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Gear Sling Pack For Get Home Bag

Are gear sling packs suited for a get home bag? After a hiking trip in July of 2016, my opinion is that it you use a gear sling for a get home bag there are some things you need to look for in the pack design.

The July hiking trip was a little short at around 6 – 8 miles. Up until then I had never taken a gear sling pack on more than just a couple of miles. At round maybe the 5 – 6 mile mark, the strap started digging into my shoulder. My arm felt like it was going numb from the pain.

I took a bandanna, folded it up and put it between the strap and my shoulder for extra padding. That helped for a little bit.

The pack I was using is a Red Rock Rambler. The strap is on the left side and can not be switched to the right. I ended up taking the pack off and carrying it by hand for the last couple of miles. The pain was so intense my shoulder was sore for a couple of days.

Get Home Bag


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Arrival Movie Review

Arrival, released November 11, 2016, is the kind of movie that you think you have it figured out from the start, and you are wrong. This is not your typical aliens arrive on earth type of movie.

If you have a short attention span, do not watch this movie. If you have trouble connecting the dots, do not watch this movie.

If you want something different that shows the worst and best in humanity, go see Arrival.

You have pay attention to the details and listen to the conversations the actors are having. If you do not listen and pay attention, the movie will go right over your head and you will leave asking questions.

The music is wonderful.  The acting is great.  Forest Whitaker is perfect, as he usually is.  Amy Adams does a splendid job.  Jeremy Renner is he typical fun self.  The team comes together to figure out why aliens have arrived at earth.  The main question is what do they want.

The ending is a tear jerker, at least for me.

Get out of the house, go see Arrival and have a good time.

Is The 30-30 Winchester Obsolete

With the innovation newer cartridges, is the 30-30 Winchester obsolete? This question arises from comments on a youtube video I made about stockpiling ammo.

A John Rambo commented

It’s super popular because it’s been around since 1895. It makes a good youth deer rifle.

I’ve had to help a lot of people track wounded deers that they had hit with a 30-30. A 270 or 30-06 drops them rather quickly. I usually use a lever action Marlin 44mag a lot also.

I respectfully disagree. I have seen first hand time and time again what the 30-30 Winchester does to whitetail deer.

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Thanksgiving Message from President Elect Donald Trump

As President elect Donald Trump says in the video, “we have the chance to bring about real change to Washington, real safety to our cities and real prosperity to our cities, including inner cities.  To succeed we must enlist the efforts of our entire nation.”

I somehow doubt globalist, liberal media. Democrats and Liberal Democrats  and those brainwashed by liberal media will fall in line behind Donald Trump.

Major media fought Donald Trump tooth and nail during the whole campaign.  In the end, voters saw through the lies of liberal media and elected a leader.  Even though President Elect Donald Trump is calling for all Americans to unite, liberal media will probably still continue to fight him.

How to Pick a Good Skinning Knife

Armchair commandos may believe anything sharp will make a good skinning knife, this is simply not true.  Certain types of knives are much better at skinning wild game than others.  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about types of knives to stay away from and types to consider.

For most applications the smaller and thinner the blade the better.

The easier the knife is to clean, the better.  This should exclude multi-tools and knives with accessories, such as the Swiss Army knife.

High carbon steel blade that holds an edge and is easy to sharpen.

Examples that come to mind so far are the Gerber Big Rock, Gerber Profile, and Case pocket knives.  I have seen more deer skinned with a Case pocket knife than any other brand of knife.  Old guys do not mess around with fancy or expensive knives.  Experience says go with what works.  For most applications, a Case pocket knife will do just fine.

No Skinning Pictures or Videos


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Stances That Cost Hillary The Election

While liberals continue to ask why did Hillary Clinton lose the election, the answer lies within her stance on certain issues.  What Hillary told the people and want she said to Wall Street were two different things.  Rather than addressing the issues, Hillary played on the fears and emotions of minorities.

President Obama promised a lot of stuff.  Very little of what he promised came to fruition.  States who expanded Medicaid under Obamacare are running out of money, as was be expected.  Companies still have offshore tax havens.  Instead of working with congress to close to tax havens, president Obama sat on his hands.  That tax money could of been used to send young adults from under privileged families to college.

The people want a president who:

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Trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival

My fiancée (Samantha) and I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival Saturday, November 19th and we had a great time. The weather was perfect. A cold front had blown through on Friday, which dropped daytime highs to the mid 60s. Skies were clear and beautiful.

Samantha and I woke up around 6:00 am.  I got my shower, got dressed, and we headed out around 7:00.  On the way out we stopped at the Donut Palace on Hwy 190 in Jasper Texas. When I was working on a tugboat, this was the same donut shop I would stop at on the way to work. The Donut Palace is ran by a friendly Asian couple. I got a sausage, egg and cheese croissant, blue monster and chocolate glazed donut. Samantha got a bag of donut holes.

We headed west on Hwy 190, which took us through Woodville Texas and into Livingston Texas. At Livingston, we turn south on Hwy 59 south until we reached Cleveland. At Cleveland we turned west on Hwy 105. Hwy 105 took us through Cut-n-Shoot, Conroe, Montgomery, and finally to the Plantersville exit, which is 1774.

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Mountain house extends life of pouches

Mountain House recently extended the life of their pouches to 30 years, instead of 7 years.   This is supposed to be retroactive to existing pouches produced before the date change.

How I found about about the date change, I posted a video on youtube called Stockpiling mountain house #10 cans and pouches. Someone posted a comment saying “Your way out of date regarding the life of the pouches.” So I started a thread on the forum – When did mountain house pouches go to 30 years.

Someone from Mountain House replied with the following quote.

Hi Kev,

We’ve been using O2 absorbers in all of our non-novelty products for over a decade, including our Pro-Paks. It was before the early naughties that the pouches were just vacuum packed.

The new 30 Year Taste Guarantee applies to all MH products with intact packaging, whether O2 absorber, vacuum packed, or both (with the exception of novelties: ice cream sandwich, neapolitan ice cream, and cheesecake bites, all of which have a 2 year Taste Guarantee…)

Hope that helps!

–MH

Mountain House then went on to clarify some questions about nutrients.


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Election, life, and millennials

I want to do a video blog (vblog) about the elections, life and millennials. There has been a lot of stuff going on in the United States and worldwide, that will be felt for generations.  If Trump holds true to even part of his promises the United States poses to be a world leader.  And not only a world leader, but to work with other world leaders to create a bright future for everyone.

The liberal agenda of open borders and free trade has to end.  The liberal agenda of safe haven cities for illegal immigrants has to end.  It will be interesting to see what happens when safe haven cities defy President Trump.

2016 election

The democrat party platform, as they have always been, is built on fear.

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Spent day cleaning out chicken house

My chicken house is a mess.  About a year and a half ago I set up a water barrel system inside the chicken house.  It is a 35 gallon drum going to a stainless steel pan with a float.  The chickens have been getting on the drum and pooping all over the top of it.  When I fill the drum up chicken poop is all over the place.

Then there is the metal trash can I store feed in.  It is next to the water barrel and close to a corner of the chicken house.  The chickens get into the corner and lay eggs, right where chickens get on the feed barrel and poop.

There is barely any room between the feed can and the wall, but enough room for the chickens to get into.

I decided to rearrange everything.

The water barrel is getting moved outside.

The feed can is getting moved away from the wall.  Now I can get in there and clean out.

The chickens are getting a laying box put in the corner.

Lessons learned

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Millennials have to support Trump

While browsing youtube I came across a video of two young men arguing back and forth about Trump.

One young man asked how is trump going to make America great again.

It was at that point I realized he had slept through American history classes in school. There was once a time when the United States was the manufacturing hub of the world. We produced all kinds of stuff.

Then came along free trade.

Those young men did not know that there was a time when a young man could go into the workforce and afford to buy a home. buy a car and have a family.

Millennials voting against Donald Trump are voting against their own financial future.

Democrat party in death throes

The democratic party as you know it is dead. Republicans, the party that was “supposed” to fade away into history now controls two branches of government. Democratic party leaders are in their 70s, which are Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders.

In two years something like 25 senate seats will be up for election. This gives the GOP 2 years to turn the economy and the nation around. If they do, democrats will lose even more seats in the senate.

The fear mongering, corporate loving, free trade loving, open immigration democrat party better get its act together before the final nails are driven in the coffin 2 years from now.

The silent majority sees democrats for what they are, and we do not like it.

Free Trade

Free trade has devastated our economy ever since Nixon opened trade with China.

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Stockpiling antibacterial soap

Are you stockpiling antibacterial soap? If you answered yes, stop buying antibacterial soap and buy regular soap instead . Seems antibacterial has not been proven to be more effective than regular soap at preventing the spread of germs.

In 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested antibacterial soap manufacturers prove soap marketed as “antibacterial” was more effective than regular soap.  As of 2016 nothing has been proven.

Full FDA write up – Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It.

From the FDA website:

“Following simple handwashing practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness at home, at school and elsewhere,” says Theresa M. Michele, MD, of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products. “We can’t advise this enough. It’s simple, and it works.”


Stockpiling liquid soap for SHTF

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Race had nothing to do with Trump winning

Donald Trump won the election based on President Obamas failed policies and the fear mongering done by Hillary Clinton.

There was also the issue of:

  • Hillary bragging about President Obama and his failed policies.
  • The state department selling arms to ISIS.
  • Email scandal.
  • Democratic National Convention (DNC) rigged primaries.
  • Danney Williams claiming Hillary kept him away from his father, Bill Clinton.
  • Hillary accepting money from Saudi Arabia.
  • DNC workers saying they can not believe their own primary hype.
  • FBI not charging Hillary after investigating the email scandal.
  • FBI not swearing Hillary in when she gave testimony during the investigation.
  • Hillary refused to address free trade.
  • Coal miners feared for their jobs under Hillary.
  • Hillary did not address the rust belt.
  • Hillary did not address jobs going overseas (free trade).
  • Hillary did not address offshore tax havens.
  • DNC leaking debate questions to Hillary.
  • Major media such as Huffpost and CNN leaning heavily towards Hillary.
  • Talked about open borders.
  • Wanted more gun control (lost the National Rifle Association NRA vote).

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Hillary supporters in shock

Before the 2016 presidential election rabid liberal media were proudly proclaiming how Hillary Clinton was going to win.  One liberal leftist site predicted Hillary was going to win over 300 electoral college votes.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016, those same liberal sites are quiet.  Some of the sites are flailing in their death throes, as if trying to grasp at the reality of the situation.  They were so sure Hillary was going to win, her losing was not even a thought.

Major media had been so negative about Trump, that surely there was no way the brainwashed plebs would vote for him.  The plebs vote how the media tell them to, or so the media thought.

The only thing left to do is for liberal democrats to cry themselves to sleep and wake up to the reality of Donald Trump winning the election.