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  Even as attempted illegal border crossings are up 21% as would-be migrants are lured by promises of a free house, free welfare-for-life, free medical care and an ObamaPhone by creepy Joe and Ho, ---- there are other things we can chat about, like neat arcane aircraft.   Ho 229 Germany’s Horten brothers, Reimer and Walter...

Sunday Survey

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SCOTUS The recent reassignment of conservative Supreme Court justices to supervise federal circuit courts of appeal is significant. Keep a close eye on that. A circuit justice is primarily responsible for emergency requests (for example, an application to block an execution or to allow it to go forward) from the geographic area covered by his or...

Sunday Sermonette

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    Is there such a thing as a spirit animal? Or is it just an albino white tail deer (far more than just a white tail)? That's the sermonette question of the day.   From the Crew --  Of the USS Paul Ignatius DDG 117 "Iggy sends her regards".   Joe and Ho They're still requesting security br...

Saturday Statements

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  The Constitution  Legal commentators on cable TV and elsewhere are regurgitating the line (democrat talking points) that none of the suits brought by the Trump campaign would change enough votes to alter the outcome of the election in Pennsylvania, the Obama-appointed federal judge made exactly the opposite point. The Trump Campaign is...

Submit!

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  You know that it’s for your own good. Your betters are concerned about your welfare. Don't pay any attention to what they do and don't do.  Just relax and submit. Here, take this pill. It will help. We have plenty more where that one came from.   One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scanda...

Clive in India (This Month in History)

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Following a telephone discussion with LSP about the value of sepoys (native troops), and because it was a November siege, I settled on this to blog about today NOVEMBER 1751: ROBERT CLIVE WINS A SURPRISING VICTORY AT ARCOT, WHICH HAS LONG RANGE CONSEQUENCES OVER BESIEGING FORCES. Robert Clive, the one-time clerk in the British East India ...

Blue City Blues

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  The DC Swamp Beckons In “The Battle of the Century,” Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s 1927 comedy classic, the boys inadvertently start a massive pie fight that soon engulfs the entire city of Los Angeles. With chaos in the streets, Stan and Ollie quietly tip-toe out of town as if they had nothing to do with the mess they’ve left behi...

Checking In

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  The Old Gray Mare The U.S. Air Force has asked industry to pitch a new engines for the service’s 76 B-52 bombers. With new motors, the B-52s could keep flying into the 2050s. Or longer. The youngest B-52 rolled off Boeing’s Wichita production line in 1962. But it’s not fair to call the B-52 a 59-year-old airplane. Very little of ...

Toilet Paper Shortages

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    Context and Precedent     On July 1, 1941, a requisition was submitted for 150 rolls of toilet paper by an officer aboard the submarine USS Skipjack (SS-184). As the boat patrolled the Pacific, the requested item never arrived with other supplies. In March 1942, Lieutenant Commander James Coe took command of...

It’s Another Day

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  The XB-70  Valkyrie It's one of those aircraft that any of this blog's readers will identify immediately. In 1964, two Valkyries were built - true mach 3 bombers, and they had the Russians worried. Russia's defense community started looking up - and then the US went low and slow(er)  with the cruise missiles and then high and fast ...

A Review of the News

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    Forbes Magazine Investigation Romney Family Investment Ties To Voting Machine Company That Could Decide The Election Causing Concern ...more here. It's a long article, but one worth reading. Mitt Romney always seems to come down on the side of the donkeys. Or should I refer to him as "Pierre Delecto". Fun with Maps ...

The World Around You

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  Social Control There are a lot of progressives in the US who admire the sort of social control that the communist Chinese are able to wield. They daydream about how wonderful it would be to have it here. Then they plot to make it happen. Maybe it would be better if we all could be hard-wired into the system sort of like "the Matrix...

The Monday March

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    Things to Remember This particular article was brought to my attention by Claudio B., a friend from Italy who reads this blog. I think that it's worth your time. As a prisoner, Clark knew that a successful sabotage attack on the shipyard—an “inside job,” as it were—would help the Allied war effort immensely. But he also knew...

Sunday Evening Musing

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    From the captioned photo  - Russian: Три Святителя meaning "The Three Holy Hierarchs" (English - Tri Sviatitelia) was a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Russian Navy during the 1890s. I was casting about for an opener for this blog that would link to the Sunday sermonette and I couldn't come up with anything but...

The Election

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The only campaigning that Creepy Joe did was to stand in a nearly empty parking lot (the cameras never panned the crowd) and scream into a microphone. But that was enough.   Regime Change I'd like to credit the donkeys with doing something that's unique and clever in this past election when they landed on the idea of rigging votin...

Social Distancing? (Sunday Sermonette)

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    Worshiping the Meteorite I honestly don't care that Muslims worship a meteorite. And I don't care if they crowd together in their Hajj and catch the plague. You see, it's all about choice. They don't have to worship the meteorite or crowd together. It's up to them. It's sort of like bacon, one of the most delicious FOOD GROUP...

Saturday Synopsis

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  We have to keep the War in Syria Going! That's been the disclosure of anti-American components of the Trump Administration. They've been working hard to keep more US troops in Syria than the Commander-in-Chief is aware of, and have been engaging in a "shell game". That used to be called treason. I don't know what it's called now. ...

Things that Caught My Interest

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  About One Particular RF-101C The F-101 was used by the United States Air Force and the Canadian Royal Air Force. The F-101 saw many unique roles in its 20+ year career. Originally designed to be a fighter-bomber, the aircraft quickly moved on into reconnaissance. Unfortunately, despite some of its advanced capabilities and its speed (f...

The Recount (Supplemental Blog Post)

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Recount Observers are Needed   If you can spare three days or more, the Trump Campaign and the RNC are in need of poll watchers to observe the ballot recounts in several battleground states such as PA, GA, WI, MI, NV and AZ. Your expenses will be paid for by the RNC including airfare, hotel, meals and airport transfers. If you are ...

Lone Star Cultural Shift?

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  Lone Star Power There is interesting news from the Dallas Morning Post, carried by some blogs including Legal Insurrection. New Jersey plans to tax Wall Street heavily. Apparently the pleasure of being located in New Jersey makes the governor think that they'd be happy to pay. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will welcome representatives f...