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Took a look in the mirror

I took a long look in the mirror and did not like what I saw. What bothers me the most is how I have let myself go physically. Being overweight was never in my life plan. I never thought I would be out of shape and sitting at a desk job.

The sedentary lifestyle is one of the main reasons why I am looking for a new job. I am tired of sitting here.

In a way I am disgusted with myself. I put on so much weight and I feel like a pig.

Another reason I put on so much weight is I have a couple of beers before bedtime. The empty calories goes to the waistline.

Drinking was never in my life plan. I never drank when I was a teenager. I did not even drink in my early-20s. I did not start drinking until I was in my mid-20s. Why did I start drinking? I honestly do not know. What I do know is I regret the decision to start. Continue Reading….

Feeling down

I am feeling really down. It seems like no matter what I do something goes wrong. Take 1 step forward, and take 10 steps backwards.

For the past 4 – 5 months I have been looking for a new job. Only landed 1 interview. Went for a job interview, did not get the position. I have a proven employment history, skills, but yet nobody is calling.

One of the dogs I rescued killed one of my chickens last weekend, then mauled another one yesterday. My wife and I got the chicken, separated her from the flock, sprayed her wounds down with antibiotic spray and have her in a cage in the house. She will probably be ok. I have seen wounds like this before. There is a good chance she will recover. Chickens have a wonderful immune system. Continue Reading….

Feeling down

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Feels like I am slipping underwater, lips barely breaking the surface to gasp for air.

I do not understand why I am feeling this way. Last summer my wife and I got moved to a rural area. We can finally live the lifestyle we want – have a garden, plant fruit trees, have chickens, live in peace and quiet, and for some reason I am feeling down.

There is so much I need to do, but so little time.

Need to build a rain water catch system to irrigate the garden, plant peas, beans, squash, melons, want to go fishing, build a larger chicken yard,,, feel overwhelmed. Continue Reading….

No More Newtowns

There is an article on The Daily Beast talking about gun control. What I find interesting is the image used in the article. Someone is holding up a sign that says “No More Newtowns”. The O of no has an AR-15 with a red slash through it.

Its not the protestors, or the sign, or the article that amazes me. What really gets to me is people not placing blame where it belongs, which is on the mentally ill who killed other people.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Why isn’t the nation debt receiving the same attention as gun violence?

Why isn’t free trade receiving as much attention as gun violence?

Why aren’t mentally ill people receiving as much attention as guns?

Why isn’t corporate crime receiving as much attention has gun control?

The simple answer is people need a scape goat for their problems. Instead of addressing the complex issues, such as the state of mental health in America, lets just ban guns.

Instead of addressing our national debt, high unemployment rates, record number of people on welfare, bank bailouts,,, lets just ban certain types of guns. For some reason banning the manufacturer and sale of AR-15s is going to magically fix the mental health and depression crisis in America? Where does that kind of logic come from? Continue Reading….

How life choices bite you in the butt

When I decided to write this article I was having problems picking a title. Lately I have been doing some thinking. What promoted this was a comment posted on one of my post. The comment was in reference to some of my post sounding bitter.

I want to be honest with my readers, my poor life choices have led me on the path of bitterness.

Who is to blame for my life choices? I am.

Working in the welding field

In 1986 when I graduated high school I decided to enter the workforce instead of going to college. My wifes grandfather helped get me a job at a local welding shop. I should have known something was wrong when the company did not offer and kind of benefits, such as health insurance, or retirement.

In 1987 I got a job at another welding shop, but this job had lots of overtime and some benefits. Continue Reading….

Free Trade Will Kill The United States Economy

With the advent of World War II America recovered from the greatest depression the US had ever seen.

With the advent of free trade, America will once again return to economic dark ages.

The engineers of free trade agreements said the jobs lost to cheap overseas labor will be replaced by high paying service sector jobs.

Service sector jobs do not “create” anything

Tech jobs design stuff, such as routers, switches and software, but we need working people to make those items. Who is going to assemble the circuit boards? How is going to install the circuit boards?

In other words, we need hands-on people to assemble those products.

We need ship builders, we need people to build bulldozers, build DVD players, make clothes,,,,. It is those jobs that support the middle class.

Is a financial analyst going to pour asphalt on the weekends? How else are roads supposed to be built? Someone has to operate the equipment. Someone has to build the equipment that pours the asphalt. Continue Reading….

Two years of fatigue

After falling ill In early September 2010, I have been fighting fatigue for 2 years.

Labor day 2010 my family and I went to the camp for the weekend. I spent some time working on the shed, mowing, had a big cookout and spent some time with the family.

Tuesday after labor day weekend I started feeling bad. I brushed it off as getting too hot in the 100 degree heat of the previous weekend. By the end of Tuesday I was running a low grade fever of around 99 – 100. Nausea set in Tuesday night.

By Thursday night / Friday morning my fever w Continue Reading….

Save as much money as possible

Weldbilt boat on the Angelina RiverAnd I do not mean for retirement (saving for retirement helps, but most of us are not there yet). From news about food prices going up 18.5% from January – September 2011, the Bank of America laying off 30,000 employees, to the new reports on credit card debt owed buy the average American,,,, I do not think we are going to pull out of this recession anytime soon.

The US government has spent so much money, that we will never be able to pay it off. Our great-grand children have been saddled with such a great tax burden, that there is no hope for the future generations.

This Bank of America is a troubling sign. Banks do not like to lose money. In fact there are all kinds of laws to protect banks from losing money. It was just a few months ago that the Federal government cut the banks a blank check, most of which went to performance bonuses.

If you judge the health of a nation but how stable its banks are, and one of the largest banks is laying people off, what does that say? It says the USA is in some deep crap. Continue Reading….

Posting stuff on the internet

When you’re talking to someone in real life, words are like dust in the wind. But when you post stuff on the internet, its like etching your words in stone. The difference is, people can go back and read what you posted. Once your words are spread to the wind, they can not be retrieved, unless there was a recording. A few days ago I started a thread about Hurricane Irene, the title of the thread was “Hurricane in the northeast, do you feel for them?” I feel that I need to issue a public apology for that thread and my comments. Disasters, lose of property and lose of life and nothing to take lightheartedly. These are serious issues, and my comments were out of Continue Reading….

Worse yet to come for US Markets

angelina river jasper texasThink things are bad now? Lets just wait a few more months.

The Federal Reserve is talking out printing more money out of thin air, think of post World War I Germany and hyper inflation.
Wheat prices approach a 22 month high, pushed up by failed wheat crops in Russia.
Banks not selling foreclosed homes – their hoping to hang onto the homes so that when the market improves, the homes can be dumped for a better price then the banks can get right now. This will cause home prices to drop even more, or to stagnate. Which is good for the average working people, maybe we will be able to buy a home then.
Wal-mart has rolled back its rollbacks.
Food prices have reached a 2 year high.
JP Morgan post third quarter 2010 net income of $4.4 Billion – for banks to be making money, that means other people are losing money. Continue Reading….

Are you ready for the depression?

The depression is just around the corner, are you and your family ready?  The news reporters are trying not to use the word “depression”, probably out of fear of the panic that will follow. IMF predicts a global recession The banking system, along with the US State and Federal governments have been the number one cause of this problem. The banks started writing flexible mortgage rate loans – knowing that people would not be able to pay the notes.  But for some reason the people just played along with the scams.  Untold millions of families have lost their homes and driven into bankruptcy because of the greed of bankers.  The blame can not be placed solely on the bankers – the people HAVE to take Continue Reading….

How to feed a family

These days people are not only worried about this house note, or their electric bill, they are also worried about something much more basic – and that is food. There is hardly anything that grieves a mothers heart more, then to open a kitchen cabinet, and it be empty. An economic report from February 2009 said that around 700,000 – 800,000 people lost their jobs in that one month. Less people have jobs, so less bills get paid. But the one thing that must be bought is food. But what if someone told you that you do not have to buy food? That you can grow your own. Its true. Regardless of what people have been told for the past 30, 40 or 50 years, Continue Reading….

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