sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, October 6, 2019


To My Friends in the UK

It has been 243 years since we crashed out of the British Empire without a deal and things seem to be going ok. British friends, don't worry about BREXIT.

A Navy Moment

The Navy is eliminating the blue and gray camouflage work uniform (Type 1). Cynics felt that it would work well only if sailors went overboard while underway. They couldn't be seen and the ship would continue steaming as before.
In August the U.S. Navy announced that it will be eliminating the NWU Type I in favor of the Type III which will completely replace it by 1 October 2019 for wear as the standard working uniform ashore for all Navy personnel.
The new work uniform for naval personnel is green camo (pictured). Why would the US Navy opt for a green camouflage work uniform worldwide? It makes sense for SEALs, Sea Bees, etc., but for a ship underway? 

Any bets on how long the green camo scheme will remain in fashion? What was wrong with khakis for officers and chiefs and dungarees for other enlistment rates? Tropical whites in tropical environments and gestapo black or service dress blues in cold weather?

I served as a US Naval Officer, I like the Navy. I really do. But some of the uniform decisions that they make, completely mystify me.

Congratulations to OldAFSarge

OldAFSarge - It's going to be a rather long week. Families will gather to celebrate the nuptials of two of our own. Folks are traveling from the far west and from the far north. 

A wedding is something that the old guys just show up to and enjoy (to the extent that's possible). We donate money, but the women don't want us making decisions. Sometimes we make arrangements with a military base to have the ceremony at the base chapel, reception at the O-Club or something. And we do it to save some of the donated money, just to be clear. But beyond that we are not wanted. And it's ok. 

(Above and Right) MRSLL and oldest daughter, Amanda, at wedding. She got her good looks from mom, not me. She also got her good taste from mom, who worked as a senior executive in the fashion industry, not me. But she got her attitude from me, and that goes a long way...toward keeping her husband and now three boys, in line, ship shape and Bristol fashion. 

My friends, mostly thuggish Navy types, including a veteran of Iranian SAVAK, a contingent of SAS types and a retired Colonel from 62 Commando and family, made an appearance without busting the place up. Afterward they retreated to a bar somewhere to tell stories/swap lies, as is their right.
OldAFSarge continues - It has been a long time coming, we couldn't be happier. 
Blogging must needs be take a back seat to real life this week. The Missus Herself is, even as you read this, on her way to help with all the details. It's what Moms do. 
I myself won't be heading south until later in the week. No doubt the ladies don't want the old man under foot while they try to get things done.
Here at Virtual Mirage, we couldn't be happier for you and those you love (and who love you).

On Trump (the complete article is here)


"The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60's. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

"The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

"With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

"During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

"Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

"Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

"General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

"Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”


Mike_C explains his good taste in wine - ...much as I appreciate the chianti reference, it seems that roast baby (as with lamb or veal) would go better with a lighter wine, perhaps a nice Willamette pinot noir....
Point taken. I don't know if progs have good taste in wine. They seem to do things like pop open a twenty year old, $700 bottle, of Pomerol, purchased by Soros, and then pour it over ice, mixed with 7-Up.
Actually, one of the biggest problems we (as a nation, as a civilization) face is exactly that they ARE moving to where the food is. Which might be tolerable, if not for the fact that they are also bringing low IQ, minimal/nonexistent education, generally terrible impulse control, assorted horrifying diseases, and 7th century OG Abrahamite religious attitudes. The cherry on this shit sundae is that the persons doing the most to encourage, support, and finance these invasions are exactly those who are top of the kill list of the invaders. Me? I don't belong to any of those groups, and can grow a beard. And while I reject worship at the altar of multiculti, I am perfectly willing to employ taqiyya against those who espouse it.
I live in the remote mountains. As the guests of the liberal elite trash everything outside of their walled and heavily fortified mansions, I'll simply be waiting at a pass with a politically incorrect rifle with a very accurate scope, and pick them off as they come. If they ever make it this far.
In other news, it looks like the LaRouchians are taking credit for the AOC/Babies stunt. If so, well done, LaRouchians (the first time I have EVER said that). But, even though I understand the desire to take credit for a bit of cleverness, it would have been far better both strategically and tactically to leave it a mystery as to whether the infantophagous woman was serious or trolling.
I agree. There is very little to commend the followers of La Rouch over, but this is one of them.
WSF - "The progs and the filthy denizens of the DC swamp had such splendid plans for a Clinton presidency"

Alinsky in his Rules for Radicals missed one critical point.

In my line of work, the enemy gets a vote.
Jim Mattis

President Trump fights back. How unfair!
Please read the whole article, linked above, about President Trump. You're on point as usual, except when you think that a fine American buffalo is a bison. America didn't elect Trump because he played by Marquis of Queensbury rules. We elected a brawler to kick ass. He's not a Republican and he's not a conservative in many respects, but he loves America. And that's good enough. He can tweet all he wants because it bothers the progs.

Beans gazes into his crystal ball - And it gazes back into him - I feel that Hillary is just a feint. The real 'candidate' that the DNC leadership will 'nominate' will be the First Wookie, Michelle O'Bama (hey, if Beto can claim to be hispanic, Moochelle can claim to be Irish, right?)
There is said to be 'the black Irish'.
The dem selected candidates at their convention have all had lots of exposure on magazines and news stories, and have had 'top selling' 'biographies.'

None of the current crop of candidates, nor Hillary, are seen on magazine covers month in and month out. None of the current crop of candidates, nor Hillary, are still raking in money from a biographical fantasy.
And Bernie had a heart attack. Who knows if it's his first? He could easily shuffle off his mortal coil on the campaign trail. (will they bury him in a Soviet flag?) Biden has been revealed to be as corrupt as Hillary. Hillary is just as corrupt and unlikeable as the last two times she went for it. Harris can't get above fifth in line in her home state of California. Beto couldn't get elected to be dog catcher. The Butt guy appeals to others of his strange preference. Amy Who? And Warren is still a fake Indian. Castro is a Castro. Yang wants to be a pop icon but he's not ready for prime time. Spartacus is polling around 1% - he already had his Spartacus moment. He's (?) been putting off marrying a woman until he's the anointed one.
But Michelle?  She and her husband/wife are still on covers. You can't fail to see them when standing in the checkout aisle trying not to make eye-contact with the weird people in line. And She(?) is still raking it in big from her biography. And she's on all the talk circuits.

Her half-hearted insistence that she isn't running just don't sound true.

And the combination of the Obama hagiography and ?female? gender will be a winning combination for the Dems.

Mark my words. She(?) is coming to the Dem Convention, crown in hand, to take the nomination.

I hope I'm wrong, but...
She (?) is in the same position with the Dems that Mitt is assuming with the Republicans, hoping for an opening to sweep in and 'save the party'. The Democrat Party arguably does need saving. The Republicans don't, which must disappoint Mitt, who will have to wait for 2024 to make his move (again). Will the whole "Trust me, I'm an inner-city person" scenario resonate and sweep the nation and push Michelle and the first man (?) back into the White House? She (?) hates the White House and has said it many times. She (?) hates the flag and had a few open microphone moments, which would put her in good stead with the Donkeys. She (?) has NO RECORD of voting for or against anything excepting making school lunch inedible. That's always a plus. She's just a disbarred lawyer.
One question that nags me is whether or not Barack would want to move back into the White House. He's had it good for the last 4 years. No pesky teleprompter to haul around, hanging out on yachts, jet setting, buggering boys and remaining well outside of the spotlight. If Michelle ran, his corrupt activities while in office would end up front and center. And he has a lot of skeletons that have not taken center stage since he vanished.

Sunday Sermonette

She's Back

I harbored a secret fear that Hillary Clinton would sink to the bottom of her bottle of gin sort of like Jeb! Bush did. But that didn't happen.

Blogging is not quite the same thing without the presence of the crone and the hoard of adoring flying monkeys that attends her.

Yes, the dream that she'd attach herself to Bernie Sanders is just that - a blogging dream - and endlessly shoveling coal in the pit of hell for Bernie as he shuffles off his mortal coil.

The progs and the filthy denizens of the DC swamp had such splendid plans for a Clinton presidency. Insurance policy and all just in case. And it was destroyed by the Orange Man and his deplorable followers.

But It looks as if she's back, angling for the Democrat nomination in an exceptionally weak field.

Today's sermonette is simply advice. Don't select a witch or somebody who has lost twice before to be your champion, no matter how many people she has had murdered.

In Hong Kong

The situation remains brittle. Carrie Lam (Party Hack and PRC Governor of HK) directed that it was now a crime to wear a mask in Hong Kong unless you needed to wear one for some compelling reason. 

Given that the daily protester count is somewhere north of half a million in various locations around the city, and the fact that they've created a "Declaration of Independence" based on the American model, the mask law seems really small. 

Then again, Carrie isn't that bright.

Sermonette Warning

Don't trust your black cat this Halloween season - just don't. This is a public service announcement.

Emotional Support Pet Option #1

Sometimes I think that this blog is getting out of control...ok, in a good way.


Jules (link) comments from the very heart of medieval England - (regarding a olde English bit of art that survived to be digitized in the present day)

Well now, let me be of art philosophy assistance here! I am quite the interpreter when it comes to Medieval Marginalia. These people were the art philosophers of yore. I may in fact be a direct descendant of this foxy female.

It’s funny how we were just talking about trees and copping off because you can clearly see that this sort of thing has been going on for centuries. Here we have the fair maiden, virginal with her halo, in the prime of fertility -hence pictured between two rather exotic trees. The trees themselves, lush, fertile and enticing; abundant and bearing. Tempting and kinky with their peacock style display. Even the ground below a feracious garden. You can see how a breeder might be tempted. And looky do, what do we have here but a giant sperm monster released by some opportunist lothario ( feet pictured far right as he is forced back to the wastelands after trying to COP-OFF) Fortunately, the fair maiden has her trusty paddle, ready to snuff the sneaky sperminator, keeping her forever chaste and unspoilt. 
Whilst the sperm depicted is rather large it is clearly going to take a bigger dick to get her to play ball.
Size matters.
WSF opines that I may be harvesting mushroom that I find in the woods - Have you been gathering wild mushrooms?
Full disclosure, no. But I do like mushrooms, best is as a side to a really good steak, or sliced very thin in a salad, or possibly in a brothy Japanese soup.
Jules (clarifying that the mushroom comment was directed at her) - Not me WSF, I’m from England. But I hear Larry is partial to them on his grilled cheese.
Don't drag me in to this. I like just cheese inside of my grilled cheese sandwich. No mushrooms or thin sliced ham. Not even bacon. However a side of tomato soup is nearly essential to enjoy a grilled cheese. As opposed to a Phili cheese steak - which is a completely different rant.
Fredd takes on Jules - Jules!! My, but how far you dwellers in Old Blighty have strayed from the Victorian ways! That squiggly thing is a mere puff of smoke generated from a crack in the earth which leads down to Hades. And that club is not a club, but a fan with which the young lass is using to fan the fumes and disperse them in order that they not cause a noxious and evil nuisance. There you have it. Can I interpret or can I interpret? You bet I can.

Halos, fertility, lushness, tempting and kinky, all poppy cock. 

And when Bernie kicks the bucket owing to a bad ticker, dining on his carcass will only yield tough and inedible barbecue, unless you really douse it with BBQ sauce, and lots of it. Then maybe... 
I think that if you pit BBQ'd Bernie, of course doused heavily with sauce, that his followers might dive in. Face it, if they had good taste, they wouldn't be Bernie Bro's.
Jules rejoinders, citing medieval primacy - To be fair, Fredd, that was a pretty good interpretation but since I’m from the core of medieval England I hold trumps on what’s really cracking off.

Fredd surrenders - Jules: all right, then. I defer to those closer to the action than me. But from afar, that squiggly thing still looks an awful lot like a puff of smoke, at least from where I stand 4,000 miles away.Reply

Old NFO - Yep, AOC was played... LOL Re Kinison, MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS!! He was a helluva comic!
He offered the only workable solution to world hunger. Provide them with luggage.
Howard Brewi - About Bernie "A Stranger in a Strange Land" Heinlin. GROCK!
I grock what you're saying, but I think that Bernie's Bros. belongs in "I Will Fear No Evil". Bernie might be "The Man Who Sold the Moon."