Thursday, May 2, 2019

Second day of May and it's how humid? Some grumbles. Remember the Alamo (before you get out of the car)



Georgia is a great place to live.  I could do without the weather , though. Our winters in the past few years have been really cold, often down into the teens at night. When you have outbuildings, this means you are spending a lot on propane and electricity to keep them heated.  Now Spring, which used to be the one time of the year when the weather was really nice, is more of an early summer. Temperatures here yesterday got up to 89 degrees, and the humidity this morning is ghastly.  The sun was barely coming up, and I was going around starting dehumidifiers. I'll have to run the air conditioning in the apartment today, probably from around noon. Percy the Ferret lives out there, and he can't handle heat. He needs it to be about 72 to be comfortable. We have thunderstorms in the offing for this afternoon, but they will be "pop ups" which means it clouds up, rains like Hades for about 15 minutes, then the clouds go away. The humidity just gets worse, though.

You can't read that magazine because we don't like it. 


 Still can't find any of my magazines in town anymore. So, I subscribed.  It aggravates me though, that I can't get what I want to read in my own town, because some pencil pushing Leftard at "corporate" decided to please a bunch of whiny fools pushing their own agenda by not carrying my gun and survivalist magazines . That space on the news stand is now filled by "Hobby Farms" and "New Pioneer."

Two things I could do without in Off Grid, American Survival Guide and Survivor's Edge.

One is hunting stories. I know how to hunt, coming from my family background it would be strange if I didn't. But I don't hunt for fun, and I don't need to be told how to hunt for Moose in the far North. That's just wasted space.

The other is "martial arts." I took karate two days a week for four years. Not because I really thought it would do me any good, but because I thought it instilled discipline and my kids took the lessons with me.

But nobody ever learned martial arts from looking at pictures in a magazine. That's another waste of space.

Times have changed, and the Preppers are the demographic these magazines need to survive, not the "survivalists" of old times. Running articles about the efficacy of "Big Game Hunting" where some overweight individual pays a fortune to go to Africa and shoot an elephant or a lion in a carefully orchestrated slaughter doesn't win any fans for American Survival Guide, for instance.

My brother is a "big game hunter." He flew to New Zealand, shot a "red stag" and flew home. He's really a good guy, but he and I had a falling out about 5 years ago, over nothing really, and we haven't spoken since. At any rate,  I don't see the "big game hunting" thing in a favorable light, he does. But I buy the magazines, and he doesn't. Most "Preppers" are not into hunting, and if they were, they'd buy hunting magazines.










I wrote the editor of American Survival Guide and pointed these thing out to him, and I got a very measured and pleasant response. I'm pretty sure he hit the delete button on my email right after he answered it, but that's his prerogative.



If you go out in de hood today, you're sure of  a big surprise!   


Personally,  I think this guy should have invested in some Bear Spray before he drove down into "that part of town."  Prior planning prevents poor performance.  Note the people driving by who "don't want to get involved." I'd say deadly force would be justified in this instance, but a little Bear Spray in the right quarters might not go amiss. Worst case, use bumper sticker magnets, and take them off if you are going into "dey 'hood."

He could have saved himself by shouting "free watermelon down at the Chicken Shack!" but I guess he was out an out of towner and didn't know the ropes.






Then there are the people who actually do stand up and be counted. In the case of this young woman, it was more like a Banzai Charge .  I'm all for taking a stand, but I think you need to use a bit of discretion. This was at a demonstration in San Jose, California protesting something or other the Mexicans didn't like. She got a brick in the face for her trouble.  The really interesting thing is to listen to the White Sheeple inside the building. I almost wish the horde had broken in and gotten them.

tenno heika banzai !




Oh, well.  Perhaps a bit of levity is in order.










Forsooth:





When you just get fed up with all the B.S.




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Just to get your day started right:







39 comments:

  1. Sounds like you need something soothing to relax you.
    Saw this yesterday and immediately thought you'd appreciate it.
    Ian McCollum's new book on the evolution of french military rifles
    https://youtu.be/T_LW4baNTpM

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    1. You know the old joke about collecting French surplus rifles? It's easy and cheap to get one in unused condition because they have never been fired and only been dropped once?

      I know that's not fair, but it's funny. I watch "Forgotten Weapons" great videos. Thanks for the link.

      Yeah, today started out rough. Then I went into town to pick up some medicine and the alternator on the Jeep crapped out. $275.00 and two hours at the shop. Some days, a fellow just shouldn't get out of bed....

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  2. Many years ago we lived in San Jose...it was a nice place. Can't believe what happened to our country? All progressives should be locked up or shipped to China or shot. Take your pick. Sick of it!!

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    1. San Jose was a nice place, back in the day. Now it's Tiajuana North. Pretty much all of California is , I guess. I used to go to Roseville, to the picture show when I was in High School. Now I hear that Roseville is a "Hispanic Only" enclave....

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  3. like I said, all we gotta do is quit delivering stuff to the cities, states that act like that. couple weeks to a month it'll all be over. take an extended vacation for once, in the country, of course.

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    1. I'm all for it, as long as the Golden Horde doesn't come roaring up the four lane so conveniently constructed from Atlanta right into this county, where it stops cold. The first day the four lane was open, while the county potentates were having a big ceremony and celebration, a car load of "De Bruddas" drove up here, smashed in the door of our only pharmacy, and stole the drugs. It was a harbinger of things to come......

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  4. Climate change won't be weather related - the heat we are feeling is the animosity that both parties feel for the other. Sooner or later - the bow will break and things are going to fall. The 2020 election just might kick it off.

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    1. Well, as a fellow told me in the grocery store not long ago, it's time to get this s**t figured out, and if Trump blows the Trumpet, I'm ready to roll. Seriously, I think the Dems will try to steal the election through fraud, the same way they tried to hard to steal the governor's race here last November, and that will be the "shot heard round the world" for our times.

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  5. Well you and I have both lived in the south long enough to know Summer = Humidity. The only place I ever lived that I loved the weather was Costal northern California.
    As to the hunting part I never did well with that, hell I had problems cleaning a fish. But I have been fortunate in that a number of my coworkers love to hunt and I'm there first stop when there freezers are full. I have plenty of canned venison and I make pounds of jerky which is always in demand at work.
    Hurricane season is just around the corner again lets up for everyone that its a quite year.

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    1. You're right, but it would sure be nice to have a little break between freezing like the inner circle of Dante's Inferno, and roasting to death.

      I was driving around today with the air conditioner running in the Jeep, and this is just the 2nd of May! Odin help us when it gets to August, I can't bare to think of it....

      Man, I don't need another hurricane season like last year. That was the worst one in a long, long time for Northern Georgia. Power out for days, bridges out, roads washed out, trees down. Not again, please!

      I never got into hunting all that much, like my two brothers did. But then again, they were both big high school athletes, and I was never much interest in that, either.

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  6. They just keep picking away at our rights, don't they. Except now they aren't even sneaky about it. They are right up front with stomping all over the Constitution. My state is working hard to pass more restrictions on guns. Idiots. I'm thinking if those legislators were living like I do, they would want all the protection they could get.

    The weather here has warmed up some, with days in the 50 degree range with some rain now and then. At least it has stopped snowing. I can live with this.

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    1. I know what you say is true. I've been looking for something positive to post, but all the news is of events going against us. When we let the Democrats get in control of the House of Representatives, we gave them a big club to bludgeon the President with, and they are using it as unscrupulously as they ever have. I'm amazed some of these people in D.C. can say the things they say with a straight face. Truly, though the Republican politicians often make me hold my nose, the Democrats all stink like an open sewer.

      It's Saturday, 11 May here now. Rained all night, raining all day, raining all night again tonight and through most of tomorrow. The woods are more like a rain forest than I've ever seen them, and I've been here a long time.

      It's nice to hear from you, Vicki. I haven't been on the internet hardly at all this last couple of weeks, need to stop by your place and see what you have been up to. I always enjoy your posts.

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    2. We didn't let the Dems get control. The amount of voter fraud and coverup by the Dems and Dem-controlled judges is just sickening.

      And I'm not speaking while wearing a tinfoil anti-conspiracy hat. About every three weeks or so a news article comes out about the 2016 and 2018 elections where more hinky stuff is uncovered, but the Dems keep telling us what we are seeing doesn't exist.

      Gaaahhhhh!!!!

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  7. Well, big game hunting does have a place in survival prepping, but the ones who do that currently tend to use .22LR or .22Magnum and are called poachers by everyone else.

    Yes, knowing how to stalk and hunt is good. Knowing how and when to cheat and get away with it is more important.

    I like reading old 'trail skills' books that tell how to set various traps, how to manipulate the terrain over both short and long time to funnel game into what we now call 'kill zones.' Lots of info in old, pre 1960's trail craft books.

    Even more important than shooting big game in a survival setting is knowing what to do right after a kill to handle the surplus of large amounts of meat, organs, marrow, hide, sinew and bone. And how to do it in an off-grid, hiding from Morlocks way. (Big stew pot boiling for hours or days requires lots of fuel and smells.) Now that is something I'd be interested in reading, how to process a big kill of small things (like catching a bunch of fish, or a bunch of squirrels or birds) or one big animal (deer, elk, horse, cow, etc.)(Hey, in a survival setting, horse, especially wild horse, will be good eating, heck, it's good eating now...)

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    1. Beans, somewhere around here, I have a book on doing those things. I have been reducing my library, mostly finding homes for history books, but doing that has let me find some of my self sufficiency books that are scattered through three levels of the main house and out in the shop, and the apartment. I'm not much into eating horses, but I don't mind venison ;-)

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    2. I've got some of the same books. But they're old books, out of print, so the information isn't 'out there' like it should. Lots of 'Indian Lore' and stuff like that.

      Well, maybe not the 'How to Poach for Fun' part, but, well, yeah, that too. Silent but deadly hunting is a needful thing.

      Good luck in your consolidation efforts. Getting old sucks, doesn't it?

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  8. Have done a bit of hunting over the years, in NZ and back here in OZ, but I have never been really serious about it. Most of the hunts turned into a nice walk through the bush carrying my flintlock/shotgun/44/40 Winchester.

    I used to visit a friend who lived at Oberon, just over the Blue Mountains in NSW and he would take me out after goats (there were heaps of Angora goats that had been just let go by hobby farmers when the bottom fell out of the craze back in the 80's). He was a crack shot with his .45 Flintlock, I was more worried about falling down the side of the mountains we were climbing all over!

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    1. Sgt, I know it's odd for a fellow who spent a lot of his life flying, but I'm really nervous about heights. I hate going up to work on the roof. If I'd been with you up in those mountains I'd have probably stroked out!

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  9. Just wanted to say hello. I am still reading just not posting 😢. Take care and enjoy yourself.

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    1. Hey, Gary. Been wondering how things were over in Alabama, it's good to hear from you. I'm afraid I haven't been doing must posting either these days. I know the feeling. I hope all is well with you and yours.

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  10. Something is going to have to be done about the vibrants. They are out of control and no bones about it.

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    1. It's way out of control. The diseases alone they are spreading all over the country are horrendous, let alone all the other negative aspects of having hundreds of thousands of useless mouths showing up in your state.

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  11. this past winter here in Western Maine was just too long n cold. My wife and I have been searching out for a new place to move to. Recently we did a journey down thru West Va, Tennessee, No Carolina, & Va. While we love living in an area with few people, our daughter n grandson live with us. She needs a job n the grandson is a baseball player. Maine does not have a long enough baseball no season. So life has become a compromise. Mountains, some kind of water ( creek stream lake), house with some acres, big enough town for job, and Little League for the player. Thats what we are searching for.
    Saw where you were rereading the "Deep Winter" series. Here is a link to the newest book in that series called "Distance".
    http://deepwinterstory.blogspot.com/2010/10/
    Happy Reading
    SB

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    1. I have heard of Distance, I think. I heard he wrote a novel about the same time period, but a different cast of Characters. I ought to read it, I enjoyed his first three books a lot.

      It's hard to find a place with the amenities you want, that's isolated. When my kids were home, I would drive 32 miles over the mountain to work, then 32 miles back to the house to pick them up, then 32 miles back to the town I worked in for karate from 0700-0930 two nights a week, then we'd all go back home. It like to have worn me down to a nub, and I was young then.

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  12. That's getting very hot for May. I don't like the heat and humidity. Spring is my favorite season, but it always seems too short. I love when it's in the 70s and breezy.

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    1. Lisa, the weather here has just run amok the last five years or so. I'm running the air conditioning in two buildings all day long, and it's just barely mid May! The humidity has been appalling every day this week.

      I like Fall. It's so colorful here, and just turning crisp so you can have a fire in the fireplace, but it's not so cold. Spring is nice too, when everything turns green!

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  13. Glad to see your back fairly regular. Enjoy visiting and thought you were gone.

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    1. I did try to quit, but I missed interacting with the folks I met on the blog and on their blogs. I don't mix much with people, especially these days, so it gets kind of isolated up here without blogging.

      Didn't get much done this week on the blog though. My computer crapped out, the back up computer is windows 7 and very slow, and it took me awhile to get this one fixed.

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  14. Hi Harry! :)
    Oh my gosh may I PLEASE have some of your humidity and heat??? We still have the heat on in the house and I wore my winter coat to walk the furballs this morning...

    Just an update, Alex and I were not able to find a suitable property, so dang it all to hell, we had to renew the lease for another year. We're still trying to process that disappointment, but we did learn a lot about real estate thieves...ahem, I mean agents...they are horrible! Well okay, not all of them, but it's all so deceptive, they don't disclose everything about the properties until you spend hundreds on visits and inspections. Ugh...I've had enough for this year. We are going to make the best of this situation despite the condos going up in the village this summer...for the yupsters...that's a term coined by Alex, a mix of yuppies and hipsters lol....bear spray indeed!!! :)

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    1. Rain, it's Sunday evening here now. Temperature outside is 82F and the humidity is 99%. I'm running a bunch of dehumdifiers and air conditioners to stay alive up here! In town, there's a cabin from 1842 that was moved from it's original location to the town museum. It has no windows, and only one door. I ask myself, how the devil did they survive here, and with a fire going in the fireplace constantly as well. Must have been some tough people.

      Well, it takes a lot of time to get the right place, and it's nothing you should ever rush into, so I applaud your good sense in not getting impatient. You'll find the right place. I looked literally across the United States before I found this place.

      I have some experience with realtors. My impression is that if they are not crooked, they will either get out of the business, or become crooked. You can't compete in that business without compromising your own standards.

      Glad to hear from you. I need to come visit your place, I haven't been on the computer much this week. My main computer broke down, and the backup is a Windows 7 machine with little memory, so can't really use it for blogging.

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  15. Hi Harry, over here in UK the weather is colder than usual and we are still lighting our stove every couple of nights to keep the camp out. You'll like my efforts of game hunting. Shooting the pigeons (next door have loads of bird feeders) in the back garden with one of my air guns.
    Our political. scene is getting interesting. All the main parties are trying to stop brexit so we have become involved in the EU elections. A new brexit party has been formed and they are leading in all the polls. Hopefully they will wipe the floor with the established parties.
    As for the state of society, I despair. We are not allowed guns but every day someone seems to be shot, and if not shoot then stabbed. Unheard of in this country.
    Stay locked and loaded and try to keep cheerful. You are not alone.
    Regards Duncan.

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  16. Duncan, I've got an air gun. It's that MP-40 that UnaMax came out with last year. I really like it. But I have to admit, I don't hunt with it!

    I just read an article in a British newspaper that said knife crimes are going sky high there. Taking away people's ability to defend themselves doesn't deter the Morelocks from finding some other way to hurt people. If President Trump does not prevail in 2020, we'll all be hiding our weapons here. Some will turn them in but not many people I know will. I've been getting ready for gun confiscation since the Clinton Regime, I've not the slightest intention of complying with any laws the Twitocrats pass.

    I'm watching things go on here, more from the sidelines than anything else. Trying to stay up to speed on what's happening so I can make informed decisions. It's not looking too good. The "Browning" of America is proceeding at break neck pace, and it's everywhere now. The Director of HomeLand Security gave a speech last week and said that if things go on like they are, every county in the U.S. will have illegal immigrants living in it, in numbers, before much longer.

    Not to mention the rag heads flooding in, and the low lifes we already have living in the U.s.

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  17. Hi Harry, yeah I've got the mp 40, but we can't get the automatic version.
    I have family connections that could get me a gun but I can imagine the repercussions if I got caught with it. However I think the time is fast approaching when that risk might even be acceptable. I was brought up in the slums of Glasgow, when gang fights were an every day occurrence with the use of chains, swords axes and knives so even being a bit old and crotchety I reckon I could still do some damage.
    Was out shopping earlier with the wife, just to the local supermarket and diy store and we lost count of the foreign languages we heard. Neither shop is in a city so the rural areas are now being diversified.Trouble is we are in a small country so there is no area safe. Even the Scottish islands are being invaded.
    Our only hope is the destruction of the current political establishment.
    Regards
    Duncan

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    1. Duncan, I'm sympathetic to your situation there. The same problems you're having, are the one's we are having, and for the same reasons.

      I don't see a good end to it. Unless we have some sort of American Revolution The Sequel here, we're done for. And frankly, I don't think most of the U.S. population has the intelligence, or the intestinal fortitude, to do anything like that anymore. Most of the population has had any sense of responsibility or initiative bred right out of it. As long as the free food, free housing and free money keep coming, they don't care about anything else. When it stops, as it will eventually, then they'll go feral overnight.

      We're a big country, and I think we are rapidly approaching the place you are in over there. The head of the Department of Home Security said unless we get a grip on illegal immigration, and stop importing the dregs of the Third World,every single county in the U.S. is going to be dealing with the host of problems that attend these "immigrants."

      To paraphrase the old song ... "It's the End of the World as we know it, and I feel...lousy."

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  18. Howdy Harry! Good to see you're still posting! I've enjoyed it. I was in in Columbus, Ga., about 30 years back. I've heard it has gotten pretty big. It's been warm and humid in south of Houston. Weather was down right nasty here! I hope it did not affect y'all to much. Take care and keep on posting!

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    1. Seems like your area has been taking a real pounding here lately. Any kind of nasty weather, and the Weather Channel is right on the air, talking about Houston. It hasn't been nearly as bad here as you've had to put up with.
      I appreciate your stopping by.

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  19. just read that african 'immigrants ' are at the mexican border clamoring to be let in!
    also read that many of those entering illegally are military age moslems.

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    1. Deb, those statements are absolutely accurate. One of the Africans who got into the country illegally was just arrested for killing six (at least six) elderly American women for their jewelry. He is Nigerian.

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