The man, the myth, the legend, arrived like the proverbial cavalry.

President Trump told residents of East Palestine they are victims of ‘betrayal’ by Brandon and the federal government and said his visit finally sparked them to act in a tour of the toxic train derailment site.

The former president greeted crowds furious at the lack of action from the White House, 19 days after the disaster in Ohio, and brought in thousands of bottles of his own water, cleaning supplies, and canned food.

He then stopped at a local McDonald’s where he ordered Big Macs and handed out signed MAGA hats to the customers.

Hundreds of people lined the streets waving MAGA flags and chanting ‘no more Joe’ to greet Trump after he landed in the community on his renovated Trump Force One jet.

In a speech at the local fire department, he praised the response from law enforcement and the ‘strength and courage’ of the residents, and said: ‘You are not forgotten’.

He promised to return if the community didn’t get help from the White House and when a reporter asked what message he had for Biden, Trump said: ‘Get over here’.


Male and Female

From American Thinker – Certain American and Canadian scientists have officially proposed that the scientific community phase out the musty old terms “male” and “female” from the scientific language in order to avoid any appearance of “emphasizing hetero-normative views.” Instead, these “experts” want terms such as “sperm-producing” and “egg-producing” to be employed, as they say, they’re more inclusive. They also approved the use of  “XY individual” or “XX individual” as tolerable alternatives.

Moreover, these ass-hats scientists contend that the terms “man,” “woman,” “father,” and “mother” are “problematic,” as are those such as “primitive,” “advanced,” and “non-native.”


Identify the Tank


Yarn is Spun 

There no denying it.

Spinning Yarn is the art of fictional storytelling among seafarers who could not just stay on board a ship. There were also good stories that were carried ashore and spun or even written down and printed.


The term “spinning yarn” has not existed for very long, it has only been known in writing since the early 19th century. It was James Hardy Vaux who, in his work of 1819, reported not only on his experiences as a criminal in England and later as a convict but also on the storytelling on board the ship that transported him, which he called spinning yarn.


Saturday Night at Sea by George Cruikshank (1792 -1878)

In the 1820s this kind of art was also carried out by Greenwich pensioners and some of them were even published in newspapers under the term Spinning Yarn. But where does this term come from? Seamen often had to spend time repairing ropes on board ships. This is a time-consuming job of twisting fibers together, which was supposedly called “spinning yarn”. While repairing ropes, sailors often told each other stories to pass the time. Over time, these stories came to be called “yarn” and the telling of a story came to be called “spinning yarn”. Presumably, however, this practice goes back to the Middle Ages, but it is no longer possible to say for sure.

The reason for these stories

First and foremost, they were told to escape boredom and fill the hours of idleness. But the stories also fulfilled other tasks, for one thing, they were there to create a bond among the comrades. Although these stories were largely fictional, they contained elements of everyday life, of the family, or of one’s own life story. Things that everyone on board could relate to and that created a bond.


The better the story, the higher the reputation and the higher the listenership of the narrator, which in turn could cause some discomfort on the part of the narrator, as the comrades would sometimes give him something extra to tell them an exciting new story. And it increased the likelihood that the story would be passed on ashore, which could also have positive effects on the storytellers. But the stories also had hidden messages in them, so they could contain a warning about the behavior towards some officials or criticism of them. But also parts about tired men and extraordinary phenomena.

The ghost stories are particularly noteworthy here. They entertained but also had a lasting effect and elevated the narrator a little higher in his position among the men. after all, he was a good man for having experienced it, even if the older ones knew that it was fiction. The younger ones had not yet had these experiences or were still too young to distinguish fiction from reality.

Yarns that were printed

Some of the stories made it into print for others to enjoy. It is important to distinguish whether the book was written by a Sailor, an author pretending to be a sailor or an ex-sailor. Today we would simply put it in the category of adventure stories. But at that time Sailor adventures were something special. Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, by J. Ross Browne 1846  is a hybrid of a logbook, journal, travelogue, and yarn. There he tells the story of a sailor and his journey on a whaler, later on, a whale, and that alcohol is not a friend.


Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, with Notes of a Sojourn on the Island of Zanzibar. by John Ross Browne (1821-1875) – here the ride on a whale

 The book was also read with great favor by Herman Melville. Richard Henry Dana Jr. also addresses spinning yarns in his work Two Years before the Mast.

And The Narrative of the Remarkable Occurrences in the Life of John Blatchford by unknown,18th century, but probably Blatchford himself recounts his life as an American Sailor during the Revolution and his sacrifice for the fledgling US Navy.

Owen Chase (1797-1869), the first mate of the Whaler Essex, also tells a story about the famous incident of the Whaler and its tragic fate in his book The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex. In particular, however, he emphasizes the cruelty of cannibalism in his book and reports so matter-of-factly that it must have sent shivers down the reader’s spine. Whether this is a classic yarn is questioned in research, but the book does not seem to have been written by Chase himself. Rather, it seems to be based on his reports and journal, which makes parts of the whole thing a yarn again, as they probably did not happen as portrayed. The same happens with Moby Dick by Herman Melville, 1851, which takes up the Essex and her story but spins his own adventure out of it.

All these stories had their subtleties, their depths, and their morals or even warnings, but a good story brought men together. It relieved boredom and caused astonishment, joy, or even goosebumps. Just as we experience today when someone tells us about a good adventure.


  1. Tank … dang it. Too late. I thought it was the Renault at first too. Didn’t the Germans convert some of these into ersatz assault guns?

    • The Germans didn’t waste chassis with engines and repurposed a lot of them in exotic ways that worked. They inherited a lot of ammunition too when the French surrendered.

    • The problem with identifying a lot of French tanks is the way the French built them.

      Shared turrets from one chassis to another is part of the issue. Shared suspensions, shared engines, yada yada.

      So you can have two completely different looking chassis with the same style turret, or one chassis with two different turrets.

      It kind of makes sense, except the requirements to stay with a 2 man turret (commander, gunner/loader) meant that the turret ring was only sized for a 2 man turret so trying to up-turret with a heavier gun or three men was impossible.

      So the Germans gave a lot of them to Italy, and used a lot of them as-is as 2nd line security tanks, and a lot as the basis for other vehicles by removing the turret and building casements for SPGs.

      • As I understand it, most of them ended up as direct-fire SPGs. They didn’t have to move fast in that capacity because they were largely defensive.

  2. It is funny that even after several years President Trump is still living rent free in most liberals’ heads. Hopefully just his presence will cause the Democrats to take badly needed action in Ohio. At the very least he is at least doing something. The current administration is just ignoring the accident and environmental damage.

    Yarns. I learned a lot of unofficial knowledge listening to stories from the senior enlisted when I first came in. Taught me a lot about how to be successful, and for that matter, how to avoid being unsuccessful.

    Surly is amazing.

      • I am constantly amazed at him and a few others who know this stuff, yourself included. Reading through The Bullet Garden and every tank listed is a mystery to me beyond the basics, but I suspect you guys can visualize exactly what he writes. Very cool.

  3. PDJT- Tough but compassionate, thats a leader. And in Trump fashion on his own nickel. Love the Mickey-D’s gesture, very cool move.

    Biden help? ZERO…just more of the same tap dancing avoidance.

    • When is the last time that Biden spent a penny of his own money to help others even if it’s a gesture like buying 100 Big Macs.

      I know a lot of police officers who went into their pockets almost every day to drop happy meals for select families in distress. Quiet, humble, meaningful service without a brass band or a thought of gain.

      • Jesus reminded us to be a grateful giver, even if it hurts sometimes. Paul reinforced the admonition in 2 Cor 9. Those that do not do this when “prompted” are on the wrong side of the tracks (double entendre intended). It’s not shading truth to say that those in this Juvenile Administration DO look like half of America, self-centered and don’t care about their fellow man or woman…it’s always about THEM.

        God knows the heart, and if honest, we know our own hearts. What else is there in life when humility and compassion and honor come together to do something for another in need? And in that God smiles. And in this gesture today WE smile. The man did a great thing and didn’t do it to further himself, his history proves that out. God bless the man.

  4. “Get over here.” Fkn Legend!

    Predictable that Brandon went to Ukraine before East Palestine. Apparently, they didn’t come up with the required 10% first.

  5. As you said, a lot of yarns have some instructional basis attached to them.

    Just like fairy tales used to be.

    Which is the time honored (at least, until Disney and Frank Baum came along) formula of “X was a jerk, X did this, this happened to X, don’t be like X.” Simple, moralistic stories that imparted wisdom from ‘the ancients.’

    And it could be applied to anything. ANYTHING.

    Splicing a rope? X did a sloppy job, rope broke later, stuff fell on X, X died, so don’t be sloppy like X.

    X is a person of low class. X saves a person of upper class from drowning. X falls in love with PoUC. PoUC marries other PoUC. X dies of a broken heart. (That’s “The Little Mermaid” by the way, the real story, not the Disney version. The Fish Dies!!!)

    Every vocation has ‘yarns’ attached. All impart wisdom learned often by blood or life.

    Modern versions often start with “No shit, there I was…”

    • Story telling has a rich tradition in every culture, from the time when all knowledge and history was oral. Movies are popular because they’re the modern version of story telling.

  6. I learned today that collectively referring to old people as “the elderly” is “age-ist” and “othering” and generally hateful. The term must not be used by medical professionals. A woman recently got her PhD on this vital topic and now she goes about educating and enlightening hateful and bigoted hicks such as your humble narrator. It’s not a Zelenskyy or even LaPierre level scam, but it’s probably not a bad one either.

    The whole thing made me smile because I could see that some of my people (Ivy League, progressive) were seething about it. The general comment afterwards was “okay, now I kind of see why you’re so against forced speech regarding race or sexual orientation. This “age-ist” stuff is bullshit! But why aren’t you gloating?”

    • Wokeism is at its very heart, an exploitive scam.

      I can’t believe that the Ivy League elite arent swallowing this bullshit in the same way as they seem to buy off on all of the rest of it.

      Yes, I never really thought of it in that way, but I should be more aggrieved that I am old now. The stereotype of the curmudgeonly old man who is ticked off at the world is merely the manifestation of his reaction to othering and age-ist bigotry!

  7. proposed that the scientific community phase out the musty old terms “male” and “female” from the scientific language in order to avoid any appearance of “emphasizing hetero-normative views.” Instead, these “experts” want terms such as “sperm-producing” and “egg-producing” to be employed, as they say, they’re more inclusive. They also approved the use of “XY individual” or “XX individual” as tolerable alternatives.

    So we’re going to replace a one or two syllable word with a four or seven syllable word? Male to sperm-pro-duc-ing? In what universe? I guess if the goal is shut off speech entirely, it might make sense.

    When I’m looking for a male connector that’s going to break down immediately. “I need a reminiscent-of-a-sperm-producing printer cable.”


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