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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sisyphus the ferret.

I've been pondering the blog. It's been going on now for a few years, and I'm not sure where I want to go with it now.  At some point, I'll get it figured out. Until then, here's a good song for reflection, from the "Sunlounger" album.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Snowing outside. We are on the Southern edge of the big storm going into the NE.  Started out as sleet but has turned to snow now, just before midnight.

Everything is finished up at my mother in laws, at least as far as I am concerned. My wife is staying over there with her siblings for a few days, as they take care of the business associated with my mother in law's possessions, etc.  The inexorable process has to work it's way to it's final conclusion.

I'm hoping things get back to normal now.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Green Side Out! Brown Side Out!

Anybody out there in the Marines long enough ago  to know what that phrase signifies?

All is chaos here:

Some German General , and I can't remember his name, said "Order, Counter Order, Disorder!"

He was right.

My wife is back and we are all embroiled in this big imbroglio at the moment.  I'll be back when the dust settles.

Let me leave you with this recent interview on Fox News.  Bill Binney knows what's going on. His partial resume is on the post before this one.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Passing the Word

Joel could use a little help.

Big Brother is Listening. Stand By to Stand By.

"Binney is the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, who managed six thousand NSA employees.
He was a 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker.
Binney also mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”).
Binney told Washington's Blog:
NSA has all the data through the Upstream programs (Fairview/Stormbrew/Blarney)  [background] and backed up by second and some third party country collection.

Plus the FBI and CIA plus others, as of the last month of the Obama administration, have direct access to all the NSA collection (metadata and content on phones,email and banking/credit cards etc.) with no attempt at oversight by anybody [background]. This is all done under Executive Order 12333 [the order which allows unlimited spying no matter what intelligence officials claim] ....

FBI would only ask for a warrant if they wanted to be able to take it into court at some point given they have something meaningful as evidence. This is clearly true given the fact the President Trump's phone conversations with other country leaders were leaked to the mainstream media.
In other words, Binney is saying that Trumps phones were bugged by the NSA without a warrant - remember, top NSA whistleblowers have previously explained that the NSA is spying on virtually all of the digital communications of Americans. - and the NSA shared the raw data with the CIA, FBI and other agencies."

Zero Hedge News


My mother in law has been moved to a hospice. No one knows what is going to happen, everyone has their own plan they want everybody else to adhere to.  Right now I'm at home waiting for the next flurry of directives.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

"It was a day when every cat one stroked, flew in one's face."

"When in Danger, When in Doubt, Run in Circles, Scream and Shout!"
Old USMC saying.

My sister in law called me this Sunday.  My wife's mother is in the hospital.  This is not an unusual occurrence. More than once, the alarm has been sounded and my wife's siblings have roared down to Georgia from all over the country, only to find it was a false alarm.

This may be one of those times, or it may not.  My wife was flying home next week, but now her brother is picking her up in a Northern city, where she is staying with the kids, and the two of them are driving to my sister in law's.  They should be there tomorrow.

I will probably wind up making the trip over the mountains to her place (about 120 miles round trip over some of the worst roads in North Georgia) and back daily until this gets resolved one way or the other.

I may be up S**t Creek without a paddle. As I have bragged  before, I don't own a suit, a white shirt with a collar, a tie, or "suit shoes". I gave all that to Good Will within a week of walking out of the office for the last time, and swore I'd never put that stuff on again.  I'm going to be  "toasted" in jeans and a flannel shirt when I kick off.

But here, a lot of store is set in everybody showing up for a big service at the church, and then again at a funeral ceremony. You have to wear a suit. Not doing so is an insult and would probably result in me getting beat up at the church by other mourners. I s**t you not, this is Georgia.

I don't even know where to find a suit. They don't sell them anywhere in this county, and my wife has always bought all my clothes for the last 35 years. And before that, I wore uniforms......
She'll have to handle that problem. There are places where her sister lives that can probably handle the whole rig. I bought a couple of suits in Okinawa I liked really well, the tailor made them for me . One was bright blue and one was completely white. When I got married my wife gave them to the Navy Relief thrift shop...... She picked out all my clothes for work when I started with the Oil and Gas outfit  so I never had a problem with that. Looked very professional, and was very uncomfortable.

What an unmitigated pain in the posterior. If I don't post or check for comments for awhile, that's what's going on. Maybe it will be much ado about nothing, but it doesn't sound like it right now.

On the Gun Front:

Based on the advice of some other entusiasts, I am looking into an AK-47 underfolder or side folder for the Jeep.  Cheaper, I already have mags and ammo (none of which I have for the Krink) for the AK.

Lots cheaper than $1300 for an American made Krinkov. And the Krink doesn't use the same magazines or ammo as the AK-47.

On the News:

I am no fan of  the individual Snowden, but the movie is informative. It's an accurate representation of what was going on when the NSA was  reading everyone's email, listening to everyone's phone calls, and James Clapper was vehemently denying it all at Senate Sub Committee meetings. That is, he was lying and committing perjury.

Here's a clip from the movie.

Why does this matter?  Because Schumer and Franken are showing up on CNN, with big banner headlines under their interviews, that say "Franken crushes Trump claims of wire tap." And how did Bunny Boy "crush" these highly believable accusations? Well, it could only happen in Washington. They are dragging out Mr. Clapper, and having him say the  allegations are not true. The same guy that Diane Feinstein wanted to send to prison for perjuring himself to congress.

When Clapper said this, he knew full well that the NSA was monitoring EVERYTHING and collecting info on EVERYBODY.  But he was an Obama appointee, and so when the Snowden thing blew up, and exposed his lies,  he just wrote an apologetic letter to Feinstein , no charges were ever filed.

Now there's every reason to believe that the Obama intelligence services were wire tapping Trump Tower, but the Demi's want everybody to believe they weren't because James Tapper says so!

Give me a break!

 I know Snowden and what he did infuriates a lot of people. But the movie is worth seeing. Forget him as a person, and just look at the way the NSA follows everything that everyone does. Every email you send, every cell phone call you make, every land line call, every blog comment, every blog post.

It's no wonder a lot of people won't blog , or even post a comment on a blog.

Even the NSA has not disputed the portrayal of their capabilities or their operating procedures as depicted in the movie. I don't care for Oliver Stone, but I learned some things from the  movie I didn't know.

It's worth two dollars to rent, what can you lose?

Well, short post today because I have some things to get done here before the Sound and the Fury starts with the mother in law.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Blood in the Streets. The Krinkov, a must have fashion statement for today?

There were pro Trump demonstrations in more than 40 American cities Saturday. Some were relatively small and quiet. In some of the big cities, not so.  In California the pro Trump demonstrators were attacked by Schumerites.  Here's a video from a local television station. As far as I know, it wasn't on MSM, or anything like it.

I know there were skirmishes in Atlanta. This time, the pro - Trump people did not bring firearms and predictably, the black clad Hillary Ninja apparently attacked them. I was told this on the CB this afternoon, but I haven't confirmed it.

For a good overall view of the fighting and related events, here's a link to a blog sent to me by a friend. I have not seen this before but it seems reputable, and what is on it corresponds to what I am reading at other blogs on the net.

Let me say  this.  I don't trust anything the MSM says, other than Fox. And they are getting pretty shaky, depending on whose show you watch.  To find out what's really going on, you have to try to find reputable articles by people whom you trust, or videos that you believe are true.  Lacking the resources of a news organization, it's a judgment call.  Since that episode with the sniper story, I have been very careful not to post anything I think might be fake. If I find out that I posted something that was not true, I'll let everyone know. If I am repeating something I was told by someone I trust, I'll make that clear too.

And so it begins.

Who is organizing these Pro-Trump demonstrations?

I haven't been able to find out a lot about that, but these people are involved. You can sign up for their emails to get the word on demonstrations to support the President in your area. I signed up.  If there's one I can get to, I want to go. Even if it means driving to Atlanta.  I'll have to rent a car to do it, since I don't want my Cherokee trashed and I'm not taking off my bumper stickers.

Main Street Patriots web page

"The Best is the Enemy of Good Enough." Old Russian Proverb.

But not always:

Back when I still thought it helped, I used to send emails to idiots like Ted Kennedy, expressing my displeasure with anti-gun legislation. I always attached this to the email (the unedited photo) with the caption "if you want it, come and get it." I wouldn't dare do this today, as the FBI would undoubtedly kick down my door and murder me. But there was still some freedom of expression back in the mid 2000 time frame.

I've been driving around with an HK G3 in the back of my jeep since my unsettling run in with some Hispanic businessmen out in the national forest not long ago.  I've always carried a pistol, but now I carry a rifle and a pistol.

I started out carrying an AK-47 (1990's era Norinco MAK-90 rebuilt with Choate stock).

But a friend pointed out to me that the 7.62X39 cartridge was an intermediate cartridge, and maybe something more powerful was in order.

So I went to the HK G-3.

But this is a full sized battle rifle.  Sitting in the front seat of a Jeep Cherokee, there's no way to deploy this rifle without getting out of the car. It's too long. Maybe that wouldn't be a problem in most cases, but if someone surprises you, you might be reduced to just using a pistol.

What would be perfect is the Krinkov version of the AK.

I don't want anything fully automatic.  I don't want the BATF hassles and I don't want the tax stamps you have to have to own the weapon legally. And there's this, a fully automatic Krinkov, if you could find one, would run you more than an MP-40. And I've never been able to bring myself to spend the green to buy an MP-40, something I really want.

So I looked at Semi-Auto American produced Krinks.

Now you run into BATF rules again. You can get a Krink with no stock for under a thousand. That's because BATF considers it a "pistol."  But good luck hitting anything with it.  The kick makes the weapon nearly uncontrollable for the average man. If you are a SEAL, or a Ranger, or just a big guy with experience, this might not be a problem. Provided you don't have arthritis in your wrists.

You can buy a "boot" for the gun. This is not a stock, it's a fitting that lets you put your arm inside it and brace the pistol that way.  I don't like it.  But I know a fellow for whom I have a great deal of respect, who does. He bought one for an AR-15 "pistol" and found it very satisfactory. But if I am going to spend a small fortune for a gun, I want it to be one that suits me.

You can buy an American made Krinkov with a fixed stock, but it will have a phony silencer on it to get the barrel length just over legal. They cost a lot. About $1300.00 as far as I can tell.

The fixed stock and the barrel extension mean I'm getting close to the same length as one of my AK-47 's with the Choate stock.

I'm open to suggestion if anyone knows a way to get a Krinkov that looks like the one above for less than $1300. I think that's the best solution for me, if it 's affordable.

People are still laughing about the High and Mighty "Celebrities" making fools of themselves at the Oscars. Here are some good cartoons.

Here are a few more  good ones I got today.

Remember that wretch that was insulting the Navy Seal who was killed, and his wife. The "Hillary Staffer". Anybody need someone to do janitor work? He's looking for a new job since he got fired from his old one.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

More on Sweden's cultural suicide. Stick a fork in them, they're done. Schumer as Janus, the two faced God of Thieves and Liars.

This is from Fox News. There are other youtube videos that make the point more viscerally, but they are so graphic I don't feel like I can post them  That's one of the problems in America. People often can't handle really ugly facts, so we water the  news down. MSM does it, politicians do it, and I guess bloggers do it because I am .  I wouldn't show some of this stuff to my mother so I'm not going to subject other women to it.  The Fox interview is a very good one, though.

Schumer as Janus, the two faced god of liars and thieves.

Here's a video of Scheiss Schumer saying Jeff Sessions should resign. During his confirmation hearings, Pervert Al Franken said to Sessions that in view of new information "breaking now", had Sessions spoken to Russians during the campaign. Sessions took that to mean in his capacity as an associate of Donald Trump,and answered, quite honestly, no.  But he had spoken to the Russian ambassador on unrelated subjects, in his (Sessions) office, with two aides present, both retired Army Colonels.

Now the Demi's are crying out that he "lied."  Schumer and others are calling on him to resign, trying to put another notch on their gun.

Schumer speaks on Jeff Sessions.

But LO!  It was a different story when Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton staged an "accidental" meeting on an airport tarmac when Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to indict Hillary Clinton. They just talked about "family", the topic of getting Hillary off never came up! I cry B.S. on that.

Here's what Schumer had to say about that when people said Lynch should resign.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The way things are really going. Bear Creek Soups. Preparedness publications.

The Democrats, with the help of some "Never Trump" Republicans, are trying to lynch Jeff Sessions as they did General Flynn.  Rolling over on Flynn because Pence was irritated was a big mistake. Now the Dems are after much bigger fish.

Sessions was asked at his confirmation hearing by Dr. Strange ( Al Franken) if he had any conversations with any Russians during the Presidential campaign. This was in the context of conversations about the campaign, and Senator Sessions answered truthfully that he did not. But, he had conversations with Russians as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Not about anything to do with the election, and his fellow committee members ,  those who are Republicans and not Anti-Trump fanatics, all say it's routine for committee members to do that.

But now, having done in Flynn by innuendo, Schumer has set his sights on Sessions. He has help from some Republicans, among them in particular  Marco Rubio and Darrel Issa, ( a Republican Representative from, you guessed it, California.)

On a related subject, there is a NY Times story making news today. The Times, no fan of President Trump and rabidly liberal, is reporting that prior to leaving the White House, Barack Hussein Obama told his staffers to disseminate specially prepared "intelligence reports" concerning alleged contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

 These reports were prepared by a Clinton loyalist from an unidentified intelligence agency. They were written in such a way as to disclose no sources, so there is no way to verify what's in them.  It's the usual "highly placed sources who cannot be identified because they were not authorized to discuss " this  fraud, Obama's people were to distribute these reports as widely as possible, especially to the media. Fox News said this morning that this was the first instance they were aware of in history where an American President on his way out took such extreme efforts to impact the incoming administration.  I'll post the clip of the segment when I can get it. Usually about 24 hours after a segment airs it goes up on their video page.

The Times is a Democratic Tool, and this story is designed to make Obama look like a Knight in Shining Armor, having his people protect the American public even as he prepares to leave office.

If you read the article, you can see it was the Obama fake news machine in full tilt. You have to remember who wrote this, and why, to get to the real story.

Obama ordered "It's the Russians" story to be given widest possible dissemination

That covers the last 24 hours of the news cycle. I watched CBS last night, for the first time in ages, to see how they would deal with the President's speech. Not surprisingly it was 25 minutes of unremitting attacks on President Trump, and 5 minutes of inane "human interest " stories. The big tornadoes and storms that went through the South yesterday weren't interesting enough to them to mess with.

News you don't hear on American television.

I've been trying to keep some of the news from Europe on here from time to time. It's being completely ignored by every news agency but Fox, and even they are just using it as a filler.

This fellow has some excellent posts, and he's not afraid to speak the truth although in England, you can be imprisoned for "inflammatory speech."

The overall  bottom line on all the shrieking and telling of outright lies on the news.

On the "Cover your Derriere Front."

Bear Creek Soups

On the non-political front,  here's an item that you might want to put in your pantry and your long term storage.

You can find Bear Creek soups in about any grocery store.  There are a lot of flavors to choose from. They tend to be pricey.  I drive up to Franklin, North Carolina to a store called "Big Lots." I can buy these soups there , by the case lot, for about a third of what the same soup would cost me in my town at the grocery store.

Here's the thing to remember about Bear Creek soup. It's a base to start from. I had Bear Creek chicken soup for lunch today.  I put the contents of the package in a pot of chicken broth to boil. Then I added a chopped up onion, a can of Portuguese Sausage spam, some already boiled white rice, and a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

It came out delicious, and there's enough for me to eat for another three meals. You can eat these as they come from the package, but with some forethought you can make a much more delectable meal by throwing in a few add on's.

Inside their aluminum packages, the soup will last virtually forever because it's all desiccated. If you had some dehydrated potatoes or canned potatoes, some canned beef and chicken broth, rice, dried vegetables, etc and enough of this soup stored away, you could get through several days without support, and eat well.

It doesn't hurt to have more, but surely everyone should have at least the "three days" worth that the government touts.  The Feds used to put out this huge book that wasn't really too bad, for people who had never given any consideration to the idea of preparedness or self sufficiency. It was free.  

This was a very comprehensive book. If you knew nothing at all about preparedness, and you went through this publication and did what it said to do, you should have been able to get through just about any foreseeable "Black Swan" event. 

Maybe not comfortably, but you would have had medical supplies, food, equipment, and the prior planning in place to have a shot.

The one area it didn't touch with a ten foot pole was self defense. Being a government publication, that was off limits.

Still , it was a darn good publication, especially when you considered that it was a government issue item, and that it was free.

Then, in 2014, it was replaced with a far less comprehensive guide, but it was still paper and still free.

FEMA readiness guide download chapters as PDF

I can't find anywhere to get this guide in paper now, but you can download the individual chapters from the link above.  If anyone does know how people can get a paper copy, I'd appreciate hearing about it so I could post the information.

Here are two other books I'd make sure I had on the shelf.  

How to Survive The End of The World as we Know It.

The book has been around a long time.  There's a companion volume to it on tools.  You can get it from Amazon.  When it first came out, it was really cheap and I bought a bunch of them and sent them to family members.  Now it costs a good bit more, I don't know why.  If you are a practitioner of the self sufficient lifestyle, you know all about James Wesley Rawles.  I have all of his books, including his survival fiction.  They are all worth reading.

This little book has been out forever too. It's published by Backwoods Home.  I've read Backwoods Home, on and off, for many years. Recently they announced they are going digital only. If they provide the entire magazine, including adds, I'll subscribe. Digital magazines are cheap, and don't require storage space.

This paperback would be nice to have on hand. Even if you have been studying self sufficiency for a long time, there are useful things in here that you probably have overlooked.

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