Big storms passing through since about 4:00 this morning. Spectacular lightning, at first off in the distance and then right around this mountain. Woke me up so I watched it for awhile from the porch, then went back to bed. When I got up this morning, it was still pouring down rain and ever so often the thunder would roll.
As a result, I haven't done much around the place. Wasted a lot of time working with Amazon , trying to get a copy of a magazine which I subscribe to on Kindle. Ever so often, an issue just doesn't show up. I guess they figure that you won't notice, but I keep a spreadsheet on magazine issues .I notice.
Four times I called them. Four times they made me do the same dreary pointless exercises in trouble shooting, which I already knew wouldn't work. And four times, when we got to the point that they didn't know what else to try, the Indian I was talking to would suddenly disappear and a message would come up saying "phone call dropped." How strange, that it always "dropped" at exactly the same point in our conversation. This is a tendency I've noted before with Indian call centers. I emailed Amazon in the end, which is what I had to do to get this resolved last time. So much for the much vaunted "Mayday Button" on the new Kindles. It has never done me one iota of good.
Opened a bottle of wine and drank half of it. I don't usually drink wine but I was in the mood. I don't have to feel guilty about not working around the place because it's raining. I don't have anything pressing I have to do on the computer. Why not just enjoy the rare moment?
I am pondering whether or not I should unload my "ready supply" AK47 magazines and reload the ammo into other magazines. I keep six magazines loaded with 20 to 25 rounds each, as the mood strikes me when I do that evolution. Guns and Ammo says there is no such thing as magazine spring set. I know of many instances where weapons have stayed loaded for decades and functioned flawlessly. And yet, and yet........ I wonder.
Who would have thought? There's an old Moslem prophecy, that first would come the Caliphate which followed Mohammed. Then would come the era of the Kingdoms. That would , in the fullness of time, be followed by the restored Caliphate. Makes you wonder.
Not a good idea to be sending in manned aircraft. The followers of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are armed with most of the equipment we handed over to the Iraqi's, including our own advanced Stingers. Wouldn't be good if the Isis guys got one of our pilots. What if they got one of our female pilots? What a propaganda coupe that would be for them.
They are massacring thousands. They have thousands of people from an obscure sect trapped on a mountain top, dying of hunger and thirst. In some cities, they've rounded up all the women under 35. That's right out of the original Moslem play book from the 600's. Reward the faithful with women, and kill off the unbelieving (and inconvenient husbands). Christians can convert, or pay a tax, or die. Shiites get short shrift from them. Iran, which spoke so boldly of how they would annihilate Isis has backed off. You have to wonder if they think this guy is actually the Mahdi, or really the Caliph.
Turkey could defeat them, but Turkey has big troubles with fundamentalists as well. The Pesmerga don't have much in the way of arms other than small arms and some light artillery. The Isis guys have the best that money can buy, which we gave the Iraqis and they ran away and left for the followers of the Caliph.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: "Convert to Islam, repent later!"