Back when…we had Space Shuttles


Name the Light Machine Gun

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the answer.


The Old City

I don’t know how many world travelers who visit this blog have been to Cyprus or more on point (below) Nicosea.

Nicosia’s hendecagonal old city.

I’m not recommending it as a high priority if you’ve never been there, but it’s an interesting place to walk around.


Middle Eastern Geopolitical Alignments January 2021

I wonder how things might change after four years of Jo and Ho?


Are they Better

If they’re forged in the fires of Mount Doom?



Some boutique yogurt producers have the names of the cows that gave the milk that was used to create the yogurt on the side of the container.

Activists at Rutgers University complained that all of the names of the cows are female.

But yogurt from a bull wouldn’t taste right. At least not to me. Some of the yogurt eaters at Rutgers might have a different take on it than I do.


Proposed state of Delmarva

Is it time to unite the 1.5 million people of the Delmarva Peninsula into one new state? What are the political overtones to this state, combining Accomack, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent (DE) & Kent (MD), New Castle, Northampton, Queen Anne’s, Sussex, Talbot, Wicomico & Worchester counties under one new state of the union?


It’s a Growing Trend


Casting LotsA podcast

This week we return to the Pacific theatre of WWII, where Dutch steam-ship Rooseboom is in the process of evacuating 500 passengers from Padang to Ceylon.


The War

It worked out very differently for the Italians than Il Duce planned.


Covid Mask

It should work, shouldn’t it? I mean it’s not five masks, just one steel mask, but it’s a lot cooler than wandering around Walmart with 5 masks on.

PHOTO: A German soldier with a saw tooth bayonet (fixed) stands in a dugout wearing his brow plate slid down to his neck, World War I.


A Map – for the cause

Tolkien’s Hand-Drawn map of Middle-Earth (two-door, four-door and mordor).


Answer to “Name the Light Machine Gun”

It’s a Bergmann Modell 1915, Designed by Louis Schmeisser and produced by Bergmann c.1915-18.

7x57mm Mauser belt-fed, short recoil automatic, air-cooled, adaptable for slings, bipods or tripods. The weapon was initially dismissed as less reliable than the Maxim guns already in use by the German army. Schmeisser’s designs were given new consideration when the need for a lighter rapid-fire firearm presented itself on the Western front. The first prototype, an air cooled variant of Schmeisser’s last design, proved unsuccessful until it was also adapted to fire from a closed bolt. It was then adopted in limiter number as the MG15 n.A. – new model – and used with efficiency in the trenches until the end of the war.


  1. Larry. Spent twelve months in Cyprus in 1990-1991. Nicosia is an interesting city, to say the least. The buffer zone is something different. In one place it is only the width of a narrow street. At one point it is overlooked by an abandoned hotel, the name of which currently escapes me, which was once, allegedly, the most famous and opulent whorehouse in the Middle East. The ones that were there in 1990-1991 were not so famous nor opulent, or so I have been told.

    • I was there working on a case involving Wael Nassouh al Afifi, a Palestinian terrorist with Force 17. There were two force 17’s, he worked for Arafat. It was before the Gulf War, so 1989? About the same time as you were there. I had the same take on the place as you did.

      I returned in 2003 before the Athens Olympics and the place hadn’t changed much. I liked the food.

      • Larry. Yes, I always enjoyed a good mezze in the evening. The coffee on the Turkish side was also very good. The beer was not so crash hot. No quality control. It was potluck whether you got a very high alcohol content or a very low one.

        • I don’t understand. Aussies always had domestic quality Fosters, which they shared if we bought dinner. Export Fosters isn’t as good.

          • Larry. The domestic quality Fosters is not bad. Prefrered XXXX myself. The export Fosters, and the Fosters made overseas under licence, is, to put it in one word – crap. That it sells is more a tribute to very good marketing, and a mostly ignorant drinking public overseas, than anything else.

          • I definitely noticed a difference between the big can of Foster’s, and Foster’s on tap.

            Foster’s on tap was just about my favorite beer.

  2. They should also really just combine Mass / Conn / RI at this point. The spirit of RI is dead, we’re essentially indistinguishable from the Nutmeggers and Pilgrims now anyway. The new capital could be Springfield, or something. Then they can combine NH (dominated by Masshole immigration)/ VT (same thing with NYers) / Maine (rich coastal expats) into another State, and
    most of the States will be normal sizes.

    I don’t think that’s the approved flight manual attack profile for that Sparviero…


  3. Of course all of the cows that produce milk have girl names, there are no questioning or transgender cattle. Female cattle give milk, and bulls are assholes, just like god intended.

  4. I’m going to ask my cattle rancher friends why they don’t have “gender neutral” cow names…that’ll be good for a laugh. Your post showcases the Left’s idiocy; people meddling in things they do not know but believe themselves to be experts.

    Reminded me of that bit in Horse Whisperer where she (from NYC) says “Nice to be a bull, lazing around all day while the cows do all the work.”. Booker replies: “Get born a bull you have a 90% chance of becoming hamburger.”

    Ignorance abounds when – despite “farm to table” efforts – people have mostly forgotten where their food (and milk) comes from with little idea of animal husbandry. They “hunt” at the supermarket where it’s clean packaging. Disconnected. And until the Left got a hold of schools kids were taught these things (or already knew). At least in “flyover/deplorable country” 4H still exists and the kids “know”.

    • I’m reminded of a song from my youth in the country.

      Johnny go milk the bull,
      There’s only one tit to pull,
      It’s right in the middle,
      And straight as a fiddle.
      Johnny go milk the bull.

      We made fun of city kids.

      • Wouldn’t be so bad if they’d quit being arrogant AH’s in their attempt to tell country folks how to live. Now it’s an all out assault to wreck their food sources. Doing the same with Middle Class businesses. Can’t fix stupid from the giddy nimrods now running amok like a five year old in a candy store.

      • Guy I went to college with was from Colorado. As a kid, different city folk all duded up in their version of country wear would stop by each year and ask where the rodeo was – using the Hollywood pronunciation. The kids would give them directions to the stockyards.

        • He should have included instructions on how to tell a bull from a cow — but, Hollywood, you say? They can’t tell the difference just by looking down, so maybe not.

      • Pretty sure the cows that got named (no bulls for obvious reasons as you suggest, unless they’re rodeo stock) were the older ones that have been around the ranch for 20+ years. When rendered, it was a solemn moment.

        • We had a couple of Jerseys for milking. They were like members of the family, and spoiled. But to be fair, they acted like members of the family too. The milk from a Jersey is addicting. I still recoil at the old blue john they sell in the stores. Where I live in AZ, it’s impossible to get fresh Jersey milk.

          • So under the new modern “gender terminology fluidity” you were the milk cows brother.

            Jersey milk, grew up in PA around farms, got it straight from the farm stand who’s kids we went to school with. Maybe that’s the problem, kids aren’t getting good milk.

          • We had one Jersey and a Guernsey. The Jersey’s milk had much more cream. I didn’t drink milk then but enjoyed cream and butter. Something about smelling cows as I milked them and then smelling the milk turned me off.

          • I grew up a city boy but about 20 years ago moved to the country. About 10 years ago we finally got cattle. I found it remarkable that the smell of cattle and milk were very similar. Didn’t turn me off to either beef or milk.

          • Camperfixer, I never self-identified as a cow, just because I liked milk, now very narrow minded of me. I guess that I’m going to have to pay some sort of danegeld now to square it with the demand for bovine equity.

            WSF, but you will eat a steak now, right?

            BillB – The Jewish faith doesn’t allow you eat a hamburger if you put a slab of cheddar on it. I don’t get it. I wouldn’t make a very good Jew. And the cheeseburger isn’t complete without a couple strips of bacon on it. They’d take my yamulke and toss it away like a bad foreskin.

          • About the only meat I won’t eat is liver. Not a big fan of brains but I will eat them. Rocky Mountain Oysters if nothing else is available.

            What I especially like is Pronghorn, cooked with onions and sour cream in a pressure cooker.

  5. With that bevor (neck and lower face covering) you can really see the origins of the German helmet in the Sallet (a type of helmet.)

    Very effective. Gives good visibility while still protecting most of the face. Not bad at all.

    • Helmet tech has changed as combat has changed. Steel pot with a liner to kevlar pot to the lightweight tech-carrying helmets of today in their various incarnations.

  6. I like the Middle Earth map best and it seems relevant right about now. My parents knew him, curiously enough, back in Oxford. Of course since then the evil wizards have made bizarre and occult headway.

    • He became a legend. I think the occult part of it is silly, but people like to believe in magic in an uncertain world.

  7. We milked 95 head of registered Holsteins. Fed two family’s, ours and my uncles, with 10 kids. My dad would often say; “drink lots of milk, it’s the only thing we have plenty of!”

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