, TX. It is the first ship to be named after the city of San Antonio and the lead ship of its class of amphibious transport docks.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Defense News, WTKR CBS and others reported on Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s push toward a 355+ future Fleet and his “make Ford ready” initiative.

• Multiple outlets reported on a teleconference with Vice Adm. Richard Brown on future fleet composition, unmanned vessels and surface warfare training, ahead of Surface Navy Association this week.

• Attorney General William Barr called the December shooting at NAS Pensacola by a Saudi aviation student and act of terrorism, multiple outlets report.

• The Associated Press reported on recent developments in the South China Sea.

Today in History January 14


Henry III marries Eleanor of Provence.


Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signs the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy.


Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.


Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie escape unhurt after an Italian assassin throws a bomb at their carriage as they travel to the Paris Opera.


Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to General Joseph E. Johnson, observing that troops may need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi.


The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company.


The French abandon five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.


British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen's financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.


A Provisional Parliament is established in Poland.


Berlin is placed under martial law as 40,000 radicals rush the Reichstag; 42 are dead and 105 are wounded.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders all aliens in the U.S. to register with the government.


Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war.


Italian occupation authorities refuse to deport Jews living in their territories in France.


A blast on the U.S. carrier Enterprise in the Pacific results in 24 dead and 85 injured.


The United Nations votes 104-18 to deplore the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.


UN tribunal sentences 5 Bosnian Croats to prison for up to 25 years; they were charged with killing some 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village in 1993.


The Republic of Georgia restores the "five cross flag" as its national flag after some 500 years of disuse.


Huygens probe lands on Saturn's moon Titan.


Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda terrorist group.


Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, flees to Saudi Arabia after a series of demonstrations against his regime.


Monday Morning Humor Thanks to Al

Submitted by Dave Harris:

Every day, thousands of innocent plants are killed by vegetarians. Help end the violence, eat bacon.
The fact that there’s a ‘highway to hell’ and only a ‘stairway to heaven’ says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.
My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
I’m only responsible for what I say…not for what you understand.
Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered…’who ties your shoelaces for you?’
I prefer not to think before speaking. I like being just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth.
I can explain it to you but I can’t understand it for you.
I’m not lazy…I just really enjoy doing nothing.
I never argue…I just explain why I’m right.
I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue all the time.
Don’t confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am. My attitude depends on who you are!

Submitted by Colleen Grosso

Phyllis Diller zingers…

Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.

The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.

A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.

Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.

His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.

My photographs don't do me justice -they look too much like me.

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle: "Keep away from children."

I asked the waiter, “Is this milk fresh?” He said, “Lady, three hours ago it was grass.”

The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing.

You know you're old if they have discontinued your blood type.

Submitted by Mike Ryan:

Wit or wisdom…
If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive.
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.
Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.
I changed my password to "incorrect" so whenever I forget it the computer will say, "Your password is incorrect."
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
I'm great at multi-tasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.
Take my advice; I'm not using it.
My wife and I were happy for twenty five years; then we met.
I hate it when people use big words just to make themselves sound perspicacious.
Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.
Every time someone comes up with a foolproof solution, along comes a more-talented fool.
I'll bet you $4,567 you can't guess how much I owe my bookie.
Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
If you keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your trousers.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
When I married Miss Right, I had no idea her first name was Always.
There may be no excuse for laziness, but I'm still looking.
Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.
Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?
Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.
I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
The grass may be greener on the other side but at least you don't have to mow it.
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.
If tomatoes are technically a fruit, does that make ketchup a smoothie?
Money is the root of all wealth.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

Submitted by Rex Roloff:

The older I get…
When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.
To me, "drink responsibly" means don't spill it.
When I say, "The other day," I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago.
Cop: "Please step out of the car." Me: "I'm too drunk. You get in."
I remember being able to get up without making sound effects.
I had my patience tested. I'm negative.
Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn't fit any of your containers.
Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 is new midnight.
I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever.
I run like the winded.
I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don't know whose side I'm on.
I don't remember much from last night, but the fact that I needed sunglasses to open the fridge this morning tells me it was awesome.
When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?
I don't mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.
That moment when you walk into a spider web suddenly turns you into a karate master.
The older I get, the earlier it gets late.
Don't bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That'll freak you right out.

Submitted by John Hudson:

Yes, it's that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us. Here is the glorious winner:
When his .38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

And now, the honorable mentions:
The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger...
The chef's claim was approved.
A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.
After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies... The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer $15. If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?
Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.
As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from.”
The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.
When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street by sucking on a hose, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

Have a great week,



Thanks to Brown Bear

We were young once . . .

12 January 1968 . . . 52 years ago! The USS Oriskany, with Air Wing SIXTEEN embarked, departed Yankee Station and Operation Rolling Thunder. It was a bittersweet “goodbye!” We had just lost our 93rd aircraft, and almost our 74th pilot when Magic Stone Denny Weichmann was hit on a final “routine” Steel Tiger mission into Laos. He nursed his burning Skyhawk across Vietnam and stayed with it long enough to get within range of rescue forces. Denny barely made it back to Oriskany as we steamed northeast off Yankee towards Yokosuka . . . and the way home.

Operation Rolling Thunder had been a really tough show for the “O” Boat. Between 2 March ‘65 and 12 January ‘68, Air Wing SIXTEEN had 242 aircraft hit by enemy fire. 62 were lost; 29 A-4 Skyhawks, 23 F-8 Crusaders, 9 A-1 Skyraiders, and 1 A-3 Skywarrior. Of our 180 aircraft that suffered battle damage but recovered safely; 91 were A-4s, 50 F-8s, 38 A-Ds, and 1 A-3. We also suffered 31 operational losses; 13 A-4s, 8 F-8s, 5 A-Ds, 3 UH-2s, 1 A-3, and 1 E-1. After one particular bad day, one of our leaders (believe it was Old Salt ONE Bryon Compton) was heard to say, “If this keeps up, we’ll rotate this whole damn Air Wing!” In fact, we did just that! Our designated combat squadrons had a authorized manning level of 72 pilots. We had lost 56 brave souls killed in combat, and as we sailed away from Yankee Station and Rolling Thunder, we left behind 12 POWs and 5 MIAs.

Thirty years later, I flew over North Vietnam again. That time with my Hungarian Bride in a chartered brand new Boeing 777, with British pilots and Chinese crew, enroute to an assignment in Bangkok. From 37,000 feet, the Hanoi mid-afternoon weather looked much the same, broken clouds and haze. However, there was a high cirrus layer; and, as I stared out the first class cabin window, I saw the faces of KIA roommates Norm Levy and Ed Van Orden, and there was wingman Bill McWilliams, 3 of the 73 we had left behind on Yankee in ‘68. Gone and totally forgotten by the America they died for, but not by those of us who led them into the fight or fought on their wings, and certainly not by the loving God who called them to His paradise. Tears were running down my cheeks and the cute Chinese Stew with the bottle in her hand was apologizing, "Sorry, Sir, is our champagne that bad?"

Hal Moore said it best: “Were young once . . .”

Very Respectfully,

Brown Bear aka Dick Schaffert


Thanks to Carl

(Some interesting info! Am not a historian and not sure it is correct but have read that Stalin was worried about Japan and had amassed large armies and resources there. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Stalin moved them to his western front which is why he was able to defeat the Germans??)


Rescuing the History of World War II : Wear vs. Suvorov

January 13, 2020

Paul Craig Roberts

The fourth chapter of John Wear’s book, Germany’s War is now posted. The evidence is overwhelming that it was Roosevelt and Churchill who were determined to have war with Germany and not Germany who wanted war with the Anglo-Saxons. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/01/13/germanys-war-chapter-4-the-allied-conspiracy-to-instigate-prolong-wwii/

Hitler made many peace overtures to the British government both before and after he conquered France and drove the British out of Europe. On August 14, 1940, during the Battle of Britain, Hitler called his field marshalls into the Chancellery and told them that victory over Britain must not lead to the collapse of the British Empire. Hitler told them that “Germay is not striving to smash Britain because the beneficiaries will not be Germany, but Japan in the east, Russia in India, Italy in the Mediterranean, and America in world trade. This is why peace is possible with Britain—but not so long as Churchill is prime minister. Thus we must see what the Luftwaffe can do, and wait a possible general election.”

It was Churchill’s determination to keep the war going that destroyed the British Empire.

I have reread Viktor Suvorov’s book, The Chief Culprit, published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press in 2008. Suvorov believes that Stalin is responsible for WWII by encouraging, even luring, Hitler into moves that would put Germany at war with Britain and France. Stalin had long planned to take advantage of Europe at war when his massive and fresh armies would dominate the field.

In June, 1941, both Hitler and Stalin had assembled on their border large armies for invasion. Stalin’s army was many times larger and much better armed than Hitler’s which Suvorov reports had resources for only two months of war. Stalin knew that German forces were assembled on the border. Stalin had excellent intelligence, and it was the excellence of his intelligence that resulted in the Soviet army being caught off guard. Stalin knew that Hitler had assembled troops but lacked the material resources that he needed to support an invasion of Russia. He assumed that Hitler and his generals were rational and would not attack until they were properly prepared.

In contrast to Hitler, Stalin had all the resources needed to overrun Germany and all of Europe in a real blitzkrieg. Stalin had militarized the economy. Hitler had not. Stalin had prepared the Soviet Army, Navy, and Air force only for offensive operations. The army had not been trained how to retreat. The high speed Soviet tanks were designed for the roads of Western Europe, not for use in the mud, snow, and ice of Russia. Everything Suvorov has uncovered about the Soviet armed forces proves it was assembled for an invasion of Western Europe, which if the Soviets had struck first would have been successful.

The forward positions of the German and Soviet armies made them vulnerable to whoever struck first. As the Germans were not prepared, Stalin was convinced the initiative would be his. In forward position, there are no defense positions. All the ammunition and weapons are on the border. There is no time to move anything or to fall back.

Suvorov believes that Hitler knew Stalin was about to attack and struck first. In contrast David Irving reports that Hitler said that if he had known of the size of the Soviet army, the superiority of its weapon systems, and the Soviet ability to turn out far more and better tanks, cannon, and aircraft than Germany, he would not have attacked.

My conclusion at this time is that Suvorov is correct that Stalin was on the verge of invading Western Europe which required only the defeat of Germany, whose armed forces were greatly outclassed by those of Stalin. By striking first Hitler captured the vast stockpiles of offensive weapons and entire Soviet armies prepared for offensive, not defensive war, and thereby prevented the Soviet conquest and occupation of Western Europe from which no Normandy invasion could possibly have dislodged them.

Hitler attacked unprepared because he believed the war would only last 3 months, which gave him two months to come up with the resources for the third month. I don’t see the evidence that Hitler knew he was about to be attacked. And it is certain that the British and Americans had no inkling of Stalin’s plan to conquer Western Europe.

It is a paradox that it is the demonized Hitler who saved Western Europe from communism, and it is ironic that the British and Americans were so incompetent that they were focused on the German non-threat and not on the Soviet threat.

It seems clear enough that both Wear and Suvorov are correct. World War II was caused by Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, not by Hitler.


Thanks to Carl…..If you have a weapon for HOME defense this is one of the things you need to read.

(In case you are not familiar with Lehigh Defense, you should check out the “cutting edge” technology in their ammo! https://www.lehighdefense.com/index.php?route=common/home )


[Study] Home Defense Overpenetration: Shotgun, Handgun, Rifle

JANUARY 12, 2020

[Study] Overpenetration of Home Defense Ammo: We test 28 loads across shotgun, handgun, & rifle!

Over-penetration in a home defense situation can cause more harm than the original threat.

If, God forbid, someone should break into your home, you will have a million thoughts racing through your head, and a stress level some people may never feel in their life.

While you are nice and safe reading this article, this is EXACTLY the time to think about over-penetration and the liability that comes with it.

In this article, I will be discussing over-penetration with 12-gauge shotgun loads, 9mm and .45 ACP handguns, and finally 5.56 NATO/.223, and .300 BLK AR-15s.

his is not a test of the firearms, but rather a test of what the firearms are shooting.

Assuming you are looking at roughly the same barrel lengths, the exact firearm using these cartridges will be approximately the same.

Penetration testing was done these loads through real, current building materials, and I will cover the pros and cons of each caliber/load and how they performed in testing.

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