The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we focus on furniture with secret compartments for guns–such as the Bedbunker Gun Vault.

2012 Gun Ban is Keeping Maduro in Power

A Closer Look At The 2012 Gun Ban That’s Helping Maduro Stay In Power. (Thanks to Gregg P. for the link.)

John Wick: Parabellum

The third John Wick film (“Chapter 3 – Parabellum”) opens Friday, May 17th. I only consider the noteworthy because of the extensive live fire training that Keanu Reeves did with the folks at Taran Tactical. That level of commitment to realistic competition guns and realistic gun handling is a rarity in Hollywood!

$30,000 in Fines After Not Mowing Lawn

Reader DSV sent this one: Homeowner faces $30K in fines, foreclosure after not mowing lawn. The article begins:

“A Dunedin [Florida] man faces sky-high fines and possible foreclosure on his home after code enforcement cited him for overgrown grass in his yard.

Jim Ficken returned home last summer to find the grass in his yard grew more than 10 inches tall. Ficken spent most of his time in South Carolina helping take care for his late mother’s estate.

Ficken says the man who mowed his yard unexpectedly died and the grass hadn’t been cut.

City code enforcement officers noticed and started fining Ficken $500 a day, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Pinellas County. The fines mounted to nearly $30,000 before the city notified Ficken of the problem, according to Ficken.”

Effective Gun Rights Lobbying

A long-time friend wrote to mention his disgust with the NRA’s spending scandal and other scandals. He asked if it was worthwhile to continue renewing his membership. My reply: “In my opinion, in terms of effective lobbying, your money is better spent joining the Gun Owners of America (GOA). Or, if you are already a member there, then bumping up to the next level of membership. Or perhaps also getting a Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) membership.”

Homeless Excavations are Destroying Flood Levees

A news broadcast video and text, from California: Homeless Digging Into Crucial Flood Levees Putting Thousands Of Homes In Danger. (A hat tip to Sean B. for the link.)  Here is an brief excerpt:

“There’s a growing threat to the levees that protect areas of Sacramento from flooding, and the city is not doing much to stop it.

“This is public infrastructure and needs to be preserved,” said Tim Kerr, general manager for the American River Flood Control while inspecting the levee damage.

Sometimes erosion can be caused by fallen trees or rodents, but now, levee monitors are finding that damage is being intentionally caused by homeless people carving out campsites on the American River.”

Furniture with Secret Compartments for Guns

Top 10 People Making Furniture With Secret Compartments For Guns. This video of course includes the well-known Bedbunker Gun Vault. (We have one of them here at the Rawles Ranch.)

Guide to Overthrowing Foreign Governments

H.l. was the first of several readers to send us this: US Special Forces Command Issues New Guide For Overthrowing Foreign Governments

Media Lost Interest in the Latest School Shooting

Another article link from DSV: Why the Media Suddenly Lost Interest in the Latest School Shooting. Here is a snippet:

“After the shooting, other than some virtue signaling by the media, the story has left the front pages, as the narrative may be inconvenient for the leftist agenda. CNN and MSNBC have lived up to their reputation as “drive-by media” by quickly moving on. No interviews with David Hogg or other gun control fanatics. So, what are some of the inconvenient aspects to this story that the media would prefer to drive by without any discussion or analysis?

Let’s start with the weapons. The two shooters, “opened fire with handguns that were concealed in a guitar case”, as reported by the Daily Mail in an unexpected good faith effort at honest journalism. Handguns? What happened to those evil AR-15’s or “assault weapons” that Democrats and the media constantly warn about? These are what the Huffington Post calls “weapons of war.”

The reality is that most gun crimes are committed with handguns not rifles. But this doesn’t fit the media narrative and it’s better to drive-by the story rather than explain this inconvenient truth.”

160 Acres in Northwest Montana

This new property listing at caught my eye: 160 acres off the grid near McGregor Lake, Flathead County, Montana.

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  1. My Sportsmen association requires NRA membership. I am a member of FOAC and just took your advice and donated to GOA and FPC. I never liked the way the NRA has abandoned sportsmen and became a vile political organization. If we took the NRA membership requirement in our charter to a vote to remove it, I think it would would pass.

  2. As I once served the Marine Corps and proud of it, Oliver North should of never been pardon. His pardon should be revoked and sent to prison. He is disgrace to the United States and the Marine Corps.

    I saw this coming with NRA years ago and never was a member. Please do support other organizations such as GOA as I do.

    I’d be careful using ideas on public videos where to hide your firearms and other valuable things, this give criminals and government such as the BATF ideas where to look. Use your imagination on where to hide stuff. Think like a criminal and the government.

    1. My sentiments exactly on LTC North. He was probably a good platoon leader but I’ve never been a fan after he went rogue in his White House role. I did read the book he wrote. Both he and Fawn Hall should have been jailed.

  3. Regretfully, I am a Life Member of the NRA. I forked over $330 before I woke up. Just Google images of the NRA Headquarters building. A picture is worth 1,000 words. Think of how many empty suits with 6-digits salaries work there.

    Today my $20 check to GOA is one of the easiest check to write all year.

  4. RE: $30,000 in fines for not mowing the lawn. Did Mr. Ficken not know his neighbors? I cant imagine any of my neighbors not questioning why my grass was overgrown, and on finding I was out of town, mowing my grass. Heck, we do that for each other anyway.

  5. It sounds to me like the ‘code enforcement officers’ and city councilmen of Dunedin Florida should be corrected MOST SEVERELY. Most severely indeed.

    1. Yes, with extreme prejudice, if you know what I mean. Code enforcement officers deserve the hottest place in hell, IMO, for committing mala in se acts to enforce mala prohibita laws.

  6. Hmm, furniture with hidden compartments, all well and good. but all or most of the LEO’s ( both fed and local ) are looking at these videos and publications and will know where to look, as well as the criminal element. these are nice , but lets’ use our imagination

  7. Don’t give up on the NRA yet! Let them clean house and give them another chance, as they have done much good for our 2nd Amendment right! Without that right, ALL of our God given rights are gone!!!!!!!!!

    1. The NRA is going thru a rough period. But don’t forget the org that the dems call out as their biggest obstacle to gun control. It’s the NRA! I don’t hear the GOA or other orgs being mentioned on the news as defenders of gun rights, only the NRA. These other orgs maybe good and maybe we should support all of them, but I believe that the NRA does more good that all the others combined.

      1. NRA has been behind every single act of [Federal] gun control.

        They always have been against the second amendment and never will stop.

  8. IF you think that one organization can protect your gun rights you are mistaken. You need to be members of multiple organizations, NRA, GOA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, JPFO. I put my money where my mouth is. 100 million gun owners and 6 million NRA members? Maybe if the 94 million gun owning freeloaders would join the NRA and other organizations we could make some progress securing 2A once and for all. NRA is the ONLY organization in the anti-gun crosshairs. Sniping from the sidelines by fair weather patriots does the cause no good. Stop whining! We have enough enemies without our own working against us. If this is too frank, tough.

    1. It would be a lot more productive to have 20 million GOA members, than 100 million NRA fence-sitters. Remember–NRA approved and supported our most obnoxious Federal laws. NRA does NOT uphold our unalienable right to keep and bear military-grade weapons of war, as required by the Constitution.

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