My son and daughter came home and spent the weekend with us. They needed a break after all the furor over the medical problems last week.
They brought their two dogs. One is a German Shepard named "Willow" and the other is a Pit Bull named "Bo Bo." Both good dogs, and very energetic. I'm not used to having young dogs around. Belle was "middle aged" and both Tuggy and Rufus are dog octogenarians. I am thinking about getting a whippet, if I can find one without paying a King's ransom. I need a younger dog, and from here on in I need to be sure I can lift the dog when it comes time to get in the car and go to the vet or the rabies clinic.
Big storms every day here now. Below is the weather this afternoon. Lots of big thunderstorms, but thankfully nothing has dropped lightning right on us again. USAA treated me fairly well on the insurance from that instance. I had a five hundred dollar deductible but they were reasonable about the rest. I had to send them pictures of the destroyed equipment, and a picture of the repair bill from the well drilling company, but that's a sign of the times. I've had USAA insurance for over forty years now, and it used to be they trusted you. No more.
If you are interested in the M-14, the latest edition of Firearms News is worth picking up. Lots of good information, including a version for left handed shooters.
That's the rifle we were issued in OCS, and I liked it much better than the M-16. I own two, a Norinco and a Springfield.
CDNN is still advertising these "Asian" magazines. I think they are Korean. At any rate, I've been using them for awhile and they have proven to be good quality in my experience.
M1A M14 20RD 308 STEEL ASIAN MAGAZINE
Here's an interesting story about how the media juggles statistics to deceive people. That's no news to anyone, of course, but I thought this was a good example of it.
I am somewhat bemused by all the furor about the detention facilities holding kids away from adults when they get caught trying to break into the United States. If these people bring their kids up here, in order to illegally enter the country, then do they have to be put up in the Holiday Inn and pampered? I guess the media and the left think they do. I get a kick out of the leftards whining about how we treat illegals. They ought to go take a look about how the problem is handled in Africa or , say, some of the Central American countries.
I got some new CH Kadel, Bud K and Sportsman's Guide catalogs this week, so I have something to thumb through and pass the time. I like print catalogs a lot better than I do the "on line" versions. I'm a lot more likely to buy something from a print catalog than a web page, which is a factor with older people the marketeers should consider.
Went up to North Carolina and talked to a fellow there who runs a well known gun store. He does a lot of business with people from Atlanta, as he carries a lot of items that are not easy to find down there. His business is booming. He used to sell a lot of military surplus bolt guns, and it was largely locals from North Georgia who didn't have a lot of disposable income who bought them. Now, when he gets some in, it's collectors paying top dollar. Kind of sad.
He's selling a lot of hand guns and rifles, and shotguns have always been a good seller. There are more "survival gun" books out there than anyone could read in a lifetime, but I have always found that a fellow who has been in the gun business for decades is a good source of advice for people who are not part of the gun community, but have decided to "join up."
I can remember books like these as far back as the seventies, and I'm sure they go back a lot further. Remember Mel Tappan?
He was the J.W. Rawles of his day. Wiki article on Mel Tappan
Wiki article on James Wesley Rawles : James Wesley Rawles
If you are interested in the early "pioneers" in the Survivalist Movement, here's a link to short biographies of people who were influential in the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's
Thought for the day: