A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Office of Refugee Resettlement.

"Garrett Hardin (writer of Tragedy of the Commons) compares our situation to an over-crowded lifeboat in a sea of drowning bodies. If we take more aboard, the boat will be swamped and we'll go under. [We must] militarize our borders [against illegal immigration]. The lifeboat is listing."

Edward Abbey

While the President tries to halt the flood, the Office of Refugee Resettlement motors on.

This is the government department that is bringing the Third World to your neighborhood.

Office of Refugee Resettlement

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

As many as 7 million illegals voted in 2016 election. .30 Carbine ammo. Video Cameras.

There was a good story on One America News yesterday.

June 20, 2017
OAN Newsroom
Newly released data reveals the number of non-citizens voting illegally in elections is likely far greater than previously thought.
According to a frequently referenced New Jersey research group called “Just Facts,” research shows as many as 5.7 million non-citizens may have voted in the 2008 election.
Those numbers appear to align with the estimates President Trump has given in the past about illegal voting.
The study also found up to 3.6 million people may have illegally voted in 2012.
Polls show non-citizens overwhelmingly vote for democrats.
The report claims one reason non-citizens have been able to vote is large numbers of them use fake ID’s and social security numbers.

  This has been a problem here in Georgia for a long time. Twice in the last few years, we passed laws to prevent this, and twice the Justice Department ruled that the laws were "discriminatory" and overturned them.  In the Southern States, the Justice Department gets veto power over any laws passed by the State which deal with voting in any aspect. When you have Democrats running the Justice Department, like Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, you aren't going to keep illegals from voting.

If I can find the news story, I'll post it.  One America News has a link to their end of the day broadcasts, but the basic news stories are hard to find. If anyone knows of a way to get them other than just googling something like "OAN illegal aliens vote 21 June 17" I'd sure like to know about it.

I have been out of the picture for a few days.  It's a constant struggle to keep the forest from growing back over my meadow.  So I've been working out there, cutting back vines and trees. In doing that, I inadvertently brushed up against some poison ivy.  I'm allergic to it, so I have been trying to just take it easy until I  get past the itchy part. Usually takes three or four days to go away.

.30 M-1 carbine ammo:

I have two of these weapons.  They are perfect for women, because they are light and have very little recoil.  They're also very expensive, although that could change if the M-1 Carbines previously approved for import from Korea are reinstated.  Hillary Clinton cancelled the already issued permits for M-1 Carbines and M-1 Garands out of Korea when she became Secretary of State.

M-1 Carbine ammo isn't easy to find on just any old ammo shelf at a sporting goods store.  Southern Ohio Guns has this on offer right now, and it's a fair price.  S&B is good quality ammo, and it's reloadable.  I bought a thousand rounds from Sportsman's Guide some years aback, and paid less plus I didn't pay any shipping. But if you are flush and need some , this is not a bad deal.

Incidentally, I used to buy a lot from Sportsman's Guide, but they have pretty much done away with free shipping unless your order is over $75.00 now. It used to be free shipping on orders over $45.00.  They also increased their club membership by 25% this year, so I did not renew mine.


The "Special Prosecutor" is a buddy of the fired FBI Director:

 Video camera:

I've decided to buy a video camera (digital camera) and have been looking on Amazon for a good one. I see a lot of  them in the one hundred dollar price range.  If anybody has a  good one  they have been using, I'd like to hear from them.   Basically, I am not interested in making commercial grade videos. I would like to have about an hour filming time on the batteries, and good night vision. 

This is the one I am leaning towards right now:

Camcorder,Hausbell HDV-5052 HDMI 1920x1080p Wifi FHD Digital Video Camera Infrared Night Vision 30FTPS Camcorder with Touchscreen,16 X Digital Active Zoom (Golden)

Thought for the Day:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Walk in the Park. Tennessee Volunteer Arms Commando.

Looks like a nice day outside.  Yesterday was all heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.  I still got a lot of work done before I ran out of energy.   Fiddled with the truck some, there were a number of minor issues I wanted to fix .  Tried to get my mower going, but couldn't.  I cleaned the air filter, checked the fuel line, and the spark plug looked good. I've been trying to keep the meadow cut down with a sling, because it's good exercise, but as the temperatures get hotter, sooner each day, I may have to switch over to the mower.

Friday I did some relaxing out at the river.   I don't fish, but I enjoy sitting on the bank and watching  the fish swim along the surface. There are some big carp in that river.

This is the creek that flows into the river.  Ever so often there are places where you can rest along the walking path.

I noticed the squirrels use these trash cans as foraging sites. They go down inside the trash can, root around for food, then bring it out and haul it off to their nests. This particular squirrel found some cheese puffs.

Some of the trails are gravel. These are higher up the mountainside.

This is the 1.5 mile loop.  It's paved. Originally, it was built for the kids to bike and roller blade on. But the old people complained at the County Commissioners meeting. Not the local oldsters, but the halfway backs. So now no biking or skate boarding is allowed.

I used to bring my kids here , to this meadow in the park, so they could fly their kites. That's been a while back, but I still see families flying kites here sometimes.

This creek flows along the walking trail and eventually runs into the river. Recently the county bought the land on the other side of it by the river, and put in boat launching ramps. They also built an outdoor exercise area for people to use. 

Periodically throughout the park, these little gazebo structures give you a place to get out of the rain. They used to have tables and benches in them, but they all got "disappeared". Oddly, at exactly the same time, the trailer parks where our Hispanic neighbors live blossomed with picnic tables and benches.  Now there's a gate across the entrance to the park and the Sheriff's deputies lock it at ten p.m. 

Recent events on the news have led to a run on ammo at Walmart.  They still have plenty of the more common chamberings but the clerk told me they'd sold more this week than in the preceding month. There are six cabinets there, and only these two had anything left in them. Usually they are all full.

In the upper right hand corner is an ammo can of  5.56.  It's 420 rounds of federal and they want $172.00 for it.  When you add $12.04 tax, it's not a good deal. I bought two of the same cans from Sportsman's Guide for a whole lot less with free shipping and no tax.

I doubt I'll go anywhere today.  Sunday in June is a bad time to get out on the road.  Better to just stay home and relax inside the house.  My son and daughter called to say "Happy Father's Day." I had forgotten it was today, but I appreciated them remembering.

Over the years, I've picked up some odd guns.

One of those is certainly the Tennessee Volunteer Arms "Commando."  The gun was made by a very small company. It was based on the Thompson but the dimensions were not exactly the same.  The first guns had plastic components that did not hold up, so the later production versions were all steel. They were primarily chambered for .45 ACP, though I have been told some were made for 9mm.

These later production guns used M3 Grease Gun magazines, instead of Thompson magazines. My gun had some feeding problems until I polished the feed ramp, after which it cycled with any .45 ACP I used in it.

The Commando's date from the late sixties, and were only in production for a few years. 

The first time we had bears come to the house, and I fired over their heads trying to scare them off, this was the gun I used. It has an impressive muzzle flash and is very loud.  Didn't work though. The momma bear and her baby just sat  there in the woods, tearing open trash bags and ripping the tops off coke cans so they could get the coke out.  Finally had to have the forest service come  trap them in a big "catch 'em alive"  trap and haul them off to a remote part of Tennessee .

Thought for the Day:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday: News clips. What happened in Tennessee vs what happened in Connecticut. An op ed article that sums it up.

Spectacular sunset last night. I can't really see it here at the house because the forest hems me in so much this time of the year that I can only see a little of the sky over the meadow. But I watched it on the Brasstown Bald web camera.  Today is shaping up to be another day of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Didn't make it into town yesterday, but I'm going to try to get there again today.

While I'm in town, I'll do my daily walk.  These pictures were taken at the park when the water was down. We've had enough rain to get the creek and the river back up to normal now.

Here's the rain forest surrounding my meadow and buildings. At this time of year, it's like a solid wall of green.

Here's an air photo . You can see my meadow in the upper left. 

Not much to tell today, and not much really planned .  I'll just see how the day unfolds.

News Clips:

Democrats try to use shootings in D.C. to attack gun ownership.

D.C. Shooting were the actions of a left wing extremist.

MS-13.  Growing stronger.

Guess who's coming to dinner!

Here's some good news from Georgia. The two escaped convicts who murdered two guards and disappeared were captured in Tennessee when they tried to steal a vehicle from a drive way.  The homeowner and his neighbor produced their guns and held the killers for police.

 This story would have ended a lot differently if the citizens had not been armed.  Probably like the case in Connecticut where the two paroled prisoners murdered a man's wife and two daughters while he cringed on the floor.

Convicts captured.

link to the story from Tennessee above:

It could just have easily ended like this, if the Tennessee people had been the same kind of sheeple as the Connecticut man was.

Connecticut Home Invasion

link to the story from Connecticut above:

An Op Ed article that makes perfect sense.

Resist movement, violence are tearing America apart
Antifa, others terrorizing America

By Judson Phillips - - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Washington Times

The first skirmishes of a second American civil war have begun.

No, this is not a metaphorical analogy to that bloody conflict that killed approximately 620,000 Americans. It is an objective statement of the reality in America.

Since the election of 2016, the left has gone crazy. Their version of the tea party is called Resistance, and the spearhead of that is a loosely formed terrorist group called Antifa.  Antifa is short for Anti-Fascist. The irony of their name is not lost on those who actually know history, as their tactics are straight from the fascist playbook.

In the past few months, these groups have repeatedly disrupted peaceful pro-Trump rallies. They have called for and used violence against people who support the president or disagree with them and even against members of the media who will report things Antifa doesn’t want reported.

Just a few days ago, a woman associated with Antifa attacked a police horse, using a flagpole with nails extending from it. At the same incident in Pennsylvania, other Antifa terrorists had sharpened bamboo poles and baseball bats.

Conservatives and those perceived to be conservatives have been attacked. The weapons have included glitter  gel, urine bombs, chains, bicycle locks and baseball bats. As their violence becomes more intense, it is now only a question of when, not if,someone will be killed.

Violence is not limited to pro-Trump rallies. The same Antifa group has made college campuses virtually no-go zones for conservatives. Noted conservatives such as Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro cannot go onto many college campuses to speak without having their events disrupted to the point where they cannot go on.

If this violence continues, the choices are not good. The left-wing academic establishment has quickly surrendered to these groups. They are allowed to riot on campus and even given relief from homework and exams so they can riot.

Is there a solution short of a real, violent civil war in America?

California and Hawaii have recently announced that they would sign agreements with other nations so they could join the Paris climate change accord. Liberal states have this amazing ability to read things in the U.S. Constitution that people haven’t been able to  find for over 200 years, but they ignore the plain language of the document that organizes the United States of America.

At this point, is there any way that America can hold together as a single, united country?
When states are wanting to sign their own treaties with other nations and when one-half of the political spectrum in this nation wants to strip the other half of its rights and engage in violence against them, survival seems improbable.

After Donald Trump was elected as president, the hashtag  #Calexit  started trending on social media. Members of the radical left pushed the idea of California leaving the United States. That idea was tried once before with less-than-great results, but maybe it is time for a peaceful solution that would allow California to leave the Union.

There was a time when Americans, despite their differences, clearly identified as Americans above all else. That time has now passed.

Thought for the Day:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Panters" in the mountains. Obnoxious tourist. Virginia Governor "93 million Americans killed daily by gun violence". Federal Reserve raises rate again.

I take the county newspaper from five counties.  The only thing I usually read in the papers from adjacent counties is the  "for sale" and "estate sale" columns and the pet sections. I am always looking for guns I might want, and the papers are cheap . My wife likes to go to estate sales. I look for ferrets that need a home in the pet sections.

This week, however, the front page of the North Georgia News caught my eye.  There was a story about mountain lions.  Here, they are not called mountain lions, or cougars. They are "panters." This is  the Appalachian derivative of "panther", pronounced "painter".  If you get way back in the woods and talk to some of the oldsters still living out on possum trails, the dialect is so strong you can hardly understand them.

There were lots of these animals here until the 1920's, when they were hunted to extinction along with the red wolves. But unlike the red wolves, there's been no effort to reintroduce them to the mountains.

Still, people would see them from time to time. My wife and I saw one crossing a newly mown hay field back in 1988.  We drove to the forest service station to report it, and they said there were no panthers in North Georgia, and that we must have seen a yellow hound dog. That aggravated me to death. I know the difference.

Then five years ago, an irrefutable game camera photo of a panther was taken in Lumpkin County. The state had to accept they existed and even put one on the cover of the annual fish and game laws pamphlet.

Now another one has materialized. I sure wish they hadn't put it in the paper. Now every Tom, Dick and Harry with a hunting dog will be out trying to kill them.  Doesn't matter if they are protected, doesn't matter if it's illegal.  People here (the old  time local people) will kill anything on four legs , legally or otherwise, and they don't mind using bait , dogs, or even poison to do it. They kill Bobcats, Bears, Coyotes, you name it. The reasons run the gamut from "they eat my chickens" to "it's fun."

Trail cam catches Panther in Owltown backyard 
(from the North Georgia News, Union County, Georgia)

 Panthers are a thing of legend. After all, the panther is the school mascot, and one might think that would make Union County a haven for the big cats. It is a haven for at least one big cat, caught on a trail cam in the Owltown community last week. 

The Copeland family sent the newspaper a photo of the mountain lion captured on their trail cam. 

“We have two game cameras set up because we do have bears, and (we) got several pictures,” the Copeland family said. “We were out on the deck on Wednesday the 7th and heard this weird noise.

 (We) thought it was a bear, but a deep cat-like growl alerted us that was not a bear.” The Copelands did not see anything that night, however, when they took the photo cards out of their game cameras, they found an image of a large cat.

 “We have concluded it’s a mountain lion,” the Copeland family said. The newspaper has forwarded the photograph to Union County Sheriff Mack Mason. This image of this mountain lion was captured via trail cam in the Owl Town district.

Personally, although I wouldn't want to encounter a panther ,  I think we could use a few to keep the deer population in check. One of the reasons Georgia has used the disgusting "controlled harvest", i.e. using professional hunters to slaughter deer left and right, is the lack of natural predators.

As for the pompous bureaucrats who told people up here (from their air conditioned offices in Atlanta) that they could not be seeing panthers, surprise , surprise!

Oh, the Humanity!

Virginia Governor reveals 93 million Americans killed daily by "gun violence."

(God, what an idiot.)


Attack of the Obnoxious Tourist:

Went down to get the mail yesterday, and some guy from Minnesota stopped me at  the mailbox. He had a giant truck with  three off road bikes in it. He'd been out on the old closed- forest service roads, where it's illegal as hell to take any motorized vehicle. The Forestas have berms built across those roads but it doesn't stop any off road transportation.

This  guy had an ancient pit bull in his truck cab. He said he needed "Blue Buffalo"dog food and wondered where he could get some.  This is the same stuff my daughter feeds her German Shepard, it costs an arm and a leg. I told the guy where he could get it, but he was going to have to drive to Murphy, North Carolina to the pet shop. This aggravated him. He started giving me a ration of s**t about our county not even having a decent place to eat or get groceries. I liked his dog but I didn't like him. I  told him maybe he should go back to Somaliland, we'd get by without him. 

 Strangely, he suddenly seemed to realize he was being an "arschloch" , said he was sorry, that he was tired and hot. Ok by me. I'm rude sometimes too. He set off for Murphy to get his special dog food. I wondered why the guy didn't bring enough with him. Did he really think he could just drop into the doggy bistro and pick up a sack?

This stuff isn't cheap.  They want an arm and a leg, or your first born child.

Who needs the Federal Reserve?

Federal Reserve raised rates a quarter of one percent yesterday.  If you have any variable rate loans,  that's bad news.
rate increases in 2016 and 2017 (so far)
Dec 15, 2016         .25 percent
March 15, 2017     .25 percent
June 14, 2017        .25 percent

The fed Chairman, Janet Yellin, said in January she expected four rate increases in 2017. 

 Traditionally, the Federal Reserve tries to keep the rate around 5 percent. That's "the sweet spot." 

  But in 1979-1980 it hit 20 percent as inflation was rampant. 

 Back in 2007-2008 the fed had a ZIRP plan (Zero Interest Rate Policy).  Just off the cuff, if you took out a mortgage or business loan for 1.5 (lenders add on percentage plus a fed rate of 0) percent back during the great 2007 -2008 debacle, when the federal rate got down to zero you did ok.  But if  they get to five percent at the fed, your new loan rate would be 6.5 percent.  Run that on a loan calculator and you will see why variable rate loans are a big risk in uncertain times.

Inflation today is  below the federal reserve goal of 2.5 percent annually, so I don't  know why they would want to raise it again this year. Over time, it will really put the screws to the middle class, who are the only people who tend to have variable rate loans other  than credit cards and car loans.  But they will.

Oh, well.

I'm not feeling so hot today.  Don't know why.  My plan is to go into town for lunch,  then to the park for a walk. After that, I'll go by our one remaining grocery store and see if there are any new magazines , and check to see if they have any hog jowls for the dogs. The last few times I have been in there, they didn't. I asked the butcher what the deal was and he said people are just buying them as fast as they get them in.  This just feels like a good day to get out and go meandering around.

Thought for the Day: