North Korea Launches Missles

A country that is so poor its citizens starve can put four missles in the ocean for “testing.” A country where the government owns all the weapons is a tyrrany.  A country where the people own the weapons and the government runs scared is called a democracy.

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You Know, You know?

It is really annoying how often I said “you know” in my podcasts.

It’s getting better, but I apologize. My older podcasts are virtually unlistenable because of it.  If you can get through one of my early episodes, you have the patience of Job!

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Ep 188: A Post-Winter Evaluation and Checklist

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show about what to do as winter winds down.  While the problems are still fresh in your mind, now is the time to list and prioritize tasks for making the home ready for next winter.

Winter is over, which is why it is the perfect time to assess what you need to do to get ready for next winter.  You’ll have all summer and fall to schedule the work, so get going.  Be sure to consider: HVAC repair/service Roofing concerns Painting (both exterior and interior) Buying/considering a secondary heat source Deals on wood stoves and other winter merchandise – See more at:


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Our Postal Service Sucks

So what are we up to for a stamp…49 cents or so?

Went to the post office to get my daughter’s passport on Thursday…They DON’T do them at my branch after 3 pm. They told me to come back early on Saturday.  Showed up on Saturday at 8:50 am. Office opened at 9.  Postal worker told me they won’t DO passports until TEN and that they’ll stop at eleven.  Postal worker opens passport window at 10:18 and we were first in line.  Feel bad for the people before us.

THAT is ridiculous.

It’s time to outsource the job to somebody who gives a crap…It’s obvious that our government sucks at delivering mail…and we want them to deliver our health care…fools…what fools we mortals be.

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Declaration of Independence From Sports

On this Super Bowl Sunday, the nation will be watching a football game.  I won’t.  I am officially declaring my independence from sports and focusing on my faith, family and home.  Sure, I will still have a passing interest in things, but I’m sick of the obsession with sports in our country.  We pay millions to idolize athletes who usually aren’t even decent role models.  How much better would our lives be if Sunday was family time instead of football time?  You know, ancient Rome collapsed from within.  No invading force destroyed their empire.  It rotted away from within, a society obsessed with sports/entertainment, a corrupt government whose politicians only worried about their own power, and a class of lazy, over-entertained citizens who gave up caring about the republic.  Sound familiar?

Please take stock of your lives and focus on what’s important.  Enjoy the game, but please don’t line the pockets of the athletes with the money you could use to improve your own family’s situation.


To that end, I got my hunting license yesterday.  I spent 9a til 5p passing my hunter safety course.  I want to be in the outdoors, providing, hormone and gmo-free meat for my family’s table.  Football tickets and jerseys can’t do that, nor can a wasted day in front of the tv.  Sports just stopped being fun for me.


ESPN ruined sports for me too.  Too much exposure to sports, sports news and sports talk shows.  What’s worse, ESPN, like all mainstream media, is liberal agenda-driven.  The stations of ESPN have been pushing gay issues on their regular-guy viewers for years.  The bias has been sickening over the past two years.  As a libertarian, I could CARE LESS if someone is gay…but to push a liberal agenda and attempt the brainwash the masses to think a certain way is disturbing.  Dissent in portrayed as bigoted, intolerant, and ignorant.  Now THAT I have a problem with.

I am boycotting this liberal channel save for the occasional event I want to watch 2-3 times a year.

Today I will be podcasting and enjoying NOT watching the football game.


Happy UN Super Bowl to me…and happy birthday to me as well ( in a few days…)

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Google to Invade Your Thermostat

Do YOU want Google Controlling your thermostat and monitoring EVERYTHING in your home.  They may be able to do that VERY soon.


Google said Monday that it will pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest, which makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms. Rest assured that Google is hoping to plug smart homes together with Android devices, its developer ecosystem and treasure trove of data.

Nest launched in 2011 to strong reviews. Since its launch, Nest’s smart thermostat has been replicated by larger players such as Honeywell.

Google CEO Larry Page said that Google is “excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries.”

For Google, Nest founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers will bring some more design knowhow to the search giant, which has a hardware side of the business via Motorola. Fadell led the team at Apple that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. 

On the data front, Google could ultimately harness more information about individual homes and their energy usage. Nest, however, did indicate that home data would stay in its company under its privacy policy, which is owned by Google now, and only be used to improve products. Nest was poised to launch a developer program in early 2014. 

Consider the moving parts:

  1. Google has mobile access via your smartphones and various apps on multiple platforms.
  2. Google has multiple ways into your living room via Android and Chromecast, a streaming TV gadget, as well as tablets and PCs.
  3. The company had tried to monitor energy usage with utilities, but scrapped the plan in 2011.
  4. Google’s Android will increasingly be in your car.
  5. And Google is working the robot market.

It remains to be seen how all of these efforts fit together, but it’s clear that Google’s tentacles are spreading.

Analysts said that Google’s purchase highlights the importance of the connected home and Internet of things. Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett said:

Google’s acquisition of Nest affirms the growing strategic importance of the idea of the connected home. It also shows that Google increasingly believes in hardware/software solutions, such as Nest has built, rather than just building operating systems for other manufacturers to implement in smartphones, Chromebooks, and TVs.

In a blog post, Fadell said:

Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship.
Google has the business resources, global scale and platform reach to accelerate Nest growth across hardware, software and services for the home globally. And our company visions are well aligned – we both believe in letting technology do the hard work behind the scenes so people can get on with the things that matter in life. Google is committed to helping Nest make a difference and together, we can help save more energy and keep people safe in their homes.



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Ep 187_2014: New Year, New Challenges

Today’s episode will be very brief.

First, I want to wish you all a joyous and prosperous 2014.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  After making some adjustments and changes to my files and internet providers, I’m pretty much back to where I started.  By trying to “simplify” my podcasting arrangement, all I did was make things worse.  So I had to try to put the Ketchup back into the bottle…so to speak.

I made resolutions, as I do every year, but some of mine are quite different from ones in previous years.  I wanted to take a moment to discuss them with you.

1. Get in the zone with God–While not all of you may be people of faith, I have to admit that for ME in MY Life, if I’m right with God I’m doing right by everybody.  He is the focus of my life, but I don’t always show it.  In fact I say things that I kick myself for saying and thinking.

2. Be forgiving and patient of others.  I have this horrible impatience for people I perceive as getting it wrong.  I really need to be more patient and respectful of others.  I need to practice my faith and show love, not contempt.

3. Be the best husband and father I can be.

4. Be the best teacher I can be.

5. Not waste time with endeavors that are not profitable.  From wasted time online or in front of the television, if it’s not profiting me and my faith and/or my family/self…I need to stop doing it.  Profitable doesn’t always mean getting paid.  Training is profitable, prepping is profitable, family time is profitable.

6. Work on the house and the  bugout house.

7. Plant more permafood. Fruit trees, asparagus, and edible veggies are on the list.

8. Not get so emotionally involved in my career.  As a teacher, I cannot get upset at those who choose to do little and make myself sick worrying about them.  I reach many kids.  I cannot reach them all.  I have to accept that.

9. Not worry about “them”.  Why am I worried about what others are doing?  I need to focus my energies on my own family and enjoy my life to the fullest.  I cannot fix the government, I cannot fix popular culture and society, and I cannot fix you.  I can, however, work on and fix many things in my own life. For a ‘big picture’ guy like myself, working on the small or ‘micro’  can be a challenge.

10. Get my hunting license.  Being raised in the country by a family that didn’t hunt, I never got mine…officially.  I want to and my daughter wants to hunt with me…how cool.



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Ep 186: Fall Repair Checklist

Today I discuss my checklist of things to do before the snow flies and how to winterize your home.

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Ep 185_Gun Range Accident With a Glock 17

So I finally got the wife to the range to shoot. We had a wonderful time and everything was going well…until she started using my Glock17.

I noticed that my gun doesn’t eject casing very strongly and always remember them bouncing off of the bill of my hat.  As my wife fired a round, the casing dribbled backward end-over-end and hit her in the forehead, fell down behind her safety glasses and burned the area around her eye.  A practically impossible freak accident, that nevertheless really happened.  What’s worse, the gun was still loaded as she flinched in pain.  Someone could have been shot as she twitched and jumped in pain.  Luckily she didn’t pull on the trigger despite having her eyelid and orbital socket being burned.

A fun date at the shooting park turned into an accident and almost a tragedy.

After scouring the forums, I realized that a weak ejector is a defect commonly known about in the Glock community.  I was horrified that the ejector wasn’t recalled.  My wife almost lost sight in her right eye.  I was mad. I was upset….I was disappointed in Glock.

So I called Glock.  I explained the problem to someone in technical support.  I guess I didn’t use the right terminology, so he snidely corrected me and told me to “just send it in” and he’d have a look at it.  I had to send it at my own expense.  To ship it to Glock, it has to go via Fedex in some special extra-expensive way…totaling $87.00.

So let me get this straight: I’m going to send THEIR malfunctioning gun in at MY expense to have them take a “look” at it…what rotten customer service and there’s no way I’m wasting that money on their problem.  I contacted Lone Wolf industries and will replace the part myself for $20 and PRAY that it fixes the problem.


My lesson learned: 

Glock ain’t all that, doesn’t really stand behind their product, and have been producing faulty ejectors for years and don’t really seem to care.

This will be my LAST Glock EVER.  I plan to use it as my “beater” gun, as I have lost all respect for the gun and especially its manufacturer and will research my next purchase better. Don’t just trust a name…and I’ll never have the attitude that ‘it’s a Glock, it’s the best’ ever again.

I may sell it, but only if I have it working correctly…I won’t dump a dangerous and unreliable firearm onto somebody else.  That’s deceitful and wrong.


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Ep 184_ My Experience at Frontsight Gun Resort/School

Ep 184_ My Experience at Frontsight Gun Resort/School


Today I had my first visit to Front Sight.  It’s a club/resort/school designed for guns and self-defense.  For a small up-front cost, you can take all the training you want FOREVER!

I paid a small amount for my membership, it varies according to your level.  You add an annual firearms background check and you sign-up for the classes you want and schedule the time. Also, don’t pay the internet price for a membership  The website quotes an insane amount.  A member can sell you a membership for a fraction of that.


“Attend a self defense gun training course at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute’s world-class firearms training facilities near Las Vegas, Nevada — taught by seasoned and professional law enforcement, military, and private citizen instructors to levels that far exceed law enforcement and military standards, without any boot camp mentality or drill instructors attitudes. After your first self defense firearms training course at Front Sight you will leave with self defense firearms training skills that surpass 99% of the gun owning population! This is no exaggeration. Once you’ve completed your first Front Sight course you’ll discover that you’ve become a self defense gun training expert among your peers!

But you don’t need to take my word for it, when you can see Firearms Training Testimonials from law enforcement, military personnel, and private citizens who have attended gun training courses at Front Sight.

Whether you are private citizen who is new to self defense gun training and want to learn the proper firearms training skills the right way — the first time; or you have a concealed weapons permit and want a level of firearms training that surpasses what you’ve received from your local gun training course; or you are in law enforcement or the military and have heard from your fellow officers that Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is the undisputed leader in providing the absolute best firearms training and is the greatest value in the gun training industry: WE HAVE THE FIREARMS TRAINING COURSES FOR YOU! I am sure of it!

In fact, if your firearms training experience at Front Sight does not exceed your expectations, I will pay for your training. You have my personal gun training guarantee!”

— Excerpt from Front Sight website


For a full listing of their schedule, just click on the Frontsight link.


I’ll give you my impressions of the class, the resort, and all things Frontsight today.

The first thing to know is that they are a first-class organization…there’s just one thing…they tell you to arrive for your first day of training at 6:30, but they don’t open the gates until 7:00.  I made the mistake of being prompt.  Never arrive before 7:00 and as most classes start at 8:00 am, a 7:15 arrival is PLENTY of time.  It was a rookie mistake, and considering I drove an hour and a half from Vegas, I wasted an hour of sleep…I won’t do that again.

The people at the gate greet you and help you get to your class.  They help you park and send you to the check-in/weapons inspection.  I just showed my membership card and let the instructors inspect my weapon.  I was directed to a spacious, modern great room where my class was conducted.  The facilities were clean and modern, and as the day went on, the instructor and the assistants were VERY helpful and hands-on.


My professional was a professional instructor from California.  He told me everything I ever wanted to know about my Glock.  We completely stripped the gun down…not a piece of metal or plastic was left connected to the frame.  We assembled and disassembled various parts several times and the day went quickly until the end.  My neighbor lost his gun’s safety pin spring and we spent 25 minutes finding it.  I gave up the final break down and reassembly to help hum…it just seemed the right thing to do.  Anyway, I had to skip that part (my choice) and collected my certificate of completion.


Does this make me a gunsmith or authorized Glock armorer? NO.  It makes me incredibly comfortable and knowledgeable about my gun.  If I had to replace a part, I feel I could do it.

Does that mean I want to take apart a perfectly running gun to fool around with it? No.  But now I have the skills and confidence to work on my gun.  And I loved every minute doing it.


Now that I have the first class under my belt, I want to actually fire a gun in a class…I’m looking into several and will give you an update and keep you posted.



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Ep 183_Summer Report

Wow, summer is over.

I’m back home and had a very productive summer vacation.  Today is simply a report of what we did and my unique perspective on vacation homes.

In short,  We worked the whole time.

Improvements included a new roof, ridge vent, window well, electrical outlets, switch and outlet plates installed, refinished closets, rooms painted, landscaping and graded dirt…, and took down a 60 ft maple…and split ALL of the wood by hand…this and some more I’ve forgotten is what my summer vacation was all about.

Fun, right?

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Summer Report

Just got back from the vacation house.  I worked very hard on the old place this summer.  A new roof, took down some trees, refinished the front door, some electrical and paint…and little things like installing a new window well, and I had a full summer.  I took  about 4 days off all summer…and found the time to teach vacation bible school as well.

I have a lot to share and discuss, so podcasts will be upcoming.

I hope you all had great summers, and I look forward to speaking with you all very soon.

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have been working feverishly on the homestead this summer desite being pretty sick.

Painting rooms. Stripping doors. Painting doors. Planting trees. Digging hole filling holes. Writing. Plumbing. Electrical. Structural. Im exhausted…and loving every minute of it. Teaching vacation bible school again. Cant wait. Can wait for my real teaching job to start. Loving summer.

Very hot where i am


please excuse the typos, but im on the road and typing on my iphone.

educating family on gun use and we have another proud gun owner in it. A .45 has a new home and 300 rounds of ammo for practice and defense to boot. Help your family and share skills you have w them.

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Update on My Podcast and Site

I haven’t gotten a lot of podcasts out to you lately.  I thought I was just tired from all of the work, but there’s more to it.  It turns out the fatigue was a symptom of me being sick.  So, I’ve been working through a battery of tests and am undergoing a lot more.  I tell you this ONLY because I don’t want you to think I don’t care about my listeners and my podcast.  On the contrary, I care very much.  That is why I am sharing this VERY personal information about me being very sick.  I’ve been fighting it for well over a year now and we hope to find out the cause this summer.

But the podcasts will continue…

Thanks for listening!


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Ep 182_Preventing Fire in the Garage

Most of us store flammables in our garage and most of our garages are attached or an integral part of our houses.  That means our houses are at risk.

Today we will look at minimizing risk.

  1. Store flammable liquids in a shed or outbuilding.  Many of us keep paint thinners, cleaners, car products, and a gallon of gas for the lawnmower in the garage.  An outbuilding is a better bet. Would you rather lose the shed or the house and all your belongings.
  2. Reduce heat in the garage.  Windows should have blinds and/or coverings over them. The windows on the garage door should be tinted.  Remember, glass panels work like magnifying glasses.  The room heats up and a combustible situation is not far away.
  3. Keep the garage ventilated.  A fan or a vent will dissipate fumes and reduce the danger of fire.
  4. Keep materials in secure containers.  If chemicals mix, the results could be deadly.
  5. Reduce clutter.  Trash and unused newspapers and boxes are kindling for a fire.  When in doubt, throw it out.

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Ep 181_Are Credit Cards Always Bad?

Yes credit cards are, in general, bad…but can a person with excellent financial skills use them to their advantage?  The answer may surprise you.

Yes, I know every prepper in the world tells you credit cards are bad.  But what if you had enough self-control to use them correctly and is there such a thing?

I’ll give you a for instance:

My family recently took a trip to Disneyland in California.  We made a long weekend of it.  We left in the afternoon after I finished school for the year and checked out.

We stayed three nights in Marriott Hotels where my wife’s corporate account got us three free nights because of her constant travel.  We use a Disneycard throughout the year and pay off our bills at the end of the month every month, so we have no interest charges.  Over a two year period, we saved up $800 in Disney dollars.  We used them at the park and got our entrance tickets for three, our meals, and some nice souvenirs all for free.  On Sunday, we drove to Newport Beach and spent the late morning and early afternoon. We parked on the street and our day was free.

Gas to and from LA/Orange County was about $160. Add in miscellaneous expenses and our vacation cost us well under $400 out of pocket.  If we paid cash and did the sensible thing, our trip would have been:

$400 for rooms

$800 for Disney and Souvenirs

$400 for gas and miscellaneous (a little less than)

for a whopping total of about $1600 for our weekend vacation to Disney.

Can anyone deny the deal we got for wisely using out credit.  Perhaps you disagree.

I’d like to hear YOUR perspective on the credit card conundrum

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Ep 180_Some helpful reminders, guns and vinegar

Before you forget, make a list of everything you needed to fix around the house you learned about over winter

Plant permafood whenever you can

Self-defense thought: don’t count on a gun for self-defense you haven’t tried out.  I’ll give you the perfect example

The Ready Store has a great article on 20 uses for vinegar.  I’ll add some of my own hints.

20 Uses for Vinegar that You Never Knew
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Part of being prepared is being able to repurpose and re-use items. That’s why vinegar is such a great thing!
You can use vinegar for cleaning, emergency situations, food storage and more! Take a look at 20 uses below. You can also comment below to tell us what you have used vinegar for.
1. Clear dirt off PCs and electronics
Your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office gear will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Turn off your machine and wash with a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wash with a cloth, not a spray bottle. You can use cotton swabs for tight spaces.
2. Get rid of smoke odor
If you’ve recently burned a steak or can’t get rid of that cigarette smell, remove the lingering smoky odor by placing a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. To get the smell out of the air, moisten a cloth and wave it in the air.
3. Wipe away mildew
Use undiluted vinegar to wipe away heavy mildew stains. Mix it with water to clean light mildew stains. You can even use a vinegar mist in a spray bottle to prevent mildew stains from forming in rugs and carpets.
4. Clean chrome and stainless steel
To clean chrome and stainless steel fixtures around your home, apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a recycled spray bottle. Buff with a soft cloth to bring out the brightness.
5. Unglue stickers, decals, and price tags
Don’t you hate when you peel a sticker off of your new furniture or product and it’s still sticky from the glue? Worry no more! Use full-strength white vinegar and gently scrape it off the product. Use an expired credit card to scrape. You can also uses this solution to get glue off of glass, plastic and walls.
6. Brighten up brickwork
Have dingy bricks around your fireplace? Use 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon of warm water to scrub the area. Your bricks will be looking shiny and nice!
7. Revitalize wood paneling
You can also use vinegar to shine up your dull wood paneling. Mix 1 pint warm water with 4 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Let the mixture soak for a few minutes and then polish.
8. Remove carpet stains
You can lift out many stains from your carpet with vinegar:
  • For light stains, mix 2 tablespoons salt with ½ cup white vinegar. Rub into the stain, let try and vacuum.
  • For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.
9. Keep car windows frost-free
Vinegar is a great way to keep frost from forming on your car windows. Spray the outside of your windows with a mixture of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water.
10. Refresh your refrigerator
Have you ever smelled a refrigerator that hasn’t been used for a long time? It’s gross! You can freshen up your fridge with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. You can use the solution to wash the interior and exterior of the fridge.
11. Steam-clean your microwave
Fill a bowl with 1 cup water and ¼ cup vinegar. Set the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes. Once the bowl cools down, use the solution to wipe off the walls of the microwave.
12. Disinfect cutting boards
Use full-strength white vinegar to clean wood cutting boards or butcher block countertops. This is a great alternative to dishwasher detergent because it can weaken surfaces and wood fiber. It disinfects against E.coli, salmonellsa and staphylococcus.
13. Clean china, crystal, and glassware
Have soap spots and dingy spots on your dishes after you put them in the dishwasher? Simply add a few ounces of vinegar to your dishwasher. It will prevent those hard-water stains from showing up.
14. Trap fruit flies
Did you bring home fruit flies from the market? You can make traps for them that can be used anywhere around your house by filling an old jar about halfway with apple cider vinegar. Punch a few holes in the lid, screw it back on, and you’re good to go.
15. Tenderize and purify meats and seafood
Soaking a lean or inexpensive cut of red meat in a couple of cups of vinegar breaks down tough fibers to make it more tender. You can also use vinegar to tenderize seafood steaks. Let the meat or fish soak in full-strength vinegar overnight.
16. Control your dandruff
Can’t wear those black shirts because your dandruff will show? Vinegar to the rescue! After shampooing, rinse your hair with a mixture  of 2 cups apple cider vinegar and 2 cups cold water.
17. Ease sunburn and itching
Gently rub a sunburn or rash with cotton balls or a soft cloth soaked with white or cider vinegar. Try to apply this before the sunburn begins to sting. You can use this to help treat insect bites or rashes from poison ivy or poison oak.
18. Clean your eyeglasses
When it’s more difficult to see with your glasses on than it is with them off, it’s a clear indication that they’re in need of a good cleaning. Applying a few drops of white vinegar to your glass lenses and wiping them with a soft cloth will easily remove dirt, sweat, and fingerprints, and leave them spotless. Don’t use vinegar on plastic lenses, however
19. Stop reds from running
Unless you have a fondness for pink-tinted clothing, take one simple precaution to prevent red washable clothes from ruining your wash loads. Soak your new clothes in a few cups of undiluted white vinegar for 10-15 minutes before their first washing. You’ll never have to worry about running colors again! This also works with other bright colors that you worry might run.
20. Speed germination of flower seed
You can get woody seeds, such as moonflower, passionflower, morning glory, and gourds, off to a healthier start by lightly rubbing them between a couple of sheets of fine sandpaper-and soaking them overnight in a solution of 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 pint warm water. Next morning, remove the seeds from the solution, rinse them off, and plant them.

21.  Clean copper cookware

Vinegar in a towel can rub off the tarnish on your copper cookware.

22. Fix that itchy scalp

A vinegar rinse after shampooing does wonders for an itchy scalp and leaves the hair tingly all over

23. Combats Lice

Again, a rinse with vinegar does wonders with an infestation…we had to rinse our hair this way as children if there was an infestation in our school.

24. As a Condiment

If you’ve never tried malt vinegar-based cole slaw–you’re missing out.  It’s also wonderful on french fries and fried fish and is the preferred English condiment on fish-n-chips.

25. Salad dressing.

Vinegar with olive oil and a little good seasons or spice packet tastes better than ANY salad dressing and doesn’t have to be refrigerator..,It doesn’t cost a fortune, either.  I cannot eat store-bought Italian dressing–it tastes like chemicals to me.

26. Soothes Sunburn

This was the salve i knew growing up.  It really does draw the heat out of the skin and the flesh is left feeling cool and soothed.

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Car Dealers Threatened

Tesla wants to sell directly to the people and cut out the middle man.  What a great idea.  Of course dealers feel threatened.



A comment from a reader:


I test drove a Tesla. There was absolutely no sales pressure. The staffers were generous with their time, answered all my questions and not once did they ask any leading questions about placing a deposit or buying one. I gave them my phone number and received no followup calls from a sales person. What a refreshing experience. I didn’t need an $80,000+ car, but walked away so impressed I became an investor instead. Contrast that with the chain smoking shyster that is so typical of most car lots, where the only way to get a deal is fight for it, or play different dealers against one another, or to endure insufferable good-cop bad-cop games such as, “let me talk to my manager.” Consumers who don’t fight and play the game get taken for a ride. Dealerships offer virtually no value to the consumer. Their service is typically over-priced compared to local independent service company competitors. Their business model is predicated upon taking advantage of consumers at every opportunity. Tesla’s sticker price is firm, and gives consumers the freedom to say yes or no without pressure. By cutting out the dealer, Tesla customers can buy the car without the typical dealer markup. Tesla built a better car that requires a mere fraction of the maintenance of a gasoline-powered car. More money in the consumer’s pocket, and more money for Tesla to reinvest in disrupting the global auto industry for the better.

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Ep 179_Odds ‘n Ends

In Today’s Show, I’ll cover some of the things that have been on my mind lately

A trip to the gun range and how it effected my security plans

  • I never tried my wife’s gun but was willing to rely on it in an emergency.
  • After a trip to the range, I’ve discovered that my wife’s gun is a piece of junk and there’s NO WAY I will trust our family’s lives on this gun.

A review of the Sig Sauer Model 230 .380 auto

  • The magazine release is on the BOTTOM of the handle–Yuck.  Makes removing the mag awkward and dumb
  • The handle fell apart only 30- rounds into shooting it
  • Too Many Clogs (Fail to Feeds(FTF) and Fail to Ejects(FTE))
  • Even blowing wd-40 down the pipe didn’t help.
  • Yes, Sig has a great reputation, but this one just sucks.
  • This was great to learn: better to learn now than when I need it for a life-and-death situation.

IRS and why we CAN’T trust our government

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