There's a new movie coming out, Seven Days at Entebbe. It's a remake of the old Charles Bronson film, which was pretty good. I plan to go see it when it gets around to our theater.
I remember when the Israelis pulled this off. It was the fourth of July, 1976. I was stationed at Quantico, Virginia and there was a big fourth of July celebration at the base. The date sticks in my mind for obvious reasons.
Everybody admired the Israelis, both for having the courage on the political front to actually do something, and because they were successful. They had only one military casualty, Yonatan Netanyahu. He was the brother of current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was himself a member of the special forces outfit, Sayeret Matkal. Yonatan Netanyahu was also the leader of the paratroops who executed the raid. The Israeli officers lead from the front.
If you want to brush up on the event, here's the best book I know about it. Simon Dunstan is a well known author, and the book is published by Osprey, probably the premier military history publisher in the world.
"It was time so dangerous, that even the ferrets carried guns" paraphrase of "Conan the Barbarian"
The weather is a little warmer today, just made it to 60 degrees, and not much wind. I took Percy out for a walk in the meadow. He had to wear his harness, because he's young and fast and I'm old and slow. He enjoyed his time outside though. I didn't bring Spike because he stays pretty well doped up, due to his medical problems, and prefers to sleep when he's not eating.
It's March, so it's windy here. The wind comes tearing down the mountainside, and it sounds like a jet coming over. When the air is cold, as it has been the last three days, it's a bitter wind. Lots of branches down outside. I worked some this morning on clearing it up. I'm getting quite a big pile of limbs and smaller branches that I need to burn at some point. Maybe this weekend if we get a light rain.
I got my quarterly Alumni Magazine from the University of New Mexico. I went there from 1971-1975 courtesy of the largess of the U.S. Navy. Best time of my life, and my reserve unit was a good bunch of guys.
Although I enjoy reading about the university, what I really want the magazine for is the section that tells what Alumni are doing, by year group. It will say "Joe S. Ragman, 75, has retired from Fedex where he was a pilot for 22 years" or things like that.
The other section I always read, with considerably less pleasure but no less interest, is "In Memorium."
It tells you who has died, by year group. I almost always see someone I know, these days.
New Magazine shows up:
I got this first issue of "American Pioneer" out of the blue. I never heard of it, but it's the same format as Off Grid and American Survival Guide. Oversized, very high quality paper, and I expect it's expensive. I have no idea how they picked me, unless it's because I already subscribe to their other magazine and look like a good prospect.
It really reminds me of survival magazines from the 1970's and 1980's. Back then, the whole mind set was bugging out to the mountains when the Russians nuked us, and surviving off the land. My earliest memories of school are doing "duck and cover" drills where you shut the curtains in the classroom and then everybody hid under their desk so you would be "safe" from the Russian bombs.
The Day After (head for the woods before the sirens go off!)
Nobody doubted it was going to go just the way life was depicted in this movie. This is absolutely what everyone expected to happen, sooner or later. The entire time I was in the Marines, it was the Russians we prepared to fight. The survivalist mindset then was to get out into the woods, mountains, desert, anywhere away from urban centers, and live off the land.
American Pioneer actually looks pretty good. There are articles on firearms, fieldcraft, hunting, fishing, reloading. I'll probably either buy it on the news stands, or if it doesn't show up there, I'll subscribe. Now a days, people worry more about natural disasters, and "bugging out" isn't the be all and the end all, but you never know.
I've always enjoyed the BudK catalog, and I bought a lot of things from them. Both for my own use, and as barter goods.
The CHKadels catalog is new, this is only the third issue as far as I know, but it's loaded with good things. I have managed to find one item in each catalog that I ordered, because I wanted the goods but also because I want to stay on their mailing list.
It's been a good week for mail. I also got my new Northern catalog. If you live out in the countryside and have to do all your own repair work, you can't live without this
All of these catalogs are free. I don't have any financial ties to any of them, but they are fun and sometimes you find things you really need (or just want.)