7% ?

The “official inflation numbers are 7%” – I call BULLSHIT on that. In the US, numbers have to be in the 30% range if not higher. Oh, how I wish for the good old Carter years. Brandon is presiding over a dismal time economically and it is all of his and his party’s making.

We will be suffering as a nation for the Brandon years for a long time – even if we can bring some sanity to the DC beltway and I have my doubts.

The worst part of all of it is that President Brandon, who has a difficult time recalling what he had for his last meal, likely has no rational concept of the carnage. And the Ho, who has acknowledged that she’s politically finished, a person of color or not, is likely working on another redecoration scheme for her office.



A change is coming – but it’s still years away from reality. Having snappy (expensive) platforms is one thing but making them work requires crew training and retention. The woke movement makes it a less than desirable job. Does the newer navy destroyer matter?


My Toyota FJC

The photo was taken near Young, AZ. My 2007 Toyota FJ has been one of the best vehicles I’ve owned. It has never been a daily driver.  Its role has been to seek out back roads and hidden nooks in the American West. It’s still running strong. Toyota discontinued production of the FJC, but I’ve heard that they will start the assembly line and in a year or so, will be selling them again. I was recently asked if I’d replace this rig with a new one. Very unlikely.


Identify the Tank

too easy?


Thought of the Day


Stolen from BRM (shamelessly)

If you don’t visit Peter at the Bayou Renaissance Man you’re missing out.

My thanks to Miguel at Gun Free Zone for republishing this gem from an earlier Facebook conversation.


A couple of years ago I was working security at a bar in northern Virginia. I overheard a table of college kids arguing about gun rights and gun control and it was getting far too emotional so I did what any sane combat veteran would do and attempted to exfiltrate. I must not have withdrawn as surreptitiously as I intended, because I was stopped in my tracks when a 5-foot-nothing brunette seemingly leaped in front of me and blurted out “excuse me, can you help us?”

I’m sure I must have looked irritated as I cycled through the possible quips and excuses I considered available to me but being uncertain that she wasn’t some Senator’s daughter, I caved: “What’s up?”

She basically leads me to this table of 2 other females (probably both named Karen) and a very soft-looking male.

Becky: “So, we were just talking about current events and, you know. So, you look like you’re probably in the military, right? Like the Army?”

(When you accuse someone of being in the military you probably don’t need to give an example.)

Me: “Similar.. yea”

Becky: “Right. Okay. So, do you think civilians should be allowed to own guns?”

Me: “Most of us. Yes.”

Becky: (clearly not happy with my answer) “Okay, so, why do you think you need a gun?”

(At this point it’s almost 2am and I’ve just given up on patience. Hold my beer.)

(With intentionally overt condescension): “Oh, honey, I don’t. I don’t need a gun.”

Becky stares at me blankly, so I continue, but with a more serious tone:

“I could follow you home, walk up your driveway, and beat you to death with the daily newspaper.

I could choke you to death with that purse.

I could take a credit card, break it in half, and cut your throat open with it.

With enough time and effort I could beat your boyfriend here with a rolled up pair of socks.

I could probably dream up six dozen other ways I could easily end your life if you gave me an hour or so.

If I wanted to, I could wrap my hand around that beer mug and kill all four of you before you could make it to the exit. The worst part is, in your utopian little fantasyland, there ain’t a thing any of you could do about it.

I don’t need a gun.

You need a gun.

You need a gun because of men like me.”


Ok,  go out, get into mischief, the weekend approaches. 


  1. Matilda II.
    The tanks and the uniforms indicate a period in the early years of WW II while the landscape could very well be Salisbury Plain.
    The Matilda was one of the few more successful British tank designs. Its heavy armor made it well suited to its role as “infantry tank” where its lack of speed did not matter that much.
    It was the only British tank in service for the duration of the hostilities and it saw service from the North African campaign to the Far East; and as a lend-lease vehicle also on the Eastern front with the Soviet army. Indeed, some captured Matildas were even used by the Germans as “Beutepanzer” (war prizes).

    Thank you very much for the challenge. I take the ‘mystery tank challenge’ as a good sign that you are steadily progressing with your rehabilitation. Wishing you all the best; get well soon!

    • But still a stupid design as it had a gun that fired only AP ammo. One simple change, make HE for the 2pdr and it would have been much better as an ‘Infantry Support Tank.’

      Stupid Brits and their No AP for howitzers and front-line AAA guns and No HE for anti-tank guns.

  2. When I was a young’un, my uncle was the county sheriff. There was a time where a hitman was being held in the county jail while en route to where he was to be tried.
    Anyway – if you know what you’re doing, you can kill someone with a 1″ square piece of paper.

    • Or a tea cup (Chronicles of Riddick). Easier to strengthen your hands and fingers and punch one finger and then a second through the eyes of the target, and then finish them.

      • I’m a big fan of the Riddick franchise and hope Diesel makes at least a dozen more before he tires of it. He has the character clocked.

  3. I’d drive your FJ and I’m not a Toyota fan. Back in the day I liked the Cressida and tried to buy a “salvage title” one we picked up at an auction. The boss put an end to that. Washed the title in Idaho to remove the salvage notation and put it out on the lot.

  4. I retired last summer so every day is a weekend for me.

    Inflation is here to stay. It will take a decade to recover from the damage to peoples’ savings that have already occurred in the first year of this administration. I’m not at all sure that the populous will put up with the Federal Reserve “fix”. It will be painful.

    From what little I know about naval warfare DDG(X) looks good on paper, I wonder what the reality will be.

    Good news if Toyota starts up the FG production line again. My belief is that Toyato hit the sweet spot between creature comforts and unbreakability (robustness maybe) in the model you own. If they start up the production line again hopefully they will sell a basic not too many frills model. I have very fond memories of camping in some remote parts of CO in the early 70s. Transport was via a Toyota Landcruiser FJ40. The thing was virtually unbreakable after the addition of some bash

    Starship troopers was a great book and a less great movie. Mr. Heinlein spoke a lot of truth.

    BRM is a gem and a boon to right thinking people everywhere.

    • I had a ’72 FJ40 for a while mid-70’s. Except for the Corvettes, most fun vehicle I’ve ever had. Well, the army did put me in an M151 with a 106 recoilless rifle mounted on the back, and that was a blast (pun intended) but I didn’t actually own that one, so……

  5. I have a 99 extended cab Toyota pickup with 330,000+ miles on it. Decent mileage for a 4wheel drive. Not super comfortable to drive, but I don’t go very far from home. I built a ladder rack for the bed so I can haul 16’ boards or a ladder when needed. Newest vehicle I own not counting my wife’s Lincoln. I just can’t seem to kill it no matter how hard I run it. No need for an electric car here on the plains.

  6. Have to ask Mr. LL, have you ever packed snow into your snorkel on the Toyota FJC? in the picture shown it is accumulating fairly thick. Have you ever been questioned about all your forward lights on your Toy? Fed regulations only allow six forward lights not counting marker or turn signals. I know I am asking a rebel and all…

    • I’ve never had snow packed into the snorkel, though driving through heavy snow it does accumulate there, the same way as the rest of the rig.

      I’ve never been questioned about lights.

      I really don’t care what federal regulations state. The forest rangers (the only federal presence here) don’t care.

    • That light rule only counts on vehicles on the highway. You can have more, you just can’t have them on during normal highway operations. I’m pretty sure they’d cut you slack during a major snow event like in Virginia, well, maybe not in New Jersey or Massachusetts.

      In the forest? As long as the lumens aren’t high enough to cause the vegetation to catch on fire, should be okay unless you encounter some really worthless fed, and then the answer to that is to treat them the same way an Appalachian treats a revenuer who just stumble upon his still.

  7. i’m going to need that rig here tomorrow. alas, i had to sell my 4×4 when i quit rather than vax. well, guess i didn’t have to, but they offered more than i paid for it 3 years ago. about a year out from drawing another retirement, 2 more after that for ss if there’s any left of it. meanwhile i’ll be looking for a non-vax job. maybe i can get another 4×4 next year, we need it here occasionally. i won’t be buying a new one ever again tho even if i win the lottery. i refuse to pay more for a vehicle than my first house, or pay taxes on it in similar amounts. starve the beast is my new motto. i had a little ‘yota truck back in college days. loved that little thing. no a/c though. wish they still made them, or rather, still sold them here.

  8. Comparing a notice from S.S. dated 2007 with the same notice dated 2017 I saw that my monthly payout decreased $214 even though there were an additional ten years in wages. (Expletive deleted) (More unkind words to follow)

  9. I like Heinlein’s stuff until he gets into the creepy pedophelia phase.

    That quote? That’s a response by Rico’s high school teacher in History and Moral Philosophy (by law, must be taught by a veteran, preferably a medically retired veteran (Rico’s teacher was blind)) to some bint who mumbled the stupid line that ‘violence never solved anything.’

    The movies? Don’t even get me started. What could have been a great introspective movie on ‘Why We Fight’ turned into Veerhoven’s twisted National Socialist love fest.

    And, dammit, Carmen shaved her head!

    And and I want to see Mobile Infantry Armor and a real Drop from a space ship and space ships using physics and Bugs that create ships and tech, not shoot flaming meteors out of their arses. And psychics who can map out Bug tunnels. And Skinnies! I mean, it’s all there in the book, easily done using special effects of the time, let alone the special effects.

    No, I know nothing of the book, never read it before, sure, yeah…

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