Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Snow. Polar Bears. Getting tougher for everybody, but the Christians are being singled out for "special treatment."


The snow started early this morning, just after sunup. It's not supposed to get too deep, maybe 3 inches or so. The temperature outside is falling as the arctic air mass arrives though. We won't get above freezing today, and tonight it will be in the teens.

In all probability, I won't be able to get out until Thursday or Friday, but it doesn't really matter. We have everything we need up here, and we have plenty of books from the library. My wife insisted we go into town and stock up.





As Dr. J remarked in a previous comment, when you have snow things get really quiet. If you get those hard, frozen little balls of snow you can hear them rattling down on the tree limbs. As long as the power doesn't go out, I don't mind snow.  When the grid fails, I have a lot more work to do and I don't much like using the generator. Too noisy.




When I was in the Marines, I did a lot of cold weather training in Korea and Norway.  Never cared for it. I'd rather be in a hot climate than a cold climate. But if you are going to live here, you have to be able to handle bitter cold in winter, blistering heat and humidity in summer.  Flexibility and prior planning are a prerequisite. That's why there are so many "summer homes" vacant here in the winter.


The good old days, or not so much so.   Yechon, Korea winter of 1979.  It was cold.




Can't remember what airfield this was, but it was cold enough to keep everybody grounded. I think this was taken in 1977, so it could have been a lot of different places.


American Troops in Russia, 1918-1920


Appropriately enough, I've been reading about the 1918-1920 military intervention in Russia. Having participated in a forgotten military expedition myself, I have been researching other American military interventions that no one remembers anymore. There are more of them than you would think.

In 1918, we sent troops into Siberia , ostensibly to guard the vast quantities of military supplies in Murmansk and Archangel, ordered by the Czar but not paid for.  In reality, it was an attempt to prevent the takeover of Russia by the Bolsheviks.  Fascinating reading but it wouldn't have been much fun to be there.





















Most of these books are available as Kindle Ebooks for a few dollars.  Some you have to buy hard copy, and most of those are out of print. You can track them down though through on line used book sellers. My library wasn't able to get any for me, too esoteric I guess.  I've enjoyed reading about that conflict. Sometimes, the truth really is stranger than fiction.


Museum display of U.S. Soldier in Siberia. Note they were equipped with Mosin Nagants.

Hitler singled out the Jews.  Today, it's the Christians turn.





I've mentioned how the real, on the ground effects of "multiculturalism" and unbridled illegal immigration have impacted my own small community.  Georgia in general is reeling from the onslaught of left wing "activists", and these people flooding into the state have a particular hatred for Christians. Largely, I think, because Christians tend to be among the few who actively oppose the new socialist agenda in this country.  They do it from the pulpit, and they do it by their daily lives. Bear in mind, I'm not a Christian, so I'm not touting my own faith. I do admire Christians for their strong moral values and their courage, however.

Yesterday there was a long screed on one of the Atlanta evening news programs, condemning a pastor who spoke up in his sermon against all the degenerate behavior being lauded as "ok" in these times. The newscasters told in gloating detail how they thought the church should lose it's tax exempt status, how the pastor should be fired, and on, and on.  They were furious that he'd opposed things like same sex marriage. And this was just a bunch of local penny whistle talking heads.  There have been things up here that go in the same direction. I thought this One America News story was worth posting. Incidentally, if you have a Kindle Firestick, or a Roku, something along those lines, you can get One America News for $5.00 a month on it.  I don't watch Fox anymore, it's just a platform for limp members like Shepard Smith these days, and I don't need that. But One America News is something I can get some value from.




So, there's not much to tell about life in the mountains today.  It's snowing, I'm staying inside by the fire. All the animals are inside, too cold for them to be out.  Should be peaceful up here.










32 comments:

  1. Even as a Christian, I think churches should lose their PROPERTY tax exemption. Maybe then they'd spend a little more money on widows and orphans instead of bigger churches, gymnasiums and tennis courts.

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    1. Gorges, the original intent behind granting religious institutions exemption from certain taxes was that historically, government had used taxes to suppress religious groups they didn't like. Taxes were a weapon in the hands of those who wanted to stamp out deviant sects, and the stampers themselves determined who was and wasn't. That still goes on, as evidence the strident calls from these leftists in Atlanta to hurt this church because they don't like what it preaches.

      In the town where my wife used to teach, an elderly lady left a huge sum as a bequest to the First Baptist church, to be used as the church elders saw fit. She apparently thought they would use it for missionary work, but instead they bought one of the largest pipe organs in Georgia with the money. People are people, whatever their religion, and things like that do happen.

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  2. I always enjoy the first couple of snows of winter. We don't see much in Tidewater most of its to our west. When we do get snow I stay at home, there are enough fools on the road during good weather snow just makes it worse. It always amuses me to see the pre-storm rush to the grocery store. I can sit at home for weeks and not have to leave the house for food. I might have to get a few extra bottle of wine just in case.

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    1. This one wasn't all they expected. The higher elevations (like my place) got a good bit of snow by our standards, but lower down they just got a dusting. Pretty cold out there right now (a little after six on Tuesday evening.)

      I heard on the scanner that some guy stole a case of wine from a store in town and hot footed it out the door. I guess he was stocking up in his own way! ;-)

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  3. Your woods appear very peaceful, but too c-c-c-C-COLD ! for me, I'm too used to the sun and no snow. Summer is no fun at all though. A person needs to be comfortable with him-herself if solitude is the rule of the day.

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    1. They are peaceful and quiet, and today they are surely cold! This is a beautiful place to live, in terms of the natural environment, and if it's too hot and too cold, I just accept that as part of the price of living here. I always thought the cold winters would keep the population low, but I was wrong about that.

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  4. We are having a cold snap here, too. Pretty much nothing is moving. It is just too cold and with the wind chill factor down to at least -25, unless you don't mind frostbite, inside is a good place to be. It is supposed to warm up by the weekend, so there is still hope we all will not be frozen solid. :)

    I guess to our 'betters,' the words "Freedom of Religion" mean nothing. I have been reading about how any person or group with any morals whatsoever is reviled by the left. Seems to me they could use a bit of morality.

    I can see much of One America News on my computer and like their reporting better than any other. Seems like they have a better grasp of truth than the rest.

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    1. The strange thing about life today, is that the left has always said that it was conservatives who were fascists, and tried to impose their will on everyone else. But who is it today that uses every tool to hand, no matter how inappropriate, to force their will on everyone? It's not President Trump and his supporters, that's certain.

      I really like One America News. I like the people on it, and their programming. It's really the only television news I'm aware of anymore that isn't poisonous and deceitful. I hated to see Fox go that way, but the handwriting was on the wall more than a year ago.

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  5. Harry, I had enjoyed reading your blog for some time before you ended your regular posting. I was disappointed when you felt the need to take a break, but understood your reasons. Now I am pleased to have you, along with the Frank and Fern blog, back for us to read and enjoy. It is like running into old friends.

    It must be heartbreaking to have your beautiful property and surrounding area exposed to such nastiness from the leftists and foreign elements. Their disrespect shown towards those who have worked hard to take care of their families, served their country, are presently serving their communities, and minding their own business is so very discouraging.

    Thank you for your insight on the topics you share with us. We must stick together and assist one another in the fight against those trying to destroy our country and way of life. We have much to be thankful for and giving in to the evil elements is not an option. CWfromIA

    PS It is presently a sunny -1 outside; predicting -48 with windchill for our overnight...hunkering down for the duration.

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    1. CW, I appreciate the kind words. I enjoy blogging, overall. It has some rough edges, but it's worthwhile. I benefit from it, because I do live in an isolated fashion and I can still communicate with like minded people through the blog. That helps me keep from getting too discouraged with the way things are going around here these days.

      I think you are right, if the left wing fanatics can wear everyone down so that they just throw up their hands in despair, then they've won. There's so much apathy out there in the country, that everyone who is willing to resist the Schumerites and their minions , in whatever way, is making a difference.

      We got some light snow up here in the higher elevations, but I gather that down in the town and the lower elevations there was just a dusting. Supposed to stay bitterly cold here for two days and then warm up a bit. I'm just forting up.

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  6. It's really cold in Nebraska at the moment! So much so, that there's word they may call off school tomorrow.

    I'd be ok with that. Isaak (the younger one) is having such a crappy year. I've never said this about ANY of their teachers, but this one annoys me so very much! He's been an (O) for Outstanding student, or (S) for Satisfactory on every report card. That should tell a person that he's a pretty good student. He misses class for Strings and Chorus. She doesn't make sure he gets the information. I had him drop Chorus, but he wants to play his violin. She also does this thing where she won't teach at all if kids are talking. All the class gets in trouble vs. the few bad apples. It's one odd thing every week. I've met with the Principal 3 times. I've never even emailed him prior to this year. I felt nervous going into his office. Ha! I just keep telling myself we're over 1/2 way done. I do my part. I bought a Social Studies book off Amazon because they wouldn't let the kids take their books home. We read, and talk about it. At this point I should have just home schooled him. If I didn't have a job I would have.

    Travis is an atheist. I believe there was some sort of God behind it all. I do think religion does great with giving people time to think. That's something that many that don't go to church lack. I'm sure you get time being in the mountains. If you think about how the average person is so busy working full time, maintaining a family, going here, and going there it's really different from how it used to be. There isn't a whole lot of time to be bored, or reflect on one's self and the world.

    I work with ULTRA religious Born Again Christians. They are pretty opposite to me. One that quit a few years ago would bring up stuff to me all the time. He tried to convert me. No thanks! I'm glad he's not working with me any longer.

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    1. Alissa, it's good to hear from you. I always enjoy your comments.

      My son had a bad time in elementary school, and we eventually took him out of it to home school. I think he got a better education and was much happier, and I can't see where it did him any harm. It's tough having a child in school and having trouble with the teacher, I've been through that. Sounds like you are supporting your son and doing all you can to help him. That's rarer than you may think, especially today when both husband and wife usually have to work outside the home.

      I don't know what I am. Agnostic doesn't really fit. I was a Baptist for most of my life prior to my thirties. Then I couldn't fit the pieces together. Either there was no God, or he was not interested in me or my friends so he wasn't relevant to me. I guess that's it in a nutshell. I do envy true believers, because they have the extra strength of believing that they have help when things get tough. I don't begrudge them that.

      Most people here don't try to convert other people. Religion is a private matter. That isn't to say the churches don't try to have a political influence on things like "should the country be dry or not" because they do. But nobody up here ever pressured me except my sister in law and she's a fanatic.

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  7. Stay warm! Not much gets done outside except what chores need to be done... like let critters out, feed critters, check water of said critters, bust up ice in watering holes for critters, and haul in more firewood. Then do it in reverse in the evening... with the exception of busting up ice (unless needed.... then it is pretty dang cold!)

    Your reading list sounds pretty interesting and you wonder how those ol' boys kept warm. I'm guessing there was lots of wool in the equation (not to mention they were a heck of a lot tougher than we are now!)

    Be safe!
    ~hobo

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    1. Hobo, you're right, there's not a lot you can do when everything is frozen, so I just stay inside as much as possible, and try to get all the essential stuff done before the cold weather gets here.

      When the weather is bad, I can read, listen to my radios, watch television, or work on the computer. That's about it, unless I want to go clean weapons or reload. Retirement means a lot of time on your hands to fill!

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  8. Thanks for the posting. I’m from California so enjoy getting the Georgia updates

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    1. I lived in California from the time I was about 10 until I was 17. We lived up around Placer county. So beautiful back then. Went back some years ago and it was different altogether. All the orchards and fields were gone, and it was suburbia. My mom and my siblings all moved out of California a few years back and went to Oregon. I hope you're in a nice part of the state!

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  9. Now that does seem like some interesting reading on the Americans in Russia in 1918. I had never heard of it. I'll need to look in to that. They are calling for six inches of sow here tonight.
    I see where Tom Brokaw made the mistake of saying that hispanic migrants needed to make a better effort at assimilating, now the usual moonbats have turned on him. It will be fun to watch them eat one of their own.

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    1. We just got light snow today, and that only at the higher elevations. Just a dusting in town. But it's really cold, for us, in the teens. I'm hoping we don't have one of those frequent power failures tonight, but when it gets this cold it usually isn't too long before you hear power transformers exploding off in the distance and the lights go out. I hate running the generator, especially when the mountains are dead quiet like they are now.

      Anyone who says anything at all that could even vaguely be interpreted as anti-illegal immigrant is taking their professional life in their hands. One of the good things about being retired is I don't have a boss who can hammer me for political incorrectness!

      That conflict in Siberia is fascinating. It was a real knockdown drag out. The Reds on one side, the French, English, Americans and Japanese , (and the Czech Legion) on the other side with the White Russians. I enjoyed learning about it, and I was surprised at the number of memoirs that are out there by people who fought in that war. Hardly anybody in America knows it happened now. Just like Beirut......

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  10. I never knew we had troops in Russia back then, Harry. Thanks for educating me.

    Our winds died down for the present, and the light snow that was predicted missed us. I never knew it was so arid here until we moved here 16 months ago. The foothills are in a "Precipitation Shadow", and we don't get much rain or snow. Most of the "Heavy Weather" seems to form up and start 'precipitating' about 10 miles East of here, well on the other side of Interstate 25.

    Our cable provider (Frontier) doesn't offer OAN, so we have to look it it online. I really enjoyed "The Daily Ledger" when we had OAN on Verizon in Long Beach. It helped keep me sane while behind enemy lines in Kommiefornia!

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    1. I got a book from the Military Book Club (now long since defunct) about the Siberian Intervention , must have been mid nineties before the internet put MBC out of business. It was pretty interesting, and here recently I've been running down some other books on the subject. It's surprising how many places we've been involved in that are now forgotten.

      We just got light snow but it's still awfully cold here today. I could get out if I wanted to, but I don't need anything and I don't have the energy to make the trip just to wander around town.

      OAN is pretty good. If you have a flat screen tv that has those hooks ups for the cables, you can get a firestick from Amazon for under forty bucks. Then you can get Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, or just order specific channels like OAN.

      We really enjoy watching old TV series like "The Twilight Zone" on the TV now. Amazing what you can get, for pennies, through all these new outfits.

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  11. I'll check the books out, Harold! I became the number one fan boy of the Marines after reading the fictional series by W.E.B. Griffin. As a guy that walked the walk, you would probably laugh at it but I had great fun with it.
    What is an 'Old China Marine' Harry? Have you ever heard the term?

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    1. The Fourth Marine Regiment was stationed in Shanghai,China from the late twenties until the Second World War. Almost all "the foreign powers" i.e. Europeans and the U.S. kept troops and gunboats in China to protect their citizens, particularly the missionaries who were always getting massacred. It was a desirable duty station, because the duties were light, there was much free time, and the cost of living was so low that even a Private's pay was enough to live a comfortable and stylish existence. Back then, Marines didn't rotate out of their outfits every three years, and the regiments themselves did not move out of garrison, so if you got posted there, you might spend the majority of your career there. When World War II started, a lot of "old salts" were taken out of the 4th Marines and sprinkled through new outfits to give some depth to the inexperienced units. They were held in high regard.

      Strangely enough, after WW2, troops for the 1st and 6th Marine Divisions, instead of being demobilized, were sent to China to support Chang's Nationalists against Mao's Reds. They stayed there until 1948. My father in law was one of them, and we have pictures of him in China, guarding trains, riding in rickshaws, etc.

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  12. Harry, glad you are back blogging....missed ya!

    tworesqu7

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    1. I appreciate that. I missed doing the blog, I just got a little worn out. Good to be back.

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  13. Harry, good to hear from you. I check in from time to time. Here is SE Michigan things pretty much closed up. Schools and government offices were closed at least 3 days this week. LOL, maybe more but I stopped paying attention :) Even though we live a mile from civilization, I haven't left the house in about a week. I think hubby has been home almost that long. Neither of us has cabin fever yet. Our low in this polar vortex was -19 without factoring in the wind chill. That was up to -45 degrees at times. Our two cats spent a lot of time taking turns on my wool blanket covered lap next to the wood stove :) In fact one of them is here right now :) :) :) Stay warm and two points to your wife for thinking about library books...

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  14. WSM, we went into town yesterday (Saturday) for the first time in a very long time. It was just too cold to go out and the trail down the mountain was pretty slick. But yesterday it warmed up and we went in for supplies, to go to the library, and to have a nice breakfast. It was good to get out.

    Today (Sunday) is a little rainy but at least it's not freezing cold.

    We brought all the animals inside this past cold snap, either in the house or the barn, because it was just too cold for them to be out. They were all glad to see it warm up some so they could roust around in the woods!

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  15. Hi Harry , Good to see you are back . I really missed your blog . Hope to start my own soon when country r/v living kicks in in a few more months . I do have a patreon site that lets people know what kind of work I've been doing www.patreon.com/1p7/overview On Christian beliefs most of the critics forget what Jesus was teaching ... forgiveness , do unto others , seeking God's ways , help for the truly needy ... if churches drop the ball on these things ( which they do a lot ) that's to be expected in an imperfect world , keep the home fire going Harry , Patrick

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    1. Patrick, just found your comment today, sorry it took me so long to respond. I've enjoyed being back, I missed my friends and the exchange of information and ideas I shared with them, so here I am back.

      If you do start blogging, be sure to let me know as I'm always looking for new blogs to read .

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  16. Harry, so glad you are blogging again, and thanks for stopping by with a comment or two... means a lot to me.

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    1. I enjoy your blog. I've admired how you have set yourself up with a nice place, and how calmly you have handled all the trials and travails associated with that.

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  17. Hi Harry :)
    You're so right about the cold. I don't mind winter as long as I have power - well, heat. In this rental we only have a fireplace which is basically for looks only, doesn't heat the house at all. I'm always a little paranoid about power failures because we don't have a generator. But this should be our last winter renting. We WILL have a backup heat source where we go and a generator by next winter (hopefully!!).

    We gave up our search for an off grid property because of limitations with the bank. We have to rely on them for a mortgage and their rules are so strict. We may look for a place on grid but with lots of land...then slowly build an off grid place in the middle of our woods for the peace and quiet we both need. Time is flying...we'll be visiting places in a few months!!

    Stay warm! We have another week of snow ahead...I think 2013 was the last winter I remember where we had so much snow! Alex will be shoveling, NOT ME!!! :)

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  18. Rain, it's warmed up some here today (Sunday).

    Having a generator isn't so great. Yes, it will run the refrigerator and a few lights, and a pump for the well. But it makes a hellish amount of noise, and mine is worse than most because it's diesel. Gasoline powered generators are quiet.

    I'm sorry that you did all that work and it didn't pan out, but I believe you will eventually get just what you want. But you know, being on the grid is a good thing if you can get enough land to keep people from bothering you at home. I actually think of "off the grid" meaning an isolated property, rather than the more literal meaning of one with no power. You two keep safe and take good care of those dogs!

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