What is going to happen to us and what is going to be done about our problems? Much and nothing. There will be more protests--groups will form and dissolve--and accomplish nothing....the two week darling of the press, the false leader will appear--and disappear with greater and greater frequency.
The Right wing, Republican, Religious fanatic Taliban of our country will continue their search for a cult leader who meets all their bizarre parameters and false beliefs. The formal Government will stumble from one emergency to another without solutions, new scapegoats will be named, the unknown enemy amongst us will become the new target for fear mongering..and politicians will enrich themselves and delay any and everything smelling of solutions.
For in confusion there is profit.....
The 99% will continue to hope their jobs, investments, retirements and promised future come back to them as in the good old days--which is an impossibility----unemployment has to run out sometime, leading to that new housing development under the bridge---None will care as long as it doesn't happen to them and those working will accept the larger and larger shit sandwich of no benefits, urine tests, longer hours=lower pay and the boot of the man on their neck constantly threatening replacement or closure of the workplace to provide stock dividends to the overlords of the 1%.
Nothing will change---no one will appear to lead us from this morass of stupidity and greed that has become our culture...there are no solutions. The time for action and solutions was long ago...it is time now to ride this endless loop of incapability, stupidity, and sound bite intelligence to the end....every piece of the future that is coming will have a bit less and then less and then less until we wake up with nothing.
There is a gun show in a nearby town the end of January. I am planning on attending and thoughts of what i desire and what i hope I can obtain there swirl through my thoughts. I never desire the things that others do--standard firearms---Glocks and such....I attend gun shows searching for things only I desire and never find...When we attend this show at the end of the month I will be searching vainly, I am sure for a Star Model D series, single action, .380 caliber Pistol...manufactured over 30 years ago the Star model D is a very small frame, single action, Pony or Pocket pistol. You'd never actually carry this weapon in a pants pocket, it's just a term denoting it's small size
Illustrated below you can see the difference between a full size pistol, a colt 1911a1 and beneath it a star Model D. The model D is an excellent example of a last generation personal protection pistol---and when i attend gun shows i search all the dealers tables but have yet to find one.
"Men prefer to fight with swords, so they can see each other eyes!
Sometimes, this is not possible. Then, they fight with rifles."
The Wind and the Lion
I have also desired a French, caliber 7.5x54 caliber, MAS 1936/1939 military surplus bolt action rifle, and hope against hope to find one at a gun show someday. They are rare apparently in my area---no demand I am sure.
The Mas 1936 was the last bolt action rifle accepted and adopted by any of the worlds armies. Semi-automatic rifles became the norm even during the issue period of the MAS. Ah! the French you just have to love them. Durable, dependable, with a 5 shot magazine, firing a large caliber round with no manual safety, the MAS 36 was the end of the trail for the 5 shot, bolt military weapon. Utilized by the French in Algeria, Vietnam, Africa and for many of the post war years this rifle is a curiosity now---The type of curiosity that fits my mentality of never desiring anything easy to obtain or that anyone else would ever want---i own none of the new plastic pistols or black rifles--i have no desire for them...but a MAS 36 I desire...Ammo for these rifles is somewhat rare but available from factories in the former Yugoslavia...at a bit less than a dollar a round.
This is not a rifle that fires promiscuously so massive amounts of ammunition on hand is immaterial..this is a make each round count rifle....500 rounds in the homesteading stock would last a lifetime.
Of course to accompany the Mas I desire one of the old style Boer War bandoleer's for the carriage of spare ammunition with the rifle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boer_Wars
There is something appealing and old world about slinging a leather bandoleer of full caliber rifle munition across your body, picking up one's bolt rifle to defend the homestead. In my heart I know that when I walk in the door of this upcoming small gun show--there will be no Star Model D or Mas 1936/1939 waiting there for me, nor bandoleer. Just row after row of modern, high capacity assault rifles, and large magazine plastic pistols, row after row.....what a shame....what a loss...but until I leave that show the end of this month I can dream.
I have been doing very good with the new austerity measures...that is until I found this Boker Gnome knife on sale...I had been wanting one of these small, straight blade knifes for quite awhile but i could never justify the required price...until...I found one at half off. Although designed as a neck knife I may modify the standard sheath or build a new sheath from Kydex for belt carry which is what i prefer....austerity vs. sale and sale wins eh? At least impulse was not involved....I also ordered a kydex paddle holster for my makarov pistol...this was a need and not a want item...
I had considered building a holster for the Makarov---but building your own pistol holster is somewhat like building your own space capsule----there are many possibilities for tragedy involved.....
"A house is not a home unless
it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body"