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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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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.

So – for this week……here is my

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

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I am a big believer in a national, Federal flat tax. Everyone pays the same percentage. 10% seems like a fair number. Get a paycheck for $1,000 – pay $100 in taxes. Get a paycheck for $1 million – pay $100,000. There is no reason why someone should pay more just because they make more.

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Hope everyone will join me tonight while watching the State of the Union. See HERE

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LIVE!!!! State of the Union Address Commentary

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This is going to be different. The State of the Union address come on tonight at 9:00pm EST. Come back tonight to this post and I will be writing my thoughts as the address progresses.

In order to view my updated commentary you will have to refresh your browser. To do this reload the page by clicking on the button below:

Please feel free to add your own comments as we go along. Hopefully this

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Small Business Administration is big government

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by Keeleigh S. Utt – originally published at TheHill.com

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been rather scandal-ridden since it’s creation in June 1953. It’s goal was to use taxpayer dollars to fund small businesses that otherwise would not have other means of supporting themselves. Eisenhower’s budget group called it “uncontrollable” and even then understood that this agency was a gamble. In 2011, The CATO Institute found that in 2008 alone 1 in every 4

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

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At any given moment I could eat an entire box of Kellogg’s Blueberry Pop Tarts – and have……several times.

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I went and saw “American Sniper” Saturday night. Fantastic movie and very emotional. If you haven’t gone to see it – go ahead. You won’t regret it.

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After I get my Kel-Tec PMR30 off layaway next purchase will be a Remington 700 SPS .308 Winchester. Have

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Metal Gear XL-M Extreme 618 Lumen LED Flashlight Review

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By John Rourke

I make no effort to hide the fact that I have a huge infatuation with flashlights. Ever since my youth flashlights have represented safety and security. Something goes “bump” in the night? Well, grab the handy dandy flashlight and scare it away.

My most recent flashlight acquisition comes from a company called Dorcy. Specifically – the model is called the “Metal Gear XL-M Extreme“. It is promoted as a high performance “next

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New “Walking Dead” trailer released

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I am having serious withdrawals from watching The Walking Dead. Looking forward to the rest of the season starting up and seeing how Rick and the gang continue to survive hordes of Walkers.

A “sneak peek” trailer was just released and figured I would share.

Here you go……

Rourke

 

 

Avian Flu Outbreak in the U. S.

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By The Coach, Contributing Editor

 

Many preppers and people living off of the grid raise chickens, ducks, geese and other foul for their consumption and for sale and/or bartering for what they need. Not only do they sell and trade the foul but they also utilize the eggs from those foul.

If you fall into the above category, have you heard about the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in domestic

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Left-handed or Right?

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I am left handed for most things that I do. Just recently I began doing common everyday tasks using my right hand – and was amazed at how difficult some things were.

Tonight when I made myself a bowl of Cheerios I carried the bowl into the living room with my right hand. Of course – I usually use my left. This is really not a huge feat but felt very weird. Why am I

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

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Just received a LUCID M7 red dot sight. Initial impression is extremely positive. One aspect that is really impressive is a special setting that allows the dot to increase and decrease in intensity – automatically. Yes – you read that right. In bright sunlight the dot gets brighter and when it is darker the dot decreases. Will be running it through some tests over the next few weeks.

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I suspect

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Equipment Review: Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit with 4 Goal Zero AA Batteries

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This post was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

I recently purchased a Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit with Battery Pack. Over the past two weeks I have had an opportunity to trial it several times and so far am very impressed.

The Guide 10 Adventure Kit combines a small dual solar panel kit with a multi-purpose battery charging system. The complete kit provides a solution to those who look to charge cell phones, batteries

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This is cool! Homemade covered bridge….

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This doesn’t have anything to do with survival but I think it’s interesting. I needed a bridge to get to the west side of my property so I built a wooden truss covered bridge. Now I can get the tractor over to the hardwood side of the land.

32′ long, 9 1/2 wide inside, Towne Lattice truss — probably could have built a house for what it cost but I can sit on my

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

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This one is going to be short. Had some car problems so getting to this late.

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Appreciate the comments to my recent Baofeng GT-3 review. It’s a great radio – and an incredible value for the money.

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Had a chance to test an AR upper I received from ClassicFirearms.com. It is manufactured by Beaver Creek Arsenal. Thus far – works great and I am very

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Campers As A Bug Out Vehicle

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This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen HERE in its original format. – – Rourke

 

By the WE2’s

To us, having our travel trailer is a must. Not only do we love to travel and camp, it just sort of “feels good” to know we pretty much will always have a roof over our heads and the taxes are cheap since it’s taxed as personal property rather than real estate.

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

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Every so often I share some pictures from my Instagram account. If you visit my Instagram account and are easily offended – well….you just might be. I don’t hold much back when it comes to my beliefs and feelings on things there.

Sometimes pictures on Instagram are hints of things to come on MSO as well.

Here are some of my pictures……

(and that last picture is of my dog “Jake”…..)

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Brad M: “How or where do you store your get home kit ?”

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Rourke,

Happy New Year! I was wondering if any of your readers could offer ideas for a problem or two I have encountered. My wife drives an import minivan, which seats 8 people (2 front, 3 middle, 3 rear with a well in the back that the rear seats fold into). She uses all of the seats on an almost daily basis. I have been putting a car kit together for her, but it is

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Free Shipping at The Sportsman’s Guide

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Just received notice that The Sportsman’s Guide has Free Shipping on all orders for a very limited time and wanted to pass it on. To get the free shipping simply enter code “SH1237” at checkout.

If unfamiliar with The Sportsman’s Guide they carry a huge assortment of ammunition, military surplus, camping supplies and hunting gear.

– – Rourke

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

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I have had a heck of a time finding cell phone chargers that will work with all the different phones that are in my family. I bought some off eBay but they worked for a short time and then crapped out. I ordered one off Amazon a few weeks ago and so far it works great. In fact – it has a 2.1 amp port which will charge devices twice as fast as most normal

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks…..THE PATRIOT ACT

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On February 27, 1933 and six days before the upcoming parliamentary election, fire broke out in the Reichstag chambers. Hitler blamed this fire on the Communist Party and called for special legislation to combat the invidious threat to German freedom represented by those Marxists.

 

Reichstag Fire Decree:

“ORDER OF THE REICH PRESIDENT FOR THE PROTECTION OF PEOPLE AND STATE:

Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, and 153

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 12th, 2015

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“American Sniper” will hit theaters Saturday. Can’t wait.

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VA wants personal information in order to get “free” gun locks. Wonderful.

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Polymer AR lowers. I know – traditional folks will scoff at the idea. Change is difficult and back in the 80’s when Glock first brought to market their “plastic pistol” people laughed. Laughing now? It works. An AR lower is certainly a different entity. They

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Gun Control?

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By The Coach, Contributing Editor

I know I am probably going to stir up a hornets nest with this article. However, as I have said before, I am tired of trying to be politically correct and please everyone.

The liberal news media loves to point out all of the gun crimes in the United States as a reason to enact stricter gun control laws. While I agree that persons who

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New Russian Military Doctrine Names the U.S. and NATO as Main Foreign Threats

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via http://www.threatjournal.com/archive/tj12272014.html

12/26 – Vladimir Putin signs new mil doctrine naming NATO, US as main foreign threats, retains strategy to use nukes if country or allies are under conventional attack.

 

What You Need To Know

Readers will recall that last week, AlertsUSA and Threat Journal reported on the announcement made by the White House that President Obama would be signing a bill from Congress which adds new sanctions on Russia and would codify

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Equipment Review: Solo Backpacking Stove

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This post was originally published back in July of 2012. It can be seen HERE in its original format.

I was recently contacted by the folks at SoloStove.com about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.

Upon initial inspection the fit in finish

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

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Just picked up a Magpul MBUS Rear Site for my new AR. Hoping to do some testing this weekend. Going to mount an optic but of course need open sites just in case. Something interesting about this build? Less than $500 total. Full report coming soon and that’s all the info your going to get!

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The terrorist attack in Paris is another example of radical Islam allowed to grow

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