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Race had nothing to do with Trump winning

Donald Trump won the election based on President Obamas failed policies and the fear mongering done by Hillary Clinton.

There was also the issue of:

  • Hillary bragging about President Obama and his failed policies.
  • The state department selling arms to ISIS.
  • Email scandal.
  • Democratic National Convention (DNC) rigged primaries.
  • Danney Williams claiming Hillary kept him away from his father, Bill Clinton.
  • Hillary accepting money from Saudi Arabia.
  • DNC workers saying they can not believe their own primary hype.
  • FBI not charging Hillary after investigating the email scandal.
  • FBI not swearing Hillary in when she gave testimony during the investigation.
  • Hillary refused to address free trade.
  • Coal miners feared for their jobs under Hillary.
  • Hillary did not address the rust belt.
  • Hillary did not address jobs going overseas (free trade).
  • Hillary did not address offshore tax havens.
  • DNC leaking debate questions to Hillary.
  • Major media such as Huffpost and CNN leaning heavily towards Hillary.
  • Talked about open borders.
  • Wanted more gun control (lost the National Rifle Association NRA vote).

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Hillary supporters in shock

Before the 2016 presidential election rabid liberal media were proudly proclaiming how Hillary Clinton was going to win.  One liberal leftist site predicted Hillary was going to win over 300 electoral college votes.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016, those same liberal sites are quiet.  Some of the sites are flailing in their death throes, as if trying to grasp at the reality of the situation.  They were so sure Hillary was going to win, her losing was not even a thought.

Major media had been so negative about Trump, that surely there was no way the brainwashed plebs would vote for him.  The plebs vote how the media tell them to, or so the media thought.

The only thing left to do is for liberal democrats to cry themselves to sleep and wake up to the reality of Donald Trump winning the election.

Who is to blame for Hillary Clinton losing the election

Who is to blame for Hillary losing the 2016 presidential election?  Start by blaming liberal agendas, wall street, liberal elite, globalist,,, everyone who has turned their back on everyday working people.

Hillary Clinton losing and Donald Trump winning is the result of the government turning its back on the people for decades.

To understand and explain the election of 2016 we need to go back to the 1970s.  All the way back to when Richard Nixon was president.

Richard Nixon – Let’s start back in the 1970s with Richard Nixon.  Nixon opened relations with China.  Shortly after toy company started moving production to China.  Factories closed, people started losing their jobs and company profits started going up.  Wall Street loved not having to pay workers a fair wage.

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Why did Hillary lose the 2016 election

Hillary lost because working class people are tired of liberal agendas.

We are tired of free trade.

We want our jobs back from China.

We want to be able to afford to buy a home, car, and have a family.

We are tired of banks getting bailed out.

We are tired of wall street getting a free ride.

We are tired of obama being more interested in bathrooms than veterans.

Fear mongering

We are tired of democrats fear mongering to divide us. Without fear democrats have no political platform. That is the way they have been in the past and that is the way they will always be. Democrats thrive on turning one demographic against another. Hillarys whole platform was built on how one group, conservative white men, are keeping everyone else down.

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Dr Strange review

Dr. Strange is probably the best Marvel movie to date. I used to think the first Iron Man was the best, but Dr. Strange blows Iron Man out of the water.

The story line is perfect.

The plot building is perfect.

The acting is perfect.

The special effects are perfect.

There are a couple of scenes that I feel were unneeded, such as a guy getting his head cut off. The scene could of stopped at the sword stroke and the rest would of been implied, but just as good if not better than what was in the movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a “perfect” Dr. Strange. What Robert Downey Jr. did for Iron Man, and Chris Hemsworth does for Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch is above all of them in his portrayal of Dr. Strange.

The final combat scene was a little “different” than in other Marvel movies. No spoilers here. If you want to see the final fight scene, go see the movie.

There were some scenes that made the whole theater laugh. A certain librarian who acts all rough and tough in one scene, has his earbuds in and jamming to some pop music in another scene.

Overall, I could not find an single thing I disliked about Dr. Strange.

Stoves for bugging out

In the prepping community, there is a lot of focus on stoves for a bug out bag, while stoves for events such as natural disasters are overlooked.

A stove for an individual bug out bag is different than a family sized stove. Do you need a two burner store, one burner stove, propane fuel, liquid fuel, will you be using a lantern?  Do you need a stove for a car survival kit or a stove for a cabin off in the woods?

Before we begin, I want to make it clear I am not a big fan of liquid fuel.  Whether it is Coleman fuel or gasoline, I feel liquid fuels can be dangerous in certain situations.  Then there is the spilling issue with liquid fuel and fumes.  However, Coleman fuel is more efficient than propane. Coleman says a gallon of liquid fuel is equal to something like 4 1/2 one pound cylinders of propane.

Everything  mentioned in this article is for reference only.  During the course of this article certain brand names and models are mentioned, this is not an endorsement.  It is up to the reader to make the final decision on what is best for them and their family.


Family sized stoves

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Random thoughts October 26 2016

I am 48 years old, getting close to turning 49.  Life has not gone anywhere near like what I wanted.  A large part of that is my own fault.  When I graduated high school I went into the work force rather than joining the military or going to college.  The older I get the more I regret those decisions.

At 17 and 18 years old I wanted to join the army and try out for special forces.  Some may call that a pipe dream, while others call it silly.  I call it having a dream. Par of life should be following your dreams. Rather than joining the army I got married and had children.

The other things I wanted to do, and have wanted to do all of my life is archeology and anthropology.

July 3rd of 2016 I quit my job on a tugboat. I got tired of working 100 hours a week, and I got tired of hearing grown men whine and complain. Working on a tugboat is like working around a bunch of high school teenage girls. Backstabbing, gossiping, always worried about what other people think,,, life on a tugboat was downright bad.

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Thrunite TN4A Flashlight Review

Up until a few months ago I had never heard of Thrunite. The leaders of the high quality flashlight pack are names like Surefire and Streamlight. Those guys better up their game because Thrunite is offering a quality product at a very affordable price.

Full disclosure: I received the Thrunite TN4A at no cost to myself. Receiving a sample at no cost to myself will not influence my opinion as I look at the results of the test. The most important factor is if the flashlight passed all of the test and continue operating.

The test: Some of the youtube viewers have accused me of abusing the flashlights in my test. One example is the Thrunite TN12 review where the flashlight is put through all kinds of test.  Some of the viewers asked what running over the light with a tractor proved.  Some testers run over gear with a car or truck, so I thought why not be different and use a tractor.  Due to the feedback I decided not to run over the Thrunite TN4A with a tractor.


Specs:

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Watchmen The Sound of Silence

The watchmen, released in 2009 is a superhero movie of such epic proportions it is somewhat difficult to describe. Is it a love story, maybe a war story, vigilante story, underdog story, or maybe all of them?

There are so many parallel plots going that there is no lack of action or lack story. The Watchmen is not just one story, or two stories,,, but a bunch of stories all rolled into a beautiful mess.

While browsing through youtube I found this video and wanted to share it with all of you. It is beautiful, elegant, moving and a work of art.

Life in a medieval castle

If you have ever wondered what life in a medieval castle was like, this is the book for you. Joseph and Frances Gies describes in great detail everything from how, why and when castles were first built, their evolution and finally their decline.

While reading life in a medieval castle I sometimes forgot this was a book about castles. The authors offer such a wide spectrum of history that surrounds castles that it is easy to lose oneself in the book.

Chapters include:

The castle comes to england
The lord
The castle as a house
The lady
The household
A day in the castle – which I found very interesting
Hunting as a way of life
The villagers
The making of a knight
The castle at war – another chapter I found interesting
The castle year
The decline of the castle

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Building a railroad track anvil

Rather than buying an anvil, I decided to build one out of a piece of track and tie plate I found in my grandfathers old barn. The barn is maybe 75 – 100 years old and has various pieces of farm equipment in and around it.

There are various examples on youtube of railroad track anvils. A lot of them involve drilling or cutting holes in the base of the track and then securing it to a stand. Why not weld the track to a tie plate, and then bolt them to a stand? Seems to me having a wider base of the tie plate would distribute pressure while beating on the track.

I wanted something besides your typical piece of railroad track welded, chained, or bolted to a stand. I wanted something that when people see it they say “that is cool”. I wanted something that was semi-portable. So that when I build my pole barn I can move the anvil and stand to the barn.

Prepping and welding

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Mama guinea with her keets

Guineafowl are loud, not as friendly as chickens, not very smart, but for some reason they are fun to have around the farm.

In late summer of 2015 I got a dozen guineas along with some chicks. Over the course of the next few months 4 of the guineas went missing or died. I found one guinea chick dead from what I suspect was heat stroke.

Guineas are not supposed to be good parents, and that may be true. What I am seeing with my guineas, the chicks have to keep up with the flock, kinda like sink or swim. While at the same time the flock protects the chicks.

The guinea flock will run off any chicken that dares get close to the keets. Guineas do not seem to share food with the keets, but rather shows the keets where the food is at. At a week old I saw the flock taking the keets close to 100 yards from the chicken house.

The mama guinea hatched out 6 keets. A week and a half later all 6 chicks are still alive and well.


CNN reporter admits media giving Hillary free ride

CNN reporter admits the media has been giving Hillary a free ride.  The also admits they are the biggest ones promoting her campaign.

When the media is corrupt, who are the people supposed to turn to for the truth?

This is the downfall of capitalism.  News agencies are nothing but a business to make money.  If they do not make money they close their doors and people lose their jobs, which may not be a bad thing when it comes to CNN.

Major media has a responsibility to present the people the facts.  This does not include censoring the details, such as omitting wikileaks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVhmX9Afk1A

In all honesty, this is nothing new with CNN.  They have been pushing liberal agendas as far back as I can remember.  Back in the 1990s CNN was a big proponent of gun control.  And now CNN is censoring the news.

CNN cuts feed when WikiLeaks is brought up

Interview is going on with Rep. Chris Collins, he brings up wikileaks, feed it cut in a matter of seconds.

This is not the first time CNN has been caught censoring the news.  How can the people expect a fair and balanced election when major media outlets are censoring the news?  How are people supposed to be informed voters when just all of the major news outlets are bashing Trump?

The news outlets are all over how Trump has been accused to treating women.  But not a single mention of how Hillary treats the Secret Service.

If a news agency is more critiical of a certain political candidate, then boycott that station.  Ratings go down, they lose money, something will have to change.

Snake while filming flashlight review

While walking along a creek taking stock pictures for a Thrunite flashlight review I heard leaves rustling behind me.  I turned around and saw a snake slithering down the bank and into the creek.

Upon reaching the water the snake stopped and was looking straight at me. I have heard that the water moccasin (cotton mouth) can be aggressive. I do not know if this is true. Most of the cotton mouths I have came across where happy to slither away, or they coiled up and stayed still.

There was a dried vine hanging close to my head. I reached up and snapped off a piece of the vine that was about 2 feet long. The snake started to slither towards me, so I stepped into the middle of the creek where the water was running at a faster pace than close to the bank. The snake continued along the edge of the bank and went into a clump of roots that were in the water.


I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It appeared that I may have spooked the snake and it just wanted to get back to its home, and I was between the snake and where it wanted to go.

Looking at the snake for a few seconds I realized it was a water snake and not a cotton mouth water moccasin. The head was not that of a water moccasin and the body was much smaller. This snake had a narrow head and slim body. The water moccasin has a well defined triangle shaped head and thick body.

Honestly I do not care what kind of snake it is. It can go on its merry little way and leave me alone.

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