President Barack Obama naming his vice president’s former chief of staff Ron Klain as the nation’s new Ebola “czar” is a “farce” and a “public relations maneuver,” Fox News correspondent and columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday night.

“Here we are looking at an epidemic, and there is an official quoted in The New York Times today saying Klain was chosen because he is good at messaging,”

Krauthammer told Fox News “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren.

“This isn’t a “messaging” issue. This is an epidemic issue. This is a medical issue.”

However, Krauthammer said, he doesn’t think Klain will either do any good, or any harm.

But the appointment is just the way the Obama administration responds to a crisis, he said.

“It thinks that its failures on all fronts is a matter of messaging, public relations rather than the substance,” said Krauthammer. “You want to calm the public? Show that you have a handle on the epidemic that you know how to quarantine people that you will impose a ban on travel if you have to.”

Read the latest  from Newsmax.com  on this new Ebola nightmare;

Here in the Klein h0usehold, as we attempt to put order back into our lives after a “rather difficult disruption”, I’m hearing from friends across the pond who wonder how we’re holding up in Montana as “the last bastion of Armed Citizens of America”.

I simply ask them to recall their own history.

Can you imagine how the disarmed British citizens were feeling when Adolph Hitler was knocking at their front  doors? As those same British citizens ran to shelters and sought safety?

I wonder if these gun-haters remember  that American NRA members personally loaned over 5,000 rifles to British citizens so that they could defend their homes and form a militia to protect their families?

It’s the same on this side of the pond as well as the “anti-gun/anti-self defense” minions continue their assaults on our liberties.

The anti-gun haters, despite all of their drama, don’t have a clue and yet… they still can’t stop talking.

What message do these people send to our impressionable  children? I was taught that a parent’s DUTY was to teach our children to THINK. Instead, these destroyers of liberty would have  our children’s heads stuffed with their progressive dogma, thus sending them out into a treacherous world like innocent lambs to be slaughtered by wolves.  It is counter to their agenda that our children become productive members of society. That would make it more difficult to lead them around by their noses like lost sheep.

I suspect that these haters are in love with the sound of their own voices.

As Jews, we understand “self-protection”. We’ve had our trials and we bear our scars. Many of us wear scars too thick to hide.

Christians among us will recall that in Luke 22:36, Jesus called upon His disciples to obtain and carry their own personal swords – which were the best personal defense weapon of the time.

So, I ask you this;

What would Jesus do, NOW?

Many of us believe that Americans  will no longer WALK the Freedom Trail, we’ll fight for every step.

Everyone is talking about Islam, lately.

The interesting thing is how some of these conversations go full circle…

… originating with our founding fathers.

So, class… prepare to put on your “History Learning Caps”…  I’m going to share something pretty interesting with you that will even include one of my favorite subjects, history about the United States Marine Corps… including how the term ‘Leatherneck’ came into use as a description of some of the roughest, toughest soldiers in the world…

As we hear about Islam every time we turn on the TV or fire up the Internet… most Americans are completely unaware that over two hundred years ago the United States declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson was the man leading the charge!

This was shared with me and it was too good to keep to myself;

“At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic.  They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms.  Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain.  When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Beginning in 1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France.  That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000.  It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments.  Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace.  A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

Despite of this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, f or the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

The burning of the Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor, an act which caused the American offensive against the Barbary Pirates.

The burning of the Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor, an act which caused the American offensive against the Barbary Pirates.

 Jefferson was disgusted.  Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming.  That changed everything.

Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand.  The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States.  Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.  Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.

He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget.  Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815.  The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn.

US Marines  would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, which were actually designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.  America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen.

A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him.  His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should bother every American. 

That the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools is reprehensible.

That Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged is unacceptable.

That Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities is ridiculous.

That Ice Cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah borders on the absurd.

That public schools are pulling pork from their menus is unnecessary.

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America.  By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.”

If you have any doubts about what you’ve just read Google “Thomas Jefferson vs the Muslim World”…

Back in November 2009, the 8.59mm Accuracy International (AI) L115A3 sniper rifle was the weapon used by an elite sniper in one of those legendary feats of marksmanship known to war.  He killed three consecutive enemy soldiers from over 1.53 miles in combat. He killed them from 1 and a half MILES away. They never even heard the rounds that killed them.

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Now a British sniper in Afghanistan has reportedly used the Accuracy International L115A3 sniper rifle to kill six insurgents with one bullet… yes, you read it right. He killed them with a single bullet.

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Let’s think about what snipers do;

It could be said that snipers are the Joe Montana’s of War. They’re superstars. They’re the Gods perched on high, deciding who lives and more importantly… who dies.

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Elite snipers routinely account for more kills than entire battalions operating in the same place at the same time.

It cannot be denied that knowing an elite sniper is in the area inflicts psychological terror on on the enemy. It’s hard to operate effectively when you’re waiting to catch a hammer with your chest. You can’t see them. You can’t touch them and they’re too far away to hear… until it’s too late.

If you “live and die on the ground” the elite sniper is without a doubt the most feared combatant in any theater of war. They can reach out and touch you with a skillset far beyond simply being able to hit human targets at a distance. Snipers are also the most cost effective way of killing the enemy.

But, the weapons of war they wield do not come cheap. The AI L115A3 rifle will set you back the price of a mid-range car. At $38,250 the rifle weighs 15 pounds.

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And enemies take note; that 8.59mm bullet fired from over a mile away will hit you harder than a .44 Magnum from 7 yards. You’re dead. As you fall to the ground, you’ll die knowing that you never heard the shot that killed you…

FYI: You can buy (3) Barrett M107A1 .50 caliber sniper rifles for that kind of money. You can get it in several “designer colors” as long as you like tan or OD green… :)

Oh yeah… that Barrett will weigh almost twice as much as the AI.

Apparently, like exotic cars, exotic motorcycles and racing bicycles, they sell these bad boys by the pound. As in, the less they weigh, the more they cost… :)

the-lexinator

Obama’s Press Secretary recently said that Barack Obama is running the most transparent administration in US History.  This from a guy who can’t produce a “REAL” birth certificate or release his school records…

Hey there, “Mr Transparency”…

Bob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?

Jim: “You mean releasing 5 dangerous terrorists for a deserter?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean corruption and terrible conditions at the VA after Obama attacked Republicans for it and said he would fix all those problems?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean outing the CIA station chief in Afghanistan?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama saying the average family would save $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama intentionally ignoring our immigration laws?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our insurance and doctors if we wanted to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”;

Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels many of whom apparently are Al Qaeda?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Fast & Furious?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! … You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering,  corrupt administration in American history?”

the-lexinator  Okay, somebody sent me the Jim/Bob banter, but it was so good, I had to run it. :)

Okay,  in keeping with our “Homestead Helpers” theme, here’s  another food source that you can grow in your yard.

There was a bit of outrage at my suggestion yesterday that you should eat “Rabbit Sausages” instead of pork. Apparently, it’s a “Southern Sacrilege” for those of the Gentile persuasion.

I mean, I even got “facetimed”  (it’s an iPhone thing) and cussed up one side and down the other. I mean, man… that lady could cuss!  She went on and on for ten minutes! She offered to slap me senseless! She offered to come to my house and strangle me with my own intestines!

For crying out loud, Aunt Ruthie! I’m SORRY! Sheesh! It’s not like you didn’t know I’m Jewish! You were at my Bar Mitzvah! LOL!

So, for those offended few who got their chicharrones choked when I boiled Bugs in beer, here’s something for them to measure my own protein production against.

It takes about 10 minutes tops to skin and butcher a rabbit. In a year , you can grow hundreds of pounds of rabbit protein in a pretty small space.

To get that same sausage goodness right from the pig, it’s a little bit larger endeavor. In fact, this is just HALF of the process.

From “Instructables“:

Much of meat’s flavor comes from fat. People are starting to embrace fattier cuts, and cooking with pork lard is making a comeback. With the welcome of full flavored, lard-laden pork, the fat, furry Mangalitsa heritage breed of pig, native to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is gaining in popularity. Known as the “kobe beef” of the pork world, their meat is marbled and fat stores plentiful. It’s said that their fat is less saturated that normal pig fat, and so tastes lighter and cleaner. Farmers are cross breeding them with other breeds to get a pig that grows fast and has lots of fat. This one that we broke down was cross bred with a Red Waddle, also a chubby breed and a fast grower.

Jointing a pig is different from traditional butchering. If you separate at the joints, you don’t need big knives or saws. Notice, we were able to do most of this pig with small paring knives, though doing it with this method, some of the cuts are less traditional. Every part of this pig has been used, except about 2 cups of glands that were thrown out. The liver and pancreas were saved for pate, the hooves made into “SPAM”, meat scraps into sausage, bones cooked into stock, skin into chicharrones, the ears cooked and sliced, fat rendered down into lard and the head will become pozole. Keep in mind, there are only two tenderloins on a pig, and not that many pork chops-often, so in our traditional food chains, many lesser-valued parts of the pig get thrown out. So eating the whole pig will require more creativity and an adventurous spirit. But it’s a sustainable way to reduce food waste in our system and stretch your pork-laden pleasure.

(After watching all of that, I’m liking rabbit stew more and more. MUCH less work! Okay, you do get bacon, and pork chops and ribs and roasts for “pulling” in BBQ heaven, but…)

Now, I gotta go call Verison about changing my  phone  number before Aunt Ruthie see this…

Until next time!

the-lexinator

 

 

 

As we build out our farm/ranch/cult/den of iniquity in Montana, there are a LOT of systems to put into place that will interact with each other to help us maintain sustainability.

Many people have asked us about the “layered systems” that we’ll be using to insure our success.

Everything we do involves redundancy.

There are multiple power sources – photovoltaics, micro-hydro, wood gasification.

There are multiple water sources – river, creek, pond, wells.

There are multiple sources for fruits and vegetables – gardens, greenhouses and aquaculture.

There are multiple protein sources. Livestock, fish, rabbits.

You see the pattern. There are multiple options in case of failure.

Today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite protein links; Meat Rabbits.

Yes. I know that they’re soft and cuddly and cute. Yes, I know they have “Betty Davis Eyes”. My calves  are  cute too, but I still eat them. They’re food. Deal with it.

I raised rabbits as a kid. Yes, we ate them. And it was during that time when girls wore rabbit fur jackets and leggings and carried rabbit fur purses.  We made a killing selling the pelts to fur hucksters..

And it’s time to to do again. Okay, we won’t stray into the “Fur Fashion” zone unless we want to provoke those people in the PETA shirts, but….

Did you know that pound for pound, rabbit meat has more protein and less fat than any other type of meat that you’re likely to find at your local grocery store or butcher shop?

And, it’s quite  tasty. Rabbit tastes like chicken meat.

One of the cool things about rabbits is that you don’t need a lot of space to raise them. In fact, we converted a 20′ High Cube ISBU to build a “Wabbit West” (don’t blame me, my kid named it) to house them.

A female bunny is called a “doe” or “Pamela”. I forget which. :)

A single breeding doe can produce over 40 bunnies annually. We’re raising New Zealand Whites.

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Those little “Clydesdale’s of bunnies” weigh in about about 9-10 pounds of meat by the time we eat them. I’m told that the average meat rabbit (all the varieties averaged together) yield at least 2-3 pounds of meat per rabbit so that means that in the worst case scenario, you’re looking at around  120lbs a year of meat you can produce from a single rabbit.

Raising New Zealand Whites means that you’re yielding considerably more. We’ll grow a few hundred pounds of rabbit meat a year.

I’ve heard of people breeding rabbits in their apartments.  I don’t mind eating them, but I draw the line at actually living with them. I know that they’re pretty quiet unless you’re trying to kill them.

(WARNING! Rabbits DO scream if you’re not quick about it when you dispatch them. Keep your children someplace else during “harvest time”.)

And for the record… if I’m gonna live with a “bunny”, I prefer one of another variety. Use your imagination. If you can’t figure it out, you probably lack enough imagination to survive Armageddon.  :)

Rabbits (of the meat variety) don’t live on air or sparkly jewelry, but they are pretty inexpensive to raise. Rabbits eat rabbit pellets (approximately $15 for a 50lb bag) and grass hay (which you can also buy in pellets).  A lot of people add supplements to their diets, but aside from fruit and  vegetable  scraps, they get what we give ‘em, or they’ll go hungry.

And, in keeping with our “Reuse, Recycle or Repurpose” theme around here, we’ll use the fur for everything from fishing flies to foot warmers and the organs of the rabbits  are going  to be fed to the dogs.

Let’s not forget about the other stuff that rabbits yield. That’s right, poop.

The droppings can be used  in your garden or around your flowers and amazingly, it one of the few manures that can be used directly on plants without any processing. It’s easy to store because it doesn’t really smell (after you let it dry in the sun on old window screens)and it doesn’t burn plant roots.

I’m even told that worms like it, but I’ve yet to explore vermiculture, so I can’t say for sure.

Raising your own meat rabbits insures that you’re raising food that gets the best possible treatment before it goes exactly where G-d designed it to go… on your plate right next to the mashed potatoes and broccoli.

And, they’re delicious. Stewed, braised, you name it, prepared properly rabbit meat is wonderful. Other than for dinners with lots of vegetables (I still kinda laugh when I see the irony of stewed rabbit with grilled carrots on the same plate) I eat it on a regular basis when the rest of my family is eating pork sausage.

Here’s how I do it.  This makes the best brunch ever…

“Wabbit Winks” Recipe

rabbit sausages3 pounds of coarsely ground rabbit meat including the fat
(I’ll use the rabbit bones for the stock for the rice component of the food that I feed to the dogs)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
a dash of Ginger powder
1 level tablespoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
a pinch of garlic powder
a dash of Mrs Dash Original or Garlic and Herbs powder
a little dash of cayenne pepper (okay… a spritz! LOL! )
(3) cans of Guinness Stout Beer
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons butter

Combine the seasonings with the ground meat (everything together should total about 2 pounds), and regrind the mixture (this helps to get everything well blended). Refrigerate overnight.

Remember to put one of the cans of Guinness in the refrigerator with the sausage.

The next day, test the flavor by frying a small patty, and adjusting the seasoning if that seems necessary.

Now, since I’m lucky enough to have that KitchenAide Monster with the sausage stuffer… I use casings to create “Wabbit Winks” (again, I take no credit for the vast imagination of a little kid).

I dump (2) cans of Guinness in a small pot and toss minced garlic in. Turn the burner up to low boil and then toss in the links. Let them low boil for about 5 minutes and then reduce the heat until they just simmer for about 30 minutes.

Once they’ve simmered in “Leprechaun Pee” for a while, take them out and then brown them in a skillet with a couple of pats of butter.

Serve up with a pile of scrambled  eggs and some sourdough toast. Wash it down with that remaining Guinness that guarded the meat in the refrigerator.

That’s some good eating, there, boy!

the-lexinator

 

Many of us dream about getting away from it all to some remote location or even (gasp!) a deserted island. But they aren’t making more real estate and what’s available is getting more and more expensive…

Until now.

This could be one of the coolest “fallback” or “bug-out” locations EVER.

If you have $228,000 (USD) burning a hole in your pocket, you can buy your own island off the coast of Ireland.

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That’s right. The asking price is less than $2,500.00 (USD) an acre. This lush, green private island is on the market for less than the average UK home price.

Inishdooney Island is a 94 acre island located off the northwest of Northern Ireland and is a part of a string of four islands. It’s completely uninhabited land.

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But, don’t let that scare you off. The island lies three miles off the mainland of County Donegal and includes all the things that island seekers have on their checklist;

  • scenic homesites that rival the most picturesque you’ve ever seen,
  • enchanting ruins to inspire your imagination and creativity,
  • rolling graze perfect for agriculture or livestock,
  • secluded harbors,
  • a stunning freshwater pond,
  • tunnel caves and, of course,
  • pebble beaches.

There are no buildings on the island, which is only accessible by boat or helicopter when weather conditions are suitable.

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The island is currently on sale with a guide price of £140,000 –  around £50,000 lower than the average home price in the UK.

Pedro Arez of Vladi Private Islands, who have listed the island, said;

This is a very exciting private island. It’s in a very remote area and can only be accessed by boat or helicopter when the weather conditions are right. It contains the ruins of old buildings and a freshwater pond which is perfect for people wanting to keep livestock on the island.

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The listing agent goes on to say;

Nature lovers will feel right at home on Inishdooey Island. People who travel to the island will have a real adventure.

Would you buy it if you had the money?

I would… in a heartbeat.

Sure, you’d need to build infrastructure and plant some trees. But that hard work would pay off, in spades. I’d make this island the FIRST Irish ISBU Colony. (Provided, of course, I could get the boxes to the island cost-effectively.)

If I had to, I’d land those boxes on the island “like the invasion of Normandy”.  Storm the beaches with them and then drag them (on trollies) to wherever you needed them by tractor. ;)

(Now, I’m sure that this won’t come as a shock to most of my readers, but I’m admittedly partial to blonde Southern girls with curves that go on for miles… but… have you ever seen Irish girls? I tell you, they’re about the most beautiful women on the planet. Fair skin. Red hair. Hard working, hard loving and fiery. I’d just import a bunch of those curvy Celtic lovelies to sing me to sleep every night.)

You can learn more about this island property, HERE.

My thanks to Alan Amend for pointing this gem out to me.

the-lexinator

 

Montana Mountain Dreaming…

Posted: September 13, 2014 by itsmrlexx2you in Bug Out Bunkers, Bunkers, Cabins, Home Preparedness

I’ve  been traveling a lot lately.

When you’re  away from home, you dream about returning. At least I do. For many years, leaving meant just that… “leaving”.

You might make it home, you might not. You just played it hard and hoped that the stars all stayed in alignment.

Lately, I’m spending more and more time in the mountains thinking about a place so far back in the woods that the only noise you hear is the creek flowing and the trees rustling as the elk move through them.

You know, one of those places where you sit out on the deck with an old guitar in your lap and a mason jar full of frosty cold adult libations on the table.  You know, a “this is MINE” place.

Rustic Mountain HomeIt’s easy to think about settling down and focusing on pretty girls in the yard and growing things…. like kids, crops and cattle.

We’re at a turning point in American History. In my travels, I’m hearing about “America redefined” as others look in and see the rot in the core of the apple getting larger and larger. Friends we relied on for decades are becoming indifferent as policies in administrations turn friends into foes.

We used to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Now, we live in the land of legislation that consumes freedoms and liberties with a pen stroke and the Brave stand in lines waiting for medical care at VA Hospitals that care more about paperwork and politics than patients.

So, I’m just going to carve out a place where I can go decompress as the Angus graze and the tomatoes grow tall and strong.

I mean, otherwise… we aren’t gonna have anything to cook in the kitchen.

Rustic Kitchen Concept Have you thought about what you’ll do when push comes to shove?

What do you do when it all starts to unravel?

What will your kids do when they need milk or eggs and have no idea where they really come from?

Can you bake bread? Grow beans? Milk a cow? Build a stone wall? Fix a roof?

Jobs are disappearing as fast as the Rights and Liberties that American Citizens used  to hold dear.

The economy is falling faster than Obama’s approval rating.

Something has to give. Something has to break. If you’re not asking questions, it might just be YOU that breaks next.

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Readers of The Bubba Effect know that we love Mogs. The Unimog is a Mercedes on Steroids. Combine German Tech with a need for the outdoors and you have a winner…

Or, so we thought, until we saw this:

It’s called the KiraVan.

KiraVan
An inventor named Bran Ferren developed the Kiravan (named after his daughter) as a mobile learning lab for scientists and film crews. The RV allows scientific crews to go places they couldn’t go before, at a level of luxury that is quite frankly, astounding.

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And if you’re  thinking that the KiraVan looks like a Mog, you’d be absolutely right. If you combined a Mog with Godzilla, you’d get a KiraVan.

You see, the KiraVan is a hybrid. Not in the traditional sense, as you’re not gonna get terrific fuel mileage out of this beast. As Mog fans, we’re well acquainted with the front end of this beast. You’re gonna be lucky to get 12 mpg, if you’re REAL lucky. It sucks down fuel like a Starship…

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What you are gonna get is one part Unimog and one part fifth-wheel camper.

From the grille back, the KiraVan is a heavily tweaked Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck chassis with a four-door cabin powered by a 260-horsepower/700lb-ft of torque six-cylinder turbodiesel. This combo will pull an “elephant through the eye of a needle” but it won’t do it with fuel efficiency in mind.

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From the hitch back, this RV is LUXURY at it’s best. An articulated 52′ foot trailer is decked out like a luxury sailing ship suite. You get sleeping berths, a full kitchen, two computer workstations, a bathroom, a private area solely for Kira’s systems and operations, and even a tricked out turbodiesel KiraBike (which Ferren also built) that is located on a rear lift.

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This beast is going to take up a few  parking spaces at Walmart, but it isn’t challenged by rough roads. If the road turns to rubble, the  driver can send power to the trailer’s rear wheels allowing 6×6 operation at speeds approaching 25mph.

Like most luxury RV’s, the KiraVan has all the gadgets. You’ll find a media server/library, global 3D GPS location and navigation devices and even a recon drone for those  times when you wanna see “the  Smokies” before they see you.

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And once you set out on your adventure,  you’re not gonna have to worry about making a lot of unnecessary stops. The KiraVan sports 170 gallon diesel fuel tanks that will get you into the 2,000 mile range zone before you have to start thinking about melting your gas card in a fuel pump.

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Seriously, you could  drive from Los Angeles, CA to Mobile, Alabama without stopping for gas. Okay, that’s IF you wanted to drive to Mobile, Alabama in the first place.

There’s enough storage for food and drink to allow three people to live inside her for three weeks without running low on Gatorade or Beef Jerky.

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She’s an impressive beast, but I’ll warn you now;

“If you have to ask the price… You can’t afford it.”

The builder gave it to his daughter, so you’re not  going to see it on the market any time soon.

the-lexinator Image Credits: http://www.boldride.com