Ukraine – Pray, Pray Now, Pray Hard….

I have tried not to be a fear monger on the Ukraine crisis but…

The situation in Ukraine looks to be escalating even closer to war. We have sent 8000 troops and F-15s to Eastern Europe and 8 B-52 bombers (we only announced 4) to Western Europe. Israel is evacuating their embassy staff and has issued a travel warning. Ukraine has given Russia 48 hour deadline to explain troop movements in the Eastern regions already occupied by Russia. Putin pulled his personal yacht (unfinished) out of a German shipyard and he and “Sleepy Joe” have scheduled an emergency phone call for tomorrow. There’s more but those are the high points.

Most analysts expect any action to begin between the 14th and the 20th but it could be anytime. If we can make it through February without WWIII starting it will be a miracle (so, get to praying if you are not already).

The immediate impact on us would be massive increases in gas prices (oil proces are already going up in anticipation of an attack), cyber-attacks could cause banking and\or credit card systems to fail. Logistics and supply chain attacks have already started so we might see even worse problems with availability of critical goods and supplies (like food). The power grid could be knocked out for a while (at least regionally) as well.

If you haven’t already started (why not?) I suggest that you get busy preparing like you would for a a natural disaster; food, water, fuel and cash. If supplies are limited for more than a short time we could see civil unrest and violence.

If you are already prepping it might be a good time to get finalize what you can and top off your preps.

Keep a close eye on world events so nothing takes you unprepared and please pray that the idiots in charge get smart and this does not happen. We may well need a miracle at this point.

Take care and God bless.

US Terrorism Scoreboard 2022

The US (in)justice department is creating a specialized task force focused on the growing threat of domestic terrorists. Specifically on those Americans who “are motivated by racial animus” or “ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies.” In other words, conservatives, patriots and don’t forget soccer moms at school-board meetings .

I thought it would be interesting and informative to begin tracking domestic terrorist events or attempted terrorist and put together a scorecard of the incidents. So far in 2022 we have had two events that I could find. The most recent was the Congregation Beth Israel hostage taking here in Texas and the other was a young man affiliated with Antifa who was arrested with bomb in his backpack at a conservative rally in Florida. We will track the number of incidents per group, the number of wounded and the number of folks killed (hopefully, those last two stats remain at zero).

Affiliation Incidents Wounded Dead
Islam 1 0 0
Antifa (Left) 1 0 0

Be sure and let me know in the comments if I miss any or if you think I am calling something in the wrong category.

Events List:

January 15th – Islamist – Malik Faisal Akram took four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas demanding the release of a convicted Islamic terrorist (link).

January 6th – Antifa/Left – Garrett Smith arrested for making and possessing explosive devices at a rally on behalf of alleged Capitol rioter Jeremy Brown. Smith was dressed in “Black Bloc” had notes related to Antifa (link).

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Ten Stages Of Genocide

I don’t recall where I saw this on the InterWebz but it caught my eye and I saved it to my tablet and came across it again today… …just about the time I saw this headline:

Justice Department Creating Specialized Unit Focused on Domestic Terrorism Due to Growing Threat of ‘Anti-Authority’ Ideologies

Huh, well where does that play on the ten stages?

Number 6…

So, where are we on the other stages? Here are my thoughts:

    1. Classification (people divided into us and them) – Any nightly news, most every news conference and most movies and TV shows do their level best to draw a certain part of the population as “others” who need to be corrected, cajoled, harassed and moved out of the mainstream.
    2. Symbolization (people are forced to identify themselves as members of the “othered” group ) – VAX Passports are an attempt to do this. To be honest some of us being “othered” for removal from society do a pretty good job of identifying ourselves; MAGA hats, Let’s Go Brandon (LGB) or FJB swag, not to mention anything patriotic, or supporting law enforcement does the trick.
    3. Discrimination (systematic discrimination) – Yup, those not in lock step with the current powers that be are targeted by government agencies such as the IRS, OSHA, or the EPA. Support the wrong candidate or donate to the defense of a young many who crossed the woke mob and you lose your job. Espouse the wrong opinions and financial institutions will refuse to loan you money or provide banking services. The list goes on and on…
    4. Dehumanization (people associate with vermin or disease) – Another yup. Refuse to be a VAX guinea pig and you are a super-spreader responsible for the deaths of those who are VAXed. Listed to the terms used by the media and leftist politicians to describe conservative, patriotic Americans. “Bitter clingers” was the start, “deplorables” made it worse and it has gone downhill since. Domestic terrorist seems to be the current favorite.
    5. Organization (the government creates special groups to enforce policy) – See today’s headline posted above.
    6. Polarization (government propaganda against the group) – Again, yup
    7. Preparation (official actions to remove people) – Not yet, thank God.
    8. Persecution (beginning of murders, theft of property trial massacres) – How many conservatives have been murdered by the left and their supporters over the last few years? A dozen? More? Does it matter if a conservatives property is destroyed?
    9. Extermination – Not yet…
    10. Denial (government denies it committed the crime) – Not applicable at this time

The bottom line is that the groundwork is being laid. The “othering” has begun and if we were not so well armed we would be loading into boxcars already.

So, what do you think? Am I being too sensitive and exaggerating where we stand compared to the list? Sound off in the comments section below.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

A Time To Reflect And Plan (Part 2)

In Part 1 we looked, at a high level, at what specific scenarios we are preparing for. In this post we will look at the plan we have put together for becoming more prepared in 2022.

We will use the same format as we use in the Preparing For the Resistance series of posts:

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

      1. For 2022, I want to complete a detailed study of four books of the Bible.
      2. Perform three additional service projects per year

Mentally:

I don’t know of anyway to specifically strengthen myself mentally for what is coming. Strengthening myself spiritually and physically requires and will build mental toughness. Tactical training that forces a fighting mindset strengthens mental toughness. As does a basic awareness of what is happening in our nation and our world.

An even tougher question is how to help those around me become stranger mentally without discouraging them…

Physically:

      1. First and foremost, I want to get my shoulder squared away and healed so I can work and fight more effectively.
      2. I want to lose 15-20 pounds
      3. I will get myself in good enough cardio condition to run half a mile and be able to pass the Marine Corps Combat Fitness test and complete a “Murph Challenge.”
      4. I want to get Wonderful Wife into a regular workout routine.
      5. Finally, I need to get off my duff and get a fully functional security system set up and running as well signing up for a monitoring service for the system.

Be Smarter

      1. Pass my exam for a Ham license
      2. Complete a medical training class
      3. Complete at least six tactical training classes during the year.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

      1. We are in the process of building up our stockpiles and would like to complete that in Q1 of 2022.
      2. Fill in the holes identified in the 100 Things That Disappear In A Collapse exercise.

Gear:

      1. Our bugout bags are a mess and have been pilfered through the lock-downs of 2020 and 2021. We need to get these ready to go at a moment’s notice.
      2. The same goes for my get home bag. It’s been so long since I really left the house that I need to get this back back in shape and restocked.
      3. I also want to put together a get home back/crate/tub for my Hippy Dippy daughter in San Antonio.
      4. I need to do a test run on a number of critical gear items; single room air conditioner, new propane heater,  butane powered burner, propane stove, and our lanterns.

Finances:

      1. Add $24,000 to our savings/investments
      2. Write our will
      3. Purchase a prepaid funeral plan

Energy:

      1. Buy a backup generator
      2. Buy a small solar charging system that can be used for charging electronic devices

Those are my goals for 2022. How about you? Do you have a prep plan for next year? Feel free to share it in the comments below.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

A Time To Reflect And Plan (Part 1)

About this time every year I try to take a little time to reflect on my general state of preparedness and make some plans for the coming year. It is easy to get caught up in things that are fun or easy and overlook critical items that are not as much fun or not as easy to accomplish. Having a plan at the beginning of the year helps make that what is most important gets taken care of.

The first thing we do is to decide what we should be preparing for. This has remained pretty consistent since Hurricane Harvey:

    1. Death – Death is a given. We will all die at some point it is just a matter of when. We have both accepted Jesus Christ as our savior and have received His grace so while we are not exactly ready to go shuffling off we know we will be with Him in eternity. From our perspective, the most important prep of all is handled. However, neither of us wants to be burden on those we leave behind so there is still some things we need to take care of in order to feel fully prepared. Specifically, we need to get our wills done and purchase a funeral policy so those costs and arrangements are out of the way.
    2. Retirement – Hopefully, this happens and happens before item number one. We were poor as church mice when we got married and it took everything we had to raise the kids and make sure they had what they needed so we go a late start on retirement planning. We are playing catch up on this big time. I contribute as much as possible to our 401k but we also need to build up other investment and annuities to make sure we can retire and not have to eat out of a dumpster. Based on the current state of the Social (in)Security program, we are not counting on it at all.
    3. Hurricane – On average a major storm hits this area about every ten years so we should be good for a bit. Averages are funny things and we don’t take it for granted that we could get hit at anytime during the season and need to be ready.
    4. Flood – This was never an issue until Hurricane Harvey but it weighs heavily on our planning at this point.
    5. Financial Collapse – Well, this isn’t so much a possible scenario as it is one we are living through right now. Wonderful Wife was laid off twice this year and inflation is tearing into our savings and disposable income like a pig into slop. I believe we are in the early stages of a financial collapse or at least some of the hardest economic times in living memory.
    6. Social Disruption – Have you seen the news? Again, I think we are already on that ride we are just slow part of the ride before the bottom drops out.

These are the scenarios we are trying to prepare for in Part 2 we will look at how we plan to be better prepared for them.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

A Day With Mom – Strange But Better Days

Today seemed as bright as yesterday seemed dark. I had a few errands to run and took my mom to lunch in thanks for her help wrapping presents. Afterwards we went to the range and we started teaching her to run an AR using a Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22. She has a long way to go but for an almost 80 year old woman she did pretty darn well.

These are still strange days when an ex-hippy, ex-pacifist, ex-liberal old lady wants to know how to run an AR. She told me that these are dangerous times and we might all need to take up arms to defend ourselves and those we love so she better get to learning. Not exactly a positive sentiment but after enjoying a day with her, things definitely seem much brighter.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Ukraine – A Depressing Bit Of History (Plus)

As I briefly mentioned in my post Ukraine – Something Wicked This Way Comes… Russians, historically, are quite adept and willing to engage in winter operations. Defensively and offensively it has served them well in the past. Joe Dolio over at Tactical Wisdom shared a rather depressing bit of history extending on that thought they also like to leverage holidays and international events to slow and confuse western response to these operations.

For example, the Russians rolled into Afghanistan on Christmas Eve in 1979 because they knew Western operations centers would be lightly staffed for the holiday. National and military leadership would also be out of pocket for the same reason. Moreover they have used international events such as the Olympics (starting soon) to help take advantage of the distractions they provide:

Russia took advantage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony to strike Georgia in 2008 and the Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2014 to take the Crimea.

He has some even more chilling concerns in this post (Learning from Mongol Moon) related to China. I encourage everyone to check it out and prepare as you see fit based on the scenario outlined.

(Plus)

Most assume a Russian offensive would begin with or include a cyberattack on the US and Western powers. So, is the discover of and widespread use of the Log4j vulnerability a coincidence?

I don’t have enough information to say one way or the other but…

Take all information like this with a grain of salt. Then take a look at your preparedness/readiness level and take whatever measures you feel are appropriate.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Quote Of The Day – Elon Musk

Despite (or maybe because of) the US government being one of his largest customers this billionaire has been outspoken in his criticism of overreach on their part. In a stand of actual resistance, he moved the headquarters of Tesla out of California in protest of their COVID lock down policies.

When asked about the multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better Act he was decidedly against it. Despite the fact that the investments in electric vehicle infrastructure could benefit Tesla.

“I would say can this bill, don’t pass it. That’s my recommendation.”

His reasoning?

“It does not make sense to take the job of capital allocation away from people who have demonstrated great skill in capital allocation, and give it to an entity that has demonstrated very poor skill in capital allocation, which is the government.”

In my mind, he absolutely hit the nail on the head with this one:

“Government is simply the biggest corporation, with the monopoly on violence.”

I couldn’t agree more, except to add that “the biggest” corporation, like many others, does not have the best interests of American or Americans at heart. In fact, at this point, I would say that this particular corporation is anti-American.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Ukraine – Something Wicked This Way Comes…

So, it seems the threat of a war in the Ukraine has filled the airwaves and the other propaganda outlets. It sure seems like a convenient way to make sure people are not paying attention to the various courtroom dramas, legal setbacks of the ruling junta, and the failing economy. What better way to take the nation’s attention off of the our own collapse than the threat of war?

That is not to say that the threat of war is not serious. It would not be the first time political posturing to take a nation’s mind off of domestic issues spiraled out of control. I have followed the situation in Ukraine for years and every previous time there was a “Russian buildup” it was tied to strengthening the bargaining position of one side or the other. Four decades after the end of the Cold War nothing opens the floodgates on US aid money that the threat of a mass of Russian tanks crossing a border somewhere. That same mass of Russian tanks tends to be very effective at influencing the behaviors of smaller nations facing those tanks.

The same pundits who have always had an valid explanation other than a Russian invasion for the troop movements are now saying that the tanks are very likely to roll this time, probably sometime in in January or February. Some will argue that will not happen. After all, who attacks in winter? The answer to those who only think they know history is…the Russians.

So, there is a very significant probability that the Russians are willing to roll this time. Based on the track record of those who have stolen control of our nation, the Russians are probably pretty confident that the US will fail to defend Ukraine as we are treaty bound to do. It is also probable that the current regime in the US will bumble their way into a war that they are incapable of winning. No matter how this plays out the US will suffer. As will the Ukrainian people.

Now, what happens if the US gets tangled up in the Ukraine?

First and foremost, we will likely face a massive wave of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and financial systems. The Russian hackers are very good. We will probably see power outages, cellular and Internet outages and issues with electronic banking including EBT, debit, credit, zelle, etc being unavailable.

So, keep the fuel in your vehicles topped off. Have a backup power source and plenty of fuel and a way to stay warm in the cold. Keep some extra cash on hand if you can. Have an alternate means of communication and receiving news. I have sent out an message to my family to be prepared for such things and will be communicating it to my extended team before long.

Iran could decide it was time to actually use some of the newly purchased (with dollars provided by President Obama’s administration) military toys it has. Saudi Arabia, through Yemen, or Israel could face a firestorm.

With the US tied up fighting Russia, North Korea could decide to forcibly unify the peninsula.

Even more likely, China could move forward with bringing Taiwan into the fold by force. I don’t think they would directly invade Taiwan but they could take some of the smaller islands controlled by Taiwan relatively easily and set up a blockade of the nation as  whole. The US would be unable to respond in any meaningful way.

I pray that there are enough adults in the room to prevent a worst case scenario.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Responses To Texas’ New Laws

The Texas legislature has managed to pass several new laws that the Republican/Conservative voters who elected these jokers to Austin have been demanding for quite some time.

Texas has passed “Constitutional Carry,” which allows anyone who is legally able to purchase a firearm to be able to carry it, open or concealed, without a special license. It is about time. For all the impression people have of gun rights, this is an area where Texas does not lead. At least 20 other states have enacted such legislation before we did here in the Lone Star state. So far, there has been little reaction to this law from the Federal government or other states.

The Texas Heartbeat law, which makes illegal to perform or assist in the performance of an abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected (sort of) on the other hand has resulted in a firestorm. At least one CEO has been terminated for having the gall to share his support for the law. Ride share service Lyft has promised to cover the legal fees of any drivers who are taken to court for assisting in an illegal abortion. Hollyweird, of course, is calling for protests, bans and boycotts. The wonderful city of Portlandia (formerly known as the city of roses but now better know for rioting) is looking to ban travel to and the trade of goods and services from Texas by city government and employees. The reaction from the Federal government has been most threatening. Joe Biden who couldn’t care in the least about abandoning Americans to the hands of the Taliban has promised the full weight of his ruling junta will be brought to bear on Texas for passing this law. His STASI Department of (in)Justice is already moving to use a 1994 law that protects those seeking or providing abortions from obstruction or threats of physical harm to attack the law and anyone who enforces it. They are attempting to classify this new law as “violence” against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.”

Today, Governor Abbot signed the Election Integrity bill, making it law. This is the law that drove Demonrat representatives out of Texas to avoid a quorum and the passage of the law (sort of). In actuality, this is a different law by the same name to bamboozle voters into thinking they are getting what they asked for. I haven’t seen any responses on this one but after the firestorm that the Georgia law generated, I am sure it is coming.

All three of these new laws and the reactions they have engendered are indicative of the increasing divide in this nation. There is less and less common ground between the left and the right. Either this nation will split (relatively) peacefully or one side or the other (maybe both) will be destroyed. The left can not coexist with the right. They will not be satisfied until their woke, communist vision of this nation is fully implemented. Those who disagree with them will be silenced; through coercion (bullying), through governmental force or through violence (Antifa, BLM or government agencies). We can protect ourselves by separation, we can submit, or we can fight and many will die. Those are the only choices left.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.