With sunrise, the day is just starting out. It's quiet, and you can stand outside and listen to the forest denizens starting to wake up. At sunset, the day's over. Whatever you were going to get done, either you did or you didn't. Both times of day are peaceful , and a good cup of coffee or some good pipe tobacco fits right in.
Of all the decades I've lived through, starting in the 1950's and up to now, I think the 1980's were my favorite. Couldn't say why. Maybe because my wife and I were young and that decade was packed full of unique experiences for us, some good, some bad.
I always associate "Miami Vice" with that time, and I really like Jan Hammer's music. If you have Amazon Prime, you can download most of it for free, including the two disc collection.
If you don't have Amazon Prime, this site says you can download it directly from their webpage for free. I haven't tried it, but here's the link.
It works, and it doesn't.
I got that disc with the old American Survival Guide magazine issues on it. The disk works perfectly on my Windows 7 laptop. It won't work at all on my Windows 8 laptop. I know virtually nothing about computers so I can't begin to guess why. Still, for $7.00 it was a bargain, and I can read the disc as long as the Windows 7 machine lasts.
Through the good offices of Commander Zero, I was able to acquire 100 brass cartridge cases for my 7.5 Swiss rifles. Not easy to come by, and this is Norma brass, ichi ban stuff. From time to time, Zero has some good deals on gun accessories. Here's a link to his blog.
American Civil War 2.0
I've been doing some reading on this subject. There are a lot of home made videos out on the internet, some of which are interesting and some outright bizarre. So, I've basically been researching print publications that have articles on our current political situation and how it may well be resolved in the streets. For instance, this issue of the New Yorker has an article on the subject. I've been surprised that most published articles on the possibility of a violent resolution of our difficulties appear in left wing magazines like "The New Yorker." This particular article was written by a fluffy marshmellow with a cute little avatar . The general theme is that President Trump and his followers are completely to blame for the impasse. Some articles tout violence as the solution, which surprises me because I can't see how the Snow Flakes expect to wipe out President Trumps imminently more physical and armed to the teeth supporters. I suppose the writers envision hordes of 20 somethings prancing down the street in black leotards and masks, spraying all the evil rednecks with insect repellent. They haven't thought it out.
If anyone really wants to see how it might go, take a look at the Spanish Civil War. They'd reached the same stage we are at now. On the one side, the Communists, Socialists, Anarchists, Labor Unions, and all the lefty dogs and ponies. On the other side: The Church, the Military Establishment, Business, Land Owners, and what there was of a middle class.
It was a pretty horrible business and once it got set off by the kidnapping and murder of a conservative politician, things went to hell quickly. Both sides routinely murdered everyone they captured from the other camp. No one knows for sure how many people were just rounded up and shot, but conservative estimates tend toward 500,000. Everybody and their dog was fighting, and on the left wing side, they were fighting each other while they were still fighting the Nationalists.
Here's a book written by a lefty author with an agenda. Even so, it's a good fast read on the war and what can happen when the string finally snaps.
You have to read the book to really believe that a civilized people could act like the Spanish did .
The best book on the topic is Hugh Thomas's . Be careful if you order a copy, you want the original and not the "revised" edition.
This book is not light reading. It's detailed, comprehensive, and sometimes you have to plow through it. There isn't any better book on the war that I ever heard of , though.
Should we go to Golden Corral in Chattanooga for lunch?
This picture was taken a few years back in the parking lot of the Golden Corral, off Gun Barrel Road by the mall in Chattanooga. We love Golden Coral and that's the closest one. But Gun Barrel Road is where I had my intercultural encounter with the four young black men who were heading for their bible school meeting when they happened to spot my Confederate Flag bumper sticker. Nah. Don't think we will go over there today, upon consideration.