Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday: 30 May 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Several Rifles for sale at a gun show (ca 2015)
photograph by

For most families, you need two firearms, a handgun and a rifle. The handgun, either a revolver or a pistol, is used to protect your family, while the rifle is used to protect the country.

Well, ...

Some people are going to want another option, the shotgun.

Now, .. Don't get me wrong. I think a shotgun is a poor, a very poor, choice as a weapon.

A shotgun is long, so it's tough to conceal. It has a strong recoil, so it's tough for everyone in the family to use. The shotgun has limited magazine capacity, so you have to reload it, a lot.

Survival Blog - Stevens Model 320 Security Shotgun, by Pat Cascio

Remington - Model 870 Shotgun

Mossberg - Series 500 Shotgun

Ithaca - Model 37 (Home Defense) Shotgun

Wikipedia - Benelli M3

Say Uncle
Needless to say, ...

Some people disagree with me ; - )

Say Uncle - Gun Porn

Say Uncle - Shotgun Noob part whatever: First range trip

Say Uncle - Shotgun noob stuff

Say Uncle - More shotgun noob

Wednesday: 30 May 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Sailors and Marines assigned to
1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
eat lunch with an Afghan family in Helmand province, Afghanistan, (ca 2011)
photograph by
Lance Cpl. Glen Santy Close,
U.S. Marine Corps
It's the dead of winter. All you and your family have for fresh vegetables are some carrots, cabbage, and some onions.

What are you going to do?

Lifehacker: Skillet - Stop Making Bad Coleslaw

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: Fruit Pie

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 - 3 Pizza Dough Recipes

Food Storage Made Easy - Salsa, Chicken, and Black Bean Soup Recipe

Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Soft Pretzels

Food Storage Made Easy - How to Make Ezekiel Bread

Wednesday: 30 May 2018

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Leans ... Left (ca 2013)
photograph by
Robert Couse-Baker

As you know, I have lots to say to you and your family

But, ...

I don't say it on my family's vehicle, my family's home, or at my place of employment.


The Modern Survivalist

Monday, May 28, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-Two

Alton National Cemetery,
Alton, Illinois (ca 2014)
photograph by

Memorial Day
On this day, our nation honors the men and women that paid the ultimate price, in service to the country. Men and women such as 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar, Specialist Katrina Bell-Johnson, Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, Lt. Colonel Annie Ruth Graham, Spc. Robert duSang, First Lieutenant Hedwig Diane Orlowski, Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, Staff Sgt. Conrad Robinson, Captain Mary Therese Klinker, ...

So, ...

Remember the fallen, this day.

And, ..

Don't thank a vet, they will be insulted

Don't thank a cop, firefighter, or any other civilians, they don't deserve it.

Don't thank a politician, they are scum.

Doom and Gloom

30 September, 2018

The Big Island



Dog Flu



Nipah Virus



San Antonio






Things You Might Want to Think About

Blah, Blah, Blah
.. Infringe your rights

We have several choices, only one or two any good for our young men.

First, ... We have to shut off the video games

Second, ... We have to shut off the modern schools

Third, ... We have to start being men, again

Fourth, ... We have to leave this planet to explore and settle the frontier

A Blast from the Past (Read the Links, too)
Five years ago, a group of senior retired military officers came down on the side of freedom gun control. They believed you and your family shouldn't own modern weapons to protect yourselves from an oppressive military.

Needless to say, ... These retired officers are delusional.


Any of the so-called permitted weapons, under their tyranny, could still be used to kill a soldier and take her M-4 carbine, M-9 pistol, or ... M-240 machine gun.

Cashing In
I love the Obamas.

They always make a wonderful example for how corrupt, dishonest, and sleazy politicians can be, since the Clintons haven't been in the news, lately.

Everybody has the right to a fair trial. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Everybody has the right to their privacy.

If you believe these basic tenents, ...

You support the judge sending Mr. Robinson to jail.

The Enlightenment
To defend the future, we must know the past; we must stand on the shoulders of giants.

Folks, ... Don't discount gangs and their leaders. They will be dangerous to you and your family during an event.

Heroes come in all shape and sizes. Some wear camoflauge, while some wear white.

Like other 'blacks,' I understand that all 'blacks' aren't criminals, welfare queens, gangstas, or ...

Like other Hispanics, I understand that all Latinos aren't gang members, illegals, or ...

Like other Christians, I understand that all Christians aren't abortion clinic bombers, members of the Klu Klux Klan, or ..

Well, ...

Like some Muslims, I understand that some Muslims are terrorists, anti-freedom, or want to subjugate everyone else.


It's tough being a parent. You have to watch over your kid, insure they are making good choices, have good friends, and the other things.

Plus, .. Counter anti-Israel propaganda

What will happen to you?

This t-shirt is awesome!

Yeap, ...
Folks want to take your freedoms away.


"It is going to be a fun summer."

"In truth, against unarmored individuals, there’s hardly anything more deadly than a 12 gauge shotgun. Well, maybe a 10 gauge shotgun. I believe our opponents aren’t going to go whole hog on this one, for a couple of reasons:..."

"The one truth among all the lies is that the media will never stop lying about Israel."

"This mendacious exercise in manufacturing paranoia seeks to divert the public’s attention from the actual matter at hand, which is whether the highest higher-ups in the FBI will hand over documents to congressional committees who demanded them, as they are entitled to do by the constitution."

"This Is People Deliberately Profiting from Rage"

"The number of small businesses that suddenly close will surprise them; the number of homeowners jingle-mailing their "ownership" (i.e. obligation to pay soaring property taxes) to lenders will surprise them; the number of employees being laid off will surprise them, and the collapse of new credit being issued will surprise them"

"You put him in a cage, you put him back in the jungle, or you put him to sleep."

"Ald. David Moore (17th) cast the only no vote, concerned about where the city would get the $175 million for public infrastructure funds tied to the project."

"Parkland Shooting Exploiter"

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 5/25/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump, May 25, 2018

Defense One: The D Brief, 25 May 2018

Shall Not Be Questioned: Thursday News Dump, May 24, 2018

Survival Blog: The Survivalist's Odds n' Sods, 208 

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 530

The Z Blog: Days of Delusion

That's Just the Way it Was: Sheridan County, Kansas (ca 1939)

Family of Mr. and Mrs. Schoenfeldt

Sod house of the Schoenfeldts, FSA (Farm Security Administration) clients.

Mr. Shoenfeldt and son at the entrance to the fruit cellar which they built for six dollars and twenty cents.

Mrs. Schoenfeldt, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, in the fruit cellar

Chickens are an important part of the live at home program for the Shoenfeldt family.

Mr. Shoenfeldt holding a watermelon grown in his tile garden. Tile gardens are an important part of the FSA subsistence farm program. He had vegetables and melons while his neighbors had none this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Schoenfeldt pulling beets from their tile garden. Tile gardens are a part of the FSA (Farm Security Administration) program in the former dust bowl

The eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Schoenfeldt with cows and horses belonging to the Schoenfeldt family, Russian-German FSA clients.

Driving in a flock of turkeys on the Schoenfeldt farm, Russian-German

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Plastic Bags)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Plastic Shopping Bags (ca 2008)
photograph by

Plastic Bags
You're probably thinking, ...

Ooooh Mmyy Goooossssh, Plastic Bags!

How can they contribute to my family's survival during an event.

Well, ... Let me tell you.

Plastic Trash Bag (ca 2005)
photograph by
David Monniaux

Trash Bags
First, you and your family are going to produce trash that will need to be removed from your home.

If you're lucky, it will be the everyday, ordinary trash like food wrappers, empty plastic bottles, paper towels, and ... You know all the stuff that normally goes in your trashcan.

If you're unlucky, it will be the remains of childhood memories, cherished wedding pictures, expensive clothing, and ... all the other things that are destroyed or ruined during a home fire, natural disaster, or other catastrophic event that levels your home.

Either way, ...

This stuff has to make it to the curb, and the cheapest way to do that is in a plastic trash bag.

But, ... Which one?

Zelt eines Hirten bei der Bergsiedlung Obcina (ca 2009)
photograph by

Improvised Shelter
In my family's emergency evacuation kit and emergency evacuation kit +, we have several large, heavy-duty contractor trash bags. These bags can be used to make improvised shelters by cutting one edge and the bottom of the bag to make one large sheet of plastic. Cutting two of the bags would allow you and your family to create an improvised shelter like the picture above.

A Honda CRF250L Motorcycle
with a waterproof bag strapped to the rack and seat,
in Chiang Rai province, Thailand. (ca 2013)

photograph by

As all travelers, military members, and outdoors people know, your stuff will get wet, so you and your family need to waterproof your gear, clothing, and other stuff.

So, ...

You can spend lots of money on expensive dry bags or you can use ... plastic garbage bags.

Since the bag will be protected by your backpack, it can be the lighter, less durable, and thinner plastic trash bags.

SHIT BOX - Portable Toilet (ca 2010)
photograph by

When the 'Shit Hits the Fan,' you need a place to put it, and the easiest place to put it is in a plastic bag ; - )

So, ... How do you do this.

First, you take a plastic shopping bag with no holes.

Second, fill the plastic shopping bag, half way, with some absorbent material such as strips of newspaper, old clothing, or ... Kitty Litter.

Lastly, place the partially filled bag in your empty toilet, lower the toilet seat and poop in the bag.

Now, you don't need to put the newspaper or other absorbent material in the bag, but the newspaper makes it easier and less smelly to use a second or third time.

Needless to say, ... You don't pee in the bag. For that you use a large mouth plastic or glass bottle with a lid ; - )

A Platypus Hydration System Water Bag (ca 2007)
photograph by

Water is heavy, running about eight pounds for a gallon of water.

So, ... Most people don't carry enough water because they (wrongly) think they need to carry other stuff like ...

Ooops, I apologize. I was going in the wrong direction because we were talking about ...

Platypus Bags
A long, long time ago, (about a hundred years, in internet time) a group of people were trying to carry a lot of water in their school packs, but they didn't have the space during 'good' times.

Some folks suggested carrying empty canteens that they could fill up from a drinking fountain.

But, ... As you know, canteens don't compress, very well.

Some folks suggested empty water bottles.

But, ... They don't compress very well, either.

Some folks suggested Platypus Bags

But, .. They roll up into neat, tight packages. They are easy to fill and refill. They are, relatively, inexpensive.

But, ... They aren't as versatile as ...

The 'Zipper' Plastic Bag

I apologize.

I'm tired, so I'm going to sleep ; - )

But, ...

Before I go, do you have any ideas on how to use plastic bags for your family's survival?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday: 23 May 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survialists,

After-Action Review
If you haven't seen the video of an armed woman protecting a group of children and mothers, you need to go see the vid, at the link.

Are you back?

First, .. What did you notice?

* The woman waited until she had a clear shot, including the background

* She got close, real close

* She moved to cover, after the shot

Western Journal - Pink-Shirted Hero Literally Kicks Punk’s Butt for Pulling Gun on Group of Moms

Wednesday: 23 May 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

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: Steel Cut Oat

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 - I was sneaky tonight!

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Rice Pudding

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Carrot Cake

Wednesday: 23 May 2018

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Every once in a while, you and your family are going to make a mistake. What you do about it will determine whether your family thrives or dies.

Well, ...

Gun Free Zone - “Oh, you cannot mention the name of the shooter!”

You and your family have a choice.

You can support the people that want to infringe on your freedoms, render you defenseless, and ... make you a slave to the government.

Or, ...

You can quit buying their products.

Bearing Arms - Mark Wahlberg And Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Hypocrisy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-One

Paul Laffoley


Doom and Gloom







Ebola, Surges

Ebola, Again







Wells Fargo 

Things You Might Want to Think About

After years of selling your information, getting a 'kickback' from the app developers, or just no caring about you and your family, Facebook is finally going to crack down on unscrupulous people.

I guess they're going to close up shop, too


Followed by
Everyone in the company being fired laid off

When your leaders don't care about you, lie to you, then send you to face armed troops defending their country, ...

In other words, I told you so.

Just, ...
Another day at the office.

Here we go.

Yeap, ... Women don't need to carry a firearm, ...

Until their families are threatened, they need to protect themselves, or they need to protect their friends and their children.

It's in their best interest because the Latter-day Saints have been persecuted for decades.

But, ...

Like most groups, they forget about the Christian persecutions take place overseas.

I can see it now, ... Trans Fat dealers, illegals smuggling trans fat across the border, and China selling precursor fats for the illegal frying of foods, cake icing, and coffee creamer. Ha, ha, ha

Do you know where your children are? Right now, at this minute? How about your partner?

How about your taxes? Electric bill? Gas Bill? Credit Cards?

Depending on your religion, he is correct or he is incorrect.

Liberals are funny because they don't know where the money comes from for their pet projects.

These United States, Not
Cease-Fires are for suckers.

In other words, if you're winning, you keep on attacking. Just like the Colonials did on Christ's Mass night, in 1776


"The problem is that no such politically homogeneous category of citizen exists in the real world. It's the creation of demographers and liberal data journalists eager to mollify their anxieties."

I couldn’t just walk away without doing anything,

"It’s called the 75 Cent Dollar Store. We’re going to sell dollar bills for 75 cents — no service charges, no hidden fees, just crisp $1 bills for the price of three quarters. It’ll be huge."

"Only small-scale markets and structures of governance can succeed in the long run ..."

"Personally, I won’t be completely satisfied until the editors of The New York Times have to answer to charges of sedition in a court of law."

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 5/18/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 18, 2018

Defense One: The D Brief, 18 May, 2018

Shall Not Be Questioned: Weekly Gun News, Edition 60

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 529

Survival Blog: The Survivalists Odds n' Sods, May 19, 2018

The Z Blog: The Warcast

That's Just the Way it Was: Randolph, Vermont (ca 1937)

Railroad station

Scene at station

Interior of railroad station

Railroad station agent

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Power)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Camping (ca 2012)
photograph by
Andrew Filer

Have you seen those Goal Zero Portable Power Stations? You know, the ones that are selling for one, two, and three thousand dollars.

How about those, so-called, Solar Powered Generators?

Pretty cool, aren't they?

Now, ... Before I begin, we need to talk about 'Needs!'

That's right. What do you need to survive tough times?

By now, you know the answer. A brain that has been trained to think about survival, an emergency evacuation plan with an emergency evacuation kit, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector (checked once a month and batteries replaced once a year), a place (be it a tent, yurt, cabin, front room, or ...) that is warm and dry or cool and dry, several gallons of water for everyone in the family (including pets and livestock), several weeks of food (again, including pets and livestock), a medical kit with any required medication, a defensive firearm (usually a handgun with ammunition and any required cleaning supplies and carrying equipment), sturdy footwear and clothing for any extreme weather in your area of the world, a weather alert radio with AM/FM capability, reliable transportation and ...

For most preppers, planning for a short term event (one to three days), we are going to depend on AA and D sized batteries for our power needs because they are relatively inexpensive and plentiful. Plus, we only need them for a few flashlights and one or two radios.

The flashlights will provide 'safe' lighting for you and your children to go from room to room, during a power outage. They will also allow you and your partner to walk around, checking on the house, your vehicle, the pets and livestock, and possibly the neighbors.

I like purchasing the Mag-lite Mini when they are on sale, at Christ's Mass time, especially the L.E.D. Minis because they have double the battery life of the standard Minis. Plus, these two lights will standardize your battery supplies, so you can use them in your weather alert radio and AM/FM radios, too

Oooh, ... Midland is probably the largest suppliers of the standard weather alert radios with Kaito leading the way with the combination radios. You know the flashlight, AM/FM, weather alert, cellphone charger, ...

For medium-term needs (two weeks to three months), you and your family are going to have to modify your lifestyle. You know, the one that when you want light, you flip a switch then pay a bill at the end of the month.

For light, heat and cooking, you're probably not going to be able to store enough batteries to supply your needs, so you're going to use alternatives.

Before I begin, you're still going to be able to use batteries in the lower time frames for light because your family can ration batteries to a few minutes of use each day by going to bed when the sun goes down.

But, ... The longer time frames will require you to use alternative fuels like kerosene and propane.

For kerosene lamps, there is only one brand, Aladdin Lamps, but they are expensive. Plus, there is a learning curve to using them.

Not really, there are other brands

Coleman has quality kerosene and propane lamps. One even uses unleaded fuel.

Either way, you need to store extra mantels because they are delicate.

If you want to stay away from delicate mantles, another type of lamp is the classic flat wick kerosene lamps, like Dietz or Kirkman, but don't make the mistake thinking these types of lamps are carefree. They require care.

If you're lucky, you and your family already use propane in a 100, 250 or 500 gallon tank for heating. All you need to do is store more fuel and have a method of providing power for the blower and automatic igniter.

For the rest of us, we are going to have to use other methods, like the Little Buddy, Portable Buddy, and Big Buddy portable propane heaters, from Mr. Heater.

For cooking, you and your family can use a propane grill, using 20 pound (5 gallon) cylinders, just like you do every summer. All you have to do is store enough cylinders to last the length of the disasters, you and your family are trying to survive. Just make sure to store the fuel in an outbuilding, away from your home and your neighbor's house.

You can also use liquid fuel, like unleaded gasoline in the Coleman dual fuel stove. Plus with a propane converter, you and your family can use this stove with propane, so you have several options for fuel.

You know the deal, safety, safety, and ... more safety when using these items. Keep the kids and animals away from these devices. Keep the devices away from flammable items, like curtains, dish towels, bed linen, trees, and ... your overhead awning.

Don't laugh, a neighbor nearly burnt their house down when the husband decided to grill under their wooden deck, during a rainy summer day.

If you have been reading me, these last few years, you know my family and I are getting ready for a long-term event, usually measured in years, so you are going to have to change your lifestyle for these events, modify your home, and ...

Like most families, you flip a switch to turn on a light, turn a knob to cook, and push a lever to heat and cool your home. In tough times, you might not be able to do that.

So, ...

You're going to have to modify your lifestyle by looking at what do you really need (Yeah, I'm repeating myself, but this is important for a long-term event) when it comes to light, heat and cooking.

Heating and Cooking
For some families this means installing a metal box stove and storing a year or two supply of seasoned wood to heat their home and cook their food, possibly building an elaborate outdoor kitchen with a 250 gallon propane tank, pizza oven, and learning to cook with this equipment to cook their food, building a home with several fireplaces, installing more insulation to keep the house warmer with less energy while installing a solar voltaic system to run the fireplace and ceiling fans.

Lastly, the whole reason this article was started.

You and your family may want to build a so-called solar-powered generator to provide lighting for your family, so you can extend the day to study for school, get ready for work, or ... play a game to keep connected to your children and partner during tough times.

Lastly, ...
Do you and your family have other methods, not mentioned, or tips for providing light, heat, and cooking your family's food during an event.

One more thought, ...

You can purchase all of these items from less expensive sources, from internet retailers, on sale in local stores, or really cheap from a charity store.

Don't believe me.

I have purchases two Midland weather alert radios, for $4.99 ea, from a local big name charity store ; - ) 

Links:  - How to Make a Solar Power Generator for less than $300

Note: The above site will sometimes hop to another site. just close it and click the link, again

Conserve Energy Future - How To Build a Solar Power Generator

Survialist Prepper - How to Build a DIY Portable Solar Generator

SHTF blog - How to Build a Solar Energy Generator for Emergency Backup Power