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Self-Made Knives / Re: First Knife
« Last post by Estacado on January 15, 2021, 05:02:32 PM »
These are my last four knives. I have now made 24 Kephart inspired knives since October. A hunting Bud Eric wanted the special wood and while not True Kephart's I complied. I delivered three of the posted knives yesterday and the walnut handled knife went out to an old F-4 Crewmate today. Eric wanted the wood because his Grandfather had given the wood to he and his dad for turning Pens. He plans on giving the knives to his son some day. I now have a legacy with my creations. https://postimg.cc/ts71KNjt
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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by xj35s on January 15, 2021, 04:34:01 PM »
I'm really liking you Moe M.

I can't believe that Biden is already talking about a 1.9 trillion dollar package to help small business and economy stimulus. There is no money. How do they keep writing checks? Maybe they shouldn't have given billions to other countries. You know, for "Gender Research" in Pakistan......
I can only hope I die before retiring. Not much chance of seeing any social security, and I don't have big savings anymore because I took 6 months off work and used most of it for the bills.  I didn't jump on the covid unemployment bandwagon....
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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by Moe M. on January 15, 2021, 03:58:23 PM »
". . . maybe when we have endured enough shame,  enough suffering,  and enough economic loss, and loss of our most precious freedoms will we find the means to correct our foolishness."

I certainly hope so. Nothing would please me more. Unfortunately, finding those means will require fact and not broad based specious generalities.

" . . .this post was not for your benefit anyways,  it was meant for those of our member who truly love this country."

Directed at a citizen who volunteered for military service, led men in combat, fought beside them, bled with them and still carries the scars seems a tad hypocritical. Of course we have seen this attitude before from those who never wore the uniform (Marion Morrison, aka John Wayne) and those who wore the uniform but never came anywhere a combat area (Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood). I'll leave it to social science and mental health folks to explain the hows and whys of that but we just called it "combat envy". Stephen Crane lined it out in The Red Badge Of Courage and Shakespeare had something to say about it too among others. Looks like it's still easily found.

Maybe it is the belief of some assuming the right (?) to determine who does or does not "truly love this country" that contributes to our current predicament. Might be wise to let that nonsense go for starters.

Best wishes to you and yours for health and happiness during our interesting times.


  Funny that you only point to conservatives to attack,  if you had done your homework you'd have found that Clint Eastwood was 12 yrs. old in 1942,  even with parental permisson he couldn't have gotten in.
  Ronald Reagan tried four times to enlist for combat duty and was rejected because of a vision problem,  he did however serve  the war effort and achieved rank by making training films for the military.
  Marion Morison (AKA John Wayne) also tried to enlist in the three branches of the military,  he was rejected because he was 34 years old, married, and had four children when the US got into the war,  but, he also found a way to help the cause by making training films and war movies to instill pride for the military and encourage the war effort, he also was a primary in pushing war bonds,  and he nearly matched Bob Hope in making appearances and shows for our fighting men in uniform especially in combat zones.
  You probably wouldn't look so bias if you also mentioned liberal news worthy names who went into hiding or ran to Canada to avoid having to serve,  It's not all that hard to find a few,  start with Jane Fonda,  that's an easy one. 
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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by boomer on January 15, 2021, 10:46:23 AM »
". . . maybe when we have endured enough shame,  enough suffering,  and enough economic loss, and loss of our most precious freedoms will we find the means to correct our foolishness."

I certainly hope so. Nothing would please me more. Unfortunately, finding those means will require fact and not broad based specious generalities.

" . . .this post was not for your benefit anyways,  it was meant for those of our member who truly love this country."

Directed at a citizen who volunteered for military service, led men in combat, fought beside them, bled with them and still carries the scars seems a tad hypocritical. Of course we have seen this attitude before from those who never wore the uniform (Marion Morrison, aka John Wayne) and those who wore the uniform but never came anywhere a combat area (Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood). I'll leave it to social science and mental health folks to explain the hows and whys of that but we just called it "combat envy". Stephen Crane lined it out in The Red Badge Of Courage and Shakespeare had something to say about it too among others. Looks like it's still easily found.

Maybe it is the belief of some assuming the right (?) to determine who does or does not "truly love this country" that contributes to our current predicament. Might be wise to let that nonsense go for starters.

Best wishes to you and yours for health and happiness during our interesting times.






 

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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by Moe M. on January 15, 2021, 07:10:47 AM »
  Boomer, you and the few others here of your stripe have been on my ignore list for quite some time now with the above post being a good example of why,  my first thought was to call a huge Bull $chitt on your last post,  but after a few moments of pondering your words I came to an understanding,  you actually are not lying,  you really believe what you wrote as misguided as it is.
  It would be a total waste of my time to try once more to point out the errors in your thinking,  however I will concede that there are a couple of your points that are accurate and true,  the first is that the shame is ours,  that we didn't heed the advice of the Founders that we must be ever vigilant and proactive in defending our freedoms and Constitutional protections lest we loose them to the type of evil, corruption, and deceit that have invaded the highest places in our government,  to those who have sold out not only this country but across the globe,  the other truth that you have said is that it is our shame to live with, and I'm sure that we will suffer that shame in the worst ways possible for our precious land.
  Perhaps those of us who haven't been brainwashed by Academia and the corrupt socialist lame stream media along with the misguided who believed the lies they were fed by the rabid haters in the world will find our resolve to once again rid this country of the vermin who have stolen it, maybe when we have endured enough shame,  enough suffering,  and enough economic loss, and loss of our most precious freedoms will we find the means to correct our foolishness.       

 You need not reply as you are back on my ignore list,  this post was not for your benefit anyways,  it was meant for those of our member who truly love this country.

 * Posted by one of the Usual Suspects,  otherwise known as one of the Deplorables. 
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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by boomer on January 14, 2021, 10:20:31 AM »
Well,  I was trying to post a thread that didn't delve into politics, came under the bushcraft category, and maybe even refocused some of our concerns to practical matters.

so much for that .  Thanks boomer.


Not sure where to post this but since most of the usual suspects are here  . . .

First, I do not wish anyone harm or bad times. Not at all. But I do have some observations that may be relevant.

In the lead up to the 2016 election there was a constant stream of dismissal of anyone who did not fall in line with a few forum members who were self proclaimed elites here. There were a long discussions in defense of the superiority of "western culture" and claims of intellectual superiority based solely on melanin content. Immediately after the election results there was posted the jubilant "White men with guns have spoken." That pretty much summed up the prevailing attitude among the usual suspects at the time. You know who you are. You can't pretend you weren't or you didn't know.

After 4 years of constant lies, fomenting national division and promoting "racial" divisiveness  we're saddled with the predictable outcome of those attitudes. Attitudes that were recently exhibited in a lame failed coup attempt on the Congress and the very basis of our electoral process.

We are just beginning to see how these recent acts will play out. Likely we'll see the current president symbolically destroyed and an onslught of "new" draconoian measures passed as "necessary safeguards" Not so much because our democratically organized republic is sacrosanct but chaos is bad for business. Had the pandemic not appeared when it did we may have just continued sliding down the same slope. But things can happen. And they did.

To those who deny science, support the so called values of the current president or buy into the nonsense of conspiracy and supposed  superiority all I will say is while you may not be held to account for the harm done the nation your actions are known and will not be forgotten. You will have to live with what you have supported all these years and denial cannot shield each from the truth held deep inside..

It will take generations to repair the damge to our society, if indeed we can. I don't know how things will work out or if they will. What I do know today however, is that "White men with guns" may have spoken but the message was undeniably toxic to our nation and I hope youre influence is over.

People can fgrow and change. In the meantime I will bear witness.




The shame is yours to live with.
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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by xj35s on January 14, 2021, 06:26:08 AM »
I have that book as well. How to stay alive in the woods. My school work took a back seat to that book. I did an Essay on the history of survival, using that book and American Survival Guide magazines for my sources. Yeah I barely passed. History was the lowest grade all through school. I gradiated doh, only took 14 years...
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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by wsdstan on January 13, 2021, 03:57:28 PM »
Ewell Gibbons comes to mind when  I read your post xj. 

I also have a lot of books and a few of them are old staples in the camping and trekking world.  Brad Angiers book, How to Stay Alive in the Woods, is probably the first one I ever bought.  Kepharts book is also in there. 


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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by xj35s on January 13, 2021, 03:36:39 PM »
We lost our internet today. Looked like it was going to be over 24 hours for the repair. I went through my camping folder. I didn't realize the number of PDF'S I've collected over the years. Just about anything I'd need to learn for SHTF world. I also have an amazing number of actual books on my shelf. I should really take the time to read them.
Many are boat building and sailng. A bunch on wild edibles and foraging. Lots of Hiking and Backpacking. Camping, survival, and preparedness. I was thinking of selling them but I might have to keep them!!


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General Discussion / Re: Jeez.
« Last post by madmaxine on January 13, 2021, 03:15:04 PM »
    I'm headed to the Alafia Rendezvous tomorrow.  Biggest pre-1840 event in the USA, so I'm told.  1400 to 1500 participants.  Might be a little less this year.  But the skills demonstrated there are so applicable to SHTF grid down things.  However, I am better at more primitive living.  So I really don't "suffer" and I come back reluctantly. 

    Kelly and I live "off the grid" a lot.  More now that she's retired.  I don't want to give up electricity and cell phones.  But I can.  It's nice to have options and skills practiced rather than read about.  It's nice to have had a dad that was a vet and time growing up on a farm.  Animal husbandry is much more than urban people realize.

     I've gotten soooo much helpful info from this forum.  I really do appreciate all your input. 
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