The Party’s Over

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Gatmastree –  take it down and put it back into the gun safe.


What Passes for Virtue (h/t. Mike_C)

Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in the United States, and part of the Boston metropolitan area. Brookline borders six of Boston’s neighborhoods: Brighton, Allston, Fenway–Kenmore, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury. It’s for everyone according to the sign… liar-liar.


Not the REAL Pedo Joe


Bullet Points:

* Democrat gun-grab policies have helped gun sales and individual gun ownership and concealed/open carry numbers explode. Government tyranny –or even hints of it–make everybody see why the Second Amendment was put in place.

* (The Intercept) A Conspiracy Theory? You be the judge.


In 1863, a man named Henry spent Christmas morning sitting next to his son’s hospital bed in Washington, DC.  He was perhaps looking back at the events that brought them both there.  Henry had spent the two years since the start of the American Civil War trying to convince his eldest son Charles not to join the Union Army.  While not ideologically opposed to the war, he didn’t want to risk his son dying.  Henry had already lost a daughter in her infancy, and Charles’s mother had died from a tragic fire shortly after the start of the war.  These two deaths undoubtedly weighed heavy on his mind, especially considering Henry had been through the pain of losing his first wife and child years before.

He did not want to see any more death, and so refused to allow his son to join the army.  It is not difficult to imagine an argument that might have erupted on a March night in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier that year which finally compelled the 19-year-old Charles to run away from home and join the Union army in Washington, DC.

Imagine what the last spoken words between Henry and Charles might have been like. What was the last thing he said to his son?  Charles left a note telling his father where he was going, and in a few short weeks, he earned himself an officer’s commission.  What pride and fear did Henry feel?

In a few months’ time, in late November, Henry’s fears were realized when Charles was struck by a bullet, gravely injuring him.  It wasn’t until December 1st that a message reached Cambridge that the young man had been taken to a military hospital in Washington, DC.  The distraught father immediately made arrangements and set out for the warring nation’s capital.

Once there, he is told that the bullet passed through his son, coming very close to his spine.  Even if Charles recovered from his initial injury, there is the looming threat of infection and disease so common in the Civil War.

And that is how we find him on Christmas morning in 1863, sitting at his son’s bedside.  The hospital ward is filled with other young men, some perhaps wounded more severely than Charles.  Imagine Henry listening to the tolling of the church bells as he sits at his son’s bedside, surrounded by wounded men.  Men who are, in his 56-year-old eyes, only children.  Men who have waged war and had war waged against them.  The tolling of Christmas church bells being rung in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, while he is surrounded by the human toll of man’s penchant for violence.

This is where we find Henry Wadsworth Longfellow when he wrote: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”




M6 Gun Motor Carriage, the US’s first tank destroyer. A 37mm anti-tank gun bolted to the back of a Dodge WC-52. The M6 saw limited use during the war and was poorly suited to modern warfare as it was unarmored and was armed with a too-small caliber gun. Being required to back into firing positions rather than forward firing proved to be a deficiency.  The upside is that I’d love to have one at the White Wolf Mine.


Bison Concrete Armored Lorry, literally a mobile pillbox. These were emphatically not “armored cars”, but merely a pillbox that could be moved from place to place. It was claimed to travel “at normal lorry speed” but in practice, it was mainly restricted to the flatness of airfields. Most had difficulty moving at all owing to their excess weight, poor visibility, and reduced radiator cooling. Some broke down completely and were either towed or abandoned in place.


Staghound armored car with Land Mattress rocket launchers installed.

14 thoughts on “The Party’s Over

  1. At this rate, I’m going to have to watch the Wadsworth movie (“I Heard The Bells”) when it comes out streaming.
    But I look forward to it, as does the wife.

  2. I wish the NCJW would change their initials of their organization to properly reflect the true name:
    National Council of Marxist Women
    The NCJW reflects the opinions of fewer and fewer of today’s young Jewish women. The chabad(im?)s (Orthdox Judaism) show ever increasing numbers and their opinion of abortion falls under the Commandment that states: “Thou shalt not commit murder.”

    1. Thanks. I had a strong suspicion that that rather unfortunate sign represented the views of a small subset of Jewish women (if that). Unfortunately, it’s a very vocal and visible subset that’s over-represented in academia and the news media, thereby giving an inaccurate view.

  3. I appreciate old cars, trucks and firearms. Have always admired those vintage Dodge WCs, especially the Carryalls and radio trucks.

  4. Interesting photograph of the Land Mattress rocket system. It’s got a fascinating background, starting with the Hedgehog ASW mortar for the Royal Navy and evolving from there. Spigot mortars also played a role in World War I, as I’m sure you know.

    I played with the Chinese Type 63 towed rocket launcher back in the day. South Africa captured a number of them, and was impressed enough with their tactical utility and ease of transport that they made their own copy (the RO 107, firing a rocket with 5,200 steel balls around an explosive core. When a few salvos of those hit, the results were… impressive. The RO 107 could be mounted in a heavy-duty pickup’s load bed, or on a light armored vehicle, or in a towed configuration (the latter air-droppable, and capable of being towed by the Parabat’s light BAT and Hornet vehicles). It was used in the 2013 Battle of Bangui ( see for more details).

    Now, if I could just figure out how to import one or two of them…

  5. That tailgate…the guy is a genius. Insane times we live.

    Google certainly has morphed a ways off from an internet search engine. In bed with the three letter shops that have lost their charters. A propaganda/narrative control arm of The Swamp. Now in bed “helping” the military makes them too big for their britches. I call them an enemy from within.

    HWL- The backstories add such a richness to those traditions we have become accustomed. Inspiration that come from personal experiences…

  6. I want that Jeep!

    Glad you got lots of guns for Christmas, nice. Unlike the hideous “I believe in Science” poster. Like really? No you fkn don’t etc.

  7. Wouldn’t mind owning a Staghound. That 37mm would put paid to any MRAP or any normal LEO armored vehicle, and being able to fire HE, API and Cannister would be nice in a city environment. Especially the cannister. What a way to end a ‘peaceful protest’ by Antifa or BLM or used against BLM agents (Bureau of Land Management.)

    Though I’ve always liked the look of the M8 Greyhound.

    1. 37 mm bofors guns aren’t too hard to find, last I saw a transferable in the US sell it was for about $22k. You could mount it on your truck of choice, though you’d have to make your own ammo.
      I’ve considered it but haven’t gone for one yet; I need to open up space to store it.

    2. The Ferrets (UK) are available in the US. There was a time when I seriously considered picking one up. A lot of “old guys” own them and when they die, their widows and children put them up for sale. Sadly, I’m becoming an “old guy” and I don’t know if buying one would be a blessing or a curse. It’s better to buy one that is NOT OEM, that somebody clever with a wrench converted. The Brits, God bless them, never do engines and transmissions that well and the parts supply is simply insufficient.

      1. I’ve looked into them; a Ferret is really small, a Fox or Saracen are about the same price and roomier. I particularly like the Saracen version with a rooftop MG mount and a squad of troops.

  8. Due to my eyes going to crap slowly with age, I first thought that stupid sign was from the National Council of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I almost blew a brain gasket before I got my face close enough to the screen.

    WTF is an “ADU” ?

    Brookline is absolutely “for everyone”. After all, if you (or your parents) aren’t worth at least $100mil, you’re hardly “anyone” are you?

    That 37mm ought to do fine for your garden-variety armored trucks, LL.


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