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.