Strategic Relocation Briefing: Texas: “A Huge Area Where One Can Find Mild Weather, Good Water, Rural Farmland And Down To Earth People”

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    This week’s strategic relocation briefing from Joel Skousen takes us to the Lone Star State. Well known for its Second Amendment freedoms, expansive landscape, good hearted people and die-hard liberty lovers, those looking to relocate may find Texas to be an optimum final destination for a home or retreat. The business climate in the state has always been welcoming and advantageous, as has the cost of living, which is far lower than states like California or New York. But, like any retreat area in the country, it is not without its drawbacks.

    Whether you are looking at Texas as a possibility or not, the following analysis from Joel Skousen guides you through the pros and cons of finding that perfect homestead and highlights key considerations such as metro areas and their suburban extensions, water availability and future trends as they relate to population growth. All of these points are essential to making the right decision.

    If you have any questions about Texas or another retreat locale you can always contact the good folks at Survival Retreat Consulting (SRC) to help provide some guidance. When you’re ready to start searching for a home or retreat take a look at the Strategic Relocation For Sale By Owner web site – you’ll find nationwide listings, prepper-minded search tools and property survival ratings.

    For insights on other areas of the country (and world) we recommend reading previous Strategic Relocation Briefings from Mr. Skousen. They are chalk full of incredible information that you’ll most certainly find helpful.

    texas-hill-country(Pictured: A Longhorn enjoys the expansive landscape in Texas Hill Country.)

    Strategic Relocation Briefing: Eastern Texas
    By Joel Skousen
    Author, Strategic Relocation and The Secure Home

    Texas is a very large state with more than one climate and geography—very dry in the West and humid in the eastern part from Tyler down to Houston.  This week, I’ll cover east Texas as a Strategic Relocation destination.  But first we’ll cover some of the pros and cons of living in Texas as a state.

    Climate:  Texas has a wide range of climate because of its size. Since it is located in the south central part of the continent, it experiences the effects of two dangerous air masses, Canadian cold air and the Gulf of Mexico’s warm, moist air, which often collide over Texas causing huge thunderstorms and tornados.  Eastern Texas has a Gulf Coastal climate with more rain than west Texas, lending to its pine forests, deep soil, and good growing conditions.  Texas gets a lot of sun so solar potential is good in the East and excellent in the drier West.

    Population density is well below average in rural Texas (about 35 ppl/sq. mile), and above average within 50 miles of all the major cities.  Overall, the cost of living in Texas is the 6th lowest in nation, partly owing to its lack of an income tax.

    Only 2% of Texas is government owned (State and federal), however, building permits are required state wide. Water Quality is good, except in urban areas (where 66% of Texas’ water supplies are fluoridated).  Stay some distance from large commercial farms where extensive fertilization of crops and spraying of chemicals takes place.  Air pollution is not a big problem in Texas except in the major cities. Traffic is only a big problem in Houston and Dallas/Ft, and to a lesser extent in Austin and San Antonio.

    Texas is a conservative state although the large cities always tend to favor more liberal policies and the social welfare state—owing mostly to the liberal mainstream media, which dominates all large metro areas.  Corruption in Texas government and police is very high, including the metro level. The “good ol’ boys” network is a source of pride among all levels of power in Texas.

    Gun liberty is pretty good in Texas. State law does not require a permit to purchase firearms, but is required to carry concealed (a “shall issue” if you meet the requirements.). Open carry of a handgun is not permitted except on your own property, but long guns are allowed in open carry in rural areas. Alternative Medicine is allowed with the full range of natural health practices. Home Schooling is nearly unfettered with the state which requires no notification, nor test scores.

    Overall, I rate Texas pretty high except around the major cities. But in the long-term my assessment of Texas will always be diminishing due to the flood of illegal immigration, accompanied by crime, welfare dependency and socialist political trends—all of this encouraged or tacitly encouraged by the globalist multicultural conflict agenda guiding the current administration. Sadly, conservative Texans are easily fooled by politicians who talk and walk like traditional Texans and who say what conservatives want to hear, but are in league with powerful and corrupt national forces which intend to subvert traditional values in this once great state.

    In general, because of the sheer size of this state, you can find medium-term safety in most rural areas away from the Mexican border and enjoy a fairly low cost lifestyle—at least for the present.  But, keep in mind that many areas of Texas, especially in the humid Gulf Coast, cities like Houston have only grown large due to air conditioning.  Without it life is pretty miserable during the summers.

    All of the major metros in Texas are too big to survive social unrest in a major crisis, so you should plan on a rural retreat—and those should not be toward the south where the influx of immigrants are already becoming the majority.  If you must live near one of the large metro areas, you should locate in the suburban towns on the outer ring of any metro area. And within those suburban towns, you should also be located near the least populated segments leading away from cities. For, example, if you’re in the middle of suburban Plano or Garland, you will have a hard time escaping the traffic generated locally, not to mention what is being generated deeper inside the Dallas metro area. Remember, if you can’t get out quickly, you might as well stay put—don’t get stranded on the freeways or roads.

    In the Dallas area/Fort Worth area, your best retreat sites are further East into the pine forest country of East Texas and northwest (toward the small towns near Witchita Falls)—but in this case, you can’t get West without first going north.  In the Houston area, you want to locate on the periphery in a northerly arc, centered around Spring Texas.  You best retreat sites are NW into the pine country of East Texas.

    East Texas:  This is the beautiful pine country near the Louisiana border and the Gulf Coast.  It is generally defined by the east side of I-45 going north to an imaginary line going further north from Fairfield to Greenville on I-30 and then East to the border.  This area encompasses the outer ring of suburban cities around Houston, along the Gulf Coast to Port Arthur and includes all the small towns going north to Tyler Texas.  There are lots of good rural sites around the towns of Athens and Palestine, but most any rural area in the pine country will do.

    Naturally, the Gulf Coast portion of this area within 25 miles of the water is not recommended due to the threat of Hurricanes.  This is a huge area where one can find mild weather, good water, rural farmland clearings and down to earth people.  However, keep in mind that the towns closest to Dallas and Houston will eventually receive a lot of refugees; so keeping to the central zone around the Angelina National Forest will give you the most buffering distance.

    One of the big advantages of East Texas over West Texas is better soil depth and the ability to build basements without dealing with the notorious Caliche hardpan out West.  Wherever you decide to relocate to, be sure and check the listings at  Todd Savage, who runs the website has a great deal of expertise in preparedness property.

    Survival Retreat Consulting, Todd Savage, on Bugging Out to your Retreat: There are some emergencies that call for drastic measures. We could go through a whole list of emergencies, but you’ll know when the crap really hits the fan and when to employ certain measures. In Texas, as well as other metro areas with outlying suburban townships, getting out via vehicle can be a major issue. The following technique could be the best bet to get out successfully if you’re caught off guard by a major event in and around major congested cities, especially when your timing and bug out route are compromised for whatever reason.

    Emergency Bug Out Driving: Most volunteer Firefighter/EMT’s or even reserve LEO’s, probably have emergency warning lights installed in their vehicles. These come in handy when happening upon accident scene, et cetera, however they can be a Preppers best friend with the right type of vehicle, for that last ditch bug out.

    Discreetly storing several Red or Blue (depending upon your jurisdiction) inside mounted LED light bars, the ones with window suction cups (about 10-12 inches in length each, for easy storage) can be used to move through traffic, possibly, if the conditions are right.

    Will this work with your swagger wagon (Mini-van?), I highly doubt it, but those with Suburban’s and other SUV’s may look into this as a viable option, especially white, black and red colors. Could you go all out and install a siren and make magnet signs for a Fire Department or whatever, even going so far as making a uniform? Sure, but remember this is only to be used in that major TEOTWAWKI event, as there is certainly jail time awaiting you for actually impersonating an emergency worker.

    Would any of this matter if you used this technique during a nuclear, biological or EMP lights out event? I doubt it. These items can be purchased easily online and stored for that rainy day. Most likely these are items that you may have never thought about needing to put in your bug-out bag, but they could be that thin margin between life and death.

    Texas is spectacular for Solar alternative energy systems. The number one upgrade that almost all of our clients complete within the first year of making their Strategic Relocation is upgrading their retreat home with alternative energy. Besides abundant Water, energy creation is next in line.

    I spoke with Brandon and Maggie, our friends over at Iron Edison Solar this morning. They have announced the new 300Ah USA made Series battery.  This battery is rated for 30 years or 11,000 full discharge cycles! SRC highly recommends the Iron Edison battery to all of our consulting clients.Mention this article or SRC to get 10% off your order!

    Strategic Relocation Realty from the American Redoubt, is looking for several Prepper Realtors in the Texas area to bring aboard as referral brokers. If you know of anyone that would qualify to represent your fellow Prepper in a real estate transaction (Discrete, Knowledgeable, Honest and a Prepper, of course), please email us his or her information. Thank you, Todd Savage

    This article has been generously contributed by the Strategic Relocation web site. Contact Survival Retreat Consulting for any questions you may have about Texas or other retreat locations in the United States or around the world.


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      1. “You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”
        -Davy Crockett

        • “If I owned Hell and Texas, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.”

          – Gen. Phil Sheridan

          • RE: Davy Crocket – IT’S NOT YOUR TO GIVE AWAY!! – One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose:

            Mr. Speaker— I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to giveaway as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.

            Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.

            He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would but for that speech, it received but few votes, and, of course, was lost.

            **TODAYS Congress finds every way possible to give all our money away, and so much more, they borrow more money with interest to also give away and then place that National Debt on the back of Taxpayers. We need more Davy Crockets today, and vote out these scoundrels.

            • Yet people keep electing the same assholes and keep paying their taxes,,,,
              Is bullshit

              • The author of “Strategic Relocation” lives in Utah.

                Strategic reasoning dictates you relocate to Utah.

                • Ahhh Texas the land of steers and queers. Nice photo of a steer above. I disagree with the Author JoelSk. Texas is one of most polluted States in the union and you can thank the oil industry and the chemical manufactures that dwstroyed the environment with little oversight. Yeah Houston you do have a problem. OK how about all the illegals and the porous border with a 3rd world country. Illegals crossing your land carrying bales of dope.. Knock Knock… Who’s there? Its MS-13 cane we use your bathroom. How about your phone. Let us in…

                  • @ WWTI- Dude youre a dumbass. Texas is NOT the most polutted, and certainly not because of “evil” oil and chemicals. I dont see you complaining when you turn your lights on, or turn the thermostat up or down to heat/cool your moms basement. When the shit does hit the fan, TEXAS is where you want to be. Within the first week MS-queerboys would be a distant memory. You dont think that if it werent illegal they wouldnt be taking these illegals out when they come onto our property? Get a grip jerkweed- the ONLY reason these illegals are coming in is because we are LAW ABIDING citizens. When that goes out the window you will see the true strength on Texans, and the rest of Americans!

                • Your,while I can see your line of reasoning perhaps author just claims to live in Utah,opsec and all.

                  • Hell, I’m just glad he is talking about somewhere in the USA for a change.

            • Just read a recent biography of Crockett, he was certainly not the country bumpkin most folks think he was.

              He was, however, not a good politician, and perennially in debt. This was due both to his penchant for good living when he had funds, and his honesty that prevented him from lining his pocket while in office. His career in Congress failed when he received little support for his land bills to benefit the frontier peoples, and he did not win re-election, sending him to Texas in 1835. He was so short of funds he sold his pocket watch for thirty dollars in Natchez along the way.

              He hoped to cash in on the tail end of the revolt in Texas, gaining a large land grant, and living out his life there. That didn’t quite work out, as we all know.

              He is still one of the great American heroes.

              • Smokey, AMEN to your comments also. although he never really accomplished anything in Congress, he damned sure proved himself to be a man of the people. He wouldn’t compromise his beliefs or become like the scum we had in congress even in those days.

              • So did Davy Crockett die in the Battle at the Alamo?

                Crockett at the Battle of the Alamo:
                Crockett had arrived with a handful of volunteers from Tennessee. These frontiersmen were lethal with their long rifles and they were a welcome addition to the defenders. The Mexican army arrived in late February and laid siege to the Alamo. Mexican General Santa Anna did not immediately seal the exits from San Antonio and the defenders could have escaped had they wished: they chose to remain. The Mexicans attacked at dawn on March 6 and within two hours the Alamo was overrun.

                Was Crockett taken Prisoner?:

                Here’s where things get unclear. Historians agree on a few basic facts: some 600 Mexicans and 200 Texans died that day. A handful – most say seven – of Texan defenders were taken alive. These men were swiftly put to death by orders of Mexican General Santa Anna. According to some sources, Crockett was among them, and according to others, he was not. What’s the truth? There are several sources that should be considered.


                BTW/ If you asked the younger generation educated under Common Core, if they remember the Alamo, most would reply that heck yeah, that’s where they have cheap car rentals at the airport.

                • The only defender who escaped was a man named Rose, he went over the wall before the few days. His story is now confirmed as true, or as true as we will ever know.

                  The others perished in the final battle or the execution. Crockett was probably one of the prisoners who were killed. The group was captured at the North wall when the Mexican troops got behind them, and they were reduced to hand to hand combat.

                  Some defenders broke out of the perimeter and were killed outside the Alamo by Mexican cavalry, placed there for that purpose.

                  There were three cremation pyres for the dead defenders: two inside the fort, and one outside where the breakout occurred. Crockett and his companions were probably placed on the pyre outside the fort, closer to where they were killed.

            • WWTI, AMEN to your comments and thank you for that quote from Davy Crockett. If we had a bunch of Crocketts today that would go a long way to solving our nation’s problems.

            • Off Topic.- The Great COP CULLING has begun. Sniper shoots 2 PA Troopers, one is killed. Karma’s a B!tch eh?


              Anybody who puts on a Uniform, better pay attention how you treat the public. The media calls this an Ambush. Like what do you think a SWAT Team No-Know warrant Ambush is/? Or asset forfeiture laws that enrich LEO’s club house. Red light cameras,and daily harassment of the public. Cops ruin so many peoples lives on a daily basis. So 2 Revenue collectors were shot. And watch the YouTube Vid, “Why Cops fear SHTF” Its a fact you are 400 times more likely to be killed by a Cop than a Terrorist.

          • Sheridan was a murdering blue bellied baster that hopefully is in hell!

            • I’ll second that.

            • Patrick Henry 2014: Sounds like a case of sour grapes from someone who supported the losing side. When you pick a fight, better make sure you can win and if not, you shouldn’t go around crying like a sissy because you got your butt kicked. The Losers complaint “It wasn’t fair”. Waaaaaaaa.

          • I used to live in San Antonio, it was God awful. Fire ants that could kill a small child, horrible climate, not very pretty terrain and just plain boring. I wouldn’t go back there for anything. One of the weirdest things was the armadillo road kill everywhere, I found Texas to be a hell hole. Packs of sick and pathetic dogs roam everywhere and the grass was like paper mache.
            I stayed at a motel in Dallas Fort-worth for one night and caught someone trying to steal my car in broad daylight.

          • I take 2 days off from the computer and I come back to find this quote from Phil Sheridan. Although the quote is true, Sheridan can kiss my southern ass. He, along with Sherman, all the other Yankee generals, and the entire Lincoln cabal qualify as war criminals under the Geneva Conventions. I’ll take Texas over hell any day.

          • Which is why I live in washington.
            After living in Texas for 31 years.
            The whole state is screwed in a shtf situation with the exception of east Texas.
            And even that’s pretty iffy.
            The majority of the state is populated by second generation carpet bagger hemorrhoids that have ruined a once fine state.


        • A bit off subject, and maybe nitpicky – but when I come to this site anymore, the ads & popups just massively overload my browser.

          Damned annoying.

          • If you don’t like them, ignore them. 🙂

            • It’s not quite that simple DK.

              They overload the hell out of firefox’s plug-in container & slow things to a crawl until I manually clear.


              • BF;
                maybe it’s your computer? i’m not computer literate by any means but my system works fine in this site.


            • yes we ignore them…..but we still have the right to SAY we don’t like them. and of course, you can just ignore my comments.

          • Frees? Are you familiar with Adblock Plus?

            It can be added as a plug-in on Firefox and it will solve your problems.

          • You probably have spyware. I have no problem using this site in Chrome.

          • Brane,firefox with ad block/ghostery ect.will cut all the annoying garbage,tis your job to manage what goes into your computer.You a tech idiot like me when comes to computers there are many articles/sites to get you through.

      2. No open carry and to many illegal Aliens. Count me out! Trekker Out.

        • All the Lib’s are moving there trying to kalifornicate that state…… I should know I live in kalifornia…. so many businesses along with their workers are moving there….

          • Thats what happened to Colorado too, in the early 90s the west coast and east coast were down and people were moving in droves out to Colorado, it was booming, people thought it was great, that was the end of Colorado. Now look at the liberal trash that runs the government, all elected by more liberal trash

          • And it’s more than that – when Obozo legalizes a few million illegals in Texas, the state’s voting demographic could do a 180 overnight. There are already far too many parasites in the bigger cities, and Texas’s Constitution is not strong enough in prohibiting payments for other than actual services rendered.
            Sheila Jackson Lee for Governor anyone?

          • Stan522 is correct. I live in Far North Dallas and we are being overrun by blue staters on top of the illegals already flooding Texas. The tsunami of out of state license plates is unreal. I know I don’t speak for everybody, but it makes the masses here sick to our stomachs. I’m sure you’d be welcome Stan522.

            FYI, If you move here and you drive a Prius, have California license plates, display a COEXIST bumper sticker and are a retarded tree hugger (ALL REDUNDANT) then expect to get “Eat sh*t and die looks” when I cut you off on the freeway and you spill your 1/2 caf non-fat mocha latte with drizzle and sprinkles.

        • Enjoy…

          A man in Texas looking to join the Frisco County Sheriffs Dept. was being interviewed.

          The Sergeant doing the interview says, “Your qualifications look good, but there’s an attitude suitability test you must pass before you can be accepted.”

          Then, sliding a Smith and Wesson 45 pistol across the desk, he says to the man, “Take this pistol; go out and shoot six illegal aliens, six meth dealers, six ‘Progressive Liberal’ democrats, and a rabbit.”

          “Why the rabbit?” the man asked.

          “That’s the attitude we’re looking for!” said the Sergeant, “When can you start?”

          • Eppe,fucking mint,good timing as has been one hell of a rat fuck week and need the laughs,after tomorrow the pain will subside.

            • A cow joke from up north, to help with the pain for ya, War….

              A Minnesota farmer named Olie had a car accident. He was hit by a truck owned by the Eversweet Company

              In court, the Eversweet Company’s hot-shot attorney questioned him thus:

              ‘Didn’t you say to the state trooper at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine?”

              Olie responded: ‘vell, I’lla tell you vat happened dere. I’d yust loaded my fav’rit cow, Bessie, into da…
              ‘I didn’t ask for any details’, the lawyer interrupted. ‘Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine!’?’
              Olie said, ‘vell, I’d yust got Bessie into da trailer and I vas drivin’ down da road…. ‘
              The lawyer interrupted again and said, ‘Your Honor, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question. ‘
              By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Olie’s answer and said to the attorney: ‘I’d like to hear what he has to say about his favorite cow, Bessie’.

              Olie said: ‘Tank you’ and proceeded. ‘vell as I vas saying, I had yust loaded Bessie, my fav’rit cow, into de trailer and was drivin’ her down de road vin dis huge Eversweet truck and trailer came tundering tru a stop sign and hit me trailer right in da side by golly. I was trown into one ditch and Bessie was trown into da udder ditch.

              By yimminy yahosaphat I vas hurt, purty durn bad, and didn’t want to move. An even vurse dan dat,, I could hear old Bessie a moanin’ and a groanin’. I knew she vas in terrible pain yust by her groans.
              Shortly after da accident, a policeman on a motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie a moanin’ and a groanin’ too, so he vent over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her right between the eyes.

              Den da policeman came across de road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, ‘How are you feelin’?’

              ‘Now wot da fock vud you say?’

          • Suppose I substitute loony right-winger for progressive liberal? Would I get a thumbs up or would you call me names? The problem with too many of you is your own attitude. Good thing us liberals have guns too….

            • SSJ;
              It was a joke …. relax already

        • This article is quite embarrassing. Yes, Texas is being overrun with illegals, also Texas is the new destination of everyone moving to take work from other states. Quite a few move unknowingly and bring their fascist ideas with them. Texas is just the next CA. Water. Quite a few places in TX ( especially in the hill country, and most of west and NW TX) are out of water. Check the US Drought Monitor and look up TX. Also, I don’t know where the photo of the longhorn came from, but that is clearly nowhere in TX. The urban areas of Houston, Austin, and Dallas are the same war zones you find in other states. Did I mention the new policy of open borders. And look at what the SW border of TX is.

          • @All; First, the picture IS in Texas, in the upper Rio Grande area past Big Bend. Second, building permits are ONLY required in “incorporated areas”. I keep building and never had (or needed) a permit. As far as LEOs, that is BS about the corruption (no I’m not one). I know plenty, and of course there are some bad ones, but not many. Those that are, are soon found out, and are treated no different than the “other criminals”. As far as the traffic, San Antonio, Austin and Houston are worse than DFW. If you stay away from the interstates, the coast, the five metro areas and the Rio Grande most of the state is fine, depending on what type of environment you want to live in. Don’t know who did the research, but it is BS too. East Texas, BTW, goes from Livingston to I30, from I45 to La border. Get your facts straight. If this is the quality of the “assessments” and the by “these people” then I wouldn’t pay them shit for one. Yes, I live here. Are there better places? Sure, and I know that, but not many. But Texas is certainly in the top 10 or better. The inaccuracy of the description should be a cautionary issue for anyone thinking about using the services of the mentioned company. Who ever made the assessment, read it out of a book and has never been here for any length of time. Be Well.

            • TripodXL, Texas is a great state with great people, but it is being threatened with the water shortage and the pending illegal alien/communist takeover. I’m taking my chances with family in north GA when TSHTF.

            • “Assessments”? Ah yeah, if you are referring to people like myself, then yes, I think 20 years in Houston warrants a valid assessment. I left in 2000 and hope to never return except for visiting. No, the corruption in TX is as rampant as in any other state. Who gives a damn about building permits? Of course if you build in a rural area you won’t have the restrictions of an urban area. The picture of the longhorn does look as if it was possibly taken up in the Davis Mountains right after a couple of inches of rain, but nowhere near the Hill Country. DFW has some of the worst traffic in the nation. Fly into or out of DFW lately? The entire airport along with I-35 corridor is under construction. Better give yourself a good 3 hrs to make it to the gate of your departure if you want to make the flight on time.

              TX is afflicted by the same problems that most other states face. For right now they have a great economy, but are overrun with illegals. I have known quite a few folks who own vacation homes out in the Hill Country. They have had several break ins to include one where some illegals were caught by the Sheriff eating food out of the kitchen while the males were down stairs ripping out the washer and dryer. They just shrugged their shoulders at the LEO and said “que?”. They knew nothing would happen to them in that sanctuary state.

              I also had relatives car jacked by Katrina people in Houston. They ended up backing over the assailants and they fled. The Katrina people got caught a few hours later trying to hold up another car by shotgun.

              So yes, there are some advantages to TX, but quite a few more disadvantages if you do an unbiased “assessment”. But, thanks for your attempts to marginalized myself and some of the others on this site.

              • The weather and water problems alone are enough to keep me out of Texas, and I grew up there. Never again. People who live there and say it’s the best state in the nation obviously haven’t travelled much.

            • One day a Texas cowboy and a California cowboy were riding the trail together when they came upon a sheep with its head stuck in the fence. The Texas cowboy said “dang that looks like an opportunity to me!” So he gets off his horse and goes over to the sheep and pulls his trousers down and gives the sheep the business. After he finishes he turns to the california cowboy and says “how about you, ya want some of this action?” The Californian says “sure!” and hops off his horse and goes over to the fence and sticks his head in it… 🙂

              • When I was a youngster is hanging out at the sale barn. This guy came in and had boots on that came almost to his knees. and had his pants legs tucked inside the boots. one older guy commented that he must be a sheep &
                goat fucker. Because he could stick the hind legs in the boot tops. Another guy stated no that wont work you just lay a sheep or goat on their back and fuck them just like you do a woman????

            • Like I said in my previous post Texas is mostly populated by second generation carpetbaggers who are running off all the old timers like me.
              It was once a great place in the 70-80’s now it just like New Jersey with big hats, Gawd and (scallywags).
              I would challenge you to grow enough food to feed yourself year in and year out.
              Also I bet you couldn’t stand it without air conditioning. (Never had air conditioning myself till 1998 2 years before I escaped that $&(; hole)


              • Well, I’m sure we’re better off without ya!

                If you couldn’t grow enough food to feed yourself year in and year out, maybe you should get a few pointers from those of us who do.

                AC is nice but but not an absolute necessity, maybe if fewer people had it, fewer of those like you would polute the state.

        • Texas is hanging by thread, and if I am not mistaken – the jews have already placed a check mark on their Excel spreadsheet of states where they’ve managed to reduce Whites to a minority.

          Conservative politicians in Texas, which is an indirect way of referring to White politicians in Texas – are an endangered species and unless that border is sealed and amnesty efforts permanently defeated – the only way Texas will be able to survive as a conservative state will be to initiate a second war with Mexico and start slaughtering any mestizos caught trying to sneak across the border.

          Regarding Davy Crockett, who was one of my biggest childhood heroes – as it turns out, he wasted his life by sacrificing it in defense of the Republic of Texas because today’s politicians are allowing Mexicans to steal our entire country away from its native born White European founding stock.

        • Yea, so what state will not be affected by the illegal immigrant migration. The Feds are relocating these people all over the country to the point where a permanet lower class will be established to support the liberal policies. We, true convervatives, are doomed 🙁

      3. The high concentration of illegal aliens makes Texas less than optimal., in my book.

        That and the blind trust in Governor Good-Hair, who’s pushing the TPP, and we can call that a wrap.
        I’m leaving Kalifornia (and Texas would be an improvement) there are better options, IMHO.

        • Another reason to hate Kalifornia’s gun laws. These people are not violating state law yet their property is being destroyed by unknown assailants. If I were a pot farmer, you better believe I would be armed and confront these people. If they refused to leave, some of them would be carried out in body bags. Then again, in the PRC (People’s Republic of California), you don’t have many rights and would likely be arrested for defending your property.

          • @Winston Smith…

            And you would be correct.

            In California, the use of lethal force for the defense of property will get you put in prison. And the family of the person you shoot will likely get your stuff.

            • Walt and Winston, first they would have to take you alive before they can do anything to you. Let someone target me for anything and it’s game on.

          • Build a wall along the california state line and give it back to mehiko.

            • That does sound tempting, Mr. Biden.

              However, consider the very real certainty that due to liberalism, socialism and Marxism’s destructive nature, the state of Mexifornia – which is already an economic basket case and riddled with unsustainable levels of debt – it would not be very long before the Communist Chinese would approach the corrupt mestizo leadership of that state and offer them financial aid in exchange for them being allowed to establish a Navy base on the West coast and then, establish military bases up and down the Mexifornia state.

              This would be a guaranteed consequence of surrendering California to Mexico. Not a good thing for the rest of the USA, to have an enemy footprint on our continent.

        • @Charlie Waite- just a few .50 cals with tracers would stop these rogue choppers from doing any flyovers. When the idiots rappel down,then its time to play pinata with shotgun 00 Buckshot blasts.

          • Bust out the 7.62×51 AR with the slidefire on it and a drum,,,,

        • Either the growers competition or Obama was out of weed and sent his Whitehouse Mexican gardeners.

          • At first, I was thinking, “how awful!!” when I heard about the “beheadings” in Iraq… now I’m beginning to get suspicious– this whole thing looks “set up”.

            Also, you know how Obummer wanted to invade Syria before but the whole world (and Russia!) convinced him otherwise– Obama backed down. But now, with this new terrorist group–ISIS– which is even worse than Al queda, the US has its excuse to start bombing Syria…

            • Gee let me guess, syria DOESN’T have a rothschild controlled banking system. Just like the rest of the axis of evil countries. Al(cia)da, I(cia)sis, the list goes on, create your own boogieman and control it too! Obama does what he’s told nothing more. Most people here are a lot smarter than other forums, you might want to try some critical thinking Anon…

        • It’s merely the CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planters) program, often paired with California National Guard helos, and law enforcement officers from the local area. The CAMP program has been in force since the late 1970’s, so everyone keep your tin foil hats for a real threat.

          • Like I said, their competition. Its just like booze. Illegal to make and sell ‘less you give homage(taxes) to your so-called King’s governors.

      4. Prepper tip…

        If you need some garden seeds, here are a few places to find them.

        Look for “Heirloom Seeds”. You can purchase them online in a bundle (for a garden) or select the varieties you want by the packet.

        Here are a few websites that sell heirloom seeds:

        Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds —–

        Seeds Savers Exchange —–

        My Patriot Supply —–
        (20% off seed packets through 9/21/14)

        Heirloom Solutions —–

        Emergency Essentials —–
        (This is a HUGE website! They sell garden seeds, plus all kinds of useful things. Type in ‘garden seeds’.
        *They only sell seeds here in a packaged bundle.)

        • thanks ! I always make sure to scroll down to find your comments. you are a big help!

          • Seriously?

        • Or go to Menards or almost any hardware store carries some heirloom seeds. And you’re supporting a local business.
          molon labe

        • Best to start trying the varieties too, they are not all the same and may not grow well in your location….

          • Kulafarmer,

            Very good advice. Ask older folks who have gardens. I have found they have lots of good information about what varieties grow best in the area.

            • Burpee has heirloom and organics and you can plug your location for the correct seeds and plants to grow…


        • Today’s Prepper Tip. One important light weight tool for your BUG-OUT BAG, is a small Meat Thermometer. When you are cooking on open fire, you could burn the meat where there is no nutrition left or under cook and still be raw and get sick. The best temperature to remember is 160 degs for well done for most all meats.

          All POULTRY 160 to 165 Degs F.- Chicken-Turkey-Duck etc,

          For all BEEF LAMB & CHOPS
          Rare: 120-125 degs F.
          Med Rare: 130-135
          Medium: 140-145
          Medium Well: 150-155
          Well Done: 160 degs and above
          Brisket: 165-170
          Ground Meat: 160-165

          • OOPS, I accidentally hit submit.

            I wanted to add that Fish Temps need to be 130 to 135 Degs. I usually determine when fish is done cooking, when it flakes easily when poking with a fork. Anything mushy, keep on cooking.

        • Hate to hijack your post KY mom, but I need some insight folks… took my pressure canner 2-3 HOURS to produce enough steam to bobble the weight on my canner for 10# pressure. That was on a gas burner outside in the heat.

          It is a 31 qt canner. Even tried putting almost boiling water in it once and it still took 2 hrs. Does this sound right? Ran the burner on high until I was venting steam and adjusted according to directions when weight was placed.

          Advice please! If its easier you can email me at my junk acct [email protected]

          • Bad seal or warped/bent lid?

            • Brand new solid aluminum. Metal on metal.

          • Are there wind guards around the burners? A slight breeze will add a lot of cooking time.

            • I’m using he gas burner on my grill. I checked, no wind guards. Maybe that’s the problem.

              • Good place to start, you can make some guards out of wire hangers and tinfoil. Any breeze will suck heat right off the pot, in addition to keeping the flame inefficient.

                While your burner may be undersized for the pot, you won’t know until you remove heat loss.

      5. If TSHTF East TX is the last place I’d want to be based on its relation to the boarder, gangs will spring up like weeds so I suggest you have your own army if you hope to stay alive.

        love TX, just not the east, Central and PH ok

        • The perfect place is tough, I think it was Dwight D Eisenhower 6/6/44 that said “the Battle starts were your feet land”

        • Lets sell Texas back to Mexico. Including Crawford Tx. Land of War criminals.

        • Didn’t Houston get a lot of Katrina leeches, er refugees?

      6. Whatever you do, don’t come to Georgia…

        • Listen to eppe – you don’t even want to consider an open carry state like Georgia. Too dangerous.

          eppe – think that will keep them out??? LMHO

          • I hope so, but consider this… Enjoy….

            Southern Humor


            A group of Alabama friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.

            “Where’s Henry?” the others asked.

            “Henry had a stroke o’ some kind. He’s a couple of miles back up the trail,” the successful hunter replied.

            “You left Henry layin’ out there and carried the deer back?” they inquired.

            “A tough call,” nodded the hunter. “But I figured no one’s gonna steal Henry!”


            The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.

            He called her into his office and said, “Y’all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”

            The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everthang but my earrings.”


            A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying … “When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana ……”

            When asked why, he replied, “I’d rather be in Louisiana ’cause everythang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world.”


            The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!”

            Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?”

            The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”

            North Carolina

            A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it Then he got back in the car to wait.

            A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.

            The man replied, “I got a flat tahr.”

            The passerby asked, “But what’s with the flowers?”

            The man responded, “When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither.”


            A Tennessee State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65. The trooper asked, “Got any ID?”

            The driver replied, “Bout whut?”


            The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head.”

            “Yep,” he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, ’cause it says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage.’ ”


            Y’all kin say whut y’all want ‘about the South, but y’all never heard o’ nobody retirin’ an’ movin’ North

            • Your the best,,, keep em coming,

            • thanks Eppe. good stuff.

            • Eppe, keep them coming. Damn good point you made in your last sentence. And yes, I’m still coming to GA when TSHTF. Nothing wrong with GA, except for Atlanta.

            • A traveling salesman had a flat tire and stopped in front of an insane asylum. When he was ready to bolt on the new tire, he found that he had kicked the lug nuts down the sewer. He cussed a lot and had no idea what to do. In inmate approached the fence and suggested he take one nut from each wheel so he could limp the few miles into town and get some more. The salesman said “That’s a great idea. Why are you in an asylum if you can think like that?” The inmate replied “I’m in here because I’m crazy, not because I’m stupid”.

              • Good one, JB…

            • Eppe,told joke to friend,he really liked it but changed S&W to Colt.As for not moving up north,us yankees feel you southern belles couldn’t handle the winters anyhow!That said,feel free to visit in the warmer months,we will leave the light on for ya’s!

        • Eppe I would add stay away from Tennessee too. Heat, humidity,rednecks,,conservative Bible belt, you know we love our guns too. Yep stay away.

          • Howdy, former cal girl. The only thing to stop me from going to GA would be finding some property at one of the tax auctions in middle or east TN. Been looking online but no luck so far.

          • And high sales taxes (9.something) even on food purchase.

      7. Seriously Texas?!?! Maybe once upon a time, but with a border not secured and liberals trying their best to take over, yeah not so much now.

      8. If it were me and I were looking to move to Texas (I have considered it), I would build a “hobbit house”. Why? Well, first off, it is very energy efficient. Underground houses are naturally cooler than those above ground. This means it could be heated or cooled with a much smaller energy requirement, thus reducing the size of solar system that is needed. Plus, in a grid down situation, you have a naturally cooler residence to go to. Secondly, it provides better protection from tornadoes than a ordinary home. Third, if you build it with movable blast shields around the openings, it makes a great, defensible bunker. Additionally, in a time of nuclear war it would provide you with a fallout shelter without having to build one separately.

        The biggest negative about Texas to me is that they require annual vehicle inspections. I really don’t want government agents going over my vehicles every year.

        • My next house.

        • Movable blast shields? Like Star Wars?

          Uh… yeah.

          Put down the bong, winston.

          • If you can move them unaided, your blast shields won’t work too well.

          • Depends on how you set them up. There are plenty of bank vault doors that are heavier than what I am proposing that are well balanced enough that they can be moved by a single person. The same goes for draw bridges which weigh thousands of tons but can be easily moved by a 100hp motor. You can set up a system with a counter balance allowing the system to be actuated with a minimal electric motor or even by hand. It’s not that hard. The mathematics and engineering principles are well known and easy enough to figure out. Knowing these things is my prepping X factor, and one I use every day to build or rebuild most of what I need from the scraps left over by our consumerism driven society. You would be surprised what can be made from old lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners and copiers.

            As for the bong, sorry… I don’t do that. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t pop pills and don’t do any other sort of chemical substances either. My addiction is thinking and problem solving.

            • Did you see the YouTube vid on a spring counterbalanced homemade log splitter? Genius I say, genius….no muss no fuss. Only downside I can see is logs have to be lifted Bout 24 inches to get them on the splitting platform. If there’s a way to do that without lifting it, I can make one…

            • That’s why I keep lots of mechanical, electrical, and electronic parts, old printers, etc. I never know what I might have to “MacGyver” next. My wife’s grandparents were Depression era packrats, so there’s over 80 years of accumulated stuff here plus everything we brought when we moved and what we’ve accumulated ourselves in the last 10 years or so.

        • W Smith: Try the peoples republic of California. We have smog checks. I needed a catalitic converter to pass 1 year. Went to Pep Boys. In 49 states it costs $80.00. In California dealer only $800.00 , because of pollution controll. Went to muffler shop and he modified to work $250.00 “I don’t need a invoice” It passed.

          • Yup! The ones in California have to pass a more stringent set of regulations than the rest of the country. I recently replaced my cat and the pipe it attaches to. Total cost for a direct fit unit, with shipping was $120 from Rock Auto. I installed it in about 30-40 minutes in my driveway. I don’t have to pass smog in my state either as we did away with our annual smog checks thanks to Jeb Bush (happiness is a Republican governor!). However, I do see clean air as a ethical responsibility and so I don’t run without smog devices.

            • There is a good market for cat converters at the scrap man. We don’t have inspections in ar. I take a sawsall and remove the cats. Replace them with a section of exhaust pipe. I have a four post lift & wire welder. Then I sell that sucker. Ive received as much as $180 for a GM bread loaf cat. I try to get a good number ganged up. . And I sell them to a place called auto core in dallas tex.

              • Just remember that if you get caught it is a $10,000 max fine per device and they can confiscate and crush the car-at their discretion.

                • I had a 84 Nissan truck once, had the cat converter plug up, 800$ for a new one. Got it gutted out, next emission control the numbers were better than when I had it in. It’s all a scam, if you have your vehicle tuned up, that’s all that counts. Had a 74 Honda Civic, (before these computer tuners), put a header, free flowing exhaust, MSD ignition, Holley 390 cfm 4 barrel, ram air, water injection (home made), Continental tires, ran like a top. Could bark all 4 gears. Got 65 mpg on highway. I could put it in 1st gear, turn on the ignition (clutch unengaged) and it would take off. It really messed with peoples heads, a Civic barking front wheel drive…
                  But alias, ate a timing belt, and had to get rid of it. Sure wished I had all the cool hot rods in my life, some are worth a lot of money now….
                  Coulda, shoulda, woulda????

                  • I still have the 55 chevy I drove in high school. Back then a souped up 283 and three speed. Now a 454 two four BBL carbs 4 speed and 9 inch ford rear.

                  • The Honda would have had the CVCC engine, which was a stratified charge engine. It was an interesting concept and was for a few years the only car you could buy without a catalyst because it was so much cleaner burning than other engines. Alas, not all was well though as the NOX emissions were fairly high, which is what killed it. I think the last vehicle to use stratified charge was the original Honda Insight- which is still the most fuel efficient hybrid of them all. Soichiro Honda was an amazing mind. He actually gave up the day to day operations to someone more business minded so that he could concentrate on working in the engineering department instead. It was not uncommon for him to show up in board meetings covered in grease. I like to think that given that choice I would do the same. Who wants to deal with business when you can get your hands greasy!

      9. “Down to earth people”? As in rednecks, ignorant people, dark-age type people? (Never been to Texas… just asking).

        • And it would appear that whatever part of the country you are from has at least one asshole. (Look in the mirror if you can’t figure out who it is)

          Don’t come to Texas. Texas doesn’t want you.

          • Walt for Prez. 2016

          • Walt, that sounds like another ignorant Yankee. TN wouldn’t have him either.

          • I assume you are all of the above, Walt Kowalski, or else you wouldn’t be so offended by my comments! He, he, he!!! 😉

            • I’ve probably forgotten more than you know.

              You’re just another elitist…probably with a graduate degree…who confuses book learning with wisdom.

              When SHTF, we’ll be stacking guys of your ilk like cordwood.

              You wouldn’t last two minutes in Texas. You’d get spotted real quick and dealt with, I guarantee you.

        • When the S does eventually HTF, It’s those “Ignorant Dark-Age Redneck” people who will be the survivors, not the whinny, liberal, gov’t nipple-sucking folks who couldn’t find their own butt with two hands and an instructional video.

          • And an aid, dont forget the educational aid

          • JustMe, braveheart is also one of those ‘ignorant dark-age rednecks who will survive and take out any whinny, libturd who tries to target him over anything.

          • No, it will be the enlightened people who will survive– not stupid red necks! (God is real and is not racist!)

            • You don’t “know” anything you haven’t read in a book.

              You probably don’t know how to do your own fornicating.

        • Unlike yourself, they are people who don’t care what their neighbor thinks, wears, or who he votes for, as long as their neighbor leaves them alone.

        • Hey AnonASS, This Anonymous takes any Texans who you described as “rednecks, ignorant people, dark-age type people” over any POS Obama Supporter like you any day.

          • GOOD anonymous, thank you for those kind words about rednecks. That other anonymous sounds like another ignorant yankee.

            • My friend Braveheart, We can’t all choose where were born. I have been a northerner most of my life. I truly wish the south would have won the civil war but…. Were all in the same trashcan now. Lincoln was the beginning of the end for us. That fookin POS died way too late. Divide and conquor ya know… 🙁

              • Genius;

      10. Before everyone starts throwing rocks at Texas, go have a look at the reality in your own back yards. Illegals are everywhere – Texas is just a hiway for them to get into bigger places to get lost in the crowd. In rural areas, they are ALREADY assimilated via farming operations and lower cost of living. They are all throughout the USA and Canada as well – just go and open your eyes to who is cleaning your hotel room and bussing your tables or cleaning hospitals and working as janitors.

        If you are looking for an illegal-alien-free-area, you should probably go to another country. Oh wait – then you would be one too, eh?

        Everybody, regardless of what it says on their passport or birth certificate, wants to survive and prosper. You want a really good survival buddy? Try an illegal alien who has made it into the USA from El Salvador by foot and thumbing rides through crazy narco-torn Mexico. Try a Guatemalan who lives his/her life without electricity…

        Buena suerte, amigos….

        • The State of California Education Department, just reported last week, that “one in three California elementary school students is here illegally or cannot speak English”.
          So, the real n umber of illegals living in California cannot be legally quantified at all, other than, a whole bunch more than we taxpayers can afford. At some point in time, the taxpayers money runs out, then socialism ends.(Margaret Thatcher) Paraphrasing her well known anti-socialism quote.

        • I will say as far as work ethics. One Mexican can do the work of 5 blacks, hands down. Those way back when, when slavery was alive and well. Whos stupid idea was it to enslave blacks and bring them to America, to do work? Or I should say slavery was about the only way you can get blacks to actually put in a days work. Instead of slavery they could have just hired Mexicans. They love to work. I have a big house buing built on my street, and crews of Mexicans will come in and do the entire framing in one day or block work all in one day. If it were a crew of blacks, half the crew wouldn’t show up, and the other half would be stealing the materials. Just saying. I call it like I see it

        • Exactly. I don’t think we should hate the illegals. They are just trying to survive. No, if you want to get angry, get angry at the politicians who refuse to close the border and the businesses who hire them instead of hiring Americans.

      11. ….AND – this has got to be the worst ‘Strategic Relocation Report” I ever read. To nutshell a state that is just slightly smaller than Alaska in this short a summary is ridiculous. To get into serious survival locations, you must at least get inside the 100-mile “constitution free” zone set up by DHS along the coasts and borders. You also will need reliable water – ruling out a large portion of West Texas. Traffic is WORSE in San Antonio and Austin than in Houston and Dallas due to rampant growth, not to mention Austin having the largest collection of ‘military surplus toys’ in LEO hands. And 25 miles inland as a limit for hurricanes just shows that Skousen has NEVER been in one.

        Believe at your own risk…

        • LONER, welcome aboard, and I agree that skousen is full of shit. I’ve lived in FL previously and been through a few hurricanes. Hurricanes are never limited by geography. Skousen’s articles are just as bogus as Dave Hodges. I wonder if they might be related? HMMMMMMMMM

      12. Texas is one of the more likely to draw a line in the sand if the Federal Government got for lack of a petter phrase ‘out of control”. Texans identify with being a Texan first and an American second. The state would be self sufficient regarding energy and food and is accessible by ocean. Its electrical grid can be independent of the bordering national grids.

        • Don’t get me wrong> I ain’t knockin Texas, I just ain’t movin there. Trekker Out. Freedom At Any Cost!

        • Thirty years ago, I would have to say you would have been right. But not anymore . Been to Austin lately? There are more liberals (authoritarian control freaks) than I have seen even in more moderate or liberal states. The population of TX is swelling. The power grid is dependent on power coming across from Mexico. The burgeoning population threatens to Saturn TX into another CA in the next 10 years. TX is far from self sufficient. TX at one time was similar to what you envision, but not anymore. TX also has quite a few entitlement programs that are being abused. They show hordes of illegals coming across and depict many of them going to far away places like Massachusets. That is fine, but we all know the reality is that many of these illegals are crossing and ending up in places like Dallas, Austin-San Antimuo, and Houston. The illegals can get almost as much in freebies as those in liberal states like Mass and NY. Things will only get worse as well. This is reality. Sorry to burst your bubble.

          • I don’t think much grows in West Texas for food wise. I took a trip to Lubbock Tx a few yrs back. The Red Clay is just dust holding tumble weeds in place. Good for riding horses, but not much else. I did see vast Cotton fields growing, if you enjoy eating cotton. ha!! And large Bales of cotton sitting in the fields. Praire Dogs everywhere tearing up the landscape. That would be some fun plinking entertainment.

            • WWTI, Even though you have posted a smart ass comment about me I still give you thumbs up on some of your posts. I believe you are a true thinker and are not afraid to post what is true. I too have been a bit harsh with my posts but the truth isn’t pretty. In fact I have a new saying “people would rather believe a soft lie than the hard truth” Don’t be to quick to judge people my man ….

              • “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.”

                -Kurt Cobain

        • That’s one of the things I DO love about the state.

          We do have a bit of an “attitude” here.

        • Texas is just too freakin’ hot and dry.

      13. Photo of longhorn was taken in Utah, NOT Hill Country, Texas.

        • Right, this is not a Texas scene! Where mountains do exist, you won’t see grass like this! I grew up in Houston and return every 2-3 months to visit my elderly mom & family. As much as I love my family, NOTHING could convince me to move back, not even my significant other who lives there. Last time I was there, it took him 2 hours to go from my mom’s house to his – usually a 30-minute drive! Some of my family has moved to the far west of Houston, outside the Grand Parkway where thousands of big, new homes are going up in areas that used to be ranches and farms. Nearby small towns have been overrun by the city. Every time I visit, I count the days until I can hit the open road and return to Ohio! I do not want to be trapped there and hope my family survives when the SHTF!

          • I grew up in Texas, and just returned about 12 years ago. Didn’t want to…but had to.

            I look forward to the day when I can leave again.

            The main reason is because of the urban sprawl that you are describing. Texas has to a degree, become a victim of its own success. Second reason, is the weather.

            I’d describe my attitude as more of a love/hate relationship. I love the way the state is run for the most part, and the attitude of the people. I absolutely HATE the weather. And it seems that if you don’t golf or fish (and you really need a boat for that), there’s not a heck of a whole lot you can do. The weather is miserable here from mid May to mid September. It’s a humid sauna. Most of the geography is flat (except for the hill country or far west Texas). Most of the rivers are muddy ditches.

            I wish I could transplant the way Texas does things to California.

            If you moved the government of Texas to California, it would soon be a paradise. If you moved the government of California to Texas, Texas would soon be a third-world country.

            There aren’t a lot of trees here in this state…at least not in the DFW area. And when I speak of trees, I mean old growth hardwoods. There’s lots of scrub oak. But it seems like anywhere there is a stand of big old Oak trees, they can’t wait to knock them down and build a bunch of houses, apartments or shopping center. When I was growing up here, it would cool down at night during the summer. Now….because of all the asphalt, concrete and buildings…it doesn’t. It will be 3AM and still 85 degrees outside. If you don’t have A/C…forget it. And folks when SHTF, there will be no A/C.

            Sorry for the rant. But Texas would not be on my short list of places to live when it all goes south.

            • I lived in Texas for a number of years and while doing so hunted deer on a lease in the Hill Country. You had better be comfortable with some big ass rattlesnakes as well as copperheads.

              • Damn straight. I had a friend who moved there from HS, he posted a picture of 6 or 8 big ass rattlers he killed on his way in to his hunt area. He called it a day. Wasn’t worth getting bit, and who would see a deer with all that shooting of rattlers anyway.

        • Yes it was indeed, another “slight of hand” by “some dude”. It’s happening more and more on various prepper blogs, false and misleading information, designed to inflame the readership and little more.

      14. As log as we have the criminal ZOG in place no place would be safe.

        • You must think the Jews are the Master Race. Only 14 million of them worldwide and they control absolutely everything in your mind.

          • Barn Kitty…. my answers:

            1- There is only one race called Human Race.

            2- My problem is not with the Jews in general opposite of what you perceive.

            3- My issue is with the Zionism. Zionists perceive themselves as the master race. Not
            all Jews are zionists and many are against it. Zionism is not a religion rather it is
            criminal enterprise.
            4- ZOGs are not controlling everything but they control the most important source of the
            corruption via controlling the international criminal banking cartels and the media.

            5- ZOG s are criminal parasites and the current world affair shows that people worldwide
            are waking up and can see the need for destroying the virus.

      15. Tx. ain’t bad but I’ll take Southern Tenn. and or Southern Mo. any day.
        When the SHTF it won’t be long before the Civil War starts and all of us Southern by the Grace of God will have to stick together.
        I may live in Illinois, But my Heart belongs to Dixie!

        • Ill. is close enough for you to make a short hop to TN when it happens, ya never know, folks you have talked to just might help a bit too. 😉

        • Aww just hop a plane, bring the wife your summer clothes and rain gear, work boots and some flip flops and yer sunglasses and hang with us wayyy west and south! Youll enjoy it!

          • And ship yer guns too

        • Illinois is the worst place in the country to live. It is rhe Armpit of the country.

          Yeah egos in Texas are big too. LoL.

        • Sgt: I will not bug out to anywhere, that being said, if I did. I also like southern TN., southern MO., but for me; I’d bug out to LA (Lower Alabama).

          River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!!

      16. Been to my BOL doing some work on it, still more to do hope I can get it done before TSHTF and I have to use it. But it’s not too far from the house, the POLE BARN next to it, I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE, if I die here I’ll have a huge pile of brass around me. These are my thoughts on Bugging Out, not going to happen.

        River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!!

        • Yep.

      17. You could do a whole lot worse than Texas, in deciding on a place to live.

      18. You can laugh me off this thread if you want but I chose Maine to relocate. It is a liberal state but it is very hunter and gun friendly. There is so little crime that the local news covers the entire state except Portland and they usually run crime stories like someone’s storage unit got broke into. The earthquake threat is very low. Not tornados. No poisonous snakes. No major targets for terrorism or nuclear war. Most importantly ground wells that will never dry out. With a bison pump I never have to worry about water as long as I can stay on my land. Sure if the big one happens there will probably be zombie hordes coming from Boston but as far out as I live it’d take them a long time to get here.

        • Ok,it’s settled .lets all head to dale dribbles place….

          • I’m in, I’ll pick you up on the way. Hey Dale, you got enough beer or should we grab some…

        • I agree — Maine is one of the most over-looked “good” states. People discount it because of the winter months and snow. Winter is just downtime to reflect, regroup, and plan out next year’s garden. ; ) I live in another snowbelt state, can you tell?

          • Renee,the north woods of Me. and all New England great places to be if you can deal/enjoy the four seasons.

        • If Elliot Coleman can grow year round up there, so can you, its a beautiful area too, even if things have come unglued you will still want to enjoy your surroundings as much as possible!

        • Another point about northern Maine, or Idaho, Montana & similar places, is that after THSTF, I don’t see too many people looking to bug out to them on a tank of gas + whatever they can carry with them. Slugs are far more likely to head for warmer climes. Can you imagine a yuppie from Bahston or Portland in their beemer with their carry-ons on top, heading into the frigid white wilderness?

        • Maine.. isn’t that really just Canada? LoL

        • Ll bean store Freeport ME manly as fuck

        • I had thought about Maine, but don’t want to be so far from my kids and grand kids…

          • I’ve been trying to convince the wife to consider NH, but she’s not ready yet.


            • Ghost rider,
              I did forget to include on big ngative. Maine, Vermont and NH are all good gun states but it is an island. ou are surrounded by Canada, The people’s republic of Massacusetts and the people’s republic of New York. If you like to travel it is only possible to take your gun if you have it meted down into a steelblb in Maine, travel through communsit territory and have the steel blob reforged into a gun. This doesn’t ffect m since my idea of travel is going to Bangor to do bulk shopping once a month.

              One other good point. When it snows it is real eas to see if someone is poking round your property.

        • Always wanted to live in Maine. My friend grew up there and told me unfriendly the people are if you are an outsider. Is there truth to this or is that how it was back in the day?

      19. Porous border aside, what Texas is Mr. Skousen talking about? What “good water”?!? Texas has been, and it seems will continue to be for a long time, in a drought of epic proportions. No water = no place to call home. Let me repeat that: No water, no life. Frankly, I find Mr. Skousen’s recommendations (most of the time) seriously flawed.

        • Yea i seem to remember reading about all the ranchers in Tx sending their herds north to graze over the last 4-5 years because there was no feed in the pastures in Tx,,,

          • Texas was so dry half the state was on fire. I remember ranchers complaining that miles and miles of fencing burned up and they were trying to get the Feds to reimburse them for their fence losses. I believe they were denied reimbursement.

          • When it was so dry I hauled several semi loads of those round bales of hay to texas. I also bought several of those starving Texas cows very cheap. Put them on good grass in NE Ar. I sold one about a month ago. Bought her in 2011 for $560. sold three calves from her for more than I paid. and sold her for $1475. Over the years Ive spent considerable time in Texas. Never once wanted to live there.

        • Agreed, most of the time, Mr. Skousen’s “advice” seems to be factually flawed or even intentionally erroneous. Have no idea why he allows that to happen, but he does indeed. Maybe it’s intentional to “sell” his services? I seriously do not know what drives his “research”, it certainly isn’t accuracy.

          • Skousen puts out propaganda just like Dave Hodges does.

      20. There no place like home…….

        But none of us will escape the radiation…….


        • He’s right.

          rick perry…wtfu.

      22. The Fed Has A Big Surprise Waiting For You

        “The US economy is dead. The Fed has known this for a long time, but pumped it up to where it is now to draw in all the greater fools, the so-called big investors who have made money like honey from QE and ZIRP. They are the greater fools. The American real economy ceased being a consideration long ago.

        We’re in for big surprises, and they won’t be pretty, they’ll be pretty nasty. There are far too many people who think of themselves as smart who don’t see the difference between a theater play and a reality show.

        The Fed will raise rates because that will make the biggest banks the most money. There’s nothing else that matters.

        The Fed can’t revive the US economy, that’s just a foolish notion. But it can suck a lot of wealth out of it.”


          • Seems to me that someone here said a few months back that he expected the FEDS to raise rates 25 bp in October, when the FED claimed it wouldn’t raise rates until late 2015.

            Who was that masked man? 🙂

            • The Waco Kidd?

        • Hate to say it but, this is the most right-on opinion I’ve read in a long time….

      23. Too damn close to Mexico !

        • Imaging how much cleaner the planet will become with an all out grid down situation less the nuke plant disasters. It will stop the rape of the oceans. Chem trails in the skys. Pollution in the rivers. Chemical companies shut down, isee positive results in grid down. No more utility bills or bill collectors . No more taxes stolen from us. No more phone solicitations at dinnertime. Ahhhh peace n quiet for a change.

          • Yeah, just think about all the untreated sewage, millions of fireplaces pumping out smoke, deforestation, unburied bodies, rivers used as dump sites, manure piles, billions of flies, malnutrition, famine, disease.

            Yep, lots to look forward to.

      24. What about South Carolina or Georgia? Would like to move there but I don’t know much about either state. I want to have big gardens and livestock.

        • I love Wyoming, but my old home state of Missourah has about everything you could ask for. Just got one of my farm magazines from Mo. and I’ll share a lttle info that it has in it. Mo. farmers grow 197 million bushels of soybeans, 435 million bu. of corn, 12 million pounds of apples, 6.34 million pounds of peaches, and 12.08 million pounds of grapes. And Mo. farms are home to 3.8 million head of cattle, 2.75 million hogs and 17 million turkeys. And Mo. is the #1 state for growing black walnuts. And there is abundant wild game, such as white tail deer and wild turkey. Lots of timber and plenty of water. And very gun friendly. Just stay away from the big cities as in most states. Trekker Out.

          • Mt Trekker. Is that why MO is the Showme state. Thx for showing us. LoL.

            • WWTI Yelp. And one thing I forgot to mention. Missourah use to be the biggest Lead producer in the nation. And you know how huch we “Love Lead” on this site. I think TPTB would like to make us think rubber bullets is all that (We The People Need) but as for Acid Etch and the guy’s in Miami in their speedos with their big sacks, rubber bullets might be fun. Trekker Out. Semper Paratus!

          • MT: One thing I miss from MO. that being Derry Brownfield!

            River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!!

            • River Rat you just opened up an old wound. A Conservative talk show with a Country Flavor. As Derry use to say, when talking about Liberal Politicians “It’s Ignorance Gone To Seed” Believe me I sure do miss him too. I listened to him every day. Trekker Out.

          • Old man,

            That hillbilly shit is boring as fuck. In Miami men wear speedos so you can see who’s got a big sack. And the girls don’t get fat like your wife.

        • Many excellent areas. Racial diversity. Let me put it this way, in sc people dont xare about illegals because they are in the same line behind young black, white, and other men who want to work. So, if you have skills or retirement, great place. Longer version. In 1990 Lexington, SC had about 1.1pct unemployment. Honest folks who work. Now the traffic jams start at 3pm in fridays. Dont get me wrong, sc isnt heaven, but the state, like texas, is passing pro freedom laws. Eg pay taxes with silver.
          Most of all, when you ask a rural person about gun laws they look at you like you are a child, if you know what I mean. It also helps to realize the Creek ruled sc, ga, al, etc befire they merged with the european settlers. So most everybody has native american ancestry and associated true democracy, local power beliefs.
          B culture already has a dont ask me culture wrt law enforcement, so as communism entrenches, the survivors are those who know how to play the system.
          Now, if youre from cali then its a diff world. Very humid in most areas in summer. Temp variation. People dont spend money lije its going out of style. Lots of good, c people in all pkaces. And of course asleep who worship msm.
          I live in nc actually now.

          • Why I live in nc is jobs, but took remote gig and looking to relo. Reversed integration is a huge risk. Maybe im blind but I have yet to see any race superiority in any race and have met geeat people from all races and cultures. That said, reverse integration is at warp speed. Clt has an abt 95pct minority hs with about 55pct drop out and about 95pctwhitey hs with about 5pct dropout. Same charmeck school district. Lexington, sc is another school district from richland cty so wh I te vs black, integrated too. So im guessing major race clan warfare if eotwaki. That said, my neighborhood is border in clt so has both b, w, and others. I trust the others less but expect they may know more about survival than any of us.
            Also, clt is useless for gardening. Starting in columbia is the geologic fall line where rocks end and 4ft plus topsoil begins. Also lower pestilence due to lots of birds, dominance of pine, and why else I dont know. You could probably live off squirrel bog if you needed to do so. No water shortage in sc or nc etc.

        • dobiemom;
          I’m on opposte side of country from the Carolinas, in the PNC. Was curious whether you currently have big gardens and livestock. Not being a wise guy here. My wife and I grow a large garden and raise some animals. We are currently in the middle of canning season. I am retired and my wife works three days a week. It is Sunday night and we are waiting on the last two pressure cookers of french cut green beans to finish up at approx. 11pm. We still have to can soups and meats and butcher chickens over the next month. This before we hopefully harvest an elk and a deer or two.
          Don’t get me wrong but this is a hell of a lot of work and sometimes we have to badger one another to get started. I think that most of the world would think we are crazy to work as hard as we do and would probably rather deal with crises as they arrive.
          Even though we have tractors and implements it is still huge amounts of work. If you already are doing these things please ignore my post and accept my apologies. If not, test the water on a small scale first. Hope I don’t sound like a doomer but this time of year I get real tired and it’s easy to lose site of all the good groceries we are putting up. On a more positive note, It is awfully rewarding after all the hard work. Best of luck in your relocation.

      25. Four Corners Colorado mostly Native Americans and Latinos–growing more so daily in the past year or two. ICE is not in the Area. Send Obama to the crisis with fed notes for all.

        • Fed notes for all–super!

        • @Ponomo. I am sure the Native Americans say the same thing about you, where did all these white skin invaders come from?? Hurry call ICE.

      26. Only things I know about Texas are you don’t mess with it. It borders Mexico, looks like they will reclaim it. It’s a bitch to drive through Houston in daylight hours and the trip on I-75 from east to west Texas takes forever. Of course besides what I read on here.

      27. Make that Interstate 10.

      28. These articles are only telling us what we already know. Any place you can imagine has it’s pros and cons. This company is just hoping one week they hit on an area that people will be interested in and they make a buck.

        Mac, we all love you, but these articles are a waste of space.
        molon labe

      29. Why not have a plebiscite, and Texas annexes Mexico. Texas Rangers kills off the Cartels, plenty of natural resources. Give the Mexicans a Texas constitution. Stop the Transpacific partnership in its tracks.

        • Cirrect. If I remember the alamo, the majority “texans” were mexican.

      30. Love Texas. Castle law is in full effect, and that includes your vehicle. You do NOT need a permit to have a handgun in your glove box or center console (or anywhere else as long as it is not visible). You DO need a permit to have it on your person or for concealed carry.

        Texas is one of the few states that encourages rain harvesting, and offers tax breaks for the seriously minded.

        As other posters have complained, Texas is slowly falling victim to the liberal sickness that these idiots are bringing with them into the state. It really is beyond comprehension how these libtard fools will flee their own state and try to bring their failed gov’t beliefs with them. Right now abortion Barbie (Wendy Davis) is the media darling, even though 2/3 of the state can’t stand her guts and she has no chance of winning the election for governor.

        • Davis hasn’t got the support she thinks she has, outside of Austin and Houston.

      31. I consider myself a Texan. However, I left there four years ago and have had no regrets.

        The article is correct in that if you are going to relocate to Texas the eastern part of the state is the place to go. Rural, wooded, lots of good fishing and hunting. The towns there are largely untouched by the problems plaguing the rest of the state. I considered moving there myself at one time.

        The problem, as I see it, is that the major cities are setting the political agenda for the state. The author wrongly blames the politics of the urban areas on “liberal mainstream media”. I suggest that the explanation is simple demographics. As has been said before, demographics are destiny. Texas will become a socialist enclave in the future.

        The author is perceptive about the state politicians talking the talk but not walking the walk. Rick Perry is a master at this. He says what he needs to say to get elected, but will not act. Don’t be fooled by his sending the NG to the border. I would be surprised if they are armed, if they are armed I would be surprised if they have ammunition, and if they have ammunition I would be surprised if they are authorized to use force except in self defense.

        BTW, you can make it in Texas without A/C. I did as a kid. The schools weren’t air conditioned, either, back then. Your body adjusts.

        I love the Texas that was, but I left the Texas that is.


        • I think thats the problem with almost anywhere now, the cities and their demographic determine policy for the whole state. IMHO learn to play the game and stay away from crowds.

        • Yes. I agree with 95% of what you are saying. However, those small towns in eastern TX are not untouched. They are filled with the same problems , overrun with illegals as with the larger towns. They lack employment and opportunity and become breeding grounds for gangs and meth heads. Take a look at Lufkin. What a dump. If you want further proof, not an exact comparison, but you can look at some of the per capita crime stats in a couple small towns in SC ( Sumter and Florence). Both of these towns were ranked fairly high in per capita crime for the last several years. Unfortunately, you won’t find too many towns in TX and most other places that are untouched.

          • Agreed, Texas Slouch. But East Texas is a beautiful place.

      32. IMHO, when TSHTF. There’s going to be alot of payback and hating on the illegals. Not saying I am going to join in. But I suspect there will be lots of good ole boys running Hispanics off.

        Many will head South anyway when the free money dries up.

        Sure there will be a demarcation somewhere South between Mexicans and Texans. I think Americans/Texas will win though. Heck, I call it the Gulf of Texas sometimes.

        • Theres a bunch of em over here and the old school locals cant stand em.

          • I do not find that too surprising, I am surprised they are making it there though!

            • They Make it here because they work cheap, thats why the locals hate em, its expensive to live here and these culos screw it up because they take jobs from long time residents, the construction industry is pissed about them, at least the legit guys are pissed about them, it sucks

      33. I lived and worked in Texas for just short of 5 years, in the DFW area. My job ,a trucker, took me all over the state. The weather was awful, the food at best was questionable, the people were for the most part standoffish to the point of rude hostility, the land was dry and burnt except for easten part which was humid and snakey. Any type of job that needed to get started seemed to take weeks, I found some of the laziest people there, except on a friday night when it seemed the whole state went on a bender. All in all I have nothing good to say about it other than we should give it back to Mexico.

      34. Regardless of a State’s current situation, if the state constitution allows state money to be paid out for ‘other than actual services rendered’ , that state is at risk of being flooded with parasites & liberals at any time. Those of you in states that are still viable places to live must get your state’s constitution amended NOW, to prevent welfare & other similar programs from enabling slugs to move in and then corrupt your state. Sounds cold, but it is the only way.

      35. I don’t know why Skousen would spend 3/4 of his very FEW comments about such a LARGE state discussing the large metro areas of Dallas/FtWorth-Houston-Austin/San Antonio… Safe bet that anyone on this site reading Skousen ISN’T wanting to relocate to a major metro area anyways.

        He should have zoomed into the areas of the state that would make for good relocation areas (there are plenty). There are several Hill Country areas (nw of Austin/S.A.).. the Cross Timbers region (w of DFW)… and the North East Red River region. All 3 of those areas have ground water and are less humid than South East Texas… w/ the North East part of Texas getting very good rainfall and having rolling terrain that makes for good defense capabilities.

        The Illegal situation is on the minds of most, but the biggest issue is the heavy agenda 21 movement that’s over run the state under the guise of “smart growth/sustainable development”. It has trickled down into many of the smaller communities from the larger metro areas, most of it being brought in by the new age carpet baggers.

        As far as the Illegal’s… the gang bangers get all the headlines, but the majority are good people w/ old American principles. They cherish their family 1st and foremost, w/ the whole family caring for the whole family. Most households have 3 gernerations under 1 roof; grand parents don’t have soc sec, rarely earned enough to put back for retirement, and their children view their contribution in house chores and child care as a blessing… not a nuisance to be placed out to pasture in some retirement home.
        Most are devoutly religious, historically catholic,many mexicans are becoming one of the fastest growing segments of protestant/evangelical churches.
        And lastly, they live their lives in the “pursuit of happiness”. All they want is the ability to provide a better living for their family, and to enjoy life.

        All said, they aren’t much different than my Irish and German ancestors who came to Texas for the opportunity to better their lives.

      36. I live in a suburb of Houston. The Californication of this area along with many other liberals from other states will screw up my state sooner or later. The people come in droves because there are jobs, for now. In time this area will get saturated just like other areas. Then it will go down hill fast.I May End Up Moving soon…

      37. Texas?


        I’ll stick to the advice of the commentators here and leave the “featured advisers”advice alone..

        all their titles do is draw us all in..

        and that’s the beauty of this particular site

        the comments



        • I’ve learned more valuable info from all of you in a few short sentences and posts than from all the articles combined..

          and that’s no slight towards Mac at all..

          It’s our combined input that makes this site work..

          from all perspectives that Mac posts

          Kudos Mac..

          especially for allowing dissent ,and counterpoint, without censorship


          • Thats one reason why a strong community will be essential after SHTF, combined knowledge,

      38. Three words: sheila Jackson Lee

        • Sheila Jackson Lee IS proof that sooner than later, giving twenty baboons each a typewriter, they will sooner or later come up with the creature known as “Sheila Jackson Lee”, truly THE most stupid person in congress. Her constituents must have to have “help” to make their mark when voting for that lump. She is a truly disgusting loathsome creature and I feel sorry for her constituents, being as mentally defective as they all are.

          • LMAO, How true, how true!

      39. Most times its better to hide in plain sight, among the masses. Act as clueless as the rest of them. Become Mr/Missus sheeple by day and prepper by night, so to speak. Gain a lot of intel too.

      40. MILD weather???? Texas is way too hot. San Diego is mild weather.

      41. Don’t come to Texas. It’s a horrible place to live. I would go to California or the east coast.

      42. The only moving am doing is getting out of bed,have my line in sand in home state,not going to run,made a choice here when I choose to be a hampster.I have old parents that may move as have said before,too old to fight but understand and given my age reasons will stick it out to bitter end(it doesn’t have to be bitter).I tried being reasonable,it really doesn’t seem to be working!

      43. If you don’t like Mexicans, don’t come here. You will die of a heart attack with all the hate boiling up in you. I’ve known yankees that came to live here and actually died from diseases caused by so much hate for them that they became sick and died. I have seen white men jump out of cars and want to beat up entire Mexican family’s which was beyond understanding other than they just hated Mexicans. Mexicans have been here all along. They weren’t coming off boats like the rest of us. Some of them look more indigenous than others. They are relatives to the American Indians. If you see the whiter ones those are the Mestizos that make up most of them. They are here and they aren’t going anywhere. Again if you hate them don’t come here. I’ve known old clans men that have made their way down here thinking this was some kind of haven for the Anglo race, it is not. There are Mexicans here and for the most part I don’t mind them being here. They make great workers if you are planning to open a business. They also make pretty good customers. Unlike the blacks. I would rather live here with Mexicans than with blacks. Again they are everywhere and they are intermarrying with Anglos, so don’t try the race thing with some of them, you might be surprised that their grandparents and family are Mexican when you thought you were talking to an Anglo. Oh yeah it was part of Mexico before remember, also part of Spain. So you will here plenty of Spanish. So you should take Spanish classes, you will need it!

      44. Install “Ad Block Plus”. It stops all the ads and popups. WONDERFUL!

      45. Off Topic:

        Woke up this morning to the smell of smoke in the air. I went outside and the sunlight is being heavily filtered, the sun is a red globe. There a forest fire going on. It’s not near here but there’s enough smoke to make you think it is.

        Off Topic #2:

        One of our missing hens showed up with 5 chicks.

        • A chicken that’s been broody under a deck just emerged with over 15 chicks. The rooster’s a barred rock and the hens are barred rocks, speckled sussex, rhode island red. Who know’s what the chicks will look like but I know what they will taste like when they reach table size.

          • That’s right, season ’em good and enjoy!

        • Remember this. If there’s a fire heading your way. Do a controlled burn around your place to save it. If you have trees right alongside your house. If the fires going to get them AND your house. Cut them down.

          Truth be told. If you live in a fire zone, you should have landscaping thats fire safe and NO trees near your house. At the very least, have ceramic shingles.

      46. Texas? c’mon.

        It is a forgone conclusion that there is NO ‘safe zone’ here in the USSA anymore. None. Texas being one of the only states who could actually ‘break away’ from the union would be a quick target for federal clampdown and eradication of any dissent. Houston and the other port areas are far too valuable to lose and those areas actually make it possible for Texas to survive economically if they so chose. They would not be land locked and surrounded like so many other areas.

        Of course California is trying to split up into different regions or mini-states as well as northern Colorado.
        The controllers will not allow any of those shenanigans to go on, you can bet on that.

        • There may be no safe zones anymore, but there are definitely places that are safer than others. If the SHTF, would you prefer to be in California, New York, or Texas? If it were me, I’d be donning the ten gallon hat.

          • Actually, I’d prefer Northern California.

      47. MORE “bug out” dumbassary. All that “free land” in Texas is ether owned, or is uninhabited because HUMANS CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT WATER. Those “wide open spaces” have some of the most violent weather on the planet, some of the worst soil and NO above ground water. ANYPLACE worth living on in Texas is already owned. The cities are Mexican dominated left wing hellholes only slightly different than Mexico city. Listen people there is NO PROMISSED LAND “Someplace else”. No where to run too. Nowhere to hide. EVERYTHING ELSE is false hope and somebody trying to sell you the latest “ronco bug out package”. We did all this to ourselves, so man up and own it. Stand your ground and stop taking the problems you have “someplace else” in some “promised land” fantasy.

      48. I just watched an hour long documentary from National Geographic called “Guns, Germs, and Steel”. It attempts to explain why some areas of the world enjoy the trappings of modern civilization while other areas have been left behind. The answer likes partly on geographical factors that support certain nutritious crops and livestock. Providing ample food allows for specialization or the division of labor to perform other critical functions. I invite all preppers to take the hour to watch this video and reflect how we might use this awareness to our advantage if we are called upon to create a survivable situation. Here is the link:

      49. I have lived in Texas about five years altogether, mostly in Central and West Texas. I have lived in Brownwood, Abilene, San Angelo, and the Hill Country (north of San Antonio and Austin to about Brady or Lampasas. Texas is a like another country embedded in the United States. It has its good and bad points.

        The people are mostly friendly, but wary of newcomers. Once you buy a house and/or join a church you’ll blend in quickly. They tend to be very proud (“You don’t mess with Texas.”) They will drive 300 miles to watch a high school football game (which isn’t quite halfway across the state.) Popular foods include barbecue (of course) red beans, okra, blackeyed peas, squash, and watermelon. Good pit barbecue is not all that easy to find rather incredibly. It’s mostly down around Austin and Taylor.

        Outside of “the Metroplex” (Dallas-Ft. Worth) and Houston house prices are incredibly cheap. You can buy a modest home in good condition for $50,000 – $75,000 (as long as you’re not within commutable distance of the two mentioned cities.) I’ve seen brand-new three-bedroom homes for sale outside of Austin for $120,000 not long ago.

        Much of the soil in Central Texas is caliche (natural concrete), not good for gardening. That’s why you’ll see sheep and goats in a lot of places. (Goats can survive almost anywhere.) Cattle ranches are wherever grass will grow. Around May and Comanche the soil is often sandy, which is great for growing peanuts and not much else.

        Try to stay east of I-35 and north of Austin. The soil around Taylor and Elgin is good black farm soil, ideal for growing vegetables. I suspect that most of the land between I-35 and I-45 is good farm land. Once you get east of I-45 you’ll start to come into what locals call the “Piney Woods.” It’s pretty country.

        Take a Texas map – just print one out of Google for free – and use a compass to draw a 100-mile diameter circle around Dallas and another 100-mile circle around Houston. Those circles are what you want to stay out of. This still leaves a lot of small towns to look for a house or property around.

        Gasoline prices between Austin and Temple tend to be some of the lowest in the entire US.

      50. wow..lots of comments here …agreed the author doesn’t know crap about texas …just a thought …was camping in east texas last week ….hot and humid of course …fire ants crawled a long way from the nest and decided to build a new nest between the blankets inside the tent….slept in the back of the pickup that night ….

        • I lived at Ft Hood about fifty five yrs ago for a time, it’s the only place on earth where you could stand in mud up to your ass and have sand blow in your eyes

      51. the government would love to get all the preppers in one corner of the country, easier to round them up or carpet bomb them

      52. Just finished watching a mainstream TV news coverage here in NSW Australia (20 Sept 14) on our Nine Network, of California’s severe drought, how towns have run dry and whatnot, they hope for rains December on etc. Some say it’s the new reality…..

      53. Me I am wondering what happens when south america’s largest trading partner stops importing. Anyone else thinking 2 or 4 hundred million pendejos will hop on trains and boats. Show up at the border screaming for free crap from uncle sam ?

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