Monday, September 1, 2014

Get Home Bag

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I recently shared what my EDC was, now I think I will take this shit to the next level and share with you what I have in my "get home" bag.  For you clueless bitches, a get home bag is designed to do that, get you home, should the circumstances require it.  It should have just enough equipment to make a trek on foot in possibly less than ideal circumstances an ensure a more successful endeavor.  I have one of these bags in each of our vehicles, I am not one to carry a man purse and since 90% of the time have one of my vehicles, I live on the edge a bit.

The first part of your get home bag needs to be the fucking bag genius!  The bag I use is the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack The bag is awesome, and is able to hold just what I need to assemble a perfectly sized get home bag. The bag isn't too large, but has enough storage and is a very comfortable sling type bag. Anyone who knows anything also knows that Maxpedition makes quality shit.  The bag does have MOLLE attachment points and made of very heavy duty nylon.

Defense:
In my bag I carry extra ammo in the form of (2) 5 round speed loaders for my new EDC pistol which is a Ruger LCR.  I have hollow point defensive + P ammo in the gun (5 rounds), and the additional speed loaders gives me  total of 15 rounds.  I also carry my SOG Seal Pup Elite attached to the MOLLE attachment points on the bag, so it is carried externally and can be retrieved quickly in the event I need to start stabbing some zombies in the skull (Carol style).

Communications:
In the top pouch of the bag (basically on the lid) I carry my Yaesu VX-8DR, with the alkaline cell holder (no batteries in the radio).  This will allow me to communicate on 4 ham bands if needed and receive on many more frequencies.  This will keep me in touch with my fellow man in the event of an emergency or may at least allow me to get some information being broadcast over the airwaves.

Health and Well Being:
Of course I have a quality first-aid kit in the pack.  I took a store bought kit and took the garbage out and put some more useful stuff in.  I carry a Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart for water,  make sure you get the wide mouth one because it is just easier to drink from, fill, and clean than the narrow mouth ones.  I carry some hard candy, as well as brew kit which consists of some tea bags.  I also have a few granola bars in there for nourishment (remember this is a get home bag, not a bug out bag).

Shelter and Clothing:
I carry an army surplus rain poncho that has grommets on the corners and can be used as a shelter (tarp) in a pinch.  I bundle this with some mini bungee cords for obvious reasons.  I carry a skullcap and some Mechanix Wear MG-55-010 Original Gloves for two reasons: you lose the most heat through your head and gloves like these are extremely useful for protecting your hands and some minor warmth (better than nothing).  I like these gloves because I still have some tactual feeling with my fingers and can do things that require fine motor use of the hands and fingers.

Fire:
I have a bic lighter in the bag as well as a swedish fire steel and some dryer lint for tinder.

Light:
I have some chemical sticks in the back as well as a flashlight and a headlamp - useful when you are walking at night - hands are free to do other things.  I use a Petzl Tikka 2 LED Headlamp because they make the best shit in my humble opinion.  One thing to note, I do not store any batteries in any of the equipment because I don't want to risk them leaking and destroying anything.  I have fresh retail packages of batteries with enough for 1 complete battery change for everything stored in the bag.

The last two things I store in the bag is a multi-bit screwdriver, just because you never know when you will need one and a small bundle of duct tape.

Well there you have it, my get home bag, I have two identical setups (the only difference is the knife), one in each vehicle to be used in case of emergency.  Let me know what you have in your get home bag and if you see anything obvious missing from mine.

That is all...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gun Owners - Our Own Fucking Worst Enemy

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Well we've done it again.  When will you fucktards learn?  Some parents thought it would be hunky dory to take their little 9 year old girl to the range and go nuts on a full auto Uzi submachine gun.  Why you ask?  I don't have a fucking clue.  You want to teach your kid to shoot a pistol or a rifle be my fucking guest.  But seriously, a fucking Uzi submachine gun?  So what happened?  The girls lets loose, the fucking gun gets away from her (fucking surprise), and the instructor, who for some reason also thought this was a good idea, gets shot in the fucking head and dies.  To top it off...wait for it...the fucking parents have the whole thing on video...fucking wonderful.  Now we have a 9 year old who is scarred for life, a fucking corpse that used to teach at the shooting range, and the gun grabbers foaming at the mouth, or as they say "reigniting the gun debate".

You people are fucking killing me.  First it was the douche bags walking in Chili's open carrying "Assault Weapons", because it's their fucking right.  Oh, the soccer moms fucking loved that one...what did that get us?  Bad publicity (even the NRA said those fuckers are off the reservation), and restaurants clamoring to now have policies prohibiting weapons of all kinds on their property, even licensed concealed weapons permit holders.  To all the people screaming well it's my right...SHUT YER FUCKING TRAP.  Just because something is your right, it doesn't make it smart.  Restaurants have rights too, it's fucking called private property for a reason...yeah remember that fucking right?  Why are we having this discussion?  Because of the douche bags I am starting to have a REAL tough time trying to defend.

There is no fucking smart reason (that you can explain to me and not be a douche) to walk into Burger King with a fucking M4 or Ak-47 strapped to you looking like a wanna be fucking mall ninja "operator"....OK?  Get that?  Or are you really that fucking stupid?  You want to open carry a pistol in a fucking holster and it's legal in your state, that is your right, be my fucking guest.  Expect to be hassled...that goes with the fucking territory.  I have my weapons and my CHL permit and I want to be able to legally carry in as many places as possible, so if you could start using your fucking brain I would appreciate it because you are seriously fucking this up for the rest of us.

Lock up your fucking guns, keep them away from your fucking demon spawn unsupervised, stop doing stupid shit like walking around with an "assault rifle" for no fucking reason, or being a douche and taking your 9 year old to shoot a full auto machine gun for SELFISH fucking reasons.  Is that so fucking hard to ask?  All this shit is doing is building sentiment against people who believe in the second amendment like I fucking do.  Seriously, there are some fucking people who if they get in power...they will gut what is the second amendment and then you can walk into Burger King with your fucking muzzle loader, cuz that bitch will be all that is legal.

That is all...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pork Communication

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Yes, pork fucking communication, a.k.a. ham radio, a.k.a. amateur radio, or whatever the fuck you want to call it.  I am a ham, have been for years, started as a technician and than after about 6 or 7 years I finally upgraded to general after they dropped the dopey morse code requirement.  Yeah that's right, I called it dopey, the crusty fucks won't appreciate that, and therein lies the problem with ham radio.

There are some crusty old crypt keeper bitches that have been licensed since the days of the pony express and they are more than happy to tell you how much you suck and are ruining the hobby.  "Back in the day...I had to copy 150 words a minute in morse code using the one ear I have that still works while writing in blood from my finger because we couldn't afford pencils" (sound familiar?).  The good news is that for every one of those assholes there are 5 people who are more than happy to teach you or help you in any way.

When I became a general and I got privileges on HF, I had questions about what radio to buy (and they can be expensive so you don't want to make a mistake) and what antenna to use.  I live in a community with an HOA so I couldn't put an antenna outside, what I did was I got a tri-band dipole, which is nothing more than wires in a specific configuration, and put it in my attic.  I have talked to people as far away as Japan with that antenna, so it can be done.  I had two gentleman from a local ham radio club who helped me tremendously, it was only with their sage advice that I make the choice on the antenna, and the radio (Kenwood TS-590 - great radio) I purchased.  The decisions have been good ones and I make contacts on a regular basis all over the world.

You can buy books on Amazon to study for the test.  I recommend cutting your teeth on the technician test and radio equipment for a bit before trying to take the general.  If you pass the technician test you can take the general at the same sitting for free - up to you, but I would focus on the technician test and worry about the general later.  A good radio to start with is the Yeasu VX-8R, you can read my review of it but it will get you on 4 bands out of the box with your technician license.

The test isn't too bad and the actual questions and answers are published.  The website QRZ.com has some really solid practice tests you can take.  I would keep taking those until you are consistently getting in the 90% range.  Once you are, you can go to ARRL.org and search for testing sessions near you.  I highly recommend getting a license and getting some radio equipment because when the SHTF this type of communication is a proven commodity.

If anyone needs any help with this let me know I will do my best to get you the information you need to get licensed.

That is all...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shit I Actually Use Series: Tide To Go

By Flea - Be A Survivor

OK, so the next item in the "Shit I Actually Use" series is  the Tide to Go pen.  I work in a corporate environment and I have to dress like a monkey, I mean wear a fucking dress shirt.  This stuff has saved me from looking like a complete and utter slob on several occasions.  There ain't nothing like trying to eat breakfast and cutting into a sausage and have it blow grease all over you like Linda Blair on Father fucking Damien Karras.

There is a little secret to using this stuff, get it on the stain right away, then I take a paper towel I made damp in the sink and wipe gently.  I then use the Tide pen again making sure I work the stain with the tip thoroughly.  Then I take some dry paper towels and dab the stain as best can.  It usually dries in about 15 mins so unfortunately when I drop shit on my pants it looks like I pissed myself for about that amount of time.  This thing really does work though.

If you wait too long, your results will depend on what the offending stain is to determine how well it will work.  I buy the six pack above on a fairly regular basis because one goes into my wife's pocketbook, one goes in each car, one is at my desk at work, one is in our kitchen junk drawer, and one is in my work bag.  I always have one of these bitches close to me.  The funny thing is the other guys know I have it and they are bigger fucking slobs than I am...so I blow through these on a fairly regular basis.

Well there you have it, another item I fucking USE and swear by.  Hopefully you guys (because us guys are fucking slobs) will be more presentable and your women won't have to hang their heads in shame when they spend any time with your pathetic asses.  Go get yourself some of these and let me know what you think of them.

That is all...

Friday, August 22, 2014

What's Your Fetish - Part 1

By Flea - Be A Survivor

My wife makes fun of me because I have a flashlight, knife, and backpack/briefcase fetish.  For some reason I just can get enough of these fucking things.  You can't go 10 feet in my house without having a flashlight within your reach.  I don't know what it is and why I feel the need to hoard these particular items like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the long winter ahead.  I have more knives and pockets knives than any one man could ever hope to need, but when I see a new interesting model from SOG or Kershaw, I can't resist, I start to shake like a fucking junky looking for a fix.  Lastly, I have a thing for backpacks and laptop bags...I have a dozen of them but yet I feel the need to look for the next interesting one.  Like I said women have their shoes, I have my fetishes.

The only saving grace for me is that the items I am fascinated with at least have some useful and redeeming qualities.  Flashlights and knives are extremely useful and nothing is more annoying than not being able to find either one when you need it.  The bag thing is utilitarian as well because hey, you always need something to carry your shit in right?

This first post I will cover knives...

As far as knives go you all know what my EDC is, my trusty Benchmade Griptillian, and my camping knife is my SOG Seal Pup Elite.  I have had both for several years, and only just recently I had The Griptillian professionally sharpened at the gun show last weekend.  To be honest, I really can't carry a knife that large at work in a corporate setting, so I just recently picked up a smaller knife that I can carry.  It is very small and is an assisted opener so it flicks open quite nicely, it is the SOG Twitch I.  It is a really sharp little knife and I like the small kick used to flick it open, it also has a lock on it so it doesn't spring open in your pocket.  I am a fan of a few knife companies but SOG is one of my favorites along with Kershaw, Benchmade, Spyderco, and Cold Steel.  If you go with any of those you really can't go wrong.  Sure each of them probably has a stinker or two in their lineup but who the hell doesn't.

I am a fan of drop point knives and I don't want anything fucking serrated, the reason being is they require special skill and tools to be able to sharpen them correctly.  Stick with a regular blade and you'll do well for yourself (or don't, I really don't fucking care - it's my fucking opinion).  For a survival knife stick with these simple concepts and you can't fucking lose:
  1. Fixed blade - if you could only have one knife to survive with do not pick a folder.
  2. Full tang
  3. Plain edge - see my rant above
  4. Comfortable grip
  5. Good case
You also don't need to spend a fortune on a knife, my Benchmade can be had for about $100 but most of the other knives I own are in the $30-$50 dollar range.  Get a few and see what works for you...shit Mora Knives makes a decent knife and they can be had for about $15!!!!  I can't tell you what to collect but if your going to collect something you can do a lot worse than collecting knives - at least they are fucking useful.

Get yourself a nice stone to sharpen your knives with and you are in business.  If you want to tell me what your fetishes are (and keep it clean, my five year reads this shit - just kidding I don't have any little blood suckers) or what knives you recommend or think are the best, post a comment.  I am always looking for suggestions on potential candidates to add to my knife collection.

Oh, almost forgot, here is your tip of the day - don't get caught in Syria by Islamic Fundamentalist Crazies with British Accents (IFCBA's)...could be bad for your health.

That is all...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Broke Ass Bitches

By Flea - Be A Survivor

The sad fact is that most Americans are broke ass bitches.  The reasons for this phenomenon are many, and beyond the scope of a simple blog post, but I will try and zero in on a few reasons why all of you bitches are broke.

Here is a nugget of wisdom I am going to share with you free of charge - you spend way too much fucking money.  That right there is the reason broken down to its purest essence.  You spend way too much fucking money, perhaps its more than you earn, perhaps not.  Spending more than you earn is simply stupid.  I have no sympathy for you.  But Flea, I have a shitty job that pays me nothing and the man is sticking it to me, then get your lazy ass a second shitty job to make up for it.  Really, I don't want to hear your bullshit...especially if you have demon spawn - work as many fucking jobs as it takes to support them.  The solution WAS simple, you could have either pulled out, worn a condom, or taken a pill...now the solution IS, work your ass to the bone.  There is a new study out that says if you had a child born in 2013, it will cost $245,000 to raise them.  That condom sounds like a good deal at this point, eh?

Anyway, most people have shitty jobs because of the poor choices they made, you can deflect the blame all you want but really the situation you are in is most likely of your own fucking making.  You chose to get pregnant as a teenager, you chose to drop out of school, you chose to not go to college, you chose to commit a crime that tarnished your record forever, you chose to post those naked pics of you getting a Jack Daniels enema.  Isaac Newton proposed a law that stated (paraphrased), "for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction".  The equal and opposite reaction you are living is a consequence of the reaction you set in motion in your younger years.  Look in the mirror and deny all you like, but that right there is the truth.

People who are broke aren't poor, they are just stupid.  People born into poverty have a rough road ahead of them, they are poor.  People who think they are poor but still somehow have a iPhone 5 and iPad and Xbox, etc...they are just FUCKING STUPID.  I can't feed junior, but I have a Galaxy S5 and the sperm donor who calls himself a dad is wearing Michael Jordan's on his feet.  That in my opinion is just fucking pathetic.  There are poor people, you want to see poor - go look at the shanty towns in Brazil, Mexico, and half of Africa...those people eat fucking dirt for dinner.  You bitches are just lazy and broke.

But hey Uncle Flea isn't here to just beat you down (like the man).  There is always hope if you wise up and really want to succeed.  There are a few things you can do to make your situation better.

1.) No matter what you do in life - do it to the best of your ability.  Even if your job is working at fucking Burger King.  Be the best Burger King motherfucker on the planet.  People notice that shit...and look around, the competition ain't exactly fierce.  Work hard and maybe you become a shift leader, keep working hard and maybe you can be the manager.

2.) Learn as much as you can.  Always strive to make yourself better.  Read books, watch educational TV and documentaries.  Try and get back in school and at the very least get your GED if you dropped out of high school.

3.) Volunteer and donate to charity.  What you give, be it time, money, or both - that shit comes back in spades whether you realize it or not.  Karma can be a bitch, but in this case she can also be your savior.

4.) Start saving today, I don't care if you just start saving your spare change on a daily basis in a jug, that is a step in the right direction.

5.) Stop playing the victim, whether you are or you aren't.  The sooner you put your big boy/girl pants on and take responsibility for your own damn self, the sooner you can turn your life around.

That is all...