Unless you’ve been holed up in the woods waiting for TEOTWAWKI then I’m sure you’ve been hearing all the jabber about ‘essential oils,’ well I have been a tad skeptical to put it mildly. Well, much as I hate to admit it (I’m a guy, we hate to ever admit being wrong about anything), but yes, I was wrong. It seems there is something to all this. Now, I’m not going to go full in on everything as I don’t claim to know all that much yet, but what I have experienced is pretty amazing. Continue reading “Essential oils – This Stuff Really Works”
Those who’ve been here before know I’m a huge fan of gun magnets; I’ve been using them in the car as well as around the house. They are a great way to conceal a firearm under a desk, table, cabinet, or under the dash of your car. I have magnets in both cars as I find it much easier to draw from the magnet than from a holster while in a seated position. I’ve tried (and reviewed) several in the past see (Gear Review: Keeper Magnetic Gun Mount and Anti-Carjacking Device), but I think I have found my favorite: AZ Industries American Made Gun Magnet.
Yes, I do like that fact that it’s made in the US, and yes it is a little more expensive than some of the others, but the design is simply better and the quality seems better.
This magnet is quite a bit longer than any of the others I’ve tried and so it makes more contact with the slide of the gun. The unit actually consists of 3 internal magnets that are surprisingly strong and holds the gun in place even when driving over pothole filled streets. Continue reading “#MAGA: American Made Gun Magnet”
So, it’s been a bit since I updated you on our off grid solar project, and that’s because it’s really been running flawlessly, until last week, Yes, we did have some low production time with the long bouts of rain that have been covering most of the country. Yes, we did have some low production time on cloudy winter days, and yes there’s always less production during the winter due to the reduced amount of daytime hours. However, all that being said, the system has continued to function as desired; powering our chest freezer, PC, laptop, routers, as well as several lights throughout the house. Last week, that changed.
To set the stage a little, power inverters are design to shut down the party if the batteries fall below a certain voltage. Last week, our 1500 watt inverter shut down several times under very moderate loads. The solar controller indicated plenty of power in the batteries and the inverter would seem to run normally again after being reset, we feared it was dying and it did. Yes, the old VertaMax had just outlived its 1 year warranty by about 3 months. Time for a new one of those! Continue reading “Solar Update 3-11-18, The New Inverter”
Preparing for a crisis, regardless of what it is, requires organization. Far too often in our drive to stockpile supplies, we do so without a plan. We just buy ‘stuff.’ This can often create a bit of chaos as we begin to run out of room, or at least begin filling storage space that could be better utilized. You can wind up with a lopsided prep and a high risk of spoilage. Leading up to the presidential election, I was guilty of all of this and more. Instead of doing my usual targeted purchases once or twice a week, I was hitting the store nearly everyday, loading up as much as I could carry home. Rarely, did I return home from work without a trunk full of toilet paper, bottled water, canned goods and of course more shelving to store it all. I began buying items we rarely if ever used ‘just in case.’ Just how many cans of vegetable soup can 2 people eat? I was on a buying frenzy based on fear. Fear can be a great motivator, but can also lead to poor decision making. My once neat and organized bunker looked less like a pantry and more like a flea market. Continue reading “Are You Prepping, or Just Hoarding Stuff?”
When is a child no longer a child? When I was growing up, out on your own at 18 was the general rule ( I was out even younger.) My grandparents were married when he was 15 and she was 13, out on their own, farming and raising a family. Today it seems that many are still living at home well into their 30’s with little or no desire to be on their own. What happened? So as a result of this societal failure we have laws that no longer seem logical: drinking age 21, smoking 18, driving 16, abortion anytime, military service 18, purchase handgun 21, purchase rifle 18, voting 18. According to the attorneys defending the 19 year old monster who killed 17 students at a Florida High School, he’s just a child who ‘fell through the cracks.’ At least one FL politician suggested we lower the voting age to 16 because these young people would vote in gun control. We are hearing the cries to raise the age to purchase a rifle to 21 as 18-year-olds are not responsible enough – but they are mature enough to decide the future of the country? So let me get this straight; a 16-year-old near a mass shooting is somehow a gun control expert, but the 19-year -old shooter is ‘just a child’ – got it. Have you been seeing the networks dragging these kids on TV to lecture us on gun control as though they are now some kind of experts? Experts on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and eating Tide Pods maybe, gun regulations not so much.
So where do we draw the line?
On average 6 teens are killed in car crashes every single day. Overall odds of being killed in a car crash are 1 in 645. But your odds of being killed by a bad guy with a gun is 1 in 24,974. I certainly haven’t heard any talk about raising the driving age. It’s easy to paint a subject like this with a broad brush, but more difficult to come to a real solution. Many 18-year-olds are responsible young adults, many are not. Maybe instead of age, maybe a clean police record and a current pay stub should be a prerequisite for getting a drivers licence – you know, comprehensive background check. Maybe the same should be required to vote, or maybe a drivers licence and a utility bill with their name on it. I simply don’t know what the answer is, but raising the age to purchase a rifle certainly isn’t going to solve anything.
Keep your powder dry.
The South African parliament recently voted overwhelmingly (241 – 83) to remove white farmers from their land without compensation. You can read the story here. It is their contention that whites stole this land from them and it is now time for justice– sound a bit like the ‘Dreamers?’ Can you imagine if this happened here? Could it happen here? What if the Government decided to seize lands from southern border states to hand over to illegals who claim that land was ‘stolen’ from them? When you hear people like Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters talk it doesn’t sound all that far fetched.
It should be noted that private gun ownership is very low in South Africa following the Firearms Control Act of 2000 which fully took effect in 2004. Then in 2005 gun owners were given 5 years to re-license or surrender their guns. Now just a few years later, they’re throwing white farmers off their land without compensation while opening the door to the mass genocide of whites. Is it just me or does there seem to be a correlation here?
This story would be easy to miss as the media is largely ignoring it. If we had an honest media here in the US this would be front page everywhere – a nation’s leaders suggesting genocide, but sadly the American media is too busy pushing gun control to bother with such a story. Wait, gun control? Hmm.
Keep your powder dry.
The left hates the AR15 because it is of the same weapon family, and looks identical, to the standard military issued M4 carbine. The sheer notion that civilians have access to such a weapon drives leftists crazy and it is more symbolic than anything else. Leftists believe in the relinquishment of all individual strength to […]