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gun crimeAs we are all aware, the fairly recent mass shooting at a school in Newtown Connecticut has placed the nation into an uproar over the issue of gun rights verses gun controls. As usual, instead of addressing the core issues at hand, the socialist minded leftist politicians, democrat and republican both, have decided to glam onto the anti-gun bandwagon and push for stricter gun laws.

Is this really what we should be doing in response to such an horrific act as a mass shooting?

The issue at hand should not be addressed as gun control, but more properly as an issue of crime control. The problem is not that a gun or guns were used to kill a bunch of innocent people, but that a person decided to commit that shooting. Why is no one addressing the problem of the person, instead of the tool used to commit the crime?

Why was the crime committed? At this point, I really have no idea, and neither does the majority of America, but is the weapon of choice really the problem? In a word, no it is not the problem. The problem is that a crime was committed.

Look at the issue of assault in this manner:

Let us say a person, man or woman, gets angry and wants to assault their partner in life. There is no gun in the house, so what does the person do? Does this person simply walk away because they cannot succumb to their emotional need to attack someone and cause injury? Of course not. If this were true, then we would have no issues of domestic abuse and the resulting crime rate from that ill named crime.

The person would either use their hands to attack, or grab whatever is handy. Let us say that a vacuum cleaner was nearby, and the person grabbed an extension wand to beat the crap out of their partner. Should we then ban vacuum cleaners because the extension wand was used to beat someone?

Maybe we should just ban vacuum cleaners that have extension wands? Alternatively, we could ban vacuum cleaners with multiple extension wands. That way the victim might have a chance to escape while the perpetrator reloads. Sounds pretty stupid, doesn’t it?

Of course it is stupid, and so is the argument over gun control. We do not need gun control, and neither do we need people control, but the end result is that people control is the only possible end result of gun control.

Banning high capacity magazines, or clips holding more than ten rounds will not eliminate the potential for gun crime. In fact, in some ways it retains the probability of an increase in gun crime, especially as time goes by.

More and more people will simply comply with the rules, and eschew their constitutionally endowed right of self-defense, thus exposing themselves, and their property to those who wouldn’t give a rats ass for the lawful requirements of gun owners.

Further, surrendering our right of self-defense also decreases the possibility of defending ourselves against a corrupt political establishment, should the right parties attempt to subjugate us to a certain form of dictatorial regime, which may well happen given the current trend of affairs.

The question we have to ask here is; is gun control really meant to control gun related crime, or is it really intended to control the larger part of the law abiding gun owning population through a series of bans on certain firearms, clips and ammunition, registrations, and publicly administered oversight of gun owners?

So far in 2012-A Doomsday Year I have covered in part the escalating food prices, the escalating energy costs, the increasing controls imposed upon us, and today I will look at the issue of communications in our daily lives.

We have come to take for granted many of the freedoms our constitution protects, and in so doing have become complacent in the way we simply accept what is being placed upon our dinner plate of daily news. Unfortunately, much of what we see on the front page of the dailies and the evening news is watered down, biased, and/or poorly reported by the media outlets. It used to be that a newspaper in large part would print just the facts on the front page, and nothing more. The papers were opinionated, but they wisely restricted opinionated articles to the opinion pages of the paper. Today, many of the stories we read are filled with statements that promote one ideology or another, and this is true for both side of the aisle, lefty and righty alike.

There are still places you can go today to get a good, factual report on many issues and events, but you usually have to do quite a lot of digging to find the truth. As this is an election year for the presidency, this fact makes it more vital than ever that you take the time to educate yourself of the real truth and not the truth that a special interest group wants to push. Take the story that claims Warren Buffett’s secretary pays more taxes than he does.

The left wants you to believe something that is not true, and they know it is not true, so they manipulate the facts so that at first glance it sounds like it is true, and grabs your attention, big time. When one of the richest men in the world gets away with paying less in taxes than most of the people reading this blog pay, it makes you mad, doesn’t it? At Obama’s State of the Union speech, Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, got a front row seat sitting next to her royal highness Michelle Obama, and of course it was staged so that President Obama could make the most of the attention grabber of the evening.

According to several articles, Buffett’s 2010 tax return says he paid 6.9 million in taxes. I am guessing his secretary wasn’t paid all that much whereby she would be paying anywhere near that much in taxes in 2010, and their 2011 tax returns are probably going to be very similar to their 2010 returns. Percentage is where the truth is, and since most of Warren Buffett’s income is from capital gains, and that is where they twisted the claim that he paid less in taxes than his secretary. The top rate for capital gains income is 15 percent, period. Going by that rate, I pay nearly twice as much in taxes as Buffett does, including all federal and state taxes. The reality is that it probably takes me two years to make as much income as he pays out in taxes in a day. However, the left doesn’t want you to see that part of the argument. They only want you to be angry that the rich are better off than you are and are given all kinds of bennies for being rich. Class warfare at its finest. Remember this story when you look at the news. By the way, the right is just as guilty as the right when it comes to “modifying” the news to their advantage.

So where does communications come into the puzzle of predicting the future? It comes into the puzzle through the way certain items are left out of the commonly shared news, and which pieces are shared with gusto. One of the stories I have been following is the issue of the National Guard and how they are supposedly patrolling the US/Mexico border to cut down on illegal immigration. Unfortunately, their involvement was severely restricted, and their actual value was diminished to the point where the expense incurred did not come close to making it worth the taxpayer’s money for them to be there. If the military is going to patrol the border, they should do so fully armed with the intent of actually preventing illegal entry into this nation by anyone. They were relegated to performing nothing more than being used as a photo-op for political gain.

The more important issues that you see very little reporting on is the fact that the government wants to increase the usage of drone technology to patrol the skies under the guise of watching the borders of this nation, the natural inclination for many of us is to say, so what, we need the protection. In fact, we do, but this is not what will happen in the long run. These drones will be used for purposes beyond that which the constitution allows. But that doesn’t matter, because the powers that be only use the constitution when it suits their needs. And even then, they twist it into a perversion of what the constitution really means.

We look at the history of the world’s most despotic regimes and learn that the media outlets in those countries were usually the first target for control, and in some sense, we see the same thing happening today here today in the United States. Newspapers and television stations are afraid to say something different, something that might offend, simply because it is more politically expedient to go with what the “powers that be” want them to say. Global warming, gay rights, religious issues, morality and more are all subjects that are controlled by very small minority groups, and yet they have the biggest advantage because they have more political pull with the media outlets.

Those of us with a different standard or levels of morality and viewpoint still have outlets we can turn to, but these outlets are disappearing, overwhelmed in most part by the mainstream media in their push for popular support and advertising dollar. We will continue to see the far left ideology increase in power, as we get closer to Election Day. You will see an overwhelming majority of leftist attacks against sound, biblically based positions that the candidates may wish to take, but will not because of the fact that money and popularity goes hand in hand with the political structure in this nation. We, as a nation, will continue to see erosions in our society and economy as the left gains power and control, thus furthering our descent into failure as a nation. And when that point arrives, you had better be prepared, because Uncle Sam will not be there to give you a hand up, nor a hand out.

Watch the headlines and as the year passes by, you will begin to see what I mean.

So far in 2012-A Doomsday year I have covered in part the escalating food prices, in part one, and the escalating energy costs in part two. Historians are well aware of the fact that economic difficulties usually precedes a time of discontent and upheaval. Historically, we can look back at our own history and examine:

  • The economy of the 1760s as a precedent to the war for independence from the English empire;
  • The depression of the 1750s prior to the war for Southern Independence;
  • The period just before our entrance to WW I;
  • And our great world depression of the 1930s before WWII broke out.

Today, I will take a look at the increasing controls being placed upon the citizens of this country as we continue to steamroll towards the next great depression, which I believe will officially be recognized in late 2013 or early 2014. Of course, some analysts will say that this depression has already begun, and I for one agree with them. It normally takes some time for any government to accept the fact that failure has come upon them, and this economic situation we are enjoying today is no different.

Government controls come in many forms, from control of the media to removal of personal liberties. The headlines are ablaze with the reports that both the senate and the house have both tabled further discussion of the SOPA/PIPA legislation, accompanied by shout of victory by the opposition. Unfortunately, there has been no real victory as the intent is to restart passage of both of these pieces of legislation after the furor has died down.

The hallmark of any despotic regime is the thumbs on approach that the regime takes towards the media industry, and their attempts to squelch any untoward criticism of that regime. For example, if you own a newspaper and say something bad about fearless leader, you most likely will lose your newspaper, and quite likely your life as well. It used to happen all the time in the Soviet Bloc nations, and still occurs even today. The SOPA/PIPA legislation is a wide-ranging set of laws that could easily be used to quench the fires of dissent in this nation based upon the ability of the government to require any particular websites extinction based upon a false claim of copyright infringement. For example, if I were to use this, or another of my blogs to copy a substantial portion of any newspaper article with reference to wrongdoing by our government, they would be able to shut me down cold. This action would be based upon my “piracy” of the copyright holder of that newspaper article.

Granted, piracy is an unacceptable act, and we already have sufficient legislation on the books that addresses that issue today. Unfortunately, our government refuses to utilize current legislation and pursue those scofflaws that already break those laws. The true downside of this legislation is that instead of pursuing criminals, it makes it all that much easier for our government to control the public. The fear aspect of the law is what makes people allow their government to become stronger, and as the government gets stronger it becomes more despotic. Additionally, it is not just the federal level of legislation that the government uses to control people, but state and local level legislation as well. Take the increasingly frequent usage of what the government calls roadside sobriety checkpoints. I prefer to call them chokepoints, myself. These are where a state, county or local police agency sets up a roadblock and checks for drunk drivers or other persons who are operating a vehicle illegally.

We accept these chokepoints because we demand something be done about drunk drivers, or people who drive without insurance, or operate with a suspended license. This makes sense as we wish to be protected, however, this action actually violates our constitutional rights. Amendment four of the US Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This means that your property, which includes the car you are driving in, shall be secure, and free from search without a warrant, and that warrant shall not be issued unless there is probable cause that you have violated a particular law. For Sherriff Billy Bob to set up a roadblock and check each car that passes through for violations is tacitly illegal. How can any law enforcement officer state without exception that each of those vehicles, without knowing who will be coming through that chokepoint, to be in violation of a law, and how could any competent judge agree to issue warrants against any and all vehicles that may be driving on that road during the established chokepoint? The answer is simple; they cannot.

We keep asking for more and more protections, but what we really accomplish is the surrender of our constitutional rights, and thus the surrender of our personal sovereignty. We allow a despotic regime to be established because we haven’t the courage to stand up and argue for our own rights, and our guarantee of liberty provide by the constitution.

I believe that no matter who wins this round of election for president, we will see an explosion of government control by the end of this year. My next post will go into some detail with what I see happening to support that view, by the way. Special interest groups are dictating more and more as to what we will be allowed to do and say, and I see that movement becoming stronger in the coming months. Obama-care is a patently unconstitutional piece of legislation, and yet many of us asked for it, to our shame. (Not me, by the way.) Our beloved incandescent light bulbs are going the way of the dinosaur, and the 100-watt light bulbs are already on the banned substance list. 100-watt bulbs are verboten as of 01 January of this year (2012).

The list of controls is growing longer every day, with the passage of each new law. As the economy continues its slide into failure, we will see more and more legislation to hide the reality and extent of the danger, while cloaking that public controlling legislation under the guise of it being “for our own well being.” Stay tuned while I address more of what I see as contributing to our demise as a nation and the collapse of the world as we know it today.

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Back in November(2010) I had done a post on what I call the SaWaFo pyramid to shed a little light on that particular anchor point on your preparedness planning. What is the SaWaFo pyramid? Basically it puts your three basic needs into a pattern of building blocks with your survival, or preparedness plan at the center. We need all three of these things to survive. Safety, Water and Food. We can survive for a short while with just one of these three, and maybe a little longer with two of these three. But to be able to survive indefinitely, we need all three of these elements to be in place. Always.

As you begin your search in earnest for a piece of property to create your survival homestead, you will need to make these three elements part of your search parameters. But just how do we utilize our resources as we search, while keeping these three things at the forefront of your mind? Let us look at them one at a time and see how this may be done.

  1. Safety

Safety encompasses a lot more than what many people think it does in this situation. Safety includes more than simply being safe. Safety and security actually affects everything you do. When you obtain water, you want to make sure it is safe to drink. You want to make sure that your long-term food storage is kept under conditions that will maximize its lifespan. When you buy a piece of property, you want to make sure that there are no hidden dangers that may sneak up behind you and bite you in the butt.

Some of the things you will want to check for are the usual resources related to safety and security for most homeowners. Does the community have a local police department? If not, do they rely upon a county sheriff’s department for law enforcement? What is the relationship to the state police force, and do they patrol the area? What is the history of crime in the area you are looking to move to?

Wild animals, such as bear, and in a few locations, wolves, can present some safety problems to you and your family. You will need to inquire as to the presence and if there have been any problems from these animals, or others. Raccoons and other small animals can carry rabies, and thus present another source of problems. Generally, if you are in a true rural area, and you stay on top of the trash and waste accumulation you will create you should not have any problems. However, if you are in a built up area you may find that there is a problem with animal and human interactions.

One of the drawbacks of human expansion into the woodlands is that we reduce the habitat of the animals that live in those woods. As that happens, some of these animals learn to adapt to our encroachment, and begin to raid out trash cans, eat from our gardens, and sometimes see our pets and children as potential food sources. A high incidence of problems in an area with any species indicates that there are in fact at least some animals that will invariably threaten your safety and security. If these incidents seem to have an unusually high occurrence rate, you may want to look elsewhere for a piece of property.

Other safety and security factors may be, but are not limited to, the presence of industrial chemical plants in the area that may create a hazmat situation. This could be through groundwater contamination, or possibly an accident that may release hazardous chemical clouds into the atmosphere. You should also investigate whether there are any large scale commercial farming operation that could also cause problems for your water source.

The list is long, and some people may claim too exhaustive and maybe even a bit much, but always remember that anything can happen at any time, and in any place, often with no warning. Proper analysis of your potential homestead property can prevent a lot of surprises from popping up and destroying your dream come true, turning it into a nightmare.

  1. Water

Water to drink is an absolute necessity. However, that water needs to be safe to drink. Following the recommendations above can help you to locate a homestead with safe water, but how do you find a homestead location that can provide you with water in the first place? One way to check on the potential of available water is to simply examine a topographic map of the area. Take a look at this clip from a topographic map to the left. It shows plenty of water available, but it is at or very near the surface. That could cause you some problems with the quality of your water supply.

A better indication of water is this clip found to the right. It shows a stream, with some relatively high ground on either side of the stream. You should have a safe shot at a clean well, even if you have to drive a shallow point well for financial reasons. You may not always be able to find property with such a clear indication of water availability, and in that case you will actually have to visit the area to see what is present for foliage.

An abundance of willow trees, ferns, moss, cattails and other marsh type grasses indicate a good source of water on your property. Another excellent source of clean water is the presence of a spring, especially one high above your home site.

The safest way to extract water from the ground is from a deep aquifer through a drilled well. That can get pretty expensive, especially if you have to go hundreds of feet deep. A shallower driven well can be installed for much less cash outlay, but generally can only be driven down to a depth of 20 to 30 feet as a maximum. There are exceptions, but 30 feet of pipe makes for a pretty tough time with a sledge hammer. You can also hand dig a well, although this is not the best alternative. However, there are cases where this is the only viable alternative.

  1. Food

Food is obviously a cut and dried necessity, or is it? We need food, and part of the concept behind homesteading or farmsteading is to be able to grow your own crops. One of the things you will want to watch for is the presence of large-scale commercial growing operations. Many of these businesses utilize genetically modified seed, and the potential for cross-pollination with your own garden is very real. The quality of the soil is paramount in your search for a homestead location. Scrubble land, or land where plants grow sparsely, has a PH that is too high or too low, too high a gravel or sand concentration is generally not worth the work it takes to get it into prime growing condition. It takes time and money, sometimes lots of it, to modify some land. Also, be aware of the drainage quality of the land you want to grow crops on.

You may need to install a drainage tile system, which can add thousands of dollars to your costs, or you may find that there is simply too much drainage causing a shortage of ground level moisture for your crops to feed on. In that case, you will need to modify the content of your soil by adding more clay or loam, again creating additional costs to your final expenses.

Do you need to clear large swaths of woodland to create adequate space for fields in which to grow your crops? If so, is there some sort of easement or restrictive covenant that would prohibit you from doing so attached to the bill of sale and title of the property? Again, you could wind up in an expensive position in which you could end up spending thousands of dollars, and still end up with a nightmare, instead of your dream come true.

Always remember the SaWaFo pyramid. Safety, water and food. You need all three of these things, no matter what your final plans for the coming times will be. Careful planning and thorough analysis of your situation can alleviate many of the potential problems you would be facing if you had not planned carefully in advance. Decide now what your goals are going to be for the future. Then make a plan of how you intend to achieve those goals. Once you’ve done your analysis and planning, you can deploy your plan with confidence of success.