A Pause for the Cause

Saint Thomas Aquinas, the schoolman, attempted to reconcile faith and philosophy, church and science.

Any person who finds conflict speaks in ignorance or malice, either being too literal in his interpretation of scripture or too hasty in calling the ever-changing guesswork of science factual. It is to be noted that true Churchmen and true scientists themselves see no such conflict nor appearance of conflict.

That’s the sermonette.


This Ring — 

— and no other, was made by the elves, who’d pawn their own mother to keep it themselves.

“Seven to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls.”

I think that it’s called a Barlog.


The Great Pyramid at Giza

I haven’t gotten out there with a tape measure or anything, but if all these measurements are true…that is not possible with Stone Age technology. That implies accurate geomapping, which a pre-flight pre-orbital society would have no way of doing….just saying.

They used the royal cubit, which is one 25 millionth of the earth’s polar diameter, which is the exact distance from the north to the south pole. You get the royal cubit if you chop that distance into 25 million pieces.

The length of a base side at the base socket level is 9,131 inches, which translates to 365.242 royal cubits. This is the earthly year right down to a quarter day. The measurements of the length and width of the perimeter of the Great Pyramid correspond to an exact fraction of both the longitude and latitude measurements at the equator. Scaled up, this means the great pyramid directly corresponds to the circumference of the equator and the measurements from the equator to the pole, making it a scale model of the northern hemisphere.

If you take the location of the Great Pyramid as a coordinate, this number sequence matches the speed of light traveling through space measurement in meters per second. None of this is a coincidence, and the vast information encoded about the earth and its relation to the cosmos points to the fact that these ancient peoples were advanced.


Bullet Points:

** Hidden Cities

** Jan 31 (Reuters) – California cannot enforce a law requiring people to undergo background checks to buy ammunition because it violates the constitutional right to bear arms, a federal judge has ruled. California Can Order Ammo Online Again.

** Don’t mess with Texas…

** Less Lethal? One of this blog’s readers asked about https://byrna.com/. I have never used them, but I have used a lot of chemical mace, and it works well against people who are not excited and/or loaded on alcohol and drugs. When you mace somebody else from a CQB standpoint, you mace yourself. And I found it easy to acclimate to, which meant it didn’t work on me. I think that this weapon fires a combination of sting-ball and mace projectile.

Do they work? Experts say yes. But, If you’re in a life-threatening situation and they don’t work, things didn’t just improve for you/it sucks to be you. You can embrace the suck or have a backup plan. If you employ less lethal, you need a lethal backup plan.

I wouldn’t want to bet my life on a sting ball. But that’s me, blunt instrument and all. Peace through superior firepower.

** In a separate matter, I was asked by a different person if shooting an armed suspect who is intent on doing harm in an arm or leg would suffice to stop them.

That doesn’t work in a kinetic confrontation. The training doctrine was a double tap center mass and a failure drill (one between the eyes). There’s a rhythm to it. Boom-Boom…Boom.

** Interrogations: There are different sorts. Some must comply with the Geneva Conventions. (military) Some must comply with State and Federal Constitutional and case law (law enforcement). The CIA set up black sites to move the line. The CIA detention facility (next to Camp X-Ray) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was placed there BECAUSE it was outside of the United States and different rules applied. So-called enhanced interrogation practices were undertaken. If they were not adequate for the task, prisoners were requested by Israel, for example, because they were ‘wanted’ there. US rules didn’t apply because we extradited them. Some extraditions went to Egypt, too.

Then, there are extra-governmental interrogations where governments are not involved. In some countries, legal rights are extended. In others, they are not. In Mexico, the favored method is a form of waterboarding. The police stuff a filthy rag in your mouth, invert you, and pour Tehuacan (soda water) down your nostrils and into your sinus cavities as you attempt to breathe.

In other places, interrogations begin with a gunshot to the foot/hand, or you lose a finger before the first question is asked. Or you’re wired up to the wall socket (properly/ professionally), and you cook for a few seconds before that first question is asked. (if they wire it wrong, you have a heart attack and die – failed interrogation – bad tradecraft) Hollywood does it differently, as the guy with the handgun bores you to death with threats to keep the rating PG-13. The film Man on Fire was an exception. (more here) The screenwriter understood the methodology.


Shameless Plugs

There was a good interrogation scene in White Powder: A Novel of the CIA and the Secret War in Laos. Available in paperback or digital formats.

There is a good interrogation scene in Hungry Ghosts – coming soon.

Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts is the sequel to Broken Toys, available now in paperback and digital formats. Cover art by Jules Smith.

Broken people are willing to risk everything because they have nothing to lose…They are poised to do things you wouldn’t in a world of risks and rewards.

There will be a third book in the Broken Toys Series – No Strings Attached. How do you respond to questions when a bug enters through your eye socket? …truthfully.


We also have ocelots in Arizona


Identify the Aircraft


Prototypes – The only aircraft ever built with inverse tapered wings.



 Identify the Mini-Sub 


Identify the Armor


  1. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
    2. Avro Lancastrian engine testbed

    Identify the Mini-Sub:
    Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDV)

    Identify the Armor:
    M551 Sheridan fitted with a 76mm gun

  2. Superior firepower helps. Different types as situation needs.

    Drunk idiot made the classic “You think you’re tough” statement to me one night outside night club I was working security at a long time back. I said “No, the guys behind you are”. He turned around to see S. a 6’7” 270 pound bodybuilder who was about 14” taller than him. M with S was about 6’5”, 300 pounds and into MMA.

    Those two guys as backup (superior firepower) made being at the front door very easy most nights.

    • You can apply the concept of superior firepower to different situations and it comes down to the capacity to control or dominate the engagement. “Speed is fine but accuracy is final” weighs in as well.

  3. As you said use what you need. Sometimes an 86mm rocket, sometimes a large bouncer.

    Fully agree with accuracy. A young me occasionally shot kangaroos professionally, spotlighting at night. Headshots were the only option if you wanted to be paid. 200 plus metres with a .223 at night made the Army range in daylight easy.

  4. ** In a separate matter, I was asked by a different person if shooting an armed suspect who is intent on doing harm in an arm or leg would suffice to stop them.

    IMO, any person who, with evil intent, threatens you that person has forfeited any claim to humane consideration. FAFO

    • x2…Hesitate and you die. Those of us who do not have the training and/or situational experience that many of you have, shooting a limb to incapacitate is a useless point, we will miss….instinct will have shoot for the big part. Only a politician/liberal/Lefty/Tone Deaf urbanite/Democrat would say otherwise.

  5. Why opt for an arm or leg shot in one of those situations? For most accuracy will suck due to elevated stress plus you have a smaller faster moving target that’s not necessarily less lethal. A hit to the femoral artery will bleed you out fast.

  6. White Powder is an excellent book, you’ll like it. It would make a great movie script. To those regular blog readers it’s available on Amazon. I left a review there so I’ll not rehash it here.

    Looking forward to Hungry Ghosts. As everyone should recall Larry left us seriously hanging in mid air with Broken Toys. It’s been months of bacon therapy and I’m still awaiting the next part of the story. Maybe, send out a few paragraphs of the new book to tide me over.

    Side note … Great cover art btw on Broken Toys and Hungry ghosts.

    I always liked the “look” of the Sheridan even though it’s a crappy tank.

  7. Less Lethal: If you use one of those paintball guns with mace/pepperball rounds in your house for self-defense, you might never get the smell out of the room.

    Plus, with people being prosecuted as federal felons for squirting people with bear spray, even if it works it seems like it would open you up to all sorts of extra court bullshit.

    – Kle.

    • Full disclosure, I asked the question…heard a little bit of Beck’s program the other morning and he was doing a promo for it. Was curious on LL’s take as an expert on such things. I agree “non-lethal is fine, and the weapon seems well done (effective out to 60’ apparently). But the target market is more for those who don’t want firearms in the house or something in the glovebox when you decide to visit NYC or Chicago (nope). For the “less lethal” market it’s certainly better than nothing. Us? A proper firearm is a vastly better deterrent with zero lack of stopping power confidence, assuming one hits the intended target…center mass.

  8. Less lethal: No. A friend of mine had one and we went to the range to shoot it. It shot ok. I would never think of using it against an armed attacker. One pepper ball doesn’t deliver enough capsicum to deter anybody.
    But the biggest problem is that it ‘looks’ like a gun.

  9. ”It is to be noted that true Churchmen and true scientists themselves see no such conflict nor appearance of conflict.”

    May have said this before in response to a Sermonette, but it’s worth repeating. Knew a Senior Scientist Engineer, brilliant man, genius type. But humble, a rare combination, but, as I discovered, this was due to him being a Believer. Got to chatting Faith with him one day, looks me straight in the eye and says:

    Anyone who looks at the night sky, nature, or mankind and says it’s all happenstance is a fool. This universe did not just happen without Intelligence directing it…and it does not take a genius to see that.”

    My mentor pastor said to me one day, ”The longest distance in the world is between the head and the heart.” (while gesturing to both)…will never forget that bit of wisdom because it demands humility.

  10. As a retired pastor and firm believer, I hate to have to say this: but, as a survivor of literally well over a hundred armed encounters, in and out of uniform, over the course of many years in several countries, I learned a few lessons the hard way. One of them was the use of non-lethal defense options. Another was whether or not a warning shot was appropriate.

    Short answers:

    1. “Non-lethal” basically means “of dubious effectiveness”. It’s an option to be used only when the use of potentially lethal defensive measures is absolutely verboten under local laws, and/or when use of potentially lethal measures would be unwise given the people behind the assailant (you don’t want to piss off all the local hard men if you can’t leave the area). Shooting someone is about the only guaranteed effective way to stop them, and in that case, shoot them enough to make sure of that. As Jim Higginbotham puts it: “Shoot until the target changes shape or catches fire!” I concur.

    2. Warning shots: they basically mean you’ve wasted a round or two that you could have used to stop the threat. If it’s come to firing a shot, it’s already passed beyond the point at which a warning might prevent further escalation. That’s why the law in the USA regards any shot fired as the use of lethal force. I wouldn’t bother with warning shots to stop the threat. I’d rather hit the threat and make sure it’s stopped.

    Just my $0.02 worth, YMMV, and all that sort of thing. If it shocks someone to hear a pastor talk like that . . . well, I’m not the usual sort of pastor, I guess.

  11. @ Paul M
    Unless I had a time machine that went back to the ’40s/’50s (maybe as far up as the ’70s) why ever would I wish to visit NYC today (Manhattan, anyway and I used to walk and take the subway all over Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens without the slightests qualm).
    Chicago – not on your nellie – can’t find a decent rye bread there – must be the lake water.
    @ LL
    Barlog. I’ve always been engrossed by new words. Balrog, prehaps? Were someone to say, “Youve read the Trilogy a dozen times!” I’d tell him, “Perhaps you might be underestimating the number a bit.”
    Modified Paintball Guns:
    I’ve had a carry license in the (two) recent states in which I’ve resided over the past 30 years (right now I’m just waiting for De Santis to OK/push for “open carry”); I’ve never yet felt the need to use it. Prior to that I lived/worked in Manhattan for ~50 years. I never felt the need to carry a lethal weapon there either; I think a lot of New Yorkers grow up with SA; most of us (straight, white males) just seem to avoid/don’t go looking for those types of circumstances that would require one.
    If I begin to feel the need, I would never burden myself with a non-lethal deterrent; if a person/animal is determined/high on something, I’d sooner take my chances to stop/drop it (it in both cases) with a 10mm or a .45.
    BTW: I’ve known people who carry tranquilizing-dart propelling devices in NYC. No thanks!

    • True…MrsPaulM – despite being a ranch type gal and before a permanent move to Colorado – did business in Boston, NYC, Philly, Seatttle (Redmond), and grew up outside of Chicago…her memories of places and walks around while there are what we prefer to remember. Take for example the beginning of You’ve Got Mail, or It Could Happen To You, the Chicago city walk in The Lake House, and a host of other movies…all that is gone. We did a trip on Black Friday to NYC after Thanksgiving with family in PA, took the train from Philly to Penn Station…walked all day. Went to all the pre-Christmas places, Central Park, and went to the top of the Empire State Bldg which I hadn;t done since I was a kid on some field trip. Got to eat lunch at Carnegie Deli..which is now gone after The Lockdown destroyed the business.

      Everything the Left touches it wrecks….they disallow traditions or fun with their demented behavior. Cities are dead to me.

  12. The link ‘Hidden Cities’ goes to a facebook page that says ‘This content isn’t available right now’. What was it about?
    Thank you.

  13. Pyramids. Very interesting. Looking at society today and how it is breaking down it seems almost reasonable that there were advanced civilizations in the past that were very advanced and then devolved for whatever reason.

    Currently reading “Broken Toys” and it is good, I will look forward to “Hungry Ghosts”.

    I don’t like to fight but if driven to it why on God’s green Earth would I fight “fair”? If I am attacked then I believe my life is threatened and anything goes. Even in my far less educated mind than some of the other contributors to this blog it makes sense to aim for center mass. Warning shots don’t even make sense when you are out in the sticks and your opponent is a bear let alone when it is another person who has committing havoc on their mind.

  14. Regarding the whole Less-than-Lethal bullscat, well, it’s all bullscat.

    Yes, LtL works on normal people under normal situations, about 70% of the time. But… add booze or drugs or mental instability or physical instability or heightened excitement, well, the odd of working drop immensely. Like you’d be better off using a baseball bat than a pepper-ball gun or a taser or bear or person spray. Heck, beating them with the can of bear spray is often more effective than the actual spray.

    Seen it myself, directly.

    By the way, did you know that someone with messed up nerves due to disease or injury is practically immune to surface pain or even tasering?

    You may say “Well, cops use pepper-ball guns and they work.” And you’re right. Paintballers shoot around 300fps. Coply paintball guns shoot as high as 600fps, and the delivery balls are harder, whether compressed powder or liquid delivery capsules, so a lot of the reason coply air-guns work is they do deep tissue pain when they hit.

    Crowd dispersal gas? Often it’s more dangerous to the cops than the supposed recipients.

    Same with all Less-than-Lethal methods. They… don’t… work.

    Save yourself. Move someplace you can use a friggin gun and blow the punk away.

  15. As to winging a suspect instead of dirt-napping them with a central nervous system hit or a heart-lung hit, well, no, just… no.

    Only in very few incidents does specific marksman shots used to hit a weapon or such works.

    Remember, the first rule of hostage is it sucks to be a hostage.

    Want to stop someone, sure, shoot their arm or leg. with a 3lb field cannon, or a flint-lock musket at close range (as the ‘slow’ but big musket ball has a lot a lot of stopping power…)

    But, mostly, blow the person away. There is no overkill, only fire.

  16. Pyramids- Is it plausible we are taking modern science, mathematics, and a much more advanced natural world understanding and applying it into the rearview…attributes that are unwarranted, thus creating an answer to the big mystery? Ten thousand (or more) slaves can do a lot in 27 years building some tomb wrapped in cut blocks drug from a distance…no aliens needed. Plus, Giza, almost 4600 years ago, was vastly different than some sandy place.

    Then again, the Egyptians may have had celestial and mathematical knowledge (eg. The Golden Ratio) that we will never know the extent. But this also begs the question, why such a huge gap in societal structure and advancement from then until, say, the 15th century? Giza and others lost to the sands of time, that’s something you could really build upon if they were as knowledgeable as some suggest.

  17. *Saint Thomas Aquinas, the schoolman, attempted to reconcile faith and philosophy, church and science.

    Any person who finds conflict speaks in ignorance or malice, either being too literal in his interpretation of scripture or too hasty in calling the ever-changing guesswork of science factual. It is to be noted that true Churchmen and true scientists themselves see no such conflict nor appearance of conflict.

    Excellent sermon.


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