The Brandon Administration is not concerned about the two million illegal aliens who have swarmed across the US Southern Border. They ARE concerned about YOU –

(Law Enforcement Today) The definition coming out of DC keeps changing but the Department of Homeland Security is concerned about …you. DHS – read the whole thing.

“The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories.”

The problem with conspiracy theories over the past few years is that they have turned out to be accurate. Even the crazy ones that one shucks off as to fantastic to be believed.  The USGOV line on almost anything seems to be predicated on fantasy at best and calculated propaganda at worst.

Peaceful protest is now labeled as “insurrection” and BLM/Antifa riots resulting in murder, arson and the destruction of billions in private property is encouraged.

DHS needs to flush out its headgear and decide where the danger to America is coming from here in Obama’s third term in office.

 

Meme-of-the-Day

 

Drone Wars – Commentary

Claudio brought this article to my attention. While I am acutely aware of what small drones can do, there are a world of things that limit them. Flight time and wind for a start, make small battery-powered vertical lift drones ineffective as artillery spotters unless we’re talking spotting for short-range mortars. Even if you swarm them for survivability, they still have to get five or ten or twenty miles and the battery tech just isn’t there. Winged drones have a longer range but they can’t pop up and down and have the limitations of stalling and powered turns that are common to all winged aircraft.

To get the range you need a different power source and internal combustion engines are hot. The heat bloom in a winter environment means that sensors can track them easily and then their demise is just arithmetic. They need to fly higher than vertical lift drones to avoid trees and obstructions and when they see you, you see them.

I realize that they are the “new threat” but they won’t be for long. The article brings up man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) like the SA-24 Igla-S and SA-25 Verba. Yeah, they’re. effective and they work against aircraft engaging ground targets within their threat envelope. They are cheap and F-35’s – the USAF’s go-to for close ground support (they hate the Warthog) are dramatically expensive.

The Russians have always loved artillery. The USA loves counter-battery fire. Can the Russians shoot and scoot fast enough to avoid the 155mm time-on-target barrage? Maybe not, but they’re Russians. They rely on numbers of tubes to save them. Maybe they’re right?

 

Quote of the Day

 

WC24 “Command Reconnaissance Car,” built to provide transportation and communications for staff officers on the battlefield. – for WSF.

I recommend the Mercedes-Benz W31 G4 instead simply because it has a certain panache that the Dodge lacks.

 

Roman Ship Building

Unlike the Greeks or the Carthaginians, the Romans were not traditionally seafaring people. They were mostly land-based people who learned to build military and merchant ships from the people that they conquered. Sailing the seas was often considered un-Roman and even the Roman navy never acquired the status of a fully autonomous branch of the Roman military.

Building ships in the ancient world relied mostly on rules of thumb and inherited techniques rather than science. Early shipbuilders built the outer hull first, then proceeded with the frame and the rest of the ship while the planks forming the outer hull were sewn together. Building a ship (that would not sink) starting from the outer hull was quite a difficult task and required a lot of experience.

From the sixth century BC onwards, the locked mortise and tenon method rather than the sewing method was used to join the planks together, and starting from the first centuries AD, Mediterranean shipbuilders shifted to another shipbuilding method which consisted of building the ship starting from the frame and then proceeding with the hull and the rest of the ship. This shipbuilding method (frame first, hull, then rest of the ship) is still the method being used today to build modern ships. It is more systematic and allowed the Romans to build ships on an almost industrial scale.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve wondered about the numbers of illegal immigrants in the USA. I keep finding the claim of 11 million, but as far as I can tell that’s been the number for the last 30+ years. It’d have to be at least double that by now surely?

    As for drones, I can’t see them lasting long against dedicated AA platforms like the Tunguska or Flakpanzer Gepard. The vulnerability will be the drivers, they might be able to sit a continent away but they still need to sleep etc. and a nation can have more reach than an insurgency. All sorts of questions that I’m sure will be answered in how to counter them.

    • The Brandon Regime’s open border policy led to a couple million more illegal aliens in the US and the shell game by which the government flies them around at night complicates the math even more because the activity is “secret”. 20 million or 30 million? I have no idea.

      Small drones have a lot of limitations but defense contractors get the green light to build platforms to destroy them – it’s profitable. The higher flying drones need a more sophisticated solution if you plan to counter them but it’s apples/oranges. You’re right. Something like a flakpanzer would make short work of intruding drones.

    • Yale University and MIT published in 2018 that the number of illegal aliens in the US was “up to 22 million”. A subsequent Yale study claimed 19 million. My takeaway from this is that the actual number is north of 30 million.

      But 11 million it is. Certain numbers are canonical, fixed and immutable. Questioning them is a Hate Crime. This is the case in much of the EU. And the Great Satan of Russia, for that matter. (The USA are no longer the great satan. We are now the Great Seitan, a wholly plant-based meat substitute.)

      • As I wrote (below), Costco wanted $75 for two t-bones yesterday. I’ll have to start poaching elk that wander onto my property at that price. Yes, I know that the move is to move us to vat-grown mean or bean curd, shaped like a steak. Killing an elk is not a hate crime if it’s an albino elk.

        • It’s not poaching if nobody finds out about it. Just like dealing with Revenuers, the Three S’s is the correct way to deal with it.

          Having a secret room where your spare freezers are (or even a hidden freezer room) is the key. And for God’s sake, don’t keep any heads or skins around. For heads and bones, dispose of down old mines. For the skins, salt and send to a good leather works or do it yourself. Or get rid of them down old mines also…

  2. The Mercedes’ staff car is Johan Sebastian Bach compared to the John R. Cash power wagon, but we weren’t having a dance off! Dwight D. Eisenhower presidential library, museum, and the final resting place of Ike, has Erwin Rommel’s leather hemorrhoid pad and seat cushion. To the victor’s go the spoils.

  3. Located in Abilene Kansas, fabled cowtown and end of the Chisholm trail. Gateway to real America on interstate 70, Ike’s second greatest gift to the country he loved, after winning the war in Europe. A feat he never took credit for.

      • Make time for the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field in Topeka while you’re at it, they have some unusual stuff. Couple other air/military museums adjacent to it as well.

  4. i was watching flight tracker the other night, better than tv. i live in the take off path of a small commercial airport. i saw a plane with a weird call sign and no other info take off, roa7147. at 11,000 feet it disappeared from radar, assume they turned off the transponder. military doesn’t use that airport. it was a huge aircraft, taking illegals to new york? who the heck is allowed to go dark in a busy flight path?

    • Only criminals would strangle the parrot over the US in busy airspace.

      I would like to think that they’d all be held accountable one day. Maybe up yonder, but not here on the Third Rock.

  5. DHS is an entity specifically designed to subvert the Constitution, no surprise they are turning on the people they are professing to protect while requiring us to pay for the privilege of our rights filching…it is what tyrants and their propaganda media arm do when getting desperate as their multi-pronged charade crumbles. Ottawa is exposing the “leadership” frauds for what they are, losers who gained power.

    Joe Biden was always a fool, a mentally challenged grifter who somehow managed to worm his way to the top of the DC crap pile. He is not the actual threat, it’s the people behind him hiding in the shadows who are, and they are in panic-mode, which makes them more dangerous in the short term.

    Drone Shooting will become the new rural sport as TPTB have expanded their illegal spying over the years, even going so far as examining photos of “roofs” to determine if a new building exists that might not have a permit. All about the money, what they call ”revenue”.

    • People are engaged in their everyday lives, going to school, working, raising children, finding love, building and growing a business, caring for the family – all that. Politics is often ignored because it’s just one more thing and there are so many components from the school board to the local city council, the sheriff, county supervisors, and various state mandarins. The federal bureaucracy is Byzantine in the extreme. It expands itself out of “need” to the point where we are today where 42% of Americans in the private sector currently support the 58% of government apparatchiks. The ratio gets larger every year. Congress votes itself benefits and pay every year without our ability to call a stop to it. They engage in insider trading, take large cash bribes and who will stop them? The FBI? hahahahahaha.

      • I’m still waiting on my free N95 as promised, have some woodworking projects to finish up. Yet these imbeciles can’t even do the simplest of tasks. Then again, I’m not inner city so maybe us rural folks don’t get a free mask or pipe, we just get to pay for the folly. I guess they really do know we’re self-sufficient.

        Time to ignore them, marginalize their bad influence…like the imbecilic Boston mayor who had no idea people didn’t like her. Is she not magnificent? Only in her own deluded mind. Reality bites…hard.

        • I went to Costco yesterday to buy animal flesh for the Super. Bowl BBQ. 2 T-bones – $75.00. It’s not that I didn’t have the scratch. I simply refuse to pay that for two steaks. Let’s go Brandon!

          • According to The Angry Red Head Spokesperson it’s the cattle rancher producers fault, or the farmers, or now, truckers. Yeah right…labeled hero’s to villain’s inside of 3 months by these cheats.

  6. Regarding staff cars, here’s a funny story: I was in London years ago and went to visit the Imperial War Museum. Inside the main entrance stood Lord Bernard Law Montgomery’s staff car. With me was my friend, Lou who co-piloted a B-17 in the Eighth Air Force in WWII. He called to our group, “Hey guys come look at this. This is the staff car in which General Montgomery single-handedly won the Second World War.” The Brits nearby were not amused.

    • A narcissist of Biblical proportions, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery would have agreed with Lou and would have set about explaining why that was true.

  7. Thank you for the thought. Looking at the M-B W31 64, two thoughts immediately come to mind. What is the turning radius? Where do you find parts and people who can work on it? The WC 24 is mechanically the same as a M 37, a vehicle I’ve considerable personal experience using and maintaining. Camp commander’s ride down? Not a good image.

    I’m sure the Transportation Corps would find drones useful in scouting the roads ahead for ambushes.

    The idea of push button warfare is appealing to those unwilling to get their hands dirty. The grunts on the ground are the ones who will decide the finial outcome, IMO. Always have and always will.

    • Your status as a camp commandant means that if it takes 3 mechanics and 2 machinists to keep your ride rolling – that’s what it takes.

      • Seems the slaves Germany employed during WWII did a lot of sabotage. The three mechanics and two machinists, no matter how many beatings, would likely do the same.

        One story out of France during that period was inaccurate markings on the oil dipsticks along with imperfect seals causing the engines to seize during use.

    • Somebody is sitting at Creech AFB in a trailer, trying to ride out the hangover from the night before in Vegas, wondering if he caught a social disease while he’s weaving through all that civilian flight traffic.

    • Maybe 20 yrs ago when drone ops in CONUS began, a large area was designated a Special Use Airspace (SUA) for drone testing. Not only was the area much larger than I thought need be, a VFR and IFR flyway ran through the SUA. Even an approach corridor to a Class B airport penetrated a portion of the horizontal and vertical dimensions if the SUA.

      Given that no chase planes twere required and drones had about 15* forward view, a special note wss made that non-participating pilots must heighted their see & avoid duty. Yeah, it was all jacked up. It is as if the FAA ignored the public comments in the NPRM process. Who knew.

      Anyway, about three years later there I was transiting a corner of the SUA. Nah, the airspace is huge, I’m only clipping a corner. What are the odds a drone will be at my alt and location and at this specfic moment? I scan to the right and lo, it is RIGHT THERE! about 1/2 mile, same alt, same directon slightly converging. Thanks for the heads up, ATC.

  8. Do drones carry MAD? Perhaps the better question is with respecy to the size required for sufficient payload to carry MAD. Or, what is lightest weight/smallest dimensions of MAD instrumentation.

    Maybe five years ago I worked the numbers several different ways to conclude their are more illegal aliens within the U.S. than there are citizens of African ethnicity.

    Re: limitations of manuverrabiliy of fixed wing aircraft.
    I may be wrong but I do not see +9/-6 G and 720+ roll rate as limitations. I have no specific airframe in mind, those are values common among various airframes. Just look at purpose-built aerobatic civilian aircraft.

    Sleep requirements of ground-based pilots is not a limitation since pilots work shifts. Say, five pilots could keep a drone aloft indefinitely. It is fueling, maintenance, load-out requirements which are limiting factors.

    • Big drones. Big targets.

      Little drones, little payloads, short range, weather limitations.

      I’m not anti-drone.

      In the trailer you have a pilot, co-pilot, mission commander and somebody to fetch lunch. And the ground crew wherever it lands.

  9. The staff car item got me thinking about camping/getaway vehicles.
    For many years I have considered repurposing a military truck for private use.
    Candidates included Volvo C303, “Sugga,” Pinzgauer, Dodge WC/Carryall, M37 and similar. These were ultimately rejected for various reasons.
    Next up, Van conversions, Wagoneer, Suburbans and Pickup trucks- abundant and familiar. I found the 4WD Suburban suited my needs.
    First was a ’56 Chevy Panel w/ Napco 4WD. It was kinda rough, not too bad.
    Then a ’65 K10 Sub, a definite step up.
    Later, a ’71 K20 Sub- even better. 300K on the clock when I sold it a few years ago.

    Meanwhile I had acquired my current project, an AWD Vanagon Syncro. (Kept the ’71 Sub because I wasn’t too sure how the VW would pan out.) Layout, access, comfort and fuel economy are superior to the previous trucks. Maintenance and repairs are a distinct challenge due to unconventional German Engineering, further complicated by a Subaru engine conversion.
    Quite happy with this one so far.

    • Surprisingly, consider a school bus. They are designed more heavy-duty than most other road vehicles, have good ground clearance (even with cargo boxes underneath,) have decent power ratio (but most are geared or locked out for higher speeds, gears can be changed and lockouts can be removed.) Lots of interior space even without raising the roof (there’s whole videos and webpages dealing with adding from 6″ to 3′ of extra height.)

      Other than that, your typical MilSurp vehicle requires a scaling ladder to those of us over the age of 50. Like two and three story houses, something to consider when getting older is “How the Hell am I going to get up into and get down from that Thing?”

      School busses have that nice set of stairs, and you can get ones with a wheelchair lift (or, hmmm, a cargo lift, usually maxed out to between 600-800lbs of payload. That’s a lot of ammo or beans or, well, elk you can lift at one time. And also useful if you or yours are sporting wheels.)

      • Schoolies are also good for sneaking out the guzzoline (in drums) while your mercenary ex-road cop fights The Humongous and his gang.

        • School buses are surprisingly capable vehicles.

          The new ones have really good brakes, but the older ones don’t have the diesel-emissions garbage that makes them work badly, and also, sadly, CANBUS to also make them work badly. The accessory electrics tend to be garbage too, but most of that doesn’t apply to conversions and can just come out. I recommend avoiding the IH 6 liter diesels.

          There must (might?) be some perfect year with the good brakes but not yet the emissions / CANBUS crap, but I don’t know it. I just drive them for work, I don’t own one.

          -Kle.

          P.S. – the minis are generally worse, but some of them are 4WD. Never seen a 4WD fullsize, yet.

          • I saw one at Walnut Canyon NP a few years ago.
            Built on a retired IHC school bus w/ a truck cab and passenger door for access to living quarters. 4WD conversion by owner, interior was set up like a motorhome with mix-and-match takeout cabinets, beds, galley etc.
            Aux tanks for fuel and water, and a generator and gas heater were mounted below the body, forward of the rear dual wheels. A sturdy-looking ladder was attached for access to roof rack, and a rollout awning completed the package.
            Body was still in rough shape- it was a work in progress.
            But it looked impressive and capable, well equipped for dry camping for a family of four.
            The effect was something like this:
            https://mbs.mercedes-benz.com/en/special-trucks/allterrain-mobile-homes.html

            It was quite a contrast to my Syncro.
            Wish I had taken some pictures.

            I have also seen a few 4WD search and rescue-type ambulances repurposed for camping.

            And:
            http://real4x4.com/Volvo303.shtml

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