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Random Thoughts February 27 2013

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 27, 2013 1 Comment

We have a lot to talk about. Rather then break these topics down into individual post, lets jut make another random thoughts post.

Colorado has gone off the deep end with gun control. This time they want to make make sellers of semiautomatic rifles responsible for the actions of the end users. It’s laughable what the gun hating liberals are trying to push through. Making gun sellers responsible, is like making Ford, Toyota or GM responsible for drunk drivers.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Feinstein’s ‘assault weapon’ ban goes to committee. When is the government going to address the real cause of gun violence? Our nation is being overran with debt, banks are getting a steady handout of $85 billion a month from the federal reserve, Iran is working its way to becoming a nuclear power,,, and Dianne Feinstein is worried about gun control? Holy crap, really?

A buddy of mine passed away, his memorial service is going to be March 2.

AR-15 prices are slowing coming down. Instead of a colt 6920 costing $3,000, prices are down to around $2,000. Other brand name ARs are floating around double their price before Sandy Hook.




Hauling Scrap Iron And Cutting Trees

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 24, 2013 0 Comments

Another weekend of cleaning up the homestead has come and gone. This weekend I focused on hauling scrap iron to the local recycler, picking up trash and cutting down some trees to make room for a pole barn.

For those of you following this blog, yall know some of my family members, and their friends, used a piece of the homestead as a landfill. They did not have permission to dump trash in a washed out area, they just did it. Most of the stuff is glass, metal and plastic.Pulling trees with a Toyota T-100

My brother has a tractor with a grapple on the front it, which is what we used to pull a lot of trash out of the hole. Now that the trash is in a pile on flat ground, it’s time to sort through it and dispose of the trash properly.

When we first started cleaning out the hole we started loading various pieces of scrap on the trailer. This weekend right off the bat the first load was ready to go. The scrap metal on the trailer was a mixture of wire, box fan, washing machine,,, and a few other things.

Here in Jasper Texas on hwy 190 east we have a metal recycler. Which is where I have brought 2 trailer loads of scrap iron so far.

To make room for a shed a pole barn some small trees needed to be removed. The logger did not cut these trees, so I had to do it by hand.




Categories: Farming and Gardening

Why Dont People Address The Real Cause Of Gun Violence

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 21, 2013 0 Comments

While browsing the net I landed on yet another gun control article. That article, like so many others does not address the root causes of gun violence.

Obama has thrown a fake bone to the gun hating liberal dogs. As they slobber all over it, the liberals are too dumb to realize its a fake bone.

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Does the bone address repeat offenders?

Does the bone address gang and drug related crime?

Does the bone address protecting our borders from illegal drugs?




Johnny Cash In German

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 21, 2013 0 Comments

The internet has just divided by zero. Johnny Cash in German, what more could you want? My life is now complete.

And you thought Rammstein was awesome? You aint heard nothing yet.




Categories: Videos

A Friend Has Passed Away

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 21, 2013 0 Comments

Got a phone call from a buddy of mine informing me a mutual friend had passed away.

December 2011 C.D. was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He had been feeling ill for a long time, maybe 6 months or more. But as most men do, C.D. put off going to the doctor.

He fought the good fight,
He lived life as it should be lived,
Good drink,
Good food,
Good friends.




The Writing Is On The Wall

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 18, 2013 0 Comments

The writing is on the wall, the United States is a on road of steady decline, and the U.S. government is preparing for widespread civil unrest.

Now for evidence to backup my statement:

China is Now the Biggest Trading Nation of the World – Forget trading with the United States. Since the 1990s we have given our factories and our jobs to China.

The dollar is being replaced as the world currency – Now that China has the factories and the jobs, it’s just a matter of time before the before the Chinese yuan replaces the U.S. dollar.

What is the dollar backed by? A promise to repay our debt, and nothing more. What is going to happen when our debt grows to a point where it can not be repaid? Is the federal reserve going to print more money, which will fuel inflation?

The U.S. dollar is backed by nothing. Now its a matter of time before the rest of the world realizes that.

Homeland Security wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years – 1.6 billion rounds? How much ammunition do we need to fight a major conflict, say maybe with China?

Drones over U.S. soil – I sure hope those drones are being used in our war on drugs.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – Just like what happened to Native Americans and Japanese Americans, get ready to be detained without due process, and as long as the government wants.




Grinding Stumps

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 16, 2013 0 Comments

Now that the trees have been cut and some of the small timber has been thinned, its time to call in a stump grinder. A stump grinder is machine with carbide bits which cut the stump down to below ground level. No digging around the stump, no burning the stump, no pulling on the stump with a truck,,, nothing but a machine that turns a tree stump into chips.

Instead of buying a stump grinding machine that would rarely be used, I called a contractor that works by the hour. In 3 hours the contractor had ground 109 stumps.

There are a number of stump grinder designs on the market, some of them look like large tillers. The one the contractor used attached to the back of a tractor and was operated by the power take off (PTO).

Why are we having stumps ground? The stumps are in the way of driveway, chicken yard fence, chicken coop and where the shed is going. Instead of having to drive around the stumps, and waiting for them to rot, now the stumps are ground 6 – 8 inches below ground level.




Free Range Meat Chicken

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 14, 2013 0 Comments

Lets talk about a good breed of meat chicken for the homestead that does well on free range.

For the sake of discussion lets say that some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation has happened. Whether its some kind of new SARS virus, wide spread civil unrest, nuclear war with China, hurricane, blizzard,,, something has happened to disrupt food shipments.

You go out to the chicken coop, survey the flock for dinner, what kind of chickens would you see? Did you focus on egg production, meat production, or both? Did you buy hens that go broody, or did you go with breeds that do not go broody? If you butcher a hen, will it be replaced?Barred Rock chicken

What are some of the traits we are looking for? Lets start with heritage breeds that have a proven track record of over 100 years. The older the breed the better.

Lets look for chickens that weigh at least 6 – 7 pounds before processing, because do we really want to butcher 2 or 3 small hens for a single meal? We want a hen that can go broody, is a good mother, raise her chicks for the next generation, is a good forager and will feed a family of 4.




Wired Article On Ammunition And Gun Violence

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 14, 2013 0 Comments

I used to respect wired as a credible source of information, that was until I read an article about controlling ammunition to reduce gun violence. The logical of controlling ammunition to reduce gun violence, is like saying we can stop drunk drivers by reducing the amount of gasoline on the market.

Once again lets just ignore the root cause of the majority of gun violence, and that is criminals and drugs. Law abiding citizens do not use gun in crimes, that is the reason why people who use guns during a crime are called criminals.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

If the government truly wanted to do something about gun violence, fix the broken criminal justice system, stop the flow of drugs into the US and break up gangs. What do the majority of gun related deaths have in common? They are either drug of gang related.

Broken Justice System

Our criminal justice system does not reform people. Prisons are nothing more then a warehouse for the mentally ill. Someone would have to be mentally ill to inflict violence upon others.




Black Sabbath Anniversary

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 13, 2013 0 Comments

On February 13, 1970, ‘Black Sabbath’ was released in the United Kingdom.

Where would we be if Ozzy and Black Sabbath never made music.




Categories: Videos

I Like Guns

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 13, 2013 0 Comments

steveleeilikeguns over at youtube has posted another outstanding video.

There is just something about shooting guns, something those gun hating liberal sissies will never understand.




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Come and Take It

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 12, 2013 0 Comments

As a free people it is our right to keep and bear arms. The government has no right, nor the ability to take those rights from us.

Let us remember 1776, 1812, 1836 and 1844. The people will not lay down their arms at the whelm of a rogue government.




World Enters New Phase As North Korea Test Nuclear Device

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 12, 2013 0 Comments

North Korea tested a nuclear device with an underground detonation on February 11, 2013. Along with North Koreas missile program the world moves closer to having a rogue nation with a Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

This is the first test under the leadership of Kim Jong-un.

Why put so much time, effort and money into building a nuclear missile program when people are starving? There have been reports of starvation being so widespread in North Korea that people are resorting to cannibalism.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

There are main two reasons for North Korea to develop nuclear weapons – to use the weapons in an act of war, or use the weapons as a bargaining chip.

Nuclear Strike Against the United States

If North Korea were to use nuclear weapons against the United States, it is doubtful the U.S. would respond with its own nuclear weapons. Due to the liability and long term sigma, the U.S. would respond with conventional weapons.




Considering Sheep For The Homestead

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 11, 2013 0 Comments

One of the things I would like to do after my wife and I get moved to the homestead, is to get some kind of milk and meat producing livestock.

Cattle was one of my first choices. My wife and I cook a lot of beef – ground meat, steaks, stew meat,,, just all kinds of different cuts of meat.

Goats were my second choice. Cattle eat grass, goats eat weeds, so they would not compete over the food sources. Unlike a cow, when a goat is butchered I would not have to deal with a 1,000 pound animal.

Then there are sheep. Unlike goats, sheep produce wool that can be used to make clothing. The breed of sheep I was looking at (under the suggestion from my brother) is hair sheep. Hair sheep look like goats, as they have short hair instead of wool.




Have you wondered how much contempt the government has for our service members? During the presidential inauguration parade, the rifles carried by the marines had their bolts removed. Also notice president obama is standing behind some form of glass, I am going to guess it was bulletproof lexan.

What kind of president do we have that our soldiers can not be trusted with weapons around him, and he stands behind bulletproof glass?