“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Everybody wants a different option when it comes to hamburgers.
** “All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil thing wins — it never will — but that it doesn’t die.”–John Steinbeck
** Hunter Biden’s finger paintings – “The Biden White House appears to have deceived the American people about facilitating an ethics agreement governing the sale of Hunter Biden’s art. Hunter Biden’s gallerist never had any communication with the White House about such an agreement to make sure there was any ethics compliance at all, and he provided information to the committee revealing how Hunter Biden’s amateur art career is an ethics nightmare. Most of Hunter Biden’s art has been purchased by Democrat donors, one of whom was appointed by President Biden to a prestigious commission after she purchased Hunter Biden’s art for tens of thousands of dollars shortly after Joe Biden’s inauguration. The White House has much explaining to do about misleading the American people.”
** (thinker) The Rio Grande border conflict is not an isolated incident. It is part of the World Economic Forum program of “denationalization” of the United States.
** China continues to circle the drain – As China’s most embattled – and indebted – property developer is ordered to liquidate, the effects that Evergrande’s collapse will have on investors, debt holders, and the hundreds of thousands of homebuyers who have paid deposits for homes remains uncertain.
Evergrande, the Chinese property developer, was worth just $275m on Monday, down 99% from its peak in 2017. It owes more than $300 bn to various creditors, according to its most recent financial report.
Another twenty companies, much like Evergrande, are waiting to fold.
** A good primer on Russian tank losses on the Ukraine Front. (h/t my friend Claudio) January 28, 2024: “Two years of fighting in Ukraine have destroyed the Russian tank force. This was unexpected, as was the Russian inability to replace their tank losses.” The Russians sent in the First Guards Tank Army – their premier front-line formation that sustained 60% losses. As significant as the loss of armor was, they lost the trained and seasoned crews that operated them. I was surprised at the level of destruction of such a well-referenced Russian unit.
** If/Then – (more from the American Thinker) It’s worth a read. “One must wonder if time is running out, and the sun is setting, on the American Empire.”
** (Navy Times) “The Navy said Friday that it would allow those without a high school diploma to enlist as long as they score a 50 or higher on the Armed Forces Qualification Test that all prospects must take, the latest move to boost recruitment in the face of a historic recruiting crisis reverberating across the services.” – The US Navy is discriminating against white people and more particularly STRAIGHT white people, and they are leaving. There is very little appeal to serving in the military for much of the pool of potential enlisted people unless they want the free trans surgery that a grateful America is willing to reward its service members with.
** Air Defense tube and rocket Artillery – (h/t Claudio) The US is moving to the venerable (now advanced) AIM 9 as an intermediate-range solution to cruise and ballistic missiles being used in Ukraine against Russian and Nork weapons.
** Oh, the good old days when things were idyllic…
The moment the 2,500-year-old Polyixena sarcophagus was unearthed (above) represents the moment Polyixena, the daughter of King Priamus, was slaughtered and the women of the village who witnessed this pain that transcends centuries. 1994, Çanakkale. Curiously, the tomb where the sarcophagus was unearthed was known by the locals as the “Kızöldün Tomb” for hundreds of years.
** Bryan McGrath and I differ in our national political views. He’s more of a pro-RINO guy than I am. He’s a former Destroyer commander – black shoe type. There’s almost always a divergence between the black shoes and the camouflage Navy. Though we’ve crossed swords on that topic of political orientation in the past, he is a solid naval strategist. His recent piece on Amphibious Warfare is worth a read.
Meme of the Day
Identify the Armor
It sits high on the torsion bars without the weight of the turret.
I asked AI to produce an image of a French Female SOE spy for use in a writing project.
Yes, a television antenna is atop the chimney on the left side of the house. AI remains imperfect, but it has good taste in women.