Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It's raining so this must be Georgia.

Remember the scene in "The Pacific" where the guy just can't take the rain anymore, and walks out in the downpour then shoots himself?

I am beginning to understand how that could happen.  2018 was the wettest year on record in this state since they started keeping records around 1856.  January and Februrary have been brutal, with massive storms blowing in here from off the PACIFIC OCEAN.  WTH!   Our rain always comes from the Gulf, but not now.

It's raining outside this morning, but at least it isn't snowing. That's coming Sunday and Monday.....

Well, even when it's been wet and miserable for weeks, with strong winds, falling trees, broken bridges, overflowing creeks, blown off roof shakes,  flooded diversion ditches, rusting tools in the tool shed, I still love Georgia.  It's my kind of place.

Thought we'd go over to the lake near the house and walk today. It was supposed to be "cloudy" , and it is but they left out the part about rain.  We are about recovered from repairing the Burma Road, but my wife is still stretched out on the couch with her favorite cat and a blanket, soaking up the heat from the fireplace. She's pretty stiff.  Our doctor told us to lay off the "Aleve", and only take it when we need it, not every day. We are both taking it again right now.

Got some new catalogs in the mail yesterday.  You can tell you are retired when getting a catalog in the mail is the highlight of the day.

I need to buy some little something or other out of both catalogs, or they will quit sending them. I'm thinking a couple of Mosin Nagant slings from CH Kadel and a big old Bowie knife for $29.00 from Bud K.  Everybody can use some spare Mosin slings and a store room Bowie knife, seems like to me.

Some SOB called us on the phone last night, and said that they needed to help us get a new social security payment account number for our direct deposit, and needed some "information." They sounded all bossy and "government" and just started right on in. I told them I wasn't comfortable with talking to some disembodied voice and to send me a letter.  The guy slammed the phone on me. Then I called social security and they said nope, it wasn't them.... big surprise there.

Some Branco Cartoons:

Got my can of bear spray.   I wear a Browning concealed carry vest, and it's a good piece of gear. The bear spray fits right inside the vest in an interior pocket on the left side. So now, I can carry my gun, my bear spray, my cell phone, and my wallet all in the vest.  I hate carrying things in my pants pockets.

It's really nice having a non-lethal alternative to the pistol.  Too many times, the characters you have unpleasant interactions with are not visibly armed.  Even in a state with Stand Your Ground laws, it's better not to have to resort to lethal force unless it's an absolute last ditch , back against the wall situation.  I don't want to wind up like the guy in the Florida mall who was getting the tar beat out of him by a giant black guy half his age, got knocked down, shot the assailant while he himself was laying on the ground. Then got charged with murder, even though the Sheriff said it was clearly self defense.

Backwoods Home Magazine goes into print again.

Almost everyone in the survivalist or "prepper" community knows this magazine. It was a mom and pop publication, always fun to read, always informative, and worth the money.  A while back, the editor got tired of doing it, and his son started publishing an on line only magazine called Self Reliance.

Back Woods Home Magazine link

So the old guy publishing BWH decided to go digital only too. It just wasn't the same. I think most people interested in self sufficiency like to have a paper copy to thumb through, and to add to their survivalist book shelf.  So, recently the BWH people decided to go back to print. As soon as they do I'll subscribe again.

If you go to their link, you can look over their specials and anthologies. I bought a lot of them, especially the "ask Jackie" books on specific topics, and never was money better spent.

They also have a three volume set on survival basics. I have had the first volume for more than 15 years, but it has been updated and there are two additional volumes now, so I think it 's time for me to pick those up .

As much as I enjoy Off Grid and American Survival Guide,  I always have the feeling they are intended for much younger and more affluent readers , not really designed for middle class, older people. Backwoods Home Magazine is more attuned to my demographic.

Thought for the Day:

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Main Stream Media are both a stench in the nostrils of decent people.

Just for fun: AR Guys vs. AK Guys (part one) warning: language

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sometimes, a two bedroom condo at the beach doesn't sound all that bad.

I've mentioned that with all this rain, over such a long period of time, we have some problems in the mountains. Power outages, creeks rising, and trees coming down.

Saturday my wife and I decided to go up to the lake in the county next to us, and have a nice lunch. We put on our "Go to town" clothes, she fixed her hair. I even shaved.

Started down the mountain, made a curve halfway down the trail. Disaster.

There was a massive blowdown, all the way across. A sixty footer had come down during the night, and the trail was dead center under it. This wasn't one you could cut a few branches off and roll it off down the slope.

We had to back up to the house. That's no mean feat, the  trail winds and twists, and if you are backing up and go too far to the right, you fall off into the ravine. In some places, that's a long fall.

Changed clothes, put the tools in the Jeep, and drove back down.  We worked for four hours, and got some of the branches cut out of the pile. You can't just charge in there with a chain saw. When a big tree falls, it crushes all the smaller trees below it. You wind up with a pile of lumber, limbs, and all of it under tension. Cut the wrong one, and a limb will whip out of the pile and smash you to kindling. I saw that happen to a fellow once. He was smart and good with a chain saw, but he misjudged. Cut a branch, and a bigger one came whipping out of the pile, smashed him in the knee and kept going. It broke his knee and bent his leg out straight from the knee.

So you use hand tools as often as a chain saw, and you cut things down by segments, being damned sure you don't free up something to come whipping into you like a Viet Cong trail booby trap.

My wife helps but I am not letting her get hurt. I won't let her get anywhere near the pile. She picks up the lighter  branches once I cut them and drags them off. She is also better at determining which way something is going to move. When I cut through the main trunk on the up slope side, the whole thing snapped and the part laying on the ground  up slope swung about 3 feet towards me like a railroad train. Fortunately, she had warned me to stand back behind a tree trunk for the last big cut, although I thought the downed trunk was too big to move.

Saturday we got a lot of the  cutting out  and pulling done. Today we got  most of the bigger "staubs"  off. A staub is a broken limb, sticking out of a trunk, that can skewer you if  the trunk rolls, and if on the wrong side, will keep the trunk from rolling the way you want.  With the tree laying on the bank, on the up slope side and down on the ravine edge on the down slope side, you have to cut the main trunk through on the up slope, and on the down slope, so you can roll off the 12 foot section laying across the jeep trail. Because the  tree is laying across the trail about 3 feet in the air, instead of on it, then you are going to have big problems with the blade getting pinched, so you have to cut down in a "V" shape. Takes time.  We were down at the pile for about four hours.  Like a novice, I didn't wear gloves and so chewed my hands up.

Today we went back down there ( with gloves) and worked til both of us were ready to drop.  I left the jeep and tools down there, too tired to back all the way up. Easier to just walk.  We worked on it from 10:00 this morning til after 1:00 in the afternoon. That's about it for us these days.

Tomorrow we will go back, cut one final staub, and try to lever the part of the trunk laying up on the bank off into the trail, and then over into the ravine. I keep a big length of steel pipe for that. However, this trunk is about two and a half feet across, and the tree wasn't dead, so the wood is green and heavy. If I can't get it off the road, I'll get a wrecker to come up and drag it sideways so we can roll it off down the mountain.  Rather not spend the money, but the tree is so heavy we may end up going that way.

I could have gotten this done in two days when I was 30.  Now, it's a little more challenging. My wife pointed out that we would not be doing this if we lived in a two bedroom condo on the beach. She said I could be down on the pier drinking coffee instead of killing myself shifting wood.  But I feel like it's just part of the deal living up here. You take the good with the bad.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Free Speech, can the government arrest you for something you say?

God help me, the best explanation of this that I can find comes from the American Civil Liberties Union.


Is all speech protected?

The First Amendment protects your right to express your opinion, even if it's unpopular. You may criticize the President, the Congress, or the chief of police without fear of retaliation. But this right doesn't extend to libel, slander, obscenity, "true threats," or speech that incites imminent violence or law-breaking. If you grab a megaphone during a riot and yell "shoot the cop" or "loot the shop," you may reasonably expect trouble.

Can I talk about government overthrow or taking over the streets?

Yes, for the most part. In the 1940s and '50s, suspected subversives or Communists were often charged with 'incitement to illegal activity' and convicted. Subsequent courts have interpreted the government's ability to prohibit speech as incitement more narrowly. The government can't stop you from talking generally about ideas or future events. But it may ban speech that’s "directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.'

Here's a link to the page that came from, with more detail.

ACLU "free speech" link to page quote came from.

This post is just amplification on a topic raised in the preceding one.  If anyone has any information they want to bring up for visitors to read, email me the link.  Reading the ACLU blurb, it sounds to me like the government might get you if they can construe something you do or say as a "true threat."  Historically, the state/federal government has had a very wide definition of that term.  And there's always this. They can throw you in jail, ruin you financially, ruin your reputation, destroy your life and then just let you out of jail without so much as a "sorry." They never even have to bring you to trial for that.


I finished up with the blog for today, and went to check my email. A friend in Virginia sent me the maps below, and I thought I would go ahead and get them on the "air". They have a lot to do with what we've been talking about in terms of "them and us."

Denmark. Love it, or Leave it! "Don't P*ss down my neck and tell me it's raining." Conversation with a simple man. New Survivor's Edge. Mausers and Mosin Nagants arrive at Classic Arms.

Denmark starts ratcheting back the Islamic Tide.

Warning: Some Viewers may find this opinion offensive! (But I hope not.)  Listening to all the outrage over Southern heritage by the lunatic fringe makes me think of the rejoinder used by Josey Wales, concerning "rain."

I wonder if the Third War of Independence is looming on the horizon.  It looks to me like the downward spiral in America will be at it's nadir in 2020.  If things go ill, and the elections are stolen by the Democrats and their legions of imported dependent voters, and the hordes of illegals they facilitate in illegally entering this county,  and then assist in voting illegally, will everyone just acquiesce. I don't think so.

The Dims and their lunatic fringe have torn down our statues, and taught our kids outright lies and propaganda in the schools. But people here still remember their heritage, and I have to believe that there are other people in the rest of the United States who aren't going to" go peacefully into the night."

When I pulled this video up on YouTube, I first got a black, ominous screen with bold white letters saying "some viewers found this content offensive." If they did, I feel sorry for them because they'd have to be complete cretins. Or, maybe not sorry. Maybe "contempt" would be a better word.

I think maybe those mountain men described in Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" had the right idea.

“ Well , sir — it was las ’ March , an ’ one Sunday five thousan ’ of them mountain men had a turkey shoot outside a town . Five thousan ’ of ’ em jes ’ marched through town with their rifles . An ’ they had their turkey shoot , an ’ then they marched back . An ’ that’s all they done . Well , sir , they ain’t been no trouble sence then .

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath  

An interesting conversation , cleaning out ditches, and other matters of significance.

Some timely Branco cartoons to lighten the mood:

Survivors Edge, March/April 2019

There's an article in this issue about a class of guns I know nothing about.  The writer highlights some weapons for backpackers. They are all pretty small, or short, as you'd expect. Some of them are a bit too much Star Wars for me, but I was taken by a street legal sawed off shotgun called the Shockwave that Mossberg is putting out. Looked like a really nice vehicle gun.

Crossbows  are making a big comeback with some survivalists, and there's an article on those, with some evaluations of different bows. I can remember ten years ago, watching the British version of "Doomsday Preppers", and there were these two fellows who were really squared away. They had a good plan, good equipment, and had done what they were able to do to take care of their families. But the segment showed them practicing with crossbows for self defense, since they were denied firearms. At the time, I felt sorry for them but a lot of Americans are taking up the bow now, so maybe there's something to it.

I'm not much a fan of "combo guns" but there's an article on those, with the Ruger PC carbine and a 9mm pistol as the example gun.

Several other decent articles as well, including a review of knives, bug out kits, and disaster plans.

Thought for the Day:

Two new shipments of rifles and ammo at Classic Arms.  Mosin Nagant rifles, Yugoslavian Mausers, various models, and 7.62X54R surplus ammo in the can.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Two posts in one day.

I don't usually do two posts in the same day.  There was an article in a Georgia newspaper here recently, though, that I thought was worth passing on. Most people don't read the paper anymore, but I do because I get better news on events in Georgia that way, than I do from watching the ATL networks.  The paper in question has a distinct left wing slant. But this particular article, for all that, addresses the problems we are having here with "outside money", "outside political actors" and similar issues that everyone in this country is having to live with now. So I put the article in a post before I did this one.

It's not hard to get worn down.  There are so many negative trends in the country today that it's hard to keep up with them all, but I try.  Take, for instance, the "fake news" hate crime stories that are out there virtually every day. The made up stories get wide dissemination on the MSM networks and all over the internet. But when they are conclusively proven to be another version of "Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton's Traveling Circus" that doesn't get mentioned.

Meanwhile, in Idaho....

I have several friends who live in Idaho.  They've been inundated with the same "refugees" being dumped in Georgia and elsewhere.  I was still surprised to read about this, you just don't think of Idaho as being a place where this kind of behavior occurs. It's another example of the fact that importing savages into a peaceful countryside does not change the way they think or act. They are not automatically civilized by being given free housing, free money, free medical care and dumped on the populace.

Elias Lupango, Rashidi Mulanga, Swedi Iyombelo.

There are four of these guys, but the fourth was a juvenile so he's not being identified.  One of them got a local  girl to agree to meet him at McDonalds.  Unbeknownst to her, he brought along three of his cronies. She got in the car with them, and you can imagine the rest.  Now their defense attorney is saying these are "good young men" who "thought they were going to pay for sex."  Apparently that was not the impression that the girl was given when she agreed to meet the character at McDonald's. You might think she was pretty foolish to agree ( I do) but then, if she hadn't, wouldn't she have been a racist? Well, according to the standards of the left, she certainly would have. It might have been better for her, and her family, had she just accepted that fact, and used her good judgment .

It's pretty easy to feel yourself and those like you are under siege these days.  Still, it's good to know there ARE others like you, which is a big part of why I started blogging again. It's good to get that positive reinforcement of contact with decent people, because if you thought everyone out there was as the American public is portrayed on MSM, it would be time to head for the hills.  Even if you already have...😉

We have had days and days of rain here. I've lost track of how many. The creeks are up so high that a lot of the small wooden bridges that cross them are being weakened. If they can't be used, a lot of people who live out on possum trails way back in the woods won't be able to get in and out of their property.

Last night we had a bizarre thunderstorm. It would be dead quiet, with just the sound of the rain on the roof, then there would be one single, solitary earthshaking blast that sounded like it was just overhead.  I can't remember anything quite like that before. The dogs had a bad night, they hate thunder and even though they were in the barn, they did a lot of howling.

I had an appointment with my "civilian" doctor in the next county yesterday.  I'd been to the VA doctor, to see if some issues I was having were related to the Camp Lejeune debacle, where the base dry cleaning facility leaked toxic chemicals into the water table, and hence into the base water supply, for decades.  Turns out, they weren't , which is nice to know.  It's a little confusing for my wife and I , having two doctors, but some things we can get taken care of up here locally, using our United Health Care policy we get through her retirement, and others we can get taken care of more easily at the VA clinic. So we try to juggle those things to our best advantage.  We have had really good service with the VA, no problems and they have been extremely helpful and welcoming to us. I know not everyone has had that experience.

It's also true that if you get into the VA system, you get a VA identity card. Lots of businesses in Georgia give veterans with the card nice discounts on goods and services, so that has been helpful.

Two big trees came down last night.  The buildings up here , and the meadow, are surrounded by dense forest. When one of these behemoths falls, it's hair raising. First, you hear the sound of wood slowing cracking, then there's a torrent of noise as the tree falls , taking other trees with it, followed by a huge crash when the whole mass hits the ground. It's very hard to tell exactly what direction all this is coming from, so I go out with a light and see if I can find it from the porch.  Mainly I just want to be sure it didn't land on one of the buildings, or across the road.  We had a rough time getting off the mountain yesterday for the doctor visit, as we had to clear the jeep trail of a mountain of fallen limbs, etc. Fortunately, this  time around, there were no tree trunks across the trail. Given the horrific winds we had all night Tues/Wed, we were lucky.

I appreciate the good suggestions friends sent on where to find the ammo I am looking for, at good prices. I always book mark those pages and then go through them "shopping" when I'm in the market. So any new suggestions are always welcome.

Some Branco Cartoons to lighten the day:

Quote for the Day:

A succinct article on how the Democrats are buying votes in Georgia, and the "turn 'em all in, Mr. and Mrs. America " crowd are riding their coat tails.

This article is from a Georgia newspaper. While it's specifically oriented towards events here, the exact same phenomenon is happening all over the country. It's another example of how we are losing ground. I am pretty sure the reporter is leaning towards the left, but the overall information in the article is accurate as far as I can discern.

Gun control groups outspend NRA in Ga., reversing an old story line

Last year’s mass shooting of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., refocused national attention on gun control and led many to call for politicians to stop accepting money from the National Rifle Association. But in the campaigning that followed, Georgia politicians still accepted thousands from the NRA and other pro-gun groups.
But that’s not the whole story. While the NRA remains a potent element in Georgia’s political climate, there are signs the group’s monopoly on gun issues is weakening. Contributions to Georgia’s congressional delegation dropped by 35 percent compared to four years ago, during the last mid-term election. The decline in spending mirrors a national trend as the NRA is faced with serious financial difficulties, but Sarah Bryner, research director of the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, said there is another trend at work.
“The NRA’s power for decades has been its ability to activate its supporters,” Bryner said. “There’s not really an answer on the other side. This cycle was different.” Following the Parkland shooting, gun-control advocates took to the streets in mass demonstrations, students staged walkouts and donors opened their wallets.
While the NRA’s political spending has been stagnant or on the decline, gun-control groups, like Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords PAC, poured millions into congressional campaigns.
 According to the CRP analysis, gun-control groups spent $11.9 million in political donations and independent spending in the 2018 election cycle, while the NRA and several smaller pro-gun groups spent $9.9 million.
For voters who support gun rights and those who support further restrictions, the change in the landscape is significant. Gun rights advocates have long been able to count on the NRA for significant financial backing. That backing translates into campaign spending that funds advertisements, pamphlets sent to selected voters at home and turnout efforts — and ultimately, election victories.
The change means those seeking restrictions on guns now have a new funding stream to tap to be competitive in a close district.
In Georgia, look no farther than Georgia’s 6th District in Atlanta’s northern arc, a House district once held by Newt Gingrich. Newcomer Lucy McBath unseated an incumbent Republican, Karen Handel, in a district that has been trending Democratic. The infusion of millions of dollars in outside spending from gun-control groups helped McBath to be competitive.
The impact of political spending on the gun issue will likely become more pronounced in Georgia as more suburban districts like the sixth become competitive for Democrats.

Georgia’s 6th District targeted :

The story of political spending supporting or opposing gun rights in Georgia is more nuanced. Pro-gun groups gave five times more in campaign donations than gun-control groups, but gun-control groups dominated in independent spending on things like mailers and television ads.
Georgia’s congressional delegation took in more than $20,000 in direct contributions from the NRA’s Virginia-based Political Victory Fund, while state-level candidates received another $14,000, led by Gov. Brian Kemp, who received $5,000 from the NRA’s political action committee.
Much of the outside spending went to Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The tossup district that stretches across the north metro matched freshman Rep. Karen Handel, a Republican, against Democrat Lucy McBath, a national spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety who lost her son to gun violence. According to CRP’s calculations, pro-gun groups plowed more than $86,000 into Handel’s reelection campaign. But gun-control groups, led by Everytown, contributed $4 million to elect McBath, virtually all of which came as outside spending.
McBath defeated Handel in an upset that made national headlines. And just a few days after being sworn in, she stood behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support a bill expanding criminal background checks to most gun purchases.
“I intend to make sure I am working on the front lines of this issue while I’m in Washington,” McBath said this week in an MSNBC interview. “We are in a very interesting time in our nation right now. For the first time in about a decade we are now actually having hearings that I get to sit in on with the judiciary committee.”
The NRA had better luck in the gubernatorial race, despite a rocky start. The organization backed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Republican primary, a nod to Cagle’s pledge to punish Delta Airlines for its decision to end airfare discounts for NRA members. After Kemp upended Cagle in a runoff election, the NRA backtracked, formally announcing its support for Kemp for governor on Sept. 21.“Brian Kemp is an unwavering supporter of our Second Amendment freedoms,” said Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund. “He is the only candidate running for governor who can be trusted to protect our constitutional right to self-defense.”
But the organization had already made amends for backing the losing candidate by cutting Kemp a $5,000 check several weeks earlier. In addition, NRA board members chipped in $1,525 of their own to Kemp’s campaign.But the NRA’s real contribution came from almost $850,000 in independent expenditures. Most of that went to advertising aimed as much at defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams, whom the organization claimed would confiscate Georgians’ firearms if elected, than at electing Kemp.
NRA support to Dems dwindles.
 While the NRA’s giving power has dipped, Bryner of the Center for Responsive Politics said the group’s strategy to support Republicans almost exclusively has made gun rights a more polarizing issue than ever. A $1,000 contribution won’t make or break a campaign, but when it comes from the NRA, it’s a stamp of approval for conservative voters or a deal breaker for liberals, she said.
A decade ago, the NRA contributed regularly to dozens of Democrats in Congress. No more, Bryner said. “You see candidates advertising their F ratings from the NRA,” she said. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, is a notable exception. Bishop received a $2,500 contribution from the NRA PAC in this last cycle and was one of just three House Democrats in the nation to accept money from the group. Bishop has long accepted money from the NRA and other pro-gun organizations, but the checks from the NRA have gotten smaller over the years.
In a statement from his congressional office, the 14-term lawmaker tried to appeal to both sides in an extremely polarizing debate. “Any life impacted by gun violence is tragic,” he said. “I support the Constitution of the United States in its entirety, including the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. That right, however, is appropriately subject to reasonable measures including background checks to limit access to those whose mental health or criminal history demonstrates a lack of requisite responsibility.”
But Bishop is one of just nine House Democrats not to sign on the background check bill. The bill has five Republican co-sponsors.
Why it matters :
The NRA historically has outspent gun-control advocates but the trend was reversed in the last election cycle nationally and in Georgia. Political spending from issue advocacy groups funds advertisements, pamphlets sent to selected voters at home and turnout efforts. The surge in gun-control spending means those seeking restrictions on guns now have a new funding stream to tap to be competitive in close districts.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Malaysian 7.62X51. Sportsman's Guide, it ain't what it used to be. Sleet.

A while back, I bought a 300 round can of Malaysian 7.62X51.   Good stuff, well packed and fires great in both the FAL and the Enfield 2A.

  That being so, I figure I can fire it in any of my weapons chambered for 7.62X51.  It's noncorrosive, but it's also Berdan primed so I can't reload the brass. I only have the equipment for Boxer primed cases.

Here are the specs as published on the Sportsman's Guide web site:

Malaysian .308 (7.62x51mm), L2A2 Ball Surplus, FMJ, 146 Grain, 540 Rounds

Key Features

Caliber: .308 (7.62x51mm)
Bullet Weight: 146 grain
Bullet Style: FMJ
Muzzle Velocity: 2,750 FPS (approximate)
Muzzle Energy: 2,451 ft.-lbs. (approximate)
Case Type: Brass
Primer Type: Berdan, non-reloadable

Corrosive: No

So, when I got an email from Sportsman's Guide today, showing various types of surplus ammo in cans and promising free shipping, I went to their web page to order a can of the ammo , this time the 540 round can.  The ammo had been reduced from $249.99 to $229.99 (the club members prices). They have a four pay option for the "club" so it doesn't have to wallop your budget all at once.

I started the process of ordering on line, and all went well until I got to the point where I had to enter the code for the free shipping. It kicked back the order.

I called customer service. Started explaining my problem, and suddenly the guy couldn't hear me. I could hear him loud and clear, but he wasn't getting me. Don't know whose end the problem was on, but he hung up.

I called back, got some other person, and they said "oh, that ammo isn't covered by this offer." That made no sense, why would PPU and other "canned" ammo be, but not this. So I thanked the guy, went back and filled out the order on line, and here's what I came up with.

In addition to the cost of the ammo, they wanted me to pay $18.95 in shipping,  $16.03 to Georgia in sales tax, and another $6.21 in "shipping tax." What is shipping tax?  Never heard of that before as far as I can remember.

So, that added another $41.19 to the order.  That changes the equation.  I guess I will wait til they put out a free shipping code that will be applicable to that ammo, or I just won't buy it.

I don't know what's happening with Sportsman's Guide. They used to offer free shipping without "strings" on large orders, they didn't collect Georgia Sales Tax, and they didn't have a "Shipping Tax."

I still like their catalogs, although they don't have as many as they did and don't publish them as often as they used to. But they aren't the same outfit. I think the old guy "Dave" who owned the business and whose picture was always on the catalogs must have died.

Still, here's the latest Forgotten Weapons evaluation, and it covers this Malaysian ammo so I am including it in this post.

I'm trying to do some last minute shopping in the small arms arena because I think 2020 could be the year that the Dims actually take over.  Events in Georgia are being replicated all over the country, with so many people flooding into the country that are absolutely locked into the Democratic Party. We already know they are voting in vast numbers, whether they are entitled to or not.

Georgia has had a huge influx of people from Mexico, Central America, India, and various Islamic countries. These individuals invariably end up in the cities, along with the vast majority of blacks.

If you look at this map which shows the orientation of every county in Georgia during the last gubernatorial election, you'll see that the rural counties are conservative ( but sparsely populated) while the big cities in Georgia (Atlanta, Savannah, Athens, Augusta, Macon, Columbus) are entirely liberal and densely populated.  Georgia was heavily conservative overall up until about 10 years ago, when this trend to the left started picking up steam.

This is a map of how the U.S. states went in 2016.  Some of them were "by the skin of their teeth." Now, the demographics in Texas and Florida are changing in favor of the left, and it's due to illegals voting, greater activism on the part of the lunatic fringe portions of the Democratic party, the decay of the Republican party, and vast numbers of legal immigrants. ("refugees", immigrants who have been naturalized, and 400,000 Puerto Ricans moving from Puerto Rico to Florida in the last two years.)

If the Dems can consistently win in Texas and Florida, it's virtually impossible for the Republicans to win the Presidency. Given their abysmal and churlish performance both before and after President Trump was elected, I don't feel sorry for them. When the RNC called me this year to solicit my (small, but regular) contribution, I told them to take me off the list. Though I have been a Republican for more than 40 years, I'm not anymore.

I realize this strengthens the Democrats , but the Republicans  brought it on themselves. There are a lot of conservative "ordinary people"  who aren't going to vote Republican anymore after the antics of John McCain, Lindsey Graham,  Mit Romney and the other Rinos.  The real disaster would be an election cycle that wound up with a Democratic President, and a Democratic House and Senate.  But there's no guarantee that the Rino's won't behave just like Democrats if the Republicans are in power.  Remember the "Gun Ban" of 1994.

On Sept 13, 1994 Diane Feinstein got her gun ban through the Senate, and passed into law, after  a last minute flip flop by a handful of Republican Senators who broke their word and  voted with the Democrats. The final vote was 52 to 48.

The  ban passed in the House of Representatives in the same manner, with enough Republicans voting yes to allow the bill to narrowly squeak through, 216 to 214.

“Analysis of the voting showed that, in general, House members from urban and suburban areas tended to favor the bill while most representatives from rural, Western or Southern districts voted against it.”

Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1994.

I remember it well.  When I went to bed the night of the vote,  I didn't even check because the NRA had touched base with every Republican Senator on their votes, and the bill was going to fail by 4 votes. But when the vote was  taken , enough Republicans sold out to pass it.

Oh, well.  You try to figure out what's going to happen in the future, and then you  try to decide what you need to do to be ready for that eventuality if it really happens. What else can a person do?

Wrapping up the post:

Branco Cartoons: (catching up on some from the gap in the blog)

Quote for the Day:

And that's the God's Truth: