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Tanks, For the Memories

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    Identify the Armored Car   Identify the tank & armament/main battery   Identify the tank (turret) It's a modern tank and modern tank turrets are different than their predecessors. Essentially they're shells. housing the automatic gun and sensor systems. Mantlets on modern tanks won’t stop...

Sermonette

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    St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City   Over a week ago LSP had a blog post that reminded me that love of God is measured by our personal purity. No unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. The litmus test for this is, of course, the example set by Jesus Christ.  How are we like him? To the extent that we ...

Blogging

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    Second in line for the US Presidency There are few more vile Americans than the corrupt elitist witch who could be president if Brandon & the Ho should fall. We ask ourselves how such wretched excuses for human beings could end up in that situation and - it's our own fault collectively.     Synt...

What’s in a Name?

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There is a name for it.   First French Empire cantinière tonnelet Cantinières were civilian women married to soldiers who were contracted by a regiment’s administrative council to sell food and drinks to the troops beyond their usual rations, which usually involved a lot of alcohol as pictured...

Selling Children

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  This is a reflection from an article by Peter/Lawdog over at Bayou Renaissance Man. Maybe four years ago now, an eminent researcher into alien smuggling -  Mike W will know who I'm writing about - approached me about the subject of selling children as he was doing some research on the subject. The PhD in question lives in the Rancho...

Making Sense of Life

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  It's a Mystery How did the Taliban survive a year and a half without masks, social distancing, PCR testing, mandatory vaccines, and now manage to recapture Kabul and rule Afghanistan in the middle of a global pandemic?   It's an even Greater Mystery The progressives believe that they can stop global warming (just pay them...

This and That

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  November 4 November 4th 1990 saw the death of Sir David Stirling, the Scottish landowner, keen mountaineer, World War II army officer, and founder of the Special Air Service. Born  Archibald David Stirling at his family’s ancestral home, Keir House in the parish of Lecropt, Perthshire. He was the son of Brigadier General Arc...

Behavioral Sink

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John B Calhoun set about creating a series of experiments that would essentially cater to every need of rodents, and then track the effect on the population over time. The most infamous of the experiments was named, quite dramatically, Universe 25. Youtube Link here. In this study, he took four breeding pairs of mice and placed them inside a "ut...

Commentary

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  The Democrat Game Republicans swept the statewide offices in Virginia, a state that up to yesterday was solidly locked in for Democrats. Pundits and overpriced experts will be called in to try and explain what the average fifth grader could tell them for free. Voters repudiated the radical wing of the Democrat party that had seized...

Mid-Week Muse

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  Research One of my sons-in-law and I had a discussion about medical research, NIH, Beagles, gain-of-function research, and so forth the other day. Mike_C may wish to weigh in on this because he's a lot closer to the subject than I am. When you're dialed into the research biz, you see that there is a lot of money involved, especially...

The Value of Leadership

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  The oil painting below shows the scene where a French picket/sentry awakes with horrible, consuming guilt, and not a little bit of fear. He had fallen asleep, having been posted as a sentry to keep watch upon the outlying areas of the deployment of La Grand Armée. The boss showed up and is holding his musket. It represents a scene from t...

Truth on Tuesday

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    Plague Vaccine Policy Backlash?   Cowboy Chili Best if cooked over an open wood fire in a Dutch oven suspended from. a tripod. Let the smoke flavor the chili. It should be accompanied by biscuits cooked in a separate Dutch oven. Is it wrong to add cilantro and sour cream? Soon it will be too cold to c...

Maps & Stuff

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    Maps   In Arizona, it's called "camping". In Europe, it's called "wild camping".  Tolerated/not tolerated - see the map.   Map of Planned Florida Wildlife Corridor.   The nine major civilizations of the world, according to Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington in his book "Clash of ...

Culture

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    (above) Ghost in the Shell Geisha. Finding topics for writing that hold together aren't as easy to find as you'd think. To me, the topic must be relatable to people (not just me) and you have to generate interest in the characters.   It's Confusing Some stuff flew over the transom here at Virtual Mirage that I'...

Happy Halloween

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And your little dog too!   Full disclosure, if I was around my grandkids,  I'd go trick-or-treating with them to keep them safe in the same way as I did with my children. But I'm not and it's unlikely that anyone would find the White Wolf Mine to knock on the door and demand a treat (or a trick). It will be a quiet night absent any ge...

The Weekend

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  The Upcoming - Holiday   When? How early in the day is it acceptable to make and eat a sandwich? I don't think that there is a rule, but there must be some sort of unwritten guideline I have to admit that I like a sandwich for breakfast from time to time.   Male suicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 202...

It’s Here

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  The lava flow, blood red under a crackling black crust, sounded like a cascading waterfall of breaking glass as it moved with an inexorable, impetus, a flaming river that pushed with a pulse initiated nine miles below the Earth’s surface. This was not the explosive volcanic force that erupted to consume all around it. The vent, opened...

Misc. & etc.

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  The Arizona Fraud Audit Read all about it: here   Loki's Fire We're wrapping the week, looking forward to the next. The official release of Loki's Fire is tomorrow, but you can get your copy wherever books are sold today.  So much for the big reveal.     What is your favorite negro flavor? I...

Crypto Fears

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    Ancient Aliens?   KA-50 Black Shark The Russians put a lot of faith in this helicopter, but when I look, I see a lot of moving parts that wear, require lubrication, and could be exposed to battle damage. Maybe they hope that nobody shoots back? Due to retractable gear and airframe-hidden gun, the Ka-50 h...

Stay in the Zone!

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    The Creepy Fool (Let's go Brandon) Setting a blatantly awful example, Biden told kids at East End Elementary School in Plainfield “When you’re president, see all these people here? They’re with you all the time, they get to ask you all kinds of questions and you try to figure out how you’re gonna avoid answering them....