Ghostrider 7

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About Ghostrider 7

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    Married with two kids; Retired from Army after 22 years; Currently helping Army School's on what they should train technically and how they should train.
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    Small Homesteading, Fishing, Dogs, Football, Gardening, Mechanical things.
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    Training Specialist for Army
  1. I have a friend who has a fairly large sailboat with an auxiliary motor. His plans are to head down the river to the Bay. Its a little bit of distance but he figures he can make good time. The river is fairly wide in most places, sometimes up to 5 miles. He figures he can live off the water for as long as he needs to. Has a "watermaker" that converts saltwater to freshwater. Says he has enough supplies to last 6 months for him, his wife and their son. He is trying to talk me into looking at boats as well. Problem is, I have NO idea about sailing. LOL. And big waves aint my friend! Still, excellent idea to look at bugging out of your AO by water, as long as you have a place to go. Living off the land and traveling by kayak means you have to stay on the river.
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    Welcome to the forums 2023! Im sure your wood working skills will work well for you.
  3. About damn time! At least it is a start. Now if they can hurry along his execution...
  4. Just finished pulling the Zucchini , squash and cucumber plants from the garden. All I have left right now are tomatoes and beans. They have been producing since mid June and are still going strong. On a sidenote, I have a friend who works at a grocery store. They have some high speed compost system that turns produce into compost VERY quickly. She is bringing two truckloads over this weekend. Talk about gold!!!
  5. Another great site is‎ My grandparents have had one of their pumps for years and swear by it. Snake is right on the depth. Just keep in mind that your well is probably much deeper than 25-30 foot. You are probably seeing the static water level (the depth from the ground to the top of the water). As long as there is enough water (I think I read somewhere at least 5 gpm) to maintain that static water level, a shallow well handpump should be fine.
  6. Has anyone seen these before? I was browsing around for cistern ideas and saw these. Would work well for those that are short of space (urban environment) or maybe put under your sub-floor. A little expensive but other than oxygen, water is the most important resource you need. Thoughts? 1. Volume: The volume capacity of each WaterBrick is 3.5 gallons or 1.6 gallons for the half size. However, when filling these water and food storage containers, one should assume a volume loss of approximately 2.67% due to the structural design elements. 2. Cleaning: Simply use a quarter cup of bleach with one cup of water and pour inside the WaterBrick, tighten lid; then, shake back and forth for a few minutes. When completed, thoroughly rinse out the contents and let dry. If you feel it is necessary to clean the lid and gasket, remove both and wash. However, make sure when replacing gasket that the gasket's "flap" edge is directed outbound. 3. Filling: When filling these plastic water containers, make sure you completely dry the container, especially the "treaded" area of its neck and cap. Once completed, lay the container on a dry paper towel and let sit long enough to see if there are any leaks before stowing away. 4. Water Storage: For short and long term water storage, it is recommended that you add a water preservative. Aquabarrel does not offer chemicals for treating storage water at this time.Visit the American Red Cross web site for details on how to store water properly. 5. Stacking: Although WaterBricks, when filled, are designed to be cross stacked up to 5 feet in height for storage purposes, we strongly recommend that the average person not exceed 4 feet in stacking height or beyond one's own ability to handle safely. Food Storage: If you are using WaterBrick as food storage containers and are applying oxygen absorbers to deplete the air inside, make sure you first remove the gasket from inside the cap and cut a 1 inch slit in the middle of the gasket to allow the depletion of air within the container. Ice Blocks: If you want to freeze WaterBricks, do NOT fill the WaterBrick to the very top of the container. Water expands as it freezes and will cause the WaterBrick to distort from it's normal straight sided shape. This expansion will cause damage and void any warranty. Therefore, when filling, your water level should be NO HIGHER than the top of the male locking lug which is just below the WaterBrick logo on the container.
  7. Talk about due process, whatever happened to due process for the VICTIMS??? It’s absolutely criminal that it’s been almost FOUR years since this POS murdered 13 people and wounded 30!!! The Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies have classified the shootings as an act of workplace violence. They have declined requests from survivors and family members of the slain to categorize it as act of terrorism, or motivated by militant Islamic religious convictions. Talk about a slap in the face! Usually I try and not get too worked up over things but this really chaps my behind.
  8. Major, I started getting into gardening a few years back but still consider myself something of a novice. This year, I decided to go with raised bed gardening. I can’t even begin to tell you the difference it makes!!! It was a little expensive getting started. The concrete blocks weren’t that expensive but the wire cloth for underneath the beds and the dirt (my acreage is mostly sandy) cost a little. I think I spent around $700 total for everything to get five 4'x15' beds. I had zero issues with critters this year. Deer, voles, rabbits, etc... were within 15-20 feet of the garden and didn’t touch it. Of course planting marigolds and onions around it helped alot. We’ve canned enough vegetables to last us until next spring while enjoying it as well. Shoot, we gave away TONS of zucchini, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers to friends. As far as ants being in the garden, I think they actually helped me some. It seemed like bees were in short supply this year and the ants helped pollinate some of my veggies. My mom and grandma always used white vinegar to rid ants in the garden. Pour some down in the hole and then around your plants. Grandma also said that back in the day boiling water used to help control them as well. They would come back after a few weeks and she would do it again. Hope this helps.
  9. Here is Central VA handguns are showing up. Prices are still higher than what they were. Ammunition is still extremely hard to come by. Wal-Mart usually has target rounds for 12/20 gauge so that helps out. Rifle and handgun ammo is non-existent in 95% of the usual places. There is a small Mom & Pop sporting goods store that has it but at limited quantities and absurd prices. Even .22 ammo is hard to find. Hope this ends soon.
  10. Like I said in my previous post, I agree with you on some issues. I am a Christian and have been so my entire life. I try and look at different sides of issues so I can better understand how “others” think and that that helps me formulate plans. Im not arguing the moral rightness or wrongness of us being in other countries for whatever reason and I don’t believe that was in my response above. Suffice it to say that when our troops are deployed to wherever they are, I will support them 100%. In some ways I agree with you on the money would have been better spent on our own infrastructure; but do you REALLY think that Congress would have allocated that funding there? I don’t! The social programs this country is funding would have gotten that money. If we have agreements with neighbors/like-minded individuals to assist in the time of need (as I assume some/most of us do), I look at agreements with other countries the same way. Looking at history, mankind always has conflicts going on. To circle our wagons and be introspective means we wont know whats going on in certain regions; we are not reliable allies; we limit exports and imports both; and we limit our ability to defend ourselves. Maybe I didnt clarify what I meant, I dont want to get into Theological arguments so I will try and keep it brief and give just a small sampling of things weve talked over in my Church. Please keep in mind that the languages used years ago are subject to interpretation. IMO ALL people can justify to themselves what they believe. Its just human nature. The Holy Bible is considered by many the infallible word of God. It was not just written by man, but rather written by God through man. Some verses that seem to contradict each other are: Exodus 20:13 "Thou shalt not kill." Leviticus 24:17 "And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death." vs. Exodus 32:27 "Thus sayeth the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, . . . and slay every man his brother, . . . companion, . . . neighbor." I Samuel 15:2,3,7,8 "Thus saith the Lord . . . Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. . . . And Saul smote the Amalekites . . . and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword." Exodus 20:15 "Thou shalt not steal." Leviticus 19:13 "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him." vs. Exodus 3:22 "And ye shall spoil the Egyptians." Luke 19:29-34 "[Jesus] sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village . . . ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. . . . And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him." Leviticus 25:45-46 "Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, . . . and they shall be your possession . . . they shall be your bondmen forever." Exodus 21:2,7 "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. . . . And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the manservants do." Joel 3:8 "And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it." vs. Isaiah 58:6 "Undo the heavy burdens . . . let the oppressed go free, . . . break every yoke." Matthew 23:10 "Neither be ye called Masters: for one is your Master, even Christ." Romans 15:33 "The God of peace." Isaiah 2:4 ". . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." vs. Exodus 15:3 "The Lord is a man of war." Joel 3:9-10 "Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong." The Koran was not written by one man; Muslim scholars say that the Koran is the word of God spoken from the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. It was delivered orally and that’s how Muhammad had his followers record it (by memorization). It wasn’t until many years later that he had them put in to paper. Also, I might add that Muhammad couldn’t read or write. So yes, the Koran was orally given by one man but not written by one. The Koran can be interpreted many ways. That’s why there are so many religious conflicts going on in the Middle East. You also state that you cant practice a different religion being in a Muslim society. I know for a fact that there are “Christian Districts” as we called them in a few of the bigger cities in Iraq. They were in the minority but they were able to practice openly. That’s not the fact everywhere but it does exist. Also, knowing quite a few Muslims, for the most part they are very friendly, peaceful and aren’t trying to kill you. Ive known the other kind as well. I didn’t want this to be too long but I did want to clarify what I posted previously.
  11. Danm, I love the trench method for killing ducks and geese. I never thought about that. Im going to try it later on this month at the lake. Just digging the trench and observing of course. I agree with you on the 12 ga and would submit that a 20 ga works just as well, especially for women, children and smaller stature men. Even with 12 ga ammo being more prevalent I think 20 ga has come into the main stream. My 12 year old has one and he absolutley LOVES it. My 20 ga is a bit too long for him. A little off topic but their is plenty of 20/12 ga target at Wally-world. Its pretty damn cheap and keeps us both sharp. Ive been taking him out in the woods and showing him how to snare small game. We go fishing once or twice a month. The reason I retired from the Army was to spend more time with the kids and I couldnt be happier. I firlmy believe in passing on hard won knowledge and skills to your kids and any that want to learn.
  12. Hmmm, definitely food for thought. I agree with some of what you said Snake. The penal system needs revamped something serious. Texas has it right IMO; line em up and execute them. Even as “progressive” as TX is, it still takes WAY to long for justice to be served. With the political fight always raging between State rights and Federal rights, this issue will not be solved anytime soon. I firmly believe that if you are convicted on hard evidence by a jury of your peers for murder, you should be given three days to reflect, pray, say your goodbyes and then be hung or shot. Alas, that isn’t the law and I doubt it ever will be. With that being said, according to our laws, he did not murder anyone, he just attempted it. It sucks that we as tax payers will have to pay to incarcerate this POS for the rest of his life. Hopefully someone in prison takes care of that issue. But, the law was followed. Judge Williams spoke eloquently about what America stands for and why we are so maligned when he said “You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not-----, you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice… We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake, though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.” I don’t doubt that some military units are trying to “win hearts and minds” over in Afghanistan and Iraq but our Soldiers DO have that killer instinct. It takes both methods with a few more thrown in there in my experience. Ive spent more years in both countries than I want to reflect. Weve caught and imprisoned “civilians” in Iraq who were implacing IED’s. More than a few of them were just trying to feed their families. Im not saying its right, but it is a difficult issue. If your family was starving and someone offered you $100 American dollars to place a bomb on the side of a road, what would you do? Just asking. Its difficult for me to place myself in that dudes situation. We are extremely blessed to be Americans. The Constitution (which includes The Bill of Rights) set us apart from most countries. Indeed, the 1st Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… There is a reason this is the First Amendment. Ive known many, many Muslims and to categorize them all together is just plain wrong. I don’t want to get into religion so I will keep it as short as possible. The Koran has many discrepancies that seem to contradict each other; however so does the Bible. I love reading the forums and reflecting on the comments.
  13. Not sure who this should go to or where it needs to be posted. With that being said, account name erkangzwi3 needs to be banned from posting in forums. The amount of spam is ridiculous.
  14. Hadnt seen this book on these forums yet. It's an old one, published in the early 20th century. Lots of great ideas even though it seems to ramble on in some areas and readdresses things over and over. Makes me wonder about the publishing back then. LOL. Anyways, enjoy.
  15. Hello all, I finally decided to join after reading the forums over the last 4-5 months. Im retired from the Army after serving for 22 years. Love camping, fishing, shooting, spending time with the family and driving backroads in my truck. I look forward to the dialogue and sharing ideas.