Best Car Blog I've Ever Seen Now Added to My Blogroll

I just added the blog "Just a Car Guy" to my blogroll, and while its author may never know or care, (he has over ten million pageviews) in a way, it’s quite a compliment.


When I first started blogging, I would put up about one post per week, so I had plenty of time to look for good sites to link to.  Now I try to have at least one story per day, and with a full time job, that’s a hard thing for me to do.  I just don’t have the time to add many more links, but “Just a Car Guy” is so outstanding, that I feel that I would be doing everyone who isn’t already familiar with it, a disservice by not letting them know about it.


It is the best blog dealing with cars and car related items I have ever seen?  How good is it?  Any site that covers everything, from monster trucks to rat rods, to muscle cars, to the finest exotic European sports cars has got to be great.  It’s good therapy for small brained, close minded, rednecks, like myself, who often forget that the world of automobiles extends far beyond the scope of American iron from the ‘50’s to the ‘80’s.


You simply must check this site out, and add it to your favorites list and blogrolls.  One word of caution though.  If you go to this site, you will be in danger of spending hours there.  It has already claimed a few days worth of my time.  I can barely get myself to stop looking.  If you only have time to visit one, I suggest skipping my site and going to his.  It’s that good!

Finally, a New "Practical Prepping" Post

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Teach Your Children Well

I cannot stress to you enough, that being a prepper and being a conservative, go hand in hand.  It’s getting to the point, where you cannot be one, without being the other.  


Two stories here, both involve young girls, and both happened here, in America, during the past month.  I don’t think any two stories could better illustrate the contrast we have in this country between the dependent and the independent, or the empowered versus the helpless.
The first, you have already seen by now.  It’s about the eleven year old girl who shot a cougar.


source: Daily Mail

'She wasn't scared a bit': How girl ELEVEN grabbed gun and shot dead cougar that was stalking her brother, 13, outside their house

  • Shelby White, 11, killed her first cougar on her grandfather's ranch in Twisp, Washington, last week
  • Female cougar had been spotted near family's home twice in the days prior to the shooting
  • Shelby's 9-year-old brother, Cody, shot a 125-pound cougar earlier this month
  • Tanner White, 13, Shelby and Cody's oldest brother, killed a big cat near the ranch around same time
  • Shelby has been hunting since she was 8 or 9, and so far she has bagged herself three deer
  • State officials and hunters killed 10 other cougars during the winter season


When Tom White spotted a cougar approaching his teenage son outside their home in rural Washington state last week, there was only one thing to do - hand a gun to his 11-year-old daughter.  
Without a moment's hesitation, Shelby White killed the female cougar, and wildlife officials suggested that the animal may have been sick.
The mountain cat was 4 years old and weighed about 50lbs, which is about half of what an animal that age should weigh. Fearless: Shelby White, 11, is posing with a cougar she shot dead last week on her grandfather's property
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Fearless: Shelby White, 11, is posing with a cougar she shot dead last week on her grandfather's property





Now I don’t know a thing about this girl’s family, but I’ll bet that I’d be correct in assuming that:
  • They lean towards the conservative side.
  • They are strong supporters of the second amendment.
  • They are intelligent and independent.
  • Not only does this girl have loving, attentive parents that are raising her to be a truly empowered, independent, successful, young woman, she lives in a culture that would not accept her parents being any other way.  She comes from a culture that made America strong.
  • If something ever goes horribly wrong in this country, they will be much better off than most of the other people in this country.
Now, compare this story to the one below.


source: CBS Minnesota

Police: Girl, 6, Found Dead In Extreme Cold In Bemidji

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 6-year-old girl died Thursday morning after being exposed to frigid elements in Bemidji.
Police in Bemidji were called at about 6:23 a.m. to a weather-related medical call on the 900 block of Carter Circle Northeast. Both the victim’s mother and a neighbor reported the incident.
When emergency responders arrived at the Washington Ave. Apartments, the child was inside the front entrance of the apartment building, with signs of being exposed to the elements. The little girl had been found lying outside — fully dressed with gloves, a coat and a hat — but it wasn’t enough to survive the cold. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child was taken to the Sanford Medical Center of Bemidji and later to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office in St. Paul.
Temperatures at the time the girl was found were 20 below, with a wind chill of 40 below.
The girl lived with her mother and a 3-year-old sibling at the Washington Ave. Apartments, where doors into the town homes lock automatically. The girl’s mother did not stay there Wednesday night, police say. It is not known why the girl was outside.
Neighbor Rachel Mitchell’s daughter was a classmate of the deceased girl at Horrace-May Elementary School. Mitchell described the girl as sweet in nature.
“I’ve been crying all day,” she said. “I wouldn’t want that to happen to my 6-year-old.”
Bemidji Police said the incident is under investigation, and the child’s cause of death will be revealed after an autopsy. The identity of the victim and those involved will likely be released Friday.
There are no arrests at this time.(credit: KVLY-TV)
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(credit: KVLY-TV)





What do you think that we can safely assume about this story?


  • The girl’s mother was on some type of government assistance.
  • The girl’s mother was a less than perfect parent.
  • The father was not in the picture.
  • The girl and her mother live in a culture that doesn’t have any  problem with any of the three things mentioned above. This is the culture that is now making America weak.
  • The girl’s mother leans toward the liberal side.
  • The girl’s mother is in favor of gun control.
  • Had the girl lived to be an adult, she would have ended up being on some form of government assistance, raising another generation that would never know any other lifestyle.


It’s impossible for me to prove it, but I am totally confident, that if the girl in the first story found herself in a similar situation, there is no way, no way, she would have froze to death, even back when she was six years old. (Her parents would have been attentive enough to prevent such a thing from ever happening anyway.)   Being independent and self sufficient comes naturally to people like her mother and father, and even if they are not “preppers” per se, their very lifestyle causes them to be more readily able to endure any type of hardship that might come along than most other people.


Children of such parents learn countless things at a very young age, that children of parents similar to the one mentioned in the second story never learn, even into adulthood.  The two cultures couldn’t be any more different, and the first is superior to the second in every way.  Children who grow up in a culture similar to one in the first story are going to be light years ahead of children who grow up in a culture similar to one in the second, no matter what happens.  Not only will they be much more likely to find a good job and be successful in today’s world, they will be much more likely to survive if this world ever comes crashing down.
That’s what “Practical Prepping” is all about, being prepared to survive tomorrow, no matter what happens, even if nothing does.  Making the most of yourself, is the ultimate advantage a prepper can have, and you owe it to your children to make sure they have that advantage.  The parents in the first story, raised their children to be winners, while the way the mother in the second story raised her child, caused her daughter to suffer the ultimate loss.









A Truly Empowered Young Woman

There’s so much that I could say about this story, I don’t even know where to begin.  First of all, either I haven’t been paying enough attention, or our American MSM is once again, showing their bias, by not reporting it.  This story was first published on February 16th, by the UK’s Daily Mail.  That’s England, sports fans.  I did a Google search on it, and there are a million articles about it, now, but they’re all 48 hours old or less.  Why wasn’t this girl on the Today Show or Good Morning America?  Hmmmm?  Anyway here it is.  I got a lot more to say about this, but don’t have time right now.  Look for more on my next post in “Practical Prepping”.


source: Daily Mail

'She wasn't scared a bit': How girl ELEVEN grabbed gun and shot dead cougar that was stalking her brother, 13, outside their house

  • Shelby White, 11, killed her first cougar on her grandfather's ranch in Twisp, Washington, last week
  • Female cougar had been spotted near family's home twice in the days prior to the shooting
  • Shelby's 9-year-old brother, Cody, shot a 125-pound cougar earlier this month
  • Tanner White, 13, Shelby and Cody's oldest brother, killed a big cat near the ranch around same time
  • Shelby has been hunting since she was 8 or 9, and so far she has bagged herself three deer
  • State officials and hunters killed 10 other cougars during the winter season




When Tom White spotted a cougar approaching his teenage son outside their home in rural Washington state last week, there was only one thing to do - hand a gun to his 11-year-old daughter.  
Without a moment's hesitation, Shelby White killed the female cougar, and wildlife officials suggested that the animal may have been sick.
The mountain cat was 4 years old and weighed about 50lbs, which is about half of what an animal that age should weigh. Fearless: Shelby White, 11, is posing with a cougar she shot dead last week on her grandfather's property
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Fearless: Shelby White, 11, is posing with a cougar she shot dead last week on her grandfather's propertyMy, what big teeth you have! Shelby is showing off the teeth of the predator that was stalking her 14-year-old brother
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My, what big teeth you have! Shelby is showing off the teeth of the predator that was stalking her 13-year-old brotherShelby White with her .234
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Family hobby: Shelby (left) has been hunting with her trusty .234 caliber gun since age 8 or 9, and her younger brother Cody (right) is also an enthusiast of the sport
'This cougar was very, very skinny,' State Fish and Wildlife Officer Cal Treser said.
The fearless 11-year-old took action when she saw the cougar following her 13-year-old brother as he was walking towards their home in the town of Twisp, population 940.
In a phone interview with MailOnline Wednesday night, Shelby’s grandfather, William White, revealed that it was a fourth cougar killed on his property in the past several weeks.
Mr White, 64, a cattle rancher, said that earlier this month, Shelby’s 13-year-old brother, Tanner, also shot a cougar that has been circling his farm.
‘We're real avid hunters,’ Mr White said of his clan, which he described as 'backwoodsy.' .
The rancher explained that until recently, local residents were able to keep the cougar population in check by hunting the predators with dogs, but two years ago, the local Legislature outlawed the practice.Danger: An 11-year-old girl was the latest Washington resident to kill a cougar like this one (this particular 125 pound male cougar was killed the week before by a state official)
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Danger: This 125-pound male cougar was killed the week before on the White ranch in Twisp Trophy: Cody White, 9, gunned down this 125-pound male cougar earlier this month under the supervision of a game warden
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Trophy: Cody White, 9, gunned down this 125-pound male cougar earlier this month under the supervision of a game wardenRetribution: The big cat was shot after killing a calf on William White's ranch
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Big game: Cody White, 9,  is posing in the snow with his first slain cougar Cycle of life: This is a photo of the calf that a cougar had killed on White's farm earlier this month
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Cycle of life: This is a photo of the calf that a cougar had killed on White's farm earlier this month
William White explained that last Thursday, Shelby and her young brother were walking home from school when a dog started barking, alerting them to the presence of a predator.
‘She looked out, and there was this cougar,’ Mr White recalled.



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Update: This story illustrates why a conservative philosophy and prepping go hand in hand.  All those liberals out there, either the ones just living off the government, or the ones hell bent on destroying the traditional moral values of this country, they're going to be the first ones swept away if SHTF, simply because they never learned how to survive, and you know that they're not going to take the time to learn how now.  Click on the "Practical Prepping" tab just below the Golden Geese header.

Simple Economics - I Can "Protect" Myself, Thank You

Consumer Protection is the Antithesis of Consumer Freedom

If you asked me a question, I’d try to give you an answer.  If you came to me with an injury or ailment or injury, I do my best to treat you.  A word of caution here though.  My answer may incorrect and my medical treatment may not be effective, or may even be counterproductive, but, either service would be absolutely free of charge.  You know the old saying, “You get what you pay for”, or do you?

Now I am not a professor or a doctor, but when you consider what I charge, I just may be a better value than either, when you take into account what you have to pay to universities and hospitals.  So the question is, when it comes to education and healthcare, should I be your “go to guy”?

You instinctively know that the answer is “No”, but why?  There are two main reasons:
  1. Confidence
  2. Accessibility
It’s not like you are one of my family, close friends, or coworkers, so you don’t know much about me, and you will probably never get a chance to see or talk to me, but what if those two main reasons did not exist?  What if you had been my neighbor for ten or more years, and I had consistently demonstrated to your satisfaction, that I had a fairly broad and deep field of knowledge, particularly in the area that you were immediately concerned with?  You’d probably take it for granted that any answer or treatment that I provided would be correct.  I’d be your “go to guy”.

Now you don’t know me from Adam but, you do know people that have enough expertise in various fields, that you have complete confidence in their knowledge and ability.  Maybe some of them are close friends or family members. Chances are, you can take advantage of what they have to offer for free.  Other people, you may only know by reputation, but from what information you have been able to gather, you can be relatively confident of their expertise.  Usually, you’ll have render some type of payment to such people, even if it’s only owing them a favor.

My point here is that you probably have a vast resource of information and services just among the people you know, or are only strangers by one degree of separation.  This information, and these services are almost always free, or fraction of what you’d pay by going through traditional channels.  However, this resource does have it’s limitations.

Occasionally, you might be dealing with a subject where you just don’t know anyone that has any more knowledge of it than you, and sometimes services just aren’t available from an individual.  Open heart surgery would be a good example.  Even if your uncle is one to the nation’s top cardiovascular physicians, he’s not going to operate on you in his kitchen.

Consumers usually have an entire spectrum of choices of providers for any particular service.   From knowing a guy, to knowing a guy who knows a guy, to smaller start-up operations, to established businesses, to national firms.  Home and auto repair are good examples.  This spectrum gives the consumer a choice between saving a lot of money, or having an iron-clad warranty, or anything in between, and it is one of the best arguments for free markets.  It gives the consumer the power to decide what’s best for him or her, and usually provides consumers with the most value for their money, whatever level of service they choose.  The big guys can get away with charging more than average, but they can’t price gouge the consumer, because the smaller guy is always there offering to do the job for less.

What I described is the natural state of unencumbered free markets.  It’s a beautiful thing.  No one planned it.  No one set it up. it’s just the way all the pieces naturally fall into place.  It’s almost amazing how well free market capitalism works at providing the consumer with the most choices and the best value.

Fortunately, most goods and services in America are bought and sold in a free market system.  You can feel fairly confident that most of the items you pay for are fairly good values, if you have used any amount of good judgement in your purchasing decisions.  Do you feel good about the deals you made on your home, car, flat screen TV, etc.?  Everybody goofs now and then, but for the most part, don’t you think you are a fairly smart shopper?  Chances are, you do.  Give yourself a pat on the back.  You done good.  

But what about those few times where you got burned?  Don’t you wish there would have been someone or something there to protect you from  it?  Of course, you do, right?  Maybe I should rephrase that question.  How much would you have been willing to pay to have someone or something there to protect you?  After stumbling around for awhile, your answer would probably be something like, “No more than dollar amount of damage I incurred.”  See you are smart.  It doesn’t make sense to pay for more “protection” than you need.  It’s the reason you drop the insurance coverage on your car down to liability only, when it’s value falls below $5000.  Your a smart shopper, taking calculated, risks.  

The risk/reward tradeoff is something we all have to deal with whether we’re betting on a horse, investing in stocks or commodities, or having the neighbor change the oil in your car.  The good thing about it is that you are in total control of what that ratio of risk vs reward will be, usually.  

Sometimes, you’re not in control, and invariably, the less control you have, the more you’re going to have to pay.  In the areas where you have the least control, it’s like those times you got burned, but it’s every time you make a transaction.  What I’m referring to here are situations where a law has been created that puts up some kind of barrier to entry into the market.  A good example of this is any service that requires a license to be provided.  Zoning ordinances are another.  

You might think the main force behind licensing requirements for providing services, was consumer protection.  Think again.  The vast majority of license requirements were originally pushed through by established businesses in that field, that wanted to limit the number of new start up competitors.  Never mind that they didn’t have to go through the cost and hassle of getting a license during their period of startup and growing pains.

A perfect example of unnecessary licensing in order to drive out competitors was the Wisconsin pesticide applicator’s license requirement, that came into law about ten years ago.  Before it was enacted, anybody who wanted to make a little extra money mowing and taking care of people’s yards, could spread weed ‘n feed, or other pesticides available in stores, on a customer’s lawn.  Now, one needs a license to do that.  

The state will tell you that the law was designed to promote safety, and prevent errors in pesticide applications.  People who apply pesticides now, are subject to fines for not being licensed or violating other regulations involving pesticide applications.  Home owners however, are still free to purchase and use typical lawn and garden pesticides themselves, and no one’s watching to see if they’re following the rules.

The end result of the law is that homeowners are still doing whatever they want, but a lawn guy that thinks that he might be able to make some money if he branched out into weed ’n feed applications is out of luck.  He will find out that it’s just not worth the hassle and expense to get a license when he can only expect to have a few customers who want to have a pesticide application those first few years after he started to offer it.  Now, all those weed ‘n feed applications that used to be done by the small neighborhood lawn guy for $40/application, are going to the big boys like Trugreen/Chemlawn, for $80 per application.  How’s that for consumer protection?  This example is far from unique, and you can find similar ones with any service that requires a license to be performed, like cosmetology.

Zoning ordinances are another good example of barriers to entry into the marketplace.  My favorite example is in a neighboring township, where the town chairman helped ram through a zoning ordinance that forbids truck drivers from parking their semi-tractors in their own driveways.  After all, who wants to look at commercial vehicles in the neighborhood?  Never mind that the town chairman owns an excavation business, has construction equipment in his driveway, and a gravel pit, (that’s right, an open pit mine), in his backyard!  He was conveniently grandfathered in.

I hope you can see how keeping the new kid off the block, causes consumer prices to rise.  Here’s the thing I want you all to take away from all of this.  Consumer protection and consumer freedom are at odds with each other, and nowhere is it more evident than in the two areas that are costing the average American the most amount of money; education and health care.  These two areas are more protected by artificial barriers to entry into the marketplace than almost any other.  Go see if you can start your own college or hospital.

You probably don’t have the ability or the desire to do either, but there are groups of people out there that could and would, if there weren’t so many obstacles to prevent it.  So what we’re left with in the areas of health care and education, are spectrums, where the whole middle has never been allowed to develop.  All the consumer has available to him is the free advice and first aid from a friend or family member, or the outrageous prices charged by  colleges and hospitals, who don’t have to deal with little guys. You know, the smaller competitors and new start ups that should be there in the middle of that spectrum, charging lower prices that keep the big boys honest.

The price you pay for this “protection” is enormous.  It is easy to see how smaller independent healthcare providers and colleges could charge less than half or what the established ones do if they were only given the chance to do so.  If that actually happened, you could probably have at least some of the things you only dream of now. Don’t hold your breath though.  The money coming in from the insane prices they charge, is going somewhere, and people with influence are going to make sure that the flow doesn’t stop.