Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn't allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.
--Alexander Hope

Stuck on Roof for Katrina

Sunday, December 16, 2012

WTF,what happened at Sandy Hook

I can not for the life of me fathom why a 20 year old kid would do such a thing,many questions need to be answered before any chance of understanding can come to mind.It's apparent that the kid had mental problems of some sort to do such a thing,was he taking some type of medication? Dd he stop taking it? Only when the facts come out will we have a chance to answer these questions. But one thing is for sure,taking away second amendment rights is not the answer.You could not possibly handle a situation without a firearm if you were swept up in a situation like this.
Lets face it if a kid shoots his mother in the face he is too far gone for help and has to be put down by somebody,be it you, me, or the police,the closest one has to take action to stop the killing of innocents. I know this will fuel the call for stricter control of firearms but that is a bunch of crap.I will pray for the victims and survivors and family as well as this type of thing not happening again,but it WILL. With a gun , knife or even a rock when someone has lost there mind they are gonna Fuck up one way or another. God bless those poor children and their families at this time of tragedy.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some of this shit is a bit much but a lot of good ideas.As usal,The boob Tube is blowing things up.......




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I've been busy as hell with work and neglecting my chores at home.The price I pay for being in management,Skeleton crew and 1 guy out with a nasty virus so I've been racking up the hours,The best decision i made when I took the position was to demand to stay on hourly wages, if I was on salary I'd be gettin screwed big time. With the holiday sales i want to rotate out a bunch of old stock and replenish with some sale items.I also need to buy a grinder to deal with this deer meat that has accumulated in my freezer. Also want to put up my other solar panel kit and be done with it.
I'm gonna find the time to breed a couple of rabbits this week so I can get some more in the freezer cause I'm running low.The chickens are putting out about a dozen eggs a day and are paying for themselves right now witch is great and the folks at work are fighting over who is gonna get the next dozen. Well that's al for now ,have a great Turkey day Everyone..........

Monday, November 5, 2012

First I'd like to say make sure you get your ass out and vote in Tuesday's election no matter who you support,If not, don't bitch that things didn't go your way.Too many people sit on their ass and bitch about the state of things and didn't even get out to cast a ballot.
Next though my prayers go to the people up north in the damage of the hurricane, I can only hope that the one's that make it will be smart enough to SEE that the government is not gonna be there to pull you through when you really are in a pinch.I wasn't Totally awake when Katrina hit us but not a day has gone by since that I don't live to prep in some way so that WHATEVER comes up I can handle it myself and not be waiting in line with the majority of the population on a delivery of food ,gas or Uncle Sam to come to the rescue.No matter how willing the local Government is, They just don't have the resources be it food,fuel,medicines or whatever. Wake up and get your shit together or get in line.God Bless us ALL..............

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A very interesting video about our future energy concerns and solutions.

Friday, October 5, 2012


I FINALLY got the new Hen house in place and open for business,the hens I bought last spring are finally laying good and they needed a place to do their business.
I'm looking forward to many over easy Breakfast plates with a little deer sausage on the side.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

A catastrophe and a shitty economy = A real Drag







I came across a link to this article that's easy to understand and explains the fix we are in today,Top that with a catastrophe and we are really SCREWED!

The swan song of stagflation – Gas prices up over 100 percent from 2005 and incomes are stagnant. Ignoring a $16 trillion debt headline and repackaging food to hide stagnant incomes.

Posted by mybudget360

If you look around your daily life you realize that your purchasing power is losing value. For a few decades now the middle class in the United States has demonstrably shrunken like clever food packaging. Over the last forty years we have lost 10 percent of our middle class. Most have fallen into the lower income bracket and now with a record 46.5 million Americans on food stamps, you have to wonder what kind of new economy we are entering into. Since household incomes have gone stagnant for well over a decade, any increase in price on one item will definitely impact the cost of other goods. In the end the purchasing power of Americans is falling. Did you notice that in the last few days our federal government debt went over $16 trillion? The media ignored this milestone assuming the public just doesn’t pay attention to headlines with the word trillion in it.

A rise here and a clever package there

As many of you know American household incomes have gone stagnant for over a decade. When the cost of something goes up and disposable income goes sideways, many will need to make the choice to substitute goods or companies will get creative. In a certain degree we are dealing with a modern stagflation. Take a look at this:

smaller packaging


The top contains about 15 percent fewer crackers. So it isn’t necessarily that people are not buying these items anymore but are shifting their preferences. Without a doubt some categories like health insurance and college tuition have gone into a bubble like price rise while incomes stagger along. The cost of fueling up in our car addicted nation? Take a look at what has occurred since 2005:


gas prices

Gas prices are up over 100 percent in this short time frame. That household making $50,000 per year in 2005 is still making $50,000 in 2012 but is seeing a larger chunk of their disposable income being sucked into fueling their automobiles.

But stagnant wages means less money for other items and some other items have seen prices cuts like Folgers Coffee for example and Procter & Gamble Company rolled back $400 million in price increases made in the last year. These are simply examples of companies responding to the current marketplace. You also have places like Family Dollar that have done exceptionally well catering to the now massive 46 million customers that receive monthly food assistance. Is this really the definition of success?

Paying more for less

Probably in no other category is the destruction of purchasing power being seen than in higher education. There is no doubt higher education is in a bubble:

“(BusinessWeek) If student loans are good debt, how do you account for the reaction of Christina Mills, 30, of Minneapolis, when she found out her payment on college and law school loans would be $1,400 a month? “I just went into the car and started sobbing,” says Mills, who works for a nonprofit.”

A couple of points. First, when you come out with massive loans by default you are unable to afford your education especially when your initial income can’t even service the monthly minimum payment. The question then becomes, where does this money come from? Since the government and banks are tied at the hip, similar to what occurred in the housing bubble, loans are being made without the thought of how these borrowers are going to pay the money back. The banking industry doesn’t care since this money is federally backed. This is the same formula used in the housing market. What happened to prices there?

“Then there’s Michael DiPietro, 25, of Brooklyn, who accumulated about $100,000 in debt while getting a bachelor’s degree in fashion, sculpture, and performance, and spent the next two years waiting tables. He has since landed a fundraising job in the arts but still has no idea how he will pay back all that money. “I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s an obsolete idea that a college education is like your golden ticket,” DiPietro says. “It’s an idea that an older generation holds on to.”

How is it even possible to get $100,000 in loans for a fashion, sculpture, and performance degree? It is possible because banks, schools, and the government are all part of this giant machine that is essentially allowing young Americans to go into massive debt for degrees that have little merit in the economy. This is no free market but a crony based system that extracts rents from the working and middle class and makes the CEO/Presidents of these schools wealthy while banks skim cash paying out million dollar bonuses and the government (that is the public) serves as the sucker when things go bust.

“So maybe the real problem is that credentialism has trumped learning. That drives people to get degrees simply to displace others who don’t have degrees, says Richard Vedder, who directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He notes that the U.S. has more than 100,000 janitors with college degrees and 16,000 degree-holding parking lot attendants”

So we continue down this path of inflating our way out of the massive debt we now find ourselves in. The markets are now back to levels last seen in 2007 yet we now have 46 million people on food stamps and our overall workforce participation rate looks dismal:

employment ratio



Do you hear that sound? It is the Federal Reserve gearing up to go into QE3 to inflate our way out of this mess and help their banking buddies. Don’t be confused this political season with the massive number of millionaires in Congress. They work for big money and all you need to do is examine the data to find out what is really going on.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor day

Well the last week's been a Bitch but I survived.Mostly dealing with the heat and humidity,and of course the Elite that live in the high rise condo I work at.They think that we are there servants not employees.I have probably made some enemies this week but thats too bad.I'm known for telling it like it is,and boy did I show my ass this last week.But enough of that, The building is up and running,I'm sitting in the a/c and watching the clock tick down so I can get out of here.No damage to speak of at the house,The ol lady working her ass off getting the yard straight, the rabbits are back in their area, chickens are cluckin,power is on and everything is pretty much back to normal.Yes it pays to be prepared, we lost no food because we had foresight,As I look around me I see a lot of people with their hand out ,but they always have their hand out so nothings changed there.The ones who prepared are doing fine with no help from fema. Hell most have more money than me because they are always getting handouts. They go to get mre's 5 times in different cars because they are greedy and then bitch that they taste like shit. They are putting in claims for lost food that they didn't loose that they bought with food stamps in the first place .They know how to work the system,and they work it hard,that's one reason we don't have any government money now,that and what the politicians can get away with. One day uncle sugar won't be there and then we will see what's up.
Anyway hope everyone has a good labor day and I don't have to do too much labor.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hurricane Issac experence and preperation



This is why I stress being prepared,If you don't have a backup plan,plan on doing without the essentials of life.Katrina taught me some valuable lessons,that being prepared for anything or something will bite you in the ass.The red areas are the ones without power,But my house isn't dark and we ate baby back ribs for Dinner,get my drift.........And I have enough stash to keep this up for weeks.Good luck to the sheeple.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Under Hurricane watch

It's showtime and I'm glad I only had to grab a few essentials from the store.The Madness has begun.Gas lines at the pumps,a couple of deuce bags fist fighting for cutting inline,run on the grocery store and the storm isn't even in the gulf good yet.Just have to dig some fuel out of storage,take down my solar setup,and stow away the animals and I'm set.Good thing too because my Employer want's me on sight for the storm,little do they know if it looks like it's gonna be a 3 I'm so fukin outta of there all they will see is a smoke trail. Well gotta make a quick stop at my Grandson's B day party and i think I'll work in the shed after the sun goes down to finish my preps, good luck to all, see ya on the other side of the storm.....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Are you prepared for life without power?


I came across this article and they have some good suggestions, read it It could make a big difference in your life,,,,,I know I've lived it....

U.S. Woefully Unprepared for a Blackout Like India’s: Analysis
Two major blackouts last week left hundreds of millions of Indians in the dark. PM contributor Glenn Harlan Reynolds says despite its advanced grid, the U.S. needs major improvements in infrastructure and preparedness to be ready for a major power loss.
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Last week, India suffered two huge blackouts. Tuesday’s cut power to 370 million people; another one on Wednesday blacked out 670 million people, making it the worst blackout in the history of humanity.

Talking about this with a colleague, I said, "Don’t worry. That can’t happen here." "Why not?" she asked. "Because we don’t have 670 million people," I replied.

This wasn’t the comfort she was looking for.

The specific causes of India’s blackouts aren’t likely to be a problem in the United States. India’s electrical grid was brought down in part by state governments drawing more power from the grid than they were supposed to; American power grids are better managed. And while India’s grid has been strained by rapid economic growth, America currently faces no such problem.

But don’t get too comfortable. America’s grid has its own problems, and not enough is being done to address them. And, ironically, because American electric supplies have generally been pretty reliable, we’re in some ways worse-equipped to handle a major power outage than India is. That’s also something we should probably be doing something about, both at the national level and as individuals.

Modern civilization is astoundingly dependent on electricity. If the power goes out for very long, pretty much everything stops: water (you need pumps), gasoline (most gas stations don’t have backup generators to pump the gas), traffic (no stoplights), sewage (pumps again), and, eventually, even things like natural gas supplies (more pumps) and cellphone service (cell towers usually have backup power, but for most it’s only short-term). Stop the electricity for a day and it’s inconvenient; stop it for a few days and people die; stop it for a week or more over a big area and civilization itself is in peril.

The more advanced state of the U.S. grid is a mixed blessing. The ability to "wheel" power over long distances means that local problems can be ameliorated by power from elsewhere. But it also means that a failure in one area can, under the wrong circumstances, bring down service over wide areas. Modern smart-grid technologies currently being designed and deployed can make the power net nimbler and able to adapt more quickly to changes in loads. On the other hand, all that computerization makes the system more vulnerable to software bugs, viruses, cyber attacks, or even electromagnetic-pulse (EMP) damage from a solar storm or a nuclear attack.

Even worse: Americans aren’t as prepared for power outages as Indians are. In India—or Nigeria, where I have family—no one is surprised when the power goes out. As a result, everyone has a backup plan. Blackouts are so common that dealing with them isn’t really a backup plan at all—just part of the plan.

Here, that’s not the case. Most critical operations do have backup generators, and so do some not-so-critical ones (The law school where I teach has a gigantic Caterpillar diesel generator, even though an interruption in law teaching probably wouldn’t threaten the well-being of the community.) But coverage is surprisingly spotty. Some cellular carriers equip their cells with backup generators, but others don’t—and the industry successfully fought to kill an FCC requirement for backup power. Most gas stations don’t have backup generators, which means that in an extended power outage, the gas in your car’s tank (or in the cans for your gas-powered generator at home) is all the gas you’re going to have. So when extended blackouts hit, things are worse in the U.S., as people discovered recently when millions in the Washington, D.C., area were without power for days.

That means two things: First, we have to do what we can to harden our infrastructure to make the threat of blackouts less likely. Second, we should be prepared for the worst.

On the infrastructure-hardening front, approaches range from the obvious, like burying power lines likely to be brought down by storms and making sure there’s enough generating capacity to meet peak loads, to the less obvious, like ensuring that there are adequate stocks of important components (like transformers) to do disaster recovery. Keeping those stocks is hard, because the parts are expensive and nowadays often imported from overseas. Earlier this year, for example, power industry and Homeland Security engineers practiced bringing in and installing three "recovery transformers" in a test to see how quickly they could replace the big transformers found at power substations in an emergency.

The experiment was troubling: Although engineers have the technical skills to do the job, the transformers often have a two-year order horizon. The substation transformers are so big that they have to be shipped by rail, and to make things worse, rail no longer serves many areas where existing substations are found. So the U.S. is having to pursue alternative means: The "recovery" transformers split the task of one unit into three smaller ones that are easier to move. They’re also developing transformers that work in multiple applications, to reduce the number of different models that will have to be kept in stock.

Right now, if more than a few transformers were knocked out at once, the affected areas could be left without service for months or even years. These current efforts will reduce the time to recovery, but only if the U.S. begins maintaining sufficient stockpiles. That’s only the beginning: Other issues involve securing power-control and other utility hardware against hackers (current security is often embarrassingly poor) and the physical security of control centers and key components against sabotage or accident. Addressing these issues is important, because a major grid-down incident lasting weeks or months wouldn’t just be an inconvenience. It would be a catastrophe.

Stopping the power from going out should be our first priority, but it’s also smart to prepare for a "soft landing" when blackouts do happen. Here there should be two priorities: first, systems that fail gracefully rather than catastrophically; second, long-term backup power for critical systems.

Fortunately, failing gracefully is usually comparatively cheap. Battery backups for traffic lights may keep them going for only a few hours, but those few hours let people get home and off the roads where immediate failure might produce gridlock. Backups for mass-transit systems let people get off the train at a station instead of being stuck somewhere underground. Even a few hours of battery backup for cellphone service lets people respond to the outage and make plans with their loved ones and co-workers. (For families and businesses, having some sort of plan in advance is even better, of course).

For critical systems, the backup power needs to be robust and long-lasting. I’m talking about hospitals, phone/Internet providers, power plants (which need their own backup power to do the repairs), other utility companies, police, public-health facilities, and more. Many facilities with emergency generators rely on natural gas for power. That’s fine as long as the gas is working, but the gas company needs power to run its distribution systems. Many other generators have diesel or propane tanks, but those are often intended only for short-term use, with supplies adequate for only a few days. For the more important systems, we need to be thinking about longer time horizons and about ways to refuel them if they’re needed for even longer. You want the water and sewage systems to keep working even if the lights are out.

Where do people get food if the grocery stores don’t have power? For outages of a few days, this is a nuisance; for longer ones, it becomes a serious problem. Communities should have plans set up in advance.

So should individuals. At the low end of individual preparation, inexpensive solar/hand-crank radios provide information and usually will power an LED light and charge a cellphone. Stepping up, auto inverters or small generators can provide useful backup power for a few days. If you’re really serious, you can always put in a whole-house backup generator and power it from a buried propane or diesel tank that will last for days or weeks, though that becomes pretty pricey. Likewise, you want to be prepared to get by for a while if it’s hard to get food, water, vital medications, or other supplies.

Defense against blackouts and other dropouts in crucial infrastructure is best done in layers. On some of these, we can learn from India; on others, we will have to think for ourselves. Better that we do so sooner than later.

Read more: U.S. Woefully Unprepared for a Blackout Like India’s: Analysis - Popular Mechanics

Working my ass off







I often don't bother to discuss my work with people I know because they just don't have a clue. When they ask what i do for a living and I tell them I'm a building Engineer the think of shit they see on TV, like a dumb ass they call just to unstop their toilet or sink,or reset a breaker that tripped when their lamp shorted out.The people the live at the condo where I work don't have a clue and think that I'm overpaid.They don't have any idea of the shit I have to make happen just so they can even live in this building.Like the lil ol lady that keeps calling the office for me and my helper to come install a washer for her because she's to cheap to pay somebody 50 bucks to the company she bought it from ,but doesn't realize I'm up on this cooling tower cleaning it so that she and the other 150 family's that live here won't be sweating there ass off.Most people look outside of there window and see a 3 ton unit they can hose out and it's done.It doesn't work that way here folks.
They think if there compressor goes out I'll call the repairman and pay 500 or so and keep watching TV.try that with this compressor



Keeping these 2- 400 ton chillers and cooling towers operating is just one of the major parts of my day,so when you Apartment dwellers or Condo owners call Maintenance to get the mechanic to check the belt on your vacuum cleaner, remember He might not be the dumb ass you see on TV,and have something a little more important to do. Give him a little credit for the years it took him to acquire the knowledge to make your ass comfortable!! And pay him what he's worth you tight bastards.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

More bad weather



I can't get a break with this weather,everyday it's the same crap.The rain comes around midday, floods the streets that the city doesn't maintain,causing me havoc at work,then when I finally get out of work I fight a Traffic jam from hell because the people around here don't have a clue how to drive.When I finally get home I can't do much because everything's flooded or it's still raining.I know I shouldn't bitch because so many are suffering from the drought but I've about had enough of this shit!!
Ah well enough of this rant I picked up 30 lbs of chicken on sale so I need to break it down ,vacuum seal it up and get it stored away for my food stash.It could be worse.I could be broke and have nothing but the good lord is taking care of us,Thank you Jesus Till next time prep on cause I know the shit will hit the fan soon..................

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dangerous Light bulbs



I came across some interesting and disturbing news about light bulbs today.Paul Weaton from the Permes.com sight had a interesting video about CFL bulbs and then I read a disturbing post about Teflon coated rough service bulbs.I guess you have to watch everything you do now a days....Read this...

Something I never would have thought of: Teflon coated light bulbs are toxic to chickens. In the letters section of this month's issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine is the story of a woman who lost a flock of nineteen chickens after they succumbed to fumes put off by a GE Rough Service Worklight that was in the coop. When the bulbs heat up they release fumes that are deadly to chickens and other birds. According to the McMurray Hatchery website, birds are particularly vulnerable to airborne toxins. I can't help but wonder about the effect of these fumes on humans too. Several years ago, Dupont was unsuccessfully sued over the toxicity of Teflon in cookware.

Sylvania, apparently, has a warning label on their Teflon coated bulbs, "WARNING: This product contains PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene--"Teflon" is a brand name). When heated, it creates fumes potentially fatal to confined birds." GE does not have a warning label.

I let the ladies take the winter off of laying and it never dips below 40ºF here so we do not have a light bulb in our coop. But for those of you who do, make sure you don't use one of these shatter resistant, Teflon coated bulbs.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Just got finished making up some clothes washing soap,and it works great so if anyone is interested watch the video and save plenty of bucks......Prep on

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fighting the Rain


I didn't get anything accomplished around the house this week due to the rain.I've been fighting it all week at work trying to man the pumps to stop the building from flooding.Then when I get off I have a 50 mile commute and have to try and pick a route that will be passable.I know I shouldn't bitch because most of the country would welcome some of this. Feast or Famine I guess.Well hopefully I can get the new chicken hen house completed this week if the weather cooperates,Good luck to all....

Monday, July 16, 2012

Felling the pinch


Money's tight and the preps are low,I gotta find a way to make some dough!!We have been eating the stored preps to get rid of them because they are gettin old,but I'm felling really vulnerable with Hurricane season upon us.I have a side job to do tomorrow and will probably make a couple of hundred bucks which will be spent entirely at Sam's to replenish my staple stock. That should bring me enough for the ol lady and me to make it for a couple of months at least.I still have a good stash of meat in the freezers and should be ok unless we get hit with a EMP in which case I'm Fucked like most people.No gen set ,no solar I'm toast.I also need to stock up on some necessary daily meds we need to take,Synthroid,blood thinners, blood pressure meds.It sucks to get old and dependent on that crap.At least I have a months worth of meat on the hoof.By then the zombies will have arrived and I'll make my last stand.It's hard for me to believe I've let myself get this low on supplies but times are getting tougher every day so I just have to suck it up and keep on keepin on. What about you?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Coming for your food in utah


Guess this is part of the agenda 21 plan,Get the food so they have control.



The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is promoting the Utah Garden Challenge in order to collect information about independent food production for the USDA.

The Utah Garden Challenge is a voluntary contest to register 10,000 gardens. The data mining project has a broad interest in any "resource" who is growing food:

Whether you grow a tomato in a pot, a row in a community garden, have backyard gardens, a CSA or working fruit and vegetable farm, we want to hear from you because you are an important resource as a food producer.

While the contest paints a proud face on independent food production, it is important to remember that registering with the government sets up a system to track, tax, permit or confiscate the registered item. Gun ownership is a good example of this scheme.

According to a pop-up window on the official website, participants' gardens will be registered with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS):

We need to know how much food is being produced in Utah. The Census of Agriculture is done every 5 years. Every agricultural operation in Utah, regardless of size, is vital to this question. If you produce $1000 of agricultural products, you can influence economic development and decision making by filling out a NASS survey. We will only share your information with NASS by your permission. Your response to the census of agriculture is protected by law. For more information, you can go to www.agcensus.gov.


In other words, people who produce $1000 or more worth of food have an impact on the food market, and the USDA wants to know about what you are doing in your backyard.

Victory gardens in America produced up to 40% of all vegetables consumed during World War II, with over 20 millon home gardens and community plots that produced over 9 million tons of food.

The USDA is notorious for its corrupt partnerships and revolving door business relationships with big commercial agriculture.

Government Crackdowns & Food Control

Food is under attack because if you can grow your own food, have access to water and shelter, then what use do you have for a government master?

The federal government has profoundly overstepped its constitutional authority on all fronts, and there are a number of examples of the USDA's outrageous control over food that include SWAT team raids on raw milk sellers and fruit tree confiscation.

The Food Safety Modernization Act expanded the power of the FDA and its sister agency, the USDA. The law is bad for many reasons and is an overwhelming burden on small and independent farmers due to over-regulation and increase in paperwork and reporting.

Additionally, the FBI identifies people who store food as potential terrorists!

Why Is Utah A Threat?

1. A few months ago Utah voted down a Food Freedom Bill that would have made it a crime for anyone, including Utah state agents, to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act's unconstitutional mandates. It would have made farmers who trade only inside of state lines exempt. The bill was a direct constitutional challenge to federal overreach.

2. Highland City, Utah passed a Food Freedom ordinance that exempts residents from federal regulations on food that is produced, exchanged and consumed within city limits (state laws still apply).

3. Utah has the largest concentration of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) who have an official policy of food storage, currently set at a 1-year minimum supply. This may be construed as a threat by the FBI, especially since a 1-year supply of food can cost as little as $225.

Conclusion

Survivalist.com points out that the Utah Garden Challenge is linked to the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development plan for totalitarian control.

The Utah Garden Challenge is enticing Utahans with meager prizes (a 1-in-1000 chance of winning a giftcard or free restaurant dinner) to register their gardens and subject themselves to invasive government data mining. But is your food independence worth it?

I guess next they will be coming for my Bunnies.....I don't think so!

Monday, July 9, 2012

8 for the freezer


I got started to late with breeding rabbits this year because of too much going on at work and the summer snunk up on me,but i harvested 8 nice size bunnies that I haven't had a chance to butcher.My goal was to have about 40 or 50 in the freezer for hurricane season but that's not gonna happen,It's been to damm hot and I don't want to put my girls through that in this heat.I still have another 1/2 dozen to do in a few weeks so I guess that will have to do till the fall,them I'll get those girls humping!!
I left one out on the side that I will try and eat this weekend.If things get tough There's always the chickens.....

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Helping out friends


I don't have enough time to do my own chores around the house but I've been busy nonstop since sat morning.Wake up at 4 am drive 50 miles put in 9 hours,drive back ,Pick up my tool pouch and drive another 20 miles away to help out a close buddy that had a lightning strike,It knocked out his stove, a/c,TV's, Internet .He was sitting dead in the water and he has his 84 year old granny at his place as well. Went thru his whole house panel & outlets.Could not save the stove but got everything else back on,he was lucky.Got home around midnight. Woke and up went to the store for supplies,I was gonna butcher some rabbits but the rain came so I spent the evening reinstalling windows on another buddy's computer.Too late to fool with the rabbits today so I'll have to get started on them tomorrow.I'll be happy when those 13 are in the freezer ,Those lil suckers are eating too much!! I'm not bitchin ,just not enough time in the day.I've only got to see my new grandson ! time since he was born last week ,but that will change this week,unless of course tshtf at work and I get hung up there late.Well I guess you have to play the cards that you are dealt.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A good video on footwear from ferfal

Still plugging away at prepping and being self sustained



Well It's been a rough time around here for me health wise,3 weeks ago I turned up with strepp throat ,after about 2 weeks of antibiotics and gargling with salt water I had that whipped then I got a ear infection,one of the most painful things I've ever had.Went to the Doc today and she said the ear canal was infected. She gave me a new scrip and I'm sayin extra prayers that it works it's magic soon.
Meanwhile the chores go on,One of my younger does had a 6 kit litter....yea baby, And a older doe is due any day.The last litter is 8 weeks old and I figure by the time I get these new ones weaned it's butchering time for the 9 in the rabbit condo.So 15 so far and I figure i should get at least another half dozen from the doe ready to drop so my Rabbit stash is coming along nicely,just in time for hurricane season.
I've also been lucky enough for a friend of mine to let me go fishing at his family's private ponds and have caught quite a nice stash of white perch and brim. Since the BP spill I wont eat anything from saltwater.It's a damm shame I'm surrounded by water with some of the best fishing in the world and Man has it contaminated.I have too many problems now to take a chance on tainted fish. At least my freezers are getting quite full and I haven't been going to the store for any meat in quite some time. I need the break as my pockets are almost empty from the Doctors fees.
Also was lucky enough to get a deer this winter so I'm pretty good to go.plenty of sausage and roast.
The garden is starting to produce a little but I must admit I'm disappointed in production because we haven't put the time into it we should have.It seems we have too much going on,not enough time or money to do it right.
We did get a new chicken area built.12x12 all wired in with a 12 ft ceiling.We converted half of the old green house into this area and now I have a hen house to build for the 10 chicks we purchased.I have a little time to get it done because they are still young but plan on getting it done in the next 2 weeks.
I hope everyone else is on track cause I got a feeling we are due for some kind of storm this year,either from mother nature or our politicians.Good luck to all and stay focused on your preps.....

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Staying cool this summer

Now is the time of year to take a little time to do a little preventive maintenance on your a/c if you want to avoid sweating and being at the mercy of a repairman and his costly repair bill. 75% of the time the unit is just dirty.One of the biggest and easiest ways to get efficiency is to clean the condenser coil. Turn off the power source to the outside unit & hose out the coil.Be careful not to bend the fins with excessive nozzle pressure ..If you know someone in the business get some foaming coil cleaner,this really get's it deep down clean.Goggles and gloves are necessary because the foaming type contains acid. Coils must be rinsed off good to prevent corrosion.While your at it remove the cover to the control panel and just look carefully for sign's of burnt connections,very common as a unit get older. A burnt off wire will shut u down and remember these bandits are getting a 100 bucks to show up & they will always try and sell you something. Ask for any parts that need to be replaced, they will think twice if they think u have someone to consult with.I'm not saying that all serviceman are dishonest, but 60% are bandits, no doubt about it.I've been in the business for 30+ years and I know what I'm talking about. Also make sure your inside filter is changed regularly.30 days tops sooner if you are in a dusty area. While your at it clean the coils on your refrigerator,Dirty coils make the machine inefficient and use considerable more power,witch means more money out of your pocket.Get to it ,save some money & and enjoy your cool environment!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A little history of our school system

The Origin of Compulsory Schooling

[Frederick T. Gates]



“In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply."

- Rev. Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913 [1]





The current American school system took root around the turn of the century. In 1903, John D. Rockefeller founded the General Education Board, which provided major funding for schools across the country and was especially active in promoting the State-controlled public school movement.
[Rockefeller Education Board 1915]
Rockefeller Education Board, 1915
The General Education Board was not interested in encouraging critical thinking. Rather, its focus was on organizing children and creating reliable, predictable, obedient citizens. As award-winning former teacher John Gatto puts it, “school was looked upon from the first part of the 20th Century as a branch of industry and a tool of governance.” The Rockefellers, along with other financial elite and their philanthropic organizations (such as the Gates, Carnegies, and Vanderbilts) have been able to mold society by funding and pushing compulsory state schooling for the masses.

Here’s a timeline to show the radical shift in education and the influence of the financial elite.



Pre 1840: Literacy Rates High, Schools Predominantly Private and Locally Controlled

Up until the 1840’s, the American school system was mainly private, decentralized, and home schooling was common. Americans were well educated and literacy rates were high.



1852: Massachusetts Passes First Mandatory Attendance Law


1902: John D. Rockefeller Creates the General Education Board

At the ultimate cost of $129 million, the General Education Board provided major funding for schools across the nation and was very influential in shaping the current school system.



1905: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is Founded


1906: NEA Becomes a Federally Chartered Association


1913: Frederick T. Gates, Director of Charity for the Rockefeller Foundation, Writes “In our dream…the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand”

Frederick T. Gates wrote in The Country School of Tomorrow, Occasional Papers Number 1:

“In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply."


1914: National Education Association (NEA) Alarmed by the Activity of the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations

At an annual meeting in St. Paul Minnesota, a resolution was passed by the Normal School Section of the NEA. An excerpt stated:

“We view with alarm the activity of the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations—agencies not in any way responsible to the people—in their efforts to control the policies of our State educational institutions, to fashion after their conception and to standardize our courses of study, and to surround the institutions with conditions which menace true academic freedom and defeat the primary purpose of democracy as heretofore preserved inviolate in our common schools, normal schools, and universities.”



1917: NEA Reorganizes and Moves to Washington DC

The NEA is the largest labor union in the U.S., representing public school teachers and other school faculty and staff. It generally opposes merit pay, school vouchers, accountability reforms, and more.



1918: Every State Requires Students to Complete Elementary School



1932: “Eight Year Study” – Largely funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the General Education Board

This laid the groundwork for education reform and the schooling system we have today.



1946: Rockefeller Foundation grants the General Education Board $7.5 billion



1953: Reece Committee of the US House of Representatives Reveals Agenda of Carnegie Endowment and Rockefeller Foundation on Education

“It seems incredible that the trustees of typically American fortune-created foundations should have permitted them to be used to finance ideas and practices incompatible with the fundamental concepts of our Constitution. Yet there seems evidence that this may have occurred.”

-Norman Dodd, Director of Research, Special Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations, 1954 [2]



1968: Edith Roosevelt’s Article “The Foundation Machine” Indicts Carnegie Funded Textbooks

Carnegie funded “Programmed Textbooks” were distributed to “culturally deprived areas.” Edith Roosevelt stated that “these young children are being indoctrinated with a pattern of anti-social ideas that will completely and violently alienate them from the mainstream of American middle-class values.”


1979: US Department of Education Created



1986: Carnegie Teaching Panel Charts New Teacher Framework & Provides $900,000 in Grants for Reforms



2003: 14% of American Adults are Illiterate

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) administered tests which revealed 14% of US residents would have extreme difficulty with reading and written comprehension. In 2003, some 30 million American adults had Below Basic prose literacy, 27 million had Below Basic document literacy, and 46 million had Below Basic quantitative literacy.



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Friday, April 20, 2012

Keep on pluggin away


Well times have surely been tough lately,I've been having a lot of back problems the last 6 months and after meeting with a surgeon today I am bummed out.I will try some rehab that I don't think will work but after that my only options will be steroid shots in the spine or corrective surgery.I don't like any of these options but I guess you have to play the cards u have.we'll see.
On a brighter front I started breeding the rabbits again and my first doe gave me a healthy 10 kits.They all look great so that's good news.Also we are making a new chicken coop/area so I don't have a repeat of my dog's having a chicken dinner. I'm still not happy with my food preps,we've been eating them but needed to rotate stock anyway so I need to go to sam's and am about 300 bucks away from feeling good about my 3 month storage target.The wife's garden is looking good and on target as long as we don't get a freeze which is highly unlikely at this time of year.I don't write the blog for louisiana for the american preppers anymore,they changed the format and it seems I am not included so ...no more blogging for them anymore.I guess it's just as well because I feel like I was writing the same stuff over and over again after 3 years and it seems that they are targeting makeing money as a priority as well as blogging and I'm not interested in that.More to come soon.........

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Effort

The title says it all,So much to do and so little time. And to make it worse when you have to commute 100 miles round trip 6 days a week it doesn't leave much time for anything else. When you want to be prepared it definitely takes EFFORT. With the wife working now It's pretty much all on me.I sure got used to her taking care of the garden and feeding the animals.But like anything else you have to put in the effort to get it done or you have no one else to blame when the shtf and you don't have it together.I just caught a sale on chicken leg quarters foe 50 cents a pound so I bought 40 pounds.But now the fun begins,I had to break it down,vacuum seal in 8 piece packs and get them stored in the freezer. I keep a supply of frozen food for the hurricane season. The food stash is coming along well.I have about 50lbs of deer meat and about 30 lbs of deer sausage,a couple of pork roast,1\2 dozen rib eyes. 1\2 dozen rabbits, and a little fish in there as well.Speaking of rabbits I'm expecting 2 does to have a litter that's due in a week(more work). Also need to go to my buddies pond and catch a bucket of white perch as well.I won't eat any thing from salt water since the BP fiasco. Also I have trees that must be trimmed soon so i don't have shingle damage from wind.Also this debris must be placed in the burn pile and burned.My solar setup for the freezer is doing well I just need to get the extra set of panels out of the box and mounted and tied in so I have plenty of juice to keep that freezer running during the summer. The transmission went out on the truck last week and I think I'm gonna let my buddy with the pond have it for spare parts, he offered me $500 for it and I can put that money into my Bike.The way gas is going I will probably need to ride it some this summer.Also I need to come up with a new chicken coup this year(quick) as my present one is getting rotten and will not stand up to a storm.I also will be looking for about 25 chicks soon as the dog's got a hold of my 2 best layers. and the one I have left can not put out enough for the 2 of us to eat eggs everyday.Also the tomato plants I potted last week will need to go in the ground soon as well as a few more veggies i have in mind.Like I said EFFORT. well that's all i have time to write about now I have to get to work,Prep on.....

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Facebook sucks

As with all electronic gadgets they can be used for a world of good as well as nothing but bullshit.I guess for about the last year my wife has been addicted to Facebook.If you want to find her she will be at the computer or on that damm I phone.I think that when all these people get on there bullshittin and blowing smoke up each others butts it just amplifies the problems they have and they make the wrong decisions facing them in life due to too much emotion.I have jerked out the computer and landline.I'm not going to work 6 days a week to pay for that kind of silly crap,nuff said about that.
I saw some entertaining u tubes on the same type of thing only these were with parents and kids,watch if you want...........


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Iran almost there

This news clip sums it up,get ready cause these crazy bastards are gonna try and take us down:
Amid crippling sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, Iran is continuing to prepare itself for war against the West, and now is warning of a coming great event.

“In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated,” Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, is warning.

Khamenei, speaking to hundreds of youths from more than 70 countries attending a world conference on the Arab Spring just days ago, told a cheering crowd in Tehran that “Allah’s promises will be delivered and Islam will be victorious.”

The countries represented included Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Palestine and Tunisia, all of which have been involved in the Arab Spring.

In his remarks, Khamenei advised the youths to remain vigilant, stating that the Islamic awakening in the region has delivered several blows to the enemies of Islam and that all Muslims, despite their own historical and social differences, remain united in opposing the “evil hegemony of the Zionists and the Americans.”

Khamenei then claimed the current century as the century of Islam and promised that human history is on the verge of a great event and that soon the world will realize the power of Allah.

Many clerics in Iran have stated that Khamenei is the deputy of the last Islamic messiah on earth and that obedience to him is necessary for the final glorification of Islam.

Khamenei has been heard to say that the coming of the last Islamic Messiah, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, is near and that specific actions need to be taken to protect the Islamic regime for upcoming events.

Mahdi, according to Shiite belief, will reappear at the time of Armageddon. Selected forces within the Revolutionary Guards and Basij reportedly have been trained under a task force called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” and they will bear the responsibility of security and protecting the regime against uprisings. Many in the Guards and Basij have been told that the 12th Imam is on earth, facilitated the victory of Hezbollah over Israel in the 2006 war and soon will announce publicly his presence after the needed environment is created.

Sources within Vali’eh Amr, the revolutionary forces in charge of the supreme leader’s protection, also recently revealed an assassination attempt on Khamenei that was thwarted just in time.

SepahOnline reports that last year during Khamenei’s visit to the port of Asalouyeh in southern Iran, Revolutionary Guards found pistols and hand grenades hidden by one individual dressed as a janitor in a barracks that Khamenei was set to attend. The supreme leader was then returned to Tehran immediately.

Other sources within the Guards report that following Barack Obama’s letter to the Iranian leader last month requesting negotiations, Khamenei ordered Iranian officials to speak positively about holding nuclear talks and giving hope to Obama and other Western leaders that a negotiated solution is possible.

This was apparent after a trip of U.N. nuclear inspectors to Iran this week, who called the talks positive.

At the same time, his directive to the Guards ordered a speedy completion of the Iranian nuclear bomb program in which Guards’ missiles can be armed with nuclear warheads. Khamenei believes once that’s achieved, Iran can test a nuclear bomb, letting the world know that Iran has joined the nuclear-armed club and that any confrontation will result in destruction of much of the Western world.

The Revolutionary Guards not only can hit all U.S. bases in the Middle East with their ballistic missiles but also reach most capital cities in Western Europe. The Guards, with the help of China and North Korea, are working on intercontinental ballistic missiles. But more dangerous to America, as reported last July, is the Guards action in arming their vessels with long-range ballistic missiles and their expansion of their mission into the Atlantic Ocean, right into the Gulf of Mexico.

Any Iranian military or commercial vessel easily could get right outside the U.S. coastline and in less than 60 seconds fire a ballistic missile armed with a nuclear payload and detonate it over U.S. skies in an electromagnetic attack that would plunge America back into the 18th century.

Studies show within just one year after such an attack, two-thirds of Americans would cease to exist and the rest would live under dire conditions.

The radicals ruling Iran not only have prepared for mass suppression of their own people as they get close to their confrontation with the West, but also have prepared to fuel unrest through their proxies in the Middle East and elsewhere.

SepahOnline, with sources within the Guards, reports that Afghanistan will soon witness an increase in terrorist activities against U.S. forces. The Guards not only are training Taliban fighters in Iran close to the Afghan border, but are shipping armaments to forces in Afghanistan with an order to create instability by harming U.S. forces and destabilizing the Afghan government.

Guards agents have also been ordered to do the same in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf counties.

The Guards also announced the imminent formation of a defensive unit to deal with possible radioactive contamination. Although they did not say why, they could be preparing for a nuclear exchange with the West once Iran becomes nuclear-armed.

WND previously has reported that the chieftains in Iran also are preparing to execute their own internal critics and opponents at the right time.

This was similar to action taken by the founder of the Islamic regime in 1988, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE !
With the new year upon us I will take some time this weekend to go over my preps.I need to check my food stash and check quantity and expiration dates ,Exercise my generator on line for about a hour,Check items in B O B and make a list of Things I need to get done for the spring,Breed rabbits,and clean my Dalton water filter.What should you be doing instead of watching football or shooting fireworks? ........Get Prepping or get screwed!!