Natter

German BA 349 “Natter” vertical take-off rocket-powered interceptor, essentially a manned surface-to-air missile. Launching on its first and only test flight resulting in the death of the test pilot, March 1, 1945.  I wonder if Camala (Ho) ever wanted to become a test pilot?

 

No More Mean Tweets – but…

Israel is on fire, war in the middle east, Major US pipeline hacked, price of everyday goods is skyrocketing, Russia is massing troops on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine is threatening to take Crimea back by force. China is threatening Taiwan and its neighbors while also threatening our ships and Navy. N Korea is testing missiles again and restarting its nuclear weapons program. Iran has been emboldened and making more than their normal threats.

Our southern border is a humanitarian disaster caused directly by this administration, and the administration that promised transparency is hiding it and not letting the media have access. Ford is closing a plant and moving it to Mexico after just bringing it back from Mexico because of the current Administration’s plan for Increased taxes.

Price of steel up 145%,

Lumber 126%,

Wheat up 25%,

Food index up 25%,

Cotton up 35%,

Silver up 38%,

Copper up 50%,

Soybeans up 71%,

Oil up 80%,

$1.9 trillion in stimulus that funds the administration’s pet projects and only paid a fraction to the people.

$29 trillion in debt with $4.8 trillion projected 2021 deficit before the $2 trillion dollar stimulus proposed today for the new green deal.

9+% unemployment with millions of job openings that can’t be filled because federal unemployment assistance makes it more advantageous for people to stay home than work.

Elections have consequences.

 

What about a few maps?

 

 

It’s interesting that Florida – obviously a Southern State – doesn’t have more southern orientation based on this mapping demographic study.

 

Brood X cicadas – where they will be emerging in 2021 after a 17 year feeding underground.

 

Texans love their Counties

 

French-speaking population by neighborhood in Canada’s National Capital Region.

 

Canada and US have nice parts and dangerous parts…

 

Pass the Biscuits and Gravy

 

Looking for Heaven

A man and his dog were walking along a road…

The man was enjoying the scenery when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.

He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.

It looked like fine marble.

At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out,

“Excuse me, where are we?” “This is Heaven, sir,” the man answered. “Wow! Would you happen to have some water? the man asked.

“Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.”

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

“Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler asked.

“I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.”

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.

There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

“Excuse me!” he called to the man. “Do you have any water?”

“Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in.”

“How about my friend here?” The traveler gestured to the dog.

“There should be a bowl by the pump,” said the man. They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

“What do you call this place?” the traveler asked. “This is Heaven,” he answered. “Well, that’s confusing,” the traveler said. “The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.’”

“Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s Hell.”

“Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?

“No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.”

 

Roxy – Pitbull Terrier

Roxy is my daughter, Heather’s, dog.  She’s a sweetheart. The above was dedicated to her. She hasn’t crossed the rainbow bridge or anything. She’s just a neat dog.

34 COMMENTS

  1. What a lovely story, and Roxy looks lovely.

    Very close to me is Newstead Abbey where the infamous poet Lord Byron lived. He buried his Newfoundland there underneath a giant urn and he wrote a tribute / epitaph that is inscribed there. It’s incredibly moving and accurate.
    You can read it here:
    https://poets.org/poem/epitaph-dog

    • There is a lot of culture where you live that can be tapped into for inspiration. And there are the wolves, to validate what is written…and if they don’t like it, they’ll simply eat their detractors.

  2. Are those tunnels so weak that surface bombing would take them out, or were the Israelis using bunker buster specials?
    Grew up on a farm, and got to witness dogs being dumped in the country because they were no longer CUTE puppies. The thought of those people being screened out has a immense appeal.

    • I think that it’s like gunite or something similar. Even with rebar, they’ll fold if they’re hit hard enough. But what I think that Israel is doing is entombing the PLO people by blowing up the entrances. Maybe they can dig out, maybe the air will run out first? They’re clandestine tunnels, so doing the sensible thing – running shafts to the surface for escape and ventilation – is something they don’t do.

      Dropping a daisy-cutter onto a tunnel will collapse it, but there are lots of tunnels, some of them running through Israel. The daisy-cutter will also destroy plumbing, cable, gas lines, etc. As a result, I don’t think that’s the plan.

  3. A man can have many “Best Friends”, nicest thing they all do is wag their tails. I would need many bowls had I come upon the man leaning against the tree.

  4. Pebbles gets a fresh bowl of water at least daily. I’ll brush her off if she wants her meals early, but when the water bowl gets down to about 25%, I refill it immediately.

    Your story reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode “The Hunt”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunt_(The_Twilight_Zone)

    “You see, Mr. Simpson, a man, well, he’ll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the Devil can’t fool a dog!”

    Pit bulls / American Staffordshire Terriers, are great dogs. Very loving, playful, loyal, and protective.

    They’re kinda like the USMC….they can be your best friend, or your worst nightmare…..

  5. Tonights movie, The Marksman (Liam Neeson),…preview comes on, ”Songbird” about…I kid you not…the fictional Covid-23 Pandemic that kills 50% at an accelerated rate. Made last year.

    Unreal what the Left will unleash on the public to foment panic and chaos.

    • The progs would like to see 50% of the people die because that’s how they roll. They’re the same type of folks (maybe reincarnated Nazi prison camp guards) who gassed helpless Jews. They can’t help themselves. That’s the essence of woke.

      • Even had re-education camps in the trailer…movie was from last May. They’re insane. But those numbers you cite could double in the next 6-8 months, then when inflation hits from the idiots printing money…the collapse will be imminent. Elections do matter…but no longer can they be trusted unless old style paper ballots are brought back. Look at AZ with the verification; if it was above board then why the big fight from the Dem’s? Maybe they are worried this will be the chink in the election armor.

        Dogs…had a lot of good ones. Have two great ones. They don’t lie about a persons character. I’ve used that anecdote in a sermon, a great illustration to maintain awareness and discernment and honor. Thank you for the reminder.

  6. Let’s consider whether TX has an excess of counties as compared to other states. Here is the mean size (in square miles) of each county for some selected states, if you simply divided total state area by number of counties.

    S #C T.Area MeanCountyArea
    AZ 15 113998 7600
    CA 58 163696 2822
    CO 64 104185 1628
    MA 14 10565 755
    MI 83 96716 1165
    NY 62 54556 880
    RI 5 1214 243
    TX 254 268597 1057

    There is probably a westward-increasing gradient of larger mean county sizes. Or this is a matter of age of the state, where older states have smaller counties. Probably both because age and west-ness are highly co-linear.

    Obviously I am trying to avoid the work I set out to do when sitting down at computer.

        • I’m supposed to be finishing a image acquisition-and-analysis protocol for what’s essentially a post-marketing registry study of a relatively new device used in a particular acute life-threatening medical condition. The initial study (multisite in-CONUS) had very good results in terms of both efficacy and safety, but that was with expert operators at leading hospitals. The goal now is to see how it performs at “average” hospitals, as well as to more fully evaluate the safety profile across a larger patient population.

  7. I just got back from Louisiana, yet again, for which I thank God that He sends me there frequently, and those people really know how to cook and eat in Acadiana. They start talking about what they’re gonna have for supper before they’re finished with lunch, and now I feel the need to fast for about a week. Thus is the obesity rate for Louisiana explained.

  8. Florida is mostly inhabited these days by people from NY, NJ and SE New England. Thus the “identity” thing. I find Arizona to be more peculiar on that map.

    That Federal Land thing is a real abomination, out West. The Feds made Homesteading into a real estate scam.

    -Kle.

  9. When I took Texas History in Austin I was taught that the number of counties was due to the desire to be able to ride to the county seat, conduct your business, and be back home the same day.

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