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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

They can't lock up everybody, and other good news.

I read a news article today about California's pending proposition 47.  It would change a lot of felony crimes in California to misdemeanors. Why?  Because the prisons are too full.  It was only about a year ago that Texas released a huge number of felons on the orders of a federal judge who felt their prisons were "overcrowded."



I'm not sure about the logic of these pronouncements.  Just making something a misdemeanor to help with jail overflow doesn't change the heinous nature of the crime.  Letting the perpetrators out on the street in short order will just put decent citizens at greater risk. The logic has gotten twisted somehow.



According to the 2010 Pew Report,  there are approximately three million Moslems permanently living in the United States.

If just one percent of them listen to the ISIS on line entreaties for implementing Jihad in the United States, that would be 30,000 potential terrorists established in the continental U.S.  One of the articles I read today said that the biggest source of converts to Islam is young black men in prison.  No wonder the government is already covering their collective posteriors with warnings about "lone wolves."



The recent "near miss" in Australia ought to light a fire under the alphabet agencies.  Australian security forces nailed some would be home grown Jihadi's before they could implement their plan to kidnap and behead ordinary Australian citizens.  From the perspective of Islamic Fundamentalists, that was a good plan. Westerners don't deal with that sort of thing well, and the randomness of it would have been particularly effective. Of course, everybody has the "sardine defense" but that's not very comforting when you think about it. After all, even if most of the sardines escape the predators, it didn't work for the ones who got eaten.



Personally,  I don't plan to be hanging around any malls for awhile.  Other places that wouldn't be a good idea to linger near , based on past Islamic terrorism, would be schools, school buses,  hospitals, theaters, or trains. Now is not the time to be flying on commercial airliners if you can help it.



My daughter has had to postpone her trip down to visit us.  That means no new ferrets until January, although I had been planning on receiving some refugees from the ferret rescue in October when she came down.  My two remaining ferrets need about four more companions to be really at ease. Six is just about the minimum for a colony.

In just a bit,  I am going into town for supper, then I'm going to Walmart and pick up some ammo. Not because I really need more, but because I am bored and I have to have some justification to make the journey into town.  It's expensive to drive the F250  that far and back for no reason. So I always invent a reason why I "have" to go.  The truth is, I'm bored.

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  1. I think you are absolutely right about staying away from high traffic places. I never go to shopping malls. Mall of America is not far away and I have been there maybe twice since it was built. If the bus I ride were a large downtown bus rather than a small shuttle type, I would probably rethink my mode of transportation. But I chose hours after the majority of riders have already gone to work and before school lets out. At those times there are maybe three or four passengers, tops. Perhaps my paranoia is raging, but with our southern border wide open and our leaders who just don't care, seems to me that taking sensible precautions should be a way of life these days.

    I'm thinking your boredom will lessen once your ferrets arrive. Sorry you have to wait so long.

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    1. It's mostly Europe where buses and trains are favored targets of the Islamofacists. The problem is, with You Tube and all the other social media, its' easy for one faction to pick up on what worked for another and implement it a world away.

      I think boredom is an off shoot of retirement. I've mentioned before that some people say hell is where you do the things you liked doing in life, but you do those things eternally, surfeited and unable to stop.

      If I lived in town, I expect I would become one of those old guys who hang out at the barber shop all day long, or at McDonald's drinking "senior coffee" all day. But I live so far out it's a major evolution to get to town. Not to mention I've made it so hard for people to get up the trail with all those sensors, etc that it's a pain in the rear for me to get out. I have to stop, disarm this or that, drive through, rearm it, start on down and do it again. Then I get to repeat the process when I come back.

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  2. Oh, that's so completely asinine. While it was wrong to do that in Texas, they are at least (for the moment) pro-gun and the only safe assumption there is that everyone is armed.

    California wants to lets these animals loose on one hand and then on the other tell the law abiding citizens that they can't have guns.

    That blows.

    Right now we go to the local mall less than 4 times per year, and two of those is to have her wedding ring cleaned and checked out for the warranty's sake. I've already had a one semi-close call at that place with a bunch of Mexican's and won't let her go there without me.

    I catch myself justifying my trips out for the same reason.

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    1. California isn't called the land of fruits and nuts for nothing. I could tell you tales of the California government my brother passed on to me that would turn your hair white.

      The closest mall to us is in the town that is now Little Mexico, 175,000 hispanics live in that county and going to the mall there is just asking for it.

      We go to Chattanooga now. It's mostly Asians there and they have never hassled me. Not yet, anyway. Besides, Tennessee recognizes our concealed carry permits, so I don't worry much.

      Sometimes I just need to get off this mountain top. I'm content here most of the time, but I can go more than a week without leaving if I'm not careful, and that's getting too sedentary.

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  3. Man, if you could get someone to keep a handle on the homestead while youre gone I'd say c'mon up here for a few days.

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    1. I'd love to come visit, but I can't leave this place.The animals need to be taken care of, and I have to keep a lot of the space climate controlled, winter and summer. Maybe one day my son will come home, after all, and I will have some freedom to travel again.

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  4. I hope that you go eat at a good BBQ pork place, as there would be very few Muslims there to start some random violence.

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    1. Hum. I guess that would keep the fundamentalists away, sure enough. Might still have pseudo-Moslems, though!

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  5. They should bring back hanging or firing squad to make more room, but thanks to the liberals that won't happen in Ca.

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    1. Utah still has firing squads, but I don't know when they last used one. Most states now prefer to maintain psychopathic killers at tax payer expense for the rest of their lives as that is more humane. Too bad about their victims, of course, but nobody pays much attention to them anyway.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    here's one for ya.....

    some dirtbag habitual offender stole five surfboads from a house in my area (not my board of course) He was seen and identified.
    I don't think the police will do anything unless he is videotaped breaking into houses or stealing something.

    I picked up another mosin today. A 1927 Hex receiver. The barrel shows evidence from being a 1901 manufactuer "Dragoon' rifle.

    I will write more about it maybe tomorrow.

    Don't worry, I have an elaborate security setup with a monitored alarm and other stuff that all legal so that thief will be thwarted.

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    1. The law enforcement agencies here don't want to hear about any petty thefts or housebreaking if it's done by Hispanics. Their logic goes this way. (1) since these guys have no i.d. it's very difficult to identify them in the system. (2) they can't make bail and the county has no place to put them as the jail is full. (3) Hispanics steal so much and so often that if the county arrested them the court system would be completely shut down, clogged up with cases of stolen lawnmowers and wood splitters. From the prospective of the county potentates all that makes sense. If you are the one who got burglarized, the logic is less persuasive.

      That sounds like a nice rifle. Production dates in the 1920's are not all that common since Russia was in turmoil during that decade and factories had trouble getting workers and raw materials.

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  7. The .45 meme was funny. I do not own a .45 since I sold off my Springfield Mii Spec 1911 a couple years back. Do not regret the sale. I wasn't really using it and wanted to make a big push into spare parts.

    Longmire has me really wanting a genuine blued Colt 1911 with elk horn grips. Do not know what I would do with it but I want one. On a more practical note the idea of a Glock 21 SF as a woods gun has been appealing to me. Be a good gun to carry hiking, hunting, fishing, camping and such. A plenty powerful round for anything up to black bear, good capacity if people are a problem and a finish that is forgiving to moisture and humidity. A Blue Box Glock for $425 with 3 mags is a pretty solid deal.

    In a decade baring the end of the world or my personal financial success I will probably own both of those pistols.

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    1. The M1911 has a mystique that plastic pistols can never hope to acquire. If you watch "The Wild Bunch" by Sam Peckinpah you will rush out and buy your royal blue finish Colt with elk horn grips, even if you have to sell your first born child to do it. ;-)

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  8. Oh, I am in agreement on the Mall issue. It's horrible but I really think about where I am, where I sit, how long I am in public, etc. We had to travel last weekend and stop for food during the trip. I never sit by windows that face the street anymore but we ended up doing just that for breakfast one day. This was not a dangerous area by far but still, even my husband commented on it. If I have to go to a mall it is immediately after work during the normal travel time, park by the exit where the store is that I need to vist (which I rarely ever go to the mall) and then it's in and out, no lingering or window shopping like I did years ago. I don't shop in the "city" and tend to like stand alone stores if I have to get near the suburbs. Other than that I like to shop small town stores. How things have changed ! I was wondering about the ferrets. Thanks for the update.

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    1. Given current political events and the statistics involved, it will be a modern miracle if there's not a rash of "psychopaths inspired by Allah attacks", we have that kind of thing intermittently with no religous or political motivation anyway, just plan old crazy people. This current furor will just increase the chances that some marginal individual will be inspired to do something mad. My thought is that when it happens, I don't want to be there. Your precautions are wise since they lessen the chances you will be there either. After all, what one bunch can do at a mall in Kenya, another can do at a mall in Anytown, USA.

      The ferrets here are doing ok but need companions. My daughter is going to bring me some ferrets that need homes, but her boy friend lost his job, got another one, and now he can't take time off until January. So the October visit is not going to happen. That's a big disappointment for me and my wife, and I suppose the two ferrets here as well.

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    2. Maybe you could meet in the middle on a Saturday and hand them off as you visit for awhile.

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    3. It's a 300 mile trip up to where they are. It's hard for them to get off because until my daughter's boyfriend can get out of "training" at his new job and start making a normal salary, she is picking up extra shifts to make up the difference and my son is working extra shifts to help them out. I would be good with that idea, meet at a hotel somewhere in between, and get the ferrets, but I think my wife would insist on going all the way up and spending a couple of days with the kids. I could take the ferrets, and I can leave out enough food for the cats, dogs, and chickens in feeders. It would have to be before it gets cold enough to have to heat the buildings though, because I wouldn't dare drive off with propane heaters running.

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  9. Never heard anyone complain they had TOO much ammo (at home - in the pack, its a gripe :^). Glad to hear you got some options - .22 rimfire (particularly long rifle) is STILL missing in the gun shops, at least priced in decently.

    Gun show prices down here are voluntary rape . . .

    With us in south Texas, its the over running Mexican drug cartel violence spill over that makes the news. South of the U.S. border, its pretty scary. Even Mexican cops are into random violence there, crazy but true. From our ABC news affiliate KRGV :

    http://www.krgv.com/news/report-torture-a-common-practice-among-mexican-law-enforcers/

    The authorities are discounting Muslim terrorists from crossing the southern border but its a possibility, if not a certainty. Several of the 9/11 terrorists crossed the border in this area.

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    1. Its not a possibility, its actually already happened. One of the Representatives from Utah announced during a recent public hearing that 4 terrorists were captured on tbe border down there a couple of weeks ago.

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    2. If I wanted to get into this country unobserved, I'd certainly go across the Southern border. In many places, there's no interdiction at all, they just prance across where the different churches welcome illegals with open arms and help them get bus tickets paid for by the U.S. government to wherever they want to go. That's just how it is.

      I've got plenty of ammo, but I should have I've been storing it in quantity since 1986. I still buy a little now and then when it shows up at good prices.

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  10. Australia has changed in the last two weeks. Everybody is on edge and to tell you the truth it is scaring me. We have very strict gun laws in Australia so it is nearly impossible for us to protect ourselves using guns. My parents always said they shouldn't be letting so many different nationalities into the country as it will cause trouble one day! And how right they were...

    I love that ferret poem :)

    x

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    1. Tania,

      Australia got all those Lebanese, who immediately began making themselves welcome by assaulting Australian women and attacking Australian life guards at the beaches. England got the same raw deal with the Moslems they let in, so did France , Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, et al. And now we have a completely collapsed Southern Border that is being overrun by waves of bocas inutil , people with no education, no skills, and whose primary function in life is to consume public resources. They also fuel the massive gang presence in our country. If that weren't bad enough, we've got the Islamic nut cases. There have been two incidents in the U.S. where new converts to Islam, both black, killed people , one totally random and one where the guy beheaded a woman at work. The media is playing it way down, saying it is just coincidence that both killers were recent converts to Islam. The government doesn't want people to start connecting the dots on that.

      I saw a show on the British that included two guys who had armed themselves with crossbows for home defense, not having access to firearms.

      You live pretty far out so you are probably safe out there. Still, it would be nice if you could get a shotgun, aren't those still allowed? Even an old style double barreled coach gun would be ok for home defense.

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    2. That's exactly how ferrets are. They love shiny things, but they'll haul off anything they can move to their hidden stashes.

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