Sunday, November 1, 2015

Odd and Ends, The cultural decline in Europe leading to Islamic Transformation, and I would be in jail, Why not Hillary.

    Been a bit since I have posted something. Work has been busy and time with the kids are pretty much reserved for the weekend. Last weekend, me and the boys made more Char-Cloth tins. In my days in the military, I had numerous polish tins in my box along with rags and brushes. I found a few tins for us to use. I had a larger WET-PRUF tin from KIWI that had dried up and took is all out and made mine, I still had one that was good to go.

     Dad had a large roll of cotton cloth under the car port and he used it for rags around the house. It was of the same texture and quality you find in most T-Shirts today. I proceeded to cut a large piece off and use that for my char-cloth.

    With the cloth all cut and ready to go, it was packed into the tin and placed in the fire.

And when it was all done

I used the regular tins for the boys, a white and brown shoe polish tin for each of them. We had to do ND's tin twice as he stuffed the cloth in and didn't get is closed enough and the top blew off in the fire.

     To change subjects now, I remember viewing this video a few years ago and with all the migration of Islamic people into Europe today, I can relate to this video that was posted over 4 years. Now, sit back and realize how liberal polices in Europe have caused their own demise. This is coming to our shores, so get ready.

    As my Military career involved me being exposed to material at different classification levels up to and beyond TS/SCI, with NOFORN, 4EYES and Etc including COMSEC, so if I was to compromise classified material like Walker did many years ago with communicating with the Russians or me coping classified material from the SIPRNET and send over NIPRNET, , I would have my own cell at Fort Leavenworth, KS. So how the hell does Hillary Clinton figure not to go to jail. That bitch needs to be under the jail. All you people who love Hillary need to wake up and see the GRAVE danger she has done to our national security. I will leave all the comments up to you all.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

The past week, had a few things to do like preps, tomahawk review, day trip to the mountains, and setting up tree stand.

    The past week has been busy with work and other stuff. Since last Monday, when I had a day off with Columbus Day, JUGM and I did a few things that day to add to our preps. JUGM found a person locally that was selling some 55 gallon plastic drums and 15 gallon buckets. Drums were $12 a piece and 15 gallon buckets were $5 each so I managed to get 2 drums and 4 buckets, y'all do the math. I really like the lids and handles on these buckets. The drums had soybean oil in them and with 3 squirts of Dawn Commercial concentrated and filling them 1/4 full, I had the kids roll them around the yard and flipping them end over end to get all the oil out of them. I opened up both bung holes and flushed all the suds out and they are clean as a whistle. I will be purchasing more in the near future as after asking some question from the seller, his wife works at a local business that makes pharmaceutical products. Yes, we also canned 10 quarts of potatoes which she had showed us running two canner's at the same time on the new two burner propane set-up on her blog.

   BTW, he also has pre-plumbed 100 gallon starter tanks for starting my catfish aquapontics in the spring. The local feed store starts taking orders for fingerling's in march from the local fish hatchery. Yes, I will be diving in during the spring along with raising goats for food and selling.

      Since my last post, I have received my new CRKT WOODS CHOGAN Tomahawk and have had a chance to compare it to my SOG Fusion Tomahawk. Yes, if you saw the pictures from my last post, there are differences in them.

     I really like it, but there are some issues I have with it, so let me start. First and foremost, CRKT, you should be ashamed of yourselves for producing a DULL-ASS Tomahawk. I mean, this thing couldn't even cut a piece of my kids notebook paper when I received it. Every CRKT knife I have bought out-of-the-box was able to shave the hair of my arm, so what happened with introducing this product? Secondly, I really think you put too much clear lacquer finish on the handle. There is a good size blob of it under the wooden handle which to me makes the handle very slippery in a dry condition, would hate to see how it is wet. Third, where is a lanyard hole to add a para-cord lanyard?
    So what have I done with it so far. I have since sharpened it with a metal file and sharpening stone. I have drilled a hole in the handle to attach a lanyard. I will be sanding the handle down to remove the lacquer and added some kind of abrasive, maybe some grip tape found on a skate boards so I can grip the thing. Using the Tomahawk for tasks associated with a survival situation, it does the job. It will chop through stuff with ease, after you sharpen it up. It is heavier than the SOG Fusion Tomahawk so it does add more force. Do I feel it would be a good weapon for a hand-to-hand combat situation, YES, but as far as throwing it, I would be afraid the handle would break. If you need a tool/weapon that is good for setting up camp or driving in tent stakes for your Hennessey Hammock or tent, it will do the job, the SOG Fusion will not be the best option for you.


    Here I did some stump chopping on a tree I had recently cut down that was unsafe and the stump is still real wet. I would have cut it down but, this tree was one that should have been left to someone with insurance. Yeah, it had to be laid down precisely. It was a tall Red Oak that was rotten up to 5 foot in the trunk and leaning toward a power line, so you do the math.....

    This is why I like my SOG Tomahawk. When I carry it around the property, I do this all over the place for practice. When thrown just right, it will make a nice whistling sound going through the air. My youngest ND was behind the camera. Listen to his reaction. GOD, I love being a Dad to kids who love nature and the wild.

    As I had mentioned in the title, we all got up early this morning and headed to Boone, NC. JUGM wanted to see the leaves turning and I wanted to make a visit to my stepfathers' grave as he was a very important part of my life and taught me a lot of life-lessons on being a man. My half brother and I also placed my mom's ashes on his grave as he was the true-love of her life and she always missed him. He also served in the Army during the Korean War, so yes, I had to pay my respect to him.

    After we go back, I took the time to set-up my tree stand above the garden in my eager anticipation of bagging some deer in my garden with the bow. I have spotted some rather large tracks through the garden, specifically around the green beans which we have pulled up on this Saturday as they had nipped the tops off them. As you see, there are a few okra plants left which the leaves have been picked on by the deer and also they have really slowed down on their production as the weather is changing and some collards. Cant do this in a home owners association community.......

  Since I have had a long day, I will sign off for the night. Take care everyone, and keep on preparing for the worst.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Well the sun still hasn't come back, What is the Captain thinking and some prepping.

    Most of you have seen on the news of the large amounts of rain the state of South Carolina has received. We have been fortunate that the only rain we received has been on Friday afternoon through Saturday mid afternoon. We have had a good bit of wind here with only some small branches and a bunch of green leaves on the yard. Forecast is for the rain to return tonight as it pivots up from Charleston and Columbia and heads on out of here. Columbia and Charleston has sustained some damage. JUGM called her aunt in Folly Beach this morning and the bottom level of her place took on water and she lost some stuff that meant a lot to her. Columbia had roads washing out, several of the Interstates are closed at certain mile markers. Fort Jackson had a dam break for one of it's lakes. It should be an interesting day tomorrow at work when I see who all shows up or not. They say we are going to have nothing but sunshine all next week. I really hope so, this state needs it.

     Hurricane Joaquin has done some serious damage in and around the Bahama's and Turks and Caicos. You cannot, and I repeat cannot under-estimate these storms, especially as a Mariner. If you have been following this story, I know people in Jacksonville are, there is a search on right now for the M/V El Faro. It set sail I believe on Tuesday from Blount Island which is the large marine terminal in Jacksonville en route to Puerto Rico. Here is a picture of it.

     It was on route that I have taken many times en route to the eastern Caribbean. There are a lot of questions being asked right now of why they went into the storm, specifically the northeast side which is the worst side to be on? Why didn't they alter their course and go farther out to sea? Why didn't they delay their voyage until the storm had past. Why hasn't an EPIRB signal been picked up? Yes, this ship is almost 800 ft long, but it will still get tossed around. I have been in some really high seas before on much smaller ships and know what that's like, and we had fin stabilizers and still told to stay in our racks unless you had to go on watch.
     Ever since Hugo hit Charleston, the Navy will sortie all ships from either Mayport or NOB and send us to sea to avoid damage pier side if there is a projection of possible land fall near a naval base. Most of the time we sortied it was not warranted, but you never know what these things will do. All I or we all can do is say a prayer for these sailors and their families and hope they all are found safe.

    Saturday we didn't do much. We all enjoyed a much needed sleep in then we ventured out in the rain. Went to Cabelas, again and walked around. This day, there was no .22LR worth buying. Not buying that high priced Match stuff. After we left we went and had a early dinner at one of the best seafood places around this area, Steve's Seafood. I stress early, because you can experience a very long wait to get in there to eat.
     Today, we ventured out again. I had to fill my tank up before heading to work tomorrow. We decided to stop by ALDI and do a bit of shopping. If you have an ALDI near you, then you know they have some good prices on some things. We picked up a case of Lima Beans, Black Eyed peas, and some whole potatoes.

    Picked up some more pasta. 2 lbs was $1.45

    I couldn't resist on picking up a few more Hams too.

      Well hopefully this next week, I will be able to get some real canning done with some potatoes on the new dual burner stove I bought. Also, I have always had a interest in the classic primitive weapons, such as the Tomahawk. I already have a SOG Tomahawk and have it for quite a few years and I really like it. It's very easy to throw and stick it into trees.

    I got and email last week from a crusty old fart/friend who gave me a head's up on a new Tomahawk from CRKT. I checked it out and it caught my eye. Yes, my SOG is good, but I feel this one from CRKT would be more practical as a survival tool versus more as weapon. Here is a file photo of it, since its on its way to me.

    Well I hope everyone has a better week. Stay safe out there.


Monday, September 28, 2015

When will we ever see the Sun again?

    Just wanted to throw some updates out there, since I have gotten busy again. Went to that Amateur Radio club I mentioned in a previous post and sat in on their meeting, of course most of the people are of the older than me crowd but that's fine. They gave out some good information specifically what I need to concentrate on since I so have experience in radio, and of course it was all the schematics of the equipment and policy. I even got a really good study guide they hand out. I have been studying so when I feel I am ready, I will go take the exam.

     This past weekend was OK, wasn't perfect. I know here in SC, we need the rain, but damn can we get at least one day of the weekend to get out and do some stuff around the house. Well that didn't happen. Saturday, we set out to our local Cabelas. I have been eyeing a new two burner propane camp stove. They had the one I wanted for a cool $99.99 and it has a stand too. My old single burner finally died at the old age of 16 yrs old.
    I have been wanting a multiple burner mostly for canning. Before all the rain set in, we had been getting 3/4 of a 5 gallon bucket of green beans every 2-3 days. Here is JUGM sitting on her wheeled bench picking. I would much rather can outside than inside. At least this way, if something goes wrong, well let it blow. I also couldn't pass up another chance to get another brick of Federal Champion .22LR ammo. I also bought the boys their own Daisy Slingshots, and no they haven't shot themselves or busted any windows, yet.....

    Sunday, the weather didn't help me any better with getting over this sinus infection I have been dealing with. Leave it to me to get out yesterday in the rain and drizzle and cook some swine on the smoker. I also got plenty of time to watch football pretty much all day Sunday too. That is also fresh Okra from the garden too.

     Well other than that, not much else going on. House is underway and we just added a couple more days to the already delayed construction. Have a good week everyone. 


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cat 3 CASREP, House underway, and I am questioned on my loyalty and called a betrayer

      Well here we are, we all have made it to Thursday, September 10. Tomorrow is the 14th anniversary of the attack of 9/11/01. Please take a moment to pause and reflect on that devious day in our history and stay vigilant. I have experienced a CAT 3 CASREP.  I take good care of myself, and I have a well developed immune system and have not been sick for about 3 years even with Flu shots, but it happened. I ended up picking up a sinus infection. It started on Monday and thought it was allergies, but by Wednesday morning, I was awake at 0300 with three vises around my head compressing down. Well by 4:30, I called the after hours work number and let them know, I was not coming in. As of right now, I am still stopped up, been popping Mucinex like tic-tac's and its working and I am getting some relief.
       Since I took the day off Wednesday, I didn't wake up till around 1000, I was able to be here when they started digging the foundation of our new home. After four hours of digging with the Bobcat excavator, they had it done. Today they poured 30 yards of rock in the ground.  During the dig, we ended up with a nice souvenir, this will be a decoration in the front yard as visitors come to the house. We also have three other large white flint rocks that we intend on moving around for more decoration

There was a larger rock next to it in the ground, but since it was below the grade, they left it and poured over 2 yards of concrete in the hole. Hopefully Monday, they will be back with the masons and continue on with the foundation and pillars.

     Well it was brought to my attention that someone who has a website went on a rant about me and some others, and no Randall, it was not you this time. You have been good and I say thank you for being good. You are doing your rants on the VA and please, do your part to fix it. This person wants to call me out on my loyalty and label me as a betrayer. REALLY? That's all you can come up with? Listen, you have this group here in the upstate of SC, and you label me this after half of your group has left in the past year and a half? Maybe you should do a operational analysis of what is causing people to leave. Betrayal, nah that's not the case, it conduct unbecoming on your part and having someone who has been in more experienced groups wining over the confidence of other members, I have 5 times more experience than you do with being in a group in Fl for over 12 years. Also, by the way, your welcome for all the ideas and material I brought to your group. Its a shame that the others aren't seeing how you really are. They leave, they will be the next one's you call out.

     Now lets get onto the Loyalty comment. Ok, I got a 4 step process you need to go through then you have the credibility to criticize me on this subject:

#1     Go to a military recruiting office and sign up for one of the armed services. Hell, I will even include the Coast Guard as a option.
#2     Proceed to a MEPS station, and since you never served in the military, it stands for a Military Entrance Processing Station, and say the OATH OF ENLISTMENT or COMMISSION.
#3     Deploy to other countries or theater of operations and spend extensive amounts of time away from your family.

         * Underway and away from your wife for over 300 days in a one year period
         * Spending two weeks with your first born before having to leave
         * Spending one week with your second born before having to leave.

#4     Put on a damn uniform, get issued a weapon and stand a fucking post!!!

    See you don't realize what loyalty is, you haven't served with thousands of fellow sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen throughout a 20 year full time military career. You haven't been on the bow of a ship escorting ships through mine danger areas (MDA) in the Persian Gulf during a war strapped into a harness looking for mines as your going 7 knots through the water, knowing if you don't find one and it hits the bow, your ass is blown sky high and jeopardize the watertight integrity of a ship, and countless lives lost below decks.

      You also haven't served in positions that require you to have the tactical expertise to stand in positions above and beyond a pay grade. Explain to me how a Chief Operations Specialist is qualified as a Tactical Action Officer on a naval ship when this position is usually reserved for second tour department head officers, usually between O3-O4 and had weapons release authority by the Commanding Officer to defend the ship, yes defend over 275 lives. I think you need to go back and look at an email you sent to me on April 17th, 2015 from a contributor to your site, and I quote:

"Tell Senior I had once led a project that used the combined skills of a hand picked group of Seabees, all senior chiefs at the top of their profession. I eventually was invited down Pascagoula way for one of their ceremonies. An high honor that I shall always cherish. His skills are a decided advantage for your group."

     Let's put this out there, you need do some real soul searching, and realize what you are doing sitting behind you keyboard and your cell phone instead of voicing your concern face to face. You expect me to trust someone coming into a group after only meeting them for 2.5 hours? Really, then you have fits about not getting your way and going on rants, completely ignore my wife and only say two words to her "Cheap Ammo" and then don't shake my hand after leaving our last meeting. I'm sure you will get word of this and frankly, I don't care, really I don't. You can fix this to an extent, you need to figure it out, that's up to you...........



Monday, September 7, 2015

Where has the past year gone????

    Here we are, its been over one year since we made the move to SC and what a test of patience and discipline we have endured. As most of you may have known, I experienced the job hunting nightmare that many Americans faced under the Obama economy. It was well over 6 months after moving up here that I found a job here in SC with the USPS, and let me tell you this, what a fucked-up organization. They cant even hire people with benefits because of the career postal employees sucking up all the money, yes I was a Postal Support Employee (PSE) as a Mail clerk. The five weeks I was there, I did more than the other two mail clerks who had been there for a combined 45 years. What a shame that this great American institution has been destroyed by the Postal Workers Union. I tell you, I was glad the day I got the call. This call was what I was looking for. My current place of employment is so much better and I take great enjoyment in who I serve and talk to on a daily basis, except the drive I make everyday.
     So with the stress myself and my family endured, we had additional stress with one modular home contract falling through because the VA now appraises modular home the same as mobile homes. So when the appraisal came back, it was $20,000 short of what the appraisal was, so let's say I am not coming out of pocket for that. I had the money, but no doing it. JUGM and I regrouped and found a custom home builder that was actually cheaper than a modular home with what we wanted in a house. STAY AWAY FROM MODULAR HOMES, banks are starting to shy away from them. Got pre-approved and had the ball rolling until another road block popped up, a property owner who had a wife who was resistant on us getting a easement document signed by her husband who was the actual property owner. What he didn't realize was the property he had bought was a tract that my grand-father once owned. Also, my father had been using the easement for over 43 years, which the statue of limitation for easement use in SC is 20 yrs, well he had that doubled. I had been using the easement for over 28 yrs and JUGM has been using it for 20 years.
     Well we went to our family attorney here in town and he told JUGM that he couldn't help us because he was the closing attorney for the other property, but we did get a one hour free consultation from him and he said he would send him a letter. Well, by god he did as it was hand delivered. He basically told the property owner that you better sign the document because you are about to be lit up with a lawsuit, which you will loose and if they seek damages, this is something you don't want to spend money on. I was so pissed off, I had it already in my head to do a counter suit seeking no less than $500,000. Well after a month of multiple attempts from myself and JUGM and using all available means to show a judge our attempts, we finally got the document signed, but now we are a month behind schedule. I still have something up my sleeve for those MF's. More to follow.
     This past Saturday, the family I took of for a day together. We went to our new Cabelas and did some browsing. I managed to pick up a 500 round brick of Federal Champion .22lr. My Ruger 10/22 is smiling. Ask Stephen and Duke, that's all I shot through my 10/22.

     Next, we went to a REI located in a town near us. We are making another addition to the Hennessy Hammock Family, yes JUGM is getting her own hammock. If you get one, order it straight from them, you get extra stuff with it. These Back Diamond caribiners and omega rappelling rings make set-up so much easier. If it comes to the day that we have to bug out, we all can light weight and leave a minimal foot print in our travel.

 One of the good things we have up here is a very large garden. Saturday night we had some of our harvest from the spring garden.

Fresh green bans and fried okra

    Today, our neighbor came up to visit. This neighbor has done so much for me and his best friend, my dad over the years, we gave him 5 dozen eggs for him and his family. While he was here, he was able to watch me and NW do a review of the Survival Bush craft cook set. I was happy with the construction as it is made in Germany, but I do have issues with it. I purchased the smaller version and now I wish I had purchased the large version. It does the job with using twigs and pine cones for fuel, but I find the air flow to the tinder a bit to constrictive and the effort to boil water did have some human intervention. I will probably purchase the larger one and give it a try. I felt it took too long to boil water. See, when you actually purchase products to try out, you can be honest about their functionality without the bias of a company sending it to you and kissing their ass. There are to many sites out there that do this. 

   Well it is getting along into the night, I have to do my rounds of the property before heading off to bed. I know that I sit at a computer for 8 hours a day and the last thing I want to do is jump on and add to my keystrokes for the day, but I will make a honest attempt to let everyone know how things are going. Next up on my plate, going to my first amateur radio club meeting this week. With my extensive background using every available communication the U.S.Navy has to offer, I feel it should take me no time to get my technician license. Harry, Matt, Kymber, get ready because I will be talking your ears off.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Odds and ends. Request from a friend.

    Things are slowing down a bit here. As most of you know, my boys and baseball are an important part of my life, and the bond that we have is real strong. I must say I am very very proud of NW and ND this year as JUGM has reported earlier, the boy's team had an undefeated season, made it through to the county championship game, but one error changed the outcome and they ended up finishing 2nd. I will say neither NW or ND made the error. NW was fortunate enough to make the county All-Star team as catcher. ND didn't make it and it was not because of his effort or skill, see ND is 8 and playing on a 9-10 yr old division team. We had to explain to him that he didn't make it because of the cheating little league team from Illinois has caused a serious crack down on age and local rules. Go figure, someone from Illinois cheating.......

     The garden is going great, although the weeds are out of control and we are letting it go as we have our crops for the fall garden in seed starters and as soon as the corn is all picked, I will be down there tilling it up with the tractor. So far we have picked corn twice so far and have almost 90 ears of corn, and we haven't gotten through a quarter of the corn. Also we have been in kind of a drought here and I have drawn up a irrigation system for the rows and cant wait to start the construction.

    Been following world events lately? I suggest everyone pay attention to what is going on in Greece and come up with your own lessons-learned when their financial collapse happens. I still am trying to figure out what Greece actually produces besides a dependent nanny-state.

    Work has been going good as I have been fully trained up and had my first 90 performance appraisal this week and as normal, I was rated excellent and above my peers with several at-a-boy's from two other departments.

    I received a request from a friend I met last fathers day when I went to a firearms training course up in NC. He administers the site                          and was solicited by a group in his area to advertise and put the word out about a networking opportunity with other like minded people to share world and intellectual thoughts about current events, prepping, and all that other stuff. Here is the link to page.

    Well I just wanted to get on here and say, Hey, I'm still vertical and breathing. Now I must go as today is NW's 10th birthday. He will be excited for his big-boy gift.