Battle Honors



(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the naval mavens of Almost Chosen People might find it of interest)


Not from The Babylon Bee:

In what sounds like it could be an April Fools joke, a Venezuelan Navy offshore patrol vessel recently sank after ramming a cruise liner in the Caribbean Sea. The cruise ship, which had no passengers on board at the time and has a reinforced hull to sail through ice-filled waters, suffered only minimal damage in what the operating company, Columbia Cruise Services, has called an “act of aggression … in international waters.”

The incident occurred in the early hours of Mar. 30, 2020, but Columbia Cruise Services only released an official statement on Apr. 1. The company, which is headquartered in Germany, said the RCGS Resolute was drifting just over 13 miles off the coast of Isla La Tortuga, a Venezuelan island situated some 60 miles off the country’s northern coast, when ANBV Naiguatá, also known by its hull number GC-23, approached it. The Venezuelan Navy ship ordered the cruise ship to follow it to Puerto Moreno on Isla De Margarita, located to the east, accusing it of violating the country’s territorial waters.

“When the event occurred, the cruise vessel RCGS Resolute has already been drifting for one day off the coast of the island to conduct some routine engine maintenance on its idle voyage to its destination, Willemstad/Curaçao,” the statement from Columbia Cruise Services says. “Shortly after mid-night, the cruise vessel was approached by an armed Venezuelan navy vessel, which via radio questioning [sic] the intentions of the RCGS Resolute’s presence.”

The 403-foot-long Resolute, which is flagged in Portugal, reportedly had a gross tonnage of around 8,445 tons at the time. The ship was laid down in September 1990 and completed in June 1991. Intended for Antarctic cruises, it has a reinforced ice-capable hull.

Go here to read the rest.  Well, I guess if you have a German owned cruise ship, opposing a Venezuelan warship, the smart money goes with the German owned cruise ship!


Published in: on April 7, 2020 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Battle Honors  
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Mr. Howell Approves

(I originally posted this at The American Catholic and I thought the Jim Backus mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.)


From the President of Yale:

We are asking Yale College students to remain at home after spring recess. For undergraduates who are on campus now, please make every effort to return home as soon as possible, and no later than Sunday, March 15. Yale College Dean Marvin Chun will be providing additional details in the coming days. Undergraduates will have the support of the university in meeting their academic requirements remotely while at home. I understand that some undergraduates consider New Haven to be their home or cannot leave the university at this time. The Yale College Dean’s Office will provide separate instructions for these students, who also will take their classes online.

Graduate and professional students are encouraged to remain off-campus and participate in online instruction, unless being on campus is necessitated by the nature of their research or academic programs. More information is forthcoming from the deans of each school.

Go here to read the rest.

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(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the military history mavens of Almost Chosen People might have fun with it.)

Not quite as one sided as Napoleon having a B-52 at Waterloo, or the Allies confronting in World War II a Nazi reared Ubermensch.


Published in: on December 5, 2019 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on USMC v. SPQR  
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100 Things Every Man Should Know


For the weekend.  100 Things to Remember (1999) by the late great Tim Wilson.  My bride has described it as The God of the Copybook Headings for hillbillies.

Published in: on September 21, 2019 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on 100 Things Every Man Should Know  
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Trump’s Folly

(I originally posted this at The American Catholic and I thought the history mavens of Almost Chosen People might find it interesting.)

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:


NUUK, GREENLAND—There have been rumors that President Trump was considering buying Greenland, and Trump has now confirmed those rumors, revealing that he sees it as a great moneymaking opportunity if the U.S. purchases the world’s largest island, fixes it up, and then sells it at a much higher price.

“Look at it; it’s prime real estate,” Trump told the press. “It’s on the very desirable Upper West Side — you know, of the Prime Meridian — and if we just modernize it a bit, that’s going to be some valuable property. And I’m going to split the profits from selling it with the American people, 60/40.”

Trump says his first plan will be to get rid of the giant glacier in the middle of Greenland. “That used to be popular, but it’s out of style now,” he explained. He plans to replace it all with “ultra-fancy” hardwood floors. In addition, he plans to maybe put up some shiplap, add an island, and upgrade the bathrooms. He’s looking at opening it up into more of an “open concept” feel with some farmhouse sinks for a more rustic feel. The president has reportedly hired Chip and Joanna Gaines to help with the upgrades. They previously worked with him to put some shiplap up on the southern border wall.

Democrats, however, are opposed, as they are usually against all of Trump’s awesome schemes, like his tax cuts and his Robot Force — a fighting force made entirely of robots. “I don’t know if I trust the market to not collapse soon,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said. “Plus, with the sheer volume of hardwood floors he’s talking, we’d basically have to deforest all of Brazil.”


Go here to read the rest.  My late father did Arctic Survival Training in Greenland in the early fifties.  I have long thought we should acquire it due to its likely mineral wealth and its strategic location.  Denmark says no sale for now.  Of course it took from 1867-1917 for us to purchase the Danish West Indies and turn them into the US Virgin Islands.  The process was started by Secretary of State Seward at the same time he acquired Alaska, Seward’s Folly, for us.  Trump has started a process and we shall see how it plays out over time.

Published in: on August 19, 2019 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Trump’s Folly  
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Fifty Years


(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the Space mavens of Almost Chosen People might find it amusing.)


Hattip to commenter Dale Price.  My motto has always been:  “Slay all the Lunies, and let God sort ’em out!”

Published in: on March 3, 2019 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Fifty Years  
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Kalends of March


Today is the Kalends of March.  On this day in 293 AD the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appointed Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as Caesars.  Constantius Chlorus and Galerian eventually became Emperors.  On the death of his father, Constantine seized the title of Emperor.  After a series of wars he became sole Emperor and proclaimed  the legalization of Christianity in the Edict of Milan and became, on his deathbed, the first baptized Christian Emperor of Rome.  Take that Ides of March, always hogging all the limelight!


Published in: on March 1, 2019 at 5:26 am  Comments Off on Kalends of March  
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One of the Many Reasons I am a Conservative


(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the humor mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.)

Published in: on February 8, 2019 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on One of the Many Reasons I am a Conservative  
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Rubber Chicken Version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D






(I originally posted this at TAC and thought the Pachelbel and/or rubber chicken mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.)

Hattip to commenter Dale Price for this example of lunatic genius.  As for that whirring sound that you hear, well that should be obvious.

Published in: on August 15, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Rubber Chicken Version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D  
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Invading America is a Very, Very Bad Idea


Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838

Hattip to Ace of Spades blog for the map.



Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it is not enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians, among whom armchair arguments about war are being glibly bandied about in the name of state politics, have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief, Imperial Combined Fleet, January 26, 1941

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