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

Ariel Durant

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Red Wolves, Sources in High Places.


 Had a serenade from our wolves last night.  The state began reestablishing a population of Red Wolves up here some years back. The animals are coming  back and doing well. The "seed" wolves came from the Florida panhandle. Red Wolves were natives here until the 1920's when they were finally wiped out by hunters.

My dogs don't like them at all. I went out on the porch, and both dogs were all bristled up and growling. I wonder why that is?  Wolves and dogs had the same common ancestor, eons ago.

Maybe it's because dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years and identify more with humans than with the wolves now. Who knows.



 The ferrets sure don't like the wolves, or coyotes either. When those howls start up, both ferrets come boiling out of the snuggy bag, run around behind the bureau in my bed room, and climb into a drawer from behind.

It's the equivalent of a ferret bunker, and they stay in there a good long while after the wolf or coyote singing lets up.

Just as with black bears, we have a problem here with poachers killing the animals. If I hear shooting up in the national forest at night, I give DNR a call.  Most poachers work at night because DNR has gotten to be pretty good at catching these worthless individuals in daylight. The DNR uses four wheel drive vehicles and a helicopter to run them down.



Yesterday,  NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN all carried "Russian Hackers invaded DNC computers to influence election" as their lead story.  The Talking Heads said "A source high in the intelligence community " indicated that "the intelligence community" had proof of this heinous behavior. Of course, "a high source " could be the janitor on the top floor, but hey, it sounds good. All this BS was presented as absolute fact.

But this morning, both the Director of the FBI and the "National Intelligence  Chairman" (whoever the hell that is) said that there is no proof whatsoever of these allegations. MSM is still using "the Big Lie" theory. Anything to disrupt the transition to the Trump presidency, especially if it can be used as an excuse for the devastating losses suffered by the "Dims" and their Moon Bat legions in the election.



I caught a segment on CBS with John McCain calling the President of Russia a "thug, a murderer, and a butcher."


I respect Senator McCain for his military service, but he's clearly getting senile. He's also very bitter about how his career has gone lately, and the man has long been known for being obstreperous. Lately he's been a real loose cannon. I hope he retires soon before he does something really embarrassing.

I wonder who Putin is supposed to be murdering?  The Chechens?   The Al Qaeda groups in Syria?
If so , I say "roll on, Putin" as the Brits put it.


The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnel, came out on television yesterday to give a news conference damning Russia.   "Russia is not our friend" he said, looking into the cameras with that myopic, deer in the headlights appearance he's famous for.  Until this last year, I was a die hard Republican, always voted Republican since I was old enough to vote. But now, I'm not a Republican, and seeing old Mitch out there made me so glad of it. 

As long as the "old guard" are running the show, Russia won't be our friend and who can blame them.  The Russians must get tired of being blamed for everything that goes wrong here. 



I know almost nobody follows any of this stuff anymore. But I seem to have a death wish in this regard. I watch the MSM, and one day, I'll stroke out or have a heart attack and  that will be it.

If I do have a stroke, my insurance won't be much help.


My son had two root canals this month.  You can't get a price from a dentist before the work is done, so you write a blank check, in effect.

The endodontist submitted a bill for $2,500.00 for the two root canals.  My son's insurance has a maximum benefit of $1200.  But there are "deductions" and "copayments" and "coinsurance." And, there were no "in network" dentists in his area.  So, the insurance paid for $600 of the bill, and I am paying the rest.

But it gets better. As my son came out of the endodontists office, they gave him his "follow up care" plan. Among other things, it said both teeth had to be crowned "immediately."

Ok.  Rush over to another dentist who does crowns.  Two crowns cost $2,800. Unless you use the super cheap materials and do it all over again in ten years. If you do that you can save about $600 bucks. So, we went the higher price.  The insurance tells us they will pay "about $600" on that bill, since his $1200 worth of benefits will be used up then.

The dentist who did the crowns said he could put temporary fillings on the teeth at the cost of about $300, then take the fillings out in January when the insurance rolls over. We opted not to do that, as my wife and I feel my son is taking enough of a beating having  two root canals and two crowns in one week.

Paying for all of this would wipe my son out, and I have been working with him to make sure he stays away from credit cards, and saves a little every month.  My wife and I are picking up the tab. We can afford it without it being a big disruption, and I want him to keep saving and seeing his balance grow.

But I sure hope Mr. Trump can fix all these things when he scraps Obama Care. If you read this blog you will remember that in October I got royally worked over by the insurance company over a minor procedure I had done at the hospital. The doctors office, the insurance company, and the hospital all told me it was covered, then when the insurance company got the bill they wormed out of paying most of it and I had to.  

I'm more concerned about Gun Rights, Moslem immigration, Illegal Aliens, et al but this health/medical insurance sure needs a thorough revamping too.

Moving Right Along:






Does anybody know what this is?  I bought two of them in 1994, I think it was, from a gun shop down toward Dalton, Georgia.  The guy who owned it called me at work, told me he had two in, and I roared down there and bought them. I took the weird looking "thumb hole" Clinton stocks off them, and put the Choate stock on as displayed in the photo.

 At the same time, he had two of these in stock and I bought those too.



Right about that time,  I got four cases of this from a shop going out of business.




Remember the words to the Vikings theme music on History Channel?

"This will never end 'cause I want more! More, give me more, give me more!"

That's how I am with guns and ammo.

Thought for the Day:



Now that's what I call Allies.






56 comments:

  1. Hey, Yael. Good to hear from you. I don't know if they still do, after eight years of Obama, but back when I was in the Marines Sixth Fleet used to send ships into Israeli ports for liberty. One thing everybody agreed on, Israel had no shortage of good looking women.

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  2. Our coyotes often get over 100 pounds. Wolves in all but name. Actually, some of the DNA tests on those critters point to a lot of wolf crossbreeding. My dog is terrified of them. When she was a pup she saw coyotes wipe out a lot of my cousin's cats and small livestock. They couldn't get in her pen, but I bet they tried.

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    1. I think I lose the occasional chicken to coyotes but I wish they'd come in one night and get about three quarters of the flock. They'd have to use siege latters though as the chickens roost in the tops of trees.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      if you want to 'cull the herd of chicken's. Maybe set some chicken wire in a big circle with one part open. place chicken feed in the center. Let all them yardbirds flock in for food. Close the circle 'chicken wire cage' and go in for the evening and await the coyotes.

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    3. I don't want to massacre them. Then there's the fact that if coyotes came up around the house the dogs would go spastic.

      But I was thinking, I will mail about fifty of them down to you, and you can let them go in the yards of the people there you don't like. The chickens will make noise, crap on everything, get up under the house where you can't reach them and die on a hot summer day, so eventually your enemies will move away! ;-)

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  3. That appears to be a Polytech MAK-90, the stamped receiver variant. The handgun - Norinco 1911 ? The original plastic grips were pretty much crap, but those are easy to switch out for something better. They went for about $200 retail, until Clinton said 'All Chinese Firearms / Ammunition is again' the rulz!'. Then they went way up.

    The ammo - wow, lots of good memories. Sold for $40 a tin retail, less expensive if on sale. Corrosive, but if you cleaned your firearms regularly, not a biggie. Good blasting ammunition.

    Those are my best guesses.

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    1. You are right on the money on all counts! I expected someone would guess that it was a Maadi. The recievers on my Mak 90's are stamped but the reciever on my Mak91 is milled. That's a Norinco M1911A1 right enough. They were all the rage for custom gunsmiths to use as the basis of race guns, but I kept both of mine stock, with the exception of the grips which I replaced with wood grips from Sarco.

      That Norinco ammo is good stuff. I shot a lot of it that I got cheap in pawn shops, but I still have all the Norinco and alot of Czech and Yugo too.

      You're exactly right.

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    2. I remember getting an SKS and a case of ammo for $150. My UPS guy hated me.

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  4. Our dentists give us a written estimate and then send that to our insurance company before work is started. We know exactly how much dental work will cost before it is started. We don't give anyone a blank check for anything. I can't understand how voters keep reelecting McCain time after time. They are as senile as he is....same with McConnel. They are both POS lining their own pockets at taxpayer expense. Would love term limits for all congress critters.

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    1. Strange you mentioned term limits.I've never really given that issue a lot of thought but seeing McCain on tv, mumbling and staring vacantly about, that's the thought that popped into my mind. I felt badly for the guy. He should know when to quit so people don't wind up remembering him as a buffoon. He was a good naval aviator and that's what he should want to be remembered as, and not as the odious sidekick of Lindsey Graham.

      I wish we could get a price beforehand for dental work. The dentists always say they can't tell how much work will need to be done until they are actually working on you.

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    2. With todays x-ray technology, dentists know exactly what the work will entail. You are getting a run around. Also, dentists in our area have payment plans interest free if paid in a certain amount of time. Would you take your car in for major work without an estimate?

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    3. Tewshooz, I can only work with the people who are in driving distance. I can get estimates for dental work, but they aren't binding and are invariably lower than the actual cost. "I won't know for sure until we get in there" is the mantra of our dentists here.

      Actually, I have noticed my mechanic always gives me a more costly estimate than the real work comes out at. I think he is covering his rear against unexpected problems but I'd rather he did that because that way when I get the bill I always get good news. ;-)

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  5. I so sympathize with the dental work your son had to go through, and with you for the bill. We are dealing with something similar although not nearly so spendy.

    My son is diabetic. He needs insulin. Last week his doctor wrote a prescription for two types of insulin. They come in an epipen form. When he went to pick up his prescriptions, he was told the bill was nearly $900 for one month's supply. His insurance from his workplace doesn't cover any of it. The only way he can pay rent and buy meds is if he lives in a tent in the park. I'm not in a position to help.

    He called the clinic. They have a program to help pay for meds. He doesn't qualify because he has insurance. Were he uninsured, he would pay $100 month. He has other health issues. He needs the insurance. And if uninsured, the government will fine him.

    The health care system is seriously screwed up. Those who work hard to take care of themselves and stay away from government handouts are the ones who get thrown under the bus.

    Kicking my soapbox back in a corner now. :)


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    1. It's not a soapbox Vicki. These are things that really hurt people. My kids know a young man at work who is constantly going to the Emergency Room with an abscess because he has no money for dental work. Like your son, he needs medical care but can't pay for it. If he were Hispanic or black, there would be some program to help him. But white people never seem to qualify for those programs. I guess that's white privilege.

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    2. Vicki,

      My wife is diabetic and her insurance doesn't pay for the epipen styles of medicines. We went to regular insulin 70/30 (long-lasting/short-lasting) and the insurance covers that (but not the needles, go figure.)

      He needs to contact the insurance company and find out what diabetic supplies the company does cover, and make his doctor prescribe those.

      Good luck. It is a sucky situation, but stick with it and you should be able to find a working solution.

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    3. My doctor is always threatening me with diabetes, saying I am not exercising enough. Now I feel every worse about it, but I do walk every day or use the elliptical if it's cold like it is today.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I like Wolves. The sound they make is the symbol of the old west.
    Russians, Russians, Russians. They are not the problem. Our leaders are the problems. 'Cant the jackasse's at the State Department figure out the Russians are almost a 'Xenophobic State' and prefer to be left alone. They have one aircraft carrier that was made in the 1990's. How many do we have? Now they have a whole mess of subs but that's because we have a whole mess of aircraft carriers.
    The military industrial complex needs to make money and maybe if the oligarchs in the west can collapse Russia's government. Then maybe they can roll in and take Russia's natural resources.
    I can tell with confidence that work out very well. Ask any surviving members of the Whermacht that invaded Russia how that worked out for them.

    That's an AK in the picture, maybe a WASR?

    If I was younger and had more money. I would consider a getting an Israeli wife or maybe a Russian wife. 'Former military service would be a plus.

    I am intrigued by the Southwest Coast of Mexico. Puerto Escondido, and the communities north of Puerto Escondido. 80-86 degree water temps. year round, no winter. Maybe I will wind up their one day doing the Senior Expat thing. Medical and Dental all dirt cheap. Trump will slow the decline but as with Ancient Rome. Its going to hell in bucket and we are enjoying the ride.

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    1. It's a Mak 90. I was thinking nobody would identify it because it looks a lot like the Maadi, but anonymous got it right off the bat. Yours was a good guess though. Not that many Mak 90's got into the country so they are rare birds.

      I agree with you. We don't need billion dollar submarines or F 33 fighters to battle ISIS, but the big corporations and their bought and paid for politicians don't want those big fat contracts to disappear, while the unions don't want that either. So they need a Boogie Man to scare people with to keep people thinking we need those big ticket items. The Russians are about the only other strong country left so by default they get the job.

      I don't know about Mexico. People go down there and wind up in multiple plastic bags. My brother had a condo in Mazatlan until they started finding people's heads on the beach.

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    2. I was never in Russia but I hear that the women are good wives if you get a country girl. You would probably have to convert to get an Israeli wife. I'm not fussed about religious things myself, but I don't think I'd be interested in circumcision at my age. Of course you are younger so it might not be so bad. :-0

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    3. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      That circumcision joke was the laugh of the night:)

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    4. Maybe you could get a transplant, that might not hurt as much?

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  7. I think we may have a Red wolf. Hubby says it's "the biggest d--- coyote" he's ever seen. Gives us something to debate.

    Our dogs howl when the coyotes go through but they do not challenge them.

    I've taken few pictures lately. Maybe subconsciously weaning myself from blogging...not sure.

    Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

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    1. Why would you want to quit blogging? You have a good blog and your nature photos are pro level.

      Red Wolves do look like big coyotes. The first ones I ever saw, there were six of them sitting out by the truck and I thought "God Almighty, those are the biggest coyotes I ever heard of!"

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    2. on the east coast we have coywolves. the game dept says they are hybrid wolf-dog-coyote. they are apex predators and have the game dept nervous. they can flourish anywhere, adapt to anything, big enough to take down larger animals, and aren't afraid. they aren't as solitary, but can be if needed. one came up beside my house last summer, stood even with my german shepard, looked at me and meandered off, afraid of neither of us.coyotes are half his size. yes, i now go armed at all times outdoors.

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    3. I've only heard of one fatal coyote attack on humans, ever. That happened up in Canada where coyotes apparently killed a young woman who was out on a walking trail in the woods. I know coyotes can kill stock and pets.

      I have never heard of a coywolf. Maybe we don't have them here, as the Red Wolves are few in number and were entirely absent until the last decade or so.

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    4. the coywolves are decimating the dear herds in some pockets, and some farmers have had major losses to them. they sometimes kill for fun it seems, killing way more than they can eat and leaving the meat to rot. across the river from me a farmer kept a large herd of cattle safely for years. they nearly wiped out his calf season in one night. he moved the herd back on this side of the river to avoid them. they are hard to trap or hunt. they do get hit by cars though :)

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  8. My husband used to get wolves and coyotes where he grew up in Missouri. Since we live in a city we just don't hear them. About the only wild things we have are feral cats, possums, bats, owls, turkeys at times, and there has been rare sightings of bigger wild cats. I feel for them because if the wild cats are found they are shot. It gets to a point where they have no where to go.

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    1. They should not shoot the Wildcats. They could live trap them and relocate them to a big national forest, like we do with problem bears here.

      In general human beings give animals short shrift. It's a shame.

      I read Parkman's book about traveling on the frontier in the 1840's, and there were wolves all over the place back then.

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  9. Root canals are crazy expensive. My friend just had one and she has state insurance and still had to pay $1700 our of pocket.

    They say we don't have wolves here, only coyotes, but I saw one once running. Took my breath away.

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    1. They are. If my son wasn't so young, I'd have considered advising him to have the teeth pulled and replaced with bridge work, but at his age psychologically that would have been a blow. The endodontist who did the root canals told him the teeth should be ok henceforth unless he didn't take care of them.

      I see coyotes fairly often here, usually on one side of the other of the jeep trail. I hear them a lot, winter time seems to be there favorite period for coming around the house but I can hear them all through the year periodically.

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  10. I had to have a filling removed today. They cleaned out a big ole cavity that was getting close to the nerve. Thankfully it hadn't got there yet. So I had a crappy morning and now my face hurts.

    Plus side I didn't have to worry about money.


    It's a MAC-90. Chinese. Great rifles. My uncle had one back in the late 90's. The thumb hole stock looked wierd but was comfortable and western sized. He sold it after a series of bad life choices which culminated in his business collapsing and bankruptcy. Said it's the only gun he ever regretted selling.

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    1. I detest going to the dentist. I start worrying about it a week before I have to show up at the office. It's good they got to the tooth before you got the verdict it couldn't be repaired. Fillings are less painful, and as you say, less costly.

      Yep, that' the gun. I like mine, they are light and easy to operate. I have a Chinese Type 56, and strangely enough it's heavier than the MAC-90. Maybe because it has the typical wood furniture and the Choate stocks aren't too bad on weight.

      Glad to see you are still kicking.

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  11. I was going to say Mak90 but others beat me to it. Lots of those on the market back in the 90's as I recall. I think if I had a choice I would hold out for a Romanian or Bulgarian AK variant. I did like my Norinco SKS though.

    We have the Canadian gray wolf transplants here. I find their footprints up in our hills quite often. It always spooks me just a bit, especially when I hike alone.

    John McCain is just another version on Harry Reid. Good riddance.

    If the Russians are involved in our elections, then bring on the evidence! So far the FBI and CIA are at odds. I say bring it all to the table and let's take a look. No harm no foul. --Troy

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    1. We didn't get many Mac 90 rifles in the South. Back then I was pretty wired into the distribution system through Zanders, Sports South and Davidsons, because I could get the guns wholesale. I think a lot of them went to the West Coast. I got two and also a Mak91, so I guess I should be satisfied.

      The Gray Wolves are a big more intimidating than the Red Wolves, who are a lot smaller and not aggressive. Personally I think it's a good thing to have the wolf populations restored, but I know there will be howls of anger (good pun, huh?) for my having said that.

      McCain has just hung on too long. Now he's the butt of jokes, a favorite for CNN to trot out when they need to make the Republicans look foolish. Not that the Republicans need any help doing that.

      CBS was playing the same old BS story last night about the CIA saying the Russians hacked the Dims. Not a word about the fact that the CIA has now come out and said that the report they had proof of this was not true, and the FBI has said it's "just a story."

      I notice MSM does two things to substantiate their made up news. One, they quote "sources high in the xxxx community" but don't identify them. The other thing they do is bring out these overweight, garish tie guys from some "think tank" which no one has ever heard of, and have them "validate" the news story. Neither system is very impressive.

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  12. Thanks Harry. I learned a new word today-obstreperous. I looked the word up and yep-it is a good word to describe McCain. He needs to go. I just got through getting some dental work done today, incuding a crown. My dentist checked with my insurance and then gave me an itemized price list upfront of what insurance would pay and what I would be billed for. My dental insurance is not very good, but thankfully, we had enough saved to pay for the dental work. It is hard on young people who are trying to get ahead. We helped my daughter and son-in-law with their dental bills also. Glad you were able to help your son. Jana

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    1. Jana, you are lucky that you can go into the thing knowing what it will cost. My insurance, which is the Georgia State Employee version of Ameritas, let's you look up "the estimated cost" of a procedure but it's not a guarantee and every time I've done it, there have been wild discrepancies, always in favor of higher costs than predicted.

      Sorry you had to go through that, I know how painful it is. Both during the operation and afterwards, it's miserable. My son had two done one after the other, I really felt badly for him.

      I don't see how young people get by today. It's a bleak future even for those that have decent jobs at the moment. I saw two news articles that accentuated this fact, this week. One said that my son belongs to the first generation of Americans where he will probably earn less than his father did. The other said that the average life expectancy for Americans has fallen again.

      I keep waiting for things to get better. Maybe they will.

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  13. I agree with you on John McCain, I really respect his military service and what he went through as a POW, but I think it is time for him to go and enjoy life. He has served his country for a long time, but there has to be an end. I saw a news clip of him tonight, yes he needs to go. We are in the process of switching dentists as out current practice is dropping our insurance out of network. There are two white coats I don't like, Doctors and dentist.

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    1. That's how it is. I don't dislike the man, even though I cringe at some of the things he says and some of his behavior. It must be hard to know when it's time to hang up the tie and start wearing flannel shirts. He's served the country well, and he really should just take some time for himself now. He's old enough that if he doesn't do it soon he might not get to.

      I thought about dropping our dental insurance, because it costs so much and pays so little. I am looking for something better. Dentists and Doctors are people I'd as soon avoid. I hate being in a situation where I have so little control over what happens, and with people I really don't know or trust.

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  14. It is laughable that the Dems are blaming Putin for hacking the elections and trying to help Trump win. Plainly stated Trump winning does not help Putin one iota as one of the cornerstones of Trump's campaign was energy independence. And if successful that means the price of oil will drop even further and Putin will be in even worse dire straits than he already is. Putin would have benefited from a Hildabeast win as she would be quite happy to continue subsidizing the rag heads in the middle east to keep the oil price artificially high. Besides Putin has all of Hitlery's emails whay back since before the Benghazi fiasco and could easily blackmail her and bend her to his will. So the argument that Putin influenced the election to help Trump win does not hold water. Further more those insinuating that the Trump win was due to help from Putin are the same ones who four years ago chastised Palin when she said the Russians were not our friends. And they accuse Russia of hacking in to"the elections" as they say when the Russians and everyone else actually hacked the Hildabeast's communication because she made it possible by using an unapproved insecure server to hide her criminal pay for play shenanigans while at the state dept. Putin is not a nice guy at all, but in this case Hitlery and her minions are trying to do the same thing to him they did to that guy that made the video that no one had ever seen and she blamed for the murder of ambassador Stevens. The whole argument that Putin influenced the election is absurd and makes no sense at all. Do read Masha Gessen's book "The Man Without a Face" if you want to know who Puttin really is.

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    1. I know Putin is a hard man. But it takes a hard man to protect a country today. Personally, I'm not going to shed any tears over terrorists and if Trump wants to have our operatives do whatever is necessary I'm all for it. So I may be less susceptible to wringing my hands over something Putin does than some folks are. After 8 years of having a poofter like Obama for President, I find Trump and Putin to be a breath of fresh air when it comes to attitudes.

      As you say, none of the "blame Russia" makes sense to anyone who thinks about it. The "Dims" are living up to their standard operating procedure, in assuming that no one who thinks is out there, other than themselves. And it's easy to blame Russia for anything you want to, since most Americans living today grew up afraid of Russia and being told Russia was our number one threat. In those days, it was. I just don't see it that way today. Russia did not blow up the World Trade Center.

      I concur with your comment, it summed the whole thing up better than I have been able to do.

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  15. Very few folks I've known who had root canals considered them worth the money or an especially worthwhile bother. The tooth never lasts as long as they say and eventually has to be pulled anyway.I think a person is generally better off getting the tooth pulled and getting a partial.

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    1. Might be, Georges. It's kind of hard on a young man to have that done, though. If these teeth last him ten years, he will be better prepared for that eventuality than he is now.

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    2. I agree with Gorges Smythe. Earlier this year, I had a broken tooth that one dentist was committed to install a cap. Needed a titanium anchor screw, wait a couple of weeks then install the cap. He did admit that the remaining tooth was a little brittle and 'might' require future work. Cost - $3200. He also mentioned a bridge, but I've heard too many horror stories about those too.

      I decided to just get it pulled. $130 and done. Top molar just ahead of my wisdom tooth, I haven't missed it at all. Just get a bit of food stuck there - a quick mouth rinse and its good to go.

      I hope your kid's procedure goes well.

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    3. My wife has the choice of a bridge or an "implant." The dentist told us we had to do one or the other as she cant' have a gap in her teeth without ill effect. You haven't had any problems with having a gap? I have been told there is little chance of an implant working in her case, so that just leaves a bridge.

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    4. I had asked about teeth shifting because I've heard the same thing. He told me that teeth rarely shift to the rear, and that in my case, would be very unlikely to become an issue. That was why I decided to go in that direction.

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  16. You Americans eat too much sugar, so the teeth get spoiled up from an early age .

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    1. We do. Too much processed food and we drink too much soda. I know I do, anyway.

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  17. okay, i have to do it.....the chetchens were our friends until 911 and never went full tard until bush sold them out for putins help with the taliban. we were arming and protecting them up to that point and they had little other choice. putin went in with a vengeance and when the fighters took to the hills and still clobbered the russian army from there putin murdered everybody they could find in grozny, men, women, children. only then did the chetchens turn to the mullahs for help saving their country and culture. the main mullah, a red beard supposedly polish character basically took over the fight pushing the native chetchens out of the way and ushering in terrorist tactics. we sold them out, like we have the kurds, montenyards and so many more allies over the years. as soon as the fighting is over in syria we'll again sell out the kurds, and the poor syrians hillary convinced to fight assad to begin with, which in turn got taken over by isil.

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    1. Well, the Mujahadin were our "allies" while Russia was in Afghanistan, but I doubt many people remember that in view of what happened in the aftermath of that war. Osama ben Lauden was our de facto "allie" while he was fighting the Russians. But I don't think that made these guys our friends. We used them and they used us. It was always a marriage of convenience.

      The Chetchens are a very brutal people, and the Russians have less restraints on them than we do. You know all the idiotic "rules of engagement" we always labor under. A war between Russia and Chetchnya was bound to be no holds barred, like the French and the Spanish in the Napoleonic Wars.

      Grozny. The Chechens touted the city as a "new Stalingrad" and promised the Russians would drown in blood there. The Russians resorted to siege warfare, serious bombardment and "reconnaissance by fire". That kills a lot of people but the premise is" better a lot of them than a few of us." I can think of some of the Western allies who use the same tactic. After the first Russo-Chechen war ended in August of 1996, more than 500,000 people of other than Chechen ethnicity were run out of the country by the new Chechen government.

      The Second Chechen war began when Chechnya was invaded by the so called Muslim International Brigade, an outfit organized by Islamists along the lines of the "foreign fighters" so favored by Al Qaeda. That was a bad one too, but how could it not be considering the players?

      There is little loyalty on any nation's part towards bit players who are useful at the moment and not useful later. Even reputable nations get the glad hand and then the kick in the ass from their big power patrons. Israel comes to mind, having been dumped by the French, and then by the U.S. under Obama.

      It's always been that way. I like Victorian British Military History and that was their standard modus operandi the entire time they were building and then maintaining the empire. I don't approve of dumping your little allies when you don't need them anymore, but it happens.

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  18. i got to know some of the real chechen fighters in bosnia. they were a good lot. what happened to them and so many others that did our bidding only to be dumped for expediency angers me to no end. guess i need to get over it, or become one. since allah offends my sensibilities even more, that won't happen. but i wonder who is going to help us when when we need it.

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    1. There are always some good people in whatever group you are discussing. Lots of people who were National Socialists in Germany were not at all bad, and just joined up to keep their jobs, etc. It's always difficult to discuss things that require using a broad brush. When I hear "Chechen" I think Beslan, the Moscow Opera, the Baltimore Bombing, etc.

      Anybody that's trusts a Democracy for a long term resolution of an issue is going to be sadly disappointed. Even if the party currently in power is for plan X, the other party will oppose it for no better reason than that.

      I don't know the answer to the last thought. Probably, nobody.

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    2. aye, beslan was a terrible act. but then, it was after we sold them down the river and the red beard took over. even then, many of the perpetrators were widows and mothers of those murdered by the russians. i have made my say, i will mention it no more. merry Christmas to you and yours my friend.

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    3. You are probably on the FBI watch list now as a terrorist sympathizer. But I am sure I'm on it as a dangerous pro Russian subversive, so if they come to get me you may have time to flee into the forest! ;-)

      Hope you have a good one. I always figure we owe ourselves a little time without worrying about anything and Christmas is as good a time as any.

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  19. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    check this out https://laststandonzombieisland.com/tag/chinese-yak-cavalry/

    All jokes aside I think that Chinese Yak Cavalry is a great idea. 'Carving roads in the region would be expensive and after every winter, recurving out roads would be even more expensive to maintain in the long run. Yaks don't need gasoline or diesel and don't make engine noise or exhaust. In all seriousness. I would not want to be on foot at 13.000 feet in altitude lumping gear around and Yaks have adapted to that altitude.
    Sometimes the old way of doing things is the best way to do things.

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    1. I don't think people ride Yaks but I could be wrong. Let me take a look at the link.

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