A practical and economical knife for anyone

Kershaw burst review

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Whether it’s in your pocket, your glove box, tool box, or bug out bag a good knife is an indispensable and potentially life saving tool. I wanted to do a quick review on my new pocket knife I got for Christmas. As an everyday enthusiast I am always excited to try a new product that could potentially save a life, or just make everyday tasks easier.

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My first reaction to this Kershaw burst was the blade. It has a stonewashed finish and is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel.

According to wiki:
8CR13MoV A Chinese stainless steel tempered at the Rc56 to Rc58 range and used in Spyderco’s, Kershaw’s, and other quality knife maker’s budget lines of knives. For example, Kershaw’s Crown II is one of the few “name brand steel” folders that can be had for under $20 (in 2013). 8CR13MoV is often talked about in terms of a high-end budget steel. Early Byrd (the Spyderco budget line) 8CR13MoV knives were marked 440C, but tests found that the steel was something entirely different from American 440C. According to Sal Glesser, owner of Spyderco, this steel was closer to AUS-8 (AUS8) than American 440C.[32] 8CR13MoV is often compared to AUS-8 and 440C,[33] but it has slightly more Carbon.

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I usually go with a tanto style yet this knife has a beautiful blade nonetheless. It comes with or without the serrated edge and has what appears to be a notch or finger hold for skinning or filleting. (Looks like a notch for blood letting to me) It specifically states in the packaging not for stabbing yet I get the impression it would do the job. The blade is sharp right out of the box as it should be. It’s speed safe assisted opening is tight fast and easy to operate. It takes a little muscle on the flipper to get it going but watch out its fast! The blade makes a loud snap when opening which is good for dramatic effect yet not always ideal in real life situations. There is no play in it when up and locked which is really nice. The handle is made of injection molded glass filled nylon and feels a bit light and plasticky but has a subtle design that adds a nice grip and feel to it. Over all it is balanced fairly well considering how light the handle feels. The clip is super tight fitting to the point of making it hard to clip and unclip however I prefer it that way as I have been known to lose a blade a time or two in the past. Either way that isn’t that big of a concern to me considering it could be bent out a little bit to accommodate. When it is clipped it reminds me of a lighter in my fifth pocket. The clip can also be moved to the opposite side for lefties yet is limited to the butt side of the knife only. It’s blade measures 3″ and the overall knife measures 4 1/8″ when closed.

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I’ve had the opportunity to use it a few times now and it has cut brilliantly thus far. There isn’t much negative I have to say about it yet. We will have to wait and see how well it holds up over time. It being a Kershaw though I assume it will be well worth the $20.00 – $30.00 it retails for.

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I give it an overall rating of 7/10. I wanted to give it an eight but in all fairness, while it is a decent looking, fairly well made, balanced, and comfortable knife, it just doesn’t have the feel or look of a pocket knife that will withstand years of abuse and still be worth a damn like my grandpas original old timers. The bottom line is I would still definitely recommend it. For the price of a case or two of beer (depending on what you drink) you can have yourself a decent knife at a great value.

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United States And Its Military Now Rotten To The CORE

Read this! Great breakdown of facts and definitions.

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“To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, “The Purpose of Education”

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“I don’t want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.”

–John D. Rockefeller, who created the General Education Board (GEB)
in 1903 to dispense Rockefeller funds to education.

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“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

–H.L. Mencken

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 “The global agenda of the 21st century (Agenda 21) is set around economy and trade, with manufacturing shifting from…

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Capitalizing On Capitalism

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The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty — of the indefinite expansion of possibility.

–SUSAN SONTAG

Many scream that capitalism is inherently prone to greed and therefore it is inherently evil. I can honestly say I agree, though only somewhat. It is inherently vulnerable to dishonesty and greed that is true. They tend to plague it like a sickness and honesty and virtue are the only medicine. Our founders understood even then that our system is only as virtuous as its people are. I believe a little bit of god fearing never hurt anybody either, but maybe that’s for another time and debate.

Fortunately capitalism isn’t easily underestimated, it has lead more people out of poverty and into prosperity than ever before. It is driven by competition and that is not a bad thing. We are born with it as well as every living thing on this planet. It excels us and pushes us to become stronger smarter people. It is a force that drives all of nature and once we can learn to accept that it’s just as natural for their to be a few dishonest greedy people and deal with them accordingly without blaming it on the system as a whole, than capitalism is and will remain a fine model for a long time. But only if we remain honest and virtuous.

Remember there is no greater alternative yet devised to take its place. Many frighteningly believe socialism is the answer and treat capitalism like a bad word. To that I say look to any where that experiment has been tried and dare to compare. Communism a.k.a. socialism a.k.a. liberalism is the biggest threat to capitalism and many of its practitioners believe the only way for it to reach its full potential is to have full global communism. Complete control over the wealth, resources, and people, with the power and authority to manipulate them for the greater good of all. Sounds all peaches until you look at history. Communism or socialism (whatever you choose to call it by) cares not for the individual or the collective. It cares only for its ruling party and its grasp on power. Lets suppose for a minute it could be done, who would be the one(s) to lead this collective? There is nobody I trust with that type of power and responsibility.

If one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.
Ludwig von Mises p. 44 Capitalism vs. Socialism

Yet as I write this there are forces at work to bring this very idea to fruition. These people are using psychology and human nature against us and we cannot allow ourselves to fall prey to the human emotions of jealousy, greed, or even guilt. We are a great nation of great people who came from some of the strongest most intelligent hard working sons of $%*#@’s. They didn’t get here crying about what others had. Hell no, they worked hard for it. The only way is to provide for ourselves through the same values of hard work and independence. Getting people to become dependent on government is the first step of those who wish to subjugate us. We must lose the emotional human responses to everyday life occurrences, (like wanting a big brother to share the wealth because some have way to much and it’s not fair) much like children fighting over candy. We can’t afford to lose our way over the vain, materialistic, and entitled mentality we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another. We have to focus on the ideas that got us were we are today individualism, freedom, liberty, truth, justice… You know, the American way?

Say what you will about Reagan but he nailed it with these enjoy!

Is Obamascare Good For America?

All this nonsense about healthcare is nothing new. Obamacare and other socialist policies have been defeated time and time before. Yet they somehow always find a way to reemerge a short while later, like a turd that won’t flush. They are deliberate attacks on the individual, liberty, and the free market system.

The individual has the right to not only choose who his healthcare provider is but should also have the liberty to not be forced into buying something they do not agree with. The free market system has provided a healthcare system that is still the envy of the world. I don’t know about you but I would still rather receive treatment here than anywhere else.

I believe this is just another attack on our liberties, intended to slowly manipulate us, our freedoms, and everyone’s confidence in our exceptional American way. It’s almost as if there is an intentional antagonizing of us Americans. I think the radicals in power would love nothing more than to see us riot against ourselves than at them. That would distract from their doings and give them even more excuses to govern by the philosophy “were doing what you would want, if you knew better” mentality. Let’s not forget this is going to be enforced by the same biased freedom hating obamabots at the IRS. The judicial watch is now suing over being stonewalled check that out here.

All this amid recent reports that Americans are warming up to obamacare. Have any of them even tried to enroll? Ugh!! I know polls are polls but data is data so here it is.

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Leave it to Ronald Reagan. The guy had a special way of telling a joke or story and this one is no different. This is worth the listen, well said and still amazingly relevant. Enjoy!

I know most have probably seen it by now but Jon Stewart even rips obamacare here!

Does America Need More Party Animals?

I’ve heard both arguments for some time now. Many believe our two party political system is fine the way it is, while a steadily growing number of others believe there should be a third party if not many more. Could another party better represent Americas changing political landscape?

One argument is that there is enough fighting going on between the two parties we have. The recent sham of a government shutdown could be seen as an example of this. The counter argument could easily be made by more and more people feeling disillusioned and unhappy with both of our parties. The easy answer to this group of people is better representation through a different party. Regardless of whether or not its right for America, clearly people are not happy with either party as of late.

I’ve always found it interesting how the government and media call every other party in America a third party. Could it be a veiled attempt to marginalize anyone who may disagree with the status quo. Perhaps that’s why the Tea Party has relished in its ability to remain decentralized. This single fact however limits it ability to become anything other than a mechanism to try and steer the Republican Party back to its conservative roots.

Both political party’s have had quite an interesting history of there own. Swapping ideologies and members
when its beneficial. Unfortunately for the people it seems both the elephant and the donkey have become so out of synch with Main Street America a third party becomes ever more appealing.

I personally know of several people who identify themselves with a third party and are registered republicans or democrats simply because they feel their vote wouldn’t count otherwise. I believe Ron Paul is a good example of this. If you can’t beat em join em seemed to be the norm for years.

In every election the independents are a force to be reckoned with. Imagine if all those voters stopped waiting to see which party has the best guy and either joined or created a viable third party. Now include all the other disillusioned voters and we would have the ability to overtake the other parties and perhaps even stop the gridlock, infighting, cronyism, and perhaps even get our government of elected representatives back to working on issues that matter most to Americans. I don’t know the future or the implications of a viable third party entering the politisphere, but I do know now seems as good a time as any.

These graphs from this Gallup <a href="http://http://www.gallup.com/poll/165392/perceived-need-third-party-reaches-new-high.aspx“>article are telling. It’s obvious people are becoming disenfranchised with our current two party system and support for something different is growing.

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This Washington Times <a href="http://http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/judson-phillips-cold-hard-truth/2013/oct/17/broken-system-american-politics“>article is worth the read. It touches on the fact that democrats have become even more left then ever and don’t even try to hide the fact they are mostly socialists with an agenda. The largest democrat caucus being the democrat socialists is proof of that. The article also points out how the Grand Ol Party have become spineless, moderate, centrists who prefer sitting on there hands and the fence as opposed to honest conservative policy.

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Are Royals Really Different?

Ok I can’t resist. So I’m on my way to my daughters 7th/8th grade volleyball tournament and I came across this Washington Times article http://p.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/collection/royals-really-are-different-kate-middleton-plays-v/ about Kate Middleton showing her pretty face for charity or some other commercialized non-something or other and was immediately struck by three silly things…

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(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

First off, what the hell is up with the net? Can it sag any lower? -Here’s a pic of my child’s middle school tournament net-

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Secondly, what the hell is she wearing? Those £245 or $395.92 shoes are far from inappropriate, they are completely hideous for even the sexiest midget princess.

Lastly, she missed. I can’t speak for my princess, but I’d be willing to bet my last devalued, over inflated greenback she’d stomp Kate. Ok public relations fired. Better luck next time.

A Glitch In The Food Aid Matrix? Oh Snap!

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” — Franklin Roosevelt

A whopping 41% of Americans receive government assistance of some kind according to a heritage study.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/us-government-increases-national-debtand-keeps-128-million-people-on-government-programs

The need for food assistance is already greater than SNAP can fill.
SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month. 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month, and 58% of food bank clients currently receiving SNAP benefits turn to food banks for assistance at least 6 months out of the year.
http://feedingamerica.org/how-we-fight-hunger/programs-and-services/public-assistance-programs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/snap-myths-realities.aspx

A glitch in the snap system is a prime example of this. Some cards were left without a limit and many took advantage clearing the shelves of goods at Walmart’s in a couple different states. This was a one day glitch imagine a longer one, or even a glitch in the new healthcare system, ok let’s not ponder that for now… Consider this- snap benifits are set to be cut. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3998

What happens to those that looted? They should be held responsible but how? Should they pay for what they stole? How when they can’t even afford to feed themselves or their children? Do we take it from their future food stamp allotments? But wait the kids have to eat right? It’s absurd that any adult has the audacity to put the rest of us in this position. I say have some pride in yourselves our country and its principles, and learn to survive like the rest of us. This is the only path of true liberty for all. Liberty only works when your liberty doesn’t infringe on mine.

How can we demand freedom and liberty if so many of us are on aid. If we can’t afford to take care of ourselves the govt is more than happy to do it for us. We must find ways as individuals, as family’s, neighbors, and communities to find a way to instill pride in self and independence. In this country full of blessings It seems some have lost the human instinct to survive. People need to be taught how to purchase, grow, and store food again. Everyone could stand to save more by learning how to buy in bulk, participate in community gardens, store food, and do a little menu planning. We must learn to feed ourselves again.

Let’s not forget to keep things in perspective. Historically people have been controlled and manipulated with food. Check out this list of famines. http://listverse.com/2013/04/10/10-terrible-famines-in-history/ The faces of real starvation are a far cry from today’s food assistance recipients.

I always hear about people in this country having an entitlement mentality. Who feels entitled? Why do they? I’d love to know where the sense of entitlement comes from?

Please feel free to comment… How can the government of the people by the people for the people ever owe the people anything? It makes no sense…

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