Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Worth noting...

Ohio's governor apparently remains locked in a progressive mindset, a self imposed type of ignorance.

This too worth passing along...

CNN seemingly remains in pro-Islam activist mode...
CNN Anchor: Americans Should Wear Hijabs To Show Solidarity With Fearful Muslims

Woodpile Report - November 29th edition

Looked for a highlight to post from the latest from Ol' Remus...

But there's so much good stuff there on a variety of topics, why not take a peek at the whole thing?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lack of warning

There's a compelling video on YouTube where a guy documents his escape from a community where he was surrounded by wildfires. During the video he says a couple times that there was no warning. It wasn't "on the news," he says.

Fact is, there's less local news coverage in some rural areas than there had been in years gone by.

Back in the day of mom and pop run radio stations, in an emergency, local operators would have been on the air around the clock disseminating vital information. Whether they had a formal news team or not.

Today's centralized corporate media has relocated many of the formerly rural FM stations closer to nearby cities. Smaller stations in rural areas are often just jukeboxes playing songs off computer, or playing syndicated talk shows with little actually staffing in the community.

There's also today's phenomenon where many people bypass local media, choosing to be informed or entertained by online, satellite or cable sources that won't break in when there's a local event unfolding.

I can't speak to how local or hyper-local media in or near Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge performed as fires began expanding to threaten populated areas, but the fast spread underscores why access to local public safety radio frequencies can be vital to keeping the general public safe for those who take the time or effort to be savvy listeners. And if local government leaves those resources in formats the general public can tap into.

I've mentioned before that since coming to the north Georgia mountains, I've dusted off an old '80s era police scanner, and can again hear local public safety agencies.  Sitting here on the mountain, I can hear most every fire call, illegal burn response, or report of downed trees blocking roadways for a two county area. Because I can eavesdrop, I'd likely know if something big was heading my way.

In many communities, often at prodding by Homeland Security, public safety radio coms have been upgraded to include encryption or other means intended to deliberately block citizens from accessing direct information that might save their lives.

In some cases, even media is blocked from eavesdropping on police and fire nets.

Is government's obsession with secrecy in this area really something that's in the public interest?

Tennessee wildfire coverage

MSM has recently attempted to distract from its own sad state by harping about "fake news." There was real news in Eastern Tennessee last night and continuing on into this morning. Where were the alleged MSM, specifically the cable news outfits?

BTW, social media provided excellent platforms for live Tennessee wildfire fire coverage.

Live streams from local Knoxville TV also provided some excellent coverage of the situations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and surrounding areas. And yet, best I can tell, national cable news nets chose to stick with political based programming last night and overnight.

To be fair, I didn't bother to check out MSM cable nets last night, so my assessment of their non-performance is based on critiques on social media.  I have limited access to cable news on the mountain and, besides, I found streaming coverage from the Knoxville stations to be be outstanding..

Something to be said for getting your news from people who actually know the region.

How many network news anchors based NYC have ever even been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Getting one step ahead...

Something I've learned being on the mountain, when the wind kicks up, and the sun's gone down, go ahead an put a small battery operated lantern on the mantle, and turn it on. Low setting's fine. Makes adapting much easier when the lights go out. And they do go out up here more than you might imagine.

Update: Awakened before dawn. Power was out. Little lantern going strong, and made it much easier to recover my glasses and a flashlight for a quick look around before going back to sleep. Power was off several hours, best I can tell.

They say it's gonna rain

Supposedly some monster scale rain is coming tonight. Suddenly realized my Ranger pick-up was parked front first on a a downward sloping driveway, meaning the bed would flood if the rains do come. Tried to back it out, and wheels just spun atop all the leaves that blew down today. Eventually managed to rock it out, and pull rear-first into our more established parking pad.

Some serious wind on the mountain tonight. I think I recall riding out hurricanes that weren't quite this noisy.

We've had no appreciable rain in more than a month. Maybe it's been two months. So, I'm looking forward to the forecast overnight downpour. However, watching weather radar, it seems most the rain is tracking to the northeast out of Mississippi and Alabama, much of it appears to be escaping up into Tennessee before ever reaching the Georgia line.

Update: First of the rain began hitting my location about 10:20 pm EST, kinda strange hearing rain on the roof. Haven't had any rain in a significant way since summer.

Hoping and praying what rain missed us ends up over Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Mandatory evacuations there tonight because of wildfires whipped into a frenzy by today's winds.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yikes is right

Via Twitter:

When a culture is deprived of access to guns, it seems logical the customs and practices of safe handling of firearms will suffer. Even among those who are supposedly knowledgeable of such things.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Democrats are losing it...

Seen the latest from Maxine Waters?

She's appalled by the idea of a rising stock market. 

Nope. It's not from a fake news site.

As if from an alternative universe

Here's an NPR segment that had me in stitches Friday afternoon.

It's not supposed to be funny, but heaping helpings of progressive bias combined with the smugness of NPR pseudo-intellectual delivery can be oddly entertaining.

These folks still seem to worship the ground Obama walks on, they seem to long to sample the air in a room in which Obama's exhaled.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Calls for boycotts

Some Democrats continue to whine over the election. Some still call for boycotts of companies where owners or executives supported Donald Trump's candidacy.

As seen on Facebook

I kinda got a laugh when a Facebook friend turned this around on a pouting boycott advocate, and asked her how she'd feel if these companies refused to do business with her, or refused her service. 

Autumn in Georgia

Thursday had sunny skies, afternoon temp was 76 just outside Atlanta.

And the lake was smooth as glass when I put in around one o'clock.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Jersey hoplophobes at it again

Seen the latest out of New Jersey?

Via Breitbart:
The New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI) recommended lawmakers revamp rules on ammunition purchases to require two forms of identification before a person is allowed to buy a box of bullets.
Won't this disproportionately disenfranchise minorities? Democrats claim it's beyond the grasp of many minorities to obtain even one ID, let alone two.