Category Archives: General Preparedness
Good Morning Regular Joes and Janes;
This morning I would like to take a few minutes to talk about choices we make every day that can affect our safety. In the past couple of weeks we have had two high-profile mass shootings and a total of four over the past six months. While the mainstream media has made the focus about gun control, little has really been said about specific things that the average person can do to lower the personal risk.
First what is the risk of being involved in a mass shooting event? According to FBI statistics you are far more likely to be struck by lighting than to be shot by a mass murder. So, don’t put a lot more of your time into this topic than you do to protect yourself from lightning strikes. Also mass murders peaked in 1929 with occasional peaks in the 60’s and 90’s. During the decade of the 2000’s mass murders in America actually declined.
All of the above being said there are specific things you can do to protect yourself.
1. If you are able obtain, train and carry a concealed weapon. This should include having a concealed carry permit.
2. Most mass shooters chose places that are “gun free zones”. No matter how deranged they are they seem to have ability to choose victims and places that they are most likely to find defenseless victims. Many times you have to go into these gun free zones, but when you have the choice; avoid them.
a. You have to go to court houses, schools and other public buildings, but when possible do your business on-line.
3. Voice your opinion to politicians, store owners, friends and neighbors.
a. Work with local and state politicians to eliminate gun free zones. Both Texas and Michigan have recently passed legislation allowing teachers and others to carry firearms in schools
b. Understand that every businessman is free to make rules regarding his property. If he doesn’t want you or others to carry a gun on his property, he has that right. BUT; you have the opportunity to tell him that you will not be doing business with him. (Be polite, you might change his mind.)
c. Urge business owners that do support the 2nd Amendment to post signs. Encourage friends to shop with these business owners.
FACT: Did you know that the Aurora Colorado shooter, James Holmes, had 7 theaters within 25 minutes that he could have chosen? All were showing the He did not chose the closest theater; he chose the only theater of the 7 that had signs posted prohibiting patrons from carrying concealed weapons. Around 250 people filled the theater that night. 4% of Colorado residents have a concealed carry permit which means 6 to 10 of those people could have had a weapon on them if they chose to ignore the law. People who chose to support the other theaters probably were carrying and most likely James Holmes chose accordingly.
I am known, both at church and by others in the community to carry a firearm at all times. This Sunday morning, after church a father with young kids came up to me and thanked me for having a gun. He said it gave him peace of mind after the events of Friday. That is a first!
Possible options on OBAMA CARE now:
If you are a Conservative, Constitution loving, freedom loving patriot this is the path I see moving forward;
1. House vote in July to repeal (call your representative)
2. Enough conservative patriots voted into the Senate in November to vote to repeal (Vote in November and educate others)
3. A conservative president is elected, (or at least Romney who promises to move to repeal it.) (Vote in November and educate others)
4. If it stands, refuse to pay the taxes and fines and go to jail (Let your conscience be your guide)
5. Move to a state that refuses to enforce the law (Texas, Louisiana, ……..)
6. Civil War if the Federal Government continues Standard Operating Procedures (Pray that God will intervene)
7. Above all else be in prayer for our nation as it is more divided than at anytime since the 1860’s (When we fought the Civil War)
- Contemptuous government (wnd.com)
- Bachmann Rails Against Activist Court After Health Care Ruling (crooksandliars.com)
- SCOTUS: ObamaCare Decision is Not a Victory for Obama! (patriotwarrior.org)
Good Morning Joes and Janes;
After working almost all of the weekend the days are starting to blur a little, but I did realize that it was time to post one of “Regular Jane’s” stories. This one may give you second thoughts if you have been thinking about raising goats as a way of preparing. The neighbors have one that I pass by every morning and I must admit the thought has entered my mind once or twice. Now…..well, I will spend some more time thinking. If you live in a town or city where having a goat is out of the question, it is still a good read.
So here I kneel on the couch, pressing my face to the window while watching a goat’s butt. It has been an hour and eighteen minutes since i first noticed tiny hooves peeking out of her rear end We have only had one other baby goat born here, and we lost it. A beautiful rust and black male that died because we didn’t know enough. We had been told by friends who have goats that labor can take up to two days and DON’T TOUCH. We weren’t told to watch the time after the water breaks.
Man ‘o man did I read everything I could get my hands on after that heartbreak! So as Buttercup has neared her time I’ve felt more confident. Until today – at one hour and twenty-three minutes after I noticed those hooves. She’s hunching again! Push, girl! Push! …… Nope. All the websites say don’t wait more than half an hour after the water breaks before you help. Our goat farming friend with experience says 1-2 hours is ok. Me, I’m wondering how long I can hold my breath … How long can that baby hold it’s breath? My cousins daughter (a 4H marvel) texted her best friend who lives on a goat farm. The teenager’s Dad also says 1-2 hours. Buttercup has laid down again.
- Downloads How to Raise Goats book (ildayykz.typepad.com)
- The Health Benefits of Goat Cheese (lushtoblush.com)
- Cuter Than a Lawnmower: Would You Let a Goat Mow Your Lawn? (apartmenttherapy.com)
Good Morning Fellow Regular Joes;
This is one of my Regular Joe alerts for all of you men out there. I know you get wrapped up in work, fishing, hunting, working on vehicles and all those other things; but tomorrow is one of those important annual events you want to make sure you don’t forget. Preparedness is the name of the game. Don’t wake up tomorrow morning with a special someone looking you in the face and you caught with that deer in the headlights stare!
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. If you are reading this then sometime in the past a woman took some time off to give birth to you and most likely quite a bit more time to raise you and get you to where you are today. Tomorrow would be an excellent time to let her know you appreciate all that she has done. I am sure that she isn’t perfect…but then I suspect you aren’t either…I know there is that one mistake I made when I…..well, never mind…you know what I mean.
Besides your mother it’s not a bad idea to recognize the mother of your kids if you have any too. Now I know that it can be easy to start accusing the card companies and big corporations of a conspiracy plot to take over holiday’s and drain your wallet. On Valentines Day I had quite a discussion with several conspiracy theorists while we examined the cards and checked out prices over comments like “I can remember when a card was only….”. The more experienced, (old), the conspiracy theorist’s age the more common these comments are. But I digress.
The point here is not how much you spend but what you do. Just think back to what you remember about your mom or that special woman in your life. I bet the first, second or even third thing that comes to mind is not about some expensive gift you got from them. It is usually special times and events, and many of them don’t require money.
- Do something that you haven’t done in a while.
- Take a walk together
- Sit and talk on a park bench
- Buy a simple lunch for her and listen to all she has to say
- Almost all women appreciate flowers…although a few these day’s appreciate ammo and the like more
- In short think about what she likes and then do it. Read the rest of this entry
Good Afternoon Joes and Janes;
I went into Missoula today to gather prices for a bid and some other items. About halfway home I realized that on Mondays I have been posting a preparedness article from Prepping2prep, aka Regular Jane, and I totally forgot. I hope you haven’t been just sitting on the computer all day waiting for it. If you have younger kids she has some great thoughts for you in your planning.
Prepping can be defined in many ways. For me it is striving for self-sufficiency through skill improvement and an open mind set towards the possibilities of what could happen and training myself to handle those situations.
With my mind on preparedness drills this past week, an opportunity came about to put awareness into action. Our children are 3 and 2 (birthdays in July) so for any GOOD plan we have assumed we would be carrying them in addition to any preparations. Then we had a small fire.
I was cooking multiple things on the stove while the kids watched nearby. They often watch and occasionally help stir (not the hot foods, the ingredients before I put them in the pan). This time a small fire broke out on one of the burners (boil over from when my husband cooked that I had not noticed before starting). With two kids and 4 pans I had my hands full and called from my husband to help. He came in saying “Get Back! Get Back!” he grabbed the pan and tried to smother it while I grabbed the fire extinguisher. Read the rest of this entry