Brandon’s Tongue

The senile pedo leader of the free world was captured on film at the Queen of England’s funeral playing with his tongue. The British did well to seat him in the 14th row. Camela Harris, America’s beloved Veep, would have done something every bit as off-beat if she’d gone. Cackling at the Queen’s send-off would have been just as bad. The Royal Household should have just invited Trump and announced him as the “last and next President of the United States!”

Here he is at the ceremony, staring up vacantly at the camera. His handlers whisked him away back to Air Force One as soon as they were able.

Creepy old Pedo Joe should be in a retirement home eating pudding and waiting for the magic show to begin, but that’s not where he is.

Yeah, it’s just nasty. Maybe he’s imitating the First Dog (left)?

You could always ask Ashley Biden if she wanted to amplify the whole FJB tongue obsession. Having him in public office is a national disgrace, but he’s not any worse than the Half-Blood Prince and his gender-questionable spouse.

Brandon may have received 81 million votes but not from 81 million voters.

 

Bullet Points:

* According to a tweet published by the UK Ministry of Defense on September 20, 2022, the command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has almost certainly relocated its Kilo-class submarines from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai, southern Russia.

* Old Joe Brandon declared the plague over in his interview on Sixty Minutes. But not so fast. There is a new plague vax due out and I’m sure that progressive states will still mandate it. I’m certain that it will be followed by yet another booster. The FDA and CDC can kiss my white male heterosexual ass…

 

Update

Even with a supply and logistics train that’s often less than 100 miles long, the Russians struggle to keep their army in the field. Winter is coming and before that the second Rasputitsa (sea of mud) season, where things will all slow down.

life imitates art

 

Cartoon of the Day

I planned to cut firewood today and segregate and stack previously cut wood. Segregation may be a dirty word in some places, but it’s important to keep green wood separate from cured wood and to separate pine, juniper, and oak because of their burning characteristics.  The planning was great. But it rained all night and it will rain all day today and for the next three days. I’d forgotten to look at the weather forecast. No snow – yet –  but it’s coming.

 

Katana vs Longsword

Pay attention, there may be a quiz later.

32 COMMENTS

    • The Komifornians don’t deserve the moisture. So my plans were somewhat derailed, but I always have a dozen things that I can do.

  1. A disgrace and an embarrassment but that is what we have until either the 25th amendment comes into play or his term is over. Sigh, I guess you could look at it as it could be worse if he were competent and was actively pushing his socialist policies it would be worse than him merely being the mouthpiece for his handlers and whomever is running the show now.

    New plague vax. Oh good, another year where I say not no but hell no to every darn medical worker (I originally typed “professional” but changed it to “worker” in the interest of accuracy) that says I need the vax.

    Wood. No plan survives contact with the enemy and weather can certainly be a capricious enemy at times. I have about 4 cords of seasoned wood all stacked under cover which should get me through the winter since I also use my perfectly capable electric furnace. My friend will be thinning his woods of leaners and standing dead in early October and that will be the start of next year’s supply. It is a never ending story. I have wimped out and got a gas powered splitter now. Splitting rounds that are 30 inches across and grew twisted is now beyond my desire to get good exercise with a splitting maul.

        • I still hand-split with a maul – sometimes, when I want the exercise. HOWEVER, if I need to get through the wood, the splitter is the answer. I ordered a new thingmejig from Amazon (unfortunately made in China)

          https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BT12PT4?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

          The Multipurpose Manual Log Lift has not arrived yet. I will review it for y’all when I have the chance to use it. Some big, heavy, juniper and oak are just trouble for one guy to manipulate for cutting without putting the blade in the dirt after they’re down. Maybe the Chinese crap will work. Maybe I’ll be made out to be a chump. Why isn’t it made in America. I’d pay more for an American-made product.

  2. “Brandon may have received 81 million votes but not from 81 million voters.” – Totally sums it up.

    Was at 11,200 rebuilding a timbered roof on an old stamp mill (the stuff those guys built with hand tools…unreal). Just got the sheathing on, and was happy to be under roof. I’m cutting the last piece of fascia to hand to my cohort when it starts to rain…a lot. He’s nailing off the prior piece at the bottom of the roof run when I hear over the generator:

    “I love my job.” I love my job.”

    About fell over laughing. As soon as we finished (and he’s soaked), the rain stopped.

    Rain just rolled in as I’m about to head out, but will suffer for the common good. I love my job.

    “Katana vs Longsword” – Is waiting for Beans and others to bring their expertise to the discussion considered cheating on the quiz?

  3. Okay, folks… (stretches, cracks knuckles…) The Katana and the Longsword are two entirely different fish.

    The katana is designed for slashing and cutting cloth and tissue, and secondarily stabbing with the point, and against armor sucks the big one.

    The longsword is designed for hacking and stabbing armored opponents, and works well in slashing against unarmored opponents.

    You can see it when the tatami mat challenge occurs. The katana was, as the ‘tuber stated, the sharpest sword he’s ever seen. And so it cut quite well against a single and a double mat. Very well. Just like the weapon is designed to do.

    The longsword performed very well against the tatami mat, just not as well as the katana. But, funny that, the longsword wasn’t as sharp as the katana, yet performed almost as good, within what most people could say no real margin of difference.

    Now take the katana and hack at a lacquered bamboo lamellar armor, you know, that samurai sh…tuff. And then do the same against munitions-grade (meaning stuff produced for the average foot soldier) 14th Century coat-of-plates (armor made of big plates riveted to a coat) let alone a good brigandine (lots and lots of littler plates riveted to a cloth coat) worn by lower-ranking nobility. The katana will do some crushing damage, but won’t penetrate. So sorry, here’s your guts spilled open with my sharpened but not sharp long metal chisel. Sucks to be you. Katana, and it’s heavier-bladed armor sword version, the tachi, suck against European armor, or Korean armor, or heavy Mongolian/Han Chinese armor. Yes, great against unarmored parts of the armored fighter, but by mid 1200s even the footman wore heavy cloth armor supplemented by metal and metal-reinforced leather and cloth. And most everyone uses shields, which the katana isn’t very good at cutting through.

    The longsword, on the other hand, is designed to hack the opponent, armored or unarmored, and bash him to the ground so one can poke the bastard to his death. Or stab through most middle-ranked armors, only being really blocked by high-level armor. What works great against armor works as well against unarmored pieces parts.

    Now look at that video. The two sparring people are wearing padded armor with elbow and forearm protection. Put them in ‘period’ armor and the longsword will show its greatness, along with the greatness of European armor. That longsword will bash and hack the Japanese lamellar armor to pieces, along with the body underneath it. And the point will poke quite well.

    As to the length differences, the longsworder just needs to stay 6″ outside of the kataner and just peck the Jap apart.

    And then, go same year to same year. Say 1543, the year Portugal ‘discovered’ Japan. The armor that the Portuguese nobles and rich are wearing are ‘proof’ against a pistol bullet. Sure, most are only wearing half armor and an open-faced helmet, but, still, the clothing is double/triple/quadruple layered wool, silk and linen. Oftentimes also padded. And it’s, well, quilted, which adds more strength to it. Making that that much harder to cut through (one of the reasons real epees became fashionable, to slash at unarmored parts of the body and to poke through all that cloth.) At the same time the Japanese are wearing lamellar (made up of little lames laced together) armor and partial armor and not a lot of padded cloth armor.

    Who would win? Even without the use of firearms by the Porgies, straight up one-on-one, I’d put my money on a Portuguese soldier.

    As to that stupid tatami mat stuff? Wooooo… So….. Well….. It’s the ballistic gel dummy of the sword world. No real truth in it, but it looks good and you can ‘see’ results right away.

    Now put fake bones inside that dummy and put typical hood-rat clothing on it and add a couple 10 pounds or more to more make up the average hood rat. Shoot that. Shoot a chest that has 3-5 layers of clothing on it. See? Results suddenly change, especially if you add heavy winter coats on it.

    Same with the tatami mat. Put a bone in the middle. Add 3-9 layers of cotton and silk, and/or a padded coat/jacket. Now do that tatami mat challenge. Which would do better, katana or longsword? Longsword hands down.

    There’s a ‘story’ out there about Richard the Lionhearted’s meeting with Saladin outside of Jerusalem when the two were parlaying over Richard’s Crusade and how to get those pesky Crusaders off of Jerusalem’s walls. Supposedly Saladin threw a silk scarf into the air and slashed it, using his fine damascan scimitar, apart before it hit the floor. Richard goes “Eh,” takes another silk scarf, lets it fall on the bronze chair next to him and cuts the chair in two, picks up the mostly-undamaged scarf and ties it around his neck.

    That’s the difference between a katana and a longsword.

    In gun-terms, yes, you can kill someone with a gilded and engraved .25ACP or even .32 caliber pistol. Or you can blow a nice big hole with a .45 LongColt or a .45ACP pistol. Yeah…

    • They were both designed for different uses. The Katana hacked up helpless civilians who disobeyed the lord. The armor designed to defend against the Katana worked against the Katana and the slashing pole weapons used by the Japanese.

      The Japanese didn’t use poleaxes, halbards (hellebarde) and impact weapons of that sort that would shatter the armor the samurai wore in short order. Neither did they fight with shields. A good shield and a (sword, gladius, chain flail, mace, battleaxe, etc.) is not something that the katana and Japanese fighting arts had to contend with. They didn’t fight against articulated combined arms forces of the sort developed by Rome. Maybe it would have been considered unmanly? They had archery, but nothing on the order of massed longbows.

      In its way, the katana is reminiscent of the Arabic and Turkish scimitars, which worked as an auxiliary weapon to the horse bow. Saracen cavalry did use a short lance but their preferred method of warfare was to stand off and fire arrows. The knights (horse archers) wore silk. The fabric would give with the arrow typically and you could remove said arrowhead by pulling the fabric out of the wound. Nobody said that it was a perfect system.

      It did not work against the Franj (Frankish heavy cavalry) who charged knee-to-knee with long lances and wore armor that deflected their arrows (for the most part). Crusading European knights did not always win and over time (100s of years) each side had European and Arabic princelings cutting deals so it got muddy.

      A scimitar worked well hacking down unarmored civilians or militia styles troops in the middle east but it had little value against European quilted cloth or armor.

      Arabic horse bows, while formidable, were not English longbows, firing bodkin tips against armor (and broadheads against horses). I know that I’m diverging from the point of comparison, but Beans did his usual masterful job and I’m only amplifying here and there.

      • Yep. As you said, the Katana is more equivalent to said scimitar. Different armors, different tactics.

        Heavy shock infantry and heavy shock cavalry are pretty much a western European thing. Though the Mongols did use heavy shock cavalry much like European cavalry, but that was part of their design, using infantry in the center, light horse around the sides and when engaged, hit with the heavy cavalry from an unexpected direction.

        Now, some Japanese (sorry, LL, but you are somewhat wrong) did use shields, but not the noble samurai. Shields were for infantry troops only.

        And here’s another point. Knights and senior men-at-arms would have anti-armor and anti-unarmored personnel. And in later than 1200s, often carried an armor sword and an unarmored sword. Armor sword morphed from broadsword with a flat profile (with wedges on either side being the cutting edges) to a four-sided diamond pattern. Or morphed into a single-edged cleaver pattern (think Cutlass) like the falchion. Unarmored swords went from broadsword designs to the more modern saber.

        As to the saber, just remember, during the 1800’s, most sabers weren’t sharp. They were sharpened to a dull edge, but weren’t razor sharp. Because razor sharp cuts too deep, especially when doing hack-n-slash from a horse. Did this mean that the semi-sharp saber wouldn’t hurt or kill? Nope. It’s all about concentrating the force on the edge. Think metal chisel vs wood chisel. You can see this effect by dropping a sheet of plywood edge-wise on your foot. Yeah. Ouch.

        But it’s a Katana… made of Japanese steel, gotta be the best, right?

        Ah, nope. By 900AD, European steel was where everyone else would be by 1500. A Euro blade would have a softer steel core with a hardened side and very hardened edge, and be springy and shock-resistant and edge-retainable better than non-European weapons. And this isn’t Noble Weapon better than Noble Weapon. It’s commoner weapon as good or better than foreign noble weapon.

        Yes, katanas are cool. And katana fighting is neat. But I’d still prefer to use a European pattern weapon just because they are better designed for overall performance against armored and unarmored opponents.

        • Most of the Mongol foot component was comprised of Chinese troops (sort of a feudal commitment). I don’t know who handled their artillery. And those troops did march with shields. Some of the shields were almost pavaises. They’d set up a static shield wall. It worked because the Mongol cavalry was the best and most adaptable in the world. Some of them were heavier horse for punching through a tough formation at DIFFERENT TIMES in their evolution.

  4. new vax, just in time for the new england journal of medicine to report the vaxxes are giving patients a new form of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, aids. the unc and north carolina health and human services did the study, so its legit. they found that in some patients it gets worse week to week….lol, now we can call joe the tonguewagger in chief. he declared covid over but i read he renewed the emergency declaration so they could get one more bucket of graft bucks….what do you make of the rooskies moving the sub base to more secure locales? getting ready to drop the hammer, or crimea getting too dicey due to u.s. “donated” missiles? or maybe both.

      • Whenever Riverrider asks what’s next – I worry. I fear that Putin will give the Brandon regime all the reasons it could ever want for an expanded Patriot Act. I don’t know what will look like. Maybe a patriotic vax in addition to a War Powers Act? Old Pedo Joe holding the line, toe to toe with the Ruskies?

        May God help us.

  5. Yep, Slo Joe screwed up the November ’emergency’ plan by declaring the WuFlu over. And he also said the US will stand with Taiwan and commit troops to their defense. Not a good week for him or his handlers… My bet is the Kilos will be parked at Vostochnyy Rayon. That’s about the most secure spot over there.

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