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Random Ramblings

Roy Moore Defeat Was No Surprise

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

The defeat of Roy Moore came as no surprise and proved several things.

1. People are gullible. The people of Alabama proved they can not think for themselves and rely on spoon fed information.

2. Repeat a lie long enough and people will start to believe it.

3. People of Alabama are willing to give away their rights. The democrat party is on the path of socialism. This means people give up their rights for the good of the community. Under socialism individual rights are sacrificed.

If you want your individual liberties preserved, do NOT vote democrat.

4. People of Alabama do not want real change. Trump is the resistance to the business as usual agenda of Washington D.C.. If the people want “real” change, and not the fake change that President Obama offered, we have to support Trump. Continue Reading….

Losing Love For The Land

Dumping trash in rural areas

There was once a time when our ancestors roamed and followed the migrating herds. Our very survival depended on what the land produced. Migrating herds ate the grass, and we ate the animals. Plants grew roots and berries, and we are the roots and berries.

Somewhere around 10,000 years go something changed. Hunter gatherers were slowly replaced by farmers. No longer did our ancestors depend on migrating herds, as we raised our on herds. No longer did we have to forage for roots and berries because we raised our own.

Then came cities, money… and eventually the industrial revolution. Somewhere along that timeline we no longer looked at the land as something to be loved and cared for. It was a resource to be exploited and harvested. Continue Reading….

Rome And The Divided United States

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

People love to point to the similarities between the United States and Rome. From time to time someone may say, “Rome did this or that, just like what is happening to the United States.”

Sometimes I can see their point, but other times I can not. Rome faced a number of issues, which all contributed to its downfall. However, there is one major issue Rome faced that I see in the United States, and that was a divided people.

Over the centuries Rome conquered a number of peoples. The people of Rome, in their infinite wisdom, decided to allow the conquered groups to elect senators. When those senators went to Rome, they had no attachment to preserving the republic.

How does that compare to the United States? Continue Reading….

Drug Problems In Rural Areas

Boating on the Angelina River

Drug addiction is a problem that spans race, sex, income and color. No family or community is immune. While drugs are taking a toll in urban areas, they are also wrecking havoc in rural communities. Where a city may have hundreds of thousands of people, rural areas may have communities of just a few hundred people. When someone in a large city dies, a very small percentage of the people are affected. When someone in a rural community dies, a large percentage of the community is affected.

Every life is precious, and everyone deserves a life free from addiction, but life does not always go that way. Some makes a decision to try a drug, and from that point forward that soul is lost to addiction.

The simple solution is to never do drugs. The not so simple solution is not convince people never to try drugs in the first place. Just because illegal drugs are easily accessible does not mean someone has to try them. Continue Reading….

Police Response Times In Rural Areas

Rural dirt road

One of the main issues facing people who live in rural areas is response times for emergency responders.Roads use to be divided into routes, and box numbers. An example would be Route 9 box 1319. The Post Office knew where Route 9 was at, but the police and fire department usually did not. Because of this, a nation wide initiative was put into effect to change from route numbers to road numbers. This way route 9 was turned into an address on a road.

Sounds simple, right? Mail box routes were abolished, and all of the houses were given a physical number. This made mapping easy, and was supposed to make finding rural homes easier.

Changing from mail box routes to road numbers has made thing easier, a lot easier. Now anyone can pull up a map and find a certain road number on the map. Continue Reading….

Say NO To Black Friday Say YES To Family

Kevin Felts

Which is more important, finding something on sale, or spending time with the family? Are we a nation of morals and values, or are we a nation who sells family time to the highest bidder? Black Friday has become a disgrace to the civilized world.

No longer do we sit with family members, talk, and enjoy the company. As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, out the door we go to find the best sale. By doing so, what are we teaching our children? Which is more important, listening to granny and grandpaw, or finding a good deal on a TV? That is the dilemma we are faced with.

Once granny and grandpaw are gone, they will never be replaced, their memories gone forever.

If a TV breaks, it gets replaced with a newer and better model. Continue Reading….

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Regardless of religion, creed, color, race or sex, we all should find something to give thanks for.

All year long our lives are filled with something to do. Whether it is working, shopping… whatever it may be, we do not always spend the time we should with family. Thanksgiving should be a time we visit with family, talk, share stories, and learn from our parents and grandparents.

My grandparents and great grandparents had so much knowledge that was not passed down. What was it like when they were growing up? My great grandmother lived through the depression, two world wars, and two major conflicts. What was it like to see the world change that much? What was it like to go from kerosene lanterns to putting a man on the moon? Continue Reading….

Good Times Created A Weak Generation

Kevin Felts

Compared to the Boomers, the children of Boomers (Generation X) are weak. Not just weak physically, but also weak emotionally.

Millennials are weaker than Gen. X and boomers. Watching Antifa protest President Trump and conservatives as being Fascist is rather sad. When questioned, a lot of the kids can not provide an exact answer to questions about president Trump. From the looks of them, most of the Millennials have never held a manual labor job. They have never built anything, never welded anything, never worked 80 hours a week doing a manual labor job. But, they can find the time to protest against something they do not understand?

Where has society failed Millennials? For example, recent polls show Millennials favor Communism and Socialism over Capitalism. Yet they protest so called Fascist? This shows the level of their intelligence. Communism, Socialism and Fascism are all first cousins. Continue Reading….

We Need Shows Like Hee Haw

Would you like to know what is wrong with society? We need more Hee Haw and less reality TV shows. We need something families can sit in front up and have a good laugh.

As I write this post I am 49 years old, and will turn 50 in a few months. When I was a kid in the 1970s, mom, dad, my brother and I would watch Hee Haw. More or less mom and dad would watch the show and my brother and I would sit in the living room with them.

It was an hour filled with good family time, talking, laughing and having a good time. After Hee Haw was over, it would be time for a bath and bed.

Society needs something to bring families back together, and not drug, sex and violence laden reality TV shows. Continue Reading….

Paladin Press Closing Its Doors

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Some of the people reading this post may not even know who Paladin Press is, much less care they are going out of business. This is truly a sad time, as independent publishers like Paladin Press kept information flowing into the survivalist community during the dark ages of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Let’s go back to the 1980s and 1990s.

After the end of the Cold War things were good. The Soviet Union had been defeated without ever firing a round, the economy was going good, and overall, life was grand. Being a survivalist was ok.

Then along came Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City incident. When it came out Timothy had been a member of a survivalist group, all of a sudden “survivalist” was a bad name. Main stream publications dropped certain advertisers who sold to the survivalist community. Continue Reading….

Fast Food Workers

People working fast food need to understand, it is a training program. If you can not make a burger right the first time, how are you supposed to build a refinery, road, dam, power lines, computer network… right the first time?

How many companies would tolerant a welder using the wrong welding rod several times a day? You welded that part wrong, cut the weld out and use this welding rod. Only for the person to weld it wrong again.

Or a chemical plant – “You ordered the wrong type of pipe, that is the 10th time this week.” You installed the wrong part, there is no way it ca hold the pressure, do it again. Only for the person to do it wrong, again. Continue Reading….

To Love And To Lose

Dogs walking in a creek

The pain of losing my new puppy Buckshot reminds me of how bad it hurts to lose something you love. My heart has been broken for two days, and I suspect the pain will last for months, maybe even years.

Buckshot came to the house looking for someone to love him. All he wanted was for someone to play with him and love him. He did not suffer and passed away within just a few seconds after being ran over.

The person who said it was better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved, was an idiot. The pain builds up over the years. Sorrow, pain and regret fills our memories, or at least mine anyway. Continue Reading….

One of my Dogs Passed Away

Pet dog Buckshot

It is with deep regret that I have to make this post. The newest dog to the pack, a four month old puppy by the name of Buckshot, ran in front of a truck, was ran over and died on August 4th, 2017.

There is a private dirt road that goes through the farm that my cousins use to access their home. It was on that road, Buckshot ran in front of my cousins truck and was ran over. He did not suffer and passed away just a few seconds after the accident.

Several months ago one of my cousins brought Buckshot home for her mother, my aunt. My aunt, being an older lady may have had difficulties taking care of the puppy. It seemed like every day Buckshot was at my house to play with my dogs and look for food. I put a feed bowl on the front porch and would make sure the puppy had plenty of food. Continue Reading….

Avoiding Tacticool

A few days ago the dogs and I went on a hiking trip in the woods near my house. I usually wear a green or camo shirt, a style of combat boots, jeans,,, just something that will help my upper body blend in and my lower body avoid stickers.

Got back home, forgot to change clothes and went to a local corner store. Standing at the counter I realized I stood out. Camo is common in hunting season, but not summer time.

This was your typical country type corner store where most people the people see each other or even know each others names. Associating myself with tacticool is something that I want to avoid. Continue Reading….

Random Thoughts May 21 2017

There is so much going on I do not know where to start.
Cabin

On the back side of the property there a cabin I am thinking about making it into an off the grid bug out location for friends and family. The cabin was built in the mid-1970s and would have to be totally gutted and re-wired. the good thing, it has a metal roof and metal siding. It has five rooms – living room, kitchen, spare, bedroom and bathroom. The spare room is just a room that can have a table, or bunkbeds.

Paneling in the bedroom would have to be torn out and replaced. Might go with some 3/8 inch plywood.

The cabin has a suspended ceiling and almost no insulation. All of the ceiling tiles would have to be torn out and probably replaced with 3/8 plywood as well.

A shed would need to built for storage and for the water well to go in. The well right now is in a 3 feet X 4 feet covered area. The shed would be 12 feet X 16 feet. That is an easy three sheets of plywood wide and two sheets long.

I am thinking of solar cells on the shed along with the batteries.

All of this takes money though. Continue Reading….

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