I first opened this article from Politico expecting a partisan piece rife with ironic spins and whining to the tune of nails on a chalk board.  I was plesantly surprised.  

If any of you remember, I viewed both Trump and Clinton as a poison to the American people as they battled to acquire the position as the most powerful person in the world.  While, unlike many of my liberal friends, I accepted the fact that some one that I didn’t vote for won and I now work for President Trump; so he gets the respect befitting his position.  That doesn’t mean I agree with everything he’s done, but I also don’t deny, much like this article, that even in the bad he has made some very good things happen.

Give it a read.  It might relieve a few of your concerns from the last year to know that the ship isn’t really burning like some would have you believe.  

Also, as I’m writing this, I’m watching the New Years Rocking Eve, and I felt it an opportune time to make mention that Jenny McCarthy is an unequivocal idiot.  That is all.  Enjoy your new year.  

Hell, I’m Drinking Now


If this article wasn’t enough for you personally to highlight why we all drink to uncomfortable amounts, then you may need a psychotherapist.  Hell, I’m drinking as I read this article and write this now.  Happy holidays, or something…

Star Wars as an Insurgency 

How to watch ‘Star Wars’ like an insurgent

Upon reading the above article I was impressed with the depth in which the author, Sarah Parkinson, detailed common occurrences and over-arching themes of both the rebellion and modern day insurgency.  

It also introduced me to the “Machete Order”; which im now interested in watching the series in this method and seeing the evolution of the rebellion.  I do, however, refuse to acknowledge that there are no redeeming plot lines in Episode I that contribute to the formation of the rebellion, despite having been the genesis of Jar Jar Binks.  

Snow Blindness Goggles

While I don’t really get to discuss much about the job where I’m currently working, there are some occasional times when I can slip out some of the more… PG activities that I’m involved in.  Today I got challenged to make one of many improvised items on a list and managed to do it rather expediently.  I picked snow blindness goggles and to drive home the point of unexpected necessity I managed to craft them in about 5 minutes.


It was nothing too fancy and in a survival situation fancy doesn’t matter; only functional counts.  After chopping off a slab of pine bark from a felled tree, some quick shaping and a few holes with an awl for both the strings and the eye slits and the snow blindness goggles were ready to go.


And since I’m not oblivious to the fact that not everyone who reads this blog knows what they’re doing in the wild, I’m sure a hand full of you are wondering why you would be running around looking like one of Tolkien’s Ents.  In the event that you singe your eyes with an sunburn from the UV rays reflecting off of a snowy terrain, whether tundra, taiga, or mountains, you’re going to need to cover your eyes to prevent further injury.  However, in a survival or evasion situation, or just navigating the wild in general, you won’t be able to afford not seeing where you are walking.  You’re going to have to get out of your situation to at least get medical attention, much less dealing with potential enemy contact.  With the small slits of the snow goggles you let a minimal amount of light pass through; allowing you to see without overwhelming your eyes with more UV.  While the snow blindness will undoubtedly burden your movement, completely covering them will certainly keep you from seeing at all and will for all practical purposes make you an invalid and a hindrance to your party.  With improvised goggles like these you’ll be able to continue to function in your situation, if at least better than having your eyes completely covered, and you’ll be able to prevent further damage while doing so.

Goggles of this sort can even be used to prevent snow blindness before it occurs.  The Inuit, Athabascan, and Yupik people of Alaska and North America have used these goggles traditionally and have crafted them from a variety of materials to include driftwood, bone, ivory, antler and in some cases seashore grass.  One of the common materials used in the more inland areas is the bark from birch trees, as the light weight, paper-like bark is easy to manipulate and form.  Birch is a fairly abundant hardwood in northern areas, making it easy to acquire.  In a situation which could potentially cost you your eyesight wasting time looking for the right materials isn’t something you want to bank on.  Simplicity is key and using what you have available to fit the need is your priority.

The Resistance…


A repost from a friend and fellow patriot on the movement that is now shedding some perspective on its own inaccuracies and hypocrisy of the ideologies touted and those doing the peddling.
For lack of a better way of putting it, this “resistance” has earned my ire much to the extent that the Wal-Mart militias once did under a different administration.
im a resistance
Particularly enjoyable with this resistance is that it is comprised of those who spoke out adamantly against situations like the Bundys under the old regime, yet will extol the impropriety of the contemporary administration and how their rights are being violated which gives them justification to riot and assault.  Basically, committing every wrong turn that they bitched about the guy in front of them taking and then some with blatant seditious intent.

I swear if I didn’t know better I would think there was a political party swap akin to what came to fruition in the 60’s.  I guess when the party leaders are all under the same purse with their mouths open its hard to see whether the gaping maw belongs to an ass or elephant.

For Less Than A Nickel A Day…

…you can go fuck yourself.

I recently received an envelope in the mail which on the cover touted some images of various national parks and a statement in regards to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.  As an avid visitor to the national parks, I was all too eager to open this letter and see its contents.  Upon first inspection it contained four 3×5 cards of reproduced paintings from the Ranger Naturalist Service, a typical business reply mail envelope, a pamphlet for donations which oddly enough had an actual 2017 nickel glued to it, a brochure for gifts for donating, a club sticker, and a three page letter.  I skipped over most of it, as I was in a rush to conduct some errands, and was immediately excited about the 3×5 painting reproductions; I have a couple of the larger size hanging in my home already as well as a poster board they would fit nicely upon.  The sticker was a little generic, but maybe this was a decent enough group that I would lend my money and involvement towards it.

Once I had returned from my day’s activities I took a little better look at the contents of the envelope and unfolded the three pages of letter.  The Sierra Club was the originator of this note.  I had not heard of them at this point, but their name would soon be etched in my mind.  At first, merely skimming as most of these tend to be bullshit, but as I went further I began to actually catch pause and read for comprehension.  The letter, which you may read for yourselves below, was for all intent a political rant aimed at bashing the current republican led congress and the Trump administration.  Now, as you’re likely well aware, I am a moderate independent on the political spectrum and have no real allegiance to any party, to include libertarian.  I have no real love for Trump, in much the same way I didn’t for Obama, but as an active duty service member, he is ultimately my boss and I avoid speaking negatively of him because my personal politics shouldn’t dictate how I conduct my duty.  Despite what I say in the forward, I will continue to serve my country to the utmost, though duty does not leave me void of opinion.

When I read this tirade of liberal propaganda I was rather appalled at the fact that someone would send this kind of a letter out to a blind audience who had just happened to have supported national parks in some fashion at some point.  The coup de grâce for this diatribe was where they stated they wanted me to sign a petition to send to the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.  Folks, this is where being unfamiliar with your audience can really shoot you in the foot.  I despise that woman.  She is moronic at best and it astounds me that despite her ever present oratory blunders she continues to remain both a member of congress and a leader within the democratic House year after year.  To me, her constituents are the epitome of the proverbial saying about throwing stones in glass houses as they angrily deride those who voted Trump to office as deplorable, uneducated, idiots.  Clearly, if you can support that kind of person for congress year in and out to the point she can take a leadership role, then you have no room to pillory another person for their vote.  With that said and clarity given, asking me to call upon that dingbat to conduct due diligence upon my behalf would be comparable to imploring me to remove a hand in order to reach a box on the top shelf.  If for whatever reason you doubt inane chatter that leaves her mouth, one needs only Google “Nancy Pelosi quotes”.  Google, even being a known left leaning system, pulls no punches when it comes to the intelligence of the congresswoman.

I became rather angered just from reading the missive, but as time went on I began to steam as though a tea kettle left unattended.  I stewed over the words I had read.  I looked upon their importuning epistle as they asked for alms for their cause, yet were able to print and mail 6 pages worth of material and even go as far as attaching a nickel to one of the pages with glue.  How wasteful of the donations they receive are they to afford sending, on top of every item printed, the additional weight of a nickel which they would then ask of you to pledge right back to them?  How out of touch and affluent must the Sierra Club be to consider five cents of contributed money sent to each person on their list such a trivial expense?  To even further my resentment of the Sierra Club, they send mail asking for benefaction to help support the national parks, which for the ones I have stepped foot upon I hold dear, yet slap the National Park Service with that same hand outstretched for charity by passing out post cards of paintings of the parks.  These post cards in the national parks gift stores would typically run for about $2.50 a piece.  They sent four.  For those not inclined to do the math, that’s $10 on one person that they just stole from the pockets of the very organization they claim to support.  Who knows how many of these they sent out.

Infuriating.  Simply, wholly, infuriating.

So to that end, I say go fuck yourselves Sierra Club.  Take your nickel and shove it deep within your anal cavity.  I choose to support the National Park Service directly, not through some third rate middle man, skimming off the top and flagrantly squandering the funds received in gimmicky political rants mailed to those who do not share your views.  I have been advised from some of the old heads that I should use your business reply mail envelope to mail you a box of bricks in return.  I opt to abandon this scheme, however, based solely on the fact that it would detract from the possibility of the money that you receive from those you have bamboozled finding its way to the national parks in any manner other than your own pockets.

As I had previously stated, here is the first page of the letter I received.  I chose not to squander my time on all of the pages, but 2 and 3 are no better in their political dialect.

At the bottom of the page is their contact information.  Feel free to get in touch with them in what ever manner you choose and give them an informative suggestion of where they can put their nickel a day…

(In the hands of NPS so that they can do their job without leaches skimming their funds.)

Always around.
Never found.

And The World Continues To Burn

Where to start…
I’ve been away for a while.  I kept swearing I would write more; made promises since broken.  But much has happened since I last posted my own material.  Much, both in my own life and in the world.  I’ve yet again moved, and started a completely different job within the military which has far removed me from my beloved position as a sniper.  Its an invaluable position that I am glad to have and a rare occurrence for someone of my background to be involved in but it comes at the cost of having had to be away for a little while and to uproot my family farther away from the arctic than I preferred.  The skills I will come away from this position with will be those that will certainly make me a “force multiplier” as the term is commonly used it will bring me to an all new level of what people call “survivalists”.  That being said, the majority of what I am doing holds a classification, so if you were waiting for a big reveal or something, sorry.  I don’t get to talk about a lot of what goes on.  Which is part of the reason I haven’t written lately as well.  I’m still finding the balance of what I can discuss and can’t and prefer to err on the side of caution.  As time goes on, more articles will come, but be patience will be a virtue when it comes to that.

And the world keeps burning…
Since I posted last we have a new POTUS.  I’ll go ahead and get this remark said; at least it wasn’t Clinton.  Now that I have that vile creature out of the way, lets get back to shit that sorta matters.  Trump.  Well, he’s a bit of a mess.  I’m not thrilled about him.  But he’s what we got and unlike a lot of people right now, I’d actually like to see him be a successful President.  I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want him to be, but then again, people just like to watch the world burn sometimes.  One amazing thing I have noticed is that any thing that man (or anyone associated with him) does can and will be turned in to a negative story almost immediately.  He may whine about the media, but shit, he’s not wrong though.  Between CNN and MSNBC he’s been a punching bag from day one.  Rachel Maddow of MSNBC has gone off the fucking deep end and gone full Ahab chasing the great white whale to try and discredit him; to the point she has ruined any shred of credibility she had.  Her attempt to release his tax form from 2005 ended in an utter failure and became a non-issue which ultimately gave support where it was meant to hurt.  Talk about embarrassing.  It actually showed that Ol’ Commie Sanders, paid much less in taxes (by percentage) than Trump.  Socialist, huh?  Still affords that third home that none of the people he claims to be lifting up will ever come close to getting.  He actually sounds exactly like most socialist examples in that regard.  Slightly ironic.

Speaking of socialism and communism.  I’ve been seeing a resurgence of the hammer and sickle banner as of late.  It has become the battle colors of the Antifa (anti-fascist) movement which has risen up in response to Trump’s election.17629626_407760299591978_4330296360130308432_n.

As you can see here they clearly boast their socialist pride, while decrying fascism.  I would go ahead and say that most of them have a slightly (greatly) skewed view of what fascism entails and the history behind those colors they wave.  So let’s clarify for the masses here.
“Following Lenin’s death in 1924, a collective leadership (troika) and a brief power struggle, Joseph Stalin came to power in the mid-1920s. Stalin suppressed all political opposition to his rule, committed the state ideology to Marxism–Leninism (which he created), and initiated a centrally planned command economy. As a result, the country underwent a period of rapid industrialization and collectivization which laid the foundation for its victory in World War II and postwar dominance of Eastern Europe. Stalin also fomented political paranoia, and conducted the Great Purge to remove opponents of his from the Communist Party through the mass arbitrary arrest of many people (military leaders, Communist Party members, and ordinary citizens alike) who were then sent to correctional labor camps (gulags) or sentenced to death.” – Wikipedia.
Now its very important to note at this point, the difference in definitions of fascism by who you ask.  First I’ll show you what Google has to offer:
“an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.”

and now Merriam-Webster:
“a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

Let’s look at the major difference here.  “Right-wing” appears twice in Google’s definition, however, the more reliable source doesn’t mention anything about political alignment.  If you by chance take out anything you see that dictates which side of the political spectrum it falls on, all of the definitions describe Soviet Russia pretty definitively, which ironically for the Antifa’s, and their actions thus far, makes them the thing they say they are against. Hmmm….  Maybe their thinking like “anti-hero” where they are still heroes, but just in their own buck the system way?  Burning signs that say “Free Speech”, assaulting people who have different political beliefs than you, starting riots to keep a person from speaking publicly?  Sorry guys, that’s some shit fascists do.  To make matters worse, one of the big cries of afoul against Trump is his supposed collusion with Russia.  Let’s pause for a second on that.  We have a group, who waves an old Russian flag (which is to many akin to the American Confederate Flag in semblance of oppression), fussing about a man who may have worked with the Russians, while saying they are against fascism, while doing what fascists would do, who were against people like the Bundy’s when they stood their ground and when they took Malheur NWR, but stood against the government when they occupied DAPL… Wait… What in the actual fuck is going on here?
No really.  If you’re Antifa, you’d might as well just punch yourself in the face.  It makes about as much sense as anything else you’ve done thus far.  Apparently you guys also forgot that before Hitler got carried away with his thirst for more power, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany (you know, those guys you keep comparing everyone who ISN’T Antifa to) were actually allies in their sacking of Poland.  Awkward…
But it doesn’t stop there!  Some Antifas have even broken into the threshold of being racists too!17554046_877893522348544_2617871668487450871_nBet this was made by a white person too; because what other than that would keep with the antifa tradition of not making a bit of fucking sense?

All while this is going on, I keep seeing hashtags and protest signs that say “Make America Hate Again”.  An obvious play on the MAGA slogan Trump used during his campaign, but twisted to make it seem as though Trump is the central cause of all the divisiveness and anger in America lately.  Like we were on some noble path during Obama’s tenure as POTUS.  Its as if everything prior to 2017 just didn’t occur.  Like there weren’t already racial tensions brewing.  Like there wasn’t anger against cops.  Like there weren’t riots in the streets.  Like stores weren’t burned down.  Its amazing that all of that mess can be projected on to a person like he was the sudden cause for years and years of anger and resentment.  It highlights the childish petulance of people who can’t see beyond their own pissy attitudes.  Making it even worse is that despite whatever action he takes, good, bad, indifferent, they can’t leave it at just attacking his politics or his leadership.  People have gone as far as making comments about his family as well.
Spinola-TWAnd this gem…


For fucks sake.  You have a professional and successful woman who still takes time to be a mother to her children and you salty cunts want to rag on her because of her relationship to her father?  And you’re going to talk shit on Trump’s 11 year old kid?!  You oughta be punched in the junk for that.  You bunch of fucking muppets!  How’s about you keep your pissy little discontent focused on Trump’s politics if you gotta fuss about something, instead of taking low shots at kids?  That shit is just sad.

None of this goes without recompense, however.  Recently the Boston Antifa FB page was hacked and smeared ear to ear with Pepe the Frog, which has somehow become a symbol of racism to them.  As well, 4Chan users went through great lengths to troll Shia Lebouf when he began his “He will not divide us” campaign.   These guys went through the trouble of tracking a video feed to a field in Tennessee by using everything from meteorology to flight patterns of airplanes to pin point and remove a flag with the slogan from its post, and replace it with a Pepe the Frog.  To which I simply have to applaud their ingenuity and question why Lebouf decided that “He will not divide us” was an appropriate message.  Especially since his antics as of late have been part of the issue of divisiveness as opposed to creating solidarity and harmony.  He created a self fulfilling prophecy within it; Trump would not be the divider, but rather the people who can’t help but hate him are taking the reigns on that.

Its simply amazing how upside down everything has become and the world just simply continues to burn.