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This from Jules

 

    Bullet Points:

** Art – Since secularism has taken God out of art, too many modern artists rely on gross sensuality, and shock value, or view the subject with the same emotionless detachment of a coroner autopsying a dead body. In my opinion, artists who say their art has no meaning but what the viewer interprets reveal they themselves have no meaning inside and are lost. It’s a cheat and an excuse to put all the burden on the viewer to interpret the work, because the artist has no clue either, having lost their eye for beauty that hints of greater things than the thing itself.

** WASHINGTON — The Brandon regime is poised to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as international reluctance toward sending tanks to the battlefront against Russian forces begins to erode. The decision could be announced as soon as Wednesday/today.

** Widen the Search! NY Post – Sen. Ted Cruz has demanded authorities go through President Biden’s papers held at the University of Delaware after more classified material dating back to Biden’s time in the Senate was discovered at his Wilmington residence last week. Cruz said the university, Biden’s alma mater, has more than 1,800 boxes from his 36 years in the Senate.

** Californication – California lawmakers are pushing legislation that would impose a new tax on the state’s wealthiest residents — even if they’ve already moved to another part of the country. I doubt that it will survive the legal challenge.

** Splash the Black Sharks – Ukraine destroyed three Russian helicopters in just half an hour. Last night three Ka-52 helicopters (above) became the latest casualties of Vladimir Putin‘s botched invasion, with an estimated 281 of the Kremlin’s helicopters downed since the outbreak of war 11 months ago.  The £12 million aircraft is nicknamed the Black Shark and has been described as Russia‘s ‘deadliest helicopter’. They lost several Ka-52 gunships early in the war and then withdrew them. They’re really only effective if nobody shoots back.

**. There was fury today after a transgender rapist attacked two women as a man and then changed its gender before the trial.

** From American Thinker – So load up a bus with some priests and drop them off at the VP’s home.  Let’s have a little exorcising and let’s drive away those evil spirits.   Maybe the VP can call the former Speaker for suggestions.

** There is only one Party – The U.S. Senate confirmed Brendan Owens to the position of assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment in the Defense Department on Monday night.

 

The Bum-boat

A bum boat is a small vessel that brought goods of various kinds, such as food, alcohol (but only for the officers), fresh fruit, meat, etc. mercantile items, and also whores to the ships as soon as they entered the harbor.

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The owners of these ships were not professional traders or were commissioned by the navy. The Navy had its own ships that brought their necessary goods to the ships. The bumboat traders tried to make an extra profit from what they sold. And so in the 17th Century, it was mainly women who rowed out to sell their goods. In the course of the 18th Century, more and more men joined in and started to bring the local prostitutes to the ships for a fee.

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Exporting Cattle not Insurance – the bum-boats swarm, by William E., early 19th century

This continued into the 20th Century and was not limited to English ports. The word bum boat seems to be derived from the Dutch boomschuit (tree boat) and means canoe. These small merchant boats are thought to have evolved from the scavengers’ boats of the 16th and 17th Centuries, which collected rubbish (any kind of rubbish) and brought it ashore.

Consider The Possibility

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The Cost of Retirement

The top monthly/recurring expenses that people deal with, retired or not are housing, automobiles, utilities, food, debt payments, and healthcare. Managing those costs become more critical as you decide to stop work and retire.

 

Identify the Aircraft (h/t WSF)

 

No More Junk Food Junkies?

We love our junk food, though we’ve long known it’s not good for us and contributes to the obesity epidemic. When Covid came, we learned that the virus is more likely to make obese people sicker. The UK, took the opportunity to pass some of the toughest restrictions in the world on junk food ads.

The food and beverage industry spends billions of dollars each year on ads targeting teens and featuring celebrities and social media influencers. More than 80% of the products are unhealthy, according to one study.

Two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese, according to Britain’s National Health Service. As in the U.S., the trend starts early — and is growing. In England, more than 25% of kids aged 10 and 11 qualify as obese.

In July 2020, Great Britain launched a new anti-obesity strategy, proposing some of the strictest advertising restrictions in the world: limits on where junk food can be displayed in stores, a ban on buy-one-get-one-free ads for junk food, a ban on junk food TV ads before 9 p.m., and a total ban on advertising junk food online to anyone.

 

The Inka Road System

 

Map Of The United States Based on Dungeons & Dragons Popularity

This and That

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Bullet Points:

** Low-cost housing threatens the liberal elite (your betters).

** Dead British Pedo Tranny – A pedophile drag queen is at the center of a police investigation after he was found dead in the street in a full stage costume.

Jeweller Darren Moore, 39, a convicted sex offender, had been reported missing after disappearing on a night out with friends. Darren, known as Crystal Couture, was well known on the gay scene across the UK.

He definitely wouldn’t have made it to 39 in rural Arizona…

** The German foreign intelligence service assesses that Kiev is losing a “three-digit number” of soldiers daily, according to a report in Der Spiegel. Berlin informed politicians of the assessment during a secret meeting this week.

** Attrition: Expanding the Shrinking Russian Army (h/t Claudio) Russian losses since the invasion began, and failure to mobilize many replacements, reduced the army to about 250,000 personnel.

** National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday in the first high-level US visit to the country since the new Israeli government was sworn in. At the same time, a US military base in southern Syria was targeted in a drone attack on Friday that wounded two members of a US-backed militia.

** US AFRICOM (US Command located in Bavaria) said it launched an airstrike in Somalia on Friday against al-Shabaab in support of the US-backed Mogadishu-based government.

** (The Bee) WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of Biden’s tremendous accomplishment of going one full day without more classified documents found at one of his residences, the White House has proudly hung a banner saying: “1 Day Without Classified Documents Being Discovered At President’s House.”

“From day one, the President has been very clear that going even one day without illegal materials being found at his home is a feat worth celebrating,” said gay black Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “We are proud to celebrate with the entire Biden family as we recognize somehow making it through an entire 24-hour period without more documents turning up!”

** There is just one party in America.

 

Identify the Tank/APC

 

Identify the Aircraft

 

YouTube Video

Fort Vaux

To break the agonizing stalemate that World War 1 had become, the German Empire infiltrated the most protected fortification on Earth, Fort Douaumont, capturing it without firing a single shot. This gave them the confidence to go after the rest of the French forts in the highly protected region of Verdun. When the German 12th Grenadier Regiment prepared to storm the nearby Fort Vaux, merely a fraction of the size of Douaumont, they expected little resistance. They also believed that seizing the fort would lure the French troops out of their trenches, shifting the fate of the war in Germany’s favor.

As the relentless shelling had rendered Fort Vaux’s field guns useless, all the French forces had to defend themselves were machine guns, grenades, and rifles. Moreover, the garrison inside the fort was led by Commandant Sylvain Eugène Raynal, a 49-year-old veteran bound to a walking cane who had bravely volunteered to oversee the stronghold. Even so, the disabled commander would soon lead 600 fearless men into battle against thousands of Germans, in what became one of the most brutal and heroic defensive efforts of the war…

As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilize similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect.

World War 1 was particularly horrible as wars go. The video might be interesting and enlightening.

 

Meme of the Day

 

As a Reminder

Content Quotient

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The Next VEEP?

 

Congress has passed (Title 26 of the U.S. Code). The Government Printing Office sells it spread over two volumes, and according to thembook one is 1,404 pages, and book two is 1,248 pages, for a total of 2,652 pages. At perhaps 450 words per page, that puts the tax code at well over 1 million words.

A tax practitioner who relies just on the tax statutes will go to jail because so much of federal tax law is in IRS regulations, revenue rulings, and other clarifications. Congress will set down a policy and leave it to the IRS to write all the rules to implement it. The National Taxpayer Advocate also noted that the tax code changes an average of once per day, annually.

A lawyer who relies just on cases and regulations isn’t a very good lawyer, because most court decisions are made on the basis of previously decided cases. The respected legal publisher Commerce Clearing House (CCH) puts out such a compilation, the Standard Federal Tax Reporter of 70,000 pages, with notations after each statute containing relevant cases and other information. CCH itself considers this volume to be representative of “the tax code,” since an expert needs to know all 70,000 pages to understand the tax code in full.

 

Political Update

I’ve been on the phone with people using commercial-grade (as opposed to military-grade) encrypted voice coms. Everyone seems to be sitting on the sidelines eating popcorn as the deep state works to sideline Biden in favor of Harris.

Yes, you heard it here. The permanent administrative state prefers the more easily directed woman of color/colored woman to the demented, embarrassing, and erratic Pedo Joe. I asked, “why the Ho?” The answer from several sources is that she doesn’t ask questions. She just does as she’s told, sort of the same way as she did when she serviced her clients. It brought her success in outcall and in politics, which are not that different. I don’t know who she’d pick as her VEEP. Right now insiders say that……it’s a toss-up between Gov. Gavin Newsom, her old buddy from California, and Michelle (Big Mike) Obama.

 

    Bullet Points:

** Food –  Pakistan is not one of the poorest nations in the world and the lack of affordable food is starting to cause panic inside that country.  The following comes from Time Magazine

Last Saturday in Mirpur Khas, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, hundreds of people lined up for hours outside a park to buy subsidized wheat flour, offered for 65 rupees a kilogram instead of the current, inflated rate of about 140 to 160 rupees.

When a few trucks arrived, the crowd surged forward, leaving several injured. One man, Harsingh Kolhi, who was there to bring a five kg bag of flour home for his wife and children, was crushed and killed in the chaos. The US is in a much better situation, but I’m sure that many of our betters would like to see that happening here.

** 10% for the Big Guy – In 2020 Hunter Biden’s laptop hit the news and emails were uncovered involving Hunter Biden, Jim Biden, and Joe Biden.  These emails and text messages showed multiple pay-for-play schemes involving the Bidens and major players around the world, including officials in China. This week the Daily Mail uncovered another email found on Hunter’s laptop that included Joe Biden in a 2017 email discussing a multi-million dollar gas deal with China. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Biden lied to the American people and took oil from the US oil reserves not to help Americans at the pump, but to help China.

** Where’s the beef? One billion people should stop eating meat in order to save the planet. Danish businessman and chairman of the German manufacturing giant Siemens, Jim Hagemann Snabe pushed the Great Reset agenda of replacing meat with synthetic proteins at a “Mobilizing for Climate” panel at the annual globalist meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. “If a billion people stop eating meat, I tell you, it has a big impact. Not only does it have a big impact on the current food system, but it will also inspire the innovation of food systems,” Snabe said, adding: “I predict we will have proteins not coming from meat in the future, they will probably taste even better.”

Because of my personal respect for Jim Hagemann Snabe, I am going to grill a big, juicy tomahawk ribeye for dinner tonight. I will use an outdoor gas grill (under a deck cover) even though it’s cold and snowing. Maybe baked potato and green beans to go with it?

** But there’s more – The World Economic Forum has also been at the forefront of the meat-free future movement, arguing that people should opt for more “climate beneficial foods” such as algae, seaweed, and cacti.

The Klaus Schwab-founded organization that pioneered the idea of a “Great Reset” of capitalism, has also promoted the idea of eating insect protein rather than meat to lessen the impact of supposedly man-made climate change. I’m sure that you’ve read that the Canadians are said to be following every popular PM Trudeau into a bug-meal future.  “What’s for dinner, Mom?” –  “Mealworms and algae, son, with a big, room-temperature mug of soylent green.”

** Last Saturday afternoon, former FBI agent Charles McGonigal, who was head of counterintelligence in the New York Field Office and a part of the investigation into supposed ties between Trump and Russia, was arrested over his alleged ties to Russia.

CBS reports that McGonigal was arrested over “his ties to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who has been sanctioned by the United States and criminally charged last year with violating those sanctions.”

** On Thursday, a security researcher posted a blog entry showing how she allegedly easily hacked an unsecured server and was able to gain access to the U.S. government’s Terrorist Screening Database and its controversial “No Fly List,” which contains the names of hundreds of thousands of people suspected of ties to terrorism or other illegal activities.

The server was apparently under the control of the U.S. national airline CommuteAir and her hacking led her to the government files.

 

British Ships

The first recorded use of the abbreviation HMS was in 1789, although the term HBMS or His Britannic Majesty’s Ship had been used since the Union between England and Scotland in 1707. Smaller vessels may be referred to as HM ships or, in the case of the Royal Yacht, HMY. The logistical support ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are referred to as RFA. Ships of some nations of the Commonwealth may be referred to as HMAS, HMNZS or HMCS (or NCSM for Navire canadien de Sa Majesté).

RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship and is used for ships that are under contract to the Royal Mails regardless of what line they belong to. This terminology dates back to 1840. The first Royal Mail Ship was the Mona’s Isle which carried mail to the Isle of Man. The most recent is the Queen Mary 2 which does not actually carry mail but was designated RMS in recognition of the Cunard Line’s long history of carrying the mail. The most famous RMS was probably the RMS Titanic.

This Day in History

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The Capture of the Dutch Fleet at Den Helder, 23rd of January 1795

In which the French armed forces demonstrated that not having the best navy can be okay.

Context

The French Revolution in 1789, followed by the imprisonment and then execution of Louis the XVIth in 1793, led to most major autocratic powers in Europe declaring war on France to restore the status quo. France was thus engaged on multiple fronts by many of its neighbors which, surprisingly, at the time included Austria through their ownership of the Southern Netherlands. Both Netherlands had witnessed failed republican uprisings in the previous decades, and as such the new France Republic pushed through the Austrian Netherlands to declare war on the -nominally only- Republic of United Netherlands in the North.

The Battle

After two years of the campaign, the combined efforts of the French revolutionary army and Dutch patriots had all but closed this front of the war. The French commander of the Army of the North was garrisoned in Amsterdam when he caught wind of the Dutch fleet being anchored at the mouth of the Zuiderzee bay, just north of there. Due to temperatures averaging -10°C in the past weeks, the entire bay had frozen over. He decided to use it to his advantage.   He immediately sent Dutch patriot General Jan Willem de Winter at the head of about two hundred men from the French 8th Hussar and the 3rd Battalion of Belgian Skirmishers, also raised from sympathizers to the republican cause. Muffling the sound of their horses’ hooves with cloth and arriving during the night each with a Belgian infantryman riding with them (2-up), the hussars surprised the entire Dutch fleet, frozen at anchor, and captured it without a fight.

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With a single cavalry charge, the French Republic had captured five ships-of-the-line, three frigates, six corvettes, and several merchantmen with their crews, for a total of about 850 guns.

This is one of only two recorded instances of a cavalry force charging and capturing ships in a battle and one of few instances where having light infantry ride as voltigeurs proved to be even remotely useful.   There is a debate whether the Dutch sailors and marines would have actually resisted capture however, as the Netherlands had essentially already been knocked out of the war by then and might have been ordered to surrender, which the French may have known as well. It is hard to discern the truth of the matter when what were two hundred men sent to secure a fleet that may have already been surrendered to them gets painted as a full army corps marching in tight formation on the ice. In any case, a squadron of hussars captured a fleet of ships and that’s awesome.

Aftermath

Following the capture of the fleet, the remaining Allied troops were evacuated to other fronts or England. Finally, the Austrian duchy of Luxembourg surrendered and the Dutch Patriot party were given the reins of the Netherlands renamed as the Batavian Republic – more or less a puppet state and the future Netherlands – while the Austrian Netherlands – future Belgium – and Luxembourg were incorporated in the French Republic as new departments.   The captured fleet was ransomed back to the Batavian Republic in exchange for a small loan of a hundred million guilders.

And the beat goes on…and on.

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          Bullet Points:

** In reality, of course, there was no insurrection at all. The whole thing is a massive lie that the Left has constructed in order to discredit, marginalize, and destroy the America-First faction in American politics. Biden, in the grip of dementia, can’t keep the story straight, and now he has inadvertently torpedoed the entire Leftist narrative…more from Robert Spenser.

** The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a growing movement called “Dontells,” adults whom progressives dismiss as suffering from one of those dubious childhood mental ailments, ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder, the irrational resistance to authority. Our managerial elite applies this children’s neurosis to adults who resist the ruling technocracy’s “soft” tyranny. This instinct of free people to resist being told what to do by distant, unaccountable authorities is one reason why government relies on sketchy science and research to coerce or frighten people into accepting such intrusions into their private and social lives.

** A Transformational France?  We’ll see. h/t Claudio – STUTTGART, Germany — Seven months after declaring the launch of a new “war economy” in France, President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled plans to spend hundreds of billions of euros on defense investments that will “transform” the military over the next decade.

The nation’s next six-year military programming law – known in French as the “loi de programmation militaire,” or LPM – will shape the nation’s defense spending between 2024-2030. Drawing on current geopolitical circumstances and technological developments, Macron will request a €400 billion ($433.4 billion) investment for the 2024-2030 LPM, he announced in a Friday speech at the nation’s Mont-de-Marsan Air Base in southwestern France.

Yes, and I’d like to look 20 years younger and have a billion in gold in the bank. Aspirational goals are nice but if France is to defend its territorial interests in the Pacific from the Communist Chinese amoeba, it will need an enduring PRESENCE there.  And it won’t be cheap.

** Conspiracy theorists believe that in order to stop global warming we must all stop using fossil fuels – even though this will lead to people dying from cold and starvation. Cultists wrongly believe that electricity can be obtained from solar and wind power but figures show that these will only provide intermittent supplies and will only produce 5% of our current needs. Germany is wisely ripping out its onshore wind farms to get at the coal underneath them…

** The Duke of Connaught rode by one day when I was sitting by the roadside writing a message. I thought I was in for trouble; but to my great relief HRH, instead of being shocked at seeing one of his riflemen under an umbrella, said he thought it quite a practical idea. I have sometimes wondered why the possibilities of the umbrella in war have never been examined; it might have many uses-  for shelter, for camouflage, for concealment, or as a mark of identification for commanders. The Chinese seem to be the only people whose soldiers have exploited it. — General Sir John Burnett-Stuart discussing tough military questions in his private memoir.

** In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church convinced the commoners to buy indulgences to alleviate their sins. And they made a fortune in the process. Similarly, today, our overlords—the mainstream media, central bankers, and their political allies—are working overtime to convince the commoners to pay for their alleged climate sins. Enter carbon credits, government-issued permits that grant you the privilege to emit a certain amount of carbon dioxide.

Notwithstanding the scam,  I’m still willing to dive into that end of the pool and trade carbon credits (from forest land) for gold. I haven’t had any takers yet. I’m also willing to sell the Brooklyn Bridge – you can put up a toll booth and make a fortune – really.

** ZeroHedge – Africa is largely unvaxed and they seemed to avoid the impact of Covid. Riddle me that.

 

Dromedarii were camel-riding auxiliary forces recruited in the desert provinces of the Late Roman Empire in Syria.

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Identify the Aircraft

I went for a ride with the US Military aircrew.

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The Ukraine Mess

Afghanistan provided a long-term laundering solution for USGOV quite apart from the war. Ukraine provided a follow on solution for redirected aid. In a situation where USGOV can engage Russia in a proxy war (as we have done in the past), I’m not particularly opposed to it. However, the rot and corruption from the deep administrative state are laid bare – again. And the news media ignores it – again because they have a job to do and it has nothing to do with reporting the news.

The tentacles are long in this mess and though I haven’t reported on it here on the blog to the level I’d like to, that may be coming. We’ll see. Reporting on these things sometimes runs contrary to my best interests when I’m providing original content.

Suffice it to say that the diversion of US military hardware for fun and profit has been spread regionally and when foreign leaders don’t want to play ball, the US puts them on the Specially Designated Nationals (OFAC) list with very personal sanctions on them. It’s always safer to play ball with the American deep administrative state/permanent Washington.

As part of its enforcement efforts, OFAC publishes a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for, or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. Collectively, such individuals and companies are called “Specially Designated Nationals” or “SDNs.” Their assets are blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.  View more information on Treasury’s Sanctions Programs.

The Monday Moment

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Trading one’s heritage and inheritance for a bowl of pottage…

China’s propaganda is subsidized by American taxpayers.

The Committee of 100, which accused Republican candidates of racism before the 2022 midterms, is a 501(c)(3) that has been linked by some media outlets to organizations controlled by Communist China and its political allies. There are other nonprofits that have been accused of functioning as community groups while spreading Communist propaganda.

But it’s the Confucius Institute that remains the focus for many activists because of its large scope and its presence on college campuses. And because its status remains unique.

 

Identify the Tanks

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This one demonstrates how a tank can be “short-tracked”

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Bullet Points:

** Do you need a plate carrier? There are many options. I prefer the Crye unit but the shellback is another possible choice.

The Shellback Tactical SF Plate Carrier is a combat-ready plate carrier vest that’s designed for the best outcome in the worst situations. The interior body side of this ballistic vest carrier is lined with 3D mesh padding and so are the shoulder pads for comfortable load carriage. The front kangaroo pouch has an insert that accommodates three .223/5.56 magazines while the cummerbund accepts soft armor inserts and has integrated pockets for 6×6 or 6×8 side plates. The integrated radio pouch accepts common LE radios and MBITR or it can be used for additional magazines on each side.

On top of that, the 3D padded spacer mesh comfort flaps on the cummerbund is unique to the SF carrier and pad your ribcage for added comfort while wearing side plates or without. This Shellback plate carrier is also highly adjustable on the shoulders and cummerbund for that perfect fit. Plates not included. You’d need to order those separately.

Life in a democrat area means that with defunding the police,  the adoption your own up-armor would seem to be advisable. Whether you decide to just go with soft body armor, the addition of a trauma plate or go full plate carrier, you need to decide on something.

** Ron Klain (President’s Chief of Staff) is expected to resign from the Biden regime.  More docs found in Biden’s Delaware home – rats leaving a sinking ship.  “during Friday’s search, six more items with classified markings — including some documents from his time as a senator and others from his time as vice president — were taken by investigators, along with surrounding materials.”

** As Robert A Heinlein put it TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. (h/t SiG’s blog) Launch vehicle reusability is not necessarily an easy fix for the expense of orbital launches.

** Louder with Crowder:

** Don’t call me a cynic, but I’m starting to think that the sperm and menstrual blood-drinking, moloch-worshiping pedophiles who run our government might not have our best interests at heart…

** Monday is off to a great start…

** Why not?

 

French Toast 

Is it culturally inappropriate to make it and consume it outside of France? I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a microaggression at breakfast. And if I add a side of bacon would it be Islamophobic and Judeophobic/antisemitic? Is it othering to drink orange juice when a quarter million Americans suffer from Chymoportokaliphobia? Or is drinking a glass of milk a slap in the face of the Galaphobic?

If you can’t afford the eggs necessary to make French Toast, just make toast and avoid the potential woke controversy. Sorry, no coffee. It causes global warming. Just toast without the butter animal byproduct – and tap water at room temperature. Of course, toast is a carb, so you might want to cut that out. Enjoy the brave new world.

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h/t Sharyl Attkisson

The discovery of classified documents in President Biden’s possession was covered up from the public for months, at least. We’re left to take the word of the people involved, and Biden’s own representatives, as to the timing and details of the event with no independent way to confirm them. As of this publication, we have been informed of four separate document discoveries dating back to last November.

Far less significant discoveries have merited SWAT-style raids by the FBI. But here, according to White House accounts, Biden’s own lawyers (who don’t have security clearances) have been permitted to continue searching, even after multiple discoveries.

The Presidential Records Act requires all presidential and vice-presidential documents to be transferred to the National Archives once the official leaves office. Classified information is not permitted to be in private possession outside of strict rules and controls.

Unlike the case of former President Trump’s documents, which is also under investigation, President Biden is not claiming to have had a right to possess the classified documents. In fact, he says he does not know their contents. Trump, on the other hand, had been actively negotiating with authorities, arguing he had a right to the documents, when the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home on August 8, confiscated and photographed the documents, then leaked information and photos to the press. Trump has said he used his presidential authority to declassify the documents in question prior to leaving office.


Biden Classified Document Timeline

Sept. 18, 2022:

Biden grants an interview to 60 Minutes commenting on the Trump document case. In part, Biden said he thought, “‘How that could possibly happen? How one, anyone could be that irresponsible.’ And I thought, ‘What data was in there that may compromise sources and methods? By that, I mean names of people who helped or’ the, et cetera. And it just, totally irresponsible.”

Nov. 2, 2022Discovery #1

“Roughly” 10 classified documents are reportedly found at Biden’s “Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement” in Washington DC. Biden’s lawyer claimed other Biden lawyers “were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space” when the documents were discovered. They were reportedly in a folder in a box co-mingled with unclassified papers.

It was less than a week before the Congressional Midterms elections and Biden was reportedly notified, but he and the White House kept the discovery secret from the public.

Biden’s attorney says the White House counsel’s office notified the National Archives.

Thurs. Nov. 3, 2022: The National Archives reportedly take the materials and notify the Justice Dept. It’s unclear what happened to the documents at that point.

Tues. Dec. 20, 2022Discovery #2

More classified documents are reportedly discovered at a former private officer of Biden’s. This discovery is also kept under wraps.

Sat. Jan. 7, 2023: Republicans in the House of Representatives elect their Speaker, or their leader, allowing them to commence business as the majority.

Weds. Jan. 11, 2023: Discovery #3

Biden’s attorneys reportedly discover “a” classified document in a room adjacent to Biden’s garage at his Delaware home, though the room was not further described.

Thurs. Jan. 12: Discovery #4

Five more pages of classified documents are reportedly discovered at Biden’s Delaware home, though the discovery is not revealed to the public at this time. Biden’s lawyer says he, the lawyer, had traveled there “to facilitate providing the document the President’s personal counsel found on Wednesday to the Justice Department” and that “While I was transferring it to the [Dept. of Justice] officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages. The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.”

Also on Thurs. Jan. 12, Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland appoints the U.S. attorney in Chicago to see if an investigation should be opened into the Biden documents snafu.

Sat. Jan. 14:

The White House announces Thursday’s document discovery.

Thurs. Jan. 19:

Biden makes a statement saying, “I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets, I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. That’s exactly what we’re doing, there’s no there there.”

Fri. Jan. 20: Discovery #5

The Justice Dept. reportedly finds six new classified items inside Biden’s Delaware home during a search. The event is not announced at the time.

Sat. Jan. 21:

Biden’s attorney announces the Friday find. According to a statement from a Biden attorney: “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”

 

What about Barack, the half-blood Prince? He reportedly took 75,000 classified documents with him when he left office.

Observations

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PAF JF-17

 

One Ocean Diving, LLC

Ocean Ramsey

I’ve spoken to a number of people about diving with sharks, both freediving and with open and closed circuit rigs. In the photo, Ocean Ramsey, who owns One Ocean Diving in Hawaii, swims with a 20′ Great Normal Shark.  (there are complaints that calling them Great White Sharks is racist). If you’re not bleeding and if you’re not in a seal rookery where they are feeding and you’re not splashing on the surface like a dead fish or a surfer, sharks leave you alone. When you’re underwater with them, they tend to circle you to try and figure out what you are because you don’t look like a fish to them.

 

Yeah, like that

 

 

Copper Bottoms

One of the greatest enemies of saltwater sailors was the teredo worm. Commonly called the shipworm, the teredo worm ate through submerged wood, and could turn the hull of an oceangoing ship into a leaky sponge in less than a year.

The solution – covering the underwater hull with thin sheets of copper. It was first proposed in 1708, but the first copper-plated ship would not emerge until 1762. HMS Alarm received the first copper bottom, she was chosen because she was in such poor condition due to the teredo worm having taken a significant toll on her hull.

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Recoppering the CONSTITUTION by Aiden Lassell Ripley, ca. 1965.

That trial showed copper not only poisoned the teredo, but it prevented hull marine growth, too. Coppered ships were not only proof against shipworm, they sailed faster. But other experiments in the 1760s revealed that copper, when it came in contact with iron fittings in the hull, destroyed the iron through galvanic corrosion. This problem was solved in 1783 when orders went out that copper and zinc bolts should replace iron bolts.

In early 1779 the Royal Navy ordered all ships larger than 32 guns to be coppered when they entered the dockyard.

 

 

Bullet Points:

** h/t Claudio – Pakistan’s Air Force Woes – Pakistan has problems with its 134 JF-17 jet fighters. The Russian-built RD-33 engines that power the JF-17s have been cut off from replacement engines, spare parts for maintenance, and technical assistance by the heavier sanctions imposed on Russia because of its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. There are no legal solutions to this problem and all alternatives are being explored by Pakistan to keep their most modern jet fighters operational.

Pakistan made a huge financial investment in the JF-17 to replace 270 French Mirage fighters acquired during the late 1960s and early 70s. These are now grounded. Some of the 140 Chinese F-7 (Mig-21 clone) fighters acquired in 2002 are still operational, and the same with the 75 American F-16s acquired since the 1980s. Updating or replacing the American F-16s has been disrupted by Pakistani deceptions about its support for Islamic terror groups it was supposed to be fighting. Pakistan is still trying to revive relations with the United States but that is not going well. The only other modern fighters Pakistan has are 14 of the 72 Chinese J-10CE fighters ordered in 2022. This is the first export order for the J-10, which was developed at about the same time as the JF-17 but for use by the Chinese air forces. Pakistan considered the J-10 too much of an F-16 clone and vulnerable to retaliation for technology theft.

** (RFE/RL) Ukraine’s military on January 21 cited ongoing fighting in the east of the country after Russia claimed to capture a village in the area, while Western officials offered more help but also tested Ukrainian “resiliency” as Russia’s full-scale conflict approached its 12th month. The British Defense Ministry suggested that “overall” the war currently appeared to be “in a state of deadlock.”

The report comes with Britain poised to start training Ukrainian troops ahead of a shipment of Challenger 2 battle tanks but other NATO allies are still debating the supply of modern Western battle tanks.

The U.S. official that Reuters quoted said Washington was still not ready to provide Ukraine with any of its highly regarded Abrams tanks.

** The US Food Supply – Is the United States government or some other malicious entity behind the dozens of mysterious food processing plant fires that occurred over the past year? EcoHealth Alliance whistleblower and bioterrorism expert Dr. Andrew Huff seems to think so.

** Housekeeping – I want to thank you who come by this blog and those of you who contribute. If it wasn’t for the comments,  I wouldn’t go through the effort of doing this (without advertising income) almost every day. I’ve been accused by some in emails of being some sort of manic-depressive to do this sort of posting. That is not my problem. Neither have I ever been referred to as a narcissist.  Though I do some things very well and know that I do, blogging isn’t one of them. It’s an inexact thing. We’re up to about 60,000 page views a month (or 3/4 of a million a year) on Virtual Mirage.  So thanks again to all of you who visit. By comparison, Khloe Kardashian’s weight loss journey received 10X that many hits in a day.  The Internet is funny.

 

Identify the Aircraft

From Now to Then

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Bullet Points:

** President Joe Biden in 2017 was named in a family business deal email to broker a $25 million Chinese investment into the American energy sector, the Daily Mail revealed Friday.

As Breitbart News reported in 2021, the Biden family was attempting to benefit from a deal that sold American natural gas assets to Chinese energy company CEFC, which was arranged by Hunter and James Biden. CEFC is the same Chinese energy company with which Joe Biden also stood to gain ten percent “held by H for the big guy.”

In an email dated October 27, 2017, Louisiana-based lawyer Robert Fenet emailed the Biden family to set up a meeting with Cherniere, a Texas energy company that had a prior relationship with Joe Biden.

“I have requested him to be available for a call from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden on Monday morning to discuss the purchase of the 5 million tons of gas,” Fenet emailed to James Biden, the president’s younger brother.

The Biden family’s energy deal with CEFC never was completed. The family’s business partner, CEFC chairman Ye Jianming, was arrested in China on bribery charges before the deal could be completed, cheating The Big Guy of his 10%.

** The Message to Rep Jordan:  You’re not cool enough. The permanent administrative state doesn’t care what Congress wants. “Consistent with longstanding policy and practice, any oversight requests must be weighed against the Department’s interests in protecting the integrity of its work,” wrote Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs Carlos Felipe Uriarte in a letter to Jordan that Fox News obtained. “Longstanding Department policy prevents us from confirming or denying the existence of pending investigations in response to congressional requests or providing non-public information about our investigations.”

Jordan, whom Republicans have also tapped to lead the House’s new “weaponization” of the federal government panel, initially wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland in his capacity as Judiciary Committee chairman on Jan. 13, seeking information related to the appointment of special counsel Robert Hur to handle the DOJ’s investigation in Biden’s storage of classified documents.

The House of Representatives needs to swear in some investigators with experience downrange to see to its interests in taking what it wants – forthwith.

**(WSJ) Now, with the economy expected to slip into recession, the coming regulatory tsunami far exceeds the excesses of the post-financial-crisis period. Nowhere are the current regulatory excesses more evident than at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Navigation

Traverse board (Pinnkompass in german), german, 19th century

These boards were used in northern Europe by the 16th century to keep a record of a ship’s movements. They were circular and had a series of holes along lines marking the 32 points of the compass. Pegs were attached to the board by string and placed in the correct hole for the course being steered, normally one hole for each half hour of the watch, as measured by a sand-glass.

At the end of each watch the records were written down and later transmitted in the log book, usually by the ship’s master, and the pegs pulled out ready for the next watch.

The circular section of this traverse board has eight holes along each compass point. Later versions, also had a series of holes along the bottom to record the ship’s speed, which was measured with a log and line.

 

Excelsior-Thevenot type AF Grenade

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Manufactured by F. Thevenot fils in France c.1914-15 for the French and Italian armed forces. 60mm caliber, 220mm height, 80gr explosive charge, 40-100m range, sheet steel and brass.

The Excelsior grenade launcher is somewhat of an oddity, even among other ad-hoc French WW1 artillery, in that it could almost be compared to the single-use recoilless AT weapons used by modern armies, in design if not in purpose. Thevenot’s Excelsior grenade was originally a percussive stick design, meaning the impact of its landing caused it to explode. Unlike other percussive grenades, it used an impeller to measure some time of flight before arming itself, which made it safer for its user but also more likely to be a dud due to possible malfunction of this mechanism.

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The Excelsior was called the P2 in French service, for percussive, and also the “ballerina” for its fabric skirt. This was supposed to make sure the grenade would fly impeller first, so it would arm itself properly.

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Because the French army is not known to let any stockpiled ordnance go to waste, the hand grenade was redesigned into a rifle grenade, and more interestingly into a light mortar. Both these designs increased the projectile’s range which in turn made sure its arming device based on air-time would work reliably. The lightweight launcher was built out of sheet steel, painted blue for explosive and red for incendiary ordnance. It carried a single Excelsior grenade, now with a rounded brass shell and a steel-finned body.

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For firing, the soldier would kneel and set the bottom of the mortar firmly into the ground. The launcher’s cap would be removed as well as the firing system’s cover, exposing the hammer and propellant cartridges. Because of the layout of the weapon but mostly because this is a French weapon, the cartridges were Gevelot&Gaupillat 24mm pinfire brass-and-cardboard designs.

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The hammer was cocked by being turned to either side to strike the chosen cartridge, with the left one ranged for 40m and the right for 100m at a 45° angle. The device was aimed at the correct angle using the simple alidade on its side. Before firing, the safety pin of the grenade was removed to unlock the impeller.

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Although the Excelsior-Thevenot type AF launcher is recorded to have been used as a trench mortar, offering continuous light artillery support to infantry, the instruction label on it clearly states that spent launchers were to be brought back to an ordnance depot, indicating a single-use system. It is not clear why this discrepancy exists.

 

The Mass Evacuation of Soviet Factories in Early World War II

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1941 was certainly a bad year for the Soviet Union. Within a matter of months after the start of Operation Barbarossa, German forces marched deep into Soviet territory, even advancing to the gates of Moscow itself. Loses were horrific as hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed and hundreds of thousands more were captured. City after city fell to the invaders making it seem like nothing could stop the German blitz. Worse yet the German military burned, raped, and pillaged its way across Eastern Europe resulting in hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and millions of refugees in the first year alone.

In the face of such wanton destruction economic and industrial damage might seem unimportant but regardless the loss of industrial infrastructure severely hindered the Soviet Union’s ability to wage war as factories that produced war materials and important resources were either destroyed or came under German control. The Soviet Union had a great advantage over Germany because of its massive industrial base and plentiful access to resources. If the Soviets wanted to maintain that advantage they needed to enact a monumental plan to ensure that said industries and resources remained far behind friendly lines and out of the reach of Germany.

The plan that was enacted was to dismantle and uproot Soviet factories in the west and move them east past the Ural mountains, thus recreating an industrial heartland out of the reach of German occupation and even long-range bombers. To say that such a movement of people and things was monumental would be an understatement.

In 1941 the Soviets evacuated and moved 2,593 industrial and agricultural enterprises, among them were over 1,500 large factories. Buildings were demolished and rebuilt, tools and machinery were packed up and moved, and almost everything that was not bolted to the ground was taken and redeployed or rebuilt in the east. This included the people who were needed to work in the factories, which amounted to 18 million people. This endeavor required the use of 30,000 trains hauling 1.5 million cars. In addition to the task of moving stuff, new infrastructure had to be built to service these factories. Infrastructures such as railroads, roads, canals, plumbing, electricity, food distribution, medical services, and worker housing. Basically, everything that. was needed to run a factory town. Most incredibly most of this was done in less than a year.

By 1942 most of the factories and enterprises that were evacuated from the west were up and running. The result of this endeavor meant that when the Germans advanced deeper within the Soviet Union, they failed to capture the resources needed to keep their own war machine functioning. By 1942 seemingly endless numbers of tanks, planes, and guns would flood out of factories east of the Urals, and there was not a damn thing the Germans could do about it.

 

Identify the Tank/SPAAG

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Garlic Knot Chicken Parm Sandwich 

Yes, you can eat half a dozen of them but your family will pay for it driving through the cold with the windows rolled up – you thought egg and beer farts were bad…

 

Bullet Points:

** Is Seattle finished? Crime-ridden woke city’s dying downtown loses flagship Nike store and multiplex cinema – as the number of homeless people killed in a year rockets by 122, to an all-time record 310. It’s very woke.  Local businesses watched in despair as customers stayed away for fear of violence – while progressive lesbian Mayor Jenny Durkan vocally supported the hellish enclave.

** From the Mail Bag

Q Why is a jeep or a pickup with a machine gun on the back referred to as a “technical”?

A The term “technical” originated with the War in Somalia. NGOs providing soap and bibles to the “skinnys” used “technical assistance grants” to hire and equip local guards.  “Technical” quickly became the shorthand term for their armed trucks. Thereafter every hajji, sand person, dune krune, cartel enforcer, raghead or tango driving a pickup with a machine gun mounted on it has been referred to as a technical by US Forces.

Over time, it’s expanded to mean Mexican Federal Judicial Police (Federales) and other Mexican forces as well who favor that equipment as well.

Mexican soldiers (SEDENA) patrol the streets of Apatzingan, the state of Michoacán in a technical

** Object lesson –  avoid Ghurka with a knife.

 

Identify the Aircraft – I gave you TWO photos

 

Identify the Armored Car – actually saw service

A Few Thoughts

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Bullet Points

** New York City’s Trajectory– According to a new study obtained by the New York Post, 69 percent of criminal cases were dropped due to justice “reforms.”

** To Fix the world – stop teaching math! (so much for my MS from the Naval Postgraduate School, I guess) –  College math a ‘white, cisheteropatriarchal space,’ Vanderbilt professor says at a major conference. Undergraduate Mathematics Education as a White, Cisheteropatriarchal Space and Opportunities for Structural Disruption to Advance Queer of Color Justice” was the full title of the lecture given by Luis Leyva, associate professor of mathematics education at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. I can only wonder if Prof. Leyva presented his paper in Ebonics?

** Mail Bag Snippets – from a friend, an officer in the Canadian Army:

For context, I asked about a connecting flight that would drop me in Montreal overnight.  Heads up if you’re planning to travel to Canada…Canada is broken and there are literally no adults around to fix it. At some point, the government crossed the line from civil to criminal, but the Rubicon has been crossed. If you travel through here, you’ll come to believe as I do that the elites would like us all to give up on air travel, so they can use the carbon credits to get to and from climate summits instead.

 

Drebbel’s Submarine

Cornelius van Drebbel was a Dutch inventor who later became the court inventor of King James I of England. England. Drebbel had the idea for the construction of a Submarine in 1623 when he observed fishermen pulling catch boxes behind their boats. He noticed that the boats sank deeper into the water when the lines to the boxes tightened, and they lifted out of the water when the lines hung slack again. This gave van Drebbel the idea of constructing a submersible boat. James I approved the plan and financed the project.

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Drebbel’s first submarine. 17th century, by unknown 

For his submersible, he covered a fishing boat with a half-shell-shaped wooden construction. Several layers of greased leather skins were applied to the outside of the construction to seal the hull. On each of the long sides, the boat had six oars, which were guided outwards by cleats sealed with leather and metal straps. They served to propel the ship and were operated by twelve oarsmen inside. There was a snorkel for the air supply. The foredeck of the ship was built sloping towards the front and additionally accommodated water ballast tanks made of goatskin. If the ship was now moved forward, the water flowing over the foredeck pushed the construction downwards and the ship submerged.

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The shape of the overall construction thus resembled a primitive depth rudder. The maximum attainable diving depth was about 3.6 meters. In 1626, he then demonstrated it and had it successfully sail between 12 and 15 feet ( 3.5-4.5m) below the surface of the Thames for about 3 hours from Westminster and Greenwich and back again. This was watched by the King and many others.

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A reconstruction drawing of the submersible, with snorkel and water pump 

The boat was purely an experimental vessel and had no economic or military significance, as the Royal Navy had no interest in a submersible.

 

The Caucasian Native Cavalry Division, or “Savage Division”  was a cavalry division of the Imperial Russian Army. Riders of the Ingush Cavalry regiment. South-Eastern front, Galicia. 1916.

 

In Scotland

Independence for Scotland? Sturgeon said: “Let the opposition if they can make the case for continued Westminster rule and then let the people decide.”  The Scottish National Party has been working toward a legal separation from the UK since I lived there in the 70’s. 19 October 2023 is the date for another referendum on independence.

(England doesn’t want to lose Scotland) In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence. This Insight looks at the Court’s judgment, the legal issues involved, and what might happen next.

 

 

Meme of the Day

Sleezy Saturday

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The weekend is here!

 

         Bullet Points:

** As LSP will recall, I was on the faculty of the University of North Texas (Denton) for a time. That’s when he and I first met. It wasn’t my day job but I’ve had many jobs. It was my first genuine experience watching higher education claiming poverty while spending millions on the cancerous aim of dividing young men and women (womyn) on the basis of race and ethnicity. Today the tumor has burst and blossomed into a situation where it’s intolerable.  Harvard’s mascot is not the dodo (above, right), but it should be. Outside of very hard science majors, I see no reason for these so-called institutions to exist as they are presently constituted.

The solution is like pouring salt onto a slug.

** Community groups call for Ottawa venue to cancel Peterson show

Multiple community organizations requested prominent Canadian psychologist and author Dr. Jordan Peterson’s show at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa be stopped.

“The toxic, and often violent, rhetoric touted by Peterson — whose quasi-academic ideas are misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, and racist led to an increased environment of hate, especially toward the trans community, that has been very present in Ottawa,” said the organizations in a Monday letter to the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Ottawa city council.

~At least he’s apparently not microaggressive, othering, herpetophobic or Islamophobic according to the people who support Queer Trudeau.

** Military Retention (wet) dreams – Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville added that “Commanders across the service have even higher retention goals than last year, despite the fiscal 2023 defense policy bill setting the Army’s end strength goal at 452,000 troops. That’s a decrease of 12,000 from the roughly 465,000 soldiers who were on active duty at the beginning of October, and McConville acknowledged that the drop is “a function of our ability to recruit.”  The military is building a Potemkin Village without realizing that Russia did that. How has it worked out for them?

** Over the weekend, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) released an analysis suggesting Russia is planning a major push in the next six months to “regain the initiative and end Ukraine’s current string of operational successes.”

ISW laid out a list of possible actions the military could take, including an offensive to take complete control of the Donbas in eastern Ukraine, launching an effort from ally Belarus in the north, or preparing to defend against and exploit a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Donbas.

** Is Madonna a child trafficker? She claims to be a witch (at times). Perhaps tertiary syphilis affects her brain functions? Who am I to say? I’m not a doctor. These allegations against the aging pop singer were made by the Ethiopian World Federation (EWF).  EWF was established in the United States in 1937, according to its website. It is “a civic service organization that pushes policies and advocates to change the laws that harm all Black People.”

** Should Congress raise the limit to accommodate “all of the borrowings that Biden’s budget proposal envisions the government will undertake in the coming decade, it would need to increase that limit by $13.433 trillion.” That is more debt than the federal government accumulated in the 233 years from 1776 through 2009.  Borrowing is very woke.

** There aren’t tax credits yet – but they’re coming (NY Post) Everyday Americans will be able to help refugees adjust to life in the US in a program being launched by the State Department as a way to give private citizens a role in resettling the thousands of refugees who arrive every year. The State Department plans to announce the program, dubbed the Welcome Corps, on Thursday. The agency aims to line up 10,000 Americans who can help 5,000 refugees during the first year of the program.

Rather than do that, send your cash donation  to the White Wolf Mine Fund for the Betterment of Things.

** Renowned composer and Holocaust survivor Inna Zhvanetskaya has given entitled liberals a major reality check by telling them that vaccine-pushing liberals are the brainwashed extremist group that most closely resembles the Nazis she grew up with.

** CIUDAD JUAREZ/MEXICO CITY – Migrants on Mexico’s northern border on Wednesday began entering the United States using a mobile app designed to facilitate the process of applying for asylum, although several quickly reported difficulties in using the system.

This month, the Biden administration said it would broaden the use of the so-called CBP One app to allow asylum seekers to enter their personal information as a pre-screening step for a U.S. appointment to request asylum…more from NY Post.

** Concluding his experiment, Steven said: “I wanted this to work, I really did. But after what I hope you will agree was a pretty comprehensive real-world test, I couldn’t make the numbers add up.

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Identify the Aircraft

 

Bullet Points:

** Lambeth Palace Folds: Homosexual couples who have recently married within a civil setting will soon be able to have their union blessed within Anglican churches in England, with Church of England bishops have reportedly voted in favor of the practice as part of efforts to reform the faith… more here

** From Carlson – Bob Woodward outed as a CIA asset.

** Equity Plans – President Biden’s HUD submitted a proposed rule that would require local governments to submit plans and reports relating to civil rights concerns or else risk losing subsidies from the federal government, the Washington Examiner reported.

** FBI Director Wray, speaking to an audience of global elites at the Davos WEF gathering, touched on the federal government’s work with ostensibly private technology companies, during a discussion about the potential dangers of new technology. The FBI chief touted the “significant strides” the FBI in particular has made in efforts to work more closely with the tech industry. Emails revealed by Elon Musk and reported by journalist Michael Shellenberger last month showed that the censorship on Twitter of the Post‘s reporting on the Biden crime family business was an operation led by the FBI, in conjunction with Twitter.

** Value – The dollar touched a seven-month low on Wednesday, reversing a trend that dominated much of 2022 as lower expectations of sharp Federal Reserve rate rises eased pressure on global markets.

The fall in the US currency, one of the steepest since the aftermath of the global financial crisis, came as US retail figures showed a 1.1 percent year-on-year drop in sales in December — a bigger-than-expected fall that highlighted continuing weakness in the US economy.

“The trend has been very much in favor of dollar weakness, so it doesn’t take much to push it further in that direction,” said Alan Ruskin, head of G10 FX strategy at Deutsche Bank. “Any minor macro information can sway [the dollar].”

Expectations about the Fed’s future actions are influential in currency trading since higher interest rates drive up yields on US debt, attracting foreign inflows that boost the dollar.

The dollar index measuring the currency against a basket of its peers has fallen 10.7 percent since September, the fastest rate of decline since 2009.

** More Aid to Ukraine – The United States is announcing a significant new security assistance package to help Ukraine continue to defend itself against Russia’s brutal war. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our 30 th drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August 2021. This assistance package will provide Ukraine with hundreds of additional armored vehicles, including Stryker armored personnel carriers, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled vehicles. The package also includes critical additional air defense support for Ukraine, including more Avenger air defense systems, and surface-to-air missiles, as well as additional munitions for NASAMS that the United States has previously provided. The package also contains night vision devices, small arms ammunition, and other items to support Ukraine as it bravely defends its people, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity.

This package, which totals $2.5 billion, will bring total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to an unprecedented approximately $27.5 billion since the beginning of the Administration.

** BOSTON — The Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced it has detected a novel strain of gonorrhea in a Massachusetts resident that showed reduced response to multiple antibiotics and another case with genetic markers that indicate a similar drug response. This is the first time that resistance or reduced response to five classes of antibiotics has been identified in gonorrhea in the United States.

** WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has taken a major step forward toward creating an experimental airplane that can be maneuvered without traditional ailerons or other mechanical devices, instead using short bursts of air.

DARPA announced Tuesday it had selected Aurora Flight Sciences to start the detailed design of an aircraft that uses a technology called active flow control to direct it, as part of the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors, or CRANE, program. Aurora is a subsidiary of Boeing headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, that specializes in developing advanced innovative designs for aircraft and uncrewed systems.

** The Navy relieved two commanding officers on Wednesday — both due to a loss of confidence in their abilities to command. Both Capt. Michael D. Nordeen, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde, and Cmdr. Alexa Jenkins, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer Carney, assumed command of their respective ships in the summer of 2022. Since both are white,  there isn’t a blowback anticipated from the. grievance lobby.

 

Eggs

Friday Function

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Science

Scientists on top of a Swiss mountain shot laser pulses into a stormy sky to guide lightning for the first time. This might pave the way for laser-based lightning protection systems for rocket launchpads, military bases, airports, and supertall buildings. There hasn’t been an advance like this in lightning technology since Benjamin Franklin installed the first lightning rod in the 1750s, following an experiment flying a kite with a large metal key during a thunderstorm.

A team led by Aurélien Houard, a physicist at École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France, experimented on the Säntis mountain in north-eastern Switzerland in the summer of 2021 with a high-repetition-rate terawatt laser.

The results were published Monday in the journal Nature Photonics. They showed how a terawatt-level laser pulse could steer lighting toward a 26-foot rod.

“This work paves the way for new atmospheric applications of ultrashort lasers and represents an important step forward in the development of a laser-based lightning protection for airports, launchpads or large infrastructures,” the researchers wrote in the study. 

Matteo Clerici, a University of Glasgow physicist who wasn’t involved in the research, told WSJ the successful experiment is something “we’ve been dreaming of for decades … and the fact that they managed to do it in an outdoor environment is a very big step.”

 

The ’48 Willies Departs

I did not need a 3rd 4×4 + an AWD ’21 Honda Passport, which is more adept than one would think. Will it be replaced with another project vehicle? Don’t hold your breath. Unless I can find a Ferret at a good price. There are a number of Ferrets in the USA. Though it sounds morbid, they usually pop up in estate sales when an old guy like me shuffles off his mortal coil. The family has no need for the labor of love and trades them for hard cash (or one-ounce Krugerrands).

The Ferret armored car, also commonly called the Ferret scout car, is a British armored fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes. The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK company Daimler. It was widely used by regiments in the British Army, as well as the RAF Regiment and Commonwealth countries throughout the period.

The question will be stridently asked, “LL, what do you need with an armored scout car?” The answer is self-evident, but the question will still be posed over and over and over again – occasionally with extreme prejudice.

…um… does the chick come with the rig? Asking for a friend.

 

Bullet Points:

** “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, they just can’t do it themselves.”

** “Organized criminal gangs active in the Netherlands and France, mostly made up of Moroccan migrants, are blowing up ATMs in Germany at a record pace in highly professional robbery operations. In 2022, government statistics indicate that they blew up 500 such machines, with statistically more than one machine being blown up every day.”

** More voting irregularities – Because the database was not optimized, the user was not notified when the USB flash media were loaded twice into the results reporting module. We need to return to paper ballots, on voting day, in-person voting with government ID, and counting the votes within 24 hours –  period.

 

A Russian submariner’s berth?

It has to be some sort of put-up photo. Torpedoes are covered in grease and the inside of the tubes are coated with it too as a result.

 

Turkish CWIS

The Sea Zenith, a four-barrelled 25mm CIWS is used by the Turkish navy on their MEKO 200 frigates.

Using four independent Oerlikon KBB guns manufactured in Switzerland instead of one multi-barrelled rotary cannon is said to improve reliability. The system is mounted in an enclosed automatic gun turret and directed by the Seaguard radar developed by Contraves. The turret is tilted back to allow a higher elevation to intercept diving missiles. The system’s primary purpose is a defense against anti-ship missiles and other precision-guided weapons. It can also be employed against fixed/rotary wing aircraft, ships and other small craft, coastal targets, and floating mines.

 

Shore Duties

Not all officers commissioned by the Admiralty were always at sea. There were also many who simply no longer wanted to go to sea, or who were unfit for duty. For this, there were the so-called shore duties.

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One of these duties was the impress service, which required about 30 captains and 70 lieutenants to regulate everything, take on ships that needed men and coordinate the press gangs, hire transport cutters and put the pressed men on hulks and sort them.

Each coastal signal station had a commanding lieutenant and the Sea Fencibles, a defense line that operated from land to manipulate enemy shipping and defend the coasts. They liked to hire experienced officers. The dockyards also had experienced naval officers in their administrative areas. The agents of the Transport Board were all lieutenants. And the Naval Office in London was run by Post Captains.

However, all those in shore duty billets were excluded from any promotion unless they went back to sea. This did not apply to captains and special admirals who held political office on the side, who could even hope to be appointed to the Admiralty.

 

Water bewitched and Tea begrudged

In Nelson’s Navy, a watery version of tea and molasses served the crew, more for cost savings than for good taste. Some pursers tried to save money and pocket the difference even though they were not allowed to. They justified it by saying that other ingredients were more expensive. Sometimes the admiralty told them to skimp if the prices were too high. With merchant ships or whales, it was the captains themselves who tried to keep the costs as low as possible.

If you’re inclined to whip up a batch for your hands, just follow the recipe below.

1 pint (≈ 568 ml) of Tea

1 1/2 pints ( ≈ 852 ml) of molasses

3 gallons ( ≈ 14 L)  of water

Place all ingredients in a large pot and boil down to the coppers. Be sure to place a stick in the pot so each crewmember can stir it up prior to getting his one mug (to ensure each gets a fair share of the tea leaves and sweetener).

Supplement

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Bullet Points:

** A Few Billion here or there – A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) blasted the Pentagon for losing track of $220 billion in equipment provided to government contractors.

** Abolish the BATFE? FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced a bill to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) following a controversial ruling that tightens regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces. BATFE isn’t going anywhere, but it’s good clickbait by Gaetz. I don’t think that ATF is going anywhere and Gaetz wants to parlay it into cash from his supporters. Still, it’s interesting.

** Indonesian Navy Klewang-class fast attack craft KRI Golok (688) coming into Bintan, Riau Islands. 14 Jan 2023

** People move on… Portrait of Delta Force, 1979. Jerry Boykin, who would later participate in the hunt for Pablo Escobar and serve as an Undersecretary of Defense, is top right. Eric Haney, who would later produce the popular CBS television show The Unit, is third row down, fourth from left.

** Don’t believe the government.

 

 

Pave Nail

As I understand it, the early illuminators flew on OV-10A Broncos.  They kept them over South Vietnam to reduce the chance that they’d be shot down and would ultimately fall into Soviet hands.

 

We have a Mutiny- no we have not… or have we?

Captain Alexander Mackenzie may have puzzled in one way or another when his first Lieutenant Guert Gansevoort informed him on November 26th that they were about to have a mutiny. We are in the year 1842 when the USS Somers sailed into the West Indies.

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USS Somers

And on 25 November the whole thing is said to have started. It is said that the midshipman Philip Spencer, son of the Secretary of War John Canfield Spencer, the Boatswain’s Mate Samuel Cromwell, and the sailor Elijah Small, met and discussed that they would take over the ship and kill half of the crew and some officers as well. Then they wanted to act as pirates from the Isle of Oines.

Mackenzie had found out about it and thought it was complete nonsense. But it seemed to have changed his mind because he told his first officer to keep an eye on the three of them. After Gansevoort had asked around, Spencer was called to the Captain and questioned thoroughly. The midshipman denied it but let Mackenzie search his sea chest and found a book with handwritten greek texts in it. These had to be laboriously translated. There were indeed texts with pirates in them.

What is ignored in the possible reasons for Philip Spencer’s so-called secret meetings with sailors and the Greek symbols in his diary is the fact that Philip Spencer was a founding member of the Chi Psi Brotherhood at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in May 1841. Spencer may have tried to introduce sailors to a fraternal naval group. He was also interested in pirates and buccaneers and may have used the pirate democratic model for a “brotherhood” of sailors. Mackenzie did not know this, however, and suddenly saw a mutiny coming toward him.

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 The story in a Newspaper from 1910

On the 27th the chaos took its course. First, a mast broke and damaged a part of the rigging, then men were questioned and they all began to accuse each other. During a flogging, Mackenzie informed the crew that there was a mutiny coming. This caused even more chaos and trivialities. There was nothing else and even defending and explaining that there was no mutiny failed. This is why Mackenzie hanged the three ringleaders Spencer, Cromwell, and Small for inciting a mutiny.

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 The mutineers hanging under the US flag

Because of this decision, Mackenzie was brought before a court-martial. Why he did not wait for 13 days and what caused him to hang the three without a decision of the court-martial were the subject of the discussion. He defended himself well, albeit questionably. He was acquitted, but the doubts remained and so he was told that he was not in a position to decide whether a mutiny was really planned or not. Whether there should be a mutiny or not is still being discussed today.

Fly High

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Identify the Drones

(attached to the B-52)

 

Identify the Tanks

 

 

Bullet Points:

**(Gateway Pundit) On Wednesday night Alex Berenson posted information on a new study from China that shows four COVID jabs can send the immune system into complete collapse.

** Try to be informed, and not just opinionated.

** Replace the “Great Reset” with the Great Awakening and dump the globalists, the freaks, and the misfits. I’m afraid that a great number of professors would be asking people at the drive-through if they want fries with their order.

** From CDR Salamander – I love how he turns a phrase at times:

The whole World Economic Forum/Davos experience is one part Bond villain parody, one part clout-seeking billionaires, one part megalomania, a heaping cup of greed, and a dash of rent-seeking.

In 2023 things have reached the point where any association with Davos should put an individual or organization under notice of suspicion. Amazing to see people who claim to be American conservatives or lovers of liberty attending in a non-ironic, non-protesting capacity.

This wannabee gaggle of quasi-oligarchs and autocrat throne sniffers represents everything that is wrong with the human desire for control, and power, and to crush the individual for fun and profit.

They pretend to be the world government in waiting that no one asked for, no one wants, and trust me on this – no one wants to live under. Being unaccountable to the people is their ideal state…As an American, I have no problem saying that. America is a revolutionary nation that twice in its history drenched its soil with blood to ensure the rights of the individual over government and an unaccountable ruling class lording over those they considered lesser humans. (more here)

** Know where to hit the robot:

** The left is already signaling that Kamala will replace Pedo Joe to finish out his term. I don’t have much of a problem with a whore as president, but must it be such a DUMB WHORE?

The Thursday Thrill

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The Agenda

The World Economic Forum’s annual meet-up is underway. Politicians, corporate giants, “philanthropists” and all manner of elite monstrosities gather for a weekend of telling each other how smart they are and making the world generally worse.

Here are the five main items up for discussion, according to the WEF’s website:

See if you can notice a pattern:

  1. Addressing the Current Energy and Food Crises in the context of a New System for Energy, Climate and Nature
  2. Addressing the Current High Inflation, Low Growth, High Debt Economy in the context of a New System for Investment, Trade and Infrastructure
  3. Addressing the Current Industry Headwinds in the context of a New System for Harnessing Frontier Technologies for Private Sector Innovation and Resilience
  4. Addressing the Current Social Vulnerabilities in the context of a New System for Work, Skills and Care
  5. Addressing the Current Geopolitical Risks in the context of a New System for Dialogue and Cooperation in a Multipolar World

Now, none of this is news. A “new system” for energy is a “green new deal”, a “new system” for international cooperation is some type of global governance, and a “new system” for investment and trade covers a lot of topics, including digital currency.

Like I said, nothing new, but it’s always refreshing to see it in print, with no effort to hide it.

 

 

The End of Paper Money?

It’s clear that USGOV (and the WEF) want to transition to 100% digital currency because they gain control that is simply not possible if people have actual control over their monetary assets. Looking back a year ago, an executive order signed by FJB explored the possibility of creating a centralized bank digital currency (CBDC) in the USA.

It’s tempting to forecast the demise of cash. In fact, people have been predicting the end of physical money for nearly 60 years. With the rise of credit cards, contactless payments, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin the death knells have only gotten louder. Then again, there are reports that the Norks can hack blockchain/crypto.

It may seem like physical money could soon be a thing of the past, but if you take a closer look at the evidence – and the intriguing psychological relationship we have developed with notes and coins – you’ll find that it’s premature to predict cash’s disappearance. Then there’s the question of global reliability. In the case of American money, cash has value beyond the borders of the country. In fact, two-thirds of cash holdings in American dollars exist outside the country. People store up cash for emergencies, to keep a safety net, and to ensure that whatever happens, their wad of cash will be there for them.

Most bribes paid worldwide to various government officials (such as the Biden Crime Family) are made with currency.  I simply can’t see the governments of the world going completely digital if only for that reason.

The Russian plan – Suffering from U.S. and EU sanctions, Russia made a surprise move—its central bank fixed the price of 5,000 rubles to a gram of gold. Few Western investors or executives noticed.  Then, Russia sprang its trap. Its finance ministry announced that it would require payment for oil, natural gas, and other of its significant exports in rubles.

“What the Russians did was a genius, I hate to say it,” explains Jack Bouroudjian, former president of Commerce Bank in Chicago and now chairman of the Global Smart Commodity Group. “It forces people to go to the Russian central bank and pay gold to get rubles to make the transactions.” The ruble had been trading in the range of 70 to 80 for a U.S. dollar. After the sanctions, it plummeted to 120. “Now the ruble basically recovered, trading 80 rubles to the dollar. And it’s because of the way they pegged the ruble to gold.”

I don’t see that the US will do anything but print paper backed only by “the full faith and credit of the USA.”

 

Tibetan Memes of the Day

 

Bullet Points

**U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers arrested nearly three dozen men dressed in camouflage crossing the Mexican border into Arizona last week. “The Douglas Station’s #Horse Patrol Unit arrested a group of 32 migrants after illegally crossing the border,” Chief Patrol Agent for the Tucson Sector John Modlin announced on Twitter on Friday. “The 32 Mexican Nationals utilized camouflage clothing to blend into the surrounding vegetation.”

** A Lack of Ethics – “Specifically, we believe taxpayer resources may have been inappropriately used by senior White House lawyers, including Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber, to personally benefit Joe Biden,” the complaint states.

“We further believe that the apparent representation of Mr. Biden by the White House Counsel’s Office in this matter creates an untenable conflict of interest for that office,” the complaint adds. “The result, intended or not, could be to reduce transparency into the mishandling of state secrets and foreclose disclosure of communications between White House Counsel staff while acting on behalf of Joe Biden in his capacity as a citizen facing the prospect of criminal prosecution.”

The letter, first reported by Fox News, is also addressed to the Justice Department’s chief of the Public Integrity Section and the White House counsel.

** A Proxy War requires — proxies (h/t Claudio) – Some uncharitable souls are saying that we’re fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian.

 

Special Gun salutes

The “Rogue salute” existed as a practice in the 16th-19th century. This was a signal for the fleet to gather on deck to witness the execution on the yardarm. A yellow flag was hoisted in the ship to be seen until the execution was carried out; when it was taken down, the crews could disperse. Likewise, this salute was also fired at the beginning of a court martial.

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The flagship Royal Sovereign firing a salute at the Nore with other warships and Admiralty yachts in attendance, by Cornelis van de Velde (1675-1729)

The other was the Morning and Evening Salute which served as a salute and hoist of the colors respectively. At the time of firing the evening gun, the sentries had to fire their muskets in a volley to show that their powder was dry and the muskets were in working order.

 

Random Thoughts

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The Dodo

 

 

        Bullet Points

** SAY WHAT?  Greetings such as “aloha” and “shalom” are culturally sensitive as are words such as “siesta” and their use could come off as mockery, according to a recent USA Today piece demanding people consider the cultural implications before using such terms.  “Brunch” has also gone onto the list of racist terms since it’s overwhelmingly used by white people, who constitute an overwhelming majority in the USA.  Try using “early mid-day meal” instead.  Saying ‘ni hao’ (hello). to someone Asian American who isn’t Chinese could be both othering and a microaggression.

In December, Breitbart News reported on an index of harmful words to be eliminated from use by Stanford University, which included terms and phrases such as “American,” “Karen,” “prisoner,” and even “hip hip hooray.”

This is only a partial guide and it changes daily for the woke. If you don’t have preferred pronouns, you can say whatever you like.

** (Daily Caller) Color me shocked – Two years after Seattle slashed its police budget, local business owners say crime has skyrocketed, with police unable to deal with thefts, homelessness, and open-air drug use that plague the city.

Seattle and broader King County had more than 13,000 homeless people within its boundaries in 2022, more than every other similar area except Los Angeles County and New York City, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, while the Seattle Police Department (SPD) lost more than 130 officers, KOMO News reported, as homicides, shootings and motor vehicle thefts increased. Local business owners say law enforcement is failing to effectively deter the rampant drug use and theft disturbing their livelihoods. — No kidding. Who could have predicted that?

** (NY Post) How a corrupt FBI could save Joe Biden in classified-docs scandal.  It looks bad — but the FBI got Hillary out of a worse legal tar pit.

 

The Economy benefits from the WEF…

As Shiloh pointed out earlier, the call has gone out for more male and tranny prostitutes. Somebody should call Paul Pelosi and see if he’d be willing to fly some to Davos on his jet.

 

Rare Footage of Beans in Action – in his glory days…

 

Ancient Rome

Modern Life

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It’s time for everyone to self-identify as a black San Franciscan.

 

** Are democrats bigots? – At least 13 Virginia high schools that are run by democrats are under investigation after failing to deliver merit awards prior to college admissions, with the state attorney general alleging that the move specifically targeted Asian American students.

Following the case against 11 Fairfax and Loudoun County high schools, officials from Prince William County Public Schools revealed two of their schools did not tell 16 students they had earned a National Merit award. Attorney General Jason Miyares condemned the schools’ actions as the state launched an investigation over alleged Anti-Asian bigotry.

** With each new release of the “Twitter Files” we learn more and more about the deep corruption in Washington. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), continuously pressuring Twitter to validate his fantasies of “Russian bots” manipulating US politics. Let’s not forget: Rep. Jim Trafficant was expelled from Congress for asking his staffers to wash his boat. More from ZeroHedge

** One does not just refer to his wife as “Michael” again and again…

** Alan Dana, a former pilot for Jetstar, a Singapore-based airline, went on “Maria Zeee Uncensored” last week and revealed that wealthy businessmen were actively seeking out pilots who had not received the vaccine.  On Monday The Gateway Pundit spoke with Josh Yoder, President of US Freedom Flyers.  Josh told The Gateway Pundit that wealthy businessmen have reached to the organization and are looking for healthy unvaccinated aviators.

** Get well soon, WSF. After cataract surgery, he’s getting better and will soon return. to fighting trim.

** The Bee – D.C. — Pete Buttigieg has addressed criticism surrounding his lackluster performance as Secretary of Transportation by reminding everyone that he’s really, really gay.

“Listen, everyone, with respect to my track record as transportation secretary I’d like to remind everyone that I am in fact a deeply homosexual man,” said Pete Buttigieg. “I know many of you have expressed concerns about our crumbling infrastructure, and recent grounding of all aircraft, but to be clear I go home every night and kiss my gay husband, who is gay along with me. We are both gay. I am gay.”

Many Americans expressed concern that the country’s transportation system was headed in the wrong direction, but once they were reminded that the man at the helm of all U.S. transportation was in fact a homosexual man they were put at ease.

 

Brazil compared to Pluto

 

Meme of the Day

 

In my experience, they were Barbie shoes…before legos.