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Excerpt from American Exit Strategy



The following excerpt is from the fantastic book American Exit Strategy written by Mark Goodwin. It is being reprinted with permission.

Let me set the stage: In the book there is a Presidential debate taking place between three candidates – Governor Howe(Democrat), Congressman Marcos (Republican), and Independent candidate Paul Randall. Paul Randall is a Republican but running as an Independent. What follows are the closing statements from Paul Randall after both Howe and Marcos

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This country is doomed?


Last week I published a video from YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1 regarding the current condition of the United States. To summarize SP1 expressed frustration with the direction the country is heading and the lack of true Constitutional representation. If you missed the video I am republishing it below.

Lot’s of comments were made and many were very insightful. This is an important topic and wanted to pass on these insightful words……



From Badger:

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From the Desk of John Rourke – February 4th, 2015


Appreciate the donations from Frank and Kim this past week.

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I agree with standardizing in things. It keeps things simple and efficient. Batteries are certainly an example of this. 90% of all my flashlights use AA alkaline batteries. The others? CR123 Lithiums and a couple AAA tubes.

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I am constantly pulled between being an isolationist and believing we should secure our borders and just be

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Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American


By The Coach, Contributing Editor

Recently I received information that Congress passed a bill, before leaving on their 2014 Christmas recess, which gives federal law enforcement the legal authority to have unlimited access to every means of communication that American citizens conduct.

I immediately recognized that this appeared to be a violation of the fourth (4) amendment of the U. S. Constitution. How can Congress pass a law that circumvents

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Seriously……this is real.



All I have to say is:




Can America As We Know It Survive Two More Years of President Obama?



BY FRANK DOWD, IV The morning after the 2012 presidential election, I jotted down 10 things we could expect in a second term from President Obama—some positive in a hopeful sense, and others quite negative. A year later I looked back on my predictions and found that I had been far too optimistic; the record of the Obama administration was abysmal, and the state of our Country reflected it. The Charlotte Observer published my

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Photo slideshow……Enjoy!


Hey all –

Every so often I throw together a few pictures I gather from my travels across the Internet. Last time it was all guns – this time a combination of things. Hope you see something you like.

– – – Rourke


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Thug Nation….


The following article was published over at The Pigeon Pages by Sally LeMaster. Miss LeMaster is an investigative reporter who is on an endless pursuit for the truth – in an effort to get this country back from the clutches of those who are in the process of destroying it. The world of this article are right in line with my thinking. – Rourke


“In my opinion, Gennifer Flowers was telling the truth; so

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There just might be hope…..


Recently in my efforts to understand the declining quality of humanity – I have not seen much to be positive about. Most people in the United States continue to have their world revolve around “Dancing with the Stars”, “what can I get that makes me look important”, and a total disregard of what should be truly cherished in life. “Patriotism” for many means nothing and is lacking in much of the population. The unity felt

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Politics and ModernSurvivalOnline


I have recently been talking with a few people about the direction of ModernSurvivalOnline. I want to reach out to as many people as possible and deliver some quality content assisting others in a variety of ways. One aspect of “reaching” others is related to politics. More than one suggested I stay away from politics (and religion I might add) as it is controversial and may push some people away. I appreciate that advice however

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Another reason why I’m not a Republican


I’m sure you’ve heard about Cantor’s election loss to David Brat, whose main financer was an auto repair shop. The experts are busy interpreting what this must mean, as usual they get it mostly wrong. I think a slight rewrite of Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote fits well “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of incumbents”. Cantor’s loss is being portrayed as “extremist TEA PARTY growing pains” by

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Picture of the Day

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It is happening right now.


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It is sickening to see the number of BLATANT people with the entitlement mindset. There are people that are down on their luck and I have no problem giving them a hand, but the government needs to stay out of it. The other morning on the way to work there was a guy standing at a set of lights with a sign that said “HOMELESS VET – PLEASE HELP”. I called the guy

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Obama places a bullseye on American soldiers backs


Captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was traded for five Gitmo Taliban detainees. Now – these were not just a bad guys suspected of a wee bit of terrorist activities. No – these guys were the worst of the worse. In fact, the Taliban has tried to get them released for close to a decade. These guys have been considered extremely high risk detainees and believed that if ever released would pose a threat to wage

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Picture of the Day



The Federal Government is out of control and there is no solution in sight.




Picture of the Day

It is amazing some of the things that both President Obama AND his wife have said and the mainstream media give them a complete pass. If a Republican had stated that they believed that some rights could just be thrown to the side when the timing seemed right the news would be all over it.

In todays world a politician on the Left side of an issue can say most anything and get away with

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks……Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please


Essentials of Prepping: Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please


Politics, a word made dirty by too many of our elected officials, by desperate office holders seeking to do anything, make any promise, make any compromise, in order ‘keep their jobs’ and get re-elected.

Like our ‘progressive’ income tax where each pays ‘his fair share,’ government has the reward system backwards. I would limit every elected position

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TRUTH: It is time to mourn a friend…..



An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in out of the rain; –

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The State of the Union…..


If you watched President Obama’s State of the Union speech you likely saw what I saw: A ridiculous stream of biased and partisan rhetoric filled with half-truths or outright lies. Worst ever I have ever watched – regardless of the political party.

Man – it is frustrating but not surprising. This division in Congress and apparent division within the people of these United States is false. I have friends that are Democrats. We have far

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Class warfare at its best



The following came to me via a chain-email and thought it was great. Feel free to share it on Facebook, Tweet it, or send to all your friends via email. Rourke

The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like The folks who are paying for the free stuff, because The folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer Afford to pay for both the free stuff and

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks….On Government and Responsibility

The nation makers by Howard Pyle, 1903


“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” Thomas Jefferson [1]

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give from

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Infographic: Foreign Aid Around the World


You know…..the government taxes the living $#*% out of us and continues to spend more and more money while taking more and more. It is a never ending cycle of irresponsible fiscal policy that is happening right n front of the American people and there is hardly an uproar. Sure – there are some of us who speak the truth and there are groups (like the Tea Party) as well – but just look at

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Politics and ModernSurvivalOnline


Every so often I express my views regarding politics here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Almost every time I do I get a negative comment or two – as well as a few emails stating that they do not like me offering my opinion on a preparedness site. The reasoning is generally two fold:

1. First and most often is the reader has a different opinion and is on the opposite side of the political

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Obamacare? A total waste of money!


by MSO News CorrespondentHunter

I stumbled across this and got to thinking. OK, the supposed experts that are in charge of this train wreck are saying that they are expecting anywhere from 2 to 3 million people to sign up or have signed up by the end of the year. A goal of 7 million people by March 31 of 2014 and at an estimated cost of 2.6 trillion

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