When we finally broke down and bought a flat screen tv, we only envisioned hooking it up to the satellite receiver. When my son came home for a visit, he fixed the new tv so it would operate on the satellite, but he also hooked up an Amazon Fire Stick to the set, and also our DVD player.
It's been amazing. You pay $40.00 for the firestick, and then you can watch all sorts of different programming. We have Amazon Prime, Netflix, CBS Easy Access and a subscription to One America News. You pay for Prime once a year, last year it was $100.00 and this year it's going up to $120.00. With it, you get free shipping on most things you buy, and access to a huge pool of movies, television shows, music, et al. I think it was Tewshooz who first explained Prime to me and it has been a good investment.
I found this movie on Amazon Prime. It's a interesting show. If you don't have Amazon Prime, at the end of the trailer there are some other ways to access it, although I haven't tried them.
Keep and Bear EXCLUSIVE TRAILER from Darren Doane on Vimeo.
Another good show, a four part documentary, deals with the operations of the Mossad, Israel's equivalent of the CIA. What I found particularly fascinating was the interviews with former Directors of the Mossad, going back to the 1950's. If you saw the movie "Munich" , that dealt with Mossad operations initiated to kill the terrorists behind the Munich massacre. Netflix has the program. You can get Netflix for $7.00 a month with advertisements, or without advertisements for $9.00.
In the early 1970's, there was close cooperation between the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and the USMC. Israeli officers attended our staff schools at Quantico, Virginia and in return gave presentations on their own combat experiences and what they had learned from them. If the U.S. Department of State was consistently anti-Israeli and pro-Arab, then the U.S. military was equally adamant in it's close relationship with the Israeli military.
During the USMC deployment to Lebanon (1982-1984) there was sometimes friction between Israeli troops and U.S. Marines in the field. Primarily, it was a matter of Israeli infantry or armored patrols trying to cross the Marine lines around the airfield. Sometimes, this was inadvertent, and sometimes, it was intentional. Any time you put two different military forces in close proximity to each other, this is going to happen unless you set up appropriate communications and liaison links between the two. That holds true even for troops from the same country, as in USMC and US Army joint operations. When you have two foreign forces, it's worse. When the Marines came in country, the Israeli's, naturally enough, made contact with the Marines in order to set this liaison system up. But the State Department, not the Sixth Fleet, was running the show and they were their usual prissy, heads up their ass, play with the unicorns, no practical experience moronic selves. They saw the mission as saving the poor, downtrodden, set upon Arab terrorists (the PLO) from the evil militant Israelis. I'm not kidding, and I'm not exaggerating.
The State Department forbid any contact or coordination with the IDF. For awhile the head State Department figure in Lebanon was a "Lebanese American" named Philip Habib. That fat slug was a nightmare. His sole qualifications for the assignment was that his parents were Lebanese and he had "friends" in the inner circle of the State Department. Even in an organization known for stupidity, banality, and left wing bias, this guy stood out as a paragon of non-virtue.
In time, the MAU commander( then Col. Tom Stokes, or "Red Man") quietly established a link with the Israelis to prevent negative interactions, and things settled down. He risked his career in doing so, but reasoned it was better to risk his career than his troop's lives. The rank and file were well aware of this, and throughout the Marine deployment, members of the Dept of State were not welcome in the "club" the enlisted Marines built for themselves. "Not welcome" is putting it mildly, and some "Staties" that didn't get the word were shown the door and assisted out of it. Same reception for snotty reporters the troops didn't like. But, I digress......
Even so, I got to see the Israelis in action and I envied the way they annihilated anyone who attacked them. At the same time, the Marines in Beirut were firing flares back at Moslem militias who were firing artillery and mortars at them. I'm pretty sure that most, if not all, of the Marines who were associated with that expedition were rooting for the Israeli's. When Israeli troops pulled back from Beirut, things for the Marines got much, much worse because there were no Israeli troops on the high ground around the airport and the terrorists swarmed into the vacuum. They promptly set up mortars and artillery and began pounding the Marine positions below.
I was cheering the Israelis back then, and cursing the Moslems. I'm doing the same thing now, 36 years later. 9-11 just made that sentiment stronger as far as I'm concerned.
This fellow always makes good sense. Considering he lives in a country where free speech is not guaranteed and you can be jailed for "sassing" the powers that be, he's very forthright.
Down on the Southern Border, things are completely out of control.
|"The great thing is to get the true picture, whatever it is" Winston Churchill|
Quotes from Emails friends have sent.
From a fellow who lives out in the Wyoming/Montana/Dakotas territory, excerpted from a conversation dealing with the way "ethnics" are being dumped on communities where you would never have expected it to happen.
“I'm sorry to read that your lifestyle is starting to be one of being
under siege to the point you feel you can't really leave home. I don't
mind newcomers who assimilate, but these ones that don't... Our lefty
mayor made a big deal about pairing up with some refugee resettlement
program to bring in a bunch of Somalis or Ethiopians or some similar
bunch... they don't speak the language, they cant drive, have third
grade (and Third World) education, and they live off of .gov
handouts...and the press lionizes them as brave people surmounting the
odds. Importing welfare cases when we can't even take care of the ones
we had, all in the name of virtue signalling. Like you, I may need to
go find a mountain to call my own.” Anonymous.
This is from a friend who is planning a rural relocation from the suburbs, once his kids are out of college and the working career wraps up. We were discussing the concept of buying and equipping a retreat prior to being able to live in it full time. From what I have seen up here in Appalachia, that's a bad idea. Especially when hordes of inner city/illegal immigrants/"refugee" imports suddenly appear on the scene. Here are his thoughts on the subject:
"I have 3 friends who have experienced what you described about those characters who parked down by your gate. My friends have had mountain retreats that they only stay at part time. They have all been broken into. One actually has a place in a gated community up in (redacted) county near (redacted) and they still were broken into. The criminals actually lived in the house for a few days undetected and ate the food, etc. Then when they left, they turned the heat off and left the back windows open and froze all the pipes which burst of course. Did lots of damage. Since you live in the mountains, you probably are familiar with the type of people I am talking about. A lot of these "Hill people" don't have houses or abodes of any kind, they just live on the mountains out in the woods. They have relatives sprinkled around the area so the locals know who they are, but they would never turn them in. It is very difficult to catch them since they don't own anything and they just drift around sometimes living with their relatives until they get tired of them and kick them out. Like Jim Rawles says (and you too), if you have a retreat, you better live in it full time." Anonymous.
The email address I use, and check most often, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even more surprising, they have some Yugoslavian 1950's production 8mm Mauser on stripper clips, $6.49 a box. Of course, this is corrosive ammo but that's no big whoop. I have shot a lot of this ammo, and put back several cases of it. It's good stuff. Surplus 8mm Mauser is just about non-existent these days, so this is a good deal for Mauser buffs.
AIM also has Ethiopian surplus 8 MM Mauser , 20 rounds to the box for just under $6.00 a box. I am not so sure about this ammo. It might be fine production wise, but I have a hard time imagining the Ethiopians keeping the ammo in a cool, dry place for the last 70 years or so. I've shot a lot of surplus ammo, and the only ammo I ever bought that turned out to be a dead loss was Indian 7.62X51. I wound up pulling the bullets on a whole ammo can of that and just throwing the rest of the components away. I have a feeling this Ethiopian ammo from the 1950's might be the same quality, but I have never heard anything about it before, so I am just guessing.
Meanwhile, on the mundane side of things.
We've had three days of good weather. Lows in the forties, and the high this week was 75 degrees. Last night the cold came back in, and we are expecting freezing rain tonight. This has not been a typical winter, to say the least.
Tardigray came back to the house about 3:00 a.m. on the night she escaped. We know this because my wife and I were going out periodically to shine the flood light around the tree line, looking for glowing Tardigray eyes. When I opened the door, she was sitting there and rushed inside. We were both greatly relieved. My wife loves that cat, and there was little doubt who had left the door open when the cat escaped. That could have been ugly, but all's well that ends well.
Not much else to tell. It's quiet today, heavy overcast, and a strong wind blowing. About 35 degrees outside, but we are warm in the house. Cedar logs are good building material, they insulate well and last a long time. If I made some mistakes in setting up this place, that wasn't one of them.
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