Archive for March, 2012

31 March, 2012

Bill of Rights Series: The Fifth Amendment

Ever hear the term “I plead the Fifth?”  Well, this is what that person is referring to.

The Fifth Amendment reads as:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Lets break it down…

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury,

This part means that you cannot be held for a crime without being formally charged with the evidence needed to show the authorities have probable cause to believe you are possibly guilty.

except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger;

Unless you are military during war or national disaster or local disaster that puts the public in danger.

nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;

You can’t be charged with the same crime again.  Once a verdict has been found, guilty or not guilty, you cannot be tried for the same crime again.  That is unless the first trial was tainted and found not to be a fair trial… meaning fair to both sides.

nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,

You have the right not to incriminate yourself.

nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

The government cannot take your personal property away from you, if you are not guilty of a crime, without paying you a fair amount.  That is usually fair market value.

Violation of your Fifth Amendment rights…

There are many cases in which the Fifth Amendment have been violated.  I suspect this is probably the most violated right simply because the accused doesn’t know the extent of their rights.  You can Google “Fifth Amendment Violations” and find a litany of cases.  Some examples are:

Foo Fong vs The United States

The Blockburger Test

A.E. vs Grant County Middle School

These are just three of the thousands of examples out there.  Before you screw yourself, make sure you know your rights.

Always remember, there are those of us who will defend you.  We would rather die of our feet than live on our knees.

III% Forever

28 March, 2012

Bill of Rights Series: Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment concerns the Right of search and seizure regulated.  Why is this one so important.  Well, it gives you the right not to be screwed with for no real reason.

The Fourth Amendment reads as:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Lets get the details

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,

You have the right to live in peace and not be assaulted by the authories without probable cause.  This means you can live your life without undue interference from the government.

shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The government cannot violate your right to privacy without probable cause or a justifiable warrant. 

Is this Amendment being violated?

Yes!  Regularly!  You hear all the time of people getting pulled over and searched because of their race, type of car you’re driving, part of town you’re in, and many other reasons.  Actually, the word reasons should have quotations.

This isn’t so much a problem with with federal authorities as it usually occurs on more of a local level.  I’m not saying the feds haven’t screwed up and violated this right, but it doesn’t happen as often as it does with local yokals.

What can you do?

Stand up for yourself.  When they tell you they want to search your car, home, person, or any other part of your personal life, ask them why.  Make them tell you what their probable cause is.  Tell them no, unless they have a warrant.  They’ll give you a hard time, delay you from getting to where you’re going, make you think they’re gonna arrest you; they may arrest you.  Do not give in, do not let up, do not let them win.

They can only do so much to you and if you’re strong, we can win.  We all have to be strong.

There are those of use in society that will take up for you, have your back, defend you.  There are those of us who understand that you may not agree with us politically, but we’ll still defend you.

I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.

III% Forever

28 March, 2012

Bill of Rights Series: Third Amendment

As with every amendment in the Bill of Rights, this one is important as the others.  The main reason for this one was the British military policy, actually most nations military policy, to use the citizens’ homes  to house soldiers.  Now days, with the logistics of combat doesn’t allow for occupying civilian homes very often.

The Third Amendment reads as…

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Lets break this down

This simply means that the government cannot force you to house soldiers in peacetime, nor in wartime, unless the law states you must. 

What law can the government make that requires you to give quarter to soldiers?  That’s whether we are at peace or war.  Well, generally, even though they can make you and me give quarters, they won’t.  Not because they’re so nice, but because of logistics.  However, you never know what the future holds.  In the event of civil war, you can bet your bottom dollar they would start putting troops into civilians homes.  Unfortunately, that would be soldiers from both sides.  At that point it would depend on who you support, as to who you let stay in your home without offense.

What to do from your side…

Vote.  As I always say, speak up and protest.  Keep in mind, the Third Amendment is not being violated, to my knowledge, at this time.  I have heard of no cases in which it is.  I doubt that this one will be violated any time soon.  Luckily, that’s just one less thing to worry about right now.

III% Forever

28 March, 2012

Bill of Rights Series: Second Amendment

There is a lot of debate on what the Second Amendment is all about.  In my work, I deal with a lot of liberals who say the Second Amendment isn’t needed.  They say that if it is needed that its only good for allowing people to hunt and shoot for sport.  I tell them they are dead wrong.

The Second Amendment reads…

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Just like the First Amendment, this one cannot stand alone.  While it may seem to some to be more important than the others, it is not.  It is equally important to all the others.  So lets break the amendment down like we did the First.

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,

The militia isn’t really for an invading army, although it can be used for such an occurrence.  The real reason for a militia is to defend against any aggressor, whether they be foreign or domestic.  An overbearing federal government can be an enemy the people need defense from.  The enemy can also be as domestic as a local government corrupted by their own greed and ambition.

the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

It cannot be more clear than that.  The right of the people to have weapons shall not be restricted.  I have some liberal friends that say the Second Amendment doesn’t specify what arms the people can have.  As far as they’re concerned, I still have my rights if the government says I can have a stick.  That cannot be further from the truth.

Here’s the reason; the Bill of Rights was left relatively vague for a reason.  It does not specify what the government can do, it specifies the limits on the federal government.

The fact of the matter is that before the Gun Control Act of 1968 there were no real restrictions on what kind of weapons you could own.  That meant we, as citizens, could be on an even keel with federal and state authorities.  Not any longer.  In fact, if you’re on equal standings, arms speaking, with the government, you’re in deep dookie.

How are we to defend ourselves?

How are we to defend ourselves from a tyrannical government if we cannot have the same weapons they have?  Clearly, finances would deter some of that anyway, but even if the money was there how do you stand up for your liberties without the types of arms the aggressors have?

Well, until the shit hits the fan, we have the political system as it stands.  We don’t need heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.  If the rubber ever does meet the road and we find ourselves in a situation where we do need that kind of firepower, we’ll get it.  Don’t you worry about that.  Until then, vote, speak up, be loud and be strong.  Don’t stand down under orders to do so.  Keep your liberties sacred so that your children and grandchildren can have them.  Let them experience what freedom really tastes like.  Maybe one day, we’ll taste it too.

III% Forever

I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.

27 March, 2012

Bill of Rights Series: First Amendment

Why is the First Amendment so important?  What does it do for us; to us?  Well, this is the first in a series that looks at each of the Amendments in our Bill of Rights.

What is the First Amendment?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Lets look at this in more detail.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

It says exactly what it says.  The government cannot make or promote any particular religion or prohibit anyone from practicing any religion, be it Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, or whatever

or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;

The government cannot and shall not prevent anyone, whether they be the press or a private citizen, from freely speaking.

or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This part means you can rally or assemble and PEACEFULLY and send your concerns to the government for a solution.

It is simple as that.

If it’s that simple…

Then why are people arrested for practicing their First Amendment?  Why are people, on both sides of the political fence, persecuted for speaking their mind?

There are cases after cases of people being treated just as so for exercising their First Amendment Rights.  A black man who protests police treatment of blacks and Hispanics.  He protests right out in front of the Supreme Court.  This man, although I don’t know that I agree with his argument, didn’t do anything wrong.  He simply held a sign.  He didn’t talk to or at anyone.  However, he was still treated as if he were a criminal.  The guy was doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment right.

This isn’t the first time someone has been persecuted in recent years for their views.  It happens all the time.  It has got to stop.  We have got to stop this from happening to us.

Look at the men praying in front of the White House.  They were told to stop and go elsewhere.  They refused to comply and were arrested.  I’m glad they were arrested.  It shows the extent the government will go to in an attempt to force their heavy handed authority on the public.

They even have free speech zones.  Places they can make you go to if you want to speak out.  They’re all over the country from our capitols to our college campuses.

What you can do

Speak up! Don’t just sit there and let them take our rights from us.  Those of you who allow the government to come in and shut you up, deserve to be shut up.  If you don’t exercise your rights, you lose them.  Its the same as with your muscles.  If you don’t exercise your muscles, you’ll lose them.  It’s the same thing.

Get yourself arrested for exercising your rights.  I don’t mean to go out and commit an actual crime, but when the authorities tell you that you can’t protest, pray, speak, assemble, or rally; you tell them to kiss off.  When they threaten to throw you in jail and make life hard on you, tell them to do their worst.  When they threaten your job, your freedoms, your lifestyle; give them the proverbial finger and keep going.  Don’t back down.  Never back ground.  Never give your rights away.

Exercise is hard

Exercising your rights can be difficult.  It can cost you so much.  However, would you rather have an easy life and live as a slave? Or would you rather be free under any circumstance, regardless of what you have to deal with?  If you chose the first, you get what you deserve.  I’d take the latter.  I will bow to no man, I will be no one subject.

I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

III% Forever.

22 March, 2012

Political Pandering in the Heartland

There are a lot of reasons for anyone running for president to go to the “flyover” states right now.  We have the oil and natural gas; we have the wind they want for their wind energy.

Although, I’m conservative, I will support a Democrat if they are the right person for the job.  I will condemn the actions or statements of a Republican if they do something stupid.  With that said, I’m going on the offensive with out President first.

Obama in Oklahoma

So, Obama comes to Oklahoma today to tour the Cushing Pipeline facility and give his grand speech about how his administration made this happen.  He’s going to tout about the huge number of feet of pipeline that’s been made possible because of him.  He’s going to tell us how he is expediting our pipeline.

The facts “per the GOP”

There were no where near the number of permits or pipeline feet produced that Obama said.  In fact, the Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to stop issuing permits by the Obama Administration last year.

Why is He Here?

The only reason Obama is here is for his reelection campaign.  Why else would he go to the reddest state in the union?  He came here because of the flack he’s caught over the pipeline decisions he’s made and his energy policy.  He’s using us as pawns to further his campaign.

Well, I for one say no, Mr. President, you will not use us.  You will not make us part of your campaign.  We know you screwed us and now you want our votes. We’ve seen it before from you and other politicians.  We may be polite to you as that is our nature here in Oklahoma, but we don’t like being played for fools.

If the GOP candidates did that…

If the GOP candidates pulled this kind of stunt, you’d bet they’d hear about it.  Think of how it would work if Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, or Paul went to, say, New Jersey or Conneticut and started spouting off their support for liberal policies.  The left in those areas would eat them for lunch.

If a GOP candidate comes to Oklahoma and talks oil, we know that it’s more likely to be sincere.  If the GOP came here and promoted socialized healthcare, we’d know they were fake.

Understand, Mr. President, that I say this with the utmost respect for the office of the president.  Mr. President, we know you’re pulling a fast one for the votes.  Let’s see some integrity and just try to convince us why your left-leaning energy policy will work and let us decide what we like better.

21 March, 2012

Civil or Uncivil Discourse

Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis’ office was attacked by someone throwing molotov cocktails.  While she wasn’t there, herself, two of her staffers were.  Generally, when you have someone become violent toward a politician, it is politically motivated.  Obviously, that’s not always the case, but generally, I’d say it’s the case.  No one was hurt in the attack, but I’m pretty sure they had the crap scared out of them.

You normally have two types of people who commit these attacks.  They tend to be either left wing nutjobs or right wing nutjobs.  You tend to see more violence ffrom the left than the right, but you do get the occaion that some right winger gets too wound up and snaps.

Today, we’re going to discuss when to use civil discourse or when to use uncivil discourse.

Civil Discourse

Generally, civil discoursde is the way to go.  You can get up and protest something, have a sit-in and get arrested for non-compliance.  If civil dicourse is done correctly, you’ll see results in a lot of cases.

One problem you have in civil discourse is that what may be civil to one group, may not be considered civil to another.  You know, as well as I do, that politics is a heated debate and a lot of people become very passionate about it.

Primarily, you see civil discourse in the Tea Party, Sons of Liberty Riders, parts of the Occupy movement.  Civil discourse tends to get bad publicity as trouble makers and such.  You know, the left calls the Tea Party names like Tea Baggers.  Occupy called Flea Baggers.  The names go on and on.  You’ll notice that the two conservative groups I listed have not become violent, but the one liberal group has.

Uncivil Discourse

Uncivil or Noncivil discourse has a place in our society.  However, you must be careful about how and when you use it.  That’s the big problem in today goings-on.  People are resulting to violence too quickly and its not necessary.  You find a lot of this kind of behavior from the Occupy Wall St people as they have a history of attacking small businesses, assaulting passersby in nice cars, deficating in public, etc.  This isn’t the first time the left has become violent and destroyed property that doesn’t belong to them.

Now, like I said, uncivil discourse does have a place in our society.  That place is when all other forms of discourse breakdown.  In order to be a break down, there are certain things that have to happen.

1) Your civil discourse has been met with violent counter attacks,

2) The authorities have squashed all attempts at civil discourse,

or 3) the rights have been simple taken away.

At that point, I’d suggest its time to follow in the words of our forefathers and the original intent of the 2nd Amendment.

20 March, 2012

Malia Obama & Friends in Mexico for vacation?

This is a country that our government tells us to stay out of.  They have good reason.  It’s dangerous as hell down there with the drug cartels and violence and such.  So why is President Obama ok with sending his little girl down there with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents?  People say to leave the kids alone.  If the tax payers weren’t footing the bill for her little vacation, I’d agree.  But we are paying for it.  It is our tax dollars that’s being used to send this kid to a country that our State Department says is too dangerous for ordinary citizens to go to.  So the President’s daughter goes down there?

Now, my question is why are all websites and bloggers taking down the story.  Are they being bullied?  Is it based on the tradition that you just don’t report on that sort of thing.  You know, she’s not the president, she’s a child.  However, she’s gone to a dangerous place on tax payer dollars.

What the hell is this country coming to when people put up stories and then are made to take them down?  This isn’t simply something like a bunch of reporters just coincidentally taking down stories.  Someone’s behind this and the government has to stop bullying news outlets and bloggers.

Remember the 1st Amendment?  We do. 

We tend to remember all of them.


20 March, 2012

Over Reaching Authority?

As you may know, a 17 year old boy was shot and killed in Florida the other day by a neighborhood watch captain.  The boy was simply walking home and the guy shot him, claiming self-defense.  It was noted the 17 year old victim was unarmed.  However, since the victim was black and the suspect is, according to police, white, it has become a race issue.  The suspected shooter considers himself Hispanic and his family says he is not a racist.  Whether racism was the intent or not, that’s what it has become.  Since it’s a race issue now, it is being investigated as a hate crime, which means the Department of Justice is involved.

Here’s my beef with the DOJ involvement

This is a local issue that needs to be handled by local police; state police at the most.  If this was a murder based on race, the locals or state can figure that out.  Just because the victim was black and the suspected shooter is white, doesn’t mean it’s a hate crime.  If the roles were reversed, there would be no federal intervention. 

You can’t tell me that there aren’t minorities that hate whites and kill them based on race, but the feds stay out of it. 

One thing I’ve noticed over the last several years is that the federal government likes to put its boney little fingers into everything.  It was bad enough under Bush with TARP and such, but it’s become even worse under Obama with the likes Obamacare, all the other stimulus bills, negating the Defense of Marriage Act, and other ways he’s undermined the Constitution.

My problem with the Justice Department really comes down their meddling in local affairs.  This is nothing new; anytime they get a chance to get involved with something they jump on it like kids to candy.

I mean lets look at the DOJ for a minute.  What agencies do the comprise of? ATF and FBI are the big ones.  Those are the same morons involved in the Fast & Furious scandal.  As you know this isn’t the first time they’ve gone and screwed up costing innocent lives.  Look at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

As far as Ruby Ridge and Waco are concerned, I’m not debating the need for federal involvement.  I’m talking about the tactics they used.  In both cases, people needlessly died as a result of an overbearing federal police agency.

More over reaching by Obama?

President Obama signed an Executive Order that updates presidential authority to take control over national defense resources in time of emergency.  It has a lot of people debating whether he has expanded the power of the Whitehouse or has simply re-organized the existing rules.

This Executive Order, according to its contents, is to make sure the U.S. is prepared to mobilize technological and industrial resources “capable of meeting national defense requirements” and ensure “technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency.”

It orders Cabinet agencies to determine military and civilian staffing and evaluate access to resources like suppliers, materials, skilled labor and professional and technical personnel. The Executive Order is intended to ensure the U.S. government is prepared “in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States.”

The executive order gives the homeland security secretary authority to issue guidance to other department heads to establish and activate a National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) composed of experts in the private and public sector — though not full-time federal employees — to fill executive positions in the federal government in the event of a national defense emergency.

That includes employing consultants or other experts without compensation.  That’s right, without compensation.  What do you have when you don’t pay your workers and you make them work for you?  Slavery.  If you listem to my podcast on Talkshoe ot iTunes, I spoke of slavery to a welfare system last night.

The labor secretary can also begin training workers to help address national defense requirements.

The order scopes out the different roles of the National Security Council, Homeland Security Council and National Economic Council in advising the president — giving the secretary of homeland security authority to provide for the central coordination of the plans and programs delegated under the order.

Central coordination; centralized.  What good comes from an overly-centralized government?  None.  When one agency has too much power, it becomes corrupted.  It becomes a thorn in liberty’s side.

While much of this order seems boilerplate and nothing new, people are going to question the timing.  It appears to many that we are heading toward war with Iran, gas prices are climbing, and people wonder if this updated EO is really just a lot of nothing or rather a power grab.  This is not the first president to step out of line and take more freedoms in tha name of liberty or security; remember the Patriot Act?  However, our current president seems to like to take more than anyone else. 

This updated EO appears on the surface to relatively nothing, but don’t be fooled.  There’s always something; especially with an administration that likes to step on our Constitutional rights and legislate or EO or freedoms away.

It’s that simple.

How does a prepper deal with this?

Preppers tend to be Libertarians.  They tend to like to have less government intervention, be more self reliant than most, more about your rights, as well as theirs.  Any expansion of federal powers in not in the best interest of the people.  Federal involvement in some issues is good, but not in most issues.

A couple of examples are civil rights.  Federal involvement in civil rights is a good thing, as without it I believe we would still be in some seriously disgraceful times.  Another area that the federal government needs to be involved is interstate commerce, especially when it comes to making sure that commerce is mutually beneficial between the states.  You know, we don’t want one state charging an obscene tariff or another state blocking interstate traffic.  There are other areas that the federal governement needs to be involved, but not in everything.

Right now, it seems, the feds are getting involved in everyhting and that’s simply too much.

So what’s a prepper to do?  Well, as the government works its way toward more of a welfare state, we do whatever we can to stay out of the system.  Growing your own food and keeping a job is good for starters.  Maybe have two jobs for a while to get ahead or caught up. 

Following a self-reliant lifestyle is more than reading a couple good blogs or listening to a couple good podcasts.  Its more than just watching TV shows about people and their worries of the coming global superstorn or whatever major disaster they see coming.  It’s about actually doing something for yourself and your family.  It’s about taking measure to have yourself in a position to keep learning and staying on top of your preps.

It’s also about knowing that you don’t know everything and that you can continue to learn everyday.

Feel free to comment any questions and listen to Prepper Politics on Talkshoe or download it from iTunes.

18 March, 2012

Urban Survival vs Rural Survival

What do you think of when you think survivalist?  I used to think of some weirdo in camo, matted hair, and a long beard.  You know the guy that thinks the government is after him and everyone’s out to get him.  Well,while the term survivalist does conjure up an image similar to Bill Murray in Caddy Shack, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Now days, most survivalist prefer the term prepper as a way to separate themselves from that stigma.  I am a prepper; I believe people should take measure to be able to weather the storms of our political environment, storm seasons, and other natural disasters.

You’ll remember in previous articles, we discussed everyday carry items and bug-out bags, or when to bug in or bug out.  In this article we will cover several basics to prepping from food production to home defense; the difference between urban survival and rural survival.  The primary focus here is how the urban survival and rural survival differ in detail.

Food production in an urban survival setting

In an urban setting, food production may seem out of reach, but it’s not as difficult as you may think.  As I mentioned in a previous article, it takes some creativity.  So, lets get started with your food production on a relatively small budget.  Plastics pots, grow lights or southern exposure, and some seeds.  That’s it.  That’s what it takes to get started.  Grow lights can be as simple as regular light bulbs or professional lamps used in greenhouses, although those would be pretty expensive.  You may not be able to grow a lot, but you can offset your grocery bill and there are no growing seasons to deal with.

If you’re in a home with a yard, then simply plant a garden.  You can grow indoors during the colder months if you like.  You may also decide to have small animals for protein.  Rabbits, chickens, doves, and quail all make great small livestock to feed your family.

Prepping to bug-in for urban settings

You know as well as I do that it takes time to grow food.  In the mean time, you need to have food saved up.  Having a food store sounds expensive, too, I know.  However, no one said you have to buy your whole food store all at once.  While there are great companies that will sell you the food at pretty decent prices, it’s still expensive and there is no reason to buy it when it’s priced to a point that it will hurt your finances.  If you can afford it, look at Mountain House.  If not, just buy extra canned vegetables, fruits, and meats.

When you go to the store and do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra.  If you buy green beans, for example, buy and extra can or two.  The simple rule here is to rotate your stock so that you have nothing expiring and going bad.  Eat what you store and store what you eat.  You don’t want to go changing your diet in the event that you have to eat your stored food.  Besides, if you have kids, keeping their diet the same will save you a lot of headaches.  In a situation such as this, the more headaches you can avoid, the better.

Next, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of water.  You’ll need 2 quarts per day per person to drink.  That doesn’t include washing, cleaning, or any other uses for water.  So, have a couple gallons per person per day for as long as you’re prepared to be holed up.  Gallon jugs of water are not expensive, but they take up space.  Therefore another method would be a water bob.  This is a similar to a waterbed mattress that fits into your bathtub and you fill it with water.  That way you have potable water available.  They’re only about $25 before shipping and would take up less space than storing gallons of water.

Next on the list is home defense.  There are multiple methods of home defense; firearms, alarms, hedges in front of windows, lighting, etc.  Do not depend on just one of those methods, if possible, to defend your home.  Let’s break down each of the methods from most passive to aggressive.

Lighting:  Having adequate lighting around your home is a great passive deterrent to criminal activity.  Flood lights work best, but your neighbors may not like you too much if you go that route.  Regardless of what kind of lights you put in, having a well let area around your home is the first step to deterring criminals.

Hedges: Prickly hedges like holly are great deterrents.  While they won’t stop someone from getting in, they do make it more difficult.  Criminals tend to go for easy targets first.  Make getting in inconvenient and they’ll pass you up for the next house.  Some other plants you can use are:

  • Argentine Mesquite
  • Honey Locust
  • Black Locust
  • Bougainvillea
  • Climbing roses
  • Blackberry vines
  • Catclaw creeper
  • Pyracantha or fire thorn bush
  • Catsclaw acacia
  • Cacti
  • Rugosa roses
  • Oregon grape holly
  • Washington hawthorn tree

Next on the list is the alarm system, preferably monitored.  There are a number of different companies out there that monitor alarm systems and you can find some that are very good for a lower cost.  You also have the choice between wired or wireless communications to the monitoring station.  While wired is generally lower cost, there is a phone line required to work.  If that phone is disconnected, your system is no longer being monitored.

The most aggressive form of home defense is the firearm.  Now don’t go all Rambo and spend tons of money of the top of the line pistol.  First, you need to learn how to shoot.  There are other factors to consider before making a purchase.

First of all, experience is a huge factor.  So is age, gender, and skill.  Yes, I said gender.  Women tend to have weaker wrists than men.  Elderly people tend to have the same issue.  Therefore, a revolver would be better than an automatic.  However, the best thing you can get would be a pump shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge; I prefer 12 gauge.  Using a shotgun give you more of a point-and-shoot capability rather than having to aim.  This helps when having to defend your family in the the dark.

Rural prepping

Rural food production is the same as urban food production if you have a yard, except there is generally more room to plant more food.  On top of that, depending on the amount of land you have, livestock may be an option.  Hunting and fishing may be more available to you, as well.  Primarily, the biggest difference between rural and urban survival is the amount of room you have to do your preps in.

Defense measures are the same with a few exceptions; you generally don’t have to worry about neighbors so flood lights are great.  Another defensive tactic depends on how may trees are near your home.  If you have lots of trees near your house, cut some down.  Push the tree line away from your home.  The more open space a person has to cross to get to your house, the less likely they are to attempt breaking in.

Those are the basics of prepping.  Remember, prep for the most common disasters first, such as a job loss.  It’s much more likely to happen than something major like an economic collapse.  Once you have the basics in place, work your way into preps for more major, but unlikely events.

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17 March, 2012

Week in Review for March 12-16, 2012

What a week its been.  First, one of our soldiers kills a bunch of civilians, the DOJ’s internal investigation fails to interview key figures in the Fast and Furious scandal, we are seeing more of our rights stepped on in ObamaCare, and other stories.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of the US Army is accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians.  I’m not pointing blame or going to say soldiers are bad or any of this other liberal BS.  What I am going to suggest is he may have had some brain injuries during his other tours.  From what I hear, he has.  I also heard that he saw his buddy killed just the day before he allegedly went on his killing spree.

If that’s the case, then I can understand his mentality… his thoughts of “screw ’em.”  You never know who’s on your side there and who isn’t.  Kids come to you for food and water and then open fire on you.  It’s not the same kind of world we live in.

I’m not making excuses for the soldier, I’m just saying there’s likely more here than what meets the eye.  How does a Staff Sargent in the US Army go from being a good soldier to being a mass murderer?  It’s not like you can sign up and be a NCO right away.  NCOs are the backbone of the military.  This soldier is a part of that backbone. 

Something happened.  Something happened that allegedly made him do this.  If the rumors of brain injuries and his buddy being killed are true, then that’s enough to make anyone snap.  I can already hear the liberals now talking about how horrible our military is.  How we need to get out of this war and that war sucks so we shouldn’t fight them. 

Well, I agree that war sucks, but we have to fight them.  We have to get involved sometimes and good people die.  It’s a fact of life.  You milk and honey people can’t have all that milk and honey without some udders and stingers.  the point is, for everything that’s great in life, there are more crappy situations.

Fast and Furious

Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa wrote a letter Thursday to Cynthia Schnedar, inspector general at the Justice Department, suggesting the office could be shielding close aides to Attorney General Eric Holderfrom scrutiny. 

Eric Holder gets douche bag of the week from me week after week.  This guy just looks like one.  He reminds me of a darker Mr. Bean.  I think its the nose.

Anyway, so he claims he knew nothing about the gun running operation; he claims he was never told; he’s full of crap or he’s totally incompetent.  Either way, he needs to get out of office.

One thing I can’t stand in politicians is when they obviously think the American people are stupid.  Now, I know some of us are morons.  I mean there are people supporting Obama’s re-election.  There are some people, rather sheeple, who will believe anything they’re told by the powers that be.

Just have one thing to say… STOP!  Try asking questions.  I don;t care if the SOB has an R or a D behind his name.  There are people full of crap on both sides.  There are fakes all over the place up there in DC.  It’s up to you, regardless of your political leanings, to question authority.  Question what they say and do.  Does something not make sense when you put it under a microscope?  Then it’s probably BS.


15 March, 2012

What is the US Political System Coming To?

What is the the world coming to when politics are able to be outrageous enough to pull stunts that slap the face of groups of Americans or give other Americans preferrential treatment.  I know that used to be the standard all over the world, even the US, but times are different.  That sort of thing isn’t acceptable.  Some examples of the dipshits in politics acting like retards.

Defacing the American Flag -b

Lake County, FL Democratic Party Headquarters flew an American flag in which Obama’s face replaced the stars.  This was taken down shortly after it drew protests from military vets, and rightly so.

“It’s absolutely disrespectful,” Jim Bradford, a 71-year-old veteran who participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion told “It’s totally ridiculous. To put somebody’s picture there, to me, it’s a disgrace to do that.”

An organizer with the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park in Leesburg, Fla., Bradford snapped photos of the flag and distributed them to fellow veterans and friends. Later that afternoon, he and several other veterans delivered a copy of the federal flag code to Nancy Hurlbert, chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party.

“We read that to her, but she would not accept that,” Bradford said. “The discussion finally got a little bit heated.”

The flag, which had been flying for several months without complaint and is available online for $12.95, was later removed by Hurlbert.

Bradford said Hurlbert apologized for the incident, but did not offer any promises that it wouldn’t fly again.

See full story here

Energy Secretary Steven Chu wanted higher gas prices? -b

Before he was in his current position, Steven Chu supported increases in gas prices as a way to make people look for alternative fuels.  Price it out of reach of the common citizen.  I thought the liberals we FOR the common man.  This is kind of like when they tried to price out ammunition through extra taxes.  Can’t get rid of the guns, so make them into expensive clubs.

“When I became secretary of energy I represented the U.S. government and I think that right now in this economic — very slow return — that we need to have, these prices well could affect the comeback of our economy and we’re very worried about that,” said Chu. “And so, of course, we don’t want the price of gasoline to go up. We want it to go down.”

What in the world is going on?  These people want to delibrately hurt the American people to further their own agenda!  How to they have jobs?

See the whole story at

NAACP wants to get rid of our sovereignty -b

Many states have voter ID laws in place.  Now the NAACP wants the UN to weigh in on it.  I mean, what the hell is going on?  We all know what the NAACP stands for.  I don’t have a problem them promoting the advancement of blacks; it’s fine.  I don’t have a problem with any ethnicity promoting their own people and helping them.  That’s just so long as they don’t push other ethnic groups down in the process.

However, the NAACP’s request to the UN to get involved with our voter ID laws is just plain stupid.  I don’t mince words or try to be too polite about what I say.  The NAACP’s action is stupid.  Any group that tries to do away with our sovereignty is treasonous to the point that I think they should face stiff penalties.

These are the same types of people that race-bait to subvert our Constitution.  Hey, jerks, the Constitution is the law of the US, not the UN!

13 March, 2012

Obama Steps on a State’s Rights… Once Again

Texas is just one of several states that require voters to show ID before voting.  Well, it was announced today the the Obama Administration put a stop to that.  The Justice Department objectd claiming that it was anti-Hispanic as many Hisoanics in Texas do not have state-issued identification cards.  What the Justice Department doesn’t tell us in their action is whether they are trying to protect illegal immigrants or Americans and legal immigrants.  It seems to me that Hispanics either here as legal immigrants or as citizens would have some sort of state-issued identification.

Why Texas?

Why is Texas being targeted?  Especially when Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and South Carolina all have the same or similar laws.  All of these states were red states in teh 2008 election withteh exception of Wisconsin. That should rule out political bias.  Is it because Texas has a larger Hispanic population than those other states listed? is it that Hispanics in Texas have closer tied to their friends and families in Mexico?  Maybe this is a cross-border deal to win votes for the Democrats in 2012.

So what happened to the 10th Amendment?

The 10th Amendment read as “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

That means the federal government has no real say so in this issue.  You’ll notice Obama has tried to squash states’ rights on a number of occassions.  Arizona was a big one.  So was South Carolina. Texas was shafted before and when the UN tried to get involved over the execution of a convicted murderer, Texas told them where to go.

What happened to “don’t mess with Texas?”  Seems like it’s changed to lets all screw with Texas.

What goes after the 10th Amendment is gone?

Probably the First Amendment will be next, as it’s already under attack.  There are not free-speech zones.  These are areas that are set away from an event, office, rally, or whatever, to allow protesters their rights, but far enough away they can’t be heard or seen.

Peter D’Attilio of  Massachusetts was arrested for excercising his first Amendment right protesting abortions. See

Harold Hodges has been denied his First Amendment rights.  He protests police abuse of blacks and Hispanics. See

Then would likely come the Fourth Amendment to fall.  That’s where they start searching your property without just cause or a warrant.

That would likely prompt restrictions of the Second Amendment, next.  So then, what will you do America?

10 March, 2012

Bugging In or Bugging Out

In the last article, we discussed your bug out bag and everyday carry.  While those are good to have, do not assume you’ll need to bug out immediately.  Bugging out is the last resort.  For those of you who don’t understand the lingo yet, bugging out is to leave your home and bugging in is to stay home.

Bugging in is always first if possible

There are reasons it’s better to bug in rather than to bug out.  First, you’re more familiar with your home than just about any other place you could go.  It’s already secure, or at least should be, so you’re safer there than out in the open or on the move.  Your home has all your stuff, and creature comforts do make a difference when you’re in a bad situation.  For example, last winter, we had a blizzard here.  Lets say that we lost power and the house was getting cold.  Well, the whole area would be in the same situation.  Although, it’s cold and miserable in the house, it’s still far better than getting stranded on the side of the road hoping someone comes by who can pull you free.

Second, it’s a lot cheaper to hole up in your home than it is to try to trek out looking for somewhere to go.

Third, if you live in a town or city, you have some sort of an infrastructure.  Regardless of what’s going on in town, you’re generally better off around other people.

In a nutshell, if it’s safe to stay in your home; stay.

Bugging out

Ok, it’s time to get out of Dodge.  Where do you go?  How do you get there?  Do you have alternative routes? Why are you getting out?  Why did you choose your location?

I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s pretty simple.  My family lives in a tornado prone place and we have a small house.  Our bug in part of the house would be the center of the house in the hallway.

If I have to bug out, I have 3 locations to go to. Which is chosen depends on the severity of the event and how long it is expected to last.  I have a 4th location to go to, but that is reserved for a real SHTF scenario.  That’s a final retreat when staying in town is simply impossible.

Again, bugging out is the last thing you want to have to do, but have a couple places planned.  It could be some place such as an underground parking garage to go to in the event of a major storm, or a friend’s home a few miles away.  It’s up to you, but have them ready.  You never know when a tornado, earthquake, civil unrest, terror attack, or whatever, may happen.

9 March, 2012

BOB, EDC, and You

Lets start this out with a couple of definitions for those of you who are new to prepping or just haven’t become acclimated to the acronyms.  BOB is short for Bug Out Bag and EDC stands for Every Day Carry.  These are two different things altogether, so we’ll start with the more mundane first; the EDC.

Your EDC

Your EDC is what you carry on you every day in case there is an emergency.  For example, Carrying a pocket knife and wearing a paracord braclet.  If you know how to tie good, solid knots and you can safely use a pocket knife, those are part of your EDC.  EDC should be something you can carry on your body and in your vehicle, if you have one.  Keeping plenty of water and some dry snacks or energy bars in your car is good.

Your EDC should also have some sort of First Aid kit in it.  You never know when you or someone else may get hurt or sick and need your help.  This stuff id good for those of you in urban settings as it is for being out in the woods, folks.  To make this short and sweet, the following list are the types of things you should have in your EDC.  Bare essentials, you can add more.

Matches/lighter/fire starting kit
First aid kit
AM/FM/Weather radio

In states where you can carry a firearm, then add a firearm to that list.  As you can see, some of these are things you would carry on you and some are things you’ll keep in your car.

Your BOB

There are a lot of different opinions about what a bug out bag should consist of, how much should be carried, and what kind of bag works best.

The most important thing is to make sure you have a BOB.  All other things are subjective.  Some of the things that to keep in a BOB are:

Change of clothes (season dependent}
Matches/lighter/fire starting kit
First aid kit
AM/FM/Weather radio

The bag itself is up to your preference.  However, keep this in mind.  If you carry a bag that attracts attention, you will become a target for theft.  That would include bright colored bags, tactical bags, over-sized bags, or any other bad that catches the eye of would be thieves.  A simple backpacking or sturdy college type back pack is fine.

Another part of this subject up for debate is how many days worth should you pack.  The best answer I can think of is what you can comfortably carry, but no less than 3 days worth.  Three days is generally enough to keep you going long enough to get to a place where you can refresh.

Each member of the family needs their own bag.  One bag will not support you for 3 days if you have to share with others.  Even your pets need a BOB if you plan to take them with you, and I hope you would take them.

***Note that bugging out and leaving your home should not be the first thing you do in a disaster.  Bugging out is what you do if you cannot bug in or can no longer stay in your home.

If you would like more info on EDC or BOB feel free to email me or comment.  I’ll reply as soon as I can.

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