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Hauling Scrap Iron And Cutting Trees

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.


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Why Dont People Address The Real Cause Of Gun Violence

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.

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?

Does the bone address job training for criminals?

Does the bone address anything crime related?

The gun control bone the liberals are slobbering all over addresses nothing.

Background checks, so what?  Its not like gang members are going to go through background checks.

10 round magazines, so what?  Lets say all magazines over 10 rounds had to be turned into the government.  If law enforcement can not stop the flow of illegal drugs into the nation, how are we supposed to stop the new market for 30 round magazines?

There are 20 – 30 million illegal immigrants in the United States. But for some reason magazines will not be imported?

Do we remember what happened with prohibition?

The government has been unable to stop the flow of anything into the country – weed, crack, cocaine, heroine, booze,,, and the list goes on and gone.

But for some reason gangs and criminals will not import 30 round magazines?

Address the real issues related to gun violence

If the government “really” wanted to do something about gun violence, stop the flow of illegal drugs.

Take repeat violent offenders off the streets.

Break up the gangs.

Offer education and job training to criminals.

Offer people a way of life besides crime.

Obama, nor the liberals want to talk about the root causes of gun violence.  Instead of addressing the cause of gun violence, obama will throw the slobbering liberals a bone to keep them happy.

A Friend Has Passed Away

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.

You will be missed my friend.

The Writing Is On The Wall

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.

US Economy Shrank 0.1 Percent In Last Quarter 2012 – The largest shopping time of the year, and the economy shrinks?  Something is seriously wrong there.

Get Your Preps In Order

How does someone prepare for a slow decline? Wages have been stagnated since the 1990s while prices on everything else continue to go up.  The middle class is being forced into poverty, while our infrastructure collapses around us.

We are in a war of attrition with the wealthy, and sooner or later Wall Street is going to win.

Maybe homeland Security is buying ammunition for when the middle class finally collapses?  When people can not afford to buy food and pay rent, something will have to give.

Grinding Stumps

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.


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Free Range Meat Chicken

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.

Dominique – There are lot of other breeds out there that are larger and lay more eggs, but, how can we argue against a chicken that has fed America since the colonial days?

The Dominique is a result of chickens that were brought to the new world by early settlers. It is considered Americas first true chicken breed.

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Wired Article On Ammunition And Gun Violence

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.

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Come and Take It

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

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 attack.  Due to the liability and long term sigma, the U.S. would respond with conventional weapons.

China would not tolerate the U.S. nuking North Korea anyway.  The nuclear fallout to China poses a great risk.  Then there are the North Korean refugees that would flee to China looking for food, medical care and shelter.

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Considering Sheep For The Homestead

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.

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Marines Carried Disabled Rifles At Presidential Inauguration

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?

Just in case the video is removed from youtube, here is a screen shot taken from 1:12.

Bolt Removed for 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade

Notice the bolt has been removed from the rifle during for 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade

Another screen shot from the video, this one shows two rifles with their bolt clearly removed.

Rifle bolt removed for Presidential Inauguration

This screen shot was taken from 1:18 of the video.

Ask yourself, should we trust a president who does not trust our service members?

China Outpaces United States As Worlds Largest Trade Partner

For those of us who have been watching the United States decline since the signing of GATT and NAFTA, we knew it was just a matter of time before the United States was no longer a world leader.

When Bill Clinton signed the GATT and NAFTA trade treaties, we knew it just a matter of time before the U.S. slipped into irrelevance.

U.S. exports and imports for the year 2012 totaled $3.82 trillion.

China’s exports and imports for the year 2012 totaled $3.87 trillion.

Decline of the United States

For the past 20 years free trade has stripped the United States of our factories. If you wanted to start with when the U.S. took its first step towards decline, we need to go back the the 1970s as toy manufacturers moved their factories to china.

In the early to mid-1980s shipyards all across the southern part of the United States shutdown. In southeast Texas alone close to 10,000 people lost their jobs when Bethlehem shipyard in Beaumont Texas and and Livingston shipyard in Orange Texas closed. Those good paying jobs disappeared and have yet to return 3 decades later.

Where did those jobs go? To low wage nations in Asia.

How much more can the middle class take

Wages have been oppressed since the 1990s, which is one reason why I left the welding field.

Price of everything keeps going up while wages are stagnated.  How long until the collapse of 2008 are regular events?

The middle class can barely afford to buy food and pay their basic bills, much less save to buy a home.

 

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