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Top Prepping Mistakes To Avoid (Part Two)

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Most of us have made prepping mistakes in the past… and some of us have made quite a few.

No judgment here – we’re all learners in the prepping community, and sometimes we just don’t know what we don’t know.

However, one thing’s for sure. If we’re able to learn from the mistakes of others (rather than being doomed to repeat them), we’re bound to be much more successful when the SHTF.

It’s important to do everything we can to effectively prepare ourselves for the worst. That’s why today we’re sharing with you these…

Top Prepping Mistakes To Avoid (Part Two)

NOTE: This is Part Two of our prepping-mistake-avoidance series. If you missed Part One, you can find it here.

Forgetting About Hygiene

It can be easy to get so caught up in stockpiling survival tools, food, etc. that you forget one very important thing: hygiene.

Staying as clean and bacteria-free as possible is crucial to your survival. Not only does this boost your overall well-being, but it drastically reduces your chances of getting sick.

Stockpile things like toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hand sanitizer, hand soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and shaving cream. A great way to do this on-the-cheap is to head down the “travel items” section of your local grocery store. They’ll likely have a ton of these miniature items at an affordable price.

Rushing DIY Projects

DIY projects are wonderful things. But the finished product often doesn’t turn out so well if you procrastinate and then rush to complete it.

Rather than avoiding these projects, take the time to think about and write down what items you’ll need and how long it will take to accomplish each step. Then ask friends and family, and professionals to help you out (they’ll likely come if you bribe them with beer and/or pizza).

Furthermore, these projects can be intimidating if you’re expecting to start and finish them in a day. Instead, take small chunks out of the project by completing just a few steps per day. This way you’ll have the time to truly invest in the project, and you’ll likely be surprised at how quickly these small steps add up.

Not Saving The Scraps

Most projects have leftover odds and ends (nails, screws, pieces of wood, etc). Put them to good use by putting these leftover bits in a storage container. That way you’ll have them when you need them.

Failing To Practice What You Preach

Most of us think we’re ready for any type of emergency scenario. But the true test comes when you’re forced to do a dry-run of your escape plan.

Have a friend call you randomly sometime during the week. When you answer the phone, have them make up a random emergency scenario and timeline (something like “Quick! A tornado’s headed your way and you’ve got to get out in the next 10 minutes!”). Upon hearing this, you have to move quickly, gathering your supplies and heading out the door.

To make things interesting, the friend on the other end can say things like “Your house is burning and the front and back door entrances are blocked” or “the danger’s coming and traffic on all the nearby highways is at a dead-stop.” This will force you to find alternative routes to exit the home (and your city) in order to get to a safe bug-out location.

After the drill is over, call your friend and tell them how the drill went, what you did well and what you need to improve on. Then learn from your mistakes and practice again.

It’s tests like these that help determine if you’re truly ready for anything – or if you’re living in a fantasy.

Weighing Yourself Down

Many preppers make the mistake of overstocking their bug-out bag. And this may seem totally fine – until an emergency forces them to carry this heavy bag for hours on end.

Rather than needlessly exhausting your body, you can adjust the weight. One way to do this is to sort through your bag and remove any items that aren’t 1.) Necessary and 2.) Multi-Use. If it isn’t crucial for your survival, or if there’s a different tool that can do that same use (plus a whole lot more) than discard that item (and possibly go for something better).

If you’ve got kids, you can also help lighten the load by stocking survival supplies in children’s backpacks. This way, the kids can help carry the load, and it takes a weight off your shoulders (literally).

Finally, if your bag comes with a MOLLE system you can use these straps to attach survival gear onto the outside of your bag. You can also utilize survival tools like plastic grocery bags to help distribute the weight. (Want to know more survival uses for plastic grocery bags? Check out our blog on it here).

Not Utilizing Your Car For Food Storage

Here’s a fun food hack. Grab a few cans of meat, veggies, fruit and fish (like tuna), as well as some plastic forks and a manual can opener. Grab a few water bottles (or emergency water pouches too). Then put the forks and can opener in a sealable plastic bag, and store all these things under the seat of your car.

This way, if you end up in an emergency while in your vehicle, you’ll have water to drink and food to eat that doesn’t require heating.

Not Willing To Change Your Lifestyle

It’s so easy to keep spending on normal luxuries and frivolities, assuming you can live that way until you can’t. But there’s two big problems with this:

  1. It wastes money when you could be using it on preps, emergency supplies, and for future emergencies.
  2. It puts you in a constant state of comfort, therefore making it that much more of a shock when a crisis happens and those cushy comforts are gone.

Instead, it can be extremely beneficial to start letting go of certain luxuries (going out to eat, Netflix bingeing, etc) and finding cheaper/free alternatives you can replicate in an SHTF scenario. This way, you’re saving money AND you’ll be much less attached to those comforts when the SHTF.

Not Having Sturdy Shelves

It’s tempting to go cheap on shelves. However, think about it. You’ll be piling on tons of survival food, gear, and supplies over the years getting ready for an emergency. And this will take a huge toll on your shelves – potentially breaking them in half.

Rather than leaving it to fate, invest in some sturdy shelving to hold your preps. For instance, wire shelving is typically affordable and can hold a surprising amount of weight.

Storing Water In Milk Jugs

Many preppers store their emergency water in milk jugs. And this might seem like a good idea – after all, you’re recycling that old milk jug rather than tossing it in the trash.

However, this can have some very dangerous consequences. For instance, that leftover milk residue is pretty hard to clean out completely. And if there’s any left in the jug, that residue will leach into your water and can oftentimes make you sick.

Instead, store clean, filtered water in barrels and BPA-free water storage containers.

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Judge Threatens to Arrest Trump for Going to His Son’s Graduation

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Donald Trump, often maligned by his critics, has demonstrated one undeniable truth throughout his public life: he is a devoted and exceptional father. Observing him with his children—Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron—reveals a man who is not only proud but profoundly nurturing. This connection with his children, built on respect and genuine affection, is something that any parent can recognize as authentic and admirable.

Amidst his many battles, the commitment Trump shows to his family life remains unshakeable, even as he faces an unprecedented and, many would argue, highly politicized trial. It’s utterly disheartening to see how low his opponents are willing to stoop in their pursuit to tarnish his image—so much so, that they would even suggest jailing him should he decide to attend his youngest son Barron’s graduation. This insinuation by Justice Juan Merchan is not only absurd but strikes at the heart of basic human decency.

Consider the sheer joy and pride a parent feels witnessing their child achieve a milestone like graduation. Barron, having grown up under the intense scrutiny of his father’s high-profile career, deserves to celebrate his graduation day with both his parents by his side, without the shadow of political vendettas darkening this important family moment.

The trumped up case against Trump, centered around alleged hush money related to an encounter with Stormy Daniels, is based on alleged actions that took place long before he entered the political arena. If we examine this scenario critically, it’s clear that this is a common enough practice among the elite to protect personal and family privacy. Yet, it’s portrayed as a sinister plot solely because Trump is the individual involved. This represents a glaring double standard, especially when compared to how similar situations have been handled with other public figures.

Let’s not forget, Bill Clinton, while President, engaged in far more directly compromising behavior, yet faced no criminal trial. His ability to attend his daughter Chelsea’s graduation and celebrate this occasion publicly was never questioned or jeopardized by his legal entanglements or the moral judgments of others.

It’s a stark illustration of the hypocrisy and bias that drives the actions of those who oppose Trump at every turn. This trial, and the drama surrounding his ability to participate in his son’s graduation, underscores a broader attempt to undermine him in the most personal and painful ways.

Should the situation arise where Trump is barred from attending Barron’s graduation, he should undoubtedly prioritize his paternal duties. Such an act would likely resonate with many Americans who value family and parental rights, potentially rallying more support for Trump in any future endeavors, including elections.

In the end, Trump’s enduring commitment to his family, despite the relentless attacks against him, not only humanizes him but also exemplifies his resilience and dedication. It’s essential to recognize and commend his role as a father amidst the tumult of political strife.

Should Donald Trump be able to go to his son’s graduation?

 

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Mayorkas in Hot Seat For Allegedly Encouraging Illegals to Vote for Biden

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During a recent congressional budget hearing, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas found himself under intense scrutiny by Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) concerning a deeply troubling allegation. The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project reported the discovery of a flyer, purportedly from Resource Center Matamoros, which brazenly encourages migrants to vote for President Joe Biden, promising, “We need another four years of his term to stay open.” This inflammatory material, allegedly found by independent journalists in Mexico and reported by Muckraker, raises grave concerns about the integrity of our electoral process.

The flyer, still unverified by mainstream media outlets and missing from the Resource Center Matamoros’s official resources, points to a potential scandal of significant proportions. The implications are severe—suggesting a concerted effort to manipulate U.S. elections by influencing the migrant population, a group explicitly ineligible to participate in our voting system.

Rep. Bishop confronted Mayorkas directly: “The Heritage Foundation Oversight Project has released this document that is allegedly a flyer distributed by a non-governmental organization in Mexico called the Resource Center Matamoros … which is said to read, in part, if translated, ‘Reminder to vote for President Biden when you are in the United States. We need another four years of his term to stay open,'” illustrating a critical lapse in border security and immigration enforcement under the current administration.

Mayorkas’s response was both dismissive and inadequate, stating that “individuals who are not citizens of the United States cannot vote in federal elections” and claiming that DHS does not oversee election enrollments but merely enforces border policies. However, this response starkly highlights the core issue—the Biden administration’s lax enforcement and oversight policies, which have allowed millions, including two million undocumented ‘got-aways,’ to potentially exploit loopholes in the electoral registration process.

Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration must be held accountable for their role in what appears to be a flagrant disregard for the laws that safeguard both our borders and our ballots. This incident is not an isolated blip but a symptom of a broader, more disturbing trend under Secretary Mayorkas’s DHS: a deliberate softening of immigration policies that seem designed to favor political over practical interests.

It’s imperative for the integrity of our democratic process that thorough investigations are conducted. If migrants are indeed being instructed, implicitly or explicitly, to support a particular political outcome, such actions must be met with the full force of the law. We must demand more than lackluster assurances from our leaders; we need concrete actions and transparent accountability to restore faith in our immigration system and electoral integrity.

 

Illegals Get the VIP Treatment from Biden's DHS!

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Biden’s Blunders: Scripted Leadership in Crisis Times?

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Once again, President Biden has been caught on camera, not trusting his own words during crucial moments. During a recent Oval Office meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister, while the world reels from a violent missile and drone attack by Iran on Israel, Biden couldn’t step away from his pre-written scripts.

Photographs reveal that Biden, aged 81, resorted to a detailed cheat sheet, which embarrassingly included all-caps stage directions for pausing, allowing for translation. This was during his first public address since the devastating attack on Israel over the weekend. The contrast was stark next to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’a Al-Sudani, who spoke freely, without the aid of notes.

Instead of addressing the nation live while missiles were still threatening lives, the White House chose to “call a lid” early in the evening, opting only to release staged photos of Biden in the Situation Room. It was only after the immediate crisis had eased that Biden communicated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express U.S. support, and convened a discussion with G7 leaders—again, following the script too cautiously, reportedly urging Netanyahu to limit Israel’s response, seemingly more worried about political optics than decisive leadership.

In public, Biden stated, “The United States is committed to Israel’s security…We are committed to a cease-fire that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading further.” Yet, these words, read from his script, now ring hollow, reflecting a pattern of relying on scripted safety nets even in supposedly spontaneous discussions.

This tendency to lean heavily on pre-written prompts was noted not only in moments of international crisis but also in less formal settings like private fundraisers, causing discomfort among his own supporters, as per reports from Axios.

As crises unfold, the leader of the free world should be expected to address his nation and the world with conviction and authenticity, not hide behind carefully curated words. The frequent appearance of Biden’s cheat sheets raises concerning questions about his ability to lead through unscripted challenges—where real leadership is tested not by the ability to follow a script, but to speak from the heart and adapt with strength.

 

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