Saturday, February 15, 2014

KNIVES and Kids, 'Back in the day'

Having carried countless knives of many types and sizes for all of my life, I discovered that in today’s protective nanny society, kids can no longer do such socially abhorrent activity, fraught with great risk of Danger.

I had one time asked the boys why they didn’t carry knives while in school? They looked at me like I had suggested something evil, and said No Way, they would have been ‘cuffed and stuffed’ for carrying a deadly weapon in school.

Times sure have changed. Every boy I ever knew, along with a few girls, carried a knife to school and ‘Nothing’ ever happened… in ‘Our’ Culture. No one ever thought about stabbing anyone with them. 

We played games like ‘mumbly peg’ at recess.  Which included tipping the open knife off various things, knees, elbows, chins, foreheads etc, trying to ‘stick it’ :>) No one was ever critically injured. If so for Any reason, we were given a band aid and Iodine. Iodine was the punishment for being careless.

We threw our knives at trees, dirt, logs to ‘stick’ em and see who could do it best, earning our respect. We whittled animals out of pieces of wood that we carried in our pockets, while waiting for class to start, or just while sitting around with each other or alone.

We compared any ‘new’ knife with pride, as ‘new’ anything, was rare in those days before 'The Great Society'. 'Hand me downs' were far more common. Larry got new boots for Christmas. A knife pocket was sewn on the outer side. Larry was so proud of those New boots.

They were the new boots he was wearing while riding his bicycle, as he kicked the cats (Larry hated cats) in the dark…..Skunks! Those boots stunk for the rest of their life. He had to ‘wear them out’ because no new boots until the next year. Larry didn’t smell like Larry…. until his boots wore out.

My own personal Boy Scout knife, one that mom ordered for Christmas, was very special. I carried that Camp Knife for years, until I broke it, doing something not realistic for any knife. Every time I see a Boy Scout knife, I remember mom getting that special knife for me. :>) 

I had a Boy scout Axe with a sheath from one other Christmas. In excellent condition today, those are worth a few dollars. Mine was battered and used, after many camping and hiking trips. I was ‘rough on stuff’ :<(

Today the knife is wrongly considered a very irresponsible item for a 'sheltered governmental society boy' to own. Back then a personal knife was as common, as a dollar in your pocket is today. 

Totalitarian Controlled ‘progressive’ Society by Design, authoritarian mandated Safety across the USA of today, has changed this once adventuresome nation into some dis-utopian, feel good imaginary dream state, that has far more cumulative flaws than ever existed in Mark Twain’s time. Heaven, filled with adventure and knowledge, seems ever more attractive in comparison.

Enjoy life in the United States of America. ‘One Nation Under God’
and ‘Pack a Knife', a Good One, A unique, well made Knife that is of value.
 One that has character that fits your personal image.  

One added note: Leave your sharp tools home, as you prepare to board an airplane. TSA will confiscate Anything sharp, or even looks like a picture of a weapon, ever since the Muslim extremists did their little funzi on the stews and flight crews on 9-11. Now, belt buckles, belts, purses, wallets, shirts, Anything depicting any instrument or weaponry are confiscated. Nail clippers, sharp credit cards, even ties with pictures of weapons and toys with 1/4" guns in the hands of tiny soldiers are deemed a deadly threat. Sadly this is today's society... Utopia is here, Brave New World style.

 Around the home, in the garden or yard, a Sheath Knife, with fast easy access, no digging in pockets, is handier in the smaller sizes for a quick bag opening or branch clipping. 

Larger sheath knives, up to legendary 'Bowies', that by 'Batoning' can split logs, have their place in the real world. 

Everyone remembers Paul Hogan's Knife, the knife was the co-star of Crocodile Dundee.

 'The TURTLE MAN' line of Knives.  Besides Turtle Man 'Ernie Brown Jr' being a Hoot, the products are designed in USA, well made in China and very reasonably priced. Jay Leno even likes Turtle Man.

This is the Turtle Man song with dance :>)

Bowies, like Ernie's 'Thunder' or 'Lightnin' are also great for whacking a clump of grass from around a bush, or even prying out a dandelion. Handles range from exotic beauty to basic utility. Cordura nylon sheaths are utilitarian and have long life. Turtle Man's nylon sheath, is actually quite innovative as well as utilitarian. Turtle man's 'Call of the Wild Man' 3 minutes.

I personally enjoy owning several well made classical leather sheaths and knives for various purposes. Discarded, high quality, heavy 'full shank' (my preference) Butcher/Carving knives, found in charity thrift stores for a dollar or more, are fairly easily ground down, carefully profiled into serviceable Bowies. Sheaths can be fabricated as simple as home sewn Cordura (thrift store belts, luggage), or old leather belts, reworked into personal creations. Tandy Leather is great source of materials and tools. Hobby Lobby is getting well equipped with leather project paraphernalia. Print the on-line 40% discount coupon or use your smart phone when you get to the check out line.

Most good quality, full shank handles (scales) are riveted. With your personal creative imagination, being the key to creating Your Own 'Custom' made tool.... Enjoy your next project (knife 'blanks' are sold on ebay). Get skilled enough and the next step could be marketing your individualistic and extremely useful 'creations;>)

Camping trips, practicing 'Survival' prove Knives absolutely indispensable.... for Everything, even cooking and serving keeps the proper personal knife busy. Lewis & Clark's entire party would have failed without their critical knives. While camping, I sleep well every night.... with my knife under my pillow :>)

Pack a knife, you will feel better about yourself. Practice deploying (many are one handed, some are spring assisted) your knife rapidly, for even more satisfaction in case of an unpleasant, unplanned 'incident'. Check local laws. Many are 'against' You and favor the Career Repeat Offenders. After all he/she are professionals.

From years of experience, I guarantee a carry knife's personally positive, satisfying effect :>)

Friday, February 07, 2014

'Lone Survivor', woman viewer

Congress.. only 20% today have served in US Military. Very few in Senate. Most, 90, are of the House of Representatives. 1975, over 70% had served.
Story REC'd in email

Some additional info re: Congress.........

Washington (CNN) -- Members of Congress are quick to say they support the troops and veterans, but the number of elected officials who have served has plummeted to its lowest point since World War II.
Only 20% of the 535 members of the new Congress have served in the military, 25 from the Senate and 90 from the House of Representatives.
Juxtapose that with 1975, when over 70% of those elected had served in the armed forces.

On Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:22:40 -0500 (EST) writes:

A woman's view of "Lone Survivor" - the Movie
Written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief on January 19, 2014

I saw Lone Survivor today. I wept. I’m a female, I can do that sort of thing in public.
Here’s why I wept.

In the first few minutes of the film, watching the Navy SEALS train, I turned to my friends and said what a travesty it would be if the physical requirements were ever adjusted downwards to accommodate women – or anyone who could not meet them for that matter, regardless of gender or orientation.

These men, these warriors, are elite for a reason. They are capable of doing things very few can. That’s the way we want and need them to be.

I wept for the mothers, wives, sisters, fathers, brothers and friends of the beautiful, strong and healthy warriors who gave everything to defend the freedoms of this nation, and of others they would never know.

I wept for the people of Afghanistan who are not supporters of the Taliban. Those who can only dream of a different life. Who even in the best of times must eke out their existence in the harshest of conditions.

Who will never know the comfort and liberty we do. For the women who will never have the choices I have, and the freedom to chart their own course.

Perhaps it is an accident of birth. In some respects, I felt that about Marcus Luttrell himself. It was an accident of fate that he survived and others did not.

Such is life, and only God knows the plan for each of us.

But most of all, I wept in anger. I am overcome with rage at the elected politicians who have never served their country in uniform, never seen battle and yet make decisions that affect the life and death of their fellow citizens.

I am so angry that our rules of engagement, made in courtrooms by people whose personal agenda has nothing to do with victory, restrict the ability of our military to do the thing we send them into battle to do: fight.

I am disgusted that budgets for military equipment and training get shaved away and shaved away so much that lives are lost because we cannot adequately equip the men and women we send into the most terrifying situations.

I have no words to be spoken in polite company to express my frustration that this administration seems more focused on the sexual orientation of our warriors than their fighting readiness or following up on the promises made to them in their retirement.
I am however thankful this film was made, and somewhat surprised Hollywood allowed it.

Pardon my candor, but I hope every candy-ass liberal can take a few minutes away from the exertions of Kanye West and Lady Gaga, look beyond themselves and their concern for polar bears and baby harp seals, and understand what real sacrifice, real pain, real effort and real honor truly is.  

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Shane Harger Jemez Springs New Mexico Chief of Police

Shane Harger is the Chief of Police in a small, remote mountain tourist mecca of NM. Jemez (Hay-mas) Springs. His small law enforcement department fluctuates with tourism, therefore is primarily comprised of retired (fully certified law officers, some from other larger cities).

They each are part time or volunteer up to 8 hours per month, to allow Shane some time off and cover the large territory of rental cabins, National Forests and fishing streams. Winter is 'off season' and relatively few traffic, or other problems. Cabin break-ins are an unpredictable, fluctuating occurence, due to remote locations.

A few years back, one serial cabin robber, 'Cookie Bandit' Joseph Henry Burgess, a western states, Canada serial killer, while being handcuffed, using murdered hiker, David Eley's weapon, shot Joe Harris, Sandoval County SO deputy officer, who then killed him before dieing. Surviving involved deputy is now suing the SCSO

 for negligence.

Spring begins the thousands of cars daily, the cabin owners, renters, fishermen/women, hunters, hikers, bikers (swarms of bikers), forest campers, small tourism businesses and craft shows.
Only the occasional heavy snowfall, slows the tourism, except for snowmobilers.
Shane voluntarily attended a two day, 'Constitutional' Sheriff's and Peace Officer's Association meeting being held in LV Nev.

TSA, having insider information, brought in a US Federal investigator, who harassed, video recorded and questioned Chief Shane Harger for over 35 minutes, before allowing him to board the commercial aircraft.

Shane previously had been a state's witness, a Valencia County deputy (first on the scene) against a large city, police officer who was suspected of killing his wife, therefor was given a temporary new identity, under witness protection.
...... the plot thickens.

Within 24 to 72 hours 'After' his return from LV Nev, the Sandoval county Sheriff, obviously sycophant upon Federal Washington DC orders, TSA Homeland Security, ordered Chief Shane Harger to disband, disarm his small, fully state certified (police veterans), volunteer, part time police force .....and put Chief Shane Harger on suspension. 

Only the US Constitution, 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights, something Chief Shane Harger deeply believes in, due to his experience in law enforcement, can now protect the otherwise rendered helpless citizens in that remote area.

Accusing the Chief of Police, of resisting a federal officer's interrogation (trumped up charges, with no official filings, no arrest). The little town of Jemez Springs is in shock.
Our family had and enjoyed for long many years, a cabin near Jemez Springs. It was often patrolled at the time by the Jemez Springs police force.

This Federal, officially sanctioned, anti Constitution activity, is now occurring quietly across the USA. ANY local law enforcement that openly declares their allegiance to the... 'US Constitution and Bill of Rights'... is being forced by this govt, under Eric Holder's DOJ and Barack Hussein Obama's Czarist regime, to immediately and quietly leave their elected positions.
Police Chief Shane Harger is Not going 'Quietly'...

Last week this same situation occurred in Pennsylvania.

This is another 'Oath Keepers' link pertaining to Shane Harger's incident.   

This is another:
This Police Chief Shane Harger story is ongoing as of 01 Feb 2014

You Tube interview 18 mins.

update voice/video also available here

Here is another