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Lore and Legends

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Early Irish immigrants to the U.S. brought the tradition of making a jack-o'-lantern at Halloween. According to Irish folklore, Jack was a blacksmith who had tricked the devil on several occasions. As the story goes, when Jack died, he was denied entrance into both heaven and hell. When the devil turned him away, he gave Jack a burning ember. ...

This Week in History

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A Slaughter in the Mud On October 25, 1415, English King Henry V led his small army on chevauchée through France, and met the might of France at Agincourt. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in En...

Integrity?

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  Does Kamala Harris reflect traditional American values? Who is she, really, down deep? You know that senile old Joe won't last out the first sixty days in office. There is a large take-away from the past four years. The US Government has become unbelievably corrupt to include an attempted coup by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wh...

A Few Thoughts

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  Make a Choice     Leopards with and without Spots   Amy! The Left was not amused that Amy Barrett was sworn is an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Maybe one day she'll be Chief Justice? During the next four years, President Trump may have two more appointments. Justice ...

News You Can Use

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    A Dispatch from Hell Unlike CNN, we don't make the news at Virtual Mirage, we just report it. (Babylon Bee) HELL—In a bid to increase torture in the afterlife, managers of Hell confirmed today that Kamala Harris’s grating cackle will be played over the loudspeakers in the place of perpetual torment for all eternity. ...

Payback

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  Movie Review Sometimes, feature films are released and then the director's cut comes out, often because censors have chopped pieces of the movie out to make it fit within a time slot. Sometimes it's because there is the need for a more politically correct element. This is true of the 1999 film, Payback, starring Mel Gibson and others. ...

Silent and Deadly (historical review)

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  My old, dear friend, Mike W's comments the other day about the venerable old silenced Colt Woodsman, took me back. They were used in World War 2 and again in the SE Asia conflicts (Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos). As Mike W points out, a shot through a target's ear (silenced) provided the desired results for the somewhat underpowered - yet e...

Lunar Gateway

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Plugging a space station (Lunar Gateway) into orbit around the Moon makes a lot of sense if you're going to put a permanent base on the surface. I'm sure that it will grow in time in much the same way as the International Space Station has. The timetable for this orbiting Lunar station is the late 2020's. Technology, experience and advances ...

The Gang’s All Here

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  Another Wolf? I received the news from our fellow blogger, Juliette, who announced the arrival of a second male wolf to add to her pack there in Old Blighty. She calls him HALO (High Altitude/Low Opening?), which is a worthy name for a wolf. Her first wolf is named Lucifer, also a great wolf name. Old NFO -- they all moved to Ar...

Back to the Moon

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  NASA’s Human Landing System (was 'manned landing system') Program recently checked off a key milestone in its progress toward landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. Three U.S. companies are competing to provide landers that will deliver Artemis astronauts to the Moon. Each of the three competing companies...

Sunday Sermonette

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(Captioned photo) Lambeth Palace, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury - but it's not in Canterbury, which is quite a mystery to the great unwashed. One archbishop or another has lived there for 800 years. The estate has been there since the 1400's. Your sermonette today comes from the Book of Psalms and is dedicated to US Speaker of the House o...

Saturday’s Muse

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I don't know why Mad Dog Mattis flipped to the dark side. I suspect that it was pressure from the Military Industrial Complex, angry that President Trump hasn't started a war. At least I hope it was that - pressure from colleagues and so forth, and that he didn't sell his soul for money.   Family Matters Every year, just before Ha...

Random Thoughts

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Combined Arms Jan, Count Žižka, (born c. 1376—died Oct. 11, 1424, Přibyslav, Bohemia ), military commander and national hero of Bohemia who led the victorious Hussite armies against the German king Sigismund. Count Žižka did what most successful military leaders did (from Caesar to the Mongol Khans to William the Conqueror) by organizing comb...

Fun on Friday

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We're at the threshold of the weekend, which means we've survived the salt mine once again. Reading between the lines (right), a lot of the leftist propaganda is failing, but the spew from CNN, MSNBC and the mainstream media outlets continues unabated. What did you think of the presidential debate last night? Who won and why? Will ther...

The Biden Money Laundering Scheme, etc.

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  The Plot Thickens The Baltimore federal grand jury's subpoena of Hunter Biden's laptop and hard drive, served by the FBI last year was issued pursuant to a money laundering investigation. As you are undoubtably aware, Biden's computer was abandoned at a Delaware computer shop in April 2019 and was found to contain e-mails about his inte...

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China in Focus (youtube link) Hunter Biden's business partner may have helped set up meetings between White House officials and Chinese tycoons. That's according to more leaked emails from the former vice president's son. China’s GDP numbers are out. But are they telling the truth? Hanging the national flags of the US, UK, and Australia fr...

Asteroids

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  Classification An asteroid spectral type is assigned to asteroids based on their emission spectrum, color, and sometimes albedo. These types are thought to correspond to an asteroid's surface composition. The three broad composition classes of asteroids are C-, S-, and M-types. The C-type (chondrite) asteroids are most common, pr...

Trump Campaigns – Biden Hides

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  Participation Trophies in California Schools "Under the new system, students will not be penalized for failing to complete assignments, and teachers will give them extra opportunities to demonstrate mastery of subjects. The grades they receive upon completion of a course will no longer reflect their average test and assignment scores. "C...

Taco Tuesday

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  Autumn is coming to the White Wolf Mine. And it's elk season, which means that there are people swarming the area in search of a the elusive beasts. It's antlerless season right now, the bull season is coming. Daytime temps are still in the low 70's but it's getting chilly at night.  I saw one of the bobcats yesterday and she (I think tha...

Just Another Manic Monday

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Why did the FBI spend more time on Bubba Wallace's garage pull than they did on Hunter Biden's laptop?   You cant tell the players without a program. I recently made a grievous error calling a tortoise a turtle. (mia culpa) Then in a different situation, not on the blog, I referred to a cayman as an alligator. Crocodile Caiman Alligat...