For those of you who can’t be stumped
Puzzler: What is this US warplane, used in the Korean War
You guys are hard to stump – but this one is tough. Answer at the bottom of the blog.
This in answer to Rob’s question:
Coronavirus Cases per 100k Population, past 7 days. The death count is far below these numbers, and with advanced therapeutics, unless you’re very ill already (like stage 4 liver cancer), the plague won’t take you.
This is for Fredd
Copy and Paste for Everyone else?
Biden Street Sign
Some of you may not have seen many vote for Biden signs, but here’s one.
Answer: Tachikawa Ki-9, left over from the Japanese occupation of Korea and pressed into service. It’s not a US MADE warplane but it is a US warplane…
Photo above: Airbus A-400M, used to deploy French parachute regiments, who have reinvented the star – last article on this blog post.
Welcome to your Sunday Sermonette – Isn’t it time for black people to give back? What about reparations?
The only question is how much should the descendants of hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who died or were wounded to free negro slaves be paid by the descendants of the slaves who were freed.
Trends in US National Elections
How has your state has shifted?
Normally I don’t post the drivel from the angry negroes but I decided to do it here for shits and giggles. Many revolutionaries are in it to get laid, and apparently it works. Some of these morons go to school, some check into camps in the Middle East. Eldridge Cleaver did that, saw what it was actually about, came back to the US, a re-born conservative, joined the Mormon Church and fought against them. His story was an interesting one to review historically.
The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is a political movement dedicated to freeing people from bondage and building resistance in the United States. We situate our political movement in the context of the abolitionist struggle against slavery and continue in the tradition, from Nat Turner to the Black Liberation Movement. We believe the Civil War was never resolved and the system of slavery transitioned into the prison industrial complex. Our struggle today must begin from this starting point. Lastly, as revolutionary anarchists, the abolitionist struggle must be extended to the state and capitalism, the perpetrators of oppression. The revolutionary movement in the US today is at a cross roads, as fascist movements are expanding, and the state becomes increasingly authoritarian. The Rojava Revolution, in northern Syria, provides us with a model for revolution today with its foundation in communal and council based political organization and militant defense.
We will create networks for those facing detention, incarceration, deportation, or white supremacist violence to escape and live with dignity. We invite revolutionaries to help build a contemporary underground railroad, outside the reach of the state. Revolutionaries, social centers, and antifa groups that are already active can help build greater infrastructure of resistance to support those fleeing the state. From this foundation, we set the political framework for the next stages.
I would be OK, if they all jumped on that underground railroad and went to North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Central Africa or Syria to escape injustice in the US and I think that people would be happy to see them leave. Many of us would help them pack. But they’d need to leave their passports at the border. One way ticket – exit only.
The Marshall Plan
The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. It was enacted in 1948 and provided more than $15 billion to help finance rebuilding efforts on the continent ($15 billion then was a lot more than it is now).
The French Re-Invent the Star
The French have been dealing with an Islamist insurgency in Mali for several years, now. They’ve decided to go retro by creating Vauban style star forts in Mali. And if you ask yourself WHY the French care so much about Mali, ask yourself where they get uranium for their reactors. Yes, Mali. French energy is 80% nuclear.
The country’s corruption, poverty, and recently, draught, have been feeding said insurgency. This week’s military coup will certainly not contribute in making the country any safer.
Bastion style fortifications did cope badly with modern artillery, leading then to be replaced by linear forts at the turn of the 19th century. However, low bastions are still good enough to defend against insurgents on foot or riding on Toyota pick-ups.
In pics: Small base is at Meneka. The larger one is at Labbezanga. Those bases were built by men of the 17th parachute engineers regiment (17e Régiment de Génie Parachutiste, or 17 RGP)
There is nothing new under the Sun.
Identify the Glider and the Tank
Answers at the bottom of this blog.
The Vought OS2U Kingfishers were assigned to battleships and cruisers to spot naval gunfire. When radar came along, they were repurposed to scout for U-boats while escorting convoys across the Atlantic Ocean. The problem came that the capital ship had to stop for a period of time to recover the Kingfisher, during which time they were vulnerable to a U-Boat’s torpedo.
The Brits need to put more stuff on it.
Is that the right handgun for her?
The Shadow Republic of the Roman Empire
HIstorian’s generally mark January 16th, 27 BC as the fall of the Roman Republic and rise of the Roman Empire, for on that day Octavian accepted the title “Augustus” and became the first Roman Emperor. However for the common Roman pleb it seemed as though little had changed and the Roman Republic was alive and well. After all there was still a Senate, which created and passed laws, and there were still elections. To most Romans, the traditions and ideals of the republic still remained in place. This attitude continued for decades and generations, perhaps even centuries. Little did the Romans know that they were living in a shadow republic where a shadow emperor pulled the strings behind closed doors (most of the time but not all of the time).
When Augustus came to power in 27 BC, he did not outwardly take the powers and identity of an emperor, in fact he rarely used imperial titles, instead preferring the title “Princeps” (first citizen). He lived in a simple house, wore simple clothing, and disdained wealth at every turn. Rather than being a divine ruler, he propagated the illusion that he was “first among equals” or that he was “more equal than everyone else”. He allowed the Senate to continue their legislative work and appeared to be as humble and non-assuming as possible. Of course, this was all a show to convince the Roman people that the republic had not fallen and that he was not an emperor, but in reality Augustus pulled all the strings and personally worked all the cogs of government. The vast majority of the powers held by the Roman state were controlled by him. Hence Augustus’ republic was not a republic at all, it was an empire camouflaged in republicanism.
This era of Rome’s shadow republic would become known as the “Principate” to historians. While the Emperor controlled most of the Roman government, the government continued to operate as usual to give the outward appearance of a functioning representative system. Elections were still regularly held in which citizens could vote for their senators and tribunes.
However the Emperor had to approve of all candidates. The Senate still debated and passed laws, however all laws passed by the Senate had to be approved by the Emperor. The Senate controlled judicial matters, but only at the behest of the Emperor. It was shadowy business to maintain the illusion that the Senate was in control. Often, when an Emperor disapproved of a certain law or policy, he would attend the senate debate or vote on the law. His mere presence was a signal to the Senate of his disapproval, and the Senate would act accordingly. Crossing or disobeying the Emperor had dire consequences, thus for the most part the Emperor usually got what he wanted. It’s is important to note however, that the Emperor, while powerful, was not all powerful. If the Emperor was a particularly lousy ruler, such as Caligula or Nero, the Senate could chose defy the Emperor’s decrees. For example, Caligula’s reign was fraught with instances were he and the Senate clashed over government matters. The Senate had the power to approve or disapprove of Emperors, and in the case of Nero stripped him of his power and declared him an enemy of the state. However, such actions were rare throughout the history of the Principate.
As Emperors came and went, more and more they assumed more powers and more authority, especially after civil wars and national emergencies. By the third century AD, the pretense of Rome being a republic was wearing very thin. Finally in 284, Diocletian became Emperor and assumed absolute power over Rome. The Senate was stripped of all legislative and judicial authority, and all pretenses of maintaining a republic were finally ended. In fact, the Emperor even became an almost god-like figure to the Roman people. This new era of absolute rule in the Roman Empire became known as the “Dominate”, and would characterize Roman politics until the eventual fall and collapse of the Western Roman Empire. The Dominate continued in the Eastern Roman Empire until the Byzantines adopted a feudalistic system during the Middle Ages.
Identify the Tank and the Glider – answer – British GAL. 49 Hamilcar Mk.I glider and American Light Tank M22 Locust
Ilyushin Il-2 Ground Attack Aircraft
The Ilyushin Il-2 or Shturmovik was a ground-attack aircraft produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers during the Second World War (Great Patriotic War). With 36,183 units of the Il-2 produced during the war.
The Il-2 was designed by Sergey Ilyushin and his team at the Central Design Bureau in 1938. TsKB-55 was a two-seat aircraft with an armored shell weighing 700 kg (1,540 lb), protecting crew, engine, radiators, and the fuel tank. Standing loaded, the Ilyushin weighed more than 4,700 kg (10,300 lb), making the armored shell about 15% of the aircraft’s gross weight. Uniquely for a World War II attack aircraft, and similarly to the forward fuselage design of the World War I-era Imperial German Junkers J.I armored, all-metal biplane, the Il-2’s armor was designed as a load-bearing part of the Ilyushin’s monocoque structure, thus saving considerable weight. The prototype TsKB-55, which first flew on October 2nd, 1939, won the government competition against the Sukhoi Su-6 and received the VVS designation BSh-2 (the BSh stood for “Bronirovani Shturmovik” or armored ground attack).
The BSh-2 was overweight and underpowered, with the original Mikulin AM-35 1,022 kW (1,370 hp) engine designed to give its greatest power outputs at high altitude. Because of this it was redesigned as the TsKB-57, a lighter single-seat design, with the more powerful 1,254 kW (1,680 hp) Mikulin AM-38 engine, a development of the AM-35 optimized for low level operation. The TsKB-57 first flew on October 12th, 1940. The production aircraft passed State Acceptance Trials in March 1941, and was re-designated Il-2 in April. Deliveries to operational units commenced in May 1941. One of the first 1940 photographs of the Il-2 show it equipped with two MP-6 23 mm auto-cannons developed by Yakov Taubin. The MP-6 gun weighed 70 kg and developed an initial muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. It operated on the short recoil principle and had a rate of fire of about 600 rpm. In the early Il-2 prototypes, these guns were fed by 81-round magazines. In flight, these magazines sometimes became dislodged. Subsequently, in May 1941, development of the MP-6 gun was terminated and Taubin was arrested and summarily executed in October that year.
In early 1941, the Il-2 was ordered into production at four factories, and was eventually produced in greater numbers than any other military aircraft in aviation history, but by the time Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22nd, 1941, only State Aviation Factory 18 at Voronezh and Factory 381 at Leningrad had commenced production, with 249 having been built by the time of the German attack. Production early in the war was slow because after the German invasion the aircraft factories near Moscow and other major cities in western Russia had to be moved east of the Ural Mountains. Ilyushin and his engineers had time to reconsider production methods, and two months after the move Il-2s were again being produced. After threats by Stalin to increase production, Stalin’s notion of the Il-2 being ‘like bread’ to the Red Army took hold in Ilyushin’s aircraft plants and the army soon had their Shturmoviks available in quantity.
Maybe it’s easier to visualize as a “flying tractor”.
The first use in action of the Il-2 was with the 4th ShAP (Ground Attack Regiment) over the Berezina River days after German invasion began. The aircraft was so new that the pilots had no training in flight characteristics or tactics, and the ground crew no training in servicing or re-arming. The training received enabled the pilots only to take-off and land; none of the pilots had fired the armament, let alone learned tactics.
There were 249 Il-2s available in June 1941. In the first three days, 4th ShAP had lost 10 Il-2s to enemy action, a further 19 were lost to other causes, and 20 pilots were killed. By July, 4th ShAP was down to 10 aircraft from a strength of 65. Tactics improved as Soviet aircrews became used to the Il-2’s strengths. Instead of a low horizontal straight approach at 150 ft. AGL, the target was usually kept to the pilot’s left and a turn and shallow dive of 30 degrees was used. Although the Il-2’s RS-82 and RS-132 rockets could destroy armored vehicles with a single hit, they were so inaccurate that experienced Il-2 pilots mainly used the cannon. Another potent weapon of the Il-2s was the PTAB shaped charge bomblets (protivotankovaya aviabomba, “anti-tank aviation bomb”).
PTABs were first used on a large scale in the Battle of Kursk. The Il-2 was thereafter widely deployed on the Eastern Front. The aircraft could fly in low light conditions and carried weapons able to defeat the thick armor of the Panther and Tiger I tanks. In the Battle of Kursk, General V. Ryazanov became a master in the use of attack aircraft en masse, developing and improving the tactics of Il-2 operations in co-ordination with infantry, artillery and armored troops. Il-2s at Kursk used the “circle of death” tactic: up to eight Shturmoviks formed a defensive circle, each plane protecting the one ahead with its forward machine guns, while individual Il-2s took turns leaving the circle, attacking a target, and rejoining the circle. Ryazanov was later awarded the Gold Star of Hero of Soviet Union twice, and the 1st Assault Aviation Corps under his command became the first unit to be awarded the honorific title of Guards. In 1943, 26 Shturmovik sorties were conducted. About half of those lost during were shot down by fighters, the rest falling to anti-aircraft fire.
During the Battle of Kursk, VVS Il-2s claimed the destruction of no less than 270 tanks (and 2,000 men) in a period of just two hours against the 3rd Panzer Division. Perhaps the most extraordinary claim by the VVS’s Il-2s is that, over a period of four hours, they destroyed 240 tanks and in the process virtually wiped out the 17th Panzer Division. The 17th Panzer did not register any abnormal losses due to aircraft in the summer of 1943, and retreated westwards with Army Group South later in the year, still intact.
There is a lesson to be learned. If you claimed substantial kills, you received the Order of Lenin. If you didn’t, you were shot.
The main problem with the Il-2 was the inaccuracy of its attacks. Towards the end of war, the Soviets were able to concentrate large numbers of Shturmoviks to support their main offensives. The effect, however, was often more psychological than actual physical destruction of targets, particularly against dug-in and armored targets. While some attacks against large unprotected targets such as horse and truck convoys and railyards had devastating results, attacks against dug-in point targets were usually ineffective. The frequent duels between dug-in 20 and 40 mm AA guns and Il-2 attackers never resulted in the complete destruction of the gun, while many Il-2s were brought down in these attacks. The heavy armor of the Il-2 also meant that it would typically carry only comparatively light bomb-loads, which together with the poor accuracy of its attacks made it a far less deadly attack aircraft than contemporary Allied fighter-bombers such as the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and Hawker Typhoon.
Thanks to the heavy armor protection, the Il-2 could take a great deal of punishment and proved difficult for both ground and aircraft fire to shoot down. A major threat to the Il-2 was German ground fire. In postwar interviews, Il-2 pilots reported 20 mm (0.79 in) and 37 mm (1.46 in) artillery as the primary threat. While the fabled 88 mm (3.46 in) calibre gun was formidable, low-flying Il-2s presented too fast-moving a target for the 88’s relatively low rate of fire, only occasional hits were scored. Owing to a shortage of fighters, in 1941–1942, Il-2s were occasionally used as fighters. While outclassed by dedicated fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190, in dogfights, the Il-2 could take on other Luftwaffe aircraft with some success. While the Il-2 was a deadly air-to-ground weapon, and even a fairly effective interceptor against slow bombers and transport aircraft, heavy losses resulted from its vulnerability to fighter attack. Losses were very high, the highest of all types of Soviet aircraft, though given the numbers in service this is only to be expected.
In final summery, the aircraft was a piece of Russian flying junk, but they built 36,183 of them (allowing many German fighter pilots to rack up impressive kill records at their expense). The quality of pilot training was poor and most of the squadrons were directed by ground controllers who tightly choreographed what they should do. If you departed from the directions and survived the mission you would likely be shot and replaced. It was not a great time to be a Russian ground-attack pilot.
Frankly, the looters and arsonists are picking the wrong targets. There are much juicier targets than the shops on Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
The Star’s homes house a collection of the finest wares in the world, and they’re all ‘woke’, and wouldn’t mind if somebody paid them a visit, stole what they wanted and set the place on fire, would they? No.
A lot of stars are paying to promote looting and pillaging. They’d welcome a little more attention, because if there is one thing about Hollywood types, they are ATTENTION WHORES.
In fact, there is little that would be more ‘woke’ than traveling to various ghettos and handing out maps.
In New York City the DA won’t prosecute and they don’t require you to post bail if you’re caught. But we know that actors wouldn’t press charges anyway, would they? Of course not.
In Los Angeles they are significantly de-funding the police, so there’s not going to be anyone to catch you anyway.
I didn’t want to comment on the looting in Minneapolis before now because the predicate act for the discontent of the inner city went like this:
George Floyd, committed a felony by passing counterfeit US currency. I don’t know how much he had, and where else he’d passed it. but the Minneapolis police caught up with him. Reading the tea leaves, he was a big guy and didn’t go quietly. He may have had a panic attack. At some point, the police put him on the ground because he was resistant at some level. We’ll see that when the body cam footage is made public (if it ever is).
Police officers may use reasonable force. They didn’t gas Floyd, shock him with a taser, club him with batons or shoot him. They did put the big man on the ground.
We’ve all seen the photos and it looked bad. But the Postmortem showed that he was not asphyxiated, his neck was not broken. He likely had a heart attack while he was on the ground, struggling. He had a history of heart disease.
The police have a duty to care for a prisoner in custody and they failed in that responsibility. Because of that, one or more will be charged with manslaughter. Whether or not the manslaughter was voluntary or involuntary has yet to be determined, but it will likely be involuntary if they were following the department’s use of force guidelines.
This will disappoint the inner city people and progs who would like to see the police executed.
George Floyd shouldn’t have been out committing felonies by passing counterfeit currency. The Minneapolis Police Department should have taken better care of George Floyd. That doesn’t mean that he would not have had a heart attack or a stroke while in custody, but the police are not without significant blame. If he was in medical distress, they could have called paramedics. The looters were looting for the fun of it. They didn’t care about the 170 businesses they destroyed or about the deceased, George Floyd. It was an excuse to burn and steal.
George Floyd lost. He died.
The Minneapolis Police in general lost a police station. And somehow they retained a police officer who has regularly received sustained complaints of abusive behavior. Never a good idea.
The four officers involved in the poorly handled arrest of George Floyd lost their jobs, their careers and some may lose their freedom for a short term.
The getto city of Minneapolis lost businesses that will not return. People lost their livelihoods, people lost their homes when low income housing was burned. There won’t be neighborhood stores for the poor to shop at.
The poor neighborhoods lost effective police service. In the future officers will take their time responding to calls, allowing the George Floyds of this world to escape. The officers will take reports, and little more. The poorer the neighborhood, as a rule of thumb, the better off the poor are when the police aggressively pursue criminals. The police have a duty to care for an arrested person, but there is no legal duty to respond quickly, or to respond at all.
The Minneapolis Police Department will find it difficult to recruit the best and brightest. Not that they did that in the past, but it will be tougher in the future. The median salary at MPD is $60K/year. The starting pay is much lower. Morale will hit rock bottom after they abandoned a police station to rioters. They will be mocked by officers from other agencies. Removing the yellow stain will take decades. The qualified officers will lateral transfer elsewhere. The dregs that nobody wants will remain – and be promoted.
Bikers for Trump
Trump-supporting Bikers have agreed to ride once more. This time in an effort to liberate the illegal ANTIFA occupation of Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood, now called CHAZ. If the police won’t do it, the bikers vow to set things right. On Independence Day. Let’s face it, it gives them something to do other than hang out at a BBQ.
The siege may be lifted first, but don’t count on it. Worst case, watch the events unfold on your flat screen while YOU are BBQing. Social distancing and the plague seem to be in the r/v mirror.
Begging for Soy in Antifastan (Spectator)
In Robert Heinlein’s I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, he predicted the absence of police in ‘Abandoned Areas’ where no police went, save in armored cars, and as creative as Heinlein was, he wasn’t prescient enough to call this dystopian urban wilderness, CHAZ.
I encourage you all to read the article from The Spectator, cited above, and take note of the historical reference.
From one of the denizens of the new jurisdiction, who goes by the brilliantly unattractive Twitter handle of @anarchomastia (who we are given to believe is a person of, shall we say, exotic tastes in sexual behavior and gender):
The homeles [sic] people we invited took away all the food at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
We need more food to keep the area operation. please if possible bring vegan meat substitutes, fruits, oats, soy products, etc. – anything to help us eat
CHAZ, the race-free, police-free, genderless home of free-food and free college education utopia.
One delightful side benefit to the progressive anarchist “independent nation” is that they selected the most progressive, leftist neighborhood in Seattle to occupy. Now the gender ambiguous rich Democrats who live(d) in Capitol Hill will get a taste of what they’ve been begging for, for so long. Except that the vermin now want to eat THEIR food and live in THEIR homes. I wonder if that will change a few attitudes? I wonder if they’re enjoying the summer of love as their property values plummet and their insurance costs soar?
Maybe the rich progressives who live(d) in the newly occupied zone will take up a collection to feed the mob in perpetuity? It would be the progressive thing to do.
I spend at least four hours a day on the phone for work. I talk to people and they talk to me. I’ve noticed an international trend and I’ve bounced it off some people. The most colorful response to my request about Biden’s Handlers was, “It’s like nude leap-frog day at the queer bathhouse.” People hopeful of gaining benefits from a Biden presidency only have to pay-to-play and then insert themselves into the leap-frog game.
During the eight years of Obamanation it was pay-to-play. It’s how Obama went from being essentially penniless to being worth several hundred million dollars during two presidential terms. The Clintons kicked in as well and were able to send Hillary (SECSTATE) globetrotting around the world, bag in hand representing the US and the Clinton Global Initiative (now defunct that she’s out of power). In short, they did things the Chicago way.
Today, since Biden is essentially brain dead (but he can fog a mirror), his handlers are running for president. In some cases they are the same handlers who manage AOC.
Mexican Drug Cartels, Russian Oligarchs, all of China, and Iran, to name but a few, have primed the pump and crossed their fingers. They want to go back to the good old days.
This is how it worked four years ago. If you wanted access to Barack or Valerie Jarrett or some of the close influencers, there were about a dozen people who managed access. I knew one of them quite well. You took 50K in cash to the access managers (all Democrat Party Hacks) and would usually have to bring another $100K which would be handed off before you met with the great man. Unless you had a big problem, and the amount skewed upward from there.
Biden ran the vice presidency like his personal Individual Retirement Account, sending Hunter to Ukraine or China as the family bag man. You know those stories and I won’t re-hash them here.
I hear some of you asking yourselves what it would take to be an ‘access manager’. All you need to do is to become a Democrat Party hack. Once you’re trusted, the world flows to you. You will be named a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics or at the New Politics Institute, a think tank of the New Democrat Network. You’ll be appointed to serve on the advisory board to nonpartisan organizations such as Why Tuesday? that encourages increased voter participation. Or You’ll get a fellowship to Media Matters, the Big George Soros organization that delivers talking points to the Donkeys in the media every day. Eventually you’ll found a consultancy. You may become a contributor on CNN (the most trusted name in news).
But wait, that’s not all!
You will consult with a number of leading non-profits and corporations, all of which will give to Black Lives Matter and Antifa liberally (after all you are a liberal). Corporations that you recognize such as. Humane Society of the United States, Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society, Best Friends Animal Society, Monster.com, Toyota, Daimler AG, SES Americom, Corning Inc., LabCorp, IBM, Lionsgate Films, Best Buy, McDonalds, Pepsi, and Wave Systems. All of them will pay you a princely amount to help them manage their danegeld.
But wait, that’s not all!
When you travel to foreign lands you will be treated by various heads of state as a visiting prince as you arrive in the Gulfstream 6 that they sent for you to travel in. Nothing is too good for you. Your particular sexual tastes will be indulged (in the extreme), the finest liquor, the best chefs in the world, and you’ll leave with new gold wrist watches, baubles and trinkets. Maybe a new Rolls Royce or Ferrari, depending on how you roll. They’ll be in the driveway of your mansion when you return, keys in the ignition, properly registered and insured.
But wait, that’s not all!
You’ll be invited to Hollywood parties, you’ll do drugs with your favorite stars and f&%k them if you want to. You’ll hobnob with luminaries of the entertainment world, media moguls, starlets, producers, and executives. Again, your particular sexual kinks will be indulged to an extent you never thought possible. You’ll be invited to the Academy Awards and while you won’t walk the red carpet, you’ll be there, in the back, with invitations to the right parties. You want to go to Epstein’s Island (back before he was whacked), your seat is reserved.
And you don’t even have to be a politician or kiss a baby. Write the proper words for the teleprompter (which Barack couldn’t live without and neither can Joe) and give them gilded paperwork to sign.
So you can see that these access managers have a stake in keeping their jobs
Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. 246 years and still going strong. I’ve attended many birthday parties for the Corps. Some while in uniform, some as a (wretched) civilian. The Marine Corps is a credit to the United States Naval Service.
It’s worth reading
Passed by Congress December 9, 1803. Ratified June 15, 1804. The 12th Amendment changed a portion of Article II, Section 1. A portion of the 12th Amendment was changed by the 20th Amendment
The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; — The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; — The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.— The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
It appears that the 2020 Election will be going to the Supreme Court. Where they will rule that the election is invalid due to fraud or mistakes on a national scale. It will go one of two ways, either they will rule that all of the unconstitutional mail-in ballots will be removed and the states ordered to recount without them, or they will simply rule the election is invalid due to mass voter fraud. The mass voter fraud based on the company, owned by democrats, that was used to count votes, has been established by a number of affidavits, sworn under oath.
At that point it will be sent to the Congress/Senate for a vote.
The 12th Amendment lays out how the House of Representatives votes on who the President will be. It has nothing to do with which political party holds a majority in the House. Every State gets one vote and 30 State Legislatures are held by Republicans.and 19 by Democrats. They have to vote down party lines, based on the 12th Amendment to the Constitution and the Senate votes for the Vice President where a similar even will take place.
This is The law.
The only way President Trump won’t be President is if he concedes the election and that will never happen. It’s why the President won’t allow the Biden “transition team” into the White House because that could be construed as a concession.
An Act authorizing the employment of the land and naval forces of the United States, in cases of insurrections. …more here.
The President is setting the stage for a situation for a response when unhappy donkeys will riot after he takes the Executive Branch for another four years. As Old NFO pointed out yesterday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (who many consider to be a RINO) was removed from office for refusing to follow orders in this regard.
The President appointed Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to be the acting Secretary of Defense. Presumably Miller would follow the orders of the Commander in Chief in all things as his oath requires.
Will Director Wray of the FBI also be replaced? He serves at the pleasure of the President as did Secretary Esper.
Somebody did a study on the color of blue jeans (Levis) that people prefer, by US State. I had no idea that the color varied so widely, but it’s Friday, and I don’t want to overwhelm you with things …yet.
I’m going to complain for a moment on the high cost of life. Ok, it’s nothing like living in the UK or Europe, so indulge that caveat if you will. But it’s still expensive to live. Let me throw down a few examples: Car Insurance. I have USAA and it’s a great company with great rates and they treat you VERY WELL. Better than I’ve ever been treated by an insurance company, but the premiums are still high for 4 vehicles with a perfect driving record. Then a rock smacks into the windshield and creates an immediate unrepairable crack. I’m loath to make a glass claim, but the cost of a new windshield (with labor) is nearly $700.00. It’s zero deductible and they send a guy all the way to the White Wolf Mine to repair it – I would have driven to somewhere. I’m not angry, I don’t begrudge parts and labor. But it drives home the point that I have to keep my rates ridiculously high. I just raised them and winced when I did. But ANYTHING to do with a car, even a minor thing, is near or over $1,000. And don’t get me started on everything else. Ok, on with the blog.
Just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.
Donkeys – doing what Donkeys do.
When you burn your neighborhood stores, they won’t be rebuilt if insurance companies won’t underwrite the project. But the BLM people neither care, nor do they look ahead. They’re a terrorist Marxist organization. The welfare of black people is the very last thing that they are after.
The US divided into 55 commuter regions
US-Mexico border homicide rates per 100k people per year
The California Wasteland
Some people are shocked that California is starting to look like a third world nation. Of course they blame President Trump.
The “Green New Deal” energy philosophy is delivering the sort of power to California that one would expect. Rolling black outs have become the “new normal”. And because they want to blame President Trump for wildland fires, the Democrats are lighting them (along with rioting). A friend recently asked me whether Californians are all insane. I said that they are not. There are a lot of really nice, smart, polite Republicans left there, but they are in the minority in the inner cities where the rot has taken hold.
This is for Beans
Truth on a T-Shirt
To some people, it’s a damned useful plague. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Michigan Voting Machines
An election-software glitch in Michigan’s Antrim County that had incorrectly directed Democratic votes to presidential candidate Joe Biden was fixed Friday, putting thousands of votes correctly into President Trump’s totals.
The software had reportedly caused a significant number of votes to be allotted to Biden in a county that has for years been reliably Republican. In the presumed final count, Biden had originally led in the county by roughly 3,000 votes. Revised totals show that Trump won the county by around 2,500.
Addressing the alleged software glitch, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said Friday during a press conference that “47 counties [in Michigan] use this same software in the same capacity.”
The voting machine company, Dominion Software may be owned in part by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That investigation may continue unless Corrupt Joe wins.
This scenario has played out across the nation. Again and again. Those guilty need to be ferreted out tried, convicted, and transported to Utah where they still authorize death by firing squad. We want to keep it legal.
If you’re thinking of gifting something to somebody who would appreciate it, think no further. I believe that I could use a Ferret as a ranch vehicle…and to support local efforts to keep the great unwashed masses in line. Buy here. I prefer the Mark 2/3 with the turret, but any model will do.
I first came into contact with this cool little scout car in Northern Ireland:
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 adopted by regiments in the British Army, as well as the RAF Regiment and Commonwealth countries throughout the period.
An ambitious American manufacturer could start building them for American domestic use (in private hands) during the “troubles” here. I mean, if the government is going to defund the police, we’ll need to start commuting in these.
There are variants to the basic armored car”
Mk 1 – (FV701C) No turret
Mk 2 – 2-door turret from Alvis Saracen APC
Armament .30 Browning MG
Mk 2/3 – rebuilt to new specification
Armament .30 Browning MG
Mk 4 – (FV711) Reconnaissance vehicle with 2-door turret from Alvis Saracen APC
Ferret Armored Car Specifications
Weight 3.7 t
Length 12 ft 2 in (3.7 m)
Width 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Crew 2 (commander, driver)
Main armament – 7.62×51mm NATO GPMG
Engine Rolls Royce B60 Inlet over Exhaust I6 petrol
130 hp (97 kW)
Power/weight 35.1 hp/ton
Drive train 4×4
Operational range -190 mi (310 km)
Speed 58 mph (93 km/h)
That baby would look mighty good with an Arizona license plate on it.
Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy
2012 Action, Adventure, Thriller. An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero.
Aaron Cross is a member of a black ops program called Operation Outcome whose subjects are genetically enhanced. He must run for his life once former CIA Treadstone agent Jason Bourne’s actions lead to the public exposure of Operation Treadstone and its successor Operation Blackbriar.
Filming was primarily in New York City, with some scenes shot in the Philippines, South Korea, and Canada.
In speaking about the film’s storyline, screenwriter, Dan Gilroy drew a distinction between the fictional programs in the Bourne film series:
On a practical level, the Treadstone program was about assassination. They’re basically assassins. They live in the world—you can see Clive Owen [in The Bourne Identity] as a piano teacher, they have covers—but they’re essentially assassins. There was nothing that would be described as espionage, [they’re] basically a kill squad. The Outcome program that Aaron [played by Jeremy Renner] is part of, [Oscar Isaac’s character] is one of them too… The conceit is that [Edward Norton’s character] is the mastermind of this entire franchise. We’re stepping back a little bit in time here, he’s been a developer, he’s been at the nexus of the corporate military and intelligence communities. There’s a very large corporate element, pharmaceutical corporate element…
It’s a film that I’ve seen more than once since it came out (on DVD) and I think that it’s very well done. Highly recommended.
A friend of mine called and he’s leaving California for Utah. The problem is that there are no moving trucks available in California due to the exodus. So he picked up a truck in Utah and drove it to California to pick up his stuff, and will drive it back to UT. Like rats, fleeing a sinking ship.
With another two years left on his term as governor, Newson, pictured above, is determined to do as much damage as he can to the state. And in doing so, he’s celebrated by Silicon Valley tech billionaires and Hollywood moguls.
Send a Message to your Snowflake Neighbors
Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 that belonged to John “Liver Eating” Johnson.
The boundaries of fact and fiction regarding the life and times of John “Liver Eating” Johnson have blurred, creating the ultimate mountain man legend immortalized in pulp fiction and the character of “Jeremiah Johnson” in the 1972 film starring Robert Redford.
He was born John Garrison but changed his name to John Johnston after deserting from the U.S. Navy around the time of the Mexican-American War. When spelling his name period newspapers often dropped the T, so he became John Johnson.
Much of his life was spent in Montana and Wyoming, trapping. He was the town marshal of Telluride (To-hell-you-ride) Colorado during it’s rougher years. His final days, however, were in a veteran’s home in a small California town. A campaign led by twenty-five 7th graders in the 1970s resulted in his remains at a California cemetery to be relocated to a gravesite in Cody, Wyoming.
The story behind the nickname “Liver Eating” is perhaps best summarized by a contemporary writer: “They killed his wife and burned down his house; then Liver Eating Johnson hunted them down and ate them.” In 1847, his pregnant wife, a member of the Flathead American Indian tribe, was brutally murdered by a raiding party of Crow Indians. The death of his wife set Johnson on a vengeance campaign against the Crow. By some accounts Johnson killed 300 Crow Indians. From those he killed he devoured their livers. The eating of the liver was an insult to the Crow who believed the liver as vital for the deceased to make it to the afterlife. By removing and eating the liver, Johnson was denying his Crow victims peace in death.
He was not a man to be insulted or wronged, nor a man to have hands laid on him without recourse. At 6’5″ and somewhere around 300 lbs., he was said to be a handful in a fight, and unruly when liquored up.
DRJIM, the Older Years?
The new French submarine is captioned above. Every navy is pushing for a quieter submarine because quiet is critical.
The Russian Navy is experimenting with pump jet/proulsor technology. In the photo, above, the Russian Navy B-871 Alrosa is the only Kilo-class sub that uses a pump jet propulsion system instead of a conventional propeller.
The US Navy has reached the limits of noise reduction with mechanical system propulsion. The current Virginia Class submarines use a propulsor or ‘pump jet’ instead of a traditional screw design. This type of design reduces the chances of cavitation to about zero and allows for quieter operation compared to traditional screw designs.
The planned Ohio Class Replacement Program for the next generation of ballistic missile submarines is expected to use a permanent magnetic motor. This technology was tried before by the US navy in 1960’s and 1970’s but proved to be troublesome at that time. The technology is now considered mature. This represents the limit of noise reduction with purely mechanical drive systems.
This technology is to be utilized in future Blocks of the Virginia class submarines to be built.
The recently launched USS South Dakota (SSN-790, a Block III Virginia Class) features an enhanced propulsor design which will be tested during the shakedown of the submarine. It is described as “an improved enhanced hybrid propulsor” developed by the US Navy and DARPA and is rumored to be a Hybrid Multi-Material Rotor.
If it is successful, it will be incorporated in future Virginia Class and Columbia Class submarines. It is promised to have a “significant return on investment”.
Further, Rear Admiral Micheal Jabaley (program officer for submarines US Navy) has stated:
“The field of biomimetics is very interesting to me when you look at nature in action and you think: ‘Boy, it would be great if we could design something that would take that leap forward and get us into a realm that would be acoustic-self unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”
Biomimetics or biomimcry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature.
When Will He Endorse?
Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) is not popular on this blog. However, popularity notwithstanding, there is the nagging question that President Trump raised… What does Barack know that is holding him back from endorsing his former Vice President, creepy, corrupt, senile, old Slow Joe Biden?
I know that President Trump may be trolling, and the Chinese Plague will slow everything up, but he’s very been very slow to help his old buddy.
I need to write a book for our times called, “How to Make Money by Being a Government Informant”. It would be an instant best seller. I might ever get a daily slot on CNN giving helpful advice to would-be rats.
When you think about it, there’s considerable historical precedent for it.
Jesus Sought for Questioning?
(Babylon Bee) Roman authorities seek Jesus for violating the stay-in-tomb order!
What are the odds?
I had an argument with an idiot at a gun store and wanted to post a picture. For any of you that think that an M-1 Carbine is just a shortened M-1 Garand.
The M1 Garand fires a .30-06 cartridge – a rifle cartridge. The M1 Carbine fires a .30 carbine cartridge, essentially a pistol round.
At Minneapolis PD
Minneapolis PD, 1867-2020
46 officers put in their papers for early retirement. 14 police officers quit. Everyone else is looking to lateral to another police or sheriff’s department if anyone will take them. The common theme is, “you’re on your own”.
So maybe the city’s problems are solved. They can hire social workers to respond to 911 calls the way they have said that they want to.
What could possibly go wrong?
And to the progressive folk who live in the city, I hope you enjoy watching property values decline and insurance rates skyrocket.
CW, The Older Years
A shameless plug for CW at the Daily Timewaster
I’ve stayed here at the Ladera Hotel on St. Lucia. The hotel is very nice, as are many resorts on the island. But the island itself has a lot of very poor people (ghetto island in many respects). Best stay on the resort property if you visit. Not that it’s difficult to hang out and not leave.
Nothing Has Changed Since Day One
This is the message of your Sunday Sermonette
Free States vs Not Free States
With the coming of riots, which followed murder hornets, and will be succeeded by flesh eating zombies, you can go back to Corona if you’d like. Stay thirsty.
Somebody Else riding a Ducati Diavel
You can do a wheelie in fourth gear without much effort.
Scouting and Ambush
I haven’t heard any complaints about Roman Legion discussions here, so I’ll continue to devote a few electrons to the topic.
All military operations require knowledge before action. General Robert E. Lee’s disastrous experience at Gettysburg is often laid at the feet of General JEB Stuart, who was not keeping in contact with Union forces and sending reports back to Lee. As a result, Lee’s entire army was infantry (and artillery), marching blind, in enemy territory. The Roman army did not do that.
The Teutoburg Forest
The Varian (9 BC) Massacre at the Teutoburg Forest stands out to us as an example of what might have been three Roman Legions (and auxiliaries) being massacred because of faulty scouting, but a closer examination of the facts show that was not the case.
An alliance of Germanic tribes ambushed and destroyed three Roman legions and their auxiliaries, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus. The alliance was led by Arminius, a Germanic officer of Varus’s auxilia. Arminius had acquired Roman citizenship and had received a Roman military education, which enabled him to deceive the Roman commander methodically and anticipate the Roman army’s tactical responses. The enemy, in this case, was doing the scouting for the legion.
Roman Army Practices
Operational and strategic reconnaissance was done by Speculatores, who were essentially spies sent deep into enemy territory, often under the guise of merchants and the like, who provided in depth intelligence on enemy strength, supplies, vulnerabilities, town/city defenses, even politics. The surveyed in much the same way as Kipling laid out in “Kim” during the Great Game, by using cyphers and other clandestine methodology. In that way, when a Speculatore would be detained and searched, there were not volumes of written maps.
Tactical level reconnaissance was done with patrols sent some miles ahead of the main body by dedicated scouts on horseback called Exploratores, who looked for presence of enemy forces, conducted route selection, looked for bridges or fording sites, etc.
Basic scouting and screening of an army on the march or in camp would be done with elements of their cavalry, usually the light cavalry, as well as sometimes using light infantry if the terrain suited them, who would act as the vanguard, rear guard, and occasionally flankers. They would not only be looking for hidden enemy but also verifying routes and crossing sites provided by the Exploratores (whose info was used to plan overall marching routes and campaign plans), they’d look for marching camp sites, water sources, foraging sites, etc.
Too expensive on-line but you can find them used book stores:
Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust in the Gods but Verify (Studies in Intelligence) by Rose Mary Sheldon
Exploratio: Military & Political Intelligence in the Roman World from the Second Punic War to the Battle of Adrianople Austin and Rankov
We are now living under Mandalorian Rules.
May the farce be with you.