No Excuses

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A couple of Days Ago

(Christian) Armenia went to war with (Muslim) Azerbaijan yet again. Then it stopped two days later.

On 19 September 2023, Azerbaijan launched a military offensive against the self-declared breakaway state of Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh), which is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan but populated by Armenians. The attacks occurred in the midst of an escalating crisis caused by Azerbaijan blockading the Republic of Artsakh, which has resulted in significant scarcities of essential supplies such as food, medicine, and other goods in the affected region.

An agreement on establishing a complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh starting in the afternoon of September 20 was reached at the mediation of the Russian peacekeeping command in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential Office announced. Azerbaijan said that a meeting will be held with representatives of Artsakh on 21 September in Yevlakh. Waiting for a report from that.

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

There’s a rumble about North Korea supplying soldiers to serve on behalf of Russia on the Ukraine Front in the ongoing proxy war. I’m sure that you’re hearing about it too. I have heard corresponding giggles from the Pentagon suggesting that would be the American cue to commit troops to Ukraine to confront the Godless hoard. More on that as it develops, if it develops.

 

Biography

Also known as “Old Rufe,” Cicero Rufus Perry was born in Alabama in 1822. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Texas, where he would later go on to become a famed Texas Ranger. As history goes, Perry played a role in the siege of Bexar. Following that, he served for three months in 1836 under Captain William W. Hill as a volunteer soldier, which led him to be involved in a battle at Yegua Creek with a Native American tribe. Over the span of his career as both a soldier and a Texas Ranger (a multitude of decades), Perry was known to have received 20 wounds, some quite serious, from arrows to gunshots, and he survived them all.

Perry’s career led him to the direction of John H. Moore, and in early 1839, he is noted as having suffered his first wound. Two years later, while in the service of Thomas Green and Samuel Highsmith, he also performed scouting for Mark B. Lewis and Edward Burleson. He had a part in the Somervell Expedition and by 1844, had joined the famous John Coffee Hays’ Texas Ranger company. As a part of this division, he was involved in a number of skirmishes with Indians, most notably the Battle of Walker’s Creek.

In August of that year, during a fight on the Nueces River with a group of Comanches, Perry received three severe wounds. Perry and his counterpart, Christopher Acklin, were left for dead. Although his wounds were severe, he walked from Uvalde all the way to San Antonio, 120 miles. He was left unarmed and made the entire trek without water or food.

By 1873, Perry was still actively involved as a Texas Ranger, and he took part in the Battle of Deer Creek, where he was recognized as coming to the aid of a group under the direction of Dan W. Roberts. The year following, Perry was promoted to the role of captain in the Frontier Battalion, for Company D. Here, Roberts then served as Perry’s first lieutenant, and then as his successor.

Perry passed away in 1898 in Johnson City, in the Texas Hill Country. He was well-liked by his counterparts, of which John Holland Jenkins was one. When asked about Perry, he described him as “a tall, muscular, perfect specimen of the strong and brave in young manhood,” noting his black hair and “dark eyes, bright with the fires of intelligence and enthusiasm.” Over the course of his career as both a volunteer soldier and with the Texas Rangers, he sustained 20 wounds by lance, arrow, and bullet. All of them he survived. All of them went down in history as part of Perry’s legacy in the Lone Star State as a Texas Ranger.

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The Central African Republic’s civil war.

Marlboro pack price by country.

Do they like Pedo Joe?

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ID the Armor

(Does that camo work for you?)

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Identify the Aircraft

36 thoughts on “No Excuses

  1. That’s a lot of cigarette taxes. I see the polls show that Joe is gearing up for his next landslide.

    1. When you’re the most popular president in US history, you don’t need to campaign. You just stay in your bunker and take the win.

        1. It’s disturbing to live in a time when the only truth that can be found in politics is “conspiracy theories.”

  2. Some years ago I knew a gentleman who flew B-17s over Germany. He thought very highly of the Mustangs due to their range. He also commented about the limited range of the P-47. When asked if they had a fighter escort all the way to Berlin he quipped, “The P-47s went as far as they could and the Germans took over from there.”

    1. The Germans were reluctant to tangle with Jugs for obvious reasons. As you point out, they could just wait. In the case of the Mustangs, the Germans tried to get them to drop tanks early and fight. As the war ground on, the Germans lost so many airplanes and experienced pilots that they stopped doing that and just accepted the pounding.

    2. Long video from a long series of extremely detailed videos about the P-47. It was purely a political/doctrinal decision that resulted in P-47s lacking range until late in the war. Simply put, the USAAF refused to send the large 200-gallon metal drop tanks that were usable all the way to 30,000′ to England until later 1943. Had those tanks been in England, Thunderbolts could’ve escorted the bombers almost all the way to Schweinfurt in August and October 1943. With combinations of tanks, they had the range to reach Berlin. But the bomber mafia had a point to prove — that heavily armed formations of heavy bombers didn’t need fighter escorts. A lot of men died due to that. P-47 Thunderbolt Pt. 6: Range, Deceit, and Treachery

      1. The P-51s were significantly cheaper than the very well-built P-47s, and were cheaper to operate, too. Those big radials were thirsty beasts.

  3. WTF: I sincerely hope not. Hot lead border arguments are not our business; it seems even the Poles may be getting the message.
    The Salafi-Jihadi movement likewise unless another half-blood prince is going to import another couple o’ hundred thousand o’ ’em here to take advantage of our kindness.
    Biden: approval/disapproval jes’ doan mean Bravo Sierra: not when yer got a bunch o’ clowns ruining the voting procure. Back to one day line-up with a certified birth certificate and an indelibly-inked certified middle finger, either hand – I doan keer.

  4. The tank looks like a jaundice Holstein.

    Average age- With or without the Moderna/Pfizer Not-A-Vax DNA Manipulator Immune Suppressor Shot and Multiple Boosters?

  5. Average price of cigarettes. Varies from $1.27 to $27.36 and they make a profit regardless of where there sold. Tax revenues must be staggering. No wonder they do the “we will damn cigarette smoking yet passively encourage it” thing.

    I notice that Biden’s approval rating correlates relatively closely with the get free stuff states, don’t know what happened with Oregon. That penchant for free handouts may have something to do with his approval.

    Tank, I thought they painted tanks to blend in with their operational environment. Not sure what kind of vegetation background that looks close to.

    1. East of the major I-5 corridor cities (I may ihave to include Bend, Sunriver and Klamath Falls today), which are so dark a blue it’s almost indistiguishable from black, and whose gimme population has skyrocketed within the past 5-10 years or so, the rest of the state is bright red.
      Those of us, mostly more red than purple, who moved into western Oregon 30+ years ago, escaping the turmoil of the Big East Coast cities found a comparatively reasonable mix of political opinion.
      Recently, however, people have fled south from Seattle and north from the now impossible California political climate to the Willamette Valley corridor bringing with them the same voting tendencies that led to the horrors they’re escaping.
      That’s the story of Oregon today – IMHO.

    2. Not vegetation, but desert. I once saw a picture of a Bf-109 (or two of them?) flying over desert in North Africa. Their camo wasn’t much different, and the rocks scattered all over the sand actually made it pretty effective for that particular area.

  6. I had to look up the “Salafi-Jihadi movement”

    >>Salafi jihadism, also known as Revolutionary Salafism or jihadist-Salafism, is a religious-political Sunni Islamist ideology, seeking to establish a global caliphate, characterized by the advocacy of “physical” (military) jihadist attacks on non-Muslim and (takfired) Muslim targets, and the Salafist interpretation of …

    Salafi jihadism – Wikipedia<<

  7. The trip from Uvalde to San Antonio is good drive in a modern automobile. Walking that distance, through the Texas Hill Country, without food or water, without a weapon, and wounded, can only be described as unflinching bravery. People can be tough, but some people can best be described as bullet-proof. I wonder what went through the minds of those that left him for dead.

    1. I’m not sure bullet-proof is the proper descriptor in this case, but off hand, I don’t have a better one.

    2. Uvalde to San Antonio is fairly flat because you skirt around the southern edge of the Hill Country. My son-in-law’s mother lives in Uvalde and we have made the trip there for some parties she has thrown from where we live near Bandera, TX. Once you hit U.S. 90 in Hondo, it is just rolling plains going west. East from Hondo is pretty much the same.

    1. I guess in 2024, they will find enough votes in Baxer, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties to turn the Presidential and Senatorial elections Blue. They may even have more votes than people 18 and older in those counties. Since I live near Bandera which is 45 miles NW of San Antonio, I am sure the recent illegal immigrants allowed in by the Democrats will fortify the Baxer County vote.

  8. OV-10 Bronco! And yes, the ‘range’ chart is interesting, considering that those combat ranges exceed most, if not all, of the ranges of fighters today. Rufus was and still is famous among the Rangers out here.

    1. Not a Bronco. That’s some cheap (probably really not cheap) knock-off of the Bronco.

      I wish it was the Bronco. Love the Bronco. Great plane the Bronco was/is. Miss seeing the Broncos flying..

      We could have had a new Bronco, the OV-10X, but the Pentawonks wanted the Super Tucano (wonder who was being paid off.)

    2. As to the Range Chart, I remember playing Avalon Hill’s “Air War over Nazi Germany” game and dealing with that. Very educational. Of course, the solution for the P-47 was twofold, drop tanks and moving the airfields into France.

  9. Suspect it would be too destabilizing to North Korea to send large numbers of troops to Ukraine. The troops would see too much of the outside world to be able to bring them back to North Korea. If the North Korean soldiers were close to combat, the smart soldiers would surrender. Maybe some special forces in very defined roles to practice combat. Maybe some general forces in depopulated, destroyed areas, also under very controlled conditions. Most likely North Korea will just sell arms and ammunition at a “special” price to their “very good friends” the Russians.

    Cannot see North Korean forces in Ukraine being a casus belli for the US though would be an object of great interest to South Korea. Practice combat, capture some North Koreans, be a route to repatriate North Korean prisoners. If North Koreans are in the field, the Russians are not going to recognize the difference between North and South Koreans. The South Koreans will be able to go anywhere, as North Koreans.

    1. Not really. South Koreans will atand out: they are taller, beefier and more confident than North Koreans. But having North Korea fighting in Ukraine would provide an excellent excuse for South Korea to send military aid as a counter.

      The Gepard was revealed as an excellent weapon in Ukrainian hands. Pity Germany wrote it off, more are needed now.

  10. By the 3nd of the war the range of the P47D actually exceed the range of the P51. In the Pacific the P47N had extremely long lega. They could and did fly escort missions to Japan from the Marianas. The P47 was an extraordinary aircraft.

    1. Bullet sponges can be used to cause the enemy expend their ammo on “puppets” sent forward to do just that.

  11. My great uncle flew many of the planes of that era, both as a combatant and as an instructor.
    He spoke very highly of the P47

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