Black History Month Quote:

Slavery is world history. White people did not invent it and were not the first to practice it, but were the first to abolish it. The last place in the world to still have legal slavery was Africa. It wasn’t fully legally abolished on the continent until 1981.

 

 

Balancing Act

“On the one hand, Jordan genuinely wants the war to end, but on the other hand, it has a strategic partnership with the United States, and it knows that if it were to cut off ties with Israel completely, it would put its $1.5 billion in annual aid from Congress at risk,” Magid explained. “Jordan is constantly playing a balancing act.” (Good Article)

 

 

Bullet Points:

** Do what makes you happy because your job would be posted before your obituary if you died today.

** U.S. — Special Counsel Robert Hur will not recommend charges for Biden’s mishandling of classified documents on the grounds that he’s too old and senile to stand trial.

“I mean, seriously, have you seen that guy?” said Hur to reporters. “I tried to ask him questions, and he attempted to put my notepad in his mouth. The dude is totally zonked out, for sure. I mean, we all knew this, right?”

Despite the report detailing Biden’s late-stage dementia, the Special Counsel confirmed Biden is just fine to continue running the country. “Oh yeah, that’s no problem,” he said. “You heard the Press Secretary. He’s so active and alert that no one can keep up with him! Impressive!”

** (H/T Claudio) Deception Planning – “All war is based on deception” – Sun Tzu – more here. “Currently, Taiwan has the advantage because a Chinese attack must succeed, or the Chinese government and economy are in big trouble. That’s because the aftermath of an invasion attempt would be a blockade of Chinese ports and all the exports and imports China depends on to keep its economy going. Taiwan knows it does not have to make a successful invasion impossible, but it is simply too risky for any Chinese leader to attempt.”

** Here is another photo of the San Rafael Swell in south-central Utah. Is it worth exploring in your 4×4? It depends on how you roll.

** Is a civil war inevitable? How can it be avoided – or should it be avoided? (h/t Claudio)

** How many of you have been to the Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia?

** “Somewhere, a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimum food or water in austere conditions, day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon, and he made his web gear, He doesn’t worry about hat workout to do – his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. The True Believer doesn’t care how hard it is; he only knows he wins or dies. He doesn’t go home at 1700; he is home. He knows only the cause.” (attributed to unnamed Q Course Instructor) ― Jack Carr, True Believer

 

The Vladimir Putin Interview

By now, I’m sure that if you want to watch it, you have. It was widely disseminated. Putin crafted his dialog to his advantage, and I wouldn’t have expected it otherwise. He shaded the truth; he bobbed and weaved, but he’s a politician, and that’s what they do in the theater they live in.

When you delve deeply into the various events since the fall of the Soviet Union, it appears that certain parties are furious that they were not allowed to continue to loot the remains. The loss of the great rival meant that wars needed to be created to fund the Military Industrial Complex further, which, along with the banks, cartels, and Big Pharma, owns the great majority of the United States “leadership.” No one is supposed to challenge the Elite Neo-Mafia and the petro-dollar.

Putin invaded Ukraine to expand the wealth and reach of Great Russia and to add 20 million Caucasians to the population. The historical right of Russia to rule Ukraine was hogwash. On the other hand, the US (and the elites) had their thumb on the scale and planned to loot the place three ways from Sunday. The Hunter Biden scandals and 10% for the Big Guy show that clearly. The US used the Ukraine to launder taxpayer funds into Democrat Party coffers. The evidence for that is clear and convincing.

 

 

Identify the Aircraft

1 & 2

Extra points if you can identify them both.

 

Identify the Rocket

3

 

Identify the Tank

4

6

Not a tank, but give it a shot.

 

Parting Shot

Don’t scratch Surly…

I’ve repeatedly warned Surly that he’s taking the whole AI Terminator robot thing too far, but he says he’s not taken it nearly enough. If he asks you for your clothes, boots, and motorcycle keys, just hand them over.

61 COMMENTS

    • Would an AF Spanish Lonsdale with a Madura wrap do, or does it have to be a Hemingway? Have you tried La Paulina cigars? My acquaintance William S. Paley Jr. (son of the man that started CBS) started the cigar company. He lives next to RFKjr. across the pike from CIA HQ. Bill Paley is a fan of White Powder (my novel).

      • Used to listen to Cigar Dave (Tampa based)…helped us get decent Whiskey and cigar selections for our UPS driver as a Christmas thank you gift for taking care of us over the year.

      • Being an open-minded AI, I’d try the sticks you mentioned. I got the taste for the Hemingways from an ex-brother-in law and then started bringing to family functions to enjoy with my brother who usually smoked cheroots a la the Man With No Name.

        • Never really got into cigars. My foray into culture and breeding did extend to pipes, though. Had a couple of really nice briar pipes, and a Meerschaum. Used to go to “The Tinder Box” in Torrance, CA for my pipes and tobacco. I really enjoyed their “North Sea” blend, which one of my friends promptly dubbed “North Sea Scum”, for reasons unknown.

          • Because it’s Valentine’s Day, I offer you Rudyard Kipling, “The Betrothed.”

            https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/betrothed.html

            “You must choose between me and your cigar!”

            Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout,
            For things are running crossways, and Maggie and I are out.

            We quarrelled about Havanas — we fought o’er a good cheroot,
            And I knew she is exacting, and she says I am a brute.

            Open the old cigar-box — let me consider a space;
            In the soft blue veil of the vapour musing on Maggie’s face.

            Maggie is pretty to look at — Maggie’s a loving lass,
            But the prettiest cheeks must wrinkle, the truest of loves must pass.

            ***

            Open the old cigar-box — let me consider anew —
            Old friends, and who is Maggie that I should abandon you?

            A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke;
            And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.

            Light me another Cuba — I hold to my first-sworn vows.
            If Maggie will have no rival, I’ll have no Maggie for Spouse!

  1. There is slavery in most muslim countries. I have seen it in Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait.

    I have been to Diego Garcia. I was the vacation replacement tech for the satellite earth station there. Cush job, Go in and take morning readings (10 minutes) and then dust/sweep/mop (15-20 minutes) then grab the pager after submitting the readings log to go fishing or golfing. Do it all over again in 12 hours.

      • There is a Muslim term, and it is slavery in all but Western terms (or “Slav”). But it’s more of ‘generational indentured servitude’. I take your valid point.

    • Cush job:
      So years ago my college summer job was (ostensibly) writing FORTRAN code in the DOE equivalent of a SCIF. We had a physics PhD student who had been a Navy officer in his past life. “Wayne” said that while in the service, he’d previously worked in a classified computer clean room (where they made integrated circuits). For reasons unclear to me, union rules also applied there. Specifically, for every X thousand Sq feet there had to be a full-time janitor. So they had this janitor. But he did not have the clearance to go into the secure fab room, which was his entire area of responsibility. So this janitor would clock in every day and sit in the changing area (where you put on your “bunny suit”) for four hours, leave to eat his lunch, and return and sit another four hours. Then he’d go home and do it all again the next day. Being a “secure” facility, the janitor was not allowed to bring in reading material, and a Walkman was totally out of the question. (This was also before internet-enabled phones, not that those would have been permitted either.)

      After about a month of this Wayne couldn’t take it. He asked the janitor, “How do you deal with the boredom? It must be like torture.” The janitor was dumbfounded. “Torture? LT Wayne, this is the BEST job I’ve ever had!”

  2. Congress is out of control, more cashola for Ukraine’s border, nothing for ours. And to make matters worse, yesterday Squinty-Eyed Joe says to King Abdullah “…and Barack is watching from the corner over there.” Yeah, really fot for office, that one…the effectiveness of the Chinesium Special Sauce they’ve been lumping into his veins is wearing off.

    Those AI robots give me the creeps?

    • The AI robots are coming to a town near you. Soon, they’ll be framing the houses, cooking the dinner, and taking out the trash of the wealthy in Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.

      There’s not enough functioning gray matter for the drugs to work with. Everybody knows it, including the parasites in the Beltway that keep putting things in front of him to sign.

        • The treatment of the elderly that I have witnessed is nothing short of shameful. Maybe AI robots are the solution. As for me, I seriously don’t want to end up incapacitated in a bed, alone, smelling shit and bleach lacking the capacity to send myself on to the next life.

          • Nothing will replace a human for meaningful tasks, those with the compassion gene are critical to such things, such as proper care for those who cannot do for themselves.

            Framing robots will put all those illegals out of a job, and that would be non-carbon-based life form supremacy.

          • Hands-on elder care in much of the US is done by people who not only lack compassion, they also lack an above-80 IQ. Not to mention any vestige of impulse control. I’d rather freeze to death alone in the woods than be subjected to the tender mercies of those creatures.

          • @LL & Mike_C- You are both correct, depending on the facility of course. We happen to support The Danish Home of Chicago, MrsPaulM’s parents were board members for decades, her mom is now [finally] living there with all her friends. Private, so zero state involvement, care is exceptional, started a century ago before government oversight. Took them 2 years to get a Chicago building permit to expand, but it’s finally happening.

        • Uh – no thanks. I almost think I’d prefer Nurse Ratched. Or when that time comes, my 1911A1, if I can only remember where I put it under my pillow.

          BTW: why does AI need a mandible and teeth – fright?!
          The complex machinery and computer pathways are a waste of time, space and energy for something that isn’t going to masticate its food or use it to form sounds – and besides, you’d best call in an orthodontist for that bicuspid area.

          • And God created man in his image… then man made a droid in his image. Natural progression…or selection.

            Honestly, instead of robots I want the tech boys to create a self charging battery…that would be something to hang ones hat on, not a pile of parts and pieces and wires and chips.

          • “When that time comes”.. if you use a pistol the anti-gunners will turn it into something they can use to promote more stringent gun control. I hope I am still aware enough to use something innocuous like bread flower (actually pretty brisant when it deflagrates.

          • And God created man in his image… then man made a droid in his image. Natural progression…or selection.

            You could argue that today man makes God in his image and worships fervently. Today is not the sermonette…BUT

            This calls for a fictional short – coming soon to VM

    • And how would a significant number of 18-wheelers move the way they do without drugs of some sort? I took your point about the working girls, and that’s certainly true, but it goes further and, for the most part, different drugs.

        • Drugs propelled the German Army to victory against France in World War 2. Throughout the war, the Germans consumed Pervitin, a methamphetamine that produces higher energy while reducing sleep needs and hunger. While those effects would already represent sufficient tactical reasons to distribute this drug among soldiers, its psychological influence also made it very valuable. Indeed, it is said to spark great enthusiasm and a feeling of confidence and omnipotence

  3. I read a book by AC Green that West Texas was not morally superior to the Deep South. Just not enough rain to support slave crops. I was cheaper to pay poor whites, Mexicans and free blacks to be cowboys. China makes it work though. If they could make a profit off the J6 prisoners, I am sure they would. It is just the way of the world..

    • The question of prison labor being equated with slavery is an interesting one. In China, is imprisonment for the purpose of harvesting organs to sell on the open market a form of slavery or should we call it ranching?

      • I forget which state gave malaria to 500 prisoners to test anti-malarial drugs on in WW2.
        Oh, here it is:
        During World War II, malaria research was conducted in prisons. A notable example was the experiments at Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois, in which prisoner-subjects were infected with malaria for the purpose of testing the safety and efficacy of novel anti-malaria drugs.

        • Didn’t some “medical professionals” infect something like 400 men with syphilis in the Tuskegee experiment? Not really any different then the mindset Mengale had.

          • No. The Tuskegee investigators did not deliberately infect the men with syphilis. The patients managed that on their own. They however deliberately chose to not inform the men that they had syphilis. While the latter was an obvious breach of medical ethics, it did not rise (sink) to the much more vile level of deliberately infecting innocent men with the disease.

            THAT was the province of the Japanese in Unit 731 which deliberately infected pregnant women with various sexually transmitted diseases, ostensibly to study the effects on the infants. I don’t know if the Imperial Japanese published their findings on infants born of STD-ridden mothers, but they DID publish results of experimentation on human prisoners (mainly Chinese and Koreans), describing the subjects as “Manchurian monkeys” or “long-tailed monkeys”.

            In the medical professions, every few years you have to take (and pass) a review course where you’re reminded about Tuskegee, and of course Mengele. But not a word about Unit 731.

          • Unit 731 is something that Japan is painfully aware of, but at the same time, it’s rarely spoken of.

            One unanswered question that I still ask is whether the Covid 19 outbreak was an experiment (deliberate release to study cause and effect) or an accidental release. Different MDs from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (Chicom bug factory) have given differing answers. I don’t know whose thumb is on the scale.

    • If you’re hunting truck-stop beaver, there are some spots in Arizona where they run wild, with no bag limit or license required and open season. Bring bleach.

  4. Curious…Tucker has been in quite a few places in his trip abroad, pre and post Putin, meeting with other country heads, and then spoke at the World Government Summit (whatever that is, maybe the food and beverage is top shelf). Maybe that is why the stateside MSM were losing their heads with his Putin interview, including the Nasty Cackler coming out of her cave to weigh in…they suspect this is more than just an interview trip and are doing a preemptory sales job to sway the general public, most whom could care less.

    Is this a precursor to a spot in the forthcoming Trump Administration?

  5. I read somewhere that Utah was the place to be if u must go to a nursing home. Apparently the Mormons value the aged . Read this many moons ago so may not be valid now.

    • Maybe you’d find more compassion there? I don’t know. My wife’s aunt (93) was placed in a group home after she broke her hip. It was situated in a residential neighborhood, a nice home; she had a room to herself, homemade food of good quality, and caring people. That was in Mesa, AZ. She didn’t last long, but the point was that she’d been in a “rehab facility” where I wouldn’t put Pedo Joe – and we found someplace caring that was fine. You have to look around.

      • I am doing just about everything in my power to fight off another back surgery because of the potential time I will have to spend in a “rehab” hospital. Just very reluctant to turn my well-being over to someone other than me. Bothers me a lot more than just kicking the bucket but I guess that is normal.

        • Look for a private rehab operation run from a home. At this point, I’d take things in that direction. The rehab “installations” are not what you want.

          • I will keep that in mind, thank you. Still trying to kick the surgery can down the road. In the peer reviewed literature I have found so far (stll researching, I research stuff to death) 23% of the people in my age cohort +(70 yrs) are worse after the fact and only about 50% of the people would go through the surgery again. Having said that the physical therapist I am seeing now uses “dry needling” along with exercise and that has been orders of magnitude more effective than all the previous treatments including nerve implants and acupuncture.

      • SLW was on her search for “Best Rehab Center in NoCo”, and she found the place I went to. Great staff, very good food (ALWAYS got the Friday Night Special), very clean, and a private room, where I spent most of the time doing exercsies while watching DirecTV.

  6. I have zero interest in listening to Putin masturbate.

    However.

    The MSM are just screaming about Tucker’s interview because they are jealous that he got it when they couldn’t, for any price.

    I agree, just because I have a preferred side in this war, doesn’t mean that I especially like them. Although I do admire their fighting spirit.

    Slaves. Yeah, plenty of them even today in the US, much less the RoW. Most of them coming in here as “disadvantaged migrants” as part of the Cartel or Tong / Triad business. As a nation, we’re in business with them all, so it isn’t as though our hands are clean, either.

    – Kle.

    • I don’t think Vladomir Vladomirovich is masturating: I believe he’s having (from his point of view, highly enjoyable) sex with the EU, possibly our pResident (read that as “the Deep State”) as well.

  7. They may have legally abolished slavery on the African continent in 1981, but it still goes on today…

    And yes, more than a few trips to Diego Garcia, starting in 1974. Loved the hooches, NOT! But in those days it was a quiet little base.

  8. Re. Civil War: Bread and Circuses.

    Any society is but three meals from revolution. – Thomas Jefferson

    If the trucks stop rolling and/or EBT cards stop working…

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