Bullet Points:

** Ultra-Light-Weight Camouflage Netting System And to IR and thermal. It may be worth tossing in the back of the truck.

** Another half-billion dollar Ponzi scheme (Crooked Vegas Lawyers):  “Beginning at least as of January 1, 2017, and continuing until March 2022, the J&J Entities, directly and through Judd, Humphries, Jager, Jongeward, Seybert, and Tanner, offered investments in purported personal injury settlement contracts,” SEC lawyers claim in court documents. “Judd told investors that he had a litigation financing business with his attorney, Matthew Beasley, whereby Judd invested money in contracts with personal injury plaintiffs while Beasley procured those contracts through his contacts with other attorneys around the country. Judd told investors that Beasley and his law firm Beasley Law Group had relationships with personal injury attorneys whose clients had settlements with insurance companies, and who were willing to pay a premium to receive a portion of their settlement in advance rather than wait for payment from the insurance companies. According to the lawsuit, investors made purchase agreements in installments of $80,000 or $100,000.

They promised a 12.5% return every 90 days and used new investors’ funds to pay off old investors. What a bargain! Wells Fargo Bank is in this one deep…what a shame WF. Nothing sounds fishy about a 50% annual return on investment.

Lawyers with the SEC allege Beasley and the others named in the lawsuit “used the bulk of investor money to fund lavish lifestyles, including purchasing luxury homes and properties, a private jet, ATVs, boats, and numerous luxury cars for themselves and their relatives,” court documents said. Hookers & limos…in Vegas – the Temple of the Living Elvis.


Cooking in the Days of Fighting Sail

When the weather was up, sailors who served in wooden ships ate cheese, salt fish, dried sausages & biscuits (hardtack). In calm seas. They used a sandbox or ceramic tiles to contain the area where a fire was lit. The stew pot was hung from a hook. Later enclosed iron stoves were developed. These were sometimes gimballed to keep the soup level & prevent the fire from spreading out of control.

Stove on HMS Victory 


Expensive Salutes

During the 17th century, the giving of salutes by warships became so excessive and wasted so much gunpowder that it placed a real financial burden on the England of Charles II. Ridiculous as it may seem the gunners resorted to their weapons every time anyone went ashore, and if it should be a lady the sailors would fire 7 guns and play a tune on the drums. In 1675 a merchant ship in the Thames failed to give an adequate salute to a man o’war, whereupon the warship fired a shot at her to make her stop and apologize. On this occasion, the gunner went aboard and fined the merchant captain six shillings and sixpence for the cost of the powder.


British Man o’war with other shipping at anchor, by John Thomas Serres (1759–1825) 

The matter of wasting powder was raised in the House of Commons. Apparently, East Indiamen meeting English warships in the Channel had to salute with 7 guns, while the man o’war replied with 5. At Plymouth Castle each man o’war saluted with 9 guns, the castle replied with the same and then the warship fired 3 more to express its thanks. And so it went on.

An English Captain named Holden, invited to dinner on one of the ships he was escorting to Tangier, was given a 5-gun salute when he left her, to which he replied with 3, apparently on the basis that between Englishmen the vote of thanks required two guns less. But with foreigners, the English insisted on having a reply to a salute with the same number of guns. When one Venetian ship saluted an English vessel with 11 guns, she was snubbed with a reply of just 5. On the King’s birthday every ship in the fleet – and there were hundreds, large and small – fired 13 guns. When one British admiral entered Malta the Knights of St. Johns gave him a 45-gun salute, lasting two hours. Every English ship then replied with 21.

On St. George’s Day, after the King’s health had been drunk, every ship in the fleet fired 25 rounds. And if a ship’s captain should die his gunners might fire anything between 40 and 100 rounds. It was an expensive folly that imposed an unnecessary burden on the fragile economy of the Stuart state  — but it must have been fun. Unfortunately, this fun was curtailed in the course of the 18th century.




HMS K-6   — K Class Submarine

The K-class submarines were a class of steam-propelled submarines of the Royal Navy designed in 1913.

Intended as large, fast vessels with the endurance and speed to operate with the battle fleet, they gained notoriety and the nickname of the “Kalamity class” for being involved in many accidents. Of the 18 built, none were lost through enemy action, but six sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents.


  1. Whenever I am out and about in my 4 wheel drive trucks I always go by “use the chains to get out, never to get in” unless there is no other choice.

    Another great history lesson, I wonder how many thousand pounds sterling were wasted on powder and shot over the centuries.

    Wells Fargo. I think all the banks are going to be in a bit of trouble if Biden et al continue to reimburse depositors over shareholders when banks tank.

  2. That ops officers my hero 😂. He probably took a snort or two of whiskey from his rack after doing Chinese fire drills all night in the south china sea due to Chiruski conference.

  3. Chains…if you get stuck with them you shouldn’t be there. Have not chained up this year to plow, maybe because I bought new tighteners last year and they’re still in the package. But it’s only March, there’s still time for the big dump…or two.

    Not sure I could top the Lazy story, not known for being lazy but I’ll ask MrsPaulM what she thinks mine “might be”…that’ll be good for a laugh.

  4. According to an article I read a while back the JLTV has a drivetrain of a 6.6L diesel based off the Duramax and Alison transmission. The specs on the engine is the same as GM’s 3/4 ton Duramax as far as HP and Tq. I was never a big fan of the HMMWV as it needed about double the HP and it was too wide.

      • Back in the day, our squadron had an opportunity to test drive variations of M-151 replacement prototypes.
        I remember one in particular that drove and looked like a military sports car.
        Handled ditches and terrain fabulously.
        It obviously didn’t make the cut. 🙂

      • JLTV engine has been breathed on heavily by a third-party company that specializes in diese power mods. They are heavy beasts and need the power l, especially up-armored and pulling a load.
        Also, very complicated and computerized, unlike the HMMWV. Provides much better protection for occupants and is much more comfortable, with independent suspension and climate control.
        Wandering Neurons

  5. Had occasion to visit HMS Victory in Portsmouth around 30 years ago. I remember the kitchen display. Along with the HMS Warrior and ironclad and HMS Mary Rose(?) it was a day well spent.

  6. Hmmm… I think I know who did that… And it was on Cowpens. Re the gimbaled stoves, those things are SCARY because the are big, heavy, and were hot!

    I’m hearing the jury is still out on the JLTV.

    • Of course the jury is still out. It can’t stand up to a main-gun round, can’t fly, can’t handle 20′ sea states, can’t be powered by water or the sun, can’t surive a direct nuclear blast, can’t…

      The question is, is it good enough to meet the original requirements? Is it ‘future proofed’ with enough capacity on the axles and engine to handle up-armoring and up-gunning?

      That’s the question. Oshkosh, the manufacturer, has a good history of not screwing things up.

      Hopefully it will not be a land version of the LCS.

      Plus, it looks good.

      • Here and there if using the iPad it does weird stuff I don’t catch. But since most of us aren’t english majors we pretty much get the gist even with minor errors. Means you’re human.

        My dad (smartest man I knew) stood over me one day as I’m fixing the tractor steering, tells my friend, “It took three Craftsman engineers six months to come up with that tractor steering, Paul’s going to redesign it in four hours.”

    • “Give the hardest job to the laziest man and he will find the easiest way to do it.” Benjamin Franklin

      Giving the hardest job to the smartest person probably also works.

      • Ben had some hard jobs and he managed to charm his way to success in addition to being the smartest man in the room.

  7. And the expense of firing a full-sized cannon even with reduced powder loads is one of the many reasons why smaller signal cannon firing a much lighter but much LOUDER load, came about.

    One can make a small gun sound loud by varying the shape of the barrel and muzzle, by making the powder load burn faster (finer grain size) and adding things to make the boom more boomable to the powder mixture.

    If you’ve ever heard a BP field cannon go off, and then a thunder-jug with a lot less powder, the thunder-jug almost sounds like a full-sized gun.

  8. Personal laziness is multitudinous, but nothing worthy enough to repeat. The laziest man I ever witnessed was in Lee County, Kentucky. Road crew had one lane blocked. The fellow in charge of turning the slow on side, stop on the other side stick, had it propped up by placing in a traffic cone. He was leaning on a car hood with his right hip, side and elbow supporting him. His radio was in his right hand. When it came our turn to go, he didn’t touch the sign, he flicked the wrist holding the radio as a signal for us to go.

  9. Another half-billion dollar Ponzi scheme
    Bottom feeders! A friend and his wife were severely injured in a no fault of their’s accident leaving them disabled.. They signed up with one of the personal injury shithead. Ten years later they have yet to see any money. He is a mechanic who has been forced to sell off his tools piecemeal. A relative passed away and they inherited a mobile home. Otherwise they might be homeless.

    A former Marine, I call him every year on the Marine Corps birthday. The conversation goes like this.
    “Happy birthday, Jarhead”.
    “Thanks, Ditch Boy. Now go spit shine your shovel”.


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