Do I need my own Capsule?

I’m not sure what I’d do with my own capsule, but the idea of having one handy does have an appeal.



I had needful surgery last Thursday and I’m still recovering, but it all looks good and it’s a different sort of pain post-op, than pre-op, so that’s endurable since it will end as I heal. Those of you who knew, thank you for your good thoughts, and for your prayers.


Identify the pilot AND the aircraft


Identify this Navy Aircraft


Black History Month

The media is making a big deal about Black History Month, so Virtual Mirage decided to join in with the mob:

“Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist.

That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.” – Frederick Douglass


(Pregnant wife and unborn child) – Because that’s how they roll.


A Tribute to Biden Voters

And you’re telling me that this walking corpse and a whore won? Really?


Quite a Boxer

James Braddock, the ‘Cinderella Man’. They asked him why he fought so hard in the ring. It was during the depression and he said, “I’m fighting to earn milk for my kids and I can only keep fighting if I’m winning.”


Cargo Box

It’s not MY cargo box but I know more than one guy who rolls that way.




After WW2

USS Sennet SS-408 – Operation Highjump, the third Byrd Antarctic Expedition. c. 1947

The US Navy fitted out an Arctic (and Antarctic) Submarine laboratory, among other things, to better understand the polar regions. It had a military objective and a scientific objective.

Those flows pictured could pop that pressure-hull like it was a balloon.

The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was organized by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN (Ret), Officer in Charge, Task Force 68, and led by Rear Admiral Richard H. Cruzen, USN, Commanding Officer, Task Force 68. Operation HIGHJUMP commenced 26 August 1946 and ended in late February 1947. Task Force 68 included 4,700 men, 13 ships, and 33 aircraft. Operation HIGHJUMP’s primary mission was to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.


Friends and Teachers

Back when I was young, I had a professor who could read ancient Egyptian. He studied the different classes of Books of the Breathings and Books of the Dead. They were both funerary texts and discussions of life and death.

His take on them was significant to me, back in that time, because it opened up an ancient world that was the same as our world in many ways, and completely alien in other ways. Even the alien aspects of historic Egypt were comprehensible when he taught, because he understood that though conditions changed, and cultures changed, mankind was fundamentally the same.  It was a good lesson.


  1. Teachers who could break through my hard head and engage me enough to learn something, seemed to be the exception rather than the rule. But the ones that did, I still honor and revere to this day!

    • We all learn in different ways and often at different times in our lives, but the important thing is that we approach the subject with an open mind and weigh the competing interests that would sway us all one way or the other. You can only find truth if you’re not afraid of it.

  2. I love the contribution to Black History Month LL. Do they even still teach in school the history of men and women like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Betsy Ross and how about the Red Tails/Tuskegee Airmen? The list goes on and on. I was fortunate enough to learn about these great Americans in public school during history class then later in recruit training at Parris Island then later in college and just research for my own edification. Post surgery pain sucks! Hang in there sir and remember, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

    • HogsbreathSS, me too. But the number of Americans who can point to Brazil or even Alaska on a map, or who know participated in the American Revolution, or why, is a shrinking number. And it’s done on purpose. To a great extent, it’s something that you must do on your own.

      And I feel better today than I did yesterday, thank you.

  3. Re. Ruby Ridge:
    I insisted that Barr was a Deep Stater from the get.
    He organized the pro-bono defense of Lon Horuchi after he killed Vicky Weaver.
    Nobody listens to me.

    • It was more of a murder than a ‘kill’, but yes, your point is well taken. Barr was a Bush 1 man, and clearly a swamper, but 98% of them are swampers. Even those you’d think might not be. President Trump was an outsider who didn’t know how things REALLY worked. How many people would have thought that General Mattis would have turned out to be a swamp monster?

  4. I’m constantly amazed how the human mind works when challenged – that cargo box is just so clever!

    If I may be indulged for a moment, I would like to add another question: who summoned the National Guard to DC? I am not able to work out that answer.

    • That order came from the Office of the President-Elect went to Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, to the Secretary of the Army and from there to the Commandants of the guard units in each state. Response was voluntary. Some states sent guard troops. Others, like Arizona, did not.

      • Since when did “the Office of the President-Elect” have that power? I get that the response was voluntary (and in all likelihood, they were only too happy to comply) but only “the President”, i.e. Trump, can give that command.

        “When mobilized (or activated) under Title 10 U.S.C., you are directed by the president to report for active duty in an official capacity. Activation under Title 32 U.S.C. means that your state’s governor has been authorized or directed by the president to mobilize or activate the National Guard in your state.”

        Seeing as how that DC is actually part of VA and MD, the governors were probably authorized to activate their Guard troops, but other states sent troops, too, so I’m confused that the “President-Elect” had power to activate other states’ NG.

        ‘Tis a puzzlement.

        • The short answer is that the President Elect doesn’t have that sort of authority, but requests for security, routed thought the SECDEF to the Department of the Army would not be seen as subversive. And while it turned out to be that – kind of a horror show, my sense is that the various governors complied almost pro-forma. We’ve never seen this in America before and it took people by surprise.

          Sort of like the Reserve Army’s activation in Berlin during “Valkyrie”. Not all that far off point.

          • and it burned a lot of bridges within the guard. the already thin ranks will deplete another round and it will go from the professional force of the 2000’s to a comical farce in the 2020’s. we worked so hard in the 80’s/90’s to build it up only to destroy it with endless war and social justus. at least when the dims send the guard against us we won’t be fighting the former body. and most of their best will be have long been on our side.

          • It may be possible to form the guard as a State Militia apart from the national command authority. Of course, you’d want a governor who wouldn’t weaponize them against the population.

      • Yes. He often recalled making a run at a U-Boat , straight out of the sun and dropping their charges, pulling a hard turn for the next run at it. Instead of a black oil slick, they saw a big red stain. They sunk a Whale!!

  5. Capsule- yeah, no. I’ll take my chances not sealed up in the Acme Survival Ball. Surprised they didn’t name it The Ark.

    Biden is a fool, and a lazy bum… plain to see. Sad really. But no sympathy…he wanted this…well, really his handlers and his Not-a-Doctor wifely unit.

    I though John Ross did an excellent take on the Ruby Ridge debacle in Unintended Consequences, never heard that level of detail before. Makes one seriously angry when the government gets their hooks in on someone and pursues it to an ugly end, on our dime no less. Pelosi recently did insider trading for millions, Stewart goes to prison for a year because of “not telling the truth” over a legitimate lousy $45k stock gain.

    I’m at the point that a lot of these institutions need to fall on their own… universities, public schools, certain government agencies. After yesterday’s sham-peachment testimony, and other news, it appears the un-greased wheels of the Dems wagon are coming off from being overused. Brings to mind Deuteronomy 8. Likely they don’t care.

    Glad you’re home and on the mend.

    • There were three internal investigations into Ruby Ridge. The first two, by the FBI, were white wash jobs. The third, undertaken by the US Postal Inspection Service, was fair and honest. The man who did that third investigation is a friend of mine. I haven’t seen him for some years now, but he dripped with integrity. There are war stories that I could tell about the man, but suffice that he climbed Everest and did a lot of neat stuff in addition to his law enforcement work.

  6. Tat plane LOOKED a bit like a B-24, but the single rudder threw me, so I had to look it up. Since no one else has IDed it, I’ll simple say the designation starts as P.
    The Douglas quote is as valid today as it was back then. Of course now he’d be accused of white supremacy.
    That truck box is something to think about.

    • Douglass if viewed by many today as a race traitor, which I find pathetic. Then again, the progs want to tear down all of the statues of Abraham Lincoln too.

  7. The second photo depicts American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker in his SPAD XIII. Note the “hat-in-the-ring” insignia which symbolized American involvement in WW I.

    The first photo reminded of a capsule used for high altitude (balloon) ascent.

  8. 1. Nieuport 28, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacher (26 victories in WWI)
    2. PB4Y-2 Privateer (the naval version of the B-24 ‘Liberator’)

    • Recognized Eddie Rickenbacker, had to look up the Nieuport 28. I did not know they used offset guns.

      My maternal grandfather was a flight instructor in France in WWI. All my uncle can tell me is that “He flew Spad’s”. No mention that he ever saw combat. I have his cloth garrison cap with “coffin lid” style 2Lt bar, and a photocopy of his discharge from Air Service at Camp Dix, 23, Feb, 1919.

      Interesting note on the restored Privateer (from somewhere on YouTube). The Privateer was never intended for high altitude service, so the engines were not equipped with turbo chargers. Original engines are nowhere to be found. Surplus B-24 engines are out there (or were, at the time of restoration) but you would have to account for turbos, which is a plumbing nightmare. Solution? Surplus Wright R-2600-92 Twin Cyclone engines as used on the B-25 are just about bolt-on. Give away is the carb air intake at the top of the engine.

      • I’d never have considered that problem. No reason for them to put supercharged engines for a low altitude anti-submarine patrol aircraft. Thanks for sharing that.

  9. Rickenbacker (nee Rickenbacher) in the biplane, ain’t it? Gotta be either a Spad or a Nieuport, but I couldn’t tell you which. Actually I could tell you, but I looked that up and that would constitute cheating.

    • I thought that the Nieuport 28 would trip some of the blog readers up, because he often flew a SPAD, but Martin had it on the nose (above).

  10. How many gees is the fusion torch on that Space Viking pinnace rated for? It sure looks sweet.

    Yeah, Eddie and a Privateer – couldn’t have told you Eddie’s plane though. Honestly, I only identified him by his famous “Hat-in-the-Ring”, not by appearance.

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

    I think Fredrick Douglass has been declared a White UnPerson, because of all his BadThink.

    • Space Viking – I have that book around here somewhere, and it deserves a reread.
      Saw the WWI pic and immediately thought “IT’S EDDIE!”…..but I couldn’t ID the plane.

  11. Ice cream cone on steroids- Can’t make up their mind.

    I thought Crow did a good job in Cinderella Man, never knew Braddock’s story “fighting for his family”. Honor like that is getting hard to find…except here, of course.

    • I didn’t know anything about Braddock until I saw Cinderella Man. He was well known in his generation but the story needed reviving. Honor is hard to find in in the world but it can still be found. Certainly not in the halls of academia, nor in Congress.

  12. That capsule could be useful maybe in the right location. Maybe if you paint it like a boulder. I’ve toyed with the idea of a hidden bed box for a few years now but I keep thinking what if you’re rear ended,what if you break down or what if your truck is stolen? None are very likely to happen but……

    • I think that the capsule has a lot of down-sides. Patton said that fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man. I reflect on that again and again when I work on fixed fortifications. But they do slow down an enemy and claim attrition if they’re done well, and that’s about all that you can hope for.

  13. Got Captain Rickenbacker, did not get either aircraft. Did not even know the Navy flew versions of the B-24. Or is it the Air Force flew AF versions of the PB4Y?

    In regard to Frederick Douglas; so much of our history is being cancelled. I am buying old history books so that my grand kids will actually know at least a little bit of history. Even the history books available today present things differently then what was available when I was in school. Re-writing the past seems to have gone on for as long as we have had written records. It is just a lot more egregious now.

    Glad the surgery went well and I hope the healing goes even better.

    • The winners write the books and a lot of the history that we read reflects that. However, careful reading and study does tend to reflect some truths that the actual actors in history may not have fully appreciated. It’s like being in a battle. Lots of noise, confusion, smell, and you never really know how it’s going at the time if it’s not in front of you. Situational awareness is continually discussed with wide area networks and distributed networking. The Signal Corps is well beyond semaphore. But even now, a full understanding of events in the context in which they occurred can be elusive.

    • B-24 came first, then Privateer.

      USN used a regular B-24 variant first, then got their own dedicated version. It was pretty different, the fuselage was even longer.


  14. I too hope you heal well and a good prognosis for your future. As to the capsule, that would make a excellent man cave behind the garage, no wimmins allowed unless they smoke a good cigar and drink fine or cheap sippin whiskey and they let you touch their butts…

    • I hadn’t thought of the capsule as a “club” but you could certainly make it into that. A well stocked bar, filtered water for the ice machine, and hostesses to fetch and carry this or that. It would work quite nicely.

  15. My son went in full dress uniform with us to visit a man who helped role model him before I came along.
    It was a retirement facility and a few people came up and thanked him for his service.
    One guy came up to talk, and it turned out he was the pilot for Admiral Byrd on one of his expeditions.
    I am glad to hear you are recovering. Do it quicker.

  16. Rickenbacker in a Nieuport 28 Hat in Ring Squadron. PB4Y, a modified B-24. They saw quite a bit of action at the end of the war in Westpac. Ruby Ridge should be a lesson to all of us… Just sayin’

  17. Eddie Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron, Nieuport 28.

    The big bomber is a Consolodate PBY-4 “Privateer”.

    Had a couple of teachers in high-school that got to me the way yours did. I felt like one of those little light bulbs in my head lit up after talking to them.

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