Captioned Graphic: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 “VMM-364” Purple Foxes

 

Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others. – Otto von Bismarck  

 

Meme-of-the-Day

 

Russian Donations to the Biden Crime Family

(Gateway Pundit) Joe Biden and his Democrat allies received money from a top Russia lobbyist in 2020 before waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

I don’t hear Congress screaming IMPEACH SLOW JOE, do you? I wonder why that is? Isn’t Russia the big enemy?

Recall, Biden’s first order of business was to shut down the Keystone Pipeline which killed more than 55,000 American jobs.

Joe Biden supports a pipeline from Russia to Germany that will expand Vladimir Putin’s political power and influence in the region.

In 2019, the Trump Administration put economic sanctions on companies and executives involved in the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline would allow Russia to bypass Ukraine and Poland and deliver gas to Germany.

The Trump Administration didn’t want to give Vladimir Putin too much of a hold over Europe by controlling energy supplies, but Joe Biden sold out to the highest bidder (as usual). No surprises.

 

Glock

With the least amount of Glock possible.

 

Anachronisms

There are accounts – or maybe they’re theories, of contemporary arguments (then) against rifled barrels when they were first being introduced?

There were arguments in favor of the continued use of ball & powder muskets, and against cased ammunition for long-arms.

The arguments against rifles generally in the late 18th and early 19th centuries revolved around – too long to reload, no bayonets.

One argument was whether or not the devil could ride a spinning bullet. In 1547 the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz, Sebastian von Heusenstamm had this theory tested, with 2 riflemen, one firing lead balls and the other silver ones engraved with crosses and exorcised by a priest. After 20 rounds none of the devil-free silver bullets had hit the target and so the case was proved.

 

The Snitch State

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“It is just when people are all engaged in snooping on themselves and one another that they become anesthetized to the whole process. As information itself becomes the largest business in the world, data banks know more about individual people than the people do themselves. The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.”—Marshall McLuhan, From Cliche To Archetype

 

Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky

A friend who has followed this blog for some time asked if I still had my bust of Dzerzhinsky displayed in my office at home at the White Wolf Mine.

This was a photo from the previous house – as blogged five years ago (right)

The answer is that I have a number of war trophies that take different forms. The bust of Felix reminds me of the past and serves as a species of war trophy.  Some of my stuff is displayed, some is not, but the bust of Felix remains and is next to a neat (rather large) model of a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper.  There is no significance in the placement.

Eventually, I will put more I Love Me stuff out. But Felix doesn’t deserve to be in a storage box, wrapped with tissue paper. I’ve told some of my children the story of how Felix arrived in my possession, but I doubt that they will remember.  It doesn’t matter. He will likely end up as landfill when all the trophies are forgotten and are put into a dumpster after I’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.  But today? Today he remains!

 

ITS Andrea Doria

The Italian Navy is growing into a formidable fighting force.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Those getting to hear about Felix are surely lucky.

    I see the point about learning from other’s mistakes. But sometimes, too much carefulness (or too many precautions alerted by others) makes it boring I guess. My mother thinks its funny that I can find ways to make new (type of) mistakes.

    P.S. Thanks for your last comment response, it made a difference.

    • I suspect that every single mother on the planet reacts the same way that yours does. My grandmother raised me – the same thing.

    • I carried a Glock 21 on duty for years. I tend to modify my Glocks more out of a need to tinker than anything. Lone Wolf barrel, threaded to accept a silencer for those times that you don’t want to broadcast that you’re shooting. You need to make some organic changes to the recoil spring, guide rod, etc. if you want to routinely cycle +P+ ammo.

  2. Control the narrative is the imperative. BLM grifted tens of millions despite self-described as a Marxist organization, and [some] people were okay with that (because they are idiots assuaging some perceived angst.) What will the MSM say when it fades away? The Bio-Warfare purposely unleashed got half the people compliant. It is their religion so will not let it go.

    Who goes to prison now “we know the truth”? No one. “Oopsie, our bad that people were intentionally killed. Sorry, sucks to be you.” Satan is making a nice comfy place in Hell for those people, with The Fowch Mengele in spot #1.

    Biden is not long for this world, surprised he lasted this long. The decline is visible and he calls a lid by mid-morning, whereas DJT worked 16-18 hour days trying to fix the mess made by amateurs.

    • I didn’t think that Biden would last through June, and there are still 22 days left. Camela is stretching her geopolitical wings, traveling to other lands, and showing them how incompetent she truly is. Who would she choose for a Veep? Gavin Newsom’s name comes to mind. He’s very progressive and he’s worn out his welcome in California.

      • Nice welcome VP* Harris got in Guatemala. Heh.

        re the FED bust below — you ever think that maybe you should have been born in the era of the condottieri?

        • In a sense, that’s what I did. Mercenary, operating semi-independently, loose controls.

          Yes, I’m still involved with Guatemala since my recent new business stuff. The behind the scenes conversations were – interesting. I get reports of these things.

      • She’ll bow out so The Nance can take her rightful place (God help us if that cretin fossil becomes President by fiat).

        Kam/Cam Ala is stupid beyond measure. As Mike_C pointed out, she needs to go hide somewhere to manage her foolishness. “Flying over” the border now constitutes going there….I’m thinking of all the states and countries I’ve now been to.

  3. A frequent comment I hear is something along the lines of “I wish I could remember what my parents said about ‘ABC'”. Perhaps you could write something down about what the various items mean to you – where they came from and a bit(the non-classified bit) of the story behind them.
    Then your children will have something they could use when they reach that point of ‘I wish’.

    • I did that with firearms. There is a provenance letter that identifies which firearms mean what. Same with knives. Most of them have some sort of a story attached. I hadn’t thought of doing it with the pieces of the Imperial War Museum (my office), but it’s not a bad idea. Maybe they’d be reluctant to consign them to the dumpster?

  4. When the barrel tilts to unlock with that big extension on the front, does that counter the muzzle flip somewhat, and the net is it stays pointed on-target better?

    • If you tune the handgun properly – correct springs and so forth to manage the recoil of the round, with or without the backpressure caused by the tube, there is very little recoil. Revolvers are a different problem.

      I used an Israeli solution on the Glock and the result is very little recoil. The tube is light and other than needing elevated sighting solutions to see over it, the effect is minimal. The only difference is that you are swinging a longer handgun and you need to be aware of not bumping the longer muzzle into things. It can be annoying at first.

    • It’s a long story. But the Reader’s Digest version is that I politically “captured and held” a major city, against all odds. The city’s new leader handed me the bust of Felix in honor of the victory. The details of how and who and what and where are interesting, and most people would say, “BULLSHIT” if I explained it. My family wouldn’t because they recall at least part of it. And frankly, I think that I’d call bullshit too if some mope told me the story.

      There are still witnesses. MikeW, who lives in Thailand now and visits this blog from time to time knows the characters involved. WoFat, who used to visit the blog does as well. I don’t think that WoFat has a computer anymore. The Prince of Darkness, another character, who may or may not visit here – who would know – was involved in the plot directly.

  5. I once visited the place in Moscow being named after your bust. Interesting place with many closed doors. I remember I tried to have a photo taken of me in front of the statue in the Center. I had with me someting I liked to have in the picture beside me as a motive to make it perfekt but given the time and my escort ut became an impossible mission. But it would have been fun. Later I was asked by prof Teece at UC Berkeley to teach Innovation at a universitet in St. Petersburg, I turned the opportunist down and regret today. If I had I would have been given the chance to know Putin. We all make our mistakes.

  6. The tilt rotors are cool, but underpowered. They NEED both engines to safely fly. If you’re in “airplane mode” and lose an engine, you have very little reserve power, and must immediately transistion to helicopter mode and put it down. Don’t know if they’ve addressed that shortcoming, but your rarely see them in airplane mode.

    SloJo didn’t just kill 55,000 jobs, they were well paying jobs as well. Man, talk about a pay-to-play!

    McLuhan was a visionary. He was “On To The Con” before anybody else was about mass media.

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