|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:
A few cartoons: