Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hard to tell what the UK Mail makes of it

(Via the Drudge Report)

The UK Mail has a story on the Mormons and their teaching of storing food against hard times, and how that is "... an idea that is increasingly catching on nationwide."  It really is difficult to tell from the tone of the article what the Mail thinks of the practice, but most commenters seems to be all for it.

I wish I had access to one of their stores near my home.  I'd probably need to add on a room, but I wouldn't have to worry about the food part of prepping again.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Worried yet?

(Via the Drudge Report)

So, when Wall Streeters are recommending stocking up on canned food and shotguns, do you suppose it's time to take this prepping thing seriously?  Get off of your duff and get ready while there is still time and while there are still goods available in the stores.

Speaking of which, I saw ground beast in the local grocery at $3.99/lb--on sale, mind you--just before Christmas.  I wouldn't be waiting too long if I was looking at starting a food storage plan.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas


From our house (yeah, don't I wish this was it) to yours, we at the Freehold would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.  Don't forget our fighting men and women scattered around the world, many still in harm's way.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mikhail Kalashnikov has died

Russia Today is reporting that the designer of the ubiquitous AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov, is dead at age 94.

Not a big fan of the AK pattern myself. but I respect the achievement.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Nancy Pelosi just ruined a pair of undies

(Via the Email List with No Name)

It's evil, it's black and it's magazine fed.  Best of all it looks like an AR.  Now all it needs is a bayonet lug.




Bigger mags wouldn't hurt, either.

And once again, "the question"

So we have another spree killer (fortunately an incompetent one this time) who decides to go to a gun free zone in a state that just passed some rather draconian anti-gun laws (yeah, both of those are working so well) and in the aftermath, we get what I've come to call "the question".  In my opinion it's a dumb question, because even if you manage an answer, it doesn't really help.

The big question still on Robinson's mind is: "Why?" He has dedicated a team of investigators to answering it.

Look, Sheriff, even if the kid left you a detailed note, it won't help.  You'll be no closer to intercepting the next one before he goes off.  As it almost always happens, law enforcement will get there in time to document the act and clean up the mess.

Besides, we already know some of the "whys", and we're not going to do a damn thing about any of them.  One of the big ones is the ever-increasing use of psychotropic drugs on kids.  Another, and I don't give a fried rodent's posterior if people like it or not, is the break down of the nuclear family and the traditional value structure that it used to impart to kids.  Yet another is the types and amounts of media that kids are exposed to these days.  No, I'm not talking about the violence in it so much as I'm talking about the lack of realism in the violence.  Someone gets shot and it's "BANG!" and they fall down.  No screaming, no blood splattering, no consequences.

It's time, and past time, that we face reality.  These critters are out there.  They will show up in places where we least expect them.  We need to not only be ready to defend ourselves and those in our care, but allowed to have the proper tools to do so.

Because  it seems to me that rather than the intended victim trying to lead his attacker outside (nicely played, by the way), it would have been a lot better if he had been able to assist him in his quest to assume ambient temperature and end the situation then and there.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Something different this December 7

Normally, on December 7 I will post something about the attack on Pearl Harbor.  I still am, but in a different sort of way.  While most commemoration of this day is about the loss of life, I want to take a brief look at a lesson we can draw from the event.

Quite frankly, the US was caught napping, and we shouldn't have been.  Based on my reading, it seems that our political leaders knew, or at least should have known, that their actions were pushing us toward a showdown with Japan.  Yes, there was a military buildup going on, and while some of it was directed toward the Pacific, most eyes were on Europe and the Nazis.  When the Japanese showed up bright and early on that Sunday morning, we were caught with cold boilers, planes in nice neat tight lines and most of our guys making a lazy morning of it.  We paid for that with over 2,000 dead.

Some would say that it's easy to identify this with the benefit of hindsight, and it is--or at least, it's easier.  But if you put in the effort to stay informed, it's also possible to see these things coming.  I liken it to the situational awareness that is discussed in self defense classes, but with a broader reach.  Just as an individual who is situationally aware would not walk through a parking lot without scanning the area, an individual who is situationally aware in the broader sense will not live their life without scanning the area they live in, the region they live in, their country and the world at large.

Yes, this can be a tall order, but with modern technology, it is manageable and need not take an inordinate amount of your time.  You pay the most attention to those things that are closest to you, either in terms of distance or effect.  The further away they are, the less attention you pay.  Using apps like Flipboard or Feedly and a smart phone or tablet, you can customize your news from a multitude of sources, prioritize the stories and keep up with it all on your schedule.

By keeping up with the wider world and carefully considering what you read or hear, you need not be caught unaware when something like an ammo shortage occurs.  When there is a particularly bad harvest season for a food that you like, say peanuts, you can go ahead and stock up on the peanuts and peanut butter ahead of time and save yourself some coin.  And you may just find yourself aware of the next big economic bubble about to pop before it does, and able to preserve your assets.  Or perhaps you simply figure out that it's time to take an extended vacation at your cabin in the woods a few hours before most folks.

You don't want to live your life in Condition Orange, and you can't.  Try to do so and you will wind up in the hands of those nice fellows with the funny jackets and strong medications.  But neither should you live it in Condition White.  Be aware, not only in the parking lot, but of the wider world around you.  You'll be amazed what you'll see.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Armed self defense--you don't automatically win

One of the things that those of us who go armed probably don't like to think about is what would happen if it all goes pear-shaped.  Let's say you're faced by multiple attackers who don't run when you go to the gun, even after you shoot one of them.

Defiant 76-year-old woman dies in shootout with gang of three who tried to rob her of bingo money

This nice little grandmotherly looking lady faced a trio of attackers who were determined to relieve her of her bingo money.  She shot first and got what sounds like a disabling hit on one assailant.  She was in turn shot by another of the attackers.  She died on the scene; the attackers have all been captured and are charged with murder.

We all have our training scenarios that we run through.  Do you have scenarios with multiple attackers?  Scenarios in which you must fight after being wounded yourself?  If you don't, you might want to add them into the mix.

I can think of several skills you might want to practice:

  • Target transitions--shifting focus from one target to the next in minimum time.  You aren't going to have a lot of time to stop and assess your shots--you must become confident enough in your skill to know that you have hit your target.  (A lesson that I learned from this guy, even though he didn't realize he was teaching it to me at the time.)
  • Rapid fire--multiple hits on multiple targets in a hurry.
  • Combat accuracy at speed--as opposed to traditional target shooting.  Many of us refer to this level of accuracy as "minute of bad guy", but it's more than just that.  It's all about getting multiple hits in certain zones of your target quickly.  Rob Pincus calls it a "balance of speed and precision".
  • Movement--if you're standing still while shooting, you make yourself an easier target.  Learn to hit your targets while you move.
  • Reloads--many of us carry smaller guns because they conceal easier and carry more comfortably.  They also hold fewer rounds, generally 5-7 for guns like the Springfield XD-S.  Practice reloading at speed.  (You do carry at least one spare mag, don't you?)
If you are a match director at a range, give some consideration to the two types of shooters who come to your matches.  You have the competitors, the ones who are out to win.  And you have the folks like me who are there to practice our skills on a clock.  When I get the opportunity to shoot a tactical match (far too infrequently), I know I'll never do better than the bottom of the pack.  I'm shooting full-house rounds out of the guns I would be carrying.  I don't "game" my stages, I shoot like I would normally.  Throw folks like me a bone, and design a stage or two for us with close targets and shooting from awkward cover mandatory.

If you are a range officer looking for a new type of match, consider a "self defense" match.  Set up the rules so that, as far as safely possible, competitors are shooting carry guns from carry holsters with carry ammo.  Make the scenarios realistic--home invasion, "knockout" victim and so on.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how good your turnouts will be once word gets out.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Urk?

I saw this this morning on Drudge and just about ruined a keyboard.


Yeah, buddy.  I want me some 18% interest rates, 65o thermostats, even/odd day gas rationing, WIN, leisure suits, platform shoes and disco.  I guess the old saying is true, the nut really doesn't fall far from the tree.

Karma is a bitch

Port Marion, PA po-po closes the doors after paying out damages, including damages for one for serial offending officer.  Locals worry that the lack of a police department might lead to more crime.  I wonder if it might lead to less.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, Internet

One could think from some of my recent posts that I would not be the person to find much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  One could be wrong.

Even though things do look bad in the world at large, from a more personal standpoint, I have much to be thankful for.  Mrs Freeholder and I are in good health (for our age) and are both gainfully employed with no obvious changes in that situation on the horizon.  Financially, we are in much better shape than most, thanks to many years of "doing without" so that we could buy with cash and pay down debt.  At this point in our lives, not owning people money is rather comforting, and something to be thankful for.

We have two healthy and intelligent children to be thankful for.  While they, like many in their age group, are having a tough time of it in the job market, we are thankful that we are able to help them out.  We're also thankful that, unlike so many parents, we actually have a pretty good relationship with our kids.

We are also fortunate to have all of our needs covered, both in necessities and luxuries.  We may live frugally (well, compared to many), but we are still able to go out to eat more than we probably should, see the occasional movie and do other things we find enjoyable.  There are so many out there who have to choose between food and rent that sometimes I feel guilty not having to.

We have a warm home and a full table when many do not.  I do not underestimate my good fortune; recently it has been the subject of several suppertime conversations.  My children have had the good fortune of being raised "middle class"; I want to be sure they fully understand what that means, especially now.

I hope all of you are able to find things to be thankful for as well.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Security Theater, Act IV: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

A part-time security researcher works out how to create some nifty MacGyver-ish weapons from items allowed in airport secured areas and, good guy that he is, supplies this information to the TSA and the FBI.  The TSA ignores him and the FBI visits him to ensure he didn't do his research in an airport.

Apparently no one is concerned that a jihadi ner-do-well could replicate this on a plane filled with folks heading home for the holidays.  Somehow, this just seems typical to me.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Well, now they've done it

It seems that the Evil Party has decided to push on with the job started by the Seventeenth Amendment--they have brought more Democracy (capital "D") to the US Senate.  At least they've only done it for judicial nominees; I assume they've decided to wait until next week/month/year before finishing off the concept of filibuster altogether.

Great Bleeding Ghu, it's such a crappy idea even the Washington Post allowed Lamar Alexander (RINO-TN) to op-ed on what a crappy idea this is.  Others note that the move may take what minimal amount of "common ground" that was left and run it through the wood chipper, as if that would be a bad thing.  (I like gridlock in DC.  Keeps the bastards from screwing up anything else.)

Not that any of this really makes any difference.  While Rush Limbaugh reports that the Stupid Party will put things back to rights if they regain control of the Senate and will refrain from using it themselves, I sincerely doubt that.  Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and when you couple that with an urge for payback, the Stupid Party will have a merry old time one day getting even with the Evil Party.  And We The People will be the ones footing the bill and doing the suffering.

Here, once again, is my take on the entire sorry situation we find ourselves in.  If you aren't ready for Bad Times, get ready.  There are a gazillion places on the web that will help you out with the how-tos of that process.  Go Google it up and start working on it now.

Things are speeding up, although it's hard for us to see it.  However, I believe that a careful consumer of media can't miss it.  If you only looked at the Drudge Report every day, that alone ought to be enough to tell you that something isn't right.  Couple that with other sources, and the view gets pretty damn clear if you ask me.  I can't tell you what will happen, when, what will trigger it, or even how to recognize for sure that we've reached the final stages of everything we know going to hell in a handbasket.  No one but future historians may be able to do that.  But it's happening.  I see it, I feel it, I recognize it for what it is.  Many folks that I talk to don't--they just know something is very wrong, that they are very nervous and it worries them that they don't know why they're nervous or what to do about it.

My friends, if you are feeling that, that's your subconscious sending you a message.  Wake up and pay attention to it.

This isn't a normal economic downturn attributable to the business cycle.  It isn't even an economic downturn attributable to structural change in the economy.  As best I can tell, this time is unlike all that has come before for many, many generations--literally hundreds of years if I'm right.  I believe we are seeing a sort of Fourth Turning event, but one where it isn't just that cycle, but one where a number of other cycles are turning as well--a sort of historical perfect storm if you will.  This is the sort of thing one sees, well, at the end of an age.  (Maybe the Mayans were right after all, and we were all incorrectly looking for a big BOOM! and missed the long and sustained rumbling of thunder.)

Things are going to get bad.  How bad we don't know.  It may be Great Depression bad, it may be Great Depression For Decades Bad and it could be anything up to Mad Max bad.  It could be Day After bad or The Stand bad.  It could be no worse than what we have now bad.  We don't know, and that's scary.

I have long suspected that there are people behind the scenes who are really running the show.  Not in some tinfoil hat conspiracy nut way of thinking such things, but in the old-fashioned "power behind the throne" sort of way.  But this time, I think that their "never let a crisis go to waste" way of thinking, coupled with their willingness to instigate a crisis if a good one doesn't come up when needed, is going to lead them into doing something universally stupid at just the wrong time.  And that wrong thing at the wrong time will be the crisis that precipitates--whatever it is that the event comes to be called.

I sincerely hope I'm wrong.  I'm too old to be playing partisan in the woods, too old to be trying to raise most of my own food, too old to watch the end of civilization as I've known it.  But this is one of those times where the price of being wrong is simply too high to pay.  I'm getting ready.

Are you?


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This guy wins the Internet today

Don't know if the story is true or not, but if it isn't, it should be.  Call it The Iron Law of the Unintended Consequences of Do-Gooding.

Now if we could just get the damn do-gooders to listen.

It's the cold and flu season

Along with more than a few other...interesting...diseases.  HealthMap will keep you updated on the latest hacking, puking or whatevering bug in your area.

If, in the midst of things, you find yourself in the need of some "doctrin'", The Survival Doctor might be able to assist you.  If doctrin'ain't what you need, perhaps The Patriot Nurse can help you out.  I've taken a class from her; the lady knows her stuff.

Remember, it's bean, bullets and band aids, people.

Friday, November 15, 2013

It could be useful

And it's definitely better than putting on a tinfoil hat.

Electromagnetic Pulse Protection by Jerry Emanuelson, BSEE

I've got no way of telling if it's science, BS or something in between, but it at least matches up with my limited knowledge of the subject.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The hell with that pesky Fourth Amendment

Some of you may have heard of the case where a number of Duke University lacrosse players were accused of rape--falsely as it turns out.  Well, the court cases surrounding that one are still working their way through the system, and the US 4th Circuit has just dropped what appears to me to be an unremarked bombshell.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said police can use a significantly lower standard than "probable cause" to justify a court order compelling a search and DNA swabs. The high court will not review that decision.

It's just the Fourth Amendment. We weren't using it anyway.

Monday, November 11, 2013

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent


Thank you, gentlemen, and now, ladies and gentlemen, for your courage and your sacrifice.  Despite our current trying times, we do not forget, and we honor you.  For those of you still deployed in far-away lands, we hope that you all may come home safely and soon.

Friday, November 08, 2013

In which Dick Metcalf is

Unless you've been hiding from the Intertubz, if you're any manner of gunnie you've heard the story about Dick Metcalf, who decided that his excrement had no odor and that it would be fine and dandy to poop where he lived.

Bad things have befallen him and his editor; they are now both unemployed.

I have failed to comment on this until now because I figured it was simply another case of a "professional gun writer" who had gotten thoroughly too big for his britches and who had been dealt with more or less as usual.

Oh no, Teddy!  Jim Shepherd of The Shooting Wire gave Mr. Metcalf the opportunity to say his piece on the subject in today's issue.  To put it nicely, Mr. Metcalf is pretty well arrogantly and cluelessly unrepentant.  Seriously, the man really does not seem to understand why all hands turned against him after his piece was published.  Why, we are all traitors to the First Amendment and probably diss our Moms and their apple pies.  Don't we understand he completely supports the Second Amendment "BUT"?

Dick, let me explain this to you in simple terms.  There is one clause in the Second Amendment that does not appear anywhere else in the Constitution or any other amendment:

"...shall not be infringed."

There is a reason that is there.  As Judge Alex Kozinski noted In Re SILVEIRA v. LOCKYER, the Second is a doomsday provision.  It's takes effect when the First and the Fourth and the Fifth and the Tenth and the rest are being trampled.  It is there for a time when brave men and women have no choice but to stand up for our freedom --a time when our own government has become the enemy.

Dickie me boy, that's why the language of the Second Amendment is so strong.  It is the guarantor of your precious First Amendment.  Without it, the First and all the rest are worth exactly the paper they are printed on, no more.

Now, you may feel free to whine that you were badly treated, and I've seen where the gun grabbers are using your misfortune to point out just how unbending most of us are on the subject of our gun rights.  All of you may go pound sand for all I care.  When you slam your dick in a drawer, it's going to hurt.  It teaches you that you don't want to do that again.

Now by way of parting, I'm going to answer your 4 questions you asked, just so you can see how someone who actually tries to live by the principles of liberty thinks.

1. If you believe the 2nd Amendment should be subject to no regulation at all, do you therefore believe all laws prohibiting convicted violent repeat criminals from having guns are unconstitutional? Should all such laws be repealed?

Yes I do, and yes they should.  Once upon a time in this country, prison was viewed as a place of punishment.  You committed a crime and got caught, you were tried and if found guilty, you went to prison and turned big rocks into little ones, made license plates, picked up trash or worked on the prison farm.  When you were released, you went back to being a full and complete citizen and were admonished to go forth and sin no more, because next time it would be a lot worse.  The concept was to scare you straight.  (Hey, that would make a heck of a TV show....)

Somewhere along the line, someone got the genius idea that we should "rehabilitate" the poor souls, and punishment was removed from the scene.  Coupled with laws that remove a convicted criminal's civil rights even after their sentence is served, all sorts of bad guy registries and mandatory sentencing laws, our prisons have went from punishing criminals and keeping them off the streets to keeping them off the streets and giving them an advanced criminal education while they serve their sentences--plus an incentive to go underground when they get out.  Yeah, that's working out really well.

Personally, I'm all in favor of giving them back their full rights after their full sentence is served at hard labor (Buh-bye TVs, exercise equipment, air conditioning and parole).  Couple that with a well-armed populace and the assumption that killing a bad guy when he is obviously in the middle of committing a crime is a civic duty worthy of reward and accolade and I think the problem will mostly solve itself.

2. Do you also believe all laws establishing concealed-carry licenses are unconstitutional?

Yes.  "...shall not be infringed" and all that.

3. Do you have a concealed-carry license anyway?

Yes.  I also pay my taxes, even though I believe that the Sixteenth Amendment is likely not kosher.  I may be silly, but I'm not stupid.  I pick my battles.

4. Are you thereby violating the Constitution yourself?

No.  Obviously you missed something in civics class.  The Constitution is meant to bind the Federal government, not individuals.  Sheesh.

I guess it's no small wonder you don't get the Second Amendment, huh?

I'd say that genie is well and truly out of the bottle

The world's first 3D printed gun--in metal.  Gun grabbers all over the world have just felt a great disturbance in their bowels the Force.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The long version

Say Uncle points us to the long (as in highly complete) version of what to do after a self defense shooting.

Lawyering up is Step 6 if I read correctly.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blegging Time

OK, all three of you loyal readers, my aging memory has failed me and my GoogleFoo is weak.  I throw myself on the mercy of the Intertubz and the hivemind therein...

I'm looking for a documentary on the band Lynyrd Skynyrd.  I've seen it a couple of times on TV; I believe on MTV or VH1.  It is most emphatically not Freebird:  The Movie or Sweet Home Alabama, nor is it the MTV "Behind the Music" special.  This one explores the history of the band in depth, has a crapload of interviews and lots of live performance footage.

Help a brother out, will ya?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

In which Bill Whittle learns to think like the Viet Cong

(Via Michael Bane)

Those of us who are of a conservative/libertarian bent are facing the same problem as the Viet Cong--the enemy  controls the ultimate high ground.  For them, it was the sky, for us, it is the mass media.  Not good enough that we have a flock of conservative/libertarian talk show hosts and bloggers.  We do not have one reliable mass media outlet to publicize our side of the story.  No, not even Fox.

Time to start thinking like successful guerrillas.

If John Mauldin is correct

Then we had better take all our money out of the bank and turn it into food, precious metals or anything else that will hold value and/or be useful in the future, because the central bankers are conducting a monetary experiment the likes of which has never been seen before.

(Yes, you have to subscribe to see it all--just do it, even though I'm going to give you the brief version.  It's worth reading.)

The central bankers are playing a very dangerous game.  Because the world's economy nearly locked up in 2007-8, we got Quantitative Easing.  Because it was only partially successful, we keep getting more or it--it's either that, or we lapse back into that locked up economy and we get a Greater Depression, which no one wants.  The downside is that QE is killing the prudent savers with returns, when accounting for inflation, in the negative numbers.  But the central bankers have decided that's OK since it's a better outcome than nations defaulting.

As you might expect, I"m going to call a healthy BULLSHIT!! on that.  I don't give a fried rodent's posterior if all the governments default; they ought to.  Yes, there will be a lot of chaos.  But the system, as it is now, is too complex and too corrupt to survive.  Those same folks who have decided that it's OK for Grandma and Grandpa to watch their investments slowly leak away are the same folks who have benefited from the system as it is.  Worse yet, I suspect that, in the end, it will all be for nothing.  Their complex system is too complex for them to control--something will happen and it will get away from them, with even more disastrous consequences than if they had simply allowed the inevitable to happen in 2008.

In computer terms, the system is BAD--Broken As Designed.  Time to build a new one.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tam goes on a rant

These epic events are always worth a read, because she is an excellent writer and a clear thinker.  This one in particular is worth it, because she cuts to the heart of the matter at hand, and, as I believe she would say, gets her wookie suit on.

Myself, I would say "Follow the money."  Who benefits from the War on (Some) Drugs?  Once you figure that out, the whole sorry enterprise starts to make a lot more sense.  Pitiful sense, but a lot more of it.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"As good as money in the bank!"

(Via Survival Blog)

Remember that saying?  That was before years of Federal Reserve-driven inflation turned a dollar into $0.04. (Don't believe me?  Go here, enter the start year as 1913 and the amount as $1.)

These days, smart money is turning itself into "stuff"--precious metals, jewels, classic cars--anything that it thinks will hold value.  Before the government confiscates it.

Funny, Mrs. Freeholder and I just had a short discussion earlier this evening on just how much longer we would be maintaining our current cash position....

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Read and take heed

On gun fora and blogs around the Intertubz, there has been endless discussion on how one should act after a self-defense shooting.  You might want to take your lesson from these two Winston Salem, NC police officers who were recently involved in a shooting:

Police said Friday afternoon it appeared the only shots were fired by the officers, though the officers haven't been questioned since they attained lawyers.

Yes, the cops have lawyered up, and in a similar situation, so should you.  That's not to say you should be an ass about it at the scene.  However, as a part of their training, police officers are taught what happens to a person in the aftermath of a shooting--the shakes, the urge to babble on aimlessly and so on.  The best training also teaches them to dummy up fast and lawyer up just as fast.

Your best move is to give the responding officers a very brief account of the events, point out witnesses and evidence and then tell the officers that you hope they understand, but you've just been through a very traumatic event and that you'd like to be checked over by medical personnel.  Unless everyone is pointing at you and saying "BAD GUY!", this will immediately buy you time, since it's a reasonable request they can hardly refuse without looking bad in court.  Use that time to forcefully collect your wits as best you can.  Ask for something to drink and a place to sit for a moment.  These are also reasonable requests that they will have a difficult time refusing.  When they decide that they've been reasonable enough and start questioning you, then you hit them with "Officer, I hope that you will understand, but given the traumatic event that I've just went through, I'd like the advice of my attorney before speaking with you any further."  And then dummy the hell up.

They won't be happy with you, and may even start to step outside the boundaries and give you the line about "If you haven't done anything wrong...."  Be polite but firm in your refusal to talk, even if they arrest you.

The freedom you save will be your own.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I knew it...I just knew it!

I knew the Republicans were going to cave.  Not because they always cave, but because that is how the game works when a "two party system" system is in reality a sham.  Oh sure
“We all agree Obamacare is an abomination. We all agree taxes are too high. We all agree spending is too high. We all agree Washington is getting in the way of job growth. We all agree we have a real debt crisis that will cripple future generations. We all agree on these fundamental conservative principles....
And sure, they “fought the good fight”--in a pig's eye.  What they actually did was a carefully choreographed dance with the outcome decided long before, and dragged out until the 11th hour just to be sure the sheep were good and panicked.  Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't all have bets down on Wall Street as well, just so they could score a few more bucks for themselves.

We have gotten the government we deserve.  Half the population can vote to steal from the labors of the other half.  Hardly anyone tries to educate themselves on how things really work in this country so they can protect themselves.  Most people pull the lever for whoever the media scares them into voting for this time, because the sons of whores on the other side want to cut Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamps and serve baby sandwiches at their cross burnings, which are all a prelude to rounding up all those damn so-and-sos on the other side and herding them off a cliff somewhere to the strains of the Koniggraetzer March.

I don't think I had dared hope that something good would come from this--as a matter of fact, I was sort of hoping we'd go ahead and default on the national debt and get the party started while I was not so old that I might have some vague chance of seeing the other side of the chain of events that a default would start.

Instead, we're going to kick that poor miserable can a little further down the road.  We're going to drag this out, spend more money we don't have, pile up more unpayable debt and in general ensure that when whatever it is that's going to happen happens, it's going to be even worse than it would have been if it happened tomorrow.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I strenuously suggest that you prepare like your life depends on it, for it may very well do so.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Watching

I've been watching with interest the "festivities" in Washington, DC this morning as the Million Vet March on the Memorials kicks into gear.  While this seems to be a non-event in the eyes of the mainstream media, over on the citizen's side of things it appears that, while a million may not have appeared, several thousand have.  So have the local law enforcement types, who might have been better advised to stay home.

So far, the only issues seem to have been the removal of the removal of the "barrycades" from various and sundry public spaces.  Given that this appears to be an utterly peaceful protest against a government mired in hubris and stupidity, I figure that the police  presence can do no good and could actually lead to confrontation where none was intended or necessary.  Of course, that could be exactly what those in power intend or think necessary.

Those in power need to remove their heads from their anal orifices for a minute, engage what is left of their ossifying brains if possible and consider that this is how revolutions get started.

We the people are getting good and pissed.  Time to see to all your preparations, both physical and mental (and spiritual if you're so moved).  While it could be that the herd is shortly lulled back to sleep, it could also be that the stampede starts in 30 seconds.  You don't want to be among the trampled.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Expect to see more of this

Much, much more, as every government that has the authority to levy a tax or a fine tries to enhance their revenues.

Earlier this week the home-renting company Airbnb publicly objected to what it saw as an overreaching subpoena by the New York Attorney General. The subpoena demanded data on all 15,000 of its hosts.

Airbnb lawyers have now filed their objections in court. Airbnb's petition, filed yesterday in Supreme Court in Albany, is more ambitious than the company let on earlier. It isn't merely trying to quash the AG's request for data on its users. Rather, a good portion of the 24-page petition is dedicated to directly attacking New York's hotel tax as unconstitutionally vague.

This, boys and girls, is what is known as a "fishing expedition".  The New York Attorney General doesn't want this information for just the Airbnb clients who reside in New York, but for all of them.  So if you are an Airbnb client who has rented you house in Iowa and who in turn has rented a house in Texas, the New York Attorney General wants to know about you.

The death spiral has started, and as it gets tighter and tighter, those in power will grasp harder and harder.  Get ready for it.

Monday, October 07, 2013

More, more on the Springfield XD-S recall

Guns.com has an update on the Springfield XD-S recall, with some interesting information and speculation of just what is going on inside your gun.  If you've sent yours in, don't be in any hurry to get it back.

There are occasions where less is more

This essay by Dave Carter is one of them.  Nothing I can say will add to it.. Go read.  Now.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Watching the Federal Government "shutdown"

I've been watching this farcical shutdown show this week and I just can't help but shake my head in disgust and disbelief.

First, how is it that it's considered a "shutdown" when 83% of the Federal government is unaffected by it?  That's like me shutting down my front porch and saying my house is unlivable.  Stupid on the face of it.

Second, we have the Chicago politics aspect of the thing.  The deliberate closures of outdoor memorials, the ocean and scenic overlooks, at a cost that is actually higher than leaving them open, is a totally transparent slap in the face of the American public.  A public that is starting to wake up and realize (at least to some extent) just how asleep at the switch they've been for the last several decades.

The third and biggest thing that strikes me is this--revolutions sometimes start from something small and inconspicuous.  Think about Libya--one guy setting himself on fire eventually brought down a government.  That one guy, doing something that we look at as desperate and foolish, started a cascade of events that ended in the toppling of a government.

You elected idiots in DC might want to consider doing your jobs for a change.  It's a while yet before we can clean house the nice way.  You don't want it cleaned the other way, and you never know when you've just done or said the stupid thing that starts that process moving.  I don't think people are angry enough or scarred enough to start cleaning house just yet, but the weather will still be warm for several weeks, and things can go to hell in a handbasket a lot faster than you seem to think.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

An American Dunkirk

In all the years since 9/11, I had never heard this story.  It's terrible and amazing and inspiring and makes me proud of my countrymen and gives me hope for a future that looks bleak on most days.  It's 12 minutes long and worth every second of your time.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Facebook can be said to be full of drek and nonsense

But occasionally, it will come up with something of genius.  It stands to reason this would come from one Michael Z. Williamson, who is one of the reasons I stay active on Facebook.

A literary analysis of the Second Amendment.

Dear antis, your argument is invalid.  Really.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Well, if you're a gun blogger, you gotta

There is some sort of Internet law that demands that we gun bloggers pontificate on the latest mass murderer who chose a gun as his weapon.  OK, I'll play.

I hope the poor, mentally-ill bastard rots in hell.  He gets no sympathy from me, sick or not.

If the government, in the persons of our military leadership, weren't such morons about our warriors being armed while on base, this might not have gotten so far.


I've also seen moronic debates about whether or not we should jump right in to defend our rights.  We damn sight better, because the other side has spokesfools and press releases all set up and ready just waiting for this.

And lastly, right when the whole gun control movement was about to stop moving again, we have some mentally-ill guy go to a gun free zone and shoot the place up.  I'm sorry, but this is getting to the point where the coincidence is wearing thin.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

And here we are

Twelve years on from the darkest day in my living memory.  I won't bore you with where I was or what I thought or what I did.   Search the blog for it if you care to; it's in here, hidden away in some corner among the old musty bits.

Somehow, things don't seem to have changed for the better much, despite another year of ol' President Hopey-Dopey-Changey and all his self-involved blow-hard BS.  Nothing but more of the same "Gee but I just love to hear myself talk!  Don't I have a wonderful speaking voice!  It's so damn good you don't care if all I'm doing is reading from the Federal Register, you idiots just lap it up as long as I coat it in Federal Reserve Notes for you!"

All is not dark on this anniversary of a dark day, however.  In Colorado, the citizens of that state have risen up in righteous anger and shown two total asshat politicians the door.  Even that good news is tainted by news of a further gun ban in California, where I urge folks to vote with their effing feet rather than trying to persuade themselves that they're "fighting the good fight" on our behalf.  Still, I take my good news where I can find it.

Denied a parade permit, tens of thousands of bikers made a loud and free noise in Washington DC today, thumbing their noses at the powers that be and drowning out those who sought to rewrite the history of this day.  I have to wonder if they could have found some tea and a harbor what would have happened.

One year on, we wait for the likes of our President and our current and former Secretaries of State to answer for their actions and inactions when our embassy in Benghazi was attacked.  The shades of brave men do not rest easy while they walk free.

Just a day on, I am Laughing My Fucking Ass Off at the discomfort of two of those same worthies as they dance about trying to explain just how a throw-away remark by John "I hated the Vietnam War but I'm all for bombing the shit out of Syria since I don't have to go there" Kerry has been turned by the President...wait for it...of Russia...into a peace overture that may give everyone concerned a face-saving if not exactly truthful way of avoiding the road to WW III or its general vicinity.  Last night's speech was perhaps His Chicagoness's highest effort of being against it after he was for it after he was against it.  It's a wonder his head didn't actually spin on camera as he tried to keep up with his own position changes.

And thus endeth my obligatory September 11 post.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Prepping as you age

There is an uncomfortable fact of life that you can’t get around—if you are fortunate, you get old.  And getting old isn’t for sissies.

Each of us ages differently.  Some, like my great grandfather, are healthy and vital right up until they die, which in his case was at the age of 92.  Others, like my mother, live into their 80s by the grace of modern medicine and exist their last years in a fog of dementia, cared for by others, alive only because someone cares enough to care for them.

But no matter what, as you age, you will find limitations placing themselves upon you.  No matter how well you age, you will not be able to do at age 50 what you could do at age 25 (unless you're some sort of genetic freak like Jack LaLane).  Let’s use yours truly as an example.

Early in my prepping career, back when it was still called survivalism, my grand survival plan was an Alice pack of gear, a location in the woods and some ill-conceived “My Side of The Mountain”-ish thing.  Sad though that sounds at this point, it actually put me ahead of 99.99% of my peers.  Today, I have relatively extensive preps.  I have stored food, water, guns, ammo, medical supplies, commo gear, clothing, fuel, tools and all the other things that we see listed on the prep boards and web sites.  I have plans for a number of likely scenarios that might affect me and mine in our area.  I pay attention to the news.  I'm still ahead of 99.99% of my peers in being prepared.

But you know what I’m not anymore?  I’m not young.  Instead, I’m a late middle-aged guy with 3 chronic health issues.  I take a fist full of meds every day plus another fist full of nutritional supplements.  They do help.  However, levothyroxone is a damn poor substitute for what my now all-but-deceased thyroid gland used to produce.  So despite the doc’s best efforts, I can’t put out the level of effort I could even 10 years ago, and I fight to stay only overweight.

Plantar fasciitis sucks, but it is a relatively minor issue.  I just have to be careful of what shoes I buy and I have some hellishly expensive inserts for them.  Oh, and that 30 mile walk from work to home after the Carrington Event takes all the electronics and makes them go z-z-z-zt?  The one that I used to plan on taking 3 days max?  Well, now I allow for a week if I'm lucky.  My “get home” bag is a masterpiece of lightweight hiking art so that I can carry enough food to make the trek.

Migraines are the worst of it.  They suck the life from you.  They started 20+ years ago and are still on the upswing—I doubt I live long enough to see the downswing.  Right now I’m on two prophylactic meds and in a good week I’ll only have one.  Bad weeks I have one a day.  You really don’t want to hear about the really bad weeks; those are the ones where I actually miss work and wind up at the docs.

Yes, to some extent I’m anonymously whining on the Intertubz, but to a purpose, I hope.  As we age, we must take the limitations that come with age into account in our prepping.  Failure to do so will inevitably lead to a failure to survive.

Let’s look at some examples of how my plans have changed as my physical abilities have become more limited.

I live far too close to large metro areas for comfort in the event of a long-term grid-down scenario.  While it would be a wonderful thing to be James Rawles and be able to live in the middle of the Great Western Redoubt, I have to earn a living, and I do it in high tech.  It’s what I trained for and it is the only salable job skill I have at this point, my days of being able to sell myself as grunt labor being long over.  If you do high tech, you pretty much have to live near large concentrations of people; that’s where the jobs are.  I am not in a position to quit and move up into the back of beyond where the mutant ninja zombie cannibal bikers will theoretically never find me.

In an earlier time, several friends and I had a plan to escape to a very lightly inhabited area we knew of in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  With our campers and tow vehicles, we could take a rather astonishing amount of goods with us.  Yes, the idea depended on getting out before things got bad, but we knew the back roads from our days of motorcycling them when we were even younger.  We knew it was risky, but we felt the risk was manageable.  We paid careful attention to current events and had a set of defined criteria and triggers to tell us when it was time to bail.

However, time passed and things changed.  We moved around, changed jobs, had kids and got older.  That plan slowly fell by the wayside.  As far as I know, only I and one other still prep at all.

So, what I've done is to move as far out as I reasonably can; actually somewhat close to that last prepping friend.  My house is relatively defensible, and I’ve went rather heavily into guns and ammo.  (Not a bad thing; they've always been a hobby anyway.)  And I've made my peace that in extremis I will likely do a Horatius at the bridge and buy time to give my offspring a chance to escape.

Another example is food.  Once again, let’s look at that worst case scenario, the long-term grid-down nightmare.  We live on 1.25 acres.  Allowing for the area covered by the house, driveway and walkways, there’s roughly an acre that could be cultivated.  That’s plenty to feed my family if intensively cultivated, especially here in the South with our long growing seasons.

There’s only one tiny problem.  Of that acre, around 3/5 to ¾ is covered in fully mature yellow pine trees, 18-24” at the butt and 90’ plus tall.  They would make magnificent lumber to build a couple of houses from.  They would be a complete nightmare to remove by hand so we could garden that space and feed ourselves.  When I was a kid, my Dad did exactly that on a half-acre with a crosscut saw and axes.  It took a year of his and my mom’s weekends.  The trees were half the size, and my Dad and Mom were in the prime of their lives.

Enter power equipment.  Chainsaws, extra chains, bars, bar oil, gas, sharpening gear, chaps, cant hooks—everything you need to do some serious jacking of lumber.  All needed and used on a regular basis since we heat with wood.  (I have neighbors with lots of trees they want cut down, and I am happy to help them out and save on my electric bill.)   A large 4-wheeler and trailer to haul with.  Gas, oil and filters for same.  I really wish I had a sawmill, but I'll never get that past Mrs. Freeholder.  The plan is, as soon as it becomes obvious that the scent in the air is TS hitting TF to start clear cutting.  If I can sneak in a chainsaw mill, they'll turn into nice material for raised beds and defensive measures.  If not, lots of firewood.

How about simple home maintenance?  Yes Virginia, you will have to maintain your house after Armageddon.  As a matter of fact, it will be even more important, because you aren't going to be hopping in the car and running down to the local home improvement big box store to buy stuff to fix what breaks.

Back in the day, hopping up on the roof to clean the gutters wasn't that big a deal.  Get a ladder, grab your gloves and the leaf blower and git ‘er done.  Now, my sense of balance is compromised to some extent.  Being on the roof some days isn't a happening thing.

Two words—gutter guards.  I prefer the micro screen kind, but I’m dealing with pine needles.  If you just have leaves, almost any sort of screening works.  You will still need to get up there to inspect the roof, touch up the caulking and so forth, but it becomes a once a year thing.  Consider investing in fall protection gear, because the hospital is going to be closed, too.

How about sleeping after something untoward happens?  Old folks don’t generally sleep so well any way, and most houses built in the last 50 years, such as mine, were built to be air conditioned.  Our old deck was rapidly failing, so we had it pulled off (sorry, too damn old to consider taking on that project myself) and replaced with a smaller deck—and a large screened-in porch.  Ever hear of a sleeping porch?  Yeah, got one now.  At least I’ll be able to get some rest after the end of the world.  Sleep is important, and will be more so in a bad situation.  Sleep deprived people make bad decisions, and bad decisions can get you terminally dead.

These are some of the things where I have had to make adjustments so far.  I see others coming.  Handrails—I see handrails and grab bars in my future.  When we had the bathrooms renoed a couple of years ago we had blocking put in for just that reason.  Broken bones will not be a good thing after TEOTWAWKI.

Bear in mind that this is just me, my life, my situation, my adjustments.  You, your situation, your age, your health and your life will be different.  Just as someone in Florida will prep for different scenarios than someone in Arizona, the things that will affect you and the adjustments that you will need to make will be unique.  I hope you’re like my great grandfather, and live to be a vital old age and just kick off after a long and healthy life.  But if you wind up being more like me, I hope I've given you a few things to consider.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Get your gun owner on

The NSSF has downloadable cards/fliers/smallish posters that you can use to show folks why you're proud to be a gun owner.  Guerilla marketing, anyone?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A partial answer to an old question, perhaps

(Via the Survival Blog)

A question that always gets asked by those new to the concept of survivalism/prepping is "How do I know when it is really the fecal material impacting the air handler?"  It's a reasonable question that in all honesty doesn't really have an answer.  You have to define your terms, such as SHTF, and everyone will have a different definition.

However, if we start defining those terms, we can develop some indicators to watch.  Any single indicator means little to nothing, but added together they can give you some advance notice (which could ranges from hours to months) that something wicked this way comes.

Recently, I've been actively cataloging things that I think may be those indicators.  Today, I've found one that may be another.  I rarely quote someone at great length, but this one has to be.
Given the razor's edge the financial system now teeters on, analysts estimate a Treasury Bond interest rate of 3.5% is about where a death spiral begins. Of all the 10-year Treasuries held in the world, the Federal Reserve owns a bit less than a third. Should the interest rate tick up toward its normal 4% to 6%, the Fed would need to "print money" just to break even, meaning more bonds need to be issued to put it into play. What seemed "manageable" is transformed into a runaway, self-compounding event. Rising interest rates also trigger serious effects outside the bond market. Derivative implosions, for one. The spiral starts when buyers see the Fed losing control of artificial low rates, which is where they get the 3.5%. The spiral ends when the entire federal budget goes to pay interest. The numbers suggest this could take only a few months, start to finish. Somewhere near the final rollover look for near-total wealth destruction when DC seizes nominally private accounts—retirement, savings, checking or what have you, partly on the theory private transactions are criminal transactions until proven otherwise. But mainly because the EU and South America have shown them they can. And what they can do, they will do.
Easy to track, can be tracked in an automated fashion with alerts sent out to your smart device, email or what have you.

Yes, I probably need to do something longer on this.  One thing at a time, these days.

Why do you need a gun in a park?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Oh heck, I don't know...maybe to protect yourself from being gang-raped?

A local council-leech puts it better:

“The new criminal we're seeing, they're bold, they're brazen, and they have a total disregard for life,” said Maria Cabrera, city councilwoman-at-large in Wilmington.

But this being Delaware, one of those northeastern cradles of the Revolutionary War, where they've forgotten that the burden for your personal defense rests squarely on the shoulders of the individual, it ranges from difficult to near impossible to carry a gun for your defense.  Because guns.

I just can't buy the argument that we get from people in these states, the ones that go along the lines of "Hey, if we don't fight these things here you'll be fighting them in the free-er states."  It doesn't work that way.  Look at Colorado, where laws just went from pretty darn good to crap in the space of a few weeks.

We're going to fight these BS attacks on our Constitutionally-protected freedoms everywhere, in every state, county, city, town and village.  It seems to me that, like the Free State projects, we would do ourselves a favor to band together in carefully selected states where we can mass the votes to keep this stuff at bay.  Let those other places go straight to the hell of their own choosing, and good riddance to them.

But that's just me, thinking pragmatically.

Friday, August 30, 2013

An old friend of mine once told me a story

It was about catching a guy trying to break into his truck to steal his golf clubs.  Back in the day, this friend was, shall we say, a relatively physical individual.  He took one of the target clubs and beat the snot of of the would-be robber.  When he was done, he told him something that has always stuck with me.

"If you're going to fuck with me, you'd better know who you're fucking with."

Crudely put, perhaps, but wise advice.  It seems that the players of "the knock out game" should start paying attention to it, given the number of folks who concealed carry these days.

Teens playing ‘Knockout Game’ target unsuspecting passerby, victim fights back with .40 cal

Shot him right in the sitter.  The idiot 17 year old is lucky the guy wasn't a lot better shot.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Recalls

Springfield Armory is recalling a batch of their XD-S pistols.  Yes, dammit, mine is on the list.  And just in case you haven't heard, Smith and Wesson has an issue with the Shield, as well.

Figures.  Just in time for our restaurant carry bill to take place, my favorite carry gun has to go home for a visit.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I promise I'm not dead

We are just coming out of silly season at the new-ish employer.  That, coupled with a particularly intractable health issue (migraines, if you're curious) has meant that most of my spare time has been utilized trying to keep the house going or lying about feeling like well-hammered feces.

I have a post, either one of those long Smallest Minority poss, or perhaps a series of posts if I choose to break it up, on a subject that has become near and dear to my heart.  In the meantime, I do find time to Tweet about this and that.  Look to the right and you'll see it.  Feel free to follow me if you're lurking about that particular odd part of the Internet.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's called "A clue"

Dear gun-grabbing anti-civil rights cult members,

Sturm, Ruger & Company are bringing 450 jobs to Rockingham County, North Carolina.  These jobs will pay an average of $45,000/year plus bennies, in an area where the average wage is around $33,000/year.

Do you know why?  Because North Carolina has rebuffed your Bloombergian BS and instead is busy being pro-gun, pro-rights and pro-business.

Suck it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I am so calling BS on this one

White House says immigration bill could boost NC economy

I'm sure that the increase in police, welfare workers, teachers and the like will account for most of that, he said snarkily.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Paging Dr. Hugo Pinero

Scientists have patented a “death test” that can tell people how long they have left to live. The simple, non-invasive test is the first of its kind in the world.

A painless laser pulse is applied to the surface of the skin through a wristwatch-style device. This measures how a person’s body will decline with age by analysing endothelial cells. These cells line the smallest blood vessels, capillaries, in our bodies and respond to complex activity elsewhere in the body.

Can't see how there would be a market for this.  Who would want to know when they're going to shuffle off?

The end is coming

The IRS is going after small businesses across the US with an intimidation campaign that questions if they're reporting all their cash transactions.  The agency says they are "simply seeking more tax information from the businesses."

My question would be why report any at all?  Just shrug.  Walk off and leave it, so they get no taxes at all.  The sooner the lights go off in New York the easier it's going to be on us.

Gee, why wouldn't you stay where they don't want you?

Kahr Arms is bailing out of New York.

‘‘We’re looking for a more friendly environment for our business,’’ said Frank Harris, Kahr’s vice president for sales and marketing. ‘‘Maybe we could have stayed here and built a plant, but the way the bill was passed left us feeling there were a lot of uncertainties going forward.’’

‘‘Why take a chance when we can be in a state where they’re not looking to cause us any problems?’’ Harris added.

It might not hurt New York in terms of finances, but that has got to sting from a political standpoint.  I guarantee that the pols never believed it would happen.

Thanks, Kahr, for standing up.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Z-z-zzzt

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

While we can argue that 22,377,600 miles isn't all that super close on a human scale, in astronomical terms it's pretty well a direct hit.

The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an "electromagnetic pulse" so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States.

Some of the allegations further into the article are downright frightening.

Edit, 8/2/2013 2011:  And it seems we have yet another hoax sucking in all sorts of people.  Carl Bussjaegar points us to the truth of the matter.  I've went out and checked myself (yeah, shoulda done that sooner) and found the same evidence in different places.  July was a very quiet month for good old Sol.

While we're mentioning Carl, you might want to click down to his free books.  They are damn good reads, and it's a shame that no publisher has picked him up.  And if you enjoy them, do free enterprise a favor and hit his tip jar.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Yeah baby!

I'm probably the last person to blog this, but yesterday evening Gov. McCrory signed HB 937 into law, bringing the North Carolina concealed carry statute much more in line with that in other states.  I'd like to thank the governor and the general assembly for their efforts in this matter, as well as Grass Roots North Carolina, whose tireless advocacy was instrumental in getting this done.

The NRA, on the other hand, gets a big wet raspberry for sticking their damned nose into things that are not their concern.  Stick to the federal questions, please.  As a learning experience for them, all my NRA-ILA contributions for this year will go to GRNC instead.

I'm actually quite stoked, since my current employer is covered under this law.  Now if they just don't post the place....

Monday, July 29, 2013

It gets better and better

Many folks think that Snowden is some sort of a traitor because he finally developed a conscious and ratted out his NSA bosses for their activities.

Don't be so quick to believe them.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

ZOMG, we're all gonna be eaten!

I've been rolling around survivalist boards, prepping boards and so on for a lot of years, and there is a common idea that I've seen over and over--that in the event of a major SHTF event there will be "golden hordes" of bandits, roving inner city gangs fanning out into the countryside,  groups of cannibalistic mutant zombie bikers roaming all over creation or just lots of hungry folks looking for a meal killing off the remaining good folks for their stuff.

While it may happen here and there, I think this is another place where our fears are leading us down the garden path, and for a simple reason--clean drinking water and the availability of it.

At this point, I figure anyone that is into the subject has head about the "rule of threes".  It comes in a lot of formats, but the one I have came up with is that you die after 3 minutes without breathing, that you will freeze to death in 3 hours of bad weather and that 3 days without water or 3 weeks of not eating you will be unable to do anything except finish dying.

Obviously, there is a lot in that that can be debated, but I want to talk about the water issue, because that's the one I believe will be the limiting factor in this whole roving gang thing.

It's a historical fact that water-borne diseases are big killers of mankind.  Before we discovered the existence of germs ("the germ theory of disease"), typhoid, typhus and cholera were a fact of life and killed people every day.  Even after we figured out the germ thing, people still died from those diseases, and they still die from them today. It seems to be rather difficult to get the concept of "Don't shit in the drinking water" across to some people.  And this will be an important point in a SHTF event.

We are all utterly conditioned to do our business in the toilet and flush it away, and that works as long as the power is on, the water flows and the sewers are open.  Turn off the power, and within 24 hours the water tanks will be empty.  Most people with private wells have no backup power for their pumps and no alternative to the electric pump to get water out of the ground.  In areas where sewage must be pumped to treatment plants (or for folks with septic systems that have macerater pumps), the sewer will start backing up even sooner.  So within 24 hours, 48 at most, both safe drinking water and the easy ability to dispose of human wastes will be in very short supply.

In cities and towns across America, most people will not know have a clue how to deal with this situation.  They will have no clue how to safely dispose of human waste, no clue how to purify water and likely little access to any water to purify.

Imagine this suburban scene:  A hypothetical suburban family in a hypothetical suburb--Mommy and Daddy and kids.  It's been 3 days since the power went off, and 2 days since the water ran out.  The stench from unflushed toilets would gag a maggot.  It's 90 degrees and our hypothetical suburban family lives in a house that was designed to be air conditioned.  Sounds pleasant, doesn't it?

So Dad is at least moderately resourceful.  He manages to get the waste out, and like his neighbors, tosses it into a ditch somewhere.  You know, the ditch where the rain runoff flows to the local creek or pond.  We have some air freshener, and that plus the last of the window cleaner and paper towels gets the worst of the smell gone.

But gee, we're thirsty.  The wife is bitching continuously and the kids are crying.  All the water and soda is gone, not that there was that much anyway.  Why store food when the grocery store is right down the way?  Except that now, the grocery store is empty.

But gee, there's the creek.  So Dad grabs a bucket and, like his neighbors, all of whom are in the same boat, manages to get a bucket of water with only a little dirt in it.  He takes it home, triumphant.  Except he knows that this stuff needs to be cleaned up.  Hey, the city filters the water, right?  So he gets the coffee maker, takes the filter basket and starts running the water through it into glasses.  Clean water for everyone!

Twelve hours later the diarrhea has hit everyone hard.  The toilets don't work, so they do their business in whatever buckets are handy.  They're too weak to go far, so it gets dumped in a corner of the yard.  The kids die first, followed by Mommy and finally Daddy.

Think it won't happen?  Then I fear you over-estimate the survival knowledgebase of the average American.  Don't believe me?  Conduct this experiment--ask a dozen people you know how to take a bucket of random water and make it safe to drink.  See if you get any correct answers.  I have; it's depressing.

Oh, and after this sad episode?  A thunderstorm shows up and all that raw human waste is washed into the local rivers and streams.

Personally, I figure if you can make it 30 days, the worst of the population die off will be over.  But you'd better stock up on water purification gear if you want to make it.

Another foreign policy fail for Obama

As predicted here, there and everywhere, the US withdrawal from Iraq has lead to a slow slide back into chaos.

We only had to put up with Carter for one term.  This jackass will have us ruined by the end of his second--and there is no Reagan on the horizon.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Victory is within sight

Earlier today the North Carolina legislature passed HB 937, a gun bill that repeals prohibitions against carry in restaurants serving alcohol, state parking lots, venues that charge admission and much more.  It also reins in some of the worst abuses by sheriffs of the Jim Crow-era pistol permit purchase system.

A lot of credit goes to our state firearms rights organization, Grass Roots North Carolina, who has the details.  It's worth noting that the governor must still sign it (or at least ignore it for 30 days) for it to become law.  Hopefully he wants to be elected to a second term in office.

Predictions of blood in the streets in 3...2...1...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Know-it-all

(Via Claire Wolfe)

78 Skills Everyone Should Know.  I can legitimately claim 37, although some beg for more details, like #16, operate a ham radio, for example,  Would that be tube, hybrid or solid-state?  I can do 2 of 3 and probably the third as well; just never had the opportunity to try.  There are probably a dozen more I could do with minimal effort to learn.

I won't live long enough to learn them all.

Detroit, America's first third world city

I'm sorry, but the bankruptcy is old news.  Detroit's been bankrupt for years.  Proof's in the pictures.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Really, Mr. President?

(Via the Drudge Report)

"...Trayvon Martin could've been me 35 years ago."

So 35 years ago you were being thrown out of school, smoking pot and scheming to illegally buy a gun?

That's comforting.

Not a police state, part whatever

(Via the Drudge Report)

A warrantless search by Federal Marshals not in hot pursuit of anyone.  Fortunately, the homeowner was not shot.  No dogs were shot either, but probably only because none were present.

Nah, not a police state at all.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Not buying Stumblebum's BS

Now that the ZOMG Dangerous Gunz! Locator app has been well and thoroughly poisoned with bad data (and a big thanks to all the folks who took time to do so), the creator claims it's a honey pot.  And even though he is a gunowner hiz ownself, he's all butthurt that

...a smaller component of the community that sees any attempt at improving gun safety as an affront to their second amendment rights. Reasonable regulations that do not interfere with anyone’s second amendment rights – such as universal background checks and trigger locks when guns are unattended in the presence of children – are needed to help abate the gun violence epidemic in this country.

Um, no. We don't care for something that lets sanctimonious busybodies such as yourself judge us by whatever standards that you should decide should be enforced today.  We're perfectly happy to practice gun safety as embodied in Col. Cooper's Four Rules, and we're OK with locking up our guns when not in use (or carried, or by the bed at night).

See you later, Stumblebum.  Sorry this little escapade didn't help breathe any life into that moribund CV of yours.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I was hoping to be able to do more

I really wanted to put my thoughts out there on the following two videos from The Patriot Nurse.  Unfortunately, time is working against me at this point, so I'm just going to present them for you viewing pleasure.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

22 maps and who's crazy now

I've got to stop random-walking the Intertubz...

Here are 22 maps, some silly and some interesting, that present different views of the United States.

Social "scientists" (sorry, but I have an engineer's distrust of the soft subjects) have research showing conspiracy theorists appear saner than "normal" people.

Why do I suspect if you overlaid the population density map with the loon map, you'd find some disturbing information that can't be explained solely by population density?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let the fun begin!

Yesterday I noted the "Gun Geo Marker".  Well, I guess they heard my derision; the app is out.

Excuse me, but it's time to poison the data.  Anyone care to join me?

Edit, 7/12/2013 2203:  Aw-w-w.  They've decided to limit us to just one location per day.  I guess I'm not the only one hitting them up with crappy data.   OMG!!!!  They be gunz here!!!!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Well, isn't this nice

(Via SurvivalBlog)

It seems that some anti-civil rights zealots have decided that they want to create an online geo-location service to be used for locating "dangerous" gun owners.  While they go so some lengths to say that gun ownership is a constitutionally protected right, and that just because you're a member of the NRA doesn't automagically make you dangerous, I think we can all see where this one will go.

Of course, they're behind on their timeline (the app was due out 5 days ago), so it may come to nothing other than a semi-troll.  If it does show up, I think we gunnies need to make a hobby of filling it up with the locations of police stations, AFT offices, anti-gun politician's residences, Wrigley Field--anything to fill it up full of noise.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Twitter

Twitter stream is over there -------->

These days, I often Tweet more than I blog.  It's a function of available time and interest.

Friday, July 05, 2013

SurvivalBlog

You've probably noticed that SurvialBlog has been unavailable for a couple of days.  I've been able to get in touch with the proprietor, James Wesley Rawles, and he sent me the following:

Please help spread the word to mitigate the latest ping flood attack on SurvivalBlog's main server. Folks can use this temporary site:  http://64.92.111.122. (You'll note that we've temporarily omitted all graphics, to minimize the bandwidth needed. Going "thin" makes ping flood attacks less successful.)

Apparently, someone out there on the Intertubz has gotten their panties in a wad over something he's said or not said and is orchestrating an attack on the site.  For the time being, use the link above to get to a stripped-down SurvivalBlog.

Edit, 7/8/2013 1900:  It seems that SurvivalBlog is back up at it's normal address.

Lot of irony floating around at the end of Independence Day Week.

(Via The View From North Central Idaho)

More on the "We're not a police state" front.  If you click, prepare to have your day ruined.

Just in case you haven't seen this elsewhere

It would seem that we are all TJIC again.

Dude, you need to bail outta that Third World hellhole you reside in.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Wowsers

(Via The Whited Sepulcher)

Here on Independence Day, I'd like to take  you on a little tour Libertarian Land--just so you can see what real freedom looks like..  Our hostess is Monica Perez.  Yeah, you can can stream her show on the Intertubz Sunday, 1-3 Eastern time.

Situation handled

That’s when police Capt. David Huff walked up to Wallace and shot him point-blank in the head.


Somebody pin a medal on that man.

Happy Birthday, America

Here's some hopeful news from behind the lines:

Yes, it's a little dark out there, but there is still light.  We will keep fighting--after all, where would we go?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nanny (Bloomberg) knows best

(Via the Mail List That Must Remain Nameless)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man who wants to be the first president of the Fascist States of America, has now decided that if fireworks are legal, the terrorists win.

I know the guy is worth a bajillion bucks, but is his 15 minutes up yet?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Let's see..multiple yelling men accost 3 young women in a grocery store parking lot at night, and they fairly predictably panic and try to flee.  Result?
A night in jail and charges for 3 felonies.

They should consider themselves lucky that she only grazed them with her vehicle.  I've taught my daughter that another name for an automobile is "2 ton battering ram".  You have to wonder just how the Virginia ABC morons would have reacted if she had been a concealed carrier and had defended herself.

Well, no, I guess you don't.  We'd have wound up with some dead sorority girls and an investigation that patted them on the back for doing a good job in difficult circumstances.

Don't even try to tell me we don't live in a police state.  I'm just going to laugh at you.  We're all guilty--guilty as hell of 3 felonies a day.  Most of us just get away with our "crimes".

The only good news is that the prosecutor had a fit of good sense and dismissed the charges.

Friday, June 28, 2013

A tiny little strike against the surveillance state

Claire Wolfe directs us to HTTPS Everywhere, available for Firefox and Chrome.  It forces a secure connection every time if can, even if you don't specifically ask for it.

Many other good tidbits in the entire post.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hm-m-m...

"Man arrested in shooting that killed teen, hurt 2-year-old"

So if you're 19 and you're the shooter, you're a man.  If you're 19 and the shootee, you're a teenage victim of gun violence.

Glad we got that cleared up.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I've got nothin', part n

I just haven't been in the blogging mood, whatever that is.  Been Tweeting some things (to the 4 followers I have), but nothing so far has really moved me to post.  So I am going to resort to the time-honored tactic of directing you to other people's sites.

I'm going down to the basement and see if I can do something semi-useful.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bug fixes

(Via Claire Wolf)

In the computer world, there is a long-running discussion on whether security bugs should be publicized as soon as they are found or whether the software publisher should be notified and allowed a chance to fix the bugs before notice goes out.

It seems that someone has been taking advantage of the latter group.

Why is the only button on the express elevator marked "Hell"?

Kindly enough, Claire offers some software solutions.

Monday, June 17, 2013

I love it when blog content arrives via email

Or, in other words, I don't have squat to talk about, so I'm going to point you to something someone else has written.

Both of these are from alloutdoor.com.  First, we have a brief discussion of old-fashioned, non-tacticool knives.  As the owner of some indeterminate number of pocket knives (I think they're breeding), I honestly find them more useful than the stealthed-up ninja knives.  I carry a single blade SOG (Twitch II, if you're curious) and  Leatherman Micra on a daily basis.  I own quite a few more, but these are my go-tos.

Second, we have a brief primer on super-de-duper LED flashlights.  While I may be a bit cool on the ninja knives, I am nothing but hot for ninja lights.  Again, I own a batch, ranging from an old C Crane that was my first LED light up to the Fenix TK-10 that lives beside my bed.  I won't even go into some of my modded up Maglights that run at 1000 lumens (and do so for around 4 hours).  Or the several LED camp lanterns of various descriptions.  Or the LED lighting that will grace our new screened-in porch (one of these days when it's finished).  Or the crapload of $1-$2 cheapies that are stashed everywhere.  You know, just in case.

Go have some fun with it.  Man doesn't live by guns and stupid politicians alone, you know.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Yes, I twiddled the settings

I've decided to go back to a Blogger template, just so I can take advantage of some of their gadgets and such.  I'll probably continue to twiddle for a while with backgrounds, fonts and so on.  Feel free to comment on the look; feedback is always helpful.