Monday, November 27, 2017

Changing Demographics.

Fox News 26 Nov 2017

KARACHI, Pakistan –  Pakistani police say they have arrested ten people for killing a newly-wed couple who entered into a free-will marriage in the southern port city of Karachi.
Officer Qasim Hameed said Monday that Abdul Hadi, 24, and Hasina Bibi, 19, were killed by relatives last week for marrying without permission from their elders earlier this month.
Qasim said Hadi's father and nine other relatives were arrested after the couple's bodies were found in a local graveyard on Sunday. He said Bibi's father has absconded.
He added that the men confessed to murdering the couple with knives upon the orders of a "Jirga," or tribal council, for dishonoring their Pashtun culture.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women are killed by close relatives each year in so-called honor killings.

Pakistani Saturday Night: El Gringo  ***He got kicked off Youtube, but is staging a comeback.

If they can show up here, where I live, they can turn up anywhere in the United States. I go to town and find posters stuck up in the window of stores inviting all and sundry to lectures on "Islamic Culture."  I could give that lecture myself, but I doubt it would get an airing  then.

There's a book by Thomas Friedman that will tell a person all they need to know about Islamic Culture. It covers the period 1982-1984 in Lebanon. Friedman was a journalist during that time frame who lived in Lebanon. He kissed up to the PLO to get interviews, and I don't have much use for the man. But nobody has ever put on paper what it was like in that place, at that time, like he has. If you have ever wondered what society would be like in the event of a total collapse, the chapter called "Waiting for the Ceasefire" will tell you exactly.

I don't remember ever actually seeing the guy, though he wrote a whole chapter about the Marines in Beirut and clearly spent considerable time in the Marine base at the airport.  He certainly didn't have much of a grasp of anything military, and based most of his comments in the chapter about the Marines in Beirut on his interaction with very young enlisted men. At least he went there and tried to pick up his facts first hand, I'll give him that. 

  Friedman was a pompous, self centered individual but he was there, and he saw it, and he faithfully recorded what he saw.  What happened in Lebanon,  thanks to Islam, could happen anywhere if enough of the "faithful" can get into proximity to a culture that Moslems don't approve of. They have one answer only for interacting with other faiths and other societies. People are starting to learn that the hard way in Europe and the United States now.

The British knew how to handle this problem more than 100 years ago.  I wonder where we went wrong?

Thought for the day:

And a little mellow music to close with.

Imagine there's no bacon.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) to sell M1911 A1 pistols to citizens.

CMP to sell Surplus M1911A pistols to citizens.
By AR Hawkins
28 Nov 2017
President Trump is set to sign the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment that allows U.S. citizens to acquire military surplus 1911 pistols.
The sales will occur under the auspices of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, which has been selling approved military surplus weapons to citizens for more than 100 years.
According to the International Business Times, it currently costs the U.S. military approximately $2 a day to store one pistol, and there are an estimated 100,000 1911s that are being stored. So that is a $200,000 expenditure the military can erase and replace with a profit, or at least of a recoup of costs, by selling the firearms.
The 1911 is one of the most popular handguns ever developed. It is valued for military use, home defense, self-defense, and concealed carry. Although the military’s 1911s were made by Colt, citizens have long been purchasing civilian models from Colt as well. These range from the basic government model to 1911s with finely tuned triggers and target barrels that allow for incredible accuracy in competitive shooting.

Kimber, Sig Sauer, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Rock Island, Springfield Armory, and others produce numerous 1911 variants for the civilian market each year as well. But through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, Americans will not only acquire a 1911, but a piece of U.S. military history, an exciting opportunity.

Here are some links to the CMP site:

Civilian Marksmanship Program home page.

CMP Sales and Services

CMP Eligibility to Purchase Requirements

When I got my M1 Garand back in the early 1990's, you basically had to be a U.S. Citizen, be eligible to purchase a firearm under U.S. law,  belong to a CMP affiliated shooting club (every state has one, you just send in the membership fee and that's it. In Georgia then, it was $15.00 ), and you had to participate in an approved marksmanship event. I went down to River Bend Gun Club and shot in an NRA high power match.  My understanding is that since then, the marksmanship event participation has been waived for all veterans.

CMP is a good outfit.  My rifle was a pristine Springfield from the 1950's.  I have bought a lot of ammo from them, most of it Lake City 30-06, boxer primed military production. I still have two wooden cases of the ammo untouched in storage.

As I mentioned before, the article in the latest Guns Surplus and Classics Arms annual said that CMP will begin selling the first of the M-1 Garands returned to the U.S. from the Philippines in May of 2018.

 We can all thank President Trump and the National Rifle Association  for this opportunity to buy M1911's and M-1 Garands.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas Tree. "Doing right ain't got no end". Peter Rabbit the Tank Killer.

We put up our Christmas Tree today.  We hadn't planned on doing it, but my daughter called last night and said they were going to try to make a quick trip down here for a few days during the Christmas Holidays. She will be in Nashville about that time on business, and Nashville isn't so far from here.

So, we dug out the Christmas tree, got it all set up, and it really looks beautiful, I have to say. My wife has a flair for things like that.  We tied  the tree to the wall, so when the kittens climb up in it they can't bring it crashing down in the middle of the night.

For the first time in years, I actually feel excited about Christmas.  I guess knowing the family will be together again makes the difference.

             It's been nice up here lately.  Cold nights, crystal clear, with a moon up in the sky.  In the morning, everything is covered with frost.

Supposed to rain tonight, and then clear up in the morning. After the fires last year, I'm not inclined to complain about the rain.

I was down at the foot of the mountain, where our old cistern is located.  There's a stream that bubbles up from the ground here, flows down the mountain, and into a bigger stream. In the beginning, our water came from that stream. We had a cistern at the foot of the mountain and the water was piped up from there. Worked fine until a few years after we settled here, then there was a drought. The stream dried up.  I had to put in a well and we just had that drilled a few hundred yards from the main house. That long run up the mountain had been a problem, anyway, so it seemed like a good time to fix it.  When you move to the woods, you'd be well advised to do your research back a few years and look for things like that. Never occurred to me there might be droughts in North Georgia, but it should have.

      The picture above is a painting of a cabin in Arizona.  It's always been so clean and crisp, it's one of my favorites. I got a comment from a fellow who had fled Oregon with his family, and now lives in Arizona. He picked a good place to go.  First Dr.Jim makes the epic  journey from California to Colorado, and now Bob Bookworm has uprooted , left the socialist paradise of Oregon, and established himself in Arizona. I wonder how many other people I know have courageously set out on personal odysseys like that?

I think I forgot to mention that this is out.  Good magazine, worth the money. There was one quirk in this issue, there was a long story about flying the B-26 Marauder in WW2.  I am at a loss to see what that has to do with guns. But, maybe because this hit the news stands right about Veteran's Day, they felt it was appropriate to include the reminiscences of the old vet who flew the plane. I'm not complaining, it was a good story.  When I think of the B-26, I remember the stories about the fact that the original version had very short wings, very high wing loading. As a result, there were a lot of crashes on landing and taking off. The air crews called the plane "the flying prostitute" because it had no visible means of support. It was also called the "widow maker" for obvious  reasons. Later versions had extended wings that solved the problem. That was long before my time, of course, but aviation history has always had a hold on me and still does.

My wife's sister called tonight. She wants M to come and stay with her four days starting later in the week. Her husband is "on call" and he doesn't want to have to leave her at home alone, for obvious reasons, so soon after she had the heart attack.  So I will take M over there . But it means that when our 35th wedding anniversary rolls around on Dec. 3, we won't be able to share it together.  There's nothing to be done about it, when a family member needs help, you help. Period.  I'm trying not to feel aggravated.  In the immortal words of Captain Red Legs Terril in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" sometimes "doing right ain't got no end." 

Incidentally, if you've never seen "The Outlaw Josey Wales" it's one of Clint Eastwood's best movies.

Did you ever read the Beatrice Potter stories to your kids when they were little?  My wife has a complete collection of those little cardboard bound books. We got them in France and England, and unfortunately for me, most of  them are in French, not that this presents any problem for M.

I was trying to look something up about Beatrice Potter, and I found this little book. Clearly, I missed it at the time, as it's not in my wife's collection. But I wish it was!

The really strange thing is, when we lived in Europe I bought almost all of Sven Hassel's books. They were all about the German Army in the 2nd World War , and they were great books!  I'm not sure they were ever sold in the United States, but they were sold all over Europe and in a great many languages.

Somebody must have liked both Beatrice Potter and Sven Hassel, to come up with Peter Rabbit, Tank Killer.

Remember that I posted most of El Gringo's songs, and then YouTube pulled them all from their system?  I found another set, so here's one of the funniest ones.

Thought for the day: Sometimes, it comes right down to it.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the North Georgia Mountains.

Art by Stef

 It's Thanksgiving.  There's a lot to be thankful for. First off, my  immediate family made it through this year without any big traumas. Nobody in the hospital, no car wrecks, nothing major.  There was plenty of the normal give and take of life, but that has to be expected.

Then too, the political situation in the country is so much better than it was after 8 years of the Grand Mufti.

When I think where we could be now, if Hillary Clinton were President, I shudder. I'm sure she would have outlawed firearm ownership, and she could have gotten away with it because she would have appointed one of her minions to the Supreme Court vacancy.

Terrorists would be going wild in this country, and she would be telling us there was no Islamic terror problem at all, just like Barrack Hussein did.

We'd be up to our rears in "refugees" from the middle east, something we need like we need cancer.

I know things are not perfect, and that about half the country just needs to leave and go to Africa or some other place and found their socialist Utopia there.  But at least I'm not out burying my guns in waterproof containers.  So, overall, 2017 has been a good year and I'm grateful for that.

It's quiet up here on the mountain top today.  I always forget how quiet the mountains become in winter, when the tourists and summer people are gone.

The forest noises have quieted down, no insects, frogs, weird bird calls, bizarre shrieks and whoops from the woods at night.

When I go out at night now , about all I hear is the stream running, and sometimes the wind.  I look forward to the first snow, so I can stand on the porch and listen to the snow falling. If you have ever been anywhere that had snow and no other noise, you know what I mean.

So all and all, I am content and it seems like to me, there's a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

The Guns Magazine Annual Surplus and Classic Guns for 2018 came out.  I'm thankful for that too, although it cost $13.00 this year. I'm not so thankful for that....

There's an article in here about a company that tried to import some world war II era surplus guns from the Philippines. It didn't work out, but there are pictures of huge stacks of guns, which were left in a leaky warehouse, and are now ruined. There are M-1 Garands, M1903 Springfields, M1911 pistols, lots of Japanese weapons, all sorts of things in the warehouse.  It was sad, seeing all those ruined guns. But the article said that in May, the huge number of M-1 Garands being sent back to America from the P.I. will be available for sale through the CMP.  Might want to start lining up your ducks to get one or more of those.

Paladin Press is going out of business.  Robert K Brown (Soldier of Fortune Magazine) and a buddy of his opened the book store/ publishers in 1970.  They were wildly popular in the 70's and 80's with people who were not fond of the government, with survivalists, and with a lot of other folks as well.

They published niche books on topics like going underground, making your own weapons, avoiding taxes, avoiding government snoops, and a lot of other titles that did not make them popular with the left wing or the federal government.

Eventually, some Dilbert used one of their books to murder someone else.  As I recall, it was on how to assassinate people, and the reader followed the guidelines except he got creative, and that got him caught. Then Paladin got sued, and was forced to quit publishing a lot of their titles.

At any rate, I have a lot of their books. I got most of my Ragnar Benson books from them. They are closing at the end of the month, and they are selling out their current inventory dirt cheap. Here's the link if you want to look:

Paladin Press going out of business sale.

A few cartoons:

Thoughts for the Day:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another storm coming. Remember Tawana Brawley? I need some inch pattern L1A1 mags. It's OK to be white.

This one will be all wind and rain.  Once it's past, the temperatures here on the mountain will drop down to the teens if the weather people's prognostication is right.  Good thing we have plenty of fire wood.

Some things never change. Remember Al Sharpton and poor, abused Tawana? Here we go again. I recall seeing this Air Force General tearing the cadets a new one about a "hate crime?" I expect he was just covering his ass, because there's no reason to curse out an entire unit for the deeds of one miscreant. And now it turns out it's another of the innumerable hoaxes where the minority in question faked something to get some attention, money, promotion, or just to make " crackers" look bad.

Speaking of minority manipulators,  Jesse Jackson has Parkinson's Disease.  I'm sure he got it while being unwittingly experimented on at some institution.....

Here's a documentary I want to see.  One America News has been running some really good documentaries, but I haven't been able to find them in their entirety to post them here. This is a promo but it's motivating. I will keep looking for a link to the entire program.

I haven't been on the internet much, due to a medical problem in the family that is taking a lot of our attention and time. Here are the cartoons from this past week that I missed.

The cartoon about that jerk Al Franken is especially poignant.  He was one of the first to start throwing stones when this latest witch hunt for "sexual offenders" began.  It's like the Salem Witch Hunt.  A few women come up with these "improprieties" that happened decades ago, and now everybody that wants some face time on the tube is crawling out from under rocks. I don't feel sorry for Franken, though. It's fun to see all the pious Democrats turning on him and rending him to pieces.


Meanwhile, deep in the mountains, in the dark forest........

We've been busy this week.  November is "medical month" for us, and between my wife and I we have doctor appointments every week this month.  That's a lot of driving, since we don't go to medical people in our own county.  There are too few doctors, and way too many old people. You can wait for more than two hours even if you have an appointment. So we drive a good ways to go to a place where we don't have to wait, and where the waiting room doesn't look like the local morgue.

In addition to that, my sister in law had a heart attack.  Not a bad one, but enough to rattle everyone's cage. That has thrown the extended family into an uproar. I feel sorry for her husband. He's a good guy, but he's got a lot on his plate as it is. He's a surgeon and pretty much lives with stress, so who needs this on top of that.  We are doing what we can in terms of helping out but it isn't much. My sister in law isn't even at the hospital where they both work (she's a pediatrician) but has been moved down to a big city hospital. So he has to deal with trying to get down there and then drive back to keep things going at his hospital, then drive back......

Those two have always been good to us. Sometimes I butt heads with my sister in law because she's a fundamentalist and we really need to avoid religion as a topic of conversation. When it does come up it doesn't end happily. But overall, she's a good woman and a good sister in law. 

We've got the winter dog house rigged, but up until now it hasn't been cold enough for the animals to go in. Sunday it's supposed to be in the teens and I expect that will make them go inside to keep warm.

Tonight we are in for some winds, gusting up to the mid forties. That's ok, it'll blow all the dead leaves off the roofs of the buildings.  If the wind doesn't do that, I have to crawl up on the roofs with a leaf blower to get them cleared off.  If you leave piles of dead leaves on your roofs, it will rot wood or rust tin.

The ferrets are putting on their winter coats. Since they never go outside for any length of time, I wonder how their bodies know it's time to grow long fur?

My wife has been working on renovating our house. She thinks it looks too junky with my guns hanging all over the place.  So, we've been redoing it and it does look nicer. I wonder why that matters, since nobody ever comes in the house but us?  The kids do when they visit, but they don't care about the decor? Still, the "nest" is her business. I just help do whatever she wants done. Yesterday we cleaned out the entire plant room.  It was a herculean effort, but I think she needed a break from all the tension of this week. So, we cleaned it all up and it looks really good now.
This is what the mountains look like now.  The leaves are mostly gone, and everything is brown and gray. You can stand at this spot, and look at the mountains at night, and you won't see a single electric light out there.

Well, this post has been a little less well organized than I'd like, but as I say, things have been hectic here. I haven't been able to visit people's blogs like I usually do, but we are planning on staying home tomorrow (Sunday) and if nothing unexpected happens I'll be able to read blogs then.

By the way, I need some "inch" pattern mags for the L1A1.  I have plenty of FNFAL metric mags, and I know where to get some of those, but Sportsmans Guide sold out their last inch pattern mags and nobody else seems to have them, not even CDNN.   If you have a source, I'd appreciate a heads up. Doesn't matter to me if they are used, as long as they are serviceable.  I've tried all my sources, and no one has any. There are some individuals selling them on the net, but they want a King's ransom. I only have one L1A1, the rest of my guns of this type are FNFAL's.  But I'd still like to pick up a few more mags for the L1A1.

And in closing: