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The long buried Bacon post. Finally.

For the record, I wrote this up about 3 years ago but Van busted my balls about getting all “ladies home journal” on the off topic page, lol. So ya know what? Phooey on that. Bacon is MANLY. Smoke is MANLY. Big honkin slabs of meat is MANLY Flintsone kinda stuff. So here ya go, warts and all. No editing. Oh wait, no. Considerable editing :) As many of you remember, my shit can get pretty damned long and detail intense. I cut a LOT out from multiple gourmet sources. Too frou frou, right? Hope the links still work…

 

Bleary eyed and stumbling, I found my way into the expansive dining room by smell alone. The aromatic cloud was unmistakable, burned butter and hickory, coffee and potatoes. I was in Tennessee at a divey truckstop but one of my favorites for breakfast because of the Ham. Dear god that ham…and they served it with a generous side of Bacon to boot. Crisp whiskey toast cradled a slick, thick pearlescent over-easy and I was in heaven. A good line cook can make fresh eggs shine but one who insists on locally cured and smoked pork is divinely inspired. Sainthood was in order as this little hideaway not only sold the local stuff from the kitchen, but on modified coat racks by the front counter. Gorgeous 15lb fully cured and smoked shanks could be had for $2 and change per pound. I’ve bought several over the years and never met the guy who brings them in. Lucky for him or I’d have bent his ear for an hour demanding details on the process.

Can any of you imagine life without the Pig? I sure as hell can’t and if the pockylipse ever came? I think I might rather be vaporized than live without it. Think about it, pigs reproduce prolifically, eat damn near anything, are easy to raise and slaughter, and are a great source of lean protein. From snout to tail, we use every darned piece of it in so many ways. Mexicans roast whole heads for tamales and make menudo from the organ meat while the Chinese make crunchy little dim sum delicacies from the ears and a thousand different dumplings from the rest of the animal. Most Americans eschew organ meats in general so we’ve developed a different cult of the pig. Our fixations involve large cuts of meat, salt, and smoke, glorious smoke. Think country hams and bacon. Both of which make for excellent examples of how to store protein without refrigeration. With that in mind I’ll try and give you a rundown on the basics, some specifics, and the necessities you’ll want to keep on hand. I can’t guarantee you a finished product like that joint on I40 but at least you’ll be able to start making your own.

First things first: the Pig

Whether you raised it or hunted one down, pigs have to be cleaned and cooled as quickly as possible. Ideally they’ll be cleaned, cut, and in a fridge within 24 hrs at around 40 degrees. Unlike beef, it isn’t recommended that they be aged. Pigs were traditionally slaughtered in the winter for just this reason. Anyhoo, store bought hams and bellies should be cured at the same temp. When buying bellies look for cuts that are 2-3 inches thick. Mexican markets and Asian markets will special order the bellies for you if you ask. Expect to pay around $2.49/lb. Shanks and Shoulders are seasonally on sale for as little as .99/lb and keep well in the freezer.

Salts: Kosher and Pink

For food preservation and brining, kosher salt works best. It has no caking agents and is usually a coarser grind. Iodized salts discolor meats and vegetables so save that for the table shakers. 25lb bags of kosher salt can be hard to find but Morton sells boxes (8 cups worth) for about $1.50. It also works well as ice cream salt in a pinch.

Because of the slim chances of botulism infecting your meat, Pink Salt is generally recommended for any pork aging process. Pink salt is just kosher salt with Nitrite added as an anti-bacterial agent. You will have to ask a butcher where to get it though as this one is NOT going to be on your local Wal Mart shelf. Pink salt has the added benefit of keeping your bacon and hams that nifty pink ‘hammy’ color. While you can probably ignore this particular additive for homemade bacon, you DON’T want to forget it when curing a Ham. Pink salt is sold under a few names, Prague Powder #1 and Insta-cure #1 will be easiest to find. Saltpeter also works but you would only use a tiny bit, on the order of 1 tsp per 2 cups of salt.

Heres a place to find the salt…there are plenty of suppliers actually

Sugar:

You can go 2 ways with this really, good brown or turbonado sugar, and molasses. Turbonado sugar is pricey as hell and molasses just isn’t that sweet. Brown sugar stores easily and imparts the most flavor.

Smokers:

From the little 2 shelf bullet smokers to the monsters you could park a VW Bug in, all must be able to do one thing; control temperature. Temperature is of critical importance because it determines whether you will be cooking or preserving the meat. Temps under 100 f are considered cold smoke, over 200 means hot smoke. Cold smoking can take 24hrs or more depending on thickness but will keep insects off the product as it finishes curing. Virginia hams and the best bacon are smoked at <100.

Wood:

You can probably guess what your favorites are already but the obvious choices are Apple, Hickory, Maple, Cherry, Pecan, and Oak. All are hardwoods but that’s about the only requirement. Soft woods spew resins and absolutely ruin the meat. About the only exception to that rule is Mesquite but I’ve never much liked it in pork. You might disagree. Remember that some smokes are extremely strong, like Hickory, and can overwhelm whatever flavor subtleties you may have imparted during the salt cure. Learning the tricks of smoke is a hands on experience so take mental notes as you try variations.

Spices:

This one is almost entirely up to particular tastes. Common dry rub spices include Juniper berries, Sage, Black pepper, and Garlic. Believe it or not, coffee grounds and good green tea leaves are also considered great in dry rubs. Like I said, it’s up to you. Experiment. Mix up the salt and sugar, store in an airtight container, and add spices as you need them for each batch.

Brine cure vs Dry cure:

In the broadest sense of the concepts, Brine vs Dry is the difference between city hams and country or old world hams. City hams are chewier, less silky, and retain a much higher water content. Think deli meats. They are partially cured then fully cooked. Store bought bacon is almost exclusively brined bacon which explains the shrinkage when cooked (the water is being cooked out, right?) Conversely, country hams are old world. The have a much denser flavor profile, are fully cured, but uncooked. They may or may not even be smoked. Prosciutto and Pancetta are both uncooked and prosciutto is generally eaten ‘raw’. The dry cure process insures them against spoilage and allows the meat to age into buttery smoothness as it hangs for a year or more. Dry cured smoked bacon is denser, more flavorful than brined bacon, and doesn’t shrink nearly as much.

Dry curing is the technique to learn if you expect the grid to fail and worry about meat supplies in 6 months. But keep the following in mind.

Dry curing large cuts of ham like shoulders and shanks can take 30 to 60 days in a cold salt and spice blanket. Temps should be in the upper 30’s and the mix has to be refreshed often. This means most folks would want that ham in the cure no later than January. It takes a long time to get that salt deep into the meat to insure against microbes and in the process the meat gets pretty, well, salty (if you’ve ever bought a Virginia country ham you’ll remember having to soak it overnight to remove the saltiness, right?). After getting out of the cure the large hams must be cold smoked for several days at sub-100 degree temps to penetrate the meat completely. Only after all that can you hang them to age through the summer months. Ideal temps for aging allow for a temperature range between 75-90 degrees but lower temps won’t harm the process, just slow it while adding flavor density. There is a LOT more on the specifics here courtesy of the UM Extension in Missouri.

OK then, now that THAT is out of the way and you have a lay of the land, how about some easy things to try while we still have modernity on our side?

I say we start with BACON!!

For comparisons sake I’ll give you two recipes, one wet, one dry. Try them both and you’ll see the differences I suggested above, but both will make damn fine bacon.

When buying your pork bellies pay attention to the marbling and thickness of the cut. You will end up with a significantly denser cured slab so size counts. I’d suggest you make friends with a butcher and order ahead. Pork bellies aren’t usually available in grocery stores so it may become something of a treasure hunt. Large Mexican grocery chains get shipments and trim it aggressively but, if politely asked, will order for you and get you a reasonable price. Asian markets turned out to be the best place for me in Texas with prices in the $2.50lb range.

Dry Cure version:

15-20 lbs of pork belly, approx 2.5 inches thick cut into 10 inch sections

Four 3 gallon ziplock bags

2 cups kosher salt

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup fresh course ground Pepper

2 cups maple syrup

Various spices if you want, see above. Go easy on them, the cure will last for days and intensify…

Mix up dry rub mix and set aside.

Remove skin from the bellies and set aside for other uses (smoked cracklins, dog treats, etc). Using a very sharp knife take JUST the skin leaving as much fat as possible in place. If you’ve ever skinned a salmon it’s the same technique.

Spread some of dry cure mix on a cookie sheet, lay a belly portion across it, and rub in on the top of the fat taking care to cover the whole surface. Flip, repeat. Cure should be dense but not caked on. If excess falls off it wasn’t really needed anyway as this is a quick cure. Slip into a 3gal bag and repeat the process until you have them all bagged up. If you did it right you should have about half of your cure mixture left unused. Split the maple syrup between the bags and seal em up.

Place the bags in your fridge, grab a beer, and forget about them until you wake the next day. Flip them in the morning, and then ignore them.

Do this for 2-4 days, never emptying the bags. The meat will shed a LOT of liquid but that’s just fine. By day 3 the meat should have shrunk by about 1/3 and become much denser. You can remove it from the brine if the belly feels about as stiff as playdoh. Yeah, that’s pretty vague but you’ll see. A 2.5 inch thick slab really only needs no more than 4 days. Much longer than this and it starts getting very salty. You can of course remedy that later but the goal is to not HAVE to, right?

Remove the cured belly from the bags and wash under cold running water. The goal is to remove all the excess salt but don’t go crazy scrubbing it.

Pat dry and allow to sit and reach room temp while you get the smoker going. I will assume you know enough to SOAK YOUR WOOD OR WOODCHIPS IN WATER THE NIGHT BEFORE.

I smoked with 2/3 hickory and 1/3 apple but go wild, try what you have on hand. If you intend to do a true cold smoke version you’ll need to maintain 90-100 degree temps for about 12 hours. I don’t see the need really, so I keep mine hovering around 175 and give the slabs about 2-2.5 hrs, turning a couple times. Do NOT get it hotter than this or you’ll cook it. Bad, very bad. All we need to do is infuse it with smoke so keep it away from the heat, capiche?

Once smoked, let cool to room temp. If a hard rind developed on the fat cap feel free to remove it by slicing a VERY thin layer off but be careful not to get too deep. If you aren’t that great with a knife, don’t bother. Instead, trim the sides square and save the scraps. Individually wrap each slab in plastic and chuck it in the freezer. By the next morning it will be ready for the slicer. No slicer? Again, VERY sharp knife and aim for 1/8 in slices.

Before slicing it all up, slice off a piece of heaven and cook it to check for saltiness. If it’s too salty for your tastes, put the uncut block of bacon in a shallow dish and cover with water for 30 minutes. Drain, repeat, reslice and retest. Should be perfect.

You’ll notice this bacon doesn’t fry like store bacon so pay attention until you learn how REAL bacon fries on the stove.

Theoretically you could store a bacon slab treated this way on a hook in your pantry. I wouldn’t suggest it. If that day ever comes and you NEED to, well, double the salt cure time and cold smoke it. Then hang it in a cool place away from insects. You’d also want to leave more fat on the bellies when you cure it. The bacon will be exceptionally salty but that can be removed by soaking in water.

Brine Version:

Start with the same ingredients as above but double it and substitute 1 gal of apple cider for maple syrup then proceed as follows.

In a pot large enough to hold 3 gallons, set the fire on high until the pot smokes, then add the pepper, salt, and spices. Stir for 30 seconds to break the essential oils then add 2 gallons of water and remainder of cure mix and apple cider. Heat just until sugar and salt dissolves then cool brine to room temp.

Pack belly slabs, cut as above, into 2 bags and pour brine equally between them. You want the bellies immersed completely in the brine. If you need to you can add water to top them off but it probably won’t be needed.. Place the bags in your fridge, cure for 3 days.

After 72hrs remove, rinse, and proceed as above. The bellies will NOT be as hard as dry cured so don’t expect them to be.

 

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Survival Saturday Special – Pressure Canning Basics

It’s been quite a few Years since I last did any pressure canning. I had a lot of fun with it but I was working with old equipment. The maximum capacity of my canner was only 7 Quart jars. Still I was able to put up quite a stash of meat and vegetables.

In the next couple of weeks I plan on increasing my canning capacity by a big margin.

Why is this? The last extreme hardship of my life caused me to deplete my stockpiles of numerous food items that I think is good to have on the shelf at all times. As I have recovered from that hardship period there have been there things that have been greater priorities in my life than replenishing my surplus food supply. As 2015 is a year for making preparations for what is now inevitable, I really have to make food a big priority and I don’t have much time to work with. A large capacity pressure canner is exactly the tool I need to take effective corrective action.

In the video that follows you will see the Fresh Tech automatic canning system by Ball. I really think that little gadget is cool and it is affordable but the capacity is very low. Still, just the fact that it is an automatic canner allows you to be in production without thinking about it much. I don’t think it’s anything I want to buy until they make one with a higher capacity.

This is just another interesting subject for the Preppers out in Revo World…

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The affordable and effective Firearms Suppressor

Last weekend while making the rounds and being up to no good, I was introduced to a revolutionary product for the firearms enthusiast.

Too good not to pass along…

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A Real Revolution in Europe

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one….

I can’t be the only one…

Spanish Radical Left party gets a boost..

Podemos (“We Can”) aims to shatter the country’s predominantly two-party system and the “March for Change” gathered crowds in the same place where sit-in protests against political and financial corruption laid the party’s foundations in 2011.

The party’s rise is greatly due to the charisma of its pony-tailed leader, Pablo Iglesias, a 36-year-old political science professor.

And of course who could forget such great hits like…

Iglesias prefers jeans and rolled up shirt sleeves to a suit and tie and champions slogans such as Spain is “run by the butlers of the rich” and that the economy must serve the people.

“We want change,” Iglesias told the crowd. “This is the year for change and we’re going to win the elections.”

Hmmmm… Yes we can.. Change… Rallying against the rich.. More spending!!.. a young college professor.. I know I’ve heard this joke before.. If I could only put my finger on it…

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Friday Night at the Movies – Neon City

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Happy Friday Night everybody! We have conquered another week and the party light is now lit. The Real Revo Theater now presents another cinematic masterpiece. There is no greater entertainment value to be found anywhere and we all know this. The occasional passer-by figures it out.

I’ve been holding this one in my stash for quite a while, since before the 2014 Holiday Season. This movie features three people who I have always enjoyed being entertained by. One of them won a Super Bowl Ring and as this is Super Bowl Weekend I think this Friday night is as appropriate as it will ever be to bring this one from the vault and put it up on the silver screen.

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Friday Night Fight

A little warm-up to our Friday Night at the Movies Feature Presentation…

Muhammad Ali -VS- Lyle Alzado

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Friday Night Music Video

Just a little warm-up for our Friday night observances.

As always when presenting music videos on a Friday evening, I try to insure that the music video is somehow related to the Friday night movie…

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Getting Paid To Borrow Money

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Keep thinking it can’t happen… You can’t make this shit up. Banks in Denmark are now paying people to borrow money. Savers are suckers in today’s bizarro world financial system. Load up on debt and enjoy the ride! (hopefully obvious sarcasm)

And just like that, first in Denmark, and soon everywhere else in Europe, a situation has now emerged where savers who pay the bank to hold their cash courtesy of negative deposit rates, are directly funding the negative interest rate paid to those who wish to take out debt. In fact, the more debt the greater the saver-subsidized windfall.

That all this will end in blood and a lot of tears is clear to anyone but the most tenured economists, however in the meantime, we can’t wait to take advantage of the humorous opportunities that Europe (and soon Japan and the US) will provide in the coming months, as spending profligacy will be directly subsidized and funded by the insolvent monetary system, while responsible behavior and well-paid labor will be punished, first with negative rates and soon thereafter: with threats, both theoretical and practical, of bodily harm.

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From “Fear Itself” To “Fear Everything”; Boston Strong My Ass

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!” ~Thomas Jefferson

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I don’t know where this rant is going, but I have a few things to say. In my relatively short adulthood, I have witnessed our nation degenerate from one comprised of proud, exceptional Americans – sitting alone atop the world after defeating Soviets – to a bunch of sniveling, politically correct vaginas who hide in their homes because two dirtbags blew up some pots at the Boston Marathon or who sit in silence as others are abused.

No longer do we encourage our people to overcome fear and fight through to first light. No, we tell them to hide in their homes until someone from the government kicks their f-king door in, forces them out of the house, and when it’s all-clear, allows them the privilege of returning to their own home.

We no longer celebrate rugged individualism, honor, or self-reliance as a nation. Instead we celebrate getting along, excusing dishonor, and encouraging dependence. What country is this, where my brothers and sisters celebrate their supposed “strength” by allowing the same government who disarmed them, to kick their doors in and force them to stay in their homes? In the birthplace of American liberty, no less. In the shadow of liberty tree, our fellow Americans cowered, begging for the strong hand of government to comfort them. Are you f-king kidding me?

Every day, I see and hear about people allowing some sort of intolerable evil to be perpetrated because they were too scared to stand the f-ck up. What are we so afraid, people? Are we afraid that someone won’t like us or give us their approval if we speak up on unpopular issues, or that we may get hurt for saying or doing what’s right? Is there any better reason to lose a friend or acquaintance?

Since September 11, 2001 we have allowed our government to unceremoniously destroy 220+ years of hard-won liberty. The ignominious subjugation of the American people – without a single shot fired – makes me want to cry and fight at the same time. Is there any worse way to lose your liberty?

Our self-ingratiating social networking minor-celebrity lifestyles have turned us into self-important retards who are only secure enough in ourselves to speak from the relative safety & anonymity of the world wide web. Well, I’m f-king sick of it.

I would rather take a punch to the mouth as I look you in the face and tell you that I don’t like what you’re doing, than sit silently as you abuse me or others around me.

Our own Cold Warrior has spent a great deal of his time defending liberty and trying to convince others to get involved. I honor his commitment, but that approach is not for me. I think there is a place for people like me in this, as well. The battle will not be won by politics alone. People must have courage. They simply must speak up – damn the consequences. There comes a time when  we simply must declare “I’ve had enough!”. This must take place in your personal life. Doing it online, among the din of millions of like-minded individuals, is not getting it done.

When you stand in courageous defiance of convention and fear, you take away the power that fear holds. When someone sees you act, they will be inspired to act. Like a smile, courage is contagious. I have spent years trying to explain the ideals of American liberty to others, so they know that they are not alone. I also act, when I must, in the real world. I am the same person on here, that you will meet in person. I pride myself on the fat that I practice what I preach.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, I hope that you will join me as I pray that God ever grant me the courage to stand, speak, and act when I must – and spare me the disgrace of ever allowing my fear to dictate my actions.

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Incontrovertible Proof That There Are No Bubbles

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Nope. Nothing to see here.

Moments ago Shake Shak, aka SHAK, opened for trading, after pricing its IPO at $21 last night, 50% higher than the initial range of $14-16 (subsequently revised to $17-19). It has promptly soared nearly 140% after opening for trading, and was last seen at just over $49.

What does this mean from a valuation standpoint?

Well, the Company’s Adjusted LTM EBITDA is $17 million according to its S-1 (the unadjusted EBITDA is well lower). After selling 5 million share to the public, the company will have a total of 11.2 million Class A and 24.3 million Class B shares outstanding, or a total of 35.5 million. Add a little over $60 million in net cash, and you get an Enterprise Value of $1.84 billion.

What does this mean on a valuation multiple basis? Well, at last check $17 million in EBITDA fits a little over 100 times in a market cap of $1.8 billion.

So we are happy to report that in this market, in which there clearly are no bubbles, Shake Shak has just opened for trading at a 108x EV/EBITDA.

EBITDA, for those who don’t know, is earnings before income tax, deductions, and amortization. It’s how companies calculate current operational profitability. So, this company makes $17M and is valued – in this bizarro market – at $1.84 billion. Sounds legit. What could possibly go wrong?

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Mitt Romney Is Out! Thank God.

Too bad he dropped out because it’s Jeb’s “turn”.

Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome, and thank you. Your loyalty and friendship, and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership warms my heart.

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.

Let me give you some of my thinking. First, I am convinced that with the help of the people on this call, we could win the nomination.

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Freaky Friday Photo Caption Contest

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Why I’ll Never Vote RINO Again

imagesQV2Q4I1V The Scott Walker video (below) got me to thinking about the last few Presidential elections.

The Setup:

Republican-leaning Americans have spent the past two-and-a-half decades voting for Republicans In Name Only (RINO). As a result, we have elected progressives to the highest office in the land, since Ronald Reagan left office.

Contributing Factors:

Conservatives don’t feel like they have a voice, so they vote for the lesser of two evils. Big government progressives are the only acceptable candidates allowed by our Ministry of Propaganda, a wholly owned subsidiary of the New Left.

Sarah Palin gave us a refreshing taste of truly conservative America and was continues to be pilloried by the Ministry of Propaganda, both left & right. Allen West makes my leg tingle, and my heart swell with pride for our Founder’s vision of America. He was re-districted out of Congress by his own f-king party. The Republican Party.

When we thought we were getting an actual conservative in George W. Bush, we got the most profligate spending, big government fiscal progressive in the history of the republic…until Barry.

The Conclusion:

When we vote for the lesser of two evils, we can’t be surprised when evil wins. I am officially disillusioned. Neither party will change the way our country is run. Even if we managed to fill the vacant precinct seats and magically elect a 100% truly conservative Republican Party, they couldn’t undo the damage caused by the increase in our debt or unwind the obligations created by our social welfare system. It will never happen.

Our money system and our Congress, thus our economy, is controlled by bankers and corporate rent-seeking hucksters who will always work in their own interest, to the detriment of our posterity. We are in decline and that ain’t changing. I know the republic is in grave danger when I long for the days of President BJ Clinton.

The corporatism which infects our nation is a cancer. This is not a free market. This is a collusion of corporations and government, at great cost to the people. Our individual liberties are being stripped away from us – almost daily – and nobody gives a shit. Our government is too big. There is no way around this, other than starving the beast, until it withers and dies. The parties aren’t ever going to do that, because the American people won’t ever ask them to.

Human history is replete with examples of peoples who are perfectly content tolerate cruelty in exchange for the privilege of being housed, fed, led, and relatively secure. They will accept relative security of a benevolent benefactor and prefer it to the insecurity of dangerous liberty. Well, I don’t.

I don’t want war or starvation but if our republic is to decline, I refuse to vote for the guy who will make it happen. If I can’t vote – enthusiastically – for a President, I will vote for an alternative. I will not stay home. I will continue to fight, but I will do so on my terms.

If we are to fall, and there is to be a fight, let it happen on my watch! Let it happen while myself and men like me retain the spirit of independence. I’d rather have my children suffer and live free than end up in chains of my making.

Never again will I vote RINO.

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The Obsolete Man: Prescient Television Programming

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Somebody Caught A Squib Load, And It’s Aftermath, On Video

NSFW – Language.

Part way through the video the shooter experiences a squib load. That’s when the primer fires but there is no, or not enough, powder in the case. The bullet left the case but lodged in the barrel.

He and his buddy decided it was a bad primer. It wasn’t.

The lesson? If something doesn’t sound right, check the barrel for obstruction before you fire another round.

The next round he fires… Well, watch.

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‘Be Prepared’

That’s the Boy Scout’s motto. It’s also words of wisdom. This is well illustrated by this little video. It shows a light aircraft being piloted by someone who ran out of fuel 220 nautical miles from Hawaii. Admittedly, letting your airplane run out of fuel is not an example of being prepared. But he had a ballistic parachute on board that let the plane down easily and a life raft.

I have never seen a video of anything like this before. The pilot had enough time to call the Coast Guard. They sent out a C-130 and coordinated a rescue vie a Holland America cruise ship.

The parachute is a standard feature on the Cirrus SR22 aircraft. Cirrus says this was the 51st time one has been used to save a plane’s occupants.

It’s quite a story.

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Price Controls: Shortages, Black Markets, Violence

Pretty clever. There is always a capitalist pig somewhere who is clever enough to hustle their way to prosperity. No matter how insipid the effort by government to destroy commerce, someone will find a way around it. Always & everywhere, price controls create shortages, black markets, and violence. This fact is immutable.

At two in the morning, Krisbell quietly slips out of bed so as to not wake the two small children curled up next to her. She grabs her phone and quickly dials her friends’ numbers as she’s already headed out the door to get the day’s intelligence report. Most importantly—where is milk, sugar, and toilet paper being sold today? From the moment price controls were levied in the country, there were shortages of everything in Venezuela.

Each month, it’s become increasingly difficult to get basic goods. And the lines are growing longer and longer. Not everyone can afford to wait in line half the day just to get a few supplies. And since you can’t even get everything in one store, it takes the second half of the day to get the rest of what you need—if there’s even anything left by then.

Friends and neighbors had started coming to Krisbell, asking her if she could help them get things from the grocery store. They all have to work just to be able to afford the food in the first place, and they can’t spare the time to stand in line. So (as reported by Bloomberg) Krisbell started taking on clients. Now she has enough that she’s earning her entire living from waiting in line.

Imagine—an entire cottage industry (absurd as it may be) now exists in Venezuela because of destructive government polices.

Everyone in the country has to pay extra for their basic goods, while others dedicate their professional lives to the unproductive task of standing in line.

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The Science Of Creation?

I recently watched a Christian movie – The Genesis Code – about Creation and Evolution, and how the two don’t have to be at odds. It used a bunch of physics which I don’t understand (the great amount of gravity created @ Planck time = 1 (1 x 10–47 sec.) after the moment of expansion, etc…) to explain the concept. In my search I found this video which does a pretty good job of explaining it at my level of understanding.

The Noah film shows a good graphical interpretation of the events unfolding over billions of years?

At the end of the day, I don’t think that our faith is affected even a little bit by whether or not we agree with evolution, so long as we have faith in God as our creator and sustainer and Jesus Christ as our savior. I have never really cared either way, which story was true, but the movie gave me some interest in the topic.

I have seen arguments that the flick uses science to apologize for the biblical account of creation, and that 6 days meant 6 days, and many more like them. I’m willing to entertain an argument on the topic, but I probably won’t get too involved as it’s one subject that I just don’t know.

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The Winter Storm Of The Century Week?

The progressives had their panties all in a twist over the cataclysm to bring man’s dominion over earth to an end! It was “incontrovertible proof” that man has destroyed the planet causing catastrophic climate change, which is actively bringing the demise of all of humanity. Two inches at a time. The tempest in a teapot?The apocalyptic winter storm of death that never was…

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MSNBC just cannot help using anything to bash Republicans. They even ran a segment called the “Science of the Storm” to bash Republicans for voting against Global Warming legislation as if this storm would have been avoided had they poured billions more into academic pockets to predict when more historic storms will happen.

MSNBC even called this a Nor-Easter and defined the term. My uncle lost two houses on the beach in New Jersey to two such storms in the 1950s. We have not seen anything like that every since. The fact such a definition exists PROVES the historic storm of the century is certainly not new anyway. How about the 1938 storm that was historic. I suppose just 10 years of driving cars caused that one too.

MSNBC attributed the whole storm to global warming saying the Ocean is 3 degrees warmer than it should be and that is all caused by humans. I suggest a solution. Why don’t these fantastic scientists volunteer for euthanasia first – you know, those who never heard about cycles in weather or things like the ice age and it must have turned warmer somehow without mankind’s contraptions.

Next we can go to pretend TV news people who use everything for political agendas. Then lawyers who want to be politicians, academics who argue we need to be manipulated to create their dreams of ruling the world, and move on from there to bureaucrats. Their solution is to reduce population and we should all walk to work or just stay home on welfare in the dark. Well they should show the way. This will be the great step forward to help preserve the middle class – gee a whole new world without BS. My ears would stop ringing at last. Real Utopia.

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Federal Bill Would Make Body Armor A 10 Year Felony

Not gonna happen, but chance favors the prepared mind.

Democratic members of Congress apparently aren’t going to be satisfied until American citizens are completely and utterly defenseless.

Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced a bill for consideration of the new Congress which would prohibit the ownership of certain types of body armor for civilians.

H.R. 378 would make it a crime to own Type III body armor which would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Yeah, 10 years in prison.

Of course, there are carve outs in the bill for state/federal employees and agencies. The bill does also include a grandfather clause for people who currently own this type of armor.

Fortunately, with the GOP solidly in control of both houses of Congress this bill will likely never see the light of day. That said, it’s a great insight into how little some members of Congress care about the personal safety of their constituents.

The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), and Danny K. Davis (D-IL).

The bill is currently sitting in the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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1,600 Plus Victims & He Walked Away

I think drones are an absolute force multiplier and have their purpose. I have taken exception – many times – on this site to the manner in which they a used. The extra-constitutional murder of American citizens is at the top of the list of reasons they must be judiciously employed. Secret kill lists and the like are not the stuff of American exceptionalism. We are on the wrong path. How long before that path leads to my door, or yours?

I have not watched this video so I make no claims as to the veracity of it’s content.

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The Time To Act Is Upon Us

Crude Content Warning! I will cuss, make sexual references, mix metaphors, and take off all of my filters in the rant below. Enter at your own risk:

More below the fold…

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The Man Who Would Save The World…

…Filmed an anti-oil video aboard his private palace with a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity. He has no problem flying an entire fleet of aircraft and vehicles halfway across the globe to take the kids on vacation, but drilling in ANWR? That’s a bridge too far.

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Outta My Face. Outta My Face, Please.

Artillery strikes recently killed dozens in Mariupol, Ukraine. The United States has provided “lethal aid” to Ukraine in their battle against Russia. The $5 million for “military education & training” (below)was just the tip of the iceberg.

We provided a $20M drawdown for “commodities” and a huge laundry list of other stuff. In case you are curious what kind of “military education & training” they are talking about, they’re talking about the primary mission of the guys in the funny green hats. The reporter in the video says “Tell me, what happened here?” To which, the man in a Ukrainian military uniform responds (in perfect NE US English):

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We have been doing everything we can to hammer on Russia. The only thing surprising to me about this is that Barry hasn’t taken credit yet. The situation in Ukraine is critical to our global efforts to contain Russia. I think it will prove to be a fool’s errand, ultimately, but it’s critical nonetheless. As the most under-reported story of 2014, the situation in Ukraine has all of the hallmarks & red flags of a proxy war.

Uke, please call the Principal’s office…Uke, please call the office.

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