Sunday, April 29, 2018

Movies that "would not appeal" here. The caravan arrives at the border today. Spring. A Loquacious Paean to my MP-40 (air gun)

I was looking forward to seeing "Beirut."  It's about Beirut Lebanon at exactly the same time I was there. But April 15th, the release date, came and went, and nowhere in the North Georgia Mountains was it being shown.

I asked up at the big cinema complex in the next county.  They are not showing it because they don't think it will appeal to enough customers. Instead, they will show a movie about Peter Rabbit, a movie about a "physically challenged " woman who thinks she is beautiful, and a couple of other "appeal to the lowest common denominator" type shows.  Nor does anyone have any plans to show the new movie about the Entebbe Rescue.

Well, that's fine.  I'll buy the DVD's when they come out.  There's a new movie called "Leave No Trace" , the trailer is below. I'm pretty sure they won't be showing that one, either.

The weather has changed, and the days are perfect here.  Low seventies in the daytime, mid forties at night. Low humidity.  Everything is turning green. Seems like one day the woods were all gray or brown, then the next every shade of green.

I've stopped listening to my scanners as much as I used to do.  It's getting too depressing.  Better to just concentrate on things up here on the mountain, on my own property. At least I have some control here.  I've been spending more time listening to "wildcat" shortwave broadcasts coming out of people's barns in Tennessee and Mississippi, although Arkansas and Missouri have some interesting stations too.

A lot of them are religious, but they have news worked into their broadcasts.  They're all pretty sure the End Times are coming.  I don't know about that, but I agree with them that the Bad Times are on the horizon.

Life seems to go better when it's not cold, snowy and dreary outside!

Took all three dogs to the county rabies clinic yesterday.  That's always a goat rope, but you get your dog vaccinated for $10.00, as opposed to $65.00 if you go to the vets office.

Today is the day the "immigrant caravan" is supposed to reach the U.S. border. I listened to a radio broadcast on the satellite radio about it today as I was waiting for dawn.  Apparently, the Democrat affiliated outfits that support open borders sent lawyers down to Central America, got this thing organized, and have trained the would be "immigrants" to cross the border in adult/children pairs. If they get picked up with a child, ICS is currently operating under an Obama era rule that says the adult and the child have to be released and given a "court date." The ICE agent on the program pointed out that of course, they never show up.  He was desperate to get this rule changed, but the oversight committees that have input into the issue are being blocked from action by the Democratic politicians in D.C.

No one seems to know what exactly will happen when the "caravan" tries to cross the border, but the ICE agent being interviewed said he thinks they will just come in the country, be given court dates they won't keep, and disappear. There was some woman on the show who had helped organize this thing, and she said that the U.S. has no right to keep people out who want to come. She said greedy, selfish Americans will have to realize that they have no right to live better than the people in her country, which I think was El Salvador.  She also said that by trying to keep "her people" out of our country, the U.S. was "oppressing" Hispanics and "keeping them down."


I thought this was well put.  

And that's the way it is.....

Today's Quote:

Listening to my scanners at night, I'd say this guy knew what he was talking about.

My newly acquired Umarex MP-40 airgun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Making the Rounds.

We have been doing some traveling.  Monday we set out for Gainesville, Ga.  It used to be a quiet, red brick little town at the foot of the mountains. In the Victorian period, wealthy people from Atlanta used to ride the train up to Gainesville and stay in their summer houses, where it was cooler and quieter. Some of those mansions are preserved on Green Street, although they are now all business offices.

In 1988, there were strikes in the chicken plants in Hall county, of which Gainesville is the seat. Not for unionization, which is unpopular here in the South, but for better wages and working conditions. The big chicken producers like ConAgra, Fieldale, and Tysons spread some money around down in Atlanta, and got temporary work permits for thousands of Mexicans to come up here. Of course, temporary turned into forever. The black and white people who had been working in the plants were replaced with Hispanics. Gainesville became a "Little Mexico" replete with spanish store fronts, spanish speaking taxi services, and the obligatory Hispanic gangs, like the Latin Kings.

The 2016 Census showed Hall County at 28% Hispanic, but the actual numbers are well over 60%. Getting illegals to participate in the census is not easy, particularly when the census takers are not anxious to draw attention to certain demographic trends.

But, we went anyway. The nearest book store to where we live is at the mall in Hall County.

When we got there, after an absence of about a year and a half, a lot had changed. First, the mall is largely abandoned. Most of the store fronts were empty. The book store was still there, and a few shops like Belks.  The last time we were there, most of the people in the mall were Hispanic.  This time, it was primarily Moslems. The women working in the kiosks down the central aisle of the mall were wearing burkhas. The women in the hair stylists shop were wearing burkhas.  One of the women shopping in Victoria's Secret was wearing a Burkha.

Maybe they are selling these outfits in Victoria's Secret now, but I doubt they are that multicultural, yet.

 These women  were wearing  the "Abaya" outfits that don't cover the face, but I still thought it felt pretty strange. The resting areas, little places in the main aisle with chairs , water fountains, and plants were full of Arabic men, drinking coffee from the coffee bar and chattering in Arabic. The air reeked of cologne. Anybody who has spent time in the middle east will know exactly what I mean.  Gainesville boasts an Islamic Cultural Center, and you can go to the web page "Best Ten Mosques in Gainesville" if you want to get down with Allah.

We decided to leave, but what to do next?   We went to Cleveland, Georgia where they have a big new Walmart.  Unfortunately, it was pretty much stocked with what we have in our Walmart, though I did find some good emergency lanterns for a decent price.

Then on to Helen, Ga.  Helen is a big tourist area, and the town is made up to look like a Bavarian town. Helen used to be a  small sawmill town, but a veteran coming back from World War II had the idea to dress it up for the tourists, modeling it on Bavaria. They did a good job.

In the 1980's and half way through the 1990's, it was a nice place. Good restaurants, nice hotels, a river flowing  through, mountains all around.  Lots of very nice little shops that sold tourist knickknacks. Then, in the mid nineties, the Pakistanis starting buying everything up.  Now , they run the place. The shops sell vulgar t-shirts emblazoned with trashy slogans and images. Every other shop is a liquor store or a tattoo parlor. We weren't going to see any of this.   Unicoi State Park is located outside Helen, and the lodge there has a great buffet.

But when we got there, the cupboard was bare. The restaurant was closed.  I've been going to the Lodge at Unicoi for a long time, for decades, and never ran into that before.  According to a young woman we spoke to, business has fallen off at the park and they are only open on Friday and Saturday until June.

So, in the pouring rain, we drove over a nasty set of switchbacks to Hiawassee, Georgia.  Hiawassee has a big lake and is largely populated by octogenarian halfway backs with A LOT of money.

Hiawassee was a quiet , summer town kind of place in the eighties.  Now the mountains are covered with expensive homes, the lake is ringed with condominiums, and the funeral homes and hospitals are doing a land office business as the elderly population croaks. They do have a good steak house up there, though, and that's where we had a late lunch or early supper.

Then, in the thundering rain , on down through the little college town of Young Harris, which is just a wide spot in the road.  Other than a Methodist college, the only other thing there is a big state park. It has a great restaurant, and that was going to be our fall back position if the place in Hiawassee hadn't been open.

After Young Harris,  through Blairsville, Ga.   Blairsville was a nice quiet place once upon a time, but now it's all fast food joints and chain "big box" stores.  The old town square , which was a charming place, has been "renovated" and now looks like some "pueblo' in Mexico.

Then on down the road, through the wind and rain, and back home.  We didn't set out to go anywhere but Gainesville,  just wound up on the "loop" more by accident than anything else.  It was a nice outing, and we were really amazed at the changes in some of the places we hadn't been to in awhile.


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday morning, and it's clouding up.

Another storm coming in.  It's getting a bit monotonous.  This is April, and most tornadoes that hit North Georgia do so right about now.  There have been two big tornado events up here since 1986. We've been lucky on the mountain, but they have hit within ten miles straight line distance of here, and the two that came through during that period were massive. They tore whole swaths out of the forest, opening up mountain vistas that were blocked by the woods before. They also removed a lot of houses. One day, there were nice houses, the next just cement slabs with pipes sticking up out of them.  That was in March, 1994.  

The worst tornado event in living memory here in Georgia was in March of 1932.  That killed more than 400 people and injured over 2,100 across three Southern states.   It's engraved in the collective memory here. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what happens this time around.

We made two big supply runs this week.  One up to Murphy and one right here in town. Now we are all set for awhile, and can stay up here for several weeks if need be, without leaving the mountain top. As far as I can tell, the "new residents" in the "projects" have not made any preparations at all. Probably, it's not that important for them since they live right in town, and the power is always restored there in short order. As long as the electricity stays on and the grocery store is open, they should do fine. About all they have to worry about is a direct hit by a tornado. I was going to say "and we couldn't get that lucky" but that sounds mean, doesn't it?

My "air gun" is supposed to be here Monday.  Looking forward to that.  I've been shopping for a few extra magazines, but haven't found any for under $100 which seems pretty extreme. One of the reviews I read said the magazines have weak follower springs (sound familiar?) so I need to have a few extras.

I need six more magazines if I can find them at a decent price, since I ordered one of these magazine pouch sets already!

I have been watching reviews on line, and it looks like as long as you use the name brand cartridges and pellets, this air gun works pretty well. I have been taking a look at some tests a Swedish fellow did , shooting at about 40 feet, and blowing up beer bottles and water bottles.  There was another interesting video of the gun shooting right through watermelons from about 30 feet away, but the guy making it was a really weird looking fellow and every other word out of his mouth was "f this" and "f that." He did make a good video, though......

However, now my latent desire to own the real deal is well and truly inflamed.  I know I can't afford a World War II MP-40, but I have written to the IRS in Atlanta, asking them to send me the paperwork that will enable me to legally obtain the version of the new production MP-40 in 9mm currently being imported from Germany.  I need the forms, and I'd like to have some idea how long it will take from submission with the tax fee ($200) til I get their ok to buy the gun.  I also need to know how to pass on a Class III weapon to my son.  I renew my C&R with the ATL office and they generally seem to be pretty efficient, so maybe I can get the show on the road soon.  Until then, I'll have to be satisfied with shooting watermelons, I guess.



In search of a Jeep.

I found a low milage, four wheel drive 2008 Jeep Commander for sale, the guy is asking $8000.00 for it. That's nothing like what I was looking for , but it's a good deal and I like Commanders. We bought a 2007 version and that's what my kids are driving. That vehicle is 11 years old now, has been driven hard (and well maintained) and has never had much work needed.  The Commander was sold in the United States from 2006 until 2010, but was so large it didn't really take off with Jeep fans, and never was able to get much market share in the large SUV arena.

I'm taking it into the shop this week to have it gone over. If the mechanic gives it a thumbs up, I'll offer the owner $7000 and see what we can work out.

Olive Oil:

When we were in the store in Murphy this week, we bought 14 bottles of olive oil. While we were in line, some fellow came up and asked me why I was buying so much.  It wasn't any of his business, but I told him the price was good.  He said it would go bad before I could use that much.  I thanked him and he wandered off.

But the truth is, I've kept olive oil in the large cans down in the basement for more than four years, and never had the first problem with it.

This is what one of the olive oil growers association web pages said about it.

"It can be as much as 3-4 years for an early harvest, high polyphenol containing olive variety which has been filtered then packaged in a well sealed tin or dark bottle then stored in a cool dark place by the grocer and consumer."

You can find large cans of olive oil for around $14.00 if you look for sales, or about twice that if you just pay the normal price.  

I have a few more things to do outside to get ready for this storm, so I'll finish up here.  I think a lot of people are going to get some interaction with this particular storm,so here's hoping we all get through without any major damage.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Just for the fun of it. Spending the day going to supply points. R . Lee Ermy and Art Bell died.

I expect that everybody who is a former Marine, everybody who likes guns, and everybody who just likes good, all around stand up guys knows that R. Lee Ermey died last week.

He was known as "The Gunny" which is Marine Speak for Gunnery Sergeant.  Gunny Ermey started acting in small roles after he retired, did shows like Miami Vice as a guest, and was in "Full Metal Jacket."  Then in the 1990's he did a series of really outstanding shows for the History Channel, mostly on old weapons and equipment.  He was widely admired by people like me, and hated by people from the Hollywood elite. Eventually, they kept him from working anymore, but he devoted himself to helping outfits that helped veterans, and he was a ferverent gun collector and motorcyle devotee. He died of pneumonia.  One of the quotes you hear that the man said fairly often was "All in all, it's been a pretty good ride."

If you are an insomniac, or just a "night person", you'll have heard that Art Bell passed away last week as well.  I listened to "Coast to Coast" many a long, quiet hour late at night. The show came on here around one a.m. and usually went to about 4 a.m.   Bell transmitted his program from his own compound out in the Nevada desert.  As he said himself, he had some of the most intelligent, brightest people you would ever want to meet call in, and some of the craziest, as well. His subjects covered a wide spectrum, from the paranormal to unidentified flying objects, and beyond. Art stepped down a few years ago, and the new honcho changed the style a bit.  He had a great program.

I ordered a UmaRex MP-40 yesterday. Supposed to be here Monday.  Shoots pellets, tops out at around 500 fps muzzle velocity. Fires full auto, 52 round magazine.  Uses gas cartridges.  I am going to have some fun with it, and maybe it will join my arsenal of "non-lethal" gadgets in the Jeep when I get bored with it.

The gun below is what I actually wanted, but you have to get an ATF permit and pay for a tax stamp to own one in this country (no such B.S. in Germany, where it's made) so I had to "settle" since an original MP-40 is way above my pay grade.

So, I got this:  I can have some fun with it.  It's an all metal gun, as close to the original as they could make it and it still be legal and gas powered.

And since I have actually ordered one, I have to post this video again!

Course, it ain't the real thing, but "you don't always get what you want, but sometimes, you just may find, you get what you need." Remember that old song?

These folks have the real McCoy.


The Liberal Mind Set:

Things up here.

M and I drove to a department store in a county to the West of us, and did some shopping. Then we went to Murphy, North Carolina and visited the scratch and dent grocery store. Among other things, we bought 14 large bottles of olive oil for $2.00 a bottle. We use a lot of that cooking, trying to stave off heart attacks, etc.  Also got good prices on cheese, canned vegetables, coffee, and the like. We save enough to justify the drive.

The last couple of days have been perfect. Warm, windy, and dry but not cold.  More cold air coming in tonight though, we have another freeze warning out. Still, everything is turning green now, and it is starting to look like spring outside.

Other than that, not a lot going on here.

A new ASG came in the mail. They've mad the magazine bigger, in terms of the dimensions. The post lady had to roll it up to fit in the mail box.  Some good articles, haven't had a chance to read all of them yet.

Thought for the day: