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.
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.