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Parenting / Teach a kid to shoot
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:31:45 PM »

Another one behind the sights!

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Ammo & Reloading / Science project requests?
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:32:03 PM »
For this years science fair we are testing bullet penetration and cavitation. As you can see I have already made a significant investment in to this.

If any of you gents would like to mail me a couple rounds you would like tested, send me a PM. Gelatin will be melted down and reformed between each round. Only doing 9mm. I will need the specs on whatever rounds you send obviously.

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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / EGGS finally...
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:16:13 PM »
Raised our girls up from chicks. Got them in the spring and they should have started producing weeks ago! We would occasionally find one or two. Then all of the sudden on one of the coldest nights of the year so far we got 19 eggs overnight!

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CIEMR / A Christmas poem
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:43:34 PM »
Not sure where credit is due for this. It was a forward in my email today-

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
 I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
 My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
 My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
 Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
 The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
 Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
 My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
 Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
 In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
 So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

 The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
 But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
 Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
 sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
 My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
 And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

 Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
 A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
 A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
 Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
 Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
 Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

 "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
 "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
 Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
 You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
 Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts?

 To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
 Then he sighed and he said, "Its really all right,
 I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.
 "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
 That separates you from the darkest of times.

 No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
 I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
 My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
 Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
 My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
 And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

 I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
 But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."
 Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
 The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
 "I can live through the cold and the being alone,
 Away from my family, my house and my home.

 I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
 I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
 I can carry the weight of killing another,
 Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
 Who stand at the front against any and all,
 To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

 "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
 Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
 "But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
 "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
 It seems all too little for all that you've done,
 For being away from your wife and your son."

 Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
 "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
 To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
 To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
 For when we come home, either standing or dead,
 To know you remember we fought and we bled.
 Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
 That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

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« on: December 21, 2017, 07:23:05 PM »
I didn't meet the man I call my dad till I was eleven. He didn't have a whole lot of time to give me the age old, "what every little boy needs to know about becoming a man" kind of education little boys are due. But I hung on to every word I could of my "Cliffs notes" short and condensed version.

Wanna know how to tie a "half hitch" or a "Mississipi boomer knot"? I can show you, because he took the time to show me...

I know there's a thousand different things you can do to make a buck and if you do each of them you're gonna make a thousand bucks... Cause he told me...

I can always find a deal, there's always room to budge, or a discount to be had if you can articulate to the man, not so much why you deserve it, but why he should give it to you anyways... I picked that up as well!

Somewhere along the way, not sure if it was following him in to truck stops or out on the horse trails I picked up a "wink and a smile" that tends to gets me into trouble when not applied judiciously!

"Its a long way from your heart"... Even if it's infected, can't bend it, or really close to your BRAIN, it's still "a long way from your heart" and thus not an emergency!

*Nothing* marinates a ribeye better than Worcestershire and yoshida's gourmet sauce. Mrs. Dash goes good with everything and nothing tastes better after a day on a tractor or a horse than a coke from Alsup's convenience store!

Be versatile, resilient, motivated and persistent. Move with a purpose, buy low, sell high and always make time to better yourself!

Learn from your mistakes, but blame it on your son! Wait! what?? Yeah, the tailgate incident of 95' Dad, when you ripped the tailgate off your truck with the gooseneck and blamed it on me because I was always the one to unhook the trailers! Yup, member that too!

"There ain't a horse that can't be rode, and ain't a rider that can't be throwed" How many different ways is that applicable in life? At fifteen I never understood it as a metaphor I just assumed it was rather specific!

"Left leg on the left side, your right leg on the right and your mind in the middle"

"Give your heart to The Lord and ride like the devil"

I heard it all... Absorbed it... Share it when I can!

Be Proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw! Quite possibly the only teenage boy in the state of Texas that could recite Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"! Learned that somewhere between Little Rock and Jonesboro at 87 mph with my head beating off of the door molding of an 88 Chevy on a bumpy Arkansas highway! Thanks a lot Bill Clinton!

I could go on and on (taught me that too) but I'll give it a break and spare you every single detail. I hope I grow up to be half the man he was. The best part about my old man was that he didn?t have to do all of that. Wasn?t his job. But the individual who made me was an absentee. When people ask, ?Who is your real dad??, It?s an easy answer.

(Photographic proof of a light grunt with a college diploma!)

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Build Threads / Diana
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:54:32 PM »
Meet Diana (daughter wanted Wonder Woman, we settled on Diana)

She?s a 2016 CCSB Z71. First vehicle I?ve ever had personally with heated seats!

(Here she is when I brought her home)

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CIEMR / checking in!
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:32:24 PM »
Evening gents!

Just thought I would do a quick check in! A lot has happened since I was on here last. I have checked in here from time to time but neglected to post a howdy or anything. Shame on me. It's been pretty busy around the HC ranch both personally and professionally. I took a short leave of absence to help a buddy on a contract down south in the ice cream cone shaped continent. That was a whole 'nother world for me!! But it was a great experience nonetheless. Looking at going back again sometime in the 18'. Secondary to all of that, I promoted at my real job to a rank that was more fitting of my duty assignment. I completed an advanced crime scene investigator certification, *AND* (drum roll please) I am due to graduate with my associates in Law Enforcement and My Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration next week! Only took 19 years! Lots of other things happening as well in my life. For the most part all good things... I am blessed beyond deserts for sure.

Anyways, I'll troll around the threads for a few and update some of my own stuff. I'll go ahead and let ya'll down now. I sold Tina. Sometimes money just talks to you at the right time and well, I'll just say, I wasn't attached to her to the extent of the amount of cash waved in my face at Casey's the other day! I had to have something so I just jumped into the best first "deal" I could find and ended up in a 2016 Silverado gasser... I'll be throwing some drooler's on a new build thread. I'm not sure you could classify her as a "real man truck" per se... but she's 4wd and has a bed! um sort of... Anyways. Look for the "Diana" thread coming to a forum near you!

Build Threads / The Reclamation of Blue
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:20:20 PM »
Blue is a 1987 Chevy C10. 350 tbi 400 turbo.  She belonged to my dad first and then me. When I was 18 I took my eldest boy (the one in the pics) home from the hospital in it and restored it in the barn shortly thereafter. Was around 2000.

I tell you what! Tearing her down today was like opening a time capsule for me. I couldn't help but reminisce the entire time. Not sure I'm going to be able to get through this without shedding a few tears along the way.

Plans are constantly changing. I know she's going to be a work kit truck so we will keep that in mind! I don't want to pour gobs of cash into it just yet because, well it belongs to a teenager and that is asking for trouble and heartaches. I know it's going to be just perfect when she's done. I'm kicking around the idea of doing a sort of faux petina on her to match the real petina and then preserving it with some satin clear.

Without further ado here is day 1. Forgive the lack of technical pictures here. I don't want to spend the whole build behind my camera lens. For the most part the pictures will just tell our story along the way! Trackin'?

Here we are yanking her out of the weed, past the chicken coop and into the garage!

Quick 360

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Need help!
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:04:59 PM »
1998 Chevy vortec 305

Was driving along thinking about how good my truck was running and all of the sudden it wasn't.

Missing consistently and backfiring. Put it on the code reader and all I have is the multiple misfire P0300 or whatever. Posted are the stats. I compared it to one of the others in the driveway and couldn't locate anything remarkable... what say you?

Here is the frozen data from when it tripped the code

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CIEMR / Written for my step-sons senior year book
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:46:05 AM »
Late night rant!

Lighthouses do not venture out to sea in search of ships to save; they simply stand there shining guiding them home. Fear not the feeling of finding yourself afloat rudderless in the seas of life for it is in these times, your character will truly manifest. On your journey, if all else fails there is no shame in finding the lighthouse which guides you home. There was never a lighthouse built in a day and this shall be true with you as well. There will be friends, family and trusted mentors who will be the architects of your lighthouse. Surround yourself with good people.

As you move in to adulthood, you will learn while doing the right thing may be difficult, it is never complicated. You will further learn the chaos of consequence and the fact that failing to change when change is necessary is self-destructive. I once heard a seasoned old man say, ?Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement?. Remember and hold fast to your instances of bad judgement, for those were the times you learned valuable lessons and gained immeasurable experience.
Competitiveness runs in your blood. With it runs the fear of defeat, but your resilience to adversity must remain your cornerstone.  Dr. Valerie Rice says, ?Without failure, you would never feel resilience. Without resilience, you would never be strong.?  When you learn to fail with dignity, the fear of failure will not imprison you, and the just deserts of success will be that much sweeter. Your life is not about what it is today; it is about what it can become tomorrow. Fear not a circumstance in which you are presented the opportunity to exhibit your relevance, because behind every frustration was a wish that was left unfulfilled? But, never lose your humility.

Since you were small you have been the center of attention in every room. You were born to lead others. General Colin Powell says, ?A good leader is someone whose people will follow him or her, if only out of curiosity.? Strong leaders inherently command respect; they do not however demand it. Respect is earned, not borrowed and at times you will face enemies who wish to bring you down.  Do not give them the satisfaction of your defeat. Hold your head high and your posture straight. Never hit if it is at all honorable to avoid hitting, but never hit soft. It is by all means better to be the warrior in a garden, than the gardener in a war. Your versatility will be the key with which the barriers of your life will be dismantled. Never stop learning.

Live every day as if the opportunity to leave a legacy will be lost tomorrow, and build your light house to weather the storm my son, for YOU were born to guide others, and they will follow you, ?if only out of curiosity.?

Momma and her "baby" boy

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Brainstorm with me...
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:30:50 PM »
My "new" old pickup just runs smooth and steady but occasionally you put your foot in it to pull in to traffic and she just sputters and falls on her face. She doesn't die and then picks up and runs out fine. Any ideas? Has new plugs, cap and rotor, fuel and air filters. Feels like a fuel delivery issue, hence the new filter. I know these trucks have notoriously bad fuel pumps but I have never had one hiccup intermittently on me when it was on the fritz. In my experience they just start quitting and you have to kick the tank once in a while to get them to run in my experience, so I feel like it's something else. But not sure what.

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Build Threads / Let's call her Tina
« on: March 15, 2017, 07:26:07 PM »
Y'all are going to think I'm crazy, but I sold the D-max.... time to build smtg new. After spending time in my daughters truck, I just forgot how much I like the 88-98 Chevys. So when my father in law offered his up for sale, I popped on it. Here's my 3800 investment so far. You may remember from duramax forum when I located this truck for him. Well he drove it for a year, had an awful stroke, and it's been sitting ever since. And it was NASTY... but here she is now, all prettied up again. Introducing Tina, the 1998 Z71

I'm going to keep her simple. This was my dream truck in high school. So I'm going to make all those dreams come true. I need to chase down a low break pedal issue and a steering wander. Reflex bedliner on Wednesday, dual flow master exhaust, 2-3" RC add a leaf lift kit and new wheels and BFG tires... that'll be about it! Stay tuned!

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D.O.T. / HC checks in
« on: January 02, 2017, 10:47:38 AM »
Morning gents-

Just heard from a couple of y'all and it seems I have been missed a little bit. Truth is I have checked in a few times just to see how things were going but I have been reluctant to post much. Honestly I have been struggling to reduce my social media signature, not do fear of the Clintons, but just because I got to the point I was too hung up on what was happening on the screen of my phone. From time to time I would catch myself lost in the forums or the social dumpster that is Facebook.

I see my older kids spending way too much time on this of that and our time is so limited anyways I tried to set the "unplugged" example. So I limited my time to 25 minutes of social media per day... which seems like a lot but it's really not.

Secondary to this, I have moved my grandmother to town and she's quite the handful. But she raised me as a boy, so I guess it's time to return the favor, seeing as how my deadbeat egg donor and my aunt looked the other way when she needed them.

Then you add in school. 9hours for fall, 12 hours this spring. But I can see the objective as far as that goes and hopefully will have my bachelors all tied up by this time next year! Haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up, but we shall see!

Other than all of that, things are going pretty smooth. I'm slotted for the NRA LE handgun instructor next week to add to my list of professional credits. House is great! Work is great! Fam is great! My eldest boy was accepted into University of Arkansas and my second eldest boy is going to be a credentialed welder by the time he graduates high school. Eldest daughter is beautiful as her momma and just got the braces off! Trickling down to the youngest girls everyone is happy and healthy!

Momma and I have worked through some issues recently. We sought out some professional counseling and we are picking away at things that have hindered each of us for a long time. Just little stuff that becomes big stuff. Its actually helped a lot! In many ways. Never fear the couch gents. No shame in reaching out for help!

I guess that's about it for now! I'll check back a little more frequently!

Y'all take care!
Stay staunch!

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Tires, Wheels, and Suspension / Big box tire shopping
« on: April 25, 2016, 05:26:12 PM »
Well I did something I never do-

I always support my local shops when I need new tires. I buy them from the four wheel drive shop and have another guy mount and balance. It generally ties up about four to five hours of my time once it's all said and done and I'm generally out around 1300 bucks.

Well I needed tires in a bad way, really bad way and called the new discount tire in my area. Tires were on the shelf!! I haggled for a minut and the guy quoted me $1000.03 out the door with lifetime rotation and balancing. New generation  BFG KO2's. He assured me their tires would come out of the same factory the other local guys tires did... In other words they weren't Sam Walton specials.

So I pulled in the drive and bit. My card cleared at 1506. I was on the interstate test driving at 1557. The crew paid damn close attention to protect my wheels and all three guys working on my truck, while I watched came over, shook my hand, thanked me for my service (veteran tag) and introduced themselves at one point or another during the process! I was super impressed!

Local guys never did that and hated me watching. I still won't use wal mart, but these guys might have a new customer...

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Firearms / Surefire xc1
« on: March 03, 2016, 09:54:24 PM »
I have had my eye on these since they were debuted. It seems they are holding up to their surefire name so I popped on one today...

And of course I had to have my buddy make me a new rig

The light runs at 200 lumens momentary or constant on a single AAA battery. It really puts out a lot of light! Ergonomically it is easily operated with both your support thumb and index finger on the mid size model handguns. It weighs best to nothing and conceals perfectly as it is no wider than the slide. If anything it makes IWB concealment *more* comfortable due to the fact it spreads the pressure more evenly across a larger area of your body. MSRP is around 275 I think. I picked this one up on my good customer discount at $225! I'll follow up after first hand range experience.

Don't mind the carry lint... It keeps the dirt out!

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Faith Discussion / Making biscuits
« on: February 04, 2016, 06:52:32 PM »

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Firearms / Higher Caliber Concepts PDW build
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:02:01 PM »
This is the place holder for my PDW build thread-
First off I had NO intentions of building another rifle until I stumbled upon one of these

For a steal on Armslist... So the PDW build is a go!
(Disclaimer here- this is just a pile of parts until the appropriate stamps are in hand)
I'm new to the SBR world so I want to first start off with some questions-
This is for all intents and purposes a low profile semi concealable defensive apparatus. It is my intent to stick with 556 but I could be convinced to go 300BLK. I want a 7" barrel upper and suppressor. Let's hear the pros and cons of each caliber from the aforementioned set up??

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D.O.T. / Is that Don waving at us from the window??
« on: January 24, 2016, 10:43:09 AM »
dude needs a wheel barrel!

D.O.T. / Sigh...
« on: January 19, 2016, 07:15:35 PM »
Another one behind the wheel

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D.O.T. / Nissan XD
« on: January 18, 2016, 09:15:48 PM »
5.0 Cummins 6spd Aisin
59k sticker

Just drove by and saw this monstrosity! Can't even drop the tail gate! Gotta wait for it to fall slowly! How inconvenient! Can't slam it neither!

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Bug-Out Bag and Camping gear / How do you tell time?
« on: January 01, 2016, 06:02:53 PM »
G-shock tough solar. Great piece. Super well built and was on rollback at wal mart a few years ago for forty bucks!

My wife got me the MTM Patriot for a "retirement" gift after my last, last deployment. It's a great piece as well with a real chrono, I guess it was pretty expensive.

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Intel / Flood maps
« on: December 26, 2015, 04:42:27 PM »
As I nail this ark together to prepare for our impending flood, I thought I would check out the area flood maps. Thought I would post it up here as a quick link so those of us who don't have a flood evac plan, can do so.


Just enter in your long/lat's or addy and check her out!

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D.O.T. / The Clarion Project
« on: December 19, 2015, 10:24:11 AM »

I have found this a pretty good resource for keeping up on current events dealing with just about everything. I spent, probably a little too much time looking through it the other night, but in my endeavor to find harsh political bias, or other negative intents, I failed. SO it must be a pretty good site.

see what yall think.

watch this in it's entirety when you have 15 mins to spare. This is what turned me on to them the other day.


Firearms / FUN little bolt gun!
« on: December 03, 2015, 04:05:31 PM »
Popped on the Ruger American Ranch of the compact type! I absolutely love it!

100yds 3rd group right, 3 rds high (oops, wrong way on the turret) 4 rds clustered on the top of the mark.

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D.O.T. / Need a truck or motor
« on: November 29, 2015, 06:31:46 PM »
My dad is in a super tight spot financially and emotionally. It's a long personal story. The motor seized up in his dually 02' lb7 duramax. I need to get him in to a different truck or source an engine for his. The only real requirement is that it's 3/4 ton or bigger and its dependable sand able to pull. Let me know if anyone has seen anything recently or possibly has something to part with.

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Soldier Up / Winded and tired
« on: November 21, 2015, 07:32:56 PM »
So I had a hot call today, physical domestic bum beating up on his crackhead girlfriend, the usual. The apartment is above some businesses downtown. Stairway of death heads up to it, loud and creaky, up two stories with walls on both side of me. It's a tactical nightmare but I digress. The only good way to handle it is a quick sprint up the steps, peak through the window and bust through to the hallway, cover to your right, reassess and continue mission.

I shot up the stairs and posted up. Found myself short of breath. Generally isn't a thing for me. Guess I have been spending too much time under the barbells.... As soon as I got off work, I stripped my gear and donned my weighted vest. 2.2 miles in 22 mins with 22lb vest.... (22 a day).

Smoked me! Time for a re-evaluation of my  fitness level and to re-focus on getting my own body moving...

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CIEMR / La Ville-Lumière
« on: November 15, 2015, 12:04:56 PM »
The quote is beautiful but exsanguinates with irony as applied to the recent incidents in Paris. Is Paris France, not ?The City of Light? or perhaps, as it is often referred, ?The City of Love??  While MLK?s quote was certainly applicable to the ignorance of racism, it has no bearing and less merit when applied to terrorism instituted by fundamentally psychopathic jihadists.

There is no capacity of love or enlightenment great enough to combat jihadi assholery. We cannot love the visceral hate for the infidel out of a suicide bomber. There is no measure of light or reason great enough to keep planes in the sky as we know all too well. The only mitigation to jihadi violence is firepower superiority and .556 rounds to the cranial vault.

At some point we will realize the idiocy of our endeavor to re-program a corrupted hard drive and get down to business or get out. Until then, wolves will hide amongst the sheep as they are shepherded into our countries and more senseless blood will be shed. The tenacity of the ideologue grows with every victory. If a simple handful of terrorists can cripple a peaceful nation, imagine what an army can do.

Make ready your arms ladies and gents; Jihadi 2.0 is coming soon to a city near you. Will you be ready?

D.O.T. / Knife season 2015
« on: November 02, 2015, 02:11:37 PM »
I'm not sure if it's the squirrels or what, but the longer I sit passively in the woods with this bow, the more ideas I come up with for aggressive harvesting of deer. I have myself convinced I could sooner low crawl in to a bedding area and take one with my knife before I could get one of these guys to come in to my lane today!

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CIEMR / My Crapper Perspective, Our response to violence
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:08:31 AM »
(note, I wrote this in an endeavor to be neutral on RTKBA, for educational purposes and to spur some commentary from both sides about the, for lack of a better term wussification of our youth. I think we all *here* know where I stand.)

Crapper Perspective-

This evening on the radio, I heard a staunchly conservative, pro 2A, individual call for a certification process for gun owners in the United States of America. I then heard President Barack Obama; in an almost furious tone again call for stricter gun control measures. A friend of mine mentioned this is the 15th such address the president has made during his tenure in response to a spree killing. Our populace grows weary of violence with every breaking news headline, yet we lie in wait for our turn to be victimized and still don?t really do anything about it.

Here in Joplin, the majority felt it a luxury to equip their abodes with storm shelters until the storm of the century wiped out a third of the city and claimed over 160 souls. Now the city scape is littered with storm shelters and if you don?t own one, your neighbor probably does and you have access to it. When people re-build after fires, the first thing on their mind is a state of the art smoke detection system. If unfortunately we are burglarized, we make the call immediately to arm our home with the best alarm system we can afford. When we come down with an illness due to an unhealthy lifestyle, we relentlessly seek mitigation to return to good health.

Yet when it comes to violence, the weary people rely on hope or pray they will not be victimized. The law-makers on the right fight to preserve the right of the people to keep and bear the tools necessary to defend themselves, while the left leaning law-makers call for measures to keep the same tools out of the hands of people who intend to use them for violence. With good intentions (hopefully) they both seek to bring safety and security to us. For whatever reason, this is where it stops. Occasionally you hear the ?never again? stories of the individual who made the decision personal security was their own burden to bear, but the vast majority, hopes or prays and waits for someone else to establish security on their behalf.

Where does this mentality come from? The mentality that self-reliance is imperative up to and until we are confronted with violence? When we are hungry, we eat... When we are un-quenched, we drink... When we are cold, we make a fire? But when we are met with a foe bearing an impeccable will to destroy us, we just hope or pray. You wouldn?t hope or pray not to be ejected from a car in an accident. You wear your seatbelt, drive defensively, and you pay attention to your surroundings! Yet still, when confronted with harm at the hands of another, again you hope or pray they will change their mind and spare you.

It is our culture to teach our children, starting at a very young age, that violence doesn?t solve problems. Truly, you can?t solve all problems with violence. What kind of society would we be if we tried? If a lady stands in the middle of the aisle at Wal-Mart, oblivious to your endeavor to get to the pickles, it would be socially un-acceptable to round-house kick her. Violence does however solve *some* problems. Specifically, problems of the violent category are solved with a proportionate amount of violence instituted swiftly in return.
 If we want to continually see the victimization of our people, then we should just maintain the status quo. If we wish to implement a strategy of defense against violence, it starts with the individual and developing them to realize there is more to self-reliance than basic sustenance. We must prepare a canvas within our youth which reflects hope and embraces prayer, but is not solely reliant upon it during a violent encounter. The tools of defense are debatable, but the gumption to defend one?s self is paramount.

D.O.T. / Lookin for a kill
« on: September 13, 2015, 08:00:54 AM »
Last day youth season

If the skeeters don't get us first!

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D.O.T. / Lies... All lies
« on: September 04, 2015, 11:45:01 PM »
My entire life is a lie! I can't count the number of boots I sent lookin for keys!

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Firearms / Higher Caliber Concepts Glock 17
« on: August 24, 2015, 04:15:48 PM »

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Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Knives as tools
« on: August 15, 2015, 06:54:59 PM »
Check out the videos on this guys page, someone who internet a better than I do might be able to come up with a way to order these bad boys. I love me some handmade k-nifes
Sobrevivencia Brasil means survival Brasil... Figured that part out!


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D.O.T. / Geocaching
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:20:07 PM »
I have recently been turned on to geocaching. The concept of the operation is to find hidden caches throughout a certain AO utilizing a GPS. Certain caches only contain a log, while others contain little treasures. You retrieve a treasure and leave one. Check it out! They are EVERYWHERE! And it's a great way to get the kids out and about "unplugged" and situationally aware.

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D.O.T. / gear up!
« on: July 30, 2015, 04:06:11 AM »
Check it Gents- Just found this site. They have some pretty decent deals in here.


D.O.T. / Thoughts?? def something to think about-
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:06:21 AM »
I like Donald Trump for a lot of reasons- my fear is he will end up third party and pull votes thus leading to killary's anointing... but he will open eyes to a third party nonetheless...


D.O.T. / And one 14 today!
« on: July 20, 2015, 06:31:05 PM »
Post sushi date

The requisite "duck face"

Finally a half hazard smile-

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D.O.T. / 15 today!
« on: July 19, 2015, 09:52:12 PM »
My oldest boy turned 15 today!

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D.O.T. / New Flashlight
« on: July 18, 2015, 06:39:18 AM »
Fenix UC 35

Fenix vs streamlight DS

Vs. surefire x300u

Vs. surefire scout

Not enough time in hand for full blown review but for an imported light I would put it in the Toyota category as opposed to Kia...  It sure lights up a scene! Ask my kids, wife, dogs, cats and deer how disorienting it is to take a blast to the face! On strobe it is almost nauseating!

It will run on 123 batteries as well as the rechargeable battery it comes with. Charges via any USB outlet! My Eton radio will charge it as well as my laptop, my home computer, cell phone charger, battery jumper box, and my solar mat...

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Firearms / New backup
« on: July 16, 2015, 07:03:24 PM »
Here she is. My new backup
Glock 43! Have 300 rds of nato hard ball and 50 rds of SD to test. Had to order some sights for it. So still running the plastiques for now

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D.O.T. / Happy Independence Day!
« on: July 03, 2015, 08:07:27 PM »
Several uppity neighbors drove by during this photo op!

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Firearms / New sling!!
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:13:40 PM »
I know I've talked about my dad being a leather master. He built this slip sling for me for Father's Day like four years ago. Finally finished it for me this trip!

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D.O.T. / Visiting the folks
« on: June 27, 2015, 08:01:40 AM »
Always fun coming back home. Broke this horse to ride when I was a kid. Now he's an old timer!

My love and goofy me

My dad and daughter

She's fearless

Throwback to a mini HC, during my breaking in years

My nana (my grandma that raised me) Miss Texas 1961

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D.O.T. / Eton radio
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:27:51 AM »
The wife picked this dude up for me today. It's pretty darn cool. Has a solar charger panel and a dynamo crank! Place to plug in and charge a cell phone, emergency beacon, am/fm/wx receiver, flashlight. Charges to a sealed nicad or runs off of aa's!

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D.O.T. / Honor
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:07:23 AM »

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Self Defense and Tactics / On self defense-
« on: June 18, 2015, 05:47:47 AM »

And now, a PSA from your friendly neighborhood Policeman-

It is warming up outside and the calls on your friendly neighborhood Policeman?s beats are becoming more frequent. Now is a good time to re-fresh on a couple of key facets of defending yourself from tweakers, sexual predators, and ISIS, or all inclusively, ?degenerate mopes.?

So much of self-defense is simply not putting yourself into a position where you will have to be defensive. Taking pro-active measures to insure you remain in a safe environment is paramount to the tools you use to defend yourself. Simply making sure you have enough gas in the tank to fill up at a venue of your discretion beats being forced to fuel up at that place that was on the news last week or worse, running out on the highway in front of the friendliest of trailer parks. Degenerate mopes, know no boundaries, however spending time in an area with a higher concentration of criminal activity apparently lends to the increased risk of falling victim to crime.

Just like degenerate mopes know no bounds, they are not solely nocturnal creatures. That being said, the concealment night time offers tends to increase their activity. When you go shopping do you take the time to forecast how lit your parking area will be if the sun goes down before your credit card is declined? Or, are you the jerk in the Kia that cuts me off and steals mine? Try to plan your activities where you are afforded the most availability of light. Safety is not always convenient but it increases life expectancy ten-fold. If you must venture to Wal-Mart at 0300, park in the lighted areas and away from white carpenter vans.

Degenerate mopes seek easy prey. The stoner wearing overpriced head phones and playing angry birds on the bench at the bus stop is more likely to get a good city mugging than the guy standing with his back to the wall people watching. The gal, talking on her cell phone to her ?bff?, oblivious to everything not pertaining to the latest gossip, is more likely to find herself rolled up in a tarp in the back of the aforementioned, ?white carpenter van.? It is sad, but I often see people walking across dimly lit parking lots with their faces in their cell phones tripping over parking curbs. Chances are they are most likely texting their significant others about how creepy the parking lot is. Being conscious of your surroundings at all times is not paranoia, it is preventative of being the plot of a Lifetime movie. It?s never good to wake up in a hole with duct tape ligature marks being encouraged to lotion up by a degenerate mope.

There is a push back to being defensive of yourself via your attire, which is metabolizing in our PC culture. It has become a narrative that people shouldn?t have to dress any certain way to avoid attack and that the attackers? ?Just shouldn?t?. The problem with this ideology is pretty simple, the attackers, ?just do?, and no amount of harshly worded rhetoric from Diane Sawyer is going to stop that. This doesn?t just go for the girls in the mini-skirts and tube tops utilizing the alley behind bar row as a place to relieve themselves. It also goes for the guys with the NRA shirts that scream, ?I?m packing?, or the cool morale tees that say, ?Hey, I?m an Obama supporter.? Don?t get me wrong, I have a cool t-shirt or two, and you can dress however you want. Just realize, if you look like food, there is a higher probability of you being eaten.

So let?s break this down, Sesame Street style-

A- Always control your environment to the best of your ability.

B- Be conscious of the availability of light and the impact it has
on your safety.

C- Careful, not carefree! Be situationally aware!

D- Dress in a manner that says ?Hey don?t $%#^ with me?

In conclusion, let?s all have a great summer! Oh, and to the guy in the Kia, ?It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again!

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Firearms / Camo rattle can job
« on: June 13, 2015, 07:45:05 PM »
Tried my hand at rattle camo today. Ruger 10-22 stock

Have one turning ten tomorrow- it's time

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D.O.T. / Real Courage
« on: June 02, 2015, 05:00:23 PM »

With all this Bruce Jenner sensationalism and people referring to him as heroic and so courageous maybe we should take a second and re-set in our brains what real heroism and courage look like! Roger that!

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D.O.T. / Weston Update
« on: May 30, 2015, 11:38:46 AM »
Guess we will kick this off right! WD is doing fantastic! Fired up and ready to re-claim his boyhood! Last summer SUCKED! This summer it is fishing and exploring and doing all those things little boys do!

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