“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spring already? Curio and Relic. Concealed Carry Permit.

This what a normal February looks like in the North Georgia Mountains.  But not this year. After weeks of extreme cold, now it's up in the seventies and very humid.  In one day, I went from heaters to dehumidifiers.  The picture above was from 2007, looking through my old pictures every February looks similar, until now.

This is February, 2008.  We used to go to Tybee Island in February, because you could get a nice place to stay and you had the beach to yourself.  NOBODY was there.  But I just got off a Tybee web pages (Spankey's Bar and Grill) and there are people strolling on the beach and surfing.

I'm not sure if the climate is changing, but the weather sure is.

When I finish here, I'm going to take Percy out for a romp in the meadow. He will have to wear his leash and harness, which he doesn't like, but if he takes off for the woods I can't move fast enough to catch him anymore. He'll be glad to get out after having been cooped up during most of the winter.

This picture was taken in 2012.  The grey ferret is Chloe, and the white one is Jasmine. They were really old when I got them, over ten years old.  They belonged to a young couple who lived on a farm. The bank foreclosed on them, and the young people had to move to a city to work, but the apartment wouldn't accept pets. So they came to live with us. We had eight ferrets then. They mostly slept, but they were sweet natured, like little old ladies who put up with the younger ferrets with great grace. They have both passed on now, and they are up on the side of the mountain, in a corner of the meadow. It's a nice spot and all of our animal family members rest there eventually. Wouldn't mind it myself, come to think of it.

Right now, everything is brown and barren. But if the weather stays like this, the mountains will be all green and lush in a few weeks. I like every season here. Winter might be cold, and summer might be hot and humid, but they all have good things about them.

I suppose I'm in a nostalgic mood today.  My wife and I replaced the passenger side front window in the Cherokee this morning, and I enjoy doing little projects where we can work together. I have a little bit of caulking to do on one of the buildings this afternoon, but overall we have things under control.  Sat out on the porch last night and smoked my pipe, haven't done that in a long time because it's been too cold. 

Today's Cartoon:

  OAN:  These guys are murder.  Quite literally.  They've made huge inroads in the Southeast under Obama's benign reign.  This segment just aired.


 Thought for the Day:

Curio and Relic License:

I just renewed my Curio and Relic License.  The one above is generic, of course.  A C&R isn't as useful as it used to be.  When there were lots of big surplus firearm wholesalers, they put out wonderful catalogs, and you had to have an FFL to get them.  C&R was good enough.  Southern Ohio Guns put out a 16 page illustrated newspaper type flyer every month in "the good old days." I have every issue from about 1988 til they quit a few years back.  You can order C&R firearms directly, without going through a gun store, because you are cleared to do so by ATF.

You have to keep a bound book, i.e. a list of firearms you buy or sell using the license. That's not that tough, you can buy a bound book for a few bucks and just fill in the blanks.

Now, with few affordable surplus guns and almost no big wholesalers left, I guess I just keep renewing for old times sake.

concealed carry permit:

top: old style license.  bottom: new license

Transmitting from the mountain:  Concealed carry guns


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wire Note: Housekeeping traffic.

Nothing going on  up on the mountain worth writing about.  Here are a few things I wanted to surface anyway.

I don't know how many folks out there have been reading the "5 Acres and a Dream" blog,  I've been enjoying it for a long time.  Leigh and her husband Dan are good folks. They live on their homestead, raise farm animals, and lead a simple and satisfying life.  Leigh writes books on homestead related matters, and Dan does jobs to make some cash money, whatever he can turn his hand to.

But recently he was badly injured , and because they don't have health insurance (as a great many people don't because it costs too much) they have incurred a lot of medical bills, plus he can't work right now.

They have helped other people over the years, when the opportunity arose, and one of Leigh's friends told her to set up a "Go Fund Me" account so people could return the favor.  She was reluctant but the need was pressing, so she did.  It is going well.  I wanted to mention it, as I know from time to time all of us need help, and all of us give help.

Here's the link to her web page.

5 Acres and a Dream

Some general housekeeping notes:
  • I have friends who are looking for either an Indian Ishapore 2A, or an Israeli mauser. If you come across one at a flea market, pawn shop, on line, or anywhere else, will you please let me know? I'll pass the word on to them.
  • Still looking for French 7.5 MAS military surplus ammo, both for myself and for another individual who would like some.  At this point, I don't expect to find any, but if anyone hears of some of that ammunition for sale, please let me know. Just enter a comment on the most current post. I don't worry about Off Topic things.
  • Had a request from a gentleman up in North Carolina for recommendations on a tactical flashlight. I have seen some reviews in the different survival magazines, but I can't recommend anything based on actual hands on experience. I would appreciate any recommendations. Just leave a comment on this post.
That's about it.

Thought for the Day:

Truer words were never spoken.

I agree with her.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Moron at the car wash. New magazines on the display stands. Getting around the non-availability of British .303 and 8mm Mauser surplus ammo. "Trash and Treasure". Night Vision and bumper stickers. Get it while you can.

Saturday.   Raining sporadically, sometimes fairly heavy rain coming down. My wife and I got up early, went into town for breakfast, and then made a supply run. Came back loaded down, the Cherokee couldn't have had one more thing crammed into it.  We've run down a lot of our stored supplies in the last month. Between the cold and the rain, we haven't been doing nearly as much going off the mountain as we usually do.  Sacks of feed, 12 packs of paper towels,  48 rolls of T.P.  can all take up a lot of space. We made a dint in it, but that's about all.

We also went to the county "trash and treasure" show at the community center. It's really an event for women. Even my wife says there's nothing  there for men.  Mostly knick knacks, jars of different canned goods, cloth, and lots of jewelry. I mean, lots of jewelry.  "Trash and Treasure " is like a  gun show for women.

When we were first married, I brought my wife jewelry whenever I went out with the MARG or on a TAD deployment.  Gold and turquoise from Turkey,  pearls from Majorca, Wedgwood Jasper pendants from Britain, silver necklaces from Norway, gold earrings from Spain, she has jewelry from just about everywhere.  But it's not enough. We blew through her budget within about 20 minutes of getting there.

 Fortunately for me, it's close to the bank. My wife sent me to get more cash.....

After handing over the little bank envelope stuffed with wampum, I sat out in the car in the parking lot and listened to talk radio.  Nice way to spend a couple of hours I guess...

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Here's a way around the shortage of  .303 British military surplus ammo, and 8mm Mauser.

If you aren't one of those old guys who have cases of Pakistani and Greek .303 stashed away, but you still want to shoot an Enfield, get an Indian Ishapore 2a.

Built to use 7.62X51, it's based on the Enfield SMLE.   I have several, and they are all good shooters.  They don't cost a lot, and ammo for these is a snap to round up, surplus or commercial.

If you don't have plenty of 8mm Mauser stored away, but you want to shoot a Mauser K98, find an Israeli K98 converted to 7.62X51.   Shoots fine, and no ammo worries.

These guns are often in really good shape, don't cost much, and they are great shooters. The same modifications that make collectors turn their noses up at the guns make them great weapons for Americans who need a good rifle.

New Magazines on the racks:

Not a bad issue.  About half "field craft" type articles, and half equipment and specialty articles.
I'm not really interested in kayaks, but the article on avoiding ticks was worthwhile because I get them on me all the time out working in the woods, come summer.  The articles on herbs and their medicinal uses was good. There was an interesting article on water cisterns.  I have a cistern on the property, from before we sunk the well, but I've let it go to pot. Reading this article, I think maybe I'll put it back into working condition.  You just never know what idea or inspiration you'll get from a good magazine.

I don't know who Centennial Outdoors is, but this is the second Survivalist oriented magazine they've put out in two months. I didn't buy the first one, because it was so basic I just couldn't justify the expense. But this one, that's a different story.  It's designed more for preppers than survivalists. I've had friendly arguments with people as to whether or not the words are synonymous. I don't think so, some folks think they are.  Regardless, there's some useful information in this issue.  Some of it is pretty basic, but some of the articles are worth reading again no matter how long you've been at this process.  The first magazine was priced at $16.00, but this one is just $10.00

ATF comes to pick up the weapons

The Dims haven't changed their goal one iota since 1994. Feinstein is still out there, and the bruja is just as obsessed with enforcing the collective liberal will on the population as she ever was.

Bumper stickers and night vision devices. Brother, can you spare an AK?

Hank's got it right.  These are not good times.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Sheeple are going to have to get off of top dead center.

If you'd trust someone to be responsible for your children, to educate them, and to take care of them at school, why wouldn't you  trust that same person to be armed in order to protect your children?

I don't think it's ever been more dangerous to be a private citizen in this country, than it is now.  There are a lot of mentally deranged people walking the streets, and they don't always stand out.  The guy on the right is clearly "nature's way of saying don't touch" but a lot of people with mental disorders look perfectly normal until they snap.

Schools are more dangerous than most other places because they have students who are mental cases, but they often just keep passing them on to the next grade.  I taught some like that. I had one kid (and these were fifth graders) who threw a rock from a flower bed and severely injured the elderly woman who lived next door. She went to the hospital, but he was back in class on Monday.  I had another one who was clearly a psychopath, but the school system forced me to have him in my classroom. He needed " a positive male role model" and he was part of the "inclusiveness" program. The kid used to bring a cigar box full of pencils sharpened to a diamond tip, and then throw them at the other kids. The effect was like a flachette round going off.
Could I take those away from him?  No, that was a "release mechanism" for him.  Too bad if he poked out some other kids eye during one of his episodes.  So there are lots of those characters running around in schools that mom and dad at home don't know about. Teachers are not going to cross the administrators if they want to keep their jobs.

Then there are the just plain crazies. They're out there.  Until the financial crash of the 2007-2008 period, Georgia had three large institutes for the mentally ill , that were owned by the state. When the Sheriff's Department brought someone in for crazy behavior, the hospital kept them for three days, then they were evacuated to one of the state mental institutions for evaluation and , if necessary, an extended stay.

Then came the crunch, and all of those were closed. So now, if a crazy gets taken to the ER, he gets put in a room for three days, then he is evacuated out the back door of the hospital and put back on the street. The rare exception is the mentally ill person who has health insurance to cover mental illness, but guess what? Not many of these folks do, as they are generally broke and homeless.

And there are other threats out there.  School kids are good victims for Islamic terrorists, because it hits Americans hard. The Israelis learned how to deal with this, especially after the Ma'alot Massacre, but we don't seem to learn.  The Ma'alot Massacre

Schools use the sardine defense, but inevitably some of the sardines get eaten.

Telling people that making a gun free zone of the school will protect their children, implies that criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill are all impacted by little signs with a picture of a gun , overlaid by a circle with a line through it.

It's not a logical assertion.

And yet, after every incident, the high brow liberals come roaring out, saying we can fix this with more restrictive laws.  We needn't take any positive action that will have an impact on the ground, just pass more laws.

Lighting candles, putting Teddy Bears and flowers on the chain link fence,  all that gives people an emotional outlet when something like this shooting happens.  But that's all it does.

Our high school here has only one approach for vehicles, and that has a guard booth and an armed guard. But anybody can climb up the blind side of that mountain, and come down through the trees. Maybe it's time to let the teachers carry.  This is rural country, gun country, and most of the locals can use a gun in the same way they can a tire jack, or a chain saw, or any other tool you need up here.

No city will do that, because there are too many smirking, know it all liberals who have kids in private schools and figure they are safe no matter what happens to yours.

We have the Israeli model, we know it works.  But we won't adopt it.  Not because the working class of America has reservations, but because the people pulling the strings don't live in this world, and they don't have to deal with the situations the rest of the country does.  It's just the way it is.

That's how I see it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A brief post. It's like a star cluster, to let people know I'm still here.

This has not been a great week so far.  Yesterday the gas truck came out, and they had a rookie driver.  He backed over my satellite dish.   Not that this is hard to do, you have to back up a steep slope, on a narrow concrete path not quite as wide as your gas truck, and park nose down at a very steep angle. I have enough spare parts salvaged from an older dish to fix the dish.  Don't want to get the driver in trouble, and it's hard enough on those guys to come up here.

Got a package from a friend, and it had a note taped to it that said "ok to leave at gate". On the note, the driver had written THANK YOU!!! with a big smiley face. They hate coming up to the mountain top and I hate having them come because then it's a nightmare getting them back down.

My wife toppled down the stairs that run from the middle level to the lower level of the house. She was carrying laundry, and she said her knee just quit working.  Couldn't get her to the doctor until tomorrow, so she's taking OTC pain killers and I'm playing Stephen Fetchit since she can't walk. She got bored and wanted to go to Walmart, she said she would ride around in the Cripple Cart. I said "not only no, but HELL no." We are not ready for the knackers yard yet.

  Read a great book.  People forget that for a long time, the war in Afghanistan had troops from a lot of the NATO countries in it.

  The Brits were there, and this book is about a fellow who flew Apache gunships.  It was really interesting, things have changed a whole lot since my day, but I'm still fascinated with flying helicopters.

The best part of the book deals with an incident most of us have never heard of.  The British were clearing a village, and ran into heavy resistance. They had to pull back and regroup, but they accidentally left a man behind.

The two Apaches supporting them landed, picked up four British Marines who hung on to the side of the helicopters on the pylons, then flew back to the village and landed under fire. They found the missing Marine and got him back, but he was already KIA.  Didn't detract from the incident, though.  Below is a painting done by a military artist of the event.

The air crew fellow out in front blasting away at the Jihadi's with his Browning High Power is Ed Macey, the author of the book and one of the pilots of the Apaches.

The British, Canadians, Australians, Germans, French and a lot of other NATO troops, especially the old Eastern Block guys, did good work over there. Even though they had to deal with the same idiotic rules of engagement.

And another good book:

Sebastian Junger is a journalist.  He also wrote " The Perfect Storm" and a few other books, but "War" has to be the best. Because it couldn't be any better.  He was embedded with troops at an isolated outpost in Afghanistan, and unlike most journalists who are prissy little twits, the guy fit in and was accepted by the troops.  Some of his observations about soldiers are so well put and so accurate that I don't think I've heard them better expressed anywhere.  If your library can get it for you, it's worth a read. One of those you stay up late reading because you can't stop.  Doesn't matter if  you are a veteran or not, it's enthralling.

Restrepo is the documentary made from films Junger took when he was out with the troops in the bush.  I haven't seen it yet but I'm going to buy a copy if I can.


Between fixing the  roof, fixing the satellite dish, and doing my work and my wife's work, I'm getting pretty ragged.  Be glad when she's 100% again, both because I want her to feel better and because I can barely keep juggling everything that has to be done, by myself.  I see now the wisdom of having more than one wife, though I can see the drawbacks as well.

I know this is just a "down and dirty" post, but I wanted to let people know I am still in the game. Just a lot going on here at the moment. Seems like the last month or so has been that way.

Thought for the day:

Taking care of my wife's cats!

Music to calm your nerves.