sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, January 31, 2020

Matters of Luck?

Operation Barbarossa...

The invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany (Operation Barbarossa) is said by many to be the decisive campaign in the European/Eurasian Theater during World War 2. It failed, and doomed the Germans to defeat.

(German) Army Group Center, the most powerful and important of the three army groups deployed, ground to a halt at the gates of Moscow. After that, it was a long, miserable retreat. The German High Command was conflicted because (as with the Japanese), 'victory disease' had set in. The Germans had a well trained, experienced, victorious field army and from where they stood, they were certain that the Russians would be defeated within the first six to eight weeks of fighting, long before the Wermacht reached the Dnepr-Dvina line.

Germany at the gates of Moscow
But things don't always go to plan. When the intelligence developed by the German military was deeply flawed, as it was, they would have needed much more luck than they ended up having to find a victory in the long Russian retreat. By mid-December 1941, the Germans had lost the initiative. Then the Russians took their turn.

The profoundly racist outlook of the Nazi state absurdly inflated the abilities of the German military ("The German soldier can do anything!") and belittled the combat capabilities of the Russians, who turned out to be able to fight much harder and more skillfully than expected, as the Germans themselves would ruefully admit. Slav is the root word in slave. Hardly a match for the master race, but these are Russians that we're discussing and they were capable of absorbing massive damage in the macro sense. Nobody thought that a communist 'slave army' would stand. But they were fighting for hearth and home. The Germans discounted that.

Given the vast distances involved, the logistical resources available to support this huge battle were utterly inadequate to the task. The professional reputations of the German officers who planned and carried out Operation Barbarossa were been inflated beyond their true quality.

E-Mail

One of the largest security companies in China, located in Shanghai, e-mailed me and informed me that they were shutting down until the plague has ended. You'd think that the present crisis would be just the chance for the security company (its officers are armed with handguns) to deploy in strength, but that's not how it's rolling.

A serious crisis in China? You be the judge. An accidental release of an engineered virus from a Chinese BioWeapons Laboratory? Again, I leave it to you to decide.

The Russians closed their border with China today at a time when their business with China was on the rise.

Some say that the Chinese are getting what's coming to them, but starting a pandemic impacts a lot more people than the communist Chinese. And all we can do at this point in time is to watch it play out.

Donkey Moves

Will the Democrat effort to "Kavanaugh" the impeachment hoax succeed? We'll know later today. With any luck at all, the Senate will dismiss this farce and the nation's lawmakers will get back to work.

"The hysteria rises when reality refuses to validate the voices in your head." The corrupt, lying, smug, sly, mainstream media will be howling. F em - sideways. They will continue the coup, but it will be more muted. I'm not saying that they've shot their bolt, but it's difficult for them to keep up the impeachment narrative that they've been working on for three years.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday News

The Sun
Astronomers have just released the highest-resolution image of the sun. Taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Maui, it gives us an unprecedented view of our nearest star and brings us closer to solving several long-standing mysteries.
The new image demonstrates the telescope’s potential power. It shows off a surface that’s divided up into discrete, Texas-size cells, like cracked sections in the desert soil. You can see plasma oozing off the surface, rising high into the solar atmosphere before sinking back into darker lanes.
There is a lot about the Sun that we don't know. Maybe more exploration will explain to scientists why the global warming hoax isn't working? In any event, all warming essentially comes from the sun or volcanism from Earth's interior. The small amount of human-caused activity is insignificant. Pollution is another matter and must be dealt with separately.

The Mooch?

For all of you Obama conspiracy theorists, corrupt, creepy, old, Slow Joe Biden has reached out to Michelle Obama to run as his vice president. Naturally the plan would be for Slow Joe to die in office and Barack would return as first metrosexual at the side of his masculine wife - now president. I don't know if Joe can beat Bernie. But wait - stop the presses - Team Hillary is also angling for a vice presidential bid, keeping in mind that Creepy Joe might not last a month.

Tulsi vs Hillary

On the advice of counsel, Hillary Clinton has refused to accept service of Tulsi Gabbard's lawsuit. Apparently Hillary doesn't think that accusing everyone who ticks her off of being a Russian spy should be 'wrong'. Then again, she may just be buying a little time until Tulsi is drowned in the Hawaiian surf? Accidents happen, right? Tulsi is getting a little big for her britches these days. It's become a staple of Democrat politics.

Your Happy Thursday News

Because sometimes the glass if half full:


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Checking In


More on the Virus

(bloomberg) It's worth a read. The implications raise the concerns about Coronavirus carriers moving about and spreading the virus with no visible symptoms.

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In case you missed it, Federal Agents arrested Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, charged with lying to the Department of Defense about secret monthly payments of $50,000.00 paid by China and receipt of millions more to help set up a chemical/biological “Research” laboratory in China. Also arrested were two Chinese “Students” working as research assistants, one of whom was actually a lieutenant in the People's Liberation Army, the other captured at Logan Airport as he tried to catch a flight to China - smuggling 21 vials of “Sensitive Biological Samples” according to the FBI.

The research lab the professor had helped set up is located at the Wuhan University of Technology. Make of that what you will. DRJIM might be right. They're trying to recreate "The Stand".

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As far as I know, United, Lufthansa and Delta are the only airlines to suspend travel to China, but there may be more.

Popeye

152 years ago, Monday, January 27, 1868, an obscure Polish-American bartender and general laborer by the name of Frank “Rocky” Fiegel (1868-1947) was born in Poland. Late in his life, Rocky Fiegel became somewhat famous as the real-life inspiration for E. C. Segar’s ever-popular cartoon character Popeye The Sailor.

According to Wikipedia:
Local folklore in Chester, Illinois, Segar's hometown, claims that Frank “Rocky” Fiegel was the real-life inspiration for the character Popeye. He had a prominent chin, sinewy physique, characteristic pipe, & a propensity & agile skill for fist-fighting. Fiegel died on March 24, 1947 never having married. His gravestone has the image of Popeye engraved on it. The town of Chester erected a statue of Popeye in Fiegel’s honor, which still stands today.

Mid Week

Fat Guy (in a little coat)

I visited the doctor on my journey and did the whole vials of blood thing that went to the lab (not the Labrador Retriever - at least I don't think that's how they do it, but maybe they had a dog bark at the blood - it's all shrouded in mystery and common people such as myself don't get to see what does on behind the curtain). I've been on a self-imposed low carb diet and it's working. The A1C is in the mid sixes and everything else is normal. I find myself packing a healthy lunch (no bread, no spuds, no rice, no pasta, etc.) and while that's pretty nerdy, it works if I plan to live with any sort of quality of life. I order off the menu now in restaurants. usually something like a big steak, green beans, asparagus, and rabbit food. You have to pick the right place to eat and there's really no such thing as drive-though food if you want to do this. It's tough to keep it up when I'm away from home but it is worth the effort.

I've always been a generally healthy guy, but as I've aged, I've fallen prey to the 'age gene' (I'm not 25 anymore no matter how much I lie to myself) and I'm trying to reverse the curse to the extent possible. 

The Virus

(more here) A friend of mine is planning to go to China mid-crisis and we had a discussion on the telephone last night about it. I say that he has a screw loose, but I've told him to his face before now. His problem is that once he lands (he'd planned to go to Hong Kong, no internal flights, no trains, no contact with the 'mainland'), he needs to leave China and go to Thailand or somewhere before he can fly back into a different Chinese city. American personnel assigned to the US Embassy have left China "on vacation for Chinese New Year" to get out of the place and so as not to appear panicked. But internally in China, the place is very much on lock down. Word on the street is that the mortality rate is right around 10%. And that's very bad for "the flu". He told me that he'll hold off for a week or so to see how things progress. This is not the time to go to China. Accidental release of a weaponized virus? Maybe? Call me mistrustful of 'official Chinese information'.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Twofer Tuesday

It's the Weather


It was 58 degrees (F) at the White Wolf Mine on Sunday. There is was trace snow Sunday night that dusted the place on Monday, but all in all, it's been a mild winter at 7,500 ft. on Arizona's Mogollon Rim. The automatic gate that lets you into the compound froze shut because the snow melted and was promptly turned to ice, the set the gears that turn to open the steel gate. And I had to chip a little ice and use some harsh language to get it open.

Normally I wouldn't dwell on the weather here on the blog, but there are some of you who e-mailed me and asked me why I live in the Arizona highlands.

At least some of it has to do with the weather. I thought about locations in Wyoming or Idaho but it's a challenge to drive to warm from there in the winter. 

During the summer here, it stays in the 80's (F). So far, it's never dropped below zero (F), but it's still cold at night during the winter.  

Right now, it feels a lot like spring at the end of January. I realize that might not remain and we could get feet of snow in February, but that hasn't been forecast.

But it's an hour's drive to the nearest store/fast food, etc. and if that's a problem for you, this location is not for you.

Living remotely requires that you think out of the box, unlike Schrodinger's cat (left).

Various Political Thoughts

I'm on the road, working to enrich myself today. And in the process, I am missing out on the made-for-TV impeachment drama, scripted to increase viewing market share by the media, without much effort at retaining honor. I know, what honor?

Naturally, the anti-Trump, Republican hand full are sitting back and trying to leverage their personal political futures because they do hold the swing to see whether witnesses are called and this charade goes on through summer or not.

John Bolton, a craven cur under the best of circumstances, is dancing in the sidelines of the American kabuki theater, reminding everyone that HE should have been elected president because he is wiser than everyone else in the room - and in the nation. 

And... I'm missing the agonizing minute-by-minute coverage in the war of tv market share. The US Senate would need a 2/3 vote to remove the president from office and that is very unlikely to happen. But grandstanding senators could prolong the drama long enough that somebody like Bernie, the Butt Guy or Bloomie - all B's like a B movie, would march in triumph to the presidency. The ratings gods would like this to endure like a social disease because let's face it, CNN's ratings can't eclipse the Sponge Bob cartoon in raw numbers of viewers. And if you turned off the tv's at airports, it would be even worse.

The Democrat promises to raise taxes and crash the stock market all while ushering in the Green New Deal, which will save the planet because otherwise we'll all be dead in 11 years don't have much appeal unless you have a grievance or you think that you can squeeze a few zlotys out of somebody else's pocket. But they do have the media, and that's no small thing.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Very Viral Sunday Sermonette

Conspiracy Theory
From a friend in Canada: CORONAVIRUS is a Patented Virus: paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization - who are the primary owners of the virus. They filled for a patent for the virus in 2015, which was approved on Nov 20, 2018. US Patent 10130701 (Look it up for yourself).
The timing of the release coincides with Chinese New Year, one of the largest human annual migrations in the world. 

And if they have a patent on the virus, they have a vaccine to sell to the world, or so goes the story. 

The difficulty is finding out the absolute truth on such things and I'm not equipped to do that even if I demanded answers. And I'm not demanding anything, just sharing a brief sermonette for those of you who breeze past this blog on a Sunday.

Based on best guesses from the stats coming out of China, the disease is lethal in about 10% of the cases, but those numbers are preliminary.

It could also have been an accidental release from the Chinese germ warfare laboratory in Wuhan. But the patent is interesting, isn't it?

I have no faith in the "approved" fact checkers on the Internet, because they tend to approach such things with a hard bias. CDC said (on Fox News) that the gene for the Coronavirus had not been sequenced. That is apparently a lie. Lots of lies going around where this virus is concerned.

The word leaking out of China is that there are over 100,000 cases documented, yesterday. Today, who knows?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy New Year

Yes, it's the Year of the Rat. 

Democrats believe that it a sign that they can readily identify with. But were they all born in the Rat year? I think not. It may be cultural appropriation on a grand scale.

In China, the white metal Rat Year is generally lucky, but with Coronavirus spreading like wildfire causing the government to shut down much of the intercity transportation in metropolitan areas, how lucky it it really?

The impact is being felt in the cultural sector. Even though the Chinese New Year is usually the country's most popular moviegoing period of the year, this year, major studios have decided to postpone their releases; China's 70,000 movie theaters will remain closed, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Shanghai Disney Resort has closed down. Disneyland's Mickey and Minnie were all set to celebrate the Year of the Rat with special costumes and performances, but now the world-famous mice will remain isolated, just like a large part of China's population affected by the quarantine.

You'd have to be a true astrologer to ascribe the proper meaning to all this and I am not. Some news outlets speculate that the virus was accidentally released by the Chinese Germ Warfare research facility in Wuhan. Others have different theories. Maybe it was started when somebody ate a rat - symbolic of the year?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Freaky Friday

I'll be at The Palace, Today

It's a business meeting in Prescott, AZ. Why not at The Palace? It's across from the courthouse.
(link) In 1877, Thorne built the saloon and named it The Palace Saloon; it was one of over forty bars which stood next to one another on Whiskey Row in Prescott. 
Over the course of its history it has seen such famous patrons as Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday (in the 1870s before they headed south to Tombstone). Virgil Earp was the town marshal of Prescott at the time. The current town marshal still uses his old historic office. And maybe it's a good thing that times don't change all that quickly.
During his time in Prescott before leaving for Tombstone, Wyatt Earp was involved in several gunfights behind the saloon, killing two men. Holliday also killed a man in the saloon during a knife fight. There's more history at the link, above. 
Prescott has to be the most conservative larger town in Arizona. You might disagree and it's cool if you do, 'you're a daisy if you don't'... 

It's one of the more historic bars in America but I don't think that there has been a gunfight there recently. However many of the patrons usually wear TRUMP hats. You can try and knock their hats off their heads if you'd like. I'll order popcorn if somebody wants to do that.

Anyway, that's just another day in the Arizona Highlands.

More to Consider

Al Gore was at the Davos Summit recently, preaching the gospel of global warming. And people were said to have listened to him. There is definitely MORE THAN ONE sucker born every minute.



Thursday, January 23, 2020

It's Here

Coronavirus (or the Wuhan Virus)

Based on a conversation with people on the ground in China, the virus is much worse than has been reported in the Western press. Not that I think much of the news media in the US. As with the Spanish Flu Epidemic (1918-1920), otherwise healthy young adults are dying. Usually flu epidemics claim the very young and very old. 

In the case of the Spanish Flu, the high mortality rate occurred because the virus triggered a cytokine storm, which ravaged the stronger immune system of young adults. I'm not a virologist, so I can't offer a valid opinion. But I can speculate that something along the same lines may be happening. The Spanish Flu was said to have jumped species from birds to humans in the same way that the Coronavirus has.

In China, during the SARS epidemic of 2002-3, people suspected of having been infected were rounded up and placed in concentration camps as a potential remedy, which didn't work. The Chinese government is considering similar measures as it continues to shut down travel from cities where infections are rampant. SARS was a coronavirus.

Again, reverting to a phone call last night, coronavirus seems to go from mild respiratory distress to pneumonia in very short order. 

Thanks China.

The New Dominion?


There is a new look coming for a new decade. I hope that those of you who have followed this blog stick around. Obviously it's not finished or in place, but it is coming...eventually.

The Old Dominion - now a New Dominion?


When you look at the Virginia State Flag, does something stand out for you? It's just a blue flag with the state seal. There is a figure, possibly a lictor, standing on the chest of a fallen tyrant and the words below describing what you see, "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (Thus always to Tyrants)


It's a Latin phrase attributed to Marcus Iunius Brutus, one of the people who assassinated Julius Caesar. It is a shortened version of the phrase "Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis" ("Thus always I bring death to tyrants")

Am I the only one who sees profound irony in the fact that this flag flies over the Virginia Statehouse? Do those new legislators or the donkey the progs elected governor ever look UP? 

No, I'm not calling on anyone to end these elected morons, I think that they will be voted from office and that balance and sanity will be restored to Virginia. 

I simply find that the firearms issue is the hill that they wish to make their last stand on - in Virginia. Liberal Massachusetts has allowed itself to be owned by people very different from those who founded the place, but Virginia? Really?

Tyrants have a difficult time establishing a beachhead when everyone around them is armed to the teeth.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Imagining Six and Seven

Sixth Generation Fighters


In case you were wondering...the F-22 and F-35 are Fifth Generation fighters. So what's next? Pilot or no pilot? 

Navy concept, (right) with cockpits.

Drones/UAV's are clearly useful in a number of rolls, but the old fashioned part of me still can't conceive of a front line fighter that doesn't have a pilot/aviator even if much of the aircraft is fly by wire/computer.

Will seventh generation fighters be space-capable? It's worth thinking about because it would add another dimension to the calculus. Today, the aircraft can go higher than the pilot can tolerate (unless he/she is wearing a space suit). It would also give impetus to military bases on the Moon (buried deep within the regolith).

US Space Force Website (maybe your purpose on this planet isn't on this planet)

Space Flag 20-1
Space Flag represents a fundamental pivot from viewing space as a benign environment to viewing space as a contested domain of warfare. This critical exercise provides an educational environment where our space warfighters are challenged to defend, fight, and win in space against a thinking adversary in potential future conflicts.
The current space force are still wearing camo uniforms and I think that needs to be re-considered. There is not much need to look like a tree or bush while in orbit.

1917 (movie review)

During World War I, two British soldiers -- Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake -- receive seemingly impossible orders. 

In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades -- including Blake's own brother.
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The War-to-end-all-Wars has been going on for three years. One year previously, in July-November 1916, there were one million casualties at the Battle of the Somme. The British lost 57,000 on the first day of the offensive.

Total Casualties topped 1 million, including the deaths of more than 300,000. British troops sustained 420,000 casualties—including 125,000 deaths—during the Battle of the Somme. The casualties also included 200,000 French troops and 500,000 German soldiers.

And in 1917, that is history, as the war continues to drag on. The original British Expeditionary Force (BEF) of six divisions and the Cavalry Division, had lost most of the army's pre-war regular soldiers in the battles of 1914 and 1915. In 1917, the bulk of the army was made up of volunteers of the Territorial Force and Lord Kitchener's New Army. Rapid expansion created many vacancies for senior commands and specialist functions, which led to many appointments of retired officers and inexperienced newcomers. Staggering losses by the French at Verdun and by the British, who tried to relieve pressure on the French during the Somme offensive meant that by 1917, things were very thin.

During trench warfare, the trenches changed hands as they were captured by bayonet charges through wire into machine gun fire and carefully ranged modern artillery. In some cases, corpses of the dead were fifty feed deep, encased in mud.

The uniforms, and militaria of the movie were spot on. I could not have wanted for better. The back story could have been expanded on and possibly ten or fifteen minutes toward (but not at) the end might have been cut. But that's me being picky.

I think that it's a movie worth seeing. (more clips)

You can't tell the story of World War One because you can't put the smell in the movie. But you can try and tell a version of the story.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Demonstrations (a personal journey)

If you would have asked me twenty years ago (circa 2000) if I would have attended a political demonstration as a demonstrator, not as an intelligence officer, collecting against the crowd, I would have laughed at you and said that you have to be kidding. But think back. In 2000, the World Trade Center had not been attacked. In October 2001, nobody on the planet would have thought that America would have a president named Barack Hussein Obama with deep communist roots and a serious love of Islam who would take office in 2008. If you'd have predicted it, everyone would have laughed at you and would have told you that you needed to have your head examined.

But elected he was and I became one of the throng of Tea Party people who showed up, to various events. I met Palin and Breitbart out in the desert at Searchlight, Nevada near Harry Reid's house. And those are the circumstances surrounding the formation of Virtual Mirage, because I wanted a digital record that the nation did not go along with the Obamanation. If you go back and read, that was the text in the early days of this blog. And there were a few bloggers who I met back in that day such as Woodsterman and Old NFO. We read each other's blogs and when we all happened to be in town, we met in person and we found out that we all had the same thing in common. We had a love of country and were concerned where things were headed. Many of the people were veterans, who had put it on the line. 

Then came Donald J. Trump, and I attended a Trump rally at Costa Mesa, CA. Just one in a crowd of thousands. Bear with me because there is a point to this. In all cases, the conservatives (so-called "astroturf") who gathered together were polite, thoughtful, picked up their trash, didn't hurl insults, and just wanted their voices to be heard. It's just the way the Second Amendment protest in Richmond went down yesterday. When I was sitting at the Trump rally in Costa Mesa, waiting for the great man to speak, the people next to me went and bought me lunch at the venue. Not because they had to or because I asked them for something for nothing. It's what decent people do.

No cars were overturned, no shops were looted, nobody was injured, no insults were hurled. They were Americans, concerned about where the country was headed. Most of them had never done this sort of thing before because the core of the nation had not been under attack. Even given the unpopularity of Obama with the people, nobody called for his death, they didn't mock him. They simply disagreed, and Congress was shocked. As I mentioned, we were referred to as "astroturf" because we couldn't be a grass roots movement. We were too clean, too well groomed, we took off work to be there and went back to work when the demonstration ended. We made our own signs. Nobody bussed us there and paid us to shout. 

That's what happens when America responds to injustice. It wasn't a gathering of filthy inner-city people, who are paid to protest, leave trash, loot, burn and so forth. The media is perplexed. The politicians are confused. How could a group of admittedly heavily armed people gather to express their discontent and not injure anyone? It's because they are decent people, who are also free people, and want to keep it that way. It is the essence of what America is. They are not parasites, they work, and earn for their families. They are good neighbors, they are the teachers and firemen and policemen and mechanics and insurance salesmen and so forth who were not born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They are not the Hollywood elites. They're mothers and fathers and grandparents who have a stake in the outcome. They represent all races, all faiths, and economic groups.

HOPE

Demonstrations give me hope for the future of the nation, and gatherings of this sort strike fear in the hearts of the progressives who work so hard to damage the essence of America. People are not mocked for their differences, they are embraced as fellow patriots. And they didn't vote for Hillary Clinton no matter how much the corrupt, lying, media shilled for her. If you showed up with a sign that indicated that you disagreed, nobody hurt you. They'd just ask you if you're ok.

Imagine somebody showing up at the Second Amendment rally in Richmond who carried a sign that said, "Take my Guns! - NOW". People might laugh at the fool and they might say, if you don't want a firearm, you don't need to buy one. It's about choice. But that is not what they're doing at the Virginia Legislature. It's not about choice. It's not about rights, that began 244 years ago. It's not how the progressives think. It is not part of their agenda. Decent people disagree with the collectivists, and the communists, and the donkeys. And they gather peacefully.

Finding the Correct Pronoun


(link) On Wednesday, a divided panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled, in 2–1 fashion, that a transgender litigant — a biological male who suffers from gender dysphoria and subjectively feels that he is a female — cannot require a court to address him using female pronouns. 
The case, U.S. v. Varner, pitted Reagan nominee Judge Jerry E. Smith and Trump nominee Judge S. Kyle Duncan in the panel majority, against Clinton nominee Judge James L. Dennis as the lone dissenter. What made the opinion particularly fascinating was that Duncan’s majority opinion used male pronouns, whereas Dennis’ dissent used female pronouns.
"No authority supports the proposition that we may require litigants, judges, court personnel, or anyone else to refer to gender-dysphoric litigants with pronouns matching their subjective gender identity."

In a nutshell: You may have favorite pronouns to describe your biological identity but the court doesn't care.

In life, one may hate a father, trample a flag, mock Christ, lust for a sister, rejoice at seeing a Muslim woman lashed to death for removing her headscarf, and so on. But you can't force people to refer to you in a gender specific way that does not match your genetic code. Not anymore.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday Madness

MEXIT - Another View

Britain has resumed the tradition of sending outcasts to the colonies. Her Royal Highness is playing a clever game by dumping the lazy wastrels (weak DNA) outside of the Island.
LONDON – British Parliament has passed a law that will resume the practice of sending its criminals, debtors, society’s rejects, and Harry to the colonies by penal shipment or banishment. 
The law, which was given Royal Assent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, coincides with the imminent arrival of Prince of Sussex to the Dominion of Canada where he will now reside. 
Canadians expressed a mix of disappointment and resentment that the country will be used as a dumping ground for outcasts.

“Couldn’t New Zealand take him?” said a Vancouver Island resident opposed to the Prince’s relocation. “What about the Falklands Islands? Couldn’t he be some sort of useless viceroy position there instead?” 
Pickpockets, orphans, and members of the Royal Family unfortunate enough to be the second or third born in a primogeniture succession system will be cast out of Great Britain immediately without any recourse.
The Power of Her Pen

More on Pelosi from the Bee 

(link) WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nancy Pelosi has announced a new creative fundraiser for Dems in 2020: auctioning off limited-edition replicas of the dentures she wore during Trump's impeachment.
It's a way to show your support for the donkeys, and you get the gift as well.




SPQR

Sunday, January 19, 2020

A Dating Site?


We know that the President speaks the truth...

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Weekend Update

Adoration

Let me put it this way (trying to be kind to the extent that it's possible). 


You can be a fat, slovenly, oaf with a moderately low IQ and still be able to get laid in North Korea. Then again, you can also be Harvey Weinstein, who is sort of the Kim Jong Un of Hollywood. It gives hope to all the men out there.

And there you have it.

Cat Got Your Tongue?

I didn't watch the Democrat debate because frankly, I don't care what they have to say. But I did watch the highlights, and this was what I hoped that Bernie would have said:

I think that Thin Lizzy has shot her bolt and now there's nothing much left to say about her. She's going down to defeat to the other communist running for the presidency.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Handy Edges

What's on your Desktop?

That may be a personal question so don't take it wrong. I normally don't keep a loaded firearm on top of my desk. There is a rifle at the side of my desk (no photo), and normally I keep a kukri there, but I also keep little Jenny Wren on the desktop.


The little hatchet is only 11" long and the head is triangular and razor sharp on all three sides. When I write that it's sharp, it is VERY sharp.  And when grandkids visit, she is stashed away because they'd likely kill themselves with it by opening an artery. 

Where most tomahawks have the cutting edge and a sharp beard edge, this little beast will slice in any direction with equal enthusiasm.

It's made by RJM Forge and I have no idea what they cost now. I've had this blade for quite a while.

Checking In

Conventioneering


First of all, I am on record for not enjoying training conferences by in large. I'm also not a fan of Laughin, Nevada mainly because it's a run down city on the other side of the Colorado River from Arizona. However, I have bandwidth for the computer (quite a change from the status quo at the White Wolf Mine). 

Sometimes I wonder why I volunteer to do things like this.

There are a lot of people at this conference whose identities are completely wrapped up with their service in rural fire districts. Lots of ego. Lots of fire logo stickers on four wheel drive pick ups in the lot. And part of me is glad that they derive such pleasure from self-identification in the way that they do. They'd run through a burning building to rescue me...maybe. Maybe not if they knew that it was "me"...

But yeah, the conference is a bit boring.

The New Sig

Because you can't have enough toys.  I'd really like to have one, but could I afford to shoot it? The answer is that I'd end up selling almost all of my other toys if I had to, just to buy ammo to feed this bad boy. We need to open up the laws in Arizona... Nothing says love like an MG338. Share with those you love that this would be THE PERFECT Valentine's Day gift.

Thought of the Day

I was thinking about stellar black holes. They (and dark matter) are the glue that holds galaxies and star clusters together. And if you're not quite familiar with how they work, this may not make a lot of sense to you. Memory is like an event horizon. What is caught in it is gone - but it's always there. Until you get old and then there is no telling...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Modern Predictions

A New Progressive Political Party?

It's arguable, and can be demonstrated because of the Democrat super delegates, that the 2016 nomination was stolen from Bernie Sanders (and his bro's). Now in 2020, there is a concerted effort underway in the Democrat party to deny him the nomination again. The Party prefers corrupt, old, Slow Joe Biden because he's not a communist. However there are a lot of communists who find themselves in the ranks of the Democrat Party.

It may be that the progressive wing of the Democrat Party forms their own National Socialist Worker's Party for the likes of Bernie and Liz (who have had a falling out not unlike Adolph Hitler and  Ernst Röhm, who didn't survive the push and shove with Adolph). Having a new brand might make the Party more appealing to those who find the corrupt, old, senile Biden a bit difficult to take.

Rather than budget for a new logo, they could simply use the one adopted by Obama, for arm bands, a flag and such. Maybe they'd want to put a hammer and sickle in the middle of the O? I can't really suggest anything that is nearly as 'woke' as that.

MEXIT

Will Harry and Meagan go into the illegal narcotics business? There are a couple of advantages for the talentless couple, who lack any skill set that an employer may want. (1) They have diplomatic immunity and can't be prosecuted; (2) They have an insatiable need for money and large scale drug smuggling will scratch that itch; (3) It doesn't require much talent; (4) They could come up with their own branding for fentanyl that would make it seem more fashionable; (5) The couple could turn to Meagan's Hollywood friends for an immediate market; (6) Canada has pledged $850K for their security. I don't know what Cartel leaders need to pay, but Canada is definitely underwriting their overhead.

Cooperating with China

CHINA TRADE DEAL  (part one)

You can read the entire 94 pages of the trade deal on the Fox News website.  There are a number of people including me, who feel that the Chinese will cheat since they've been doing that with every agreement that the US has signed with them. If that turns out to be the case, there will be no part two and trade sanctions will follow.

I know that some of this blog's readers would rather get into a nuclear exchange to find out who is left standing when it comes to US/China relations. You have the right to your opinion. However, there are others (many of whom live in targeted cities on both sides of the pond) who feel differently. Having traveled to China, having dealt with the Chinese government(s) at some level, having done business with companies in China and having met with many Chinese people, I think that we can all get along.

Part of the problem with the calculus is that we've had crooked American politicians - Creepy old Slow Joe Biden and his criminal son, Hunter, come to mind. They take billion dollar bribes and end up selling this country down the river. You could blame China. I feel that Creepy old Vice President Joe is to blame. Of course, there are a lot of cronies and the mainstream media that will run top cover for him because they have filthy hands too.

Anyway, it's a new world and we have a trade deal. Hopefully there is a way forward.

China's economy has taken a lot of hits from the US under President Trump, they have a disaster in Hong Kong and Taiwan is flipping them the middle finger. They want the deal so that they have predictability. So do people in the US who do business with them.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Humpday Blues

Where's the Devil?

I'm speaking of course of Devil Patrick, the only black Democrat left in the race for nomination now that Spartacus Booker dropped out. The decision to leave him out of the debates is racist, but then again, the Democrat Party is the traditional party of the Klan. 

And Mariann Williamson is gone too. We know that she's a witch because that's what she claims to be, and POOF! Disappearing act.

It will come down to the old white men in the donkey party. Bernie and Joe, toe to toe, with Joe suggesting that they host a push-up competition to decide who the nominee is. I suggest a geography quiz or even a spelling bee.

Some have suggested giving creepy old Slow Joe a new "woke Elmo" doll so he could learn what is and what is not consensual. At this stage in his life, I think that he'll need a lot more than a doll.

It's a pity that Nancy (Nasty) Pelosi isn't running for president. It would make the whole thing so much more fun. She and Liz Warren could have a dance off to see who would remain in the contest.



Perspective

* There are a lot of people who are blaming President Trump for killing a terrorist. Shouldn't they be blaming the missile?

Rural Firefighting

I don't think that you can fight fires without having an association. And in rural Arizona, it means that the association will have a conference. And where better to have the conference than in...Nevada? "Ok" I said and so, that's this coming weekend. Because there is a lot of rural country in Arizona, there are a lot of small fire districts. I will be there, hob-nobbing with the great and near great. I am not that well referenced when it comes to the bureaucratic underpinnings of the state fire business (that's putting out fires, not starting them). There is a lot to learn.

LL - on the rubber
chicken circuit
You see, even though I started out life living in a very small, rural corner of America, I've lived my adult life in various cities and there is a difference. Since the White Wolf Mine, where I now live, is located within a fire district, it seemed incumbent on me to join the effort at some level. I was never one of those kids who wanted to ride the engine and ring the bell, and there was no itch to scratch in that regard. (If there had been a stealth, camo engine with guns and a missile launcher on it, with jihadis to kill, that would have been different.) Thus election to the District Board seemed the way to give back. And there I am. I wonder whether or not I'll get a t-shirt, ball cap and a mug with my registration fee?









Tuesday, January 14, 2020

High Ground

The Raider

The first Northrop Grumman B-21 Raiders are under construction and should be operational by 2025. It's the Air Force's new Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) program. Many details are classified but it's designed to have a very long range, and to eventually replace the B-2, B-1, and B-52 aircraft. I expect that it will look much like a larger version of the B-2, which has a successful, stealthy design shape. The strike package that it will carry will vary based on mission, but expect it to deliver the newest version of hypersonic (scramjet powered) cruise missiles armed with thermonuclear or conventional weapons. 

When you read this blog, it's not like reading "Aviation Leak". I don't have much new to share in that way. I'm a fossil. I thought that being on the ground, lazing a target and having a B-52 on call overhead with smart munitions with rotary launchers that would drop an old iron bomb (snake eye) with a new guidance package was pretty darned cool. 

Now, it's a B-21, standing off 400 miles, (roughly the distance between Los Angeles and the New Mexico State border) selecting the warhead you want, launching a hypersonic missile traveling 4,000 +/- mph (1.1 miles per second) and having it hit the target you've designated six minutes later. It's awesome power for the SEAL/ODA Type on the ground. Sure, they're expensive, but it has the benefit of shortening the war you're fighting. 

Some of the new US Cruise missiles are said to be Mach 10 capable, so make the delivery time three minutes. You can play with numbers all day, but the payload hauler can be a very long way from the target and launch missiles that are very difficult to shoot down that travel with blinding speed and make short work of, say, Iran's capacity to pump, refine and deliver oil.

Let me scale it for you. One B-21 should have the comparable strike capacity of a Navy aircraft carrier. And we're buying a lot of them with taxpayer dollars.

Same Topic Really

Hypersonic Missiles (more here from the US Naval Institute) are the new high ground delivery systems for precision demolition (the spear point). 
They differ from existing technologies in three critical ways. First, because kinetic energy is a function of the square of velocity, a one-kilogram object delivered precisely and traveling multiples of the speed of sound can be more destructive than one kilogram of TNT. Second, the low-altitude path helps mask HCMs; when coupled with the curvature of the Earth, they are mostly invisible to early warning radars. And third, HGVs can maneuver during flight; in contrast with the predictable path of ballistic-missile descent, they are more difficult to intercept, if even detected. By offering the precision of near-zero-miss weapons, the speed of ballistic missiles, and the maneuverability of cruise missiles, hypersonic weapons are a disruptive technology capable of striking anywhere on the globe in less than an hour.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Madness

Bullet Points:

*Am I the only one who thinks that Nancy got drunk and lost the articles of impeachment?

* This is a close up of one of Gallois de Fougières' gauntlets. He wouldn't have fit in well on one of today's college campuses. Of course neither would many of this blog's readers. He died at Agincourt, charging the English line of archers.

* In order to be a US President, the person must be a natural born US Citizen, over 35 years of age, and may only serve two terms. We need the same requirement for Congress.

* If cats could text you back, they wouldn't.

* Prince Harry and his wife want to settle in Los Angeles as part of their MEXIT, but won't move to the USA until President Trump is no longer president. They may have a wait. Then they'll have to wait for Ivanka to complete her 8 years, then Don Jr's 8 years, etc.

CCW's in California

There is a good breakdown on requirements HERE. It all depends on how "woke" the county where you live is. But as you'll note, a lot of the state is relatively conservative. The problem is that the inner city hells tends to vote Democrat.


Army Welcomes First Transgender Working Dog

(More Here) “He would only play with blue chew toys, and for some reason, he really liked watching reruns of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess,'” Flaherty added.

“We took to each other pretty quickly,” said Spc. Jeffrey Grassley, a military policeman and dog handler partnered with Tracker. “I mean, it’s a little weird that they tell me to call him a ‘him,’ since he’s obviously a female dog, and there was that time last month when he was laid up for a few days after he gave birth to a litter of puppies, but we’ve really forged a close working friendship.”

Tracker, who was raised as a female dog under the name Regina, first identified as a male during the initial breeding and selection process the military uses to screen potential military working dogs.

Women's Involvement in Shooting Sports

(link A recent study found that the growth in some women's shooting disciplines is up nearly 200 percent. We all know how progressive it is to attack unarmed, helpless women. This trend is likely to ruin the statistics of some universities specializing in courses in women's victimhood.



Sunday, January 12, 2020

I Guess that they ARE Coming.

Photographs are worth a thousand words.


A Message for Sunday

This is your Sermonette

Let me explain how I view much of what the federal government is - because to me it is defined by its actions: If you bring too much liquid with you the TSA confiscates it, and throws it away in case its a bomb...into the garbage can next to where they are standing...next to all of the other possible bombs...in the area of the airport where there is the greatest concentration of people...because it might be a bomb.

It's like the moron Democrats in Richmond, Virginia, many of whom appeared so proudly in black face or klan hoods only a couple of years ago.  For the past two hundred and forty-four years, Americans in the Old Dominion have kept firearms lawfully, under the terms of the US Constitution. 99.8% of those firearms were never used to commit a crime. And the legislature suddenly decides to ban them, makes preparations to do so and appropriates money to lock up citizens who don't go along with the program. And they think that the citizens will go like cattle to the knacker's shed. What could possibly go wrong?

In San Francisco, the syringes pictured (right) represent the clean up efforts in a single day. The syringes are legal and were distributed by the City and County of San Francisco. Plastic drinking straws are illegal.

Matthew, Chapter 13

24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field,

25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 

26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 

27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 

28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 

29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 

30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.

I'm not predicting a reckoning, but there is a law of cause and effect.

Meanwhile in Iran

The demonstrations against the Ayatollah took place again, because there are good people there. They are not all bloodthirsty mullahs and their filthy minions.

President Trump tried to explain cause and effect to the Supreme Leader and it remains to be seen whether the old pervert listens or not. 

Pelosi, Shifty and the Squad want plenty of notice before President Trump takes any actions. Do Americans stand with traitors or with the President? We shall see.

Maybe President Trump was kidding? Maybe he's a feckless metrosexual fool like his predecessor? That's a question that the Supreme Leader has to ask himself.



The difference between wheat and tares (weeds) is rather clear in our era isn't it?

Benghazi Redux (in a Nutshell)

If you've been reading this blog for any time, you will know that I explained this story years ago and it's somewhere in the Virtual Mirage archives, but I won't bother to look it up to say, "I told you so". The motivation for the attack on the consulate at Benghazi was a gold heist and it was CLEARLY known to SECSTATE Clinton and to Barack.

I don't know who came up with the plan but whoever they are couldn't figure out how to pour sand out of a boot...but I'm sure that the planner was very progressive.

Essentially the attack on the Benghazi Consulate and later the CIA base (about a mile away) started as Clinton worked to cover her rather large ass. 


Marc Turi
Clinton sent Ambassador Stevens to Benghazi to secretly purchase US made Stinger Missiles (MANPADS - Man Portable Air Defense Systems) with gold.  Under Clinton's direction, the State Dept had supplied the Stingers to Ansar al Sharia in Libya without Congressional approval.
So, to bring you up to speed, skinny, wimpy, homosexual Chris Stevens is running around Benghazi with gold in the back of his Range Rover and no effective bodyguard, trusting in the good will of jihadis. What could possibly go wrong?
SECSTATE Hillary Clinton had brokered the INITIAL Libya deal through Marc Turi private arms dealer based in Arizona. It should not surprise this blog's readership that some of the Stinger Missiles ended up in Afghanistan where they were used against our own military.

On July 25th, 2012, a US Chinook helicopter was downed by one of them. Not destroyed only because the  Taliban didn't arm the missile's warhead. The helicopter didn't explode, but it had to land and an EOD team recovered the missile’s serial number which led back to a cache of Stinger Missiles kept in Qatar by the CIA, which Clinton's State Department drew from. So the breadcrumbs lead back to one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington DC, intent on being the next US President.

Are any of you surprised?