Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Not Star Trek

(Via the View From the Porch)

Mr. Spock is not the last Vulcan.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bugging out--the eternal question

Bug out.  Shelter in place.  Bug in.  Preemptive bug out.  It's an argument that has went on in prepping circles almost as long as 9mm vs. .45 ACP has went on in gun circles, and like that one, it hasn't really reached a conclusion.

Some, like SurvivalBlog founder James Wesley, Rawles take the position of "bug out before the rush" and have preemptively moved out into the hinterboonies and established their base of operations from which they plan on riding our whatever comes our way.  Hell of a plan if you can make it work from an economic standpoint, but most of us have to earn a living, which means we're tied to some sort of population center.

Some have a place "in the country" that serves in quiet times as a vacation get-away, but where they plan on hunkering down if things get bad.  This plan is predicated on the assumption that they will recognize the impending disaster early enough to be able to beat the crowds trying to flee the population centers as the impending disaster unfolds.

Then there are folks like me, who are tied to jobs near metro areas and who do not have the luxury of a place in the country (or family who happen to live in the country who would take me in).  We plan on standing our ground where we are.  I have done the best I can in selecting a home that offers some ballistic protection, that is defensibly located, near open water, is as far away from the large metro area as possible, is not on a main travel route the the greatest extent possible and so on and so forth.  Life is full of little compromises.

However, even the most prepped prepper might find themselves in a situation where they are forced to bug out.  Mr. Rawles might find himself facing a roaring wildfire, for example.  I might face the same.  I suspect Mr Rawles doesn't a hot shot crew or a water bomber on the shelf; I know I don't.  You're going to have to beat feet, like it or not.

Other situations could come up that would leave even the best prepared of us in a situation where we were forced to abandon our castle.  The Prepper Journal has recently ran a two part series, Hard Choices:  Knowing When To Bug Out. (link is to Part One, Part One links to Part Two.  As usual, I don't completely agree with the author, but he has done a very thoughtful job on the subject, and it's far more complete than any I've seen before.  He looks at 30 different points you might want to consider when considering that age old question, "Is it time to bug out?"  He doesn't try to give you some BS formula, "Well, if numbers 1,2,3 and 8,12,16,20-22 and a 30 are all true, you must bug out NOW!  Instead, he is putting tools in your toolbox, giving you items to consider if you find yourself in this unhappy situation.

Worthy of reading, probably worthy of printing out and stashing in that Shit Just Hit The Fan binder you ought to be keeping.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Because we'd rather have dead recruiters than be publicly embarassed

The Pentagon asked Friday that individuals not stand guard at the military recruiting offices in the wake of the deadly Chattanooga terror attack.

I happily note that the governor of my home state, North Carolina, has signed orders that allow our National Guard troops to be armed while on their bases and at recruiting centers.  I have seen one who was very obviously armed with a sidearm.  I don't much care for Gov. McCrory, but he got this one right.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Damn...doesn't it suck when J. Edgar Hoover is right?

(Via Frugal Squirrels)

Some testimony from J. Edgar Hoover before a House committee on racial unrest in America in 1967 has an unexpected echo in 2015.

"Yep, professional protesters DO exist. You may also know them as "community organizers." (h/t @redsteezepic.twitter.com/CahMxXGVAi"

And we have one of them as President.  How do you feel about the chances of a "free and fair" election in 2016, Mr. and Mrs. America?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

You think that you're a survivor?

(Via Frugal Squirrels)

While his methods are at odds with those favored by most of us, Christopher Thomas Knight did what many would say was impossible--he lived for almost 30 years in the Maine woods in, basically, a tent.  Fascinating reading.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Still pissed

Now a bunch of the local Perpetually Offended would like to remove a monument to the men who fought for the Confederacy.  No, it's not "time to talk".  It's time for you to stop finding offense in every little thing you disagree with.

Here's another flag for your trouble.

A Presidential question

Not to mention any names in particular, but just throwing something out there for you to consider.  The last umpteen presidents we've had have never built a business, have never faced the necessity of making a payroll.  To the best of my knowledge, only one of the current crop of fools has done so.

Not saying that any of the current crops of turd burglars will make a good president, more or less a great one, but if our real goal is to "get America back on track"--that is to get our economy growing, new businesses building, jobs created and so on--would you trust a life-long politician, a lawyer, or a guy who has been there and done that a bunch of times with the job?

Like I said, just something to consider.

You know, I always liked Lynn Russell

Back when CNN was actually a news channel (yes, I am that old), I always enjoyed watching Lynn Russell deliver the news.  She had a certain "presence".

Apparently, the lady also has a certain presence of mind.  You've heard of the shootout in Arizona, one bad guy assuming room temperature while the Russells are explaining the situation to the police.  Now you can read Lynn's account of the event.  Mr. Russell, you have one heck of a wife, and you're no slouch either.  Returning fire while you're being shot 5 times?  Now that's a badass of the first water.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

“It’s the great conundrum of the South.”

(Via the Drudge Report)

Indeed it is.  And those who weren't born here, who didn't grow up here and haven't lived here all their lives are unlikely to ever understand it when some of the folks who were still don't.

Ms. Griffin, no one hates you, and no one is flying "that flag" to intimidate you.  You choose to feel the way you feel.  No one makes you do that.  Personally, I'd lose the baggage and get on with my life.