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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rain

J. Irvine

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.


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22 comments:

  1. County tax? Ain't that something. NH still does not have a sales or income tax. We call it the NH advantage.

    I like magazines but have a hard time parting with $10. However, I will pay for an issue that has useful info I can't find anywhere else.

    The problem with guns as an investment is that you have to sell them. Another issue is that if you have to sell them in a hurry you'll take a bath. One of my cousins had a small sporting goods store and was alwasy willing to pay cash for firearms, but always at deep discounts -pennies on the dollar. People would be desperate for cash so they dealt with him.

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    1. Standard hunting rifles and that type of firearm are more in the way of practical tools. The people who buy those are just as happy with this years model in most cases. Old military firearms are a niche hobby and the prices for most have continued to rise over the years. Most collections come on the market when the owner dies and the guns go to auction or are bought by a wholesaler or a large dealer who trades in that product. I would never sell one of my collectibles to a local gun shop, for exactly the reasons you noted.

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  2. Harry,

    A tad bit chilly up your way? The moisture will help with preventing fire. We've picked up all kinds of rain last night. Thank goodness the severe ice passed right on by our place. I feel for those families affected by the ice in upper OK, KS, & IA.

    Cute video with the ferret playing with the heavy workout equipment. I'm sure you could make something like that to entertain them.

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    1. Sandy, I watched all that ice in Oklahoma on the television last night and I wondered if you and Bull Dog Man got clobbered. I'm glad to hear you got a pass on that.

      I got that video from the same fellow who sends me the good cartoons. I think my ferrets would enjoy working out like that.

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  3. I'm happy to read about your getting some rain. Here in Portland, they just changed the forecast to freezing rain, not the warming rain we were promised. The elephants at our local zoo may delight in the snow we've had, but I am
    done with it. So, in stead of going out in the freezing cold, I did some shopping for my 10 year old grandson.
    I bought a stainless steel water bottle (32 oz.) made by
    Hood River. I have one and it's keeps my tea very hot and it's very heavy duty. I also bought a pair of binoculars for him to use when they go out hunting. I already have a water filter on hand to put into his box before I ship it. I just couldn't by a toy anything, and as grandma, I can send him what I think is sensible.
    His little sister has her own pink .22 and is very good
    with it. I have until Aug. to come up with a sensible birthday gift for her. Any ideas?

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    1. That's a tough question. I could ask Lisa or Alissa or Block Mom but they only have boys. My daughter was trained in field craft but she's thirty now and I have no grandchildren. Let me ask around.

      I don't mind the snow so much if I don't have to get out in it. But the rain and fog tonight is nice. The fire is cheery and it's blissfully quiet.

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  4. Your Georgia rep sure is getting a lot of attention playing the civil rights race card isn't he? What a party hack. And the MSM says it is "unprecedented" that the inauguration be boycotted. Well, Mr. Lewis boycotted Dubya's too. Seriously, as Trump stated, what has Lewis done for Atlanta SINCE the civil rights period? Last time I quickly walked through the ATL downtown south I thought I was going to be mugged.

    And I hope they crack down on all these anarchists that were uncovered before Friday.

    On a more pleasant note, today I got to play with a 303 Enfield at the local gun shop. Heavy gun that was. It was nice looking but it had "India" stamped on it. Obviously not collector quality. Every time I pick up a rifle like this it takes me back in history (Dunkirk?) Anyway, it was time well spent. --Troy

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    1. John Lewis. He's like John McCain. Had his day in the sun but he's been senile for a long time. When the Dims need a black guy for one of their little stunts they trot him out for a photo op and tell him what to say. Remember their little stunt on the house floor, and old Lewis staring aimlessly about trying to figure out what was going on. Atlanta is an outright hell hole, which is why so many people who work there live in gated communities out on Georgia 400 and other commuter residential areas. Anyone who doesn't believe me needs to take a little stroll down on Spring street or ride the MARTA system.

      I wouldn't want to be responsible for security in D.C. this weekend. I see on the news they think nearly two million people may flood in there, at least half of them bent on "protesting" or mayhem.

      That may have been an Ishapore Enfield. Lots of people looking for those these days because they are chambered in 7.62X51. If it was .303 it could still be an Ishapore as they produced the Enfield No.1 Mk III there during world war II.

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  5. I agree, it is a shame to see the race baiter's associate themselves with his vision. It's a complete 180. I winder how race relations would be today if he was still alive. Makes you wonder a bit.

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    1. King would have been easier to work with because unlike these slugs today, he believed you had to work to get what you want. Things could hardly be worse than they are today in that respect. Obama has nutured a real monster in BLM.

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  6. "But he was a person who was non-violent in nature"

    Unless you were a prostitute he slapped around, as was his wont.

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    1. Chris, that's true. He had some not very pleasant personal foibles, which the FBI gleefully taped and recorded in various motel rooms around the country. Some of his most intimate associates who are now touted as "civil rights icons" acted as procurers for him. But in terms of urging blacks to "kill Whitey" he didn't go down that road, and when the fewmets hit the windmill in some of those long hot summers in the 60's, he tried to tamp things down. I'm not an admirer of his, but compared to the low life self aggrandizing individuals who comprise "black leadership" today, he had a lot going for him.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I think the 'Congressional Black Caucus' are parasites on their own communities and people. It will never change.
    If I was that 'white Republican Senator from California. I would have purchased that 'Pigs' painting and publicly destroyed it. No one can say anything if its his own personal property.

    I'm glad there is rain coming in your area. Maybe with some more luck and inches and inches of rain a month and you will be in the clear.

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    1. You won't get any arguments from me on that. I have often wondered why we don't have a "White Caucus" solely to address the interests of White People.

      The painting was selected by a panel of blacks from those submitted to represent the spirit of BLM, and paid for by the government. So it can't be bought outright. That they were ever allowed to hang it in a public building in Washington just goes to show how emboldened this special interest group has become after eight years of Obama.

      It's raining again today, but not hard. Just a slow steady rain. I'm glad to see it and I'd far rather have that than snow and ice.

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  8. Sell one of my guns? Gasp. Nooooooooo. How are the Ferrets doing? Hopefully everything went well with all the extra critters and your kids over the holidays. Our weatherman says we are going to have a hydrologic event. Guess that means rain on all the snow and flooding in the lowlands.

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    1. The ferrets don't seem to be as energetic as they usually are. I have been taking them outside to play when I can, but they seem sluggish. I've bought extra high energy food for them, and am giving them more ferret diet supplement paste, they really like that. Maybe they just need a warm, sunny day or two.

      We are having more rain today, which is welcome but dreary. I ought to build a fire but I don't have the energy. Hope you don't get flooded out there, seems to be more rain coming down in the west than is good for people.

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  9. It's rainy and cold here too. Everything is muddy already after the snow melt. But i'm glad you all are getting the rain you need!
    My ten year old passed his Ham radio license test this weekend and was so thrilled. Better him than me - I don't understand much of it!

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    1. Lisa, it's great he got his license. Hope you have deep pockets for the gear. If he needs any help or advice, Dr. Jim who comes by here frequently is a major league radio guy, and I'm sure he would be delighted to help out a youngster.

      We don't have much in the way of mud, but everything is soggy. The county put down some gravel on the old county road (dirt road) that I use to get part way home or I'd be up to my knees in mud on that one. They haven't graveled it in years, but it had gotten so bad people were getting stuck out there on it.

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  10. I think Martin Luther King jr. Would be absolutely horrified at the new age Black men and women. But I think the Founding Fathers would be horrified at the modern white man. We have fallen far.
    Love the ferret video!

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    1. That video was sent to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. That's how they are. I am a little worried that my ferrets don't seem to be bouncing back from the stress of having all the different animals at the house while the kids visited. Maybe they just need a little more time.
      Looking at the cover of the latest national geographic special about "gender identity"it does seem like our culture has gotten about as degenerate as it can.

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  11. That bill was high. Hopefully the next one is lower.

    I wish I could feel secure about Trump. Health insurance scares me. I know the affordable care act was far from perfect, but it actually helped us cost wise. I have a feeling my insurance is going to go back up to being almost more than my house payment a month. Then I'll have to pay out of pocket for all my allergy/asthma meds because they are preexisting conditions. It scares me. I'm trying to not be down about it.

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    1. I sometimes get shockingly high power bills, especially in winter and when I have my kids here for a couple of weeks. Then too, our EMC gets all it's power from Tennessee Valley Authority, which generates it using hydroelectric power, and the severe drought here has raised prices per KWH quite a bit. I hope it will go down now that the rivers are up.

      Health insurance is a big issue for me, as well. We had a good policy before Obama Care, with low deductibles, and no coinsurance. Then, after Obama care, the deductibles went sky high, and the co-insurance went up as well. My monthly premium went up about 50% for far less value. I am confident that Trump and Pence will help us all out. Trump understands health insurance costs, and Pence knows how to work legislation through the quagmire of the House and Senate.

      I'm sure they will not go back to letting insurance companies slide on pre-existing conditions. Trump has said over and over that the good aspects of Obama Care, such as letting kids stay on the parents policy til 26, etc, will be retained. Trump's supporters were overwhelmingly working class people who are hard pressed and he promised to help them. I believe he means to do so. Whether or not all the Democrats, who want to see him fail no matter what the cost, will let him, I don't know. I do understand how you feel, Alissa.

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