5 Politically Incorrect Christmas gifts for Kids

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Oh, Christmas. That magical time of the year, Santa, Christmas trees, presents and sanitized “Happy Holidays” signs that make you throw up in your mouth a little.

As Christmas eve approaches, we hurry to buy something for our little ones.  Nothing beats busting our brains thinking of neat gifts, only for our kids to leave them all over the living room and the small parts going straight into the vacuum cleaner not 24hs after they opened them.

But you know you’re going to buy them anyway so for this Black Friday week I made a short list of politically incorrect toys that will at least counteract some of the garbage out kids are exposed to on daily basis, maybe even teach them a thing or two about life.

5-Playmobil Nativity Manger with Stable

Playmobil Nativity Manger with Stable $29.99

Christmas may be banned in New York schools and various government buildings but not all hope is lost. While most toy companies play along, others like Playmobil actually have nativity toys. There’s even a little baby Jesus.

4-Playmobil Advent Calendar Police with Cool Additional Surprises

Playmobil Advent Calendar Police Cool Additional Surprises $23.49

In case you didn’t notice, Lego “cops” don’t have guns any more (no Nativity toys either). They run around with handcuffs instead.  God forbid, should a child play imagining that a toy cop shoots a toy bad guy. Well, Playmboil thankfully isn’t like that. In this set both cops and the bad guy have plenty of guns, both handguns and long arms as well as holsters that actually fit the tiny sidearms. Go Playmobil! I got this set for my son a few weeks ago and he loved it. It comes with a small motion detector alarm (not loud, safe for small children) and they can set it up so that it goes off when someone moves or approaches the museum treasure.

3-Daisy Outdoor Products 693 Pistol Kit

Daisy Outdoor Products 693 Pistol Kit $49.99

This was the first CO2 pistol I ever owned and man did I have fun with it. Mine was a Daisy just like this one but the color was black with brown grips. The construction is plastic but it doesn’t really matter, it has plenty of metal where needed, its tough and packs a punch. Careful though, the price is pretty low but it does not reflect how powerful this thing is.

The one I had was accurate for a gun that fires round pellets and has fixed sights. It is powerful, punched holes into thin wood and cans.Decades later after forgetting about this gun I found it in a drawer. Some CO2 and a few pellets later and it was working again.

This is not a toy and should be treated like a firearm. Pay special attention to eye protection which is the most common type of injury with air guns. The rule is very simple and this is what I do with my oldest son: You put on your eye protection before picking it up, you take it off after you  put away the gun. Break that rule and you lose your air gun for a month, or until you are old enough to handle it responsibly. 

2-Daisy Outdoor Products Red Ryder Gun

Daisy Outdoor Products Red Ryder Gun $46.20

I never had one of these but everyone seems to remember them fondly and it seems to be a great choice as a kids first gun. Comes in pink too for girls.

I see how the Red Ryder can be lots of fun, but its more of a plinking kind of air gun,a true “fun gun”. If the intention is to use it for shooting pests too, within the same budget you have better, more powerful guns such as the Crosman 2100 or Daisy 880 which is better suited for it.

1-Crosman Remington Vantage Hardwood Stock Break (.177)

Crosman Remington Vantage Hardwood Stock Break (.177) $109.99

Here’s where things get interesting. I got a similar air rifle for my 15th birthday, brand Mahely. It wasn’t as nice as the Crossman Remington Vantage but my Mahely was also a break barrel action that generated nice power and had good accuracy.  If you want to go all the way there’s the Gamo Silent Stalker. The .22 version is a serious small game hunting air gun. It has a Shock Wave Absorber and noise dampener reducing noise up to 52%.

Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT Air Rifle air rifle  $203.68 



Toy Story’s Sheriff Woody has a Gun!



Very nice gem found: “Wartime Farm”

Recently, I came across a book called “Wartime Farm” and its based on a BBC TV series of same name where 3 people reenact what life in a WWII British farm would have been like. I like it because it has my favorite kind of information, real-world lessons of actual historic events. 
It is interesting becuase it does end up explaining a lot of how people both in the country and in the city got by during war time with rationing, constant bombing threat and how they learned to get by in general with very little.
There’s plenty of nice tips and ideas to pick both in the book and TV series.

This is the video review that I did of the book:

The book is available on Amazon: Wartime Farm


This is the first full Episode of Wartime Farm on youtube.

MUCH better than watching the usual reality TV junk. I’ve watched several episodes of Wartime Farm, they are well made, fun and full of good info.



Question Argentina’s Infaltion? Go to Jail!

Hi Ferfal,


Hi Jeff,
Indeed sad state of affairs in my country. 
 Someone joked some time ago in the comment section, about how the best strategy for surviving in Argentina is leaving Argentina entirely. Well, there’s a bit too much truth to that I’m afraid.
From ABC News


Argentina is trying again to criminally prosecute people who publish independent inflation data, just as Congress opens debate on a 2014 budget that assumes economic good times next year.
The government is predicting strong annual economic growth of 6.2 percent, inflation of just 10.4 percent and a peso dropping only 10 percent against the dollar.
Independent economists call these numbers wildly optimistic, and say that Argentina’s growth prospects are troubling and inflation is actually running more than twice as high. They maintain that illegal currency trading reflects much greater pressure to formally devalue the currency than the government has acknowledged.
As Economy Minister Hernan Lorenzino proposed the budget to Congress, Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno went to court, accusing four different consulting firms of criminal “speculation” for publishing inflation data that contradicts official reports.
Among those Moreno targeted Thursday was economist Orlando Ferreres, who estimates inflation is rising by 23.8 percent annually. He called the accusations against him “ridiculous” in an interview with Radio La Red on Friday, and said they only make sense in “an upside-down world.”
Moreno also asked the judge to approve similar charges against economists with M&S, Buenos Aires City and Finsoport SA consultancies. If charged, tried and convicted of “speculation,” they could face two years in prison.


It’s because of things like these that I left. I decided to leave because this kind of governmental persecution and overall censorship has been going on for several years. 
The high levels of crime and constant inflation didn’t help either. 
People shouldn’t be afraid to speak, but they are in Argentina and there’s a reason for it. Whenever people have a chance to speak, either average citizens interviewed, actors or other celebrities, they all have that fear in the back of their minds. We all know what happens when you speak against the government in Argentina because it happens all the time: An actor that speaks against the government doesn’t get hired by nearly any local production company because they are all in the governments pocket thanks to official sponsorship. A business owner that complains gets his importations stopped, accounts frozen for investigation and auditing, even small shop owners get harassed this way.
That is not freedom and you shouldn’t live in constant fear of your own government.
I’ll bring out my crystal ball here and predict that, while maybe not in such an obvious way, we’ll see more of this happening in the developed nations soon enough.


The World Ended With Honey Boo Boo


I hope you guys appreciate this. I just watched about two hours of Honey Boo Boo videos.  My IQ must have dropped 20% because of it and the images will haunt me forever. Gone are the days of the silly “realty shows”. It’s a new world out there people. There’s nothing you can do anymore that is stupid or degrading enough. We didn’t just lose our moral compass. Someone threw away the last compass mankind had and burned and erased all dictionaries so that we don’t even know what the word moral means anymore.

Yesterday I was talking with an American friend that is… well, lets call it disappointed with the way things are going these days in his country.  We talked about how things have been changing in the last few years, not only in America but the entire world. One thing lead to another and he sent me a link to South Park’s Honey Boo Boo episode, a parody about The Learning Channel’s most recent abomination. Yes people, abomination as in abhorrent monstrosity, offensive to the natural order of things.

I just wasn’t ready for it. After watching the South Park episode I watched the actual show. Compared to the real show, the South Park parody was refined world class humor.

We all know by now what garbage gets labeled as entertainment these days, and reality shows show the worst of what “reality” has to offer. I remember the days when Discovery and History channel were “boring” by the average guy’s standards, full of documentaries about space, nature or academic approaches to various social and cultural events. Today? Well, you know.

How can I explain what “Here comes Honey Boo Boo” represents?

Lets see. A morbidly obese family, including 7 year old “Honey Boo Boo”. This is a child overweight beyond what any doctor would consider healthy and yet fed in a way I wouldn’t feed my dog. That kid is being murdered with corn syrup. I’m not kidding. It’s a clearly morbidly obese child being fed fat and syrup in a deliberate attempt against its health. If live coverage of such neglect isn’t enough to have the child taken away by Child Protective Service I don’t know what else is needed.

 Any cheap and disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on TV is here. Farting, mucus eating and burping with constant references to how the family members look like pigs. TLC is as subtle as getting a haircut with a lawnmower with their swine references. A teen mother that doesn’t know what “abdomen” means.  A 33 year old grandmother with four kids from four different fathers living in filth, all of them with such poor speak skills, they constantly need subtitles as if they spoke in another language. Again, the not so subtle message here is these people aren’t even humans given that you shouldn’t need English subtitles for English speaking people, should you?

You have all the possible negative redneck stereotypes wrapped into one show: Fat, child beauty pageant obsession, southern accent, ignorance and fast food all edited for that extra disgusting effect and of course, the constant banjo music as icing on the cake. Its all about denigrating the South, about showing low income, welfare white people as sub human animals.

 Quiet, dignified, hard working southerner? No way, this is the ultimate freak show baby! We all know that no one “from the South” goes to college or even touches a book.  All educated Americans come from LA and New York of course. Lets grab a bunch of ignorant clowns, promiscuous, fat and stupid and lets show them doing stupid stuff while drinking corn syrup in a brutal race to diabetes, now that’s what “the South” is all about. Oh yeah!

At this point we have to ask ourselves, is this just a tragic accident? The stereotyping and discrimination towards what CNN calls “The South”, is obvious enough, but is this just an unfortunate series of events? Is TLC just trying to make a few more millions by feeding the mass of viewers what they want or is there something else going on here? In the South Park parody they talked about lowering the bar. Is this a deliberate attempt to lower the bar, right there to the floor where we can all just trip on it and break our necks?

I don’t believe much in coincidences and I especially don’t believe in THAT many coincidences. When you make a deliberate attempt to portrait a poor white southern family as the most disgusting pack of animals on the planet, a mockery of what the American family used to be, you sure as hell have an agenda. In case this is all too subtle for the average viewer, TLC throws in a plastic baby Jesus, toes eaten by rats, and Honey Boo Boo spitting in its face. Take that Bible Belt!

You know what’s worse? What makes you lose all hope ? Its not the millions watching it, because millions can watch it like they can watch a youtube clip of a plane crash or car accident. The worst part is something else.

The worst part is that people “like” it.

 As in they like it on youtube, facebook, social media. In general they do like it and feel this is just good ‘ol fun. Oh boy! Put me some of ‘em subtitles ‘cause I’m know no more how is spoke ‘em English!

Honey Boo Boo (God, brain cells do die each time I type this) isn’t about the decline of America. Sadly enough, Honey Boo Boo is what you have AFTER the collapse. This is the post-collapse American family people. As cheap and useless as it gets. This is what America has become, but not just America. This is what Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America has turned into as well. Its global. In UK parents burn down their house with their kids inside for the insurance. In Spain a 40 year old chops his parents to pieces with a sword because they don’t let him play videogames any more. The lowest common denominator indeed. You just cant get any lower than this, than people effectively transformed into a bunch of brute animals. Into Pigs. Pigs that speak, but barely so. They need subtitles after all.  TLC has gone Gorge Orwell on us.  

I leave you with the two most significant quotes of the 21th century, the ones that mark the collapse of western civilization, forget that, the collapse of all human kind.

“Honey Boo Boo endorsed me, so that’s a big relief.”

Barack Obama

“I wish I had an extra finger. Then I could grab more cheeseballs.”

 Honey Boo Boo

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