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Three Knives Every Man Should Own

It painted a picture of the type of man I have always secretly  wanted to be: strong, masculine, self-reliant, and able to handle any calamity.

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This article was written by Nicky Billou for PolitiCrossing

Men today are in many ways lost and unsure of their place in the world. The idea of  being a strong, masculine man is under attack, and a lot of men are unsure of how to  be a man. 

I believe that masculinity is a good thing. My friend Ryan Michler, the founder of the  Order Of Man movement, and the author of the book “Sovereignty” says that we need to  reclaim and restore masculinity. I agree.  

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One of the key characteristics of being a masculine man is to be good at using tools. Up  until my 40s, I sucked at using tools, and I was embarrassed by it. I hung around men  who were good at it, and that forced me to raise my standards, and eventually, I  become reasonably good at it, too.  

I got hooked on knives after I watched an ad for Gerber Knives, called “Hello, Trouble.”  That ad spoke to me. It painted a picture of the type of man I have always secretly  wanted to be: strong, masculine, self-reliant, and able to handle any calamity. I ran out  that weekend and bought my first knife. 

My collection is now up to over 60 knives. 

Knives are man’s oldest tool. There’s something primal and very satisfying about  holding a knife in your hand, and using it to perform tasks like cutting open packages,  feather-sticking, or hunting and camping. 

There are 3 knives I think every man should own. 

Zero Tolerance 0562CF Hinderer Design: 

The ZT 0562CF is a fantastic folding knife. It is well-designed and fits very comfortably  in your hand. It’s functional and durable. The manufacturer, Zero Tolerance, is an  American company that makes all its knifes in the US, which is a very good thing, as it  keeps jobs here in America. It’s made of the very best materials and the production  quality is matchless. The price is a bit high, $280 — $300 USD, but it is worth every  penny. It’s a very useful knife to use for tasks around the house, for work or camping.  It’s my go-to knife for every day carry.

The Spartan Blades Harsey Difensa: 

Spartan Blades was founded by two former Green Berets, and makes its knives in North  Carolina. This is a fixed blade, designed by legendary knife designer Bill Harsey. It’s a  very versatile knife, good for outdoors use and very popular among military, law  enforcement and first responders. It’s made of very high end, light-weight steel, and is  beautifully designed and well manufactured. I take it with me whenever I go camping.  It’s pricey, around $400 US, but well worth it. It will last you a lifetime.

The Leatherman Free P4:

Ok, technically, this is a multitool, and not a knife. But everyone should have a multitool  on them at all times. It has so many uses. It have used it to help me deal with a flat tire,  when I needed a screwdriver, scissors, and even a knife. Tim Leatherman invented the  multitool. This is the very best multitool in the world, made in Oregon. Do yourself a  favor, pick one up ASAP. The price is just $140.

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Nicky Billou is a serious knife nut! He is one of PolitiCrossing’s roving correspondents, writing about politics, family, culture, and masculinity. He is the #1 International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line Thinking™: How to Think and Win Like a Champion, and The Thought Leader’s Journey: A Fable of Life. He is also the host of the #1 podcast in the world on Thought Leadership, The Thought Leader Revolution (www.TheThoughtLeaderRevolution.com), featuring guests such as Chris Widener, Scott Adams, John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Victor Hansen. He is an in-demand and highly inspirational speaker to corporate audiences such as RBC, Lululemon, Royal LePage, and TorStar Media. He is an advisor and confidante to some of the most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs in North America. He is the co-founder of eCircle Academy (www.eCircleAcademy.com) where he runs a yearlong Mastermind & Educational program working with successful Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, Corporate Trainers, Clinic Owners, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers and other service-based Entrepreneurs, positioning them as authorities in their niche. He is the creator of the Thought Leader/Heart Leader™ Designation.



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Give Me Liberty or Give Me The Vaccine

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Patrick Henry Speaking About Freedom

The American history books use to teach of a patriot named Patrick Henry.  Patrick Henry was a founding father of American.  Yes the term founding father is a term that Google still finds worthy as they identifies Henry as one.  Patrick Henry was a man who stood up to the oppression of King George.  In the second Virginia Convention in 1775, he proclaimed “give me liberty or give me death.”  In days past, Patrick Henry was a symbol of the American spirit of freedom.  His passion and his ability to communicate his desire for freedom are powerful words that continue to motivate bold and courageous leaders for the last 200 years.

Today it would be wise for patriot Americans who value freedom to again pick up this sentiment.  The call that freedom is the most essential component of existence which brings life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Vaccine Manipulation:

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President Joe Biden now declares that Americans who do not take the Covid19 vaccine are “not as smart as he thought they were” and that they (American citizens) are “a real problem.”

Many Americans believe in the vaccine, but they believe more in freedom.  Donald Trump, the leader of the Republic Party has also encouraged people to get the vaccine.  The vaccine is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but how the vaccine is administered very much speaks to how the political leaders look at freedom.

Free Americans should believe that the Government should not be able to dictate the health decisions that an individual should make.  They believe that they should have the ability to review facts and data and not be forced to make a decision about their health based on strawman arguments like you “if you care for your pet, you should get vaccinated.”

Maybe instead of shaming people or trying to bribe people into getting the vaccine, lawmakers should convince people on the merit of the issue and allow them to exercise their freedom to make the best choice for themselves and their country, after all that is what freedom is about.  Maybe President Biden could try to solve the real problem in the vaccine issue.  He could do that by answering the questions that many Americans are still looking for as they analyze their decision about their own health.  Answering any or all of the following questions would be a start:

Vaccine Questions About Covid19:

  1.  What are the top 3 risks that a person might experience with the Covid19 vaccine?  Instead of answering this simple question, those that are in charge get offended when people seek good answers to health.  It has been the history in America to outline the potential health hazards to the choices that people make such as a warning on a pack of cigarettes.  But this concept seems foreign to those that would like to manipulate the public to make a decision without a choice – that just seems wrong.
  2. Why does everyone need the vaccine, including those that already have had Covid19?  This is an honest question and one that Senator Rand Paul has asked.  There may be a case to be made for those who have had Covid19 to receive the vaccine, but it seems like no logical or rational person is making one.
  3. Is there anyone who should not get the Covid19 vaccines?  Health issues are very personal issues and often are different for people with different issues and demographics.  There has been very little talk in main stream media about exceptions to the vaccine and more and more talk about how even babies should be getting the vaccine.  John Hopkins recently misled their readers with statement on their website about children getting the vaccine – “Yes. Experts, including those at Johns Hopkins, believe that the benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19 outweigh the risks. Although COVID-19 in children is usually milder than in adults, some kids can get very sick and have complications or long-lasting symptoms that affect their health and well-being. The virus can cause death in children although this is rarer than for adults.”  Further the CDC is now recommending the pregngnant women and new mothers who are breastfeeding should receive the vaccine.  They state on the website “Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.”  These kind of one sided statements, should be carefully read to consider the political biases of the organization.  One has to wonder if they are really concerned about the health of the individual or the health of the whole.  I would be very hesitate to recommend a trial vaccine to a pregnant woman when there has not been studies to show that no impact will be made on the mother of the child.
  4. Where did Covid19 orginate?  An essential question in the vaccine conversation, should be consideration as to where Covid orginated.  If Covid19 orginated in a lab as a way to kill off a part of the communist elderly in China, then that would dedicate who needs the vaccine.  The idea a communist country was developing a method to kill off part of their population for population control should be considered and explored.  Americans politicians on the left seem to forget that just a few years ago communist China limited the number of babies that their people could have and would kill a child if it was born and was above the number that the government dictated as acceptable.  It is fair for the American population to wait to understand where Covid19 began before making health choices about their own health.

These questions and many more still deserve an answer.  It is the responsibility of the leaders and press in a free country to answer the fair and honest questions of free people.  Until those questions, millions of Americans will still cry out “give me liberty, or give me the vaccine.”  These Americans still choose freedom first.

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Out-of-Context ‘Journalism’ Prevails

Liberal publishers and reporters revel in anything that lambasts, lampoons, and demonizes any view that strays from the liberal narrative

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Aided and abetted by a gullible populace, the ‘mainstream’ media, 24/7, 365 days a year, for decades, knowingly misrepresents any viewpoints that differ from its own. Indeed, many media outlets do this, all the time. They take sound bites and out-of-context material and run with it.

Making broadsweeping generalizations is often fraught with danger, but the evidence is ample and non-stop. Simply click on HuffPost.com, Daily Kos, or The Daily Beast, or any of dozens of other left-leaning sites, at any given time.

Not an Even Playing Field

Do right-leaning news outlets and websites do the same? Less so if only because the GOP does not control the narrative as do the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the major papers in Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, ad infinitum.

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As a lifelong registered independent and I have voted on all sides of the political spectrum. In recent years, I’ve seen the ‘progressives’ go too far on a range of issues.

I recognize that some in the GOP are behind the times. However, consider that most of the press votes Democrat (85% to 88% in every election) decade after decade, across all jurisdictions, regardless of the candidate, the issues, or the platforms.

The U.S. press, in the main, slants everything to the left. Life-long liberal publishers and reporters revel in sound bites and out-of-context journalism that lambasts, lampoons, and demonizes anyone or any view that strays from the liberal narrative.

Indoctrination Nation

The journalism schools, from Columbia in Missouri, on down, invariably steer students to the left. To sell newspapers, advertising, or other services, the Left’s sound bite, out-of-context approach works as well and, as quickly, as anything.

The Left predictably is most vicious and displays its unbarred racism when characterizing right-leaning African Americans or other minority individuals – those who have the temerity to form their own opinion. Think Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Jason Whitlock, Clarence Thomas, the late Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, Senator Tim Scott, and Candace Owens, among legions of others.

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