“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cold and cloudy.


It's chilly here in the mountains this morning. I expect I'll spend most of the day inside, other than when I have to be out taking care of the animals.  Everything is utterly still in the woods, no sounds at all despite the fact that in winter, sound carries a long way here.

There's a new book in the "World Made By Hand" series coming out shortly.  The first book was "World Made By Hand", while the second was "The Witch of Hebron."  I thought they were both good novels, though the first was better than the second.  The author is a social scientist who has appeared in specials on the History Channel and Discovery Channel.  His name is Kunstler. He's a dyed in the wool Northern leftist with a particular dislike of Southern people. Even so, both his practical works like "The Long Emergency" and his novels are well worth reading. Much of what he says makes sense, and many of his predictions, written several years ago, have been accurate to an uncanny degree.

I'm not sure when " A History of the Future" will be out but usually Amazon puts out prepublication order information a couple of months before the first printing.  If you haven't read "The Long Emergency" you might want to invest in a copy. It's worth the money.






The new Backwoods Home is out:





No point in commenting extensively about events in Pakistan.  I just wonder why it hasn't happened here yet.  Obama has intentionally made the Southern border porous to aid in the influx of new Democrats. Wouldn't be hard for five or six guys to smuggle across arms and explosives. For that matter, Islamic terrorists wouldn't even have to do it. They could just pay the drug smugglers to do it for them. Our schools are completely unprotected for the most part. 

Lately Obama and Kerry have been strongly condemning the rising tide of Islamic terror events. That'll show those thugs. I'm sure they are quivering in their sandals right this minute.

The pundits are gloating about the economic situation in Russia, taking credit for the fall of the ruble and saying it was the ridiculous sanctions imposed on Russia during the Crimean problems. It's actually due to the fall in the price of oil, which was Russia's one good foreign export product.

Russia has been a stand up partner in the fight against Islamic terrorism. They let us use their railways, airspace, and even some of their bases to support our war in Afghanistan. But too many people in D.C. weren't able to understand that the cold war was over, and they just had to have an "enemy" that required big ships and aircraft so the pork could keep flowing to their home districts. So now, our relations with a natural ally in this new war are damaged and weakened. I'm sure the Chechins , those great people who brought us the Beslan massacre and the Moscow theater murders, are very grateful to the U.S. and the Europeans for that.  Doubtless other Islamic fanatics are chortling gleefully as well. 

For no particular reason, here are some good photo's of the Ishapore 7.62X51 Enfield.  When they came into the country many years ago, they had no collector value and were very cheap. Now they are much sought after as a fine bolt gun chambered for a common American cartridge. I have found my guns to be top flight and am very happy with them.








38 comments:

  1. That first picture shows the trees you have talked about earlier and reminds me of when I lived in the woods in New Jersey. You were just surrounded by trees. Thanks for the book information.

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    1. Inger, I don't know if you would like Kunstler's books or not. They are well written but they are post apocalyptic and can be fairly harsh.

      I have a little meadow here on the mountain that I had bulldozed out when I settled here. Other than that, the forest surrounds me on all sides. It's pretty dense. In spring and summer it's a solid wall of green.

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  2. I heard on Sky News last night that Jeb Bush is making himseslf available as a Presidential candidate. If he achieves his goal, will his Mexican wife not influence his border control policies or lack thereof../?

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    1. Dani, one of the reasons Bush is considering running is that his Hispanic wife will help him garner Hispanic votes. The conventional wisdom here is that the Hispanic population, through a high birth rate and illegal immigration, is becoming more of a power block than the blacks. The demographics are pretty clear, unless the Republican party can attract more of the Hispanic vote, the Democrats will soon force it into irrelevance. Then, God help us all as the Democrats favor the Roman method of crowd control, i.e. "bread and circuses" and they have already taxed the middle class into virtual non-existence in order to pay for their give away programs like Obama Care. The Bush family is largely conservative but they have a weak spot in their makeup about illegal immigration. George Bush II alienated a huge number of his supporters, including me, with a plan to legitimize illegal immigrants and make it easier for third world peasants to come batten on our welfare system. It didn't come to pass but he was all for it.

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  3. I will see if my library has those books. I read a lot, and am always open to new authors.

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    1. Lisa, I hope they can get them for you. I think they are interesting books, both the novels and the "plain facts" books.

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  4. I also liked the first book more than I liked the second.
    I want to read The Long Emergency.

    Our ships sometimes pull into port in India, and I have seen the guards there carrying bolt action rifles, even just a few years ago. I don't recall that they had the full-length stock, though. I wondered at the time just what they were, but I figured it wasn't such a good idea to ask if I could examine their rifles...

    Kerry could be our greatest weapon ever against terrorists. Just point him at the enemy and let him drone on and on and on about tolerance and diversity... he'd put the terrorists to sleep and we could just truss them up.

    Kerry got a facelift recently. Yes, a facelift, just like some Hollywood Princess. And this is a guy we're supposed to take seriously? People who know what they're about don't get facelifts.

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    1. Charlie, The Long Emergency is a good book, though he's an acerbic person and you have to hold your temper sometimes when he makes his snide remarks. I understand, though, that leaving the Halls of Ivy and living in the real world has somewhat moderated his views since The Long Emergency was written .

      The Indians still use the Lee Enfield MK IV no. 1 in .303, so you may have seen those. If you watched the news coverage of the terrorist attack on Mubai/Bombay, you will have seen lots of those rifles in the hands of the Indian police.

      Kerry is a disreputable person, oily and untrustworthy, which is why he works so well with Barack Obama, no doubt.

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  5. Having read the long emergency it has been accurate for the most part . Sometimes its scary to see current events unfold that you have read would years past. I personally like Kunstler books but he amazes me with his Pollyanna future views.

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    1. Gary, he has done a good job of predicting the future, to an uncanny extent in some areas. I don't go along with all he says but it's all worth considering.

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  6. I like Kunstler. He got himself a concealed carry permit and has finally admitted that Obama ain't the Second Coming. I s'pect in another year or so he'll be a full bore Republican/survivalist.

    You are right in that he has an uncanny knack for forecasting the future (not 100%, but far better than most of the media pundits).

    I read The Long Emergency. I also make a point of reading all of his Monday morning posts.

    -Moe

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    1. Moe , I didn't know he had gotten a concealed carry permit, though it fits in with some other things I have been hearing about him. Apparently he has had a large dose of reality lately and found out that things look differently from the street.

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  7. I liked the Long Emergency and his first novel. Haven't read the follow up.

    Kunstler sees what he wants to see. I remember reading in his blog what a wasteland a town near me was. His big complaint? It had chain fastfood restaurants and he claimed that was all. Right next to the Micky D he complained about was an independent bookstore/coffee shop with real character -right next to the funky bike shop. There were many fine independent restaurants on the main drag, but he somehow didn't "see" them?

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    1. His main beef used to be that our society was structured in a manner that was unsustainable in the absence of copious quantities of hydrocarbon fuels. I'm not sure he isn't right about that, but clearly at the moment we're not in danger of running short of oil in the near future. His view of utopia was, and I suppose still is, everyone living in very close quarters so that nobody had to drive to go anywhere. Doesn't sound too good to me.

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  8. I like his books and will look for the new one.

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    1. Should be out soon. I'm looking forward to it myself.

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  9. Harry, I'm not so sure about Russia as a natural ally...even with terrorism. I know they allowed us a base in Kyrgystan, but that is on the fringe of their territory and they're not ethnic Russians. If they allow us anything, it's always out of expediency. They never were our friend.

    Putin will always be a KG* guy. I think it's stupid that we are currently poking this bear that has been in hibernation since perestroika. They are still plenty strong and have reminded us recently that they have nukes at the ready. And what is our response? We punish them with more sanctions, and will now send arms to the Ukraine (thank you congress and senate). With their economy falling it is a very dangerous game we are playing right now.

    You can only back an animal into a corner for so long. --Troy

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    1. No country ever does anything except for it's own purposes and for expediency, including us. For a great nation to act, it has to have a stake in the issue, one way or the other. The Russians were not our bosom buddies in WW2, but they won the war. If not for the German loses on the Russian Front, we'd still be sitting in England waiting to invade the continent. Again, politics make strange bedfellows but even Churchill, who loathed Stalin, admitted that "Russia tore the guts out of the German Army."

      Putin is a strong man, a popular leader, and an unabashed nationalist. Look what we have for a leader, a Chicago machine politician who is weak, cowardly, dishonorable, untrusthworthy and Gods Own Worst Liar.
      I'd take Putin or an American Putin Clone over the Emperor Obama any day.

      Anyone who expected the Russians to give up the Ukraine and Sevastopol is a moron. That would be like us giving up Texas.

      Russia and the U.S. don't have to love each other but we sure as hell need to be cooperating against the monster that is trying to destroy us both, and that's Islam. For us to fight each other is as stupid as what the Islamists are doing in the middle east right now, fighting each other.

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    2. Yeah... they had Brezhnev and Kosygin, versus our Ford, Carter, and Bush One.
      Just about as mismatched as Putin vs. Obama today.

      We did have Nixon and Reagan, but they had their own flaws.

      I want Chuck Norris or Teddy Roosevelt.

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    3. I remain a big Nixon fan. I remember him as a man who got things done. Teddy Roosevelt would be ok with me. " Pedicarus alive or Risuli dead!"

      Chuck Norris would get my vote as well.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    'Ain't read any of Kunslters books yet. I got a few other books on order.

    I really enjoy watching Sony chicken out. That just shows the yellow streak in the cowards in hollywoood.

    it all just keeps getting worse everyday.

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    1. Every day some new embarrassment or horror. I agree with you.

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  11. I don't care for Russia much, or their paranoid style of life, but I'll tell you one thing I was in Moscow during the Chechen takeover of that theater.
    Russians don't mess around when it comes to taking care of things like this.
    Day 1 Chechen terrorists take over the theater.
    Day 2 Russian forces plans the takeback op.
    Day 3 A big ol' pile of dead Chechens (and some of the hostages)
    13 years later - still no repeats.


    - Charlie

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    1. The Russians are xenophobic largely due to their history, which pretty much justifies it. If the U.S. had experienced what they have in the last 900 years I expect we would be much different too. Your points are well taken, and that's one of the things I admire about the Russians. They kick ass and take names. Meanwhile, here our worthless Democrats release reports condemning us for "torture" and whine about "hurting" or "frightening" the perpetrators of 911. We are better than that, chirps Di Fi. I'm not. I'd drill their kneecaps with an electric drill in a heart beat if I thought it would save one American life, or I'd do it for free on Sunday!

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  12. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    forgot to mention that local gun dealers are running out of 'Mosin Nagants. Prices are going up on the Mosin's too.

    Maybe they will get to the point where I can sell a Mosin and use that money on a Isapore rifle that is actually more practical since Isapores I assume can eat any 7.62 *51 or .308?
    I like the convience of using common calibers. Makes forays into the local walmart much easier when acquiring ammo.

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    1. CC, the Ishapores are rare and when you do find them, the price has gone up about 400% from what I paid. Get one if you can though, they are good guns.

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  13. It's been so cold here. It snowed last night. Then on the weekend it's supposed to get up in the 40s. Crazy weather!

    I think next year I'll get my in-laws Backwoods Home Magazine. They would like that. I always struggle with what to get them. They say they want nothing. This year I sent them a small loaf of bread, a small tin of homemade cookies, homemade june berry jam (picked from our tree), a family picture, and drawings from our boys.

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    1. Alissa, I am sure your in-laws liked the present you sent more than anything else you could have given them. Still, if they are interested in the self sufficient life style the magazine is a good one. You can get it for tablets in data form for about $1.00 a month.

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  14. Like the Ishapore, I got a '66 NATO and a '42 .303 - 1942 was a dark time in India, the Japanese had just sunk the only British warship in the Indian Ocean region and things looked rally grim.

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    1. Douglas Fraser, who wrote the Flashman books, got his commission during the Burma campaign. He wrote three autoiographic books about being a Lieutenant in a Highland regiment, you might enjoy them.

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    2. I've read several of his book. My grandfather's brother was British and in "The Raj" in India at the time, working for the South Indian Railway - and their home in England was near Enfield Lock where the rifles were produced for may years. John Master's book about fighting with Ghurkas and in the China-Burma Theater is also very good. The Ishapore Arsenal is also about a mile from the Old European Hospital in Calcutta where I was born - I was a missionary kid - so I HAD to have one, and two is better.

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    3. My wife was a missionary kid, and grew up in Niger and Nigeria. You and she both had opportunities to see the world that I didn't get until I went into the Marines at 18. I went all over the world, literally, but never went to India. Maybe one of these days, if the wife and I decide to do some traveling while we still can. I have to convince my son to come live back in the mountains though, so he can take care of the place. Or ,we have to move to some condo or apartment first. I don't know which it will be, to tell the truth.

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    4. Sometimes it's weird being a MK, because you see so much so early and it's indelible and other kids don't get it and can't relate. My wife went with me on a trip to Guatemala 20 years ago, that was enough. YOU know that if you do decide to go to India, get ALL your shots!
      Meanwhile for the money it costs to travel, I prefer Hawaii! (the Big Island, Oahu sucks.)

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    5. My wife and I would like to go to Australia. It's a 22 hour journey, though, and I'm not sure we are up for that. I met my wife in Naples, Italy when we were both stationed there, so we got to do a lot of traveling in Europe, along the Med, and up into Scandinavia. My problem now is that we have a fairly big "establishment" here in terms of animals, and I can't just toodle off and leave them alone. So we'll have to see what the future brings. I have watched some shows about English living in India, but it doesn't sound like somewhere I would really be wanting to travel. Third World.

      I like Hawaii, but it is pretty expensive. At least , it was in the early 1970's which is the only time I've ever been there!

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  15. And now for something completely different...
    There it was, right on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal -
    An article entitled "Nothing Says Happy Holidays Like a Ferret in a Santa Hat".
    Okay, it was below the fold, but still...
    Front page, baby !

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    1. I'll have to find that. I always like to read anything about ferrets. Thanks for letting me know, Charlie.

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  16. little ferret getting gift from saint Nicholas is heart-string-tugging.
    deb h.

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