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Be Prepared

The only thing about life that is certain is uncertainty. As many victims of Hurricane Sandy recently found out, there is no guarantee that life will be business as usual when we wake up tomorrow. Things we take for granted, like our homes, health, employment, and even the ability to go to the store for groceries, can all disappear without warning. But this is no reason to throw up our hands and shout “que sera, sera!” Preparation can make the difference between unexpected events becoming a future tragedy or a future inconvenience.

Everyone should first become prepared for a major catastrophic event, such as a storm, fire, flood, or earthquake. You need to have a comprehensive first aid kit, the medications your family needs, and enough food, clothing, and cash for at least 72-hours. If you have an infant, add diapers and formula to your supplies. All of your 72-hour kit should be something you can pick up and take with you in case of an evacuation, and it should always be ready and easy to reach.

Once you are prepared for a catastrophic disaster, start preparing for a longer term emergency. There are any number of reasons that you could find yourself without power, food, or water, even without a wide-spread disaster. You could, like the employees of Hostess, suddenly lose your job and be unable to afford groceries. Long-term food storage can feed your family whether the roads get washed out or if you have to choose between your house payment and food.

One thing you can’t do is rely on the government to take care of everything. In a serious emergency, they may unable to reach you in time to help. And sadly, there may come a time when they’re not in a position to help anyone.  Listen to the Boy Scouts and be prepared.

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Personal Responsibility


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Radical, Dude.

If you’re like me, you may have found yourself listening to recent political commentary and wondering when it was that your beliefs suddenly became radical and extreme. I must have blinked when the country shifted to the point where the liberals became the new moderates and everyone to the right of liberal became a radical. Some commentators have claimed that Republican policies are so radically right-wing that America simply won’t stand for them, and while it’s true that Obama won the election, the popular vote simply doesn’t support the ridiculous notion that Republican values are so outdated that they’re radical and extreme.

The percentages came out to about 48% in favor of Romney, and 50% in favor of Obama. If Republican values are as extreme as is being claimed, how is it that Romney got almost half of the votes and the House of Representatives has a fairly large Republican majority? If Republican values were only attractive to a dangerously unstable minority, then we should have expected to see Obama win the popular vote by a far greater margin than he did, as well as seeing the democrats sweep both the Senate and the House. But in reality, it just didn’t turn out that way.

Instead of being a nation of liberals with a treacherous minority of radical Republicans, our country is split nearly evenly into two halves. No matter how much you hear that you are in the minority, you aren’t. Your values are just as relevant as they ever were, and it’s just as vital that you stick to them.  Now is the time to really examine what you believe, discover the reasons why, and commit to what you think is best for our country. If you don’t like the way the country is headed, it’s up to you to do what you can to change its course.


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