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big houses

I am hell bent on bugging in. I spent 20 years close enough to the federal government to believe the dog was eating its tail at a terrific rate.  So I pulled the string and strategically relocated most of the family to a sleepy, creepy small town where I believed retirement dollars were maximized, churches were full and the locals were of similar mindsets and globally diverse.  Coming from the west coast, somewhere south of Los Angeles, we were used to 1500 square feet, ten feet from the next floor plan, and mortgaged for life after the bubble burst.  As normal consumers, we were memorized by our new towns housing market and what money could buy.

My strategery was first to have enough footage to provide for my two adult daughters and a son in law, who had decided to drop everything and journey with us. Second was to ensure the location was well hidden, protected by trees/forest and had natural water within walking distance, as in, “lake in the backyard”. At $90 per square foot, we ended up with 4500 square feet.

Everything was fine while the kids owned downstairs. It meant we only lived in about 2400 square feet. Then, all three kiddos found careers and bought (and built) their own homes. Exciting for parents to see moving trucks pull up for their kids when they are embarking on one of the last American dreams. Then it hit me, what am I going to do with another 2100 square feet for my husband and I and our three year old son named “holy shit, howd that happen!”

The extra space including a full kitchen, baths, great room, mud room and three bedrooms was perfectly empty. Heat it, cool it, maintain it, furnish it? We don’t even entertain (much) so do I rent it out for extra jack?

I’ve shared my recent discovery and enthusiasm for preparing and after weeks of walking through the vacant underbelly of our castle, it hit me. This space will become a fortified prepper’s Mecca. Not something you would expect to see on an episode of “Hoarders” rather a well designed functional living space with normal things that hide un-normal things like weapon systems, fortification, safe rooms, bulk food and water, radio room, solar backup station, etc. But first I had to lower the costs of monthly bills to bare minimums with the size of the property.

I did this by dumping cable and delivering content through WiFi and available tower bleed. I replaced all fixtures with single bulb, high efficiency, timed power delivery, heating and cooling has been difficult because the HVAC system was designed for high flow, meaning vents cant be closed without driving efficiency down.  Winter is not bad but summer is cash pit. I killed one of three lawns and changed irrigation for entire lot to the lake source with an efficient submerged pump system. Critical watering can be done with hand pump. All exterior lighting is solar. I reduced costs by about $380 per month which is re-invested in food and water storage.

How odd is this? My hubby measuring for things like theater screens and home brewing equipment and I’m looking for hidden space cavities, tactical rooms, escape routes, defensible positions and of course, evac routes.  So here’s the rough draft with future updates promised:

  • Main food and water storage room climate controlled at 58 degrees. One hidden entry protected by a ballistic hallway and one normal entry.
  • A cement safe room between then ballistic hallway and the main living space.
  • A guest master suite with closet fed evac route to safe room via the ballistic hallway.
  • A tribe quarters with wall mounted bunkers for 10.
  • A radio room with significant capabilities with grid and solid functionality off grid.
  • A normal kitchen primarily designed for brewing beer, yep, I said it.
  • A normal great room with excessive screen space, record player and most if not all the 1970-1990 classics on LP.
  • Exit through sliding storm doors to deck 1 which is two rocket stove stations and wood storage.
  • Deck 2 is raised bed planters for a host of grow prep’s and yes, a hop garden.
  • Weapons systems are in four tool segments
    • Pistols
    • Shotguns
    • M4’s
    • Sniper rifles
    • All weapons are identical set ups and calibers for user familiarity and ammo sustainability.

So there you have it. As this money suck starts in March, I will keep you posted.

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KC Cops Profile Those They Believe Need Money

Don’t miss understand me because this is a positive story but…

How can you deny profiling for criminals acts when you go to the same well to hand out hundred dollar bills? Secondly, this is why we can’t elect leaders we can only elect those who will hand out more. Lastly, next time any community prepares to decend into civil unrest, don’t throw tear gas, hand out hundreds! It’s probably cheaper.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/13/mystery-man-has-kansas-city-area-police-pulling-over-drivers-that-arent-breaking-the-law/

the intangibles

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Ever noticed what we concentrate on these days to define our safety? It used to be things like murder, rape, shootings, stabbings… empirical violations of a Ten Commandment based architecture. Now days it’s about social argument over lifestyle, religion, sexual preference and individual freedom.  There is more inference in the percentage of gay teenagers than dead black Americans in a normal weekend in Chicago.  There is more attention to the Pope’s comments on pedophilia in his own ranks than a wounded vet returning with no legs from the shit hole of the Middle-East. And not because 51% of our population hates vets but they think its ok to suffer from pedophilia.

Race relations appear to be declining and Hollywood will lead the next telethon as they have for so many years to align with race baiting marketeers that may drive more viewers into theaters to see the next Denzel Washington flick. Awkward when white Sony execs get revealed with their white hood off during a 14 year olds hacking session. At least they paid for multiple $25,000 a plate fundraisers for the first black president before being revealed. Maybe the people of Ferguson have a point?

If it is about a position contrary to our founding fathers, its profitable. If it’s about counter-culture, it’s on the red carpet. If it’s about atheists it’s a rally. If its about Christianity, it’s about intolerance. If its about Mormonism, no one cares-why?

As we incrementally die, it’s ironic how progressing away from culture is not progressing at all. Unity becomes self indulgence, self indulgence becomes a mass of humanity who agrees not to agree. Leaders can’t lead because common ground is gone. Standards have become defined by the individual giving rise to concepts like, “everyone is right”  and “no one is wrong”. An insidious predicament.

What’s interesting is the pending train wreck of the progressive having to be rescued by the patriot when it all comes down. It’s like progressives spawned from conservatives and became benefactors of the cultural foundation poured by those who clung to that which is tangible.

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The Ferguson coverage was as incitful as it was insightful. I prefer the liberal slanted stations because they are easier to understand. Like in a four hour live segment the narrative is “unarmed black man”. What about the robbery that was just committed by said black man?  Wouldn’t that be a better place to start the panel of defense lawyers?  It got worse in New York.  The word, “homicide” used over and over without the offering that most police deadly force cases are ruled, “homicide” as in justifiably committed. Then the word, “Chokehold” AKA, “Carotid Restraint” for the rest of the world, not a “takedown”? Never a peep about probable cause to arrest and then resisting lawful arrest-causing death by_________. Then the narrative that the selling of single sticks (code for black market untaxed cigarettes) is not a significant crime?  A primary source of annual funding specifically in the Burroughs, for Hezbollah and Hamas?  I’m pretty confident a black man selling loose sticks in Staten Island is not terrorism related but the ignorant might want to know the crime is rampant and indicative of significant other societal ills.

Lastly, I can’t help but feel sorry for the big time New York beat reporters who had to walk all that way without the tear gas apocalypse in the background. What a lack-luster event considering they as well as their advertisers were all hoping for violent anarchy.