In April of 2011, there was the "super outbreak" that killed 365 people across the South. North Georgia had an immense amount of damage. People remember that, so this new storm, taking place at the same time of year and under the same meteorological conditions, is causing a lot of concern.
Right now, the wind here on the mountain is coming in at about 35 mph, gusting up to 55 mph. Doesn't sound like a lot until you go outside and watch the pine trees bending back and forth. Before long, the older ones, or dead ones, will start breaking off about midway up, and 40 foot long sections of the trunk will come screaming down like giant spears.
Power is out in the NE section of the county, and it will go out here any minute. Not much to do we haven't already done. All the standard storm preparations were finished up yesterday. We've had plenty of warning this was coming, the Atlanta television stations have been harping on it since last weekend.
I was tired out last night, after spending the day cleaning out ditches, working on the gutters, putting in shakes, etc. So I listened to the scanners from about 2100 until just before midnight. Lots of strange things going on, but whenever a big storm is coming, the crazies start acting up. Same thing with a full moon. If you don't believe the old saw about a full moon causing the mental cases to act up, check with anyone who works in an emergency room.
Plenty of gunfire. Not so long ago, if someone heard gunfire from their neighbors property, they would either go over, or call, to see what the problem was. People don't do that anymore, because they are afraid they'll get in over their heads. Instead, they call the county dispatcher, who sends a Deputy.
With the demographic change here, we have a problem with house breaking and vehicle theft. Last night, I heard a call from someone saying there was gunfire at their "elderly neighbors" house, and that was "out of character." You could tell from the way the caller had phrased their call that they were not locals.
So the Sheriff's department sent out a deputy. It was a female and she sounded like she was about 15 on the radio. I felt sorry for her, but she knew the job was dangerous when she took it.
Turns out, the old couple living there had some dogs, and the dogs started barking. They were fixated on his truck, which was parked by a shed. He saw movement in the dark, and lit the tree line up. They didn't say anything about what he was firing, but it must have had a nice big magazine on it.
The Sheriff's deputy didn't find anyone, and that was the end of that. But it's indicative of the atmosphere here now. People are on edge.
Next to listening to the scanners, now that the CB radio net is no more, the best news source here is the barbershop. You find out everything that's going on in the county there. I heard we have "Walkers" coming through the county now. These are illegals who have been released somewhere in the U.S.and they are traveling in small groups up to North Carolina through North Georgia. I gather "Walkers" refers to that Living Dead show , whatever it's called, but it's an appropriate moniker. I saw a batch of these people myself this week. Mayan Indian looking guys, three of them, trudging along the road. They didn't have back packs like the ones on the news. They were carrying grocery sacks, those cheap cloth ones, with whatever they had in the bags. They didn't look left or right, they just kept walking. North Carolina has a huge illegal population, so maybe these people are going to the "illegals" communities up there. They were hard looking men. I guess you would have to be to walk all the way to the border from Central America, and keep going. I'd just as soon they didn't pass through here, but that damned four lane highway brings everything and everybody right up here.
It would be nice if we could just ship all these tens of thousands of illegals to the "sanctuary cities" like the President thinks we should. They'd be hoist on their own petard, but good.
This months Off Grid was a particularly good one. You have to subscribe now to find a copy, not a single store in our county carries the magazine anymore. They've all gotten politically correct and now we have "Hobby Farms" or "The New Pioneer" instead.
American Survival Guide came out with a good issue, too. The quality of both magazines continues to improve, and if I have to go to some trouble to get them, it's well worth while to me.
Here's a good example of why the Democrats are ecstatic to have so many illegals flooding into the county. They push out the residents of a district, and then voting legally or illegally, they elect some
None of these people are qualified to pour water out of a boot, even if the instructions were written on the heel. AOC 's resume of qualifications for being a political representative are limited to having worked as a bar tender in New York.
Ilhan Omar and her "sisters in the One True Faith" have no qualifications at all. But they make rediculous speeches and get big face time on the MSM. The old school Democrats are terrified of crossing them, and even the supposed leaders of the Democratic Party, Schumer and Polosi, can't do anything to stop the violent swing to left these know nothings are effecting .