"There is no doubt that our nation's security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities."

Arlen Specter

Sunday, July 10, 2016

I wish I was down there on the coast, living the good life with Captain Crunch.


It would be nice to be down on the ocean now.  Find some secluded section of beach sans "tourists covered in oil" and just enjoy watching the waves come in.

Life is good in the care free environment of a small coastal town!


But no.  I'm up here on the mountain. It's hotter than hell, and the humidity is appalling. I went out this morning just as the sun came over the mountain tops and did my half hour work stint in the meadow, cutting weeds with a sling. I have adopted that as part of my new daily procedure. Beats trying to work out on the elliptical every day.

I also picked my first red , ripe tomato from our garden. But I had let it sit on the ground, and when I picked it, the whole bottom was rotten. I tried to cut it in half and eat the top part, but it tasted nasty. So I cut the upper half into small sections and the chickens ate it.  I  guess we are bound to learn some lessons this way, but next year we will know better.



While I am writing this, I am also listening to the scanner.  Our Sheriff's Department is having a hard time.  When there is a serious accident, they are supposed to bring in a State Trooper to do the accident report. Usually there is one trooper in our three county area at any given time. But not today. Some guy on a motorcycle just got nailed by a truck. No trooper en route because many of the troopers have been withdrawn from the field to handle the Black Lives Matter circus in Atlanta.

California's "new" (as in, this weeks Jerry Brown Circus) gun laws went into effect Friday. They don't grandfather anyone or anything in.

Here's the article from the Sacramento Bee that breaks the new laws down. Since most people will not be interested I am just going to put a link to the article.



New California Gun Laws that went into effect Friday



Here are some interesting statistics on crime in America. I doubt Jerry Brown and his Carnival of Clowns will have much impact on these issues.




Looking at these last few issues of Survival Magazines, I wonder what the editors knew that I didn't.  Clearly they were more on the ball as to coming events than I was.


 


 I'm reading these issues again.  The first time around, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention because they focused on people living in the city.  Now I am considering my kid's situation more seriously.

 I'm putting these clips on the blog primarily for people who either don't have television (there are a lot of them who come by here) or for people who don't watch the news because it's distressing. Still, sometimes it's good to know what's going on, so these are here for those who want to see them. 



Thought for the Day.





48 comments:

  1. I'm glad we're getting out of this hell-hole in less than a year.

    I just pray that things hold together that long....

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    1. I was shocked recently when my mom told me my brother has put his place in the Sierra Nevada's up for sale and is moving to Oregon. That compound was built after mine, and he used all my experiences and mistakes to refine his plans. You couldn't ask for a better retreat. It is based on the same layout as mine, with a main house, a shop and an apartment. He installed every possible off grid convenience, including a propane powered generator that will run the entire compound without even a flicker of the lights when his grid goes out. It's perfect, and beautiful, with a wide and deep stream full of fish, right behind the house.

      But he , like my youngest brother, just can't stand living in that state anymore. You know all the reasons as well as R does, I'm sure. Even my elderly mom (87) finally moved out of her retirement community in Sacramento and bought a house in Oregon, because she got tired of the crime, the left wing controlling everything, and she got tired of paying all the bills for freeloading illegals. When my mom decided to go, my sister, who is a retired school teacher, opted to move out of the Great Welfare State too. Her taxes were extortionate, and she got robbed at a mall by Hispanics, so she was ready to bail.

      I know another man who just relocated and he is very much happier now. I hope you can get the hell out of the workers paradise as quickly as possible, since the whole creaky edifice is going to come crashing down out there before a whole lot longer.

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    2. The one thing that really worries me is that my wife's pension is provided by CalPERS, a state agency.

      Even though it's one of the better funded pension plans, I suspect the state of Kommiefornia would have no problem raiding it to fund others who didn't put one red cent into it.

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    3. My younger brother is a retired police officer, so his pension comes from the State of California. My mom and my sister are retired teachers, so theirs does as well. Even though none of them live in California, the state taxes their pensions and pays itself the taxes, at California rates.

      I remember once some years back, California couldn't meet their expenses, so they paid the teachers and retirees with "California credit vouchers" which were just pieces of paper saying the state owed you X amount of dollars. Then you were supposed to go to the bank and borrow the money the state owed you in wages. Once California scraped up enough tax money to pay, you were then supposed to go pay off your loan, but you had to eat any loan origination fees, interest, or early payment penalties yourself. My family just tightened their belts and went without pay rather than do anything that stupid. The only one of my family who got out of paying California taxes when they moved was my middle brother, who did not have any pension from the state. However, the tax inequities motivated everybody to get out of there, among all the other B.S.

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    4. Yeah, they tax out-of-state residents and justify it by saying the money was "earned" here.

      Damn democrats....

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    5. Income redistribution. My family earns it, 15 Hispanic families spend it.

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  2. The cops need to throw the BLM hoodlums some tear gas!

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    1. In 1972 there were riots over the Vietnam war, at the University of New Mexico. I watched some freaks throwing rocks from a planter at the State Police. The State Police just opened up on them with shotguns, firing bird shot. That put an end to the aberrant behavior in short order.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      wish I was there in 1972 to see that:)

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    3. It's a fond memory. I hated the freaks. They used to give us a bad time about being in the service. That included walking along behind you giving you a ration of shit as you tried to go to class. And a lot worse. I was not sorry to see some of them get lit up. I just wish it had been buckshot.

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  3. We will be leaving for Myrtle Beach soon. Considering recent events, this morning after work, I loaded 17 rifle magazines to carry with us. Not your traditional beach toys, eh? Thinking of loading more too.
    The thug lives matter bunch blocked a highway up in Greenville SC last night. I'm hoping I don't ever come across such. Driving an 86 Blazer means somebody will go under, but I'm not stopping, I'll go around if I can but if I'm blocked in I'm not stopping. I remember reading an article by Clint Smith from Thunder Ranch asking about tactics for exiting a vehicle with a gun. He said, First, if there's room to accelerate or escape even if it means hitting the bad guy, DON'T leave the vehicle!
    Well, got to go, I just got to work. I saw a "statistic" a few weeks ago and I forgot to write it down. Something about ~ 8 slaves to each free man (I don't remember the context or where I saw it,) now it seems turned around, 1 working man to eight breeder thugs.
    Try to stay cool, Harry. Where I work the "cool" control room is ~85° and out in the area, even at night, it's 140°.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea, a trip to the beach will be really relaxing. Traveling with some protection is a must do for me. I used to put a Model 1938 Mosin right behind the seat of my vehicle every time we went to Tybee, and I always carried a concealed pistol.

      The Afro-Carnival Crew caused a lot of problems in Atlanta last night, and apparently they are planning on doing the same things tonight. It's just an opportunity for them to get out and prance around and have a carnival.

      I've been doing some research on a new post. Here are some interesting statistics I've come up with.

      Blacks make up 13.3 percent of the population.

      They account for 35% of those who can't vote due to felony convictions.

      37 percent of all prison inmates in 2015 were black.

      In Youth crimes, though they only make up 13.3 percent of the overall population , blacks commit 52% of violent crimes like rape and assault. Black youths commit 58.5 percent of youth reported homicides. They commit 67 percent of robberies.

      I'm not finished working on it but you can see where it's leading.

      There's also a chart that I found, which illustrates the point that 1 in 3 black men will be arrested at some time in their lives.

      Weirdly enough, a lot of these statistics are from left wing, pro black sites. They take the tack that it's society responsible for these numbers, not blacks themselves.

      I started working on this tonight after watching ABC News talking about how sad it is that the black community has to endure the "prejudice" of the police. I wonder why someone in law enforcement might feel more anxious when dealing with blacks?

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  4. I have decided to boycott any more visits to Kalifornia. They don't need my tourist dollars, they can get that from the hordes of Chinese and Mexicans. If I feel the need to see the ocean, I can always go to Oregon.

    Your siblings are smart to move north Harry. Although parts of Oregon are just as bad (Portland-- plenty of Kal transplants). But I think the day will come shortly when they will enact the same stupid gun laws. Eastern Oregonians should break away IMHO.

    Here in Idaho we passed a law allowing permitless carry, it started July 1st. But I still plan to renew mine, for the out of state trips of course. Glad I don't have to travel in the South right now.

    The nation is seething discontent like I have never seen. I actually fell out of my chair when Barry said yesterday "...the country is not as divided as some would have us think". Move along...nothing to see here folks. --Troy

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    1. I have no plans to go back there, especially now that the family is all gone. We moved out to Northern California in the early 1960's, because my parents were teachers and California paid teachers a lot more than Georgia ever would.

      It was good up where we lived, mostly fruit farmers growing plums. Lots of Nisei Japanese who were third generation. Not much development. It's all changed now of course, and not for the better.

      My two brothers went to Oregon State the same way I went to college. US Navy and Marine Corps paid for it. They did their four years and left, unlike me. But they both liked Oregon, so my youngest brother moved back there when he retired. Then my mom and sister joined him. Now my middle brother, who has been largely based in the Sierra's and in Boise, has decided to sell out in California so he can disassociate himself completely with it. He is not very politically correct, and said when he leaves his place in the Sierra's he is going to leave a sign on the door saying "will the last white man to leave California please turn out the lights."

      If you bypass the cities, and stay in rural areas, you are pretty safe here. It is NOT safe to go through the cities though. For instance, we had a big snow storm in Atlanta in the late 90's. People there were immobilized on the freeway because we hardly ever have snow in the South in the flatlands. I remember watching the live video from a news helicopter, as people from the projects right by the freeway came up the on ramps, and started pulling stalled motorists out of their cars, beating and robbing them. It has only gotten worse, not better.

      I was watching that too. The son of a bitch has done more even than Bill Clinton to exacerbate the race problem in this country, and then he has the stones to say "the country is not as divided as some would have us think..." It's typical of the man. He lives in his own little privileged world, with absolutely no interaction outside his bubble. But the rest of us are living in an environment going to hell in a hand basket, at an accelerating rate.

      We have "shall issue" laws here about CCW, so unless you are a felon you can get a license. The Sheriff has to issue it, once you pass the background check.

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  5. Moving from California to Oregon is kind of like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Our gun laws are pretty much as bad except for registering ammo....but it will be here too. We have uber liberal politicians in Salem with a real moronic liberal agenda. We would love to move to northern Idaho, but we are really settled into our fort-like place now and are just hunkering down. Well, it never got above 60 degrees today; it even sprinkled a little and windy. Brrrrrrr. It's hell to have to wear a sweater in July. Sorry you are suffering with the humidity...we hardly have any. Got heat to spare? Happily, there are no blacks nor Muslims here.......yet. Our so called leaders in congress are supposed to calm the nation, along with the creep in the white house. But, instead, they fan the flames of unrest and racial hatred. Like to get that Sharpton alone sometime.

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    1. I wish you wrote a blog, Tewshooz, because I like the part of the country you live in and I'm very interested in the life style there. I am going to do a post here pretty soon about the camping trip we made out to the "two gorges" area on the Snake River back in 2006 or so. I bet you recognize the place.

      It's like so many people have said here lately , it really doesn't matter what the left wing drones far away from you mandate, you can just ignore them and go on living your life as you always have. I intend to do that. Georgia is very conservative, outside of Atlanta, Valdosta and Macon. I doubt that the Democrats will ever get enough votes here to take over the state government. Those days of the "Blue Dogs" are over. But if the feds start trying to dictate to me, I will do a Heinlein on them and just ignore them. I have my copy of Ragnar Bensons book on building caches of arms and ammo back from when William the Bastard was President and I thought his evil dwarf Janet Reno might come snooping around. ;-)

      I envy you your climate. If there is one problem with the Blue Ridge Mountains, it's the climate. Far too cold in Winter, much too hot and humid in Summer.

      We never used to have blacks here. When I moved here the population was 97 percent white, and the others were Cherokee. But then in the late 1980's thousands of Hispanics were imported into North Georgia by the big agricultural companies to break a strike in the chicken plants. The people they brought in never left, and the counties on the flatland south of us are largely Hispanic now. In the last few years, since the four lane road from Atlanta up here was opened, we got some blacks but they almost never stay once they have lived through a winter here.

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    2. The whole situation withe the Blacks and the comment about winter reminded me of a joke I heard, in short;
      A guy is moving south, away from a very snowy climate. As he is making his final preparations before leaving his neighbor comes over to say goodbye. The neighbor asks the man, why are you strapping a snow shovel to the grille of your truck?
      "I'm gonna travel south until nobody knows what that shovel is for." They exchanged goodbyes and the man left.
      After several years in a Southern city (Atlanta maybe?) The man was spotted with his packed truck heading west with a black guy tied to his grille.

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    3. Well, we're doomed now. That little European twit that is always whining about me being a racist has probably had a heart attack upon reading that joke. But he'll drag himself to his computer and type something nasty with a lot of f words in it with his dying breath! ;-)

      If I decide to leave here after all, I'll have to give that methodology a try.

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  6. It is so disturbing, no matter how bad you have it in this country you are better off than being in any other country. Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize and causes more unrest and violence than any of those darned Republican presidents! Black, he goes on to cause more racial unrest in this country than during segregation with a population of young blacks with NO respect for even themselves!

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    1. If I could live anywhere, Fiona, I'd live in Greece or in Switzerland. But that presupposes I had enough money to live. I tried to immigrate to Australia in the late 90's, when Clinton was President, but the Australians politely turned me down, as they had a policy of only letting in young people if they had a skill Australia needed.

      Obama is like a lot of other people from his ethnic group. Everything is someone else's fault. It makes me sick to hear the MSM aping that line, as ABC did today. But it's prevalent among Dems and their special protected groups.

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  7. This better not post 5 times, damn internet.
    I get the news from Facebook links from various groups I'm part of, and from blogs. There were a lot of posts from BLM (remember when that didn't make people worry about getting killed... land management or live matter...). Anyhow, they were trying to organize a protest in Colorado Springs and block traffic on overpasses and even the highway if possible. I haven't seen anything on the outcome but I doubt they had much luck, it's a hotbed of racism, religion, rednecks, military and KKK here. This is a place where most people think that everyone matters and back the police.
    On the way home I rolled heavy as I always do; AR on the passenger seat, body armor, bump helmet, etc. Just never know when bad things are going to happen, and they are happening a lot now.

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    1. Gosh, sounds like I would fit right in there! I thought Colorado was pretty much full of liberals and left wingers who came from California and stayed there in the Fall.

      Probably just some of the cities are like that, and the rural areas are inhabited by good people. It's that way here.

      You genuinely do not know what is around the next corner these days. Anyone traveling the roads who doesn't take certain rudimentary precautions is taking a huge risk. I used to tool around the mountains here with a pistol, but often omit the "truck gun." No more. Even if I'm just going into town, I go loaded for bear. The old axiom about "better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it" pertains today.

      In my neck of the woods, BLM has been causing problems at night in Atlanta. There was a clip on the local affiliate this morning of the "protests." Among the scenes was a twenty something white kid walking down the sidewalk, when two late twenty-early thirty black guys just walked up to him and hit him in the face without preamble. He went down like a ton of bricks, and the talking head didn't even say anything about it. Just went rambling on about "the protest." I guess beating up a passerby is a way of registering your anger and your sense of resentment.

      As I mentioned in another comment, had things been at this pitch when I had that bad experience with the four thugs in Chattanooga, I would not have been as careful about them "crossing the line." I would have been concerned about letting them get that close to me. In retrospect, I took too many chances trying not to create new "gentle giant myths" for BLM. I also didn't want to get arrested in a city that has mostly black police, and black city officials. I had some qualms about my treatment at their hands if I got involved in that kind of affray.

      Now I'm more inclined to err on the side of caution, in terms of not taking the risk of getting whacked outright.

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    2. We also take less risks and weigh a lot of decisions more carefully than even just a year ago. It's not convenient for sure but perhaps it will pay off one day, or we can look back and laugh.
      But I doubt there will be much laughter with the state of the state, no matter the puppeteer.

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  8. I'm still waiting on my first ripe tomato. I have plenty of green though. So hopefully soon. I'm close to picking my first rampicante squash too.

    It has been very hot here too. Had some crazy storms last week but today has been quiet.

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    1. Lisa, I have tons of tomatoes on the vines, but this was the first red one and I was really excited. Then I picked it and it was all rotten on the bottom! >:-(

      The chickens liked it though. They like anything. If I had a stroke and fell down dead outside, they would eat me. It's all grist to their mill.

      There are little squash on our plants. I have been enjoined by the wife to pick them before they get "too big", God knows what that means but when I do pick them I will fry them with butter and garlic salt!

      That storm that came through here a couple of days ago killed three people in Tennessee just over the state line. It was a bad one.

      Today was just really hot, up near 95 and really humid. I stayed inside most of the day, just went out in the early morning and late evening.

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  9. It's always darkest before it gets really black.

    Ho boy, are things interesting or what? My lovely wife was denial concerning the extent of the problem, until I dug up a half dozen articles or so from local publications. Not all that much making the national news.

    Don't plan on being in cities much in the near future anyway. However, I almost found myself in a big city this past weekend for a potential business deal so I'd better watch myself.

    The best martial art is being where the fight is not.

    I've a daughter and her family in California. Hope they wise up and get the heck out of there sooner or later. She's my daughter who never cared for guns so the new laws won't directly affect her. (my problem child)

    I've come to accept that I need both the mountains and the ocean. It seems I need them both. Maybe I'll find a mountain on a tropical island somewhere.

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    1. In all my sixty three years, I've never felt this apprehensive about the near future. I was too young to really worry about it in the sixties. Things were not good when Clinton was in the White House, and they have really deteriorated significantly in the 8 years that Black Jesus has been floating around in DC, riding his little bicycle with his cute little helmet, and playing golf.

      I don't go into or near cities if I can help it, but something I can't. There are medical things that can force you to go to a city. And there are the unexpected things like this last trip to Chattanooga. But staying out of a city is the best strategy. If only I could get my kids out of the one they live in. It has a long history of racial tension and there have been some unpleasant incidents up there. Every time the news has to give air time to some "gentle giant" scenario it gets worse up there.

      My martial arts are confined to firearms skills at this stage in my life. However, I had my days of glory. I actually snapped my Achilles tendon in my right leg taking a belt test in karate, back when the kids and I went two nights a week. It was supposed to be father and child bonding because I worked so much, and I guess that part worked so I got my money's worth.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    The weather down here is hot, humid, super windy and with some dust in the air from the 'Saharan Desert' blown across the Atlantic (it kinda reminds me of New Mexico)

    The beaches are crowded with many people that would be better off not breeding and having children. I'm seeing more Cro-Magnon's and Neanderthal's daily. They look like normal humans but all they want to do is drive big diesel pick up trucks down the beach in soft sand, get stuck, drink beer and reproduce with whatever of attractive females they can find. I think a great many of them are 'Aggies'

    'Kent State on Steroid's

    I saw the video on drudgereport with the fireworks being shot at police from the BLM freeway shutdown in Minneapolis. If I was onscene commander. I would have my snipers open up on the firework's tossers. Yeah' it would have been 'Kent State on Steroids' but at some point when my men are at serious risk. Their right to protest just went out the door and I would have neutralized the most significant threat's with real ammo and silly flashbangs and tear gas.

    BLM has crossed the line as of last week.

    Protest peacefully and you will be respected. 'Anything else should not be tolerated.

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    1. Well, that is not good news about the beaches. I had in mind some secluded place along the shore with nobody to bug me. Surely as long as the Texas coastline is, there must be somewhere like that. Maybe somewhere you have to take a boat to, because there are no roads?

      The talking heads were just waking up this morning as far as the extent of the trouble goes. Now we are sitting on a "Powder Keg". They just figured that out. I watched MSNBC for about five minutes, which was all I could handle. They have white guilt syndrome in the worst way, and were bleating about the poor black people. Wah, Wah!

      One thing I notice, is all these idiots don't have any problem staying out all night prancing around and showing their collective asses. I guess you can do that when you don't have to worry about getting up in the morning and going to work. Long as dat check be comin' de don need to worry about dis work jive. Where my check!

      I see where the "New Black Panthers" are being sued by the "old Black Panthers" for trademark infringement or some such thing. But once the New Black Panthers have gotten that out of the way, they want to black people to take over four Southern States and declare a black nation.

      Things today are like that old song, "Everybody wants to rule the world." I was thinking it would be nice if the old Confederacy were reconstituted and Obama could be King of the rest of the old U.S. All the twits, unhappy blacks, liberals and Democrats could go up there and create the workers paradise. But alas, how are we to share the Old Confederacy with The Righteous Black Kingdom? What a dilemma.

      At some point, the riots are going to start up again, because the Hoodies will be needing more beer and chips. It's just a matter of time.

      Probably be the release of a new $500 pair of tennis shoes, or something else the inner city crowd wants to steal.

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  11. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    almost forgot. I know lots of over the road truck drivers. Its just a matter of time before some old truck driver with nothing to lose, drops his trailer at the truck stop and gets his rig wound up in 10th gear and bob tail's into a BLM road block at 75 MPH. It could be worse if they were on a highway overpass and the protesters had to choose between getting mowed down by 18,000 LBS of rig at 75 MPH or jumping off the overpass onto the pavement below.

    I fear this will get out of hand as militants from all sides will have a field before its all over.

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    1. I don't know. In the LA Riots, trucker vrs morlocks ,it didn't work out too well for the trucker. Remember that scene, with the morlocks dancing around the guy laying on the ground by his truck, then one of them prances up and hits him in the head with a piece of cinder block? Not good.

      My guess is that in one of the cities, the inner city bash and dash crowd will just start looting, and that will be the signal for a major league shopping spree in other cities.

      Meanwhile, black mayors will be calling for "giving them their space" a la Baltimore. Hell, if I could go down and loot and steal and I knew for a fact the police were being kept out of the area so I'd have a free hand, I'd be tempted too. You know, the morlocks are only human.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I remember the name of that trucker back in '92 in the L.A. roits. His name was 'Reginold Denny'

      His only real mistake was not locking the doors and he slowed down allowing morlocks to 'hop aboard'

      I've driven Peterbuilts, Frieghtliners, Volvo's, one or two oil field 'fracking' wire line trucks and a deuce and half or two.

      If the 'driver' (slang for Truck driver) gets up to speed and takes corners at a 'devil may care' speed. 'Aint no jumping aboard that freight train and expect a great many smashed up 'Four Wheelers'(cars and trucks) anything on the road with four wheels,
      that and expect a great many 'mashed up' morlock's.

      Reminds me of two old songs.

      "Monster Mash' from the 1960's and 'Got you under my wheels by Alice Cooper'

      I can almost guarantee that some truck drivers will just lose it and start 'mashing morlocks'

      Crazy violence will always lead to crazier violence.

      The media was talking about a 'powder keg' The powder keg that they have to worry about is not BLM, but the jackass civilians going after the BLM. That's what I fear. After the assignation of all the police officers in Dallas, every nut job will be coming out of the woodwork just like they did in the 1960's with radicals like 'Sirhan, Sirhan and Charles Mansion.



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  12. I'm sure you must've been pleased to pick your first tomato albeit a tad "sampled" (probably by slugs?). Lesson learned - the next one will be excellent :). Great news.

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    1. Dani, it looked really nice on top, but the bottom had been sucked dry by something and was all rotten. I have checked the other tomatoes, they are all staked up and none are touching the ground. They seem to be ok. I should have another one ready to be eaten here in a few days.

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  13. tomatoes- blossom end rot. dissolve epsom salts in water and pour it under the plants.

    remember news of atlanta snow and traffic snarls. not a word about negro criminals attacking those who were stranded.

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    1. No, nobody said anything about ethnicity when that was going on. But of course, Atlanta has a black mayor and a black city council, and black political appointees so they wouldn't. We have a cycle down there. The black mayor gets convicted on federal racketeering charges, almost always associated with shenanigans at the airport. Then he goes off to club Fed. A new black leader arises, promising reform and and end to corruption. A few years later, he gets convicted of racketeering, and the same process repeats itself.

      What's blossom end rot?

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    2. Harry - as usual, deb beat me to it (she always does!) and she's right - my first thought reading about your tomatoe was blossom end rot which can be caused by a lot of rain, heat and humidity (sound familiar?). as well as a lack of calcium in the soil. like deb says - dilute 1 cup of epsom salt in a gallon of water and pour it under and around the plants - not on the plants. i do this every 2 weeks. i also dilute 1 cup of evaporated milk in a gallon of water and pour it under and around the plants every 2 weeks. so one week epsom, the next week evaporated milk. i also cook comfrey tea from comfrey leaves in a giant bucket of water and dilute it with water and feed the plants it once a month. do you have comfrey plants? if you want seeds, i can send some. comfrey tea is an excellent fertilizer for all plants, the leaves make an excellent mulch to put around plants as they decompose so quickly, and comfrey leaves are great additives to your compost. you can also make comfrey tea "for people" using the leaves and flowers. i dry comfrey leaves and flowers all summer long to make teas for the winter.

      sending much love. your friend,
      kymber

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    3. Kymber, I have never heard of Comfrey. I will check at the farmers depot and see if I can find some. If not, I will touch base and maybe you can send me some down. The feds will probably think it is weed or something and gun me down, but I will take the chance. ;-)

      Sorry it took me so long to respond, my internet has been out since Tuesday morning.

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  14. Our tomatoes are still green, we moved their location and I don't think they are getting enough sun. We're having a hard time convincing people that the BLM movement is more than it seems and that everything is being set up by someone or something bigger. It's not just the young either.

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    1. The vast majority of Americans, white and black, are going about their normal lives and not paying much attention to any of this. But that's a mistake. If we have another "summer of '68" it's going to be very, very hard to not get some collateral damage, no matter what color a person is or where they live. People who were not around at the time don't have a clue how wide spread it was, how spontaneous it was, and how devastating to the economy and to the nation.

      But I have a feeling everyone will get a refresher course in history before long.

      We built our little planting beds out in the meadow, in places that weren't too steep and that got at least some sun. So far, the tomatoes seem to be doing ok, but the other plants are not very successful. We planted several kinds of peppers, and some watermelon as well. Also several varieties of squash. Looks like the only real success this year will be the tomatoes.

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    2. here is a list of vegetables that don't need a lot of sun. http://www.harvesttotable.com/2012/04/vegetables-for-growing-in-shade/ and here is a list of ones that need less water if that is an issue http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/how-to-have-bountiful-water-saving-garden-time-drought.html

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    3. Thanks, Kathy. I am late responding because my internet has been out for two days, but that's information I can use and I appreciate you taking the time to send the link.

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  15. Glad to hear that your garden is producing. It is so hot and humid here also. I go out early for my morning walk and water what's left of my garden. That is about all I can handle at one time-the humidity just drains me. My garden is about done, except for the cucumbers and they are not doing very well. It's been a bad year for gardening.
    I hate going into any city. My husband has to go to the city a couple of times a week for work and I worry about him. I hope your children will be able to leave the city soon and join you on your mountain. I am in my early 60's and lived through integration, etc. But even then, it was not as bad as it is now. And, like you and others, I fear that it is going to quickly get worse. Jana

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    1. Jana, we are about the same age. So we have common experiences. I was just telling Kathy that I remember the "long , hot summer of 1968" all too well. I think that's where we are heading.

      If it starts in one city, by nightfall it will be going on all over the country, just like it did then. I doubt Obama would have the courage to call in the Army, as they had to do back in '68. So he will just let it spread, and the big cities will be smoking ruins. People just don't remember.

      And you are right, it is worse now because the rabble rousers have the support of the government, and of the media, and a major league panderer and exploiter is set to be the next President.

      High heat and humidity are tough on older people. It just drains you of all your energy. It can kill you, if you aren't careful.

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  16. Harry - i haven't commented much on the BLM business or other crazy business with Obama and Hillary because it isn't my country and it isn't my business except for how all of these events can indirectly affect my country. i would love to believe that this will peter out like "Ocu-puppy Wall Street" but this seems to be gaining horrible momentum and the MSM is only skimming what is really going on. i read a lot of alternative sites and there is a lot of info that is not being relayed. i worry for all of my american friends.

    sending much love. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Things are in a mess here. So much happening so fast that no one can keep it all straight. I think you are exactly right to worry about us down here, because events seem to be moving towards a very negative end. The MSM is doing all they can to keep the lid on it, but as you say, people who look for alternative news sources can only be appalled at what is going on. I appreciate you thinking of us.

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  17. Being an Indonesian, I am used to heat and humidity. But here in NYC, it's super hot and dry :). Hope you still manage to have a lovely summer..

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    1. You are welcome here. I know that being Indonesian, you are probably Moslem. If so, sometimes you may feel uncomfortable but I hope you will bear in mind that my remarks are not addressed to people who just want to live their lives and let others do the same.

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