“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Squealing on the druggies is bad for your health, and other observations.

I've been sitting in the house, keeping out of the wind and listening to the scanner.  A few minutes ago, the dispatcher called several of the Deputies on duty, and the town police as well.  There was a drug deal "going down" behind a local subsidized housing complex.  The place has a very unsavory reputation and nobody uses that street after dark unless they are a tourist or retarded.

The part that made me cringe was the dispatcher saying, in the clear,  "the apartment manager is calling in the complaint."  That's an OPSEC violation that could really ruin that guys day some dark night, if you see what I mean.  If I was going to do something like that, I'd make sure I had a "throw away" $14.00 cell phone, and I'd use a phony name. I'm sure the poor guy didn't expect them to compromise him over the radio, but live and learn.



Nice day out, but way too windy.  I went to town to get my prescription medicines ordered early today. I had planned to go to the theater and see a matinee, the one about the tank crew. I think it's called Fury. But alas, I got too worn out , so maybe tomorrow.



Most of the leaves are off the deciduous trees now, and with this wind blowing, any that are left won't be there long. The flags on my flagpole are standing straight out in the wind.


If it were a little warmer, it'd be a nice day.  I built myself a fire in the fireplace when I got home and I'm enjoying that.  Cheap way to heat the house and very restful at the same time.


At Walmart there was plenty of everything except .22 LR.  They have all the 9mm, .40S&W, .45 ACP, etc that you could want. I bought a box of 9mm Luger from Italy. It was inexpensive and packed very tightly, so I thought I would get one to carry in my vest.  I also got a box of .38 special LRN and a box of .30 .30 Winchester.  Hadn't seen any of the last two in some time and thought I should get a box or so while it was available. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

The counter man was having a discussion with a customer about forming a mutual support group. I had just this morning read a blog posting about the same thing. There are some young people in L.A. who are running their own survivalist blog. They were discussing putting together a mutual support group, but talking as if this particular plan was a new idea. I read the post twice and I didn't see anything revolutionary about it, but maybe I missed what they were saying. That happens to me, sometimes.



I think it's time for a nap.

24 comments:

  1. I don't think support groups will do much good UNLESS it's done by neighborhood.

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    1. I don't know, Gorges. For instance, I don't have a neighborhood, or even any neighbors. I don't belong to a group, but I put a lot of time and effort into finding one. I just couldn't link up with any that suited me. I only really ever heard of one I thought I could fit into, and they were in an adjacent state. Since I plan to "bug in" that wouldn't have helped me. There are a lot of people who are looking for the "strength in numbers" thing. The problem with neighborhoods is you are going to have a number of wimps, spongers, and general jerks in any random selection of people. The general consensus, however, is that the guy who tries to make a go of it in the bad times with just his own family is not apt to make it. Most of the post apocalyptic fiction takes that tact. I guess I'll just have to wait and see, if things go sour.

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  2. Cool ferret pic. I take it that the three dollars finally got through?

    As for mutual support, some of us have had such plans since the Cold War. I have neighbors here that I will work with, and friends outside the neighborhood who will be welcome here come the day. All I ask is that they bring as much in the way of groceries as possible, then we can bunker down and wait the bad times out in sufficient force to stay safe and get essential work done.

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    1. You're lucky you could find compatible people with skills to offer. Part of my problem is that I almost never associate with people "in the flesh" so I don't really know anybody well enough to think if I want to "fort up" with them. The last time I was invited to a group meeting as a perspective member I thought most of the people there were obnoxious loud mouths. To add insult to injury, a few weeks later one of them came up to me in a restaurant where I was drinking coffee and said "you're that survivalist guy, ain't you." I assured him he had me mixed up with someone else. But that's a sample of how "together" that crew was.

      I had to pay the Russian photo company a second time to get it to go through, but I didn't care. I just wanted the picture. I tried to do a screen print like Kevin suggested, but I couldn't get the picture to pull up in my photo program. So I just tried going through the order sequence again and it worked.

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  3. Looks like your walyworld has more ammo than ours here. But we also have Cabelas 4 miles away and there shelves are overflowing. Quite a difference from 8 months ago when the shelves were bare. Still hardly any 22s. Though over time I have managed to squirrel away around 3K rounds one box at a time. Gun sales seem to be slowing a bit as well.

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  4. I'm in good shape 22LR wise as well. The worst time to buy something is when everybody else wants it, so I usually try to keep an adequate supply of everything I might need on hand up here. We don't have much in the way of supply points on ammo except Walmart. We have a general store, and they do carry some guns and ammo, but their prices are prohibitive.

    I expect it will be like most of the times when some politicians set off the alarm bells. People buy abnormally large quantities of guns, ammo and reloading components. Then the politicians find something else to keep the people fixated on, and the buying slumps off til the next episode. Seems to run like that.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Nice Mosin, looks like a round receiver with some wear on the magazine and trigger assembly.

    The ammo rack is full at the walmart down here. Everything except for .22.

    Im glad you got your 'ferret photo'

    I don't discuss the survivalism stuff out in public. I wear green camo because I look really cool and MRE's are really tasty.

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    1. I have a good many of the Mosins. For awhile, I was getting them for about $59.00 apiece, with a sling, oiler, two ammo pouches and bayonet. Ammo was cheap, they were sturdy, and I figured why not. I have two of the Model 1938 carbines, and I think I have six of the M1944 carbines with permanently attached bayonets. They were cheap until people started collecting them specifically and then they went sky high.

      I don't discuss my survival affairs with locals or in public. At least, I didn't until I went to that get together at the cafe with some locals, and then I didn't do any talking, just listening.

      Yeah, I had to pay for the ferret photo again but I didn't care. I just wanted it.

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  6. I did wonder what the ferret photo was going to be like but its brilliant to be honest. Sums up your blog in a way!
    I can never get over the fact that you can buy ammo just off tbe shelf in a supermarket. I the UK you have to have your license with you. Any rifle ammo has to be kept under lock and key (shotgun cartridges don't need to be locked away). If the police did a surprise inspection and they found it where it wasn't supposed to be you'd loose your licence and have your guns taken from you with little chance of getting your licence back. I'm huess that anyone over a certain age can buy it in your wallmart?

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    1. Kev: in the US we have something called The Constitution and The Bill Of Rights. The text of which are designed as a very specific limit on the powers of the government. This is what makes this country exceptional when compared to others, as in every other country their constitution dictates what the people can and can not do. So in the US the powers of the government are specifically enumerated and, much to the chagrin of progressives who perpetually seek to erode said limits, are supposed to be quite restricted. Early along the way they set up the game rules and they found that they needed to adjust them just a bit. So they came up with a few amendments in the form of The Bill Of Rights.
      Amendment I reads;
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
      And in order to guarantee that Amendment #1 could be enforced (operable word here is FORCE) they added the Second Amendment, which reads; "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"
      All this guarantees that we have the right to own fire arms and the ammo to feed them. Not just to hunt and defend our selves, but to actually ensure no government does not overstep its bounds.
      Yes its a bit different than the UK but that is what makes this country exceptional.
      http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html
      So concludes our civics lesson for the day.

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    2. The hivists do everything they can to take arms from the people. In the Northeastern states they've just about been successful. Our 2nd Amendment does guarantee the right to bear arms, but in "blue" states they get around this by tacking all kinds of local regulations onto gun ownership. There are plenty of people here who would be delighted to ban it all together. I think that as long as we don't have gun registration, it will largely be an exercise in futility for the hivists, as they don't really know who has what. Even if they require registration, most people who own guns wouldn't do it . One of our North Eastern states, Connecticut, has attempted gun registration with semi auto rifles and the response has been that gun owners largely chose to ignore the law. Especially in the South, the view on law is that if a law is made to enforce ideas inimical to the society, it's got no moral validity and you aren't bound to obey it.

      We also have the NRA, a powerful political organization based on the 2nd Amendment. Most of the Hive politicians are afraid of it. Which is a very good thing indeed, without it we'd have been plucked clean of our arms years ago.

      There's an NRA motto "from my cold, dead hands" which pretty much typifies the attitude of gun owners towards gun confiscation. The government would have to kill a lot of people to do away with gun ownership. And who would do it. The Army and Marine Corps wouldn't kill their own fellow citizens over it. I know the local police here in the mountains would not enforce it, both because of their own political values and the desire to stay alive.

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    3. Kev, that photo is pretty good, isn't it. I don't care I had to pay for it twice, I'd have paid a lot more to get to use it. I don't mind supporting the artist to the tune of six dollars.

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  7. Hey Harry (and great Kymber)

    (captaincrunch)


    If I go to Canada, Kymber can you and your hubby adopt me?? I read what you all were talking about in the previous posts. Kymber, you can just tell the Canadian Mounted Mounties that I am was a medical experiment 'gone wrong' or something and I may refugee status.
    My ancestors in Scotland were picked on by the English. They went to Ireland and still got messed with, and we escaped and came to the colonies. We got sick of the English and ran them off and my ancestor made rifles during the war and his two sons fought in the war.
    In the war between the states 1860-1865, My ancestor fought in the 42nd infantry of the Georgia volunteers (I'm sure I could get special refugee status in Georgia if need be)
    My genetic line suffers from "Oppositional Defiance Disorder" (Odd) for short.

    Yeah' that really exists!

    Look it up in the mental health text's

    We don't like being told what to do. Simple as that.

    Now that reminds me.

    there is an old song that came out in the early 1990's called "I'm an asshole" by the comedian "Dennis Leary"
    It's really funny, lots of good satire. I strongly recommend listening to it. You will laugh, I guarantee it.

    I want that song played at my funeral one day.

    That song is me. Maybe the Canadians don't want me. I would rock the boat too much.

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    1. You couldn't have your guns up there, CC. Maybe the Mosins you could. On that show "Ice Lake Rebels" the Indian guy had an Enfield he hunted with.

      I never heard of that song. I wonder if it's a good thing? :-)

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    heres the link to the Dennis Leary video on Youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrgpZ0fUixs&list=RDUrgpZ0fUixs

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  9. Hooray you got your ferret pic!
    Lots of crazy people out there. We found two young kids abandoned at the dump last week. I had to notify the police. One was two and one was four. Still wondering what happened to them.

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    1. Lisa, although I learn something new every day which makes me feel more contempt for the human race, this one takes the cake. The only thing I can say is that there are good people, too. I'm glad one of those found the kids. Most individuals today would have looked the other way and taken leg bail, so as not to get involved. All too often, the good people who do what's right wind up getting hosed. If you have to go to court over it, and it turns out to be some white trash that dumped the kids, keep your eyes open. People like that have large extended families and they are usually all no good. Good for you though, you stood up and did the right thing.

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    2. Yes, and I like it a lot. I had to pay for it twice but I don't care, I'd have paid a lot more to use it in my header and I don't mind supporting the artist a bit.

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  10. I want a nap. I'm so sleepy. It's been forever since I've seen a movie. I checked one out at the library, but I haven't sat down to watch it just yet.

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  11. Alissa, you have so much to do. It's a wonder you can handle it all but you seem to manage. I have a lot of respect for women who can be wives, mothers, and still hold down a job. I think that's more than should be expected of them, but it's the times. The government takes so much, that only with two earners can you have any hope of living a decent life as a young family.

    I take naps all the time. It is one of the prerogatives of old age.

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  12. Some how I missed this post. I still don't understand the games with the ammo. I know its the Feds.

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    1. It's coming back to normal. I guess more people have .22 LR chambered guns than any other and that's part of it. Also, just about every post apocalyptic book I ever read lauded silver and .22LR as the post dollar medium of exchange. That probably is part of it.

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    2. Rob wrote:
      "I still don't understand the games with the ammo. I know its the Feds".

      I meant to respond to this comment a few days ago with a couple of videos I had seen but needed to take some time to find them. So here it is:
      http://youtu.be/PYMiC0GeLq4
      To me it seems a reasonable explanation given who it is coming from. And given how supplies of most seem to be back up to normal I am more inclined to believe it. As for the 22s It really has to be people scoffing up as much of it as they can.
      Here is 22 Plinkster on the subject.
      http://youtu.be/cU5U_TSl8Cw

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  13. M. Silvius,
    I just saw this last comment. Let me take a look at the link you sent.

    I'd buy some more 22 myself if I could get it. It's the currency of the new millennium!

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