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picture, h/t Woodsterman

Life at the White Wolf Mine, atop Arizona’s Mogollon Rim is slow, gentle, and is separated from the strife that city dwellers seem to face. I realize that many readers have carved out their own spot in the world where they can be at peace.

As the hare-brained schemes of politicians are played out, I sit back and wonder where the insanity will stop, or whether they will find joy in a nation that pushes back stridently at some point? Democrats still refer to “men and women” even though their leader, as a matter of executive order, has made America genderless. Riddle me that one.

If you’re interested in some light reading this weekend, may I recommend the article cited:

Digital Trails: How The FBI Is Identifying, Tracking, & Rounding-Up Dissidents

Chances are, as the Washington Post reports, you have already been assigned a color-coded threat score—green, yellow or red—so police are forewarned about your potential inclination to be a troublemaker depending on whether you’ve had a career in the military, posted a comment perceived as threatening on Facebook, suffer from a particular medical condition, or know someone who knows someone who might have committed a crime.

In other words, you might already be flagged as potentially anti-government in a government database somewhere—Main Core, for example—that identifies and tracks individuals who aren’t inclined to march in lockstep to the police state’s dictates.

Free speech? Bill of Rights? Mention THAT and you’ll be fighting WSF for that bunk next to the stove in the camp.


USS Monterey

USS Monterey (CG-61) transited and worked with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) operating in the Mediterranean Sea, Carrier Air Wing 3, Navy P-8A Poseidons, U.S. Air Force aircraft based in Europe and allied aircraft for unspecified “multi-domain operations”.

Monterey entered the Black Sea after drilling with the Israeli Navy this week in the Mediterranean Sea. The cruiser patrolled with two Israeli Sa’ar 4.5 ships in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on March 15.

There is a danger with the US having pathetically weak leadership. Other nations will try things. They took Joe’s launch codes because of his mental decline. I hope that they didn’t give them to Ho, but you take my point. USS Monterey is sailing into the Black Sea with very weak back-up in DC.


Half Pay

British Royal Navy — Any officer ‘on the beach’, either permanently (retired) or while awaiting a new ship or commission would be put on half-pay. They did not actually get half of what they might earn if employed but the rates were actually slightly better than that. For example circa 1800, a lieutenant at sea earned 6s per day while the lowest half-pay rate was 5s per day.

There were some 3,000 lieutenants on the list and only the top 300 got the full half-pay of 7s per day. This is actually more than their sea-pay. Below that 700 got 6s per day and the rest got the 5s. The rates are calculated on a sliding scale according to seniority, not according to whatever rate their last ship was. (rate=ship’s size) A captain recently made post would receive less than one with ten years seniority. The money was paid quarterly.

A Silver naval presentation cup awarded to Captain Henry Newcome, captain of HMS Orpheus. Who successfully fought against the French Privateer Duguay-Trouin, 1794. Made by William Drury, 1795

The inscription reads “Merchant Seamens Office Jan. 22nd 1796, Meeting of the Committee for Encouraging the Capture of French Privateers Armed Vessells, Etc. SIR RICHD. NEAVE BARt. in the Chair resolved that CAPTn. NEWCOME of his Majesty’s Ship ORPHEUS be requested to Accept a piece of plate value one Hundred Guineas in testimony of his Signal Service in the Protection of the Commerce of this Country by the Capture of ye. French Frigate LA DUQUAYTEOUIN [sic] of very Superior force.”

Such valuable gifts in the form of cups, whole tableware, swords etc. were a common way for merchants but also trade associations and other organizations to thank a captain for his noble conduct in a battle to protect that organization. This type of honor was awarded publicly and was a welcome underlining of the reputation of the person receiving it. At the same time, these objects were also a kind of reinsurance in bad financial situations, such as the time of a half pay, during peace time or the death of the captain. In such cases, such pieces were often offered for sale.

The Battle:  On 5 May 1794, a British squadron consisting of the 32-gun frigate, Orpheus, led by Captain Newcome, the 50-gun ship Centurion, and the 44-gun ship Resistance, encountered two French ships, the 34-gun Duguay-Trouin and the brig-corvette Vulcan off the coast of the Isle de France.  The two squadrons engaged in a fierce battle lasting approximately one-hour-and-twenty-minutes, in which the superior sailing Orpheus obtained an advantageous position upon Duguay-Trouin’s starboard quarter.  Orpheus continued to fire upon Duguay-Trouin until “her bowspirit shot through…and having sustained considerable loss in killed and wounded, struck her colors” (William James, The Naval History of Great Britain, London, 1837, vol. I.. p. 203).


  1. Why, after reading your title, do I have Guns n Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” running through my head?

    • You can always spin around and say, “Are you calling me yellow?” as you reach for your six gun and plug ’em twice – double tap to the heart. You know right where to aim.

      Jo/Ho are trying to show Asian people that they love them by decrying whatever, but you’re still lumped in as being worse than white, doing well at the university and prospering in the face of adversity.

      Face it. From a racial point of view your success has been your worst enemy. Most Asians haven’t signed onto a grievance that Jo/Ho can latch onto and most people like Jo can’t tell an Eskimo from a Laotian.

      • So…the FBI is part of “the enemy within” by tracking people as if criminals?

        And the hits just keep on coming.

        • The FBI today, would be called the “secret police” in any other country. They busy themselves with political enemies of the democrat regimes. I realize that they do other things, but their drift is obvious.

  2. Thanks for the half pay clarification, always wondered about that.

    The massive sterling of the DLC mess? A trophy, yes, but also a hedge.

    • There is always the strangers cup (silver) where, if you can down the (bottle of wine) drink in one chug, you are credited with a bottle from everyone in the mess. If you’re incapable, you owe a bottle to each member of the mess.

  3. I just always though the superstructure didn’t “match” the hull very well on the Ticonderoga-class ships.

    I suppose I’m on numerous lists of numerous agencies.

      • Well, they started out as a Spruance, which was a very balanced looking ship.

        Then they built a couple office buildings on top.


        • The Spruance hull is very adaptable. The CG’s were designed for anti-aircraft warfare as part of a carrier battle group with very good phased array radar and a lot of missiles. They’d run the air battle in conjunction with the E-2D’s.

          The Arleigh Burke DDG’s started out as a multi-mission ship and they they were adapted and can do what a CG could do. The 22 Ticonderoga-class cruisers are being phased out and with all the talk of a follow-on cruiser, nothing has emerged.

          Ticonderoga class cruisers have 122 vertical launch system (VLS) missile cells, as opposed to 90 VLS cells on the Flight I Arleigh Burke destroyers, and 96 on the Flight IIA Burkes. The cruisers have flag spaces, while the destroyers do not.

          But the Flight III Burkes are replacing the Ticos as they come on line because they are more adaptable to change… all in the same hull. I know that you know this. I’m just saying.

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