Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Everyday Carry Essentials Kit: A Part of Everyone Concealed Carry Scenario

If you are to carry a concealed carry weapon you should also be carrying a tourniquet and some QuickClot. Together these are the essentials for concealed carriers.

In my newest book, Concealed Carry Scenarios, I recount scenarios with two endings. One how it really ended and an alternative ending that can help you make a wiser decision.

This book is designed to help you think through possible scenarios that you could encounter. After each scenario there is an Q & A section that was developed to help you consider how you would/should react in a given situation.

There are also a couple of worksheets/check-lists that have been designed to help you sharpen your awareness skills. One is the Stopped at a Stoplight check-list. Another is the Entering a New Space check-list. These can be used to evaluate and further enhance your awareness skills in your everyday life.

I invite you to check you this new book and provide feedback. One thing about selling in the Amazon ebook format is that I can add content and make updates in real-time from feedback given. It has helped make the book better already.

See  Concealed Carry Scenarios in the Amazon book store now.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Concealed Carry Scenario Check-lists

Here are some worksheets for concealed carry awareness situations that you should practice on a regular basis to be ready for what may come your way. Read more about these check-lists in the book Concealed Carry Scenarios available on Amazon.

Concealed Carry Scenarios available on Amazon.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

100% beef-ish!

Have you ever been bothered by the to-good-to-be-true claims of advertisers? We have all questioned the truthfulness of such claims like, "Milk does a body good." But how many of us do more that question the advertisers when its so easy to stop at a fast food shop and get something that appears to taste good in less that 5 minutes no matter the longterm cost?

I have and I bet most of you have at one time or another. But thanks to visionaries like La Nay Ferme. There are options. Yes, they cause us to alter our routine but how inconvenient is it really?

Tolstoy said it like this, "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." One meal at at time. Change from pink slime food stuff, 100% beef-ish to real food every meal.  

Find and enjoy real food again!

Friday, September 06, 2013

Brain Poison - Why do we listen to this guy?

"We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us.... I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line."

Until we expect more from ourselves we will never get more from our so called leaders! Raise the bar and expect greatness so you and I can achieve greatness!

• Do you get up 3 hours before you need to be somewhere and accomplish personal or professional goals?

• Do you read or listen to audio books to advance your knowledge on a regular basis?

• Do you maintain a "To-do" list?

• Do you volunteer at lease 10hrs a month?

• Do you record and review your goals regularly?

These are all skills gleaned from the habits of the rich vs. the poor. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sanitation is Vital in All Situations

The tippy-tap is a simple hand-washing device that allows you to wash your hands with a very little amount of water. Whether you are near home or out in the wild cleanliness is vital for long-term health. When disasters hit or you’re just going camping make a tippy-tap to be ready.

If you’ve had the change to travel around the world you’ll recognize the blessing of clean water. But in a long-term disaster that luxury will be lost. To compound things, since we take clean water for granted, we don’t dwell on sanitation issues and how quickly decease and death can occur. Next to shelter, clean water and sanitation are the most important items to survival.  Versions of the tippy-tap have saved countless lives in third-world countries. And you can help your situation with only a little preparation and next to no money.

There are two options to using the tippy-tap.
1. Squeeze the tippy-tap with one hand and catch the dripping in the other. Then lather with sock of soap. Repeat to rinse.
2. Loosen the cap to start low-flow of water to begin hand-washing process.

How-to Make A Tippy-tap
1. Gather items and clean bottle.
2. Make a small hole, width of the pen tube, with a heated wire. Don’t make it too big. Insert the pen tube.
3. Fill bottle with water and tighten the cap. NOTE: When cap is tight water doesn’t flow. When cap is loosened water begins to flow.
4. Put bar of soap in the sock/nylon. Tie one end to rope and let hang near bottle. Tie center of rope to support rod. Tie other end of rope to 2-liter bottle.

Source: Hesperian.org Water & Sanitation guide.

Friday, August 02, 2013

What is a quality education?


"Any system of education, therefore, which limits instruction to the arts and sciences, and rejects the aids of religion in forming the characters of citizens, is essentially defective."
      - Noah Webster, Letter to David McClure :: October 25, 1836

With more and more people questioning the relevancy of our public school system it is refreshing to read Seth Godin's Stop Stealing Dreams.

There have been many on the forefront of the issues facing "the post-job economy" such as Strauss and Howe, Dr. Oliver DeMille, founder of George Wythe University and Dr. Shannon Brooks, founder of Monticello College, but if education was taught in a holistic manner where everything is related instead of in Pavlovian bell ringing segregated labyrinth it may be clear to most everyone what the problems are.

All the skills we our children need to learn to be successful in the 21st century,
• Initiative
• Ingenuity
• Allegiance
• Integrity
• Commitment
• Passion
• Impact

where once taught in the home and never taught in schools. Yet we insist, only because its all we know, that we "fix" public schools. There is no way to "fix" public schools because they have different goals than that of the needs for success.

The only way to "fix" education is to take it into your own hands. A quick outline to get you started would be dig out a bunch of classics and read them consider the life skills taught in these books and base your teachings around them to build the skills needed for a proper liberal arts education.

After one has learned the above basis they have the ability to learn any skill they wish to pursue. But without such a background one will be stuck in the skill set he/she first develops and that is no place for an American from any age.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Emergency Stove

This stove was made from 1- #10 can and 4-progresso soup cans. Insulated with kitty litter. It can boil water in a few minutes with twigs. It can be easily used in any type of emergency.

It is a good thing to have around just in case you need it. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How-to Make A Simple Hand-washing Device or Tippy-tap

From The Internet Dark Ages
Hesperian.org is a great resource for primitive health and safety resources. Here you can find more than a dozen books on any type of health issue. Where there is no Doctor.  Where there is no Dentist. Sanitation and Water. are just some of the resources available on their website.

If you are looking for a library on how to care for yourself in an independent way or just wanting to be knowledgeable about your health and safety this is a must-have resource.

I made the above tippy-tap for my camp box. It is an easy way to keep everyone clean.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Concealed-carry Walk-through

From The Internet Dark Ages
You’ve been through basic concealed-carry training. You’ve been told of the responsibilities of your decision to carry concealed. No doubt you’ve been told that you should review scenarios you might encounter that may pass your way as a concealed-carry permit holder. The purpose of this book is to first, to help you visualize scenarios that you may encounter and help you better prepare for the decision to draw your weapon and destroy the threat or not. And second to show you proper techniques of drawing your weapon.

Lets begin by reviewing proper weapon display so if you are ever in a life-threatening situation you are as prepared as you can be to keep you, your family and those around you as safe as you can be.

There are many factors involved in shooting a handgun—you grip, aiming, breathing known as breath control, hold known as hold control, when to put your finger on the trigger or trigger control as well as follow through after firing. Yet the stance, keeping both feet firmly on the ground, is the vital beginning. Crucial for accuracy, a good shooting stance provides a strong, stable platform.

It is important to develop proper techniques and respect of a handgun as to minimize personal injury and maximize the effectiveness of your weapon use. First we will go over the weapon draw position. This includes the stance, position 1 (draw weapon and ready off hand), position 2 (rotating weapon-point at target), position 3 (two-hand grip), position 4 (acquire site), and fire.
1. The Stance
Stand facing the target (if anything slightly pigeon-toed). Have your feet planted even with your shoulder width. Have one foot slightly forward of the other to maintain proper balance. Then bend the knees ever so slightly and lean ever so slightly forward. (See pic 1: The Stance. below)
Pic 1: The Stance
From The Internet Dark Ages
2. Position 1 (draw weapon and ready off hand) 
In this position you draw your weapon out of your holster with your dominate hand. Then you ready your second hand with the backside of your palm in the middle of your chest with your fingers pointing down at a 45º angle. (See Position 2 in animated .gif below)

There are a few reasons to place your off hand in this position. One is so you don’t get this hand in front of the weapon and accidentally harm yourself. It is a common accident. Another is that this hand can be used to engage the assailant if he is up close to you. This may be awkward at first but with regular practice you will see how this position puts this hand in a position to react in tight contact with an assailant. Another and most importantly this hand becomes your stabilizer when your gun is pointed at your target.
From The Internet Dark Ages
3. Position 2 (rotating weapon-point at target) 
This position readies you to engage your target. From position one, you rotate your weapon 45 degrees and point it at the target. You'll want to slightly canter weapon away from your body so the recoil of a semi-automatic handgun doesn't gouge your side. If needed, you can shoot from this position.
From The Internet Dark Ages
4. Position 3 (two-hand grip)
For this position, bring your weapon-hand to the hand that is in the middle of your chest. Wrap your ready off-hand around your hand holding the gun maintaining the 45º angle. Use your off-hand to grip about 80% of pressure on the weapon. The hand holding the gun bears the remaining 20% of the grip. Notice the proper position of the trigger finger. It is to remain straight and above the trigger at all times. Only lowering to the trigger when you’ve committed to destroy the target. On the backside, your grip should show your thumbs side by side below the barrel. From here you begin to extend to the target or acquire target position. Extend your weapon straight out towards target. (See Position 3 in animated .gif above)
From The Internet Dark Ages
5. Position 4 (acquire sight)For this position, extend out your weapon straight toward the target. As you do, first, look at target, then focus on the front sight or “acquire sight” is the correct terminology. Keep your focus on this front sight. Align line of sight across the top of the sights making sure the gap between the front sight is centered not off to the right or left and that they target area is just above these sights.

When extending your arms practice to extend straight out towards target. Be aware not to extend in a bowling maneuver or a casting maneuver as both will result in missing your target. Also be aware not to lock your arms/elbows and you extend. You want a little flex in your arms as to absorb the recoil of the gun as you fire.

After you have pulled the trigger reverse the steps. Pulling the gun back towards your chest, returning your gun to the holster if there is no more threats. You should practice this draw without bullets 20 times a day till you are comfortable with all aspects of drawing and aiming your weapon.
From The Internet Dark Ages

NOTE: This is a common shooting position. In future we will explore others.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ban Guns. Ban Jawbones. Ban Shakespeare! That Will Fix All of Our Problems.

Following is a parody on Banning guns by author E. Merril Root from his book, America's Steadfast dream, that illustrates the folly of the debate of "gun control."

From The Internet Dark Ages

One mode of anti-frontier and anti-self-reliance propaganda is contemporary hysteria about gun control – a part of the materialistic determinism of the hour. To the superficial minds of “Liberals,” collectivists, Marxians, et al., instruments are supposed to act upon man, and men (no longer self-reliant) merely to be acted upon: to them, murder lies in the gun and not in the soul of man. So they think that to deprive men of guns would prevent man from murder!
What the Power Boys – the insiders – behind the gun controls really want, of course, is not to control guns but to control us. They want registration so that they can confiscate; they want to confiscate so that they will have power and we shall be powerless – even as we live today upon a wild frontier demanding ever more self-reliance.
On the old frontier, men had to rely upon themselves and had to be armed until there were sound laws and until law-enforcement officers could enforce the laws. Today laws against thieves, muggers, thugs, rapist, arsonists, looters, murderers (thanks largely to the “Liberal” majority on the Supreme Court) are diluted almost to the point of abolition; the Marshal Dillons of the world, thanks to the same Court, are disarmed or emasculated, they are told to respect the “rights” of thieves, muggers, thugs, rapists, arsonist, looters, muggers, above the right of good citizens to be secure from such felons.
Good citizens, deprived of the processes of the law or the protection of the police, are supposed to accept their lot as the passive happy victims of “the unfortunate,” sheep to be sheared of feed to the wolves bleating about  the loveliness of it all. It is “violence” if good citizens defend themselves; it is not “violent” but “protest” if they or their property are assaulted. So gun controls are the order of the day – gun controls that will disarm me of good will, but will not disarm the Mafia, the mobs out on a spree, the wolves on the prowl, the men of ill will.
This is a part of the “Liberal” sentimentality that does not see sin, evil, violence, as realities in the soul of man. To the “Liberal,” all we need is dialogue, discussion, compromise, co-existence, understanding – always in favor of the vicious and never in defense of the victim. The sentimental “Liberal,” fearful of self-reliant man, believes this to be a good thing; the cynical Power Boys pretend to believe it, and use it for their own ends.
Gun control is the new Prohibition. It will not work, as Prohibition did not work. But meanwhile it will be tried, as a sentimental cure-all, a new usurpation of the rights of a once thoroughly self-reliant people, another step on the march to 1984. It is only a symptom of our modern disease, but it is well worth examining at a little more length. And, as I recently made a trip to the land of Sentimentalia, and brought back a published account of  gun control there, I hope you will permit me to offer it as evidence speaking to our condition:
“A few hundred of the several hundred million citizens of Sentimentalia have in recent years been shot by criminals. The Congress of that land, led by Senators Tom Prodd and Jokey Hidings, and egged on by the President, responded with a law to first register, and eventually confiscate, all the wicked instruments known as ‘guns.’ The law was passed amid tears of joy.
“But, alas, when guns continued to be used by the happy thugs thus freed from the fear of being shot by self-reliant citizens, the Prohibitionists claimed that this meant that knives need to be forbidden… and then violence and murders would end. They already had laws against switchblades (quietly evaded); but now they claimed that any sort of knife was lethal; so they sent out teams of bureaucrats to register pocket-knives, letter openers, and straight-edged razors, and to register and license the owners of paring-knives and butcher-knives, and steak-knives and ice-picks...so nobody was supposed to be murdered any more. Some conforming, society hypnotized housewives even came marching into police stations with aprons full of knives, and sang “You Shall Overcome’ as they dumped them in heaps… presumably to be melted into plowshares. (Nobody was ever sure of this, and the cynical even suggested that they found their way to the underprivileged, for after all the underprivileged needed knives.”
“Even so, murder continued in Sentimentalia, and sporadic violence, so the Prohibitionists announced that it was because the controls hadn’t gone far enough. After all, murders were often committed with baseball bats, hammers, axes, hatchets, etc., etc., and how could you have a non-violent world until you did away with baseball bats, hammers, axes, and hatchets, etc., etc. Thereupon carpenters, bowed with a sense of guilty, paraded into public squares with hatchets and hammers by the gross, and dumped them before the melting pot. But houses were no longer built, and baseball ceased to be much of a game, and Paul Bunyon went for the tall timber and was never seen again because, as a self-reliant man, he wouldn’t register his ax.
“When murders still continued, the Prohibitionists found a wicked book called the Hebrew Bible, and discovered that Jael had killed the sleeping Sisera with a nail or a tent-peg, and Samson had slain a thousand with the jawbone of an ass – and so they registered and licensed all tent-pegs and nails, and searched out and confiscated the jawbone of every last ass. And when murders still took place, the Prohibitionists found that they were sometimes committed with women’s stocking, so now no woman was allowed to appear with stockings unless her legs were examined full length to assure that she had a license sewed into her nylons, and eventually they decided that women had no constitutional right to stockings anyway, and should keep them in a public repository while not wearing them, and call for them when needed. And the police went around stripping nylons off women’s legs, and everybody was sure that this was the end of murder.
“Next some ‘Liberal’ read a play by William Shakespeare and found that Othello murdered Desdemona with a pillow, so all pillows had to be licensed. Often the Prohibitionists came breaking into homes at night, and snatched pillows from under sleepy heads for failure to produce a license. When murders still continued, ‘Liberals’ discovered that desperate men used fingernails and teeth, and now going to extremes they extracted all teeth and abolished all fingernails. But even this wasn’t enough. They discovered that murders had been committed by kicking; so you had to have a license for a pair of shoes, and you had to register every pair of feet and some large, brutal-looking feet were amputated.
“By this time, people were so fed up with controls that they took out after the sentimentailists and the Power Boys with fists and fingers and frozen snowballs and rocks. Senators Prodd and Hidings and even the President took a refuge in bomb-shelters and managed to survive; but on the other side of their trauma they armed themselves with guns.”
Such is the account of something rotten in the State of Sentimentalia. But “Liberals” never learn, and the Prohibitionists still supposed that murder is in the gun and not in the soul of man!
 How would you propose we fix the problems we face? It truly is idiocy to be discussing a ban on weapons. The problem is in the soul of man.
Founding Father Trench Coxe said, "
"The power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for THE POWERS OF THE SWORD ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE YEOMANRY OF AMERICA FROM SIXTEEN TO SIXTY. [82] The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. What clause in the state or federal constitution hath given away that important right.... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. " [83]

[83]. "A Pennsylvanian" (Tench Coxe), To The People of the United States, PA. GAZETTE, Feb. 20, 1788, at 2, reprinted in 2 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, supra note 57, at 1778-80 (Microform Supp.). Other installments are in PA. GAZETTE, Feb. 6, 13, 27, 1788.