Friday, August 28, 2009

We Will Always Remember - 09-11-2001

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, an American Flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Each and every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this eighth anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, and friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain and suffering caused by the tragic events of that fateful day and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in an abundance of American flags as citizens all across our great country mourned the incredible losses suffered on September 11, 2001. Americans everywhere stood shoulder-to-shoulder and arm-in-arm against terrorism. Sadly, many of these flags have all but disappeared now. It is time for them to be proudly displayed once again. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds. Let’s cover America once again in the fabric of our flag.

Tell your family members, your friends and your neighbors to fly an American flag on September 11th.

Let everyone know we will always remember!

Thank you for your participation.

God Bless You and God Bless America!

Monday, August 24, 2009

It is that time

The kids are all headed back to school this week. Please drive safely and keep an eye out for the little ones.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Efficient Communications

Nitewalker over at West Virginia Preppers Network has an excellent guest post by Falcon on communications during an emergency. This is a great post with some very helpful points for everyone to consider. Please leave an encouraging comment so that Falcon will hopefully post additional information from his experience.

Here is a brief excerpt from Falcon's post.

"Brevity is essential for clear concise and accurate communications that is not time consuming or operator intensive. Also one that does not require a long training lead time, for operator proficiency. "

You can read the entire article here: Efficient Communications

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Friday, August 14, 2009

New Member - Welcome to Jimmy in East Dallas

I’d like everyone to give a big Texas welcome to Jimmy from East Dallas as a new member of the Texas Preppers Network. You can contact Jimmy (CC) or you can also visit his blog at Prepare Your Family . His blog and email are located in the side bar for future reference.

Jimmy looks forward to sharing ideas and information with everyone.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Gate Keeper: A Tale of Hope, Change and Unintended Consequences

A Tragi-comedy by Mike Vanderboegh in two scenes, playing soon at a congressional office near you.

(Author's Note: My thanks to Big Mike Barlow for suggesting the idea.)

Scene the First
13 December 2012

Chuck fumbled with the keys, dropped them, snatched them up and, finally, got the door open. The hospice nurse, alerted by the noise, was already up and standing in the middle of the front room. One look at her careworn face told the story.

"I'm sorry Mr. Daniels," she said anyway. "She's gone."

Chuck dropped his keys on the table as he always did, cognizant only of the thought that nothing would ever be the same again.

Theresa was dead, then. Killed by health care rationing.

They had known this was the way it was going to be. Theresa had even stood in the town meeting, oh, how long ago, and told the congressman that if the Health Care Bill passed as written that it would come to this. They never thought it would be her. But she had been right. Government health care killed her. Too late diagnosed. Finally treated, too little, too late. And then, at the last, the "gate keepers" refused to pay for an experimental treatment that had shown great promise. Too "unproven," they said.

Now she was gone.

What was there left to say?

Maybe, just maybe, there was one thing.

Scene the Second
21 December 2012

The congressman was alone as he finished cleaning out the desk drawers in his local office. He'd laid off the rest of his staff, and even his secretary and part-time bed partner had gone, seeking other employment.

He had been defeated last month, by the revulsion and backlash created by the government-run health care system he had worked all his life to pass. Well, there was one thing he could hold onto. Like every other entitlement program ever made into law, they'd never repeal this one. Health care for all, the crown jewel of his legislative record, would never be repealed. The country was stuck with it now, and there was damn all his opponents could do about it.

The congressmen smiled, if bitterly. It was cold comfort for losing all those perks he had for so many years. But it was comfort.

The door to his office opened, and suddenly a man stood there. What the hell? I know I locked the front door.

"Who the hell are you?" the congressman demanded.

The man looked inoffensive enough. He had a beaten air about him. A sadness.

"I'm Theresa's husband."

"Who's Teresa?" The congressman balked, wondering if this was a jealous husband. He never could remember names.

"Not Teresa, The-resa," the man corrected.

"OK, who is she?"

"Just a woman you killed."

"What the hell are you talking about? I never killed anybody. Who the hell are YOU?"

Chuck Daniels smiled then, and it was a smile that frightened the congressman to his core.

"Why, don't you know? I'm your gate keeper."

"Gate keeper? What the he . . ." His voice stopped, as he involuntarily sucked in air at the sight of the pistol.

Where had that come from? the congressman wondered dully. Looking at his death, he could think of nothing to say.

"And congressman?"

The congressman just looked at him.

"Application denied."

The shot seemed impossibly loud, even in the palatial room.

Postscript: This little drama is currently being scripted by Nancy Pelosi and her pals in the Imperial City of DC. The dramatic license taken for its future possible unintended consequences is my own. Feel free to spread this as far and wide as you like. Just do it in its entirety, unedited, with the information below. Oh, and be sure to send one copy to your congresscritter. It is only fiction, after all. Certainly nothing could ever happen like this. You think?

Mike Vanderboegh
The alleged leader of a merry band of Three Pecenters
PO Box 926
Pinson, AL 35126

Monday, August 10, 2009

Governors Object to Pentagon Disaster Proposal

Governors Object to Pentagon Disaster Proposal
The National Governors Association opposes a Defense Department proposal to expand the military’s authority to respond to domestic disasters.

In a letter Friday to Paul N. Stockton, assistant secretary of Defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs, the governors said the proposal could lead to confusion over who’s in charge during domestic emergencies and unnecessarily duplicate response efforts.

“We are concerned that the legislative proposal you discuss in your letter would invite confusion on critical command and control issues, complicate interagency planning, establish stove-piped response efforts, and interfere with governors’ constitutional responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of their citizens,” Govs. Jim Douglas , R-Vt., and Joe Manchin III , D-W.Va., wrote on behalf of the group.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment on the letter.

In their letter, the governors elaborate on their concerns over expanding the Pentagon’s independent authority to operate military forces in domestic incidents.

To carry out homeland defense and homeland security responsibilities, governors have to retain control over the domestic use of their National Guard and active and reserve military operating in their states, the letter said.

One of the key lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita was the need for clear chains of command, the governors wrote.

“Without assigning a governor tactical control of [military] forces assisting in a response, and without the use of a dual-hatted National Guard commander to ensure coordination between [National Guard] and [federal] forces, strong potential exists for confusion in mission, execution and the dilution of governors’ control over situations with which they are more familiar and better capable of handing than a federal military commander,” they wrote.

A similar proposal was contained in the House’s version of the fiscal 2009 Defense authorization legislation but was removed in conference because of governors’ concerns, the letter said.

A Powerful Message to be Heeded by Our Servants

Though I think it too late, one can and should always hope for peaceful resolution to the deceit that faces our great country.

For as JFK stated: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962

Please take a few minutes to watch this video.

God Bless Us All,


AMA Weighs In On Obamacare - Hee hee

AMA Weighs In On Obamacare

The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new national healthcare package.
The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.

Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.

The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter.."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the sphincters in Washington.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Thousand Lives Destroyed

"Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words."

Thursday, August 6, 2009

"Old Geezers"

At different sporting events, during the playing of our National Anthem, Old Geezers hold their caps over their hearts and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. Being able to carry a tune is not that important.

Old Geezers remember World War I, the Depression, World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing, not to mention Vietnam.

If you happen to bump into an Old Geezer on the sidewalk, he will apologize. If you pass an Old Geezer on the street, he will nod or tip his hat to a lady. Old Geezers trust strangers and are courtly to women. Old Geezers hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

Old Geezers get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth on TV or in movies. Old Geezers have moral courage. They seldom brag unless it's about their grandchildren.

It's the Old Geezers who know our great country is protected, not by politicians or police, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old Geezers with their decent values. We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old Geezers!

Riverwalker (an Old Geezer!)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Free Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet

I am making a copy of a free food storage inventory spreadsheet available at Stealth Survival to any prepper networks who feel this might be of value to their members. You can request your copy by leaving a comment with an e-mail link. You can read more about this free spreadsheet here:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Tireless Minority

"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Samuel Adams

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Even the socialists have had enough

Doggett finds hostile audience;

Monday, August 03, 2009

Doggett gets chilly reception

Back in Central Texas while Congress is on a month-long recess, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett faced an angry audience at a town hall meeting at an Austin Randalls grocery store Saturday.

Doggett, D-Austin, spoke at the store at Brodie and Slaughter lanes. A video of the event on YouTube shows that many in the crowd had signs denouncing President Barack Obama's proposed health care plan.

Witnesses said that when Doggett was asked whether he would support the plan even if he found that his constituents opposed it, Doggett said he would. People then began chanting "just say no" and overwhelmed the congressman as he moved through the crowd and into the parking lot.

"The folks there thought their voices weren't being heard," said Kathy Acosta, a Bastrop resident who attended the meeting at Randalls and another one later that day in her hometown. "They were angry, but they were respectful. There wasn't any violence."

Calls and e-mails to Doggett's office were not returned Sunday.

here is a video clip.