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Monday, October 3, 2016

Everybody is going "open carry" so it must be Fall.

You can tell it's Fall in the mountains because:



The number of people going "open carry" quadruples.  Georgia is not a traditional open carry state. Largely because we have a whole lot of people living in Macon, Athens, Atlanta, Rome, and our other cities that NOBODY wants to see having a gun, let alone carrying it.  So, our law says if you can pass a background check and get a CCW, you can open carry. That eliminates a large percentage of the "undesirables" being able to carry because they have  done time.  Before anybody says anything about us being racist, the law about felons not being able to own or possess firearms is a federal law. At least until somebody from New York or Virginia gets it overturned, as the dems are trying to do with voting.

However, if you want to open carry and have a permit, you can. (This includes states we have a reciprocal agreement with, which is about all of them except the places like New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and the other communists.)  I don't open carry , myself, as I figure it makes me the first target of an active shooter. Nor do I want to be glommed on to by some libtard  who wants to debate the issue in the check out line. But please yourself, it doesn't bother me. It's common enough here that no one gives an open carry person a second glance.

In the Fall, when the legions of tourists come up from Florida, they like to open carry.  I'm sure they could in Florida, though I am not conversant with their state laws to any degree. However,  I am told you get too much B.S. in places like Florida if you open carry.  Lots of places evidently won't let you come in armed, and there's always the old hag from New York who has to get in your face.




We had a store here that didn't allow guns, set up by a couple from Florida. They had a sign on the front door, "no guns allowed."  But "The Bagel Shop" went under in short order. Mixing politics and business is unwise, and taking an anti-gun stance in the North Georgia Mountains was sheer economic suicide. However, a nice couple opened a country restaurant in the empty space and are doing well .


You can also tell it's Fall because the grocery store parking lot is completely full in the middle of a
week day. When you go inside, it's like an Octogenarian Festival.  Most of them are really nice. My wife and I went for a walk in our park today, and there were probably fifty old couples besides us on the walking path near the river. Every one of them said hello and was polite when we passed each other. It's like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano.



The wood smoke is another.  You can smell it throughout the county as the evenings get cooler.  M and I had our first fire of the season this week.  This year, we are bringing Tuggy and Belle inside during the late Fall and the Winter. They are too old to stay outside, even with a straw bale doghouse.


And there's always the red and gold of the leaves. That's a pretty good indicator, too.




History Channel has a new series , Fridays at 2200 (10 p.m.)


The History Channel used to do some excellent documentaries. Then along came "reality tv", and that was the end of that.  Suddenly "Dufas the Skunk Man" or "Alaska Bum Family" got all the air time.

Somebody must have woken up recently down there , because last Friday a new series premiered that is really good.  Actually, it's a remake of a previous series from the 1990's, updated and with much better graphics. "Asteroid" was on Friday night and it was interesting. Some of the others include Super Volcanoes, Gamma Radiation, etc.  If you get History Channel or have one of the multiple digital subscriptions that let you watch all their programs on line, it's worth a look.

Things are going well here.  Life is just flowing along and there are no problems to worry about here or up at the kids.



 There's a segment on Fox News today that's really disheartening.  The situation on the Southern border is so bad that the INS has 58,000 illegal women and children alone in holding areas. They are being processed and released on their own recognizance as fast as the government can manage it. This amounts to legitimizing illegal immigration. Best estimates are that the Border Patrol intercepts perhaps one out of every ten illegals coming in through the Southern border, and most of them are now released inside the U.S.



Every week there are multiple stories in newspapers across the country about illegals who have been deported five or six times for criminal activity, and now they've killed somebody. But Obama keeps facilitating their entrance by flooding the Border Patrol with "directives" which preclude their kicking these leeches out of the country.  Anybody who thinks this flood of people from an entirely different culture, people who absorb vast quantities of public funds and services, is not a bad thing needs to come stay up in North Georgia for a month.  They need to talk to my wife's friend, a single woman who woke up with two Mexicans in her basement last week in the middle of the night.




Thought for the Day:










37 comments:

  1. Cut off the welfare and EBT and free education and they would stop coming. Also, no anchor babies. Absolutely no freebies for illegals! Use that money to feed our own homeless and veterans needing care. I am so sick of liberal bleeding hearts.

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    1. As am I. I knew a woman who worked at the county hospital in an adajecnt county. She told me that if a local came in and could not pay the bill, the hospital would put a lien on his property , take his truck, whatever it took. But if Hispanics came in, the hospital knew they weren't going to get paid and knew they couldn't refuse service without the feds coming after them, so they just "ate" the bill. They tried to recover their costs by inflating the bills of locals who had insurance.

      I am thoroughly sick of the negative impact these people are having on the mountains and the people living here. They suck the life out of the health services. They demand Spanish speaking teachers in the schools, and even teachers who don't speak Spanish have to spend extra time with the illegals while their legitimate students do "busy work." And the crime the illegals bring with them is all pervasive. It drags everyone down.

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  2. A citizen of Minnesota can carry, either open or concealed, after having been issued a permit. That being said, I have never seen anyone here open carry. My guess is that there are so many who would have a case of the vapors should they ever see a gun on the hip of another that the hassle just isn't worth it. And yet, many of those opposed to hand guns are fully in favor of hunting. Go figure.

    Our immigration policy is rearing its ugly head again with six people being shot last night in downtown Minneapolis. Local news reports this as "gang related," but won't say which gangs. Considering that most of the violence here these days is related to the roving gangs of Somalis, it is my guess that political correctness will once again be used to protect the shooters.

    The leaves here are just starting to turn color. There are several huge maple trees in my neighborhood that are just beginning to turn a glorious orange. They should be in full color in another week or two. The nights are cool, in the 40s and 50s. Makes for great sleeping weather. :)

    I just love Fall.

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    1. Vicki, it's Tuesday morning here now. Crisp last night, cool and dry outside at the moment. We are going into town in a bit to pick up a few things. Looks like a good day.

      Minnesota has been plagued with gang violence by the Somalis since the NGO's and the state government cooperated with some churches to bring them in. You know the drill on that better than I do, but it's been used as a template for importing barbarians from other Third World countries into my own state.

      There's a famous video on youtube filmed by a Somali gang. They went down the street and just beat up anybody they saw. All their victims in the video are black. First they knock down an old woman on the sidewalk. Then an old man comes by on his bicycle and they beat him up. Then two little black kids get off a school bus and the Somalis chase them while the kids scream and flee. All the time, the gangbangers are laughing and shouting in Somali. I should post it, but like the pictures of the Swedish woman who was attacked by "Syrian" refugees, it's just too shocking for most people.

      Between the Ferguson effect and battles amongst gangs in Atlanta, the major network affiliate news programs in the morning are just a litany of murders , shootings, home invasions, carjackings. My wife won't even watch the news with me anymore.

      When I see a bunch of black people raising hell because they have just had the third fatal shooting on their street in a week and the police are nowhere to be seen, I just mentally shrug. They are the same people who would be burning down stores and attacking people on the street if the police came and actually shot one of the perpetrators. They have made their bed, now let them lay in it.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    There are so many illegals in Texas that we have infrastructure to absorb them more effectively than Georgia. I don't like that fact but its true never the less.

    Our society has changed and is adjusting to from property owners to mobile home ownership, Rv dwelling and Van dwelling because of excessive taxes, fees, bills and medical care. It now pays to make less than $20.000 a year for younger people and for those who want to work less and are willing to live in standards with fewer materiel items, etc. I know people who are doing this on purpose, making less money so they can have less stress, fewer working hours and have adjusted their life styles to fit their limited budgets. They don't have children, they don't buy TV's, furniture etc. We have finally crossed the rubicon into a full regressive tax system where it pays not work.

    I don't mean to sound like a socialist nor am I do I advocate 'living off the dole' but the reality is that the era of living in a big house, financial success through hard work etc, are anachronism's of the past.

    I recommend for any young man or woman to get a decent job, buy a few acres of land using cash. Build a Tiny house, get a water well. Solar and spend as little money as possible. Save money for medical. Grow your own food as much as possible and drive a good, used truck that's paid for with cash.

    Only absord medical debt and expect little medical care and a shortend lifespan compared to your parents. There will be no retirement money.

    I really think Harry that your generation is the last of the full generations that had decent paying careers, mortgages, retirement packages and somewhat affordable heathcare cost, etc.

    The future for people under the age of forty is questionable at best.

    America has become a land of financial serfdom. A land where corporations order politicans to create laws, forcing the populace to buy their products thereby creating a debt holders to feed the upper parts of the pyramid scheme.

    The irony is that the Democrats used to protect us from stuff like this through anti-trust suits, etc. Now they are 'bought and paid for by Goldman Sach's and other banks and corporations.

    Its a lose, lose situation for future generations.

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    1. I think we're in this situation because for decades, American voters have chosen candidates who are "not a politician but a successful business person." So when they legislate in favor of business, why should we be surprised? We need to stop electing "successful" business people to office.

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    2. Well said, CC. That's a very succinct and accurate assessment of where we are and where we are going. My fathers generation was really the last one where society was stable, and people could look forward to a better life than their parents had.

      My kids are now getting into their thirties, and their generation is basically screwed. That's why I have just essentially been quiet about them staying up in that city. They have good jobs, a nice apartment when it isn't under siege by inner city Goblins, and they seem content. Most of their contemporaries are not doing well at all, despite trying very hard. My daughter has a friend, a young woman, who lives in a cheap apartment, works two jobs, and then works at a day care center on weekends in exchange for free meals during the week.

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    3. Leigh, I think we need to elect people to office who are not professional politicians. Their background isn't critical to me, but if they are of the professional political class, I have no use for them. Those are the exploiters and oppressors. There are some good politicians. Sam Nunn was one, and Georgia's two Senators right now are good men, but as a class politicians are the scum of the earth.

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    4. Good analogies Captain Crunch. I have two teenagers and have little illusion that they will have the same opportunities my wife and I had when we were their age. I've noticed that the younger are already resigned to that - not many seem to WANT to succeed, they are content to just get by. They have seemed to notice that the successful only become targets of the government who figure their success should come with higher taxes and scrutiny. Meh - who needs that aggravation ?

      Thanks for the posts folks.

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    5. Anon, by and large I'd say that was an accurate assessment of the situation.

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  4. I was totally enjoying the first part of your post, and thinking how lucky you are to live there.

    Then you bring up illegals....

    Just kidding, Harry. I always enjoy reading your posts even if I don't comment.

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    1. Dr. J, even here we are beset by the same issues that are making life so hard on everyone. North Georgia is infested with illegal immigrants. Not all of them are outright violent thugs, but a lot of them are. None of the young people can stay here once they graduate from high school because the jobs in timber, food services, retail sales are taken by Hispanics who will work for peanuts and do whatever they are told.

      Every time I go to town now, I pass them riding their bicycles and holding their grocery store plastic bags on the handlebars.

      I long for the days when there were about 15,000 people in this county, only two roads coming in and both of them windy twisty roads over the mountains that made people sick.

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  5. LOL - We watch the Browns when we can. We find it interesting in a Three Stooges sort of way. Incidentally, they aren't poor; that's all part of the act.

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    1. Gorges, I watched that show a couple of times, and I didn't like the way they were so whiny and needy. They would find someone who had something they wanted and then try to make that person feel badly unless he traded them for whatever they offered. When those people helped them build a house and then they ran off because somebody might have taken a shot at them, I said that was enough for me. You've put your finger right on why I don't like reality shows. If they are not poor, and they are just pretending to be poor for the show, then it's nothing to do with "reality." I guess I just don't have the mindset to enjoy that kind of show. Comes with being old and sour.

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  6. I agree that the new Doomsday Series on the History Channel is worth watching. I watched it on Friday and found it very informative. It should be a required homework assignment for all in high school.

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    1. I thought it was pretty good. When I was teaching, I would bring in History Channel shows I taped, because most of my kids did not have access to television at home. Unless you have satellite tv, and most people here can't afford it, the mountains block over the air transmissions. I guess it wasn't really kosher but I did it anyway. I also gave my kids copies of Guns and Ammo and American Survival Guide to read. Lots of the boys didn't care a damn about reading stories telling about Haji and Bukashi and their politically correct ventures, but they would read things about hunting and guns. The object was to teach them to read, not to teach them to be good little culturally diverse citizens as I saw it. I got my principal to OK it, got parent permission slips, and everybody was happy. Never had a complaint. I seriously doubt I could get away with anything approaching that in today's school environment.

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  7. Very interesting post. I always enjoy your posts and learn something new.

    We have a conceal license but I think they just passed open but no one is pushing that yet.

    We have a forging hammer too! It is amazing how many different designs there are just for a simple claw hammer. I'm sure Dad and Grandpa are glad the hammers have come to life again.

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    1. I can see open carry if you are working in a convenience store at night. I think open carry in town is asking for annoying interaction with Leftards. I also think that if you have the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, in whatever situation, advertising the fact that you are armed may not be to your advantage. But it doesn't fuss me any if people open carry pistols. I think the occasional individual walking around in Ingles with an AR-15 over his shoulder is more attuned to getting attention than to self protection, and that aggravates me. But that's my opinion and I am not going to accost anyone who chooses to exercise their rights under the constitution.

      Some states have open carry without a permit. I think Vermont might. I am ok with the concept that criminals, person who have committed violent crimes and have felony convictions, should not be allowed to own guns. But we have to be careful about the Dems using that philosophy or anything like it to limit the rights of decent people.

      I just finished straightening up my tool shed and I have tools that I don't even know what their original purpose was. One of them looks like a medieval "bill."

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  8. This year I've seen more businesses with political signs than ever before. That's been real handy as I can take my business elsewhere. Not a very clever move on their part.

    Not all that much open carry around here, but I know a huge number of people have concealed carry licenses. They are easy enough to get in NH.

    I remember my high school days when quite a few of us would keep our shotguns in our cars. We'd hunt birds behind the school after class. It was a different time. The Jr. High Science teacher ran a reloading club as an after school activity in the lab.

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    1. Ten years ago, every pickup truck here had a gun rack in the window, and a shotgun plus a deer rifle in it. Now you never see that.

      Open carry is common enough in North Georgia that it doesn't raise any eyebrows or excite any comments, unless you run across some pushy tourist who feels compelled to press their beliefs on a complete stranger. I don't do it myself for practical reasons. Concealed carry here is just a matter of passing a background check to prove you are not a convicted felon and just paying a small fee for the paperwork. Every county courthouse has an office that handles that, so it's not a big hassle.

      If I were selling bagels in a very rural, largely white county, I don't think I would push the anti-gun agenda myself. My wife told that woman who opened the Bagel Shop that she was literally shooting herself in the foot, but the proprietress didn't have sense enough to listen. I guess she's gone back to Florida now, or maybe even back to New Jersey.

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  9. I like the open carry but like yourself, I like to leave the guessing to the demo-criminal. I do open carry on my property and always when my range is hot. I like to project my authority over my range if and whenever someone around me calls the Sheriff's department and a deputy happens to drive past my two "No Trespassing signs in the driveway. I do give courtesy text to my closest neighbors to let them know I will be shooting as they have known my dad and I for years. It's just common sense out here in the country.

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    1. I usually lug a rifle around my own property, especially if I am going out into the forest to check my property lines and to see if anyone is stealing my trees again.

      In Georgia, it's legal to shoot on your own land anytime, except in this county you can't shoot on Sundays between 0800 and 1200 if you are within a certain distance of a church, which I'm not.

      I hear the "someone is shooting guns" calls being farmed out to the deputies over the radio. It's always somebody who has just moved up here, or is at their summer cabin, and they don't understand shooting is not a big deal. The Deputies go out and then radio back that it is people doing target practice or plinking, and that's it. Waste of time and taxpayers money.

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  10. Your description of the History Channel's new series almost makes me wish we had TV. It sounds interesting.

    Your U.S. border photo is missing some information. At the bottom it should read, "Sponsored by the Democratic Nat. Committee at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer."

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    1. Leight, you can watch the History Channel shows on their web page, but you have to jump through some hoops and wickets. You might take a look and see if you can watch them for free. I signed up using my Direct TV account but it only makes sense they would have some mechanism for letting people who don't want a tv bill every month watch.

      You're right about who pays for this kind of thing. And we are all about drained dry.

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  11. I wish I could watch that history channel show. Maybe it'll come out on dvd eventually and I can get it from the library :-)

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    1. Lisa, I am not sure but you might be able to watch the show on your computer at www.historychannel.com. CBS and some other networks let you watch their shows 24 hours after they air, in some instances. Maybe History Channel does. I know if you have Direct TV you can, but you have to log in with your Direct TV password.

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  12. Harry - See their predicting Matthew may impact Georgia. You and the missus stay safe, y'hear!

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    1. Dani, we have been watching that. Looks like Florida is going to take a direct hit, and then the thing will travel up the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. They are evacuating people from the coastline.

      The direct impact of the storm won't pass over us, though we may get some wind and much needed rain. The hurricanes that have absolutely devastated my part of the mountains usually come up out of the gulf coast, and the "remnants" pass over us. The wind and rain from those "remnants" can be very strong and that's what knocks all the trees down, which takes out our power grid and closes our roads. I live in the part of the county that has powered restored at the very last of the "priority" list , and we have to clear the roads ourselves since if we waited for the county to do it, it would be weeks before we could get into town. There used to be more younger people living here, so it wasn't so bad, but now there are only retired people. Most of them are locals though. The part time people don't help much, if at all, because they just wait inside their houses for someone else to fix things.

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  13. Rarely do I see open carry around here. Once every few years, either that or I don't get out much.

    Harry, off topic here...why are we not hearing any news about the massive Russian Civil Defense drills, and how close we are to going to war with Russia? Russians are prepping for war and what are we doing? It's all over the European/Russian news sources. And here? only a snippet on Drudge.

    It drives me crazy that this country is so asleep to the real threat staring us right in the face, and we are so distracted with nonsense. --Troy

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    1. The Russians have run some drills, Troy, but I think it's more about asserting authority over local governments by the Russian federal government. That was standard operating procedure under the Communists, and Putin seems to be using a lot of the "old ways" to try to strengthen the Federal government there.

      There haven't been any trial deployments of the Russian Fleet. There haven't been any major CPX drills of the Russian command and control system. I'm pretty familiar with the "trip wires" that we used in the 1980's an 1990's to evaluate the threat level from Russia, and so far as I am aware, none of those have been on the skyline recently.

      In Russia, Civil Defense Drills on a national level have long been used by the Kremlin to unseat leadership at the "Republic" level when those individuals don't toe Moscow's line. Lately Russia has had trouble with the areas that the pipelines pass through, and it wouldn't surprise me to see some of those areas get some new leadership because of "inconsistencies and deplorable failures" in the drills.

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    2. Well that is good to know Harry. It just seems like every day we are "poking" the bear for no good reason. There is nothing we can do in Syria at this point, so why we are risking an aerial mishap with them?

      Stay dry up there with that hurricane. --T

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    3. If there's some kind of flailex over one of our reconnaissance planes and an interceptor, it's probably going to be over the North China Sea. That's where some really tense intercepts have occurred

      These intercepts over the Bering Sea, in the Med, and along the NATO borders are old hat. It's Russia saying "I'm baaaccckkkk!" but it's not "aggression."

      I'm not sure what we are doing in Syria at all. Nobody even pretends that the people we are arming there are not the residue of Osama's old gang. But the dim wits in D.C. seem to feel like since the "rebels" are fighting Assad's Syrian government, and Hezbollah is supporting the regime, we should arm the "rebels" i.e. Al Qaeda, to resist the Iranians. Stupid, but par for the course with Obama and his inner circle of rich boys with aspirations to "greatness."

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    4. we are in syria to destabilize iran for the saudi's. hillary took nearly 2 billion from them and she couldn't gin up a war with iran so she still owes the saudi's. they know iran can't survive without syria's help. well couldn't, until the tide changed and now iran is useful again. assad never gassed his people, and the only ones he killed were terrorists. its all wagging the dog for saudi's sake. none of this was necessary. what a waste.

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    5. I'd like to destablize Iran for us, although I'd do it by mining their ports and destroying their nuclear infrastructure, communications nodes, and surface transportation.

      Supporting Al Qaeda, which is what the "rebels" are was asinine from the start and still is. Only a complete twit like Obama would ever have done the things he has caused to be done there.

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  14. I think it's funny that in our city you can't openly carry a gun, BUT in the biggest store in Omaha (Nebraska Furniture Mart) owned party by Warren Buffett you can openly carry a gun. Carry while you're in the store, but hide it to and from your car going in and out of the store. Ha!

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    1. Alissa, one of the big problems I have when I travel is the same phenomenon you mention. I have a concealed carry permit. It's recognized by most states in the Union. BUT they all have different laws, and when I am in their state, I am responsible for knowing and complying with their law. Since the laws are dramatically different state to state, I actually have to research their laws before I carry in their state. I have a big red book that outlines each states concealed carry laws and I make sure I am up to speed on a state before I go in there.

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