Sunday, August 26, 2018

John McCain is dead. Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors book, Concealed Carry .. Someone stole my package at the gate.

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John McCain is dead.  It's better for conservatives that he's gone.  He was a good guy when he was younger, but after he lost the election for President to Barack Hussein in 2008,  he soured. When President Trump was elected, McCain went completely mad, and he never forgave President Trump for doing what he had failed to do.  He did a lot of damage in his final years as a Senator, but the brain tumors that killed him were probably effecting his mind at that point.  Unlike the death of Ted Kennedy, which gave me nothing but joy, I feel a little sorry about McCain. He wasn't always an idiot.

That's him on the lower right. As I think most people know, he was shot down over North Vietnam and held captive there for years. No one has ever said his behavior during that period was not exemplary.

So, whereever he is, if he's anywhere, I'm sure he's better off than he was in the last years of his life. And if he's nowhere, then it's no worse than going to sleep at night.




Vicki's Post:



I've been reading this blog for a long time. The author is a down to earth person, an individual who always makes the best of things and continues to march.  This particular post was close to home for me, because now we're dealing with the same issues. I wanted to give people who don't know her blog a chance to read it.

Vicki's Reply to a Comment

link above goes to the post.



Worth Five Dollars:


  You can get a copy of this book, either the Kindle digital version, or the paperback, from Amazon. It only costs $5.00.

A lot of people think that you had to have served in the military during a major conflict to be eligible for VA benefits, but that's not true.

We've been in so many undeclared wars since 1953, that it's entirely possible you are eligible for some benefits and don't even know it.

The VA and the U.S. government in general don't advertise what benefits are out there, or make any attempt at all to let Veterans know if they are eligible. So the burden is on the individual to do the research.

You can also download the PDF file for absolutely free from the web page below.

 Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors

                link to a pdf version of the book is above:


Concealed Carry a growing practice in America. I wonder why that might be?












Meanwhile, deep in the forest:

The kids are coming in tonight.  They won't be leaving Nashville until about four this afternoon, and it's a four hour drive.

My wife has been changing the linens in the bedrooms.  I asked her why, because they were just here a month ago. She says you always put fresh linen when people are coming to visit. I pointed out we did that after we left, so why do it again.  Because that's what you do.........



For the first time in 32 years ( we moved here on August 22,1986)  I've had a package stolen from my  gate.




I had a BudK order ,  a number of knives for my storeroom, that was delivered on Friday. But, it wasn't there at the gate when I went to look for it.

Saturday I went to the post office.  When a package is delivered and scanned, their computer captures the data and they can print an air photo showing the exact location the package was delivered. I had expected to find out it was inadvertently delivered to the wrong address, but it wasn't. The air photo showed it was delivered at my gate. Note...I apparently confused some folks here. I don't mean the post office TOOK an air photo of the delivery. I mean their computer has air photos of the entire county. They can print a section of the air photo with a little way mark symbol that shows where the delivery scan was made, and give it to you.

So, someone came down that old county road, which is just dirt, and when they saw the package at the gate, they stole it. Seems like things just get worse up here.  I can't think who would have done that. Most of the "ethnics" don't travel out of town, because they don't have cars. None of the locals would do that, and very few Atlanta people would go out into the woods on that rough road. I don't know if BudK insures the packages, but I will call them on Monday and find out.

The post office people told me this is happening a lot now, and not just to them but to Fedex and UPS. First I had heard of that. They suggested I get a post office box at the P.O. and have my mail delivered there. Seems that people are stealing things out of mailboxes now too.  I don't know if I will do that, as a post office box is expensive and I'd have to drive into town to get my mail.




Thought for the day:




A little music:










35 comments:

  1. Besides his near treasonous behavior in the last few years, starting his career by killing 126 sailors by showing off on deck in his jet just didn't create any warm spots in my heart for McCain. Hope your Buck order is replaced at no cost. Have you considered making a heavy metal box with lid and lock FASTENED TO THE GROUND, and instructing delivery people to put things in the box and LOCK it? Of course, that might be too much to ask of modern delivery people. Vicki is a winner!

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    1. Gorges, I think you are referring to the story that he started a fire on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Forrestal in 1967.

      The story said he was "wet starting" his aircraft. That's where you allow fuel to accumulate in the ignition chamber, then start the aircraft and cause a big boom and flash of fire out the tailpipe.

      The story first turned up during the 2008 Presidential campaign, on a blog. It was picked up and published verbatim by several sleazy magazines.

      The official U.S. Navy investigation fixed the blame for the fire on the accidental launch of a Zuni rocket, which was being installed on an attack aircraft. The Navy determined that test equipment incorrectly utilized on the aircraft by maintenance personnel launched the rocket.

      Anybody that did something as stupid and dangerous as a "wet start" on the flight deck of a carrier would have lost his wings and been out of the Navy ASAP. They don't tolerate that kind of thing on a carrier.

      I am not sure what I am going to do. I still find it very unlikely that someone randomly stole a package from way the hell out here in the woods. I believe the post office, I don't think they would have faked that thing they showed me, but I am going to wait til the dust settles before I get all in an uproar about it.

      Vicki is articulate, level headed, and invariably calm and reflective. I enjoy her blog.

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  2. So, why do you suppose McCain was named the 'Songbird"?

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    1. As part of a smear campaign launched by the supporters of Barak Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign, that story got a lot of coverage on the internet. None of the people imprisoned with McCain ever said he behaved inappropriately. But several other individuals from the same camp were disciplined after their return to the states for violations of the Code of Conduct.

      I'm not a fan of the guy's, but I'm pretty sure he was a stand up guy while he was in the Navy, and for most of his political career.

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    2. glad you cleared that up. read that he had ratted while a prisoner. and i believed it.

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    3. I go along with George Smythe. Being the son and grandson of full admirals sure helped to keep things quiet, I think. I read about these things way before Obammy was running for president.

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    4. Well, everyone has to make their own decisions about that.

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  3. Thank you for the shout out, Harry. It is very much appreciated.

    Concealed carry seems to be on the rise here as well. I have a friend who teaches the classes west of here in farm country and he says the classes are always fully booked. Even some closer to me have taken to being armed which sort of surprised me. I think it may be due to the more violent and uncertain times we live in.

    I don't have to tell you and M to enjoy your time with your kids. I know you will!!

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    1. Vicki, I thought your post was well worth sharing with as many people as could read it. You obviously don't get angry about it, like I do and that's something I admire.

      The kids got a late start, it's almost ten o'clock here now and we don't expect them til around 1 in the morning now. But they are staying until Thursday so we will have a good visit.

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  4. Afternoon Harry: Read in the comments on your previous post that you are thinking of staging a "strategic withdrawl" like we did from Oregon. Since you like the Southwest, think NE Arizona. Work for the kids in several not too distant larger cities, good gun laws, decent services like shopping and hospital, not too heavily populated and a fair number of like minded individuals. The land can be had pretty reasonably, depending. As you know,the terrain leans more to brown than green, but on the other hand you can see 'em coming. If you want to come out and refresh your memory the spare room is available.

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    1. Bob, I went to college at the University of New Mexico, and during my four year stint there, I passe through Arizona going to and from my parents house in Northern California. I really liked Arizona. I read a blog by a guy who lives out in his own little home made compound in the desert there. I enjoy looking at an Arizona web cam that shows the desert and the mountains. It sounds like a great place.

      Right now, I am thinking that if we do leave here, it will probably be several years down the road. My kids are working in Nashville, and they plan to finish some schooling there once they have established residency. We are going to discuss the possibility of all four of us moving to the coast somewhere, either in Georgia, Florida, or South Carolina, once they finish up.

      I'm not sure what the future holds, but I'm sure I would be happy in Arizona.

      I appreciate your offer of hospitality, and I'll sure remember it.

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  5. I am thinking a steel box bolted to a concrete pad, that UPS /USPS can put packages in and lock. A cheap game camera high on a tree might just be the ticket to see who is messing about the entrance to your property.

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    1. If I had a secure box down there, how would I get the key to the delivery guy. I'm pretty sure UPS wouldn't accept a key, I know FEDEX won't, and though I haven't asked, I doubt the post office lady would take one.

      There are lots of people here who just put a plastic "tote" box from Walmart at the gate, so the packages don't get wet. But I don't know anybody who has put one that can be locked. There was never any need.

      I still find it hard to believe anyone would steal a package from the gate. It's never happened before. The people who are likely to do that kind of thing don't come out here, they stay in town.

      Damn those space aliens! I bet they abducted my package! ;-)

      If it really was stolen, I'm pretty well screwed. I'll wind up getting a P.O. box and having to go to town to get my packages. :-(

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    2. No need to give them the key, just make sure there is a regular padlock and it is left open. Instructions on the lid would tell the delivery man to put the package in the box and snap the lock shut on the hasp. One of the 36 inch steel "job boxes" for construction sites would be ideal.
      https://www.amazon.com/TRINITY-TXKPGR-0502-Job-Site-Gray/dp/B01BW2W8QI/

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    3. simple . combination lock. put it on unlocked when expecting a package. deliverer will spin it and you open it.
      put in the concrete like m.s. suggests and a sturdy box welded on to steel post.
      expensive but saves the headaches.

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    4. I guess that would work as long as you only had one package coming in that day.

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  6. I do think a lot of what McCain said and did in his final years was the brain tumor talking.

    I had a teacher that died from a brain tumor. Then today I found out one of Mica's friends has one. He wasn't going through puberty. He had an accident this summer where he fell off his bike. After that his eyes were really bad. One thing lead to another, and they found out a tumor is growing near his pituitary gland. His surgery is early Sept. He has a sister in Isaak's grade, so I've offered my house if she needs somewhere to stay.

    I hope packages don't get stollen more from you. I hate when idiots do that! I've thought about getting a locked mail box for that reason.

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    1. My sister's husband died from brain tumors. His last months he was irrational and finally they had to have him moved to a hospice. It's a really bad way to go. Sometimes, depending on what kind of tumor it is, and where it is, people survive. My wife had a tumor removed from her brain. It was a dreadful time for the whole family but she did make nearly a full recovery. I hope that boy is one of the lucky ones.

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    2. I was reading up on it today. I'm hopeful. It used to be a grim chance, but now it's a 90% chance. He probably will need therapy though on his eyes. The tumor is pushing up against them.

      I remember when my Isaak had meningitis how scary that was! Isaak could have had brain damage, or loss of hearing. Then when I had the polyps surgery he said he could hit the bone by my brain, or my eyes. We're pretty lucky in comparison to others.

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    3. Any time a family member has to have medical procedures, or has a medical issue, it's pretty terrifying. I used to have a vision of doctors as these God like creatures who could cure anything with the new technologies. Then I got married and had two doctors for in-laws. They soon disabused me of that notion. In a lot of respects, they can't cure some illnesses any better than the local medicine man, which is to say, not at all. Everybody goes through the medical scare I guess. I know we have.

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  7. Sorry about your package being stolen. My husband built a large metal box for our package deliveries. He chained it to the fence by our gate. He put a padlock on the outside. When an item is delivered, the delivery man locks the padlock. Only problem we have is wasps getting inside of it.
    I felt little sympathy for McCain. He has done a lot of damage to this country. I read about how he treated his ex-wife when he returned from Vietnam. I think his political views changed even before he had a brain tumor. When he ran for president, I could not make myself vote for him. Of course, I did not vote for Obama either. Jana

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    1. Jana, sometimes it's just a matter of "what next?" It's just after noon here now, and the P.O. hasn't called to tell me they found it, so I guess it really is gone. I honestly thought it was some kind of mistake, but I guess not.

      I know McCain was not a nice guy, and he was a bitter old man who hated President Trump and was jealous of him. He was no friend of mine, but I don't think he did all the things he's accused of when he was in the military.

      It's good that he's gone though. He gave aid and comfort to the Democrats, and was a favorite of the MSM, because he could be relied on to say all kinds of stupid, hateful things. It was John McCain who sent the now acknowledged fake "dossier" to the FBI.

      At least he's history now.

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  8. Harry a PO box isn't that much and just have packages sent to it. I have had things shipped by the post office as hold for pick up. Works like a certified letter you get a note to go get the delivery.
    Now that I use Amazon a lot Pam my mail lady toss package's in my jeep and locks the door.

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    1. Gary, I don't mind paying for the P.O. Box although the cheapest one here is just a little bitty one, and it costs $85.00 a year. It's the driving into town that bugs me, it's a 32 mile round trip and I'm trying to avoid going to town more than I have to because of all the ragheads, inner city bruddas, and other assorted riff raff hanging out in there now.

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    2. Wow 10 years ago my PO box was only 24$ a year.

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    3. Everything costs more these days. The further back you go, the truer that is. When I was in high school, gas was fifteen cents a gallon. A coke was a dime, a candy bar was a nickle. Never seems that things get cheaper, unless it's technology related. We just got a wide screen tv and it was a lot cheaper than when they first came out. Doesn't seem to even out, though.

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  9. I feel the same about Mccain, his judgement became clouded.

    The PO is a topic that can drive all of us folks crazy. We live in town, but we live in a mobile home park. No delivery to us. We have to have a PO Box. Our Post Office only services our PO Boxes, Not the community delivery. no door to door, PO box on street. That mail comes from a PO about 5 miles away in another community. Government at its finest..

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    1. We used to have two mail slots at the post office. One for mail in the county, and one for mail outside the county. But they decided that was too hard, so now all the mail is sent from here to Atlanta, where it is sorted. Mail for the county is then shipped by truck back from ATL to the post office here where you originally mailed it. Turn around time is three to four days now, instead of same day.

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    2. They (someone) says the PO doesn't get money from the Feds. I find that hard to believe. Surprised Trump has not made them go private. Again gov't money in there some place.

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    3. I'm pretty sure the Post Office does receive federal funds, because they frequently make the news when congress passes a supplemental bill ensuring their operation through a specific period. Maybe they don't call it "funding" but it amounts to that.

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  10. I have a private mail box at a pack and ship store in the nearby town so there is someone to sign for my packages and keep them dry until I get to them. If you get an ordinary PO box, it can only receive USPS packages (so no ammo); a Private Mail Box, PMB, can get any packages.
    The other alternative is for you to put up a game camera, in a security lock box, and signs about video surveillance, which you may want to do regardless.

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    1. We have a place in town that will rent you a "mail box", which is essentially as you described it, they just keep the mail for you til you come by to pick it up. I'm not sure what their policy is on UPS and FEDEX though, I'll have to check. Good point.

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  11. Hi Harry...that sucks that your package was stolen...a p.o. box is expensive...but maybe that's a good idea. I used to have one a few years back, but in our place now, we can hear a car coming for miles, so when we're expecting a delivery, we can watch for the delivery truck and we haven't had a package stolen yet...fingers crossed of course.

    I was just going to say, you can't trust anyone for ANYTHING...here is a good example. In our rental, we have two driveways for some reason. One leads to the front door - which thankfully was built in the back yard, perfect for us! But it's clear with the address sign and the path that one must enter the back yard to reach the front door.

    The second driveway is at the bottom of the house next to the side yard which is just overgrown grass. We like it that way because it keeps people out. When we first moved here, we used to mow it, but then tourists would walk there and have picnics, thinking it was a park or something. Alex ran them out quickly and we decided not to mow anymore and put "private property" signs up. Anyway, they'd use that second driveway to park. Alex put a bunch of wood there to prevent any cars from entering and it's been there for 3 years now. The other day we noticed the wood was gone. Someone actually stole the rotted pieces of wood at the edge of our driveway....

    We keep saying we need to get trail cams but we're trying to save money. People will steal anything it seems.

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  12. Hey, Rain. It's Thursday morning here, and still my package hasn't shown up, so I guess somebody really did steal it. I thought it would materialize, one way or the other.

    That sounds like something that would happen around here, someone stealing your old wood. I put a gate up years ago because tourists would come up here in their new four wheel drive vehicles, and think it would be fun to go up the mountain. But when they got to my place, there was no way to turn around and I would have to do it for them. I got tired of that.

    I haven't wanted to put trail cams in either. They cost a lot of money and what's to keep someone from stealing them?

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    1. You are so right about that Harry...if someone would steal old rotting wood, I guess a trail cam would be even more tempting. I"m telling you, a moat with crocodiles and maybe an armed knight is the only way to go lol...if only... ;)

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