Monday, June 18, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-Five

The Mysteries Of The Horizon
Rene Magritte

On this day, Slaves were freed by a Republican-led U.S. Military. The Freedmen and Freedwomen quickly started an annual celebration to commemorate this day.

A day that many people have failed to accurately remember.

Doom and Gloom



The Border


Domestic Violence







Vehicle Crashes


War, Trade

Things You Might Want to Think About

I guess folks are starting to realize, ...

The federal government doles out millions of dollars in charity every year, food stamps, Section 8 housing, tax breaks for businesses, and, many others, even for rich folks.

So, ...

They don't need to donate to charity.

Illegal Immigrants
I don't care who they killed, illegal alien, legal immigrant, or citizen.

Them boys need to go to prison for the rest of their lives.

Mental Health Problems
We will probably start seeing similar mental health issues, in the next few months, in our gun-free zones, such as schools, malls, grocery stores, and any place with two or more people.

Because, ...

Some folks still don't approve of the cure.

Proof of Concept
If it works, do it again and again and again.

Margaret Thatcher is famously known to have said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”

Or, ...

The other people leave town, so Socialists can't get their money.

You know, ... One or two people talking crazy isn't a big deal

But, ...

One, two, or ten million people talking crazy is dangerous for you and your family.

"I wouldn’t count out the possibility of the original unscrubbed report emerging from deep inside the FBI itself."

"Stone and Caputo’s conspiratorial claims don’t come out of nowhere, on the contrary. The Washington Post has examined the records two men had cited as the reason for suspicion, and they show that the man who approached Caputo and Stone is actually a Russian national who has claimed to work as an FBI informant."

"... a computer-science major, was the only member of the class who had ever fired a gun."

"You know, those same areas where your party has systematically disarmed the population over the decades? In other words, even if people in these areas were willing to rise up and try to respond with violence, the worst they could manage, as things currently stand, would be the riots we saw throughout 2016 and 2017. Let me ask you, Rep. Pelosi, how much was accomplished by those riots?"

"The nine dynamics are mutually reinforcing."

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 6/15/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump 6/15/18

Defense One: The D Brief, 15 June, 2018

Survival Blog: Survivalists Odds n' Sods, 220

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 533

The Z Blog: Pure Politics

That's Just the Way it Was: Natrona County, Wyoming (ca 1936)

Herding sheep.

 Sheep herder

 Sheep wagon

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Maintenance)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Timmy Sharp
checks for leaks on an engine before installing it
into a Chevy Coupe V truck in Okinawa, Japan (ca 2005)
photograph by
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John P. Curtis

Two is One. One is None
If you have been prepping for a few months, you have probably read about the importance of having duplicates, from the statement:

Three is Two. Two is One, and One is None.

Of course, like all general statements, it is informative and misleading.

First, it is important for you and your family to have multiple ways of doing certain tasks. An example is creating a fire. when you and your family are out and about in the wilderness, you and your partner should carry a pack of matches and some tinder, have a butane lighter and know how to make tinder from resources at hand, and a firesteel and a striker and have a cotton handkerchief that you're willing to turn into tinder for a fire. Doing this would insure your family can keep warm, discourage insects and animals from attacking your family, signal rescuers, cook your food or warm a drink for your family, and many other things during an event.

But, ... It is ...

For many other tasks, you and your family don't need three or two of everything.

However, ...

You do need to know how to improvise a solution, take shelter.

First, do you really need two homes to provide adequate shelter for your family?

Maybe, depending on the situation, but probably not, especially if you can improvise a shelter from natural material, have a close friend or relative that will allow you to shelter with them during an event, or have a credit card or some emergency cash to rent a motel room for a few nights as your homeowner's insurance gets up and running.

Another way the "Two is one. One is none." statement is misleading is when it comes to spare parts and maintenance. Let us take spare parts, first.

Spare Parts Shop,
Gambia (ca 2008)
photograph by
Spare Parts
Currently, do you have two cars of the same exact model year? How about, do you or a family member take spare parts off another vehicle, like an oil filter, and put those spare parts on your vehicle?

Well, ... Of course you don't because it would be a waste of money to take parts off one car to fix another car when it's cheaper to buy a new oil filter, v-belt, or other maintenance part.

The same thing for many other items, like grinders. You don't need to buy another quality grinder . You need to purchase some spare parts to replace likely breakable parts.

Take the Little Ark-series grinder, from Retsel. You don't need another grinder, at $120. You need some spare parts.

The same goes for firearms. You don't need another rifle for everyone in the family, you need some spare parts to replace parts that will become worn or broken.

Which this thought, leads to ...

You and your family, also, need the tools and supplies to take care of your equipment. This means you need to store oil and grease. This means, you need to have the skills to use these tools and supplies.

So, ....

What do you think, all of us need to store?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday: 13 June 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Spanish Jar, Used for Storing Grain
and other food stuff (ca 1625 to 1700)
Walters Art Museum

In a few short months, Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness will be ten years old,

In honor of this event, ...

I have collected, every Wednesday for the next year, a few blurbs from various places, such as ...

Safely Gathered In
Hannah and Abbie with Brittany, Aleasha, Sarah, and Tiffany provided wonderful advice and suggestions about gathering, storing and using food storage for you and your family. The six women also provided great, delicious recipes based on their food storage that their families eat at family meal times.

Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Tortillas

Safely Gathered In - Basic Cooking Skills: French Fries

Safely Gathered In - How To...Make Whole Wheat Bread by hand

Food Storage Made Easy
Jodi and Julie have a wonderful blog with lots of information, so they also have many tips, tricks, and recipes, for you and your family.


Food Storage Made Easy - Rhubarb Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe

Food Storage Made Easy - Texas Caviar … aka Black Bean Salsa

Food Storage Made Easy - Easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup and Jam!

Wednesday: 13 June 2018

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

An Emergency Supply Kit,
Altus Air Force Base, Okla (ca 2016)
photograph by
Airman Jackson N. Haddon
These United States' Military
I love the men and women of our armed forces!!!

You know why, right?

Yeap, because they are members of the largest organization committed to ... Prepping

With that said, there are smaller organizations committed to getting you and your family prepared for an even, like the City of ...

City of Seattle - Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit

Coloring Books
If you want to get your family involved with prepping, you need to make it fun and interesting that's why you talk about hiking and camping, not bugging out to the wilderness.

Needless to say, the easiest way to get younger children involved is to use ...

Dang. I already told you.


City of Seattle - Quakesafe: A Coloring Book

City of Seattle - Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wednesday: 13 June 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

"If you are good enough for war ..." (ca 1917)
Library of Congress

Good Enough
There is a saying, "The Enemy of Best is Good Enough"

O.K., maybe not, but you get my point, or do you?

Let me explain, ...

I drive a Ford Fiesta S Hatch, not really. It's roomy enough for me and my emergency evacuation + kit during my commute, and it can hold my partner and two kids for an event, if needed.

Well, ...

A better car would be a Volvo v60, at $62,000. It's a little roomer and still has space for an emergency evacuation + kit. Plus, it's a Volvo.

But, ...

Is it really, a better car, or is it a status symbol.

In other words, ...

"Some people just want a little protection, and I’d rather someone with a limited budget has a Hi-Point than go without a gun at all. A good guy with a Hi-Point can still save their lives or the life of someone else. A good guy with a Hi-Point is still a good guy with a gun."

Or, ...

A good gal with a Hi-Point C9, Smith & Wesson SD9VE, .357 magnum revolver, or ... is still a good gal with a gun.

Bearing Arms - Video: Glock Versus Hi-Point?