Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I start building a roof over a porch on Monday. I figure with My brothers help this will be a 3 day job and then back to my Dad's place to finish the living room. Crap, it's a bitch not having a real job. I am trying to make this kind of stuff my "real" job. I've had enough of working for people and companies that don't give a rat's ass about me.
I haven't heard anything new about the take over of Hardin, Montana. If the reports coming out of there are true, the Governor needs to send in the State's Guard to remove the APF from the city and imprison the leaders of that company.
I keep hearing the economy is getting better. Show me the the money! The car lots are not replenishing the lots after the cash for clunkers ordeal, the Wal-Mart lot is still mostly vacant, the Dollar Store and Aldi business is booming, monthly unemployment rolls are still growing exponentially, houses are getting repo'd at an enormous rate and the foreclosure auctions are growing every week and no one is hiring. What's better?
This weekend we're goin' to a swap meet we've never attended before. Try to sell our stuff and make a few dollars. Maybe I can find a lamp or something, maybe a generator or God forbid, a gun. I love swap meets!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I recommend everyone be very pissed off at this gross violation of state sovereignty, civil rights and a host of other rights and laws.
Well, we had our first taste of Fall last night and this morning... low's in the low 40's and some places made it down to the high 30's. My kind of weather is comin' up! I love cool, cold weather. Add in some snow, sleet, freezing rain and I'm in hog heaven. Call me a freak but that's the way I am.. The worse it is the better I like it. I hope for a lot of snow this winter so I can cash in on the residential snow removal gig. Move over kids! Oh, that's right. Kids are too lazy to clear snow for cash now. Good for me. I found a place that had New Old Stock snow blades to fit my discontinued Cub Cadet 1330 for 400 dollars new in the box. They also had NOS bare mower decks which I need. Now I only need some cash. I need to knock together a winter shelter for the Cub if I plan to use it this winter.
Last night I listed all the things we need to do before winter sets in. Repair all the oil lamps, get more lamp oil, get an Aladdin style lamp, get spares for all the lamps, insulate the utility room floor, get more kerosene in stock, things like that. I keep hearing that natural gas prices are going to spike this winter so I want to augment our ng heat with the kerosene heater and the the Sun Heat electric furnace. If the lights go out from a broken limb or excessive ice we will have rudimentary heat. Ideally we need a generator so we can run the actual furnace in a power outage. What do you think Cherry Pie?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have said many times that The One Sitting In The Presidents Chair is not eligible to hold that office. Here is some more evidence that he is not eligible by way of state certification or more properly by way of LACK of state certification. The hits just keep rollin' in.
As busy as I have been this week I haven't done a thing to increase our family preparedness. What have you done? Hopefully more than I have. One thing I do need to do is work on that list of things we need to do before winter sets in. Stock more kerosene, lamp oil and wicks, repair the lamps and get an Aladdin style lamp. Insulate the utility room floor, and put in a door leading to the hallway to the stairs as the upstairs is basically unheated and we lose a lot of the warm air to that area. The Almanac and weather forecasters are calling for a cold winter so get prepared for that.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The USG always has our best interests in mind, don't they? In order to help dam up the leaking southern border our government is going to remove 384 Border Agents! There are currently over 1300 miles of southern border that are not protected and the staff, as it is now, has caught hundreds of illegals as well as a few folks with evil on their mind. So now, the authorities with all their wisdom are going to cut the number of agent in the south and increase the number in the north. I say make All federal legisltors live on the border and put up with the human trafficking, the drugs, the gunfire, the theft, destruction and kidnapping for at least a year before they are eligible to vote on any laws or budgets for the border patrol
There is a large group of people living below ground, under Las Vegas. This isn't some high tech low impact type of experiment. This is people that feel they have no other choice at this time. Most make their money by searching the local casinos for unclaimed credit on the slots. The real astounding thing is that their home is the flood drains under the city. Do these folks realize what a flood is and what the drains intended to do. I worked underground for many years and know how cool it can be and if you are doing it on the sly how cheap it could be to live in but, these are storm drains intended to carry away massive amounts of water, from desert flash floods, in a short amount of time. I know times are hard, but.......
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I have written many times about storing food for the future. One thing I keep forgetting to say is make sure you know how to cook what you store. At this time we store rice, beans, sugar, flour and spices. Tonight for supper I made redbeans and rice with cornbread and blackened chicken breasts. With the exception of the chicken everything I cooked is the same as what we store. And I do plan to start stocking freeze dried chicken and beef so that will take care of that issue.
If I'm going to do residential snow removal this winter, I need to find a blade for my old Cub Cadet mower. There's a place outside of town I need to visit with about this. Maybe they can help me figure out a way to mount a plow to this critter. With a blade, plow and a couple of other garden attachments then I'll be cooking with gas. This brings up another subject...tools. If the power goes out for an extended amount of time, how will you cope with everyday problems? Can you operate a hammer, shovel, handsaw or any other common hand tools and implements? For that matter can you repair or build things with those tools? Tools are like guns...they're no good without skills.
Well, the ersatz president had another stab at badmouthing American today. This time in front of the entire UN assembly. Way to go dude! Spew your crap all around the world on the great apology tour and then do it again for the entire assemblage of the worlds leaders. It makes me proud to have NOT supported this guy in any way, shape or form. Come on 2012!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It's mowing day tomorrow and it's RAINING again. Oh, well. I'll go up to my Dads' place and do some painting and try get my mower through the jungle on Wednesday, maybe.
I shot my little .45 last week and it had several failure to feed malf's. Tap, Tap, Rack, Boom. Several times. I brought it home disassembled tha' darn thing, cleaned everthing, lubed all the needed parts and then unloaded both the mags and let the springs relax for a few days. I've been carrying the XD 45 Tactical for the time being. I'll try the little one out this week and see if any thing improved. One mag is a Chip Mcormick and the other is a Novak. Never had any probs of any sort with this gun so I'm hoping it was just a little dry from all the carrying it gets. I'll have to keep an eye on this.
I just assembled the shot gun I've been working on. It sure looks purty to me. Stealth gray Dura Coat, Ebony stained forend and a black Pachymar pistol grip. It sure is sharp.
Here's a little good news... A Federal Judge has ruled that cops can't stop someone from open carry of a firearm. Let's see how long that takes to get around to all the towns that are illegally preempting states law. Just in my area I can think Of North Kansas City and a couple of others that deny the right to open carry. I need to check the municipal ordinances here in my humble little burg as I have heard some plain STUPID stories about how our PD handles open carry(which is legal in Missouri). Check out opencarry.org in the forum section for some interesting stories about open carry. We'll see how that plays with Missouri's compromise. In order to get the concealed carry bill passed they had to add the provision that if a business didn't want someone to carry concealed in their store all they had to do was post a sign on the front door stating "NO firearms Allowed". Some have stretched it by having a sign that states "NO Weapons Allowed" Maybe that's because Missouri's CCL law is really a CCW law. Concealed Carry Weapon law, Aha! My son lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The moment he turned 21 he applied for his CCL. Later, the local PD got in trouble for harassing a man that was open carrying (legal by state law). He contacted the States Attorney General and he contacted the Mayor and Police Chief and now, there's no problem with open carry in VB. My son says he now carries open more than concealed. Do you have an open carry story you'd like to tell? Post it in the comments section if you please. Let us know how you exercise your 2nd Amendment rights.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ever had a hankerin' for some fresh veggies and run to the farmers market to git ya some? M'lady Obama had that urge and after a convoy was arranged, streets closed down, the press notified, stores searched and all regular customers driven away, the queen hopped in her armoured limo and sashayed to the market. Do you think she has a case of imimportantitis? Or maybe a severe case of lookyatmeism. The Royalty has arrived. Fer crying out loud she has 26 freaking assistants and a kitchen staff as well as certified, cleared suppliers that take care of this kinda crap. If she needs to get out, let her volunteer at a soup kitchen and see how the po' folk eat.
According to this report the ammo shortage is coming to an end. I sure do hope so. I'm nearly out of 45 acp and feel the need to improve my stocks of other calibers. The report has other good info as well so take a good read.
I tried to trade my 2001 Chevy 1500 extended cab 2 wheel drive truck for a 1998 Chevy Tahoe 1500 4x4. Three years older 11,000 more miles and they thought I was trying to trade UP! Same interior level, same mechanical level, and they said the 4 wheel function was the difference in price. Complete bullshit! I told 'em good luck selling to the next guy. And I mean that, 'cause they aren't sellin' it to me.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Does this power hungry diva think that the people that are upset with the out of control budget, unemployment and a host of other government maladies, who have had thousands of peaceful, non-violent meetings, are out to get her? Who would waste their time on that vapid bitch?
Whew! I got the shotgun sandblasted and coated today and it looks great! The metal is Stealth Gray and the stocks are black. I can't wait to assemble it. Then on to the test fire stage.
Man, I gotta quit spending dough on gun stuff and get the HD fixed. The cheaper project will be the leaking base gaskets. Then comes the expensive part...the transmission. I really need a job. When I do the base gaskets I'll take the cylinders to 10 thousandths over and install new pistons and rings as well as the gaskets. I think I'm gonna' take this on myself. Then comes the El Camino and that one's goin' to the shop. It has an intermittent electrical problem that fries an 80 dollar coil every couple of days. I've got over 5 grand in this motor and I really need to get it goin' before it seizes. I love them El Camino's. This is the fourth style I've had. 1967, 1968, 1975, and this one is a 1983. I don't know why I keep gettin' rid of 'em. Let's see, Dad and uncle Tom hopped up the '68 while I was in the hospital and wrecked it on the test drive. Dad bought me the '67 to replace the '68. I drove that one for several years and two motors then traded for a real pickup truck. Now I see that the '67's in good shape are pretty pricey. I felt that urge and bought the '75 a few years later and I don't remember what became of that one. Then I HAD to have a car and fell into the '83. The gas line broke on the way home one day and toasted the engine bay, so I installed a motor I had started a while before. It runs good when it runs. Life goes on.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tomorrow is the big day. I'll sandblast the shotgun and apply the Duracoat. That takes 3 freakin' weeks to cure. Three freakin' weeks. Oh, by the way, if you want to apply this kind of coating, check out Sherwin Williams Polane T coating (hint,hint). The receiver is separated from the barrel and magazine and all internals are removed. Holes plugged and mating surfaces are covered. Ready, set, go.
The Ogre has been talking up Zombie Oil for firearms. When it's available I think I'll order some and give it a try on a few of my, er, playthings. We'll see how that slick stuff works.
Even though Bernanke says the recession is over, I can still look forward to several years of crap before things get better. Oh boy, I can hardly wait. More of no jobs, more of no money, more of asshats running our lives, then getting exchanged for a different bunch of asshats to run our lives. We need a REAL change in this country. We need to get back to a true Constitutional form of government. And we need it pdq. A paid for shack in the sticks, with no need for any type of .gov is looking better all the time. If the real estate market was better I'd sell my old house and migrate to Idaho, Montana, Arizona, someplace with less intrusion in my personal life. Let me make ALL my own decisions, pay my own debts, pick my own doctor, buy what guns I want, do what I want to do as long as it doesn't harm my "neighbors". Being accountable for any wrongs I do goes along with all of that also. Hell, split the country into 2 portions, Pro Constitution on one side and everyone else on the other side. I'd gladly move to the "right"side.
Monday, September 14, 2009
When I did get the Internet back tonight, I read with sorrow that Memsahib, AKA Linda Rawles, has passed. Please keep James and his family in your thoughts. James has tirelessly give thousand of postings to the survivalist community but has not asked for anything in return even at this moment.
Given the need to save for the sales taxes on the newest car, we haven't done any thing to up our preparedness inventory except put a little cash in the safe. I have given up on buying books for their entertainment value but borrow them from the library instead. The only books that I actually buy all deal with medical knowledge, guns, how-to, homesteading, building and things of that nature.
Can you work on your own vehicles? A lot of newer cars make it difficult to do your own wrenchin'. If you have some aptitude, there are a lot of things you can do yourself. Change the oil, rotate the tires, check and adjust the fluid levels, change a tire , change the filters, change the spark plugs. With a little planning and shopping you can save big buck with diy auto maintenance and repair. Last week my brother and I changed the front springs on our vehicles. 150 bucks for the springs was the total cost. A shop would have added 30-50% to the parts cost, added in a set of lower ball joints at about 80 dollars and charged 2-3 hours shop labor at 85 bucks per hour. Then add the "environmental fee", the expendables fee and sales tax and your looking at something north of 550 dollars. That's a lot of incentive to work on your own vehicle. I personally have changed brakes, axle bearings, u-joints, axle shaft u-joints, transmissions, engines, axles, differentials, heater cores, converted the a/c from r-12 to r-34 (and got offered a job in the process), changed body panels, replaced water and power steering pumps, replaced radiators and alternators, added electrical accessories, repaired floor pans, wired for trailer lights, made trailer hitches, mounted tires, changed camshafts and done all my own tune-ups. And I'm not a mechanic. Nor was I mechanically inclined as a kid. I cannot fathom the money I have saved by doing all this myself. One of these days I'll tell you what I've done in the home repair/building arena. So we come to this, as I have asked before, what can you do?
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Chairman Maobamas new regulatory czar, Sunstein, wants a sliding scale applied to the 1st amendment. He also thinks the 2nd amendment is about hunting. Where do they keep coming up with these asshats? First, all rights are applied equally to ALL citizens. No sliding scale needed thanks to intelligent, educated forefathers. Secondly, The Second Amendment is not about hunting(as all the libs and progun-gun controllers claim) but about preventing a tyranny from appearing from the ashes of a broken republic. Think about that, why goes the government want to control guns. Is it about safety of the citizens or safety of the tyrants. Once again what barrel are they scrappin'' these morons out of?
The federal government has blatantly refused to take control of our Southern border despite the pleas from US Citizens that live in that combat zone. Well, Texas ain't takin' it anymore. The Governor of the Great State of Texas is dispatching the Texas Rangers to help the pitiful efforts of the USG. If I remember correctly, Arizona has their own band of Rangers. I wonder if they're reading the playbook of the Texas Team. And what about the other border states? Will they pitch in to reclaim what the racist militant Hispanic groups such as La Raza (the race) are are claiming as reconqista? What the current rate of illegal entry equates to is a silent invasion of sovereign territory supported and encourage by those RMHG's.
The storms are movin' in, the storms are movin' in. They're calling for a stormy weekend around here...again. At least I've got some inside work to do Saturday and if I get done early enough, there's .....a demolition derby to take Cherry Pie to. She luuuves those things. Is that redneck or whut? She likes mud pit races too. What a woman! Now if I could just get her to shoot.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I don't think I'll be able to put anything in the storage system this week. I blew my wad on some Duracoat materials and a stock for a gun I'm working on. I'm anxious to see how this coating turns out. It's a matte grey and I'm going to sandblast the barrel and action prior to the coating process. I'm thinkin' it'll be sssweeet. I understand the coating isn't fully cured to at least 3 weeks but can be assembled and handled with in 24 hours. Any one out there with any experience using the Duracoat coatings? Leave a comment if you have or know anyone who has used it.
What do you carry? I carry one or more folding knives and a Rock Island Armoury Officers size 1911 .45. The backup is a Taurus PT-22 One spare mag for each but I want a double mag case for the 45. Leave your carry comments in, of course, the comment section.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Rain, Rain, Rain, Sun, Rain, Rain. All the rain sure makes it hard to do the things I'm tryin' to do.
Mowin', carpentry. All rain outs. I sure do hate this globull warming. I went ahead and mowed but I'll need to go back tomorrow and rake up all the mounds of grass. What joy! At least it'll be cool.
I have seen a couple of sites that link to a story about a million guns being sold in August but none of the links work. Anyway GOOD WORK! Keep on buyin'! I'm saving to get a sweet SIG P238. I'm jonesin' in a major way for one. Then I just have to find some .380 ammo. I've always wanted a Colt Mustang but those things are even higher than the Sig.
Are you stockin' up on all the goodies ? Beans 'n rice, corn 'n wheat, those kinda things? Oh and bullets and bandaids, don't forget those.
I'm tired. Later folks.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I have been carrying a knife since I was about 4 years old. Over the years I have carried many brands, styles and sizes. I am a unorganized collector of whatever knife strikes my fancy. I give knives as gifts as I think everyone should have at least 1 good knife. When I find a good sale at Smokey Mountain Knife Works I buy one for me and send the same to my son. My wife carries a tiny pink Spyderco in her purse and finds that , one , it comes in very handy in even an office setting and two, everyone that sees her use it is amazed that a woman has a knife and uses it. It must be growing on her because I just received 2 CRKT SideHawg 3 blades and she finds 'em cute and now wants one for her purse! In my view everyone should have a folding knife in or on their pocket. I personally carry a Schrade X-Timer and my son carries a Victorinox Tinker. I also have an Applegate FairbairnFairbairn that I carry alternately. I also carry on occasion a AFCK. Folks, that thing is scary sharp. I know for a fact. I cut the tip of my thumb off with it and never felt it. I perfer Cold Steel knives for the fixed blade as well as the good'ol K-BAR. My favorite fixed blade is a Cold Steel Recon Tanto. It has a thick blade with good weight to it, a rubberized grip and and edge that could cut your arm off. My main hunting knife is a Cold Steel Master Hunter. I have dressed out as many as 8 deer before needing a touch up on the edge.
Brands I like.
Schrade...sadly, they went out of business in 2006 but can still be found.
United... for some excellent value priced item. I have 3 Harley branded United knives with a cryogenically treated blade and they are great.
Do your self a favor and get a free subscription to the Smokey Mountain Knifeworks catalogs as they have a huge inventory and many outstanding sales that can't be beat even by Wally World
There are a lot of great knives out there these days, so look around and find one that suits your purposes and pocketbook.
I recently wrote about the need for three packs and later provided a link for a list of recommended contents. A reader of http://www.survivalblog.com/ sent in a letter with this list for a 24 hour kit as well as a 3 day kit and a list for a 2 month supply of food for two. Take a look at it.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tornadoes...food, water, clothes, tools, first aid, emergency money, weather radio, generator, gas
Hurricanes...food, water, tape, tools, information/communications, relocation plans, weapons, ammo, first aid, emergency money, generator, gas
Civil Unrest/ mob rule...weapons, ammo, food, water, information/communication, first aid
Pandemic... Food, water, first aid, natural healing items, vitamins, white suits, face masks, information
I think you get the idea. Decide what you need to prepare for and gear up for that thing. Gear is not a panacea. You have to add skill, knowledge and information to the gear to make it work right. Looking at the list above you see that many of the needs overlap. That's a good thing as it lets you get a head start on preparing for something else. That list is in no means complete but it gives a real good starting place.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Taurus brought this pocket size semi auto to market in 1992. This pocket dandy has a double action trigger and a blowback action. Trigger pull is around 6 pounds and the pistol itself is 12.5 ounces. To get around the common complaint of people having difficulty retracting the slide on small pistols, Taurus fitted this gun with a tip up barrel. The safety is a frame mounted trigger locking style. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds and I have heard of others having an 8 round capacity. The mini barrel is 2.75 inches. So much for all the technicals.
The sample I have has proven reliable and surprisingly accurate for such a small gun. I have on numerous occasions at a range of 7 yards, kept 10 shots rapid fire in a 6 inch group. Slow fire shrinks that to about 3 inches. Not bad for a barrel less than 3 inches in length. Taurus has an outstanding Lifetime warranty that follows the gun not the owner. I bought mine used, with a cracked slide. I called Taurus and they said send it in they would fix it. The gun came back with a case, a new magazine AND a gun with a new slide on it. I was very pleased with Taurus. I seldom leave my house with out this beauty in my back pocket. This gun comes in a wide range of colors and finishes. As far as I am concerned, this is a great buy for anyone on a budget and anyone looking of a great little pocket pistol.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I spoke with my brother this afternoon and we're going to start putting together compact survival kits encased in ammo cans. I figure a price point of about 50 bucks for a can stocked with temporary shelter, fire supplies, water treatment tablets,possibly a water filter, ration bars, light source, fishing tackle, knife and other items will make a good kit to keep in the vehicle. I'll keep this project updated and as soon as we can get it together I'll post ordering info on this site.
I've got a fairly lazy day planned for Friday so maybe I can get the next post up before 9 or 10 pe em. Today's quiz...What's the difference between a lawn mower muffler and a suppressor?
Not using a muffler will get you a noise ordinance violation. Using the suppressor without government approval will get you 5-10 in Club Fed. How's that for f'd up?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
If you have plans to relocate at a distant location in the vent of a major event, do you really want to be driving around with a veritable fortune in supplies? You can look into renting a storage unit along your intended travel route or even near your final location to keep the majority of your goods in. Take along the basics and pick up your major supplies as you travel. Just be sure to have a security detail on watch when you're are unloading the storage unit. Oh, be sure to pay the unit fees so your life source is not auctioned off to the highest bidder. You can store you goods at your retreat but how do you keep them secure when you're hours away? Given enough time anything can be broken into. Think what a tempting target a locked barn or shipping container would make for the "local" yahoos. Especially if there's no one home for days or weeks on end.
Most First Ladies have had 1 or even 2 assistants. The current First"Lady" has at this time Twenty freakin' Six assistants! 26! And according to Chris Matthews, if you disagree with her having that many helpers, you are, get this, a RACIST. The liberals sure are throwing the R word around a lot lately. While we're at it, Maobama's Green Czar Van Jones says the Republicans are assholes. That may be true in some cases but does one of the appointees of the so called President need to be making these kinds of remarks?
Midweek already. I think I'll try to get some miscellaneous items for storage this weekend. Toiletry items probably. Razors, soap, various OTC stuff, feminine hygiene, things of that nature. Speaking of being prepared... With all the Swine Flu going around and forcast to be a major health event, get yourself a bottle or two of P73 Oil of Oregano. This stuff is GREAT. Tastes bad works, like a charm. We will be getting a new bottle this weekend. Cherry has contact with walkins every day and one of her co workers has 2 or 3 school age kids that come in contact with a chain of thousands of people. So the potential is there for her to come in contact with the bug. She started her defense today with a morning drop of oregano under the tongue. Come to think of it some colloidal silver would be a good thing to have also.