Craziest thing – bending over to pick something up and I pulled a muscle in my back. I have a history of back problems going back close to a decade. Muscle spasms are the problem. It has been a couple years since my last flare up and this one is pretty bad. I have an appointment at a pain specialist in Charlotte, NC for a Trigger Point Injection Monday.
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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 10th, 2014
Life without cable or satellite is coming up on 1 year. I have no regrets whatsoever. I am going to write up a post soon on how I did it and what I have done since to provide entertainment & news – and how the rest of the family have dealt. I will say that getting local channels was made easy by my purchase of an HD antenna. This model bought on Amazon for less
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 9th, 2014
I am looking forward to watching Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt when it comes out on DVD. I have seen Part I and Part II numerous times and really enjoyed them. Interesting is when Atlas Shrugged Part I first came out in 2011 I thought it was an accurate representation of what it could be like in 15 years or so. When Part II came out in early 2013 I watch Part I and
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 5th, 2014
The Walking Dead’s last episode this past Sunday until February was pretty good. I am really impressed with how the writers of the show keep it fresh – and the viewers wondering what is going to happen next. I can’t believe they haven’t come out with a spin-off yet. Fan’s can’t get enough.
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I miss simpler times. I could write an entire post on just that statement but it is
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 3rd, 2014
I guess my hopes for peaceful protests in Ferguson was a dream. Pretty pathetic the violence, property destruction, and flag burning. Those US flags the “protesters” are burning – – hundreds of thousands of people died for that flag. Show some respect. Pathetic. Half the protesters are there just to cause trouble and the other half are taking selfies on their Obama phones so they can post on Facebook that they are there. Going
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – November 26th, 2014
Charlotte, NC ex-Mayor Patrick Cannon just went to prison after admitting to taking bribes. Pathetic excuse for a man in my opinion. Everyone makes mistakes but that doesn’t mean I have to like it nor have any use for them. What makes matters worse I heard a reporter interviewing one of his supporters and she said he never took bribes and if he did – it was to help the City of Charlotte. Folks –
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – November 21st, 2014
I’ve owned several air guns over the years including pump and CO2. So much fun and they certainly have a place a a preparedness tool. I remember growing up carrying around a Daisy 880 pump BB/pellet gun. I felt like I could take on the Soviet army with that thing. Back then I walked the entire neighborhood with it and never heard a word from anyone. Do that today and the police will probably be
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – November 13th, 2014
Just got finished watching the movie “Dragon’s Day”. Low budget and so-so acting but pretty interesting. The premise is the United States is attacked by China as most all electronics stop working due to an internal “virus” that is included as part of the manufacturing process. China is able to activate the virus through the use of a top-secret radio frequency. The story covers a family who had gone to a mountain cabin and finds
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – November 11th, 2014
HAM radio update: I will be taking classes from my local HAM club in December then testing for my licence once the class is over. Looking forward to it so I can actually do some talking on air. My efforts to build a small homemade repeater so as not to rely on the area’s local one are not going so well. I will write up something to describe what I am doing and see if
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 30th, 2014
I am about done reading Day by Day Armageddon. Next up is The Remaining – a sorta “zombie” book recommended by longtime reader “Fred”. After reading the more than 1,900 positive reviews I am really looking forward to get my hands on it.
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A friend of a friend of my wife’s posted on Facebook about how she is mad at one of the local grocery stores. Why? Glad you asked.
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 29th, 2014
The “lone wolf” attacks that ISIS is calling for – and it appears to be getting – is another solid reason to carry a firearm at all times. Exercise your 2nd Amendment Rights if local laws allow. If local laws do not allow – well then, you have a decision to make.
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Work on my homemade HAM radio repeater is progressing. Once I have started testing I will write up
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 28th, 2014
Saw several types of .22LR at Wal-Mart on Saturday – CCI Mini-Mag 40-grain Standard Velocity boxes of 100 for $7.97 which is a good price but I didn’t want standard velocity. They also had 50 round boxes of Remington Yellow Jackets for $4.99 – too rich for my blood and I have not had a lot of luck in semi-auto’s with Yellow Jackets.
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This past weekend my trip
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 20th, 2014
I am mostly AFK (away from keyboard) this weekend at my brothers place in Georgia. If you are not aware he lives on 42 acres out in the country. Planning on doing some shooting and testing a few things. Stay tuned.
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I just ordered the book The Ebola Survival Handbook after hearing some good reviews including from frequent reader and commenter Arlene. Should arrive next week. Hopefully the information won’t
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 18th, 2014
I have owned two Harbor Freight small 63cc generators – they both were terrible. The first one lasted approx 2.5 hours and then locked up. Harbor Freight sent me a second one for review and I was never able to even get it started. I know – Chinese made and you should expect much for $90 but I was hoping it would at least run. Guess you get what you pay for.
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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 16th, 2014
Every so often a publishing company will send me a book to review. One example is Scott Hunt’s Practical Prepper’s Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness. If unfamiliar – author Scott Hunt is Engineer775 on YouTube. I have been reading through it – impressive. Water, food, shelter, power, medical, security, community – it’s all covered with down to earth information and suggestions. I have visited Scott’s property – this guy knows his stuff.
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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 15th, 2014
Negativity runs through our society like a fire through a match factory. Listen to conversations all around you – someone is always criticizing something or somebody. They will talk on a subject as if they are an expert and could do better though they likely have no training or expertise. People talk about other people and what they do, how they look, and every aspect of their life.
The reality is this negativity is often
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 13th, 2014
My youngest husky – 5 month old “Jake”, puked round worms the other day. Pretty damn gross if you ask me. He had been acting fine with no issues. This was on a weekend so my only option was to call the local 24/7 animal hospital. I had performed some research prior to calling and of course they said he needed to see a vet. I asked I could use something over the counter meds
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 10th, 2014
I am hearing from friends that they are finding .22LR more and more frequently. Prices pretty much suck though. Even places like Academy Sports have a hefty premium on what I would call plain-jane lead .22LR 40-grain solid points. $4.99 for 50 rounds is cheaper than is was – but no where near “old” prices. Yeah – I know – supply and demand. Well – Wal-Mart sells pretty much at old prices(when you can find
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 9th, 2014
I have decided to make a few changes here on the site. Every day I will be posting “From the Desk….” with my thoughts on whatever is on my mind at the time. There are a few other changes as well. Just keep an eye out.
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Over the past few weeks I have made some strides in the area of “disaster communications”. I will be testing for my HAM licence
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – September 22th, 2014
“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.
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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
Continue reading Been a long three weeks….
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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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(ThePreparednessGuru.com) for
Continue reading 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
Continue reading A few random thoughts…….