Unexpected absence

For reasons I won’t go into right now, I find myself unable to keep a regular blogging schedule today. Please amuse yourselves with the blogs in my sidebar, and forgive my absence.  I hope regular blogging will resume tomorrow, God willing. Thanks. Peter

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Meeting an old friend for the first time

Last Saturday, Miss D. and I drove down to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to meet someone with whom I’ve had contact online for something like twenty years, but never actually met. Kim du Toit is well known in the blogosphere and shooting fraternity, and is also a writer.  He used to blog at The Other Side of Kim, but that went away some years ago.  To my great pleasure, he started blogging again a couple of years ago at his new online home, Splendid Isolation.  He’s recently remarried, after the death of his first wife, and his lady (also from South Africa) is settling down and

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Quote of the day

From Diogenes’ Middle Finger, commenting on the Trump impeachment imbroglio: It’s becoming quite obvious that dems pulled the trigger on impeachment before they had the goods.  This attempt is truly desperate: poorly planned from the beginning, and so poorly executed that every one of the conspirators, especially Adam Schiff, CNN’s Fredo Cuomo and Jake Tapper, MSNBC’s Ricky Maddow and Larry O’Donnell sound like used car salesman with one day left to hit their monthly quota. Used car salesmen?  Owwww . . . but so fitting! Peter

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Quote of the day

From the Z man, commenting on the impeachment brouhaha in Washington DC: The Washington press corps is full of hysterical females, convinced Trump will stuff their uterus with Bibles and sew their legs shut. Priceless! His entire article is worth reading, as he points out the yawning pit that the Democratic Party is digging for itself over this mess.  Go read. Peter

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Tab clearing

Several items have crossed my monitor in recent days and weeks that I haven’t had time to develop into full-length blog articles, but I think are nevertheless worth sharing. 1.  With the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks still fresh in our minds, here are two articles that you might want to bookmark for future reference.  They contain material that’s timeless, and will be useful long into the future, particularly when speaking with people who weren’t even alive when the attacks took place. Images of 9/11: A Visual Remembrance The 9/11 Attacks: Understanding Al-Qaeda and the Domestic Fall-Out from America’s Secret

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Heh

I found this over at Wirecutter’s place, and had to laugh: I found it particularly amusing because, despite being born and raised in Africa, I’m of Caucasian ancestry.  When I came to the USA, more than two decades ago, I used to enjoy introducing myself as “the only real African-American in these parts”.  My black friends would often respond with something along the lines of, “No way, man – you’s a honky!”  Much mutual amusement resulted. The thought of a “honky” King Kong-type gorilla is just too funny . . . Peter

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Arguing from authority – by making up the authority

I’ve noticed a rash of spurious “quotations” from famous people in recent weeks, focusing on the debate about the Second Amendment and gun “rights”, but also spreading to encompass almost every aspect of individual liberties and freedoms.  It troubles me that people aren’t taking the time to verify the sources they cite so glibly;  and it troubles me even more that many of those sources are imaginary, to a greater or lesser extent.  The individuals named as sources never said what they’re alleged to have said, rendering spurious any arguments based on those quotations. Here, for example, is something Thomas Jefferson never said –

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Special Forces transports get down in the dirt

The USAF operates several dozen Lockheed Hercules MC-130J Commando II aircraft, to transport special forces to and from their operations, refuel associated aircraft in mid-air, and other tasks outside the normal transport function. Recently a formation of four MC-130J’s made several passes through the Mach Loop in Britain, a well-known plane-spotting area where military aircraft of all types practice low-level penetration of enemy airspace.  Courtesy of The Aviationist, here it is. The pilots were clearly enjoying themselves, but I can’t help wonder how difficult it was to fly that low.  A big transport reacts a lot more slowly than a nimble jet fighter or strike

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Interesting anti-missile tactic – sacrificial helicopters!

The Aviationist highlights a recent video from Russia, and points out that it’s a tactic they developed in Afghanistan that’s still in use. The Russian Ministry of Defense has released an interesting video of an Il-76MD cargo aircraft landing on an unpaved runway located near Sol-Iletsk, Orenburg Region, during a technical support exercise (MTO) of the Russian Federation Armed Forces in the Central Military District. . . . What makes the video particularly interesting is the fact that the Il-76 was escorted by two Mi-24 helicopters during the landing and subsequent takeoff from the dirt strip runway, a tactic reminiscent of the operations conducted by the

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