Monday, June 27, 2016

Busted the budget.

The last few weeks have been unsettling. Because I have been trying to keep up with what's going on, I have been watching a lot of news. That's never a good thing to do if you are looking for peace and tranquility.

The British vote to leave the EU is viewed from a different perspective here.  Reading a good many British bloggers, they sound a lot like we do. Half of them want to stay, are unhappy with nationalism, like the one world idea.  The other half want to retain their national identity, take pride in their own culture and preserve it, and take control of their own affairs. A lot like us here, except that the last time anybody in this country tried to leave "The Union" there was a four year long war and the side that lost is still being occupied by the Feds today.

Updated 1145Eastern 27 June 2016 :  Having read some more English blogs, it's clear  that some people are primarily concerned about potential economic impact of leaving the EU, and worried about the uncertain future. The fact that they voted against leaving doesn't necessarily make them leftists or liberals. Thought I needed to clarify that.

At least the EU Bureaucrats can't make the Brits take more of these.

The Dems are hot and heavy on their little circus shows. They still don't get it about Moslem terrorism. Or, if they do, they don't care and are just trying to make a little hay out of the Orlando shootings.

I spent a lot of money this month on rounding out a few things. Heavy on .223 and .308 , plus some pistol ammo in .40 S&W, 45 ACP.   I probably already have enough, but this business in California about requiring background checks to buy ammo is probably going to make it harder to get, as the decent people out there will be drawing down on supplies before it becomes law, assuming it does.

The Attorney General is sticking with her belief that we can handle Moslem terrorism with "love and compassion." I'll bet you a dollar to a donut she's never been into the Middle East. She ought to go to Lebanon for a weeks vacation. Spend it in Beirut. See what she thinks about loving Islamists when she comes back. If she comes back....

Of course, 50% of the country doesn't believe we have a problem with Islamic terrorism, because their beloved Barrack Hussein says so.  Wonder how many people at that bar in Orlando thought that, and how many changed their minds afterwards. If they got the chance.

and Hillary is still gaining in the polls.  Eight years of Black Jesus, and eight years of her.

Spent a lot more than was in the budget on food, as well.  When things get unsettled, I like every nook and cranny to be full of supplies. Both freezers full, pantry full, store rooms full. Of course, if I want something in particular it's guaranteed to be on the bottom of the freezer, but I will just have to deal with that.  Can't think of anything else to do now, except keep an eye on developments.

Thought for the Day:

CBS Monday 27 June 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon mother shot and killed a home intruder she found in her child's bedroom early Sunday, reports CBS affiliate KOIN.
Police say the 33-year-old woman returned home with her two children, 5 and 10, and found the unidentified intruder, 59. KOIN reports the woman shot the man, a stranger, with her personal handgun after a confrontation.
Police tell the station the woman and her children are victims in the situation. They say the family is traumatized. They were reportedly not hurt in the incident.
The woman cooperated with investigators and the case is being sent to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review, according to the station.
Neighbor Amber Murray told the station the home was vacant for a while before the woman and her children moved in recently.
"I know when the previous renters were there, there was a lot of mischief," Murray said. "After they moved out I think there were a few squatters in and out of there."
Investigators are working to determine why the man was in the home. An autopsy is planned for Monday.


  1. Hey Harry,

    If a poll is conducted by NBC or New York times or whatever. It is untrustworthy.

    Where do they conduct their polls? Hollywood, San Francisco, Detroit?

    I still think 'Trump has a damn good chance. The problem is with the 'free shit army' that well, want free stuff. Trump says work. Hillary says EBT's.

    'At the end of the day the EBT's may win out unfourtunetly.

    Speaking of EBT's.

    I saw a movie I rented online yesterday called 'Triple 999' Filmed in Atlanta and showing lots of 'tattooed up' Central American cro magnon's with Glocks.

    The movie was pretty good. Worth the rental for six bucks.

    Oh' one more thing of interest. Hillary is vetting 'Elizabeth Warren' for VP.

    Okay, here we go. Two women running for the white house!

    That will almost ensure Trump will win. Now everyone that thinks I am a mysogenist think again. Most people have learned the hard way that, that having two women run a team in a place of business can spell disaster. An even and balanced leadership team is needed for success made of both male and female leaders. Women think in one direction and men think in another.
    I know I will take a lot of heat for my thoughts but I will stand by my statement.
    Making monumental decisions takes a team of diverse ways of thinking to achieve success.

    1. The same people who think we can love militant Islam and solve the terrorist problem would be beside themselves with joy at the idea of a woman president and a woman vice president. While I agree with what you say, I think half the country won't. They don't care about reality, remember, they care about perception. I don't see you taking a lot of heat, CBR, because it's just common sense. And if you do, you know what they say about people who can't take a joke.

      Atlanta is a really bad place. You have "inner city blacks" or whatever the current politically correct term is. They have their gangs. Then you have swarms of Hispanics, represented by MS13 and the Latin Kings. Then there are whole parts of the city now that are dedicated to specific ethnic identities. What used to be Chamblee Dunwoody is now "Chambodia." The nice old residential areas that were known as Druid Hills, are now "de PJ's." Spring Street, which was primarily commercial, is a battle ground as soon as the sun sets.

      Here's the way I see the EBT vrs working people thing. Every day, there are more EBT's and fewer working folks. Part of it is because thousands more illegals come across the Southern border daily and per federal mandate they get medical, housing and cash payments via EBT. The EBT crowd has an astronomical birthrate, while the workers aren't having kids anymore overall. There are other reasons, mostly based on ethnicity and culture, but if I talk about those Google will take my blog off line.

  2. Why is that that what you need is at the bottom of the freezer? I need to clean our deep freeze out to make room for wine berries. They should be ready in about a week and my husband flash freezes them before he makes wine so I need to make space.

    1. We bought a lot of different kinds of meat and froze it. Bought a good bit of cheese and put that in there. Then I bought prepared meals I can just microwave. All of that is layered in the two big deep freezers, as we bought the stuff. Sorting it all out into mixed layers would be a good idea but I am too lazy.

      You could buy a smaller, half sized deep freeze for incidentals like the berries. We have a half size deep freezer, mostly for bread and cheese.

  3. Hey Harry,

    here's one that's interesting.

    A 'think tank' exercise that did a simulation of what would happen if global food prices spiked 300 percent in 2020.

    heres the link

    1. If global food prices spike 300% they'll be eating each other in the cities in three days. I'll take a look at the link, thanks.

  4. I'll be going into this current mess with the stock on hand. I've been in better shape but have also been in a lot worse. I feel good enough about what we have that I'm not willing to buy on credit. That's the last resort.

    1. If you have blue chips, people say wait out any problems. But in my case, I bought mostly small companies. I detest big companies like AT&T for the way they have behaved. The smaller outfits just couldn't make it though the recession, so I lost my money. I decided after that not to trust anything to do with the stock market again, especially after the banks and big companies got my tax money as a bailout. Nobody bailed out the guys I invested in.

  5. Other than scanning the headlines, I have had to take a break from the unrest and stupidity. My head was in danger of exploding. I do keep track of what is going on in my area. The social justice warriors have been pretty quiet since the police chief informed them that the next time they blocked a freeway, they could call their lawyers from inside the county jail.

    I have been spending a much time as possible adding to my food storage, as well as filling in other gaps in the preps. The insane headlines seem to prompt me to get busy. Am not looking forward to finding out what is in the bottom of my freezer, though, but I guess that is next. Son is talking about buying a half a cow and half a hog this fall for us to share. Prices are pretty good - better than grocery store prices - and we know where the meat comes from, a big plus.

    I am doing as much as I can now, for if the wicked witch of the west gets in, it isn't going to be pretty.

    1. I can sympathize with the British people who are anxious about an uncertain future, because we are looking at the same thing. In November, I think an absolutely corrupt and abjectly evil person is going to be President. If she gets in, America is finished. We'll be a third world nation, where the different ethnic groups fight over government handouts and murder one another wholesale. Anybody who doesn't believe that should take a little ride through Atlanta, off the main streets, after dark and see what happens.

      I have been watching a lot of news trying to figure out what is really going on. It's all so propagandized here that it's hard to see what is really happening. Our media is just putting out lies about what happened in Britain because Obama is so angry that he was ignored. Now he means to stick it to the Brits in every way he can, and his minions are out putting out the B.S. at every opportunity.

      I spent some money out of my emergency reserves in the last month, trying to get in the best position I can before anything dramatic happens. People forget that everything comes by truck, and the stores have only 3 days supply (and that in normal times, not panic buying.) Let something major happen, like Black Lives Matter shutting down the freeways in cities, or a hack attack that shuts down the grid, and everything will be out of control. With an ineffectual and myopic government comprised of career bureaucrats and left wing politicians who have no contact with reality, it won't get fixed in a hurry.

      Your idea of buying half a beef and half a hog is a good one. I used to do that and save a lot of money. Quit when the kids left and we just didn't eat that much meat. I do keep a lot of smoked ham and canned meat though.

      Like you, I am doing what I know to do. If nothing happens, and life just chugs on, I will not have wasted a penny on anything I can't use anyway. If things go badly, as seems to me to be much more likely, I will be in better shape.

      We do what we can, all of us.

  6. I continue to stock my larder. My husband said that we don't have room for any more, but always tells me that if I can make room, then it is o.k. to buy more. Guess what? I always find more room. Ha! Ha! I think of it as insurance. I do not see food prices coming down at any point, and like you said, there is only a 3 day supply in grocery stores. We live far away from any size town, so trying to get to a store when things start to fall apart will not be in our plan. Jana

    1. Jana, I try to keep enough on hand to feed up to twelve for a fairly lengthy period of time. That's based on our current planning in terms of who will be here, and how long a breakdown might last. Like everything else, it's a best guess. You pays your dime and you takes your chances, as the saying goes.

      Food is a good thing to stock. You need it one way or the other, and with proper precautions it won't spoil on you. So if nothing happens and you just don't need to go to the store for a bit, what harm?

      I am constantly amazed at the number of people I run into who have no emergency supplies at all, of any kind. The government figure of "three days" is a bad joke. Even the least prepared should be able to get through a Katrina level event on their own.

      Living far from town is a plus in my mind come the day. We went in this morning to do some business and I was complaining to my wife that it takes so long to get in there and so long to get back. But originally that was part of our retreat planning and quite intentional.

  7. Harry,

    I fully concur with you and the readers on stocking up. I just loaded up on more 24 oz Hunt's Sausage Spaghetti sauce and a package of noodles for $1.48 total on sale. That is, for me, about 4-5 meals. Of course, rotating how many times a month will be necessary to battle food fatigue.

    As always, when I buy this many cases at once, the old silent questions are indicated by "The Look" with one eyebrow kinked skyward. Of course, I mention "it's for the foodbank" and calm once again appears on the previously tensed up faces. Cracks me up as I live in a fairly small PNW tourist town and it is apparent the flatlanders that come up here haven't a clue. This area was once a hotbed of White Supremacy 40 years ago but that has been gone for 20 of those but many visitors don't realize that. Good for a laugh anyway.

    On another note, got an email this AM notifying me that .22 rounds are again in stock @ 8.375 cents a round in 400 round boxes w/o Fed Ex shipping which can be calculated on their site. I bought some last fall @ .09 cents a round as I was down below my normal allotment and the grandkids lurves them some .22 plinking action. That is one of the main reasons the love coming to grandpa's place.

    I have no affiliation with this place. Here's the link

    1. Years ago, I watched a Discovery Channel documentary on California and the efforts of the state government to convince citizens to be prepared to take care of themselves for three days. The only thing that really stuck in my mind was a segment that featured the bureaucrat responsible for the program. He was an enormously obese black man who did not cut a very impressive figure. However, he was articulate and he was sincere in his efforts from what I could see. He was in despair because he found that the average citizen of America's greatest welfare state simply could not conceive of any situation where the state would not immediately address any needs they might have. What that said to me was that when the next big event hit the Democratic Socialist Republic, certain segments of society were going to get out of hand in short order.

      I think that rule applies to the entire country. So I want to be in a position to be invisible when the inevitable Black Swan finally happens. Adequate on hand stocks of everything from beans to bullets are the only way to do that.

      This country will go Third World in short order if there are significant disruptions. I have been in the Third World and seen it with my own eyes. I promise that anything you do now to get through such times will stand you in good stead then.

      .22 LR is slowly reappearing. I appreciate the link and will look those people up. The more sources of supply a person has, the better!

  8. And we would do the same.

    This wonderful bullfrog is in our spring pond Dad built years ago. The main spring runs across the water into this and the ponds then over flows into the creek. We have it stocked with fish. The Blue Heron has about wiped our our bull frogs.

    The news scares me to death. If HC gets it the nation is down the toilet, almost is now.

    God help us all.

    1. Our pond was a lily pad type that I just filled up with the hose ever so often to deal with evaporation. I think the frogs came first, then the snakes came. Liked the frogs, not so much the snakes.

      The news is not very good these days. Not much on the positive side and a lot of sheer, unadulterated insanity to deal with. Shrillery looks to me like a sure bet, but maybe something will happen and Trump will pull it out.

  9. Hey Harry,

    I caught this article on a U.S. Circuit Court Judge and what he said about the Constitution.

    And on another note about academia and practical law, I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries—well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments). Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today. David Strauss is right: The Supreme Court treats the Constitution like it is authorizing the court to create a common law of constitutional law, based on current concerns, not what those 18th-century guys were worrying about.

    In short, let's not let the dead bury the living.

    Dick Posner

    Read the previous entry. | Read the next entry.

    Richard A. Posner is a judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

    (Harry, it is 'Progressive Nimrods' like this that will ruin the republic and usher in tyranny which will morph into anarchy)
    I guess none of thease legal eagles studies history.

    1. This guy needs a boot up his rear. The Constitution was written to address human needs and values. The things in the Bill of Rights have as much validity today as they did two hundred years ago. What he's really saying is that it irks him to have to acknowledge that plebeians have rights, and not just the "creme de la creme" at the top of the heap.

  10. Yep Harry, I like to keep an eye on the news to keep informed...BUT I have grown so tired of all the BS on TV that I have stopped watching it. I read news online, and just to get a clue. I know that folks are having problems in the world, I just don't take any more.

    1. I have a compulsion to stay informed. I hate being blindsided, and I feel like the better informed I can be about current events the better prepared I will be. I concede that given the very poor quality of news reporting in America, it can be very debilitating to subject yourself to much of it.

  11. Harry - we stay on top of what's going on in the world...but to be honest - it all seems very surreal to us. we live in the middle of nowhere, keep stocking our preps, put food that we grow ourselves up...and to be honest - kind of just glance at what is going on in the world and yawn. whatever is going to happen is going to happen - so we just try and be as prepared as we can be. there isn't much else that we can do.

    sending much love to you and yours, always! your friend,

    1. Kymber, I try to see trouble coming. I have been accused of being hypervigilant, but it is just my nature. Up there where you live, I can't imagine any real immediate danger to your location no matter what happens, at least in the short term. Where I am, I have to worry about the Golden Horde flooding out of Atlanta. Your retreat location is excellent. Mine was when I moved here 30+ years ago, but not so good now.

  12. Harry People need to be looking at ammo and FOOD. IF Hillary becomes president she will go after ammo and skip the second amendment fight. Plus her law firm is/was main counsel for Tyson, Monsanto, Con-agri, Cargill and many more in the food industry. Her past obligations says higher prices and EXSPANDED subsidies to repay her friends.

    1. I have absolutely no doubt that if that creature gets into office, legal gun ownership is over. She's said as much for many years. It will be the death by one thousand cuts. What they are doing in California right now on a national scale. But as many others have remarked here, making laws like that and enforcing them are two different things. It's worth noting that there have already been attempts in some Blue stronghold cities and states to ban "food hoarding" although so far as I know none have yet made it into law. Not yet.
      Controlling food supplies is a standard tactic all around for controlling people and I am sure Queen Hillary is well aware of it. There have been a number of "arsenal bills" floated up in DC by the Dems but thanks to the NRA none have passed into law. Still, with the Republican leadership discredited, we could wind up with a Democratic controlled House and Senate , and President Hillary.Then people like us will have to make some hard choices.

  13. We are rounding out our preps now. More paper goods and extra canned goods; cat food, etc. Also filling out the JHP 9's and .223's. Ammo Supply Warehouse out of Pahrump, NV has good deals and reasonable shipping. 20 miles to town so stay home, mostly. Most people here are like minded like us. I get my news online only as we kicked the TV and satellite dish last year. Stay safe.

    1. I tried to get by without satellite tv once M retired. But I missed some of the shows like " The Last Ship" and "Vikings." Watching them on the kindle just wasn't the same. My wife liked the home improvement shows. So, we got it back but only one receiver in the living room.

      Pahrump is where Coast to Coast broadcasts out of isn't it? I used to listen to that a lot when Art Bell was the honcho.

      My barn is so stuffed with supplies for the animals I can barely walk around in there now. My supply rooms bulge. I guess I haven't been this complete on logistics since December 31, 1999.

      I was complaining to my wife recently about how long it takes to get to town from our place and she reminded me that 30+ years ago that was an attribute I specifically looked for.

  14. Hey Harry,

    'Tin foil hat time'

    Flatbed trucks carrying UN armored vehicles were spotted in Virginia and Texas.
    There are pics on the net. I found the article on Drudgereport. My guess its for military training. If I recall we have troops assigned to the UN and maybe thease will be the vehicles onto which they operate with overseas, or they will be used against American:(

    There's gotta be a logical explanation. If the U.N. plans to invade the south. They had better bring a few friends (sarcasm)
    I invite them to the 3rd Ward area of Houston where the worst of the worst ghetto rats survive and thrive. If they can pacify the 3rd Ward. Then I will be impressed. It would be like trying to pacify Beirut.

    Now the funny thing is I wonder how long it will take before some gargaroles in the 3rd ward steal, strip or carjack one of the fancy $300.000 armored vehicles:)

    all I gotta say is 'Welcome to Texas Baby'

    1. That comes up ever so often. Some of it is rumors, and I suppose some of it may have some logical explanation. I'm a lot more worried about our own alphabet agencies than I am aboutthe UN. For one thing, they're such a clown show. If they couldn't handle Rwanda they surely couldn't handle the U .S. even with the blessing of Barack Hussein. These are strange times and nothing would really surprise me at this point.

      I don't think we have any troops working with the U.N. As far as I know the UN doesn't use troops from the major powers too often. They prefer "nonaligned" countries, I guess it's a holdover from the cold war.

    2. I think they are built here and shipped elsewhere. All the pictures I have seen they are brand new, not a scratch, dent or dirt clod on them. And the third worlders that use them can't keep them in that condition long....

    3. Well, I would not mind having one of those armored trucks. What do they call them? MREVS or something like that?

  15. G'day Harry,

    The Mandarins of the EU are not going to let the Poms off lightly for defying them, all of this financial market turmoil is part of that. I see that The credit rating of England has been downgraded to AAA, this would be the same rating agencies that assured the world that the toxic loans that led to the GFC wre solid gold as well!
    England contributes 22% of the entire EU budget, that is going to make a hole and who can they turn to for more money?, Greece, Spain? At the end of the day Europe still needs to buy commodities from England and London is still the financial hub of Europe.

    Reminds me of when the UK joined the "Common Market" and just cut Australia & NZ adrift, all of a sudden our traditional market for agricultural products was cut off, many farmers went broke. However, we adapted, became more efficient and found new markets and now export more than we ever did.

    1. It's unbelievable how much venom against Britain is being spewed over the airwaves here. Of course, none of it has to do with interests like maintaining some semblance of Anglo Saxon culture. It's all about losing money on the stock market. Then too, those organizations funded by government but posing as legitimate news sources, like NPR , are aping the White House in attacking Britain. Who knew that all the British were racists? In this country, disagreeing with Obama makes you a racist automatically but it's strange seeing that PC rule applied to an entire country.

      As far as I can see, the British can give the Overlords the finger with impunity. As you say, the EU will have to cut off it's nose to spite it's face in the end. I think the bureaucrats will have more than England to worry about shortly, as this has given impetus to the activities of a lot of people who want their countries back.

  16. I have been busy stocking my new cold storage unit. We rotated through quite a bit before the move, so that we wouldn't have to haul so much. Time to stock up some more. I went with your idea to use the pallets (thanks!) and now have my rice, flour, and sugar piled on them. For my water jugs I will cut the pallets in half to save space.

    If brexit has caused this big of a drop in the stock market (3 tril?) then just imagine the day after Billary's coronation. We ain't seen nothin' yet. --Troy

    1. Sounds like you are making good progress. I know getting set up in a new location is a real pill but I also know you will be much better off in your new setting.

      I'm rejoicing in having moved my money (what the Wall Street Hogs left of it) after the 2007/08 debacle. I'm not hanging anything out in the breeze now. What I have stashed back is either items with tangible value, or cash in accounts that don't pay me anything but don't lose me my derriere overnight either.

      If Billary get's elected, the new currency will be beans and bullets in short order.

  17. Harry,

    Stay Alert, Aware, and Prepared!

  18. I'm trying. Bad news fatigue is setting in, and I've done all I know to do. Still trying to get the kids to come down here and live, I really don't think the city they are working in is anywhere to be these days. No luck so far.