Happy Birthday W.T.

Two years ago today, I was full of excitement and more than a little scared as I waited on the birth of my son William Tell.

In the past two years, my perspective has changed, I have matured, and how I feel about the role of parents in society is no longer theoretical.

Without a doubt in my mind, my son has made me a better person – I am not as selfish, I think before I act (more often).

All children are gifts, and each one has some unique talent or special gift, and as a parent I feel that it is my sacred duty to prepare my child to use his gifts in a way that not only make the world a better place, but also to train him to become a better person for the world.

The world my son will navigate is unrecognizable from the world I grew up in.  The concepts of personal responsibility, self-reliance, and rugged individualism are dying.  The products of our schools are more confident, yet less competent that at any time in our Nation’s history.

I am deeply concerned about the future of our Republic, and am concerned that there may not be any strong leaders in the wings to step up and defend our inalienable rights.

There has never been a time in our country that a parent teaching their child the ideals that our country was founded on was more at odds with the society and systems in place in this country.  Soon, it may be considered abuse for a parent to raise a child to believe in conservative, Christian values.

I struggle with how to teach my child how to survive in the socialist system that is being created in this country with the help of a well-intentioned, but naïve and selfish citizenry.  How do I, as a father – teach my child how to navigate that system, and yet stay true to my firmly held beliefs in God and the Republic?  How do I teach him how to respect the law, any yet deal with a system where laws are used as tools to subjugate the lawful and protect the lawless?  Where education is considered worthless and common sense is dead, but the common man cannot figure out how to do anything for themselves.

I don’t know the answer, but I do know that I cannot fail at this.  My son is too precious, too valuable, and too special to allow him to grow into the type of adult that decayed civilization produces.

By doing the research that allows me to post the information I do, by practicing all the varied and seemingly unconnected skills I try to acquire, and by networking with the types of people that read posts like this, I am doing my best to become the kind of person that has a solution for these problems.

I know that today, on the start of my son’s second year of life, – as well as every other day of his life I am doing something toward that goal.  No matter what happens, I will always love my son, and work to both model the right behaviors, provide the right guidance, and teach the right knowledge, skills, and attitudes, so that he can grow up to become a Man someday.

Happy Birthday William Tell…. (and remember to thank your momma – she loves you too!)

CCW: Carrying Concealed Weapons

CCW: Carrying Concealed Weapons

ccw-carrying-concealed-weaponsAhern brings more than two decades of concealed carry writing experience (and more than a quarter century of actually carrying concealed weapons on a daily basis) to CCW: Carrying Concealed Weapons.

This is the definitive “how-to” book giving step-by-step, illustrated instructions on how to carry concealed weapons and how to know when others are as well. Sound advice and alternatives are provided from choosing your weapon, to body language, to holsters, to clothing restrictions, ankle and leg carry options, off-body carry, fanny packs, and much more. Continue reading

Identifying Limestone

Identifying Limestone

mqdefaultI needed some limestone to work some cement experiments trying to replicate both the Portland cement patent, and to make slaked lime for mortar mix.

This meant I had to be able to identify limestone.  Luckily since limestone is calcium carbonate, ( a base). Simple chemistry ensures that when it makes contact with acid it will fizz (which is CO2 being released) as the acid and the base attempt to counteract each other.

If you have a large weathered rock, you may get better results if you smash it into little pieces – limestone is brittle and crushes well.

Then simply drop some strong vinegar or weak muriatic (hydrochloric) acid on the rock.  If it fizzles, then it is a good bet its limestone.

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Making Slaked Lime

Making Slaked Lime

mqdefaultJust like when talking to beekeepers, beer brewers, or any of a number of simple skills – the basics of what I am about to talk about are simple, but the chemistry rapidly gets complicated – but if you just want a simple quicklime or slaked lime realize that this level of tech was well known even before the ancient romans – so it is definitely something modern man can accomplish.

First off understand that there are two types of lime quicklime and hydrated lime.
Quicklime is made by heating calcium carbonate (limestone, marble, chalk, shells, etc.) to a temperature of around 1000°C for several to “burn” or “calcimine” it.

Quicklime is a strong base so it is unstable and can be hazardous. To make it less dangerous, water is added to” slake” it. This is also known as hydrated lime. Continue reading

Chalkboard Mason Jar Lids

Chalkboard Mason Jar Lids

Today’s tip comes from pinterest, and while it was designed for spices, it can work in the garage for nuts and bolts, or the reloading bench for small parts like shell holders.

Simply take a baby food jar (or any other size you want), and paint the lid with chalkboard paint. You can then write whatever is in the jar on the lid.

If used with spices, you can then easily store in a drawer beside the stove, rather than above the stove where the heat makes for a reduced lifespan of the spices. Continue reading