concerned

was never a conspiracy theorist until 9/11/2001.  And to this day, find it inconceivable that our supposed excellent intelligence system missed that event!  and either that’s true, in which case, our country is far from being as safe as we all hope we are.  OR  they allowed it to happen so “they” could begin to clamp down on civil liberties.

and with what has been happening since, the latter is looking more and more like the reality.

Having been a stupid, know it all, liberal anti-war protestor in the 60’s, I have room in my thinking to give the kids protesting today some slack.  Like us, they find themselves in a situation that they have no control of, and which no one seems to give a damn.

What I don’t understand, is the total support of media with unfactual information.  Am not going to say Fake News, but will say highly edited presentation of stories.  Like, Columbine will be brought up as an example of an AR being used in a school shooting – but not the fact that it happened during a ban on the guns!  Nor will instances of an armed person stopping a shooting from becoming a massacre.  Or the lack of reporting on a shooting involving a basic 10-22 rifle, used by a young man to kill his mother and friend because he wanted to see what it was like to kill someone!  The NRA is criticized, even condemned, but no one deems it necessary to point out that the NRA is the one that lobbied FOR the current background check system. but that the military and local municipalities are the ones failing to report people into it!

and so I’m left with the feeling, that once again, things are being manipulated to give the government more power over us, and the people less civil rights.  In this case, to truly try to disarm the populace.

I certainly do not NEED to own a gun.  I’m not using it in my work.  I’m not using it as part of my livelihood.  I don’t live in a crime ridden area.  Its not how I put food on the table.

But I lock my doors, have a smoke detector, an alarm system, a fire extinguisher, insurance, carry a spare tire.  Not because I intend to use them, but JUST IN CASE I ever need them.  My neighborhood would be considered upper middle class with a few homes being only part time residents.  We’re private.  and we’ve had break ins.  More than a couple.  We have coyotes, bobcats, and rabies in our wild animal population.  We’ve had mountain lions move through regularly on their way to water, and we’ve had bears foraging in the back yard.  We have homeless people camping in the forest regularly.  And the police, unless we are very lucky, are at least 20 minutes away and we no longer have an animal control officer.

So, while I don’t need a gun, I carry one, JUST IN CASE.  And I don’t think its appropriate for someone who lives in the urban environment, who has never been robbed, attacked, or otherwise threatened (over my almost 70 years have been more than once), tell me what I need to be safe.  And until they can answer the question as to how my giving up my right to security and safety is going to keep someone else from breaking the law, in such a way as to demonstrate its necessity, I’m going to argue against this direction of society.

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its that time again

Another school shooting and the hue and cry for more gun laws.  Lets not deal with the whys, just the how.  This is not to demean the horror of a school shooting, but it is about not making us all guilty because of a few.  I keep hearing how we shouldn’t judge all undocumented aliens by the actions of a few, but those same people DO judge all gun owners by the actions of a few.

and with a conservative pro gun president in office, it is likely that we won’t see any action on this subject on the large stage.  BUT we will see it on the State Level.

Almost every state now has a local organization that works on the State level as the NRA works on the national level.  And these groups need all our support, even if it is just as a voice to remind our state representatives how we feel.  Bloomberg is throwing money around, offering support to local elected officials who push his agenda.  Last year they were offering $15M towards election campaigns of people who got gun regulations through here in AZ.

This year, as the legislation session begins, we already have one proposal on the floor for making all gun transfers through an FFL (no more buying your kid a 10-22 to get them started), AND making mental competency a requirement.  Who and how that is to be determined remains to be seen (and again, am not FOR people who can’t control themselves being armed), but his first step is if you’ve bought a gun within the last 6 months!  Buying multiple guns is a sign of mental incompetence!!!???!!!  A lot of us would have to be carted off to the loony bin then!  BUT to enforce that, it means keeping records of who is buying what.  IE, gun registration of some sort.

The NRA is not getting involved at this level, nor is the Second Amendment foundation.   This is strictly a grass roots type action.

Our state has been bleeding red for the last 6 years or so.  We’ve gone from private funding of a border fence, to municipalities talking of black listing construction companies from city bids that take part in building the wall!  From having our governor go head to head with the President over SB 1040, a state law regarding deporting illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

On a personal note, I see all our amendment rights being eroded at a dangerous speed.  The second amendment is about physical property so it becomes a rallying point and is obvious.  But we have already reached a point where freedom of speech is being shouted down and banned, depending on who you are and what you want to say.  Where religion and national pride are derided.  There is a natural evolution that we cannot, nor should not, stop.  But there are limits that we need to define, not just as a nation, but as our own personal borders.

The last couple of years has seen my person borders get firmer, while limiting who I let cross those borders.  probably, many of you have seen the same.

merry and happy y’all!!

having been caught up in the end of the year push, haven’t been doing much posting at all.  So while I’m wishing you all a joyous holiday season, am using this opportunity to get something off my chest.

Had  joined a Prepping group on FB to try and pick up some ideas and tips on stuff.  After a few weeks, have realized I’m better off sort of talking to myself here.

It was a nice mix of folks, from all over the world, who had in common prepping. They purported to be strictly about SHTF scenerios, not disaster, EOTWAWKI scenerios.   Unfortunately, there was too much about BOBs, Get home bags (yes, important if you have to commute to work) and Inch (I’m never coming home) bags.  Lots of discussion about what makes up a good first aid bag – read full trauma set up.

Now, from my personal POV, a bug out bag is for leaving your house in an emergency, like fire, or to move from place to place.  Most of us do not have a remote, fully set up, bug out location, right?  So unless you are just going for short term or have a place to go, that BOB is setting you up for 3 days until you suffer badly.  Of course, in a SHTF scenario, the worst of the emergency should be over in 3 days and the authorities have either moved in or you are back at home.

Most of the contents of those BOB’s also had nothing to do with things like clothing and toiletries, it was things like fire starters, water purifiers, axes and knives, paracord, tents, etc.

Yes, I have a BOB set up because we live in an area that could see disasterous fire!  So have enough packed up to gives us clothing and such for three days, including some food for the dog.  Yes, there is a small camp stove, propane bottle, water filter and dehydrated food in there in case we have to camp because hotels are full or it will take awhile to get to one.  But its about temporary needs.  If we have to leave our house, we lose our preps, so then what?

When women began talking about stuff like birth control the guys got rude and crude.  In other words, not their problem and they didn’t like the alternatives that the women were coming up with.  Sorry dudes, but do you really think the condom makers will be in business if it gets that bad?

and we weren’t really allowed to talk about self-defense or guns.

and they really put down people who bought things like solar powered battery “generators” rather than build their own.

Now while I get that a lot of people (me included) like their gizmos and gadgets, this is not a case of who has the most toys wins, right?!  Its about making personal decisions and hoping you have all the right preps to support that life style.  If you are preparing for a major EOTWAWKI event, you will be fine through a temporary SHTF scenario.  and if the worst happens, you will hopefully be adequately prepared to make the transition from comfortable lifestyle to self-sufficient living.

But what really pushed me out was when the guy who ran the forum said that there hadn’t been a SHTF situation yet and it was unlikely to happen.  WHAT!!!  I’m sure that for the people who suffered from the record forest fires in the North West and CA this year would disagree with that. As would the hurricane survivors in Texas, LA, FL and Puerto Rico!  If the thinks the only SHTF situation that counts is one that is nation wide, then we quickly move from SHTF to EOTWAWKI.  Just a little breakdown in food delivery to the cities will see those cities burn to the ground!

All in all, it HAS made me aware that as I’ve gotten older, my choices and preps have to change.  We continue, as a race of people, to dance to the edge of the abyss and, fortunately have so far, then danced back.  Sadly, see we are now dancing at the edge with some madmen who really don’t see a danger of falling off that edge.  Or maybe they think that edge is stronger than it looks.   What ever, it makes me hope that we can hold off the events for a few decades longer, cause I’m not looking forward to having to spend my senior years living like a pioneer in the western wilderness!

 

thoughts

trikeHave had a busy month or so.

Had also joined a Facebook prepper forum to get more information and learn more about all the things we want to learn about.

and, as is to be expected I guess, despite the rhetoric of inclusiveness, they are pretty demeaning of those who are newbies.  People scared because of all the recent hurricane damage and want to get prepared.    Scared of the North Korea posturing, and what can they do to protect their families.   Scared of raging wildfires putting homes and families in harms way.  So they come asking those real newbie questions and get shot down.

Even those of us who have some knowledge, when sharing our experiences, can get ridiculed because they, in their experience and knowledge, disagree with what we are doing.  That is without knowledge on their part of what our economic, health, and needs and limitations might be.  Disappointing to say the least.

Meanwhile, am working on things like a bug out bag for us that will include some just in cases, but is mostly with the idea that if we have to bug out it is likely to be to a hotel / motel because where we are is subject to things like wildfires, or damage to the house because of falling tree limbs.  We are not in an area of blizzards, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or even Haboobs.  Power outages are rare.  BUT, if we are experiencing a need to get out, so likely will others, and with the dog, we might find ourselves camping for a few days and am planning accordingly with freeze dried meals, cook stove, water filter, etc., etc., etc.

Meanwhile, because there is always the possibility that the S will HTF, have finally gotten my electric Trike from Pedego.  Was not expecting to like their trike because it is underpowered and small for someone of my size and weight.  But since having it, have learned a lot about WHY that’s better.  since I do want to use it for running errands in town, over 2 miles away and all uphill, am also learning that it will require a lot more pedaling on my part than I originally intended, so have been working the neighborhood streets with as little power assist as I can.   added a rear view mirror for before hitting the busy main street, and am just about ready to venture beyond the immediate streets for more mileage.

recharged it today using my Yeti 1000 to get a feel for what kind of drain that will be, which is not much.

and if the battery goes dead dead, there are always legs to make it go.

 

Earth Abides

This is a title of a book by George Steward published in 1949.  I read it about 1963 at around 14 years of age.  It is the book that made me aware of how tenuous our civilization is.  How fragile our existence. It is the book that made me a prepper.

It was such a profound experience that I spent years looking for a copy for myself.  And I do mean YEARS!  Now, its probably on its fifth printing!  and my copy is on my Kindle Fire!

This is one of the first EOTWAWKI books written around real events, in real time.   And by 1963, there hadn’t been much change in technology or society, which increased the realism and my awareness.

Re-reading it now, we can see the technological strides we have made (good and bad), and the advantages modern preppers have.  At the same time, some of the challenges these folks faced were not as grave as what we would face now as they were dealing with more mechanically driven forces – like gravity fed water from the reservoirs instead of electronically monitored discharge and release.  some of the philosophical challenges have changed, others have not.

The hero is an academic, the survivors really know nothing about survival, yet they manage to start a new civilization.

It seems “quaint”, but it is still a powerful message, and highly recommended.

lifestyle insurance

This also came up when reading the LDS manual.

For those who have a problem with the idea of PREPPER, Lifestyle insurance.

Storm, illness, failure of the retirement fund, old age, job loss for any reason.  Lifestyle Insurance is the food, water, clothing, and hopefully fuel, stored for a rainy day.

And if you can’t get your brain around the fact that any of it could happen to you, think how you will feel when you can help someone else who has had it happen to them . . . because we all know it happens only to other people!

for the women

Saturday will once again be joining the Ladies that Shoot.

If you want to learn how to shoot, what to get to get together with women who like to shoot, check out The Well Armed Woman web page and look to see if they have a chapter near you.   Have been shopping with TWAW for several years, and a couple of years ago, Carrie set up this chapter arrangement and it has become HUGE!  Live in a small city myself so have to travel about an hour either north or south to get to a chapter (and the chapter north meets on weekday evenings – way past my bedtime!).

Meetings are usually held at a shooting range, with reasonable priced range time afterwards.  Chapter leaders are NRA instructors, all women.  Depending on the chapter they have “roadtrips”, contests, etc.

A great opportunity to learn about guns, and how to use them properly.