It’s Not Paranoia If…

Here is a quote from a July 4th column published in a fairly mainstream (and supposedly Christian) newspaper:

Normally, when I get into a debate with a conservative friend and we are at an impasse, with no hope for resolution, I try to ease the tension with levity, and say, “Well, when the revolution comes, I will put in a good word for you and your family.” To my friends in the Republican political and legal establishment who have not stood up to Trump: When the revolution comes, you are on your own, and I will be clamoring not for mercy but for a seat next to the guillotine, where I can do my knitting.

This was not in the comments section. It was the last paragraph in an editorial from a regular columnist with the publication…

I don’t like Trumpette. I don’t agree with all of his policies but there are a number of them that I do agree with including efforts to slow illegal immigration, protect our borders and curb terrorism. Will that be enough to get my head and the heads of my family onto this “man’s” chopping block? Or, will that qualify for the leniency of a “reeducation camp” somewhere? Once the flames of civil war are fanned will it even matter?

I was asked why I would need a passport before the next administration takes office. This is it in a nutshell.

Those of us in this country who support the rule of law, especially the Constitution, and who believe in the principles on which this nation was founded find ourselves increasingly under attack. At some point in the near future those who hold the same views as this columnist will once again hold the Presidency of the USA. At that point all bets will be off.

At that point those without a passport and the means to escape may find themselves (and their families) on the platform for a date with Madame Guillotine or fighting for their lives. There was a very good reason the founding fathers wanted to ensure that the citizenry was armed against tyranny, even if the tyrants are fellow citizens.

Of course, those pushing for the harassment of conservatives and Trump supporters, violent counter-protests to stifle free-speech, the internment camps, and the guillotine only have the best of intentions. They are doing it for our own good, but as C. S. Lewis once observed:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

Our nation is growing ever more polarized. I had hoped for a Presidential candidate who would bridge the divide. That didn’t happen. Both parties put forward candidates that were even more polarizing, candidates that widened the gap between us, rather than bridging it. As a result we are staring into an abyss. If we can’t find a way to back away from it…

Well…

…my great, great grandparents knew the horrors of civil war first hand. We may just have to (re)learn them first hand. I pray we do not.

Take care and God bless.

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What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

My walk with God, my most important preparedness effort, is getting back on track. I completed two more rounds of praying for our 100 closest neighbors. I have gotten myself back on track on my Bible study and prayer time and I am back in the saddle of teaching Sunday school.

Self Defense/Hunting

I purchased some ammunition:

60 rounds of .308 hunting ammo

50 Rounds of 7.62×39 practice ammo

100 rounds of .22 LR

1000 rounds of .38 Special practice ammo

I also made it out to the range to test some of my loads through the chronograph.

Supplies/Gear

The repairs and upgrades on our kitchen are (mostly) finished so we are able to start moving items back into the pantries. As part of that process we are going through all of what we had put into storage.

Any items that were not in sealed and completely airtight containers are being tossed out. Items in cardboard containers like pasta, seasonings and various mixes (like cornbread) are all going in the trash. We had originally thought that since these didn’t get wet in the flood they would be fine but we have seen where this type of packaging did not fare very well in the heat and humidity in the house after the flood. In addition the drywall dust from the repairs seems to have been able infiltrate many more types of packaging than we would have thought. We would rather be safe than sorry.

A fair portion of our canned goods had to get tossed as well. These were not affected by the flood but we haven’t had a working kitchen for the last nine or ten months which means our usage was almost zero and some have passed their “best by” dates. While I am usually OK with that, our storage conditions were less than ideal so most of those had to get tossed as well. After all, better safe than sorry and we have had enough health issues associated with the flood and reconstruction. Had I realized how long the recovery process would take I would have donated more of our canned goods to charitable organizations. I am positive there are many would could have used the help.

In any case, I will be taking an inventory soon and starting to rebuild the stock levels of our primary pantry. The emergency pantry will have to wait until more work on the house is completed.

Security

I cancelled our alarm company. It has been a useless waste of money since the flood and almost none of the sensors are working. I have narrowed the selection for a replacement down to three companies and will choose one of them in the next week or so.

Finances

Still paying for home repairs so nothing is really going into savings. We did finalize the decrease on our home repair loan to $25,000. I will be filing the amendment at the tax office shortly.

Fitness/Health

Still a total and abject failure in this area. We really need to start focusing on this more.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

Buy Ammo Now

Even though Justin over at TheRevolverGuy.com has decided to carry a bottom feeder instead of a revolver he still runs a pretty great web site and I still frequent it regularly.

I came across this post the other day and I wanted to share it:

Panic Now: Building An Ammo Inventory

In it he shares a number of thoughts on why it is a good idea to stock up on ammo while demand is (relatively) low and availability is high including:

-Avoid cost fluctuations

-Avoid future shortages

-Avoid cost jumps due to increased taxes

-Avoid future bans or regulatory rules

-Being prepared for civil unrest

I couldn’t agree more, especially since I kinda added that last one in reading between the lines.

He also addresses the question of how to go about building your inventory and much ammo to keep on hand.

I use both approaches that he suggests; buying a little extra every time you get ammo for a range trip and buying in bulk. Most of what I have on hand was from buying a little at a time. We have a large retailer in the area that sells most common caliber pretty cheap and I take advantage of that. I have also bought in bulk when I wanted to reach a goal quickly and had the dollars to spare. I also watch for sales and buy calibers I use regularly when it is a good price.

My original inventory goals match up with his recommendations of one years supply on hand. Once I met those goals I reevaluated. In some cases I needed to stock more of one or another caliber because I started shooting it more and in some cases, for specific calibers, I just wanted some extra on hand above the one year goal.

I also learned to reload and have a supply of the components I would need if I have to go that route.

My grand mother lived through The Great Depression and she always lived by the rule of stocking up when times are good and being frugal when they are not. I try and live by that was well.

Take care and God bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

Not a whole heck of a lot…

This month has been tough in a lot of ways. I was sick for a while and that took a lot out of me. More than that though I think I have dealing with depression more than anything. I don’t mean down in the dumps because I don’t have a garden, more like clinical depression. Not severe depression but just enough that I have drawn within myself for the last month or so. Relationships have suffered including my relationship with God. I have had no real motivation to accomplish much of anything besides reading a few books and playing a few games.

Walk With God

My walk with God has really suffered this month. I found enough time to complete another round of praying for my closest neighbors but I should have been able to complete two rounds. My prayer life, in general, is about half what it normally is. I haven’t read my Bible much over the last weeks and have fallen further behind in my plan to read it through in a year.

Self Defense/Hunting

I did buy some ammo this month; 420 Rounds of 5.56 (in a ammo can on stripper clips) and 250 rounds of 300 Blackout mainly because my son needed some and wanted to split the cost. I also leaned several hundred rounds of .38 Special and .308 brass.

I bought a few guns over the last month but that was more a matter of collecting a few things I wanted than to fill any gaps in my self-defense needs.

Supplies/Gear

We purchased a new tent for an awesome camping trip over Mother’s Day weekend. It is a bit larger and taller than our previous tent but really doesn’t take up much more space when packed away. It is tall enough that we can stand upright inside. I think that was a good purchase and it wasn’t all that much money.

We purchased a butane burner a while back. The reason for butane is that it can be used more safely indoors than propane (lots of restaurants use them for omelet stations or pasta stations). We were able to test it out and use it to help prepare a meal on the trip.

Security

Nothing new here. I need to cancel my old alarm company and replace them but haven’t made the time to do that.

Finances

We were approved for close to $100,00 for home repairs through a FEMA/SBA loan. We took the initial $25K and between that and what we already have we should be able to complete the repairs without taking any more out so I cancelled the remainder. It is still a few months before I have to start making payments but this will certainly lower them significantly. We have another loan that will be paid off at about the same time so that can go right towards the FEMA/SBA loan. I would rather it go into my savings but…

Fitness/Health

As I said, I have been sick and dealing with a little bout of depression. Exercise would probably help that out a lot but it is a chicken and egg thing. Exercise would help but the depression saps my energy and drive to get started.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

Finished two more rounds of praying for my 100 closest neighbors. I slipped a bit in my plan to read the Bible in a year but I have time to get back on track. Continued attending church and teaching Sunday school.

To be clear these actions will not get me into Heaven, salvation cannot be earned. Salvation is attained through the grace and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. These are things I do to better myself and my Christian walk. They are things I do because I want to be a better and more knowledgeable Christian.

Self Defense/Hunting

Even though I reload, the cost of .38 Special ammunition is significantly higher than that of 9mm. To help reduce the amount of money spent on training and practicing with my revolvers I bought a Ruger LCR in 9mm. It has the same trigger pull and weight of the .38 Special LCR I carry on a regular basis but weighs a few ounces more and fires the less expensive cartridge. Given the deal I got on it it should pay for itself in about a year or year and a half.

I picked up two more magazines for the Ruger American Rimfire; another standard 10 round magazine and a 25 rounder. I also purchased a sling for this rifle.

Ammo Purchased This Month:

100 Rounds of .22 LR

100 Rounds of 7.62×39

60 Rounds of .308

20 Rounds of 5.56/.223

250 Rounds of .38 Special

Reloading This Month:

I splurged and bought a RCBS ChargeMaster lite powder measure/dispenser to make charging rounds quicker and more precise:

A Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph Premium Kit for helping me to properly test my reloads:

I also picked up a couple of little things to help me in my reloading; another loading block, primer pocket reamers (one large and one small) to help remove the primer pocket crimp on some rounds and a bottle of NuFinish that is supposed to help polish brass more quickly and preserve the tumbling media as well as 100 Hornady 158 Grain XTP bullets for .38 Special.

I did a test load of .38 Special Hollow-Base Wad Cutters (HBWC) using Trailboss powder. I did a ladder load with several different powder loads and can’t wait to get out to the range to test them and the chrono to determine which one works best. I also created some test loads for .223, 7.62×39 and .308 Winchester. I was a pretty busy boy this month and also deprimed and tumbled around 150 .223/5.56 and another 250 9 mm cases.

Supplies/Gear

Whenever I travel I grab any unused soap, shampoo, conditioner, or lotion and bring them home with me. I don’t know if this is morally right or not but I do it. I use these to put into our bugout bags and my get home bag. I also donate them to a couple of local organizations that provide them out to the homeless or to Samaritan’s Purse. Since I have been traveling a good bit for work lately my stash is getting pretty big.

Security

Several months ago when I purchased the new door and the security storm door leading to the back porch I also purchased a security storm door or the front of the house. This was actually my bigger concern. My wife loves the leaded glass front door but from a security perspective it always made me very nervous. Even a small child could push through those leaded glass panes and it would not make much of a noise. With the security door in front we can have the best of both worlds, a strong entry door and the pretty door Wonderful Wife likes. We keep the storm door locked so I can open the wood and glass door for visitors while actually still remaining behind a secure, locked door.

While installing the storm door the threshold that went missing in the flood was (finally) replaced. So, we no longer have to deal with the loss of air conditioned air, leaves and dirt being blown into the house or (most importantly) little critters coming into the house through gap at the bottom!

Finances

Nothing really substantial in this area. I am very nervous about the stock market and would like tor reallocate some investments but I just don’t know which way to go with them. With the recent stock market drops my retirement savings have decreased instead of increasing for the quarter which makes me all the more interested in moving some money around.

Fitness/Health

We have had a couple of attempts to start an exercise routine this month. Neither one lasted more than a couple of days but at least we are trying and will continue to do so. This is something that is critical for both of us as we are starting to feel the effects of aging and a sedentary lifestyle if we don’t do something about it we will be in big trouble shortly.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

Texas Preparedness Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

Do you live in Texas? If so, did you know that there this weekend there is no sales tax on (some) preparedness items?

Yup, stock up before hurricane season, be a little better prepared and skip the taxes. It only applies to certain items but hey, every little bit helps.Click this link to learn more:

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php

Take care and God bless!

 

 

Living In A Fallen Nation

last week I posted that I believe our “Moral Compass” is not only broken but has been tossed overboard (link). How can we be surprised when people behave in such horrifying ways when we teach them from a young age that there is no right or wrong, that morality is fluid and all that decisions have value? How can we be surprised when individual accountability for one’s actions is removed? That the individual is not to blame for their choices and actions; it is the fault of the weapon, society, the police, or even the victims?

As a Christian, I struggle with this situation. To be honest, as I watch our nation’s moral and social decay, I want to leave. It makes me want to find a place where we can live by the values and beliefs we hold so dear. Unfortunately, no such place exits. I know there are lots of folks who are relocating to certain parts of the country and building up communities of likeminded individuals but are those locations any more immune to the decay that has set into our social fabric? The same media, the same judicial system, the same Congress still hold the same influence and power in Idaho and Montana as they do in Los Angeles and New York City. Some areas may be a little more insulated than others but it is all them same country. Should we fight and rage against the progressive machine that is crushing the moral and social values our nation was founded on? Of course, we should. However, there is a cost to such actions…

As a Christian, I (finally) decided to go to God’s word on how to live in what is rapidly becoming a modern day Babylon. From a Biblical perspective, (though I am no scholar) here is what I see:

God Will Punish The Wicked

Whether it be Adam and Eve in the Garden, Babylonia, Sodom and Gomorrah, or even Israel itself God will punish those who fall into depravity. Israel, for example, turned away from God and began to follow the ways of the Canaanites. These ways were the reason God took the land away from them and gave it to the Israelites in the first place. The sins they engaged in included the worship of other gods, ignoring the laws of Moses, sexual sins and even the sacrifice their own children to Molech. God warned the Israelites to turn away from their sin through the prophets but they did not listen. His wrath was terrible and punishment was delivered through the Babylonians who crushed Israel, destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple, and brought much of the population back to Babylon to live as captives in exile.

The Good Will Be caught Up In the Judgement Of the Wicked

Although the nation of Israel had turned away from God and to sin, there were still good and God-fearing Israelites who were caught up in His punishment. Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were good men who worshipped the lord and did not turn away from Him. Yet they were brought to Bablyon and suffered indignities at the hands of their captors. Sometimes the good will pay some of the price of the wicked.

This is not a comforting thought in a nation where over 3,000 unborn children are sacrificed at the altar of “Choice” every single day. A nation where attempting to follow the moral beliefs proscribed in The Bible can lead to loss of income, jail and being ostracized as judgmental bigots (there are some of those out there).

Hope In Wicked Times

There is comfort for those who are caught in the backwash of other’s punishment. Like metals in a fire God will use difficult times and trials to purify us and make us stronger. He will use these times to make us better people and better Christians. As Paul said in his letter to the Romans:

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

-Romans 8:28

We can also take comfort in the fact that regardless of what happens in this this world Christians are delivered from final death:

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

-John 16:33

Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction, is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We have hope in our faith and that God will use this to make us stronger. We can have hope in that He does not send us more than we can handle, although it may seem that way at the time.

I am pessimistic about changing the current course in our nation. I don’t believe we can stop this slide down the slippery slope. I am confident that through God, if it is His will, the nation can be healed. So every day I pray:

Dear Lord, I pray for our nation, that you will touch the hearts of our leaders and they will follow Your guidance. I pray that we will experience a revival and that we as a nation will turn to you and away from Godlessness and sin, that we will once again be one nation under God.

Take care and God bless.