“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.


Bullet Points:

** “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.”

Drink deeply Navy…

** (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.





Parting Shot

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.


  1. Your AI photo looks a bit like Nancy Wake. An Australian woman who married a French man before WW2 and at one stage was most wanted spy in France.

    Escaped to England then went back. Lived to almost 99. There is quite a good 1987 mini series about her.

    • Number 3 looks like something from CederQ’s Camping Saturday.

      On the AI pic, if she has rubber tires, new saddle bag and spotless clothes, wouldn’t she more likely be a collaborator?

      • Rel, I was thinking the first one looked like what we used on the farm to haul horse manure way out into the fields and the third one looks like the tank commander is being kind to a local farmer hauling his wood rickets to market…

          • The US Army came out with a bunch of high-tech solutions, involving bridges, girders, and other ‘bridge materials’ to cross deep and wide ditches.

            The British solution? Drop a fascine of wood in the hole, then drive over it. Or run a turretless tank chassis into the hole, either under it’s own power or pushed.

            The Brit solutions were quickly adopted by the Americans.

  2. “1st Guards Tank Army was disbanded in 1998.” From wiki. Reconstituted in 2014. So it hadn’t seen combat since 1945 and got shot up in 2021. How is anyone surprised by that?

    • It had the best-trained people and the newest equipment. Very few Russian soldiers now in service saw actual combat pre-Ukraine, unlike the US military, which is somewhat blooded with continual land warfare.

      • I was also surprised at just how hapless they were.

        I always expected that their soldiers weren’t nearly as good as people made them out to be, and I was never a T-72 series “believer”.

        However, Russia used to have a solid reputation for being able to turn out pretty good tankers, and the utter 3rd-world performance their best gave was pretty shocking. A nice shock, but still. I figured they would take a beating, but AFAICT they were essentially just targets.

        – Kle.

  3. “AI remains imperfect, but it has good taste in women.” Not quite as good as Jonesy with the Alien pup in its mouth, but a good depiction.

    The main problem with AI is that the general population seems to trust it implicitly. Most people aren’t familiar with old computer room limerick about the computer that ends with:
    “it never does do what I want,
    only what I tell it.” Back when we more or less had to work on terminals in a computer room, that got permanently embedded in my brain.

    Two things that I noticed and filed away: they don’t have a moral system. Don’t know it was ChatGPT specifically, but one system had to be modified because it started using racist slurs. Another modification was because the longer it ran, the lazier it got.

    Gee, do you think the thousands of years of Judeo-Christian ethos might have some good aspects?

      • Well, the GP also trusts implicitly the government and the press.

        So, all things considered, trusting AI might be their least failing.

        – Kle.

  4. Frost- ” not all those who wander are lost”: While the sentiment is correct for normal thinking people, this expressly excludes The Installed Oval Office Resident…that dude is more lost in his wanderings – both physically and in speech – that he has no clue where he is at any one moment. Worse is the media have made it all peachy as if the man is lucid, a new lowest bar ever in the history of man. His 1-word admonition “Don’t” to Iran really made them shake in their boots, they considered the Chinesium Sauced source.

    Recruitment Standards- Gee, let’s lower standards – again – because we completely hosed those currently in uniform and no one wants to enlist…proving, without a doubt, these people are more galactically stupid than a Bud Light marketing babe or the United CEO who thinks anyone with a pulse can fly a plane as long as they are the right color or sex ID. This recruitment move will further destroy our ability to defend our shores…because, as we know, The Dems are not after solutions or a sovereign nation.

    Burger- Lower right, but it needs a tomato slice. Then again, the Bay Area In-n-Out is out in California, the country’s bastion of economic robustness according to Mr Guvnah.

    French Gal on a Bike- When woman were attractive without even trying…the dress, hair, and smile broadcasts a quiet feminine confidence of a woman with self respect. AI got that part correct. The gals on Instagram selling themselves short and kissing the camera could take a lesson.

        • MrsPaulM would like to have a backchannel chat, she’s noticed a 12 year old regressive trend since my daily VM intake.

          She’s been wondering why I’m trying to learn to ID tanks and planes, buying tactical gear, am flying the Jolly Roger over the homestead, want a Polaris MRZR Assault UTV…and the kicker…asked for a well-spec’d AR-15 for my birthday (gave her the screen shot as a hint)…or did she ask me to get her one for her birthday?…it’s all a blur. Plus I’m in hot water for not getting the Hydra 6 refund from “the boys down south” which ruined her new Danish Warmblood dressage horse purchase (major faux pas on my part, been sleeping the garage since). Altho it’s not all bad…she does approve of the Sermonette’s.

      • Touche’ (heh)…but actually a really great question. MrsPaulM employs a well tuned Spidey Sense but relies on me to know certain “male” things. Ignorance of the secular is unwise, but like the ocean, one only needs a single sip to know it tastes bad and is no good for you.

        It is interesting that every Homicide show has 1 of 5 actions by young gals who end up dead, nowadays a huge Social Media presence is often 1 or 2. There is no risk immunity when broadcasting your “talents”, regardless if faked or not.

        • Huge media presence.
          Drug Use
          Underage alcohol use.
          Mean girl issues.
          Prostitution in one form or another.
          Complete misunderstanding of the shithole area they are in.

          Combinations of the above.

          When I was working at a local PD, there was a woman murdered. She belonged to a church, sang in the choir, was supposedly an upstanding citizen and a good worker. Who just so happened to love going to the bad bars, doing booze and drugs, picking up men for money and, well, that ended very unfortunately for her. She did everything possible to get herself killed short of actually suckstarting a gun. Bad choice in men. Bad choice in locations. Bad choice in sex work. And it all started when she was turning tricks for booze and drugs as a minor. But she was an upstanding pillar of the community, right?

          • Yup…and always at some ungodly middle of the night hour. Watched the Kenda: Homicide Hunter (Colorado Springs PD), he did a review of his cases over the years, “Nothing good happens at 1:21am.”

          • Wife and I love Kenda. He’s got a good delivery style.

            And it’s true. Nothing really good happens between Midnight and 6AM.

  5. That SOE spy is really good as she can pedal her bike without a right leg, foot and pedal.

    A scary article about an AI thought being started and left alone with the originators being unable to stop it made me wonder why they didn’t just unplug their computer or give it a forced reboot.

  6. The White House has much explaining to do about misleading the American people.”
    For such a brilliant woman, that is the dumbest thing to expect. Those clowns have no shame.

    Finally visited the one four miles away. Good burger and Banner endorses their fries.

  7. Russian and Ukraine tanks – read one site earlier where the (Putin is stronk) site owner was saying you can’t determine the current fight by playing a numbers game. After that, he went on to say that Russia could have defeated Nazi Germany in WWII without any help at all. The proof he gave for that assertion was…playing the numbers game.

    • You can count the front-line armor the Russians lost in the Ukraine campaign. You can also count the hollowed-out units in other parts of their empire whose vehicles were scavenged and entrained. Remember, US satellites count every armored vehicle, every train, every gallon of fuel, every piece of bridging equipment, etc.

      • but unlike nato/ukraine, the russians have many thousands of mothballed tanks parked halfway across siberia. refitting t72’s and 64’s now, but many left. you don’t need fancy whizbangs to be a good tank. the ukes will eventually run out of antitank munitions. too bad their paras failed so miserably. we were terrified of them for decades. pretty soon our rangers/specops will feel the same pain, sadly, and for many of the same reasons.

        • They still have many thousands. Most need new or overhauled engines and parts, but they’re cannibalizing them, and you’re right. Even if they can’t move, they make a respectable pillbox holding part of a defensive line.

          Russian Frontal Aviation Regiments have been all but shut down. Nobody saw that coming, either. Both sides have difficulty flying in that environment without experiencing significant losses.

      • I just thought it was a bit ironic that this particular posting said you cannot do (A) in the first paragraph, and then did (A) in the second paragraph. Do these people pay any attention to what they are saying?

  8. Just remember, AI is an app running on a very expensive computer system and it’s NOT intelligent. At best, it can only do what it’s programmed to do, and it cannot learn from its mistakes.

          • When my dad was a young man, he saw a movie that had much the same plot line. A Super-Duper upgraded version of ENIAC had taken over, and a janitor cleaning the room unplugged the computer. Guess this plot has been used a time or three 🙂

          • “Colossus: The Forbin Project”

            The US creates a super duper computer to control the Nuclear Triad (Planes, Missiles, Subs) and to counter the USSR’s own super duper computer designed to control their nuclear triad.

            Colossus (the US version) communicates with the Soviet POS and they take over.

            Kind of a somewhat nicer version of the Skynet computer in the “Terminator” series or the “Whopper” in “Wargames.”

            But less kinky than the megasuper computer in “The Demon Seed.” Horror-porn. Whoohooo!

  9. I really can’t think of an honest reason to put that guys face (the one with the beer can) out in public. If we ignore him he will go away…

      • This little dweeb is mentally ill and needs professional help, not coddling…which is a strong indictment on all mainstream social media promoting the demented among us. Oh,and his parents should be flogged for fostering their kid’s tortured fantasy.

  10. Concerning the Russian Air wing failure . How different will the flyboys , I mean fly persons on our side do , ina threat invironment .

  11. LL, I think your preaching is right on target. Are the Russkies running out of tanks? Hitler certainly thought so, and with good reason.

    That in mind, how much industry do we have left in CONUS to produce munitions for an industrial war? Perhaps China can make our shells, tanks and planes for us. !0% to the Big Guy, obvs.


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