He grappled with the Original Chines Balloon…they’re larger now. And he’s not #6.


In Memorium

In my own quiet way, I’m happy that he didn’t have to see 2023. Sorry for his children, his wife, and his tribe who lost his companionship.


Bullet Points:

** Targeting Catholics – Chris Wray’s FBI sent out a memo warning agents of the dangerous ‘radical traditionalist Catholic ideology’ that was gaining popularity in the country. The memo was posted at UncoverDC.com by former FBI special agent Kyle Seraphin.

** If you don’t stand behind me, by all means, feel free to stand in front of me. (God loves a bullet sponge)

** Do you remember when Joe Biden promised that people making less than $400,000 a year wouldn’t pay more in taxes on his watch? He’s said it many times, and it’s been proven false before. But the promise truly reeks of hypocrisy, considering that the Internal Revenue Service has proposed a new reporting program that will target workers who receive tips.

** Fetterman Falls – Will the wife will take his place as planned?

** From John Coffey: I thought you would like to see this.  The skill it takes to do this on a moving ship is amazing. John

This feather from 1898 illustrates a mariner tradition to paint messages on feathers during long voyages.

** Missions

** How Ukraine ranks:

1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores;

2nd place in Europe and 10th place in the world in terms of titanium ore reserves;

2nd place in the world in terms of explored reserves of manganese ores (2.3 billion tons, or 12% of the world’s reserves);

2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world (30 billion tons);

2nd place in Europe in terms of mercury ore reserves;

3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in shale gas reserves (22 trillion cubic meters)

4th in the world by the total value of natural resources;

7th place in the world in coal reserves (33.9 billion tons)

Ukraine is an agricultural country:

1st in Europe in terms of arable land area;

3rd place in the world by the area of black soil (25% of world’s volume);

1st place in the world in exports of sunflower and sunflower oil;

2nd place in the world in barley production and 4th place in barley exports;

3rd largest producer and 4th largest exporter of corn in the world;

4th largest producer of potatoes in the world;

5th largest rye producer in the world;

5th place in the world in bee production (75,000 tons);

8th place in the world in wheat exports;

9th place in the world in the production of chicken eggs;

16th place in the world in cheese exports.

Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people.

Ukraine is an industrialized country:

1st in Europe in ammonia production;

2-е Europe’s and 4th largest natural gas pipeline system in the world (142.5 bln cubic meters of gas throughput capacity in the EU);

3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants;

3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km);

3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of locators and locating equipment;

3rd largest iron exporter in the world

4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world;

4th world’s largest manufacturer of rocket launchers;

4th place in the world in clay exports

4th place in the world in titanium exports

8th place in the world in exports of ores and concentrates;

9th place in the world in exports of defense industry products;

10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

Source: Andriy Futey

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Ukrainian World Congress – Свiтовий Конґрес Українців


Yeah, it is like that sometimes…




  1. I wonder what the SEAL community thought about Jesse Ventura continuing his lawsuit against Chris Kyle after the man was dead. I really don’t know that much about the facts of the case but seems like it takes a special kind of personality to go after widows and orphans.

  2. All those resources ready to be dug up or grown up. Kinda reminds me of all the stories about all those resources in Afghanistan and we can’t just up and leave.

  3. Shapiro will plug in who they really wanted once they place Fetterman on medical incapacity leave, proving the PA Dems knew all along the man was incompetent but wanted the spot to maintain Senate control.

    The plan is to watch American Sniper over the Super Bowl today…same snacks, more patriotism, no inane commercials, and will likely get dusty in the room at the end as “real” has that affect on decent people.

  4. Ventura.. I was living in Minnesota when he was elected governor.
    Three things stand out.
    #1 The debates, he answered the questions, the Uniparty guys talked about the questions without actually answering it. That was a “wow” moment!
    #2 The election itself. (Back then they could count the votes a LOT faster than today). The LOOK on the professional politicians faces as they came out from behind a closed door after Ventura was declared the winner. Shocked it the best I can do….
    #3. During his term, if it was important to the Uniparty, they overrode his veto and the money went where they wanted it to go.

    They should have kept him out of the debates…

  5. The future. My dad was not a warrior or staunch conservative, just a regular guy who served his country in WWII. One day in his later years, he remarked that he could see where things were headed and that he was glad he wouldn’t be around to see it. At the time I chalked it up to his being tired. That was some 40 odd years ago.

    Balloons. Frank Luke Jr. has been a hot topic of late.

  6. If I had to guess, Russia needs the Ukraine, whether it’s inhabited, or not. I’d, also, guess controlling the region is more than just a whim of Putin. With the patriotism of the Russian people, lack of necessary items, and the propaganda that is probably closer to truth than not, things will become very ugly in the late Spring and early Summer.

  7. I don’t tip any more , I directly hand my server cash and explain its not a tip ,it’s a gift and gifts are not taxable per the tax code. I get hugs for that. I also tell a couple of folks to stop tipping as I leave.

    • Keith, great idea that I should have thought of. I was just tipping in cash but this is even better. Thanks for mentioning it.

    • Thank you; never considered tip/gift in that way. I’ve always tipped my server in cash, but never mentioned that it was a gift rather than a tip (non-t vs. t); unfortunately it seems some states impute (I think I’m using the word correctly) a taxable tip income based upon receipts (just like the NYC tax commission did to the cab drivers several years back), not discounting the amount given to the maître d’ and busboy.

    • On the rare occasions I eat out I pay with a credit card. Usually the printout has a line for a tip. I always cross it out having left cash on the table.

  8. Frank Luke Jr. had to face massive AAA and enemy fighters, so much that WW1 balloon hunting was considered a suicide mission. A Great American, on par with Chris Kyle.

  9. Looking at your listings of resources in the Ukraine, is it any wonder why Russia wants it back and has been trying since they signed it away in 1994?

    Have we (the US) been rather stupid over the Uke? Yes. Are we right in supporting Uke independence and territorial sovreignity? Yes again. Do I wish we had better leadership (oh, like Trump) in control? Yes. Dammit. For all the evils of Ukraine, the corruption, the neo-Nazis and all that, the whole war/invasion thing has always been and always will be a land grab for Russia, in combination with a religious schism following the breaking-away of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Russian Orthodox Church, of which Putin views himself as the Holy Russian Emperor of. So the breakaway is a personal affront to Putin.

    Yeah, resources and religion. There’s not going to be an easy resolution or a quick resolution over the Uke.

  10. Regarding balloon warfare, it’s always been hard for a plane to shoot down a balloon. War balloons, either powered or unpowered, are rather big, and do not pop like a carnival balloon. They’ll leak, slowly, from all the teeny tiny holes shot into them by attacking planes. And then there’s the whole issue of where will all those bullets fall afterwards?

    Whether shooting observation balloons, barrage balloons, rigid airships or blimps, it is difficult. Differences in speed, altitude and size all cause some serious issues.

    Your best chance is to destroy the damned things on the ground before they launch. But that’s a can of worms our current crop of leadership idiots are too stupid to approach correctly.

    • During WW1 the AA guns fused their ammunition for balloon height because attacking aircraft had to come in generally level with the balloon (firing .30 cal) with short-range guns. They were kill boxes.

    • In WWI, tracer and incendiary ammo was expressly developed for aerial use, against both balloons and and cloth covered doped airplanes.
      It wasn’t the holes that got them, it was the resulting fire.
      I don’t know how flammable modern balloon materials are.

  11. Funny, the Catholics that are being targeted by the FBI are the very same that think Pelosi and Biden aren’t ‘good’ catholics over their support of abortion. That think the current pope isn’t really very pope-ish. That think that Mother Church has turned into a leftist collectivist piece of dogsqueeze. That think 5-6 collections during Mass are excessive. That hate the politics that are being preached from the pulpet.

    Hmmmm… Yet another list I’m on, I guess.

      • Lists are good, except when my mom would say, “They are on my list” (you didn’t want to be there), like the list I made Friday for the coming week with a line item, “Monday: Cancel current insurance company policies” (that doesn’t want my business after 20 years as a loyal customer due to “social inflation and climate change”).

        The ‘GWGB’ companies and sports franchise list is getting longer.


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