Thursday, December 27, 2012

Episode 115, You Need a Victory Garden

Shrugging Out is about making progress on two parallel tracks: liberty and self-reliance.

Most of my podcasts of late have dealt with the "liberty" track of Shrugging Out.

This time I take a holiday break from the gathering gloom of today's news to visit the "self-reliance" track.


 In this show I talk about the origins of the "Victory Garden" and discuss some basic questions:

  • Did Victory Gardens really make a difference?
  • What are the basic types of Victory Gardens, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • How do you start a Victory Garden? How do you "scale up"?
  • What are the challenges of raising a Victory Garden?
  • What makes having a Victory Garden today so important?
Now is a great time to plan your own Victory Garden, and claim a piece of self-reliance for yourself and your family.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Episode 114, The Sandy Hook School Shootings

A tragic event, the killing of 20 six-year old children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. And one that will have significant consequences nationally.

As horrific and heartbreaking as the murder of children and their teachers is, the main significance of this event is the political weapon it provides key parties in the war against guns.

It's no secret that many of "our leaders" do not much care for the second amendment. They deny what it authorizes. Many of them wish that none of us had guns, which is the same as saying that they wish for an America in which only they have guns.

Okay, knowing all that, what will be the immediate and longer-term impact of the Sandy Hook massacre? Will the "assault weapons" ban be reinstated? How about other restrictions? What single action would actually stop school shootings, and why will that action definitely NOT be among those taken? And will this event lead to an attempt to actively confiscate guns already in the hands of citizens?

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Episode 113, American Tyranny--Soft Now, Hard When?


Many people would deny that there is tyranny today in America. And with good reason.

Why you can watch any TV show you like. You can go to MacDonalds, Burger King, or Popeyes, it's your choice. Comfort fit or slim fit when it comes to blue jeans too. You see, the US of A ain't no one-size-fits-all third-world Hell hole, no sir.

You can even pick which NFL team you like, and you can wear their jersey with pride. Well as long as you avoid them hostile home crowds.

America is just the swellest country on Earth. Everyone knows that.

Oh sure, you have to pay taxes, or you'll go to jail. And some of those taxes, heck, maybe a lot of them, pay for stuff you maybe don't think is such a good idea, and might even someday bankrupt the country, put your kids through the wringer, and all that. But whaddya gonna do? You can't fight city hall.

Besides, neighbor Jones started talkin' bad about the government the other day, and pretty soon those black Suburbans showed up, and then we found out he'd been hanging out with a dome-ess-tick terrorist group. Shocked the heck out of me to hear he was a terrorist. Won't be seein' him around here no more. Good riddance.

Come to think of it, I haven't heard from Uncle Fred in a while. Hope he hasn't been shootin' his mouth off again.

What's that? One of them black Suburban fellers just pulled up out front? No sir, I ain't got any guns, not a one. Well, no, I guess I don't mind if you have a look around. No, that ain't my revolver--you must have put it--now just you wait a minute! I ain't done nothin' wrong! Let go of me! I'm an American!

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