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Mish-Mash

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  There's always the WayBack Machine And what if? I suspect that if I'd been around in the 1400's in England, I would have been an archer. With a yew bow and a war hammer... raiding and pillaging the French. At Crécy on 26 August 1346; 19 September 1356 in Nouaillé, near the city of Poitiers in Aquitaine; or 25 October 1415 (Saint Cri...

Plagues

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Communist China has found a new case of dengue fever on the same day as the country has confirmed patients infected with bubonic plague. The plague used to be called "the Black Death". Since that is racist, it may be called the "Yellow Death" because it's in China now - and when it arrives in America by "Chinese Students" - who knows but what we wi...

It’s Gun Pride Month

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Celebrate Gun Pride Month         You need to think about that every day. Free people have the option of being armed - their own option. Slaves have no options and are not allowed arms by their overlords - their betters - the elite. Sometimes I have to scratch my head at the Russians. The ph...

Six (or more)

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There are six political parties in America, not two. Where are YOU? Or do you wedge yourself in between (a seventh political party?) Explain yourselves. (I don't fit in any of the six comfortably, myself) Theory holds that these six align themselves into the two major political parties for convenience, but the grouping is not harmonious. The ...

Sunday Rant

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  Who makes the BEST pick-up truck? This is your chance to weigh in with your opinion. I drive a Ford Raptor (2014 with the Steel I-beam frame and the big-ass V-8 engine). I hate where Ford went with the bi-turbo, aluminum unibody. And who wants to spend $80,000 on a pick up? Maybe the most renowned pick of of all time is the Toyota H...

Tanks a lot, J.E.B.

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Though it would be considered wholly inappropriate to name an American tank after a (1) white, (2) male, (3) heterosexual (4) Christian (5) Confederate cavalry commander, today, that was not the case when the US Army named the M-3 and M-5 after General J.E.B. Stuart. And to be fair, I'm not completely sure why the US kept making the Stua...

Wonder Weapon Sunday

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Yes, it's time for the Sunday Sermonette.   When we think of so-called wonder weapons, the first great leap forward were the Nazi Wunderwaffels. Before that, there were intermittent leaps forward but the age that brought us the American development of the fission bomb and the fusion bomb was also dramatically illustrated with the Ger...

July 4 Continues

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The holiday that we celebrate today only exists because the citizens were armed. Dr. Warren died at the Battle of Bunker Hill.       This meme describes how I was raised to think. I realize that it (and I) are hopelessly out of date, but it speaks to American exceptionalism. To the notion that the US wou...

A Few More Thoughts

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  Basics I am fundamentally opposed to military intervention in distant lands without clear goals and an exit strategy. You can argue that in cases like Pearl Harbor that we had no choice but to go for broke and I can't disagree. In the case of the 9/11 attack, our allies and oil suppliers were behind it...and so we couldn't very well at...

Independence Day

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For the first time in my life, there will be no grand fireworks and fun on Independence Day. It's my favorite holiday because you don't have to buy presents and I like the food. It's a low key holiday, with parades if you want to attend, pancake breakfasts at church, and a lot of nostalgia. I have a Gadsden Flag on the front bumper of my For...

The Ferret

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  If you're thinking of gifting something to somebody who would appreciate it, think no further. I believe that I could use a Ferret as a ranch vehicle...and to support local efforts to keep the great unwashed masses in line.  Buy here. I prefer the Mark 2/3 with the turret, but any model will do. I first came into contact with this cool...

IL-2

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Ilyushin Il-2 Ground Attack Aircraft The Ilyushin Il-2 or Shturmovik was a ground-attack aircraft produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers during the Second World War (Great Patriotic War). With 36,183 units of the Il-2 produced during the war. The Il-2 was designed by Sergey Ilyushin and his team at the Central ...

Clear Creek

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When you think of Arizona You usually don't think of mountain streams and going on picnics on the sand bar, swimming in deep water. ...and East Clear Creek is about a mile from the house. Life isn't all riots, arson, strife and calls for racial justice. Sometimes it's just a swim and a picnic, and some catch-and-release...

Mission to Triton

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When NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Neptune's strange moon Triton three decades ago, it wrote a planetary science cliffhanger. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft ever to have flown past Neptune, and it left a lot of unanswered questions. The views were as stunning as they were puzzling, revealing massive, dark plumes of icy material s...

Current Events

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  Chinese Threats to Australia (youtube) There was a general sense in the People's Republic of China that they'd bought and owned Australia. The realization that they don't is deeply disturbing to Beijing.  They're trying to fix the problem by 'punishing Australia'. The round-up of foreigners living in China, who would be charged with...

Black Hole Collision (in the news)

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This artist's concept shows a supermassive black hole surrounded by a disk of gas. Embedded in this disk are two smaller black holes that may have merged together to form a new black hole. Image credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)   Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena CA) When two black holes spiral around each other and ultimately collide...

A Stake in the Outcome

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There is a wide variance of opinions by this blog's readership when it comes to the roll of the police/sheriffs/state police in society. One thing that strikes me is that many believe that the outcome of police actions is something that police officers concern themselves with. In rural jurisdictions where everyone knows everyone, maybe. In urban...

Contemporary Caution

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  Communist China Update   The Chinese Plagues It makes you think twice. What is going on in China? Is it that the place has filthy practices and a LOT of people? However you choose to view the situation, please think long and hard about buying food that originated from or was processed on the Chinese mainland. Tilapia that ar...

An Antarctic Encounter

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There are a few true apex predators in Antarctic waters. The orca, which is an apex predator everywhere, the great white shark, and the fearsome leopard seal, which harvests penguins.  

The Dystopian World

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Biden I know people close to creepy, corrupt, senile old Joe Biden. They are friends of the Bidens and pre-plague would have dinner with them once or twice a month.  Even they say that Joe's dementia is getting very acute, though the don't see them much now. Not many people do. Joe himself isn't typically an ideological Marxist, but the Party is...