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    Delorean? The only appeal that one would have is if it came with a "Mr. Fusion" engine and would take me back to the future. It was one of those automobile brands that came and went - as they all traveled into the (distant) future or to the modern scrapyard.  I never rode in one, they may have been amazing.   ...

Sunday Sermonette

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    When we talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan the discussion centers on what we learn from it, and how it applies to our lives. Sometimes the discussion centers on why Jesus chose a Samaritan to be the protagonist in his parable, but the question of historical or factual accuracy never comes up. In talking about the parab...

Random Thoughts

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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Pres.  Thomas Jefferson   In the Days of Fighting Sail (Great Britain) A Surgeon in regular service was not called up by the Admiralty like commissioned officers (from Lieutenant up). Surgeons were commissioned by the Sick and Hurts Boards, a subdivisio...

Open Forum

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  Some Parents Stand Up A Mom lets a school board have it -- more here -- we can save the nation, and the West, and the world, from the bubbling tar pits of insanity, now dragging us ever downward. But will we? I find it crazy that anyone could look at Jo and Ho as the future of this nation. But there are those who do. And if we can b...

6/11

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  I Miss Them Both His goal was to Make America Great Again. There were a lot of people who objected to that.   Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet The only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational and the first piloted aircraft of any type to exceed 1000 km/h (621 mph) in level flight....

Blogging

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    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Kenya The late Anthony Bourdain was one messed-up guy. But it's the messed-up people who seem to have the most interesting stories to tell. Thus, at least at some level, I can relate. He had a TV food blog that morphed into a travel blog. “Behold my friends as you...

MQ-25 T-1

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  Refueling During the flight, the receiver Navy F/A-18 Hornet approached the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset, conducted a formation evaluation, wake survey, drogue tracking, and then plugged with the unmanned aircraft. T1 then successfully transferred fuel from its Aerial Refueling Store (ARS) to the F/A-18,” NAVAIR said in a statemen...

The Death of IRIS Kharg

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    Satellite footage shows the Iranian UNREP ship Kharg, lying on its starboard side in shallow water near Jansk in the Gulf of Oman, with the bottom of the hull above water, and with much of the hull, port bridge wing, helo hangar, and flight deck visible from above. It burned and sank in a region of sensitive waterways thr...

No shit, Sherlock

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  Plague (Credit to ZeroHedge) A leading advisor for the World Health Organisation said Monday that China is still engaged in a “massive cover-up” of the coronavirus pandemic, calling for a “full investigation” to be conducted by the US government and its international allies. Appearing on Fox News, Jamie Metzl urged that “The Chinese...

Here and There

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  Captioned Graphic: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 “VMM-364” Purple Foxes   Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others. - Otto von Bismarck     Meme-of-the-Day   Russian Donations to the Biden Crime Family (Gateway Pundit) Joe Biden and his Dem...

Would you take the 11 Minute Ride?

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  Jeff Bezos & Bro. They've announced that they're headed up 60 miles, and coming back (11-minute flight). They haven't said whether or not Bezos will be holding a white cat in his lap and wearing a monocle to round out the ensemble. I think that the point is to cross the Karman line (so that you're technically in outer space). ...

Joe Takes Aim at Cybersecurity

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  I am not a Cybersecurity Expert I can code UNIX from scratch, though, and have played in the government playhouse enough to know how things work. I snagged Cisco assembly code a long time ago and found that interesting. I also remember SATAN (System Administrator's Tools for Analyzing Networks) and if that ages me, so what. I'm old. ...

Manic Monday Motivation?

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  Thoughts are ephemeral, they evaporate at the moment they occur unless they are given action and material form. Wishes and intentions, the same. Meaningless, unless they impel you to one choice or another, some deed or course of action, however insignificant. Thoughts that lead to action can be dangerous. Thoughts that do not, mean less t...

Sermonette

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  Captioned: Cathedral Rock. It stands not all that far from where I live. An hour by road, less if you're a crow flying. It's not an 'actual cathedral". Then again, to me, it's an actual cathedral.   I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable. Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.   ...

Open Forum

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    D-Day The very name should bring to mind sacrifice, organization, a fight against evil -- so many things. And on this day, there needs to be a pause for the cause. Seventy-Seven years ago today the successful invasion of Europe marked the beginning of the end for Germany's occupation of Europe. In the East, the Russian ...

Thoughts on Firearms

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    Top Break Schofield and Enfield revolvers.  There was a time when top-break revolvers were all the rage. It was a long time ago. They're prone to damage to the timing mechanism (that rotates the cylinder), extractor, and other damage. They're unable to handle the heavier revolver cartridges. They're cool, though.   ...

Mish-Mash

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  The Days of Ramming Ironclad USS Katahdin, 1893 The construction of the ram, USS Katahdin was sponsored by Rear Admiral Daniel Ammen, an advocate of a coastal defense navy. Ammen was impressed by the British torpedo ram HMS Polyphemus and wanted a similar vessel for the US Navy. However,...

Typical Blog Post

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  Make a Decision Choose wisely and explain why: You may only choose one.  Left: 10.3” 556, piston converted - middle: 12.5” 556, piston converted, suppressed machine gun - right: Galil Ace 7.62x39.     The Murder of Lieutenant Lawry: A Case Study of British Naval Impressment in Newfoundland, 1794 (link) Th...

From Stone Heads to Air Guns

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  Echoes of the Cold War Ten Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs (eight F-105Ds and two F-105Fs) of the U.S. Air Force Reserve 465th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 507th Tactical Fighter Group on the flight line at Tinker Air Force Base, OK. 1 June 1978.   Identify the Mystery Aircraft The answer ...

Memes for the Moment

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    Wow, two sheets!   Dear Leader   Things are Returning to Normal, the Earth is Healing     The H&K G11 This explains why we as a species need to bully engineers into going outside occasionally. The G11 was an overbuilt, overly complicated, and strange rifle...