Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Short list to get you ahead of the game.

It's been said that simply coming to the realization that you need to prep will put you ahead of 90% of the population. That's probably true, or at least the sentiment behind the saying is true, even if the actual stat is not. But being ahead of 90% of the population just because you know you should prep isn't necessarily good enough. You have to put that into action.

When I started this blog a few years back, most of my posts we based on helping readers develop a beginner's "list of lists", something that the average person could find and afford to get them ready for disasters.

While the items on that list are easy to find and generally affordable, the list itself is still a bit long. So I am going to give you a shorter list, a list that is NOT meant to be comprehensive or get you through the end of the world... But you can consider it a part of that "get ahead of 90% of the population" idea. You'll need to KNOW that you should prep, but you'll also need these things.

I will go down the line according to the "SWFS-CIMT" model.

Shelter - You need a stable place to stay in an area that itself is not a disaster already. Pretty abundant in the US.

Water - A Sawyer Mini Filter will allow you to drink almost any water source. Get one for every member of the family, and maybe an extra or two. A Berkey water system is nice to have also. If you want to store water as well, use this rule: One gallon of water per person, per day. Water in jugs at Walmart is cheap.

Food - I have demonstrated already that storing rice and beans is cheap and easy. Look at this post to see my storage of pinto beans. You can use the exact same process for white rice and lentils. You can use the same process for salt and sugar, as long as you substitute moisture absorbers for oxygen absorbers. Don't put oxygen absorbers in salt or sugar. Mountain House #10 cans are great as well.

Security - This is where you get the guns. Look here and here and pick out what sounds good to you. Don't forget ammo, mags and TRAINING. This general security list will help too.

Communications - It's much more important to listen than to transmit, so I'm just going to keep it simple. The GP-5 SSB shortwave radio and the Uniden Home Patrol II police scanner will allow you to listen in on any relevant broadcasts you need to. A set of two-way radios from Cobra or Midland will allow you to talk with group members at short distances. Cell phones and chargers are obviously good to keep.

Intelligence - In the military, intelligence drives the mission. In the prepping world, information needs to drive your actions and decisions. Building your "all-source collection element", or ACE, is key to gathering intelligence. Take a look at this guide to get started on your own ACE.

Medical - You need a first aid kit and some additional medical supplies. Take a look here and get started filling out your medical supply list.

Transportation - Lastly, you need to be able to get from point A to point B, and you need to have adequate tools to maintain that vehicle. You'll need more than a Prius. Here is a pretty basic list to help you maintain your vehicle. Cars are ok. Trucks and Jeeps are usually better. It all depends on your terrain and needs, though.

I may very well end up with commenters adding their 2¢ (which is always welcome) on which things to add to this list. This list is not made to be the end all be all, nor is it nearly adequate to you through TEOTWAWKI. It's a barebones list that I am making for the people who have heard the phrase "if you realize you need to prep, you're already ahead of 90% of the population", and are wondering if that's really true. Yes it is, but only partially. You need some tools and some knowledge. So with that, I'll also leave you with this list of books to grab...

Short wisdom, fighting vs violence.

Knowing how to fight is one thing. Having the tools to fight with is another. Knowing how to be violent is entirely different. If you don't have all three, you're missing a piece of the puzzle.

Monday, June 19, 2017

ISIS founder and leader believed to be dead

Al Baghdadi has most likely been killed in one of the latest Russian air strikes. There have been many false reports on his death in the past so authorities are making sure this time around before making it official.

This is a true cause for celebration, but the left wing maniacs only celebrate when they think Trump is going to be impeached or when conservatives are shot or attacked. Little credit for this victory can go to the US, sadly. Russian forces, Kurdish forces, Syrian military, Syriac and Assyrian defense forces deserve the majority of the credit.

Most Americans wanted to be a part of the fight against ISIS, but we were denied. To the US troops and volunteers who did fight against ISIS, I salute you.

Looking forward to ISIS being wiped out from the borders of Syria and Iraq within the year, God willing.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

15,000 views.

Thanks to the readers and commenters who have provided this blog with 15,000 views. I appreciate the time you've all taken to read my content.

Message to Fathers and Future Fathers.

Happy Father's Day. Enjoy the day with family and relax, but take some time to think, really think, about what today is and what it's for. It's not just a day for your kids to make things for you or take you out to dinner or buy you something nice. Those things are great, but if you understand what today is, then you understand that today isn't just your day. It's a day where you remember and reaffirm your role and responsibility to your family

Remember your role as the head of the house and family. For those who do not read this with an adult level of understanding, I will be nice and caveat this statement: Being the head of the house and family does not mean you get to swagger around and boss around your wife and kids, it doesn't mean all decisions are made by you, it doesn't mean your family is there to serve you (Your role as a leader demands that it is YOU who serves) it doesn't even mean  that your name is on every title of every car or loan or credit card. It means that when hardship comes, when help is needed, when strength (moral, personal, cultural, physical) is needed, you are available and able. When a hard decision is required, you take that burden from your family and make it your burden. You will not always be right, but you must have the courage and ability to shoulder that. Your house and family are a ship, and while you will not always dictate how much sail to use, or how fast to go, or how to run the deck, you are the one at the wheel steering in a morally sound direction. Do not be that dad you see in the commercials or in the TV shows, that inept, childish, immature oaf with the stupid looking grin on his face when his wife catches him acting like a toddler or says to the kids "Daddy did a lot of stupid things before he met Mommy".

Remember your role as the defender. The world is not safe at all times. No matter where you live or how you're set up up, you and your family are not always going to be safe from harm or coercion. You don't have to be the strongest or fastest or be a black belt in any martial art. However, you SHOULD have the knowledge and ability to stand courageously between your family and whatever or whomever means to do them harm, whether that harm is in the form of a burglar breaking in, a mugger pulling a knife, a drunk grabbing your wife's butt or a slick salesman trying to rip off your 16 year old at the dealership. In those situations, you must have a resolute mindset and have conviction in your purpose. Getting punched doesn't really hurt that bad, and a man is nothing to be afraid of. A father protecting his family is a different animal. If you lack something in this regard, send me a PM, and I'll help you out. And yes, I will be nice. I will actually help you. And no, I will not try to make you carry a weapon. Again, this is not about martial arts or guns (I do love my guns). It's about a resolute mindset and the courage that comes with full conviction.

Remember your role as the provider. I know that in 2017, not every household pays it's bills and buys the food with the paycheck of the man. I get that, and that's fine. If your wife is a full-time pharmacist and you are a part-time mechanic, I understand there is going to be a difference in dollars. If your wife has a master's in engineering at MIT and you've got a bachelor's from the school of hard knocks, the mortgage might come out of a check with her name on it. I get it, but the role of provider does not always require a paycheck. The role of provider can include that, but it also includes the ability to steer your family out of hardship when a paycheck (regardless of who makes it) isn't quite enough. It includes the ability to obtain whatever resources your family requires for basic survival, or PRODUCE those resources otherwise. This includes shelter, water, food and security at the most basic level. Those things might require a paycheck, but they also require more than that. Also, when your wife does the thing that wives do, which is to get pregnant, the man needs to become even more of a provider. Regardless of the "advancement" of society, the man must always maintain his ability to provide. The woman should not always have to maintain that ability to provide forever. Women have other natural roles, and I really don't give a damn if anyone thinks that is sexist.

Remember your role as the loving father. Make time to spend with family. Your kids are only little once. Sometimes you'll have to be stern, sometimes you'll have to be hard and cold and logical, sometimes you'll have to be the disciplinarian or authoritative presence, but no one in your family should ever have an ounce of doubt that you love them. You will not be perfect, but perfection is not required. I most certainly am NOT speaking from a pedestal of perfection. I am certainly not pontificating from a position of moral authority. I, like you all, have and will make mistakes. Perfection is not required. Love is what is required. The outside of you might sometimes need to be hard, but the inside softness must be shown on the outside sometimes. And your family must know that the hard exterior (In times of protection from harm, or discipline for kids, or hard decision-making) is a product of a soft, loving interior. When we go to a hard job as an insulator in a power plant or running heavy machines at a newspaper company, when we go to war in a far away land or walk a cop's beat in the ghetto, we maintain that hard exterior with a soft interior of love for our families.

A father's roles are numerous and I can't possibly cover them all, but these are a start. The importance of a man fulfilling his roles appropriately in the home is constantly demeaned and diminished in today's society. I have my thoughts on why this is happening but I'm not going to get into that right now. Resist this. We are seeing the terrible effects of fatherless homes on our society and culture everyday. Whether you grew up with a father fulfilling his roles or not, it is imperitive that you, as a father or future father, learn your roles and how to fulfill them, and that you do so when the time comes.

Happy Father's Day. It's called Father's Day, but it's not just about you (us). Remember your roles today.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

D.C. Shooting, Original Story.

Here is an original story of the Washington D.C. shooting that left Representative Scalise in "critical condition".

The "leadership" of the left (Democrat politicians like Tim Kaine, Hollyweird celebrities like Kathy Griffin, fake news anchors like Don Lemon, "clergy" like Al Sharpton) have encouraged their followers to "disrupt" and "fight in the streets", "get in trouble" and "resist". These statements whether meant literally or not, have been taken quite literally. All over the country we have riots and violence committed against anyone who supported Trump or identifies as "conservative". We see mock acts of violence (a play in Central Park depicts Trump's assassination, while Kathy Griffin poses with a fake severed Trump head) progressing to real violence, as you can see in the Washington Post story I linked. There are also acts of violence against people just for displaying MAGA paraphernalia.

Drudge Report, the most influential news aggregate site in the world, is posting multiple stories of media members reporting that we are on the brink of a "civil war" between the ideological "left" and "right".

Ann Coulter and Michael Savage, regardless of how you feel about them, are spreading the idea of civil war. Like it or not, these are influential people, and they may not be wrong.

Arm up and stack the ammo. Carry a defensive weapon, even if you're not licensed. If someone busts you over the head with a brick, would be rather have left your weapon at home just because you weren't "licensed" to defend yourself adequately?

Surely you can see that things are going from bad to worse. Can you explain why it will suddenly get better sometime soon? I'll wait.

Link back to the New York Times report on Clinton/Russia

With all of these investigations into Trump and the Russians, I find that it's relevant to keep going back to this report, a New York Times article detailing the sale of 20% of the US government's uranium production to the Russians.

The sale of the uranium production had to have the approval of the Secretary of State, who was Hillary Clinton at that time.

Around the same time, numerous donations were made to the Clinton Foundation by Russian officials, and despite Hillary's promise to disclose the identities of all Clinton Foundation donors, she failed to disclose ANY donations made by Russian offcials.

Where is the investigation into these dealings?

Bernie Sanders supporter opens fire.

Yesterday a man opened fire with a SKS rifle at a baseball field in Washington DC. Republican members of Congress were there practicing baseball for a charity baseball game. The shooter approached someone and asked if the people on the field at the time were republicans or democrats. When he learned they were republicans, he went back and retrieved his SKS and a 9mm and opened fire, hitting at least three people, including Representative Steve Scalise from Louisiana. He's in critical condition. The shooter was killed by police.

The shooter is a hardcore democrat and socialist who worked in the Bernie Sanders campaign. His Facebook was full of violent statements about republicans and conservatives in general.

The democrats have encouraged their supporters to "resist" and to "fight in the streets" since Trump was elected. After the election, there were dozens of riots in major cities and violence in others. AntiFa and their parent group, BAMN, now attend every conservative event for the purpose of using violence to shut the events down. They chant "punch a Nazi", but of course, a "Nazi" is anyone who disagrees with them. We see some of these groups and their members showing off their guns and posting videos of them going to ranges and shooting targets painted with "conservative" symbology.

And now we have a republican lawmaker gunned down at a baseball practice.

Democrats are constantly claiming that the things Trump says are causing people to commit violence, though they are unable to point to any specific acts of violence routinely committed by Trump supporters or conservative groups. So will they be willing to admit that their calls to "action", their calls to "fight in the streets" have stirred actual violent action?

When fighting really starts, what will it look like? Will it look like this? Is this the start?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MD Creekmore - 21 Item Walmart Prep List

A nice little list to get you ahead of most people. Only 21 points!

I love prepping lists that the average person can understand, acquire and use with ease. This list is by no means comprehensive, but when you read it, you'll see how it will get you ahead of the vast majority of the population. Even I have use for a list like this.