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Should Sandy Hook information be released to the public

Well, it seems the investigation into the Sandy Hook shooting is going nowhere. There is no motive, there is nothing but speculation.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

To make matters worse Stephen Sedensky III who is the lead investigator for the State’s Attorney has gone to court to fight the release of 911 tapes. It is claimed the 911 tapes are not being released to protect victims privacy, and the protect the identify of the callers from conspiracy theorist.
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Keeping a rifle at the backdoor

This morning (November 23, 2013) I learned a lesson about keeping a rifle at the backdoor.

Around 7:30 am or so I got out of bed to go let the chickens out of the chicken house. When I opened the backdoor of the house 4 wild hogs went running across the field directly behind the house.

The rifle I had at the backdoor was a Ruger 10/22.

I stepped off the distance from the back of house to where the hogs ran across the field and it came out to around 90 yards. A 22 long rifle is not going to do anything to a wild hog at 90 yards.

Chances are the hogs had been attracted to the field because of the wildlife feeder my wife and I had put up about month ago. The steady supply of corn, plus the acorns from the oak trees are providing a steady supply of food for the hogs.

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Prepping plans for late 2013 and early 2014

Part of my SHTF prepping plans include looking several months ahead. Rather than waiting until spring of 2014 to make plans, I like to think about what I should do 4 and 5 months ahead of time.

I see no reason to wait until you are at the farm supply store to think about what crops you want to plant. Lets go ahead and think/talk about what you want to buy, what crops you want to plant, how you are going to store those crops several months ahead of time.

Planning ahead allows me to work out the fine details, such as type of fertilizer I want to buy, what kind of AR-15 magazines I want to get, what kind of new AR-15 I want to get,,, and so on.

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Stockpiling AR-15 magazines for shtf

What AR-15 magazines would you stockpile for a complete SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation? Lets think about this for a minute. The quick answer might be pmags. But how long do pmags last? Will they last 10, 20, 30, 40,,, or more years?

We know that aluminum magazines will last just about forever, unless they are abused or smashed with a hammer. From time to time a feed lip might become bent. Or an ear might break off while taking the baseplate off. But for the most part aluminum magazines are pretty solid.

AR-15 magazines

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Thor the dark world review

My wife and I made a trip to the Woodlands last weekend, which is in north Houston. We watched Thor Dark world, got a nice lunch at Chili’s, spent the night at a hotel, then went home to Jasper Texas. My impression of Thor: The Dark World, it is about damn time we got a real Thor movie. Dark World is an example that other marvel movies should follow. Not only does it expand the Marvel universe, it expands the powers of the principle characters. Thor proves he is a bad-ass demigod, Loki shows why he is the God of mischief, the dark elves are cool,,,, in all, the Dark World is a good mixture of magic and science. The Dark World raises the bar Continue Reading….

The coming healthcare bubble

This affordable healthcare act is just the tip of an iceberg. The rest of the iceberg has been ignored for years, maybe even decades.

As far back as I can remember my health insurance premiums have gone up every year. Even has my wages stagnated for 20 years my health insurance has gone up.

When I was working for Kingwood cablevision I would get the yearly review around August, and the usual BS excuse that all the company could afford was a 2% raise. But at the same time the stock holders would get paid a nice dividend. During my review I told my supervisor that the raise would not cover the rise in health insurance premiums. My supervisor asked how I knew our healthcare premiums were going up? I told him they go up every January. Continue Reading….

Random thoughts on prepping October 2013

This past weekend I did some soul searching and prioritizing for my SHTF survival plans. I asked myself a serious question. The questions was, “which is more important, food, water, or security?”

Like a lot of people who are prepping for a long term TEOTWAWKI situation I have limited resources. I would love to have a few million dollars to dump into land and an underground bunker. But I do not have that kind of financial resources. But I was lucky enough for my family to own some land in a rural area. While not what some people may consider a perfect bug out location, I have decided to set down roots and start a farm. Continue Reading….

Thoughts on the debt ceiling

There was a sci-fi movie back in the 1970s where the united states was attacked by nuclear super powers. Russia and China teamed up, combined their nuclear weapons, launched an attacked and destroyed the United States. The side effect was with all of those nuclear bombs going off in one area, the earth was knocked off its axis. The united states has a monopoly on war. Besides nuclear war, there is no other nation that can stand up to us. One way to bring the US to its knees is through economic collapse. This is the one thing our out of control greed will help accomplish. This debt ceiling and default stuff might make the world wonder if they would be better off without us. Continue Reading….

Got our first rooster

My wife and I obtained two heinz-57 roosters that have been rather “neglected.”

The roosters are going from being wild, never handled, roosted in trees at night type of life, to being in a chicken house with a dozen hens who have been socialized.

Rooster #1 – looks like it has some Rhode Island Red, or maybe Delaware. Its spurs were maybe one and a quarter inches long.

Rooster #2 – is a white body with long black tail feathers. The people who handed the roosters over said #2 had been fighting other roosters, so it had been kept in a cage.

Both roosters are very skinny.

Feather quality of both roosters were poor.

Bantam rooster

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Thinking about 2014 spring garden

While it is drizzling rain here in southeast Texas I am using the damp conditions to burn a brush pile. The burning brush pile is where wife and I are planning on planting potatoes and corn next year.

I am standing in the rain, wearing my boonie hat, when I start thinking about what crops would be good to raise next spring.

Some of the crops I thought about are corn, squash, zucchini, purple hull peas and potatoes. Continue Reading….

Survival gear purchases September 2013

Every month I try to take a look at my preps, take inventory, look at the hot politics at the time, and then make a couple of purchases. Usually my purchases are #10 cans of freeze dried foods, maybe building a chicken house, building a chicken yard,,,, and so on.

Prepping should be a way of life. The only way to keep your preps current is to do an inventory, test your plans, then make changes to your plans based on the results of the test.
Wildlife Feeder

My wife wants a wildlife feeder setup in the back of the field to attract wildlife. While providing a relaxing scene of watching deer, hogs, squirrels and other wildlife, this also provides an excellent opportunity to harvest meat during a SHTF situation. Continue Reading….

Feeling a little overwhelmed

After my wife and I got moved to the farm I figured things would settle down a little bit. I thought I would be able to get into a grove of doing some work in the evenings and on the weekends. In all honesty there is no “little” about it. There is a shed that needs to be rebuilt.  I haev stuff laying around the house that needs to go in the shed, but the shed needs to be moved into place and some boards replaced before all of the stuff is put back in the shed. Fence rows to clear out. A chicken house needs to be built by spring. A water well that needs to be drilled. A deck to be built on Continue Reading….

Think I know what happened to my missing hen

I think I found out what happened to my missing hen.

My cousin got off work a little earlier than normal today, September 23, 2013. After he got home my cousin took his dog for a walk, rounded the corner of a tree line, and just happened to see a chicken hawk on top of one of my Rhode Island Reds.

The dog took off after the chicken hawk, which let the chicken go and flew to safety.

The chicken was not injured too bad. My cousin said the chicken jumped up and limped off. I looked at my 4 Rhode Island Reds and did not see any blood on them.

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What does it take to be happy

Lets just go ahead and face it, people no longer know what makes them happy. If you listen to commercials, the only way to be happy is to be in massive debt – buy the new phone, buy the new TV, buy the new car,,,, buy, buy, buy until you are tapped out. True happiness can not be based on physical items. Having something is not going to make you happy. People have to make a decision to be happy, nobody and nothing can can force you to be happy. My exwife was very unhappy when we were married. When I tried to talk to her about her mental health, she would say “look at who I am married to.” In other words, she blamed Continue Reading….

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