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Captioned Photo – can you identify the tank?

 

Space Aliens

If this guy landed on your hand and said, “Take me to your leader,”  who would you take him/her to? Or would you squish him, risking intergalactic war?

 

 

Identify the Tank

Not a prototype. I think that it’s a tough one to identify.

 

The Situation

 

Not just bears crap in the woods…

 

Lost in Translation?

 

SPQR

 

There’s Only a month left before Christmas.

Buy the Perfect Gift!

Open Forum

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Make a Wish

 

I will be traveling here,  there, and back, not off the grid entirely, available by e-mail and phone and all that. Blogging may be a little lighter than usual between now and the new year.

I’m working on the third book in the Red Mist Series, The Wolf God, with Jules Smith and Broken Toys, a new novel.

About Broken Toys: Sometimes people know too much and can embarrass their government. Sometimes the government resorts to arkancide to silence those people — a robbery gone wrong, a ‘suicide’ while in custody, an automobile accident, or people just disappear. Broken Toys is a contemporary book about veterans who take matters into their own hands.

 

Liddy Speaks

 

The New Plague – better than the old plague?

(gateway pundit) There have now been 67 Ivermectin COVID-19 controlled studies that show a 67% improvement in COVID patients. There have been 298 Hydroxychloroquine studies that show a 64% improvement in patients for COVID-19 patients. The problem with these medications is that they are inexpensive.  If there is one thing that Big Pharma hates, it’s inexpensive.

There is that new plague, news of which crashed the stock market yesterday…Just in time for the 2022 elections! We will all need to vote by mail to slow the spread,  and the democrats will tally how far behind they are and will deliver the needed “found votes” at 3 am.

 

The Vax

Dozens of Vaxxed Athletes Are Suddenly Collapsing and Nobody’s Allowed to Ask Why.

108 FIFA footballers and coaches have died in the last 6 months alone. If it’s 108 in football (soccer) alone, it sure is a couple more than “dozens” among ALL athletes.

But that those loyal to the establishment refuse to take a closer look at this tragedy and start questioning why the fittest on earth are suddenly dying tells you that all their solidarity and for everyone’s health! Cries have been a lie. They don’t give a damn about you.

I don’t personally care whether people are vaccinated or not. It needs to be a personal decision. I have seen the vax reaction in friends and in each case, it was very serious. I have seen vaxed people contract COVID. It puts a spin on the spin.

 

The Price of Gasoline in Death Valley,  CA

 

I leave the forum open for you to express yourselves, argue your point, and so forth.

There is a universe of things to discuss.

 

Checking In

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Captioned Photo:  Blackhawk with a dirt bike mount. You can call it a tactical dirt bike if you prefer.

 

 

In Ukraine

Russian Armor with their new anti-Hellfire (drone fired) defensive steel cage on the turrets.

Traditionally, the Russians have used plates of Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor to defend them from incoming missiles. Reactive armor is designed to detonate prior to a missile impact in order to disrupt the molten jet of its shaped-charge warhead and feed additional metal in its path. Suddenly, the confidence is gone?

The Russians told the Biden Regime that if the US sent troops to Ukraine, there would be a war and nobody knew where it would end. Jo/Ho blinked. For once, showing common sense.

Civil wars are not the place to interpose yourself.

Rome fought a number of disastrous civil wars, usually to decide who would be emperor and the spoils that came with it. From Julius Caesar forward, victorious generals, enriching themselves, gorging themselves on the battlefield, all wished to be Imperators.

 

Santa?

(daily wire) It’s in the news – gay Santa. Making Santa a sodomite in Norway may make news, but will it help the image of their Postal Service (who funded the advertisement)? We will have to poll the Norwegians.

 

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror…

Now we have to wait until Christmas for the next feast.

 

Range Days are good – Riverrider.

After Turkey Dinner

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Captioned Photo:

The dog tags of 58,307 US soldiers killed during the Vietnam War at the Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago.

Think about that as the Brandon Regime prepares to escalate the ongoing civil war in Ukraine and elsewhere.

 

Snapshottruth be told

 

Bilboes

Not anything like a Hobbit…

Here we have a long iron bar with U-shaped shackles. The bar usually has a large knob at one end and a slot at the other end into which a wedge or padlock is driven to secure the unit. They came in three different sizes, for men, women, and children, and were mostly used on the ankles, but the small ones could also be used to restrain the wrists.

The movable counterpart was the shackles, which had an iron chain instead of a fixed iron bar.

The Spanish Armada brought this type of shackling with them during the attack on England in 1588 in order to securely bring their hoped-for English prisoners back to Spain to be ransomed as hostages or sold as slaves.

This type of shackling was not only used onboard a ship to tie up and punish a sailor who did not comply with the rules. It was also used to tie up people on land and put them on public display and humiliation on a shame pole. This type of restraint was also very popular on slave ships.

 

Two-minute Hate – with a 24 Hour News Cycle

The socialist plutocrats who have declared themselves to be your betters, inspired by idiot intellectuals and supported by news and social media, outlets have a particular devotion to racism that has not been seen since Nazi Germany.

These people do the very deeds they accuse in others; and voice the accusations with such piercing, reckless, irrational hate, that it is a wonder to behold. Sane men silently back away, looking for some handy stick to club them back once they turn violent — as they always eventually do.

It is self-hatred they express. I can understand why they hate themselves.  There’s not much to recommend in their behavior, their lack of ethics, and their disdain for Christianity.

All political discussions now are merely racist proclamations of the unremitting evil of the Caucasian and all his works and all his ways and the unalloyed goodness of non-Caucasians, whose works and images and names have been thoroughly scrubbed from every commercial project and item of popular entertainment.

The appalling racism of the woke applauds racism in the name of fighting racism. Anyone who opposes racism, by this logic, is racist. Whereas the racist supporting racism is not racist, because, as said before, the accusation only can go in one direction.

Justice requires giving each man what he deserves. The industrious earns more than the idle. The law-abiding wins respect and the crooks win jail time. The studious learns more than the stupid.

To cure the racist evil of power inequality, they propose to make the elite all-powerful. To cure the racist evil of wealth inequality, they propose the expropriation of all wealth into their hands.

They have literally called for the middle class and the poor to own nothing and be happy and to die and decrease the surplus population. Their energy policy will return the poor to burning wood for heat, and their depopulation policy mandates an injection that induces stillbirth in the unborn and blot clots in the elderly.

The poor and dispossessed will be decimated, starting with the blacks. The movement to defund police, organize riots, drive businesses out of black neighborhoods, and abort black babies is likewise a population control measure meant to commit a slow genocide. All in the name of antiracism, mind you.

The lunatics of Looking Glass Land rarely speak openly against the poor and middle class. It would not poll well with focus groups to tell people that their fate is to be slavery, poverty, humiliation, the torture chamber, and the death camp.

All the Empire of Lies need do is accuse and accuse and accuse Western Civilization of being imperfect: the freedom and equality known in no other land or generation save where the Gospel is triumphant is denounced as systematically racist and genocidal. True equality, so we are old, consists of race-quotas, diversity-hires, and segregation.

The Old Jim Crow laws are bad because they separated the blacks from the whites. The New Jim Crow laws are good, on the other hand, because they separate the whites from the blacks.

The appalling racism of the woke forbids what it calls cultural appropriation so that neither tacos can be eaten nor Chinese silks worn but also forbids any depiction by whites of non-whites in film or print.

This differs from the burning of Jewish books by Nazis in the 1930s only in that it is less honest. By removing the Washington Redskins and the emblem of Land O’ Lakes Butter (an image drawn by an American Indian, mind you), the minorities are abolished from public view in the name of protecting them. The result, please note, is the same.

The one loophole to increase minority representation is to replace long-established characters and franchises with diversity-hire versions as if the customer loyalty to the character will follow the name and copyrighted trademarks, rather than the things the customer likes.

Of course, if they actually wanted any of these things, they would support those laws and institutions under which the poor and downtrodden suffer the least, and have the best hope of bettering themselves: they would support a colorblind society where each man is judged on his merits, on the content of his character, not the color of his skin. But they call colorblindness racist.

Likewise, they would support the free market, as no other human institution is more likely to lift the working poor out of poverty. But they denounce capitalism.

Likewise, they would support equal rights for women, both here and abroad, and denounce those cults, those cultures, those religions, and those civilizations that reduce women to chattel servitude, dishonor motherhood, deter virginity, undermine monogamy. Instead, in the name of fighting the patriarchy, they promote aborticide and defend rapists both large and small, from pederasts who assault children to politicians who rape staffers. They glamorize fornication and wonder why the suicide rate among women rises. Finally, in the name of gender ideology, womanhood itself is abolished, and a man in a dress wins gold medals at weightlifting and wrestling in the women’s division.

They coin a term like “cisgender” to try to graft a negative connotation to something non-perverted and normal. Or they put the modifier “social” in front of a word to make it mean the opposite of reality, as when “social justice” means what sane people call an injustice. But such words get used up quickly, and new jabberwocky must quickly be invented. None of them have meaning in the sense of depicting an idea. It is just noise.

And the noise varies between soft, sniveling sneers and full-throated yowls of vulgar malice, barking like dogs and screaming helplessly at the sky.  It is a sound of hate and more hate.

 

Now, a word from Ho and Creepy Jo:

Jo/Ho were not elected, they were installed.

From Brietbart

Instead of taking responsibility for the raging oil prices during the supply chain crisis, produced in large part by Democrat unemployment payments, the regime has accused oil companies of earning record-high profits. On Wednesday, Biden/Brandon asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate oil companies for “anti-competitive behavior.”

“I, therefore, ask that the Commission further examine what is happening with oil and gas markets and that you bring all of the Commission’s tools to bear if you uncover any wrongdoing,” Biden/Brandon pleaded.

After Your Belt is Loosened…

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A few notes for the holiday – a pause for the cause.

 

Today we celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving as it was celebrated by the Pilgrims, who arrived a year earlier on November 11, 1620, on the Mayflower.

102 passengers came as families to set up a society of self-government with the freedom to practice their own religion without fear of persecution from the English government or its church.

Blown off course, the Mayflower arrived in what is now Provincetown Harbor, where 41 men signed the Mayflower Compact, a covenant of self-rule that birthed American liberty.  A precursor to the U.S. Constitution, the Compact was essentially the cornerstone of self-government under God which has made America unique among nations.

From there the ship sailed on to modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they founded the Plymouth Colony in the middle of December. Of the original 102 passengers, only 52 survived, including four women and their first elected governor of the colony, John Carver.

In early spring 1621, the Pilgrims entered into a treaty with the Wampanoag Indian tribe’s leader, Massasoit.  Squanto, a member of the Patuxet band of the Wampanoag tribe, had been captured by earlier settlers but freed by Catholic friars and taken to England, where he learned to speak English.  He became an interpreter on an English ship in 1618 and returned to the New World, where he taught the Pilgrims how to grow crops in the hard, rocky New England soil.

Sometime in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, together with Massasoit and 90 members of his tribe, held a three-day harvest festival of thanksgiving, feasting, and entertainment with athletic events of shooting, foot races, wrestling, and bow and arrow.  Their Indian friends provided much of the food.

Turkeys are mean…

 

 

If you have leftists in your family and if they decide to join you for Thanksgiving or some other holiday meal and they start spouting. off about Jo/Ho, ask them, “If you are supposed to be the underdogs and the revolutionaries, then why is it that all of the evil money and power elites are on your side?”

“Why are all the people you say you are fighting against giving you billions of dollars and enforcing your political will?”

“Is it possible that corporatists, globalists, and you leftists are all part of the same machine?”

They will deflect and obfuscate but you can’t be in league with Wall Street power brokers, the Davos EuroElite trash, and be a ‘revolutionary’.

 

Identify the Tank

 

Identify the Artillery

 

Identify the AFV – yes, it’s Soviet…

 

Standing in Europe – Looking at Asia

Neither place celebrates Thanksgiving…

 

Unpacking

When you visit for Thanksgiving, you have to get the yams you brought out of the rig.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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There’s a lot of privilege in that photo. I’m thankful for the people who sacrificed so much.

I have a great deal to be thankful for, family, particularly grandchildren, good friends, an interesting and rewarding career, and an abundant life.

Thank you for visiting this blog – for all it is and isn’t. I appreciate your comments and participation. Thank you for putting up with me.

The world is still an interesting place and it’s more fun if we encounter it together.

I hope that you have an opportunity to be with the ones you love on this holiday and that you’re able to take time out to give thanks.

 

Those of you who know me will understand that the holidays are always difficult for me. Absent friends and absent family. We all have them and we all miss them, don’t we?

 

We are the manifestation in the modern, of our stalwart ancestors who gave all that we might be. I don’t know of anyone who didn’t want their children and grandchildren to have better lives than they did.  Thanksgiving brings generations together in celebration of many things, and naturally, the communists in Washington DC and their media factotums cheer them on.

And still, we celebrate.

Winter is…here?

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The Empty Promise

For the last twenty years, we’ve been promised an end to winter as global warming sets in and the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets vanish.

National luminaries like AOC, Slow Joe Biden, and the Ho have promised us an end to ice unless it’s going into a glass with an adult beverage. If they are to be believed, why is there a race to build more and better icebreakers?

 

Rumors?

US Army’s experimental light tank: ELKE (Elevated Kinetic Energy), an M551 Sheridan chassis with a rapid-fire 75-mm smoothbore gun. The turretless design allowed for a lighter weight tank and gave it the ability to shoot over obstacles, but proved too complex for production in the 1970s. Fast forward fifty years and the Army is dusting off the design for a robotic ELKE.

 

Supporting Creepy Joe

A KC-135 Stratotanker is orbiting ACK while Slow Joe is on Nantucket vacationing.

Why didn’t they just stay in the White House? They could have told senile, nasty old Joe that they were in Nantucket at the Nantucket White House. He would have bought off on it and it would have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. How many gallons of jet fuel is burned during this vacation?

 

The Lancet

The Lancet has just published an urgent warning to high-level government officials to stop falsely claiming that “the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated for COVID-19.”

“There is increasing evidence that vaccinated individuals continue to have a relevant role in transmission”

“It is wrong and dangerous to speak of a pandemic of the unvaccinated,”

It warns that “historically, both the USA and Germany have engendered negative experiences by stigmatizing parts of the population for their skin color or religion.”

Ending with an urgent plea, “to stop the inappropriate stigmatization of unvaccinated people, who include our patients, colleagues, and other fellow citizens, and to put extra effort into bringing society together.” “

 

We’re down to 30 shopping days remaining.

Mischief

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On page 1,957 of the reconciliation bill, Democrats included a $1.67 billion special tax handout to media companies, under the guise of helping “local” journalists. Journalists do so very much these days to keep the democrat party going. It’s important to recognize their efforts (zerohedge).

The provision is a product of the DC lobbying swamp and will benefit large, failing media corporations such as CNN.

Gannett corporation — publisher of USA Today — could get as much as $127.5 million of the bounty.

Walls

Wall of the Temple of Horus in Edfu, built by the Ptolemids between 237 and 57 BC.

 

The Flodden Wall

The disastrous Battle of Flodden was fought and lost in 1513, when an invading Scots army was defeated by the English at Flodden, in Northumberland.

Fearing a retaliatory attack, Edinburgh’s town council resolved to strengthen the walls surrounding the city, some of which had stood since the 12th century. Completed in 1560, the Flodden Wall, 1.2 meters thick and up to 7.3 meters high, never faced an English invasion, but it did prove very useful for regulating trade and preventing smuggling, as it forced all traffic to enter the city via one of the six gates – the Netherbow, Bristo, Cowgate, Potterrow, West and New Ports.

Initially encircling an area of just under 57 hectares, and a population of around 10,000, the Flodden Wall marked the city limits until the 18th Century, by which time the population had multiplied at least five-fold and was bursting at the seams.

Though much was dismantled, three sections of the wall still survive: in Greyfriars Kirkyard, where it is embedded with tombstones; along the narrow Vennel leading to the Grassmarket; and running down Drummond Street to the Pleasance.

I lived in Edinburgh, adjacent to the remains of the Flodden Wall in a flat. The city was magical to me then and it remains so.

 

Musketeers

The movie “The Three Musketeers” is playing on the flat screen in the den while I’m blogging on the computer. Why didn’t they ever carry muskets if they were musketeers?

Of course, they used both swords and muskets, but one of those was more glamorous for a novel and a movie. Early muskets were very heavy, were of wheellock or matchlock design, and took a long time to load. Even the later muskets were not very accurate and were fired in volley by more than three men in hope of getting a single hit.

The reign of Louis XIII and the first musketeers of the guard predates the (French) revolutionary wars by 150 years.

The evolution of uniforms for the King’s Musketeers

 

Seventeenth-century pike and shot

 

Cornflowers

Much as in the way poppies are used in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries for remembrance, cornflowers -which also grew on battlefields even after being churned up by artillery fire- are used in France to remember WW1 and generally as a symbol of solidarity with veterans.

While poppies were chosen following John McCrae’s 1915 poem, cornflowers became linked to the Great War in 1916 when Suzanne Lenhardt and Charlotte Malleterre, a war widow and orphan respectively, set up small workshops, where mutilated or otherwise incapacitated soldiers returning from the war could work on making fabric and paper cornflowers to sell on the street as a way to reinsert themselves into society and make some money.

 

Pigs

 

Pizza Preferences

Wandering

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On the banality of evil

“I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labor camps. In those, we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”

[From the Preface]”

― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

 

Winston Churchill visited the US during Prohibition. He had his doctor write a note for him.

 

Identify the Tank

…and explain why it was built.

 

Typical democrat

 

Unrealized

 

The Bottom Line

 

Cows

 

 

Big Lake

 

I’m thinking about taking a trip there this coming summer just because. I might meet up with a friend from Calgary and do it that way. Or not. We’ve been chatting about it but the Canadians are insane when it comes to the plague.

I don’t know whether USA passport holders can register a shotgun and keep it in the rig. That was the case a few years ago.

Daily Commentary

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This date in History

The Red Army is closing in behind the enemy in Stalingrad. What will be heralded as a major turning point in the war is about to go down although it will take about two months to wipe the German Army out in the environs of Stalingrad. It is a harbinger of doom for the Nazi invasion of the USSR which will end two and a half years later in the runs of Berlin.

On 21 November 1942, Hitler orders the 6th Army to hold its positions at Stalingrad, despite the growing risk of encirclement posed by the Soviet counteroffensive.

That offensive, Operation Uranus, kicked off on the 19th when the Soviets opened the attack on the Romanian 3rd Army on Stalingrad’s northern flank. Within hours, the woefully underequipped Romanian positions crumbled. The 2nd and 4th Romanian Army Corps were the worst off. They had to cede a lot of ground on the first day, allowing the Soviets to encircle large parts of the 5th Corps in between them..

Romanian 6th Division commander and Knight’s Cross recipient Mihail Lascăr takes charge of the encircled army corps, containing some 40,000 men, and sets up an all-round defense. The Romanian High Command requests permission for a breakout, but Hitler rejects this and instead orders the Lascăr Group ‘to hold its present positions under all circumstances to the very end.’

Lascăr’s men anxiously wait for German panzers to come to their aid, but their reply is astonishingly slow. It isn’t until the night of the 19th that the 6th Army halts its attacks in Stalingrad and starts sending its panzers west. And even when they do, the shortages of fuel and panzer personnel cause fatal delays. Some armored forces manage to form a defense on the 6th Army’s most immediate northwestern flank, but they fail to meet the wider Soviet penetration to the west.

Today, a day after the Soviet Stalingrad Front has joined in the offensive as well from the south, realization finally sets in at Friedrich Paulus’ 6th Army headquarters that a catastrophe is unfolding. For two whole days, Paulus and basically everyone else in the German army just could not comprehend that the Red Army was capable of this massive offensive, nor that they could use the German Blitzkrieg methods of deep and concentrated armored thrusts.

The 6th Army is now at acute risk of becoming encircled, but Hitler will not allow withdrawals. He orders Paulus to ‘stand firm in spite of the danger of temporary encirclement.’

 

Memes

 

 

 

More on the Biden Crime Family

The PRC’s effort to retain dominance in the cobalt market was aided by Joe (Brandon) Biden back when he served as vice president.

As noted by the website mining.com, the Democratic Republic of the Congo holds 51 percent of the world’s cobalt. The website noted that China’s efforts to corner the cobalt market “could pose a threat to western market participants” based on an industry expert report, saying that the partnership between China and Congo “could pose problems to those in the West.”

Hunter Biden did business with China through a company called BHR. The company was created in 2013 and was formally named Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company, according to The New York Times.

Hunter Biden and two American associates made up a minority interest in the investment company (10% to the Big Guy), the report said, with Chinese investors making up the rest.

Senate report on Hunter Biden’s activities said BHR “was eventually formed as an investment fund and is reportedly ‘controlled and funded primarily by large Chinese government-owned shareholders’ and is 80% controlled by Chinese entities.”

In 2016, according to the Times, Hunter Biden’s firm played a key role in helping a Chinese company called China Molybdenum buy Tenke Fungurume, a cobalt and copper mine, from Freeport-McMoRan, an American company. Its role was to partner to buy out Lundin Mining of Canada, a minority partner in the mine.

According to records in Hong Kong, as part of the multi-billion-dollar deal, “the $1.14 billion BHR, through subsidiaries, paid to buy out Lundin came entirely from Chinese state-backed companies.”

Hunter Biden’s investment firm later sold its stake in the mine back to China Molybdenum.

When BHR sold its share in 2019, Hunter Biden held a 10 percent interest in the company through Skaneateles LLC.

Skaneateles is solely owned by Hunter Biden, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

The unusual name for a firm investing in China matches the name of the home town of President Joe Biden’s first wife, Neilia, who is also Hunter Biden’s mother.

The report noted that the LLC’s address matches a previous residence for Hunter Biden.

Chinese records list Skaneateles as a part-owner of BHR, but Chris Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, said that he “no longer holds any interest, directly or indirectly, in either BHR or Skaneateles.”

“We don’t know Hunter Biden, nor are we aware of his involvement in BHR,” said Vincent Zhou, a spokesman for China Molybdenum, in an email to the Times.

“When asked if the president had been made aware of his son’s connection to the sale, the White House spokesman said, ‘No.’”

Considerations

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Scots Covenanters

 

 

Why did the English beat the Scots & Irish (usually)?

and not the other way around?

Too many warriors among the Scots and Irish with too few soldiers (teamwork)?

Overall Population demographics and collective resource utilization not to mention a more stable agricultural foundation and comparatively milder climate and flora/topography for the sustainment of tax-generating urban centers?

Your thoughts?

 

Bulgarian crew in the German light Sd.Kfz. 222 armored car. Note the Audi logo, then known as Auto Union AG, Chemnitz, the immediate predecessor of Audi as it is known today.

 

Clandestine

RAF “Moon Squadron” pilots did some of the most exciting flying of WWII in these birds. Tasked with delivering and retrieving SOE/OSS agents deep in enemy-occupied territory.  They did this during the hours of darkness, flying into rough fields sometimes illuminated only with handheld flashlights.

 

In Los Angeles, a carriage pulled by an Ostrich is pulled over by a police officer for exceeding the speed limit, ca. 1930

I think of ostriches as holdovers from the era of dinosaurs. When you have that perspective, it makes it cooler.

 

Live-Aboard?

I am always intrigued by the notion of chopping one of these into a bar with a few palapas scattered around for patrons. It would need to be the right island (I’m thinking of a Donovan’s Reef setup). Sort of a Parrothead retreat.

I might need to put a palm front awning overhead because the sun beating on the fuselage would make it too warm inside.

 

Identify the Tank

 

And one more thing:

If Jo/Ho & minions want you to do something, do the opposite.

Another Sermonette…

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In the Scottish Highlands

 

Democrat Sermon

 

Ha Long BayVietnam

 

Reincarnation? Your supplemental sermonette

I don’t believe in the classic theory of reincarnation,  but when people point to Hitler’s SD, I find a startling resemblance to today’s FBI.

The systematic murder of millions of Jews required tens of thousands of individuals to look away, to shed their humanity, or, for some, to actively participate in the killing.

There were true believers in Nazi ideology who embraced the violence. Others were lured in by a culture that offered camaraderie, dulled inhibitions with alcohol, and created a celebratory atmosphere through music. Wine, women, and song by night, murdering innocent civilians by day for fun and profit. I think that the FBI is down for that.

Some think of THIS as a Church

South Rim of the Grand Canyon, looking North

Soliciting Reviews

If you’ve read any of my books, please write a review. The number of reviews does matter a great deal.

Sunday Sermonette

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Work Ethic

 

 

Traditional Life – Traditional Faith

I don’t think that I have seen finer-looking farms and fine-looking land than those farms owned by the Amish. In a world where tech seems to absorb everything, there is a peace that comes in knowing that there are places where it doesn’t matter. There is a lot of criticism of traditional life and faith and large families who drink raw milk from their dairy herd. The woke believe that it’s a cancer… But all of those marvelous farms are worked by hand, by people who rise with the sun and know the value of a day’s work.

It would be difficult for me (certainly at my current age) to be Amish, but as with them, I have chosen to live apart from the mainstream world, here on the White Wolf Mine atop Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. So I relate, and I’m not woke in the least.

I don’t have a dairy herd, but there is a den of foxes, and the bobcats expect their saucer of milk with an egg broken in it.

That’s the sermonette.

 

Amish and Latter-Day Saint Population Projection

It’s how much the Amish have spread. The map is a prediction for 80 years from not, but the point is still taken. Who knows what the country will be like in 2100?

 

Belogorsk Monastery, Russia

Winter is…here.

 

The Four Quarters in the Old City

 

Exodus

Even if no archaeological evidence confirms the biblical account of the exit from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, the routes of the Exodus are sought after by many archaeologists.

Many believe that there were as many as 4 exodus events from Egypt with the one undertaken by Moses being the last.

Saturday Situation

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Winter is Coming

Just a few miles north, across the border, in Utah.  The mountains don’t care about your personal success or failure, they’re just mountains. They make good neighbors.

 

Washington State Voting Behavior

(Gateway Pundit) It’s more or less the same thing that they are doing in California to insure that all elections are stolen/rigged for all time, or until the politicians are run out of town on a rail.

A recent election review training in Seattle, Washington has revealed several unbelievable voter procedures – including accepting a candidate’s name that is written on a napkin as a write-in ballot – which has left many people questioning how the state could possibly conduct free and fair elections with such lax measures in place.

Video of the training session that was posted online shows King County election officials reviewing examples of ballots that were filled out incorrectly, and it turns out they will accept just about anything as a valid vote.

 

Off with the Pixies

(From Sky News, AUS)

“The Charisma of a wet sock”

 

Don’t Judge a Book by the Cover

 

FBI Raids in Colorado

Mesa County Colorado Clerk Tina Peters knew that the Colorado Secretary of State was most likely committing a crime when she ordered voting machines cleaned of 2020 Election results earlier this year.  So Tina Peters made a backup of Mesa County’s 2020 voting machines.

Last Tuesday Tina Peters’ home was raided by the FBI. The Secret Police – FBI is now going after Tina for preserving the evidence of alleged election fraud in Colorado.

The FBI said that the purpose of the raid was to provide safekeeping for the records…yeah.

This is the country we live in. These are our times.

 

Scratch-built anti-material rifle used by Anti-junta rebel forces in Myanmar.

 

The New Honda Business Jet

Here is a pic of the HondaJet. What do you think of this unique design bizjet?

Ready for the Weekend?

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From CDR SAL

A lot of you read Commander Salamander’s Blog. I hope that I’m not regurgitating too much by posting a portion of his Diversity Thursday post here.

The US State Department is instituting a quota system on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Jobs, promotions, and rewards will be distributed based on a sectarian racial spoils program. Of course, that is discriminatory in the extreme, but USSTATE is proud of it and the cancer spreads through government and the private sector.

In the zero-sum games that are job offers, promotions, and promotions – for some to gain others must lose. To do this on a sectarian basis as a variable?

That is discrimination – red in tooth and claw. History shows what this does to organizations and nations. It creates strife, conflict, and division. Every time. Never fails.

It is being done by your government, in your name, with your money. If your representative in Congress doesn’t do anything about it – then they support it.

 

Timcast IRL  Steve Bannon on Youtube

 

Terror in the Capitol Tunnel

(link) h/t Claudio -“We showed up in good faith . . . to protest the election results but never would have imagined we would encounter the horrors that we did on the west terrace and in the tunnel that day,” Nichols explained to Kelly in a phone interview on November 9. “When I saw women being beaten and in distress, my rescue instinct kicked in and I knew I had no choice but to help rescue them.”

Nichols’ account is detailed in an appalling new court filing that confirms what American Greatness has reported for months: on January 6, D.C. Metro and Capitol police assaulted nonviolent protesters with explosive devices, rubber bullets, tear gas, and in some cases, their own fists and batons. A tunnel on the lower west side of the Capitol building became dangerous—and, likely for at least one protester, deadly—battle scene as police viciously attacked American citizens on the “hallowed” grounds of the U.S. Congress.

Nichols, of Texas, has been behind bars since his January 18 arrest; he sits in the D.C. jail specifically used to house January 6 detainees, charged along with Harkrider with multiple offenses including assault of a police officer, civil disorder, and unlawful possession of pepper spray.

So, what on Earth turned two decorated veterans with a history of helping people in crisis into “insurrectionists” who attacked police officers? It was what they saw when they approached the tunnel around 3 p.m. on January 6. “They hear people screaming in pain and crying for help—women and old men are bloodied and injured,” McBride wrote in a motion seeking Nichols’ release. “Training and instincts kick in and they head to the tunnel, wondering if an accident had happened and if other people were even more seriously injured.” …you should read the whole article.

 

Today in History

The British called off the attack at the Somme.

On the first day alone the British endured more than 57,000 casualties. The nearly 20,000 British troops killed on day one of the infantry assault was so high it remains the single worst day in British military history. By the 141-day battle’s end, the Allies and Central powers suffered more than a million casualties combined.

The campaign, staged along an 18-mile stretch around the Somme River in France, was a joint French and British offensive to expel German forces. The location and timing of the attack was also intended to relieve pressure on Verdun, where French troops were enduring a punishing German attack.

There are historians today who characterize the Somme as a victory that led to victory in World War One. The larger question is why the British, German, and Russians (each nation ruled by relatives) fought in the first place.

Mk IV (Male) tank H45 ‘Hyacinth’ of H Battalion ditched in a German trench while supporting the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, one mile west of Ribécourt. Some men of the battalion are resting in the trench, November 1917.

More recently there was the 10,000-day war in Vietnam and Indochina and the 20-year war in Afghanistan – war is a racket.

 

Not so Secret

(From Russia, with Love) Exports of classified goods from Russia to NATO and other countries increased dramatically in 2021, according to a report by Russian business daily RBK, citing customs data. Among these countries are the U.S., Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Estonia, the Netherlands, China, India, and the UAE.

The deliveries are coded as SSSS by the customs service. The goods of this category reflect the supply of weapons, aircraft, nuclear materials, etc.

According to the report, classified exports to the United States rose from $706 million to approximately $841 million.

Most of these classified imports consist of radioactive chemical elements and radioactive isotopes, including supplies of enriched uranium for nuclear power plants. In addition, Russia supplies the United States with ammunition for civilian firearms.

 

Memes

 

The National Narrative

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Let's Go Brandon!

 

The national narrative being put forward by the Obama people, with Jo/Ho as figureheads disturb a majority of Americans if the polling is accurate. Progressives characterize people like us as “low information” a combination of white privilege (whether or not you’re white) and transphobia led to a diminished capacity for reasoned thought. The solution, of course, is re-education – forced or otherwise and systemic indoctrination of America’s youth into this Orwellian utopia, that’s just around the corner.

Brandon, the Imperator

When you look at what leftists have proven willing to do, one can only opine what normal America may have to do to balance the scales.

It may be that this is the root of the unease settling upon much of the American population. It isn’t confusion and it isn’t merely fear. It certainly features elements of disbelief, but that is part and parcel of making the shift from “normalcy bias,” which permits us to be reasonable in the face of uncertainty and also permits us to be certain in unreasonable times.

These are very unreasonable times.

 

It’s a long way to go.

RockOfCashel in County Tipperary

 

12 China Views

 

Identify the Tank

Yes, this tank is easily recognizable. It is one of those iconic period behemoths. It’s even more recognizable in a full-frontal photo (below).

 

Are you not Entertained?

Gladiator 2, the sequel, is on track. The script is finished, talent was attached and Ridley Scott will make the feature film.

The sequel will follow Lucius, the young noble-born boy (maybe Maximus’ son) in the 2000 film.

Russell Crowe will play a role in the film even though he died at the conclusion of Gladiator. It’s Hollywood. I enjoyed the first film and I expect that I will enjoy this one too.

Not Necessarily in the News

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The Recent War

A friend asked me how I feel about the War in Afghanistan. I have a son-in-law who was disabled in that war. I have a scar from the earlier war there in the Stan (the secret one pre-9/11 aimed at the Soviets), but, that’s not quite my point here.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brian Meyer smiles for the camera after a bomb he was trying to disarm detonated in Afghanistan in 2011. He lost his right leg above the knee, his right arm below the elbow, and three fingers on his left hand. The second picture shows Meyer using a workout machine at the Wounded Warrior Hope & Care Center in Camp Pendleton, California.

How do I feel about the shameful debacle at the end? Let’s go Brandon!

It dishonored a lot of pain, loss, and depletion of national treasure.

 

Toad Venom?

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, said in an interview Tuesday that he “died” during his first trip with toad venom.

The former boxer met with the New York Post at a psychedelics conference in Miami. He said he had his first trip with venom from the Sonoran Desert Toad, or Bufo alvarius, about four years ago while feeling down and out. He said he was taking heavy drugs and drinking. He gained 100 pounds at the time.

To me, the toad venom craze is a lot like eating Tide Pods or drinking fish tank cleaner.

Tyson – “In my trips, I’ve seen that death is beautiful,” he told the paper. “Life and death both have to be beautiful, but death has a bad rep. The toad has taught me that I’m not going to be here forever. There’s an expiration date.”

I don’t dislike Mike, and it seems to me that he needs more help than toad venom can provide.

 

The Alpha Bank Scandal

(The Federalist) “Do the f-cking alfa bank secret comms story, it is hugely important,” Fusion GPS’s Peter Fritsch pushed a media contact in the final weeks before the November 2016 general election, according to emails obtained by an open records request.

“Call David Dagon at Georgia tech,” Fritsch would then insist when the Reuters News investigative reporter countered that the problem with the story was an inability to authenticate the data… read the whole story at the link above

 

Finding more Docile Workers

I suspect the seething hostility that contemporary Woke progressives pour out toward working-class white people is essentially the bitter hatred of a spurned lover.

In the 1930s, Marxists and Socialists were utterly convinced that the Tom Joads (see Grapes of Wrath) of the world were naturally on their side, needing only mild prodding to enthusiastically take up the red banner and erect the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.

As time wore on, it became increasingly clear that this was nothing but a fantasy, and working-class white people the world over wanted nothing to do with overeducated leftists’ delusional utopian fantasies.

Thus left-wing parties throughout the Western world have found it expedient to replace them with a new class of workers from the third world, more politically docile and compliant because they are alien to the republican traditions of self-government that Westerners inherited from Rome. It’s like a woman shacking up with a feckless, ne’er do well loser whom she deludes herself into thinking is a great “catch”, purely so she can spitefully rub it in her ex-boyfriend’s face.

The Woke are filled with the fury not just of a woman scorned, since the proletarians rejected their love, and with the grief of a widow in mourning, since the Marxist dreams of European dominion died and were buried when the Berlin Wall fall, but also with the bitterness of an exiled prince whose subjects overthrew him rather than adored.

In Dependence for All

The Woke are Gnostics, therefore they see themselves, by right of their moral and mental superiority, as having the right to rule and to command and to be worshipped as Divine little Caesars. They want harems of pretty women, or, more likely, pretty little boys, to pleasure them sexually, while idols of massive marble and gold are erected above all the toppled steeples and burned churches of the world.

Most of all, they want revenge on Christ and all his followers, for doubting their ultra-divine ability to solve all worldly ills. Even Christ cannot abolish poverty in this age, but the Gnostics, thanks to the magic powers of their ineffable self-worth, can and shall!

When the hosts of those they sought as subjects, slaves, and worshippers turn away, only hollow rage remains. They no longer dream of Utopia, only of destruction.

A Few Thoughts

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Loki's Fire...

 

Map to Japanese Ships on the Bottom (h/t Jules)

 

HE-162a Salamander

The Hinterbrühl underground production line for the He-162A, captured in April 1945.  The German government had aimed to produce 4,000 (Salamanders) a month, but only 200 were completed. 800 more were part-way through the production process by the time the Allies captured their underground factories.

You wouldn’t want to bail out of one.

 

Fact Checking

 

Enough Said

 

 

 

It’s not Austria’s vax BJ 

Pondering

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The Royal Horse Artillery

They limbered, unlimbered, fired, and took their ceremonial field pieces back to barracks to clean in honor the birthday of Prince Charles, one day the monarch of Great Britain.

What a way to make a living.

I realize that the RHA is an old and venerable regiment. When was the last time they rode horses to haul caissons and then unlimbered to drop shells on the enemy?

I could look it up, it’s more of a rhetorical point.

Maybe if they dropped a few rounds on Prince Charlie, they could save the nation from having the Brit version of Let’s go Brandon?

 

Kenosha Soap Opera

Yesterday was the sixth day of the trial by which ADA Thomas Binger is seeking to have Kyle Rittenhouse convicted and sentenced to life in prison for having shot three men (two fatally) the night of August 25, 2020, in Kenosha WI, when the city was suffering a tsunami of rioting, looting, and arson following the lawful shooting of a knife-wielding Jacob Blake by Kenosha police officers.

Some claim that Rittenhouse is a racist because…well, they don’t say why since he was white and those who attacked him were also white, but, yes, a racist. Imagine if the scenario was different and Kyle was a negro being chased by white felons intent on murder.

Isn’t it fascinating that the FBI filmed the whole event from overhead and then “lost” the evidence?

Also fascinating is the fact that the State never test-fired Rittenhouse’s AR-15, to determine forensically at what distance. Soot and gunpowder flecks have the kinetic energy needed to travel and mark a target. It’s called stippling and the attackers had it on them – indicating close proximity to the discharging weapon. Prosecution witness Dr. Kerrey testified today that the gunshot wounds and injuries to both Rosenbaum and Huber were entirely consistent with the men being in a position of attack upon Rittenhouse when they were shot—even the fatal shot to Rosenbaum’s back, which was likely inflicted when the aggressor made a diving lunge at Kyle’s rifle.  In particular, the soot pattern on the right hand of Rosenbaum suggested that it had been on the muzzle of the rifle when the hand was shot.

How is it not self-defense?

They’re literally trying to make the case that if you don’t just let yourself be murdered by far-left pedophile arsonists, you’re the aggressor.

This is just the State trying to make war on your right to self-defense, and they know this trial is entirely a political show trial.

 

I like Swords & Sabers

But how many people died from a sword thrust or saber stroke during the American Civil War/War of Northern Aggression?

Tiffany & Co. produced an officer’s saber owned by Captain Platt M. Thorn, 150th New York State Volunteers.

Yes, they did show status, and I guess that’s something. They were used to give wordless battlefield commands to infantry usually and as the war drew on,  became what would be later known as a “sniper check”.

Send the guy with the sword out to see if it’s safe for the rest of us.  Salute him or mount him on a horse if that doesn’t work.

 

Home Computers & Zoom School

There were no home computers when I was a boy, but if there had been, I would have been expelled from Zoom school for having a rifle over the fireplace. It was my grandfather’s Krag Petersson Model 1876, used by the Norwegian Navy. I have no idea how he came by it, but I can imagine the modern teacher’s union having a meltdown.

 

When Galaxies Collide

How did this strange-looking galaxy form? Astronomers become detectives when trying to figure out the cause of unusual jumbles of stars, gas, and dust like NGC 1316. Inspection indicates that NGC 1316 is an enormous elliptical galaxy that somehow includes dark dust lanes usually found in a spiral galaxy.

Detailed images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope show details, however, that help in reconstructing the history of this gigantic tangle. Deep and wide images show huge collisional shells, while deep central images reveal fewer globular clusters of stars toward NGC 1316’s interior. Such effects are expected in galaxies that have undergone collisions or merging with other galaxies in the past few billion years. The dark knots and lanes of dust, prominent in the featured image, indicate that one or more of the devoured galaxies were spiral galaxies. NGC 1316 spans about 50,000 light-years and lies about 60 million light-years away toward the constellation of the Furnace (Fornax). — via NASA

 

Can YOU Lug Beer?

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Luggers

 

We need to move the UN out of the US.

It has nothing to do with beer luggers, we just need to rid ourselves of this boil. Lance it and move on.

 

Beer Luggers

Some uncharitable souls might characterize some of the people who follow this blog as beer luggers. I can’t speak to that.

However, to set the record straight, a Beer Lugger is a boat with lug sails. Furthermore, the coastal village of Beer, nestling under Beer Head, has no name-associations with the drink even if copious amounts did (does) pass through mouths of inhabitants and tourists alike.

In the 18th century, luggers were generally used as smugglers’ vessels, even though the Beer Lugger is probably a direct descendant of the Viking trading ships and probably developed in the course of the 11th century.

As with most of the coast between Lands End and the Isle of Wight, there was a lot of untaxed smuggling that went on. Contraband earned by the dastardly deeds of these locals was hidden in caves dotted around their pebbly cove. That most were fishermen is attested by the fact that fishing and lace-making were predominantly what kept the Beer men going. Presumably, the wives worked the lace while the men were busy creating an industry that eventually made Brixham, or so the saying goes, when Beer men moved over the bay to Brixham, with its trawlers, so that the North Sea white fishery emerged.

Beer men sailed their three-masted boats, amongst the last to do so on the south coast. Whereas other fishers abandoned the middle mast and adapted their rig, the Beer men simply reduced the size of their boats. One of the last of these was the Beatrice Annie, E80, that continued fishing up to 1918. But by then all the other boats had dropped the middle mast to become the generic boat typical all along the south coast, with dipping lug mains and standing lug mizzens.

Some will swear when they read those words. Beer luggers are different, angry voices shout in unison. “We’ve the lazy sheet for tacking and the dipping bowsprit,” I was once told. “Oh, and the long bumpkin,” they added, though I wasn’t convinced. But for ease of peace, “yes, they are entirely unique”. And lovely vessels however you view the nitty-gritty.

As with most fishing communities who raced their boats in an annual regatta, so did these boys, starting in 1915. The competition was fierce and boats were prepared for the occasion by being scrubbed and racing sails were taken out of musty sheds. These days the rules are pretty concise and boats must not be far removed from the ‘Beer Beach Boat’ design. Of course, they are still rolled down over the pebbles on greased timbers, and, afterward, the minute details of the races are dissected by those both afloat and ashore. How akin these discussions are to those of the fishermen in bygone days admitting the amount of fish they caught, I’m not sure. But I guess there’s the same amount of indiscretion in both camps as to the actual reality of fact, slugged down with beer of course…and fish and chips, with a little HP Sauce.

 

ROAD SIGN 

It reads:

Welcome to Florida.

If you voted for Biden, continue on to Cuba.

 

Historical References

Repurposed military hardware was a feature of almost all large wars including the American Civil War/War of Northern Aggression wherein cannon were taken, used and retaken.