Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Back from Ass-Crack-Istan and posting on my new site

Finally, I have returned from Ass-crack-istan.  I have decided to begin updating my new blog at Learning to survive in Texas.  I'd like to invite you all to come check out my new site and give me some feedback, please.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why I moved to Texas to set up my homestead

Why Texas? It's not perfect, but it's well-armed

Why did I choose Texas to set up a homestead…because Texas has its own power grid unlike the rest of the nation. Texas can grow its own food. Texas is the energy capital of the nation and can produce natural gas, diesel, oil and even jet fuel. Texas has masses of armed patriots who own more guns than they do pairs of shoes, and that makes Texas practically impenetrable to any invading force.

For example, suppose North Korea launches an ICBM into the high atmosphere over North America and unleashes an EMP weapon that destroys nearly all electronics; this could theoretically be followed by a naval invasion of forces from Red China and North Korea, both of which suffer from too many young males that can hardly be fed and might as well be thrown at some enemy nation as cannon fodder. These forces would plow right through Southern California, with all its anti-gun laws and totally unprepared populations.

Oregon would fare a lot better, thanks to the country folks who know how to live off the land, and although Seattle would be quickly overrun by enemy forces, the eastern (country) parts of Washington state would put up a fierce resistance. And any enemy forces foolish enough to try to make it into Idaho would, of course, be viciously intercepted by highly capable resistance forces that would snipe, explode and shred the enemy's supply lines, halting any advance no matter how strongly intentioned. (You do not want to mess with American rebels and patriots in Idaho, for the record.)

If some enemy force was foolish enough to try to enter Texas, they would be obliterated by a mass of Texas farmers, ranchers, National Guardsmen, law enforcement officers and ex-military men who are all locked and loaded to the hilt. That's where I feel safest, in the midst of the best-armed and most well-skilled riflemen in the country, most of which are upstanding, community-minded citizens who defend life and liberty. Texas is a fortress of determined men and women who will not, under any circumstances, willfully surrender their freedoms or their Bill of Rights.

That's why people who don't own guns dial 911 -- because they want men who DO own guns to arrive as quickly as possible and solve their problem.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

8 Job hunting stategies for the holidays

For those of you whom are unemployed, I wanted you to know that I am too.  It's been almost 6 months already for me and it has been longer for me in the past too.  I have found that it is easy to succumb to distractions and despair when you're out of work during the holidays...especially during the holiday seasons.  You may vacillate between feeling blue (angry, depressed, vengeful, etc...)because you're unemployed to wanting to participate in the merriment and postpone the job search until after the New Year. Follow these tips to help you stay on track and enjoy the season at the same time:

1) Attend holiday parties and family gatherings. These events are a good time to network. Tell your family and friends what you're looking for.

2) Stay the course. The perception that hiring tapers off between Thanksgiving and the New Year is simply not correct. Be persistent and work your daily plan so you can be a standout candidate.

3) Professional Associations are holding their year-end events; they're usually well attended and you should be there, too.

4) Party animal? Tone it down. Be careful about the photographs you post online.

5) Send holiday greetings to all your contacts. Let them know you're still looking for work.

6) Refresh and repost your online resumes and professional profiles; employers are more apt to contact a currently active user. (Seriously, you should refresh your resumes on Monster and CareerBuilder every month.  I know it's time consumeing and it totally sucks to repost all that info; but, after I do it, that is when I get the most calls.

7) Volunteer using your skills and expertise to help the less fortunate.

8) Get ready for the New Year. Everybody loves the optimistic feelings that come from the prospect of a fresh start. Do a little pre-planning on those cold winter nights. Keep your eye on your goals, stay positive, have some fun, and the holidays can be a time of great satisfaction.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I know what Jefferson would do to these bastards in Congress...

You wonder why we suffer 15 million unemployed while that same Congress insources, outsources and offshores American jobs. You wonder why 45.2 million Americans subsist on food stamps. You may become distressed that 8 to 10 million illegal aliens work jobs in America with impunity. You may wonder how come our middle class continues vanishing right before our eyes. Answer: our U.S. Congress.

Thomas Jefferson hated Great Britain because of the landed gentry, the power elites—either by birth or class status, not talent—maintained a stranglehold on the financial wealth of the empire. The royalty enjoyed wealth by birthright, not by ability, education or personal effort. Even today, Prince Charles has not worked a day in his life. His mother Queen Elizabeth has not completed a single day of work to further her country’s well being. Prince William today walks around with his bride Kate on a free taxpayer ride through life. He is the lucky recipient of the sperm lottery and nothing more.

The common man did not in Jefferson’s time and does not in our time stand a chance against the power elite. Today, the power elite in Washington DC empower themselves to enrich themselves at the expense of our republic.

While Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues enrich themselves with insider information on defense contract business deals, we suffer 15 million unemployed Americans, 45.2 million Americans subsisting on food stamps, $12 billion in costs per month for endless wars, trade deficits and a $14 trillion national debt. Has Barack Obama accomplished anything to solve those problems? Answer: nothing in three years.

How can the common man fight back? Jefferson and the founding brothers gave us a method for dealing with gross incompetence and gross greed.

Vote the critters out of office in the next election! Vote a fellow American who would vote for 10 year maximum term limit in Congress. We cannot afford “forever” senators and House members that fill their bank accounts while we pay the bills.

Friday, November 11, 2011

I was forced into this challage...you may want to try it

Here's a challenge related to money. Can you go an entire 24-hour period without spending a dime? How about a week? How about a month? We often don't realize both how much we spend and where all of our money goes. From the time you wake up in the morning, money is often leaving your pocket at an alarming rate--kids need lunch money, pick up a latte on the way to work, lunch out with the co-workers, pick up dinner on the way home, shop online in the evening, etc. Here's what to do:
Don't spend anything (money, debit card, credit card) for an entire day. Sounds simple but you will need to do a little pre-planning. You will need to have enough gas in the car to get to where you are going, bring your own lunch/coffee/water, not have any last minutes bills to pay, and say "no" to the kids when they ask for cash.

Don't spend anything for an entire week. Obviously this will require even more planning. You will need to fill up your gas tank before the challenge week then limit your driving to make it last for the entire week. You will need enough food in the house to feed everyone for an entire week. You will have to make sure the bills that are due during the week will have been paid.

Finally, for the hard-core challengers, could you go an entire month without spending anything? You would need to pay your bills for the entire month, buy some prepaid gas cards to use throughout the month (and make them last so you don't end up with more month than gas), you would have to stock your home with a month's worth of food and supplement it with produce from your garden. You would have to be strong when mid-month someone (the kids, the spouse, you) are having a consumer meltdown. You would have to get creative--bartering, trading, foraging for food, fishing, basically come up with a multitude of ways to meet you and your family's needs for an entire month without spending any money at all.

What does this teach you? A lot. It shows you how often we spend money mindlessly. It will save you A LOT of money. It will teach you how to pre-plan to be self-sufficient for an extended period of time. It will show just how creative you can be. It will show you what will happen during an economic disaster when money/consumer goods may not be available for an extended period of time.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

No wonder our enemies want us disarmed

True story and most people will never know it.

Here’s an interesting side bar.

After the Japanese decimated our fleet in Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941, they could have sent their troop ships and carriers directly to California to finish what they started.

The prediction from our Chief of Staff was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they reached the Mississippi River; remember, we had a 2 million man army and war ships all fighting the Germans.

So, why did they not invade?

After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and admirals were asked that question and they responded that they know that almost every home had guns and the Americans knew how to use them.

The world's largest army...America’s hunters! A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and Arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin.  Allow me to restate that number. Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth
largest army in the world; more men under arms than in Iran; more than in France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

What’s the point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.  Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security; that's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Things to do this month - October

___ 1) Get your Bug Out Vehicle in Bug-Out condition.

___ 2) Learn both people and animal tracking skills.

___ 3) After paying off your consumer debt, make a plan to pay off your car loan and home mortgage.

___ 4) Have a “no spend” week (or better yet, a “no spend” month). Don’t spend any money at all for one week.

___ 5) Make sure your preparedness supplies are complete and safely stored where you can easily retrieve them.

___ 6) Watch the weather. Old timers didn’t need to news to predict the weather, they learned natural ways of forecasting. Learn these skills.

___ 7) Learn how to hustle for extra cash (ie: billiards, darts, poker, arm wrestling, etc).

___ 8) Under each bed in your home put a working flashlight, a pair of work gloves, a pair of shoes for the person who usually sleeps there, a whistle, and on the second floor or higher, a rope ladder to escape from the room in case of fire.

___ 9) Should you sell any electronics (a cell, IPod, or PDA on EBay perhaps) be sure to completely erase all data on it first.

___ 10) Prepare your car for winter driving. In addition to your basic supplies (tool box, first aid kit, BOB) include tire chains, a shovel, a blanket, etc.

___ 11) Place a list of emergency information next to each phone. Include address, emergency number (usually 911), Poison Center number, name of all family members and their cell phone numbers, name and number of a neighbor or nearby friend, and other emergency contact numbers.

___ 12) Set in motion a plan to achieve one huge goal (ie: a PhD, a black belt in martial arts, earning a million dollars, etc) and work to achieve it.

___ 13) Consider hiring a staff to help you be more efficient (ie: gardener, housekeeper, secretary, personal assistant, driver, etc).

___ 14) Put together a kit to help you change your appearance in an instant (hair dye, a wig, glasses, fake facial hair, make up, etc.).

___ 15) Make your own home page for the internet.

___ 16) Consider purchasing land and creating a retreat/vacation home in a foreign country.

___ 17) Consider becoming certified in various fields of work (ie: real estate, midwifery, truck driving, hair cutting/barber, etc.).

___ 18) Get a pre-paid cell phone (it should not be connected to your name in any way).

___ 19) Incorporate basic vitamins, calisthenics, and lots of water into your daily health routine.

___ 20) Encourage wildlife on your property (winter salt lick, pond for ducks, bird feeder, etc).

___ 21) Spend a weekend with your family learning “old time” skills (leather craft, knitting, wood working, quilting, etc.).

___ 22) Learn how to drive and navigate confidently through a large city (New York, LA, Paris, etc.).

___ 23) Become fluent in at least two other foreign languages.

___ 24) Spend time with people who do daily tasks differently than your average American (ie: the Amish, recent immigrants, Native Americans).

___ 25) Fix any physical problems you have if possible (ie: Lasic surgery instead of glasses, a diet/exercise regimen to lower blood pressure and blood glucose, any necessary surgeries you have been putting off, needed dental work, etc).

___ 26) Watch “disaster” type documentaries on TV (A&E, TLC and the History channel have lots of these) and figure out ways these disasters could have been avoided/mitigated.

___ 27) Get your garden ready for winter. Till, add compost, cover crop, etc.

___ 28) Always carry a buck knife, pocket knife or multi-function tool with you at all times.

___ 29) Make sure your sleeping area is as secure as possible (have a smoke alarm in the room, a lockable door, windows that can be secured when both opened and closed, a telephone nearby, a flashlight under the bed, an escape plan, etc.).

___ 30) Make it a habit to eat only healthy food everyday. Skip the over-processed, high fat/salt/sugar foods, plus any other foods you are particularly sensitive to (dairy, nuts, etc.).

___ 31) Set up an elaborate “haunted house” for the neighbor kids (ie: moving displays, remote controlled moving things, mannequins, etc).

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