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Not Quite Out of This World

(Hit and Run) h/t Claudio

Claudio does pull down some interesting articles and this is yet another one.  Planetary billiards and gravity wells went into making the young Solar System. The article is worth reading and offers interesting theories.

 

Irresponsible Immigration

The Biden regime and the scoundrels in Congress do what they do to wreck the system and overwhelm dedicated resources. We all know the motives for their current immigration program. Open borders are NEVER a good idea.

How many people can they lure in before the nation rises against it? Can the Democrats stay in power forever by using your tax money to buy votes? Free education, free medical care, free welfare, free housing, and a new ObamaPhone? Who wouldn’t come?

Teeth on the Littoral Combat Ship

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are slated to receive eight smart, stealthy and survivable Norwegian RGM-184 Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) in two opposite-facing quad mounts. Given that the Navy took heat for spending so much on ships with a short combat radius and couldn’t defend themselves, they’re now trying to put some fangs on their lemon.

Before

 

After

The LCS are wearing out at an alarming rate, so I’m sure that the navy will be able to remove them from the LCS and mount them to something else once they’re redundant and headed off to be recycled.

The Navy’s mission against the Chinese Navy is an anti-surface ship (ASuW) Strike program and having the fleet of LCS weaving around pacific islands hauling Marines and launch their eight missiles is better than a jab in the butt with a sharp stick, or so the admirals tell us.

Arming the LCS (and Marine aviation rotors) with anti-shipping-missile equipped helicopters is also on the drawing board.

The FFG(X)/FFG-62 program offers a better option as a fighting platform but I see no problem with the Navy mounting RGM-184’s on its MH-60R Helicopters (below) if they can lift and fire them.

The primary mission of the MH-60 series is antisubmarine warfare, though and if you put mounts for large over-the-horizon anti-shipping missiles, will you have to strip the ASW gear?

There are options. You can put dedicated ASuW helicopters on civilian-style cargo ships and they can deploy from there. The Navy’s problem is that its primary mission is fighting the climate and establishing racial and gender bias to the point of driving many out of the service by creating a hostile work environment.

 

Maps & More

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Plague Observations (Washington Post)

Mapping America’s hospitalization and vaccination divide Using a bivariate choropleth map visualized the geography of vaccination and hospitalizations across the country.

Utah & Kansas would seem to stand out as the place for low vax and low hospitalizations.

 

1814 – Allies Invade France

Napoleon was more popular INSIDE France than he was OUTSIDE of France…

 

Identify the Tank

 

Countries that have less population than the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

 

Housing Costs in California

 

 

Italy Leads the List

Annual world Pasta consumption per Capita.

 

 

 

One Nation?

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ZeroHedge posted this article. I’ll refer to it below.

I’m a blogger, and you might characterize me as an illegally parked car in the cul de sac of life because there is definitely more sand out of the hourglass than that which remains. My “productive years” could be said to be behind me. It’s true that I’m working on a Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactor (SMR) project in Mexico involving the New Rolls Royce SMR’s and a few other things that may or may not blossom. But those things ahead are nothing compared to those things behind. Many of this blog’s readers would seem to be in roughly the same boat.

Quoting Zerohedge (above), “The idea that the nation’s political divide has become so toxic that we should prepare from some sort of “national divorce” has largely been left to clever thought experiments best left for dinner parties and ironically detached columns. However, we’ve now arrived at a point where more than half of Trump voters “somewhat agree” that the time for secession is nigh.”

There is a tendency for a lot of us (including me) to throw up our hands and say that the people who think that men can have babies, are confused as to which bathroom to use, and want to wear man-buns and eat kale as a staple should separate, while we laugh from afar as things fall apart.

As tempting as it is, that’s not the solution.  Look at the curs who are elected to office. Look at the voting fraud that makes it all possible. America can only be a great nation to the extent that it can be a good nation. Right behavior leads to right results. We have allowed our universities to become cesspools of rot and corruption (where do you send your children?) and acquiescence to the filthy communists has led us to the point where we are today with strident efforts to divide us based on race, faith, national origin, economic envy, etc.

E Pluribus Unum

Out of Many, One

We may flee to states that still uphold the Constitution and the rule of law (I did) rather than shovel the ocean against the rising tide. It would be very hypocritical for me to suggest that you stand against an FBI or IRS that was weaponized by your government against you or to march in a situation where you would be imprisoned as a political prisoner, held without bail or due process, and so forth as we have seen, and see today.

But I implore you not to allow the nation to be divided as the left would have us be. Uniting the nation requires that while there is always some contention, that we not devolve into conflict needlessly.

Find ways to make us a good people if you’re able, support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic and bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That is my suggestion and request.

Sunday Sermonette

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Basilica of the sacred family Barcelona, Spain

 

Living on acres of land, as I do, it strikes an odd string in my heart when you would step out of your home…onto the sidewalk and then the street.

And then they proudly point to the backyard where they have a cement pond.  Now that’s living. I guess.

I lived in a couple of locations when I lived in Scotland, England and Ireland that were row-houses. When you’re young, the world is your adventure to be lived. When you get older and yearn for a life of quiet contemplation, it’s different. You reset priorities.

Maybe the rules are less hard-and-fast as you age? It’s like my rule never to buy pre-made sandwiches. You look at the photo below and realize that rules are made to be broken.

Hopefully, you know enough that when you see a barn that’s leaning precariously, you know that the seasoned wood can be re-purposed as paneling by using a plane and a router to create shiplap that’s worth a pretty penny. Knowing those things usually comes with time.

It’s like learning to cut and split the wood you’re going to use for the fire to build up coals to cook your freshly caught trout. You have to find a seasoned, dead tree. You chop it down, knowing that when a tree dies, the sap runs to the bottom,  so the wood near the stump will catch fire far more easily and will burn hotter, and give you coals for cooking quicker. You can eat the trout sooner.

So runs the sermonette.

 

 

 

The Naval Chaplain 

– OR – What if LSP had been part of Nelson’s Navy?

The Chaplain was a warrant officer who held during the 18th and early 19th century the same wardroom rank as the master and the surgeon, but, unlike these officers, his position was not essential to the day-to-day running of the ship. As a result, very few were allocated to ships of less the third rate status. Although chaplains messed in the wardroom, in ships of the line they were generally berthed in a cabin within the gun room, situated at the after end of the lower gun deck.

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Divine service as it is usually performed on board a British frigate at sea, by Augustus Earl 1836

All chaplains entering the navy during this period were clerics of the Anglican Church. Their main duty, which followed the requirements upheld by the Articles of war, was to hold divine service every Sunday for the entire ship’s company, irrespective of whether crew members were Roman Catholic, Scottish Presbyterian, etc. Besides attending to routine burials, they also held services of thanksgiving after battle. In many cases, their previous training in theology, the classics, and languages often proved advantageous, enabled them not only to bring spiritual and social relief during long periods of sea but equipping them also to translate intercepted foreign despatches.

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Sailors at Prayer on board Lord Nelson’s ship after the Battle of the Nile, by John Atkinson 1816

Pay for naval chaplains was relatively low and, although this was given a marked increase to about £ 12.10s.0d per month in 1812, the wage had always been supplemented by an allowance of one groat or fourpence for every crew member listed in the ship’s books. His extra income, therefore, depended on his parish, which in a first-rate with a complement of 850 could be £ 14.3s. 0d.

 

 

The Popularity Contest

 

Triplets

 

Parting Shot

Those of you who have followed this blog have occasionally seen photos of my grandchildren. Thank you for suffering in silence from a proud grandpa. This is a photo of my youngest daughter with her little boy, Mikey, my youngest grandson, at the pumpkin patch.

It seems like only yesterday when I took Emilie and her three sisters to the patch to get their carving pumpkins.  sigh…

In 1187

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October 2, 1187 – Jerusalem fell to Saladin.

This was the culmination of Saladin’s extensive invasion of the Kingdom of Jerusalem after his great victory at the Battle of Hattin months earlier.

The Holy City was nearly empty of soldiers and was mostly defended by women, youths, children, the sick, and the elderly. Nevertheless, these people but up a heroic defense, prepared to die rather than let the city fall. They were led by a knight of great virtue, Balian de Ibelin.

Although his army was enormous, Saladin had difficulty taking the city. Balian eventually negotiated a surrender, managing to ransom the lives of many of the city’s inhabitants. Balian offered himself as a hostage if only Saladin would release those who were too poor to pay their ransom, but Saladin refused.

Unfortunately, several thousand women and children were taken into slavery by Saladin’s army, as described by Saladin’s servant and biographer Imad ad-Din in his account of the event. Nevertheless, Balian’s efforts spared many from this wretched fate. Jerusalem’s fall would rouse the whole of Latin Christendom, and result in the calling of the Third Crusade.

The feature film “Kingdom of Heaven” was not particularly accurate, but it was an attempt to capture some historical events. the Director’s Cut is a completely different movie and is excellent – one of my favorite movies ever despite the inaccuracies.

Observations

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The French

 

 

I think that he’s smaller than that.

Gen. Milley is a traitor. I’m sure that he justifies his treachery in much the same way that Benedict Arnold did.

First, a little shameless self-promotion

White Powder: A Novel of the CIA and the Secret War in Laos, which I wrote, is based on actual people in actual situations and much of the dialog in the story actually came from the mouths of the participants. Some of the names were changed or moved around a little.

There is something intoxicating about a secret. There’s something terrifying about a shadow war. You may not know much about Laos or the world of WHITE POWDER. You aren’t supposed to. Drugs, sex, and murder combined with personal and national agendas to create the hidden world of heroin where governments and drug empires collide.

Based on actual people and events, occasionally used fictitiously. Available from amazon.com,  Barnes and Noble, e-books and other retailers.

 

The Hospital Staffing Crisis

(link) This is an interesting article that I’ll quote in part below.

A nurse from Alberta, Canada, has written a letter debunking the myth that hospitals are being overrun with patients because of the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

In truth, this person contends, the only crisis is “a staffing crisis that has been brewing for decades.”

“Do not believe the hype,” she says.

Even so, this individual expects to be terminated within the next few weeks for refusing to take an “Operation Warp Speed” jab in compliance with her employer’s demands.

“I am a loyal, reliable employee that has not had a sick day in 2 years, yet I will be terminated,” she laments.

As you probably well know by now, the official government claim is that hospitals are “full” of patients because some people are refusing to get vaccinated. The government also says that all doctors and nurses who refuse the jab have to be fired because they are supposedly putting patients at risk.

None of this is true, of course, but when has the truth ever mattered to the engineers of this contrived plandemic? Not once that this writer can recall, anyway.

“We have had 3 COVID deaths in 2 years,” this nurse went on to reveal in her letter.

“I am personally familiar with 2 of these deaths and both patients had life-threatening pre-existing conditions. One of the patients that died was fully vaccinated.”

The nurse went on to explain that one of the patients received a “positive” PCR test, followed by a “negative” rapid antigen test. This just goes to show that even the tests are flawed and unreliable.

“These tests are not reliable and even the CDC said they should not be used,” the nurse says. “This is why there are so many people testing positive yet have no symptoms of illness.”

Canada’s corrupt socialist medicine policies are partially to blame for the staffing crisis

As for the alleged “bed crisis,” the nurse says that this is a lie as well. She says she has been watching closely the number of acute care and ICU beds throughout her region and there is nothing out of the ordinary taking place.

“What we do have is a staffing crisis,” she says.

“This crisis is due to an aging population of both patients and staff. We started the year out with 10 doctors in my town. Three doctors have moved away. Two doctors are over 70 and are not covering our emergency department anymore. So, we are down to five doctors to work in their private practice AND to cover the emergency department 24/7.”

Another factor is Canada’s health care system policies, which cap the number of patients a doctor can bill for on a daily basis. This means that doctors are not seeing every patient who needs care because they are not being paid to provide that care past a certain point.

“Sorry, but you can’t expect these doctors to work for free,” the nurse says….

 

Politically Incorrect Question

Behind every dashiki wearing hotep nubian negro there’s almost always a 400lb morbidly obese marshmallow-looking white woman who calls him her king. Why is this?

 

Voting Audits

The panic coming from the Audits isn’t so much about Trump being put back into office as President. It is about the revelation of election fraud that has been going on for 60 years. [They/The Swamp] want to make it all about Trump, and paint him out to be a crybaby, and those who support him to be crazy and radicals. That keeps a whole group of people distracted from the reality that fraud became a standard practice.

For anyone who is thinking of jumping on that bandwagon to discredit the audits let me plant this seed. All those career politicians, both left and right, the ones whose districts/states have gotten worse, crime up, drug trafficking up, murders up, homeless rates up, education down, living conditions down, human trafficking up, welfare rates up, in short….the place went to shit while the representative got rich….you know….that politician you hope “the other side” doesn’t bring up in an argument. There is a reason they are slandering the idea of an audit, and there is a reason they want you to oppose them.

 

The captioned photo “The French” doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with this blog post. I was looking for a captioning photo and had that one. Sometimes you just go with what you have.

It’s a blog, not rocket science.

History Saturday

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Diocletian and the Tetrarchy

The Third Century was a disastrous era for the Roman Empire. For roughly 50 years the Romans were embroiled in a destructive and bloody civil war that nearly destroyed the empire. Every two-bit general with a few legions to his command was revolting and declaring himself emperor, emperors reigns became so short-lived that people were buying statues with replaceable heads and arms, whole swathes of the territory became independent kingdoms, barbarians increased attacks on the German border, the Parthians were up to no good as always, and the Roman economy crumbled.

The Crises came to an end in 284 when Diocletian came to the throne. Diocletian had the unenviable task of picking up the pieces and putting the empire back together after 50 years of chaos. He instituted a number of economic, military, administrative, and social reforms to that end. One of the most interesting was the institution of the tetrarchy.

One of the systemic problems that Diocletian recognized was that the empire was just too darned big for one government to manage. In order to remedy this, Diocletian divided the empire into two, the eastern empire, and the western empire. He then further divided east and west again, thus creating four distinct territories. The west would be ruled by a senior emperor (Augustus) and a subordinate junior emperor (Caesar). Likewise, the east was ruled by a senior and junior emperor. Thus, the Roman Empire was divided into quarters each ruled by its own emperor.

 

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While in theory, the tetrarchy was a good idea, in reality, Diocletian had ignored a fundamental aspect of the Roman system going back to the days of Julius Caesar and the Triumvirate; Romans don’t like sharing power. If the Roman government was rife with political chaos and intrigue when there was one emperor, imagine what it would be like when there were four emperors.

In 305 AD Diocletian retired as emperor, becoming the only emperor in Roman history to do so. A mere year later disputes broke out between the tetrarchs and a usurper took the throne in the west. The tetrarchs asked Diocletian to come out of retirement in order to stabilize the situation, but Diocletian refused claiming he had a nice crop of cabbages to grow.

Eventually, open warfare erupted and the tetrarchs began to murder each other in order to assume sole power. In the battle that resulted, a tetrarch named Constantine dominated and became sole emperor, the Roman emperor most known today for founding the city of Constantinople and legalizing Christianity in the empire.

 

While the tetrarchy was short-lived, it set the precedent that the empire could be divided into separate administrative divisions. Over the fourth century, the eastern and western halves of the empire grew apart until finally in 395 AD they completely split, thus creating the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.

 

Memes

 

Can you Identify the Armored Vehicle?

Commentary

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Life is always challenging if you’re a political hack.

It’s so comfortable to lie for a living but once in a while, your bullshit is pointed out and the only thing you’re left doing is doubling down. Such is the case with Senator Rand Paul berated Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra Thursday, accusing him of ignoring science and displaying authoritarianism by denying Americans the right to take their own medical decisions. (see ZeroHedge)

The Senator specifically addressed the government’s refusal to accept that natural immunity to COVID is as effective, and probably more effective, than current vaccines, as well as Becerra’s own description of those who have pointed out this fact as ‘flat Earthers.

Becerra, a political operative and hack lawyer from California was, by all accounts, circling the drain created Gov. Newsom, until he was plucked from that career-ending situation by Vice President Ho and deposited into the DC Swamp as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  The man is not qualified to pour sand out of a boot yet he’s one of the government’s front people in the political war against medicine.

“Maybe in a free country, I ought to be able to make that decision,” Paul urged. “You sir, are the one ignoring the science. The vast preponderance of scientific studies, dozens and dozens, show robust, long-lasting immunity after infection,” the Senator further charged, demanding that Becerra should apologize for being dishonest.

 

 

Nebraska has become the first state saying that it will not comply with the Biden administration’s plan to allow the IRS to view any transactions a person makes a transaction over $600.

Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante said that they will not comply and if the administration sues he will take it all the way to the Supreme Court.

“As State Treasurer, I have an obligation to safeguard the personal information of hundreds of thousands of these accounts and it’s absolutely wrong to ask American citizens who haven’t even been accused of wrongdoing to turn over their private bank information to the federal government. There’s no excuse for it,” Murante said on Thursday.

 

How far will YOU go?

 

Breaking – FBI Spying on US Citizens

“Our further audit work identified over 200 additional instances of Woods Procedures non- compliance—where Woods Files did not contain adequate supporting documentation for statements in the
29 applications—although the FBI and NSD subsequently confirmed the existence of available support elsewhere. We also identified at least 183 FISA applications for which the required Woods File was missing or incomplete.”

Read the Inspector General’s findings at the link below:

https://oig.justice.gov/sites/default/files/reports/21-129.pdf

 

Caucasian Blunderbuss

Dated 1870, snaphance lock, silver mount with engraved foliage accented with niello, short stock inlaid with bone, and mother of pearl.

The snaphance lock was a development of the earlier snaplock, contemporaneous to the miquelet, with both evolving into the later flintlock. It featured the same general configuration people know from the flintlock, with the main mechanical difference being an automatic pan cover that would open as the gun was fired, as opposed to the frizzen doubling as a pan cover, and the lack of a half-cock position. The so-called true flintlock never really replaced these older types of lock around the Mediterranean, as we can see from this late example.

 

Ahmad Shah Massoud inspects PKM in Panjshir Valley, 1990

 

Listen

 

Weaponized these days against targeted “domestic terrorists”…

October Begins

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So much happens in October!

The streets are empty and there have been whispers about a gathering in the woods.

 

Oktoberfest 

It all started with a horse race which the national guard staged for the people on 17th August 1810 to mark the wedding of the Ludwig Crown Prince of Bavaria (later King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The race was such a success that it was staged again the following year on the Theresienwiese – the meadow named in honor of the Princess. From 1870 onwards the number of stalls began to increase and in 1896 the very first beer tents were erected which sold only beer brewed in Munich – a tradition which has remained to the present day. Due to lack of space, the horse races with which it all began were staged for the last time in 1936.

German beer is unpasteurized and that’s one reason that it tastes so much better than the horse urine that’s peddled elsewhere.

 

S&W’s New Home

Smith & Wesson is relocating their corporate headquarters from Springfield, where it’s been since before the Civil War. It’s leaving Massachusetts and will begin doing business in Maryville, TN, bringing 750 new jobs, that Massachusetts didn’t want anyway. Good move S&W!

 

Harvest

Thanks, farmers. Without you, none of us eats.

 

Snipers

The word appears to have originated in India in the mid-1700s, coined by the British Military when the troops were hunting the Snipe bird, which was fast and hard to shoot. Marksmen who were able to shoot the bird in flight were called “Snipers.”

“One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place.” — Malcolm McDowell

During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese placed a $30,000 bounty on the head of U.S. Marine Corps sniper Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock.

Standard Method of Operation – Camouflaged with local vegetation, he crawled inch by inch across a grass-covered meadow into the enemy camp to kill a North Vietnamese Army general.

While creeping through the tall grass, he was almost bitten by a bamboo viper — a nasty little green snake with an extremely painful bite. A wound would feel “as if it had been branded with a hot iron, and the pain does not subside until about 24 hours after being bitten (and) within minutes…the surrounding flesh dies and turns black.”

Just after sunset, as he lay motionless and camouflaged in the foliage, an enemy soldier almost stepped on him. He was about 700 yards away when the general emerged from his quarters onto the porch and took a stretch.

“I thought to myself, ‘This’ll be good…really good,’” he said.

Carefully lining up his target in the crosshairs of his scope, Hathcock slowly squeezed the trigger. The shot hit the general square in the chest.

Hathcock challenged the enemy snipers looking for him by wearing a white feather in his hatband. They called him “Trắng Lông,” meaning “White Feather Sniper.”

By the time he was sent back to the U.S. in 1969 having suffered severe burns while rescuing seven Marines from a burning vehicle, he’d killed 93 enemy combatants — maybe hundreds more that couldn’t be confirmed under military protocols.

While serving as a combat commander in Vietnam, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and Annapolis graduate Kenny Moore of Hayden was part of a staff conference that included talking about the best firing techniques.

Hathcock said, “Breath in…breath out…relax… then squeeze.”

“That’d be easy for him,” Moore said. “He had a heartbeat of only 41.”

It takes incredible training and mental toughness to become a military sniper.

Shooters and spotters are trained to work as a team, with the objective of hitting the enemy target with one shot. Before they take that shot, however, there are a lot of variables that must be factored in — such as type of rifle and ammunition used, distance to the target, point of impact, bullet trajectory, wind conditions, humidity, elevation, and the Coriolis Force caused by the Earth’s rotation, and other factors.

Some of this is calculated by electronic and optical equipment — the rest by the sniper and spotter. Handheld computers with ballistic prediction software help contribute to the accuracy. All of this has to be calculated quickly: adjusting the rifle for the conditions and shooting before anything changes, or the target moves.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adelbert “Bert” Waldron of Virginia was another renowned sniper, who served in Vietnam as a sniper with the 9th Infantry Division, and during his eight-month tour of duty had 109 confirmed kills — the most by any American sniper during the Vietnam War.

He rode shotgun on a U.S. Navy Tango “brown-water” boat in the  Mekong Delta.

One night as his boat was moving along the river, Waldron shot and killed an enemy sniper in a tree 900 yards away. He was good at shooting at night. On another night, his recon patrol ran into about 40 armed Viet Cong, and a battle broke out.

Ignoring the danger, he left the patrol to take a sniper position. With his night vision scope, he could see the VC moving in the dark. He killed and wounded so many of them that they disappeared into the jungle. That earned him a Bronze Star.

Three nights later, he was camouflaged in a sniper location when he spotted a large group of Viet Cong. Stealthily moving from one position to the next through the rice paddies, he killed 11 of them — making them think they were being attacked by multiple shooters. His actions won him the Silver Star. Bert Waldron died in obscurity in California in 1995 at age 62.

Waldron used the National Match quality M-21 with a Leatherwood 3-9X Adjustable Range Telescope (ART) graduated to 600 yards, with standard leather M1907 sling. Rock Island Arsenal converted some 1,435 of them for Vietnam in 1969, becoming the primary Army sniper rifle until 1988. The M21 was accurate to about 900 yards, firing M118 standard NATO 7.62mm rounds, using an early AN/PVS-2 Starlight night vision scope and suppressor.

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During the Warren Commission investigation following the assassination of President Kennedy, a mockup of the site was built at the Marine Corps sniper school at Quantico, Va., to recreate what happened. Even with the best sniper rifle, ace Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock could not duplicate assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s fatal shot. That finding was not included in the final Warren Report.

There needs to be a Wolf. 

Nobody Asked Me…But…

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FREE HIM!

Free Marine Corps Lt. Col Stuart Scheller! He was put in the Brig for standing up and calling out the failed leadership in the military for the failed withdrawal in Afghanistan which resulted in 13 service members killed and a US drone strike that killed 7 kids and individuals who were HELPING US.

 

The Littoral Combat Ship

Yes, LCS also means “little crappy ship”.  I was around the Navy when the LCS was first proposed to be used in a Naval Special Warfare capacity. I was at Naval Special Warfare Group One as a reservist and showed up to talk to the mandarins who had a great idea. My voice joined a chorus of skepticism. All you needed to do was look at the proposed power plant to say, “not only no, but hell no.”

USS Kansas City (LCS-22)

It is acoustically VERY noisy and every modern navy uses inshore undersea warfare tactics to protect valuable assets from combat swimmers. The only thing that SEALs have going for them is stealth. Running an LCS anywhere near a SEAL area of operation is a recipe for disaster.

The Special Warfare Module for the LCS was never built. In fact, none of the fancy LCS modules were built. It’s an expensive cash cow, wet dream of defense contractors. The crew is too small for them to do maintenance. It’s all done by beltway bandits at cost+50 ashore.

Now the Navy mandarins, in search of something for the LCS to do want to make it a troop hauler… which is an idea that is ABSURD on its face. (Read the Article) Moving Marines around the Pacific on an LCS? The Marines have more sense.

 

Red China Blues

China’s ambitious international road and transportation plan is being derailed by debt and increased expenses. (more here) (and here)

President Xi’s “project of the century” is now facing major challenges and a significant backlash abroad, according to a study by AidData, a research lab at the College of William and Mary.

A growing number of policymakers in low-and middle-income countries are mothballing high-profile BRI projects because of overpricing, corruption, and debt sustainability concerns.

AidData said $11.58 billion in projects in Malaysia have been canceled over 2013-2021, with nearly $1.5 billion canceled in Kazakhstan and a project costing more than $1 billion in Bolivia.

And in other news from China –

The law of unintended consequences takes over when government control of production and regulations (such as price controls and production restrictions) interfere with natural economic interactions. This should serve as a warning for all industrial nations.

“China, the world’s top coal consumer imported a total of 197.69 million tonnes of coal in the first eight months of 2021, down 10% year-on-year. But August coal imports rose by more than a third on tight domestic supplies.

Officials this week have repeatedly sought to assure residents that there will be power for household use and for heating as winter approaches.”

“At least 20 Chinese provinces and regions making up more than 66% of the country’s GDP have announced some form of power cuts. Guangdong province, the southern industrial hub, is cutting ~10% of its peak power demand…

And as the severe power crunch hits major industrial hubs in China’s northeastern heartland, top political leaders face mounting pressure from businesses and citizens to solve the crisis through increasing coal imports to keep the lights on and factories humming.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/…/china-provincial-governor…

Of Course

From Historia Obscurum:

On a dark night in late May of 1944, British Army commando George Henry Lane (bottom left), landed on the coast of occupied France to scout German defenses prior to D-Day. That night, he was captured.

Although he faced execution as an accused saboteur, Lane instead was taken before Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel (bottom right), who commanded the German defenses along the Atlantic Wall.

When Lane entered the office, the Field Marshal rose to his feet, and asked Lane to join him for tea.

So Lane sat down and had tea with Erwin Rommel…

…as one does.

Lane (who actually was born György Lányi in Hungary to Jewish parents) pretended to speak no German, and he claimed to be Welsh to mask his Hungarian accent.

Lane later recounted that their conversation began like this:

Rommel opened by saying, “So, are you one of those gangster commandos?”

Lane responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m a soldier, and commandos are the best soldiers.”

Rommel then said to him, “You must realise that you are in a very tricky situation. Everyone seems to think that you are a saboteur.”

Lane replied, “Well if the Field Marshal believed that I was a saboteur he would not have done me the honor of inviting me here.”

Rommel asked, “So you think this is an invitation?”

Lane answered, “I do, sir, and I must say I am highly honored.”

Rommel then brought up his belief that Britain and Germany should be allied together in the fight against the Soviet Union. Lane commented that he did not believe their two countries could be allies at the moment, especially because of the way Germany was treating the Jews.

Rommel quickly cut him off and said, “Now you are talking politics. We are soldiers, we don’t concern ourselves with politics.”

The two then had a pleasant conversation, with the Field Marshal politely probing for intelligence, and the Commando deftly parrying with feigned ignorance.

At the end of their tea, the two amicably parted company, and Lane was not executed, but instead was taken to a POW prison near Spangenberg, Germany.

A couple of months afterward, Rommel was severely wounded when his car was strafed by Allied aircraft. Implicated in a plot to kill Hitler, he was forced to take his own life later that year to protect his family.

As the Allied drive across Europe approached Spangenberg, Lane escaped custody during a prisoner transport and hid in a hospital until U.S. troops overran the area, then he made his way to Paris.

Lane was awarded the Military Cross for his missions behind the lines and eventually left the British Army as a colonel.

After the war, Lane lived in the United States and England and died in 2010 at the age of 95.

For the rest of his days, Lane always believed that his life had been spared only through the personal intervention of Erwin Rommel.

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The Fall

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The Fall

“The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing.“—President Theodore Roosevelt

 

If Beans had Twin Girls

 

Australia

When somebody mentioned Australia two months or so ago, I thought of diving into the waters off the Great Barrier Reef, kangaroos,  koala bears, expeditions across the Simpson Desert, good food, pretty women — all that. Today this is the image that comes to mind.

Nobody makes money from natural immunity. Nobody gains power from natural immunity. Big Pharma is in the business of creating lifelong customers.

 

Airborne Wolves

 

Identify the Mystery Aircraft

 

Identify the Handgun

 

Memes-of-the-Day

 

 

Billboard

Tank Challenge (Extra)

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Can you Identify this tank?

There are three variants of the same vehicle. Because it’s a tough one, I’m showing all three. Martin, don’t let me down. Yes, they are production vehicles of this nation and have seen combat.

 

Bonus points and bragging rights if you can also identify the captioned tank (header).

 

Salvation? It’s Promised to You!

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All you need to do is believe America’s Doctor – the great and powerful Fauci!

 

They’re blowing off the shelves.

 

They make great gifts, and if you burn them, you won’t get the plague…honest.

 

He is America’s leading health official, the highest-paid employee of the US Government. Act quickly, the supplies are almost gone. Save yourself and those you love. Have your credit card ready. Operators are standing by.

Arcane Interests

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German Election Results

Final German election results, SPD won for the first time since 2002.

Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, the SPD was established in 1863 and is the oldest political party represented in the Bundestag. It was one of the earliest Marxist-influenced parties in the world. From the 1890s through the early 20th century, the SPD was Europe’s largest Marxist party and the most popular political party in Germany.

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany is a Christian-democratic and conservative political party in Germany. It is the major catch-all party of the center-right in German politics.

 

Most Common Names

 

Rettungsboje / Udet-Boje / Rescue Buoy

A solution but possibly an imperfect one.

It has an uncanny resemblance to a U-Boat conning tower and a wishful hope that the red crosses would attract the attention of attacking aircraft and ships.

 

Can you Identify this Ship?

 

Sailors and their Birds

However, many people associate sailors, especially when it comes to pirates, with a very special companion. The Bird, mostly a parrot.

Already Columbus brought back five long-tailed macaws from his voyage in 1492 and sixty parrots from his next voyage. They were not only fabulous gifts for his patrons but also tangible proof of his discoveries.

Many ships that were on their way to foreign worlds during the Age of Discovery brought back home beautiful and rare birds. They were not only companions during the voyage but brought a profit. At home, a sailor could get up to 10£ for a bird and they were easy to handle during the crossing. They hardly took up any space and feeding was possible with leftover food. The value of a bird could be increased by teaching it to talk and some tricks. This kept the birds busy on board.

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Pirate with a Parrot by Thomas Blackshear ; Long John Silver and his Parrot by N. C. Wyeth 1911

Others tried to sell these animals to faculties as research objects. This meant that researchers who could not travel themselves had a certain quota and, together with the travel reports, which the captains were also happy to sell, they had a basis for researching such exotics. But not only birds were brought home, but monkeys were also very popular. A small anecdote from a friend’s family, his great-great-grandfather, lieutenant of the German Imperial Navy, had taken a monkey home for his daughter when he was in Africa. The animal didn’t live long. The North German weather didn’t agree with it and it liked to climb onto a power line…that led to it crossing the rainbow bridge.

Signalman Tim Ryley with his beloved, but vexatious, parrot Mac, 1908; Woman at the Piano with Cockatoo by Gustave Léonard de Jonghe, 1870

Some of the birds were not sold but traveled with mariners as companions. Admiral Thomas Cochrane reports in his autobiography that when he sailed with his uncle Captain Alexander Cochrane on the HMS Thetis in 1794 (he served there as a midshipman) there was a parrot on board. This bird was even allowed to fly freely on deck. Much to everyone’s chagrin, however, this animal had learned to speak and liked to imitate orders, which caused great confusion. For example, the parrot made sure that a lady who was brought on board with a boatswain’s chair was pushed into the sea just because the bird shouted: “Let go”.

The Astrolabe, a French research vessel that sailed to Antarctica in 1837 under the command of Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville, had a cockatoo on board. This bird was probably much appreciated even though it had destroyed the captain’s barometer.

 

Mexico in 1847

They almost annexed their way into Canada.

 

Signs of the Times

 

Arizona – The Wave

 

Memes

I feel the love.

 

Never get between a Wolf and his salmon…

 

Checking In

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In Red China

 

 

 

 

 

Hiding your money from the government is an obsession that far eclipses anything you have experienced in the US. They make drug lords look like pikers. So cryptocurrency is now illegal there. It is no surprise that China would summarily wipe out any and all competition for its own central bank-issued currency. Secondly, this is a form of capital control because many citizens were moving their wealth offshore with Bitcoin and Ether. That avenue is now closed.

The statement is the culmination of years of failed crackdowns on cryptos and is nothing new for a communist state. In 2013, the country ordered third-party payment providers to stop using bitcoin. Chinese authorities put a stop to token sales in 2017 and banned crypto exchanges from operating within its borders in 2019 but individuals in the country continued to find ways to trade bitcoin and other digital currencies via over-the-counter or peer-to-peer transactions. More recently, the country banned all crypto mining, which however only prompted miners to shift offshore.

LSP – a big investor in Dogecoin should be happy that he doesn’t live in China…

More on China

 

 

Random Thoughts

This is for Brian Lewis who may or may not have had the plague (and didn’t die). He felt ill and bought a two-test kit. Took both tests. One indicated that he had the plague. One didn’t. Brian lurks here at Virtual Mirage at times.

 

No comment…

Ok, one comment. She got a little on her chin…

 

Name the Mystery Aircraft Below:

And for Bonus Points

 

 

INVASION!

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Photo by Shutterstock English Heritage Battle of Hastings re-enactment performed at Battle Abbey & Battlefield English Heritage Battle of Hastings re-enactment, UK - 13 Oct 2018

 

This Day in History

On September 28, 1066, claiming his right to the English throne, William, Duke of Normandy, invaded England at Pevensey on Britain’s southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history.

William was the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy, by his concubine Arlette, a tanner’s daughter from the town of Falaise. The Duke, who had no other sons, designated William his heir, and with his death in 1035 William became Duke of Normandy at age seven.

Rebellions were epidemic during the early years of his reign, and on several occasions, the young duke narrowly escaped death. Many of his advisers did not. By the time he was 20, William had become an able ruler and was backed by King Henry I of France. Henry later turned against him, but William survived the opposition and in 1063 expanded the borders of his duchy into the region of Maine.

In 1051, William is believed to have visited England and met with his cousin Edward the Confessor, the childless English king. According to Norman historians, Edward promised to make William his heir. On his deathbed, however, Edward granted the kingdom to Harold Godwinson, head of the leading noble family in England and more powerful than the king himself.

In January 1066, King Edward died, and Harold Godwinson was proclaimed King Harold II. William immediately disputed his claim. Pope Alexander II recognized William’s claim, issued a Papal Bull to that effect, and gave William his (Gonfalon – right) flag to carry into battle. In effect, it threatened ex-communication to all who fought against him.

In addition, King Harald III Hardraade of Norway had designs on England, as did Tostig, brother of Harold. King Harold rallied his forces for an expected invasion by William, but Tostig launched a series of raids instead, forcing the king to leave the English Channel unprotected. In September, Tostig joined forces with King Harald III and invaded England from Scotland. On September 25, Harold met them at Stamford Bridge and defeated and killed them both. Three days later, William landed in England at Pevensey.

With approximately 7,000 troops and cavalry, William seized Pevensey and marched to Hastings, where he paused to organize his forces. On October 13, Harold arrived near Hastings with his army, and the next day William led his forces out to give battle. At the end of a bloody, all-day battle, King Harold II was killed—shot in the eye with an arrow, according to legend—and his forces were defeated.

William then marched on London and received the city’s submission. On Christmas Day, 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned the first Norman king of England, in Westminster Abbey, and the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history came to an end. French became the language of the king’s court and gradually blended with the Anglo-Saxon tongue to give birth to modern English. William I proved an effective king of England, and the “Domesday Book,” a great census of the lands and people of England, was among his notable achievements. Upon the death of William I in 1087, his son, William Rufus, became William II, the second Norman king of England.

 

Talk

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Talk of Political Prisoners

(LINK) h/t Claudio for the link.

John Anderson, 61, a U.S. military veteran who was charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach has died. You may assert that being invited to walk between the velvet ropes by the Capitol Police into The People’s House should invite the de facto death penalty. Or maybe you have a different perspective.  Many of those citizens are still held for a fiction of the left, to maintain a narrative created by the corrupt mainstream media.

 

Talk of Fall Reading

New from Old NFO

A Rifle, A Pistol, and a Good Horse (by JL Curtis), available on Amazon.com now!

 

Navy Talk – Looking forward

Pulling Biden’s strings

(Link) CDR Salamander, whether blogging on his own or at US Naval Institute is always worth a read. He has some cronies I don’t always agree with (McGrath) but he’s usually close to the mark. In this case, his view forward with the US Navy’s budget is depressing and at the same time is unrealistically cheerful. I don’t think that the manning and retention picture two years from now will allow the fleet to sail in any way close to the way that it is today. The damage being done by Jo/Ho and the oligarchs who pull their strings is nothing short of disastrous.

The hardware side of things may keep up because the Beltway Oligarchs will demand it, but unless they send out press gangs, I think that they’re going to find it increasingly difficult to put aviators in seats and sailors on ships – and officers to lead them.

And yes, it’s all by design. And the plan is working.

 

Sherman Talk – Looking backward

Armchair generals, of which I am one, often compare-contrast and speculate on what they might have done better. In that, they are much like armchair admirals and I can also be one of those.

There’s always somebody ready to bash the old and venerable M4 Sherman, but the Sherman tank that ended the Second World War had come a long way from the original. Yes, it had a gasoline engine and sometimes it caught fire when it was hit (Tommy Cooker or Ronson – lights first time, every time). Given that it was made in the American heartland, was driven on a train and then craned on a ship and stored for the journey to the fight, and could be repaired near the front where the fighting was, the tank was remarkably good.

Of the later models, which was the better version? The M4A3E8 or the M4A3E2?

The M4A3E2, otherwise known as the “Jumbo,” or “Jumbo Assault Tank,” was an improvised DIY heavy tank. The British proposed the idea. It’s not as strange as it might sound; remember, Britain was the first power to use the Sherman in combat, at the battle of El Alamein.

By 1943 the Ordnance Department ran trials to see how much weight the Sherman was capable of bearing. Versatility was one of the biggest strengths of the Sherman, it was ergonomic and adaptable despite possessing less firepower than a few of its competitors. The Sherman chassis was capable of bearing an additional load of OVER 82,600 pounds (37,466 Kg) without significant reduction in performance, a testament to why you build a tank’s specifications around the performance of the powerplant, and not the other way around (looking at you Germany).

Performance would start to drop after 500 miles had been put on the tank with that sort of weight loaded on it. This, however, was hardly a consideration, since the up-armored Sherman would be a more or less temporary, stop-gap measure for assaulting heavy fortifications or surviving larger German guns while the T26 being developed

The result was the M4A3E2. The tracks had been widened with grousers, and an additional 38 mm piece of steel was affixed to the glacis plate. The turret was a heavier, thicker cast, originally designed for the 76 mm T23 gun, although the tank would mount the trusty 75 mm standard on earlier Shermans. The massive gun mantlet was adapted from the M62 part designed for the T23, but was modified to mount the smaller weapon.

(The famous M4A3E2 ‘First In Bastogne’)

Although the tank saw limited service, it proved to be formidable. It was survivable against any German gun short of the 128 mm PaK 44, and while it didn’t have the firepower of a Tiger or Panther, it was about as agile as a standard Sherman and could take a hit or four.

It took four 88mm rounds to destroy this E2. One bounced harmlessly off the glacis, and another two struck the mantlet to no effect. It took a direct hit through the gunner’s sight to knock out the tank.

The M4A3E8, officially known as the M4A3(76)W HVSS, (HVSS is short for the horizontal volute suspension system, an improvement on the regular Sherman running gear) was another late-war variant of the Sherman. The British Sherman firefly showed how effective up-gunned Shermans could be against German armor, and the M4A3E8 was a more polished take on the concept.

Despite being the last iteration of Sherman to see service, the E8’s main worth was in its 76.2 mm gun, capable of killing all German tanks except the King Tiger frontally from combat ranges. Now they possessed a tank faster than the Tiger and was capable of taking it head-on. It wasn’t as survivable as the Tiger, but it was fast, deadly, and produced in much greater numbers. It also had a great quality of life for a tank of the time, with wet-stowage racks for ammunition which greatly reduced the danger of fire and single-axis stabilization, which, while crude, enabled the machine guns to stay on target while the tank was on the move.

The tank saw service again on the Korean Peninsula, and the vast surplus of E8s saw considerable export success.

It was used by the Israelis before they received British Centurions, and it saw combat under a wide variety of different nations, remaining in service up until the end of the Vietnam war.

 

Parting Shot

 

Voting Behavior

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(above, Blade Runner, the Democrat vision for America)

 

The Arizona Audit

After long last, the Maricopa County Ballot Audit results were reported to the Arizona senate. As expected, the number of phantom votes, duplicate ballots, ballots with missing signatures, or ballots without a proper chain of custody far exceeds the margin of victory for the purported victor of the ballot count.

Those alleging voter fraud have been entirely vindicated. You will not hear this from any mainstream media outlet, nor will normal search engines find this news. The unwary will never hear of it.

For the record, a recount counts the number of ballots that came. An audit discovers whence they came. More here.

If your candidate receives a number of mail-in ballots from empty lots, or from out of state, the count of ballots does not change, but the audit shows how many unlawful ballots have been included in that count.

If the unlawful ballots exceed the margin of victory, the election cannot be certified in good faith. more here

In this case, the audit found:

  • 3,432 more ballots cast than voters listed as having cast a ballot.
  • 277 Precincts show more ballots cast than people who showed up to vote (VMSS) for a total of 1,551 excess votes.
  • 9,041 more mail-in ballots returned than they were mailed out.

Biden’s margin was 10,457.

In addition, election data was unlawfully deleted, and ballot images were “corrupt or missing.” Remember, this is not even the whole state of Arizona, but only Maricopa County.

The county officials destroyed records they were required by law to keep, erased computer logs, and refused a lawful subpoena to turn over routers and other evidence showing that the voting machines were connected to the Internet, meaning that the voting machines could have been (and certainly were) remotely manipulated to hoax the final count.

That aspect of the fraud, electronic ballot switching via the internet or insecure voting machines, has not yet even been investigated.

The degree of nakedly insolent defiance of lawful subpoenas by the officials being investigated is damning. Even if they had been as innocent as lambs of the underlying crime, the cover-up is a crime independently.

With one voice, the mainstream media reports that a leaked draft of the report shows that a recount of the vote shows Biden being the winner in this county, with more votes than previously tallied.

This headline was accompanied with snarling smears and invective against Trump, against the voters, against America, calling him, and us, vile liars, saying that the evidence of voter fraud (which was clear enough to be visible from the moon) did not exist and that concerns about election integrity were baseless, the accusations made without evidence, the audit was bogus, and that election was the most secure in the history of infinite space and eternal time.

(This, from selfsame voices assuring us that the 2016 election was hacked by Putin to install Trump as an evil superspy in the White House, the selfsame Trump who restored the US military to fighting strength, shut down the Putin’s pipeline to Germany, and curtailed Putin’s ambitions in Eastern Europe and the Near East: All gains undone by Biden with the first few weeks of his residence in the White House.)

It is still shocking to me, albeit it should by now not be, that the falsehood is so brazen, so insolent, so vituperative, and so ubiquitous. Even news sources I would otherwise have thought reliable are reporting this fake news.

The plan is simple enough: flood the zone with so much fake news shouted so loudly and shoved so vehemently into the forefront of news chyrons and search engines, that the unwary will never even hear a rumor of the truth.

The chances that Biden won in any one of the four swing states were he was below 50% of the vote (Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) on election night, suddenly to find uncounted ballots all of which were 90% or 100% in his favor, are roughly one in one quadrillion. Imagine one followed by fifteen zeros. The chances that he won in all four of those swing states is that number raised to the fourth power.

The chances that a draft of the report was put into the hands of the mainstream media: zero.

 

It’s just an idea for a hat.

 

Born two Faced: Destined for High Political Office

 

Not Everyone Drank the Kool-Aid

 

Communists

Daily Time-Waster

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CIA SAD Operator Douglas A. Zembiec in Iraq. He served as an undercover embed with the US Marines until he was killed in Baghdad in 2007. Were Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other more recent US adventures abroad worth it?

I leave it to you to judge, dear readers. There has been a lot of “our” blood and treasure expended by our kings and oligarchs on “our behalf”.

Of course, if our masters are to be believed, the clear and present danger at the moment is the men and women who were sent abroad to do their bidding. What do we make of that?

 

Identify the Aircraft

 

Yearly road deaths per million people across the US and the EU. This calculation includes drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who died in car, motorcycle, bus, and bicycle accidents. 2018-2019 data.

 

How many scientists are there for every million inhabitants?

 

Taxes

Companies in 21 states and D.C. would face a higher corporate tax rate than in any country in the OECD under the House Democrats’ reconciliation tax plan.  Jo/Ho swear that these corporations will not pass the taxes on to you. Read their (filthy sewer) lips.

 

Take care, the logs get slick when wet.

I’d like to lead a Congressional tour of the forest staircase.

 

Meme-of-the-Day

 

When I was a kid…

Sunday Sermonette & Maps

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This is just a cool way to start a sermonette… ask LSP.

 

Men and Women, the long-term impact of changing roles.

It’s a polemic, which means that I did not consider all situations and circumstances, but generalized to fit the trends both then and now, in our modern-day, where the state is working in a concerted way to replace mothers and to become the matriarch in our Brave New World.

Before the Progressive Era, the government was a wholly masculine affair: the state was a necessary evil, stoically shouldered for a pragmatic reason to protect life, property, the women and children of the tribe from crime and insurrection at home and from invasion from abroad. (All enemies, both foreign and domestic)

Then, as now, men were right to fear highwaymen and piracy, as well as to fear the jealousy, fear, or hunger of neighboring tribes, city-states, and warlords, or the ambition of god-kings and emperors. It was for this reason that the first tools of the stone age included spearheads, arrowheads, and tomahawks.  It is for this reason that the strong house, tower, mot and bailey, and town wall each is an invention older than written language.

No one was afraid of bands of maidens roving the highways or the high seas to loot and rape, and no special provision needed to be made to fend off that danger. Then, as now, the number of violent crimes committed by women is vanishingly small; a female soldier in history is as rare as a blind knight. The Vikings did take shield maidens with them on raids,  but they didn’t raid without the men and their numbers were smaller as were they.

Women, as a general rule, preferred to use poison to kill, and rarely were they concerned with the dishonor involved since a reputation as a fearsome pugilist or wrestler was not one they were likely to gain by beating opponents to death in a fair fight. This is why witches in history outnumber warlocks: their occult “potions” in real life were rarely magic, they were usually home remedies for illness, abortifacients, or deadly poison.

A primary office of government was to raise taxes to pay soldiers and sailors, buy their arms and gear, raise fortresses and shipyards, post offices and post roads (Rome, where all roads lead), and so on, as well as to erect courthouses and torture chambers, goals and gallows, and, in gentler times, penitentiaries where penitent wrongdoers could repent; and to prevent the frauds and theft by trick which haunted all marketplaces then as now, establish weights and measures and standard coinages and uses, or levy fines against those who break their sworn oaths and contracts. Commerce, like combat, was largely a man’s world; the womenfolk largely conducted their commerce domestically, in homes, not in textile mills.

In the Middle Ages, in Europe, the Church law handled domestic matters of trusts and estates, marriage and annulment, weddings and bastardy, but all civilized people of all ages have laws governing these things, and all tribes have traditions strictly followed, because no civilization, before this present generation, was luxurious enough or corrupt enough to afford to tolerate anarchy of harlots and bastards, where men mate like satyrs, without forethought or provision for the young.

All these things are men’s work. Only when, in the modern era, with the factory system displacing the domestic textile industry, and the womenfolk encouraged to leave domestic tasks and take up the ‘rat race’ of modern commerce, and the government, always eager for unaccountable power, lusting to redistribute tax money to the mass numbers of poor their policies created (policies from the enclosure laws to fiat currency), did the state step in to the women’s world of education and almsgiving. Being Caesar, the worldly powers expressed this remarkable power-grabs as a matter of public service, or as a public service owed to the uneducated and impoverished as a matter of legal right.

In America, this was used particularly as an excuse to expel all traces of the Christian religion from schools and welfare. Public schools were established explicitly to erode the family structure and indoctrinate impressionable young minds into obedient socialist mindlessness. See the writings of John Dewey and Bella Dodd.

It was slow but inevitable. The highly religious nature of the culture required many decades to erode the moral character. The Department of Education was founded in 1867; the case of Engel v. Vitale was not until 1962. But the encroachment still took effect.

However, at all prior times in history the women’s world, which ran on compassion rather than competition, was personal, and hence a froward child or undeserving poor could not call upon teachers or almsgivers to grant learning or funds as a matter of right. When Caesar usurped the maternal role, as men are wont to do, the thing became impersonal: a matter of rules, of rote, of restrictions.

Thereafter, traditionally feminine concerns of almsdeeds, education, caring for the sick, and so on, were matters of state.

Once the state makes it Caesar’s business to rear the young and feed the poor, the daily things that are the prime concern of wives and mothers now are matters determined by public debate and a public vote, not by schoolmarms and church charities.

Unfortunately, compassionate thinking is so useful for motherhood, when men try to mimic it, men tend to make it a matter of dispassionate logic. It is not something felt in the soul, guided by prayer, answered by gratitude. Compassion, in a rigidly rational masculine mind, becomes a slogan, or a formula, expressed as a mathematical proportion: FROM EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY – TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEED.

And the doors of hell are opened.

There is no prayer in the giver and no gratitude in the receiver. Charity becomes a matter of blackmail: the taxpayer must pony up, or else the race riots will burn neighborhoods. And it becomes a matter of slow slavery: marry the father of your children, and we cut you off. And meanwhile, the social worker has the right to inspect your home and monitor your job hunt, health, and so on.

Likewise, in education, teacher pay is not tied to performance, so the teachers who perform least are rewarded most; meanwhile, froward and unruly students cannot be expelled, or even punished, and, as is becoming the rule, not be given poor grades for poor performance.

When a modern politician both says that killing children in the womb is a matter of a women’s sovereignty over her own body, and that mandatory vaccination is a matter of public health, and that Voter ID is racist, but that vaccination passports are necessary, and that using troops to guard the borders of Trashcanistan is cromulent, but using border patrolmen to patrol the border of the United States is fascism, all reason breaks down.

And that’s the Sermonette.

 

Can/Can’t

In some states as indicated below, minors can drink in a bar if it’s part of a religious service. So the map made the admittedly loose standards of the sermonette.

 

During the Ice Age (prior to global warming)

Ice Age Map Of North America With Present Day Borders

 

Suicides

 

1984 according Orwell

 

I don’t know who got what in the Mr/Mrs Bill Gates split.

 

Weed

 

Presence of Obsidian in the US

There is a lot more about Obsidian in Loki’s Fire, the upcoming sequel (in time for Christmas) than there was in Red Mist.

Yes,  it’s shameless self-promotion,  so what?