Train In Adverse Conditions

There is more to preparedness than buying a bunch of gear and supplies and stuffing them in a closet. Whether it is bush craft gear, camping gear or self-defense gear you have to practice with it and you have to practice with it in conditions that (excuse my language) suck. Being a little uncomfortable today could save your life, and more importantly, the lives of those God has entrusted to your care, in the future.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

John Lovell Of WPS: Silent NO LONGER

John Lovell of the Warrior Poet Society shares why we can stay silent no longer, why we need to resist and the costs of doing so. It is ten minutes well worth watching:

Shout out to the Defensive Training Group blog site for sharing this initially.

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.

Resistance – DeSantis Calls For Creation of State Militia

Last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed spending an additional $100 million on Florida’s military and defense. The majority of that funding would go towards the Florida National Guard. The funding would add three new National Guard Armories and provide needed maintenance for existing armories. The most controversial aspect of this proposal would provide $35 million to (re)create the Florida State Guard.

The State Guard would be separate from the National Guard and would not fall under the control or influence of the Federal government. State Guard troops could not be called up for national service. In the governor’s own words this force would:

“not [be] encumbered by the federal government,” DeSantis said in a press conference. He said the civilian force would give him “the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.”

Immediately, The Beast’s propaganda arm (the so-called new media) lost their collective minds and began screeching from the balconies:

WOW: GOP Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis wants to form a personal militia like the “political” leaders in Iraq have. It would be a militia that only answers to him. This is the beginning of a “Red Army” as the GOP prepares for war. Literally.

The fact is that 22 other states, including “deep blue,” communist states like New York, Washington and California, already have such organizations as does US territory Puerto Rico:

Alaska (Alaska State Defense Force, Alaska Naval Militia)
California (California State Military Reserve, California State Military Reserve Naval Support Command)
Connecticut (Connecticut State Militia)
Georgia (Georgia State Defense Force)
Indiana (Indiana Guard Reserve)
Louisiana (Louisiana State Guard)
Maryland (Maryland Defense Force)
Massachusetts (Massachusetts State Defense Force)
Michigan (Michigan Volunteer Defense Force)
Mississippi (Mississippi State Guard)
Missouri (Missouri State Defense Force)
New Mexico (New Mexico State Defense Force)
New York (New York Guard, New York Naval Militia)
Ohio (Ohio Military Reserve, Ohio Naval Militia)
Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico State Guard)
South Carolina (South Carolina State Guard, South Carolina Naval Militia)
Tennessee (Tennessee State Guard)
Texas (Texas State Guard, Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment)
Vermont (Vermont State Guard)
Virginia (Virginia Defense Force)
Washington (Washington State Guard)

Additionally, Florida had a State Guard up until 1947 when it was disbanded for a variety of reasons including budget.

While this is all quite normal and not out of the ordinary in any way. I still recognize Governor DeSantis standing up to federal overreach and establishing an alternative force in the state of Florida. This could become the blueprint for other states (looking at you Oklahoma) to limit federal overreach and mandates related to the National Guard.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Oh, and welcome to the Resistance.

Resistance – The Man Blind From Birth Stands Up To The Pharisees

The ruling oligarchy of Israel did their very best to suppress Jesus’ message. They spread rumors and lies to discredit Him and His followers. Those followers who were particularly vocal or visible faced expulsion from the synagogue. During that time such expulsion would have had way more impact than not being able to attend services. Expulsion would have blocked your children from getting an education and affected your ability to do business with other Jews. The marriage prospects of your children would have disappeared. For all intents and purposes, the oligarchy would have made you a non-person within your own country.

It sounds a lot like the how The Beast that has stolen our nation treats patriots today. Anyone standing against their agenda faces lies and ridicule in the media and the big tech platforms. Criticize them publicly enough and every Federal government agency will be crawling through your personal life looking to jail or fine you. Donate to the wrong cause and you can lose your job and be barred from gainful employment. It takes great courage to stand against the The Beast’s minions in our society today just as it did in Jesus’ time.

On His way to Jerusalem for the final time Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth. This man had nothing to lose before having his sight restored since his was an outcast and a beggar already. Once his sight was restored he would have had everything to lose. He could have rejoined society. He could have a job and a wife and even a family. He suddenly had everything to lose when the powers that be summoned him for questioning. His own parents “threw him under the bus” rather than risk the wrath of their leaders. But this man, who didn’t know much about this Jesus other than He had given him his sight, stood up to them.

He was not a learned man. Until Jesus found him on the side of the road he was only a blind beggar, a man to be pitied and shunned due to his birth defect. Nevertheless, he stood up the the religious scholars and leaders. He lectured them on what it meant to be righteous and how Jesus’ actions showed that He was righteous. By comparison and since they were actively working against Jesus that meant that these self-righteous oligarchs were wrong.

He knew full well what consequences he would face for making this stand for what was right but he did it anyway and he was expelled from the synagogue. We don’t know much of what happened to the man after that other than he received another visit form Jesus and he accepted Him as his savior. His eternal future was assured even if his earthly life would be difficult.

I pray we each have this man’s courage; that we would all stand for what is right and just regardless of the consequences.For those of us who are Christians, it is our duty to stand against injustice and stand in defense of the oppressed. If we will all make that stand we can overthrow our own tyrants and return our country to what it was meant to be…

Welcome to the Resistance!

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Resistance Update – Oklahoma National Guard

A few weeks ago I published a post about the Governor of Oklahoma standing up to the vaccine mandate issued by the Pentagon, Resistance – Oklahoma National Guard. The Pentagon has responded.

They have officially denied Governor Stitt’s request to rescind the mandate and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also threatened individual Guard members with loss of pay and credit for time served. If members are not fully vaccinated they will not get credit for time served or for training. They will be marked as absent without cause and will not be paid or credited for time spent on duty or in training.

Now we wait and see how the governor responds to this threat.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Oh, and welcome to the Resistance.

This Pivotal Moment

The Beast, that collection of un-elected bankers, bureaucrats, technocrats and their pet politicians who have taken over this country are hell bent on destroying it and crushing true American Patriots in order to remake the nation to meet their own objectives. The world as a whole has their own versions of these usurpers. This video makes the case that the vaccine passport could easily become and enforcement mechanism for the same sort of social media scoring currently being employed in China.

I think this video is worth the 17 minutes of your time to help you understand the risks of the vax passport and how it could easily be used to eliminate freedom and liberty:

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

 

Another Call To Resist – Tactical Wisdom

JD over at the Tactical Wisdom blog posted a call to action and I wanted to share parts of it with you here and share some of my thoughts on what he has to say. I encourage everyone to read the whole article, Everyone Is A Fed, over on his site.

He starts out by sharing that anytime he posts an idea on how we should take a stand he gets one of three responses:

    • You must be a Fed.
    • “Have fun hanging out with the Feds.”
    • “Don’t, the Feds will be all over the place.”

I get it. I have been one of those voices as well on occasion and to be honest there is some truth to them. Anyone who believes the events of January 6th were not set up by those who have taken over our nation hasn’t been paying attention.

As JD writes:

The FBI set up the events of January 6th, and the very public arrests to scare you into inaction.

And he’s right.

When parents began to make a stand against what leftist school boards are brainwashing our children with they rolled out power of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (The American STASI) anti-terrorism task forces and tactics to scare them back into submission. They want us to be too afraid to resist.

Some have said that “they” will use our actions to justify tighter controls and restricting and infringing on our rights more than they already are but as he points out the noose will continue to tighten whether we resist or not:

Guess what? The tighter controls are coming either way, so you MIGHT AS WELL resist them in some way. Doing nothing is not winning.

The only way to win this fight is to stand up and…well…fight. If we do not begin to resist we will fail:

Now, I don’t mean take drastic action, I mean do literally ANYTHING. Attend a school board meeting and register your opposition. Counter-Protest (and no, I don’t mean attack the left, I mean protest). Attend a march. Go meet like-minded people. Make your voice heard.

As I have mentioned as well there may be costs to joining The resistance and making your voice heard.  It will be difficult but it will only become more difficult as time goes on.

When people say, “But I can’t lose my job”, I get it; it’s a tough call. But now, they are threatening that job if you refuse to bend the knee. It’s a vaccine today, it will be your social credit score tomorrow. At some point, if we don’t resist in a unified way, you’re going to lose that job anyway, if you don’t completely bow down to their agenda.

If you want to see a good illustration of this point, watch “The Patriot”. Benjamin Martin refused to fight, because he had to provide for his family. He was able to postpone the fight, but the fight still came. And the cost to his family was MORE than if he had fought from the first day.

It’s time to make a decision. Either stand and fight (in Minecraft, FEDS), or stop complaining and accept your masters. It’s really that simple.

Pray on it, discuss it with your family and then decide whether you will stand with us to save our nation or not. To be honest, most will not. From what I have read only about 3% of the population of the colonies that would rebel and become The United States of America were willing to actively participate in resisting the king’s tyranny. For those who decide to stand…

Welcome to the Resistance!

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Make A List And Check It Twice…

No, sweetie this is not about Santa’s list. Nor does it have anything to do with Christmas. This is about resistance.

Time and again I hear of folks on the Left, those siding with the current ruling Junta, talk of “making list of people; people who supported Trump, people who oppose teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) or gender fluidity, etc. Basically, anyone who don’t toe the line should be on a list. Why would they need a list unless they plan something nefarious for those they would place on the list? Some of the plans that have mentioned out loud include reeducation camps, having their children removed, being denied healthcare, facing higher taxes, and even violent attack or murder.

The latest news of enemy list making comes out of Scottsdale, Arizona where a leftist school board president was compiling lists of parents who opposed his leftist plans for indoctrinating their children. He not only collected names of the opposition he began compiling dossiers on them including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security Numbers, addresses, and marital status. He also began stalking and spying on them taking photos of them and their children.

Fellow blogger Divemedic described the activities of the man and his parents this way:

Local apparatchiks are doing what communists always do- they are making lists of the enemies of communism so, when they are finally let off the chain, they know who to target.

There is also a link in there if you are unfamiliar with the situation.

Divemedic goes on to encourage members of The Resistance to begin making thier own lists:

Keep your own lists. Know who the enemy is before things get sporty.

As abhorrent as the idea may seem, we need to be doing exactly this. This is part of what Sam Culper of Forward Observer refers to as an area study. Which is, in essence, increasing your understanding of the threats, challenges and opportunities in your area. Why would we want to do this? In Sam’s own words it is to:

Increase your situational understanding, make better decisions, and reduce your uncertainty about the future.

Sam and his company teach classes on how to prepare an area study and they even have a video on the subject posted on YouTubes:

I encourage you to watch the video or sign up for a class and begin your own area study.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.