No news post today; just a thought. As you’re enjoying a day off work, time with family, grilling burgers, having a cold beer, whatever makes the day enjoyable, reflect for a moment on the folks that made it possible. It’s their day.
If you’re interested in military history, like I am, you’d do well to check out the works of Dr. Mark Felton. He is a military historian who specializes in the Second World War, and has a knack for finding obscure bits of wartime lore that most folks have never heard of. Here, for example, is a video (yes, I know, YouTube, but what can you do?) talking about the Dirlewanger Brigade, an SS unit formed of convicts, psychopaths and sociopaths that even most of the SS looked on with some horror:
Most of Dr. Felton’s videos take the same form; an in-depth, detailed presentation of some obscure happening that most people never heard of. Ever wonder what became of the bodies of Nazi war criminals executed at Nuremberg? Did you know about the first attempt by the Allies to invade Hitler’s Fortress Europe? The Japanese copy of the infamous Tiger tank? The last battle involving the WW2 German Panzer tank – in 1967? You can find all that and a lot more.
I can’t recommend Dr. Felton’s work enough. I have not yet started on his lengthy list of non-fiction books, but they’re on my list. Speaking of which: His written works include:
- Yanagi: The Secret Underwater Trade between Germany and Japan 1942–1945 (Pen & Sword: 2005)
- The Fujita Plan: Japanese Attacks on the United States and Australia during the Second World War (Pen & Sword: 2006)
- The Coolie Generals: Britain’s Far Eastern Military Leaders in Japanese Captivity (Pen & Sword: 2008)
- Japan’s Gestapo: Murder, Mayhem & Torture in Wartime Asia (Pen & Sword, 2009)
- Today is a Good Day to Fight: The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (The History Press, 2009)
- The Real Tenko: Extraordinary True Stories of Women Prisoners of the Japanese (Pen & Sword: 2009)
- The Final Betrayal: Mountbatten, MacArthur and the Tragedy of Japanese POWs (Pen & Sword: 2010)
- 21st Century Courage: Stirring Stories of Modern British Heroes (Pen & Sword, 2010)
- Children of the Camps: Japan’s Last Forgotten Victims (Pen & Sword: 2011)
- The Last Nazis: The Hunt for Hitler’s Henchmen (Pen & Sword: 2011)
- The Devil’s Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners-of-War (Pen & Sword: 2012)
- Never Surrender: Dramatic Escapes from Japanese Prison Camps (Pen & Sword: 2013)
- China Station: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom 1839–1997 (Pen & Sword: 2013)
- Guarding Hitler: The Secret World of the Fuhrer (Pen & Sword: 2014)
- Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two’s Most Daring Great Escape (Icon Books: 2014)
- The Sea Devils: Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Icon Books: 2015)
- Holocaust Heroes: Resistance to Hitler’s Final Solution (Pen & Sword: 2016)
- Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini’s Colditz (Icon Books: 2017)
- Ghost Riders: When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World’s Most Famous Horses in the Last Desperate Days of World War II, (Da Capo: 2018)
- Operation Swallow: American Soldiers Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Center Street: 2019)
- Chapter 8: The Perfect Storm: Japanese Military Brutality in World War II, Routledge History of Genocide, Ed. C. Carmichael & R. Maguire, (Routledge, 2015)
Check out books and videos both. Dr. Felton has a real gift for uncovering these little bits of military history, and his work rewards the viewer.
I’ve been toying around some with “alternative” social media, mostly Parler and Gab, and I’m ready to give up on both. Here’s why:
First, Gab. The layout is generally OK and I like the “Groups” feature, but the “batshit-crazy” ratio is a little too high to suit me. Anyone who claims that aren’t nutbars on the Right just as there are on the Left clearly isn’t paying attention, although the Right doesn’t seem as willing to elect them to office. (But only just.)
Second, Parler. Parler was a little more sane, with again, a decent layout but no “groups” or sub-fora that I was able to find. But then Parler re-did their login procedure from an annoying “click every panel that contains a bicycle” CAPTCHA to the even-more-annoying “enter the code we sent to your cell phone.” I never provided them a phone number and refuse to do so, so now I’m not able to log in to Parler at all. Repeated requests to their customer service folks have gone unanswered.
So, by way of conclusion: Sure, we have alternatives to Derpbook and Twatter now. Big deal. I decided early on to ignore those platforms because the terrible noise-to-signal ratio, and from what I’ve seen, those two new alternatives are no better.
I hate discussion by bumper sticker, and I’ll be damned if I’ll engage in it. So, True Believers, I guess if you give a damn about my thoughts on anything, you’ll just have to come here Monday through Saturday and read them.
Well, for that and the occasional Rule Five imagery, too.
On To the Links!
Ferry from Twatt in the Orkneys to Scotland, and then you can drive south down through Cock Bridge, Dick Place, Cockermouth, move through Penistone and Cock Alley, slide east into Slutshole Lane, down through Fingringhoe, and end up on the south coast at Ass Hill and Shitterton.
Also: President Biden(‘s handlers) are off to a bad start. If you ask me, I’m guessing it’s gonna get worse. Maybe even worse than the Carter years.
Everybody’s different, but I sleep a lot better with my own dear Mrs. Animal beside me.
Some folks want to bring jaguars back to the United States. I doubt they’ll make it as far north as the Susitna Valley, so, meh.
Humans in apartment fire: “We are all gonna die!” Cat in apartment fire: “What’s this we shit, Kemosabe?”
Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun. Sad that one innocent person died, but many more could have if not for a good guy with a rifle, and if you look around, the legacy media is ignoring this. The Narrative must persist.
Dammit, Piers Morgan, stop making me agree with you!
This Week’s Idiots:
Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot. Amazing how often her name pops up in this section.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
There never will be another Frank Sinatra. Nobody since has even come close. While his fellow Rat Pack members were all possessed of tremendous talent, even in that company Mr. Sinatra stood out. Here, from 1966, is the Chairman, performing Luck, Be A Lady. Enjoy.
Now then; we’ve had occasion to wonder if America is headed for a second civil war. France has had civil wars in the past, and may be a little farther down that path than we are, with the possibility of a military coup thrown in for good measure. Excerpt:
In France this week, 20 retired military generals, 80 officers, and 1,000 lower-ranking soldiers signed an open letter expressing concern over “mortal dangers” they say face the Republic. President Macron’s government has instructed the army chief of staff to discipline the signatories for inciting insurrection.
The letter bears close attention on several grounds. Although the signatories warn they wish to act only after the outbreak of civil conflict, Macron’s response shows the government understands the situation has already deteriorated to a point where a true coup or uprising—an event quite unlike the shambolic ordeal in Washington on January 6th—might erupt at the slightest provocation. This fearsome possibility is made all the more apparent by Harris Interactive polling that shows 58% of the French people support the letters’ signatories. Despite strenuous elite attempts to delegitimize even thinking such thoughts, 84% of those polled can see that violence in the country is increasing daily. A full 73% agree France is in decline.
Members of the Cabinet,
Members of Parliament,
The hour is late, France is in peril, threatened by several mortal dangers. Though retired, we remain soldiers of France, and cannot, under the present circumstances, remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country.
Our tricolor flags are not simply a piece of fabric; they are a symbol of tradition—the tradition of those who, throughout the ages, whatever the color of their skin or their religion, served France and gave their lives for her. On these flags, in golden letters, is inscribed the motto, “Honor and Fatherland.” Today, our honor rests on denouncing the crumbling-apart of our fatherland.
Crumbling-apart through a certain kind of anti-racism, which has an explicit goal: to sow malaise on our soil, up to and including hate between communities. Today, some speak of racialism, of indigenism, and of anti-colonial theories, but with these words, those hateful and fanatical partisans seek to foment a racial war. They despise our country, her traditions, her culture, and want to watch her dissolve by tearing her away from her past and her history. Thus, by attacking statues and analyzing words from several centuries ago, their true goal is to undermine our ancient civil and military glories.
Crumbling-apart through Islamism and the hordes from the Banlieues. Several patches of our nation have been detached and turned into territories put under submission to dogmas contrary to our Constitution. Every Frenchman, regardless of belief or non-belief, must be everywhere at home in France; there cannot and must not exist any city, any neighborhood, where the laws of the Republic do not have writ.
Crumbling-apart, when hate replaces fraternity during protests, when the regime uses police as jackboots and scapegoats, against yellow-vest-wearing compatriots who seek only to express their hopelessness. This even though ski-mask-wearing individuals infiltrate those protests, destroy businesses, and threaten the police. And yet, the police only follow the sometimes-contradictory policies set out by you, holders of political office.
The peril rises, violence increases every day. Who could have predicted, ten years ago, that a teacher could one day have his head cut off as he left his middle school? As servants of the Nation, who have always been ready to pay the ultimate price for our service, we cannot remain passive spectators of such actions.
Therefore, the leaders of our country must absolutely find the courage required to eradicate those dangers. To do so, it is often necessary only to apply existing laws without weakness. Do not forget that, like us, a great majority of our fellow citizens is incensed by your cowardice and your guilty silences.
As Cardinal Mercier, Primate of Belgium, once said: “When prudence is everywhere, courage is nowhere.” Ladies and Gentlemen, stop equivocating—the hour is late, the work ahead is immense. Do not lose time, and know that we are ready to support political leaders who would undertake the rescue of the Nation.
However, if nothing is done, heedlessness will continue to spread its poison throughout society, inexorably. In the end, there will be an explosion, and our comrades in active military service will be forced to step in and undertake the perilous mission of protecting our civilizational values and the lives of our fellow citizens.
It is easy to see that the time for hesitation is over. Otherwise, tomorrow, civil war will put an end to this growing chaos, and there will be thousands of deaths, of which you will bear responsibility.
Emphasis added by me. And yes, it’s true; members of France’s military are threatening a military coup, to protect the rights and safety of the French people, rights that are being ignored by the French government.
I gotta say, this bears watching. The French government will be cracking down on the generals that wrote this letter, to be sure, and what that crackdown will consist of remains to be seen. But they can’t crack down on the French people, a majority of whom apparently agree with the sentiments expressed in this letter.
So, what does that mean for us?
Well, one could argue that during the Obama years, the upper echelons of the military were purged, if you’ll allow the word, of wrong-thinkers. Peacetime generals have always been more politician than soldier, never more so than now, as witness the current round of SJW nonsense being foisted on the line troops.
It would be frankly shocking to see a display of testicular fortitude as shown in the letter reproduced above coming from our PC generals. And that’s the state of things, True Believers; our top-ranking military has been outdone in ballsiness – by the French.
Moving on: Could Putin be using his nukes as an intimidation tactic against President Biden(‘s handlers)? Maybe. Excerpt:
The March 2021 Russian naval exercise (Umka-21), the first major Russian nuclear exercise during the Biden administration, involved both President Putin and the Commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Nikolai Semenov, who told Putin that in the Umka-21 naval exercise:
The following tasks have been fulfilled for the first time in the history of the Navy: three atomic missile carriers arrived on schedule within a region with a radius of 300 meters after breaking through 1.5 meter thick ice under an integrated plan; …
President Putin added that this had never happened in Soviet times. Noteworthy, the nuclear phase of the Umka-21 came soon after the December 2020 Russian large strategic nuclear exercise, which, as noted above, had a record number of announced live launches of strategic ballistic missiles and ended with a live salvo launch of four of the new Bulava-30 SLBMs.
One journalist noted concerning Umka-21, “The unprecedented exercise served as a bold statement of Russia’s presence and capabilities in the increasingly tense Arctic region.” (Emphasis in the original). The only reason for three nuclear ballistic missile submarines (reportedly two Delta-IV and one Borei or Borei-A submarines) to break through the Arctic ice simultaneously is to launch nuclear ballistic missiles, with the obvious targets being in the U.S. The involvement of three nuclear ballistic missile submarines (a quarter of their force) suggests this was a simulation of a massive nuclear strike. It makes no sense to have three nuclear ballistic missile submarines involved in a limited nuclear strike (e.g., a few missiles). Not only would this be unnecessary, but it would also be counter-productive since each launch would give away the location of the submarine. This type of exercise is unprecedented, appeared on the Kremlin and Defense Ministry websites, and clearly was message sending. The only issue is whether the message was received.
And here’s Putin’s message to President Biden(‘s handlers) – “We think you’re weak, we think you’re indecisive, we think everyone knows that nobody’s really in charge of that whorehouse in Washington, and we aim to prove it.”
The problem is, they are likely to be right.
Just who the hell is in charge in the Imperial City, anyway? I’m pretty sure it’s not the day-by-day-more-non-compos-mentis Joe Biden. So who? Kamala “Heels-Up” Harris? Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY)? Queen Nancy Pelosi (Daffy Old Bat – CA)?
More likely it’s a horde of unelected, unknown, faceless bureaucrats, those legions of drones who never seem to disappear – they only grow, like mushrooms in the dark, growing ever numerous, larger, and more intrusive by the day. And the trouble with that is that these people, like real mushrooms, like cockroaches and rats, may well the only survivors of a real nuclear conflict.
Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links! And thanks as always to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the double-barreled linkages. If you aren’t reading all these blogs daily, you should be!
On Wednesday (March 3), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan bill that would strip President Biden of his war powers after his decision to launch airstrikes against Iranian-back proxies in Syria last week.
The bill “would repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations that cleared the way for a prolonged military conflict in Iraq, culminating in calls from Democrats and Republicans alike to end the so-called ‘forever wars’ in the region,” POLITICO reported.
“Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers,” Kaine explained. “Congress has a responsibility to not only vote to authorize new military action, but to repeal old authorizations that are no longer necessary.”
“The 1991 and 2002 AUMFs that underpinned the war against Iraq need to be taken off the books to prevent their future misuse,” he continued. “They serve no operational purpose, keep us on a permanent war footing, and undermine the sovereignty of Iraq, a close partner. I call on Congress to promptly take up this measure and for the Biden administration to support it to finally show the American people that the Article I and II branches can work together on these issues.”
Young similarly argued that the usage of old authorizations underlines the neglect of Congress to “perform its constitutionally-mandated oversight role.”
One wonders, though:
Why not two years ago? Five? Ten? Frankly these Authorization of Military Force bills should come with an end date, to prevent precisely the forever-war situation in which we find ourselves now. These did not, and we can argue that, but the question remains:
Well, there’s one obvious answer, of course, and that’s that few people seem to think President Biden(‘s handlers) is up to the considerable task of Commander in Chief. There’s an un-Constitutional effort to take away his sole authority over nuclear launches, which isn’t really sole as a second-man rule applies.
Why now? This measure, backed by Republicans and Democrats alike, along with the heavy measure of control the Administration’s un-elected bureaucrats clearly have over him, can only be seen as another indicator that President Biden is failing. Not even 100 days into office, and he’s failing, not only policy-wise but mentally. Those un-elected bureaucrats, of course, like this; it leaves them effectively in charge. And that’s a really, really bad place for the country to be.
National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson wonders if President Biden(‘s handlers) might be about to blunder into another war due to incompetence. Excerpt:
If, even unwittingly, President Biden projects the image that the Pentagon is more concerned about ferreting out wayward internal enemies than in seeking unity by deterring aggressors, then belligerents such as China, North Korea, and Iran and others will likely—even if falsely and unwisely—wager that the United States will not or cannot react to provocations, as it has done in the past. And accordingly, they will be emboldened to provoke their neighbors with less worry about consequences.
Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 on the false assumption that Stalin had been too busy purging his military elite, starving his own people, or executing both rivals and friends. He certainly did all that and more.
Yet despite Soviet cannibalism, nonetheless, Hitler was apparently unaware that the chaotic Russians could still field an army twice the size of his own. Stalin’s tanks and artillery were just as or more deadly than Hitler’s—and soon far more numerous than the assets of Blitzkrieg. A spirited, defiant and, yes, united populace was determined to protect Mother Russia from the invader. The British Empire and America were far more potent allies than Hitler’s Mussolini and Tojo.
So wars are deterred when all the potential players know the relative strengths of each and the relative willingness to use such power in defense of a nation’s interests. Lack of such knowledge leads to dangerous misjudgments. And war then becomes a grotesque foreordained laboratory experiment to confirm what should have been known in advance.
Wars begin when aggressive powers believe that their targets are weaker, or give the false impression that they are weaker, or at least stay inert in the face of provocation. What were Argentina’s generals or Saddam Hussein thinking when they provoked the United Kingdom or the United States during the Falkland War and First Gulf War? No doubt, they assumed that their more powerful targets were too busy elsewhere, played out, or insufficiently concerned to react. In aggregate, a lot of damage and death followed in those two respective brief wars of 1982 and 1991—and all to prove what should have been obvious.
Read the whole thing, of course. Dr. Hanson’s insights in this arena, as with so many others, are invaluable.
But as an old soldier myself, I have some insights as well. The hard truth is that the United States is weaker than it was in 1991, when we fielded the largest expeditionary force the U.S. military had produced since World War II. A generation of “peace dividends” followed up with even reservists dealing exhaustively with deployment after deployment after deployment in some of the worst shit-holes in the world have brought us to this pass. Now the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s Top Men seem more concerned to wring their hands about “white supremacists” in the military than they are with making sure that the armed forces are able to carry out their primary purpose – to kill people and break things – or that they are only sent out to do so when there is a vital, compelling national interest in doing so.
We now have soldiers, Marines and airmen in some of the worst places in the world with no clear mission, no exit strategy, and serving no defined national interest. It’s no wonder the armed forces are having retention problems. But that’s OK – we can just keep lowering standards for new recruits, right?
Biden would do better to apprise quietly his friends and enemies of America’s force and determination. He should resist comprehensive deals with China and Iran that have unrealistic chances of success given their agendas. And he could claim Trump’s successes as his own and continue their current trajectories, rather than court favor abroad by distancing himself from a largely successful foreign policy guided by Secretary of State Pompeo.
Otherwise, the alternatives will become increasingly dangerous.
President Biden(‘s handlers) will, of course, do none of those things. And yes, they are very likely to blunder into some kind of conflict. And, yes, young soldiers will pay the price for this administration’s incompetence.
The U.S. Navy, apparently, has patents on some weird shit. Excerpt:
The U.S. Navy has patents on weird and little understood technology. According to patents filed by the Navy, it is working on a compact fusion reactor that could power cities, an engine that works using “inertial mass reduction,” and a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” Dubbed the “UFO patents, The War Zone has reported that the Navy had to build prototypes of some of the outlandish tech to prove it worked.
Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais is the man behind the patents and The War Zone has proven the man exists, at least on paper. Pais has worked for a number of different departments in the Navy, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR/NAWCAD) and the Strategic Systems Programs. (SSP) The SSP mission, according to its website, is to “provide credible and affordable strategic solutions to the warfighter.” It’s responsible for developing the technology behind the Trident class nuclear missiles launched from Submarines.
The patents all build on each other, but at their core is something Pais called the “Pais Effect.” This is the idea that, “controlled motion of electrically charged matter via accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin subjected to smooth yet rapid acceleration transients, in order to generate extremely high energy/high intensity electromagnetic fields.”
Essentially, Pais is claiming to use properly spun electromagnetic fields to contain a fusion reaction. That plasma fusion reaction he claims to have invented will revolutionize power consumption. Experts theorize that a functioning fusion reactor would lead to cheap and ubiquitous energy.
One of Pais and the Navy’s patents described what the propulsion system and fusion drive would be used for—a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” According to the patent, the craft could travel land, sea, and outer space at incredible speeds. Other patents invented by Pais and filed by the Navy include a “high temperature superconductor,” a “electromagnetic field generator,” and a “high frequency gravitational wave generator.”
It all sounds like science fiction, and the Navy has been skeptical too. Navy authorities called bullshit on Pais’ inventions and his patents went through a lengthy internal review at NAVAIR. The War Zone obtained emails about the bureaucratic fight between Pais and the Navy through a Freedom of Information Act Request and revealed that the mad scientist won. According to the patents, some of the technology is “operable.” That means the Navy is claiming some of Pais’ wild tech works and has been demonstrated to Navy officials.
Still, though: Consider what Dr. Pais is calling the “Pais Effect”:
“…the controlled motion of electrically charged matter via accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin subjected to smooth yet rapid acceleration transients, in order to generate extremely high energy/high intensity electromagnetic fields.”
Author James Blish, for the Cities in Flight stories that were originally published starting in 1956, postulated something called the “Dillon-Wagoner Graviton Polarity Generator” or “spindizzy” as an interstellar drive/artificial gravity/atmosphere screen, that could lift entire cities off of their native planets and allow them to wander the stars.
From the Wikipedia article (I’ve read all of the fictional works in question, and the Wiki article is accurate with respect to Blish’s work): Blish’s extrapolation was that if rotation combined with mass produces magnetism via gravity, then rotation and magnetism could produce anti-gravity. The field created by a spindizzy is described as altering the magnetic moment of any atom within its influence.
Sounds (very) broadly similar, at least to a non-physicist. Could this be another case of science fiction foreseeing science fact?
President Trump has changed the rules of engagement. Excerpt:
On Wednesday morning, Earth Day no less, when any responsible president would have been hectoring people about global warming, President Trump had other concerns on his mind. “I have instructed the United States Navy,” he tweeted, “to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”
Predictable scorn ensued from the Left. Writer Nick Jack Pappas was just one of the many who focused on Trump’s choice of words, tweeting, “Trump is giving the order to shoot down boats. I didn’t realize Iran had flying boats now.” They ignored the fact that one can shoot a man down without his being able to fly, but anything will do for a dig at the President. Iranian freedom activist and journalist Heshmat Alavi was more focused, tweeting: “The mullahs’ regime ruling #Iran harasses UN [sic] Navy ships for propaganda purposes. Thank you, President Trump, for reminding this regime that the Obama years are gone. And BTW, this regime does not represent the Iranian people.”
Alavi was right. The Iranian mullahs, apparently having forgotten that Barack Obama is no longer President, were at it again just last week. According to Business Insider, “nearly a dozen Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels sailed out Wednesday to harass a collection of US Navy and Coast Guard vessels conducting operations in international waters.”
The U.S. Navy stated that eleven Iranian boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) “conducted dangerous and harassing approaches,” and added that “the IRGCN’s dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision.” The Iranians, said the Navy statement, were violating the “rules of the road.”
As an old soldier myself, I’m inclined to think, “Fine, if you little pricks want to play, we’ll damn well play.”
One suspects the Iranian regime, beset on one side by renewed sanctions, on the other by the Kung Flu, are acting out like a bunch of neglected four-year-olds. And that’s not an inapt analogy for a country run by a cabal of Bronze Age savages.
And here’s the real laugh line:
The deputy commander of the IRGC, Hossain Salami, said in May 2015 that Iran actually wanted war with the United States: “We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for U.S.; we welcome war with the U.S. as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power.”
Yeah. The real potential to have your “Navy” sunk, the pitiful collection of Vietnam-era relics you call an air force destroyed, your army walked over, probably with a matter of hours. Granted the Iranian regime could wage an atrocious (in the original sense of the word) irregular campaign against the U.S. and American citizens all over the world for decades; but here’s the thing: Iran is also home to many young people who were educated in the United States and Western Europe, who would love to see the mullahs gone and their country finally returning to the modern world.
It is they, not the U.S. military, that the Iranian regime really needs to worry about. If another Green Revolution happens today, President Trump won’t throw them under the bus, as his predecessor did.