Had a serenade from our wolves last night. The state began reestablishing a population of Red Wolves up here some years back. The animals are coming back and doing well. The "seed" wolves came from the Florida panhandle. Red Wolves were natives here until the 1920's when they were finally wiped out by hunters.
My dogs don't like them at all. I went out on the porch, and both dogs were all bristled up and growling. I wonder why that is? Wolves and dogs had the same common ancestor, eons ago.
Maybe it's because dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years and identify more with humans than with the wolves now. Who knows.
It's the equivalent of a ferret bunker, and they stay in there a good long while after the wolf or coyote singing lets up.
Just as with black bears, we have a problem here with poachers killing the animals. If I hear shooting up in the national forest at night, I give DNR a call. Most poachers work at night because DNR has gotten to be pretty good at catching these worthless individuals in daylight. The DNR uses four wheel drive vehicles and a helicopter to run them down.
Yesterday, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN all carried "Russian Hackers invaded DNC computers to influence election" as their lead story. The Talking Heads said "A source high in the intelligence community " indicated that "the intelligence community" had proof of this heinous behavior. Of course, "a high source " could be the janitor on the top floor, but hey, it sounds good. All this BS was presented as absolute fact.
But this morning, both the Director of the FBI and the "National Intelligence Chairman" (whoever the hell that is) said that there is no proof whatsoever of these allegations. MSM is still using "the Big Lie" theory. Anything to disrupt the transition to the Trump presidency, especially if it can be used as an excuse for the devastating losses suffered by the "Dims" and their Moon Bat legions in the election.
I caught a segment on CBS with John McCain calling the President of Russia a "thug, a murderer, and a butcher."
I respect Senator McCain for his military service, but he's clearly getting senile. He's also very bitter about how his career has gone lately, and the man has long been known for being obstreperous. Lately he's been a real loose cannon. I hope he retires soon before he does something really embarrassing.
I wonder who Putin is supposed to be murdering? The Chechens? The Al Qaeda groups in Syria?
If so , I say "roll on, Putin" as the Brits put it.
The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnel, came out on television yesterday to give a news conference damning Russia. "Russia is not our friend" he said, looking into the cameras with that myopic, deer in the headlights appearance he's famous for. Until this last year, I was a die hard Republican, always voted Republican since I was old enough to vote. But now, I'm not a Republican, and seeing old Mitch out there made me so glad of it.
As long as the "old guard" are running the show, Russia won't be our friend and who can blame them. The Russians must get tired of being blamed for everything that goes wrong here.
I know almost nobody follows any of this stuff anymore. But I seem to have a death wish in this regard. I watch the MSM, and one day, I'll stroke out or have a heart attack and that will be it.
If I do have a stroke, my insurance won't be much help.
My son had two root canals this month. You can't get a price from a dentist before the work is done, so you write a blank check, in effect.
The endodontist submitted a bill for $2,500.00 for the two root canals. My son's insurance has a maximum benefit of $1200. But there are "deductions" and "copayments" and "coinsurance." And, there were no "in network" dentists in his area. So, the insurance paid for $600 of the bill, and I am paying the rest.
But it gets better. As my son came out of the endodontists office, they gave him his "follow up care" plan. Among other things, it said both teeth had to be crowned "immediately."
Ok. Rush over to another dentist who does crowns. Two crowns cost $2,800. Unless you use the super cheap materials and do it all over again in ten years. If you do that you can save about $600 bucks. So, we went the higher price. The insurance tells us they will pay "about $600" on that bill, since his $1200 worth of benefits will be used up then.
The dentist who did the crowns said he could put temporary fillings on the teeth at the cost of about $300, then take the fillings out in January when the insurance rolls over. We opted not to do that, as my wife and I feel my son is taking enough of a beating having two root canals and two crowns in one week.
Paying for all of this would wipe my son out, and I have been working with him to make sure he stays away from credit cards, and saves a little every month. My wife and I are picking up the tab. We can afford it without it being a big disruption, and I want him to keep saving and seeing his balance grow.
But I sure hope Mr. Trump can fix all these things when he scraps Obama Care. If you read this blog you will remember that in October I got royally worked over by the insurance company over a minor procedure I had done at the hospital. The doctors office, the insurance company, and the hospital all told me it was covered, then when the insurance company got the bill they wormed out of paying most of it and I had to.
I'm more concerned about Gun Rights, Moslem immigration, Illegal Aliens, et al but this health/medical insurance sure needs a thorough revamping too.
Moving Right Along:
Does anybody know what this is? I bought two of them in 1994, I think it was, from a gun shop down toward Dalton, Georgia. The guy who owned it called me at work, told me he had two in, and I roared down there and bought them. I took the weird looking "thumb hole" Clinton stocks off them, and put the Choate stock on as displayed in the photo.
At the same time, he had two of these in stock and I bought those too.
Right about that time, I got four cases of this from a shop going out of business.
Remember the words to the Vikings theme music on History Channel?
"This will never end 'cause I want more! More, give me more, give me more!"
That's how I am with guns and ammo.
Thought for the Day:
Now that's what I call Allies.