Thursday, March 31, 2011

Well guess what?----Obama turned out to be a republican in democrat's clothing and has stabbed me in the heart with the knife of disappointment---I had to develop a new political theory to be able to survive the lie of Obama. It took me awhile but----
This is my new personal political theory:
I am planning on voting in 2012 for the most insane, retarded, crazed candidate i can find...someone honestly certifiable----a candidate from the American right wing snake dancing Taliban! I want to cast my vote for someone who believes that Jesus commuted to work on a dinosaur..that the earth pumps out oil without end the way Cher will never get old----someone who thinks greenhouse gas is when you fart in a place they grow little plants---a candidate who is proud of their stupidity, who works at not being intelligent and makes no bones about the fact that a little toxic waste never hurt anyone....a candidate who thinks that our present 3 wars just aren't enough by God and someday, if we just all put "support our troops" stickers on our cars---- we'll turn Afghanistan into Iowa ! Someone who believes that trickle down economics will still work if we just help corporations out more with tax breaks and that medical bankruptcy is American by God and socialized medicine the foreign devil. I want this candidate to believe that human life starts when you get a boner....and anything that interrupts the process is an illegal abortion.

I am going to vote for someone from the insane clown posse right wing who makes Michelle Bachman look like sister Theresa....makes Dick Cheney look like the friendly next door neighbor and who turns George Bush the second into a genius!

Why you rightfully ask?

I want the American empire and society as it is now to die a quick death and not the slow, painful, ongoing, depressing expiration we are currently suffering through...America is like the 100 year old grandmother who won't die---while the bankers, politicians and lawyers feed off of her estate---someone needs to suffocate grandma with a pillow and a President with the mental capacity of a Bachman or Palin---or in truth--- pretty much any conservative republican teabagger is I believe, the backwoods relative that will put that pillow over grandma's face in 2012 and have us done with this theater of the absurd.... I am purposefully going to vote for the absolute worst candidate possible---someone who, like a monkey at the controls of a 747, will crash what is left of this society into a fireworks factory from high altitude, so that we can get on with being poor, destitute and good serfs to the rich---but at least we can be over the continuous worry about becoming poor, destitute, and serfs to the rich......I am not kidding about this, quit fooling me, lying to me, waving the flag and false statistics at me, stop trying to get me to believe in hope----Let's just get this downfall the fuck over with---

Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.
Barney Frank

Friday, March 25, 2011

A week of no great accomplishments---

Corporate profits at an all time high while middle class wealth has dropped 23% in 10 years....

Why inflation will kill us this time as compared to wounding us under Carter.....

I am about half way through "Surviving off Off Grid" by Michael Bunker. This is an interesting book focusing on the mental requirements of surviving completely off the grid by choice or through societal demise. This is not a how to book but more of a philosophical treaty on how your thoughts and desires will have to change. The overriding problem with the book is religion---Mr. Bunker is apparently a very hard core old time religion person and although he does discuss how to get around his religious viewpoints within the book---it makes it hard for a pagan like myself to cut to the chase, so to say, in finding the nuggets of wisdom that are definitely there. Buy this book only if you are willing to skip pages and pages of bible quotations hiding very real, very good concepts of mentally being off the grid. Not recommended for everyone.

Good films are rare but to view two excellent films on DVD in one week is a miracle...
THE MAN FROM NOWHERE is a outstanding Korean film featuring gangsters, organ selling, and friendship.

The Man from Nowhere centers on a quiet pawnbroker who is the neighborhood mystery...his only friend, a little girl, whose mother is a junkie breaks his isolation. When the girl's mother steals drugs from her supplier she and the little girl are sold by the gangsters for their organs.

The Man from Nowhere turns out to be a widowed, medically retired Korean special forces officer who sets out to recover the little girl...

The film is just excellent, there are several outstanding knife fights where everyone, hero and bad guy get badly cut, and these fights are with simple folding knives or kitchen type knives...This is a story of friendship and will be both astounded at some of the action scenes and heartbroken by the little need to see this it in the original Korean with subtitles---dubbed English is for pukes.

The second excellent DVD of the week is THE AMERICAN with George Clooney. I was completely surprised at how much I liked this film. Clooney portrays a combination hit man and covert gunsmith operating freelance in Europe. Clooney who is usually a real Verbal Kint (obscure reference) in his movies speaks about 50 words throughout the entire film which fits his character's silent, gray man world. The trade craft displayed is excellent...Clooney's character wears a Omega Speedmaster (my all time most desired watch)----and creates his own small world of precision and discipline while hiding out in a small Italian village building a rifle for another hitter---- the film is definitely worth viewing.

It is not a fragrant world.
Raymond Chandler

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My every day carry...I am very wrapped up in studying, carrying and having on hand the necessary items for daily existence, protection and emergencies. I'm the guy you make fun of carrying everything---until that is---you need something!
I have finally completed most of my spring requirements around the urban homestead and therefore had a chance for photography and to create a blog covering only my everyday carry material. The material described and pictured below are actual items i carry with me every day to work. I am lucky in that I am able to wear BDU's (battle dress utilities) to work which provide multiple pockets to haul all this stuff around.
The material described and displayed does not include my 3 day large walk out pack that i keep in the vehicle for emergencies....that will have to be covered at another posting.

The material pictured above is what i will pocket carry tomorrow, there are no additions or subtractions for this blog.
I have a conceal carry weapons permit so a small handgun is always a part of my everyday carry. From upper left to right My Citizens military Eco drive wristwatch. The current favorite, although watch selection changes from day to day. Kahr 9mm pistol with extended barrel and compensator, holster with spare magazine and pouch---16 rounds total. Sprint smart phone, cold steel folding knife, Timbuk2 Cabbie wallet, Rhodia pocket notebook with pen and pencil.
Ray ban sunglasses, car/house keys/compass, spare ponytail ties, lighter, cigarettes with a waterproof surfers case i adapted for my smokes, and my Tibetan prayer beads.
This is the basic pocket load out for any given day with minor exceptions....for pistol/knife/phone when i go to grand jury duty in two weeks!


My current daily bug out bag carry has been this North Face base camp bag.....Bags do change with the season and mood (see below for a new bag i have just ordered). What has helped insofar as my daily bag carry has been my purchase of the super tiny Lifebook U810 pictured above...the super small size of this full capability computer has made my daily carry so much simpler in weight load and bag size.

There are some items above that require an explanation:
The silver sardine style can is a small survival kit
The blue items are surgical gloves
The black and red pouch contains a small first aid kit and medicines
I carry food-----tuna/crackers MRE accessory packs (contents vary tho) and two lifeboat, sealed, water pouches.
I carry a small black pouch containing a powerful mini flashlight, Swiss army computer knife, and diamond knife sharpener.
I carry an Am/FM shortwave radio in case with headphones, a lighted magnifying glass, an Areo/temp gauge, a Solar panel charger with connector for mobile phone, a Shermagh and Ac adapter for the Lifebook, sand and wind goggles against the New Mexico climate, spare batteries, paracord, moleskin notebook, water proof matches, pens, mechanical pencil, and of course more spare ponytail ties.

While this may appear as if it is a ton of gear, it all fits nicely into the North Face Shoulder Bag, which is about 14x4 and rides comfortably when walking. I can survive out of this bag for two days, not comfortably, but it is a good combination of emergency supplies with tools and requirements for the average work day. Combining my basic pocket carry with my 3 mile run bag i have the capability to shoot, move and communicate unsupported for 2 days. I can't ask for much more and still be able to be stealth.

So there is my personal everyday carry equipment that i philosophize so much about on this blog. Sorry that this took so long to post but...the urban homestead chores come first!

A new bag is on the way (again)...a South African Defense Force shoulder bag from Omaha's army/navy. I have several pieces of SADF Surplus web gear--excellent design and manufactured perfectly to work in conjunction with my FN-FAL rifle.
This is more of a mid sized musette/gas mask bag...which i plan on using for work-----i have been attempting to reduce down the size of the bug out bag that i carry daily to work (thanks for my new tiny lifebook laptop---see above) and this SADF bag is my attempt to reduce further. My requirements are to be able to survive for 2 days with what is in my 3 mile run bag. So there must be a balance in what i need to carry versus size. I am hoping this new bag will be a valued addition to what i carry.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Albert Einstein

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Working---- reading Off,off Grid....Pony tail is 8 months old now....gasoline is $3.55 9/10 in my part of New Mexico---no moisture here for 112 days---garden almost in thanks to the work of my JoJo---greenhouse is great--I am still in the no politics zone.

No Budget, No brains, No plan....Higher gasoline prices, higher food prices, no jobs...9 million more loose health care, two wars ongoing...but yet we warn Libya to get it's shit together or else???

Maybe we can send an I'm sorry card to the future? Sarah Conner will be pissed anyway!

I understand that I am helpless when it comes to resisting knife purchases---I preach logic and understanding---resisting societal influences---but when it comes to things like knives, watches, and handguns...i am an asshole.
My latest order is the below illustrated Cold Steel, Rajah 3 folding knife.

The blade shape like a Kukri in a folding knife is what lured me----
The Kukri--the traditional edged weapon of the Gurkha Contingent is one of those links to the past which has not faded and hopefully never will---the ability to carry one on a daily basis was too much to resist.

There is no word or thought concept in Japanese for looting---as we Americans know it. There can be any number of American excuses as to why a traditional American past time---looting----which can occur at any moment including a stupid sports win or loss----does not exist on the mainland Japanese consciousness.
Americans will often respond to societal comparisons to Japanese culture with statements such as ----Japan is a society which developed based on the good of the group rather than the individual? Which limits and oppresses individuality? That they are an overly structured, single race society isolated by their island nature?

I spent time in Japan during the late 80's---(that was when Americans were worried that they would be taking over the world---remember?) As the introverted, hermit like individual that i am I found Japan wonderful except for the food---ugh. Although knowing full well that i would always be Gajiin --- barbarian ---- I liked and marveled at their systems----they have no word for looting because they are a society without the huge gaps between classes---that we have in the United States which I believe are cultivated specifically and intentionally in place to retain power in the hands of a few.
There is no word for looting in Japan.

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower