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Hassan Ammar (above) is not actually Satan. Questionable hygiene? Definitely. Whether he is genuinely satanic is another matter altogether. He claims to be an Islamic warrior for the Kremlin, which has taken on the mantle of Godly virtues recently in an effort to ignite jihad against Ukraine. Ukraine’s crime? Being invaded, I guess. Totally humiliating the Russian Army, according to Russian holy men, in Vlad’s employ, could only be done by Satan & his minions.

There is more here at PJ Media. Based on reports, Vladimir Putin will be leading the forces of God as Michael the Archangel — reborn. Ok. If Vlad says so? It’s a lot like Pedo Joe, his sidekick the Ho, and Nancy Pelosi trying to take the moral high ground IMHO.

From PJ Media: …Woke, argues an article reprinted by the Catholic University of America, is the next big Western religion. “The Church of Woke has began its Long March to transform American life in the mid-1960s. Like Christianity, it has burrowed deeply into elite society and the institutions of state power. Now we are locked in a culminating phase. The third generation of Woke—true to Late Roman antecedents—must cast down the Pantheon of American Exceptionalism, of Founders and Heroes, establishing a new divine order that will wash away America’s sins of Racism, Patriarchy, and Heteronormativity.” Naturally the new religion of the West must be fought by old-time promoters of the Worker’s Paradise in their Kremlin basilica.

Thus the return of Satan to the center stage of political discourse is not only understandable but inevitable. Yet in this fight, which is God and which is the Devil? You decide. But it’s well to remember that if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, then his second greatest was to ensure, that once discovered, you thought the other guy was Satan.

The article is worth reading. h/t Claudio for bringing it to my attention.

 

A thought on Sermonettes

I started on a sermonette based on Daniel Ch 5.  Sometimes those sorts of things come together and sometimes I lack the time and inspiration to craft something useful, that you might be able to take away with you. On Earth there were kings. Each king wanted to be bigger than the others, and eventually, strife broke out among them all. Time passed. Strife continued. The causes and conditions that produce kings dwindled and changed their results. Royalty disappeared from the blood and blood disappeared from the royalty,  but the Book of Daniel is more than merely a discussion of the passing of kings and the conversion of kings from idolatry. I’ll try to do it justice in the future.

 

The Sermonette

There are some who will object to the terms that I use so hang in there as I try to explain myself. The gift of Atonement by Jesus Christ to all who accept it and Him is salvation.

But what of our behavior?

The path to spiritual salvation is not about securing, gaining, or achieving status in social orders, or institutional hierarchies. It is not about pleasing teachers or preachers. It is not about employing rote memory to achieve technical proficiency, nor repetition to achieve craft or guild proficiency, nor is it the province of intellectual erudition. Many conflate the honors that men confer on other men as a measure of salvation. It is not. So for today’s Sermonette, I turn to Paul’s first letter to the Bishop of Corinth in the Peloponnese, which is located in south-central Greece, and to the Corinthians living there, who were members of the Church:

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I have become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity. envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,  thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

It’s a very high bar.

 

Checking In

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The Meeting

I had a nice breakfast with Miss D (center) and Peter (BRM) Grant (right) in Flagstaff at the Northern Pines Cafe. As promised, we solved all of the problems of the world over the course of a meal and it’s now up to everyone to implement them. When last I saw them, they were on their way to the location of the spacecraft’s impact in the Arizona highlands 37 miles East of Flagstaff, some 50,000 years ago.

 

‘Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.’ –F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

 

Bullet Points:

* MAiD was legalized in Canada in 2016 for candidates whose natural death was reasonably foreseeable and later amended to include Canadians with an “intolerable” and “irreversible” illness, disease, or disability.  Technically age would qualify because it’s clearly not reversible. It leads inevitably to the sort of “death panels” that had been baked into ObamaCare by its creators. When you become a ‘drain on society’ – retired – should society (national healthcare) waste its resources on you?

* If you look at the picture (right) and immediately say, “send it”. I think that you’d have fit in at the referenced (above) breakfast meeting. If not, study harder.

We also discussed the appropriate treatment for pedophiles, recidivists all.

 

A Message from the Ho

Child of privilege, masquerading as oppressed.

 

 

Saturday’s Sensibilities

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Photo of the Day

 

Bullet Points:

* “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” –  Adam Smith

* My breakfast meeting with BRM and MissD will take place this morning after this blog posts on the Internet. Following the meeting, I expect the Sun to break through the clouds, doves will take flight and all of the cares of the planet will melt away.

* (Task & Purpose) It’s been more than a year since the U.S. military’s chaotic withdrawal from Kabul, and the Defense Department actually has no clear idea how much U.S.-funded military equipment fell into the Taliban’s hands in Afghanistan, according to a new report from a top government watchdog.

* This is not a rant. Really it’s not. But if I mention here (or to you in person if you know me personally) that intend to volunteer for ANYTHING, please remind me that I asked you to restrain me. I’m old enough to know better but I’m sucked in from time to time and I have lived to regret it 100% of the time. Part of the problem is that you see how the sausage is made in an effort or activity that I thought was worth my time.  Getting paid to do something is completely different.  You’re a mercenary as with every job,  you anticipate being treated badly. But they compensate you for bad treatment.

* FTX – The Gateway Pundit reports! In addition to this, Daily Caller lists many of the lawmakers who Sam Bankman Fried was bankrolling who oversaw the institution that was supposed to keep an eye on companies like FTX. Any bets on how many of them will be imprisoned for 20 years?

* Frame it correctly.  Nazis were National Socialists that tore down statues. Banned free speech. Blamed economic hardship on one group of people.  Instituted gun control. Put the state before God. Nationalized healthcare. Placed strict government regulations on industry. Does this sound like the policies of a current political party in the US?

* American Thinker has a good article out on President Trump’s 2024 run.

…After the midterms, Trump broadened his field of fire to include Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.) — the man who turned a blue state into a swing state.  Again, the attack was for insufficient fealty to The Donald.  Trump says Youngkin won only because he called on the forces of MAGA to support him during his campaign in 2021.

But here’s the thing.  We are a free country, governed by free men — at least for a few more years.  MAGA-supporters are not Trump’s employees, to be ordered to support anyone.  MAGA-supporters voted for DeSantis and Youngkin because doing so advanced their cause’s objectives.

Trump may have given the movement a name, but the movement to return America to its former greatness does not belong to him.  The movement selected him to run the enterprise — for a few years.  Trump works for MAGA, not vice versa.  Trump is merely the CEO, answerable to the shareholders — the voters.

Trump has the instincts and ethics of a Great White Shark. It works for him, but he seems to lack the concept of the greater good.  He will run. Sharks can only swim forward, it’s all they know. If he stepped aside, he would be remembered as a great Statesman, but his insecurity will not allow him to do that.

* Animal Welfare during winter months:

 

 

Pelosi

 

From here to Corinne

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Bullet Points:

* CNN’s Credibility Hangs in the Balance!  My first question to the headline was, “what credibility?”  Management at CNN will not allow their talking heads to get drunk on the air on New Year’s Evil. In the past, correspondents could be seen dancing on tables, getting their ears pierced, drinking from ‘beer bongs’, and sitting on the shoulders of revelers in some cases.  CNN management feels that today, on-camera drinking erodes the credibility of CNN personnel and damages the ‘respectability’ they may enjoy among viewers. Like Toobin whacking off during a zoom call?  This really is funny. Nobody watches CNN anymore if I was to watch on NY Eve, it would be to watch CNN talking heads make fools of themselves while in the grip of the grape.

* How much US tax money is being funneled into Soros-run charities?  (Breitbart) Pedo Joe is using the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to funnel American tax dollars to open borders groups, according to Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN).

* A number of stories broke immediately after the mid-term elections. I’m sure that it was a coincidence: Rudy Giuliani was cleared of wrongdoing; Newsom’s budget deficit is $30 billion. He claimed a $100 billion surplus; Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan that was never going anywhere was killed;  There were no nuke secrets at Mar-a-Lago!

* These are the rules of The Game: (1) there is no winning The Game; (2) once you are aware of The Game, you are always playing the game; (3) the point of The Game is to not think about The Game; (4) if you think about The Game, you have lost The Game, and must announce this to those around you – causing them to also lose The Game.

* Don’t Ask!  (link) “He is still recovering from a stroke and has lingering auditory processing challenges. The way Hill reporters are used to yelling questions at Senators will not work here,” wrote Rebecca Katz, a political strategist and advisor to Fetterman, on Twitter. Be assured, he’ll vote the way. the Majority Leader wants him to vote.

 

History Corner (h/t Frank)

I had no idea where Corinne, UT was located so I searched the Internet. Wikipedia revealed this information. I can’t tell you whether or not it’s accurate.

For almost ten years from its founding on 25 March 1869, the town of Corinne prospered as the unofficial “Gentile Capital of Utah”. As the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads approached their historic meeting place at Promontory Summit early in 1869, a group of former Union Army officers and some determined non-Mormon merchants from Salt Lake City decided to locate a Gentile town on the Union Pacific line, believing that the town could compete economically and politically with the Saints of Utah. They chose a location about six miles west of Brigham City on the west bank of the Bear River where the railroad crossed that stream. Named by one of the founders (General J. A. Williamson) for his fourteen-year-old daughter, Corinne was designed to be the freight transfer point for the shipment of goods and supplies to the mining towns of western Montana along the Montana Trail.

 

President Trump Promises:

Pres. Trump announced his candidacy to run for the office, in which, had there been no voter fraud, he would already be serving.

Because he is the sole political figure in living memory who kept each and every campaign promise made previously, and more, it may be wise to list the specific campaign promises made in his stump speech, and, if he wins, note if and when, and how they are kept. Some are vague and aspirational, others specific.

This also will serve to silence those who mock him for having no plans or no vision, or for dwelling on past deeds and misdeeds.

  • Revive the economy: return to low taxes, low regulation.
  • Immediately terminate Green New Deal regulations
  • Immediately terminate Biden’s war on oil, restore America’s position as an oil exporter, no longer dependent on foreign nations.
  • Eliminate supply chain dependence on China.
  • Promote and encourage domestic production of necessary goods and services.
  • Restore security to the southern border, which includes an immediate repeal of the Catch & Release policy, and the restoration of the Remain in Mexico policy.
  • Stop the flow of drug runners and human traffickers.
  • Restore legal protection and authority to local police.
  • Coordinate national efforts against gangs and street crime.
  • Ask Congress for the federal death penalty for drug dealers.
  • Remove federal funding from any school system promoting critical race theory or gender ideology.
  • Remove federal funding from any school system permitting men to compete in women’s sports.
  • Defend parental rights.
  • Eliminate radical ideology from the military.
  • Rehire every serviceman fired due to Biden’s COVID mandates with full back pay and an apology.
  • Eliminate all of Biden’s COVID mandates.
  • Keep America out of “foolish and unnecessary” foreign wars.
  • Built a state-of-the-art missile defense shield against hypersonic missile technology.
  • Top-to-bottom overhaul of DoJ and FBI to clean out corruption.
  • Dismantle the Deep State.
  • Ask for a Constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congressmen.
  • Ask for a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of campaigns.
  • Ask for a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and cabinet members.
  • Ask for a ban on Congressmen enriching themselves by insider stock trades.
  • Promote election integrity: voter ID, same-day voting, and only paper ballots.
  • A manned mission to Mars.

The speech is available for review here: If this list is missing any elements, or misrepresents what was said, a correction will be welcome.

 

A Word to the Wise (h/t Frank)

 

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Bark Joey! Speak!

Pedo Joe sits on command.  BUT – he’d make a lousy dog. They need to leash him. He’d crack his denture plate if he started eating dog biscuits as a reward. But a pudding cup or a bowl of stewed prunes…that’s the ticket!

Joe Biden got caught taking a list of commands from his handlers during the G20 Summit. Biden’s handlers treat him like a puppy because he often wanders around and gets lost.

  • “YOU… will take a photo”
  • “YOU will sit”
  • “YOU will deliver opening remarks”

 

Identify the Mystery Aircraft

 

Identify the Tank

Bonus points for identifying the country that operates it.

 

In Arizona

So the Democrat Senate candidate has 28,000 more votes than the Democrat Governor candidate?

We are to believe that 28,000 people voted for Trump-endorsed Kari Lake but THEN voted for the Democrat Senate candidate over Trump-endorsed Blake Masters?

What a laughable joke.

 

Bullet Points:

* (Defense News) As the Pentagon racked up its fifth comprehensive audit failure, its chief financial officer on Tuesday said Ukraine’s fight against Russia offers a “teachable moment” for the U.S. military to tally its weapons and property accurately…a billion here, ten billion there…

* The numbers in terms of aid to Ukraine consist of overt assistance, directly authorized by Congress and not the total package which would include assistance through classified programs. We throw around the $91 billion dollar number for February – November 2022 but the actual amount is definitely higher than that. Classified programs entail things like buying Russian military equipment that the Ukrainian Army captured to bring back and examine, time on US satellites including re-taskings that took place, payments to a variety of agents being run from Ukraine who undertake specific missions, the cost of CIA Special Activities Division training missions, etc. There are also ancillary classified missions in neighboring countries that directly impact the war effort that should be tallied. To say that we’re spending $10-15 billion a month (depending on the month) on the Ukraine – Russia War would not be an exaggeration.  In fact, the real number could be higher than that.

* In Germany – The current federal government would like to abolish animal husbandry and switch the diet in Germany to vegetables and oatmeal,” he said; he, however, warned that despite ideology from the government, “it’s also a fact that over 90 percent of people in Germany still buy and eat meat.” To back up his claim, he referred to analyses by GfK consumer researchers. In addition, a survey from 2016 found that 83 percent of Germans eat meat several times a week and over a quarter of the German population eats meat every single day.

* Six months and out Russian President Vladimir Putin has already recruited up to 35,000 prisoners including rapists, murderers, and even a ‘maniac’ cannibal to fight in his war in Ukraine.  The new recruits will be pardoned and will be free to live in society no matter how heinous their crimes if they survive six months of war.

 

Military Lore & Love Tokens

I don’t recall hearing of US soldiers sending a can of ham and mfers back to their love interests at home. Maybe there wasn’t enough love?

In Nelson’s Navy and beyond, ship’s biscuits were sent as a love token, 18th -19th century

Not everyone had enough money to give their beloved a love token or even to bring something back from the long journey. To save the expense sailors wrote messages on the ship’s biscuits and gave them it to the lady of their heart. Guaranteed to last forever,  a lot like C-Rats.

Ships Biscuit

1. Betsy Dunnet, given to her by her true love, Thomas Hart, on January 4th, in the year of 1842

Ships Biscuit

2. This biscuit was given – Miss Blacket at Berwick on Tuesday 13 April 1784, [signed] Bewick

Dirty Money

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Fentanyl

 

 

A Response to SiG – on Mexican Drug Organizations

The Federal Republic of Mexico

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), party leader of the National Regeneration Movement (Mexican Communist Party) is in the fourth year of his six-year term as president and Mexican chief executive. When he assumed office, he removed counter-narcotics activities from the Mexican Army (SEDENA) and Navy (SEMAR).  In essence, removing government opposition from drug organizations in Mexico unless there was some particular interest and that would be handled by Gobernacion (The Department of the Interior) and. Fiscalía General de la República, FGR; prior to 2019, it was Procuraduría General de la República, PGR). There was a lot of renaming and reorganization under AMLO.

The Centro Nacional de Inteligencia or CNI, is a Mexican intelligence agency controlled by the Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection. Before that organization, CISEN managed that function.  There has been a reshuffling of people as well. Depending on who you speak with there will be different spins. My sense of the changes was that the skim that was arriving during previous organizations had to be re-directed to AMLO and the communists, and that’s why the shake-ups and re-naming.

Narcos

Context and Precedence: Many years ago (before Amado Carillo) the flow of narcotics through Mexico was managed by the Mexican Army, which oversaw and regulated the business. Each of the 32 states in Mexico had a general and they worked with other generals to find common ground.

Today if want to traffic narcotics from Mexico to the US and start your own drug business, it’s not that difficult. You’d simply need to buy a narcotics product (pick your poison) and connect with somebody who sends narcotics north. Your quantity (say 1 kilogram of cocaine) would be bundled with their quantity which may include other people such as yourself. You would pay the transporter 10% of the value of your product as insurance and they would deliver it to you in the US – say California. They may move it through trucks, through tunnels, on airplanes, or by mules that body-carry it across, but you’d get your kg.

You need a distribution network in the US to sell it at retail and you need a separate network to bring the money south. Normally this becomes a family concern, or possibly two families. One to transport north and distribute and another family to bring money back to Mexico so you can send 2 kg north the next time.

In essence, that is how the drug business works. Tens of thousands of people participate in doing just this. Drugs and money can be intercepted or stolen and so long as the profit exceeds the loss, you’re a successful drug trafficker. The 10% ensures the load as far as the US, then it’s all up to you.

Cartels

The larger traffickers (maybe people who insured your load) have an interest in selling at a fixed price. If you decide not to sell at the price laid out, you will have a problem. There are also regional taxes levied by organizations. For example, Guadalajara. The Guadalajara Organization spends many millions of dollars a year to buy police support. If they find out that you are sending drugs to the US without paying your fair share (mordida), you’ll have a problem. The police who protect those paying them off will target you. When you pay the tax to the Guadalajara Organization (sometimes there is more than one in Guad), they protect your interests. That is what it is to be a “member of a cartel”. You’re still your own person with your own drug business, but you contribute to the squeeze that is required by all levels of AMLO’s government.

Mexican Drug Cartels are not organized like the Japanese Yakuza. The heads of the organizations come and go. Cartels are organized, reorganized, and folded into other organizations, rising and falling constantly and people are paid a lot of money to develop charts that are generally useless to explain it.

Corruption

The rule of thumb at the US Ports of Entry was that 1:3 US Agents were on the take from one or another criminal organization. I haven’t called Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to see if that projection changed but my sense of things is that’s still about the prevailing ratio. Let’s say that SiG has a CBP Agent under control and that this agent can pass car-loads of drugs or aliens through a port of entry. SiG will likely rent out that agent to one or more groups that have an interest in moving contraband into the US. They will pay SiG an amount and SiG will pay the agent and likely the controlling organization at the border town a percentage. In Tijuana, it would be Cartel Tijuana Nueva Generación (was Arellano-Felix Cartel). Enedina Arellano Félix is allied with the Guadalajara Cartel at the moment.

When I worked for USGOV in Mexico, the FBI was on the take from drug cartels. They provided women and money in exchange for services that the FBI would provide both in Mexico and abroad. The Special Agents who rotated back to the US did so as multi-millionaires. That may not be the case today. I don’t know. DEA was less corrupt though they had problems of their own. If an FBI Special Agent could facilitate an amparo, he could ask for many millions of dollars. An extradition proceeding would be held up. An amparo is an extraordinary constitutional appeal, which may be filed in federal court, by Mexicans, and by foreigners. It is often referred to as a “constitutional protection lawsuit,” which is basically governed by articles 103 and 107 of the Federal Constitution.

In Mexico and in the USA today very much of what happens at higher levels involves a pay-to-play program.

The specifics and amounts when it comes to corruption vary.  Reflecting on the experience that Tony Bobulinski had with the Biden Crime Family is instructive in payoffs and ripoffs. There was no Mexican involvement present but the patterns are familiar.

SiG’s question – So when I see situations like the wholesale drug movement across the border, or the human trafficking going on, I figure someone on our side is getting paid but I never hear anyone talk about that.  I figure they’ve got to be pretty high up.  

The policy of allowing wholesale and unrestricted immigration without regard to the constituted law that prohibits it is part of a democrat strategy to get democrat voters into the system through offering welfare and benefits (bribes). Republicans blaggard the process but big R donors benefit from low-wage servile workers. It’s not so much of a payoff/bribe situation as it is a policy with a long-term political goal – not unlike LB Johnson’s great society. Higher-value illegal aliens are still smuggled through tunnels by drug cartels.  That these illegal aliens bring drugs across the border is of no concern to the current regime in power in the US. It’s still illegal to traffic drugs and people are arrested all of the time. Court dockets are full.

The Executive Branch issues orders that are carried out. Agents who object are replaced by those who don’t. The FBI supports the wishes of Pedo Joe and his legion of crooks.

Does that make any sense?

Moving on, there is more to the story.

US Foreign Aid

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget Request for the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is $60.4 billion, which includes $29.4 billion for USAID fully and partially managed accounts, $1.7 billion (6 percent) above the FY 2022 Request. How generous. How much of the $60.4 billion that is dumped for the most part into foreign shitholes is administered by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)? I can answer that question – maybe 90%. The number could be higher,  I’m trying to be conservative here. So US State wants to develop clean water in Mozambique or it wants to encourage democracy in Sudan or it wants to feed the Taliban in Afghanistan, which it does to the tune of $1 billion per year. State goes to NGOs to carry out these vital tasks. There are a lot of NGOs. Coincidentally, they’re democrat party donors. It’s the same scam that Barack ran with “green energy”. The NGOs take their cut, maybe 50%, the party takes 30-40% (which would include 10% for the big guy) and 10% ends up helping crippled children in Bolivia (if that).

How many former US State and CIA employees work for NGOs that are headquartered in the Beltway? You can’t swing a dead cat around your head without hitting them. It’s a slick hustle and if I was a crook, I’d be doing it too. I could do it from home if I wanted to soil myself. Many of these former USGOV people who ride that gravy train have convinced themselves that they are about God’s work. They attend church on the weekend and drop cash into the bucket as it is passed and their children and grandchildren attend expensive prep schools to prepare them for Yale where they can join Skull and Bones in preparation for national service themselves.

Let’s say that you were a member of a Mexican family who had an interest in this or that US policy. How would you get the attention of legislators and executive branch mavens? There are a number of donation bundlers that you could use, but we’re talking big money here and they’re small potatoes. You’d go through the big NGOs that State (and CIA) use and would donate (tax-free contribution) to them to help the blind to see/lame to walk in Ghana. Their relationships (after a healthy haircut into the pockets of the administrators) with USGOV officials allow them to dump hundreds of millions into political action committees across the spectrum with no oversight.

If somebody thought there might be hanky panky, they could call the FBI to investigate. A few quiet words over lunch would kill that investigation. It would end up in a crate wedged between Hunter’s Laptop, Epstein’s videos, The Lost Ark, and alien carcasses from Area 51.

That’s how the big cartel money moves to influence USGOV.

This is a Wikipedia page of NGOs. Who is involved in what? It’s a question worth asking. The filthy ones often don’t rise to the Wikipedia page level. They maintain a lower profile.

Private Military Organizations (PMOs) can also participate and do when it comes to private arms sales. For example, let’s use a hypothetical. At an air base somewhere in Eastern Europe an aircraft lands with military supplies destined for Ukraine*.

*The US has spent $91 billion in Ukraine to date in 2022. After revising their number in September 2022, the estimate for the entire Russian defense budget in 2022 was adjusted to 4.7 trillion rubles (US$77.7 billion)

Back to the aircraft unloading military supplies. Some of it is loaded onto trucks headed to Kiev. Other supplies are loaded onto a second airplane that will make stops in places like Albania, hypothetically, where it will be redistributed and sold. Who manages sales like this, a portion of which would be pushed through the NGO route to the Democrat Central Committee? You need a PMO, familiar with the buyers (who may even include Wagner Group) to manage it.

If somebody were to ask where Wagner Group came by it, they would claim to have captured it from the Ukrainian Army – the fog of war and all that. Of course, everything is hypothetical.

Well, not everything. FTX funded the Democrat Party Mid-Term elections through laundered funds that were sent to Ukraine to fight Russia.  Overall, in 2021 and 2022, Sam Bankman-Fried donated approximately $38 million to various candidates and PACs, mainly giving his cash to Democratic candidates and left-wing groups, according to Federal Election Commission filings (FEC). The majority of his political giving, though, went to the Protect Our Future PAC, a group founded in January that is dedicated to boosting candidates committed to preventing future pandemics.

Sam is said to be in the Bahamas on a yacht.  If he ever returns to the US, you can bet that he’ll end up in Epstein’s Cell where he will kill himself.

It’s a filthy business.

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The Donald

He’s running for the Republican nomination and it is his to lose. I don’t think that anyone doubted that he’d run, but the wind beneath his wings is thinner this time. He’ll need to flap harder (and some would say smarter) if he plans to keep his altitude.

Former VP Pence announced that he’s running as well. Pence is about as exciting as warm green Jell-O. He did well in Indiana as a politician but his success outside of his state was due to Pres. Trump.

 

Bullet Points

* Polish Missile Strikes – What goes up must come down.

* I’ve watched the home videos of the Dallas Airshow Crash and it still looks as if that B-17 was deliberately rammed. I could be wrong, but it’s tough to chalk that one up to “pilot error”.

* “Xi humiliates Trudeau as he is caught on camera tearing strips off Canadian PM that their conversation at G20 ‘has been leaked to the papers…it’s not appropriate.”  Trudeau,  called “that miserable queer” in Chinese circles, is not well respected in the East. Of course, neither is FJB.

* State Farm Insurance – We all witnessed the purge of the white actor who played “Jake, from State Farm” on TV commercials and his replacement by an inner-city person. Any bets on how long it takes State Farm to eliminate the inner-city male and replace “him” with a transitioning person?

* The order “strike sail” means to lower or take down yards. During disagreements with the captain, disgruntled sailors would sometimes strike or remove the sails until their demands were met, giving us the phrase “to go on strike”.

* In Brazil – This is how it’s done: Over 3 million Brazilians filled the streets on Republic Day yesterday, Nov. 15, to protest the stolen elections. The party of President Jair Bolsonaro presented its report and announced it will apply to have the election annulled since the results could not be validated.

* In Arizona – Note that the machines worked fine the night before. Immediate failure the next day (Election Day) and only in high Republican areas. Voters were given only bad options for their ballots. And the technician didn’t arrive till 3-4 pm to address this urgent problem.  It’s time for a do-over in Maricopa County – paper ballots, no mail-in voting on December 6.

* Democrats and FTX – Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill who sits on the House Financial Services Committee hired the brother of the head of the bankrupt cryptocurrency company FTX, potentially raising ethical questions.

Gabe Bankman-Fried, the younger brother of  FTX CEO Samuel Bankman-Fried, went to work in January 2019 for Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill. Rep. Casten was named that same month to the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the regulation of cryptocurrency and hedge funds, among other matters. Gabe Bankman-Fried remained employed for two years on the House staff, according to his LinkedIn profile. The website Legistorm, which tracks members of Congress and their staffers, says he worked for Casten.  The Los Angeles TimesNBC NewsPolitico, and other news organizations have reported that Sam Bankman-Fried, 30, is Gabe Bankman-Fried’s older brother.

Midweek

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Today

As I travel through Arizona today, I am reflecting on the problematic illegal drug trade that is sponsored by the Brandon regime. (more here) It was interesting that when Pedo met with Xi in China, he chose to speak about the weather rather than the illegal narcotics that China exports in a clandestine way into the US via Mexican drug cartels.

 

Bullet Points:

* It’s easier to bring a drag queen Soddomite into a school than a Christmas tree. That’s how far we’ve fallen.

Pfizer’s fortune amassed in the Covid pandemic is now paving the path to pharma nirvana: a weight loss pill worth billions. The company has reaped nearly $100 billion from selling Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to U.S. taxpayers and foreign governments. With that windfall, it plans to get richer, sinking the cash into developing and marketing potential blockbusters for conditions like migraines, ulcerative colitis, prostate cancer, sickle cell disease, and obesity. It just announced it will triple or even quadruple the price of its Covid vaccine once it goes on the commercial market next year.

The federal government is helping Pfizer with its marketing, urging people to get boosters targeting the omicron variants, although early data has been mixed on whether the shots work better than the earlier version. Even with a 66% drop in Covid vaccine sales in the past quarter, the company made about $4.4 billion in those three months. Pfizer has a deep stream of cash to finance its future.

* US Army and USAF deaths at Swim School – The Army is casting about for answers, looking for new equipment, etc. It might be useful if they asked the Navy how they avoided fatal swimming accidents during training. That may be too difficult of an ask for the Army.

* Future Firearms Sales (Fox Business) “Our biggest business cheerleader is President Biden,” Ramey said. “Every time the President or a Democrat makes outlandish comments, our business picks up.  Especially when he talks about bullet speed or taking out a lung,” Ramey added of Biden. “That’s what self-defense ammo is supposed to have and do. We appreciate his support.”

* Fetterman was the Democrat candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate seat that the Republican incumbent vacated. He suffered a serious, debilitating stroke several months ago. Choosing not to drop out of the race, Fetterman avoided public appearances and mounted a fairly effective campaign, hidin’ out of sight and bidin’ his time, just as Old Joe did, and let the corrupt media cover for him.  (More from the Spectator on rotten journalism)

* How Election Integrity has been Destroyed in Arizona – This is so simple and obvious that it has escaped everyone’s attention, including mine. According to the article below, “when ballots are more important than votes – the election will always favor the former.”  And there is also this.

* Remember when Pedo Joe was a hero of AMTRAC and even was able to get Hunter on its Board of Directors? How times have changed. The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers voted to reject the railroad labor agreement spearheaded by the Biden administration on Monday. In joining the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes District, the union became the third member of the 12-union panel to reject the tentative agreement. According to Axios, the group does not plan to strike until at least Dec. 9.

 

Digging Deep into Lore

Canned Willie was sailor slang for canned corned beef, after a morbid style of short little poems popular during the latter part of the 19th century describing the murderous exploits of a young boy named Little Willie, who butchered siblings and parents alike in a variety of grisly fashions. The poems also gave rise to another well-known phrase, that of something that gives you the willies.

In the Navy, they called C-Ration cans of corned beef, “Little Willies”. I cast about for the origin of the term at the time but nobody knew. Useage: “Hey LL, I’ll swap you a Fruit Cock(tail) for a Little Willy.”  Cans are tossed in exchange.

Now I know, so let’s take a stroll through the halcyon days of yesteryear for a taste of what was tickling the fancy of sailors and landsmen alike way back when…

Willie, I regret to state, Cut his sister into bait. We miss her when it’s time to dine, But Willie’s fish taste simply fine.

Little Willie hung his sister. She was dead before we missed her. “Willie’s always up to tricks. Ain’t he cute! He’s only six.”

And let’s not forget that childhood classic:

Willie with a thirst for gore, Nailed the baby to the door. Mother said, with humor quaint: “Careful, Will, don’t scratch the paint.”

Things were somewhat more morbid then than they are now.

 

Paintings

Every so often I see paintings like this one and wonder if the artist chose to suspend reality or if they actually believed that it reflected the reality of a bygone age. The art is solid. Did the artist ever ride a horse carrying a Brown Bess or even a cavalry fusil? In order to fire the flintlock, the officer would have to insure that the powder in the pan had not been jostled loose or had become wet. And while both hands are on the musket, and he’s leaning back, he manages to take a shot after which, what does the horse do?

I’ve tried to carry my Brown Bess while riding a horse. I’ve never fired it from horseback. It’s an infantry weapon.

 

Meme of the day

 

 

Nato Article 4

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Russian Missiles

I don’t think that anyone is surprised that Russian missiles went off guidance and struck inside Poland unintentionally. That they killed two Poles and that the Russians admit nothing, deny everything, etc. does not play well.  Apparently, they were intended to strike a target in Ukraine 60 miles distant.

According to the AP news agency, a senior US intelligence official said that the missiles were of Russian origin. Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs “as a matter of urgency”, government spokesman Piotr Müller confirmed, with local news sites claiming this is likely the result of the explosions. A spokesperson for the Polish government said the readiness of their military units is being raised.

However, Russia’s Ministry of Defence were quick to deny the missile strike, instead claiming that the reports were a “deliberate provocation”. They went on to claim the “no strikes were made against targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border by Russian weapons” – despite the multiple missile strikes hitting Lviv, a Ukrainian city about 62 miles south of Przewodów and only 50 miles from the Ukrainian border, just hours earlier today.

It would have been better if Russia had expressed regret and would have offered appropriate reparations, but that’s not how they roll.

(Breitbart) The Hungarian government, a party to the NATO alliance which has hitherto urged a peaceful resolution to the war in Ukraine and pragmatic engagement with Russia, has meanwhile confirmed that it is convening its Defence Council.

The Russian standard for the accuracy and for quality of missiles and rockets is not the same as everyone else’s.

The Big Club

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Arizona Woman

It’s an enduring legacy. They’re trouble.

 

Bullet Points

* Everyone who confuses correlation with causation ends up dead.

* I’m upset with Arizona and the mid-terms but I think that the place will join with other states and regions in a default balkanization. I’m not writing of secession,  but of the general separation from Big D. The advantage Big D has, rests with its capacity to print as much money as it wants to without recourse. It can send in shock troops and throw up overhead assets. It can tax and send those 87,000 IRS Agents in to seize property (lawfully or unlawfully, it’s really all the same – kulaks are kulaks).  A lot of city people on the coasts will want to remain eating their vat-grown meat and drinking their soylent green, but the process will continue.

* From BRM’s Blog –  “The remaining two cans (of Oxygen) should see us through our return journey (from the Temple of the Living Elvis) and visit with Larry Lambert of Virtual Mirage.”

I don’t think that I have ever met somebody who needed O2 in that quantity* to meet me in my lair (Flagstaff isn’t exactly my lair but is one of the closest points to eat breakfast and it is astride I-40). Then again, we have vowed to solve the world’s problems (one man’s utopia is another man’s dystopia). However, given BRM’s legendary problem-solving skills, I think that we can get him out the door in Flagstaff and on his way to the flatland in 1 1/2 bottles of oxygen.

*The doctor told MRSLL’s mother that she would die if she visited our home, considering the altitude. MRSLL to me, “Hmm, well played, LL.”

* George Carlin said it years ago: “It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. And by the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think, and what to buy. The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.”

* When polls opened in Maricopa County at 6 am on Election Day, voters were told that the tabulators were not working. This was happening across Maricopa County and resulted in long lines and voters being told to go to another location to vote.

On Sunday night The Gateway Pundit published an exclusive video of Maricopa County voters describing their nightmare at the polls on Election Day. Here are their testimonials:

Article: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/video-montage-dozens-arizona-republican-voters-describe-ballots-not-counted-ballots-tossed-box-people-not-allowed-vote-video/

 

The Biden regime gives Ukraine $80 billion in tax dollars. Ukraine invests in FTX crypto exchange. FTX owner Sam Bankman-Fried gives $40 million back to the Democrats’ campaigns for the 2022 midterms. A week later FTX goes bust, scamming clients out of $36 billion.

The mainstream media ignores it.

 

Life in Nelson’s Navy

Jeffery Raigersfield, son of Baron de Raigersfield, joined HMS Mediator in 1783 as a 12-year-old captain’s servant (midshipman) under Captain Cuthbert Collingwood. Raigersfield’s nice kit attracted the wrong kind of attention:

He soon noticed that his large chest of clothes, ‘which included ten pounds that was in it, in halfpence and silver, cost my parents one hundred pounds’, began to attract the attention of his messmates whenever he went to unlock it. To begin with, it was so full that ‘assistance was necessary to close the lid down before it could be locked up, but it was not so long before he could close it without help, ‘for I began to lose my clothes, and no one knew anything about them. […]

He wrote sorrowfully that ‘as to the mess things that I brought on board in my chest, such as tea, sugar &c, they had been consumed long before for the common good, and my pewter wash hand basin, the only visible remains of my more than ample fitting out, was only mine when others were not using it. — Dudley Pope, Life in Nelson’s Navy

 

Identify the Aircraft

 

Parting Shot – California Girls are Trouble Too

She hasn’t come to Arizona yet for more than a vacation,

but yeah, trouble for Dad.

Monday Mischief

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Bullet Points:

* You can pray all you want but eventually David had to pick up a stone to use against Goliath.

* 7% of voters like the War Turtle. He and his equally corrupt Chinese wife have a good gig going. You have to admire anyone who is crooked enough to try and steal a hot stove (A. Lincoln). I’m surprised that the pollsters could find 7%. Of course, 7% of Americans believe the word to be flat.

* In Arizona – Despite Only 17% Democrat Turnout on Election Day – Katie Hobbs and Democrats Are Winning Over 50% of Maricopa County Election Day Totals.

* Biden-Fetterman 2024 is a no-brainer. (Same with Biden-Harris 2020) I sense a trend! Campaign slug line: If you don’t want your baby, you can kill your baby!  That is bound to have broad-based appeal among American voters.

* 87% of journalism majors say they regret their decision and would pick a different major if they could, according to CNBC, citing a ZipRecruiter survey of more than 1,500 college graduates who were looking for a job.

* Headline: Ukraine accuses Russians of raping women in prison and beating men to death.  Umm, that could have been the headline for the past 1000 years. It’s hardly news that every woman in a Russian prison is raped. It’s a lot like announcing, “Democrat-run election found to be rigged, FBI refuses to Investigate.”

* Here’s another headline – Plus Sized Models Claim Discrimination – Having been to more than one LA nightclub/bar in my life, it’s shocking that the guys working the door would deny entry to a couple of ample-bodied chicks. The reality of heterosexual bars is that men spend a lot of money buying drinks for attractive women hoping that with enough lubrication, the women will engage in sexual activity with them.  That’s how bars stay open. The two +++ women would buy one drink each and sit there grieving over how attractive women are drinking expensive drinks bought by the men who showed up. There is one philosophy that some men have. “Go ugly early, save money and avoid disappointment.”  So the heavy girls could have gotten lucky. I’m just saying that there is an outside chance. Not at the Skybar or the more exclusive joints, but there – maybe?

 

It’s a Second Amendment Issue

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan is making clear her office will not be enforcing Oregon’s new “high capacity” magazine ban. The ban is part of Ballot Measure 114 (BM 114), which was heavily funded by out-of-state money.

BM 114 also requires Oregon residents to acquire a $65 permit in order to exercise their Second Amendment right to buy a firearm.

KATU quoted Sheriff Duncan commenting on BM 114, saying, “This is a terrible law for gun owners, crime victims, and public safety.  I want to send a clear message to Linn County residents that the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is NOT going to be enforcing magazine capacity limits.”

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Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan

 

Coin

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Coin Catastrophe

LSP’s Blog on Crypto Carnage reminded me of so many other schemes that I’ve seen fail in the past. I know people including shirttail relatives who are on suicide watch because they went big into various token-based investment vehicles, none of which were backed by tangible assets.  Whether it was FTX or Bitcoin, or some other “investment” vehicle,  there was the question of how it would spend as an alternative currency, how would the value be marked to market, and what backed the value other than new investment money being poured in because “there was a fixed amount of investment.” Could blockchain (the underlying crypto) be manipulated? The day it was cracked, the house of cards would fold. As it is now, people are fleeing and dumping their positions.

Do you recall when unscrupulous people were peddling Iraqi Dinars, promising they’d skyrocket? A guy who lived near me dumped $800K into Dinars and told me that he’d buy me a Corvette when his ship came in…yeah.

I suggested to LSP that in this environment, chinchilla ranching in Hillsboro might be a better investment than crypto.

A Personal Experience

Three years ago the Communist Chinese were striking about, looking for an Uber Crypto solution. A contact of mine, close to the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee approached me and asked for help creating Uber Crypto. I spoke in turn with Nick Spanos, who flew out from NYNY and we had dinner in San Diego. I’m sure that Nick will recall the conversation. My position was that the Chinese could create an anonymous coin, using blockchain if it was backed by physical gold (which the Standing Committee had a pile of) and if it was redeemable at different locations around the world with the central vault being located in Switzerland.

I had a place that would store that much physical gold securely. The Swiss would audit the physical gold and insure its integrity, etc. Sounds good? The Chinese interest quickly faded when there was no scam angle to exploit and we all went our own ways.

I hear you asking, “Why would you help the Communists, LL?” If they did it as specified, it would be a valuable thing for everyone. It would be a way to carry gold in blockchain and redeem it essentially anywhere on Earth out of the view of ANY government. When the Commies figured that out, they didn’t want to do it. They do it with underground banking routes now and the coin would cause them to commit billions in gold that they had very minimal control over because of blockchain.

I would have bought gold-backed crypto but valueless Ponzie crypto never had much appeal.

Sunday Supplemental

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In Arizona

There’s enough irregularity in the balloting that it’s impossible to know who won the election, and that’s the point.

 

Identify the Aircraft

 

In Ukraine

In winter the Dnieper freezes over, usually after a 20-day spell of subzero temperature. The average freezing and thawing dates for Kyiv are 17 December and 24 March; for Cherkasy, 23 December and 22 March; for Zaporizhia, 5 January and 9 March; for Kherson, 3 January and 3 March. The question each winter is how solid the ice is. The Russians still have 30,000 soldiers on the other side of the Dnieper if you get my drift.

 

Bullet Points:

* The rise of automation could be set to enter hyperdrive speed at Amazon warehouses nationwide in response to Covid lockdowns, unionization, and the drive to improve margins via reducing labor costs. Human order pickers could be replaced within this decade by a new robotic arm that relies entirely on artificial intelligence and suction cups to identify and fulfill customer orders.

Amazon unveiled the “Sparrow” robot last Thursday, which can detect, select, and handle millions of items in a warehouse to complete a customer order, rendering a human picker obsolete.

* Idiocracy was meant to be a movie, not a prophecy. A dumb guy and a whore run the world. Holywood needs to do a remake and cast Fetterman in the leading role.

* Dallas Airshow mid-air collision – Some of you might have been there. I received a text in real-time. What a tragedy.  The FAA says the planes in question were a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63. As the B-17 (the larger aircraft) is heading toward the airport, the smaller P-63 seems to come out of nowhere and clips the back of it … which sends both of them plummeting.

When did it go from Confederate Air Force to Commemorative Air Force?

* John Wick 4 –  The Fourth of the series is due out in March 2023. With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hitman John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin. The first episode in the series made more sense than some of the subsequent additions to what became a franchise. The whole ‘I can top that’ works sometimes. Sometimes it doesn’t.

* “The Hoover-era FBI plunged into such infamous excess via snooping programs like COINTELPRO — from trying to blackmail Martin Luther King, Jr. into suicide to opening intelligence files on as many as 500,000 Americans, including a list of 26,000 “to be rounded up in the event of a national emergency” — that Congress in 1975 was forced to intervene. Led by Idaho Senator Frank Church, a Senate oversight committee uncovered deep rot, finding the FBI secretly went “beyond its law” to “disrupt, discredit and harass groups and individuals.”

The Church hearings led to reforms that checked the Bureau’s worst instincts, for a time. Now the beast is back. The FBI not only is deep into the domestic spying game again but it’s also accrued broad new powers, including the authority to collect intelligence on Americans virtually without limit.

* 52 years ago today someone thought it would be a good idea to use a half-ton of TNT to remove a dead whale from a beach near Florence, Oregon. They now have a park dedicated to the occasion.  I don’t really understand the whole park thing. The whale carcass was too big and rotten to be moved. Blowing it up made some sense.

Sermonette

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I came across an article that was written as a response to a broader discussion regarding the nature of consciousness and the mind. The scientist writing the article took the position that all mental activity, and therefore all subjective experience, is just neurochemistry. That is, all thought can be reduced down to the motions of molecules in the brain.

His point was that we can trace neural pathways in the brain, and because we can do this we have discovered the source of consciousness. In making this assertion he was arguing against the possibility of consciousness being a separate entity apart from the measurable neurochemistry in the brain. His reasoning was that there was no evidence that human consciousness operated independently of the neuron activity in the brain. From a scientific standpoint, he has a very strong argument. There is no evidence that has ever been measured of human consciousness operating independently of a human brain. As he put it, the “default hypothesis must be that brains cause consciousness.” There is nothing to prove otherwise.

In making his argument that there is no evidence for consciousness independent of a functioning brain, he gave the following challenge in the form of a question.

“Where is the evidence for consciousness being fundamental to the cosmos?”

We must acknowledge that we have not yet observed free-floating consciousnesses in the universe. We cannot look through a telescope, in a particle accelerator, or in a microscope and observe a consciousness apart from the neural activity in our brains. So what evidence is there for consciousness in the universe?

That it exists.

Right now as you are reading this you are aware of your own existence. That fact alone is evidence that there is at least one consciousness, and that it is fundamental to the universe. You may also realize that you cannot observe, experience, or measure my consciousness. You can observe the effects of my consciousness on how I act and speak, but you cannot directly observe my consciousness. (As a side note, if you were to insist that yours was the only consciousness in the cosmos and that everyone else was just clever machines then you would be slipping into the philosophy of solipsism.) So when the author of the article asked what evidence there was for consciousness being fundamental, the evidence is that it exists.

While his arguments may seem modern with their emphasis on neurochemistry, this argument is actually quite old and has been debated as far back as the ancient Greek philosophers. I can tell someone is a conscious being because of the way they act. I can observe their actions and how they react to language and conclude that they are independent-thinking beings. All we have done with modern neuroscience is to do the exact same thing, but now with fancy equipment. It’s a bit like inventing the car or the airplane and then concluding, “Now we have solved the puzzle of human motion! We now know how humans move!”

No, all we have done is take the same fundamental problem and wrapped it in a new shinier, more complex skin.

We have not solved the problem of consciousness. We still have not observed consciousness. We can observe the motions that result from consciousness, but we have not observed someone’s self-awareness. We may be closer to solving the riddle of human consciousness but we have not yet done it. Until then the idea that “brains cause consciousness” is not the “default hypothesis”. To insist that “brains cause consciousness” is to assume a conclusion for which there is no evidence, while our own self-awareness is evidence that our consciousness is independent of our own neurochemistry,

Until we know what consciousness, or self-awareness, is, and not just its effects, we cannot say that we have no evidence of consciousness outside the measurable motions of neurochemistry. But we do have evidence that consciousness exists.

Just think about it.

The Saturday Story

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Russian (Chechyn) Recruits

 

A Word from your Commander-in-Chief

 

Bullet Points:

* There was a man named Harald Bluetooth who was a legend among the Norse. He was the Viking King of modern-day Denmark and Norway. During the time that he ruled, he was able to bring the surrounding Viking tribes together to create a place where they could all co-exist. Many years later, Jim Kardach, who is the founder of Bluetooth, named his invention after King Bluetooth.

* As I look back on my career, I realize that none of my grandchildren could do what I did. Promotions and hires were based on merit. That’s seldom the case now.

…”the Navy’s recent decision, described above, to cease ‘blind review’ of personnel files by officer promotion boards after the blind reviews led to fewer minority promotions than before.” If the objective is to find the most qualified candidate, it is unclear how a photograph’s revealing race or ethnicity is relevant to a promotion selection decision—as opposed to being guided in that decision solely by the record of the officer’s experiences and performance reports. (from CDR SAL)

* Old Wooden-Head has a plan – Appearing alongside WEF President Børge Brende and various corporate executives, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that it is urgent for the private sector to pair with governments to realize the goal of preventing the global temperature from rising and to save lives in the allegedly looming global climate crisis, Breitbart reported.

“So there you have it. These globalists are on a mission to destroy not only the individual freedom that millions of Westerners have enjoyed in the Post-World War II era, but they also plan to destroy the market capitalism that led to a prosperous middle class. As long as the middle class is prosperous, it remains independent and capable of critical thinking. Wipe out their wealth and you wipe out their ability to think independently and make their own decisions.”

* Trump-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Joe Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan.

* Isn’t interesting how democrat ballots continue to arrive at ballot counting locations across the nation long after the deadline for submission has ended? Maybe complaining is racist and transphobic?

* It’s 11:59 on Radio Free America; this is Uncle Sam, with music, and the truth until dawn. Right now I’ve got a few words for some of our brothers and sisters in the occupied zone. The chair is against the wall. The chair is against the wall. John has a long mustache. John has a long mustache. It’s twelve o’clock, American, another day closer to victory. And for all of you out there, on, or behind the line, this is your song.”

 

I received a few e-mails asking me how I felt about the fact that it takes Arizona at least a week to count ballots.  I thought about it for a while.

 

The War in Ukraine

There have been questions about Ukraine’s military casualties so far in 2022. They’re listing about 10,000 killed which means (rule of thumb) another 20,000 wounded. The question of NATO fighting the war in Ukraine to the last Ukrainian is a significant one because while there is considerable information about the Russian recruiting woes, there is very little about Ukraine. It’s as if the mainstream media has a narrative that it is pursuing to keep the cash flowing.

Radio Free Europe reports (h/t Claudio) that Chechnya has experienced some recruiting challenges in its efforts to feed the meat grinder. The trick it would seem is to enter the military with a full winter uniform and load out, a rifle that fires, significant food, and ammunition. Apparently, the Chechens are going to the front with most of what they need as opposed to the average Russian recruit who has his uniform stolen as soon as he arrives at the depot. Training is said to take a couple of weeks and off they go to the front, often without food.

Ukraine is dedicated to recapturing Crimea from Russia and they’ve choked off much of the supplies that the army needs to operate. Logistics wins wars. This winter will be a hard one for Russian troops. The leadership won’t feel a pinch though.

 

Cartoon of the Day

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Yo ho, yo ho!

 

 

Dueling Populisms

An e-book by Victor Davis Hanson is available to read here. It’s a nine-page publication.

“We are still in the midst of a populist pushback against the two political parties. The nature and themes are ancient – on the one hand, an urban and radical effort to redistribute wealth and use government to enforce equality,  and, on the other,  a counter-revolutionary pushback of the middle classes determined to restore liberty, limited government, sovereign borders, and traditional values.”

 

 

Surrender?

Vladimir Putin has been offered surrender terms by the West, a respected Russian policy expert said today, as Moscow’s troops were forced to withdraw from the city of Kherson in yet another humiliating defeat.

Professor Valery Solovey, formerly at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Relations and who claims to have connections in the Kremlin, said the surrender would see Russia give up all territory in Ukraine with the exception of Crimea which would become a demilitarized zone and its status not discussed again until 2029.

In return, Putin and his cronies would avoid criminal charges over the war and be allowed to remain in power, Solovey claimed. He said the proposal had been discussed between Kyiv and its Western allies before being presented to Putin’s inner circle – who had reacted positively to the idea.

 

It’s only $11

Pedo Joe plans to hand $11 billion to other countries to help them cope with climate change. Biden climate czar John Kerry: “We desperately need the money. There is not enough money in any country in the world to actually solve [climate change]. It takes trillions and no government that I know of is ready to put trillions into this on an annual basis.” pic.twitter.com/tVgl40CWOR

The question is how much skim can be had from $11 billion because the whole climate change/green new deal is a scam. After 10% for the big guy, there are plenty of table scraps for the swamp.

 

Why did pirates have nicknames?

On the one hand, they used monikers to hide their true name and protect themselves. But that often didn’t help because it quickly became known who was hiding behind it. But the other thing was that the ladies and gentlemen tried to cause a stir with their nicknames so that the victims would be afraid when they heard names like Blackbeard, Black Sam or Half Butt. Whereas I rather think that they laughed themselves to death when they heard Half Butt.

Some got their names by their appearance, like Stede Bonnet the Gentleman Pirate, or Henry Avery the Arch Pirate. Others because of their appearance or some distinctive feature, like John Rackham also known as Calico Jack, or Edward Teach also known as Blackbeard. John Derdrake, known as Jack of the Baltic, got this name because of his hunting ground, while Olivier Levasseur, also known as La Buse/ the Buzzard, was known for his speed in capturing a ship.

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The capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718 depicting the battle between Blackbeard and Lieutenant Maynard in Ocracoke Bay, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) 

Although one might think that they all had a nickname, this was not the case. A very large number of them were also known by their normal, clear names because it didn’t matter to them whether they were known or not, it was all about the prey, and the flag was usually enough to cause fear and terror.

 

Random Thoughts

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Secret War

How many troops does the US have in Africa and what percentage of those deployed are engaged in a secret war, run from Stuttgart, Germany (HQ AFRICOM)?

“THE UNITED STATES has fought more than a dozen “secret wars” over the last two decades, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law.

Through a combination of ground combat, airstrikes, and operations by U.S. proxy forces, these conflicts have raged from Africa to the Middle East to Asia, often completely unknown to the American people and with minimal congressional oversight.

“This proliferation of secret war is a relatively recent phenomenon, and it is undemocratic and dangerous,” wrote Katherine Yon Ebright, counsel in the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.

“The conduct of undisclosed hostilities in unreported countries contravenes our constitutional design. It invites military escalation that is unforeseeable to the public, to Congress, and even to the diplomats charged with managing U.S. foreign relations.”

These clandestine conflicts have been enabled by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, enacted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, as well as the covert action statute, which allows secret, unattributed operations, primarily conducted by the CIA.”

 

Primer for City People

So for those that don’t know much about Bovines ie: cows/bulls and even bison this is for you.

If you are not sure where baby cows come from, here is a cows nest. As you can see the eggs in this particular nest are all white. White eggs generally mean that the cow being born will either be a beef cow or a dairy cow that will only produce white milk. But if the eggs are brown (Which is rare) you will end up with a cow that is used solely for the production of chocolate milk.

 

Identify the Experimental Aircraft

 

Identify the US Navy Aircraft

 

Bullet Points:

* Pfizer is looking for guinea pigs to experiment on with their new and improved flu vax. I’m sure they’d give you lunch money if you agreed to help with their experiment.

* Cleo’s Tomb – The massive tunnel was discovered by an Egyptian-Dominican archaeological research team from the University of Santo Domingo in the area of the Temple of Tapozeris Magna, just west of Alexandria, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced last week.

* Tiger Eyes – In Roman times, the so-called ′Tiger Eyes′ small white stones that were placed among the stones on the road so that they could be seen at night.

* Always take a critical view of what you read. If the subject is of any importance, take the time to learn the detailed facts behind the headlines, and bear in mind that the people writing those headlines and stories may have agendas of their own to push, sometimes unconsciously.

A quote from 1965:

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a victim, and make the victim look like he’s criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X.

I’ll bet you never thought I’d be quoting Malcolm X, did you?

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What could this mean?

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Map

Map of languages of the Eastern Roman Empire, ca 500 AD.

It is slightly off – Greek advanced a bit higher in Italy and a bit further west on Sicily but it is a good map overall.

errata: Firstly, Turks did not arrive in Anatolia until the 1000s. This map is 500 AD. Please read carefully.

Secondly, Modern “Macedonia” [Slavic] was a creation of Tito, and “Macedonian” is the Western Dialect of the Bulgarian language. Makedonia is a Greek region and genuine ethnic Macedonians are Greeks. This is why Alexander spread the Greek language and religion.

Lastly, I am aware that South Slavs did not exist in the Balkans at this point. I did not make this map.

I was reading about the distribution of languages in the Eastern Roman Empire and came across this map. It’s illustrative of what is out there and why you have to read carefully.

Parting Shot

Veteran’s Day

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Bullet Points:

* Hide your Courting Tackle! Harvard-affiliated children’s hospital recommends boys ‘tuck’ their genitals ‘to reduce gender dysphoria’ — despite long-term damage risks.  – The diamond cutter will etch glass, and it will tear through jeans…

* Pipe Down! The term pipe down was used in two ways. It was used as a whistle signal over the Boatswain’s call. Because that was the last call at night, and immediately everything went quiet and the night’s rest was initiated. But if it was communicated verbally, the other person was told in a friendly way to shut up and be quiet.

* If your voting machines “break”, you can spend all day “fixing” them and require voters to stand in line for hours. All you need is about 5% to have to go to work or pick up children and you’ve successfully accomplished your voter suppression program. And if voters just want to drop off ballots, you don’t accept those at all because of a glitch in the system. Welcome to Arizona.

* Usually if we were to think of the things that God might judge us for we tend to think of the big and drastic things, like murder or adultery. But I think that in the end, the things that God cares about the most are how we treat our own children, because how we treat our own children, and our elderly who are wholly dependent on us, is a greater indicator of who we are, both individually and as a society.

* From Evil News – In 2014, a patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that outlines the future – which is now the present – of chemical and biological warfare. Entitled “Toxic mosquito aerial release system,” the patent, which was issued as US8967029B1, outlines a system of spraying for biological, chemical, or other materials using “unmanned aerial vehicle[s] operable by remote control.”

* House of Representatives – FBI Corruption Report The thousand-page report builds on various whistleblower disclosures describing the FBI’s Washington hierarchy as “rotted at its core” with a “systemic culture of unaccountability.” The report also highlights how the FBI has weaponized the federal government against its political opponents, illustrates how FBI leadership shows a political bias against conservatives, and enumerates instances where senior officials have pressured agents to reclassify cases as domestic violent extremism to fit a political narrative.

* Persecution of the innocent – UK – Maurice Snelling (72) was found guilty of violating the tier-three lockdown restrictions put in place by the British government in 2020 after he pled guilty to perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to six months in prison. He sold mince pies. “[Snelling] is anti-establishment, especially to the police. He doesn’t like being told what to do. He treated police with resentment,” Judge Fletcher said.  Even though that was in England, the same sort of government bullshit went on in the US. And people ask me why I “went Galt” and left civilization. I saw it coming. I saw all of it. 

It’s interesting how the my body, my choice mantra was abandoned and the government keeps trying to force us to take a TOXIC vaccination – even after countless medical journals confirm that it’s dangerous.

I’m surprised that HM Government didn’t order death by vaccination for the 72-year-old pie seller.

 

 

Bad Luck at Sea

Besides women, priests, flowers, whistling, ringing glass and, of course, the arch-enemy of all – the banana – there was another item that was highly despised. The umbrella, which, by the way, also includes the ladies’ small parasols.

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Portsmouth Dockyard, by James Tissot, 1877 

Umbrellas were frowned upon because by their very nature they were associated with bad weather, and the sailor had no need of climatic elements that refused to cooperate with him in his desire to make a safe and speedy voyage; an umbrella aboard ship was therefore quite likely to incite the gods of the ocean into venting their considerable spleen. One wonders if an echo of this belief is the frequent warning against opening an umbrella inside a dwelling.

Of Topical Interest

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SDV

 

From the glory wall in my office at the WWM.

Context and Precedence –  One component of Naval Special warfare that the public and sometimes the military overlooks is the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams. SDV Teams are considered National Asset Teams and are Tier 1. SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams specialize in three primary mission sets: underwater insertion and extraction of special operations troops, underwater special operations, and underwater/maritime special reconnaissance.

The SEAL Delivery Vehicle is a manned submersible and a type of swimmer delivery vehicle (water inside, not dry) used to deliver United States Navy SEALs and their equipment for special operations missions. The SDV, which has been in continuous service since 1983, is used primarily for covert or clandestine missions to denied access areas. It is generally deployed from the Dry Deck Shelter (DDS) on a specially-modified attack or ballistic missile submarines. Teams of SEALs are specially trained to operate the submersible on dives that can last up to 12–14 hours utilizing multiple UBAs (underwater breathing apparatus) scuba, closed circuit, and mixed gas.

In the event of a conflict with China, for example, SDV Teams could transport SEAL operators close to enemy harbors or to other strategic targets, such as the Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) that can prevent U.S. Navy aircraft carriers from getting within range. SDVs are able to unilaterally attack enemy warships in a harbor by placing limpet mines, or other explosive devices on ships or detonating other devices that would block the entrance and stop or stall traffic. Finally, SDVs are able to operate close to enemy shores, emplace sensors, and reconnoiter before sending vital intelligence back to headquarters to inform commanders.

New Platforms – I don’t think that the new MK-11 SEAL Delivery Vehicle is much of a secret.  It’s the new shallow water mini-sub that is slated to replace the US Navy’s MK-8 SDV.  Clearly, the operational details of the sub will be classified. As with the MK-8, everyone in the submarine is “wet” and breathing either O2 from a Drager-style unit or compressed gas.

As this blog’s readership may be aware, I served as an officer at SDVT-One some thirty years ago (time flies), so I am generally interested. in the development of both the newer wet SDVs and a dry SDV that will be coming online in the future. The Advanced SDV (ASDV) program was canceled some years ago and the new dry sub is different than that one.

The Incident –  A new MK-11 SDV, collided with a fixed object on October 24 while underwater.  Nobody was injured. Naval Safety Command listed the SDV collision as a “Class A” mishap, which connotes damages of more than $2.5 million.

Having been in the business, I’d bet you a really good hamburger that I could come close to telling you what happened since I’m an old armchair shallow-water submariner. I’m not going to do that, but the operating environment that the SDVs can operate in – harbors and so forth – is full of obstacles. Nobody asked for my input on the new SDVs but from the design, much of the old MK-8 engineering was retained. Teledyne-Brown stretched a MK-8, adding a new propulsion plant and a new sensor suite, but some of the flaws may remain.

JSOC (parent command for NAVSPECWARCOM) is content to throw money at these SDV projects because they do have value. If it was Big Navy money, they’d be far more parsimonious. SEAL programs pre-JSOC and post-JSOC – essentially placed under the control of the US Army were like night and day. The Army didn’t mind spending money and the big deck admirals (black shoe) and airedales (brown shoe) held a certain disdain for the camouflage navy.

You know that somebody had his ass on a plate for breaking the submarine because it’s the Navy. I can only hope that they learn instead of just persecuting people and that Teledyne Brown changes the design to better fit operational realities.

Is it Already Thursday?

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Today marks 247 years since the founding of the Marine Corps in Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern in 1775. Happy birthday, Devil Dogs! The day is best celebrated in a tavern.

The Navy always sends its men in first to secure the beaches for the Marines. You’re welcome.

 

Good News

Old Pedo Joe Biden announced that he will be running for a second term in 2024 and big democrat money will be poured into that hole.  Take up all the bandwidth, you old baby raper.

You can’t blame him. Fetterman’s win in Pennsylvania – the victory of a stroke victim who can’t put five words together, energized the old pedophile. He believes that he can actually put six words together if there is a teleprompter and that means that he’s smarter than the average democrat.

All I can do is offer my congratulations on his decision and encourage him, “run Pedo Joe, run!” Virtual Mirage wanted to endorse Sen Elect Fetterman for the democrat nomination in 2024, but his handlers say that he’s peter principled himself as far as he’s likely to go. Absent him, we endorse Joe Biden as the democrat candidate for president in 2024.

 

Bullet Points

* A Consolation Prize? The Federalist touts GOP victories.

* Democrat Anthony “Tony” DeLuca died Oct. 9 “after a brief battle with lymphoma, a disease he twice previously beat. He was 85,” the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus wrote. “While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously.  Because of early voting,  he got enough votes to win before he died.

* Fox News Canadian-American Anchor John Roberts lectured AZ Republican Candidate for Governor, Kari Lake, on her skepticism about a free press in America following her speech on election night. Roberts forgot to add the part about how government today selects which voices will be heard, and big tech decides which voices will be amplified.

* Watch out, she’ll spit in your food.

 

 

 

 

* Slavery. has been an aspect of the human condition since the record of human history began. The whining victims in the inner city (freed in the US in 1863) need to keep this in mind in 2022. The Code of Hammurabi is the oldest best-preserved legal text from the ancient near east and contains several articles dealing with slaves; “If anyone finds runaway male or female slaves in the open country and brings them to their masters, the master of the slaves shall pay him two shekels of silver.”

* DeSantis purged the voter rolls of dead voters and those who no longer lived in Florida. He got rid of universal mail-in voting. He won in a landslide. He won Miami-Dade County. It’s not about hacked voting machines. It’s not about fake ballots. It’s about simple election policy changes that make sense. Those who spent the last 2 years complaining about fraud rather than implementing the rule changes necessary to prevent it need to take a step back and reassess before we get to the primary season for the 2024 election.

* The Bee – outlines the telephone conversation between FJB and Fetterman.

 

In Ukraine

The War Mapper has the graphic details of Russian retreat across the Dnieper.

Commander Salamander has additional advice for the Ukraine Army on his blog yesterday.

A winter offensive – yes, it’s the way to starve out the Russians in the Crimea region. Would Russia use nuclear weapons to lift the siege? It’s unlikely.