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

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A couple things on the “SHTF” knife contest. Try to make your photo as high quality as possible. Be creative not only with the picture but also with the description(if you choose). Although the contest says “knife” any edged item can be entered – machete, axe, sword, etc. Contest runs from Feb 1st through March 1st. I will be reminding everyone about once per week.

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HAM.Ham.ham.HAm.HaM. haM. Whatever. I have

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

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Get a load of this: A new law was just passed making it illegal to throw food away in the trash in the City of Seattle. These Progressives just never cease to amaze me.

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I can’t get that damn Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off” out of my head.

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Last couple weeks have been hitting the gym pretty hard. I continue to go to Crossfit,

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

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Reader “CH” recently suggested a good hiding place for money and ammunition is the inside of a vacuum cleaner. Good idea especially if it is a model with a bag. Would hate to forget about the funds and throw away a few hundred dollars by mistake changing a bag. Possibly a vacuum cleaner stuck in a closet that doesn’t even work but is meant just as a cache or hiding place? Maybe even out back

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 26th, 2015

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Good luck and stay safe to all those in New England about to get hammered by this massive winter storm. Be smart: Stay in place, don’t travel, stay warm – and ask others for help if you need it. More information can be found HERE.

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I have a new AR arriving today. Review in a few weeks after I get a chance to test is out. Time to have some

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

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I am thinking that the most important thing going on in the world right now has nothing to do with Tom Brady’s balls.

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Just found out that President Obama will not be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits the United States to address Congress in March. Wonderful.

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Why is it that no other company can make crayons as good as Crayola?

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

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I have been a little slack on responding to comments and emails lately. Jonathan is giving me problems and it is keeping me AFK(away from keyboard). If not aware – Jonathan is my 16 year old son. Got me behind on judging the most recent Guest Post Writing Contest. I apologize…..

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Botach Tactical is having a great sale on Fobus holsters. Huge variety available at some of the best prices

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

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If you have never checked out BestPreparednessDeals.com – head over there now. Daily deals on survival and preparedness products.

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Michael Moore is an assclown for his negative comments on Twitter regarding snipers. It was an obvious jab at Chris Kyle and American Sniper.

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Favorite superhero – – – > Batman.

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Just started watching Season 3 of Dual Survival. I like

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

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Just received a LUCID M7 red dot sight. Initial impression is extremely positive. One aspect that is really impressive is a special setting that allows the dot to increase and decrease in intensity – automatically. Yes – you read that right. In bright sunlight the dot gets brighter and when it is darker the dot decreases. Will be running it through some tests over the next few weeks.

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I suspect

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

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This one is going to be short. Had some car problems so getting to this late.

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Appreciate the comments to my recent Baofeng GT-3 review. It’s a great radio – and an incredible value for the money.

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Had a chance to test an AR upper I received from ClassicFirearms.com. It is manufactured by Beaver Creek Arsenal. Thus far – works great and I am very

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

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Every so often I share some pictures from my Instagram account. If you visit my Instagram account and are easily offended – well….you just might be. I don’t hold much back when it comes to my beliefs and feelings on things there.

Sometimes pictures on Instagram are hints of things to come on MSO as well.

Here are some of my pictures……

(and that last picture is of my dog “Jake”…..)

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

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I have had a heck of a time finding cell phone chargers that will work with all the different phones that are in my family. I bought some off eBay but they worked for a short time and then crapped out. I ordered one off Amazon a few weeks ago and so far it works great. In fact – it has a 2.1 amp port which will charge devices twice as fast as most normal

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

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“American Sniper” will hit theaters Saturday. Can’t wait.

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VA wants personal information in order to get “free” gun locks. Wonderful.

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Polymer AR lowers. I know – traditional folks will scoff at the idea. Change is difficult and back in the 80’s when Glock first brought to market their “plastic pistol” people laughed. Laughing now? It works. An AR lower is certainly a different entity. They

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

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

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Just saw that American Idol is getting ready to come back on. Could care less.

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Went on Tuesday and received what hopefully will be my last round of Trigger Point Injections. Afterwards I celebrated by going to my Crossfit Box and rowing 5000 meters. Wasn’t doing it for time really. Just doing it – to see if I could. 5000 meters – never rowed that far. Wanted to keep going

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

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Watching a documentary on North Korea. I have to be honest I should educate myself more on other countries and issues that effect world events. Pretty pathetic life many of the citizens of North Korea live.

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Well – Boehner won his third term as Speaker of the House. Pathetic. Even more so is those that voted against him were punished by Boehner for doing so. Maybe I would do the

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

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Had some “technical difficulties” yesterday as a couple of posts did not go live until 2:00pm EST. Whoops!

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So, Boehner has someone stepping up to challenge him as Speaker of the House. Interesting. If the other members had any gonads Boehner will be out. Likely will not happen due to the corrupt environment in Washington. Too many favors owed to those in power will keep votes heading in Boehner’s direction.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 31st, 2014

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Bought a new camera for my wife. Hopefully this will lead to some better photography here on MSO. Expensive but the difference in picture quality is amazing.

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I am really looking forward to seeing the movie “American Sniper”. Looks awesome.

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Many of us will be celebrating the end of one year and beginning of another with a drink – or twelve. Use a designated driver

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

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I just recieved several of the new Hexmag AR 30 round magazines. Haven’t shot them yet but the feel and appearance of them are impressive. The surface texture provides excellent gripability and they have a unique multi-color identification system built into each one.

Full review coming soon.

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I just got finished watching The Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington. Very good movie. I watched the first season of Homeland and thought

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 24th, 2014

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Be safe out there folks. Many of you will be out doing some last minute shopping – traffic will be heavy and patience difficult to find. Let’s make it through to spend Christmas with our families tomorrow.

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End of the year coming up. This is a good time to plan for the next year Goals and objectives. Weight loss, finances – preparedness. What will 2015 hold for us? Will it

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 23rd, 2014

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This thing with Sony is troubling. I think it is pretty easy for many of to sit back and say they should stand up for themselves and release “The Interview”. Of course I believe they should as they have now provided a lot of ammunition for someone else to do something similar. Like I said – easy for me sitting in my comfy living room to say they should release the movie. Sony is not

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 22nd, 2014

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Over the past week guest posts have been pouring in for the current guest post contest. Due to this I am going to extend the contest for several days so I can get them all published. I usually hold over extra’s but not sure when the next contest will be.

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Gas prices continue to fall. I have paid as low as $2.07/gallon. It is seriously helping with the budget. Enjoy

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

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The regular “From the Desk of” posts will be sporadic this week due to the number of posts scheduled.

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Today at 10:00am I will be having my appointment for trigger point injections in Charlotte, NC. I pray that they work as they did a couple years ago. Last several days have been extremely painful. Feeling pain constantly really zaps your strength and I have not felt like doing nothing.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 12th, 2014

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So – the Liberal’s in Congress lead by the Wicked Witch of the West Diane Feinstein have gone on record that it is un-American to torture. I guess we are expected to understand terrorist, have empathy, and treat them fairly. Really? Consider a man that has kidnapped your daughter, your wife, your son, or your husband. Would you sit down and ask them politely where they might be and feed them coffee and crumpets? No

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

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What is Instagram?

Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever.

I have been enjoying Instagram connecting with like-minded people and sharing thoughts and ideas. Check it out if you are interested however be aware that if you are easily offended – you

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 8th, 2014

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Voters sent another message that they are tired of the Liberal Agenda and the Obama Administration by ousting Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Now – what will the newly elected Republican-controlled Congress do with this new majority power? I wish I could be more hopeful. It would be great to see ObamaCare get overhauled, immigration taken care of by getting a wall built to secure the border – and government made smaller. Yup –

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 8th, 2014