Entries for September, 2012

AK-47 ERGO Grip SUREGRIP Review

AK-47 ERGO Grip SUREGRIPIf there is one thing about the AK-47 that sucks, it has to be the factory pistol grip.  The AK-47 is a great rifle, but lets face the facts, most of the factory pistol grips suck, big time.

Thank goodness Falcon Industries has come to the rescue with the Ergo Grip Suregrip.

The Ergo Grip Suregrip is a quick and easy replacement to the factory AK-47 grip. The model I had the opportunity to review was the ERGO AK Classic Grip, model number 4139-BK.

Some specs from the Ergo Grip website:

  • Ambidextrous design with smooth finger grooves
  • Superior design and textured finishes for enhanced weapon control compared to smaller factory grips
  • Bottom storage compartment with tethered rubber plug
  • Installs with 6mm bots (included)

Installation

Installing the Suregrip was straight forward, remove the old grip, install the new grip.

The only issue I ran into, a standard allen wrench was not long enough to reach the bottom of the grip. This is not a big deal, my wife and I made a trip to the local hardware store to buy a allen socket.

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Why I left the welding field

My name is Kevin Felts and I have 15 years experience in the welding field.  In June 1986 I took a job in a welding shop.

From 1986 – 1999 I worked in various welding shops between southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Around August 1999 I was laid off from a welding shop.  When I was laid off from that welding shop, I decided to go into the computer field.

Between 2003 – 2004 I went back into the welding field for 12 months.

This past weekend my wife and I were passing through the Beaumont Texas area.  While we were around Beaumont, I showed her some of the welding shops I used to work at.

Seeing those welding shops brought back bad memories.  I realized that all of the shops we looked at had common traits.  Some of those common traits were poorly trained supervisors and poor quality pay.

Company A

One welding shop I worked at in in the Beaumont Texas area, my supervisor (lets call him dumbass) and I had worked together at another welding shop a few years earlier.  At this other shop, my wifes grandfather was the foreman.  When work got low, the workforce had to be reduced, so a few people were laid off. Dumbass happened to be one of the people laid off.  This was in 1987.

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American student loan nightmare

There was once a time when a college education was affordable. Young adults could finish college, have minimal student loan payments, and be able to enjoy life.

But now, college graduates are having to put off buying a home, and even delay starting a family due to student loan debt.

The average college student owes around $35,000 in loans + interest.

The federal government has close to a trillion dollars in student loans. A lot of those students will take decades to pay back their loans, if ever.

Wages have been stagnate since the 1990s. Think about that. If wages have stagnated, how are people supposed to pay for an expensive education?

Why are students getting degrees in useless fields, such as political studies? We need more engineers, and less basket weavers.

Why aren’t people utilizing community colleges instead of more expensive universities? There comes a point where a degree will never pay for itself. But people seem to ignore that fact.

Zero Hedge – The Student Loan Bubble In 19 Simple Charts

The Economic Collapse Blog – The Student Loan Debt Bubble Is Creating Millions Of Modern Day Serfs

Survivalist Boards – Millions imprisoned by student loan debt

With no solution in sight, what are future college students supposed to do?

Its kinda like the housing bubble. When the cost of housing got so expensive everyday working people could no longer afford to buy a home, the market crashed. What is going to happen to this nation when people can no longer afford to get a higher education?

How is the United States supposed to compete in the world market when young people can not obtain a higher education? Where are our engineers supposed to come from? Where are our doctors and teachers supposed to come from?

Sharia law VS freedom of speech

If we speak out against Islam, the followers of sharia law are supposed to kill us.

So what are we supposed to do, quietly submit to Sharia law and Islam? I do not think so.

As usual, Acts17Apologetics has posted another excellent video on the sharia law issue.

After the video “innocence of the muslims” hit main stream, a wide array of people started calling for restrictions on our freedom of speech.

Not only should we have freedom of religion, but we should also freedom “from” religion. By submitting to restrictions on insulting islam, we are submitting to a religion.

The question you need to ask yourself, do you want to live under sharia law? If we are prohibited from insulting islam, what is next? If you are willing to submit to restricted freedom of speech, what else are you willing to submit to?

Are you willing to submit to women not being able to drive?
Are you willing to submit to women not being allowed in school?
Are you willing to submit to being put to death for cheating on your spouse?
Are you willing to have your hand cut off for stealing?
Are gays willing to be put to death for being gay?

At what point is society willing to draw the line for sharia law?

1 in 4 United Kingdom youths jobless

Thank you Russia Today for this video,

From the youtube description

Every fourth person under the age of 25 in Britain is currently out of work. And despite government efforts, many young people say there are no opportunities available for them.

A bored society is a dangerous society. Sooner or later youths will look to blame the lack economic opportunity on “someone.”

High unemployment gives birth to hate groups, civil unrest and violence.

Be sure to rate and comment.

Ahmadinejad full 2012 UN speech

Thank you Russia Today for uploading this video to youtube.

As usual,Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is spewing forth all kinds of gibberish.

I agree with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on bin laden; bin laden should have been brought to trial instead of killing him.

Everyday Iran continues its nuclear program, its a step closer to another war in the middle east.

U.S. Soldier Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire

FUNKER530 posted a video of a US soldier taking incoming fire.

No rounds penetrated his body armor, and he made it home with no permanent injuries.

This happened in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Contributing to society

In a republic, how much should citizens contribute back to society?

Is there an obligation to contribute?

What should society do about people who “refuse” to contribute?

Lets use 2 groups of people as examples:

1 – criminals.
2 – individuals who make a career out of welfare.*

* There is a difference in someone that uses welfare as a helping hand to get back on their feet, and someone who lives their entire life off the system. This is about people who expect society to provide for them, while returning nothing to very little back.

Society frowns upon criminals, probably because the criminal takes more from society then they contribute.

Historically, society has tolerated and somewhat frowned upon welfare. We know that members of society need a helping hand from time to time. There is no shame in needing help. The shame should come from being too lazy to help yourself.

Why are the people who are too lazy to provide for themselves not ashamed? Over the past few decades, any shame that was associated with welfare has all but disappeared. Why is that?

Why do people vocally complain about the money spent on criminals, but are less vocal with people on welfare?

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If you had seven days notice before SHTF

Lets say the public was given a 1 week notice before the start of a major global conflict. Rarely does that kind of advance knowledge leak out to the public. For the sake of discussion lets say for once the public knows what is going to happen a week ahead of time.

One of the incidents I am referring to is the leak that Israel may attack Iran during Yum Kippor.

I have been hearing various rumors for over 2 decades, so I take them with a grain of salt and keep living life.

The word has leaked out, you do a review of your survival gear stockpile, now what?

What does your water stockpile look like?
What does your ammunition stockpile look like?
What does your fuel stockpile look like?
What about seeds for your long term survival garden, communications, livestock, livestock feed, firearms, propane,,, and other preps.

Firearms

Ruger 10/22 and Marlin model 60 side by side

If you do not have your firearm and ammunition stockpile ready before SHTF, do not count on accumulating supplies after SHTF.

Lets say you had a 1 week notice, what would you buy? Would you buy ammunition, and sacrifice resources to buy food, water, livestock feed, fuel,,,?

Even if you have money to buy ammunition, what makes you think there is going to be anything on the shelves?

Would you rather buy ammunition, food, water, food for the livestock?

My 13 chickens (hens, no roosters) go through a 50 pound bag of laying mash every two weeks. For the price of 200 pounds of laying mash (4 – 50 pound bags), which would last around 2 months, I could buy 100 rounds of Federal 223 Remington.

Would you rather have 2 months of eggs, or would you rather have 100 rounds of 223 Remington?

Then there is the waiting period and permits that some sates have setup. Even if you wanted to buy a firearm, would you have enough time to go through the waiting period, background check, and permit application period?

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Another welfare parasite article

Welfare is one of my favorite topics. I have been working since around 1984 when I went to work at Market Basket in Bridge City Texas.

Welfare Parasite 1

A friend of the family works for a utility company. A couple of days ago the friend shared a story about a man whos services were cut off. The services were cut off for a $275 bill.

About 3 days after the services were cut off, the individual walks into the office talking on his i-phone, ask how much the bill is going to be, then tells the person behind the counter that a community outreach program is going to pay the bill for him.

The person behind the counter tells the person the community outreach program will not pay the late fee or the reconnect fee.

The man gets off his i-phone, then pulls out a $100 bill to pay the late fee and reconnection fee.

If you have the money to pay a cellphone bill, then you have money to at least pay “part” of your utility bills.

Welfare Parasite 2

There is a certain family my wife and I know, the family has been on some kind of welfare for 3 generations.

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Galveston ferry sucks

I want to tell you why the Galveston ferry sucks.

Evening of September 21, 2012 my wife and I, along with a friend made a trip to Galveston with the purpose of buying a mini-HDMI cable for my wifes smart phone.

We rented a beach house on Bolivar peninsula for the weekend. The TV at the beach house did not have a very good channel selection, so we decided to go to get a cable to stream netflix through ,y wifes smart phone.

Going to Galveston was no big deal. The ferry was on the east side of the channel. We drove straight onto the ferry with no wait time.

We offloaded from the ferry, drove along the seawall, went to walmart, bought the cable, then headed back to the ferry,,,, then waited in line for an hour.

When we arrived at the ferry waiting lanes, one line had already formed, we were in line 2, then a 3rd line formed, then a 4th line formed.

After waiting for about an hour, the ferry finally arrived back.

Guess which line got to load first?
Not line one that had been waiting the longest,
Not line two that had been waiting the second longest,
Not line three that had been waiting for close to 45 minutes.

I will be damned if line 4, the ones that had just drove up, were allowed on the ferry first.

One car skipped the lines, drove up to the man flagging traffic, honked its horn, then was flagged onto the ferry.

HOLY CRAP, REALLY?!?!?!?!

Why was only one ferry running on friday night?
Where were the cars that had been waiting the shortest amount of time allowed to load first?
Why was a car allowed to skip the lines altogether?

Galveston ferry sucks, period.

Will Netanyahu bring about the destruction of Israel

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, it should be pretty clear that tensions between Israel and Iran are going to reach a boiling point.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel, while at the same time working on Irans nuclear program. This should be pretty simple, hatred + means = war.

On the flip side of the coin, we have Benjamin Netanyahu calling for a military strike on Iran. The strike would have the purpose of either destroying Irans nuclear capability, or setting progress back a few years.

In other words, we have two nations that want to destroy each other.

Israel says it only wants to destroy Irans nuclear program.  Regardless of the reason for an attack, an attack is still an attack.

Now for the larger problem, Benjamin Netanyahu seems to be the main instigator in attacking Iran. It seems that everyone and their brother and sister does not want to attack Iran, maybe they realize the conflict would soon cross borders, everyone that is besides Benjamin Netanyahu.

China and Russia have both warned the US not to attack Iran. It seems Israel is ignoring the warnings from a couple of nuclear superpowers.

If Israel were to attack Iran, it would be physically impossible for Israel to maintain the conflict. Israel does not have the landmass or natural resources to maintain a prolonged conflict.

Israel attacks Iran, Israel starts to get the crap beat out of it, the US has to step in to prevent the destruction of Israel.

Egypt and Libya recently went through a civil war. It appears that the powers that were at least neutral in the Arab VS Jew conflict have now been replaced with sharia law types of Muslims.

Lets say that Israel attacks Iran, do we “really” expect Egypt and Libya to sit by and watch?

Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed during an attack on the Libyan consulate. Some people say the attack was related to the video “innocence of the muslims”, others say the attack was coordinated and a terrorist attack. In Yemeni, protestors stormed the embassy.

Obama Congress and the NDAA

Until the people change the way they vote, we will never have real change in government. An example of this is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Part of the NDAA allows the government to detain US citizens with no access to due process.

In other words, the government can declare someone a terrorist, that someone could then be detained forever.

Why would a government that was supposed to be founded individual freedom wish to detain people without due process?

Article at RT – Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA

This case will go all the way to the supreme court. I am willing to bet the supreme court rules the government can detain people that are deemed a national security risk.

The supreme court allows the government to play its “national security” trump card from time to time. All the government has to do is say the information is part of national security.

What a lot of people do not understand is the government had the right to detain members of the general public under Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. The United States Supreme Court upheld Executive Order 9066.

Instead of using an Executive Order to detain people, the government now has the full authority of a law passed by congress and signed by the president.

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98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive

Cody Lundin, director of the Aboriginal Living Skills School in Prescott, Arizona, shares his own brand of wilderness wisdom in this highly anticipated new book on commonsense, modern survival skills for the backcountry, the backyard, or the highway. This is the ultimate book on how to stay alive-based on the principal of keeping the body’s core temperature at a lively 98.6 degrees.

In his entertaining and informative style, Cody stresses that a human can live without food for weeks and without water for about three days or so. But if the body’s core temperature dips much below or above the 98.6 degree mark, a person can literally die within hours. It is a concept that many don’t take seriously or even consider, but knowing what to do to maintain a safe core temperature when lost in a blizzard or in the desert could save your life. Lundin delivers the message with wit, rebellious humor, and plenty of backcountry expertise.

Publication Date: June 23, 2003

Product Details

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Reprint edition (June 23, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1586852345
ISBN-13: 978-1586852344
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

Reaching middle age

At 44 years old, chances are I have more years behind me then in front of me. I feel no different then I did when I was in my 20s, except that I need more sleep and my weight is getting more difficult to control.

When I was 17, 18, 19,, years old I could eat just about anything I wanted. Now I eat that kind of stuff and my stomach hurts. Eat some greasy chicken nuggets and my stomach gets tore up.

Instead of thinking about what I wanted to do when I grow up, I am thinking about my retirement in 20 years. Its simply amazing how the years creep by unnoticed.

When I look back, I realize how I was totally unprepared to enter the workforce in the mid-1980s. Besides reading, writing and math, the public school system taught no real life skills. Mom and dad were at work, so the time they had to teach life skills was limited.

In my late teens and early 20s I thought the thing to do was to get married and have kids. So do you have kids when you are financially stable, or when you are young and healthy? I picked to have kids when I was young and healthy. Some of the people I went to school with have kids in jr. high, while all but one of mine have finished high school.

I wish society had not lied to me about the value of hard work. Society says if you work hard, that work will be recognized and rewarded. Rewarded with what, a life of poverty?

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