Episode-633- Survival Podcast Listener Questions for 3-28-11 — 53 Comments

  1. Some other things for non-firearms home/personal defense (depending on local laws) that I know people have used:
    1. Compound bow and arrow – If it will take a deer, it will take a man.
    2. Boar spear (available from Cold Steel).
    3. Cane/walking stick – There are martial art forms around using one of these.

  2. Here’s a great book on Ginseng for anyone wanting to know more:

    By David A. Taylor

    The story behind ginseng is as remarkable as the root itself. Prized for its legendary curative powers, ginseng launched the rise to power of China’s last great dynasty, inspired battles between France and England, and sparked a boom in Minnesota comparable to the California Gold Rush. Its story unfolds here. (Hardcover, 2006)

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  3. The only possible issue with pepper spray is that in some states, such as NY (the land of the ridiculous), you have to have a background check to buy it and if you have been convicted of a felony or assault you may not posses it.

    It’s also illegal to posses a sligshot with a wrist brace. Makes all the sense in the world.

  4. @Jack – I’ve thought of getting their African walking stick. But, I am also a pen&paper gaming geek. The top of the African stick looks so much like a 20 sided die that I have difficulty resisting it.

  5. @LICountryboy,

    Well then I would go back to the urban legend that cops recommend Wasp Spray over pepper spray, while it is a myth if I could not have pepper spray to protect my own home anyone trying to get in would get a face full of Raid.

    While cops recommending it is a myth the fact that it works really damn good isn’t. I don’t and I mean DON’T recommend it over pepper spray but if the person can’t have it well, what works, works.

  6. If your firearm rights are restricted due to a felony isnt it possible to apply to have them restored after a certain amount of years.

  7. I believe that the man’s name was Nathan, I want you to really understand what you are asking yourself to do. After your training you are going to the war, no doubt no pretenses. Go to a very active gun range and stand immediately behind the firing line and close your eyes, imagine that you are walking through your neighborhood, and finally imagine the sound you hear is coming at you. The military will beat the living shit out of you to get you into the shape that you need to carry a 60 – 90 lb. ruck for 20 miles, you will live on your feet – not for a day or a week or through your training – the life of an infantryman is a hell of a lot of walking. Yes you will walk 20 miles to a truck that will take you down the road a piece and dump your ass out and you start humping some more. Now once your there some asshole starts shooting at you, he’s having so much damn fun his friends pitch in. Now if that don’t beat all there’s bound to be some asshole with an rpg willing to take a shot every now and again, oh and let’s not forget easter everyday when little brother stops by with a few grenades. Now I have described a scene from my past that part went on for about a second, but that firefight lasted three and a half hours. When they say life of sheer boredom with intermittent terror this is an example. On 12 September 2011, being disabled and still falling within the range for a vet to return to service I drove to the recruiters office and asked to rejoin, after a few cups of coffee and much discussion and with something stuck in his eye I was told that this old dog needed to set this one out.

    Brother as a single man your choices effect everyone around you, but if you gamble and lose nobody is financially harmed (if you are prepared for that outcome). You are married your liberty is your own, but your life belongs to your family. Jack told you that the military is a young man’s game and with as much love as I can muster for your desires I do have to remind you that the time comes around that you need to sit this one out.


  8. @Joey I don’t know but I don’t think so. Personally I feel it should be.

  9. In regards to the question of taxes and trucks. While I am not in favor of increasing taxes for things like mileage, or fuel, we are effectively supporting the trucking industry with our tax money (some of which is paid by truckers).

    The fact is that long-haul trucking competes (at a benefit) with rail freight in many areas, because the Railroads are privately owned (Conrail has been sold/privatized) and maintained to the tune of billions of dollars.

    So, my point is not to say “Tax the truckers” but we should consider whether or not it wouldn’t be wiser to use more efficient modes of transportation (rail) in combination with local trucking, and whether Long-haul truckers could begin to compete if roads wasn’t subsidized by everyone.

    If we had less long-haul trucking, we’d have less road maintenance, less need for more lanes, etc. However, the “solution” is as bad as the problem and I cannot support government hampering the trucking industry (or any). Government regulation did its best to destroy the railroad industry in the past, and the solution isn’t to do the same to truckers.

  10. RE: The Japanese rebuilding before the new WTC gets finished.

    My 10th grade Latin teacher explained to the class one day the difference between the Greeks and the Romans. He said when the Greeks wanted to build a road, they appointed a committee to sit around and talk about it for 10 months. But when the Romans wanted to build a road, they went out and built a road.

  11. @KAM – The problem is, rail does not run to every store (nor would it be possible to do so). Trucks have to pick up the goods from the rail terminals and bring them the rest of the way on their journey. Also, due to the limited scheduling capacity, it is hard to get shipments across country at a priority. Rail is an important part of distribution of goods. But, in the modern world, trucks are even more important.

  12. Jack I do not so know anyone can condone putting people in cages and destroying their lives for a mala prohibita such as selling as selling cocaine. I was really shocked that someone with a brain that claims to love liberty could take this position.

    Consider for a moment do you have the right to lock a neighbor in a cage for selling something that you do not approve of? If so then how do you delegate this right to your servants the government?

    If your government has the right to make cocaine a crime to sell then obviously they also have the right to make selling raw milk a crime because they are merely protecting you from what they perceive as a danger.

    In Liberty – Joe in Missouri

  13. @Joe,

    Drugs are one place where I am not main stream nor purely libertarian. Drugs should be regulated for if nothing else, dosage, purity and potency.

    That said if it were up to me would the prisons be full of drug dealers? No! At least not first time offenders. Hard drugs like meth and coke though can’t just be a hands off affair, though I WISH they could.

    My solution would be make any drug legal but also create a channel for it. Those selling to minors go to jail for 25 years BTW.

    There are also many libertarian ideals that do not work unless other libertarian principles are followed. Take away the ability to live off the public dole and I get a lot more libertarian with my stance on drugs.

    Oh and please don’t make a leap from cocaine to raw milk. Statements like that seriously push back any libertarian progress.

  14. Jack perhaps the forums are a better place to have a protracted discussion. If someone on a free world wants pure drugs or whatever product I would be the last one to make them a criminal for buying such. For instance if you want only to put FDA drugs in your body I have not issue with you exercising that freedom. However I believe I have a God given right to choose to put anything in my body inspected or not inspected such as raw milk, range eggs, various herbs, or even cocaine. I should not be forced by my fellow man to buy only laboratory grade Merk cocaine if that is not my choice.

    Thanks for your answer – This is not the place I would guess. I will look in to forums for comments on particular shows.

  15. @Joe if you want a forum thread go ahead but expect it to cause a pointless heated discussion. I posted about legalizing drugs and it didn’t go well and it was me.

    As to your point here I am sorry but again many libertarian ideals can’t come before other libertarian ideals are in place first.

    Illegal immigration is another example, sure get rid of welfare, medicaide, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. and open up the border but with all that crap in place hell no close it down.

    You can put all the cocaine into your nose or lungs you want the VERY DAY I and the rest of society are no longer responsible to fix your life after you screw it up.

    I am also not a purist and I do believe in some level of consumer protection. NOTHING like what we have today but some level. If you buy cocaine you should get cocaine not borax and gasoline.

    This discussion though is pointless, we are so far from what you want and we have so many more important battles to fight.

    Let me just say that I don’t think drug USE of any kind should be a crime, any drug USE nor do I feel possession but an adult should be illegal either. Selling though is commerce and both State and Federal Constitutions allow for regulation of such. If you want to rewrite the constitution go for it.

  16. @Timothy Covington,

    What you say is correct, and I did mention local trucking in combination with rail shipping.

    Trucks are definitely important, but so is rail, and I see no reason they shouldn’t be seen as complimentary rather than competitive in most areas. As most people could probably confirm, many trains run with container loads which are easily transferred to trucks for local delivery.

    My core point is that we all partially subsidize trucking as roads are (mostly) public compared to railroads that are (mostly) privately owned and maintained.

  17. I purchased two Apios Americana ‘seeds’ from Sand Mountain two months ago. When they arrived, I was initially annoyed to find that they were tubers instead of seeds. I have had very encouraging results with them despite being in very rainy Monterey CA. I divided the tubers up into two separate containers, and now have five separate vines growing; the tallest two are about three feet.

  18. It is possible to get your criminal record cleaned up but is uncertain, costly and time consuming. You will spend a lot of money to possibly get a judge to agree and it will take a long time to get an answer. My neighbors buddy supposedly spent nearly ten grand and after two years got a favorable judgment. I have no proof of this but I also have no reason not to believe him.

    Some states will allow you to have antique firearms and some will only let you have a straw so long as you have nothing small enough to put in said tool of death. You may be able to use a black powder pistol, not ideal but it would work if that’s all you had.

    I would contact a good gun rights lawyer and find out what options you have.

    I won’t get too far into it but I will never understand why certain drugs are completely illegal while others, some far more dangerous, can be subscribed in whatever way the doctor sees fit. I don’t do drugs any longer, college was interesting the first time around, but what business is it of mine or anyone else what somebody does in their own home. If they aren’t causing harm to me or anybody else then whatever tickles their fancy is their business.

  19. Two points Jack:

    I can not for one justify two wrongs making a right. Such as the the wrong of us socializing health care justifying the wrong of outlawing drugs. That reasoning would also justify the taxation of potato chips, and forcing adults to wear bicycle helmets. Besides being wrong, which should be enough, we will forever be in the grip of “Liberty Gridlock” with that approach.

    Selling is not necessarily commerce, if you study the original intent of the commerce clause. And is defiantly, not commerce as meant in the clause when State borders are not involved. The commerce clause is so twisted today that if you drive by a school with a firearm you become a felon and the Supreme court ruled that a farmer growing grain on his own property and feeding it to his own animals was in violation of it.

    The Constitution does not need rewritten as much as it needs to be followed. Bedsides it is ultimately up to the sovereign and superior States to decide what the Constitution means and what to accept or reject. That is my position and that of Thomas Jefferson as voiced in what is called the rule of 98 (1898.

    I enjoy your shows immensely Jack. Sometimes I find it hard to walk away from a heated debate and I apologize if I am do so.

  20. @Joe we agree about interstate commerce that is the feds role, as for in state commerce as I said the “Federal and State Constitutions”.

  21. @Pukwudji wow as I read that if the person wasn’t in the clink for at least a year, it would not apply? I guess that is subject to individual state laws though.

  22. Jack,
    Here in Tulsa they must’ve been listening to you. The pikepass device for driving on toll roads here used to be about the size of a deck of cards. The new ones being issued are simply a sticker with an embedded RFI chip that adheres to your windshield. Only a few short steps now to the renewal sticker on your tag having an RFI tag in it, and every inch of blacktop in the county becoming taxed to use.

    Great show as always. Keep up the good work.

  23. @Raldog hell in Texas they already took the toll boths down you either have a toll tag or don’t and either way you are free to drive on the toll roads. What? Did I just say that?

    Yep but don’t think tolls are voluntary, no not at all! You just pay more if you don’t have a toll tag, they just have a camera nail your license plate and send you a bill in the mail about once ever few months.

    So what I am saying is even with out RFID the technology exists to tax us for mileage.

  24. Jack, I was the one who asked about the bees. Thanks for a great in-depth response. I will check out mason bees, i didn’t realize that they were so tame. Hoverflies sound awesome! I will be planting some hoverfly habitat ASAP. My wife and I both agree completely with what you said about her family. There is a special place in hell for them and we hope they get there through a long painful death. If I ever meet them I will knock out an extra tooth for you.

  25. glad you got down to setting straight how awful the abuse the poor bee woman suffered. that is disgusting!

  26. that didn’t make any sense… try again..

    how awful the abuse was, that the poor bee woman suffered. that is disgusting!

  27. Couple things I would like to add about protecting yourself without the ability to carry or possess a gun. I have talked to numerous Burglars (I work in the local Jail). Burglar alarms dont scare them the good ones already know what they want and where it is they are in and out before the Police arrive. But they all agree on one thing-THEY HATE DOGS! I was also going to suggest for the guy with the Felony on his record they do have expungements and pardons in most states so good advice on checking with a lawyer.

  28. We have a wood insert from Regency and love it. My wife was said she’d never use it if I wasn’t here to light it. Turns out she uses it more than I do. Jotul also makes good stoves and inserts. One thing I have done differntly is to get one that sticks out from the fireplace. This will heat up the room more without the need for the electric blower running. Great if you lose power during snow storm. Also makes for a good cooking surface.

  29. I would also recommend the book “The Truth about Self Protection” by Massad Ayoob. It’s a little dated in regards to some of the specifics, cell phones were not real common at the time of writing. It does give great information on home protection as a system and not just weapons. Things like doors, windows, alarms, dogs, ingress/egress points and many others. There’s some stuff on safe traveling and driving as well. The biggest point of the book in home defense is the system approach, relying soley on a gun means that if someone enters the home someone is getting hurt/killed, and not necessarily the person breaking in.

    He recommends dogs from the yappy little alarm dogs up through the big tear off your arm dogs. Not attack dogs just dogs capable and willing to PROTECT. My Black and Tan Coonhound was as docile as any dog out there, in fact you could probably have broken into the house and stolen everything in it just as long as no one was there. It was not advisable to act threateningly towards me or the family if you valued your limbs.

  30. @ Jack, I think the law is in regards to the possible sentence. If you could be incarcerated for more than a year regardless of the actual sentence. I may be way off but that’s how I’ve always interpreted it from the language of the “yellow” form.

    At the time the law was written I bet there weren’t as many felony crimes. I don’t know that but it would make sense. At one time there had to be a victim to have a crime.

  31. Echoing an earlier comment: In most states blackpowder arms are still accessible to those with a non-violent felony on their record. Blackpowder shotguns are still quiet formidable, particularly at the distances found in one’s home.

  32. @Jack re:Fireplaces Stoves & Inserts

    The safest way (and often the only way according to codes) to install a wood stove insert into an existing woodburning fireplace is to re-line the original chimney. For most stoves, this is done with a 6″diameter flexible reline kit that takes only minutes to put in.

    Among other things, this makes sure the pipe is sized properly for what the stove is designed (most stoves are designed to run on a 6″ flue while most fireplaces are 8″rnd,10″rnd,13″sq, or even larger. Running a stove on a larger flue than required WILL negatively affect draft, efficiency, and performance… not to mention increase creosote formation.

    If you just buy an insert and slap it in the fireplace without a reline, be prepared for potential problems. A reline kit typically runs $600 or less depending upon brand and what all is included.

    I work in the stove industry, so I’m not just sharing opinion here.

  33. @Jeff I think you are underselling yourself, that sounds a hell of a lot more like fact than opinion to me.

    Would you have an interest in coming on the show to discuss alternative heating as my guest?

  34. If the ass clowns on that committee were smart they’d realize that all they would have to do would be have the states collect mileage info on the vehicle at each state inspection and collect a fee based on how many miles you’ve driven in the past year, whether it’s paid then or billed later. You would have to get the states that don’t do state inspections now on board.

    Note: I’m not advocating this at all, I think it’s a horrible idea. I’m just pointing out that there are simpler ways of doing things-you wouldn’t even have to spend money on infrastructure to monitor every single road.

    You would think a big group of highly educated people would be smarter, but then if that were true our country wouldn’t be in the position it’s in now.

  35. @Jack

    I could help do a show about alternative heating. You’ve got 1 email from my comments here. I’m also the same Jeff whose email you used in today’s show (about taxing our miles driven)… the email from that is different. Contact me at either one.

  36. OK, Here’s my take on how a felon can get his or her full rights restored, including firearm possession. The Supreme Court ruled on this in 1994 in the case Beecham v. United States ( O’Connor wrote the courts opinion.

    It seems that if a felon can get the conviction expunged, excused, pardoned, or any other number of remedies so that the conviction is no longer legally considered a conviction, then the federal felons-in-possession law no longer applies.

    This would not only restore firearm possession rights, but also voting, jury, and holding an elected office rights.

    There are at least 2 different ways to do this. 1) Hire a lawyer and have them pursue through the courts and 2) contact your state senator and representative and plead your case. If you can get a sympathetic ear from them, this might actually be a cheaper way to go. Worst case, they might be able to put you in contact with the right people to get things moving faster.

    BTW, This only applies in states that have a restoration of rights procedure in place as O’Connor mentions in her opinion linked above. There were 12 states that did not have this process in 1994. I do believe that Oklahoma has since adopted restoration of rights since then.

  37. As for joining the military at an “advanced” age. I think Jack nailed it in the answer to some level. This really has to be something you really want to do. Basic Training is aimed at young people. It is not scaled for older people.

    I was on the trail, a Drill Sgt, for three years at Ft. Leonard Wood MO. We normally had 180 to 240 soldiers per cycle. In each cycle we had on average two or three over the age of 28. these soldiers had problems almost all the time. Not all of them, just most. It was not that they could not learn or do what was expected but that they did not like being treated like a kid. Deep in side a 33 year old who had/has a full time job who paid bills and worked, would chafe at being directed around like a 17 year old in football camp.

    They would look at the Drill Sgt and see not a soldier with 10 to 15 years of experience, but a person their age or younger who had not even completed an Associate Degree. Someone they “should” be on a first name basis with, not having to lock it up or do pushup’s to talk to. Often they feel, and this is not intentional on their part, that they should just be put in charge of part if not all of the training because they are the adult in the group.

    This causes back talk, eye rolling, and results in corrective re-training. Add that to the stress of dealing with whinny teenagers (fellow soldiers at BCT) who just say and do dumb things. I personally think this is the biggest challenge for older enlisted soldiers at Basic.

    As for Jack talking about the stress on the family, yes, no matter what the age. I’ve seen marriages of 19 years fall apart because the spouse was only there for 9 of those years, the rest was in the field. Even in peace time you do field training exercises (FTX’s) that can be for 30 to 90+ days. Try telling the wife that yes, even though you are just three miles away at TA-132 at Peason Ridge that you won’t be able to do more than send a letter every week for the next six weeks. And when you get back it will only be half a day on Sunday then two weeks of 18 hour days for recovery/clean up. Oh and in three months you have to start working late again as you will be heading to a training site in another state for 120 days of training. Oh, and we will be PCSing (moving to a new post) in nine months so you will have to attend all the departure briefings and arrange for clearing post and you should know where you’re going in three months but have to do BNCOC in route. Just 11 weeks in temp housing.

    Military life is not easy, not even for the family.


  38. One “firearm” that would not be prohibited based on prior record are air rifles. Some of the newer ones even fire large calibers capable of taking down deer.

  39. FYI — Lewis Merriweather (Lewis and Clark) carried one of those “NEWER” 50 cal air guns on their epic trip back in the early 1800’s.(200 years ago) — “There is very little new in the world except the history you do not know” 🙂

  40. @Drill Sgt K @Shorty

    I’m the guy that asked the question about joining the military as Infantry at 29.

    Thanks for the very informative replys from the both of you guys.

    There is one question I have to ask both of you. If you had to do it all over again, would you?

  41. In the great state of stupid gun laws ie New York,where you cant buy pepper spray for your grandmother, you can buy black powder guns.Including black powder hand guns! Go figure.

  42. Nathan that is considering the military… could you please contact me? I have tried contacting you and got a bounce from the email at your web site.

    My email is / joe at tittiger dot com

  43. I think ginseng would be a mistake unless you’ve got years and lots of cash, I’m talking about trying to grow it. Foraging for ginseng happens to be a very dangerous venture as many properties are covered with hidden cameras. You might also run across an illegal planting that can be booby-trapped, or worse yet guarded in which case you might find yourself dead.

  44. I pretty shure that Federaly Black Powder guns are not considered a firearm. With a Howda style pistol you have basicly a side by side sawed-off 12 gage but black powder. I have seen a newer remake. Check local laws first. Also in a SHTF situation very sustainable.

  45. @Nathan
    Repair my wounds, take me back in time and I’d join tomorrow. Please don’t get me wrong that was some of the most hard, nasty and dangerous work I have ever done, but it was the most rewarding work I could ever do. I served with the greatest people in the world, most are gone now but we were truly brothers.

  46. @Shorty say you were physically whole but knew what you do now. Like you I would if I was once again 17 join the Army, it was good for me and I am proud that I served. Yet when I was 30 (crap that was almost 10 years ago!), knowing what I knew at the time, I would not have joined at 30.

    30 and 17 are VERY different points in life.

    A couple years ago I realized a very special date came, the anniversary of my enlistment, the 20th.

    I drank a beer on the deck and called an old Airborne buddy who got out about the same time I did and had joined within a week of when I did. I said hey buddy you realize that this month both of us could have retired with full benefits.

    We shot the shit for a while, he grabbed a beer and went out in his yard too. It was the best we could do due to distance limitations. We both talked about drawing that check, PX privileges, full medical etc and what that might be like to have.

    Then we got sane! We talked about our successes in life, how much we had done AFTER THE ARMY, the wife’s and children we got to be with over those 17 years vs. living in a tent in some 3rd world shit hole. We talked about how my wife can HEAR me coming in the store from the next isle some times from the cracking of my ankle and the sore knees he has after a morning jog.

    We wondered what our bodies and lives would have sacrificed over 17 vs. 3 years of service. We asked if we would have met the wives we have now, the answer to that was no. We wondered if we had met someone to make a wife of if we would of seen our children grow or if our marriages would have survived numerous deployments.

    This is what my concern is for a man in his late 20s and early 30s.

    On my end at 17 to about 21 I would have joined again if I went back in time. The things those three years brought to my life are amazing. At 30 if I wanted the REAL LESSONS, that came with living with people who considered a broke ass solider rich, I would do 2 years in the Peace Corps.

    I also really worry about the way the military is being used today. I really worry, a man that goes to war changes, a man that goes to a war with NO CLEAR OBJECTIVE and is simply stationary and shot at often is damaged mentally much worse.

    Just my thoughts. Not what Nathan wants to hear but it is the truth.

  47. Jack, your post makes me look differently on regreting not serving fresh out of highschool like I should have. If I would have served I would have never met my fiance, bought our home and adopted our dog. If I choose not to go, I’ll probobly always wish I did at one point in my life. It does make my choices earlier in life seem a little better looking at it this way. thanks brother

  48. @ Modern Survival
    The question, would I do it again, I took as knowing what I know now and be back to that 17 y/o. I give my reasoning simply as I grew up never knowing my family, I was not an orphan, but for some reason became a ward of the state. I learned first hand what it was like to have no rights in the land of the free. One of my earliest dreams was to be an Army man and beat up anybody who stepped on people, I was 5. I went through life stepping between the bullies and the bunnies, as just because you can beat on someone doesn’t mean that you should AND I liked to fight. When I went into the Army and joined the 82nd Airborne my goal was to help those who needed help, to stand between those who would threaten and my people. I’m 50ish and disabled and I would put on a uniform today, my desire has always been to serve.

    Having said all that, I know that I would be a liability to any uniform, but I still build trails, teach children to fish, go camping with my family. You see, thanks to Jack, my family and a hell of a lot of you folks I have learned to follow my heart. Prepping is not where it lays for me, so I’m simply stocking up for the next go round of classes (amazing how much extra you really need on hand) it all adds up to the same thing. As a good soldier my goal was to serve, same as now, I am a vet (old soldier) who volunteers (serves) and is disabled (beat up). Now I don’t fight as a soldier any more, but I fight everyday for our wild-spaces through my work, for our children every class (I make sure every child catches a fish).

    So you see my brother I believe that I gave the answer, just not correctly and just so you know IF I here revile and my name called, I will step to and be counted.


  49. I used to listen to G. Gordon Liddy and since he was a felon, he couldn’t own a weapon, but Mrs. Liddy had quite a few of them stashed around the house just in case!