It’s (finally) a done deal.

After over 6 months of wailing and gnashing of teeth and trying to get title issues resolved, we finally closed today on the purchase of our secret remote hideaway at an undisclosed location.

It’s going to take a lot of cleaning up and effort but I think this is a good move in the long run. The site already has electric, a well and a septic system. They haven’t been used in a while and need to be inspected and possibly repaired, but that’s a lot cheaper than installing them new.

There’s a natural spring on the property so we have access to fresh water even if the power is out. Plenty of trees for firewood, plenty of wildlife, some good spots for a garden and a lot for chickens, sheep, maybe a cow. I’ve even already got a spot picked out to clear so I can plant some fruit trees.

The idea is for it to be our emergency escape/camping/hunting/recreational area for now, but to ultimately build our retirement home (preferably a log cabin on a basement, but in a pinch we could even tote a house trailer up there).

I don’t want to put up too many pictures lest I give away the secret location, but here’s the view from the spot where the house will likely go. (click to make bigger)

Here’s from the woods about half-way up to the ridgeline. There’s a nice spot up here for a getaway campsite.

Finally, down in the holler, there’s a little tiny pond (maybe 8 or 10 feet across) fed by the spring.

We’re very excited.

There’s a bunch of trash and stuff that needs to be picked up, it doesn’t look recent, but it looks like someone has been using it as a party spot in the past. So, the first order of business will be to put up a fence with no trespassing signs all along the road frontage and then get the trash cleaned up. I’ll probably put up some trail cameras to “keep an eye” on the place when we’re not there. Hopefully that’ll help. For now there’s nothing really up there to steal, I just don’t want people in there throwing around more trash and having to waste more time cleaning up over and over again.

I get 15 vacation days a year so I’m planning on taking one three day weekend a month to head over there to camp, recreate and get some work done. That leaves me a few extra days per year for contingencies.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share the big news. Yea for us.


So here’s what seems odd to me…

During the “height” of the pandemic late last year and into early this year, several people I personally knew came down with the Wuhan China Virus. Probably 10 or 11 people. All have since recovered.

So, now we’re being told that things are terrible, the case numbers for the past few weeks have been almost as bad as during the height of last winter, the hospitals are overwhelmed by the unvaccinated and people OD’ing on horse dewormer. The only thing that can save us is if everyone gets the shots along with boosters at least every year for the rest of our lives.

But I don’t know a single person who’s actually come down with the Kung Flu since early in the year.

I’m not saying there aren’t people getting sick, it just seems odd to me that I don’t know any of them. Why aren’t any of the people I know catching it?

I wish I had a bigger readership now just because I’d like to get other people’s takes on it…do you know anyone who’s had it recently? Were they vaxxed or unvaxxed? Did they end up in the hospital?

I know that wouldn’t be evidence of anything either way, it’s just struck me as weird when it occurred to me that I haven’t personally known anyone who’s been sick in several months.


EDC Knife

J.KB over at the Gun Free Zone has a post up today about people asking to borrow one of his knives.

When I lived in Chicagoland, my redneck self was usually the only person with a knife so colleagues and coworkers would ask to borrow mine.

I don’t live in Chicago, but also being a repurposed redneck, I live in a city full of dependent urban dwellers who’s idea of being prepared is having their AAA membership paid up and their apartment maintenance guy on speed dial.

I left a comment but it started to wander off into a review of what I carry everyday; it got too long for a comment so I decided to bring it over here.

My comment was regarding the fact that it seems to be the very people who “poke fun” at me for always carrying a knife are the very ones who ask to borrow it constantly.

I mentioned that although I own many knives, I only carry one routinely, and that’s what almost led me down the rabbit hole of discussing my EDC knife. Here’s the part that I decided to move over here:

I have lots of knives for various different things, and I may carry more than one of them with me when I’m engaging in specific activities, but I really only have one “EDC” knife that I always have with me.

I have a very specific way I like to carry my knife: I like it clipped to the inside of my strong hand front pocket with the blade down and the back forward. This allows me to pull it out of the pocket and it’s ready to deploy without having to change my grip.

This sounds simple, except that I’m left handed and there aren’t a lot of knife makers who cater to it. Most of them only offer clip positions intended for point up or point down carry in the right pocket. For that reason, my choices are a little limited.

The one I’ve found and like the most is the Kershaw Cryo 2. Yes, I know the blade is Chinese and I admit it doesn’t hold an edge for long…the upside is that it does sharpen easily and I can get it back to razor sharpness in a couple of minutes using my stones and a strop. Even one of those ceramic “v” sharpeners work reasonably well in restoring the edge and that only takes a few seconds.

It’s all steel so it’s extremely durable and it’s inexpensive enough that I don’t concern myself with carrying it every day and abusing the blade by using it in situations for which it was never intended. If I lose it somewhere (which I’ve done more than once) or bend or break the blade (which I’ve never had an issue with so far), no big deal, I can get another one for less than $40.

I’d be a lot more reticent to really use the blade as a general use tool if I had $200 into the knife.

Other than the blade steel that’s softer than I’d like, the only other downside is that it’s an “assisted opening” knife which some states consider a switchblade and will arrest you for, so you’ve got to be careful when traveling and carry an alternative if you’re leaving free America.

A good alternative non-assisted opening knife is the Spyderco Tenacious. It uses the same Chinese steel as the Cryo 2 for the blade but the clip can be mounted in any of the four possible positions so it will work for me. It’s quite a bit more expensive than the Cryo 2 ($52 vs $32 on Amazon) but still relatively inexpensive. It’s also lighter having G10 handle scales rather than being all steel. The reason I’d choose the Cryo 2 for my main EDC is that I prefer the assisted opening as long as I’m in a place it won’t get me into legal trouble, and I like the blade profile of the Cryo 2 better than the Tenacious….but if I need a non-assisted knife, the Tenacious does the job.

By the way, the original version of the Cryo 2…the Cryo…is exactly the same as the Cryo 2 only scaled down a little bit (actually, to be technically accurate, the Cryo 2 is a scaled up version of the original Cryo, but you get the point). The Cryo has a 2.75″ blade while the Cryo 2 has a 3.25″ blade, so the Cryo 2’s frame is proportionally bigger as well. Otherwise, they’re identical. I’ve got both and I prefer the bigger version, but some may like the smaller one. YMMV.

I’ve also seen a Tanto blade version of the Cryo and Cryo 2 on Amazon, but I prefer the drop point style and I don’t see the Tanto blade version on Kershaw’s website so I don’t know if they stopped making them or what.

Anyway, if you’re interested in what knife I carry and why…there you go. If you’re not…why are you still reading this??? (just kidding…you’re more than welcome to read my humble scribblings whether you’re interested or not. No additional charge for the rambling, stream of consciousness, boring stuff.)


Why are they pushing the Wuhan China Virus vaccines so hard?

Well, there’s this:

Those experiments were a stepping stone towards two of the most important and profitable vaccines in history: the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines given to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Global sales of these are expected to top US$50 billion in 2021 alone.

Might have something to do with it.

Also might explain why they’re pushing so hard for “boosters” that would require the use of hundreds of millions more doses in this country alone.


I couldn’t have said it better myself

It didn’t seem to matter.

“We’re a family that believes in science, believes in the medical advice of the community, medical recommendations from doctors. We followed everything very strictly. So all that combined is kind of what we’re still in shock about how it didn’t seem to matter, at least for my mom.”

Saying you “believe in science” is not a proclamation of any profound truth, it’s a self-congratulating catechism of the leftist faith.

“Science” is not inscribed in stone tablets and scientists are humans: just as prone to mistake, corruption and bias as anyone. Science is not based on consensus, it is based on evidence. As Einstein is alleged to have once said when a hundred scientists wrote a book taking him to task over his theory of relativity “Why 100 authors? If I was wrong it would only take one to prove it.” Taking on blind faith any “science” that supports your worldview while dismissing out of hand any that does not is not “believing in science”.

So your faith failed you. You followed all the advice and your mother died anyway. I wonder…had you been willing to stray from the boundaries of your religious restrictions and had tried an Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine protocol as soon as your mother realized she was sick, would the outcome have been different? We’ll never know…and neither will you because you would never stray from your faith.

And just how devout does one have to be to make the decision to politicize the death of a loved one just to proselytize for their religion? Gotta commend you for your devotion, if not your judgement.


And even more evidence that it’s all Kabuki theater:

Refugee flights from Afghanistan “paused” as a result of measles outbreaks in Virginia and Wisconsin.

A measles outbreak in Virginia and Wisconsin amid refugees from Afghanistan has caused the U.S. State Department to pause the program for further arrivals.

So, let me get this straight: Wuhan China Virus is an existential threat that warrants lockdowns, mask mandates, virus mandates, travel restrictions etc etc etc…but is not so bad that we have to shut down refugee flights from Afghanistan; or even, for that matter, ensure that the refugees are vaccinated before releasing them into the wild.

But a measles outbreak…a disease that’s been with us for centuries, that virtually every person my age or earlier endured as a kid (along with chicken pox, mumps, and myriad other “rite of passage” illnesses that have since been vaccinated almost out of existence) and has never resulted in such extreme measures to quell, shuts the flights right down.

And we’re supposed to pretend like this all makes perfect sense.

Ignore that man behind the curtain.


It’s hard to make predictions…

…especially about the future.

But sometimes the tea leaves are easy to read.

With a make-or-break vote looming in the Senate on a sweeping voting-rights and anti-corruption bill, President Joe Biden and his advisers have said in recent weeks that Biden will pressure wavering Democrats to support reforming the filibuster if necessary to pass the voting bill.

Remember what I said all the way back in June?

As a result, I’m going to make a prediction: The Dems will end the filibuster sometime early next year. They will convince, threaten or bribe the two Democrat hold outs to vote their way eventually.

There’s an outside chance they’ll get it done before the end of the year, but I think my prediction is holding up pretty well. I’m thinking sometime early next year. There are some state and local elections held in “off” years from federal elections. I think they’ll want to wait until after those are over to stave off the inevitable outrage and pushback.

But it’s coming. They’ve taken the reigns of power (literally…they weren’t elected, they stole them) and they aren’t going to give them back easily. We aren’t going to be voting ourselves out of this one no matter how many delusional establishment Republicans think it will happen.

The next necessary step for them to maintain their power is to nuke the filibuster so they can then federalize election rules in the manner that makes it easiest for them to maintain their cheat machine.

If they succeed in that, after the they steal the 2022 mid-terms and increase their majorities to more comfortable margins, the next step will be to pack the Supreme Court so that they don’t have to worry about constitutional challenges. Then it will be off to the races.

Damn I’m glad I’m old. I sincerely hope I don’t live long enough to see the worst of it. I had the privilege of living through the time and place where people lived the most free, comfortable, safe and secure lives in human history. Now that it’s almost over, it’s heartbreaking.


And in the latest edition of…

…I’ll start taking Wuhan Chinese Virus mandates seriously when the people who issue them start acting like they’re serious.

Basically, a bunch of Democrat high level muckety mucks gathering for some press event in New York. Before the media shows up, they’re all maskless, mingling, shaking hands, rubbing shoulders and just generally acting like…well…normal.

But then the media starts showing up and magically, the masks appear.

If that isn’t a poignant reminder that this is all kabuki theater, I don’t know what is.


Another lesson on why reliance on others is weakness.

Just another story among many reinforcing why you should never become reliant on others for your well-being.

The European Union is threatening to hold back millions of euros —$150 million — in cohesion funding to local areas in Poland due to their declarations and stances against LGBTQ ideology.

They initially act like benevolent benefactors: here, you need help with this aspect of your life, so accept our money, assistance or guidance.

That’s all well and good, but it is very easy to, over time, become dependent on that assistance. Without it you can’t pay your bills, your lights will be turned off, your water service will end, you’ll be evicted, you’ll starve.

Which gives them power over you. When you do something, say something, think something that they don’t approve of, they threaten to turn off the tap. You will comply or else.

This works at all levels, from the no or low income people in the US who are dependent on the welfare state, to states dependent on federal government grants, to organizations dependent on twitter to get their message out, to individuals dependent on facebook to share pictures of their grandkids.

Dependency inevitably results in slavery.

Why do you think the left is so all-in for “single payer health care”? When the single payer is the government and you are dependent upon them for your medications, doctor’s visits, life saving treatments…you are their slave.

You want your cancer treatments this month? You’re going to have to give up that earth killing gasoline car and cut back on your electricity use. It’s all to save the planet you know.

You want your blood pressure medication? You need to delete those “transphobic” tweets where you said that people with penises shouldn’t be using the same public bathroom as your daughter.

You think that’s not the end goal? Then you haven’t been paying attention. The argument will be that you’re an evil white supremacist planet killing Nazi, why should the hard working taxpayers have to pay for your medical care?

It’s very difficult if not impossible to be completely independent in the society that we’ve allowed to fester, but do the best you can because dependency equals slavery.

“whatever power you give the State to do things FOR you carries with it the equivalent power to do things TO you.
–Albert Jay Nock