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Saturday, June 24, 2017

British .303 Surplus. Where being politically incorrect means jail time. Gun Ownership in America, a British view. Favorite post apocalyptic fiction. Catching and storing rain water by someone who has been doing it for eight years.


 Saturday afternoon.  Rain all night, with a lot of wind. I went out on the porch and there are branches down that I'll have to police up. As soon as you get things squared away from one storm, another comes through before you can catch your breath.

Went outside to do all the morning chores, and it was like the breath of hell. Temperature is 84, and the humidity is hovering around 100%. The word "enervating" was invented to describe days like this.


People are being arrested in England for saying out loud, what you are not permitted to think.

What she is talking about, is what is happening here.



British .303  surplus.





If you have Enfields, you may be interested in this new shipment Southern Ohio Guns got in. Let me just mention, least anyone misunderstand, that I don't do adds on my blog, nor have any financial links or arrangements with anyone or anything.  So I'm not "selling" things, just letting people with similar interests know when something comes on the market that they might want.



This appears to be British manufacture, rather than the more common Pakistani ammo. Since they don't state the year of production, it could be the WW 2 ammo that was made of twisted cordite "threads".  That burned very hot and extensive use of it could damage the rifling in the weapons barrel. Later production, from the 1950's, is good ammo without that negative aspect.

Obviously, if you reload you would be better off , in terms of expense and possibly quality, to just reload your own. But if you don't, this price is better than most commercial ammo you can find today.

One Second After.  One Year After.  The Final Day.







I read One Second After when it first came out, and I enjoyed it. The fact that the story line plays out in an area about two hours from my house probably influenced me, but it was a good story overall. As I said when I included these books in a list of post apocalyptic fiction during an earlier post, I hadn't read the last two. CC said they were good, and we have the same taste in reading. I ordered them  through the local library, and finished them this week.

I enjoyed them both, and I plan to buy hard copies as I do with all books that I want to keep in my personal library.  Still, as is so often the case, they weren't as good as the first book.  I think that's because in multi-volume series like these, the first book deals with the events that cause a disaster, and how people coped with it. The follow on volumes are generally political in nature, dealing with restoration of government and social order. I'm not so interested in the "restoration" issue as I am in coping with the extraordinary.

If I had to pick my favorite books in this genre, of all the books I've read, here are my favorites.











Some of these are out of print, but available as E books.  Some are the first in a series of three or four books. Some of them are quite old, and some recent.  They're all good reading.

How a British newspaper views American gun ownership:





The video above is from a British newspaper, The Guardian.  It's made of clips from a half hour program they did about six months ago.


Taking a trip to Old Mexico?



Ever so often, an American family goes down to Mexico in their RV, or a fellow rides his motorcycle down there, and they just disappear.  Personally, I wouldn't go to Mexico on a bet.  Nor am I enthralled at the idea of thousands of them sneaking into this country.




Thought for the day:




Another Blog you might enjoy:




Gorges Blog

Gorges blog is authored by a retired fellow.  Sometimes he does a post with commentary, sometimes it's a link.  The little table above came from a recent posting of his.   I've always found his posts interesting, particularly for their candid and honest views of life in retirement.

28 comments:

  1. Don't publish. I have the hard copies of both books. Free if you want them. I'm in northern VA, but trying to thin out so I can move back south. I grew up in mid TN and have a place there. www.pigneck.com cabin is 526 sq ft. Can't keep every thing. Use to spend alot of time in Clarksville Ga. Wife was from there. Use to see Burt Reynolds there alot. Jack Arnold. I can mail to you if you trust me.

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    1. Jack, I appreciate the offer but I already placed an order with Amazon. It's good of you to make the gesture, and it's not a matter of trust at all. I have mail from the blog sent to a fellow I know who holds it for me anyway. Maybe someone else who reads the blog would like to have them?

      I pass through Clarkesville every now and again, used to more often when my Mother in Law was alive. They had a hellish big fire in the town there about a year ago and a bunch of the downtown burnt to the ground. There are still gutted buildings by the traffic light.

      526 square feet would be just fine. The apartment over my shop is not a lot bigger than that, and it has everything a man could want to live comfortably.

      I'll take a look at the url for your cabin. By the way, when you have time to get settled, maybe we can meet over there in Tennessee somewhere for lunch. I get up to Benton every few weeks.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I gotta say that I know people that go to Mexico all the time and never have a problem, but again they stay in tourist area's where the Yankee dollar is the main industry. In the tourist area's. I believe business leaders, cartels (sometimes the same people) and local law enforcement keep a lid on crime because the tourist dollar is the primary industry.
    If you look at the map on the Foxnews article. You will see 'Sinaloa' and other area's where the cartels, bandits, etc. are in control. Puerto Escondido and other big multi-billion dollar resort area's are almost trouble free. Any news of a tourist getting killed or something can cause a billion dollar financial disaster for the tourist industry. On that note, I gotta add that places like Detroit, Hobroken, New Jersey, parts of Chicago, California and Florida are should be labled as 'No Go Zones' for tourists and hell' even normal Americans.

    I will check out Gorges Blog. John Wells is doing well out at the Field Lab in West Texas. He has a problem now with a chicken thief raccoon.

    The big news on YouTube this week is the social justice warriors 'SJW's made a video showing refugee's as nice, peaceful people. Its called 'More Than a Refugee' #morethanarefugee
    The video blew up on youtube and got destroyed by 'dislikes' and thumbs down. Last I looked it was 150.000 likes, 340.000 dislikes.
    Most people on YouTube don't want refugee's in their country.
    Maybe a hundred video's were created 'blasting' the 'More Than a Refugee' video.
    The comments in the comments sections on all of these video's blew up with everything you can think off.

    The whole refugee campaign to promote refugee's by YouTube corporate has 'backfired' miserably.

    I urge everyone to check out the comments on 'More than a Refugee' and the other video response made by youtube creator's on their channels and the comments on their channels. There seems to be a 'universal distrust' of refugee's thanks to the news reports, terrorism and everything else coming out of Europe in the past several years.

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    1. I saw a Fox news segment this week where the Mexicans were picking up dismembered bodies in garbage bags a few blocks from the "strip" in Cancun. I used to tell my brother that Mazatlan was not the peaceful haven he said it was, and he just made fun of me, but then some German tourists got gunned down next to his Condo, and a month or so later "El Chapo" was arrested in the condo next to the one he has a place in. I think overall, you're right, that the tourist areas aren't that bad, but the Mexican drug monsters are particularly horrible, I think I'd go to Panama City down in the pan handle, or Fort Walton Beach, if I wanted to go somewhere for fun and sun.

      I'm glad the "kiss the arse of the refugees" video was not well received. My general belief is that those who laud the refugees as wonderful people don't know any. People like Vicki, who have to live around the scumbags the government is importing, tend to be less effusive about how wonderful they are.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I'm glad the "kiss the arse of the refugees" video was not well received.

      'with respect Harry. That's an understatement!

      that video 'blew up' like a Vietnam 'Daisy Cutter' on steroids.
      It was a major embarrassment to youtube. The vitriol that and anti-immigrant rhetoric in video's that were done in response were epic!

      This kinda thing gives me a glimmer of hope the masses are waking up to the fact that 'something smells in Denmark' and its the refugee's (pun intended) and they have their sights set on the U.S.

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    3. Good. There's a lot of stuff on Youtube that they need to be embarrassed about.

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  3. Liberals have a peculiar mental block as concerns conservative thought. Firstly, they cannot seem to distinguish between illegal and legal; nor can they grasp the idea that the purpose of the Second Amendment is not about hunting. They are either willfully dense or just plain stupid.

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    1. I vote for both. Stupid and intentionally obtuse. Fortunately, though they are doing a great deal of damage and their campaign of disinformation and obstruction is going apace, they aren't running the show. I shudder to think if Shrillery had been elected. Who would have been put on the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy. Probably Colbert or Moore.

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  4. We store rain water. I never knew why some states made it illegal to do that. That seems so silly! I wish they'd get a better system with collecting rain water during flood years, and distributing it during drought years.

    I'm fine: Not blind, and no meningitis. I'm feeling worse today than yesterday. Probably because the heavy drugs are out of my system. We did have a hiccup with my pain meds. I needed a written script for it. It wasn't with my discharge papers. Of course it's Sat. now. The hospital didn't have it, so the on call doc dropped on the script to the ER, and Travis got it to fill it up. Thankful about that! My nose is nice and straight now. Swollen as expected.

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    1. I am mightily relieved to hear all went well. My experiences in hospitals have not been benign or confidence inspiring, and it's good you are out and home. I'm glad your husband is taking care of you. Hopefully when you have recovered you will have less health issues to deal with. Wasn't your birthday right around this time of year? Happy Birthday!

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  5. We need people like Katie Hopkins who have the guts to tell the truth in a politically correct world. Truth seems to play no part in the political agenda - theirs or ours. Seems to me that if the left would concentrate their efforts more on fighting the threats to the US and less on fighting the current administration, we would be much less likely to suffer the kinds of attacks that have plagued Europe.

    The narrator in the clip about gun ownership missed the point. She stated that gun owners in the US don't feel safer. I am here to testify that I feel much more safe knowing I have the means to stop the thugs who want to harm me and mine than I did before I purchased a firearm. I guess that illustrates the difference in the mindset of those on either side of the pond.

    I have been reading Gorge's blog for quite some time. Both you and Gorges have no problem calling a spade a spade and I like that. The list of differences between California and Texas that he and you posted is spot on. Sadly, much of my state seems to be leaning toward the California definitions. Except in the northern third of the state, where they mostly fit in with the Texas version. It is my belief that those in northern Minnesota, even though they live in an economically depressed area, have a much better chance of survival than do the sissified city slickers that surround me.

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    1. Vicki, I am constantly flabbergasted at the way gun ownership is viewed in England. I mean, these are the people who gave the language the term "yeoman" to mean a strong, independent rural citizen. I know that a lot of Englishmen (and I don't mean the Africans, Middle Easterners, SE Asians, Pakistanis, Indians et al that live there) are still stouthearted and brave. But the Sheeple mindset has made great inroads there. The behavior of the British political elites is outright humiliating. Not that we can say we are any better here, but at least we have a President who is struggling to set things right. I have been singularly unimpressed with May. She seems a standard wormy, wiggling political slug.

      I thought I would start highlighting a good blog with each post. Gorges impressed me with a letter he wrote to the politicians about how wrong it is that American citizens get no help at all with surviving in this economy, while the government heaps riches on the bottom feeders they are importing from the worst places on the planet. I've always liked his blog.

      My state is divided into two parts. There's the urban parts, controlled by leftists, and populated largely by the sweeping of the earth. Atlanta is divided into ethnic enclaves like "Chambodia" and "Little Iraq". The urban areas are largely black, controlled by corrupt black politicians, and not at all pleasant places to live. People try to live in bedroom communities who have to work there, but now the Morlocks have made home invasions in the suburbs a thriving business. This week a 75 year old white CEO of a big business in ATL was murdered in his home out on the lake by three Home Invaders who stabbed him to death in his living room. Gated communities are going to have to upgrade their security to be safe.

      On the other hand, there's the rural areas, both North and South Georgia are largely rural. Those are the people who fit into Hank Williams song "Country Boy". We are stressed out here by the changes massive immigration into the state has brought, but we are holding on .

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  6. I forgot about "Alas, Babylon". I remember reading it back in the '60s and enjoying it immensely. Thanks for reminding me of it. I'll have to get a copy. "Lucifer's Hammer" is one of my favorites. I bought it when it was first released in paperback and have read it quite a few times over the years. I think that it's time to dig it out again............

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    1. I sometimes think that the old post apocalyptic fiction, out of date though it may be, was the best. I read "Alas,Babylon" and "Lucifer's Hammer" many times over the years. It was 1986 when I left the Marine Corps and came up into these mountains. Prior to that, I had given little thought at all to survivalism. I just wanted to get the hell away from people, and to live a solitary life in the woods with my wife and children. But I met people who helped me make the transition to that self sufficient life style I've tried to adhere to ever since. In all that time, and it's been 31 years now, I think "Alas Babylon" and "Lucifer's Hammer" were two of the best books in that genre I've read.

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  7. Thanks for the plug, Harry. That meme was from "The Federalist Papers." There are a couple terms that might be questionable, but I found them amusing.

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    1. Yeah, I home schooled my kids and they sure weren't truants, but overall I liked the list a lot.

      I've always liked the fact that though you are religious, you don't exclude other people who are not. That , in my experience, is relatively rare in fundamentalist folks.

      I was also much impressed with the letter you wrote and posted, and with the logic behind it. I think other people will enjoy your blog, too.

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    2. +1,000 to you Harry for another awesome post. another +1,000 for mentioning Mr. Smythe's blog - i check him daily! another +1,000 for your reply to Mr. Smythe's comment! xox

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    3. It's a tight network, Kymber. Lots of good folks on it, including you and J.

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  8. Like your book selections.
    I've always thought Earth Abides by George Stewart was without doubt the best of these.

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    1. Loren, I read "Earth Abides" because somebody recommended it to me. It was a good book. and different from what I usually read. Most post apocalyptic books today have the characters reconstituting society almost immediately. The premise of "Earth Abides" was entirely different and that was refreshing.

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  9. Harry - Tacit agreement indeed. But we are also proof that although opinions differ, that does not make you, or I, arch enemies... ;)

    Thanks for the link to my blog - I hope I help someone out there with the info...

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    1. It was a good post. Especially since you had pictures illustrating it. I know several people who are struggling with water issues and I thought they might get some ideas from your set up.

      Climate change is the only thing I know of off hand we don't agree on, but I'm sure there are more issues than that. ;-)

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    2. Dani is another daily go-to...she lives in such a different climate than us so it is wonderful to learn about the things she and her hubby do...just in case we ever need to do it.

      and i think it's wonderful that we can all be differently- politically and religiously motivated and not hold that against each other. that's what i love the most about the bloggers on our blog roll.

      sending much love as always! your friend,
      kymber

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  10. Harry,

    Hopefully your home and property weren't damage from the storms. Having 100 percent humidity makes you want to crawl back into the house and not go back outside. It's just miserable when it's this humid. Makes you feel as if you're out in the jungle.

    Keeping a library of great books is something we all enjoy doing. One can never get old, or tired of re-reading great books. We haven't read Light's Out, or World Made By Hand. Thanks for the titles, now were going to have to look for them and possibly add them to our book collection.

    Great blogs to check out and add to one's blog roll.

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    1. Sandy, lately I have been getting my library to get me the books, and only ordering the very best ones in hard back. If something is good, but not extraordinary, I usually get the Kindle edition. I think you will like Lights Out. World Made by Hand is the best of the four books in Kunstler's post apocalyptic series. The others were ok but not as good as the first one.

      You should see the huge pile of limbs I've dragged up that have fallen off the trees in these storms. When they life the burn ban I will have to burn all that junk.

      Today is really, really nice. A cold front came through, it's not hot and the humidity is only 54%. I went to the lake and walked, that was nice. I don't usually go to the big lake but today was so pleasant I did.

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  11. Being able to overlook differing political views is a good skill to have in the name of friendship. I've got several friends that we mutually just don't talk politics ever. There are plenty of other safer topics ;-)

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    1. It's getting much harder to do that these days. You're right, it's a skill, but people have to be willing to meet you half way. It seems like that' almost impossible these days. It's a sad thing.

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