Texas Responds

Yesterday, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to oppose what he called the Biden administration’s bid to destroy jobs with its volley of actions targeting the oil and gas industry.

Abbott signed an executive order during a press conference in Odessa on Thursday, which directed all state agencies to sue the Biden administration for any federal actions that threaten the Lone Star state’s energy sector. “Texas is going to protect the oil and gas industry from any type of hostile attack launched from Washington D.C.,” Abbott said. “President Biden’s embrace of the green new deal is a job killer in Texas. It also takes a wrecking ball to the energy independence that Texas has been able to provide to the United States of America and Texas is not going to stand idly by and watch the Biden administration kill jobs in Midland, in Odessa or any other place across the entire region.”

 

Tracking Pathogens

Nextstrain is an open-source project to harness the scientific and public health potential of pathogen genome data.

 

An Armed Robbery at the Stock Exchange

 

The Navy

I would never survive being in the modern US Navy.  This article underscores why. (more here)

CDR Frank Azzarello was removed from his post on the destroyer Forrest Sherman on Wednesday over what the Navy said was a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” He was relieved by Rear Adm. Ryan Scholl, the head of Carrier Strike Group Eight.

The Navy sacked the commander over his plan to turn a rusty AK-47 assault rifle into a plaque to celebrate the crew’s celebrated Arabian Sea weapons seizure.

USS Forrest Sherman

Forrest Sherman was one of two ships celebrated for their 2019 and 2020 arms seizures in the Middle East. CAPT William Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, told reporters last year that weapons, including a new type of Iranian missile, were intercepted on their way to war-torn Yemen.

 

This Day in History, we celebrate – The Bloodless Pig War of 1859

It started when an American Farmer’, living on San Juan Island  shot a large black pig’ belonging to a British employee of the Hudson Bay Company. The pig was eating his garden. He dressed and butchered the pig and shared the meat with the community.

The British were outrage. Accusations were tossed back and forth.

The situation escalated with both sides sending troops to the disputed area’ until by August 10th, the British had a force of 5 warships of 70 Guns and 2140 men. The Americans sent an infantry battalion of 461 soldiers, supported by three batteries of 14 cannon.

The Governor of Vancouver Island ordered British Rear Admiral Robert  Baynes to land his Marines and engage the American occupiers of the disputed Island as a matter of honor. RADM Baynes refused to start a war over a ‘squabble about a pig.’  Peace negotiations took place and the negotiators agreed on a joint occupation of the island until a final settlement could be reached.

Kaiser Wilhelm was appointed to act as the arbitrator (neutral third party) over the international flap. The Kaiser referred the matter to a 3 man arbitration team in Geneva Switzerland and on October 21, 1872, the commission decided in favor of the United states. The last British Marine’s left the Island  on this date in 1874. The pig was not avenged.

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January 29, 1915, in the Argonne region of France, German lieutenant Erwin Rommel led his company in the daring capture of four French block-houses used on the front to house artillery positions.

Rommel crept through the French wire first and then called for the rest of his company to follow him. When they hung back after he had repeatedly shouted his orders, Rommel crawled back, threatening to shoot the commander of his lead platoon if the other men did not follow him. The company finally advanced, capturing the block-houses and successfully combating an initial French counter-attack before they were surrounded, subjected to heavy fire and forced to withdraw.

Rommel was awarded the Iron Cross, First Class, for his bravery in the Argonne; he was the first officer of his regiment to be so honored. Where Rommel is, there is the front, became a popular slogan within his regiment. The bravery and ingenuity he displayed throughout the Great War, even in light of the eventual German defeat, led to Rommel’s promotion through the ranks of the army in the post-war years.

Cooking Dinner on Friday

 

22 COMMENTS

  1. I guess we are in an era of bureaucrats. They have built their career on what serves themselves best. If something bad happends they will flunk and many families will experience massive loss of their loved ones.

    It is a shame but that is life.

  2. So under modern Dem definition the Farmer then incited a riot? The bar is now set very low…according to Pelosi, [the un-named but obvious who she talking about] Colorado Rep. Boebert is a terrorist inciting fear among “the members” because she legally chooses to carry. Her Rifle, CO, cafe’ is the safest eatery on the Western Slope, and good food after a hunt in the Flattops. She and Kristi Noem would make an interesting Presidential team.

    Don’t mess with Tejas…good on the Gov’nr. Like the GameStop “little people”, let those think they’re all that to feel the pain, turnabout is fair play. Another week of the “Mask-Wearer-in-Chief” and America will start catching up [down] to Venezuela.

    • The handlers are pushing a lot of crap at us though senile old Joe. They’re certain that they can get away with it, hiding behind 10,000 soldier and razor wire. One can only wonder if they’re planning to lay landmines in front of that wire. It would make sense.

      • So why would those who say they won is a clean election need a fence or work to silence their opposition? Occam’s Razor…

        • They wouldn’t. And it’s not at all what they have done that concerns them. It’s the reaction to what they are planning.

          • Thats the plan, kill coal, gas, and oil here in Colorado. Albany county (Laramie) and a few of us at the border are fighting the wind gambit being foisted on the residents while officials who make the decisions have been bought off, ignoring any opposition. The promise of large cash payouts is the draw, but it never materializes, then residents are left with massive spinning blades and a ruined landscape that has been subsidized by taxpayers. This will be next on The Mask-Wearer-in-Chief’s EO list, freebies for an industry that states “it’s comparable to traditional power generation”. Larimer county is next, and our commissioner has quit responding to my inquiry emails. Every official and wind proponent is lying. Electric planes will be next…AOC will say a spinning prop is a wind generator that can power a plane forever.

  3. The graphic at top is true, at least to me.
    That’s one way to cook a hot dog. I don’t have an AK, but I do have an M7 bayonet I can mount to an AR and cook it that way.

  4. Well done, Texas. And thanks for the live footage from Robinhood brokerage! Nice.

    Now I want to get a bayonet and cook some hot dogs but it’s Friday, so no meat. Tomorrow.

  5. For some reason, I can’t post a comment on the govt informer comment section – so here goes my comment in re getting on the ‘suspicious person’ list:
    Heard/read somewhere that if you own a motorcycle you can also be on the list.

    • Ed commented as well to that same effect. This site has been under unmerciful bombardment on 2/29. It may be a reaction of the software that is defending the server.

  6. Well, the USN has come back from worse places to win wars. Of course, there was still a USA then, but who knows?

    The Pig War was one of the rare occasions that we beat Canada, and one of the many where we beat Britain. Very few indeed of either w/o firing a shot though. Although I guess we shot the pig.

    Seems like you could just use the oven to cook the hot dog, but maybe that’s the coward’s way.

    -Kle.

  7. It’s my understanding that an EO can be challenged. Once they go unchallenged for a certain period they are TREATED as law.

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