The War of the Worlds

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“Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.” – The War of the Worlds


Opening Lines: No one would have believed, in the early years of the 21st century, that our world was being watched by an intelligence greater than our own, that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet, across the gulf of space, intellects vast, cruel, and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes…and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.



Conclusion:  From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate, and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed after all of man’s weapons and devices had failed by the tiniest creatures God, in his wisdom, put upon this Earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned immunity and the right to survive among this planet’s infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.


“Take me to your leader.”

If she takes the alien to meet brain-dead Slow Joe and the cackling Ho, the alien will be in for a big disappointment. A lot of aliens like to suck brains out of their victim’s heads – a futile exercise in Congress or the Executive Branch.


Bullet Points:

** Don’t talk to me about your childhood trauma from watching War of the Worlds on late-night TV. I was forced to watch Lawrence Welk.

** The fate of a disobedient sibling is discussed.

** A discussion of mixed-race marriages – white dad and Asian mom.

** It’s interesting that most of the fact-checkers who occupy review positions in social media companies believe that men can breastfeed infants.

** I love long walks with my girl on the beach until the drugs wear off, and I realize that I’m only dragging a stolen mannequin around a Wendy’s parking lot.

** (ZeroHedge) Chicago has been hit with many high-profile headquarters losses, including Caterpillar, Citadel, Boeing, and Tyson Foods. Guggenheim Partners has also joined the exodus.

It’s not just businesses leaving the crime-ridden metro area. The latest Census data for 2023 reveals residents fled the city for states with lower crime rates, such as Texas, Florida, and Arizona.

During a 2021 speech at the Economic Club of Chicago, Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, who has since moved his firm to Miami, said, “It’s becoming ever more difficult to have this as our global headquarters, a city which has so much violence … and I mean Chicago is like Afghanistan, on a good day, and that’s a problem.”

The major problem with Democratic strongholds like Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Portland, LA, and San Francisco is the leadership of radical progressives who have failed spectacularly. Their disastrous social justice and criminal justice reform policies have only fueled crime and chaos. “law and order” seems not part of their woke vocabulary.

** Guinness or ten slices of bread?

** Why did your dad marry your mom?

** “(I do not) despair of the future. The truth is this: the march of Providence is so slow, and our desire so impatient, the work of progress so immense, and our means of aiding it so feeble, the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.” — Robert E. Lee to Lt. Col. Charles Marshall

** How lazy are you?

** The value of Triple A – (h/t Claudio) Claudio brought this to my attention. Missiles have their place, but it’s difficult to argue against AAA when it comes to point defense. The drone card, now played, has changed the threat envelope, and countering them requires a different approach than expensive rolling airframe missiles and other point defense options. Not all drones are created equally, but they have a few things in common, the main one being that they are inexpensive and can swarm a target. How many missiles do you have in battery at any point, and how quickly can you reload in combat? I was a founding member of a UAV company circa 2014, in addition to other things I did then. We worked with IARPA and others at the time, testing at Stead (former AFB) north of Reno, where the National Air Races used to be held.

** Your word of the day.


From VDH

(PJ Media) (h/t Claudio) …The public still cannot digest the truth that the once respected FBI partnered with social media to suppress news stories, surveil parents at school board meetings, and conduct performance art swat raids on the homes of supposed political opponents.

After the Department of Justice attempted to go easy on the miscreant Hunter Biden but hound ex-President Donald Trump for supposedly removing files illegally in the same fashion as current President Joe Biden, the public lost confidence not just in Attorney General Merrick Garland but in American jurisprudence itself.

Prosecutors Fani Willis, Letitia James, and Alvin Bragg’s shenanigans, along with overtly biased judges Juan Merchant and Arthur Engoron, only reinforced the reality that the American legal system has descended into third-world-like tit-for-tat vendettas. (more)


The Amber Road

The Amber Road was an ancient trade route for the transfer of amber from coastal areas of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The amber trade defined prehistoric trade routes between Northern and Southern Europe.

As an important commodity, sometimes dubbed “the gold of the north,” amber was transported over thousands of years from the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts overland by the Vistula and Dnieper rivers to Italy, Greece, the Black Sea, Syria, and Egypt.

The oldest trade in amber started in Sicily. The Sicilian amber trade was directed to Greece, North Africa, and Spain. Sicilian amber was also discovered in Mycenae by the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, and it appeared in sites in southern Spain and Portugal. Its distribution is similar to that of ivory, so it is possible that amber from Sicily reached the Iberian Peninsula through contact with North Africa. After a decline in the consumption and trade of amber at the beginning of the Bronze Age, around 2000 BC, the influence of Baltic amber gradually took the place of the Sicilian one throughout the Iberian Peninsula starting around 1000 bce The new evidence comes from various archaeological and geological locations on the Iberian Peninsula.

From the 16th century BC, amber was moved from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean area. The breast ornament of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (c. 1333–1324 bce) contains large Baltic amber beads.[4][5][6] Schliemann found Baltic amber beads at Mycenae, as shown by spectroscopic investigation. The quantity of amber in the Royal Tomb of Qatna, Syria, is unparalleled for known second-millennium BC sites in the Levant and the Ancient Near East.[8] Amber was sent from the North Sea to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi as an offering. From the Black Sea, trade could continue to Asia along the Silk Road, another ancient trade route.

In Roman times, a main route ran south from the Baltic coast (modern Lithuania), the entire north-south length of modern-day Poland (likely through the Iron Age settlement of Biskupin), through the land of the Boii (modern Czech Republic and Slovakia) to the head of the Adriatic Sea (Aquileia by the modern Gulf of Venice). Other commodities were exported to the Romans along with amber, such as animal fur and skin, honey, and wax, in exchange for Roman glass, brass, gold, and non-ferrous metals such as tin and copper imported into the early Baltic region. As this road was a lucrative trade route connecting the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, Roman military fortifications were constructed to protect merchants and traders from Germanic raids.

The Old Prussian towns of Kaup and Truso on the Baltic were the starting points of the route to the south. In Scandinavia, the amber road probably gave rise to the thriving Nordic Bronze Age culture, bringing influences from the Mediterranean Sea to the northernmost countries of Europe.

Kaliningrad Oblast is occasionally referred to in Russian as Янтарный край, which means “the amber region” (see Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum)


Identify the Aircraft


Two pictures – casevac





Identify the Armor


The late Princess Diana learned to drive an armored vehicle of the Royal Hampshire Regiment in Berlin in October 1985. ID the vehicle.


36 thoughts on “The War of the Worlds

  1. Is a Wendy’s parking lot any better than an invisible 7-11’s 🙂 The pose of the guy on the armored vehicle Princess Di is driving looks like it was taken from Ricky Ricardo.

    1. I think things got of hand with HRH behind the wheel of the tank. At least it looks like that. The expressions are priceless.

  2. IDA-
    1. Junkers Ju87D-3 Ag
    2. Westland Wapiti
    3. Fairey Seafox
    4. Curtis P-37
    5. FV-432
    6. SU-100M

  3. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Junkers Ju 87 D-3
    2. Westland Wapiti
    3. Fairey Seafox
    4. Curtiss YP-37
    Identify the Armor:
    5. FV432 fitted with Fox turret
    6. Obiekt 416 SPA

  4. There is a scarier version of War of the Worlds, especially considering the World I grew up in…warts and all….was nothing like what we are witnessing. THAT WORLD is the CURRENT ONE expressly at the hands of a bunch of tyrannical Marxist nimrods…same ones who keep telling us all is terrific when $128 buys $70 worth of food at the grocery while they print more money to illegally fill their off-shore bank accounts while nitpicking a corporate bookkeeping entry elevated to a 34 count indictment felony…of a former President!
    Orwell was off by a little bit in his dystopian future…his wasn’t as nasty. Now we have The Husk’s Handlers desperate to start WW3, with “POTUS In Name Only” once again doing the Constitutional End-Around by telling The Hoodie Thespian In Ukraine he can use our weapons to attack Russia (“poke, poke…” what could possibly go wrong)…all the while telling us PDJT was the warmonger. Except, of course, out of the last bunch of Oval Office Lightweights, Trump is the only one who held peace in one hand while firmly holding a beat-down stick in the other, which is why The Black-Heart Soulless crowd hate him for it.
    Not angry per se, moreso frustrated We The People have no real recourse to fix the mess these morons have gotten us in, intentionally diminishing The U, S, of A brand to junk bond status. What is our recourse that doesn’t involve sniper rounds to eliminate the cancerous rot? I am not a violent person…but what else is there? As RHT447 and others correctly commented yesterday, elections have been made irrelevant. These bums have effectively eliminated the Electoral College by the backdoor. Not sure where this goes, but yeah, WOTW would be easier to deal with…at least we could take the war to the invaders to rightfully defend ourselves.
    Spleen properly vented. At least the sun came up again, that much we can count on. SISU MAGA ™

    1. I’m off to support the local economy by buying fresh at the farmer’s market in Winslow.

        1. It was like a last-class swap meet—a bunch of desperately poor people selling junk. I was after higher quality fresh produce. One guy had a box of potatoes (maybe two dozen spuds), a box with a dozen poor apples, and a few unripe nectarines. That was all the produce at the Winslow Farmer’s Market. They started it in April of this year, and it is sad. I think they give the spaces free of charge. Bring your own EZ-up. One stall sold kettle corn, another made Cajun food that didn’t smell appealing and the Navajos were lined up for BBQ at another place but it was grim. There were half a dozen shoppers. I looked at everything and left fifteen minutes later and bought some apples and oranges (D quality on an A-F scale at Walmart and drove 45 minutes home.

      1. Buying local/Farm-to-Table is best, bypass the corporate K-Street type shops whenever possible, even if means a little more out of pocket. Heard a blurb yesterday about another supply chain “hiccup”…because the last one (an Op) worked to hamstring the Middle Class, keeping folks on their heels distracted trying to keep their heads above water while watching wages tank or all together if Not-A-Vax’ed out of a job.

        Grab a funnel cake – or some other demographically correct fried dough with sugar type snack- while “in town”…and watch out for those flatbed Fords, not all drivers are cute blondes from what I hear.

          1. That is sad…running up to Estes Park/RMNP for a break, a nice meal, and some walking around fun…just in time for the late afternoon downpour (we hope it rains, we have gear). But now I want a funnel cake.

        1. There’s a farm stand on the way to see The Kids (N. Taft Hill and 287B. Paul probably knows it), and we always stop there. Fresh free-range chicken and eggs are abundant here, too, and all the beef, lamb, and pork you can dream of.

  5. Chicago. Can’t find it just now, but somebody posted about seeing a sign out side a major truck rental company in Lansing, Mich. The sign advertised one way rentals to Chicago for $16.99.

    AAA for drones. The idea of split lead shot crimped onto piano wire and loaded in a muzzle loading shot gun just has a certain appeal to me. Sort of aerial chain shot if you will. Plus the smoke could may provide some momentary concealment, at least in the visible spectrum.

    1. Most of the rental companies will PAY you to drive their rentals back to Los Angeles or the SF Bay area. I’m sure they wouldn’t care if the box in the back was loaded with stuff.

      1. Looked good, for a brainless walking stick. Not my type of lady. Kate, on the other hand…

  6. I love long walks with my girl on the beach

    Nice. Hunter S. Thompson? Or personal experience? Mike C. where you at brother! haha

    1. Huh?
      I’m too much of a classy guy to drag a mannequin around a Wendy’s lot. I drag ‘em around at curated, carbon neutral, minority-owned, artisanal eating establishments.
      Or am I misunderstanding something?

      1. That’s very foo-foo (Chinese word?) of you and the blow-up girlfriend, Mike_C. The mannequin I lifted from the trash behind the boutique has very few airs to put on. She’s buck naked and, as it worked out, is missing both legs. I threw her in the water and she instantly became a tranny named Bob. When I pulled her out of the water and laid her on the ground, she changed her name to Matt. Such is the world we live in.

  7. How would drones fare against #000 buck – in 105 canister? effective range 4-500 yards?
    “The major problem with Democratic strongholds…” they’re like a deadly cancer; they metastasize – literally.
    Small portions break off and establish “colonies” in healthy areas: those people with half an ounce of sense, look around and see what has become of the “paradise” they voted into place and they flee to safer (healthier climes) and vote (and bring in educators for their children) to reproduce the exact same problems from which they’ve fled.

    1. The advantage to AAA vs drones (not cruise missiles) is that you can engage them much closer than 500 meters. You couldn’t get a visual on most of them at that range if they were sea-skimming.

      1. So that was an OhKa kamikaze glide/rocket in yesterday’s post? Anybody figure out the model/type?

  8. Circa 2008 yard sales were everywhere. I’ve come to see them as economic barometer. Circa now I’m seeing far fewer. Maybe folks have sold off as much as they can and have little left?
    Somewhat alarming is my paper hanging assignments have dropped of drastically in the past 60 days. Flashback to 2008, people were just walking away; not even trying because they were so underwater. Happening again?

    1. WSF, I live in the middle (almost geographically) of the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world. I have no neighbors, except the rich people from Phoenix who come up on the weekend and use the internet bandwidth. Don’t they know about StarLink? My point is that the tragedies of the proletariat essentially pass me by. The desperately poor (primarily white people) selling four things on a picnic table covered by an EZ-up that passed for a Farmer’s Market have their lives, and I have my middle-class person life. I hobnob with people like you, WSF. I spoke to one lady who was selling junk, and she told me that she didn’t habla English, so I spoke to her in Spanish, and she said that I looked like an asshole. I agreed with her (in Spanish), but being a pinche cabron came naturally to me as a ruling class oligarch. She laughed. I didn’t buy anything but got her to laugh.

  9. I enjoyed your HG Wells parable and also this:

    “I love long walks with my girl on the beach until the drugs wear off, and I realize that I’m only dragging a stolen mannequin around a Wendy’s parking lot.”

  10. The upcoming state-of-art solution for point-defense will soon be the high-output laser, though lasers are limited in their ability to penetrate smoke or fog.

    The show, “Rocket City Rednecks,” had an anti-IED laser made from a cluster of CD player lasers and could cut through or heat up just about any charge that a bunch of NASA tech engineers could devise.

    Though directed-energy weapons (basically high-powered steerable and pointable radar) should be able to zorch the electronics if not melt the damned things.

    Fond memories of my dad talking about blowing up flying fish and seagulls using the radars on range instrumentation and tracking ships. That, and knowing how quickly a 50lb cased bologna would catch on fire to set the rough tuning of the radar. And using the radars on low power to energize fluorescent tubes when the main gen set for the Vandenberg went down. And freaking out high altitude pilots by making their planes get a tad warm (only used on overly curious Soviet-bloc planes, supposedly.

    So, well, what could be done using 50’s and 60’s era radar could easily cross-over to more modern radar sets that are much more powerful and aimable. With enough radar energy no amount of shielding would stop the painted target from getting overly hot and melting.

    Just my take on what could be done now and relatively in the future.

    1. The power supply for LASERS and other directed energy weapons is a limiting factor on small boats such as those mentioned.

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