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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 30th, 2015


I sincerely hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Mine went very well. As usual I ate too much and the tryptophan in the turkey knocked me out.

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Reader C.D. sent this in – CMP WIll Get 100,000 1911 Pistols

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I have not had cable or satellite for a couple of years. This affords me an opportunity to “tune out” of current events at times. Over

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Body Armor Test – Part 1

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Every time I get around other like-minded folks the topic of firearms always comes up. What do you have? What do you recommend? What is the minimum number of magazines to have? What do you consider to be a good minimum amount of ammo to put back? Ak or AR? 9mm or 40S&W or 45ACP? It goes on and on. You know a question I have never been asked?

“Hey, what kind of

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Free and nearly free Kindle ebooks

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Every so often Amazon drop the prices on some of their Kindle ebooks down to ZERO. Yes – totally FREE. The drop in price is typically only good for 24 or so hours. Here are a list of books currently – as of this writing – totally free. Topics may include gardening, general survival and preparedness, homesteading, survival kits, medical and health, food storage, etc.

Please double-check the price before purchasing as these are limited

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Storing Thanksgiving Dinner


by Lee Flynn

Thanksgiving leftovers can be a pain in the butt to store. If they don’t get eaten fast enough, they can spoil. If you’d rather have them as food storage, however, it can be even more difficult to store what you’ve already cooked or what you didn’t even open. Do not worry. There are ways to accomplish what you want to without going to incredible expenses.

One of the easiest

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Gathering Information: Simple method for downloading YouTube Video’s

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As I build my preparedness library I am finding video’s are becoming a larger part than I originally intended. If a picture is worth a thousand words…well….a video is worth even more. I am using multiple tablets and Kindle Fire’s to store my electronic library including the video’s.

You name it it can be found on video. This includes movies for entertainment, how to dress a deer, how to take care of a broken

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Happy Thanksgiving



Hope everyone has a great day today. Growing up Thanksgiving was always a special time with families getting together and just having a good time. Roaring fires in fireplaces, watching football and even a couple times getting up early to go hunting made these days special and created so many memories.

I sincerely hope each and every one of you have a fantastic day.

Happy Thanksgiving!



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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 25th, 2015


A lot of special sales going on right now. Some of them offer a great way to save not only on electronics, clothes, etc. but also on preparedness-related products. I just received an email that Earth Easy has their LifeStraw line of products on sale for 2 days only 25% off. Use promo code “READY25” and get a LifeStraw for only $14.96.

Click HERE for more information.

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Another day another

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Video of the Week: Skin Glues for Wound Closure Part 1 & 2

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

Skin adhesive or superglue for covering a wound requires knowledge of when and how to apply them. Learn the best methods to apply skin adhesives watching

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

This week I am doing something a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 24th, 2015


Over the past few months it has been a struggle in the gym. A real lack of motivation has been plaguing my efforts. Crossfit has been the mainstay of my fitness system however a few injuries have sidelined that type of workout intensity. Shoulder issues and muscle spasms are not real motivational to go out there and lift stuff up and put it down. I have been a member of the YMCA however my partner

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Free for 3 Days Only: A Survival Story



My prepper fiction book “A Survival Story“ will be free from Wednesday November 25th thru Friday November 27th. If you do not have a Kindle you can purchase one HERE. You can also read Kindle books on your computer, tablet, or cell phone.

Please share this post with others and help spread the word.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 23rd, 2015



Here is some interesting information. Ever think about the very first Thanksgiving? Wonder what it may have been like? I have listened to this short podcast from Jason Akers several times. Check it out HERE.

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Recent picture of me and Jake. Bella is too sophisticated to jump up on a recliner. Jakes up to 64 pounds. Bella remains at 50. My Beast!!

They both shed horribly and get hair

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Sponsor Highlight: Classic Firearms


Classic Firearms has been a sponsor of this website for a little over 6 months. I have heard from several readers who have been customers and appreciated their low prices and excellent customer service. Classic Firearms carries a large selection of rifles, pistol and shotguns as well as firearm accessories.

Looking at their current offerings they have some very good deals going on. Remember – prices may change at any time and often limited quantities

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Scenario: Do you leave your kids to look for your spouse?



Scenario’s are valuable tools to get you thinking about possibilities and corresponding decisions/actions BEFORE being confronted with an actual situation. By reviewing and processing a scenario over and over again in your head the ability to process a real event becomes much less stressful. Less stress = a better chance of making the right decisions.

For this scenario:

An EMP hits, you work with some local neighbors to lookout for each other but you

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REMINDER: November’s “Harvest Sale” from Emergency Essentials



As usual I highlight monthly sales from Emergency Essentials. They have been supplying high quality food storage products and preparedness equipment for decades. Fantastic company!!

With Fall/Winter well underway many folks are putting stuff back to prepare for harsh winters and whatever else may come our way. These sales from Emergency Essentials are a great way to stock up and save money.

Here is just a sampling for this month’s Harvest Sale:

Freeze Dried

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 20th, 2015


I have been planning on writing about the modern underground economy. Just a few words in the meantime. More and more people are conducting business via barter. Service for material things. Services for services. Material for material. Of course this has been going on for hundreds of years however the modern economy is dictating a higher need and frequency.

Simple online Facebook groups are a major player in the underground economy. People post items of

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.


Author: Matthew D. Goebel, Disabled Veteran, Retired US Marshal, Patriot & Survivor.


I believe the most important necessity needed to survive any disaster or breakdown in the WILL to survive. I know this because I’ve faced death and the total destruction of what I understood as ‘my life’ and lived to talk about it. Bullets, Food, Fire, Shelter, Income, Safety and Security,

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 19th, 2015


Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about

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SHTF/WROL scenario video’s – thoughts?


YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1 has many, many helpful and educational videos to watch. Something unique he has done is create a series of fictional scenario videos which take place AFTER an event which left the country in a WROL situation.

In case you are unaware what WROL stands for – Without Rule of Law.

Below is a compiled list of all SP1 video’s. Others on YouTube jumped in and joined him in his

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 18th, 2015


Everyone bought their turkey? Picked up a 23 pounder last Friday. Going to take advantage of the sales and buy 2-3 more – smaller ones.

Looking forward to Gobble Day. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, homemade bread, corn – and FRUIT SALAD. “Fruit salad?” you ask. A recipe that my family has always used on Thanksgiving and usually at Christmas. Basically drained fruit cocktail and whip cream. Will have to ask the wife if there is

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A Prepper’s Nightmare


Rourke: This Blast From The Past was originally published HERE on


Any prepper worth their weight will scenario plan. Mental rehearsal is important. As an educator, I have studied brain-based research as it pertains to education. In my studies, I have learned that the brain doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination. If you doubt this, recall the last time you had a nightmare. You most likely woke up sweating and your heart beating

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 17th, 2015



Capt. Michaels posted a link to a press release whereby Texas Governor sent a letter to President Obama stating that he refuses to accept any refugees from Syria.

Here is an excerpt:

“Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas,”

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Purifying water with bleach

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Survival and preparedness is not all about zombies and being all “tacticool”. Often it is as simple as having water that is safe to drink. A well known method for disinfecting water is with common household bleach. Bleach is inexpensive and readily available at most any grocery store.

Why bleach? Most municipalities use chlorine as part of their system to sanitize water for human consumption. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in bleach and

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