Monday, January 22, 2018


I found this intriguing place while writing the previous post. What can I say? It makes for interesting reading. It's a photo of the books on the Shackleton Expedition that became trapped in the ice and foundered there. I make the assumption that the odd pipe is the Charlie Noble and heated the space, at least a little, when the galley fires were lit.

The library, seen above in a photo by expedition photographer Frank Hurley, has been decoded for the first time-the Royal Geographic Society, working with Dutch digitizer Picturae, rescanned and analyzed the photo and was able to read the titles of the books for the first time.

In addition to Greely’s sad story, Shackleton carried the Encyclopedia Brittanica, plays by George Bernard Shaw, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and a lot more. The books, unfortunately, went to the bottom of the sea when the Endurance broke apart and sank on November 21, 1915. As most of you know, all 28 men survived.

Here’s the full list of books in the library:

Encyclopedia Britannica
Seven short plays by Lady Gregory
Perch of the devil by Getrude Atherton
Pip by Ian Hey
Plays: pleasant and unpleasant, Vol 2 Pleasant by G B Shaw
Almayer’s folly by Joseph Conrad
Dr Brewer’s readers handbook
The Brassbounder by David Bone
The case of Miss Elliott by Emmuska Orczy
Raffles by EW Hornung
The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
Pros and cons: a newspaper reader’s and debater’s guide to the leading controversies of the day by JB Askew
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Woman’s view by Herbert Flowerdew
Thou Fool by JJ Bell
The Message of Fate by Louis Tracy
The Barrier by Rex Beach
Manual of English Grammar and Composition by Nesfield
A book of light verse
Oddsfish by Robert Hugh Benson
Poetical works of Shelley
Monsieur de Rochefort by H De Vere Stacpoole
Voyage of the Vega by Nordenskjold
The threshold of the unknown region by Clements Markham
Cassell’s book of quotations by W Gurney Benham
The concise Oxford dictionary
Chambers biographical dictionary
Cassell’s new German-English English-German dictionary
Chambers 20th Century dictionary
The northwest passage by Roald Amundsen
The voyage of the Fox in Arctic seas by McClintock
Whitaker’s almanac
World’s end by Amelie Rives
Potash and perlmutter by Montague Glass
Round the horn before the mast by A Basil Lubbock
The witness for the defence by AEW Mason
Five years of my life by Alfred Dreyfuss
The morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J Locke
The rescue of Greely by Commander Winfield Scott Schley
United States Grinnell Expedition by Dr Kane
Three years of Arctic service by Greely
Voyage to the Polar Sea by Nares
Journal of HMS Enterprise by Collinson

Photo via the Royal Geographical Society

I suppose that all of the crew were glad they weren't playing tag with the Germans on the Somme by the time they got back and read up on the early days of the Great War. It remains interesting to wonder how many of them survived the Great War after wintering over in the Antarctic.


Poor Littoral Combat Snip. It can't even get down the river without something interfering with its mission, whatever that is. It seems the latest of the Snip class is iced in Montreal and won't be able to leave until Spring. I'm sure, come Spring, we'll find it somehow spot welded itself to the pier and won't be able to leave until cited by the Canadian Maritime Mounted Police. These poor ships just can't seem to do anything without drama.

Forced to spend the winter after being trapped by completely unanticipated ice
I'm sure the crew will find plenty of things to occupy their time trapped in the ice.

This may be the first USN warship to earn the award of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon before it ever enters it's own home port. It will almost certainly be the very first USN ship to get the award for making a Great Lakes cruise enroute to its home port.

LCS, making history every single day. Oddly enough, the ships have yet to deploy to the littoral seas in the Persian Gulf or Red Sea where it appears they're not up to standard for taking on either pirates or well armed Iranian speedboats.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


This is an interesting and amusing conversation that I found well worth watching. The lobster memes were the funniest.

Almost every one of his statements or observations was met by her replying, "...what you're saying is..." and then something most unlike what he had, in fact, said.


Just because I found it fascinating.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Kurt Schlicter has something to say about the government shutdown. I think what he wrote just about covers the facts.
To the extent that a shut-down hurts some of the government’s few useful employees, like the members of our military, I eagerly look forward to Chuck n’ Nancy and the other circus freaks who make up the Democrat Capitol Crew explaining to the American people why they chose to make our men and women in uniform suffer so the Democrats can import some new ballot stuffers. “Support the troops unless we need to screw them over so we can ship in foreigners to vote for future Maryland Senator Chelsea Manning” seems like a flawed message, which is why I heartily encourage the Dems to try it out.
We all saw the elaborate kabuki theater of the last shut-down, where Obama’s minions took a break from using our intelligence services to spy on Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit’s political enemies and made sure that the shut-down effects were as public and inconvenient as possible. The Democrat media soiled itself with delight as it covered sad schoolkids forbidden to gaze upon the Washington Monument because the GOP hates children, the Washington Monument, and gazing.
This may prove to be more of a test than people realize because previous government shutdowns have mostly been a contest in the Senate to reach the necessary 60 votes to send a bill to the President for signature. This President may be looking a little further downstream than most of his predecessors who were just plain terrified of a government shutdown (most of them were politicians and deeply worried that the American public might discover just how little they actually needed the government). All the theater now is about getting the 60 votes and few are talking about whether or not President Trump will sign a bill that flies in the face of his base.

President Trump is not a politician and he can look a little further downstream and see that just letting another 700,000 democrats stay here necessarily means, based on current law, that they can drag in 30,000,000 more people like them and let's not forget what kind of people we're talking about. We're talking about the kind of people that voted Hugo Chavez and Maduro into power and undertook the destruction of Venezuela because they thought price controls set by the government would keep prices down and looting the stores was justified if they were hungry. They're the same kind that love rent control and moan and cry about the lack of affordable housing.

I think there might be just one or two men left in Congress that have even a shred of sense when it comes to the future and long term consequences of constantly caving in to the sort of people that think Stalin was a statesman and Chavez and Castro were popular leaders who made good things happen to their countries and constituents. One of them just got back to work after being blind-sided by a democratic thug a couple of months ago while moving his grass.

The one surprise tonight as I watched the government shut down was the total absence of the human stain known as McCain.

The blog title comes from a movie I saw as a boy in Fort Riley. It had the wonderful tale of Br'er Rabbit and what the Senate did tonight looks a lot like the situation Br'er Rabbit found himself in when he appeared terrified of being thrown into the briar patch. As I see it, the democrats just tossed Br'er Trump into the briar patch.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Yep, the democrats in Congress are going to yield to the base impulse that motivates them the most and they are going to shut down the government of the people, by the people, for the people because democrats think illegal aliens are way way way more important than mere subjects of their particular realm.

You can see the same idiocy in California where local governments are deciding to divert millions of taxpayer $ to hire legal defense teams for the illegal aliens trying and fighting to stay in our country. That's right little Suzy and Bobbie, the libraries in your towns will close so smug lawyers can be paid $300.00/hour to defend the indefensible. Those potholes in municipal roads and homeless shelters will have to be put on hold because democrats demand all your $ go to the so-called dreamers.

Let's see how it goes.

Judge to smug illegal alien and smug lawyers, "... entered the country illegally without proper immigration papers and documentation and failed to leave, how do you plead?"

Smug, "Not Guilty!"

Judge, "Documented felon here in the country illegally, no proof of legal residence, no meaningful birth certificate. Guilty and out you go."

That's not how it plays out in court but the meat of the matter is laid bare here on these web pages and there really isn't much more that can be said other than the ritualistic artful dodging performed by any performer who gets the people's representatives to pay $300.00/hour for theater of the absurd. A good liar can draw it out for hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars. California is stuffed with good liars.

I'm not altogether sure the democrats know what dreams are. They are content with the dreams of rape and pillage that seem to motivate so many criminals who entered our country illegally and they sure don't know anything about Martin Luther King's dreams but that probably would be asking too much of them. I see that 55% of people who vote democrat are illiterate and therefor unfamiliar with the truth and blinded by the propaganda put out by the various ministries of truth dominated by the liberal progressives in the media, PBS, NPR and blue state governments.

Too bad about your libraries kids but remember when the dreamers come after you? Dial 911.

I took this picture at the Del Mar library


It seems that a tiny handful of American blacks are settling down in Africa. I read the story and the money quote was hard to believe.
Contrast with a completely different type of human who once had a simple aim for life and death. People who used to seize fate by the horns and dare it to dash them to pieces; people who built the great countries and empires.
 "He either fears his fate too much, 
Or his desserts are small, 
Who dares not put it to the touch, 
To win or lose it all.
It is hard for me to comprehend settling down in the darkness because I feared the law. Darkness hides many crimes. How do they know that the police are not killing others in the dark? The article was filled with people who dislike the perceived racism in America but are totally and abysmally ignorant of the lethal tribalism in Africa. They never heard of the massacre in Rwanda and election violence in Kenya and Biafra and Uganda and Congo is a closed book to them sitting there in the dark, in Dacca.


This was Chicago in the summer of 2016. Some people claim that sailing is not exciting. Idiots.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


I spent a day here once and enjoyed just walking around.

Drone shot by Garrit Wes Anderson

There are a number of remarkable photos by Anderson at his secret agent site on the web.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Saw this at instapundit and it's too good to not post here. If you read the story you'll see that the most senior members of the FBI took it on themselves to send Martin Luther King, Jr, a letter telling him that he should kill himself. If that sounds a little more humane than the FBI we've come to know, it's only because the Supreme Court and the rest of the judicial system now allows anyone with a badge to just shoot anyone without a badge. Things were a little different in the 1960s so the FBI resorted to its famous 'soft power' approach to dealing with uppity citizens.
James Comey posted in his usual sanctimonious style and was thoroughly owned:


The U.S. Navy spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours to come up with a slogan to strike fear into heart of any real sailor who knows how the sea works. The Navy settled on this:

Yep, it's a doozy. You might even call it a whopper. Do you know what the sea does to metal?

Here are two ships being forged by the sea. It's not pretty.


I read this with some amusement. It appears that the Russians have developed an autonomous undersea vehicle capable of delivering a 100 megaton warhead anywhere on the littoral within a range of 6200 miles of its launch point. As you can imagine, that doesn't sound so good for places on the coastline like, for instance, California, Pearl Harbor, Washington DC or Norfolk. If you thought the anti-missile hysteria kicked up in Hawaii last week by the fake news of a missile detection was a hoot, imagine how they're going to under react to the news that the Russians have done something as impossibly sneaky as building a submarine to carry nuclear weapons to our coastline. Who ever heard of such a thing?!

On the other hand, the nuclear bomb in a shipping container still seems like the most likely and much less risky scheme for delivering nukes to any port city in the world and if you saw the travails the mighty US Navy has getting its autonomous undersea vehicles to do anything more complex than resurface nearby after mission complete, you can only imagine how a Russian vehicle navigating 6000 miles underwater will fare as it seeks to target an enemy coastline. There are drawbacks to living on an ocean coast.

I wonder if the Russians paint their undersea terror vehicles yellow like we do

Monday, January 15, 2018


People living in Hawaii got a rude wake up and lesson in shameless Obama diplomacy. They learned for the first time that Obama, Kerry and Clinton all lied when they assured them that Obama had reached a binding agreement with North Korea on missile technology and nuclear weapons that would surely lead to nothing but peace in our time. For 38 minutes many of them got to contemplate the awfulness that will happen if/when the Democratic People's Republic of Korea decides to just go ahead and attack and lash them with bugs and gas and nukes on long range missiles.

I dare say 99% of the people living in Hawaii never even suspected that one day they would get a nuclear wake-up call. I dare say they're thinking about it now and wondering what all that endless negotiation with north Korea achieved since it is now quite obvious that the goal that the Kim's have been working toward for the last 50 years is now well within their grasp and that an attack on Hawaii has gone from a distant dream to a near certain reality.

On the other hand, the norKs have demonstrated a certain ability to loft missiles into the upper atmosphere and space itself but there is no evidence that they have any targeting capability beyond a rudimentary ability to hit the Pacific Ocean, somewhere. Even that isn't certain since evidence shows that many of the tests end in failure of the reentry vehicle. On the gripping hand, if one is going to shoot for a electromagnetic pulse above someplace, like Hawaii, an air burst high in the stratosphere will do well enough to knock out much of Hawaii's network infrastructure.

It looks like civilization, such as it is in the DPRK, is collapsing. When I was young we believed that the regime was propped up almost solely by its grip on the Army and security forces. The Party was nothing but the bustle to a Kim and followed wherever they led but was a powerless rump. Reading reports of recent army defectors crossing the DMZ who are lousy with vermin, worms and anthrax anti-bodies is a sign that the bastion of the dynasty is crumbling.

As the USSR collapsed and faded away and China relaxed its hard line stance and restarted down the path to success and prosperity one thing we accepted as absolutely true of Kim Jong-il was that he would not go gently into the peaceful night but would take the South and as much of the world as he could reach into the dark with him. Kim Jong-un is very much of the same mold and likely to do the unthinkable.

I think people living in Hawaii now know what the unthinkable looks like and may well be a bit more interested in our diplomatic and military relations with the Korean peninsula. The real concern is obvious to see for those with eyes to see. Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea are probably all well along in their nuclear weapons development and all of them are probably hard at work on making weapons grade fissile materials to build the bombs their engineers could undoubtedly design in a couple of days.

A new dawn in the Far East and mid-Pacific. Thanks Obama, thanks Hillary, thanks Kerry. Kim couldn't have done it without you and Madeline Albright and Bill Clinton.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


If you are one of the technorati who labors long into the night to launch killing twits or devastating facebook stuff you will not find me among your viewers. I seek no content from either place and never actually go look at it. And this is largely why I don't play in those gardens of hate and lies.

They have both taken the Stalinist approach to voices they disdain to hear and they do everything in their power to make sure that nobody else will hear the lonely voices crying out from the wilderness.

I make it a point to not see ads. I don't watch TV, per se. I watch Netflix and Amazon. I found the web browser BRAVE works quite well now and they have come out with a mobile app that I use on on my ipads too. It seamlessly shifts to secure https and blocks 100% of ads.

I'm a little dismayed by the seeming willingness of the cultural elites to void all references to the ones Hillary condemned as deplorables. I have, over the years, come to spend nothing at all on Hollywood or music or what passes for print news in this country. It's like, having been sawed off the limb of degenerate culture I am free from paying it any mind except to note, as always, the dangers. Situational awareness is the key to survival in urban areas and it pays to keep aware of the bleaker facts of one's 'hood'.


My it's been an interesting week. I can't think of anything to say that hasn't been said. I'll have to think about it some more and get back to this later. Perhaps I'll check out what's on the news or take a look at what our older and wiser European cousins are doing these day to take such good care of the planet and all the little people who keep electing presidents and prime ministers more dedicated and devoted to the welfare and benefit of Africans and muslim terrorists then they are to the subjects and citizens who elected them. It's hard watching western Europe turn into Detroit right in front of my eyes.


One of the blogs I read is Bookworm. You might find these posts of interest today: so go there and read them!

Mike Rowe cheerfully and politely smacks down small-minded person
I don’t know how many of you follow Mike Rowe on Facebook. If you don’t, consider adding him to your list. He’s wonderful. And just yesterday, he hit one out of the park. I’m embedding it here so that everyone can read it. It deserves that kind of attention:
 Off the WallRebecca Bright writes…
"I love the show How the Universe Works, but I'm lost on how the producers and the Science Channel can allow anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative Mike Rowe to narrate the show. There are countless scientists that should be hired for that, or actors, if you must, that believe in education and science that would sound great narrating the show, example: Morgan Freeman. Cancel this fools contract and get any of your ...See More 
Dear Democrats: Stop projecting your racism onto Trump 
.... Moreover, modern America has limited (to no) tolerance for people who can’t use toilets; who murder women for “dishonoring” the family; who murder gays just for being; who espouse murdering Jews as a central tenet of their faith; who murder and dismember albinos for good luck charms; who mutilate little girls by cutting off their external genitalia; who support general slavery or sexual slavery; and who have a disproportionate predilection for rape and pedophilia. 
Does this mean that every person from those cultures holding those values is going to commit acts that are anathema in America?* Of course not! But if you’re calculating the odds that one person will be more simpatico to American culture than another, countries of origin matter. Some share our values or at least are not opposed to our values. East Asian immigrants have very different cultural practices from those in America, but their work ethic is in sync with the American work ethic and their cultural practices enrich, rather than attack, the American way of life. 
It’s worth noting here that it’s not just countries mired in violence and corruption that give birth to values we don’t want in America. If I had a say in the matter, I’d also argue that, as a Constitutional country, we should have less tolerance for people from socialist countries who, having destroyed freedom on their shores, seek to import their socialism to ours. As far as I’m concerned, we should shut the door on Sweden and large chunks of Western Europe. Meanwhile, Poles and Hungarians are proving pretty damn stalwart.

Friday, January 12, 2018


I was recently informed that my nonchalance viz Brown Recluse spiders in Ohio was misplaced. I did some research and found that my insouciance was not misplaced or even mislayed. As you can see from the graphic, the rotten spiders barely make it to southern Ohio and therefore, I am safely unafraid of the damned things since they don't get within a hundred miles of metroparkcentralis.

I've been advised that the restless little brown recluse spiders are spreading out. This is their new range. I await the day they move into northeastern Ohio at which point, I move to Maine. I had enough of them in Yuma Proving Ground and San Diego to last a life time.


Found at MoonBattery. It strikes me as perfectly on target and an accurate depiction. Where in the world did we get all these damned fascists who insist that only they have the right to speak in America? Yes, I know, they got it from their socialist and communist professors at schools all over the country. Maybe it is time to end all public support for all non-science higher education. OTOH, they think global warming is science so there's still way too much wriggle room for the kind of people that think Che was a really nice guy who followed Stalin's advice on how to make omelettes in Cuba.


Thursday, January 11, 2018


When it comes to 50 shades of reality New Yorkers can always be trusted to come up with a couple of hundred new shades. They have topped a long list of arrant and vicious stupidity by declaring war on Big Oil. 

The Chief Blowhard of New York City described NY NY's war plan thusly:
Blasio focused on the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, calling it “a tragedy wrought by the actions of the fossil fuel companies.” He detailed the 44 people who died in New York as a result of Sandy, as well as the estimated $19 billion in damage it caused. “That is the face of climate change,” de Blasio said. “That is what it means in human and real terms.” 
The moron has gone on record declaring that all hurricanes and even tropical depressions are caused by oil companies and have been ever since daybreak on planet earth 3 billion years ago.
De Blasio claimed fossil fuel companies were complicit in worsening climate change, because they knew of the problem decades ago but continued to sell a product to Americans that contributed to only more greenhouse-gas emissions. 
It's always a treat to see any idiot this divorced from reality. I'm sure what he meant to say was that the oil companies should have aggressively pushed the nation into 100% nuclear power back in the 50's so we didn't suffer such devastating global warming. As I recall, they tried that but morons and kleptocrats like Blasio killed atomic energy with every erg of political power they could activate.
“The city of New York is taking on these five giants because they are the central actors, they are the first ones responsible for this crisis and they should not get away with it anymore,” he said, adding: “We’re going after those who have profited. And what a horrible, disgusting way to profit — the way it puts so many people’s lives in danger.”
As usual, it comes as a horrible shock to folks like Blasio that the people who profited from oil sales are the share holders who reaped dividends and sold increasingly valuable stocks year after year since Rockefeller created Standard Oil in 1870.

If there was any justice, the oil companies being defamed by New York should either cut off all sales in New York City and cut all supplies to power stations that provide power to New York City. They should also shut down fuel deliveries to JFK and LaGuardia. If that seems unreasonable they should all tack on a $20/gallon climate defense fund surcharge to every gallon of fuel sold in New York City or to New York City.

Why do idiots always think they're sticking it to the man when they elect boobs who think they can tax corporations into paying "their fair share" and then get all pissed off when the corporations simply turn the costs around and jack up prices to the consumers who have to buy their products? Look at cigarettes. Not 15 years ago they cost a $1/pack. Now they cost $7.50/pack because the states won the law suit blaming Big Tobacco for all the harm that cigarettes do. They didn't ban them and forbid their sale or use, they just tacked truly onerous taxes on each pack sold which the tobacco companies all turned into higher and higher prices charged to the consumer.

What is New York City's plan for dealing with power outages on the scale Puerto Rico is currently enjoying? If the courts find that oil is responsible then the only responsible course of action is to shut off the supply of oil to New York City and possibly the state. Nobody wants to compound a felony.

In other news, I heard on THE PEOPLE'S RADIO that European insurance companies were now refusing to insure coal companies in Europe. They seem to think that with law subject to retroactive and punitive damages every time the political winds in Europe blow green that the potential costs for paying off global warming damages in Europe alone are incalculable and unpayable and they have decided to go all serpentine in an effort to dodge the inevitable government hammer.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


An interesting look from the Daily Mail.



I had a moment of introspection tonight not seen too often around these parts. I was reading the story about a software engineer who is suing his former company for firing him illegally and I thought I might write more about that and what I think about a company that is so blatantly and disgracefully racist and sexist and then I thought about what I would lose if that company behaves in the disgraceful and contemptible manor I have come to expect from social justice wrecked institutions like twitter and face book and SFWA and I decided that I would wait until I have stored my online email offline and perhaps backed up one or two other things that could vanish in a twinkling were some SJW loser to take umbrage at being called a spade just because he is used to dig latrines in which to bury his fellow man after the ritual pummelling and social torture meted out to those who dare to dream that America could be great again.

I shall say more anon.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


There is too much truth to this graphic depiction of what the police have turned into during the course of their War On Drugs. They took every single one of your rights as an American citizen and chucked them under their Urban Riot Control cast-off ex M60 tank and that includes your right to bear weapons for your own defense and your right to .... well, let's just say all of them.

In return they have given you the citizen what, exactly?

Was it worth giving up your rights as a citizen of a Constitutional Republic?

After the fiasco the judge decided to share with the public what she thought of the utterly corrupt and contemptible District Attorneys involved and all the Federal and local cops involved in the attack on the Bundy's.
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy could have spent the rest of his life in jail, but instead he walked away Monday a free man, the case against him and his sons thrown out over what the judge decried as “outrageous” misconduct by federal prosecutors. 
In a stunning rebuke, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gloria Navarro scolded the prosecution for violating the due process rights of the four defendants — Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and Ryan Payne — and dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning they cannot be retried on felony conspiracy and firearms charges stemming from the 2014 Nevada standoff. 
“The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” said Judge Navarro, appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama in 2010, as reported by the Arizona Republic.

Monday, January 8, 2018


Why do cities enjoying total democratic party control always opt to grind the poor into the dirt?

I get that big city democrats are the stupidest people in America but why do they always aim their control measures and their taxes at the poorest among us? Every time they try to enact their social justice cause they ignore the effect which other cities endured as a result of passing the same stupid regressive laws and taxes and yet they do it anyway.

In a real world they would be met by voters armed with Cluebat 2018™

Cluebat 2018™