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