MacBourne's Musings

Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

Month: January 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Seriously? Just wow…

Dennis Kucinich Sues House Cafeteria

Thought it was a joke, didn’t you?

YHGTBSM. Speechless…

h/t to Mark Scott


I was raised a “country boy” with all that upbringing engendered. Many of the skillsets that need to be learned by modern day preppers were simply a fact of life when I was a kid (but hey, I’m not that old). That said, getting a real world job and moving away from the country years ago led to somewhat of a loss of the old ways. I’ve known that life’s path would eventually lead me back to the country – but it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really seen a real potential for economic collapse.

So I started to investigate what was new in the world of survivalists and preppers. I found forums and blogs that I liked – you’ll find them in my sidebar – but the cream of the crop for me is M.D. Creekmore’s Survival Blog. Simple, matter-of-fact and to the point – if the man himself is anything like his blog, we’d get along just fine. His blog entries like 10 Things To Do Now! and Stocking The Survival Pantry are the first links that I pass along to people curious about prepping – I can teach them gardening and food preservation later! Top Posts – while it might take you a while to read ’em all – is a good reality check for your friends’ and your own preparedness.

I like the sense of community and discussion that often shows up in the comments – varying opinions, expressed in a friendly manner. I’ve often said that the gun blogger community has some of the finest folks in the world – M.D.’s corner of the web appears to be the same.

Lots of good information – worth way more than you have to pay for it!

Boy am I surprised…

FACT CHECK: Obama and his imbalanced ledger – Yahoo! News:

“WASHINGTON – The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.
Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech. He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the last two years and proposed ‘we redouble these efforts.’ He coupled this with a call to ‘freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.'”


We’re gonna freeze spending while we expand entitlements and government bloat – how’s that gonna work, Sparky?
The Emperor has no clothes…I’m just sayin’

Epically Awesome

Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

              The left suddenly wants civil discourse.
              Bite me.
              The left wants to play games of semantics.
              Bite me.
              The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.
              Bite me.

Go RTWT – I do not want civil discourse « Don Surber

I’m gonna go read it again…

h/t to Nikki and everyone else (grin)

John could use your prayers and support…

Medical concerns

I’ve been reading John’s blog for some time now, and consider him a “friend I haven’t met in person yet.” If you can, stop by and let him know you’re thinking about him. (Stick around and read a bit – good stuff over there…)

John, know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.


I missed this the first time around – Go RTWT.

You know what? I am getting really, really gorramed tired of the “need” argument coming up in reference to handguns, “assault rifles”, and all of the other fun, “”evil”, nasty-looking firearms and equipments that are out there. You see it all over the place these days… “You do not need an ‘assault rifle’ to hunt/defend yourself/open a can of soda,” “You do not need that kind of caliber to stop someone from attacking you,” “Why do you need that many firearms?” Yadda yadda flipping yadda.

i do not need this, again

Simply outstanding.

Mashup Earworms

Good stuff…

Sheer genius, I tell you…

Rock Sugar – Playlist

Still relevant…

As I‘ve watched the knee-jerk reactions and posturing from pundits of the left and right of the last several days, I am reminded of the article quoted below. This one has become an internet email chestnut – attributed to many different folks – but here’s the original in all its glory:

The Death of Common Sense© Lori Borgman | Sunday, March 15, 1998
Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.
Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet.
C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).
A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men’s movement, body piercing, whole language and new math. C.S.’s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus.
In the following decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf.
His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.
As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last.
Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.
Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought. Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.
Reprinted with permission – Thank you, Lori.
While I fear that Lori is correct in her assessment, I can only hope that the few pockets of followers of Common Sense that exist may one day lead to his resurrection. You know who you are.

“The report of my death was an exaggeration” – Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens )

Jay G nails it…

MArooned: Is Freedom. Is Not Safe.

Go RTWT. What he said.

Sheer Unadulterated Awesome!

Found this over on No Depression – What Country Song Best Describes Your Life?
Good stuff!

Click to “Like make it bigger -n-stuff…”

For those of you that “get” Country Music – this will make perfect sense. For those that don’t, just study it for a few and the light bulb will come on!

A big thank you to Madalyn Priester for permission to share this. 
Check out her blog – The Mad Priest

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