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Topics of Interest

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  The Interstate TDR (captioned photo) was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle — referred to at the time as an "assault drone" — developed by the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation during the Second World War for use by the United States Navy. In 1936, Lieutenant Commander Delmar S. Fahrney proposed that un-piloted, remo...

Champagne Bolsheviks

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    The Bored Children of Elites 'The counter culture exists in the country, but it was never a matter of the poor vs. the rich. We see idiot children of the American ruling class, Champagne Bolsheviks and the phony oppressed play Jacobite for a while until they return to graduate school in the fall. 'Actual poor, oppresse...

Vigilante Moon (part two)

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Captioned photo credit:  The Untouchables (1987), screenplay by David Mamet Story copyright © Larry Lambert, 2016-2020 This is a component of a fictional law-enforcement related story that I started in 2016 and it appeared on the blog back then. I've since spent some time fleshing it out into a novelette length in my spare time, but frankly, ...

Open Forum

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A reader from Bangkok suggested that we do an open forum Q and A on the blog, and I'm frankly reluctant. However he has something on his chest and wanted to throw spaghetti against the wall to see if it would stick. I have questions such as "who is really buried in Grant's Tomb". If I had been smarter, I'd have been Jackson Pollock. I'd have ...

Legends and Consequences

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  The True Cross Until recently, I’d never actually heard of the True Cross legends, about how it was fashioned from wood that originally grew from a tree planted by a son of Adam and Eve and was made into a bridge crossed by the Queen of Sheba on her way to meet King Solomon who was scared of it and buried the timber until later it ...

Vigilante Moon (part one)

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Captioned photo credit:  The Untouchables (1987), screenplay by David Mamet Copyright © 2016-2020, Larry Lambert, all rights reserved This is a component of a fictional law-enforcement related story that I started in 2016 and it appeared on the blog back then. I've since spent some time fleshing it out into a novelette length in my spare time...

Checking In

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Those Emotional Norks The North Koreans haven't stopped their long march just because there is rioting in the streets and looting of businesses in the distant USA. There are two inter-Korean business zones near the border between the Koreas. The manufacturing was owned by South Koreans and Communist North Korea provided (slave) labor. That's ...

Considerations

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>>More News from Communist China<<   Movie Poster The now defunct Iran Nuclear Arms Deal Firearms Sales are Selling Very Well The Second Amendment won't be an election argument this time around. If the police are going to be defunded, you're on your own. The Democrats are content with these arms sales. The...

On Their Own

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In the Atlanta Police Department, Zones 4 and 6 saw all of the police officers walk off the job. Many in the four remaining zones left as well. 60% of the police department is comprised of black officers. Good luck Atlanta, Georgia

Tiger

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Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf.E (Sd.Kfz.181) or Tiger I Blogging about a tank, and not just any tank, but the venerable Tiger 1 is bound to meet with scrutiny from people who read this blog and are more thoroughly read on the subject than I am. The marriage of the 8.8cm Kw.K. 36 L/56 gun in the turret. (This gun was derived from the 8.8cm Flak...

Times and Seasons

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Fun with Photography   Housekeeping I have received a couple of e-mails asking me what the purpose of the Virtual Mirage Blog might be. I will attempt to answer the question. On the sidebar to the right, you will read: “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat. “We’re all mad ...

Mysterious Pluto

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More here on Pluto Whether you think that Pluto is a Kuyper Belt Object (or a planet) is your affair. Some feel that a mission to explore Pluto's oceans should be a much higher priority than it is now. But if Pluto is to receive robotic landers, it will be beyond 2050 because of limited resources and the difficulties of putting a spacecraft on t...

Smiles and Tribulations

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Even though the news lately has been dominated by inner city people who riot, loot and burn, Communist China has not gone away. The US news cycle, it seems, can only focus on one thing at a time...maybe there is a reason for that? Camo Pretend that you don't see anything, he's doing the best he can. That's a metaphor for what's going o...

Rogers’ Rangers

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  Major Robert Rogers "Never take a chance you don't have to." The founder of the Rangers was an iconic personality whose full story won't be told here. There are a number of excellent biographies and military campaign studies out there. I was recently reading about his second winter campaign. Robert Rogers, an American serving wit...

Then and Now

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Do You Remember When there were Boy Scouts and there were rules against having homosexual scoutmasters, and pedophiles among the ranks of scouting leadership? Do you remember when Cub Scouts were boys and not an experiment in mixed genders? And when boys could participate in a "boy-run organization" for the betterment of young men everywh...

Back to the Moon

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SpaceX Starship (How SpaceX is Changing Starship to be Able to Land on the Moon), more than a capsule and a lander, and a dune buggy. I encourage you to read the article cited. Project Artemis is well underway and absent other difficulties, will take Americans (and American allies) back to the moon in four years (2024). Part of the build...

It’s a New Week

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  Honoring the First Blog Ever Blogger Lives Matter.   How do you Cook your Brats? Everyone seems to have a different method, with slightly different ingredients.   Family Album A few photos of me, my daughter and grandsons fishing near the White Wolf Mine in the Arizona Highlands. The total...

Is The Alamo Next?

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Keith Wells commented on this blog yesterday, "I have heard that the antifa BLM terrorist are calling for the destruction of the Alamo."  As it turns out I heard the same thing. And that spurred a text string with LSP at the compound in Hillsboro, TX. LSP believes that the Alamo is safe for now. Maybe? My faith in the will of the government to prot...

Sunday Sermonette

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Some things Serve to Perplex   It's Still Not Too Late To be Biden's running mate. Democrats with knowledge of the process said Biden’s search committee has narrowed the choices to as few as six serious contenders after initial interviews. Among the group still in contention: Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala...

He Claims to be a Citizen

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This is a short bit of historical fiction, offered here on Virtual Mirage for your consideration and for your entertainment. (Are you not entertained?)   He Claims to be a Citizen It is at the end of the ‘hour of prayer’ at the Temple of Jerusalem and Marcus Drucillus, First Spear Centurion of the Third Gallica Legion has just dipped a...