Monday, March 12, 2018

The Enemy Amongst Us

By Charles Krauthammer, Oct 11 2017
(partially confirmed by Snopes, but I do agree with it)

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called “Organizing for Action” (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for “progressive” change... Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president’s message from the shadows: “Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.” OFA’s website says it obtained its “digital” assets from the ex-president’s re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.”

Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, “The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.”  Sperry writes that, “The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide.

The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and his ‘wife’ will oversee the operation from their home/office in Washington DC.

Think about how this works. For example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-president’s signal that he is heartened by the protests.

If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.

If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

So, do your part.. You have read it, so at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a “PERFECT TARGET” for our enemy!

Editor’s comments: Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and political analyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the above message should be taken seriously and spread throughout the country so as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what is happening right under our noses!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Solar Controller Discussion

Below is a video with a Blue Sky Representative talking about his product, the “Blue Sky SB3000i Solar Boost MPPT Solar Charge Controller”. It is a good review of the product for anyone who is thinking about adding solar to your Van, RV or Home. He covers just about everything in simple English, and all the facts are from the horse's mouth, the manufacturer!

The video is by Jamie, of Enigmatic Nomadics:

Side Note:
Many You-Tube producers when discussing a product, direct you to their own Amazon link, stating that if you use his Amazon link to buy the product, the link will take you directly to the product and also say they make a few pennies off the sale (at no cost to the buyer) to support their video making. That sounds reasonable and it is convenient.

Well, I find few things ever cost me nothing when using a third party to purchase something. I did use Jamie’s Amazon link to take me to the product to check the price of the controller and here’s what I found. (I do not know if this is common for all You-Tube producers).

Pricing of the Blue Sky Controller using three sources:

$313 using Jamie’s Amazon link:

$282 Blue Sky factory direct:

$250 using Amazon direct:

It always pays to shop around:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Van-Dwelling and Self-Reliance video

If you’re a Van-dweller or wanna-be dweller, the link below is worth watching. The link is to her Fy-Nyth blog, a blog I also have on my sidebar. It’s about a single, extremely self-reliant young woman, who owns and lives on her homestead in a Tiny-Home near the Wyoming border. She lives totally off-grid with solar power, wood heat which she cuts and splits herself, hauls her fresh water and a composting toilet.

The link below will take you to her latest post about how she has modified a Chevy Astro AWD van she uses as an everyday vehicle and a camper with all the things she needs for her photography and in case gets stranded by winter storms. It has everything needed to survive a stranding until whether passes or until she gets home safely.

Her blog videos about her life in a Tiny-House are very good, but her wildlife photography is simply stunning, every bit on par with National Geographic! Look through some of her older posts about her photographic images.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Breakfast Hash Brown Sandwich

For fulltime Van-Dwellers or full-time RV’ers their pantry space is limited, or those of us who are on a tight budget, finding tasty, convenient, easy to prepare, low-cost food is always a plus.

I’ve always enjoyed McDonalds Hash Brown Patties, at one time tried to duplicate the recipe and its’ form/shape at home but without success. Last week I was shopping at WalMart and on the shopping list was Tater-Tots. When at that freezer I noticed on the very bottom freezer shelf, the Great Value Hash Brown Patties! Wow, could it be true, are they like the McDonalds Hash Browns? So, I picked up a package and it does look just like McDonalds Patties. They’re sold frozen, fully cooked and ten to a package. Price? $1.70 ($0.17 cents each!) What a deal! I had to try them and was not disappointed.

Cost Breakdown:
Bun $0.16
Cheese $0.17
Egg $0.16
Hash Brown $0.17
Total = $0.66

Add meat such as a SPAM Slice $0.29
Grand Total with SPAM = $0.95

Here’s how I prepared the first few I made. I no longer fry them, I microwave them now that I figured out how to defrost and cook at the same time. Micro-waving them to fast (too high a wattage) will toughen the perimeter edge.
If you feel you need some meat in it, you can add some canned sausage, bacon, ham, SPAM, chicken or whatever you prefer. This is a cheap, fast, great tasting and filling meal.

As packaged.

One patty out for you to see.

In the skillet at med/hi heat with a couple tablespoons of oil. Cook four minutes on one side and the three minutes on the other side.

Patty on a slice of toasted homemade Beer Bread. Normally, I use a toasted Walmart Jumbo Hamburger Bun. (4-inch dia.)

Added a microwaved scrambled egg.

Added a slice of cheese and topped with another slice of Beer Bread.

Yummy! Makes a great and cheap breakfast, or any meal you like. About seven minutes total prep time.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gram Conversions for Baking

Baking is an exacting science. Measuring by weight/grams is far more accurate than measuring by volume, therefore is more likely to achieve reliable and consistent results especially when baking bread. Refer to the chart below to convert baking measures into grams.

All-Purpose White Flour:
          1 tbs = 10 grams
          1/2 cup = 60 grams
          1 cup = 120 grams
          2 cups = 240 grams
          3 cups = 360 grams
Whole Wheat Grain Kernels, to Be Home Milled:
1/2 cup = 100 grams
1 cup = 200 grams
2 cups = 400 grams
Water, Milk:
1 tbs = 15 grams
          1 oz = 30 grams
          4 oz = 120 grams
          8 oz = 1 cup = 240 grams

          1 tbs = 15 grams
          1 oz = 28 = grams
2 oz = ¼ cup = 56 grams
4 oz = ½ cup = 112 grams
8 oz = 1 cup = 224 grams
          1 tbs = 15 grams
2 tbs = 30 grams
4 tbs = ½ stick = ¼ cup = 60 grams
          8 tbs = 1 stick = ½ cup = 120 grams
          16 tbs = 2 sticks = 1 cup = 240 grams

Can shortening be substituted for oil? Yes in equal weights.
Not only does shortening have 50% less saturated fat than butter and 0g trans fat per serving, it gives you higher, lighter-textured baked goods.

Sugar, White or Light Brown (lightly packed):
          ¼  cup = 50 grams
          ½ cup = 100 grams
          1 cup = 200 grams

A low-cost Gram Scale ($15-$20) is all you need to improve your bread and baking consistency!