Seasonal Changeover

As we approach Mid-May, the weather is getting warmer. On Monday, I decided to do a seasonal changeover on all of my bags. As I was finishing, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all my thinking and methodology.

By now, you should all have ordered a copy of the Base Line Training Manual, where I describe each of the bags, but in case you haven’t here’s a review. You should have a Vehicle Bag (always kept in the car), a Get Home Bag, an EDC/Patrol Bag, and a Full Ruck. You can order the book here, where I fully describe each bag’s contents:

For the Vehicle Bag, I removed a heavy fleece liner for my field jacket and replaced it with a lighter weight jacket, as the temperature won’t be as cold at night as it has been. I left the GoreTex outer layer in the bag. The GoreTex in this bag is plain black, so that it’s more Gray Man. I double checked the contents of the survival kits, to be sure that they were still fully stocked. I also checked all the expiration dates on food in the bag, and double checked the batteries in the lights.

I keep two full US 2 quart canteens in the back of my SUV in case of emergency and the seasonal change over is a great time to replace the water in them.

In the Get Home Bag, I swapped out a hoodie for a long sleeve t-shirt. This lets me retain the ability to change appearance quickly, yet not be too warm for movement. I also replaced a knit cap with a baseball cap for quick profile changes. I double-checked and re-stocked the first aid kit. I also checked all batteries in this bag.

I made similar changes in the EDC/Patrol bag. In this one, however, I left a watch-cap in it for night-time warmth. I took out heavy winter gloves and left lightweight liner gloves in their place. I double-checked the dates on the MRE’s and verified that the first aid kit was complete. I keep an extra Swedish M84 canteen on the side of this bag, so I rotated the water in the canteen.

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The Full Ruck had some more serious changes. I took out the full sleeping bag, since it’s now warm enough to just use a Ranger-Roll. I took out the heavy-weight snivel gear (long underwear for you non-Marines) and replaced it with silk-weight Under-Armor gear. I replaced the two sets of camouflage uniforms in the Ruck as well. Since I live in Michigan, the browns and tans of USMC Desert MARPAT and British Desert DPM worked perfectly for fall and winter. Now that the foliage has grown back, I put in two sets of USMC MARPAT Woodland and one set of All-Terrain Tiger (I had room after removing the sleeping bag for an extra set). I left the UMSC “Wooly-Pully” sweater in the Ruck just in case.

I doubled checked the dates on the MRE’s in the Full Ruck, and also inventoried the camp gear in it. I added a 10mm black yoga mat to the outside of my Ruck on the opposite side as my backpacking tent for use as a sleeping pad.

The final check of the Full Ruck was to attach the Patrol Bag and wear both to test the weight and make sure it was still balanced, not too heavy, and that it was still quiet.

You should conduct a changeover like this at least every six months, and preferably every season. An emergency is not the time to find out if you gear is still all set or seasonally appropriate. Preparing your bags is an ongoing exercise, not a one-time event.

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Sad Hams are Killing GMRS

Let me begin by saying that the vast majority of Amateur Radio people (Hams) that I know are NOT Sad Hams. Most of them are very helpful and good people. It’s sad that a few people are going to kill not just one hobby, but two.

My first real experience with a Sad Ham came as soon TW-01, Baseline Training Manual, came out. As a new author, I eagerly awaited reviews. After a few days of 5-star reviews, I got a 1-star from a Sad Ham. He said that despite all the great info in the rest of the book, he didn’t like my radio chapter (literally 10 pages) because I didn’t tell everyone to get a ham license and expensive radios. It was a taste of what was to come.

Dear Sad Hams – Proverbs has a message:

Listen to advice and accept discipline,
    and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Proverbs 19:20

Most ham guys recommend getting a ham license to “learn about radio” and that’s commendable. However, they argue with my point that I have literally carried a radio every day of my professional life since I was 17 years old, so I know a thing or two about radio. Not the same, they say. Between the Marine Corps, the City of Grand Rapids, various private security contractors, and corporate security teams, I’ve used HF, VHF, UHF, and 800 Mhz trunked/frequency hopping radios of every type. Not enough they say. You don’t say “73s” at the end of your conversations, so you know next to nothing about radio, Sad Hams say.

Fast forward a bit, and GMRS is getting on the scene as a more widely used medium. People involved in preparedness specifically are gravitating to it as a middle-of-the-road solution. Here in Metro Detroit, we had a couple of repeaters and there was light traffic. We ran a ‘Prepper Net’ every week and a more general net every few weeks.

Well, the Sad Hams found out that there were people actually using and enjoying radio without being policed and guided by the “experts”, so they quickly ran out and got their GMRS licenses. No, Sad Hams, I REFUSE to call it a “TICKET” – get over it. They first asserted themselves by “advising” everyone of “proper” etiquette, like saying “73s” and endlessly calling for signal reports, rather than just holding conversations. They started screeching if you went 15 minutes and 1 second without shouting your call sign. They also asked you to repeat your call sign like 4 or 5 times. Don’t get me wrong, they can hear you just fine…. they are building that “when I tell you to do something, you just do it because I am the Ham guy” response.

Next, they put up another repeater and generously offered to link the repeaters, giving everyone extended range. Sounds good, right? Well, they linked the two repeaters that covered the most territory. Then, they immediately began holding “ham radio” conversations ALL DAY LONG. These guys tied up BOTH repeaters with conversations about types of coaxial cable, antenna heights, and all the things they are doing with their HAM radios, not GMRS. If you were a GMRS guy and wanted to call you buddy across town, you can’t because the same 4 guys are on BOTH channels, all day long. I swear to God, yesterday one of them even revealed that he had smuggled a radio into his HOSPITAL ROOM so that he could talk about his illness. If you are a GMRS user in Detroit, you heard it yesterday.

Let me explain to the self-appointed airwave police why GMRS is NOT the place for that. The amateur radio service, per the FCC, is for self-training, experimentation, emergency communications, and the RADIO HOBBY. The General Mobile Radio Service is for personal, family, and business communications. There is a MARKED difference here.

The rules that the Sad Hams LOVE to screech about prohibit interfering with other users and promoting the sharing of frequencies. Well, Amateur licensees have a much larger spectrum, including a HUGE chunk of UHF, 420 to 450 Mhz. GMRS is allotted only 22 channels in the 462/467 range, only EIGHT of which are allowed for repeater use. Let me be blunt:


I’m not out of line here. The few Hams I’ve asked about this phenomenon say, “well, it’s because GMRS has gotten so popular”. OK, so you admit that you didn’t like other people talking without your supervision. You can’t say it’s because there weren’t any UHF Ham repeaters locally, there are DOZENS. The only reason is that you want exclusive control of the radio hobby. It’s annoying. You have HUGE amounts of radio spectrum to use, even in UHF, so why take over another service?

Whenever I mention my repeater to Hams, they immediately start screeching…”I don’t see your repeater listed on RepeaterBook or MyGMRS!!!” Yes, there’s a reason for that and it’s YOU. I’m not required to list it and I’m not required to let anyone else use it.

But, what can we do? Well, if you are a GMRS-Only licensed person with a repeater, lock down your repeater to permission only. I know it’s a pain, but we have to reclaim our own service. Only grant permission to people who agree to your terms…this is for personal communications, not “Ham-shack” talk. Advise users that it’s fine to use the repeater to make an initial contact, but if you are going to talk for more than a couple of messages, move the conversation to a simplex-direct channel. “But Joe, then I can’t talk to Bobby about his goiter surgery, and I can’t tell him what Marge and I had for dinner last night from 45 miles away.” That’s what you have a Ham license for, sorry.

GMRS was not meant to be Ham radio. It was meant to be a way for families, groups, or small businesses to communicate with each other. It was never meant to be “ham-lite”.

Now, if you feel tempted to leave me a 4-paragraph defense of why Hams MUST hold these conversations on GMRS to keep from clogging up Ham airwaves for “important” traffic, understand that YOU are exactly who I’m talking about. If you also feel that those lowly GMRS licensees need your supervision, YOU are the problem.

The real problem is this – Hams have long complained about a decline in their hobby. That decline is caused by the very few Sad Hams ruining the experience for everybody. Those same people are now intruding on a service that many people new to the radio hobby are just starting out in. When they excitedly turn on their new GMRS handhelds because Joe Dolio, Wyoming Survival, and NC Scout told them to check it out, they get quickly turned off by the insanely BORING conversations about wiring, the difference between the Yaesu XT-4378-AB and the Icom B-78T43G, various medical procedures planned, and why the Baofeng sucks. They give up. When they try to ask a simple question, they get back a 7-and-a-half-minute explanation of why their equipment sucks and the need to spend the house payment on the newest gadget and they get discouraged. They are killing two hobbies, both of which could really save lives.

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It’s sad.

Sad Hams like to tell people to “Go back to CB!” – well, I say “Go back to Ham!”

Don’t let them discourage you. Set up your own network for your group or family and use it. Learn about it. When they try to pressure you to open up your repeater “for the good of all”, refuse. When they just break into your repeater (very easy to do), CLEARLY advise them that the repeater is PRIVATE and that they are NOT AUTHORIZED to use it. Two can play at their “rules enforcement” game. Their Ham license doesn’t authorize them to do whatever they want, and a GMRS license doesn’t mean you get to use everyone’s repeater without permission.

I wish it wasn’t this way. I wish that the Sad Hams were like the rest of the hams and glad to see new people enter the hobby. Those new people will work their way up to ham if they choose to, without your cajoling. Leave them alone while they learn.

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Tradecraft in Uncertain Times

Times are scary right now. People on both sides of the political spectrum (yes, both sides) are leveling threats at each other and people are seeking to “cancel” each other, which is a white-washed way of saying ruin each other’s lives and ability to make a living. Add to this the ever-present threat of an increasingly out-of-control federal law enforcement machine bent on labeling as many as possible as domestic extremists, and you have a very uncertain future. This labeling allows them to justify even more draconian intrusions and restrictions on rights.

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.

Proverbs 21:23

There are some very specific steps you can take to mitigate the risk and lower the threshold of the information that you are emitting. In other words, there are steps you can take to develop “tradecraft” skills.

Tradecraft is those skills that intelligence services and their informants use to hide, reduce their signature, and be less of target, all while still accomplishing their mission. The easiest way to stay off the radar is to do nothing at all, but that doesn’t help your preparedness stance.

As a person just into preparedness and not into politics, you might be thinking, “I don’t need to worry about this”, but you would be wrong. In their attempts to paint anyone who is not a government asset as an extremist, the DHS published a guide which listed “anyone interested in preparedness or being overly prepared” as a potential domestic violent extremist. Some of the things they want others to report: People with large stores of food, anyone concerned about disaster preparedness, those worried about a grid collapse, people into canning (yes, really), and anyone who was “overly concerned” about Constitutional rights and government overreach.

They also mentioned anyone “distrustful of the federal government”. You know who was distrustful of the US federal government? The very men who established this Nation. I’d be glad to be counted among them.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few basic tradecraft ideas. Understand going into it that this is a VERY basic primer and please don’t rush to the comment section to list everything you saw on the “Gray Man” video you saw on YouTube by Ultra-Super Prepper-Spy 2000. We are only going to scratch the surface here; there is much more to learn.

First, understand that “gray man” is a false sense of security. It only ensures that you won’t be remembered. Most guys who think they are practicing solid personal security by being the gray man defeat the purpose by taking their tracking device, or cell phone, everywhere they go. Literally. Like, the bathroom is the number one place to find everyone with a phone in their hand, and it’s also the place they’re most worried about being monitored in. It’s bizarre.

That’s topic one – Put the phone down. I know, everyone tells you to, and everyone knows this, but they flat out refuse to do it. I was alive before handheld cell phones were a thing. Trust me, you are perfectly capable of surviving without being connected to the prison, I mean phone system.

A Faraday bag is a great investment and lots of sites talk about them, but let’s talk about the practical use of it in the field. Most people buy one, and then decide to use it when meeting with like-minded people. They drive to the restaurant, then put the phone in the bag. Afterwards, they immediately take the phone out and check to see what they’ve missed. If all 6 people at the meeting did this, any government agent looking at these records wouldn’t know what you discussed, that’s for sure, but they would definitely notice that 6 people of interest all went to the same location and turned off their phones at the same time, for the same length of time.

A far better use of the Faraday bag is to drive to a commercial location that people spend a lot of time at like a shopping mall or a gym, place the phone in the bag there, and then drive on to your destination. After the meeting, drive back to the same location, and then take the phone out. Then it looks like you were there the whole time.

I know someone is going to drop in the comments and say, “Just leave the phone at home”. That might seem like wisdom, except your neighbors saw you leave. Also, an opposition agent (whomsoever that opposition might be) may have driven past your house and noticed that you were gone. This is how the Ingham County Sheriff knew that Eugene Yu was up to no good the night he tried to flee the US and head to China. They watched him leave the house and noticed that his cell phone was still pinging inside the house. Take the phone; use the Faraday bag.

The next tip involves being careful of who you tell things to. All of us in preparedness keep telling you that you need a tribe, but we also warn of federal or other infiltration. This is a big risk, and there are a few steps you can take to prevent it. As far back as Naboth and Jezebel, Feds have been infiltrating groups and entrapping them. Here is Jezebel’s plan to entrap Naboth:

In those letters she wrote:

“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10 But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”

1 Kings 21:9-10

The best way to avoid this is to only allow into your group people you already know and have had a relationship with for at least a few years. Anyone that a member of your group wants to add should also meet those criteria with their sponsor. In other words, if John wants us to add his friend Mike, John has to prove that he’s known Mike for several years. While this won’t eliminate the risk, it will indeed reduce it.

The best way, however, is to never engage in sketchy conversations, especially with people you don’t know or barely know. When someone starts suggesting building bombs, modifying weapons, or kidnapping Governors, tell them point blank NO (that’s important – don’t leave it unanswered) and cut off all contact with them. The failure to say NO is what got the Michigan Morons convicted. They never said YES, but they also never said NO.

Another good piece of tradecraft to develop is the Surveillance Detection Route. Have places where you can drive that seem natural but would expose surveillance. If I pull into a strip mall, drive around the rear, and then pull out onto a different street, anyone else who does the same thing to follow me would stand out. If I did that TWICE, it would confirm surveillance. Dear Feds: You aren’t the only people doing surveillance. Reporters and opposition groups on both sides do it.

A lot of people in our circles like to communicate by radio and the same people who tell you all about being a gray man (while carrying their phones) will tell you that you need encrypted radios. You don’t. Using encrypted radios lets anyone listening know that you are doing interesting things. Instead, I can hide my traffic by sounding like everyone else. While GMRS requires a license, tens of thousands of retail stores and businesses are using them daily without a license. If your surveillance radio traffic sounds like business traffic (“I’m in Aisle 5, can you see what the customer entering Aisle 9 needs?”), you are more secure than someone hearing the data bursts of encrypted traffic. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but you can either be secure or be lazy. Pick one.

I highly recommend taking a course like NC Scout’s RTO/Advanced RTO/SIGINT courses to learn a lot more about how to secure your communications and execute tradecraft while communicating.

Tradecraft also involves making sure your meetings are secure. I’ve set up meetings with new people and with less than 10 minutes notice, I’ve changed the location to somewhere completely different, but still in a reasonable radius. Anyone who flat out refuses to change your meeting location on short notice to a short distance away (like a few blocks), doesn’t want to move because of all the recording devices and surviellance set up on the original location. Cut them off. As a side note, I never change the location until I’m already set up watching the new one. If, after I tell them the new location, a bunch of vehicles pour into the new lot, but no one gets out of their cars, LEAVE.

Some readers might think this is all paranoia. I challenge you to read some of the J6 indictments or the Michigan case documents. Lots of people who were doing perfectly legal things have been turned into criminals because an informant opened up or steered a conversation and the other person wasn’t careful. It’s far better to be aware and take active steps to deny anyone a chance to put you in that position in the first place.

For the record, multinational businesses give this same advice to their executives and staff when traveling in areas where competitors might try and gain confidential information. It’s just sound personal security strategy.

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Prudence in Uncertain Times

Banks are on dangerous ground, the Russo-Ukrainian War risks escalation, and China is expanding it’s challenges. What more could go wrong?

Well, the Manhattan DA claims he’s about to arrest Donald Trump. Rather than calling for calm, Donald Trump, as usual, decided to play right into their hands and call for protests to “take back our country” if he is arrested. For the record, if those protests do happen, the Feds will almost certainly charge him with Incitement to Riot, Solicitation to Riot, or Sedition, almost immediately.

While I feel that the odds of an actual arrest are low, I do feel that he will be indicted, and his base will protest. Prudence demands that you take certain steps. There is some Tactical Wisdom from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook on this:

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

Now, I don’t literally mean take refuge and hide in your home, I mean take steps to mitigate some of these risks.

First, the banking system internationally and the financial system are both at high risk and the measures that central banks are taking increase that risk. I recommend withdrawing enough cash to get you through one month of no access to cash. The first thing that happened with SVB and Signature Bank was depositors being denied access to their accounts. Keep a substantial amount of cash on hand to enable you to eat and fuel your vehicles.

That’s the second note, and one I make regularly: Make sure your vehicles are full and have a little extra gas stored. The Colonial Pipeline hack should have convinced you of this, as should the volatility in gas prices.

Again, while the likelihood is low, you should take some steps to prepare yourself for potential unrest after Tuesday. Is there a federal building along your route? Maybe plan an alternate route around it. You may very well support any protestors who show up, but I GUARANTEE you they will be outnumbered by counter-protestors from ANTIFA looking to do some damage. Also, the police and federal agencies are FAR more likely to use violence to disperse pro-Trump protestors. I know, it’s not right and it’s not fair, but it IS TRUE, so plan for it. Avoid those areas.

Check out and discuss alternate routes for all of your family members and discuss a solid communications plan, in the event of widespread unrest. I know, it’s very low likelihood, but failing to plan for it is inexcusable. Here’s a reminder:

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 33:4

The problem is that the Q folks and a lot of President Trump’s supporters are fervently so. In other words, they are willing to go to the mat, despite the fact that it will not benefit their cause.

I’ll be honest, as much as I say our side has to get out and do something, this isn’t the issue to go to the mat on. We saw how they treated the J6 protestors, and how President Trump has done literally NOTHING at all to support them. Protest the rising tyranny, but not the arrest or charging of Trump. The court system exists for Trump to have his day in court and plead his case. You getting beaten and locked up for protesting won’t help our cause, in fact, it will HURT our cause by giving them a reason to impose stricter tyranny.

This entire thing may even be engineered to cause exactly that response. Be careful.

On the other hand, protest things like new gun laws that infringe on your rights. Protest federal control over elections in violation of the Constitution. Protest Drag Queen events targeting children. Not the arrest of a single man who brings on most of his own issues.

Back to the topic at hand, also have enough shelf-stable food for two weeks, in the event you can’t get out into a grocery store because of unrest or issues. As the risk of global conflict goes up, so does the risk of a large-scale cyber-attack targeting our grid or financial sector.

If your group or family communication plan involves radios, make sure that all have a full battery and that everyone is carrying their radio at all times this week. I’ll be keeping one radio with me and another on my chest rig with a full battery. Also, maintain all battery banks at full power during the potential crisis. Resist the temptation to use them daily…while you have grid power, you should be using that to charge your devices and keep the battery back-ups full.

Monday is a good day to inventory and repack all Get-Home Bags. It’s time for a spring check-up and update anyways, so get them out and triple-check them. More importantly, after doing so, PUT THEM IN YOUR CAR.

You should have a “Minuteman” rig ready at a moment’s notice and it should be checked. This is your “The Threat is Coming Now” rig. As the name implies, during the frontier times, when word came of an Indian war-band or enemy patrol (French or whomever), all of the men grabbed their Minuteman gear and went to man the defenses of the neighborhood. This should be a chest-rig and belt type of set-up, and I would include my Patrol-EDC bag from the Baseline Training Manual. This should all be staged so that you can grab it and your defensive tools (long gun/pistol/knife) in less than 2 minutes and be ready to act. Mine is an ExUmbris belt and a UW Gear “Mini-Swamp Fox” chest rig. I toss my USMC FILBE Assault pack on with my 0241 Tactical Pack Cover (MARPAT, of course) and I’m ready for up to 72 hours of action unsupported.

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A good resource for how to vet information and avoid rumors is Dr. Perrodin’s book, The Velocity of Information. I was a contributor, and he did some serious research into the topic of Chaotic Information Flow. Highly recommended.

Friends, it’s a scary time. Reduce your stress by taking some basic preparedness actions, and by paying attention to what is going on around you.

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Review: Blue Dawn & A Most Uncivil War

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My friend and fellow Michigan Native, Blaine Pardoe, has done something not many have – He sent a chill down my spine with his Blue Dawn Series. And, unlike my dear friend Mark Sibley, Blaine is pumping the sequels out pretty quick.

I just finished Book 2, “A Most Uncivil War”, and I have to admit, he has created a very likely scenario.

In the first book, “Blue Dawn”, Blaine creates “NewMerica”: an alternate history where after the 2020 election, ANTIFA and their various associates succeed in a real insurrection. They replace our Republican form of government with a Ruling Council and a Truth and Reconciliation Committee that rewrites history in a very 1984 fashion. “Social Enforcers”, or BLM/ANTIFA thugs, are made a semi-official law enforcement arm that operates with no oversight. “People’s Tribunals” are convened to mete out street justice for perceived wrongs. Dissenters and conservatives are sent to “Social Quarantine” camps, and Big Tech scrubs the internet and social media at the orders of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.

I won’t give away spoilers, but there are many familiar names and faces in the books on both sides.

Ironically, Blaine has named the nascent resistance fighters the “Sons of Liberty”. I find that highly appropriate since NC Scout, Patriotman, Johnny Paratrooper, Mech Medic, and I, along with a few others, are on NC Scout’s “Sons of Liberty” podcast every Thursday. A very convenient coincidence.

In Blue Dawn, a couple of story lines emerge. The Sons of Liberty are taking the first steps to try and restore the American government while exposing NewMerica’s concentration camps. At the same time, a young man tries to find a hidden relic that is essential to a rebirth of America. Meanwhile, agents of the NewMerican government called “operatives” are trying to hamper them every step of the way. The first book culminates with a few guerrilla operations to set in motion the restoration.

In Book Two, “A Most Uncivil War”, the forces of the reborn American Government and the NewMerican government run various operations and dirty tricks ahead of an election to determine who will lead this nation, in hopes of forestalling a full-blown Civil War.

Needless to say, neither side has much faith in the other abiding by the results. The American side tries to ensure that voting is free and fair, while the NewMerican side tries to “fortify” the election (does this sound familiar?). Against this backdrop, the Director of the NewMerican National Security Force tries their own intrigue to seize power from them all. The NSF itself spends all of the book trying to capture our SOL Heroes from the first book.

Individual states choose sides, deciding whether to support NewMerica or the traditional American government. National Guard units are mobilized on both sides, while federal forces remain on their bases.

I have to hand it to Blaine, there is an epic urban battle in the book, and he captured the essence of modern combat and the confusion that is rampant when one side tries to limit collateral damage. I couldn’t put the book down during the battle story. I also couldn’t help but smile and shed a small tear at one point, when he mentions the Gadsden flag emerging in the heat of the combat being carried by the Sons of Liberty. It really is a POWERFUL moment in the book, made even more powerful just after (but you have to buy the book to find out). The rebirth of the “Remember the Alamo” battle cry is awesome as well and I even felt compelled by the exact moment he describes.

Another essence Blaine captures well in the second book is the weight of command. The Colonel and his subordinate officers struggle with prospect of a National Guard on National Guard fight, AS THEY SHOULD, but the upholding of the Oath and loyalty to their soldiers, along with the protection of innocents is what compels the officers to do what is needed, no matter how unpleasant. It’s a stark reality we need to contemplate now.

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Review: Brushbeater Scout & Recce Courses

I recently attended the Scout and Recce courses at Brushbeater. While NC Scout is a friend, he didn’t ask me to write this, and I have received nothing for it. This is an unbiased review. The TLDR of it this: TAKE THE COURSES.

I know you’re afraid of the feds. Go to the class anyway and don’t talk about kidnapping Governors or storming the Capitol and you’ll be fine. They want you to not train or organize. Defy them. Paul had something to say about this:

…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

I had wanted to attend his other courses after having taken his RTO, Advanced RTO, and Signals Intelligence courses. NC Scout teaches in a very down to earth manner, without a lot of technical jargon. He breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand pieces.

He has a wonderful facility in North Carolina. There is plenty of room for camping, nice classroom facilities, and plenty of maneuver area, with plans to expand into much more space. I’ll be honest: The terrain is ROUGH. It kicked my butt. Before I went, NC Scout warned me, saying that his property is uphill in every direction. I trained on hills before going, but nothing nearly as steep as his property. But here’s the good thing: If you can maneuver quietly on this terrain, you’re not going to have troubles anywhere else.

The rough terrain also exposed the weaknesses in a lot of people’s gear loadouts. What I mean is it’s one thing to have a plan on what all you’re going to carry on patrol and such, and quite another to actually carry it. By the end of the week, everyone was shedding ounces and pounds from their gear. Also, some people used super-stubby antennas on their radios, and found themselves unable to communicate even one ridgeline away. Plan accordingly and carry multiple antennas.

The Scout Course began on Day 1 with a Squad Designated Marksman workshop. This isn’t meant to make you Chris Kyle, but you will pick up skills at hitting targets with optics at various ranges, all the way out to 450 meters. It’s a real confidence booster. Mike from Von Steuben Training and Consulting even hit at 450 meters with an AK with open sights (show off).

The rest of the Scout course involved learning immediate action drills, squad movement techniques, individual camouflage, halt procedures, hand-and-arm signals, and a couple of basic ambush formations. NC Scout also taught the various types of patrols and the principles of patrolling. The students had to conduct all their own planning and rehearsals before stepping off on the missions. If you want the details, you’ll have to take the course.

The best part of the training exercise is the force-on-force element. After learning each skill, you go out in the maneuver areas and use those skills. Rather than using paintball guns or airsoft, you use your own firearm with blanks. This adds a true element of realism and builds confidence in using your own tools in real engagements. I’m not going to lie, there were a few guys who struggled during contact because it was so real.

NC Scout runs a dedicated OPFOR (Opposing force) group, whose job is to make the scenario-based training realistic, and they did a great job. The night operations in particular were amazing.

The best quote from the week was from a follower of mine. He said it in the classroom and then again on Twitter: “I’ll never forget the image of Joe Dolio, clad in MARPAT head-to-toe, just walking up that trail shooting bad guys!”. I’d like to say that it was my super-ninja fieldcraft, but it was blind luck. I walked up a trail slowly and quietly, simply trying not to die because it was so steep, but as the OPFOR ambushed the rest of the student teams, I found a path directly between their two elements and found myself behind the ambush. I did what any Marine would do in that circumstance, I took the fight to the enemy, eliminating 7 before they knew I was there. NC Scout, as an observer was there to witness the slaughter in all it’s glory.

The Scout course culminated in an operation against the OPFOR, using all the skills learned.

The Recce course builds on the foundations laid in the Scout course. The skills learned here are the different types of recon patrols, large element movement techniques, and two more ambush formations. As a side note, all of these ambushes are explained in my book, TW-04 Scouting and Patrolling. The course also covers some basics of fighting as a guerilla and what that looks like.

Some of the best practical skills involved using data burst transmissions via Baofeng radios to send SALUTE reports and communicate with your base without using voice. Data is quicker than using voice to relay details. Not only did teams practice it in the classroom, but they also used the skill during the day and night exercises. You can learn the skill in NC Scout’s book, The Guerilla’s Guide to the Baofeng radio.

Defeating thermal observation and considering drones were skills also covered. These skills could come in handy.

I recommend taking the classes, but I recommend some pre-work on cardio and fitness. Rucking is one thing, but it’s another to move a couple of miles with all your gear (rucking) quietly, and then conducting 10-15 minutes of intense movement and combat AFTER rucking a couple of miles, then quickly exfiltrating that area, again with all your gear. On the final exercise of the Recce course, we did all that, AND THEN had to move at high speed over rough terrain with all our gear to go and rescue our other team on the far side of the property.

NC Scout added another sobering part of reality on the very last day. After pushing the OPFOR off the objective and thinking we’d finished it, he made us tend to and carry some casualties. Every time our side trains, we assume that we are invincible and can win without injury. It was eye opening to have to dedicate half the team to security, while the rest of the team physically carried the casualties. You need to consider that.

To recap, both courses are fantastic. You can’t really call yourself prepared if you aren’t training on small unit tactics. You might think you’re going to bug in and live out a Little House on the Prairie cosplay, but at some point, evil will visit you and you need the skills to deal with it. Take the course.

On that note, you will want to deal with it as far away from your home base as possible, and that’s where Von Steuben Training & Consulting’s Jager course comes into play. His course is run as a 5-day patrol, where you live out of your ruck for 5 days, conducting security and patrolling operations against a dedicated OPFOR. I plan on taking his May course, held at the Brushbeater facility.

This is important, because we all have our cool-guy, post-apocalypse rucks packed to the gills with everything we’ll ever need, but this course will FORCE you to test that theory. You’ll live out of your ruck ONLY, even gathering and purifying your water along the way. You have to carry your food and everything you’ll need on your back. I look forward to the challenge.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle

Psalm 144:1

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Seven Nights in the Field

Last week, I spent 8 days and 7 nights in the field attending NC Scout’s Scout and Recce courses at his facility in North Carolina. Later in the week, I will do a review of the courses, but for today, I want to talk about the gear and review some of it.

“…The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Judges 6:12b

First, I want to tell you that you absolutely need to get out and attend training classes with your fellow “mighty warriors”. Meeting and training with like-minded people is crucial. I met some local people down there and we are planning more training time together back home. For information on NC Scout’s courses, check out his schedule at brushbeater.org/training-calendar.

I spent the week in my USMC Combat II Tent. The tent is made by Eureka and is a very good tent. It’s advertised as 3 season, but it’s a 4-season tent unless you’re above the arctic circle. It’s allegedly a 2-man tent, but it is just about perfect for one guy and his gear. The blackout rainfly (in M81 woodland) has a large vestibule for your gear. It rained 2 days (and nights) and my gear stayed dry both in the tent and in the vestibule. I got my tent, along with my USMC TCOP (tent, combat, one-person) smaller tent at Coleman’s Military Surplus.

In last month’s BattlBox, I got a Klymit Everglow XL light tube. It’s a small inflatable tube with an LED strip down the middle. You need some type of battery bank to power it. I put it in my gear locker mesh at the top of my tent and it lit the whole tent. It has adjustable power levels to dim or brighten the light. This thing was amazing because it solved the age-old problem of having dark corners in the tent if I was looking for something.

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The next item I tested on chilly nights was the UCO Candle Lantern. It’s described as a way to heat your tent and provide a small light. The candles are 12-hour candles, but I ran the same candle two nights in a row and never ran out. You might worry about sleeping with a burning candle, but it’s secured to the top of the tent and the flame is completely enclosed in both glass and metal. Even if it fell or tipped, the flame wouldn’t touch anything.

While it did give off heat, I recommend buying the larger “Candle Chandelier” which holds 3 candles at once. This warmed my tent when it was between 30 and 40 degrees, but if it was colder, I’d want the 3-candle version.

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t report on the Baofeng AR152’s performance. We used several between NC Scout and I and while they were in moderate to heavy use for 6 days, not one of them came off of a completely full battery. While NC Scout was using the bendable gooseneck antennas (link: https://amzn.to/3IPDYvn), I used a Wouxon GMRS stubby antenna. Both performed flawlessly. It’s worth noting that the Wouxon AN-012G stubby even performed well on VHF, despite being GMRS tuned, but that was probably a function of the short range.

For food, I ate MRE’s and O-Meals. O-Meals are really just civilian MRE’s, right down to the water-activated self-heating tabs. These enable you to have field-prepared hot foods without a cooking fire. The O-Meals Chicken Creole is amazing.

Titan Survival SurvivorCord is the best paracord I’ve found. In addition to normal cordage, it has a strand of fire tinder, a strand of fishing line, and a strand of brass wire (which can be used for comms) inside of it. It held up wonderfully and is very strong.

While on the move, I stored my tablet and a radio inside my SLNT Faraday Dry Bag. Not only did this prevent eavesdropping on the tablet, but it kept both dry during some rainy foot movement. It’s a great way to keep your electronics secure and dry. It opens and closes very quietly and is very portable, unlike some other options.

While at the event, I met Kyle Tepfer of Tepfer Armory. The knife above is one of his original designs and it will be finding it’s way onto my gear. I’ll post more of his work once he gets me some contact information. NC Scout has an axe of his.

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Wake Up Call

After the East Palestine train incident and the string of balloon shoot-downs, including one over Michigan, I was already working on upping my actual “walk out the door” preparedness. Then, this morning, I woke to text messages from the local police. They were advising residents that a Norfolk Southern train had derailed ON THE STREET OUR SUBDIVISION IS ON. Now, it’s about 3 miles south of us, but it’s close.

It really triggered the thinking. There is another rail line just 2 blocks from our front door. My adopted pseudo-kid, Watcher on the Web, has a rail line right outside his window.

I decided it was time to heed some Tactical Wisdom and put down some thoughts for all to share in from my thinking. Strap in, we’re going deep.

But first, a warning against normalcy bias:

While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:3

Living in such a modern and relatively secure society like the US, we all tend to think there will be some advance warning. Nothing can “surprise” us, right?

The people of Kenosha, Wisconsin disagree. The people of East Palestine, Ohio disagree. Things can happen in an instant.

Take the balloon incidents. By now, most of America has forgotten about them, because no damage was done, right? What if China was testing a delivery system? The Michigan Air National Guard pilots reported seeing strings hanging off the balloon before they shot it down over Lake Huron. What if it dropped whatever it was carrying?

In light of the train derailments, let’s look at my plans.

First, the derailment this morning, while it blocked two major roads, including the one my subdivision opens onto, it didn’t impact any of my routes out of the area, so that’s a good thing. Always have 4 route options (PACE – Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency). Since I work from home or in the field, heading up to the cabin 3 hours away wouldn’t have been a problem.

But what if I’d had to evacuate on foot in a chemical environment, possibly the second worse scenario (worst being doing so in an OPPOSED manner with hostile forces). In order to pull this off without contamination, I need a few extra items.

  1. Tyvek Suit – This is the best option, available at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc.
  2. Rain poncho – You can, if you don’t have a Tyvek suit, cover yourself and your gear with a rain poncho. Government surplus models are large enough to cover you and your backpack. You need one for everyone.
  3. Head covering – A Tyvek suit covers this, but you can put on any hat in a pinch.
  4. Gloves – As I frequently mention, gloves go on at the onset of any WROL/Disaster situation.
  5. Hand sanitizer/disinfectant – both for your skin and something for your gear.
  6. Pack Cover – some type of waterproof pack cover to keep your backpack from getting contaminated.
  7. Respirator/Gas Mask – Something to clean the air you breathe in a potentially chemical environment.
  8. Boot covers – Again, Tyvek covers this. If you can’t find anything, take them off before entering any shelter area to prevent contamination.

Any of these things that you put on to travel outdoors exposed to chemicals or toxins, needs to be taken off before entering any shelter area outside the immediate hot zone.

In this type of environment, the types of survival food you have stored may either help or hinder your long-term survival. Many people have dehydrated foods or dry beans/grains (rice). Without a means to purify water or obtain known safe water, this food will be useless to you. In a chemical environment, boiling may not be enough. Activated charcoal filtration can help.

Something to consider is whether you will abide by a mandatory evacuation or not. Residents of East Palestine were threatened with charges of child endangerment. OK, I’ll send the kids to grandma’s house, but someone has to protect the rest of gear and food back at the house. Criminals like mandatory evacuations. The civilians are gone and the police are tied up manning checkpoints…it’s a burglar’s dream. Decide now if you will leave and then infiltrate back in or if you will leave someone behind in a “stay-behind” operation. You can also decide to bend the knee and do as your told, citizen. That’s not for me.

You’ll want to hide your phone emissions!

Understand that if you choose to violate an evacuation order, you’ll have to operate as if in a hostile-occupied zone. This is where those TW-02 Fieldcraft skills come in. There will be no watching TV or grilling outdoors. Have a communications plan and possibly plan a method of switching out adults protecting the house or your neighborhood. Police might patrol through in vehicles, but a full house-to-house search would be unlikely (and illegal) in all but the most severe of disasters. Remember, even if they have a warrant, you aren’t required to open the door for them.

Consider having plastic on hand to try and seal the doors and windows. Don’t forget about vents and other small openings. You won’t be airtight, but you can limit your exposure.

It’s a good idea to research your state’s emergency powers laws and know where you stand if you violate such a mandatory evacuation or even a curfew. Imagine a Moore-County level curfew. The power is out, and criminals are preying on homes with the police occupied. Is it worth the risk of arrest to have a few adults man a checkpoint at the subdivision entrance? Would your local police actually enforce the curfew?

If you do stay in violation of an order, live like the power is out. No lights, no open fires. Stay indoors during the day. Only move outside at night. Stay as quiet as possible.

The time to consider these things is now, not when the decision is forced on you. Research concealed routes into and out of your neighborhood (I have three selected). Walk them and become intimate with where you might hide yourself or stash things.

Decide on your security posture. Do you carry long guns or just sidearms? Open or concealed? Do you stage ammunition and non-lethal items near doors and windows? Where can I best protect the house from? Hint: The answer is probably outside. Decide if you want to remain hidden or make yourself known if a crew of burglars comes in to the area.

Don’t get me wrong, if the contamination or danger is too high, GO. Don’t stay. Just take ALL of your supplies with you when you do leave.

A word to my “bug-in at all costs” friends: RECONSIDER. Your death staying in an area too contaminated to survive is not helping anyone, least of all your family or your legacy. A strategic withdrawal is not a defeat. That also goes when 40 people have decided to besiege you – leave.

In your evacuation plans, consider your pets. Have “go bags” ready for them as well. Have some food and water for them, along with collapsible bowls for them to eat and drink out of. Consider, for dogs, a comfort item that smells like home. Know pet first aid and CPR. They are part of the family and you accepted responsibility for them. Know where you can go with them ahead of time.

Keep a substantial amount of cash in small bills on hand at home at all times for these emergencies. Gold and Silver as well. Remember to take this and your important documents with you, should you need to evacuate.

It’s getting crazier out there, plan and prepare.

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Normalcy Bias is Bad, OK?

I’m convinced that the vast majority of Americans (and people in the West in general) are OK with literally anything, as long Netflix still works, and Amazon still delivers. This whole spy balloon saga just reinforced it.

Before I delve into normalcy bias and ways to avoid it, let me give you two pieces of Tactical Wisdom from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook that apply here. Yes, you can live through two verses and you might even learn something.

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 33:4

Pretty straightforward, right? There are warning signs and many of us keep trying to warn you. The Council on Future Conflict, the Privy Council, our friends at both Forward Observer and Knightsbridge, and me personally. But we can only “sound the trumpet”. It’s up to you (or whomever) to heed the warning. I can lead a horse to water….

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

The prudent thing to do is to take action when you see danger on the horizon.

Enter the balloon buffoonery. When a passenger on a commercial airliner saw it out the window, they told some people. Eventually it got to a local news reporter in Montana, who obtained video of it. When word spread, the Pentagon came out and admitted that they had been tracking it for DAYS. Here’s the deal: These people are charged with protecting you and me. They chose instead to not do that. This thing could have been carrying an EMP device, incendiary bombs (the Japanese used balloons to attack with these throughout WW2), or deadly pathogens. The point is that the DOD couldn’t be CERTAIN that it was safe.

When several of us pointed out these issues, we were roundly laughed at and argued with, saying that the “experts” had decided it was none of those things and was perfectly safe. Ask yourself this – how could they possibly know?

They decided to allow it to traverse our entire nation. China claimed it was off-course and harmless. I imagine it’s just a lucky coincidence that this wayward and off-course spy balloon traveled over our largest ICBM field, several critical bases, the TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and both Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune. What a fortuitous wind it caught.

On a side note, they determined that it was not a danger, but once they shot it down (after it had completed its spy mission), they issued a warning to South Carolina beach residents to not touch the debris, BECAUSE IT COULD BE DANGEROUS.

But the problem isn’t just this balloon. The Ukraine War is getting out of hand, and Russia is starting to gain ground again. We have agreed to provide heavier armaments and Russia warned us against it. “LOL, let’s set up a no-fly zone too” say all the normalcy bias people. They can’t fathom that Russia can strike us here, and with our over-reliance on electrons, could alter all our lives in seconds by damaging the grid.

The same normalcy bias people think we can fight China to protect Taiwan. I’ll set aside the fact that we are not currently even capable of getting to the island fast enough to make a difference, but they envision us fighting a war against China that doesn’t touch them here. “It’s all fine bro, China wouldn’t dare. They need us.”. China dared last week with the balloon and WE DID NOTHING.

Now, I know, someone will leave me a comment that we did shoot it down, but shooting down after it completes it’s mission and leaves your country is NOT a win. China does NOT need us, in fact we DO need them for a steady supply of cheap goods and all that American farmland they own.

There are currently 2 Iranian ships in the South Atlantic for the first time ever. Venezuela held massive amphibious assault drills in the fall. China runs drills for invading Taiwan daily. Russia is inspecting their civil defense infrastructure. Thousands of South American, Chinese, Iranian, and Russian people illegally enter the US via our southern border – how many are military or paramilitary assets? Our enemies are preparing for wars of aggression and we’re holding diversity training.

We are seeing sabotage on our electrical grid and food supply.

Yet, the vast majority of Americans believe “it could never happen here” or “you’re just paranoid”. The rest of the world is preparing for a world war, and we’re holding Drag Queen ‘Family’ shows.

Normalcy bias is the tendency to think things are normal when they are not. Denying that something is happening when it is, because you’d rather not contemplate it. It’s the tendency to not take action, when you should.

Friends, I don’t want you to get paranoid, but I want you to face reality. We are on the road to world war, and we passed the last exit a long time ago.

We are also in the midst of a run up to civil conflict. If you don’t believe that, ask yourself why they put up a fence around the Capitol today for tomorrow’s State of the Union. Ask yourself why the FBI decided TODAY to arrest a pair of barely functioning people for plotting to attack the electrical grid in Baltimore (a predominantly black city) and calling them Neo-Nazis who want to start a race war. The entire case is, once again, built upon the use of several “confidential human sources” to catch two barely literate people. Mark my words, Joe Biden will mention this during the State of the Union and talk about the increasing “domestic terror threat”. There is no turning back here. The FBI and DHS have been setting this up for a long time with warnings about “attacks on the grid by right wing extremists”. For the record, a leftist site has detailed instructions on how to attack a power substation.

I implore you, heed the warnings laid out in front of you. You don’t have to take my word for it, but I do ask you to pay attention to it. I hear from a lot of people now, ” It’s gotten so bad that I stopped paying attention”. Listen, if you were worried about getting hit by a train and decided not to pay attention to the train whistle because it’s too scary, what’s going to happen? Pay attention, do some research, and take the basic steps to get ready.

Get 2 weeks of portable food. Get a means to purify water. Have a communications plan. Have a means to see to your own security.

Try to help your friends and neighbors get over their normalcy bias. It’s not political, just get them to understand the danger and take steps to mitigate the risk. A rising tide lifts all ships.

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Uncertain Times

With us all already on edge from the Russo-Ukrainian War, an impending Chinese blockade on Taiwan, and potential riots over Memphis, the weekend was bad enough. Then, out of nowhere, an “unknown party” launched a series of drone strikes across central and northern Iran with absolutely no warning. The attacks went on all night and, despite what the Iranians say, caused a lot of damage.

Just what we needed!

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Matthew 24:6-7

Now, I imagine if your name is Jesus and your Dad is God, it’s pretty easy to not be alarmed. For the rest of us, it’s a bit harder. But let’s talk about this: Are we hearing of wars and rumors of wars? Is nation rising against nation? Are there famines and earthquakes in various places?

I’m not saying the end is near, but it is time for some concern. How can we help ourselves to be “not alarmed” as Jesus told the Disciples? We can prepare, but more than that, we can PLAN.

Many people are into preparedness, but do they all plan? Stockpiling gear and ammunition is not planning. It’s one thing to have a group of friends, all preparing with some general plan to meet up, but if the lights went out today, what is the plan? Most people in preparedness assume there will be a 3-7 day build up to a complete collapse or that it will be a partial collapse with some communications ability remaining to facilitate that link up.

If you haven’t thought of this, now is the time. We’re going to give some solid pointers here, but you need to meet with your people and write this down. The Contacts and Notes Notebook, TW-03A, is a great place to document these plans and methods of contact. Under stress, you might not remember specifics. Having them written down is a good idea.

With our over-reliance on electricity, planning for the grid to go down will be a great first place to start, no matter why it goes down. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea all maintain a strong cyber capability that is a risk. The FBI tells us that those white supremacists (probably the FBI) are trying daily to take down the grid, and on the 26th, a bomb was found on a gas pipe in Pennsylvania. No matter what causes it, you need a plan NOW.

In TW-01 Baseline Training Manual, I point out that your first preparedness step should be developing a 14 day supply of PORTABLE emergency food. This should be long term storage food that needs either nothing else or just water to prepare. It should be something that can easily be carried in a backpack or bag. The above link to My Patriot Supply is to a 2 Week Supply of emergency food for $127. That’s a good start. The Dollar Tree is another good place to find low-cost individual sized portable food. Now, I’m not saying STOP at 2 weeks, I’m saying a 2-week supply is a minimum.

I keep a lot of dehydrated food on hand, as well as MRE’s (they’ve come a long way from the five fingers of death, IYKYK). You need to eat some of them every now and then to condition your GI system. Let me just tell you, that if you suddenly go to a week of eating just dehydrated foods, you are going to get diarrhea and put yourself at risk of dehydration. If you switch to MRE’s for a similar time period with no acclimatization, you will have the opposite problem. Train your body just as you would with anything else.

Keep this 14-day supply in a portable, ready-to-go fashion, so that you aren’t scrambling to pack. Do this even if you are planning on bugging in, something may happen that forces you to leave.

The next area to tend to is communications. I know, I talk about radios a lot, and everyone has a Baofeng that they took out of the box and saw how cool it looks on their chest rig, and that’s it. Get that radio out and PROGRAM it. Everyone in your group should have the radios programmed the same, so that you can say “go to 112” and everyone ends up on the same frequency. As a side note, ANTIFA and RevCom have started doing this, because we were intercepting their comms before (we still are). If you want to learn about it, invest in NC Scout’s book above.

Aside from just programming, you need a few more things in your protocol. Item one is calls signs. Using call signs instead of names gives a little security and authentication. Only your group will know your call signs. I have different call signs for different groups that identify me to them. I even have one with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service for work-related communications on certain assignments. I have a funny one assigned to me by Steven Crowder’s dad, but we can’t talk about that. Assign them to members of your group (stay away from things like COBRA and ASSASSIN, please).

You need a “lights out” protocol where everyone knows to turn on their radios and get to a certain frequency. They shouldn’t all start shouting for each other over the air, just monitor a common channel. There should be an automatic schedule for network check-ins. For example, if the lights go out, everyone turns on their radio and monitors a GMRS channel (of course, everyone will have a license, FCC or Sad Ham Narc). Then, at 7PM, a network check-in will happen where everyone will report their status and local conditions. You can then decide what to do.

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This requires you to have ‘mapped out’ your communications. This means seeing who can reach who. You might need to have someone closer relay traffic to or from someone farther away. Having your own repeater that you can run from say a vehicle battery is a plus. Learn where you can toss up a taller antenna. Understand that HOA rules might have to be broken by tossing up a larger antenna.

This whole plan only works if everyone carries a radio all the time.

Have “get home routes” preplanned. You should know the “I have to walk home” route of everyone in your group, in case a search needs to be mounted for someone. Also, as we learned at a meet up recently, two members of your group might work near each other. If they both have a radio, they can link up, and walk out of the area together, improving their ability to protect each other.

Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiates 4:12

Next, maintain a supply of cash. As people in Moore County, NC learned, the power being out means no ATMs, and no credit/debit card machines. Being the only person with cash in hand can get you food or gas when no one else can. On that note, I keep a siphon pump with a long hose in the car for just such an occasion. For metals, silver coins are far more spendable than gold.

The final point for today’s discussion is FILL UP YOU TANK. Uncertainty can lead to wild fluctuations in gas prices. Getting gas daily generally ends up costing you less than waiting until you MUST HAVE it. Also, if the power goes out overnight, you won’t be “just getting some tomorrow.” Make this an all-time discipline.

Thought of one more: Make sure all flashlights are charged or have fresh batteries.

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Our Heritage

As the SHOT Show winds down, I’m reflecting on our heritage and what the Founding Fathers would think of what we’ve become. I’m certain that they are disappointed and incredulous.

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Matthew 7:15

The worst part is that many of the alleged Second Amendment “Defenders” and “Supporters” at the SHOT Show aren’t what they claim to be. No, I’m not going to get into the very public display of ridiculousness by a certain well-known couple, that’s just part of their grift. What I’m talking about are the alleged “allies” and defenders who tell you that the Second Amendment, or any right, is not absolute.

Don’t let them track your phone.

You know who I’m talking about, the guys who say “Yeah, but the 2A isn’t absolute, you can’t have a tank or a rocket launcher” or “You can’t say that it’s hate speech”. If a “right” is NOT absolute, it’s a PERMISSION, rather than a right. Permissions can be limited or revoked, rights cannot. If something is truly a right, the government should have no ability to limit it. You might say that said right “shall not be infringed.”

So, when you hear people that claim to support the Second Amendment using limiting language, understand that they are not your allies. When they chime in that the Knight Protector of Kenosha shouldn’t have taken an AR to a protest, dismiss them as clowns. When they say that you don’t NEED a large magazine, a pistol brace, or a bayonet lug (especially a bayonet lug), dismiss them offhand. They aren’t supporting your rights.

Anyone who supports Red Flag laws is a danger. Yes, even if they are a former Navy SEAL who looks like a pirate. Red Flag laws not only violate the Second Amendment, they limit someone’s First Amendment right to free speech, and their Fifth Amendment right to due process. They also violate the 14th Amendment in that they “abridge” the rights of a US citizen by a state and deprive them of due process.

The same goes for the “allies” and “2A” guys who brag about the number of ATF tax stamps they bought to have full auto guns. Imagine bragging about how many times you’ve been extorted. Essentially, the federal government is creating a two-tiered right. the requirements are the same – there are no extra legal requirements, other than you paying a $200 fine for daring to exercise a right that they aren’t supposed to be able to infringe on.

Discount on drones!

The irony of this all is that the Second Amendment is the most strongly worded. It is the only one that specifically states “shall not be infringed”, despite it being the most infringed one.

Even more importantly, it preserves much more than the ability to own firearms. That’s the “Keep” part. It also guarantees you the right to “bear arms”. That means carry, and not just concealed. It means that we should, as my friend Justin at Fenix Ammunition says, “normalize carrying a slung AR to the grocery store”. It would end mass shootings almost overnight.

Our heritage is that of “Insurrectionists”. What those 55 men who signed the Declaration of Independence did was an act of sedition. The men at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge, Bunker Hill, and dozens of other places were conducting an insurrection. Taking an unguided tour in a building that was never supposed to be closed to the citizens is not.

So, why am I listing these out and what does this have to do with preparedness? Well, there is a war on by the administrative state to limit your ability to be self-sufficient. The war on the right to bear arms (which means WAY more than firearms) is an attempt to make you reliant upon the government for security. They want to be the only armed party on the field.

As I am writing this, we face food shortages in many categories. Most notably at the moment is eggs, and prices are skyrocketing, by design. As more and more Americans have begun looking into raising their own chickens, we are seeing news stories about the health risks of raising chickens and many cities and townships are enacting ordinances prohibiting it. This limits your ability to be self-sufficient and it is by design.

Remember the time around the 2020 election? The DHS mentioned that anyone interested in “being overly prepared” was an extremist. They pushed this so hard that Facebook put extremism warnings on Canning and Preserving groups. They would like to limit your self-sufficiency.

There is also a push to move away from cash and into credit/debit only transactions or central bank digital currencies. This is to make you reliant on the banking system and regulatory schemes. We are already seeing banks limit customer business or decline sales/accounts at unapproved businesses, like gun stores. Imagine what could happen if this gets fully implemented.

The whole point of this article is to convince you to let go of allies who would limit your ability to be self-sufficient in any area, whether it is food, security, or some other area. This nation was founded by self-sufficient men who were FIERCELY independent and the best way to honor that is be self-sufficient and give no ground to anyone who wants to limit your ability to do so.

The men who fought and died to establish this nation and then wrote her guiding documents never meant for you to live under the heel of such a massive regulatory administrative state. There are dozens of federal law enforcement agencies and regulatory agencies with law enforcement units. They fought a war over this. Specifically mentioned in the Declaration was “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

 It is better for us to die in battle than to see the misfortunes of our nation

and of the sanctuary. 

1 Maccabees 3:59

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Low-Tech to No-Tech is The Way

Being a public figure in the preparedness world, I get swamped with people asking me for my recommendations on the latest and coolest cool-guy Ultra-Tacticool gear. Which night vision should I buy, what’s the best range finder, and what rifle accessories do I need top the list.

While I give the best answers I can (and I’ll try to here), I always wonder if they’ve even read my first book, the Baseline Training Manual, where I spell out my philosophy on this. My philosophy is to go with no or low-tech options, every time. Technology is a point of failure. You’ll need batteries or repairs, so the answer is to learn to do without. You don’t need the $375 ultra-light backpacking tent; you need a tarp and some para-cord.

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Jeremiah 6:16

H John Poole, a fantastic author whose works I’m reading now (I’ve gotten 3 done so far) and whose training I’ve incorporated into Fieldcraft and Scouting & Patrolling (a lot of USMC training came from Poole), likes to discuss why Eastern soldiers have fared so well against the US, British, and French and will continue to do so. The reason is that they aren’t so reliant on technology, and thus they have superior field skills.

The Viet Cong had no tanks, no air, and usually nothing heavier than the RPG-7 or PK Machine gun, but they were outstanding fighters in the field. We, on the other hand, through no fault of our fighting men on the ground, felt that we could pull back and pound them with artillery or air assets. They went underground and outlasted our high-tech assets. The Japanese did the same – Iwo Jima had MILES of interconnected underground tunnels that enabled them to survive a massive, but wasted, preparatory bombardment.

What does this mean for us? Well, first, stop pretending and accept reality. Your role is survival and protection of your family. No matter how much money you spend, you aren’t going to be infiltrating an enemy base (whomever that enemy may be) with your commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) night vision. What you WILL do is send a beacon to the opposing force with their superior night vision that someone is bumbling around in the dark with an IR illuminator lit up for all to see.

Sure, I could tell you that the best value in entry-level night optics is SiOnyx, but in all reality, you can get UNDETECTABLE results by learning how to properly buy binoculars. Binocular strength is expressed as something like “8×32”, where the first number is the magnification, and the second number is the objective lens size in millimeters. The larger the OBJECTIVE lens, the more light it will gather in the dark, giving you better night vision without projecting an IR beacon. I know, someone will say “but you need SOME light for that to work”. Yes, exactly the same principle as your passive night vision. In total dark, you need to turn on your IR illuminator, giving away your position. Find yourself a good set of 8-15×50 binoculars. Yes, they’re bigger, but worth it.

Before Clay Martin comes to burn my house down for heresy, I’m not saying don’t buy night vision, I’m saying don’t over-rely on it and understand the risk. Learn to mitigate your risk and develop no tech skills as well.

The same goes for your fighting rifle. There are a lot of great accessories and optic options available and many of them are good to have. However, if you’ve never zeroed your iron sights and your optic gets damaged or the battery dies, what are you going to do? A lot of people talk about properly co-witnessing and such, but that doesn’t work on all platforms. You can’t do that on an AK for example. You need zeroed iron sights, so put in the work and do it.

The same goes for a bayonet lug. Call me a boomer or a Fudd if you wish, but any fighting rifle you have should have a bayonet and bayonet lug. There are many times that they can come in handy. Imagine moving through urban terrain, and someone jumps out to grab the rifle…losing three fingers in the process is quite a demotivator. Also, if you hog hunt a bayonet can be mighty handy when the hogs decide to hunt you.

Another consideration with rifle accessories is weight. I know a lot of guys who have all kinds of lights, bipods, front grips, optics and magnifiers, etc. Those things make you look cool at the range and are great on the range, but on mile 4 of a patrol, you’ll be tossing them beside the trail. Strike a balance.

Some guys want to use laser range finders, and they are a great tool, but isn’t it better to learn to how to properly estimate range? Anything electronic can fail, and since it emits a laser, it can be detected by sophisticated forces. My Vortex monocular (above) has man-shaped outlines at 4 different ranges (300-600 meters) on it. To estimate range, simply put a human inside the shape that they fit in. Easy, and no electronic signature.

The final point about low to no tech is that you HAVE TO get out and train on things like land navigation, shelter building, and estimating range. You can’t do that in an hour at your local range. You need to invest some time in training on the things you will be doing far more than shooting stationary targets. Get out in the field. Dig an observation post. Sleep in a fighting hole you dug. Get in the dirt and low crawl. Train firing from prone (I know, novel concept, right?).

I know guys who will spend hours practicing magazine changes without firing a shot but would never consider training their body to transition from standing to prone, standing to seated, or kneeling to prone/standing. These things are every bit as important, just not as flashy or cool. In the USMC, you spend an entire week doing this without firing a single shot.

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The Surveillance State

Every week, we get closer and closer to a social credit system. ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) scores, once called a right-wing conspiracy theory, are now an actual thing used to determine if businesses get loans. How long before it gets down to private citizens?

The US was founded on the principle that individual freedom, and thus privacy, were the paramount ideals. We have amendments that are alleged to protect us from unwarranted government intrusion into our private lives. We used to be able to transact business with whomever we chose, and it was a private matter.

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

Now, we see banks announcing that they will no longer allow you to spend YOUR OWN MONEY at businesses they deem unworthy. We have seen banks deny funding to and decline transactions at gun shops. Ironically, they don’t decline them at marijuana shops or liquor stores, do they?

We used to be able to get around a lot of this by using services like PayPal and CashApp, but even now, the US government has demanded and gotten access (yes, I know it’s delayed, but it’s on the books) to all of your private transactions with these services.

Well, the next way we used to get around pervasive surveillance of our transactions was to use cash. Governments and banks are feverishly working to end that by trying to force you into cashless systems and central bank digital currencies. Resist that, my friends.

For those of you who deny this will happen, go to your bank without an appointment and try to withdraw $3,000. They will demand to know why and will likely limit you to $1,500 or $2,000. Rest assured, there is no law that they have to document your reason for wanting your own money until $10,000 (which is still ridiculous), but they will tell you they are “required” to ask. It’s your money, and they don’t want you to have it – you might spend it in a socially irresponsible manner.

On another note, police agencies all over the country are installing license plate readers at intersections and on their cars, and then driving through parking lots recording plates. Now, this is a violation of the 4th Amendment, but they get around it by saying that they aren’t storing the data, a third-party company is. Yes, but they can simply ask that company to provide a list of your movements. Defeat this, if you live in a rear license plate only state, by backing in everywhere you go. Park in hard to see places, always facing out of the spot and pointed towards the nearest exit.

Another surveillance overreach area is Ring or Google Home cameras. Officers are asking for consent to access your data through the service at neighborhood watch meetings to “prevent crime”, but once consent is given, the reason for them searching your video is irrelevant. Never hook these up to the internet, but if you do, read the agreement carefully. Many say that the video, once uploaded to the third party, is no longer yours.

We have also seen that the Moscow, Idaho suspect was caught (once again) using DNA that he sent to a DNA/Ancestry type service. While it seems like a good thing that a murderer was caught this way, you should realize that it means that if you ever use one of those services, your DNA is now in the public domain, meaning you no longer have a right to privacy in it. It’s searchable. Never use these services.

Our Constitution forbids the Federal AND the State Governments from ever passing an “ex post facto” law. This means that they cannot rule that something you did legally is now a crime. The biggest glaring example of this are the states passing assault weapon bans or magazine capacity limits. They are saying that if you don’t turn them in or register them, you are committing a crime. That makes these “ex post facto” laws, and therefore unconstitutional.

Unconstitutional or Constitutional mean nothing at all unless we decide to hold the State and Federal governments accountable for their illegal actions. If we just keep shrugging our shoulders and saying, “but what can we do”, the Constitution becomes a nice bunch of words on paper. Make your own decisions here. You have a choice on whether to comply with unlawful laws or not.

Stop accepting the growing surveillance state by opting out. Don’t hook up your cameras to the internet. Don’t give consent to anyone for anything. Never use DNA services.

The biggest one here, though, after reviewing hundreds of January 6th indictments chock full of Amazon and bank-supplied purchase information is to maintain cash on hand and use it to make purchases. Use cash or cash equivalents whenever you can.

Another reason to maintain good old cash is Moore County, NC. When the power went out, all the ATM’s and credit card processing machines immediately went offline. If you didn’t have cash when the grid went down, you had no way of getting any. Having cash, gold, or silver on hand could have helped. Research Goldbacks or spendable silver to have some on hand in spendable fashion.

Talk to your like-minded business partners and start building barter networks. In the coming troubles, one of two things will happen. Either the grid will go down and the dollar crashes with it, or the government will use mass surveillance of transactions to hunt those who dissent. Either way, having worked out a deal to fix a guy’s well pump in exchange for 6 chickens will help. Some associates and I have worked out security services with farmers in a certain area in exchange for meat and produce, should things go bad. A patrol visit earns a certain amount of food payment and escorting them to market earns even more. A similar deal was struck with a provider of fuels. Make the surveillance state irrelevant.

Another controversial opinion of mine comes up as we see increased mask usage all over the country. I know it seems counter-intuitive but stop fighting the mask. Wear that full face gaiter and DEFEAT FACIAL RECOGNITION.

Until we collectively stand up and say ENOUGH, the state and the big corporations will continue to erode your privacy and surveil you. Coincidentally, this is actual fascism.

Do everything that you can to limit their ability to control or monitor you. Be fiercely independent. I know, it’s far less convenient, but it’s worth it. For example, over the last few weeks, I’ve taken to leaving my phone in a Faraday bag when I leave the house. If I need it, I can still get it. First, it limits the pervasive tracking that goes on and second, it improves my situational awareness everywhere I go, because I’m not distracted by it. Be less of a slave to convenience. Some of you have noticed, because if I’m off social media for 4 hours in a row, I start getting DM’s and texts. By following this pattern now, I’m denying anyone who tries to track me the pattern of life data needed.

Turn off location access on all your apps or set it to “only when using the app”.

If you really want to upset Google, turn off all Google services on your Android tablet. It will send you nasty warnings every 3 minutes or so that the tablet won’t work properly unless you enable Google Play Services, which is where your advertising ID (surveillance tracker) is ran from. It’s somewhat amusing. But the tablet works just fine, other than the annoying notification.

Friends, things are bad and getting worse. Start working on detaching yourself from the surveillance state and reclaiming your freedom. Live as a rebel.

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Winter Preparedness

As I write this, word is coming out that NY Police are finding bodies frozen in vehicles all along the highways in areas impacted by the storm. Buffalo is finding frozen people buried in the snow. It’s a horrible tragedy, but all the more so because it was 100% avoidable.

Over the weekend, we also saw mass looting in Buffalo and the stories said, “People turn to looting when stranded without supplies during blizzard.” That’s fake news, for sure. For 10 days, the nation was warned ad nauseum about the coming blizzard and frigid temperatures. The only reason anyone was without supplies was willful negligence. I’m sorry for those who died, but it’s absolutely true.

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 33:4

We have become soft. Humans survived thousands of years in the cold and heat. Our modern lives of convenience and comfort have made us forget that Nature exists and will try very hard to kill you if you don’t give it the respect it deserves.

What do I mean by us becoming soft? We live in climate-controlled bubbles of 66-70 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. We leave our climate-controlled homes, get in our climate-controlled cars, and drive to our climate-controlled offices or shopping centers. Our exposure to Nature is the walk to and from the car.

Step one in winter preparedness is acclimatization. Start getting used to the cold. Your body has mechanisms to protect you, it’s just forgotten about them. I live in Michigan and am constantly shocked at the number of people who live here who can’t handle the cold. I don’t wear a jacket until the air temperature is below 32 degrees. Then, I wear a light jacket until under 20. The first step is train your body to get used to cooler air. The same applies in the summer.

The next step is to understand layering. We live in a consumerist society which believes that if we just buy the biggest and heaviest winter coat, we will stay warm no matter what. Unless you are just going to be standing completely still outside, this is actually COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE. Let me explain…

I learned cold weather survival at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center. It’s among the best places in the world to learn about cold weather survival. There I learned that if you are just wearing your big, heavy parka, and you are exerting yourself even just by walking, you will soon overheat and start sweating. You will eventually unzip that parka, and cold air will hit that sweat, making you actually COLDER than if you weren’t wearing the parka. Heavy and high-loft gear is for when you are standing still.

Instead of buying one heavy item, invest in a layering system. Begin with some type of silk-weight base layer with wicking properties against your skin. In the US military system, they call them exactly that “silk-weight base layer”. The purpose of this is to provide a light layer to trap body heat that also pulls moisture from sweat and condensation away from your body to prevent accidental cooling. That’s the first layer.

Next, add what we call the “Mid-weight” layer. These are also moisture-wicking and can either be worn alone or over the silk weight, depending on how cold it is. Mid-weight is generally polypropylene or similar. The idea is to be cool, but not cold or too warm. If you feel “warm and cozy” while standing still, you are wearing too much, as you will overheat when you begin moving.

If it’s very cold, use the mid-weights for the base layer and add on a “waffle-grid” layer. This is a layer with a grid that allows pockets of warm air to be trapped, keeping you warm. These come in various thicknesses, so I keep on hand a mid-weight and a heavy-weight version. I generally wear the heavy-weight ones when standing still or sleeping.

A wool sweater, like the USMC “Wooly-Pully” (wool pullover) is a great extra item as well, as they retain heating qualities even when wet.

As far as outerwear is concerned, resist the temptation for a heavy parka as the only option. I have one, but generally I wear an Extended Cold Weather parka that has 2 parts. The outer layer is windproof and waterproof and is made from GoreTex. It has a zip-in fleece liner. Generally, while moving, I wear just the outer shell. When I stop, I zip in the fleece. The USMC also has several fleece pullovers that can fill this role as well.

For extreme cold, like we saw in NY State and here in Michigan last week, I carry in a compression sack a set of ECW high-loft pants and parka. These are over-sized and meant to be pulled on over your other gear whenever you stop moving in extreme cold. It’s a pair of heavy-duty snow pants and a parka with heavy insulation and a hood. There is also a vest that you can add to keep your core warmer. I highly recommend keeping this gear in your car in the winter.

Now, I know that the military version is hard to find and very expensive, but you can do something similar with a pair of heavy-duty off-the-shelf snow pants and a parka made by a good company. I have a Columbia parka that is heat-reflective lined for extreme cold use.

You need to worry about extremities especially. For the head, you need a knit or fleece hat that can also cover your ears. I use a waffle-grid balaclava that covers my whole head and a hat over it. For the hands, I always start with a pair of lightweight liner gloves and then add on. I carry mid-weight gloves in all my packs, and I keep extreme cold weather gloves in my vehicle kit.

For feet, you need to start with waterproof boots. I get it, you might need to wear something else for work, but carry waterproof boots in your car at a minimum. The possession of actual leg gaiters is a superpower. Mine are made of Cordura and come all the way up to my knees. If you don’t know, gaiters are a waterproof leg wrap that go around your lower legs, and strap around the bottom of your foot. They can literally save your life by keeping water out of your feet. Thick wool socks and a lightweight liner sock are a minimum in each boot. In areas of extreme cold, where you might have to walk, invest in boots that come with felt liners. I use US military old-school MukLuks. These are canvas boots with heavy felt liners that are fantastic in extreme cold. If they are good enough for Trondheim, Norway, they are good enough here.

Anytime you are driving in the winter, but especially when a storm is coming, you need certain things in your car. First, keep a quality wool blanket in the car. If you get stranded, it will help and it retains it’s warmth when wet. You can keep the snow pants and parka combo we mentioned in your car for when you get stranded.

Keep food and water (non-perishable) in the car at all times. A warming candle is not a bad idea – although we would normally not recommend an open flame, the UCO tent warming candle has a glass globe around the flame for safety. Extra gloves and warm socks should be kept in the car.

Several signaling devices need to be in your car. I keep little flare disks, which are LED lights, in my car. They have a variety of flashing patterns and are magnetic. You can put it on top of your car to draw the attention of rescue crews. I also keep a VS-17 signal panel, which is a pink and orange flag, in my car. Keep multiple flashlights. Spare batteries and candles all the way around. I keep a sleeping bag and a tent in the vehicle year-round. A mylar emergency bivy bag is a good idea to stay warm.

One note about cars – a lot of people kept them running the entire time, until they ran out of gas. First, if your vehicle is stuck, get out and clear the tailpipe, so that you aren’t dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. Next, only turn the car on to heat it as needed. With the gear you SHOULD have with you, you should only need to turn it on once in a while for extra heat. This will preserve your fuel longer. If there are more than one person in the car, get in the back seat, so that you can huddle together for warmth.

If your vehicle runs out of fuel and there is no indication that anyone is coming, it’s time to leave the vehicle. You can generate warmth through movement, as long as you have the required gear as outlined. You can walk to the nearest house or business for help. This is where a Get Home Bag and a cross body bag to carry the extra gear come in handy. If you are trekking out on foot, leave a note on the vehicle listing the planned route. Also, take a map and compass.

Having an axe and a shovel in the car can help you build fires and dig a snow shelter as well. Collapsible versions can be carried with you if you must leave on foot.

Having a handheld and a vehicle radio of some type can also summon help. In an emergency, to preserve life, you can call for help on any frequency without a license. Just be sure that you know where you are. I keep a vehicle mounted VHF/UHF radio in the car and I always have handheld VHF/UHF radio. Throughout most of North America, you can find someone on VHF or UHF within range. If leaving on foot, take the handheld with you and make regular calls.

Learn these lessons. You cannot rely on technology in a fight against nature. Cell networks fail and cold weather drains batteries. Learn the skills and acquire the gear to survive.

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TDG 1: Antifa Roadblock

Outstanding Tactical Problem to resolve here.

Von Steuben Training & Consulting

Originally posted on American Partisan on March 9, 2021

I am starting this new series, TDG (Tactical Decision Game) Tuesdays, to get you more in the mindset of how you could potentially handle a given tactical scenario with a limited amount of resources and manpower.  My goal is to get you to read these scenarios and think about what resources you have available, what sort of scenarios you might encounter, and what gaps you need to fill in your equipment/training.

I will use the basic 5-paragraph operations order format, or SMEAC, to present the scenario as follows;

  • Situation: Disposition of all friendly, hostile, and adjacent forces.
  • Mission: What we are trying to do.
  • Execution: How we are going to do it.
  • Admin & Logistics: Who/what is getting where and how.
  • Command & Signal: Who is in charge and how they are communicating.

TDG 1: Antifa Roadblock

Situation:Partial collapse scenario…

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Stranded in Peru – Lessons Learned

As Peru devolves into civil war, tourists, including Americans, Canadians, and Europeans, found themselves stranded in a remote region that was experiencing a full Without Rule of Law situation. There was no law enforcement, and armed groups & protestors were on the roads. Some of these tourists were forced out of vehicles and had to hike.

This reminded me of our video on Get Home Bags the other day, and I wanted to cover some lessons learned from the situation at the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. The area is remote and very rugged. Trains are generally the way in which people move. While there is a road network, it is in very poor condition and rough.

Van loads of tourists trying to flee were stopped at roadblocks and forced out of vehicles. They chose to try and walk to the nearest train station, and some of these were 50 km hikes.

Most the people were hikers, so they were well-equipped and generally in shape, but 50 km is a long stretch in one hike. Also, while they were prepared for leisurely vacation hikes, none of them was prepared to conduct an escape and evasion drill against potentially hostile parties. Many of them were harassed and threatened at checkpoints and villages.

Let’s talk about the lessons learned.

The prudent see danger and take refuge;

the fool keeps going and pays the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

First, look at the backpack in the top photo. Most modern hiking gear is in bright colors, to enable you to be found in the wilderness if you are lost. Tents and emergency gear are all the same way, bright. What if I’d rather not be seen? Also, these backpacks are generally expensive, marking you as someone with money. The lesson here is to keep a pack cover in your backpack. This can be black or earth tones, or even camouflage. Anything that reduces the high visibility of this gear. Pack covers take up almost no space and cost you zero weight. They are also generally waterproof, letting you serve two purposes. An oversized rain poncho in neutral tones can accomplish this as well.

The next item is hair color. In a country experiencing civil strife, outsiders or foreigners are automatically seen as a threat. In nations where 100% of the population has black hair, some type of head wrap or cover is in order. The Shemagh I mentioned before is a great tool.

As Stan pointed out earlier, the only people wearing “Patagonia” brand clothing in Patagonia are not FROM Patagonia. In other words, high end clothing brands in third world villages also mark you as an outsider. On your first day in any foreign nation, buy a few articles of local origin. For example, in Peru, wearing a poncho or blanket wrap is quite common. Picking one up ostensibly as a “souvenir” would also enable you to blend in in the event of trouble. In an absolute worst case, grab something from a local clothesline. Maybe Justin Trudeau is on to something….

Another way to address both brightly colored items and the high-end clothing brands is the Propper Packable Jacket I mentioned in the video. The come in Blue, Black, and Green, and having one you can toss over your other clothes makes you blend in quickly.

Let’s address routes. Groups walked along the road and along the railroad tracks. These are “natural lines of drift” meaning that you will find other humans along them. Both encountered angry locals at checkpoints. In a contested area, you want to avoid roadblocks and checkpoints, no matter which side mans them. People at them are in an excited state and generally keyed up for a confrontation, so it’s better to skirt them if you can. If you are just bee-bopping along the road without paying attention, you’d be obvious if you suddenly jumped off the road into the bush. Also, hostile parties might set ambushes along natural lines of drift.

The solution here is what we call “handrailing”. Even if I know that the road or railroad tracks travel to my destination, I’m not going to move directly on them. Move off into the forest or wild areas along them and keep them in sight. You’ll be safer, able to avoid checkpoints, and you can still use the feature to navigate by.

Since tourists who travel to Machu Picchu are generally hikers, I assume that they had water purification and basic survival gear with them. I would assume they had maps and compasses, but make sure that you always do, in case you have to plan and navigate on the run.

Something most people don’t realize is that US CB radio channels are used throughout the Western Hemisphere and mostly without any licensing needed, as are the FRS channels. Having a radio or two could enable you to send an advance party ahead to check out a route. Check the laws of anywhere you travel first, or buy cheap, blister-pack radios locally off the shelf whenever you travel. Having some comms is better than no comms.

The biggest failure of all here was awareness. Most people wait too long to leave a potentially dangerous situation, and this was no different. The unrest has been ongoing for over a week, and these people just decided to try and evacuate now. As I keep saying, leaving early can save your life. If you leave an area early, you can always come right back. The opposite, as these tourists found out, is almost never true.

Another awareness piece was not finding out if their destination was safe. These people hiked 50 km just to find out that not only was the train station closed, but protestors had welded the gates shut and dropped boulders on the tracks. Had they known this, they could have expended their energy going somewhere more productive.

A great tool for situational awareness is a world-band receiver. It’s essentially just a shortwave/HF receiver that you can carry in your pack. You can turn it on and receive news broadcasts and amateur radio from all over your region and the world. If this group had turned one on before leaving, they would have heard chatter about the closed train stations and airports and chosen a better route or decided to hold where they were until rescued.

Fortunately, these people eventually encountered the Peruvian tourism police, who got them together and then organized police-escorted convoys out of the area and some were evacuated by helicopter. This could have had a very different outcome.

Before traveling, think ahead. Always have some type of “Get Home” material with you, even on vacation. Buy local clothing almost immediately after arrival. Learn local customs (if you are moving on foot during siesta times, you mark yourself as different) and blend in. Most importantly, don’t go out of your way to stand out (The Ugly American). Learn a few local phrases.

Learn from the mistakes made in Machu Picchu.

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Principles Over Fear

A few days ago, I shared the video of NYFD Lt. Alison Russo-Elling being murdered on the street. I lamented that no one stopped to help her or engage her attacker. She was walking to lunch when a man stabbed her 19 times, killing her. Multiple people drove by or walked by, without even slowing down. It was in broad daylight with a full view of the street.

Immediately, I had a bunch of guys chiming in with all the reasons why they wouldn’t get involved, “I’m not getting arrested”, “I have a job”, or “I have to take care of my family”. Let me share with you some Tactical Wisdom from Isaiah:

The Lord looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.
 He saw that there was no one,
    he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;

Isaiah 59:15b-16a

That’s right; He was appalled that there was no one to intervene. Lest you think I’m applying this wrong, throughout Isaiah, God is observing Israel fall into debauchery, sexual immorality, violence, oppression, and mocking anyone who tried to oppose evil. Tell me that doesn’t sound like today’s world.

You see, we are SUPPOSED to protect each other. “But you don’t understand – my family counts on me.” Lt. Russo-Elling’s family counted on her. Do you believe that God thinks YOUR family is more important than hers? I’ll be brutally honest, everyone in my family knows EXACTLY what I’d do and is perfectly OK with whatever consequences happen, because PRINCIPLES MATTER. In fact, they would be offended if I didn’t act. I couldn’t live with myself if I allowed something like this to happen in my presence. And yes, I’d feel just as fine if I was thrown in prison for it. Jesus, Paul, and Peter were all imprisoned for doing the right thing, I’d be in good company.

I get it, it’s a scary time. Police departments are letting criminals go free and arresting those who lawfully resist. Does that mean that we should just surrender and allow lawlessness to increase? Do you suppose that your job will be around very long in the current trajectory? If law enforcement isn’t going to do it, we have to. And to be quite honest, God does NOT care one whit about your excuses. Let me give you a piece of Tactical Wisdom that illustrates that He doesn’t listen to excuses:

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 4:17

Oh, and if you want to try and say you didn’t know that you were supposed to help:

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Proverbs 24:12

Do I have your attention? What can we do?

First, you can start by GETTING INVOLVED. When you see something bad happening, at least make your presence known. When one person stands up, it encourages others to do so as well. If enough people just stand up, it can prevent something bad from happening. If you see someone hurt, follow the example of the Good Samaritan and help them.

Now, the worst comment I got was “She was dying anyway, I couldn’t have done anything”. First, bro, adjust your principles. What you can do, even if someone is clearly dying, is take their hand and let them know they are not dying alone. Pray with them. Have some empathy. Stop being a coward and making excuses for it. Sorry, you don’t come here to listen to platitudes, you come here for unabashed honesty.

Second, as I frequently point out, carry a first aid kit with you everywhere you go. If you think, “nah, I’m just running to the store, I don’t need that”, take a seat and let someone less lazy and more compassionate go.

You can also get trained in defending yourself and others. Yes, even if the police might arrest you, the law is on your side. Kyle was vindicated. Some things, also, are more important than the laws of man. I’ve already told you this, but:

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,

We ought to obey God rather than men.

Acts 5:29

If you are able to, get a concealed carry permit and carry a defensive firearm. Carry a knife or other defensive tool. If you carry a gun to defend yourself, you should be willing to defend others. Principles matter. Your life is no more valuable than anyone else’s. On this point:

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40

Brothers and Sisters, this applies to so much more than self-defense. This applies to the need to oppose the “Family Friendly Drag Shows”. This applies to opposing those who call us “Christo-Fascists”. This applies to opposing those who would deny others their rights based upon any factor including religion or political views. We must start taking a stand collectively, or, as Benjamin Franklin wisely warned, “we shall all hang separately.”

Another point to having principles over fear is this: You cannot on one hand complain about the injustices and rampant crime while on the other hand saying that you are unwilling to take literally ANY action for fear of arrest or losing your job. You have to either set aside your fear or stop whining. You cannot just wait for “someone” to save you. No one is coming. As God said to Gideon in Judges 6: “Am I not sending YOU?”

The Jan 6th arrests were intended to do exactly that – make you too afraid to do more than complain, and not too loudly.

Friends, go out and find your tribe. Set aside your fear and start standing up for your rights, our collective rights, and our freedoms. Start protecting each other. Stop shirking your responsibilities and passing them off to the police, who are NOT required to protect you. You are required to protect each other. Defy the tyrants and meet each other. Organize. Train.

On a related note, I just finished NC Scout’s “The Guerrilla’s Guide to the Baofeng Radio”. If you have one of these radios, pick up a copy today. It’s well-written and contains a wealth of material to unlock the full potential of the Baofeng. You’ll also learn how to develop a comms plan and all about communication security. Click that photo to order one.

This isn’t meant to scold, it’s meant to shake you out of complacency and get you to realize that if WE don’t collectively do something by standing on our Principles, WE will lose everything, even those things you thought you were preserving by cowering in the corner. That’s right, if we don’t do something to slow this descent, our jobs and our families will be taken from us eventually. You are re-living 1938. If you think that’s hyperbole, read about why Jews didn’t resist and went along with gun confiscation and forced relocation. And don’t tell me you’ll fight if they come for your guns…If you won’t protect a woman being murdered in front of you, you aren’t going to use those guns, ever.

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Winter Is Indeed Coming

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As I write this, Moore County is still without power and may well be long after the promised December 8th end date. You can’t guarantee electrical repairs on a timeline, and if you remember back to Covid, we were told 3 weeks and we’re on year 3.

Friends, I’ve been warning about this scenario since about an hour after the Metcalf Incident. The Metcalf Incident wasn’t meant to take power down, it was a “proof of concept” attack to see if it could be done. The attack in Moore County was done in such a manner as to suggest that the attacker or attackers knew of the Metcalf Incident AND had done extensive recon to find the most impactful target. Military veterans from the sharper end of the spear will recognize this as the attackers having used the CARVER matrix to pick their targets.

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I’m not telling you to put on your tin foil hats, but I WILL point out that the “powers that be” have been warning you of looming power outages this winter, and suddenly we have a power outage. Parts for these substations are hard to come by, meaning it could be out for a while. They’re going to get those power outages, no matter what. I guess we finally get that “Cold, Dark Winter” he promised us.

As people into preparedness, use the Moore County incident as wake up call. It can, and it WILL happen again, with absolutely no notice. For our purposes it doesn’t matter who attacked the substations or why – what matters are the second and third order effects. Focus on that. Make sure that you are ready.

In addition to all of the physical preparations, we need to talk about some mental preps that need to be made. For no apparent reason, the Sheriff immediately imposed a curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM. The looting the media claims is the reason turns out to be no more than a single professional shoplifter apprehended.

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What this curfew means is that if you and your neighbors planned on setting up an Entry Control Point to your neighborhood, as my TW-03 Defensive Operations, and the Civil Defense Manual advise, your personnel manning the ECP would be in violation of the curfew. Security observation posts would be in violation. The security personnel on gun store rooftops that I KNOW are there, would be in violation. Decide right now at what level you will comply with unconstitutional orders.

As a side note, a local council in the UK is about to declare a “climate lockdown” in their town, requiring you to prove a need to leave your house. Decide NOW how you will react to that.

I can’t stress this enough, now that someone pulled this off, more power infrastructure attacks will occur, especially as we ramp up the prelude to WW3 in Ukraine and Taiwan.

Have a plan for alternative heating. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, great. There are indoors-safe propane heaters (mine is below) that you can buy – but if you buy one, buy a bunch of propane NOW, rather than waiting. When the power goes out, there will be riots at Wal-Mart over the propane cans.

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Get wool blankets and actual government issue (not “GI-Style”) poncho liners. It doesn’t matter which NATO government, either. My Dutch poncho liner is every bit as warm as my US ones. A lot of development has been done in the area of US Military Cold Weather gear (all that time in the Hindu Kush paid off). The newer layering system is very warm and modular. You can get it in colors that don’t look overtly military. I have the Level 7 PCU vest in green and it looks like a normal ski vest, but it’s packable and super warm. Don’t get me wrong, I have a camo one too, but gray man does happen some days.

Get batteries and put flashlights in every room. If you want a good story as to why, read Mongol Moon by Mark Sibley (I’d tell you to read the sequel, too, but….). Lanterns are a good idea too, as they provide heat as well as light. Even the little UCO candle lantern gives off good heat.

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If the power goes out in your house, collapse down to as few rooms as possible and close them off. You can heat a smaller space much better, especially if there are warm bodies in it. If you have pets, bring them into that space as well. A true “prepper” tip is that dogs are like mini furnaces, let them sleep with you and you will not get cold.

Update your “Get Home” plans to account for getting home without power and in the cold. Keep in mind that if the power is out, they probably won’t be out salting and plowing roads in the dark (it gets dark early). Update your Get Home Bag with cold weather items (you should have already).

Make sure everyone in the family or group knows everyone else’s get home or bug out plans. Maybe one person has to pass another’s work or school location and the one could wait. For example, our son lives in another town to the north. His plan is to get home and then monitor the radio for when we are headed into his area on the way to our northern location that is better stocked and prepared to weather a long-term outage. If he hasn’t heard from us in a certain length of time, he is to just start moving along our planned route. We can all work remotely from there if needed.

Reach out to your key people and your team to touch base. Finalize a grid-down communication plan NOW. Carry radios (I know, I keep saying that) and a spare battery. Speaking of radios, go and buy NC Scout’s new book by clicking this link.

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I cannot stress this enough; federal law enforcement is warning of more attacks. The DHS put out an alert last week on potential attacks. Get over the normalcy bias and start raising your awareness. The “event” you’ve been prepping for is GOING ON NOW.

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 33:4

I know I say it a lot but fill up your tank daily and consider storing some extra gas. In Moore County, most gas stations didn’t have generators, and the ones who did are already out of gas. I keep a hand pump operated siphon kit in my car (in case I have transfer gas between my own vehicles, FEDs).

When a large area is suffering from a power outage like this, law enforcement will be too busy protecting retail areas, gun shops, pharmacies, and critical infrastructure (hospitals, utilities, government centers) to patrol your neighborhood, so develop a security plan. Understand too, that the cell phone towers will start dropping about 24-36 hours after an outage, so have that communications plan well in hand before then.

I will leave you with a piece of Tactical Wisdom that Ned Stark knows from warning people that “Winter Is Coming”:

While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:3

Don’t be like those who think Peace and Safety are permanent & guaranteed by geography.

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It’s Not Hyperbole

Normalcy Bias is a killer. No matter how bad things get, most people think that “it” can never happen here. The entire world is devolving into civil war or open conflict, yet folks in the West, and the US in particular, just believe that those are problems for “over there where those people live”.

Now, Ukraine opened a few eyes. Rather than seeing “other” people and exotic locations in conflict, suddenly we saw a war with Europeans getting wounded and killed, and there were McDonalds and Starbucks stores in the background. A shopping mall just like one in every city in America was struck early on. It was an eye opener, for about 3 weeks.

Then, what always happens, happened. When the war didn’t spiral out of control, everyone moved it to the back of their mind, where it’s an abstract idea of numbers. We talk casualties, money spent, and abstract ideas, but the nonstop coverage of neighborhoods like ours vanished from the media, because they’d prefer you not think that way. The stopped the war porn, because they want the war to keep going.

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 33:4

Here, and over on the Council on Future Conflict, we’ve been trying to warn people that this is going to expand, along with the high potential for civil conflict within the US. I keep pointing out that we are on the verge of both a world war (which will be a collection of civil wars) and a Balkans-type conflict here, but everyone kind of nods and rolls their eyes, thinking “that could never happen here”.

Let’s do a thought experiment to expose that fallacy. Prior to March of 2020, would you have ever thought that the Governors of the United States would order you to stay in your homes and order nearly all businesses closed for most of a year? Take it a step further: Would you have ever imagined that we’d largely comply? I know, a bunch of you are going to say “BUT NOT IN MY COUNTY”….that’s not the point. It DID indeed happen.

Just this week alone, we are seeing Brazil, the 5th largest country in the world and 8th largest economy (largest exporter of beef, BTW) nearing a civil war over a contested election. We still don’t have results in the AZ Governor’s race nearly a month after the election. China is devolving into widespread rioting, as is Iran. The Netherlands has riots and is forcing 3000 farms to close (largest food supplier in Europe). The cake topper though: On Monday, NATO told Ukraine that the door to membership was open, which is a big red line for Russia. Tension is so high that Poland’s defense minister has said that the war will spread to Poland, which will involve us all.

So what, a lot of folks say. They say that we’ve had two world wars and they never impacted the US homeland. That will not be true in the next one. Extremely long range and hyper-accurate weapons mean that the US is indeed at risk. We are so reliant upon electricity and technology here that striking our electrical grid or cyber networks is pretty attractive target. If I was a strongman looking to make a move and the US is what holds me back, I’d be tempted to drop the grid in the US and make the US deploy her troops to maintain internal order rather than getting in the way of my plans. That, friends, is a REAL risk. If a guy like me figured it out sitting at his kitchen island while watching The Forbidden Kingdom, you can bet the world’s bad guys have figured it out.

Civil conflict in the US is actually getting worse, despite the decrease in actual riots. There is open talk of civil war on both sides. This morning, exactly as I predicted, the DHS has warned once again of the threat of domestic extremism. They mentioned attacks on Christmas events (without mentioning the words Black Hebrew Israelite), attacks on Jewish events (again, implying right wing, but the risk is BHI), and attacks related to the January 6th anniversary, which is not an actual threat.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

All of this is building to high risk, but most people in America are just going about their lives with no thought towards preparation.

This is not hyperbole; we are on the verge of World War 3. More importantly, not a single one of the world’s powers is trying to do anything to forestall it. In fact, they seem to be doing everything they can do to accelerate the timeline. Remember all the war talk when the Ukraine fired two missiles into Poland? It’s gotten MORE tense sense then.

Friends, I urge you to take this all seriously. Make sure that your food storage and heating are taken care of. We have US utilities and energy suppliers warning of blackouts and unavailability of heating fuels as we approach the coldest time of the year. The food situation continues to get worse and a civil war in Brazil, where we get our fresh produce from in winter, will make that worse yet.

Once you’ve got food and heating handled, work on security. We work on security by developing networks, meeting like-minded folks (no, not everyone is a Fed), and training. Start walking distances carrying a load. Start acclimating yourselves to cold weather and switch your gear to cold weather gear.

The biggest thing you need to do is get over the normalcy bias and start gathering information. Update your Area Study (check out Mike Shelby’s new book here). Check out all your routes out of the area from home and work. Train walking with your Get Home Bag (yes, even in the cold and snow). Identify and track your local protest groups and agitators. Study the local police crime maps.

Friends, understand the risk and work to be more aware.

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Are You REALLY In?

I know a lot of people in the preparedness space. Some people are dead serious about it, some are not. The truth is, a lot of the folks allegedly into preparedness are actually just collectors and gear junkies, rather than actually into preparedness. How do I know? Well, I’m glad you asked, because it’s time for a reality check and one of my famous ‘tough love’ speeches. You know I love you guys, right? I need ASSETS, not LIABILITIES.

This weekend, I posted some photos from an overnight camping and hunting trip. There was quite a bit of snow. I revealed that the purpose was to test some new gear, but more importantly test myself. Replies to those photos and subsequent posts is how I separate the assets from the liabilities. Assets asked me how the gear worked and how specifically I ran the test, what the temperature was, etc. Liabilities (they were WAY more liabilities) told me how they were way more comfortable at home watching Netflix (yes, one person actually said that) or that I was crazy.

The Ultimate Tactical Handbook has something to say about that:

Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Proverbs 20:4

The gear collectors, or “loot drop boxes” as I call them, are a little bit harder to spot. They sound like assets, but always reveal themselves. They ask about the gear too, but then they ALWAYS reveal themselves by suggesting some ridiculously expensive replacement that they’ve never taken out of the box. For example, one guy asked what sleeping bag I used. When I revealed, much to the gear collector’s shock and dismay, that I used the USMC Level II sleeping bag I got from a surplus store (new, not used), he went into an explanation of his 4 season Marmot or Patagonia $500-600 bag. I asked when the last time he used it was, and he revealed that he had never used it, it was for “prepping”.

You see, unless you get out and try to live and use the gear in the worst possible conditions, you’re not really prepared. I want you to be really prepared. I need allies who are really prepared and I don’t have to loan my extra gear to. You absolutely need to get out into the field, carrying your gear on your back, and spend a few days in less than ideal conditions. It’s the only way to know what you can use or need to toss.

If you’ve read my Baseline Training Manual, you’ll know that I highly recommend military surplus. The big named YouTube prepper guys laugh at me for this and look down on military surplus. Not because it’s inferior, it’s not, but because it doesn’t make them money on affiliate links. I’m not a slave to that. Everything on my recommendation page is stuff I use. Yes, I use affiliate links and might make a few pennies, but I don’t recommend things based on money. For example, a few months ago, I recommended a surplus tent that Coleman Military Surplus carries. I’m not an affiliate of theirs and I didn’t make a dime, because I wanted you to be ready.

Let me tell you why I’m a fan of military surplus. The US government spends millions of your tax dollars on research and development for this gear. The US military is the best funded and best equipped in the world. I say get some return on your investment. When it comes to rugged outdoor gear, I go with USMC issue gear. If you notice, the USMC uses different boots, tents, packs, and sleeping bags than the rest of the military. It’s because they are “expeditionary” in nature, meaning they expect to arrive somewhere by sea, walk into an area and be expected to live off what’s on their back. Unlike most services, they generally walk, and don’t have vehicles to carry large tents and comfort gear. The stuff they use is more rugged. Everything they use, since they come from the sea, also comes in its own dry bag stuff-sack, killing two birds with one stone.

The next part of assets versus liabilities is training. On Sunday, I met with a large group at a local business and gave a talk on preparedness, followed by 2 hours of unarmed self-defense training and 2 more hours of stick fighting training. Actually prepared people train on things other than firearms. Not every defensive situation can or should be resolved with firearms. Also, if things truly get BAD, there will be times when I need to deal with a hostile person QUIETLY and having combative skills other than guns will help. If you reply “but muh suppressor”, I’m going to laugh at you. You’ve obviously never fired a gun with a suppressor if you think it’s quiet. It REDUCES noise.

A question came up during the talk. A guy was worried about meeting with others like we did due to fears of federal infiltration and entrapment. He wanted to know how I felt about it. I said that I have concerns too, but that’s what they WANT. These continuing raids and arrests are designed to keep you from organizing and meeting. Listen, DO IT ANYWAY. You have to organize and meet. If anyone starts suggesting building bombs, altering firearms, making suppressors, or kidnapping Governors, tell them NO (loudly and clearly) and boot them from your circle. To avoid the only charges that actually stuck in the aforementioned Fed funfest related to the Governor, never give your group a name (they were convicted of “gang membership”).

The Bible warns about informants:

Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
    or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird in the sky may carry your words,
    and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

Ecclesiastes 10:20

Actually, it sounds like Solomon predicted drones, doesn’t it?

I teach classes to groups of people I don’t know. So does NC Scout, Von Stueben Training, and dozens of others. We train on actual combat and field skills. But here’s the deal: While we might THEORIZE how you could use such skills; we NEVER discuss taking offensive action against anybody. When someone starts talking about “taking the Capitol” (we’re looking at you, Ray Epps) or seizing National Guard Armories (you know who you are), shut down that conversation and make it clear you’re not interested. Make the Federal agents spend all that money for nothing. You can THINK whatever you want, just don’t vocalize it.

This is also why I don’t (nor does anyone I know) offer classes on CQB. Generally, CQB skills are OFFENSIVE. No, don’t tell me about clearing your own house…If you have to clear your own house, you already lost and should be moving. It’s also much easier to defend a house properly from outside of it. Don’t get me wrong, I used to teach an extensive 2-day CQB class every summer, and the USMC and a certain NC based PMC made sure I know plenty about the topic, I just find that it attracts the wrong kind of people. It attracts crazies and Federal agents. The good news is that both crazies and feds talk and act the same way so they’re easy to spot.

After that rant, let’s talk about the gear. The USMC Level II bag is the cold weather part of the USMC sleep system. I got mine brand new (never issued) from Coleman’s. The Level II bag is the black one, there is also a Level I bag, which is green or tan. The Level I is a three-season bag (I find it way too warm in the summer) rated down to 20 degrees. The Level II has a rating of 5 degrees. I woke up with the temperature at 8 degrees and I was not cold at all. I did have a poncho liner (woobie) lining the sleeping bag as well. When you combine the two bags, you have a Level III system rated to -15 degrees. I will test that later this winter, but I’d include a poncho liner and maybe even a wool blanket in between. The Level II bag performed great. The cool thing about modern material science is that the bag rolls down and you can put it in the waterproof dry bag (a HUGE plus), purge the air out, and it’s very compact. It stows in the bottom of your pack or ruck.

The other item I tested was a hand-made axe by fellow Marine Corps veteran 03 Metal Works. This is the second item of his that I have and it’s awesome. It does the basic axe job pretty well, but any axe will. It throws like a dream, and to be honest I can throw this one farther than my SOG axes. Sadly, no terrorists or Chinese invaders attacked me, so I can’t vouch for how well it splits skulls, but I’m guessing it’s pretty solid. Go check out 03 Metal Works and support him. Support Toor Knives as well, because I carry his Anaconda knife every day (usually scout carry or weak side blade-forward).

As I was writing this, we had the second mass shooting in a week. Without going full tin-foil hat on you, it’s awfully interesting that we are back to these right after an election and while certain gun control legislation is pending, but I digress. I mention it because I IMPLORE you to please carry a First Aid Kit ON YOUR PERSON and carry a larger kit in your vehicle. At the very least, carry somewhere on your person a “bleed kit” of a 4-inch pressure dressing, some hemostatic agent, chest seals, and a tourniquet wrapped in duct tape (can be used as a dressing). Do this EVERYWHERE YOU GO. Don’t say “I won’t need this; I’m just running to Wal-Mart”…It could be the last thing you ever say.

To recap, get out there and touch nature. Do the things. Lay on the ground and low crawl through the brush. Get that gear dirty – at the very least you will learn to clean and maintain your gear. Train in some type of martial art. Move your body (I’m just as guilty). Carry weight on your back over distance. You aren’t really prepared if you don’t.

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How Ready Are You – Minute Men

Consider our world for a moment, as I did on Wednesday morning. Russia shows no signs of pulling out of Ukraine and is threatening the UK. China is becoming more and more bellicose in relation to Taiwan and the US. North Korea is off the chain (again). Iran is threatening both Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan at the same time. The US and Brazil are reeling from election fraud allegations. Citizens all over the world are protesting governments in my predicted “worldwide civil wars” scenario. On top of all that, we have out of control inflation and energy shortages. It’s a scary time.

Against this backdrop, I walked into my gear room to assess my readiness, and I was not impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I have everything I need. It’s just not in a state of “walk out the door readiness”. So, I’ll be embarking on that process and testing myself to see if I can get there in under 72 hours, to see if I can beat my 72 Hour Theory.

In fact – God told us to have a bug-out bag ready:

Gather up your belongings to leave the land,
    you who live under siege.

Jeremiah 10:17

Before we discuss those steps, I want to give a short history lesson on American Preparedness and discuss the roots of the “Minute-Men”, a key element in US History that should be our guide.

In the 1600s, as the Colonies were getting established, the British Governors had troops, but those were for protection of the Crown’s interests. The individual Colonies, with no established police forces, established militias. Militia didn’t have the negative connotation that it does today.

Generally, all men from 16-60 were required to serve in the militia. They met quarterly to train to defend their communities from Native American raids, bandits, and other colonial powers. You see, even if the French attacked, it would take weeks for British troops to arrive, so the local militia had to fight and hold the attackers.

As conflict became more common, the Governors ordered the militias to form special companies of the most fit, best trained, and most capable militiamen. These men would train every month instead of quarterly and would be required to be ready to respond to anywhere in their colony at “a moment’s notice”. They quickly became known as “Minute Companies” and “Minute Men”. The famous “Rogers Rangers” was one such company.

These men kept their gear packed and staged to go quickly. There was no police force to respond to a raided farm, just the Minute Men of the community. Eventually, as the tension rose between the Colonials and the British Government forces, these men trained even more, sometimes meeting 3-4 times a week.

The Minute Man concept is how we were able to field so many men so fast along the British GLOC (Ground Line of Communication) on their return to Boston the morning of April 19, 1775. The Minute Men arrived first and set a number of ambushes to slow the British allowing more men to arrive at Concord. The Colonials only had about 80 men at Lexington, but by time the British arrived in Concord, 400 men had gathered and by the end of the battle, 3,960 Minute Men had arrived.

It’s important to know that this concept didn’t die with our winning the War of Independence. In our expansion westward, pioneer communities did the same thing. The Mormon Nauvoo Legion was an expansion of this (side note – the Nauvoo fought the Federal Government and WON). During the Rhodesian Bush War, the “Agric-Alert” system was nothing more than a modernized “Minute-Man” system for responding to farm attacks.

As you can see, we have a heritage of being ready at a moment’s notice.

My first step was organizing all my radio equipment and charging all batteries. I’m guilty of only focusing on the radios I use daily, and yet I’ve added some equipment to the mix, so it needs to get organized, and triple checked. In conjunction with that, I decided to recharge my portable power supply and portable battery banks.

The next item will be winterizing my gear. The first snow fell today, so I need to swap out my mid-weight fall gear in all my bags with heavier winter gear layering options. It’s time to add the fourth season layer to my USMC Sleep System until March, because you don’t want to sleep outside in Michigan in a summer sleeping bag in December. On a side note, I may run a test by staying the night in a tarp shelter at my deer blind. It’s a ground blind of natural material, so tossing up a tarp lean to and rolling out my sleeping system is simple. It’s projected to be 16 degrees, so we’ll see.

Another winter change-over is on the camouflage patterns. I keep a camouflage jacket and a set of camouflage utilities in my full ruck. Now that the trees are down and there could be snow on any day, I’ll switch to MARPAT Desert and British Desert DPM. The browns and tans match the dead foliage and blend well with the snow. I’ll also add snow camo or white pack covers. I have a white poncho for use as a camouflage shelter in the winter that I’ll put in my ruck.

As I mentioned in my books, a camouflage poncho in your pack gives you a quick way to be camouflaged no matter what you are wearing. In the winter, I put a German snow camouflage poncho in the car. It’s white with grey splotches and pines needles on it – instant northern tier winter camo.

It’s a good time to rotate your food stocks, putting things that expire in the next 3 months in with your regular food. Remember to buy replacements. Being that it’s now wintertime, I replace my food in my packs with higher-calorie options.

With the world situation as it is, I’m going to do all of this and ensure that everything is stored in a fairly mobile status, so that I can move on much shorter notice.

A note about this though – high loft items like sleeping bags and down coats should not be kept compressed, like in a stuff sack, for more than 2 weeks at time. I generally only pack the sleeping system for periods of extremely high tensions, an imminent emergency, or for a trip. I can roll up and stuff it in the compression sack in under a minute, so I just store them together. I do the same with my ECWCS parka and insulated pants.

Go and check your gear and up your readiness. Remember to keep filling your car on a daily basis and keep your backup communications gear with you. Things are tough, and they are only going to get tougher.

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Brazil – Lessons and Observations

On Sunday night, the Brazilian run-off election got underway. Bolsonaro supporters were thrilled because Bolsonaro maintained a commanding lead all day. While it wasn’t a rout, he had it in the bag.

Something happened in those last few hours though. Lula made a surprising comeback in just one region. Although Bolsonaro won 6 of the 7 major regions, Lula’s lead in the single region was enough to push him over the top. Does this sound familiar? Oh, wait, this is from CNN, the “most trusted name in news”:

According to the election authority’s final tally, Lula da Silva received the most votes in Brazilian history – more than 60 million votes

CNN, 11/01/2022

What a miracle. But, when we pull back the curtain, we see that the CIA Director and the Secretary of Defense of the United States met with Lula in May of 2022. Among the very first world leaders to congratulate Lula was none other than Ice Cream Joe (well, his interns anyway).

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Immediately after the election, where Lula had campaigned on releasing people from prison and reducing criminal penalties, despite a crime wave of epic proportions, Lula supporters took to the streets to celebrate. This is where our first lesson comes into play. These Lula supporters rushed out and begin beating, and in several cases, killing outright, anyone wearing a Bolsonaro shirt. They called them “Bolsonaristas”, which sounds suspiciously like “Trumpers”. They looted perceived Bolsonaro-supporting businesses and set fires.

The lesson is that this is where the rhetoric of “the other side is fascist” leads. It makes the opposition less than human and therefore encourages violence against them. I assure you, leftists here were watching this with anticipation. My advice is that when a rampaging crowd rushes out looking for victims, adopt a gray man attitude….lose the political shirts and righteous attitude. Yes, we all want to win and stand our ground, but if a mob of 200 overruns you and kills you, we lose in the long run. According to the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, a wise man chooses his battles:

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Proverbs 21:23

Speaking of guarding our tongues: https://bit.ly/3Rz3vMV

This isn’t giving up; it’s picking winnable battles. For example, while the cities had rampages, the Bolsonaristas were busy organizing a truck blockade of the cities from the rural areas. As the time of this writing, there are 321 blockades in 26 different states, including blocking the road to Rio de Janeiro airport. These have remained peaceful, but the people are prepared to defend the roadblocks. On a side note, you can learn how to effectively run a roadblock in TW-03, Defensive Operations. The Tactical Wisdom for being ready to defend is found here:

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:18

Romans 12:18 is an often misunderstood and mis-quoted piece of Scripture. Many believe that this means that Christians must be peace-loving and non-violent AT ALL TIMES. On the contrary, it says to TRY to be peaceful, “as far as it depends on you” – in other words, don’t be the offensive party. Note the first four words, “If it is possible” – this implies that at times it is impossible, and you are NOT to just be peaceful then. I remind you of the Old Testament, “God is man of war”. As another reminder, when someone says “What Would Jesus Do”, using home-made weapons to drive out the enemy is not outside the realm of possibility. I also will point out that the Church began as a Resistance movement, meeting in secret and organizing while they were being hunted.

Back to Brazil, as the truckers and other groups are organizing, they are using cell-phone messaging apps to do that. The Supreme Court of Brazil, who did everything they could ensure that Lula won and that Bolsonaro was restricted, has announced that they may ban those apps in the country (the Canada plan). The lesson for us is the one we SHOULD have learned when the Feds used those same messaging apps to roll up anyone who was anywhere near Washington DC on January 6th – stop using apps to organize.

I know, some apps, like Wire, are very secure, but if the government just shuts it down, as they can do in an “emergency”, you have nothing. Radio, radio, radio. I keep telling you all that you need radio. Make sure yoru team has at least one Ham operator (non-SAD HAM Type) and that EVERYONE has a radio on unlicensed channels at a minimum.

While they can jam radios, it’s hard to do for long periods of time and all you have to do to defeat it is to be frequency-agile. They jam FRS? Switch to MURS. They jam MURS? Switch to CB, then back to FRS. In fact, your SOI (Signals operating instructions) should call for switching bands and frequencies on a regular basis anyway. NC Scout teaches classes on developing an SOI that I HIGHLY recommend. I learned a lot from him.

Since this protest is organized by truckers, I recommend that they use CB radio. You can “hide” your messaging by discussing delivering loads to various locations and the equipment is readily available. CB is used so much in commerce that jamming it would have negative economic effects.

As far as jamming, NC Scout and other like-minded Ham operators across the US, Mexico, and Canada supported the Cuban protestors last year when the Cuban government tried to jam amateur radio to stop organizing. While they were effective at stopping local voice and digital traffic, Ham operators in the US received and then relayed back into Cuba long-range digital traffic that was making it through the jamming. This allowed the protests to continue and organizers to talk via relays outside the jammed area.

Right now, develop plans with your group or loved ones on how to deal with the two biggest observations here:

  1. People violently acting out their political hatred physically.
  2. The government limiting your ability to organize online to resist.

The first one is easy, remain aware and monitor your local situation. Keep track of your people. Have a way to meet up for mutual defense and protection. Be less invested in “being right” and more invested in “picking the right battles”. Arguing and antagonizing isn’t going to change their minds but being ready to violently resist their attacks is. It may give them pause and cause them to step back from the brink. When we do step into the streets, it MUST BE as a mass, not as a collection of individuals to be picked off by the mob or the authorities.

The second one is a bit more nuanced, yet also easy. At the very least, everyone you know should have a handheld radio capable of license-free local security communications for a strongpoint you can defend as a group. At the other end, you could have an entire team of dedicated Ham radio operators who coordinate groups, conduct radio reconnaissance, and CAN (relax FCC, we’re talking Minecraft) conduct offensive electronic warfare. Consider one dedicated videographer as well to “get the story out”.

Friends, Brazil is giving us a free preview of what is to come. I know, many of you will say “that can’t happen here”, but it CAN. Brazil is NOT some backwater Third World Nation. Brazil is the 5th largest nation in the world, with a population of 217 million. It’s a member of the G20 and is considered upper-middle income by the World Bank. It has the 12th largest GDP in the world. When I mention these facts, people like to say “but the favelas”…I challenge that the favelas are no different than the projects in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, or Detroit.

It CAN happen here and it is already starting here.

Pay attention, plan, and be ready.

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Snapping In

When you go to US Marine Corps Boot Camp, after the first few weeks of Phase 1, if you survive, you get sent to Recruit Field Training Duty for Phase 2, or as I call it, THE FUN STUFF. At RFTD, you learn individual movement techniques, basic infantry tactics, and marksmanship.

During the 2 weeks of marksmanship training, the entire first week is done without firing a shot. It’s officially called Grass Week, but Marines have always called it “Snapping In”. Snapping In means practicing getting into the various field firing positions and applying the marksmanship fundamentals. It’s done for days on end before ever firing a shot because you need time to develop muscle memory and to stretch out muscle groups that most people have never used in that way.

As an example, after learning the intricacies of every firing position, you learn how to drop from standing into sitting position, or kneeling, or you learn to transition from prone to kneeling, and then standing (never go directly from prone to standing to fire if you want to live). You learn three different heights of kneeling positions, which are difficult to do at first, as well as at least two sitting positions. All require PRACTICE and STRETCHING.

OK, cool trip down memory lane, but what does that mean for me? I’m glad you asked.

Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

Psalm 144:1

In my book TW-02, Fieldcraft, I discuss all kinds of movement techniques. I point out that you need to practice on them to develop the flexibility and muscle memory to be able to do them when in a high stress environment. This requires you to do “snapping in”, doesn’t it? Start out with no gear and train on a movement technique like the low crawl. I don’t care how many times you’ve done it in your life, if you haven’t done it in the last two months, it’s going to hurt. You need to be “snapping in” on these skills regularly. Add your belt kit, then your backpack or ruck.

I teach my Tang Soo Do students that while commercials are playing during their favorite shows, they should spend the whole commercial break doing side kicks, roundhouse kicks, spinning back kicks, or whatever skill they need more work on. For us, as adults wanting better preparedness skills, we can do the same.

Be honest, when was the last time you laid on your belly, then rolled into a sitting position, shifted to kneeling, and then stood up, all slowly and quietly? If you’re like me, there was likely to be a few grunts and groans, and maybe even a pop or two. However, that’s a skill set that applies to observing and patrolling in a potentially hostile area. You should develop the physical skill.

Low crawling is overlooked. For the life of me, I don’t understand people doing fire and movement drills at training events where they do everything standing. That’s for the movies. I’ll be crawling and rolling below the bullets.

Even more importantly though, the low crawl is a SURVIVAL skill for more than simply combat. Imagine being a hurricane survivor but trapped under rubble. Those hours spent practicing and developing the muscles to move low by alternating elbows and knees could be the difference between life and death. Being skilled at keeping the butt down can keep you from getting trapped. Not only for GI Joe stuff, is it? Being adept at the skill of passing under wire on your back can also get you through a collapsed building. These skills can also help you rescue a trapped family member.

The same “snapping in” idea applies to other skills, too. When was the last time you practiced splinting a broken leg? It drives me crazy to see guys talking about spending hours doing dry firing or tactical reload drills, but then say they have done zero minutes of splinting extremities. No matter what extreme thing you’re preparing for, whether it’s weather, earthquakes, a Chinese invasion, or space aliens, you are least 100 times more likely to fall down and break or sprain something than you are to get into a gunfight, yet almost no training is done on those skills.

Side note: The “I train in cargo shorts” guys are these same people. When training in cargo shorts versus heavy duty outdoor pants, how likely are you to throw yourself down into the prone or a kneeling position? I know, you don’t like that part, but I’m a tough love guy. I want you to live.

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I get a lot of push back from guys who say, “We’re bugging in, so I don’t need all that movement stuff.” I disagree: If you are tying yourself permanently to a fixed location, you need EVEN MORE skills at Fieldcraft because you’ll need to have OP’s and patrols out to defend that location. You can want to Little House on the Prairie Cosplay all you want, but people behaving badly will get WORSE exponentially, not better. And, with you tied to a fixed location, the odds of encountering them go up the longer you stay there.

The Snapping In concept also applies to testing out your planned gear loads and packs. I recently did a test in a hilly area I had never been in before and learned that I need to do more hill-walking (“snapping in” on hills) to be truly ready. My son and his friends took a backpacking trip and never “snapped in” with their loadouts before jumping on the trail. They regretted it at mile 3, because they were carrying WAY too much weight.

You can conduct “snapping in” on firefighting by using refillable water fire extinguishers or by contacting a fire suppression company about acquiring old, out-of-spec extinguishers. I’ve done this several times when I was conducting firefighting training for clients, and they gave us old units to use for training. If you’ve never used a fire extinguisher, there is a certain skill to it (PASS Point-Aim-Squeeze-Sweep).

You can take the Marine Corps’ Snapping In concept and use it to increase your readiness across the board. It works, US Marines are WELL KNOWN for their shooting ability, and it begins with snapping in.

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Getting Out There

Have you taken a CPR Course?

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’d like to meet like-minded people, but I’m worried that everyone is a Fed”? I hear it every week, and to be fair, I begin every class I teach with “For the Fed who is inevitably among us reporting on this class…..”. We’re all a little gun-shy (pun intended) right now of meeting each other face to face and transacting any kind of commerce that could be construed as remotely right-leaning.

That’s entirely BY DESIGN. High-profile arrests, search warrants, and raids, along with what can only be described as harassment and humiliation (stopping people leaving restaurants with family to seize phones with no explanation) are meant to make you wary of organizing in any way.

You know what I think? SCREW THEM. Do it anyway. Let them waste hundreds of man hours listening to us drone on about our kids and our jobs. Let them waste time being bored out of their minds as we engage in Constitutionally protected speech. Just don’t engage people who try to draw you into conversations about illegal matters and YOU WILL BE FINE.

Let’s see what advice the Ultimate Tactical Handbook offers on this:

not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

That’s right…when it seems the most dangerous to meet, MEET ANYWAY. Consider the context above. Paul was speaking to the Hebrews who had converted to Christianity. The authorities at the time were hunting them. They were trying to eradicate those rebellious Christians (sound familiar?). Undercover agents had been placed among them. Some had been arrested. Some were killed. They continued to meet. Imagine our world today if they had just given up on this idea called Christianity or “The Way”.

Right after I finished my first book, I was out gathering information inside of the 2020 BLM/ANTIFA riots. I was using gray man tactics and surveillance skills gathered over a 25-year investigations career and posting the information here on the blog. I was soon approached by a local group (yes, the M word) that was seeking some training for some of their people on gray man tactics.

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. 

“Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

1 Peter 3:14

The first thing I was asked was “aren’t you afraid they’re feds?” and “aren’t you worried about feds inside their group?”. I responded that I was aware of the potential for both, but I wasn’t going to be discussing anything sensitive or unlawful. I was going to teach people how to blend in inside a crowd, how to gather information, and how to use radios to communicate while doing so. I opened both classes I did for them with a blanket statement that I would not be discussing taking any kind of violent action against any specific groups, and that I would not discuss overthrowing anything. It’s that simple. Everything I taught was legal, in fact I warned against taking any kind of illegal action, which would render the information you gathered unusable.

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I was then approached by another group and asked to conduct self-defense and weapon retention training. Sure, nothing they couldn’t learn at any martial arts school. I gave the same caveats and held class. Interestingly, when I came back for knife and stick training, a couple of their members didn’t come back (probably the feds).

Then came the big one…NC Scout, a friend and big-name trainer, was coming to Michigan to train people. Now, I was going to be attending a class with folks I had never met, for a full week. Talk about worrying about feds…. Well, the class was fantastic, I learned a lot, and I met a lot of great people who are like-minded.

Now, I’m teaching classes every couple of weekends and doing preparedness evaluations in people’s homes, and not one person has been arrested or raided by the feds.

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Here’s the point of today’s chat: Don’t let them win. They want you too afraid to speak against them, but more importantly, too afraid to meet with like-minded folks. Don’t give them what they want by sitting on the couch. Owning all that cool-guy tacti-cool gear won’t help you if you don’t get out and train with it. Take classes. Meet others. Attend picnics and meet-ups. We are not descendants of fearful men.

When was the last time you took a CPR refresher? Now, you take one course in an afternoon and get certified in CPR, infant CPR, and using the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). Take a community education first aid course. Take a land navigation course – yes, they exist. Take a martial arts class (literally anything but Capoeira).

Organize a camping trip with friends where you decide to go “minimalist”, camping with small tents and minimal gear. Want a real fun experience? Do a winter minimalist camp – I promise it will become a favorite activity. If 12–16-year-old boy scouts can do it, you can too.

Your only training activity can’t be going to the range once a month. You’ll need the other skills more. For example, a class like NC Scout’s Scout class or Recce class focuses more on small unit tactics and undetected movement than shooting skills. Those are more important to your long-term survival than putting holes in paper or everyone’s favorite “room clearing” drills.

Learn how to use the radio to make long-distance contacts and stay in touch with the rest of the world. Join a local HAM or GRMS group and learn an important skill. Maybe even get your license, if you choose to.

Bible studies are a great way to meet like-minded people. Some of my strongest personal friendships right now began in the context of a Bible Study.

To sum this all up, you need other people. Don’t be afraid to go and find them. Don’t let the opposition scare you out of valuable life experiences. Living just to comply and avoid danger isn’t living, it’s slavery. Get out and train with like-minded people.

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

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Testing Yourself

Ragnar the Insurrectionist

I’m a big fan of the Vikings TV Series. Yes, I know it’s not 100% historically accurate, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some Tactical Wisdom in it. In fact, the plot line from Season 1 is very instructive for the moment we find ourselves in and can guide you in getting ready.

Ragnar had defied Earl Haraldson and the Earl ordered surveillance on Ragnar and his war-band (sounds like the government watching a militia group, doesn’t it?). In fact, the Earl went so far as to insert an informant into Ragnar’s crew, Knut. Sounds pretty familiar. Well, the first lesson is that Ragnar assigned people to keep watch on the informant to limit the information he could gather and the damage he could do.

But the part that relates most to this article is that after Ragnar and his band fought off an attack by the Earl’s men, for the sake of argument let’s call them the Feds, Ragnar went into a period of training. He went out into the wilderness with minimal gear and spent days out hiking & camping and sitting solitary on a mountain peak nearby. Ragnar was toughening himself for the hardship to come. He tested himself and his ability to survive.

It served him well, because in short order, his hamlet was attacked by the Feds. Call it a “raid” if you will. A few quick notes here that apply. Bjorn, Ragnar’s son, was looking out and saw the raiding party as it arrived. Everyone should always be engaged in countersurveillance (looking for surveillance) as ANTIFA has been known to target folks, and with even canning is being labeled as extremist activity, watch for your neighbors watching you.

The next point was that as the attack unfolded, Lagertha and the non-combat team members (Aethelstan) armed themselves and protected those who couldn’t fight, like the children and elderly. That should be part of your team’s plan. Now, Lagertha was a warrior in her own right (even in real life), but her ROLE was protection of others. Have assigned roles, including someone to watch over and protect the less able of your group.

In the end, while Ragnar fought a delaying action against the raiders, Lagertha led the family out through a secret exit from their house and into the woods. She then led them to a pre-planned rally point. That’s some vital Tactical Wisdom…have a secret egress and a planned rally point. Clay Martin also recommends this in Concrete Jungle.

The final point is that after fighting a short delaying action, Ragnar himself fled and made his way to the rally point, stopping only to ambush his pursuers and conduct counter-tracking. This should also be a part of your plan. Now, I wouldn’t include the part where Ragnar jumps from a cliff into a fjord 100 feet below, that’s just not smart.

Ideas to implement these things can be found in TW-03, Defensive Operations.

After recovering Ragnar, the family moved to a pre-planned safe house, Floki’s house on the Fjord. Have pre-planned safe havens.


Now, when I sat down to write this, I had intended only to briefly mention Ragnar in passing, so let’s get back on track. Let’s start with Jeremiah’s warning to have a Bug Out Bag ready:

Gather up your belongings to leave the land, you who live under siege.

Jeremiah 10:17

Why did Jeremiah give this warning? Because the people of Jerusalem had stopped following the right way and morality and were engaged in detestable practices like idolatry, sexual immorality, and perversion. Kind of like where we are today in our current environment. Jeremiah gave the warning because of this:

For this is what the LORD says: “At this time I will hurl out those who live in this land; I will bring distress on them so that they may be captured.”

Jeremiah 10:18

There are consequences for not opposing the nonsense in the world.

So what does all this have to do with preparedness? Glad you asked: Based upon Ragnar’s example and Jeremiahs warnings (you never thought I’d combine Vikings and the Bible, did you?), I decided to run a solo test and training event. I think that sharing it here will help you prepare and test yourself.

Before last weekend, unless I was meeting with a larger group, I had done all my testing on state land in some woods that I have spent time in for my entire life. Woods and fields I know intimately and can find every waterhole and good camping spot from memory. While that was fun, it wasn’t exactly realistic. I may not get to pick the ground. I could be 300 miles away when things go bad.

I decided to do a map study and pick a spot nestled between two peaks along a ridgeline in an area I had never camped or hunted in. The plan was to only take what would fit in my gear, including the ILBE Ruck and Assault pack, and my War Belt. I also packed the ExUmbris war belt for around camp, when I didn’t want to wear the full USMC War Belt.

When I arrived, I put everything on and began the foot movement. My first lesson was that I need to ruck more wearing the full ruck. While I ruck several days a week, I usually train in just my assault pack (Patrol/EDC loadout) or my Get Home Bag. There is a SIGNIFICANT weight difference. Also, I need to do more hills. In Michigan, despite what some folks who don’t live here think, there are significant hills and ridges in what is called the Central Highlands. Well, that’s where I was. After crossing three ridgelines (using good patrol movement techniques), my legs were on fire.

I stopped one terrain feature away from my planned overnight site, as good practices require. I stashed my ruck under a downed pine tree. Lesson two was that I hid it a little too well – it took some searching to find it again. I walked over the final ridge and stopped to observe the site (conducting an SLLS). After watching for a bit, I went down and conducted a quick site check as described in TW-02 Fieldcraft and TW-04 Scouting and Patrolling. I also did a quick clearance patrol 100 meters around the camp while getting my ruck.

After eventually retrieving the bag, I set up my USMC Combat II Tent. It’s similar to the USMC TCOP tent that I reviewed last month, but this one is (allegedly) for two people. The tent has a bit higher profile than TCOP but is still camouflaged and quick to set up. A cool feature of the Combat II is that there are straps that allow you to set up just the rain fly as a very solid camouflage rain-proof and light-blocking cover over an observation post or a fighting position. The rain fly is also reversible from Woodland Camo to Tan.

Tent Front
Tent Rear

I made a quick dinner by boiling some water and pouring it into a pouch (Southern Survival Trail Chili is the BOMB). It got down to 32 degrees, but I was perfectly warm inside the tent with the USMC 3 season bag (I haven’t broken out the winter bag yet) and the ECWCS long johns. I had brought along a poncho liner for extra warmth, just in case, but I didn’t need it.

In the morning, before dawn, I got up, and took down the tent, stowing all gear, just like I would in a real-world situation. I ate my breakfast manning an OP looking towards the nearby motorcycle trail in my camouflage gear, and apparently I did pretty well, because a partridge walked right up to me before taking off in a flurry a feathers.

I spent the day setting up and taking down expedient shelters (hopefully I got enough usable video for YouTube videos) using a technique I learned from our friends at Von Stueben Training called the Royal Marine Rig. Click the link to learn this, I promise you’ll love it and I spent the next two days setting them up on all my gear.

I learned that it was harder than anticipated, so I must train more. Not only that, I must train more realistically.

The point of the report here is to encourage you to get out and train, as well as testing yourself, with the gear you own. It does you no good to own all that gear if you never get out and use it. Also, aside from the cost of gas, it cost me literally nothing to get out in the woods for 48 hours. I used only things I already had and camped on state land (no fees or permits required, no rules).

Don’t just gather gear and books – get out and train with them. Push yourself beyond your comfort level.

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It Will Just Be OK….

This is fine.

Friend, I know it seems like the economy is crashing all over the world. I know your grocery bill that was $150 is now $245. I know gas is over double what it was before the election. I know that every petty dictator in the world is pushing their boundaries. More importantly, I know that political violence is up and there is open talk of a civil war, but it’s all going to be fine. As long as everyone stops rocking the boat, and stops trying to assert their rights, everything will just go back to normal. Ignore the last 400 years of historical evidence to the contrary.

This is literally what people are saying right now. This is called “normalcy bias” and it’s downright DANGEROUS. Normalcy Bias is why people wait too long to evacuate during hurricanes and fires, and its why people die when denying that a robbery or assault is happening. This 3,000-year-old Tactical Wisdom from the Bible proves it’s been going on forever:

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 33:4

Hoping for “cooler heads to prevail” is how world wars start. Hoping for people to “come to their senses” is how civil wars start.

Normalcy bias is what happened in the German Jewish community up to and even after November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht). They all thought that as long as they cooperated with the Federal authorities and kept quiet, they’d be left alone. Sound familiar? How did that work out in the end?

I want to address something. This week, an avowed Democrat man pursued, cornered, and killed an 18-year-old because he thought the kid was a “Republican Extremist”. The man is legit ANGRY that he had to post $50,000 bond, because he thinks the attack was justified. He practically bragged about it to the detectives who interviewed him.

More importantly, if you peruse Twitter or Facebook, the greater left as a whole agrees that this attack was justified. Why? Because the President of the United States said that MAGA Republicans are a clear and present danger to democracy. Those words are specifically used to justify violence. Pretending that there are NOT people out there who want to kill you is DANGEROUS. This is also exactly how the non-Jewish citizens of Germany generally felt about the Jews. We need to realize that violence IS coming, whether you want it or not.

But what can we do? We can prepare. We can be aware. We can stop hoping because hope is not a strategy.

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If you hadn’t been stocking up on food when guys like Mike Shelby at Forward Observer, Bear at Bear Independent, NC Scout at Radio Contra, and all of us on the Council on Future Conflict told you to, get on it. It’s going to cost you A LOT more right now. You may need enough to get your family through the winter, given that South American nations will not be exporting food to the US this winter.

With another refinery fire (I’m sure it was a coincidence), gas prices have gone back up by a full dollar in Michigan in the last two days. Make sure that you fill your car each day to keep your tank full and overall cost down.

The next thing to finish is an Area Study. I know, it’s hard and there is a lot to cover, but you NEED to get it done. Now. Identify local agitators on all sides of the political spectrum and start monitoring their social media posts. Learn where crime is happening in your local area. Learn the areas in which groups come into conflict or where protests frequently occur. Develop escape routes.

On that note, earlier we mentioned the young man that was pursued and killed. A few months ago, I mentioned doing Urban Scouting hikes where you hike behind shopping centers, retail areas, and built-up areas in your local area. I’ve always recommended knowing where the emergency exits are everywhere you go, so we’re going to combine that with urban scouting.

Since this man specifically targeted and hunted the young man, you need to prepare for that possibility. Take a walk down the alley in places you frequent. Learn what it looks like where the emergency exits and back doors let you out. You need to know what your next step is once you get outside. As an example, one business I consulted for on active shooter response had an emergency exit that channeled employees into an area with a high fence. That’s dangerous. Know where the exits dump out at and plan your next steps.

Find areas near places you frequent that you could run to that vehicles cannot follow. What happened in the North Dakota incident was the kid got trapped in a dead-end alley. Know your local area. I get called a human GPS when working on protective details because I ALWAYS know the local street layout. It’s not from an inherent database in my head, I devote serious time to map studies of everywhere I go.

These are skills discussed by both Ferfal and Selco. These are authors who wrote books about their own true experiences in WROL situations. Ferfal writes about the Argentinian economic collapse and Selco survived the Balkan Wars. There are links to their books above.

Learn about downtown areas and business areas. Parking ramps are a counter-surveillance dream because you can enter on one street and exit on another. If you’re on foot, you can even hop the wall and exit wherever you want, making you harder to track. Learn what buildings have connecting walkways or which ones allow you to enter on one street and exit on another. These can help you avoid someone following you.

The next issue involves a raid by the FBI on a man named Mark Houck. Houck was conducting counseling outside of an abortion clinic in October 2021, when he was involved in an altercation with an abortion escort who yelled at Houck’s son. Houck pushed the man and he fell down. The local police declined to charge Houck and when the escort worker sued Houck, the judge dismissed the case because the man suffered NO INJURIES.

Here we are one year later, and the FBI showed up in body armor with rifles, surrounding the house and beating on the door. When Houck opened the door, the agents forced their way in and arrested him, refusing at first to show any warrant. Eventually, they showed an arrest warrant, charging Houck with a federal crime of assaulting an abortion worker, which is now apparently a federal felony. Houck is facing 11 years in prison for what is a simple assault in every jurisdiction.

It’s important to note that a Federal Arrest Warrant does NOT authorize them to force entry into a structure. The only way in which they can is if they saw a suspect flee into the building. The VAST majority of federal arrest warrants are handled by the agents calling the suspect and advising them of the warrant and then arranging a surrender. In other cases, they conduct surveillance until the suspect is driving and conduct a vehicle stop, which is far safer than a house raid. This man, according to his wife, had NO prior notice that the FBI was even looking into the case.

We need to understand the moment we are in. Justice has become entirely one sided. That tyrannical government everyone worries about IS HERE. You need to understand that, and stop pretending, like the meme at the top says, that everything is fine. We need to be getting vocal, we need to be making our voices heard.

I know, it’s scary. I’m scared…several people I know have been arrested or had subpoenas served. I very prominently led the security details for several “Stop the Steal” personalities. It’s a scary time. That’s the point, though. That’s WHY the FBI is doing this. They couldn’t care less about Mark Houck – his raid was directed at YOU. And by saying, “But I can’t risk arrest, so I can’t speak out” or “I can’t intervene in the lawlessness in my town because they’ll sue me or arrest me”, you are playing into their hand and giving them what they want. For the record, the Jews who were quiet and cooperated were taken last, but they were indeed also taken. They also didn’t say or do anything over fears of arrest or financial ruin. They got both anyway.

Carry a first aid kit with you everywhere you go. Crime is getting rampant (we’ll talk about that later this week) and political violence is getting worse, so carry one to treat yourself or others just in case. It does you no good at home. We are into preparedness for THIS MOMENT, not something down the road.

A few posts ago, we discussed the lives saved by AMRRON members carrying their radios and calling for help after a vehicle accident. Rolling power outages are happening and cyber-attacks are up, so make sure that everyone in your preparedness group not only knows the radio communications plan but is carrying their radio everywhere. Just toss the radio in the backpack or car.

These cases both illustrate, once again, the need to always have a body-worn camera available. I’m not saying wear it non-stop (although I keep mine on my backpack strap) but have it available. Being able to start recording at the beginning of an incident without tying up your phone or your hands is a GOOD THING. Besides, the FBI is now just walking up to people and taking their phones, so having a recording device that is NOT YOUR PHONE has become vital. On that note, as I mentioned last week, secure your phone and data and stop saving your secure messages on the device. Delete them if they are truly secure. Stop backing up your photos to cloud storage…. They’re not yours anymore when you do that.

Friends, things are bad and getting worse. We are already in a slow-moving collapse and World War 3 has already started. Prepare NOW and start operating as if you are in a hostile environment because you may not get time to ramp up later. As the Boy Scouts used to say, “Be Prepared”.

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Making A Stand


There’s a country song (No, not a country fan) that says, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” The events of the last year in general, and the last 2 weeks, tell me that it’s time to revisit that idea.

As our country continues to call anyone who criticizes the government a terrorist and threatens legal action against those utilizing their First Amendment right to petition their government for the redress of grievances, I have some hard questions for you. Questions that you need to ask yourself and decide where you stand. Yes, I said stand, which requires getting off the couch.

But first, before everyone starts trying to tell me what Jesus said, let’s go over some Tactical Wisdom:

Do not assume that I came to bring Peace to the earth.

I did not come to bring peace, but I came to bring a sword.

Matthew 10:34

So, let’s dispense with that misconception that Christians are required to timid, peaceful beings, shall we? In fact, tonight Christians in Serbia took offense at an LGBTQ parade that mocked the Crucifixion and are violently opposing it. AS THEY SHOULD.

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Making a stand on principles WORKS. When we as a collective expressed our outrage that a liberal prosecutor charged a bodega employee with murder for defending himself, they withdrew the charges. It matters.

The FBI and the DOJ have intimidated people into not making a stand. So much so, that now, everyone says, “Don’t take the bait” and “Don’t say anything”. Sorry, y’all, that’s dead wrong, especially when you look at the teachings of a carpenter who lived 2000 years ago. Are you willing to actually speak up, based on your principles?

On that note, I recently made a stand very publicly. I was castigated immediately; being told I was “policing speech” and “denying truth”. Then I got a string of DM’s & emails saying that I should apologize publicly (FOR OPPOSING THE USE OF A RACIAL SLUR), I should keep my views to myself, and people spouting mis-quoted Scripture at me.

Here is what the Bible says about my actions:

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Titus 2:15

Listen: If you make a stand on principles, and you then waver, YOU DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE PRINCIPLES. It’s as simple as that.


Now, this article isn’t about me, I just used this as an example. If you value your freedom of speech, but then keep quiet out of fear of the FBI, you don’t really value your freedom of speech. You value your comfortable life more. The same thing goes for your freedom of assembly – if the FBI has scared you into NOT meeting others and NOT making your voice heard, then you don’t really stand on principle. The men who founded this country didn’t shut up. They didn’t worry about their jobs. Do you worry more about your job than about preserving our way of life?

Jesus was wrongfully imprisoned and killed – by the government I might add. Paul was also repeatedly arrested and eventually killed by the government because HE REFUSED TO WAVER. Paul was told repeatedly that all he had to do to end his suffering was deny Christ and walk back his principles. He refused, even unto his death. I think we can all agree that their sacrifices in the short term improved the world in the long term.

The point to take away here is that we have PRINICPLES. We should stand on them and never waver. People are hosting drag shows with strippers dancing in front of the youth of this nation, and we’re too afraid to do anything about it. That’s BY DESIGN. They WANT you too afraid to speak against them.

Rescue those being led away to death;

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

Proverbs 24:11

That’s a pretty clear command.

We know that this is wrong, yet we do nothing to oppose it, other than to send snarky tweets. I’ve got bad news; this problem isn’t going to be solved on Twitter.

Ok, but what does this have to do with preparedness? I’m glad you asked. It has EVERYTHING to do with preparedness.

As we continue down this road, a stand on principles is going to be REQUIRED at some point. We need to be prepared to get out and actually make that stand. That means being prepared to risk your income, by being financially prepared. It means having enough food to get through a winter of food scarcity, while the government denies assistance to “domestic extremists” who disagree. It means having alternative communications platforms to help you communicate outside of methods that are heavily monitored (like radio). Have you taken care of these things?

Decide what principles truly matter to you. Then prepare to stand on them, in a way in which no one can force your compliance, short of actual force. We’re always saying “don’t take the bait and make them act” on us, I say make our voices be heard and make THEM afraid to act on us, as the Framers intended (calm down, Feds, I mean the First Amendment, not the Second).

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 4:17

We know what we ought to do – so do it.

As for those who felt the need to tell me how and when I should stand up for my principles – I leave you with some wisdom from Nathaniel of The Last of the Mohican:

Do what you want with your own scalp and don’t be telling me what I ought to do with mine.

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Review – USMC One Man Combat Tent

Tent – Combat, One Person

Anyone who has read any of my writings knows that I advocate training in low-profile camping. By low profile, I mean stealth/hidden from view. In a WROL society, other people mean risk. Our best defense is being as unseen as we can be.

In the Baseline Training Manual, I advocate buying a small 2-person backpacking tent in earth tones. That’s so that you can be hidden. Another option for this is buying actual military tents.

When I served, the US Marines still used the “shelter-half”, which was a piece of canvas in OD Green that formed half of a pup tent. Each Marine carried one shelter half and one pole, so that two Marines together could form one “pup tent” between them. Now, this tent was canvas and had no floor and no real room for your gear. The shelter half system was designed during the US Civil War and remained largely unchanged since then.

During the Vietnam era, the US poncho was modified to allow it to be interconnected with another poncho to form a larger tent, which was far lighter than carrying a canvas tarp. Again, though, this tent had no floor. Neither of these options were very good in rough weather.

Along came the USMC “Tent-Combat One Person” or TCOP. These tents are manufactured by both Eureka and Diamond Brand. It’s a small-footprint nylon tent with a heavier rain fly and larger vestibule to store gear out of the weather.

When I was given the chance to try one out, I jumped at it. You can find these online as military surplus from many suppliers but be careful in looking. I was fortunate that Coleman Military Surplus had bought an entire warehouse of BRAND-NEW tents that were still sealed in the factory packaging, so I knew all the parts would be there and it would be in good shape.

Easy Set Up

I took the tent out in northern Michigan, known for its bipolar weather swings, and found a good out of the way spot to set up the tent, using the BLISS acronym (if you don’t know it, I explain it in TW-02 Fieldcraft). The set-up is very simple. Open the tent, click the METAL, not fiberglass, poles together and then just clip the tent to the aluminum poles as shown. It goes up in just a few minutes, which fits our stealth model.

The tent fabric is sturdy enough that you don’t need to put on the rain fly, unless you are expecting bad weather, but the rainfly is reversible CAMOUFLAGE, so why not? The rainfly attaches with clips to the four corners and a single pole to create a ridgeline. Stake the fly down and you’re ready.

I walked out from the tent to look at it and the tent is very low profile. You can’t see it if you’ve properly selected your site from 50 meters away.

The fly is woodland camouflage on one side, which should work in most areas. The other side of the fly is desert tan, which works in fields or desert/beach areas. Also, I find that the tan side works well in winter, because seldom is snow purely white and there are other background colors of dead vegetation in winter that help the tent blend.

While the manufacturers technically only rate this as a three-season tent, it is a four-season tent in all but the most extreme environments. The only change you’d need to make is to doubly tie out the heavy-duty rainfly for wind protection.

Another great feature is that it comes with straps that allow you to use the rainfly as a standalone overhead cover. Think about your observation posts and fighting positions from TW-03 Defensive Operations and TW-04 Scouting And Patrolling and imagine how nice it would be to have a heavy-duty rainfly that is camouflage over it.

The tent is only 6 pounds and stores in a camouflage or OD stuff stack, which you could attach to the outside of your ruck. The inside is just big enough for one person and their sleep system, whatever one you use. There is a vestibule area on both the front and back that is big enough to hold all your gear without any issues. You can sit up in it, and it’s easy to get in and out of.

There is a second USMC tent called the “Combat II Tent”, which is a two-man tent. It has the same features, but it is MUCH larger and therefore not as stealthy as the TCOP. The Combat II would be more of a fixed base tent, which the TCOP is more of a patrolling shelter. Both have a place and serve a purpose.

I highly recommend finding one but be careful and pick one in good shape or preferably brand new. Side note…. another company contacted me about a brand new Combat II tent, so watch for my review of it.

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A Rebuttal

I never in my life, not once, ever envisioned a speech by an American President against an eerie red background in the night (which can only be called SATANIC) wherein he called half the country a threat to democracy and where he said, “we will eradicate this cancer”, meaning those people. Never. I felt chills as it happened, and not in a good way. I felt the world change. The American Republic entered an open civil conflict at that point, whether hot or cold, it’s real now. We’ve been called, quite literally, enemies of the State.

As a Christian, this isn’t exactly new, despite America being founded by Judeo-Christian men. Ever since Christ was born and King Herrod sent spies to hunt down and kill the baby, governments have tried to suppress and kill Christians.

Before I get into my main content, I want to address something. Everyone on the right is saying “don’t say or do anything; don’t take the bait”. That would seem good counsel, given what we’ve seen, but it’s not in my nature. It shouldn’t be in any Christian’s nature, but I’ll get to that. If we continue to hide away and not make waves, they’ll keep taking away our rights until we eventually end up as slaves anyway. Slavery later over slavery now is a stupid choice. In fact, Paul had this to say:

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

Earlier in the day, the Press Secretary said that anyone who doesn’t hold the majority opinion is an extremist. That’s directly in violation of our First Amendment rights to speak freely, and to petition our government for the redress of grievances.

You see, I believe that Principles Matter. Yes, it’s easier to “not take the bait”, and to “not make waves”, but that is yet again just another form of slavery. I believe, as I’m sure most of you do, that America is the last, best hope for the world, AS LONG AS we support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Bending it to target our political enemies, on either side, is wrong. Standing on principle REQUIRES that we not cower in fear.

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I am convicted by my Faith, which compels me to DO SOMETHING:

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 4:17

Now, Agent Johanson, I’m not saying we must take kinetic action; I am saying that we must not cower on our couches. I’m going to go on gathering intelligence on far-left groups and events, I’ve taken a leadership role with a political action group, and I am going to continue to arrange protection details for conservative figures. I will actually increase training people on how to prepare and communicate. Does this put me at risk? I guess so.

BUT – I will NOT sit down and shut up. Tonight’s speech was meant as a warning, just as the Press Secretary’s comments and the FBI’s charging of literally anyone who can find January 6th on a calendar. They’re meant to tell you to sit down and shut up. I will NOT. You should NOT.

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If we continue to allow only a small minority to speak up and hope for someone to “fix this” via a magic wand, they will continue to pick us off, one by one. Until we all stand and say NO, this will continue and only get WORSE. You aren’t preventing a conflict by inaction; you are delaying it.

I know, the government is all powerful, right? The Former Vice President reiterated his threats of F-15s and tanks. I draw my guidance from Patrick Henry:

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.

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The President tonight already laid the groundwork: He said that the “MAGA Republicans” are working to steal the 2022 and 2024 elections. This means that any loss by the Democratic Party will be treated as a stolen election and overturned. Make no mistake, he told you that plainly tonight. The United States effectively went to one-party rule tonight.

The President also stated that the same forces are planning acts of violence. Never mind that the far left is actively conducting violence. These comments tonight, coupled with the “leaked” videos of Patriot Front training, and the repeated comments about threats against the FBI should alert you that “something” is about to happen, which will be attributed to the “MAGA Republicans”, just like the Smollett attack (and probably as real). It’s not an exaggeration, we are in real danger.

America is the last best, hope for freedom on the planet. Will you cower at home, or will you get active, organize, volunteer on a campaign, or do literally anything but complain on Twitter? This is our moment, not theirs.

They are AFRAID, that’s why they are threatening you. This whole “we should not say or do anything” attitude plays right into their hands. No, don’t go out and get violent, but MAKE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.

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It would also be prudent, having heard what he said tonight, to PREPARE. Organize a team (my Contacts & Notes book is great for this), gather your supplies of food and water for the tough times ahead, and start training. Get used to outdoor living and start walking a lot. If someone says that they are at war with you, you should prepare even if it’s only to defend yourself.

Now, I already know that my family will be worried about this post and what could happen because I spoke up, but I will NOT sit in the kitchen 20 years from now explaining to my grandchildren that it’s better to choose safety than to speak up. I will NOT set the example of cowardice in the face of a formidable foe or danger.

The craziest part is, I wasn’t even a MAGA Republican. I wasn’t a Donald Trump voter in 2016 (voted Libertarian). While I liked his policies, he was too sensitive and too willing to compromise, and made some terrible policy decisions. Guess what, though? I am one now. That speech, by its threatening tone, pushed me into that camp. Unapologetically so.

Friends, my point is this…resist the temptation on both sides. Don’t go do something illegal and violent, because that’s playing into their hand, but so is cowering at home and laying low. Get out, get active, and start taking back local, county, and state governments. If we do that, we make the federal government largely irrelevant in our day to day lives.

Long live the Republic.

I DID solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God. A man must fulfill any Oath he swears before God.

If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Numbers 30:2

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Mobile Lifestyle – What is it?

A couple of weeks ago, our friends at S2 Underground posed this question: Are you prepared RIGHT NOW, to walk out the door with the gear you have and live a mobile lifestyle for the next 3-5 years? That’s a solid question, but a lot of you may not realize what we’re talking about here, so in this post we’re going to talk about what that means.

But first, if you are one of the “But me and Ethel-Ann are gonna bug in, so this doesn’t apply to me…” folks, let me say not so fast. You can only bug in as long as it is feasible and sensible to do so. Imagine that you’ve held off the horde for 2 days from your double-wide castle-by-the-lake, and the opposition decides to just set it on fire, out of rage. What will you do then? You will take Jeremiah’s advice:

Pack your bags and prepare to leave; the siege is about to begin.

Jeremiah 10:17 (NLT)

That’s right; you may have a mobile lifestyle forced on you.

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A mobile lifestyle means having a plan to stay on the move, and most likely with opposition actively seeking you. For most into preparedness, this isn’t what we normally envision. However, should resistance to a hostile invasion or (God forbid) a tyrannical government (it could NEVER happen here, right?) become necessary, we’d need to live a mobile lifestyle. We also might need to TEMPORARILY live one at the outset of a WROL/Life Altering Event (LAE) or if bandits burned down our original plan/bug out location.

That means conducting mostly foot movement in rough terrain to avoid detection. Living out of a ruck or off the land, with limited opportunity for resupply from friendly assets. It means staying off the air with your fancy radios until your comms window comes around. It definitely means staying off the phone and social media.

David had the right idea:

So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place.

1 Sam 23:13a

The first step is a realistic evaluation. I know, you’re ready to go today, right? Be honest, most of us aren’t ready to walk 10 miles in one stretch, let alone walk 20 miles a day in the rough. I know, a lot of the “rucking” guys talk about their 4 mile per hour ruck pace, but you can’t maintain that all day for any meaningful period of time. You have to be able to function at the end of your daily travel, so 2-3 miles per hour is FAR more realistic. Most of us haven’t walked farther than the length of our driveway, if we’re being honest.

Getting used to the weather is vital. How many times have you canceled a hike because it was raining, snowing, or cold/hot? If we are living a mobile lifestyle, we don’t get that option and hunkering down for a day gets you found. Train in all weather conditions and take that fancy all-weather gear out of the package. It’s OK for your $300 rain gear to wet and dirty. Get used to living without AC or heat.

When was the last time you camped for a week or more? I recently camped in the field with NC Scout for 8 days. He was in better shape at the end of it than me because he does it regularly. Start with a weekend and make them progressively longer.

Oh, and by the way, remember what I mean by camping, as illustrated in TW-02, Fieldcraft. Minimalist. At most, a 2–3-man tent with a low profile. Try using just a tarp or poncho for a couple of nights. Next week, I’m going to try a couple of nights in a hammock with a tarp and a few nights in a bivy-tent, which is a tent just big enough to cover my sleeping bag. Just because you did it in your late teens and early 20s in the Army doesn’t mean you can TODAY.

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When was the last time you went winter camping? First, let me tell you that winter is some of the BEST camping experiences you’ll have. Second, if you’ve already done it, you’re going to be better prepared when you have no choice. Trust me, humans did it for tens of thousands of years; you’ll live. Develop the skills and buy the gear first.

Having a prearranged support network is key too. While me and my associates may keep on the move, some of our friends & relatives, due to age or condition, cannot. They become the support network/safe house chain. Have friends that you have pre-arranged support with. For example, I have several friends where we have the mutual agreement that we can stay at each other’s homes anytime. I’ve also set agreements with some of them where I store or stock a little extra gear for them at my house, and they do the same. That way, I can re-supply on the move and so can they.

Knowing where state or federal forests are will allow you also to pre-position buried or well-hidden caches of gear or food to enable mobile resupply. Consider having some set up as “evasion stations”, where you store a full backpack, belt kit, and additional gear in case you had to leave before you could retrieve any gear. Do this only if you have extra.

A side corollary to this is having pre-arranged dead-drops as well. Other groups or friends might be made aware of locations where they could drop off a re-supply of food or other gear for you to retrieve later.

This type of lifestyle will also require you to have significant medical skills and gear, because there are no urgent care facilities in the backwoods. You’ll need to carry with you the gear and you’ll need the skills to use that gear.

A mobile lifestyle means avoiding what we call “patterns of life”. Patterns of life is how governments conduct their intelligence targeting and your phone is constantly gathering this data. Learn how and when to use a faraday bag or cage to store your phone to avoid giving off pattern of life indicators. Your caches should be in places you’ve never gone with your cell phone or that you’ve never “Googled”. I have many friends that I only interact with in real life and never online for this very purpose.

Even in the days of King Saul, patterns of life were used to target people:

Go and get more information. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty. Find out about all the hiding places he uses and come back to me with definite information.

1 Samuel 23:22-23a

In future posts, we will dig deeper into the mobile lifestyle. We’ll go over specific skill sets and actions you can take, as well as training exercises to get you ready.

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Establishing Daily Routines

Checklists Can Help

With the chaotic pace of world events and the rampant speed of the collapse we seem to be hurtling towards, it’s easy to lose focus and miss things. As the next big headline drops, we can be so surprised by it that we forget to take basic precautions or to continue to prepare. What we can do to combat this is to establish routines.

Routines are daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly tasks that we do to make sure we stay on top of our preparations and situational awareness.

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

First, however, you must heed the above Tactical Wisdom and do an Area Study. That’s a review of your local area to identify your biggest threats and risks from all sources specific to your local area and develop a plan to address them. For more information, check out our friends at Forward Observer.

Two weeks ago, we were told of an “alleged” leak of an FBI memo, identifying nearly everyone to the right of Mao Tse Tung a “Militia Violent Extremist”. It said that anyone who referenced the American Revolution, the Gadsden flag, held pro-Constitution beliefs, or who supported the Second Amendment, was potentially an extremist. They seemed to be targeting two individuals as well. The called out Mike Glover’s American Contingency network as a militia with a “low history of violence” (they have NO history of violence). They also said that using the “Resistor” imagery from electrical engineering was a sign of extremism, and only ONE person uses that logo, my friend NC Scout. I’m going to wear his T-Shirt tomorrow.

After the raid on Mar-A-Lago, the FBI again warned us to “watch out” for violent extremists, and almost immediately, we had 2 highly suspect attacks in which the “violent extremists” killed exactly no one but themselves. On the 12th, the FBI released a Joint Intelligence Bulletin warning police that anyone who is unhappy about the raid on “certain subjects in West Palm Beach” may be planning attacks.

In that bulletin, with no supporting evidence whatsoever, the FBI stated that suspects had threatened to plant a “dirty bomb” at FBI HQ in Washington. This comes as NYC and LA have been running ads about how to survive a nuclear attack.

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In light of all of this, I have decided to share my daily and weekly routines with you all, hoping that it can help you. Combining these routines with your own OPSEC practices, like using a SLNT Faraday Dry Bag for your phone and “communications tablet”, can help you be a bit more prepared and aware.

Morning Routines:

  1. Local News: Check 2 or 3 different local news sites for traffic, weather, and major criminal event news reports.
  2. Social Media: Run a quick check of the social media pages of known local agitators, criminal elements, or controversial activist groups to know what they have planned, so that you can plan around them.
  3. Email Reporting: I always check for emails from my Mutual Assistance Group members and other allies, as well as reading the Daily SA report from Forward Observer (it’s $9.99 a month and worth 10 times that). I also check to see if S2 Underground has put out any new ‘Daily Intelligence Update’ videos, which are very detailed briefings.
  4. News Check: I check Twitter and the news feeds from large news organizations to look for national events that may affect preparedness or travel. For example, a Presidential visit to your town will impact your travel plans. I check on tensions with China, the Russo-Ukrainian War, etc.
  5. Radios: I make sure that my radios are on. I monitor the AmRRON “Persistent Presence Net” for early warnings. This is a digital HF net that requires no license to receive and will give you digital mode (text) information from all over the country, if you are a member. I also have my GMRS radio turned on to a local repeater used by a local preparedness group. I also turn on CB Radio because truckers are a great source of traffic information. Lastly, I have my business team radio turned on each morning. I also monitor area police agencies on a digital trunking scanner.

Throughout the day:

  1. Monitor/Check Everbridge: Everbridge/Nixle is a service that local police & fire departments across the country use to communicate with the public. In addition to their website with a map listing active alerts, you can subscribe to text message alerts. I have mine set to the entire state for situational awareness.
  2. Breaking News Alerts: I have several websites set up to send me alerts in case anything happens.
  3. Network Member Checks: Each day, I check in personally with 3 or 4 members of my “member check” network across the nation. We share any information that we are hearing about the political/unrest environment.
  4. Store Visits: Every day, during my travels, I visit 2-3 grocery stores in various areas to check on product availability, pricing, and purchase limits. This gives you the best picture over time of the effects of inflation.

Evening Routines:

  1. Get gas nightly: Every evening, even if it’s only $5 worth, I top off the gas tank. If you do this every day, you are not only ensuring that you get gas, you are also “dollar-cost-averaging” gasoline, which means that you end up paying less over time than average.
  2. News Checks: Yes, again.
  3. Google Alerts: I have several of these set for business purposes and they are simple to do. Start with keywords like your local town name plus “PROTEST” or “ARMED ROBBERY”. They will send you links to news stories about the topic each day.
  4. Device Maintenance: Each night, I ensure that all radios, tablets, laptops, and power banks are being charged.
  5. Weapon Checks: Each night, check on the positions of all defensive weapons in your home. If you have firearms, check the status of ALL owned firearms, every night. I check on every defensive or tactical knife, my Korean Martial Arts sticks (Ssang Bong), my sword (yes, maybe the Ninjas will attack), and my bayonet. Whatever you have, before you go to sleep, make sure you know where it is.
  6. Update Intel files: I keep an intel notebook where I write summaries of what I learn during the day, and I maintain a database on a flash drive that is searchable. I update every night and look for trends.
  7. Self-Directed Training: Learn something about preparedness skills each day. For example, each day right now I am currently reading one chapter of The Last Hundred Yards. Each chapter is one small-unit skill set. Learn daily.
  8. Email updates: Each night I do a second round of email and social media checks.

Weekly Routines:

  1. Food: Each week, I buy a few more cans or pouches of food for the emergency stash. I also rotate out things that are nearing expiration for use so that it doesn’t go to waste. This also allows dollar-cost-averaging so that over time, you pay less for food than buying once a month or quarter.
  2. Bag Checks: I check each bag to make sure that it is fully stocked, seasonally appropriate, and still relevant given local conditions. For example, if I’m on lockdown due to covid, I don’t need a Get Home Bag.
  3. Area Study Review & Update: Check for local crime stats and incidents, as well as reviewing your intelligence files to update your Area Study and make any needed changes.
  4. Local/State Transportation Agency Check: Every week, check your county and state transportation/highway agencies to see what construction is planned or on-going so that you can update your plans. Your cool plan is worth nothing if your escape route is closed.
  5. Device Updates: Update local copies of maps on your phone or tablet each week. These enable you to use the GPS features on your phone or tablet without a cell network connection.
  6. “War Driving”: Once a week, drive a different area that is either nearby or near an area you frequent (like your work). During this drive, have a tablet set up searching for open WiFi networks. If you need to make secure communications one day from somewhere other than your house, knowing where open WiFi can be found in a hurry can be vital. Remember to only connect to these with your anonymous non-Android tablet.

Fitness Routines:

  1. Know Yourself: Know where you are honestly on the physical side. I admit that despite the work I put in, I’m nowhere near where I should be. Be honest first.
  2. Do SOMETHING: The biggest thing you can do today to improve fitness is to get off the couch and do SOMETHING. It’s better than what you are doing now.
  3. Be Incremental: Don’t get discouraged if you don’t start at 50 push-ups in a minute. Start where you are and do a little more each day. I’m currently on a program to get to 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups, and 200 squats a day. But I didn’t START there. Zen Labs has apps for this.
  4. Do Combatives: Combatives means martial arts. I don’t care what style (Ok, anything but Tae Kwon Do or Capoeira), just do some martial arts training. Having some type of unarmed skill can save your life. Relying only on firearms isn’t realistic. Martial arts also develops cardio and a warrior spirit. I’ve got black belt degrees in Tang Soo Do (multiple levels, actually) and Krav Maga and I am currently studying Hapkido. I also studied Marine Corps Martial Arts before it was cool.
  5. Other Weapons: I also recommend other weapon training besides just firearms. I teach several different knife and stick seminars, because those are very practical weapons that most people either carry or could find virtually anywhere. Bo staff skills aren’t bad to learn either (think about broom and mop handles).

I hope that these routines and ideas help you out. Later, we will discuss the most important outdoor skills to practice regularly (yes, Mark Sibley and I struggled recently to build a campfire with wet wood – there was whisky involved).

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Upgrading Comms – Retevis RT97

Retevis RT 97 Repeater

We had some pretty significant storms this last week, which left tens of thousands without power for days. The storms came up suddenly, with no notice. It got me back to thinking about comms.

In trying times, we need to stay connected to each other, as this piece of tactical wisdom tells us:

Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

Radio communications is really the only way in which you will stay connected to the world after a major event that results in a Without Rule of Law situation. Having some skills in this area will help. Your team needs a dedicated HF radio technician, preferably a licensed Ham, if for no other reason than to keep the Sad Hams off your back. Our friends at S2 Underground did a great video today on HF radio.

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This article, however, is about your relatively short-range tactical communications. While you’ll need a comms guy to communicate with the rest of the world, the VAST majority of your communications on a day-to-day basis will be short-range tactical communications using VHF or UHF. I know, Sad Hams, you envision resurrecting the BitCoin exchanges with 4 million LoRa antennas spaced a thousand meters apart, which will turn the Sun back on (or off, depending on who you ask) by making long range radio contacts, but reality must intrude.

I can’t restore humanity using my HF rig and my digital mode prowess if I let Leroy Jenkins and his band of ne’er-do-wells kill everyone in my compound because we were all counting our BitCoin in the radio shack. I will need to get out and patrol, as well as maintain local security, both of which will require short-to-medium range communications.

The problem we have is that handheld radios can only get you so much range. To combat this, I have a man-pack radio from TWAY RDIO that has an internal battery. It’s 25 watts with a large antenna and I can rig a jungle antenna for more range, but that only increases MY range, and only between 2 points. I can still only talk back to the base station, and someone on the other side of the compound may not hear me and definitely can’t reach me.

Enter the Retevis RT 97. It’s a small repeater and it is available in both VHF and UHF models. For my group’s use, we chose the GMRS version. It is user-programmable with a simple interface and provided cable. The repeater has 16 channels and a duplexer, so that you only need a single antenna. The antenna that is available from Retevis is adjustable based on frequency. It is only 10 watts, but there is an amplifier available that will double that.

The repeater is in a waterproof-sealed hard case with an LED display. While it has 16 channels, obviously, only one can be used at a time. I recommend having a “repeater frequency of the day” which will allow you to make the job of anyone listening in a little harder (I know hams, but ANTIFA guys aren’t as skilled or patient as you).

The great thing about this is that it is so small and light, that it is portable. It comes with a standard power cable and a vehicle power cable, but no battery. You can directly wire it to batteries that you may have or you can run it off solar panels.

For my purposes, in the current world, it will be running in a vehicle when we conduct protection operations or intelligence gathering. One of the biggest issues we’ve had at protests is radio range in congested downtown areas. I parked a car on the top the floor of a parking ramp and ran the repeater off of a roof mount antenna and vehicle power and got our range out to 3 miles, which actually gives you a 6 mile circle of coverage. That’s great in a city downtown area, especially Detroit.

From a WROL situation, we tested the repeater at our “Northern Forward Operating Base”. Where we normally had 2-3 miles of radio-to-radio direct communication, we were hitting the RT97 at 4-5 miles, which will give you an 8-10 mile circle. That’s more than sufficient for local security operations.

One use I envision is right out of TW-03, Defensive Operations. You’ve got to run a vehicle package into the local town to get some food to the market and gather some supplies through barter, but you have issues with radio coverage in the downtown area. Equipping one vehicle with an RT97 will solve that problem for your team.

Another use is if you pair it with either a battery or a solar panel (or both). If you have a patrol that needs to push further out, they can put the carry the repeater out, put it in place, concealing it and the antenna halfway to their objective, and then be able to still communicate with your base.

The biggest drawbacks to the RT 97 are the low power at 10 watts, and no internal battery. I realize that a battery takes space, but it would have really sealed the deal on the unit.

Since we’re talking about comms, I recently finished Don Shift’s “Basic SHTF Radio”. It’s an outstanding guide for non-hams trying to get ready (hear that hams, you won’t like it). Don takes a complex topic and makes it simple. It’s a handy guide full of useful information. The only complaint I have with it is that Don doesn’t mention this OUTSTANDING blog site until page 85, but hey, at least he did.

Go buy a copy. I even gave you an easy affiliate link to find. Yes, this site uses affiliate links, and the FTC requires me to remind you of that because they think you won’t figure it out on your own. They’re so much smarter than us.

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Oh, No! It’s the Christians!

This is REAL.

Over the last several weeks, story after story has come about how “Christians” and “Christian Nationalists” are putting our democracy at risk. This is a patently false statement, and we’re going to discuss it, but before we get into it, I wanted to point out that Jesus Himself warned us this was going to happen:

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”

Matthew 5:11

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that every one of us has the right to freely worship whatever religion we choose, including not to worship at all. Ironically, certain political elements in the US would like to interpret that to mean “freedom FROM religion”, but that’s just not what it says.

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The First Amendment is clear in that the US government cannot be used to restrict the exercise of any religion. Period.

The same people who are calling “Christian Nationalists” a danger to democracy and freedom were calling people “bigots” and “Islamophobes” when anyone pointed out (justifiably) that Islam has certain elements that promote violence, and that Sharia law is anathema to Western democratic principles (it is). The truth is that certain Islamic sects, as well as the Black Hebrew Israelite sect, are more dangerous from a terror standpoint and a nationalism standpoint. Eleven members of the Rise of the Moors militia were arrested after a freeway standoff with Massachusetts police in 2021. The Baton Rouge police shooter in 2016 was a Moorish Sovereign Citizen and the Dallas Police Shooter was a Black Hebrew Israelite.

The truth of the matter is that CHRISTIANS threw off the yoke of Colonialism in America because of religious persecution similar to what we are seeing today. When they wrote the now-famous Declaration of Independence, they invoked the “Protection of Divine Providence”, or the protection of God. When they finished, though, did they state that it would be a Christian-Only theocracy? No, they implemented DEMOCRACY and self-determination.

Self-Determination and self-reliance are inherently Christian concepts. Yes, we should help our neighbors and the needy, but we must first provide for our families. Failing to do so makes us “worse than an unbeliever”:

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 5:8

I consider this piece of Tactical Wisdom to also be a command related to preparedness. Providing for your family means much more than just having a job and paying for things. It means providing for their safety, their protection, and their future. In other words, preparedness.

The biggest danger we have, and the one the media is counting on, is the Christian tendency to carry “Love thy neighbor” to absurd degrees. Our tendency, when called dangerous, is to cave in and try to appease those who would subjugate us. It is up to us to resist the labeling and to not go quietly into that dark night. We are not to hand our oppressors the rope.

The Ultimate Tactical handbook gives us clear direction in handling these disputes, for those of you who say things like “go along to get along”:

If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Matthew 18:17

That’s right, when someone wrongs you and refuses to budge, have no further dealings with them. Rather than trying to win over people who hate you, the teachings of Jesus say to just be done with them. A lot of you could improve your Twitter life by following this “one weird trick”.

When the people of Israel faced an existential threat, an Angel of God appeared to Gideon. Gideon asked why God had let this happen. God threw it back in Gideon’s face, telling him “Am I not sending you” to solve the problem? See, God won’t magically do things for us unless we are willing to do the hard things. Until we start rising up against the growing evil (yes, it’s literal evil) influences in our society, He won’t help us. We have to resist. The Bible is replete with stories of the Faithful allowing evil to flourish, God begging the Faithful to do something about it, & the Faithful failing to and thus suffering the horrible consequences. It is up to US to fight back against the agenda, and He will help us.

They’re calling you terrorists to beat you into submission to their goals and agenda. Don’t fall for it.

Again, let me share what God has to say about being slaves to evil:

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

Get off the couch. Resist the evil agenda.

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Safety in Public – Immediate Actions

Be Ready

In the last couple of days, we’ve had some mass shootings (both stopped by good guys with guns), a lot of protests, and an explosion at Hoover Dam (they say it was a transformer). During this same period, we’ve seen Iran, Turkey, and Russia hold meetings as China threatened to shoot down Nancy Pelosi’s plane. Russia appears to have sabotaged a Ukrainian plane flying over Asia in an escalation outside the combat zone. The security situation in the world and the US is bad, and it’s only going to get worse.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 27:12

We need to take a few immediate actions to hopefully raise our protective posture just a bit.

I know, I harp on first aid kits, but be honest: Did you keep one with you all day today? Is there one nearby now? If I’m outside of the house, I keep one in my left cargo pocket (if you see me on the ground, find the kit). I keep a second one in my backpack, because you can never have too many. The one I carry on me is PTK and a Diplomat kit from http://www.solatac.com combined into one pouch.

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The next area is passive and low-key ballistic protection. We can’t walk around in public wearing a level 4 plate carrier and soft body armor is very obvious. A good solution is ballistic panels in your backpack. I use a Premier Body Armor laptop sleeve, but many options exist out there, like the new ballistic panels our friends at SLNT have recently come up with. Both the laptop sleeve and the ballistic panel for your backpack are level 3A and lightweight. Having some type of passive protection is a plus. Both of these options are TSA-compliant, by the way.

Aside from armor, always consider where you are standing in relationship to other people and always try to be near the edge, to leave yourself an out. With a little practice, you can become tactically aware at all times (Condition Yellow). In the mall situation, the threat emerged from the restroom, so always be aware of where threats can come from and that it’s not always an exterior door. The other one was at a large gathering in a park, so avoid groups you don’t know.

As the protests escalate, fire-bombings are increasing against churches. It’s not a stretch to say homes may be next. Check your home fire extinguishers and make sure they are all charged. Make sure they are stored where air can flow all around them, rather than on the floor (there’s a reason we mount them). Buy more if you only have one.

A side note to this is the incredible video of a young man, a pizza driver, who ran into a burning home to rescue the trapped children. While his actions were amazing and we should all follow his example, it leads us to some preparedness checks. Do you have burn supplies in your first aid kit? Fix it if you don’t. The other item to check off your list is to buy a “Fire Blanket” (link below). You can throw a fire blanket around you to protect you from flames. Keep one at home, and maybe one in the car, in case you happen across a burning building. In the personal protection field, it’s standard vehicle equipment.

Don’t forget to increase your communications planning. It’s good to have a plan to switch to the radio when the system goes down or is overwhelmed, but where is your radio right now? If you aren’t carrying one or at least having one immediately accessible, it’s not going to do you any good. Carry a radio and a spare battery in your Get Home Bag or Vehicle Kit. Personally, I carry a radio handset in the Get Home Bag and keep a mobile radio mounted in the car at all times.

On that note, my friend and fellow author Don Shift has written a short book called “Basic SHTF Radio”. No, Sad Hams, it’s not a Ham radio book, sorry. It’s a primer for people just getting into radio and setting up an emergency comms plan. It’s only $5.99 and I highly recommend picking it up if you aren’t a Ham. Hams: Trust me, you won’t like it. I love it, though.

There is also video of a scuffle between ANTIFA and some bikers. As hilarious as the video is, it highlights a few items. One, we are far closer to open conflict in the streets than you might imagine, so act like it. Two, it exposes the risk of bear sprays and pepper sprays as defensive tools. If you watch the video, you will see that as ANTIFA goes to spray the bikers, the wind blew the spray right back into their faces. For this reason, you shouldn’t rely on it as a defensive tool. Come up with a different less-than-lethal option, like an expandable baton or some type of cane or “walking stick” (wink-wink).

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

Luke 22:36

As Jesus told us in the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, “Stay strapped”. Be as armed as you lawfully can be.

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How Can I Help?

Jane’s Revenge

This one has a bit of a long intro, so bear with me as I explain the WHY before I get to the HOW.

Each morning, when I do my daily prayer, I ask God to put me where I can help.  That may be on the side of the road, at a gas station, on the receiving end of phone call, or even right in front of my keyboard.  I use the ending of Romans 6:13 to offer my services to God as a protector:

Offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness.

Romans 6:13b

You can call it silly, sentimental religious nonsense if you wish, but because I say this every single day, I’ve found myself at countless injury accident scenes (including one bad rollover and one bad car versus pole) where I was the first person to treat the injured.  One time, I came across a Michigan State Police Trooper pinned between two cars, with multiple other injured people on scene.  As everyone else drove by, I jumped out to help. 

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It’s not always an accident or medical issue (although I’ve intervened in a heart attack).  One time, I pulled into a gas station and there was a distraught elderly woman at the next pump. I asked how I could help and she tearfully explained that her husband had recently died and that he had always pumped the gas.  She was upset because she had no idea how to work these new, modern pumps.  I spent some time helping and teaching her.  Now, I had never stopped here before and popped in on a whim.  That wasn’t me; it was God presenting that chance to help to me.

Now, I’m not telling you these to get kudos or likes.  I’m telling you because God offers you choices as to whether to get involved in or not.  Every single incident here had something in common.  The vast majority of other people, everyday citizens, just passed on by the incident.  They were presented with the same choice I was, and they chose to move on.  We are called to NOT pass by.  The story of The Good Samaritan points this out:

He went to him and bandaged his wounds…

Luke 10:34a

Remember, the Samaritan was a pagan and Jesus said he was a better follower of God’s law than the priests and Levites who just walked on past the injured man.

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Ok, JD, neat story, but what does this have to do with preparedness?  I’m glad you asked, actually.

Our nation, and the greater Western world, is, whether we choose to admit it or not, is in a state of cold civil war.  Forces of evil and globalism seek to destroy the fabric of our society and are willing to do so through force and force of arms.  They are burning churches and counseling centers, political offices, and possibly even food/energy plants to the ground.  They are attacking people on the street.

I mentioned earlier that I asked God to put me where I am needed, and explained that He did, numerous times.  But as I was finishing TW-04 (YES, I FINISHED IT), I was researching the story of Gideon.  Gideon complained that God hadn’t magically solved the situation they were in, which is remarkably similar to ours.  Here is how He answered Gideon:

The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.

Am I not sending you?”

Judges 6:14

Convicted, right?  So many of us are waiting for the “Big white knight on a big white horse”, as my friend Don the Pleb puts it, to show up and push the “auto win” button, that we aren’t willing to do anything ourselves.  This is the false hope that Patrick Henry warned us about.

Now, I realize that it’s not yet time to go do “kinetic” things and we’re afraid of the risk of arrest.  No activity in life is free of risk, and if we don’t do SOMETHING, we might as well stop complaining about it and move to the pod, eat the bug, and become some variant of LGBT, because that’s eventual outcome of doing nothing.  Waiting is no longer a viable option.  Also, please don’t blow the hopium of the mid-terms in my direction.

There are concrete steps, short of kinetic action, that we can do to try and push back.  I’m going to give you a short list of things you can (and should) do today.

The first is one I’ve harped on forever.  Carry a first aid kit.  There is no excuse not to be carrying trauma gear at the point.  Mass shootings, bombings, and assaults are literally everywhere and getting worse.  Carry an IFAK (www.solatac.com – PTK) everywhere you go.  I carry an extra IFAK for treating others in my backpack and a larger, mass casualty kit (again, Solatac has one) in the back of my SUV.  Carry SOMETHING.  Don’t neglect a boo-boo kit for minor cuts and scrapes.

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The second one is pretty vital.  We are seeing vandalism and arson attacks on churches and counseling centers all over the country with the Roe v Wade decision, and they are only going to get worse as we near the midterm election.  I encourage you to get out and protect your local churches by at least getting out and watching over them.  If you see illegal activity, call your local law enforcement.  There is nothing illegal about this and it needs to be done.

I encourage you to research your state laws about self-defense and citizen’s arrest.  Not because I want you to arrest anyone, but because I want you to understand the legal protections that are actually on your side and the level of force the state allows you to use when someone is committing a felony in your presence.  Arson is a felony.  Aggravated assault, like we keep seeing, is a felony.  Property destruction, with inflation, is almost always a felony.  Understand also that prosecutors are setting aside self-defense laws at charging time, but if the Rittenhouse case taught us anything, it’s that in the end, the laws as written do indeed protect you in the long run.  It is worth standing on principle. 

If a police officer asks you what you are doing, explain yourself – “I am keeping watch over our local church” and SAY NOTHING ELSE.  There is absolutely nothing at all illegal about that.  Don’t let an officer tell you to “move along” because you are suspicious or “loitering”.  Loitering means having no business in the area.  Protecting community assets is business in the area.  There is no law against “suspicious activity”.  Make your own decisions, but these are valid legal concepts.  Unless you are stopped for a motor vehicle violation or being detained for an articulable crime with probable cause, there is generally no requirement to provide identification.

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On the flip side, if you aren’t willing to do at least these two things, or are too afraid that something bad will happen, you’ll get arrested, or you’ll lose your job, I ask you to do two things.  First, don’t leave me a comment about all the reasons you can’t do these simple things.  Second, please unsubscribe, and then unfollow me on Twitter.

We are at an inflection point.  We can’t afford people who aren’t willing to do even these two, simple, LEGAL things, to push back a little against the forces of evil and resist the Marxist takeover.  It really is an attack on our religious freedom.

…Be strong and courageous.  Do no be afraid; do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9b

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Guest Post – Sniper’s Nest

Take A Moment

We focus a lot on the bad that is happening and that is coming, but it’s important to celebrate the wins when they happen. The other night, on Sniper’s Nest, several of us were on, and Sniper made this statement. Now, his language is rough, but he’s a work in progress. I’m proud of his efforts to get back into church, and this monologue is all the better for the rough language. He’s not wrong here. I want to open with a piece from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, then the rest of the post is his monologue, written by our friend Sniper.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24


Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

I said something the other morning and I feel like people misunderstood what I said, or at least didn’t grasp the context of where I was going with it.  The context was meant quite simply. I said, be careful what you wish for, you might just fucking get it. The left, for a significant period of time now has been rising up and been poking the bear. They state over and over again, in various different ways, that they want to kill the right. that they want a war. They want us dead; they want, as Sam Hyde puts it, “They don’t just want you dead, they want you broke, dead, your children raped and indoctrinated, and they think it’s funny”.

And then a couple of things happened. The supreme court stood up and went “you know what, fuck it you guys are coming for us anyway, we’re gonna do a bunch of things”. Following that, you saw one weekend in which the left thought it would be a good idea for them to go out and do the bad things and find out what it’s like when they don’t have enough cover behind them. Then, the right came out and started going to state capitals in significant numbers and saying, “So this is our miracle, this is what we’ve wanted and prayed for 50 years and fuck you if you don’t like it.”

I believe the momentum has been changing for a while. I think it’s been hard for a lot of us to see it. It was certainly hard for me to see it for a while, I’ll admit. Being in the middle of the thick of it, and being a little busy unpacking first aid supplies, well, you don’t always see the 10,000 ft view. But it’s there.

So for all the depression there’s been, and there’s been a lot of depression, for all the black pills there’s been, and there’s been a lot of black pills, and for all the fortification that happened; the fortification didn’t go unnoticed. First, it put a half a million people in D.C.

Then it put a quarter million people in D.C. Then it put a million people in D.C. A fair amount of whom were in the mood to fight and all they needed to do was be provoked.

Fast forward: The supreme court does its things, and all across the country thousands of people have come out to the different states legislatures that had these ‘trigger’ laws in place and said “Yes! Thank you! Thank God!”. They’re staring at the sky and screaming “Hallelujah!”

And I feel that we’re far too willing to see the black pill of it and see the “we’re gonna die” of it, and you know what? Maybe we’re not going to.

Maybe, we’re not alone. Maybe there’s a lot of people who think the same way we do or feel the same way we do about an awful lot of things, who aren’t willing to speak often, but when they do speak, they speak in large numbers.

So, I look at all the unrest around the world and God knows there’s a lot of it, and I look at the things going on in our country and there’s an awful lot of it that is actually awful, and Fourth of July was no different. But I’m struck by the fact that where I was, in my red state, it doesn’t matter that everybody’s going broke. They spent their hearts out. They still had their World War Three sized Fourth of July. Because they’re happy that they finally got a win.

And a thousand of them showed up at my state capitol and prayed at the sky and said “Thank you for this miracle you’ve given us”. It happened in eight or ten other capitals that I’ve been able to find and this is on the heels of a million people showing up in D.C. A couple of years ago, or near about.

Maybe, just maybe, there’s something out there moving people that we can’t see. We’re too deep in the mud and muck of it, but it’s there. And hey, maybe they don’t agree with us on a hundred percent of everything; but do they have to? Isn’t it enough for them to agree on most of it? Isn’t it a thing that we all said, more times than I can remember, that this is a generational fight, this is a fight that is not going to stop when I die, or when my kids die, and that it would take the rest of my lifetime to move ten years in the right general direction, much less twenty or thirty? But there’s people finally standing up, school boards being overrun, a million people showing up in Washington, D.C., people praying to God thankful for the salvation of little children. And people around the world realizing that they’re the target of all this in real time, and standing up and saying, “Enough of this shit”.

I don’t think I fully have the words: I’m just some dumb wrench turner that some of y’all watch for some damn reason, and I’ve never been able to figure that out to be honest. But thank God for all these people, and thank God for you guys, and thank God for those of us that have been trying to say for a while, some version of “stand up and be counted”. Some of us are starting to be.

And don’t get me wrong; the left, the globalists, the communists, the corpo-fascists, whatever right wing name squad game you want to come up with, they’re not going to give up without a fight. But by God I’m on Watcher’s stream tonight, and I’m watching them revolt around the world.

I’m looking at Clint Russell (Liberty Lockdown) who stood up and said, “Look, I fled California, but you better stand up and fight now because they’re right behind me.”

Don (the Pleb) who was willing to say, “I’m going to D.C. and if any of you come with me, great but I’m going either way”.

Myself, who went “For the love of God somebody help get me to D.C.”

And a million other people. And then thousands across the country. And then, hundreds of millions around the world.

Maybe, just maybe, you should take your cue. Stop being so black pilled.

I had to get slapped around. I was black pilled. Dobbs happened and I immediately said, “well this and this and this is going to happen” and even Don, king black pill himself had to slap me upside the head and say, “God Damn it Sniper, be happy for five fucking seconds.”

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to take the hand of the guy who’s standing up and stand beside him. To go forth and do whatever you can with it. Maybe, just maybe, we can get through this and most of us can come out the other side. And being honest, a month ago, six weeks ago, I wouldn’t believe that, but the last six weeks have been what they’ve been.

You should take the lesson.

And to the left: The right wing never stood up and said much of anything en masse until 2020. They never stood up and celebrated anything this way until Dobbs.

Maybe you should think about that too.

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Unlicensed Radio

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Earlier this week, those good people at Slate ran a story about how “right wing extremists” are using unlicensed radio services to “plan crimes”. It was slanted heavily to try and suggest that the unlicensed services should go away, because on January 6th, there were some right-wing people holding radios.

The article fails to mention that ANTIFA and other left-wing extremist groups HEAVILY use unlicensed radio service to coordinate their activities. I’m able to find them operating on FRS/GMRS/MURS fairly quickly every time. I guess it’s only bad when one side does it.

Now, before we go any further if you are a HAM operator, this article isn’t for you. You already know everything in here, and you are doing the right thing. I recommend everyone go to the FCC and get an amateur license, because according to HAMs, that is the only way you can ever learn to use a radio, and it’s the right thing to do, just like complying with every single gun law. Free Men beg for permission. Now, listen up HAMs: The rest of this article is about UNLICENSED RADIO SERVICES, so it is obviously beneath your interest level, and we ARE NOT asking for your opinion on why we should NEVER use them. Thank you for your service.

Let me give a little advice, before you leave angry messages about how wrong I am for teaching people this….Are you encouraging or discouraging them in these trying times?

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up….

1 Thessalonians 5:11a

Unlicensed radio services include the Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizen’s Band Radio Service (CB), and the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS). The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is NOT license free, although it is marketed as if it were.

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FRS shares 22 channels with GMRS, but the difference is in equipment allowed and power levels allowed. You cannot use repeaters or more than 2 watts on FRS channels, and only 0.5 watts on channels 8-14. To placate the HAMs who are still reading: It is unlawful to use Baofeng radios for FRS communications. Cool? Cool. You must use non-programmable radios with permanent antennas. You CAN use FRS radios for digital modes, as long as you don’t exceed power levels. The US FRS channels can be used in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and in most parts of South America (check first). In the UK, you have “PMR”, and there are similar services like FRNET and KDR throughout Europe.

When you use it as intended, for short-range point-to-point communications, it’s far more useful than most HAMs will admit. It’s a great medium for patrol communications within a team moving in close proximity to each other or for fixed site security. HAM radio isn’t ideal for this, as it is meant to be longer range. This is an area in which unlicensed comms can help. As a practical matter, using FRS rather than HAM bands and units gives you a “low probability of intercept” by hostile parties, as the radios aren’t powerful enough to be heard a long distance, which is a plus.

CB radios are a great medium for mid to long range vehicle communications, and they are widely available. I know, HAM guys, it’s CB. While CB was once a big thing, it’s now virtually unused in most of the country, giving you 40 channels to use in mostly vehicle mounted units. Even in Detroit, only about 10 channels ever get used, leaving 30 more available. A great factor too is that the US CB channels are usable throughout the EU and most of the Americas.

Handheld CB units have come a long way and I recently started using the QYT CB-58 handheld CB which is a pretty solid unit. I would use it in conjunction with my vehicle radio.

As far as the use of CB radio in your preparedness plan is concerned, I’d recommend using it for vehicle-to-vehicle communications during convoy operations. You can also have one handheld per vehicle for dismounted operations. I recommend vehicle units with Single Side Band (SSB) capability for longer range.

Multi-Use Radio Service, or MURS, is in the VHF range, which will give you a little boost in range. There are only 5 channels, so it is indeed limited in scope, but again, at the ranges we are honestly talking about, for say patrol-to-base communications of about 1-2 miles, they are fine.

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For longer range communications, your team does need a dedicated, licensed HAM who makes contact with other radio systems, but as you can see, using license free systems can help your preparedness team with local operations within your team, which is what most of your communications will be anyway.

Now, let’s talk about the FCC. Despite what HAMs spread around, the FCC doesn’t just roll around patrolling, triangulating the position of every outside-the-limits use of the radio. If they did, half of American business would end. Allow me to explain.

All sorts of suppliers like Motorola, Kenwood, and Icom make handheld “business band” radios, preset with generic frequencies from the FCC’s business band pool in both VHF and UHF. These frequencies require a license. Businesses don’t care. They buy radios and distribute and use them at stores, warehouses, and jobsites all over the country. They use them without licenses all day, every day. They may even have a license but use a different frequency on their radios. Cue HAMs screeching in horror and agony. Such wanton lawlessness!! Guess how often the FCC investigates? Never.

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If you still don’t believe me, do this experiment. During the daylight and evening hours, tune a CB radio to Channel 6. CB has a power limit of 4 watts. That should get you about 1-5 miles, maybe up to 20 in perfect conditions. You will hear people from Detroit, North Carolina, and out west all talking to each other pushing thousands of watts from FIXED LOCATIONS. These guys have lived there for years, broadcasting at illegal power levels, and the FCC has never arrested them.

Here’s the deal: The government is already trying to limit your freedoms by altering free speech, proclaiming Christians to be a threat, calling canning extremism, and trying to remove the Second Amendment, so why would you invite EVEN more government control and oversight into your life? The Dobbs ruling may even make a lot of the FCC’s rules null and void, as they were arbitrarily made under “regulation authority”, rather than by legislation. Make your own informed risk assessment and decision.

More important than just buying radio equipment is getting to know how to use them and train with them. A great way to do that is by working with your team on unlicensed radios or maybe taking a course, like NC Scout’s (www.brushbeater.org) RTO and Advanced RTO courses. I loved the classes.

By and large, the HAM community is a bunch of great people who are willing to help. Their biggest problem though is elitism and their belief that only their way works. I’m going to give two quick examples to illustrate this.

First, I recommended the above Baofeng AR-152 radio, because both NC Scout and I ran them through some serious field testing and found them to be great units. A HAM objected and sent me a video “review” by a HAM guy. The “Review” video was a guy just complaining about cosmetic features because he doesn’t like Baofengs. He NEVER EVEN TURNED ON THE RADIO during the review because he felt he “knew” how it would work. Sadly, most Hams think that radios that cost more work better. That’s not always the case. Note: Most of the Japanese radios they love, come from factories in China, too.

Second, when I did the review of Scout’s class, I got an email from a guy, asking me if there were any licensed Hams present while we were using the radios. I explained that most of the stuff we did used unlicensed radios, but that every time we used a Ham band, a Ham was operating the radio. I asked him why he wanted to know, and he claimed that whether or not Hams attended was his measure of the quality of the class. What?? That doesn’t even make sense. I suspect it’s because he wanted to report unauthorized radio use, but there was none.

In summary, get your comms in order. Using license free services is fine, no matter what Hams say, for most things you will really be doing in a WROL situation. Besides, in a WROL situation, there are no licenses.

Prediction: No less than 4 comments from Hams explaining why I’m wrong and how bending the knee to tyranny is the best way to resist tyranny.

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A Momentous Moment

The Declaration of Independence

It’s time for a chat. Grab a chair and your favorite holiday weekend drink.

I was in rural Kentucky and stopped at the Maker’s Mark Distillery because it’s my Dad’s favorite drink, and this took me along on another route to my friend’s house. As I was rolling along a two-lane backcountry road among those mountains, I was thinking about a conversation I’d had earlier in the day with my counterpart Stan backstage before the Council on Future Conflict show. I was reflecting on the state of the Disunited States and thinking that we are at an irreconcilable crossroads. At that exact moment, I looked to my right and saw the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln literally right outside my window. I don’t believe in coincidences.

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

This verse is among my favorites and it’s very relevant. Allowing a small but vocal minority dictate life to the rest of us is slavery. Letting an increasingly tyrannical government threaten and harass people into giving up their rights and freedoms is slavery. LETTING CHILDREN BE CORRUPTED WITHOUT RESISTANCE IS SLAVERY.

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It’s a very scary time. People who make their voice heard are being rounded up on charges that are nebulous at best. Still others are having search warrants executed on their homes without ever having been told what the charges are. A man was forced to surrender his phone and unlock it with no explanation. Just today, a mutual on Twitter reported that two agents from the FBI visited him over memes he shared.

But let me tell you about 55 men, who signed a letter to a King anyway. They were being harassed, their friends arrested or killed, and were threatened with imprisonment or execution. They signed their names anyway. They signed it following this bold statement that still gives me chills:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Declaration of Independence

When I talk about honor, people snicker and call me old fashioned. These are the same people who think that they can comply their way out of tyranny.

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But what had these 55 men so resolute that they would make this pledge and risk arrest or death? Let’s look at a few of their chief complaints and compare them to today.

One their very first complaints was that the King set aside laws that they had passed. In our present case, the US Government has set aside the laws against illegal immigration and due process (red flag laws).

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people”…The best example is the Disinformation Governance Board, but the administrative state in general meets this complaint. You can’t do anything in America without running afoul of 15 regulatory agencies that will harass you.

“He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies”…20,000 troops in Washington DC, and multiple state capitols, claiming they are there to prevent “insurrection”, but they aren’t employed to actual ones.

“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury”…The trials for the Proud Boys have been moved again until at least January of 2023. Hundreds of detainees remain in custody, denied bail, without trials.

“For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences”…The J6 defendants have been transported from all over the country to a hostile jurisdiction to face trials for an insurrection that wasn’t an insurrection.

“For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever”… Now, to be fair, the Legislature hasn’t been suspended, but it has been rendered irrelevant because the government now rules by executive order, and is openly declaring the highest court in the land illegitimate.

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us”…by engaging in identity politics and victim worship, the government is exciting domestic insurrection. We won’t even get into who opened the doors on J6 or Ray Epps here.

As you can see, we are very much at the same crossroads. Many hope that this moment will just pass. Patrick Henry, in his famous speech, addressed this hope:

it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?

We can no longer just hope it will get better. We need to realize that the opposition is playing for keeps and is more dedicated than we are at this moment. We need to get active.

Many say “But what will you do? They are all-powerful.” Well, my man Patrick Henry had some words for that too:

Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on.

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

I’m not telling you what you should do. I point you back to Galatians 5:1, where God, through Paul, is telling you what you should do….Stand Firm.

I leave you with this:

For you were called to freedom, brothers.

Galatians 5:13a

Get off the couch. Fight for the freedom you have inherited from men of brave determination. Be worthy of them.

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Action Steps – 4th Of July Weekend

The “Night of Rage” may have been a bust, but the left is still indeed out in the streets, taking action, and some events happened that have us wanting to issue some reminders and help you prepare for the holiday weekend. This weekend is the 4th of July, a holiday that Marxist extremists hold in particular contempt. Those who think “America was never great” hate this holiday. The lack of cover last weekend has also enraged the most militant and made them even more likely to lash out this coming holiday weekend.

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The one-two punch of rulings on Thursday and Friday continued this morning, with a ruling about prayer that will only fuel their feelings that a “Fascist Christian” takeover is underway. On Friday, we already saw thousands screeching about it in the streets, and then this morning, the SCOTUS announced that even school employees have a right to pray while working under the First Amendment.

Keep in mind that this ruling doesn’t in any way mean that organized prayer in school is now legal, the Marxists say that it means that America will FORCE you to pray. It’s the same false logic that they said over the weekend that the government will FORCE you to get pregnant, as if that’s even possible.

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But, as people interested in preparedness, we aren’t concerned with what people think, we are concerned with how they are acting, and people behaving badly is one of our risk factors. Over the weekend, we saw traffic blockages, vandalism, and assaults.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 27:12

Our first reminder is that if there is freeway blockage, swallow your pride, turn around and go the other way. We saw several over the weekend, one which involved a protestor allegedly being ran over. I know, we all like to talk a big game about never backing down, but unless you are prepared to kill a hundred people, you are on the losing side and the POLICE AREN’T COMING. In fact, if the police do come, they are more likely to arrest YOU, than the protestors. Just turn around, even if it means driving the wrong way on the shoulder, and get out of there.

If you are trapped in a blockage, pull over to the side, grab your Get Home Bag, lock the vehicle, and LEAVE on foot. You can always come back to the car, and they are less likely to vandalize your car if you aren’t trying to drive through them in it. We saw them trying to remove people from cars, and yes, I know, you’d shoot them, but then you’d go to jail. Self defense is dead.

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You can avoid this for the most part by maintaining situational awareness. Monitor local social media and sign up for local police alerts from Everbridge. Focus on your surroundings, rather than your phone. For everywhere that you frequent, have 4 routes already planned out, including at least 2 on foot.

Another great situational awareness thing that you can do in the next 24 hours is to go talk a walk around your neighborhood. Look for political signs on cars and houses that may indicate where the threats in your neighborhood might reside and where potential allies might be found. We’re not building a target list here, we’re just trying to decide who might be a risk in our neighborhood.

Walk the neighborhoods adjacent to yours and look for paths or foot routes into your neighborhood. In the event that you might have to leave your neighborhood on foot in a hurry, it will be important to know what the ground looks like and what the safe routes might be.

Do this at work, too. Get out on your lunch or your break and walk the blocks around your place of employment. What areas might offer you a safe haven and what areas will draw protests (police stations/courts/clinics/etc.)? What is the best way out of the area on foot? Note how most people in the area are dressed so that you can plan to dress to blend in.

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Ensure that you have proper emergency supplies in your car. You should carry a Get Home Bag (addressed below), a full first-aid kit, a fire extinguishers, and some light tools in the car at all times. A fuel siphon pump is a good idea as well. I carry 2 US-Issue 2 Quart canteens in the back of my SUV in case I get stranded without water. I also keep my tactical walking stick (see affiliate link) in the car. It can serve as a self defense tool if needed, or it can stay broken down in my bag. I keep a pair of tarps in the car also, in case I need them for shelter.

The Get Home Bag should contain the gear needed to help you traverse from work to home on foot if needed. It should contain another first aid kit, a change of clothes, rain gear, some type of shelter (I use a US Poncho and an emergency bivy), a fixed blade knife (7-11 inches), a multi-tool, and some food. I also have two roll-up water pouches and water purification tablets, as well as a sillcock key. The sillcock key lets you open commercial water faucets on the outside of buildings for drinking water. I would use tablets anyway, especially if the power is out. A radio and light source should be included as well. For light, I have both a LiteBand head lamp and a tactical flashlight. A Baofeng radio will let you communicate with friends as well as listen to FM news broadcasts. A Bandana or face-mask can help you change appearance or hide your face. As an added touch, I keep a packable jacket in the bag to alter my appearance when needed.

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Today, Sri Lanka banned the sale of gasoline to most civilians for at least the next 2 weeks, and Peru & Ecuador are expected to follow suit. Keep your car full of gas, both due to potential shortages, and the possible need to drive far out of your way to avoid protest activity.

I hope these reminders from the Baseline Training Manual help you be ready for what may come as the 4th of July Holiday comes up.

Remember, America is the greatest country on Earth, no matter what anyone else says, and it is our last, best hope for Freedom in the world.

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Technology is Not Your Friend

The Eagle is Listening

As you all know by now, I advocate a low-tech to no-tech approach. Mostly, this is because we can’t rely on having the ability to connect to a network, or to even charge and power our devices. Being low-to-no tech keeps us able to function.

Recently, however, a couple of events have me leaning even farther from technology. While it’s a great tool for us all to chat and learn, it’s also a tether to the world’s largest surveillance system. I’ll illustrate in a bit how seemingly innocuous things can link you to thought crimes in the New America. The first event was attending NC Scout’s (www.brushbeater.org) SIGINT course, where he taught how pattern of life data is collected via the web. The second is reading the indictments of the J6 defendants, and especially the newer ones, being charged on very shaky grounds.

Let’s face it, everyone was worried about being microchipped, yet they are never more than 3 feet from their phone. You don’t need to be microchipped; you are VOLUNTARILY submitting to tracking. Don’t come at me with “but I turned location tracking off”; I’ve told you repeatedly and Tucker Carlson showed you on his show about how that only turns off the tracking YOU CAN SEE. Google and Apple still can track you and do.

They all, including Alexa, listen constantly. I’ve had people tell me, “but I’ve muted it.” Yes, you muted the sound you can hear. The other thing I get from people is “It only listens after I tell it to”….Well, smart guy, it wouldn’t know that you said “Hey Alexa/Google/Siri” unless IT WAS ALREADY LISTENING. Those recordings can be, and have been, subpoenaed and used as evidence.

The best thing you can do to defeat this threat is to throw away your cell phone. We all know that’s not going to happen, so I offer a solution. Don’t take your phone places you don’t want to be tracked to, and leave your phone in the car when having conversations you don’t want anyone to hear. The biggest pushback I hear is “but if you’re not doing anything wrong, why do you care?” Two reasons, the first is that our system is NOT based on the premise that we should be surveilled in case we commit a crime. The second is that free speech can, and has been, interpreted as seditious conspiracy. The entire debacle that is the Michigan Whitmer plot was really nothing more than a bunch of drunken campfire conversations that got steered in the wrong direction.

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Let’s talk tactical use here. If you drive to a location for a “mutual aid group” meeting, then drop your phone in the bag at the meeting location, and then pull it out after the meeting, all you did was alert folks that you did something interesting at that location, and that they should ping all phones that were in that area. A better idea is to keep the bag in the car, and drive to a logical location like a shopping mall or movie theater and put the phone in the bag there. Then go to your meeting elsewhere, drive back, and take the phone out of the bag in that same lot. There, it looks like you went shopping or to a movie. Tradecraft is important.

In a Post-WROL situation, just keeping any tech that you have inside of a Faraday dry bag is smart idea. I have several friends who keep “WROL Tablets” that have hundreds of manuals and files, plus maps stored on them. You can recharge the tablet from a solar panel. Personally, though, I recommend not using an Android Tablet for this. If you do, never connect it to your home Wi-Fi and use generic log in data. Needless to say, for security reasons, I’d never use a cell-enabled tablet for anything secure.

The second thing that happened was reading the FBI criminal complaints. The FBI obtained purchase histories from people who made Amazon purchases and were at the January 6th event. They listed as evidence of seditious conspiracy things like buying a “black tactical backpack”, purchases of “Baofeng Radios”, and “black Under Armor face mask”.

I know, Amazon is so easy to buy from and you can’t beat their turnaround time. But they are turning over your data the second they are asked. I get it, I sell the majority of my books there and I even use Amazon Affiliate Links here, because it is the way we buy now, but understand that there is also a time and a place for cash purchases.

Let me clarify, before someone gets this twisted: I don’t advocate what happened on January 6th, and in fact, I told people that they shouldn’t go, because it was a terrible idea and a trap. My opposition to going was because I KNEW that the government would do EXACTLY what they are doing. Some of those people I warned (including one prominent one) are under indictment now. Don’t take the bait.

That being said, if you ARE going to do dumb things, don’t order all your supplies via Amazon, fly commercial to the area, and then register at a hotel down the street. Don’t carry your phone around. This isn’t hard. This is how we targeted folks in the sandbox. It’s called patterning.

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t bring up some Tactical Wisdom and some history to illustrate the point, so here we go.

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 might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.

Luke 20:20

The use of informants isn’t new, and even this account of spies deployed against Jesus is several thousand years after Jezebel used spies to entrap Naboth so that he would be executed and she could take his land. The more a nation relies on informants and undercover operations, the more tyrannical it is.

One of the grievances that the Colonials had against the Crown that led to the American Revolution was this gem:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

That sounds pretty similar to arresting people all over the US and dragging them to Washington DC for detention, and then delaying the trials.

I will leave you with this piece of the Declaration to close us out, presented without comment:

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us

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It Can’t Happen Here

Meijer, Metro Detroit, 6/15/2022

When I talk about food shortages, a lot of folks roll their eyes and call me alarmist. They say, “Yes, but this is AMERICA. It can’t happen here.” Ok, let’s talk about that.

As I type this, around 290 thousand Ohioans are in the dark and without power on the hottest day of the year so far. They are without power ON PURPOSE. ON PURPOSE. The power authority turned it off on purpose to prevent strain on the grid. Meanwhile, the poorest and most disadvantaged in Columbus, OH are in the dark, hot, and hungry. There was a shooting today at a cooling center that left 1 dead and 2 wounded. How many old people are dying with no money to get gasoline to leave, and no air conditioning?

And it’s being done ON PURPOSE.

We talk a lot about normalcy bias here, which is the tendency to deny that something is happening because “it can’t happen here”. Prior to 2020, could you ever imagine a situation in which the entire nation was shut down and ordered to stay home, and told that they must provide documents and reasons for moving about? No, you couldn’t, but it happened anyway.

I have a piece of Scripture here that sums this up:

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

We are facing a series of crises all at the same time, which are all coming to a head at the same time. Rising gas prices, a war which cannot be contained, increasing civil tensions, electrical grid issues, incompetent governance, and a looming food shortage are all happening at the same time. A man whose opinion I value said this – we could weather any one of these at any time, but we cannot weather them all at once.

Heed the warning. Farmers are all over the internet warning about looming food shortages due to drought, fertilizer unavailability, rising feed costs, and rising diesel prices. Many of us are out on Twitter and Facebook sharing photos of the grocery stores and gas stations. Even the US government is finally admitting that we will have food shortages.

Make no mistake, I am in NO WAY saying that America will not have food. We will always have food, because God has provided us with some of the most fertile land on earth. The problem is that the food will be priced so high that the middle class won’t be able to afford it. Yes, I said the middle class because the lower-class will always be given government subsidies.

Couple this with the expected civil unrest anticipated with the Roe V Wade SCOTUS decision and you have the perfect storm for a bloody, hot, hungry, and dark summer & fall in the US. Yes, it can happen here.

“But this is America”, people say. Jerusalem was God’s Chosen City, and it was destroyed countless times. Here is a piece of Tactical Wisdom for those who say “But this is America, it can’t happen here.”:

for riches do not endure forever,
    and a crown is not secure for all generations.

Proverbs 27:24

Every single time you go to the store, buy a few extra cans of food, or maybe buy the full limit on pasta. If nothing happens and I am wrong, then you will still eventually eat the food. If I’m right, and you didn’t, you’ll be in a bad spot.

Learn how to acclimate yourself to the weather. Instead of having the thermostat set at 66, set it to 75 or 80. In the winter, lower it a bit. This way, your system isn’t shocked by the weather. Humans are actually very weather resistant, or truthfully, we used to be. The advent of heating and cooling has caused us to live our entire lives in an artificial bubble of 66-70 degrees. Vary that by 5 degrees and modern people get very uncomfortable. Spend more time outdoors.

Start walking now. If gas prices continue to climb, you will be walking no matter what, because gas stations won’t even be able to buy gas to sell to you. Start acclimating yourself to using your feet.

Learn to defend yourself. I can’t tell you what that looks like for you, but I live a martial lifestyle. I have trained in martial arts, knives, sticks, and firearms. Decide what you need to learn and get after it. You need to be able to defend yourself when hungry and angry people come looking for food, and they WILL.

Build community. Get to know your neighbors. Find like-minded people (church is great for this) and start organizing (The Baseline Training Manual has tips for this). Start seeking out those with skills you might need (radio/medical).

Take a “Stop The Bleed” or First Aid class. First aid skills are the preparedness skills you will use the most and you can start using them TODAY. Learn CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator – It’s easy).

Check on your elderly neighbors and family. Those on a fixed income are being hit the hardest with no relief in sight. Make sure they are OK and offer to drive them to appointments or the store. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

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It’s Time, Christians

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I won’t share photos or video here, but over the weekend, as Pride Month got into full swing, we saw footage of allegedly “Family Friendly Drag Shows” at adult bars all over the country. As if a strip show is ever “Family Friendly”. The videos included small children sticking money in the underwear of stripping drag queens, as proud parents made videos and cheered the little ones on.

I don’t normally do this on here, but I am COMPELLED to today. This is PURE EVIL and we are DOING NOTHING about it. Now, to be fair, some protestors arrived at one in Dallas and called the Dallas Police. The police made the children leave, and then made the protestors leave. No law enforcement action was taken for child endangerment, performing a sexually explicit show in front of minors, or for bars allowing children to see the shows.

There is some very solid guidance in the Ultimate Tactical Handbook here:

It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.

Luke 17:2


OK, that seems pretty clear about what God thinks of them and what He will do, but what are we as Christians called to do in this environment? What does God expect of us? Again, he gave us the answer already:

Rescue those being led away to death;

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

Proverb 24:11

Seems clear: We are to stop it.

On Friday, a news story came out that America was “under siege” by Christian fundamentalists. The basis for this claim, according to the story? Our opposition to exposing children to sexuality and transgenderism at pre-school ages. There is a campaign again against Christian values and you need to decide what you will do about it.

What do you suppose God wants you to do about it? Christianity is plagued with this erroneous belief that Christians are supposed to be pacificists and “go along to get along”. To illustrate how wrong this is, I present as evidence testimony from the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.

I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:34

We are commanded to stand up against injustice, sexual immorality, and ESPECIALLY for the “little ones”. We are to defend the weak and help the helpless. We are not to just sit idly by and do nothing.

We must be vocal. We must get out in the streets, just like they are. We must DEMAND accountability of our elected leaders. We must DEMAND that civil servants like police do their jobs.

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I know, it’s a scary time and everyone is thinking about what happened to the January 6th protestors. They are still in jail to evoke EXACTLY THAT RESPONSE in you. It’s not about Trump or the election; it’s about preventing resistance to the march of tyranny that is expanding across our nation.

You have a choice. Make a stand on your principles or shut up and allow yourself to be enslaved and future generations be condemned by immorality. Guess what? There is some guidance about this too:

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

Friends, build a tribe. Gather food and supplies. Get out and make your voice heard. Do not go gently into that dark night.

Let me finish with Patrick Henry (again): I know not what path others may take, but as for me, give me LIBERTY or give me DEATH.

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Brushbeater RTO Course Review

The Skull Resistor

I’ve gotten to know NC Scout over the last few months by doing podcasts with him roughly once a week. I advertise with him, and we always have a great conversation on his podcast. When I checked out his training schedule (www.brushbeater.org) and saw that he was running a series of radio-related courses here in Michigan, I knew that I needed to go.

The courses offered were RTO (Radio-Telephone Operator), Advanced RTO, and Signals Intelligence, all areas that I consider vital for preparedness. They run $300 for each 2-day segment, or if you pre-register, you can get them all for $800, which is a $100 discount. The course was near me, so I decided to take them all.

In communicating with NC Scout, he told me he would be camping on site and a few others would be too, so I decided that the best training experience would be in doing it under field conditions, and I wrote a couple of articles about that. I pitched my tent and went for the full experience.

The class brought in people from a wide variety of experiences from all over the country and that helps build a class and builds a sense of being a part of a larger community. One of the best aspects of any preparedness class like this is getting to know other, like-minded people, and knowing you aren’t alone. Of course, at the end of the week, everyone exchanged contact details.

The first two days were the RTO course. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable on radio, but NC Scout knows his business. In this course, you learn the basics of radio. We discussed various radio sets, license free options, licensing options, and the benefits of each. Quite a bit of time was spent on learning how radios work and how to best apply antenna theory to your tactical communications problems.

The biggest takeaway here was in how to write a set of Signals Operating Instructions for your own group. The need for an operation-specific SOI, rather using a “canned” one-size-fits-all SOI is that you can tailor it to what’s needed at that moment.

The best physical skill learned in the RTO Course was the building of various antennas for various wavelengths. We built jungle antennas and dipoles and then strung them up; testing them during field exercises for range.

The RTO course culminated in conducting a field training exercise on sending SALUTE/SALT reports via radio.

The next two days were the Advanced RTO Course, where NC Scout took us a little deeper in the practical radio operational skills. This time, we discussed encryption methods that you can use in the field, digital modes, and digital radios, and built Yagi directional antennas. Again, field exercises solidified our use of the skills learned.

The Advanced RTO Course also discussed some apps for more secure communications than what you normally get using Google and Apple. The course discussed the dangers of over-reliance on cell phones and delved deep into the workings of cell phones on the cell network, which is anything but secure.

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The final two days were spent in the SIGINT Course, applying the skills learned in the previous two courses to begin gathering and sharing intelligence. NC Scout gave an outstanding breakdown of the intelligence targeting process based on his time deployed in the GWOT in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We discussed basic SIGINT tools like using the Baofeng as a scanner, using police scanners and SDR’s, and a few other tools. We learned how to map the communications landscape and RF spectrum around us to begin targeting potential adversaries.

After we learned the basic skills, we built loop antennas and used them in conjunction with the Yagi’s to track down our partners broadcasting nearby to develop the skills to find opposition groups operating in your area. It was actually a very fascinating set of field exercises.

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I like to think I’m pretty knowledgeable in this arena, but I took 24 pages of notes. Not only do you learn practical, real-world skills, but NC Scout tells you the history of everything you learn, which is absolutely fascinating and helps you grasp the purpose of a particular item or skill set.

I HIGHLY recommend taking the radio courses, and I know I’ll be signing up for his Scout classes as well. However, as a United States Marine, I draw the line at taking his carbine class, as there is NOTHING AT ALL an Army guy can show a Marine about shooting a rifle (just kidding, I probably will).

A note about Rite In The Rain notebooks and pens: We had 3 days of rain, some of it pretty heavy. Operations don’t stop due to rain, and neither should training. I’ve always been a huge fan of Rite in the Rain, and this week only solidified my belief that you need as much of their stuff as you can get your hands on.

Along the way, we had campfires, we introduced NC Scout to the joy that is Detroit-Style pizza, spent WAY too many hours at Central Michigan’s finest Irish bar (with authentic Irish staff), drank some pretty pricey Irish Whiskey, and learned that Orange Jameson isn’t a bad thing. We also enjoyed a pair of De Oppresso Liber cigars, courtesy of Green Beret Colonel Mike Bennett, the author of the Warlock series of books.

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Answering Gear Questions

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When I wrote about getting out and testing your gear last week, I got a lot of questions about what gear I used and what worked well. I thought I would share some of the things that worked out for me to help you decide. Now, I will use some affiliate links here, which means that if you make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no cost to you (the FTC makes me say it), but as ALWAYS, I only recommend what I like. I’ll never compromise on a recommendation to make money.

My philosophy on this, as always, comes from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 10:9

As we get farther down this slide into open civil conflict, it’s time to get SERIOUS about gear.

The gear that got the biggest workout this last 10 days in the field was the rain gear. Several people messaged me to ask what rain gear I used. I use the tried-and-true US Issue Gore-Tex. Now, when I was a young lad, I was used Gore-Tex in M81 Woodland, but the times have changed. I personally use a Tru-Spec H20 Proof ECWCS Parka in Woodland MARPAT. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s worth every dime. I have the zip in fleece liner and the parka takes the heavier level ECWCS liners as well, so it becomes a year-round waterproof layer. I also have the matching Gore-Tex over-pants.

An additional piece of rain gear that also falls under the shelter section is a US Government Poncho. I prefer the old-school Woodland Camo ones, and Helikon-Tex makes them to exact US standards. Be careful in buying “military-style” ponchos, you want one made to actual US government standards. The government standard ones (like the Helikon-Tex one) are more durable and can snap to other US issue ones to make a larger shelter. They have stronger grommets that can be used to build lean-to or A-Frame shelters.

I ate MRE’s and tried out various survival/backpacking foods the whole time, so my cooking gear got a full test. First, the Esbitt stove fuel I bought didn’t perform as advertised, so I’ll stick to old-school Trioxane heater tabs until I find something better. However, my trusty friend, the Stanley camp cook kit with 2 cups was the champ for boiling water. In fact, everyone at the camp had the same kit. You can’t go wrong tossing one of these in your backpack, although a US Issue canteen cup works too. The Stanley is about double the size though.

I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss one of my favorite camping accessories, also by Stanley. It is also a CRUCIAL element for surviving a disaster. Late at night, when sitting by the fire, discussing the day’s events, and planning the next day, a shot glass set might come in handy. I mean, maybe you are rationing your water, and want only a small amount each day or something. All kidding aside, I’ve had this for a while and really enjoy it, so I thought I’d share it with you. I picked mine up at a specialty camping store for WAY more than evil Amazon’s price.

Since the training was a radio operations course, I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t discuss the new radio that NC Scout of Brushbeater Training & Consulting talked me into buying before heading out. You can read his review of the radio over at American Partisan: https://www.americanpartisan.org/2022/05/reviewed-baofeng-ar-152/. I used it all week and the new Baofeng AR-152 outperformed my expectations.

Everyone has concerns about the Baofeng’s, but this new one is head and shoulders above the UV-5R, which is still a good radio. I never had to charge the radio all week, despite heavy use. It’s got a hardened body that takes the abuse that field life gives out.

As far as my tent is concerned, it’s just a Stansport 3-person backpacking tent, the Trophy Hunter. I chose this one, because it’s small, easy to set up, and comes in earth tones. Mine is khaki and green, which is good for concealment. It held up great in heavy wind and rain, even without a ground tarp underneath it (hey, I was lazy). It’s small enough to attach to the side of my USMC ILBE Ruck for backpacking. Here’s a link if you want to check it out.

I hope these help answer the questions that a lot of you had about what gear I used and where to find it. Shop around and find the best price for your budget, but I think you’ll see I’m not all about the expensive, newest cool-guy gear that comes out. In some areas, cheaper is good enough. In others, spend the extra dollars, because your life could depend on it.

As far as taking advice, here’s a piece of Tactical Wisdom about that:

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 19:20

Later in the week (Wednesday-ish), I’ll put out a full review of the RTO, Advanced RTO, and SIGINT Courses from Brushbeater Training & Consulting, but the TL/DR on them is this: TAKE THEM ASAP. You can find a schedule at: https://brushbeater.org/training-calendar/.

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Get Out & Train

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Sitting here by the fire tonight, sipping some whiskey with like-minded people, I wanted to talk about getting out and training for real-world conditions.  Tonight is night 7 of a 9-night training session in the field.

The last few days have been with my friend NC Scout of www.brushbeater.org and Brushbeater Training and Consulting.  Next week, we’ll do a deep dive on the six days of training with him, but tonight I wanted to talk about testing in actual field conditions.  Testing our gear, but more importantly, testing ourselves.

I’ve been living in a tent, eating my planned survival foods, rationing water, and trying to live in actual conditions.  It’s been hot during the day, cold at night, and for the last 36 hours it’s rained like we’re in the South Pacific. Through it all, we’ve conducted training regardless, which gave me an opportunity to test out all of my rain gear.

The first lesson learned was that for all my preparedness and writing, sunscreen was not among my gear.  I know, what a rookie mistake, right?  I’d rather find out now and learn the lesson today, than wait and learn it during a real crisis.  That’s the point of testing, after all.  A little discomfort now is better than a lifetime of it later.

I did learn that my investment in extra poncho liners was a good thing, because when it gets cold, just pile on another one.

Another big piece was that despite this not being a field skills course (it’s all communications this time), I stuck to my principal of always keeping the ruck packed.  Not only did it keep my gear organized and dry, it made it easy to find whatever I needed very quickly, because it was where it was supposed to be.

I found that my solar charger worked flawlessly for keeping the phone and radios charged all week.

An issue I found was with my Esbitt stove.  I found that the fuel tablets I bought didn’t burn for nearly as long as the package claimed.  This might seem minor, but it meant that I used fuel 3 times as fast as I had planned. Once again, I’d rather be inconvenienced today than run out of fuel when it matters.  I also learned that while the stormproof matched WILL light, they aren’t very strong and the stick breaks easily.

So, what’s the point of this rambling?  The point is to show that you need to get out for more than a 24-48 period and live in the field and resist the temptation to use support networks.  You will validate what works among your preparations, and find out what doesn’t.  It will help you fine tune your preps as the world continues to fall off the rails at record speed.

Get out in the field and train like your life depends on it, because it does.

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Readiness – Get Home Bag

Earlier today, Watcher and I were on the Sniper’s Nest YouTube Channel (link below), discussing how to set up a Get Home Bag. We analyzed Sniper’s bag and helped him better organize his gear.

A Get Home Bag is a bag designed to carry the supplies needed to, as the name applies, get home. We spend a lot of our time at work. People are working farther and farther from home. If a disaster strikes while you’re at work and all your cool-guy prepper gadgetry is at home, you need something to bridge that gap and get you home.

Even the Ultimate Tactical Handbook says you need one:

Gather up your belongings to leave the land,
    you who live under siege.

Jeremiah 10:17

The first part is selecting the proper bag. The most common color backpack is black, so I would go with a black bag. Don’t be overly concerned here with “the Gray Man” stuff, a black bag is enough. A lot of guys tell you not to get one with MOLLE webbing, but almost all backpacks have it now, and we aren’t exactly going to let people scrutinize our bag. I chose a Highland Tactical Major bag in black (affiliate link above – this site uses affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase). If you have to walk a long way, make sure that it has a sternum strap to help balance the load.

Consider buying a waterproof pack cover in a different color, in order to change your profile. Keeping with my theory that every piece of gear you have needs to have more than one use, I bought a waterproof cover that is camouflage. The cover can keep it dry and it can also make my bag concealable if I need to enter a wooded area or stash the bag temporarily.

As an alternative, you can put a collapsible duffel bag inside your pack. If you find extra supplies or gear, you have an extra bag to put it in. If someone is following you, you can take your backpack off and put it inside the duffel, and now you look like a different person.

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A change of upper body clothing is important. I keep a packable jacket inside the backpack, along with a baseball cap, so that I can change what I look like quickly for countersurveillance. While on that topic, a couple of neck gaiter-type masks can help, and in our post-COVID world, it’s not unusual to wear a face mask.

Shelter is important. For shelter, you need something small and packable that can keep you out of the weather. A tarp is inexpensive and good for shelter. A packable “Life Tent” is a small tent lined with mylar to reflect body heat. It has an emergency whistle attached to the carry case. Sleeping gear falls under shelter as well. My personal choice is the tried-and-true US military poncho liner. It’s warm and very packable. Another option is a “Life Bivy”, which is essentially a survival blanket with sealed sides making a sleeping bag that reflects heat. For the life tent and bivy, I choose green, instead of the standard safety orange for concealment purposes.

The next area is food and water. In a Get Home Bag, we are looking for quick hit, ready to eat foods like granola bars, jerky, and pouch-type foods like chicken or tuna packets, or single-serving SPAM packets. These are foods you can eat on the go while moving, rather than having to risk an open fire. Try to avoid anything that requires a stove or fire in the Get Home Bag.

Some type of water storage, either a Nalgene bottle or a water bladder is needed. I use a Sawyer Mini filter but pick whichever filter works for you. I like the Mini because it can be placed on the end of your water bladder drinking tube and filter as you drink. I also keep purification tablets in all my bags; redundancy is key. I keep a pair of Vapur collapsible water bottles in the bag because they take up no space or weight and I can fill them when I find any water source. A Sillcock key, which opens faucets on the outside of commercial buildings, is absolutely necessary.

Now that we have food, water, and shelter out of the way, it’s time to get on to medical. You need a trauma kit (I recommend the Solatac PTK at http://www.solatac.com) and a smaller “boo-boo kit” with band aids, antibiotics, and other minor aid items. If you are building your own trauma kit, you need a tourniquet, some ABD pads, a pressure dressing, gauze, and some type of hemostatic (clotting) agent. Good add-ons are occlusive dressings for sucking chest wounds (chest seals) and a triangular bandage. Include minor medications like Motrin, Tylenol, Imodium, and Benadryl in the boo boo kit.

You NEED a hygiene kit, but the Get Home Bag one can be smaller. Include things like a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, and wet wipes (field shower). That’s really all you need for the Get Home Bag. Maybe toss in some hand sanitizer, which can also be used to start fires if its alcohol based.

Signaling is next. I recommend some type of radio capable of operating on the unlicensed VHF/UHF frequencies of FRS/GMRS/MURS to be able to reach others. The Channel 3 Project will have like-minded people monitoring Channel 3 FRS, CB, and MURS to help at the top of every hour. If you choose to get licensed, I recommend you do so. In the absence of radio, you need at least a mirror or a whistle to call or signal for help. Some might not want to signal, but imagine if you fell into a large hole nad were injured; a whistle can save your life.

The last thing is all the miscellaneous items. Remember, this isn’t a full ruck, it’s a bag designed to 24-48 hours of foot movement to get home to your supplies. You need something to start a fire, like a fire steel and rod, a lighter, and tinder. You need a good fixed blade knife and a multi-tool. You need gloves and a hat (yes, no matter the season). Observation devices like binoculars are often overlooked. I personally recommend a trench periscope for urban areas.

You also need navigation tools like a map and compass. Too many rely on GPS, which can fail. Learn to use and carry a map and compass. Also, buy a waterproof notebook and pen to keep notes.

This article is longer than I had planned, and this is by no means a complete list. More information can be found in TW-01 Baseline Training Manual. Check out our YouTube Channel as well.

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Gear Review – Toor Knives

Toor Knives – Anaconda

I own a lot of knives. I mean, A LOT of knives. As a martial artist, I’m interested in knives. As a United States Marine (Once a Marine…you know, the thing), I’m VERY interested in knife combat. In the fantastic “Gray Man” book series, Courtland Gentry frequently remarks “If I have a knife, I can always get a gun”, and he’s not wrong.

In fact, as I’m writing TW-04 Scouting and Patrolling, I wrote into it the need for lead scouts to have a quality COMBAT knife. Not a camp knife that is used improperly for combat, a real COMBAT knife. This is a problem that has plagued military forces for decades.

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The Fairbairn-Sykes knife was the first attempt to create a dedicated combat knife that wasn’t either a field/camp knife or a bayonet. It was small, concealable, and lightweight. It was a good knife, but not perfect.

Connor Toor, also a United States Marine, felt the same way. The USMC Bayonet, by Ontario knife (see below), is a fine bayonet and a good combat knife, but it isn’t purpose built for knife fighting. What was needed were small, lightweight blades with the sole purpose of being a combat knife. This is where Connor created Toor knives.

When he sent me the Anaconda, I loved the presentation box and the knife was absolutely gorgeous in the box. However, I can’t tell you how many knives I’ve taken out of the pretty box and found to be absolutely junk or “fair” at best. The first indication was the tube of “Froglube” with the knife. It meant that the knife builder knew it was a precision tool that needed to be taken care of. I was impressed, but not sold yet.

The knife comes with a Kydex sheath, but without a belt clip. To me, this is a feature, not a bug. This means I can decide how and where to mount it. Any time you talk about carrying knives, you need to understand your local laws. The Anaconda has a 3.75″ blade, so in Michigan, that means it can’t be concealed; it has to be open-carried, or plainly visible.

The simple solution for me was to mount it on the left shoulder strap of my “Get Home Bag”. This kept it handy, but also assured that I wouldn’t accidentally violate any laws by covering it up with a jacket. The knife, while feeling very substantial in your hand, doesn’t add any significant weight to my backpack. Purely for research purposes, because I’m 100% a law & order guy (wink-wink), I did also mount it on my belt and see how concealable it was. The knife melts into your cover clothing and disappears.

Isn’t it PRETTY???

The large ring on the handle end allows you to draw quickly from concealment or the shoulder strap mount quickly and is big enough to fit a finger wearing gloves, which I like. The minute a WROL/SHTF situation begins, I’ll be wearing gloves the majority of the time.

It also mounted seamlessly to my War-Belt and my Ex Umbris Designs (https://exumbrisdesigns.com/) belts.

I spent a few days training in knife combat with it and that’s where this knife excels. It is indeed a true COMBAT knife, custom designed to fit in your hand securely while you are twisting and whipping it around. You can transition grips quickly and its balance means that combination strikes flow with it. If you’ve never truly done any knife training, you might not know what I mean there, but true warriors get it. It flows.

I have a confession to make here. I’m somewhat of an action movie junkie, so I love to try unrealistic things with my knives. Yes, that one. I threw the knife. A LOT. Yep, it’s unrealistic as heck. I admit it. But this knife, 9 times out of 10, hit the target tip first and sunk deeply. I know, Toor is never going to send me another knife when he finds out the dumb abuse I subjected it to, right?

Not staged – It really stuck here when thrown properly

Being pragmatic, I also tested the knife on survival uses, because every knife you carry in your gear may have to be pressed into service for survival. Although it is good at survival tasks if it is pressed into service, this isn’t really meant to be a survival or camp knife. The thick blade and quality steel make it a workhorse.

I also tested its ability to…how shall I put it…”slice meat”? Yeah, that’s it. Using some meat, I slashed with it and it opened deep cuts in the meat. Great for BBQ’s, I guess.

Straight out of the box, the Anaconda is razor sharp.

It’s a pricey knife at $275, but what’s your life worth? It’s not a camp knife, it’s a COMBAT knife and is just as important as that handgun and rifle you don’t hesitate to drop cash on at a moment’s notice. If you’ve been following my writing at all, you’ll know I’m not a “gucci gear” guy, so trust me when I say that this knife is worth every penny.

For the record, even Jesus says you need a knife, which is our Tactical Wisdom today:

…if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

Luke 22:36b

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Guest Post: Growing Herbs

Earlier in the week, I fell into a thread by Bonnie Blue on Twitter (@BonnieBlueTK) about growing herbs in your garden for medicinal purposes. I immediately asked her to write us a guest blog to share her ideas. I hope you all find this as enjoyable as I did.

Here is her guest post:

I was fortunate enough to be largely raised by my grandmother, who was a depression era bride. Even before Victory Gardens came along, her generation knew you had to take care of your family’s food needs and be self-sustaining. She was a strong farm and ranch wife, with the tenderness to let my little hands help her from as far back as I can remember. It would have been much easier for her to do it herself, but she knew it was important information to pass on. Those early lessons were largely centered around gardening and canning the fruits of our (her) labor. But there was a special area not far from the vegetable garden, and that was her herb bed. It wasn’t until I got much older, that I realized the importance of that bed. Back then, I simply saw it as growing dill for pickles, and herbs for a tasty cup of tea.

Fast forward to today. Food prices are sky rocketing, there have been warnings of shortages, and those that look at the world around them understand that a great deal of our pharmaceutical components have been outsourced to China. That is where herbs come into play. As many rush to plant modern-day “victory gardens”, herbs are often overlooked. For a variety of reasons, you need to tuck herbs among your vegetables, plant them with your flowers, or dedicate a bed to nothing but herbs and more herbs.

Herbs make a lot of the foods we grow taste even better. A few sprigs can make dried beans taste even better when cooked. But herbs go far beyond seasoning the evening meal. Herbs have been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. Many attract bees to the garden. Given that bees, which are responsible for pollinating one-third of the world’s food supply, are declining in numbers, adding even more plants to attract them is never a bad idea.

Healing herbs can be used fresh, dried and steeped as tea, or soaked in vodka to make a tincture. Many of them have a myriad of uses. I find that it is best to focus on herbs that I can get the most use from when planning my garden space. Think about the herbs that will give you the most bang for your gardening buck and take it from there. I suggest that in addition to internet searches on herbs, you add a book dedicated solely to herbs to your library. When the lights go out, you don’t want to be left wondering how to use a particular herb you planted. My favorite resource is the book “Growing and Using Healing Herbs”. It is a wealth of information and laid out in a very practical way.

My herb beds include a lot of the culinary herbs, many of which have medicinal uses. Rosemary helps relieve gas. It is considered a stimulant and is a good herb for treating cluster headaches. Thyme has antispasmodic qualities that could make it useful for stomach cramps, or the treatment of coughs.

I also have beds dedicated to a few useful healing herbs. The predominant herbs being lavender, chamomile, and peppermint. Lavender is my everything herb. It is wonderful for attracting bees, and is scattered around my garden, as well as the healing teas bed. My favorite evening tea for stress is lavender. Headache? Lavender. Can’t sleep? Lavender. Even my dog likes lavender. When I put lavender essential oil in a diffuser at night, she will lay with her head under the mist. Chamomile is another versatile herb that I use much the same way as I use lavender. It is a mild flavored herb, and one that children will often drink in a tea, when others are considered too harsh. Peppermint is a stronger herb for gas and indigestion, or an upset stomach. It also contains menthol, good for helping treat upper respiratory symptoms of a cold or flu.

Herbs do not have to be relegated to herb beds and vegetable gardens. Many can be tucked in a front yard flower bed for color and interest. It is a great way to use space for more practical reasons, and to not draw the attention of neighborhood busybodies. The purple coneflower is a beautiful perennial flower. You might have bought it in capsule form, under its botanical name of echinacea. Yes, that echinacea, which is used as a remedy for colds and flu. Rose hips are a great source of vitamin C. Brew them as a tea for a tangy boost to the immune system. Both roses and purple coneflower are great at attracting bees. Just make sure you do not use pesticides on your flowers. They are not good for the bees, or you.

I am not a medical professional, I am simply an avid gardener, who feels that we need to find ways of being self-sustaining, and ready for hard times. After identifying your herb garden needs, read all you can on each herbs use, benefits, and possible side effects. This will also help you decide which herbs to focus on, so you have enough to truly get you through possible tough times.  Better to have enough for the most important uses, than a little bit of many that will not bring as much benefit.

Enjoy your herbal adventures, and happy gardening!

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Standing on Principles

Uthred Making a Stand

If you watched The Last Kingdom, you know about Uthred Ragnarson. Uthred was trusted by both the Saxons and the Northmen, because they both knew him to be a man of principles and a man of his word. Once Uthred swore an oath, you could consider it done. In fact, the only time he went against his brother Ragnar was because his principles meant more to him than family, and he couldn’t allow a woman (Princess Aethelflaed) to be harmed by men lacking principles.

You may be wondering what this has to do with anything, but bear with me….

The only time Uthred directly betrayed King Alfred was when the good King pushed him too far and demanded too much. The King kept altering his agreement with Uthred and Uthred’s men to the point that Uthred would take no more. Sound familiar?

The same day that the new Disinformation Governance Board, or “DGB” (KGB), was formed with a radical partisan at its helm, I was reading in Isaiah. Almost immediately, this piece of Tactical Wisdom was thrown in my face:

Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees

Isaiah 10:1

Make no mistake, establishing the DGB within a law enforcement agency was an oppressive decree.

Around here, I get asked almost daily, “When is someone going to do something?”. I myself frequently remind everyone of Patrick Henry’s famous speech (delivered in a church, I might add). On that same day, while pondering all of this, this came to me from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook as well:

If you do not stand firm in your faith,
    you will not stand at all

Isaiah 7:9b

What does my faith tell me? It tells me that I am never to deny Christ’s existence, yet I am continually told that we may have to in this country, and that while I’m at it, I will also have to apologize for believing in Him, because some time in history, someone did something bad in His name. Standing firm means I will not. I must not.

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A narrative is spreading that Christianity is a risk of extremism. The same people pushing that nonsense are also claiming that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is some type of Christian Crusade, and therefore evil. That’s utter nonsense, but it is spreading.

We were forced to stop going to church for a year, and those who stood firm in their faith were arrested and charged. Many Christians, speaking out against what appears to be growing authoritarianism in the US, have been threatened with arrest or actually arrested. We were told in the Bible that we would face persecution for following Jesus and The Way, and here we are. What advice was given in the Bible for when that happens? Was the Bible wisdom “Sit back down and keep quiet” or “Go along to get along”? No. It was this Tactical Wisdom:

So then, those who suffer according to God’s Will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

1 Peter 4:19

But we aren’t. We are meekly watching this nation and the world hurtle towards disaster.

The stock market is crashing. Food supplies are dwindling and appear to be intentionally being hampered. Supply chains are broken. The US Defense Department is emptying the armories as fast as it can to arm Ukraine, while we can’t re-arm to protect our own nation. All of this while actual evil groups are spreading civil disorder and rioting across the nation, almost completely unopposed by the police.

What can, NO, what SHOULD we do?

As people of principle, we need to stand up and say NO MORE. If only some do, those ones will be crushed by the increasingly oppressive government. If we all do, we can turn the tide.

If we continue down this course and things come completely off the rails, I urge those of us into preparedness to retain our principles and rebuild under those principles, which happen to be enshrined in our Bill of Rights, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence. These documents were inspired by God, and the Founding Fathers said that right in them.

Fans, I’m no Patrick Henry, but I say this: With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, I pledge to you my Life, my Fortune and my sacred Honor. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

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What Is Happening In Food?

General Mills Plane Crash

While the world is currently experiencing supply chain issues, there is a shortage of fertilizer and analysts are predicting serious shortfalls in world agricultural production. At the same time, a series of fires and industrial accidents keep happening in and among our food production and distribution facilities.

Now, every time I post about one, I get informed by everyone that it’s all just a big coincidence and that there isn’t some vast World Economic Forum conspiracy at the heart of it. Hey, I don’t disagree – it COULD be a total and complete coincidence.


That’s right, whether or not they are a coincidence or a deep-state/globalist/lizard people (pick your favorite) plot doesn’t matter one bit to you and me. It is completely IRRELEVANT.

I want to start with a piece of Tactical Wisdom that applies here:

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

So many people blow these occurrences off because it’s “not a plot”, but there is STILL danger here. Every fire and every plane that crashes into a food processing facility affects that facility’s ability to prepare, produce, or distribute food. Even if a plant is only impacted by 10%, with our “just-in-time” supply chains, it has a significant impact on total food production.

All the fire or crash damage will need to be repaired. They need to be repaired at a time when spare parts and raw materials are scarce. Modern businesses don’t keep spares on hand anymore, so that lengthens the repair timelines. While awaiting repair, that part of the facility is NOT producing product.

So, as you can see, it DOESN’T MATTER why. Just as I always say, prepare for the second and third order effects, rather than arguing about the cause. The cause doesn’t matter…what it means to your life does.

As we approach this summer, nations all over the world are announcing that they aren’t going to export food to any other country. That’s significant because the US doesn’t produce some foods year-round. As an example, while it is winter here, we get fresh vegetables from the Southern Hemisphere, as it is summer there. When that stops, we will have issues.

But what can we do? Well, first buy a few extra cans of vegetables every week, while you can. You can build up a quick stockpile of food this way.

The more permanent answer, once again, comes from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:

If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land

Isaiah 1:19

What enabled some tribes to live and flourish and some to die in ancient history was the ability to grow and then store food. Over millennia, food was a valid reason to go to war or to raid a neighboring tribe. It’s why tribes banded together and began professional warrior classes, to defend food stores. How did warriors get paid up until the 1500s? In food. A Lord fed his warriors and gave them a place to stay, and they protected him (The future Duke of Montana and I have already struck such a deal).

The Earth is created to provide food to you. People have been gathering or growing their own food for tens of thousands of years. As recently as the 1950s, every family in America grew food (even if it was just in the back yard). The Victory Garden needs to make a comeback and quickly.

Learn to grow food (hint: turn over the soil and bury seeds in it; water and weed). It’s the most self-sufficient thing you can do. As I point out in the Baseline Training Manual, you should focus on food production, rather than food storage. Hunting, trapping, and fishing go right along with this. A great book for this is the Self-Sufficiency Manual (see Amazon affiliate link – I may make a small commission from all the links, but you knew that).

Once you’ve grown food, learn how to can it – but be careful, both Facebook and the DHS think canning is evidence of extremist behavior (yes, really). You can also dehydrate foods (including meats) for long term storage. Remember OPSEC and don’t tell everyone how much food you’re stockpiling.

Know what edible wild foods are near you. Here, wild grapes, blueberries & Huckleberries, black raspberries & blackberries, and delicious mushrooms just grow wild all over. Learn how and where to find them. Nature is abundant.

To recap, it doesn’t matter whether or not there is a grand conspiracy behind the food industry incidents. You need to understand their impact on food supplies and begin taking some action TODAY to reduce the second and third order effects to your life later on.

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The Summer of Love (Again)

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Just like the lyrics to ‘Pride In The Name of Love” by U2, “Early Morning, April 4, a shot rings out….”, a tragedy occurred the morning of April 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Just after 8 AM, a GRPD officer stopped a vehicle driven by Patrick Lyoya for improper plates. Lyoya would fail to provide ID, then run and eventually fight the officer.

The video clearly shows Lyoya take the taser from the officer before the officer shoots and tragically kills Lyoya. This article isn’t about the shooting, but if you want a very serious breakdown of every step of the incident, check out our new YouTube channel, which can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/jdolio.

The focus of this article is, as always, preparedness. We would be remiss if we didn’t note that the weather is warming up, and the US has a critical mid-term election coming in the fall. A reminder from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook is in order:

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

Proverbs 27:12 (NLT)

When the shooting first happened, I predicted that the terrible optics of an officer shooting a black man in the back of the head would lead to protests and give the incident the longevity that certain groups were looking for to re-invigorate their agenda. Within hours, Ben Crump and all the usual suspects were en route to Grand Rapids.

As soon as the police department released the video, the “execution of an unarmed prisoner” narrative began running wild, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Inflammatory comments led to scenes like this:

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Never mind that the imagery is not rooted in reality (remember “Hands up, don’t shoot), it fit the narrative. I warned immediately that violent