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Why Is There So Much Hate For Religion

On February 27, 2017 someone on a facebook page posted a picture of a bible being urinated on.  The guy said he was tired of seeing bibles in hotel rooms. I posted a comment that the guy should be banned from the group.  A young lady replied to my comment claiming the the Bible was a myth and Jesus never existed.  She went on to give various examples of why the Bible was not to be believed. Whether someone does or does not believe in th Bible, GOD or Jesus, is not the issue. The question I have, why is there so much anger directed towards a person who only taught love and good works?  Jesus taught us to love one another, and people hate Continue Reading….

Starting Spring 2017 Garden

The weather in early 2017 has been unseasonably warm, so I decided to go ahead and start the spring garden a few weeks early.  I usually do not plant until after the Ides of March.  With everything blooming out early and daytime highs hitting the low 80s, I decided to start planting in late February. This garden will be special, as it uses decade old seeds.  I posted a video on youtube about stockpiling seeds and then shared the video on survivalistboards, twitter and reddit.  A couple of guys on reddit said made statements that seeds can not be saved. One comment was, Continue Reading….

Almost Time To Plant Potatoes

Around February 14th is usually when potatoes are planted, at least here in the south.  I missed the 14th but will be planting the week of February 20 – 24th. On February 18, 2017 my finance and I went to Circle Three Feed in Jasper Texas.  I bought some chicken feed, bean seed, seed potatoes and some  mineral blocks to put around the deer feeders. On Monday a front pushed through bringing a lot of rain to southeast Texas.  I also cut the potatoes on that day.  In the next few days I will be working up a spot to plant this years garden.

Why Are Glocks So Popular

Something that caught my eye the other day on youtube, the topic was the new Sig 320 being adopted. Someone said the military needed to get rid of the outdated Beretta design and go with something more modern. Then the person said something along the lines of “modern like a glock.” Or otherwise implied Glock is a modern design. I started laughing and thought to myself the guy in the video knows nothing of handgun history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enLXb1j9yeM Continue Reading….

Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review

The Thrunite TC12 is unique in that it has a built in battery charger.  Plug in a micro-USB cable to charge the flashlight.  While charging the brightness selector button flashes. Being USB rechargeable makes this is an excellent truck, car or nightstand flashlight design.  Keep the Thrunite TC12 in the console or glove box of the truck.  To charge, simply plug it into a USB charger.   Most people have some kind of cell phone charger in their vehicle.  Use the included cable to charge the light. To review the Thrunite TC12 I did my typical battery of test. starting with the freeze test. Continue Reading….

Atactical A1 My New Go To Flashlight

Let’s just say that I am very impressed with the Atactical A1 flashlight.  I have had this flashlight for around a month.  During that time it has stayed in a table next to the front door. As some of you know I live in a rural area.  It is not uncommon for the dogs to start barking at something.  When they do, I take the Atactical A1 flashlight and walk around hoping to see what they are barking at. Continue Reading….

The Rise And Decline Of Glock

In 1982 when Glock hit the streets it was thrown to the forefront of the gun control battle by having a polymer frame.  The anti-gun leftist claimed a Glock would slip past airport metal detectors.   The anti-gun media did one thing, they gave Glock all the free advertising the company could want. From 1982 – 1986 I was in high school.  Something teenagers did back then is we watched the news.  Video games were far and few between.  There was no internet, smart phone or tablet.  there was no Netflix, Youtube, Hulu or amazon prime.  The vast majority of people had 3 or 4 TV channels we picked up with an antenna.  From 5:30 – 6:30 the only thing to do was watch the Continue Reading….

Why I Do Not Like Glocks

Take a safety feature off a chainsaw and you are asking fro trouble.  Yet, Glock fanboys justify the Glock not having a safety? Your finger is not a safety.  There is an old saying, “always assume the presence of a belly button.”  Which means we are all human and we all make mistakes.  Safeties are there to compensate for mistakes.  Except for Glocks, they do not have a safety and thus do not compensate for when people make mistakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvPzQWKBY-4 Continue Reading….

Setting Deer Stand

Instead of waiting until summer to get your deer stand setup, go ahead and do it right after last years deer season.  Then you have all summer free. Here on the farm a tree limb smashed a deer stand, which was a porta potty.  The fiberglass was smashed. The old stand was pulled off and a spare on put in the frame.  Once together,  a tractor was used to upright the stand.  

Looking At A Glock 19

I never cared for the look of a Glock, or the fact that they are made out of a polymer instead of aluminum or steel.  While some of my buddies jumped on the glock bandwagon a decade ago, I stayed with the Beretta 92F and more recently the Remington 1911 R1. To ensure that the group is constant in some of the firearms we own, I decided to buy a Glock.  The one I am looking at is the Glock 19. Several months ago some of my buddies and I went to a shooting range in southeast Texas.  They arranged their Glocks on the table and let me test fire several of them.  The one I liked the best was the Glock 19. The 19 Continue Reading….

Wildlife Habitat At Bug Out Location

A few weeks ago I walked around the property looking for squirrels.  There were a couple of locations that had perfect squirrel habitat, but there were no signs of squirrels being in the area.  There were no pine cones that had been tore apart, no half eaten acorns nor did I see any squirrels. As I followed a creek that runs along the back of the property, the timber transitioned from pine and oak to mostly oak and iron wood.  Iron wood is a tree that grows in the shade of larger trees.  It does not produce any kind of nut for squirrels or deer.  It is mostly used for its hard wood to make walking sticks and bows. Several years ago a lot of Continue Reading….

ARES SCR Generation 2

The ARES SCR Generation 2 lower looks very interesting.  It is a lower that uses a custom AR-15 bolt carrier group along with a standard AR-15 upper. First thing I wondered was how does the ARES SCR work without a buffer?  It uses a buffer like an FN/FAL. Another thing that came to mind was putting a 300 blackout or 6.5 upper on it for hunting. Overall, I like the idea and the looks of the rifle.

Millenials Lack Survival Skills

There is a thread in the survival forum about how Millenials Lack Survival Skills. The opening post links to a page on Foxnews, which links to another page and so on. None of the linked pages outside the forum offer very much information, so I thought I would write my own thoughts on the topic. Removed From The Farm G.I. Generation, people born around the 1920s, lived in rural America. They lived in a time when people had a garden, canned the food they grew, had chicken, guineas, cows, horses… etc. The men from the G.I. Generation served in World War II or Korea. They came back from war, then used their GI Bill to go to college. A lot of them moved away from Continue Reading….

Where Do You Find Your Happiness

Happiness, what is it, where does it come from and where can it be found.  I turn 49 years old in 2017.  As I look back there have been various times when I was happy.  I can look back at the 1990s and think of times when I was happy, and a lot of times when I was not happy. There have been times when I was very happy with a job.  Such as when I worked at various welding shops in Southeast Texas.  Some of them were good to work for, some were terrible. The worst kind of happiness is that which depends upon others. Continue Reading….

Starting Livestock Fence Project

2017 is the year I fence in several acres for livestock.  I have been talking about this for several years, and this year is when I take action to put the project into motion.

One of my favorite books about medieval life, which is Life in a Medieval Village by Frances and Joseph Gies, talks about how people valued small livestock.  Cattle were mainly for milk production, which was used to make cheese and butter.

In medieval times there was no way to preserve meat for long periods.  If a 500 pound cow was butchered, a large amount of meat would rot and go to waste.  Based on that, I am going to focus on small livestock and just a couple of cattle.


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