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A few random thoughts…..


First off…..Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a tough week for me and I am looking forward to the weekend.

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I see that Australia foiled an ISIS plot to hold public beheadings in two cities. Amazing that I continue to see people state that it’s an overreaction to suggest that the threat could be here in the United States. Meanwhile law enforcement have sent out a bulletin stating that ISIS is

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5 things on my mind…..


1. HAM radio can be very aggravating to those who are unfamiliar. Working on it.

2. I am going to the North Carolina mountains to a men’s retreat with my church. This will be my third time attending and this time I have volunteered to be a “Platoon Leader”. I can’t wait. I have no been feeling very close to God lately and I need this.

3. I have been seeing prices on ammunition drop

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Any auto mechanics out there?

This may seem like an odd request for a preparedness site but hey, I am willing to give it a shot. My wife drives a 2007 Ford Expedition XLT. It is the 4×4 model. A few weeks ago the vehicle started running extremely rough. I know little about cars but I felt it was obvious it was not firing on all 8 cylinders. I had the check engine light check and it came back a

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A couple updates….


Just picked up a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm pistol. I haven’t even shot it as of this writing nor do I have a holster yet. Handling wise? Love it. More to report soon.I looked at many compact pistols but could not find the right combination. I like the trigger pull, slim grip, and grip which provides support for all four fingers.

This past

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Interesting question from reader……



This was sent in from reader – Regina. Feel free to comment with your thoughts.


From time to time, as I talk to other folks, prepping and SHTF topics arise. Usually, most have ideas about survival similar to mine, although once in a while, someone will say it’s foolish to worry about such things. But a couple months ago, I was talking to a 45 year old nephew of mine who is a

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“A few random thoughts”……..

Survival Weekend: This past weekend I attended a shortened version of a planned “Survival Weekend”. Although the original plans were changed a bit I had a great time. It was not easy and in fact it was downright tough. Next week I am going to write up a summary of what happened and provide a few pictures. I am looking forward to doing something similar again.

Sleeping Quarters

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Ramblings from John Gault’s Homestead


If you are a long time reader you may remember frequent commenter and sometime contributor John Gault. He comes around now and then but over the past couple years has written some fantastic stuff – and I thought I would share with those that maybe failed to read his work the first time around.

John Gault lives in Georgia on 40+ acres of country land. He left a good paying job and relocated to this

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A short note…..


Hello all –

I am sitting here in my living room thinking about the day I have planned tomorrow. Will be getting up and going to church in the morning. At 2:00pm I meet with a preparedness group which I am a member. At 3:30 I have to be at the Crossfit box(aka gym) where they are wanting me to start coaching an MMA Circuit Training class. Once that is done need to go

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Been a long three weeks….



Must be something in the water. These last three weeks have been extremely stressful. Work has provided insurmountable evidence that the gene pool in my area has seriously been tainted. We have had some financial challenges with vehicle problems, medical bills mounting, and of course Christmas approaching. Things will be tight – but we will make it through just fine. I have a teenage son that believes he knows more than me. Aaaaarrrggghhh! I

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Veteran’s Day

Veterans Day_1

Today is Veteran’s Day. Thank a veteran today for stepping up and doing what so many just refuse to do – which is take a stand and serve to the benefit of this country. Wars are fought for a variety of reasons – and many may disagree to the need for such wars. Regardless – those that serve and fight do so and deserve our honor and respect.

To all those Veteran’s that may read

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Random thoughts…….


Thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers regarding one of my martial arts instructors getting killed. Details are still coming in but it is really a shame. She was always extremely nice – always willing to help. I feel bad for all her students that will be coming to class this coming week (if the school is open) expecting to see her and finding out she is gone. Tons of kids were under her guidance

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The Book of the Empowerer

The Book of the Empowerer

These are not all original. Many of them you may have heard used colloquially. I just decided to make a list of some words to live by; words to grow by; words to empower.

by M.B.

Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance Emergencies Are Just Unplanned Reality Checks Information Leads to Knowledge. Knowing How To Apply That Knowledge Is Understanding. Knowing When To Apply That Understanding

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Day of relaxing……sort of

Hi folks, I have traveled to my brothers place in Georgia for the weekend. Hoping to get some serious relaxing done….along with some “run and gun” shooting. I enjoy getting back to the countryside and connecting with nature.

During this momentary break from the craziness of society I plan to catch up on some reading and maybe some writing. Lately life has been stressful and “writers block” has set in. It will pass….eventually. I

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A few random thoughts……..

A few random thoughts:


Probably just a fantasy and not worth the money – but I am really intrigued by the TAVOR bullpup rifle. I have yet to even pick one up – but from what I have read I like it. Any of you ever shot it?

Interesting information about FEMA inquiring with food suppliers about maximum purchases allowed and how fast they can ship. Thanks Brenda( for

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A few random thoughts…….

A lot has been going on lately – both with myself and these pathetic efforts of our government to destroy our lives (we’ll talk about that another time).

Have had a lot of problems with this website lately. Everything should be good now but went through a period where access to the site had to be limited due to what appears to have been a series of hacking attacks. Extremely frustrating and wastes so much

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A major event in my life………

Last Sunday (Easter), I gave my life to Jesus Christ.

For the past several years I have felt a void in my life that nothing seemed to fill. Maybe it is getting older. Maybe it is getting a little wiser. I felt like God was absent from my life and I wanted to fix that. Religion was never something I was comfortable with. The church experience was boring to me and I just never seemed

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A few random thoughts……..

This week I will be “off grid” to a large extent. Any issues with the site will be taken care of – but likely with a substantial delay. Comments are being automatically approved. Emails will be answered – but again, with a substantial delay.

This week there will be mix of some “Blasts from the Past” re-posts as well as some new content. The most reason Guest Post Contest has ended and winners will be

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Spring is coming and a few random thoughts………

Gardening – Here in the South the weather has really turned warm in the past week. On Saturday the temps got up in the 70’s. Those warm rays beaming down from the sun reminded me that in just a few weeks many of us will begin preparing to garden. Those that start seeds indoors likely already have started their gardening preps.

The weekend around April 6th – weather allowing – will be my start. Tilling

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A few things that have been on my mind…….


Tapco 30-rd black magazines for sale – I have 6 brand new Tapco 30-rd AR magazines. These are solid black. Two are in the Tapco clear plastic packaging, and 4 are bulk packed. Never used. I am looking to sell them for $135.00 which includes shipping. Paypal is required payment. If interested send me an email to emergencycd(at) $$SOLD$$


So far decently happy about

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Life is busy……….

Here’s one of those posts that I just write and ramble on.

Besides my work, going to Crossfit a few times a week, and maintaining my websites – I have two new ventures. I have joined a church group that meets every Wednesday night – and am thoroughly enjoying this new path in my life. I also am participating in a church youth group that my 14 year old attends on Thursday nights.

I appreciate

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A few things on my mind…….


Interesting that most all of the preparedness”experts” out there have proposed for years the need to have weapons of common caliber so that in most any crisis ammunition should be able to be found. I also have been a proponent in this. Guess what? WRONG!! Just look at the recent events where we have had – and continue to have – a gun control legislation emergency. Whether it

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Ammunition and magazine gouging……

As many of us search the Internet as well as our local stores for ammunition and magazines for our firearms, some of the prices being seen are very frustrating. Let me state for the record that I not only expect – but I support a 20% or so price increase by my local gun shop on ammunition, magazines, and high-demand firearms.


They sell products to make money to pay themselves and their employee’s. Profit

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A few thoughts on continued gun control efforts…..

Well – your President signed 23 Executive Orders on Wednesday in response to several recent mass shootings. Many gun owners all over the country are breathing a giant sigh of relief in that the President did not reclassify commonly owned semi-automatic firearms as Class 3. He did not institute a 50% tax on ammunition. He did not do many of the things which people have feared he would.

Well, we are all

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Rourke’s thoughts on Newtown, Connecticut massacre…….

Terrible. There are no words to describe what sorrow, what frustration, what agony the friends, parents and relatives of those killed must be going through. What a waste of human lives destroyed by an evil and sick person. Regarding the specifics of the event – I don’t think there is much more to say. As I said – there are no words…..


Now – I really struggled whether or not to write this. Should

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