Friday Fish Creation

Some people prefer to eat fish on Friday. I know that there is a religious echo there but it doesn’t make much sense unless you’re going to eat cilantro lime shrimp tacos. Then any excuse is a good one.

Fishwrap Friday was a staple of this blog for some time. I am not quite sure how they differ from other blog posts since the content is all over the map.


Leon Trotsky aka Lev Davidovich Bronstein (1879 -1940), revolutionary and political theorist. The mugshots were taken at St. Petersburg police station after Trotsky was arrested for helping to organize the failed Russian Revolution of 1905. He was exiled to Siberia (again) but escaped.

Some say he was frozen, thawed and now hosts the TV series, Ancient Aliens.


Polishing off the Wounded

“‘How many men in your squad?’ asked the officer.

‘Fourteen, chief.’

‘Well, here, take these fourteen cutlasses; give one of them to each man.’

‘These are arms for murderers, not for soldiers,’ I exclaimed.

‘It matters little to me,’ said the officer, pushing me out the door, ‘and keep your opinions to yourself.’

No, I won’t keep these reflections to myself, and I’ll explain it to my comrades, the way it was clearly told elsewhere, that they were for finishing off the wounded and for killing prisoners.

‘Well, my cutlass won’t be used for such crimes,’ I told them, and right in front of everybody I tossed mine onto the roof of an adjacent house.”

-from Poilu, by WWI French Corporal Louis Barthas

The word cutlass is a literal translation of ‘coutelas’ which in this case would refer to the long butcher knives issued early on in the war, as mentioned in a letter from the frontline c.September 1915:

“Met Balat. He also has a butcher knife, there are fifty of those per company. It’s a war of knives in the 20th century. What will we do with them ? Finish off the wounded of course. It’s awful what’s about to happen.” -Pvt. Georges Ripoull

A military knife – a coutelas – above, from that era. Also functional as a butcher’s knife. Either way you look at it, it’s harvesting meat. War is hell.


Bye Bye, Miss American Pie

The day the music died. On February 3, 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson was killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.


Mass-Produced Turkish Drone

The Bayraktar Akıncı (Turkish pronunciation: [Bayraktar Akıncı]) is a High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

AKINCI drone armed tests – with MAM-T, MAM-L and MAM-C munitions, also Turkish made.


Why Should the Post Office Spy on Us?

The U.S. Postal Service admitted during a Wednesday meeting to spying on citizens with its law enforcement arm, claiming it worked with other agencies to track Americans’ social media posts.

Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale briefed lawmakers on the Oversight Committee regarding the program known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program.

Isn’t their job to deliver the mail? What am I missing? I realize that it’s now in Vogue to spy on American citizens who hold opinions different that Jo/Ho. I realize that if I question the 2020 National Election’s legitimacy that I’m viewed as an enemy of the State.

But why the post office?




Yes, it’s blog filler, but it’s also Friday…


Roomba Wars


Snack Time



  1. The Post Office delivers your Mail; they see everything you receive like your NRA card, the donation letters from Republicans, VFW stickers – anything that can be construed as “Conservative” or nationalistic. USPS has the most complete American database in the government and it’s available for any official in the Bite Me administration. Bonus points: it’s the only government office outside Congress and the presidency required by the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 7).

    THAT is why they use the USPS.

    • That makes sense.

      I’ve used mail covers before in the law enforcement context. Of course, they were not used to ferret out ‘politically unsound’ people.

      • Also – the USPS wants a slice of the graft from tyranny, just like the rest of USGOV.


  2. What could have been on the day the music died with simply a change to the passenger list. Ritchie Valens won a coin toss for the seat with guitarist Tommy Allsup. Allsup went on to be a top session man and producer and died at 85 in 2017. The Bopper was feeling ill and asked bassist Waylon Jennings to give up his seat. Jennings, of course, went on to bigger things.

      • After giving up his seat, Jennings famously said “I hope your damned old airplane crashes” and regretted it ever after.

        • Some time ago, I made a conscious decision never to part with people I cared about within anything but loving words. Not because of Holly or the Big Bopper in specific. Those sorts of things happen, and you live with regret.

          I spoke to a dear friend (who is a democrat) on the phone yesterday. I hadn’t spoken to him in years. We don’t talk politics. He lives in Virginia, and is a very wealthy man. I know his children, his family – as I said, a good friend. He told me that he doesn’t speak to his daughter anymore because she joined a church. He’s a devout atheist.

          I reflected on the situation. He cut himself off from his daughter (who is a delightful lady) and his grandchildren. He has harsh words for her and her participation in a “cult”. It’s sad. And it’s a situation that I work deliberately to avoid. As Mike_C mentions on this blog and as I fully agree, the only real treasure is your family. I’ll add good friends to that equation as well. Money comes and goes.

          • Neither Jennings or you were/are Progs (belaboring the obvious, I know) and Progs think nothing of slitting throats whenever and however they need to to get their way, even their own family. Here, for now, it’s cancel culture. Other places they did gulag archipelagos, Treblinka and Cambodia. It’s good to keep your humanity, when those around you are losing theirs.

          • Love thy neighbor as thyself.

            Only burn a bridge you never plan to revisit, which is usually a rare occurrence.

        • I can’t take credit for that saying (wish I could, but there it is), it’s a quote from one of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Barraryar/Vorkosigan novels: All true wealth is biological.

          To RHT’s point, another quote from Bujold is: Lately, I have come to believe that the principal difference between heaven and hell is the company you keep there.

          It’s very sad to hear about the man cutting off contact with his daughter. Personally I’m not a believer, but doctrinaire atheism strikes me as a form of unsupported certainty based on, well, not much. In its own way, strident atheism is a perverted form of faith. (Now that I have offended everyone, time to get back to work.)

          • Not everyone, Mike_C – I agree. Some of the most zealous cultists I have ever met are Atheists. Of course this guy is apparently a Democrat, that’s a cult too.

            Lotta people out there would rather be “right” than happy.


  3. The drones made a significant impact in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Armenia lost a lot due to the advantage the Israeli and Turkish made drones gave Azerbaijan. 185 T-72 tanks, 182 artillery, 451 military vehicles plus a lot more. I guess drones will be a gamechanger for the future.

    • I’ve read the same thing. Of course, they could have been manned aircraft, establishing air superiority, just as easily. I reflected on the situation that existed in the Falaise pocket in France, August 12-21, 1944, for control of Normandy. German Army Group B, with the 7th Army and the Fifth Panzer Army were encircled by the Western Allies. Unopposed airpower did the same thing to Army Group B that the Turkish drones did to to the Armenian army.

      Azerbaijan held the high ground.

      • Controlling the air or at least having the tools to attack positions on the ground will always be important I guess. The drones are said to be a little different since Armenians claim you can’t see and hear them before they strike with pinpoint accuracy. That adds another fear factor to the game. Since they are very cost-effective to operate I think there will be many versions of them in the future. Countermeasures will of course be developed and so will all the other arms available.

        The next war will tell.

  4. One of my old runnin’ buddies was from Clear Lake. His daddy drove him and his brother out to have a look after they heard the news. He said they didn’t see much that looked like an airplane and from the photo you can see why.

    Speaking of Holly and tacos reminds me of a guy I used to work with who was from out Holly’s direction. His father was a refuge from China after Mao took over, the only one of his family that got out. He ended up dishwashing in a Mexican restaurant in some small town west of Lubbock, maybe Muleshoe or Friona, I don’t recall which. He married the owner’s daughter, went into the family business, worked his ass off and made a success of himself. The son looked mostly Mexican but had some odd looking eyes, kinda like a Shar Pei dog around the sockets, but he taught me how to make tacos like his grandmother made. He called them “Grandma Tacos” and they were just flour tortillas with fried potatoes and onions and whatever salsa you wanted. The simplicity was pure genius but I suppose might have had more to do with economics than anything else. There’s a lesson or two about survival in the family story, if you’re paying attention. Anyway. I like to add some homemade chorizo and a little fresh cilantro and think I’ll thaw some out and whup up a batch tonight.

    • Understanding how to build flavor from simple ingredients is the secret to good food (any style of good food) and the abuelitas seem to develop a knack based on a lifetime of experience, watching, and eating.

      In Mexico, any restaurant that can be called such has a tortilla lady on staff, making fresh pan. I always look for the tortilla lady in the US and rarely find them – but it’s a key indicator. They have machines that make tortillas now, but a machine isn’t the indicator that the lady is.

      In Arizona, I’ve found a couple of hole-in-the-wall joints within a couple hours drive from the White Wolf Mine where I can get passably good Mexican food. They aren’t like the goat restaurants in Sinaloa which are so good, or the Yucatan joints with their white sauces, but they are still quite good. Only one has a tortilla lady.

      There are a lot of things about Mexico that I find endearing, like the cereal lady in the grocery store that aids you in your selection of dry breakfast cereals, the carnecerias, the fresh juices for breakfast and the culture in general. The narcos have ruined a lot of that, of course. I still work in Mexico from time to time and now, as the world returns to normal, I’m on the phone almost daily on this matter or that. I don’t go there as often, of course.

      • Ha. I was hatched about 10 miles north of Brownsville to a pair of Yankee refugees from the frozen north, after Daddy came back from the Sunny South Pacific and said screw that. They bought a motel with a cafe and after being served nachos in one of the local “Mexican” restaurants, Tex-Mex of course, said something to the dishwasher about how good the tortillas were. Oh, I can make those, the dishwasher replied and Mother turned her loose. There was, however, something lost in translation, because Mother was thinking corn tortillas and the dishwasher was thinking flour. Daddy had a day job turning wrenches for the Air Farce, a trade he learned in the Navy, and hilarity ensued when he came home from work and found the kitchen piled high with flour tortillas. “What the hell are we gonna do with all these?” Good times.

        It’s a different culture all right. I went to a grade skool named after de Zavala, one of the great Tejano heroes of the Texas Revolution and was one of maybe three or four white faces in the crowd. Gave me a different perspective on a lot of things. Then that rat-bastard LBJ caused the air base to be shut down in 1962 over some political B.S. and times got tough. We ended up migrating out. They trained navigators. SAC was flying 24/7/365 and Viet Nam was fixin’ to crank up and all of a sudden the Air Farce doesn’t need more navigators. Right.

  5. USPS – Because they can. Roger Stone, now Giuliani, both raided at o’dark with CNN given the heads up. And us “the non-compliant” are next. They have to use every means necessary to bend people to the Socialist agenda while The Hologram picks a dandelion for Not A Doctor Jill, then shoves her up the steps. It’s embarrassing beyond the pale…horse. (a Revelation reference there as it feels like end times.)

    Trotsky- “Born to a wealthy Ukrainian-Jewish family…created his own brand of Marxism” (per Wiki) Didn’t know he was from a wealthy family. “When the privileged get bored” — look at trust-funders in Boulder (CO).

    Shrimp Taco’s – Tonight’s dinner…not because it’s “Friday” but because it’s Friday and fits the mood.

    • Shrimp tacos were on the meal plan tonight, or possibly scampi, but dear friends invited me over for dinner tonight (MRSLL is off on a junket). So I don’t know what the fare will be. I just know that it will be good.

      It’s amazing how the progs get bored with their own miserable lives (dripping in money) and decide that they and their wisdom, should be forced down everybody else’s throat. It’s why there is a Second Amendment.

      • Progs- And it seems they never stop with their brand of inanity. Two from Boulder county are pushing a ballot measure eliminating “invasive procedures” in veterinarian medicine, primary target is AI in cattle, which will destroy every ranch business in the state (their main intent). MrsPaulM just got notice the State is pushing to eliminate the Veterinarian Board, being pushed by a non-DVM activist Emperor Polis’ installed on the board. The unintended (more likely “intended”) consequence will be a disaster. Exactly like when the feel-good moron’s outlawed rendering of old horses, people trying to shoot their animal turned into a disaster because they didn’t know how and were left with little choice.

        Suffering for everyone else is always the result with the Left.

  6. I wondered how long the drone could stay up..

    >>General characteristics

    Capacity: 2,976 lb (1,350 kg)
    Internal: 881 lb (400 kg)
    External: 2,094 lb (950 kg)
    Length: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 in)
    Wingspan: 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
    Height: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)
    Max takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
    Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko-Progress Motor Sich AI-450T turboprop engines, 560 kW (750 hp) each
    Propellers: 5-bladed composite constant-speed propeller

    Cruise speed: 361 km/h (224 mph, 195 kn)
    Range: 5,000 km (3,100 mi, 2,700 nmi)
    Endurance: 24 hours
    Service ceiling: 12,192 m (40,000 ft)<<

  7. Why the USPS? Because they are not normally thought of as an “intelligence” agency. It is just another way to hide Big Brother’s intruding nose.

    Shrimp tacos sound great but no cilantro around her because MrsBillB gets the soapy taste from cilantro. I love the stuff.

    The Left is just plain old crazy as in mentally ill. Paul M’s comment on Veterinarians just shows it. Eliminating AI is just another way of getting rid of those pesky cows that are “destroying” the environment, NOT! There are some DVMs that I would trust working on me if push came to shove. The Left’s mantra of “do it as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else” is BS. They only mean violently hurt and not the non-obvious collateral damage some actions cause. Colorado’s non-DVM activist is probably a PETA adherent.

    • “Colorado’s non-DVM activist is probably a PETA adherent.”

      She is. And the Boulder “guys” are millennials with too much time on their hands, clearly being paid well by a larger group to promote their brand of destructive idiocy.

      • Though we’d escaped this particular brand of insanity when we did our CALEXIT. Looks like it’s flourishing here, but with different targets vs Lost Angeles…

  8. LL,
    Thanks for the note regarding the Turkish drone. Without it I’d still be mispronounced its name! Lol!
    I think the lopsided casualty count is due to control of the air, regardless of manned/remote.

  9. I grew up in Lubbock and even went to school with Cricket’s drummer Jerry Allison’s daughters.
    There was no official recognition of Holly until the movie came out. Only then did they raise a statue of him and name a park after him.

    Mac Davis was right, Happiness is Lubbock Texas in the rearview mirror.
    That song pretty well describes my own life experience, never made it, but still a musician.
    Went back a couple of years ago on family business, first time in 20 years, and was just as glad to leave.

    Still love tex-mex cooking though. 😀

  10. I’ve never seen a good picture of a Bayraktar before; they are much cooler-looking than i would have expected.

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