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Ammo: Rimfire Shortage, Homeland Security Huge Buys

Like many Packwood citizens, I look for businesses that could come here bringing jobs for local people. You who are local know that last winter we lost the 50-jobs ammunition manufacturer Nosler who had come here four years ago, partially replacing the 350 jobs Packwood lost (over 90% of Packwood’s total jobs), with the spotted owl shutdown of our timber industry, that included shutdown of our lumber mills, the Forest Service ranger station, our school, our clinic, most of our restaurants, etc.

I came up with the idea of using the factory buildings to manufacture .22 rimfire ammunition, which seems to be in such high demand and short supply that it is almost impossible to buy nationwide.

I went looking and here is info:

American Rifleman 2014 report about shortage of rimfire ammo:
Sales of .22 rifles have grown hugely since 2006 and most of them use larger than 10-round magazines. Further here’s an excerpt:
“The two most obvious are speculation and hoarding. If you can hit the local big box store because you have the time to wait for the ammo truck to arrive and resell $20 worth of .22 for $60 through the Valley Trader or at the next gun show, you are an opportunistic speculator. There are some other words I might use, but I will restrain myself. And if you are a guy that typically buys .22 Long Rifle 250 rounds at a time who just bought 10,000 because you could not find 250 when you wanted them, then you are a hoarder. ”

American Rifleman 2012 excellent ammo report incl Homeland Security buy numbers and explanation: Many have examined, concluding that though DHS’s ammo buys seem huge, their ammo buys are reasonable and not out of line:

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Are Muslims our friends or enemies?

Mary-Replying to your recommendation to those who are not paying attention with referral of the video showing the probability that Sharias will be the majority in Belgium within a few years: and I need to dig back and find the prediction I sent out (including to you probably) months or a year ago that if present trends continue,  Muslims will be the majority in the US by something like 2050.

I’ve been working on an entry to my blog about the question of whether the average world or US Muslim rejects or supports the Sharia terrorism. Perhaps I’ll just post this; what I write below suffices for the moment.
1) Do we under freedom of religion respect and trust them as sincere friends and fellow citizens in our free democracy who wish well toward us as we wish well toward them (an attitude I very much prefer, hope and pray for, very obviously What Jesus Would Do), or
2) Do we deal with them as believers and pursuers in their Koran teaching to enslave or execute all non-believers including us, and the additional Koran teaching to lie to us and make contracts with us with no intention of living up to their contracts. So thus we should(?) treat all American/world Muslims as enemies whom we must eradicate (execute like they are doing to us) from our society, nation and world?  Our wonderful constitution as it exists now prevents us from acting seriously against any religious group- we would have to abandon our constitution, liberty and freedom to do so.The teaching to enslave or execute non-believers in the Koran are NOT the only teachings in the Koran, other strong teachings which many, the large worldwide majority of Muslims follow and have followed for 170 years (See “Edict of 1844”) command them to NOT execute etc. non-believers, be peaceful, etc.

It is only this terrorist minority (small but so loud and news-dominating) who follow the Sharia “execute” teachings but WHY WHY WHY WHY DON’T THE MODERATE LARGE MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS  SPEAK AND PROVE BY THEIR ACTIONS THAT THEY OPPOSE THE SHARIA TERRORISTS?!?!

We so badly need and must have very sincere speech and supporting actions backing up the speech by moderate muslims that they reject the Sharia and terrorist group!Like O’Reilly says, it is not religion. They are Naziis! O’Reilly says that’s the only currently-used word strong enough to characterize them, that to call them religious is just a nonsensical understatement; they’re not a religion at all.
​If moderate Muslims won’t speak up…….​
Now on Aug. 30 I add–
We know many Muslims including many Sunnis disapprove, even strongly and vocally disapprove IS.
IS claims to be Sunni, has attracted some Sunnis into their ranks, but consider these statements very strongly opposing IS by the King of Saudi Arabia, which is almost entirely Sunni:

Quoting the Yahoo news article about him speaking to new ambassadors to Saudia Arabia:

“Lack of action would be “unacceptable” in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

“You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street,” he said, condemning the “cruelty” of such acts.

“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’.”


We just need very many more Muslims, including those in the United States and other western nations, to speak and act this strongly against the terrorists.

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Israel needs our support

Written July 26, 2014:

And please bear with me learning to use this blog and WordPress. Both line spacing and character spacing seem to go berserk, with line spacing very large and many returns being inserted even between letters in a word. I’m working on it. And the “Comments” area is really not built yet.

The Israel attacks on the Hamas military are apparently having success. Hamas, though heretofore unwilling to accept any cease fire, even those offered by other Muslim nations, has finally ceased or almost ceased firing the rockets.

Total Hamas rockets fired at Israel since the beginning of Protective Edge: 3,500

But Israel says Hamas has reduced launches to save their remaining supply, that they haven’t fired, still have half, some 1,700 rockets hidden.

I almost never watch CNN because it is so totally liberally biased. But on Saturdays Fox News is all markets, usually of no interest to me, no regular news, so I turn on CNN.

CNN this morning is nothing but an anti-Israel propaganda barrage, a disgusting continuous unbroken stream of anti-Israel reports including video of the damage, even injured victims in hospitals in Gaza, without a single mention of all the Palestinian attacks on Israel, without mention that Hamas stores and shoots the weapons from family homes, schools, hospitals to maximize the carnage shown to the world to increase pressure on Israel to submit, to commit national suicide.

I presume my attitude is the same as yours: I value, care for, love every Palestinian just as much as I do every Israeli. I have contributed to the welfare of Palestinians. When I visited Israel last fall, we visited the West Bank including a Palestinian college, finding the Palestinians there gracious and totally respectable; we much enjoyed the nice lunch they served us.

Of course my care for persons has a qualification: I do not value, care for, love any person who intends harm to an innocent person. I will act myself and support those who act to do whatever is necessary to stop anyone intent on harming an innocent person.

But the Palestinians (maybe not even the Palestinians but just the Hamas terrorists among them) intentionally murder innocent Israeli civilians, while Israel only defends itself, making major precautions and sacrifices to do as little harm to civilians as possible. That is the stark distinction between Palestinians and Israelis, the reason I approve and support Israel attacking Gaza, though I, with the Israelis, supremely regret every injury or damage to innocent Palestinians. Certainly I will again contribute to the recovery of Palestinian civilians after this action is finished.

Israel’s continuing stream of reports of action, casualties and rocket attacks:

Facts and figures news from Israel:

Rather outside of the point of the above: To those who criticize Israel for taking the Palestinians’ valuable homeland away from them, I suggest this little summary and quote from Mark Twain’s very stark description of Palestine when he visited there in 1867:

All of us need to tell our congress members and senators and the president that we want Israel supported!

And seeing the preposterous anti-Israel reactions in the world, we must work together to elect a new government which will re-assert our strong and beneficial position in the world, and from within that context work to regain the respect and friendship of the world.

I point out with reluctance that Obama’s isolationist withdrawal from world involvement, that has brought worldwide chaos, seems to me to be similar to the isolationist positions advocated by some of our more radical conservative friends.

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“Obstructionist” now means “Right-winger,” “Right”

For those of you who are not in the writing business, Roget’s Thesaurus is the most-used dictionary-like book where we writers look for different words that mean the same or similar meanings. It is used constantly by probably almost every English language writer in the world. Now Roget’s is online and is provided in essence by writing applications such as Microsoft Word.

That Roget’s now considers “right-wing” and “right” to have meaning similar to “obstructionist” and “reactionary,” and its opposite meaning to be carried by the words “liberal,” “left-wing” and “progressive” is outrageous beyond words.

Below is from National Review today:


Thesaurus Synonyms for ‘Obstructionist’ Include ‘Right-winger,’ ‘Rightist,’ ‘Tory’
By Andrew Johnson
July 24, 2014 4:41 PM

Apparently only conservatives and others on the right can be obstructionists, according to Roget’s Thesaurus.

A search for synonyms of “obstructionist” on, which cites Roget’s, reveals that the source considers several words related to conservative and right-leaning political stances to fit the definition of a “person who is cautious, moderate; an opponent of change.” Under antonyms, it lists left-leaning words.

Included in the list of obstructionist synonyms are “right-winger,” “right,” and “rightist” and ”Tory,” the British conservative party.

Other synonyms listed for obstructionst are “traditionalist,” “conserver,” “conventionalist,” “unprogressive,” and “redneck.”

In its section for antonyms for obstructionist, “left-winger,” “liberal,” and “progressive” are listed.

This is the second time in recent weeks that a reference book has equated a negative quality with conservatism. Earlier this month, the Daily Caller found that both the Oxford English and Merriam-Webster dictionaries included “right-wing” and “conservatism,” respectively, in their definitions of “bigotry.”

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Obamacare Subsidies Cancelled, Elk Triplets?

The Obamacare cancellation of the subsidies political situation is so confused!

And now flights are being cancelled into Tel Aviv! I sure hope Israel is able to end the rocket launchers and collapse the tunnels pretty soon and with as few Palestinain casualties as possible!

Did you happen to see just minutes ago Carl Rove on Fox trying to explain a NYT piece today that, even with Obama being blamed for all these disasters, the world falling apart due to his inactions, IRS criminality, FBI, Benghazi, etc., etc., there has been ZERO swing- “wave” he called it- by the American public toward Republicans. In a current poll asking, “If elections were held today, would you vote for the Republican or the Democrat?”, the result was exactly split 42% to 42%.

I keep going back to that week-ago Watters World hour-long special on O’Reilly where half the interviewed people couldn’t answer simplest questions like, “Who was the first president of the United States?” or “Who is Vice President of the United States?” A huge percentage of Americans are just out of it, unconcerned, not aware, numb regarding politics or even the currently most sensational happenings.
We think that everyone is aware like we are, and feels about politics like we feel, but we are VERY VERY WRONG in that! We who are aware and care about it are a small minority- the majority of Americans are NOT AWARE like we are, and DO NOT CARE about politics like we do.

Millions of people will be hurt very seriously as they lose these large health insurance premium subsidies. But how will all these millions of numb and out-of-it people feel about that? They don’t understand ANYTHING about it, anything that’s happening. They only know Obama and the Democrats gave them the gift. And now it has been taken away by someone not Obama, but by someone else.

And the someone else who took it away from them, damaged them severely, they will easily be led to believe was us Republicans.

The mainline networks blanketing Americans with their liberal propaganda is a huge and close to insurmountable obstacle to defeating Democrats in 2014 and 2016!

Quote from the following link: “From 1999 to 2009, Kaiser found that the insurance premiums had climbed 131% or 13.1% per year, and workers’ contribution toward paying that premium jumped 128% or 12.8% per year. In 1999, workers’ average contribution to the premium was $1543, and in 2009 it was $3515. For employers, their contribution was $4247 in 1999 and $9860 in 2009.”

Kaiser (somehow is the main group keeping track of these numbers across all Americans) says as of this month:

Single Family
Average cost of Healthcare in the United States $5,615 $15,745
Average annual deductible $1,120 $2,075
Average cost to employee enrolled in company plan $1,225 $4,316

I can’t believe those numbers! For families, in 2009 workers paid $300/month plus nearly $200/month in deductibles, plus employers paid over $800/month, total health care cost being paid per worker is $1,300 per month!

The important issue that’s not being discussed is that our health care cost must be reduced. No other countries pay our high cost and many of them have better care than we have. My pet peeve is the astronomical malpractice awards by courts which drives doctors’ and hospitals’ insurance premiums to astronomical amounts. A large part of what we pay to doctors and hospitals is just those premiums. We recently dealt with a situation where a nursing home resident needing to go to a clinic for a 15-minute test could be driven by either, 1) a friend for no cost, or 2) by the home’s medically-equipped and -attended van at cost of over $1,000, almost entirely because of the home’s bus’s liability insurance and precautions.

Raining lightly here today. This morning when Teegray went out and barked at a cow some distance away, three small heads rose up out of nearer grass, and three calves got up and hurried over toward another cow, likely their mother. Triplet elk calves? Very unusual!

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Dear David, Democrats like you and me…, from Bill Clinton

My advocacy of internet freedom has apparently produced an extraordinary result: I received a Democratic National Committee fundraising letter signed by Bill Clinton! Bill says to me, “David, Democrats like you and I must contribute to protect us from losing the Senate to the foolish Republicans.”

My guess is that my support of internet freedom got me on some liberal mailing list, as such support is more by liberals than by conservatives, who want NSA and FBI to be able to be able to read our emails for defense purposes.

Sorry, you fellow conservatives, but I strongly oppose government surveillance of our emails except in court-approved cases clearly related to threats to the U.S.

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