Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Working up the energy to go walk at the lake.

It's going to be hot today. I got up early so  I could go walk the trail around the lake, but I'm still here at 11:30 a.m.

First I watched the news some. Then I had coffee at the table out on the back porch. Then I turned on the computer and I need to turn it off and get gone before it's so hot I can't do the walk.

But first:

I am having trouble with my Harry Flashman email account. It's a gmail account.  I almost never use it to send emails, I have other accounts for that. But I did use it yesterday and today, and a strange thing is happening.

I get an email, and I respond.  Then I get a message when I send my response that says "you are sending a message to a deleted email. Your message will not appear in your sent mail folder."

What?  I'm doing a direct response, using the reply function, to a message  that I just got and haven't deleted.

I wondered if there was some quirk with the blocking mechanism doing this. As you can imagine, Harry Flashman gets a lot of not so nice emails. I always block them, to limit the amount of time I waste on one nasty person and their email address.  But I checked it and I can't see any blocked addresses that would have anything to do with this. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate hearing from them. Trying to figure out pin interest and now this has taxed my computer literacy.

A new special edition of American Survival Guide is out. It's the "Gear Guide" for Fall 1986. I think these were on the newsstands earlier in the year and this is the "replenishment" or second issue.  Unlike most of these particular magazines, you don't have to be rich to buy some of the equipment reviewed. As I've mentioned before, I've admired the gear they advertised, and then gone out and bought military surplus to do the same job at a fraction of the price. But this time around, they actually have some decent equipment at prices a regular person can afford.

And on the ammo front:

I went ahead and ordered another can of 5.56.   They had free shipping, which saved me $17.99 (they ship via FEDEX).  The ammo was on sale, reduced to $170.00.  I got ten dollars off because I belong to the buyers club. So I figured why not?

I only have three rifles that use this chambering. 

One is a Colt SP-1 dating from the early 1980's.

One is an Olympic Arms AR-15 from 1998, which is why it has a muzzle brake instead of a bird cage flash suppressor.

And finally, I have a Ruger Mini -14.   I got that one as a kind of fluke.  I was working part time at the general store, in the gun department.  I went down into the store room under the building , to log in some new guns. There were two boxes banded together. In one was a stainless steel Mini-14 with a camouflage stock (it was called laminated on the box, but it was actually a regular stock made to look like laminated wood.) The other box was a Ruger 10/22, with the same stainless finish and same stock. They were part of a special deal Ruger was putting out.  I had to have those two guns, so I bought them.  This was a weekend job, and I never got money out of the deal, I just took all my pay in trade. Still had to pay taxes out of it  though.  Anyway.....

So with only three rifles, I probably don't need even a fraction of the ammo I have stored up for them. But I am obsessive about ammo.  First, I know that's the easiest thing for the government to stop the flow of. They can't get all the guns but they can stop the availability of ammo.  Second, there are periodic shortages and I want to be comfortably stocked during those, and not feel compelled to pay outrageous prices.

And then, there's this:

I don't know if you have ever read Cormac McCarthy's book The Road, or seen the movie. I have read literally hundreds of books classified as Apocalyptic Fiction.  This is the one that made the greatest impression on me, by far.

So many terrible things happen to the protagonist and his son.  Most of them he could have prevented, or at least alleviated, if he had ammo and a decent weapon. Instead, the two of them have a little revolver and are down to one bullet.  It's a very grim read and the movie adheres to the book religiously .

Whatever happens, we are going to be able to lay down an effective base of fire up here and ammo isn't going to be a problem for my family. Even at some point in the future, long after I'm gone, if the kids and their families are forted up here they won't wind up on the cannibals menu.  If you think this sounds crazy, read the book or see the movie, and then reevaluate. 

On that cheerful note, I hear Spike scratching on the door upstairs. He wants his outdoor time, and I better get him out to the meadow before it gets too hot.

Art by Stef

One more  thing I wanted to mention.  A good friend asked me how, if I never go anywhere without my gun, I manage to go to the beach. 

Can you see my Kimber Custom II?  

I told her that I put a Ruger GP100 with a six inch barrel in the front of my Italian "speedo" bathing suit when I go to the beach. I hope she knows I was just kidding!

Thought for the Day:


  1. Lately when I hit "Post" when I'm posting something it duplicates it. I don't know which one is the original. I have to open up both. The duplicated one has the same title, but the post its self is blank. Blogger issues!

    It's good you're stocking up on things that the government might just stop.

    I don't know how you do post about political stuff all the time. I've put up 3 things this whole election on facebook, and someone messaged me yesterday that they had to defriend me. It was a photo of Rosa Parks saying, "Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. But she didn't trash the bus. Big difference." I had trouble seeing what my "friend" was offended with. Then discovered that it's not the photo or saying, but that it came from Ted Nugent. Personally I could give a rats ass about where it came from it's true. I respectfully took it down, and told her I did. I said, "I don't want to loose a friendship over something so petty." My husband then attacked me for not holding my ground. My mom told me a long time ago I have to choose my battles. I guess that's what I did. I'm still annoyed with it. I guess my post on Hillary Clinton a ways back annoyed her to. It said, "Laws are for poor people to obey." But I've bashed Trump equally, so there. I dislike them all pretty much. It annoys me that my "friend" can't let it roll off her back. There's a lot that's posted that I don't agree with, and I just let it go...

    1. Alissa,

      It doesn't bother me one iota that I make people mad. But in all the time I have been blogging, and that's years, I only lost one friend. And that wasn't because of politics, but because while he was a nice fellow most of the time, he would get really ugly periodically. I don't do face book so I don't have the unfriend thing, we just stopped visiting each others blogs.

      Here's what I think. It's my blog. I will say what I think. If somebody doesn't like it, then they don't have to come read it. But I'm not a people person and not that sensitive to the feelings of others, as you clearly are. So I can't say you did wrong or right. It's up to you how far you are willing to go to keep a "friend" who is willing to give up your friendship over some small thing like that.

      It has always struck me as strange that ladies who really just talk about their families and things like cooking would have to use comment moderation on their blogs. But there are just a lot of people out there , I guess , who are not respectful of a person's right to their own opinion. I don't mind if someone disagrees with me, as long as they are decent about how they do it. But I just censor the ugly, vulgar, or obscene comments and delete them without acknowledging them. I also get nasty emails sometimes, and I never respond to those. I can do without those individuals as friends.

      You can still be my friend even if you vote for Hillary.

      Greater love hath no man, that he suffereth a vote for the Witch! ;-)

    2. I think in a day or so I'll be over it. I usually need a day to be annoyed, and then I let it blow over.

    3. That kind of stress is hard to tolerate, at least for me. I tend to hold on to something that makes me angry, and then it just keeps popping into my head, like wiggling a loose tooth, I just can't help it.

  2. Hey Harry,


    'Back to the previous post on the military. After reading what you wrote and thinking back I did some research and I think I found and Ex-fiancée (probably the one I should have married) who was a Navy aircrewmen back when I was active duty.
    I don't know if I will attempt to contact her or not. I just would like to know if she did well and had a good life so far. I have not talked to her in 26 years. It was my choice to break out of the relasonship. I was too young and did not know my butt from a hole in the ground. I guess I got the feeling back then too that I preferred being single. I mean, why be like everyone else. Why get married because everyone else is doing it?
    Sometimes people meet the right one the first time around and its great for their entire lives together but I wanted a life like 'Hemingway' without the alcohol and insanity.

    On this post.

    I heard a quote by Kipling (I think it was kipling)

    'A man can never have too much red wine and ammunition'

    I don't if society could break down as bad in 'The Road'

    I know somethings about human behavior and studied some archeology and anthropology.

    I think humans would band together to survive somehow. Not all would, but I think its in our instinct to band together in small groups, tribes, villiges to seek shelter,protection, safety in numbers and have communal food source etc. Some groups may be raiders and pilligers but they would be still in groups.

    Animals run in packs so the our 'knuckle dragging' forebears did the same as they migrated out of Africa millions of years ago.

    Humans will always survive. Mass extinction is unlikely unless a large comet strikes the Earth or something simuliar. Societies break down and anarchy prevails for a time until some form of leadership rises up to protect the group from threats of all types and slowly civilization will start up all over again.

    The only real devastating loss is the loss of technology, science, literature. The loss of education will lead to ignorance and superstitution and will set the human race back thousands of years.

    that's the one I fear the most.

    1. It's an odd thing that the author never tells you what disaster led to the circumstances detailed in the book. There was obviously some sort of "nuclear winter" but whether it was a nuclear exchange, a super volcano, or a collision with an asteroid or comet is just never addressed. Whatever it was, the cloud cover prevented photosynthesis, so the plants died. Then the animals died. As people died of hunger and disease, the survivors had to subsist off of food left from the old world. As that ran out, some began to eat other people. That has happened under other dire circumstances. For instance, during the siege of Leningrad cannibalism became so prevalent that special NKVD detachments had to be assigned solely to suppressing the practice. I think that you are quite right about people banding together under duress. But the group has to be sustainable or it will fall apart. In"The Road" I believe humanity had reached a point where groups larger than a handful were not practical. The exception of course was the case of the cannibals. They had a good source of food as long as they could catch other people.

      After Rome went under, there was a long dark age in terms of technology and social order. As you say, people banded together and ekked out a marginal existence as best they could. I expect as our society continues to decay something similar will transpire.

  3. I think we reach a certain age where we realize that it just doesn't matter much if some don't like what we say or do. I find that when my grown children voice objections to something I plan to do, I just smile and nod wisely and do it anyway. My circus - my elephant - I do what I want these days.

    I believe I will be surrounded by potential cannibals when the EBT cards no longer work. Which explains why I am taking steps to make sure we are as protected as possible. I also discovered that I am short of supplies needed for my medical condition, so yesterday I asked Son to pick up what I needed, in quantity. Even running out of something as simple as aspirin in a bad situation could be harmful. It is overwhelming at times, making sure that all bases are covered. I guess we just do the best we can with what we have to work with.

    1. Vicki, my wife and I both take several prescription medicines. We get 90 day prescriptions, and refill them at intervals so we accumulate about 180 days worth on average. But when those are gone, if we can't get more we are out of luck. None of our medicines are such that we will keel over without them, at least not right away. But our quality of life, I think, would be negatively impacted. My blood pressure in particular would be a problem, as would my wife's asthma.

      I don't want to offend my friends, but I think if someone is really a friend, they can stand it when you don't agree with them on something. Having a different point of view on some issue , even if it is one you feel passionately about, should not mean you discard a person that you otherwise feel a connection with. I do try to be tactful if I disagree with someone I respect. If it's someone I don't know and they show out, that's a different story.

      Keeping all your supply levels up really is hard. It's about money, time, availability, record keeping, accurate estimates, and sometimes just plain old luck. Energy plays into it as well, since the older you get, the harder it is to keep it all together. I think you do a pretty good job of it.

  4. Thanks for your kind comments on my photos. Sometimes I just get lucky.

    Heat wave here this week.

    1. Your pictures are really crisp, clear, and the color is like actually being there. I don't know anything about photography and I use a camera I got at Walmart around 2012 for $65.00, but I can tell when I like a picture.

      Yes, it is up over ninety up here during the days now. Down in Atlanta, with the urban heat bloom, they are pushing 100 in the afternoon.

  5. I think someone at Google was smoking a doobie and tweaked the knobs again and they are having problems. Like Alissa whenever I approve a comment on my blog and am notified on Gmail it has posted, it comes in twice. When I respond to the comment, same thing happens, I get a double notification of my comment. So your problems are not likely anything you are doing.
    The Mini 14 with the laminated stock looks real nice. Never seen one with furniture like that. Mine is also a stainless steel version but its one of the older ones with the skinny barrel and a black poly stock. 195 series production. I only paid 450$ for mine.
    The one I'd like to find is the old Ruger PC9 police carbine in 9mm. They use Ruger P series pistol mags. But they only produced them for a few short years and are hard to find. Looks like a handy little carbine. Here is one in a 40 cal.

    1. Blogger has always been pretty bad on quality control. I even got a WordPad account once, but I could not figure out how to use it and I was tired of trying. I went back to Blogger.

      I am still getting this stupid message about having sent a response to a trashed message, when the message I am responding to is still in my inbox. I tried to use blogger help but after going through a five minute routine checking boxes, the last screen didn't have anything to do with my problem. Typical of Blogger. But the recipients of my responses seem to be getting them, so I guess it doesn't matter.

      I've seen the police carbine you mentioned. Like all carbines, it was light and handy, but firing a pistol cartridge doesn't have as much stopping power as a rifle round. I have a Marlin Camp Carbine in .45 ACP, gives you a little more muzzle velocity but not much more. I got it in a lot being sold off by the police and had to buy the whole lot to get the guns I really wanted.

      I fired that Mini-14 on and off, mainly to test out new magazines when I found them and acquired a few over the years. Seems like a nice rifle. The odd stock and the stainless steel finish were only done for a very short time, and then you had to buy the whole package, the mini-14 and the 10/22, as a matched set.

  6. Be careful with the walking Harry. Last Tuesday I went for a 4 mile walk, not an everyday thing but not out of the ordinary either. I got back home and was going to sit and cool off before starting my day. I went to get up an hour later and had pretty bad pain in my R knee. For 2 days I was near invalid, still limping 8 days later. Dr said I'm too old for such and to wait and see. Ill know for sure next week at the beach, I walk 3+ miles every morning there.
    I remember seeing The Road at the theater, a rare trip for me, so many folks were crying while leaving. I was looking at them wondering if any would go home and attempt to prepare.
    Probably my 3 favorite end of the world books are The Road, One Second After and Lucifer's Hammer.
    I was thinking of Lucifer's H the other day when you mentioned your absent neighbor with the stocked retreat, sounds just like the dilettante astronomer in LH.

    1. I have a copy of Lucifer's Hammer on the bookshelf in my bedroom. Can't think how many times I've read it. It's an old book, but like "Alas Babylon" it's absolutely a classic.

      I liked "One Second After". I never read "One Year After" because CC told me about it after he read it, and it was too political for me. Just like I really liked "Deep Winter" and "Shatter", but didn't really like the third volume in the trilogy, "Remnants." I enjoy survivalist literature but I am not really interested in "how we put the government back together."

      I walk over at the lake or at the park in town for the most part. All the walking paths are heavily shaded, fairly level, and graveled. One mile is it for me. When I was 18 I could run three miles, in boots, and qualify first class on the Marine PFT running section. And that was after doing a max sit ups and max pull ups test. But now 1 mile, trudging along and stopping when I get winded, is all I do. I have knee issues like you do, so I have to take it easy and that's one reason I prefer graveled walking paths.

      "The Road" was a tough read. I read the book twice before I saw the movie. It was pretty depressing. But I always try to learn something from the books I read and I learned from that one. It really impacted on me in that it brought home the fact that if you don't do good prior planning, and implement that planning, your family can suffer.

      I appreciate a really good post apocalyptic novel. One of the problems today, with self publishing on Kindle, is that there are more books than you could read in several life times, and unless someone has recommended a specific author or book, you pays your dime and takes your chances as the old saying goes. The little snippet they let you read before you buy the book is of no use at all in determining whether you really want it or not.

      Some of the self published books I've bought have been good. But the vast majority were not. They typically had poor dialogue, a slow plot or no plot, were not realistic, and had appalling language and spelling problems that would have had an editor pulling his hair out. Having said that, you have to give every single one of the authors credit for sticking with it and getting their book written, then into the proper format, then actually getting it on Kindle. I never write bad reviews on a book for that reason. I only review the one's that are good and which I am comfortable recommending.

      In the last few years, these "retreats" have started cropping up in our mountains like mushrooms. I never really know, unless I actually speak with the owner, what they had in mind. There are survivalists, preppers, and homesteaders and they are all different (in my opinion, at least), and have different motivations. I recently met one fellow, the retired Navy man I mentioned, and once we established that we had similar backgrounds and ideas, we talked pretty freely. Of course, he knew I would never compromise his security and I felt confident of the same. The guy who built the palatial Norse mead hall up on the hill, I doubt I will ever speak with, or want to. We clearly have little in common.

    2. I too like the apocalyptic novels. But, confession time, I have an inner grammar Nazi and can't stand many of the self published books.
      There is one very well regarded book that makes me grind my teeth when I read it. I've never been able to read any of his other books even though I admire the mark he has made on the survival world.
      I read and enjoyed Shattered and World Made by Hand based on your recommendations.
      Have you tried Lights Out? It's on Kindle, a neighborhood, in Tx I think, handles an unknown EMP event. It's a pretty good read.
      Or 1632 by Eric Flint. That is also on Kindle, free I think. Well written.
      A whole town from WVa, buildings, people, everything is sent back in time to 1632 Europe by means of aliens. But the whole alien thing is just a device and is never mentioned after the brief explanation of why the town is "moved." The town has to learn to live in the early 17th century. They have no electricity but they do have 20th century knowledge. I enjoyed it a lot. There are several books in the series.

    3. And since I mentioned a "time travel" book, have you read Guns of the South? I would suppose so but if you haven't, you'll want to get it too.

    4. That's a really old one, about the South Africans sending AK-47's back to the Confederate Army, right? I read it and I liked it!

    5. Lights Out is a classic. It started with the author writing the novel on line, and posting it in short installments. So many people told him it was good that he got it published. I just finished reading it for about the fifth time last month.

      Never heard of 1632. I don't read much science fiction but I will try to find it on Kindle and give it a whirl. God knows I have time enough for reading these days.

      I'm glad you liked Sherry's novels. I thought they were really good. I don't like Kunstler, he's an arrogant self styled "guru." But his non fiction book "The Long Emergency" has been spot on in it's predictions. World Made by Hand was a good read. The two follow on books were kind of lame.

  7. The little Ruger mini 14 is an underrated rifle. I don't have one right now, but ran some lead through them over the years.

    A buddy of mine was over the house today. He's a peaceful artist type, but he wanted to make sure I was set for arms and ammo. (he's also a vet) Doesn't like what he sees in the news.

    1. I haven't used mine a lot. Mainly just to be sure it would function properly when I got new magazines for it. 30 round magazines from Ruger were too expensive in those days. There was an outfit that made good aftermarket magazines, but they were in such demand that actually laying hands on them was difficult.

      Anxiety is at a pretty high level, and why not? Between domestic terrorism with a racial overtone, Islamic terrorism, the complete fracture of the political system, and serious infrastructure problems we don't have a whole lot to feel good about.

      Veterans who served overseas always have a big advantage over people who have lived tranquil lives in the United States and never been to the Third World. Veterans know just have bad it can get, having seen it for themselves, and that gives them a big advantage in motivation and planning.

      It's just the luck of the draw. Some people did not have the opportunity to serve in the military. Not their fault, but there's no substitute for experience.

  8. I'm with you with the ammo thing. Can never have enough, especially with the nuts running California setting up an ammo registry, Won't be long before other liberal states do the same thing. Oregon is making noises like that. I am not a people person, either. Prefer animals cause they don't try to stab you in the back or betray you after they pick your brains. Sorry about your heat wave. Tomorrow we will be on fire watch, not really hot, but lots of wind drying everything out. Try to stay cool, Harry

    1. Tewshooz, years ago, people used to have "blog fests". They would set up a meeting at some camp ground, and people who read each others blogs would all get together. Some folks traveled half way across the country to go to them. I went to several, and I always was comfortable and had a good time. The people were people I already knew I liked and respected.

      But when you just run into people you know nothing about, sometimes it doesn't work out too well. There's also the fact, for me, that I have no fund of small talk, and I exercise little tact. I've been up here in the woods for thirty years, and I've minimized interaction with people for a number of reasons.

      It's hot here, and supposed to stay unusually hot through Monday. Raining right now, just a slow, sultry shower and humidity you could cut with knife.

      When I was out your way, to go on a camping trip along the Snake River, there were big fires burning everywhere. Nobody seemed to care. We went into this little town to buy a few things, and there was a big cloud of smoke on the horizon. I've got pictures of it somewhere.

      Later, out at our campsite, there was just me, my brother and my son. On the next rise was a retired couple, he was an old Navy man. There was lightning, and a fire started near their camper. My brother and I went over and helped them put it out with a shovel.

  9. I have never seen The Road but will make a point to get it from the library. I read one of his other books but didn't like it that much. Perhaps I'd like The Road better.

    That's weird about the email!

    It's been so hot this week. I get up as early as it gets light out for my runs. It's still humid, even then.

    1. Lisa, The Road isn't really a book I think you will like. I think it might be too violent and too sad, especially as you are a mom with small boys. Maybe you should give it a miss. I am not being condescending, don't think that. I just want you to know what you are getting into. It's a sad book, you don't feel uplifted at the end of it, that's for sure!

      The email problem is still happening. I tried to use Google and Blogger help but neither of them was worth the time it took to make the attempt. The emails seem to be getting to the people I sent them too, I just don't have a sent copy of the messages, which is not important I guess.

      I am doing my walks early morning or late afternoon because of the heat. One thing about it, if I go in the afternoon I can pick up the mail on the way back in.

  10. Just returned from a 4 mile hike in the mountains, with a group of 25 young girls (including my daughter) who are up at camp. Very sore from it all. I echo SCextremist on exercising caution. I'm paying for it now with blisters and a swollen plantar fascitis. The heat was apparently bad, as I'm a bit dehydrated.

    I did take a sidearm with me. The funny thing is I told the camp director before the hike that I had one on me out of respect for her. Her reaction was interesting. She was apprehensive about it, saying that "...she didn't think the forest service would approve of it". Too funny. However, two other female camp leaders came over and said "thank you for carrying...that puts our minds at ease". That was great to hear, and I appreciated hearing that from women.

    Love the AR collection Harry. Mine's a Spikes tactical and I absolutely love it. Wish I could afford to shoot it more. --Troy

    1. The difference in attitude between the Camp Director and the two Camp Leaders is the difference between people who make it, and people who don't.

      In my state, we are specifically allowed to carry concealed in state parks, and in national forests located in our parks.

      Here's why. It used to be illegal for people to carry concealed in a state park, even if they had a permit.

      Then one summer, a young woman hiking on the trail was abducted by a man who had murdered a state policeman down in Florida. She had a concealed carry permit, but she didn't have the gun on her because she was a law abiding person.

      The guy kept her for three days, violated her repeatedly, then tied her to a tree and decapitated her.

      When the Georgia Bureau of Investigation caught him, he told them the whole story and where her body was, in exchange for a promise that he would not be subject to the death penalty.

      Then Georgia extradited him to Florida, which was not bound by the promise, and they fried the guy at Rafford. I hope the bastard was extra crispy when they got done with him.

      But there was a huge uproar over the circumstances, and the result was a special law that says you can carry in the areas I mentioned if you have a permit.

      So when I cross over the state line into Tennessee, I see big signs that say "no firearms" at the entrance to their state park. But you won't see that in Georgia.

      In fact, when I worked at the State Park one summer and fall on a "senior program", I carried a Walther P-38 in my work bag religiously. Not because I thought I would ever need it out there, but to assert my rights.

      I got a lot of guns from that gun counter at the general store. Somebody would walk in to trade something unique or interesting, and I'd buy it. I got an employee discount, plus we never gave much for trade ins. I can't think how many weapons I got there. The SP-1 came to me that way.

      The AR-15 I have, I bought just as a "middle digit" to the Democrats after the Clinton Gun Ban. I didn't care for the AR that much, I'm more into the old bolt guns. But having Diane Feinsten try to tell me I couldn't have one really made me mad. My boss had an FFL so I ordered one from Olympic Arms. The only difference between the rifle as it was before the ban, and my post ban gun, was that mine had a muzzle brake instead of a flash suppressor. I actually liked that, because if I am shooting the rifle I'd rather keep the rounds right on target than have less muzzle flash.

      I don't shoot my AR rifles frequently. Hardly at all, in fact. But if I ever need to shoot them "for real" I want beau coup ammo on hand. Without it, they are just nice conversation pieces.

    2. That was quite the chilling story. In fact, there are many stories around here of crazies "up in those hills". I encourage all my friends to pack heat in the woods. I won't go there without it, it's just habitual.

      I find it baffling that you have a TN state park that bans guns, when not long ago the feds made it legal to carry in Yellowstone. Right after that ruling came down, I made it a point to carry openly while on a hike there. And the look on those German tourists faces when they saw me was priceless. --T

    3. That particular incident started on the trail about 8 miles from my house, as the crow flies.

      I have lived in Georgia for many decades, and I can't remember anything that caused a greater wave of fury in rural Georgia. It was unfortunate that when the papers printed the story, they told the public that the state had made a deal with this guy, he showed where the girl's body was and the state agreed not to seek the death penalty. They did not tell the readers that the state had already agreed to deal him over to Florida, a state that knows how to handle that kind of thing in short order.

      The law passed in record time. Most people were ignoring it anyway. The consensus is that if some fat cat in Atlanta, sitting behind his mahogany desk, wants to make laws that negatively effect people out in the countryside of the state, then it's right and honest to ignore those rules. But this little college girl wanted to be a good citizens and obey the law. She was too young to know better.

      Tennessee has some good gun laws, they are much like Georgia. But if you drive down "the river road" from Duck Town, Tennessee to Chattanooga, you pass a big park and it has a big sign on the entrance that say "no firearms, no alcohol." I don't know why.

  11. Well, it's too hot to do almost anything. Our critters keep us going (plus Dan doesn't have an off button). I've gotten good book recommendations from you and will have to read this one too.

    1. Leigh, like I told Lisa, I'm not sure a lady would really enjoy the book. It's very violent, and not one of those where you feel spiritually uplifted at the end of it. But it will certainly be a learning experience for anyone. If you do read it, it can't help but have an impact on you.

      I have to get up every morning and take care of animals, though I don't have as many or as wide a variety as you do.

      It does keep me busy. We had more chicks hatch out and survive this summer than I have ever had before. I guess that's a good thing....

  12. the AR-15 getting a lot of bad press recently from the shit-for-brains masses that believe guns up and kill people all of their own accord. My head aches from rolling my eyes this much!

    1. It's always been that way. People who don't know guns believe the tripe the newscasters put out. One thing that aggravates me no end is when they call the AR-15 an "assault rifle." That's absurd. They like to call it "automatic" too, or a "machine gun". But it's what Goebbels said. You tell a big enough lie, loud and long enough, and most people will believe it.

      The general consensus among gun owners here is that if the government tries to ban the AR-15, we'll just go underground with them. The gun grabbers never say who is going to go out and "pick them up." I know our local Deputies would not. The FBI and ATF are the "Sicherheitsdienst" of the Democratic Regime, and they might try to, but I would imagine even in their ranks there are some who would not go along with the program, or would do so in a half hearted fashion.

      I know you folks in England are very limited in what you can own. Maybe when you get that Spanish property and get your homestead set up there, the laws will be more in line with individual rights. I always figured the government doesn't give me the right to defend myself and my family, so it doesn't have the ability to deprive me of that right.

  13. I'm also a fan of the Mini-14, not a precision carbine but have been very reliable and easy to carry (at least my early 80's are). One of my other favorites is the old Garand, and transitioning between these two is easier, having similar sights, charging handle location and safeties.

    I have 'The Road' and it isn't a very cheerful tale. My pick for apocalyptic literature is 'One Second After', that one has several points I had not considered at all. If you haven't read it, I recommend it. I believe the Foreward was written by Newt Gingrich, who delivered a very good RNC speech last night in my opinion.

    Thanks for the post - darn hot here too.

    1. The Mini-14 gets high marks from everyone I know who owns one. My youngest brother was in law enforcement, and did some work in Central America. Some of the pictures he showed me have the locals armed with the Mini-14. Reliable, not that expensive, and you can get the type in either 5.56 or 7.62X39, a big plus down there.

      I have two Garands. One is well worn, and was imported from Korea before Bill Clinton made import licenses virtually impossible to get. The other is immaculate, a Springfield that I got from the CMP back before they changed the name. I drove all the way down to the Riverbend Gun Club outside Atlanta to shoot in an NRA High Power Match, three days running, to get the gun. I hear the new outfit,DMP , has loosened up the requirements for veterans now, so you don't have to shoot the NRA High Power match anymore. That's just scuttlebutt off the internet though.

      No, the Road isn't cheerful. It's depressing. The part that really frosted me was when the cannibals are running down the young woman and her little boy, and the hero has to take his son and run off while the cannibals kill them.

      I see why. He only had one bullet in his little .32 or whatever it was. He had his own kid with him. There was a swarm of cannibals. What could he do? But it just rubs me the wrong way.

      I've read "One Second After" and liked it. The guy who wrote it lives just a little ways away from me, up in North Carolina.

      I saw where old mealy mouthed Cruz got boo'd off the stage last night. Then this morning he gave a speech to the Texas Delegation, and the worthless Oil Can Harry ran down Trump and his principle supporters. I don't know why Trump let him speak. Cruz reneged on his pledge to support the Party candidate for President. His speech last night was insulting and the one today was outright poisonous.

      I've always liked Newt Gingrich. The guy was stand up when he was a politician. He is a good writer of historical fiction novels, and a straight shooter.

      It's another hot day here as well. Sprinkling rain. I will try to go over and do my one mile walk this afternoon if it doesn't turn into thunderstorms. The prognosis is that it will. In that case I have to use the elliptical in my basement. I hate that thing, it's boring .

  14. My messages that come across Blogger are strange. If you use a contraction such as the word "don't," the apostrophe comes across as a symbol. It's hard to read but corrects itself when posted.

    1. When I get comments from people, and I look at the moderation thing to see if there are comments waiting, that's how they all show up. With code in the text. But when I publish them, they just come out on the blog as plain text. I have no idea why. Just "blogger" I guess.

  15. I e-mailed you a sign about trespassing, fits well with you standing in front of your sign. Hope you received it.

    1. Mike, let me take a look, I haven't checked the email this evening. Thanks for sending it.

    2. Mike, I didn't get the email. Did you use

      Sometimes I just don't get messages people send me. Don't know why.