“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Friday, October 20, 2017

Solitude. Buddy, can you spare a grand for an Enfield? Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. A three volume post apocalyptic series.

Things have settled down up here nicely.  The tourists and bicycle types have gone back to Atlanta or Florida.  Traffic is getting down to normal standards, and the weather is great.  I've been spending a lot of time on the porch, enjoying the quiet and the forest.  It's flannel shirt weather at last.  We have been having a fire in the fireplace since things cooled off. Not so much because we need one, as it's just soothing.

Meanwhile, out on the left coast....

  The post below is from a blog in Oregon.  It was reposted on a blog I read, but the information on who wrote it was deleted to protect the identity of the original blogger. Whoever they were, it's a good post.

The Anatomy of Ignorant Snowflakes!
While I was getting a coffee, I overheard seven young people (22-26 years old, five males, two females) who had been protesting in downtown Portland the last two nights.
I told them I was doing research and asked nicely if they would answer some questions.
They were cool with it, so I sat down and went for it.
— Three voted. Of the four who didn’t, none was registered to vote.
— None of them researched independently either candidate.
— All were for Hillary but preferred Bernie.
— Why the Democratic Candidate?
  • “More things are taken care of.”
  • “Time to have a woman President.”
  • “Democrats aren’t sexist or racist.”
— Six of them live at home.
— All are under their parents insurance.
— Two have “real” jobs.
— Three aren’t working, nor are they trying hard to find a job either.
— Parents pay for everything in their life or subsidize it.
— Six get money from mom or dad every month.
— Two have been on unemployment for 6+ months.
— One is at Portland State U, doesn’t work, and parents pay for everything.
— All 7 said Trump is a racist/sexist. I asked to cite proof … “That tape, man!”
— When I asked, as a man myself, “Have you ever said anything like that when you’ve been hanging out with your buddies? All five males said “Yes.”
— Would you say it if you knew you were on tape? All five answered “No.”
— What’s the difference? I asked. “You’ve all said bad stuff like that. Does that mean you hate women and are a sexual predator?” Nothing. No answer.
— None could tell me how our government works … they didn’t know how laws are passed, how the House of Representatives or the Senate work.
— None could explain how a bill is passed.
--- Only one could tell me the difference between legal and illegal immigration. One of them said, “Legal immigration is when you immigrate legally.” Seriously.
— None could explain the purpose of the Electoral College or how it works.
In 10 minutes they felt they had explained everything.
Nice kids … but so ignorant. I know some awesome, phenomenal young adults, but I’m afraid the majority are like these seven. Too many participation trophies, too much coddling by parents and teachers.
In 1944 18 year-olds stormed the beach at Normandy into almost certain death.
In 2016 18-year-olds feel unsafe because words hurt their feelings.
This country is in deep trouble.

Why collecting Military Surplus weapons is fading out as a hobby.

I bought most of my Enfield rifles in the 1990's. I usually paid between $60.00 and $80.00 for a rifle, depending on the condition and the manufacturer. 

Look at what they go for today, if you can find them at all.  These rifles in the video below start at just under $700.00 on the low end, and go up from there......

An example of why you can NEVER trust politicians of either party.

Three books I am not recommending, which you might like.

Remember , a long time ago, I recommended several books by James Kunstler?  He's the arrogant, high and mighty "expert" from New England who was on a lot of the History Channel's documentaries about survivalist and apocalyptic subjects.   He also wrote three very good non-fiction books on survivalist subjects, and a series of novels that were post apocalyptic. Some of them, particularly the first, weren't bad.

But, he detested Southerners. In his non-fiction books he couldn't run down the South and Southerners enough. The only thing he had good to say about the South, buried amongst pages and pages of anti-Southern screed, was that Southerners were inherently violent people, armed to the teeth and psychologically predisposed to fighting.  In his novels, he portrays them the same way. They're not people you would want for neighbors but when the fewmets hit the windmill, they're handy to have around.

I think the guy is an (explicative deleted), but I still bought his books. My theory was that there were more than enough positive aspects to his work to override his own petty hatefulness.  Besides, I am not naturally inclined to love people from his part of the country, myself, though I do have some friends there.

Now, I've run across another author that fits in that category.  John Birmingham.

Wiki biography of John Birmingham

The man is an Australian citizen though he was born in England.

He wrote the following three books ,  a trilogy set, the last of which was published in 2012.

Basically, an unexpected catastrophe annihilates all of America except the Pacific Northwest and a few odd bits and pieces.  The first book begins just as the U.S. is about to invade Iraq.  This is "alternate history" which I usually don't read, but there are redeeming factors.

The author has some left wing political views, which cause him to develop characters and slants to his story that I don't like. Who needs a myopic moon bat from Seattle as President?  Why is it that the author has to take thinly veiled (and some not veiled at all) cheap shots at the American South? Why is the story line so larded with heroic civilian leftards and evil, "knuckle dragging" military personnel? Sometimes, reading these books, I just wanted to throw them out the window. Since they belonged to the library, I resisted the impulse.


If you can get past these irritations, the concept of a world without America is pretty well developed. Birmingham also hits on something that is absolutely true, but most Americans don't realize. NOBODY out there loves us. Even our allies have some angst about Americans, and most of the world detests us. It's not just the Moslems who give out candy in the street and ride around tooting their horns when something bad happens to America.

His development of the continuing rise of Islam in Europe is right on the money, and what happens when the gloves come off seems to me both realistic and inevitable.  If you can get over the lame nature of the precipitating event that starts off the story, the rest of it isn't bad.

If Birmingham hadn't been such a dip (explicative deleted) about my particular culture, I'd buy copies of the books for myself. But as it is, I will just return these to the library and not read any more of his work. Still, there's a lot of food for thought in the three books. They are big, thick volumes and I read all three in three days, so I can't say they aren't any good.

Thought for the day:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall is here.

The leaves have turned, and the temperatures are in the thirties at night, up into the high sixties during the day. The humidity has fallen off to the point that I am running a humidifier for the ferrets.

I only have two of the little guys now.   I had up to 8 at one period,  some from Cinncinati, and some from adjacent counties. I went to the Humane Society in each county around us, and in my own county, and gave them my address in case ferrets were dumped off.  People buy them without realizing they require a vast amount of care and attention. They also have very large medical bills. Sometimes, people moved and couldn't take their ferrets.

Right now, I have only Spike and Percy.  Spike came from Cincinnati, and Percy is from Chattanooga. They both live in the apartment over the shop, since Rufus the Pomeranian came to live with us.  Rufus is a nice old guy, but I don't trust him around the ferrets. It's ok though, because the ferrets like having the apartment to themselves, and it has everything a ferret's heart could desire.

I get these pictures from Art by Stef.  She let's me use her painting on the blog, and I really appreciate it. She has hundreds of good paintings of ferrets and other animals. Sometimes I go to her web page just to enjoy the paintings.

Here's a link to her site:  Art by Stef: The Ferrets


Fall is a great time to be in the mountains, especially after this coming weekend, when the tourists will start leaving in droves. By the end of the month, it will be so deserted here that you expect tumble weeds to blow down the street, even though we don't have any here.

The new Military Surplus  catalog from SG is out.  Since they jacked up the price on the buyers club membership, I don't purchase as much from them as I used to.  They still put out a good catalog though, and sometimes when they have free shipping I pick up some extra magazines , ammo, or whatever.

Emergency Essentials just sent me their Fall catalog. It's more like a magazine, really. I enjoyed going through it. Emergency Essentials  has been the place where I get hard to find items, for many years. Things like storage pail wrenches, number 10 can lids, lots of bits and pieces.  They are a good outfit and have always delivered the goods as promised.  This year, they are offering free downloads of their "preppers  guides", which deal with different related survival subjects.


Earlier this week, my wife and I went on a little shopping trip.  Not long ago, I bought a pistol I'd wanted for a long time.  I haven't bought a new gun in awhile, and I found a nice example in a pawn shop. My wife and I each have "disposable income" shares in a special account. When all the bills are paid, when everything else is satisfied, we put the "leftovers" in this account. Each of us can spend our half of it on whatever we want to, it's not budgeted.

But alas, this gun was expensive, and my portion of the "mad money" wasn't enough to buy it. So my wife "lent" me her share.  Now we have cycled through enough time for me to have paid her back. So, we have been going to her favorite towns to shop.

While we were in North Carolina, we stopped at the "scratch and dent" grocery store and while we didn't buy much, we did pick up some good bargains.

I like the Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls very much. Usually, at Walmart, they are just under $3.00 each. But they had my favorite, the Burrito breakfast bowl, for $1.00 each so I bought a bunch of those.

The store had these big deli sized cylinders of Land of Lakes Provolone cheese.  Last time we found them there, they were $10.00 each and we bought all they had.  This time, the price had gone up about 50%, but we bought the six they had anyway.  It's great cheese, and you can't beat the price.

They were selling these big glass bottles of Welch's Sparkling juice in case lots of 12 bottles, for $1.00 a bottle. I bought one case of the Cranberry and one case of the White Grape.

All of  these things will keep for a long time, either in the store room or  the deep freezer, and it's always nice to save money. It's fun to poke around in there and see what they have, because they never have the same things two visits in a row. All of these items were time expired, but my experience has been that it makes not a one whit's worth of difference in the quality.

Thought for the Day:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Doesn't feel like October here.

It's hot here.  Georgia was breaking record temperatures yesterday and you could sure tell it.  We are going to stay hot until Monday, when a cold front coming through will drop temperatures back into the normal range , low to mid seventies, for the mountains this time of year. The temperatures and humidity levels we are having now are more consistent with August than October.

We made a run into town yesterday, more to get out than anything else.  I forgot it was a "leaf season" weekend. Our rule is never to go into town or anywhere else from the beginning of the  second week of October through the end of the third week.  Traffic is terrible, and a lot of the people on the road and in town are rude, pushy, and obnoxious.  So this will be our last trip into town for awhile unless we really need something.

 Picked up some groceries, my wife got an "outfit", and I bought some 9mm and .22LR.  She really doesn't need any more clothes, but she likes  to shop and it makes her happy to buy some new things to wear.  I sure don't need any more ammo, but I seem to buy it just about every time I am pottering around somewhere that sells it. The big question for me yesterday was whether to buy aluminum cased 9mm ball, or brass cased 9 mm ball. There was only a difference of one dollar between them so I bought brass. Used to be, only CCI  had a good selection of aluminium cased ammo  (the Blazer line) but I guess the idea has caught on.

 While aluminum cased ammo is marginally cheaper than brass, you can't reload it.

So if you save a dollar on the price of 50 rounds, it might seem good at face value. You are giving up 50 cartridge cases of once fired brass though, and that's a false economy.

Unless, of course, you don't reload. But most people who shoot a lot do reload, both as a matter of economy and because they can work up their own loads.  Not to mention it's relaxing and satisfying.  You can store a lot of reloading components. If you have primers, powder, brass and bullets for your favorite loads, you can keep yourself in ammo a long, long time after you can't buy it anymore. Assuming you have the right tools and knowledge.   


I look at aluminum cased ammunition the same way I look at berdan primed ammunition.

It's always good to have some, in case you expect to be using it in a situation where you don't want to hang around to police up your brass.

That's the same kind of ammo you load wearing thin leather gloves, so there's no finger or thumb prints on the brass.

You just never know.....

But not everywhere:

Yellowstone is on the news a good bit since June, especially this last week.

There have been a lot of news stories over the past week about earthquake swarms that are more numerous and stronger than normal at Yellowstone.  If you google anything about "Super Volcano 2017" you'll come up with a good many articles in  recent mainstream publications.  Last night was the first time I have seen any segments about the subject on the MSM television since June.

The segment on OAN last night said that the scientists out there who monitor the Yellowstone Park (some of whom are featured in the two programs below) say the eruption is probably decades away, not hundreds of years.  I have been searching the internet for a video of  that part of the OAN broadcast, but so far it hasn't turned up. It was aired last night though, so it should materialize and I'll post it if and  when I find it.

In the interim, here's a Fox News article and video from two days ago, on the same issue:

Fox News article and video on recent Super Volcano discussions.

                                    link above:

From the "Naked Science" series on the Science Channel.

Super Volcanoes. (just under one hour in length)

Discovery Channel/BBC movie  "Super Volcano."

(this is full length movie, as aired on Discovery, runs over an hour.)


Thought for the Day:

Obama is gone, but his stench lingers on.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Not venturing out today.

Finally, a cold front has come through. Things are drying out, and the temperatures are backdown in the 70's. M and I are staying home today.  We have a big stew cooking in the crock pot, and there's nothing we have to do so we are just  taking it easy.

New catalogs:

I really enjoy this catalog.  It's free, and it's full of good things that might come in handy. They don't sell "top of the line" things, they are more oriented towards "good enough" , so their products are less costly. For instance, the scanner on the front page is excellent, Uniden makes them right, and it's not that expensive. The catalog had some good items I wanted, so I went ahead and placed an order. None of it is particularly expensive, just things like water proof matches and a few other items that caught my eye.

The new BudK catalog came too.  They are  the same company as the one above, just different names for different catalogs oriented towards slightly different products, as far as I can tell.

 I notice some of the "standard" knives that BudK sells a lot of have gone up a bit. Everything else is , so I am not surprised.  Years ago I bought a good many of these "standard" knives as barter items, and they are still out there in the barn, waiting for the day I need them. They aren't fancy but they are sturdy. Got to have something to trade for vegetables since I am not particularly successful with my own garden.

I was over at Six Bears, and one of his visitors mentioned this book. I'd never heard of it.  I'm one of those people who likes the desert, especially the Southwest.  I doubt I will ever end up there at  this stage of my life, but I ordered this anyway.  Something the author thought up for the desert might work for me here in the forest, and it looks like good reading.

A good surplus outfit:

Omaha's Surplus was recommended to me.  I bought some corrosive bore cleaner from them, and was very happy with the condition of the cans and the product overall.  I ordered two, but they sent me three. I called them and wanted to pay for the third can, but they said no, that they sent it as a "freebie." They wouldn't let me pay.

I appreciate that kind of treatment. They must be native Texans.

I wanted to let other people know about them, as they seem to have a lot of good gear to offer.

Omaha's Surplus


Normally, I think "sexual harassment" is mostly nonsense, but I was glad to see a big Democratic donor come to grief, and I was also delighted to see all his Demi friends scatter like cockroaches when the light comes on in a Moon Bat kitchen.

Thought for the day: