Immediate Steps – RBG Protests

Crowd at Supreme Court

The impending appointment of a Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to erupt civil disturbances, protests, and riots across the country as soon as the nomination is announced.

I’m not going to discuss the issues surrounding whether one should be or should not be appointed, because the politics of the situation don’t matter, the need to be aware of the potential for violence and make preparations for you and your family’s safety is what matters.

All across the country, media figures and prominent political figures are already threatening that if a nomination is made, they will “burn it to the ground” and “nothing is off the table”, yet I still hear people saying nothing will happen, and that once the election passes, things will go back to normal.  The Ultimate Tactical Handbook talks about this:

The prudent see danger and take refuge, 

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

Let me ask you this….which of these two courses of action is more prudent?

1. Take a few steps to prepare, and not need to have.

2. Take no action, but you should have.

Easy, right?  If I buy a little extra food and water, and pay a bit more attention to my surroundings, and maybe carry a little gear and it all be for nothing, I’m out nothing and I have some extra things that I will use anyway.  If I do nothing, laugh it off, and then get caught in a riot and power outage, I’m in a bad spot and may not recover at all.

So, what steps can you take?

First, and I know I keep saying it, but INCREASE YOUR AWARENESS LEVEL.  On the Cooper alert scale, you should absolutely be at at least Yellow.  Pay attention to local news, conduct daily social media searches for events in our area that could lead to protest activity, and pay close attention to what is happening around you.

Many people say “I don’t watch the news anymore, it’s all so depressing”.  That’s a silly position to take, you need information to keep safe.

Second, seek alternative news sources that are fact-based.  Independent journalism, unfortunately, is far more honest than the mainstream media.  As an example, did you know that last Friday, a Black Lives Matter supporter in a Breonna Taylor t-shirt walked into a bar owned by a police officer and randomly murdered 3 people?  It hasn’t been carried on a single major network, yet it happened.  The fact that it occurred should increase your awareness level when sitting in a restaurant. 

No matter what news source you use, verify the information from a second, unrelated source.  Information from a single source is just that, information.  Once confirmed by a second source, it becomes intelligence that you can take action on.  In the above example, you might decide to make sure you sit where you can see the entrance and be near an emergency exit.  Don’t be afraid to ask the host/hostess for a seat near an emergency exit, you are paying for the experience.

Third, gather food and water.  In the event of mass protests and rioting, going out to get groceries or to go eat could be dangerous.  During the Ukranian Revolution, while there was a literal war going on in downtown Kiev, the rest of the city had open stores and restaurants, until the tanks and troops finally rushed in.  You don’t want to venture out and risk getting caught up in it or trapped on the wrong side of a sudden battle line.

Highland Tactical Apollo

Fourth, carry basic emergency supplies with you.  I alway keep my “patrol bag” in the car as a “get home kit”.  It’s a Highland Tactical Apollo backpack (hltactical.com).  Inside I keep rain gear, a US military poncho and poncho liner (excellent emergency tent/sleeping bag), a full MRE, emergency drinking water, some protein bars and jerky, full first aid kit, and a few specialized items:

1. Shemagh – A shemagh can protect you from dust, smoke, tear gas, and other nasty things in the air.  It can also be used as a bandage or for warmth.  While I own various colors, in an urban area I use a plain black one so that it doesn’t look “tactical”.

2. Sillcock Key – A specialized tool for turning on outside water faucets at businesses in urban areas.  When you need water in an urban area, this tool is a life-saver.

3. Multitool – Always a good item, I carry a Gerber M600 and a Gerber Suspension.

4. Flashlights – In an urban area, flashlights are a must.  I generally carry a 700 lumen light on the backpack and a 300 lumen light on my belt.  A headlamp is also inside the backpack.

5. Packable Jacket – The ability to quickly change your outward appearance can be helpful.  I carry a Propper packable jacket that folds up into it’s own pocket (www.propper.com).

6. Paper Maps – I always carry a map book in the backpack and I also have a paper map of the local area (wherever I go) in my BattleBoard Scout Medium (www.battleboard.us).

BattleBoard Scout Medium

Next, realize that, YES, THIS REALLY IS HAPPENING.  Normalcy bias is the tendency to assume things aren’t really that bad and will return to normal shortly.  Things ARE really that bad, and they aren’t going to go get better anytime soon.

Lastly, make an important decision, RIGHT NOW.  What issues and ideals are the red lines for you and what will you do to preserve them? The biggest problem we’re seeing right now is the desire to “go along to get along”.  That only works with people who actually WANT to get along with you, on either side of the political aisle.  

On September 30, 1938, in an attempt to appease the demands of the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany, Britain and France agreed to let Germany annex Czechoslovakia.  That decision led to millions of deaths worldwide and the near world-domination of National Socialism.

While you are considering that last point, I want to leave you with one final instruction from God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves

Be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galations 5:1

Seems fairly clear, doesn’t it?

Prepare, and stay safe!

Handling Spontaneous Crowds

Don’t let this be you

As the security situation continues to deteriorate, we must all improve our abilities to defend ourselves.  Many in the preparedness community immediately recommend concealed carry of a firearm as the ultimate defensive capability, but I always teach that a firearm is a tool of last resort.  That’s even more true inside a crowd.

There are many situations in which we are seeing as protests pop up in areas with little or no notice, so you need to develop self-defense skills that don’t solely rely on the use of a firearm.  Many of these situations involve scenarios in which a firearm isn’t the best option, and others involve situations in which there isn’t time or room to draw a firearm before defending yourself.

Right now, you should devise a family (or friends) plan for handling protests while out.  Have a standing plan so that all you have to do is say the word and everyone executes the plan.  You won’t have time to decide what to do when they are already walking up to the restaurant you’re at.

In this article, we’re going to discuss a few weapon defense skills you need to develop, and analyze the mindset of one of my favorite Biblical soldiers, Nehemiah.

Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way

That each labored on the work with one hand, 

And held his weapon in the other.

Each of the builders had his sword strapped

At his side while he built.

Nehemiah 4:17-18

Not only did Nehemiah require everyone to have weapons and weapon skill, but this standing order of his would have also had the effect of raising the situational awareness of his people.  “If Nehemiah wants us to be armed at all times, there must be a threat….”  The lesson here is raise your threat level, and raise your awareness to Condition Yellow whenever out of your own home.

We are seeing large groups targeting people in public and demanding that the people either raise their fist or kneel.  You have to make your own decision on what to do if trapped in this, but there are steps you can take.  When you hear the loudspeakers and chants down the street, get up, find the cash register to pay your bill and LEAVE THE AREA.  Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu is the best martial art for these riots.

If trapped in one of these restaurants, you have two options.  The first is to comply.  Raising the fist to keep from being harassed isn’t fatal and it doesn’t mean you really believe.  The other option is to get up and leave via an emergency exit.  Yes, I mean either without paying or by just leaving cash on the table.  A large crowd approaching a restaurant to harass people is an emergency, and as yet, not one restaurant has lived up to their legal obligation to protect their paying customers.  The police are standing around watching, to make sure that YOU don’t attack the protestors (meaning defend yourself).  You can always return the next day and speak to the manager about paying any bill left behind.

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking,

“Their hands will get too weak for the work…”

Nehemiah 6:9

In the story of Nehemiah, he knew that the opposition was just trying to make his people too afraid to resist what the opposition wanted.  That is exactly what’s going on today.  They want you to think that you can’t resist the mob.  If I’m not there when they arrive, they can’t force me to do anything.  There will come a time for a fight, but it’s not when surrounded by a larger crowd, with unknown civilians everywhere in the way.

I know I’ll get comments about “I’m not backing down, ever”….that’s just false bravado and many tombstones say “Here lies Jim, he never backed down”.  I’ll pick the fight I can win over a no win fight.  Tactical withdrawal is not retreat.  It’s fighting when the conditions are conducive to winning.  Are there times to stand your ground?  Absolutely.  But a loud crowd of idiots isn’t the time.

The Vikings had a saying that a Warrior can only die one time, so he should make it count.  They went to great lengths to only fight when they knew the fight was worthy of throwing away your life.  Arguing about raising your fist isn’t one of those times.

Blessed by the Lord, My rock,

Who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.

Psalm 144:1

You must possess unarmed weapons defense skills.   If a member of a crowd suddenly lunges at you with a stick, a baton, or a knife, if try to draw a firearm or other defensive tool, you’ll be seriously injured.

There is absolutely NO SUBSTITUTE for obtaining instruction from a qualified instructor.  Seek one out from a reputable organization (PKSA Karate has schools all over this country and even one in India www.pksa.com).

I highly recommend David Kahn’s book “Krav Maga Weapon Defenses” for learning basic weapon defense skills.  In fact, I own every book and video David has out there.  Check him out at www.israelikrav.com.

Buy this!!

The basic skill sets you need in this environment are defense against a blunt object, defense against a knife, and defense against a takedown.

Fortunately, the same skill set can be used to defend against a blunt object or a knife.  The primary objective to move outside of the attack and use both hands to deflect it away, preferably while launching a low-line kick to either the groin or the attackers knee.  The reason to kick while making a defense is to take the initiative away from the attacker and gain space.  I’m not going to going into more detail, because you need to seek out a qualified instructor.

**YOUTUBE IS NOT A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR**

As far as defense against a takedown, understand that in a crowd, being taken to the ground IS A DEADLY FORCE SITUATION.  You can easily be killed on the ground by a large crowd.  Awareness is your best defense.  If someone tries to take you down, sidestep to the outside and launch a kick at their exposed head or ribs.  

For my final point about mindset, I want to discuss the deputies shot in Compton this week and the female deputy I have dubbed the “Shield Maiden of Compton”, because she displayed a true Viking Warrior mindset.

Two deputies were sitting in the vehicle when an unknown subject calmly walked up to the window and fired several rounds point blank into the vehicle.  The female deputy was shot in the arm and through both sides of her mouth.  The male deputy was hit in the head and both arms.

Imagine that scene…It would be easy to just slump down in the car and wait for help to arrive.

The Shield Maiden of Compton didn’t.  She knew that when ambushed by an unknown force, your first order of business is to get off the X.  She got out of the car, and immediately dragged her partner with her.  She had him draw his weapon and so did she, despite their injuries.  She got them both away from the vehicle (which was an obvious target) and in an area with concrete on two sides, and behind another concrete pillar.  

Once there, she assigned the male deputy a sector to watch, and focused on a group of young males down the street.  We would later learn that the males were making videos and taunting them.  She kept focus on the males, while also scanning rooftops as she applied a tourniquet to her partner, which probably saved his life.  She called for assistance and then they both maintained their awareness until other units arrived.

Mindset means more than skill, when talking about combat survival.  USMC SgtMaj Brad Kasal, during the battle of Fallujah, is depicted below.  SgtMaj Kasal arrived at house where 3 of his young marines were trapped.  He went in, and laid down cover fire, getting shot in the process. While the young Marines began to extract, SgtMaj Kasal saw a grenade fly through the air and land among the young men.  He later said that he knew that he was older and they had more life to live, so he jumped on the grenade.  Despite grievous wounds,  SgtMaj Kasal was still alive.  He credits mindset to this. As you can see in the photo, despite multiple gunshot wounds and having contained a grenade blast with his body, SgtMaj Kasal still has his pistol in hand, and is still very much in the fight. His book, My Men Are My Heroes is a great read.

Look at that WARRIOR!

Avoid a fight if you can, but if you must fight, stay in the battle until you win

Hope Is Not A Strategy

Be alert & of sober mind,

Your enemy the devil prowls around,

Like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

A couple of weeks ago, I put out a post about Heeding Warnings.  I got some feedback, accusing me of being political in the post.  

I would challenge that the politics of the situation DO

NOT MATTER ONE BIT.  The politics are the symptom, the danger is the widespread violence.  

The person went on to explain that the left was justified and the right wasn’t.  I say again…IT DOESN’T MATTER ONE SINGLE BIT.

If you are truly into preparedness, you would have realized that, just like I’m going to today, I’m pointing out that you need to be aware that it’s getting worse, and that every indicator is pointing to even worse violence and more widespread, not less.

Yesterday, an unknown subject walked up on a police vehicle and shot two officers in the head, for no reason.  The BLM/ANTIFA crowd then went to the hospital and surrounded it, threatening the other officers, saying “You’re next” and screaming “We Hope They Die”.

Now, if you think that there is some justification for either the shooting or the behavior at the hospital, go ahead and unfollow me and block me on your social media.  

HOWEVER, my point is that this is another INDICATOR and warning that you should heed, regardless of your politics.  This was a military action against the government of the United States (yes, I know they were county officers, but they represent the nation).  The fact that HUNDREDS of others immediately came out into the streets to praise the attack should alert you that we are closer to a civil war than you may think.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

I keep seeing posts on social media that say “This is why you have to vote Trump in November” or “After the election, Trump will solve this if he wins”.   What on earth motivates people to think like this?  Is he not President TODAY?  What will change after the election?  And, more importantly, why do you think that these insane people in the streets protesting will just shrug their shoulders and go home if he wins?  They won’t, they’ll get 10,000 times WORSE.

I also hear “This is why you need to vote in Biden”.  Biden has been in government for 50 years and hasn’t solved the problems that led to this situation, and 8 of those years he was Vice President.   Also, if you actually attend the protests to try and learn what these people are saying, you’ll hear that they don’t want him to be President either.

The point I’m making, yet again, is that we ALL have to get past this normalcy bias that it will all get better after the election.

It’s going to get worse, no matter who wins the election.

Watch out for false prophets.

They come to you in sheep’s clothing, 

But inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

By their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:15-16

To analyze some of their plans, just listen to the media.  Stories are being ran on every network and paper that say that any outcome other than a landslide by Biden will result in widespread disorder and violence.  THAT’S what you need to prepare for, rather than hoping your candidate wins and that the magical peace fairies will arrive.

They are telling you exactly what they are going to do.  They mentioned a war game that they ran that indicated that the Governors of several states (Including Nanny Whitmer here in Michigan) would direct their Electors to cast ballots for Biden, regardless of the State results.  This would lead to more protests and Joe Biden himself even said he’d send troops to remove Trump from the White House.  

“By their fruits, you will know them”…Just listen to what they are telling you.

There is absolutely nothing that you or I can do, aside from vote, to change the SECOND ORDER EFFECTS.  Everyone is so focused on the First Order effect, which is who wins, that everyone is neglecting the SECOND ORDER effect, which is widespread civil disorder and violence.  

This second order effect will also likely lead into a third order effect, which is a Balkan-Type civil war.

I mentioned this potential the other day and this guy spammed my Twitter repeatedly with “Nah, it’ll ever happen”.  Seriously, how do these people not see it?  There is a current news story about a few dozen families buying up land in Georgia to make “a city safe for black people”.  During the Balkan War, NATO enforced Muslim enclaves or “Cities safe for Muslim people” and Serbian enclaves  or “areas safe for Serbs”.  See how that worked out?

The entire point of this post is share with you some Bible wisdom about being aware, while also URGING you to stop thinking that the election will solve any of this.  

I’d also like to point that whether or not YOUR particular candidate wins, has NOTHING AT ALL to do with whether or not you should prepare for the potential for widespread disorder and violence.  If you are TRULY into preparedness, you’ll agree that the risk of civil war hasn’t been this high since the 1860 election.

Please be safe, please prepare according, and help others break their normalcy bias.

Hope is not a strategy.

Counter-Intelligence: Guarding Your Information

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,

But those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 13:3

Solomon wrote those words thousands of years ago, and they are just as valid today as they were then.  Our biggest security threat is ourselves.  With the advent of social media and cell phones, we are encouraged to literally narrate our lives, broadcasting everything we do and everywhere we go to the entire world.

An entire industry has risen around tracking our movements, called surveillance capitalism.  Every search you make, every errand you run, every message you send, and every area you visit is cataloged and sold to advertising companies & information brokers.  The information is available to anyone who wants to buy it.  Yes, anyone.

Today, we’re going to discuss some things you can do to secure your movements and reduce your signature in the world.

Obviously, throwing away the cell phone, never driving a newer car, and never going anywhere will solve this problem, but that’s not practical in the real world.  Yes, I said newer car…newer cars have a “black box” recorder which can be accessed by law enforcement should they feel a need (like after an accident).

What does the Ultimate Tactical Handbook say about posting all your intimate details for the world to buy?  (I bet you didn’t think this is in the Bible, but it is…)

Buy the truth & do not sell it – 

wisdom, instruction, and insight as well.

Proverbs 23:23

This is a simple truth that is just as valid today…gather the information everyone else puts out there, but don’t put your own information on the auction block.  Sam Culper at forwardobserver.com puts it this way: “farm from social media – but never plant”.  

Set your security options tightly, so that only your friends can see it.  I also don’t allow tagging of me in anything without my approval.  Never tag yourself in a location, but if you must, do it after you’ve left.

One of the biggest issues I see is people posting photos and tagging themselves in locations.  While this alerts anyone who might want to do you harm to where you can be found, it also alerts the entire world to where you CAN’T be found…in other words, it tells potential burglars that you aren’t home.

Resist the temptation to tell the world about every step of your 30 day European vacation.

An unexpected consequence many young people are learning is that now employers are reviewing social media posts prior to making hiring decisions and their unrestricted tagging and photo posting is labeling them as a security risk.

Many believe that turning off the location services on your cell phone, or placing it in “airplane mode” protects your location, but even when your phone is off, it is SAVING the location of the phone.  Once you turn it on and re-connect, it still sends the location history to the service provider, regardless of your settings.  Yes, YOU have privacy rights, but one of the things you agreed to when you accepted the service agreement was location reporting.  It’s how the phone companies make money, selling your data.  Your monthly fees pay for their maintenance of the network, the real money-maker is your data.

If you truly want to hide your phone’s location history, store it in a Faraday Bag (available online) and only take it out when you need to make a call.  Is it inconvenient…Yes.  But, security and convenience is ALWAYS a trade off.

Faraday Bag

I have a homemade Faraday Cage in my car for times when I want a little privacy and security.

Many people roll their eyes when I talk about your phone constantly listening or Alexa/Google Home constantly recording, but it is indeed a fact.  How do you activate it?  By saying Hey Google/Siri/Alexa, right?  Ever wonder how it knows that you said that…..BECAUSE IT’S ALWAY LISTENING.  Try this….discuss something you really want out loud and that you wonder about the price of it, without searching for it.  Do this a few times over a few days.  Then watch your ads on your phone.  

Multiple criminal cases have involved subpoenas for Alexa recordings.  It’s worth noting that Alexa allows you to delete a day’s worth of recordings….why would you be able to delete something that allegedy never was recorded?  Don’t invite surveillance into your homes.

Network connected security cameras contain the same risk.  Ring and Nest are both involved in partnerships with police departments allowing police to search footage for investigative purposes.  I know, many people say, I’m not committing a crime, so why should I care?  Laurenty Beriya, the founder of the KGB once said “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime”.  As so much of our daily lives is recorded and documented, why allow the chance that a vindictive investigator can link you to something blown up (see General Mishael Flynn/Kyle Rittenhouse).  Ever driven home after one drink too many?  Your own Ring doorbell has legally admissible evidence of you pulling into the driveway and staggering to the door and once it’s backed up to their servers, you don’t own that footage.

Found Footage of Kyle Rittenhouse

A classic example of this is the Kyle Rittenhouse case.  Regardless of how you feel about his actions, within hours by searching traffic cameras, local business CCTV cameras, live stream footage, and social media posts, the media was able to paint a picture of a right wing extremist hoping for a fight, whether it was true or not.  Everyone was able to see the kid’s every move for the 48 hours prior to the shooting.  Limit your exposure.

I’ve warned before about vetting the members of your preparedness group.  The Ultimate Tactical Handbook mentions this as well in Luke 20:20 (that’s not an election slogan “Luke 2020, Jesus’ Physician for President”).

Keeping a close watch on Him, they sent spies,

Who pretended to be sincere.

They hoped to catch Jesus in something He said,

So that they could turn Him over to the power & authority of the Governor.

Luke 20:20

I know, you aren’t doing anything illegal.  But that’s not required.  Randy Weaver, like it or not, wasn’t seeking to do anything illegal before an ATF informant harassed him into sawing off a shotgun & selling it.  Yes, that’s what the court ruled…As Weaver hadn’t wanted to commit a crime himself, the agent talking him into committing one was entrapment.  Thus, with vetting, the entire Ruby Ridge situation could have been avoided.

Randy Weaver may seem like an extreme example, so I’ll mention that General Flynn sat down with two FBI agents, who convinced him that he was “just clarifying an earlier statement”.  They convinced him that he wasn’t a target, and that he didn’t need an attorney.  We now know that he WAS a target, and that they went specifically to MAKE HIM TELL A DIFFERENT STORY THAN BEFORE for the purposes of gaining leverage.  And now, a vindictive judge won’t even let the government admit their entrapment. Don’t put yourself at risk.

Patrol Car Licence Plate Reader

Lastly, lets discuss traffic cameras and license plate readers on patrol cars.  Traffic cameras and patrol units outfitted with license plate readers watch over the roads and make a record of every license plate they come across.  In court, they have claimed that they aren’t reviewing the license plates unless an incident occurs, yet there are many cases of a patrol car passing a car with a person who has a warrant tied to a license plate, ending with an arrest, so draw your own conclusions.  

Again, people say, Hey, I’m not doing anything wrong, so why worry?  I worry because the entire idea of the government tracking your daily travels without probable cause is repugnant to our Constitution.  We have the right to not be tracked in our very movements.  The point of doing this is that if they ever wanted to, they COULD recreate your every movement.  Our Constitution forbids BEGINNING that tracking until AFTER they present probable cause to do so.  

We aren’t supposed to gather evidence IN CASE you eventually commit a crime, we are supposed to gather evidence AFTER you have committed a crime. 

But, what can you do?

While you can’t eliminate license plate tracking, you can limit your exposure to it by taking a few small steps.  First, I avoid major roads and intersections, which just makes my day easier anyway.  Second, whenever possible, I back in to park.  From a safety perspective, this is better anyway, and I live in a rear-plate only state.  Back into your driveway as well, and if you live in a two license plate state, store something moveable in front of your car.  Yes, I know, your plate is registered there, but you are trying to avoid letting someone make a record of your movements.  Lastly, and most obviously, don’t break traffic laws (or any laws).

On a side note, I disagree with required mask wearing, but it has made it easier for VOLUNTARY mask wearing, which I whole-heartedly endorse. Wearing a full “neck-gaiter” type mask right up to my sunglasses and hat DESTROYS facial recognition. Again, I’m not doing anything wrong, but it’s the constant police-state information gathering that I detest.

Taking some caution in your daily lives can protect you from others gathering information on you.  In our modern society, you can’t realistically eliminate the information you expose, but you certainly can limit what you put out.

Gathering Intelligence

Intel Gathering

Gathering intelligence refers to the practice of learning as much as you can about your local situation, to enable you to make better decisions about how you should react.  

Many people enter into preparedness and buy all kinds of gear, buy all kinds of food, guns, and ammunition, but then are caught completely unaware when a situation happens locally.  If you are going to be prepared, information gathering is a key.

People also make all sorts of emergency plans without gathering the information to be able to determine if that plan is even workable or not.  I’ve pointed out many times that most people’s plans involve jumping on the highway…without understanding that the entire purpose of the interstate highway system is to allow a system of roads that could be closed to civilian traffic, allowing only government vehicles to move quickly.  

Then all of you came to me and said,

“let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us

And bring back a report about the route we are to take

And the towns we will come to.”

Deuteronomy 1:22

As you can see, the Ultimate Tactical Handbook suggests doing a route recon and checking out the way, before you actually have to travel the route.  In other words, gather intelligence before you take action.

Conduct an area study on your local area.  Our friends at Forward Observer (www.ForwardObserver.com) have excellent training resources on conducting an Area Study. Basically, you want to analyze your local area, identifying potential trouble areas and personalities, so that you can monitor or avoid those areas.  You also want to identify potential safe havens and resources.

A great resource to use when route planning is a BattleBoard.  Check them out at www.battleboard.us

Battle Board

Keep in mind, a safe haven in normal circumstances could potentially be a danger zone during a crisis.  For example, a police station is generally recognized as a safe haven during normal times, but during a riot, it’s absolutely the last place you want to be.

I’ve identified the Facebook groups of my local protest organizers, and I check them every single morning, so that I am aware of potential areas of protests.  That’s a simple and easy intelligence gathering task that you can conduct.  It’s as easy as searching for protest hashtags like “#BLM” and then looking for groups or individuals tagging themselves with that hashtag.  Simple and it could save you from being trapped inside your car when they block a road.

One of the big dangers of intelligence gathering in our social media-influenced lives is falling for unconfirmed information.  When the pandemic first hit, it seemed like every single person on social media had a cousin, uncle, fiancee, or friend at Homeland Security, FEMA, or the FBI.  First, no, they don’t.  Second, it’s not like every single federal agent is given all classified data on a daily basis.  

Let’s use a quick Biblical tale to help us understand how to handle unconfirmed data.  In 1 Samuel 26, David was hiding from King Saul, who was trying to hunt him down and kill him.  On a side note, there’s a quick lesson in that Saul, who represented the government, knew that David was a threat to Saul remaining King, so he wanted to kill him.  Anyhow, David was hiding and Saul sent 3,000 elite troops to hunt David in the wilderness.  David heard rumors that these troops were in the area, but didn’t know where or if it was true.

He sent out scouts and learned

That Saul had definitely arrived.

1 Samuel 26:4

So, when confronted with unconfirmed data and an uncertain location of the threat, David sent out scouts to confirm the presence of a hostile force and fix its actual location.  That’s a great lesson and that’s how we develop Priority Intelligence Requirements.

As a current-world example, let’s say that you heard that there was going to be a Black Lives Matter Protest outside of your work location.  Regardless of your political beliefs, that’s a potential threat.  Your Priority Intelligence Requirements are #1, Is there actually a protest planned and #2, What is it’s exact location & route.  Until you confirm it, it is just information.  Once confirmed, it becomes intelligence that you can act on, or “actionable intelligence”.

Sometimes, we can’t 100% confirm everything, so we need a way to assign values to information.  Fortunately, there is already a generally accepted way to evaluate this information.  Below is the NATO Credibility/Reliability matrix, to help you judge the likelihood of something being true.  Only experience with a particular source will allow to judge their reliability over time.  Not very often will you encounter information that you can assess as “A1”.

NATO Matrix

As the men started on their way to map out the land,

Joshua instructed them, “Go and make a detailed

Survey of the land and write a description of it”.

Joshua 18:8

Once you have completed the area study, write it down (type it up) and keep it handy, so that you can update all or parts of it.  

In the Executive Protection business, we conduct “Advance Surveys” which are area studies of everywhere that our client wants to go, and we keep them on file.  The reason for that is in case another client wants to go to the same location, most of the work is already done, and therefore all we have to do is a quick check to make sure the data is still valid, and only correct the areas that need changing.  In this way, you also develop a quick historical record of areas you frequent.

I completely recommend doing separate area studies on places you frequent.  When you have five small area studies, rather than one large, all-encompassing one, it’s easier to make changes, without completely re-writing the entire thing.  It’s also easier to another area for a new place, rather than completely rewriting the whole study.

Conducting these areas studies and then conducting daily intelligence gathering in areas your frequent allows you plan your travels and avoid being surprised by events.  Surprises will still happen, but at least you’ll be armed with the information you need to make an educated decision about how to handle surprises.

I also recommend placing these on a flash drive and carrying them with you.  Of course the flash drive should also be password-protected and encrypted.  I use a Survivor Flash Drive, which is water-proof, shock-resistant, and EMP-protected.

I hope this helps you gather local intelligence for your safety and planning purposes.  In our next article, we will discuss Intelligence’s ugly step-sister, Counter-Intelligence, or protecting your information from collection.

Be safe and prepare as if your life depended on it.

Heeding Warnings

Watchtower

For the last few months, I’ve been warning you about ANTIFA security.  I pointed out that they are armed, that they are confrontational, that they will target and follow you, and that they are prepared to use violence against anyone they feels opposes them.

Now a man is dead, stalked and murdered by an ANTIFA security leader, just as I predicted and warned.

I noted that ANTIFA security staff follow people to their cars and confront them while armed.  Once, I detailed how I was followed by an entire ANTIFA security team, but was able to evade them.  I warned that this would lead to violence at some point.

Here’s what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook of Life has to say:

….and he sees the sword coming against the land

And blows the trumpet to warn the people,

Then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning,

And the sword comes and takes their life,

Their blood will be on their own head.

Ezekiel 33:3-4

Last Saturday night, Michael Reinhoehl and his security steam stalked, followed, and ambushed Aaron “Jay” Danielson.  Danielson was part of a Patriot Prayer protest, and Reinhoehl’s team was there to counter-protest.

Now Dead Michael Reinhoehl

Reinhoehl was interviewed by Vice News less than 2 hours before his death at the hands of US Marshals (which I find HIGHLY convenient, but that’s another article), and in that interview, he alleged that he acted in self-defense, stating that he feared that Danielson was about stab an unnamed friend of Reinhoehl.   

When the Portland Police detectives searched the body of Danielson, they recovered an expandable baton, a can of bear spray (that had been struck with a bullet), and a handgun, BUT NO KNIFE.  This renders Reinhoehl’s entire self-defense story false.

It’s worth noting that Reinhoehl was arrested on July 5th, at another protest, for unlawfully carrying a firearm, but the charges were dropped.

The police and prosecutors in this nation are scared to DEATH of the left wing mob, and they bend over backwards to not engage.  The converse is not true, they rapidly drop the hammer and over-charge when anyone even remotely right wing does anything.  

Why is all this important?  Because while history doesn’t always repeat itself, it frequently rhymes.

On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of abolitionists & freed slaves attacked the US Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, hoping to incite a general uprising with ultimate goal of establishing their own autonomous zone (sound familiar?).  On October 18th, a company of US Marines, led by Army Colonel Robert E Lee and Marine Lt J.E.B. Stuart (both would go on to serve the Confederacy), re-took the arsenal, killing 10 and capturing Brown.  Brown was convicted of treason and hung.

As he was walked to the gallows, Brown slipped a note to his guard, which read:

I, John Brown, am now quite certain

That the crimes of this guilty land

Will never be purged away but with blood”

John Brown, December 2, 1859

Man, does that like something we’re hearing from the left right now?

But that’s just the publicly known history of John Brown.

In May of 1856, a group of men raided the abolitionist town of Lawrence, Kansas.  A few days later, on May 21, Brown and his sons raided the homes of people they thought were responsible, killing 5 men.  This attack triggered a series of guerrilla attacks on both sides.

Interestingly, the murder committed by Reinhoehl was committed just days after Kyle Rittenhouse killed 3 ANTIFA/BLM rioters in self-defense.

History doesn’t always repeat itself, but it frequently rhymes.

Since they heard the sound of the trumpet

But did not heed the warning,

Their blood will be on their own head.

If they had heeded the warning,

They would have saved themselves.

Ezekiel 33:5

My point in highlighting these similarities isn’t to vilify the left or justify the right, it’s to warn you.

Regardless of your politics, heed the warning signs that are in front of you.  Pretending that a wide-open civil war isn’t impending will not make it stop.

A modern civil war in America won’t have front lines, or organized groups.  It will have roving bands of fighters from both sides, struggling for local control, which is infinitely more dangerous to the general public than large battles between organized armies conducting campaigns.  

Fighting could literally pop up in any neighborhood at any time.  The organized forces of order (the police and courts) have indicated that they won’t intervene, and when they do, it’s against the side actually defending itself, because that side won’t resist.

Portland Police literally said this publicly.  A few weeks ago, when the Proud Boys and ANTIFA/BLM held dueling rallies that spiraled into violence, the Portland Police Bureau issued a statement that they couldn’t control two large groups fighting each other, so they wouldn’t even try.

Warn a divisive person once,

And then warn them a second time.

After that, have nothing to do with them.

Titus 3:10

Prepare.  Prepare as if no help is coming, because it isn’t.

Establish emergency plans for your family and your mutual aid group.  Rehearse them.  Gather supplies and keep them in a ready state.  

Most importantly, stop pretending this ins’t happening or that “It’s all going to go away after the election”.  No matter who wins, there will be violence.  If Trump wins, the left will crank up the violence to 10.  If Biden wins, the right will exclaim that the election was stolen and fraudulent, causing violence.  Prepare.

Stop under-estimating ANTIFA/BLM as well.  So many people laugh at their weapon choices and their lack of training, but ANTIFA has street experience, they ARE buying weapons, and they ARE training. 

As the Reinhoehl case illustrates, they are indeed willing to hunt down and kill those who oppose them.

Prepare.

Partner Training in Martial Arts

Two are better than one,

Because they have a good return for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Everyone interested in preparedness and self-defense needs unarmed skills.  Unarmed skills enable you to live long enough to get a gun in the fight.  There are also times in which a gun isn’t a proper response, or you could be attacked in a place where you couldn’t bring a concealed handgun.

In an earlier article, I discussed solo training and how to effectively train by yourself.  

Working with a partner is necessary at some point, in order to learn how throws and defenses actually work, as well as to develop timing.

Here we will discuss some ways to get the most out of training with a partner for real-life self-defense, in order to develop the most skill in the shortest time.

Developing skill in a relatively short period of time is the basic tenet of military combative training, as well as the founding philosophy of Krav Maga (which itself is really just a military combative).  The way it’s achieved is by a VERY HIGH number of repetitions.  

Generally, any skill you practice in any given session should be done a minimum of 25 times on each side (left and right).  The most common problem with modern martial arts training, is that people only want to do 5-6 reps, then learn something new.  Resist this temptation.

I do not fear the man who practiced 10,000 kicks one time;

I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee

Let’s begin discussing some of the drills seen in traditional martial arts.  In Korean Martial Arts, the basic defensive training is called Il Soo Sik, which Japanese arts call “One Step Sparring”.  The drill basically involves the attacker launching a punch, and the defender executing a defensive combination.  When you learn it at a Traditional school, like PKSA Karate (www.pksa.com) both partners bow, and begin in a formal stance.  

To make this practical for real-world defense, start with both partners in a fighting stance, and alternate who attacks, just launching into the defense, without being so rigid in formal stances, just make it effective.  

This makes the training apply to real life….I’ve never had a guy step back into a low block and then let me know when he was going to launch his attack.

Most martial arts involve wrist grab defenses and a lot of people roll their eyes, saying “is there a real danger of someone grabbing my wrist?  This is for kids”.  Really?  Let’s say a man intends to rob you and you go to draw a handgun….what’s the bad guy going to do?  He’s going to GRAB YOUR WRIST to prevent you drawing a gun or a knife.  

Take wrist grab training seriously.  To make the traditional training more realistic, adjust it.  Traditional training generally has them grabbing your wrist, with you both squared off.  Make it realistic by having the attacker grab your strong side wrist with your hand near your waist, as if drawing from concealment…You’ll find the mechanics are very different, and train as if your life depends on it, because it might one day.

Most traditional throws lend themselves easily to punch defenses, and you adapt your training the same way.  Rather than beginning in a formal stance, start from a fighting stance and block the punch, immediately launching into the throw from there, and then following up the throw with either a punch, joint break, or hold, simulating real combat, rather than just stopping once the throw is complete.  Attackers don’t stop when you throw them.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has an excellent series of drills called “fight simulation drills”, that illustrate this.  It involves both parties executing techniques throughout an entire encounter, and then they start over, reversing roles.  It’s great training.

For example, one begins with a takedown, and one partner passing the guard, then the person on the ground executes a trap and roll defense, passes the guard, and attempts a choke.  Next, the new bottom person executes a defense against the choke, and then applies a joint lock to end the encounter, and then they restart the drill, reversing roles.

A caution about BJJ, though, and I’m sure I’m about to get a bunch of angry comments, but BJJ is a SKILL SET, not a complete system.  It’s absolutely a skill set you should have, but you also need striking skills, weapon skills, and blocking skills.  

Blessed be the Lord, my Rock,

Who trains my hands for war,

And my fingers for battle.

Psalm 144:1

When doing Krav Maga drills, the component to master first is called the finish or the “point of reference”.  Point of reference means that you end every defense the exact same way, rather than learning 25 different finishing moves.  This makes it easier to master in a short period of time.  

The point of reference is that after you have removed the immediate threat and secured a proper Krav clinch, you then finish with the same combination every singe time.  I teach two knee kicks to the solar plexus, one front kick to the groin, followed by a leg sweep takedown, finishing with a punch and a shoulder dislocation.  

To set this up for training, your place your strong side arm against the opponents face, while grabbing their collar.  The weak side arm secures an over-hook on the opponents arm.  At this point, they can’t attack you and can’t shoot in for a take-down.  Execute the three kicks, then sweep the leg, while maintaining the over-hook all the way down.  Once they are down on their back, punch with the strong hand, then lift on the over-hook, dislocating the shoulder.

Any Krav Maga defense you execute, no matter what attack you are defending against, ends this way.  It really makes is easier to learn, because now you only need to learn how to get to the point of reference on any given defense.

You can literally spend entire training sessions just working on the point of reference, because under stress in a real fight, you’ll find yourself here at some point, and the response should just be ingrained and automatic.

 …And let the one who has no sword 

Sell his cloak and buy one…

Luke 22:36b

Working partner drills with a knife (not a sword, but that’s fun, too) is just as important as unarmed skills.

It’s the only way you can develop timing and the ability to strike a specific target while moving with a knife (experience).

Basic two person drills include practicing the 12 basic Arnis striking points, as well as the accompanying blocks.  Start slowly then work your way faster.

Krav Maga/Haganah has 8 slashing lines and 9 stabbing targets.  You can work drills involving targeting those areas, as well as developing endless combinations (slash followed by stab, etc.) against a live partner (never with live blades).

KM/Haganah also has a series of knife blocks and defenses that can really only be learned by working with a partner and they make excellent drills, with one partner practicing the attack angle and the other practicing the defense.  Start slowly, then build speed.

As you can see, there is a lot of value to training with a partner.  It’s important to make sure that you are training safely, because no one likes to work with the partner that always hurts them.  

Train seriously, but not to the point of injuring each other.

Organizing a Preparedness Group

Group Picnic

One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I find like-minded people”.  That’s only half the issue….the more important question is “How do I organize my group, once I’ve found them?”.

First, in answering the first question, the internet is full of resources.  Social media groups, websites, forums, and discussion groups are full of like-minded people, usually organized geographically to allow you to make contact with others like you.

I will give a caution about this.  I had a guy contact me in a Facebook group and ask to speak privately.  I directed him to a secure platform, and he immediately began to ask me about taking direct action against a government figure.  Not only was I not interested in taking any action, I can guarantee you this was most likely a federal officer fishing for a case.  I will tell you that conservative groups interested in organizing for self defense (notice I don’t like the “M” word –  militia – for this very reason) are a long-time boogeyman of the FBI, ATF, and Homeland Security.  

While I don’t condone any unlawful activity, I also don’t see a reason to subject my group to federal surveillance unnecessarily, so I don’t get involved in, say, or plan things that would raise their interest, nor do I use any of the leftist platforms for any actual organizing, beyond meeting people.

The very first step, once you have identified people is vetting them for this very reason, as well as to keep people who ARE interested in illegal activities or racist activities from joining your group, and exposing you all to their ideas.  A great way to do this is to host a “meetup” at a public location, like a park, for a picnic-style meet and greet.  Talk to everyone in a group setting, establishing your expectations that nothing racist, violent, or illegal will even be contemplated.  Anyone who gets upset at this, is someone you don’t need.

After having a meal and chatting with everyone, collect contact information from anyone who might be an asset.  Set up at least one more group meeting, whittling down the members each time.  Check the social media posts of potential members, as these are great indicators of future behavior and attitudes, as well as in the unfortunate event that something happens, the media will tie your whole group to those posts.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility,

Count others as more significant than yourselves.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests,

But also to the interests of others.

Phillipians 2:3-4

Establish from the outset that it is a mutual aid organization, above all else.  In a true Without Rule of Law situation, Lone Wolves will not survive long.  It will take a group of people, banded together for the common good, and for mutual aid.  Paul’s words to the Phillipians above is a great guiding principle.  If there is that “One Guy” who only wants to talk about how many expensive guns he has, replace him.  Preparedness is so much more than firearms ownership, yet it’s the most common thing discussed.

Develop a list of what skills everyone has and put the best person in each role.  Understand that the role you want may not be the role the GROUP needs you in….”Do nothing from conceit”, remember?  The GROUP is more important.  Skills trump gear every time and if I have sufficient skills, I can acquire whatever gear I need.

Think about what skills you bring to a group, and how best to present that.  Ask others who want to join what skill set they bring.  When, inevitably, someone says that they bring firearm skills, point out that while that’s necessary, EVERYONE is required to possess those skills, and that they need to present something else.  In the Dark World of the future, skill in arms will be a baseline requisite for everyone (much like the motto “Every Marine is a rifleman). 

Patriots

I liken this to the early days of America.  Every single person was a rifleman, in addition to whatever else they did.

Your group will need medics, more than it will need gunfighters.  

Ideally, you’ll have medical personnel, hunters, gatherers/salvage people, a mechanic or two, a woodworker, several farmers, a teacher (in the event there are children), a food preservation specialist (canning/drying), at least one radio operator (advanced) and any engineering skill set that may come in handy.  IT staff need not apply.  If the only skill someone brings is “security” or “infantry”, you may be able to apprentice them to someone, but more than likely, they are just an unproductive mouth to feed at group expense.  Having said that, you’ll need a supply/warehouse chief as well.

I’m not saying that watch-standing isn’t needed, you’ll need a 24-hour interior guard, which brings me to my next point…

Standing Watch

I will stand at my watch

And station myself on the ramparts…

Habakkuk 2:1a

So many groups want to focus on close quarter battle skills and infantry assault tactics, because let’s face it, they’re fun.  But the reality is that your group should be focused on SURVIVAL and SECURITY, not offensive action that you won’t really be taking.

Focus collective training on security skills.  Every member will need to know basic interior guard skills such as standing a post, reporting a post, challenging, and how to call out the guard (radio/alarm).  These skills have more practical use than planning to re-take your state capitol.

Security Patrolling

Security patrolling skills are essential.  By security patrolling, I mean a small detachment leaving your secure perimeter and quietly looking to see what’s going on around you.  These can be directed recon’s of a particular area (town or intersection), or just generally scouting around your perimeter, to make sure someone isn’t scouting you out.

Classic

Probably the best resource for this is USMC Manual “Scouting and Patrolling for Infantry Units”, or, even better, the original WW2 version of this written by Col Rex Applegate.

Another area of collective training should be first aid skills.  Those who read my blog regularly know that I bang the drum pretty hard on this, because in true WROL situation, EMS isn’t coming.  Training sessions should include practice time on dressing wounds and treating common injuries.

Everyone should have a specific regular assignment, as well as a security position.  Everyone is responsible for protecting the group, as well whatever their main role is.

Establish an emergency drill or security alert or general quarters bill (for those of us with Naval traditions) so that everyone knows exactly where to go when the alarm goes up.  Everyone rushing immediately to the area where a problem is is the last thing you want.  Medical staff should report to your designated medical area, and security staff should respond to their emergency post, not the incident site, as it could be a distraction.  Even if you don’t have a physical location, this drill must be set.  You can have a plan for this at a permanent site, a temporary camp, or while moving in a convoy.

The point is to establish a Standard Operating Procedure for every possible event, I was just using a security alert as a kicking off point.

Another example is the suggested SOP I offer of never stopping for a stranded motorist in a WROL situation.  While I agree that we must help our fellow man and be compassionate, the risk of an ambush set-up is too high.  SOP’s must be harsh to keep people safe.  In fact, I would recommend re-routing if your lead vehicle encounters this situation; as bad actors may trigger the ambush anyway once they see that you aren’t stopping.

Similarly, you should have an SOP for a lost member of your group, medical emergencies, contact with other groups, etc.

The most important first steps in organizing a group are to meet and vet potential members, organize everyone into groups based upon skill sets, establish a security plan and a security alert plan, and establish group SOP’s.  Note, these things should all be done by committee and democratically, with the exception of when responding to a security incident. 

I hope these ideas have spurred your thinking. 

How Civil Wars Start

First, let’s lose the idea that a Civil War will be some sort of noble quest.  It will be violent, brutal, and will destroy this nation forever.  But is there any other possibility at this point?

I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian – 

Brother will fight against brother,

Neighbor against neighbor,

City against city,

Kingdom against kingdom”

Isaiah 19:2

The Ultimate Tactical Handbook (The Bible) paints a bleak picture of civil war in the Prophecy Against Egypt that Isaiah made, and it has never been inaccurate throughout human history.

Probably the most recent and best example we have of a civil war in a modern Western Nation is the example of The Ukraine.

Ukraine is the second largest nation in Europe, second only to Russia in size.  As far as population, the ethnic makeup is 77.8% Ukrainian, and 17.3% Russian.  This is relevant, as the percentages are similar to ethnic makeups in the US.  The Ukraine maintains the third-largest military in Europe, behind the Russian Federation and France.

On February 17th, 2014 a group called Right Sector (see flag below, does it look familiar?) called for protestors to flood the streets in a “Peace Offensive” and the Maidan People’s Union also called for a “Peace Offensive”, suggesting some coordination between groups (again…sounds familiar). 

Large groups turned out to protest the morning of February 18th, and by 10:30 AM, the protestors had seized several buildings.  Riot police counter-attacked around 11:30 and fighting continued all day, with many reports of snipers shooting civilians.  When they seized City Hall, the protestors beat a computer technician to death for resisting them.

The first day’s fighting saw 20 people killed.

The next morning, while everything downtown was closed, life was operating as normal throughout the rest of the city and country (normalcy bias).  Overnight, the death toll had risen to 26, 10 of those being police officers.  The Government declared that it was responding to an illegal attempt to seize power, a coup, and began using military forces.

Sporadic clashes continued all day, and the Ukranian Military increased security at it’s facilities throughout the country.  Both sides accused each other of employing Russian snipers against each other.  Throughout the day, 42 people were killed.

The government and the protestors reached a deal, but the most radical group, Right Sector (flying their red & black flags) refused to agree.

The President fled to Russia, and immediately Russian minority groups in the south and east of the country formed armed militias and began protesting.

On February 23rd, protestors tried to bring down the statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kharkiv, but it was being protected by Pro-Russian militias and clashes ensued (sound familiar?).  Of course, those militias were also called fascists by the opposition.

Protests and clashes between supporters of the revolutionary government and the loyalists to the Constitutional government continued daily until March 1, when the former President requested Russian military assistance and Vladimir Putin received Parliamentary authorization to use military force in the Ukraine.  Within 24 hours, Russia had seized complete control of Crimea, to “protect ethnic Russians”.

Pro-Russian Militias who supported the country’s Constitution rapidly seized power in Donetsk and Luhansk, and declared themselves as independent nations, and Russian military aid to the separatists was immediate.

The Ukraine has been in a state of Civil War ever since, refusing to accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea or the secession of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.

Its rider was given the power to take peace from the earth

And to make people kill each other.

To him was given a large sword.

Revelations 6:4

The similarities and parallels between the Maidan Revolution in the Ukraine and current events here are striking.  We have people targeting statues and we have both sides shooting each other on the streets.  We have “mostly peaceful protests” that are actually riots.  

Most importantly, we have an aggressive side that wants to abolish our Constitution waving the same red and black flags, and we have patriot militias, loyal to the Constitution, trying to defend buildings and statues, and being called fascists for it.

Life in The Ukraine

Quality of life in the Ukraine has gone down for everyone.  While life is nearly normal in most of the country, the country is at war and there is a constant risk of Russian attack.  There is active fighting and mass destruction in the south and east where the separatist governments are.  Rolling blackouts are common and in parts of the country, there is no electricity or running water and people are living off the land.

Make no mistake, as brutal as the fighting in the Ukraine was, a Civil War in the United States will be worse.  The cities will become war zones across the nation.  Autonomous Zones and enclaves will spring up, we already have the NFAC claiming large parts of the south as a black nation, and I’m certain that the residents there will oppose that.  

Every week, we are seeing escalations.  

Kenosha Fires

At the time of the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, the situation in Kenosha could only be described as open warfare; any other description is window-dressing.

Since then, a Patriot Prayer member was executed simply for wearing a hat and we’ve had at least 4 police officers shot.  While I am typing this, the LAPD is searching for a sniper that fired on a Trump vehicle caravan in what can only be described as an ambush.

Stop pretending there isn’t a war already happening; it’s here.

Communications

Communications are vital to survival.  You need a way to find out what is going around you, as well as a way to communicate securely with members of your team.  The problem we have is that most modern methods of communications rely on grid power or a communications network existing.  In a true Without Rule of Law situation (WROL), that’s not a certainty.

Too many groups rely on cell phones or social media platforms to communicate, even in an emergency.

Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of several communication methods.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are convenient and quick methods to communicate.  They are also the biggest item in the surveillance capitalism business.  Businesses literally make millions of dollars selling information about your every move to anyone who wants to buy it.

Any more questions about cell phones?

In all seriousness, in any emergency, if the power is still on, the cell networks will be overloaded, making this mode unreliable.

I have a homemade Farady cage made from an ammo can lined with foam and foil, where my phone spends drive time.  When you are at home, your microwave makes an EXCELLENT Faraday cage.

You can also buy Faraday bags on Amazon cheap.

Zello App

The Zello App is a tool that turns your cell phone into a two-way radio.  It’s convenient, private, and relatively easy to use.

However, it has an odd quirk of limiting you from sending too many messages too quickly, which in a critical event, will be a hinderance.  

While it should work even if you can’t make actual phone calls, much like SMS, it does rely on the cell network having power, so it’s not exactly a true WROL tool.  It’s good for now, but isn’t a replacement for radio, yet many 3%, militia, and preparedness groups are using it as just that.

Radio – VHF/UHF

You can pick up high quality VHF/UHF radios relatively cheap.  Stay away from the department or sporting good stores bubble pack radios, as those are generally very limited in power and range (generally 0.5 Watts).  A good, low cost radio is the BaoFeng.  They offer many models with 8 Watts of power and you can program 127 channels in them very easily ( I use CHIRP software).

Many people warn against buying BaoFeng radios, saying they are made in China.  Nearly all radios are.  You can spend more for a Japanese radio with less features, but why?  I’m not looking to share national security information, I just want to talk to my team. As far as reliability, I actually use my BaoFeng BF-8HP at work rather than using the Kenwood radios we have there, and I’ve been using the same one for about 5 years.

In addition to a few BaoFeng handhelds, I also have a QYT 25 Watt 200 channel mobile radio in  my car with an external magnetic antenna.  I use it for work on a daily basis and while low cost, it’s very high quality for my purposes.

I have mine programmed with the FRS/GMRS frequencies, so that I can talk to others I encounter on it, or in a true grid-down disaster, I could just call out on frequencies that are very commonly used to gather news and information.

I also have the MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) frequencies programmed in.  MURS is a license-free system available for anyone to use, and many businesses do.  That’s the push-back I get from most militia groups, “Walmart uses them”…But if a true disaster happens, I assure you that I probably won’t have to worry about traffic from Walmart or the local TJ Maxx store and neither will you.

Many people point out that these radios can violate FCC regulations by broadcasting at a higher power level than allowed on certain frequencies.  I assure you that in a true WROL situation, the FCC is the least of my worries and I doubt they’ll be running around my bug out rural area looking for radiated power violations.

Another common concern is security.  Many groups say that they want radios that can be encrypted.  While that’s a fair point, and I have 2 Kenwood radios that have encryption, I promise you two things:

  1. The US Government won’t let anyone sell a radio to civilians that they can’t already break the encryption on.
  2. Your local ANTIFA, BLM, or Leroy Jenkins gang isn’t running a COMINT decryption cell.

For radio security, first, don’t mention common channel names.  Give the channels a different name, rather than their commercial name.  For example, you could call FRS channel 3 “MAIN”, instead of FRS 3, so that when you tell someone to meet you on the MAIN channel, the opposition would have to guess where you went.

The second thing is use good COMSEC and develop code words.  I know, I’m about to get 50 comments….Yes, codes violate FCC rules.  Again, I’ll say that if there is a civil war, or massive disaster, I doubt that a guy calling a gas station a green box is going to be too high on the FCC priorities.  

Here’s what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook says about codes:

Whoever guards his mouth, preserves his life;

He who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 13:3

Even King David knew that sharing your information too widely would lead to disaster.

CB Radio

Every time I bring up CB Radio, I get a bunch of amateur radio guys rolling their eyes at me and saying “CB is dead”.  I say GOOD, for our purposes, that means that there are 40 channels available (120 with an SSB radio) for us to use in the HF band.

CB operates in HF, which gives you longer range in all but urban terrain.  It’s certainly a good option and requires no license.

I have a handheld CB (Uniden Pro401-HH) and for my purposes, patrolling in a rural area or convoy operations on the road, CB is perfect.  I’m looking for a good price on an SSB vehicle radio. 

Yes, truckers use Channel 19 still.  That gives you 39 other channels that are almost never used.  Why not use them? And, by the way, truckers are a FANTASTIC intelligence source and are very aware of law enforcement activity.

Amateur Radio

Some will question why I mentioned this last, I assure you it’s not because it’s my last option.  It’s a great medium for talking long-distance and has been used throughout history to share information during emergencies over long distances.

It requires a license and it’s certainly worth researching for you.  It opens a whole new world of communication possibilities.  There are repeaters set up for common use (but again…power is required), and a great community to talk to and learn from.

The only drawback to it is the reason why I don’t use it.  You are required to register with the government to use it, and the Libertarian in me just flat out refuses to add myself to another government list.

Under the Defense Production Act, the government could decide it needs your radios in an emergency…guess how they’ll find good quality radios?  They’ll start with the list of people who registered with them as radio operators.

AMRRON

The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (www.amrron.com) is great resource and I’m a member there.  For members, they issue a full Signal Operating Instructions book full of resources for people interested in emergency communications in a WROL situation, including a network of people in your state, and a complete reporting and code format for you to use.

Check them out.

Channel 3 Project

The Channel 3 Project is an AMMRRON idea that says that you monitor or call out on Channel 3 of whichever system you use (CB-3, FRS-3, and MURS-3) for 2 minutes every hour at the top of the hour.  

Let’s say I was traveling through an area in a WROL situation, and I needed to know conditions in the next town I was arriving at.  I could call out on Channel 3 and make contact with a like-minded person in that area who can give me a briefing and maybe even an escort, or assistance.

It’s a great idea and a great SOP to set up.

I hope this article gave you a few ideas to help you plan for communications in a WROL situation.

The Speed of Life

Yesterday afternoon, around 5 PM, people in Kenosha were doing what everyone does on a Sunday afternoon.  Visiting family, cooking on the grill, maybe visiting with friends.

By 6 hours later, the city was a dystopian nightmare, with gangs of roving looters and people committing random acts of violence.  I listened as the police reported that they were trapped in the HQ building, and protestors were pouring gasoline around the building.  Garbage trucks and car dealerships were burned down, there were multiple calls of retail employees barricading themselves in backrooms while the stores were looted.  A complete breakdown of law and order.

What a difference 6 hours can make.  A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about how entire countries can devolve in 72 hours.  That’s not helpful information if you die in the first 6 hours because you weren’t prepared.

Now, first, understand that I’m not going to discuss the shooting that touched all of this off, nor discuss the motivations of the various factions involved, because none of that matters to you.  What matters is what you can do to be prepared for a situation like this.

In the military, we use a five paragraph operations order format to address any situation and it’s just as applicable here.  That format is:

  1. Situation
  2. Mission
  3. Execution
  4. Administration
  5. Command (and signals)
SMEAC means – Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration and Logistics, Command and Signal

Situation

We must first correctly understand the situation.  Tensions in the country are at an all time high.  Every small incident, no matter how justified, is magnified to the 100th degree and used as a reason for people to get into the streets and act wild.

So, for our purposes, the situation is that the potential exists for violent riots with little or no notice at the present time, regardless of your location.

Understand that this situation EXISTS, and it doesn’t matter one bit why or how justified/authentic the tensions are.  We aren’t here for a political debate or a debate about any particular incident, all that matters is that the tensions are there and you can do NOTHING to change them.

This is a common issue in preparedness; everyone wants to dispute the validity of the tensions or the validity of one position or the other, and that really is IRRELEVANT to our stated MISSION of survival (see how I tied that to our next point).

Mission

Our mission is to be prepared to defend ourselves, and our homes if necessary.  

You may also have an implied mission of retrieving a loved one from a work or school location and getting them home, as well as getting yourself home.

Let’s discuss what the mission IS NOT.  The mission IS NOT going out and fighting off the hordes from the police station.  The mission IS NOT going out and hunting down the leader of the local Leroy Jenkins gang (at least not on the first night).

Your mission, when an unexpected riot breaks out is DEFENSE.  Offense MAY come later, but not necessarily.

Execution

Here’s the part you’ve been waiting for…what to do now to be ready.  We have two separate parts…what to do to prepare, and what to do to respond when an incident occurs.

Prepare

  1. Ensure that all vehicles are kept full of gasoline.  Gasoline sales are frequently severely restricted in areas where a riot is occurring or has occurred.
  2. Ensure that you have enough fresh food in your house for at least 7 days.  I say fresh, because with the exception of Portland, riots are a temporary thing, and you don’t want to break out your long term survival food if you don’t have to.
  3. Buy water.  I don’t care if you have 4 cases right now, you’re underestimating how much water you’ll need, and you can always use more water.
  4. Restock and redistribute first aid kits.  Every car should have one, I carry one in my laptop bag as well.  You can’t have too many.
  5. Double check fire extinguishers.  If you don’t have one at home, and one in each car, buy them.  They are way less expensive than insurance deductibles.
  6. Have enough personal hygiene supplies on hand (toothpaste, razors, soap).  No, I did NOT say go and buy 147 rolls of toilet paper.
  7. Raise alert levels in your tribe.  Ensure that everyone understands the risk level and is being aware in their daily travels. 
  8. Update all of your emergency plans.  Many people make them once at that’s it.  Planning is a constant process and your plans should be updated to reflect areas prone to disturbance, current construction, political climate, and road closures.   
  9. Do something everyday to make yourself harder to kill.  I stole this one from fitness expert Drew Baye (www.baye.com).  Doing anything to work on your fitness is better than eating Cheetos and watching YouTube ultra-cool guy training videos of things you’ll never do.
  10. Gather intelligence.  Start tracking local protest groups and personalities.  Knowing who to look out for is vital.
  11. Don’t get complacent, this threat isn’t going away anytime soon, regardless of the election results.

Respond

  1. Once an incident occurs, immediately execute whatever plan you have, whether it’s bug in or bug out.  Do NOT adopt a “well, let’s wait and see” attitude.  If you bug out, and you didn’t need to, you can always come back.  The same may not be true if you stay in place longer than you should.
  2. Avoid the affected area, if possible.  As my friend Rob says (www.robsays.net), practice Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu, or the art of self defense by not going places you shouldn’t.
  3. Limit movement, but not the ability to move.  There are two corollaries that both contradict and complement each other in combat.  The first is that movement attracts attention, usually unwanted attention.  The second is that movement is life.  Stay inside and secure until you have to move, then move quickly and confidently.
  4. Don’t flaunt preparedness.  Don’t tell people about all the cool gear and food you have.  I maintain that morality is a sliding scale.  What is moral today is different that what’s moral when you haven’t eaten for 3 days or your kids haven’t.  On day 9 of a power outage, don’t be outside grilling steaks because you have a freezer hooked up to a solar panel.
  5. Be armed everywhere you go during an actual crisis.  The police aren’t going to be concerned with you if you aren’t looting and you may need the weapons.
  6. Maintain a 24 hour watch schedule.  Someone should always be awake and watching.
  7. Know where every member of your tribe is and ensure that you are checking on each other.  A dry erase status board helps here.
  8. Utilize GOTWA if someone needs to go somewhere.  GOTWA is a very basic contingency plan for when someone leaves a secured area:
    1. G – Going: Where you are going specifically
    2. O – Others: Who is going with you
    3. T – Time: Time of estimated return
    4. W – What: What actions to take if you don’t return
    5. A – Actions: Actions to take if you are engaged or if the group left behind is engaged.
  9. Beyond these basics, implement whatever plan you have set up for your family/group/tribe.
The amount of time he plans to be gone! The actions taken if the leader does not return! The unit’s and the leaders actions on chance contact with the enemy! GOTWA is a 5 point contingency plan. Before a unit separates a contingency plan needs to be addressed.

Administration

In your administration section, make sure know what you have and where.  As part of this paragraph, I keep every piece of gear in a module that can be picked up.  For example, I have food modules that are each about a week’s worth of food in a small bag that can be thrown in a vehicle or backpack.  First aid kits are also modules, and my extra first aid is in a backpack that doubles as a …you guessed it…first aid kit.  

I have a gun cleaning module, observation module (binoculars/night vision), camping module, fire starting module, etc.

Administration is keeping the supplies you need organized and ready.

Administration also entails everyone knowing the plan, and everyone reporting their location.  Whether it’s your family, friends, mutual assistance group, or militia, you all need daily updates on each other’s locations and intentions for that day, so that you will know if someone needs help.

Command & Signals

This how you will let everyone know that the plan is in effect and how to communicate afterward.  We have become so over-reliant on cell phones, that many preparedness and militia groups have migrated fully to platforms like Zello, which is an excellent cell phone radio app, but what if the power is out?  What if the leftist tech-giants lock you out in an emergency?

I alway recommend PACE:

P – Primary 

A – Alternate

C – Contingency

E – Emergency

Have four different ways to communicate.  This could be as simple as cellphone, Zello, VHF/UHF radio, and CB radio.  

I lean heavily toward radios, because I use them every day professionally and they aren’t reliant on any other medium to communicate.  Yes, they are limited in range, but that can be planned for.

Another part to this is SOP’s or Standard Operating Procedures. Everyone in your tribe should know the plan for if the power goes out, or a riot is declared.  If everyone knows that the SOP is then to immediately meet at a central location, then you don’t have a need to communicate to everyone, just go.  Then, after a set period of time, you can go looking, in strength, for the stragglers.

Make sure you have a pre-arranged communications plan, including any radio instructions/schedules.  The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (www.amrron.com) can help with that.  They also developed the Channel 3 Project (see images below).

Conclusion

I hope these ideas and the format help you devise more effective plans and get you up to speed on the current risk level.  Complacency and normalcy bias are getting people hurt.

Let me know if you have any ideas below.

Facing Reality

Today, 3% and Militia groups made appearances in Portland, Louisville, and in Virginia.  It’s time to face reality about our movement and take quick corrective action.

In Virginia, Militia and 3% groups marched to oppose new guns laws proposed by the State Legislature.  This one appeared well-organized and disciplined, however, as a Marine, I have to speak about professionally wearing uniforms.  

When you are conducting an operation, that may result in conflict, such as an armed march, everyone wearing combat fatigues of any type, should be required to have the sleeves fully rolled down and secured.  The reason is that during operations, there are a lot of harmful things flying through the air and if you have to jump into a hedgerow, you’ll be grateful for sleeves.

This current trend “cool-guy” look of rolling up the cuffs once or twice is ridiculous and not very practical.  It also opens your professional militia group to ridicule by the media.  

In the group that marched, while they did well, I saw a mix of people in full combat gear and some people in jeans & T shirts.  Mandate a uniform of the day, one way or the other.  That’s the ONLY positive mark I give to Grandmaster Jay and the NFAC boys, they ALL show up in uniform.

The best mark of the day goes to this group, because at one point, as they began to march down the road, the police stopped them and ordered them up onto the sidewalk, and the militia refused.  They should have.  

The police never demand that BLM or ANTIFA get up on the sidewalk.  They only confronted our side, because we are generally law-abiding and more likely to comply with law enforcement.  We need to do more of this, forcing the police and local governments to treat us the same as they treat the leftists.

In Louisville, things went downhill.  The same group that showed up to oppose the NFAC arrived.  

I’m only going to say this one time.  If you want to be taken seriously, as a paramilitary organization, you CANNOT ALLOW your personnel to arrive at an operation in shorts and t-shirts.  JUST STOP IT.  You showed up with personnel in combat fatigues, yet you allowed guys in shorts and t-shirts to join your formation.  CLOWNS.  Even the NFAC doesn’t.

This group showed up, allegedly planning on marching, but then they never left the parking lot.  They didn’t seem have any actual plan and never really took action.

This is my biggest problem with most 3% or militia groups.  I’ve gone to events with some, and attending training with others.  Most of the groups just give a date and time to show up for “training” and everyone shows up and stands around talking for the first hour, arguing over over the plan the next hour, conducts a rambling lecture and maybe finally goes for a hike or shooting for about an hour, before getting back together for food and drinks to end the day.

Then, when you show up for an ACTUAL OPERATION, without a real plan, the media watching you can tell you have no plan, and they will mock you mercilessly as backwards country people, which is exactly what they are doing tonight.  Even Ford Fisher, an independent media personality who supports our side, was mocking this group today.

But I haven’t even gotten to the part that sent me screaming through the office today.

When it began to rain in Louisville today, the hard-core militia group broke ranks and sprinted to their vehicles, seeking cover from the rain.  Now, the media filming them didn’t and they had a great time covering this mercilessly.

Hear me out….If you stop conducting an operation because of LIGHT RAIN, how do you possibly expect to fight a war, defend your town, or whatever?  Are you going ask the Chinese or UN troops to come back on a better weather day?  

I will give this to the leftists….they are in the streets every day, rain or shine, heat or cold.

These guys deserve to be mocked.  Seriously….How do you propose to defend or reclaim your nation, which is what you claim your purpose is, if you will ONLY do it as long as you can be comfortable?  

“Sorry, General Washington, I hear it’s going to be a particularly cold winter here in Valley Forge.  I’ve got a new series to binge-watch on Netflix.”

They also, for fratricide avoidance, I suppose (I hear Louisville is RIFE with friendly fire incidents), put runner’s green reflective bands on both arms.  Imagine how ridiculous it is to have a team in ultra-Tacti-Cool Multi-Cam uniforms, with bright green bands on both arms.  I get the idea, but a better way is all wear the same gear in the same fashion, with the same patch.  Some might say that is the entire point of calling it a UNIFORM.

A bigger threat with this is that the item they used for a recognition flash is readily available at every store that carries sporting goods.  If I wanted to commit a false flag attack and blame it on your group, I just had to pop into a store and spend $5.  

After surviving the brutal rain deluge, the group left the area and gathered for pizza, allowing the media to film them eating pizza in a parking lot.  Yes, really.

At the other end of the country, in Portland, right wing groups squared off against ANTIFA.  The police rapidly vanished and very publicly stated that two large opposing groups fighting was beyond their capability to control, so they were just going to withdraw and let the groups “sort it out”.  

Yes, really.  But more about that tomorrow.

After initially pushing ANTIFA back due to the sheer shock of an opposing group appearing, the alleged militia and Proud Boys groups were then driven away by ANTIFA, into headlong retreat.

You know why that happened?  BECAUSE THEY UNDERESTIMATED ANTIFA.

I’ve been warning against that for months.  ANTIFA has over 2 months of combat experience fighting the US Marshal Service and the DHS and they learn every week.  They are organized and committed.

The second reason is that our side is reluctant to break the law and use severe violence.  ANTIFA has no such aversion to violence.  There’s a lesson in there.

LESSONS LEARNED

So, how do we salvage anything from this?

Well, first, we had a win in Virginia, so we accept it.

We need to apply the following lessons learned:

  1. You are either a para-military group or not; demand professionalism.
  2. Establish uniform requirements.  It develops teamwork and esprit de corps as well.
  3. Set a uniform of the day and ENFORCE IT.
  4. Establish a standard recognition device such as a unit patch.
  5. Plan ahead.  This applies to training and actual operations.
  6. Stop backing down.
  7. Understand that preserving your freedom might actually require you to be less than perfectly comfortable sometimes.  This is why we don’t fight as well.  Too lazy.
  8. Understand that violence may be necessary.
  9. If you aren’t willing to use violence against your fellow man in advancement of our cause, then kindly stay home and go back to being a Twitter Warrior.
  10. Stop underestimating the opposition.
  11. Get off the couch and into the field.
  12. Don’t let the media make video that they can use to mock you, and certainly don’t invite them along.

The Morality of Self Defense

One night, a good friend and I were discussing the escalating situation, and since we were walking out of Bible study, he said how can we justify killing in self defense, or, in a larger context, justify civil war, especially against people who might call themselves fellow Christians.

Granted, this conversation was months ago, pre-canonization of St. George of Floyd, and just prior to the lockdown.

For me, this is a simple issue, yet for others I understand how it can cause conflict.  I’m going to discuss the general morality of it, as well as a Biblical justification.

The first pushback most people present to our side is the claim that Moses brought down from God a command, Thou Shalt Not Kill (Exodus 20:17).  That’s a gross mis-characterization.  The actual literal translation comes out to “Thou Shalt Not Murder”.  There’s a difference between killing and murder.  If God had meant not to kill at all, then He wouldn’t have commanded Joshua to kill his enemies and put their heads on poles in front of the city (Yes, that cool battle story is in the Bible).

As a legal concept, nearly every civilization and culture has recognized the ultimate right to self-preservation, and have not considered killing in self-defense to be murder.

From even Biblical times, war has also been set apart from murder.  If you truly read the stories in the Bible (which are cool adventures), rather than just listening to sermons, you’ll find countless times that God himself ordered Moses, Joshua, David, Nehemiah, and dozens of others to wage war, and destroy the enemy’s will to fight by being merciless and destroying their resources.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Germany was a majority Christian nation.  Do you feel like God would have wanted us to allow them to continue unopposed?

Rescue those being led away to death,

Hold back those staggering towards slaughter.

Proverbs 24:11

Rescue the weak and the needy;

Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalms 82:4

Those 2 verses seem to definitely authorize force in the defense of others.  

In fact, in Exodus 2:11-12, we see Moses doing just that.  We can all agree that Moses was a good man, can’t we?  Moses came upon an Egyptian overseer beating an Israeli slave.  The overseer would have been the modern-equivalent of a police officer, I suppose.  Moses killed the overseer, and then hid the body.  I’d think that if God didn’t approve of the killing of an oppressor by the oppressed, they would have left that story out and Moses would have been punished, not exalted.

But what about in defense of your home?

When a strong man, fully armed,

Guards his own house,

His possessions are safe.

Luke 11:21

If a thief is caught breaking in at night

And is struck a fatal blow,

The defender is not guilty of bloodshed

Exodus 22:2

Well, seems clear.  Defending your home is fully justified.  

At this point, most people bring up the “Yeah, but Jesus said turn the other cheek” argument.  That’s taking Jesus 100% literally, which is not the way Jesus spoke.  He spoke in parables and circular turns of phrase.  The “turn the other cheek” also has to be taken in context.  He was discussing “en eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” in the same sentence, and He was simply saying don’t take VENGEANCE.  Defending yourself isn’t vengeance.

If Jesus truly didn’t want people to defend themselves, how can you then explain His actions in making a homemade whip and then chasing the money changers out of the Temple?  He was taking offensive action there.  Jesus wants you to stand up against injustice and regularly commented this. Jesus was a man of righteous action, not a timid appeaser.

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well

Are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

Proverbs 25:26

Appeasement of wickedness and evil only gets you more wickedness and evil.  That’s what we’re seeing right now.  The rioters were trying to burn down Portland and demanded we withdraw the federal agents, and when we did, they just kept on burning buildings and have expanded into the neighborhoods.  

That’s the exact same lesson that the Western World learned when Neville Chamberlain appeased the evil of Adolf Hitler by consenting to the surrender of Czechoslovakia.  How’d that work out?  

Never give way to the wicked.

But how does God feel about carrying weapons?  I’m glad you asked….

David said to his men “each of you strap on your sword!”

So they did, and David strapped his on as well.

1 Samuel 25:13a

“…If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak & buy one”

Luke 22:36b

There you have it.  You should be armed.  

In the Book of Nehemiah (or as I call him, the Father of Combat Engineers), Nehemiah mentions dozens of times that he and his men were armed at all times, even when sleeping, eating, and working, because they were surrounded by people hostile to their cause.  Sound familiar?

In Mark 6, Jesus sent the disciples out on a mission, telling them “take nothing for the journey, except for a staff”.  In those days, a staff was common self defense weapon.  Even Jesus wouldn’t send His boys out into the field unarmed.  He wanted them to be able to defend themselves.  That’s also why He told them to sell their cloaks and buy swords.

In District of Columbia v Heller (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that self-defense is an inherent right and is inherently justified.  It also held that the Second Amendment guarantees you the right to defend yourself with firearms, and that you don’t have to keep them in a locked state; you may keep them ready to use at all times.

In conclusion, the right to self defense has existed throughout history, and is morally justified by Judeo-Christian morality.  The defense of your home and others is also inherently moral, as is the carrying of weapons.

Go forth and defend thyselves, my disciples.

Increasing Escalations

I really hate being a guy who keeps saying I told you so, but….I really did tell you so.

A couple of weeks ago, I put out a post titled “Organizing a Tribe”.  In that article, I warned that militia and 3% groups are far too reliant on platforms that hate them, such as FaceBook, and that was causing a huge organizational risk for militias.  

Today, FaceBook conducted a massive purge of militia and 3% groups, some ANTIFA-related groups, and many right-wing pages, such as The Silent Majority private group.

It’s not a good strategic move to rely on your opposition for your communications and organizational backbone.

Another I-told-you-so was about the left arriving prepared to commit violence.  I pointed out that my personal observations from getting out among them included seeing more of them armed and a majority in body armor.

This weekend, everywhere across the country, ANTIFA & BLM showed up in body armor and committed a lot of violence, set a lot of fires, and caused a lot of chaos.  

I’ve been warning you about getting trapped in your vehicle inside of a protest and I gave a lot of advice on how to learn what is planned in your area and to NEVER STOP YOUR CAR.  This weekend, a guy stopped his car to help someone when he accidentally got caught inside a protest, tried to get moving again, and they caused him to crash.  They pulled him from his vehicle, stole his stuff, and beat him nearly to death.

Marquise Love

Portland Police are currently looking for Marquise “Keese” Love, because despite receiving multiple 911 calls, the police didn’t respond to the attack, just like I said….THE POLICE ARE NOT COMING TO HELP YOU.

The prudent see danger & take refuge,

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 27:12

I know I keep using that same piece of Tactical Wisdom From the Bible, but y’all aren’t getting the point.

The reason these I-Told-You-So situations keep happening is that despite my warnings and those of several others, everyone still has normalcy bias and keep saying “We have to win the election to stop this!!”

What exactly is winning the election going to do?  Is Donald Trump not currently the President?  Are the ANTIFA & BLM idiots going to just say “aw, shucks” and go away?  Get real, it’s going to get WORSE.

That’s enough of the I-Told-You-So, but let’s please start acting like things are getting dangerous, OK?

INTERESTING OBSERVATION

About 3 weeks ago, I noticed that the local ANTIFA at the events I was attending in Detroit handed out red placards/stickers with large red numbers on them, so that they could identify each other over the radio by number, rather than by name.  I found it interesting and reported on it in my blog and to a few militia groups in the area.

A few days ago, Bacon from www.thegoddamnbacon.com reported seeing the EXACT SAME NUMBERS on ANTIFA vehicles in SEATTLE.  I had him send me photos, and the numbers appear to be the same.  We also received reports of them in St Louis.

What does this tell us?  There is a national-level coordination on issues of security organization and communications security.  That is a HUGE indicator of an escalation and intent to continue to escalate.

If the enemy is upping their coordination and comsec, shouldn’t you?

ACTIONABLES

I can’t say it enough, attend local protests and observe.

Attend some, but use a radio or scanner to identify the radio frequencies that ANTIFA is using.  You will learn a lot that will absolutely open your eyes.  They are actively conducting counter-surveillance.  The way I locate them is by using the scan function on a Baofeng radio pre-programmed with FRS/GMRS/MURS frequencies, as well as the standard frequencies that BF-888 radios come programmed with.  You’ll find them in a few minutes.

Now, several people commented on one of my posts about reporting them to the FCC.  That’s a silly idea, because you can gather tons of intel by just letting them talk.  As Sun Tzu said:

Never interrupt your enemy

When he is making a mistake.

Don’t toss your advantage away by reporting them or by sending “spoof” transmissions over their frequencies…just listen and document the intelligence.  If you interrupt their transmission, they’ll  switch channels and you’ll have to start over.

Take photos of vehicles clearly involved and record license plates, developing a persons of interest list.  Know your enemy.

I’ll say it again…track local agitators and BLM organizations on FaceBook, and check them every single day.  This way, you won’t find yourself trapped inside a protest while driving.

If you live an area where protests are frequent, make sure you have emergency gear in your car, including an escape and evasion kit.  An E & E kit should contain a change of clothes, either a reversible jacket or a hoodie, and a couple of hats, along with a GPS/compass, a paper map, and some food and water.  I keep mine in a plain black backpack.

As fitness expert Drew Baye (www.baye.com) reminds me daily, do something everyday to make yourself harder to kill.  That doesn’t mean you have be in top shape, just DO SOMETHING.  Literally anything is better than nothing.  

Train.  Now, when I say train, everyone says “YEAH!” and runs out to the local shooting range and shoots 100 rounds at a stationary sheet of paper in slow fire, because that’s all the range allows.  Get out of this mindset.  Learn tactical skills, not just shooting.  The ability to conduct observation is far more important than shooting skill.  Communication skills…train with your mutual assistance group on radio or Zello protocols.  Learn to drive in a convoy.  Learn to conduct a security patrol or an urban gray-man surveillance/recon.  Learn escape and evasion.

More importantly, learn unarmed self defense skills.  No, attending a self-defense class once isn’t enough.  Earning your green belt isn’t enough.  Even earning a black belt isn’t enough, if you don’t continue to train.  I have a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and am certified as a KyoSaNim (instructor), while working on my third degree belt.  I’m also a Krav Maga instructor and train in it a few days a week.  I’ve also started working on a Hapkido black belt.  Constant training keeps the skills fresh.  Remember also though, that theoretical martial arts doesn’t make you invincible, just more aware & capable.

The most important actionable isn’t what you SHOULD do, it’s what you should STOP DOING.  Stop assuming that this will get better somehow.  COVID isn’t going away (the governors love their new powers), the civil unrest isn’t going to stop, and no magical secret spy group is going to swoop in and rescue the world.  Prepare to defend yourself and your family, because before this is over, you’re going to have to.

What do you have to lose if I’m wrong?  You’ve picked up some more skills, a little extra food & water, and are in better shape, while also being more aware.  But, sadly, I’m not wrong.  

Go back and review my old post and check my predictions.  Not one has been wrong.  I literally predicted the Rashard Brooks shooting to the exact day it occurred.

Be alert & of sober mind;

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,

Looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

Prepare. Train. Remain Aware.

Route Planning/Recon

One the best things you can do now, before a Without Rule of Law situation begins, is to conduct route planning and reconnaissance.

The basic principle is that you should have four different routes to and from everywhere you go on a regular basis.  When conducting a personal protection mission, the first step is route planning.

Route planning consists of identifying these four routes, then determining where the risk lies along that route, where safe havens are, where you can exit that route.

It’s important to note that route planning is very different when there is Rule of Law in place and when there is NOT Rule of Law.  For example, during normal day-to-day routines in a western nation, police stations and hospitals are natural safe havens, where you can find assistance and protection; however in a WROL (Without Rule of Law) situation like widespread rioting, they are the exact opposite…places to be avoided at all cost.

It may seem extreme, but as my good Twitter friend “Skip Collapsitarian” keeps reminding us, the Collapsitarian Olympics begin the day after the election.  There WILL BE widespread civil disorder in the weeks following the election, regardless of who wins.  States are already filing lawsuits to extend vote count days.  Prepare accordingly.

Discretion will protect you,

And understanding will guard you.

Proverbs 2:11

Discretion is the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation; understanding is knowing and applying that decision.  Based on that, Proverbs 2:11 tells you it’s best to plan ahead.

“Understanding will guard you” also means that we need to lose the normalcy bias that all will be better after the election.  It hasn’t gotten better for the last 4 years, what makes you think one day will put the genie back in the bottle?

The four routes that you should plan are:

  1. Primary
  2. Alternate
  3. Contingency
  4. Emergency

As you can see, the likelihood of you having to use each route goes down as you work your way down the list. PACE is a good way to remember them. PACE everything you do.

The primary and alternate routes should utilize major travel arteries, but preferably not highways, because protestors frequently obstruct them, and in a true WROL emergency, highways will be closed to all but emergency traffic (that’s the actual purpose of the highway system).  Contingency and emergency routes should use secondary streets and possibly even alleys, if you know that they are passable.

Once you have selected the routes, you need to do two things.

First, conduct a Map Recon.  A map recon is looking over a map, preferably paper, and identifying areas that may cause issues.  These areas include major intersections, areas with known congestion, high crime areas, etc.  The map study should also identify potential safe havens.  During normal operations, that would involve listing hospitals (including what level trauma center they are – You need level 1 for gunshot wounds), fire stations, police stations, and the like.  During WROL situations, a safe haven may be a known friendly position, a known government checkpoint, or an area previously decided on by your mutual aid group as a place to hide and wait for assistance (a safe house).  You also want to highlight no-go zones, such as areas of high crime, known construction zones, and the like.  These both apply in a WROL scenario, but you would add police stations, grocery stores, government facilities, pharmacies, and known areas of violence to the no-go list.

Route Recon

Second, you are going want to drive all four routes, conducting a route recon.  This involves actually driving the roads, noting areas of congestion, construction, areas where an attack may occur, and you may find paths you couldn’t see on a map (never discount driving along the alley behind a strip mall – it’s a concealed route and generally empty).

When doing both of these things, it is helpful to make a map overlay, or to write directly on the map this information (I prefer an overlay for security reasons – it can be destroyed and only you know what map it applies to).  You can list and highlight these various areas on the map with your own symbols or obtain a copy of NATO standard map symbols (my preference).

Battle Board Scout

I also use my BattleBoard Scout 4.0 for this – It has a polycarbonate window for exactly this purpose.  The BattleBoard products (www.battleboard.us) also usually have a LocSac, which is a waterproof cover that you can write on with dry or wet erase markers.  I prefer wet erase, because the information won’t be accidentally wiped away.  As an expedient tool, you can also do this with a standard sheet protector.  I also have a government issue Map Protector, which is a large format waterproof bag you zip a map into that you can write on.

After the map study and route recon, you may make adjustments to your routes based on what you learned.  There is absolutely NO SUBSTITUTE for putting your own eyes on things.  Yes, Google Maps has cool satellite mapping, but those photos aren’t looking at the same things you want to see, and they are conditions AS THEY WERE the day the photo was taken, not today.

After designing these routes, and then putting them into practice on your daily routine, remember every 60-90 days to re-run recon on your other routes, as conditions may have changed, requiring you to plan a new route.

Even Sun Tzu spoke about route recon thousands of years ago:

EARTH comprises distances, great and small;

danger and security; open ground and narrow passes;

the chances of life and death. 

The Art of War

Chapter 1; Verse 8

In addition to planning these for my frequent locations, I did an entirely separate planning sequence for my emergency egress from home to my bug-out location, and emergency routes from the office to home.  When planning bug-out routes, you definitely want to AVOID major arteries and use back roads as much as possible, because everyone will be trying to leave the area at the same time.  

Consider also planning on-foot only routes, understanding that there are many areas that you can access and traverse on foot, that you can’t by vehicle.  As an example, my house is in a subdivision right off a major artery, but by walking down the railroad tracks a bit, and following the utility line road, I can cross the major artery away from an intersection into a park trail system.  That trail system leads all the way through the suburban area and into a rural zone, where things will be less dangerous.

You may be thinking, this is a lot of work.  Yes.  It certainly is.  Military units have entire planning cells who do this full time, but you don’t.  You have to do the work.  Tackle it a bit at a time, and maybe start with the urgent needs first (bug out route).  You need to do it now, while you have time.

Plans are established by seeking advice;

So if you wage war, obtain guidance.

Proverbs 20:18

Ask others for their input.  This can be informal information gathering, such as talking to the gas station attendant at an intersection, or the Department of Public Works, or it can be open-source intelligence gathering, like reviewing the police department’s crime maps online, or searching newspaper archives for local crime stories along the route.

Sam Culper at Forward Observer (www.fowardobserver.com) offers information on conducting an Area Study on his website, I highly recommend his information.

The most important point is to gather information and make plans now, time may be running drastically short.

NZ – A Cautionary Tale

It is for freedom’s sake that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves

Be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

That stern warning from Paul was written nearly 2000 years ago, yet here we are again, with Nations born from a Judeo-Christian tradition, going down the path to subservience to the State.

Today, I want to discuss the situation in New Zealand, and explain why it’s a caution to us all.

First and foremost, on the two biggest freedom issues of our time, firearms and the COVID-19 crisis, the left has held up New Zealand, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern specifically, as the shining example.

Let’s begin with some facts.  The left is holding them up as a shining example of how to beat COVID-19, because their number are low.  If we’re being realistic, the first fact to point out is that their population is around 5 million, which about half that of the State of Michigan.  In fact, 23 states have populations larger that New Zealand.

The fact that New Zealand is small string of islands thousands of miles away from anything of any importance also helps.  

Politically, New Zealand has always been exceedingly liberal.  The first liberal party victory was in 1891, and they were the first organized political party on the islands.  They were the first nation to grant women the right to vote in 1893.  During the Great Depression, New Zealand, much like the US, created a massive welfare system.

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern is the country’s third female Prime Minister.

In the immediate aftermath of the ChristChurch massacre in 2019, a ban on semi-automatic rifles and any magazine over 10 rounds was passed 119-1.

New Zealand gun law requires people to have a lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose to use, carry, or discharge a firearm, and the burden of proof is on the PERSON, not the STATE.  The problem with that is that “sufficient purpose” is subjective. What is sufficient to me, mostly likely isn’t to Nanny Jacinda.

When the ban went into effect, the American firearm lobby and firearm rights supporters all warned the New Zealanders that in giving up gun rights, they were putting themselves at risk of a government trampling their rights.  We were all told that it was none of our business and that the State would protect them.  

Yes, but who will protect you from the State, we asked.  “Don’t be absurd”, they said.

Under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act of 1990, it states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the right to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form”.

In the aftermath of the ChristChurch shooting, the country’s Chief Censor (side note – if your country has a chief censor, you don’t have free speech) decreed, without legislation, that mere possession of the shooter’s manifesto, freely available on the internet, would be a 10 year felony, and anyone caught sharing the document would face a 14 year felony.

Does that sound like they honor their freedom of expression?

Several people posted videos of the New Zealand Police Service at their front door demanding that they stop talking about the shooting online or face criminal charges for “hate speech”.

Here we are in 2020.  

All new arrivals into New Zealand are sent to “hotels” for “voluntary isolation”.  These voluntary isolation centers have 1.8 meter (6 foot) fences around them, and are guarded and locked.  The facilities are “managed” by Air Commodore Darryn Webb.  Air Commodore….That’s a one-star general, so the military is running the camps.  

On July 10, 2020, CNN ran a story discussing a man who had escaped from one of the camps.  He was one of several who cut the fences and left.  The story pointed out that the man had already tested NEGATIVE for coronavirus twice, but was still forced to remain in the camp, and now faces charges for escaping from the “voluntary isolation” camp.  If you can be charged for escaping it, it isn’t voluntary.

Currently, in the Auckland area, travel is heavily restricted and there are police checkpoints for you to explain your need to travel.  Keep in mind that there are currently just 69 active cases in the entire nation.  You must carry documents to explain your need to travel.

So, allegedly free nation New Zealand currently polices speech, has internal travel checkpoints requiring you to prove a need to be out of your house, and literal concentration camps, all of which came to be after requiring the citizens to largely disarm themselves.

Can’t get any worse than that, right?

Jacinda Ardern said “Oy, mate! Hold me Foster’s….”

Elections were scheduled for September 19, but Ardern has postponed them until at least October 17th.  When Donald Trump merely suggested postponing them, in jest, he was vilified by the media as threatening democracy and a dictator.  When Ardern announced ACTUALLY postponing them, she was called a leader and smart by the very same media.

The left loves dictators, so long as they are THEIR dictators.  Look at the outpourings of love and respect when murderous Fidel Castro died.  Or Hugo Chavez.

They promise them freedom,

But they themselves are slaves of corruption

2 Peter 2:19a

New Zealand is a warning to us all.  Do not surrender your freedoms, because they won’t be coming back any time soon.

Her Supreme Excellency, Gretchen Whitmer

For those who live in Michigan, Governor Whitmer is no different than Jacinda.  Both women have gotten a taste of the raw power of ruling by emergency decree.  You don’t have to go through the troublesome process of getting people to agree with you, you just scream emergency, and order whatever you chose.  

Here in Michigan, Gov. Whitmer is using COVID 19 to push a racial justice platform that she could never get authorized via the legislature.  She changed medical licensing requirements with an executive order.  She is using emergency powers to create new programs that technically violate the civil rights act, as she is directing benefits (free masks/medical screenings) to people based upon race.

Lt. Gov. Gilchrest went on TV last week and claimed that “black people aren’t able to work from home”, despite me personally knowing at least 20 who did.  Imagine if Donald Trump made that same statement….it’s honestly racist at it’s core to honestly believe that black people couldn’t possibly get a position where they could work at home, but I digress.

The point is, Jacinda Ardern is an example of the danger of letting a committed liberal retain emergency powers, and Governor Whitmer is following the same path.

At some point, we MUST say enough is enough and do whatever is required to set this nation back on the path the Founders anticipated. Fortunately, they left us a blueprint called The Constitution of the United States.

Rescue those being led away to death,

Hold back those staggering towards slaughter

Proverbs 24:11

I don’t know about you, but Proverbs 24:11 seems pretty clear to me.

Heed the warning that is New Zealand.  It can happen in a democracy with alleged free speech and a right to bear arms.

Normalcy Bias & Awareness

A few days ago, I posted my Indications & Warnings article, discussing the high potential for civil disorder and conflict within the United States.  In it, I pointed out that the ultimate goal of the left was to increase violence to the point an emergency is declared, so that they can set aside the Constitution to implement far left policies and eventually rewrite the Constitution.  I also shared a document where they state that they have no intention of allowing an election to decide the course of this nation.

Let me share with you a few general responses to that article:

  1. They can’t do that, it’s unconstitutional.
  2. We need to wait and see what the election brings.
  3. LOL, they don’t like guns so we’ll win.
  4. They’re amateurs, we’re not.

These response are EXACTLY the kind of normalcy bias I warned about a couple of weeks ago, and we’re going to revisit the concept today, along with discussing awareness.  

THIS ATTITUDE IS GOING TO PUT YOU AT RISK AND MAKE US LOSE OUR COUNTRY.

That’s not hyperbole.  That’s not exaggeration.

First, let’s address the comments.

“They can’t do that, it’s unconstitutional”

The left despises the US Constitution.  They think it doesn’t go far enough to limit speech they don’t like, they hate the right of people they disagree with having weapons, they hate our entire system of limited government.

Barack Hussein Obama himself once said in an interview that there were many changes he wanted to implement, but the Constitution limited his power.

Can we just agree that people who hate the Constitution aren’t real concerned with the Constitutionality of their actions?  They’re literally burning down buildings and shooting at people; the Constitution is the least of their worries.

“We need to wait and see what the election brings”

They are literally admitting that they aren’t going to accept the results and don’t want either party.  

What good do you think an election will do?

More importantly, let’s say Trump wins.  Do you think they’ll suddenly become reasonable, shrug their shoulders, and accept defeat?  OR will they get even more violent and take action to remove him?

Let’s say Trump loses.  Do you believe that the majority of Donald Trump’s supporters will just shrug their shoulders and say “Shucks, I guess Biden and Harris were the better choice… maybe next time”?  Not very likely.  What’s more likely is claims of a stolen election and violence.

My point is, regardless of the side you support, the day after the election is filled with risk of violence and it only goes up from there.  We are beyond a point of reconciliation in this country, so stop acting like we aren’t.

“LOL, they don’t like guns so we’ll win”

Really?  Read my blog.  Watch their live streams. Watch the news.  The left is buying guns in record numbers to arm themselves for violent conflict.  They’re out there every day, carrying long guns, conducting their own local patrolling around their protests, practicing securing objectives.  

Make no mistake, they are training for an armed revolution.

We are underestimating them.

“They’re amateurs, we’re not”

First, no, the vast majority of our side are not professionals. Most are amateurs as well.  Even most “militia” groups consist of people with no actual military training (sorry, Militia friends).

Second, the Viet Cong weren’t professionals, how did they do?  Afghanistan is full of illiterate farmers…how are they doing?

Stop underestimating them, the left is FAR MORE DEDICATED to their cause than we appear to be.

Now, let’s turn to what we can do.

For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,

And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

Proverbs 1:32

Here, Good King Solomon was warning against normalcy bias.

Normalcy bias is the tendency, despite evidence to the contrary, to believe that nothing untoward is happening.  It’s a belief that no matter how bad things get, life will return to the normal state that we are accustomed to.

For some reason, people on the right seem to believe that the new restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of movement, and personal liberty will just somehow magically go away after the election.  The left is LITERALLY calling it the “new normal” but the right keeps saying “it’ll go back to normal”.  

The right is also of the ridiculous belief that once the election is over, if Donald Trump is re-elected, the left, who already demand his removal by force, will suddenly just become rational somehow and shrug their shoulders and return to Mom’s basement, casting aside all their dreams of a glorious Socialist revolution.

Why?

Normalcy bias.

The first step in defeating normalcy bias is awareness.  By raising your awareness, you’ll better understand what is happening.

Sam Culper at www.forwardobserver.com discusses conducting an Area Study, and it’s a great first step in raising your awareness of the local situation.

Use social media to your advantage by monitoring the accounts of activist groups in your area and see what they area saying and planning.  Either attend their events to actually listen and observe, or watch their livestreams.  This will open your eyes QUICKLY.  Personally, I get out and attend 3-4 of their events every single week because I want to see the things they don’t show on social media, such as their security posture, their awareness, their readiness for confrontation.  It’s eye-opening.  

Use a tool, like the BattleBoard Scout 4.0 (www.battleboard.us) to track on a map where protests are planned so that you can avoid them.  I have both a small and medium Scout.  I use one for map tracking, and one for note taking.

Take responsibility for your own safety.  We continue to see videos of cars getting trapped inside protests, which is totally avoidable.  This weekend, we saw ANTIFA/BLM people pull out firearms when vehicles refused to stop.  This is an escalation that should tell you that they are ready to kill for their cause.  I was heartened to see a video where people took the advice I give, which is flip a U-Turn and go the wrong way if you have to, but DON’T STOP in a crowd.

Understand that if you are trapped in a car inside a protest, or a building, as we saw at a Walgreens in Chicago on Sunday, and you call the police, the police will flat out tell you that they aren’t coming.

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.  That alone should get us off the couch and armed, but it hasn’t.  Normalcy bias, again.  “The police will come.”  No, they won’t

Use Cooper’s Color Codes to raise your awareness.

You should try to use Condition Yellow the majority of the time.  It’s easy, and can be maintained for long periods.

Condition Orange can be maintained for short periods without ill effects other than an increased heart rate.

You should NEVER find yourself in Condition Black, unless awoken from a dead sleep.

Lastly, stop underestimating the threat posed by leftist protestors.

In my post on the Battle of Ai, I discussed Joshua and his attack on the town of Ai.  In Joshua 7, he sent a recon team ahead to analyze the enemy positions.  This was a good idea, and it’s exactly what I’m doing by attending these events.  But in Joshua 7:3, his recon team reported that the opposition was weak, there weren’t that many of them, and they weren’t all that well trained.  They also reported that marching up the hill to the town would be too hard on the troops.  Any of this sound like excuses we’re making to not engage?  

Well, Joshua took their advice and only sent 3,000 of his men up instead of a larger force.  When they arrived, they were met by a large and well-trained force that completely routed Joshua’s men, who had to flee from the field of battle.  

Yes, Joshua eventually won (read my post “The Battle of Ai” for the whole story and tactical analysis), but the point is, he and his whole army under-estimated that forces arrayed against them and paid the price for it.  Learn from his lesson (HINT: That’s the entire point of the Bible).

Look, I know it’s easy to look at these screeching kids and laugh, or to look at the NFAC (Not Frightening Actually Clowns) Brigade and giggle, but don’t underestimate them.  If you are killed by an untrained amateur, you aren’t any less dead.

Uthred Ragnarson

As my hero Uthred Ragnarson warns: A Warrior can only die once, he must make it count.

In conclusion, stop thinking this is all going to go back to normal, take responsibility for your own safety, analyze the threat, raise your awareness, and stop under-estimating the opposition.

Train. Prepare.  Be safe.

Indications & Warnings

In the US intelligence community, particularly military intelligence, there is a section called Indications & Warnings, or “I & W”.  The role of the I & W section is to look for indicators that warn of impending enemy action.  

For example, if thermal imagery shows that there are heat blooms in the engines of tanks that were cold previously, it’s an indicator that those tanks are about to move.

The USMC has taken the process a bit further, through their Combat Hunter Program, taking skills of old backwoods hunters and scouts, and applying to them with lessons learned to develop an I & W section inside every Marine, enabling them to observe indicators in their immediate area.

The Combat Hunter Program instructs us to analyze our area of operations and develop a “baseline” or a day-to-day feel of what normal activity looks like.  Once you have a baseline established, you can easily detect the anomalies that point to potential issues.  For example, If there is normally a bustling city market, but when you walked in this time it’s empty, there’s a good chance something bad is about to happen.  It’s an indicator, that should also be a warning.

This practice agrees with God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook:

The prudent see danger and take refuge,

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty

Proverbs 22:3

That’s one of my favorites, because it encompasses the heart of tactical awareness.  If you don’t know that you are in danger, you will walk right into the trap.  Be alert & aware, and you won’t.

This concept is found elsewhere as well, not just in the Bible.  

The Hávamál, a Viking text attributed to Odin, has this to say:

At every door-way, ere one enters,

One should spy round, one should pry round,

For uncertain is the witting

That there be no foeman sitting

within, before one on the floor

Verse 1

The Hávamál

Being aware of your surroundings and the changes within them is the easiest way to ensure your own safety.  Remember, the police readily admit that they aren’t coming, so you are indeed on your own.  

Expanding this out to a larger context, analyze all world events through this same lens, and you’ll be more prepared through it.  For example, being aware of planned protests will keep you from trapped inside one of these impromptu roadblocks.  

We saw in Indianapolis over the weekend, two men draw handguns to try to stop a pickup truck.  Make no mistake, those two men were a deadly threat.  Treat such things accordingly.  

I know I mention these two warnings a lot, but they are important….Do a Facebook event search for all protest groups in your area EVERY SINGLE DAY, because Facebook is where they coordinate.  The second one is to sign up for Nixle and include every area that you travel to in your alert settings.  I’d rather delete unneeded texts than not know about an emergency on my route.

I began my project of going to protests by using the Combat Hunter guidelines.  I first established a baseline of what normal looks like at these events to then be able to notice anomalies, while making sure that I fit into the baseline (so that I wasn’t an anomaly to them).  Now, I’m seeing more and more anomalies, such as open wearing of body armor and open carry of firearms.

This is an indicator and warning.  This is telling us that the left is ramping up for more violence.  I posted a document I was handed by a leftist protestor that said that they cannot allow an election to decide who runs the country because even the DNC isn’t extreme enough.  That’s an indicator & warning of potential civil war.  I’m not exaggerating; not using hyperbole; it’s an observation and their own words.

A few days ago, a black man walked up to his 5 year old neighbor and shot him point blank in the head, killing a little boy for riding his bike onto his lawn.  The media hasn’t mentioned it outside the local news.  That’s an indicator.

Yesterday, a man attempted to rush the Secret Service Checkpoint at the White House, and was shot by the Secret Service.  That’s an indicator.

Ironically, a leftist group also is announcing a campaign to “lay siege” to the White House beginning in September.  They aren’t using the military term by mistake.  They didn’t say protest; which is Constitutionally protected, they said “lay siege”, which is a violation of 18 USC 2385 (Advocating The Overthrow of the United States).  Another indicator.

The selection of Kamala Harris today as the Vice Presidential pick was another indicator.  She hasn’t registered in a single poll since May 29th, when she got 3%.  Her highest rating ever in the whole election cycle was 5%, which put her in 4th place.  For a guy who already has issues, Kamala Harris was the worse possible pick if you wanted to actually win the election.  She is widely unpopular, especially with Black voters.

The only way in which her selection makes any sense if the DNC already concedes that they are going to lose the race, and they intend to point at Harris and claim that the loss was due to America’s systemic racism to increase tensions and bring more rioters into the streets.

If you don’t think this is possible, ask yourself why RINO King John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate.  Simple…he wanted to let Barack Obama win, and be able to point at his running mate as the reason he lost.  She looked so much like Tina Fey, that to this very day, people still claim Palin said that she could see Russia from her house, when it was actually Fey doing a parody who said it.

Many people ask me why I’m so sure that the left wants uncontrolled violence in the streets.  It’s simple, yet people think that it can’t happen here.

The intent, based on my study of the indicators and warnings, is to increase the violence to a level that they can declare an emergency, remove President Trump forcefully, and point at the Constitution as the document that allowed all of this to happen.  Once they do that, they can set it aside and re-write it.

I know, seems far-fetched.  

If a year ago today, I told you that you would be forbidden from entering a church or going to a funeral, you’d be wearing a mask everywhere, and the government would dictate which direction you can walk in grocery store aisles and how many friends you visit at once, you would have been saying it was “far-fetched” while calling mental health authorities on me, but here we are today and all of it is the “new normal”.

Remember Andrew Yang and how he got the entire left on board with Universal Basic Income, but we screamed NO and it came off the table?  Then along comes the CoronaVirus, and we’ve implemented UBI with unending extra unemployment benefits that are discouraging people from returning to work.

See how this works yet?

The entire field of DNC candidates ran on law enforcement reform and prison abolition.  The ideas were rejected by voters on both sides, so they came off the table.  Along comes the CoronaVirus and we emptied the prisons & jails, and eliminated bail requirements.  Predictably, crime has skyrocketed, but we aren’t putting anyone in jail.  As far as law enforcement reform, we had one questionable incident and ever since then police and private citizens have been arrested and charged for things that aren’t even crimes.

Each one of these taken singly seems to be a different scenario, but each one is an indicator of the direction of things to come.  Put them all together and the only conclusion you can draw is that BOTH SIDES are allowing you to be forced to accept the far left agenda, without legislation, without referendums.

Are you seeing the indicators and being prudent?  Or are you being simple and walking into danger unaware?

We need to start taking action instead of tweeting.  Our opposition is in the streets every day, armed, ready for battle, taking more ground.  We are sitting at home complaining.  Yes, even me, despite the fact that I am at least getting out and gathering intelligence, I’m not doing enough.

And violent crime has skyrocketed, as has political violence, increasing your personal risk.

One side is fighting an insurgency, and we aren’t showing up.

Let me leave you with two verses that are remarkably similar, despite being from two different sources, both commanding you to arm yourselves and be ready.

Neither I, nor my brothers, nor my men,

Nor the guards with us took off our clothes,

Each had his weapon, even when he went for water.

Nehemiah 4:23

Holy Bible/Torah

Let a man never stir on his road a step

Without his weapons of war;

For unsure is the knowing when need shall arise

Of a spear on the way without.

Verse 38

The Hávamál

Be safe, be aware, and TRAIN.

Basic Group Training Ideas

Whenever a mutual aid or preparedness group gets together for training, it almost always revolves around firearms skills.  I wanted to take a few minutes and give some ideas for some basic things that are overlooked in a lot of group training programs.

The Ultimate Tactical Handbook instructs us to train for war:

It was only in order that the generations

of the people of Israel might know war, 

to teach war to those who had not known it before.

Judges 3:2

There are many other skills that are just as important, aside from just shooting and weapons handling.

Obviously, first aid and communications are topics most groups do work on, in addition to shooting, but I want to focus here on the over-looked items.

TEAM MOVEMENT

I’ve attended a lot of training at Blackwater/US Training Center/Academi, or whatever they are calling themselves this week.  When you go to the Executive Protection course there, the first 7 days are done without any firearms, because learning to move and drive in a formation is more important than shooting skills.

There is a lesson in there.  Spend lots of days with your group learning to move in basic infantry formations, including how to fill and flow between them.  At USMC Recruit Field Training Duty (second phase for my fellow Devil Dogs), you spend days walking tactical formations and learning to walk them together, flowing from one formation to another.  At BlackWater it was the same, days of walking and driving in various formations so that your team can flow from one to the next without verbal communication.

It’s an important skill, and often overlooked, beyond the basic squad file.  Learn team size (3-4 people) wedges, vee’s, echelons (both sides), line formations, skirmishers (both left and right), as well as the rationale for using them.  Then learn them at the squad level.  Resources include the US Army “Infantry Squad & Platoon” or the USMC “Marine Rifle Squad” manuals.

INDIVIDUAL FIGHTING POSITIONS

Another overlooked area is building an individual fighting position.  Let’s be honest…We don’t train on this because we are LAZY and it’s not cool-guy stuff.  In all honesty though, it can save your life.  Everyone wants to do cool-guy stuff, like “CQB” (which they really aren’t learning), or “Room Clearing” drills, which really have less application to preparedness and survival than actually building a defensive position does.

Think about that…We claim to be preparing to defend our homes or bug-out locations, but most often we only focus on offensive skills.

Learning how to build and effectively camouflage an individual fighting position is hard work that will pay off far more in the real world than learning how to “Take City Hall” ever will.

SECURITY PATROLLING

Security Patrolling entails a team conducting a recon around your location, looking for signs of human activity or potential observation by an adversary.

Your team should learn to conduct zone recon, area recon, and successive sector recon patrolling.

It’s a great way to also practice the formations you learned earlier.

Patrolling is far more than just learning to walk in the woods.  Hand signals, formations, actions at halts, immediate action drills, all need to be learned and incorporated.

The ability to send a SALUTE report could be invaluable (Size/Activity/Location/Unit/Time/Equipment) to providing early warning.

Then Joshua secretly sent two spies…

…”Go, look over the land”…

Joshua 2:1

If Joshua sent out recon patrols, you probably should ,too.

ENTRY CONTROL POINT/TRAFFIC CONTROL POINT OPERATIONS

If we’re truly about defending our neighborhood or group bug out location, wouldn’t setting up an Entry Control Point at the entrance be a great skill to work on?  When was the last time your ultra tacti-cool militia group trained on it?

Learning the proper way to establish, secure, and operate an entry control point could be invaluable and yet folks don’t do any training on it.  

The outstanding book, “Tactical Manual – Small Unit Tactics” by Max Velocity Tactical (www.maxvelocitytactical.com) has a section on this topic, as well as all the others I’ve discussed here.

But we prayed to our God

And posted a guard day and night

To meet this threat.

Nehemiah 4:9

Nehemiah knows what’s up…ECP’s.

IMMEDIATE ACTION DRILLS

The veterans out there know what I’m talking about.  Immediate Action Drills are basic actions that units should automatically take when a particular situation happens.

As an example, React to an Ambush is a drill you would do to, well, react to an ambush.

Drills to cover are:

1. React to Ambush (near and far)

2. React to Indirect Fire

3. Hasty Ambush

4. React to Contact (in every direction)

5. React to Air Threat

The same resource manuals (US Army/USMC/Max Velocity) contain all these standardized drills.

A caution though…a lot of veterans are tempted to opt out of these…Don’t let them.  While they know how to run the drills, they need to learn how to do them WITH YOUR TEAM.  It’s a different dynamic with every team you move into.

RECAP

As you look over the list, it’s easy to say, “But those are the most basic combat tasks”…battles are won by basics.  Get over the cool-guy worship and ultra tacti-cool hype, this is where battles are won.

All of the instructors at PKSA Karate (www.pksa.com) train once a month with Grand Master Dale Drouillard, the first American to ever receive a Tang Soo Do black belt (he also presided over Chuck Norris’ master test here in Michigan).  He has been training in martial arts for over half a century and he begins every day with front punches & front kicks, like a white belt.  There’s a lesson in there.

Consider the US Navy SEALS.  They aren’t the best in the business because of ultra-secret tactics or the cool way they roll up the cuff of their sleeves (and why is every police department on the planet copying that stupid practice)…they’re best because they drill constantly ON THE BASICS.

Notice also that this list involves skills you can practice without expending a single round of ammunition.  That’s by design, especially now that ammo is increasingly scarce.

I hope this helps trigger some new thinking among mutual assistance groups and gives you some great ideas. 

Share any ideas below.

Organizing a Tribe

“So you also must be ready,

Because He will come at an hour

When you do not expect Him”

Matthew 24:44

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…The Book of Eli, while one of my favorites, was a MOVIE.  In what is to come, you will not be able to function as a lone wolf, especially if your intention is to assist in the Restoration of The Constitution.  You will need a tribe.

I’ve been contacted by many groups asking me to join, and I always attend a few meetings to get a feel for them, and I want to discuss some shortcomings that you should all avoid.  No group is without all of them, and some are far better along than others, but still have progress to be made.

For the record, I’m not opposed to groups at all, I’m opposed to voluntarily putting my name on a list to be handed to the FBI/DHS.

Roles

The first shortcoming you need to address in your mutual assistance group, tribe, or whatever you call it is ROLES.  Everyone wants to join, and everyone wants to be a super-secret recon shooter.  Not everyone can be or should be.

Most groups fall short because shooting is all anyone wants to do.  Shooting is a last resort.  Yes, even if it becomes necessary to use force of arms to protect ourselves or restore our Nation, it’s still the last resort, yet it’s the number one thing everyone does every time they organize and train.

Mutual assistance groups should focus more on community security, patrolling your neighborhood/area, food procurement/storage, and water procurement.  

Everyone basically organizes into infantry squad organization such as the US Army’s two 4 man teams or the USMC’s three 4 man teams (USMC is better, not just because I’m a Marine, but because it’s more versatile).  These are perfect examples of organizations that work well, but not everyone should be infantry.

You need other roles as well, which are even more essential.  

You need medics.  Real ones, not Grandma Jenny and her peroxide.  Actual, trained medical staff who can save a life.  We all saw what happened to the NFAC in Louisville, when they had a need for medics and had to call the same police that they wanted to fight to save the lives of their comrades.  Embarrassing, to say the least.

You need a supply team.  I know, it’s not cool-guy, ultra tacti-cool, but you need someone to keep track of what you have and what you need.  You also need a pool of resources.  Requiring every person to supply themselves leads to one guy without the proper gear always needing help.  Here’s what God’s Ultimate Tactical Guide has to say about having a supply unit:

Know well the conditions of your flocks,

And give attention to your herds

Proverbs 27:23

You need a leadership team, and that should include people in charge of each functional area.  You need overall command, supply, medical, security, and operations chiefs.  It’s not a democracy, but…..

Plans fail for lack of counsel,

But with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22

Give serious consideration to organization, and understand that not everyone can do every job .

OPSEC

Operations Security, or OPSEC is where most groups fail.  

I realize that having a website attracts membership and tries to dispel some of the “militia” stigma, but if you have a website, you’ll be tracked and the Southern Poverty Law Center is going to call your group an “alt-right white supremacist group” no matter haw many people of color you have on your team.

For this reason, I recommend eliminating the word militia from your vocabulary.  It carries a negative connotation, despite it’s actual proud heritage.  

There are secondary concerns as well…The minute you call yourself a militia and have a defined leadership and an insignia, while openly carrying arms, you make yourself subject to the Law of Land Warfare under the Geneva and Hague Conventions.  All those hollow point rounds and cool-guy shotguns just became war crimes.  Understand the real legalities. 

Also, Militia in many communities means many different things.  Here in Metro Detroit, we have a large Russian population.  To them, “militia” is what the police are called.  The local police agency in Moscow, for example, is called the Mockva Milicya, and rather than policemen, they’re called militiamen.  Another large community we have here (even larger) is Muslim, from all over the Arab world.  To them, a militia is most often an Al Qaeda or ISIS group and something to fear.

As far as OPSEC, the biggest concern I have for most groups is that they use FaceBook and Twitter, and other social media platforms to organize, advertise, and even maintain membership roles.  That’s highly dangerous as you are giving the personal details of every member to an organization that despises everything you stand for.    I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, I’m saying understand the risk you are taking and putting all of your members under.

Many the groups I advise on this say, “Yeah, but it’s a private group, so no one sees our stuff”.  That’s untrue.  Anything you put on a social media platform BELONGS TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM and they can do with it whatever they like, such as forward membership lists to people you’d rather not have it.

Another argument I get is “But we’re not doing anything wrong or illegal”.  That’s most likely 100% true.  I agree.  But why make it easier for your group to be infiltrated?  The FBI and ATF have a long history of trying to infiltrate militia or prepper groups, with the intent of trying to convince them to undertake illegal activity so that they can justify the massive amounts of money spent on the efforts.  Randy Weaver was entrapped in one such case, and I know of a militia here in SouthEast Michigan that has been plagued with federal agent infiltrators.

Remember, the Michigan Militia was maligned for decades over Timothy McVeigh and he wasn’t even a member, he had merely attended a training where someone took his photo. (Hint: be careful what photos you post)

Understand, I think most law enforcement people area amazing and I work among them every day.  HOWEVER, federal agencies are agenda-driven and the federal government wants to retain it’s monopoly on violence and is therefore vehemently against organized armed groups, particularly on the right.  It’s a hassle you’d rather not have.

Don’t use platforms that hate you to organize.  You can use secure communication platforms like ProtonMail or TeleGram.

One outstanding group, AmRRON, of which I am a member, requires everyone who signs up to pick a call sign that is two letters and two numbers, completely unrelated to your name or any other call sign (like radio license) that you have.  In that way, no member can release any information about any other, because they only know a call sign and state.

Internal Security/Intelligence

Your group needs an internal security and intelligence group.  It can be as small as a two person cell.  

This group farms data from open source information and members to develop a picture of the local situation.  They should also monitor internal activity of personnel and encourage members to report anyone pushing for illegal or unethical activity.  Seek out and isolate agitators, who could be either ANTIFA or law enforcement personnel trying to push people in a direction you don’t want them to go.

Kick those people to the curb quickly.  Have no tolerance for it.

An excellent resource for learning about local SHTF intelligence gathering is Forward Observer at www.forwardobserver.com.  They also put out daily intelligence briefs.

Bear at www.BearIndependent.com also puts a daily intel brief on his YouTube channel.

Communications

You need a dedicated communications team and a communications leader.  Yes, it’s fine for everyone to have their own radio, but each team or unit you have should have a designated communication person.  This will cut down on confusion and radio traffic during a deployment or emergency.

As far as radios, first understand that there is no radio that you, as a private citizen, can buy that the US Government can’t listen in on.  Give up that thought process.  Also, give up that there are any manufacturers other than Chinese or Japanese.  No, Motorola, Kenwood, and Midland aren’t American made.

Understand also that the opposition, ANTIFA, is using the EXACT same radios and frequency spectrum that you are.  They’re not as active at radio intercept, but that could change quickly.

Without getting too deep here, and to keep from getting into FCC trouble, all I will say is, develop a method of sharing messages via radio that only your team will be aware of.

I know, I’ve covered a lot of information about organization, security, and basic comms. 

I hope that this helps new groups (and maybe some existing ones) get a good perspective on organization.

Our next article will cover some basic skills that each group should train on.

There are two main takeaways I want to leave you with:

  1. You MUST get organized.  An unorganized group is just a mob.
  2. Consider SECURITY in everything you do.  You can’t be too paranoid, there are risks everywhere.

Get organized, get secure, and GET OUT THERE!

Immediate Steps You Can Take

After my article on Commitment, I received a bunch of comments and messages asking me what people can do to increase their preparedness for what is to come.  In this post, I’ll give you nine things to start on RIGHT NOW that will serve you well.

Let me tell you first, I’m not going to tell you to go buy a gun.  At this point, if you don’t already have a firearm and ammunition, you aren’t going to get them.  They are gone.

I’m also not going to discuss gear, beyond a few basic things, because the main thing we need to change RIGHT NOW is our MINDSET.

This mindset that this is all going to blow over needs to go away.  Are you feeling like any of this is just magically going to go away?  If you do, kindly head on over to someone else’s site, I don’t have time to open your eyes; it’s time to get ready.

Before we move on, let’s get a check on The Ultimate Tactical Handbook, the Bible.  What does it say about being ready?

“Therefore keep watch,

Because you do not know the day or the hour”

Matthew 25:13

Well, there it is, straight from the mouth of Jesus…Keep watch and be ready.

  1. Increase Your Alert Level

This is as simple as paying attention and taking a few basic steps to ensure that you are ready.  

First, I don’t let the vehicles get below 3/4 of a tank of gas.  One of the first things that authorities will limit in the event of major civil disturbance is the sale of gasoline, to reduce the use of Molotov cocktails.  If you own additional gas cans, keep them full as well.  If you don’t, acquire at least one.

I also pay closer attention to people walking through the neighborhood and people around facilities at work.

Also, learn to listen.  People tell you what they intend to do, if you listen.  For example, you can always tell what next restriction Governor Whitmer is about to put in place by listening to her when she says “I would hate to have to…..”; you can bet that is the next rule coming.  Bill Gates is on video telling you that vaccines will not be optional.  Just listen.

Simply understand that “normal” went away in March and is never coming back.

2. Commit To Gathering Intelligence

Spending a few minutes online a few times a day can prevent you from being trapped inside a planned protest that you didn’t know about. I’ve been attending protests for a while and I’m always shocked at the number of cars that get trapped inside the protest, despite these groups openly advertising their events on social media.

Learn who the local leadership is (it’s easy, they’re very vocal on social media) for local protest groups and check their profile every morning.  You’ll be far more aware of what protest activity is planned and you can inform the rest of your tribe (more on that in a minute) of potential hot spots.  You’ll also see that these people travel everywhere wearing body armor and bringing combat gear.  If your opposition is, shouldn’t you?

Side note- Watch the livestreams of their protest speakers. You’ll be amazed at what they are REALLY advocating for, versus what the media tells you.

Sign up for Nixle of whatever local information sharing platform your local police forces use.  I’ve been notified of protests, road closures, and active shooters via text with just a 5 minute sign up.  It’s an invaluable resource.

Let the leftist tech companies gather intel for you.  Set up Google alerts for your area and they will send a daily news brief every morning or evening recapping whatever topics you ask them to tell you about.  For example, since part of my role involves Executive Protection, I have a Google Alert set up to recap all news stories related to kidnapping every night at 8 PM.  It’s a simple process and they’ll send you whatever you ask for.

I’ve developed a list of “vehicles of interest” and “people of interest” based upon my attendance at their rallies, so that if I see one of their vehicles in the area of somewhere I’m at (work, shopping mall, etc), I know that something may be happening.

Small steps like this will help your overall awareness and alert level.

3. Build A Tribe

Your tribe begins with your family.  You have to get everyone on board with understanding the risk level and taking basic precautions.  You can’t do any good if you’re the only one in your family taking steps.

Learn who in your neighborhood and at work is feeling the same way you are.  Start talking about preparedness.  Develop plans with both your work tribe and your home tribe of how you would handle emergencies that could develop.  These don’t alway have to be “SHTF” type situations, they can involve fire, or medical emergency.

For example, the first time an ambulance showed up at the neighbors’ house, I went across the street and told the elderly couple that if they every have an emergency again, come knock on the door let me help until the medics arrive.

Understand…the Mad Max series and the Book of Eli were MOVIES.  You cannot survive as a lone wolf; you need a tribe.

4. Make A Communications Plan

The average person, when asked about emergency communications, say “I carry my phone everywhere I go”.  Neat. 

On September 11, 2001, the phone systems throughout the United States were absolutely overwhelmed.  While we’ve made a lot of progress, phone systems in the immediate area of a catastrophe will be overwhelmed and public safety units will be given priority.  

I responded to both Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, and in both cases, local cell service was non-existent.

It’s also important to note that cellular phone systems require a big chunk of grid power to operate.  If the power is out, cell phones will follow quickly.

You can, when the phone system is overwhelmed, still use plain text (not MMS) and apps like Zello (2 way radio app), even though actual calls may not go through.

Handheld radios are a great addition.  The FRS/GMRS radios that you can buy at Walmart or Target are OK, but extremely low power.  Buy a higher quality radio and consider obtaining an Amateur Radio license.  I also maintain a mobile radio, with much higher power, in the vehicle at all times.  These handheld radios only work if everyone in your tribe is on the same channel and carries their radio at all times in case of an emergency.  I keep one on my patrol backpack in the car, fully charged, every single day.

It’s important to note that ANTIFA and BLM use handheld radios to coordinate.  If your opposition does it, so should you.

The Channel 3 project is set up by the American Redoubt Radio Network, a group of preparedness folks in the American West.  They recommend that all patriots use channel 3 on whatever system you use (FRS/MURS/CB/GMRS), so that even if in an area you’ve never been in, you should be able to locate like-minded people for assistance or directions.

Keep them charged, keep them close.

5. Develop Emergency Plans

Just like fire drills, you should have plans developed for what you intend to do in the event your house is surrounded by protestors, your car is trapped inside a protest, or there is widespread rioting and looting in your area.

Make plans for your family, your neighborhood tribe, your work tribe, and any other group of people you are around regularly.

The best investment I ever made for planning was buying a Battle Board Scout (www.battleboard.us).  I saw a need for something handheld that I could chart or plan on for paper maps, without ruining the maps.  It’s basically an excellent notebook case, but there is polycarbonate window where you can put a map inside and then draw out plans or track activity on the map.  The picture below shows my planning and tracking for a recent protest.  The blue lines indicate potential escape routes I planned, the red denotes the original protest area and and their march route.  The X’s show where they stopped traffic for an extended period.

I liked it so much that I just recently acquired their newest, the Scout 4.0, in a small size, perfect for putting in checklists to use alongside my other Battle Board Scout (see photo below).  Check them out, they’re a veteran owned business.  I predict buying their Expedition in the near future.  There is a full review of my original Battle Board Scout in the archives here, look for one on the Scout 4.0 soon.

When planning, use the acronym PACE to develop 4 plans for everything.  These are Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency.

Write these plans down, discuss them, and then TRAIN ON THEM with the whole tribe.  Get out, find out what works, and what doesn’t.  Plans are living documents and should be constantly updated.

6. Make Critical Decisions NOW

The time to decide what you’re going to do when surrounded by protestors in your car is NOW, not when they are around your car.  Will you back up and go the wrong way down the road?  Will you keep going?  Decide NOW.  These plans can’t involve waiting for the police, the police are no longer responding to these situations AT ALL.  I’ve witnessed them physically turn around and drive away.

Make the decision about what you’ll do in every situation related to our current state of affairs now, and then develop the plans from those.

7. Carry Emergency Gear Everywhere

This might seem like a no-brainer, but every time I teach a concealed pistol class, I ask people to show me their first aid kit.  The only time anyone actually had one, it was my own son.

Let me say it one more time…The piece of gear that you will use most from your emergency supplies is a FIRST AID KIT.  You should have several first aid kits, stored everywhere, but you can start with one, and carry it everywhere.  I have two in the car, a small one in my patrol bag, and a small one in my work backpack.  It doesn’t hurt and could save a life.  Check out www.bearindependent.com for outstanding kits.

I carry emergency clothing changes, because my daily work attire isn’t conducive to field work.   I also carry boots in the car, because dress shoes aren’t going to do any good if I have to walk 25 miles home in an emergency.

There are other posts on this site to help you build gear bags, but the point here is that the best-stocked gear bag in the world doesn’t do you any good if it’s 15 miles away when you need it.  Yes, my trunk is full, but I can live for at least a week out of the gear in my trunk, and I can certainly evade a crowd or defend myself with the gear in the car.

8. Check In

Once you’ve established a tribe and set up plans, put your gear in the car, and keep it full, then, you enter a maintenance phase.  What happened with one of my groups is that when the lockdowns began, we sprung into action and spun up quickly, but after a couple of weeks, everyone fell off the bandwagon.

We failed to check in with each other and when the riots began, it showed.

So, learn from my mistakes.  Once you have these things set up, test them.  Call each other.  Meet together.  Discuss the situation and remain engaged.  

Keep the foot on the gas.

9. Train With The Tribe

Once you’ve set all these things up, train together.  Don’t let people in your tribe dodge training.  Many guys say “No, I know what I’m doing”, but either really don’t or have never worked with a team. Make training TOGETHER a requirement.

You can’t train enough and I can’t stress enough the need for training.  

Once you train on these plans, you’ll find the shortcomings and make adjustments.  Make that a constant process.

I hope that this list helps you begin your preparations.

It’s important that we all open our eyes to the fact that the day after the 2020 Election is going to be a violent day, and may change the course of our entire nation.  Neither side is going to be happy with the results, no matter who wins, and with the current tensions, there is no way a peaceful resolution can be found.  

Stay alert.  Train.  Prepare.

Commitment

How committed are you to the cause of freedom?  Do you want to retain your freedom of speech, religion, to peaceably assemble, and to keep & bear arms?

I ask about your level of commitment, because I have more observations from inside ANTIFA/BLM protests that should open your eyes.  They are far more committed to their cause than you are to resisting them, and even more than the government is.

Before I get into that though, let’s talk about what small groups of committed people have done throughout history.

During the American Revolution, only about 3% of the colonists actively fought the British.  The vast majority sat at home, because they didn’t want to “make waves”.  They discussed with their friends how the Continentals were doomed to lose, because how can you fight the most experienced and powerful military the world had ever known?  Sound familiar?  When the tide turned, and it became apparent that the existing government might lose, Loyalist militias formed up and rushed into the fight, but it was too late.  Want to guess what happened to the Loyalists who didn’t flee to Canada?

Afghanistan is known as the “Graveyard of Empires” because they have constantly been invaded by advanced militaries, but they always resist and win.  Think about just recent history….Since 1980, small groups of highly committed illiterate farmers with basic weaponry have successfully resisted the three most powerful & technologically advanced military forces in the world (I include NATO as a separate military).  It’s proof of the value of the highly-committed light infantryman in defense of his home.

Let’s talk about our current crop of Marxist revolutionaries in our streets.  They are highly committed to their cause.  Several of the people I track are attending 3-4 protests every single day, no matter the weather or conditions.  

Today, I was among them while they marched in a miserable mist that soaked everything through and made the walk horrible, but they did it.  Our side would have re-scheduled.  Be honest, you know it.

They are showing up increasingly armed.  Last weekend, they shot at least 6 people (I know, 5 of the victims were their own people, but that’s not the point).  This week, more people are showing up at these events armed and wearing level 3 and level 4 body armor.  They are showing up with goggles, helmets, bats, and other weapons, including firearms.

When I first started watching them closely, they were using a single radio channel for security and medical units.  Yesterday, at an anti-federal agent protest, they were using 3 different radio channels for different functions and coordinating between the different functions and channels seamlessly.  They are evolving into an effective organization, and we’re sitting on the couch sending tweets, thinking we’re “RESISTING” the Marxists.

Be honest, when was the last time you considered how you might communicate with your family, your fellow patriots, or your friends?  A few groups that I coordinate with (I don’t join groups, that’s how you get on a federal list) have set up radio and Zello App comm groups, but what have you done?  The time to consider this is NOW, not 5 minutes after the power goes out. 

They are increasingly showing up more medically prepared to treat gunshot wounds as well.  The first few events I attended, the medical staff consisted of girls in hot shorts handing out bottles of water.  Yesterday, there were medics in full gear, all wearing tourniquets on their gear and what appeared to be full IFAK’s.  Are you keeping a full Individual First Aid Kit handy throughout the day?

The media isn’t telling you the whole truth, either.  As part of my research, I’ve reviewed many of the videos that the protestors are posting online.  There is far more conflict with the police than what you are hearing about on the news.  A review of a few archived livestreams showed frequent street battles with police in riot gear that never made the news.  

Last night, the group By Any Means Necessary, which is known for violence, distributed the handout below at the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit.  I always doubt the authenticity of random typed documents appearing on the internet, but I was literally handed this document by a subject wearing a By Any Means Necessary shirt, and I have it on video, for evidentiary purposes.  That’s also why I dated and initialed the document.  

This document illustrates how strongly they believe that violence is the way to achieve their goals.  Notice that they denounce the Democratic Party as well.  They state clearly that they have no intention to allow an election to decide who leads this country.  If they aren’t going to wait for an election, what do you think they intend?

We, as a collective, need to get as committed as they are.  I keep seeing tweets that say “Just waiting for the word”…what if that word comes too late?  Or never comes?

We are allowing the left to dictate the narrative.  By not counter-protesting, or holding events of our own, we are allowing the impression to be created that there is no resistance to the demands of these Marxist revolutionaries (stop calling them anything else).

I know, I keep hearing people say, “But on the right, we have jobs” or “We value law and order”.  If you are willing to put those things as more important than your freedoms, you’ll lose them, along with your freedoms.  Answer me this…when is the right time to begin fighting back?

If we are truly as committed as they are, we need to stop writing them off as a fringe group.  A fringe group led the American Revolution and established a new nation.  THEY believe that is exactly what THEY are doing.

Begin by attending a rally and listening to the things they believe.  You will think they’re crazy and that their beliefs make no logical sense.  Understand…THAT DOES NOT MATTER ONE BIT.  Just because someone’s beliefs are illogical, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t willing to kill you over them.  Read that again and again.  These people are so committed that they are willing to commit violence and potentially be killed to bring about their Marxist wishes.

Many on the right say, “I’ll fight if they come to my door or if they attack me”.  That’s a silly response, because they don’t need to come to your house or attack you to completely remove your freedoms and your way of life.  We need to get that through our heads…they don’t have to attack YOU, they have to attack our SYSTEM, and we’re letting them do that with ZERO resistance.

I know, you think the government will fight them.  Let me dispel that for you.  

First, when I first started going to the protests, the police were present and trying to maintain control.  This week, the police are GONE.  On a couple of instances, I saw the police literally turn around and drive away, rather than risk a confrontation. 

I’ve received the above warning twice from the Harper Woods Police.  Read it carefully, especially the last paragraph.  It tells you that they value the First Amendment…for the Marxists.  It very clearly warns you that if you disagree with BLM, YOU are not to exercise YOUR First Amendment Rights in favor of THEIRS.

Still think government is going to offer resistance?

Understand that the government has become a living entity, and like all living entities, it wants to thrive.  What better way for the government to grow and thrive than to allow a Marxist takeover of our system?  The bureaucracy would expand and the government would be guaranteed an ever-increasing role.

Still think the government is going to offer resistance?

“Yeah, but what about the federal agent surges Trump has promised”.  Easy.  Those agents are there to protect federal FACILITIES.  They aren’t ending the rioting and don’t intend to.  They are in place to protect the buildings that the bureaucracy occupies, don’t be deceived….Trump has limited authority in this.

When I was 17, I first swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.  As you can see by the documents they are handing out, they intend to set the Constitution aside.  I, too, struggle with the fact that we would be risking jobs and potential legal issues if we resist the Marxist takeover, so I did what I always do when I have doubts…I checked God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook for Life, the Bible.

If a man vows a vow to the Lord,

Or swears an oath to bind himself to a pledge,

He shall not break his word.

He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Numbers 30:2

That is 100% clear and unequivocal.

Let me leave you with a couple of quotes from tonight’s closing speakers at the BLM rally. 

The first was speaking about impending foreclosures.  The speaker asked for “O.G.’s” (gang members) to show up at the addresses of foreclosures to physically resist the Sheriff’s Deputies from enforcing the court orders.

The second proclaimed “If you’re not resisting in a militant way, you’re not resisting”.

The left is HIGHLY COMMITTED to their cause and willing to use violence to acheive their goals. As this point, we aren’t.

We need to get as committed as they are and get off the couch.  Tweets will not save the Republic.

Indicators & Escalations

Earlier today, I did a Bible reading for a book study I’m doing with a few other men, since Governor Whitmer still says we can’t go to church (the liquor store is cool, though).  When I read Paul’s words, it was like I was listening to myself:

So be on your guard!

Remember that for 3 years I never stopped

Warning each of you night & day…

Acts 20:31

I’ve been warning people, telling people to pay attention, and yet people are still saying “it’ll just blow over” or…”That’s only happening in Portland”.

This weekend we saw a serious escalation from the left, and there was an indicator a few others & I have been looking for as a sign of increased violence & potential civil war.  That indicator was an increase in firearms use by the left.

Two of those situations involved people trapped inside road blockages.  I have told you before, never stop inside a protest.  Video from the Aurora protest showed protestors trying to remove people from their cars forcibly, and one car tried to drive off.  One member of the crowd opened fire on that vehicle, striking two of his fellow protestors.

In Austin, a man with an AK type rifle, Garrett Foster, rushed up to a car trying to drive through the crowd and raised his rifle.  He was shot and killed by the driver of the vehicle.

This is an indicator of an increase in the potential for full-scale armed conflict.

What is an “indicator”?  Indicators are things to look for that point toward a particular likelihood or outcome.  For example, if you see someone quickly look both ways in a store aisle, just before picking up an item, it’s an indicator that the individual might be stealing.  If you see a car traveling slowly through a neighbor, it’s suspicious, but if it has a pizza restaurant sign on the roof, it’s an indicator that someone is looking to deliver a pizza to an unfamiliar address.

How can we use indicators in the current situation?  I’ve tried to show you already.  Here are a couple more.

If you see a group of people arrive for a “protest” wearing respirator masks, goggles, and helmets, it’s an indicator that they are prepared to do violence.

If you see someone at the grocery store with steaks, charcoal, and a six pack, it’s an indicator that he’s going to grill for dinner and is not a threat.

If you see someone pouring gasoline into mason jars with a stack of rags and lids next them, they are about to start bombing people.

Indicators are nothing more than pieces of data that help you make an educated guess.

As far as indicators of potential civil conflict, one main indicator was, as I pointed out, to see more of the ANTIFA people arriving armed.

Here in Metro Detroit, they originally carried concealed firearms, but have recently begun open carrying and they’ve recently began wearing overt body armor.  These are indicators that they are willing to escalate the violence into a literal street battle.  

I know, many of you will say “Oh that guy is just LARPing” or “they’re just putting on a show”…but imagine a scenario for me…This weekend, we saw the NFAC set up and gather their arms again, and they had a negligent discharge that struck 3 of their own people.  What do you suppose would have happened if instead of their own people, those accidental rounds struck militia members?

We would have had the bloodiest street battle since Fallujah in Louisville, and it would have touched off street gun battles across the nation within hours.

Do you really think, in the current climate, that control could have been regained quickly and with minimal loss of life?  No.  It would also have set up a series of escalating retaliations.

The terrorist formerly known as Garrett Foster

Does fake news play a part in all of this?  Absolutely.  They are currently pushing the false narrative that Garrett Foster wasn’t being aggressive and that the driver just shot him, despite photographic evidence to the contrary. 

Even God’s Tactical Handbook warns about Fake News:

Even from your own number men will arise

& distort the truth in order to draw away disciples…

Acts 20:30

Indicators help you fight the propaganda of fake news.  Take the news story and compare it to indicators.  They claim that the driver was accelerating into the crowd.  Is it possible for someone to accelerate into a crowd, while firing over their shoulder and hitting their target more than once, and the car still be sitting still in the photo?  NO.  

The fact that the photo (shown above) shows the vehicle sitting still, with the brakes applied, and Fosters shoulders and elbows above a normal position ( see red box) all are indicators that Foster was the aggressor.

An additional indicator from this is that the CNN story claims that all witnesses said the vehicle accelerated wildly into the crowd while firing.  An indicator that would prove that true would be injured pedestrians being hit by the vehicle and additional people besides Foster having been shot.  None of that happens to be the case, so they are indicators that the story is UNTRUE.

We all use indicators throughout our day, we just don’t think of them that way.  For example, whenever you approach a person you know, you look them over and immediately assess their mood, based upon their outward indicators.  Why do this only with people you know and want to interact with.  I am more likely to assess everyone, especially those I DON’T want to interact with, at the very least to see if they are assessing me.

Gathering indicators is nothing more than observing what is going on around you and taking a very short pause to make an educated guess about what is most likely happening now, and what is likely to happen in the next few minutes.

Let me give you an example to illustrate the usefulness of this.  You arrive at the 7-11 because you need to pick up some ice.  As you pull in, there is a dark colored Impala with tinted windows backed into the last space, away from the windows.  As you park, two men get out of the car, look around, and put up their hoods before entering the store and splitting up.  What is going on now?  What is most likely to happen in the next few minutes?  Could you be wrong?  Sure.  Is it worth the risk?  No.

A few seconds spent analyzing indicators can literally save your life.

As we enter a world where police are no longer engaging and the crowd is allowed to run rampant, you will be your own first responder.

I’ll leave you with one last reminder from Acts:

Keep watch over yourselves

Acts 20:28a

The person responsible for your safety and security is YOU.

Be safe….Be alert.

Combat Fitness

Whenever I talk preparedness, everyone wants to turn the conversation to gear, guns, and goodies.  These are all merely tools.  If you don’t have SKILLS, none of them matter.

For instance, a $2,500 AR platform rifle will not save your life if you don’t know how to immediately clear a double feed, or if you walk directly into an ambush.

10 years worth of food storage won’t help you if you don’t how to start a fire without electricity.

The same thing goes for fitness.  I’ve seen guys show up at events with $2,500 rifles, $1,500 pistols, the coolest plates and plate carriers, but they can’t conduct fire and movement over a 100 meter infiltration course without dying because they have zero fitness.

By fitness, I’m not talking about looking trim, of the ability to deadlift 500 pounds.  I mean combat, functional fitness to move over a distance, carrying your gear, avoiding getting shot, and arriving with enough left in the tank cardio-wise to pull the trigger while holding the rifle steady.

I know, that sounds like I’m joking or making fun, but I’m not.  It’s a direct and serious observation.

No, you don’t have to be built like a body-builder (I’m not) or rail-thin, but you do have to be able to conduct movement carrying all your Cool-Guy stuff.

As we get closer to November, fitness will become more important.  No matter who wins this election, violence will most likely ensue.

What does God’s Tactical Handbook say about it?

A wise man is full of strength,

And a man of knowledge enhances his might

Proverbs 24:5

She dresses herself with strength,

And makes her arms strong

Proverbs 31:17

Seems pretty clear and unambiguous.

So, how can the average person improve their fitness from where they are today?  Do literally ANYTHING.  Be honest, most people involved in preparedness today, are currently doing NOTHING in the fitness arena.

Let’s talk about some areas of fitness that lead to combat functionality.

KNEELING

The ability to take a knee seems so simple, yet watch the videos of the NFAC over the weekend and their people trying to take a knee.  Or literally any 3% or Militia group.

You need the ability to get into and out of the kneeling position quickly, and without aid or using your rifle to push yourself off the ground.

Doing lunges, either static or walking lunges, increases your fitness in this area.  Start small, and with no weight.  Once you get strong, try lunges wearing your patrol backpack and carrying a rifle, it changes things.

GETTING DOWN ON THE GROUND & BACK UP

Another aspect of combat fitness is the ability to get down on the ground quickly, and also to get up off the ground quickly.  When conducting fire and movement, the 3-5 second rush is generally used.

Burpees are the exact equivalent of this needed combat skill.  Drop down, shoot your feet back, and then lower yourself to the ground.  To get up, push off the ground, bring your feet up, then burst forward.  Can you think of an exercise more suited PERFECTLY to combat skills?

GROUND MOVEMENT

Another area of combat skill that can be used for fitness is movement low to the ground.  If you ever done the low crawl of high crawl for 100 meters, you know what I’m talking about.  You’re practicing a skill and getting a workout.  

Crab-Walking and Bear-Walking are similar exercises that also are directly combat functional; if you’ve ever been on a rooftop and didn’t want to silhouette yourself, you know what I mean.  It’s a great way to both practice movement skills and work on fitness.  I have my martial arts students do them both regularly.

Spiderman push-ups also help in the ability of improving fitness while working on ground movement skills.  After each push up, bring one knee up to the same side elbow, alternating each repetition.  It simulates night crawling movement.

Mountain Climbers are another exercise with direct relation to both ground movement and knee strikes on the ground.  

PUSHING 

Push ups are great for general upper body strength and are directly related to the ability to push people or things.

BALANCE/LOWER BODY

Body weight squats are a great exercise for improving balance and general lower body strength.  It’s directly combat related because you’ll need to get down and back up from the ground regularly.

RUN, WALK, or WHAT?

While running is an excellent skill for staying out of combat, there is no caloric benefit to running versus walking…the benefit comes from cardiovascular ability.  For those seeking to lose weight, don’t fret because you can’t run, your body generally burns the same calories walking a similar distance as running.

So which do I choose, to be directly related to combat ability?  NEITHER.

The answer is:  GET THE RUCK OFF THE COUCH

That’s right, rucking is the way to actual combat fitness.  Rucking is putting on a backpack with 20-35 pounds of weight inside and then get out and conduct movement with it.  Some programs say use a brick, or put weights in it, but that isn’t realistic.  My patrol pack with a poncho, poncho liner, rain gear, 24 hours of food, a med kit, and some general gear weighs in at about 30 pounds.  

If I hike 4 miles carrying that, I’m working on cardio, I’m working on movement in general, and doing it all with weight resistance.  Talk about a full body workout.  Now, I don’t generally use normal, wide hiking trails, I use small footpaths with lots of elevation changes.  I don’t move fast, I move quietly, which takes more muscular activity than moving fast, and it develops combat or evasion skill.

Once you’ve mastered rucking with just the pack, add a chest rig and armor plates.  Then add a rifle….you get the idea.

It is true functional training in the gear you’ll actually use.

GENERAL CARDIO

Many people in our community choose to run to develop cardio fitness, and I was one of them.  There is nothing wrong with that and running is never a bad skill to have.

However, recently, I’ve migrated my cardio program to Les Mills Combat.  It’s an old program, so I’m not even sure if you can still buy it.  I use it because it consists of a doing combative strike combinations in high repetitions and at combat speed to develop cardio.  It’s a HIIT program, and it’s also giving me reps of front kicks, side kicks, jabs, crosses, knee & elbow strikes.  I see as it as a win-win.

Choose what works for you as long as you DO SOMETHING.

There are two great resources for fitness that I use.

The first is to subscribe to Drew Baye’s newsletter and check out his programs at www.baye.com.  Drew knows his stuff and ironically today he put out an article on this same topic.  Great minds, I guess.

The second is a video from Max Velocity Training called the MVT Functional Fitness Assessment, found at www.maxveloctitytactical.com/tactical-classes/fitness-prerequisites/.  It’s a great workout and a way to see where you stand.  It’s also the baseline requirement to attend any of his outstanding classes.  

Basically, you are running out of time.  Get up, get out, and get moving.  Doing anything physical is better than doing nothing, but make sure that what you are working on, has a real-life purpose.

Assessment: NFAC

After observing the “all military veteran, expert shooter” NFAC Militia operating in Louisville today, I realized that I had made a mistake in my earlier assessment.  I am perfectly willing to admit when I am wrong.

Previously, I reported their name as the “Not F***ing Around Coalition”, but clearly I got it wrong.  What I saw today was clearly the “Not Frightening, Actually Clowns” Militia.  In my defense, I took them at their word originally.

Now, I know that’s not a fair assessment.  I apologize to clowns for wrongly comparing them to the NFAC.

In all seriousness though, they arrived ready for an armed confrontation, and they got one almost immediately, ending up with three casualties.  Unfortunately, it was one of their “military veteran expert shooters” who accidentally discharged his own weapon, shooting himself and two others.  In their defense, that takes SKILL.

Remember my article about first aid kits?  In it I stated that you need a fully stocked first aid kit, and that you’d use it more than any other piece of gear.  Since they began shouting for medics almost immediately, I can guarantee you that they didn’t have any.  In watching GrandMaster Jay’s videos all week, he mentioned all sorts of gear to bring, firearms, ammunition, body armor, but he never mentioned first aid kits.  You know why?  Because he’s a FRAUD and a con man.

After getting past the initial hiccup of having one of their men shoot himself and two others, they began their march, and it was telling.  

The group, since they obviously don’t actually ever train, let alone train together, was unable to maintain formation for more than a block.  Now, in the scheme of fighting a street conflict, it doesn’t seem that important.  Believe me…It is.  Military units train to march to build unit cohesion, pride, and discipline.  The inability to maintain formation indicates a lack of discipline, therefore GrandMaster Jay may not be able to restrain his troops if rounds were incoming.  

He did seem to put some of his best people on point, and at corners and halts the front 20 or so immediately faced outboard and took a knee, scanning all levels.  I was surprised to see one spot someone on a rooftop as most untrained people never look up,  However, beyond the first 20 people, the rest either just stood or knelt facing forward.  From a tactical perspective, that’s how your unit gets wiped out in an ambush.  Everyone on the outside of the formation should face outboard on a knee, scanning their sector.

Most of the members in the body of the formation had difficulty getting into kneeling position, and I saw several get up by placing the muzzle of their long guns on the ground and pushing off with the gun muzzle, which is beyond ridiculous.

Let’s address weapons.  There was an eclectic bunch, which is also indicative of a lack of standards and discipline.  In any organization, commonality of weapons and ammunition is an asset.  It’s apparent that GrandMaster Jay was just going for numbers to further his con.

As far as weapon carriage, I saw several people, as the day wore on, carrying their long gun in one hand with the muzzle pointing behind them…directly at the people behind them.  You’d think just a couple of hours after a negligent discharge, they’d have learned about firearms safety, but these guys just don’t care about discipline.  

Here’s a photo of an NFAC member taken in their hotel before joining the march.  Smoking a blunt, while holding a firearm.  That violates federal law, by the way.  And it’s a very practical defensive firearm, as you can see.

Here’s a photo of a guy who can’t decide if he’s going to overthrow the white supremacist government, or go duck hunting.  Why does he need binoculars when armed with a shotgun with a smoothbore hunting barrel?  Because he has no idea what he’s doing.  At least his trigger finger is straight alongside the….slide 3 feet from where it belongs.  If an ambush happened right now, the only thing he’s doing with that gun is dropping it. Note…the slide is to the rear, meaning the gun is NOT in battery.

Here we see Uncle Phil, again, just after a negligent discharge wounding three people, with his finger apparently holding the trigger down.  Fortunately, as you can see, the weapon is neither charged nor in battery, which is the only thing saving Phil from losing toes.

So, what does this mean for a risk assessment?  Rather than writing them off as a bunch of LARPers, it actually raises the threat level.  

The reason I say that is because these people believe highly in the black supremacist message of GrandMaster Jay.  They believe that they should be allowed to seize territory by force and resolve disputes with the police by intimidation and violence.  Untrained people with access to weapons, a demagogue leader, and cult-like belief in a cause is exactly how Al-Qaeda began.  And ISIS.  And Ansar Al-Sharia.

An untrained mob has a very high risk of over-reacting to a threat, and is virtually impossible to restrain once they start shooting and panicking.

The risk is high that when they return in four weeks, as Grand Master Jay vowed, there will be violence.  They stated that if they don’t get what they want, which is the arrest of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case, they will burn the city to the ground.  Take them at their word.  They mean it.

It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what will happen if it is announced that there will be no charges filed.

Let’s address GrandMaster Jay’s speech.  In it, he implied that he was given a lot of insider knowledge about the investigation that the Attorney General would never have released to someone as uninvolved in the case as GM Jay.  Am I calling him a liar?  ABSOLUTELY.

If you wonder if he’s a fraud or not, compare his current videos with his campaign videos from 2016, and listen to how he speaks.  Look at his Facebook page full of photoshopped pictures.

During his speech, he claimed without presenting any details that he has recently survived an assassination attempt, saying “they tried to kill me once”.  He then asked the crowd if they were going to let him be killed by “them”, and he whipped the crowd into a frenzy.  He never specified who “they” were, but you can bet they were white.  

He also repeated his bizarre claim that the KKK had threatened to start killing black people in Stone Mountain on July 4th.  He provided no details at all.

GM Jay said that the Attorney General’s office told him they needed 4 months to complete their investigation, but that he only gave them 4 weeks before he would return for answers, or they would “burn this b#tch to the ground”.  I’m sure that the AG most likely told him they’d have it resolved in 3 weeks, so that GM Jay can make a speech in 4 weeks proclaiming that his threat of violence got them fast results.  The man is a fraud.

What will happen in 4 weeks?  I can’t say.  But I can tell you that GM Jay and his organization…no, calling it that is an injustice to organizations…his group will be back, so prepare accordingly.

Is the NFAC a Danger?

Grandmaster Jay thinks he’s Black Panther

The Not F***ing Around Coalition is self-described as a black nationalist militia, affiliated with the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrew Isrealites.  It is led by the enigmatic “Grandmaster Jay”, a self-proclaimed rapper, hip-hop producer, DJ, and (apparently) a 2016 Presidential Candidate.

They first appeared on July 4th, marching in a massive armed formation on Stone Mountain, Georgia, with approximately 400 armed and uniformed troops.

According to what I could gather, Grandmaster Jay claimed that they were responding to a KKK threat to begin killing black people on that day in that area.  He has produced exactly no evidence to support this claim, and no one has challenged him on it.

We all saw the video; Grandmaster Jay proclaiming them all to be highly-disciplined former military expert shooters.  The video proved the lie with a disorganized gaggle of people carrying airsoft guns, BB guns, at least one clearly jammed firearm, and apparently, at least one bow and arrow.  

After watching the video, it would be easy to write to them off as a bunch of LARPers playing weekend warrior.

Is that what we should do?

The prudent see danger and take refuge,

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

I think not.

The Real Grandmaster Jay’s real name is John Fitzgerald Johnson, and he ran for President as an independent during the 2016 campaign.  On his personal website, there is a photo of him in a room full of long guns, but appears that he photoshopped himself into it.  On a side note, there are several photos of him with hip hop elites that he appears to have photoshopped himself into.

A quick scan of his Facebook page will reveal that there are issues.  He is deeply racist.  He believes that African Americans cannot live peacefully with whites or with the Chinese, and he praises terror groups in Nigeria who have attacked the Chinese presence there.

He has an odd personal logo that he claims has some Aryan influence, which is at odds with his ideology, but then when someone challenged him on that, he immediately claimed that it’s ancient and that Aryan peoples stole the logo elements and that it’s too deep to explain to people (meaning it’s bull).

GM Jay’s Personal Logo

He is gathering a large militia of black only personnel (which is illegal), and they are flying a flag that shows several southern states in their own black-only nation.

During the Stone Mountain march, Grandmaster Jay used a loudspeaker to call out “rednecks”, the KKK, militia groups, and the “boogaloo boys”, whoever they are.  He challenged them to come out and fight.

Make no mistake, despite the speeches he gives on YouTube about not starting fights, Grandmaster Jay is seeking a violent confrontation with law enforcement or with white people in general.

The NFAC has announced plans to march in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend in support of Breonna Taylor, to demand that justice be served in her death. Based upon his own claims, they are going to meet and then march, heavily armed, to “some people’s houses” to ask questions.  He didn’t list who those people are, but he’s looking for a confrontation. During one of his live streams, he highly recommended wearing body armor for this march.

His live streams this week also addressed the glaring issues from the previous march, such as being familiar with your weapons, don’t bring anything that isn’t an actual firearm, and act professional.

He originally had directed the group to meet at noon at Central High School at 1130 W Chestnut, but there were several people, including me and our partners at the Mom-At-Arms blog (www.mom-at-arms.com), who quickly pointed out that this would be a violation of state and federal law (bringing firearms onto school property).   A new location hasn’t been announced yet.

My assessment, and that of others I trust, is that Grandmaster Jay and the NFAC is a growing threat that is actively seeking a violent confrontation to touch off a set of escalating incidents.

Just because they don’t appear to be squared away doesn’t mean they can’t cause a lot of havoc, in fact, it means that because of their untrained state, they are MORE LIKELY to cause a conflict by over-reacting.

Grandmaster Jay himself implied that they defeated the Stone Mountain police so badly that the Louisville Police are afraid to confront the NFAC.  

The more that the NFAC is allowed to get away with their threats, the more emboldened they will become.

Grandmaster Jay claims to be based in Los Angeles (because what self-respecting hip hop king isn’t), yet there is nothing to substantiate that claim.  He was interviewed standing in front of a vehicle with Michigan License plates and there are photos of him in Flint, Michigan at a local radio station.  Ironically, when he talks about going to Louisville this weekend, he keeps saying “heading down to Louisville”, which you wouldn’t say if you were in Los Angeles, as LA is farther south (but you would if you were in say….Flint, Michigan).

Whoops, cover that plate

According to the Law of Land Warfare (Geneva/Hague Conventions), a militia can be legally classified as a belligerent if they:

  • Wear an identifiable uniform
  • Openly carry arms
  • Have a distinctive flag/insignia
  • Have an indentified leader or heirarchy of leadeship
  • Represent either a major power or a political cause

Sounds like they meet that description pretty well.

I’ll post an update after this weekend’s festivities in Louisville and we’ll re-assess the threat then.

Until then, keep on paying attention to local indicators (article coming on that), keep your vehicle fueled, and maintain a war footing. 

If anyone has any further VERIFIED data on the NFAC, feel free to share it here or email it to joedolio@protonmail.com.

Lessons Learned: Power Outage

I’m currently about 36 hours into a power outage in Metro Detroit, or as I like to call it, the “Boogaloo Dry Run”.  I’ve learned a few things about my own preparedness, and an awful lot about the preparedness of others.

I have a thing about lights.  I buy flashlights like crazy (mostly from http://www.olight.com).  People close to me chuckle about it, but being inside a commercial building in Detroit with no power and no light is not something you want to ever have happen in an emergency situation. 

So I buy lights.  I have a few angle head flashlights, several EDC tactical flashlights, some large law-enforcement type lights, a spotlight, you get the idea.  

But what I learned on hour 8 of the Boogaloo Dry Run was that I have exactly ONE lantern-type light.  One.  All the batteries in the world won’t help light more than one room with only one lantern.  Now, I know I can point any flashlight at the ceiling and get it lit, but that’s not an efficient use of a hand-held flashlight and it eats batteries like crazy.

The next thing I learned was that no matter how long we’ve all been doing this, normalcy bias causes us all to make rookie mistakes.  For example, when the lights went out, I only had one of my three power banks charged up.  The one that was?  The solar powered one that holds the least charge.  We were able to keep a phone partially charged overnight and use the alarm, but the lesson there was keep them all charged at all times.  I had used the other two and said “I’ll get to charging that later”. Two weeks later I needed them and they were dead.

When the sun came up, I decided to take a drive and use the vehicle system to charge up my phone and power banks.  And, since I’m being honest, BUY ANOTHER LANTERN.  I found a good rechargeable one at Menard’s that has a built in power bank for phone charging for $20.

I first drove to conduct a recon of the extent of the outage, using my BattleBoard (www.battleboard.us) to document the affected areas, and noticed that the affected area had actually grown overnight, most likely due to areas I thought had grid power the day before running out of gas for their generators.

That’s an important point, because in metro Detroit, a lot of local people keep their cars on an 1/4 of a tank, or 1/8 a tank.  Imagine doing that, and then sitting in your driveway with the engine running to charge your phone.  In the morning, the nearest gas station may not have electricity.  

During the 2003 massive outage, there was only one small local area about 30 miles away that still had power, and as we drove out there to get food, there were cars lining both sides of the road where they had run out of gas.  I never let my car get below 3/4 or at worse, 1/2 a tank.

The next lesson I learned was about believing official estimates.  Last night, DTE power informed me that they would have the power restored by 11:30 PM tonight.  About 2 hours before that deadline, they sent out an “update” advising that it would be another 48 hours before power was restored.  I had accepted their pledge of 24 hours on day one and planned off of it, and that was a mistake.  Fortunately, I know that less than a mile away, there is power and I can get things if I need to, but I’m trying to use this as a training and preparation run, without relying on running out for every little thing.

I learned that my fellow residents of Western Wayne County are mostly thoroughly and woefully unprepared and unknowledgeable.  The mere act of negotiating a 4 way stop on a multilane road was far beyond the ability of most people to navigate.  I’m not exaggerating here…6 lanes on one road and 4 on the other and people have no idea what to do.  Thank God we have the ridiculous “Michigan Left” thing, preventing people from turning left at major intersections or we’d have lost a lot of people today.

The other error I made was in deciding where my generator was best stored.  The average power outage in Metro Detroit is less than 30 seconds.  Since 2003 I can’t recall any that lasted a full hour.  With that in mind, my small generator, which could have powered at least my refrigerator, sits 3 and a half hours away in the garage at the cabin.  Outstanding.  Experience is the best teacher, so they say.

I did learn something different about retailers, though.  Normal power outage protocol is to close the store immediately if the power doesn’t come back on right away.  During my morning recon trip, I found that most major retailers were actually open, running on generator power, with limited lighting and limited registers open, and not selling refrigerated items.  That’s good to know, but as a retail loss prevention executive, I’m curious to see what their liability numbers look like next month, as people file claims for tripping or bumping into things/people in the limited light.  

It’s especially surprising since we are allegedly in the midst of the most dangerous pandemic in the history of mankind, but retailers are perfectly fine with letting customers blunder into each other in darkened stores.

I also noticed that all of the smaller retailers and local stores were fully staffed, just not open for business, obviously in anticipation of opening as soon as possible after the power comes back on and for securing the business.  Most of those people, though, were standing in the back alley behind the strip malls, chatting with each other, with their back doors wide open. None were armed.  While I know that this is a localized and short-term (in all reality) issue, in a true grid-down disaster, that would be highly dangerous for them to do.

I also used the situation to scope out my own neighbors for potential allies, and potential threats.  

On the allies side, my neighbor two doors down, I’ve always suspected was into preparedness, based on how he acts.  He’s always aware of his surroundings; he always sees others before they see him, and he is also polite, but never overly friendly.  As darkness fell last night, I heard a generator start up and sure enough, he was the only one in the neighborhood who had been prepared (including me, as I kick myself in the rear).  He’s now solidly in the my ally column, since when he rolled through the neighborhood very slowly this morning, obviously scoping out the neighborhood himself, he saw that I was openly armed and gave a quick nod.  That’s the longest conversation we’ve ever had, but I assure you we will be seeking each other out soon to plan.

Also, my next door neighbor, who I interact with much more, sought me out first thing this morning seeking advice.  He’s new to this, so I gave him a couple of pointers.  Just like that, we have a 3 house network for defense.  I know the neighbor behind me very well, and could quickly expand the network to 4 houses (mostly because they have adorable kids and their dog comes to visit my dogs daily).

On the threats side, I had already identified two houses where the local police have made more than one visit and sure enough, as darkness fell, from one of those houses, people emerged to “go for a walk”.  I know that the kind of folks that detectives show up in full tactical gear to look for don’t just “go for walks”, so I made sure everything was secure and that defensive tools were ready for use and staged in key areas.

To recap, here are the best pointers I can offer for an unknown-term power outage:

  • Have sufficient emergency lighting available as well as batteries.
  • Keep all power banks charged at all times.
  • If you have a generator, have it AVAILABLE for use.
  • Know routes around your area avoiding major intersections where traffic will back up and tempers will flare.
  • Avoid grocery stores…If you don’t already have food, you are behind the game and a lot of nervous and agitated folks will be at the grocery store.
  • Know where the potential bad actors are in your neighborhood or area and maintain a watch.
  • Know where your potential allies are and get to know them now.
  • Keep your vehicle fueled at all times.
  • Have non-perishable food on hand for at least week.
  • Have adequate water on hand for at least a week for everyone you are providing water for.
    • I say it like that, because I keep an extra case on hand to hand out to at-risk people I know or encounter.  During Hurricane Sandy, a work partner and I encountered an elderly couple panicking because nothing was open and they didn’t have water.  We gave them a case.
  • Maintain an alternate method of communication (like radio) and a network to communicate with (have a tribe).
  • During an emergency, even you are “bugging in”, get out and conduct patrolling.  Gather information on what’s going on locally with your own eyes, rather than relying on the rumors and social media hype.  You are responsible for your safety.
  • Remember that the first responders are busy…You are your own fire department, EMS, and police.
  • As soon as the power goes out, ready all defensive firearms or other tools (here that ranges from an expandable riot baton to swords).
  • Keep multiple fully stocked first aid kits on hand.

Hopefully, being open and sharing some of my mistakes will help you.

Leave any other ideas you have in the comments.

Weapons Training For Self Defense

When most people talk about preparedness and self-defense, they immediately start talking about their guns.  Guns are not the only tools you should have and in fact, in some situations, a gun can cause more problems than it is worth.

There are a multitude of places you can’t carry a gun and there just as many situations in which firing rounds is not the best idea.

With that in mind, what other training tools can we consider for self-defense?

Well, when the Disciples first went out, Jesus told them each to take only a staff:

These were his instructions:

Take nothing for the journey

Except a staff….

Mark 6:8a

Train in stick fighting; many martial arts teach stick fighting skills.  Most of these skills are pirated from Filipino Martial Arts such a Escrima or Arnis.

I recommend learning at least the 12 basic strikes from Modern Arnis (see photo), and the blocking techniques to counter them.  Learn a few disarms and train on them relentlessly.

You don’t need thousands of techniques, you need a few solid techniques and thousands of repetitions.

Why do I suggest stick fighting?  Because can you think any situation in which you can’t quickly come up with a 2-3 foot long object?  You can find a suitable stick in nearly any environment, including an office (there’s a broom or a mop somewhere).

The US Marine Corps, in their Marine Corps Martial Arts program, teach combative stick as their improvised weapons program, because the skills translate into any handheld item used for self defense.

Also, commercially available expandable batons fall into this category, but check local laws on carrying them first.  I have a Military Police issue expandable riot baton, but it’s not exactly subtle or concealable.

Below is a picture of my “walking stick”.  It’s an alloy walking stick made of short sections, so that you can adjust the length from 8 inches to about 40, and it has several attachments for use, like a knife blade, spear point, and an ice breaker.  It also has a compass, whistle, and fire starter rod in the handle cap.  If I’m going hiking or for a walk in an urban area, there is nothing at all illegal about using a walking stick.  In the words of Gandalf the Grey, “You would not part an old man from his walking stick?”.

“…and if you don’t have a sword,

Sell your cloak and buy one…”

Luke 33:36b 

It seems Jesus, the Ultimate Prepper and Tactical Guru, was all about being armed.  I make jokes, but He was sending his best friends out on a dangerous road, full of thieves, robbers, and government agents seeking them (yes, the Bible is way cooler than you thought it was), so He wanted them to be able to defend themselves.

Take His great advice and train in edged weapons.  The same skills developed from stick fighting are used in knife fighting.  In fact, that’s where stick fighting comes from.  The Spanish banned Filipinos from possessing edged weapons, so they trained with sticks instead.

I recommend the 3 blade rule. This means having three different types of tools available at all times: a small folding-blade knife, a fixed blade knife, and a multi-tool.  There aren’t too many situations that this combination can’t solve.  I know, many of you will say you can’t just walk around with a fixed blade knife, but I said AVAILABLE.  I keep two fixed blade knives in bags in my vehicle.  One is in my patrol bag, the other in my gear bag.  

I challenge you to seriously look at local knife laws yourself.  Most people ask around and get near-truths, rather than THE TRUTH.  As an example, here in Michigan if you ask around, everyone, including police, will tell you that you can’t carry a knife with a blade longer than 3 inches.  That’s a mis-interpretation.  What the law says is that you can’t carry CONCEALED a knife with a blade greater than 3 inches. WITH THE INTENT TO USE IT UNLAWFULLY AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON.  Notice the HUGE difference?  Self-Defense isn’t unlawful.  Also, it says absolutely nothing about OPEN CARRY of knives.  Under US law, anything not specifically illegal, is therefore inherently legal.

Additionally, I train with a tactical pen.  You can take a pen literally everywhere.  Below, you’ll find a sampling of my pens.  First is the true tactical pen, but sometimes it’s questioned (never been told I couldn’t take it anywhere).  The second is a Rite-In-The-Rain pen, made of all metal, which functions great as a self-defense pen.  The third is a Zebra G-301, which is also a great self defense pen because of the steel body.  Zebra also makes a steel body mechanical pencil, which can be used for self defense.

With a tactical pen, you’re never completely disarmed.  Train with the tactical pen for strikes to the eyes, throat, or neck.  I’ve used them effectively with resistive subjects by applying a tactical pen to pressure points on the neck and the hands.

To recap, develop skills with weapons other than firearms, because you may not always have a firearm with you or it may not be the best tactical or legal option.  Seek out a qualified instructor and TRAIN, getting in a lot of reps.  Warning – You Tube is not a substitute for qualified, hands-on instruction.

Train as if your life depended on it…because it does.

Kneeling to the Mob

The violent mobs in the streets have been able to force concessions from states, counties, and cities, and have even gotten federal legislators to propose legislation to appease the mob and try to stem the violence.

But should we be bending the knee to these protests?

The Department of Defense Dictionary defines terrorism as:

Terrorism – The unlawful use of violence or threat of violence, often motivated by religious, political, or other ideological beliefs, to instill fear and coerce governments or societies in pursuit of goals that are usually political.

Department of Defense Dictionary

These protests and riots certainly meet that definition, since they involve the use of violence against anyone who disagrees with their demands or positions.  They’ve gone so far as to get people fired from their jobs for simply not mouthing the words they demand.  THAT’S SCARY.

However, many people claim that appeasement will get the violence to stop and that it’s worth it.

I find a lot of guidance in God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook.  In Proverbs 25:26, it says this:

A righteous person who yields to the wicked

Is like a muddied spring or a polluted well

Well, that seems pretty unambiguous…don’t yield to the violent rage-mob, or the cancel-mob, or any mob.

If you study the results of the current protests, every single time that a jurisdiction has yielded to the rioters and gave in to a demand, it has immediately led to more demands, which are usually even more extreme than the previous ones.

As an example, once one jurisdiction agreed to drop charges against the arrested rioters, thinking it would stop further protests, the next night they had even more violent protests with the new demand being release EVERYONE from the jail. 

It will never stop, now that they’ve gotten a taste of victory.

The President missed an opportunity to shut this all down with the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.  As I wrote previously, the proper response would have been the immediate application of federal force to end it immediately.  Instead, he relied on the local governments to resolve it to try and win points from them.  The situation ended with 2 dead and 5 wounded from lawlessness that the Mayor, Governor, and President all had a duty to stop, by force if necessary, but none did.  It also gave a huge strategic win to the organized revolutionaries who are leading this.

And what did the President gain from letting the Mayor handle it?  She blamed the entire debacle on him.

In Atlanta, the Prosecutor caved to the rioters within hours, but what did he gain?  A wide lawless zone, many deaths, a 400% increase in shootings, and a police force that is afraid to do their jobs (rightfully so).

When a small child was killed there by armed revolutionaries (call them what they are), the Mayor vowed to make the area safe immediately.  Exactly 24 hours later, there had been 2 more shootings with 3 victims within feet of the location of the girl’s murder.

In Portland, every night for a month ANTIFA forces have tried to barricade the police inside a police station and light it on fire.  The police rush out and battle them, arresting dozens.  Every morning, the prosecutor caves to the crowd and orders all rioters released without charges.  The violence starts again the next evening.  It’s like Groundhog Day in Portland, every single day.

Has appeasement and yielding to the violent mobs gained us any safety?  Do you feel like this is getting any better?

So, since this is Tactical Wisdom, what can we, as ordinary citizens, do in this situation?  A few things.

First, be vocal with your elected representatives, letting them know how you feel about appeasement.  I know, they probably won’t listen (mine is Rashida Tlaib, so I get it).

Second, communicate your support to local law enforcement, every chance you get.  They get precious little positive reinforcement and these days they’ll appreciate it.  They may even remember it when you need their help.

Third, build a local mutual aid group.  Find a tribe of like-minded individuals who can work together should any unrest come to your neighborhood.  This is vital, because of the issues the McCloskey situation highlighted.  

The McCloskey’s rushed out and confronted a massive crowd alone, which could have went bad, but the aftermath was worse.  Their neighbors immediately turned on them, offering an appeasement letter to the rioters (think a surrender note), saying that they disagreed with the McCloskey’s and essentially begging the rioters not to come back.  Did it work?  Nope, the rioters were back the very next day, in larger numbers.  Had the McCloskey’s set up a mutual aid group ahead of time, they would have had people to call on to help defend their property and not been left alone.

Fourth, and it’s a common theme on this site, BE AWARE.  Don’t just watch the news for information; they only report what’s already happened and most of it isn’t true anyway.  Scour the internet for posts about protests in your local area.  Most local police departments produce a local crime map, updated regularly, so that you can see where hotspots are.  If your employer has a security department, stop by and ask them for information.  Many security departments are part of working groups with federal or local authorities that share non-public information about local threats.

Fifth, carry emergency supplies.  See any of my posts for more information on that area.

Lastly, understand that, as my friend Ivan Throne says in his philosophy best-seller book, The Nine Laws, Concealment is The Second Law.  Not everyone needs to know every detail of your day.  Not everyone at work needs to know your political leanings.  Your vehicle doesn’t need bumper stickers about the guns you own, your favorite candidate, what you think about their favorite candidate, or your support of causes.  These things can cause you to be targeted.  

Now, I’m not saying hide or cower in fear.  Not at all.  I’m just saying don’t make yourself a target by proclaiming everything to the world, every minute.  As an example, let’s say I’m a thief, considering going through cars in the parking lot.  Will I pick the car with the “peace” symbol sticker or the one with the “Glock” sticker?  I think we know.  Also, if you’re at work and a protest group passes your building, and sees your 5 Trump/MAGA stickers on your car, what do you think will happen?  And how much investigation are the police going to do?  Be smart about it. 

When the time comes, do not yield in the face of wicked people.  Be firm, stand fast, and make your stand.  Just make sure it’s on your terms, with your mutual aid group and your gear, not on their terms, with you alone and unprepared.

Every single time a prepared group has stood up to these people, they have moved on to other targets.  Saint Louis still stands on his pedestal.  The Minneapolis businesses that the Oath Keepers stood in front of are still there.  Teddy Roosevelt has not fallen to ANTIFA (Although he may to the Mayor).

The key point is this….When we decide to stand up, do so with a strong group, fully prepared, and never, ever yield.  

Just make sure you don’t ever let the enemy decide when or where that will be.   As Sun Tzu said, “If you know yourself and know your enemy, you need not fear the result of 100 battles”.

Stay safe, and stay prepared.

Be Alert

What are you doing RIGHT NOW, to prepare yourself for increased civil disturbance or a major upheaval?  No, not what you ARE GOING TO DO, I mean what are you DOING RIGHT NOW?

It’s time for a little tough love.  So many people talk about their plans, and what they are going to do, but when you challenge them to show you what they’ve done or to describe their current readiness, they’ve actually done very little.

You are never more than 72 hours from a complete collapse of society.  Let me say that again….Our entire system can go from status quo to absolute anarchy in less than 72 hours.

By all accounts, in February of 2014, the Ukraine was a modern Western nation.  The morning of February 18, 2014, a large group of protestors began advancing on the Parliament.  By the morning of February 21, 2014, the government had been overthrown, Russian troops had invaded and seized an entire region, and two separate groups had set up independent nations in Donetsk and Luhansk.  At the end of the three days, there were at least 113 dead and 1,300 wounded.  The nation is a failed state with open warfare and people scavenging for food to this day.  

Many people point to the capitol, Kyiv, and tell me I’m wrong, but everywhere outside of the capitol is a dystopian nightmare, with people scavenging in the woods for food, negotiating minefields and passing through checkpoints at the constantly changing front lines.

Only the areas under direct Russian control, Crimea, are stable.

In late July 2008, while relations were strained, the South Ossetia region and the Republic of Georgia were stable.  The first shelling began on 1 August, and full scale war broke out on 7 August.  By 12 August, just 5 days later, 350 troops were dead, alongside at least 500 civilians and unspeakable atrocities had been committed.  Just 5 days.   (For a great telling of this story, watch 5 Days of War).

At this point, I usually get the tired, old response, of “Yeah, but that’s in Europe, not here”.  I’d challenge that the average Ukranian Interior Ministry police officer felt the same way on the morning of February 18, 2014.  Widespread civil unrest is increasing in the US.

The truth is, you don’t know what’s going to happen, and neither do I.

I can point out that there are larger forces at play and the same person who is alleged to have financed a group called the “Right Sektor” in the Ukraine, is alleged to be financing ANTIFA, and the flags of ANTIFA and Right Sektor are nearly identical.

One of the most common phrases in the Bible is “Be Alert” or “Be Aware”.  There is a reason for that….There is evil in the world.

Here’s my favorite:

Be alert, stand firm,

Be courageous; be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Being alert means being ready for whatever happens.

What things should ALREADY be in place for a prepared person?

There is no reason that you shouldn’t already have at least 96 hours of food and water ready.  That means food that doesn’t require refrigeration and is simple to prepare.  I keep MRE’s or camping food rations always ready.

You should have an EDC (Every Day Carry) bag with you, an emergency/get home bag in your vehicle, and a 30-minute bag ready to go at home.

As you all know, I’m a huge believer in having first aid kits stocked and ready.  I have several, fully stocked, and put where I can get my hands on them quickly.  Note…a first aid kit should always be something you can pick up and manipulate with one hand.  I’ve seen some people with full-sized EMT bags, but what if my left arm is severely injured?  I need to be able to treat it with my right, including manipulating the first aid kit.

If firearms are part of your personal safety plan, at the current risk level in our country, there is no reason that your personal defense firearms are not fully charged and ready for use, and within arms reach at all times.

A guy I follow, Viking Preparedness (Pastor Joe Fox), mentioned his idea of the “MinuteMan Bag”…it’s a small bag that contains spare ammo, a light, a first aid kit, and some optics that you can throw over a shoulder in less than 10 seconds and walk out the door ready to fight.  I’ve added a couple of items to mine like a fixed blade knife, a multi-tool, and some emergency rations.  Not a bad concept for immediate defense.

You should be keeping your vehicle fully fueled and maintained.

Most importantly, you should be GATHERING INFORMATION.  Every morning, before I even jump in the shower, I do these three things:

  1. Check the 48 hour weather forecast (forecasts beyond 48 hours are wishes).
  2. Search for protests in my local area via the internet.
  3. Check the social media of known agitators in the local area.
    1. If you haven’t identified these people, why not?
    2. They’re very vocal and easy to find.

Armed with this information, I’m much better prepared to plan my day and know what extra risks the day may carry.

There may come a time when you don’t have the vast information powerhouse that is the internet, but that’s not today…use what’s available while it is.

If you haven’t already conducted an area study, why haven’t you?

If you haven’t already done a paper map recon of alternate routes to and from work, for emergency use, why haven’t you?

We are living in period of normalcy bias, where even those who KNOW something bad is coming, for some reason believe that they will have plenty of notice before the next bad thing happens.  WHY?

Start acting as the risk level dictates.  Doing otherwise puts you in jeopardy.

Be alert and of sober mind;

Your enemy the devil prowls around

Like a roaring lion,

Looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

First Aid Skills

Too often in the preparedness community, everyone wants to talk about guns and gear, but not skills.  When they do talk about skills, it’s usually firearm skills.

I’ve had firearms and firearm skills just as long as I’ve have first aid supplies and first aid skills.  Guess which one I’ve used the most?  Like almost every month of my life?

Most people figure that buying a tourniquet and a pressure dressing is enough first aid supplies and that the ability to apply both is sufficient first aid skills.

All of the tacti-cool gear in the world won’t help you if you die from a cut you didn’t properly treat and let get infected.

What does God’s Tactical Handbook say about first aid? (I bet you thought it’s not mentioned….it is)

He went to him and bandaged his wounds, 

Pouring on oil and wine…

Luke 10:34

Now, we’ve come a long way in medical skills and knowledge since Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan, so let’s discuss a baseline level of skills and gear that you should possess.

Obviously, any first aid kit should contain bandages.  My kits contain a large assortment of band aids, as well as gauze bandages and 5×9 combine pads for major trauma, trauma pressure bandages, and wrap-type bandages.

When stocking your kit with band aids, get multiple sizes and don’t overlook knuckle & fingertip bandages; they are essential items.  I place bandaids of similar sizes inside zip-lock bags.

Gauze pads of various sizes are great for use in bleeding control or covering wounds.  3×3, 4×4, and 5×9 sizes should all be stocked.

A pressure bandage is designed for major trauma, like gunshot or stab wounds and generally has a large gauze pad attached to a bandage that can wrapped around the wound, to apply pressure and stop bleeding.  They are a must-have item.

I keep a few different sizes of ace bandage-type wraps, because they are excellent for holding a gauze pad on a wound or for bandaging sprains/strains.  I try to keep mine stocked in darker colors.  Understand that self-adhering bandages can rarely actually be re-used.

Another excellent bandage to keep on hand is a triangular bandage.  It has tons of uses, including bandaging, being used as a sling, or a bandana, or even as a tourniquet.  Again, I go with dark colors (green or black).

Owning bandages is not the same as knowing how to bandage wounds.  Take a serious, legitimate first aid class and then PRACTICE the skills.  First aid classes can be found with the local community education department, your local Red Cross, or your local Fire Department.  Take a CPR/AED course as well, to include infant CPR; you never know who you might be able to help.

I keep packets of Cellox or Quick Clot in all my kits, for the control of serious bleeding.  Spend the money…it may save a life, including your own or someone you love.

When I was younger, tourniquets were considered a last resort, but recent studies indicate that early use of a tourniquet saves lives.  They are relatively inexpensive and every kit should have one, preferably either a CAT tourniquet or a SWAT-T tourniquet.  Both can be applied with one hand, but the SWAT-T can be used on people with very small limbs.

Triple anti-biotic cream is included in all of my kits to apply to wounds to prevent infection.  Alcohol wipes are also a good cleaning item to keep stocked.

For medication, I keep a small supply of OTC anti-inflammatory/pain reliever and fever-reducing medications in the kit, as well as anti-histamines in case of an allergic reaction.

A small roll of duct tape is absolutely invaluable in a first aid kit.  Duct tape can used for many things, and most importantly, it will stick to wet surfaces, creating an air-tight seal.

A small notebook is an often-overlooked item.  I use small Rite-In-The-Rain notebooks because they, well, write in the rain, and they are virtually indestructible.  You can note times and information such as when a tourniquet was applied or when medications were given for later use.

Other items in my kits include EMT shears, tweezers, hemostats, nitrile gloves, a CPR mask, and a 14 gauge needle (for the relief of tension pneumothorax, an advanced skill – do not attempt untrained).

They time to acquire the skills and gear is well before an emergency occurs.  It seems like a lot of stuff to buy, but if you are on a limited budget, buy the items one or two per week and eventually, you’ll have a fully-stocked kit.

After you’ve built the kit, keep acquiring supplies and build up a reserve.  That way, as you use things from the kit, you can re-stock it, and not run into a situation where you’ve used up things from the kit.

Another note on this is that if you have a home kit and a car kit, don’t borrow items between kits.  What I mean is, don’t stock them from each other, stock them both from the reserve and keep them both fully supplied.  Otherwise, when an emergency comes, the car or home kit might be empty when you need it full.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to go out and get real first aid training, and then practice it.

It’s also vital to know that of all your survival and preparedness skills/gear, first aid is the one you’ll use most often.

In a true grid-down/Without Rule of Law situation, you won’t be running to the doctor or ER; you’re all you’ll have.  In that situation, a broken arm or leg can become deadly.  Get trained, get supplied.

Please leave a comment below with any items you think I’ve overlooked; I’d love new ideas.

Training in Kicks

In training for real life self-defense, a common question that comes up is, “Should I train in kicks or not?”.  Many schools of thought claim that being left on one leg is something to be avoided, but it’s also telling that those same voices advocate taking every fight to the ground and going for a “submission”…so, draw your own conclusions.

In my opinion, kicks are absolutely invaluable in your self-defense skill set.  There are several reasons for this:

  • Your quads are your biggest muscle group
  • Legs have much longer range than hands
  • I may need my hands to do something else (open the car door, draw a firearm)
  • Legs are more resilient than fingers

That having been said, relying mostly on kicks (Tae Kwon Do, we’re looking at you) is also not a good strategy.  You need a well-rounded skill set.  Any real-life self defense program should encompass a 50/50 approach, 50% hands, 50% feet.

Bruce Lee once said, “I do not fear the man who was practiced 10,000 kicks one time, I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”.  Learning a large number of kicks is not necessary. Doing a very high number of reps of the basic kicks is far better and much more realistic.

What basic kicks do I recommend mastering?

  • Front Kick
  • Side Kick
  • Roundhouse Kick
  • Knee Kick
  • Back Kick

When learning these, learn all the variations, such as front leg, rear leg, fade in/fade out, step forward/step backward.

These are the kicks that will give you the most benefit for self-defense training.  Every training session, no matter the belt rank, should include some repetitions of these kicks to develop MASTERY, not just SKILL.  

At PKSA Karate (www.pksa.com), where I train, we say “Practice, Practice, Practice, leads to mastery”.  It’s not just a fancy set of words we make people learn, it’s a true philosophy.  Everyone wants to learn the “next kick” or the “next form” or the “new weapon” before truly mastering the basics.  It’s VITAL to do thousands of reps of the BASIC kicks.  That way, the skill will be there when you need it.

“How high should I practice kicks?”, is another common question.  That’s an interesting question.  When doing general repetition training, I recommend kicking as high as possible, head level.  This is to develop flexibility, endurance, strength, technique, and (most importantly) CONFIDENCE.  When practicing self defense combinations, I recommend kicking no higher than the solar plexus.

A great kicking drill that is common at PKSA Karate is using one leg to kick at all three levels before setting the foot back down.  For example, let’s take the front kick.  Chamber, then kick at knee level, re-chamber, kick at solar plexus level, re-chamber, then kick at face level, setting the foot back down after re-chambering.

Notice I mentioned chambering between each kick.  Many in the real-life self-defense community teach not to chamber on kicks.  That’s silly.  Yes, always chamber.  Chambering allows you to generate maximum power.  I know that they say it telegraphs the kick and that they say it’s slower.  If you’ve trained properly and with enough repetitions, it’s not any slower.  If the attacker notices a chamber, all they really learn is that A KICK is coming, not specifically what kick or where.  Always chamber for maximum power and effectiveness.

If you stand there with a kick chambered like Daniel-San in the All-Valley Tournament in The Karate Kid, you deserve to have your leg caught or your kick blocked.

The reason for tactically practicing at the lower level is that there is less risk of falling on the uncertain ground you will be defending yourself on.  It’s easy to kick high in the dojang (or dojo) on soft mats; it can be deadly on pavement, icy or uneven ground.

Kicks that have limited real life application, but should be trained on are:

  • Crescent Kicks (both inside and outside)
  • Ground Front/Side/Round/Back Kicks (kicking from the ground)
  • Spin Hook Kick 
  • Spin Back Kick
  • Front Push Kick

The reason why I say limited application is that in each of these kicks, there is a trade off of risk for potential benefit.  On the spin kicks, it’s turning your back on the attacker.  On the crescent kicks, it’s balance.  Ground kicks, it’s the loss of mobility.  For the front push kick, it’s the fact that it can be grabbed because it’s obvious from the start (although I have, in recent history, used it for self defense to keep someone away).

Any kick with the words “jump”, “jump spinning” and “flying” have exactly NO real world self-defense value.  (I can already hear Sabomnim Prosch handing out 500 push-ups to me for that comment and Sabomnim Lisa would just kick me for it.)

Nothing that requires you to leave the ground has any real-life application for defending your life.  Yes, Jet Li made it work in the movies, but those were MOVIES filmed in a controlled environment on level ground.

Now, I didn’t say don’t train on them.  They are valuable for learning coordination, developing flexibility, developing strength, and overall athletic ability; as well as honoring the tradition.  What I am saying is realize that while they have training value, they have no real life value, and when you have limited training time, the first thing to remove is the Super Flying Jump Spinning Dragon Tornado kick, which probably was never really part of the traditional martial art to begin with.

In firearms training, there is a saying, “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”.  The same principle applies to learning kicks.  Spend a lot of time doing the kick very slowly, learning & developing muscle memory perfect the kick.  You will notice speed developing on it’s own.  Once you’ve mastered the technique, speed it up.

As with every physical skill, learning something isn’t enough.  Training and practice are required to retain physical skills.  Devote time every single week to training in your martial arts skills.  Yes, even on vacation.  

Get out, find a qualified instructor (www.pksa.com has schools all over), and TRAIN.

Train as if your life depended on it, because it does.

Normalcy Bias Will Kill You

Normalcy bias is the tendency to not believe that an event is occurring, because “It couldn’t happen to me”, or, on a larger scale “it can’t happen here”.

We’ve all heard stories of people standing still while an active shooter begins attacking, or people not defending themselves during a home invasion, because “that won’t happen to me”.

Every time we see it, we log on to Twitter or FaceBook and give all the things we would have done and ridicule the people involved for not taking action.

And yet…

Our nation is falling quickly down the path to either Balkanization or total socialist control, and we’re all sitting here saying “just wait it out, that can’t happen here”.  They thought that in South Ossetia, Yugoslavia, and the Ukraine, too.  Inevitably, despite overwhelming evidence of the danger, we are waiting too long to react.

I recommended an immediate law enforcement or military response to CHAZ, because it was direct challenge to the sovereignty of the United States and would lead to more autonomous zones.  I was told by virtually everyone, “No, too soon.  Just wait it out”.  There have now been 5 people shot, 2 killed, and autonomous zones keep popping up everywhere.  

People said “let them starve”, but the vast majority of the people inside CHAZ aren’t there voluntarily…they live there and are being denied the equal protection under the law that the US Constitution guarantees via the 14th Amendment.

We’ve been told, “these protests are scattered and disorganized; they’ll die down”.  They aren’t; they are getting worse and the police aren’t engaging.

For the last few weeks, I’ve decided to take a more active role and get out and observe the protests.  What I’ve witnessed first hand is detailed in several of my blog posts, but I have a few more observations from today that complete the picture.  Despite appearing decentralized, I keep seeing the same key personnel everywhere I go, no matter what “group” puts on the event, there are designated HEAVILY ARMED security teams, they employ professional counter-surveillance, and are given free reign by local government (police stand down).

Today, openly armed personnel took up positions on the grounds of the state capitol, which I have no issue with, given the Second Amendment.  Where the situation took a turn is when those heavily armed personnel began intimidating anyone that they thought wasn’t from their group and they began following people, openly brandishing their arms as they did so.  

At the protests to open the state back up a few weeks ago, while armed protestors were present, they didn’t try to force anyone else away from the capitol.  See the difference?

These people went the extra step of using heavily armed personnel to follow people all the way to their cars and then visibly writing down their license plate numbers.  The implication was that the group would track you down.  Every citizen has an equal right to be on the capitol grounds, without fear of intimidation.

We’re seeing this kind of behavior all over the country.  

We’re seeing these formations of protestors, some of which are openly armed, travel out into the suburbs and marching down our streets, with police nowhere in evidence or just clearing traffic for the protestors.

What happens when the police do happen to make arrests?  The protesters threaten violent action and the charges get dropped, so there is absolutely NO CONSEQUENCE for rioting.

Rioters in Portland have TWICE tried to barricade the police inside their station and set the station on fire.  That’s not protest, that is WAR.

They are trying to stage additional incidents to further inflame their base into open rebellion.  Last night, in Detroit, one of the groups I monitor surrounded some Detroit Police scout cars, and began beating on the cars.  When the officers drove through the crowd to escape, the “protestors” (instigators) immediately took to social media with the video of the incident to proclaim their victim status and accuse the police of trying to kill them.  Not one of them mentions what would have happened to the police if they hadn’t driven away through the crowd.  The intent was obviously to provoke a violent reaction from the police, but the left’s base doesn’t care about that.

I’ve been saying for a few days that the left has been waging a civil war for weeks and the right is not showing up.  “Being the bigger person” isn’t going to win us any points, it’s going to get us a socialist regime with almost no resistance.  

Normalcy bias can kill you.

Our politicians are tripping over each on both sides of the aisle to offer as many concessions to the protestors as they can, just to be seen as “woke” or “understanding of their plight”, but that only leads to more and more demands from the protestors to push our system of government further to the left and to erase more and more of the Constitution.

Yes, it CAN happen here.  Yes, it REALLY IS happening here.

Normalcy bias will kill you, if you let it.

What does God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook have to say about normalcy bias? Alot.  You don’t remember the Bible mentioning normalcy bias?  Let me give you a direct quote about normalcy bias:

The prudent see danger and take refuge,

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3 & Proverbs 27:12

It was so important that David put the exact the same wisdom in the Proverbs twice.  It’s directly speaking about normalcy bias.

The question then becomes, what do we do about it?

First, look to your own safety:

  • Ensure that your vehicle has emergency supplies in it
  • Ensure that you have 72 – 96 hours of food and water at home
  • Develop a communication plan with your friends and family that doesn’t rely solely on cell phones
  • Develop an emergency plan and a home defense plan
  • Develop a tribe – a group of like minded individuals that will mutually support each other
  • Decide RIGHT NOW what you willing to do to defend your life and property
  • Sign up for Nixle or whatever local emergency notification service is in your area

Then, look to your community:

  • Call your elected representatives and let them know how you feel about concessions
  • Speak to your local law enforcement and let them know your expectations
  • Get out and find out what is going on in your community and what the opposition is saying/demanding
  • Let your government representatives know where you stand on those issues.

I know, many of you will say that talking to government representatives does you no good…but that’s exactly what the other side is counting on.  Why are we letting them only hear what the protestors want, which has nothing at all to do with police brutality, and everything to do with a leftist agenda?  Let them hear you, too.

Most importantly, understand that normalcy bias will kill you, and GET PAST IT.  

It can indeed happen here, and it is.  Choose to see reality.

Hope is not a successful strategy.

Be safe.  Be aware.

Gray Man Tactics

Based on some of my other articles, I have had a few people either ask me what the Gray Man principle is or people give me their interpretation, which isn’t the same as mine.  Ask 10 people, and you’ll get 10 different answers, but I thought I’d give my take on it here, and explain how I apply it professionally.

The Gray Man concept owes it’s roots to the intelligence and counter-intelligence community, as well as the executive protection world.  The way best to protect someone is not be seen until you need to be seen.  As an example, watch the video from this week when Andrea Mitchell was nearly attacked by a transexual activist and her executive protection team swooped in out of nowhere and dealt with the threat.

Another historical reference for the Gray Man is the Apostle Paul of Tarsus, the Original Gray Man:

To the Jews I became like a Jew…

To those under the law, I became like one under the law…

To those not under the law, I became like one not having the law…

To the weak, I become weak…

1 Corinthians 9:21-22

I say that a bit tongue in cheek, but think about it…in order to move freely among people who could immediately turn him in if he was found, he blended in to every sector of society, and at it’s heart, that is what the Gray Man principle is.

Study the area and people you want to blend in with, and then make yourself as nondescript as possible among them.  The current pandemic requiring masks in public is a Godsend for this kind of cover. The masks also hide our surveillance radio earpieces.

To illustrate it, let me just give an example of how I do it, as I enter the current protests and crowds to gather evidence and conduct risk assessments for my clients.  Everyone has seen the protests on media, so black clothing is a must.  When venturing out among a crowd like that, I wear a black hoodie or pullover type shirt over a black t-shirt with some kind of writing or logo on it (that’s important, I’ll explain in a second).  I also wear blue jeans because pretty much anywhere in North America, blue jeans fit in. I throw on a baseball cap with a logo on it, and wear a mask and sunglasses.  At this point, the only thing that can be described is the clothing and skin color.  I wear a black backpack, because black is the most common backpack color.  Inside the backpack (in addition to bulletproof panels from www.premierbodyarmor.com), I keep a solid color baseball cap with NO LOGO, a different color face mask, and a different color hoodie, along with a packable jacket.

With these changes, if I was noticed by someone and knew they were watching for someone matching my description with a certain ball cap on, I only need a few seconds behind a tree or around a corner to remove the first hoodie, switch masks, switch ball caps, and remove the sunglasses.  Already, I am a completely different person than who they are looking for. And I can do it a few time with just a couple of extra items.

The T-Shirt should have a logo or writing on it, so that it doesn’t appear that you are wearing just an undergarment, because you took off another shirt.

The hat with a logo is because in our modern society, everyone keys on logos.  They’ll be looking for someone in a Michigan State ball cap, but I’ll be in a plain tan one by then.

I know that a lot of guys in the preparedness/tactical community swear by their 5.11 pants or their Tru-Spec pants, and I’m no exception, I wear them daily.  But…when I’m operational INSIDE a protest, I have “to become like one not under the law…”, as Paul put it so well.

How Not to be a Gray Man

It doesn’t have to be elaborate…and more importantly, DON’T OVERSELL IT.  I’ve seen people try to look like a homeless guy because “nobody looks at the homeless guy”….believe me, EVERYONE looks at the homeless guy and unless you are indeed homeless, you will stand out.  I can’t stress enough to not try too hard to “fit in” (Think Justin Trudeau and his antics literally everywhere he goes).

Another area of being a gray man is behavior.  Certain behaviors are immediately apparent as proof that you are watching people.  Being too visibly aware (guilty) of your surroundings is a sure giveaway.  Move slowly, stand often, and most importantly, respond exactly like everyone else.  The left DEMANDS 100% ideological agreement and if you fail to clap, or nod your head, and chant along, you WILL be spotted.  Don’t write notes, use your phone.  Everyone else will have their phones in their hands, making videos and taking photos, so fit in, but don’t make it readily apparent what or who you are filming/photographing.  Use a note app on your phone. LOCK YOUR PHONE.

Let me be blunt….ANTIFA has a VERY STRONG counter-surveillance and security program.  They may not take any action in the beginning, but may follow you to your car.  I’ve noted them recording license plate numbers and taking lots of photos.  They are a VIOLENT organization.  You DO NOT want to be identified.

If you are confronted by their people, resist the temptation to argue or jump into a political discussion “since you’ve been made anyway”.  Remember your ultimate goal…gathering information and evidence (more on that in a few) and not being detected.  If they ask you to leave, act disappointed, but agreeable.  Leave immediately (but don’t go straight to your car).  Leave them with a nagging doubt about whether or not you were actually gathering information.

Understand also the legalities of where you are.  Are you somewhere you have a legal right to be?  Generally, at a protest the answer is yes, but don’t follow people inside to film them looting a store, because you would then first be committing burglary, and second putting yourself in a position where it would not be legal to defend yourself.  

This matters, because just the other day, ANTIFA/RevCom security asked the police to make a person taking photos of them (it wasn’t me, I have better Fieldcraft than that) leave the area of the protest, and the police told them squarely that they had no legal right to ask anyone to leave, since they were in a public area.

A side note….Just last night, Steven Crowder (louderwithcrowder.com) had his people identified within the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone because they were livestreaming; resist the temptation to stream or post, until after you’ve left the area.  They monitor that.

Your vehicle should also be made as “gray” as possible.  I’ve never put political or other stickers on my cars because I’ve always done this kind of work and I want my car to be as nondescript as possible.  Take care with what is visible through the windows.  I drive an SUV, so I cover up the bags in the back and take care not to leave clipboards or surveillance equipment/radios on the seat.  Park a long ways away and walk in; I’ve watched ANTIFA/RevCom security people do sweeps of parking lots looking for occupied cars or signs of surveillance.  When parking, always park front end out, facing the parking lot entrance, not necessarily the event.

Several people asked me, so why even do this?  First, before you can fight an enemy, you must know them.  Sun Tzu said that if you know yourself and know your enemy, you need not fear the result of a thousand battles.

Second, I’ve been involved with a project for three years tracking these groups and developing video evidence and stills from live-streams and photos to tie people to criminal events.  The natural extension of that is to get out and make videos of attendees before the ever put their masks on and begin destroying property or assaulting people.  We’ve had success at tying people back to photos taken earlier.  Below is the current wanted poster for people involved in trying to take down the Andrew Jackson statue.  Some are clear screen grabs from surveillance systems, but others are clearly photos taken from people circulating among the bad actors, gathering evidence to later turn over to the police.

If the police won’t get out and do it, it’s incumbent upon the citizens who still care about our nation and our system of government to get out and gather the evidence.

If you want to read a fun set of books that give a bit more detail, check out the Gray Man series (soon to be a movie) by Mark Greaney (markgreaneybooks.com).

I hope this article helps explain some of the basics of the gray man principle, which really boils down to just not standing out at all.

News from the Front

My biggest complaint with those who want to preserve our nation, is that we are completely ceding the ground to the anarchists and leftists who want to destroy our nation.

It’s time for us to get out in the streets as well, and take smart action to preserve the Republic.  I’m not saying get out and destroy things, but I am saying that everywhere that citizens have shown up to defend a business or a statue, they’ve been successful without much trouble because the left is counting on zero resistance.

I don’t advocate initiating violence at all, but I do advocate smart responses.  

The key to a smart response is to study the opposition and gather intelligence.  I began this project locally here in Detroit a few days ago, and I reported on the first operation the other day.  Here, I want to share key findings from two other protests I attended.

First, it’s important to give a few ground rules.  I didn’t show up in a USA t-shirt, wearing a MAGA hat, and draped in a Trump 2020 flag, nor did I arrive dressed as super tactics-man in all my tacti-cool gear.  I wore just jeans, a t-shirt, hoodie (for quick change), a basic ball cap, and a face mask. 

Yes, I wore a face mask, despite my feelings about it.  Here’s why…try positively identifying a guy in a face mask, ball cap, and sunglasses.  You can’t.  I assumed a completely different profile simply by removing the hoodie and sunglasses, switching ball caps, and putting on a different color face mask.  Total gray man.  Backpacks are so common now, that you can carry a couple of complete profile changes, some defensive tools, and first aid supplies unobtrusively.  I also used the backpack strap to carry my hidden surveillance camera.

On Saturday, I attended the Black Lives Matter march and Juneteenth celebration in downtown Detroit, and developed some good information, some of which points to a need for further research.

My first observation was that you shouldn’t believe the media hype about hate.  The media would have you believe that racial tensions have everyone hating each other.  It’s untrue, and before the march even arrived, God proved it to me.  I had positioned myself at Campus Martius Park, because there is a Civil War memorial there.  As the march approached, three young black men approached me, and formed a circle around me.  One of them walked right up to me and said “excuse me sir, there are protesters coming, you might want to move.”  These young men were worried about my safety, and the MSM would have you believe that that would never happen.  Out of respect for their concern, I moved a bit away. 

Second, unlike in Ann Arbor, Detroit BLM had their own security provided by a group of older men from the local Masonic Lodge.  In Detroit culture, older men who belong to the Masons are a bedrock of the community and are respected by even the most hardened thugs.  This was a smart move.  These guys walked on both sides of the crowd, mostly looking inward to watch for agitators.

The same medical staff, provided by the local RevCom group (ANTIFA), that were at Ann Arbor were present.  The exact same staff.  I also noticed that some of the ANTIFA security team from Ann Arbor were present in Detroit, but not handling security, they were among the crowd, but they were closely watched by the Masons.

The only active agitator started yelling because the group was cooperating with police and he was quickly removed by the Masonic security team.

One person fell to a heat casualty, so I got to see the ANTIFA medics spring into action, which consisted of yelling “medic” and forcing the person to drink lots of water (which is actually contra-indicated in heat cases…small sips only). 

I noticed as the march entered the Hart Plaza at the end of the route, all of the ANTIFA/RevCom personnel had Baofeng radios.  That was a very interesting piece of information to develop.

As I moved throughout the crowd, I noticed a man trying very unsuccessfully to secretly record me.  His picture is below, I’ll let you make your own commentary about his shirt.  Almost immediately I noticed that standing right next to him was one of the ANTIFA/RevCom guys I had seen at Ann Arbor the day before.  This tells us that the opposition was doing counter-surveillance, and I admit my own field craft error in visibly appearing to be situationally-aware.

Once I noticed the attention, I went around a corner, stripped off the hoodie, took off the sunglasses, and changed my ball cap and mask, reappearing at the other side as a completely different profile.  The switch worked, because they never looked my way again.

The crowd was completely peaceful and friendly and I interacted with several of them.  The only issue I had was that the speech by the local NAACP President ended up not having anything to do with George Floyd or police brutality and was pretty much just an anti-Trump rally.

Today, I attended a protest against the Canton Police Department.  The organizers said that they were protesting the violent arrest of Sha’ Tenia Grady-El by the Canton Police.  The only problem with that is that she wasn’t arrested by the Canton Township police, she was arrested in the next county over by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Ypsilanti Township, but why let facts get in the way of outrage.

I arrived before the rally began, and was actually surprised to see the EXACT SAME RevCom/ANTIFA security and medic team that I had seen at the last two protests.  At this event, as with the Ann Arbor event, the RevCom/ANTIFA personnel were in charge of security and organization for Survivors Speak, who held the rally.  What surprised me was watching the security team inspect occupied vehicles in the grocery store parking lot where they held the rally.  They openly recorded license plate numbers and stared at vehicle occupants, apparently to intimidate them.  At one point, a man was walking around them taking photos, and they tried to get the police to make him leave or stop recording.  One of my police contacts let me know that they told the security team that they had no legal standing to ask anyone to leave or stop recording, since this wasn’t their parking lot.

This protest had the smallest turnout so far, less than 100 people.  After a few speeches about the usual topics of police brutality, income inequality, and the ever-popular educational racism (holding all students to equal standards is somehow racism), the group then proceeded onto Canton Center Road and blocked the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Canton Center, arguably the second busiest intersection in the township, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, with the police assisting with traffic control. 

The group then continued on to Walmart, where they decried low wages and employment discrimination, despite Walmart having a very diverse workforce.  They then marched back the two blocks to the starting point, where they held a dance party. Total march distance: 4 blocks.

The most interesting learning is that three different protest groups in three different cities used the same RevCom/ANTIFA security & medical group.  At the two protests in which they handled security, the same man led the RevCom/ANTIFA group while wearing Interceptor Body Armor.  At the Detroit Protest, I noticed that he was present, but was wearing a full face mask to prevent identification, but it was clearly him.

My point is this…the opposition is in the streets, far more organized and prepared than we are led to believe, and there is apparently some central authority pointing groups to the RevCom/ANTIFA teams that I’m seeing.  It’s not coincidence and it’s not advertising.  They are also clearly prepared for and willing to engage in violence, although none has occurred at the protests. 

It’s also very telling that while they want the police to recognize their right to peaceably assemble, they are completely unwilling to allow differing viewpoints to do the same, to the point of intimidation and/or forcing them to leave.  If there hadn’t been a large and professional police presence, I believe they would have acted against the man videotaping them. They do serious counter-surveillance.

My advice to you is to get out and learn what the opposition is doing.  

As it says in the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, the Holy Bible:

The prudent see danger and take refuge,

But the simple keep going and pay the penalty

Proverbs 22:3

If you don’t get out and learn what the opposition is doing, you are being not prudent, and you won’t see the danger because of normalcy bias. 

Be prudent….get out there.

What I Learned Gathering Intelligence

Intelligence gathering is the process of developing information that you can use to make decisions and/or be aware of your local situation.  It’s an exhaustive topic that I’m not going to get into here, other than to describe how I accomplished today’s mission.

It’s one thing to watch the news and listen to what they are reporting about protests and happenings; it’s quite another to go and observe events yourself.  Which do you think will give you the most reliable information?

Today, I attended the Black Lives Matter Juneteenth Celebration and March in Ann Arbor, Michigan to observe first hand what the other side is saying and doing, rather than just believe what the media says.  I highly recommend the exercise and I plan on it doing it again soon.

It’s important to note that I didn’t go as a counter-demonstrator or to oppose anything, just to observe and listen, which is important, as the right to free speech is equally valid for both sides.

To conduct this exercise, don’t show up in your super -cool guy tacti-cool wardrobe, or in your American flag T shirt, or your silly “Boog Boi” Hawaiian nonsense, you want to approach this from a gray man perspective.  I wore jeans and a plain polo shirt, with a basic (non-tactical looking) ball cap.  When wearing a face mask and sunglasses, no one could possibly have described me or picked me out from the rest of the crowd.

Backpacks were very common, so wearing one fit in.  My backpack, however, had my bulletproof laptop sleeve from Premier Body Armor in it, just in case (check out premierbodyarmor.com).  I also had a hoodie, a different color ball cap, and a different color face mask so that if needed, I could change my total appearance in seconds.

While I was not unarmed, there was not a handgun on me or in the backpack, because I was not there to counter-protest, or defend, but to observe.  Having a firearm would have just raised my own stress level while walking among potentially hostile actors, so it would have done more harm than good.  There are plenty of other defensive options.

Let’s get on to what I learned.  

First, while the protest was indeed Black Lives Matter themed, the group leader quickly pointed out that ANTIFA was indeed present to “organize and provide support”.  To hear someone openly say that, was a bit shocking.  I had already noticed several of them in their all black gear and red & black bandanas.

They had “Skyler”, the ANTIFA “coordinator” speak.  He said that they were there only in a support role.  He pointed out that they had medics with red and green crosses on their arms for any health issues, and then he ominously said “our security staff is circulating through the crowd, observing, for your safety”.  The left hasn’t even seized power and they’ve already got their secret police in place.  That should scare you all. I must have done alright, because they didn’t throw me out.

Next, a series of speeches began, and I was appalled at the amount of disinformation spread by leaders in the movement as well state, local, and federal elected officials.

A speaker claimed that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1867, despite us being there to celebrate the day that people in Galveston, Texas heard about it on June 19, 1865.  I guess Galveston is just way ahead of it’s time.  That same speaker claimed that the Proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederate States, not all states.  While that is technically true, it’s dishonest, as the northern states had already abolished slavery.

Then we got to Debbie Dingell, a United States Representative, whose family has held that seat for 87 consecutive years, but NOW she’s ready to do something about racial injustice.  She misquoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and not one person called her out on it.  She said that her favorite quote of his was that “Darkness cannot defeat darkness”, which is crazy, because if it was really her favorite she would know that he actually said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness”.  Rep. Dingell then got the crowd all worked up by shouting that Donald Trump shouldn’t be going to Oklahoma City this week, and that Oklahoma City is where the Tulsa Massacre occurred (it didn’t, it occurred, surprisingly, in TULSA).  You’d think that her staff would have prepared her remarks with truthful information.  I do have good news for Rep. Dingell, I can confirm that Donald Trump is NOT going to Oklahoma City this week.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed took a few minutes to spread more provable lies.  He claimed that the Flint Water Crisis was done intentionally to poison black children, and was proof of systemic racism.  Never mind the fact that the Flint City Council who made the vote that caused the crisis was made up of 8 black members and 1 white, and 100% Democratic Party.  The crowd cheered on his lies, without bothering to fact check a single bit.

There was a speaker from the local school board who discussed “Educational Racism”.  I thought that holding everyone to the same set of standards, regardless of race, was equality, but today I learned that THAT was Educational Racism.  Apparently, students of color should be held to lower standards.  Fighting Educational Racism sounds to me a lot like, well, racism.

Several of the day’s speakers shouted about defunding and abolishing the police, who despite all the hatred spewed at them, made a Herculean effort to keep the protestors from being ran over by average citizens as they took to the streets.  

The group of about 2,000 then began to march.  Rather than waiting for the police to secure the end of the street, they jumped out into traffic, walking into oncoming traffic, trapping three vehicles inside the protest, and surrounding them.  While there was no violence, can you imagine having been inside one of those vehicles?  That’s one reason that I advocate checking every single day for protests in your local area, so that you can plan to avoid this exact situation.

At each intersection, the ANTIFA security had the entire procession stop and block from all directions for a few minutes before moving on.  The lead ANTFA security person was interesting….he was wearing an Interceptor Body Armor vest, which indicated to me that they had some intent to potentially engage in violent behavior.  Several other ANTIFA personnel were wearing helmets, also indicating a potential for violence.

Once the procession reached the Washtenaw County Justice Center, the crowd knelt and paused for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.  

All in all, the crowd was peaceful, although there was an undercurrent that seemed to be wanting an excuse for violence to break out, but the crowd returned to the Diag at the University of Michigan without incident.

I did notice that the lead and follow vehicles were the exact same two vehicles that I observed at another protest in Wayne County, proving that these are indeed NOT spontaneous or grass-roots efforts, but a well-organized  campaign by a central group.

I’ll be doing this again, looking for the same outlier personnel and vehicles, and identifying who they are, to increase my knowledge of the local threat. 

It wouldn’t be my blog without tying the principles back to the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, the Bible. As far as just keeping quiet in the face of people who refuse to listen to reason, I have two pieces from the Book of Proverbs that will keep you safe when among those who are looking for a fight:

Those who guard their lips, preserve their lives,

but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 13:3

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,

but the lips of the wise protect them.

Proverbs 14:3

I highly recommend you do it too, just make sure you keep quiet and unnoticed, these people are not interested in rational debate.

The Tactics Of Joshua

The book of Joshua is a great story, full of epic battle scenes, spies and spy-hunters, life and death chases, and even evil kings being impaled in front of their cities.  The question we ask here is: Can the tactics that Joshua employed in war thousands of years ago, still be relevant today?

Let’s look at two particular tactics from Joshua.

After an all night march from Gilgal,

Joshua took them by surprise.

Joshua 10:9

Joshua marched a massive army under cover of darkness into position to completely surprise an alliance of kings attacking an allied town.  These tactical principles can still be applied today to someone looking to be prepared for whatever may come in our troubled times.

  • Use darkness to move past potentially hostile forces.
  • Take unexpected routes that might not be watched or guarded.
  • Appear where least expected.
    • Ironically, Sun Tzu also taught this same principle.
  • When traveling any distance in potentially hostile territory, movement at night is imminently better.
    • Natural patterns of human activity are lower at night, so you are far less likely to encounter anyone else.
    • Thousands of years of conditioning has trained the human mind to rest at night, rather than be outside and watchful.
    • It is cooler at night, and this will prevent heat injuries.

Joshua was also known throughout the book to use darkness to set ambushes for his enemies.

Darkness is definitely your friend and it’s just as valid today.

As resources for those who want to be prepared, I have a few suggestions that might help.

  1. Invest in your ability to navigate at night.
    1. That doesn’t mean spend a lot of money.
    2. Buy a luminous compass; I personally have a US government issue one.
    3. Buy paper maps and a flashlight/filter combination that allows you to read them at night, while maintaining light discipline (your 1000 lumen Tacti-Cool light isn’t it).
    4. A GPS with 24K topographic maps is a good SUPPLEMENT to paper maps, NOT A REPLACEMENT.
  2. Invest in your ability to see at night.
    1. Purchase some type of night observation device.
    2. Again, this doesn’t mean spend $5,000 on the latest Cool Guy night vision, just get something that works.
  3. Invest in your ability to NOT BE SEEN at night.
    1. Many people in the preparedness community love their MutliCam uniforms, or Army issue ACU’s, but these are too light in color for nighttime use.
    2. Similarly, dressing in all-black is too dark for nighttime use.
    3. I have both midnight digital gear and ATACS-LE gear.  These incorporate black, gray, and dark blue, truly making you blend with the dark.
  4. Take the time to actually train in the dark and use movement techniques IN THE DARK and learn to use your nighttime equipment IN THE DARK.
  5. Invest some time training in how to shoot in the dark.

…You are to hamstring their horses

And burn their chariots…

Joshua 11:6b

Now, that’s a bit harsh, and we are going to have to translate that today’s context.  At the time Joshua was written, a horse was the most common vehicle for moving forces and supplies, and the chariot was the most advanced infantry fighting vehicle available.

If we are to put that into today’s context, it means destroy the hostile force’s ability to move troops and supplies.  That’s definitely applicable today, maybe even more applicable, as we’ve become more reliant on transportation.

In Joshua’s context, he not only defeated the enemy in the field, but by destroying their mobility, he eliminated their chance to ever wage war against him again.

In today’s context, we can prevent a hostile force from taking action against us or pursuing us if we destroy their mobility.

It’s also a way to take the initiative away from an enemy, forcing them to pause and reconsider their own security and resupply, giving a smaller force an opportunity escape or take whatever other action they need to.

Outside of a military context, what does this mean for people into preparedness?  First, understand the risk that a loss of mobility might cause you.  Second, it gives you a tactic to handle a larger force.

On the first point, if all of your preparations rely on your ability to load up a vehicle and drive away, what will you do if someone “hamstrings your horses and burns your chariots”?  All of your careful planning is gone out the window.

My plans involve being able to leave the city in a vehicle, but I also have alternate plans (see my other articles) that enable me to leave the area on foot (or by bicycle) if I have to.  The point is to consider the possibility and devise a plan to mitigate the risk.

As for the second point, in a without rule of law situation, such as those seen after Hurricane Katrina and being seen in some of the current rioting, groups of looters will be mobile, and the police will not be responding.  Having a plan to “hamstring their horses and burn their chariots” might save lives and property and allow time for law enforcement to eventually respond.  How you do that is beyond the scope of this article, but it’s something to consider.

As you can see, these principles can indeed apply today by those interested in preparedness.  

The Bible is indeed the Ultimate Tactical Handbook.

Review – Highland Tactical Med Kit

When you talk to people about preparedness and readiness, they always want to discuss guns and ammunition, and maybe food.  The preparedness item you will use the most, almost daily, is a first aid kit and you will use it long before any major disaster hits.  As such, it’s often overlooked.

A while back, in another post, I discussed the bags from Highland Tactical that I use to carry my gear.  A staffer from Highland Tactical reached out about the article, and let me know that they have a dedicated medical kit bag, that I might want to check out.

You know me….the bag was ordered immediately.

The bag, shown below, is the Highland Tactical Rip Away Med Pack (hltactical.com).  The bag is very sturdy, has MOLLE attachment straps on the back, and MOLLE webbing on the front.

A great feature is the rip-away panel, shown below.  I keep the bag attached to another bag in the rear of my SUV, and the rip away panel allows me to undo one buckle and rip the bag away from the velcro backing in an emergency and take it with me.

When you unzip the bag, there are two sides and a center panel that folds out.  In the center panel mesh compartment, I keep band-aids of every imaginable size.  A note when making your own first aid kit, you’ll need knuckle and fingertip bandages more than often that any other, and most people overlook them.

The bag is roomy and has many compartments and elastic bands that can hold a large amount of gear, far more than it looks like it should.

Here’s what I keep inside:

  • Tweezers
  • Hemostat
  • EMT Shear Multi-Tool
  • Black nitrile gloves
  • CPR mask
  • Various size gauze rolls
  • Triangular bandage (green, of course)
  • Space blanket
  • Various size gauze pads
  • ABD pads and sterile wound pads
  • Trauma Dressing (for gunshot or other major trauma)
  • Medical tape (clear)
  • Conforming bandage (black)
  • Triple Anti-Biotic

There is a drain hole in the bottom, although I’ve never gotten the bag wet.

However, because I believe in redundancy, I keep most of these supplies in either snack or sandwich size ziplock bags, to keep them from getting wet.  When storing medical items in plastic bags, use only clear bags and make sure that the label side of whatever is inside is facing outward ON BOTH SIDES, so that in an emergency, a quick glance will let you put your hands on the item you need.

I’ve only found one feature about the bag that I don’t like, and it’s the strap that holds the bag to the rip-away panel.  It comes down the center of the front of the bag, rendering most of the MOLLE webbing on the front irrelevant, because to quickly remove the bag, you can’t attach anything to the front.

I overcome this by attaching a tourniquet on one side of the front.

All in all, it truly is an outstanding pack, well-made, and at $24.99, an outstanding value for the price.  It’s available at www.hltactical.com.

As a reminder, first aid skills are critical.  In a true grid-down, without rule of law situation, a simple cut can quickly become fatal, as can broken bones.  Learn first aid skills; they are just as vital as shooting skills, maybe even more.  Taking a class one time isn’t enough.  I take every first aid and CPR class that presents itself, not because I need more skills, but because practice is what keeps skills fresh.

Buy some small first aid item every week, and add it to your stockpile.  There will come a day when you won’t be able to readily find them.  I keep mine not in one large stockpile, but in several full first-aid kits kept in several places.

Another point on first aid kits, every time you use an item from it, even a simple band-aid, REPLENISH IT.  The tendency is not to worry about it when you just use one or two band-aids, but the day you need it the most, the item you need will be the one gone.

Stay safe, get trained, get aware.

Oaths, CHAZ, & God

Earlier this evening, the Oath Keepers put out a scathing thread, imploring the President to take action against the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, the same thing I’ve called for from day one.

Now, many people argue that we should just let them run out of supplies and go running home to their parents’ basements, but no lesson is learned that way.

These people didn’t stage a sit-in on a college campus, they seized territory by force of arms and declared it a separate nation, outside the laws of the United States.  At that point, they violated 18 USC 2383, Rebellion or Insurrection, a ten year felony.  The also are violating, every single day, 18 USC 2384, Seditious Conspiracy, in that two or more people are conspiring to, by force, prevent, hinder, or delay the enforcement of US Law, a twenty year felony.

This isn’t something you just let people go home to sulk about.

When I was 18 years old, I swore the following Oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, so help me GOD.

Contrary to some people’s belief, that Oath doesn’t expire when you are discharged. If you don’t believe me, look up the Individual Ready Reserve, and the Standby Reserve.

I take oaths seriously; everyone should, that’s why they are called oaths.

The President’s Oath contains these VERY SPECIFIC words:

I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States

Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution states, in part:

He shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed

Allowing a group of armed people to establish a nation inside our borders, no matter how silly they are, is NOT faithfully executing the laws.

Don’t get me wrong, I support the President 100%, but this issue goes beyond any individual person; it’s a matter of principal.  

If we allow this group to go on, there is a precedent set.  Nothing would stop every ethnic group and cause from establishing autonomous zones and homelands, leading to mass conflict.  It happened in Yugoslavia, the South Ossetia Region of Georgia, the Nagorno-Karabahk Region of Azerbaijan, and the Ukraine (Donetsk & Luhansk regions).  Every one of these led to mass bloodshed.

Currently, there has been a battle raging for four days in Dijon, France, between two ethnic minorities over the city….not a riot, a BATTLE with automatic weapons and explosives. Do you want that here?

Imagine our response as a nation if white supremacists declared a free zone in Boise, Idaho.  Our response, as it should be, would be a rapid use of military force to end the rebellion.

What’s different in this case?  

Our President is worrying too much about public perception by his enemies, rather than fulfilling his Oath.  He has advisors whispering in his ear about the optics, but this is the survival of our Nation.

Regardless of how people feel emotionally, everyone respects a stand on principles,

How does God reflect on us following oaths that we have taken?  Joshua 9 gives us a glimpse.  People from a small town lied to Joshua and tricked him into signing a treaty.  When Joshua found out that they had lied and his advisors told him to break the treaty, Joshua pointed out that an oath had been sworn before God and that if they broke it, the wrath of God would be on them. (Joshua 9:19, check it out)

Now, that’s a little dramatic, but the concept is the same.  On January 17th, 2017, Donald John Trump finished his oath with the words “so help me God”, and therefore he is indeed bound before God to fulfill that oath.

Another aspect of his office is found in Article 4, Section 4 of the United States Constitution:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them….against domestic violence.

By not taking action, he is handing the Democratic Party a rock-solid Article of Impeachment for failing to fulfill his office.

I completely understand his position and it’s a tough decision, but Presidents have to make the tough calls, regardless of opinion.

Just like the parent who has to put their foot down about bedtime, it’s time to put the federal foot down on declaring yourself a free nation, to prevent dozens of other new “autonomous zones” from popping up everywhere.

Imagine, the DEA shows up to serve a search warrant, and are met with a sign that says “Meth-Land Autonomous Zone – You are now leaving the United States”.  I know, I’m being silly here, but the concept is exactly the same. 

To be completely honest, the media and Democrats are going to vilify him either way, and wouldn’t you rather be vilified for standing up on principle, rather than for allowing our Nation to be cut apart into pieces, because you didn’t want to be seen as authoritarian?

Have you ever heard of Gretchen Whitmer?  She’s screeching already about him being an authoritarian while she’s busy telling you that you must answer the phone no matter who is calling, that you can’t visit your own second home, and which way you can walk in grocery store aisles.  Who is the real authoritarian….the ones imposing illegal rules, or the one upholding the law of the land, as written and voted on by our elected representatives?

Oaths are something to be taken seriously, and in our current crisis, oaths should be a bedrock that we can fall back on.  This used to be a Nation where a man’s word meant absolute faith that he would do what he said.

We must uphold our oaths, sworn before God, and end this autonomous zone by government action.

The Battle Of Ai

I’ve long held that the Bible isn’t a stuffy set of rules, it’s one of the coolest action and adventure books every written.

There are epic battle, spies, wars, and even at least one dragon.

In Joshua 8, we are told of the Battle of Ai and how Joshua led his army to victory.  We’re going to analyze the tactics Joshua used and discuss how that Tactical Wisdom from the Bible can be applied today, and be just as effective as it was thousands of years ago.

On his first attempt, Joshua sent a small force, but they found the enemy entrenched behind well-prepared fortifications, so Joshua’s force was driven away and fled.

Rather than leave, Joshua prayed about the situation, and developed a plan, with a little help from God.  

Joshua decided to emplace an ambush behind the city, and draw the defenders away from their fortified positions, to level the playing field.  Joshua studied the terrain and found some restrictive terrain that he could lead the enemy into, but also from which they couldn’t see what happened to their fortifications.

The next night, Joshua dispatched a force to sneak around the city under cover of darkness and set up a concealed position behind the city.

In the morning, Joshua marched the rest of his forces in plain view right up to the city and camped near it.

The enemy, thinking they had another easy victory, came out and prepared to defend the city.  Rather than stand and fight, Joshua and his army pretended to flee, and led the defenders down a valley, away from the city.  The defenders fell for it and gave chase with nearly all their forces.

As Joshua passed the position where his ambush force was hiding, he raised his spear up as a signal to them.  They snuck out behind the pursuers and attacked the fort, quickly overcoming the small guard force left behind.  

The ambush force, once they had secured the town, lit a large fire to signal Joshua back, that they had secured the fortifications.

Joshua immediately spun around to offer battle.  The defenders, realizing that they had been tricked, turned to flee, only to find Joshua’s forces occupying their strong fortifications.  They were trapped.  

Joshua attacked and the battle was short and one-sided.

After the battle was won, Joshua took the captured King and impaled him on pole outside the city gate. (I told you it was a cool adventure story – any story that ends with a guy on a spike is cool).

That was an epic battle story and amazing tactics won the day, but can we apply the lessons learned and tactics used today?  ABSOLUTELY.  

Lets take a look at the Lessons Learned.

MOVEMENT

Conduct movement at night, to prevent enemy observation.  That’s 100% as valid today as it was thousands of years ago.  I know, we have night vision now, but darkness still offers more concealment than movement in daylight.

The temperature is also cooler than moving in daylight, and there is less human activity, and therefore less risk of accidental compromise of your movements.

TERRAIN ANALYSIS

Conduct a map study or ground recon to pick out the best terrain that offers you more advantages than it does the enemy.

In this case, Joshua picked terrain that would hide the ambush team and prevent the enemy from observing their movement back to the city.

Always analyze the ground you’re going to operate on, even if it is just a map study.

AVOID FRONTAL ATTACKS AGAINST FORTIFICATIONS

Attacking a well-prepared and fortified position is never a good idea and it requires major numerical superiority to make it work.

Whenever possible, draw the enemy out of the fortifications or bypass.  

During the Napoleonic Wars, forces frequently surrounded a fort, then moved on, cutting the supply lines, causing the fort to surrender without a fight.

SIGNALS

Joshua had signals worked out in advance for each of elements to let the others know what was happening. In his day, he didn’t have radios and wire comms, but the idea is the same.

On the modern battlefield, having multiple signals and backup methods of communications is required.

Set up prearranged signals and keep them secret.

Have multiple methods of communications planned with your group. I recommend at a minimum radio, with a cell phone backup. Our group uses communications security measures that everyone is aware of, to ensure that even intercepted communications don’t give away information.

As you can see, the Tactical Wisdom from the Bible is exactly as valid today as it was when the Bible was written.  

Book Review – Sheep No More

I recently read the book “Sheep No More” by Jonathan T. Gilliam.  The book is outstanding and I highly recommend it.

Gilliam (www.jonathanTgilliam.com) is a former US Navy SEAL and a former FBI Special Agent.  He applies his experience to helping the average citizen understand how to analyze the critical times and locations in their life where an attack or crime could occur, then how to devise strategies to mitigate the risk or manage a situation.

When I first started reading the book, I grabbed a highlighter and decided to highlight all the best points that I wanted to remember.  The book is almost entirely highlighted; it’s that good.

I’m not going to give out too many details, because I think you should buy the book, and the two outstanding workbooks that go with it, for your own use and knowledge.  However, I want to discuss a few key points from the book that align with what I teach in my self-defense and active shooter response classes.

First is the nonsensical idea that the average citizen in America has that it can’t happen to them.  In the book, Gilliam likens this idea to that of winning the lottery.  In other words, the average person thinks that their likelihood of being attacked is on par with that of winning the lottery, but someone ALWAYS wins the lottery and your chances are just as good as theirs.  

I teach a similar concept, pointing out that no one wakes up and says, “Today, I’m going to be aware because today an attacker is going to enter the grocery store while I’m there” or “Let’s be careful tonight, because our house is going to be burglarized”.  Crimes and attacks happen everywhere, and I urge awareness everywhere, especially in our current crisis, with rioters and looters vowing to “take it to the suburbs”.

A second point from the book that I also teach is that action is faster than reaction, and that if you have already devised a plan, you are able to act quicker and overcome shock.  I can assure you that the attacker or criminal has already devised a plan.

The key premise of the book is to break your life into areas and times where an attack could occur, and then apply Gilliam’s process (buy the book to learn it, you’ll love it) to develop strategies to mitigate or eliminate that risk, or at the very least, devise a response plan.

As my readers know, I always compare what I’ve learned to the ultimate tactical handbook, the Bible.  How do the awareness principles in Gilliam’s book conform to God’s Tactical Guide?  100%:

Be alert and of sober mind, your enemy the devil prowls around 

like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

-1 Peter 5:8

Sounds like awareness is a biblical command, to me.

In the book, Gilliam points out that by simply being aware, you can detect an attack long before one occurs.  I also advocate awareness, as you can read in some of my other articles.  Awareness may add an extra minute or two to your trips, but it could save your life and the lives of the ones you love.

Gilliam has also produced two workbooks that compliment the book and his “Attack and Defend” philosophy.  The workbooks contain a review of the methodology from the book and checklists to apply the lessons from the book.

The book contains a complete methodology for analyzing every area of your life and location you frequent, to develop plans and defenses to keep yourself safe.

Gilliam and I agree on the point that the person most responsible for your protection is YOU.  The police do not exist to protect you, as the US Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly.  Their role is to investigate what has already happened and prosecute the guilty.  That’s why we are currently seeing them let rioters burn and loot, they have no legal duty to protect.

As an example, there was a protest yesterday near my house.  Because I am into situational awareness and take responsibility for my own safety, I went to the location and observed the protest.  While it was peaceful, because I am aware, I noticed several things.  First, several people in the crowd were wearing gas masks and helmets, which indicates that they considered not remaining peaceful.  Second, the group had several medics with them, indicating that they had considered that violence may occur.  Third, they had their own video team documenting the action.  What all of this told me is that the group had intended to take some action worthy of documenting that involved potential violence, but the large police presence and proactive police response didn’t give the crowd an opportunity to engage in whatever their secondary plan was.

Had I just remained unaware, that crowd may have become violent and began a rampage through my suburb without me even knowing it was happening, until they were on my block.

Awareness doesn’t mean paranoid, it means being aware that bad things can indeed happen to you.

The book also conducts case studies of several terrorist and active shooter situations, pointing out how awareness either helped or could have helped.

In closing, I highly recommend that you buy and read not only Sheep No Moore by Jonathan T Gilliam (www.jonathanTgilliam.com), but also both companion workbooks.  

Stay aware, stay safe.  Be alert and of sober mind…..

The Danger of the Seattle Autonomous Zone

By now, I’m certain you’ve all heard about the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” that ANTIFA has established in the City of Seattle.

Make no mistake, the City of Seattle and the State of Washington are complicit in this act of insurrection and rebellion.

Yes, I said insurrection and rebellion.

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

18 USC 2383 Rebellion/Insurrection

By seizing a 7 square block area that includes a police station and the City Hall, by force or threat of force, ANTIFA has crossed the line from protest to open rebellion.

They have placed signs around the perimeter, announcing that the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” is no longer within the United States.  That act is UNLAWFUL.

The Mayor has done nothing, and has essentially ordered the police to stand down.  They have taken absolutely no action to retake the city center, City Hall, or the Police Station.

When asked about it yesterday, Governor Inslee decided to pretend that he had no idea that it had even happened.  Think about that.  He’s either criminally negligent or woefully & intentionally ignorant, neither of which should allow him to be Governor.

Today, the President warned the Governor that if he doesn’t take action, the federal government will.  The Governor immediately responded that he won’t allow the federal government to take military action against Citizens of Washington.  

I’d say that, by their own comments, they are NO LONGER citizens of Washington, as Washington is in the UNITED STATES, and they claim they aren’t.

Can the President take military action?  ABSOLUTELY:

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.

10 U.S. Code § 252 – Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority

Should he take military action: ABSOLUTELY

I know, you’re thinking, “Who cares? It’s 7 blocks in the liberal dump that is Seattle?”.  Here’s why you should care:  ANTIFA units all over the country are watching to see what unfolds.  If no action is taken, you will see these zones pop up everywhere.

I’ve long said that the most likely scenario for the destruction of the United States is not a single catastrophe, but the “Balkanization” of the US into ethnic and social identity enclaves.

You’re thinking: “Yeah, but that couldn’t happen in a modern Western Nation”.

The Balkans were the modern Western nation of Yugoslavia before the Balkan Conflict set it down the path of ethnic cleansing, war, and death.

The Ukraine was a modern Western nation until the events of the Maidan and subsequent civil wars and ethnic cleansing.

Georgia was a modern Western nation until ethnic Russians and Georgians began fighting each other and committing atrocities.

These zones will inevitably lead to ethnic cleansing.  If you don’t think that’s possible, I want you to watch MSNBC and CNN for 3 hours tonight, and listen to the racially motivated rhetoric.  Major figures are openly talking about justification for racially-motivated violence.

If the federal government doesn’t quickly and decisively end this rebellion, our nation is finished.

Prepare accordingly.

Freedoms Lost Don’t Come Back

Throughout history, this truth has rung true:  Whenever a government takes away a right, it never comes fully back.

During the current pandemic, the right to freely exercise your religion was removed.  Many people tell me that you can still be a Christian, without going to church.  Being a particular religion IS NOT what’s guaranteed in the First Amendment.  The Amendment restricts the government from “prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  Telling me that I can’t attend services at my church is indeed “prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

But, Joe, people say, you can meet online and it’s exactly the same.  No, it isn’t.  I enjoy meeting with the good people at Northridge and associating with like-minded people.

What does the Bible say about it?

“Not giving up meeting together,

As some are in the habit of doing,

But encouraging one another…” 

Hebrews 10:25

Seems pretty clear…actually going to church is part of the exercise of my religion.

Another right that has gone away under the executive orders (particularly here in Michigan) is the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.  

When people met to exercise this right, they were threatened with government action, and the Governor threatened to extend the lockdown, simply because people exercised their rights.  She also told them that they were subject to arrest if they didn’t wear masks and social distance.

Even more draconian was Governor Whitmer’s response specifically to the hair care profession.  When they protested her actions, she arbitrarily had a man’s license revoked permanently with no explanation.  She also, when she reopened most of the state, forced the hair care industry to OPEN LAST.  That was a direct retaliation for their attempt to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Contrast her response to the protests against her unconstitutional orders, which were entirely peaceful, with her response to the violent and destructive protests against the police currently going on.  Not only did she allow them to continue to protest without masks or social distancing, but SHE JOINED THEM.

The difference?  Her own opinions, which are never supposed to enter into government actions.

I guess it’s OK if it’s the right kind of protest.

These two may seem anecdotal and local in nature, but they are examples of what is going on all over the nation.

The Fourth Amendment guarantees that you will be secure in your “persons, houses, papers, and effects” from government intrusion.   During this pandemic, and now it’s aftermath, that has gone out the window.  Contact tracing REQUIRES you to answer questions about your travels, daily activities, health, and friendships, under threat of immediate house arrest for a minimum of 10 days.  

Don’t tell me quarantine isn’t house arrest, it is.  They say that it will be enforced by home visits, so if a government agent, volunteer or not, is ensuring that you are obeying an order without any court action, you are under house arrest.

Here in Michigan, during a press conference, Governor Whitmer actually told citizens that they MUST answer the phone, no matter who is calling, because it might be a state contact tracer.

Yes, really.

Additionally, there is talk of requiring vaccinations or proof of testing before being allowed full return to activity….think about that.

The 14th Amendment guarantees that no state can deprive any citizen of “life, liberty, or property without due process of law”. What Due Process of Law was there before you were ordered into house arrest for two and a half months? Or here in Michigan when you were told that your couldn’t use your second property?

Your right to privacy regarding your medical records are completely gone.  To enter into work every day, most of you (I know I am) are required to report any contacts you’ve had people who might be sick, report any symptoms you might have, and submit to a temperature check, despite many laws saying your health is NONE OF YOUR EMPLOYER’S BUSINESS.  And employers are required to fire you if you refuse.

At my office, you must submit as well to an IR Camera image of your face displaying the temperature to prove you actually got checked out.

I read a news story recently about a police chase involving a man trying to avoid a “CoronaVirus Checkpoint”.  They reported the story as if a police checkpoint to test your health was a perfectly legitimate government function…it isn’t.

The most basic rights we have as Americans are the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.  Currently, you have just finally, after two months, been told that the government will allow you to leave your home for other than “essential business”, but, you must remain 6 feet from other people, not gather with more than 10 people, and wear a mask anywhere you go.

Does that sound like liberty?

People who disagree with me say “but if you cared about others, you’d just do it”.  Thats what people who reported their Jewish neighbors said.

Life as a free citizen entails me making my own decisions about the risks I am willing to bear in my life.

More people will die this year from car accidents than those who actually died from the coronavirus.  Every day, I make the decision that the benefits of driving outweigh the risks.  It’s the same for every area of your life.

The people who fought and died for this once-great nation are screaming at us from Heaven to take back our country and re-affirm our commitment to it’s original ideals and design.

We are the world’s “last, best hope”, and we must be “that shining light on a hill”.

Our Founding Fathers often spoke of “An Appeal to Heaven”….today they are making “An Appeal from Heaven”.

Make a decision about whether you truly support what America means, and take action.  Join like minded people, and make your voices heard.

Don’t let the voices of chaos and destruction be the only ones heard.

What You Should Do Right Now

In light of the widespread rioting and looting in response to the killing of George Floyd, there are several things we should all be doing to protect ourselves.

First, immediately develop a communications plan.  Know how to immediately get in touch with friends and family, and develop alternate communication plans.  Cell phones can go down due to heavy traffic or a loss of power at the cell phone tower.  Having a couple of alternate plans for communications will ensure that you can get in touch with your loved ones.

Radio is an excellent back-up communication plan.  An Amateur Radio license is a great idea, but even FRS/GMRS/MURS radios can be used.  A national network of preparedness people utilize channel 3 on each of these mediums as an agreed-upon emergency channel to communicate with friends, family, and liked-minded people, even to call for help in an emergency.

Radio communications only work if you have the radio with you at all times, and you have someone to communicate with, so get to work on your network immediately.

Second, immediately collect open-source intelligence (OSINT).  Scour the internet for notices of impending protests or events that could affect your day.  Follow groups known to organize protests so that you get notified of plans.  While I was on lunch just two days ago, I learned of a large protest a couple of miles from where I was, so I quickly developed an alternate route home, that took me farther from the planned protest route.  While the protest didn’t turn violent, I wasn’t willing to bet my life on it.

In order for the OSINT collection to be immediately actionable, you need to do it throughout the day, and you need to keep maps available. As you all know, I’m a huge proponent of having paper maps.  The internet can go down, or worse, be blocked in a protest area, but paper maps can’t.  During recent Second Amendment protests in Virginia, the Navy shut down the GPS system in the area, for an “exercise” that just happened to coincide with the time and location of the protest.  If you believe it was a coincidence, unsubscribe now, I can’t help you.

Third, check your supply level of basics at home.  You should have at least 14 days of food and water stored, in case you can’t leave the house or the power goes out.  Some cities, in response to these riots, have INTENTIONALLY shut off the power.

Next, Make sure you have some emergency supplies in your car.  As you may know, I keep an emergency bag full of a change of clothes, boots, and food in my vehicle in case I have to leave the vehicle and walk out of an area.  In the event of a riot and blocked routes out of an area, it may be best to leave the vehicle and try to egress on foot, trying to blend in with the crowd.

A fully stocked medical kit should always be in your vehicle, and you should re-check it RIGHT NOW.

The change of clothing I keep in my car consists of all-black clothing, including a black hoodie, because it’s the de-facto uniform of left-wing protestors and makes far better camouflage in a civil unrest situation than Uber-Tacticool Multi-Cam uniforms.  The goal is to become a gray man and just walk away.  Cars can be replaced.

Additionally, map out where police and fire stations are along the routes you may have to walk out of an area of unrest.  I don’t mean as potential safe havens, I mean as areas to avoid AT ALL COSTS as they will be magnets for violent protestors.  Also map out and avoid shopping malls or high-end electronic stores for the same reason.

Throughout the day, take breaks from whatever you are doing to assess your local situation.  Protests can and do pop up with little to no notice in unexpected areas.  The organizers of the current unrest have indicated an intent to “move into the suburbs”, and here in Detroit, we’ve seen that start to happen.  Even a few minutes lead time can mean the difference between getting out of the area safely in your car, or having to walk out through a dangerous mob.

While driving home, I listen to a scanner app on my phone for the local area, and just today I heard of a freeway closure near my route, due to protestor activity.  While it didn’t directly affect my commute, it could have, and as GI Joe famously said, “Knowing is half the battle”.

A note about protestors on the roadway: Make a decision now that you WILL NOT come to a complete stop.  We’ve all seen the videos of what happens if you do.  At best, you’ll be inconvenienced for hours and at worse, killed or seriously injured.  Make no mistake, someone striking your vehicle and attempting to remove you from it IS A DEADLY THREAT and should be met with an appropriate level of resistance.

However, I saw a video today of a man who stopped his car when someone threw an item at it and got out, challenging the protestors to a fight.  That was stupid…you are outnumbered and have no idea what types of weapons the crowd may produce.  The man in the video got lucky, because the protestors all ran, but luck is exactly what that was.

Another item to look at is to immediately ensure that all your vehicles are full of gas, and keep them that way.  Consider storing extra fuel (securely) at home as well.  When riots truly get out of hand, not only will gas stations close, but authorities may order places to not sell gasoline to prevent fires.

Review your home fire plan, and make sure everyone in the house knows the plan.

Also review your home invasion plans and run a drill.  If you don’t already have a home invasion plan, ask yourself why not?

Notice that I didn’t mention firearms at all.  There is a solid reason for that.  The carrying or non-carrying of firearms is a personal choice, and I wanted to reach the most people.  But consider this: If you are the only person openly armed with a long gun in a crowd while trying to walk out of an area of unrest, what do you think will happen?  Gray man and low-key is the way out in this situation, not Super Tacticool-Warrior.

I hope these few ideas ignite your mind and remind that you should be on a war footing at this point, until the unrest dies down, which is shows no sign of doing any time soon.

Stay safe, and please subscribe.

Applying The Story of Rahab

I’ve said it many times…the Bible is the greatest collection of adventure stories ever known.

In Joshua 2, we are told the story of two spies sent by Joshua to conduct recon in the area of Jericho.  While they are conducting their mission, they are found out and government agents traced them to the inn of Rahab, where they were staying.  She hid them, and sent the agents on a wild goose chase into the hills, in exchange for the promise of safe conduct later from the spies.

While it’s already a cool action story, complete with spies hiding in the attic under supplies while the police search the building for them, I wondered, what tactical lessons from Rahab’s story are equally applicable today?

The answer:  ALL OF THEM.

CONDUCT RECON

The first lesson is of course that before taking any action, conduct reconnaissance first.  Joshua was no dummy, and he knew that intelligence won battles, and conducting an operation on ground you don’t know is a sure path to disaster.

Coincidentally, it’s telling that Sun Tzu, in The Art of War, explains the same truth that Joshua knew, and he wrote an entire chapter (Chapter 10), on knowing the terrain.

ESTABLISH SAFE HAVENS

The men made an agreement with Rahab, that she would hide them in return for their protection when the Israelites took the fort.

Establishing agreements among like minded people to provide refuge for each other in an emergency is an excellent tactic and everyone should have these agreements in place now.

As an example, some of my students have a ranch on the way from my suburban home to my bug out location in the north woods.  We have an agreement that in an emergency, I can stop at their place and stay as long as I need, as long as I assist in protecting their ranch.

Additionally, we have “mutual aid” agreements with surrounding properties to assist each other in an emergency and to be able field a quick reaction force to anyone needing rescue or protection in the area.

In an emergency, you are your own first responder.

ESTABLISH SIGNALS

In the story, the spies agreed that if Rahab had a scarlet cord in the window, the Israelite forces would bypass her inn, as long as everyone stayed inside during the fighting.

It’s overly simplistic, but it gives rise to the entire idea of having pre-arranged signals.

The AmRron Radio Network has an established “Signal Operating Instructions” set for everyone who belongs to their radio network and have established Channel 3 on any radio system, whether it be CB, FRS, GMRS, or MURS as a national “mutual aid” radio channel during emergencies, with instructions to all members to monitor channel 3 for 3 minutes, every third hour.

You can establish various signals and contact methods with your friends and associates, but KEEP THEM SECRET.

HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN

Because her inn was part of the city wall, Rahab was able to assist the men in escaping the fort, despite the authorities sealing the city gates by lowering them out a window.

I’m pretty sure, given her chosen profession, that this wasn’t the first time Rahab let a man sneak out the window.

How does that apply to today?  Do you have a plan to get out of your immediate area without using major roads or highways, where checkpoints could be established?

Most people say that their “bug out plan” involves “getting out of town” and then the plan starts.  If you can’t make it out of town, the rest of your plan is irrelevant.  

During our training classes, we frequently hear this and then ask someone how they plan to get out town.  The answer is usually the highway.  At that point, I ask if them know what the ACTUAL STATED PURPOSE of the highway system is.  It’s purpose is to allow unobstructed military and emergency traffic in an emergency.  In other words, the highway won’t be open to civilian traffic.

As you enter the highway, you’ll see a sign about “entering a limited access highway”.  The fine print explains that they can be closed at any time.

Have routes out from your home and work locations that don’t rely on highways.  Ideally, they should also avoid any highway entrance or exit points, as those will be natural checkpoint locations.

DON’T FREELY PROVIDE INFORMATION TO GOVERNMENT AGENTS

I know I’ll get some push back on this, but any time that government agents show up at your home or business, it’s perfectly OK to not let them in.  That’s what Rahab did, and while she actively lied, telling them that the men had fled the city, I don’t advocate lying to the police.  

What I do advocate is that if you didn’t call them, you are under exactly ZERO obligation to answer any questions or provide any information.  In most sates, unless you are the driver in a vehicle stopped for a motor vehicle violation, you are under no obligation to even identify yourself.

Some people feel that out of civic duty, you should cooperate.  I have one response:  That’s how General Michael Flynn felt when Supervisory Special Agent Peter Strzok walked into his office.

The Constitution exists to limit government action and ensure your freedom.  Use it, don’t ever waive it.

I have a good friend who, while in the line of our work, was involved in a struggle that led to a man’s death.  My friend and the rest of the staff that day gave statements to the police, in good faith, and while the police agreed with our action in the situation, the politically active prosecutor needed to score some community points, so those statements were used to charge everyone with a crime.  All charges were dropped as soon as they were reviewed by a court, but the names and charges were already in the national media at that point, and no media outlet has ever apologized.

Don’t make statements unless guided by counsel, who will tell you not to make one at all.

I hope this review of Joshua 2 and the story of Rahab has led to some critical thinking on your part.  The time to put these ideas into action is NOW, before an emergency occurs.

Where is Your Stuff?

When we teach classes on self defense or preparedness, guys frequently show us photos of their mountains of food, guns, and ammo.  It’s frequently a room stocked with cartons of food, stacks of ammo, and a safe full of guns.  They then proudly say “I’ve been prepping, I’m ready”.  I burst their bubble by asking what will happen if they are at work when an event happens.  Invariably, they say they’ll make their way home, with no real consideration having been given as to how they are really going to get home, then I open their eyes with this one: What if you can’t get home?

Another scenario that destroys this “stockpile” mentality is a recent news story from the COVID-19 lockdown.  A man in New York had the FBI arrive and seize thousands of masks he had LAWFULLY PURCHASED and was selling at inflated prices, using the Defense Production Act as their justification.  The DPA allows the federal government to seize any item that they deem you have more than they think you should.  When I share this story, people say”Yeah, but they arrested him”, assuming that there was some criminality in his ownership.  When you read the case filings, there wasn’t.  He was arrested for lying the FBI and denying his ownership, not for anything criminal in his purchases.

In this article, we’re going to discuss two pieces of tactical wisdom related to your own supplies:

  1. Dispersal
  2. Secrecy

As we do so, we’re going to consult my favorite Tactical Field Manual, the Bible.

“Give portions to 7, yes to 8,

For you do not know what disaster

May come upon the land”

Ecclesiates 11:2

While most people apply this wisdom to investing, it is equally appropriate in your investments as far as gear and supplies.

In a true Without Rule of Law situation (WROL), both the government and other people will be adversarial to your ownership of supplies.  If all your eggs are in one basket, so to speak, one confrontation can lead to you losing everything you have.

Spread out your supplies and gear; don’t keep them centralized in one location.

As an example, I have gear at my house, some stored in my vehicle, some in a wooded area in a public park stash within walking distance of the house, some in my office, and some at the cabin in the woods, several hours away.

In this way, I’ll be able to survive if some portion of the supplies are seized under the DPA or taken by bad actors.

Let’s just discuss food in this example.

  1. At the house, I have one closet with a couple of boxes of non-perishable, camping type food.  
  2. At the office, I have a drawer with several packages of freeze-dried and canned food stored.  
  3. The car has my emergency bag with 2 days worth of survival food and my backpack with 72 hours worth of food.  It’s important to note that I can retrieve this food, even if the vehicle can’t be driven from the location.  
  4. In a deep cache in a wooded trail park near the house, I have additional long-term storage food buried.  
  5. At the cabin, I have both food stored inside the garage, and in a cache in the woods nearby.

As you can tell, no matter what the circumstances are, I’ll have access to survival rations at least for a time.  You can apply this same strategy to every type of supply or gear you need (I have).

Now, let’s talk secrecy:

“Those who guard their lips, preserve their lives,

But those who speak rashly will come to ruin”

Proverbs 13:3

As I scroll social media, I’m shocked at the information people put out there, and people into preparedness are no different.

I see guys posting their chest rig, plate carriers, and guns, which is really just a shopping advertisement for criminals to come and steal.

I see posts of guys showing off their “stash room” full of food and ammo.

What keeps the average person from stealing from others?  Some say morality, some say fear of prosecution.  It’s neither.  It’s a LACK OF URGENT NEED.  People will make very different decisions when they and their family are on the verge of starvation than they would in good times with money coming in and food readily available.

We are approaching such a crisis in America right now.

If you’ve told everyone in your neighborhood how “prepared” you are, what will stop them from banding together to take your things?  I don’t care how much ammo you have, if a mob knows you have things and they want them, they’ll get them.

Best selling author Ivan Throne (darktriadman.com) states it best in his book “The Nine Laws”, when he says “Concealment is the Second Law”.  To survive, don’t let the world know what you have or what your plans are.

If no one knows you have food, they won’t come looking for it.  This applies to discussions on social media, around the water cooler, and in your neighborhood.  Operations Security is a vital and often overlooked aspect of preparations.  

Many people are tempted to brag and “out-prep” each other.  It’s better to keep quiet and quietly amass your supplies and disperse them.

In a WROL event, don’t flaunt what you have.  When the rest of the neighborhood has been living on canned beans, don’t grill steaks outside.  

If the government hands out water and food, ACCEPT IT so as not to stand out to either the government or your neighbors.  The only exception to this is if they require registration or “vaccination”/“health checks” to receive aid.  Never submit to those controls.  Another caution in this area is that you should never enter a secured perimeter to receive emergency government aid….that perimeter isn’t really to keep people out.

In conclusion, spread out your supplies to diverse locations so that it can’t all be taken or destroyed at one time, and don’t share information publicly about your preparations/stockpiles.

Be safe, and be READY.

Freedom Is Essential Business

You, my Brothers and Sisters,

Were called to be free”

Galatians 5:13a

As the nation struggles against the Coronavirus and COVID-19, we are told that we must only conduct “essential business”.  Each Governor has given a different definition of what they consider to be “essential business”, and there are criminal penalties for being outside of your home, not on “essential business”.

Who honestly gets to decide what essential business is?

I base my interpretation on the best documents ever written in the history of Mankind: The Holy Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States.

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul pointed out the most basic truth about freedom:

“It is for Freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves

Be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”

Galatians 5:1

That passage is clear and unequivocal.  Being told that you cannot work or leave your home without government approval is indeed slavery.  Being told by the government which business you are allowed to run and which jobs you are allowed to hold is NOT freedom.

By allowing this to continue, we are being “burdened again by a yoke of slavery”, and we are allowing it ourselves.

Our founding document, The Declaration of Independence, contains the following passage:

“That to secure these rights, 

Governments are instituted among Men,

Deriving their just powers from the consent of governed”

Declaration of Independence

Note that it says that the government derives its power from the consent of the governed, not the other way around.  Currently, the governed are being allowed to exercise their rights only with the consent of the government, which is slavery and unconstitutional.

The purpose of the Constitution of The United States is to restrict the GOVERNMENT, not the people.

“Congress shall make no law

Respecting an establishment of religion,

Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

Amendment 1 to The Constitution

By banning all in person religious services of greater than 10 people, the Governors have violated this Amendment.  They’ve also violated the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, by banning any public assembly with people not of your own immediate family.

By being ordered into effective house arrest, where you can only leave your home if getting food or things deemed essential by the State, your Fifth Amendment rights are violated.  The Fifth Amendment states that no person shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law.

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction 

Thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State where they reside.

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or

Immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive 

Any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law”

Section 1 of Amendment 14

This clause makes the Constitution and the Bill of Rights applicable to the States, and clearly the Governors are violating the Constitution.

The question I pose is this…are we violating Paul’s admonition to “not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”?

Obviously, the answer is yes.

What are you willing to do about it? 

Are you OK with a yoke of slavery?

When Should I Be Ready?

In the self-defense and preparedness community, you always hear discussions about all of the things people have prepared and “ready”, but how much of that can be put into immediate practice?

What sort of readiness should we maintain on a daily basis?

As we frequently do on this site, let’s consult life’s ultimate tactical preparedness handbook, The Holy Bible:

“Be dressed, ready for service,

And keep your lamps burning”

Luke 12:35

Luke advises us to always be ready for action, but what does that look like?

I can’t answer this for you and your situation, but I can provide some information on my readiness.

Always Ready Items

First, I keep three bags always in my car and fully ready, so let’s go over those.  

The first is a first aid kit.  It’s a fully stocked trauma kit, complete with pressure dressings and a tourniquet, as well as bandaids and bandages for more minor injuries.  Your odds of needing a first aid kit are far greater than any other item, so keep this always stocked and ready.  If you use something from it, replace it immediately.

The second is an emergency bag.  This bag has a pair of tarps in it, a pair of boots, a sweater, a set of tactical pants and shirt (work clothes are not conducive to survival), a fixed blade knife, some fire starting gear, a couple of flashlights, a shovel, and some non-perishable food.  With this gear, I can survive for a few days, if needed. 

The third bag is my “Go Bag”, my everyday carry patrol backpack.  It’s stocked with a few small tools, another first aid kit, more fire starting gear, more emergency food, rain gear, a change of socks and underwear, optics, and other basic fieldcraft gear, including my poncho (as a tent) and poncho liner (sleeping bag).

Inside this backpack, I also keep my laptop inside a Premier Body Armor Bulletproof Laptop Bag, which protects my back from ballistic threats. (www.premierbodyarmor.com)

It’s important to note how these are packaged as well.  The first aid kit is in a waist pack, the emergency bag is in an overnight duffel bag, and the patrol pack is a backpack.  In an emergency, I can put the first aid kit around my waist, put the duffel bag on cross-wise, and then put the backpack on, and carry all three to leave an area on foot in an emergency, and still have gear.

All three bags are from outstanding gear supplier Highland Tactical (hltactical.com).

The 15 Minute Bag

At home, I also maintain the 15 Minute Bag.  The bag is named for the ability to leave with it fully stocked in under 15  minutes, because it’s always kept nearly ready.

My 15 Minute Bag is a USMC-Issue ILBE rucksack, with the assault pack attached.

Inside this bag, I maintain the following items:

  • Mummy Sleeping Bag
  • Camp Pillow
  • Several pairs of socks in Ziploc bags
  • Hygiene kit with soap, razors, toothpaste, toilet paper, wipes, and a towel strip
  • A set of USMC MARPAT uniforms in a Ziploc bag
  • Non-Perishable food for 5 days
  • Cold-Weather liner for rain gear
  • Changes of underwear/t-shirts in Ziploc bags
  • Flushable wipes (bio-degradable)
  • A tent and ground tarp
  • Camouflage tarp and stakes
  • Rope
  • Mess Kit
  • Camp Shower

The assault pack contains items like a full survival kit in 2 water-tight boxes, optics, fire-starting gear, and tactical gear,

With the 15 Minute Bag and the other items in the car, I could immediately survive indefinitely with about 15 minutes notice.

1 Hour Gear

The 1 Hour Gear is kept in a closet and it’s a couple of totes kept stocked with canned or dehydrated food, a waterproof bags with several sets of camouflage uniforms kept packed and ready.

This also includes 2 full ammo boxes of ammunition, one ammo box of radio gear, a tote of miscellaneous camping supplies, and a siphon kit.

The purpose of this gear is simply that if given enough notice, I can be a little more prepared.

Additional Gear

Given 3 hours notice, I would additionally pack up a stack of books and training manuals that would help, along with plenty of clothes and blankets.

A Final Preparedness Note

An often overlooked area of preparedness or “prepping” is clothing.  People just assume that their clothes will last forever.  

Always include sewing supplies in your preps. 

Also, buy & store extra undergarments….where will you get Fruit of the Loom if the economy crashes or there is an EMP?

BattleBoard Scout

BattleBoard Scout

As you know, if you’ve read any of my other posts, I’m a firm believer in keeping paper maps handy for emergencies, and for tactical operations, the ability to “battle-track” on a paper map overlay is crucial.

Just before Christmas, I became aware of the BattleBoard Scout, available at BattleBoard.us.

It’s a small day-planner sized case with a map sleeve that has a polycarbonate cover, so that you can write on a map folded inside.  The Scout version is small sized, and optimal for my work as a Certified Fraud Examiner in the private sector, enabling me to carry a map of the area of any surveillance or executive protection detail we are doing and make notes right on it.

Recently, during a major protest event, I used the BattleBoard Scout to battle-track in real time and it was a great tool to understand what was going on during the event.

In this article, first we will discuss the Scout and how I have mine set up, and then we’ll discuss how it was used to conduct tracking.

The Medium Scout is 7×9 inches, which makes it fit perfectly in my Bail-Out Bag or in the front pouch of my backpack.

On the left half inside, there are 7 pen loops.  I keep a standard pen, a mechanical pencil, and a  Rite In The Rain pen in the loops full time.  This area is the only drawback I’ve found, because if you fill all 7 pen loops, with a notebook inside, it doesn’t close evenly.  I solved this by only keeping a minimal amount of pens inside, and keeping a pouch of dry erase pens in the bag, next to the Scout.

On the right hand side, there are a few great features.  First, there is a lengthwise opening, where you can store documents inside, as well as sliding a notebook back cover in.  Inside this pouch, I keep blank 6×8 forms, like Observation Logs for surveillance, Note Sheets, etc.  I also keep in here one Rite In The Rain stapled notebook for general note-taking.

Inside

I also slide the back cover of a Rite In The Rain Tactical Fieldbook inside that slot, allowing me to use the book as a general note book as well.

There is also a half-page pouch across the width of the left hand side.  Here I store a map protractor and a supply of large index cards for note taking.

The entire Scout is covered in tough nylon, and closes with a durable YKK zipper.

When you are making the purchase, there is an option to add a LokSak, which is a zip-lock waterproof bag to place a map inside.  I cannot recommend this highly enough to do it justice.  I wavered before making my purchase, but I’m glad that I did.  The LokSak makes the map inside more secure from the weather, and makes it easier to slide the map in and out of the polycarbonate window.  Also, If you need to view a larger area of the map, you can do that while keeping the map still inside the LokSak, since it fits inside the polycarbonate window folded in half.  Additionally, you can write directly on the LokSak with dry erase markers.

LokSak

I use mine daily as a general notebook, because it’s easy to carry and professional-looking.

During a recent protest event, I put a map of a downtown area inside the polycarbonate window and tracked the event.  I was able to list areas of conflict and traffic issues, and relay that data to other team members, maintaining a big picture overview of the situation as the day progressed, using wet erase markers. I chose wet erase so that any markings wouldn’t be accidentally wiped off.  At the end of the day, after over 12 hours of tracking, the window was wiped cleaned with nothing more than a paper towel and a drop of water.

Attached is a photo of the completed map.  At the beginning of the day, our observation post on top of the parking garage was noted on the map as a blue triangle, and the Capitol grounds were crossed in red to denote the area of the protest.  Since the main protest was intended to block traffic, as the event unfolded, I marked off the areas of stopped traffic with red X’s.  

Later in the day, as the police began blocking roads leading into the area to reduce the congestion, I marked those areas as black bars with X’s on the map.

The location of the only arrest for the day was marked with a black A.

Battle Tracking-Gridlock Protest

This map gave us a great situational awareness of how we could get help into the area in an emergency, and on routes out of the area that were not impacted by the protest, in case we needed to evacuate.

In conclusion, on a day when I needed outstanding situational awareness of a potentially volatile situation, the BattleBoard Scout performed admirably and exactly as advertised.

I highly recommend the BattleBoard Scout.