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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wal-Mart VS. The Morons

This post came from a group I am a part of and was asked to post it here and keep it circulating

Wal-Mart vs. The Morons 
  1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal- Mart every hour of every day.
2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is 
 than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Wal-Mart  now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900
 stores in the  
USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago .

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90% of all American s live within fifteen miles of a Wal -Mart .

You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting thatMAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal -Mart to fix the economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans, Democrats, Republicans,

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,

It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:

a.. The  U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
b. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

c. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
d. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.
e. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
f. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
g. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars
 , keep this circulating. It is very well stated. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our "duly elected' (they never read anything) and their staff will clue them in on howAmericans feel.

I know what's wrong. We have lost our minds to "Political Correctness" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Someone please tell me what the HELL's wrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!!
We're "broke" & can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,???????????In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey .. And now Pakistan .....home of bin Laden.  Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries! We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans
America a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without 'needed' meds, and mentally ill without treatment - etc,etc.

They have a 'Benefit'  for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies. 

Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.  Sad isn't it?

99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.   I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Some ramblin's

Never got around to that fire I promised the other day, had a prior engagement. I'll burn that wood we collected, don't you worry.

Also, I showed off some cool toys there. Big blades, tomahawk, cool stuff. I need to review those things. I will, I promise.

On another random note, my friend and mentor Scott is on the CDT (that's Continental Divide Trail) out west. He's got  trail journal here: Check it out

Anyway, that's that, for now. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A little back-yard bushcraft...

Woke up this morning, and decided I had a few blades that needed testing.

I couldn't justify hauling all this steel up the mountain and explaining to every Joe who walks by why exactly I'm carrying it all, so I decided to do my initial testing of these blades at home.

Here is the testing area, a quarter acre of my back yard full of varied bushes, thorny plants, birch trees, ferns, etcetera:

And the area which I eventually cleared into a trail:

The next step was, of course, to cut said path with my handy dandy 18" Ontario Military Machete:

The machete can be seen at center in both of these photos, it made short work of this brush:

From there, I took a left turn and beat my way through another ten feet of jungle. Then, I retrieved my Equinox Coronado 28"-haft tomahawk and set to work at felling wood for a cook-fire to cook burgers over for an early dinner:

Let's get closer, and check out the damage that tomahawk did:

I'm pretty proud of my handiwork, anyway :D

And for firewood, this is the bulk of what we got, post-limbing via a combination of the tomahawk, ESEE-6, and machete:

Adequate for a fire, I'd say. After collecting a few lesser branches, I've got this to work with:

That tomahawk always wants to be the center of attention. Anyway, here's the whole crew, getting ready for the processing work:

I'll be finishing this little series up tonight, hopefully the ESEE-6 will get more camera-time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: L.L. Bean Crank Flashlight, Mini

To start off: I was given this light by my parents for my birthday. The logic behind it was that it needs no batteries, less to carry on a hike. In my uses, I've found it to be a very good light for the money and the fact it's hand-crank.

The design is quite simple, just a neon-yellow oval body with a black crank. One button to activate the light. Only an on-off switch, not variable or multi-mode. It has a lanyard hole, though it's not large enough for 550 cord (a short-coming in my mind). It uses three white-light LED's.

In terms of output, I can't give you an exact Lumen rating or even an estimate. I can say this: it fills my Hennessy Hammock (review on the way) and my friend Scott's tarp-tent with light no problem, and even in total darkness it throws a beam about seventy feet. Remember, this is a crank flashlight.

It weighs all of three ounces on my scale, just as the manufacturer said. This may seem like a lot to you. "After all, the 4sevens Preon 2 with batteries weighs 1.625 ounces with batteries. You could carry two Preon 2's for only an eighth of an ounce more than the L.L. Bean!"

This is true. However, if you were on a long trip (say, three weeks in the bush without contact with the civilized world?) you may burn three sets of batteries to offset the weight, and the extra-bright capabilities of the Preon may be unnecessary for you.

The L.L. Bean also beats the Preon by a large margin in the cost department. If you're going out on a budget, this may be a very good option at only $14.95 USD.

I can't speak for this light's longevity, but I can say it survived getting soaked straight through (and kept working the whole time) on an overnight into the White Mountains this spring. Fog turned into rain and then snow, and my entire bag actually froze, straight through. Weighed nearly 45 pounds from a 25 pound loadout I started with! This light kept going the whole time, though. Also, during the process of this review, I fumbled the thing and dropped it on the floor twice. Still runs fine after two four foot drops to hardwood.

All in all, this is a great buy for the money if you're in need of a backup light for a hike, something that doesn't need batteries for home emergencies/preparedness, a good light for camping, or you just can't afford anything more expensive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Slow Start

I chose a bad te to start this up. A new summer job, trip out of town, all adds up. don't despair. Reviews to come.

Posted by ShoZu

Some housekeeping

I was away last week. Summer jobs stack up. Hold tight, gear reviews to come. I have an ESEE 6 that will be featured soon, as will the Camelbak Snoblast.

Posted by ShoZu

Friday, July 8, 2011

Meet and Greet

I'm a woods-going teen from the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. I enjoy all things related to guns, knives, bushcraft, and generally being outdoors. I'll be using this blog for the purposes of gear reviews, showing off my adventures, and sharing my life/political/general philosophy (see: incoherent rambling).