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Where Empires go to die.

Soviet BTR-152 is being used as a support pillar for a footbridge in Afghanistan, in the 1990s.

 

AK-105  Zenitco

 

Bullet Points:

** It’s JUST not for homosexuals anymore – The data suggested that most of the individuals who had been fully vaccinated would develop full-blown vaccine-induced acquired immunodeficiency syndrome by the end of the month.

** Russian Allies? Belarus’s armed forces could face widespread desertion from conscripts should the country’s strongman leader, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, order an invasion of Ukraine, a former senior law enforcement official said. Ukraine is preparing for the possibility of a new, large-scale offensive by Russian forces early in the new year. Russia continues to amass troops in neighboring Belarus, a country that Moscow has used as a launching ground to attack Ukraine. Thus far, Belarusian forces have not joined Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S.-based think tank, said Russian forces are clearly using Belarusian military infrastructure, including bases, supply chains, and railroads, but that there is no indication that Russian forces are starting to position themselves for offensive operations in Belarus. Right now Vladimir Putin is working his options.

** Texas StrongTexas announced Monday that the state government hauled in a record-setting budget surplus of $32.7 billion that topped the forecasted surplus by $6 billion. I can only guess that LSP paid his back taxes.

** After being able to obtain large numbers of Western tanks (potentially up to 175 so far, including M1 Abrams, Challenger 2, and Leopard 2 tanks), Ukrainian negotiations are now focusing on the supply of Western fighter aircraft and something might already be in motion. In fact, on Jan. 24, Colonel Yuriy Ignat, the speaker of the Ukrainian Air Force, said that cooperation in this area is being actively discussed. (H/T Claudio) More here on F-16s

** Let’s go Brandon!

** Fang Fang go bang bang…  Beginning in 2012 Congressman Eric Swalwell(D-CA) had a sexual relationship with Chinese spy and honeypot Fang Fang. He remained on the House Intelligence Committee until recently.

** Final drive for the 60cm Karl Gerat SPG

 

Identify the Tank

Yes, there is writing on the side of the tank…a hint?

 

Past and Present

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Excerpts from Ryotaro Horiuchi:

The Samurai still live in today’s Japan.

In the Soma region of Fukushima prefecture, there is a traditional Samurai festival called “Soma Nomaoi”, which is said to have continued for more than 1000 years. At the festival, the descendants of the Samurai continue to protect their culture in parallel with living their current lives.

Today they have the same strict hierarchical relationships and rank system that they used to, and they have a strong sense of protecting their general. Before the modern era, “Samurai” was a profession in itself but now they all have their modern profession.

Nevertheless, the spirit of the Samurai is inherited from them.

Some are lucky to have armor that has been passed down in their family. But some purchase antique armor and repair it to make it to its unique and others custom order armor for themselves. Armor for them is more than an heirloom, it is a functional instrument, which acts as a tool to display their character.

They have been “preserving the traditions they should inherit” and “accepting the changes that come with the times” in parallel. With this effort, they pass down their culture by keeping it alive. The Samurai spirit living in them is indispensable for them to continue to be Samurai in today’s society.

32 COMMENTS

  1. Suppressed Immune System- So what WAS/IS in that Not-A-Vax to cause the reverse. Still pushing the 1984th Booster like we care. An The Fowch Mengele ” (AIDS being his start down the evil path) is trying escape the Wrath of Truth. Like we used to say about cop cars “Can’t outrun Motorola”…he might as well ‘off’ himself now and save us the rewrite history BS.

    Tejas- As long as the dopes moving from elsewhere don’t bring their whacked policies with them. (Note- Does not include all who have moved there, just the Lib’s)

    Fang Fang – First off, the name alone screams “Stay Away!”, proving that Swall-not-so-well ain’t too bright – OR MORE LIKELY – is one of the Speh-shall People being protected by The Machine…because…treason.

    We need some Samurai patrolling a few places…wonder how high the girly screams Antifa Punks could manage seeing one of those honorable warriors walking towards them with their Katana at the ready?

      • We just need USMC Scout Snipers to clean the nest at the scene and hunters to work their way up the ANTIFA chain of command and decapitate those who gave the orders, literally.

        • If in fact there were decapitation strikes I would like to say that most of us would be shocked where it ended up but that would be a lie. We probaby would not be surprised at all.

        • Yeah, cleaner and from a distance, minimizes close-in tension. What was that you guys were saying about “not hearing the sound because you’re already dead. After a few drop in their tracks from an unknown source the rest would run back to their mama’s basement posting on their Instagram how horrible it was…and subscribe to my page.

          • After a few get dropped the full power of the state will be brought to bear on finding those responsible. The press will, entirely by coincidence, all simultaneously run identical headlines and opinion pieces about how the glorious martyrs were sainted victims, as were all their ancestors and kin back unto the Creation. Extremely powerful advocacy groups will draft new Hate Crime laws that will be sponsored by politicians from (supposedly) all over the political spectrum, because they have deathly fear of the advocacy groups. In the blink of an eye, anti-Antifatism will be a Hate Crime. Failing to praise Antifa is of course anti-Antifatism.

          • They said: “Who is irked by the Law? Though we may not remove it.
            If he lend us his aid in this raid, we will set him above it!
            So the robber did judgment again upon such as displeased him,
            The slayer, too, boasted his slain, and the judges released him.

            Kipling, The City of Brass.
            They instructed the ruled to rebel, their rulers to aid them;
            And, since such as obeyed them not fell, their Viceroys obeyed them.
            When the riotous set them at naught they said: “Praise the upheaval!
            For the show and the world and the thought of Dominion is evil!”
            They unwound and flung from them with rage, as a rag that defied them,
            The imperial gains of the age which their forefathers piled them.

            It always goes back to the prophetic City of Brass.
            https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/city_of_brass.html

          • The fact good people have gotten to saying this as a recourse proves society is teetering over a very bad abyss.

    • Nah. Go Western Civilization, call in the Orders Militant and go full Deus Vult on their collectivist asses. Kill them all, God will know his own.

  2. AK-105 Zenitco. nice looking gun.
    I’m not sure about the 5.45×39 though.
    I still prefer the 7.62×39.
    And the AR pistol I have with that round is a hoot.
    Best of both worlds.

  3. Nice picture, LL. Thanks. And really nice armor, too.

    As to the Samurai, there is a big ‘reenactor’ movement in Japan. Like they reenact all the big samurai battles, thousands and tens of thousands. All for fun, dontcha know.

    I like the Japanese. They don’t have a problem accepting foreigners as long as the foreigners accept Japanese ways and don’t try to force non-Japanese ways on the Japanese.

    And it must be stated, way to go Communist China for forcing the Japanese to rearm and think about possibly taking back all their lost land. Xi and his boys only have themselves to blame for the new Rising Sun.

    • Every time the Japanese buy a new weapons system, decide to build licensed F-35s, or lay down another hull for an aircraft carrier, I laugh. Xi and his minions keep shooting themselves in the foot.

    • “ Japanese. They don’t have a problem accepting foreigners…”

      Of course they have a problem accepting foreigners. They just have good enough manners to conceal it (mostly) for social purposes. But trust me, they really really wouldn’t want you moving in next door, or dating their daughters.

          • An old friend and his wife met while working in Japan in the 1980s as English language instructors. When they moved back home to the US, they spent a day at the international terminal arrivals gate (I think it was SFO, but it might have been Sea-Tac), and whenever a flight from Japan arrived, they stood at the gate and greeted every Japanese with a bow and “konichi-wa, Gaijin-san”.

            The Japanese (overall) very much see the world in the sense of Humans (Japanese) and everyone else.

            -Kle.

      • What I meant was, foreigners coming in and have to become Japanese for all purposes.

        There are a lot of Anglos, specifically, who have moved to Japan and are accepted as long as they (the Anglos) do things correctly, like rebuilding houses, reaspecting the old people, taking care of the aunties and uncles that the new younger generation Japanese are leaving alone.

        Japan today isn’t the Japan of the 90’s. The countryside is emptying quickly and there are whole ghost towns that are 20-30% occupied. It’s so bad that people are just leaving houses and moving to the city and leaving the land to the prefecture, which now doesn’t have the tax base or the manpower to take care of all the abandoned properties. Think Detroit, but nicer. But an abandoned house is an abandoned house.

        Big change in culture in the last 20 years. Crazy change in culture.

        You can see it in their anime. Lots of them are pushing HARD for having and raising children, for forming ‘family’ groups of non-related people in order to create support structure and such.

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