Here is another article on the federal debt, “The Story Nobody Is Reporting On,” from The Market Ticker blog. In it the highlight another side effect of the National Debt, the reduction in purchasing power of about 7.7% which is the portion of the GDP that the additional debt incurred by the government last year…
The end the post with a rather dire warning:
Let me be clear: On the arithmetic if we do not stop this now within the next 4-5 years — that is, within the next Presidential term — our government will collapse, our economy will collapse, our health care system will collapse and both the stock and housing markets will collapse. This is not politics, it’s arithmetic. And the worst part of it is that I am utterly certain that the “references” count, along with the “views” count on this article will both be a fraction of the politically-oriented articles I’ve recently posted. That the real end of our way of life in America, a threat that is obvious, mathematically certain, not very far in the future and yet avoidable if we act now fails to garner any sort of serious attention is the real outrage folks.
So, I ask again, what are you doing to prepare for such a collapse?
It is not an empty question. I am really curious you you are preparing for such an eventuality as I am just getting started to prepare for this.
Vinh Luu, known on Instagram as @pewpewpreacher, posts some great photos and has some really cool gear. It turns our he really is a preacher as well as a firearms enthusiast from California….
He recently published an excellent piece over on the WarDoll site walking through Ephesians 6:10-17 but with a modern take on the equipment list. It is worth a read and visuals are awesome. I encourage everyone to check it out here.
I am re-posting the entire text here but without the images so please make sure to visit the original post for the full impact:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” -Ephesians 6:10-17 (ESV)
There are battles going on right now around the world with men and women fighting against evil like that of ISIS. However, there are battles going on right now against evil in our homes, in our workplaces, right in front of us! Although we may not actually be able to see it, there is spiritual warfare going on all around us! How can we fight this type of warfare when we can’t see our enemy? Ephesians 6:10-17 equips us with the armor of God that allows us to defend ourselves and fight against the evil that we cannot see. The armor of God is not actually physical armor but uses metaphorical armor to represent spiritual armor. It wasn’t uncommon for people to see Roman soldiers back when the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians. So using the armor of soldiers of that time helped people to understand the correlation to spiritual armor. To help illustrate the armor of God, I will be using modern day armor to help explain the armor of God.
1. Belt of Truth
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth…” -Ephesians 6:14
Truth: something that is true or fact.
We all know the saying “fight fire with fire.” We cannot fight evil with evil. Satan will always win if you try that. That’s why truthfulness and moral integrity are essential to fighting evil, especially the Truth that is Jesus Christ. My battle belt is essential to my kit. I have nearly everything I need which includes my sidearm, extra mags, light, trauma kit, etc. For most of us, belts are essential even to our daily wardrobe. Just as a belt is essential to keeping your pants up, so is truth essential to defending yourself against evil.
2. Breastplate of Righteousness
“…and having put on the breastplate of righteousness” -Ephesians 6:14
Righteousness: being morally right or justified.
There are a lot of useful things that you can put on your plate carrier. I have a Haley Strategic D3 chest rig that can hold a multitude of things and a Source Tactical hydration carrier in the back. Most importantly, the plate carrier holds the ballistic plates that protect your vital organs. Righteousness protects your heart in the fight against evil.
3. Shoes of Readiness by the Gospel of Peace
“and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” -Ephesians 6:15
Peace: freedom from disturbance.
Proper footwear is necessary for battle or even just running and gunning. You’re certainly not ready for battle if you’re barefoot! I have never served in the armed forces so I do not know how it feels to leave for deployment. I can only imagine the anxiety and anticipation that builds up. I have much respect for those who serve in the military. The Gospel (that is the Good News of Jesus Christ) gives us peace in our readiness to fight against evil. It gives us peace to know that no matter what battles we fight today, Jesus has already won the war against the devil and against sin and death. So put on the peace of Jesus Christ just as you would put on your shoes in preparation for battle.
4. Shield of Faith
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” -Ephesians 6:16
Faith: Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
With the evolution of war and combat, soldiers no longer fight with arrows, swords, and shields. A shield protected soldiers of the past from arrows and swords. Today, body armor protects soldiers from bullets. And just as body armor gives protection from bullets, faith in our Lord gives protection from attacks from the devil.
5. Helmet of Salvation
“and take the helmet of salvation…” -Ephesians 6:17
Salvation: deliverance from harm.
Sin has separated us from God. God is holy and perfect so no sin can ever be allowed in His presence. God loves us and didn’t like us being separated from Him, so He sent His Son to die for us. Since Jesus is perfect, His death paid the penalty for all of our sins. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can receive His gift of salvation. Those who receive His gift of salvation are delivered from the penalty of their sin. Helmets offer protection for your head. The helmet of salvation gives us confidence in battle knowing that we are saved and have been delivered from the penalty of our sin. Modern day helmets also have mounts for night vision optics which allow for soldiers to see clearly in the dark. Because of the salvation we have through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives our minds clarity and guides us through spiritual darkness.
6. Sword of the Spirit
“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” -Ephesians 6:17
The Word of God: the Bible!
There are 6 pieces of the armor of God. The first 5 pieces were for defensive purposes. Now God arms us with an offensive weapon, the Bible! Soldiers no longer arm themselves with swords but with guns. We all have our opinions on the best battle rifle and debates still continue on AR’s vs AK’s. Make no mistake, there is nothing better nor is there any substitute for the Word of God in the fight against evil! So you better be reading and studying the Bible if you’re going to be fighting evil! The devil can even use Scripture to tempt us (as he did with Jesus in the desert), so you better know your weapon better than the enemy!
Spiritual warfare is constant and takes place daily in our lives! So make the armor of God part of your EDC (EveryDay Carry)!!!
This is an awesome piece. Thank you Vinh Luu and God Bless.
I have had the pleasure of seeing Sheriff Clarke in person a couple of times and found him to be a speaker with a powerful message. He also seems to be a very nice, very serious man. A tweet he posted earlier this week seems to have set off a bit of a firestorm (no pun intended).
Many are accusing him of inciting violence, something no one accuses certain government officials of when they encourage Black Lives Matter and similar groups who then go on to actually, you know, burn stuff down, commit assault, loot steal and damage property…
What do you think? Was he inciting violence against politicians and the media? Is he wrong in doing so? Share your thoughts…
There will be terrible times in the last days.People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
-2 Timothy 3:1-5
As I read this the other day, I thought how perfectly Paul described the people of this nation at this time all in a letter written almost two thousand years ago.
Yes, I realize this description could have applied to many nations at different times including the people of Israel, Greece, and Rome. No, I don’t necessarily believe that the existence of these traits in our nation indicates that we are the approaching the biblical end times.
It does mean (to me) that we are a people, a nation, in need of revival. We, as a nation, need to turn our lives and attention back to God, back to what is right and just instead of focusing on maximizing our individual pleasure, power and wealth. It may not be the “last days” that Paul spoke of in this letter to Titus but if we don’t turn our country around it may well be the last days of this nation.
Pray for our leaders (even those you don’t agree with), pray for our people and for revival…for a turning back to God and to what is right and just.
My walk with God and my efforts to get in shape suffered. I only exercised, read the Bible and spent time with God three times this week. I had several sodas this week and consumed quite a few sweets. Between my schedule and the time Wonderful Wife is having to put in at work as part of the buy out we did’t do our joint devotional at all this week.
On the other hand, I was very productive from a self-defense perspective. I made it out to the range for a bit this week. I was able to test my 9mm reloads which seemed to they work just fine. This was my first time shooting with the new Tijicon front sight on the Ruger LCR and the front and rear Trijicon sights on my new Glock 43. It took some time to get used to the new Trijicon front sight on the LCR but I was able to dial it in after a few dozen rounds. The Trijicon sights on the new G42 were easy to get used to and really nice to use. I may add those to all my Glocks here before long. The new Glock 43 came with aftermarket springs installed. I will probably put the originals back in. The lighter trigger is great but under stress I think it might be too light. Even under low stress conditions at the range it surprised me a couple of times.
I de-primed and cleaned all the brass I used during the range session and it is ready to be reloaded. I picked up some reloading supplies to help that process along including primers and bullets. The bullets are lead Hollow-Based Wad Cutters (HBWC) from Hornady. It will be interesting to see how well they work. While I was out and about on a customer call I also happened across some CCI MiniMags in .22 LR so I picked up a couple of boxes. I rarely see these in stores anymore so I pick them up whenever I do.
The garden is going well and we harvested our first tomato. A single cherry tomato…🙂
There are quite a few more coming in behind that one. The peppers should really have been started earlier and could use more sun. The squash was planted too closely but, hopefully, we’ll at least get a few before the cold sets in. It’s time to rotate canned goods from the emergency pantry into the main pantry but that will have to wait until next week.
Our finances have taken a bit of a hit as well in the last few weeks. We loaned money to a couple of family members who ran into unplanned expenditures which means our savings took a hit. I am sure they will pay us back eventually but it will be a little at a time over the next year or so. I closed and cashed out a stock option account from a previous employer. When that money comes in I will roll it into a retirement account. I also received a dividend on another stock option account I have from a different previous employer. I requested a check for it as well but I haven’t decided where to invest it yet. It may go into savings or some sort of hard asset.
Well, that’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you prep this week?
The meat problem isn’t really a meat problem at all. It is actually a fat problem.
Protein is relatively easy to store for long periods of time. Dried beans, for example, can easily be stored for years or even decades but fats by their very nature don’t last nearly that long. A few years is the best that can be hoped for with most fats. So what, fat is bad right?
Wrong. Too much fat (like an excess of just about anything) is bad. Despite what the current talking heads will tell you, we humans definitely need fat in our diet. Without it we will suffer health issues including skin problems such as rashes and dry skin, vision problems, slowed healing and even cognitive disorders similar to dementia.
You can get needed fats from oils like olive oil or from meats but regardless of where they come from you can count on one thing they don’t have a shelf life much over a few years so it is important to make sure to rotate what you store.
You can store the same oils you use for cooking (Crisco, olive oil, corn oil, etc.) but be very aware of the shelf life and make sure you rotate your stock regularly. Oil will go rancid and rancid oil not only tastes bad but can be very bad for you as well. You can extend the shelf life of some oils by storing them in the fridge or freezer but that counts on you having a working fridge/freezer…and electricity. Depending on what disasters you are preparing for this could be a complication.
Here are some helpful hints on storing oils:
– Store oils in their original containers (if those containers are glass or plastic).
-If the container is made of cardboard you may want to store it in glass jars like canning jars.
-Store oils in a cool, dark place. If you have a cellar that would be great. On the Texas Gulf Coast that’s not an option…
-Lighter colored oils have less flavor and nutrition but store longer.
-Use solid shortening, like Crisco, for longer term storage. It lasts longer than other forms of oil but you still have to rotate it.
-Coconut oil is another alternative as it lasts a good while even in warmer temperatures.
don’t forget to consider other sources of oils such as mayonnaise. All the same warnings apply but it is another choice.
Canned or Pickled Meats
Spam, canned ham, deviled ham and their like can have a place in your long term food storage strategy but only if you are willing and able to consume them, remember the Golden Rule. Anchovies and sardines are another option that will appeal to some people. More mainstream options like canned tuna, chicken or salmon is another good source of meat-based oils and fats and most folks are willing to work it into their diets. Look at the options out there, see what you like and will eat and go from there but keep in mind that proper rotation and eating what you store is absolutely critical.
Keep in mind my primary disaster preparedness goals center around hurricanes with economic disruptions (job loss, economic downturn, etc.) as secondary concerns. So, oils and fats with 1-3 year self lives are not too concerning for me nor am I as concerned with long term power loss (more that two weeks).
We keep several months worth of meat in the freezer most of it is ground beef or sausage. I have a generator and several days worth of fuel on hand. I can keep foods frozen (as long as we are careful) for at least a week. We like tuna and keep a pretty good supply on hand but don’t have to worry about it sitting on the shelf too long. Wonderful Wife also likes vienna sausages (yuk!) so we keep a half a case or so of those on the shelves too. Canned chili is another source of fat that we can keep on hand without worrying about spoilage.
This is the end of my series on the basics of food storage. I will continue to post a few articles here and there on food storage but I think we’ve covered the basics in sufficient detail so you can get started.
September 30th marked the end of the US Federal Government’s fiscal year…
The nation’s debt jumped $1.4 Trillion dollars last year that’s trillion with a T). Boiled down, what that means is that every household in the US picked up an additional $12,036 in debt. each household’s share of the national debt is now $165,575…
This is the third largest single year increase in national debt ever…
One of the three Social Security trusts, the Disability Insurance trust, is already completely exhausted.
Some will blame the Republican controlled Congress. Some the Democratic President. The truth is BOTH are equally to blame but, ultimately, we can only blame ourselves. We voted for these morons. We, the people, keep electing those who promise us free stuff. We continue to send the Washington elite back into office and seem to expect a different result each time (sounds suspiciously like the very definition of insanity).
There is no way this level of debt can be paid back.
Annual tax revenues for 2016 were 3.3 Trillion. Which means our federal government spent about 42% more than they took in. Just to stay even, government programs (all government programs) would have to be cut almost in half. To make any meaningful dent in the national debt cuts would have to be even deeper. Or, taxes would have to be raised. Not counting various excise taxes and other hidden taxes, well over 25% of what I make (and I am by no means rich) already goes to the federal government. Economic growth has stagnated to just a few percent per year and, as the current administration is so fond of saying that is the new normal. So, we can’t grow our way out of the problem.
The bottom line is that our nation is bankrupt. It is a matter of when the default will come, not if. Do you know what to expect in such a disaster? How will you survive? How should you prepare?
I’d suggest spending a little time thinking through those questions…