I sent a "paper" letter up to the White House, expressing my appreciation for all President Trump and his people have done. You can email or call, of course, but I always feel like a paper letter might be better. I know some intern will just look at it, make a mark on a tally sheet, and deep six it, but I do what I can. Same thing with writing to Fox News to urge them to get rid of that little pimp, Shepard Smith. There are a lot of on line petitions you can sign to voice support for sending mealy mouthed "Shep" over to CNN, but I sent a letter. Again, I expect no great results but it beats nothing. Doesn't it say in the bible somewhere that it's better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness? Or maybe I saw that on one of those motivational posters, can't really remember.
Got out one of my trusty Walther P-38's and blazed a whole box of Winchester 9mm away today. Saved the brass, though.
My guns are actually the P-1 version, or post war version, of the P-38. Same gun, except not worth nearly as much to collectors. When the Bundeswehr was reactivated in the 1950's in West Germany, the P-38 went back into production. The earliest ones were marked P-38, and I have a couple of those. But most were marked P-1. It's an outstanding pistol. Germany released them from their war reserves in the mid 1990's, and they came into the U.S. by the thousands. An unissued pistol, with holster, cleaning kit and extra magazine, sold for under $200.00 wholesale. Of course, Merkel's government has changed the law now in Germany and any weapons declared surplus have to be destroyed. But I got mine. I bought most of them as "trade goods", so they are still sitting in the boxes they were issued in.
Watching the early morning Fox News today, the newscaster said that Fox had heard a "rumor" to the effect that the White House will no longer deal with CNN. They won't send anyone else from the administration to be interviewed because CNN edits the interviews to warp the news, and does nothing but try to cast the Trump administration in a bad light. I hope this is true. CNN has terrible ratings as it is, so maybe they will go broke and disappear. That's a pity, because I remember when they first came on the air how good it was to have 24 hour news. And back then, they tried to be honest. But those days are long gone.
I wanted to mention this pub mix. It's like trail mix, only with nothing sweet in it, no candy or fruit. It has a really good flavor, and will keep forever. There's also the fact that it comes in outstanding reuseable containers, which you can then store rice, beans, pasta, salt, or whatever in. Costs just over $5.00 a container in our town.
It's good for snacking on, and would make a nice addition to your "iron rations" as well.
On the Home Front, I've been doing a little work around the place, but nothing really taxing unless it's essential, like clearing the trail. If you live out in the woods, and you are by yourself, then even minor accidents can be a real problem. I have developed a particular dislike for going outside on snowy, freezing nights. I don't mind it when the wife is home, as I take a small radio and she has one. If I had an accident, I could call her. But when no one is here, and with minimal or no cell phone signal, there are lots of ways going out on an icy night could end badly. But every place has drawbacks. If I lived up where my kids are I could get murdered by the Goblins just going to the dumpster at night, or getting out of the car in the parking lot.
Yesterday I read an article in an on line newspaper about a guy who saw three black men trying to get into his house. He shot one of them. They sped away, but the cops caught them. This happened in Minnesota. Unfortunately for him, they were black. They admitted they were "casing" the house for a break in, but the District Attorney there has filed manslaughter charges against the home owner. Doesn't matter these three guys were all criminals with long records of violent crime. Doesn't matter there were three of them and one of him. Thank God I live in Georgia. I gather Minnesota is not big on "Stand your Ground" or "Castle Laws."
“A stand-your-ground law (sometimes called "line in the sand" or "no duty to retreat" law) is a justification in a criminal case, whereby a defendant can "stand their ground" and use otherwise unlawful force without retreating, in order to protect and defend themselves or others against threats or perceived threats. “ Wiki.
A Castle Doctrine (also known as a castle law or a defense of habitation law) is a legal doctrine that designates a person's abode or any legally occupied place – e.g., a vehicle or home, as a place in which that person has protections and immunities permitting him or her, in certain circumstances, to use force. Wiki
You still have to exercise good judgment and restraint, though. Especially in a city. If you shoot a black person, and you are white, they are going to try to run you up for murder, no matter what the circumstances. You might win out in the end, but the legal fees would ruin you. So I now stay out of cities.
In the rural areas, where common sense still prevails, it's a different story. If you are attacked, or you go to the aid of someone who is being attacked, you will almost certainly be on a good footing with the law. Rural District Attorneys are usually from rural backgrounds, and they need the good will of the population to keep their positions. The way things are going, if you live in a city and can get out, it might be a good idea to try to do so. I know several people whose blogs I read who have already left the city, or are about to do so. Wish my kids would bail out.