Unrecognized Socialism

I received this Email from a fellow firefighter friend:

Rick Moran

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.

The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck.

This fire went on for hours because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond.

Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.

“I thought they’d come out and put it out, even if you hadn’t paid your $75, but I was wrong,” said Gene Cranick.

Bottom line: the firefighters were there and they should have put the fire out. Standing by and doing nothing was cruel.

Daniel Foster at National Review discusses some of the issues, including the moral dimension but this is really a simple matter; there are some things government should do and one of them is creating and maintaining a fire department. Voluntary participation in a fire district is stupid and self defeating. The man whose house burned down shouldn’t have been billed; he should have been taxed. And if the town didn’t have the ability to tax him, then the state, or the county, or the township should do so and pass on the money to the fire district.

Libertarianism is a fine thing – until you’re being raped or your house burns down. Then it becomes clear that there are limits to voluntary participation in government.

The following is my Rant… I mean reply.

Until just recently(last 100 years), this was the way all departments were setup. It was the precursor of fire insurance. Beats the shit out of the property tax screwing we now have. The current scheme is nothing more or less than socialism. Why should I have to pay for the equipment and staff necessary to fight the fire at a neighbor’s home because they haven’t taken the safety precautions I have.

Where I use to live some neighbors refused to cut the pretty trees near their homes, in some cases these idiots would build a wood deck AROUND a tree. On the other hand, I created hundreds of feet of defensible space. When the Missionary ridge fire came raging through, most of my neighbor’s homes were lost, but mine wasn’t. However the firefighters wasted thousands of man hours and dollars trying to save these homes that stupid choices selected to burn.

Where we currently live I have cut ACRES of defensible space around our home, I spent big bucks for top-of-the-line electrical equipment, installed my own private high volume pressurized fire hydrant, lightning rod, grounded chimneys, and other common sense fire precautions. I refuse to expect someone else to pay for my own laziness, cheapness or stupidity.



Here’s another one for the “Is It Turned On?” file. If you are building a home and have a sever fear of heights, a two story home with a steep roof probably isn’t the best plan. Hell, I don’t have a fear of heights but because of our prior home’s 12/12 (45 degree) roof and the work I had to do on it, this home I built has no pitches greater than 5/12.

Published in: on September 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment  


I brought all my tools when we moved to our homestead. I didn’t really think about the most important because I used it to haul those tools.


Ol’ Hoss, has carried more than his fair share of our homesteading dreams, and will continue to for a long time I’m sure. I’ve taken him for granted and because of that maybe I haven’t explained how important a good big truck like he is.

If you are thinking about homesteading and/or building your own homestead house, you will need a truck, and I’m not talking about a lil’ japper “It gets great fuel mileage” um..truck. You will need a 4X4 with straight axles, a big engine that won’t get more than 20 miles to the gallon with a tailwind going downhill.
It doesn’t need to be made in this millennium, all be the same color, cost a bunch of money, or bring the chicks running when you park it. I wouldn’t consider anything less than 3/4 ton and would strongly urge a full ton. I also recommend a diesel because of the power to fuel consumption value. Diesels however have a whole set of their own problems when it gets cold. I prefer Dodge, (that should have been obvious from the hat, eh) but that’s more of a personal preference than anything else. All manufactures have made good and bad models. But the point is you will need one of these.

A person living in town can once every couple of years ask a friend with a big truck to help him out when they move. If you however are needing to haul, bags of cement, timbers, trees, firewood, travel trailers, stock trailers, livestock, gravel, other vehicles etc. on a regular basis…which you will if you are actually homesteading, you won’t be hooking these up to your little two wheel drive Toyota or your sports car (even if it has an aftermarket supercharger.)

Published in: on June 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm  Comments (1)  
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Let’s Talk of Penguins and Al Gore


Long before it was revealed that the data that made the global warming “hockey stick” graph was fabricated, some of us with a basic knowledge of history and some common sense knew it didn’t really matter. The tree huggers now say it doesn’t matter if it all started with a lie because it has been proven that some ocean ice is indeed melting. My response is: so fucking what? I’m not one of the people stupid enough to build a house at or below the current sea level. Hell, its June and we had snow last week and there is more forecasted for this Friday. I sacrifice all my yard wastes to the Fire God of Greenhouse Gases every chance I get. I say bring it!


Putting aside the argument of whether or not the world is actually warming, cooling or staying the same, here is why it doesn’t matter. Temperature fluctuations on this planet are a perfectly normal thing that have been happening for millennia. A very very short time ago in a global perspective (20000 years) where I’m currently growing my garden (along with a lot of the United States) there were thousands of feet of ice. A little common sense would reveal that a stage of “global warming” melted that ice.


A less well know piece of history deals with the best marketing scam ever. In the year 985 Erik the Red wanted to expand his people’s holdings from Iceland to include another island northwest from there. This is why an island that is more inhospitable than Iceland came to be named Greenland….. OK, so that didn’t really have much to do with global warming, but I really like that story, on to the relevant facts…. Currently citizens of Iceland and Greenland import over 95% of their food. The environment has been much too harsh to support the people living there (food wise, <a href="“>but this is changing however it wasn’t always that way. It’s not like old Erik or his son Leif ran containerships of food to the Greenland or Iceland villages. Those people grew their own food, which reveals that this planet went through a period of “global cooling” since that period.


In conclusion: 20000 years ago a person couldn’t grow food in Montana which is approximately three thousand miles from the North Pole but can today. Yet, 1000 years ago people could grow food in Iceland which is approximately half the distance as Montana from the North Pole (1500 miles,) but can’t today.
Now that it has been explained maybe you “environmentalists” can proceed to find something else to worry about. I’d recommend the amount of debt our country has, which incidentally all the “Green” regulatory policies have add to.

Just because Vikings rule!

Published in: on June 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm  Comments (2)  
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Is It Turned On?

This new category name was inspired by a comment made by someone I know on a forum I frequent. I tend to assume everybody has some amount of common sense….even though this has been proven to be false many times. This individual does IT support and their first question is always: “Is it turned on?”

I hate to be reminded that a large percentage of this planet’s population is idiots. I like my idealistic reality and tend to substitute it in place of the more painful aspects of relating to other people. However, this really isn’t fair to those who might be visiting this blog with hopes of someday immolating what I’m doing. I tried to think of a situation that I might end up in a “Is it turned on?” situation. Since I’d cut my wrists before ever entering Corporate America, the closest I can come up with is working on a seagoing ship. I’ve never lived within a thousand miles of the ocean, but still I don’t think I’d have many problems figuring it out. I still remember how to tie a bowline knot from my scouting days. I know how to tie a diamond and double diamond hitch knot from packing elk with horses. I know how to tie a figure eight from my rock climbing days. I know how to prusik knot from my firefighting days. I got pretty good at sailing a fourteen foot single mast boat….I know there are huge difference between that size of ship and the larger ones but I believe the basic understanding would get me through it.

I didn’t mean to turn this post into another “how awesome I am” post. I just wanted to explain why I have problems remembering that other people might not grasp some of the very basic concepts of living in the mountains.

It was brought to my attention that some people might not understand that road work is a part of this lifestyle. Outside of cities concrete and asphalt roads give way to dirt roads. These have the tendency to get wash-boarded/rutted/potholed and in severe cases they have been known to slide downhill from where they were built. If a city person has a problem with their road they call town hall or some other government agency. Most people living in the “country” now days if they have a problem with their road will call their homeowners association. When a homesteader has a problem with their road they will usually call Mother Nature names.

It so happened that I had to do some road work yesterday when a sinkhole opened up after my creek decided it was too good or too scared to go through my culvert, so I documented it to share with y’all.

After two loads of native rock rip-rap:


Hauling rocks:


Filled in except for top gravel:


Published in: on June 7, 2010 at 12:12 am  Comments (2)  
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