Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Where have you gone, Conan the Barbarian? A nation turns it's lonely eyes to you.

I'm in!

    I  knew one day a party would arise that suited my politics.

Raining this morning. Sixth straight day of rain.  The ground can't hold any more water so the water is running down slope in rivulets. I haven't been off the mountain since this started, but I am wondering how the bridge over the creek is holding up.  If it goes, I'm stuck. The only other way out is through the National Forest, and you have to ford two creeks that way.  I doubt I could get across now even with the truck.

I was looking at my "I Love Me" wall this morning, which is what brought all these old ships to mind. .  I spent varying amounts of time aboard these classes of vessel, The longest periods were on LPD's, LPH's, and LST's because those were ships I was embarked on for floats which were months in duration.

U.S.S. Whitney was a command and control ship, and I had plenty of time aboard that ship. U.S.S. Puget Sound was a destroyer tender but also the Sixth Fleet flagship in the med, in 1982-1984.

I served on the LPH  Iwo Jima . Some years ago she was scrapped and the pilots chairs from the ready room were offered for sale by a surplus company. That was sad.   DLGN 25 was the first American nuclear powered frigate, I spent two and a half months training
 in the Pacific aboard Bainbridge in the early 1970's. Met the ship in San Diego, spent the next two months in Pearl Harbor, then disembarked at Long Beach.

I probably shouldn't include the Battleship  U.S.S. New Jersey, since I only spent several days aboard her, during the Lebanon Intervention in 1984, but that was such an experience I am going to list her here as well. No one who saw the battleship firing her sixteen inch guns will ever forget it. Especially not the ragheads on the receiving end, if any were left to remember anything at all.

I did two floats on LST's, the  U.S.S. Barnstable County and the U.S.S. Manitowac.  I spent a good bit of time embarked on the USS Raleigh. 

None of these ships are still around anymore, as far as active duty goes. Most of them were scrapped,  some were sold off to third world, and some were made into artificial reefs. Nothing lasts forever.

New Jersey off the coast of Lebanon, 1984

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rain again today.

Woke up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof.  It started raining here last Thursday and hasn't stopped.

I have been drinking coffee and listening to the radio.  Did some reading , purely for entertainment. I have The Complete Chronicles of  Conan .  You could not ask for better reading if you just want to relax and give yourself a break.

Howard killed himself in the 1930's, and there were some follow on stories by L. Sprague DeCamp, which were not bad but weren't really up to the quality of Howard's work.

 Conan is the the perfect hero for men's "swords and hordes" novels, although the original stories were published in "Weird Tales" magazine in the thirties.

He always slays the villains, saves the girl, and deals fairly with those that deserve it. Alas, Hyperborea was, in some respects, an easier world to live in than ours today.

These days, there don't seem to be any heroes that save the girl, slay the villains, and deal fairly with common people. The evil sorcerers seem to win all the time today, although they are called politicians now.

Classic Firearms has some M39 Finns at the warehouse. I don't know how these guys do it.  These were always far less common than the M1891-30, and they are generally acknowledged to be the best shooting Mosin Nagants out there.  I don't know what they are going to charge but I'm sure it won't be in the "everyman" category.

One of the good things about the M39 and the Mosins in general is there is still surplus ammo available. Yes, it's corrosive, but if you clean the bore, bolt head, bolt and chamber scrupulously it won't do you any harm.  It's generally believed that mercuric primers associated with corrosive ammo last a lot longer in storage, but I couldn't quote you a scientists name and study to prove it.

The radios are working well tonight.  I have one scanner on the law enforcement frequency and another on the emergency services frequency.  It's been a busy night for both entities so far.  My satellite radio is working fine so whatever atmospheric conditions were causing problems last night have abated.

The satellite tv is working,not that I care that much.  I hardly ever watch it anymore. Now that even Fox News has gotten all squishy since Trump told them to get stuffed, there isn't any conservative news on the television anymore except NewsMax.  All the programs I liked to watch are either off the air or won't be back on til summer of 2016.

History Channel, Discovery Channel and Science Channel are largely just showing reruns of reruns of their boring and asinine "filler" series.  Those outfits used to have some quality productions, but no more. I bought the DVD's of their good programs so I don't even watch the reruns of those. I guess I just keep the satellite tv now "in case of" I know not what.

Here's a video out of Hungary. I got it from World Net Daily.  It gives you an eye witness account of what's really happening on those trains and in the streets of Europe. It's in Hungarian and you have to read the subtitles, but it is worth the time it takes.

There's a little break in the middle of the video but they come right back to the woman telling her story.

All the chaos in Europe, plus the unbelievable events in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere have fueled the market for self defense and home defense books. Below is one where the author tries to apply medieval technology to defending the home. Strangely enough, a couple of years ago there was a one hour special on British preppers, and many of them had already gone this route. I remember they showed a scene of the preppers practicing with crossbows and long bows.  I guess you make the best of what you have, but Jesus!

Here's a video a British woman did herself. I have to say, she has more courage than brains. I think she found out that trying to talk to these troglodytes is both a waste of breath and dangerous.

What the government doesn't understand. They can push us with immigrants and the 13 % just so far.......


From the movie "Falling Down."  You can order it on DVD for under four dollars on line.

If you haven't seen it, you really should. A lot of us will identify with the Michael Douglas character.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Multiculturalism at it's best.

Ethnic Cleansing
You gotta be sh***ing me!

Fox News, 27 Sept 2015
British Soldier Removed from Hospital Waiting Room as Staff Fears He May Upset Muslims.

A British soldier was asked to move from a hospital waiting room last week because staff feared his uniform might offend other patients.
The family of Royal Air Force Sgt. Mark Prendeville said hospital workers told them “they didn’t want to upset people” and that the hospital has “lots of different cultures coming in,” according to the Guardian.

“To say I was incensed would put it mildly,” Prendeville’s father, Jim Prendeville, told the BBC.
“He was more upset by the way he was treated because of his uniform than he was about the burns in his eyes."
- Jim Prendeville
Sgt. Prendeville, 38, went to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, on Wednesday after fire extinguisher chemicals got into his eyes. A female staff member asked him to move from the main waiting room, allegedly because of a previous “altercation” involving a man in uniform.

“This employee was acting in good faith, because previously there had been an altercation between a member of the public and a different member of the armed forces in uniform,” an East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman told the BBC.

We sure do need to import several hundred thousands more Moslems to the U.S. so we can have similar events happen here.  Just who is assimilating who in Europe?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday morning, sunrise in a couple of hours. Maybe.

Still blowing outside and the rain is still disrupting my Sirius/XM radio, but not as much. Maybe it's going to let up some.

The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is read the news on the web pages, and then watch Fox and Al Jazeera.

Today there's an article on dumping Moslem refugees in South Carolina. That is very close to home for me. It's also even closer for some friends of mine.

Their spelling may not be so good, but the quote is.

Here's the link to the story:  Syrian Refugees going to South Carolina?

This is from a very liberal news organization, so it's one of those "don't worry, be happy!" stories crafted to lull people's fears before the government does something really egregious, as they've been doing in Idaho.

I don't have any plans today.  I will be stripping out all the ammunition from the different guns I carry or keep around the house. I'll put it in a box for a better day though, no shooting weather expected til next week.

Beretta 92 Onyx.  I put 15 rounds in each magazine, one in the gun and two in the ammo case on the shoulder holster.  45 rounds of 9 mm Luger for the three magazines all told.

Well balanced weapon, high capacity. Doesn't rust if you sweat through the holster on this particular version with this finish.

 Walther P38. There are several of these throughout the house.  I keep seven rounds in the magazine, and one spare magazine by the weapon.

14 rounds of 9mm Luger in the two magazines.  Fits your hand like a glove, isn't heavy.  Double action.

The one I keep by the bed was made in April of 1964, making it a post war P-1 version.

Another carry gun with a Galco shoulder rig to match.   One magazine in the gun. I put 12 rounds in each mag, so three magazines in total is 36 rounds.

The High Power is nicely balanced. Double stack magazine still doesn't make the grip difficult even for smaller hands.

This Browning stays in the safe.  It's my "last day in the Marine Corps " gun.  On May 16th, 1986 I went out the gate at Camp Lejeune for the last time. Before I turned in my I.D. card that morning, I went to the base post exchange and bought one of these High Powers. It's a keepsake, more than anything else.

The Sig P226.  I confess, I rarely carry it anymore.  It's a heavy pistol.  It's more of a night stand gun for me now.  I keep 14 rounds in it and one magazine beside it, for 28 rounds.  

I do have a Galco Miami Classic for it, and carried it a lot when I was younger. Not so much now.

For those hot, humid days when I can't stand to wear a vest.  I use a Walther PPK in .380.

I have a little inside the belt leather holster for it. Not the most comfortable thing in the world to wear but there are days when that's all you can do.

I put six rounds of .380 in it, and don't carry a spare magazine.

Kimber Custom II.  Another gun I used to carry all  the time, but now it's too heavy. I would probably carry it if I went to Chattanooga again though.

I put seven rounds in the magazine and have two spare magazines.  The Galco Miami Classic does a good job of distributing the weight but it's still a beast.  Not too easy on the wrists these days to fire it, either.  21 rounds of .45 ACP.

 Taurus PT-92.  These are really early model Beretta 92's made on Beretta machinery in Brazil.

Cheaper than a Beretta 92, fit the same rigs, and just as reliable.  

I use mine as house guns, for the most part.

15 rounds in the magazine and one spare mag by the gun.  30 rounds of 9mm Luger.

I have other pistols but they are more guns I bought just because I could than something I really use.
I figure in the dark days I see off on the horizon, my son can use them for barter if need be.

When I shoot all this ammo out, I'll reload it.  I do most of my reloading when it's winter and there's not much else I can do. The shop is warm and quiet. I go out there, turn on the radio, and reload. I have a coffee pot going, so I don't have to run through the snow to and from the house. Reloading is a great winter pass time.

It's very satisfying, too.  I like work where I can see what has been accomplished when I am finished. I often wonder if that is why so many people like to can food.

When you finish, there are all those cans or jars and you can see the positive results of your work.

Reloading makes me feel less anxious about ammo supplies, since with enough powder, bullets and primers I can keep going for a long, long time. Brass is usually the most expensive component of a loaded round. What a shame to waste it.

As an afterthought, I should say something about holsters.  I use the Galco Miami Classic, obviously. But Galco makes all kind of rigs. They are, in my opinion, about the best you can buy. I like leather , rather than the nylon set ups you can buy.  Galco is not cheap, but your means of carrying your weapon is one place you don't want to pare the cheese. 

I just finished reading a book by a German sniper who fought on the Eastern Front in WW 2.  The war on the Eastern Front was grim, and this is a grim book. But it's a fascinating story.  Because the Germans lost the war, they don't write a lot about it and you don't hear about the achievements of their soldiers much.  For instance, Eric Hartmann who didn't even start flying operationally until 1942 and shot down 352 allied aircraft, most on the Eastern Front.

Or Hans Ulrich Rudel, the greatest attack aircraft pilot in history.  He destroyed over 500 Soviet armored vehicles on the Eastern Front, despite being seriously wounded and flying the last part of the war with only one functioning leg.

This sniper is the same way. I have read a lot about that facet of World War II, but had not heard of him until I came across this book.  Not for the faint of heart.

One of the best things about the book are the detailed descriptions of the weapons used by both sides. Allerberger started out sniping with a captured Mosin Nagant sniper variant, then went on through just about every sniping weapon issued on either side.  Worth the money even if your interest is limited to firearms.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Just because you wish something wasn't so, doesn't make it go away.

Fairly constant rain all day.  After dark fog moved in.  From my porch I can see the green flood lights on the shop, but not the building itself.

Chilly outside tonight. Good night for a fire so I have one going. The atmospherics are interfering with my satellite radio, so I am listening to it but it's periodically dropping the signal. That does't happen very often.

Too many news stories on my feed crawler to put them all in the links column on the right of the blog. The vast majority are related to an increase in the public anxiety level, and the consequent uptick in sales of preparedness supplies. It's a good time to be in the business.

A lot of pictures like this are staring to show up on the internet on "black" web pages. Other than the obvious, I don't get this one.  It doesn't represent any actual event I know of. And why does the guy on the right appear to have a halo?

National Public Radio is touting a new movie about the Black Panthers.  Black Panthers, the Vanguard of the Revolution.  I have heard them work it in on several of their morning radio news shows. They gush about the struggle for civil rights and the militancy of the Black Panthers. I remember them as thuggish murderers, completely out of touch with reality and living on a diet of drugs, revisionist history, and self pity.

If this is ok.

Why NPR should find this such a wonderful film and urge everyone to go see it is beyond me. I'm old enough to remember the Black Panthers well, and they were the reverse image of the Ku Klux Klan.

Maybe we should have a movie about the clan. I wonder if NPR would be so free with their air time, urging people to go see that. Birth of a Nation was considered a classic until the middle of the twentieth century. Now few have heard of it. I wonder if NPR would find it as exciting?

Somehow, I kind of doubt it.  I don't think anyone fails to acknowledge the double standard that exists now. There's one standard for white people, and then there's a completely different one for minorities.

Once upon a time this was called reverse discrimination. Now it's just considered to be "adjusting the scales of justice to compensate for the past."

Why is this not?

This is not on my mind just because of some news stories or because NPR is pimping for Bobby Seale.

My daughter had a bad experience this week up North.  She went into a convenience store with a guy from work.  He isn't a boyfriend, they are just coworkers and had been to a little get together at another coworkers house.  The guy was wearing a tank top type shirt, and he had a tattoo on his shoulder. It was one of those ornate swirly things people go in for today. But, entwined with all the other symbology was a small Confederate flag.

There was one of those 400 pound mammies you see in the billowing print dresses in the store. She saw it, followed them out, and then threw a cup of soda right in the guy's face. She started screaming and freaking out, calling him all sorts of obscene names. She caused a big scene and attracted a lot of attention my daughter and her friend could have done without.

  The fellow had the presence of mind to just get in the car and get them out of there, for which I am grateful.  Staging a reenactment of Isandlwana with my daughter there would not be my first choice. It shook my daughter up.  Not without reason. You know how , in a city, something like that can draw a really ugly, dangerous black crowd in a heart beat.  My daughter said when all this started up the Indian guy running the convenience store locked the door. I told her that's SOP (standard operating procedure) with those guys. Much good may it do them if a riot breaks out.   I also told her that she needed  to stay out of the "dark" part of town and she agreed. Like my experience in Chattanooga, once you have an episode like this, it becomes much more real to you, and less philosophical.

I thought about not mentioning this. Then I thought I should, so that other people who unthinkingly stop in the black part of town on the way home give it a second thought. You don't need a tattoo to attract the wrong sort of attention these days. Being white is quite enough. It's true, so why shouldn't I say it?  Personal experience very recently has taught me that.  If someone is offended by these truths, then so be it. To the Moon Bats and others who want to pretend it's not like that out there, I say this: