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Friday, July 29, 2016

Moving Right Along.


A word of warning. This post pulls up ok on my computer, but when I pulled it up on my Kindle, (android operating system) it was totally messed up. Pieces of old posts all mixed in with this new one. I have no idea why. As far as I know, it's never happened before.




 The Democrats have had their street circus. Now maybe every time I turn on the news, it won't be a round table discussion of how wonderful Hillary is.

I can't figure out why the news channels feel that anyone cares what their "experts" have to say. I never heard of those people before, and I'll never hear from them again. What does it matter what Joe Shit the Ragman from the Bakersfield Illegal Immigrant Exaltation Foundation thinks?




I watched some of the Democratic Convention.  It was fairly bizarre. As were the attendees. On the final day, Bernie Limp Member's erstwhile supporters decided to stage a "fart in." I'm not making this up. There was a segment on Fox poking fun at them for it. The idea was that everyone would eat copious quantities of pork and beans before Hillary gave her acceptance speech, and then on cue they would all pass gas.




I've always said liberals stink, but I never meant it literally before today.


I have been having a hell of a time adjusting the coverage zone of the new security equipment I installed. If you live in the woods, you have to make sure the scanning zone of these things does not reach down to the ground. If you don't, ever time a squirrel, wandering chicken, raccoon, possum, rabbit or other small animal goes by the alert goes off in the house. It's pretty much a matter of hit and miss, so it takes a while to get it right. If a human or a bear comes through, I want the system to alert me. If a bunch of wild hogs are going by, I don't particularly want to know, especially at three in the morning.


A decent security system is built of a number of components.

Ranked in order, I'd say a good weapon and one or more good dogs is the bare minimum.

Then physical barriers are helpful. But you have to remember the old adage used by Combat Engineers. An obstacle not covered by fire is no obstacle. What they mean is that my gate, solid steel bars and concrete notwithstanding, won't keep anyone out that really want's in because it's not within range of rifle fire from my house. It can be defeated, given time and the proper equipment. My gate keeps out the stupid and curious, and it tells me that anyone coming up that trail knowingly circumvented the gate and I am free to act accordingly.

The electronic equipment is the hardest to maintain, the most expensive, and the least reliable. I used to have an electric fence around all the buildings, but it was impossible to keep it running. Every storm knocked it out.  My early warning systems take a real beating from the climate here. Only the military grade systems last any time, and they are almost impossible to get now. At the very least, you have to be able to adjust the coverage area and the sensitivity of the gear. If not, every time a mouse comes by it goes off, and when it snows the snow sets it off.

Here's a news video from the Atlanta news yesterday.  This guy could have cut them up. They got off lucky.






Thought for the Day:



28 comments:

  1. Hopefully it isn't going off at three in the morning!

    We have a bunch of razor briars on the back side of our mountain that make an excellent obstacle. They will slice you to pieces. I won't go through them!

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    1. Lots of publications on securing your home recommend using barrier plants. Especially around ground floor windows. There are lots of black berry bushes on the slope coming up to the house from down by the creek, but there are some deer trails so alas, in the day an intruder could circumvent them. My best natural obstacles are mountain laurel thickets. You can't go through them and they are almost impossible to clear even with a chain saw.

      Yes, the first night I had the detection field angle wrong and little animals going through set it off all night. I finally turned it off and went back to bed. I think I have it right this time around.

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  2. Like you, i'm glad the circus is leaving town. The flatulence freak-show...now that's real classy. The final coup de grace was the moment of silence for the slain cops in Dallas, interrupted by the BLM terrorists. And I refused to listen to one second of Hitlery.

    Today's media really does think they are something special. When did they come to the conclusion that they are celebrities? I used to like some of the stuff coming from Meagan Kelley, but now she wears spaghetti-strap dresses on the air? I guess dressing professional doesn't matter anymore especially if you are trying to boost your ratings to the millenial crowd.

    I've got me a good alarm system at the moment. Very non-traditional. That would be my chickens. --Troy

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    1. I liked Megan Kelly but she's turned into a real b**ch, so I don't watch her anymore.

      I have chickens too, and they do roost in the trees all the way around the house. Good alarm system. Maybe not as good as the Roman's sacred geese, but close.

      I didn't watch Hillary's speech. Couldn't stomach it. But I did watch some of the "highlights" next morning and it was about what I expected. Inane, non-specific, and heavy on the "play with the unicorns" and "let's all love each other" BS.

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    2. The more I think about it, my chickens are worthless after dark. Basically brain-dead while roosting. Maybe you can suggest a good dog breed. --Troy

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    3. My dogs are both mixed breed. One is mostly Labrador and one is a hound. They're great watchdogs. Your chickens will probably still raise the roof if they are disturbed at night.

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    4. talked to my husband about the unprofessional dress at the tv news stations.
      why they do it?--possibly just part of the ego gone wild effect.
      as to barriers-- if 'they' cannot get in, you cannot get out.
      some of harry's alarm cameras along a few trails through the barriers might be the in/out solution.

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    5. I don't have anywhere to get out too. I am basically committed to this being my Alamo.

      I don't know if you knew it, but that is one of Murphy's Laws of Combat.

      It says "if you build a bunker the enemy can't get into easily, then you will not be able to get out easily."

      With only one way out of here, I figure I will stick it out, come what may, right here on my compound. If I lost it, I wouldn't last long on the road. I'd be like the Robert Duvall character in "The Road."

      I don't know why people wear casual clothing on the news. Times change I guess. Maybe that is the chic look now.

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  3. "Unlocked sliding glass door" tells whose fault the robbery REALLY was. The guy apparently wasn't trying "break in" anywhere; he was just looking for stupid people who left him an invitation.

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    1. Being careless is a great way to wind up dead. Especially in Buckhead, which is the hoity toity Yuppie section of Atlanta, and it draws morlocks from "de hood" like flies to rotten fruit. Those people are really lucky they didn't get cut up. Most home invasions in Atlanta now wind up with a lot of dead bodies.

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  4. A dog and gun are a good combo. My little 30 pound dog provides the bark, my guns provide the bite.

    Those late night barking sessions when a bear's around seems to have paid off. The dog has good ears and a great nose. She'd get me up, I'd grab a gun and a powerful flashlight. The dog would run the bear off into the swamp, but was smart enough not to follow too far. I see sign of the bear in the swamp, but it's keeping away from the house. I can live with that. Might not have to shoot the bear after all.

    Here's a bear safety tip. A lot of people now have levers instead of round knobs on their front doors. Bears have no difficulty with the levers. Since that style has come in people are waking up to black bears inside their houses.

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    1. I've fired over bears heads to help them make up their mind to leave, but I have been spared having to shot one. Right after we first moved here, I was working nights two counties over. It was winter and snowing hard. A bear came up on our porch to eat the dog food, and got into a big fight with the dogs. My wife was home with a one year old and a new baby. The bear put his butt up against the door and tried to back in to get away from the dogs. Fortunately it held, and he broke through the dogs and got away. No one was really hurt. But I replaced the door with something much more massive, and I added additional wood slabs to it.

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    2. A buddy of mine has had repeated bear problems. His front door can keep out Viking raiders.

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    3. I watched a show on living in Alaska, and they had bear proof doors. I think they bought them commercially. I had to make mine...

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    After 'William the bastard' in the 1990's. Nothing surprises me anymore.

    No one cares about the corruption as long as they get their piece of pie. That's the only logical conclusion I can come up with for such extreme corruption that is allowed to exist in our political system.

    As per security goes. Hurricane shutters, a neighborhood watch and, what was it. That condition where people cant sleep at night or only a few hours at night. That helps out to.

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    1. I think living down there on the beach gives you a setting where you can retain a sense of equanimity. I know early morning walks on the beach and evening strolls along the shore always helped me calm down and keep a sense of proportion. Sometimes I can achieve that here in the mountains too but only if I am willing to do some hiking through the woods, to the waterfall or some quiet place with a long Vista.

      Because we seem to be surrounded by evil, and because it seems to prevail so often, it's hard to just set it aside. Especially when you have kids who will have to live in the hideous world being created around us now.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' I remembered now. I have some insomnia so that helps me stay awake with a wary eye.

      The Beach provides tranquility until humans arrive with 'bath salts. Synthetic Marijuania, Meth, and Cocaine for the higher end drug addicted'

      Early morning walks are usually safe. The bad people wake up in the afternoon and start congregating on the beach at night by fires on beach. That's when the real debauchery begins.

      In the morning many are passed out on the beach and its actually kinda funny.

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    3. with all that coast line, isn't there somewhere that's just a sleepy fishing village, with no tourists? I would think you would really prosper in a place like that. Hell, I might come down there and put in a trailer too.

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  6. We don't have bears, although a cougar will pass by. Hopefully they don't know how to operate lever doorknobs. We have an electric eye chimer in the house that monitors 2 ways into our place. The deer set it off in the driveway. Now I wait for a door bell or door rattle before I grab my gun. The wild roses here have spectacular thorns and we have encouraged them to grow everywhere. They become huge thickets with little care. They funnel people where we want them in our line sight. Alas, we have no dog, but we do have a watch cat that growls when he is inside at night and hears anything out of the ordinary. Does that count? Our chickens keep watch during the day. Also we have trained ourselves to automatically lock the door behind us when we come inside.

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    1. I haven't seen the lever doors but then, I wouldn't. I have not been to someone else's house other than in-laws since I retired. My chickens are good security even at night. They roost in trees all around the house, and if disturbed they start clucking in unison. I am sure people will think I am exaggerating but it's true. It sounds like a science fiction movie.

      I had forgotten that intentionally cultivating protective plants was part of many people's security planning. I know the mountain laurel and blackberry bushes contribute to my security here but they are natural. Maybe I should plant palmetto down slope. You wouldn't think it could survive our winter but the state agricultural experimental station proved that it can.

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    2. Try silverthorn or pyrocantha. Both are quick growing very spiky dense packed bushes. Pyrocantha has the additional benefit of burning like a fire-ant bite.

      And they aren't bad looking plants.

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    3. Will they live up here in winter. It gets sub zero in the mountains in Jan and Feb.

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  7. http://nstarzone.com/CLINTON.html Something you might enjoy reading.

    Always with any garden it is a gamble. Every thing has to line up just right. The deer have enjoyed our pepper blooms so we have none. One tangled in the tomato cages and got so excited we got to have a big mess of green tomatoes. I'm not sure why they are avoiding the corn...maybe we should too.

    Lots of tomatoes are good. We tried the Pink Lady this year and are very happy with the taste.

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    1. I am very aggravated with myself about the tomatoes. We bought plantings of six varieties. Two did very well, two did moderately well, and two produced tomatoes that rotted. But I have no idea which is which because I never thought to tag the plants.

      This was our first experience with gardening in many years and I am sure we will do better next year.

      I will look at the link. Thanks for sending it.

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  8. I just can't understand the democrat or liberal mindset. Admittedly my religious views influence my outlook, but to me it appears that common sense is just absent in their type mindset.

    their candidate has already started with the TV campaigns, it turns my stomach, glad to have a mute button, the wife and I both reach for the remote to stop the screeching.

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    1. Randy, they have the herd mentality. They don't have to be responsible for themselves, and don't want to be. They can't stand it when someone lives in a way that doesn't conform to their world view. And most of all, nobody matters but them.

      People who vote for Clinton either delude themselves, or just don't care, about the fact that she is a liar, selfish, greedy, and treats other human beings like trash.

      I have been paying less attention to it all today. After the Dems turned their backs on the Medal of Honor winner who spoke at their convention, I had enough . I wonder why the man did that, didn't he know how they feel about military men?

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  9. I had a hard time watching the DNC with an end result of only flipping back to see if they had shut up so I could watch the local news. The two liberals who were offended because they were watched by an intruder, maybe you should get better dogs. It's obvious they didn't do their job.

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    1. I watched part of the DNC, mainly to assure myself that the Dems really are the moon bat idiots I take them to be. My beliefs were confirmed by what I saw. Didn't watch it all, like you I couldn't stomach it. I kept hoping God would send an asteroid to smash into the convention and wipe them all out, but he did not see fit to do so.

      I thought it was strange that the dogs didn't bark. Maybe they were locked in a bedroom or something. If so, they aren't going to be much help when Hoody Man comes calling in the dead of night.

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