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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 31st, 2015

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Folks – political correctness and the Progressive movement has reached an all time ridiculous high.

The New York Post is reporting that the Commission for Human Rights has fined an Indian restaurant for trying to hire a…..wait for it……Indian server. The amount of the fine? $5,000.

How dare they!! How dare an Indian restaurant attempt to do what makes incredible common sense and be allowed to make decisions that is in the best interest of

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Review: Baofeng GT-3 Handheld Ham Radio

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The following post was originally published HERE in MSO.

The importance of communication in preparedness cannot be overstated. If it all comes crashing down and normal methods of communication are thrown out the window Ham radio is one solution. Ham radio has been as mystifying to me over the past several years as trying to read hieroglyphics off an Egyptian pyramid wall. Talking to a lot people, reading a few articles, and watching a ton

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

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Years ago my brother and I were introduced to paintball. My brother had a Brass Eagle Stingray and I had a Tippmann Carbine. Paintball was new and back then masks were actually optional. We wore goggles. I think back and it was pretty dumb to only have that limited protection.

We played in the property behind his house. A couple acres with two abandoned homes and wooded areas provided ample areas to track, hunt, and

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The roadwarri0r’s take on basic economic collapse preparedness

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One of my favorite YouTube Channels belongs to theroadwarri0r. Although not active currently he still has some great content. Below is one of his video’s related to Economic Collapse preparation. He discusses the basic items needed to prepare in a simple no-nonsense manner.

 

 

Right now theroadwarri0r has over 9,000 subscribers and 75 video’s. Check ’em out.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 29th, 2015

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It is pretty rare that I do something like this. In fact – I don’t think I ever have. There is a women who I am friends with on Facebook who is going through a pretty horrible set of circumstances. Her name is Erika. Her desperation has piled up to the point that she is asking for help. She has just started a GoFundMe page.

Here is the deal:

Okay so back in

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DVD Pick: I Want Your Money

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I watch a decent amount of TV while trying to relax and especially like educational documentaries.

I came across a documentary that I thought was just fantastic. The title is “I Want Your Money“. Both funny and educational – here is a summary:

“Drawing on presidential speeches, comic animation and graphics, this rousing political documentary examines the U.S. economy and holds the government accountable, with Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama pitted as

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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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Email issues….no worries

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I have received several emails today from people who have received messages that there is a potential hazard related to emails coming from this website. The issue actually is related to an email service – Aweber.com – that I use to accept subscribers and deliver the emails. One of Aweber’s clients themselves were infected by malware. Due to this occurring Google reacted by marking ALL Aweber emails as potentially harmful until the situation has been

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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 28th, 2015

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Awhile back I published a couple video’s from SouthernPrepper1 related to his being fed up with the government and stating that we need to publicly make our grievances known.

I agree with David that we need to publicly make it known what our grievances are. I think think needs to be done for a few reasons:

1. We need to be able to identify like-minded people who are on our side.

From the Desk of John Rourke – July 28th, 2015

Review: Olight S80 750 Lumen LED Flashlight

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If you hate having to read through an entire review article just to find out of the author would recommend the product or not let me help you out: This flashlight is awesome! With that said I have just recently found out that this model has been discontinued. Before you run and get a box of tissues have no fear for it is still available from numerous retailers and other Olight models can be had.

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Download Highlight: FM 21-76-1 Survival, Evasion, and Recovery

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Summary

Army Field Manual FM 21-76-1 (Survival, Evasion, and Recovery) is the United States Army’s official guide to survival. With an emphasis towards the soldier who may be trapped behind enemy lines or in a combat zone, the field manual focuses on essential topics such as evasion, navigation, radio communications, signaling, recovery, medical, personal protection, water, food, and other extreme circumstances that the soldier may face. Army Field Manual FM 21-76-1 (Survival,

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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 27th, 2015

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Another reminder that next week I will be AFK. I will not be responding to emails, comments, or dealing with any website issues until August 8th at the earliest. If you see any issues please email me at emergencycd (at) gmail (dot) com. I will get to it when I am able.

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This past Saturday went shooting with a co-worker who is a first time gun owner. He followed my

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A few thoughts on gun control…..

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Gun control is certainly on the lips of many today due to recent news headlines and gun control is one issue that I certainly have opinions on.

Top online criminal justice programs, police academies, and everything in between all teach that as guns are harder to legally buy so increases the illicit market and use of other weapons. This truth is often ignored by news media and groups critical of gun use, especially in the

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Preparing Kids for Their First Hunting Trip

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by Cherie

What do you remember about your first hunting trip? What do you want your son, daughter or grandchild to remember about theirs? Below are tips to keep young ones in high spirits and excited about their first hunting trip. From advances in bug repellent to clever strategies for teaching gun safety, you’re sure to have an unforgettable first hunt.

Eye and Skin Protection

Sunscreen and a hat are always a must in the

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

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One of MSO’s many readers “Rob” offered to send me a bunch of old issues of “SURVIVE” magazine. Awesome! As a teenager I would anxiously await each and every copy at my local newsstand. I would read them cover to cover absorbing every word.

Thanks Rob!!

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Read that the Department of Justice is looking at opening a case to investigate a gun shop who states they will

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Review: Dropdown Weapon Light Mount

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A few weeks ago I purchased an Off-Set Tactical Light Mount for my AR. So far – I have been very pleased. Matched up with a Streamlight Polytac LED Flashlight – this is an excellent system system for illuminating targets in night conditions.

The mount attaches to a picatinny rail or weaver base via a single knurled knob which can be hand-tightened. It also can be tightened

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

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Health & Fitness Update: A few weeks ago my back developed a muscle spasm that was very painful. I am at about 95% right now and doing sooooo much better. A few days of trigger point massage – which is painful in itself – has taken care of it.

I continue to stray from Crossfit. The reason is primarily a few injuries and a lack of motivation to kill myself the way that Crossfit is.

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Video of the Week: 5 easy survival food preps

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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.

Here is a video with 5 easy food preps.

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The Essential Camping Checklist for the Prepared Parent

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by Cherie

You just can’t beat a family camping trip. While the world around grows more complex (for better or worse), nature always stays the same. A tent, campfire and a cooler of food is all you need to enjoy the great outdoors and bond with your family in a way that just can’t be done at Disneyland.

But while nature and the experience remains evergreen, the equipment we use to camp has come a

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

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Options are always good. I know a few people who have bought inserts for their shotguns to shoot a variety of calibers in their shotguns beyond just the normal 12 gauge. Not sure how accurate these things can be but being able to utilize an assortment of ammunition is certainly beneficial.

I have a group member that has done something similiar with his Glock. Having extra barrels and magazines allows for interchangeability between 40S&W and

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks…….awareness

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.coma couple years ago. Due to recent events I believe that this post might be appreciated.

 

Rourke:

The wife and I were on the road last night headed toward our ranch where we planned to bring some horses back to our new home in the mountains. As we pulled over for the evening, the mains power went off line. We saw the streetlights

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

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Wanted to remind everyone that I will be AFK from August 1st through August 8th. Access to Internet and doing anything with email and MSO will likely be non-existent. I have repaired the issue with posts not going live as scheduled and having to be manually published. With that said there will be posts going live that week.

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The 2016 Presidential Elections are 18 months away and the GOP looks

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Smith & Wesson M&P9 9mm Pistol

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It cannot be overstated the need to be able to defend not only yourself and your family – but your property/supplies after TSHTF. Those who have failed to prepare will reach a level of desperation where they very well may come to take from you (and your loved ones). You have no choice but to stop them. Having a reliable pistol should be part of your defensive system.

I have owned a Smith & Wesson

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

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Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine went well. Organized my garage some, test fired an AR pistol I recently built, and did some good food prep for the rest of this week.

“Food prep” in case you are unfamiliar is preparing food for the entire week and freezing it until needed. Helps efforts in eating healthy and staying on course. My diet has sucked recently and need to get back on course.

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