Website of the week

Continuing on the preparedness theme, not long ago, I came across an interesting link over at BGG’s place. Since then, I’ve spent quite a bit more time looking at the different pages, and realizing the gaps in my own personal preparedness plan. The proprietor of the site explains it this way:

Our goal has been to make this web site a complete, illustrated survival guide for the New Millennium. The text and photos on this site should be enough to convince you of two things: (1) Preparation for future catastrophes is necessary; and (2) it should be obvious that I take the self-reliant lifestyle seriously. What is presented on this site is not an exercise in theoretical concepts, but rather the representation of what we do ourselves.

Those of you who are prepared can survive power outages, unemployment, and natural disasters. In the event of civil disobedience, or the alternative (or corollary?), Martial Law, you won’t have to go out of the house for supplies. You will be ready for most anything.

And, with that introduction, it is my pleasure to present this selection for Website of the Week:

Miles Stair’s ETR–A Guide to Self-reliant Living. Enjoy.


Be prepared

New Orleans artist Vivian Westerman, 64, needed two things to prepare for the next storm season:

“I got a 6,000-watt generator and the cutest little Smith & Wesson, snub-nose .38 you ever saw.”

The number of permits issued to carry concealed weapons is running twice as high as it was before Katrina – this, in a city with only about half its pre-storm population of around 450,000. Attendance at firearms classes and hours logged at shooting ranges also are up, according to the gun industry.

Gun dealers who saw sales shoot up during the chaotic few months after Katrina say that sales are still brisk, and that the customers are a cross-section of the population – doctors, lawyers, bankers, artists, laborers, stay-at-home moms.

“People are in fear of their lives. They’re looking for ways to feel safe again,” said Mike Roniger, manager of Gretna Gunworks in Jefferson Parish.

Citizens, the tourism industry, police and politicians officials have been alarmed by the wave of killings in New Orleans, with 162 in 2006 and 37 so far this year. A Tulane University study put the city’s 2006 homicide rate at 96 slayings per 100,000 people, the highest in the nation.


Ms. Westerman added, “I’m a marksman now. I know what I’m doing. There are a lot of us. The girl next door is a crack shot.”


Are you prepared? Do you need training? Click here for a NRA firearms safety course near you, or call NRA Training Department at 703-267-1430.

President Bush cowboys up

THE PRESIDENT: Today I’m joined here at the White House by veterans, family members of people serving in combat, family members of those who have sacrificed. I am honored that they have joined me here today.


Here in Washington, members of both parties recognize that our most solemn responsibility is to support our troops in the war on terror. Yet, today, a narrow majority in the House of Representatives abdicated its responsibility by passing a war spending bill that has no chance of becoming law, and brings us no closer to getting our troops the resources they need to do their job.


The purpose of the emergency war spending bill I requested was to provide our troops with vital funding. Instead, Democrats in the House, in an act of political theater, voted to substitute their judgment for that of our military commanders on the ground in Iraq. They set rigid restrictions that will require an army of lawyers to interpret. They set an arbitrary date for withdrawal without regard for conditions on the ground. And they tacked on billions for pet projects that have nothing to do with winning the war on terror. This bill has too much pork, too many conditions and an artificial timetable for withdrawal.


As I have made clear for weeks, I will veto it if it comes to my desk. And because the vote in the House was so close, it is clear that my veto would be sustained. Today’s action in the House does only one thing: it delays the delivering of vital resources for our troops. A narrow majority has decided to take this course, just as General Petraeus and his troops are carrying out a new strategy to help the Iraqis secure their capital city.


Amid the real challenges in Iraq, we’re beginning to see some signs of progress. Yet, to score political points, the Democratic majority in the House has shown it is willing to undermine the gains our troops are making on the ground.


Democrats want to make clear that they oppose the war in Iraq. They have made their point. For some, that is not enough. These Democrats believe that the longer they can delay funding for our troops, the more likely they are to force me to accept restrictions on our commanders, an artificial timetable for withdrawal, and their pet spending projects. This is not going to happen. Our men and women in uniform need these emergency war funds. The Secretary of Defense has warned that if Congress does not approve the emergency funding for our troops by April the 15th, our men and women in uniform will face significant disruptions, and so would their families.


The Democrats have sent their message, now it’s time to send their money. This is an important moment — a decision for the new leaders in Congress. Our men in women in uniform should not have to worry that politicians in Washington will deny them the funds and the flexibility they need to win. Congress needs to send me a clean bill that I can sign without delay. I expect Congress to do its duty and to fund our troops, and so do the American people — and so do the good men and women standing with me here today.


Thank you for your time.

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