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‘Conservative Enemies of the State’

I was recently perusing my favorite internet sites when I came across a link to the above titled article on the FrontPageMag website.  From openly courting Muslim recruits, to chaplains getting the OK to perform Gay marriages, to women soon being allowed in ALL combat roles, to calling the Fort Hood massacre by an islamist terrorist ‘work place violence’, the US military has certainly undergone a ‘Fundamental Transformation’ (hey, where have I heard that phrase before………) in that past 5 years.  And that transformation is continuing unabated.

This short article has more information on a theme I have proffered often here on this blog – that being that YOU, not some bogey-man AL-Qaeda terrorist, is in the cross-hairs of the DHS and the rest of the Fed alphabet soup.  YOU, the conservative, gun-loving, liberty-loving, limited government wanting, God-loving, Gadsden Flag waving, preppers are now classified as being members of ‘Neo-Confederate’ hate groups and must be closely scrutinized.

Don’t believe me?  Read the article.

Lee Greenwood was unavailable for comment.

Be safe.  Be prepared.

Practical Prepper 2013

September 2, 2013 Posted by | General, My Opinion, Security and Situational Awareness | , , | 4 Comments

A Statement of the Obvious – And a Call For Comments

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Wow.  I’ve found it very hard to simply blog about prepping lately.  This is, of course, not news to the followers of this prepping blog and to you, I can only apologize and offer this meager explanation.

I started this blog as a Prepping blog and, as such, I feel I have achieved some measure of success and am quite happy with the quality and originality of its content.  Writing this blog was my way of sharing my prepping experiences with a growing number of like-minded people who were journeying down the same road of self sufficiency and preparedness.  Except for a few dalliances, I have succeeded in my efforts to avoid being overtly political and overbearingly pessimistic – and therein lies the problem.  In recent weeks and months, whenever I sat down to write about my new Ruger LC9 or the incredible mods I’ve made to my Kel-Tec Sub-2000, I instead,  start writing dire warnings about how the Department of Homeland Security has ordered nearly 2 Billion rounds of small arms ammo in the past year. Why?  Who are they anticipating doing battle with?

Or how that same department has ordered over seven thousand armored, mine-resistant vehicles – not for the Iraq or Afghanistan theater, but for deployment here in the CONUS. Why?

Or how the local police are becoming more and more militarized, through ‘fusion centers’ (Google that one…and YES, the NSA will be watching as you do it) funded by, you guessed it, the DHS.  Why?

Or how a whole panoply of government agencies are capturing everything we write, say, and read from our digital phones and computers and storing it without a warrant (google the PRISM program).  Why?

Or how Free Speech, the bedrock of a free society, is being stifled by political correctness, the US Justice Department, and the IRS.  Why?

Or how we are openly supplying arms to an group of Islamist rebels in Syria who share the same goals as al Qaeda, our alleged sworn enemy.  (Anyone read 1984?)  Why?

Or how the US debt is about to reach $17,000,000,000,000 – a sum that is impossible to pay back.

Or…  Well, you get the picture.  And it’s NOT a rosy one.  I wish I could just ignore all this stuff, but, as preppers, we MUST be aware of these happenings and act in our best interests to shield our families form their possible effects.  We haven’t invested our time and money prepping merely for hurricanes or floods or tornadoes.  We all know that something is going to ‘go-south’ here in America.  We can feel it.  We all dread it and pray that it never occurs, but.  Well…. We know better, don’t we?

I wish I had a more positive, uplifting message, but I don’t.  I heard Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless The USA’ the other day and instead of tears welling up in my eyes as was once the case, I just sadly shook my head when he said:  “I’m proud to live in America, where at least I know I’m free.”  A libertarian, constitution-loving, gun owning, liberty loving Tea-Party Christian, free?  I’m not so sure anymore.

Are you?

Share your thoughts with me and others in comments.  I really want to know how you all feel about what I’ve written here tonight.  Do you agree?  Or do you want me to shut up and post pics of my souped up Kel-Tec Sub2000?

Be Safe.  Be Prepared

Practical Prepper 2013

June 7, 2013 Posted by | General, My Opinion | , , | 9 Comments

These People Also Thought: ‘It Could NEVER Happen Here.’

People reach out to take fruits and vegetables distributed for free by farmers during a protest against high production costs outside the Agriculture Ministry in Athens

As I see it, the BIGGEST regret most folks will have when the economy house-of-cards comes crashing down is that they did not have an adequate supply of food to get through the period of turmoil and chaos it will leave in its wake.  I’ve been preaching all sorts of prepping for a few years now and many people have responded positively.  For this I am very grateful and heartened.  If, however, you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ or that next bonus check to begin your food preps, for Pete’s sake, start it NOW.  Those people in that photograph do not live in a 3rd world country, or one ravaged by a natural disaster or war or famine, they live in Greece.  A modern country.  A member of NATO!  A country, however, ravaged by debt and ‘economic austerity imposed upon it by their European Union overlords.

The Greek Debt to GDP ratio is 160%.  That is to say that they owe 60% more in debt, that their entire economy produces.  Ha ha, what a joke of a country, eh?  Before you snicker too loudly, please realize that the US debt to GDP ratio is about 110%. Yes, that’s right:  We too, owe more in debt than our entire economy produces.  The only thing preventing pictures like the one above from being taken all across this country is the world’s mistaken and misplaced belief that the US dollar has some real value.  The milli-second that some country comes to its senses and proclaims that it no longer has faith in the US dollar – we’re screwed.  Financially, we will have become Greece.  Psssst:  The dirty little secret is that we ALREADY ARE GREECE!  Like I said, all it will take is for some kid in a crowd to proclaim that the ‘Emperor has no Clothes!!!’

To wit, I have recently begun the slow process of ‘upgrading’ my food stores from grocery store canned and packaged food to long-term freeze-dried, dehydrated meals.  This will be a slow process because it is expensive.  But, my foresight in stocking up about a years’ supply of food has bought me time to do the transition at my own pace.  Ideally, I will have a good supply of both types of stores, for variety’s sake.  I hope I have the time to complete the transition.  I’ll keep you posted.  In the mean time, I implore you to stock up on food now.  I have plenty of ideas on the subject in this blog if you’re a first time visitor.  Do not hesitate.  We are Greece/Greece is us.

Be Safe.

Be Prepared.

Practical Prepper 2013

February 7, 2013 Posted by | Food, Water, etc, My Opinion | , , | 2 Comments

A Sceptical Look at ‘Doomsday Preppers’

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No doubt about it;  America now knows what ‘Prepping’ is.  Doomsday Preppers (National Geographic Channel) has brought to light the idea that there are many people among us, our neighbors perhaps, that, to varying degrees, are preparing provisions, locations, and self protection schemes in case some calamity befalls their neighborhood/city/state/country.   It has become one of the most popular shows on the above-mentioned cable channel better known for wildlife or space documentaries.

This is a good thing, right?  I mean, anything that shows preppers as just ordinary people can only create converts and grow our ranks.  Well, that would be true if the show did depict preppers as ordinary people.  My problem with the show is that that is not at all what they do.  Let me explain:

What they do mostly is find the most extreme cases of people or families involved in meticulous prepping for some very specific event like the Yelowstone Super Volcano, or an EMP attack, or a worldwide avian flu pandemic, follow them as they toil away trying to protect their families from the calamity, then actually dismiss their whole raison d’etre (reason for being) by showing how ‘experts’ think the possibility of their particular event happening is breathtakingly remote.  What’s the subtle message here?  These people are perhaps harmless, but needlessly obsessed with events are exceedingly unlikely to occur.   Sure, they mean well, they’re just a little misguided.  Innocuous criticism, right?  Well maybe.

But maybe not.

In days with filled supermarket shelves, you are ‘merely’ misguided.  However, in darker days, how long will it be until you (we) are looked down upon as  greedy, or  selfish, or hoarders of the ‘community’s food’?  Think about if for a moment.  If a food shortage does occur, no matter the cause: weather, local rioting, terrorism, a trucking strike, or crop failures, how long will it actually take for your benign little obsession with ‘food hoarding‘ and the ‘2nd Amendment‘ to cause you to be labeled as a ‘threat to the community, or an ‘extremist’ or, (if you’ll forgive the insertion of yet another French term) the coup de grace: a domestic terrorist.

Oh Practical Prepper, you’ve gone over the deep edge, dude.  How can my belief in the sactity of the 2nd Amendment and my having several guns for my protection and that of my family and our food be ‘terrorism?

Exhibit A:  Mock Disaster Training Exercise in Scioto County.  Guess who the bad guys are?  Click the link.  More tonight.  Do you think this exercise and story occurring on the same weekend as Pro 2nd-Amendment rallies are taking place across the country was an accident?  I don’t.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.  Opsec.

Practical Prepper 2013

January 20, 2013 Posted by | Firearms, Food, Water, etc, My Opinion | , , | Leave a comment

A Call-To-Action from Practical Prepper

Hi, fellow preppers.  I’ve sufficiently recovered from the election to resume posting on this blog again.  But, rather than one loooong pontification about several subjects, I’ve chosen to break my thoughts up into a few brief entries to be published on this site in the coming few days.

This post is time-sensitive, so it’s going first.  Due to the deliberate over-reaction to recent mass-shooting events, our right to Keep and Bear arms, guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution are in grave peril.  Our gun rights are under direct attack from many sides; Statists, protectionists, gun-grabbers,  complicit news media, and others.  Action must be taken NOW to stem this onslaught of anti-gun propaganda.  If this is important to you, then please try to attend a Pro-2nd Amendment ‘Guns Across America‘ rally in your state capital on Saturday, January 19th at noon.  The poster for the nationwide event is posted below.  Here’s the link to the web site. 

It’s time to get off the couch and stand up for our God-given rights to protect our families.  I’ll be at the Florida rally.  Look on the Facebook link on the above linked web sire for the location in your state.  Tempus fugit!

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Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

 

January 12, 2013 Posted by | Firearms, My Opinion | Leave a comment

Some Post-Presidential Debate #1 Ramblings

There’s a paradoxical, almost irreconcilable ambivalence that occurs when one of a Libertarian bent, such as this writer, speaks of whom he would like to see as President of the United States.  The problem occurs with the conflicting notions of wanting to elect a true Libertarian, cut of the Founder’s cloth, to the Presidency so he can strip it of the overreaching power it has usurped over the years since the ratification of the Constitution.  Hmmm.  Elect a man to the presidency so he can dismantle its imperial power.  See what I mean?

I’m not sure this will happen in my lifetime.  And by ‘I’m not sure’, I really mean ‘I’m certain it will NOT’.  So, watching the debate tonight, the realist in me (after all, preppers are nothing if not realists, right?) has decided that I must vote the current president out of office.  Unfortunately, that requires me to vote FOR Mitt Romney, as votes of ‘no confidence’ are the exclusive domains of nations with Parliaments.  This prospect does not thrill me, but what thrills me even less is the damage another 4 years of a BHO regime would do to our individual liberties and freedoms.

I am under no illusions that Romney is a latter-day Thomas Jefferson.  He is decidedly NOT.  He is, however a man, I believe, that understands the notion of Liberty much, much more intimately than the current resident of the White House, and will slow down, at the very least, the exponential growth of the police/surveillance state here in America..  For now, it’s the best I could hope for.

I’m not here to talk you into following my logic, necessarily.  I just implore you to consider the stakes as you mull over whether to ‘sit this one out’, because YOUR candidate did not survive the corrupt primary process.  Wow, are those stakes high.
Pray on it.

 

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

 

PP October 2012

October 3, 2012 Posted by | General, My Opinion | 6 Comments

Yeah, PP’s back – and not moment too soon!

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With A Little Light Reading, The Coors Beer Parable, and some ‘Stream of Consciousness’ For Your Reading Pleasure.

It’s been some months since I’ve posted anything of substance, and , in a small way, I’m sorry for that.  I harbor no illusions about my vast readership waiting forlornly for another nugget of wisdom from their favorite prepper, still, having started and cultivated this blog for a few years now, I do feel a responsibility to those surprisingly many people who have found it and , finding the content interesting, subscribed to it.  Thank you very much to ascribing at least a modicum of value to the words and advice I proffer.  OK, enough mea culpa, on with the show!

Since my last substantive post, I have reworked my 4 raised-bed planters and they are now ready to receive my Fall planting; I have gone hiking in Colorado (Rocky Mountain National Park) and Wyoming (The Snowy Range – Medicine Bow and Brown’s Peak to be precise); found out I’m going to be a grandpa (WOW), and added a pistol caliber carbine to my collection as a ‘Trunk Gun’.  And, oh yeah, I’ve been stepping up my prepping some.  There might be an October Surprise in the works and with the world in the state that it’s in (both economically and politically), one can never be too prepared. I must admit though, it’s hard to be both pessimistic and optimistic about the future – but that’s where I find myself these days.  The news of my son about to become a father is a blessing beyond words.  There are simply no adequate words to describe how thrilled and thankful to God I am.   Yet, a glance at your favorite news sites on the internet will tell you that the world has become even more financially unstable than it was when the S nearly HTF back in 2008.  So, I find myself adding to my food supply for my children, and (gulp!) grandchildren’s sake.  I bought lots of Mountain House freeze dried meals for the hiking trip and an equal amount for my preps, along with a few more cans of Morning Moo powdered milk and some canned butter and cheese.  Oh, and I picked a few books from off my bookshelf to appease the pessimistic side of me, and began reading them last week.  JWR is great at getting you in the ‘survival mindset’.

Which brings me to the Coors Beer Parable.  The story begins with our trip to Golden, CO, where they make Coors Beer – and yes, it really is made with Rocky Mountain Spring Water which cascades down from the Rockies, through the center of the picturesque and beautiful town of Golden, and, in part, into a holding tank right outside the brewery.  My wife and I took the famous brewery tour and dutifully sampled the wares along the way (I developed quite a fondness for Blue Moon White Ale on that trip).  It was great to taste fresh Coors Beer again as it is only marginally available at my local grocery sore here in SoFla.  It was so good, in fact, that I made it my mission upon returning from CO, to stock up on as much Coors as I could afford to buy after a 3-week hiking trip halfway across the country – which I did.  I bought four cases of the stuff, which seemed like and endless supply when stacked 4 cases high.  Hell, I’d NEVER run out now.  Ha!  The can in the photo at the top of the post is the LAST CAN of my seemingly endless supply of beer.  Like all parables, this one too has a lesson.  Can you guess what it is?

Correct!  You NEVER have enough!  Ever.  Those are my words of wisdom for today.

I don’t need to tell you that at the present time there is a real danger of a major war starting in the Middle East.  Israel will NOT wait until Iran has a bomb, as Obama is want to do.  They will strike Iran’s nuke facilities when they feel they can no longer wait.  To them, a nuclear Iran is an existential threat, and, no matter how you feel about the matter, they will deal with it as they see fit.  This would open a Pandora’s Box which will spread mayhem around the planet.  I pray it will not be so, but I prepare like it is a certainty.  It’s the only thing a responsible husband/parent/ grandparent can do.  Can your preps use another 10 lbs of rice?  Or sugar?  Or flour?

More, a lot more, in the next few days.  God bless you all.  Pray.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

PP Fall 2012

September 26, 2012 Posted by | Firearms, Food, Water, etc, General, My Opinion | , | 2 Comments

Collapse of the Dollar – Yes It CAN Happen

Every once in a while, I come across an explanation of how the US Dollar, our fiat, based-on-nothing currency, could meet its sudden, yet inevitable demise.

Here is just such an explanation.

Are you prepared?

February 4, 2012 Posted by | My Opinion | , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year – 2012 AD

I ushered in 2012 with a Filet Mignon and a bottle of Merlot (by the way the Kershaw Skyline blade is an homage of sorts to the ‘Tester of Dangerous Things’, nutnfancy) because I firmly believe that this time next year I’ll be boiling water to make yet another bag of Freeze dried Creamy Potato and Vegetable soup from the prep stash.

I pray I’m wrong but prepare like I’m not.

Be Safe. Be Prepared.
Practical Prepper 2012

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January 1, 2012 Posted by | General, My Opinion | 3 Comments

On Crossing The Firearms Rubicon

There seems to be a natural progression to the, for lack of a better term, Prepping Mindset.  That is to say, once a person gets into the mindset (and I consider that ‘mindset’ to be the realization that all is not well with the political/financial/economic system and the possibility one or more of those systems can significantly break down or even collapse in the near future and that you are obliged to prepare for such events), they similarly prioritize their or their families’ needs, then set about the process of obtaining what is necessary to meet those needs.  It all makes perfect sense once you accept the logical premise that the S*** can and very well might Hit The Fan in the not too distant future.  But, be advised, the decision-tree of prepping is fraught with peril.  A typical progression of prepping is illustrated below, along with the aforementioned peril.

Assuming that most people cannot or will not bug-out to their mountain redoubts, they begin their prepping by obtaining supplies of food and water.  Starting out modestly, as most people’s budgets do not permit them to purchase a years’ worth of freeze-dried food in one fell swoop.  They typically start with canned goods, legumes, pasta, soups, etc., and gallon jugs of water and simply build on that idea until a sufficient amount of food and water exists (that amount will differ from prepper to prepper). Your mileage may vary, as there are virtually infinite combinations of food and water storage methods available to the diligent prepper. Concurrent with that, the beginning prepper might begin obtaining supplies of needed medicines, both over-the-counter and prescriptions as I mentioned in my previous post on the subject.  From this point, the prepping decision tree branches out in many directions.  For example, do I need a water filter?  If so, what type, how many?  Do I have a means of cooking food if the power goes out (including the municipal natural gas supply)?  Do I need a solar oven, a firewood stove and lots of wood?  The decisions I have made on such matters have been outlined in great detail here on my blog, OPSEC permitting, but one decision, a crucial one, might (I submit, MUST) change the way the beginning prepper views his preparations for disaster – the purchase of firearms.

Have You Thought This Through?

Unlike the other comparatively trivial decisions, purchasing firearms for the purpose of protecting you and your family is a Rubicon that, once crossed, demands that the prepper decide well in advance that he/she is capable of using that firearm as deadly force to prevent harm to themselves or their family and is at peace with that decision.  For if you waver at all in your defensive actions with a firearm (due to indecision or misplaced sympathy or guilt) against persons that seek to do you harm, that moment of indecision could cost you any your family their lives.

But, that decision alone is NOT the peril I referred to above.  In my opinion, the peril comes from the many less obvious, but weighty decisions (less obvious than taking action to save the lives of you and your loved ones which is a no-brainer) you need to have made before deciding to employ a firearm for protection.  For example, what if several weeks into a financial collapse, when many supermarkets have long since stopped receiving re-supply, a group of people begin banging on your front door demanding food, stating that “if you don’t give it to us, we’ll come in and take it!”  No threat to your life was directly made, but you will have to have already decided what you will do if they break in to steal the only available food and water to keep you and your family alive.  What would you do?  They might not mean you any direct harm, but isn’t taking your food tantamount to sentencing you to death in an emergency situation?  Have you thought this through?  I would not presume to advise you or anyone on this matter as it is both a legal and moral question.  One which is better taken up with your God and/or the local authorities – presuming that there even are local authorities in a disaster situation.  Remember Katrina anyone?   But, if you accept the premise that things can go very badly very quickly, waiting until they kick down your front door to decide what to do is a good way to lose your food, water and your firearm and maybe your life.  Again, you need to have thought these scenarios through and discussed them with your family BEFORE you are confronted with them.

OK.  You’ve taken time to think through several dozen scenarios in which you will either use deadly force or not and have discussed those scenarios with your family, sought their advice, and even prayed on it.  Good.  Now, let me throw a hypothetical monkey wrench into the works.  What if the knock on the front door is a government agent advising you that your supply of food is against the newly passed ‘Food Hoarding Act’ whereby anyone possessing a ‘cache’ of food while others are starving is in violation of the Anti-Hoarding provision of the law and he is here to ‘legally’ confiscate it.  Do you give it to them ( ‘it’ meaning, the food, of course)?  What if the folks at the door are local police or DHS minions confiscating all firearms like New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagan ordered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Do you leave your family defenseless because folks in black uniforms have no qualms about violating your 2nd and 4th Amendment rights?  Are your preps worth dying for?  Are your guns?  Is your family?  Is Liberty?  Again, I cannot advise you on such matters.  I can only say that you must have decided in advance what you will do in such situations AND be at peace with those decisions.  The decisions are weighty ones – and, as I said, fraught with peril.

Have you thought this through?

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

Practical Prepper 2011

December 28, 2011 Posted by | Firearms, My Opinion | , , | Leave a comment

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