Tuesday miscellany

Score one more for the redoubt of the east: After a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide, Thumbtack.com has released new data showing that small businesses rank Tennessee among the top ten least costly states nationwide for hiring a new employee. According to The Mercatus Center Tennessee ranks #39 for personal freedom out of all states, but they weigh their score heavily on restrictive Marijuana and Gambling laws in the state. But they also acknowledge that Tennessee has Tennessee has the best (least restrictive) gun-control laws in the South (and we have the “stand your ground” law). Personally, I think that the state should perform a major overhaul of laws on homeschooling, and sobriety checkpoints, although, I’ve not seen one of these (check points) in years and have never been stopped at one.

California facing higher $16 billion shortfall: California’s budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion — much larger than had been predicted just months ago — and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday. Isn’t that always the answer spend recklessly untill you’re broke, then force everyone else to pay for it via tax increases.

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops: “Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

Whoopi Goldberg says she is a gun owner and NRA member: Color me shocked… 😯

Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in controversial warning shot case: Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge sentenced a Jacksonville, Florida, woman to 20 years in prison Friday for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband.

Today is the last day to enter our “Review my blog or book and win big” contest – the winner and links to all the reviews will be posted here tomorrow. Below is the full list of books and DVD’s up for grabs with this contest:

  1. How to live on wheat by John Hill
  2. Holding Your Ground by Joe Nobody
  3. Bug Out by Scott B.Williams
  4. Surviving The Economic Collapse by Fernando Ferfal Aguirre
  5. Strategic Relocation by Joel M Skousen
  6. Rancho Costa Nada by Phil Garlington
  7. Grid Down Reality Bites by Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming
  8. Sniper Training and Employment by Department of the Army
  9. Combatives FM 3-25.150 by U.S. Army
  10. Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual by Mykel Hawke
  11. Self-Sufficiency by Abigail R. Gehring
  12. Homesteading  by Abigail R. Gehring
  13. Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method – Skill in Techniques by Bruce Lee and M. Uyehara
  14. Bruce Lee’s fighting Method – Basic Training by Bruce Lee and M. Uyehara
  15. Off The Grid by Nick Rosen
  16. Aircrew Survival by U.S. Air Force
  17. PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman by Tom Forbs
  18. Will To Live by Les Stroud
  19. The Black Science by Haha Lung
  20. Naked Into The Wilderness DVD by John & Geri McPherson
  21. Crash Course DVD by Chris Martenson
  22. Health Myths Exposed Shane Ellison
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  1. JP in MT says:

    California is just the latest and most “local” example. The question is will the Federal Government made California responsible for its spending or all of us?

  2. worrisome says:

    The Feds are already spending here………or rather California is taking advantage of incoming Federal money. The so called high speed railway up the middle of the state made the news this week end, because the state will need “more” Federal money before 2017 or they will lose access to it. The Obama Care exchanges are already set up because it was easy to spend Federal money to set them up, despite the fact that they don’t know if the Supreme Court will over turn the law …. at which point the state will have already spent the money.
    Brown, aka Guv Moonbeam has done a petition to put raising the sales tax on the ballet in November. I think it will probably be voted down.
    Meanwhile they chase their tail in Sacto with meaningless piles of new laws and regulations that do nothing.

    • village idiot says:

      The problem you have in California, worrisome, is that the politicians in Sacto are true believers. They believe that government spending and regulation, with just a little tweaking here and there, will create millions of jobs. To them they just haven’t found the right combination yet, thus the urge to keep trying more and more spending and regulation. They just know it will work. Why? Because quite frankly that was taught to them in school, from primary all the way through college. That’s why the takeover of public education has always been #1 on the list of what Marxists do in an effort to gain or keep control.

      We also have the same problem on the national level, just not to the same degree as some states are led by people with some sense. The national government is more like California, unfortunately.

      • vi,
        It will work if they pass the right laws and start spending money in the right places. They have to forbid people from leaving the state, and then build a border fence between CA and neighboring AZ, NV, and OR. Otherwise, all of the folks with money, businesses, or ambition will continue to leave. Hey, it almost worked for East Germany, LOL.

        • village idiot says:

          Yep, it worked all the way up to the time they ran out of other people’s money. Works that way every time. Funny, that.

  3. axelsteve says:

    Higher taxes is always good for a thriving econemy.I am being sarcastic by the way.

  4. riverrider says:

    kalipornia is a microcosm for the u.s., the whole country is on their track but due to size it will take longer to get there. like france, netherlands and greece the sheeple will refuse to see reality and force the gov to keep spending until it breaks, and then scream bloody murder. i think the feds will have a problem if they try to bail out loonyville. this is it folks, the fan is picking up speed. no going back now barring a miracle from on high. i figure we got a year at best, but perhaps as little as a month. has anybody noticed the continueing drop in commodities? stack it high.

    • rr,
      CA has two disadvantages vs. the Fed. People can easly leave CA (and are doing it in droves) and CA can’t print money. I personally think they are becoming the US version of Greece.

  5. village idiot says:

    California will be bailed out by the taxpayer along with Illinois if Obummer is re-elected. And possibly if he isn’t. The excuse will be that the nation can’t afford to lose the economies of these huge states. The best anyone can hope for is that we get concessions on immigration, welfare, and health care in the process. I can wish, can’t I?

    • worrisome says:

      Some clown in Ca legislature is now working on a bill to “create an identity” for illegal aliens in this state with work permits; etc. There won’t be any work if this keeps up. Just today, Del Monte stated they are closing a fruit processing plant in the valley…. why? Combination of things. Diane Feinstein and Babs Boxer and Pelosi shut down farmers access to water out of the canal in favor of some small bay fish. Trees died, farmers went out of biz…..unemployment went to 20+%. What peaches are left in that particular area will be shipped to Modesto for canning. Laying off a couple hundred more workers.

      • village idiot says:

        Yes, worrisome, many parts of the valley have been shut down for agriculture, and some of the richest farmland in the world has gone fallow. It was all for political reasons, mainly because the limosine liberals in SF didn’t want the water polluted with fertilizers. And no one wants pollution, and there should be protections for water quality, but it’s infantile to expect people in the numbers that live in California to have no effect on the environment. Heck, humans drinking water take it away from something else that might use it. All human activity has some effect on the environment.

        I’ve watched the infrastructure in the cotton-growing industry wile away in the state I live in, and know it can’t come back because there are no cotton gins or storage facilities left. The gins closed, the equipment was sold to places like India and Pakistan, and the storage facilities are converted to something else. It’s amazing to me how many people think you can just wave a wand and things will just happen, such as farming in the central valley. Orchards in the valley would take years to replant and mature enough to produce fruit and nuts, and who would take the risk since some court or regulatory agency could come along and shut you down on a whim. Most people have no idea that the uncertainty prevalent in our country is the biggest drag on the economy. I’m holding gold and silver when I could be investing in stocks, but I got burned badly in 2008, so I’m not going back there. Land is the best investment now. Of course, the regulators are starting to focus on land as well, and private property use will be under increasing pressure.

        Wind energy is another example. It’s great when the wind is blowing the right speed from the right direction, but there is no way to store the excess energy it produces(which is wasteful), and many times during the winter a High Pressure system will set up over an area, and viola, no wind and very low temperatures. Germany had this very thing happen last winter, with days and days of no wind or sun, and they came very, very close to disaster. They imported electricity from all over Central Europe, most of it coal-produced. So you have to have the same amount of MWs produced by some form of reliable energy, like natural gas or coal, making everything more expensive because you have redundant overlap.

        I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Wow, this turned into a rant. Sorry.

        • worrisome says:

          Oh well a rant well worth saying. When I am as mad as I am these days over the fools in Sacto and the fools in DC I become inarticulate! Your rant painted the picture of the foolishness going on so much better than I can at the moment. You did well VI!

  6. The Michigan thing is another example of public apathy ………….. At the state level , the people have the power to do things ………. they just have to use it . Most just complain and do nothing ……….. they dont like it ……. petition it out , if they wont …….. sue them in a federal court . The publicity alone would be motivating .

  7. d2 prep says:

    Being a Subject of Uncle Jerry out here in the PRK, I am told it is my duty and honor to allow him to raise my taxes (by the way, in his announcement last night he will be raising $8 billion in taxes too along with his cuts). If I resist I will probably have to go to a re-education camp funding by TDL for being a resistor to the regime policies LOL! The funny thing was in the article I read last night, it stated the majority of Kalifornians support a tax increase”. That is like saying the majority of patrons at the town bar and grill agreed that another round on the house would be great! The majority of folks in this State don’t pay their freakin taxes, so of course they want those of who do pay, taxed more so they can keep getting their free candy! Remind why I still love here?

    • worrisome says:

      Guv Moonbeam does have his hippy followers that will sign on for anything. He also has his illegal aliens that think he will have welfare money for them for signing. I really doubt that anybody else will vote for this stupid bill. Most people that still own real estate and are trying to get by here think that he has been smoking something.

  8. This is definately off subject. I scored on a boat load of canning jars last nite and after going thru them I found that many have chips on the top ring. Knowing that I cannot use these jars for canning, I just cant bear to get rid of them. Most are from the late 1920’s -1940’s. Was thinking that maybe could be used for storing dehydrated herbs and other things. Any suggestions? Most of the jars are blue and you can actually see bubbles in the glass. Oh, some of the good jars had a rubber residu left from the old seals any idea on how to get this off without damaging jar? I havn’t attempted soaking them yet, maybe that will soften up the rubber. Score 86 new to me jars!!

    • nail polish remover may take residue off. I dont see why you couldnt use the chipped jars for dry goods i have some that i use for wheat and rice storage, short term 2 years at most. good luck

    • Ammie,
      How big are the nicks, if they are not to big you might be able to sand them down with emory cloth or super fine grit sand paper on a flat surface.

      • Some of the nicks are quite significant. Other nicks are somewhat superficial, but I have had cans explode in the canner. I dont know if you all have had this happen, but you dont necessarily hear the jar explode, but it makes quite a mess in the canner. Still a little apprehensive about using nicked or cracked jars. It totally sucks when you put all that work into canning and you loose even a single jar. I dont think that I should sand the nicks, a little to scary for me. Thanks for the suggestion. I may just keep them, use the old seals, and store some of my garden herbs. Thanks for the help pack!

  9. Crazy Stevo says:

    stand your ground case in florida, she shot her warning shot into a room where there was 2 kids. That is why they aren’t allowing stand you ground.

    • riverrider says:

      what was she supposed to do, let herself be killed? how would that affect the kids?

      • Crazy Stevo says:

        she should of shot him and not endangered the kids. That is what I personally think and what the court ruled. My wife knows shot the bad guy not the wall. I will fix the wall no matter what though.

  10. I read with interest Skousen’s article about the Redoubt of the East. I lived in Cookeville from 1975 to 1985 (from 5th grade through by sophomore year in college). I wouldn’t live there again if you presented me with a prepaid, pre-stocked retreat. The area that includes Middle Tennessee and Kentucky is most certainly where you will find the mindset that says “I’ll be fine in any emergency as long as I have a gun and some ammo and I can take what you’ve got.”

    And read this: http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18241221/man-loses-22000-in-new-policing-for-profit-case

    They don’t have any respect for the Constitution. Oh sure, they have conservative values, but if you’ve got something that they want in a desperate situation?? They’ll take it! They live by their own laws and they judge by how long your family has been in TN. Don’t kid yourself. They put on a sophisticated face, but they are Southern hillbilly under it all. Especially in the area that Skousen is talking about. And no, I’m not bitter, I still have friends there, but I wouldn’t ever, ever consider it for a retreat.

    • Beth,

      I’ve lived here most of my life and overall I think it is a pretty good place to be when the poop hits the fan. No place is perfect, and truthfully, what you state is the same all over the U.S. whether, you’re in the “Redoubt of the East” or the “American redoubt” or in between. If you are stocked up of food drink, when it hits the fan and the unprepared know you have what they need. They will probably ask for help first then when you don’t provide for them, or stop providing they will be back to take what you have by force at gun point. People are pretty much the same all over the U.S. most are not prepared, will not prepare but will be more than happy to take what you have…

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