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:










34 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving from Countryjo in Wa. State. Thank you for sharing your mountain top life with us.

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    1. I appreciate your stopping by, Countryjo. Always welcome. Hope Thanksgiving is quiet and relaxing for you out there.

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  2. dMuch to be thankful for here as well. My son was able to take the past week off, and flew in Saturday. He has been a major help with a couple of projects here on the farm, (you should see my new sink and faucet!!) and has done some hunting. Well, sitting so far, but they will go out again tomorrow.
    And, according to my sister, my folks made it safely to San Diego to join the rest of the family for the celebration. Makes me nervous when folks in their upper eighties travel across country.
    Going to the in-laws for the big meal. Made 2 apple pies last night, so my part is done.
    Love your last cartoon!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Harry. Hope you have a very nice day.

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    1. Suz, you and your extended family are an adventurous bunch. M and I don't even go to town on Thanksgiving day. My mother is hosting the last big family dinner at her place in Oregon today. She has always hosted Thanksgiving since we kids grew up and moved away. But she is 88 now, and she is passing the torch to my middle brother and his girlfriend , who will put it on from now on. I think that's wise, as when you total up her kids, and their kids, it's about 24 people. My wife and I and our two adult kids are the only members of the extended family who don't live in Oregon now, and it's too far for us to travel.

      I'm glad your son came and could visit, and help out around the place. I was out working on the plant room roof yesterday, and wishing my son was here. Both because I enjoyed doing chores and projects with him, and because it was so much easier to get things done.

      I'm glad everybody in your family is having a good Thanksgiving. Your parents are bolder than I am, traveling at that age!

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    1. Randy, it's a good day. We had ham and potato salad for lunch. Wife cooked, I cleaned up. Now she's watching tv by the fire and I'm piddling around downstairs. No worries, no appointments, it's a good Thanksgiving. I hope all is well at your place and it's a relaxing day for you too.

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  4. happy thanksgiving to you and yours as well. the mags are on the way...yes, much to be down about but you put it in proper perspective. we have many things to be thankful for, not the least of which is living here. everybody still wants to come here, not many wanting to leave. i've enjoyed your blog, and i'm thankful for that as well. take care brother.

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    1. riverrider, thanks. I told my post office lady to be looking out for them.

      There's a lot that makes me so mad I could chew 10 penny nails these days. But my wife always reminds me how good we, personally, have it and how much we have to be grateful for.

      It's always good to hear when someone likes the blog. I try to make it worth reading.

      Harry

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    2. lol, my goodness it's been a time since i heard 10 penny or twenty penny or any other penny sayings. in my home area it was the go-to analogy for just about anything. good times, good times. lol. thanks for the memories..

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    3. RR, I think colloquialisms are getting to be very rare these days. Between tv and video games, regional differences and dialects just seem to be going away. It's kind of a shame. I used to say "not in a coon's age" but you can't say that anymore because some BLM and liberals would misunderstand. ;-)

      The old days were good times. You are sure right about that. Not so good , today........

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving Harry. I also have much to be thankful for. I see all the depravity and evil going on in this country and I am thankful that President Trump is our president. I know that he can't change everything and turn things around. But, it is gratifying to see some of this stuff being exposed for what it is. I want to see so many politicians be forced to resign. I agree that at least half of the population in this country need to go somewhere else. I yearn for decency and integrity. Jana

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    1. Jana, you are in good company. There are still about 50% of the people in this country who belong here, who have the values that built the country, and who are struggling to preserve it. As to the other 50 percent, they need to go on back to Liberia, or Syria, or just get out of the country they are so dissatisfied with and see what the rest of the world is like.

      President Trump has to fight all the media, both political parties, and half the population but he has still done a lot of good. I'm really thankful he's President, even if a Republican had won, there wasn't a one of them worth a tinker's damn and the idea of Hillary running the country is nauseating.

      Like old Standing Wadie said " We will endeavor to perservere."

      Nice to hear from you. I know you have a lot going on but you seem to be keeping all the balls in the air, not letting any drop. Takes stamina and a good attitude to do that.

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  6. 'see what the rest of the world is like'.
    evelyn waugh wrote a book named 'black mischief'. see if interlibrary can get it for you. it might be on project gutenberg because it is old.
    young man is dissatisfied with the status quo, goes to africa, learns lessons the terrible way, returns home and , as a changed man, joins the status quo and determines to strengthen his country, not despise it.

    if we could dump 'antifa' into the belgian congo with necessary provision but no passports it would do them a world of good, if they lived through how so much of the rest of the world lives.

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  7. Sounds like a book worth reading. Doubtless I can get it on an interlibrary temploan.I have often felt that if these liberals had to get out of their deck chairs and go live in some third world pesthole for a year, the scales might fall from their eyes.

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  8. I hope you've had a pleasant day, Harry. God bless you.

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    1. Gorges, the day is about over now, and it has been a really nice one. I hope everything was tranquil at your place as well. We all need a break from the hub bub ever so often☺

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  9. G'day Harry,

    A happy Thanksgiving to you both. Loved that photo of the mountain man with the 2 muzzle loaders! Do you know how old it is?, I am guessing pre WW2?

    Your description of listening to the snow falling is intriguing, I have only ever seen snow fall once in OZ and it was so light that there was only about 2 inches, can't say that I could hear anything.

    Cheers

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    1. Sgt, I think the 1930's is right. After that, the old fellow would surely have had some kind of bolt action or lever gun. When I moved here in 86 there were still some old folks who looked like that. They lived way back on possum trails, no electricity, no running water. They are all gone now I think.

      When the snow is hard and crystalline, you can hear it coming down through the pines, and pattering on the snow pack. Winter here is a unique experience, in many ways.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Missus, Harry. Hope your family in Oregon has a good one too. The wife and I decided to let your clan keep an eye on things in Oregon and picked up and moved from the coast to the mountains of Arizona a month ago. Oregon is just trying too hard to be California. You could swap Kate Brown of Oregon and Jerry Brown of Cali and no one would ever notice the difference.
    Lots of things on the "to be thankful for" list including being away from the politics there.

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    1. I don't blame you for bailing out of Oregon, BBW. My family is only up there because my brothers both went to Oregon State in the 1970's, and liked it so much they moved there when they retired. Then my mom and my sister followed them up there when my dad died.

      Arizona is a beautiful place. I went to college at the University of New Mexico, spent four years there in Albuquerque, and managed to get over to Arizona often. It's a special place, the South West.

      You can breath free there in Arizona.

      I hope your Thanksgiving holiday went well. It's Saturday now, and things here have been pretty nice. The Holidays are a good time to catch your breath.

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  11. Hoping you had a great day Harry! So much to be thankful for, I agree.

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    1. Leigh, it's Saturday afternoon here now, about dusk. We have had a good holiday and enjoyed just relaxing up here. My wife made a big ham soup in the crockpot today, and we had roast chicken with vegetables on Thanksgiving so everything has been great, the food, the weather, and the quiet.

      I hope all is well down there on the farm. We do, all of us, have a lot to be thankful for this year.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving to you Harry and to M!! :) Hope you had a nice quiet, delicious time. I laughed at your Charlie Brown cartoon. I was just telling Alex how I'm HATING that Canada has adopted this "Black Friday" marketing craze...our Thanksgiving is in October, and they don't have it then. Oh, and because we don't have Thanksgiving on the Thursday, the stores call it "Red Thursday" and there are tons of sales and too many people out and about...very annoying. Anyway, I said to Alex "Is Black Friday" offensive? And we both laughed...They also call this weekend "Black Weekend" for the sales...silly.

    I KNOW what snow falling sounds like, I'm lucky to say. :) I hope you have it soon. Our weekdays are very quiet now and we are loving it!

    We had two big shopping days this week...one was for groceries, ugh, that is always an annoying trip! The other, to the outskirts of Montreal (2 hour drive) to buy a hat for Alex. He is very much into hats, especially old Fedoras and he found one used that an older gent was selling for $15 so we made the trip and it's a beautiful hat: this hat. It's from the 50's and I think it looks like something Jimmy Stewart would waer! :) I got him an Australian Outback hat for his birthday in January too, had a heck of a time hiding it from him, but I was successful! :) So we are both worn out and pooped by the drives...today is do nothing day, then pancakes for dinner and movies in bed with the 8 fur coats to keep us warm lol! :)

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    1. Rain, "black friday" is very strange. It started here in my town at six in the evening on Thanksgiving day this year. We did not go to town until Friday afternoon, and it had all been picked over pretty well, but we did find some good buys on dry cell batteries and stocked up on a years worth.

      The Indians down here would get after you if you called a sale day "Red Thursday." They don't even like having ball teams named after them anymore. Most of our "indians" are white people though, who had a great, great, great, great 2nd cousin twice removed who was a Cherokee or whatever. So they give themselves Indian names like "Squatting Dog" or "Breaks the Wind" and say they are indians although they have blonde hair and blue eyes.

      I like hats. Mostly I wear ball caps in Spring and Summer, and heavy felt hats with wide brims in the winter.

      I know how tired and stressed out you would be coming back from a city. But having a nice dinner and then being home, watching old movies with the dogs would be great. I brought Percy in from the apartment yesterday so he could play with the cats, but he got into a tussle with a big golden cat and I had to take him out. Brought him back in today and he just basically slept all afternoon under a blanket. The cats didn't pay him any mind. Our animal friends are like us, good days and bad days!

      Harry

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  13. "Breaks the Wind" lol....the Native Indians here aren't too pleased about "Red Thursday" either. Why must everything be a race thing...I wouldn't blink an eye at "White Monday"....

    Our pets have good days and bad days too, and I'm with Percy...I just love being huddled under a blanket some days lol...today is one of those days. Some "*bleep* for brains" tourist kept letting off those store-bought fireworks between 2am and 3am last night. It not only woke us up, but our husky Marlene is TERRIFIED of loud noises and we had to tend to her for a few hours too. I just hate these weekenders.

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    1. Rain, I don't know the answer to that. I think all the whining about race is really just an exercise on the part of a lot of people too sorry to work in order to get something for nothing. It's also a means of creating an ignorant, dim witted power block the Democrats can exploit.

      That business with the idiots shooting off fireworks in the middle of the night is why I don't have neighbors. I can't stand putting up with the inconsiderate morons that you find in any collection of human residences.

      When you get your own place way out in the sticks, be sure you get enough land, as far out there as you can support logistically. No easements, no right of ways. Only one way in or out, and make sure your access route has a spot where you can build a gate that nobody can drive around.

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    2. Oh yes, we learned about "easements" in our last rental where the landlady "forgot" to tell us that a bunch of residents had access to the lake right by our bedroom window...we thought it was a nice secluded path for US only! We didn't stay there long.

      We are getting to the point of just despising all the people around us. If it's not one letting his dog run loose all over the village, it's another with the fireworks...or the crazy woman across the road who sits on her porch to eat and puts her car radio on blast while she "dines"...crazies. lol...our biggest challenge will be cost. To have what we want, we'd much prefer to just buy a huge plot of land and build, but it's not really possible with our income. We do have to find a property with a building on it, and we'll also need electricity and plumbing in place. So far, we haven't really found anything like that, that is far enough away from others that is. But we won't give up, we're still on the hunt!!

      The race thing is just getting boring to me to be honest. I had a friend in high school, she was black and we were best friends. She wasn't black and I wasn't white, we were just girls. When she moved to New York (I may have mentioned this before), she "found" her race and became unbearable. I asked her if she was born into slavery and is that why she suddenly hates "whitey"...she was so insulted, but she didn't realize how insulting she was being by placing judgment on ME for what happened to other people decades ago. Anyway, suffice to say that friendship ended because of race. All the better though, I couldn't handle all of her hatred.

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    3. You don't need a lot of cash down, Rain, sometimes you can find owner financing on a property like you want. Something remote and rustic is not easy to sell, and when older people who have lived there a long time can't live there anymore, or die, then the property can really only be moved with owner financing.

      The problem is really making a living. I drove 72 miles round trip , in all kinds of weather, to the other side of the mountains for twenty years to make a living. It was hard and I did not like the job either, but it worked out for us in the end. Something will work out for you.

      The things you mentioned are the reason I cannot have neighbors. I don't want to have to take their idiosyncrasies into account, nor do I want to be hassled by them about my own.

      I knew a lot of really good black people in the Marine Corps. I think because we had a common goal, and shared exactly the same kind of life, we got along. Also, those people were there to make a good life for themselves, and earn respect. The people like your x friend just want a reason to hang their problems on other people, or want to be taken care of without having to work or struggle.

      I think it's stupid beyond belief for blacks to sit back and say "oh, boo hoo, my ancestors were slaves 100 years ago, so you owe me." I don't owe them a plugged nickle. I made my way without handouts, and they ought to be able to do the same thing. If they can quit murdering each other and dealing dope to get a job.....

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    4. We are actually quite lucky Harry. We don't have to work outside the home, so location isn't an issue at all. I burned out in 2003 and was (fortunately) accepted for lifetime disability...lifetime until I'm 65 that is. It's been a god-send because I basically couldn't get out of bed for nearly 10 years. My doctor really fought for me, long story, but my employers admitted to manipulating me through false promises of profit sharing if I made the company profitable within 2 years, which I did to the detriment of my own health, then I got hung out to dry. Something snapped in me at that point, and I never really recovered.

      Alex was working a good job at Bell Canada when we met. But we talked a lot about what kind of lifestyle we wanted to live and he gave up his job. We were living on just my income for a while until he started to make some money on his freelance archiving work. We get by, but there really are no luxuries...that's kind of how we like it though! Simplicity. And we get to be home all the time, so it works out. It took some getting used to, but we've adjusted pretty much! :) If his work dries up though, he's willing to go back to getting a job, but we're trying our best not to let that happen by being frugal.

      For the budget we have, we don't need much of a down payment, and we figure that the property we want won't necessarily be listed with an agent so we've been looking at other resources to see what's out there. We still have a few years on this lease though, so it gives us time to try to reduce the debt more. The day we don't hear our neighbours will be a day in paradise lol! :)

      My ex-friend..it was so weird because she was brought up just normally, not in a "black" family, they were just a family living in the suburbs. It was only when she moved to the States that she developed this chip on her shoulder. I don't owe anyone anything. Like you say, I've made it while struggling and even during the burnout, I felt guilty for being on disability when I clearly needed it and deserved it. I still have guilt sometimes. I've tried over the years to go back to work, but I end up having severe panic and have to escape being around people.

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    5. Rain, I don't think you should feel badly about being on disability at all. You worked hard, and contributed to society. If your health breaks down, shouldn't you still be able to live a decent life?

      Money can be a pill, but it sure isn't the be all and the end all. It seems to me, from your blog, that you and Alex have a nice place to live in, in a nice area, and you seem to be happy. What else can a person ask for? If you have the basics, odds are you can do without the luxuries and I bet you don't even miss them.

      I think you'll find what you are looking for. I did, but I made a lot of trips to look at places that didn't pan out for one reason or the other. I think it was just a matter of sticking with it and not settling for "less" than I really needed. We had some hard times up here, but every year things were better. That's how it goes for most folks, I think.

      I doubt you miss that lady much. If she went from being your friend to looking at you as a White Devil, I'd say she's imminently expendable.

      I hope you can avoid having one of you working for "the man." I did that for twenty years, for the money, and I am sure it took years off the end of my life. If I hadn't had a wife and kids depending on me, I damn sure would have quit that outfit and I'd have been happier working in a gas station or a fast food joint, if it came to it!

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  14. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Harry!

    We spent the day surrounded by family and all the new babies, up at 7200' in a forest, and beautiful weather.

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    1. Nice up there, isn't it? It would be good to go to a family get together. My mom always hosts a gathering of the clan, but it's just too far from Georgia to Oregon and back.

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  15. Seeing LOTS of stars at night is something my wife is still getting used to!

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    1. Even now, after living up here for so many years, it kind of takes my breath away when we have a really clear, starry night. It will take awhile to get used to, I imagine. No light pollution makes a big difference .

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