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  1. slaphappypap says:

    I just put up a ceiling fan in the kitchen. Thank God I’m not a electrican. The zappy stuff makes me nervous. Looks great too. That cat looks like a Lynx.

  2. notamobster says:

    I did see this cat:



    Is this him?

  3. Mad Brad says:

    OH MY GOD!

    Seriously. I just had the most fun I’ve had at Church in… I would hate to say. Part of the fun was watching them give away free GUNS! I’m NOT kidding. They gave away quite a few of them too.

    WE RULE!

    You can count on a nice Sunday story. I don’t think this will be a sermon. It might end up that way. Who knows?

  4. Locke n Load says:

    Guns? From the church? What denomination would that be and maybe I can talk to them?

    Hey brad, hit the last Off Topic thread and tell me what you think of the tunes. I think I have a man who
    s music you’d appreciate.

  5. Locke n Load says:

    BTW, I”m up on the Ga/Fl border :) I’d say come on up but I don’t think you could get that car rolling, lol.
    Sorry I couldn’t be in J-ville but if I got DOT on my ass I’d be screwed worse than you can imagine.

  6. Mad Brad says:

    Behold Jacksonville radio Shock Jock extraordinaire, the man who was kicked out of Washington D.C. TWICE and always comes back to the city he calls home, The Greaseman…

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    Costco is offering a year of survival food for $800. This is the easy way to be ready. Add a little squirrel and pigeon to this and you are living like a king.

  8. notamobster says:

    Great find, Sir!

    I don’t know anything about this company, but after searching through page after page looking for “shelf reliance reviews” – all I found out was that this company is very good at marketing!

    They sent free samples and offered prizes to every website on the planet, except the Revo… unless you’re holding out on us? hahahahaha!!!

  9. slaphappypap says:

    That’s a great deal. $800 to live for a year! Might have to eat insects as well.

  10. Bman says:

    Anybody here have their pilots license or dreaming of getting one someday? The older I get, the more i’m seriously thinking about paying up the bucks to take flying classes. When I look up and see a piper cub or cessna flying along, the first thing that comes to my mind is freedom. Maybe thats why the thought of flying is so appealing to me. This is something I’ve been thinking about for the last 15 years. The only thing that I have now remotely close to flying is a flight simulator that I play on the computer. I want that in real life.

    My older brother was taking these classes out at Harvey field in Snohomish, Wa. He was about halfway through with the course when 9/11 happened and grounded all planes. He never went back to finish.

  11. Locke n Load says:

    If you guys are amazed that Costco is selling the Survival food you’d think Salt Lake was downright wacky. Go to any Walmart Supercenter and there will be an entire AISLE of survival foods. Hell, hones are even marketed as having room for your family’s survival rations. Some are sold with storage facility lockers paid in full for several years…
    Mormons are full on survivalists in this way. I think one of the responsibilities they have to the church and family is to keep one years rations set aside…

  12. Jim 22 says:

    Bman,
    Do it. I got my private pilot’s license in 1970 in Palmer, Alaska. It’s a lot more expensive today, of course, but if you dream of something like this, do it.

    You will not be able to do it if you have serious physical problems, like diabetes, that will keep you from passing the physical.

    Keep in mind, though, it’s expensive. The lessons are expensive, the planes are, and the insurance is.

    Cheapest way has always been to join a flying club. They have club airplanes at a discount rental rate and have usually got members who are instructors. Also, memberships can sometimes be bought from current members at a discounted rate, especially in an economic downturn.

    It’s a kind of an elite group to belong to, but better than that is what you describe: the freedom. My wife and I used to fly up to Talkeetna, about 70 miles, for lunch. Great memories.

  13. notamobster says:

    Bman: I went to college (La Tech)to be a pilot(professional aviation). I’d say chase the dream!!! The view from 3000′ is phenomenal. The noise and wind inundates you. At my size the Cessna 152 is QUITE small, and very uncomfortable to fly, but as soon as the engine starts to whine, all the discomfort is forgotten.

    If you have any of the concerns that Jim describes, you still have powered flight options! They’re cheaper and just as fun! Buy and fly an ultralight aircraft!!!

    FAR 103 covers powered ultralight aircraft. There are no training, physical, or licensing rquirements.
    (I WOULD NOT ADVISE ANYONE TO EVER ATTEMPT TO FLY ANY AIRCRAFT WITHOUT PROPER TRAINING!!!)

    You could also look into light sport aircraft which was a change instituted in 2004 by FAA (courtesy of Experimental association). It doesn’t require medical approval, either. Basically, if you can get a driver license, you can get a light sport pilot license.

    If you dream of powered flight – I can promise you’ll never regret it!

    As an aside (I was at the air & space museum (Smithsonian) for the 100th anniversary(exact moment) of powered flight.) It was great. I met descendents of wilbur & orville – and more importantly – Charles Taylor…
    (any other airplane nerds know who he is? don’t cheat by googling). I found out that the wright flyer is original except for the fabric. They cut them up into pieces and gave them as souveniers, and sold some of them to continue funding flight ops.

    Sadly – some raging assholes flew planes into the world trade center and ended my hopes of being a professional pilot, by putting many experienced pilots out of work, thus creating a backlog that’d take years to overcome flying chicken transports out of honduras at 15k a year. I had a few kids by this time (4 of 6) and couldn’t afford the paycut. I was already working as a mechanic for Delta, so I just rode that pony til I ran out of quarters.

  14. notamobster says:

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

    Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

    My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —

    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    — John Gillespie Magee, Jr

  15. Bman says:

    I did some checking on flight lessons here in town. $9500 for the course. Expensive. Although with some saving and discipline could be a reality someday. I live in Grand Forks, home of The University of North Dakota, known especially for our aviation school. An old college roomate went to it, and is now a pilot for Delta flying the Airbus 330 (I believe).

    The ultralight option is a good idea. I didn’t think about that. It may be more realistic for me at this time.

    BTW Nota, that is one of my all-time favorite poems. First time I heard it was after the Challenger dissaster in 1986. It has been stored in my memory ever since. When I first read it, I thought it was about a man who died and was on his way to Heaven. I still like to think that’s what it is really about.

  16. Bman says:

    By the way, if you want to piss off a liberal who celebrates Earth Day, tell them the story of Ira Einhorn, AKA the Unicorn Killer. He is said to be the man behind the first Earth Day in the 70′s. I used to love to stir the shit with my fellow teachers who were over zealous with this bunk. Their facial expressions were priceless when I told them about it.

  17. slinger says:

    Bman, in addition to ultralights and light sport aircraft, sailplanes are a nice way to go in some areas. Down here in AZ, you can join a club with reasonable annual dues and “sign out” an aircraft to fly pretty much whenever you want. Sailplanes have a faster learning curve than powered aircraft, and experience flying sailplanes translates well into powered aircraft. You can also fly those things all day here in AZ … not a drop of fuel required after release from tow.

    For me, flying has always been more about being in the air and less about going from point to point. In my Air Force days, I soloed in a sailplane. I was about to solo in a plane before I stopped the powered lessons (medical red tape at the time). I switched to hang gliding (referred to as free flight or foot-launched flight) for quite a few years, and that was really more my style. I liked carrying my aircraft on my back (~60 lbs) and storing it on a ladder rack in my garage. I liked understanding every single bolt on my aircraft, and I liked being able to do a truly complete pre-flight check. I liked being able to buy a brand new aircraft for less than the cost of a used car. I especially liked the feeling of complete and utter freedom while in the air. I was not “in” the aircraft, I WAS the aircraft. No claustrophobic cockpit. What a feeling to thermal up over 13000 feet and fly over the back of a majestic mountain range.

    I gave up the hang gliding when I nearly killed myself on a steep mountain launch. For those of you that don’t believe in God … a near death experience followed by a miraculous save all the while KNOWING that God was in the glider with me that day would have cured me from a lifetime of atheism. I would like to emphasize that the incident was completely due to pilot stupidity, and I believe hang gliding is inherently safe as long as you are properly instructed, current, and flying within your capabilities.

    I still think about free flight often and long to be back in the air. I have a little powered harness that converts a hang glider into a foot-launched ultralight, and I might one day take to the skies again.

  18. notamobster says:

    I always loved the the loftiness of the ideas expressed in it. My favorite Professor (Retired Colonel & Vietnam combat pilot who began as an airman basic-enlisted) read us this poem on day one. It stuck with me.

  19. R.D. Walker says:

    NoDak in the news…

    North Dakota has a novel problem: plenty of jobs, but nowhere to put the people who hold them.

    The same forces that have resulted in more homelessness elsewhere — unemployment, foreclosure, economic misery — have pushed laid off workers from California, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming to abundant jobs here, especially in the booming oil fields.

    But in this city rising from the long empty stretches of North Dakota, hundreds are sleeping in their cars or living in motel rooms, pup tents and tiny campers meant for weekend getaways in warmer climes. They are staying on cots in offices and in sleeping bags in the concrete basements of people they barely know.

  20. R.D. Walker says:

    So here we have a dead squirrel, a live squirrel and a murder of crows. It would appear that the live squirrel is protecting the remains of his dead squirrel colleague. That seems like anthropomorphizing to me. What is going on here?

    You know the crows eventually got their supper, right?

  21. Bman says:

    NoDak in the news…

    Williston, ND has been booming for 3-4 years now. I have a friend who is a geoligist there now, making an absurd amount of money, (at least it’s absurd to me and I mean that in a good way)

    With the surge of people, my only concern is how many liberal, hippie, pinkos, GORP eaters, and basic fucktards are coming into our state. But after careful review, these type of folks don’t like oil. So I think we are safe.

  22. notamobster says:

    Yeah, Bman – they steer clear of loozy-anna too!

  23. Bman says:

    Yea, never been to loozy-anna. Of course we do have our share of dipshit liberals here of course, but for the most part, they are quiet and keep to themselves. That goes for conservatives as well now that I think about it. In fact, the more I think about it, most people here just mind their own business for the most part.

  24. slaphappypap says:

    Two more days til vacation!! Tons to do though. Visit with family and my brother. Hope and pray he’s feeling better. Can I ask everyone for a small prayer for him? I’d appreciate it.

  25. Bman says:

    You got it Slap!

  26. R.D. Walker says:

    “In fact, the more I think about it, most people here just mind their own business for the most part.”

    When Brad was at my place for our annual 4th of July party last year, he was amazed that my invitation list included Democrats from my town. Welcome to the Northern Plains. Most people don’t talk about religion or politics.

    Of course the Democrats who came were gun owning, deer hunting, pick-up truck driving, Christian Democrats. In fact, I doubt any of them would be Democrats at all if it wasn’t for union indoctrination.

  27. R.D. Walker says:

    Prayers for Slap’s brother everyone!

  28. MadBrad says:

    I’ve got you Pap.

  29. MadBrad says:

    Here we go…

    Cold Weather is having its effect. Corn now costs a Dollar per Ear in Jacksonville, Florida. Let’s add VAT, Cap & Trade and Healthcare to this and see where it gets us. The numbers aren’t adding up.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Wholesale-prices-rise-in-apf-299827519.html?x=0&.v=4

  30. Greg says:

    Ran across this…

    “my heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb, and all I remember thinking is I want to be like them…

    Does that make me Crazy….

  31. Greg says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=Qe500eIK1oA

    My heroes had heart to lose their lives out on a limb, and all I remember thinking is, I want to be like them….

    Does that make me crazy….

  32. MadBrad says:

    I’ve beeen slack on posts this week because I conntiinue too work on the Disaster Preparedness guide. I just covered field expedient radioactive fallout sheltering. I’m on to calculating radiation doses and dose rates and whatnot over the weekend. I hope to get on to the next subject soon because I find the subject of nuclear warfare to be tedious.

  33. Locke n Load says:

    Brad, I bet that survival guide is going to be a hell of a reference work. When we were talking before I also suggested something that I haven’t had the balls to bring up in here. I still think its a great idea but I feel guilty not being able to devote the time to contribute properly.

    For the rest of you that weren’t at the bar with Brad and I that night, here goes.
    I was telling him that the Revo had become a reference source for a lot of us. Not just for mental artillery in the fight against these damned statists but also in regarding guns, finance, etc.

    brad and I have a dread fear of financial or EMP armageddon crashing the system and destroying the distribution chain. the question for those suffering in that horrific scenario would immediately become How do we Survive, but hen, very soon, HOW DO WE REBUILD. How indeed. How many of you could build an angine, a water pump, could build a radio from scratch? Could you build a still to fuel a generator? Could you store your food, scavange for food, or bven know what was safe to eat? Could you plant, harvest, and process grains? Would you even HAVE grains to plant? I think you get the idea. Together, with our computers having access to all the infirmation we need this all seems pretty simple. Well, imagine if you didn’t have access to the Net, or electricity, transportation, or water, etc. We’d be royally fucked.

    Now, anyone that HAD the information on how to rebuild would be a king and a saviour to his community. his family would survive. he, along with the few others that had specialized knowledge could slowly try and return things to at least acceptable levels. I’d like to BE one of those people, and I bet you would too.
    Trouble is, WHERE is all that information concentrated?

    I suggested we concentrate it HERE. I suggested we fire up a running reader contribution link (or something) that could slowly but surely let us assemble the basics of electricity, farming, firearms, water, engine repair, canning, etc.
    I was drinking, yes, but it seemed like a damned fine idea frankly. An Encyclopedia Revoista that we could all copy from, print (hard copies would be necessary in a FUBAR scenario), and add to as we thought of new stuff we didn’t know. If it sounds a bit TinFoil Hat, sorry. I actually was always one to want to know how everything works long before I got old enough and paranoid enough to understand the larger world.

    yeah, this idea is one of those legendary “posts I started but never finished” but I really didn’t want to suggest it without RD or Brads blessing. Posting it front page would have been a bit…cheeky.

    What do you think? it it feasable or even worth pursuing?

  34. slinger says:

    Locke, I agree! Hardcopy information could very well be the most precious currency in the near future. In the short term, maybe we can put together a list of useful skills to learn, as well as a list of useful books.

    I seem to recall some deal I saw a while back for CDs with 1000s of books on old world skills. At the time, it was too much for my budget, but it might have been a good resource to go in on with a few people. Again, the CDs would need to be printed out, which would kill a few trees and add quite a bit more to the expense.

    Here is a book that I have found very informative. It might be a good place to start:

    http://standeyo.com/Our_Books/DTP.html

    It’s going for $45 right now.

  35. sortahwitte says:

    We lift up Slap’s brother and boldly approach the throne of grace. Amen.

    Locke I believe you are onto something. It seems there is a lot of talent out there in the readers and writers. I think it is something worth looking at seriously.

  36. notamobster says:

    That’s a huge undertaking. It’d be nice to have reference for as many trades as possible.

    My brother has an encyclopedia (set) of old world woodworking and carpentry in his shop (he’s a carpenter). It’s amazing. He’s got all of the old hand “working” tools, also (just in case). Incredible reference.

    Great to have info handy, when one needs it. “go to google and type in “primitive skills books” lots of good info to be had on the googles. It’d be a great place to start for some of those topics.

  37. Locke n Load says:

    I have no doubt this would be an insane amount of information to try and assemble…solo. We aint solo tho and I bet we all have particular talents/interests that could help us build a library of sorts.

    When I started thinking about it I wanted a hyperlink list for all the basics but quickly discovered the bulk of it is assembled into books, not online. Not all of it though as I’ve found a ton on canning, raising livestock, etc online in pdf form. County farm extensions are amazing sources of free information. I imagine there are a lot more in that vein, don’t you think?

    Imagine a supercategory list along the lines of Food, Power, Water, Farming, Waste, Engines, and Communications. Each Supercategory could be broken down by specialty then those delineated by type of resource, books or free information, personal knowledge, etc.
    The most difficult to assemble might be information on utility grids, landline phone maintanance, and public water supply. Most however, I bet we could find and continually refine if we wanted to.

    I agree, its a large undertaking. Its too much to ask of Brad or RD but as this blog has morphed into what it has, maybe we could do it ourselves.

    One last thing. I really don’t expect the world to end tomorrow,lol. I just think as we get closer to the almost certain showdown with Iran, I get nervous. As i watch the Norks and Chinese develop weapons more suited to EMP blasts than nuclear annihilation, I grow uneasy. And as I watch what will likely be another critical intervention as the Bond and debt issuance go out of control and our currency fades…well, you get the idea. Ok, I’ll put away my tinfoil hat now…

  38. Locke n Load says:

    I can almost see it…right now RD is shaking his head, wondering WHY I had to bring it up,lol. Meanwhile Brad is scheming up where to find all that crap,lol.

  39. notamobster says:

    I have a pdf of the fema gasification manual…. why doesn’t our govt give us useful info like this anymore?

  40. R.D. Walker says:

    Y’all start posting and I will make a catalog.

    Hell, I just gave you a new category to select. It is called “Survival” and it is in the category drop down menu on the new post page. Categorize your posts you are describing above as “Survival” and the resource will catalog itself. Get busy boys.

  41. Locke n Load says:

    You’ll ecxuse me, I’ve been playing with the kids and the inlawas but…did you just call our bluff?
    Sweet!
    oy, ok man,lets see what we can start out with. Email me with the catagories and I’ll start funnelling em your way. This doesn’t sound insane, does it?

  42. Locke n Load says:

    Ok,Brad, Nota,Nobody,et al, email me at my Revo addy. Lets get the duties determined.

  43. R.D. Walker says:

    Sounds good. I mean write ‘em up as posts and mark them “survival” in the category section on the right side bar. Then they will come up together in single link.

  44. R.D. Walker says:

    When you make a post, you are given the opportunity to categorize it. It is hard to miss. There is a whole big section called “categories.”

    I think we need some Real Revo contributor survival training.

  45. John B. says:

    There is a lot of this type of info at SurvivalBlog.com.

  46. Locke n Load says:

    I’ll get on this later. So far since I got home I’ve replaced a transmission in my pickup, windshields in my kenworth, tilled 250 linear feet of garden, mowed the lawn, started on the new worknech, and spent an evening getting hammered with the father in law. Once I get the veggies in I can relax for a bit :) And yeah, I found the Catagories list right away, not hidden or anything. Pretty much hiding in plain sight!

  47. notamobster says:

    Funny commercial. I like these kids.

  48. MadBrad says:

    Bullshit Bingo

    1. Before Barry Obama’s next televised speech, prepare your “Bullshit Bingo” card by drawing a square — I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size and dividing it into columns –five across and five down. That will give you 25 1-inch blocks.

    2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block

    Strategic fit
    Let me be clear
    Make no mistake
    Back from the brink
    Signs of recovery
    Out of the loop
    Benchmark
    Job creation
    Fiscal restraint
    Win-win
    Affordable health care
    Previous Administration
    Empower (or empowerment)
    Greed on Wall Street
    At the end of the day
    Fat Cat Bankers
    Touch base
    Mindset
    Corporate greed
    Ballpark
    Game plan
    Leverage
    Inherited as in “I inherited this mess”
    Relief for working families Under $200,000.00

    3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

    4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout “BULLSHIT!”

    Testimonials from past satisfied “Bullshit Bingo” players:

    “I had been listening to the speech for only five minutes when I won.” – S. King, Texas

    “My attention span during speeches has improved dramatically.” -C. Perry, Alabama

    “What a gas! Speeches will never be the same for me after my first win.” – M. Spellman, Florida

    “The atmosphere was tense in the last speech as 14 of us waited for the fifth box.” – Joe H, New Mexico

    “The Bar was stunned as eight of us screamed “BULLSHIT!” for the third time in two hours.” – David B, Chattahoochee

    “I’m eagerly awaiting the “Pelosi” version.” – Stan P, California

  49. Bman says:

    MadBrad- That is the funniest fucking post I’ve ever read. Thank you, Sir.

  50. BrunDawg says:

    Nice. I count 24. Does that make “unprecedented” the free square in the middle of the board? I meant to play this morning but changing the channel is a built in reflex. Maybe tomorrow.

  51. MadBrad says:

    I think that “Unprecedented” makes the perfect add.

  52. R.D. Walker says:

    Or “notion.” Zero is always talking about notions.

  53. MadBrad says:

    How about “Read my purple lips…”

    I know, it wouldn’t work.

  54. notamobster says:

    We all win when he says: “I enjoyed being your Resident, but it’s time for me to move on.”

  55. R.D. Walker says:

    Pants. On. Fire.

    The photos were purchased from Vintage Books and Anchor Books of Random House. Pelosi’s camp said the picture has not been airbrushed, and Capitol File did not respond for comment.


  56. notamobster says:

    My 5 year old son and 7 year old daughter are currently digging to the “center of the earth, the diamond center!” Kiersten says she’s gonna “make us richer than some rich princess” and Noah’s gonna “bring back the biggest, shiniest diamond, ever found…..and some candy, too…if they have any!”

    I miss the simplicity of childhood.

  57. sortahwitte says:

    So they put her tail over to the sides. A horses ass by any other name is still where the horse turds come out. Same to you, you ignorant, simple slut.

  58. Locke n Load says:

    Nota,your kids are gonna be alright,lol. My daughters spent the last 6 days with me learning botany, japanese culture, woodworking, and baking. What did they learn? Coq and Vin are gonna make great soup!
    Coq and Vin are 2 of our chickens….
    You never know WHAT they’re going to take for an education, do ya.

  59. R.D. Walker says:

    Mad Brad remains – far and away – the most censored moron on the Real Revo. Sheesh! FOUR FUCKING RULES is all we have.

  60. MadBrad says:

    Yoour regionally based caucasianess is sometimes a handicap when it comes to edgy humor.

  61. R.D. Walker says:

    With all due respect, it is your provincialism, not mine, that gets put on display here!

  62. MadBrad says:

    Perhaps it is your own internal racism that takes offense to effective countermeasures the City of Chicago may have to consider to help with their invasion of Orangutan-sized Raccoons. Summer is coming on. Rabies represent a significant health risk to the public.

  63. R.D. Walker says:

    Four.

    Fucking.

    Rules.

    You have violated three of them. Might as well start stealing bandwidth so you can bat a thousand.

  64. slaphappypap says:

    I’m up late for no damn reason. Except for the fact that I put together my Brinkman smoker! I can’t wait to use it. I thinking slow smoking ribs for saturday. And those are not raccoons Brad. They are union workers stealing bank owned housing. They usually spend their time freebasing.