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“The Space Force leans into “Galactic Empire” chic with new dress uniform design” – TTG

That’s a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—The Space Force this week unveiled its new designs for service dress and workout uniforms as it continues to forge its own identity in the Pentagon. Two guardians showed off the business uniform for the first time at the Air Force Association’s annual conference here, showcasing a unisex look that the Space Force initially devised for women before adjusting for men’s comfort as well.

The Space Force is the first military service created since women were given the opportunity to hold the same roles as men, making this the first uniform designed with women in mind from the start.

Comment: Well… these are prototypes. I wonder if the service cap will be styled after an Uhlan helmet. 


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Redoubts 9 and 10 – Where the US was born.


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Without the service of the French Regulars, Cornwallis would never have surrendered.  Anthony Wayne’s Continentals and these men captured these two strong redoubts in night bayonet attacks.  There are a whole lot of these fellows buried out in the woods at Yorktown in their military cemetery.  These were the French king’s soldiers and their units passed into history at their own revolution.  Among the men were people from all over France, Rhinelanders from Zweibrucken (Deux Ponts), Irish of course, Poles and a scattering of European professionals of one kind or another.  Are their graves decorated on the 4th of July?  I hope so.  Here is a list of their dead buried in Virginia’s soil.  They are listed by regiment.  pl

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Yorktown? Where is that?

Comment: Imagine! Just imagine! The God-Emperor Joseph I has admitted that he might have done something stupid to the country without whose help we would have failed in our attempt to free ourselves from Westminster’s tyranny. Go out and visit the French military cemetery at Yorktown. Their men died capturing a key British defense position in a night bayonet attack. Perhaps the French should ask for the return of the Statue of Liberty. It was the gift of the French people. Don’t drivel on now about WW1 and WW2. We did not go to war for France. pl

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“… vacuous platitudes …”

“US presidents rarely look to make waves with speeches to the annual United Nations General Assembly, but President Joe Biden’s nearly 40-minute talk Tuesday actually challenged global leaders … to stay awake.

The world, Biden lectured, needs to “act together.” This is a “decisive decade.” We must work to prevent pandemics and fight climate change. “We stand at an inflection point in history,” have a “shared future” and can only meet “the challenges” we face by … “looking to the future.”

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Biden also worked in his domestic slogans — his “Build Back Better” theme made a prominent appearance. But mostly it was empty claims like: We’re “rebuilding alliances,” he insisted, even as allies across the world are furious at being shut out of the planning that produced his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. And after France just withdrew its US ambassador in protest after Biden announced a security deal with Australia that sank a $66 billion plan for the French to sell Canberra 12 submarines.”

Comment: Yeah. It was awful. I watched for a while from a sense of obligation to the phalanx of turcopole pilgrims, but after a while it was just too much and I departed Bidenworld.

It was a mish-mash of the kind of slush that highschoolers or grad students say to each other when experimenting with the idea that a world socialist empire of goody goodies might be built. It was confirmation of the existence of a committee of silliness that “runs” Joe Biden.

What a dangerous time we live in. pl

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Either ‘gators got him or he is halfway to Brazil (or somewhere)

Old Snaggletooth

“The FBI and police on Tuesday will resume the search for Brian Laundrie in a 25,000-acre Florida reserve — just one day after calling it off.

Authorities will return to the Carlton Reserve where Laundrie, 23, is believed to have vanished on a hike a week ago after being named a person of interest in his girlfriend Gabby Petito’s disappearance.

The FBI is now leading the criminal investigation, North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said in a statement.

“A weekend ground search and aerial search Monday of the 25,000-acre [39-square-mile] preserve has yet to yield any answers, but we must press on,” Taylor said.

“Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times. It is currently waist-deep in water in many areas.

“This is dangerous work for the search crews as they are wading through gator- and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails.”” nypost

Comment: I kinda hope a big ‘gator got the bastard, and then they piled on to gobble up his mangy butt. But, alas, the wily creep, with the support and collusion of his parents, has probably created an illusion and diversion about the swamp whilst he runs for some island in the Caribbean from which he can go to a country which will not extradite him to the US. I suggest that Brazil would be a likely destination. pl

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High genetic barrier to SARS-CoV-2 polyclonal neutralizing antibody escape…that’s a mouthful – TTG

Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Biology, Rockefeller University, NYC

Published: 20 September 2021

ABSTRACT – The number and variability of the neutralizing epitopes targeted by polyclonal antibodies in SARS-CoV-2 convalescent and vaccinated individuals are key determinants of neutralization breadth and the genetic barrier to viral escape. Using HIV-1 pseudotypes and plasma-selection experiments with vesicular stomatitis virus/SARS-CoV-2 chimeras, we show that multiple neutralizing epitopes, within and outside the receptor binding domain (RBD), are variably targeted by human polyclonal antibodies. Antibody targets coincide with spike sequences that are enriched for diversity in natural SARS-CoV-2 populations. By combining plasma-selected spike substitutions, we generated synthetic ‘polymutant’ spike protein pseudotypes that resisted polyclonal antibody neutralization to a similar degree as circulating variants of concern (VOC). By aggregating VOC-associated and antibody-selected spike substitutions into a single polymutant spike protein, we show that 20 naturally occurring mutations in SARS-CoV-2 spike are sufficient to generate pseudotypes with near-complete resistance to the polyclonal neutralizing antibodies generated by convalescents or mRNA vaccine recipients. Strikingly, however, plasma from individuals who had been infected and subsequently received mRNA vaccination, neutralized pseudotypes bearing this highly resistant SARS-CoV-2 polymutant spike, or diverse sarbecovirus spike proteins. Thus, optimally elicited human polyclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 should be resilient to substantial future SARS-CoV-2 variation and may confer protection against potential future sarbecovirus pandemics.

Comment: All this medical research jargon is like trying to read Latin after having laid off it for fifty years. Still, what I gather is that these researchers created a kind of super-covid from the worst strains of existing covid variants. Isn’t that what “gain of function” is all about? It’s not biowarfare. It’s virological and immunological research. Still, let’s hope none of that escapes from the NYC lab where they created it over a year ago. 

They then tested antibodies created from a natural Covid-19 infection and antibodies created by someone with an mRNA vaccine against this “gain of function” super strain of Covid-19. The super Covid was resistant to both types of antibodies. However, antibodies from someone who both was infected and recovered from a Covid-19 infection AND received an mRNA vaccination defeated the super strain of Covid-19. Makes me think that those who get vaccinated and are unlucky enough to get a mild infection anyway may actually be pretty damned lucky.

This is good info to know for whatever may hit us next. And something is bound to hit us whether it be more Covid strains or some new virus. I’m sure there’s more details in the actual study, but the abstract is all I got. I’m glad this research continues. Again, it isn’t biowarfare research. It’s research to defend against this and future pandemics. I’d like to see what our present experimental monoclonal antibodies do against this super Covid as well as any other possible treatments out there, including ivermectin, even though this is probably limited to in vitro testing. At least I hope it was limited to in vitro, otherwise it sounds like an “Island of Dr. Moreau” situation.


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Jail time coming for Hilly, and her gang of effete preppies?

The Mookster

“The 27-page indictment suggests that Durham has the goods on Sussmann.  Billing records, not to mention handwritten notes, prove that he absolutely knew he was representing the Clinton Campaign but was trying to hide it.

Hillary’s dirty fingerprints on the Alfa Bank scam would have been an important (or “material”) fact for the FBI to know.  The Bureau would have realized immediately that this was nothing more than a political smear based on an absurd canard.

Sussmann and Perkins Coie were one of the many conduits feeding phony information intended to frame Trump for “collusion” crimes he didn’t commit.  Fusion GPS and its nefarious founder Glenn Simpson were also feeding similar lies to the gullible media that happily propagated them to the American public.  Of course, much of it was based on the bogus anti-Trump “dossier” composed by Christopher Steele, a notoriously slimy ex-British spy.

Meanwhile, top FBI officials like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and others exploited the lies as a pretext to spy on the Trump Campaign and pursue it’s misbegotten investigation of Trump even though they had no credible evidence to support it and they learned early on that it was all a fabrication.

It was the greatest mass delusion in American political history…and did enormous damage to Trump’s presidency.

All of the aforementioned people should also have been criminally charged.  Sadly, they’ll likely skate —the beneficiaries of preferential treatment by a justice system that bears little resemblance to real justice.

One of the things I discovered as I poured through thousands of pages of research while writing my book, Witch Hunt, is that the entire “collusion” hoax was invented, financed, and disseminated by Hillary Clinton.  Her objective was to frame and vilify Trump so that it would distract from her own burgeoning email scandal.

The shameless lie was drawn from the insidious depths of Clinton’s fictive imagination.  It was magnificently devious and classic Clinton.  Minions like Sussmann were instrumental in spreading the lie, as were Simpson, Steele and a host of other Hillary acolytes.””

Comment: Very interesting. It is not yet clear to me where Sussman was indicted. If it was in the Eastern District of Virginia there is a much greater chance of conviction than in the District of Columbia which is a Democrat fortress. The pool from which jurors would be drawn in Virginia extends from here in Alexandria to the NC border. Not so good for Hillly and the gang. pl

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The hypocrisy awards

Masks are for the waiters

The Emmys were skewered on social media as viewers took notice of the lack of coronavirus safety measures, specifically masks. 

The 2021 awards show was one of the first to return to the typical in-person format following more than a year of delayed and adjusted ceremonies like the Oscars and Golden Globes. Few of the stars in attendance on Sunday were seen on the broadcast wearing masks or observing social distancing guidelines. 

Although host Cedric the Entertainer noted on the broadcast that everyone in attendance had to show proof of vaccination, as well as test negative for COVID-19, stars like Seth Rogen, came out swinging at the lack of requirements. He wasn’t the only one. 

After more than a year and a half of various mandates and guidelines designed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, many were upset to see A-list celebrities having a celebration that seemingly included none of those things. It didn’t take long before viewers took to Twitter to slam the Emmys for not practicing what many of its stars had preached for roughly the better part of two years. ” foxnews

Comment: Contemptible. pl

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Gold apparently can actually corrode. Douglas Carswell

The Golden State – LA

“California once epitomised all that was good about the United States. Those living in the Golden State enjoyed a standard of living and quality of life that was the envy of America, if not the world. It was a state of opportunity in a land of opportunity.

Silicon Valley in the 1960s was the cradle of the digital revolution. It was there that computers went from something owned by a handful of hobbyists to the smartphone in your pocket. The Golden State saw social revolution, too. From same sex marriage to billion dollar tech start-ups, things that might be regarded as outlandish elsewhere began in California before going mainstream everywhere else. It was a magnet for talent, and one of the most dynamic places on the planet. Where California led, America – and the world – followed. Or at least aspired to.

Let us hope that this is no longer the case because, if California is indicative of where the rest of America is going, the US is heading towards disaster.

California has been catastrophically mismanaged by a succession of Leftist leaders. Its personal state income tax is now the highest in America. While southern states like my own Mississippi are planning to abolish income taxes entirely, Leftist politicians in California have drawn up plans for a new wealth tax.

Once full of freewheeling entrepreneurs, California is now the most regulated state in the country, according to the Mercatus Center. Permits and licensing are required for almost everything. It is not just big name entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk, who have had enough. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and businesses are fleeing, moving to Texas, Utah, Arizona and elsewhere.  Last year, California’s population fell for the first time in recorded history.

Having served as an emblem of modernity, there is something almost pre-modern about the California that progressive politicians have created.

For a start, the lights sometimes go out. In pursuit of a renewable energy policy, California has not built enough power generating capacity. This has made energy prices among the most expensive in America. The supply is often so unreliable that the state government has been reduced to pleading with residents to switch off the power to avoid blackouts. (Boris, please take note).” Douglas Carswell in The Telegraph

Comment: I may know Carswell. I built a factory in Mississippi for a former employer. Carswell looks and sounds like one of the state economic development commission people that I dealt with. They raised bank capital for us to create the factory and for operating expenses. They recruited and trained workers for us. They gave us massive state tax forgiveness for ten years. They arranged for site improvement and made sure that roads and utilities would be there for us. They helped us negotiate concessionary rates for electricity. They were very easy to deal with, a pleasure really. The difficulty I had was with my employer’s New York lawyers who insisted on treating these Mississippians as crooks who must be trying to cheat us. And he, himself, a Middle Easterner kept saying in private that something was wrong. “Why would they do anything like this for us?” I tried to move my household to Bay St. Louis, but my wife dragged her feet and Katrina destroyed the town. PL

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Why Does the United States Have 448 Times More COVID Cases Than China?

The mystery behind the data aggregation site Worldometer ...

Check out the COVID data (updated daily) posted at WorldOMeter. I do not know what your reaction will be, but I was stunned by the numbers. China has one of the lowest infection rates and death rates attributable to COVID. The United States, in stark contrast, has one of the highest in the world. Are we to believe that China has a better vaccine regimen? Does this mean that China has a far superior health care system than the United States? Perhaps.

But I think these numbers point to something far more sinister–it is circumstantial evidence that China deliberately targeted the United States, Western Europe and Latin America with the virus.

So let’s look at the numbers adjusted for population. Remember China and India are the largest nations in terms of population (i.e., China 1,439,323,776 and India 1,396,420,400).

According to WorldOMeter, China has had 95,623 total COVID cases since the outbreak. Yep, you read that right. That is 66 cases per 1 million population. Deaths per 1 million population is 3. Hell, that does not even qualify as an epidemic.

India, which shares a border with China and has roughly the same number of inhabitants, has 33,447,010 cases. That works out to 23,952 per 1 million population. India’s fatalities from COVID are 319 per 1 million population. One hundred times more people have died in India than in China. The good news for India, Ivermectin is working, along with Hydroxychloroquine. When you consider that squalor, poverty and terrible health care compared to the United States and Europe, this is a remarkable data point.

With the China and India numbers in mind, you will now understand how shocking the numbers are for the United States. The United States as of today (September 18, 2021) counts 42,844,035. That is 128,525 per million. We have almost ten million more than India. And compared to China? We have 448 times the number of cases. The differential in deaths is equally staggering–691,313, which is 2,074 per 1 million in population. In other words, we have seven times the deaths that India has recorded and 70 times the deaths in China.

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