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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Watching events from the Olympian Heights.

There's a lot going on today.  Not up here on the mountain top, but in the world in general.

First, the Iranians have successfully tested a ballistic missile. Now, Obama and the U.N. both thought they had an agreement with Iran not to build ballistic missiles. But the Iranians say "not so!" and they also say the missile is for delivering a conventional warhead. Note that this is not a tactical, or battlefield weapon. A ballistic missile has only one purpose, it's a strategic weapon for destroying strategic targets. Like cities.







The Owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, a bizarre little gnome named Jeff Bezos, has announced he will use his money to support the Attorney General of Washington State in a suit to prevent the new vetting procedures of the government from continuing to be implemented. Mr. Bezos does not believe in countries or borders, and is willing to use his billions to bring his world vision to fruition. He is also investing in interstellar travel and a few other interesting things. His grasp of the real world seems to be somewhat limited, but then, he doesn't have to live in it like we do.







Not to be outdone, the CEO of Starbucks has announced he will create 10,000 new jobs, but they will only be available to "refugees" from the 7 countries effected by the new border control procedures. I guess all the Americans on the welfare roles are not particularly important to him. They aren't Moslems, so who cares?





The new Supreme Court Nominee will be announced tonight. The Democrats don't know who it is yet but have pronounced him unsuitable and vowed to prevent him from being confirmed anyway.  Can they do that? Well, yes, if they get enough Republican Quislings like McCain and Graham to join them, or if they filibuster and McConnell lacks the manhood to use the nuclear option and stop the filibuster.

Of course, it could be a lot worse. Better to be going through the grind of putting up with the Democrats and their temper tantrums than  living  through an alternative history where Shrillery won.




I got a letter from my mom today.  She's a little old lady who lives in a college town in Oregon. Lots of old people write letters to the editor of the local newspaper, and my mother is one of them. She's got a sharp mind, even if she is 88 now, and it makes her feel like she is still participating in the life of the country. My sister is 59, a retired teacher and she lives in the same town. She's been a member of their local Republican organization for some years now.

Here's what the letter said:

"The climate against Republicans is so strong here, I don't dare write a letter to the editor because they make you give your address and I don't want to be vandalized or worse. Bev (my sister) probably won't go to the county fair or state fair with our group to set up a table with brochures, etc .  She doesn't want a lot of , what is the word, vitriol flung at her and I don't blame her."


Unfortunately, this is a college town she lives in, and if you write a letter to the paper that offends the college "activists" you can get your tires cut, rocks through your front window, etc.  As the old Hank Williams Jr. song says "Welcome to the USA today."



On a more uplifting note, I ran across some good post apocalyptic fiction books you might enjoy. you can buy them as digital books, or as paperbacks.

A.R. Shaw

The author is A.R. Shaw.  I knew a woman wrote the books as soon as I started reading them, because women invariably concentrate more on the story line and less on details, while men tend to go into great detail about equipment, weapons, etc and let the story line slip for awhile.

The first post apocalyptic fiction authors were almost all men.  Think Rawles and his series of books, or T.C. Sherry and his "Deep Winter" series.   David Crawford wrote the classic "Lights Out." All these books were entertaining but could also be used as survivalist manuals.

Now there are a good many women  writing post apocalyptic fiction and a lot of it, like these four books, is excellent reading. For one thing, Shaw doesn't follow the standard formula where you have a strong leader figure, and the story orbits around him. This series of books tells a wider story, and it's a plausible one. It's something that could really take place.








There are so many self published books out there now it's hard to know how to choose a new one.  I look to see how many stars the books have, and how many reviews. I also look to see if it's available in paperback.  Few books get into paperback that haven't done extremely well as a digital book first in the survivalist milieu.

These books are out in paperback, they got an average rating of 4.5 on a scale of one to five (five being great, one being awful.) They also had over 300 reviews, which is hefty.


I don't want to give anything away and be a spoiler, but I'll say that I enjoyed these very much. If you have some time on your hands (like me) you may want to read them.



Thought for the Day:









And in conclusion:


Ceterum autem censeo  Shepard Smith esse delendam



30 comments:

  1. I will look for those books. There are a lot of apocalyptic books coming out recently.

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    1. If you come across any good ones, let me know. I went through these pretty fast. I like the big books, like "Deep Winter" that take a while to read, but most of what I can find today is shorter stories, like these.

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  2. a carrier group just left headed to the med, supposedly. i can almost smell the cruise missiles warming up for iran....as doc would say "their hypocrisy knows no bounds". i'm finding a sense of foreboding like none other today from all around the net. making me nervous too. everybody says they have had about all they are gonna take. what little spark will set the long overdue reckoning afire i have no idea. problem with fires is they seldom go the direction they were meant to go. the libs even want to play now. well, in my little space we'll be ready to douse it with plentiful 5.56 among others. maybe they just need to be taught a little respect and humility, the poor misguided souls....as to the brits, let em brit. buzzards gotta eat, same as worms. sic semper tyrannis, and remember, "rally on the virginins".

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    1. "There stands Jackson like a stone wall..." General Bee, First Manassas.

      It does seem the pot is boiling. I can think of a scenario where it might blow up. If a big pro President Trump rally were held, and there was an attempt to interfere with it, then some snowflakes might get killed. And if that happened, and there were big protest over it, a lot more of them might get killed. It just needs a spark and all the pent up anger and frustration normal people feel right now would explode.

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    2. i can see a much darker scenario. like what if the prez was assassinated and the libs all came out to celebrate but were met with deplorables in large numbers. could get ugly, and once the pent up rage broke it would be hard to limit the carnage.

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    3. If that happened, I'd go down to the park and ride with my AK47 and a couple of cans of 7.62x39. I am sure there would be plenty of pick up trucks leaving for ATL loaded with stalwarts who have been itching for payback for a very long time. Once something like you have postulated happens the explosion of rage would be volcanic. We're tired of their s##t.

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  3. I looked up these books, and I just can't afford to pay $39 for a book. Even if it is 600+ pages long. For the 3
    books in the series, that is $120. For the short stories by A R Shaw, the 4 of them in the series comes to about $45 and they are only 220 pages long +/-. I hate paying more than $10 for a book that is less than 350 pages long. I don't own a kindle, I like to turn the pages of the paper, and know that I have a book I can re-read.

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    1. Something is out of whack.The books are $3.99 each for the digital versions and something like $10.00 each for paperback on Amazon. Of course you have to hold your nose to buy from Amazon but if I can do it almost anyone can. They are on my s##t list but if I want something badly enough I will buy from them.

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    2. Oops. I see you meant the other books I mentioned. Some of those are expensive, but your library can order them for you at no cost.

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    3. People who love the U.S. should avoid Starbucks because of that policy stated above. To put refugees above countrymen who have EARNED their citizenship is beyond idiotic.

      There is a Kindle book named THE TRAIL, written by Arturo Longoria. It is set in post apocaplyptic southern Texas, a slow collapse of society occurring before.

      I enjoyed reading it and recommend it. About 150 pages, more or less on Kindle.

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    4. I don't do Starbucks for a number of reasons. One, it's long had the odious reputation as a Unicorn outfit. But there's also the fact that it's absurdly expensive. I can get a good cup of coffee at McDonalds for sixty four cents if I'm willing to admit to being a senior. My son does drink Starbucks though. I told him they are a bunch of twinks but he says he still likes the coffee. I guess it's like me buying books from Amazon, when I detest the CEO of Amazon.

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  4. Huh...I went and straightened out the ol ammo stash this past weekend. I was hoping the tensions would ease some post election, but I was wrong. I really deeply hope the frickin Commies don't push things to the breaking point, but I am beginning to wonder.God help us all.

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    1. God help the snowflakes, moon bats, and assorted Democrat minions and offshoots. I've had it to the gills with them. Like the ancient kings in the bronze age middle east, I say "come, let us fight."

      When my old mother is afraid in her own home because the piss ants are terrorizing people who voted for President Trump, I am ready to settle things once and for all.

      You did well to check your ammo supply. If it comes to the hair pulling and nut cutting, the government will stop the sale of ammo immediately. Once that happens, the Red State people will probably only have enough ammo on hand for two or three years of sustained attitude adjustments. :-)

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  5. I started Shaw's first book a few weeks ago hit a slow plot and haven't finished yet. Will have to go back and finish. Women are doing a better job of being realistic in apocalyptic fiction than when they first started. I read to many unicorn and rainbow survival stories by women for a few years.
    The owners of Starbucks and Amazon need to remember conservatives choose how and with who we spend our money. It used to be a cardinal sin in business to discus religion or politics.

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    1. Gary, the first one starts out slow and at first the protagonist seems like a metrosexual, but read on, it's going to get better fast.

      I read some of those you are talking about. I bought one that was entitled "The Pulse" and was supposed to be about EMP. But it was just a romance novel. I was really aggravated because I read the whole thing expecting it to get better and it never did.

      Those two pimps running Starbucks and Amazon are so rich they don't care who they make angry. Couple that with the fact they have no knowledge at all of the real world and that makes them truly dangerous.

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  6. Neil Gorsuch...such a great pick for SC.

    When large companies like the ones you mention get into bed with identity politics, they can kiss their profits good bye. Look what happened to the NFL's ratings after Kolin Kapernick's black lives matter debacle.

    Your mom is wise to practice a little operational security. It's a tinderbox out there. --Troy

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    1. He's an originalist so the Dimwits are going to hate him. I can see Schumer making another tearful appearance and wetting his drawers to boot over this. Now if we can get him confirmed, and that senile old hag Ginsberg will have the decency to finally die , things are looking up.

      The very idea that my old mom is afraid to write a letter to the editor, and my sister is afraid to go sit at her little Republican booth at the fair tells me things are much closer to the flash point than I knew. I'm about ready for something to set it off. If these bastards want to use violence, it's ok with me. But it works both ways. For too long they've had it all their way.

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  7. Harry,

    We live outside of a college town ourselves, totally understand why your Mom won't list her address when writing a letter to the editor.

    Harry, have you read the book series by A. American? It a survivalist series. My husband has enjoyed this series so far.

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    1. There have been some really ugly things happen there in Oregon. It almost reminds me of being in college during the Viet Nam War, although the attacks and harrassment are now directed towards Trump supporters and not the military.

      I read the first three books of that series. Do you remember Sci Fi chick and her bacon and eggs blog? She had a little give away thing, like you just did, and I won and got the three books. I liked them. But she died right after that. She was a good writer, and a nice person, and I enjoyed her blog a lot.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    This whole situation with Iran now makes me smile and think of my favorite charactors in 'Dr Strangelove or how I've learned to Love the Bomb' (the full title) at least I know Gen. Mattis will protect our precious bodily fluids from Iranian fluoride.

    I gotta find the sarcasm and humor in the entire situation.

    if the ballon goes up. 'Oh well. Nothing I can do to stop it nor can I go back in time to warn every president since Carter to warn them and tell them that the Iranian nightmare would be going on for almost 40 years and someone needed to do something early on.

    As per the moonbats in Oregon. Tell your family Harry to just go along with everything and pretend to hate Trump if asked in public.
    There were a great many hidden Christians in Spain during the Moorish occupation that practice Christianity in secret. There are a great many more stories of people who survived only because on the outside they followed the party line, but on the inside they where opposite of the party line. If your family wants to stay in Oregon. They may have to stay secret conservatives.

    As per Atlanta. If everything falls apart. Atlanta will make 'Stalingrad in the winter of 1943' look like a cakewalk. Sometimes its just best stay away of all the bad guys and let them eat each other.

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    1. It would be almost impossible for anyone in my family to deny being conservative, although they might tell the Grand Inquisitor it was none of his business. My brother T would punch somebody in the face for that kind of thing, and my brother R would just walk off. My mom and my sister, I am sure, would tell anyone pushing on that they didn't want to discuss it. I think it's probably not a good idea to be running around with Trump stickers on your car though, especially after I watched a Youtube video about people stealing Trump signs and things like that. Lots of back stabbers out there. It's like me with a Confederate Flag sticker on my Jeep. I would not drive the Jeep into Chattanooga or Atlanta anymore, because things have gotten to such a pitch that it would be inviting an attack. Especially when you get into "de hood."

      The North Koreans already had a ballistic missile that would reach the West Coast, and since the Iranains bought most of their technology from the North Koreans I'm sure it comes as no real surprise to anyone they have a ballistic missile now. The U.N. is acting all surprised that the Iranians built one, but it's all play acting. They knew they were doing it. And I notice Obama hasn't had a lot to say about the news. "Peace in Our Time" wasn't it?

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  9. my apocalyptic fiction is a bit low in my home library, after I get done reading some O'Reilly stuff I might have to start that A.R Shaw series.....looks pretty good.

    I am excited over the Gorsuch pick, I think he will be a good addition to the court, bet Sodomayer and Kagan are peeing their pants right now, I hope if Trump has to make another pick its a conservative black woman, I keep hoping for Judge Jeannie but i don't think she has enough of the qualifications.

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    1. I enjoyed the books. They weren't the best I ever read, but far from the worst. And they weren't expensive since I got them on Kindle.

      Judge Gorsuch seems an outstanding selection to me, but since the Democrats are trying to shut the government down by not confirming any of President Trumps nominations for cabinet positions, Fox says it may be this summer before Gorsuch even comes up for a vote.

      I can't think of any conservative black female judges out there with the time on the bench and the credentials, but there may be some I just haven't heard of.

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    2. they are going to drag his vote out and make everyone's lives a living hell in the process... The one thing I like the best was a picture after Trump introduced Gorsuch, all the powers that be were in a circle holding hands and saying a prayer....I don't know when was the last time that happened in the White House.

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  10. harry, iran backed suicide bombers attacked what they thought was an american destroyer in the gulf a couple days ago(media blackout). a more successful attack could change everything in a flash, pun intended. stay frosty my friend.

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    1. I saw the video of the terrorists hooting and hollering and "Allah Akhbar'ing" when they hit the Saudi frigate. I remember in October last, the same bunch of idiots attacked an American frigate near there, but the frigate got the incoming missiles with mini-guns. When Obama was President, these third world anal warts could get away with anything, but I think they'll be sorry if they try that kind of thing now.

      I also say that we lost a helicopter and a SEAL operating in the same area. That didn't get a lot of coverage, either. But they apparently whacked a good number of terrorists in the bargain.

      Every day now, I get up, fix my coffee before sunrise, and I wonder, when I turn on the news, what I'm going to hear. You couldn't pay me to go to the Superbowl on a bet. I'm staying away from large gatherings. Not that I haven't for the last 32 years anyway... ;-)

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    2. roger on the large gatherings, not just for safety but sanity sake.... they lost an osprey, hard landing. its been plagued by poor handling since inception. killed a lot of pilots. they say flying it is like trying to control a crash for the whole flight...i'll say a prayer for your kids tonight.

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    3. The Osprey was just coming on line when I left the Marines in 1986. I've never actually seen one fly. I know it had a bad teething period and was grounded many times after fatal accidents. Helicopters are dangerous enough, but the Osprey looks like a death trap to me.

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  11. I've already boycotted Starbucks, but not because of who they plan on hiring. I could care less about that. I think their coffee is bitter tasting, and too damn expensive!

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    1. Alissa, what bothers me is that at a time when people were in dire need of jobs, Starbucks did not hire. But now, they can snap their fingers and create 10,000 jobs for people not from this country, who don't speak the language, and shouldn't be here at all. I have never been a fan of theirs because their coffee is too expensive and it seems to draw a crowd of poofters.

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