It's raining and a bit chilly today. I built a fire in the fireplace to keep the place warm. I'm not going to be down on the main level of the house in the living room much today, but it will keep the whole house from feeling damp.
The drought is out of the "extreme" category but we are still way below where we should be, so a good soaking rain like this is welcome. The rest of the country is having some severe weather, but it seems to have missed the South and I can't say I am sorry about it.
The January 2017 edition of Military Surplus is out. This was a particularly good issue if you are interested in Mausers. All the articles were well written, and the photography is excellent. It's worth the ten dollars the magazine costs, although it aggravates me I have to pay seventy cents in county sales tax to get it.
One very good article in this issue was concerned with Serbian Mausers. There's a relatively rare book out on those, written by a Serb, but even with that it's hard to keep track of all the different variants.
This article was basically a guide to identifying the various models, and it was worth it's weight in gold to a collector. There was also a related article on the Yugoslavian SKS, just about the only variant of that rifle still to be found on the market from wholesalers.
My 8th Edition of the Standard Catalog of Military Firearms came in the mail on Friday. They come out every few years and are the primary source for pricing information on military surplus weapons.
I have volume one right on up through this one, and I enjoy going back and comparing the prices over the space of many years. Had I known how much these old weapons were going to appreciate in value over the last 30 years, I 'd have bought a lot more of them.
The trouble is, I almost never let go of old guns I get, so I am not sure it would have been a good investment anyway.
I think my son will realize a nice profit from the collection as it is when he sells it after I'm no longer around.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. When I was working, in the twenty years I was with the company we never took this day off. It was one of those holidays like Presidents Day that nobody really paid any attention to. I would have been glad to take the day off, myself. Any day at home was better than any day at the office, whatever the reason.
Martin Luther King was a man, so he wasn't perfect despite what the text books they use in the schools today say. But he was a person who was non-violent in nature . I am often surprised to see the people who try to affiliate themselves with King, like Jesse Jackson. They have nothing in common with his philosophy that I can detect.
During the 1960's, before he was killed, King advocated for political change within the system. He took a lot of heat from radical elements like the Black Panthers, but so far as I know he never paid them any attention. A lot of the so called "black leadership" today either doesn't remember that or has chosen to ignore it. The Black Caucus hanging a picture portraying the police as pigs doesn't reflect that mind set. I was interested to see that when a White member of the House, from California, took it down, the Black Caucus suddenly found a use for police because they tried to have him arrested for doing so.
Even King's family would embarrass him if he were around today. They have made a franchise out of him, merchandising the name and squabbling over the profits from doing so. You could write a book about the scandals in the King family over the years. Probably somebody already has.
And then there are people like Obama.
On the Lighter Side: I'll have to get one of these for my ferrets.