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The Short Answer On The “Debate” about “American Sniper”

I read Chris Kyle’s book “American Sniper” and think it is one of the best books out there. By all accounts, Clint Eastwood and company have done it more than justice with the recent movie version they created. On the heels of its release, there has been a fire storm of progressives* decrying the effort and besmirching the memory of Chris Kyle; a true American hero. They’ve called him a hate filled racist, said he reminds them of fictional Nazis, and more. It has raised a bit of debate on the matter. Well, I have the short answer on the subject for you Prepography readers: A: It’s not about the fact that the sniper shoots, it about the fact of why the sniper shoots that is important. You can take the stance that all snipers are equal because they shoot. In which case you are also saying that every ideology behind the shots are equal. Or, you can take the stance that “why” the sniper shoots is what ultimately matters. In which case you are making a moral judgement behind the ideology of why the shot was taken. In the end it comes down to this; either you think the ideologies that leads to death camps and killing children with drills is equal to the ideology that values life and individual freedom (even if it doesn’t do it right all the time), or you think there is a moral difference between them. You may ask why I am bringing this up on a preparedness site? Well, I’ll tell you. The morals that guide a person are what matters. If you can not make the moral distinction between differing ideologies, cultures, and values, as is the case for the former, I want to know. I want you to declare it to the world, for all to see. Shout it from...

Poor Is A Choice – 25 Ways To Choose A Rich Life

I’ve written previously about The Top 10 Symptoms of Poor Man’s Disease and about how I’ve been unemployed, lived check-to-check and once lived in such a rough neighborhood I counted prostitutes on my way home from work each night…but I never chose to be poor and I do believe that poor is a choice. I never went hungry growing up or did without anything I needed (and by my high school years had just about everything I wanted) but there was a time when I was very young when my folks would search through the couch cushions at the end of the month to scrape together enough money to have a treat at McDonalds.  As an adult I’ve been unemployed, lived check-to-check and I once lived in such a bad neighborhood that I made a game of counting how many prostitutes I passed on my way home from work. I now live in a small town and one of the benefits of living in a small town is that you get to know many different types of people.  Folks with varied economic and educational backgrounds…folks with  different definitions of success who define ‘the good life’ in ways many of us couldn’t even imagine.  I know lots of folks who don’t have a lot of financial resources but I don’t know a whole lot of ‘poor’ people…and most of the folks I know who are ‘poor’ live a life to be envied by most folks…and I’m not talking about people like Hillary Clinton talking about being broke when she and President Clinton left the White House. Even those that are members of the lucky sperm club and grow up with all the benefits that family wealth provides have been known to choose poverty… then there are guys like Donald Trump who’s failed and gone bankrupt multiple times, but never let it keep...

Prepping As A Moral Imperative

“Prepping As A Moral Imperative” is going to be a little “evangelical prepping”.  That is a phrase coined by AJ. No, this isn’t a sermon on Christianity.  I do believe the Bible is very clear on being prepared and self-sufficient.  I am going to look at the matter in a more secular manner. The evangelical portion comes through my apologist’s attempt to draw more people in to “prepping”.  This essay frames the argument in a way that tries to appeal to the “rational being” in the non-prepper. What is a Moral Imperative? An imperative is a principal that a person is unable to resist.  Reason is what makes an imperative a moral choice. It becomes a moral “law” that must be followed. To act against this law is seen as self-defeating and against reason. We can test moral imperatives by applying a series of tests that German philosopher Immanuel Kant (below right) created in the mid-1700s. These tests either verify, or debunk the validity of a moral/ethical idea. Kant’s ultimate goal was to establish how much sway a moral argument should hold in a society. Kant’s Formulas The first test is called “The Maxim Test”. A maxim is a statement of truth. A very simple and easily understood maxim is, “water is wet”.  A philosophical maxim is one that states a moral truth. This type of maxim is one that all should follow. Take lying, for instance. If the act of lying is morally right, then that morality must extend to everyone. Chaos would reign, if everyone lied all the time. This chaos would be self-defeating. Thus, as a rule, lying is bad. The second test is the “Individual As An End” test. This test is meant to determine if the imperative is benefiting the individual alone or others, as well. The greater good is served, if it passes the test; even if the individual benefits. A good example would...

Donald Trump Guilty of Sedition?

It seems that some people are getting a little carried away since the election.  Even Donald Trump has made statements on Twitter that seem to incite violence.  Is Donald Trump guilty of sedition? “We should have a revolution in this country.” That was the opinion of Donald Trump after President Obama won re-election… Via Salon I’m happy to report that cooler heads prevailed in the case of Trump who quickly deleted his most inflammatory Tweets…or more likely his legal team stepped in to make them go away…but the rest of us don’t have a legal team protecting us from our own worst instincts and spur of the moment mistakes and hotheaded comments. According to The Free Dictionary by Farlex’s Legal Dictionary sedition is: …the crime of revolting or inciting revolt against government.  However, because of the broad protection of free speech under the First Amendment, prosecutions for sedition are rare. Nevertheless, sedition remains a crime in the United States under 18 U.S.C.A. § 2384 (2000), a federal statute that punishes seditious conspiracy, and 18 U.S.C.A. § 2385 (2000), which outlaws advocating the overthrow of the federal government by force. Generally, a person may be punished for sedition only when he or she makes statements that create a Clear and Present Danger to rights that the government may lawfully protect. It’s unlikely that Trump will be prosecuted for sedition and I imagine that he would have been truly horrified if his off the cuff remarks had actually led to violence but our hyper-connectivity and instant ‘publication’ are a double edged sword.  Be very careful that your vent or rant made in the heat of the moment doesn’t come to define you when your cooler head prevails. No matter how unhappy you are with our nation’s failed economic policies and the damage you think four more years of those policies will...

Vote for Big Government, Not REALLY BIG GOVERNMENT

Prepography is devoted to preparedness and self reliance.  You have the chance to encourage us to be more self reliance as a nation because today we exercise the franchise we’ve inherited through the blood of our forefathers (as well as the 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution).  As my regular readers know, I’m not a fan of either of our state-sanctioned political parties but I believe our choice this year is clear. Our choices are between a vote for ‘big government’ or ‘really, really big government.’  When faced with these options I encourage you to vote for the lesser of two evils and cast your vote for those pesky big government Republicans. Starting tomorrow, or whenever the Supreme Court has declared the winner…it’s time to begin lobbying our President-Elect or President-Reelect, Congressmen and women, State and Local officials to start the process of dismantling The State of Entitlement we’ve created and get the U.S. back to work! Vote against Bread and Circuses…or at least as close as you can get… FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Zombie Preparedness – A Halloween Special

It seems like everywhere I look these days I see zombies.  Even the government has jumped on the Zombie bandwagon with the Centers for Disease Control’s  Zombie Preparedness Program and $1,000 per trainee Zombie Apocalypse themed counter terrorism training.   There are zombie TV shows (Walking Dead just began it’s 3rd season), zombie ‘history’ books like World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, zombie comic books, zombie runs, Tactical Bleeding Zombie Shooting Targets, Zombie Garden Gnomes, Zombie Foot Dog Chew Toys, Zombie Gun Cleaning Systems, and I even saw a Zombie Family Decal on the back of a mini-van last week.  Ask most people what their zombie apocalypse survival plan is and you’ll actually get an answer…that they’ve thought through.  In this Halloween edition of Prepography we’ll discuss why I think everyone’s talking about zombies and what zombie preparedness is really about.  Zombie History & Social Commentary Zombies can be traced in folklore back through their Afro-Caribbean roots to Southern and Western Africa, but the Hollywood zombie, not the voodoo cursed zombie now dominates genre.  It’s the movies that have so popularized the zombie genre that you can’t escape them…so to speak.  From White Zombie with Bela Lugosi in 1932 to George Romero’s cult classics (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc.), 28 Days Later (and its sequel) and even into the Resident Evil franchise…  zombie movies are too numerous to list…but of course there’s a Wikipedia page that’s trying (Wikipedia List of Zombie Films). I think that the success and proliferation of the zombie phenomenon is due to the fact that it’s a safe way for the average Joe to think about a collapse in a relatively non-threatening way.  Think about that for a minute…if the only thing you have to prepare for a are mindless shambling corpses that don’t compete with you...

REALITY CHECK Preparing for Class Warfare – Battling the 47th Entitlement Corps

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present another commentary in Roger’s REALITY CHECK series.  This time Roger takes on the current frenzy over Presidential Candidate’s Mitt Romney’s recently released comments regarding The 47%.  Enjoy your REALITY CHECK, Preparing for Class Warfare – Battling the 47th Entitlement Corps! This is not a political website!  [AJJ’s Note:  Maybe a little bit when it comes to assaults on Individual Liberty]  Its purpose is to educate, communicate and facilitate the process of personal preparation for disaster and build self-reliance.  However, one of the highest probability and greatest threats likely to cause The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) comes directly from the political realm!  I have discussed taxation, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Dependence, and the national debt-saster, in previous posts.  I, like a sizable majority of Americans, feel the country is “headed in the wrong direction” and that is a direct result of the actions and inactions of politicians.  Thus, I will Reality Check various partisan political topics from time to time. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been sodomized for committing the politically mortal sin of telling the truth during a private political event in which he stated that he felt 47% of Americans would be disinclined to support him because they pay no federal income taxes and/or receive a federal stipend of some kind under the current administration. Romney had the temerity to openly and accurately discuss the taxation and dependency realities of our country!!  He then had the gall to stand by his statements and beliefs rather than blubber about how he didn’t mean it and feels horrible about it!!  No one, expects his “honesty attack” to catch on with other politicians and, in fact, this condition is likely to prove terminal for him.  What it has done is to provide counter-battery fire, a return salvo, to the drooling mutants...

The Star Spangled Banner – Most Important Song

Yesterday I asked the question:  What is the most important song in America? I know…it’s a strange question to ask on a website focused on liberty, self reliance and preparedness but I had a reason for asking it…and I dropped you a hint by focusing it “in America.”  [Aside:  Usually you won’t catch me referring to the U.S. as ‘America’ as Canadians, Mexicans, Panamanians, Argentinians are all as ‘American’ as I am…but ‘in the U.S.’ would have been giving away my answer.] The answer to the question is…of course, The Star Spangled Banner. Besides being the National Anthem of the U.S since 1931, the Star Spangled Banner was written (the poem, not the melody which was borrowed from an older tune) to commemorate the resilience of Fort McHenry during the third great test (after the Revolutionary war and the transition from a Confederation to a Republic).  See below for more on the story of how Francis Scott Key came to write the Anthem. Why do I bring this up today…because earlier this week a major news organization elected to act disrespectfully towards this revered symbol of the our nation and liberty.  Here is Mediaite’s description of the event. Oh, man. Just now, while tenor Philip Alongi was doing his rendition of the National Anthem at the Republican National Convention, one of our cable news networks had the gall to just go and talk right over it! I just can’t believe it. How dare MSNBC do something so unpatriotic and disrespectful? You know that Fox is going to have around the clock coverage criticizing them for their- Wait, what? It wasn’t MSNBC? It was Fox News that talked over the anthem? Oh. I see. Yes, following Reince Priebus’ address, Alongi began singing. CNN was airing something else at the time and MSNBC aired the song in full. Over on Fox...

Government Discouraging Self Reliance

There is a wealth of information available from the U.S. Government to help you become more self reliant…unfortunately there is another narrative…this newer narrative is the government actively discouraging self reliance and encouraging dependence.  I see this new narrative as a growing trend with more and more messages like this one highlighted by the Washington Examiner: More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance. “Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs. The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results: Savings 44% Family 21% Credit cards/loans 20% Government assistance 15% via Feds: Too few Americans ‘turn to government for assistance’ | WashingtonExaminer.com. CNN provides another example of this message of dependence being broadcast from our nation’s leaders: More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics. via Government runs ads to get more people on food stamps – Jun. 25, 2012. When a hand-up becomes a life-long, lifestyle of taking hand-outs we all lose.  According to the Cato Institute, anti-poverty programs cost the U.S. taxpayers $668 billion last year.  This represents an increase of more than $193 billion since 2008. [Since 2008, anti-poverty...

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