Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Food Storage and Fires

This is a list of fires that have happened within the last 18 months or so. Some have said this is a conspiracy against food production, or to cause shortages. I don’t know if I agree, but this list is not “normal” as the fact finders and the left has said. I think fires are fairly common in food related industries. I’m not so sure about the number of fires that are common, and I think the “fact finders” don’t know either. But regardless of who knows what, this many fires in this amount of time to food facilities is unusual at best. I’m not convinced it will cause shortages, but it will not help already spiraling prices. 1. 1/11/21 A fire that destroyed 75,000-square-foot processing plant in Fayetteville 2. 4/30/21 A fire ignited inside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Monmouth, IL 3. 7/25/21 Three-alarm fire at Kellogg plant in Memphis, 170 emergency personnel responded to the call 4. 7/30/21 Firefighters on Friday battled a large fire at Tyson’s River Valley Ingredients plant in Hanceville, Alabama 5. 8/23/21 Fire crews were called to the Patak Meat Production company on Ewing Road in Austell 6. 9/13/21 A fire at the JBS beef plant in Grand Island, Neb., on Sunday night forced a halt to slaughter and fabrication lines 7. 10/13/21 A five-alarm fire ripped through the Darigold butter production plant in Caldwell, ID 8. 11/15/21 A woman is in custody following a fire at the Garrard County Food Pantry 9. 11/29/21 A fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. at the Maid-Rite Steak Company meat processing plant 10. 12/13/21 West Side food processing plant in San Antonio left with smoke damage after a fire 11. 1/7/22 Damage to a poultry processing plant on Hamilton’s Mountain following an overnight fire 12. 1/13/22 Firefighters worked for 12 hours to put a fire out at the Cargill-Nutrena plant in Lecompte, LA 13. 1/31/22 a fertilizer plant with 600 tons of ammonium nitrate inside caught on fire on Cherry Street in Winston-Salem 14. 2/3/22 A massive fire swept through Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston 15. 2/3/22 At least 130 cows were killed in a fire at Percy Farm in Stowe 16. 2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas 17. 2/15/22 Nearly a week after the fire destroyed most of the Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston 18. 2/16/22 A fire had broken at US largest soybean processing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana 19. 2/18/22 An early morning fire tore through the milk parlor at Bess View Farm 20. 2/19/22 Three people were injured, and one was hospitalized, after an ammonia leak at Lincoln Premium Poultry in Fremont 21. 2/22/22 The Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston caught fire after a propane boiler exploded 22. 2/28/22 A smoldering pile of sulfur quickly became a raging chemical fire at Nutrien Ag Solutions 23. 2/28/22 A man was hurt after a fire broke out at the Shadow Brook Farm and Dutch Girl Creamery 24. 3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri 25. 3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland 26. 3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware 27. 3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, MD 28. 3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, IA 29. 3/14/22 The blaze at 244 Meadow Drive was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. by farm owner Wayne Hoover 30. 3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin 31. 3/16/22 A fire at a Walmart warehouse distribution center has cast a large plume of smoke visible throughout Indianapolis. 32. 3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas 33. 3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa 34. 3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware 35. 3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland 36. 3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota 37. 3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska 38. 3/24/22 Fire fighters from numerous towns are battling a major fire at the McCrum potato processing facility in Belfast. 39. 3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska 40. 3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa 41. 3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 42. 3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota 43. 3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa 44. 3/29/22 A massive fire burned 40,000 pounds of food meant to feed people in a food desert near Maricopa 45. 3/31/22 A structure fire caused significant damage to a large portion of key fresh onion packing facilities in south Texas 46. 3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa 47. 3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa 48. 4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina 49. 4/9/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 50. 4/9/22 208,900 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 51. 4/12/22 89,700 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina 52. 4/12/22 1,746,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Dixon, Nebraska 53. 4/12/22 259,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Minnesota 54. 4/13/22 Fire destroys East Conway Beef & Pork Meat Market in Conway, New Hampshire 55. 4/13/22 Plane crashes into Gem State Processing, Idaho potato and food processing plant 56. 4/13/22 77,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 57. 4/14/22 Taylor Farms Food Processing plant burns down Salinas, California. 58. 4/14/22 99,600 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 59. 4/15/22 1,380,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Lancaster, Minnesota 60. 4/19/22 Azure Standard nation’s premier independent distributor of organic and healthy food, was destroyed by fire in Dufur, Oregon 61. 4/19/22 339,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 62. 4/19/22 58,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Montrose, Color 63. 4/20/22 2,000,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Minnesota 64. 4/21/22 A small plane crashed in the lot of a General Mills plant in Georgia 65. 4/22/22 197,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 66. 4/23/22 200,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota 67. 4/25/22 1,501,200 chickens destroyed at egg farm Cache, Utah 68. 4/26/22 307,400 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania 69. 4/27/22 2,118,000 chickens destroyed at farm Knox, Nebraska 70. 4/28/22 Egg-laying facility in Iowa kills 5.3 million chickens, fires 200-plus workers 71. 4/28/22 Allen Harim Foods processing plant killed nearly 2M chickens in Delaware 72. 4/2822 110,700 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin 73. 4/29/22 1,366,200 chickens destroyed at farm Weld Colorado 74. 4/30/22 13,800 chickens destroyed at farm Sequoia Oklahoma 75. 5/3/22 58,000 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin 76. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Beadle S Dakota 77. 5/3/22 114,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 78. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Lyon Minnesota 79. 5/7/22 20,100 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin 80. 5/10/22 72,300 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania 81. 5/10/22 61,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 82. 5/10/22 35,100 Turkeys destroyed Muskegon, Michigan 83. 5/13/22 10,500 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin 84. 5/14/22 83,400 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 85. 5/17/22 79,00 chickens destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 86. 5/18/22 7,200 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 87. 5/19/22 Train carrying limestone derailed Jensen Beach FL 88. 5/21/22 57,000 Turkeys destroyed on farm in Dakota Minnesota 89. 5/23/22 4,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 90. 5/29/22 A Saturday night fire destroyed a poultry building at Forsman Farms 91. 5/31/22 3,000,000 chickens destroyed by fire at Forsman facility in Stockholm Township, Minnesota 92. 6/2/22 30,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania 93. 6/7/22 A fire occurred Tuesday evening at the JBS meat packing plant in Green Bay. 94. 6/8/22 Firefighters from Tangipahoa Fire District 1 respond to a fire at the Purina Feed Mill in Arcola 95. 6/9/22 Irrigation water was canceled in California (the #1 producer of food in the US) and storage water flushed directly out to the delta. 96. 6/12/22 Largest Pork Company in the US Shuts Down California Plant Due to High Costs 97. 6/13/22 Fire Breaks Out at a Food Processing Plant West of Waupaca County in Wisconsin These fires are not “normal” as some would have you believe. I’m not shouting conspiracy but I do feel this is a crazy “coincidence”. Really? That’s what we’re supposed to believe? Riiiiight… Like I said, I believe it’s somewhere in between these extreme views. One thing that I do believe, this is not good for the food consumers in this country. I don’t think it would be out of line to prepare food for a time when it is either very expensive (fast approaching), or scarce (which is happening in some areas with some products). Look at your food storage program. Tweek it or add to it as you feel is needed. I’m not advocating hoarding or panic buying, but if you have no food storage, this is the time to start. If you have food storage, take a look at it and assess where it is and enhance where needed. These fires may mean nothing, or they may make a difference in availability. Either way, be prepared. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Friday, May 27, 2022

Reprint From 2018: Do We Want Our Schools Secure, Or Not?

This is a 4 year old post that certainly applies to today. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 We’ve had another shooting in a school. 8 high school kids and 2 teachers were killed before the kid gave up. He had planned on shooting himself but he said he couldn’t do it. The same comments from the kids that witnessed these horrible acts and lived through it. “I never thought this could happen here.” Well, do we want our kids secure in schools or not? My answer to that is we do not. Columbine was the wake-up call. That was in 1999. Almost 20 years later I’m hearing the same crap from the liberals: “It’s the NRA’s fault.” Or the same crap from the right: “It costs too much money.” When it comes down to it, it’s OUR fault. After 20 years we can’t hardly get past the thought that our kids are not safe. We put little Band-Aids on the problem or lay blame and it continues. Let me make a prediction here and you see if it plays out. Unless we get serious, and I mean serious, about securing our schools, this will continue. I know it can’t be completely eliminated. Someone will figure out a way around any security measure you can come up with. But what is being done is not enough. I know that many worry about making our schools “prisons”. I will ask it again, Do you want to secure our schools or not? I’ve heard many whine about arming teachers. I guess they think that’s going too far. That is too much for the safety of our kids. Again I ask, Do you want to secure our schools or not? I would think that any price, any discomfort, any hassle, any perception of how it looks, is a price that we would be willing to pay. Why can’t these measures be universal in all schools? Some may say I’m being unrealistic. OK, if I am then what is the reality? Not enough funds? Find a way to cut administration costs, put in the security we need AND give teachers a raise. Would you and I pay more taxes for the security of our kids? Where do I sign? I have a large bunch of kids and we did not avail ourselves to the public or private school system. We homeschooled them all. But my taxes didn’t go down. I’d be willing to pay more. This is a description of Israeli schools. “The Israeli schools aren’t bunkers. Really, they aren’t. However, each one of these schools does have subsurface shelters. Not only this, but schools and kindergartens all over the country are regularly practicing the evacuation of students in different scenarios. This includes earthquakes, rocket attacks, unknown threats or even CBRN in some rare occasions. Keep in mind that these drills get students to take initiative, rather than just having them run to safety. Currently, most Israeli school premises are completely fenced in and usually with only one gate. In the cases of bigger schools, there might be a few additional gates. In addition, there are two to three emergency gates which are locked (and look like normal fences) during regular, non-emergency hours. School parking lots are often located a bit further away from the school structures. As for the gates: each gate is accompanied by a small guard cabin and an armed guard. He or she meets a certain standard to carry and do their job. The static guard is funded and under the responsibility of the Israeli police (though they are a sub-contractor and not a cop). The guard is mostly to be the first responder, but also logs traffic, maintains situational awareness and conducts hourly patrols along the school fences. In my experience as a kid, the presence of such a figure was not only practical, but also a psychological boost as us kids felt safer. That was also the first time I learned how a Glock works, but that was not really any part of the school educational program. According to the official standard of the government, the guard will: • Ensure that the premises is locked and under control at all times. • Sweep and search any person who comes in. • Have security authority. • Ensure that foreign individuals are fully ID’d and their personal details are logged. Foreign vehicles must be documented as well. • Assist the school occupants. • Be aware of anything within the immediate environment of the school.” These are just a few things that can be done. Cameras are a good idea. There are many other ideas out that some schools are doing. As I’ve mentioned in the last article about the last mass school murder, as parents, make sure your children have some training. Don’t wait for the school. There are many videos out there about dealing with an active shooter event. You don’t have to scare them, but kids are better equipped than we think to handle this reality. Teach them situational awareness and to know where they are and what is going on around them. Do students, teachers, and staff know what real gunshots sound like in their school? What is so hard about that training? The same old crap is being said after a shooting, “I thought it was a car backfire or something else.” My kids know what gunshots sound like with and without hearing protection, indoors and outdoors. Some of my kids can tell you what different calibers sound like. My son can tell the difference between an AK and AR sound. Can you? Would that not be advantageous? We need to stop worrying about a “safe space” and train our kids what to do and where to go. Their feelings matter little when their friends are being massacred. STOP coddling our kids!! Be serious about making them safe. Talk to security professionals. Make serious plans. School security needs to be over-done. Parents and students should demand this! It should not have any political over or under tones. High school kids for gun control is nothing more than political crap! The kids involved are pawns for adults who can’t figure out how to get elected. If the kids that are so ungraciously “demanding” change really cared, they would be asking for secure schools instead of gun control. Sarcastically speaking, I’m particularly impressed with how logical and well-spoken these kids are. As adults we need to stop waffling and step up to the plate. Do you want to secure our schools or not? Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn Well folks, how did my prediction play out? There was a massacre of 21 kids and adults in Uvalde, Texas this week. When will we decide to secure our schools? We home schooled all of our horde of kids. There were many reasons but never as many as there are today, security being one. I don't want this next statement to come off wrong. I love and respect public school teachers. Both my parents taught in public schools. I am especially appreciate educators and administrators that really care and want to change and help kids. The problem is, these are getting harder to find. Many years ago I said that publix schools would fail, and I believe they are. Between teaching LBGTQ philosophy to young children to teaching critical race theory. Public schools are a mass mess and I fear greatly for my Grandchildren. Beside all of the above, not many are serious about securing our schools. Instead they have become the TSA and are suspending kids because they have a nail file! Yet doors are not secure and killers are getting into classrooms. Wake up Americans! I'll ask my same 4 years old (almost to the day) question, Do we want our schools secure, or not? Burn

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Learning Security From Scriptures

In this time of plandemics pandemics, civil unrest or so called “peaceful” protests, financial and food supply uncertainty, many people are considering their security and defense. I love the scriptures. I have learned many things from these inspired words and I read them every day. One of my favorite set of scriptures is the Book of Mormon. And if you want to learn defense then you can’t get any better than Captain Moroni. There are many strategies we can glean from his leadership. First and foremost we should live our lives as he did, in righteousness. If we live as one who is worthy of one who has the Spirit, we can be lead and inspired. One of Moroni’s strategies was equipping his troops with shields and armor. This was a new idea at the time obviously because the Lamanites don't do it until they follow the Nephites example. We too can “fortify” ourselves. I’m not suggesting body armor. Although I knew a guy who ran a courier service who went into some rough areas delivering or picking up money. He wore body armor. So there may be a situation where you may want this. But generally speaking, we must fortify other parts of our lives. To fortify your mind working on situational awareness and reading people would be a great way to avoid a problem before it is a problem. Fortifying our homes also makes us a hard target. Concentrate on your doors and windows, the most vulnerable part of our homes. Simple things like replacing the short 1inch screws with 3 inch ones that go beyond the thin door frame makes a difference. Cameras and alarms can help to harden your home as a target. Moroni also was flexible and changed as the enemy changed their tactics. We must do the same. Stay up on the latest home and personal defense tools, gear, and tactics. Change when you need to. Ensure your practice is realistic. How often will you be attacked when you’re standing at low ready in a weaver stance concentrating on your grip? Shooting from behind cover or concealment might be more realistic. Also I’ve seen people who consistently practice shooting a handgun at 20 or more yards. I’m not sure that will ever be realistic for defense. Defense is usually up close and personal. 15 yards is the maximum in my training and most practice is at 3 to 8 yards. But you must decide for yourself. Moroni also put up towers. No I’m not suggesting look-out towers at the end of your driveway, but making sure windows are not impaired from sight by shrubs or bushes. Planting bushes strategically is probably not at the top of most of our gardening lists. But being able to see and also not providing concealment to burglars or other malcontents is something that should be considered when planting and pruning vegetation. Also, there is nothing wrong with creating a “funnel” for people and vehicles with vegetation, obstacles (ie. Bird baths, statues, etc.), and fencing. Funnel people and vehicles where you want them to go when they enter your property. I know, thinking tactically is not always neighborhood friendly, but with the right items and planning, no one will be the wiser. You can create “fields of fire” or a “killing zone” without even the home owners association or your neighbors knowing. Now your killing zone doesn’t have to involve actual killing, but maybe a “photographic zone”. A place where you can have clear video or pictures and view, of all those approaching your home. Things as simple as flower beds and sprinklers, can direct traffic to your desired direction. Moroni never attacked the enemy in their strongholds. Don’t go where the bad guys are! That doesn’t mean you can’t leave your “castle” and live your life, it means to avoid the places you know ne’er-do-wells hang out. I mean if you happen to live in a bad neighborhood you obviously have to go near the bad element. In that case you have to operate differently. But if you live in a decent place, with regular citizens, then stay away from the “east LA’s” or the “south Detroits”. I know that often crime finds us, but don’t get caught looking for it! Again I emphasize Moroni living an exemplary life so that he was privy to the Spirit in his life. This too we must practice. But often bad things happen to good people so the good people must be prepared. Learning security from a good source is vital to your preparedness. There are a lot of crazy ideas out there. The scriptures are a great source of truth that enrich and lead our lives in positive and meaningful ways. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Friday, May 13, 2022

Homestead Security

I’ve had some comments concerning homestead living and security. Namely, “How do you do it?” That is a good question but I have some answers. These answers are not for everyone and every situation, but most of them I have implemented and maintained for years. Locks I know this is obvious, but let me say some things about locks. Many have them, but don’t use them. In my work on a federal installation everything is locked. I’ve found locks removed, locks left open, locks left open but trying to look closed, locks actually locked but in a way you can open whatever is supposed to be locked, I’ve seen it all. On our homestead I’ve probably done most of those ways myself. Locking and unlocking something without just a push button, like you vehicle, is a pain for humans. We avoid it. But using a lock system in a way that makes it easier is the answer, not fudging it so that it doesn’t actually do its job. Use locks that are all keyed the same. Use combination locks with a combination easy for family to remember. If possible, change combinations often or at least annually. Use a lock box for keys and spare keys. Don’t let inconvenience make you lax, be vigilant. We lock doors, cabinets, gates, and freezers. Make sure you secure food, gasoline, tools, and equipment. Even if it means putting a chain around the item and chaining it to a tree! Remember that a determined thief can get into or through anything, but often a simple lock can be a deterrent. Signage This is another simple thing that can have a large effect. No Trespassing signs, Beware of dog signs, Security camera signs, and Security alarm signs can send a criminal down the road. Also if someone does actually commit crime on your property and there was a sign, it will give them one more charge to deal with. Proper signs will let all know that your property is a hard target. There are even alarm companies that will sell their signs and stickers even though you don’t have their alarm service. Hard wired lighting Depending on where you have electricity hard wired lighting is the best. There are many different lights out there that you can use to light any are you wish. We use them on back sides of buildings that are dark and good places to hide. These days with modern fixtures and bulbs electricity use is very little. I try to put all my hard wired lights on a switch. I like the option of turning them off if I have the need. Solar motion sensor lights These are great! I like these because they are solar powered so they can be put anywhere. I like that they are motion sensitive. It’s kind of a surprise to anyone who shouldn’t be there. These are not real expensive so you can light up you world! Remember though, cats, dogs, livestock, and wild animals can trigger these. Putting them too close to a tree can trip them with wind. You have sensitivity control on the motion sensor though. Firearms for home protection As controversial as it may be, there is nothing that will put the fear of the Almighty in the hearts and minds of criminals than the sound of a pump action shotgun racking a shell. It is a universally known sound that says, “You’re in deep Kim Chee!” Shotguns are not my favorite weapon on our homestead. They have their place, but usually they are too long and unwieldy. There are tactical shotguns that are shorter and less cumbersome, but unless you are used to a 12 gauge it’s difficult to be accurate. I would not use a smaller gauge either. Contrary to popular belief and TV and movies, a shotgun is not a point-and-shoot-and-hit-something weapon. You must be very familiar with the recoil, and the limitations of a shotgun. I’d much rather have a rifle or handgun. For protection I would recommend a handgun and a good flashlight. But whatever weapon you choose, don’t expect to be accurate or effective with a gun you hardly shoot. Be sure of target identification before you pull that trigger. You may shoot someone you did not expect to be there. Shooting in the dark is a very tricky thing. The only time I have ever done it was in combat. And even then we had tracers and muzzle flash to lead us to the enemy! In a home defense situation, you must know what or who you are shooting toward. And as I said, without practice and experience, in the heat of the moment you want to know what you are doing. You’re responsible for every round and shooting someone in the back would be a legal nightmare you don’t want to have! If you are in a municipality or even a county or state with restrictions, you’d better be up to date on those laws. Ignorance of law with land you in jail. As far as varmints, a well-placed rifle round will serve better to dispatch them rather than trying to hit with a shotgun. Make sure of the laws in your state concerning animals. Usually animals that are a nuisance are fair game, but check with a game warden. There are other ways of keeping predators and other animals away. A dog and even cats can help. Traps, live or otherwise, can be a viable option. Protection is a basic right. Our Constitution contains a second amendment because the founders believed that protecting yourself and your property is a basic right given from God. They are correct. In this day and age protecting with deadly force is a necessity. Things are getting pretty rough out there and being ready for that eventuality is something too few think about. Law enforcement in this country is the best in the world. But unless they camp in your back yard you won’t have their protection only in unusual circumstances. Learning to have a security and defense mindset is something you must work at. Looking at things in a way where they can be secured safely, and ways of making your homestead a hard target is easy if you think a little like a criminal. At the very least looking and assessing vulnerabilities helps you to make that hard target a reality. This preparation eases your mind and gives you and your family a peace of mind that is priceless. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Monday, February 21, 2022

Condition Yellow

I know that hindsight is 20/20. I thought a lot about what I would have done in that movie theater in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012. Would I have been able to do anything? Would I have been armed? Would I have been in a position to exit the theater quickly with my loved ones? If I was armed, would I have been able to see through what they call Acombat fog@ and taken out the jerk? I wonder about my attitude toward situational awareness and if I include places, until now, I may have considered safe. The truth is, there are few safe places anymore. Please remember that. I don=t think we should go through life paranoid, but Condition Yellow should be the least. Going from Yellow to Orange to Red is sometimes very fast. It would be much easier to go to Orange or Red if we are actually in Yellow! I am very saddened from this tragedy in Colorado. It just seals into my mind the need for situational awareness. For me, the places I am in White are probably at home and at church. I need to be in Yellow and to stay there. I=m not sure we have the luxury to be complacent. In the Book of Mormon there was a time when things were really bad. In Alma 57:9 it says: 9 And it came to pass that we did camp round about the city for many nights; but we did sleep upon our swords, and keep guards, that the Lamanites could not come upon us by night and slay us, which they attempted many times; but as many times as they attempted this their blood was spilt. President Benson said that the Book of Mormon paralleled our day. It has almost come to where we Asleep upon our swords@ today, just to be safe. Remember the Color Conditions: Condition White You feel secure, whether or not you are actually safe. Awareness is switched off. You are unaware of your environment, its inhabitants, and their rituals of attack. All attackers look for victims in this state. Condition Yellow You are cautious. You should spend most of the time in this state. Awareness is switched on. State of threat awareness and relaxed alertness. You have a 360 degree peripheral awareness of such environmental danger spots as secluded doorways, entries, and alleys, as well as such psychological triggers as adrenal dump and attacker ruses. Be aware of people, vehicles, behind large objects, dark areas, etc. Condition Orange You are in danger. You are aware of a potential threat. State of threat evaluation. Specific alert. A possible target has been identified. A particular situation that has drawn your attention and could present a major problem. Someone may be giving oral indicators such as direct threats or using suspicious language. Focus on the potential attacker. Check to see if there is an avenue of escape, potential weapons available, and if others around you are friend or foe. Decision is made to take action. Condition Red You are in conflict. State of threat avoidance. Fight or flight. Flee, defend, or attack. You have evaluated the situation, and if there is a threat, you prepare to fight or run. Never stand or fight if there is a possibility of fleeing. Carry out decision to act made in Condition Orange. You don't have to think; no indecision on the course of action; you are prepared. If use of physical self defense techniques is necessary, use the level of force appropriate to the threat. E.g., don't treat someone who pushes you because he is rude like someone who is trying to stab you with a knife. Starting right now, be in Condition Yellow. Throughout your day, identify potential areas of danger and switch to Condition Orange as necessary. Switch back to Condition Yellow if no threat exists. Do this exercise again tomorrow. And the next day. And so on. Eventually, awareness becomes a habit. Make the most important self defense skill, awareness, a habit. I hope we can all learn from this tragedy. Be aware. Situate yourself for E and E (escape and evade). Stay away from obvious danger. Watch people and assess. Be safe. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

BYU Introspection and Pass the Ammunition!

Well guys, it's been 6 months since Elder Holland gave a momentous talk at the annual BYU Conference August 23, 2021. So how is BYU doing? Many were offended by his talk as is usual for those members and ex-members who fight against the church. But as i review his words I realize that he was kindly and lovingly rebuking some and calling them to repentance. There are many out there who critisize the church and its leaders on a regular basis. It doesn't really matter what is said in confernce talks, or other talks, they will find something to whine about. This talk was no different. He first prefaced his call to repentance with confessing his love for a school that has been a large part of his life. Then he talked about some of the great things and people that BYU has been connected with. He mentioned some who were disillusioned with the Y and how they have fallen away. I don't want to jump up and down on those who leave the church, I have my opinions about their exitus. But I do have an issue with those who want to change BYU and make it like any other school. Elder Holland agrees. He wants to put gospel priciples and the following of Christ at the for front of all learning and teaching at the Y. I wholeheartily agree and applaud his wonderful way of calling some of the practices out. I would have taken the J. Golden Kimball approach and would have told students and faculty alike, you pedal your critical thinking trying to buck the system, and you can leave. BYU is a private university. It is a privledge to attend and study there. I pound that into each of my childrens heads who have gone, and are going, there! Those who would not agree with me I would welcome your opinion. But as far as changing the school to accept prinicples and practices that are against church policy, and especially gospel doctrine, I say, "Load the muskets!" Or in my crude, military lingo, "Lock and load!" Opinion is fine and you can share it all you want, but don't Berkley my BYU! There's no room for that kind of crap being taught in a church school. Students think that their demonstrations are going to change the brethrens minds? Good luck with that! If you want to hand out flyers, bring in speakers, stage demonstrations go ahead, but don't be surprised when an Apostle does not agree with your opinions. Liberal thinking members think if they talk loud enough the Lord will change His church. I beg to differ. But that is just MY opinion. And liberal students can think and say what they please, we have a first amendment, but don't think that those students with oposing views should keep quiet! I get it liberal students, it's cheap to go to the Y. Faculty members can have their own opinions too but they need to be careful. If you are a liberal professor great, but keep your views out of my kids classes. If you teach contray to doctrine, you should be canned! I was in the military. I had very strong political views. But if I show up in uniform at a rally I should be expecting a visit with my CO. If you teach contrary doctrinal ideas I feel that you've crossed from free speech to something else. You represent BYU and there is no room for that type of teaching. I know that it still happens, but you'd better pray one of my kids isn't in your class. Because they have been briefed on what they are to do, and how they are to do it, to get you at the very least reprimanded. I don't mind other views, but when someone is in a position of trust, they should live up to a different standard. Even a standard they may not personally agree with. But as for me and my house, we will defend the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church by whatever means are necessary. If that scares you I'm sorry that words scare you. So now that I got that rant out of the way, I'll ask again, how is BYU doing? If Elder Holland's talk is any evidence, BYU needs to do a little repenting. As for the musket reference, people need to get a life! It's clear what he was saying. He wasn't being violent. Now had it been me that gave that talk, that would have been a different story! Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn