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

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One out of every 5 children in the US receive nutrition via food stamps. Wonderful.

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I think now would be a great time to start buying silver.

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AmmoToGo.com has a SPAM can of Tula .223 Rem ammo – 500 rounds – for $129.99. I have shot a lot of Tula and never had an issue. Check it out HERE.

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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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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

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

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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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 5th, 2015

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The flu continues to spread across the US at an alarming rate. My youngest – Christopher – was diagnosed several days ago and has fully recovered. Tamiflu was prescribed. Not exactly sure what I had but it took quite a while to get over it. A lot of my co-workers came down with it as well.

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I put a Kel Tec PMR30 pistol on layaway at my local gun shop.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 29th, 2014

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Being sick sucks. Last four days – feel just terrible. Really don’t feel like writing much. Hope it goes by soon. Emergency rooms, doctor offices and Urgent Cares all across the country are packed as sickness spreads.

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Been thinking about lever action rifles lately. I have an old Winchester 94 lever action. The gun that won the West!

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I watched “The Interview”. Probably one of

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 10th, 2014

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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

From the Desk of John Rourke – December 9th, 2014

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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

From the Desk of John Rourke – December 5th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 3rd, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 26th, 2014

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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

From the Desk of John Rourke – November 21st, 2014

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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

From the Desk of John Rourke – November 13th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 11th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 30th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 29th, 2014

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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.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 28th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 20th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 18th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 16th, 2014

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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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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 15th, 2014

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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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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 13th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 10th, 2014

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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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 9th, 2014

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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

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