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  Is the USMC a Domestic Terror Organization? (link) PENTAGON — A Pentagon study aimed at identifying and rooting out extremism in the armed forces has led to the conclusion that the Marine Corps should be a banned extremist group by 2022. (duffleblog) “The Department of Defense convened a panel to study the roots of extremism after t...

Contemporary Notes

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  Imagine working for pedophiles, freaks, liars, thieves and mass murderers and thinking that you're more virtuous than those who disobey.     I'm Shocked (link) China has taken a step back from emission reduction commitments amid the energy crunch that caused factory closures and power rationing. In a statement, Pr...

Lucy

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It will be here next month! Ok, now that the shameless self-promotion is out of the way, we can get on to Lucy. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the launch of the LUCY spacecraft to explore "Trojan" asteroids that orbit with Jupiter. The L4 swarm, which is located about 60 degrees ahead of Jupiter in its orbit, and the L5 s...

Open Forum

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LET'S  GO  BRANDON!     What If? Imagine a world in which a small handful of ridiculously wealthy,  powerful psychopaths could make you believe anything that they wanted by simply controlling what they put on television. It would be a great plot for a sci-fi book.     The blog is open today for you to discu...

Tanks, for the Memories

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    The Missing Link? The search for a light tank to accompany airborne troops continues at the Pentagon. The Marines will want one if it will float. And because things need to be "joint" the R&D process will be endlessly debated, supported by forests of paper. Careers will be made as prototypes are tested and then rejected. ...

Sermonette

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    The old church at Glencoe, Scotland   Palestine in the time of Christ C.S. Hammond & Co. Publishers , 1916.   If you read De Tocqueville and Montaigne, you will note that they focus on the eternal power struggle that exists between an alliance of royalty and commoners against nobles...

Saturday Afternoon

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  Historical Notes:  In the early years of American whaling in the 17th century, voyages were limited to the Atlantic. A common route was south to the West Indies in the spring and then to the Azores, where whalers would stop at Portuguese island ports to pick up fresh food, water, and additional crew. From there, the ships sailed past...

Salt

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    In West Africa during the Medieval period, salt was traded for gold. Salt is easily available today but that was not the case in ancient times. In the past, salt was difficult to obtain in certain parts of the world. Areas producing salt had a valuable trade advantage. In Medieval West Africa, salt led to the development of trad...

Leave No Man Behind

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  Yes, two captions with El Cid. Why? Because he didn't leave anyone behind (see below)   Leave No Man Behind I'm waiting for the regime of Jo/Ho to remove this offending statue - maybe slag it so that it can't be re-emplaced - since that's definitely no longer the national standard.  I'm sure that they could send t...

Do Not Speak of IT!

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    The Vax My friend is in the same situation as this NBA Player. Brandon Goodwin, an NBA player with the Atlanta Hawks, admitted recently that he got blood clots from the COVID vaccine that ended his season and possibly his career. Goodwin said the NBA told him to keep it quiet. If you have a strong immunity to the plague an...

Movie Review

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    Movie Review: No Time to Die Tag Line:  James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bo...

Bone Snapper

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    One of my kukris This one has a name - Bone Snapper - and while yes, size does matter, I'm not compensating. There are many styles of kukris made in Nepal and I own more than one, but this is my favorite. It's constructed from a re-purposed automobile/truck leaf spring. A little grinding and there you are. The knife is...

Navy Issues

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    A Naval Hero? Jack Crawford, the Hero of Camperdown In the Battle of Camperdown on 11 October 1797, HMS Venerable was the flagship of Admiral Duncan. During the battle, part of the mast was shot down with the admiral's flag. Lowering the Admiral's personal flag was a sign of surrender. Despite intense enemy fire,...

Mid-Week Notions

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  Times have Changed... ...since Judge Roy Bean dispensed justice from his store, as the only law west of the Pecos. The question that I ask myself is whether those days of yesteryear will return. Will people in the West require justice now that lawlessness in high places is becoming the norm? Roy Bean also sold ice, beer, and jerky...

Blondes, Bullets and Snacks

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    It's Not Pizza in the Pizza Box You start with french fries, add protein, and a combination of sauces with more on the side if you want. It can be shared or eaten solo (if you're a selfish pig). And then there are onion rings. If you're overweight it makes you harder to kidnap. Just offering some hope...  When peo...

Maps…and Chamber Pots

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  Chamber pot with a print of Royal Navy Captain Basil Hal, 1830 If you recall the chamber pot with Napoleon's likeness at the bottom, you'll know that this type of chamber pot was very popular to express displeasure with certain people. Especially popular at the time of the Napoleonic Wars were Royal Navy officers and Napoleon...

Commentary

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  Winter is Coming Rimmed with canyon walls dotted by saguaro cactus, aptly named Saguaro Lake is located about 40 miles east of Phoenix. Sometimes it is cold enough to see significant snow on Four Peaks from the lake. 1099 After the relative success of the First Crusade led by Peter-the-Hermit, Godfrey of Bouillon was named...

Maps & Such

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  Because it's Tuesday   Southwest Airlines   Cold Left-Over Pizza for Breakfast? My vote is YES.  I am NOT recommending sofa-pizza, though. If you have to lift a cushion to find it, no, just no.   Because it's Hispanic Heritage Month   There are different definitions of organiz...

Sick Pilots, etc.

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  Southwest Airlines Announcing the vax mandate. “I encourage all Southwest employees to meet the federal directive, as quickly as possible, since we value every individual and want to ensure job security for all.” The pilots union, which said it did not oppose vaccination, had warned that enforcement of such a mandate could lead to labor...

The World in 2021

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  If you complain about the economy, or the price of food, fuel, and building materials, you must be one of those Trump supporters who recalls how good things were before the rigged election and the onset of the political plague. You just don't understand how good you have it now under Jo/Ho as they "build back better". Wear your obe...