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Rome And The Divided United States

Kevin Felts, blogger and political commentator

People love to point to the similarities between the United States and Rome. From time to time someone may say, “Rome did this or that, just like what is happening to the United States.”

Sometimes I can see their point, but other times I can not. Rome faced a number of issues, which all contributed to its downfall. However, there is one major issue Rome faced that I see in the United States, and that was a divided people.

Over the centuries Rome conquered a number of peoples. The people of Rome, in their infinite wisdom, decided to allow the conquered groups to elect senators. When those senators went to Rome, they had no attachment to preserving the republic.

How does that compare to the United States? Continue Reading….

Drug Problems In Rural Areas

Boating on the Angelina River

Drug addiction is a problem that spans race, sex, income and color. No family or community is immune. While drugs are taking a toll in urban areas, they are also wrecking havoc in rural communities. Where a city may have hundreds of thousands of people, rural areas may have communities of just a few hundred people. When someone in a large city dies, a very small percentage of the people are affected. When someone in a rural community dies, a large percentage of the community is affected.

Every life is precious, and everyone deserves a life free from addiction, but life does not always go that way. Some makes a decision to try a drug, and from that point forward that soul is lost to addiction.

The simple solution is to never do drugs. The not so simple solution is not convince people never to try drugs in the first place. Just because illegal drugs are easily accessible does not mean someone has to try them. Continue Reading….

Only Idiots Vote For Gun Control

Kevin Felts political commentator

Let’s say someone came to you and asked you to restrict your rights, what would you say?

For the sake of discussion, let’s say they wanted to restrict your right to vote, or your right to a jury trial, or your right to bail, or your right to go to church. What would you say?

The person would use different arguments, but the end result would be the same. Which would be limiting your rights. Letting people out on bail is to dangerous, so let’s keep people in prison until their trial date.

Why would we need a trial by jury? Let’s appoint scientist to look at the evidence and decide a persons fate. With trained professionals there is no need to have attorneys. Just present the evidence and let them decide. Continue Reading….

Police Response Times In Rural Areas

Rural dirt road

One of the main issues facing people who live in rural areas is response times for emergency responders.Roads use to be divided into routes, and box numbers. An example would be Route 9 box 1319. The Post Office knew where Route 9 was at, but the police and fire department usually did not. Because of this, a nation wide initiative was put into effect to change from route numbers to road numbers. This way route 9 was turned into an address on a road.

Sounds simple, right? Mail box routes were abolished, and all of the houses were given a physical number. This made mapping easy, and was supposed to make finding rural homes easier.

Changing from mail box routes to road numbers has made thing easier, a lot easier. Now anyone can pull up a map and find a certain road number on the map. Continue Reading….

Prepping Is a Marathon

I was going to make a reply to this thread – is the forum serious? but decided to make a thread. In that thread the opening post talks about people prepping for stuff that may never happen.

My thought out answer: “Prepping is like a marathon.” Once you prep for hurricanes, civil unrest.. and other viable options, what else do you prep for? Like in the movie Forest Gump when Jenny yells and Forest, “run forest, run.” Well, you prep and keep on prepping.

Prepping could easily become a never ending process.

Someone may not start off prepping for a collapse, but that may be where they end up.

Someone may not plan on running a marathon, but if they train long enough they may be ready for one. Continue Reading….

Say NO To Black Friday Say YES To Family

Kevin Felts political commentator

Which is more important, finding something on sale, or spending time with the family? Are we a nation of morals and values, or are we a nation who sells family time to the highest bidder? Black Friday has become a disgrace to the civilized world.

No longer do we sit with family members, talk, and enjoy the company. As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, out the door we go to find the best sale. By doing so, what are we teaching our children? Which is more important, listening to granny and grandpaw, or finding a good deal on a TV? That is the dilemma we are faced with.

Once granny and grandpaw are gone, they will never be replaced, their memories gone forever.

If a TV breaks, it gets replaced with a newer and better model. Continue Reading….

My Childhood Playground

When I was a kid growing up in Bridge City, Texas, my buddies and I would hang out in a section of woods that borders a marsh. We would build trails through the woods, tree houses, go camping, just do what kids did.

As my buddies and I got older, we stopped hanging out in the woods and started socializing more. After we stopped maintaining the trails, they were slowly reclaimed by nature. Within just a few years the trails were almost impassible.

Two decades later, Hurricane Rita pushed through the area and uprooted a lot of the old oak trees.

While visiting with my mom and dad for Thanksgiving, I took a camera and headed off into the old trails. Continue Reading….

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Regardless of religion, creed, color, race or sex, we all should find something to give thanks for.

All year long our lives are filled with something to do. Whether it is working, shopping… whatever it may be, we do not always spend the time we should with family. Thanksgiving should be a time we visit with family, talk, share stories, and learn from our parents and grandparents.

My grandparents and great grandparents had so much knowledge that was not passed down. What was it like when they were growing up? My great grandmother lived through the depression, two world wars, and two major conflicts. What was it like to see the world change that much? What was it like to go from kerosene lanterns to putting a man on the moon? Continue Reading….

Justice League Movie Review

The Justice League movie is getting a lot of undeserved bad reviews. My wife, my daughter and I went to go see Justice League at Tinsel Town in Beaumont, Texas on November 19, 2017. I felt I got my moneys worth.

When we go to the movies, we pay to be entertained. I was entertained and had a good time.

The negative Justice League reviews are nothing more than a reflection of how terrible DC has been able to capitalize on decades of super hero comics.

Take Batman for example:

How many people have played him over the decades?
How many times does the origin story have to be retold?
Ben Affleck has received a lot of undeserved negative reviews.
Each Batman series seems to have no tie-in with the others. Continue Reading….

Good Times Created A Weak Generation

Kevin Felts political commentator

Compared to the Boomers, the children of Boomers (Generation X) are weak. Not just weak physically, but also weak emotionally.

Millennials are weaker than Gen. X and boomers. Watching Antifa protest President Trump and conservatives as being Fascist is rather sad. When questioned, a lot of the kids can not provide an exact answer to questions about president Trump. From the looks of them, most of the Millennials have never held a manual labor job. They have never built anything, never welded anything, never worked 80 hours a week doing a manual labor job. But, they can find the time to protest against something they do not understand?

Where has society failed Millennials? For example, recent polls show Millennials favor Communism and Socialism over Capitalism. Yet they protest so called Fascist? This shows the level of their intelligence. Communism, Socialism and Fascism are all first cousins. Continue Reading….

Democrats Becoming Increasingly Unhinged

In the United States we are supposed to have a peaceful transfer of power. When one party loses an election, they are supposed to accept the results and work with the party that now has the majority vote. This peaceful transfer of power did not happen after the 2016 election.

Democrat controlled media continues to push the idea that Russia swayed the election. Since nothing is coming from that, now articles of impeachment have been filed.

There are numerous reasons why Hillary lost, and none of them are related to Russia. The honest truth is, democrats are undermining the republic. Rather than working with the GOP and President Trump, democrats are digging in their heals and will grid lock the government for the next four years, and maybe even the next eight years.

My dad told my today’s democrats are not the same democrats from decades ago. Democrats use to stand for the working people. Now they stand for gay rights, illegal immigration, and debauchery such as abortion. Millennial democrats see any corporation with republicans as an act of treason against the democrat party. What the millennials do not understand, the party’s have to work together, or the government will grind to a halt. There “has” to be some give and take on both sides.

This is what happens when everyone gets a trophy. Kids grow into adults who expect to be winners all the time. When Trump won the election in 2016 was probably the first time a bunch of them were told “no” in their entire lives. Continue Reading….

We Need Shows Like Hee Haw

Would you like to know what is wrong with society? We need more Hee Haw and less reality TV shows. We need something families can sit in front up and have a good laugh.

As I write this post I am 49 years old, and will turn 50 in a few months. When I was a kid in the 1970s, mom, dad, my brother and I would watch Hee Haw. More or less mom and dad would watch the show and my brother and I would sit in the living room with them.

It was an hour filled with good family time, talking, laughing and having a good time. After Hee Haw was over, it would be time for a bath and bed.

Society needs something to bring families back together, and not drug, sex and violence laden reality TV shows. Continue Reading….

Living Near a Hunting Lease

Zoey and Ellis dogs

Some of you may ask, “What is a hunting lease?” It is where a group of people lease land from someone, like a timber company, for the purpose of hunting on the land.

Leasing land is nothing new. We have historical documents dating back to the medieval ages that talk about leasing land. In the book Life in a Medieval Village by Frances and Joseph Gies the authors talk about how people leased land for grazing livestock. My grandfather leased land from a local timber company back in the 1950s and 1960s to graze cattle on.

When someone leases land, they have access and use of the land for a certain amount of time. Here in Southeast Texas, a lot of land is leased from the timber companies to hunt on. Continue Reading….

Adding To The Prepping Library

Survival books

As some of you may or may not know Paladin Press is going out of business. Some of their books are marked down to 65% off.

If you want to add to your prepping library, now is a great time to do it.

Those of you who know me and follow my youtube channel know I live in a rural area and am developing a self-sustainable homestead. The books I picked out are ones that talk about the direction I am going in.

The trapping books are so I can trap on the farm and around the outside skirt of the farm. My property is bordered by hundreds of acres of timber company land. The people who hunt the land rarely get close to the property line. this allows me to trap small game on the edge of the property line without issues. Continue Reading….

Three Broody Hens in The Chicken House

Broody hens

Three of my hens have gone broody and are sitting on eggs. One of them even hatched out a chick.

For those of you who do know, broody means a hen has gone into a mothering mode and is sitting on some eggs. The eggs are called a clutch. Some chicken breeds go broody more than others, and some breeds rarely if ever go broody.

What gets me:

Two of the hens are Barred Rocks, which rarely go broody.

One is an Australorp, which has a reputation of going broody.

My first set of chickens was back around 1987 or 1988. My wife and I butchered out that first set of Barred Rocks when they were around two years old, and I did not get any more until 2012.

So in the seven years I have kept chickens, only two barred rocks have gone broody. Continue Reading….

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