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Cook With Sumo

Our 1st guest post… on cooking by Sumo. I believe that men should live like warrior kings and kings eat well. Plus if you can cook, you cut down one more way womynz can get you twisted, and cooking is a powerful game too. Especially for the brothers doing the three dates to get the bang. Third date is bringing her to your place to cook. You bullshit with her, she drinks wine, you show off your mad skillz in the kitchen and then its on. This is true of me as well as I generally need to play down the Bad Boy game and play up being a well rounded man about town……Here’s Sumo

 

Here’s the thing – anyone can cook. You don’t need to be a professional chef in order to put a decent meal on the table. Sure, it helps, but it’s not necessary. At all. The only reason why chefs are “better” at cooking is because that is what they have been educated and trained to do, in much the same way that a professional soldier is going to be better at combat than a non-soldier.
I am what you could call an apprentice chef. I currently work at a cooking school where our purpose is not to train people to be chefs, but rather to teach folks how to liven up their own kitchens a little bit. While we provide people with all of the recipes for the dishes we show them, the more important aspect, as far as I see it, is that we teach them a set of basic principles from which to build their repertoire.

If you’ve ever studied martial arts, it’s a similar process – first you learn how to stand properly, how to punch properly, how to block, how to move, etc., then you put everything together and start laying the smackdown on folks. Only in the current context, you’re laying the smackdown on people’s tastebuds.

What I intend to do with this essay is share a few basic thoughts with you, in the hope that it will aid you in any culinary adventures that you might wish to undertake. Comments, questions, and complaints are all equally welcome. Except the complaints will probably be answered with a smartass remark. I have to entertain myself somehow, after all.

To start, get yourself some decent equipment. A <a href=http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/25/cast-iron-cooking/>properly seasoned cast iron pan</a>, one or two stainless steel pans, a Dutch oven, and a couple of small to medium sized pots are a good place to start, and really all that you need to put out a decent meal. If you feel the need to buy some more specialized or “fancy” equipment, go for it, but for most applications, it’s not necessary unless you do a lot of baking. Certain baked goods are impossible to pull off without the right gear, such as cheesecakes, bunt cakes, and so on.

Avoid Teflon/non-stick pans for the most part. After time, the coating will start to flake off, which in turn may cause food to stick to them. The flakes themselves are pretty much harmless, but it’s visually unappealing to some people.

Also, invest in a couple of high quality knives. A 7 or 8 inch chef knife and a paring knife will cover about 95% of the jobs in a home kitchen. Again, if you find yourself engaging in more specialized endeavors, by all means, get more knives, but if you’re on a budget or just don’t have enough space, those two blades will serve you well. At my job, there are 3 highly talented, professional chefs who both teach the bulk of the classes (I get to teach one), and try to pound some knowledge into my thick skull. While they all have a number of specialized cutting implements, the knives that get the most use are the chef knife and the paring knife. Food for thought (yes, yes – bad pun. I know.). In addition to the knives, get yourself a couple of decent cutting boards. Wood or plastic, at least 18 inches by 12 inches, so you have plenty of room to work. I would recommend getting one specifically for raw meat, one for fish, and one for anything/everything else. Plastic boards are ideal for this sort of set up, as they come in multiple colors – red for raw meat, blue for fish, etc. Also on the subject of cutting boards, place a damp paper towel under your board before cutting anything. The paper towel with give the board a decent amount of “grip” on the counter, which will prevent it from slipping/moving around, which in turn will minimize the chances of your cutting yourself.

A food processor and an immersion blender would be the only other “essential” equipment that I would suggest you have on hand. A food processor is a blessing for large jobs of chopping, grinding, shredding, etc. and an immersion blender is just fantastic for making smoothies, milkshakes, certain types of soup, and just about anything else that needs to be pureed.
I collect recipes the way that young boys collect baseball cards (do young boys still collect baseball cards…?). I enjoy reading through them, as I get a lot of new ideas, but the important thing you need to remember about recipes is this: they’re <i>guidelines</i>, not <i>RULES</i>.

Don’t be scared. Alter a recipe to your liking. If you like one ingredient more than another, add more of it. If you don’t like something that’s in the recipe, substitute it for something else. Personally, I hate green bell peppers, so I swap in red or yellow bell peppers for the green without fail. Do whatever the hell you feel like doing; this is YOUR kitchen, after all. The only time I would recommend that anyone follow the recipe precisely is if you happen to be baking something. Baking is an extremely precise exercise that depends on the proper balance of ingredients, and I am not knowledgeable enough about the subject to understand how or why it works.

As far as actual cooking goes, specific techniques may be required for certain dishes, but generally speaking, avoid overcooking your food.

I know, right? So simple that it sounds foolish, doesn’t it? Just think about for a minute, though – if you overcook vegetables, they become mushy and taste like baby food. Overcook pasta and it falls apart. Overcook meat and it becomes tough and dry.

For veggies and pasta, just bite into a sample during the cooking process, and once it reaches the point where you’re comfortable with it, then it’s done. While that may sound vague and annoying, just bear with me and try it the next time you’re in the kitchen. It will make a lot more sense then, I promise.

Meat is a little more complicated, but only a little. Invest in a meat thermometer, and you’re on your way to ensuring that you’ll never have to chew on shoe leather again. Whether you want to slice into the meat right away, or let it rest is entirely up to you.

What do I mean by “rest”, you ask? One school of thought says that after cooking, leave the meat alone for a few minutes (depending on it’s size – a steak should rest for 3 to 5 minutes, a roast or a turkey for about 30 minutes) in order to let the juices redistribute evenly. The other school of thought says that is rubbish. I tend to lean toward the “don’t rest” school, mainly since I hate waiting. *IF* any juices are released from the meat when you cut into it, just pour them over the meat or use the cut up pieces to mop them up, and eat ‘em. Problem solved.
One last point I’d like to make is <i>season your food</i>. You know how those granola crunching, hippie liberal pansy-asses go around screaming about how salt is bad for you? Fuck ‘em. Too much of ANYTHING is bad for you, but I can think of two damn good reasons to use salt just off the top of my head. First, the human body <b>requires</b> about 1500 mg (milligrams) of sodium per day to remain healthy. Second, salt is a flavor enhancer, so if you don’t use it in your cooking, your food will be bland. Bland food is an offense against the Food Gods. True story.

How do you know if you’ve used enough salt, but not too much? That’s easy – taste your food while cooking. If it seems a little bland to you, add some salt and give it another try. Add it sparingly, though. There’s an extremely fine line between maximizing flavor and over-salting your food. Also, keep in mind that salt draws moisture out of food, so when adding it to meat, ensure that you only do so immediately before you start cooking.

Well, there you have it, boys & girls. Cook With Sumo 101. If any of these tips helped you out, then my work is done. If you’re a better cook than I am and are laughing your ass right now, well…..at least I put a smile on your face. If you want to get a few more laughs at my expense, feel free to stop by my blog, <a href=https://cookwithsumo.com/>Cook With Sumo</a> and look around. Peace.

thanks Sumo, a great 1st post….. now its time for you to build on this one…..

 

SFC Ton’s Survival Series: On Pistols

I posted this at J4G’s 1st, but changed it around for my place, removed a technical error I made and hit up on two things I should have done the 1st time around. Writing ain’t my bag baby 

Howdy Y’all. People of all sorts ask me about survivalist type topics, mostly because of my military experience. So let’s start there. I joined the Army when I was 18 years old, signing up to be a Ranger. I was pretty good at that, and called up to the big leagues, injured and sent back to the minors and retired with 24 years of service. 12 in SpecOps, 12 as a light infantryman, with two of those 24 years doing staff time (when I was recovering from the injuries which ended my SpecOps career). I have 10 years of direct action combat time (4 in a SpecOps; 6 in a conventional light infantry role), 4 months as an observer of the USMC during their combat operations in Iraq and a year plus as a high risk defense contractor in Kandahar.  My specialty was the scout/ sniper role. Which I did in some form or fashion for 21 out of 24 years. I worked as a designated defensive marksman in Kandahar and now leading my own crew of men somewhere in Afghanistan.

Militarily experience does not automatically transcribe to good survivalist advice. It’s highly unlikely you will ever defend your home with a squad of Rangers and AC 130 gunship in support from an unknown number of Taliban insurgents. However the basics are the basics are the basics. The most advantageous aspect of military experience is time spent planning high risk missions, making contingency plans and an understanding of logistics and hygiene.  Time under pressure and training helps too. Hell it’s not the even the combat time that is the most vital but the training to do something purposeful, practical and calmly when shit goes bad.

Initially I was asked to focus on men living in the big city. While I took the king’s silver and fought the king’s enemies in cities all over the globe, I have lived in one major city for two short years. I will do my best. I am writing this with the newbie in mind, trying to give him an easy to follow plan and information he can act on.  I will strive to make this easy to follow through on and not break anyone’s budget or give advice that hogs up a man’s time and energy.

I want to start with guns. Nothing stirs up pointless debates and brings out so called experts who don’t know shit then gun debates. Let’s avoid that. This advice is not for the gun nut or the blossoming gun nut but for the guy who wants to protect himself and his property without investing a small fortune.

Hand guns. Your 1st investment should be a hand gun. Hand guns are poor man stoppers but excellent tools as they are easy to carry, easy to conceal, and leave your hands free to do other stuff (which is why cops use them).  I am not a fan of having a pistol for all occasions. Really you need one gun that you can take anywhere, which is where the pocket pistol comes into play.

Revolver vs. semi auto. Revolvers are solid choices and I carried one for years, thinking they were superior to semi-auto pistols. See I grew up when semi autos weren’t that great. Many had safety issues, reliability issues and problems with accuracy.  Well for 20 plus years now, that has not been true. Today’s modern semi autos are more accurate, more reliable and just as safe as the best of revolvers. Hell some semi autos like Glocks have less working parts.  Given a semi-auto’s higher round capacity it is the superior choice. However you won’t be out gunned or any such nonsense carrying a revolver either.

Caliber is where folks really like to argue. There shouldn’t be one. In the USA you’re most likely looking at getting a .38 or .357 revolver, or a 9mm, .40 or .45 semi auto. The .38, 9mm and .357 is the same bullet. The difference is the casing.  What this means is more powder behind the bullet and an increase in velocity. This is important to know for two reasons. The faster the bullet, the more kick or recoil you have to deal with, and the faster the bullet the better it will penetrate the bad guy. So if you have problems managing recoil for whatever reason a .38 might be the gun for you and a .357 is most likely not, but many folks I know swear.38’s have more felt recoil then 9mm. The point being on this, try it before you buy. Find a gun range that will let you rent firearms and invest the money in trying them out before you decide to lay down cash.

9mm vs .40 vs .45. Which is better? Lame question. FBI research has them in a statistical tie for killing power, with a slight edge for the .40 but still within the margin of error (or standard deviation for you nerds). So…. Don’t waste time on debating silly stuff. In practical terms, most people will not enjoy shooting a .40, especially in the kind of gun I will suggest.

Let’s look at killing a man. Bullets are not magic death rays. A .45 bullet weighing 230 grains hitting a 170 pound man will remove less than 1% of his body mass. Men die because you shut down the central nervous center(CNS), because they bleed out, or they simply lay down and give up. (the FBI has done a lot of research on this too. Shooting a man in the heart leaves him about 30 seconds worth of blood and oxygen. He can still fuck you up in those 30 seconds). Never count on the bad guy giving up, and it takes a high degree of training to reliably shut down the CNS(head shots but even then it has to be in the right part of the head) so you are talking about waiting for the bad guy to bleed out. Two schools of thought on the best way to do that. Fewer but larger holes, more but smaller holes. Works about the same same. I recommend the 9mm because it A) works B) is generally easier on new shooters and C) it will save you money and D) they are somewhat easier to conceal then a similar hand gun in .40 or .45

I recommend a semi auto in 9mm. A semi auto gives you more rounds then a revolver, allowing you to speed up the bleeding out process or to engage a second target (unlikely but the need does occur), 9mm gives you the penetration you are looking for (what you are looking for is a round that will travel through a man’s out stretched arms, then all the way through his torso so the blood can flow freely) at a substantially lower cost and easier to manage recoil. Which means you can pull the trigger faster without giving up accuracy. It takes time to bring a .40 or .45 pistol back down on to target, while odds are good, your 9mm pistol won’t ever really leave the target….. Pardon this interruption….. Look 5 holes anywhere in a mans belly and chest is lethal, you get no style points for having all the holes touch. Speed matters more so as long as you are hitting the dude in the chest or gut you can speed yo the trigger pull….  I also recommend a 9mm in the pocket pistol class. These are relatively small guns that fit in your front pocket. You can most certainly carry them inside your waist band, or on your belt or what have you, plus you have the additional possibility of sliding into your pocket. After years of having a pistol for all occasions, I settled on a pocket pistol. It is the most easy to conceal, no matter what I wear.

Good quality defensive ammo for a 9mm is about $25 for 20 rounds. Don’t shoot too many of these. These are for carrying around. Ball 9mm ammo is cheap in bulk like $300 for 1000 rounds, and about $17 for a box of 50.

As for the gun, generally speaking, you can pick up a new KelTec for $300 without too much trouble. Sometimes cheaper on the web.  Buying a gun from the internet dealer is pretty darn easy. Any rate, the PF-9 holds 8 rounds and weighs about a pound.  The P-11 holds 11. There are is also a good chance you can buy a used Ruger, XDS or M&P shield for around $350, and used .38 snub nose revolvers are easy to find in the$300 range in my neck of the woods I know a shop locally that sells Ruger LCP with a laser for $380 but that don’t help y’all none…  All will fit into a man’s pocket. Get an Uncle Mikes pocket holster for $15 or so to keep your trigger free of whatever random bullshit you stick in your pocket, including your fingers. Don’t go any smaller then a .38.You will lose reliable penetration power/ ability to kill your attacker quickly with calibers smaller then .38.  The last thing you want to do is put 4 .380 rounds into your attacker and then have him bleed out 30 minutes after fracturing you skull (true story).

Quick note about .380…. they are trusted all over Europe. My biggest worry would be how long they take to put a man down and penetration up north where folks where like 20 layers of clothes or what ever it takes to survive in the arctic circle. The best gun is the one you will carry and if .380 is it, then it beats a sharp stick

So for about $400 your armed and on your way to being a Sovereign Man. If you have a bigger budget, I still suggest you buy something in the $300-$350 range. Use the extra money you have to buy concealable body armor, or add a laser to your pistol, or both. Look, Lord forbid you ever use your gun to defend yourself, the cops will take it from you. You may or may not get it back. It is an open murder investigation after all. Sure would suck to have your $2400 Kimber Arms 1911 gather dust in the local cop shop’s evidence locker.

Any rate, it isn’t that complex of a topic, but folks like to muddy the water. I promise you, for the average man, and for 98% of criminal events, a small 9mm in your pocket will do the job while not busting your budget. A dollar spent on one thing cannot be spent on another. I love guns, but they are tools, tools most men will never need. Be smart about how you spend your money, just like you should be smart about which street you walk down.

Walking Dead part two

Their camp is weak sauce and I addressed that to some degree last time. Once you have a perimeter formed with the vehicles and brush etc you move everyone into the center of the perimeter. Right now they have a big camp that is several smaller mini camps. This is practically impossible to secure. Especially at night. Everyone needs to sleep inside the perimeter. Everyone needs an assigned vehicle to go to if things go bad. You need to practice getting out of dodge. There needs to be two or three secondary camps picked out so if things do go bad, folks know where to go when they are shitting and getting. During the day I would keep 1/3 of the men on watch and allow the other 2/3’s to do chores, personal hygiene, sleep etc. At night it would be half the men awake pulling security, half sleeping. This wears you out over time, but it has to be done. No sitting down to some big meal as a group either. 50% of the folks eat, the other 50% do chores, stay on guard duty etc. Maybe 1/3 eat 2/3’s do the other stuff depending on what’s going on

Yes women will be doing the woman’s work. They are looking at extinction and only women can give birth. That means you keep them in camp and protected. Survival requires you to shit can political correctness. Like all liberal luxuries, it’s not something you can afford when life gets hard, which is why societies didn’t have political correctness until they become wealthy and soft. Also much of the other work requires a lot of horse power. Have you ever tried living with fire as your only sources of heat, cooking capacity and light? It requires a lot of wood, which requires a lot of muscle especially since I haven’t seen a chainsaw and log splitter. How many latrines have you dug? It’s a bitch of a job and they fill up quickly, and you dig a lot of them

They should switch camps after the dipshit rides the Camaro with the car alarm blaring to the camp. They already know sound brings zombies. They relied on it to get out of the city. I’d beat that fucker right good but one of the campers calls him on it. When something like that occurs, you move camps. It just is what it is because you don’t know how shit will play out.

Keeping camp discipline; it needs to be hard and fast and over when it’s over. There is no way to establish a system of fines, no way to put anyone in prison and every mistake a person makes puts everyone at risk. You are only as good as your weakest link. I reckon you could add chores to their list but that seems like it would set up a whole series of debates and this isn’t fair and so and so did…. When ever a dressing down will do the trick, hit with a verbal punch but a punch to the face is fast, hard, not particularly painful, gets the point across and is over quickly. The worse part is the humiliation but that seems to be true with every trooper I ever corrected so when its done, its done and you don’t mention it again.

Fires need to be small, you need to save full and fire can be seen from a long, long way at night.
At this point men still have moderate length hair. Shave that shit. Easier to keep clean. Lice and what not aren’t much fun.

Most of the problems stem from no chain of command and ignorance. One combat arms vet thrown into the mix and they wouldn’t have near the problems they do and no drama for the show. Establishing a chain of command would be tough, but I’d do it quickly and with my fists if required. Thing is, I’ve been doing this so long words do the job these days, but that’s not the position the sheriff is in.  The end of the world is no time for a democracy no matter what the old dude on the show says. Anyone who caused problems would get booted. Cohesive action counts for pretty much everything and you don’t have time for speeches, politics and campaigning. It’s going to come down to the dominate personality who gets most things right. Or right enough. In such fluid situations right enough is the realistic expectation.

Group size is a difficult topic to hash out. To small and you don’t have the man power to get things done, to large and you’ll strip an area of its resources. Quickly. I would be leery of a mixed race group. Study after study shows diversity lowers social capital and small groups live and die by cohesion and social capital. I would not automatically eject someone for being Black etd, but I would damn sure keep an eye on them. Let’s face it, the Black and Hispanic community of the usa is dysfunctional with much higher rates of crime, drug/ alcohol, domestic violence etc problems. And that’s for the now, soft and fat living compared to what the TV show portrays.
The scene were Merle is handcuffed to a pipe while the zombies come for him. At one point he began to pray and beg but stops, saying he’ll never beg or ask again. I get that. Never saw what good praying does, and despite the rumors and movies, I have never seen a wounded man do anything but be as stoic as he can be. No crying for mamma or any of that. One more reason why I am a fan of the Stoics. It seems to be what masculine men default to when shit gets rough even if he’s never read them
Red Pill moment; her husband has been dead for a month or so and she is fucking another dude. Who is she fucking? The other man professionally trained to commit violence, and she is pissed at the other cop because she got to fucking the next man with a gun too soon. As if she waited a year before hooking up. Any rate it makes her look bad on the show but reality makes most folks look bad

They do mention boiling water before using it

The crossbow is stupid. Crossbows gained popularity as a weapon was because no one else could match the English Long Bowman. In this case the crossbow is low powered, you can tell because the bolts do not punch through the deer. Penetration kills. People and animals die from wounds ie they bleed out ( or you shut down the central nervous system). To cause a critter to bleed out in a timely manner, you need to poke a hole all the way through it. Daryl’s crossbow doesn’t do that. None of those wounds in the deer would have brought it down anytime soon. There is no law on the show. The time to hunt deer is at night with headlights and a rifle. Hunting at that point is not a sport but survival yet they are stuck in sport hunting mode. Which is par for the course. Survival is brutal, practical reality, not the soft “morality” of a liberal democracy. The show is demonstrating this by showing the difficulties they are having. Also trapping is much less time consuming then hunting. Trap vs hunt and since there is no law, you can trap deer. Or drive them to you before killing them. You would fish with a trout line not rod and reel for the same reason; its more efficient and you aren’t doing it for sport. By more efficient I mean it frees up time. You do not have to baby sit a trout line, throw it in, pull it out etc. You set it up and go do something else for 2 hours etc and then come back to it. Same with snares. What they do get right on the hunting is a focus on small game. They are easier to take and more plentiful.

The blonde chick has pulled a gun on the sheriff twice. The 1st time… shit is going on and she gets a pass. The second he is telling her they need to bury her sister. I would have head butted that bitch in the face. Folks need to learn to control themselves and their action. They don’t have the luxury for a woman’s bullshit. Nothing about her character is saying she is a positive for the group survival besides her having a vagina. I have to wonder if one of the show’s writers had his heart broken by a blonde lawyer chick. Merle is a rough character, they elude to him being the Ranger Regiment so he would know the basic tactical stuff backwards and forwards but a trouble maker none the less. He might be one you’d want to keep around because he is one tough mother fucker and trained. So far…. Cannot say that about the blonde chick

In general the women on that show are not portrayed in a very positive light. The only chick I dig is the Black lady with the Southern drawl….but to be honest I have a huge thing for our Southern women. Or did until they started aping yankee women. No one needs that shit, which is part of why so many damnyankees have come South.
The show plays the PC race card game hard. I am sick of that shit. #1 with the racist Southern White man and the magical Negros. This is always the game Hollywood plays. How many shows occurring in NYC have bad guys with a Southern drawl? More than one a week. The burly Black guy is a sympathetic character and easy to like, however I would be unlikely to form a mixed race group. Throughout my life I have seen Blacks and Mexicans put being Black or Mexican above the group objectives and cohesion way to many times to think its not a regular occurrence. I’d also boot any White guy who couldn’t play it by the numbers and follow my lead. They play the same kind of game with the chicks doing the fishing. I know like 2 girls who are good at fishing, and apparently they both survived the end of the world, and of course the domestic violence, maybe pedophile guy is Southern and White. The good White guy, the sheriff doesn’t have a drawl or anything particularly Southron about him; the asshole deputy does. The only people allowed an ethnic identity in the show is the gang of Latinos holding down the old folks home. Normally I would stop watching a show at this point, but they are playing it in the ready room.

The two big take a ways are #1 chain of command; #2 what a piss poor job they do with security. Security is job#1 and they are failing at it. In the show they argue the deaths might be on the Sheriff because he wasn’t around. The deaths are on all of them because they have no chain of command and no security. Remember to set up a secure camp, one that monitors light and noise, with some kind of physical barrier between you and them, have enough men awake at one time to stand watch, and always have a fallback position. Change locations anytime you think your security has been compromised.

City boys don’t measure up

Most city dudes come across as feeble and effeminate. When I walk around a city I think everyone is a fag or I want to shoot them before they try and take my wallet. I see soft men, with soft lives, soft jobs, and soft eyes. Or thug wanna bes. Of course there are hard-asses in the city, for some reason damn near every SEAL I have worked with has been a city kid but by and large its stink eye and words, like little dogs yapping.
When you grow up in the country, you grow up with hard, ball busting manual labor. There isn’t any such concept of childhood being a special time just to be a kid. You do goof off, but it’s after getting the eggs, feeding the chickens, cleaning the dog pens, feeding the dogs and whatever else free labor your old man can get out of you. As your body matures the demanding nature of the work and danger level increases. Farming is a no shit life with lots of chances to hurt get hurt. Badly. Same applies with most rural work. You might be 8 but you’re a working. And when you do goof off, it’s without adult supervision and mostly you are mimicking the behavior of older boys and men. I had an apple orchard and the side of a mountain to play on and there was no way for my parents or what passed as neighbors to keep an eye on me. I think this does three things to farm kids; accustom you to the difficulty realities of life; matures your body and mind much earlier and develops a sense of independence and self sufficiency, all of which puts you on the road to manhood much earlier than city living with cross walks and prying eyes.

 

City folk tend to be arrogant. They think we need them. We don’t. Fact is we’d be better off without them. Sure we might not ever taste some fancy coffee or weird foreign food, but we have what we need and we generally don’t see the value in what they produce. Do we really tv shows? We have our on engineers, and doctors, guys who can build or fix anything and we know how to create real wealth not ones and zeros in some computer somewhere. If city folks couldn’t vote, the usa would be fundamentally better off in every regard in about 12 years. We’d use our natural and human resources vs trying to make money selling shit no one needs on credit. There is very little in this world more unethical then usury.

 

City folk tend to be arrogant. They think if you work hard, plan correctly and do everything right, that things will work out perfectly. Farmers know better. They know they can do everything right and still fail. Too much rain, not enough rain, the right amount of rain at the wrong time and your crops will suffer. You know you can put that .308 through both lungs and still lose the dear. I’ve not yet meet the city boy who understands this.

 

City folks tend to be arrogant. They think they are bigger then the world and why not? When you go from your climate controlled house to your climate controlled office and back. Country boys know better. They know a horse can kill you if he wants, but luck you he doesn’t want. He knows that bull is bigger and stronger. He knows a PTO will take his hand off and he knows that the cops and firemen come too late, when shit gets real all you have is yourself and your kin.
City kids don’t face the trials farm kids do. I started doing things that would make most city parents shit kittens before I was 8. We were gutting fish and playing in the river before most city kids get to use steak knives and swim without supervision. When we cut ourselves it was gasoline and super glue. Most of us started to help killing chickens around 8, drove trucks and tractors way before 16. I was 8 when I was allowed to go hunting with my father and uncles.

 

I’ve never heard a rural kid say violence is always wrong or really any other hippy bullshit. We’re to practical of a people. What does the city have to offer? Ballet? Art museums? When does that feed a nation or keep a people free, proud and strong?

 

When I talk about the things I did growing up, daily chores like dealing with kennels full of hunting dogs, feeding etc rabbits and chickens, killing and cleaning rabbits and chickens, the ball busting stuff like helping the grown men pull in tobacco and roof houses etc, few city boys have anything similar to match. Few have shot guns, let alone started hunting, fishing and shooting before they hit elementary school. I started young on a lot of theses, my father’s attempt to rein me in, but not too much younger then the boys I grew up with.

 

Between the 8th and 9th grade, we moved from the hills to Southern Maryland were my old man bought 300 acres to grow tobacco. I loved living there when I was a kid. The river, the bay, the swamps, new local history to learn, big fat deer, no way to get lost in the woods, rockfish and crabbing but it was also my 1st introduction to what I thought of as city people. They were suburbanites but any place with a movie theater, Sears and three grocery stores was city living. The farm kids were a lot like the kids from home, the same concept of chores, risk and hard work, but the suburban kids and men were weak. They were afraid of my father, smart that, but the men I grew up with would have never let it shown. They had no idea how they devalued themselves. Still don’t. The favorite past time for the Black kids was picking on the suburban White kids. They didn’t mess with the farm kids, in part because we wouldn’t get in trouble for fighting once we got home.
It’s also when I found out people will let someone insult their mom/ family etc and not fight. More than that they’d laugh about it. How can you respect a man who will tolerate that kind of bullshit? The Suburban and Black kids thought it was funny. Country boys fought. The football team was mostly farm kids and I can only think of three guys who started and lived in a neighborhood. There were no suburban kids on the wrestling team and the guy who coached us still has the best win record for the state.

 

All this played out when I joined the Ranger’s too. Farm kids, country boys, a double handful of suburban kids. I recall one kid from Detroit and one from DC.

 

My kids grew up around the military. I could see the difference once again. City folks raised their kids to be pussies. My daughter dated a guy who played in the NHL. She lost it for him because he never hunted, didn’t know how to use a gun etc. People from more urban settings would shit kittens about the things I’d let my son do, and they were all spun up at the things I wouldn’t let my daughter do. Someone tried to bitch me out when my son mowed the lawn. Said it was too dangerous, he was too young… she didn’t much cotton to my response and said she’d tell her husband on me. Reckon he decided to keep his mouth shut about it if she did. Every summer I could, I’d send my kids back to the hills. Pert sure a major reason my daughter is not a feminist is her experience with her mountain kin. Same for my son.

 

Now often farm boys seem goofy and out of place to city kids. Folks in the city walk around with bad attitudes hoping to keep the scary at bay. Farm kids have no such need. They know they can deal with the scary, even if he’s never been in a brawl. He doesn’t think this through; he knows it like he breathes. He has a lifetime of overcoming dangerous and physically demanding challenges, and his people look down on those who put on airs.

 

I work around a lot of city people now. The men are soft and basically useless for anything important unless they are the blue collar variety. Soft, weak, useless are the only words that come to mind, which is why they try to redefine masculinity based on transitory things like money, jobs, education, trinkets…. all shit women can do. They’ll never succeed in redefining men. Masculinity is power, personal power and the will to use it. If you are healthy and have to rely on the good behavior of others, or other men doing violence on your behalf, you are not much of a man. You’re the kind of man and the kind of people who will be replaced by a more robust group of men.

 

Demographic replacement of rural and lower class White folk is something the UMC supports. Their politics and support for leftism is proof. The only real threat to their position at the top of the heap is rural and lower class White men, same with their progressive political agenda. So they support replacing us through immigration, keeping us poor by making sure we no longer have an economy based on natural resources and manufacturing while lifting up foreign people with things like affirmative action and unlimited third world immigration. This way they can keep their feelings of superiority and stay on topic of the economic food chain, but still the day will come when more robust men will topple them. This is true as true gets if you read history, but the UMC always thinks they are smart enough to do things right this time. Which is another common train of thought among city folks.

 

No the city has little good to offer for a people and is the death of the masculine soul. City boys don’t like to hear this. They think they are perfectly masculine and that their desk job is useful work which further demonstrates their delusions

Pandemic

Look friends, this is outside my area of expertise, but I hear tell that thanks to our shitty government and its refusal to protect American citizens and sovereignty Ebola has made it to the USA. Because of political correctness the USA will not shut down travel from the Ebola regions of Africa to the USA. That would be racist

This is the primer on what to do if its lose in your area

#1) Personal hygiene cannot be overstated. Keep yourself clean, wash your hands, clean your kitchen, and stay away from sick people. Wash or sanitize your hands. The folks in the third world don’t do that very often and it tells. Dirt simple but it will go a long way to keeping you safe. Oral hygiene too. Not for the Ebola per say but in general having a yuck mouth can set you up for a lot of disease. More than you would think, and more then stuff that only affects your gums and what not. It’s a little too late for fitness and good nutrition but if you are fit and if you eat well, you’re less likely to get sick from any damn thing out there and recover from whatever does get you sick( or injured). If you’re out of shape and eat like shit, fix that right now. Basic manners like covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze will help ensure you don’t get others sick. Avoid sick people and keep yourself healthy. If you have the flu, it becomes easier to catch something else. Like the Ebola. Don’t handle items and personal effects of people who are infected. Avoid hospitals if you know that hospital is treating Ebola patients. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
#2) Stay indoors. Another side benefit of having a house full of food, water, medicine and all your other consumable supplies is you don’t have to leave it very often. If it is raging in your area, and you don’t have to leave the house for 30 days, you stand a much better chance of staying healthy then the guy who has to run out to the store every few days.

#3) if things get really out of control wear protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection. If you’re worried have it on hand before you need it.

#3) Understand Ebola spreads through blood and other bodily fluids. If you’re not a medic, don’t go playing one with strangers. It can take up to 21 days for the Ebola symptoms to occur. Symptoms are fever (temperature of 101.5°F/ 38.6°C) headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding. If you have any of those, get to the doc’s; if you come into contact with someone who has those symptoms, run. Here in the USA, things are pretty clean and we are pretty healthy compared to the third world. People in the third world tend to live in filth, die in filth and don’t do much about dead bodies and human waste and they die like it’s their national sport. I don’t think Ebola will spread in the USA like it does in Africa, but who the hell knows and really if it hits your town and your town only, your still in a world of shit. Figuratively and literally. One thing I do know is, the USA is going to allow more people with Ebola into the USA, and some small number of soldiers, sailors airmen who are being sent to Africa to help the locals deal with it will come back with Ebola. Count on it.

If I lived in a military town that sent people to Africa or in a city with an African immigrant population or international airport, I’d take this Ebola thing more serious then I would in rural NC or here in the A-stan
I’ve done a little more study since I initially typed this. Apparently the USA is seeing resurgences in Tuberculosis (TB), Measles and what not do to the massive third world immigration our “fearless” leaders encourage. I would think about taking this serious if I lived nearby any group of immigrates, especially if you have elderly or young children under your care

 

Race War

There are three race wars going on in America right now.

 

The normal one is White on White and goes on through the ballot box. That hasn’t caused major blood shed since 1860

There is also the Black vs Latino race war. The Latinos won out in CA, but who knows how Chicago will pay out?

 

The one I care about its the insane amount of Black on White vilionce, examples of which are easy to come by, and in each case the government down plays the racial aspects, just like they over state White on Black violence.  Regardless of whatever race you are, you want to be around your own kind when the wheels fall off. This doesn’t bode well for the many decent Black folk out there, but I don’t have a good answer for their problems either

 

 

 

https://tonsplace.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/how-to-deal-with-criminal-behavior-ie-urban-diversity/

The man o sphere will fail

The man o sphere will fail because it does not oppose feminism. As a rule the most you can say is the man o sphere wants some minor roll backs to the fem-pire success but they do not want victory, it doesn’t want to defeat feminism. It seeks accommodation with the lash hand but doesn’t want victory, doesn’t strive to take away the lash from their mistresses and use it or destroy it as men see fit. This does not bring about social change or victory.

Many want to build a better beta which is 100% capitulation to the feminine imperative, progressive politics and the leftist agenda. This is dumb as dumb gets for White men as progressive politics was established to destroy the bed rock of the West; middle class White men and their family. It is the enemy and half measures rarely succeed. If they did the GOP would win elections. Those who want to build a better beta ensure the contest between men and women drags on. Women know fear, it is all they respect but until they fear life without men they will not return to our camp. They will not be wives or helpmates worthy of the tile.

To negotiate a truce, both sides must desire an end to hostilities. Those who believe they are winning do not negotiate. The best way to bring the opposition to the negotiating table is by breaking their will to continue hostilities. This requires inflicting more pain and misery than they are willing to endure. Where are the signs women want to end hostilities? Even the women who claim to be anti feminist have no shortages of feminist ideas and political positions. Yes women are bitching, but where are the signs they wish to engage in give and take? To negotiate in good faith (are women capable of such a thing?). To roll back any part of the feminist victories? How many women want to end alimony? End default mother custody for children? Change domestic violence laws? See women do jail time for false rape accusations? End affirmative action? End Title 9?Etc etc etc. Are there some? Of course are their enough to engage in an actual dialogue?

As long as you allow women to vote, they will vote to put the interests of women above the interests of children, men and a strong, stable society. Our recent history shows this to be true. If you allow them economic options, they will elect to let their hyper gammy run wild. Our current culture shows this to be true. If you allow them options, they will piss on responsible behavior in search of something novel and exciting on the social front. Our current culture proves this to be true.

PUA are the only men on the offensive. They are taking a woman’s main weapon, sex, and using it against them

To a limited degree MGTOW deprive women of resources and this hurts women and the feminists cause but not as much as they like to think. Most men still make as much money as they can and pay a higher rate of taxes being single and women have many legally mandated advantages in college admissions and the job market.

MRA’s are progressives, and weak sauce. They talk a lot but have no practical victories nor will they ever as they seek accommodations with women, begging women and the State to allow feminism to apply to men as well. This is a weak message; their position is a position of weakness. Women and the State will not back down until they suffer a significant backlash, nor will they inspire many men. Men follow strength, those who inspire them to greatness, to achieve more then what they believe they can achieve on their own. That isn’t the MRA’s

I have this notion the real reason women hate Patriarchy is because Patriarchy forces them to fuck, marry serve and be faithful to betas. To really be the friend of beta you men you need to inspire them to greatness with a clear plan and objects worthy of the struggle and you have to be for the return of old school Patriarchy.

Jack Donavan wrote a book all men should read; The Way of the Gang. It’s the best modern book I have read regarding masculinity. In the book he talks about being a good man or being good at being a man. Men and women both follow men who are good at being men. Being a good man is easy; you do as you are told. Being good at being a man requires excelling in 4 tactical virtues; Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honor. Being well regard in those areas makes you good at being a man, how you employ those virtues makes you a good man (or not). Bring strength to yourself, your kin and clan, you are a good man. Harm your tribe and you are not. These are the things betas need inspired to strive for, but they need something else, the proper mindset. I look at betas and alphas somewhat differently than most. An alpha is simply a man with a masculine soul and man’s sense of pride in his self-worth. Because he values himself, he doesn’t let others devalue or disrespect him. He doesn’t not support that which reduces his value or the value of other men; he may play the game to the degree it keeps his life trouble free, but he is not a slave to those people or institutions which have turned their hand against him. He values himself above all such things which draws both men and women to him alphas. A beta is a man who doesn’t yet recognize his value or potential

Every man who has lived as a slave made the decision to value some meager version of life over masculinity and pride. That is why you should pity the enslaved and why you should pity the beta who elects to remain a beta. Celebrate the beta who strives and fails, pity the beta who is comfortable in his slavery. He has no masculine soul or pride. He’d rather put up with endless levels of bullshit then suffer the penalty for striking out. In the Iliad, Achilles is disrespected and dishonored by his king. Achilles removes himself from the battle and refuses to support his king or the other Greeks until he receives satisfaction from the king and his people. Do you want to know why Achilles is no longer taught in school? Because his actions are the direct opposite of what men are taught today. What goes on in the here and now wouldn’t be tolerated by men who viewed Achilles as a proper masculine role model.

What’s the difference between a Ranger and a mule? A mule knows when to give up.

Some have a mistaken idea I am superman and I can do things other men cannot. Horseshit. My advantage in this world is being dumber then a mule. I have failed to achieve practically every goal I set. Sometimes because of my own inabilities. Sometimes because of events somewhat beyond my control. Mostly a combination of the two. My marriage went to shit because I elected to listen to my ex-wife’s minor complaints and the church men giving me advice. I didn’t fight in the UFC. I stopped three rounds with my chest instead, but I cannot say for certain getting shot was the only reason. Getting shot dropped me from the pinnacle of special operations down to being a grunt. Lower down the food chain then where I started. I ended up loving the job and greatly respecting the average ass in the grass, dick in the dirt grunt but that was a bad time for me. I lost my family, my job and my pro sports dream at one time. I failed to total elite in power lifting and failed at turning pro in strongman. I never learned to surf with any degree of skill. I have never broken 11 seconds in the quarter mile despite my car being able to do so. Most of the girls I have wanted to stick around walked, cheated or turned into bitches.

I made it through the Ranger Indoctrination Program and Sniper School as a first time go. I bombed my very 1st mission in Ranger School and had to repeat two phases because of injuries. I fucked up and was sent home the 1st time I tried out for a SMU. I took the ass chewing, asked what I need to do to improve, followed their advice and made it 6 months later. I barely qualified on pistols and my lack of pistol skillz is still a running joke. I was terrified of water until Combat Divers Course

I have PTSD from 12 years of marriage, not combat. As bad as I thought my marriage was or losing my health, family, career and dreams of fighting in the UFC, losing my brother has been worse. I struggle everyday with that one and always will.

Physically I am a wreck; my lung capacity is 43% of normal. Fat kids are in better shape than me and I am exhausted all the time and always will be because I struggle to breath. I have been blown up 7 times with the corresponding traumatic brain injuries. That’s a fucking bitch to deal with. I have to constantly evaluate my mental state; am I correct or being pig stubborn? Am I remembering this event correctly? Most days I cannot recall the basic background information of my life without serious mental effort. Middle school stuff can stump and frustrated. I have scars from knife wounds. I have been told I’d never lift, run etc again more times than I can count. I have dislocated my hip twice and walk with a cane. Not frequently but I keep one in my car just in case. I cannot hear for shit in social settings and should use a hearing aide but I am too vain. Hearing lose is a real hit to your life. My big toe and pinky toe got crushed and are now twisted to the left, fucking up my stride. My heart burn is severe and keeps me up most nights. I have torn my left bicep three times; my right twice; my right and left pec and tore my quads so bad the doc said I’d use a walker for the rest of my life.

I am short which is a huge disadvantage. I have always known this. My high school foot ball team won the State championship twice. I started as a freshmen, was voted MVP twice. Lead the state two years in tackles and sacks. I didn’t carry the ball much, but I made 1st downs and touchdowns. I did the short yardage game and played defensive end. I also played special teams. Normally my only break was half time. While bigger men with worse stats were talking about college ball, I knew I was too short and scouts told me so. Research says short men are disadvantaged in all aspects of life. For whatever oddness of my bio chemistry, I get sick and weak if my body fat gets much below 14% and carry it all around my gut. My IQ is 106. Pedestrian in every way. I am not mentally lazy. I devoted countless hours to studying. Most on practical matters, though I have my flights of fancy. I wasted time on philosophy before calling it all bullshit and sticking with the Stoics. My morality is a practical matter as well; what makes me, my kin and my tribe strong, free, prosperous etc is morally correct. Whatever weakness us is immoral, what weakens our enemies is a positive. I have seen too much of the world to believe in the softer, womanish version of morality. I am not immoral or amoral; my morality is based on the advancement of my clan and kin. Only fools fail to see the tribal warfare surrounding us

Right after my divorce, alimony, child support and paying her bills left me $300 a week. Not to mention all the emotional bullshit. My relationship with my parents is a constant battle, same with my daughter. After my brother died, I brought my sister in law and my nieces in my house, my sister in law repaid this by turning on me. The list can go on and on, but the point isn’t to catalog my grievances with the world. All these words are to set up this one statement.

If I am in any way “special” or “superior “or better than some other man, it is because I don’t give up. I get off the ground and back to fighting in a fucking hurry. I trained myself to do this. I did nothing but get my ass kicked when 1st learning to box. My old man told me the only thing I can control is me, how hard I fight, how fast I get off the floor. I do that with everything. I would rather be dead then broken and bowed down to another. That is a decision any man can make, a mindset any man can develop, if he has the determination to do so. The notion that somehow most men cannot achieve this relentless level of masculinity is bullshit. It also does a disservice to the men who have achieved XYZ. It’s very much a liberal mindset, linking success to some kind genetic lottery vs hard work and brass balls( and genes. We all do have our natural limits). All liberal mindsets are self-limiting and defeatist in nature, because liberalism is founded on tearing men down vs building them up. Building a better beta has a foot in each camp and will fail like all half measures will. Who dares wins. Not who sort of dares sort of wins

Any man can be determined and determination wins the long game of life. Especially when coupled with a disregard for the laws of men. When I was broke and had to choose between chow or running the a/c I got pissed and sold moonshine and steroids to earn cash. The Almighty God forbids neither. Most laws are written to keep beaten men down, to eliminate competition for the elites and keep them on top. I am a sinner and a crappy Christian but I am a man of God. The only laws I give a damn about are His. Laws of men are generally unworthy of respect and for damn certain when they do not match God’s laws or our ancient traditional view of justice, honor and correct masculine action. And I men ancient. Not some 1950’s womanish version of the concept. Following the law simply because it’s the law is slavish.

I am mentally and physically tougher then the most of men but I wasn’t born this way. I trained myself to be these things. I started off as 9 pounds of squalling baby flesh as everyone else. The difference between me and some other dude is I started training myself at an early age. You will never be more than a beta, useful tool of women and the State unless you put your ass on the line, get it kicked and get back up to get beat down again, and again. But don’t be a dumb ass about it. You don’t climb Mt Everest’s on your 1st day of hiking.

If you want to be the man, be the fucking man. It is your decision, but it isn’t easy. You will carry the scars on your body, mind and soul, but I promise you, it’s worth every scar, every moment of pain and suffering because the joys are savage and beyond words to describe. Unrepentant, relentless and unreconstructed masculinity is God’s second greatest gift and held exclusively for men. He set us above women, animals and all else on this earth to take dominion over all things but Himself and this gift is how. We are the men who protect the tribe and push it to the heights of achievement. Not the beta who follows the script. Betas are supporting roles; which is important but they are also playing the supporting role in their own life; letting life happen to them vs them happening to life. Being beta is safe and easy, being a man is dangerous and painful. It means freeing yourself from false constraints. Being this kind of man is neither moral nor immoral. Your actions determine that.

The great minds of Western Civilization are the other side of the same coin. Newton, Edison etc are the mental version of men like me. Relentless and unwavering in their quest to expand knowledge, thereby expanding himself and be default, his tribe. The mindset and frame is the same; the playing field is different. These men are to be respected

This last bit, I have no idea how to work it in, but I have been accused of being nihilistic. Another load of horseshit. There is no part of my life that fits the definition as I understand the term. I own houses, engage in business ventures, mentor young men, tend to my kin, support two political causes, rescue dogs, help my buddy with his horse rescue stuff, support a charity that supports SpecOps veterans and their family. I don’t believe our social ills will self correct and think men should focus their efforts on other things (building their family’s strength) but I do not waste much of my money, time, effort or the natural talents and abilities I was blessed with. Doesn’t seem any part of nihilism to me

But I get this kind of bullshit pretty often. My theory is, masculinity has been so watered down men no longer recognize it and most fear it.

Poly

I openly run a small poly house but it’s easy when you’re the man and head of household. This position gives a man status and doesn’t affect my security clearance. Occasionally I get the stink eye, but what parts I down play, whatever questions or questioning stares I ignore; I ignore on the girls behalf.

I feel into my first poly relationship. Long story short these girls had a long term relationship where one girl was the primary breadwinner and the other a stay at home “wife”. They were looking for a man to fill in the gap, fiscally, emotionally and physically of their relationship. They were the primary relationship. It was an enjoyable experience and ended when one girl moved for a promotion.

Men question how I do it, saying one woman is enough. These men view of women as their equal and their co partner. One would be enough. Been there, done that, never again. I value the girls’ opinions on certain topics but I lead they follow. Or go find a new man. Only a fool ignores the good advice of others. My majordomo is a fount of Old School, Old World lady wisdom. My daughter knows more about nutrition then I ever will. Girl#1 is a nurse practioner and knows things that I do not. Black Beauty has a master’s degree in online marketing and something or another, is a successful business woman and an amazing homemaker. I listen to them but they do not shape my opinions outside their narrow field of expertise. This does create some issues as Girl#2 thinks her master’s degree in public relations has value and Girl #3, who hasn’t read a book more complex then 50 Shades of grey, thinks she is as smart as the other girls.

I am not successful by my efforts alone. The majordomo handles most routine domestic issues, removing and reducing stress wherever possible. She is 74, so I hire out some help and we all pitch in here and there, but by and large she does all the domestic chores and manages the household in the way that I direct. The house is clean; diner is ready to go into the oven etc whenever Girl#1 and I get home. After diner we chat and then the majordomo cleans up. Sometimes we help, but most of the time we go sit in my chair and play with the Hell Hounds. Girl#1 is another key factor. She wants to be in a poly home to share fiscal resources and domestic chores. My beloved sucks ass on the domestic front. We both view three adults sharing the day to day duties normally divided among two adults as the major advantage with sexual variety being somewhat lower on the list. My leadership allows her to feel secure, free and at peace. I don’t see how a poly home would run smoothly without the domestic discipline/ BDSM aspects of our relationship. This sets up a linear chain of command, provides an outlet to correct poor behavior and a boat load of tools to deliver the drama women crave thereby eliminating most shit tests before they occur.

All the girls are significantly younger than me and like Girl#1 feel secure, free and at peace etc. All three have thrived since starting a relationship with me though the transition between free agent and well behaved little girl was not always smooth. Paying off debt, eating better, working out more, less bullshit drama at work and with their family. This is pretty common. In times past, families have been fairly resistant to their younger daughter dating a significantly older man. Most have gotten over that as they see the girl’s life gain order and improve. Not all. Most.

Being in a poly home involves four core game concepts; dread, pre-selection, and demonstrating higher value (DHV) are the most obvious but added to the more direct aspects of DHV etc is frame control. Each girl sees how I interact/ lead and improve the other girls’ life. These are overt displays without anything being said in a direct manner. This sets up a semi-competition for my affections which I ensure doesn’t get out of hand. Some days are shit test after fucking shit test but those days are rare and a sign that I am not delivering enough drama and leadership. I start our days together with me in my chair, and the girls sitting on the floor with the dogs. When it’s just the two of us, Girl#1 ends up in my lap in no time. I send them to stand or kneel in a corner when they act up or bicker among themselves. The importance of maintaining a strong masculine, leadership/ headship frame cannot be over stated.

The girls deserve my best as I have asked them, and they have agreed to live beyond the mainstream American life. The overwhelming majority of the time, we are a happy family and domestic tranquility reigns. I love having my house full, watching the majordomo teach one girl how to cook, while I play video games with another and the third is sitting nearby, curled up with one of the Hell Hounds reading a book. It’s also a huge ego stroke walking around town with three younger girls hanging on me. It’s amusing when the try to “conspire” against me, especially when they try to enlist the help of my majordomo. She has known me for about as long as I have been alive, was more of a mother to me then my own mother and elected to come live with me over her biological children when her beloved husband passed on. Her loyalty is better than money in the bank.

I ensure each girl gets equal time in practically all manners. On the rare occasion we are all together at the same time or we go out as a family, I give them options; take in suggestions, but there is a rotation of who gets to decide where the family will go for drinks or the like. When I have a strong preference for something, such as movies, there is no option. When I give them options, they are options I can live with. Girls are reward openly and punished in private, for the most part. Girl#1 lives with me full time and gets the majority of my attention. When it’s the weekend, our time is more focused on the other girls. While deployed I write them a very generic email every two days or so then whatever private email traffic comes up between us is what it is and remains private. I guard their privacy so they feel free to bring up various complaints with me. I determine if the issue should be addressed and how it will address. Most of what comes up is minor and doesn’t merit discussion. The girls do not have the right to address anything between themselves. I never discus my displeasure with any other girl but the one I am unhappy with; I never tell who was unhappy about what. I praise the girls in public as often as I can.

Some things are only shared with one girl because our hobbies align. Girl#1 is a fitness fanatic so we train at the same time. Girl#2 likes to cook so we cook together. Girl#3 came with her own motorcycle and likes to shoot, and Girl#1 bought her own bike so when we ride as a family, those girls are on their bikes, Girl#2 rides with me. Girl #3 hates to ride bitch, and Girl#1 gets a lot of time on my bike as we live together full time. Girl#1 is the only one who gets much in the way of alone time with me. What Girl#1 and I do as a couple is strictly between us and never mentioned. This will come to an end if Girl#2 moves in with us. Alone time gets the girls to a wondering and thinking and that’s never good. We are a family 1st and foremost. Everyone’s priority is the family and keeping the family peace. I don’t give any one girl the chance to get jealous, though they do. Each one is my favorite for one reason or another and free to tell me when they feel jealous. I deal with this mostly with a quick explanation and lots of affection.

No one girl ranks higher than any other girl. There is no alpha sub or any such nonsense. My executive officer is my majordomo. She exists in a separate sphere. The number one rule for us is family 1st. It is us vs the world at all times. Do not strive to make any one girl happy, do not take sides, keep the peace and provide direction or correction. Men always fail when we prioritize a woman’s happiness. Fair rules, impartially applied, predict likely points of failure and address them before they become a problem. Pretty much the way any one leads any group of people.

Money is a major issue with endless opportunities for mischief. I manage their money to avoid jealously (and because they suck at money management). We don’t have a joint checking account but everyone contributes to the family budget to some degree. I have set up their budgets; X amount into savings, X amount to spend on whatever they want, how much extra money to put down on their debt, I approve any new debt they take on, how much they are allowed to spend on eating out etc. Pretty much the Dave Ramsey plan. Everyone’s budget is the same percentage point wise. Each person is allowed to spend $50 on special occasion gifts and the like. This sounds horrible to many people but they all have less debt and more money saved then before I stepped in. Everything I establish is to improve the security of us as individuals and as a family.

The house rules are the house rules and the chore list is the chore list establishing who helps the majordomo or me do our chores. I considered establishing a pattern that is equitable across the board and keeps certain girls from doing chores they dislike but killed the idea because the potential for appearing I favor one girl at another girl’s expense. I don’t do much in the house outside of taking care of the dogs, dog fur removal and cooking when I care to. I have 5 acres of land and a pond to tend to plus the normal house, vehicle and bike repairs.

That’s it. A complex issue made simple, as all complex issues should be. Complexity allows for more points of failure and allowing things to be complex is Beta. Alphas cut through the bullshit and zero in on what counts. Every man I know who is successful at anything, coaching power-lifters, running the shipping assets of a multinational corporation or building custom bikes focus on making the complex simple.

Tactical criticism of the walking dead; season one episodes one and two

The second scene in the show when the cops are talking about women is pure Red Pill. The difference between men and women is a man would never say anything like that. Women involved with men with dangerous jobs like mine or being a cop do not refrain from saying hateful things despite knowing it might be her last words to him. Every man I know has experienced this to some degree

#1) the cops 1st shootout: To set the scene, the cops get a call on their radio that some bad men are heading their way. Off the cops go to set up a road block. They set up a spike strip in front of the cop cars; use the cop cars to make a “V” with the point of the “V” facing the direction of travel for the bad guys. They take up both lanes. Not a bad a way to do it. Spike strips are strips of rubber with what are basically nails driven through the rubber and a leash to pull the strips off the road. You lay them on the road, in front of whatever car you are trying to stop. They deflate the tires of the car, reducing the bad guys speed and maneuverability and if you’re lucky the bad guys will run off the road, bringing the car to a stop. The spike strips should have been more forward of the cars, and usually a cop is down by the spike strips to pull them off the road so they won’t damage the tires of the cop cars following the bad guys. In the show, the car hits the spike strips and flips over. The cops should have rushed the car and taken the bad guys captive while the bad guys where disorientated from the crash. In my line of work we would have fired a copious amount of rounds into the car 1st (unless we were there to kidnap I mean para-judicial extradition. Then we would have used flash bangs to further disorientated them before Taz’ing them into submission, duct taping sandbags over their heads and using zip ties to cuff their hands behind their back).

Cover is what stops bullets; concealment helps you hide from bad guys. The cops were not in a position to worry about concealment. Contrary to popular belief, cars are not very good cover. You want to be behind the wheel wells and engine block. Doors and seats and what not don’t stop modern high speed rounds, yet movie after movie you see cops use car doors to stop rounds. Don’t do that.

When the car flipped over, the cops with shotguns should have rushed the car and put the shotgun barrel in the bad guy’s face before said bad guys’ could recover their wits. The TV show cops didn’t do this. They let the bad guys get on their feet and come out guns a blazing. The best Op’s are when the rounds are all out going. Any rate, the cops win the fire fight, and approach the downed bad guys in a very amateurish, relaxed manner. Another mistake. Your game face stays on until you’re off the clock and drinking beer. You have no idea how many people are in that car. Could be two like the dispatcher said, could be 20 midgets hyped up on meth and death metal music. The two cops with shot guns should have approached the car 1st. Not clearing that car and ensuring the bad guys are down for real before tending to the wounded officer is a huge tactical failure, one the TV show writers acknowledge by having a third bad guy jump up and shot the lead character. Who was dumb enough to take his vest off without the car being cleared etc. Amateurs. Not only dump but a pussy. Yea it hurts, big fucking deal. Pain means you’re alive. Deal with it and do the job by the numbers. We do shit by the numbers because it ensures more of us stay alive. You eliminate the threats then tend to the wounded. That way you don’t get more wounded, and you don’t take your body armor off until you know the shooting is done. And there is a medic there to work on you. Fair certain cops should know that and now y’all do too.

I keep mentioning the cops with shotguns. Why? You always lead with your most lethal weapons. Shotguns are more lethal then pistols. One cop is using a revolver. Huge giveaway in fire power because of the lower number of rounds carried and therefore a mistake. These are uniformed cops and concealment isn’t an issue.

#2) resource poor environment
Given the fast rate of the die off/ Zombie conversion rate, the survivors would be living in a resource rich environment. This is the rural and small town South. More homes then not have guns and frank and beans. Any town like Atlanta which looks like a battle field out of WW2 would burn through their resources, ammo and fuel, if the battle went on for any length of time. They don’t say how long it all took, but it seems to be around the 30 day mark. The small towns would be stocked full of canned food, clothes, soap etc. I’m fair certain the big towns would be too. I’m not saying you wouldn’t burn through them in time, but your 1st couple of months wouldn’t be hungry months. Farms are loaded down with fuel. That too wouldn’t be something you’d be short on, though with no electricity getting the fuel wouldn’t be easy in all cases. Just because a car is out of gas doesn’t indicate it’s completely out of gas. Odds are good you can punch a hole in the bottom of the tank and get some fuel. I love bikes and I love horses but they wouldn’t be ideal for travel. No protection from weather and zombies, cannot carry much stuff

#3) They know the disease is spread by getting bit. The South is full of motorcycles. Lots of riding gear. Reckon it would be hard for a zombie to bite through a set of motorcycle leathers. The sport bikes guy’s have full sets of leather; head to toe kind of stuff. Work boots over tennis shoes.

#4) they know early on the noise from gunfire draws the zombies but do not switch to knives and what not until much later on in the show. A .22 pistol or rifle would reduce the noise and probably work since it doesn’t seem like the head wound needs to be particularly large to get the job done. In the real world there are only two places in the head that will shut down the human body instantaneously, but that doesn’t seem to matter on zombies. Then some Asian kid drives a car back to their camp with the car alarm blaring the whole way. Dumb

#5) Double tap, they don’t do it. If you crawl in that tank and see a dead tanker, your 1st thought should be to put a knife through its head to make sure it’s dead. Than loot the body.

#6) tactical parking, they don’t do it. If you are in a caravan like they are, you would want to park in such a manner that the cars act as a barrier between you and the rest of the world or so you can haul ass in a hurry. Maybe both if you can manage it. You’d do the same thing if it was just you in your 4 door sedan.

#7) eating wild mushrooms. Don’t do it unless you are a real expert. Not an internet expert.

#8) At one point, the Cop is stuck in a building with a group of people. I think it’s a department store. The building is surrounded by zombies, zombies banging on glass doors to get into the building and turn Rick and his crew into human happy meals. Rick and his crew do shit to make their defensive position better. You should try to improve the defensive aspects of place you spend any serious amount of time. This could be as simple as stacking racks of clothes and what not in front of the glass door, to blocking other doors and stairwells you don’t use. Make sure you have two points of exit. I’m pretty sure a stair well full of empty clothing racks would be pretty much impassable to zombies given their deranged coordination and intelligences (well all them folks were living in Atlanta so we have to question their smarts on their pre-zombie days). Multiple story buildings would be the best from a defense standpoint. Live on the third floor, tear out the stairs leading to the third floor and the zombies wouldn’t make it up to you. Not something you can easily do on metal stair, but still doable given time and some basic tools.

They crew of folks the Cop join’s up with is a pretty good spot. It’s off the main road, not far from Atlanta, which they correctly loot for resources, its far enough from Atlanta no one is likely to randomly stumble into them, it has one road leading to it, a good hard pack dirt road which gives them a high speed exit, and they are close to a large water supply. On the negative side, it has only one way for them to leave so if that road is washed out, or swamped with zombies they have to leave their vehicles to shit and get. Mobility is a game changer. Gehnis Khan pretty much took over the world because he effectively combined mobility with firepower. Nothing has changed. I mentioned tactical parking. All their vehicles should be face the only direction they can travel, down the road. They should have a plan on which vehicle leads, which one follows and who fills in the other slots. They should know that X vehicle pulls out 1st, Y vehicle pulls out 2nd, Z pulls out 3rd etc. They have done nothing to improve their positions defensive qualities. Let’s say you have 3 cars lined up on onside of the camp, three on the other, all facing north. You could pile up logs, brush and what not between the cars. Drive some stakes into the ground, and then sharpen the ends that face outward from your perimeter. Close off the trail end of the vehicle line up with another wall of brush, logs and stakes. Close of the leading edge with something the cars can run over without being damaged. Do the old school string, tin cans with rocks in them say 10 yards from the edge of your perimeter. Zombies walk into the string, the cans rattle and you have some version of advance warning. Damn near any dumb thing you can think of would work against the brain dead zombie. Anything that alerts you and slows them down gives you time and options. Two things you are always short on when the shit hits the fan. Your perimeter defenses will never be perfect, but doing all the small stuff right leads up to major advantages, and you work on improving your perimeter for as long as you are there.