Riddle me This

 

Carl Called It

 

A Sci-Fi short, showing that lawyers have value…of course, it’s fiction. (haha)

 

Aerodynamically a bee’s body is not made to fly; the good thing is that the bee doesn’t know.

 

Polls

Just one in four voters (26%) say they believe the right person was declared the winner in the past two presidential elections. That means a full 74% disagree. All of them are racist–obviously.

Recent Scott Rasmussen poll findings show that twenty-six percent (26%) say they believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016, while 31% say Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of American voters polled say they think it’s important to reform voting laws and procedures before the 2020 election cycle.

Forty-six percent (46%) of those polled say early voting should be shorter than 15 days.

Seventy percent (70%) of all voters polled support requiring photo ID to vote, while 12% would support prohibiting the photo ID requirement.

Most voters (59%) agree that states should be required to remove people who have died or moved from the voter registration list. I have no idea what that number isn’t 100%, but it reflects how messed we are as a people and as a nation.

I have found that the only thing I have in common with liberals is that we both want to control my earnings.

 

This Month in History – the Turks were forced out of Baghdad

The echoes of the British campaigns in Mesopotamia both in WW1 and later – as late as 1928 and the British controlled Iraq Petroleum Company, were echoed in the Gulf War and later the Invasion of Iraq.

Less than two weeks after their victorious recapture of the strategically placed city of Kut-al-Amara on the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, British troops under the regional command of Sir Frederick Stanley Maude bore down on Baghdad, causing their Turkish opponents to begin a full-scale evacuation of the city on the evening of March 10, 1917.

Shortly after receiving control of regional operations in Mesopotamia in the summer of 1916, Maude began to reorganize and re-supply his troops in preparation for a renewed offensive. The central target of the operation would be the city of Kut, which had been captured by the Turks in April 1916 along with 10,000 British and Indian soldiers under the command of Sir Charles Townshend, a devastating defeat for Allied operations in the region. In January 1917, Maude’s 150,000 troops (primary leg infantry) set out from the regional command headquarters at Basra, located south of Kut near the junction of the Tigris with the Euphrates River, launching the offensive that would culminate in the recapture of Kut on February 24.

In the wake of their success at Kut, Maude’s forces paused briefly while waiting for confirmation from headquarters in London to continue their offensive. Operations were not renewed until March 5—a pause that gave Turkish commander in chief Khalil Pasha some time to consider his options for mounting a defense of Baghdad, the capital of the Ottoman Empire’s southern region. In the end, Pasha was indecisive—after first beginning preparations for an offensively minded forward assault on approaching Allied forces, he decided instead to fall back and concentrate his troops near Baghdad itself. He therefore stationed the Turkish Sixth Army some 35 miles to the south of the city, near the junction of the Tigris with the Diyala River.

In the absence of significant reserves, the Turks were vastly outnumbered, with only 9,500 soldiers facing 45,000 British and Indian troops. Maude’s troops reached the Diyala on March 8, mounting their first assault on the Turkish positions the next morning, which Pasha and his men successfully repelled. After struggling to cross the fast-moving Diyala, Maude decided to shift his troops and cross the river at a more northern point. Alerted to enemy movements by German reconnaissance aircraft, Pasha mirrored his movements, sending the bulk of his forces to meet the Allied soldiers.

British smoke and mirrors — He left a single regiment to hold the original defensive position at the Diyala, which was quickly and decisively crushed by British and Indian forces with a sudden attack on March 10. Stunned, Pasha ordered his troops to retreat. By the end of the day, the evacuation of Baghdad was underway.

After marching more than 100 miles in 15 days, Maude’s troops entered Baghdad on March 11 without a struggle, taking 9,000 prisoners from the retreating Ottoman army amid cheers from the city’s 140,000 occupants. The Allied victory in Baghdad marked only the beginning of the struggle over who would control the oil-rich region of Mesopotamia (the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, now Iraq and eastern Syria). The British government had earlier promised a number of Arab leaders that their people would receive their independence if they rebelled against Turkish rule; a subsequent uprising in June 1916 was led by Faisal Husein and partially engineered by the British, including Colonel T.E. Lawrence (later known as Lawrence of Arabia).

Iraq Petroleum Company, to be administered by the British

After World War I ended in November 1918, the Treaty of Versailles and the newly created League of Nations gave Britain a mandate to govern in Mesopotamia, and the British and French governments issued a joint declaration stating their intention to work towards establishing independent Arab governments in the former Ottoman states.

The Arabs in Mesopotamia began an armed uprising in 1920 against British occupation forces in Baghdad and other areas. After subduing the revolt at great expense—£40 million—the British government decided to give up its mandate, drawing up a provisional government for Iraq that included a council of Arab ministers under the supervision of a British high commissioner. In August 1921, Faisal Husein won 96 percent of the votes and was elected king of the new Iraqi nation.  —But they kept control of the oil.

36 COMMENTS

  1. And now reform doesn’t matter.

    I think they need to go back to only voting on voting day. I have never liked early voting. With voter ID.

    And of course ballots with no postmark or postmarked late should not be counted.

    I guess that means I am racist.

  2. beware indeed. slo jo said he n notadoctorjill would be coming out amongst the people to lecture us on the “truth”, thereby providing a perfect opportunity for a suitable patsy to be framed for his killing. feinstein got her gun ban in so it’ll be “do it for joe”. i pray i’m wrong.

    • I’m afraid that Joe has outlived his usefulness to the donkeys, except with his last sacrifice for the Party that made him a multi-millionaire.

      • Funny, but Sagan was part of the problem that made the mess we are in here today.

        Stupid stuck-up leftist intellectual fathead loser bastige jerk. Makes Neil deGrasse Tyson seem almost normal in comparison.

          • That’s what happens when you think that you’re smarter than everyone else and start believing your press. It’s not uncommon at all, true of Sagan. The funny thing is that when you read up on some of the science that he predicted, it turned out to be wrong. True, he parroted others at the time and they were wrong too. Anyone as erudite as Sagan should have caught it.

            But he still read the tea leaves regarding 2021.

  3. We’ve had voter ID here for several years now, and we have no problem with it. I’m with Linda G on the early voting and the mail in crap has to go.
    Boy did Sagan ever nail it.

    • Arizona has voter ID, linked to drivers license information. I realize that there were glitches with voting machines but it had nothing to do with voter ID.

      • I helped my neighbor move using my truck and trailer since it was Winter on a tight access road (2 miles). He gave me his small trailer as thanks. Filed all the transfer paperwork, chatted with the county lady, got the new title and plates from the county last month inside of a week.

        Just got an envelope…a month and a half later the State has rejected the title transfer because my neighbor signed the title over without FULLY writing out his middle name. I now have to send him the special form so he can sign EXACTLY, then he sends it back to the county, then they send it to the state…for a little trailer.

        But in-person voting with a proper ID is too much to ask. Yeah.

  4. Sagan – Groupthink. Hyperventilators. Virtue Signalers. Our Betters thinking we are children to be ruled as such.

    All part of the same Satan’s Minions Operatives. And the MSM is in full deflection mode covering for our Dementia Patient in Chief…anything Biden is off limits, offering pained credibility to his stolen seat o’ power. Whereas the “MADE America Great!” Trump era, every news feed was designed to discredit the man, his family, hating the elegant Mrs. Trump, etc. All liars…and should be ignored in order to maintain ones mental health.

    For a year and half (actual time frame) we continue to have SARS CoV-2 unleashed on the unsuspecting, people who cannot think for themselves; following like the sheep they’ve been conditioned to be by the very people (Fauci, Biden, Gates, et al) who created the virus and the subsequent hysteria. A worthwhile read on the subject:

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/03/coronavirus-bruce-hendry/

    Now I get to plow the 30″ of climate change that I’ll have to pay a tax to “stop” (same lie as “we will stop this virus”) if Grifter Swift Boat John has his way.

  5. From elsewhere on the web–

    “They said I should try to be less white, so I went into Walmart and stole a six-pack of Coke”.

  6. —But they kept control of the oil.

    They also drew boundaries that didn’t account for the many factors that make national boundaries rational. This guaranteed endless conflicts. Was that an accident?

    • The Durand line in Afghanistan was another, Iran was another, the Brits did is by fiat, and with nothing but a personal and bureaucratic thought in mind – without care for national, cultural, religious or tribal affiliations that it would disrupt. They didn’t care.

  7. As to the lowly Bee. Seemingly un-aerodynamic until you take into account the size/mass/density ration. Then the lowly Bee literally floats.

    Yes, the wings by themselves seemingly don’t produce enough lift/anti-grav/negative air space.
    But…

    It’s all about wing-beat speed AND airflow over all those little hairs.

    Thus, well, little Cassius Clayettes flittering everywhere here and there and doing their wonderful job of turning plant sperm into honey.

  8. I have to go through a whole rigamarole, including presenting ID, to buy a gun.

    A gun, generously, might be used to kill hundreds and destroy families.

    A vote can kill millions, and destroy nations.

    Yeah, voter ID seems the least of what we need.
    -Kle.

  9. The short movie was fun.

    I do wish the morons in Hollywood would finally figure out that water is one of the most common
    chemicals in the universe though, instead of some great valuable rarity.

    -Kle.

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