The Watering Hole: October 14 – Oops

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On this date in 1939 – German U-Boat U-47 under the command of Günther Prien sank the  British battleship HMS Royal Oak, anchored at Scapa Flow in the Orkney’s.


For the British, this was their “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” moment, a direct attack on the Royal Navy in a home port and the loss of 833 seamen. The Germans bestowed honors on Günther Prien and his crew when they returned.

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91 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: October 14 – Oops

  1. Morning, Zooists!
    Rainy NW morning, Jayden turns 9 months tomorrow.
    Time flying, seems like I’m always running, trying to catch up to it…

  2. Typical, sneaking about under the seas, shooting at people without showing yourselves……. not Marquis of Queensbury rules…. not cricket…… fiendish Boche….. what?

  3. I bet the catfish downstream from the Guntersville Dam could eat that stuff. They eat anything that comes through the turbines. (Yes I know it’s salt water!)

  4. RUC:

    “And you run and run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking,
    Racing behind to come up behind you again…”

    – Roger Waters…

  5. thanks RUC.

    There’s actually too much material on the RNC site to be able to make proper fun of it all in just one post.

    I don’t understand why they have so many blogs on the site and the extra-bloggity-blog-of blogs that they mention.

    Here’s a sample from THerman’s “more tech-minded blog” that is labeled ‘Feeding the Machine’.
    After some general leg-humping— “The Republican Party is lucky to have a man so unafraid, so committed to a real connection with what some people call the “grassroots” of the party (I simply think of them as “us.”). The RNC is lucky to have a man who recognizes the need to be in and of the culture that brought us to D.C. in the first place and, in ever increasing numbers, new media is part of our common cultural interaction”—THerman finally gets a bit ‘more tech-minded’ :

    It’s [the site] far from perfect, but—again, due to the fearlessness of my Boss, and his decision to embrace openness—it has the greatest possible chance to become a great platform; unlike Speaker Pelosi, the elitist who imagines that you have no right to read a Bill that will take away your very right to choose your own health care—Chairman Steele firmly believe that, as the people who support our party, you deserve the ability to partner with us in its growth.”

    So in case you aren’t very ‘tech-minded’ what THerman is actually saying is that Nancy Pelosi isn’t a great platform!

    I hope I’ve solved your Pelosi/platform problem satisfactorily and is there anything else I can help you with today sir? No, well thanks for the RNC calling tech-minded support line, and have a nice day! 😀

  6. TV Alert!

    Keith Olbermann will have as his guests on Countdown, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones, to discuss the 40th Anniversary of a little comedy troupe called “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. It was, for strange reasons, almost called “Owl-Stretching Time,” among other candidates. Catch the second broadcast of Countdown if you miss this one. As of 22 minutes into the program, they are yet to appear. I imagine they may be closing the program, as how could anyone follow them?

  7. “When two or three are gathered together in their Name, then they shall perform the Parrott Sketch”

    “It has ceased to be”

    – Mel Smith and Rowan Atkinson

  8. Sorry, correction on the quote:

    “It is an ex-parrott”

    “It has ceased to be”

    • Peasant 1: Who’s that there?
      Peasant 2: I don’t know… Must be a king…
      Peasant 1: Why?
      Peasant 2: He hasn’t got shit all over him.

  9. Zooey, if you are able, you should catch about the last ten or so minutes of Countdown. At one point, Keith asked them a question about their influence on politics. John Cleese stared at him blankly. Keith had to remind him that they discussed it right before the show. Cleese said that he didn’t recognize the topic from the way Keith brought it up. And they kept laughing the whole time. In the last ten seconds, as Keith is getting ready to toss it to Alyson Stewart, Terry Gilliam says (to the other two, of Keith), “He looks thinner on the YouTube.”

  10. Zooey,

    When I worked at the food service joint at our college, some thirty years ago, that was our theme song. We got the radio station to dedicate it to us one night, as they often used it in their opening number.

    “What’s so special about the cheesemakers?”

    “Obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally, Darling, it refers to any manufacturer of dairy products.”

  11. Sadly, Rachel’s still down with the Swine Flu, but she says she “hopes to be back tomorrow.” We all wish her a speedy recovery, of course. I hope Susan’s okay, too.

    • Wait, you can get H1N1 more than once?? Rachel had it a couple of months ago. As much as I don’t want this vaccine, with my traveling, I think I’m going to bite the big one bullet. The sanitizing lotion is killing my hands. 😦

  12. I was at the pharmacy today, and a swine flu vaccination for Oct. 29th, was cancelled for lack of supply of the vaccine. That’s two weeks away, and they already know there won’t be any!

  13. Thanks for saving me from having to check for it. That explains why Rachel didn’t do the sea snot segment. But I remember the lass said Rachel was at the meeting when they planned the segment.

  14. While waiting for The Daily Show, has anybody watched, “My Secret Girlfriend”?

  15. Stewart calls out Sessions (yes the SOB from MY state!) for opposing Franken’s anti-rape amendment. Look for the clips later!

  16. Enjoy the good doctor. All I have left is Colbert. He’s lagging compared to Jon Stewart lately. I can comiserate with you Zooey. I have a CAD class tomorrow night! (that’s computer drafting)

  17. I got the Swine Flu. It’s like three days of feeling like you haven’t slept for a week and two days of wishing you were dead. After that it is like someone flipped a switch. Primary care doctor checked both me and spouse and both were positive – she felt sleepy for about two days and then popped to as if nothing was involved.

  18. Wow, what a thread. In honor of the subject

    “We are no longer the knights who say ni! We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-pitang-zoom-boing!”

    What I wouldn’t do to see a finished Gilliam Don Quixote.

  19. Barbara Ehrenreich is a great interview on The Daily Show!

    Walt, I wasn’t diagnosed, but I could have had it several weeks ago. I had two nights where I had fever and chills, and some nausea, then it went away. I never get chills unless I have flu or strep.

  20. Where did WE come from? You wouldn’t believe how many guys wanted to play here. We had to beat ’em off with a stick

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