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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday. Starting to Relax some. Big storms coming through again. (updated 8 p.m. with a funny parody video.)


This is the first Sunday in 8 years that I haven't been embarrassed and ashamed of the couple in the White House. What a change.  Like a fresh breeze blowing in from the ocean at sunrise.

I know the left will keep on doing all they can to stop the President from keeping his campaign promises. But the keys to kingdom are in our hands now.  I'm not going to worry about them or  their antics.












There are many things that the new President can do, if only the Republicans will help him. The Democrats are largely irrelevant now, and the "lefty warriors" like those in the picture above are irrelevant too.  But the Republicans can ruin everything, and a lot of them seem determined to do just that. Time will tell. But at least there's a chance to fix things now. After 8 years of Obama, there is much to fix!









On the "living in the mountains" side of things, it's been an interesting few days. Massive storms coming through virtually every day.  Heavy rain, strong winds, and thunder intermixed with lightning bolts crashing down into the forest. More of the same for today.

I need to go into town. Or, really, I would like to go into town just for a change. But I haven't been down the Jeep trail since Thursday, and I'm sure I'm going to have to cut my way out.  Strong winds, heavy rain after months of drought are a recipe for fallen trees.  I like the spot I built on up here, but I sometimes wonder if it would have been better to pick a spot closer to the old forest service road. The Jeep trail is long, and it's getting increasingly difficult to keep open.  No son to help and I'm not getting any younger.





Especially in winter time, that trail is long.  Pulling a sled all the way from the old forest service road to the top gets harder. That's why I'm overstocking almost everything in the way of supplies now when they predict snow or ice.




The trail was not so much of a problem when my son was here. He and I could clear it pretty quickly using the cross cut saw or a chain saw.  But these days, it's just me. 




Well, me and the wife and the ferrets, dogs, cats, and chickens.




Right where the trees along the trail begin, and the meadow begins, I have an old pot hanging from a tree. I can go out on the porch and shoot at it when I feel like it. This morning I fired four clips of 8X56R Hungarian out of an M1895. Didn't hit the pot once. Now granted, the M1895 is not a target rifle, but still.....

I always wear shooting glasses, but that means I can't wear my "real" glasses. So I can't see. I tried wearing industrial protective glasses over my real glasses but it doesn't work.  I don't want contacts. Haven't come up with a practical solution to this, but I'm open to suggestion.





I reload my own 8X56R.  I bought a ton of brass from Graf and Sons when they had a run made overseas. I bought a huge number of the bullets from Buffalo Bullet Company when they were still around. These days, you can buy commercial ammo in 8X56R from Hornaday, Privi Partisan and Graf, but you have to pay about a buck a round for it. Cheaper to just make my own.  I bought an entire wooden crate of this ammo in 1988, unopened since it was manufactured in 1938.  1000 rounds in five round clips. The clips are important because they are hard to find, and you can't fire this rifle without the clip. You can't load it one round at a time, and it's the Mannlicher system where you put the clip in the magazine well, and it falls out the bottom when all the rounds are expended.

When a Sporting Goods store went out of business 20 years ago,  I bought all the surplus 8X56R they had. Probably close to another 1000 rounds in the clips. I've shot up about half of that over the years. I like the little Model 1895, it's short and handy. Used it for a truck gun for a long time.



Well, that's about all there is to tell for today.  Hope all is going well for everybody.  We certainly have cause to feel better about life today than we have for such a long time.


Thought for the Day:





Somebody worked hard on this. It's funny.


38 comments:

  1. Just seen the news. I hope you and your Wife are safe, the weather sounds awful. Be safe, be careful!

    p.s. I saw the Inaugruations, I havent seen one before, but I thought I better watch this one. I was struck by all of the religious scripture readings and the prayers. We do not have this in the UK. It seemed quite different to me.

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    1. Sol, it's seven in the evening here. It's been a day of bad storms and looks like it will go on after dark. I've had some very heavy rain, wind, lots of lightning and thunder. But it's down South of here so far where people were killed by tornadoes.

      I've never watched a complete inauguration ceremony either, and I was also struck by the strong part religion played in it. I don't know if it is always that way, or it was different this time because so many of the people who supported the President are also religious people.

      America was founded by people who were deeply religious, and that's always been a big part of our heritage although these days, like so many other things that has been weakened. I know when things get really bad, strong faith is important so I'm fine with it, though I am not myself wedded to any one denomination.

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  2. They do make shooting glasses designed to fit over prescription glasses. I use these: https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/711003423/Over-Specs+Ballistic+Clear+Shooting+Glasses

    Alternatively, you can get protective glasses with prescription lenses.

    -Grey Fox

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    1. That sounds like the ticket for me. I have expensive glasses for seeing out , I can see up close fine. I hate to have to spend a lot of money for more glasses, particularly since I don't shoot nearly as much as I used to.

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  3. Well, Harry, DH is out on his tractor removing last night's snowfall from our road so he can get out tomorrow morning for a doctors appt...maybe yes maybe no. We are stocked up, too. We used to have heavy snow winters years ago but not for 15 years or so. I sent a scathing letter to Oregon senator Wyden and told him to get with the program and vote for Pompeo confirmation for CIA. He is a Democrat, but I wrote him anyway and told him what a POS I thought he was. Him and Schumer both. The congress critters need to hear from us, loudly and often. You can get eyeglasses with hardened lenses for shooting....my DH has them. Love the picture of the ferret.....keep em coming.

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    1. Tewshooz, I am sitting here writing this while I listen to big booms of thunder off in the distance. If they get closer, I'll have to go into my thunderstorm routine and start shutting everything down. Satellite TV, water pump, internet, computers, everything has to be shut down before that lightning gets close.

      I hope you folks can get out. It figures snow would come when you have a doctor's appointment. Used to be really hard on me when I worked, because I felt obligated to go to work, come what may. I wrecked two vehicles in the snow trying to get to work over that 20 years. But now, NO ONE can put pressure on me to go to work, or make me feel badly if I don't because I don't work anymore! At least, not for "old massah".

      I am getting some good suggestions for the glasses, Grey Fox mentioned I could get some off the shelf glasses that go over my standard glasses. I don't dare shoot without shooting glasses because I shoot a lot of surplus and a lot of hand loaded, and nobody is perfect!

      I just put a really nice Southwestern Indian blanket on the bed in the bedroom where the ferrets like to sleep, it's really soft and is a kind of fleece. I'll take some pictures of them.

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  4. Harry, break down and cough up the dough for prescription shooting glasses. sportrx.com or any other on the internet. Maybe even check with the VA, who knows, they might actually be helpful, okay, maybe not, but maybe worth a try.

    As to our new first family, I felt a lightening on my soul as soon as Vice President Pence was sworn in. My soul practically flew around when President Trump started his Inaugural Speech.

    And it is very nice to have a First Lady with a sense of style and décor. She makes even the 'sainted' Jackie O look mundane.

    Saw a blog saying that that photo of the First Lady should be the new Marine recruiting poster. I kinda agree on that.

    We're getting lots of wind down here in North Central Florida. Idiots who haven't gotten rid of their dead trees are gonna be regretting it.

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    1. Andrew, it's raining like Hades here, and thundering off in the distance. I know Florida and South Georgia have really taken a big hit today, but it looks like we will get off lightly here. Just some trees down from the wind, and probably some flooding down by the creeks in the "hollows."

      I hate to spend a lot of money on shooting glasses, because I don't shoot that much anymore. Just once in awhile here on the property when the mood takes me. But I know I'm having trouble seeing the target. I can't drive without glasses because I couldn't pass the drivers license test without them the last time I renewed my license, and that was many years ago.

      The VA won't help me with medical expenses because my adjusted income is too high. I never knew that had anything to do with it, but my wife and I filled out all the paperwork last year (again) and went to the VA, and the little bureaucrat who gaffed us off (the guy had never served a day in his life but he works for the VA) said we were way over the "limit."

      Gorilla Woman as first lady was a travesty. Not to mention her "sotto voice" negative comments about the flag, etc. Mrs. Trump is a real lady, in every sense of the word. Makes for a great change.

      That Marine Corps Captain was probably from the Marine Corps Headquarters at 8th and I in D.C. Most people don't know the Commandants residence is there and it's also the HQ for the drill team, band, etc.

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    2. We got about two hours of really bad gale force winds and rain. First time I've seen rain fall, then get sucked back up, then fall again, like something out of a movie.

      The shooting glasses aren't just for shooting. They are for every damned nasty thing you do, like chainsawing, working outside, taking a hike (avoiding twigs in eyes is very important) and any place else you need protected distance vision. You and especially your wife need YOU to protect your eyes. YOUR WIFE needs you to protect your eyes. Break down and protect your peepers. Get a really comfortable and good set and you can even use them for your driving glasses and just buy a damned set and use them for all outdoor activities, okay? We worry about you and you really need your eyes to see the zombie hordes pouring out of Atlanta...

      As to the previous comment way above, Faith and Religion and the Judeo-Christian foundation of our country was more evident in this inauguration than any in the last 50-60 years, maybe not since the time of Washington himself. It is nice to know that God is once again allowed to be spoken.

      And he really put the screws on 'radical Islamic fundamentalism', didn't he? Just wait until people realize how deep into the mussie faith that radical fundamentalism is. And I bet the Saudis are pooping diamonds now.

      And Trump is firm on moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. About friggin time.

      Jackie 'O' never did it for me. Mrs. Carter was too 'mother next door', Nancy Reagan was the rich lady on the hill, Barbara Bush was the nation's grandmother, The Creature was/is The Creature, Laura Bush was the country club/ladys club president, and The Wookie was/is The Wookie.

      Now we are seeing why the epitome of class and beauty in Europe has always been the mix of white Russian and Tatar. Timeless. And she really seems to be a 'noble' great lady. I pity the fool that really crosses her.

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    3. It's Monday evening now. Just watched a short fox segment when I came in, and it looks like President Trump is working hard on getting things done. Much faster than any of his predecessors in my life time.

      I agree with your comments above. This is a sea change for America. Things will get better. Those who want to stand in the way should get out. We've had more than enough of them and their asinine philosophies. We've had enough of the damage they've done.

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  5. Harry, I love those cartoons!

    As to that rifle, I don't think it is you...but your sights might be off? (maybe check the windage) :)

    Well as far as El Presidente goes, I remain cautiously optimistic. But I gotta be honest, that press conference regarding the number of people actually at the DC mall was stupid. The new administration really needs to focus on the tasks ahead and dispense with all the petty media idiocy. --Troy

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    1. You're a good guy, Troy. But I think it's me. I have not got any depth perception or much long distance vision left. I can't drive without glasses. I'm plugging away at a big old pot hanging from a tree less than 100 feet away. Sad.....

      I can understand the rage on the part of President Trumps team.

      I watched the inauguration, and I watched ABC news tonight, trying to find out about the weather situation here. They were really pouring out their contempt for the new administration, calling the President just "Trump" and not President Trump. Big change from when Obama was in office. They also called the President a liar several times.

      Then they showed a picture of the mall when Obama got inaugurated, and it was full. Next to it they showed a picture of the same spot during the President's inauguration, and it was empty. BUT, I saw that same picture during the inauguration, and it was taken before they started letting people into the squares in question. So the ABC slugs were showing a picture that did not reflect reality in any way, and they were doing it intentionally. They also said only 250,000 people were there, and I saw the crowds. No one could imagine that huge press of people was only 250,000. It's just more lies, outright lies. ABC is just about the worst for that kind of thing, with NBC running a close second.

      I don't blame the spokesman for tearing the press a new one. And they don't like it. They're used to being able to say anything they want and get away with it, but those days are over.

      The trouble with letting things slide with the media is the immense harm they do, because there are a lot of brain dead slugs in the U.S. who get all their news from their evening news broadcasts, in 30 second sound bites from pimps like I saw tonight on ABC.

      It was the news media that touted this made up story of the "dossier", and the news media that has been pumping up all these trashy people running around and throwing trashcans through shop windows. Something is going to have to be done to get a handle on them. Just because we have free speech doesn't mean someone can yell fire in a crowded theater, and just because we have freedom of the press doesn't mean they can disseminate lies and propaganda.

      Like you, I know the new administration has it's hands full with all the cry babies representatives and senators from both parties, but they're going to have to kick the media's teeth in from time to time.

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  6. Get some OSHA approved prescription safety glasses for shooting.

    Frames will cost about $100 with side shields and such. Plastic shatterproof lenses another $60 or so.

    Just sayin'.

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    1. AWK! That's a lot of green. I think I'll try Grey Fox's recommendation, he seems to have done ok with less expensive glasses that fit over the prescription ones. But I know that if that doesn't work, I'll have to go the route you suggest. I don't want to stop shooting altogether and I don't want to waste hard to come by ammunition because I can't see.

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  7. Georgia is hard hit today. Stay safe Harry.

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    1. Yes, as I type this the thunder is rolling and blasting off in the distance. South Georgia got walloped, I think they have 12 dead they know of right now and I'm sure they'll find more. I saw a trailer park a tornado hit down there on the news, and it was just gone. Nothing left of it.

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  8. One thing I will give the democrats, when push comes to shove they will STICK TOGETHER. The republicans, on the other hand, blow it every time they get in power by fighting among them selves. I can only hope that things will be different with Trump at the helm.

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    1. The Democrats remind me of the old saying "thick as thieves." It seems appropriate. The Republicans are too high and mighty for their own good. They think they can say "s**t" and we all have to squat and groan. But they're wrong. I have no use for them anymore after how they behaved in this election.

      Things will be different unless the machine politicians of both parties together can keep him from doing anything. That's what McCain, Rubio, Graham and their ilk are saying they are going to do.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    It was 85 degree's yesterday on the island. Nice and hot, now we have high winds coming through the area. It will cool off tomorrow a bit.

    The million nut job marcher's were a sight to see yesterday. Why are there so many special snowflakes?

    One thing that does worry me. Obama kept pouring money into out economy trying to keep it going sending us into debt that would eventually destabilize the economy and country. On the other hand, if Trump cuts off the money supply it could send the economy and country into another 2008 collapse or worse.

    If Trump gets saddled with a massive economic disaster, then Trump and his legacy will be screwed. Americans are more divided than ever, Trump's a band aid on a massive chest wound.

    I believe we only bought ourselves some time. No country last forever, history had proven that. Our national unity is frayed, our collective culture is a memory and every half wit bastard is out for himself.
    JFK once said 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country' Try that now.

    Since the baby boomers of the 1960's, its been. 'Me, Me, Me' and it got even worse with the children of the 1980's and continues to get worse, generation after generation.

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    1. I'm essentially of the same opinion. President Trump and his cabinet will do what they can, but some things are just too broken to fix in the long run.

      8 years of Bill Clinton, then 8 years of George Bush, then 8 years of Obama. And if you think back through Carter, LBJ, and all that long string of sad losers, no wonder we are in such bad shape.

      Those stupid twits can prance around in the street all they want to. Nothing they do has any practical impact on the business of government. Soros can hire as many paid performers as he wants, and nobody is going to pay any attention to those antics anymore.

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  10. Hey Harry, try zeni optical
    http://www.zennioptical.com/702412-prescription-wind-goggles.html
    Shuold get you out the door for well under $40.
    I know what you mean about how nice it is to have a son to help out with projects. A second set of hands seems to make things go easier.

    Jeff

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    1. Jeff, that's more the kind of money I wanted to spend. I get soaked enough for prescription glasses as it is. Let me check them out.

      Yeah, life was better all the way around when he was home. I always try to convince him and my daughter to move back home, but this is really way out in the woods and holds little attraction for them.

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  11. Do you remember Cosby's bit about Noah, and God talking about the Ark? In it he asks God if he's seen the bottom of the Ark? Who's going to clean that up Noah asks God,not me are you God. I say this because of the photos I've seen after the the cattle went home....They came, they bitched, they trashed, they left it for the men to clean up.

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    1. I'm glad they trash the cities, and not the countryside. We are spared most of that kind of thing, though we have other issues to deal with in rural areas.

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  12. Harry,

    Be careful up there with this weather. We had severe winds this evening, and now things have quieted down. That wind is now heading east.

    It's always nice when your kids come to visit, it would be nice if they would stay longer right??

    I agree with you regarding the couple in the White House :-)

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    1. Sandy. we have had some bad weather since last Friday, on and off. Last night was rough. I went out on the porch this morning and I can see I have some work to do down on the Jeep Trail and probably further than that.

      Yes, life is better with the kids around. I think it's better for them, too. They'd have much less stressful lives if they came back here to live.

      Makes for a nice change, doesn't it. My satellite tv is still working this morning, and I checked Fox News. Looks like the President is setting in to keep his promises right from the first work day.

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  13. The answer to your eyewear problem is there but not cheap. Buy a set of tactical eyewear such as Esse crossbows (http://www.esseyepro.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAzZHEBRD0ivi9_pDzgYMBEiQAtvxt-MlxdjA-r_BLulDY0PR41_U_ssJgBSw-G-fW2ZVFBwMaAuau8P8HAQ) and optical inserts, basically a set of prescription lenses that clip in to the glasses. They aren't cheap. They work though, I've used them for 2 deployments and an insane amount of training. Positive side the expensive inserts are very protected so when they get beat up you just replace the fairly cheap outer protective lense.

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    1. That does sound expensive. That would be a good solution and I've got to do something. I don't want to have some kind of blow back and catch it in the eye. I'll take a look at that link, I've never heard of that before.

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  14. Second comment. Yeah they cost money but you can use them for all manner of sawing, construction, etc all. Plus your eyes are important. If things get bad you need them. You have an amazing set up and I would guess 75 grand or so in guns. Spend a couple hundred bucks to protect your eyes buddy.

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    1. I wonder if I could write it off somehow. I'd be more inclined to shell out the money if it were a legitimate deduction. And I do recognize the need for some resolution to the deteriorating eyesight issue. I'll touch base with my tax accountant and see what she thinks.

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  15. I hope every thing is ok with you there in the forest, i read here that there are big storms in Georgia.Stay safe.

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    1. Yael, we had some bad storms this week, absolutely true. South and Central Georgia got hit the hardest and they had 16 people killed by tornadoes (that we know of.) Up here, it was very heavy wind and heavy rain, with lots of thunder and lightning. The problem for me is that we have been having a bad drought, lots of the trees were weakened, and now they are down across the old roads I use. So I will have to clear that away. I'm going to get started here in a few minutes.

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  16. You can get safety glasses made with "real glass" they also do these as shooting glasses but I find the ones marketed as safety cost less - they think shooters are rich but workers are poor.

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    1. Simon, thanks for the suggestion. I'm torn between trying to save some money, and look for a jury rig solution, and biting the bullet for some like Ryan talked about. One thing that ups the anti is that whatever I get, I will wind up buying them for the wife and my two kids as well. So it's really four times the expense I have to plan on.

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  17. It's snowing in Nebraska today. The weather got really cold all the sudden.

    I was not loving either candidate. I know I wouldn't have been pro Clinton, but I'm not in love with our president either. To me it was a loose loose situation.

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    1. Alissa, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the way things develop. I hope so.

      We are past the snow now, it's storms and tornadoes in Georgia.

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  18. G'day Harry, Sgt 73rd Regt here.

    I must admit that I need to wear glasses (short sighted) when I shoot but I have never worn anything but my ordinary glasses. As they have plastic lenses they are everybit as strong as the standard clear plastic safety glasses you find in the hardware store which is what you are required to wear when on our range.

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    1. Sgt. I shoot a lot of old surplus ammo, a lot of it from the 30's and 40's. So I worry about a case rupture or a primer blowing out, something like that. I don't know what my glasses are made of, I know it's not glass, but how strong they are I'm not sure. I have enough health issues without getting brass fragments in my eyes but I'm tight with a dollar. Quite a quandary! :-)

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