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

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I have enjoyed Expendables 1 and 2. Action packed movies full of action stars from over the years. Expendables 3? Not the greatest.

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Been slow responding to comments this week. Will catch up this weekend. Appreciate those leaving comments sharing thoughts and getting involved. You rock!!

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I did not put together a “Steals and Deals” post this week however I do want to mention something.

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 22nd, 2015

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

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“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer……That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged.”

– – – Rand Paul – May 20th, 2015 Filibuster on House Floor

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I have mentioned numerous times about the rising tensions between the United States

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 21st, 2015

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

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Sorry for no “From the Desk of…” post yesterday. Just ran out of time especially with the troubles from Sunday with the website.

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Appreciate all the positive comments on my “What I like about President Obama” post. I put a lot of effort into it and glad so many enjoyed it.

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I schooled my 16 year old, 6 foot son in basketball Monday. My

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 20th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – May 18th, 2015

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The site was down most of the weekend. Cause was the periodic “ping attack”. Unfortunately it took Hostgator quite a while to get the attacker blocked. Usually customer service and tech support is fantastic. I wouldn’t change hosting companies for anything as they have done great over the years.

Due to the severe downtime I am WAY behind writing and scheduling things for the week. Please keep that in mind.

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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 18th, 2015

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

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This will be a short one today.

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Several people have mentioned that they can see a small green box in the lower right-hand corner of their screen when coming here. I am experimenting with some chat functions to allow me to chat with you periodically. If it says “online” feel free to say HI.

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Imagine how great it would be if everyone grew some of

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 15th, 2015

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

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The Sun Oven Webinar just finished and I have to say it was extremely educational. I learned a lot about sun cookers and specifically the Sun Oven cooker. Quite a fantastic survival and preparedness tool but also super fantastic for daily use as well.

The webinar was open to members of the Patriots. I was very pleased that Paul – the owner of SunOven.com – offered all those participating in the webinar a HUGE discount

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 14th, 2015

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

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There are times when I sit in my living room and my mind wanders to the things I am ignorant of. The experiences other humans have had in war, terror, and things unimaginable – I can only ponder. The sheer evil that I and most others have been sheltered from…well…..we need to be enlightened for our own good. This evil will not remain overseas and there are many indications our borders have been well infiltrated.

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 13th, 2015

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

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I have had well over 4000 rounds through my Stag AR – not a single failure to feed, failure to eject, or jam of any kind. The only malfunction I have ever experienced was two failures of a round to detonate. Both were while shooting Monarch steel cased .223 rounds.

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Tornado season is fast approaching and in fact well underway in certain areas. Excellent reason to stock up on some

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 12th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – May 11th, 2015

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Man – this year is flying by.

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Was asked by reader George about firearm magazine storage – both loaded and empty. He was curious if I knew of any good storage systems. I have to admit that beyond having loaded magazines in a couple of vests/pouches – my empties reside in a cardboard box inside a plastic tote along with other defensive supplies.

I have had

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 11th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – May 8th, 2015

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Almost every time I adjust scope crosshairs I go the wrong way. Am I the only one?

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FBI says ISIS is ever growing in their influence inside the US. What is being done to counter this trend?

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Check out this video just under 5 minutes. It pretty much sums up the dangerous and violent nature of radical Islam. The Imam states openly that Pam Geller

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 8th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – May 7th, 2015

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I am excited. Looks like I am going to hold a small preparedness “seminar” at a local gun store. Looking forward to it. Well – gun store is an understatement. This place is an outdoorsman’s paradise. It is basically a family owned business that has been around for decades and has grown from a small bait and gun shop to an outdoor emporium.

I will do a featured article soon on the business. No big

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 7th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – May 6th, 2015

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I just watched the movie America: Imagine the World Without Her again. This was the 5th time and was still excellent. It does an great job suggesting how the world would be a much different place without America. The movie also displays several myths that are known and taught in public schools as fact. Recommended.

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Not sure how long this will last but Amazon has the standard Kindle on sale

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 6th, 2015

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

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Politics and Preparedness: Over the years I have talked plenty about politics. I believe that politics are deeply intertwined with preparedness. The vast majority of us are preparing for an inevitable economic collapse. The reality is it not so much a failure of the economy but a failure of the government. This country and its people could be flourishing with low unemployment, a fantastic education system, low taxes and huge opportunities. Government has suffocated and

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 4th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – May 1st, 2015

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Picked up a pellet rifle Thursday night. Guy was selling is used locally. This is a piston model rated at 1000 fps with .177 cal pellets. Will play with it some this weekend.

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The issues with visiting MSO and it setting off alarms with some anti-virus softwares should be over. I did find that a “hosted image” from an advertiser was pulling from a website with an expired “certificate”.

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – May 1st, 2015

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

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A number of Federal Agencies have been increasing security across the country – especially in California. This is all due to an apparent ISIS threat inside the borders of the United States. That is about all that is known based on this article.

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The earthquake in Nepal is awful with well over 2000 people reported dead. I saw reports on the Sunday morning news that so many people are outside,

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 27th, 2015

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

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It wasn’t until Thursday night when I realized my “From the Desk of…..” never went live for Thursday. Sorry about that.

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America has changed a lot in the past couple decades. Many believe not for the better. Yesterday I saw that it is predicted that over the next 8 years the immigrant population(combination of legal and illegal) will hit 51 million people and account for more than 80% of the

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 24th, 2015

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

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The Panhandle Rancher let me know about this. I can’t believe this crap. John Deere has stated that EVERYONE that has bought one of their tractors does NOT own the tractor. Nope – they paid the money but they do not own the machine. Rather – they purchased a lifetime LEASE to use the tractor. Holy ridiculous Batman!

Check this out:

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 22nd, 2015

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

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As our current Administration continues to celebrate in their efforts to make “deals” with Iran – Iran relishes in calling for the death and destruction of America in addition to Israel.

It remains frustrating to see the general “sheeple” citizen with their head in the sand on matters that affect the welfare of this country.

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I do not like clowns. Never have. Never will.

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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 21st, 2015

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

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I continue to be impressed with the Kelly Kettle Trekker. Not the smallest emergency cook stove but it works great. Love the fact that you can cook and boil water at the same time. My youngest son cooked a hot dog on it and he said it was really fun. Somehow that hot dog tasted better cooking it outside in the Kelly Kettle.

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More instances of Russian aggression in the

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 16th, 2015

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

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HEADLINE: ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 15th, 2015

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

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Amazon is running a special right now on select magazine subscriptions for only $5 for an entire year. This includes a couple that I like including Field & Stream and Men’s Journal. and Check ’em out HERE.

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With some of the recent activity revolving around EMP I am stepping up my preps. High on the priority is refrigeration.

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Check out this video on North Korea’s

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 14th, 2015

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

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From arstechnica.com: A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during “critical emergencies.”

The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.

SOP 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age, and it spells out a

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 13th, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 10th, 2015

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I mentioned recently that I have been listening to 299 Days by Glen Tate. Almost done with Book One – really enjoying it.

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I want to mention again about the story from yesterday about the US military moving its strategic communications equipment back into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. Specifically the reason was natural or artificial EMP and the need to prepare in case of such an event. Begs the question

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 10th, 2015

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

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China has deployed 3 submarines with the capability of targeting the United States with nuclear missiles. To be honest I figured they already had subs capable of this. Regardless – not good news.

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The US military is moving its strategic communications equipment back into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. Why? Protection from EMP.

Interesting.

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“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – April 9th, 2015