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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ragnar Returns! Vikings New Season Premiers on History Channel 30 November!



We need Ragnar to be the new head of Homeland Security. He knew how to handle threats.



We aren't doing much .  The smoke outside is so bad I called the county dispatch to see if I had missed something on the scanner. I was afraid there was a new fire near us.

But it's just smoke from the fires burning just west and east of us. For now, anyway.

One of my good radios that I have had for years finally gave up the ghost. I sent it to Motorola, but they called me this morning and said they don't fix radios that old.

There used to be a radio repairman here, but he died and nobody took his place.  So now, if I can't get it repaired at the factory, a piece of electronic equipment that is off line just has to be discarded. Seems like such a waste.




Don't worry about the Dims and all their minions. The Good Guys won, and there's nothing they can do about it.




28 comments:

  1. I've only just discovered this but love it. Just started on series three sof nearly caught up. Think I'm in love with his ex wife!

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  2. Kev, it's been a huge hit here in the U.S. I thoroughly enjoy it.

    Have you read Brian Cornwell's books in "The Last Kingdom" series? You'd like those, and BBC made a great mini-series out of the first six or so books. I just ordered it on DVD and it was really good.

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  3. We have thoroughly enjoyed "the Vikings". When I see what has happened to Sweden and Denmark and the rest of the Norse countries, I want to just scream. Where is the Viking spirit in these people now? They have become blonde weaklings and pacifists. Ragnar is my hero! I am so sorry that you are suffering with smoke and fire. There have been years where we went thru the same thing with summer wildfires. If we did not have our big Austin Air HEPA filter going, I would not have survived the smoke. I will try to get the Last Kingdom dvd

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    1. We've had another scare here this morning, the scanner came on, and there was a fire in the national forest near a place called Bear Pen. But that's not an uncommon name and the fire is actually on the western side of the county, not near us. Thank God. I'm getting jumpy. These are arson fires now, and that's more sporadic. It's exactly like having somebody shooting artillery at you. There's not a whole hell of a lot you can do about it, except hope you aren't where it hits.

      There has been some good news from Scandinavia, it just isn't being reported here. Sweden and Norway have both deported (they say "expelled") hundreds of "refugees" for criminal activity. In Sweden, a band of nearly 100 men, wearing arm bands and hoodies, attacked a refugee camp and a train station where the Islamic thugs hung out, after a young social worker was stabbed to death in a camp in the town. In Germany, some German towns are building huge walls around the refugee centers in an effort to keep the female population of the town safe after a horrific spate of attacks on women by "refugees." The different governments may not be doing anything, but the people are. In Russia, there was a motivating incident where 56 of these Islamic thugs were kicked out of Sweden for sex related assaults, and wound up in Murmansk, Russia. How that happened, I don't know. But they found out in short order that Russia is not Sweden. They went into the night life section of town, started groping women in bars, and were set upon by a crowd of Russian men, who administered a severe attitude adjustment with boot and fist. The police came to break up the brawl, saw what was happening, and waded in with their batons to help the educational process. When last seen the whole herd of Islamic "refugees" were being marched off in big column by the police while the citizens jeered. They seem to have disappeared since then, as I've found nothing n the net about them afterwards. All of this is on the internet, mostly in YouTube posts by people living in the areas affected. Some are news stories where the talking heads have to take the government line about how dreadful it is to beat up these moslem pests, but you can tell they are having a hard time not smiling.

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    2. The problem is that nothing happens until some poor woman gets raped, stabbed and beaten by these scumballs. Kick all of them out, back to their own countries. Did you read where Obumma has agreed to take a bunch of Muslims refugees from an island near Australia? Refugees, my ass. I suppose now some people will accuse me of persecuting them and being 'racist'..,..spit.

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    3. I did see that about Obama agreeing to take a particularly loathsome batch of Third World problems that Australia has wisely been keeping on some pestilential island. The Great Imam has some time left before we are shed of him and I don't doubt he will use it to do all the harm to the country he can.

      It's difficult to get a ground swell populist movement off the ground, especially in Europe where people are even more indoctrintated in leftest multiculturalism than we are here. But nationalism is growing there,people are waking up to the fact that they can't rely on their governments and have to act on their own.
      Good things are happening on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  4. You could always hang on to the old radio - maybe you'll come across someone who can fix it at some point.
    Pierce's 4th teacher sent home a solar lantern from 1996 that had quite working so he could take it all apart. He likes to tinker with stuff like that. He found a part that needed to be soldered and then discovered the battery was bad. We were able to order a new battery online - it was expensive but he is going to give it to her as a Christmas gift. It works great now!

    I really hope you all get some rain soon. It sounds like it's pretty scary. All that smoke in the air so close to home is unnerving.

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    1. It always makes me feel badly to discard something that I feel could continue to be utilized. The lady from Motorola told me that the radios were not designed to be repaired. She said to just buy a new one. I wish I still had it, I'd send it to your son and let him pull it apart. At least some good would come of expending it that way. Almost all of the old T-28 Trojan aircraft I liked so much were expended in fire drills for crash crews after the T-34 turboprops came on line. I guess that's the way of things.

      The smoke is intense and unhealty for everyone but especially for people like my wife who already have respiratory problems. Then there's always the concern that it may be from a fire burning near the mountain top, that I am not aware of. No rain forecast for this week. Just have to hold on and hope it does rain and they can get some of those fires under control.

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  5. I thought maybe You meant Ragnar Benson, until I saw the context. lol

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    1. I'd be glad to see Ragnar Benson come back too! It's been too long since he wrote a new book.

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  6. I couldn't get the videos to work, said it was "restricted".

    Those Russians know a thing or two about handling "outsiders". I wonder if they put those guys on a train to Siberia. Have a great time in the gulag guys. And I don't suppose they would get very far trying to rape a very large Slavic woman.

    Hope your fires calm down so you can put your mind at ease. --Troy

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    1. Which videos didn't work, Troy. I just tried the two in this post on my Kindle and they looked ok.

      The Russians don't worry about being politically correct, which is one reason they can handle this kind of problem so much better than we can.

      Between the drought and the constant fires things are a little dicey. Don't know what to do about either other than hope we get rain before we get burned out or the well goes dry. Rabin county is having mandatory evacuations now and that's less than 20 miles as the crow flies.

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    2. It was my PC...works fine on my iPad. -T

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    3. That happens sometimes. Once in awhile, I post a YouTube video, it works fine, then the next day it doesn't.

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  7. Funny, I'm with Gorges, I thought you meant Benson too. Oh well. I was excited for a second there.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    In regards to the comment above, Some years ago in my area had two T-28 crashes. One of which landed gear up near a friends backyard and another went in 'nose first' into a shed but missed the house (both in the same neighborhood)
    I like old aircraft but if they are not rebuilt properly. Aircraft become paperweights.
    The new turboprops so far have had an excellent record out here.
    I know of one interesting story of a female pilot out of NAS Kingsville. This pilots jet had the ultimate piece of FOD in the intake. A full grown turkey vulture. 'Of course the pilot ejected safely but I'm sure her call sign is now 'Turkey Vulture' (she's never gonna live that one down:)

    As per your old Motorola radio. That's just too bad. I like old radio's, old dogs and old trucks. Maybe treat yourself to a nice new one, or scrounge a inexpensive old one for Christmas once the fire season blows over.

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    1. CC, the T-28 was the closest to a World War II fighter, like the Hellcat , that anybody was going to fly by 1975. It was great. I loved that airplane better than any I ever flew, and I flew a lot of different types of aircraft including the Bell Sea Ranger and the Huey. I got to fly a TA-4 Skyhawk once, courtesy of a friend who was a jet jockey. Also got to fly the S-2 Tracker, on a visit to a Navy Squadron down your way. I got a lot of stick time in the little T-34B, both in VT-5 and later in different places as the type was a field "hack" back then. In other words, for joy riding. Then I flew a lot of different single engine land civilian types. The Cessna 150, Cessna 172, Piper Archer, Arrow, and Tomahawk come to mind. Those were the days. I eventually lost my depth perception and consequently my medical certificate, but not before flying the U.S.A.F T-141 that was stationed with the county CAP unit at the county airport for a good bit locally.

      I've got plenty of weather radios, I just liked that old Motorola and I wanted to keep it. I have had to discard two excellent old HF radios because the original manufacturer wouldn't work on them, and the old vet who used to fix radios, tv's, etc died. I wish I had asked the motorola people to send it back now because I found out a friend has a son who likes to tinker with electronics and I would much rather have had it go out usefully, that way, than they just threw it in the trash. I'll know better next time.

      Kingsville used to be a fighter and fighterbomber base. Have they changed it to patrol planes? Or do women fly fighters in the Navy now? I guess I shouldn't be surprised if they do.

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  9. Ragnar Benson was the pen name of Larry Grupp from Moscow Idaho. Larry has regrettably passed away awhile back.

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    1. I have a friend who actually knew Grupp, but he hasn't mentioned him in a long time. Sorry to hear he has passed away. Seems like a lot of people I enjoy reading are no longer around. Just like music. All the old guys who were the great musicians in the 60's and 70's are passing on, and the new musicians, especially those that think they are country singers, are worthless. There are no Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr, Whalen Jennings, people like that, left now except Willy Nelson. And he's probably dead too.

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  10. I think I'd enjoy the viking show. We're pretty limited with what we watch though. Just not a lot of time, no cable either.

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    1. You would like watching Vikings with your husband. It's not a show for kids the age of yours, though. I love the show. I'm one of those annoying people who get really disenchanted with a television show or movie if historical inaccuracies or anomalies with the sets or equipment show up. Vikings is not only well written, it's very accurate. I guess I should expect that from the History Channel, even with the sad state it's gotten into.

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  11. Harry,

    Sorry to hear about your old radio. I would query the internet for old radio clubs, they may have someone who can fix your radio.

    I would be worried as well if there's all kinds of smoke outside and around your home. Be careful,stay safe, and continue keeping an eye out for wild fires.

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    1. Sandy, we need some rain or these fires will never end. It wears on the nerves and then there's the smoke, which is awful. Just have to ride it out.

      I wish someone would open up a radio and television repair shop within driving distance but I think those are a thing of the past now. We have a ham radio club here, but I don't know any of them well enough to ask.

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  12. What's wrong with the radio, and what model is it?

    I might be able to help.....

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  13. It's a strange set up. The radio has to run off the AC adaptor. It's got a D cell in it for backup, and works fine with the battery, but it drains a new battery in two days even if it's turned off and even if all the alarms are turned off. It's an old radio, a Midland model 74-200. I think I have been saying Motorola but it's a Midland.

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    1. Most likely has some failing capacitors. I downloaded the manual for it, and it says it takes a 9V battery?
      If you consider it "unusable", you can send it to me and I'd be more than happy to take a look at it.

      No charge, of course.

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    2. Dr. Jim. It's Saturday, 19 November here today. I called Victoria at Midway and they had not thrown the radio away yet. She said they tried "reset" and that she "hooked up a couple of cables to it" and it still wouldn't work. So I asked her to send it back to me.

      I think it is just a short , because for a long time it would work, then the cats would bump up against it, and I would wiggle the power cable and it would work.

      When I get it back I will contact you and send it out to you. If you can't fix it, I'll give it to my friends boy and he can pull it apart. I appreciate you being willing to look at it for me.

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