From the Desk of John Rourke – September 25th, 2015

I have been working on some of the internal workings of this website trying to figure out why multiple people have expressed issues with the comment system. I just changed the software that handles the comments but not sure of that will do anything. In my own testing sometimes when a comment is left it takes longer than it should to show up – but it does show up.

With the many suggestions given on reasons why traffic may be down – I plan to change the “theme” of the website. The theme is simply the appearance. The one I use is rather complex. Additionally I have posts dating all the way back to 2011 and all that content is taking up a lot of space. I am likely to archive some of it and just make it available as a download possibly. This will free up server space and should lend to better performance.

I will certainly be looking at many of the other suggestions given as well. Thanks to everyone is contributed.

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My local newspaper printed a cartoon depicting Ben Carson stating he wouldn’t support a Muslim as President, with two members of the KKK watching him saying – “I would vote for him if he was white.”

I didn’t find it funny at all. Amazingly most responses were in support of the cartoon providing their ridiculous opinions that all Republicans are racists and that they “can’t believe that anyone would think like Carson nowadays”.

Just another sign of the times. BTW – I haven’t bought that paper in years.

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Remember this scene from The Terminator? Gives me goose bumps every time I watch it.


The Terminator

“There’s a storm coming…..”

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As I go through and monitor a variety of Internet  and Facebook survival forums I am beginning to see a repetitive question: Does anyone else out there just have a gut feeling something bad is going to happen – – – – and soon?

I  know this has been said for many years but the frequency I am seeing it now is pretty interesting. A sign of the times.


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  1. John, are you aware of this:
    In September 2011, an Afghan woman, visibly bruised, showed up at an American base with her son, who was limping. One of the Afghan police commanders in the area, Abdul Rahman, had abducted the boy and forced him to become a sex slave, chained to his bed, the woman explained. When she sought her son’s return, she herself was beaten. Her son had eventually been released, but she was afraid it would happen again, she told the Americans on the base.
    She explained that because “her son was such a good-looking kid, he was a status symbol” coveted by local commanders, recalled Mr. Quinn, who did not speak to the woman directly but was told about her visit when he returned to the base from a mission later that day.
    So Captain Quinn summoned Abdul Rahman and confronted him about what he had done. The police commander acknowledged that it was true, but brushed it off. When the American officer began to lecture about “how you are held to a higher standard if you are working with U.S. forces, and people expect more of you,” the commander began to laugh.
    “I picked him up and threw him onto the ground,” Mr. Quinn said. Sergeant Martland joined in, he said. “I did this to make sure the message was understood that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated,” Mr. Quinn recalled.
    There is disagreement over the extent of the commander’s injuries. Mr. Quinn said they were not serious, which was corroborated by an Afghan official who saw the commander afterward.
    (The commander, Abdul Rahman, was killed two years ago in a Taliban ambush. His brother said in an interview that his brother had never raped the boy, but was the victim of a false accusation engineered by his enemies.)
    Sergeant Martland, who received a Bronze Star for valor for his actions during a Taliban ambush, wrote in a letter to the Army this year that he and Mr. Quinn “felt that morally we could no longer stand by and allow our A.L.P. to commit atrocities,” referring to the Afghan Local Police.

  2. I have to agree with what a lot of folks said in your earlier post. People are just not looking into emergency preparedness as much right now. I go onto your site several times a day and look back through the comments since a lot of info is added. It seems to be the same loyal readers making the comments, as always. Also, with your email updates many people just don’t go to the site anymore. They are just too busy and the email updates make it easier. Personally, I want to see what the others are saying in response to your articles. There is a lot of good info and advice there.

  3. I like (JAS) check the multiple times daily also to read every ones comments, Everyone brings a little gold nugget to the site in some way. I think some might be distracted by the politics and world events perhaps.

    I just read today that Boeing is going to build a factory in China to build one of it’s airline classes, were China is expected to several hundred of these jets. Boeing sited one of the reasons was the high cost of labor here in US, So I wonder how it will effect 33,000 Boeing employees.

    This is an example of what Trump was talking about regards businesses leaving the country and dumping there skilled employees

  4. I was talking to another person I work with who has been doing this for years. He’s so far ahead of the game,(I’m envious in a good way)but he’s got a wealth of information. I’m not sure if we have 6 months or longer, but for sure things are speeding up and there is no doubt about that. I don’t have a big budget and I’m not freaking out over the current deterioration either. One thing is for sure my head is down into the wind pressing on the preps. This one guy I speak to had a rental property that needed some work before the next tenant. He’s had that rental property for years. However, due to the increased speed of the times he sold it this month. Like most of us here he has one hand in the real world trying to provide a balanced normal life and prepping on the side. That was supposed to be part of his retirement income, but he doesn’t seem himself or the times making to that point and I agree. I mean look at the Iran deal itself, even “if” there isn’t a financial reset. Is there ANY doubt Iran will not set off a nuke in some city in a few years?

    Ben Carson’s comments. I’m with Ben on this one and I will tell you why. I’ve been listening to more and more conservative talk shows like for example Mark Levine. Mark spells it out and did spell out what Ben said and how it aligns with the Constitution what he said. The disgusting main stream media is putting their twist on things. So for example:

    Oath of Office

    Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    Article II, Section 1, Clause 8

    Guess what? Someone who practices Islam cannot make that Oath, because it contradicts the koran. But you see, the media won’t point that out, most people don’t point it out in full detail either so you can fully understand. Recently with the current Pope I have problem with what he and the muslim in office are saying about America and what they are NOT saying. America – Americans have sent their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers to fight and die for years in other countries, for other people, and some of those people didn’t like us. We have sent Billions! in aid to other countries, because of inept countries couldn’t do it, were corrupt, or couldn’t.

    Without getting into the semantics of the civil war and the battle against slavery and many other issues. Regardless of the many other reasons the nation fought. Slavery was the main contributing factor. I’m not saying I’m for or against anything…stay with me here.

    Civil War
    Over 750,000 died fighting to keep this nation together and for moral values. what other country has done that or put such a sacrifice on the alter of freedom. That’s 2% of the entire population dead back then.

    Country Total Mobilized Forces Killed Wounded Total Casualties
    TOTAL 42,188,810 5,142,631 12,800,706 22,062,427

    United States: 418,500 . 2,500 of them died on D-day on this single beach land as the whole 13 years of the Afghanistan war

    Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq/Afghanistan. On, and on, and on. Hundreds of thousands of lives sacrificed for these other nations.

    This current Pope,(please accept my apology in advance if I offend anyone) is lecturing us with obummers script on gays, immigration, and capitalism. Just because he shows humbleness by driving in little cars and stays in a modest house and all. You know, that’s very admirable. BUT Don’t TELL ME America should do more, hasn’t done enough, or should do this or do that! You Italy, that place where your living. Your welcome, American’s spelt their blood to free the land your using right now. This GREAT nation has done far more than any nation in this world to help humanity. Made more contributions to technology and the way of life than any other country in this world. Yes, sadly we have made some mistakes, but so have many other nations. The difference is the amount we have sacrificed freely to give to others. FAR out weighs what any nation can put up. If America is so bad then why are people still trying to come here? The once great Pope John Paul II addressed all issues back then. He didn’t shame America, he addressed social issues for all nations. Including Cuba’s treatment of their people, Russia’s treatment of people, China’s treatment of people. Pope John II, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, There era has a documented fact their actions have freed over 100,000 people during their tour.

    So anyway, like Rourke said a few posts back. I’m done with the whole appeasement and shaming of America. This includes what Ben Carson clearly.

    From the movie “America, imagine the world with out her” I HIGHLY recommend you see this movie.

  5. For good is one more clip from America Imagine a world without her. Be encouraged everyone, be encouraged SP1, be encouraged everyone. The “idea” of America wasn’t always a reality. It started as an idea with individuals like you. It is said to see what is happening to us daily and seems even worse as though evil one’s appear to be getting ahead with their pony and dog so. However, so be it. I will fight with my spirit, I will fight with my ideas, I will fight with myself. I refuse to lay down the torch of freedom Breathe a breath of fresh air, be proud your an American, and have a great weekend.

  6. I think (and I include myself) people are getting fatigued with the whole “prepper” thing. Unless you are wealthy or well connected , most of life is taken up with living. I don’t have the time or energy to sit and obsess over “what might happen if” scenarios. Rourke, you are doing a great thing here, and don’t be discouraged.I think there has been an oversaturation by media about doomsday situations that never happened. To me,it started with Y2K, and has never stopped. Those of us who are aware know bad things could happen, and in fact, if you read and believe the Bible, bad times are coming, but don’t lose sight of living life now, in favor of living in fear of the future. I am doing all I can to take care of business, but I will not descend into paranoia.

  7. @Rick,

    I couldn’t have said it better. I jumped headlong in to prepping and got all fired up. However, my wife is not a player. It has slowly taken the wind out of my sails over the years. I can see it in her eyes every time I buy or even look at any prepping item. “It’s for camping with the Boy Scouts” usually gets me off the hook, but it getting old. So am I.


  8. On the cartoon- being Muslim isn’t an ethnicity, its either A) a religion, or B) a political movement or both. I grew up being taught, and believing that opportunities should be presented and filled without regard for ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and the like. Merit should be the defining factor. For years we’ve been beat about the head that we must be blind to these things, each should me measured on qualifications alone. A noble goal indeed. But now we have reached the point where ethnicity and these other things must be a major factor in all opportunities or it is racist or bigoted. Now practicing affirmative action, preferential treatment, set asides and quota’s based on ethnicity is not racist while totally ignoring ethnicity (being color blind) is now a sure sign of it…….

    As for declining views, 1st, I wonder if this is happening at other prepper sites. It would be good to know if it is isolated or a more broad phenomenon. 2nd, you might consider more content that is not unique to your site along with the unique stuff. Links to useful articles, equipment tests, technical and opinion stuff that is prepper related. In other words become more of a clearing house of info but with your own unique brand….just an idea…..

  9. Like anything, topics ebb and flow with what we have come to accept as normal, and what you are used to. No matter how angry someone is, not how stupid the government or anyone sle is behaving, it is extremely difficult to maintain a high that tempo over the long haul Prepping is good idea no matter who you are or what level of preparedness you are at. The word “prepping” and some of it’s variants has gotten a really bad wrap in the media, likening anyone who does to a lunatic fringe or ulta conservative Right, or worse domestic terrorists. And Yes I have heard personally and read it personally .. domestic terrorist ? really .. It’s a classic tactic to say something is the opposite of what it is and throw a ton of media at it, so that rank and file that are not thinking for themselves will believe it. 19th and 20th century communists did a great job of teaching that method.. and not to put to fine a point on it, the liberal left has done a great job of using it. I’ve stopped talking about prepping that way .. I tell people they are stupid if they think that is what I am doing. I just farm like my grandfather.. That man did just about everything we discuss here… self reliance. I tell people that want to talk about it in the context of Tornadoes, earthquakes and utility outages.. If they are sold Big Brother will care for you and fix it if it breaks, then I can’t help them and will not spend more time trying. If they take steps and come back or have a specialty I need to learn then I spend time with them. I will say that if they don’t take steps and need me when something does happen, then they will only get help as far as it costs me nothing.. after that they are on their own. If they want to take it because I planned an they didn’t but need it, well that is not gonna go well for them.

    On the Carson thing.. they report it totally out of context. I watched it. He did not say he would not support a Muslim. He said he would not support a Muslim, if that person did not support American laws and ethics while not trying to turn America into a Muslim state.. My interpretation. He implied he would not support anyone that did not whether Muslim or anything else. The question was asked specifically to get a statement response that had the word Muslim in it.. It didn’t matter what he said or how reasonable. I’m getting really sick of everyone being afraid of the word or offending a Muslim .. Screw em.. The don’t mind offending Christians, and telling us the will kill all Americans.. Same thing with Black Lives matter and or Farrakhan .. I don’t care what your faith is or your color, and never have.. You support our country and it’s founding principals or you don’t.. If you can’t be a loyal American.. leave.. Not all change is good, nor is it bad..
    John, those may be the responses you SAW.. but it doesn’t mean they are all that was entered if you catch my drift. It could be moderated and responses against not shown .. it is the liberal media after all, so fair is what they say it is.
    bah .. makes me want to dig a hole and stay in it some days . sigh!.. but not yet .. life is still worth it and has some good people in it .. Gold doesn’t lay on the top of the ground and if it was, it would not be valuable.
    l8r guys and gals

  10. Very bad and very soon . . and, unfortunately, my new plan will not be implemented until spring meaning I have to rely on my old plan through winter . . smh . .

  11. I agree with Carson’s statement. However I also believe that Obama is Muslim. Remember the Obama stated that he hears the sounds of the Koran calling to his heart.

    On another note my baby girl is flying out to spent a week with me. First thing she asked for was “daddy I need a refresher in (H2H), I am getting nervous with all the raping’s caused by radical Muslims. She is 28 from California and visit me in DFW Texas.

    At TexasScout, keep up the fine fight, this whole thing is about endurance leading up to and after the SHTF.

  12. I agree with Carson’s statement. However I also believe that Obama is Muslim. Remember the Obama stated that he hears the sounds of the Koran calling to his heart.

    On another note my baby girl is flying out to spent a week with me. First thing she asked for was “daddy I need a refresher in (H2H), I am getting nervous with all the raping’s caused by radical Muslims. She is 28 from California and visit me in DFW Texas.

    At TexasScout, keep up the fine fight, this whole thing is about endurance leading up to and after the SHTF. Your wife will come around when it happens or she’ll have a complete melt down.

  13. Rourke, I tried sending something to the e-mail address you listed under the “Share the Knowledge” post, and both Yahoo and gmail say it’s not valid.

  14. Rourke and everyone- I believe there are several types of people who prep. Some of us will continue to prep even if the weather if perfect and the headlines positive (ha ) Others prep when there is a threat lurking ( market is down, hurricane is on the way etc. Some will never prep-despite the financial resources. Many people are over whelmed with
    their lives and all thats going on in the world. Just because you arent hearing from a lot of folks please know that many are prepping but are
    Signs I see of more preppers is the abundance of articles, magazines,books,products etc. Years ago it was hard to get canning supplies-now mainstream stores are selling all of kinds of products for canning, freezing,dehydrating etc.
    Yes I believe we are on the verge of destruction by climate and or mans
    nuclear bombs etc. I believe we are in the end times and that is why there is so much visible evil acts and why the nations are raising the stakes . I pray our earth will survive and that future generations will live in peace. I will die fighting for freedom if necessary.
    The Pope means well and in an ideal world his messages would work.Jesus was killed,( but lives eternally) Ghandi and followers suffered bitterly- .I dont know how we can ever win the minds and hearts of Radical Islamists. If every person on this site continues
    to act in accordance with the values shared here then the world will
    be a better place. All we can do is try our best and pray hard.
    Prepping for me is a way of life. Our daughter is on board our son sort of-my husband is now happy I have prepped and I continue in spite of his concerns about our limited income.
    God bless you all. You are the best community and I wish we could somehow create a real community of all our preppers. Arlene

  15. Sorry I left out the end of a sentence.Many people are prepping but are afraid to be “seen” on a website so they lurk and just prep quietly.

  16. @Badger359 agreed Badger. Also, just be yourself and don’t get anxious. For example but if you are anxious, just be real and say, “I’m a little anxious in what I have to say” Otherwise keep being gentle in your words and repeating to yourself no matter how bad something comes out that may make you upset, don’t take it personal. Be thankful you two are being honest and real.

    …and just enjoy the time. Don’t try to so hard 🙂 Have a good weekend

    @Arlene I agree and identify with those comments Arlene. Not that you asked me to, but yeah.

  17. Think about this for those that are getting bored or tired of prepping. A plateau in any given endeavor is the same as burnout. People prep to a certain extent, then level out, get bored, regress, and eventually quit. So regardless of the lofty level you have achieved, please, take it to a higher altitude. For me it was going out and practicing dusk to dawn night navigation. Then I waited until a full moon and swam a river, life jacket on of course. Another night I killed a feral boar with a crossbow. You can also have a lot of prepper fun by going into the woods and building yourself a tree house out of the supplies the forest has to offer. Mine was made of Crape Murtle branches. Just get out there, or in there, take the mental shackles off and go wild with something. Be a kid again! Get the juices flowing and don’t stop to explain the why or how to anyone…just do it. Plateaus are for phonies.

  18. CaptMichaels, with todays population we would lose 7 1/2 million people if we had a civil war, that number is staggering. Rick, one of my customers in 2012 was a recycler who bought electronic scrap, they had four plants nationwide and were in the process of building a fifth to handle the influx of computers that the government and civilian companies were replacing to help prevent what may have happened, I call the manufacturer of my computer at the time and they could not tell me if it would fail or not, my brother in law who worked for Conrail when it merged with Amtrak told of a fright full of grain that could not be located due to the different computer languages on the two systems and they could not communicate with each other, train found about six months later and the grain ruined, with our just in time delivery system today would we fare any better if the cyber net went down today.

  19. Me, I am not anxious about anything. One day at a time. The past is determined, the future indeterminate, and we live in the present where we can make anything happen.

    One good prep philosophy is to first take care of your normal needs. As surplus funds accrue, then develop countermeasures to a major threat and so forth with eventually developing countermeasures to least likely threats. I haven’t the resources to be concerned about aliens and zombies and totally miss the preoccupation in those venues. I try to think in terms of the long term at least as far as my great grandchildren and for things financial, even farther. It helps also if one is a little older having experienced life’s vicissitudes. I’ve had a great life and am ready to die before finishing this comment. It would be nice to stick around to see how things work out but I think being happy with ourselves and our choices are major components to the successful life.


  20. Dear Rourke,

    i highly Respect you and all you do.
    Have followed your site for quite a while,
    first as Brearbear, now as RANGER,
    making comments on and off over time.

    Am not sure if you realize this, but 2 things really bother me about your site.
    1. i only use my iphone, and that irritating little green
    mail box thingy in bottom right corner, takes up a lot of room to my little screen.
    IF and When i accidently touch it… (as it is where i naturally place my finger)…it then changes my screen to a new page that comes up
    to some “tawk to”… stuff. This happens multiple times per Article reading!
    2. On the left side of screen, and this happens to me every time, it opens up, such as that dang “twitter” thingy,
    and it stays open, and covers up my Article i am reading
    by about 1/5th.
    Between the 2, i am stuck trying to adjust my screen so i can not just make the Article words big enough to see, fit the Article to avoid the dang twitter thingy, and of course
    avoid the dang green “tawk to”.

    i love this site, but those thingy’s…irritates me to no bounds.

    My fingers are BIG, and even typing this in notepad is a pain. It is hard enough reading on sites that are open and uncluttered.

    That said, i still do come back here often, and do sometimes add a comment.

    You are a good teacher, and someone i would love to meet!

    Keep up the good fight.



  21. Such good comments….Thanks all, really!!! Every one of you confirm what is in my spirit-we are here, preparing for such a time as this. When my husband responds to my concerns and”trying”to prep with negatives i ask God if He’s sure i am going in the direction He wants. Yes…for such a time as this…….Esther was most likely not esteemed by her people when separated out to be prepped for concubine to the king. I wonder if she felt man had trumped God’s will in her life. Her uncle seemed her only encouraging contact. IN TIME she found”it was for such a time as this”-hindsight is SO easy!!! 🙂 Sometimes i get concurring responses for the husband i have loved more than 40years and my heart soars. Then he catches himself….. back to the hurt and frustrations of knowing how much more we could do in unison. But i am grateful for what i have been allowed to provide for the time when the situation IS apparent and our family has a better chance than most to continue through tough times. “I told you so” will not pass my lips because i would feel horrible had the tables been turned with me in denial. For such a time as this i”just happened”to find this meeting of these(fabulous)minds 🙂 Take heart….none of us can totally understand the ripples we create or who they touch. I wish i could stand in front of you all and tell you each how the flood of ripples has watered my efforts-and i am probably not the only one. Keep on, stand firm.

  22. Since my last comment this morning,
    you have changed your sites fomat to a much easier
    and in my humble opinion, better design!

    Easy to use, see, and navigate. Love it Sir!
    ( i do hope you keep it)!

    God Bless!

  23. Weekend follow up. Okay.., just WOW! I don’t know about you guys, but I did not know about the Voter Value Summit. Came across on the radio today and listened to what I could. When I got home I found the website that has the videos of people speaking. I really enjoyed Mark Levin speaking and Star Parker. Hope you guys go visit the site. Everything I’ve heard all of you share here, emulated at this summit. It’s very re-assuring to hear such prominent echoing what we say on here.

  24. Being a devout Christian of over 60 years; an ordained minister and long-time student of the the Christian Bible (which is considerably different than the Catholic Bible); and a reader of many books on the Pope, the Vatican history (which included all of the travesties of history the Pope and Vatican assisted e.g. helping many Nazi henchmen escape prosecution during WWII, the Borgia legacy, etc.); it is difficult for me to watch the Pope do anything. I will say no more on my feelings, but will recommend one of many well acclaiimed books on the history of the Vatican, the Popes. etc. entitled “A World Lit Only By Fire” by William Manchester. I highly recommend all Catholics to read this book which probably will lead you to challenge your beliefs which are probably developed from a long family history in the Catholic Church.

    • Without getting into and argument .. there is not ONE Christian who should not question their faith. People are flawed .. by definition. Catholics have been around a lot longer than protestants.. as have Jews as have many faiths and I would think any that say they have the only plan are suspect at the very least. The bottom line is that every person stands alone when judged, and their choices are their own. I’ve known many good people .. that know very little. They showed their faith by how they live not their knowledge. That being said this particular Pope should politic less and lead the faith more .. and by example. He makes a huge mistake in using his position of considerable influence to push a personal political agenda that is not fully the Church’s position. Other Church leaders of all faiths have done it as well, and it isn’t the right thing to do for them either. I worship, I listen, and I learn.. but I decide how to act based on what I have learned. I’ll see how it turns out. I also invite, and live by example… the rest is up to them.

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