Just saying

I couldn’t have said it better myself…

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It would seem that many, if not most people here in this Republic have forgotten just what today is about. Today is Memorial Day, not the “unofficial first day of Summer”. It is also not a “sales marketing event”. Today we honor the fallen, the fallen in service to this Republic, the war dead, the Fallen Warriors.

Perhaps it would aid some to put today in perspective if they would just learn or know the name of just one Fallen Warrior, his or her story. Where he or she hailed from. The date of the fallen warriors birth. The date of the fallen warriors death. The country where the fallen warrior died, or if the fallen warrior was lost at sea. The name of the Battle that claimed the life of the fallen warrior. The name of the Church the fallen warrior attended. The name of the Schools the fallen…

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What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

I am still not where I want to be but I did a little better this week in my walk with God. I only missed two days of Bible study and prayer time this week. I feel better and like I am moving in the right direction.

Self Defense/Hunting

I have been looking for .38 Special shot shells for quite a while. For whatever reason they always seemed to be out of stock or back-ordered. Although I haven’t tested them out on live critters yet, I like these for snakes and small varmints. Typically, I take the approach of leaving snakes alone as long as they leave me alone but, on occasion, you get one with a mean streak. Water moccasins, in particular, tend to be on the more aggressive side around here. A big old moccasin can move pretty fast and having a shot-shell to dispatch him/her with seems like a pretty good idea.

I also picked up two new speed strips. These are orange so they are more visible in the range bag and less likely to disappear on me. I also picked up another HKS speed-loader. All for my .38/.357 snubbies.

Supplies

We cleared out a good bit of freezer space by sending a good supply of groceries home with my youngest daughter. They can use the help with their budget and it helped us make some space and rotate some things out.

Fitness/Health

The same days I skipped quiet time with God and Bible study I skipped exercising too. So, on the positive I only missed a couple of days. On the negative, I missed a couple of days…

I will say that the exercise program is paying off a bit. I haven’t lost any weight but my balance is better and I can feel the strength coming back in my upper body. I still get winded pretty easily but that will come too.

Finances

Instead of putting money in savings we donated to charity and went ahead and purchased some silver coins for the grand kids for Christmas. By the time Christmas rolls around (good Lord willing) we’ll have another grandchild. My oldest daughter is due in November. To make sure I was able to get an American Eagle (Silver, not Gold) with the new addition’s birth year I went ahead and purchased that as well. Those should be delivered in the next week or maybe two.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

Sometimes Even The Media Gets It Right

At the very bottom of an NBC report on the murder of 24 Christians in Egypt today there were a couple of lines that really struck home:

Pope Francis visited Egypt in April to show solidarity with its persecuted Christians and to try to mend relations with Muslims across the region.

Following the pontiff’s trip, ISIS vowed to escalate the attacks against Christians, urging Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and Western embassies.

Even though it was  buried at the very end of the article I was shocked to see such a statement in any mainstream media post. The simplicity of the statement shines a light on the problem with Islamic terrorism and the mainstream approaches to it. The very simple fact that these animals don’t want to improve relations, they don’t want mended relations. They want Christians and Jews gone and preferably dead.

Maybe not all Muslims think this way but the terrorists do. There is no mending fences with them. Either they die or we do.

If there are Muslims who don’t agree then they need to speak up, loudly. They need to drive these beliefs from their Mosques. They need to renounce, denounce and turn those who think that way in to the authorities.

There are only two reasons that they would not do so. They are lying and do support such evil or they are fearful of retaliation or retribution. Either they agree or this is such a strong part of their religious community that they can’t risk its wrath.

It’s that simple.

Note: Some will say that it is somehow the Christians fault for being in a Muslim country. Egypt only became a Muslim dominated country around 640 AD when it was conquered by an Arabian army. Prior to that it was a predominantly Christian nation.

What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

I was still not as diligent as I would like to be only spending serious time in prayer and studying the Bible about half of the days this week. We have missed so much church of late that I felt a bit like a stranger walking in on Sunday.

Self Defense/Hunting

Wonderful Wife’s payday was this week and we bought some ammo for the first time in a while, stocking up on .22LR, 5.56 and .308 rounds. Still need a range day but I did manage to spend some time in dry fire practice this week. In fact, I replaced the APEX duty spring kit on one of my Smith & Wesson revolvers with the heavier stock springs for dry fire practice. My thought is that if I can be good with that heavier trigger pull I will be really good with the lighter Apex, Glock and Ruger triggers in my carry guns.

Supplies

Another order of freeze dried foods came in this week. We should have our basics covered at this point so I can start focusing on stocking up on key items. Write up to come soon. We harvested and dried some herbs from our garden.

We restocked one of the meds in our supply, We ordered new and rotated our standby supply into use.

I also bought a new pocket knife (or two). A video on the “classic camp knife” caught my interest and so I bought a modern version (Victorinox Small Tinker) and I plan to give it a shot for a while. See what I think…

Fitness/Health

Like prayer and Bible study I have been about 50/50 on exercise too. I was still able to increase the number of reps I am doing so maybe 50/50 isn’t so bad for exercise.

Finances

Wonderful Wife got paid and we were able to put some money into savings.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless