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It’s a New Year – 2015 in Review

A great deal has happened this past year. Forgive my pessimism but I feel most of it was bad. Here are just a few things that I wanted to share – and of course add my own snarky comments.

One thing to be grateful for365 days left in Obama’s presidency

Assuming there is no civil war or word wide economic crashMost promising jobs of 2016,20.htm

Why isn’t this person in Jail??March 2 – The New York Times reports that, during her time as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was using her personal email for official business. House Republicans were aware of the email account in 2014.

I support Israel –  March 18 – Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected prime minister of Israel.

Man made disaster, and they are not done yetApril 1 California Governor Jerry Brown imposes mandatory water restrictions as the state’s historic drought continues to worsen, reducing water use by 25 percent.

Why I’m a Prepper, reason #8 –  April 25 – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal, near Kathmandu, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring 17,866. Just weeks later on May 12 a second 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes the country.

But it’s not over #ZombieApocalypse –  May 9 – The World Health Organization declares the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia over, after more than a year.

New reality TV show: White, Delusional, Democrat is the New BlackJune 16 – Rachel Dolezal, recently resigned head of the local NAACP in Spokane, Washington, states during an interview on the Today show that she identifies as black. This is in response to the claim that Dolezal has been misrepresenting herself as black for years; even her own parents have said she’s not African American or biracial.

Treason, by any other name –  July 14 – A deal is reached to substantially limit Iran’s nuclear weapons program. In exchange, various international sanctions on Iran will be loosened.

July 20 – Cuba and the United States officially re-establish diplomatic relations after 54 years.

We’re not paying any attention to that “Constitution” thingyJune 25 – The Supreme Court rules 6-3 in favor of upholding all of the Obamacare subsidies for low-income Americans trying to purchase insurance.

And… June 26 – The Supreme Court rules 5-4 in favor of same sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states.

The media “reports” on the AK-47 and 30 round clips July 16 – In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mohammed Abdulazeez opens fire on a military recruitment center followed by a naval reserve facility seven miles away. Five people are killed, and Abdulazeez is shot and killed in a gunfight with police.

Defund the EPA. ‘nuff said!August 5 – The Animas River in Colorado turns orange after millions of gallons of contaminated water poured out of an abandoned mine. The accident occurs when EPA officials try to safely pump and treat the toxic water.

Why I’m a Prepper, reason #10 –  October 23 – Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded, makes landfall as a Category 5 storm over southwestern Mexico. (No one noticed because they had all moved North…)

He’s the Speaker of the Bait-And-Switch Department – October 29 – Paul Ryan officially becomes the 54th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, replacing the retiring John Boehner.

I’m sure this piece of paper, government intervention, and higher taxes will fix it –  December 12 – A landmark climate change agreement is approved in Paris at the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21.


They will be missed….

Wes Craven – August 30

Dean Jones – September 1

B.B. King – May 14

Christopher Lee – June 7

George “Meadowlark” Lemon – December 27

Jayne Meadows – April 26

Moses Malone – September 13

Leonard Nimoy – February 27

Dick van Patten – June 23

Sir Terry Pratchett – March 12

Dusty Rhodes – June 11

Wayne Rogers – December 31

Omar Sharif – July 10

Fred Thompson – November 1

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Where Were You?

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If you have been gifted with a generous life span, your life will be lightly speckled with historic milestones. These events affect us differently, but each leave their own impression. I know exactly where I was when an American set foot on the moon, when the Berlin wall came down, when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Northridge California, and September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers collapsed into rubble.911 Photo By kconnors MorgueFile

It was a Tuesday, and I went into work as I did on dozens of Tuesdays before that. When I went up to my cubicle, my boss was standing

before a TV in his office. I noticed the CNN banner and he looked at me with a shocked impression on his face and said, “We’ve been attacked.” I could only stare as the video repeated the carnage that had taken place earlier that morning.

The company I worked for was called Pelco. They made closed circuit television security systems. The company had an office in Orangeburg, New York and close ties to police and fire departments in New York City. Over the next few weeks, Pelco (a California based company) offered help in a multitude of ways from moral support, to financial, to providing camera equipment to assist in search and rescue efforts.

On December 8, 2001, Pelco hosted 1,150 firefighters, police, and port authority officers and their families at their Clovis, California headquarters. The dedication of the West Coast 9/11 memorial was a touching event but was intended to send a message of support and encourage healing for those who had lost so much. I was blessed to have been heavily involved in the proceedings and my best friend (later to become my wife) sang the national anthem.

To understand the impact, I remember a conversation with one of the fireman’s wives. Her husband was off a ways behind her and laughing with a group of men. She was crying. One of my workmates asked her if she needed anything and could he get her anything. She said, “I’m fine. It’s just that that’s the first time I’ve heard him laugh since September eleventh.”

The wound of 9/11 ran deep. We have healed the best one can do. How many of you remember? Do you teach your children of the impact of such historic events – on the country – on the people?

Do you know where you were on September 11, 2001? Tell us your story! Visit and click on the Contact Us page – We’d love to hear from you.


If you are ever in central California and would like to visit the 9/11 Memorial, it is now located in the Veterans Memorial Building, on the corner of Fourth and Hughes streets in Old Town Clovis California. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

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Fourth of July Fun Facts

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We at Conservative Prepper hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.


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The Future of Money

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I put a lot of information out on Twitter and Facebook regarding Bitcoin (aka Cryptocurrency or virtual currency).


It leads back to why I believe in emergency preparedness. You never know when bad times may strike, but there are indicators that give you a hint of what COULD happen, you just have to be paying attention. So I’m paying particular attention to world economics and what direction the United States is going. It’s not only possible, but probable, that a future crises will not be through a physical war but an economic collapse.

Today the US dollar is the primary world currency. These are also known as “reserve currencies.”  The other major reserve currencies are the Euro, Pound Sterling (Great Britain), and the Yen (Japan.)

Rumors are floating around that there is a new reserve currency coming. What will it be? It can’t be Russia because their economy is in a shambles. Putin might be flexing his muscles militarily but the country is on the brink, economically. China is strong but wholly communist. The Chinese yuan or renminbi (RMB) cannot be used as a reserve currency as long as the Chinese government maintains capital controls on the conversion of its currency.

According to Dr. Steve Sjuggerud (founder and editor of one of the largest financial newsletters in the world, True Wealth, a Stansberry Research publication) for the first time in 33 years, a new currency will likely get “reserve currency” status. What could it be? Continue reading

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