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This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Michael

First Lieutenant Audie Murphy

First Lieutenant Audie Murphy

3rd Platoon, Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

June 20, 1924 May 28, 1971

U.S. Army

Most people know Audie Murphy as a popular actor, but before that he was a highly distinguished Soldier in WWII. First Lieutenant Murphy was, in fact, the most decorated American Soldier in the war earning a total of 39 medals from the U.S., France and Belgium. He was awarded every medal the U.S. had at the time including 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Hearts, 3 Purple Hearts and the Medal Of Honor.

You can read more about First Lieutenant Murphy here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Expectation of Privacy

Straight Forward in a Crooked World has done it again with the latest post: Reasonable Expectation of Privacy.

Lawmakers are still working on the redefinition of privacy in the technologically advanced modern world, but legal ramifications are small consolation when something you thought should be private gets into the wrong hands. It's a horrific feeling, and it's worse when you have to tell friends or associates that their privacy has been violated through you.

But I refuse to react by living in a cage.

My solution is to be intentional about what information is allowed out. I'm not perfect in this regard, but if I type something into a web page or say something in public, I'm usually thinking about who is going to be accessing that information. If you phone me and someone else is within earshot, my side of the conversation will be shaped by that knowledge. Email? Well, I'm not going to discuss my own system here, but if you want a few tips, get in touch.

The linked article also mentions some other issues to be aware of. Take the time to read and think about them. Even if your life is an open book, other people in your life may need your protection. It's all part of being a sheepdog.

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WatchCat's Bugout Bag

Well, it's not Friday for a "tutorial" but this has been on my mind ever since a friend harassed me when I complained about being without shampoo for last week's evacuation. They couldn't believe that I didn't have a bugout bag all set to go.

Yes, everyone should have a bag all ready to go for emergencies.

So, I'm working on my packing list. Feel free to suggest things I've overlooked.

Shampoo
Soap
Other personal hygiene items
Roll of tp
minimum 2 sets underthings
minimum 1 shirt (this is a great way to make use of those "sentimental" clothing items that we don't normally wear but don't want to get rid of)
minimum 1 pr trousers/jeans
something to sleep in
small towel
box of ammo
knife
phone numbers/addresses of important contacts
granola bars/trail mix or similar high-energy food
several bottles water
matches
extra cell phone charger if possible
medical supplies appropriate to level of training

Also remember to have a bugout bag for pets, containing food, some water, and a litterbox/litter & scoop if needed. Btw, kitty litter is a great thing to carry in your car for getting out of snowy/icy spots.

I miss anything?