Quote of the Day
"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy."
Colonel Jeff Cooper
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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.
Monday, September 28, 2015
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.
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
Saturday, September 26, 2015
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.
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Here's the link to the story: Syrian Refugees going to South Carolina?
15 rounds in the magazine and one spare mag by the gun. 30 rounds of 9mm Luger.
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.
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.
Friday, September 25, 2015
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.
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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."
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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: