Day By Day


  • JTC

    My comment from a couple hours ago:

    “…just leave me the fuck alone and free to conduct my capitalist business and to provide or not provide my services as I see fit.” But apparently that they cannot abide…

    What “anti-gay remarks”? How fucked up is it that these people feel threatened enough to close their business? Who is the criminal here?

    Prepare to defend, ya’ll.

  • Grunt GI

    ADM Chester Nimitz is supposed to have said that battleships were called she because it was so expensive to keep them up with powder and paint.

    • eon

      Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto referred to the Yamato and Musashi as being as useless as a daisho (the twin swords of the samurai) in a modern naval battle.

      Midway and Okinawa proved he was largely correct. Although Surigao Strait did show what the battlewagons could do when the sun went down and most of the aircraft had to stay home due to lack of radar.



      • KenH

        And yet, the entire ethos of the IJN remained focussed on the “Decisive Engagement” Led by their Battle line…..Not so much, but they really really were NOT the super-geniuses they were made out to be. Not even close.

        Oh, and kill the bitchbeast soonest, will ya… 🙂

        • Not that simple, Ken. They really didn’t have any options after Coral Sea and Midway.

          Not only did they lose a very large part of their fast carrier force, they lost most of their trained crews as well. Given they hadn’t established a mass-production style training system before that, it was simply too late afterwards.

  • JJ

    Ernst Lindemann, Captain of the BISMARCK, refused to call his battleship “She”, and always referred to his ship as “He”. Considering the ship he commanded, not a bad choice of words.

    • pyodice

      Tough to call it a girl when it wins every dick-waving contest it enters…

    • eon

      Actually, it was always German custom to call any ship “he”. “She” is an English and Romance (French, Spanish, Italian, etc.) custom.

      All German ships were considered “masculine”, even airships. Ernst Lehmann always referred to Zeppelins as “he”, especially Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin. He found the U.S. Navy’s tradition of referring to the German built USS Los Angeles as “she” a bit peculiar.



  • B Woodman

    “She’s an old battleship. She’s out of date, leaks a lot, but she’s still big and mean.”
    “Until Trey Gowdy gets her server.”
    THAT is a master line. It was all I could do to suppress just a little bit while the wife is on the phone (long distance).

    Thank you, Chris.

  • Wayne M

    The juxtaposition of the USS Texas (a New York class battleship) and ScHrillary (a New York no-class Senator) bears some consideration…

    • Bill G

      Yes. The USS Texas has a long history of honorable service to our country.
      Something lacking in The Screecher.

  • interventor

    The Army was mostly responsible for bringing battleships out of mothballs. Mostly for offshore bombardment. The battlewagons could deliver much more tonnage at greater accuracy than aircraft. During Vietnam a mountain sheltering the VC and NVA was cut down– a level at a time until they got to the enemy bunkers.

    • eon

      The Navy realized the efficiency of the Iowa class in the 1980s, when it was pointed out that;

      1. An Iowa could be reactivated, fitted with modern weapons and electronics, and manned for about the cost of building a new FFG (Perry-class frigate) from the keel up (the FFG was at the time the smallest and least versatile surface combatant we had); and

      2. An anti-ship missile, like the feared MM38 Exocet, that could cripple or sink most modern warships (as was graphically illustrated in Falkland Sound in 1982) wouldn’t do much more to an Iowa’s armor than put scorch marks on the haze-gray paint.

      New Jersey’s captain was once asked by a reporter what he would do if the battlewagon got hit by an Exocet. He replied that the correct order would be “Sweepers, man your brooms”. The reporter started to laugh, then realized he wasn’t kidding.

      BTW, the Soviet navy spent more on just building their two Kirov-class nuclear/steam turbine guided missile battlecruisers than we spent on reactivating and operating the four Iowas for a decade and a half. One of the best values-for-money in naval history.



      • John Egbert

        One of the Iowas took a kamikaze flush against her conning tower. The CO messaged fleet command: “Fire extinguished; wreckage pushed overboard; damage rep[aired with a paint brush.” Oh, how I wish we still had them on line.

      • …Now try a Mk-48 going off under the keel…


        Yeah, it’s only a destroyer in the video, but you get the idea.

        There’s a reason we don’t build battleships any more.

  • Old Pirate

    Bull Halsey’s explanation of “she” as the pronoun for battleships: “It costs so much to keep them in paint and powder.”

  • Bill G

    Does the Screecher know that the request for ‘her server’ refers to the electronic device and not one of her minions?

  • Pamela

    Ever notice that screaming goats are a whole lot quieter than butthurt adherents.

    When Trey gets her server and I don’t mean Huma, he needs to remember to check the date of manufacture of the components. Trust her to pull a bait and switch. There’s nothing to see here folks. Move along.

  • Conservative in Liberal Hands

    Who is the mysterious Peter Ream & why is he sponsoring today’s edition?

    The Chester Nimitz comment was made in the context of the battleship vs aircraft carrier arguments in the 1920’s & 1930’s.

  • Poor Skye !!!!
    The whole thing is a classic !!!
    SPEW ALERT !!!!

  • Spin Drift

    I’ve been to the “Texas” down at San Jacinto (Sp?). Very impressive group of monuments. I do remember that their was a passage way “hole” across the beam of the “Texas” that a man could walk through. Chris, your comparison to Shillary reminded me of that old joke about finding my keys and driving out of here. I wish it would it be so easy for the country!

    As to the Japanese thinking, read Mahan’s book, that tome directed naval thinking for 40 years for all the belligerents of WWI and II.

    Molon Labe and Hold Fast

  • Little-Acorn

    The current USS Texas is a nuclear attack submarine, based in Pearl Harbor. Our Cub Scout pack got a tour of her last year, fascinating. Not a lot of room on those subs, even modern ones.
    There was a battleship by that name, is it currently on display somewhere? We have the USS Midway aircraft carrier here in Sandy Eggo, now a floating museum, very cool.

    • Charles

      Now I feel like a bad Texan. I somehow completely missed the decommissioning of the USS Texas (CGN-39) and the commissioning of the USS Texas (SSN-775).

      And there have been two battleships named Texas, the previous one being the first battleship commissioned by the US, in 1892.

      The Confederacy also had two ships named Texas, one a commerce raider that ended up captured by the Spanish and the other an ironclad that wasn’t completed by the end of the Civil War.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Hitler’s “Death to homosexuals”???
    prove that the nazis were actually a mafia of homosexuals…Hitler and his whole entourage were all flaming pansies, the whole lot of them…it was, in Germany, the nazi “Bears” versus the communist “Twinks”…Even in the death camps the communist homos had a VERY preferential treatment and were used as Kapos, or guards.

    “The Pink Swastika is a powerful exposure of pre-World War II Germany and its quest for reviving and imitating a Hellenistic-paganistic idea of homo-eroticism and militarism.”
    Dr. Mordechai Nisan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    “Lively and Abrams call attention to what Hitlerism really stood for, abortion, euthanasia, hatred of Jews, and, very emphatically, homosexuality. This many of us knew in the 1930’s; it was common knowledge, but now it is denied…”
    R. J. Rushdoony, The Chalcedon Report

  • John Greer

    IIRC the original comment was by Adm. Halsey with respect to Kamikaze attacks on his battleships and it was “Bosuns man your brooms.”
    With the advent of railgun artillery and (we hope) Lockheed’s fusion technology the battleship may make a comeback. It could do anything from shelling Afghanistan to ABM defense with the right ammunition.

  • KBK

    That second one was pretty funny, at several levels! Like old times…

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