Winter Reading

J. L. (Old NFO) Curtis has a new book in print. RIMWORLD: Diplomatic Immunity

Fargo’s latest attempt at quiet retirement is going haywire quickly.

Hiding the officially missing Dragoon heir at his cabin is about to get interesting.

A GalPat change of command brings new attention to his militia and their capabilities, just as he’s falsely accused of murder. Facing a stacked prosecution, he finds that friends have hidden abilities when they come to his aid, including hiding the heir.

When he comes back out, he’s got an agenda and an heir to get home in one piece… A young man thought lost, whose homecoming will shake an entire empire. And hopefully, Fargo will survive the experience.


An Aggressive Shark 

28 January 1943 – USS Shark (SS-314) – Laid Down

Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, on 28 January 1943. She was launched on 17 October 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. Lera Millard Thomas, the wife of Albert Thomas, the United States Congressman from the Eighth District of Texas), and commissioned on 14 February 1944 with Commander Edward Noe Blakely in command.

Following shakedown off New London, Connecticut, Shark transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 24 April 1944 for final training in the Hawaiian area. Her first war patrol commenced on 16 May 1944 and was conducted in waters west of the Mariana Islands as part of a coordinated attack group with submarines USS Pintado and USS Pilotfish. Early on the morning of 2 June, Shark submerged ahead of an enemy convoy and fired a spread of torpedoes at a Japanese tanker. Although all missed the original target, the torpedoes continued on to hit and sink another enemy vessel, the 4,700-ton cargo ship, Chiyo Maru. After evading an ensuing depth charge attack, the submarine continued her patrol.

On 4 June, Shark began tracking another heavily escorted convoy, and, in maneuvering for an attack, encountered a patrolling destroyer dead ahead. Upon failing in a maneuver for a “down-the-throat” shot, the submarine passed down the port side of the enemy at 180 yards (160 m) and launched four torpedoes toward a heavily laden cargo ship. She was rewarded with four solid hits that quickly sent Katsukawa Maru to the bottom.

After escaping from the aroused escort ships, Shark surfaced and continued the chase. She caught up with the convoy on the afternoon of 5 June, and after nightfall, let go a spread of six torpedoes which sank the 3,080-ton freighter, Tamahime Maru, and the 7,006-ton passenger-cargo ship, Takoka Maru. Shark again evaded the escort ships, then surfaced near midnight, but was unable to catch up with the convoy. The remainder of the patrol was unproductive, and the submarine returned to Midway Island for refit on 17 June 1944.

Sunk on 3rd patrol by depth charge off Southern Taiwan, 24 October 1944, all hands lost; Struck from the Naval Register.


The Cycle

It’s important to study history so that you know where you are in the cycle.

I think we know where we are in the cycle…

When a clown moves into a palace, he doesn’t become a king. The palace becomes a circus. – Turkish Proverb


I am known for pulling Walmart pranks. I’ve never done this one, yet…


Male Child Molester in a Women’s Prison

(More here) A 26-year old man, who identifies as a girl, and who molested two young girls, as an adult, was tried as a juvenile for an older attack he committed as a 17-year-old, and will be allowed to serve time in a facility of females, including minors.


  1. personally i think we are on the edge of the hard times make strong men again. has anybody seen trudeau yet? lol.

      • Trudeau should abdicate and seek refuge in Cuba with kin. It would be the best choice all around. He is said to mistrust the RCMP. Heavy is the black face that wears the crown.

    • >on the edge of the hard times make strong men again
      We’re not even on the edge of the precipice yet, I’m afraid. Though you’re right, it’s coming hard and fast.

      It’s not just the “good times” that have bred weak men (and indeterminately sexless creatures of all sorts). We’ve given over our culture to paranoid, embittered f**ks who despise everyone, but most of all themselves. Larry David’s character on that TV show said it openly: “I love humanity but hate everyone.” That’s exactly the sort of person who controls and creates our TV shows and movies, and produces our popular music. Call it our “modern mythology.” People like that also control much of academia and a terrifying proportion of the legal system. Our institutions are now headed by people who are ALL about victimhood, having been steeped in it since birth, and those people are out for REVENGE. They’re ecstatic to be tearing down society, though they will tell you they are doing it in the name of love, of justice, of basic human decency, etc.

      God save us from those who “just want to repair the world”. Tend your own patch. Be decent and kind and generous and fair in your private life. Lead by example, not hypocritical exhortation. And for the love of all that’s holy, don’t go around “fixing” things that no one asked for you to stick your nose into.

      • Leftists all want to control YOU.

        It’s amazing how they all feel that they are wiser, more experienced, and understand what will make you happy in their nasty little world of grievance and entitlement.

        I moved to the wilderness to rid myself of them, Mike_C. I can’t abide them. It’s like a shark ridding itself of remoras – I kid you not. It feels good to scrape the social barnacles from one’s hide, to go where they fear to tread, set out the claymores and skulk behind the wire.

  2. Walmart pranks – have you put pepto-bismol tablets in your mouth and then run down the aisle, foaming at the mouth, while yelling “The shot’s not working!!!” ?

    • I haven’t done that. I’ve done a few things like order 3 cheeseburgers from the McDonalds located in the Walmart, take a large bite out of each, re-wrap them, put them on shelves, and then watch as Walmartians find them and eat them. Supergluing quarters to the floor, things like that. You’d think that I would have grown beyond that phase in life, wouldn’t you. To be honest, I haven’t gone to a Walmart in some time and with Covid, I feel bad pranking them.

  3. War is hell no question about it. People ask me what was it like fighting OIF/OEF operations. I simply tell them it was an honor and to listen to Black Sabbath’s song War Pigs. The lyrics in that song sum up war perfectly in my opinion. ⚡️⚡️🐗

    • Generals gathered in their masses
      Just like witches at black masses
      Evil minds that plot destruction
      Sorcerer of death’s construction

      In the fields, the bodies burning
      As the war machine keeps turning
      Death and hatred to mankind
      Poisoning their brainwashed minds
      Oh lord, yeah!

      Politicians hide themselves away
      They only started the war
      Why should they go out to fight?
      They leave that role to the poor, yeah

      It’s an effective summary. I’m not anti-war if fought for defense, but it seldom is. It’s a racket.

  4. I found Clay Blair’s two-volume set of Silent Victory, The US Submarine War Against Japan for like five bucks in a flea market. Go and do thou likewise. Is shocking the number of boats like the Shark that went out and never came back, some just flat out disappeared. And here’s the thing: that didn’t stop them, they kept on going out, until the Japs quit.

    • The Submarine, the A-bomb, and radar were key in deciding critical factors. The submarines starved Japan.

  5. Think the 26-year-old he/she might be a Wally prank? From what I’ve heard about women’s prisons, when he wakes up to find ’em nailed to the wall, he can start laughing.

    • In today’s world, I find that things that were laughably absurd are genuine. It might be accurate. The bulls in the female population are nothing to be trifled with if you’re a lone male.

  6. The courage of those men was extraordinary. Equally extraordinary was their skill with the weapons they had.

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