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Sunday, February 23, 2014

New issue of Backwoods Home Magazine is out.



It's out on Kindle. Ordinarily, the paper copy of the magazine is released a week or so before you can download on Kindle. This is true of all my magazine subscriptions. I see the magazines at Walmart a week before they become available on the device. I suppose this is to discourage you from not buying the hard copy issues, which cost a lot more than the digital versions.

I stopped off at a grocery store today and I noticed there are all sorts of "back to the earth" magazines now.  Hobby Farm, and a lot of similar magazines are right there next to the old Mother Earth News. I haven't bought any of those to see how they are.  Another type of magazine that is really proliferating is the  "primitive living" magazine.  Personally, I'm not very interested in how to make a tomahawk, or make clothes out of skins,  or in black powder shooting "for real."  But I suppose a lot of people must be because the magazines are selling and new magazines on the same topic are appearing.

The weather has been good lately.  Warm during the day, but colder at night.  Tuesday and Wednesday it is supposed to be cold again with snow.  Not a lot of it, though.




Yesterday I had a local sheriff's deputy pull right up behind me, follow me about a mile, and then pull me over.  He brusquely demanded my license, registration and insurance card. I asked him, not very politely, why he pulled me over.  He told me to "lose the attitude."  I told him to expect an "attitude" when he stopped people on the highway for no reason. Things kind of went downhill from there.



Turns out he saw the NRA "stand and fight" bumper sticker on my car. He  wanted to know if I had a gun and I said  yes, I certainly did.  He wanted to know where it was and I showed him.  He was vastly disappointed when I had a permit.  As a parting shot, he said "I can stop you just about any time I want."  Pink faced little guy about 25.  Perfect little Nazi.

Still, for the first time in a long time, I lost my temper and I don't feel positive about that. The way to handle the cops is just give them your papers, answer their questions, and get out of it. Seig Heil.  I could go file a complaint with the Sheriff, and then every time I came to town I'd be getting pulled over for  a seat belt check, or insurance check, or "let's see if your lights are all working" and so on.  It's not worth it.

25 comments:

  1. oh crap Harry...you know how i feel about this stuff. we only have a few cops on my island and they better not try this stuff out here. you need to move yer butt here. just sayin', buddy, just sayin...

    your friend,
    kymber

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  2. The caliber of people in a county sheriff's department depends on the degree of nepotism and deal making that goes on in the hiring process. We have some good deputies. We also have the "high school quarterback" type that get a law enforcement certification in 3 months and then are turned loose on the world. This little Napoleon was one of those. I don't particularly respond well to people who act high and mighty. Still, I would have been in a better position to do something about it if I had kept my cool. If I complain about his behavior now, I won't be able to justify my own . It's just part of the harrassment package, everybody has to deal with it.

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    1. I can understand why you would be feeling upset, down here the police have to have good reason to pull you over, in fact the only time most people get pulled over is for a random breath test (RBT) as part of the campaign against drunk driving. I've never really understood the "layers" of law enforcement you have in the US eg Sheriff's, deputies, city police etc. Do you think it would be better if the deputies were better educated in law enforcement?
      Here in NSW a prospective new constable has to attend the Police academy at Goulburn (sort of a Police bootcamp) where they study for an associate degree in Policing Practice, as well as all the other stuff that goes towards Policing. Mind you that is no guarantee that the end result still does not result in an arrogant little man (or woman) hitting the streets.

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    2. Our state has a school that potential law enforcement people go to. I think it lasts 3 months. But Sheriff's Deputies in rural counties are often chosen based on nepotism, or political back scratching. They tend to be under educated and overly puffed up with self importance, although some of them mature as they get older and are decent people. My experience is that as far as a protection from crime, they are of little use. They're better suited to serving warrants on people. We have city police, the county Sheriff and his Deputies, the State Police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and then we have to put up with all the federa ABC agencies. We are also arming outfits like the IRS and the Post Office, god knows why.
      Over on the right side of the blog there's a link to an article on the vast number of federal agencies that have their own swat teams now.

      I don't think our deputies know a whole lot about the law they are supposed to enforce. The pay is terrible and those that can do better generally don't stay deputies for long.

      There's a woman deputy in our county who is a complete idiot and an embarrassment to us all, but she was hired because we needed "diversity." Too bad they couldn't find a bi-racial lesbian, that would have been even better.

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    3. Bloody Hell, the Tax department and Post office have swat teams??!!!!!!! You have more types of law enforcement than you can poke a stick at, they must spend most of their time tripping over each other, surely this is counterproductive. Bad pay will attract poor candidates every time, sounds like it is time for some big changes if that will ever be possible.

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    4. Before long we'll have more police than plain citizens. Lots of our police and sheriff's departments now sport swat teams and armored vehicles.why all this is considered necessary is beyond me.

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  3. Nope not worth it. I just like to put my phone up on the dash and let them know I am recording it though but I only have to deal with local city/town cops the sheriff and his boys are pretty cool even if the sheriff is a Democrat.

    I actually bought one of my hand guns from a county deputy here a few years back.

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  4. Some are ok. This little twerp I ran afoul of wasn't. Pulling me over because he didn't like my bumper sticker is B.S. So was his pathetic effort to be intimidating.

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  5. The Backwoodsman is now the sole hard print magazine I subscribe to now, It mixes old school backwoods knowledge / topics with DIY technology. I really enjoy it. If you haven't seen a copy, I suggest you give it a look if possible. Unfortunately, I do not think it is available on Kindle - on line format.

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    1. I saw the Backwoodsman at our grocery store just a few days ago. I used to buy it, but it's pretty much a primitive living magazine. It has things that would be good skills, but they would only come in handy really if I were living a primitive lifestyle. I enjoyed reading it just because the articles were interesting, but I had to decide on just a few magazines to collect and reluctantly, I didn't choose that one. Several people have recommended it though and maybe I should start buying it again. You can't make ever single decision in life based on practicality.

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  6. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    Sorry about you getting the run in with Mr. Piggy (my name for abusive LEO's)

    Down here in Texas (and not in Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio) most LEO' don't mess with the middle age white dudes. You get pulled over, show your CHL (concealed handgun license) with your license and if you have all of your other papers (insurance, registration and state inspection) in order they are real respectful and usually let you go unless you have been drinking, speeding really fast or doing something really stupid.

    In 47 years I have only run into one LEO that had an attitude problem in Texas. The rest have been decent, but never rude. I always go into "military mode" like "Yes Sir, No Sir and so on and they ask me what branch I was in etc. and I get a warning, or a ticket and the LEO reduces the speed and I pay less money for my "speeding tax"
    No I know lots of people who had problems with LEO's down here but I think giving them an attitude will give you and attitude back.
    Harry, you were an officer in the USMC. If you have flipped back into that mode, and that LEO ask you what you did, I think that would have him intimidated. You used to eat people like him for lunch for lunch when you had too. I bet the next time that LEO saw you driving your red truck down the road, he would wave at every time and be real friendly.
    My line of thinking is similar to Robert Hienlien's (Starship Troopers) in regards to veterans having special status in society. By no means extra-rights. Just extra respect.

    Kymber,

    The lack of law enforcement in Nova Scotia sounds nice, but women on Padre Island are starting to wear their Bikini's and women in Nova Scotia wear Parka's.

    Spring Break is starting next month and the chaos will begin and I will have to work at "ground zero" during spring break ( I am so tired in seeing women in Bikini's) I would like to see one in a nice dress or something classy for a change.
    The new (old) fad down here is old cut off "Daisy Duke" jean shorts.

    In Nova Scotia' you' all where somekinda "insulated pants' or something???

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    1. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I was on kymbers blog and I saw the line "bottle Jack" and I thought, a bottle of Jack Daniels and I thought I would check that out and it was a bottle jack holding up kymber's house.

      Boy' was disappointed:(

      I will go out and get real "bottle of Jack" and use it to "prop my head off this keyboard" I'm typing on right now after drinking some of it.

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    2. Captain,

      I was a pilot and a staff officer most of the time I was in the service. I never really was involved in any disciplinary issues. That was handled by noncommissioned officers. I'm not by nature combative, but after I left the service I had some quirks. One was an overwhelming distaste for authority figures. Another was trouble with maintaining equilibrium . I've been very successful in controlling those issues. You may have noticed I try hard not to get into disputes or situations where that might be a problem. I'm not sure what set me off when this kid pulled me over, except that I don't see why I should have to kowtow to some youth, and I don't like the "jock" types to begin with.

      I saw that jack picture. I was thinking I wouldn't like to be under the house if the jack slipped.

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  7. I thumbed through the BHM yesterday at the bookstore. I have failed to renew my subscription and missed a few issues but have decided to get some magazines heading to the mailbox.

    When you showed him your pistol, did he ask if it was loaded? That's my favorite question from LE. Don't ask questions you know the answer to, of course it's loaded, it's always loaded. This isn't a movie where we keep a handful of rounds in our coat pocket.

    I did see we got 2 more armored humvees in the depot. That's 6 total in the last few months. Exciting, I didn't realize we had so much crime.

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    1. No. He wanted to see my permit. Waste of his time and mine, since virtually everyone in the mountains, including old grannies, have a permit.

      They are trying to get an armored personnel carrier for the Sheriff's Department SWAT team in the county west of us. No one can say why. No one can say why they need a SWAT team? I think they just like to dress up and prance around in all their "gear."

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  8. I am a believer in personal preference when it comes to art, decoration, color of ones home, etc., and bumper stickers are no exception. As long as it doesn't affect me, then go for it.

    Back when I first got my amateur radio license, I promptly went out and got custom plates on my truck that had my call sign on it....because it was "cool". Shortly thereafter I got to thinking that by doing so I had given my address out to anyone who knew that there was a database (several in fact) of all amateur radio call signs, most ready to give out your info for free. It wasn't that long before I got regular plates put back on.

    Since then, I've made it a point not to have any bumper stickers on my vehicles as well..... just for the very same reason of what just happened to you. Any bumper sticker tells a story about you. Most are harmless and show that you only have a since of humor. But some can obviously cause you grief in the right circumstances.

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    1. I don't let my wife or kids have any bumper stickers on their vehicles. It's just asking for trouble. I have them on my truck and my Jeep. If I ever took those vehicles out of the county I would not have bumper stickers on them, either. It's probably not a good idea. Still, though, there's something that grates about maintaining such a low profile I can't even have bumper stickers. It's a case of logic being on one side, and emotion on the other.

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  9. Going back to the basics appeals to me. We've been trying to grow more of our own food every year. Keeping things as simple as possible is nice.

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    1. Alissa, have you looked at any of these magazines about small "hobby farms" or "small homesteads?" They are all about growing your own food. I have looked at them but I never bought one.

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  10. A few years ago I quite by mistake failed to renew my truck's registration. My oversight was pointed out to me by one of my friends. Two years I drove my truck without one cop ever pulling me over. Two friggin years. Some asked how this was possible and I'd always reply, 'heck if I know.' Then one day a fella pointed to my bumper sticker, 'Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.' This same fella thinks the cops were too darn afraid to pull me over. Not sure, but I still have the sticker on my bumper. Can't hurt. By the way, one day that young fella will regret his bad attitude. Their day is nigh upon them.

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    1. You were lucky, Stephen. That's the kind of thing they batten on here. I don't know what this guys issue was, unless he hadn't made his quota of stops for the shift. I know he was one of those types who want people to be cringing and subservient, and I was really mad about getting stopped. It's happened to me plenty of times, but never in an adversarial situation like this.

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  11. Harry: Young Officer Friendly is wrong about him pulling anyone over for anything. It's called "Probable Cause" and "Resonable Suspision" and it has been ruled on by the Supreme Court.

    Now you could let the Sheriff know about this because this young cop could easily invite a a lawsuit and that would cost taxpayer money, not to mention adverse publicity. Make it sort of freindly heads up not a threat!

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  12. Good idea Jaime. It's just that here, that's not the way the Sheriff's Department works. They are part of the local "establishment" and there are consequences for rocking the boat. Oppose the county commissioner and your property taxes go up. If you own a business, suddenly you can't renew your license, your premises are no longer adequate, and you fail your monthly health department inspections. The Sheriff's department is nominally independent of the court house, but in reality the Sheriff and the Chief of Police are dependent upon and subservient to the Commissioner. If you read our sole newspaper, you find only paeans of praise for our country government. That's because the people who choose the county commissioner here (and I'm not talking about voters) also own the newspaper. I have been considering what my options are, and discussed it with my wife. She says my only option is to just be glad the guy didn't try to arrest me on some trumped up thing or put a bag of marijuana in my car. I've told this story before, but we had a sheriff here who, if you annoyed him, would put stolen property in your garage or barn, then "discover" it on a tip and you went to jail. When he finally got caught there were 19 people in prison that had been caught up in this method of dealing with "malcontents." In the worst case, Georgia still allows "banishment" whereby you get kicked out of the county and can't come back inside the county line. Kind of tough if you work there or have a home there. That guy was just a jerk, and I'd love to get even, but I don't see a safe way to do it.

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  13. Ugh. I know there are many wonderful cops out there, but there sure do seem to be some jerks too. Sorry you crossed with the wrong one.

    I used to get Backwoods Home and enjoyed it.

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    1. I usually avoid the police as much as possible. I can't see any advantage to associating with them. Nor have I ever gotten much cooperation out of the local Sheriff's department when I had issues with our new Hispanic residents. This fellow's main problem was that he was new, and arrogant.

      I like Backwoods Home. I get it on Kindle, which isn't as good as paper because they don't scan the magazine, they just put the articles on the Kindle. I like the advertisements more than the articles and I don't get those with Kindle.

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