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A Point of Clarification


A Rare Picture of Beans (blog reader and contributor)


New Plague to Hit Washington DC (and Eastern States)

After spending 17 years underground, trillions of ‘Brood X’ Cicadas will soon appear in 15 States

WILLOW SPRINGS, IL - JUNE 11: A cicada sits on a fence at a forest preserve June 11, 2007 in Willow Springs, Illinois. The periodical cicadas are among the millions in the area that have emerged from the ground and taken to the trees during the past couple of weeks as part of their 17-year hatch cycle.Scott Olson/Getty Images

In one of nature’s mysteries, 15 states will soon witness the reemergence of Brood X — or the Great Eastern Brood — of periodical cicadas. These “large, winged, kind of scary-looking but mostly harmless flying insects known for their almost deafening buzz” emerge in-unison every 17 years.

Periodical cicadas have “black bodies and bold red eyes,” and spend 17 years lying underground in “wingless nymph form,” feeding on sap. While most cicadas travel as individuals or in small groups after reaching adulthood, periodical cicadas follow a strict schedule.



I carried this weapon (off and on) as a daily carry for about three years. The machine pistol shown in the photo has a “Navy Trigger Group”. There is another trigger group available that advances Safe – Eine (single shot) – Triple shot and Full. Firing discipline calls for discharged controlled double-taps with the selector switch to full auto, which is not difficult to do. There was a silencer available, but it made the weapon difficult to conceal under a light sportcoat or windbreaker.


The 1788-89 US Election

The 1788–1789 United States presidential election was the first quadrennial presidential election. It was held from Monday, December 15, 1788 to Saturday, January 10, 1789, under the new Constitution ratified in 1788. George Washington was unanimously elected for the first of his two terms as president, and John Adams became the first vice president. This was the only U.S. presidential election that spanned two calendar years (1788 and 1789).


A Rare Photo of the Arizona Flying Deer

They are rare, hunted nearly to extinction, and they are very shy. Sometimes you see them on Summer evenings as the sun goes down, after you’ve had a jar or two of home brew.


Life Expectancy in the US and Canada


Twelve Ways to Divide the UK




  1. IDK why NY and the widescreen-letterboxed version of NC weren’t allowed to vote, but RI hadn’t yet ratified the Constitution, and so was still a different country.

    Beans Picture: I’d feel a lot happier being one of the billhook-men, if my “friends” in the… Hussite war-wagon (?) … maybe a miniature wooden fort (?) weren’t indiscriminately firing in my direction. Also, I want a manual of arms for the use of a spiked-mace-on-a-stick while equipped with a large shield. Seems like you’d need both hands to get any useful effect? IDK, maybe it’s a sticky-bomb on a pole, and once you’ve jabbed someone with it the head comes off and you run away? Kinda like a primitive spar torpedo? I also like the horseman’s shield, especially designed with a slot to be hooked by the enemy… very polite, that.

    Hmm, BOTH horsemen have the ridiculously stupid jousting shields. Also, that looks like Hungarian livery, so I guess it really is a Hussite war-wagon!

    There’s a NE / Canadian relative of your deer… mostly they build semi-trailers, nowadays:



    • Yeah, horses are great as long as they are supported. Those two kenigets are hosed, totally hosed. Good catch on the Hussite war wagon.

      As to the mace and shield, it’s the same with any heavy one-handed weapon. You strike down from the vertical, or strike up from the vertical. Any side to side is done in a figure-8, letting the weapon’s weight do most of the work while you put the power on right before you hit.

      Think about using a heavy hammer. Same thing. Rotate your hips to move your shoulders and only use your arm muscles to guide the weapon and put the stink on it at the last moment.

      From horseback, you’re basically swinging side to side using your hips against other mounted troopers or those guys in the wagon. Against foot soldiers the movement is up and down, up and down, letting the weight of the head do most of the strength.

      As it is, as I said, hosed. Totally hosed. Because the shield side, though more protected because shield, is way on the wrong side of the effective weapon. Hold your non-dominant arm in front of you, close to your body. Elbow pointed at your waist, hand roughly around the height of your collarbone or neck. Now take your dominant hand and try to reach your non-dominant side. Now do that with a short rod (like a toilet plunger, clean!) or long cooking spoon. Past the mid-point of your weapon’s arc, past the midline of the body, your body actually robs power from the swing (which is why it is important to rotate your hips, as it rotates the midline.)

      What dumbarse in armor should have done was spur his horse to leap or strike. Like a Lipizzaner stallion show, all those movements, leaps, kicks to the side are combat moves.


      • The billhook will pull down the shield, weak side and the needle sharp spear point will go in through the links in the chainmail, breaking them and spitting the rider. Horses can be used to great advantage, particularly a trained war horse, but if you’re off by yourself, surrounded by trained men with pole arms (as opposed to the fyrd), the advantage shifts. So long as the horse bites, shifts, kicks, pivots, the rider has an advantage of fleeing as well.

      • “What dumbarse in armor should have done was spur his horse to leap or strike. Like a Lipizzaner stallion show, all those movements, leaps, kicks to the side are combat moves.”

        MrsC was a fill-in rider for the Lipizzaner show here in the US for a few months (all stallions, which is interesting as a rider when 20 of them are out there at once.) As an upper level dressage rider she explained that, indeed, all the moves were for battle readiness, many being attack moves. Lipizzaner’s at the Vienna Riding School created the training for consistency…the European Warmbloods are similar, albeit larger. Once trained up – both horse and rider, which takes years – she would say “You should envy the rider”. Like a good heavy equipment operator (or pick any number of disciplines), experts make it look easy, like anyone can do it. But usually it’s the 10,000 hours at play and is more difficult and complicated than meets the eye, especially when employed in battle situations.

      • Nah, I don’t mean the horseman’s mace, I get that.

        I mean the lower-left-hand footman’s polearm mace, that he’s trying to use one-handed with a big shield.


  2. Nice looking Marlin. Yours, or simply on the wishlist? The .45-70 is a great cartridge and in the Marlin can be loaded a bit hotter than standard.

  3. “Brood X-21″…Fauci’s next public health crisis that he’ll dictate earmuffs to keep us safe while showing others superior social morality.

    Cartoon- Perception certainly is reality…feelings over facts. Ten bucks the mind-numbed school officials will report the mom regardless, then the social service gestapo shows up at the house for a full investigation, hauling the kid off and wrecking life as they knew it.

      • I suppose they’d have bunkbeds at the kids work camp, so theoretically there would be 4 cots nearest the stove.

  4. I assume that’s Beans, mounted, wearing a lite blue tunic over his mouse costume? Very stylish. Perhaps you should plan him the MP5.

    • Though, yes, my gambeson (armored tunic) was padded blue cloth, that’s not me. I sit a horse far better than that jerk.

        • No. I’d return it. Clean. With an extra mag or couple boxes of ammo.

          Don’t borrow a man’s tools and not return them in as good condition. That’s a lefitst thing to do.

          • Ballistics are just like DNA — and I’d never know where Beans put those rounds… returning the SMG could be part of a frame up.

          • There is a planet somewhere (we got a glimpse in “Soldier”) where 10mm sockets, especially LONG sockets, and pocket combs and one sock fall from the sky. It’s in another dimension of space time and gremlins (not the old AMC two-door) reach through and snatch them.

            One day a ship from Earth will land and will recover all that.

          • Probably some lost tools in a few graveyard Gremlin’s. My HS class ring is still in my old ’74 Z, which may be scrap by now.

            Occam’s Razor would suggest the law of averages; the most used items are the most lost, 10mm sockets are near the top of that heap.

  5. Found this link over at Glen’s place. This would be a nice companion piece to the MP-5K–


    Of course, then you would need one in 45-70 to go with your Marlin.

    Speaking of which, I have an article in a dusty box somewhere about an early experiment by the military to use an electric motor to drive a Gatling gun. IIRC, a couple of Army officers went searching, as they were long obsolete and there were none in inventory. They found three surplus Colt 1877 Bulldog guns, new in their crates, at Bannerman’s Island Arsenal.

    One of the guns was purchased, and then fitted with an electric motor drive. I don’t recall if the article gave an rpm estimate. I do remember that the ammo used was original 500 gr bullets loaded with black powder. I’m thinking that must have been impressive.

    • It does hurt – a little – to fire the 45-70, but the lever rifle is a handy ranch tool. Not intimidating like a black rifle. But capable.

  6. Whoa, you got me with the 45-70, but the flying deer was pretty cool too. Nice. I’ve yet to get a lever. Ffs, this position won’t build itself, LSP.

  7. I’d hate to see the muzzle blast out of that rifle. Well, I’d love to see it, but you know what I mean.

    Never fired a 45-70, but from what I’ve read it’s a pretty stout cartridge. Biggest I’ve ever fired is a 300WinMag, and it’s got a pretty good kick.

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