Are You Ready For Disaster?

Welcome Instapundit Readers!  Please note that I do not claim to be a preparedness expert, and would like to encourage your thoughts and comments, particularly anything specific to your neck of the woods!

Two days ago, my town was ravaged by a massive storm.  Trees were ripped out of the ground throughout the city, and thousands of us were without power for long periods of time.  It was ugly, though my community dodged a bullet since, despite the number of trees down, remarkably few were hurt.

Photo by Tim Patterson, From Flikr
Photo by Tim Patterson, From Flikr

Also luckily, the power outage at my place was from 10:30 pm to about 8:30 am, a time when most people are doing some sleeping.  However, it still reminded me of just how important it is to be prepared for situations like this.

I’m not talking about going full on prepper, though that’s not a bad way to be prepared for a nasty storm, but I am talking about the basic preparedness that even the United States government says you should take on.

Men, it’s in your roles as both provider and protector that you should take it upon yourself to make sure you’re prepared for such events.  However, I will also say that this isn’t just a man thing.  Everyone should be prepared for disaster. Continue reading “Are You Ready For Disaster?”

The Importance of Competence

Of the four core virtues I talk about in my book, competence may be both the easiest and hardest one for many to understand.  It’s easy to understand because it’s not rocket science to see the importance of being good at your job.  It’s hardest because, well, the Dunning-Kruger Effect is an actual thing.


Photo by Ken Walton
Photo by Ken Walton

The sad thing about competence, however, is that it’s far rarer than it should be.

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in my hometown, competence is so unusual in some industries like fast food that it should qualify is a freaking superpower.  “Do you have x-ray vision?  No?  You’re competent at your job?  THAT’S AMAZING!”

The funny thing is that many of these are the same people complaining about wanting more money for their job because they can’t live off of minimum wage.  I get that, I really do, but if you suck at your job, what do you expect?  Hmmm?

With anything, the creme rises to the top.  It always does. Continue reading “The Importance of Competence”

A New Agoge: Part 1

Spartan boys, when they reached a certain age, were pried from their mothers and put into a special state-run school called “the agoge” where they were taught to be warriors.  It almost had to be state-run because few parents would subject their children to such brutality.

Photo by Rolands Lakis
Photo by Rolands Lakis

By the time they were finished, they were Spartan warriors, and ready to defend their city from any attacker.

Today, most of us put our children in state-run schools as well…and the results aren’t anything like the agoge.  In fact, they may well be the opposite of the agoge in many ways.  While the Spartan school sought to turn boys into men, in many ways public education seeks to turn boys into girls. Continue reading “A New Agoge: Part 1”

The Basics of Punching

The truth is, men fight.  Maybe not for fun, but every person I know of that meets the definition of “man” I’ve laid out has been in at least one fight in their lives.  When you think about it, it’s inevitable.

However, if you’re someone raised in the “conflict is bad” era, you may not know how to correctly throw punches.

If you’re one of those, no judgment here.  You’re at least wanting to learn how to throw down if you ever need to, so here’s a video I came across that might help.  Please excuse the hamhanded attempts at advertising, because the information is pretty good.

These are just two punches, and there are plenty of them, but it’s a good start. Learn these two correctly and practice them regularly, and you’ll be well ahead of the curve if you find yourself in a fight. Continue reading “The Basics of Punching”

Man As Provider In Lean Times

Bad things can happen.  Anyone can experience a sudden downturn in circumstance and it doesn’t matter what you did because sometimes, it really isn’t your fault.  However, as a man, you’re supposed to provide for your family.  When your means to support them disappears, what can you do?

Photo by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Photo by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Truthfully, that’s not really the time to figure things out.  At that point, there’s not really much else to do besides get a new job.  However, understanding this can happen well ahead of time will let you do a few things to deal with such times.

The most obvious option is to save during the good times.  Putting away sufficient money for six months worth of expenses is smart.  It may be easier said than done, mind you, but it’s smart.

One of your expenses is food, and you should put money away for that, but there’s something else you can do as well. Continue reading “Man As Provider In Lean Times”

Clearing Your Home With A Handgun

One of the most important roles any man will ever fulfill is to protect their home and their family.  Most do so by making sure doors are locked, windows are secured, etc., and that’s great.  However, locked doors and windows will only do so much, unfortunately.

What happens if someone decides to enter your home?

If you’ve already purchased a handgun like I’ve advised, then you need to learn how to use it.  In addition to static shooting on a gun range, you need to learn how to search your home for bad people who want to do bad things.  This video can help get you started:

Now, practicing this in your house can be…interesting.  It’s a good way to put holes in your walls, after all.

There are ways to train for this without that, however.

Continue reading “Clearing Your Home With A Handgun”

Why Every Man Should Be Armed


There are bad people in this world.  On any day, in almost any community, you can open up your local newspaper’s website and see just how many bad people there are.

Photo by Andrew Magill
Photo by Andrew Magill

Additionally, you may be a bad mofo walking around, but unless you’re the internet version of Chuck Norris, there’s alway someone badder than you are…and that doesn’t even touch on the possibility of there being more of them than you.

So what do you do?

The answer is simple.  Arm yourself. Continue reading “Why Every Man Should Be Armed”