Iran vows Death to Israel (again)
“We will respond to the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh in a proper time,” Iran President Hassan Rouhani said. “The Iranian nation is smarter than falling into the trap of the Zionists. They are thinking to create chaos.”
The Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Fakhrizadeh “the country’s prominent and distinguished nuclear and defensive scientist.” Khamenei said Iran will make “definitive punishment of the perpetrators and those who ordered it” its top priority.
Word is that they’re hoping to work with Camela once Creepy Joe bites the turf.
WSF refers to this list of oil reserves by country. If you want to know who wants to seize what, it’s always nice to have a road map to wealth. War or war by other means. The global elites were not pleased with US oil independence and for that reason, I expect that we’ll end up dependent on the Middle East, again. Clearly it will justify another war.
Chinese Take-Out (in the plague era)
The Wisdom of Confucius
or just something from a fortune cookie?
Oh, not YOUR house Anymore?
Can you defend yourself? No? The police are reluctant to intervene, threat of defunding and all that. Maybe I’ll go to Washington and pick up a mansion or two. …more here
A man broke into a $6 million mansion in Maryland. When police showed up, he claimed he was a Moorish National and produced paperwork he said proved his ownership. There you have it. Moorish. Not to give him your house would be racist. You’re not armed? Ah, ok, see if he’ll let you take your toothbrush.
Star Trek – Picard
I didn’t pay for it, but my daughter recommended that I watch it (CBS-Pay Chanel). I didn’t want to like it, but the script, the acting, and the production quality was very good. If you are in need of more Data and enjoyed Star Trek, the Next Generation, I think that you’ll enjoy the 10 part series.
Set at the end of the 24th century, 18 years after the events of `Star Trek: Nemesis’, with Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role, `Star Trek: Picard’ revolves around retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard; he is still deeply affected by the loss of Lieutenant Commander Data, portrayed by Brent Spiner, and the destruction of Romulus, and steps into the next chapter of his life.
This is for WSF
It may be an Idea whose time has come!
If you don’t like the petty rules, just declare independence. I realize that I will still have to pay property tax and income tax, but — an Independent Zone at the White Wolf Mine has an appeal. The problem here is that I’m already in a default autonomous zone. There is no government, no city, no neighbors, no police, sheriff’s 2 hours away with no inclination to show up, etc. Who would I tell? They neighbors would just say, “me too.” (a new me too movement?)
A New York City Pub did the same sort of thing. …more here
The World Health Organization wants government to manage any gathering of people …more here. So much for “freedom of assembly” — unless they’re rioting. Would the Great Reset exempt me from their crap if I was an Independent Zone? Or do I have to accept illegal aliens to appeal to them fully, because that’s not going to happen.
The White Wolf Mine Arizona Semi-Autonomous Zone will need its own security team just to make sure there is monkey business.
I expect to see the democrats bring back the practice of murdering Christians, feeding them to lions, etc. It’s a logical step after glorifying the murder of unborn babies.
Too Easy? Name the Aircraft
The Democrat Olive Branch
Improvised in Yugoslavia
I’ve never been fond of Yugo’s, but this time, it could work.
An American commando nicknamed “Justine” instructs French maquis in the operation of the Marlin submachine gun, French Alps. June-July 1944.
Vista Outdoor’s purchase of Remington’s ammunition assets from a bankruptcy auction in October was welcome news to employees at Remington’s ammunition plant in Lonoke, Arkansas
Vista owns Federal and other ammunition brands and a portfolio of other outdoor brands. …more here
Nobody knows when the ammunition supply will stabilize, but when you consider the boom in sales during the ObamaNation, I can’t see it happening anytime soon.
Captioned Photo & Personal
LL and youngest daughter, Emilie, at Thanksgiving. Among the things I’m most thankful for is my family, who makes me proud and whose love I cherish to the bottom of my soul.
Trivia: “My Journey” was the name of the original blog that is now Virtual Mirage. Virtual Mirage was a very small tech company that dealt with a tiny part of the early tech market that I started. The company didn’t enjoy the financial success that I hoped it would and I liked the name. So it moved from one platform to another.
Michael (Goody) Goodboe, a man about ten years my junior, who I worked with in the Navy at JSOC (McDill AFB, FL) was killed in an IED attack in Mogadishu, Somalia a little over a month ago. The information has just been made public. He was injured severely when an IED detonated near him and died of his injuries. Another dear friend, John Spinelli, was shot and severely injured in Somalia about twenty years ago. …more here
There is naturally more to the story of John Spinelli and Goody Goodboe, that isn’t told. I worked with John in Greece and Italy. The footnotes in history are anemic and don’t reflect these men. One lived and the other died.
President Trump is removing some 700 US Servicemen from Somalia before he leaves office. Biden, naturally, has vowed to send them back to that shit hole (homeland of Congresswoman Omar of “the squad”), and to expand the US presence in Africa dramatically. If you read this blog regularly, you understand my feelings on the subject.
“Japan is struggling with a mental health crisis as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, with more people dying in one month from suicide than from COVID-19 all year long.” …more here from Fox News
CBS broke the story and all of the news outlets followed with it but none of them show much interest in reporting on suicide rates in the US that can be directly linked to lock-downs, stupid masks, and the economy that the nation deliberately wrecked to “slow the spread”. The two week – or four week stand downs from the Spring of 2020 from a panicked world to try an keep hospitals from being overwhelmed have turned into an unconstitutional power grab on a global scale.
As this blog reported on Sunday, in the Metro Los Angeles Area a SIGNIFICANT number of police calls would seem to be focused on drug overdoses from fentanyl and on suicidal behavior. Naturally failed state policies would never be attributed to the democrat elites who established them. And their deaths are “covid related”, which is a very politically expeditious statistic.
Here is a listing from Sharyl Attkisson, worth your review.
Forensic analysis by a former military intelligence analyst alleges proof of foreign interference and/or access in the election. It shows Dominion’s voting machine server connected to Iran, China and Serbia. Also, the analyst says records show HongKong Shanghai Bank became collateral agent for Dominion voting systems on Sept. 25, 2019. The declaration is contained in the lawsuit filed by attorney Sidney Powell and includes screen shots and a summary of the evidence.
Sharyl Attkisson has a lot of credibility with me. I am familiar with a lot of her work and find her courageous, intelligent and fearless. I forgive her for marrying an FBI agent (long retired).
A View of Communist Chinese Intentions
There’s a running dialog where globalists are predicting a future Biden – China linkage… Sixty Minutes Australia
I don’t disagree with the piece that Sixty Minutes Australia put out with regard to Chinese intentions. I think that the piece is worth your viewing.
The problem(s) that I have with all of this is that the series of massive bribes made to the Biden Family over a period of years are never mentioned. The endemic corruption of the Obama years is not mentioned. Some of that activity cuts to the heart of the situation should the election fall to Biden – and all of that is still in dispute. But not to the global elite.
Thanks to Claudio B., who follows this blog, for his reading suggestion …USS Buckley vs U-66
The USS Buckley (DE-51) was on ASW patrol near the Cape Verde Islands. The conditions were perfect for U-boats to refuel and replenish desperately needed supplies at sea, and for a hunter killer group to seek out U-boats low on fuel and crewed by men near their breaking point. Submarine duty was dangerous, and crews were often deployed past exhaustion. U-66, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Gerhard Seehausen, was on her ninth patrol, and had been at sea since mid-January. She was badly in need of fuel and provisions for her trip home when Buckley began to stalk her.
Fighting to the death on 203 Metre Hill, 30 November 1904, Russo-Japanese War
Throughout the past two months General Nogi’s Japanese divisions have battered themselves bloody all along the line of Russian defenses protecting Port Arthur; there have been some local successes, but at a terrible cost, forcing the Japanese commanders to decide on a new course of action – launching concerted attacks against 203 Metre Hill on the western flank of the Russian fortifications.
If the hill falls it will allow Japanese guns to target every part of the city and the remaining Russian ships in the port, and thus the struggle over its possession has been intense and especially hard-fought.
The day is bitterly cold and the ground is iron-hard. More than once this morning the Japanese have broken through and captured trenches and breastworks of the left redoubt, only to be ejected by determined Russian counter-attacks, such as the one developing here.
A small band of men from the 7th Division have fought their way into a Russian position once again, though their proud display of a regimental battle flag over their new conquest has enraged the Russians; a motley group of soldiers together with a lieutenant from the 5th East Siberian Rifle Regiment have stormed back into the position, determined to drive the Japanese out once and for all.
They are led by an officer who is conspicuous due to the fine quality and relative cleanliness of his uniform in comparison to those of the bedraggled men who follow him; he has fallen wounded, but his men charge on regardless, engaging the Japanese at bayonet-point in a vicious mêlée that will offer no quarter.
Winter Uniforms – Japanese Troops in Korea during the Russo Japanese War, c. 1904
I’ve been in Korea in the winter and it’s as cold as a stepmother’s kiss. And that’s no lie. Cold as a witch’s tit.
Cyber Monday – 70 AD
Romans sack the Temple in Jerusalem…
I don’t plan to buy anything today despite the sales and e-mails.
The Logo Says it All …more here
The new requirement is to have a vaccination – even if you’ve recovered from the plague and are immune. No conspiracy theory here, coming to a COSTCO near you before you know it.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who once again refused to rule out making vaccination mandatory for all UK citizens this week, previously announced that ‘immunity passports’ could be rolled out for those who have antibodies against the virus, allowing them to participate in society.
Then there’s THIS GUY’s opinion. Who knows where the truth is in all of this? A few rich people are making a lot more money and a lot of people are being broken.
I’ve been putting off buying one of these. What’s wrong with me?
Maybe it’s because it’s cold during the winter at the White Wolf Mine and I’d have to wait for Spring to enjoy driving it?
For the last 4+ years, the Democrats have gone scorched earth. You have salted the fields and now you want to grow crops.
We remember the women’s march the day after inauguration – marching for the right to kill their children.
We remember the 4 years of attacks and impeachments
We remember “not our president” and the “Resistance…”
We remember Maxine Walters telling followers to harass us in restaurants.
We remember the Presidents spokesperson being kicked out a restaurant.
We remember hundreds of Trump supporters physically attacked.
We remember Trump supporters getting Doxed, and fired from jobs.
We remember riots, and looting
We remember “a comedian” holding up the President’s severed head
We remember a play in Central park paid with public funding, showing the killing of President Trump
We remember Robert de Niro yelling “F” Trump” at the Tony’s and getting a standing ovation.
We remember Nancy Pelosi tearing up the State of the Union Address.
We remember the total in the tank move on the mainstream media
We remember the non-stop and live fact checking on our President and his supporters.
We remember non-stop in your face lies and open cover-ups from the media.
We remember the President and his staff being spied on.
We remember five Republican Senators shot on a ball field.
We remember every so-called comedy show turn into nothing but Trump hate fest.
We remember 95% negative coverage in the news.
We remember the state governors asking and getting everything they ask for and then blaming Trump for their problems.
We remember a Trump top aid verbally assaulted in two DC restaurants.
We remember people banging on the Supreme Court doors.
We remember that we were called every name in the book for supporting President Trump.
And isn’t it odd that the donkeys don’t expect that the same thing is likely to happen to them?
The Mitt Romneys of the nation, the lockdown supporters & mask Karens of today would certainly have snitched on Anne Frank in 1944, and would have then gone to bed cackling to themselves how virtuous they were.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) marched with BLM didn’t he, to demonstrate his virtue? Good old Mitt.
Ethiopian Internal Conflict
For some time in this blog’s history, there were reports on brush wars and so-called ‘low intensity conflict’. Often they devolved into proxy wars. I’ve received some e-mail from readers asking that I revisit a few these current events that are completely ignored by the mainstream media, which obsesses over President Trump preferring his hamburgers well-done instead of medium, or lauding praise on corrupt, senile old Joe (and the Ho) for being able to read what others wrote, on his tele-prompter.
On November 4, 2020, a new armed conflict broke out between Ethiopia’s central government and the government of Tigray, a regional state within Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Government claims to have matters well under control, but this is just the latest regional flap within the country.
The state’s northern edge follows the border with Eritrea, home to several disputed territories that are no longer officially claimed by Ethiopia, but were still occupied by its military forces up to the start of the new conflict.
Tigray State’s leadership still lays claim to portions of Eritrea and at the same time, the southwestern portion of Tigray is claimed by Amhara State — all within Ethiopia. It’s a lot like Texas claiming Oklahoma.
After an alleged attack by Tigray state forces on a federal military base on November 4, the political conflict immediately gave way to a military conflict, with Ethiopian national forces sent in to quash Tigray’s leadership (which used to lead Ethiopian national politics).
(1) Tigray has had battle-hardened state paramilitary forces and state-friendly militias in place for some time.
(2) Tigray’s dominant political party has extensive influence within the Ethiopian military leadership.
(3) Tigray is far from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
(4) Tigray’s state forces are boxed in by Eritrea, which now has good relations with Ethiopia but is still an enemy country in the eyes of Tigray’s leaders.
(5) National army forces from Eritrea regional state militia forces from the neighboring state of Amhara joined with the Ethiopian national army.
November 4, 2020
Ethiopian national troops were sent to Tigray state in response to the leftist/communist Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the state’s governing political party, allegedly attacking and capturing a military base. The Ethiopian government denied a TPLF claim that the federal military’s Northern Command had defected, and a six-month state of emergency was declared in the region. According to sources later cited by Foreign Policy on both sides of the conflict, about half of the Northern Command did indeed defect to the TPLF, while the other half remained loyal to the federal government.
The Tigray Flag (below) reflects the communist roots of the movement.
November 5, 2020
The TPLF reportedly seized most of the weapons stored at the national military’s Northern Command Headquarters in state capital Mekelle, while airstrikes were conducted by the Ethiopian Air Force near the city, which was confirmed to be under TPLF control. According to the Ethiopian government, the airstrikes destroyed TPLF rockets and other heavy weapons in Mekelle and surrounding areas.
November 8-9, 2020
More airstrikes were reported in Tigray, while Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced his army chief, the head of intelligence, and the foreign minister. Hundreds were reported dead since the start of the conflict.
November 10-11, 2020
State media reported that the Ethiopian military had captured Humera airport, near the border with Sudan and Eritrea. The next day, Ethiopia claimed more than 550 TPLF fighters had been killed since the start of the fighting.
November 12, 2020
The Ethiopian government claimed to have seized the western part of Tigray, while Amnesty International reported that possibly hundreds of civilians had been massacred in the town of Mai Kadra. According to locals, the killings were conducted by the TPLF after its defeat by the national military, though Amnesty was not able to confirm this.
November 14, 2020
The TPLF launched a cross-border rocket attack on Eritrea’s capital, Asmara. Three rockets were fired, two of which hit Asmara’s airport, according to regional diplomats. However, the US embassy in Asmara said there was no indication the airport had been hit. The TPLF said it conducted the attack in response to Eritrea sending tanks and thousands of troops into Tigray in support of the Ethiopian government’s offensive, though up to this point Eritrea had denied any involvement. The TPLF also claimed Ethiopian forces were using Asmara’s airport.
November 18, 2020
The Ethiopian military reportedly captured the towns of Shire and Aksum, deep within the central part of Tigray state (though Daniel informs us that some sources soon claimed the TPLF recaptured Shire, and that fighting was apparently ongoing in Aksum). Government forces were also reportedly in control of Mohoni, 125 kilometers south of Mekelle. Meanwhile, between 200 and 300 Ethiopian peacekeepers in Somalia who were from the Tigray region were disarmed to deal with an alleged TPLF infiltration of the force.
Since November 19, the situation has continued to degrade, but it’s not unique. Read a few CIA reports from the late 1970’s, declassified a decade ago (here).
Where’s the weenie? By that, I mean, why the war now? Cynics suggest that it involves. Ethiopia’s protracted negotiations with Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Renaissance Dam. Water ministers from the three countries and experts from the African Union, European Union, and the World Bank have been gathering to talk about high finance, that left Tigray out of the big pot of money involved. War is a racket. It’s important to look at the why and how of here and now.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam, is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia that has been under construction since 2011. Now with big World Bank money involved, everyone wants a piece of the action.
If Joe and Ho manage to wrest control of the US, will we see American peacekeepers arrive in Tigray, supporting the World Bank’s (and global elite) interests?
Back to the US
The only fact checkers on this blog are you, the readers.
Yesterday in Comments
I am not anti-CIA. It performs a function vital to the security of the United States of America, and the only thing incomprehensible about CIA is its comprehensibility. It was designed to fight Soviet Russia. The Cold War Russians were big and slow. The CIA was big and slow and each worked hard NOT to kill the other’s people. Assassinations had a way of getting out of control – much like nuclear weapons. The Russians and the US both worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen, despite art.
Recruited assets (spies) were a different matter and many books and films have been devoted to that sort of intrigue, which I won’t delve into here. Jason Matthews’ Red Sparrow Trilogy is a good read if you are interested in tradecraft. They are novels, cleared for publication by CIA, but the operational tradecraft is well written for fiction. Bob Baer’s books (fiction and non-fiction) are also an excellent window into the business. I don’t necessarily agree with Bob’s conclusions on Iran or some other issues, but he’s a bight guy, he walked the walk, and there you go.
There has been a disturbing trend in the “organs of state” that became a trend during the Obama Years, wherein CIA, NSA and FBI were focused inward.
FBI went from being a law enforcement agency to an internally focused intelligence agency even before THAT. There is no secret in that ask any FBI Special Agent. They can explain it better than I can. And I’m not writing of their Foreign Counterintelligence Mission (FCI). The entire focus of FBI shifted. I’m trying to recall when specifically. Sometime around the turn of the millennium. In that process, the FBI (political at any time) became far more political. The Post 9/11 world made it more acute. Today it’s fair to characterize FBI as an internal intelligence agency with law enforcement authority and a big budget.
You need to ask yourself who runs the United States? After this past 2020 election, do you REALLY believe that we’re still a democracy with one-person, one-vote?
And Edward Snowden. Sure, he’s a traitor. He signed off on his own security clearance and he had an obligation to keep secrets that he didn’t keep. But was he wrong?
Where do you get your truth these days? CNN, Fox News, ABC? Is there a difference post 2020 election? And what about Big Tech, which hosts this blog and every other blog on their routers and systems? Do you think that they are the slightest bit neutral when it comes to the question of levers of power?
The only reason that this blog exists is that it’s too small to bother with at the moment. At any moment it could be labeled as “racist”, “xenophobic”, “white supremacist”, “homophobic” or any of the current cancel culture tags.
Today, “conspiracy theory”, is a term that I don’t toss around lightly. A senile, completely corrupt, creepy 78 year old fool named Joe Biden, and a feckless, California liberal, thought of widely as a whore, who couldn’t grab more than a few dozen people at a rally beat Donald Trump in a fair election? Really? If you believe THAT, I need to become your investment advisor. Send me ALL of your money (bankwire works) and I’ll invest your fortune in chinchilla ranches, less my commission.
Because sometimes One Sermonette isn’t Enough
Is it Good-Bye, Eric?
Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting Systems has gone missing. The Dominion office in Toronto, Canada is now empty. Could “Arkancide” be involved? Maybe he hacked himself to death with an axe?
Or maybe he ordered a take-out pizza (see below)?
Mycoremediation for Sport
if you grow mushrooms over a toxic waste site, chemical spill, or other polluted growing medium, they will suck up the toxins into their fruiting bodies with such effectiveness that they are being studied for their ability to clean up tainted industrial sites. it’s called mycoremediation.
if you do this with edible mushrooms, they are no longer technically edible, but on the other hand they make a great way to poison your enemies. this is called murder and it’s usually frowned upon, but they won’t see it coming and you get bragging rights afterwards about your ability to kill people with a pizza topping.
Too Good for the French
Because in France, it’s ‘just toast’.
The Taurus Judge
I’ve heard a lot of talk about the Judge – good and maybe not quite so good. It’s a large handgun. That’s the primary criticism. The balance may not be the best. I think that it’s a very good defensive handgun. It chambers the venerable .45 Colt and the .410 Shotgun cartridges.
And if you’re looking for snake loads…go no further.
A Racist Society
Republicans Talk of Ending Wars
While Democrats talk of starting them back up.
Grist for tomorrow’s blog.
One Take Away
…From Thanksgiving was speaking with my son-in-law, who is a patrol supervisor at a Southern California metro police department. He sad that a full 50% of calls they receive are fentanyl overdoses and suicides/attempt suicides. Those numbers are shocking. Of course, they all go down as “Covid 19 related deaths”. Fentanyl, an opiate, is all but legal in California.
There is an undercurrent of desperation associated with masks, lock downs, lost employment, hard drugs that are legal now in the Worker’s Paradise, etc. Of course, the mainstream media would never cover it because California is so progressive.
If you want to be a Patriot
You need to live your life like a patriot. That is the brief Sermonette message-of-the-day. No windy treatise on the wickedness of donkeys or the people who love them. No polemic on Marxism or the religion of the redistribution of wealth. Just a brief reminder by way of encouragement to talk the talk and walk the walk.
I follow events in both US and other militaries because they reflect the will of nations.
A great deal of national treasure is devoted to military affairs and you can divine priorities (political and otherwise) by watching pieces being moved on the chessboard.
I noticed that Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth is getting a reason for being (here). I’m a big fan of the C-130 aircraft. It’s a success story. The fact that the US Navy has a base at Fort Worth, TX is interesting, and the fact that it is the new home of the C-130 is interesting too. Jobs are retained and expanded in Ft. Worth as the military rewards the ‘right’ congressional district.
Do you Remember the ObamaNation?
It shouldn’t surprise you that Creepy Joe intends to replay the miserable, failed years that he participated in directly.
Of course, the massive voter fraud that apparently tipped the table in favor of Slow Joe is still being examined. But four more years of Donald Trump would mean that the global elites wouldn’t have their finger on the scales of American politics. And you know of the tantrums they threw in full public view for the past four years.
Without America compliant and submissive, the “Great Reset” won’t go anywhere. Sure, the elite globalists can plot and scheme to create an end to national currency and implant every citizen with an RFID Chip without the US – but it really doesn’t work when people get to vote for what they want.
Look at BREXIT. While it’s true that the Euro Globalists really hated Trump, they were far more annoyed that the British voted to leave their beloved EU. And they are working hard to reverse that – the plague, you understand. It’s all about slowing the spread and getting everyone to have their shot. Will the one-time shot turn into a monthly inoculation? I know, that’s conspiracy crazy talk…but we do need to slow the spread.
Fun with Maps
Romania is very similar in shape and size to the Brazilian state of Paraná.
The progress of settlement of the contiguous United States from 1770 to 1890.
Life Expectancy Map Of The World, 2019
Keep working to beat the odds. No, you can’t beat the clock, because it will win — but work on the odds.
US Pension Funding Gap for State Employees
It will be interesting to see the numbers post-plague.
The Truth — It’s out there — Maybe?
You can only find the truth if you’re not afraid of what you’ll find. Thus ends this Sermonette.
The Mouse House
There was a time – some time ago now – when Disney, the brand, represented timeless family values. Their programming reflected corporate virtue in decisions to broadcast uplifting stories and to represent “goodness” in that brand.
Today they reflect a lot of the values of the Swamp. They value the death of the unborn as an anchor of their corporate standards, and they aren’t shy about telling you. They pay danegeld to BLM and other causes that tout destruction of those very values that they held dear – once.
They’re on my personal boycott list, even though I wish that they didn’t have to be.
Some of us are Old Enough
We remember when these scenes played out across America. But of course, it hasn’t been like this for some time. I do not suggest (with nostalgia) that the old days were all “good old days”. However, I don’t think that technology+time has made people kinder, more compassionate or more ‘worthy’.
Is that Clear?
Obama Hates this Photo
It’s been eliminated from Google and other search engines. I want to keep it going here.
To me it’s one of the better pictures of #44. But that’s just me.
Nobody better call him a slack-jaw faggot either. There isn’t anything slack about those jaws. However, it does look like his lips are being kept taunt, as if he’s waiting to swallow something. I can’t hazard a guess what that might be.
The Fate of the Celts (below)
That’s the name of the painting. The lesson that comes with it is that you’d best not attack prepared fortifications, manned with trained troops with superior tactics and firepower.
Things used to be Different
Somethings Never Change
Try to avoid buying Christmas gifts at Amazon or big box stores that raked in hundreds of millions during the plague. Attempt to focus to the extent possible on the little guys. The same is true of restaurants and other small shops.
Now get in there and fight! You know, if Biden wins the disputed vote count, you should be able to loot, and just carry the merchandise away. The New Amerika, right?
Holiday movie suggestion of the Day:
Body of Lies
Body of Lies is a 2008 American action thriller film directed and produced by Ridley Scott. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, and Mark Strong in the lead roles. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch “al-Saleem”, a terrorist. Frustrated by their target’s elusiveness, differences in their approaches strain relations between a CIA case officer/chief of station, his superior, Near East Division Chief, and the head of Jordanian Intelligence.
The screenplay, based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius, examines contemporary tension between Western and Arab societies, and the comparative effectiveness of technological and human counter-intelligence methods. The film was shot largely on location in the United States and Morocco.
The tradecraft involving the use of drone aircraft is something that you might want to familiarize yourselves with just as a matter of interest.
A Powerful Recruiting Tool
For the Party of Tolerance and Love.
No More of THIS the under the Green New Deal!
Just sit in the corner, on the floor and slurp your gruel, you serf! Be thankful that there are a few hunks of tofu in it.
This Month in History
On this month in 1820, an 80-ton sperm whale rammed & sank a Nantucket whaling ship named Essex.
Twenty of the crew escaped in open boats, but only five survived the three months adrift, while three others were rescued off an island.
Herman Melville based his novel Moby Dick on these real events, but changed the name of the ship from the Essex to the Pequod.
One hundred and fifty one years later, a Seattle English teacher, a History teacher, and a writer approached a bank about a loan to start a coffee house. They wanted to call the place “The Pequod,” but the bank would not lend them money on that strange name, so they changed it to “Starbucks” — the name of the first mate in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick tale.
The one thing we all can agree on when we are discussing the famous Governor Cuomo (D-NY) is that he’s famous. Then again, so was German Doctor/Hauptsturmfurher Josef Mengele MD, in his day. Both reveled in the deaths of helpless people. Only one (Cuomo) was celebrated by the woke. Both deserve the title Todesengel.
Not to be out-done, NYC Mayor institutes checkpoints…your papers please?
BREAKING: Supreme Court votes 5-4 to grant Catholic Diocese and orthodox Jews’ request to block Gov. Cuomo’s attendance limits at houses of worship in New York. Chief Justice Roberts joined the three liberal justices in dissent….as has been predicted on this blog.
These votes mark the first marked impact of Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the Court and the country. She joined her four conservative brethren in blocking the limits whereas Justice Ginsburg anchored 5-4 majorities the other way in the spring.
A judge has allowed Nevada Republicans to present findings of widespread voter fraud in a Dec. 3rd hearing. Americans will now hear evidence from those who saw firsthand what happened—a critical step for transparency and remedying illegal ballots. I don’t know if the cumulative evidence of fraud will be sufficient to turn the election to President Trump, but it keeps hope alive.
If nothing else, the 2020 General Election has shown we need major reforms to our election systems, including Voter ID laws across the nation, to protect against fraud and rebuild the American people’s trust in fair outcomes.
Iggy says “hi”.
This Month in History
German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop welcoming his Soviet counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov in Berlin for talks about the USSR potentially joining the Axis powers, November 1940. This is before Molotov invented his famous beverage…
LL, the Later Years
I wish you and those that you love a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you will have the courage to gather and share memories, love, kindness, and a great meal, no matter what tyrants, spewing hate, shout from their media outlets.
We have a great deal to be thankful for.
And while we remember our families, and our friends, also recall Christ and I urge you to keep your priorities straight.
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!
I’ll be with all of my grandsons (ages 1-11) on Thanksgiving, but not with my granddaughters. I already did a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with them, but it doesn’t mean that I won’t miss them.
It appears as though we’re now the United Socialist States. So where do I pick up my free ObamaPhone? Apple is a proud supporter of Joe and Ho. That should mean that the new i-phone 12’s will be “free”. Right? If it’s not forthcoming, I should be within my rights looting the store and taking one. Democrat rules.
I don’t expect that it will be picked up by the mainstream media.
If you Need to Travel
You’ll want a negative Covid-19 test to wave around. It’s a flourishing business. Capitalism thriving during the New World Order?
“In France, seven people were arrested last week for allegedly hawking doctored coronavirus tests at Charles de Gaulle International Airport, the Associated Press reported. The suspects, who were not identified, were charging up to $360 for the fake tests…”
You’re going to need to have your global vaccine passport if you want to cross national boundaries. It’s a very progressive idea – even while progs want to tear down the wall between the US and Mexico. All pigs are equal. Some are more equal than others.
That the Rockefeller Foundation is one of the three founders of CommonPass should surprise no one, considering they basically laid the groundwork for it in their April 21, 2020, white paper2 “National COVID-19 Testing Action Plan — Strategic Steps to Reopen Our Workplaces and Our Communities.”
Ninjas – Wearing Masks
Looking for free stuff – yes, they must be Democrats.
On this Day in History
The Battle of Montgisard was fought between the Ayyubids and the Kingdom of Jerusalem on November 25, 1177.
The 16-year-old King Baldwin IV, seriously afflicted by leprosy, led an out-numbered Christian force against the army of Saladin. The Arab force was routed, their casualties were massive, and only a fraction managed to flee to safety.
Express yourself, excoriate whoever you want to, blaggard Joe and Ho, you name it.
What am I thinking about right now? You know that can be a complicated question since my brain multi-tasks.
I’d rather be Sailing… really. But I’m working today even though it’s the day before Thanksgiving and people are out screwing off, preparing to gorge themselves on a can of ready-to-eat Thanksgiving food (because you’re supposed to be alone, wearing a mask).
This is how it works. If you want me to work with you, I refer you to the lawyer who works out the details of contracting, costing and that general sort of crap. A couple of weeks ago he said, “I need an elevator pitch.” I know that YOU all know what that is, but I’m not hip. I have two hips but they aren’t hip either, apparently. So he explained it to me. It’s a pitch that you throw at somebody between the ground floor and the fifth floor while you’re riding. Bare bones.
I told the lawyer that I’d leave the pitching to him. He always asks for more money than I do so it’s better that he does the contracting, collecting the money, explaining dire consequences associated with hiring somebody else, not paying on time, etc. It’s like you’ll catch the plague and your dick will fall off – that dire. THAT is why he’s the lawyer.
All in all, I’d rather be sailing. Or hanging out in the hovel at the White Wolf Mine watching a historical drama like “Wag the Dog” in the home theater.
The thing is that I only work for rich people or rich companies and that’s because poor people don’t pay for beans. (Not the original “Beans” who comments on this blog – you know what I mean). Welcome to the machine.
Life’s a Beach
In Praise of my Betters
I feel thankful that there are progressive elites like the Emmy Award Winning Governor Cuomo (D-NY) who guide the “global family”.
California Governor Newsom (D-CA) has showed the way for the rest of us, because it’s difficult to find a person more progressive than Pelosi’s nephew.
AOC, not to be undone, suggests that everyone in America be paid “free money” to stay home and slow the spread. The economic theory that underpins this brain trust is nothing short of inspired genius.
Oregon Governor Brown (D-OR) encourages citizens who see Thanksgiving violations to call the police so that family gatherings can be crushed – in the interest of slowing the spread.
Please call your local commissar to request permission to hold Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations. Throw some money at them if you need to be more convincing because that’s how it works in thug world.
I Don’t Care
I received an on-line survey that was apparently written to determine how I feel about democrats, black people, voting behavior and homosexuals.
See the caption above.
Millions are relocating …more from zero hedge
It’s 2020, why not
Monolith in the Utah desert. Why not …more here
h/t Ed and others.
“Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.” —Karl Popper
Each Food Group Matters…
…for range day. Just another thing to be thankful for.
About 100 years ago…
One of the most powerful messages of World War One belongs to Dragutin Gavrilović, Major of the Royal Serbian Army:
“Exactly at three o’clock, the enemy is to be crushed by your fierce charge, destroyed by your grenades and bayonets. The honor of Belgrade, our capital, must not be stained. Soldiers! Heroes! The supreme command has erased our regiment from its records. Our regiment has been sacrificed for the honor of Belgrade and the Fatherland. Therefore, you no longer need to worry about your lives: they no longer exist. So, forward to glory! For the Kingand the Fatherland! Long live the King! Long live Belgrade!”
This Day in History
The Emperor Claudius brings the first elephant to Britannia during the Roman conquest. It was the first historically recorded elephant in northern Europe (obviously not including mammoths or mastodons).
A Sign of the Times
The Dangerous Rise of Populism
(zero hedge) Former Senator John (Swiftboat) Kerry made it clear that this “great reset,” which is merely a re-branding of the same new world order that has faced stiff resistance for the past two decades, is necessary to extinguish populism.
The love between Europe and Barack will re-kindle. I just know that it will.
Before the Plague
You can understand why the global elite were panicked with President Trump in office. Think about what would happen had the trend continued and America just kept getting stronger and winning-winning-winning. What if everyone in the world started thinking like Trump?
You can understand why they’d want Obama back. And let’s get some wars started, OK? Any pretext will work if it’s about nation building – because we’re so good at it.
Even the Romans had trouble with nation building in Germania (see below). In Britain they built Hadrian’s Wall, and Antonine’s Wall. Walls worked so long as there were legions on the other side of them. But when they withdrew the legions, the barbarians just walked across. I think that there is a lesson in that for those who have eyes to see.
Varus, where are my Legions?
Of course, when Octavian asked the question, Quintili Vare, legiones redde! Varus’ bones were bleaching in the forest following his suicide. Three legions, wiped out almost to a man.
Roman General Varus trusted this barbarian guide who lead them to their doom. The German hoard ambushed them in the Teutoburg Forest. Romans were not at their best fighting a guerrilla war, ambushed as they were stretched out on a march through the forests.
Their style of fighting favored a set piece battle where their organization and tactics would take the day. Of course Arminius (the “barbarian” guide), was a Roman auxiliary officer of equestrian rank who had been trained by Rome. He knew all that.
If you Travel for the Holidays…
It’s useful to learn to speak TSA lingo. While it’s crucial that you wear a mask, they’re cool with grabbing your junk. Sure, that hard barrel could be a weapon. Yes, hot, TSA groping female officer, it’s loaded, and no, I’m not trying to smuggle an anaconda onto the airplane.
Alfalfa: TSA malespeak for an attractive female passenger.
Bin Loader: What a TSA employee is for the first month of his or her employment.
Code Red: Officer malespeak. Denotes an attractive female passenger wearing red.
Fanny Pack, Lane 2: Code for an attractive female passenger.
Opt out: A smart passenger.
Retaliatory wait time: What happens when a TSA officer doesn’t like your attitude. There are all sorts of ways a TSA officer can subtly make you wait longer to get through security, citing imaginary alarms, going “above the SOP” for “a more thorough screening,” pretending that something in your bag or on your full body image needs to be resolved—the punitive possibilities are endless, and there are many tricks in the screener’s bag.
Run the Cat Through the X-Ray (idiomatic): Denotes a passenger, usually someone from out of country, who is so unfamiliar and lost in U.S. airport security that they are likely to make significant errors, such as running their cats through the x-ray tunnel. Ex: “We need an officer to go out and help that flustered gentleman out front before he runs the cat through the x-ray.”
Suitcase Surgeon: Informal term for a TSA employee, derived from the blue gloves they wear. Used ironically, because it’s not like what the TSA ever does requires anything remotely approaching the mental capacity of a surgical procedure anyway, even though you may feel as though you’ve undergone a surgical procedure after they’re done with you.
“Oft in the woods is a listener nigh.” – The Saga of Grettir the Strong
The Great Reset
(link) For decades, progressives have attempted to use climate change to justify liberal policy changes. But their latest attempt – a new proposal called the “Great Reset” – is the most ambitious and radical plan the world has seen in more than a generation.
At a virtual meeting earlier in June hosted by the World Economic Forum, some of the planet’s most powerful business leaders, government officials and activists announced a proposal to “reset” the global economy. Instead of traditional capitalism, the high-profile group said the world should adopt more socialistic policies, such as wealth taxes, additional regulations and massive Green New Deal-like government programs.
It’s about a world government, run by elites, administered by the UN and in order to make it work, you will need to disarm yourself. It won’t work any other way.
As you might expect, Joe and Ho support the Great Reset. …read more here
Even as attempted illegal border crossings are up 21% as would-be migrants are lured by promises of a free house, free welfare-for-life, free medical care and an ObamaPhone by creepy Joe and Ho, —- there are other things we can chat about, like neat arcane aircraft.
Germany’s Horten brothers, Reimer and Walter, conceived of and developed the idea of an all-wing aircraft before and during World War II. Their work on dozens of creations of large winged gliders and jet-powered planes, including a four-engine bomber. It primed the creative energy of future engineers who would eventually develop the Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber and similar aircraft. …more here.
The Ho 229 was meant to be a bomber. The concept of stealth as we now know it was not something that its designers understood. The Luftwaffe requirement was for a bomber capable of taking a 1,000 kg bomb for 1,000 kms reaching a maximum speed of 1,000 kmh.
The Hortens made gliders and they tried to make an unarmed experimental plane, Gothe took over and did get it to fly but it ultimately failed primarily because the concept of fly-by-wire was still decades in the future. Gothe built another experimental aircraft using the same principles but the war ended before it could be put into production
(Note: “Ho” in this context refers to Horten, not to Camela Harris, a California politician)
Lest We Forget
This Week of Thanks needs to include those who gave us the gift of freedom that many in The West take for granted. So as you go about your lives preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, should you decide to celebrate it, please don’t forget THEM.
Even though donkeys in states populated by elites – California being the prime example, have determined that viruses are spread between 10 pm and 7 am and so have ordered a curfew for any who are not (a) politicians; (b) lobbiests; (c) tech moguls; (d) Hollywood actors, that may not be enough. Here at Virtual Mirage we are suggesting:
Yes, the cone of isolation…but you should also wear a mask.
The core principle of the movement is never to identify itself, but always to present itself as the mere opposite of what it is, with the corollary that the movement must always and ever accuse any opponent of the sins and vices and shortcomings which are theirs and theirs alone, but not those of the conservatives who they mock.
In their narcissistic narrative, these antisocial and unjust cravens call themselves social justice warriors, these fear-ridden and unimaginative regressive conformists call themselves progressive, these brain-zombies call themselves freethinkers, and these enemies of every form of liberty, aside, perhaps, for sexual perversion, call themselves liberal.
The movement in truth is a hypocritical yet hysterical combination of totalitarian anarchist, socialist plutocrat, gnostic nihilist, and atheist idolater.
The economic theory of socialism, as espoused by Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and AOC, predicts that endless productivity will suddenly result once prices and wages of all goods and services are abolished, and no man owns private property. The explanation of how productivity will result once all the causes of productivity are gone is never explained.
Likewise again, in Plato’s Republic, the philosopher, enamored by the example of Sparta, envisions a city state of perfect virtue, temperance, and proportion, which results merely by hypothesizing a philosopher king of impeccable judgment and wisdom, just as angels enjoy. They have trotted out the doddering, senile, corrupt machine politician of fifty years as their shining example.
In Plato’s Republic, he rules a warrior class of sinless paragons who share all property, and all wives, in common, without the least trace of jealousy or avarice, more loyal than guard dogs. With simple laws and firm control of all art and literature and education, king and aristocracy control happy slaves and workingmen who happen to be as industrious and selfless as bees or ants.
Thomas More wrote a similar work, this one a satire, mocking the inhuman aspirations of the Puritans of his day, who sought to rectify human society to superhuman perfection. His island could not exist, and so was called, in Greek, the Land of Nowhere, or Utopia.
Plato’s dark conceits have been tried time and again, from the Middle Ages onward, with over a hundred communes and shared schemes attempted in Ohio in the last century and a half alone. The legal and social model that works in Utopia only requires human nature to be replaced with the more tractable natures of angel and guard-dog, ant and bee.
Of late, the Utopians have given up on Utopia, and the Socialists make alliances with Plutocrats without a blink.
They are self-identified:
They want the laurels of a poet without the sweat and tears men call genius, they want the medals of the hero without the long marches, cold rations, and deadly danger heroes face, they want the palm of martyrdom without the pain of a hangnail. They want it all, and wants it all now.
Once infected these leftists are unable to carry out their core functions: Teachers cannot teach, preachers cannot preach, scientists cannot do science, news reporters cannot report news, political parties cannot do politics, businesses cannot do business. Instead, they brainwash, blaspheme, defraud, deceive, disintegrate the social order — and then go broke.
The recent reassignment of conservative Supreme Court justices to supervise federal circuit courts of appeal is significant. Keep a close eye on that. A circuit justice is primarily responsible for emergency requests (for example, an application to block an execution or to allow it to go forward) from the geographic area covered by his or her circuit, as well as more mundane matters, such as requests to extend filing deadlines.
The Constitution has a baked-in remedy for massive voter fraud. Review the Twelfth Amendment. If the election is thrown to the State legislatures to decide with each state having one vote, it is very likely that President Trump and Vice President Pence will have four more years. It’s good that the Democrats have called for unity…
I find it interesting that the very police that Democrats are keen to de-fund and destroy are suggesting that their lock-downs, curfews, moves to ban Thanksgiving, Christmas and religious observances – are refusing to enforce those decrees.
If there is to be a new world order in America, a great reset, the police as currently constituted need to go, because they are not a tool of the left. (The FBI, on the other hand, is)
A New Blog is Born
Our own BillB has started his own blog. He invites you to visit and comment.
A Star (not BillB) is Born
Progressive NY Gov. Cuomo, darling of the media wins Emmy for ‘masterful’ coronavirus briefings during the plague …more here.
The media has given Cuomo a pass on his botched handling of the plague and they have decided to forget the direct aid and support that he received from President Trump – or his praise of the President. Of course. He will receive his award in the mail following a virtual presentation, designed to ‘slow the spread’.
New York City loves DiBlasio and New York State loves Cuomo. They need to cling to them and keep them there so that they can ‘love them long time’.
Six men in Texas and one in Illinois have been charged by federal prosecutors in the US for allegedly engaging in a scheme to abuse the government’s Paycheck Protection Program and use at least some of the funds to buy high-priced sports cars. …more here.
Stupid! They should have taken out student loans for no-show classes, used the money to buy the Lambos and Ferraris, and the loans would have been forgiven by Joe and Ho. Then they could have gone to grad school – and it costs a lot more. I’m talking an executive jet and maybe a yacht.
90,000 Extra Votes for Joe and Ho
Pennsylvania’s Corrupt voting practices …more here
Lunch is Served
I love Mediterranean cooking. And unfortunately, can eat this sort of food, while I work on the computer because it’s finger food. I just have to wipe my fingers before I return to the keyboard.
Being kissed while you’re asleep is one of the purest forms of love unless you’re in prison.
If people don’t inherently cheat – why don’t we have mail-in drug tests?
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything – Einstein
Is there such a thing as a spirit animal?
Or is it just an albino white tail deer (far more than just a white tail)?
That’s the sermonette question of the day.
From the Crew —
Of the USS Paul Ignatius DDG 117 “Iggy sends her regards”.
Joe and Ho
They’re still requesting security briefings, which is likely because they want to sell the information to the Communist Chinese.
The election remains contested. The states haven’t certified the vote, and justified concerns about massive voter fraud remain. The Iranians, the tech monopolies, Wall Street, oligarchs, media tycoons and domestic communists and race baiters are still pulling for Joe and Ho. But they’re not in yet.
Why compromise national security before we have to? I know, I know, the democrats and republicans in the swamp have already sold us out for a bowl of pottage.
Take Four Minutes
Barack has another autobiography out. I saw it on a table at Costco but didn’t pick it up. Who knows what virus lurks there. It almost made me wretch to look at it.
The very notion that he’ll be on the news with corrupt old Joe and Ho is depressing. Just when I had hoped that we’d seen the end of the guy, he’ll be back sermonizing, preaching, and taking a victory lap for his return to the White House (sorta). I don’t think that the Ho will want him around in her administration but she needs to wait until corrupt old Joe passes away.
I wonder if Creepy Joe will have a black choir singing, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” if he manages to pull off the theft of the Century with the election fraud and makes it to inauguration? It would be quite a pageant. The black choir singing, Joe having just been sworn in and he seizes up right there on the dais. And then they’d have to swear in Camela, and maybe she picks Barack to be her VP right there on the spot. It would be kabuki theater for the ages. None of us would be surprised, but Barack might win an Emmy (like Cuomo) for the show. Maybe a peace prize too?
Not a Bridge over Troubled Water
Film Noir – I reflect — when you were around in that sort of thing an era and didn’t see Charlize Theron or anyone who looked like her doing that stuff — but it’s still entertaining.