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A view of a Comet


This composite is a mosaic comprising four individual NAVCAM images taken from 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 20, 2014. The image resolution is 10 feet (3 meters) per pixel.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Data from NASA instruments aboard the ESA (European Space Agency) Rosetta mission have helped reveal that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been documented on a celestial object other than a planet or moon. A paper on the findings was released today in the journal Nature Astronomy.

On Earth, aurora (also known as the northern or southern lights) are generated when electrically charged particles speeding from the Sun hit the upper atmosphere to create colorful shimmers of green, white, and red. Elsewhere in the solar system, Jupiter and some of its moons — as well as Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and even Mars — have all exhibited their own version of northern lights. But the phenomena had yet to be documented in comets.

Rosetta is space exploration’s most traveled and accomplished comet hunter. Launched in 2004, it orbited comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) from Aug. 2014 until its dramatic end-of-mission comet landing in Sept. 2016. The data for this most recent study is on what mission scientists initially interpreted as “dayglow,” a process caused by photons of light interacting with the envelope of gas — known as the coma — that radiates from, and surrounds, the comet’s nucleus. But new analysis of the data paints a very different picture.

Solar Wind

Electrons streaming out in the solar wind — the stream of charged particles flowing out from the Sun — interact with the gas in the comet’s coma, breaking apart water and other molecules. The resulting atoms give off a distinctive far-ultraviolet light.

Mish Mash

In praise of the F-102


Thought of the Day

“The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing.”—President Theodore Roosevelt


Keep the Context

Adolph Hitler – is the story of a failed liberal arts student who blamed his failings on ethnicities that he deemed to be privileged.


Fun with Sandwiches

Sandwiches are delicious, but one of the best things about a sandwich is that you can experiment, In this case, ham, spicy chorizo, pepperoni, pimento cheese, black pepper mayo, with spinach on tiger bread.


Fun with Maps

Life expectancy in the Dakotas. Why the differences?


The word “fern” in European languages. Language and the way it is expressed is a reflection of culture. And culture, from a social perspective, is everything. The most difficult of all things to change is culture.


Creepy Joe



I have a thing for the delta wing. It’s not just the B-58, but the F-102 and the F-106 as well. I know that era passed, but if you wanted an airplane where you could kick the tires, light the fires and go, the F-102 was your airplane

The era of the delta wing…

The Final Frontier





This latest image of Jupiter, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on Aug. 25, 2020, was captured when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. Hubble’s sharp view is giving researchers an updated weather report on the monster planet’s turbulent atmosphere, including a remarkable new storm brewing, and a cousin of the famous Great Red Spot region gearing up to change color—again.

A unique and exciting detail of Hubble’s snapshot appears at mid-northern latitudes as a bright, white, stretched-out storm traveling around the planet at 350 miles per hour.

Hubble shows that the Great Red Spot, rolling counterclockwise in the planet’s southern hemisphere, is plowing into the clouds ahead of it, forming a cascade of white and beige ribbons. The Great Red Spot is currently an exceptionally rich red color, with its core and outermost band appearing deeper red.

Hubble captures crisp new portrait of Jupiter's storms
An image of Jupiter taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light on Aug. 25, 2020 

Researchers say the Great Red Spot now measures about 9,800 miles across, big enough to swallow Earth. The super-storm is still shrinking as noted in telescopic observations dating back to 1930, but the reason for its dwindling size is a complete mystery.

Hubble’s image shows that Jupiter is clearing out its higher altitude white clouds, especially along the planet’s equator, where an orangish hydrocarbon smog wraps around it.



Following the news that there may be life in the clouds of Venus, NASA has been looking at projects on the drawing board and deciding whether to green light them.

Two of the finalists — called DAVINCI+ and VERITAS — propose missions to Venus. VERITAS would send a probe to orbit Venus and map its surface, while DAVINCI+ would send a probe down through the planet’s atmosphere. That probe would take samples of the air on the way down, potentially telling us more about what is lingering in the clouds.

An artistic rendering of what the DAVINCI+ probe could look like
 Image: NASA


Other more exotic proposals call for sending a blimp/balloon into the high Venusian atmosphere to drift with the wind and sample the atmosphere, sending results back to Earth.


Chinese Plague, Flu Shots, etc.



A look at Deaths

Mike_C from Yesterday: 

I’m “attending” a School of Public Health seminar via Zoom right now. Someone is droning on about “COVID-19”, “mask”, “training”, and “ethics”. Needless to say, I’m 90% tuned out, seeing as I’ve found professional “medical ethicists” to usually have scary and unsupportable positions. (And don’t get me started on the NYT’s “The Ethicist” column where I’ve disagreed with each and every damn position their self-appointed ethicist as taken.) Also uploading data from a dozen CDs (did these people never hear of a flash drive?) and eating from a can of cold corned beef hash. Such a glamorous multitasking life. /eyeroll

In the faintly-disturbing news category: I’ve corrupted the Pretty Korean Girl into calling it “China Flu”. She reports that her Korean Android phone autocorrects that phrase to “COVID-19”.


(First) The way that I look at it, you have an obligation to corrupt the Pretty Korean Girl and full backing of Virtual Mirage. Eventually I hope to see her on the roof with a scoped rifle, shooting zombies.

(Second) The demographics of documented plague deaths would seem to put the onus on those over seventy years of age to avoid people and take precautions rather than for the rest of society to take precautions.

(Third) I haven’t seen any stats on other health problems except for vaguely muttered statements about fatalities from the plague having 2.5 major risk factors (pre-existing conditions).

All this brings the 200,000 death number into question as a valid number.



Flu Shots?

The campaign for everyone to get flu shots is underway and it’s strident. I thought that the flu (and flu-related deaths) went away in the era of the Chinese Plague. How is CDC and the medical community predicting WHICH flu will strike this winter. And since masks and social distance are the rule in many places, they shouldn’t see any flu. So why the shots?

Watching Life

Jesus face on a tortilla.


Nothing’s so sacred as honor, and nothing so loyal as Love” – From Wyatt & Josephine’s tombstone.


Good Morning

Every day above ground is a good day. The six foot drop with a mouth full of dirt will come soon enough.

So today….I volunteered for the vaccine trials for Covid-19 at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. It was apparently made by a Russian Pharmaceutical company. I received my first shot and wanted to let everyone know that it’s completely safe with иo side effects whatsoeveя, and that I feelshκι χoρoshό я чувствую себя немного странно и я думаю, что вытащил ослиные уши.


Sharing is Caring


Tomorrow’s blogs (2) are space-related, but I couldn’t help but take an opening shot here.

Last month, NASA announced it would be changing the names of astronomical bodies that are deemed to be racially insensitive. Averring that since it has become clear that “certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful,” NASA would be “examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” So much for ad astra per aspera.

The planetary nebula NGC 2392 known as the “Eskimo Nebula”, a dying Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers. “Eskimo”, the agency said, “is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions.”

It will also cease to refer to a pair of spiral galaxies, NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster referred to as the “Siamese Twins Galaxy”, as part of its effort to align cosmic objects with current thinking and conventions.

Cosmic objects, such as Barnard 33, nicknamed “the Horsehead Nebula” would be retain their names. I guess that the horses won’t be offended? Who knows for sure? Don’t horse feelings matter? What if the horses are born black? Obviously these progs are not horse adopters…


Two Kinds

There are only two kinds of ships. Submarines and targets.



The Air Force is test-flying a highly secretive prototype of a sixth-generation fighter jet years sooner than expected. , a top official revealed Tuesday, years sooner than expected.

The so-called Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter would be a follow-on to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 stealth jet, which is a fifth-generation fighter. But instead of a single fighter, the Air Force envisions a “system of systems” that includes piloted and unpiloted aircraft.

“The NGAD has come so far that the full-scale flight demonstrator has already flown in the physical world. It’s broken a lot of records,” Air Force acquisition chief William Roper said during the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

“A lot of the mission systems that we require for next-generation air dominance have been flown on test articles. So they are coming along very well, and digital engineering seems to accelerate everything.”

Both the Navy and Air Force are pursuing slightly different programs with the same basic sixth-generation fighter technology.

Pick your Targets Carefully


Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 that belonged to John “Liver Eating” Johnson.

The boundaries of fact and fiction regarding the life and times of John “Liver Eating” Johnson have blurred, creating the ultimate mountain man legend immortalized in pulp fiction and the character of “Jeremiah Johnson” in the 1972 film starring Robert Redford.

He was born John Garrison but changed his name to John Johnston after deserting from the U.S. Navy around the time of the Mexican-American War. When spelling his name period newspapers often dropped the T, so he became John Johnson.

Much of his life was spent in Montana and Wyoming, trapping. He was the town marshal of Telluride (To-hell-you-ride) Colorado during it’s rougher years. His final days, however, were in a veteran’s home in a small California town. A campaign led by twenty-five 7th graders in the 1970s resulted in his remains at a California cemetery to be relocated to a gravesite in Cody, Wyoming.

The story behind the nickname “Liver Eating” is perhaps best summarized by a contemporary writer: “They killed his wife and burned down his house; then Liver Eating Johnson hunted them down and ate them.” In 1847, his pregnant wife, a member of the Flathead American Indian tribe, was brutally murdered by a raiding party of Crow Indians. The death of his wife set Johnson on a vengeance campaign against the Crow. By some accounts Johnson killed 300 Crow Indians. From those he killed he devoured their livers. The eating of the liver was an insult to the Crow who believed the liver as vital for the deceased to make it to the afterlife. By removing and eating the liver, Johnson was denying his Crow victims peace in death.

He was not a man to be insulted or wronged, nor a man to have hands laid on him without recourse. At 6’5″ and somewhere around 300 lbs., he was said to be a handful in a fight, and unruly when liquored up.


DRJIM, the Older Years?

The Coming War with China



China’s Military-Civilian Fusion

Mao Zedong (Mousey Tongue) asserted that “to oppose imperialist aggression, we must build a powerful navy.”

The truth is that ALL civilian projects in China, all civilian fishing boats and cargo ships and nuclear power plants and medical research has two tracks that are inexorably interwoven. The Wuhan Virology Laboratory (now famous) is a bio-weapons laboratory along with a “civilian research facility”. Only in the west do we separate the two.

In a communist country ALL banking transactions are matters of state interest, all property is ultimately held by the state. It’s true that there are the trappings of capitalism in China, but all commercial interests also fall within the jurisdiction and ownership of the State.

Our fellow blogger BOBBOOKWORM raised the issue of the PLA(N)’s use of semi-submersible heavy lift ships (Jamestown Foundation article) in its war games against the Republic of China on Taiwan. To me it doesn’t represent a game changer so much as it validates ALL Chinese shipping is valid as a military target.

Much has been made of Communist China putting military containers containing missiles aboard its container ships both as self defense measures and as offensive weapons. The containers are seemingly benign until a conflict arises and then (sort of like a Q-Ship), they can spring into action. We can each speculate on how effective that would be, but it, too, underscores the Chinese philosophy of using ALL shipping and all assets as state assets.

Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Another example of how civilian and military integration is used has been the training of peasants in Tibet. The Chinese call them “excess laborers”. Essentially, they are plucked from their homes, given rudimentary military training and are shipped to different parts of China as ‘conscript labor’. They are fed by the state (a bowl of rice and cold rat meat) to labor wherever the state requires coolie labor to be undertaken. This activity in Tibet was ramped up in 2019 and 2020.

Forced conscription of labor for state (and military) purposes is not new in the worker’s paradise. Minority groups often provide this ‘excess labor’. In the US or in the West, machines are used. In China, machines cost money, and peasants don’t. So it’s pick and shovel work and they’re not free to go.

In a war these conscripts with very little military training, provide cannon fodder, to draw fire so that other regular maneuver troops can undertake other missions (presumably more valuable). They can also participate in human wave attacks, wherein they are often not armed with more than sharpened bamboo stakes.


Rome & Barbarians


Four More Years!





A lot of different people have fallen under the generic term, “barbarians”. Generally the term is fungible, depending on where you’re standing. To Ancient Rome, anyone not them was a barbarian to include Hannibal. Eventually, most if not all of Rome’s legions were comprised of “barbarians”.

Today in the USA, if you support President Trump, you’ll find that donkeys often refer to you as a “barbarian”.

Maybe we should look back, here, on the blog?

The Thracians were barbarians who were feared for their skilled cavalrymen, javelineers and sica (scythe-like swords) wielding infantrymen so they were often employed as mercenaries by many of their Greek and Hellenistic neighbors. If you wish, you can expand that to cover the Dacians. In their wars with the Roman Empire the Dacian’s employed a falx, a shield-slicing sickle-like weapon, inspired by Scythian cavalrymen.

The Thracians are the biggest nation in the world, next to the Indians. If they were under one ruler, or united, they would, in my judgment, be invincible and the strongest nation on earth.” – The Histories by Herodotus, 5.3.

Europe was the subject of MANY migrations over its histories. One of these groups, rarely spoken of, were the eastern Celts, who lived on the edge of the Hellenistic world. Following the death of Alexander, his Diadochi (“successors”) squabbled over the remnants of his empire and in their endless bickering, Macedon, Greece and Thrace were greatly weakened. As their fractured Hellenic neighbors struggled to hold their own, these eastern Celts seized the moment to invade and enter this Hellenistic game of thrones. In time these Celts can be seen inhabiting or working as mercenaries from eastern Europe to Egypt in the south and Persia in the east.

The kings of the east then carried on no wars without a mercenary army of Gauls; nor, if they were driven from their thrones, did they seek protection with any other people than the Gauls. Such indeed was the terror of the Gallic name, and the unvaried good fortune of their arms, that princes thought they could neither maintain their power in security, nor recover it if lost, without the assistance of Gallic valor.” – Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus by Marcus Junianus Justinus, 25.2.

The Illyrians,  were barbarian tribes inhabiting a swath of land from northern Epirus (Chaonia) to the far north by the borders of the Italian Alps and the Danube River. In time, the Illyrians colonized the south-eastern coasts of Italy, the heel of the Italian boot. They were renowned for their evolved hit-and-run tactics, cavalrymen and javelineers. Their famed queen Teuta clashed with the Roman Republic. Their navy were known as pirates who contested for dominion over the Adriatic Sea.

He sailed round the promontory of Brundisium, and was carried up the Adriatic, where he had on his left the harborless shores of Italy and on his right the countries occupied by the Illyrians, the Liburnians, and the Histrians, savage tribes chiefly notorious for their acts of piracy.” – The History of Rome by Titus Livius (Livy), 10.4.


The Iberians and Celtiberians of… Iberia (Spain and Portugal) inhabited  the Iberian Peninsula and caught between Carthage and Roman, both of which used them as pawns to tip the scales to their favor. These “barbarians” were notorious for their skill as cavalrymen, skirmishing, hit-and-run tactics and guerrilla warfare. The heavy infantry of Carthage and Rome both needed skirmishers and they filled the role.

“[1] Now that we have spoken at sufficient length about the Celts we shall turn our history to the Celtiberians who are their neighbours. In ancient times these two peoples, namely, the Iberians and the Celts, kept warring among themselves over the land, but when later they arranged their differences and settled upon the land altogether, and when they went further and agreed to intermarriage with each other, because of such intermixture the two peoples received the appellation given above. 

And since it was two powerful nations that united and the land of theirs was fertile, it came to pass that the Celtiberians advanced far in fame and were subdued by the Romans with difficulty and only after they had faced them in battle over a long period. [2] And this people, it would appear, provide for warfare not only excellent cavalry but also foot-soldiers who excel in prowess and endurance.” – The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus, 33.1-2.

Random Observations



From San Juaquin Sheriff’s Office (CA) – 9/20/2020

“Plane crash in the area of Roberts Rd and Muller Rd in Stockton. Please stay out of the area.

The aircraft involved in the crash was a World War II-era B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. The plane attempted a landing in an open field and appeared to have struck an irrigation ditch. The aircraft sustained significant damage. All injuries sustained during the incident appear to be non-life-threatening. We are in communication with NTSB and FAA as they will lead the investigation.

Three people were on the aircraft. Two were transported to a local hospital, and one was able to walk away.”

Happier Days


Obesity index by County

There are trends, providing that the map is accurate, and I suspect that it is.


Where were you in 1987? Check this out…

Joe Biden was mid-career, doing what he did best.

Now he’s senile but nothing has changed much. I don’t work for you! – Joe – wants to be your president on a Harris-Biden ticket.







The Coming War with China (opinion)


There are a lot of publications, a lot of various authors, and not a little anxiety exists in Asia over the coming war with China. Everyone has a different take on things. With the US selling Taiwan naval mines, anti-shipping missiles and other defensive hardware systems, Red China seethes. They thought that they could bully Taiwan into submission, but it might be another fifty year wait.


The US Marine Corps is actively re-crafting itself for littoral warfare in the Pacific, specifically to fight China, should the need arise. It’s no longer going to fight as an “Army Division” in a land warfare role. As much as a lot of current Marine Corps generals like to think otherwise, the Marine Corps is a Naval force.

The U.S. Marines during an amphibious exercise on Dundee Beach, part of exercise Talisman Sabre 15 at Fog Bay, Northern Territory, Australia

Hand Wringing

(South China Morning Post) The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations don’t want to be caught between two superpowers – three if you include America’s ally, Japan. But need they worry?

What is the Purpose of the War?

China is a trading nation.  The vice minister of transport stated that China ranked fourth among the world’s shipping industries, with a total carrying capacity of 142 million in deadweight tons, amounting to 8 percent of the world total. China’s merchant fleet was said to be distributed among 240 shipping companies. Imagine how it would look if that number was at or near 0? No more capacity to ship oil (they’d still have the Russian pipeline that might not survive the war), no more capacity to ship goods to a Walmart near you.

(CSIS) A good article, worth a view.

Can the Communist Chinese Navy defend its merchant fleet? Unlikely.

India would undoubtably join any regional conflict against China and can handle sinking Chinese merchant shipping in transit through the Indian Ocean.  The US can handle the Pacific Ocean and the British and whatever other European allies joined the war can deal with the Atlantic. Chinese ships in port would simply be interred and ultimately seized.

The Middle East has shifted strongly in the direction of the US with the exception of Iran, but the foundations of that nation are cracking at present. Siding with the Chinese in any conflict would be disastrous for the mullahs. Russia will stay out of it.


The Chinese will certainly start the war. I don’t think that it will need a pretext. They’ll shoot at something for some reason and – pop goes the weasel.

It won’t be a land war. The US will fight defensively on land but offensively at sea. While the objective is always to deprive the enemy of his battle fleet, in this case, the juicy target is the merchant fleet.

Oil Intrigue



Guyana’s New Oil Fields are Venezuela’s Old Oil Fields?

(LINK) Our fellow blogger, Claudio, brought this to my attention.

GEORGETOWN, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The United States and Guyana will begin joint maritime patrols aimed at drug interdiction near the South American country’s disputed border with crisis-stricken Venezuela, the U.S. secretary of state and Guyana’s new president said on Friday.

The agreement comes as U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp , as part of a consortium with Hess Corp and China’s CNOOC Ltd, ramps up crude output from Guyana’s massive offshore Stabroek block, a large portion of which is in waters claimed by Venezuela.

Pumping Venezuela dry while the US Coast Guard protects the oil fields while it’s patrolling for drug shipments.

“Greater security, greater capacity to understand your border space, what’s happening inside your Exclusive Economic Zone – those are all things that give Guyana sovereignty,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a joint appearance with newly-installed Guyanese President Irfaan Ali.

Pompeo is using his four-nation South America tour to ramp up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen a six-year economic collapse and has been indicted in the United States on narcoterrorism charges, to resign.

“We know that the Maduro regime has decimated the people of Venezuela and that Maduro himself is an indicted narcotics trafficker. That means he has to leave,” Pompeo told reporters during his appearance in Georgetown with Ali.

A series of offshore oil discoveries in recent years have given Guyana, which has no history of oil production, the potential to become one of Latin America’s largest producers.


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Lee Harvey Oswald - Shot




One thing that America has (may have) learned in 2020 is that voting for the right mayor and governor is just as important as voting for the right president.


Questions Remain

Jack Ruby

Mugshot of Jack Leon Ruby – Dallas nightclub owner who fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald (the man charged with assassinating U.S. President John F. Kennedy) – November 24, 1963


In Russia

Percentage identifying as atheist, irreligious, or “spiritual but not religious” in Russia


Actual Photo of a Valkyrie

I think that you need the t-shirt if you want to be authentic.


Your Next Commander-in-Chief?


AntiFA Plans

Sunday Memes

We Fight at Night






What are the odds?


I had an argument with an idiot at a gun store and wanted to post a picture. For any of you that think that an M-1 Carbine is just a shortened M-1 Garand.

The M1 Garand fires a .30-06 cartridge – a rifle cartridge. The M1 Carbine fires a .30 carbine cartridge, essentially a pistol round.




Checking In



A Grim Satellite Photo

America has manmade localized global warming in the West, caused by Democrat supporters. Look at all that carbon emission…thanks Kamala (and her sidekick, Joe).


Look at this Picture

It’s a Mexican Navy UH-60 Blackhawk. I like working with the Mexican Navy and Naval Infantry (Marines) and have done it extensively. The only beef I’ve had is that they are risk averse when it comes to bringing their rotors in close in a gunfight. They don’t want them shot, damaged, or destroyed. And some cartels have man portable air defense systems (MANPADS) that will ruin your day.  They like showing off their rotors, not taking them into the fight.


The Indians like their shade

Indian Army Vijayanta Catapult, a Soviet 130mm: M-46 field gun on a Vickers Mk. 1 tank chassis


Portholes – more than you want to know

The technology required to cut a large hole in the side of a boat and then seal it to prevent any ingress of water is so sophisticated that no one tried it for several thousand years. In fact, the fear of a leak was so deeply rooted that most seafarers vehemently resisted any attempt to cut holes in their ships – that is, until they had to win a war. It was developments in cannon design that led to the invention of the first portholes, or rather the first gun ports.

From the beginning of the 14th century, ships were equipped with artillery, but this usually consisted of small calibre weapons mounted on the fore and aft locks of the ship, which could only be used to a limited extent, as the primary combat tactic was still to allow military personnel to board an enemy ship and engage in close combat.

As the big cannons began to dominate the land battles, it became clear that they will be very soon also at sea. But to carry the weight of such large weapons without making the ship top-heavy, the cannons had to be placed low down, and this meant cutting holes in the sides of the ship to create a space through which the cannons could fire.


Gunports of the Vasa, 1628

There are many different theories about who invented the cannon opening. The French claim that it was a shipbuilder from Brest, Francois Descharges, who installed it in the Grace a Dieu of Henry VIII in 1515. The Portuguese say that King John II came up with the idea when he fitted his caravels with heavy cannons in 1490. Other evidence suggests that they may have been present during the siege of Rhodes in 1480. It is most likely that, like other contemporary inventions, they were developed simultaneously in several countries. In any case, gun ports were in general use in the 1520s.


Left: A porthole from a 18th century shipwreck of a merchant vessel, found in the Bay of Bengal. Right: A late 18th or early 19th century porthole

Gun ports brought their own problems. The Mary Rose and the Vasa were just two of the more famous ships that were sunk when a sudden wind blew them over and allowed water to flow in through their open ports. Once the concept of piercing a hull for guns had gained acceptance, it was only a small step to cut holes for ventilation and light. And so the porthole was invented in 1569. Although most warships used their gun ports for this task, a combination of both comes slowly and later. It is thought that the term comes from the French word porte, meaning door, which was inserted into a porthole. Unlike the original embrasures, most portholes are round, which gives a stronger structure that is less susceptible to rot.

Sunday Sermonette (fun with factions)

Vatican City


A Survey of Religions, Practices and Demographics

The source is Pew Research. You can explore their numbers here. These are numbers for the USA. Other nations will differ.

Based on Pew Research, there are some metrics that I thought I’d share. I only threw up one chart because they’re difficult to read on the blog. I did go through other charts on the website.

I’m picking the two highest and the two lowest in each category. You’ll note that I cherry-picked categories, not based on what might or might not be the most important, but on what most interested me at the time.

Regular Attendance at Religious Services

Jehovah’s Witness  (85%)  Mormon (77%)

Buddhist and Hindu tied at 18%, Jews were close with 19%


Map – People say they are highly religious (in the lower 48)

The American South comes in with larger numbers, and I didn’t find that surprising.


Marital Status (percentage married)

Mormon (66%) Hindu (60%)

Black Protestant (31%)  Buddhist (39%)


Importance of Religion

Jehovah’s Witness (90%)  Black Protestant (85%)

Buddhist (33%)  Hindu (26%)


Religion by County

Again, no real surprises, with the Southern Baptists dominating in the South, the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) in the Intermountain West, Lutherans in the North and the Methodists in the Mid-West. There are more Catholics than any other single faith and they’re everywhere.


Standards for Right and Wrong

Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses tied at 57%

Hindus and Muslims tied at 20%


Political Affiliation

Republicans – Mormon (70%) Evangelical Protestants (57%)

Democrats – Buddhists (69%) Jewish (64%)



Wealthiest (over $100K/yr) – Jewish (44%) Hindu (36%)

Poorest (under $30K/yr) – Black Protestants (53%) Jehovah’s Witness (48%)



High School/less – Jehovah’s Witness (63%) Black Protestant (53%)

College Grad/Post Grad – Hindu (77%) Jewish (60%)


Believe in Heaven

Mormon (95%) Black Protestant (93%)

Jewish (40%) Buddhist (47%)


Some interesting numbers

In General, Catholics were always somewhere in the middle as a group on the categories that Pew surveyed.

On Abortion, 48% of Catholics thought that it should be legal in most cases and 47% thought that it should be illegal in most cases.

On Reading Scripture, 44% of mainline Protestants responded “seldom or never”.

On Feelings of Spiritual Wellbeing, Jewish people were the lowest at 39%.

Government Aid to the Poor, was favored by the poorest and “Does more harm than good” was topped by Mormons at 64%. The Mormons have their own aid/welfare to members program and it’s quite extensive. So no surprises there.

Thoughts for the Weekend

Amy Coney Barrett

If Pelosi can ram a sham impeachment through the House of Representatives, McConnell sure as heck can ram a legitimate Supreme Court nomination through the Senate before the election.

I think that Amy Coney Barrett would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. The donkeys hate her with a passion because she has seven children and is a devout defender of the unborn.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg should ‘radicalize’ Democrats, urging her supporters to vote for corrupt, creepy, senile old Joe Biden whether they ‘like him or not.’




CNN Advertisers

If you are so inclined and have time on your hands, call or e-mail these companies and inform them that you will not do business with them so long as they advertise on CNN.

It’s not a complete list and the contact points should be accurate for the most part. You know that the donkeys do this to Fox all of the time.

JK Harris and Company info@JKHarrisAssociates.com http://www.jkharrisassociates.com/ Phone Number – 800-556-9795

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals http://www.astrazeneca-us.com/ Phone – 800-236-9933

E-Trade https://us.etrade.com/e/t/home https://us.etrade.com/contact-us/email-us Phone – 800-387-2331

Monex Precious Metals http://monex.com/ Phone – 800-444-8317

Sprint / Nextel http://www.sprint.com/index.html?brand=Nextel Sprint customers – call 1-888-211-4727 Nextel customers – call 1-800-639-6111

Select Quote https://www.selectquote.com/life/contact 1-855-487-5010 800-777-8300 customercare@selectquote.com advertising@selectquote.com

Wells Fargo https://www.wellsfargo.com/ Phone 800-869-3557 1-800-956-4442

AARP http://www.aarp.org/ http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/contact-us/?intcmp=AE-HP-FTR-CONTACT Phone – 888-687-2277 member@aarp.org Advertise@aarp.org

Philips / Norelco http://www.usa.philips.com/index.page Phone – 1-800-682-7664 @PhilipsCare (212) 850-5000 Scott M. Weisenhoff CEO Philips Electronics North America email scott.m.weisenhoff@philips.com http://www.usa.philips.com/c-w/support-home/support-contact-page.html

Subaru http://www.subaru.com/customer-support.html p Phone – 1-800-782-2783

Geico http://www.geico.com/about/contactus/ Phone – 800-861-8380

Boston Market https://www.bostonmarket.com/company/contact-us/ Phone – 800-877-2870 800-365-7000

Liberty Medical https://libertymedical.com/contact/ Phone 800-577-5821 866-678-0858 libertycares@libertymedical.com

Live Well Financial https://livewell.com/contact-us/ – 800-917-1170

American Coalition for Clean Coal http://www.americaspower.org/Contact-Us Phone – 877-358-6699

University of Phoenix 866.766.0766 http://www.phoenix.edu/about_us/contact_us.html

Partnership for Prescription Assistance https://www.pparx.org/about_us/contact_us Phone – 888-477-2669

Ehealth Insurance Services http://www.ehealthinsurance.com/ 1-844-229-4337 877.456.7180 800-977-8860 headquarters@ehealth.com

Hyundai https://www.hyundaiusa.com/contact-us.aspx Phone – 800-633-5151

Jos A Banks Clothiers http://www.josbank.com/customer-service-center Phone – 800-999-7472 or 800-285-2265

Career Builder.com http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pr_main.aspx Toll Free: (800) 638-4212

Zurich Financial Services https://www.zurich.com/en/about-us/contact-us https://www.zurich.com/en/media/media-contacts

Johnson and Johnson eknewitz@its.jnj.com https://www.ccc-consumercarecenter.com/UCUConfiguration?id=a0758000004NIaL Phone – (732) 524-6623 732-524-0400

US Home Auction https://www.auction.com/lp/contact-us/ Phone – 800-793-6107

Cisco http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/contacts/index.html Phone – 800-553-6387 or 408-526-4000

Exxon Mobil http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/company/contact-us Phone – 972-444-1000

Jitterbug https://www.greatcall.com/about-us/ Phone – 1-866-359-5606 CustomerService@GreatCall.com

Namely.com – maker of software for human resources professionals: 1-855-626-3591 @NamelyHR Janssen Biotech Inc (a division of Johnson & Johnson): 1-800-526-7736

Farmers Insurance: @WeAreFarmers / 1-888-668-4500

Sleep Number bed: 1-888-411-2188 / sales@selectcomfort.com

Choice Hotel @choicehotels / choicehotels.com : Customer relations: (800) 300-8800

Hulu @hulu : 888-265-6650

Zillow @Zillow : 206-470-7000

DenTek dentek.com: 865-983-1300

Spectrum (Charter Communications- cable TV): Spectrum.com 1-888-438-2427

Esurance (Allstate): @esurance / 800-378-7262

Direct TV: @Directv / 800-531-5000

CA.com @CAinc

Booking.com – part of Priceline Group: (877) 477-5807 (Priceline customer service)

Xarelto – part of Janssen Biotech, see above: 1-800-526-7736

WeatherTech.com: @WeatherTech (800) 441-6287

SCOTTeVEST.COM (clothing company): @scottevest (866) 909-8378


Play Hard

Enfield M-47C


Don’t Try This at Home

This is offered for educational reference purposes only. The component parts are safe until combined at the proper ratios.  Avoid situations where static electrical charges can develop, because they can ignite the powder.


A star fort in Elvas, Portugal (Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça)

They don’t fare well against indirect fire from artillery, but they’re still cool.



WW1 Sniper with 121 kills, Gefreiter (corporal) Herrnreiter, a former poacher with an extensive civilian criminal record, once known as the best shot of the Bavarian Army, who was decorated with the coveted Bavarian Golden Military Merit Medal in January 1915.


If I owned that car…

I might not take decorating that far. But you have to admire his commitment.




The List of Accomplishments


Therapeutic Property Diminishment (TPD)



Don’t call it looting anymore. It’s Therapeutic Property Diminishment (TPD). Therapeutic Property Diminishment (TPD), also known as “looting”, a more equitable and empowering action for all parties involved.

LootSafe firmly believes that all forms of TPD, or looting, should be safe and voluntary for all parties involved. We can create a safer, looted world, together.

From the website: “We believe in furthering the goal of social justice by providing a safe space for the empowering expression of therapeutic property diminishment, or looting, to occur. When all other methods have failed, it is clear that looting is a justified act of protest as a way to destroy the master class.”

How you can help: LootSpace owners can right the wrongs of their privilege and individual success by offering up their property to be destroyed by those victimized by their silence, something which serves as the largest possible act of solidarity for equality. If silence is violence, then offering up your home or business as a target for looting is the act of screaming out loud in the name of justice.


Join the progressive movement, enter the ‘big tent’ where all are welcomed. Hurry, there’s only so much space left.


Meanwhile, in The Worker’s Paradise (China in Focus)

I’ve been on the phone with China a lot lately. The theme of conversations runs like this, “The US will destroy itself it it decouples with China.” I explain that the mood in the US today is “F-off and die.”

My response is glossed over by the collapse of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the threat of food shortages in the People’s Republic. (they rant) I reply, “Sucks to be you.” My comment is ignored.

“The world can not ignore China!” I reply that they need to retreat back inside the Bamboo Curtain and let the world go on with out them. That comment is ignored too.

My sense is that the coming war with China (a shooting Navy war) will end when their merchant fleet is at the bottom of the ocean, creating ecologically friendly artificial reefs. Then they don’t have to worry about shipping their goods abroad.


Freaky Friday

Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster


It’s a mixed up world, but at least, it’s Friday!


Somebody did a study on the color of blue jeans (Levis) that people prefer, by US State. I had no idea that the color varied so widely, but it’s Friday, and I don’t want to overwhelm you with things …yet.


I’m going to complain for a moment on the high cost of life. Ok, it’s nothing like living in the UK or Europe, so indulge that caveat if you will. But it’s still expensive to live. Let me throw down a few examples: Car Insurance. I have USAA and it’s a great company with great rates and they treat you VERY WELL. Better than I’ve ever been treated by an insurance company, but the premiums are still high for 4 vehicles with a perfect driving record.  Then a rock smacks into the windshield and creates an immediate unrepairable crack. I’m loath to make a glass claim, but the cost of a new windshield (with labor) is nearly $700.00. It’s zero deductible and they send a guy all the way to the White Wolf Mine to repair it – I would have driven to somewhere. I’m not angry, I don’t begrudge parts and labor. But it drives home the point that I have to keep my rates ridiculously high. I just raised them and winced when I did. But ANYTHING to do with a car, even a minor thing, is near or over $1,000. And don’t get me started on everything else.  Ok, on with the blog.


Weird Airplanes

Just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

Chile’s Air Force bought it… 707-385C
Caproni- Stipa
Airbus Beluga


Donkeys – doing what Donkeys do.

When you burn your neighborhood stores, they won’t be rebuilt if insurance companies won’t underwrite the project. But the BLM people neither care, nor do they look ahead. They’re a terrorist Marxist organization. The welfare of black people is the very last thing that they are after.




The US divided into 55 commuter regions


US-Mexico border homicide rates per 100k people per year


The California Wasteland

Some people are shocked that California is starting to look like a third world nation. Of course they blame President Trump.

The “Green New Deal” energy philosophy is delivering the sort of power to California that one would expect. Rolling black outs have become the “new normal”.  And because they want to blame President Trump for wildland fires, the Democrats are lighting them (along with rioting). A friend recently asked me whether Californians are all insane. I said that they are not. There are a lot of really nice, smart, polite Republicans left there, but they are in the minority in the inner cities where the rot has taken hold.


This is for Beans

So What? It’s Thursday

A KC-130J Hercules aircraft lands on Tinian Island


There should be a little red circle over Washington DC for the attempted coup against President Trump in 2016. You can call it a “Democrat Insurance Policy” if you’d like, but it was clearly an attempted coup. We need to start calling things what they are. This map was created by the Washington Post, complicit with the attempt to overthrow an elected US President, so naturally, they wouldn’t call the Obama-Clinton Donkey Conspiracy a coup.


Toxic Masculinity

“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods.

(Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lays of Ancient Rome)

There are men who act like men. The left brands them as toxic. Then there are men who act like women much of the time and that’s acceptable. They are even more acceptable when they go full trans. Such is the nature of the media and the progressive movement. It’s tough to co-opt people who refuse to bend the knee to the trend of the moment, promoted by university professors, the fashion industry and the media. Best to brand them as “toxic”.

Then there is the gender assignment put on nations (which changes from language to language). This one in Italian.


American Portions


More Panic



Trivial Pursuit

With an area of 2.02 square kilometers, Monaco is the smallest sovereign nation with a coastline.


World View

How the “known” world looked at the time of Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.