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A few years after I settled in Virginia, I began reading frightful stories about the arrival of a dangerous “frankenfish” in the Potomac River and its tributaries. This hideous invader called the northern snakehead was feared to be about to... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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This is an AP story that appeared at the bottom of the front page of my local newspaper this morning. It caught my eye because, unlike northern Virginia, the Northern Neck has been largely spared from the coronavirus. That's a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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It’s a phrase used in countless TV and movie scenes. I find it an apt phrase to describe this particular coronavirus, even though most don’t consider that protein wrapped string of RNA to be sentient. Unlike Ebola or HIV, this... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Let’s be honest. This is not on the same level as the fusion energy and laser technology breakthroughs that Harper writes about. However, the adult juice box is another “clear reminder that human beings are capable of creative solutions to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Colonel Lang sent me an eye opening link last night concerning the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA hospital in Richmond. Here are some excerpts from the Richmond Times-Dispatch article. ———— As of Thursday, 23 employees at the 4,000-employee VA hospital, had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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The Space Development Agency plans to award contracts for a mesh network in space this August, with the expectation that an initial batch of 20 satellites will be placed on orbit during summer 2022. The agency expects to release a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A year ago I wrote about the little patch of woods behind my house. It was just before Easter and just after the tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. As I sat in my gazebo this week, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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LONDON, UK, March 27, 2020 – OneWeb (“OneWeb,” “the Company”), the global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, announced today that the Company and certain of its controlled affiliates have voluntarily filed for relief under... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including title IV of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (Public Law 114-90), it is hereby ordered as follows:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"The 2018 National Defense Strategy redirected the Marine Corps’ mission focus from countering violent extremists in the Middle East to great power/peer-level competition, with special emphasis on the Indo-Pacific. Such a profound shift in missions, from inland to littoral, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American combat in Iraq, issuing a directive last week to prepare a campaign to destroy an Iranian-backed militia group that has threatened more attacks against American... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Throughout my life, and this campaign, my motivation has been to serve God, our country, and the American people as best I can. I feel that the best way that I can be of service at this time is to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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An expression of jihadi displeasure with Erdogan BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A Turkish military convoy that was traveling through the Idlib countryside on Wednesday was reportedly ambushed by unknown assailants, Muraselon news reported, citing opposition media. The Muraselon report... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Colonel Lang, I like her personally, as well. Her legislative record includes environmental protection, veterans’ care, criminal justice reform, privacy protection, universal background checks, no firearms for wife beaters, bumpstock ban. She co-sponsored the Medicare for All Act, and supports DREAM Act and related immigration legislation. That’s leftist agenda and common sense. She's a much better and far better looking version of Bernie.
Colonel Lang, Have you read her issue statements on her Tulsi for President site? They're across the board progressive. The Clinton Democratic Party is scared to death of her, Bernie, AOC and the majority of the progressive agenda. They're just too two-faced to admit it. Of course it's all anathema to the Republican Party. They openly despise all of that, but at least they admit it.
Upstate, Yes, Tulsi is a dyed in the wool progressive and has always been one. Over time her stand on issues have only become more progressive. I do attribute a lot of her beliefs to her Hawaiian up bringing. It's an Ohana thing. Her stand on nonintervention and full throated rejection of regime change wars is an integral part of her progressivism.
Colonel Lang, We blew that Cherry Mountain fire tower in February. My brother's sons live for the New England winters. They're both champion cross country ski racers. Most of our White Mountain training was at the detachment level. We did battalion level winter training at Camp Ethan Allen in Vermont's Green Mountains. Damned cold there, too.
Keith Harbaugh, I've spent time in New Hampshire off and on from my college days. We did a lot of training in the White Mountains when I was in 10th Group at Fort Devens. My team blew up the fire tower on Cherry Mountain as part of a ski exercise in 1982. I was last up there in August 2019 when all my brothers and sister gathered in Center Sandwich for my father's 90th birthday. My brother cleared the land and milled the lumber to build a post and beam house there. It's freakin' gorgeous. I spent a lot of time just running my hands over the beams and joinery. We drove between there and my father's house in Fryeburg several times. I really like the area. I got the same vibe there last year as I did up in Alaska two decades ago. I haven't climbed near enough peaks to qualify for the 4,000 Footer Club, but I went up quite a few in the winter on skis and snowshoes. I did my fair share in the warmer months as well.
I can see the DNC reasoning behind this dick move. They think Tulsi will only serve as a hand grenade in the debate damaging Biden and Sanders and aiding Trump. It's still a dick move. I think she could have injected some youthful interest into the debate. Why her campaign never took off is a puzzlement. New Hampshire was critical to her strategy. Like Mayor Pete did in Iowa, Tulsi put all her chips on New Hampshire to score a victory or at least a signature showing. I saw her face on billboards all over NH last August. She even bought a house there last year. All her efforts in a state that should have been ideal for her resulted in only 3.3% vote share. Sanders got a quarter of the vote, so it can't be her policies. Her and Bernie's policy stances are near identical. Warren and Klobuchar got 30% of the vote so it can't be the female thing. Was it her Hinduism? Was it her meeting with Assad? At least she's young. A lot can happen in the future.
SOUTHERN CROSS UPDATE SPOT satellite tracking data showed the Southern Cross just outside checkpoint 2 at Flamingo at 0520 hrs on 11 March. The next update was tonight at 2204 hrs just south of the finish line at Key Largo. He's probably on the beach by now, or snoozing in that "luxurious" boat of his in preparation for a grand morning arrival. I hope Rob gives us an account of his voyage once he's back home.
How do we quarantine a population like ours long enough to squash the spread of this virus? How do we prioritize physical health over economic health, at least temporarily? Once this pandemic dies down, one way or another, do we as a nation invest in the capacity to deal with future pandemics? It does seem our government doesn't know whether to sh*t or go blind on this one. I love that phrase too, Colonel Lang. I also learned it from my father who picked it up in the 45 to 47 Marine Corps. I'm still watching the Everglades Challenge. It appears Rob Waddell and the Southern Cross were only a couple of nautical miles south of the Key Largo finish point a few hours ago.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2020 on Open Thread on CODIV-19 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I'm happy to report that our local Chinese takeout place was doing a booming business tonight. Lots of happy and friendly locals coming in and the crew was working those woks like gangbusters. All those Fox News efforts to brand this as the Chinese or Wuhan flu are falling on deaf ears here in Stafford.
SOUTHERN CROSS UPDATE The Southern Cross sailed into checkpoint 2 at Chokoloskee today shortly before 1400 hrs. They seem to be doing very well. The WaterTribe Facebook page noted a good number of DNFs due to weather decisions by the skippers and equipment failures. The winds seem to be honking and generally from the east. The Florida Bay will be blown dry so just getting into checkpoint 3 at Flamingo will be tougher than usual. Getting from there to the finish will be nigh impossible without heading south to catch the deeper water of the ICW. Good luck to Rob and Johnny Mac. I've added a photo of the Southern Cross heading into Chokoloskee.
Testing is far more than an information and data drill. Testing identifies infected individuals for targeted treatment, including isolation. Widespread testing allows targeted treatment plans rather than blanket quarantine and social distancing policies. Targeted treatment should reduce fears and effects on the economy. That appears to be how South Korea got it right. No disruptions at the Fredericksburg VA clinic this morning. Posters about symptoms and recommended actions were displayed at the entrance and in the waiting room. More hand sanitizer than normal was available. Masks were offered to anyone with coughs or sneezes. Patients were asked about health and travel. Other than that, it was business as normal.