Threw a ball for my dog.
It's a bit extravagant I know, but it was his birthday and he looks great in a Tuxedo.
What's the difference between a train wreck and the Biden administration?
With a train wreck you know the disaster is going to end!
A 4 year old boy was asked to give thanks before a big dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles.
Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip. Then he paused, and everyone waited and waited.
After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the broccoli, won't he know that I'm lying?"
These glorious insults are from an era; "before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words":
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
"He had delusions of adequacy."
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
Winston Churchill, in response
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
Charles, Count Talleyrand
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
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“Last month, Joe Biden claimed that no military leader advised him to leave a small troop presence in Afghanistan. Today, General Milley and General McKenzie both confirmed their recommendation that 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan. Which is it?" - Senator Tom Cotton
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Laconia Incident by David Stubblebine
12 Sep 1942 - 17 Sep 1942
The British RMS Laconia was a 600-foot long, 20,000-ton ocean liner of the Cunard Line launched in 1921 and capable of embarking 2,200 passengers. At the start of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and armed with deck guns, depth charges, and asdic equipment.
The German U-156 was a Type IXC submarine launched in 1941 and commanded from the beginning by the very capable and very successful Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartenstein. The U-156 was lost with all hands, including Hartenstein, midway through the war on 8 Mar 1943 but not before Hartenstein had sunk or damaged 21 ships totaling 116,000 tons. But that came later.
In the late summer of 1942, Laconia sailed to Cape Town, South Africa loaded with Italian prisoners of war. She left Cape Town bound for Freetown in West Africa carrying 463 officers and crew, 80 civilians (including the wife of the British Governor of Malta), 286 British Army soldiers, 1,793 Italian prisoners of war, and 103 Polish soldiers acting as guards. When Laconia was still 950 miles south of Freetown and 700 miles off the African coast, U-156 fired two torpedoes at her shortly after dark on 12-Sep-1942. Both torpedoes struck Laconia causing her to immediately go dead in the water and take on a heavy list. Hartenstein brought U-156 closer and saw several full lifeboats with hundreds more people in the water. He was surprised to hear the survivors shouting for assistance in Italian. Once Hartenstein learned what Laconia's compliment had been, he began straightaway conducting a large-scale rescue operation. Several survivors were taken inside the submarine, several more were put on the U-Boat's deck, and lifeboats were taken in tow.
About an hour after being torpedoed, the Laconia sank.
Hartenstein requested instructions from his headquarters and Admiral Karl Dönitz assigned three other submarines to assist. The Vichy-French Government also dispatched three ships toward the area. Hartenstein then broadcast a general, uncoded call for assistance in plain English and the British redirected two merchant ships to the area. U-156 remained on the surface for two days with her decks packed with survivors until joined by the other submarines. Together, they began heading for the African coast.
Four days after Laconia's sinking, the submarines were still making for West Africa but U-156 had become separated from the other submarines. In the middle of the day, Hartenstein was overflown by a B-24 Liberator long-range bomber from the 343rd Bombardment Squadron. The aircraft was transiting eastward from a very secret base on Ascension Island on toward Africa. U-156's deck was still crowded with survivors, she was towing as many as four lifeboats loaded with people, and she had a large Red Cross flag draped over the gun deck. The B-24 circled low over the U-Boat for 30 minutes assessing the situation and then flew off to the west. The B-24 pilot radioed a report of what he had seen and asked for instructions. The reply was clear and direct: "Sink the sub."
The B-24 returned and the pilot tried his best to do as he was ordered. He dropped bombs and depth charges that caused only minor damage to the submarine but destroyed two lifeboats and killed dozens of Laconia survivors (perhaps hundreds). Hartenstein had no choice but to cast the lifeboats adrift and put the survivors on his deck back into the sea so that he could dive and save his boat. As the B-24 was beginning its second pass, U-156 submerged. The B-24 pilot saw this and reported that the sub had been sunk. He was credited with a submarine "kill" and was later decorated for this action.
The following day, the Vichy-French ships arrived in the area and began collecting survivors. In all, 1,113 of Laconia's original compliment of 2,732 survived the sinking. Nearly all of the dead (88%) were Italian prisoners of war.
The attack on a submarine that was engaged in a mission of mercy while flying the flag of the Red Cross angered the Germans generally and Karl Dönitz in particular. In response to this attack, he issued a sweeping order to the entire U-Boat fleet that became known as the Laconia Order. The central portion of this order said: "All attempts to save survivors of sunken ships, also the picking up of floating men and putting them on board lifeboats, the setting upright of overturned lifeboats, and the handing over of food and water are to be discontinued. These rescues contradict the primitive demands of warfare to destroy enemy ships and their crews." This order changed the very definition of submarine warfare. Up to this point, German U-Boats operated more or less under the prevailing maritime doctrine known as the Cruiser Rules, which called for ships to engage in the kinds of actions Hartenstein had done in this case. The Laconia Order unleashed the new and brutal doctrine of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare that remained in place for the rest of the war with dire consequences for many merchant seamen.
During the post-war Nuremberg Trial of Karl Dönitz for various War Crimes, the Laconia Order was displayed prominently in the case against him, a decision that squarely backfired on the prosecution. The German side of the Laconia Incident came out for the first time and US Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz provided unapologetic written testimony on behalf of Dönitz saying the US Navy in the Pacific had engaged in very similar unrestricted submarine warfare since the very first day the US entered the war.
There were no War Crimes charges brought against the American officer who ordered the B-24 pilot to attack U-156, Captain Robert C. Richardson III; there was no discipline at all or even much of an inquiry from the Americans. Captain Richardson's reasons for giving the order to attack were that he believed the rules of war at the time did not permit combat ships to fly Red Cross flags, he feared the German submarine would attack the two British freighters responding to the area, and he assumed the German submarine was only rescuing Italian prisoners of war. Further, he believed the submarine may have discovered and shelled the fuel tanks at the secret Ascension Island base, cutting off a critical Allied resupply route to Africa and Asia. Captain Richardson went on to become a career US Air Force officer, retiring in 1967 at the rank of Brigadier General.
Werner Hartenstein, along with U-156 and all hands, were lost on their next cruise. They were victims of another aerial depth charge attack on 8-Mar-1943 while 350 miles east of Barbados, this time from a PBY Catalina patrol aircraft from US Navy Patrol Squadron VP-53 flying from Chaguaramas, Trinidad.
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