Marching Through September

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Captioned graphic: From Mousey Tongue’s China and the Long March


For Mike_C

“Hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers… I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”



Bullet Points:

** Let me know when the new pandemic is bad enough to close the Southern US Border. Until then, don’t bother me.

** If you want to thank me for my military service, vote for candidates who put veterans before illegal aliens.

** If President Trump swings the black vote, how long do you think that black lives will matter to democrats?

** The Prisoner (known only as Number Six) is a former government agent who abruptly resigns from his job and has been imprisoned in a beautiful and charming yet bizarre and enigmatic community — a mysterious seaside “village” that is isolated from the mainland by mountains and the sea. Presumably wanted for the top-secret information he knows, Number Six is hunted, yet thwarts his captors at every turn. However, he’s still trapped in the village by floating, glowing “rovers,” mysterious, balloonlike devices that capture those who try to escape.

** Transportation – Please make it stop – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the appointment of 24 members to the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE).

** Retired US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert J. O’Neill, the man who shot bin Laden, was arrested in Frisco, TX a week or so ago  (23 August 2023) on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and drunk in public and was booked into Collin County Jail and released on bond. A few of you have asked me what I thought of the situation. I don’t know, I wasn’t there, but I wouldn’t want to trade lives with the Senior Chief.


Why was all of the Coal in the Earth formed at the same time?

I don’t agree that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, but the video is interesting, which is why I posted it here. The video producer is trying to raise money to plant trees. This only works if there is some infrastructure to water, fertilize/nourish, and maintain those trees unless you plant trees that flourish in the environment where they are planted. I didn’t want to start a rant, just share interesting observations about the formation of coal.


Identify the Aircraft

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48 thoughts on “Marching Through September

  1. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Front: Hawker Sea Hawk
    Back: Hawker Sea Fury
    2. Mitsubishi J2M ‘Jack’
    3. Pfalz E.II

      1. You’re thinking like an “Apollonian”, LL. (Apollonians are the practical folks who get physical stuff done, like building and maintaining infrastructure, for example.) Think Mercurian. (The intellectual and mercantile classes.)

        Upping your own game is an Apollonian response to the challenge Surly presents. Allow me to offer up the Mercurian response.

        “Hey, Surly, drugs and porn are really really fun, you know. I don’t want you to miss out, so here’s a supply of both. Enjoy! Oh, did I mention both are FREE? Well, free though we will need to hold a little something as collateral. Just a tiny bit, you’ll hardly notice….

        Also, instead of rapidly IDing warcraft with terrifying accuracy, maybe you should meditate on the guilt of your ancestors, on people who look like you, AND people that I assert are just like you. If you disagree or even question my claims then you’re merely proving that you’re a hater and guilty guilty guilty.

        What are your ancestors actually guilty of? Anything I say they’re guilty of. I get to evaluate everything throughout time and space through my own personal set of ‘ethics’ that I pulled out of my 4th point of contact and gussied up with fancy words such as epistemological relativism, deconstruction, colonialism, and so forth.”

        That’s the Mercurian way. 🤩
        As Dr Murray Hamlet said about guilt (in the context of teaching cold weather survival skills): “It worked for the Catholic Church, for my mother, and by God it’ll work for me!” Murray was (or is?) a cold-weather researcher at the US Army Natick Labs. Anyway, the Mercurian Way (like guilt) has worked incredibly well for some folks, so maybe it’ll work for you!

  2. Just off the cuff and on the run:

    Typhoon and Sea Hawk?


    Damnfino, but I always liked that paint scheme.


  3. Coal. Interesting if true. Time to do some digging (pun intended)

    Trees, Your point about water and nutrients are spot on. I have been slowly adding to my trees here at the homestead and it is quite an effort to keep them healthy. Doug fir and the like to okay with occasional watering until they are established but Austrian pines seem to attract every darn porcupine in the county.

    Transportation. And after millions of dollars in salaries and studies and other such nonsense the group will conclude that we need more battery powered mass transit. It is much easier to do the study when you know the conclusion ahead of time.

    As much as I appreciate what he did I would not want to trade places with Senior Chief O’Neill either. Some things should remain secret just so you don’t put a target on your relatives and family for the crazies to come after.

      1. Another dumber than rocks grifter cheat getting wealthy on insider trading the rest of us would be in prison over.

          1. It’s not your fault Ed…repeat that over and over.

            However…on our 2k mile roundtrip EVERY California plate created a visceral reaction and a not so nice epithet, doubly so if it was a Prius, one that we saw with a surfboard on top and dragging a camper…ain’t no 40mpg, more like 10…but he’s eco-friendly.

  4. When asked for my name at coffee and fast-food places, I always tell them “I am Number Six.”

  5. Coal – Super clean burning with modern burners and sack scrubbers, and plenty of it and produces solid electricity. Exactly why the Dems hate it…it works

    1. hahaha…”sTack scrubbers”…don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea there.

      BTW, without coal there’d be no diamonds…and diamonds are forever…like a few in DC.

      1. Modern coal gasification plants produce clean, abundant energy at reasonable prices. Yeah, what’s not to hate about THAT?

        1. It works…it’s that simple. DC and Their Handlers want America crippled, clean energy is on the block, along with ceiling fans and petrol vehicles. Sounds moronic…because it is…yet it advances the goal.

          I am convinced they want us back in the Dark Ages…not them…us…because they’re special and legends in their own minds.

          If it gets much worse we’ll sell the homestead, take the money and buy a smaller place at the end of a [more] private drive…live like a Luddite far from the fray. Can’t change minds, or the Queen Mary with a stuck rudder.

          1. Not only the things you mentioned, Paul, but other things as well.
            1) It’s well established

            Which means

            2) No opportunities to grift money on “New” Technology.

          2. Exactly DrJim. A lot more going on here than meets the eye…for 50 years at least.

            Ed, and why they hate it.

  6. Trees – there’s a video out there of a 95 yo retired guy in Alliance, NE that is growing citrus (and other warm climate) trees. He is able to dig trenches about 8 feet deep and use the air circulated through them to keep the greenhouses going at minimal expense. Of course, you need to have soil at least that deep for it to work.

  7. Thanks.

    To clarify “coded American” from my long comment yesterday, it’s not me doing the coding, it’s the locals. If that wasn’t clear. Few weeks ago I was in Richmond, BC (Vancouver suburb, very very full of Asians). We were at a fancy dim sum place, and the hostess and staff were talking to the patrons in Cantonese. But when they got to me, they switched to English. It’s like Lisbon (the brunette in the clip below) being ID’d as a cop by the carny folk.

    That “The Mentalist” clip is also relevant for the “carny thing” and not just the “how do I look like a cop?” thing. Yuri Slezkine labels Chinese (at least the ones in SE Asia) as “Mercurians” which label he also attaches to Gypsies and carnies. Listen again to what Patrick Jane (the blond guy) has to say about how carnies divide the world: with the show or a mark. If the Chinese also do that (you decide) then there’s a good reason the people who have to deal with them dislike them.

    1. One law enforcement officer’s web site talked about how he and a buddy went on vacation somewhere they had never been to, and decided to eat at a restaurant there. Walking in, they asked the waitress if there was anything worth visiting while in the area. In reply, she asked them “What are you police officers planning on doing here?”

      1. Many years ago, while working uniform patrol in Anaheim, California, I received the report of a possible robbery at a park where soul brothers hung out. Two white guys, well groomed, driving a four-door car showed up and politely asked the hangers out for their wallets (no force or fear, no ID as the police). The various oppressed people handed them over. The guys thanked them and drove off with ID, money, whatever was in the wallets.

        It took the diverse people (in need of equity) a few hours to figure out that the guys weren’t coming back. So they called the police department. They claimed that the police ripped them off, but investigation revealed that (1) they never said that they were law enforcement (2) they asked for wallets and the Afro-Americans complied because they were two white guys in a four-door car. No crime that I could determine. I took their names and wrote a report.

        1. Of course there was a crime! The soul brothers Profiled the white guys. That’s a hate crime right there. Those poor white guys are owed reparations now, they are.

          Clearly I have my post-modernist hat on today, to make the criminals the victims and the victims the oppressors.


          1. Yes, it’s true, the two white guys in the four-door car were cruelly profiled.

            And while we’re on the subject, women have profiled ME and objectified me for my whole life. “Hey, Sally, eyes up here! I’m not just a package.” I need a little compensation for being viewed as a bankroll.

          2. Viewed as a bankroll – there is a purported quote from Florence Nightengale floating around – so far nobody has been able to give the literary material the quote came from, but…supposedly it says that women can only love men conditionally based on what’s in it for the woman and how much she can get out of it. If it is made up, it’s probably based on the number of complaints in recent years from guys about how they are seen as nothing more than a wallet.

  8. The coal speaker appears to subscribe to the human-centric thinking that CO2 needs to be reduced. Plants everywhere would be screaming “NO, NO – we’re already at starvation levels!”

      1. only recently temporary, but it’s been building up slowly since ~1918 (when they sent their best off to fight the Hun): In My Humble Estimation

  9. Why is the guy in the coal video selling the idea by holding what for all the world looks to be a charcoal briquette? These things are not the same.

    Coal out of the ground looks different than that. There’s some in the video.

    1. There is anthracite, there is bituminous, sub-bituminous, lignite, different carbon percentages, different water percentages, and so forth. All coal is not created equal. The same is true of crude oil.

  10. I’m not buying that coal is a fossil fuel, or that oil is, for that matter.
    When something just pops up everywhere, all of a sudden, so to speak, I’m thinking it wasn’t dying to get there.

    1. Coal or oil is not from decaying dinosaurs as we were told in Grade school, especially that far below the dirt. As a kid with The Knack (like a lot of you all here) I never believed it, immediately thought that sounded like it’d take a lot of dead dinosaurs just for a gallon of gas.

        1. My brothers razz me about being that kid…don’t deny it. We are who we are. Mom told me as an adult that she’d set me in the playpen and I’d take all my toys apart, to my grandmothers dismay. Mom would say, “Oh, just watch”…then I put them back together. Apparently I made my own fun to the adults amusement.

          Engineers. heh

          1. I did the same thing, Paul. Christmas morning I was looking at how to get the new tous aprt “to see how they worked”. That afternoon I’d take the interesting ones apart, observe them, and then had them back together before dinner.

            My dad thought it was pretty cool, but my Mom was horrified. Not that I’d taken them apart, but that I had them back together and wroking that fast.

  11. “Hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers… I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”

    Right on the money. Thanks, JRR Tolkein. and lest we forget, CSL (CS Lewis). Read and read again That Hideous Strength. Prescient and prophetic, truth falls from every page.

    Here endeth the lesson.

    1. That was movie-Aragorn’s speech, and I wonder just who wrote it, since it was not from the book. Still, could you imagine the Jackson LOTR films being made today? Not a chance. No grrl powr, no LGBTQ2AI+, and no diversity among the Nine Walkers. (Diversity: Sure you had four, maybe five, races among the nine, but they all looked “white” and superficial appearances are what counts.)

      Besides, Aragorn is now a negro. Not kidding, authentic “Wizards of the Coast” cards. But Arwen is still a white chick. Of course. 🙄

  12. As to coal, the stuff we are mining is, yes, old as dirt. But coal is being formed at the bottom of peat bogs and other places. It’s constantly getting made, just takes longer and more pressure to form than oil.

    Which, curiously, they’ve now found that it takes in some places only 4 years for oil to form in the right conditions. It, after all, is the 2nd most common liquid on Earth.

    Coal is hard oil basically.

    Don’t believe anything you read or see fro the news sources that are pumping an agenda. They’re the same people that told us deforestation was bad but that biofuel plants powered by trees are good.

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