Friday, December 6, 2013

Entitled?

In the past few years, there has been a lot of talk in the media about entitlements and entitlement programs. It seems as if they are perceived as a 'right' something owed to the people.
I have also read in many places and seen with my own eyes how today's generation also acts as if they are entitled to something. I'm not sure where this came from (maybe the culture of "everybody gets a trophy" ???), but it is quite disconcerting. I can't relate to those who feel they are owed something or are going to "get what they deserve" and it makes me feel like an old codger at 36.

All this entitlement business got me to thinking: exactly what are we (you, me, and the other 6+ billion people on the Earth) entitled to? What do we deserve?

I thought on it for quite a while and only came up with one answer. Hellfire and damnation. That's it. Nothing else. Allow me to expand on this for a bit.

We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). In Ecclesiastes it says, "For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin(7:20)."
So what's the big deal, you say? Well, I'll tell you why this is important: God hates sin. Proverbs has many verses that expand on this (6:16-19 and 15:9 are just a couple), but in Deuteronomy it is laid out fairly simply, "...all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God."
Not only does He hate sin, but He punishes sin as well. The Old Testament prophets warned those of their time about the punishment to come because of sin (Jeremiah 16:18, Isaiah 13:11, Amos 3:2, Ezekiel 18:4, 20). God's punishment of sin is also in the New Testament. Paul sums it up very well in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death"

So we deserve death. But by the grace of God we have a way for salvation - Jesus Christ. Paul didn't leave Romans 6:23 like I left it - he added the most wonderful words: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." See, we deserve death. That's what we are entitled to. But God gave us a gift; free to us but bought by the blood of His son Jesus. Paul describes our Savior in Galatians 1:4, " who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father". Jesus told us the same thing in John's gospel, in arguably on of the most widely known passage in the New Testament John 3:14-17. Jesus's purpose on thus earth was to die to take away our sins (1 John 3:5), that we may have eternal life.

Well, I went and did it, didn't I?
I wasn't planning on preaching to you but it just sort of happened. This has been on my heart for a while and I thought I should share. I think a big part of this "entitlement" mentality cones from a loss of humility. It's pretty humbling though to think that ALL we truly deserve is death. It makes it hard to be entitled if we look upon ourselves in that light.

Keep your powder dry.
HH

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mesopotamia, Rudyard Kipling 1917

They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young,
  The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:
But the men who left them thriftily to die in their own dung,
  Shall they come with years and honour to the grave?

They shall not return to us; the strong men coldly slain
  In sight of help denied from day to day:
But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain,
  Are they too strong and wise to put away?

Our dead shall not return to us while Day and Night divide--
  Never while the bars of sunset hold.
But the idle-minded overlings who quibbled while they died,
  Shall they thrust for high employments as of old?

Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour?
  When the storm is ended shall we find
How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power
  By the favour and contrivance of their kind?

Even while they soothe us, while they promise large amends,
  Even while they make a show of fear,
Do they call upon their debtors, and take counsel with their friends,
  To conform and re-establish each career?

Their lives cannot repay us--their death could not undo--
  The shame that they have laid upon our race.
But the slothfulness that wasted and the arrogance that slew,
  Shall we leave it unabated in its place?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

politics and faith

I had a friend of mine ask me a question the other day. They said the current state of the nation and the politics involved makes them come across as bitter and angry when they talk about it due to their strong stance on certain issues. My friend asked me for advice on how I deal with our political world in its current state. I thought it might be good to share it with others because I'm sure thew are many of us who feel the same way.

First of all, we should search the bible for answers because I haven't found a human condition that isn't covered some way in the bible. Times may change, but people don't (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11). Get yourself a good study bible and take the time to study it. I have been studying pretty hard for the last year or two and it has really helped me.
The bible says we are to submit to our governments because they are put in place by God (Romans 13:17) until they tell us to do something that is direct violation of God's law (Acts 4:19). There is a time to act (Ecclesiastes 3:7-8) but I'm not sure when that time is or will be. So we need to ask God for wisdom (James 1:5-8).
As far as politics in general, I think we shouldn't get too involved. We are supposed to be in the world, but not of the world (John 15:19, 17:16). To me, politics are a worldly thing that takes us away from our main duties of taking care of our families (1 Timothy 5:4, Ecclesiastes 9:9-10) and sharing the message of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). Also, our battles shouldn't be with things of this world (Ephesians 6:12-13).
Other than that, just try and step back and not let it get to you too much and make you bitter (Hebrews 12:14-15, Ephesians 4:31-32). It's hard to do, but if we focus on the small stuff close to home that we can actually change - we'll be much happier.
Finally, we have to have faith (Romans 5, Ephesians 6:16) that God is in control and it's all part of His plan.
I hope this helps and I know exactly what you are going through. Let me know if I can help any other way. Thanks.

Friday, July 19, 2013

crazy?

How can one tell
If one is losing their mind?
Could questioning one's sanity
Mean everything's fine?
Can one know the difference
Between a chemical and a devil?
Is really possible for one's
Psyche to be so fragile?
Does peering into a mirror
Allow one to view their own soul?
Will studying the past
Tell what the future will hold?
Are the voices one hears
The product of imagination?
Or is there more to it,
A more sinister explanation?
Then again, can one be insane
When the whole world is unhinged?
Where evil is good
And virtue is sin.

But why am I asking you
These questions of the mind?
How could your insight be
Any more valid than mine?
And why are we bound together
In this trip through the void?
I have all of these questions
While you just seem annoyed.
I wish you'd say something -
One thought, one reply;
Instead of the constant staring,
Staring with hollow eyes.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Waiting

I usually don't share this kind of thing, but this is too good not spread around.

AmericanMercenary: Irrelevant, but waiting.

Beware the fury of a patient man.
John Dryden

Monday, July 1, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the Granite Mountain hotshots

Here's a few poems fellow firefighters have posted on FB.

The sky has turned to an amber, orange glow
Smoke fills my lungs, as I pray to God from below
This hits our crew tremendously quick
The flames draw closer, dancing thick.
Last resort, I can only stay in my shelter
Gasps of despair, the heat left to swelter.
I know that I don't have much time
I risked my life that June
Me, and my crew on the fire line

But do not shed a tear for me
I went into this to ensure you would be freed.

-WR Berry 7/1/13

Into the bowels of Hell they went. No thought for themselves that day was spent.
Hoping to save some from losing all, they faced those flames while standing tall
Against harsh heat and winds strong, soon they knew and heard death's song.
With one last prayer to beat the heat, they covered themselves with a foil sheet
But on it came, that monstrous fire, and turned each tent to funeral pyre.
Into the bowels of Hell they went. No thought for themselves that day was spent.

By Renee Aun

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Joshua 1:8-9 NKJV

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Paratus Familia Blog: A Nation Undone

I just stumbled onto this blog today. Very, very good stuff here.
Paratus Familia Blog: A Nation Undone

Once again, I wish I had the half of her eloquence, but at least I can share it.

An apology - not really...

I have made an effort to keep this little blog as far away from politics as I can. I keep my distance from religion too. I try not to post/share that might be offensive to some or sensationalist. Heck, I started out with the goal to share a little poetry and maybe give a few tidbits of advice on preparedness. But when I see what is happening to our country - I have to say something. Maybe I won't change the minds of the 7 (ok, ok, I'm sure it's more like 2 by now...) of you reading this; but if I can at least get you too consider my view, then it is worth it to stray from the original intent of ramblings.

I've posted more today than I have in weeks. Why? Because the events of the last week have shaken me up. I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but I found others that feel the same way and can express it better than I can.
The Bill of Rights was put in place not to grant us rights, but to keep the govt from infringing on our rights.
We had the right to speak our minds, to possess the means by which to defend ourselves, to due process of law, etc. well before the Constitution was written. When I see these rights slowly and methodically trampled, I MUST say something. To remain silent does a disservice to not only my children but to all the men and women who have died defending those rights.

The attack at the Boston marathon was a cowardly and heinous act. Perpetrated by... well... I know what I'd like to call them, but I won't.
But that's not what has bothered me. Watching the events and actions during the manhunt is what truly frightens me. It was martial law w/o calling it such. Cops decked out in tactical gear conducting warrantless searches of every house in the cordoned-off area. All in the name of "security" and finding a 19 year old kid. Don't get me wrong, I have the upmost respect for law enforcement officers and have always had the desire (although most likely not the ability) to be an LEO myself. I do hope that some of the officers involved questioned whether what they were doing was right. I'm just afraid that the militarization of our law enforcement agencies have reached the point where cops just want to be door kickers and we have lost the traditional role of the peace officer.
What would have happened if a homeowner would have resisted having their home searched? Would they have been dragged out in flex cuffs? Or shot? There's a picture floating around on the internet of a LEO in an up-armored HMMWV pointing his rifle while looking through the scope at the person taking their picture from a second-story window of their home. Is that a violation of your rights? I think so.
Please don't give me the line, "if your not doing anything wrong/don't have something to hide, what's the problem" either. What's the problem? It's an infringment of my God-given rights, that's the problem. I have the right to be in my home w/o the police or anyone else conducting a search without a warrant. I have the right to live my life w/o someone pointing a gun at me. (by the way, the first rule firearms safety is "don't point your firearm at anything you're not willing to destroy) I don't know, maybe things are different on the East Coast? I'd sure like to think that that kind of stuff wouldn't happen out here in fly-over country - but more and more I'm not too sure...

What really blew me away was Friday night when they finally caught the kid, the people of Boston were lining the streets cheering. Cheering? Hey look at us, we just spent the last few days having our rights violated and we are going to thank you for doing it - and by cheering for you along the side of the road? Talk about your positive reinforcement... I was stunned. Flabbergasted. So much so that I had to turn off the tv.

Look, I can understand the relief the gold felt. The whole ordeal was over and they caught the guy, but was it worth it? I'm by no means belittling the seriousness of what happened at the marathon - but was it worth it? Did the ends justify the means? I can't see it. I would rather have my liberty and depend on myself and the Lord for my family's safety.

Maybe I'm completely wrong on this one. Maybe. But what if I'm not? I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but what if this is just a precursor to the US becoming more and more a police state? How much more will it take before you say enough is enough? What will it take? And then what will you do about it?

Ok, I think I've ranted long enough. I just had to get it out in the open. There. There it is. Chew on it, think it over. Please.
Please.

And I'll get back to posting poems and silly pictures on the weekends.

Keep your powder dry AND prepare accordingly.
HH

Brandon Smith lays it out

Bracken hits the nail on head again.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Excellent article from Mr. Lewis

Am I the only one who had a serious problem with what transpired during the "manhunt" in Boston?

Clyde Lewis gives his take on what's going on.

A Strategy Of Tension | Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis

All I can say is that you can keep your "security" - I prefer my liberty...

Monday, April 8, 2013

spring

New emerald blades
Feint and parry in the wind.
No quarter given.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Truce of the Bear, Kipling 1898

I love a good hunting story and this is a good one. Enjoy.

THE TRUCE OF THE BEAR
1898

Yearly, with tent and rifle, our careless white men go
By the Pass called Muttianee, to shoot in the vale below.
Yearly by Muttianee he follows our white men in --
Matun, the old blind beggar, bandaged from brow to chin.

Eyeless, noseless, and lipless -- toothless, broken of speech,
Seeking a dole at the doorway he mumbles his tale to each;
Over and over the story, ending as he began:
"Make ye no truce with Adam-zad -- the Bear that walks like a Man!

"There was a flint in my musket -- pricked and primed was the pan,
When I went hunting Adam-zad -- the Bear that stands like a Man.
I looked my last on the timber, I looked my last on the snow,
When I went hunting Adam-zad fifty summers ago!

"I knew his times and his seasons, as he knew mine, that fed
By night in the ripened maizefield and robbed my house of bread.
I knew his strength and cunning, as he knew mine, that crept
At dawn to the crowded goat-pens and plundered while I slept.

"Up from his stony playground -- down from his well-digged lair --
Out on the naked ridges ran Adam-zad the Bear --
Groaning, grunting, and roaring, heavy with stolen meals,
Two long marches to northward, and I was at his heels!

"Two long marches to northward, at the fall of the second night,
I came on mine enemy Adam-zad all panting from his flight.
There was a charge in the musket -- pricked and primed was the pan --
My finger crooked on the trigger -- when he reared up like a man.

"Horrible, hairy, human, with paws like hands in prayer,
Making his supplication rose Adam-zad the Bear!
I looked at the swaying shoulders, at the paunch's swag and swing,
And my heart was touched with pity for the monstrous, pleading thing.

"Touched witth pity and wonder, I did not fire then . . .
I have looked no more on women -- I have walked no more with men.
Nearer he tottered and nearer, with paws like hands that pray --
From brow to jaw that steel-shod paw, it ripped my face away!

"Sudden, silent, and savage, searing as flame the blow --
Faceless I fell before his feet, fifty summers ago.
I heard him grunt and chuckle -- I heard him pass to his den.
He left me blind to the darkened years and the little mercy of men.

"Now ye go down in the morning with guns of the newer style,
That load (I have felt) in the middle and range (I have heard) a mile?
Luck to the white man's rifle, that shoots so fast and true,
But -- pay, and I lift my bandage and show what the Bear can do!"

(Flesh like slag in the furnace, knobbed and withered and grey --
Matun, the old blind beggar, he gives good worth for his pay.)
"Rouse him at noon in the bushes, follow and press him hard --
Not for his ragings and roarings flinch ye from Adam-zad.

"But (pay, and I put back the bandage) this is the time to fear,
When he stands up like a tired man, tottering near and near;
When he stands up as pleading, in wavering, man-brute guise,
When he veils the hate and cunning of his little, swinish eyes;

"When he shows as seeking quarter, with paws like hands in prayer
That is the time of peril -- the time of the Truce of the Bear!"

Eyeless, noseless, and lipless, asking a dole at the door,
Matun, the old blind beggar, he tells it o'er and o'er;
Fumbling and feeling the rifles, warming his hands at the flame,
Hearing our careless white men talk of the morrow's game;

Over and over the story, ending as he began: --
"There is no trnce with Adam-zad, the Bear that looks like a Man!"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

More Kipling from 1886

Chapter heading for In the House of Suddhoo, a short story.

A stone's throw out of either hand
From that well-ordered road we tread,
And all the world is wild and strange;
Churel and ghoul and Djinn and sprite
Shall bear us company to-night,
For we have reached the Oldest Land
Wherein the Powers of Darkness range.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brandon Smith does it again...

The Real Reasons Why The Liberty Movement Is Preparing To Fight

I've never been a "fight first" option kind of guy - my fight-or-flight has always been stuck on flight.
It is interesting, however, how those who support liberty and the Constitution are continuously and vigorously labeled as extremists.
Will you stand up? What will it take? For how long will you stand? Will you resist or comply?
Just some questions to ponder.....

Cyprus, and what it means to us.

I'm not sure if anyone here has been watching the goings on in the small island nation of Cyprus. It's fairly complicated, but the gist of it that the EU proposed a bailout of insolvent banks in Cyprus with the caveat that in order to fund said bailout - money would be extracted from the bank accounts in the bank. Basically, it would mean that the bank would take out 6-9% of your money to pay their debts.
Well, the Cypriots said nuts to that. So now there'll be much political theater which may lead to some modification of the %'s or $'s to be taken; or the banks may default and depositors could lose all of their money. Another option would be that Cyprus defaults and leaves the EU.

So by now you're asking, "just what does this have to do with us here?" Well, it has a lot to do with us. The financial system is so globally interwoven that even the comparatively small bail out of Cyprus (5-13 billion euros, I think) can affect our nation where the Fed Reserve bank pumps about 10x that amount into our system monthly.
There are a bunch of countries in Europe that are in as bad of shape as Cyprus and the same game plan might be used there: Spain, Greece, Italy... Say the banks decide to reopen some time this week and the Cypriots decide to pull all of their money out, causing a bank run. Then the Greeks and Spaniards think, "oh crap, we're next. The EU is going to try to take our savings to bail out our banks" causing a bank run there.  Just a small ripple will cause a wave that reaches all the way to our shores.
I hope everyone realizes that our govts and central banks have "kicked the can" of fiscal responsibility for so long that we are one event away from a serious economic slide. There is the possibility that what's going on in Cyprus might just be the start of such an event.

The bottom line is that we need to keep informed on what's going on in the world so we won't be caught flat-footed in a crisis situation. There are tons of alternative media sites on the web where current news can be found. My favorite for financial-type news is zerohedge.com
Hopefully, this whole thing will be resolved as painlessly as possible for all parties involved. In the meantime, we need to keep our ear to the ground, nose to the wind, and eyes on the horizon (that's quite the mental picture, but you know what I mean.....)

Here's a good essay that lays it out much better than I can:

The War on Savers Heats Up | The Economic Populist

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Holy, Holy, Holy - Reginald Heber

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! all the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee, Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see: Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! All Thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Watch "Holy, Holy, Holy - Christian Hymns with Lyrics" on YouTube

another good one from wb7

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I like this one.

I found this on zerohedge posted by a commenter. No title and no author, but il try and post a link shortly to give credit where credit is due.

What is this pollution
To Article One of the US Constitution?
Guilty without trial Is unAmerican and vial

For what possible purpose
Do we surrender Habeas Corpus?
From colonial time wisdom
A cornerstone of the American system

With exception for rebellion or invasion
Which I see none Yet, how ironic that in Boston today
The Tea Party could never be done.

What is the line between rebellion and anti big government speech?
I don't know but it's a thin line to breach
So you better beware
Now with drones in the air
If you step out of line you can be killed dead on Main street

Here's the link to the article. Dear American: It's An "Extraordinary Circumstance" And This Drone's Coming For You | Zero Hedge
Comment/poem by just-a-girl

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Alt-Market with a thoughtful article

There is no other culture on earth that has the capacity, like Americans currently do, to defeat centralists, defend individual liberty, and end the pursuit of total global power in this lifetime. We are the first and last line. If freedom is undone here, it is undone everywhere for generations to come. This is our responsibility. This is our providence. There can be no complacency. There can be no compromise. There can be no fear. It ends on this ground. One way, or another…

Gun Rights: Are There Any Peaceful Solutions Left?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Fight at the San Jacinto, John Williamson Parker

"NOW for a brisk and cheerful fight!"
  Said Harman, big and droll,
As he coaxed his flint and steel for a light,
  And puffed at his cold clay bowl;
"For we are a skulking lot," says he,
  "Of land-thieves hereabout,
And these bold señors, two to one,
  Have come to smoke us out."

Santa Anna and Castillon,
  Almonte brave and gay,
Portilla red from Goliad,
  And Cos with his smart array.
Dulces and cigaritos,
  And the light guitar, ting-tum!
Sant' Anna courts siesta,
  And Sam Houston taps his drum.

The buck stands still in the timber—
  "Is it patter of nuts that fall?"
The foal of the wild mare whinnies—
  Did he hear the Comanche call?
In the brake by the crawling bayou
  The slinking she-wolves howl;
And the mustang's snort in the river sedge
  Has startled the paddling fowl.

A soft, low tap, and a muffled tap,
  And a roll not loud nor long—
We would not break Sant' Anna's nap,
  Nor spoil Almonte's song.
Saddles and knives and rifles!
  Lord! but the men were glad
When Deaf Smith muttered "Alamo!"
  And Karnes hissed "Goliad!"

The drummer tucked his sticks in his belt,
  And the fifer gripped his gun.
Oh, for one free, wild, Texan yell,
  As we took the slope in a run!
But never a shout nor a shot we spent,
  Nor an oath nor a prayer, that day,
Till we faced the bravos, eye to eye,
  And then we blazed away.

Then we knew the rapture of Ben Milam,
  And the glory that Travis made,
With Bowie's lunge, and Crockett's shot,
  And Fannin's dancing blade;
And the heart of the fighter, bounding free
  In his joy so hot and mad—
When Millard charged for Alamo,
  Lamar for Goliad.

Deaf Smith rode straight, with reeking spur,
  Into the shock and rout:
"I've hacked and burned the bayou bridge;
  There 's no sneak's back-way out!"
Muzzle or butt for Goliad,
  Pistol and blade and fist!
Oh, for the knife that never glanced,
  And the gun that never missed!

Dulces and cigaritos,
  Song and the mandolin!
That gory swamp is a gruesome grove
  To dance fandangoes in.
We bridged the bog with the sprawling herd
   That fell in that frantic rout;
We slew and slew till the sun set red,
  And the Texan star flashed out.

good stuff from mercop

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday night humor

I apologize for not posting more stuff here. Life has definitely found a way to take all of my waking hours the past few weeks.

Oh well, here's dme funny pics...






Saturday, February 2, 2013

I heard this earlier today...

There is a war going on for your mind.
If you are thinking
You are winning.
Resistance is victory,
Defeat is impossible.
Your weapons are already at hand.
Reach within you and find the means
By which to gain your freedom.
Fight with tools.
Your fate, and that of everyone you know
Depends on it.

-Flobots, We Are Winning

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thanatopsis, William Cullen Bryant 1821

This was my paternal grandfather's favorite poem. He recently passed away and it was read (the last, separate stanza) at his funeral by my father...

  TO HIM who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language; for his gayer hours
She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
Into his darker musings, with a mild
And healing sympathy, that steals away
Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts
Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
Over thy spirit, and sad images
Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
And breathless darkness, and the narrow house,
Make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart;—
Go forth under the open sky, and list
To Nature's teachings, while from all around—
Earth and her waters, and the depths of air—
Comes a still voice—Yet a few days, and thee
The all-beholding sun shall see no more
In all his course; nor yet in the cold ground,
Where thy pale form was laid, with many tears,
Nor in the embrace of ocean, shall exist
Thy image. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim
Thy growth, to be resolved to earth again,
And, lost each human trace, surrendering up
Thine individual being, shalt thou go
To mix forever with the elements;
To be a brother to the insensible rock,
And to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain
Turns with his share, and treads upon. The oak
Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould.
  Yet not to thine eternal resting-place
Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish
Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down
With patriarchs of the infant world,—with kings,
The powerful of the earth,—the wise, the good,
Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,
All in one mighty sepulchre. The hills
Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun; the vales
Stretching in pensive quietness between;
The venerable woods—rivers that move
In majesty, and the complaining brooks
That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,
Old Ocean's gray and melancholy waste,—
Are but the solemn decorations all
Of the great tomb of man! The golden sun,
The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,
Are shining on the sad abodes of death,
Through the still lapse of ages. All that tread
The globe are but a handful to the tribes
That slumber in its bosom.—Take the wings
Of morning, pierce the Barcan wilderness,
Or lose thyself in the continuous woods
Where rolls the Oregon, and hears no sound,
Save his own dashings,—yet the dead are there:
And millions in those solitudes, since first
The flight of years began, have laid them down
In their last sleep—the dead reign there alone.
So shalt thou rest; and what if thou withdraw
In silence from the living, and no friend
Take note of thy departure? All that breathe
Will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh
When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care
Plod on, and each one as before will chase
His favorite phantom; yet all these shall leave
Their mirth and their employments, and shall come
And make their bed with thee. As the long train
Of ages glide away, the sons of men,
The youth in life's green spring, and he who goes
In the full strength of years, matron and maid,
The speechless babe, and the gray-headed man—
Shall one by one be gathered to thy side
By those, who in their turn shall follow them.

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

physical fitness

I want to touch on a topic that is on of the most important aspects of preparedness, physical fitness. First of all, let me say that I'm no personal trainer nor am I in the best shape I could be. But I am working on it, slowly but surely.

There are tons of benefits to being physically fit, but the most important as fas as preparedness is concerned are:
The better shape you're in, the better your mental/emotional state.
You'll be better able to fight of sickness.
You'll be able to help your family far more of you are in good shape. Hauling water, carrying firewood, etc. is hard work. If you're not used to it, it will be a huge shock to your system if you are out of shape.

So I would really like for those of you reading this to make a commitment to do something to get in better shape. It doesn't have to be a huge program or a big goal, just start small and work your way up to something special. Start walking everyday around your neighborhood, do some sit-ups or push-ups every day, go on bike rides with your kids, take the stairs instead of the elevator...
(I'd also suggest that you make a log and track your progress. It may seem kind of discouraging starting out, but seeing the improvement is pretty cool as time goes on.)

This is from my friend Tex who hits the nail on the head. Do whatever you can do, but do it. Do it. Start small, don't quit, keep going, and eventually you'll get where you want to be....

SOAP BOX :When Dan Gable ( A wrestling LEGEND) was training for the Olympics he would wake up in the middle of the night from dreams that the soviets were working harder than him.So he would get up and do push ups until he was tired enough to go back to sleep.Dan believed in the power and the use of push ups.I saw a book called the 100 push up challenge,I guess it lays out how you can do 100 push ups at one time.Folks...you don't need a damned book to tell you how to do a 100 push ups,just do them.There's no trick,no method,no secret to it.If you can do only 1 push up,then do that one push up until you can do 2 push ups, and repeat until you nail 100.I did 111,111 push ups for the year 2012,you know how I did it?...One at a time,one right after another-right through injury,during slow moments ON the fire line,late at night,early in the morning,during lunch breaks etc.Guys,when it comes to a fitness goal there is no other way to accomplish them execpt for hard ass work and a single minded drive to get the job done.No gimmicks,gadgets,cure all pill will do it.If you have it in your mind,then just knuckle the hell up and do it.Ignore all those commercials with the latest this and the latest that....I'm soooooo sick of all that.Bottom line,don't be a sucker and just get to it.

Read that last sentence again. Enough said...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Brass or steel case .223? That is the question.

Brass vs. Steel Cased Ammo - An Epic Torture Test

The folks over at lucky gunner did a very informative test on .223 ammo. And thorough - like 40,000 rounds thorough....

Makes one contemplate if the cost savings of steel-cased ammo is worth it.

Enjoy.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A good article from Survivalblog.com

getting sick

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or any other sort of medical professional. This article is not meant to be medical advice. Please do your own research and consult a doctor if you have any questions

On the 1st I started feeling really bad: a headache that wouldn't go away, sinus pressure, a gradually increasing fever, and overall body soreness/fatigue. I was pretty much useless around the house and would be awake for 2 hours and sleep for one. Through the day it got worse and worse until about 2000 my wife asked if I wanted to go to the ER. I declined, but she insisted on taking my temp (103) and insisted that I go see a doctor the next day.

I have nothing against doctors, hospitals, or the medical profession in general; I just don't like going to the doctor. Maybe it's a macho, guy thing? I don't know. But I was feeling so bad that I was ready to do anything (even get a shot!) to feel better. Since I had "flu-like" symptoms, we both thought that was what I had.

As I tried to sleep that night (while alternately freezing and burning up) I stated thinking about what we would do if we were in a grid-down or SHTF situation. There is a lot to do around here now and since the adult workforce was cut in half, poor Mrs. H was having to do everything - plus I didn't want to get our young children sick. We also don't have fully stocked pharmacy in our medicine cabinet, so thoughts about medical preps were on my mind too.

Turns out that I have Strep (and Mrs. H may be a carrier...) I was given a prescription of what my doctor said was "super penicillin" and was told I'd start to feel better in a few days. What she didn't tell me was that the pills are huge. They look to me better suites for livestock than people. I have been taking them for the last few days and I do feel better - thank goodness.

So what does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, as I alluded to earlier - what would have happened to us if I would have caught this serious case of Strep at a time or place when I would have been unable to go to a doctor or pharmacy?

I'm afraid in our current level of preparedness, it may have been pretty rough. We don't have penicillin just lying around (or any other antibiotics) and we may have not even been able to accurately diagnose my sickness. I'm sure I would have eventually recovered with our OTC meds we have stocked; but how long would it have taken? What if something else were to go wrong while I was sick in bed? Now don't get me wrong, my wife is awesome and can do just about anything; but after a few days of taking care of a sick me, 2 small children, and the homestead - she would be exhausted and might end up sick as well.

So what's the solution?
Well, it's really not practical or even possible to have enough medicines on hand to account for all possible illnesses. I'm also pretty sure your doctor won't give you a prescription for meds just so you can "stock up, just in case". Plus, all medicines have a set shelf like and eventually loose their effectiveness, so you would have to get new prescriptions every few years.
What is possible is to know what illnesses you and your family are likely to get (for us it's Strep) and at least try to plan for that. While I can't always have a stock of super penicillin horse pills on hand, I can do something. While we can't buy antibiotics over the counter here - Mexico isn't too far away and you can (or could a little while ago) buy amoxicillin OTC in large quantities. This may not be as easy or practical as it once was due to the increased violence along the Mexican side of the border, but it is a possible solution. Do you know of anyone going on a cruise or vacation there? Ask them to bring you back a big bottle or two.

There is also the possibility of using medicines that weren't intended for humans. Many times the same medicines we would need a prescription for can be bought OTC for animals.
*I do remember as a kid going with a older male family member to the vet because he was sick and he didn't want/couldn't afford to go the doctor. So the vet just gave him a shot. He got well and never had to go to the doctor for that illness. This was most likely illegal, but in rural areas probably happens a lot.*
It seems to me that meds for a cow can't be that different than meds for a human, right? Don't take my word for it though. Do your own research and reach your own conclusions.
There is even a lot of information out there about using fish medications. I have no personal experience with this and am a little bit skeptical. Search the internet, do your own research, and decide for yourself.

Other than that, physical fitness and proper hygiene/sanitation will prevent a lot of sickness. Keep physically fit so your body can better fight off any bugs you may pick up. Good hygiene will prevent the spread of many diseases as well.

I've only scratched the surface here. There is a multitude of resources available on the internet regarding this topic and I encourage you to do plenty of research before deciding on a plan of action for you and yours. Making bad choices in your medical preps will at the least make a bad situation worse and could (at the worst) lead to the death of you or one of your loved ones. A good place to start is www.survivalblog.com as well as the book Where There is No Doctor. Search the website for medical info. The book can be picked up new or used online and there is also a .PDF version that is free. I don't have a link, but it's easy to find for those with moderately good search-fu.

Keep your powder dry and your nose to the wind and joy in your heart.
HH

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

cool use for your hi lift jack

As if there weren't enough uses for the hi lift - here's another one. I will be building one soon.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thought of the day - the new year

Since it is the 1st day of the new year and a time for resolutions, new starts, etc. Here is mine for this little blog:

I am going to try my best to post more uplifting and useful stuff here instead of the normal "doom and gloom" that seems to be the bulk of what's on here now.

The world is a rough place and it seems like our country is going to hell in a hand basket - but I think all of us know that already and there isn't the need to keep harping on it. Rather, I'll try and find the positive; the light in the ever-growing darkness.

Don't get me wrong, I will still post links from important articles/opinions that I think should be shared. One thing I do believe is that it is important to "open the eyes" of those around me to what is going on in the world that they might not see or know.

So here's to the new year and all it will bring - both the good and the not so good.

Keep your powder dry, your nose to the wind, and joy in your heart.

HH