Recent Comments on MSB Latest 100 Comments on Modern Survival Blog NRP & Blue 09/22/2020 at 3:34 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversationpinky: Not to worry about the fool trolls that have showed up lately. Thanks for the heads up on the Sale. MadFab 09/22/2020 at 3:30 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationAnony Mee, Wow I read that as his Dad said that . Sure hope all is well with ya Stand and your family. PEACE MadFab Left Coast 09/22/2020 at 3:23 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…The LDS Church has a cannery and they will sell items to the general public. Call first they also have a food store that is only for church members. Be polite when talking to them and they will help you. They sell quite a selection of food in number 10 cans with a 30 year shelf life. Most cans are between $3 and $10 each, it's good quality food and well worth looking into. DaisyK 09/22/2020 at 3:15 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationPinky, it's nothing you did wrong. We have several trolls visiting this site recently. ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 2:52 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationIf that situation occurs, trust me, President Trump will not be just sitting in the WH. He will be in a location that I promise you cannot be taken over. As for other stuff concerning "the new poor people" most IMO have no clue what poor is. As a Navy Veteran who has been to several third world countries, I've seen poor. If you have shoes and an iPhone, you are not poor. You have to be willing to accept the fact that these new poor folks who've been oblivious to what's going on are not going to survive in a WROL situation anyway, no matter what you do for them. You are better off directing them to an organization that specializes in that and wishing them the best. Save your food and supplies for your own family. Mrs. U 09/22/2020 at 2:50 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationI like Bob's Red Mill brown rice farina. Very tasty if you like cooked cereal. Could be ground finer for a smoother texture. Rice is easy on the digestion. NH Michael 09/22/2020 at 2:47 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…And to second Ken's comment about buying "Cheaper" foods don't just buy them and set aside for an "Emergency". Start learning how to cook and enjoy them NOW. Learning to make tasty dishes from cheaper foods like dried beans or training your taste buds to "Cheaper Foods" is something to do before disaster strikes. Better to learn you NEED XYZ spices for your tastes. Adding beans as half the protein you normally use for a dish like white navy beans with a chicken dish saves you even more money. The milder proteins like fish and chicken cannellini or white northern beans work well. For beef and pork you could use the northern but kidney beans work well also. Bonus advantages is less money spend feeding yourself and likely a healthier diet. hermit us 09/22/2020 at 2:44 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationKula With more and more eaters and less producers, I predict that more centralized food processing will occur. How far away from government delivery of daily protein bars to sustain the population are we? It is no longer a possibility to "get them out" of poverty, but a matter of how do we keep many off the streets and alive. Mrs. U 09/22/2020 at 2:44 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversationphishing, phishing phishing!!!!!!!!! Mrs. U 09/22/2020 at 2:43 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationHello Uncle bubba. Guess we all know a bubba or two. Mrs. U 09/22/2020 at 2:42 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationStill no Justice of the Peace either...... Mrs. U 09/22/2020 at 2:39 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationToday is the Autumn equinox. boo hoo the days are getting shorter. Very interesting to watch the wisdom of nature. The doe fawn had all of her spots, even though there were fading, just 5 days ago. With 5 evenings of much cooler weather the middle of her body now has no spots and the grey brown coat is coming out. She is filling out too. Beautiful. Red Dog Master 09/22/2020 at 2:39 PM>> Ammo Shortage – It’s Gone – And I Mean Virtually Everywhere…Bryan Buchanan, Thanks for giving us a heads up! I'll make a note ...Bryan B needs SP 62 grain .22315.56mm and Federal-Tactical Bonded 62 grain .22315.56mm Got it! 🙂 Eli 09/22/2020 at 2:30 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Not me. And there you have it. A new leftist radical has come to bring toxicity to an otherwise civil and respectful blog. Sad. Very sad indeed. pinky 09/22/2020 at 2:29 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWondering why this was downvoted? ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 2:28 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationYou are correct in staying away from interstate freeway travel. But first you need a destination. Then map out a few different ways to get there but do not use Google maps etc from your phone or tablet, if cyber compromised it'll lead 'em right to you. Go to a public library and do it. Once you have destination mapped out, you need some shelter to reside in whether it's a tiny house or tent. If money is an issue, look at the small portable buildings that you see on the side of the road that most claim to be Amish made. These can be financed with little down and no credit check. Get it insulated, get a solar generator (most will finance WAC) to run your lights and small fridge, you can keep it inside and run it at night noise free. It will still be rough but you can survive. As for the wife, she might not like it much, but compared to staying in the city it's much better. Plus at least then you are in control of your own destiny and not dependent on city services. You can keeping adding on to it if the size is too cramped. Any other advice on that, just ask I'm glad to help. cid 09/22/2020 at 2:18 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Red Dog Master like you said, crop rotation is very important Plainsmedic 09/22/2020 at 2:09 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Yep car guy 09/22/2020 at 2:05 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…We do raise a garden and can and freeze all the extra. DW is an incredible bargen hunter. She finds where the sales are and maps out our shopping trip. We rarely buy anything that's not on sale but what is on sale we buy a case or more. We have been working on this for years. So if you are new to prepping don't be discouraged if you can't do this right away. Here are some of the things we do to keep the budget tight. We check the meat dept. for things that are almost out of date. They are usually half price. If you use or freeze them as soon as you get home they are still good. We buy tuna in oil instead of water. Don't drain the oil, shread stale bread in it until it soaks up all of the liquid them add your other ingredients. We rarely buy pre-made stuff. We cook from scratch. I never buy my lunch. I bring a sandwitch or leftovers from last nights supper. When we make soup or chili we make a big pot. Then we can the leftovers or a quick meal or lunch at work. Bummin' 09/22/2020 at 1:40 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…I have heard of community kitchens where you can use their equipment. Bryan Buchanan 09/22/2020 at 1:37 PM>> Ammo Shortage – It’s Gone – And I Mean Virtually Everywhere…I need SP 62 grain .22315.56mm and Federal-Tactical Bonded 62 grain .22315.56mm Bummin' 09/22/2020 at 1:34 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…And don't buy your spices from that left-wing nut. Sean 09/22/2020 at 1:20 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMy initial reaction was 'gang initiation', my second thought was 'Dorner situation?' Anony Mee 09/22/2020 at 1:11 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationStand my Ground . . . . “From Virginia Mason Hospital bed.” . . . . What are you doing there? All is or will be fine, I hope and pray. AZoffgrid 09/22/2020 at 1:06 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Plan a specific and simple menu first or you’ll have a pantry full of food and no idea what to do with it for a meal so it’s a waste of money and space. Weekly food shopping usually starts with “Hey, what’s on sale this week and what are we in the mood to eat.” Our long term food storage, however, is based on a few favorite meals and ingredients that are inexpensive, durable, and flexible. Since our long term pantry is based on things we often consume, it’s easy to use the older ingredients and replace with fresh. Red Dog Master 09/22/2020 at 12:59 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Excellent points Wendy! Raised bed gardening is also Compost gardening to some degree! Yes you might need to add supplements to the soil. Adding things such as Peat, Manure, Mulch whatever, and maybe practice some crop rotation will really help build up good soil! Ken Jorgustin 09/22/2020 at 12:56 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Similarly, the up-front costs for home canning / food preservation are there. However it doesn't take too long before it pays for itself... MalOmbre 09/22/2020 at 12:53 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Jordan Peterson for the Win. Archipelago should be required reading for all High School Seniors. Wendy 09/22/2020 at 12:44 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Great points, Ken, as you've made before on this same topic. As for your idea to "grow a garden": It is usually not cheaper at the beginning, if you need to buy good soil and such. After the first year, especially if you're making compost to enrich your "old" soil, it's cheaper. It's also more rewarding, and, as you say, it definitely tastes better. I agree that tomatoes and peppers are truly easy to grow and make it worth the cost. Red Dog Master 09/22/2020 at 12:38 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationDaisyK, Think about this; The Constitution does not set the number of supreme Court Justices. Congress has passed Law setting the number of Justices and the Judiciary Act of 1869 set the number at 9. Amending the Constitution to set the number of justices at 9 doesn't seem necessary to me. I'd rather see both houses of Congress use the Impeachment process outlined in the Constitution to get rid of the Justices who politicize from the bench rather than follow Law. Having 9 Justices and 4 of them being political pawns is inherently worse than having 5 Justices who evaluate the constitutionality of the laws. See Article 3 Ken Jorgustin 09/22/2020 at 12:32 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…I second that regarding BULK spices! Wow what a markup when you buy it in the typical store-size containers compared to "if" you can find it in bulk. One thing I be sure to always keep stocked in my seasoning "bulk" is my "Montreal Steak Seasoning"! Love that stuff 😉 But yes, bulk is always less expensive - and often a LOT LESS EXPENSIVE that way... NRP & Blue 09/22/2020 at 12:11 PM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Buy in bulk things you use a lot of.... Here is an example Allspice, I use a bit for caning. Bulk 1 pound mylar bag = Organic Allspice Whole Starwest $ 11 24 ($2.81 / Ounce) McCormick Whole Allspice, 0.75 oz, $11 12 ($14.83 / Ounce) Both priced from Amazon. Do the research.... Also STOP eating out.... home cooked meals are a fraction of the cost, AND a lot better ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 11:39 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationI'd like my fellow patriots thoughts on this. From watching the video of the LASD Compton shooting, from the way the shooter runs, and the shape of their pelvis/hips, it looks like a female to me. I also think it could've been another cop who did it, which is why they haven't caught them because if it was just some thug or gang member, with a 650k reward, they'd been turned in long ago. I always heard that when Rapper Tupac was killed in Vegas, his killers were LA cops which was why they were never caught. When there is that big of a reward, someone somewhere will talk. Thoughts? DaisyK 09/22/2020 at 11:38 AM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…Buying on sale is key to cheaper food. Once you get just a little food ahead, then you can stock up on cheaper food. Stores usually sell a few items at less than cost, but then sell the items you buy to go with them at a very high price. So, they sell chicken one week and cranberries the next week, hamburger one week and buns the next. Once you get just a little ahead, you will find you are buying almost everything on sale. But watch out. Sometimes inferior products are on sale. A couple of weeks ago they had green peppers at less than half price. They spoiled almost immediately. Don't buy a lot of unfamiliar foods. Try one on sale, then if you like it, buy more the next time it is on sale. KEVIN 09/22/2020 at 11:29 AM>> How To Acquire Food Storage Even If You Are Poor…one very important thing you let out of this article SPACE if you are living in a apartment SPACE IS EVERYTHING i i started dehydrating EVERYTHING POSSIBLE i have even gone so far as drying home made chili other than that you where spot on Ersatz Sobriquet 09/22/2020 at 11:26 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Today's House of Representatives IS an un-American activity, IMHO. No way those scumbags in charge would go for that unless they decide that their imaginary systemic racism, or capitalism, or whatever they want to go after constitutes un-American activity and exploit a new HUAC to go after opinion media or sites such as this one, etc. I fear we'll have to hit rock bottom before enough of the younger gens wake up and realize the thuggery is their own enemy. That said, I'm not comfortable with any governmental branch or entity policing citizen thought of any kind. Instead, I think proponents of marxism, fascism and socialism need to be defeated on the battleground of ideas, debate and ballots. Law enforcement must be supported to enforce our laws. When that breaks down, then physical resistance is the last resort. Here's a great clip from a Jordan Peterson talk that I highly recommend people watch over and over until they can present the same argument: [ Ken adds: I inserted the video up in the article ] ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 11:26 AM>> As The Jury Pool Becomes Increasingly Anti-PoliceI've read somewhere that 90% of the cops in the Compton substation are corrupt and "on the take". If this is true (and I have no claim to knowing either way) but if true, then most likely one or both of these officers were bad, and this very well could've been a payback crime where an officer takes money but doesn't follow thru on letting the crook off or some such incident. I hope I'm wrong and that they weren't, and I mean no disrespect to them or their families, but it looked to me like they were targeted not because they were cops, but for some kinda hit. I also believe from the way the shooter ran, and the way their hips are shaped that the shooter was a female. Which might be the reason they haven't found them yet. Hell, it could've been another corrupt female officer, who knew exactly where they'd be at that time, who knows in this day and age, but with a 650k reward on the line, you can get it wasn't just some run of the mill thug, otherwise his friends would've turned him in long ago. MadFab 09/22/2020 at 11:11 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationJoe C, Welcome back. Missed ya commenting. Glad you an FWTB had a nice time. So good to unplug and just be. I'll bet it was pretty in the woods this time of year. PEACE MadFab MadFab 09/22/2020 at 10:59 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMiss I Made It Myself, Wow do I feel your pain. This site is my refuge from the diatribe I feel bombarded with from friends and family. I cannot keep trying to inform them. Not worth the fight and stress. So now I just leave it to them to spew the nonsense and stay quiet. Tired of being shouted down or told I am an idiot. Glad we have Ken's site to keep us sane! PEACE MadFab Antique Collector 09/22/2020 at 10:32 AM>> SHORTAGES – What Are You Seeing Out There?Mom in the Mitten I found canning lids on line, they are the Kerr/Mason brand sold through Ball manufacture. Be care when you order as I discovered the gold regular lids came up with the rings order page. That told me they were out of those lids, where by I order their silver colored lids. They had free shipping which is really nice because of the price point for their sale. In order to find these lids I had to use a different search engine anything to do with the G has it erased from the pages-fyi. Use 'ballmasonlidsdotcom' discovered their site with DuckDuckGo, hope this helps anyone who is searching for this rare commodity now. MamaLark 09/22/2020 at 10:32 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationI appreciate the feedback and understand where you are coming from. I will stop now. I guess the ideas behind my recent comments were 1) there are people reading MSM who may be new to living with limited resources and hopelessness is not a solution and 2) not everyone who finds themselves with limited resources at a loss for how to respond is a bad person. My personal nirvana is a home with indoor plumbing since I lived without for 2 years of my life. Guess it shows perspective makes a difference to us all. Kulafarmer 09/22/2020 at 10:32 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationOver here the cost of living is so high that there are many working poor, the shutdowns have exacerbated that exponentially. These are the folks who were one paycheck away from starving. Its sad, IMHO, it doesnt matter how they got there, but what can we do to get them out,,, Kulafarmer 09/22/2020 at 10:21 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationNHM yep, such true words at some point it wont matter if those EBT cards have a million dollars on them if there is nothing to buy, they then become worthless. That day will come. But these people will never learn Kulafarmer 09/22/2020 at 10:12 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationTMac ive kinda reached my saturation point with “news” and everything else as well. world has gone nuts Lauren 09/22/2020 at 9:52 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationOnce they promised an investigation, it disappeared from the media. As far as I know there were no riots (no race aspect, why SHOULD there be riots, right?) but the protestors didn't last beyond the next morning. So Cal Gal 09/22/2020 at 9:40 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMIMIM, I also completely understand how you feel. It’s been that way for a long time in my suburban area. It’s becoming far more obvious among people I used to consider “friends”. Through covid, political upheaval and social upheaval, I’ve seen how some of these folks have acted (or reacted) and I’ve lost all respect for them. They will be people who I may see at social functions after all if this, and think of as social acquaintances, but can no longer consider to be true friends. It’s amazing how much anger, hate and ignorance surrounds us all. I have considered MSB’ers to be a “family of friends” for a long time, it’s good to have the group here to “talk” with. Farmgirl 09/22/2020 at 9:35 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversationtmac - Lots about this on twitter, and I noticed the incident actually happened on Sept. 4th. When police shoot a black person, news is out immediately and rioting starts, sometimes within hours of it. You're right - the media and public response is different for white shooting victims. This happened over two weeks ago, and hardly any reporting on it. I was glad to see at least the boy is still alive, though I don't know what his recovery will be like. Couldn't watch the footage, just couldn't. Seen enough of these now I don't need to make myself watch more. Newbie shooter 09/22/2020 at 9:33 AM>> Ammo Shortage – It’s Gone – And I Mean Virtually Everywhere…Checked with Dick's in my area and was told that they sellout in minutes. Associate said it all goes to runners (10 t0 12) who line up before it opens and buy it all up. Seems they would put a limit on purchases but I guess profit is profit to them. Antique Collector 09/22/2020 at 9:26 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMiss I Made It Myself Happy that we are here for you, even if it is only on the net. ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 9:26 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!I haven't seen one Trump rally yet that only had white people at it. ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 9:25 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!I haven't seen one Trump rally yet that only had white people at it. Not me is a Marxist y'all, don't even reply to them. ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 9:22 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!You are a Democrat troll. Go back to whatever Marxist, commie hole you came out of. Mom in the Mitten 09/22/2020 at 9:21 AM>> SHORTAGES – What Are You Seeing Out There?Here in Michigan, having a hard time for last several weeks finding Ragu Brand cheddar sauce and Ragu brand Alfredo sauce. Also liquid Coffeemate in the Italian Sweet Cream variety is also no where to be found. Their website said this flavor would be unavailable thru October. Then I guess we’ll see what happens. I haven’t been able to find the generic store brand of this flavor either. My Walmart and my Meijer have limited stock of boxed pasta & again has been that way for awhile now. Meat still stocked well. PT and TP are stocked well and have been for awhile now, just wish they would go back on sale once in awhile so I could “stock” my shelves back up. Hate to spend full price. obviously no canning lids anywhere. But have found cases of Ball jars. ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 9:16 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Cid, don't give up. But I understand your frustration. Yes, even if Trump wins, which I believe he will, things will go South quickly. I think the RNC and others are too focused on the Presidential election and not keeping hold of the Senate. If the Dems take back the Senate, they will immediately impeach Trump and Barr for no reason, and then vote to remove them from office, which they will get. Then they will use Wray and the corrupt FBI along with whatever Clown that is installed at the DOJ, to bring them up on charges, which will lead to war in the streets. ScooterRay 09/22/2020 at 9:09 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Imagine that, disbanded in 1975 when the Democrats controlled the House and Senate. I believe it would be in our best interest to restart this or some version, otherwise it can only lead to another Un-Civil War. Bummin' 09/22/2020 at 9:02 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationJust S: and my point is this, this blog on which we are posting is called "The Modern Survival Blog" whose purpose is instruct and share survival knowledge. I've been reading this blog for years and I do not recall a single article here, or at other similar blogs, that suggest begging for food online or raiding food pantries is a survival tactic. I wonder if you people who are posting these notions are aware of the articles here on how to get by on limited resources? Instead of posting more cry-baby stories spend a little time looking over the topics here (I can think of several off the top of my head) and share that knowledge with those in need? Otherwise, what're you doing here? Finally, The Salvation Army never turns people down, and their officers are not getting rich working there. I do give to The Salvation Army, not to beggars online. NH Michael 09/22/2020 at 8:51 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationA email to share edited. Some points worth thinking about. My adds in (...) Always look forward to your commonsense replies, Prepping doesn't have to be all or nothing. Like you said pre-buying groceries, having electrical brown out work arounds, knowing you and yours will still have clean water is a good thing. Protecting your preps is a real issue given the various threats. Looking at Galveston Tx clean water-sewer power are at serious risk due to flooding from a Tropical Storm (not even a hurricane!). All that stored rice mixed with nasty flood waters is not useful. Even canned goods are damaged with labels gone (HEY Mom! Mystery Dinner AGAIN!) collapsing structures crushing them and rust given the salt water issues. Then of course you have to add in the TWO Legged Rats that like to "Acquire Goodies" when police are busy elsewhere. What pray tell will slow them down when BLM defangs the Police? Here we occasionally get residue from the serious storms sweeping up our little valleys and derecho's that flatten mass trees. I'm more concerned with wild fires and Nor'easters myself. The drought has stressed local wells and trees are not likely to have great color but dry up brown and fall off. A lot of DRY Tinder there. Given the lack of skill and common sense most folks show around campfires I am concerned that if grid power fails most folks Heating Source will fail as even propane heater safeties require electricity as well as oil heaters blowers and igniters and....and.....and..... (Does your heat source require grid power?) (Do you have a wild fire defensible zone around your home?) All those wanna be cavemen burning whatever they can find learning the rules to keep their homes from adding to the blaze is not a promising thought. Not sure if Police protection is deemed limited how-- ^^^click comment link for more...MamaLark 09/22/2020 at 8:33 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Life would be less fraught with peril if there were more commonality in our beliefs as Americans. But I don't think it can be forced or artificially created. There have been many comments already regarding the risks of empowering government to decide on the legitimacy of beliefs or punishing someone for beliefs contrary to government prescribed norms. You've also covered many of the institutions infected with what were once considered extreme beliefs. (Although large segments of the population have toyed with socialist beliefs since our inception. Thomas Paine wanted every American to receive $10 per year from the government. He took his beliefs to France to help their Revolution and I believe ended up hanged in their revolutionary purges.) But one institution has not been discussed - our families. My children were always out of sync with their friends. I took them with me to political events and to work on various campaigns from a young age. We talked about political beliefs and the news headlines. After I made a flippant remark about democrats they repeated to a very liberal relative, I made a basic argument on behalf of such beliefs and then explained why it doesn't or wouldn't work. (I also reiterated that most liberals are well intentioned but pointed out specific instances of those that were not.) I explained the actual or probable results of increased taxes or regulation on our lives or on our jobs. Despite the echo chamber of their teachers and the teachers' blind devotees, they remained conservative in their beliefs and have influenced friends as well as their spouses to similar beliefs. The only way IMHO to achieve a change in this regard is to start at home. And, in addition to political beliefs, it is almost impossible to prepare your family to defend-- ^^^click comment link for more...tmcgyver 09/22/2020 at 8:13 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationSalt Lake City - An unarmed 13 year old autistic boy was gunned down on a foot chase in a hail of eleven bullets fired by police; mostly into his back. The boy crumpled to the ground and whimpered: "Tell mom I love her". The mom had summoned the police for help. .... .... Why isn't this screaming headline news with cities burning??? Because the victim was white. Yayayayayayayaaaaa I know... "wait for the facts to come out"... right?! I've reached my saturation point now; both with thugs and cops. MamaLark 09/22/2020 at 8:07 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWelcome. Being an independent thinker is hard these days. Be strong. Be calm and reasonable. I have been surprised by some who quietly are starting to question the narratives they are being fed. MamaLark 09/22/2020 at 8:02 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationThis reminded me of some work a group of retired pastors did in a pretty self sufficient rural wooded area of Wisconsin. They got together and chopped seasoned wood and hauled into the forest to families in need heating with wood. Job losses, health issues and so on had resulted in several families struggling to keep warm. This is why one size fits all fixes from DC never work. The needs of people are too varied. Someone out of wood because they got injured at work needs wood. Someone out of wood because they partied all summer needs a kick in the pants. Write a welfare program to do that? Impossible. Red Dog Master 09/22/2020 at 7:13 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!cid, I don't believe that someone who is "in control" of the United States of America can determine what "un-American" is or not is. I believe the Founders created an excellent document called The Constitution for The United States of America. If someone does not believe in or agree to the framework of The Constitution, then they are in my opinion, "un-American". Red Dog Master 09/22/2020 at 7:08 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Not me; Why would Trump consider anyone who is un-American? For clarification sake, when I see Un-American, I deduce that person has Anti-Constitution ideals. If so, then Color of Skin and Net Worth has no bearing if someone is un-American. DaisyK 09/22/2020 at 6:50 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationI see that Senator Rubio is introducing a constitutional amendment to limit the Supreme Court to 9 justices. I thought of it first, but I will support his effort. KEVIN 09/22/2020 at 6:43 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!good one i needed a laugh DaisyK 09/22/2020 at 4:02 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWe need a Convention of States. A few proposals: 1.New states to be admitted only upon approval of 3/4 of the existing states. 2.Supreme Court limited to nine justices. 3.Change the Hatch Act to make Senators and Representatives subject to their own rules. That means that most of them would not serve consecutive terms. They could run again, but not campaign for themselves or anyone else, so most of them would have to take two years off to campaign for the next election. DaisyK 09/22/2020 at 3:42 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationPresident John Adams replaced not just a Justice, but a Chief Justice, AFTER he was defeated. I think he nominated John Marshall on January 20, 1801, and Marshall was confirmed on January 27, 1801, and was sworn in in February. Remember that President Jefferson was not sworn in until March 4th. The interesting thing about that is that the most famous thing Marshall known for is Marbury vs Madison, which decided whether 4 other post-election nominations were valid. Marshall's decision is praised by the left because that is the decision that gave the Supreme Court powers that the Founders never imagined. Marshall should have recused himself from that case because he was Secretary of State at the time those appointments were made by President Adams and it was his responsibility to see that the certificates were delivered to those judges and magistrates before President Jefferson took office. The problem was that, once Jefferson took office, he appointed James Madison to be Secretary of State and Madison refused to deliver them. Anyway, there have been multiple justices confirmed by lame duck presidents and senators. I am positive that the Democrats would do the same. In fact, you know they would because they demanded that Garland be confirmed four years ago. John Ulrich 09/22/2020 at 2:40 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Free speech is free speech. What we could do to disempower the marxists is to dismantle government power over our lives and recognize that democracy is just mob rule. The more freedom we have from government, the more freedom we have from marxists. Existence of marxists, non Christians, non whites, and liberals aren’t a problem as long as we are free to live our lives how we see fit. We need to push religious freedom, freedom of association and to sell and rent your home to who you please, absolute private property rights, gun rights, school choice (meaning not paying for schools you don’t send your kids to), complete economic freedom (no forced taxation), and complete personal freedom over our bodies (all drug laws say the government owns your body instead of you having freedom to decide what’s best for yourself. I don’t care about people destroying their bodies with smoking, alcohol,obesity, or drugs; I care about the government leaving everyone alone so they can make a choice and good ones like me can choose to stay away from it). We need to clamp down on our loyalty and respect of cops when they are the ones enforcing big government bureaucracy and all the laws that cripple freedom. Cops either pledge allegiance to protect conservatives against liberal laws or are liberals themselves. Just following order will not be tolerated as an excuse. The GOP controls 25-35 states to varying degrees of the executive branch and legislative and judicial. There is no reason why there is leftist indoctrination of students in public schools or public universities going on. There is no reason why government positions are filled with liberals who undermine conservative/libertarian/independent values. There is no reason why we have state policing enforcing liberal laws and enforcing liberal federal laws. The-- ^^^click comment link for more...the original Just Sayin' 09/22/2020 at 2:12 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationBummin', I have found some people posting on facebook over several months, some of them before the health "crsis"... and I am not on facebook.. a close family member is (,lives 150 mi away.). I was messaged by this person who was too far away to assist. They had been refused by the Only food bank,( because one worked a had received help 3 weeks before.(one weeks groceries... was 3 adults and 2 small kids,one disabled. one caregiving and one stranded with vehicle issues, ..unable to go anywhere until parts came in in 5 days. cubbards were almost completely bare.. I was able to get selections from another non affiliated food pantry- enough to get them through. Delivered. My point is this happens more frequently than one would think.I call it the cascading effect..one thing goes wrong when someone is on the borderline and it snowballs into distress. Those out in the country and living on the edge have no reserves for multiple car issues. Interfere with transporation to a job- and no public transport- it puts people in real distress. " cid 09/22/2020 at 2:09 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Lauren you're right . people here are stressed enough now without having to deal with that sort of thing.we have been having a lot of tempers getting short with the stress of RL outside this blog.mine included, not to mention all the trolls we have been having lately. i snapped on one earlier and ken deleted both posts. im sorry, but i'm laughing my butt off over that conversation i would hope that ken would remove the like-dislike buttons from this forum. one less thing to worry about. its the KISS principal Miss I Made It Myself 09/22/2020 at 1:06 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationThanks, I appreciate you. aka 09/22/2020 at 12:58 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversationthink that they might be getting in form for the supreme nominee riots.......... I mean after all, the talking heads are all ready on record saying things such as "burn the F--- country down" referring to McConnell statement about planning to go ahead with confirmation hearings. Kulafarmer 09/22/2020 at 12:43 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMiss I Madeit Myself, i feel your pain, Miss I Made It Myself 09/22/2020 at 12:36 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMy friends, it’s so good to have you. Today I realized that my friends here in left coast nirvana, are all completely brainwashed. I feel so completely alone in my beliefs here. Thank you for some sanity in this utter craziness. Farmgirl 09/22/2020 at 12:34 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Stand - I am just now realizing that what I said in a fun play on words could be, um, misconstrued. oops. So...just 'hi' then. No genes. Or jeans. Stand my Ground 09/22/2020 at 12:14 AM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Farmgirl Nope. From experience, DAD.! You can't say stuff like that over here,(Seattle), this ain't the Time-Out,(Fly over country tavern, ya know Redeck country) From Virginia Mason Hospital bed. Eli 09/22/2020 at 12:00 AM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationToo much beer folks. The quote is of course, "Who is number one? You are number six." Eli 09/21/2020 at 11:51 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWendy, Thanks for catching my error. I do not believe in Socialism but I can see how my neglect of the details could be construed as such. What I should have said was that government bears some "limited" responsibility to the populace in the sense that the welfare system (however bloated) provides. In our state, government did not purchase the food but called in the National Guard to help distribute it to the various communities and neighborhoods. To me this is a "limited" responsibility to the populace. Your comment, "The problem, of course, is that those who “cannot” help themselves are often mixed up with those who “will not” help themselves." reflects my sentiments exactly. Unfortunately, the words "sanctuary city" is a very popular and coveted title for some Democratic run cities. "Who is number one? You are number two." Farmgirl 09/21/2020 at 11:43 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationThank you, AC. It's pretty amazing he's at home already, and also amazing he wasn't paralyzed from the neck down. I'm agreeing with the bishop - this is nothing short of miraculous. He's 18 years old, and will need his health and strength to live the way they do. Just about marrying age for him, too. A full recovery would be wonderful. Kulafarmer 09/21/2020 at 11:42 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!I like my 501s 😎 Antique Collector 09/21/2020 at 11:38 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationFarmgirl Will keep him on our list for a complete recovery. Yes, I do believe in guardian angels. Farmgirl 09/21/2020 at 11:25 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!So....no talking about genes at all, then. Alrighty. I could still say to someone "nice jeans", though, yes? No matter what their skin color? Farmgirl 09/21/2020 at 11:17 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!(sigh) Yup, I did it. Thanks for the reminder. Kulafarmer 09/21/2020 at 11:11 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Hey folks,,, Dont feed the trolls Kulafarmer 09/21/2020 at 11:08 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!I never noticed that thumbs down thing till i was just reading these comments, like this one here has a bunch of - WTH? Childish is what it is, Kulafarmer 09/21/2020 at 11:05 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!People are just too damn sensitive tmcgyver 09/21/2020 at 10:55 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Farmgirl - FYI, telling a non-white person that they have good genes is also racist. A couple of prominent sportscasters have been put out to pasture for making such remarks. You just can't win for losing. Farmgirl 09/21/2020 at 10:49 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Not Me - 1. Do you know for an absolute fact there were only white people there? Not one POC? Camera shots don't count. Were you there? 2. Assuming there were only white people there, positively acknowledging white genes doesn't preclude him from also telling non-white people they have good genes. tmcgyver 09/21/2020 at 10:42 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationLouisville is under a state or emergency now, windows are being re-boarded back up. Reports are the National Guard is moving out. Apparently the KY AG has an announcement to tomorrow, based on facts and evidence, two things that are considered poison in da hood. In the timeless, mellifluous words of Marvin Gaye: "Let's get it on...". Seriously... nationwide... to hell with it... let's just thrash it out in the streets, let the chips fall where they may. Time to sort out the the low IQ, emotion driven, violent savages from those who produce and contribute to the greater good. That's all! Mr. Wright 09/21/2020 at 10:37 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Just tired of you is all, I suspect. tmcgyver 09/21/2020 at 10:33 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Not Me - So what? Not me 09/21/2020 at 10:29 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!News Flash...................Trump tells white audience in Minnesota they have 'good genes' Bummin' 09/21/2020 at 10:24 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationI find this incredulous, copy and post their exact request leaving out any identifying information. It has the odor of a scam. We have a food pantry one block away and whenever I go by it there are mostly vehicles associated with higher income owners. I went to offer fresh garden produce to them and they turned it down to my disbelief. "Why?" I asked and they said their visitors do not know what to do with fresh carrots and beets and lettuce, and besides they want beef so they are raising money to buy a freezer so as to maintain a stock of beef. I looked around and there were shelves with canned goods as well as Oreo's, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Pringles and so on. I worked with a fellow that knew we used dry beans and grains and offered me several bags of black beans. I asked where they were from and he said his in-laws drove around to various food pantries in the county collecting food and whatever they didn't want they got rid of. They were fully capable of paying for their own groceries but by doing this they reduced their food bill dramatically. They considered themselves clever. We saw a very destitute man in a wheel chair at a busy intersection holding a cardboard sign begging for money. We watched (from a parking lot) as he wheeled away to a car, stood up, folded up the wheelchair and put it in the trunk of the car and drove off. This also reminds me of the people who were hysterical because "there's no food at the grocery store" because there was a run on frozen pizzas. Instead of giving hand-outs, why not tell them to spend their time on the internet at this blog where-- ^^^click comment link for more...Lauren 09/21/2020 at 10:19 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Not worried. I just saw him responding to the down-votes as if they were addressing his point, and thought I'd mention it. Not me 09/21/2020 at 10:16 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Wouldn't Trump consider the blacks, browns and the poor un-American? Lauren 09/21/2020 at 10:14 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Whether someone likes what you say or not, and I sometimes don't, this kind of idiocy does nothing but feed the power trip of whoever is doing it. It's troll behavior, plain and simple. Lauren 09/21/2020 at 10:11 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!Agreed. I just noticed the pattern yesterday, and it's idiotic. I mentioned it because whoever this is isn't down-voting his information, but him. DLS 09/21/2020 at 10:02 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationHi All, A few thoughts for cybersecurity. If not actively using Bluetooth on your smartphone, PC, tablet device, turn it off. Bluetooth can be hacked as an entry point to your device(s). If using wi-fi from home with a router, change the default pass words for admin and 2.4 and 5Ghz channels. Use a random string of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and characters ('@', '%', etc) at least 10 characters in length, and use a different password for the admin access then for the actual high/low channels. Set the SSED broadcast to 'off' so as to not show to all around 'here I am". If using a public wi-fi (Starbucks, most hotel chains, malls, etc), use one of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications (can not recommend one since I don't use these type of open wi-fi connections). For smartphones/tablet devices, keep wi-fi turned off unless you are specifically connecting to a connection you trust. Don't walk around with wi-fi (or Bluetooth) turned on, you don't know what random connection may be made, and your device compromised. Stay cyber safe. Stardust 09/21/2020 at 9:14 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!I kneel when I pray, and kneel when I have to snake out the kitchen drain but I pray at the same time to get that clog out. Stardust 09/21/2020 at 9:08 PM>> Un-American Activities Investigations – Weed Out Marxist Commies!If this county is taken over by those Marxists this election, we would be the anti-Americans.