Monday miscellany

→ I was recently interviewed by (20 million + visitors per month), this will be a two-part interview with the second part scheduled for publication later this week. You can read part one here “Prepper interview – meet M. D. Creekmore” – please feel free to leave a comment on the site or share your thoughts in the comments below…

→ One in Three Young U.S. Workers Are Underemployed: Thirty-two percent of 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. workforce were underemployed in April, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment. This is up from 30.1% in March and is slightly higher than the 30.7% of a year ago. This must be a result of the economic recovery we’ve been hearing about from the Obama Administration and the media…

→ And this must be another indicator that we are in recovery from our economic wows – The Real Unemployment Rate: 22%−Not 8.1% and yet another The Economy Is Muddling Along a Cliff’s Edge. I don’t know about you but I’m feeling more optimistic already… 🙄

→ Baby, 18 months old, ordered off plane at Fort Lauderdale airport: Eighteen-month-old baby Riyanna has been called a lot of things: cute, adorable and now … a suspected terrorist. I feel safer already know that the TSA is hard at work and doing their part in the war on terrorism. :airplane:

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. I am assuming that Monday Miscellany means that anything goes. Hope that I am rite cause here it goes. I am sure some of you have read that my car broke. Well, when my husband met me to pay the mechanic his truck broke. Needless to say we had terrible luck last week. I am tired of feeling worn down and mad, so this week I am going to pick myself dust off and get down to business!! We are in for some wonderful weather here in western Michigan this week and I’m going to get motivated!! Garden is already in and doing well, but my flower beds need help. New attitude and good mood are going to make a successful week. If anyone else has had a not so good week last week, let me inspire you. Get out in that garage and clean up, get those gardens moving, clear out some of that extra space outside for an herb garden. Do something creative. I will be updating more on my ambitious plan this week. So, get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and get something done!

    • Buuurr in Ohio says:

      Garage cleaned and organized – garage – check!

      Garden planted and more to come (Home Depot has some awesome eggplant pots for $3) – garden – check!

      Wrote my wife a personal Mother’s Day card – creative – check!

      Herb garden down about a month now – herb garden- check!

      Doing stuff – check!

      • Buuurr in Ohio!
        Great job. Proud of you. Dont it feel good! I managed to break the sod in a new flower bed today. Post office called and only one more step before final interview! Spent 8 hours working in the yard and now have a hefty sun burn to show, but I needed the color. All flower beds cleaned out and waiting for new mulch. Feeling good! Tomorrow is a new day and hope to accomplish even more (if I can move). Going to try to sneak a few herbs in between flowers. Keep the momentum! Just love my pack.

        • charliebuck says:

          Ammie,sorry to hear about your vehicles.Good luck at your interview,hope you get the job you want!Be Safe and God Bless You!!

    • My heart goes out to you and your family , Its hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel when you have bad luck events pile up on you . Hang in there ( we dont have a choice on that ) and attitude does make a difference ……….not sayin its easy .

      • Buuurr in Ohio says:

        Bad events do suck and as seen with Ammie they do all happen together. Four months ago my wife lost her job in Ohio and we travelled to her hometown in Oregon where we had her father lose it and threatened us with violence, a landowner (that wasn’t the owner – son) threatened us with violence and so we decided that we should move to Arizona and do the earth house thing. She landed an awesome job there that she would have loved but the benefits costs the equivalent of a new car every year so she had to opt out. We applied to every state with no return on effort (even the North Dakota oilfields for me) for five more months. All the while our house isn’t selling and our savings are being eaten and we have a child that we were not having homeless. So… we decided to head back home to Ohio, where looking back, everything came so easy and we praised God for when it did. She put her resume up on Monster as we left for Ohio (after having seen The Grand Canyon and pretty much all the Pacific Northwest and Southwest had to offer) and the phone rang so much on the four day car trip that she had to turn it off because the people offering jobs were stacking up so fast that she couldn’t keep track of who was who and what was what. Long story short we got back here and within the week she had a job that offered her a $15K increase over her last AND is more laid back. We still have our house and everything is going as easy as ever where clearly God wants us.

        Basically what I am saying is take the tests in stride and you’ll come out on top every time.

        • Buuurr in Ohio says:

          Sorry.. Four months ago should read ‘eleven months ago…’

          • So glad that everything worked out well for you. God does have a way of helping us thru these times and I think he has given me this wonderful weather so that I can be thankful for what I already have! I am watching a humming bird on a new feeder, oreoles have been visiting on and off all day. I know that better things are in store for us. It’s nice to be reminded now and then. Thank you.

      • Thanks T.R. It will all be ok at the end of the day. Thanks for the pep talk.

  2. Prudent says:

    OHUUUU Rah Ma-am! I got outside this morning and my Garlic and onion are up! The blueberry bushes ‘took’ and my Tomatos (Roma and
    Burgundy) are popping buds.

    Hint for the day everybody probly already knows: Get a large sack of ‘freash’ garlic bulbs. break apart and cover with 2 inchs of clean dirt. water lightly each day. let green to out at 8 to 12 inchs and clip off at 5 inchs and add these to your Wok or salad or tuna or beans…….. its galic for sure… but the ‘greens’ lend a taste that is better tasted than talked about.

    This is a tip from my Lebonese Barber! (did I spelk that rite?)

  3. Prudent says:

    Gawd… I just read what I just wrote….. to much Coffee!

  4. JP in MT says:

    Got an email showing that under the new Health Care Act, Medicare premiums are going to go from about $97/mo to $247/mo in 2014.

    What do they think will happen to the economy when everyone on Medicare looses $150 in buying power per month?

    • George is Learning says:

      you wont hear this in any main stream news or even from either party.

      • axelsteve says:

        one of the reasons healthcare is so expensive is from illegal immagration. Every time a treated illegal does not pay it means that we pay for it in some way. They are robbing peter to pay pablo.

        • worrisome says:

          This is especially true here in California Axel! Couldn’t agree with you more!

          • axelsteve says:

            worrisome. I live in northern calif andI see it all the time.My wife crashed her new bike and injured her knee. I jokingly told her to tell the doctor that she is maria Mendoza and no speakio englisho.

    • mountain lady says:

      And you know this has to come out of the food budget. That will put me at about 100 a month for food. My free health insurance already costs 300 a month. Pray that the supremes have the common sense to see that this is wrong.

    • I’ve lost $900/month in buying power since universal health care went into effect in Mass. Let me tell you, I live in a whole other world than I used to. And if SCOTUS doesn’t stop it, everybody else in America is going to join me.

      • Gwen,
        My DD goes to college in MA and the only thing I can think of when I hear that place mentioned is “expensive”. Our reasonably good family insurance wasn’t deemed good enough, so we also had to pick up the health insurance offered by the school. Basic food costs 2-3 times what it costs around here. Don’t know how you all even get by.

        • recoveringidiot says:

          OP, my niece is in Med school at Harvard, her parents are going broke trying to keep her there even with great scholarships because of the high cost of living. They think she will have a half million in debt when she finishes! No wonder health care costs are going out of sight.

    • This is after the statement that the health care law would have not effect on Medicare recepients. Then they announced they were pulling 500 million from the Medicare Advantage program to cut down on Medicare fraud. Then our Medicare supplement insurance premium bill came in with a forty percent increase in premium with no COLA last year and then this January they raised it another forty percent. Yesterday we got a letter from Liberty who supplies our diabetic testing supplies that state the government was cutting back on the amount of testing supplies and sent a form for our doctor to fill out requesting back up testing and assurances that we really did need to test more than once a day. The final capper came when they included the statement from the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services. All of these years it has been the Center for Medicare Services and I tried to tell people they were planning on making Medicare recepients pay for the welfare parasites on Medicaid also when they promised aid to the states to help pay the burden imposed by the Health care act and they did not believe me. I think this is enough proof for the naysayers. Yes, indeed your Medicare Part B Premium will rise drastically but if you think that going from 97 dollars to 247 in 2014 is rough, just wait till you find that 247 dollars is not the end result. Tack another amount on that until you reach around 700 dollars because that is what it will take to cover Medicaid along with Medicare and we are the suckers who are going to pay for that extra 13,000 new IRS agents and that 500,000 additional DHS agents that are coming up (Obama’s private army he told you about because the US military will not fire on American citizens)/

  5. George is Learning says:

    I agree with stand your ground unless you follow or in anyway instigate. being a neighborhood watchman is fine but you need to be unarmed if you plan on following people around and playing police officer. If you want to follow folks around, question them and have a gun, you need to be a cop.
    If your walking down the street and someone starts hitting you and you have done nothing, then by all means 3 rnds to the chest then call the cops.
    my monday miscelleny

    • I can’t speak for other states but in North Carolina you have a duty to retreat from a life threatening situation (unless you are in your home). If you attempt to retreat and are unsuccesful then and only then can you use deadly force. No duty to retreat in your home.

      Maybe I misunderstood but I thought that was the real difference between “stand your ground states” vs. “non”

  6. riverrider says:

    virginia considered the law too, until the trayvon thing.

    • I think the Pilot business with the cover up on the reporters had something to do with it also.

      • riverrider says:

        h, i think that came after, but i’m sure it reinforced their fears. the LAWS of va. say you can stand your ground AND protect your property, its CASE LAW (illegal judicial proclamations) that put us in peril for defending whats ours be that life or property. judges are supposed to apply the laws, not make new ones.

        • village idiot says:

          river, and agressive prosecutors who want to make a name for themselves, and consistently overcharge people. Like they did in the Casey Anthony case.

      • worrisome says:

        I think it is time that the ACLU and such start some law suits for us caucasion americans. Racism cuts both ways.

  7. Great article MD .
    AZ may have some pretty bleak landscape , but so far our laws are still good . One thing that needs to be mentioned is that a person can re train themselves to be more employable . Im in my 40s and have career burn out , doing the same job for over 26 + years has served it purpose but now its time to move on , Im going back to school for something totally different , culinary school . Im excited , point is , dont let anybody tell you that your too old to do something else , and dont let anybody tell you to give up your dreams , they are full of shit .Now about the T*swastika*A , They and all the other departments of government need to go away ! ………Period . Ron Paul is the only candidate with a real America saving plan . I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that was a manipulation of Obamas famous red white and blue portrait poster , it said Mosin-Nagant 2012 and had obamas face in cross hairs when you looked closely , I had to laugh ………and hope 😉

    • axelsteve says:

      My friends wife opend a greek resturaunt after my friend retired and they seem to be having the time of there lives.

  8. Hey MD ,
    I like your print options that you have on this site , good thinking .
    Im on a Mac , and that allows me to print anything I see to a PDF , weather or not a site is set up for that , im glad you provided a way for those not on OSX to do so . Thank you .

  9. Kelekona says:

    I imagine that the lack of apology from the TSA
    was from just pure embarrassment
    that not only was their hoodoo selection process wrong
    or it was a case of mistaken identity,
    but that they blindly followed it
    and it took a half hour to realize or be told
    that an 18-month old doesn’t singularly present a risk.
    Can we please have someone with a brain overseeing these matters?

    BTW, I’m still a little confused about what stand your ground allows, whether there are different rules inside and outside your own house, and what you’re supposed to do if you’re in an area without stand your ground laws.

    • Kelekona,

      Basically, the “stand your ground” law allows you do defend yourself wherever you legally are (your home, car, sidewalk etc.) without having a duty to retreat (run away). Without the law, if someone is trying to harm you and you kill them and later it is shown that you could have ran away from them then you could be convicted.

      • Ohio has the Castle Doctrine, which is essentially stand your ground while in your residence or vehicle, where your residence may also be considered an RV, tent, or hotel room. We do however also have a set of self defense criteria that include not instigating the incident, and that use of lethal force requires that you had a sincere belief that you were in threat of serious bodily harm or death. Wherever you live, make sure you know your laws on the use of force, especially lethal force.

        • OhioPrepper,

          I think no matter where you live, you have to be in imminent fear of death or serious bodily harm, before you’re justified in using deadly force. Then you use that force only to stop the attack not to kill the attacker. It can get complicated, for example; you’re attacked and shot in the gut you return fire hitting your attacker dropping him to the ground and his gun falls out of his reach, you shoot him again and you will probably be facing murder charges because he was no longer a threat when the final shot was fired…

          Or you are attacked and shot in the gut, you return fire and your attackers turns and runs away and you continue firing hitting and killing your attacker. Since he had stopped the attack even after gut shooting you he was technically no longer a threat and you will probably be charged with murder…

          • Buuurr in Ohio says:

            Last I looked our Castle Law was updated to make it easier for defending yourself in your home in Ohio. I did my conceal and carry course last May and back then we were taught by a state official what we were to do in a home invasion scenario. He clearly pointed out that we were to stop the attack and how to do that. His exact words (and even a demonstration) were that we were to shoot the prep twice. If he was down we were to approach him or her and make sure they were not a threat. We were told to call 911 and not to say anything but our address and hang up. He then said to have a family member call a gun lawyer (he gave us numbers) and keep the prep covered. If he moved. He stated to put a third round into the prep.

            I don’t recommend any of the above. I would never tell anyone how to act in any given situation because it is their life not mine. But from what I was taught and what you are saying, Creekmore, there is a big difference. Gun laws here in Ohio are getting more and more to the favor of the defending despite media efforts and looking at the news many people are more and more successfully defending themselves in their homes here in Ohio.

            The laws of individual states need to be clear to gun owners. You need to read up on your state laws and know them to the letter. Discussion is fine but the law is all that matters if you have to defend yourself AFTER defending yourself.

          • Buuurr in Ohio says:

            ‘perp’… ‘perp’! Why can’t I ever spell that right?!

  10. Off topic, sorry, but I am desperately trying to find a good field guide to edible plants and have not had a lot of luck. I’ve looked on amazon at several but reviews are so mixed that I am getting confused. I would be looking at plants for really in Central US, not sure how much more detailed about location I need to be when it comes to plants. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Prudent says:

    Hey MD… I found that site with the “urban preppers survival tool.” The modified prybar thangy. Nice Idea…. large pry bar with a cutting edge and handles installed in you own home. All you need is a grinder and a drill motor and 8 inchs of hard wood.

  12. Off topic, but maybe somebody here can invent an under-chassis trap for these thieves! This economy sure is bringing out the creativity in people, lol!

  13. SurvivorDan says:

    Like the article about you so far M.D.

    You’re the best face to represent sane (well, I’m mostly sane) preppers.
    I haven’t found a prepper’s site that consistently stays on topic and supplies so much great info thanks to you and your knowledgeable WolfPack.
    I defy any outsider to examine your interaction with folks, commenting on the blog, that would make you come across as anything but knowledgeable, helpful and reasonable.
    Looking forward to reading the rest of the interview.

  14. well heres my good monday news, my big sister scored 50 cases of chunky peanut butter and she only gave me 2 cases that 24 jars. i shouldnt complain she shared with all 8 of her siblings and parents

    • Great score!! I have a wonderful peanutbutter cookie recipe if you’re interested.
      1cup peanut butter
      1cup sugar
      scoop dough with teaspoon and cross hatch with fork. Bake at 350 8 minutes and voala! The best peanut butter cookies ever. You may have to adjust time after first batch. This is my husband’s favorite cookie. Enjoy.

  15. Kelekona says:

    I was tooling around the web and found a recipe for a facial cleanser that uses sunflower oil and castor oil. I’m not sure how long the individual oils stay fresh, but castor oil seems like a good thing to keep around because I think it can be used to induce vomiting.

    There is also some free pantry-management software at I don’t care for it, but someone else may find it useful. (I’m going to hold out for phone-upgrade time because then I can just scan barcodes.)

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