I've mentioned before that racial problems in the city my kids live in seem to be increasing. It's never
Then they started having black guys come up and attack people in the parking lot, or break into apartments. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that several carloads of "gangstas" showed up at the private lake and started playing their loud obnoxious music , hooting and hollering. Naturally enough, the police were called and ran them off.
Last night, some of them came back and fired off a full magazine in the parking lot. I don't know yet if they were shooting at the buildings, or up in the air, or what. The police were still out there when my daughter called. This morning the young couple who live next to my kids said they were leaving, they aren't even going to worry about the lease, they'll just pay the penalty. I should point out that the couple who are heading out are black. This isn't about race, it's about the aberrant behavior of a segment of society in this country. I suppose you can't say the perpetrators are racist, either, since they will attack other blacks just as quickly as they will attack whites, or Asians, or anybody else who crosses their paths. They are equal opportunity criminals.
The apartment complex has put in a security system, so you can't get into the buildings without a swipe card. The entrance to the complex now has a key pad security gate. But there's a problem. The city started requiring that a certain number of apartments be available to "low income renters." In essence, the city pays their rent. So you have some of the not so good neighbors living there now. That means the entire security apparatus is compromised, since these people facilitate the entrance of their "homies" into the complex. My kids had a "black grandmother" move into an apartment in their building. She brought her daughter, the daughters (from about 7 years old to 18 years old) children, the daughter's revolving door boy friends. They raised hell , trashed the place, and finally had so many violations (drugs, fighting, etc where the police had to come) that the apartment management was able to have them evicted. Who wants to pay $1200 a month to put up with something like that? But they'll just be replaced by another "low income" minority family and the cycle will repeat itself.
My son says the way the city is built, nice neighborhoods are ten minutes away from concentrations of inner city blacks, He doesn't think moving from one apartment building to the other is the answer. But the two of them have agreed to give some more consideration to transferring. They can go to a couple of places in Florida, or to Asheville, N.C. among other locations close enough to visit us. They live in Ohio now, and it's getting pretty bad.
I told him I would come up there and rent a big panel truck, to help them move. My daughter is looking at having her horse moved down here, where we can either keep him up on the mountain (we've had horses here before) or at the big stables 7 miles away.
I told them when all this started it was time to bail. Once the rot sets in, it just keeps getting worse and worse until what was a decent neighborhood is absorbed the by Morlocks. Nothing will stop it, and if you stay, you'll eventually come to a bad end.
|She did not say "stuff" in the clip. They had to bleep it out.|
I honestly believe if you live in the countryside a long way off from a city, you are pretty safe from the "civil disturbance" problems. This county was really isolated, and hard to get to. Then the Governor, who was from this region, built a four lane road direct from Atlanta right up into the mountains. Thanks a hell of a lot, Zell Miller.
He meant well. He was a good man, and a former Marine. He just didn't consider the sociological impact of what he was doing. He wanted more jobs up here, and he wanted his political cronies here to make lots of money. He accomplished those things, but at what cost!
The Cascadia Subduction Zone
I've mentioned before that all my extended family except my own kids live in Oregon now. They fled the People's Democratic Republic of California as things deteriorated there. My middle brother was the last to leave.
Oregon has had some fairly significant tremors in the last few months, several of them in the 4.0 range. My sister just went to a state sponsored seminar on earthquake preparedness, and she brought home a lot of brochures and literature on making the bare essential type preparations. I talked to my mother about this on the telephone last night for over an hour.
She isn't going to do anything at all. She says my youngest brother, who lives four miles away, will take care of her and my sister. The problem is, this is the brother who has never raised a finger to get ready. He's the one whose letter about the Tsunami Warning they experienced gets published on the blog every year or so. It was a complete goat rope. At the time, he said he was going to get his act together, but he hasn't. He tells me he still plans to drive to Northern California to my other brother's place, but that's up for sale now and all the supplies have been moved out of it. I don't know what my middle brother's status is because so far he hasn't bought a new place and is living with his girlfriend (here we would say common law wife....) in Idaho right now.
I guess I will call my sister and see if I can help her get ready for all of them. At 87 my mother doesn't think she needs to be responsible for herself. I guess maybe she's right, but she's grasping a bent reed if she thinks brother T will have them covered when the Big One comes. He's a great guy, but prior planning is not his forte.
I am still plowing through books on the American Indians, trying to figure out how they got through winters in ancient times. A book on Indian warfare in the Southwest has a little bit on it, largely to do with drying vast quantities of meat before winter, and with building what amounts to root cellars to store gains and vegetables.
Another thing this book did for me, is to reinforce the dawning awareness that if you live in the boondocks, and the Morelocks find you, that's probably the end of the game.
The Apache and the Comanche virtually depopulated Arizona and Northwestern Texas during the Civil War. When the federal government withdrew the troops from the posts out there and sent them east, the Indians just swooped in and massacred everyone in the outlying farms and small settlements.
This is the same thing that happened in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War to people who pushed out ahead of the settlements on their own.
So if something happens today, and the rule of law ceases to exist, I doubt the wandering bands of not so nice people will have much trouble annihilating small homesteads with only a handful of adults in residence. That's not how all the post apocalyptic fiction books have it, but that's how it looks to me. I once had a fellow tell me that the Amish have nothing to worry about because the "Golden Horde" and other pillagers will be exterminated by the rural citizenry before they ever get near where the Amish live. I don't agree, but I would be happy if he turned out to be right in the event.
From my perspective, the reason I read it was because it gives an excellent view of how people behave after a natural disaster.
Some people are human beings and act like it. Some people are like animals and they revert back to that state.
It's also a fairly damning indictment of how Western tourists behaved after the wave, which surprised me. A lot of that kind of thing wasn't on the evening news here in America after the event.
Finally, if you've never been to the Third World, and you want to see how it works, this is a safe and comfortable way to get a glimpse. I've been in some of these countries and I guess you have to have been there to really appreciate it. But this book will at least give you an inkling.
I am struggling through this book. It's heavy going. First off, it was written by a well known historian who pretty much fits the definition of a Limousine Liberal. So you have to filter through his own agenda to get at the facts.
He tries to be fair, I'll give him that, but no one can help seeing events from a point of view largely related to their own beliefs.
Still, it's the best read I've found so far on Katrina, with the possible exception of The Great New Orleans Gun Grab. That book concentrates on a thin segment of the overall picture, while this one covers everything, in great detail.
I read these types of books because they are interesting in and of themselves, but also so I can make my plans based on the most realistic appraisal I can engender. The best way I know to get a feel for what will happen in event X, short of having lived through one already, is to read good books and watch good documentaries about event X. The way it went in the past is probably largely how the next one will play out. Seeing what happened before lets you look for chinks in your armor, things you haven't thought of .
As for daily life here, it's settled into a routine. Get up a dawn, turn off all the outer security lights. Feed the chickens. Then sit out in the apartment and listen to the morning news shows on the satellite radio while I have my coffee.
Around ten we go to the lake and walk, unless we go to town for something and then we walk at the river park.
About twice a week we go into town for lunch, or supplies, or just to get out of the house.
In the afternoon, my wife watches the shopping shows while I take a nap. Then we read until supper time. After that, we usually watch an old movie on the DVD player, or maybe a pay per view from Direct TV. We watched End of Tour last night. Worth seeing but there's a lot of bad language in it.
It's not a particularly exciting life but I get enough vicarious excitement dealing with the turbulence my kids are putting up with, and things happening in the county that I don't particularly care for. I've already had plenty of excitement in my life and I don't mind tranquility now.
This is the best time of the year. Cool and dry. We have a fire in the fireplace at night now. The mountains are at their best, and the lakes and rivers are really beautiful because they haven't been set at winter water levels yet.
We are doing fine. I'm not on the computer as much as I used to be but when the really cold weather sets in, I expect I will be staying inside more.