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The famous/infamous Dr. Fauci (who is characterized as “America’s doctor” on CNN) made a statement last week that scientists found a variant of the plague that “evades the test”. He explains that you may be sick with an illness that presents with no symptoms, cannot be verified with a test to confirm that you have it — and because of this threat, you still need to wear your obedience mask.

Now that I think about the situation, it might be better for all of our sakes if YOU stopped breathing. Come on, take one for the team.

 

Commerce

Historian Nicholas Lambert, author of the April Proceedings piece “What is a Navy for,” suggested defining “sea control” broadly as being “the free flow of commerce” as the highest objective in peacetime and, when necessary, in conflict.

There is a problem in America. I can’t speak to anywhere else, in that the man on the street has no idea where “stuff” comes from. That applies to food, fuel, building materials, clothing/textiles and just about everything. It’s not just where it comes from but the logistics train that exists to bring that stuff to the consumer.

Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. Around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. Insuring that it continues to function is one key reason for the existence of a navy.

I know that I’m on a bit of a rant, and that I have bias toward navies, but seaborne commerce is something that Americans take completely for granted.

 

Arcane Information

I know that there is an expectation by some of this blog’s readers for this sort of critical information.

King Edward I appointed the first English admiral in 1297. He was Wilkiam de Leyburn, given the splendid title of “ Admiral of the sea of the King of England”. The Royal Navy has had admirals since at least as far back as the 16th century.

By the time of Queen Elizabeth I the fleet had become so large that it was organized into three color- coded squadrons: red for the admiral’s, white for the vice- admiral’s and blue for the rear-admiral’s.

Later, as the number of ships in the fleet grew further, and the squadrons into which they were divided became larger, three admirals were allocated to each battle fleet (based on the line of battle) – a full admiral in command in the center, a vice-admiral as his second in command taking the van (forward) and a rear-admiral as third in command in the rear. These ranked in the order red, white and blue and admirals took rank according to the color of their squadron.

Red squadron center (1596-1864):

Admiral of the Red, Vice- Admiral of the Red and Rear- Admiral of the Red

White squadron van/front (1596-1864):

Admiral of the White, Vice- Admiral of the White and Rear- Admiral of the White

Blue squadron wyng/rear (1596-1864):

Admiral of the Blue, Vice- Admiral of the Blue, Rear- Admiral of the Blue

Some officers were promoted to rear admiral, but to no particular squadron. They were known colloquially as yellow admirals.

In 1864 the organization of the British fleet into colored squadrons fell into disuse. The red ensign was allocated to the merchant navy, the Royal Navy adopted the white ensign, and the blue ensign was used by the naval reserve and naval auxiliary vessels.

 

We live in Dark Times

 

No Snow, Time to Go!

48 COMMENTS

    • Libertarians tend to either ignore or ignorant of what it takes to be a sovereign nation in the real world. Trade is the key to prosperity and that almost all moves over water. Protecting that trade is one reason that nations have navies.

      I’ve tried to explain that to Libertarians in the past – and they seem to have a disconnect in that regard.

      • When an invasion fleet is spotted heading towards a libertarian country, the gun nuts from Knob Creek will wait until the wind is blowing offshore, then drive their submarines out and sink that fleet with their nuclear torpedoes.

        And pirates? I don’t know, is a deck gun or those torpedoes you roll off the back more convenient? Which makes better youtube?

      • If the world were comprised solely of highly conscientious, >120 IQ and introverted, ‘spergish individuals maybe there would be a chance for some sort of Libertarian community to exist; but in the real world full of aggressive, greedy, crooked, lazy and stupid people, no way.

        • Somebody will always want your stack. Always. Disarming in the hopes of finding good will in your fellow men is hopeless. I understand that the “amount” of arming can always be debated. How much is enough? How much is too much.

          Mutually assured destruction has worked so far.

  1. when i worked for .gov, doing something like that book would get me fired first, then sent to Leavenworth. heck, i almost got fired for ordering ink pens from the wrong supplier. wth?

    • You’re not a prog.

      There are two standards, two sets of rules, and they set laws aside that inconvenience them.

  2. From L-L’s previously provided arcane information about UFO’s pronging the fleet, crappy performance of the little crappy ships and the demise of the SEAL ethos, it would appear that the yellow admirals all got new gigs in the District of Criminals.

    Yeah, we gotta have a Navy; even a dumba$$ grunt like me gets that. My question is, with all this crap going on, do we have one now, and if so, for how much longer?

    • We have a good navy built on decades of development. Whether it will continue depends in large degree whether the democrats convince everyone worth a shit to quit or not.

  3. Yeah..but…but…IT’S ALL FREE! FREE! AND MORE FREE!

    Don’t you see The Potted Plant’s tyranny is good for you? C’mon LL, get with the program.

    “And to pay for it all we’re going to tax the corporations and the wealthiest”.

    Translation: No need to work we’ll take care of you by stealing fromproductive members of society. We’ll send “free” cash each week. Stay home. Wear your compliance mask. Get the vaccine (likely a tracker plugged into the DNA otherwise they wouldn’t be pushing it so hard). And sell your pickup…because…GLOBAL WARMING! (aka we’ve decided CO2 is bad for the environment so we need to eliminate it from our atmosphere).”

    Gag me with a pitchfork.

    Every stupid idea from those same useless grifter kids that got stuffed into a locker in Junior High…because they were nudges, idiots, and morons then, only now they’ve reached high office.

    When President Trump said “America will never be a Socialist country!”, that was the trigger point for the tyrannical crowd to start creating their destructive utopia, they believe the King George serfdom model was just peachy and we should return to that hierarchy.

    Then there’s this gem: “Our Democracy isn’t working fast enough.”

    Uh Joe, it’s not a democracy YOU DOLT (“DIPSTICK” also works)…a few of us out here understand exactly what The Constitution says and it ain’t for you to say. But that statement was really code for “I’m Emperor so will sign anything they put in front of me and it’ll be law. Sucks to be you, the productive members of society – ’cause we’ll wreck you if you resist.”

    The reprobates can all go to Hell, and not soon enough for my taste.

    Nice day here, so that’s my vent for the day….now onto some fun making things and seeing the pastures green up before my eyes. In the meantime, God’s hand is what I pray for, that He installs a backbone into the Republican’s (not holding my breath).

    • Sorry ’bout all that…was in a mood…before coffee. Not fair to throw up all over your blog comment page. But I do wonder where the chaos is headed.

          • Every once in a while the East Coast comes out, overshadowing the Godly approach. Back against the wall thing. In the end I respect LL too much to abuse the privilege in that manner (even though I often draft semi-lengthy spout-ages as if I’m channeling Kurt Schlichter). But that ultimately solves nothing. Besides, as you suggest, most on here would agree.

            Question remains: “How can the good people affect a change before bullets start flying?” I fear it may come to that.

  4. Your quote from Fauci about the variant virus makes perfect sense.

    But only if you are a stupid liberal.

    • It’s settled science, BANDMEETING. Follow the science. The new secret virus is slated to be the next pandemic – and I suspect that it will impact the people who suffer from Munchausen syndrome disproportionately.

  5. We as a country can survive without trade. We can’t survive comfortable but we are blessed with most of the resources needed. I hope it never comes to that. We need a strong Navy to keep that from happening.

    Trade goes two ways. Who replaces the USA?

    We shouldn’t confuse the country’s commerce with the corporations operating here. Most are multi-national despite their domestic origins. GE anyone?

    • Wealth is generated by trade (domestic and foreign) and our biggest trading partners are Canada and Mexico so we can go overland. BUT if you cut sea trade that economy will suffer. The current green energy model means that we can cover the USA with solar cells and windmills and not generate any carbon emissions at all. It’s very woke.

      • “not generate any carbon emissions at all. It’s very woke.”
        We can ignore the carbon emissions producing batteries, solar panels, and windmills because that would harm the narrative.

        • It’s settled science. Don’t cloud the master plan with your conspiracy theories. They’re RACIST. They may also be Islamophobic.

          • Those products are no longer produced here, WSF. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” and “Not In MY Backyard” apply equally to the progs who caused almost all the manufacturing of such nasty, dirty, foul, evil things to be offshored.

  6. The problem in America is that 75% of the people don’t know shit about anything. They have no idea where their food comes from. Or their water. Or where their sewage goes, or how it gets treated. They don’t know where their electricity comes from, or their natural gas, or how it gets to them. Everybody either wants, or thinks they already have, a “glamorous and important” job, and as such, things like infrastructure, and how much it costs, and the people that make it happen, are beneath them. They bitch and moan about paying a plumber to unstop their drains and fix their leaky faucets, or that an oil change costs $100, yet believe it’s beneath them to even attempt to do such things for themselves.

    The other 25% of America are the people that do things, make things, fix things, and keep the system running, only to be “deplored” by the rest.

    /Rant Off/

    The gift package to “immigrants” makes me want to lose my lunch….

    Bow hunting, or just practicing?

    • Practice at this point.

      But with the price of meat, I may take meat-on-the hoof as it becomes available. Some say that I need the government’s permission to hunt and who am I to gainsay anything as big or important as the government.

      • Those same types, when stuck in their 4wd Subaru in 6” of snow because they decided to go hiking in the winter – in shorts, a t-shirt, and sneakers and not tell anyone where they were headed – just sit there for days waiting for “others” to rescue them instead of digging their way back out….might even burn their perfectly good tires as a signal method. After rescue everyone on their social media hears the harrowing tale of survival (complete with pictures) and how rough it was because there was no cell signal to call for help.

        • Better to work on survival on back porch of your house with a blanket or tarp draped over a small kitchen table. That’s what I did when I was seven years old and the woke seldom exercise the judgment of the average seven year old.

          • Memories, we had a pup tent in the far corner of the backyard and C-cell Eveready flashlight. Started then.

    • Common sense and useful general knowledge have very little to do with income and formal education, I’m finding. In fact, there may be an inverse relationship between credentialing and practical knowledge.

      > a “glamorous and important” job
      Hmmm. Back when I saw patients, my clinic days consisted of spending the whole day in a small room with a desk and a bed (or exam table). People I did not know, mostly overweight middle-aged men, would come in and take their clothes off. I’d have to make conversation and put my hands all over them, (Yes, one does sometimes check the femoral pulses. Always wear gloves; groin funk will stay with you all day no matter how many times you wash your hands.) After a little chitchat and random awkwardness they’d put their clothes back on and leave. If I didn’t see enough men per day someone bigger and meaner than me would put the squeeze on me. This bigger and meaner entity also kept the vast majority of the money that I was bringing in.

      Needless to say, this job description covers clinical cardiology, as well as a much older profession. Only my hourly rate would have put me at the low end of the older profession. These days my hourly consulting rate is a little better (but still markedly less than that of a 5’9″ 125-lb Russian model type).

      • Your clinical experience sounds gross. Sorry, man, but it does. I know that you helped people and that was the road to helping. I applaud your skills, your insight and your work, but I don’t know that I would want that for myself or OB/GYN work where you’re staring down between the stirrups.

        On the other hand, from a patient’s perspective, I’m happy that there are MD’s who do the work. They earn every penny.

        • Well, that was exaggerated (a bit) for comic effect, but I actually enjoyed talking to patients. In general (about 70% of the time) the rewarding part was if/when I was able to help the patient *understand* his medical problems and get buy-in to the plan of care. About 20-25% you’d have a patient personally interesting enough that I’d have gladly had a cup of coffee just to chat — people with interesting life experiences or jobs or hobbies. And 5-10% it was just miserable, and you had to depend on professionalism to carry you through.

          Cardiology is a pretty good area to be in. Few patients are whiners or hypochondriacs — they tend to have real problems, many of which are fixable (or ameliorable at any rate), and we have good evidence base for what we do, based on fairly rigorous clinical trials. Also, we have a lot of procedures (catheterization, electrophysiology necromancy, etc) and procedures are always fun (though I am not a cath guy personally).

          OB/Gyn (med school and residency) was IMNSHO miserable. Really glad I don’t (and didn’t) do that.

          • A number of years ago I was offered a job that I wanted. It meant that I would have to move regularly and I had four young daughters at the time. Turning down the job was tough (though ended up there years later). I told the people who were pitching me hard that while I wanted the job, jobs have a way of becoming jobs, even though they are cool.

            I was even more right than I thought that I was at the time. I’ve done a LOT of cool things for a living and frankly, I still do because I know people and get brought in on this or that. They all have one thing in common — there are things about them that are a pain in the ass.

  7. “seaborne commerce is something that Americans take completely for granted.”

    Because, as you and so many others here pointed out, many Americans don’t know Jack about anything they take for granted.

  8. Meh, I ‘think’ they are learning what SLOCs are, since they can’t get their toys, parts for their cars, and upgrade their electronics. At least LA/LB backup is down to 210,000 TEUs sitting waiting to unload!

  9. This is an interesting post and it raises a few questions. For example, formerly Great Britain is an island nation and relies on seaborne trade to keep its millions of people alive. Why, then, have they pretty much disbanded their Navy?

    In the same vein. Why have we allowed our Navy to become the plaything of cultural marxists who hate our country, and the Navy?

    You’d almost think there was a conspiracy.

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