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Allergies Feel Like They Are Killing Me

What is up with my allergies this year?  I have not felt this bad in years, and I mean years.

For the past couple of weeks allergies have caused sinus drainage into my throat.  Over the past few days things have moved into my chest.  Breathing has gotten difficult to the point where my wife made me an appointment with a local doctor.

My appointment was Thursday  – The doctor said my lungs sounded good, but he gave me a z-pack and a one week supply of prednisone.  A lung function test, EKG, chest x-ray and blood work was scheduled for Friday.

Friday – I got to the doctors office around 8:30 in the morning.  First thing the nurses did was blood work.  After the nurse got the needle out the last thing I remember was the nurse calling for a bottle of water.  The next thing I remember was waking up on the floor with a dozen nurses standing around me.  I passed smooth out.

I kept telling the nurses I was sorry for scaring them.  They said it was ok that it happens all the time.

My allergies usually peak around March and into April.  I can not remember them being this bad, ever.  By the end of April and into May my allergies usually settle down and everything goes back to normal.

Maybe I am getting older?  Maybe its the early rains that are making the weeds and trees produce more pollen then normal?

Whatever it is, I hope it does not last too much longer.

 

Red Dawn the remake

Red Dawn released in 2012 starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is loosely based off the 1984 Red Dawn.

First Impressions – the overall acting was good. For the most part the actors played their parts well.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

The writing was pretty lousy. The characters lacked any kind of development, except for the viewer knowing Chris Hemsworth served in the Marine corps, little else is know about the other characters.

Character development

In the original Red Dawn the commander of the invading force is seen writing to his family. In his letters he talks about how is growing tired of the war.  In the remake there is no such character development with the commander of the invading force.

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Our Shared Financial Future

There is an old saying, “no man is an island.”  What affects my neighbor also affects me. If we take a look around the United States and Europe, we see one thing in common, the banks driving the nations into bankruptcy.

Whether its the United States, Cyprus, Spain,,, banks have made so many bad loans they have to be bailed out, and at the expense of the tax payer.

In the long run this spells out two things – the banks end up with property is made bad loans on and later repossessed, and then the tax payer is in debt to the banks for their bad loans.

Cyprus – We should all be concerned about bank bailouts, and we should especially be concerned about what is happening in Cyprus. Instead of taxing the organizations who can afford it, the government is going to take 10% from all savings accounts across the nation.

Saving to buy a home?  Saving to put your kids through college?  Well, 10% of your money just disappeared.

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Feinstein Just Got Owned

Well, well, well, good ole Dianne Feinstein just got her socialist anti-gun bill slapped down, and by one of her own. Harry Reid will not include an assault rifle and magazine ban in the newly proposed gun legislation.

The ban Feinstein wanted will be presented in a separate bill, one that will surely fail to pass.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Several member of the Democratic Party are up for reelection in 2014. A lot of those seats are in districts that vote for Republicans and Democrats. If some kind of ban does pass, it is almost assured the Democrats will lose votes, which will result in losing seats in the House and Senate.

If the Democrats lose seats in the 2014 election, Obama will be a lame duck president. With the Republican controlled congress, it is unlikely Obama will be able to get any new laws passed.

Why wont Dianne Feinsteins assault rifle ban get passed? Because our right to keep and bear arms is protected by the 2nd amendment, and there is too much money involved.

We are just now leaving a recession, the one thing the economy does not need it factories closing and hudnreds of people losing their jobs.

The problem is, liberals don to care about our rights, nor do they care about jobs, nor do they care about the economy. Lose a job? It’s ok, get some Obama care and sign up on welfare. After all, very few of the people losing their jobs live in California. So why should Feinstein care if thousands of people lose their jobs?

I think everyone who loses their jobs from a rifle ban should move to California, and then sign up on welfare. Those California liberals do not care if you have a job, so let them pay for your welfare.

Breeding Barred Rock Chickens

Over the past couple of years I have looked at several chicken breeds to develop a self-sustaining chicken flock. Some of the breeds I have looked at are the Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Dominique and Australorp (only to name a few).  This article will focus on the Barred Rock, which is part of the Plymouth Rock family of chickens.

Why should we care about the Barred Rock? It is a good dual purpose chicken which has been raised for well over 100 years.

I do not consider the Barred Rock a high egg producer chicken, as it only lays around 200 eggs a year. There are breeds out there that lay well over the 200 egg mark. The Barred Rock makes up for its average egg production with its size, hardiness, and its meat quality.

While looking for information on various chicken breeds I came across this youtube posted by FarmRaised which talks about breeding the Barred Rock.

This video brings up some good topics for discussion:

Separate the chickens into groups based on desired traits.

Breed for size and traits.

Weigh the roosters and hens so your flock maintains a steady size.

Related ArticleHow many chickens for SHTF

Some of my long term plans

There are some of my personal plans and are not based off the video.

Lets start out with around 15 – 20 hens, and either 3 or 4 roosters.

Divide the hens into 3 – 4 groups based on various traits.

Use a cable tie to mark the various groups. Cable ties are cheap, easy to put on, easy to take off and are available in a wide range of colors.

Then its a matter of breeding the flocks so the parents do not breed with their children or grandchildren.

Forum ThreadLets talk about the Barred Rock

Gamers Life

boogie2988 made a nice rhyme about what its like to be a gamer.

Non-gamers would not understand what its like to play an online video game, or even a single player role playing game.  Modern video games open up a whole new world.  Games like Left 4 Dead, New Vegas, Skyrim, Left 4 Dead 2 open up whole new worlds to gamers.

If nothing else, video games are a great way to relieve stress.

My first PC video game was Command & Conquer for DOS, but it also ran on Windows 3.11.

My second PC video game was Doom.

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North Korean Propaganda Video Depicts Modern America

Most people will watch the video and get a nice laugh out of it. However, there are people out there who are homeless, living in tents, living in homes that are falling down and/or living in shelters. As a world leader, how can we allow this to happen to our people?

If the U.S. government has money to give to away to foreign nations, why can’t we take care of our own.

We should ask ourselves, is what we see about North Korea the truth? Or is the United States Government spreading propaganda like what the North Korean government is doing?

If North Korea can make a propaganda video, what makes us sure what we have been seeing about North Korea is the truth?

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Uncle Sam Wanted You to Raise Chickens

There was once a time when Uncle Sam (the U.S. Government) wanted people to raise chickens. This was especially true in times of war when our troops needed food.

Unfortunately those days are far behind us. If a city dweller tried to raise chickens today, they would probably be sued by the city and forced to get rid of the flock.

What does that say about us as a nation when we turn away from time honored traditions of raising our food, only to become dependent on a grocery store?

Uncle sam wants you to raise chickens

I often wonder how the typical city dweller would act if the grocery store shelves were empty? How would society react if the government started rationing food like what happened in World War II?

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Hugo Chavez Has Died

Following a long battle with cancer, Hugo Chavez has died.

For those of you who do not know my opinion Hugo Chavez, I think he was a great guy. Hugo took money from the oil companies to provide for the poor. Which is something the US government will not do.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

While companies like Exxon and Microsoft skirt paying their taxes, Hugo Chavez made sure multi-billion dollar companies paid their fair share.

Several year ago Alaska was having a rather harsh winter. Hugo Chavez offered to donate heating oil to needy families for free. While the United States government sat by and did nothing, Hugo Chavez stepped forward to help those that needed help. In their arrogance the people rejected the help offered by Hugo.

Why was Hugo Chavez painted as a villain? Because he stood up to the United States, and he stood up to the oil companies.

While the U.S. government does nothing (or very little) to help the needy, Hugo stepped for to provide for his people.

Who cares if he was socialist, or communist,,, or whatever he was. He made sure people were taken care of.

Shouldn’t a persons legacy be filled by what they did, rather then what their political beliefs were?

The Life Of Chickens

Over the past year and a half I have read and watched a lot of videos about chickens. This the best video I have seen about chicken behavior.

From a survivalist point, the video talks about a lot of important points. It is estimated mankind domesticated the chicken about 8,000 years ago. There has to be something that has allowed mankind and chickens to thrive together.

During World War II eggs were rationed. “If” we ever go to war with a major world power, do you want to be on the rationing end, or do you want to have fresh meat and eggs?

In England, it was not until the 1950s that chicken became a staple food. People are more rabbit then chicken.

Selective breeding has improved certain traits.

Chickens can learn rather quickly.

If you have a spare hour to watch the video, please take the time to do so.

Chicken Project One Year Update

Can yall believe it’s been a whole year since my wife and I got our first chicks?  For the first few months I posted several videos about building the coop and how the chicks were doing.  After the chickens start laying, there is not that much to post about.  They are chickens, they do their thing, they lay eggs and that is about it.Chickens foraging

Now that the hens are a full year old I thought it would be good to post some kind of up date to let people know how things are going.

Between the last weekend of February and the second week of March 2012 my wife and I bought 15 chicks.  Two of the chicks died a few days after we got them.  After those first two died, we have not lost another chicken.

As some of yall may know chickens are part of my long term SHTF survival plans. In the next few months my wife and I are looking at moving to the homestead. After we get moved we are going to build a 30 foot X 75 foot chicken yard, along with a 20 X 16 chicken coop, then expand the flock to around 50 hens and maybe 5 roosters.

My experiences from the past year will help me build the next chicken coop and chicken yard.

Observations Over The Past Year

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Beretta Considers Leaving Maryland

Maryland is working on passing a new series of gun control laws. Some of which will endanger national security by restricting the types of magazines Beretta can import to its factories.

Consider this,

Beretta makes the M9 service pistol for the military and various law enforcement agencies.
Maryland is restricting the types of magazines Beretta can import into the state.
Maryland is restricting the types of magazines Beretta can keep in their warehouses.
Beretta being able to produce weapons and magazines for the military and law enforcement is a matter of national security.

Do the liberals not realize that Maryland will be losing jobs, and will also be jeopardizing national security if new gun laws are passed?

Who needs a job when the government provides food stamps, phones, housing and medical care?

Not only is Maryland sacrificing national on the alter of false security, but they will also be driving up unemployment and driving up taxes for those of you who still have a job.

Said Goodbye To A Friend

Saturday, March 2, 2013 I said goodbye to an old friend.  C.D. Broussard lived life as it was supposed to be lived. He never had a harsh word to say about anyone, not once did I see him get angry. When C.D was at your house you were never bored, as C.D. could carry on a conversation with anyone. Whether it was computers, comic books, video games,,, C.D. knew something about it.

In December 2011 C.D. Broussard was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

He lived the good life,
He fought the good fight,
and now he rest as he has never rested before.

C.D. Broussard lost his struggle with cancer in February 2013.

Several years ago a mutual friend of ours passed away from a sudden heart attack, his name was Joe. At the memorial service and funeral for Joe, C.D. cracked a joke about how much a grease fire there must have been while Joe was being cremated. Joe was a fairly large fellow, as he probably weighed over 400 pounds when he died. We all talked and laughed about how Joe did us a favor being cremated.

That is the way C.D. was, he could find the humor in anything.

Random Thoughts February 27 2013

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.

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