The Slave Trade

The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners to be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies.

By the mid-1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were white.

From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irishmen to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.

During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia, and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder.

In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2,000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers. Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.

The African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts. African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s. Irish slaves came cheap and their transportation to the New World was viewed as the beginning of a final solution to the Irish problem.


Based on your preferences – every month is gun pride month

Two days ago on this blog, Truck Wilkins wrote by way of comment:

I see experts who complain they can’t shoot an M14 offhand, full auto.  Here is what I was taught at Camp Gieger back in the mists of time. (Truck was a famous T-Rex hunter – yes that long ago). You may notice that it has a hinged butt plate. You open the butt plate, set it on your shoulder with your trigger hand palm, you push down with your off-hand in a ready sling… but why you’d stand up in a firefight, I don’t know. your friend, Truck Wilkins

My experience with an M-14 is that it’s much more accurate and effective when operated in semi-auto mode.


Bullet Points

* In 1988, the Supreme Court, in Navy v. Egan, declared that the President’s control over classified documents is absolute:

The President, after all, is the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” U.S.Const., Art. II, § 2. His authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security and to determine whether an individual is sufficiently trustworthy to occupy a position in the Executive Branch that will give that person access to such information flows primarily from this constitutional investment of power in the President and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant.

In short, the Constitution granted President Trump complete authority to classify or declassify anything he wanted. No one had any legal authority to question him. He was not required to follow any procedure. His standing order that any materials he removed from the Oval Office were deemed declassified was both fully effective and unquestionable. He had “plenary authority.” The corrupt attorney general for the Brandon regime knew this and still signed off on a search warrant.

* If you need to prove that you are free, you are not.

* The Flight from North Portland – A tale of invasion and displacement. The volume of “for sale” signs points to the devaluation of housing. It’s an old story.

* Turkey and Israel now have full diplomatic relations. The failing Turkish economy needed a boost. During his visit to Tel Aviv, Cavusoglu said that the normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel would have a “positive impact” that would result in a “peaceful” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite Turkey’s purported support for the Palestinians, however, Ankara has been deporting members of the Hamas resistance group from the country at Tel Aviv’s request.

* They HATE Tucker Carlson. The corporate swamp state fears nothing more than unity between the populist factions of the left and right. That’s one reason it invests so heavily in waging the culture war – to erect artificial barriers that keep the rabble at each other’s throats instead of theirs.

* Virtual Mirage loses its corporate sponsors! That’s just clickbait, I have no sponsors. I operate under the permission of the Constitution and the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Though how much longer that will be the case is anyone’s guess. Of course, if anyone wants to swap forest carbon credits for cash, we can work something out.



    • Well done.
      I had a friend and USAF sent us to race relations class and he kept pointing out that as an Irishman, his people had faced as much discrimination as blacks.
      That didn’t go over so well.

      • They kept on sending me to Diversity Class and kept asking stupid questions like “Who here has been discriminated against for XXX or YYYY” and I would answer. Apparently, being a fat white married male office worker who can’t do sunlight and hates most sports and is smarter than those around me does not qualify me for ‘discrimination.’ Yeah, did not go well.

  1. My thoughts on the M-14 (never having one issued to me BTW); I remember that flip up shoulder rest on the M-60 which was great for stability at a fixed position on a bipod. Made sense to use it on an M-14 for full auto if you had the opportunity to deploy it. The rifle truly shines in semi-auto, but controlled full auto can sure make the bad guys have to keep their head down, especially coming from multiple weapons.

  2. where my reparations be at?!….is ebonics still a thing? i hope not, but english obviously isn’t. the turkey/israel thing scares the hell out of me. the lion and the lamb and all that, plus turkey has shown itself to be “fluid” with respect to loyalties. why do we till put up with them? they helped us out in korea, so we kiss their ass for eternity? ….m14, i maintained 2000 of them for a living. it could be a good sniper rifle, with a lot of help. yes, it can be accurized all to hell, yada yada. but between the constant repairs in non-combat conditions and testimony from vets that actually used them in combat, i wouldn’t pick it to go to war. one marine vet told me he kept a complete bolt assembly in each pocket, because the thing would blow a roller every time things went frosty. before folks get all up in the air, remember the one you have is likely an m1a, or even a national match which has much better tolerances n such. opinions are like butt holes, everybody has at least one and that’s mine.

  3. Only time I fired an M-14 on full auto was in Small Arms Repair School in ’74. It was the one I was issued to diagnose and repair for the final exam. It was locked down in a firing port shooting into a sand bunker in the next room. Drat.

    As rr points out, it takes some knowledgeable gunsmithing to make and keep them accurate. I have only fired my M1A’s in competition which is pretty light duty. Did see one M1A blow off the extractor during a rapid fire string. Shooter left his handloaded ammo sitting in the sun between relays. Spare bolt assemblies are good to have. Even with all that, to borrow a quote, “I just love it in there”.

    That looks to be a Bradley cheek rest. I like them.

  4. +1 on the M-14 and semi-auto. I was issued a semi only M-14 in basic in 1968 and did well in qualifications shooting expert with it. In 1970 I was stationed with a mech infantry unit at Ft. Knox. We primarily provided personnel and equipment for training others mostly, I seem to recall, students at the NCO academy(shake ‘n’ bake school as we called it), though we would get others including a batch of West Pointers on one occasion. Being an aggressor was much more fun than having to haul around a bunch of “good guys” in a 113. Our unit was issued M-14s with the selector switch. I never got to shoot with live ammo, but it worked great with blanks.

  5. Irish- That picture evokes a high disgust in me — historical travesties at the hands of others who believe they are superior human beings……oh, wait….we’ve had that for the past 2+ years now.

    Like every push-narrative we get fed from TPTB and their squawk box outlets, the MAL raid was a massive lie in EVERY manner. Heads should roll. Still waiting for the 9hrs to be released by Mr. Trump and his team…if that can’t change their moronic thinking, nothing will. But facts matter little to those stuck in their deluded mindset.

    Us: “Look at that incredible blue sky.”

    Them: It’s not blue!! Color is a human construct, the sky can be anything it identifies depending on its mood…you…you skyaphobe.”

    There is no middle ground with these people…they believe Trump is an evil person, and by projection, a criminal, despite zero proof. Doesn’t stop them from continuing to spout off and twist reality to their deranged viewpoint. They simply can’t see anything 6 inches past their noses.

    Sen. Kennedy (the good one, not the Old Dead Lion Cowardly one), is always funnier than all get out…and hilariously correct in his suthun characterizations.

  6. I’ve often expressed my dislike for the M-14s we had circa 1964. They were crap. Since then I’ve learned two companies made the initial inventory. One used repurposed M-1 production machinery. The other invested in new, top to bottom, machinery.

    Supposedly, the 7.62 NATO round was developed so each NATO country’s ammo would work in any weapon chambered for that round. I’ve never heard why our M-14s couldn’t use, say German, ammo. I can personally attest our M-14s often wouldn’t even chamber a German 7.62 NATO.

    • Indeed. Winchester repurposed their machinery. TRW built a brand new production line, only to have Sec Def McNamara cancel the contracts not long after.

      From Wiki–“The M14 was developed to replace four different weapons: the M1 Garand, the M3 submachine gun, the M1 Carbine and the M1918 Browning automatic rifle (BAR)”. Jack of all trades, master of none. Civilian market M1A semi-auto rifles are a different animal. Some what the same for the early M-16 whose issues are well documented. Current AR platforms have come a long way.

    • And yet the Italians took their surplus Garands and designed the rather excellent BM59 which took 7.62 NATO and was select-fire capable. And it worked really well.

  7. The Irish are white, LL – so they obviously deserved it.

    Seriously, slavery is only bad if the slaves are black. That is the entirety of the slavery narrative.

    None of Our Bteers give a rat’s ass about all the asian and latin american slaves in the Us right now, for example. They absolutely don’t care about the eastern european ones.


  8. Well now, The New York Times (The Gray Lady, America’s paper of record [1]) says The Irish were NOT slaves and that it’s a racist, white nationalist, dog-whistle to say that they were (regardless of de jure vs de facto status). They cite an open letter signed by 82 leading “Irish scholars” saying that the Irish didn’t suffer as much as Negroes. (I’m not interested enough to do this, but I’d be very interested in the “Early Life” section of these “Irish” scholars. Also, for those of you who feel deeply your connection to T’Auld Sod, that list of signatories is YOUR “local accountability list”. When the wheels come off of our dying civilization and all is chaos, be sure to look in on those fine folks and lend them a friendly hand. I’m sure they’ll need all the good will they can muster.) Links in follow-on comment (because it will go into moderation).

    [1] The NYT, which is about as respectable and WASP-y as you can get (sort of like Merrick Garland) has been the property of the Sulzberger family since 1896. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger famously said: ““If White men were not complaining, it would be an indication we weren’t succeeding and making the inroads that we are.” I think this demonstrates that the Sulzberger family are spiritually generous, fair, unbiased, and that all they want is to Repair the World by negating the dreadful harms done unto all of humanity by the horrible, horrible white race.

    @Kle: back then the Irish most definitely were not “white”. But then again, there wasn’t much concept of “whiteness” until people like the Sulzbergers stuck their hot little hands (friction generates heat) into the mix. Before it was mostly English vs Irish, Swedes vs Danes, English vs French, etc. Nationality, tribe, volk, mattered more than “whiteness”. But I agree that there are only two peoples whose suffering matters. Negroes are one of those people.

    @ Riverrider: lion and lamb? I’m not sure I understand your meaning, but neither Turkey nor Israel are lions or lambs. And BOTH have “fluid loyalties”. I wish them good luck in their new amicability (genuinely, NOT sarcasm), but I trust either about as much as I trust The Magic Kingdom (another Islamic ally of Our Greatest Ally).

  9. Lessee. Cromwell and the Parlimentarians sold Royalists as slaves to the West Indies. And Charles II and the new Royalists sold Parlimentarians as slaves to the West Indies.

    Just watch “Captain Blood” with Errol Flynn and you’ll see that we once knew the truth about slaves in the New World. Wonder when that was ‘whitewashed’ out of our edumacation system, oh, that would have been during the great reset during the 50’s and 60’s that was, survey said, funded by the KGB (no, really.)

  10. That image is interesting so I did a Google search on an apparently it’s Italian coal miners in a Belgium mine. It was part of an article the tries to debunk the whole Irish slave trade story. You can read it here.

    They play the usual word games and quibble over the difference between a Slave and indentured servant. But it’s the same Progressive b*******. I really dislike these people.

    • I’m just grateful they’re only playing semantic games with slavery vs indentured servitude. Could be worse. They could be situationally redefining “Irish” to suit their purposes.

      Brendan MacMahon, genetic descendant of a long line of brehons, is “not a practicing Irishman” apparently because he doesn’t go about with a potato in one hand and a Guinness in the other. Aoife Ní Dhomhnaill, with her red hair, pale complexion, green eyes and the speaking of the Gaelic as her mother tongue and all, is “not a practicing Irishwoman” because her marriage was performed by a priest and not under Brehon law.

      To claim that Brendan or Aoife are Irish is a slur on “authentic Irish”. In fact, it’d be anti-Hibernian. And of course no good person wants to be guilty of anti-Hibernitism.

  11. I could hardly read the Irish thing, it’s one of the worst evils.

    “The corporate swamp state fears nothing more than unity between the populist factions of the left and right. That’s one reason it invests so heavily in waging the culture war – to erect artificial barriers that keep the rabble at each other’s throats instead of theirs.”

    Yes indeed.


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