Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day.

It's good to have a President we can be proud of, rather than embarrassed and ashamed.

Somebody has to go out there and fight the barbarians.  

The last song Johnny Cash sang.

I always post this song on Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Walk in the Park. Africa is not like home.

Lewiston Police tell Maine First Media one of the victims was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. However, no charges were filed

Video from Maine: Muslim migrant youth attack park goers in Lewiston

I got this video via email from a friend in Maine today.  I think it's worth posting.

Gang of Somali Kids Attack Park Goers in Lewiston,

It was an otherwise pleasant evening in Maine when two dozen Somali youth swarmed and attacked two local residents in Kennedy Park last Thursday evening.

The Somali mob attacked around 7:45 pm, just as the sun was setting on this historic city park in the heart of Maine’s second largest city.

A local mother recorded as a mob of teens and children, boys and girls as young as nine years old, brandishing wooden bats and other objects, along with fists, feet and sheer numbers to attack the two non-Somali defenders. At one point you can even hear one of the hoodlums repeatedly daring the woman to, “stop me, b**ch.”

Lewiston Police tell Maine First Media one of the victims was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. However, no charges were filed.

Lewiston Mayor, Shane Bouchard says these types of incidents are common at Kennedy Park, but points to Lewiston’s low crime rate.

“Kennedy Park is a large common space in the middle of some of the poorest census tracts in the Northeast,” Mayor Bouchard said. “When you have large, diverse groups of people in the same place you are bound to have incidents. Lewiston is no different in that respect than any other medium to large city, except that Lewiston’s violent crime rate is one of the lowest in Maine.”

While the Mayor brings up Lewiston’s violent crime statistics, it is important to note, in this case, the victim didn’t press charges, meaning, statistically there was no crime. Incidents like this often go unreported and are not reflected in the numbers — something even Mayor Bouchard has to admit.

“In this particular case, the person who was attacked declined to press charges, therefore under the law, there was no victim, therefore no crime,” said Mayor Bouchard."

This is the kind of thing people here are concerned about.  We have some really nice parks in this county, but the growing influx of "wretched refuse" has proven them to be a popular spot for the "new members of our community"  who don't work, to congregate in.  That's led to a fall off in family outings to the park, because no one wants to be down there with twenty or thirty of these "ethnic group members" at the next table  The video above pretty well illustrates the reason. The Sheriff's Department is running extra patrols down to the parks, and I am pretty sure that soon at least one patrol car will be stationed at the park near the river permanently. There is also talk of closing the park completely after the last ball game ends in the evening.

Alberto still on the way:

As of eleven this morning, the projected track of Alberto has moved slightly to the West. That's good for us.  We will still get a lot of rain,but it might not be as bad as previously predicted.  Between the vast number of visitors coming up for the Memorial Day weekend, and the people going to town to get storm supplies, I would imagine that it's really crowded in there today.  We are staying put.

Finished my last library book around midnight.   

It was written by a British Royal Marine officer, in the 1990's.   The first half of the book deals with their special forces training, and would probably only be interesting to an individual who wanted to compare it with ours.  Having read that part of the book, I was again reminded that although the British politicians are as venal and weak as American democrats, it's good to have their armed forces on our side.  

The second half deals with the United Nations failed intervention in Sierra Leon.  Sierra Leon, and this same civil war, was where  Bob McKenzie, a former U.S. Army officer , was killed and eaten by the rebels while training government forces.

"I WENT TO WAR IN El Salvador with former Vietnam War veteran Bob MacKenzie, a good choice because Bob had originally been a captain in the Rhodesian SAS. He managed that achievement despite having a crook arm from a war wound that got him invalided out of the United States Army. Some years later he fought with Renamo guerrillas in Mozambique. Bob had also worked as a mercenary in the Balkans, where he trained Serbs in the esoterics of insurgency warfare. This always-smiling, unflappable American freebooter – by then a colonel – went on to become the first white officer for many decades to head a West African fighting group. In a remote area adjacent to the Malal Hills in Sierra Leone, he was killed and eaten by savages, who ambushed the pathetic bunch of bush warriors he’d been trying to mould into something of an effective fighting force."

Venter, Al. Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent’s Misspent Moments in Combat (p. 149).

Here's what I think is informative in the second half of the book.

  • The author was assigned to a U.N. Peacekeeping force in Sierra Leon.  His observations on the corruption, cowardice, and general incompetence permeating the U.N. are interesting.
  • He saw what happens in third world countries, and his observations give the lie to the "Progressive" view that denizens of the third world are Rousseau style "noble savages." 
There are a great many examples in the book of what happens to innocent civilians who believe that "the government will protect you" and consequently find themselves unarmed when the machete men arrive. Ir's also interesting in that the tribal leader of the whacked out hordes made a special effort to capture the author, because he planned a big feast for his entourage, at which the British officer would be the main course.

It's an interesting book,  and I felt sorry for the author.  He did the best he could to do his duty, under circumstances that could hardly have been any worse.. Today, nobody even remembers the events he participated in.  All he got out of it was crippled.  That's the way history works.

Thought for the day:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto. Turtledove - The Super Volcano Series. Even ABC news said "Good Job."

It's not even hurricane season yet, and we are looking at another big storm coming through the mountains. The weather forecasts out of Atlanta are predicting up to six inches of rain here, starting tonight and running through Wednesday of next week.  If it's spread out over that long a period, I personally won't have many problems here on the mountain top.  Those people who built houses on the banks of our rivers, or along creeks, will be a different story.  There isn't much to do to get ready for this that I haven't already done.  We've had so much rain in the last month that the diversion ditches are in good shape, the gutters are cleaned out, and that's about all you can do. I did fire up the generator to make sure it's running.

Haunting the book shelves in a county library NW of us, I found a series of books by Harry Turtledove I hadn't known about.  You are probably familiar with him, he wrote "The Guns of the South", an alternative history novel in which the South wins the War Between the States (one can only wish!)

He also wrote the "Southern Victory" series, an eleven volume set that takes the same premise, and follows it through the end of the first civil war, to around 1946. I haven't read that one yet, but I have the first books ordered at the library, so should be on that soon.

The series I hadn't heard about was "Super Volcano."  I've read the first two, Super Volcano -Eruption, and Super Volcano- All Fall Down.

The first two were pretty good, and I have ordered the third through the library.  These aren't actually survivalist books, like the Deep Winter trilogy or Lights Out.  Instead, they follow a family through their own problems and challenges in the aftermath of a super volcano eruption.  The catastrophic events of the eruption form more of a backdrop to the story, than the focal point.  Maybe the third volume, Things Fall Apart,  is different, I don't know yet.  Either way, I enjoyed the first two books. Turtledove is so prolific and so well known that you can surely get the books through inter-library temp loan, thereby saving your shekels for more important things like ammo.

We don't have any plans for Memorial Day weekend. First, there's the weather. Next, the fact that there are thousands of vacationers up here right now, and the traffic on the roads into town is appalling. Better to just stay up here until the dust settles.  If I can find a 20 foot whip antenna for my CB base unit, I may try to get that started up again.  Nobody is still on "the net" here anymore as far as I can tell, but it would be nice to get my own radio back up.  I'll spend some time today plundering around the internet looking for one.  CB base unit gear is as rare as hen's teeth now, I think the internet and cell phones pretty much put paid to that hobby a long time ago.

You might not have heard about the restaurant shooting in Oklahoma yesterday. Some psycho walked into a restaurant there and started shooting. He hit a young woman and two girls.  Two civilians ran out to their cars, got their guns , and blasted the guy.  Even the ABC evening news said they saved a lot of lives.  Couldn't find the segment on the internet (probably ABC is embarrassed by it) so I got this clip from Fox News.

That's about all there is to tell.

 Branco Cartoons:

Quote of the Day:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I don't often post links. Hum Drum Existence.

I usually don't post a whole lot of links. I usually just post an excerpt of stories I think people might be interested in.  But the link below goes to a story that you really have to look at in it's entirety to get the full import.  I hate people like this.  They're detestable, and the logic of their "friends" is so warped and sick that it would make a Nazi blanch.

Professor found guilty.......

This has been a week of strong thunderstorms and heavy rain showers.  When the sun came up this morning, there was so much moisture in the air that the sun light coming through the tree tops was a translucent green.  Looked like something out of a horror movie about the Amazon jungle.  You can live here with dehumidifiers, and air conditioners, but how they did it in the "old days" is beyond me. Everything you owned would rot or rust in this humidity without the equipment to control it.

One of my dogs died.  Belle had a stroke on Saturday night and passed away Sunday morning. She was relatively young, not even ten years old.  She was a good dog, and a valuable member of the family.  She's buried at the foot of an oak tree where she liked to rest.

We've started walking at the lake again. M is well enough after her accident to make the 1.3 mile walk around the lake. We go early, before it gets too hot to walk.  

The walk along the river at the park in town is just over three miles, so we will have to work our way back up to that. I don't want to push too hard and set her back.

We are driving down to the waterfall.  We used to walk down there and back, it isn't far. But you have to ford two streams, and she's not up to that yet.

Got a new American Survival Guide.  Strangely,  the survival magazines and gun magazines have virtually disappeared from the news stands at the grocery stores in town.  Instead, we have more women's magazines and style magazines. Lots of things like "Log Home Living."  I've gone ahead and subscribed to the magazines I want since I can't buy them in town anymore.

New BudK and CH Kadels catalogs came in the mail.  I enjoy looking through them, and I pick up some useful item that way from time to time.

I  guess Sportsman's Guide has stopped sending out catalogs. I used to enjoy those, but never get them anymore.  It's like Southern Ohio Gun's monthly flyers. They were really fun to read, but now they don't publish them anymore. It's cheaper to just send email advertisements.


The God's Truth

Quote of the Day:

What's on the agenda for today up here on the mountain:

  1.  Go the lake and do our walk.
  2. Go to the library.
  3. Go to the grocery store.
  4. Go to the post office.
  5. Go to the bank.
See what you have to look forward to when you retire?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Thunder , lightning, and rain. The Hordes. Cartoon Update.

Comfortable enough inside, but it's "rain forest" time outside.  Muggy,  hot, with strong thundershowers coming through today.   Not a day when you really want to go down off the mountain, or try to work outside.

I've got some paperwork to do,and I've spent some time on it, but my interest has waned and I've put it aside for awhile.  Instead, I'm listening to Pandora Radio and drinking some coffee. It's that kind of day.

A friend sent me this article from the Wall Street Journal.  It pretty well encapsulates the situation up here in the North Georgia Mountains, without addressing the most recent wave of new arrivals, but it's still interesting.

The Wall Street Journal

BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—When former New Yorker Marty Stefanelli and his wife contemplated retirement, they didn’t know where to look until a visit to this Appalachian mountain town last year.

“We bought a house that week,” Mr. Stefanelli said. “I need to find time to wind down, and Blue Ridge forces you to wind down.”

For the 57-year-old Mr. Stefanelli, the area’s draws included moderate weather, a lack of traffic and low costs on everything from property prices to restaurant bills to taxes.

The twist is that the Stefanellis weren’t moving from New York but rather from West Palm Beach, Fla., part of a movement known as “halfbacks”—northern transplants to Florida who are retiring in mountain communities of western North Carolina, northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee. These retirees are reshaping local economies, boosting everything from tax revenues to restaurant receipts to sales of electric chair lifts for the elderly. Along the way, they are chafing locals who say the migration is pricing them out of homes and bringing in a sort of big-city brusqueness.

Mr. Stefanelli says he pays about $3,000 in taxes a year for his Georgia house, compared with about $20,000 for his home in Florida. He also maintains a home in New York that costs him about $30,000 a year in taxes. He plans to make Georgia his main residence in a few years.

“I bought a pickup to fit in,” he said.

The halfback phenomenon—so named because the retirees are said to be moving roughly halfway back up north—was well under way by the early 2000s before coming to a halt during the recession. For several years afterward, many retirees found themselves unable to sell their Florida homes, and property values in many Appalachian areas plummeted.

But the trend has come back, according to federal data, as many of the nation’s 74 million baby boomers move for retirement.

Census data show that from 2010 to 2017, net migration to retirement-destination counties in Appalachian regions of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee increased 169%, the same percentage of growth for retirement destinations in Florida, according to Hamilton Lombard, a University of Virginia demographer who has tracked the halfback phenomenon. During the same period, net migration to all U.S. retirement-destination counties increased 67%.

In Georgia, many of the mountain counties experienced an increase in the 65-and-older population, including Blue Ridge’s Fannin County, up to 27% in 2016 from 22% in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Net migration to retirement-destination Appalachian counties in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee has risen steadily from about 10,000 in 2011 to more than 46,000 in 2017, census data show. The U.S. Agriculture Department designates counties as “retirement destinations” if their population 60 and older grew by 15% or more within a decade due to net migration.

Rebecca Tippett, a chief demographer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center, said that postrecession, retirees are once again playing a large role in western North Carolina’s growth. “We’ve seen a major return to previous migration levels,” she said.

In Blue Ridge, about 75 miles north of Atlanta’s downtown, it’s now common to see Florida license plates in a grocery store parking lot, hear New York accents as a couple walks by or see older men on a bench wearing Chicago Cubs baseball caps. Realtor Brian White, who sold the Stefanellis their mountain home, said at least three-quarters of his clients come from Florida, most originally came from northern states.

Ken Brenneman, owner of Blue Jeans Pizza, said that when the restaurant shows football games in the fall, customers overwhelmingly cheer for Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or New England. Many Florida investors have come up to scout for residential and commercial property, he said.

“This place is not Sleepy Hollow anymore,” he said.

Nathan Fitts, a local real-estate agent and newly elected city councilman, said the influx has helped raise tax revenue and revive the local economy.

Bret Benson, owner of Scooters & More Factory Outlet in Blue Ridge, said business for scooters and installing lifts for elderly clients was up more than 20% last year from the level five years ago. And James Nichols, co-owner of Love Those Mountains Realty in Ellijay, Ga., said, “the halfback process is very much in motion again,” with about 75% of their sales to retirees coming up from Florida. Sales are booming, he said.

The median home sales price in Fannin County last year jumped 75% from 2012 to $250,000, according to Attom Data Solutions, an Irvine, Calif., property-data provider. During the same period, the U.S. median home sales price rose 51%, to $236,000.

Long Island-raised Mike Galinski, owner of a semiconductor company who is also a real-estate developer in Florida, bought property in Fannin County after the recession. He is building restaurants and plans to add homes in and around McCaysville, a town on the Tennessee border.

“The upside is there,” said Mr. Galinski, who also built a home for himself in the area.

But increased development has created its own problems, including extra traffic and strained water infrastructure, as well as a higher demand for medical services. When a developer proposed recently to building a 3 1/2-story building in Blue Ridge, many complained it was “a skyscraper,” said Mr. Fitts, the real-estate agent.

Jeremy Jones, a 34 year-old auto mechanic whose family has lived in Fannin County for four generations, complained that the influx has driven up rents making it tough for locals.

“This used to be a very tightknit community, the Bible Belt. Now it’s about money,” he said. “Us, the regular people who are here, are struggling.”

Terry Stonecipher, a 43-year-old mechanic who has lived in the area most of his life, said area residents have bristled at some of the newcomers. “People that have no manners,” he said. “Go back where you came from.”

Branco Update:

Thought for the Day:

Monday, May 14, 2018

I'm supposed to feel sorry for the Palestinians? Cartoon catch up. New book.

America moved it's embassy to Jerusalem, and the "Palestinians" are rioting.  A bunch of them got smoked, and I gather from snippets I am hearing that I should feel sorry for them, like the Democrats.  That's a joke.   Remember this?

On 9-11 these same Palestinians celebrated.  If they all fell over dead today, every last one of them, the world would be a better place.

There was a huge brawl out at the lake this Saturday afternoon.  There's a fairly remote little park out there with a swimming beach.  I was listening to the scanner when the dispatcher sent Deputies. "two groups of women, some 15 in all, fighting. It is physical."  Don't hear that too often.

What I heard in town today was that some of our new residents from the "P.J.'s " were out there, one old hag objected to the bathing suits some of the local women were wearing. She got physical, and it turned into a dust off between the "you can't wear that , where's your burka swim suit"crowd, and local people.  That's just scuttlebutt, but it sounds about right given our situation here. I'll bet you a dollar to a donut there's not word one in the paper about it. Can't have that, can we?

 I'm going back to town tomorrow and I will stop by a shop I know, owned by a couple who usually have a good handle on  what's going on around here.  One reason I think there's some validity to the story is that no men were involved. If it had been American women on both sides, their husbands and boyfriends would have been in there pretty quick.  Another reason is that I know the event happened, it's not made up, because I heard the police transmissions. But I don't know for sure what really happened. Not yet, anyway.

It's hotter than hell here. 90+ in the mountains, Atlanta must be horrible.  All the stink and smog from Atlanta has blown up here, they have air quality alerts and we get the tail end of it.

One of the places I went today is on a big mountain top. I could look out over the rest of the mountains, and they all seemed to be covered in brown fog.  Not a good situation. The air is usually pure up here.

The Firearms News Annual #18 , (2018 ) is out.  I've got them all, from the first issue to this one. I told my wife when I die the kids will probably  throw all that away, and she said absolutely not, they will sell them on E-bay.   Building a pyramid and being buried in it with all my stuff is sounding better and better.

Catching Up on Branco Cartoons:

A new book:

Although this South African reporter covered a lot of the brutal events in Africa during the 1960's and 1970's, his chapter on Lebanon in 1982 was the most evocative for me.  The book is hard to find, but there are still copies to be had out there. I think I might put the Lebanon chapter in this blog as an extract. I'm not sure if I'd run afoul of copyright laws, and I can't get in touch with the man to ask him. Maybe he's dead by now.

That's about all there is to tell.  

Thought for the Day:

Psalm 139:22

Monday, May 7, 2018

Minor Aggravations. On the Up Side.

Today is a day of minor aggravations:

The power keeps going on and off.  There is no reason I can see for it.  No weather issues, and nobody has crashed into a power pole as far as I can tell from the scanner.  Most of my gear is on battery backup systems, but it's still aggravating as hell.  I called the electric membership cooperative and they told me they are "checking on it." That means they have no clue why power out here is being interrupted, so they will come out to this section and start shutting down pieces of the grid while they try to find the problem.

I don't like Google.  But "Blogger" is a Google system, and all my email accounts are set up as Gmail accounts. So to make the last great act of defiance, I would have to shut down the blog, and set up seven Microsoft email accounts, and change all those addresses....

And if I did all that, Google wouldn't know, wouldn't care, and the net result would all be negative for me.

I wish more people would take up blogging.  I know from the comments that there are a lot of people out there with a lot of interesting thoughts and experiences to offer, but when I click on their names on a comment, to find their blog, it will just say "on Google for 3 years"  or something like that, but there's no blogs or profiles. 

Then there are a lot of good blogs that used to be almost daily, and now people post once every four weeks, or so.  When that happens, I get out of the habit of checking to see if they have posted, and I lose touch.

Even my hate mail, which used to be good for a few laughs, has fallen off to almost nothing. When the trolls start finding you not worth a line or two of invective, maybe it's time to shutter the doors.

We have people in this county now who feel they are being discriminated against. What it's really about is asserting dominance and wanting control.  People tell you things that have happened to them in town, petty nonsensical things that show the offended are clearly looking for excuses to be offended.

Here's an example. A Korean woman working in a business in town. An old veteran who came in and spoke some Korean asked her how she was in Korean. But in Korean, there's a subtle difference between how a higher status person and a lower status person inter relate. He asked her how she was using the form that implied she was of a lower status. She got mad and told the other people in the shop he was a "racist."  It's "racist" that Walmart doesn't have an Arabic speaking assistant manager. It's "racist" that Walmart called the Sheriff's Department and had three "black youths" who were harassing people in the parking lot removed from the property. And on, and on, and on.

Even the little old Lady at the library tells me she's wondering how all this will end up. Thanks so much, money grubbing bastards in Atlanta who arranged to dump all this trash on us up here.

Well. I guess I better go do something entertaining, like balancing bank statements, or paying bills, or washing the truck, or replacing shakes on the roof the cats tore off last night, or trying to clean up the destroyed trip wire system that's laying out in the woods after the storms.....

On the upside:

I have switched my search engine to "Duck Duck."

I opened a "Private Internet Access" account.  I am not entirely sure what it does for me, but it seems to be a wise precaution based on the recommendations of friends using it.