First, it was one of those where you have to want to take it. It was not random. So everybody who hates guns got on there and said "I own one gazillion guns." Anyone who would participate in such a survey and actually disclose how many guns they own is probably not making a positive contributution to the gene pool of the species.
This is an abbreviated version of the actual news segment. In the full length version, it is "revealed" that the vast majority of gun owners are "rural white males." The implication being that there are hordes of dangerous hillbillies gearing up for the revolution out in the country side.
In this next clip, a whiny old man wants to know why the U.S. government can't just forceably collect all the guns. What Hillary has to say shows she doesn't know Jack about what happened in Australia, and still can't make the determination that "automatic" and "semi-automatic" are not synonymous.
Meanwhile, in Charlotte, N.C. the 13% segment of the population is again showing what an asset they are to the country.
This is getting to be routine now. Doesn't even interest the news people overly much. I don't think the BLM will get away with acting out too long. North Carolina is not Maryland.
The above link goes to "The Wire". There are 13 short videos, raw footage, of what's going on in Charlotte. The one of the white guy being beaten, dragged and stripped in the parking garage by a black mob is particularly noteworthy. I bet that guy doesn't go out in the city again without a gun and couple of spare magazines.
On the home front:
Went to town , still no gas. This is strange since the Atlanta television stations are now saying that there is plenty of gas everywhere and the problems are over. This state of affairs has not reached my county yet. My wife and I were in the camp store at a local state park, and some guy had his monstrous $200,000 RV rig out front, headed out of the campground. He was asking the person at the counter where he could get gas. Since none of the people working there had been able to find any locally, she wasn't able to tell him. He was not very pleasant about it. I suppose he figured this was all the fault of the 45 year old lady working for minimum wage behind the counter.
This week we have been going to different parks to have a picnic. There are a lot of them within an hours drive, so it isn't a big logistical problem. We get out, have some nice quiet time at a waterfall, or an overview, or at a lake or river, then we head home. It helps break up the routine.
We still go out for breakfast or lunch once in awhile, but not so much as we used to. Some of the places I liked best have gone out of business and been replaced by "Zaxby's" or "Fatz" , chain restaurants with no atmosphere and no good food. When we do eat out now, we usually go to one old cafe where the waitresses know us. We don't even have to order, they bring us our "usual" meal and drinks. They ask about the kids, and how we are enjoying both of us being retired. I feel comfortable there.
It's getting on to Fall and I will be starting my reloading cycle once it gets cold. I have everything I need out there, and I am going to run up several hundred rounds each of 7.5 Swiss, 7.54 MAS, 7.7 Japanese, and 8X56R Hungarian this time around. It's good to sit out in the shop, work on the press, and listen to some fine old music.
The first pumpkins are out at the road side stalls. We usually buy a few and set them out on the porch this time of year. Nobody sees them but us, still the wife likes to do that and they don't cost much.
At the higher elevations, the leaves are starting to change. It's very fall like here on our mountain. The nights are cooler, and the humidity is much reduced. It's a huge relief after this hot, humid summer.
I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I read 13 Hours in Benghazi, the book about Benghazi that the movie was based on. It wasn't a very good book, to tell the truth, too much background on all the participants and not enough about the actual events. But it did show that the movie was accurate. Did you notice, when you saw it, that there were 26 CIA people in the compound, most of them military age men, and they all hid with the women in the "safe building." I wondered why. It turns out that it was just what it looked like, they were hiding. No cojones. But there were two of them who came out and fought. One was a former Army infantryman who had done tours in the Sand Wars, and he was an asset and a stout heart. The other is barely mentioned in the book but he pulled his weight. I gather they are not in the movie because they were both still working for the CIA when the book was written and the movie was made. But it did make me feel better that at least two of them behaved like men.
I also learned from the book that there had been a similar incident in Benghazi during the Arab Israeli was of 1967. When the Israeli Air Force annihilated the Syrian, Egyptian and Jordanian Air Forces on the ground, the Arabs couldn't face up to it. So Nasser and King Hussein cooked up a B.S. story about American navy aircraft doing all the dirty work from carriers. Unfortunately, the CIA got a tape of them planning it, but at first the Arabs all over the world believed the story. They probably still do, being what they are.
So the Libyans attacked the U.S. consular office in Benghazi. Mobs were about to overrun the place, and the people there had already written goodbye letters on the back of a painting, as they thought they were dead.
Fortunately for them, there was a small British Army force outside Benghazi, about 50 soldiers with some ferret armored cars. This time, our State Department did not sit around with it's thumb up it's collective rectum. The Secretary of State contacted the British Foreign Office, which quickly authorized the British troops to intervene. They fought their way into the city through the mob, and rescued the Americans. Nothing like that happened in our time , though. Hillary and Obama did nothing at all. Nothing.
I started reading the Horatio Hornblower books when I was about 12. My dad had some of those "Readers Digest Condensed Books" and one of them had three Hornblower books in it.
I always took the series in my footlocker when I went aboard ship for a float. You spend months aboard ship, and embarked troops don't have a lot to do. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've read these. I'm interested in the Napoleonic Wars, and in the old sailing ships. I don't think any better books have ever been written. C.S. Forester knew his subject matter.
My second favorite series is written by Patrick O'Brian. If you saw "Master and Commander" that was one of his books, made into a movie with a great cast.
They take place in the same time period, and follow a British naval officer through his career, as did the Hornblower series. There's a lot more humor in these books, and they are really good "escapism" reading. Both Forester and O'Brian are long dead now, but their books are as fresh and interesting as if they'd been written yesterday.
.22 LR has returned to our store shelves in the county, but the price is absurd. A box of 50 rounds that used to be $4.00 is now $10.00. I'm not in any particular need, I have plenty on hand. I'm not going to buy anymore until the prices come down. It's nice to see it back in stock after so long a period of absence, even so.
Thought for the day:
Clint Eastwood can be somewhat course, but he hits the nail on the head.