Friday, September 18, 2020

Burning Your Preps

This is what can happen when your preparedness trailer has a faulty trickle charger on it. Be very careful about how and where you store your preparation gear. Even if it is in your house, you might want to take pictures of your gear and even your food storage if you want it replaced in the event of a house fire. This happened in the guys drive way and thankfully did not spread to anywhere else. Be aware of how you store combustables and what the electrical situation is with your home or where ever you store your preparedness gear! Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Overwatch: Random Drill For September

Random Drill for Sep 2020 The Shooting Square A square should be delineated with traffic cones or barricade tape. The shooter starts with three rifle magazines loaded with seven rounds each and a loaded pistol. The shooter needs 28 rounds to complete the drill. The shooter must use all 21 rifle rounds. This can be a square or rectangle and can be of whatever dimension you want. Distance will vary according to the shooter's abilities. The shooter moves forward from the 1-2 corner; there are two targets in that lane. On the instructor's command of "gun," the shooter puts two rounds on each target. There will be two commands of "gun" while moving forward. At the 2-3 corner, the shooter moves right, firing two rounds at each of the three targets, which should be 10 yards to the front of the square. At the 3-4 corner, the shooter moves backward, firing two rounds at each of the two targets in that lane. The shooter will do this twice on command. At the 4-1 corner, the shooter moves across, firing two rounds at each of the three targets at the front of the box. The shooter makes the decision when to reload and when to transition. If the shooter's rifle malfunctions during the run, he must transition to the pistol for the remainder of the drill. Along with the weapon manipulation and shooting on the move, the shooter is on the clock (for stress inoculation). You can cut the round count down to 14 rounds by changing the rounds fired at each target to one. For more advanced shooters, this drill can be done in pairs to foster teamwork. Lt. Robert Parker served with the Omaha (Neb.) PD for 30 years and commanded the Emergency Response Unit. He is responsible for training thousands of law enforcement instructors in NTOA's Patrol Response to Active Shooters courses. From SWAT magazine • March 8, 2012 • by Bob Parker See “Overwatch: Random Drill” page for more drills Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Friday, September 11, 2020

9-11 Remembrances and A Call To Be Prepared

Tom Burnett was one of those who died in United flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. He was one of the many victims who died in the cowardly attack on this country. I remember all those who died, and their families and friends their deaths effected. Transcript of Tom’s Last Calls to his wife Deena 6:27 a.m.( pacific time) First cell phone call from Tom to Deena Deena: Hello Tom: Deena Deena: Tom, are you O.K.? Tom: No, I’m not. I’m on an airplane that has been hijacked. Deena: Hijacked? Tom: Yes, They just knifed a guy. Deena: A passenger? Tom: Yes. Deena: Where are you? Are you in the air? Tom: Yes, yes, just listen. Our airplane has been hijacked. It’s United Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco. We are in the air. The hijackers have already knifed a guy, one of them has a gun, they are telling us there is a bomb on board, please call the authorities. He hung up. 6:31 Deena calls 911 6:34 The phone rang in on call waiting, Tom’s second cell phone call. Deena: Hello Tom: They’re in the cockpit. The guy they knifed is dead. Deena: He’s dead? Tom: Yes. I tried to help him, but I couldn’t get a pulse. Deena: Tom, they are hijacking planes all up and down the east coast. They are taking them and hitting designated targets. They’ve already hit both towers of the World Trade Center. Tom: They’re talking about crashing this plane. (a pause) Oh my God. It’s a suicide mission…(he then tells people sitting around him) Deena: Who are you talking to? Tom: My seatmate. Do you know which airline is involved? Deena: No, they don’t know if they’re commercial airlines or not. The news reporters are speculating cargo planes, private planes and commercial. No one knows. Tom: How many planes are there? Deena: They’re not sure, at least three. Maybe more. Tom: O.K….O.K….Do you know who is involved? Deena: No. Tom: We’re turning back toward New York. We’re going back to the World Trade Center. No, wait, we’re turning back the other way. We’re going south. Deena: What do you see? Tom: Just a minute, I’m looking. I don’t see anything, we’re over a rural area. It’s just fields. I’ve gotta go. 6:45 a.m. Third cell phone call from Tom to Deena Tom: Deena Deena: Tom, you’re O.K. (I thought at this point he had just survived the Pentagon plane crash). Tom: No, I’m not. Deena: They just hit the Pentagon. Tom: (tells people sitting around him “They just hit the Pentagon.”) Tom: O.K….O.K. What else can you tell me? Deena: They think five airplanes have been hijacked. One is still on the ground. They believe all of them are commercial planes. I haven’t heard them say which airline, but all of them have originated on the east coast. Tom: Do you know who is involved? Deena: No Tom: What is the probability of their having a bomb on board? I don’t think they have one. I think they’re just telling us that for crowd control. Deena: A plane can survive a bomb if it’s in the right place. Tom: Did you call the authorities? Deena: Yes, they didn’t know anything about your plane. Tom: They’re talking about crashing this plane into the ground. We have to do something. I’m putting a plan together. Deena: Who’s helping you? Tom: Different people. Several people. There’s a group of us. Don’t worry. I’ll call you back. 6:54 a.m. Fourth cell phone call to Tom to Deena Deena: Tom? Tom: Hi. Anything new? Deena: No Tom: Where are the kids? Deena: They’re fine. They’re sitting at the table having breakfast. They’re asking to talk to you. Tom: Tell them I’ll talk to them later. Deena: I called your parents. They know your plane has been hijacked. Tom: Oh…you shouldn’t have worried them. How are they doing? Deena: They’re O.K.. Mary and Martha are with them. Tom: Good. (a long quiet pause) Tom: We’re waiting until we’re over a rural area. We’re going to take back the airplane. Deena: No! Sit down, be still, be quiet, and don’t draw attention to yourself! (The exact words taught to me by Delta Airlines Flight Attendant Training). Tom: Deena! If they’re going to crash this plane into the ground, we’re going to have do something! Deena: What about the authorities? Tom: We can’t wait for the authorities. I don’t know what they could do anyway. It’s up to us. I think we can do it. Deena: What do you want me to do? Tom: Pray, Deena, just pray. (after a long pause) Deena: I love you. Tom: Don’t worry, we’re going to do something… And “do something” they did. Quite possibly giving their lives to save that plane from hitting The White House or The Capitol. This country is going through a lot as we live the Last Days before the Second Coming of Christ. We will likely see more of the same and we need to be ready and prepared. We too should "do something". In the words of another who was on that plane, Todd Beamer, “Are you ready? Okay. Let's roll.” Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Police and Kyle Rittenhouse Shooting

The following is two opinions from my friend and brother Don Verde. He was (and is) a federal agent with over 20 years under his belt besides being a Marine. He understands what it's like to be on the front lines putting yourself out there in defense of this country and Americans. His unique experience and frankly mature spirituality means a lot in his opinion. I agree with him and want to share his views with you. The man who was shot in the back by police in Wisconsin was a sadistic rapist with a knife. Floyd was a violent felon with a body full of drugs. Criminals in Wisconsin who attacked the armed 17 year old and ended up being shot were felons, one, a child sex offender. Criminals prey on the innocent and many meet their destiny in this life. Police are not there to serve and protect the criminal, they are there to serve and protect the INNOCENT!! I will not double guess police actions based on videos anymore, after seeing how deceitful the Main Stream Media has become. I will pray for the police tonight, for the soldier, for freedom, for the unborn, for the children victimized by sexual predators and for the innocent law abiding citizen of any color... God bless America!! Don Verde What is an example of a vigilante? The definition of a vigilante is a person who takes the law into his or her own hands. An example of a vigilante is a person who makes it his mission to kill murderers. Because some have accused Kyle Rittenhouse of being a Vigilante, it is important to clarify what that really means. If I go to an area of town with a high crime rate and I carry a weapon for my protection, I am “not” a vigilante. If I decide to help a friend protect his business from violent rioters who outnumber police, I am “not” a vigilante. If the business is burnt to the ground and I go the next day and kill the person who did it, then yes, I am a vigilante. So, my armed presence in front of a store to prevent a crime and my defense of life if attacked “is” protected by the constitution. My actions to get even after the fact, are not. Carrying a weapon should never be viewed as a lack of commitment to Christ. I will always praise those who are willing to lay down their life for their friends, weather it is a sworn officer, soldier or a simple citizen. “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Don Verde

Monday, August 31, 2020

Get Food Storage Now

Get food! Get it now! Get lots of it! Hoard! Hoard! Sorry, I lost my mind for a moment. I was thinking out loud. That line above was what I’ve been thinking about lately. We just got back from a visit to our daughter and son. It was so good to get away and to see them and their families. Especially the Grandkids. Yes, I have Grandkids. I don’t usually go into detail about my life but I’ll fess up to Grandkids. Anyway, as I watch the news, hear from friends with connections from Greece to Dubai, I had certain feelings. My wife on the other hand had access to bulk stores that she doesn’t normally have access to. She did not go crazy but she is really the one who knows what our food storage needs are. She uses it daily. So this is what we have done in the last month. We’ve beefed up (no pun intended) a few areas in our food storage where we were getting low. My wife usually does a bulk grain order each year but through circumstances she didn’t do it this year. We didn’t just focus on food storage. We decided there were some things we wanted to have on hand like a full oil and filter change for our vehicles. I like to have a new container of Sta-Bil for fuel on hand at all times. We like to maintain a bucket full of pest control products such as wasp spray and rat poison. We topped off that bucket. I looked in my shop for any products that I like to keep on hand: carburetor cleaner, WD40, Oil mixture for the chainsaw, spare chainsaw blades, vehicle radiator fluid, motor oil, etc. I put together a list and we brought that up to snuff. My wife looked at her canning materials and sewing items and she brought that up to what she would like to keep in store. We also looked at our seed box and made sure we had seeds that are needed. But what I want to talk about is food storage. Like I’ve said before this is something that I have literally grown up with. I had the yellow Walton Feed bags of wheat under my bed while a child. We always had a “food storage” room with lots of shelves. My Mother always had a wheat grinder and a Bosch mixer. So this is not bizarre behavior to me. But to many others, they have a hard time seeing a problem in this land of plenty. Then came 2020. Natural disasters abound and the topper is a pandemic and civil unrest. Now us crazy “preppers” don’t sound so crazy do we? Actually, it’s not really a “prepper” thing, but a way of life. You think differently. It starts by slowly getting a 3 month supply of what you normally eat. Instead of buying 1 can of soup you buy 2. You date that extra can and put it where you are going to store your food storage. It will add up quickly. As you are doing this you learn about working with long term food like grain and beans. You buy some of this and work with it. You find recipes made with long term ingredients and find out what you like and what your family doesn’t. You start to buy some of these items in bulk, learning how to store food safely and securely. Next you supplement your storage with freeze dried and dehydrated food. Next you can start a garden. Even if you live in an apartment you can have a garden in pots. When you receive a harvest you may want to learn to can your abundance. This also supplements your food storage. None of this needs to be learned over night. There are many aspects of food storage and you can find what works best for you and your family. This is some good information: One Adult Portion Grains—400 pounds (181 kg); includes wheat, flour, rice, corn, oatmeal, and pasta Legumes—60 pounds (27 kg); includes dry beans, split peas, lentils, etc. Powdered Milk—16 pounds (7 kg) Cooking Oil—10 quarts (9 l) Sugar or Honey—60 pounds (27 kg) Salt—8 pounds (3.6 kg) Water (2 weeks)—14 gallons (53 l) This information is bare minimum. I would recommend 2 gallons of water per person, per day. The grains are similar to what the Germans fed prisoners in concentration camps so make sure you go deeper than the basics. As you start cooking and baking, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much of each ingredient you need. It’s more than you think. With the rare and powerful derecho storm in Iowa that ruined a large amount of corn. Iowa is the leading producer of corn in the U.S. The damage will effect a lot of things. Corn is used in many ways. Beef is impacted by corn. Prices will rise more than they have been. It’s time to work in earnest on your food storage. As member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe and teach that we are in the last days before the coming of Christ. It’s interesting to me that members believe this and teach it, but then are surprised when these “signs of the times” present themselves. This is supposed to happen. I believe it will get worse. Can things get worse than 2020? They can. But you’ll be prepared. If you feel inspired, and you have little to no food storage, buy a few cases of items and a few bags of others. One of the things I’ve noticed is something that concerns me. You may want to put on your tin foil hat for this one. I wonder if there is a conspiracy, real or happenstance, that the world, and this country’s, food is being controlled. Under the guise of COVID-19 meat packing plants, farms, and other canneries, are being shut down. Before 2013 anyone could go to an LDS cannery and for a small fee could dry pak food yourself. This was a great savings and a great resource for those working on their food storage. That has since changed. The Church’s statement said partially: “Much of the discussion regarding this issue has suggested that this change is due to food safety regulation. While it has been a factor, the concern expressed regarding that issue has been overstated." But 12 canneries are still open to anyone who wants to can. Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Mesa, AZ; Carrollton, TX; Lindon, UT; Logan, UT; Ogden, UT; Salt Lake City, UT (Welfare Square); Sandy, UT; Springville, UT; St. George, UT; Idaho Falls, ID; and Boise, ID. There are 89 other canneries that sell pre-canned goods. So by way of regulation, and for “everyone’s good”, manufacturing a food shortage, or at the very least skyrocketing prices, is for people control. I’ve even seen what looks like a small seed shortage out there. But there are considerably less people who grow their own food. So maybe that’s not a real control. By contrast, there is a ammo shortage and a gun shortage. Manufacturing can’t seem to keep up. But that doesn’t really have anything to do with food. Controlling guns and ammo may be a key thing in the future. But if you want to control people without disarming them, control their food. Conspiracy theories aside, now is a good time to get your food storage. It’s not ideal. January or February was ideal before shortages and higher prices. But I would advise you to do what you can now. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Friday, August 7, 2020

Reason For Dark Humor

I have a joke for you. Shouldn’t we be waiting until after the virus runs its course to do the 2020 census? Now before you boo me and write a nasty comment, the above is an example of dark, graveyard or gallows humor. I want to tell a story. But it’s a sad story and has the potential to be a graphic one. I don’t want to go into too much detail or it might be something you may not want to read. And I want you to come back and read this blog. So I’ll be a little vague. I was in a large fighting position in Central America. I was in the middle of a firefight along with 14 other guys. The fight was getting intense. Beside the bullets coming in, the enemy was using RPG’s (rocket propelled grenades) and mortar. These guys were idiots or they had idiot commanders. Their tactics were not very good at the least. They also did not understand how mortar works and how to use it effectively, thank goodness. But it was random so that was pretty scary. One of my good friends was in the position next to me about 3 yards away. He was hit by enemy fire in the neck. I tried to stop the bleeding and the medic tried to stop the bleeding but the wound was too much. He died right there at my feet. It was a horrible experience and it adds to the other trauma I went through those few days. When we finally got out of that situation and back to a safe place I was making some jokes that someone who had not experienced something like that would not have found humorous. This is a defense mechanism that is used by military members who have seen combat and others. Law Enforcement often deal with this too. Firefighters and EMS do this also. Joking about death and destruction is dealing with having seen things that are difficult to process. Dead baby jokes and sometimes vulgar jokes are common. I won’t tell vulgar jokes so all I have left is dark, tacky humor. Talking about death in a flippant way minimizes the pain and loss that death has given you. Even Joseph Stalin famous Marxist understood (he killed enough people…). He said: “Dark humor is like food; not everybody gets it.” It’s even in pop culture. When the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” came out I remember a particular line. After looking in “The well of the souls” and seeing it filled with snakes, Indiana Jones’ friend Sallah says: “Asps! Very dangerous! You go first.” This is defined as a comic style that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss. If we can joke about something, it makes it less threatening in our minds. This type of humor is all over the place, but for those who don’t deal in life or death situations, they don’t quite get it or appreciate it. After talking with a buddy of mine and discussing some past firefight my friend’s wife said to him: “You guys are sure morbid. You sound like members of the mafia!” He just laughed. When he told me what his wife said I told him we should start a business: Make Me Laugh funeral services. We put the fun in funeral! Stay sane out there. Stay healthy. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn