Whatever Happened to Cinder?

December 11, 2019

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Who is Cinder, you may ask? Cinder was a bit character in one of the long-forgotten teen comedy/coming of age movies from 1980. It featured former teen stars, Kristy McNichol and Tatum O’Neal, whose characters meet at summer camp and immediately discover a strong dislike of each other. Meanwhile,  one of the other gals–a budding little borderline personality named Cinder–decides to play the two against each other and makes a bet that whoever loses her virginity first wins $100.00. A very young and virtually unknown Matt Dillon plays the local yokel Romeo that Angel (McNichol) develops a crush on.  Teen angst and cheeseball hilarity ensue.

The role of Cinder was played by Krista Errickson, an actress that can best be described as a never was. Following Little Darlings, she had a long string of supporting roles on television but never quite became a brand name. In fact, for the great majority of anyone reading this piece, you likely have no idea as to who I’m even talking about. Unless you have some kind of personal anecdotal connection to the movie, that is. As in, you remember when the film debuted and your friends nicknamed you Cinder because not only did you share similar looks but you also had the same cunty/bipolar personality. Or some such idiotic thing. You probably still do. But hey, what do I know.

Notwithstanding the mouse costume featuring prominent nipplage & titties on full display as seen below from Darlings, Errickson never really progressed as an actress beyond that of playing a teenaged dick tease. 

But to be fair, probably the role she’s most associated with, and the closest she ever got to establishing any kind of notoriety, was playing Diane Alder, the teenaged daughter of Larry from the Hello, Larry show.  And after bouncing around  from utterly forgettable part to utterly forgettable part on weekly TV, she ultimately disappeared from the entertainment industry in 1994 and eventually went on to become a freelance journalist and documentary director in Italy, evidently having used her acting money to finance a college education at some point. She also married a director of the TV station she worked for, which, no doubt, helped grease the wheels of her Italian television anchorwoman career.

I’ve never seen Darlings, but was aware of its cheese factor and overacted performances, which was standard operating procedure for the time.  Some of the kids that I knew at school had claimed to have seen it but early 80s chick flick just wasn’t my kind of movie. Besides, 1980 brought us a banner crop of notables including:  The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, Stir Crazy, Nine to Five, Any Which Way You Can, Private Benjamin, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Blue Lagoon and The Blues Brothers. I think I watched every single one of them on late night HBO while my mom stood intermittently at the top of the stairs telling me to turn down the TV or go to bed. 

Back then, Little Darlings was so far off my radar it may as well have not even existed. But then where would we have ever gotten our sense of style from?  Darlings was chock full of feathered male & female mullets!  And where else would we have gotten the idea that the apex of teenage male sexuality was epitomized by a hippie haired, monosyllabic moron with a giant schnoz named Matt Dillon?

As for Tatum O’Neal,  she was so unlikable/un-relatable that she may as well have had tentacles and originated from Jupiter. I had seen Paper Moon (1973) and was completely bored with it, but I did like her character, somewhat, in The Bad News Bears (1976). 

The sum total of what I knew about Kristy McNichol was that she played a mousy, little, tomboy named Buddy on a TV show called Family that my mom made me watch with her. 

The only reason I mention Darlings here at all is because it serves as context for Cinder. You see, I had always wondered who the actress was in the  L.A. Woman video. I was certain that I had seen her somewhere else before and as it turns out, I was right. Errickson played the bottled blonde hooker standing on the street corner who picks up the wrong john and ends up dancing around as a corpse excerpted from a dia de los muertos montage that nobody outside of Los Angeles, California would have known what the hell it was.  And me being a kid from the coal region, I had absolutely no idea in 1985 when I saw the L.A. Woman video. I just thought it was some artsy-fartsy thing but, the hooker in the vid was none other than Cinder. Or, more accurately, what Cinder would have ultimately grown up to be, that is, if only someone had bothered to write an arc for the character.

Perhaps Errickson was unhappy with her performance/compensation because she doesn’t even cite her appearance in the video in her official filmography resume, but it’s definitely her. Check it out. Full video found here.

 


Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2019

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December 7, 1941 was a warm and sunny morning for the US troops serving at Pearl Harbor.  Softball teams were on the beach warming up while wives & children, fresh from seaside church services, joined their husbands and fathers to watch the game. But the great majority of servicemen were still in their skivvies or eating breakfast in the mess halls.

They had no way of knowing that on that same morning, the naval fleet and air forces from the Empire of Japan had been speeding across the ocean towards America’s Pacific military base, where, lined up, side-by-side, across the docks and waterfront, the majority of its naval might was neatly presented and poised for obliteration.

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The carnage began at 7:48am. The Japs had spaced the two waves of their devastating attack on the harbor and Hickman Airfield forty-five minutes apart.  They also hit airfield at Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, Bellows Field, Ewa Field, Shofield Barracks and Kaneohe Naval Air Station.  There were 8 of 9 battleships in port that day–effectively, all the battleships of the US Pacific fleet, but for one, the USS Colorado, which had been previously ordered to Puget Sound Naval Yard after an intensive series of training exercises that had concluded on June 25th.

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Seven of the eight ships were lined up on Battleship Row.  Ultimately, all eight were either sunk or damaged. In total, 11 other ships were sunk, 188 planes were destroyed, 2,343 servicemen were killed, 1,272 were wounded and 960 went missing.  68 civilians were killed and 35 were wounded.

Casualties on the Jap side included the loss of or capture of 65 men while 28 planes were shot down and 5 midget submarines were sunk.  The next day,  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war during his Day of Infamy Speech excerpted below:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us. 

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.  With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

Three days after Roosevelt gave his speech, on December 11th, the US also declared war on Germany and Italy after they had previously declared war and the Greatest Generation was an official player in World War II.

Emboldened by its cowardly attack upon Pearl Harbor, Japan would go on to stage a second assault on Oahu three months later on March 4, 1942.  While the plan was audacious, it was plagued by errors and foul weather.  Despite the failure of the attack, it would cause changes to US naval strategy that would remain in place throughout the war.

A surprise attack (Doolittle Raid/Operation K) on Tokyo was subsequently executed on April 18, 1942.  While the results yielded little damage, the raid was a very effective morale booster for Americans. Its national pride affronted by the raid, the Japanese exacted its anger on the villagers in Quzhou, Zhejiang province in China who had helped rescue American pilots, 51 airmen in all, after its suicide mission.

Four years later, as a direct result of Japan’s surprise attack on our country, the United States made the decision to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945, respectively, and effectively ended the war.

Japan officially surrendered a week later and Victory over Japan (VJ Day) is remembered annually each August 14th.


Yiddish Word of the Week

December 6, 2019

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This week’s word describes a vulgar and ignorant person and nowhere else in Congress is this as obvious or as egregiously demonstrated as it is by the four morons of the apocalypse.

Often described as the new faces of the Democratic party, ISIS sympathizers Omar & Tlaib, socialist Red Cortez, and Pay-Me Pressley are the high profile prostaks who irrevocably establish how much they despise America and Americans each time they open their loathsome mouths.

 

 


[Wow] Ventose

December 3, 2019

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Have you ever known someone whose speech is the verbal equivalent of explosive diarrhea? Otherwise known as a bag of flatulence, these folks love to hear themselves talk so they blow hot air all day/everyday about absolutely nothing.

Ventose comes from the Latin ventosus, meaning windy.  Used as an adjective, it means empty talk, hot air.  As in, Crooked Hillary, the ventose twat actually believes she won the 2016 Presidential election, and, along with The Coven, er, The View windbags, takes every opportunity to prove that she should be put in a straitjacket and given anti-psychosis drugs regularly.

 


Yiddish Word of the Week

November 29, 2019

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It was a close race among several candidates, but this week’s Yiddish Word of the Week firmly belongs to California’s 28th Congressional District Representative. Often used as a pejorative term, the word is used in Yiddish as a vulgar term for a penis.

Destroying the Golden State since 2001, Adam Schiff is a demonstrated schmuck whose acts of subversion against President Trump should result in being hanged for treason and sedition.


Be Thankful for Food, Family & Friends

November 28, 2019

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In November 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag indians shared a harvest feast that has since been recognized as the first Thanksgiving.  And for more than two centuries, the day was celebrated by the individual colonies and states.  It wasn’t until 1863 in the middle of the Civil War that President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

The American concept of Thanksgiving was developed by the colonies of New England but the roots of days of feasting can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic.  Both the Separatists, who came over on the Mayflower, and the Puritans, who arrived soon after, brought with them a tradition of providential holidays consisting of days of fasting during difficult or pivotal times and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.

 

 


[WoW] Overweening

November 26, 2019

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Overweening

An archaic verb meaning conceited or arrogant.  Having an overly high opinion of oneself or being overly confident.  As in, Crazy Nancy Pelosi and Red Cortez are overweening extremist, nutbags masquerading as Democrats.


JFK Blown Away 56 Years Ago Today

November 22, 2019

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Today is the 56th anniversary of the assassination of the thirty-fifth president of the United States.   Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War and his presidency dealt primarily with managing relations with the former USSR and Cuba.  Stateside, JFK established the Peace Corps, continued the Apollo space program and supported the Civil Rights Movement.

Unicorns and rainbows aside, Kennedy escalated tensions in South Vietnam by increasing the number of American military advisers and brought the United States to the brink of nuclear war in April 1961 with a botched attempt to overthrow Castro’s communist Cuba in the Bay of Pigs Invasion.   And while we may never know the names of the persons who masterminded Kennedy’s death, we do know this much.

Kennedy was neutralized during an event that would be obscured and obfuscated to the point of absurdity.  And despite hundreds of witnesses and compelling home movies to the contrary, his death was ultimately blamed on a lone nutjob who was 250 feet away and shooting at a moving target.  Oswald supposedly got off 3 rounds with an old Italian bolt action rifle in only six seconds and scored two hits, including a head shot.  Notwithstanding Oswald’s stint in the United States Marine Corps, it would be damn impressive shooting if it was true.

Of all the conspiracy theories opined in numerous books and films, the one item glossed over by all of them is Kennedy’s Executive Order 11110, which was effectively, the first step towards reigning in and eventually ending the Federal Reserve.  Executed on June 4, 1963, Kennedy was dead five months later.  Coincidence? Only if you believe in magic bullets and the tooth fairy.

For those who don’t know, the Federal Reserve is about as federal as Fedex.  A privately held, unelected, elite body comprised of banking and finance magnates with ties to the billionaire Rothschild international banking empire that controls America’s money system and is unaccountable to either the President or Congress.  Effectively, it operates according to its own interests which are not necessarily mutually exclusive with those of American citizens, and precisely why Kennedy wanted to end it.  Unfortunately, the Fed ended Kennedy first.  President Trump has since taken up the mantle of vowing to abolish the monster and bringing back the gold standard.

Highly recommended reading:  The Creature from Jekyll Island, by E. Edward Griffin.


Yiddish Word of the Week

November 22, 2019

This week’s word describes the speshul snowflake & U.S. Representative from New York’s 14th congressional district who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the prestigious Boston College and yet has demonstrated that she knows absolutely nothing about economics other than wanting to take money from the hard-working American  middle class and distribute it to her worthless, deadbeat, soy-boy incel, baby-killing feminists & illegal alien constituency.

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Meshuggeneh is generally used as an adjective to describe someone as insane or as a noun to refer to a nutter.

Used in a sentence,  Red Cortez is the meshuggeneh Congresswoman who has the distinction of having chased Amazon out of her district along with the thousands of jobs & millions in revenue it would have generated. 

 

 


[WoW] Caliginous

November 19, 2019

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Caliginous

It was a caliginous night…

It doesn’t have quite the same literary impact, does it?  Yet it means the same thing – misty, dim, dark.

 

 


Meet North America’s Only Marsupial

November 17, 2019

In honor of Prattle On, Boyo’s tenth year on the web, I wanted to spotlight North America’s only marsupial–the much maligned opossum. You may have also heard them referred to as possums but the latter is correct ONLY_IF you’re talking about a marsupial who lives in Australia, New Guinea, Sulawesi, New Zealand and China. So now that we have firmly distinguished possum from opossum, let’s sing the praises of the greyish/whitish colored critter often seen at night prowling backyards and/or scurrying down the sidewalk with a batch of babies clutching onto her back.

Ten Amazing Facts about Opossums

1.  They’re Not Aggressive

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You may have heard the phrase, “playing possum” and wondered what it meant.  It comes from the technique employed to appear to be dead to avoid a confrontation with a threat.  Ms. Opossum can stay  knocked out hours all the while emitting a foul stench to keep away any predators that may be thinking of having an opossum sandwich.   And while they may bare their teeth, opossum will never attack so don’t worry about Fluffy or FiFi.   Worry more about the pesticides/rodenticide your neighbor is using in his garden/on his lawn as pets are much more likely to be harmed by the Poison Industry than an opossum.

2.  They Rarely Have Rabies

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Unlike most wild animals, opossums are nearly completely immune to contracting rabies or passing it along.  According to science, this is due to their natural body temperature being much too low to maintain hosting the rabies virus.

3.  They Eat Thousands of Ticks

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Ticks are nasty parasites widely distributed around the world especially in warm, humid climates.  They have long been the blood-sucking bane of many a mammal, including our own beloved pets.  Ticks are synonymous with transmitting Lyme Disease but Ms. Opossum is a voracious tick eater.  She can potentially eliminate 4,000 ticks inside of a single week.   She will also quickly vacuum all those icky insects in the backyard and may even chomp on mice if they get in her way.   Opossums rid us of the real pests.

4.  They Won’t Destroy Your Lawn or Property

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Unlike other nocturnal creatures creeping around in the dark, opossums won’t destroy anything and they don’t spray like skunks.  So if you happen to see a wandering opossum in your garage or house, simply leave the door open and remove any food that might have drawn them inside.  They’ll eventually leave without any of the drama the local animal control agency will invoke as these agencies prefer to KILL anything they’re called about, including kittens.

5.  They Are True Survivors

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Opossums have been around a lot longer than any other mammal.  They are often called living fossils because they’ve been able to survive on the planet for millions of years–over 70 million, in fact–which shows an ability to overcome adversity.

6.  They Help with Waste Management

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Opossum are not picky eaters–they will eat whatever is available, including road kill/carrion (bones and all).  They are nature’s most efficient waste-management team and clean-up crew.

7.  They Are the Only Marsupials Indigenous to North America

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Yes, it’s true.  Whenever you hear the word, marsupial, you probably think of the land down under.  But we have our very own unique critter who carries her babies in her pouch until they’re old enough to cling to her back.

8.  They Get Rid of Garden Pests

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Opossums love to dine on slugs, beetles and cockroaches but will leave your flowers and veggies undisturbed.

9.  They May Be the Key to Battling Venomous Snake Bites

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The venom of slithery snakes that may be hiding in your backyard has no effect on opossum.   Researchers have been attempting to isolate the toxin-neutralizing strain found in opossum blood which could potentially be used to treat humans who have been bitten by poisonous snakes such as rattlers and cottonmouths.

10.  They’re Smart Little Critters

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Opossums tested with a higher intelligence than other domestic animals such as rabbits, dogs and cats, particularly when it came to finding tasty grub and remembering exactly where it was to go back for more.   So if you find a family passing through your backyard, leave Awesome Possum to her job of ridding the nasty pests that attack your garden and cause pestilence/illness.  Nature put her on the planet for a very specific reason so don’t f*ck with the natural order of the universe.

 

 


Yiddish Word of the Week Returns!

November 15, 2019

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Back in 2011, I wrote what I had imagined was going to be a weekly schtick consisting of popular Yiddish words that had crossed over into English. But things became fakakt and one thing led to another.  I was detoured, unfortunately,  but the idea was always present & firing on at least one mental cylinder.  So henceforth, Yiddish WoW will be published each Friday in succession until I run out of words or I start to kvetch, whichever comes first.

Today’s word is much misunderstood, misused and often misspelled.  It means nothing, zip, nada.

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As in, The Demonrats don’t have bupkis on President Trump.  They’re wasting taxpayer money to run a farcical impeachment in the desperate hopes of distracting Americans so they won’t elect him president again in 2020. 

 


November 2019 is Blade Runner Month!

November 13, 2019

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By now you must have been made aware that November is Blade Runner month.  The social media-verse has been absolutely teeming with posts to remind us but I have to say that all the digital hot air currently befouling the ethernet was made by what I like to call the Reo -Speedwagon-bois.  You know, the heard it from a friend whooooo, heard it from a friend whooo, heard it from another how awesome the Blade Runner movie is. They don’t know jack but want us to believe how speshul they are because they’ve jerked off to the movie a thousand times in babusya’s basement.

I can be derisive, you see, because I was THERE, bitchez!  I saw the original Blade Runner movie in 1982 at what was then probably one of the last drive-in movie venues.  It was an amazing 2-for-1 Saturday night in July at the old drive-in starting with Escape From New York and topped off with BR.  I was just starting HS (Yes, I am that old) and it was a loooooooong night of two of sci-fi’s greatest hits.

Ah yes, I remember it well—greasy burgers & fries washed down with a 40-gallon drum of Coca-Cola flavored with real sugar (NOT the chemical shit storm it is today) from the concession stand and followed up with a 2-mile trek through children of the corn land to get to the restroom.  And let’s not leave out from our misty water colored memories the tantalizing treat we dove into AFTER consuming our transfats & caffeine–Velveeta melted and poured over Doritos (before they contained chemicals that cause anal leakage.)  Yum! Overkill, yes, but delicious, nonetheless.  The official term, Nachos,  had not been coined or maybe it was because Mexican culture hadn’t yet displaced Americana. All this was yours for a mere $8.50 including the price of admission for as many bodies you could cram into the Buick.  Use of the trunk not necessary since there was no limit.

If you take a stroll around the net today and read some of the posts others have made about BR month, you’ll fast determine that most of them (the bitter little trolls who have nothing else to say) either want to jeer at BR’s popularity for no other reason (that I can discern) than having zero appreciation for the movie, the fan-clan that developed around it, consequently, OR they want to bloviate/whine about climate change and/or the tech in the movie and the lack of it having developed during contemporary times.   Yes, really.  Apparently, the speshul snowflakes need a safe space to cry about how DARE reality NOT live up to fake news media tech expectations.

Blade Runner was based on a shitty short story written by Philip K. Dick and published in 1968 entitled, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.  The only similarities it shares with the movie are Rick Deckard and six escapee Nexus-6 androids set during the post-apocalyptic future.  But for Ridley Scott, the book would have been relegated to the kindling pile and Harrison Ford would have gone through his life as being known only for playing a dimpled chin, bumbling bounty hunter whose chief claim to fame was banging bun head Lea in a cheesy space opera that ripped off Frank Herbert’s Dune books.

Scott transformed a mediocre book into a kick ass piece of sci-fi folklore and released the movie in 1982.  Dick had set the year to 1992 but Scott set it mere thirty-seven years into the future in 2019 which was perfect according to my teen self’s opinion, thank you, very much.  The time frame was close enough to what was then, the current year, to stay firmly rooted in reality, and just far off enough to enable dreaming about the day when we’d have flying cars, human-like androids and off-world colonies.

BR is essentially a love story between Deckard (Who may even be a replicant himself–the flame wars still wage today) and Rachel, who is introduced as the niece of the CEO of the Tyrell Corporation but who is really a unique prototype replicant with implanted memories from Tyrell’s niece and whose lack of longevity is not an issue in the same manner as the Nexus-6 sociopaths.  The rest of the story in between is a high tech wet dream set to a soundtrack created by Greek musician and composer, Vangelis.  In fact, the music is a very much overlooked, undervalued absolute masterpiece as musical accompaniment goes.

The fact that we’re even having a discussion about an event that was referenced in a thirty-seven year old movie speaks volumes all by itself, so if you haven’t seen it then you’ve missed out, loser.  Go break three of your fingers–one for each of the killer skin jobs Deckard retired.

I leave you with my favorite scene –

 

 

 

 


[WoW] Word of the Week Returns

November 12, 2019

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Bawcock

Colloquially, bawcock means “a fine fellow.” Its origin is from the French beau coq, meaning “handsome rooster.” Its first recorded usage was during 16-Century English. Used in a sentence, American journalist & novelist Ernest Hemingway was a bawcock back in his day.

 


Happy Birthday, US Marine Corps!

November 10, 2019

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Defending America Since Day One

Two hundred and forty-four years ago, the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines with the following decree:

That two battalions consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.

Tun Tavern, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and owned by Robert Mullan, the first Captain, is considered the birthplace of the Corps.  The first Marines were enlisted under Commandant Samuel Nichols and were deployed a year later to the very first conflict our infant nation was to fight–the Revolutionary War.

More than any other branch of America’s military, the United States Marine Corps values and embraces its history.  Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps’ proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization.  In the spirit of the tremendous value the Corps places on its history, the editor & chief of Prattle On, Boyo seeks to give Marine families and supporters an opportunity to learn about the Marine Corps legacy and embrace it as intently as the greenest Marine recruit is taught to.

Accomplishments & Milestones

March 1776:  Commandant Nichols led 210 Marines on the first landing in Marine Corps history to a hostile shore on a raid of Nassau on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas.  The raid was not as successful as hoped for but did succeed in capturing the town along with a substantial supply of guns, mortars and gun powder.  During this same month, the Marines also saw the first combat death, that of Lieutenant John Fitzpatrick.

January 1777:  The Continental Marines joined with General George Washington’s Continental Army to defeat the British at the Battle of Princeton in New Jersey marking the third defeat in 10 days for the British Army.  The victory raised morale among the American troops and inspired more young men to join in the fight again the British.

January 1778:  Captains John Rathburn and John Trevett led a second raid on Nassau once again capturing it.  Their victory marked the first time the Stars and Stripes was raised over foreign soil.

April 1778:  Marines under the command of John Paul Jones made two daring raids on British soil–once at the port of Whitehaven in Northwest England and the second later that day at St. Mary’s Isle in southwest Scotland.

1779:  A Marine detachment secured New Orleans preventing British traders from entering the city while Marines also led a series of raids on British Loyalists living on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain outside the city.

1781: Continental Marines engaged what would be their last official act of the Revolutionary War when they escorted a supply of silver from Boston to Philly.  The silver was a loan from King Louis XVI of France and allowed the nation’s first bank to open.

March 1783:   The last actual action the Continental Marines saw was during the final confrontation of the war–a duel between the USS Alliance and the HMS Sybil off the coast of Florida five weeks after the war had ended.

Over the course of seven years of battle, the Continental Marines had only 49 men killed and just 70 more wounded out of a force of roughly 130 Marine Officers and 2,000 enlisted men.

Legacy

During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Marines’ uniforms consisted of a green jacket with high leather collar to protect the neck against sword blades.  While the Marines changed the color to blue in 1798 (to honor its naval tradition) the collar remained part of the uniform until  the 1870s. Over time, the wearing of the leather led sailors on the ships the Marines were serving to refer to Marines as leathernecks, a nickname by which Marines are still known today.

The Revolutionary War not only led to the founding of the United States (Continental) Marines Corps, but also highlighted for the first time the versatility that Marines have come to be known for.  They fought on land, at sea on ships and they performed numerous amphibious assaults which, over time, would become one of the Marine’s most dangerous and defining capabilities as would be seen in the Pacific Theater of WW II and at Inchon in Korea.

From its earliest days, the Corps has played a vital role in securing and defending the freedom of our nation.  While the role Marines played in the Revolutionary War is often overlooked, it should not be underestimated.  As the great American author James Fenimore Cooper once wrote:

At no period of the naval history of the world is it probable that Marines were more important than during the War of the Revolution..the history of the Navy, even at that early day, as well as in these later times, abounds with instances of the gallantry and self-devotion of this body of soldiers.

 

Happy Birthday, Gentlemen.  Policing the world since 1775–Semper Fi!  Oo-rah!


Prattle Celebrates 10 Years on the Web!

November 10, 2019

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For those of you have been following Prattle all this time, a sincere thank you.  And for those who may want to toss their hat into the blogging ring but don’t have a blog of their own, now is your chance!

Prattle On, Boyo has a fairly high internet search engine ranking so your content may be noticed by third parties but if that’s your only impetus to write well then you probably shouldn’t waste your time.  If OTOH, you live to write and want to share your musings with others for the sheer joy of it, please feel free to submit your thoughts accordingly.

In celebration of PoB’s upcoming GLORIOUS ten year anniversary on November 17th,  submit your topic AFTER you review the guidelines, of course.  I’m not picky about subject matter and I don’t expect a ten thousand word thesis, but I stand pretty firm as to ground rules so be sure to review them at the following link.

Prattle On, Boyo Guest Blogging Guidelines

 

 

 


Prattle Me A Scam, Scumbag

October 9, 2019

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Apropos of probably the fact that I recently opened a new line of credit, I’ve been phished not once but twice in as many days.

If you’re not up on your InfoSec terminology, phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain confidential information. It is a cybercrime perpetrated by someone posing as an authorized entity for the purpose of luring unwary individuals into disclosing sensitive data such as usernames and passwords which the scammer can then use illicitly.

The target is typically contacted via email, telephone or text message disguised as legitimate communication. Save reporting it to the institution that was spoofed–in my case, Wells Fargo bank–there’s not a whole lot can be done about it. (Assuming you did not fall for the con, that is, in which case that is an entirely new level of misery) I’m writing about it as a public service to alert readers that phishing scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated. It’s not enough just to be aware phishing exists. In fact, in order to protect yourself, you have to dig a little deeper than obvious red flags that bludgeon you with comical errors.

At first glance, the two phishing attempts that targeted me looked absolutely legit. Even the telephone numbers checked out but then I’m quite sure the criminal counted on the fact that most people would rather use their shiny eight hundred dollars worth of smartphone technology rather than placing a tired old, antiquated phone call.

Further, there was none of the usual grammar and spelling errors which are part and parcel of a phish attempted by a criminal who does not speak English.

For example, a typical phishing expedition would have included something along the lines of:

If you havent recieve you card call us at 800-WE-GOODE.

Or some other obvious grammatical and/or spelling error.

And a less discerning person may have taken the bait simply by virtue of the fact that not only was his name included in the greeting but it was also spelled correctly rather than the generic Dear Valued Customer which is SOP for scams of this nature. You may be wondering how a scammer would know your name and that you have accounts at Wells Fargo bank but hold that thought.

Behold the Scumbaggery

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Exhibit Alpha – Activate Your Card

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Exhibit Bravo – Deposit Your Check with a Smartphone

Given my natural state of vigilance and suspicion combined with a heaping helping of information security as a side gig, I don’t want to say that it is impossible to scam me but, in reality, it will be quite the frosty day in Hell when I’d be dumb enough to click on a link contained within an unsolicited message especially from a high profile bank that encouraged me to activate a credit card and another link in another message to deposit a check with a smartphone. Ain’t happenin’, Jimmy. And any bank that sends such correspondence to you should be reported to the state and federal Attorneys General offices accordingly.

Returning to the question of how a scammer would know your personal details such as name and accounts, the answer is they don’t. At least, not usually, unless, of course, your identity has been compromised. But Wells Fargo has a significant presence in financial markets sufficient for scumbags to gamble (and usually guess correctly) that a satisfying portion of their target audience probably would. And even if you did not, there are those out there who may still click on the links anyway because they mistakenly believe that they have hit the FICO jackpot–

Hey, I don’t even have an account at Wells Fargo and I never applied for credit but they want to give me free money, woo hoo! Let me click on that link right now and give my social security number, username, password AND mother’s maiden name! What could possibly go wrong?

Even the return address domain seemed kosher but still smelled like unadulterated dog shit to me.

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Always check the headers

A quick trace and peek into the WHOIS database yielded that connect.wellsfargoemail.com resolves back to Cheetahmail which appears to be a legitimate business entity. And presumably, the Cheetahmail domain has been spoofed/hijacked for the purpose of scamming unsuspecting consumers, but I have no way of knowing for sure. Maybe the administrative contact named below in the public record spends his free time perpetrating cybercrime?

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Suffice to say, after having forwarded both phishing attempts to Wells, I have not received a response nor do I expect to mostly because the fraud department does not inspire confidence. While I was researching the connect.wellsfargoemail.com domain I found a previous thread in @Ask_WellsFargo twitter feed and its operator either could not or would not answer the question whether connect.wellsfargoemail.com even belonged to the bank. Shouldn’t an account named “Ask Wells Fargo” possess fundamental knowledge about the organization it purports to speak for on social media?

A logical person would assume that Ask Wells Fargo would at least be peripherally aware as to what domains Wells Fargo actually owns, but you’d be mistaken if you thought the official twitter feed served any other purpose than mindless, happy, shiny marketing drivel which is exactly why you have to possess a working knowledge of what are and where to find email headers. In fact, stay tuned for an upcoming tutorial on that particular subject matter. Until next time, don’t click on any links from within your email, especially for special deals and services from financial and banking entities.


Fleebin-Flobbin

October 9, 2019

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Greetings and Salutations Prattle Ppl:

So it has been about a year since I last posted to convey having removed Prattle from an increasingly totalitarian liberal loon social media platform and now it’s time for another update.

Throughout the past year, I’ve been practicing my front-end web dev endeavors and otherwise pursuing software-related minutiae but paused to include for you some software developer jargon that can just as easily crossover into the mainstream vocab of the decidedly non-developer vernacular. See how many terms you can identify and then incorporate into your daily communications.  Impress your friends and vie for that promotion today!

Deprecate

Code that is still part of the overall application and remains in place for the sake of  backwards-compatibility.  e.g. a deprecated relationship

Rubber Ducking

A method of debugging code taken from The Pragmatic Programmer (1999).  The act of carrying around a rubber duck (or some other object) and explaining your code line-by-line to it in order to understand it better.  This sometimes happens in personal relationships when one side refuses to communicate and the other has to constantly second-guess the other side’s increasingly fucked up behaviors.

Reality 101 Failure

The program, or more likely a feature of a program, does exactly what was expected but when deployed becomes annoyingly obvious that the problem was misunderstood and is basically useless.

Happy Path

A default scenario that experiences no exceptions or error conditions and leads to successful execution thereby generating a positive response.  Contrasted with an exception path that results in reality 101 failure.

Nopping

Taken from assembler language NOP  meaning no-operation. Similar to a nap but doesn’t imply sleep, just zoning out.

Copypasta

Code which contains direct or nearly direct copy-and-paste.  As in a copypasta Dear John letter.

Yoda Notation

Two parts of an expression are reversed from the typical order in a conditional statement. A Yoda condition places the constant portion of the expression on the left side of the conditional statement. The name for this programming style is derived from the Star Wars character named Yoda who speaks English with a non-standard syntax. As in,  Let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, do not.

Egosurfing

Scanning the web for one’s own name.  May be to monitor personal brand but is typically for narcissistic purposes.

Jimmy

A generalized name for a clueless n00b.

Bikeshedding

A futile investment of time and energy in a discussion of marginal technical issues such as worrying about where the bike shed will go on a property that doesn’t exist.

Unicorny

An adjective to describe a feature that’s so early in the planning stages that it might as well be imaginary.

Stress Puppy

One who requires stress in order to function well yet voices dissatisfaction with it.


F–k Off, Facebook

October 22, 2018

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Greetings Prattle Followers:

Please be advised that effective immediately, the social media pages for Prattle On Boyo on Facebook have been deactivated due to the current anti-free expression stance of social media giants such as Facebook have recently undertaken to quash any and all expression that does not puke up MSM/Leftist talking points.

In its blind, fanatical zeal to aid its globalist overlords in destroying the United States, many of the brand name tech companies, such as Facebook, have rigged its platform algorithms to feature content only from those sources who regurgitate the rigid, authoritarian orthodoxy of the Left.  I cannot, in good faith, or as an American citizen, continue to patronize such a platform, particularly since its claims of free expression have become vividly clear to apply only to Left leaning viewpoints, meanwhile it labels by default any opinions to the contrary as racist or whatever the MSM outrage of the day happens to be.

You can still follow PoB on Twitter and Gab.

Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter and thanks for following my pages.

PoB


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