Trampling on Coal Country Families

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This is from Town Hall.

Here in Indiana we get most of our electricity from coal.

I see first hand the damage happening to our state and the coal miners along with their families.

My question is “How many of the coal miners and their families voted DemocRat and for Obama?

It is like cutting off your arm to get rid of a splinter in your finger.


Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system.

Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that US oil production has climbed 58% and natural gas output has risen 21% since 2008. But he doesn’t mention that this is due to hydraulic fracturing on state and private lands; production has actually fallen in areas controlled by the federal government, and radical environmentalists oppose fracking all over the USA.

Above all, the President’s war on hydrocarbons is a war on Coal Country families. For 21 states that still rely on coal to produce 40-96% of their electricity, it is a war on people’s livelihoods and living standards – on the very survival of small businesses and entire communities. The price of electricity has already risen 1-2 cents per kilowatt-hour in those states, from as little as 5.6 cents/kWh in 2009. If it soars to the 14.6 to 15.7 cents/kWh paid in “job-mecca states” like Californiaand New York – which rely on coal for less than 3% of their electricity – the impacts will churn through coal-dependant states like a tsunami.

Yet that is where rates are headed, as the Obama EPA’s carbon dioxide and other restrictions kick in. Hundreds of baseload coal-fired power plants (some 180 gigawatts of electric generation capacity) will be forced into premature retirement between 2010 and 2020. That’s more than 15% of the United States’ total installed capacity – enough electricity to power nearly 90 million average homes or small businesses. EPA assumes it can be replaced by expensive, unreliable, habitat-gobbling wind and solar power. It can’t.

EPA rules mean the price of everything people do will skyrocket: heating and air conditioning, lights and refrigeration, televisions, computers, medical equipment, machinery and every other gizmo that runs on electricity. Poor, minority and blue-collar families will have to find hundreds of dollars a year somewhere in their already stretched budgets. Shops and other small businesses will have to discover thousands of dollars, by delaying other purchases or laying people off. Factories, malls, school districts, hospitals and cities will have to send out search parties to locate millions a year at the end of rainbows.

Millions will get laid off – in coal mines, power plants, factories, shops and other businesses. Entire families and communities will be pounded and impoverished. Real people’s hopes, dreams, pride and work ethic will be replaced by despair and dependency. Bread winners will be forced to work multiple jobs, commute longer distances, and suffer severe sleep deprivation, if they can find work.

Families will have to cope with more stress, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, spousal and child abuse. Nutrition and medical care will suffer. More people will turn to crime. More will have strokes and heart attacks. More will die prematurely or commit suicide. For no measurable benefits.

EPA cites mercury, soot, asthma, climate change, hurricanes, seas rising seven inches a century, and even ocean acidification to justify the draconian rules. But the scientific basis is bogus. The agency cherry-picks data and studies that support its agenda, ignores libraries of contradictory research, rejects experts whose analyses question EPA conclusions, pays advisors and activists millions of dollars annually to rubberstamp and promote its regulations, and hides its work from those it decrees “are not qualified to analyze it.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change operates in much the same fashion.

Moreover, unhealthy US emissions plunged nearly 90% since 1970, even as coal use for electricity generation increased 170% – and the newest coal-fired power plants reduce pollution by almost this amount, using “supercritical” technologies, while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20% or more, according the EPA and US Energy Information Administration reports.

Meanwhile, China, India, Germany, Poland and other countries are building some 1,200 new coal-fired power plants, and numerous gas plants, to spur economic growth, preserve jobs and lift people out of poverty. So the sacrifices Mr. Obama is imposing will do nothing to reduce global CO2 levels, which the evidence increasingly shows plays only a minor to trivial role in climate and weather fluctuations.

It’s true that Detroit temperatures didn’t dip below freezing in January and February in’79 – followed by a frost in June. But that was 1879! When he was a boy, “snows were frequent and deep in every winter,” Thomas Jefferson recalled in December 1809. “The Greenland seas, hitherto covered [in ice], have in the last two years entirely disappeared,” Britain’s Royal Society reported in 1817. “We were astonished by the total absence of ice in Barrow Strait. [Six years ago the area was] still frozen up, and doubts were entertained as to the possibility of escape,” Captain Francis McClintock wrote in his ship’s log – in 1860.

And don’t forget the Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age, and the five frigid epochs that buried North America, Europe and Asia under glaciers a mile thick. Or the 4,000-year-old trees that recently emerged as modern glaciers melted back – proving that a forest grew in the now icy Alps just four millennia ago.

On and on it has gone, throughout Earth and human history: wild weather and climate swings on a recurring basis. But now, climate chaos cultists want us to believe such events began only recently, and we could stop today’s climate and weather aberrations – if we would just eliminate fossil fuels, destroy our economies, and condemn Third World families to permanent poverty and disease.

The truth is, there has been only one time in all of human history when governments were able to control Earth’s climate, and it is highly unlikely that we will ever return to those wondrous days.

So how do the EPA, IPCC, Michael Mann, Al Gore and other Climate Armageddonites deal with all these inconvenient truths, questions and skeptical researchers?

They hide their data and computer codes. Complain that they are being picked on. Refuse to debate “dangerous manmade global warming” skeptics. Harass and vilify contrarian experts, and boot them off university committees. Refuse to attend conferences where they might have to defend their manipulated data, junk science and absurd assertions. Al Gore won’t even take questions that he has not preapproved.

They have no cojones. They hide behind their sinecures the way Hamas terrorists hide behind children.

EPA won’t even hold hearings in Coal Country or states that will be hardest hit by soaring electricity costs. It hosts dog-and-pony shows and “listening sessions” in big cities like Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh – where it knows passionate lefty students and eco-activists will dominate. People who will be grievously impacted by the draconian job-killing regulations must travel long distances and pay for expensive hotels and meals or remain silent and ignored.

That stacks the deck – the same way the “public comment” process is tilted in favor of ultra-rich Big Green agitators who have the funding and organization to generate thousands or millions of comments.

We taxpayers pay for these studies, payoffs and propaganda. And we will get stuck with the regulations, soaring prices and lost jobs that result. We have a right to review and analyze the data and claims. We have a right to be heard, in a fair and honest process that truly takes our concerns into account.

At the very least, the House of Representatives needs to hold hearings, and have callous bureaucrats, slick scientists and computer modeling charlatans present their data, codes and findings under oath. Then voters need to vote Republican in November – to change the Senate majority, and restore at least a modicum of constitutional checks and balances to a system which has vested far too much power in an unaccountable Executive Branch that shows total disdain for honesty, transparency and working families.


How the Left Is Creating Dangerous “Target Enrichment Zones”

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This is from The Right To Bear.

As for me and my family, we refuse to do business with any company that will not welcome our firearms.

You refuse to accept that I am licensed by Indiana to carry a firearm, I refuse to send my money with you.


Whether you realize it or not, America is becoming saturated with “target enrichment zones.”

You might not have heard the term ”target enrichment zone” before, but doubtless you’re familiar with them.

They’re also known by another name… “Gun Free Zones.”

Therefore, a “target enrichment zone” is any place in the United States where the legal carry of guns is either prohibited or restricted in some way.

Every day more and more places across the U.S. become target enrichment zones. And it should come as no surprise that these are areas where criminals like to work the most.

For example, as soon as Target announced they’d strongly prefer for their customers to leave their guns at home, they were inundated with criminals who began to rob unsuspecting, unarmed customers at their stores.

Several Target stores in the state of Georgia were beset by a series of robberies that left shoppers terrified and victimized. World Net Daily reported:

On July 5, a woman in the Edgewood area of Atlanta had just parked her Mercedes Benz in a Target parking garage and exited her vehicle when she was approached by a black man who punched her in the head, knocking her to the ground.

He took her purse and car keys, then warned her to “stay on the ground or I will f—ing kill you,” according to police reports.

He then put her car in reverse and would have run her over if she hadn’t rolled out of the way, she told police. She said she obeyed his commands, according to

Just a few days prior to that incident, Gainesville County Police arrested Xavier Holland, 21, Zaccari Goudelock, 20, and Kenneth Loving, 17, for robbing a man of his $500 in cash in a Target parking lot.

“Officers did recover a firearm — a handgun — that was utilized during the commission of the crime,” Cpl. Kevin Holbrook told reporters.

What we’re witnessing is how liberal America’s quest to banish guns is actually creating these “target enrichment zones.”

When criminals can knowingly walk into a store, a movie theater, a bank, or any other building that forbids guns, they can carry on with their crime without fear because they know the people who surround them will have no way of defending themselves.

In target enrichment zones criminals can rape, pillage, and murder with impunity.

And all of these scenarios come as a result of companies acquiescing to the cries of irrational gun grabbers and their demands for “no more guns.”

The next time you see a target enrichment zone, think of saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Then move on to another location to spend your hard-earned money.

What One Recent Study Found About Murder Rates and Concealed Carry Permits Is Likely to Make Gun Owners Smile

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This is from The Blaze.

Not much if any coverage from the Obama Media.



More than twice as many Americans now hold concealed carry permits compared to seven years ago, and a new study is pointing out a drop in murder and violent crime rates during this same time frame.

The Crime Prevention Research Center released its Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States report Wednesday, revealing that 11.1 million Americans now hold concealed carry permits, while about 4.6 million carried them in 2007.

With the last concealed carry report from the Government Accountability Office three years ago indicating that about 8 million Americans held permits, the research center said its data analysis shows concealed carry permitting is “growing at faster and faster rates.”

The report also notes that based on data from 2007 and estimates from 2013 murder rates have fallen about 22 percent and violent crime rates have fallen by the same percentage as well.

The report acknowledges that many factors, not just the number of concealed carry permits, contribute to crime rates in different areas. Looking though at how crime rates varied before and after there were changes to permitting rules, “our analysis suggests that each 1 percentage point increase in the percent of the adult population holding permits is roughly associated with a 1.4 percent drop in the murder rate.”

The number of concealed carry permits issued compared with murder rates. (Image source: Crime Prevention Research Center)

The report says that more than 10 percent of the adult population in South Dakota, Indiana and Alabama now hold concealed carry permits, while 8 percent of the adult population in eight other states have permits.

Though the rate of permits being issued has grown, the report details how it might have more difficult to obtain them over time:

  • Each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point.
  • Each 10 years that the permit law is in effect increases the percent of adults with permits by 1.5 percentage points.
  • Giving government officials discretion in who gets permits, reduces the percent of adults with get permits by more than two-thirds.

States with 8 percent or more of the adult population holding concealed carry permits.  (Image source: Crime Prevention Research Center)

For those who might argue that increasing the number of concealed carry permits could lead to more crime, the report delves into whether permit holders are law abiding.

“Consider the two large states at the front of the current debate, Florida and Texas: Both states provide easy web access to detailed records of permit holders,” the report says. “During over two decades, from October 1, 1987 to May 31, 2014, Florida has issued permits to more than 2.64 million people, with the average person holding a permit for more than a decade.3 Few — 168 (about 0.006 [percent]) — have had their permits revoked for any type of firearms related violation, the most common being accidentally carrying a concealed handgun into a gun-free zone such as a school or an airport, not threats or acts of violence. It is an annual rate of 0.0002 percent.”

It also notes that the already low rate of permits being revoked is also declining.

“Over the last 77 months from January 2008 through May 2014, just 4 permits have been revoked for firearms-related violations. With an average of about 875,000 active permit holders per year during those years, the annual revocation rate for firearms related violations is 0.00007 percent — 7 one hundred thousandths of 1 percentage point,” the report says.

Read the Crime Prevention Research Center’s full report.

The Crime Prevention Research Center was created by economist and researcher John Lott earlier this year to “advance the scientific understanding of the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.”

“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals,” Lott told Fox News about the recent study’s findings. “Some criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don’t come into contact with victims and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victims.”

Photo Series Depicts The Absurdity Of The Weirdest Laws In America

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This is from Elite Daily.

Here in Indiana it is against the law to eat onions on Sunday.

It is legal to have a duel in Indiana as long as the following conditions are met.

1- you notify and get approval from the Sheriff in the county of where the duel is to be fought.

2-You have to hold the duel 15 minutes before day break.

3- Have a medical doctor in attendance.

3- You and the other party have to chose seconds.

4-You must use single shots pistol or a swords.



Believe it or not, it’s against the law to walk around with an ice cream cone in your back pocket when you’re in Alabama.

It makes complete sense, though. Why would you want to do that to yourself? In addition, there are a bunch of other obscure laws that are currently being enforced around the United States.

In a recent photo series conducted by Olivia Locher, a handful of outrageous laws from Maine to California are visualized.

If you plan on traveling any time soon and engaging in strange activities, you’re going to want to know your rights first. Or the rights you don’t have, rather.

Check them out below!

It’s against the law to tickle a woman under her chin with a feather duster in Maine.

You can’t carry a violin in a paper bag while in public in Utah.

It’s unlawful to sell hollow logs in Tennessee.

You can’t wear transparent clothing in Rhode Island. I’m guessing they’ve had horrific experiences with that kind of stuff.

Serving wine in teacups while in Kansas is highly illegal. Mugs are fine, though.

In California, it’s against the law to ride a bike in a swimming pool.

Don’t walk around with an ice cream cone in your back pocket while in Alabama. That’d also be illegal.

If pickles don’t bounce in Connecticut, they’re not considered pickles.

In Wisconsin, it’s against the law to serve apple pie without cheese.

While you’re in Oregon, you can’t test your physical endurance or exercise while driving. Kiss your spring workout routine goodbye!

Don’t put coins in your ears while in Hawaii. That’s illegal, too.

In Texas, it’s unlawful for children to have absurd, obscure haircuts.

Wearing jeans that are form-fitting around the waist is considered unlawful in Delaware.

H/T: UFunk, Photos Courtesy: Olivia Locher




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Just when most of the snow has melted in my corner of Indiana

we have more on the way with freezing rain,ice then snow.

The local weather man says 6 inches to as much as 12 inches

that total includes about1 to 1.5 inches of ice.

I am hibernating for sure hurry up spring.

Bill Would Exempt OK-Made Guns, Ammo From Feds

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This is from Oklahoma’s 9 News.

I would like to see my home state Indiana pass a bill like this.


Oklahoma City, OK –

A bill that would exempt guns and ammunition manufactured in the state of Oklahoma from federal regulations has cleared a House committee.

The House States’ Rights Committee voted 8-3 on Tuesday for the “Oklahoma Firearms Sales and Manufacturing Initiative” by Arcadia Republican state Representative Lewis Moore.

The bill makes it illegal for any federal employee or agent to enforce any U.S. regulations on firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition that is manufactured in Oklahoma and remains within the state’s borders.

12/20/2013 Related Story: Gun Rights Advocate Talks About New Book In OKC

The bill does not apply to firearms that take more than one person to operate or ammunition with exploding projectiles.

The bill also prohibits physicians from documenting information about a patient’s gun ownership.

Reaching out…


Hat Tip To Old NFO.

Please help spread the word.

As a fellow Hoosier I want these scumbags locked up.

Kyle Jobin WEB

Kyle Jobin victim. photo credit  Fox 59 News Indianapolis,Indiana

MSgt Bis reaching out for anyone that might can help his best friends in Indiana find the killers of their son.

Go read HERE, and get the word out.

Some of our readers might be able to help…

Thanks in advance,


The Big Question: To Conceal or Not to Conceal

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This is from Clash Daily.

This debate will keep going as long as we are still able to carry a firearm.

I have said this before I am grateful I live in Indiana as both open and concealed carry is legal.

I do both forms of carry that being said I concealed carry because I like to keep the bad guys guessing.


Every day it seems there are more stories of some of the 2A brethren pushing the envelope by open-carrying. The story usually grabs a headline. The picture tends to show a confrontation between a police officer and an openly carrying individual. Many online stories come complete with video and audio as friends record the event on their phones. The open carry faction of the gun rights movement demand what they believe to be a God given human right documented and guaranteed through our Second Amendment. They see it literally. Black and white. No need for a permit. No need for permission. No need for concealment. No off limits places. No restrictions. A right is a right is a right, right?

They root this belief in the Second Amendment itself and I will just say I don’t disagree, but. Let’s review for fun the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” There is nothing in there about permission, background checks, concealing, permitting, limiting magazine capacity, calibers, gun free zones, or much of anything restrictive that we are dealing with every day in America. It reads like patriot poetry, beautiful words of freedom. Oh, if it was just that easy, but we all know it’s not. Let’s start with why would you want to open carry? I think there are three main reasons to do it.

1- Function. You feel that open and easy access to your weapon is necessary to achieve victory in an armed altercation. Also, hunting or working outside can make open carrying the most logical thing to do for safety sake.
2- Rights. Since it’s our right, some people want to do it just because they can. This falls under the whole freedom thing. Are we not free to do what is within our rights?
3- Shock Value. Some people like to be the center of attention. Whether it’s getting arrested on TV or just stirring the societal pot, some people enjoy being the fly-in-the-ointment.

I’m sure there are other reasons, but these listed would encompass most of them. Feel free to add more in the comments section. State by state this topic is being tossed around. Some states are staunchly against while others, mostly out west, say carry away. I like personal choice within our right to carry, the ultimate freedom. The less the government micromanages our affairs the better as far as I’m concerned. With that said, I personally only open carry for reason #1. If I’m hunting or in bear country and wearing a winter coat, I like that heavy handgun accessible as Momma Bear comes around the bend. Otherwise, I would never open carry. Just my opinion.

Here’s why. I don’t like attention. I would never do it for reason #3. I’ve always been that way. It might just be me, but I don’t like public attention. (My wife is snickering right now as I try to book another speaking event!) I’d rather know a secret and keep it than tell the whole world.

I don’t like freaking people out either. I believe our cause may be hurt by scaring the sheep of our world. The gun control sheeple of America have been conditioned to fear the mere site of blued steel. Guns of all kinds really, but pistols especially scare the begeezus out of them.

My goal is to advance our gun rights within my lifetime or at the very least hand to my sons and daughters the ones we were given. Fear of weapons is the most powerful tool our anti-gun opposition has. I personally don’t want to give them any more power by walking around Wal-Mart open carrying.

I know it’s my right to do it. Calm down open carriers. I’m still on your side. I didn’t say you couldn’t do it. I just told you why I don’t. My last reason to choose to conceal is the aspect of surprise. I prefer my enemy not to see it coming. I like the idea that Joe Psycho may walk into a locale and open fire thinking all of us are unarmed. Then he will get to know the dirty little secret. We aren’t all unarmed. BAM! Dead psycho. I feel carrying concealed gives me an advantage against a would-be adversary. I know open carry folks are typing furiously right now. Blasphemy! Open carrying makes you safer as a deterrent.

They feel that when Joe Psycho sees you are carrying he will leave you alone! Right? Wrong. If that was true, we would never have a cop smacked in the head, disrespected, or shot and killed. They open carry all the time. Are they exempted from being a target? No. Sometimes, they are a bigger target because of who they are and what they openly carry.

As you ponder the age old question, to conceal or not to conceal, check why you’re doing it and what you hope to accomplish. I choose to conceal. My home state of Iowa has a Permit to Carry. It doesn’t require concealment. I choose concealment, but that’s just me. However you do it…Keep Calm and Carry On!

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This is from My

I never thought I would live to see a bigger dumbass in

the office of Vice President than Albert Arnold (Ziffel) Gore.

Then along comes the election of 2008 and Slow Joe Biden

becomes Vice President.

Here in my corner of Indiana will starting tonight and ending

sometime Monday get 10-12 inches of Globull warming.

We set a record for cold on Thursday night/Friday morning

of -7 below zero and will be setting more records for cold.

I took the headline from Clash Daily.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia even in a region where residents are accustomed to bundling up.

This “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, is caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, will be pushed down to the U.S., funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.

Ryan Maue, of Tallahassee, Fla., a meteorologist for Weather Bell, said temperature records will likely be broken during the short yet forceful deep freeze that will begin in many places on Sunday and extend into early next week. That’s thanks to a perfect combination of the jet stream, cold surface temperatures and the polar vortex.

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” he said “If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

The temperature predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago. At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in because wind chills could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.

Sunday’s playoff game in Green Bay could be among one of the coldest NFL games ever played. Temperatures at Lambeau Field are expected to be a frigid minus 2 degrees when the Packers and San Francisco 49ers kickoff, and by the fourth quarter it’ll be a bone-chilling minus 7, with wind chills approaching minus 30, according to the National Weather Service. Officials are warning fans to take extra safety measures to stay warm including dressing in layers and sipping warm drinks.

Minnesota called off school for Monday statewide, the first such closing in 17 years, because of projected highs in the minus teens and lows as cold as 30 below. Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., students also won’t be in class Monday. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple urged superintendents to keep children’s safety in making the decision after the state forecast called for “life threatening wind chills” through Tuesday morning.

And though this cold spell will last just a few days as warmer air comes behind, it likely will freeze over the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, meaning frigid temperatures will likely last the rest of winter, Maue said.

“It raises the chances for future cold,” he said, adding it could include next month’s Super Bowl in New Jersey.

Snow already on the ground and fresh powder expected in some places ahead of the cold air will reduce the sun’s heating effect, so nighttime lows will plummet thanks to strong northwest winds that will deliver the Arctic blast, Maue said. And there’s no warming effect from the Gulf to counteract the cold air, he said.

The cold blast will sweep through parts of New England, where residents will have just dug out from a snowstorm and the frigid temperatures that followed. Parts of the central Midwest could also see up to a foot of snow just as the cold sweeps in pulling temperatures to 10 below zero in the St. Louis area.

Even places accustomed to normally mild to warmer winters will see a plunge in temperatures early next week, including Atlanta where the high is expected to hover in the mid-20s on Tuesday.

“This one happens to be really big and it’s going to dive deep into the continental U.S. And all that cold air is going to come with it,” said Sally Johnson, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

It’s relatively uncommon to have such frigid air blanket so much of the U.S., maybe once a decade or every couple of decades, Maue said. But in the long-run the deep temperature dives are less meaningful for comparison to other storms than daytime highs that are below-zero and long cold spells, he said.

And so far, this winter is proving to be a cold one.

“Right now for the winter we will have had two significant shots of major Arctic air and we’re only through the first week of January. And we had a pretty cold December,” Maue said.

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At Home Self-Defense Tips for Any Invasion

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This is from Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

Indiana has a castle doctrine law so your not obligated to


I promise you if you invade my home you will get a chance to

meet God face to face courtesy of my Remington 870.

The bad part about escaping is there may be others outside.


by Tim Dearwester, Founder and President of Second Defense Alliance:


Home invasions occur at an alarming rate of one every 15 seconds in the United States, and that statistic is enough to spur many homeowners into action. Many people have already created action plans, secured an insurance policy, and installed an alarm system. Even with these steps taken, however, a home is not immune from a real home invasion.

If someone does manage to successfully get past security systems and reinforced doors, a home’s occupants need to know how to escape, how to defend themselves, and how to reduce the likelihood of injury or even death. By following some basic tips and guidelines, homeowners will give themselves a fighting chance at surviving the worst possible effects of a burglary that compromises their home.

1. Know More than One Escape Route

Most families have prepared an “action plan” for a home invasion, identifying what each member of the family should do and how they should secure their own safety as part of the broader group’s plan. Many times, however, families give themselves just one escape route from the home and away from harm. This is a mistake. Home invasions are fluid and fast-changing. Criminals are unpredictable, and they could easily block the plan’s identified escape route and place the family’s safety at risk.

Instead of identifying just one escape route for the home’s occupants, make sure that at least three routes to safety are identified and known by everyone in the home. This will act as a type of insurance, giving families multiple ways to bypass criminals and secure their own safety without the threat of a violent confrontation in many cases.

2. Have a Gun Ready as a Last Resort

Not all home invasions have to end with the use of a firearm, and homeowners are encouraged only to use their gun as a last resort if their life or the lives of their family members are in immediate danger. Even so, having a firearm prepared for the prospect of a home invasion is an excellent idea and one of the leading home invasion protection tips offered by experts in the field. Having a firearm ready constitutes at least the following few tips:

– Be sure the firearm is locked away in a central location, accessible via a numerical code of biometric verification process that only family members can complete


Have the firearm cleaned, lubricated, and loaded, ready to be fired in the interest of self-defense at a moment’s notice

– Ensure that each family member who may need to use the gun has received the proper training so that they can use the firearm safely and actually hit their target with an increased level of accuracy

3. Seek Self-Defense Training that Covers Several Key Bases

One of the best ways to ensure safety and survival during a home invasion is to seek self-defense training from a local professional. This allows for self-defense at home that can be conducted in several ways, since great training will show homeowners and their families how to both fight with their hands and how to create makeshift weapons for self-defense against exceedingly dangerous criminals.

Best of all, many self-defense classes and training programs are offered by community groups and nonprofit organizations, many of which are concerned more with promoting safety than with turning a profit. That means many programs are free of charge to the public, making this one of the most affordable self defense at home techniques currently available to the typical homeowner.

4. Designate a Safe Room in the House if Escape is Not Possible

The first priority of a family during a home invasion should be to remove themselves from the situation and therefore remove or reduce their risk of serious injury or other consequences. If this is not possible, however, it’s a good idea for the family to have an identified safe room where they can all gather during a burglary. Though this room will not necessarily keep the family safe, it will keep them together and give them the ability to fight back against threats to their personal safety as a group.

5. Learn the Best Positioning for Self-Defense with a Weapon in the Safe Room

If a robber attempts to enter the safe room, putting the family at harm, the homeowner with the gun should understand the proper positioning to defend the family and wound the intruder. Generally, this is called the “fatal funnel.” It involves the family backing into the corner furthest from the door, giving them maximum response time to decide whether or not a gun wound is their only chance of survival and self-defense.

If so, this farther distance will allow for a more accurate shot and one that wounds, rather than kills, the intruder.

Be Sure to Consider all Options and Possibilities When Creating a Plan.

Self-defense against a home invasion requires a great deal of planning and training, but it can absolutely pay off when family members are safe, their home is protected, and their escape plan works seamlessly. With great training that involves firearm accuracy, hand-to-hand self-defense, and even improvised safety plans, each family can ensure that a home invasion causes minimal loss of money, life or property.

About SDA Founder and President

Tim Dearwester

Mr. Dearwester has always wanted to help others. In high school he tutored inner-city children and children with learning disabilities. During college, he continued to help others by volunteering as a mentor and big brother. Today he continues to give back and tries to live each day by The Golden Rule.

After college, his career began in home building and land development of residential communities. He has successfully owned and operated his own businesses since 1985 and has always been involved and given back to the community.

Recently he purchased a fishing lake so that families can fish, camp, and create great lasting memories. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, a firm believer in the Second Amendment, and values his friends and family above all else.

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