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Your Nazis, I have found them!


We had a flower festival, a military air show and a Tractorfest this weekend. This is from the flower festival.

HA! KIDDING! I suppose it’s more of a military/airshow than a military air show; there’s always plenty of Nazis and even a few Japs. And planes! And guns! And big bangs!

There’s a German (or possibly Polish) guy there who sells genu-ine Nazi memorabilia. Coffee cups and place settings from the officers’ mess. That kind of thing.

I’m afraid I paid a stupid lot of money for a WWII German leather mapcase. It’s perfect for my sketching stuff — it has little pockets for pencils and a ruler and an eraser. Also, it has the original owner’s name and addressed inked into the cover flap – I’ll have to get onto ancestry.co.uk about that. Unless anyone has other suggestions for tracking down German soldiers.

I did very well at the art show. I meant to mention that. I put in two little paintings of chickens and they were (so I’m told) the first paintings to sell.

Uncle B is threatening to tell everyone I spent my art show earnings on Nazi memorabilia.

Oh, I meant to ask – did you see the eclipse?


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 21, 2017, 9:26 pm

How do they get away with just lolling around in NAZI German gear and not get attacked by a horde of Antifa thugs and troublemakers? I’m sure that kind of gathering would not go over well in these parts since the non-NAZI nationalists can’t even have a peaceful torch-lit night parade over here in the former colonies without somebody screaming “NAZI! NAZI!”
Stupid Antifa and leftists. I’m sick of the bitchez.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: August 21, 2017, 9:40 pm

I’m not really sure I understand Merry olde England having a fetish for Nazi memorabilia.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 21, 2017, 9:53 pm

Nothing says flower show like an MG42.
“Don’t worry about the funny sound it makes men it’s just like ours, only it fires 3 times as many rounds in a minute.

So uncle B didn’t let you buy one? Be good for settling the score with that chicken coop rat, and handy for taking that beastie that tried to gnaw Charlotte down a peg or two as well.

Damn expensive to keep the silly thing fed though I must admit.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 21, 2017, 9:59 pm

Not so much a fetish, Skandia. Certainly the old folks don’t cotton to the Germans much (though they like the Japanese even less).

Let’s just say if you’re going to play cowboys and indians, somebody’s got to be an indian.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: August 21, 2017, 10:18 pm

Well congratulations on the quick sale of your art work.

I wonder whether Quentin Tarantino has had any impact on sales of Nazi memorabilia.

I have a WWII manufacture Luger pistol. It freaks me out to think about what it might have been used for.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 21, 2017, 10:21 pm

No, I didn’t see the eclipse because it was…


I wish I were making that up, but no, I’m not.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 21, 2017, 11:16 pm

The mapcase sounds very cool. How about a photo? And ask here how to find info on the original owner:

I looked at the eclipse with out special glasses and lived to tell the tale. There is a difference between peeking at it for less than a half second and “glancing at it for 20 seconds” which I read some people with resulting retinal damage did.
I found the change in light more interesting. Once I was at a plant nursery & the plants all looked different with vivid colors. It was bc there were fires and the smoke had obscured the sun. I wish I had my camera bc it would have made great photos. When I looked at the sky, the sun was red at 9am. Would a red filter on a camera change the color of plants, especially green?

Comment from Monty James
Time: August 22, 2017, 12:17 am

Ilsa, She-Weasel of the SS.

Comment from Floyd
Time: August 22, 2017, 12:18 am

re: the eclipse. I live in an area that I think the newsies said got 99% totality. I didn’t have the cool glasses so didn’t get to look at it but the coolest thing I saw was the light patterns on my driveway. Large tree casting shadow with hundreds of crescent shaped lights playing where the leaves created pin-hole camera type lenses projecting the sun on to the concrete.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: August 22, 2017, 1:34 am

Alas, in 99% sunny Las Vegas it was of course cloudy and rainy all morning long. Nobody saw anything here. I recall now that it was solidly overcast where I was in ’79 too. I had a shoebox pinhole camera made up and everything for that one. Maybe the next.

Comment from feynmangroupie
Time: August 22, 2017, 1:43 am

I did I did I did! I used the forward facing camera on my phone to take pics, and just aimed it to face behind me. I dimmed the light sensitivity all the way down and increased the magnification as much as possible. The shots are weird, there is a giant ball of light and a tiny little crescent of light off to the side. At first I didn’t fiddle with the limited settings and I was getting some interesting ray effects but then I noticed what I thought was a star in the picture and upon zooming in, lo and behold it was the actual sun not the giant ball of light with rays of light spearing outward. Any photography aficionados want to clue me in on what was happening?

Comment from feynmangroupie
Time: August 22, 2017, 1:49 am

Oh yeah, I’m in northern NV so we got .91 totality. I was on the job site so I just kept snapping pictures off and on.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: August 22, 2017, 3:05 am

I have a Swiss K31 straight pull bolt action rifle. Every K31 in civilian hands is Swiss military surplus, and one endearing feature is that most of them have, beneath the butt plate, a slip of plasticized paper with the name, address, and unit of the guy it had been issued to.

After finishing their mandatory reserve time Swiss have the option to purchase their service rifle. Obviously not all do and hence they began showing up in the US about ten or fifteen years ago.

The K31 is generally considered to be the most accurate service rifle ever issued.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 22, 2017, 3:25 am

Stoaty, I was 17 in fall of 1969, and shopping in a military surplus store for a Navy peacoat when I found a German map case and knew it would be the coolest purse ever. It took me a long time—sigh—but I put the map case back and bought the coat.

Watched the eclipse online.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: August 22, 2017, 4:50 am

I made an epic journey north into the depths of barbarian Wyoming, to reach the PATH OF TOTALITY. I want to put multiple parentheses around that to signify echoes, but apparently that has taken on another meaning entirely.

Anyway, weather was great, clear skies with a bit of smoke haze from the wildfires in CA and OR, which turned out to be a double edged sword. I got to see the diamond ring effect (very cool) and the solar corona, but I guess I was expecting a bit more action, it just kinda sat there, without really changing, flowing, etc. Also, I was a bit disappointed that the edge of the moon’s shadow was diffused enough that there was really not much impression of it racing across the landscape. I humped a couple miles up to a high ridgeline just to see that, sooo…bummer.

The flip side…once totality occurred, on the horizon it was like a gorgeous orange sunset, but in a full 360 degree circle. It was sublimely beautiful, and something I don’t recall anyone else ever describing in the various eclipse accounts I’ve read.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 22, 2017, 10:59 am

We were totally not impressed. Dallas was 75% 😎. We concluded that 25% of the sun is a lot of light.
Not a single zombie, NAZI, or dead Confederate to be had.

I own a P38 pistol, but I don’t really give it much thought except it’s accurate and reliable, but it doesn’t have dirty-bird markings and the Bundeswehr used it as their sidearm after the war so it probably has a long history of staying in it’s holster.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 22, 2017, 1:57 pm

Down here we wuz 75% too. Some people in my office had the special glasses, so I looked. At the peak of the eclipse, the sun looked like one of those orange crescent Halloween decorations. You expected to see the back-arched silhouette of a green-eyed black cat next to it.

The sunlight around us changed subtly. It was as if a very fine gauze were between us and the sun. The quality of the light was bluer (at this time of year it’s yellower than, well, substitute your own nasty simile), and the sun felt less hot. Not cooler, just less hot. Within a few minutes the yellow and the hot were back, and I slid back indoors.

If I’m still marooned here in 2024, I might venture to Little Rock to see the real totality.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 22, 2017, 2:46 pm

Lefty nuts & nevertrumpbots were whining that they could not appreciate the eclipse bc of Trump. lol

Comment from OldFert
Time: August 22, 2017, 2:58 pm

Gee — I thought the UK was a gun-free zone. Are those demilled or limited to blanks only? I wonder what kind of hoops someone would have to jump through to own that hardware.

As far as the eclipse, here a bit southwest of Savannah, GA, it was cloudy with some drizzle, so all we saw was some (further) darkening of the sky. Not much different than some really heavy cloud cover. Oh well.

OT, but I wonder how much longer Democrats will be demanding we remove monuments to Democrats and Democrat political philosophy that were erected by Democrats.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: August 22, 2017, 4:36 pm

In the far S-SW, we missed out on all the fun. Still hot and humid here, as is wont for the dog days of August.

Comment from Monty James
Time: August 22, 2017, 4:49 pm

That MG 42 looks like it doesn’t have a barrel, the shroud looks sort of empty.

OldFert, Democrats don’t care, and won’t be persuaded, if you point out their hypocrisy. They’ll just laugh, and go right on organizing the next riot. They are conducting a war against whatever they deem to be American identity.

Illustrating my point, this 225 year old monument to Christopher Columbus wasn’t erected by Democrats. But the stupid dirty savages saw fit to destroy it anyway.

Comment from Monty James
Time: August 22, 2017, 5:27 pm

Further to the Democrat war on American identity:

California Bill: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

We’re going to have to start spraying for these damned things, this is getting out of hand.

About the eclipse, I’m in Del Norte county, not far from the Oregon line. We had high overcast, and smoke from the Chetco River fire as well. Things just got dark and gloomy in the morning. Like the news over the past month or so.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 22, 2017, 6:05 pm

I have been reliably informed on many occasions, that just as all the NAZI’s magically died when the Third Reich fell, so too all the racist Democrats magically became Republicans when Reagan won in 1980.

Comment from Ben
Time: August 22, 2017, 9:58 pm

We drove 4 hours north to totality in Hartville Wyoming and it was mind mindbogglingly amazing. It took us hours to get back to the Boulder area. It was worth every single second.

Comment from Niña
Time: August 22, 2017, 10:38 pm

Yes, I saw the eclipse, or at least the 78% or so that we got in my neck of the woods. I had a lot of friends go up to Oregon, Idaho, etc. to see the whole thing, though!

Comment from AliceH
Time: August 23, 2017, 2:52 am

I am late reporting my eclipse experience because I live in the zone of totality and had out of town house guests. Took one to the train at 4am this morning, and the others drove off at 5am. Then I took a nap. Woke up, reconnoitered the bedrooms for leftovers (none), gathered up towels and bed linens for laundry (lots) and took another nap.

Where was I… oh yeah. The eclipse. It was awesome! Like gebrauschund, I was also surprised and delighted by the 360 degree “sunset”. I’ve seen partial eclipses before, but there was definitely something sublime about that last moment when one dark disk slides just a teeny bit more onto the bright disk and them BAM! both disks disappear and are instantly replaced by a ring of fire in the sky.

I am now doubly excited about the next one (in USA) in 2024, for which I am fortunate to once again be smack in the path of totality. Of course that one is in April, so we’ll have weeks of dreading an April showers weather wipe out.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 25, 2017, 10:36 pm

Durnedyankee @ August 22, 2017, 6:05 pm

…all the racist Democrats magically became Republicans when Reagan won in 1980.

A few did – or already had (Strom Thurmond). Most of the old-bull Dixiecrats died in harness. E.g. Senators John Stennis (MS, 1947-1989), Russell Long (LA, 1948-1987), Robert Byrd (WV, 1959-2010) (all die-hard segregrationists in 1964). Other Southern Democrat Senators in 1981 had come into office later, but had previous careers as known segregationists: “Fritz” Hollings (SC, 1966-2005; previously Governor 1959-1963). Several other Senators seem to have avoided explicit involvement in segregation (they were a bit too young) but were prominent in politics when opposing segregration was fatal: Lloyd Bentsen (TX, 1971–1993; former Representative, 1948-1955); Dale Bumpers (AR, 1975-1999; city attorney, 1952-1970); J. Bennett Johnston (LA, 1972-1997; state legislator, 1964-1972).

Actually, the claim that is usually made is that the Dixiecrats went over to the Republican Party in 1972, with Nixon’s “Southern strategy”. Aside from Thurmond, it didn’t happen.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 25, 2017, 10:47 pm

Oh, and as to the eclipse – I had arranged a ride from the Chicago to Missouri, but it fell through.

So… since I don’t drive long range – I got a plane ticket to Nashville, where the airport was in the totality track. I…
– flew out at 10:30 AM
– arrived at 12:05 PM and went outside
– watched the eclipse approach and reach totality at 1:26 PM
– went back inside after totality and cleared security by 1:55 PM
– watched the retreat from totality through a skylight
– observed crescent suns projected on the floor through a butterfly mobile made of leaves
– boarded the flight back to Chicago at 3:33 PM (15 min late)
– waited on the ground for 90 min while air traffic over the Midwest unjammed
– landed in Chicago at 6 PM
– got home at 7:45 PM

The eclipse itself was awesome – a ring of fire overlooking a darkened world.

It was the best $500 I’ve ever spent.

Comment from Not Moswald Osley
Time: August 26, 2017, 6:19 pm

*whistles under breath as light sets in

>A sportsman stands on Thames’ beach,
>And silently hums along.
>We care about nothing around us,
>And the whole world can
>Curse or praise us,
>Just as it pleases.

Comment from D. Rivensno
Time: August 26, 2017, 9:15 pm

There are many reasons to visit these shows, even if your compound already bursts with M43 caps, edelweiss (the one from “Sound of Music”), leather map storage pouches autographed by explorers, leather lampshades with consecutive serial numbers and suchlike.
You should totally present full face and profile takes to friendly co-enthusiasts and truthfully answer all of their casual questions about where you are from.
(just to maintain a sense of camaraderie and small talk). Also, never ever put your sailfoam in Airplane mode when you stroll by the displays.

My Holy Grail of search in these gatherings is the piece of lost Teutonic technology. Them Krauts were skilled engineers and hateful oppressors, so no wonder they made building such a contraption their priority.
I’d love a surviving copy of a pedal-driven brain-bashing machine. SS-mann Paul Waldmann voluntarily confessed to operating one on the Soviet POWs, killing eight hundred forty thousand and disposing of them in four portable field furnaces.
(Not since the Old Testament there was such an impressive feat of warfare logistics).
We have Waldmann’s notarized confession, no duress, no inducement, promise or any of that consensus building funny business.

The Nuremberg trials are a treasure trove of testimonies.
What would we ever do without eyewitnesses?

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 26, 2017, 10:23 pm

Have you always been insane?

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