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:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Got some work done on the place. Demographics are not looking good. "The Muslim Patrol" coming to a neighborhood near you. Cetme mags.

The morning started out wet and dreary, with low clouds and drizzling rain. But it cleared off by around ten, and I had the opportunity to get out and do some work on the buildings and the Jeep. I like having outbuildings, and I couldn't get along without mine, but they add a lot of work to the maintenance schedule.  The Jeep just needed some minor work on the muffler, but I'm glad to have that out of the way.

After finishing up what I wanted to do today,  I cleaned up and watched three episodes of the X Files. All nine of the original seasons are on Amazon Prime now, at no additional cost. Good TV to just relax with.   Hard to believe it ran from 1993 through 2002.  Seems like just yesterday our whole family watched it in the evening.

I caught up on some of my emails but still owe a couple of people a response.  That's on my agenda for Sunday, when I try not to do anything other than just pleasant tasks like that.  Every other day of the week, if the weather is good, I want to get at least one thing done around here that needs doing.

This segment ran on OAN not long ago, and I thought it was interesting because it articulates the problem we've been discussing on the blog with the "wretched refuse."  These "experts" don't look like they are too keyed into reality, but the general consensus is probably true, and not good for "us."

I know a lot of people feel like this is a problem for someone else. I am utterly guilty of having felt that way up until the last couple of years, when "immigration" from the Third World, legal or illegal, came home to roost on my own doorstep with a vengeance.   Edward Abbey knew what he was talking about when he said that unbridled immigration would be the ruin of America.

It's hard to believe what's  going on in New York.  In a way, they brought it on themselves with their sanctuary city nonsense. They're finding out now that you really do reap what you sow.

Take a look at this. I wonder how long it'll be before we have these guys driving around our town?


I got my order of Cetme Mags from Centerfire.  They appear to be original production, parkerized magazines in unissued condition. I was really happy with them, and plan to order 8 more while I still can.  You never know when the time may come that you need a stack of magazines next to your fighting position😒

Thumbing rounds into a magazine takes time, so it's best to have plenty of loaded magazines to hand when the Morelocks come calling:

Running out of loaded magazines at the wrong time can spoil the day.

Thought for the Day:

Branco Cartoon:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The National Debt, "brother, can you spare a trillion?" "Pet Meds", Cetme Mags, Walmart's new mantra: "Show me your hands!"

Excerpt from a news story on the national debt
"The Treasury Department's daily statement showed Tuesday that total outstanding public debt stands at $22.01 trillion.
The national debt is the total of the annual budget deficits.
 The Congressional Budget Office projects that this year's deficit will be $897 billion — a 15.1 percent increase over last year's imbalance of $779 billion.
 In the coming years, the CBO forecasts that the deficit will keep rising, top $1 trillion annually beginning in 2022 and never drop below $1 trillion through 2029. Much of the increase will come from mounting costs to fund Social Security and Medicare as the vast generation of baby boomers continue to retire."

On the Medical Front:

The list below is a guideline for what antibiotic to use for what disorder. I found it on a blog some years back, and checked it against a book that lists different medications and their uses. I sent a lady in England a copy of "Ball's Canning Guide." She was a nurse, and sent me back the pharmaceutical book. I'd never seen one like it and it was a good addition to the "Survivalist book collection."

  • Amoxicillin/Penicillin can be used to treat bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, E. coli, and salmonella, stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection.
  • Erythromycin/Clarithromycin/Azithromycin can treat ear infections, eye infections, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, chlamydia, mouth and dental infections, skin infections.
  • Ciprofloxacin/Levofloxacin are for use for intestinal infections and sinus infections and other heavy-hitting infections such as Lyme disease or chronic strep. These are incredibly harsh antibiotics and should be used with probiotics even more so than others. Anti-nausea medications can also of use as an add-on.
  • Bactrim/Trimethoprim for use for different kinds of urinary infections.
  • Tetracycline/Doxycycline is used for urinary infections, acne, gonorrhea and some strains of Lyme bacteria
  • Keflex/Cephalexin can treat strep, bone/joint infections, pneumonia, ear infections, skin infections and can be a preventative for bacterial endocarditis
  • .Gentamycin/Tobramycin can treat eye infections, brain and spinal cord infections, blood infections, abdominal and lung infections, and skin, bone and joint infections.

 I would image virtually everyone interested in preparedness has a copy of  "Where there is no Doctor" and "Where  there is no Dentist." Those have been around a long time and free copies are available on the net in PDF form.  

Where there is no Dentist pdf download

Where there is no Doctor pdf download

Likely you have a copy of Ragnar Benson's book on the subject too.

Probably the best book on emergency medical issues in a TEOTWAWKI situation is  this one. The doctor and nurse who teamed up to write it have a good website, with lots of good videos.

A new follow on book dealing with antibiotics and their specific uses is:

Alton's Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman's Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings.

The two books combined cost about $67.00, but down the road they could come in handy. They'll help you decide what to store now, while you still can. It you ever have to use antibiotics without access to medical professionals, then it will certainly be money well spent.

CETME Magazines:

Centerfire and J&G Sales are both offering Cetme 20 round magazines for $4.00 to $5.00 each.  I ordered 10 from Centerfire, but I don't know if they are used, or aftermarket, or just what.  When they get here I'll add something in a post about them.  These are NOT G3 mags, they are the curved Cetme mags.  Centerfire has some rusted original production mags cheaper but they look to be in terrible shape.
might clean up nicely, but I'll pass.

I passed on the rusty ones, and ordered the "blue steel" mags.

I already have beau coupe Cetme mags, but my mantra has always been to look for things I might need in the future, and buy some of whatever turns up at good prices. You never know when you might not get a second chance.

Festung Walmart:

 A new development at our Walmart, and not a pleasant one, is the "random search."

This week I went into Walmart, bought a few things, and as the wife and I were walking out, the little old guy who is a "greeter" came running after us, squeaking "Stop! Stop! Stop Sir!

I did stop, and he trotted up and said "I need to see your receipt!"

I got my wallet out, gave him the receipt, and he ran some kind of hand held scanner over all my plastic bags.

I asked him what he was doing, and he said "oh, I just need to test this new piece of equipment."

Didn't sound very plausible to me.  I went down and talked to one of the "yellow vest" managers, the one's who hang around in groups of three or four at the registers and watch as people get in longer and longer lines because not enough registers are open.

This guy was pretty straight forward. It seems that since we started getting all these inner city "hoodies", Moslem "refugees" and illegal immigrants settled here, Walmart is taking it in the shorts on shoplifting. Their losses have reached the point where they have to do something. But they can't risk offending the ethnics, so the plan is to "randomly" search people, so they can't be accused of "profiling." 

The next day I went back and while Miriam and the kids shopped, I sat in the "pickup" area by the door, in a comfortable chair, and watched the exit door.

Here's what soon became apparent. The "greeters" are not anxious to accost Karim Abdul Hussien Stinkini the 23 year old tough, and his Islamic buddies as they leave. So they don't "randomly" check them. The "greeters" are not all that keen on soliciting the cooperation of Carlos "Death head Tats" Maria Gonzolez Gomez and his merry band of pendejos,  nor are they enthralled by the prospect of waylaying  "Li'l Dead Head" the rapper and his entourage of brudas on their way out.

So who gets "randomly checked?'  Little old ladies,  young moms with kids , old couples.  All of them white, and as far as I can tell, all of them polite about it. 

Multiculturalism makes life harder on the indigenous population in so many ways.....

As for things here on the mountain.  The kids got in Tuesday morning, and we had a couple of good days visiting before they had to go back.  They brought four new barn cats, and another bearded dragon lizard for us to take care of.  Not a problem, there's room for everybody up here.

It's colder outside, just above freezing.  I've been running a lot of electric heaters in the barn, shop, apartment and main house, trying to keep the propane bill down.  And it is down, but the electric bill just came in and it was $315.00, about $100 above normal for this time of year. I wonder if I saved $100 worth of propane doing that?

Lehman's Catalog:

I got the Lehman's catalog I requested some weeks ago. It's nice, and had a lot of good things in it, but it's a pale reflection of the older catalogs you paid $5.00 for . I am going to call them and see if I hit the wrong button and didn't get the "big" catalog, or if they just don't publish it anymore. Either way, if you want to live in a pre-electric situation , or to be prepared to do so, this is the place. They have all the old things people had back then to make life bearable.

American Survival Guide, Vol. 8 , issue 4.

I got this in the mail yesterday.  It's mostly oriented towards families with kids. There's a good article on dirty bombs,  and one on forming "teams" for TEOTWAWKI situations. That used to be the style ten years ago, but seems to have largely fallen out of favor. I had an agreement with a group of people who would come up here if something went wrong, but as the years passed they moved away, or died, or got married to spouses who didn't like the woods, or whatever. Now it's just family members and for a number of reasons, that's probably the best way to go. Too many Alpha males spoil the broth.

It also had a nice article on backpacks in the $500 and up range, if you're in the market. Myself, that's a tad rich for my blood.

A quick hello:

Thought for the Day:

Quotes from Emails:

“ I’ve always said its just a matter of time before the 
Democrats pull that Assault Weapons ban nonsense again and I think 
that time is getting nigh. I've enough for my own needs for the rest 
of my life but I want to be in a position to really make a profit when 
it happens. Remember in the 90's when an a 30-rd AR mag was $40-50 and 
a 'pre ban' AR-15 was in the $1700+ range? Interesting times, those 
were.  Anonymous

"I'll tell you about another friend of mine's experience with a retreat.  This buddy has a small place on the opposite end of the spectrum from my other friend.  He has a small cabin on about 30 acres of land, also in (redacted)County.  Now this place has no running water, just a spring.  No power, no sewer, just an outhouse. In fact, it is just a one room place with a sleeping loft. He used to keep a small camp stove, dishes and some rudimentary hand tools.  After a couple of break-ins and had that stuff stolen, he quit leaving anything in that place at all. And we are not talking about expensive stuff.  Probably not more than $50 worth of stuff.  After he stopped leaving stuff in there, he only had a couple more break-ins then they stopped.  Word got out, he had nothing in there.  This place is really in the boonies at the very end of what is really just a cow path. There is only one way in by vehicle and none of the neighbors, who they know well, every saw a strange vehicle go by.  And when he would go up there and find his place burglarized, he saw no signs of any vehicle being up there. People were going in there through the woods on foot."