Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Watching events from the Olympian Heights.

There's a lot going on today.  Not up here on the mountain top, but in the world in general.

First, the Iranians have successfully tested a ballistic missile. Now, Obama and the U.N. both thought they had an agreement with Iran not to build ballistic missiles. But the Iranians say "not so!" and they also say the missile is for delivering a conventional warhead. Note that this is not a tactical, or battlefield weapon. A ballistic missile has only one purpose, it's a strategic weapon for destroying strategic targets. Like cities.

The Owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, a bizarre little gnome named Jeff Bezos, has announced he will use his money to support the Attorney General of Washington State in a suit to prevent the new vetting procedures of the government from continuing to be implemented. Mr. Bezos does not believe in countries or borders, and is willing to use his billions to bring his world vision to fruition. He is also investing in interstellar travel and a few other interesting things. His grasp of the real world seems to be somewhat limited, but then, he doesn't have to live in it like we do.

Not to be outdone, the CEO of Starbucks has announced he will create 10,000 new jobs, but they will only be available to "refugees" from the 7 countries effected by the new border control procedures. I guess all the Americans on the welfare roles are not particularly important to him. They aren't Moslems, so who cares?

The new Supreme Court Nominee will be announced tonight. The Democrats don't know who it is yet but have pronounced him unsuitable and vowed to prevent him from being confirmed anyway.  Can they do that? Well, yes, if they get enough Republican Quislings like McCain and Graham to join them, or if they filibuster and McConnell lacks the manhood to use the nuclear option and stop the filibuster.

Of course, it could be a lot worse. Better to be going through the grind of putting up with the Democrats and their temper tantrums than  living  through an alternative history where Shrillery won.

I got a letter from my mom today.  She's a little old lady who lives in a college town in Oregon. Lots of old people write letters to the editor of the local newspaper, and my mother is one of them. She's got a sharp mind, even if she is 88 now, and it makes her feel like she is still participating in the life of the country. My sister is 59, a retired teacher and she lives in the same town. She's been a member of their local Republican organization for some years now.

Here's what the letter said:

"The climate against Republicans is so strong here, I don't dare write a letter to the editor because they make you give your address and I don't want to be vandalized or worse. Bev (my sister) probably won't go to the county fair or state fair with our group to set up a table with brochures, etc .  She doesn't want a lot of , what is the word, vitriol flung at her and I don't blame her."

Unfortunately, this is a college town she lives in, and if you write a letter to the paper that offends the college "activists" you can get your tires cut, rocks through your front window, etc.  As the old Hank Williams Jr. song says "Welcome to the USA today."

On a more uplifting note, I ran across some good post apocalyptic fiction books you might enjoy. you can buy them as digital books, or as paperbacks.

A.R. Shaw

The author is A.R. Shaw.  I knew a woman wrote the books as soon as I started reading them, because women invariably concentrate more on the story line and less on details, while men tend to go into great detail about equipment, weapons, etc and let the story line slip for awhile.

The first post apocalyptic fiction authors were almost all men.  Think Rawles and his series of books, or T.C. Sherry and his "Deep Winter" series.   David Crawford wrote the classic "Lights Out." All these books were entertaining but could also be used as survivalist manuals.

Now there are a good many women  writing post apocalyptic fiction and a lot of it, like these four books, is excellent reading. For one thing, Shaw doesn't follow the standard formula where you have a strong leader figure, and the story orbits around him. This series of books tells a wider story, and it's a plausible one. It's something that could really take place.

There are so many self published books out there now it's hard to know how to choose a new one.  I look to see how many stars the books have, and how many reviews. I also look to see if it's available in paperback.  Few books get into paperback that haven't done extremely well as a digital book first in the survivalist milieu.

These books are out in paperback, they got an average rating of 4.5 on a scale of one to five (five being great, one being awful.) They also had over 300 reviews, which is hefty.

I don't want to give anything away and be a spoiler, but I'll say that I enjoyed these very much. If you have some time on your hands (like me) you may want to read them.

Thought for the Day:

And in conclusion:

Ceterum autem censeo  Shepard Smith esse delendam

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Snow Flakes are at the airports, bewailing the new regulations. Much good may it do them.....

President Trump is on the roll, implementing our new and more stringent regulations on unvetted Islamists flooding into the country.  There's still time for us to avoid becoming Europe II. The Canadian Prime Minister has indicated Canada will welcome the "refugees" the U.S. doesn't want. Excellent news. Glad they have the money to support them and all those jobs just waiting for them to fill.

We have enough problems with the one's already here.

Then there are these interesting people running around the streets of our cities now.  I watched a news clip from Oregon. Some of these wing nuts had blocked a road in a city. People were yelling at them, demanding they clear the road. Around a bus came about 10 riot police, who set about the idiots blocking the road . The crowd was cheering and urging the police to "thump them again."  But that didn't make the news. That's not what the news media want people to see.

I've been really taken aback by some of the things I see on television concerning the Moon Bats. Did you see Ashley Judd's "I'm a Nasty Girl" speech? It's worth listening to just to see how "White Trash" a lot of these people are, but I don't want to post it on my blog. It's embarrassing. 

There have been some other "celebrity" White Trashettes out there making fools of themselves. That's not surprising but it is very strange just how deranged some of these folks are. They must have good managers since they clearly are not competent to care for themselves.

But it's been a good week for us.  Did you catch Schumer crying on tv?  It was interesting. I remember him speaking about 9-11 and the events of that day on the evening news that night, and he shed no tears. But today, moved by the plight of the poor Molsem immigrants now being rejected, he wept salten tears.

I have always detested this disgusting wretch, but this surpasses even his past contemptible performances. No wonder his name is a synonym for "feces" in the Survivalist community.

Still, despite everything the Snow Flakes, Moon Bats, and just plain stupid people have done this week, it's been amazing. Can anyone remember a President who came into office like this and really did things? Made things happen? I can't and I've been around since Eisenhower.

It's not before time. 8 years of Hillary would have meant the end of us. I have no doubt of that.
In some places, like Michigan, it may already be too late. I saw a Senator from Michigan on Fox this morning, bragging about the fact that Michigan has the 2nd largest population of Moslems in the U.S. and has taken 37,000 of the "Syrian Refugees" Obama force fed the county.

It's good reading weather today.  Snow on and off, with heavier snow tonight. I have some good magazines I've been meaning to catch up on.

 Remember Mykel Hawke, the former special forces soldier?  He had a program on the Discovery Channel that ran for two seasons. He and his British wife would go out into difficult environments, and then film their survival techniques. It was a lot like Survivor Man, except that it was a couple instead of one individual.

I enjoyed the show. His wife was not only really pretty, she was stalwart and stuck it out. Some of the places they went into were really wretched, and like Les Stroud (unlike Bear Grylls) they played it straight. No Holiday Inn at night after telling the audience they slept in a tree.

This American Survival Guide article is the first I've heard of Hawke in a long time. I'm glad he's still around.

This new issue of  Recoil has a good article on training young shooters. I don't have any in my family anymore, but anyone out there with kids might enjoy it. Recoil is not a gun magazine, it's a "life style" magazine for people who are self sufficient, thinking, and enjoy shooting, camping, hiking, off roading and the like.  I don't buy the paper edition because much of what's in the magazine is not interesting to me, like the 6 pages of auto wheels in this one. But I get it on Kindle because I do find a good many worthwhile product reviews and survival related articles in it.

The new issue of Off Grid is largely concerned with self defense. With all the turmoil in the country, and the things people are seeing on the news, that issue is coming back as a "hot topic" for survival and self sufficiency magazines.  All you have to do to justify the level of concern is watch any of the Atlanta news affiliates for the six a.m. broadcasts.

This morning I saw this segment. A young woman from Michigan pulled off in John Lewis's district to get gas while she was passing through Atlanta.  No one from Georgia would have gotten off at that exit, but she didn't know.  As soon as she tried to get gas, this ape like creature emerged from the store and demanded her phone. The young woman tried to get in her car, and the black woman, who could have given Conan the Barbarian a good fight, grabbed her.  The out of towner dropped her keys, and three "bruddas" who were watching grabbed the keys and stole her car.  The Paki gas station owner followed Paki rule number one, and locked the door on her. So, she lost her car, her cell phone, and got beaten up. The police said the crazy wanting the phone and the three thugs were not working together, it was just "a target of opportunity." The whole thing was on the security tape.  Very sad. 

And if you don't feel like reading, it's a good time to just sit by the fire and watch an old movie. I saw "The Quiet Man" last night. It's about old values, so probably wouldn't fly today as it's not PC. In fact, if those Brunhildes in the Million Moron March got a glimpse of it, they'd either stroke out or burn down the theater.

Thought for the Day:

No thanks.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's winter again.

Bob Ross

 It's winter here again. We had a spell of ridiculously warm weather, which is why we had tornadoes and terrific wind storms. All things considered, I prefer the cold.

It's supposed to snow Friday and Saturday night. The weather people at NOAA say there won't be much accumulation except at the higher elevations. That includes me.

So, in a few minutes, I am changing into some decent clothes and heading into town. There are a few things I want to pick up, and I want to get out for a bit.

I still haven't gotten rid of all the branches that came down out of the oak and poplar trees around the house, but I've got most of it piled up.  The first time I get rain, and no wind, I'll burn it.

Here's a list of things President Trump has done since taking office.   It's from a Fox News story dated yesterday.

I don't remember any politician ever doing so much, so fast, to keep his promises. Even if the political machine makes it impossible for him to accomplish all our goals, no one can say he didn't try.

Since taking office, President Trump has looked to fulfill some of his campaign promises by using executive orders. Here are the orders he has signed so far:

 Multi-pronged orders on border security and immigration enforcement including: the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall; the stripping of federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents; ending “catch-and-release” policies for illegal immigrants; and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships.

Two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipelines. He also signed three other related orders that would: expedite the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects related to the pipelines; direct the Commerce Department to streamline the manufacturing permitting process; and give the Commerce Department 180 days to maximize the use of U.S. steel in the pipeline.
 An order to reinstate the so-called "Mexico City Policy" – a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortion. The policy was instituted in 1984 by President Reagan, but has gone into and out of effect depending on the party in power in the White House.

He signed a notice that the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Trump called the order "a great thing for the American worker."

An order imposing a hiring freeze for some federal government workers as a way to shrink the size of government. This excludes the military, as Trump noted at the signing.

An order that directs federal agencies to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare. It orders agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that imposes a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

The Mystery of the Type 99

I've been restoring a Japanese Type 99 rifle that was sporterized, probably back in the 1950's. It's been hard finding all the right parts, even with Numerich and Sarco to draw on.  But I'm getting there. The other day, I was looking through my records on my collection, and I saw a Type 99 listed, but it wasn't the same as the one I was working on. I thought I'd made a mistake, and so I looked up the location of the gun, opened the safe, and darned if there wasn't a pristine, original condition Type 99 in there. I don't remember buying it. I thought I only had the one I was working on.  The mum hasn't been ground on the one I'm rebuilding, and it has been on this one I just found in the safe. Either I bought it a really long time ago, or it's the "old Timers" disease creeping up on me.

I have a lot of brass for the 7.7 Japanese, and the bullets are very common . I only have about a hundred rounds of loaded ammo for it though. I guess I'll check and see what 200 rounds of Privi Partisan 7.7 Japanese would cost me.  Hornday sells it but at too high a price.

I probably ought to check my lists again. No telling what all might turn up. Maybe I've got an MP40 down there. Always wanted one!

Things have been slow here, so I've been plundering around the book shelves. I collected a lot of books , mostly history, over the years.  I found one I had not seen in a long time. Americans At War 1975-1980.   Since I went in the Marines in 1971, and left in 1986, I remember most of the incidents in this book. I'd be willing to bet that almost no one who wasn't an adult (and even a lot of those who were) during this period does. 

Although it was written by an Army General, it has a really good section on the Lebanon Intervention of 1982-1984.  I don't agree with all of his conclusions, but as far as a chronological record of what happened when, it's about the best I've seen.  All this happened 35 years ago, and my memory isn't what it was. I've bought everything I could find written about that particular incident. There isn't much, though. It all fits on one 4 foot long shelf. It was good to rediscover this. I tried to find it in digital form, so I could print the Lebanon section in the blog.

  While this blog is a lot of fun and keeps me in touch with a lot of really great people, it's original purpose was always to make a historical record for my kids, and their kids, ad infinitum. My kids know very little about my wife and I before they were born. Someday they'll read this and it won't be lost. So what goes in the blog is part whimsy, part description of life in this day and time.  Kind of like The AngloSaxon Chronicle or the Doomsday Book.  Not that I'm on a level with the Venerable Bede, or the monks who wrote those Dark Age records.

Well, Time to clean up and go into town. I have to pick up my medicines at the pharmacy, go by the bank, the grocery store, the library and I'll probably have lunch in town as a treat to myself for being a good fellow. ;-)

Thought for the Day:

Couldn't get by without my ferrets

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ride Sally, Ride! I wonder why the people in the audience aren't shouting out "Seig Heil! Seig Heil!"

I listened to that sick puppy give her speech, and I thought to myself, this is what happens when the states close down all the public mental health institutions.  Mentally ill people go to the ER at the local hospital, but if they don't have insurance , they aren't accepted at the private mental health facilities. So after three days at the hospital, they just get turned loose again. And wind up with the Democratic National Committee.

Did some more shooting off the front porch today, and did much better. I just wore my regular prescription glasses. I know this is not wise, but I was feeling frustrated. I do some of my best work when I'm angry.  I have stopped watching NBC, ABC, and CBS and should start having lower blood pressure soon. If I can maintain.  I've tried to stop watching those twits before, and relapsed. It's like wiggling a loose tooth. You know it's counter productive but it's hard to stop.

I need to start thinking about the garden for this spring. I have some seeds friends have sent me, and I plan to plant those. I also want to plant Indian corn, and potatoes.  I'm not going the raised bed route this year. I tried that last time and while everything grew, all I got that I could eat was tomatoes. 

So this year, I'm going to till up the ground and mix fertilizer in with it. We just have hard, red clay up here, full of flint. It's not the best and still other people get good gardens going. I bought a little book that might be useful as a guideline.  Now I just have to read it.

I've always been very weak in gardening.  For one thing, I don't enjoy it. It's a chore and God knows I have enough chores. But my wife likes it very much, so that makes it easier. She really enjoys having a garden and working in it. I go out and help her so it's something we can do together. We  don't have a whole lot of interests we share. She likes to sew, and cook, and shop. I like to reload and shoot. The more things we can do together the better. Especially since she is retired now. 

Life is good here. I know I've been all cranked up by politics, but it's because I know well enough that what happens these days in that arena will affect me and my family. Also, I'm not tolerant of people who not only share none of my values, but want to force me to adopt theirs and to live by them. But still, overall, life here in the mountains is good. 

Thought for the Day:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rough night weather wise. I'm still up here.

"Copper Canteen" is a pretty good description of the people who lived in this county in 1986, when I moved here after leaving the service.

But it's not a whole lot like that now.  First, the sewing plants and chicken farms, and the lumber mills shut down after NAFTA. Then all the young people left when they graduated High School. After that, Zell Miller, the governor of Georgia, built a four lane road up here so people from other places could get into the county. We got flooded with well off people from Florida and South Georgia who wanted "summer houses" or who moved to the mountains year round. It's a really different place now.  Big flashy golf course. A huge marina on the lake for people to park their pontoon boats. Every fast food joint in the world all crowded around the four lane. The old center of town is pawn shops and cheap motels now.

I liked it better back then.

We had a big storm last night, and it was a bad one. I can see from the porch that I have some trees down on the jeep trail. I would imagine there are a lot more down where I can't see. And the old forest service road will have trees down. Nobody but me here to clear all that.  Time was, everybody who lived out here came out and cleared the roads. But now, either they are too old, or they are transplants who would never dream of doing that. It's not their job.

I came back from Chattanooga once, along the river road. A deep, wide river on one side of the road, sheer rock walls on the other. Traffic stopped. I sat there awhile and then I walked up to see what had happened. There was a little rock slide, and there were rocks in the road. And all these stupid people were sitting in their cars waiting for the road department to come fix it, but how was any road crew going to get in there?

I starter rolling rocks off the road. After a bit, two college boys came and helped me. But nobody else. The rest of  them just sat there and watched us. When we got the road clear, everybody just drove on by.  That's not how people used to be up here. I can't account for it.

Well. I guess I better change into my work clothes. I need to be able to get in and out of here and it isn't going to fix itself.