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The Obama-Biden Plan

Barack’s White House had a love affair with Iran. It was a dangerous thing because the shot callers in Iran are evil men who wrap themselves in the vernier of faith. They use religion as a mechanism to control a population and bend them to their will.

I am most profoundly thankful for President Trump’s reversal of fortunes for the Iranian mullahs. They’re waiting to see whether or not they can get their man (Biden) back in the Oval Office to do their bidding.

 

 

I guess we should have some more religious commentary on the Sermonette, but you’ll have to settle for this map.

And this:

Matthew 13:28

 

The Soviet Union Ends

Soviet Troops leaving Afghanistan May 1988

Modern Russia is not the old Soviet Union. I realize that many Americans don’t understand that and work hard to keep the old Cold War going. But in many ways it’s apples and oranges.

The Daisy Chain

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Leap Frog

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.

Access Managers

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 SocietyBest Friends Animal SocietyMonster.comToyotaDaimler AGSES AmericomCorning Inc., LabCorpIBMLionsgate FilmsBest 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

It’s the Weekend

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They Called Him “Baldy”

Lt. General Richard S. Ewell, C.S.A., fought under General Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee during the American Civil War/War of Northern Aggression/War of the Rebellion – photo c. 1865

 

Guns and Pills

So if the government was to use your tax dollars to purchase a firearm for you (with ammo), which would it be?

 

Classic Galil and Modern Galil

 

Idiots

A factoid for you to consider.

The gold death mask of Tutankhamun is arguably the most famous artifact in the world. The 11 kg death mask of pharaoh Tutankhamun was restored in 2015. The work was more than just the careful repair of a 3300 year old death mask.

In August 2014, cleaning staff in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo mishandled the mask, dropping it. In so doing, they accidentally knocked off the beard of Tutankhamun’s death mask. In no time at all, they glued the separated beard back on with an insoluble epoxy resin ( also known as superglue ). This was not a good idea, as it later turned out: “They didn’t reattach the beard in its original position, the beard tilted slightly to the left side.”

 

Some Maps – express possibly more arcane information than you need. In this case, the evolution of the word “apricot” though Europe. Now, I love apricots, so don’t get me wrong. I’m not putting down the tree or the fruit.

 

Evolution

It’s not just the word “apricot” that evolved. One of the most remarkable points of evolution occurred in powered flight. Orville and Wilbur Wright, made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17th, 1903.

Fifteen years later, powered flight evolved to this during the first world war

(above) Jasta 1 – Josef Kister and his Albatros DVa – Mont St Martin June 1918

Roughly fifty years after that, July 20, 1969, man landed on the Moon.

And where are we today, roughly fifty years later?

Tanks – for the memories

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Leopard 2 A4

Type 99 (China)

 

Leopard 2 A4 (Greece)

 

Leopard 2 A7 (Denmark)

 

The Hotchkiss H-35 Tank

Hotchkiss H35 tanks in service with the 7. SS-Freiwilligen Gebirgs-Division “Prinz Eugen” in the Balklans, 1941.

 

LeClerc (France)

 

Europe – 242 AD

Gordian III’s Persian War ( summer 242). Pupienus and Balbinus ruled Rome for just a few months before they were assassinated by the Praetorian Guard in July 238, leaving the 13-year-old Gordian III as sole emperor. Meanwhile, Sasanian Persia continued to expand, capturing Hatra, capital of the Roman-aligned Kingdom of Araba, in 240 or 241. From Hatra, the Persians invaded the Roman Empire itself, leading Gordian to rally his troops and declare war in 242.

 

If you’re not Dutch, you’re not much.” And that says a lot since I’m not Dutch… Though I do have Fresian ancestors (way back). Would that count?

 

Otto von Bismarck

Pictures

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Boat Shots, Glory Shots etc.

Every time I look at these photos, I resolve to go out and buy a civilian RIB for use on the larger Arizona lakes.  No, those lakes are not the ocean, but I don’t need a 28′ RIB either.

Yes, Fredd, I know, BOAT means, “break out another thousand”.

Four Eyes

 

Train-Train-Train

Back in Barack’s first term as president, he tried to organize a civilian paramilitary organization, along the line of Hitler’s brown shirts, that would be comprised of inner city people and would be “larger and better funded than the military.” That vision of imperial greatness dissipated when some Democrat insiders realized that there weren’t enough inner city people…given the body count they were likely to suffer. And illegal aliens aren’t flooding to America to be killed.

So the Donkeys are promoting riots to show that President Trump is not in control and once the brain-dead Biden is in office, the rioting will stop. And they can de-fund the police and at the same time work at confiscating firearms in private hands.

New Jersey, progressive state, is starting by TAXING firearms into oblivion. Of course, people can vote the progs out of office – if they are allowed to vote. Because the mail is a tricky thing.

 

Group Photo

c 1980

The Osprey

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the Osprey. It’s another tool in the amphibious warfare arsenal, and not the least bit stealthy, but faster than rotors, and I’d rather ride on one of them – to the beach – than a hovercraft or an amphibious armored personnel carrier (iron coffin). The Marines have gone big with the Osprey and I guess that it works well enough.

I’m told that the Ospreys operate better at higher altitudes than helicopters do. Useful in the Hindu Kush, but there aren’t that many places where we have wars over 10K feet in elevation.

We’ll see how they preform in the coming war with China. They need to be blooded in combat before I can press my personal seal of approval on them.

 

Happy Birthday

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It’s the only flag flying on the Moon…

 

US Marine Colonel Francis Fenton conducting the funeral of his son Private First Class Mike Fenton, near Shuri, Okinawa, May 1945.

 

Deeds are no less valiant because they go unpraised.

This and That

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Das Boot

 

What are the most realistic War Movies of all time?

I think that Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan (produced at about the same time) were both great Army films.  Das Boot, was a great Navy film as was The Enemy Below. The Thin Red Line (Army on Guadalcanal) was also good if you fast forwarded through the BS. The Beast (Russian T-55 in Afghanistan) was good as well. Come and See, a Byelorussian film was accurate and portrayed the SS Dirlewanger Brigade, who were notoriously ruthless and did a lot of their work behind German lines on civilians. Not a pretty film, very gritty.

This is an opportunity for you to vote for your favorite.

There are others of course, various period pieces, I just plucked a few out of thin air.

 

BW Bandy’s Blog – The View from Here

His blog features Canadian landscape and Canadian ghost towns. There is a lot of open land in Canada. More people live in the red than the white: Data taken from 2016 Canadian Census

 

Secure Voice

Yes, there are a lot of secure voice systems available in the US if you are part of USGOV. Not so much if you’re not. So where do you turn if you want to have a private conversation on the phone? CryptoPhone T3 is one option. The encryption system works a lot like a one-time pad. Each time two people with the encryption system make a telephone connection, a new key is generated randomly. Essentially, an intelligence agency needs to conduct a brute force attack on the encryption with every telephone call. I’m not saying that NSA can’t crack it. I’m saying that it’s more work.

I’m not a paid spokesperson for CryptoPhone. Just offering random advice in the event that you think you need it. Both parties to the call need an encryption module, that plugs into the satphone or regular android phone.

 

The English Language – Interpreted in Asia

Ok, not just Asia – in Asian restaurants in the US too.

 

Ingram M-6 submachine gun

Ingram M-6

Designed by Gordon B. Ingram of the MAC-10 fame, manufactured by Police Ordnance Co c.1949-52. .45 ACP 30-round removable box magazine, open bolt select fire. Designed as a low-cost Thompson submachine gun alternative, Ingram’s M-6 had some success with South American militaries and some US law enforcement agencies, but you just don’t see them around much.

They fire from an open bolt, and are not in the same class as modern submachine guns, but they are fun to shoot (like the M-1 Thompson).

 

CNN– the most trusted name in news?

Trump’s Fault

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Russia-Russia-Russia

You’d think that the Democrats could come up with something better than that, because as soon as the COVID scam, or the impeachment scam, or the Mueller Report, or the riots begin to fail, it’s the fall-back.

And CNN/MSNBC and the rest of the lying scum in the mainstream media begin to spit out the same old tired talking points with enthusiasm. They’re looking for something else (anything) but until they manufacture it, Russia will have to do. Because Russia is scary (China is an ally of the Left, so they aren’t), and who knows but what the Russians could come marching down Main Street America at any moment? There are a lot of weak minded fools who swallow this BS time and time again.

The reality is that over the past fifty years, the US has meddled in the Russian political process for about fifty years. We meddle in a LOT of elections. And somehow it’s so offensive when enemy states meddle in our elections?

 

 

Now, Some Entertainment

The Oceanmaker 

In a dystopian future when the oceans have dried up, a lone, intrepid (animated) pilot risks all to make it rain (again).

 

China in Focus

Video

China’s agriculture is already suffering from floods and drought. And now China’s southern provinces are facing their worst locust plague in decades.

Massive protests broke out over the weekend in Inner Mongolia. This came after a leaked secret order from Beijing, which some are calling a “cultural genocide.”

A high-profile Australian TV anchor has been detained in Beijing. She’s long appeared on business programs for China’s state-run English news channel CGTN. The news is adding fuel to already tense Australia-China relations.

China is hoping to get rid of its reliance on Western technology for high-end chips. With one key company (Huawei) coming to a halt, that dream is now hitting a major roadblock.

The Czech Republic’s second highest official is in Taiwan on a six day visit against the will of China. The Czech official called on Taiwan to defend its freedom and said democratic countries should support each other.

 

Weld-er-up

 

Maps

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US National Geospatial Agency

 

Context

I have always been fascinated by maps of all sorts. If I was young again, maybe I would have gone to work for the US National Geospacial Intelligence Agency. It used to be the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (stood up in 1996), working closely with the National Reconnaissance Office, the part of CIA that managed satellites. Now its parent organization is the Department of Defense. (a rose by any other name) I suspect that it’s now under the US Space Force, but I don’t know that for sure.

Frankly I didn’t know they existed under the new banner until I was doing some work circa 2007 and there was a small list of consumers of information that had access to that work and one of them that was scoring it high (a fan, you could say) was the director of the NGIA. “Who is that/what is that?” There are a lot of alphabet agencies in the Beltway that many people haven’t heard of, and they change names from time to time. Anyway, the director was most kind and made me feel like a rock star.

So now you know of my obsession with maps, charts, and things like that. I think that it started when I was young, and now that I’m older, that hasn’t changed at all.

Onyx

My favorite imagery satellite is the KH-12 (which is technically an improved KH-11). The KH-12 is a $1 billion satellite that resembles the Hubble Space Telescope, except it is looking at our planet. For security reasons, there are no published orbit schedules for imagery spacecraft. They are supplemented by the 15-ton Lacrosse-class radar-imaging satellites (Onyx Program).

That class of satellite was supposed to be discontinued by now, because of a new generation coming on-line, but that has apparently been delayed. Commercial satellites are also taking on the role that US intelligence satellites used to dominate. Classification issues, make Google Earth more of a go-to by military people in many settings because there isn’t the hassle of using military channels of information.

Anyway, Maps… I just like them.

 

Projected 2020 election results by county.

I think that the map is wrong. I predict a much larger Trump landslide. One can but hope.

 

Are the Gods Angry?

Lightning that sparked two of the California’s largest-ever wildfires was extraordinarily unusual for the state, comprising about 11 percent of the average annual lightning activity.

 

More people live in the yellow area than in the red area.

 

Places ending in -stan

 

Why is there so much dissatisfaction in the UK?

 

Most Famous Brand (from each US State)

I would have expected that Florida would have gone to Hooters…having been to beaches in Florida.

 

Down Under

When you flush a toilet in Australia, the water moves clockwise, which is weird if you’re from the Northern Hemisphere. The first time I went there I must have flushed the toilet a dozen times, just to watch. Because of the rotation of the Earth, the Coriolis effect means that hurricanes and other giant storm systems swirl counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

I don’t think that has anything to do with population distribution in Australia. I think that I could live in Australia, except that they have this mindset that only criminals should have firearms. They are denied to the law abiding.

 

Alexander

The Empire of Alexander the Great compared to the Ottoman Empire.

  • Red; Only controlled by the Ottomans
  • Blue; Only controlled by Alexander the Great
  • Yellow; Controlled by both

September Thoughts

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It’s Taco Tuesday

 

The Bouncing Ball

The National Basketball Association recently suspended its season. At the time, the reason given seemed plausibly justified, given the emergence of COVID-19 and that several players in the league have now tested positive. However, it has been confirmed by anonymous sources that a league shutdown has been in the making for months and that they were simply looking for a good excuse to shut it all down.

The players, led by Washington Generals All-Star Power Forward Art Tubolls, held a secret vote prior to the beginning of the season to suspend the league for any credible reason until President Donald Trump resigns from office or is voted out. Since much of the league is made up of Hollywood actor and musician wannabes, these millionaire crybabies overwhelming voted to approve the measure.

Shut it down, stop paying the ball-bouncers. The truth is that there are a lot of (other) people who would bounce a ball and shoot hoops for a fraction of what they’re paying these entitled jerks.

 

Europe is Expensive

Eastern Europe is less expensive, as the map details. It’s much better to do the busman’s holiday thing and travel there for some sort of work, subsisting on other people’s money. At least that’s how I look at the situation. Maybe it’s just that I’m cheap?

 

Snayperskaya Vintovka sistem’y Dragunova 

7.62x54mm 10-rounds, detachable box magazine, gas operated semi-automatic, PSO-1 scope. The SVD-63, or Dragunov rifle, is the USSR’s infantry sniper rifle. They were first manufactured in the early 1960’s.

There are a lot of haters (possibly to include me) who feel that the rifle is significantly over rated. The cartridge is under-powered for long range use, the action itself does not lend itself to precision and the scope is somewhere around average, and not anywhere near state of the art for sniping.

 

War

After 4 days of rain, August 25th, 1944 was a perfect summer’s day in Rouen, northern France.

Although there were many places where German soldiers could cross the Seine river and escape the incoming Allied armies, only a few heavy ferries and one damaged rail bridge which strong enough to allow heavy armor to cross were still operational in the northern sector.

Many soldiers converged on the Quai Jean de Bethencourt at Rouen, cramming the long quayside with vehicles of all sizes and shapes. It is estimated that at least 4,000 vehicles were massed at a time in the Rouen area.

24 Mitchells and 10 Boston medium bombers of RAF’s No 137 and 139 Wings arrived over Rouen at 7 p.m and bombed the left bank. The bombs landed amid the queued vehicles destroying more than 500 with a few bombs falling on the right bank killing some of those who had already crossed the river.

Four hours earlier an SS soldier sits on bollard 230 smoking his pipe while he waits his turn to cross. The scene is almost peaceful.

It’s a New Month

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Chancellor Hitler, Commander-in-Chief, discusses with his generals the situation on the Eastern (Polish) Front. c 1939. (National Archives)

September 1, 1939, Invasion of Poland, World War II began.

This day in history.

France declared war after Germany invaded Poland. There was a Pact in place where the UK and France guaranteed Poland against foreign invasion. The French pact was weak but the British were heavily obligated. France did declare war against it after Germany invaded Poland. They did not declare war against Russia. The reason for this was the 1939 Pact where they guaranteed Poland against foreign invasion by Germany. Britain, on the other hand, was legally obliged to attack both Germany AND Soviet Union, literally “at once” and to provide “all the support and assistance in its power“, per the 1939 pact. There was no legal trick that would allow Britain to avoid this. But they did nothing.

“Peace in our Time” in 1939 did not extend to Poland.

 

Life in 2020

 

Economic Muscle

U.S. metro areas vs. countries of the same economic size.

 

The major import partners of every country, split between the United States, the European Union, and China.

And this map is slowly changing with less emphasis on RED CHINA

 

Predators

Largest non-human Land Predator (by weight) in Each US State

 

 

Compendium

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Just because you can - doesn't mean you should

 

They’re out There…

It’s official, the Pentagon has a task force dedicated to studying UFOs. Whether they ever get to the lizard wearing a Hillary suit or not is anyone’s guess.

But once they’re identified, the task force will move on.

 

Alaska is HUGE

Alaska Superimposed on the Lower 48-Stretches from coast to coast

 

Average cloudiness in US in Summer

“Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day…”

 

The Trump administration says Alaska’s Pebble Mine can’t be permitted ‘as currently proposed’

 

Mask Madness

 

Give the Gift of Firearms

Then comes training.

 

Political Commentary

The difference between a dump truck and a Ferrari.

“Every Blade of Grass”

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Coldstream Guards Regiment

 

Coldstream Guards Regiment

There is a good history clip here. The ‘star and garter’, left, is the regimental crest, worn on hardware on dress uniforms.

As an infantry unit, I have no idea how they compare to other modern regiments in the British Army. Is there a selection process to become a grenadier guard or a Coldstreamer? Are guardsmen plucked from the ranks of the regular army? I understand that the Coldstream Guards now includes women in its ranks. Very progressive of them. In any event, the youtube video might be enlightening.

 

COVID-19 Advice

  1. If you keep the severed head of an enemy in one hand and a sword in the other, you will not touch your face.
  2. There is a .01% chance of rain and nobody outside is using their umbrella…What’s wrong with people?

 

Truth

 

Practice Makes Perfect

What the “progressive left” doesn’t grasp, and won’t until it’s too late, is that none of these guys support their agenda or their friends. Not a single one of them is a communist.

And in America, there is one of them, trained and often well blooded, behind every blade of grass. Trained well, disciplined, employed, and not given to fits of rage because wet work is best done cold.

 

 

In England there is a saying that the Lamb will make you a lion.

The English are offended if you mix it with Diet Coke, over ice.

Do it …for me

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Please read The City of Brass one more time.

I don’t care if you have it memorized.

 

 

Medusa and Memes

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Medusa (if things had gone differently for Perseus)

Medusa carries Perseus’ head low, at her side, and not aloft in triumph. This is not a self-aggrandizing hero lauding her great deed. This is a woman who wanted to be left alone. (Luciano Garbati, 2008)

I expect that Perseus commented that Medusa had put on a few pounds, extra junk in the trunk or the like. Cause and effect.

 

 

The older I get, the more I can identify with the fairy tale witches who moved out into the deep woods to get away from people and then killed people who showed up and bothered them.

And now, a few memes

 

 

NOT F-86 Sabers
Navy FJ-3 Furies

Revolutionaries and Reparations

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17e Régiment de Génie Parachutiste

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?

 

Revolutionaries

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.

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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.

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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

  • Blue: Countries that received the Marshall Plan
  • Sky Blue: Colonies of countries that received the Marshall Plan
  • Red: Countries that applied for the Marshall Plan but withdrew after the Soviet Union invaded them.

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)

Saturday Wrap Up

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(link to American Thinker)

Now that the CDC has declared mass COVID testing unnecessary, Democrats say ‘don’t trust the experts’

By Jack Hellner

The experts, the media, and other Democrats are so consistent in their response to COVID-19.

Now that the CDC sensibly says that people with no symptoms don’t need COVID tests, we are told by the brilliant New York governor Andrew Cuomo and others that we shouldn’t trust the experts.

Andrew Cuomo: New CDC Coronavirus Guidance ‘Political Propaganda’“I consider [CDC guidance] political propaganda,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “I would caution private companies against following the CDC guidance.”In the past, Cuomo has encouraged people in New York to adhere to past CDC workplace testing guidance. But the CDC tweaked its testing guidelines on Monday saying that people without coronavirus symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” if they were exposed to the virus.The New York Times is no better.  It claims that the CDC changed its guidance because of pressure from Trump.

I would ask Cuomo, the New York Times, and others when we have ever tested people with no symptoms for other viruses such as the seasonal flu.  The answer, as far as I can tell, is never, so why for this one?Maybe someday the CDC will stop the propaganda of counting any death remotely associated with COVID-19 as caused by COVID-19.  It appears that the numbers are goosed to scare the public.Think of how many fewer positive cases there would be if we counted only people with symptoms as we would normally.  The U.S. rate for positives is less than two percent of the population as it is.  What if we didn’t double- or triple-count people who continually test positive until they get a negative to go back to work?Dr. Deborah Birx said in May that she didn’t trust numbers from the CDC.  Remember this? 

‘There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,’ Dr. Deborah Birx said. Feared CDC’s statistics on mortality rate and case counts inflated by up to 25%.

So why should we?

Should we trust the WHO, which said in January that the virus wouldn’t spread human to human, or should we believe the people there now with all their dire predictions?

Should we trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said throughout January, February, and early March that COVID-19 wasn’t very dangerous in the U.S., or should we trust him now with his dire predictions?

Should we trust the CDC and WHO when they told us in March, after thousands of years of virus history, that we shouldn’t wear masks, or should we trust them now when they say that if all of us wear masks, the virus will soon be gone?

Should we trust any predictions from the CDC, which said in March that we would have millions of deaths and hundreds of thousands of cases, when its predictions were exponentially wrong?

 

Autumn is Coming

I like things like this. It delivers extra cool to a camp fire.

 

Wonderful and Weird

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USS Cincinatti LCS-20

 

Luau at the White Wolf Mine

Who says that you can’t be in Hawaii and the Arizona mountains at the same time? That’s right, nobody. So the LL granddaughters have arrayed in their finest Hawaiian garb and have decorated a picnic table.

What is the occasion? Since when do you need an occasion to have a party. BBQ’d sliders (mini-cheeseburgers), french fries, Tropical punch smoothies, and delicious shaved ice with toppings afterward make for a party wherever you are. I would have taken them to Hawaii but the plague has shut down enough that it wouldn’t be fun. So we’re doing it here. Damn the Chinese Plague.

Every meal a banquet, every paycheck a fortune, every formation a parade.

The girls need to do some sort of chores while here at the mine. Sometimes they go out and pick wild flowers, which are deposited in a jar. It’s not real “chores”, but they are little girls and most of what I actually need require a man’s attention, strength, etc. Maybe one day they’ll be big enough to use a chainsaw and thin pines, but not today.

I’m working on a plan to deal with some landscape issues here on the property. It doesn’t look too shabby, given what it is and where it is, but I can do better. The girls are giving me input and drawing things for me as part of their chores.

 

Little Crappy Ships

The LCS program, heralded by admirals and beltway bandits alike, was/is a mess. Yes, the ships can move, and with some difficulty they can accomplish underway replenishment (UNREP) and they do have some weapons that work some of the time.  There is an opinion out there that they might function well intercepting cartel “drug subs” that are unarmed, low observability boats that move tons of narcotics from narcoland to the the American homeland. None of them have to date, but some of them are out there looking. They can’t look for long because they need to refuel.

Mexican “drug sub”

To date the US and Mexican Coast Guards have had all of the luck seizing the drug ships, but even a blind pig can find a truffle sometime, so maybe the LCS fleet will get lucky?

Naval Special Warfare small boats (much smaller than an LCS) don’t participate in the war on drugs in the same way as the fleet does. They exist to fulfill different requirements of the Navy.

The LCS craft are ships looking for a mission and the Navy sends them here and there to try and justify their existence. No luck so far. I’ve offered elsewhere that if you put big radar reflectors on them that makes them look like aircraft carriers, they’d find a use as a decoy in the coming war with China.

 

MiGs – Old and New

MiG-15 with MiG-29’s

 

Do You Remember Donna Brazil?

She used to be the DNC Chairperson. The donkeys sacked her for unethical conduct when she was caught passing debate questions from CNN to Hillary. I can’t imagine the DNC looking down on unethical conduct, but I guess there was a moment.

Now she makes her living as a commentator on Fox News, where she badmouths President Trump for a living. I guess Fox found something that she could do.

She joins Chris Wallace and Juan Willians in delivering DNC talking points. She has hinted that Social Security was running out of money under Trump, but hasn’t mentioned anything about the country running out of welfare money under a Biden Administration. Curious. (The first group worked for their benefits, the second did not)

There’s a lot of chatter about Biden not showing up for a debate with President Trump. Biden can only read from a teleprompter (poorly). It will be interesting to say the least. Maybe the Dems will pull a switcheroo and install another Democrat Nominee to replace Biden before the election. A faked health crisis will do it.

Ammo (special feature)

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Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan

Multiple Projectile Ammunition (MPA)

I mentioned that I bought some MPA for .45 Colt, to be fired from my Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan.  Kle asked for more information. Here you go (link).  There are some cut-away pictures on the 5 minute video.

But while we’re talking about Lehigh Defense ammunition, you ought to look at this as well. It’s a short video. I’ve heard people balk at the price of some of the more exotic (and effective) defensive ammunition sold by Lehigh Defense, but you get what you pay for, in my opinion. It’s not training ammo. It’s go-to-war ammo.

Taurus Judge

.45 Taurus Judge – maximum expansion ammunition test. The Taurus Judge will also shoot .410 shotgun rounds.

 

 

 

If you put a round through his forearm, it makes it difficult for the terrorist to pull the trigger.

More of the Same

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B-58 Hustlers Over Moscow- 1962

 

 

Moose Density

Moose lives matter.

A friend of mine (city friend from San Diego, CA) was visiting Payson, AZ recently. He said, “there were three moose blocking the road.” I said, kindly, “there aren’t any moose in Arizona.” He showed me a picture on his phone. They were elk. There are LOTS of elk in Arizona, and they frequently block the road.

 

Pine, Fir, Spruce, Oak – I love forests

Many people are surprised to find vast forests in Arizona.

 

A Pair to Draw To…

Very progressive.

 

Portland, Oregon

It’s half way to its socialist dream. People vote socialist (morons) into public office and they’re getting a new Democrat Portland that fulfills every hope and wish that its population had for themselves – and for all humanity.

New, progressive, Portland neighborhood.

 

Impractical Boat

Impractical but cool.

 

B-58 Hustler

The B-58 was designed as a nuclear bomber. It did not have the flexibility of the B-52, and didn’t have the legacy that the BUFF has. But, damn, it’s beautiful. No, they didn’t bomb Moscow back into the stone age in 1962, but they could have. A better target would have been Beijing.

It was a jet that was so cool that they named it after a porn magazine.

 

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