Their Kind of Place

Soviet soldiers attend the opening of the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union on January 31st, 1990. The opening of the first McDonald’s in Moscow was hailed as a symbol of thawing Cold War relations. Over 30,000 Muscovites queued for hours to taste their first Big Mac.


Identify the Aircraft

US Army Air Force aircraft was flown, as portrayed in the photo, by the 7th Bombardment Group (1938).


DRJIM working on his new spacecraft engine…

in his lair in Colorado.


Small Diameter Bomb

A Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) hits an A-7 parked inside a concrete aircraft shelter during a test at White Sands Missile Range.


Laws that create criminals without any victim are not laws. They are revenue generators.


Fun with Maps

Female country leaders, as of December 20, 2020.


About 7,000 years ago, a vast lake spread hundreds of square kilometers across north-central Africa. Global warming that caused the end of the ice age, also led to Chad becoming a pestilential desert nation… if only the ice had remained.

Known to scientists as Lake Mega Chad, it covered more than 400,000 square kilometers (150,000 square miles) at its peak, making it slightly larger than the Caspian Sea, the biggest lake on Earth today.


Race distribution in Arkansas


Map of the Caspian Sea and Caspian drainage (enclosed by the red contour line). The Caspian Sea is surrounded by five countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Azerbaijan. Four tide gauge stations (1 = Makhachkala, 2 = Fort Shevchenko, 3 = Baku, and 4 = Turkmenbashi), from which the historical Caspian Sea level observation time series is derived, are marked by magenta dots.


You disturbed kitty…isn’t that a pity?

And you believe that firearms should only be in the hands of the police and military.

Not your lucky day.


  1. Heh. That first picture reminds me of the concept for the Mel Gibson movie “Fatman.” Heh. Still have to watch the movie. Santa as a government assassin. Heh…

    As to the planes… BOLO! But not a groovy mega-tank, oh, no. An okay pre-war plane, but by wartime, especially late 1941, it was totally outclassed. Still could be used for training and anti-sub work. That would be B-18 Bolo.

    I bet the Finns would have made it work well against the Soviets.

    That cat. There’s no telling how many human snacks big cats have had, considering all the weed growers, homeless, stupid joggers and other people who just ‘disappear’ in areas where they are overly active. We have them in Florida and they make a most ungodly noise when they are getting prepared to get frisky. Would not be surprised if they were the basis for the ‘Bigfoot’ and ‘Skunkape’ (the Florida version, hey, you be big and hairy in Florida and you’d mildew and stink, too!) calls and noises. Well, that and big owls getting frisky, which make the weirdest warbling and shrieking you’ve ever heard, sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stick out.

    And, yes, not carrying when you’re out in the big wild, for a day walk or a long time, is just stupid. I know people who swear by bear spray and air horns, but guns make just as much or more noise and are far more kinetic, plus they work better on the real predators out in the wilds, that being other humans.

    Sad to see that A-7, even degutted, treated that way. The SLUF was such a wonderful plane, worked well, easy to fly, used by all jet services of the US military.

    • Yes, in the wild, humans are the greater threat. But you still need to keep your head on a swivel. We don’t see many homeless types. Maybe because they are culled? If you’re not able to stay at the top of the food chain, that’s what happens.

      Campers bring their little teacup Yorkies into the mountains, and then little fluffy runs off. Usually eagles are first on the scene to pluck them and lift them into the air. They yap a lot and let the predators know they’ve arrived. The campers are heartbroken and post rewards. They’re nothing but scat by that time.

  2. I remember the queue in Moscow at that time. Fascinating. But russians are used to line up. The interesting lesson from that time from my point of view were all the People in the west thinking that now will Russia become a member of EU and NATO.

    The european politicians reduced the expenditure on defense and let the US taxpayer do the heavy lifting for the years to come.

    • People hoped for rapprochement with Russia. I don’t think that it was naive to think that we could get along, and elements in the West did not want that to happen and feared a strong USSR style Russia re-emerging, so scotched the deal.

  3. Every once in a while in Winter we come on a fresh kill or drag in the snow. Two weeks ago coming up a draw on a hike around the property we saw fresh mulee tracks, a few yards up a set of lion tracks met up with them and followed right on our path. We had the dogs with who were on yellow alert. Luckily the tracks veered off towards another draw. Years ago we were at a neighbors cabin, around dusk a momma lion and her large cubs sauntered by a hundred feet out like she cared little about us. Couple years ago MrsC took an evening ride, came down a draw and on the slight ridge was a lion tracking. The horse was not having any of it…being an expert rider she stayed on and high-tailed it back. Later discovered a fresh kill.

    At dusk we tend to give the critters their hunting time.

    • You can buy mountain lion piss (I don’t use the term “cougar” here because Mrs. Robinson’s piss woudn’t work) and it will keep OTHER predators away. But the horses will go nuts.

      • The horse usually give a first alert, even if you can’t tell what they see. All part of living where we do, one must adjust accordingly and pay attention when out during certain times of the day or night.

        • Hunting on horseback, as I have, I let the horse hunt and watch them. They’ll see or smell the elk or deer before I do unless the target is some way off. I let the horse manage point and I watch the hillsides.

          As much as they spook to a lion, they REALLY hate Griz. Even if they’ve never seen one, it’s genetic.

          • Their eyes and ears are much better, unless you’ve been out for a while the senses dull a little until you come back up to speed. Everything in the woods moves, determining what that movement or shadow is becomes second nature after a while.

            No grizzly’s here, thank you very much. But rattlesnakes are another…let the horse stomp around if they step over one, and hang on (always better staying in the saddle). A bite on the leg won’t kill them (as MrsC says, it’s a long way from the heart). A grazing muzzle bite will suffocate them, but a hose shoved down the nostril helps until the swelling disappears with the help of some meds.

  4. Looks like a B-18. Some years back the sports editor at the local paper, since gone to his reward, was much into proving the local existence of the big cats. He never was able to. Another man I knew claimed he was stalked by one once. Maybe. Just to be safe the .45 goes with me wherever I go. This holds especially true for the really dangerous places like Kansas City.

    • A couple-three years or so before Kansas Wildlife & Parks had to admit to their presence, I nearly ran one over on I-35 just south of Beto Junction, Jim, in broad daylight. KW&P still won’t admit to a resident population, but it doesn’t matter if it’s a resident or a transient when it’s gnawing on your a$$. Stay strapped, my friend.

      • AZ is the only state in the union with Jaguars. Their paw print is larger than a large lion’s. There are not a LOT of Jaguars, but they’re caught on game cameras from time to time even as far north as where I live in the state.

      • Beto Junction’s about an hours drive from me. I go through there fairly often, usually on my way to Wichita. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for them.

        • Well Jim, you know “south” right there at Beto Junction is a relative term inasmuch as I-35 is really east-west in that stretch, but I was headed “north” toward Kansas City and came up behind a rock hauler dinking along in the hammer lane and decided to just follow him for a bit before passing on the right, inasmuch as the truck stop at Beto Junction was coming up and I figgered he might swerve to make the exit at the last instant, presumably over the top of my car if he did. So out of the bar ditch came this tan streak that swapped ends when it decided to not get run over by the rock hauler and ran back to the kinda a wash/small tree line on the south side. It’s maybe a half mile west/south of the junction if you’re looking. There was no mistaking the size and configuration or the cat-like movement when it turned 180-degrees and for sure, the long rope-like tail and I had to stand on the brakes to keep from whacking the critter. Certainly not a house cat or golden retriever. Later on I had a chat with the regional Pheasants Forever biologist about KP&W’s attitude toward them and he said, if they admit they’re here, especially to a breeding population, then they gotta manage them, and they don’t want the extra work and attention. He said he’d not seen one himself, but was 100% convinced they were here, probably as transients. Then he went on to relate some critters he’d seen while a South Dakota wildlife officer, that shouldn’t have been where they were. Animals don’t read wildlife department position statements, he said, so they go where they please.

          • Go where they want, do as they please? So the Pumas are Republicans or worse still, Libertarians? That’s going to tick off the Left.

          • Native Americans presumably, L-L, and therefore would receive a pass for their bad behavior from the Leftocrazy in addition to, if ever Kansas was annexed by Oklahoma, special Indian Nation license plates for their kitty cars….

  5. A little over six years ago we had a big cat visit our 9 acre farm near Joshua, Texas. It is a semi-rural area just 3 miles east of the town. My wife was awakened by the yowl of the cat and we heard our donkeys making a lot of noise. In the morning we found some remnants of our smallest goat that we had had for only 2 weeks and the tracks along the fence where the donkeys had been running not yards from where the goat parts were. When I cleaned out a barn we used for storage 3 years later I found where the big cat had probably gone to after the kill because of some blood on the floor and messed up stuff.

    If you live in the plains of North Texas with no mountains or hills how can you call it a mountain lion? I guess you can call it a puma to not confuse it with “cougar”.

    • If it’s a good looking 40-something woman driving a Corvette wearing spandex with in iced bottle of champagne and she beckons you to join her, definitely a cougar. I think that’s the identification guide.

  6. Militarized DC-2, sorta. They made an improved (B-23 dragon) version, but it wasn’t improved enough to keep up with the pace of WW2 advancement. Still, not terrible planes in their own right.


  7. Speaking of cats, you all might enjoy “Maneaters of Kumamon.” Jim Corbett was a hunter the Indian government called in when they had a maneater problem.

    • I’ve read a couple of Corbett’s books. One, The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, made for some fascinating reading. Corbett’s still held in high regard in India and has a national park there named after him.

  8. Shhhhh! We don’t want them to know the new location of the Interocitor!

    Some of the Boeing photographers I worked with had video footage of tests like that. Impressive stuff!

    I either wear, or keep in close reach, my 1911 and 870 ever since I heard some very unusual animal noises one night when I was walking the dog when we were living up in Bellvue. Then I found out there was a momma bear with cubs who lived across the road in a large clump of trees. I switched from 00 buck to 1oz slugs in the 870 that night. Haven’t seen any big cats, and almost don’t expect to, but they’re here, and not far away at all. One of our extended family here is an avid hunter, and has a “rug” made from a cat. It’s at least 6′ from nose to tip-of-tail, and he said it was a medium-sized cat. I was surprised at how big the paws were, even on a “medium-sized” cat.

    And while it seems that everybody has a dog here, the only people with little ankle-biter dogs are the city folk and the apartment dwellers.

  9. I don’t understand that stuff about the puma and firearms, LL. What are you getting at?
    If you just speak calmly and respectfully to oppressed Puma-Americans and appeal to their better nature then you will be fine. Just fine.

    Also, you always should take the opportunity to apologize for the shameful shameful shameful institutionalized anti-Pumaism of these United States (which after all were BUILT by pumas, you should know). As a cishet white male you will never be as cool as a Puma, but you can be a Puma ally. Do not despair: Even though you are guilty guilty guilty, you still have partial redemption to aspire towards.

    You’re welcome.

    • Thank you for standing up on behalf of oppressed pumas De Oppresso Liber – to Free the Oppressed. I think that we should release a few dozen pumas into the White House so that the friends of the oppressed can commune with them personally. Give the Secret Service the day off. Put chains on the outside of the doors. Allow time for bonding.

Comments are closed.