May 18th, 2006

president

Parapraxis in action

"Fiscal responsibility is not an option in this House of Representatives."

Speaker of the House Dennis J. Hastert (R-Ill.)

What he meant to say was that fiscal responsibility is not optional, but the subconscious mind is a powerful thing.

10-S, 10-D

Ten random things: May 18

Ten Gearing-class destroyers of the U.S. Navy:

  1. USS Myles C. Fox (cannibalized for spare parts, 1980)
  2. USS Steinaker (sold to the Mexican navy, 1982; still active as ARM Netzahualcoyotl)
  3. USS Duncan (sunk as a target, 1980)
  4. USS John R. Craig (sunk as a target, 1980)
  5. USS Southerland (sunk as a target, 1997)
  6. USS Charles H. Roan (sold to the Turkish navy, 1973; scrapped, 1995)
  7. USS Arnold J. Isbell (sold to the Greek navy, 1974; scrapped, 2002)
  8. USS Leary (sold to the Spanish navy, 1973; scrapped, 1992)
  9. USS Meredith (sold to the Turkish navy, 1979; scrapped, 1995)
  10. USS Frank Knox (sold to the Greek navy, 1971; sunk as a target, 2001)

The first Gearing-class destroyer went into service near the end of World War II. They are very similar to the Sumner-class destroyers, only slightly longer in the midsection to accommodate a larger fuel supply. Most of the Gearing-glass ships have been scrapped or sunk, though at least one is still in service in a foreign navy, and three others have been restored as museums.