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Obligatory New Years Post

Happy New Year, everybody!

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 07:55 PM (5 replies)

How a dress code change won us Guadalcanal

"But Halsey was sidelined that summer by the mother-of-all tropical skin conditions, causing him to miss out on the Battle of Midway, where the U.S. decisively crippled the Imperial Japanese Navy. And as the war in the Pacific shifted to a series of amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands, the momentum that Halsey had gained for the U.S. began to falter.
Nearly 11,000 Marines were dug in deep on Guadalcanal but were struggling to hold the position and it was becoming clear that Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley, the man in charge of Pacific operations, was catastrophically unfit for his job. He was tactically indecisive, wedded to defensive posturing and perhaps worst of all, was suffering from a deep malaise that was spreading to the soldiers, sailors and Marines in his command.
On Oct. 18, 1942, Adm. Nimitz sent the recuperated Halsey in to replace Ghormley as Commander of the South Pacific. And one of Halsey’s first moves in that capacity was to issue an order stripping neckties from the uniforms of all naval officers.
Imagine the power of the message that order sent to sailors demoralized by weeks of stalemate and command-chain confusion. Like a gentleman who’d endured one insult too many, the Navy would now remove its finery and invite the Japanese to settle this little disagreement outside. All bets were off. All points of civility were suspended. Halsey’s Navy would be settling things old school, bare knuckles and mean. Reinvigorated by Halsey’s leadership, the Navy went on to win a series of pitched naval engagements that helped secure Guadalcanal for America."

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 07:48 PM (0 replies)

Is 60 too old...

to be an idiot?

Posted by wonderwarthog | Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:41 AM (9 replies)

Merry Christmas to All!

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 07:44 PM (14 replies)

Motivated Out of Darkness

I found this strangely inspirational.

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 03:13 PM (0 replies)

Marilyn Manson Sings Gospel

Quite well.

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 03:08 PM (0 replies)

Killing Strangers

Not a Manson fan, but this is most badass.

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 02:18 PM (2 replies)

Bing Crosby and David Bowie - "Little Drummer Boy"

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 03:45 AM (3 replies)

The Little Match Girl

Happy Christmas Eve, all!

This represents someone in my life right now.

Even looks like her.

There is one who has all power.

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 02:42 AM (8 replies)

Prison Songs - Original Cadence


Posted by wonderwarthog | Fri Dec 22, 2017, 09:35 PM (2 replies)
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