We've got a cold front coming through. Windy and a lot of rain last night. It's getting colder outside and is supposed to be in the low twenties tonight. That's going to be tough on my trees that are already leafing out.
No plans for today. I don't do a whole lot on the weekends. Went to town yesterday, so that's out. It's a good day for reading.
Do you remember the college professor in California who gave her "we are in a civil war" tirade to her class? One of them taped her and put it on the internet. As a result, a lot of people expressed their distaste for the professor, and she fled the state in terror.
The student was suspended. This morning, Fox had a segment saying that the college had been forced to let the student return to class by the public outcry, but the professor is coming back and will not be disciplined. I'm familiar with this kind of thing from the "Vietnam era" when this kind of liberal campus bias was focused on veterans and active duty military personnel. It's one of the reasons I sent my two kids to technical schools in Vancouver, Canada rather than wasting my money on a "college education" here in the states.
Be sure to keep a garbage can with a liner nearby as you watch this. You might need it.
Amazon Kindle: Just another tool.
I don't have a smart phone. It wouldn't do me any good, really, since the cell phone signal coming in here is weak and sporadic.
So, a long time ago, I started buying Amazon Kindles. I wish I hadn't.
You get locked into Amazon. Some Android operating system based applications will work on the Kindle, some won't.
You can save your books and magazines on their "cloud." You can download the books onto your computer, but not the magazines.
If you subscribe to a magazine, sometimes it shows up on your Kindle. A lot of the time, it doesn't. About every third month, I miss an issue of Firearms News. Every time I do, they act like this has never happened before, and I am the only one calling in to address the issue. I find it hard to believe I am the only one on the planet who subscribes to this magazine and who calls when it doesn't show. I paid for it, I'd like to get the magazine. It takes up to a month to get them to fix it.
The 7" screens on the Fires are just about worthless. They hook you into the system with the lower priced 7" units, then sting you really good in the wallet when you figure out you are going to have to buy the 10" version to get anything out of Amazon you can use.
On the plus side, Kindle's are tied into the Amazon system so if you do a lot of purchasing from Amazon, the "proprietary" aspect of the equipment probably won't bother you.
Here's a link to a good article on how to use the Amazon Kindles, Fires, et al to get survivalist related literature:
During a segment of the MSNBC "news" program, Morning Joe, the co host made an interesting comment about "the job of the media." See what you think.
On the discussion in the last post about "what do you do now?"
There was a fairly comprehensive discussion on the last post, concerning what you should do if you find yourself in the position of the white guy at the gas station. The video was self explanatory.
It breaks down like this. Some people said that if threatened as the "truck man" was, they'd have blown the black guy waving the rifle around away.
Some people favored a low profile, walk away approach.
I don't have an answer. Letting them show their asses, and walk right over you, isn't pleasant. Neither is being crucified by liberal city government officials and the press as a racist who attacked this poor black man as he made his rounds handing out bibles.
My own choice has been a compromise. I won't take my bumper stickers off my vehicle. That's like striking your flag. I realize that might draw the ire of Morlocks, so I'm not going to cities where the Morlocks reign. I'm carrying a pistol and a rifle in the car, but I'm trying to stay where I won't need them. That's my approach. I'm trying to avoid trouble. That means I can't go to the bookstores I enjoy, or the craft shops my wife likes, anymore. But that's how life is today.
I know some of the people who said they'd blow the bad guy away, well enough to know they mean it. I admire that. It takes courage to defend yourself and your self respect when you know the ramifications are going to be so draconian. If I was 32 and single, I'd feel exactly that same way. But mid sixties and finally living the good life, I don't want to give it up. If I get trapped and have to shoot I will. But I'm really trying not to get into that position.
Some Cartoons :
Thought for Today: