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‘Conservative Enemies of the State’

I was recently perusing my favorite internet sites when I came across a link to the above titled article on the FrontPageMag website.  From openly courting Muslim recruits, to chaplains getting the OK to perform Gay marriages, to women soon being allowed in ALL combat roles, to calling the Fort Hood massacre by an islamist terrorist ‘work place violence’, the US military has certainly undergone a ‘Fundamental Transformation’ (hey, where have I heard that phrase before………) in that past 5 years.  And that transformation is continuing unabated.

This short article has more information on a theme I have proffered often here on this blog – that being that YOU, not some bogey-man AL-Qaeda terrorist, is in the cross-hairs of the DHS and the rest of the Fed alphabet soup.  YOU, the conservative, gun-loving, liberty-loving, limited government wanting, God-loving, Gadsden Flag waving, preppers are now classified as being members of ‘Neo-Confederate’ hate groups and must be closely scrutinized.

Don’t believe me?  Read the article.

Lee Greenwood was unavailable for comment.

Be safe.  Be prepared.

Practical Prepper 2013

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September 2, 2013 Posted by | General, My Opinion, Security and Situational Awareness | , , | 4 Comments

Generator Test With Stored Gasoline

Took some time off from the “Honey -Do” list today to fire up the Honda eu2000i generator using some gasoline I had stored some 18 months ago. This is a prudent thing to to for a number of reasons. First, it’s hurricane season here in Florida and my neighborhood has those old-fashioned wooden power poles that are Always affected high winds, so the likelihood of my power going out even in winds short of hurricane strength is better than even. Second, having a working generator and bad gas is like having no generator at all. It’s like having a shotgun, but no shells. For the record, the 5 Gallon can of gas I filled and added a fuel stabilizer to, started the Honda on the fifth pull and ran like a champ.
If you’ve got a generator and stored gasoline, why not take a moment to crank it up this weekend? You’ll be glad you did.

Be safe. Be prepared.

2013 Practical Prepper
Miami, FL

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June 22, 2013 Posted by | Food, Water, etc, General | , | 2 Comments

A Statement of the Obvious – And a Call For Comments

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Wow.  I’ve found it very hard to simply blog about prepping lately.  This is, of course, not news to the followers of this prepping blog and to you, I can only apologize and offer this meager explanation.

I started this blog as a Prepping blog and, as such, I feel I have achieved some measure of success and am quite happy with the quality and originality of its content.  Writing this blog was my way of sharing my prepping experiences with a growing number of like-minded people who were journeying down the same road of self sufficiency and preparedness.  Except for a few dalliances, I have succeeded in my efforts to avoid being overtly political and overbearingly pessimistic – and therein lies the problem.  In recent weeks and months, whenever I sat down to write about my new Ruger LC9 or the incredible mods I’ve made to my Kel-Tec Sub-2000, I instead,  start writing dire warnings about how the Department of Homeland Security has ordered nearly 2 Billion rounds of small arms ammo in the past year. Why?  Who are they anticipating doing battle with?

Or how that same department has ordered over seven thousand armored, mine-resistant vehicles – not for the Iraq or Afghanistan theater, but for deployment here in the CONUS. Why?

Or how the local police are becoming more and more militarized, through ‘fusion centers’ (Google that one…and YES, the NSA will be watching as you do it) funded by, you guessed it, the DHS.  Why?

Or how a whole panoply of government agencies are capturing everything we write, say, and read from our digital phones and computers and storing it without a warrant (google the PRISM program).  Why?

Or how Free Speech, the bedrock of a free society, is being stifled by political correctness, the US Justice Department, and the IRS.  Why?

Or how we are openly supplying arms to an group of Islamist rebels in Syria who share the same goals as al Qaeda, our alleged sworn enemy.  (Anyone read 1984?)  Why?

Or how the US debt is about to reach $17,000,000,000,000 – a sum that is impossible to pay back.

Or…  Well, you get the picture.  And it’s NOT a rosy one.  I wish I could just ignore all this stuff, but, as preppers, we MUST be aware of these happenings and act in our best interests to shield our families form their possible effects.  We haven’t invested our time and money prepping merely for hurricanes or floods or tornadoes.  We all know that something is going to ‘go-south’ here in America.  We can feel it.  We all dread it and pray that it never occurs, but.  Well…. We know better, don’t we?

I wish I had a more positive, uplifting message, but I don’t.  I heard Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless The USA’ the other day and instead of tears welling up in my eyes as was once the case, I just sadly shook my head when he said:  “I’m proud to live in America, where at least I know I’m free.”  A libertarian, constitution-loving, gun owning, liberty loving Tea-Party Christian, free?  I’m not so sure anymore.

Are you?

Share your thoughts with me and others in comments.  I really want to know how you all feel about what I’ve written here tonight.  Do you agree?  Or do you want me to shut up and post pics of my souped up Kel-Tec Sub2000?

Be Safe.  Be Prepared

Practical Prepper 2013

June 7, 2013 Posted by | General, My Opinion | , , | 9 Comments

At the Florida Gun Rights Rally 19 January 2013

I attended the Florida version of Saturday 1/19/13 Nationwide Gun Rights Rally. Here are a few pictures.

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January 21, 2013 Posted by | Firearms, General | | Leave a comment

Some Post-Presidential Debate #1 Ramblings

There’s a paradoxical, almost irreconcilable ambivalence that occurs when one of a Libertarian bent, such as this writer, speaks of whom he would like to see as President of the United States.  The problem occurs with the conflicting notions of wanting to elect a true Libertarian, cut of the Founder’s cloth, to the Presidency so he can strip it of the overreaching power it has usurped over the years since the ratification of the Constitution.  Hmmm.  Elect a man to the presidency so he can dismantle its imperial power.  See what I mean?

I’m not sure this will happen in my lifetime.  And by ‘I’m not sure’, I really mean ‘I’m certain it will NOT’.  So, watching the debate tonight, the realist in me (after all, preppers are nothing if not realists, right?) has decided that I must vote the current president out of office.  Unfortunately, that requires me to vote FOR Mitt Romney, as votes of ‘no confidence’ are the exclusive domains of nations with Parliaments.  This prospect does not thrill me, but what thrills me even less is the damage another 4 years of a BHO regime would do to our individual liberties and freedoms.

I am under no illusions that Romney is a latter-day Thomas Jefferson.  He is decidedly NOT.  He is, however a man, I believe, that understands the notion of Liberty much, much more intimately than the current resident of the White House, and will slow down, at the very least, the exponential growth of the police/surveillance state here in America..  For now, it’s the best I could hope for.

I’m not here to talk you into following my logic, necessarily.  I just implore you to consider the stakes as you mull over whether to ‘sit this one out’, because YOUR candidate did not survive the corrupt primary process.  Wow, are those stakes high.
Pray on it.

 

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

 

PP October 2012

October 3, 2012 Posted by | General, My Opinion | 6 Comments

Yeah, PP’s back – and not moment too soon!

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With A Little Light Reading, The Coors Beer Parable, and some ‘Stream of Consciousness’ For Your Reading Pleasure.

It’s been some months since I’ve posted anything of substance, and , in a small way, I’m sorry for that.  I harbor no illusions about my vast readership waiting forlornly for another nugget of wisdom from their favorite prepper, still, having started and cultivated this blog for a few years now, I do feel a responsibility to those surprisingly many people who have found it and , finding the content interesting, subscribed to it.  Thank you very much to ascribing at least a modicum of value to the words and advice I proffer.  OK, enough mea culpa, on with the show!

Since my last substantive post, I have reworked my 4 raised-bed planters and they are now ready to receive my Fall planting; I have gone hiking in Colorado (Rocky Mountain National Park) and Wyoming (The Snowy Range – Medicine Bow and Brown’s Peak to be precise); found out I’m going to be a grandpa (WOW), and added a pistol caliber carbine to my collection as a ‘Trunk Gun’.  And, oh yeah, I’ve been stepping up my prepping some.  There might be an October Surprise in the works and with the world in the state that it’s in (both economically and politically), one can never be too prepared. I must admit though, it’s hard to be both pessimistic and optimistic about the future – but that’s where I find myself these days.  The news of my son about to become a father is a blessing beyond words.  There are simply no adequate words to describe how thrilled and thankful to God I am.   Yet, a glance at your favorite news sites on the internet will tell you that the world has become even more financially unstable than it was when the S nearly HTF back in 2008.  So, I find myself adding to my food supply for my children, and (gulp!) grandchildren’s sake.  I bought lots of Mountain House freeze dried meals for the hiking trip and an equal amount for my preps, along with a few more cans of Morning Moo powdered milk and some canned butter and cheese.  Oh, and I picked a few books from off my bookshelf to appease the pessimistic side of me, and began reading them last week.  JWR is great at getting you in the ‘survival mindset’.

Which brings me to the Coors Beer Parable.  The story begins with our trip to Golden, CO, where they make Coors Beer – and yes, it really is made with Rocky Mountain Spring Water which cascades down from the Rockies, through the center of the picturesque and beautiful town of Golden, and, in part, into a holding tank right outside the brewery.  My wife and I took the famous brewery tour and dutifully sampled the wares along the way (I developed quite a fondness for Blue Moon White Ale on that trip).  It was great to taste fresh Coors Beer again as it is only marginally available at my local grocery sore here in SoFla.  It was so good, in fact, that I made it my mission upon returning from CO, to stock up on as much Coors as I could afford to buy after a 3-week hiking trip halfway across the country – which I did.  I bought four cases of the stuff, which seemed like and endless supply when stacked 4 cases high.  Hell, I’d NEVER run out now.  Ha!  The can in the photo at the top of the post is the LAST CAN of my seemingly endless supply of beer.  Like all parables, this one too has a lesson.  Can you guess what it is?

Correct!  You NEVER have enough!  Ever.  Those are my words of wisdom for today.

I don’t need to tell you that at the present time there is a real danger of a major war starting in the Middle East.  Israel will NOT wait until Iran has a bomb, as Obama is want to do.  They will strike Iran’s nuke facilities when they feel they can no longer wait.  To them, a nuclear Iran is an existential threat, and, no matter how you feel about the matter, they will deal with it as they see fit.  This would open a Pandora’s Box which will spread mayhem around the planet.  I pray it will not be so, but I prepare like it is a certainty.  It’s the only thing a responsible husband/parent/ grandparent can do.  Can your preps use another 10 lbs of rice?  Or sugar?  Or flour?

More, a lot more, in the next few days.  God bless you all.  Pray.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

PP Fall 2012

September 26, 2012 Posted by | Firearms, Food, Water, etc, General, My Opinion | , | 2 Comments

Summer’s Here and the Time is Right…..

Well, for Prepping, what else?

So you spent all winter with road maps spread across the living room floor, but $3.80 gas prices have put the kibosh on those plans to drive the gas-guzzler across this beautiful country this summer.  Disappointing, to be sure, but with disappointment can come opportunity.  Instead of taking a long, expensive road trip, take your family to some local places instead.  After all, its the time you spend together that counts, not necessarily where it is spent.  And when you get back from your vacation, you can put some of the money you saved on gas and hotels towards starting your emergency preps – the ones you’ve been meaning to get around to for, well…..a long time.

This site has a wealth of information on prioritizing your emergency preps and going beyond just food, water and first-aid materials to communications equipment, firearms for protection, perimeter security, and a host of other useful topics.  So, browse as much as you like, but resolve to start those long-put-off preps this summer.  The peace of mind they bring, in this turbulent world alone are worth the cost.

I’d start with food, water and medicines – a little each week so as not to upset the budget too badly.  Then expand your preps as mentioned above.  Start with reading The Prepper’s Mindset, to get your head straight on why the effort is worthwhile.

Don’t put it off.  Start today.

Be safe.  Be Prepared

Practical Prepper 2012

May 14, 2012 Posted by | Food, Water, etc, General | 4 Comments

Happy New Year – 2012 AD

I ushered in 2012 with a Filet Mignon and a bottle of Merlot (by the way the Kershaw Skyline blade is an homage of sorts to the ‘Tester of Dangerous Things’, nutnfancy) because I firmly believe that this time next year I’ll be boiling water to make yet another bag of Freeze dried Creamy Potato and Vegetable soup from the prep stash.

I pray I’m wrong but prepare like I’m not.

Be Safe. Be Prepared.
Practical Prepper 2012

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January 1, 2012 Posted by | General, My Opinion | 3 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, Preppers.

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I used my EDC ( every day carry) knife, a Kershaw Skyline, to separate mushroom caps from their stems as a first step in preparing my renowned stuffed mushrooms last night, and thought I’d post a picture here on my blog as it is apropos to how prepping should be integrated into everyday life. I think the pic says it better than these clumsily chosen words.

I want to wish all my subscribers and readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the bounty while it is still available and remember to store some away for the difficult days ahead.

And, make no mistake, there ARE difficult days ahead. This weekend I will post an article I have been wrestling with for a few weeks. A sober, dark article whose conclusions I hope are fallacious, but I fear are not. Until then:

Be Safe. Be Prepared.

PP

November 24, 2011 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Personal Fitness: The Oft Overlooked Prep – A Personal Story

It doesn’t matter how many sacks of flour and rice or cans of ammo or cases of water you have if you can’t carry them to the car in an emergency without gasping for air.  What good are your home defense weapons if the mere act of grabbing your 12-gauge under stress, and running to the front door causes your heart to nearly beat out of your chest and torrents of sweat to stream down your face?

Yes, this post is about a vital prep you may be overlooking in your necessary pursuit of more ‘stuff”;  Physical fitness.  This subject is near and dear to me because I am an asthmatic.  Some years ago, despite regularly taking my medication, I could not exert myself very much before having to stop and catch my breath.  It wasn’t until I became involved in the ‘prepping mindset’ that I realized that my lack of stamina was a potential source of problems in an emergency situation.

I decided that I must improve my conditioning, to the degree that I was able to due to my medical condition.  Light weight-lifting and running on a treadmill 3 times a week, and the support of a wonderful wife who did those things right along side me at a local Planet Fitness club slowly, but noticeably, began to improve my woeful physical state.  Gradually, I began running longer distances and greater inclines on the treadmill and lifting greater amounts of weight.  Has it helped?  Well, I went from not even being able to jog slowly to the end of my block (200 yds) without stopping for a breather, to running a 5K race this morning in the South Florida heat and humidity without once stopping to catch my breath.  Did I win?  No.  And YES!  To me, completing that race (in just over 31 minutes) was the culmination of my efforts to improve my conditioning and is a source of enormous satisfaction and pride.

The moral to that story is, of course, that physical fitness is important and you can improve yours if you have the desire.  A gym membership helps – and I only pay $10 monthly for my Planet Fitness membership and I highly recommend them.  If you can’t afford that, walk around the block after dinner.  At first just one lap, than work your way up to longer, faster laps.  Sure, it’s work, but it will pay off in an emergency as much, if not more, than much of the stuff you’ve acquired.

Be safe.  Be prepared.

PP 2011

September 10, 2011 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

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