Meanwhile Back At The Ranch …

With all the noise of WuFlu and now the riots, seems most other things have not only been pushed to the back burner but right out of the room. For instance, the Marine Corps Commandant has announced a major restructuring of the Corps. And I DO mean major.

First and foremost, he has eliminated all armor units. No more tanks in the Corps. Second, he has downsized – almost to the point of extinction – all artillery units. Then there are smaller “adjustments” – such as decreasing infantry battalions from 24 to 21 plus making them smaller.... [Read More]

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Revolution – The American Way

“I am always struck by the nation builders in the foreign policy world who think that as long as we help a country write a constitution and hold elections, it will result in a pluralist society with equal rights for all.” (from K.T.MacFarland’s Revolution: Trump, Washington, and “We the People”)

I am reading MacFarland’s new book, and this line struck me. ?Could not one say exactly the same about the Reconstruction period post-Civil War in this land. ?Are we Americans always spring-loaded into thinking everyone thinks and desires as we do.

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A Little Remarked Death

Stirling Moss, 1958Amid all the noise and rumbling about this current avian virus, there has been a relatively normal death of a pretty special person that has mostly gone unnoticed.

Several days ago Stirling Moss died. He was in his 90’s and I guess in some poor health of late. However, only a few years ago, in his 90’s, he took an M-B 300 SL out for a spin at some exhibition, showing he still had his talent and appreciation of great automobiles.... [Read More]

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They Couldn’t Have Done (Any) of It Without Us.

Here is an interesting story – about our good ole Harvard, the pinnacle of American education (if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you).

This is not a unique situation. I believe it is repeated all over “academia”, who basically hate this nation, while living off the fat of it so well. AND I’m betting the DOJ has something on Harvard but has used this as a bargaining chip to advance some other need they have. It is too incredible for Harvard not to have known that these hyjinks were going on. ?Who on this earth isn’t aware of Chinese infiltration and wouldn’t have been suspicious of this cur.

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I LOVE Mayonnaise!

Just a bit of nothing, to season some of the heavy commenting on things political or important.

I love mayonnaise. I put it on sandwiches, and even on strange things like rice. I learned in high school to eat what was called a “peanut between with”. It was the cheapest thing you could buy at the grill, and consisted of peanut butter “between” two pieces of toast – WITH – mayonnaise! It’s delicious, especially at 10:15 in the morning when you’re a starving teenager.Lunch wasn’t until 1:00 PM.... [Read More]

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Space Force Revisited

IIRC we have had at least one previous post about SF (not San Fran). Here’s an interview with retired Air Force Gen Kwast by Candace Owens.

Interesting concepts raised are the competitive aspects of space, the exploitation of new sources of energy and raw material. Not necessarily how I’ve looked at this, but perhaps I just haven’t been paying attention to the changes in technology.... [Read More]

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Repellent Romney Ratifies Rouge ‘Rat Rigged Remand

Romney just announced he was voting to convict. He couched it in terms of “my conscience”. ?Where was his “conscience” when Obaama did Fast and Furious, clearly illegal AND political. ?Where was his “conscience” when Lois Lerner harassed all those conservative groups in the IRS.

Romney is a Democrat. He ought to be thrown from the Republican Party.

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Ford vs Ferrari

Ford vs Ferrari – the movie, has been nominated for an academy award for best picture I believe. Not that anyone cares, but incidentally it is a pretty good picture. Christian Bale particularly does a great job as Ken Miles, the gifted driver that drove Cobras for Shelby, from day one. If anyone wants to see a somewhat different movie, about racing but not overly so, you might check out this one.

If you are interested in a more accurate story of the Shelby phenomenon, there is a movie on Netflicks called Shelby American. It chronicles Carrol Shelby’s career, starting with some of his early racing aspirations, his win at Le Mans, his fortuitous idea of creating a neat sports car when he heard AC was discontinuing their Bristol model because Rolls Royce would no longer make 4-banger engines for them, and considered shoehorning a Ford V-8 into the car. It came out incredibly luckily to be a winner; other similar attempts (like the Sunbeam Tiger from Alpine) were big flops.... [Read More]

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Racing for the Masses

This is because Dime has been hounding me to post about racing and flying. Don’t pretend this will be interesting to many or even most of you, but at least Dime will be happy to see a post.

Racing has been going on since the dawn of time. Initially men raced each other on foot. With the advent of the domesticated horse, horse racing became a sport, pitting who had the finest piece of horse flesh. Today the “modern horse” is a vehicle powered by a motor – be it a two-wheeled or 4-wheeled vehicle. We are all familiar with 4 wheel vehicles, have long been taught that two-wheeled vehicles were “murdercycles”, and lately trucks have entered the racing realm.... [Read More]

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The Military and Other Bureaucracies

Seems suddenly every bureaucrat in the government is of a mind to buck the President and set himself up as the supreme decider of what is right and how it will be done. To a degree I understand this, as courts long ago gave up any oversight ability to anyone, holding that if a government agency wanted to do something, it had no ulterior motive to do “wrong” so it’s position will be held as correct (see the multitude of EPA edicts as examples).

Trump seems to have brought out the worst in the bureaucracy. OR, perhaps, just perhaps, he is the first head of administration who has bucked the “percieved wisdom” of the numerous unknown (un)civil service sloggers making a better living than the average American worker. The latest bruhaha appears to surround the Master Chief Seal.... [Read More]

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Answers

OK all you IT geniuses. Here’s a question I could use an answer to.

I am part of a bible study group that has been together for many, many years. Now in our old age, people are moving away. But we’re not ready to give up our “church”. So the question has come up, ?is there a way that doesn’t cost the national debt to set up a video conferencing system so we could get together from afar. Most have some kind of computer, including iPads. Cameras may be more scarce but I would doubt they are all that expensive. ?What else do we need. ?What system to install. ?Do we need to get dedicated T1 lines.... [Read More]

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