Saturday, December 29, 2012

good article from ferfal

For those who haven't heard of ferfal, he has written a book about his survival of Argentina's economic collapse about a decade ago. He has some really good insights into what might happen to is here in the near future. This article is from joa blog which I also highly recommend

SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA: So since the world didn’t end…

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thought of the day - sleep

Disclaimer: I don't know if this can technically be a thought of the day it's still dark outside.

How I miss you....

I'm curious why it is that as I get older, I sleep less. It seems (and sure feels) like I need more sleep now than 10 years ago, but I sleep less. Sometimes much less. In my 20's I could easily sleep 'til noon and now I'm up before the chickens. Honestly, they're still asleep...

Maybe it's the holiday break and a disruption in our normal pattern, but I'm waking up at all hours of the night and what sleep I do get is poor quality. As much as we might not like to admit it, we are ALL creatures of habit following a fairly constant pattern. It's not a bad thing, just how we are made. It does seem that with age comes a more entrenched routine and any disruption creates a greater level of havoc. Well, havoc may be too strong of a word, but you (the 7 of you reading this, at least I hope there's still that many) know what I mean.

Then again, maybe I can't sleep because I haven't been doing anything. Hard work always produces a good night's sleep, or so it seems. I'm definitely off my normal PT schedule so that may have something to do with it. I've been pretty lazy for the last few days...

This morning when I woke up at 0430 I decided to go ahead and knock out some push-ups and sit-ups, do my bible study, shower, shave, and get ready for the day.

So here I am: up, clean, dressed, and ready for the day. Now I just have to wait for the day to catch up.....

Habakkuk 2:5-20 NKJV

“Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home. Because he enlarges his desire as hell, And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied, He gathers to himself all nations And heaps up for himself all peoples. “Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say, ‘Woe to him who increases What is not his—how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you, Because of men’s blood And the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it. “Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, That he may set his nest on high, That he may be delivered from the power of disaster! You give shameful counsel to your house, Cutting off many peoples, And sin against your soul. For the stone will cry out from the wall, And the beam from the timbers will answer it. “Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, Who establishes a city by iniquity! Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts That the peoples labor to feed the fire, And nations weary themselves in vain? For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea. “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, Pressing him to your bottle, Even to make him drunk, That you may look on his nakedness! You are filled with shame instead of glory. You also—drink! And be exposed as uncircumcised! The cup of the Lord’s right hand will be turned against you, And utter shame will be on your glory. For the violence done to Lebanon will cover you, And the plunder of beasts which made them afraid, Because of men’s blood And the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it. “What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, The molded image, a teacher of lies, That the maker of its mold should trust in it, To make mute idols? Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all. “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.”

Monday, December 24, 2012

a most impassioned speech by one P. Henry, 1775

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
March 23, 1775 By Patrick Henry

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the house is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at the truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?

Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlement assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.

There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free--if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Here's where I found the text:
The University of Oklahoma College of Law: A Chronology of US Historical Documents: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

WE are responsible. The sleeper must awaken.

Mark Grant hits the nail on the head. Our current situation is our fault. WE have to initiate the change we want to see.

The Sleeper Must Awaken | ZeroHedge

please read and share

an interesting article from Gary North

Here's an interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. I had never thought of it from this perspective.

In Defense of the Second Amendment

Sunday, December 23, 2012

fiscal cliff explained in cartoons


Here's my favorite so far. I wrote it this Spring, but it seems to be getting more and more relevant.


A God-fearing, gun-owning American male.
Called a relic, stuck in the past
Needing to evolve, conform to new "realities"
Degraded, blamed for society's ills.
Sometimes it's much, much worse.
Names that pierce, words that burn
Each one leaving unique scars.
Attempts at reconciliation
Or even mutual understanding
Prove futile.
The why's ever-haunting.
There seems no recourse,
Only one viable alternative:
To live life as Jesus lived
And keep every shot in the 10-ring.

Crossroads loom on the horizon.
Fates of souls, families,
Hang in the balance.
Questions crawl out of the night.
Does an oath taken to defend
A two hundred year old document
Conflict with much older instructions
To submit?
Duty, honor, integrity;
But there are mouths to feed?
Will our country be recognizable in ten years?
Will I?
A God-fearing, gun-toting
Uneasy American.

Friday, December 21, 2012

another good article, the real cause of the end of the world

The end of the world | SHTF School

This guy's stuff is top-notch. He and his family survived war-torn Bosnia and he offers superb insight as a survivor.

Thought of the day - time

I wish I had more of it.
For many reasons, one being this blog.
Things get hectic around the HH homestead and for those 8 people who happen by a day, I apologize for not writing more.
Two kids, a 40+ hr/week job, chores around the homestead, daily bible study all take time that I could be writing here. And just so there is no confusion - all of these are much more important than what happens here.

I've also found many blogs in the past few weeks whose authors are better wordsmiths than I and have much more experience by which to give advice. I will continue to post these links with my small comments. I encourage the 8 (I wish, more like 4) of you to click the links and check out these blogs. They are awesome.

I have been working on a few poems here and there and have one (I think it's the best one so far) that I have been waiting for the right time to share. Recent events are very relevant to the subject matter, so I'll try and get it up here before Christmas. As time allows.

Keep your powder dry and your time effectively managed.

well said.

Very good article from another very good blog I have just recently discovered.

TL In Exile: A Right Is As Inalienable As A Finger

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Declaration of Independence

I think I'm going to post this at least once a month, just to keep it fresh on our minds......

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Chart of US debt and deficit

Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

initial thoughts on the tragedy in CT

First of all, my heart goes out to those affected and their families. As a father, I can't begin to fathom what they are going through right now. I keep thinking about what I would do if something like this were to happen at my kids' school and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around even that.... My prayers are for God's grace to be with those affected.

I think it's too soon to get into the causes, the why's, or the politics involved in what has happened today. I have my own (very strong) opinions as I imagine we all do. Now is not the time to get into gun control, mental health issues, our morally bankrupt society, or (heaven forbid) conspiracy theories.
I would like to touch a few thoughts about things we might be able to do to protect our families in a "active shooter" scenario.

First of all, you need to have an action plan for escape and your entire family needs to understand it. If at all possible, you need to get you and your family OUT as soon as possible. Develop a plan and draw a mental map of escape routes every time you enter a potential target for an active shooter.
I know it might sound a little paranoid, but movie theaters, malls, and schools are places we frequent and should be safe. Should be. The reality of the world we live in is that this isn't the case anymore. Pretty much any place where there is a concentration of people is a potential target.
The plan doesn't have to be elaborate or take much time to develop. It's all about maintaining good situational awareness of your surroundings your location. Thinking, "I'm at X and if Y happens the nearest exits are at A,B, and C" might be an adequate escape plan. Just remember that as you move in your environment, the paths of escape may get longer and need to change.
If you are with your family, make sure that they know the plan too. I'll be honest that this is one step that I often overlook. Go over the general plan beforehand in case you become separated. Train them to develop the same "aware" mindset. It would also be helpful if you have a preset word or phrase to use in case something goes down so that you can all head to the appropriate escape path without having to explain what is going on.

I do this at work as a wildland firefighter. We have escape routes designated that we are to travel along to predetermined safety zones where we are safe from the fire. The same thing can be done while grocery shopping.

If there is no other option, then it is time to draw you concealed carry weapon (you do have your CHL, right?) and actively defend yourself and your family. Make sure your family is in as safe of a place as possible with plenty of cover. The last thing I'd want to do is draw fire towards my family. It might sound cowardly and/or selfish, but the safety of my family is my first priority and I'm not sure if I can risk them to save another. It also seems like these recent shooters have been pretty well armed with (in many cases) body armor of some type. It is probably a good bet that those of us that carry concealed don't have the firepower to contend for a extended firefight with someone armed with a rifle and/or multiple firearms. If I could figure out how to CC an M4, I would....

So there you have might thoughts: have a plan, if at all possible get out, if it comes down to it - draw your weapon and fight.

Keep your powder dry and please pay attention to what's going on around you.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

..... "linking of verbal noises with simple emotional reactions".....

Another awesome post on the archdruidreport.

Why can't there be any really change in politics? Because Americans as a whole haven't learned how to think critically. We've come to let our emotions rule our thinking (poor paraphrasing of a great essay).

Read it here:
The Archdruid Report: Producing Democracy

pretty much sums it up....

Friday, December 7, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Do you know these people? Are they in your group?

Preppers Who Make Surviving the Apocalypse Even Less Fun

Another great article from Brandon Smith over at Alt-Market. The key is to make sure that you are compatible with members of your group for a long-term situation. I think it's like getting married - you might want to spend a lot of time with the person you are going to spending an even greater amount of time with in the future to make sure you don't ring each other's necks within the first month.

I'm in the process of building a new group since the one I've been training with is just too far away geographically to ensure a quick and easy bug-out. So this article is pertinent to my current situation. The last paragraph sums it up nicely:

"The great dilemma for any survivalist is to balance personal freedom and a peaceful home life with the reality that they will not last long without relying on a group.  Other people bring talent, friendship, and safety to our lives, but they also bring baggage.  The key is to work with those who know how to manage as much of their own baggage as possible, who are aware of themselves and are willing to police their own quirks, and who have not swan dived off a cliff into extreme disturbia.  No survival community can withstand the savage assault of national collapse otherwise."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

IF-- Rudyard Kipling, 1895

I think this is my favorite Kipling poem (at least for now, I'm still reading more). Very good advice for any man, and a lofty standard to aspire to.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!