It's getting hot here. Just a little after ten a.m. right now, and the humidity outside is 89%. It will be low nineties in terms of temperature by late afternoon. I am running four big dehumidifiers in my buildings, and three air conditioning units. The power bill will be stiff throughout the summer. But on the other hand, the propane bill will be low. It all evens out.
This time of year, you do your outside work in the early morning and the evening time. Otherwise, you just try to keep out of the rain forest climate out there.
Going out in the forest in the summer is a bad idea. The tree canopy is so thick, that the heat and humidity get trapped under it. Not so bad in a glade like the one above, but they are few and far between. This particular spot is on an old forest service fire break behind my land. They put berms across it decades ago, but you can still follow it like a trail. It goes back into the national forest, to an abandoned camp ground that was closed off in the sixties. I don't go up there anymore, as it runs along the spine of two mountains and is a long way out.
No fires burning up here, just down on the Florida/Georgia border and in Southern Florida. But we are very dry. There's a ban on outdoor burning here now that will probably run through the whole summer.
No rain until tomorrow. There's a storm system to the west of us, but by the time it reaches here (Sunday afternoon), it's expected to be thunderstorms only. That means some parts of the county will get up to 3 inches, and some will get virtually no rain at all.
This is the May 16th 2017 drought map for Georgia. We just can't seem to shake it. My little artesian spring is still dry. When the dogs and I get to the foot of the mountain, where they are accustomed to go lay down in the creek the spring feeds, there's just a dry creek bed. I've started walking past the mailbox to a place on the big creek where there's still enough water for the dogs to swim.
I've been washing the dishes in a dish tub , in the sink. Then I pour the water from the dish tub into a bucket when I'm finished, and take it out to pour on the shrubs and plants that have survived the chickens, goats, and bugs. I used to just fire up the hose to water those, but now I'm trying not to use any more water than I have to. With a well, you just never know when you'll hit that magic moment when the pump sucks air. My well was drilled back during a record breaking drought more than thirty years ago, so I should be safe. This drought is not as bad as that one. But this one is lasting longer, so who knows?
On the ammunition front, I haven't been buying a lot. We've had other things that have had to be addressed the last month or so. But I did find two 100 round boxes of Winchester copper jacketed, high velocity 22LR. for $9.87 plus 7% tax each.
Also got three boxes of cheap Federal American Eagle .22LR for $2.79 a box, plus tax.
Small little consignments of .22LR are starting to show up here now. Walmart is the best place to buy it. You just have to hold your nose and accept that if you want the stuff at a decent price, they're it.
They are still limiting customers to 3 boxes per day, when they have it.
I've never seen more than six boxes on the shelf at a time since the great .22LR crunch began several years ago. I've been watching A.I.M. Surplus and Sportsmans Guide so I can make a purchase of several hundred rounds in an ammo can, but I want the goods and free shipping, and so far that combination hasn't popped up. But it will.
Entering the Twilight Zone:
I read a lot of blogs. Probably too many, but I enjoy doing so. I don't agree with everything everyone else says all the time, of course. And I know some of my oldest blog friends don't agree with me all the time. I have lost a few friends over it but not many. Lately, some blogs I read make it evident that a number of people are starting to get frustrated with President Trump. Despite all he's done, and in the face of horrific opposition from the Dems, minorities, snowflakes, moonbats, the Deep State, main stream media, and his own party, it's not enough. I think the constant barrage of fake news and absolute lies is having an effect.
He's put a huge dint in illegal immigration. I saw a segment on One America News this morning that said in San Francisco, probably the premier "Sanctuary City" in America, food stamp applications have dropped by a fifth. The illegals are afraid if they apply for food stamps, they'll get caught and deported. But wait, you might say, illegals can't get food stamps. Not so. They just use the id of their "anchor baby" kids who are now adults to register. The State of California aids and abets this practice, turning a blind eye and refusing federal authorities access to their welfare records.
He fired that mealy mouthed Clinton puppet at the FBI, James Comey. Up until that second, the Dems had been reviling Comey and calling for his resignation. Now, he's a hero of the people. Even for Democrats, and even for revolting politicians like "Little Chucky" that's a new low.
After a year of investigations from all sorts of Democratic Party lackeys in D.C. and the Federal Government, there's not one single, solitary piece of evidence that anyone in the Trump camp "colluded" with the Russians on anything illegal or treasonous. But some of the blogs I read are starting to give credence to that libel. I can only assume it's Goebbel's theorem on "truth." He said if you tell a big enough lie, often enough, that people will start to believe it.
President Trump has done all he could to limit immigration into this country from Islamic countries which have strong associations with terrorism. The courts, larded with Obama appointees, have stymied his efforts, but is that his fault?
The Republican party has failed to come up with a decent health care plan, largely because the Senators and Representatives are more concerned with posturing on television and getting face time on the talk shows than they are with health care. And why not? They voted themselves a Gold Plated health care program a long time ago, so they don't have the worries normal mortals do in that regard.
But that's not President Trump's doing. That's the Republican "machine politicians." The Republican Establishment hates Trump as much as the Democrats do. They want to see him fail, and they figure if he doesn't run in the next election, then even if a Democrat wins, they win, because it will be back to "business as usual." Bad for the country, but great for the elites in D.C., New York, L.A.
How about the Middle East?
President Trump has undone a lot of the damage the Barrack Hussein administration did while Obama and Kerry were trying to cause as much harm to Israel as they could. Israel is THE key American ally in the Middle East. Not the Saudis. Not the Egyptians. But Barrack wanted to cozy up to the Arabs, and to do that, he had to throw the Israelis under the bus, which he was happy to do.
People forget that in critical areas of the world, you need allies who won't turn craven when the fewmits hit the windmill. Remember when we bombed Qaddafi's Libya when he was sponsoring terrorist attacks in Europe? Remember that our good allies the Europeans, with the exception of the English, refused to let our F111's fly over their airspace, so our bombers had to make a long detour that used up fuel and wore out the aircrews both going to the target and coming back? You can't count on moral cowards that want to suck up to the oil rich Arabs, and are afraid of terrorists. And after all, the Europeans don't like Israelis much as a rule. (Nor in this country, it seems.)
I remember during the fighting in Lebanon in 2006, long after we'd been blown out of there by Hezbollah at the behest of Iran. The Israelis had to go back in to clean up the terrorists again. There was a big full page add in the Washington Post. It had the flags of the countries which condemned Israel at the UN on one page, and the flag (singular) of the one county that supported Israel on the opposite. Just the U.S. flag on one page, and all the other flags on the other page.
I've had people say to me that we don't need Israel. With apologies for my lack of tact, that's an unwise attitude. Think unsinkable aircraft carrier. Think staging areas, logistical support, a hundred and one things Israel can do for us if we get into a really sticky situation there. Israel already provides us with critical intelligence support on terrorism. They have human intel assets, something our Congress got rid of years ago in a flight of pompous, idealistic stupidity.
I wouldn't count on our dear friends the Iraqis letting us use their bases. Their government has already said once we've whacked ISIS, they want us out of the country, period. How about the slimy, slick Saudis? They've got a great record of letting us use their facilities when it suits their purposes, otherwise we can "piss off."
And then there's this. Israel is a Democracy. We've tried to force our system down the throats of the Arabs and they've rejected it. Israel developed it's own Democracy. They share many of our ideals and beliefs.
So begrudging the pittance we give them in foreign aid, most of it in military credits to buy our own weapons at a profit to us, doesn't make sense. We aren't "carrying water" for Israel, as one person once told me. We are maintaining good relations with a reliable ally who is worth a damn. I , for one, am sick of us always getting the "limp member" allies like the South Vietnamese, the Afghanistan regimes "federal forces", the Iraqis. Nice to have at least one ally who isn't a burden and drain, rather than a help.
The gest of all this is , I have decided to stop leaving comments on other people's blog about these issues when I disagree with them. The last one of those I am going to make, I did yesterday. I like the blogger, respect him, I just don't agree with him. And if I keep disagreeing with the people I like on their blogs, I'm going to wind up alienating some of them. Since I can't change their minds, that's counterproductive. Everybody is going to make their own decisions based on their own nature.
But I wanted to say what I thought about these things, rather than just be silent. If anybody made it this far down the post, I appreciate your time and the effort it took to wade through my "blog tome"
Thought for the Day:
"But some there were, who dared to resist."