If you didn’t make the most of 2020, there still may be time…and it’s politically correct.

 

How many of you think that the pipeline hack was a method of encouraging Americas to support the Green New Deal and buy electric cars?

 

I live in the remote mountains, where 2021 is just about the same as 2020, and 2019, etc. The reach of the Presidental carcass and the ho doesn’t really extend this far more because nobody’s heard of the place. But outside of the bubble…damn.

 

The Pelosi Klan isn’t all that happy about having Jenner-the-tranny running against their man in California. (picture captioned above)

 

The daily outrage will continue. It gives me something to blog about.

 

meme-of-the-day

 

Let’s go with some maps

It looks as if the Muslims might have cornered the market, doesn’t it?

 

 

In Canada, the farther north you go, the less likely you are to be married – if the map is to be believed.

 

I’ve been told, “if you’re not Dutch, you’re not much.” I have some Fresian ancestors, but no Dutch, which lets you know where I stand. The map says that Greece is the worst.

 

Fairy or Mouse?

What takes your children’s teeth when they fall out? Tooth fairy, Tooth mouse, or a crow? In Ireland, they’re snatched by leprechauns, of course.

There is great value in baby teeth…every place but Russia.

 

The Comb Morion (pictured)

The morion was the most common helmet throughout Europe in the 16th century. Its popularity owes to a design that was as stylish as it was practical. The pointed broad brim and comb were crafted to protect the open face, neck, and top of the head by trapping or sliding away an assailant’s blows.

As a younger man, not acquainted with armor, I felt it odd that the conquistadores and others wore this helmet.  Something to keep in mind when looking at arms and armor of any period (including today) is that they fit the needs of the wearer – or they wouldn’t have been worn – and the technology of the time, availability of materials, etc.

While garrison, it was not (necessarily) unusual that a man-at-arms would wear armor simply to remain accustomed to its weight and to keep muscle memory intact. Some plate armor such as tournament armor was only intended for horseback. There are places such as Agincourt where fully armored French knights advanced on foot – through the mud, against archers – and it didn’t work out well for them. Milanese armor was all but impervious to even English Longbows, but armored knights, on foot, unable to support each other, unable to raise their visors (because of the arrows) then fell prey to war hammers and mallets and other weapons that worked well against the armor, operating in a way that it was not intended to operate.

 

Ha Go

The Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank.

This tank is not really a “Beast”, but more of maybe a “tiny dragon with a thin skin”. Designed in 1933, it was considered a well-armed and armored tank during this era. It first saw action during the Sino-Japanese War, and did prove relatively effective against comparable Soviet T-26 light tanks. It fought in WWII, The First Indochina War, and the Korean war.

It was armed with a Type 94 37mm high-velocity gun, that was well suited for soft targets or infantry, but did not fare well against other tanks or heavily armored vehicles. It had a secondary armament of two 7.7mm Type 97 machine guns.

Powered by a Mitsubishi A6120VDe air-cooled inline 6-cylinder 14.4 L diesel engine that was capable of pushing out 120 horsepower, and rode on a bell crank suspension. This engine aided in speed but lacked in raw power that newer tanks it would face had. It had an operational range of 129mi/209km, and it could reach a top speed of 28mph/45 kph.

While it performed as expected by Japanese military officials in the mid to late 30s, once it stood up against American, Australian, and British medium tanks and anti-tank guns, it stood no real chance. Protected only by 25mm of frontal armor, and 12.5mm of side and turret armor, anything larger than a .50 caliber had the potential of piercing its armor. Another downfall of this was the fact that it was riveted together. This would cause extreme weak points in the armor, which is why there are a plethora of recorded photographs of these tanks completely opened up from the inside out by explosions.

Allied crews learned that armor-piercing rounds simply went through one side and out the other, most often leaving the crew still capable of fighting. Soon enough, allies armed themselves mostly with high explosive munitions, which would destroy the Ha-Go in one hit.

Allied intelligence reported jestingly that the Ha-Go, “is prone to disassemble itself when hit”.

45 COMMENTS

  1. The Ha-Go might not have been much of a tank, but I still wouldn’t want to have to take one on with what I’ve got around the house.

    -Kle.

    • I have something in the house that would make short work of a Ha-Go.

      And rather than having my answer lead to speculation that I’m referring to something illegal, I’m not. A .50 BMG API or Raufoss round can punch through a cast-iron V8 engine (lengthwise or crosswise) full penetration, side-to-side, leaving a hole you can put your fist through, at five hundred meters, spraying the other side of the target with lethal incendiary particles, and creating spall that would injure the crew of our theoretical tank (V-8 Engine as armor). The Ha-Go’s frontal armor was less than 1″ and its side armor was less than 1/2″. At any operational range, the crew would die or be disabled.

      Not all armor is created equal. Modern composite ceramics are much tougher than the riveted steel armor of the Ha-Go. For example 1.6″ of aluminum oxynitride ceramic (“transparent aluminum”) used on the Presidential Limo and other applications will stop a 50 BMG ball round at a very short range.

      • .50 BMG is beyond my practical budget, sadly.

        Also, I’d have to leave the State to find a range worth shooting it at.

        I fear my best options would be sniping and field expedient solutions.
        -Kle.

    • It was good for the early years. But didn’t pass the test of time.

      The Japanese did have some good tanks, but they kept those on the Home Islands for the expected invasion. Post-war analysis showed that the homeland tanks would have been able to stand up to Shermans. Yet another good reason for dropping the bombs.

      • The bombs were important. Saved the Japanese and the Allies from an unpleasant and unnecessary campaign.

  2. No Larry, It’s no longer 2021. You’ve were put in an induced coma for radical outbursts. It’s now 2030 and times have changed a little. You can’t can’t eat bacon, and there are no cows in the field because of the methane. Everybody eats kale now. Straight people are being victimised for being insular and archaic and there is a movement for ‘vegetables matter’ because it turns out, parsnips and carrots have feelings. Electric scooters are all the rage now and cowboy hats with Perspex visas. There’s no he or she anymore, just they. But we always knew they were coming. There are no gritty films, no guns, or knives. There our global policies in place to get rid of forks too. You can’t randomly speak to anyone without permission because they might go into an anxious anaphylactic shock. Blogs are banned and news is controlled. Other than that, life is peachy. Oops, forgot you can’t say that because it’s sexual.

    • Thanks for the clarification Jules. Did we finish the Red Mist trilogy in the intervening years?

      I think that I asked you to wake me when it’s over and you did… Now, I should go back into my hibernation chamber and ride out the next 100 years and emerge like a cicada after that and see if things have improved.

      • Mike_C, I’m not sure what a bobble is but I’m positive that I wouldn’t like it. There are just so many chess games that you can play in your head before you become aware that you have an idiot as an opponent.

        JackS, It absolutely was a prophecy. Weird how we’re living in SciFi now.

        It presents a problem when you want to write SciFi and it turns out to be “the news”. Very bothersome.

        • Bruckheimer is getting long in the tooth. I think that he’s almost 80. Tony Scott, who worked with him on a lot of films, parked his car and jumped off a bridge and I heard that slowed him down – hard impact.

          • If you know the bridge, it’s a long drop and the tide/current in and out of LA Harbor is significant. Something must have dropped his morale. He had all the money in the world. Sometimes that’s not enough.

        • I’m convinced that I wouldn’t be welcome in Old Blighty – I’m too American. I’m likely to not wear a mask and speak to a total stranger in line at the store or something. I’d end up in heavy custody, having a confession beaten out of me. As a wretched foreigner, it’s still allowed.

          “It’s Lucifer’s fault,” I’ll croak out.

          “The Devil?”

          “A wolf – a big, evil wolf.”

          -> The local constabulary will reflect on the Son-of-Sam murders in NY where David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco) killed at the direction of a dog.

          “Where are they buried?”

          “The bones? Do you mean the bones?”

          “Yes, where are the bones buried?”

          I’ll direct them to your house where Lucifer buried the dog bones.

          • I’d open up the door in my clown nose, which wouldn’t go down well with the local law. Lucifer would go insane – he hates hats of any kind, police or no. I’d be arrested for owning dangerous animals in suburbia and my complicity with nefarious beings from across the pond. They’d dig up my garden and find my buried treasure of corned beef, spam, and old boots as well as gnawed thigh bones and I’d be thrown in gaol. Then all my books would become bestsellers and my Instagram account would go wild. I’d have to dish made up dirt on you to the tabloids, insisting my innocence due to being controlled by a sociopathic mentalist who promised me I could run clown church. English naivety taken advantage of by a worldly American. Netflix would produce a series about you and you’d become more infamous! Women would write to you and send you gifts and a posse would get together to protest for your freedom. You’d eventually get out and I’d send you co-ordinates via pigeon. We’d meet up at the food truck for heart- attack potatoes and root beer floats and chuckle about how our marvellous plan to turn the sci- fi book trilogy into a multi- million dollar franchise worked a treat.

      • Apparently, they’re pikers when compared to Pakistan and Mali… who knew? Whole nations were compared, not regional practices.

        Since Israel was able to lure Hamas into their tunnel networks and then bomb them like rats in caves, they may not inbreed anymore. Way to screw up the map, Israel.

  3. The only change from years past to today is FedEx and UPS come a little more often, fewer trips to town and not traveling for work starting – coincidentally – last year, has kept the sanity level tolerable.

    The Dane’s are more like a lot of their upper mid-west American counterparts, traditions but also with that Euro openness about things American’s find pushing it. Denmark’s tourist board years ago said “Don’t come here, nothing to see.” (Despite Tivoli, Legoland, Nyhaun, castles, and Hans Christian Andersen). Their answer to minimizing people who don’t embrace their brand of life. And they do have the nisse…who might just be taking the pillow teeth but are otherwise troublemakers…like most of our politicians.

    • Some people would say a number of our politicians are not interested in just baby teeth. They want the entire 6-year old child. For, oh, no reason. Not that *I* would say that.

      On the topic of people who don’t embrace Danish life, my Copenhagen informant tells me that their (okay, her) immigrant problems began with admission of Muslim “refugees” from former Yugoslavia. NB these was well before the mass of people from the Middle East or Africa, these were Europeans. With her it was limited to routine harassment and the occasional stalker (cab driver who started showing up at her door and following her around), but of course much worse has happened to other women. Even though we were alone in an otherwise empty office at 8pm, she looked around nervously before telling me this, then leaned over to mutter into my ear. Apparently talking openly about Muslim-immigrant predation on women is socially unacceptable.

      • Note my Viking comment below.

        I don’t expect women to take the heads of stalkers and military-age Muslim males, but the Danish males need to embrace their inner Viking. It would cause military-age Muslim males to reconsider their decision to go to Denmark. The Norwegians threw most of the Muslims out. I heard that the Danes started doing that, to be fair. The Swedes imported even more savages. Even more problems.

        I’ve heard that criticizing Muslims in England is a no-go now too. I guess that if I hosted a “Draw Mohammed Party” to lure the nasty ones in (thinking Texas here) for culling that the people in Old Blighty would look down on that. In Arizona and Texas it’s ok to call out Mohammedans who are up to mischief. I don’t know what I’d do if that rule changed. It would be surprising. We don’t see many sand people in the Arizona highlands. I can’t recall seeing one since I moved here. I’m sure that they exist, running convenience stores and what not but not the convenience stores/gas stations that I’ve been in.

        • “Sand people”…about spit my beverage all over the iPad! Hehe.

          But true…they go where they can effect cultural theft, create their enclaves, then mess with the system to keep themselves in the mix (that piece of refugee garbage Obama brought here, Ilhan Omar comes to mind). The Danish officials, while tolerant, finally saw the handwriting and said “Get the hell out!”

      • That is exactly the case with the Dane’s shutting off immigration…no assimilation into the strong traditional culture, just there to leach off the system. Locusts.

        The tourist bureau comment was originally funny, but after the Muslims started showing up, and not leaving, it became a serious stance.

        • The invaders are a serious problem to be sure. But we should always look beyond, at the West-embedded persons (but often not thinking of themselves as being of the West [1]) who have planned, funded, otherwise aided and abetted, and implemented the invasions. What these evil persons have done is morally no different than the acts of those who opened the gates of the cites in Visigothic Spain to the Muslim invaders all those centuries ago.

          [1] Some of these people sincerely prattle on about “higher patriotism” and “citizen of the world” and all that to justify their actions. Others of them have other motivations.

    • PaulM, I have a friend of 40 years or so who used to work for General Dynamics and took a job with GD in Denmark. Then Danish Aerospace hired him. He, like you, had married a Danish girl, he spoke Danish and settled there, now divorced, with a new wife that I haven’t met.

      He’s slightly liberal by American standards, Genghis Khan conservative by Danish standards. I’m afraid that if I lived there, I’d break rules just to see how far I could push it. Norway is more my style. My friend JohnD (Valuism) who posts here sometimes, is from Oslo and I could do Norway. I actually like Norway a lot. The Danes are too — tame. I accuse them of having lost their Viking heritage. They need to drink mead from their enemy’s skulls or something. Seriously. Go raid an English monastery, sack a town, do something Viking.

      • My observations as well. I liked Denmark, reminded me of where I grew up in Bucks County PA, only with more seafaring fishing. The Dane’s have lost the strong part of their heritage, a conversation I had with MrsPM’s father. He agreed. Like you say, the Norwegians have not. Turns out MrsPM discovered a large portion of Norwegian in her heritage (makes sense actually)…so we planned a huge road trip, starting in Oslo, hitting the fjords (even booked one of the Flam cottage s pictured on the Big Ben puzzle from the 70’s), planned a mailboat ride up another fjord…but the danged Iceland volcano blew up and we never went. Now? Probably not…but like you I could live there, rural as now.

      • No English monasteries, thanks. (No more brother … raids.)

        Cleaning out Malmö would be a good start for the Danes. Sure it’s in Skåne, but conveniently accessible by The Bridge (day-commuter Reconquista!), and the Swedes apparently aren’t going to do anything useful for themselves.

  4. The inbreeding map makes me look warily at Canada and Mexico… Who knew? This must be related to the living out of wedlock thing.

    I’m part Dutch, French-educated and all Italian, refuse look down on Italy’s neighbours. OTOH, I do pity them for poor culinary opportunities…

    And the tooth fairy is sure to finish her piano keyboard with my children’s teeth…

    How much of a hit weakens ceramic armor enough to degrade it?

    • The problem in Canada and possibly in Mexico comes with the indigenous people/first nation types (in Canada). There are Indian reservations in Mexico just like there are in the US and very little oversight in terms of who marries whom.

      Ok, I love Italian food in Italy. And I’m also fond of the more rustic French food (Rhone country, etc). I can’t argue your point. In the US we simply can’t get the right ingredients to make authentic Italian food. If they are available here, they go to specific restaurants.

      It’s good to see the tooth fairy active in Italy, extorting you the way she has extorted me over the years. My grandkids are even worse than my kids. You almost need to take a lien on the house to cover a tooth.

      Ceramic Armor: I’m not an expert but the British Chobham Armor, which is layered ceramic is reputed to be able to take a serious beating. The Russians have had some problems with that same standard, so cover their APC’s and tanks with reactive armor. Great against a shaped charge, not so great against a tungsten sabot. I have a buddy in NY, who is a true expert in armored systems for vehicles, etc., and makes his own, has patents, etc. Much of what I know, I learned from him. I worked with him on drone vs armor projects that I shared a bit with you.

      • Met a young veteran, did a bunch of tours in the sand, came back with serious PTSD, MrsPM did some veterinary work on his PTSD companion dog. He was developing a new ceramic fabric that dispersed the rounds energy without the weight. Haven’t followed up lately with him but he was getting close last time we saw him.

        • A lot of armor, like Dragon Skin, just didn’t take off primarily because the people doing the development were messed up.

          PTSD is a wicked thing. I know.

  5. Ah, the Morion. Excellent protection against halberds and two-handed swords, common in the ranks of pikes (pikes funnel the enemy to the halberdiers and ths wielders.)

    A good design. Also highly useful for shading the head and providing rain protection. Another neat thing about it is in a lot of them, the top of the helmet under the comb is piercework, and the comb is vented, so it is sort of an air-conditioned helmet.

    Overall, not a bad helm to wear in the New World. The brim helping to push vegetation away from the face, shielding the eyes from the sun.

    As to wearing armor? If it fits well, it’s not that encumbering. Kind of actually comfortable. Except in heat and humidity, then armor sucks as bad as a 3-piece suit of winter-weight wool. Bleh. Back in the day, it was not uncommon to see Beans go and spray himself down with a water hose while wearing armor and surcoat because hot!

    • When people asked if my motorcycle riding gear was hot to wear, I would tell them that Shakespeare wrote about it – “Like a rich armour worn in heat of day. That scald’st with safety.” Sometimes I’d get a funny look, and sometimes I’d see the light of recognition 🙂

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