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  Then and Now This was the Washington DC "Green Zone" in 1865. It's offered here to democrats who want to rebuild that place in 2021 - why reinvent the wheel, just rebuild the forts. Then, it was run by Republicans trying to get the Democrats to divest their slaves. Now it's Democrats working to enslave Republicans. Interesting how that...

Times and Seasons

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  On January 20 I won't be watching tv or tuning into anything from a 'news source'. Let the Ministry of Truth broadcast that every American tuned in and cheered because you know that they will. It's going to be a lot more than 10,000.   WASHINGTON, D.C.—The dangerous, evil, all-powerful, fascist, Nazi dictato...

Living in the Modern World

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  The Big Re-Write     But there's a Plague Apparently pirates are not bothered by the plague, which disturbs me because they may turn out to be super spreaders. (more here) "Crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea surged to a new record in 2020, the International Maritime Bureau reported in its annual piracy r...

Another Look at History

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    This Week in History   January 17, 2021 DNI Ratcliffe Releases Report Showing China Interfered with the 2020 Election and CIA Management Pressured Analysts Not to Report It... more here at Gateway Pundit I'd like to think that this would receive wide dissemination, but with Biden on China's payroll and big media hiding ...

Military Stuff

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    Lackner HZ-1 AeroCycle experimental combat reconnaissance vehicle. Their motto is, don't fall.   JS Kongō, first of her class (こんごう型護衛艦, Kongō-gata Goeikan) of guided missile destroyers in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is equipped with the Aegis Combat System, and is the first of few ship classes outside ...

Space-Time & Sunday Sermonette

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  A Religious War  While it’s remembered as a clash of empires, the Crimean War was sparked by a seemingly minor religious dispute. For years, Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics had squabbled over access to holy sites within the borders of the majority-Muslim Ottoman Empire. Both France and Russia purported to be the d...

Weekend Wrap-Up

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    The Ministry of Truth In an article, Gov. Mike Huckabee lays out plans for it's official launch. More here The fascist fashionista and her “progressive” acolytes are pushing for the creation of a government Ministry of Truth to help “rein in” the press and combat “misinformation.” She said, “It’s one thing to have differenti...

Consider This

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  Greening Africa? To combat the threat of desertification of the Sahel (the region immediately to the south of the Sahara), the African Union is leading an initiative to plant the Great Green Wall, a 7,775 km (4,830 mi) belt of trees crossing the entire breadth of north Africa. For the historical record, I don't object to plantin...

Navy News, etc.

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    Navy News (h/t Claudio) I have a difficult time getting my head around this announcement (more here)  but the US Navy wants to stop its string of ship building failures. Wow. There have been a lot of failures. So many that one would think they were deliberate. I guess nobody consulted a fifth grader before moving forward on t...

General Commentary

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  Identify the Aircraft (captioned) This is a tough Navy aircraft to identify, so the answer is at the bottom of this blog.   A Game that Plays People "When I saw QAnon, I knew exactly what it was and what it was doing. I had seen it before. I had almost built it before. It was gaming’s evil twin. A game that plays peop...

Randomness

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  A Cautionary Note From the American Thinker. "If you want to exercise your Second Amendment rights, do it the way you have always done it: keep your weapon in a safe place where you can get to it if you need it to defend yourself from imminent harm or if you are engaging in a gun-safe activity (e.g., a firing range or hunting); foll...

Mish-Mash

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  Housekeeping The site hacking has grown to a fever pitch as shleps try to take down Virtual Mirage. Denial of service, brute force on the server, and so forth. I care - I guess, but the question is why? Seriously. The next thing will be ninjas at the physical site where the server lives, and the gunfight will be legendary. But the b...

Trivia

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  Captioned Photo: This is the track of Hope, the leatherback sea turtle, who wears a GPS locator. She swam 6,000 miles since last summer.   Stars - Fallen on Hard Times The plague has forced some Hollywood celebrities to find other sources of income. Former A-Lister, Gwyneth Paltrow will sell you a water bottle with a crystal...

Afghanistan

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This Day in History - 1842 Elphinstone's Army was Massacred On January 13, 1842, a British army doctor reached the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the lone survivor of a 16,000-strong Anglo-Indian expeditionary force that was massacred in its retreat from Kabul. He told of a terrible massacre in the Khyber Pass...

Decisions

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  On the Lighter Side Plot Interrupted I e-mailed Adrienne (in North Idaho) and suggested that if the coms went down, we could lay a long string connecting soup cans and communicate between the Canadian Border area where she lives and Arizona's Mogollon Rim. The Tech Giants have obviously put a stop to that. They're just one step ahea...

Articles

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    It looks wrong (captioned photo) An F-35A, flying with its weapons bay doors open. It's too exposed. I want to put a drape on it or something. It's like -- Air Force porn. Avert your eyes. Ed B., who reads this blog defined porn recently as something you can't have... and this fits because I can't have my own F-35A.  ...

This Month in History (871 AD)

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JANUARY 871: Elements of the Danish "Great Heathen Army" repulsed the Saxon assault on their base at Reading, England. The first Battle of Reading was just one of a series of battles, with honors to both sides, that took place following the invasion of the Kingdom of Wessex by an army of Danes led by Jarls Bagsecg and Halfdan Ragnarsson; in an att...

Ragnarok (extra)

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News There are two bits of news from today that are not Internet gossip or conspiracy theory. I have a friend who is an attorney who has two new clients today. Both had their pictures taken in Washington DC on January 6, not at the Capitol building, but at the demonstration. Both were identified from those photos on the Internet and both have b...

Topics

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  Sara at Diego Garcia For those uninitiated, there is no good liberty at Diego Garcia. You might as well just stay on the ship. Saratoga (CV-60) Arrives in San Diego after the First Gulf War.  Worth going ashore.   Mushballs No, it's not a nickname or moniker that I acquired through my life. It's a condition tha...

This Month in History (1477)

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JANUARY 5, 1477 Charles the Bold and his army were cut down by the Swiss at Nancy. In the disastrous conclusion of the Burgundian Wars, Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy is overwhelmed once again by the aggressive pike-and-halberd tactics of his Swiss opponents. Despite having perhaps the best balanced army in Europe, with a true co...