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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cats in the woods and the demise of Al Jazeera in America. "The Rover"


  
When I walk down to the mailbox, my two dogs always go with me.  But I'm not used to having seven cats tagging along. For reasons unbeknownst to me, my old mother cat decided to come along today. The dogs went ahead, and she ran from side to side of the trail, climbing trees and having a great old time. Her five offspring from this past summer, who are adolescents now, tagged along as well. Even more surprising, an old Tabby who must have been with me about 8 years now, joined the trek.

When we got to the foot of the mountain, everybody stopped to play at the pool. My spring bubbles up near the house, then runs all the way down the mountain side, where it goes under the old county road. There's a natural pool there. Popular with the local deer, possums, bear, and everybody else. One cat came on along past there, a male youngling.  He went all the way down to the mail box and back.


Very strange but kind of fun.  I felt like Radigast.  One things for sure, with that horde walking down beside me I'm not apt to be surprised by anything or anyone.

I ran into the Fedex man down by the mailboxes. He was glad to see me as he was able to unload a package I had coming and didn't have to go up the old county road. It's in terrible shape after these many weeks of bad weather. Not so good for me though as it was a package of ammo. Many rest stops had to be made on the way back up the mountain.


It's a spectacular night outside. Spectacular night sky. Even though it's in the mid twenties right now I stayed out there for a long time just enjoying that. Not a sound but the creek roaring away down slope. It's so cold , and has been for so long, that the porch boards pop and crack when I walk on them.

Ordered more ammo today,this time from Southern Ohio Guns.  Nice outfit. I used to buy a lot of surplus guns from them, but now I primarily buy just ammo as they have little in the way of surplus firearms anymore.



 One of the great things about SOG is their flyer. These are like a newspaper, and they used to come out monthly. But as the surplus business has declined, they have reduced the number of issues and now there are only about four a year.

You can download the whole catalog as a pdf. file, but I like the paper catalog better.

Of course, in order to get the catalog you have to have either an FFL or a C&R license. If you go to their web page, you can't see the prices on everything unless you have the FFL or C&R on file with them.

Some things, like ammo, they can sell to any adult so even if you don't have a license you can still find some pretty exotic ammo here. Over the years I've bought a lot of it.
This time around they had ammo (surplus Russian) for the Mosin Nagant pistol. I bought some boxes of that as it's rarer than hen's teeth.


This is one round I don't reload, because the bullet is recessed in the body of the cartridge case. It's in the too hard category. Years ago, a fellow sent me a lot of the brass. He didn't reload but he hated to waste anything so he kept the Nagant brass. When he sent it to me, I bought the dies, and some bullets. Never used them. They're out in the shop somewhere, awaiting the day I get motivated.

I've been carrying on a side conversation with some fellows about a good vehicle that I could use on the road, and off the road. I was thinking a new Wrangler of some kind, maybe the Rubicon. But one of them mentioned the new Jeep pickup coming out late this year or early next. I looked it up and fell in love with the "gladiator" version. God knows what it will cost. Maybe I can sell a kidney or something. Take a look at this!


What I really want is a WW2 German Kubelwagen, but that's not going to happen.  Since I don't play the lotto it's out of my price range even if I could find one for sale.


I guess you never get old enough to stop wanting new toys.  I'm about good on guns, but I do need something like one of the above. Man does not live by bread alone.



I almost forgot.  I tape all three major networks evening news, and then fast forward through all the advertisements and stupid news stories. Just looking for the "things you should know."

Tonight on CBS there was a short segment saying Al Jazerra in America had been cancelled. First, I was exultant.  I hope Ali Velshia and those other jerks and jerkettes have to beg their bread in the gutter now, lose their homes, get abandoned by their families, become drug addicts, drunks and prostitutes.  So on that level it's great.

BUT... as anti-American as it is/was they had good news reporting. You just have to shift through all the pro-Islamic and anti-Western propaganda. Time and again the only way I knew something was going on, was their broadcasts. While Fox was running a five minute story on (insert some stupid actors name here) changing their hair color, Al Jazeera had a story going on ISIS.  So I will miss them, in a perverse way.  Apparently nobody was watching their programming but some old guy in North Georgia and he pestered  them to death with hateful emails and sent obnoxious screeds to their advertisers...





I don't know when their last day of programming is , but I hope it's soon.

In closing, I watched "The Rover" again tonight on DVD.  It's an Australian film about the post apocalyptic life in Australia after an economic collapse.  I really identified with the protagonist, which made it enjoyable. It's on the internet if you haven't seen it.


38 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    The Rover was an excellent film. I got a laugh out of the dark humor of the midget handing over a Browning Hi-Power to the protagonist and getting shot with it.

    I watch RT online. Russians mostly identify with the Russian Orthodox Church and not Islam so any anti-American propraganda is easier to swallow.

    I could care less about Al-Jezzera. Maybe we could get lucky and a major solar flare will cook the Persian Gulf states and fry Al-Jezzera.

    I would not get any new Jeep.

    Jeep is now owned by Fiat and Fiat has lowered quality control.
    The other reason is the proliferation of electronics and computer screens.
    Harry, if you don't mind me throwing my two cents in worth, look into a 2000 thru 2002 Toyota truck or Toyota Tundra with the V-8. They are stout midsize trucks that can four wheel drive.


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    1. I liked that part too. Although I wondered if anyone would really be cold enough to whack a midget?

      I'm glad to see Al Jazeera going, I guess. They were obnoxious but they sure as hell had better coverage of the news than any American station. All you get now is B.S. about the elections and the candidates. I'm already sick unto death of it and it's months away. But Al Jazeera was always pimping gun control, and they were constantly whining about America, and putting on shows about poor downtrodden black people, etc etc.

      All my Jeeps have been good one's. I had one , a Grand Wagoneer, that I drove for 17 years. I know Fiat is involved. We had a Fiat Spider, it was a little convertible, when we lived in Italy. When I brought it home to the states, I traded it to a Warrant Officer for a Chevy Luv pickup with a camper shell, straight across. Everybody thought I was insane but that damn Fiat broke down on a daily basis. The Warrant Officer was a Motor T type and that bothered him not one whit.

      I want something people will look at and go Wow! I don't know why, it's never been a factor before, but it is now. Could I be compensating for old age. You know how you see old farts driving around in Corvettes , with their ear rings and gold chains and a 24 year old blond with big boobs right beside them? I'm not into jewelry, and my wife wouldn't go along with a "honey chile" but maybe she'll let me slide on a snazzy vehicle.

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  2. Our cats always go with DH up to the barn to feed the sheep. They go where we go....they are good company.

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    1. I worry they won't have brains enough to get back to the house. From their level, they probably can't see far. But to this point, the only individuals I've had to search for in the forest were escaped ferrets. I always found them because they never went far from the house, though I've done a lot of stumbling around in the woods with a flashlight on their account.

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  3. Let the beard grow out some more and I think we can call you Radagast the Brown. You need a better floppy hat.

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    1. When the snow comes, I have some old floppy felt "hillbilly" hats. Those are perfect for bad weather. I notice with a long beard and a hillbilly hat people tend to give me a wide berth at the store though.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    On our patrol boats being taken by the Iranians. I think the two patrol boats were in international waters and the boats were taken by force at gunpoint (Iranian highspeed patrol boats with 37mm cannons)
    My guess is that one of the boats had a break down and the Iranian Navy had an opportunity and took the boats in a 'hands up' fashion.
    It was a coup for the Iranians sine our president is a coward.

    The only way that we can prove that the boats were taken by force is by the GPS equipment. The actual GPS plots of the small boats would prove their exact location at all times. Now me thinks the boats and their crews will be returned with everything minus the GPS equipment proving their exact location and once back onboard their respective boats the boats crews will be ordered to keep their mouths shut.

    I worked on small boats onboard the Puget Sound a long time ago. I also spent a very short spell in the Persian Gulf working with the SBU's (Special Boat Units) that ran the Viet Nam era PBR's and small boats are pretty damn good at not straying off course into hostile waters unless they are on a mission of some short.
    Now I can believe one of boats had a engine failure of some sort and was probably starting set up for towing operations with the remaining running boat when the Iranians overtook (at gunpoint) the two small boats and Petty Officer in Charge (or officer) probably did the right thing and stood down sine he knew the Navy brass would not give them any backup.
    Myself, if I was in International waters, as soon as those Iranian Patrol boats came up on the position I would be locked, loaded and I would probably open fire with warning shots if they got to close. If they returned fire even with superior weapons, I would have ordered a full on onslaught with everything I had at my disposal.
    My boats are my command and my boats will be treated with the same respect as an aircraft carrier. My boats represent the U.S. Navy and if boarded will constitute and act of war.

    'But then, I am old school. No one thinks that way anymore. Our president is a muslim coward, many of the Navy brass are more interested in their careers and we live in the world of chickenshit politician leadership.

    Gone are the days of Admiral Halsey and General Macarthur who would have parked the entire sixth fleet in the Straits of Hormuz and Persian Gulf (just imagine the Persian Gulf as one big, grey parking lot filled with American warships)

    A long time ago I was in a 600 ship Navy that stood for something and no one would let shit like this transpire. Our adversaries trembled as our battle groups passed by their shores.

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    1. You notice I haven't said much about that. I'm sure the Iranians took the boats by force. I'm equally sure that one broke down and the other was rigging for tow.

      Here's where I get conflicted, though. Like you, I can't imagine just sitting there and letting a bunch of camel jockeys take my command without a fight. My fear would be the disgrace of being captured and tarnishing the reputation of the service.

      But, whoever was in command had a bunch of young people to consider. He could have gone down fighting and gotten everybody killed. On the other hand, from a pragmatic standpoint, nobody will remember this but pissed off old guys like you and me.

      I worked a lot with a Navy Senior Chief during my four year tour with SixthFleet/Comstrikforsouth. I was in my late twenties and early thirties. He was getting toward retirement.

      I respected the hell out of the man, and I always found him to be practical. He was proud of the Navy but he was a realist and a pragmatist. I know if I had been in command of those boats I would have wanted to fight. But I know he would not have been in support of that if it was obviously hopeless. I am sure I would have listened to him, having learned much earlier in my career that not listening to long service NCO's was unwise and frequently led to embarrassing situations when they were right and I was wrong. So I guess I would not have fought in this situation. I swear I just don't know.

      My heart is with your point of view 100 percent. I know the Arabs and Persians take great stock in "face" and I know this has further diminished our prestige over there. I'm glad I didn't have to make that decision.

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  5. That Jeep pickup looks kicking ! I wonder if they are going to re-cast it in the old bowling alley commercials, where the offset differential prevented high centering . . .

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    1. I don't remember those advertisements, must have been overseas then, but it sounds like a good idea! It does look great, doesn't it. Throw the dogs in the back, and off to woods. But if you had to go somewhere and drive on the freeway, you could do that too.

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  6. That is a cool looking jeep. We have one car that often goes to meet the bus with us. It is kind of funny. I suspect he is part dog. I am sure it was no fun carrying that package up.

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    1. I think it's a great looking vehicle. I like it better than my little Wrangler I had. There's room for me, the wife, and we can carry our groceries and such in the back. Anyway, we still have the F250 and the Cherokee. But I think it may be out of my price range, I haven't found any estimates of price on line yet

      Can't think why the cats all like to go down the mountain like that. They've just started doing it.

      I carried it awhile, then put it down and caught my breath, then started over. It was a long journey back.

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  7. You might find a VW "Thing" close enough and cheaper than the amazing "Kubelwagen". They are retaining some of the look with better ground clearance, and VW parts are still reasonable. Easy to maintain and wrench too.

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    1. Glenn, someone else said exactly that too. I guess I might could find one on line. The logistics of getting it here and all might be a pain in the derriere. I'm mulling it over though.

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  8. We have a long driveway on our property. That is where I take my walks. One of my cats like to walk with me-at least part of the way. She usually gets distracted by something in the woods and takes off. You sound like the pied piper, except you have pets following you instead of mice. Jana

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    1. Jana, next the chickens will start trooping down the hill and we'll look like the Mongol Hordes sweeping across the steps.
      So far only the one cat has gone past the little pool where the water flows under the old county road. It's like they know that's where our territory ends.

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  9. Dear Harry, I need your opinion.
    Which would be a better general purpose farm 22.
    A Ruger Mark lll Hunter or a Browning Buck Mark?

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    1. Fiona, I own a number of Ruger.22 semiautomatic pistols, though not that particular variant. I also have some Browning semiautomatic pistols though not in.22LR. Both companies put out good weapons. I checked and the two you are considering are roughly equivalent in price. I'd say you would be well served by either. If anyone has experience with either I would be interested in hearing about it.

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    2. Thank you...I have the "scientific" research done but I like hands on observations f r on people who have used these two. We loved the Browning 1911-22LR but it is not suited to what we really need. As to the new vehicles....there is so much electronics in them now you need to be a computer/electronics whiz to drive them!

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  10. Harry - i am glad that the dogs go with you, and now the cats, too. you are right - they all will alert you to any potential danger or threat even before you become aware of it. i think i told you this before, but we use the birds as an alarm system. our yard is always full of birds eating their faces off and when they scatter all at once - we know a vehicle is about a mile away. sometimes, depending on the wind, we'll hear the vehicle as soon as the birds scatter. but other times, we wait a few mins and then sure enough, we hear a vehicle go by.

    we once had our nearest neighbours 2 dogs drop by for a visit. the birds scattered, it was a quiet day and we didn't hear any vehicle. jamie went to the top of the driveway and there were the two dogs walking up the driveway. of course, they froze when they saw jamie. our little wild cat came running across the yard to top of the driveway and started hissing like mad. those dogs sure took off pretty fast and haven't been back since! we love dogs, don't get us wrong, but our little wild cat doesn't like anything on our property.

    i think i told you this before as well...but in keeping with captain crunch's fondness for long comments (bahahahah! hi captain!) - one day we were sitting at the table eating our dinner and the birds scattered. so we pay attention and our little wild cat makes a bee-line across the yard and into the house, tail as big as can be, snarling and growling, got on the table snarling and growling at the window. i said to jam "something is up. he's trying to warn us of something". jam immediately got "the baseball bat" (if you know what i mean) and not 2 seconds later - 2 drunk idiots come strolling around the driveway, with shotguns, probably loaded, not shouldered properly, the shotguns are just blowing in the wind!!! jam went out and told them to get off of our property - that this was private property! then i came out screaming like a banshee holding the phone and yelling that i was calling the police. they were drunk and/or stoned because the one guy high-tailed it but the other guy said "hey man. can i just talk to you". i told him he better get lost or i would take "the baseball bat". he turned and went back down the driveway. jam stayed out to make sure that they went on their way and to see which direction they headed. then he got in the truck and went to see where they went and to show that we were serious when he drove by where they were staying. i contacted our friend who put it out over facebook and she sent everyone texts and whatnot to be careful. but i think we put the fear of god in them as they left the next morning.

    they were just 2 idiots borrowing someone's cottage and thought that because our chain at the end of the driveway is so rusted, and the fact that you can't see our house or any activity until you come up 130 ft...i think they thought that this was an old logging road or something.

    the most surprising thing to us is that this only happened once and only recently! honestly Harry - we live smack dab in the middle of the best hunting area on the whole island. but every time we see a truck pulled over, there is always a guy wearing an orange hat and vest. most hunters here take hunting very seriously! these 2 idiots were just wandering around.

    anyway, how long is your driveway/road to get to your mailbox?

    sending much love, as always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I'm sorry that happened to you and J. It's unnerving to have people just come strolling along up onto your land without so much as a by your leave. The fact that they were armed would have put my hackles up as well. Animals can warn you of a lot of things long before a person can sense them.I have heard it said that animals can sense earthquakes before the quake is detectable to people. I don't know if any research has been done to substantiate that but I believe it's true.

      The birds in the forest here do give warning, as they start flying up out of the trees and squawking when disturbed. We have giant crows in the woods,not blackbirds, and you can hear them a long way off. My chickens roosting in the trees around the house at night are a great alarm system.

      It's good to hear from you. I looked everywhere I could think of and never did find that missing comment. Do you perhaps have a copy in your sent folder you could retransmit?

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    2. Harry - i don't know what you mean about having a copy of my comment? i just write comments and then they go off into netherland??? they aren't in my sent box or anything. not sure what you mean, buddy.

      but we totally rely on our birds and our little wild cat to alert us to anything happening on or near our land.

      and no worries about a missing comment. you and me are an email away from each other. no probs buddy!

      sending much love to you as always. your friend,
      kymber

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    3. Kymber, I get copies of all the comments I make on the blog, as well as all the comments people leave. In fact, every time someone leaves a comment I actually get two copies of it in my gmail account. If I knew how to I would fix it to get just one.

      So if a person leaves a comment on the blog, I get one copy waiting for me to publish it, and two copies in my email account.

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    4. But then sometimes I try to click the publish block on the moderation page,and it's right by the delete button, and I hit the wrong one and delete the comment. But it's a laundry list so I don't know I've done it until someone asks about their comment not showing up.b
      By then I've already deleted everything in the email inbox because if I didn't clean it out at least daily there would be so much stuff in there it would be a hopeless tangle. Sometimes I am pretty sure a comment never reached me for whatever reason, and other times I am sure I accidentally deleted some. I have seen other people complaining about the design of the moderation page in this regard so I am not the only one to periodically mess up this way.

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  11. I wish I had that sort of problem. Lugging more ammo up to the house.

    The gun show is this Saturday, I expect it to be crowded. Hoping for some ammo deals but my guess the prices have increased now. I think the real reason for me going now is to be around like-minded persons, and the conversations never get dull. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I like to go to gun shows too. We have one in our county about every third month, and they have gun shows in the adjacent counties fairly regularly as well. I don't buy much ammo there but I am always on the lookout for something in the old military rifle category. You know how some people just wander around with one piece trying to sell it because mom cleaned out the closet or something similar? I used to get some nice old guns that way every now and again.

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  12. I want something people will look at and go Wow! I don't know why, it's never been a factor before, but it is now.

    Then you need my old 1976 Eldorado convertible. I got comments just about every day. Too bad the front-wheel-drive wasn't strong enough for such a big heavy car. If it had been rear-wheel-drive, I'd still own it.

    But she was a looker, allright.
    And the horn. There were 3 or 4 separate horns combined into a rich impressive tone that pretty much was designed to tell mere mortals to get the hell out of your way.

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    1. Charlie,I can't visualize the El Dorado but the name sticks in my mind so it must have been exceptional in it's day. The only convertibles I ever owned were both associated with my tour in Italy. I had a new Firebird I had just bought when I got orders to Italy. The guy I was going over to relieve sent me a letter about living in Italy.One of the things he said was don't bring an American car. No parts and they are too wide and too long for Italian roads and parking spaces. So I took the Firebird out to my brother in California and bought a new Rabbit convertible. It was great for Europe. When I got to Naples my soon to be wife already had a Fiat "Spyder" convertible. Really enjoyed both cars but have never had another.

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    2. This is the one.

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/chas_mitch57/457444254/

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    3. That really is nice. It looks like a 1975 Olds 98 my dad had, but his car wasn't a controvertible. In those days, they build them really big, powerful, and comfortable.

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  13. I bet you were quite a sight with your entourage!

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    1. Yes, and it was kind of fun except the worrying about everybody getting back!

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  14. I'm still wearing the hat in my blog photo, a little worse for wear. My beard is getting long too. Not a common look with the yacht crowd. However, there are some cranks on strange boats in the free anchorages.

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    1. You should get an eye patch, and braid bits of "tar punk" in your beard, wear a bandana and earrings! You'd look like Black Beard and could dock where you like. But at heart you'd be more like Mission and Tue, the pirates who looted ships but never killed anybody and were known as "the gentle pirates"

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  15. Harry,

    Birds are a great alarm system when something is outside or near. With the other security in place, we always know where someone is at all times. The element of surprise does amazing things to those who aren't expecting it.

    Nice looking jeep/truck, I'm sure it will cost an arm and leg.

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    1. I doubt I can afford it. And if I can, I doubt my wife will go along. Especially since I have been preaching economy and frugality since she is actually retired and we have never been in a place before where we didn't have a paycheck. We are ok on our retirement planning though, and I don't want to live like the church mouse, with no fun and no nice things.

      I have pretty tight security up here, if I keep the system going .This weather has been really bad on some of the outdoor electronic gear and the more I fix , the more I find that needs fixing.

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  16. Harry - as was said, look into the VW Type 181, the "Thing". Somewhat of a collectors item, and if you can't find that, then look into old VW Squarebacks. They make nice runabouts, decent amount of room inside, still aircooled, etc. Easily convertible to good offroad cars. I went even smaller with mine, down to a Steyr Puch Haflinger. Basically half a VW, but with a real 4x4 drivetrain. Parts are a bit of a pain though.

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  17. Our cats walk with us too, it was a parade when we also had the dogs. I like the Jeep, I wish my Cherokee was running, I could use it this week with snow coming but it needs brakes and to get the heating system working so I have a defroster at least.

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