Cody Lundin

“Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else's authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.”

― Cody Lundin, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

After the cold , the warm spell. Friday , long awaited.

We are having weather in the high sixties here, with lows in the high forties. Down in Atlanta they are having  high temperatures hit the 70's. I can't remember it being this warm in the Blue Ridge before at this time of year.

Just as well though.  I got my electric bill today, and it was $298.00.   $20.00 of that is the new "customer fee" the EMC has added to everyone's bill, though they have a hard time explaining what the money is for.  $19.00 was sales tax, which the county splits with the state.

But primarily it was just high power usage up during the very cold spell, keeping all the outbuildings heated. The kids were here during that cold period, so we were running oil radiator heaters in the house as well, 24 hours a day, to augment the propane heating system. Those are big electric energy consumers.   I usually keep the house at about 68 in winter, but while they were here we had to keep my daughters bedroom at 80+, because of the monitor lizard. The rest of the house we kept about 78, which is what they are used to up at their apartment. It will balance out if this warm weather holds up awhile, and if not, it's the cost of doing business. I need my shop, my barn storage space, and the apartment. Sometimes they cost me money to maintain.

Obama is no more come Friday. I can hardly believe it. After 8 years of that despicable individual, it's hard to believe things may actually change. But Obama is leaving the country in a complete shambles, and his Legions of the Mentally Deficient are doing all they can to make sure it stays that way.










I saw an interesting story on Fox this morning.  Turns out all these self proclaimed celebrities who have been announcing they will not attend the inauguration, were never invited in the first place.  They try to give the impression that they were begged to participate, but it's a bald face lie.





And the Moon Bats are still prating about "The Russians hacked the election."  The news is telling everyone who will listen about "secret evidence" but so far not a shred of evidence has been produced to back all this B.S. up.  And, as Trump pointed out, if the Russians did hack the DNC and Podesta, no one on either side has claimed the emails made public were forged or false.  No one has claimed that the actual process of voting and tallying the votes was tampered with.  And if it was the Russians who exposed the corruption and venality of the DNC, and the idiocy of  Podesta, I stay "Roll on, the Russians." I like knowing that stuff. It confirms me in the opinion I already had of the Hillerites, that they are low life bottom feeders, cheats and liars.








I've been keeping up with the news from Chicago, although it's being overshadowed by all the smoke and mirrors the Dimmies are deploying, trying to keep the turmoil over the election going. Chicago has got to be the prime example of Democratic social engineering in action. It's been run by Dims for ever, and the last few years the High Priest of social engineering, Rahm Emanuel, has been the Mayor there. It's more of a failed state than Libya or Syria, in it's own right. And getting worse. This despite some of the strictest "gun control" laws in America.


Truer words were never spoken. And it's worked out just as well as Obama's little "change America" projects.




Pictures of Aleppo and Chicago, side by side. What more can I say?


I've been watching lots of YouTube videos. posted by groups planning to disrupt the inauguration. The news media, for what's it worth (which isn't much) has been saying as many as half of the two million people expected to show up may be there solely to raise hell, cause trouble, and just generally show out. I don't see how the police or anybody else can keep a lid on that, especially in D.C.  But I intend to watch the proceedings from the mountain  top, over the satellite TV link, with great interest.


A friend of mine sent me a copy of the "operations order" for this bunch in the picture above. Dispassionately, it was well written and logical.  Not all of the snow flakes are drifting in from college campuses or from fortune 500 offices.  These particular individuals strike me of being more the "Spartacists" types who almost took over Germany for Communism in 1919.


So, nothing particularly exciting here on the home front, but it's going to be an exciting week on the national level. Most of us can't do much besides sit back and watch the melodrama unfurl.



THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:




The Left Wingers should remember, there are an awful lot of very angry Veterans out there. 

Cite: 1966, "Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations" edited by
Robert Debs Heinl, Category: Home Front, Page 149, Column 2, United
States Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. 


Marcus Flavinius: To his cousin, Tertullus, in Rome. 2d century A. D.
(Flavinius was a centurion, 2d Cohort, Augusta Legion.)

“We had been told, on leaving our native soil, that we were going to defend the sacred rights conferred on us by so many of our citizens settled overseas, so many years of our presence, so many benefits brought by us to populations in need of our assistance and civilization.


We could verify that all this was true, and, because true, we did not hesitate to shed our share of blood, to sacrifice our youth and hopes.We regretted nothing, but whereas we over here are inspired by this frame of mind, I am told that in Rome factions and conspiracies are rife, that treachery flourishes, and that many in their uncertainty and confusion lend ready ear to the dire temptations of relinquishment and vilify our actions .

  Make haste to reassure me, I beg you, and tell me that our fellow citizens understand us, support us, and protect us, as we ourselves are protecting the glory of the Empire. 

If it should be otherwise, if we should have to leave our bleached bones on these desert sands in vain, then beware the anger of the Legions.”




Monday, January 16, 2017

Rain

J. Irvine

It's raining and a bit chilly today. I built a fire in the fireplace to keep the place warm.  I'm not going to be down on the main level of the house in the living room much today, but it will keep the whole house from feeling damp.

The drought is out of the "extreme" category but we are still way below where we should be, so a good soaking rain like this is welcome. The rest of the country is having some severe weather, but it seems to have missed the South and I can't say I am sorry about it.




The  January 2017 edition of Military Surplus is out. This was a particularly good issue if you are interested in Mausers.  All the articles were well written, and the photography is excellent. It's worth the ten dollars the magazine costs, although it aggravates me I have to pay seventy cents in county sales tax to get it.

One very good article in this issue was concerned with Serbian Mausers.  There's a relatively rare book out on those, written by a Serb, but even with that it's hard to keep track of all the different variants.

This article was basically a guide to identifying the various models, and it was worth it's weight in gold to a collector. There was also a related article on the Yugoslavian SKS, just about the only variant of that rifle still to be found on the market from wholesalers.





My 8th Edition of the Standard Catalog of Military Firearms came in the mail on Friday. They come out every few years and are the primary source for pricing information on military surplus weapons.

I have volume one right on up through this one, and I enjoy going back and comparing the prices over the space of many years.  Had I known how much these old weapons were going to appreciate in value over the last 30 years, I 'd have bought a lot more of them.

The trouble is, I almost never let go of old guns I get, so I am not sure it would have been a good investment anyway.

I think my son will realize a nice profit from the collection as it is when he sells it after I'm no longer around.




Today is Martin Luther King Day.  When I was working, in the twenty years I was with the company we never took this day off.  It was one of those holidays like Presidents Day that nobody really paid any attention to. I would have been glad to take the day off, myself.  Any day at home was better than any day at the office, whatever the reason.

Martin Luther King was a man, so he wasn't perfect despite what the text books they use in the schools today say.  But he was a person who was non-violent in nature . I am often surprised  to see the people who try to affiliate themselves with King, like Jesse Jackson. They have nothing in common with his philosophy that I can detect.




During the 1960's, before he was killed, King advocated for political change within the system. He took a lot of heat from radical elements like the Black Panthers, but so far as I know he never paid them any attention. A lot of the so called "black leadership" today either doesn't remember that or has chosen to ignore it. The Black Caucus hanging a picture portraying the police as pigs doesn't reflect that mind set. I was interested to see that when a White member of the House, from California, took it down, the Black Caucus suddenly found a use for police because they tried to have him arrested for doing so.











Even King's family would embarrass him if he were around today. They have made a franchise out of him, merchandising the name and squabbling over the profits from doing so.  You could write a book about the scandals in the King family over the years. Probably somebody already has.



And then there are people like Obama.  



On the Lighter Side:  I'll have to get one of these for my ferrets.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Getting back to normal.


"But some there were, who resisted."





Two weeks of having family visit changes your routine. Particularly when they bring their dog, their squirrel, their ailing monitor lizard, and Belladonna the Mouse.  The German Shepard puppy was a real handful. She isn't very well trained yet, but she's pretty strong.  I told the kids they need to get on that when they get back, since it will be harder to train her if she is older.

I spent the last two days cleaning up the house.  Conkers the Squirrel  has a big cage here she lives in when she visits. My daughter got some sheets out of the laundry room for Conkers to snuggle in. What she didn't realize was that these were "Laura Ashley" sheets that cost a ton of money. When I went to wash the sheets yesterday, I found they looked like someone fired a buckshot load right through them. Told my wife on the phone and she said to keep them and she will look at them when she gets back.  She's up North with the kids. So I am on my own for awhile. I am not overwhelmed at the concept. I need some rest.  At any rate, I think I will have a nice set of $100 + sheets to clean guns with when she gets back.


Survivor's Edge isn't one of my favorite magazines, but I still subscribe. Sometimes, as in the case of this issue, it's worth the money.  I particularly enjoyed the article on communications and radio equipment.


Here are some  good cartoons. I haven't posted many cartoons lately, so I thought I would catch up a bit.
























Those cartoons sum up all the BS going on today better than I could. I watched "Little Puffy Face" Marco Rubio assaulting Tillerson at the confirmation hearings. Had to turn it off.   Prissy little twit, trying to get even for being trounced in the primaries. I wonder why so many politicians today are of such low quality.  Where are the Andrew Jackson's?  Not on the twenty dollar bill, had to make way  for "Bush Ranger" Tubman. Oh,well. 



Thought for Today:




Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowed in, and don't care.


I'm not going anywhere until Wednesday.  We got a good snow Friday night, then it hasn't gotten any warmer than the mid twenties during the day.  So, the snow isn't melting.  One of the disadvantages, if you think of it that way, to living on a mountain is that the road going down is steep.


We got about six inches here , and that's not a lot. But we got freezing rain Friday night, for a couple of hours, before it turned to snow. So that is under the snow.  Try going down a steep grade on that stuff, and life can get interesting really quickly.


In years past, I always left a vehicle down on the county road. Had to walk about a mile and a half to get to it, but I could get into town if I needed to once the county road melted off.  I didn't even bother this time. Just left the Jeep on the parking pad.


The kids have enjoyed the snow. They've been taking all the dogs down the mountain and up into the woods for walks.


Cold weather clothing is not in short supply here.  This year, we bought both kids good cold weather coverall's.  They can use them up North as well as on their visits down here. The kind of gear is good to carry in the car with you up there. We've already had one incident late at night where my daughter was out on the road and freezing rain shut down the highway.



Keeping the barn (partially), the house, the shop and the apartment warm in single digits uses a lot of energy. There's nothing I can do about it. I need all that climate controlled space for working areas and storage.  I bought kerosene for the backup heaters before the storm got here. $5.00 a gallon. Glad I didn't have to use it.



Great sledding weather, though.  The snow is frozen solid.  You can start at the top of the meadow and ride all the way down to the Jeep trail.  You have to roll off there, or you will hurtle into some trees. I guess it adds spice to the game.








Well, I need to go down to the mailbox, so I will finish on up here. I'm not looking forward to the trek, but I do need to check the mail once in awhile.




You have to see the mountains when there's snow on the ground, a big moon, and a clear night. The artist got the feel of it just right.