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

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It wasn’t until Thursday night when I realized my “From the Desk of…..” never went live for Thursday. Sorry about that.

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America has changed a lot in the past couple decades. Many believe not for the better. Yesterday I saw that it is predicted that over the next 8 years the immigrant population(combination of legal and illegal) will hit 51 million people and account for more than 80% of the

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 24th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 22nd, 2015

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The Panhandle Rancher let me know about this. I can’t believe this crap. John Deere has stated that EVERYONE that has bought one of their tractors does NOT own the tractor. Nope – they paid the money but they do not own the machine. Rather – they purchased a lifetime LEASE to use the tractor. Holy ridiculous Batman!

Check this out:

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 22nd, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 21st, 2015

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As our current Administration continues to celebrate in their efforts to make “deals” with Iran – Iran relishes in calling for the death and destruction of America in addition to Israel.

It remains frustrating to see the general “sheeple” citizen with their head in the sand on matters that affect the welfare of this country.

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I do not like clowns. Never have. Never will.

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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 21st, 2015

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

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Watching one of those cop shows yesterday there was a story of a guy riding down the street on a bike and he gets pulled over(don’t remember why). He was searched and they found $200 in 5’s and 1’s, and a Hi-Point 9mm pistol. He had no ID therefore no permit. Here is what I wanted to pass on about the show – the officer investigating checked the magazine and saw the hollow points. He

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 20th, 2015

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

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SCORE!!!!!Picked up a couple boxes of .22 Magnum Critical Defense ammo. $14.99 a box is not bad in today’s market.

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I grew up having some of the first movies I ever saw being JAWS, Rocky – and Star Wars. As a kid of the 70’s and early 80’s I was a Star Wars nut collecting every figure and vehicle I could find. I just watched the new Star Wars trailer

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 17th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 16th, 2015

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I continue to be impressed with the Kelly Kettle Trekker. Not the smallest emergency cook stove but it works great. Love the fact that you can cook and boil water at the same time. My youngest son cooked a hot dog on it and he said it was really fun. Somehow that hot dog tasted better cooking it outside in the Kelly Kettle.

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More instances of Russian aggression in the

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 16th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 15th, 2015

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HEADLINE: ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 15th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 14th, 2015

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Amazon is running a special right now on select magazine subscriptions for only $5 for an entire year. This includes a couple that I like including Field & Stream and Men’s Journal. and Check ’em out HERE.

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With some of the recent activity revolving around EMP I am stepping up my preps. High on the priority is refrigeration.

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Check out this video on North Korea’s

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 14th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 13th, 2015

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From arstechnica.com: A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during “critical emergencies.”

The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.

SOP 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age, and it spells out a

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 13th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 10th, 2015

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I mentioned recently that I have been listening to 299 Days by Glen Tate. Almost done with Book One – really enjoying it.

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I want to mention again about the story from yesterday about the US military moving its strategic communications equipment back into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. Specifically the reason was natural or artificial EMP and the need to prepare in case of such an event. Begs the question

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 10th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 9th, 2015

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China has deployed 3 submarines with the capability of targeting the United States with nuclear missiles. To be honest I figured they already had subs capable of this. Regardless – not good news.

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The US military is moving its strategic communications equipment back into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. Why? Protection from EMP.

Interesting.

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“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 9th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 8th, 2015

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Fukushima radiation has reached the coast of North America and has been detected in sea water along the West Coast. Levels are reported to be very low and to not effect humans.

Wonderful.

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In Arizona prairie dogs were found to be carrying fleas that were infected with the plague. Officials are currently taking action to “clean” the prairie dog of fleas and warning residents about the situation. The plague –

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 8th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 7th, 2015

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I have not discussed the “Jade Helm” situation at all up to this point although several readers have sent me links and information concerned with what is going on. If you are not aware of what Jade Helm is – it basically is a large, multi-state military training exercise being conducted from July 15th through September 15th.

Here is my take:

“Move along folks. Nothing to see here.”

There are theorists out there proclaiming that

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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 6th, 2015

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This is “Gardening Week” here on MSO. Hope you find something useful.

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This past weekend started planting. A few mounds of cucumbers, zucchini, and crookneck yellow squash. Also started some yellow onions which I should have started a bit earlier. Lastly – threw some seed potatoes in the ground.

I made a PVC gate for the entrance of my main garden to keep the dogs out.

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 6th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 3rd, 2015

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Shot a Ruger All American rifle in .30-06 this past Wednesday. Great rifle and super accurate. It had a Nikon scope mounted. I believe I have made my choice as to which bolt action rifle I am going to purchase.

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Plan to travel with a firearms outside the US? Read this first as rules are changing.

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9mm ammunition at Wal-Mart has dropped tremendously in price.

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 3rd, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 2nd, 2015

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Governor Jerry Brown orders first statewide mandatory water restrictions in California. The drought of historic proportions has plagued the state for months. Prepping isn’t so crazy , is it?

Get ready to see food prices increase.

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Next week will be “Gardening Week” here on MSO. Gardening continues to be one of my most enjoyable activities during the Spring and Summer. Gardening also continues to be a priority-skill that not enough

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 2nd, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 1st, 2015

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Recently had a loyal reader send in a news story about the ISIS city “hit list” that has reportedly come out. I struggle with the validity of this list. It makes no sense to me as many of the cities listed have nothing in them which would generate an interest to target them(except the public). Maybe that is the whole idea? Regardless – just because it appears to be some kind of hoax doesn’t mean

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 1st, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – March 31th, 2015

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One new migrant enters the United States every 33 seconds. Interesting statistic. No matter the laws that are out immigration problems will not be solved until the border is secured. BUILD THE WALL!

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I may have mentioned this already but I still am in a state of disbelief. I was talking to a woman last week about current events and she mentioned that she does not watch the news –

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – March 31th, 2015

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

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Started “Spring Cleaning” this past weekend. Spent a lot of time organizing my garage and supplies. Used gallon ziploc bags to put together charging cables for my Baofeng handhelds. Pretty much created a small “communications” tote with all my radios in it.

Organized all my defensive supplies including ammo, magazines, cleaning supplies, optics, holsters, etc.

More to do…….

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I have been a so-so Glenn Beck fan for quite some time.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – Week of March 22nd, 2015

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As I mentioned last week things have gotten extremely busy for me so this week will be formatted a bit different. I am scheduling a combination of recommended videos and from deep in the archives of MSO several “Blasts from the Past” articles that you may never have seen.

Hopefully there will be something for everyone.

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This past Saturday made it to the range with a friend and sent many

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

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Hello all –

Next week I am going to be scheduling a few video’s and some “Blast’s from the Past”. Things have gotten extremely busy so my responses to comments and emails may be a little slow.

Just to give everyone an update on a few things:

Reports are that Iran is supporting an EMP attack on the United States and has plotted for years on how to disrupt the grid. This is the same

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – March 20th, 2015

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

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“From Minnesota to Arkansas, state officials are knocking on doors and quarantining areas in a fight to stop the spread of the biggest U.S. bird-flu outbreak on record.”

Wonderful.

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Just picked up a Trekker Kelly Kettle from Emergency Essentials. Can’t wait to test it out this weekend. Having a group meeting so might take it for “show and tell”.

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Watching the movie Aliens. This was

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – March 19th, 2015

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

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Looks to be a “Firearms Edition” of From the Desk of……

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Just ordered an AR lower parts kit. Next step towards my next build – whatever that may be. (Hint: .300 Blackout……Shhhhhh)

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Over this past weekend looked at some semi-auto shotguns at my local shop. I looked at a special edition Mossberg 930. Very light and felt very nimble.

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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – March 18th, 2015

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

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Took yesterday off to do some organization and do some shooting. Got all my stuff together and headed to the range. Closed. I failed to perform adequate research when planning my day. I suddenly understood as I approached and saw the “CLOSED” sign how Lyle Lovett felt seeing Julia Robert leave him.

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It’s often said that we need to learn from history or we are doomed to repeat it, but

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – March 17th, 2015