Episode-1528- Listener Calls for 2-27-15 — 21 Comments

  1. That was a terrific show tonight. It makes me so proud of my brother for never taking a step backward. He faced some hefty obstacles, raised 4 kids helping to raise a bunch of grand kids, he built his own house, and still goes out to play with the kids. He has always been that way.

    He I think, is a leader, but he always says that job isn’t for him. I think he would change his mind if he had heard your show tonight. One of these days I am going to get him to listen to you.

  2. Great show Jack, especially that hard hitting last segment. Really helps put things in perspective.

    Please keep the red pills coming.

    • Nice job Jose. My little girl has been doing the same things with me lately and it’s so enjoyable for me, all the while being the same for her and she is soaking in knowledge that will pay off down the road. I think she feels really accomplished seeing the seed tray sprouting she just about did all on her own. She’s about to be 4 and it’s amazing how much knowledge a little one can soak in. I honestly feel like I’m dealing with a more mature person when I’m discussing things with her than when I’m talking to some of the grown ups I know!

      And Jack that last part of the show was really well spoken. It made me feel like I’m on the right path with my family (even if I sometimes question if I’m making the right decisions). But all in all props to you. I enjoyed that. Keep up the amazing work.

      • Thank you David. I get what you are saying. Getting the opportunity to teach my children, and get all their undivided attention effortlessly, is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. And boy do they hold stuff in their little heads.

  3. Where should men be leaders if they have no family? I personally don’t plan on ever having a family.

    I feel like it should be ok to not be a leader, as the libertarian mindset is do whatever you want as long as you’re not hurting anybody else, but that kind of thinking brings you to leading yourself in your life and people see that, realize the power of personal responsibility through a free independent mindset, and will probably start to do it themselves, and bam now I’m a leader without even wanting to be. Oops.

    Seriously though, if men in America need to be leaders to save this countrh where do men without families lead?

    Or were you speaking mainly just to men with families?

    • To be a leader you don’t have to have a wife and kids. You can start by leading a good life yourself. People, like you said, gravitate to those doing the right thing, but more so they gravitate to those who have a method and consistency in their ways. You can lead at work, at home with your relatives. Leader is not a title you wear on a name tag. I do project management and in every organization there is the official ‘leader’, the one that will fund your project and has a name tag that says VP or Director and then there is the natural leader, the one that the people follow in the office or the groups. They are seldom the same. That second leader is the one the everyone goes to for answers before they go to the Big Guy. In many ways, that second guy can monkey wrench your project if you fail to acknowledge his influence.

      • I agree completely with Jose and take it a step further. When you’re out and see an injustice (some kid getting pushed around, a guy hitting a woman, etc) – are you the type who keeps walking or do you do something to help that person? That’s a leader – you stand up for what you believe in. A leader is someone who takes time to mentor others and teach what they know, it doesnt need to be your child, it can be a friend. A leader is there for other people when they need you, either to talk over a beer or help during rough times. You can be a “person” all day long by standing idly by and ignoring that which happens in your circle of influence. To be a “Man” means taking the responsibility to act and make decisions when the time comes and put others first.

    • @UnentitledMillenial –
      I think I’m a little older than you, but still in the same age group, so hopefully I can give some advice from a similar upbringing, background etc.
      I wouldn’t rule out a family if I were you. You don’t see old people regretting they spent more time in the office, they regret not having a family, or not spending more time with their family.
      I get where you’re coming from, and I can assume by your post what your family life was like as a kid. But it doesn’t have to be that way for your kids.

      You may still choose to not have a family, but don’t pass up something you’ll regret because you were closed to the opportunity.

  4. Jack, I noticed that my dog has built a natural mini swale along the side of the fence where she runs back and forth. This morning, as the snow melts, water was accumulated perfectly still along a 40′ stretch by the fence. No wonder the grass on the other side of the fence which never gets any water is so green.

  5. Just to clarify some of the minutiae about m855: civilian ar15 barrels usually come in 1:9 or 1:7 twist, military barrels are 1:7. M855 stabilizes fine in 1:9, the m16a2 was originally going to use 1:9 until somebody decided that it needed to stabilize the longer m856 tracer round (twist rate has more to do with projectile length than weight). M855 isn’t really a great terminal performer, most things shot with em get to run away to die later far away unless CNS or heart are hit (personal experience). It is a great and inexpensive marksmanship training round (~3 moa, plenty good enough to hit a man sized target out to 500yds or more).

  6. Funny you mentioned the ‘ensure men under your command are fed before you’ rule, as that was my first real exposure to the nature of military leadership (and sadly the first example of a FAIL in that regard). Five years back I was as a contractor on an Army project in Alaska and typically worked with crews of 5-6 Army officers and NCO’s. Early on in that assignment, one day some of the contractors brought in a mini potluck with a bunch of smoked salmon and a few other goodies. When we told them there was food for everybody in the break room, the crew leader, a major, took off like a shot and came back with his plate before anyone else. I noticed a couple of the guys seemed a little perturbed once he left the room, and later on one of them explained how that was considered a bit of a foul in terms of military tradition/etiquette. I’d never heard of that before but when he told me I thought it was a great ‘rule’ to have in the Army, because growing up it was something my family (probably most families) just followed implicitly without really even thinking about it, making sure during dinner the kids (and grandparents) are taken care of before anyone else. Kind of a ‘well, DUH!’ sort of thing, and it made sense why the military would do the same thing… you have responsibility for your the people under your command, maybe not close to the same level as one’s kids but the general principle is the same. Of course like my parents it’s something that my wife and I do with our kids, except we’ve made sure to explain to our 6 year old boy why we do it that way (and why his baby sister needs to be taken care of first before he gets his meal or snack… He seems to be getting the message 😉

  7. Listened to this on my way into work this morning. It rained all weekend here, so I decided to spend the weekend with my son instead of in the yard. I was able to get seeds spread throughout my property and a good layer of topsoil on them before the rains started after work on Friday night, but that was it. I’m building a raised hugel bed, but decided to leave it to next weekend to finish and spend the time with my wife and my son instead.
    I was expecting to get a guilt trip from Jack, for not getting my s#!t done, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear what Jack had to say at the end. Very true, and a good lesson to keep in the back of your mind for those times when there’s more work than time. It really does put things into perspective.

  8. If you already have a flashlight that you love and need to source CR123A batteries, you might look at Four sevens is a respected manufacturer in the flashaholic community (made in the USA, even!), and they have sourced quality CR123A’s that they brand as four sevens. $2/each when you buy 20. I have a Quark123 high CRI flashlight that is my EDC, so every few months I eat through one CR123A. Maybe when I use up my stock I should switch to a AA Quark body and go 14500..

  9. On men as head of household- it always irks me when folks say men are supposed to be the natural leaders or heads of household- but then, I do the whole circles thing of what actually affects me, etc. and let it go……
    In our family we defer to each others areas of expertise, and on certain things and at certain times, I call some shots, at others, my wife does.
    I guess we co-captain our ship, and it works for us.
    We also keep our finances separate-which came up in a previous ‘cast- both came from families where a parent either split with all the cash/assets during a marriage breakdown, or else ruled with an iron fist controlling the cashflow in a tight grip. We talk and share bills.
    Again, it works for us. When I hear lectures to the contrary about what men and women are supposed to be, I imagine them there circles again……Jack taught me that.

  10. Ref the 18650 flashlight that Steven Harris recommended, is there one that is as good that doesn’t have all the modes? I don’t need nor want 5 different modes in a flashlight.

  11. As a single female living in a major urban area on the East Coast (former “Conservative” until I figured out the racket), I really appreciate your remarks about the death of Real Men in our country today. Finding the man you describe –to actually have a date with– is difficult.
    If anyone is interested, Catholic blogger Ann Barnhardt wrote about the dearth of real men today.

  12. Your comments on the canning question were spot on. You answered questions I hadn’t thought to ask. I really enjoyed the podcast and learned something new (again).