A Long Time Ago – in a Galaxy far away…

There was no trigger discipline equivalent for the lightsaber. A beginner Jedi holds the lightsaber without his wrist set at 30° perpendicular to the right hip bone. It was the reason for the near extinction of the Jedi Order, but the movie suppressed that likely out of embarrassment.

 

US Relations with France

(Link) The Biden Regime has had some problems with its relationship with France.  The French Ambassador to the US is still recalled. What to do?

White House Staffer: We could send the whore!

Slow, Creepy Joe: Yeah, that’s a great idea. We don’t want her running around here cackling, send the whore to France to patch things up!

The Ho’s popularity at home has dropped to below 25% according to national polling so it’s difficult to send her anywhere in the USA without signs coming out suggesting that she return to the DC Beltway.

Would France consider keeping her? How much would we have to pay? She could work for board and room – she is said to have skills.

 

Do You Feel Safe? (a poll)

 

Armor

It starts with the padded gambeson, add chainmail, add plate, evolve it to a decent temper – and along comes gunpowder to ruin the evolutionary process.

 

Can you name the aircraft?

photo dated 5-14-1946

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. Yep. All that time wasted on dress versions of doomed technology when they should have been inventing useful firearms. It is called “stuck in a rut” with over focused vision. Sometimes you have to change with (or before) the times. We were lucky that the Japanese took our over-sized gunboats out of action for awhile so the subs and carriers got their chance.

    Makes a nice museum piece. With a good lamp shade, it’d go well in the study.

  2. Do I feel safe walking at night in my neighborhood? I would think so. Things are pretty peaceful around here and I have no qualms about walking around. Of course I’m always accompanied by S&W in case things aren’t.
    France may have her and welcome to her. I doubt if they’d want her though.

  3. Regarding armor, it lasted until the loss of life and economic downfall of the various religious wars of the 17th Century, and was still used in some places as late as WWI. Proof against musketry but not against the more powerful rifled muskets that sharpshooting units in the 18th century.

    Armor proofed against rifled muskets was available at the beginning of the American Civil War. Front Torso only, but it would stop the shot from anything past close range. The reason it was mostly done away with (as it was a user-purchased item) was that the armor was heavy and hard to run in. But some wore it all war long.

    And don’t laugh at various horse cavalry units that wore armor early in WWI, as it was effective against other cavalry hand weapons, and against splinters and shrapnel.

    Just look at what modern ballistic armor and modern strike (anti-non-gun) armor has evolved to. Full suits of armor, padded, with hardened plates, flexible joints, configurable from torso protection only vs light weapons to full body armor mostly hardened against everything up to .30-06 AP ammo.

    Beautiful armor, like that shown, is a work of art. More mundane munitions-grade is still nice, and utilitarian. But, again, it was the economic disruptions and the loss of trained workers during the 30 Years War and the English Civil War that spelled doom to nice metal armor, because it became too expensive to buy.

    A good Ritter’s armor from the 30 Years War era is proof against pistol and musket (at least in the chest and helm) at any range outside of very close. It’s why the standard musketeer move was to shove the musket as close to the armor as possible. Or shoot the horse.

    There’s a lot of fallacy about medieval, renaissance and post-renaissance armor out there, mostly started during the Victorian era when, apparently, stupidity took over amongst various scholars.

    Seriously, take a nice late 16th Century or early 17th Century suit, fully backed by gambeson and buff-coat (which started as an under-armor piece, and replaced metal body armor because it would stop an off-angle slash and was cheap to make) and it would do well against modern pistols at 25 yards. Back it with a nice Level III vest and the armor would stop a lot of carbine rounds.

    Again, it’s the cost, initially and in maintenance, that made metal body armor slowly and then rapidly disappear before the rifle-musket showed up. But it was the introduction of modern smokeless powder and modern firearms that finally killed it. Until modern materials science came back and made plate and composite armor a possible thing again.

    And, seriously, the coolness factor of a good suit of armor, properly fitted to the wearer, is hard to beat. Just look at the Swiss Guards at the Vatican. And, yes, under the plate armor is most likely modern ballistic materials. Heck, I’d love to spend a week or three in their armory just puttering around and talking to them and their armorers.

  4. You sure there isn’t a decimal missing between 2 and the 5 on the Vacuous Veep’s “popularity” percentage? The woman is a massive loser.

    I always feel safe walking around our neck of the woods, and by dusk we let the larger predators have their time with the place…they were there first.

  5. I’ve no personal experience, but France has always had a reputation for large numbers of much better whores, so I expect they don’t need her.

    -Kle.

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