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Why did Romney lose

Here we are post-election scratching our heads and wondering what went wrong. Did obama win, or did romney lose? Obama won the election, but did romney help obama win the election?

The truth is, he should have never made it past the primaries. When the republican party elected romney as their candidate, the election was lost.

The more people learned about romney, the less they liked him.

Romney has too much baggage.

1 – The way romney made his money. There is nothing wrong with making money, it was “how” romney made his money that working class people disagree with.

Romney did not create anything. His investment firms bought, striped and then resold. That is not what made America great.

You not know what made America great? We built stuff. People like Henry Ford, people that created a product that people wanted.

What jobs did romney create, what factories did he have built? All I heard about was him and his investment firms sending jobs to china.

2 – Taxes. Working class people pay their fair share of taxes, and we expect our leaders to pay their fair share of taxes as well.

Exploiting tax loopholes with offshore banking accounts is not cool. That kind of behavior looks like romney was trying to hide something.

Why didn’t romney release his tax history? Was he trying to hide something?

3 – NRA rating / gun control. Romney does not have a clear record on gun regulation. In 2004 romney signed an assault-weapons ban.

Then he turns around and says he supports the right to own firearms.

This back-and-forth behavior does not go over well with gun owners. You can not sign an assault rifle ban, then turn around and say you support gun ownership.

If you want to win over gun owners, you have to make your stance very clear.

4 – No new ideas. What new ideas did romney bring to the table? Repeal the income tax? Stop free trade? Bring our factories back from china?

How was romney any different then obama, the bushs or clinton?

The working class knows how to fix the nation, and that is to stop free trade and bring our factories back from china.  But none of the people running for office will tell the people what they want to hear.

Stupid reelected obama

There is an old saying “stupid is as stupid does.” In this case stupid reelected obama.

What the hell is wrong with people? Why would anyone vote for obama?

Why would you vote for someone that would force you to buy a product? Would you tolerate walmart forcing you to buy something? How about target? Would you shop at walmart or target if you were forced to buy a product from them? But that is what obama is doing with your health insurance.

obama signed the NDAA into law. Which allows the government to detain US citizens without due process of law? Why would anyone vote for 4 more years of that?

I is a sad survivalist.

Why did romney lose?

1, Because the republicans picked someone that was not qualified to run against obama.

2, not enough people vote third party.

Voting for obama is like dividing by zero, it defies the laws of common sense.

This is why the founding fathers did not want the public electing the president, because people are stupid. But then again, the electoral college is not much better.

Why would anyone on the electoral college vote for someone who has US citizens killed? Anwar al-Aulaqi and his 16 year old son were both US citizens, and our government killed him with no judge or jury.

Instead of filing murder charges against obama, the electoral college reelects him?

What the hell is wrong with people?

Why was it wrong for nazi Germany to kill its own citizens, but we are doing the exact same thing.

He is a terrorist, kill him. No trial, no evidence, no nothing but an accusation.

And the people and the electoral college elect those types of people into office?

Our political system has failed to protect the people, and the failed to protect the best interest of the nation.

Best chicken breed for SHTF

What chicken breeds are best for a long term SHTF survival situation?  Most breeds are good foragers, but we want something that would make a good meat chicken, good layer, good breeder, is friendly with other chickens and deals with confinement well.

Speckled Sussex, Australorp, Barred Rock and Rhode Island RedChickens are an excellent livestock choice for SHTF / TEOTWAWKI.  Eggs are a good source of protein, fats and essential amino acids.  Chicken meat is a good source of protein.  Chickens can be let out out of the chicken coop during the day, and they will return to the coop at night.  Which is unlike other livestock that will wonder off if let out of their pen.

My suggestions are the Barred Rock (which is part of the Plymouth Rock family), Rhode Island Red and the Australorp.

Barred Rock

Two Barred Rock ChickensThe Plymouth Rock is a dual-purpose (for meat and egg production), cold-hardy chicken that makes a well-rounded choice for the homestead or backyard flock owner.  The Plymouth Rock is the family that the Barred Rock belongs to.

Barred Rock are usually friendly, easy to tame, hens are not usually aggressive.

The Barred Rock lays a large light to medium brown egg.  On average, a healthy hen will lay 3 – 4 eggs a week, which equals to 156 – 208 eggs a year.

The Barred Rock is a cold hardy chicken. During the winter some chickens stop laying. The Barred Rock lays eggs through the winter, but in a decreased capacity.

Hen weight – 6 – 7.5 pounds

Rooster weight – 7.5-9.5 pounds

The Barred Rock is a good forager who will seek out its meals. When given the chance, they will explore fields and tree lines looking for food.

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Who will be our next enemy

As General Patton once said, “Americans love to fight.”  So what happens when we run out of people to fight?

Since World War II we have been in some kind of conflict with “someone”.

1940s – Germany, Japan and the start of the cold war.

1950s – Korea, and the cold war.

1960s and early 1970s – Vietnam and the cold war.

1980s – cold war came to an end.

1990s – Bosnian War, Gulf War and various smaller conflicts.

2000s to present – war on terror.

2012 and beyond – we are running out of terrorist to kill.  The American people are putting the 9/11 attacks behind us, people are getting bored of drone strikes, Bin Laden is dead,,, now what?

Example from the Walking Dead

For you Walking Dead fans out there, do remember when Shane died at the end of Season 2?  Do you know “why” Shane had to die?

Shane had to die so an even worse villain could be introduced, which turned out to be the Governor.

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Besides being black why would anyone vote for obama

Do you want to know what amazes me about voters in the USA?  Its the level of stupidity.

If you want an example, look at the number of people who voted for obama.  The question is, why did they vote for him?  I am going to guess its because he is black.

Murder of US citizens – Would you vote for someone that approves of US citizens being killed without a trial? That is what happened with Anwar al-Aulaqi and his 16 year old son. How can people turn a blind eye to the government murdering its own citizens? And then the people want those officials elected back into office? What was Anwar al-Aulaqi guilty of? He spoke out against the government of the United States.

Detaining with no due process – Would you like to be arrested and detained forever? No access to a lawyer, no bail, no contact with friends or family,,,, no nothing but a prison cell. Get a speeding ticket, its off to prison forever. Sound silly? But that is what has happened. The US government has detained suspected terrorist for a decade. Obama promised to close the prison camps, but we see how far that went.

Obama signed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) into law. Which allows the government to detain people with no due process. What doe that mean? It means federal agents can kick in your front door in the middle of the night, and you will just “disappear”.

One of the corner stones of our legal system is that no person shall be devoid of life, liberty or property without due process of law.  But yet our government can kill US citizens at will?

And people vote for that kind of government, are they stupid or just retarded?  At least retards have an excuse for poor decisions.  What excuse do people have for voting for obama?

Forcing you to buy a product – Would you approve of someone ordering you to purchase a product? Go to the local grocery store, decide you do not want anything. As you walk out the doors a police officer is there who orders you to return to the store until you buy something. If you do not buy anything, you will be issued a ticket. But instead of a grocery store and the police, its the IRS who is going to be fining people who do not buy insurance.

You think the middle class is having a rough time now? Just wait until they are forced to buy healthcare insurance.

You think small businesses are having a rough time? Just want until they have to start providing healthcare to their employees.

Someone tell me why anyone would vote for obama?

Jobs and free trade – Were you hoping obama would bring jobs back to the USA? Then why is he signing free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia? Do you really think people in Panama and Colombia can afford a new Chevy truck? Those free trade agreements are so companies can exploit cheap labor in those countries.

How are we supposed to get jobs when obama continues to give our jobs away?

You want to know where the middle class will be working in a few years?  At places like walmart, starbucks, mcdonalds, burger king,,, because the good paying manufacturing jobs are going overseas.

Someone explain to me why anyone would vote for obama?

What I want for Christmas

As the year draws to an end thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will not be long until Black Friday is here and the Christmas season kicks off.

In the next few weeks my mom and my wife will be asking me what I want for Christmas.

So what do I want for Christmas?

I want peace on earth and goodwill to all.

I want to be able to let my chickens out and not have to worry about the neighbors.

I want to sit on my deck and listen to the birds.

When I walk outside, all I want to hear is the wind.

I want a garden.

I want to live in peace with nature.

For tens of thousands of years mankind lived in harmony with nature – we grew our own food, foraged, hunted, fished,,,. That is the kind of lifestyle I wish to return to.

What do I want for Christmas? To live life the way it was intended to be lived.

What is normal behavior after a disaster

The SHTF, 3 days later people are angry, hungry and tired. What would be considered normal behavior in that kind of situation? Would it be ok to steal? Would it be ok to loot? Would it be ok to fight? How about pulling a gun on someone that objected to your behavior, would that be ok?

Fox News has an interesting article – Superstorm Sandy brings out the worst in some

There is a quote in that article that got me to thinking,

“In a disaster situation, people aren’t sure what the norms are.”

– Jason Nier, a professor of social psychology at Connecticut College

What is normal?

Normal today is waking up, getting a shower, eating breakfast, then going to work.

What would be normal after a SHTF situation like what happened with Hurricane Sandy?

Would it be socially acceptable to steal because your family needs something? Your kids are hungry, so would it be ok to break into a store to get food?

After Hurricane Katrina the world was witness to deplorable behavior.  Behavior that we only thought existed in horror stories and the movies.  If there was one thing Hurricane Katrina taught us, humanity still has a savage underbelly.

Then along comes Hurricane Sandy.  Three days later we see looting, people digging through trash dumpsters for food, electrical crews pelted with eggs, elected officials complaining how long its taking to get the power restored, fights at gas lines,,,, just a breakdown of civilized behavior.

Would we consider digging through a trash dumpster normal behavior?

Would we consider throwing eggs at emergency responders normal behavior?

Would we consider standing for hours in line to get gasoline normal behavior?

If a type of behavior is not accepted before SHTF, why should it be accepted after SHTF?  Where does society draw a line on what is “normal”?

Examples from the past

If we want an example of how far people can develop a new “normal”, just take a look at Nazi Germany.

Is it normal certain groups to be rounded up and put to death?

Then there was slavery in the Americas.  How can people justify keeping others as slaves?  But it was “normal” to have black slaves in the 1700s and 1800s.

Disasters leave the doors open to a new normal

With a breakdown of government, this leaves the door open for people to accept new normal behavior.

When there are little to no consequences for your actions, what is there to restrain people? If a dozen or two dozen people are looting a store, why not join in? Is there a social obligation to follow the law if nobody else does?

After SHTF, at what point do laws no longer mean anything?

If laws are no longer valid, then what is acceptable behavior?

Lazy moms cost the economy 100 billion dollars

You want to know what is really nice about our society?  We get to demonize certain groups, and then victimize other groups.

An example of this is an article posted on CNN – unpaid child support cost tax payers $53 billion.

The article talks about how dead beat dads do not pay child support, and if the child has to go on public assistance, this cost the tax payers billions of dollars every year.

If society wanted a fair and balanced system, make sure both sides share an equal burden.  In the case of child support, an unfair portion of the burden has been placed on the dad.

To be fair to both sides of the issue, lets spin that article around.  The article states “41% of households headed by single women are below the poverty level.”

In other words, 41% of households where the woman is too lazy to go to college or learn a trade or skill, those families are below the poverty level.

Instead of saying its the dead beat dads fault that the mom and children are living in poverty, lets lay the blame where it belongs, on the mom. How many of those moms living in poverty have anything besides a high school diploma? How many have a science degree such as engineering or computer sciences?  How many of them sit on their butt and expect other people to provide for them?

See how easy it is to point the finger and place blame?

If the dead beat dad is expected to have a job and support his children, then the dead beat mom should also be expected to have a job.  Need more money to take care of your children?  Get your ass up, get an education or job skills and get a job.

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Prepping Fatigue

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistSooner or later everyone in the prepping/survivalist community deals with prepping fatigue. Whether you have been prepping for a year, two years, ten years or twenty plus years, sooner or later you are going to get fatigued.

Due to the way I was raised by my parents, the way my grandparents lived on a small farm, and the atmosphere of the cold war in the 1970s, I would say my parents and grandparents conditioned me to be a prepper.

To me, survivalism is a way of life rather then a hobby.

Some people get into prepping like they do a lot of other things.  Whether its getting in shape, going back to school, jogging, working out, stop smoking, stop drinking,,, most people are sincere in their actions.

Then they realize how much time and effort prepping can take.  For some people its a matter of buying some canned goods and bottled water.  Then there are the people who allow their lives to be consumed.

Like everything else in life, balance comes with moderation.

A few ways I deal with prepping fatigue

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Extinction of the Passenger Pigeons

From time to time I pick a topic, then do research on the given topic.

Tonights topic was the Passenger Pigeon.

How could mankind take a species that numbers in the billions and hunt them into extinction? Were the people blind, or they just did not care?

As long as people were making money harvesting Passenger Pigeons, did they give any thought about what would happen if an entire species was wiped out?

Sometimes I am ashamed of humanity. While reading about how the passenger pigeon was slaughtered, I was very, very ashamed. Are humans so narrow minded and short sighted that we can not see what is happening in front of our faces?

Past the Passenger Pigeon

In the early 1900s millions of long leaf pine trees were clear cut. This deforestation contributed to the decimation of the wild turkey flocks and white tail deer in places like southeast Texas. It was a combination of deforestation and overhunting from the great depression that wiped out wildlife stocks.

If people could not see the Passenger Pigeon disappearing in front of their eyes, what makes us think people care about what is happening today?

We are still having to pay for the crimes of our forefathers.

Buffalo stocks will take thousands of years to recover. Here we are 100+ years after the north American buffalo herds were hunted to the edge of extinction, and the herds still have not recovered.

Passenger Pigeon – gone.

Turkey populations across the south – still recovering after 70 years of conservation.  In places like southeast Texas the wild turkey were hunted to extinction.  Stocks had to be brought in from other parts of the nation to restore the species.

The southeast Texas turkey and whitetail deer were killed off between the early 1900s and the 1930s. Here we are somewhere between 70 – 100 years later and the stocks “still” have not recovered.

Dodo bird – gone.

Tasmanian tiger – gone.

If those who came before us ignored what was in front of their face, are we doing to same?

How are our descendants going to deal with the billions of tons of trash our society is producing?

How are our descendants going to deal with nuclear waste?

How are our descendants going to deal with mercury in their fish?

Will the following generations be able to build a society on our trash piles?

Do we really think our actions today will not have long reaching effects in the future?

Bad kids smoke more then good kids

Article on Time.com showing children diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to smoke then kids not diagnosed with the disorder.

In other words, kids who lack self-control and discipline are more likely to smoke then kids who have self-control and have discipline.

Is there really a big surprise there?

If a kid will not listen to the parents or teachers, what makes us think the child will listen and understand warnings about drugs?

Little Johnny, if you do not do good in school you will have problems finding a job.  Little Johnny is a brat in school and does not want to do as he is told.

Little Johnny, if you do drugs you will become addicted which will lead to a life of crime.  Little Johnny gets strung out on crack, then starts breaking into homes to support his drug habit.

Who do we blame?  The kid, the parents, the school, society?

Personally I blame the parents and I blame society.  But then again, why do we need to blame anyone?

Political correctness is ruining our education system

There was once a time when children were allowed to fail in school, just like they would have failed at their jobs.  But with new laws that have been passed recently, the school has a financial interest in pushing students through the system.

Then there is amending the system based on race. Florida has established race-based education goals. In other words, Blacks and Hispanics are not expected to be held to the same standards as Whites and Asians.

When the kids finish school will the Blacks and Hispanics be expected to do the same level of work as Whites and Asians?  Or will Blacks and Hispanics get a reduced workload and a 32 hour work week?

Besides learning to read and write, our education system s supposed to teach work disciple.  If you do not preform your assigned task, then you fail.  In the real world failure means losing your job, losing your home, losing your car, getting your electricity turned off, getting your water turned off.

What happens when kids are not allowed to fail in school?  They learn they can act anyway they want and there are no repercussions for their behavior.

Little Johnny does not want to learn to read?  That is ok, we will drop the requirements so Johnny can pass.

What does that teach Johnny?  That he can do whatever he wants and can get away with it.

I might have a touch of the flu

Gonna score me some natural antibodies. Livelong resistance here I come.

I have been feeling bad for the past 2 days. Feel like I might have a low grade fever, not thing serious. Its not bad enough to break out the thermometer.

Grandson rapid tested positive for a flu last weekend. His kindergarten teacher is out sick this week.

Yesterday I started feeling bad, so maybe I caught the flu.

I doubt this is going to be very rough as I had the flu in the 1990s.

As long as the strains of flu are genetically similar, naturally occurring antibodies will recognize the strain and attack it.

That is one reason why swine flu killed less Americans then it did Mexicans.

In the 1970s there was a flu outbreak, some baby boomers seemed resistant to the outbreak. Its been speculated that the people who were resistant caught a similar strain of flu when they were children.

People who caught the Russian flu in the late 1970s show resistant to the new strain of swine flu.

My goal in life is to build up natural antibodies that will hopefully carry into my old age.

When I get to be 70 years old, get my flu shot, and then guess what, the scientist guessed wrong on which strand of flu was going around. Then I am left with little or not protection against the new strain of flu.

Long Term Survival Project for 2013

Every year I try to focus on some kind of project that would improve my long term survival plans.

2008 – Hurricane Ike
2009 – random stuff, such as backpacking
2010 – gardening and camping
2011 – juglines and trotlines, storing food in mylar bags
2012 – chickens and chicken coop
2013 – I am thinking rabbits

The last time I had rabbits was in 1998, 1999.  My wife and I built 4 or 5 cages in the backyard next to the house.  Somehow something got into the cage and killed the rabbits.  The next cage I build is going to be a lot more secure then the last one I built.

Before 1998, 1999 the previous time I had rabbits was in the late 1980s, 1988, 1989.  The 1980s seem so long ago.

What are the rabbits going to be used for

I want rabbits for 2 main reasons:

1 – Easy access to meat.  Lets say there is some kind of long term SHTF situation, I would rather have a rabbit in a cage close at hand, then have to spend time and energy hunting a rabbit.

Need a rabbit to go with those potatoes and carrots?  Go out to the rabbit coop, and presto, fresh rabbit.

2 – Manure.  Rabbit manure is a great fertilizer.

Part of my long term survival garden plans call for crop rotation between 3 fields. Two of the fields will have raised beds and will be fenced in. The last field will not have raised beds.

Another part of my long term survival plans includes organic gardening using compost and manure.

My chickens provide chicken manure, but chicken manure needs to compost before it can be added to crops.

Planning phase

Like I did with the chicken coop and chickens, I am going to research what rabbit breeds are good for meat, and tolerate confinement well.

Once I get some rabbit coop plans I will make whatever changes I want, work up the dimensions, bill of material and cost.  All of this will be just like I did with my chicken coop project.

Do you have rabbits?  If so, what kind do you have, are these meat rabbits, or for manure production?

Forum thread about my rabbit project.

I voted for Gary Johnson

I voted early, and I voted for Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party.

Why did I vote for Gary?

Because I vote for real change.

Besides voting for Gary Johnson, I voted straight line Libertarian party in all local, state and federal seats up for election.

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistAs long as the people keep voting the same two political parties into office, nothing will ever change or improve.

Why should an elected official care if the people are mad? The people are just going to vote the person back into office again and again and again.

When the elected officials see there parties are losing ground, and they are going to be voted out of office, maybe they will start supporting the people.

People get tunnel vision in voting for the president, and forget the popular vote does not count. The president is not elected by the people.

The founding fathers knew regular people were too stupid to elect the president, and they were right. Regular everyday people do not stay up on the issues or current events. If everyday working people stayed up on the issues, the two major parties would have been kicked out of office 100 years ago.

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The 1980s seem so long ago

Why do the 1980s seem so long ago?  But then again, it seems like only a few weeks ago I was finishing high school and entering the workforce.

In all honesty I miss the 1980s.  I do not miss how Reganomics destroyed the ship building industry in southeast Texas, particularly in Beaumont and Orange Texas.

I miss the music,
I miss skinny women,
I miss talking to people face-to-face,
I miss how people had real interaction with each other, interaction that has been replaced by the internet,
I miss cheap gas,
I miss the friendships I had in school,
Did I mention the music?

The 80s had some great music, great clothes, we knew had to have fun without drugs.

Have I mentioned the music,

Then came President Bush I, and that clinton guy and his wife.

The only things that made the 1990s good were the video games. Everything else pretty much sucked. Two of my children were born in the 1990s, so my kids are something good that came out of the 1990s.

The 2000s were worse the the 1990s, which means the 2000s were a lot worse the the 1980s.

Here we are in the 2010s and things really suck. China has our jobs, we have a sock puppet for a president, and the other guy running for office seems worse then the sock puppet.

Can we hit the reset button and go back to at least the late 1970s?

The nation I remember from the 1980s is nothing like what we see today. Crime, especially corporate crime seems much worse now then it did in the 1980s. Maybe if we let a few banks fail they will stop making bad investments.

In the 1980s we were a proud nation. Today, we are the laughing stock for the rest of the world.

Can we go back to the 80s when the USA was a world leader?

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