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The US Army can’t feed troops in the field?

Well, well, pilgrim turcopoles. National Guard soldiers and airmen are being fed what amounts to garbage during their Pelosi/Schumer inspired occupation of the US capital? 50 0f them got sick from eating whatever kind of crap the Democrats want to feed them?

As a junior officer I was twice the Mess Officer for my units as an additional duty, among all the others. I know a lot about how you feed troops on duty away from their home stations.

The SECDEF, who is reputed to have once been a soldier, let this happen? The Chief of the National Guard bureau let this happen? The Commanding General of the Army’s Military District of Washington let this happen?

Heads should roll, turcopoles. Heads should roll. pl

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‘Promising’ Alzheimer’s pill could stop disease in its tracks, human trials to start soon

“Although there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet, a new drug that could come in pill form is giving hope to millions of dementia patients around the world. Researchers say the potential Alzheimer’s drug prevents the disease in mice, rats, and monkeys during lab experiments.

The results are so “promising,” researchers expect clinical trials to begin in the next few months. Such a drug may also ward off the cognitive breakdown in genetically prone people who don’t have the condition yet. Study authors say vulnerable individuals would be able to get the medication after a simple blood test.

Targeting plaque buildups in the brain

A team from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital say the treatment belongs to a family of drugs called GSMs (gamma-secretase modulators). It works by destroying rogue proteins, beta-amyloid (Aβ), that form sticky clumps in the brain and destroy neurons.” FB

Comment: Keep your fingers crossed. Maybe this time … pl

‘Promising’ Alzheimer’s pill could stop disease in its tracks, human trials to start soon – Study Finds

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Boca Chica Adventure

Starship Launch Today?

Supposed to be having a go around 1300. pl

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Log Splitter – 1, Walrus – 0 and Comment On Health Care.

Australian “Fiddleback” red gum timber is very hard, brittle and has a beautiful convoluted grain similar to Walnut burl. It is also excellent winter fuel, burning very hot and leaving very little ash. This is why my stepson and I were using my 40 ton hydraulic splitter to convert a few old logs into firewood on Sunday.

We had a good working rhythm going – me feeding and stepson working the actuator and clearing when we struck a particularly hard and knotted block with no obvious fault line. In about a second, I heard and saw the machine load up as it tried to cleave the timber before the block shattered, firing a high velocity baseball sized chunk that hit my left hand. Not being one to waste an opportunity, I though it may be useful to the occasional Turcopoliere debate on healthcare to catalogue the full costs and operation of our healthcare system as it applies to my case for perhaps future reference.

It was obvious from the pain and new shape of my left thumb that I was in trouble so we made plans to head for the city on Monday morning to seek a specialist. It’s a three hour drive and there was no point in consulting a local doctor who was only going to direct me to a city specialist anyway.

I had a name of a specialist orthopedic hand surgeon by Sunday night and I rang his office at 8.00am while we were halfway there. His office told us to keep coming and he would fit me in to his consulting schedule. We arrived 10.00 am at Cabrini Malvern, a major private hospital. I was x-rayed 10.15 am and by 11.00 I was on the specialists surgery list for Thursday. I have broken the top joint of my thumb into three pieces. The plan is for these to be screwed back together with tiny titanium screws and plates or, if that isn’t practical, he will use wires although that will require another operation later.

This is typically a day procedure assuming no complications, it requires an anesthetist and assistant surgeon. As always there are risks which I prefer not to think about. I am told that I will be good in six weeks but that full use will take six months or so.

We have private health insurance costing the pair of us about A$6000 per year in total.

Costs so far: X rays – free (I have a concession card due to age)

First Consultation – free (covered by Medicare)

Temporary custom made splint/orthotic – $150

Drugs – Paracetamol / Codeine pain relief – $6.00

Hospital bed – free (covered by health insurance)

I will hopefullly report after surgery.

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George Floyd Died of Drug Overdose, Not From an Approved Minneapolis Police Procedure

As we near the start of the trial of the Minneapolis police officers accused of murdering George Floyd, it is essential that you understand that these officers are being railroaded and should be exonerated once the full evidence is presented. The four police officers now charged in the death of Floyd handled the situation according to the training they received by the Minneapolis Police Department. These officers were not going rogue nor were they engaging in racist misconduct. They followed procedure in handling Mr. Floyd. What they did not know is that George Floyd had just ingested a deadly dose of fentanyl.

If you are part of the mob ready to lynch Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the “murder” of George Floyd, put your rope away. You are wrong. Officer Chauvin will be able to prove in court that his use of his knee on the side of the neck of Floyd was an approved technique that the Minneapolis Police Department trained him to use. There are two critical pieces of evidence for Officer Chauvin–the training manual for the Minneapolis Police Department Police Academy and unambiguous video evidence.

Take a look at the training manual standard and procedure for using a neck restraint–it has been on the books for more than eight years. Don’t take my word for it, read it yourself:

5-311 USE OF NECK RESTRAINTS AND CHOKE HOLDS (10/16/02) (08/17/07) (10/01/10) (04/16/12)


Choke Hold: Deadly force option. Defined as applying direct pressure on a person’s trachea or airway (front of the neck), blocking or obstructing the airway (04/16/12)

Neck Restraint: Non-deadly force option. Defined as compressing one or both sides of a person’s neck with an arm or leg, without applying direct pressure to the trachea or airway (front of the neck). Only sworn employees who have received training from the MPD Training Unit are authorized to use neck restraints. The MPD authorizes two types of neck restraints: Conscious Neck Restraint and Unconscious Neck Restraint. (04/16/12)

Conscious Neck Restraint: The subject is placed in a neck restraint with intent to control, and not to render the subject unconscious, by only applying light to moderate pressure. (04/16/12)

Unconscious Neck Restraint: The subject is placed in a neck restraint with the intention of rendering the person unconscious by applying adequate pressure. (04/16/12)


The Conscious Neck Restraint may be used against a subject who is actively resisting. (04/16/12)

The Unconscious Neck Restraint shall only be applied in the following circumstances: (04/16/12)
On a subject who is exhibiting active aggression, or;

For life saving purposes, or;

On a subject who is exhibiting active resistance in order to gain control of the subject; and if lesser attempts at control have been or would likely be ineffective.

Neck restraints shall not be used against subjects who are passively resisting as defined by policy. (04/16/12)

After Care Guidelines (04/16/12)

After a neck restraint or choke hold has been used on a subject, sworn MPD employees shall keep them under close observation until they are released to medical or other law enforcement personnel.
An officer who has used a neck restraint or choke hold shall inform individuals accepting custody of the subject, that the technique was used on the subject.

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A Survey of News on the Current Houthi Offensive in Marib – TTG

The Houthi militias, who control Yemen’s capital city, Sanaa, and much of the country, have renewed their military campaign to take over the city, located just 75 miles east of the capital. Resistance fighters are defending Marib with military support from Saudi Arabia, which has provided air strikes and now ground troops.  This is happening just as a change in the White House signals a renewed effort to end the Yemen war — diplomatically. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken revoked the Trump-era designation of Houthis, known widely as Ansarallah, as a foreign terrorist organization in recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen. The label would have hindered the delivery of aid to parts of Yemen under Houthi control.  “Marib is the last stronghold of the Yemeni government. It is also a city that hosts 3 million civilians, including almost a million IDPs who fled mainly from the north, from Houthi persecution, but also from the war in general. Marib also sits on much of Yemen oil and all Yemen gas,” Dawsari told The World. (PRI)


Clashes between Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels have intensified in the strategic province of Marib, with military sources saying a senior loyalist commander was among dozens of fighters killed. Earlier this month, the Iran-backed Houthis resumed a push to capture Marib city, which lies close to some of Yemen’s richest oil fields in the north of the country. Hundreds of fighters from both sides have been killed in fighting since Friday, according to government sources. The Houthis do not usually release casualty tolls. “Twenty-two members of the government forces and more than 28 rebels have died in the last 24 hours in the fighting,” including special forces commander in Marib, General Abdel Ghani Shaalan, a military source told AFP news agency. “Fighting continues unabated on all fronts in Marib province” – the government’s last bastion in the north of the country – the source said, adding that neither side had advanced on the ground.

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Biden’s immigration policy will destroy him.

““It really means that he’s going to run on the combination of two energy sources: his own successes and his record and Biden’s failure and his record. When that immigrant caravan hits the border and all of a sudden hundreds of thousands of people are coming into the United States, that’s going to be an incredible issue for him.”

Biden has started to roll back hardline immigration policies implemented by former President Donald Trump and two weeks ago unveiled sweeping immigration legislation that included a proposal for a path to citizenship for roughly 11 million migrants living without legal status in the U.S.

The bill also includes a shorter process to legal status for agriculture workers and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“I think Trump is absolutely positioned perfectly,” said Morris. “And I love the line, I adore the line, ‘Trump puts America first, Biden puts America last.’”” Newsmax


I really do think that Joe was never anything like a moderate. IMO he has always thought of himself as a progressive. He just kept quiet about it. He is a supremely ambitious man and when it was advantageous to seem moderate he behaved that way. But now, he is king of the world and can act out his fantasy life in imaginings of various kinds including the “thought” of himself as a heroic defender of the immigrant. You know, like his fighting, bombing Molly McGuire forebears.

He has lost it over this open borders thing. Most of the world’s poor and discontented want to come to the US. They are marching toward the SW border in vast numbers. Many of them are not Latinos. Africans, Middle Easterners, South Asians, they all want in. And Joe and company have hung out welcoming signs in every way they could imagine.

There are millions of Americans who lost their employment in the pandemic madness that gripped much of the country last year. Some millions of them are still out of work and Joe Joe is growing their numbers through ideologically motivated pipeline shutdowns. BTW these shutdowns are not motivated by concern for the feelings of Indian tribes. They are motivated by the desire of people like Biden’s nominee for the Interior Department to halt the consumption of oil and gas. The economics of such a halt mean nothing to such people. All of them including the ass John Kerry share a college delusion about the mobility of labor pools.

Illegals, sanctuary seekers and criminals are going to pour across the border. Joe will drown in that tide. pl

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Joe Biden’s rosary beads

“President Biden’s supporters repeatedly claim that he is a devout Catholic. In 2005, Biden himself protested those who questioned his Catholicism: “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.” But the words of Jesus are foreboding: “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” [Mt. 7:21] Biden’s habitual and unapologetic sinful acts are on full display.

In less than a month after his inauguration, he issued a statement celebrating the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. He said he is “committed to codifying” the decision that legalized abortion. He promised he will be “appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe.” He rescinded the pro-life Mexico City Policy, which ensured that foreign aid would not go to organizations that perform or refer for abortions.

Biden revoked the Trump administration’s ban on so-called gender transitioning in the military, allowing troops to serve based on their gender identity. He called on Congress to quickly pass the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Washington Post called Joe Biden a “president who has been called the most pro-transgender in history.”

Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, like Biden is Catholic. But contrary to the moral law, he supports legislation that permits partial-birth abortion, forces every healthcare plan to pay for abortions, forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortions, forces the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception and abortion drugs, and allows assisted suicide.

For most of his political life—from his consistent pro-abortion record to his officiating at a gay wedding in 2016—despite his Catholic affiliation and public pious practices, Joe Biden has magnified and institutionalized countless major violations of the Ten Commandments. The hypocrisy rivals that of the chief priests and Pharisees and is worthy of the same condemnation. Indeed, Biden is the most aggressively anti-Catholic President in history.” Fr. Pokorsky


This priest is unlikely to be ordained a bishop. Like all hierarchical organizations the Catholic Church rewards folks who do not stray from “the mainstream.” Shut up, stay in line, and suck up to the boss may or may not be behavior taught in diocesan seminaries but the behavior of successful clergy indicates that it may be.

Pokorsky is the opposite of that. Not only does he condemn the high and mighty like Becerra and Biden but he has few good things to say about the bishops and their toleration of those who give scandal by their flagrant defiance of Church teaching.

As I said, he is unlikely to be promoted. pl

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Scots wa hae wi Wallace bled …

“Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
         Or to victory!

Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power—
         Chains and slavery!

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward’s grave!
Wha sae base as be a slave?
         Let him turn and flee!

Wha for Scotland’s king and law
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa’,
         Let him follow me!

By oppression’s woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
         But they shall be free!

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!—
         Let us do or die!”

Robert Burns

The Story

“English battalions are set to bear the brunt of cuts because “politics” means the Government won’t touch troops in Scotland, the former head of the army has said. 

General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former Chief of the General Staff, has hit out at the reduction in troops set to take place over the next decade as part of the integrated defence review. 

Plans being considered are looking to reduce the army by nearly 10,000 troops, cutting the number of full-time posts from 82,000 to 72,500.

However, Lord Dannatt told The Telegraph it was inevitable that to achieve that reduced figure the Ministry of Defence is “going to have to get rid of four English battalions”, despite the “low” operational capability of Scottish battalions. 

“The politics overrides the logic,” he said. 

“For the last two defence reviews Scottish battalions should have been disbanded but politically that’s not acceptable.”

He added that with “Ms Sturgeon rampant north of the Border and the Union under threat” there was no chance Westminster would “touch Scottish battalions”. 

“At the very least one Scottish battalion should go to show equity across the country,” he said. 

“Don’t take four English battalions and no Scots battalions when everyone knows the Scots battalions are undermanned.”” Telegraph


Battalion? We are talking about battalions?

Battalion – Wikipedia

72,500.” Really? Really?

Gonna whip their weight in wildcats? Well, they had better.

This is not a real army. Why not just admit that the British Army is an adornment rather than a strategic force? At this level of manning, or womanning, if you prefer, it is not really possible to make a serious contribution to an overseas expeditionary effort.

The Royal Marines have about 7500 people. That would make about 80,000 but that is not fighting force numbers. That would be a lot fewer.

I love history but this is not the British Army of old. This is a tourist attraction in which the Household troops are the major feature. pl

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DeSantis should be “da man.”

SUNRISE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump introduces Florida Governor Ron DeSantis during a homecoming campaign rally at the BB&T Center on November 26, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. President Trump continues to campaign for re-election in the 2020 presidential race. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“”Flawed assumptions” about overcrowded hospitals led states like New York to order coronavirus-postive patients into nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told “Life, Liberty, & Levin.”

“We looked at the data that we had from other parts of the world as we were getting into March, and we saw that this was a virus that had a disproportionate impact on elderly people and we’re the second-oldest state in the country, so that was something that was obviously very concerning to us,” the Republican told host Mark Levin.

DeSantis explained that state officials took “action to protect vulnerable people as best as they could.”

“One of the things we did, I think, before any other state was protect nursing homes. So we prevented people from visiting for a time,” DeSantis said.”

Comment: We watched this long interview last night. Levin clearly wants Trump to decide to resign himself to the role of king maker and endorse DeSantis for president in 2024. I doubt that Trump will do that. His ego is so enormous that he cannot possibly do that, but, he should. People will complain of DeSantis because he is a supporter of Israel. Well, turcopole pilgrims, let us consider the demography of SE Florida and think realistically. DeSantis has done a grand job in running Florida in the CODIV crisis. I wish I lived there, somewhere in the area of Naples on the west coast, but, alas, it is not to be.

DeSantis has a marvelous background, athletic scholarship to Yale, public school boy, Navy service as a JAG officer, prosecutor after that, service in the US House of Representatives, and then Governor of Florida.

Trump! C’mon man, cowboy up and play for the team! pl

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