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I’ve watched this DAPL pipeline protest at Standing Rock North Dakota since the beginning.

It fascinates me from a strategic and logistic level.

Like I say in my book; “when people suddenly need life saving knowledge on survival, and warfare, they’re going to be desperately scrambling for that information.

And here we can watch in real time and learn what happens when you are unprepared for the elements and don’t even have a basic understanding of warfare.

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Many lessons can be learned here.

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As it sits at this writing, there are approximately 5,000 to 8,000 people in the “water protectors” camp.  This number swells on the weekends when people who are employed return to the camp from their jobs.

I’m fascinated by this occupation from a logistic perspective. Do they have a centralized or decentralized organization?

It appears a hierarchical system needs to be put in place and immigration control might be needed to keep the white hippies out.  Who’s taking charge and what in-fighting for that control is taking place.

History shows that in every rebellion, the people who start the uprising never end up being in charge.

Quote from protestor Alicia Smith: “people are colonizing the camps. I mean that seriously. Plymouth rock seriously. They are coming in, taking food, clothing and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols.
More about protesters complaining about white hippies can be read on the sayanythingblog.

Social issues do arise with this many people colonizing in one spot.

How are they handling their sanitation issues with their waste?

How do they handle the illegal drug use, assaults, rape, theft and fire?

Do they have an end game or is this just the new “stick-it-to-the-man” band wagon to jump onto?

How are they being supplied and are those supply lines being protected?

If I’m asking those question, I’m sure some fella’s much smarter than me from the Law Enforcement side of the situation already have those answers.

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Here’s a history lesson.

Wounded Knee 1973 (The Pine Ridge Seige)
In 1973, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, some 200 Sioux Native Americans, led by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), occupied Wounded Knee, the site of the infamous 1890 massacre of 300 Sioux by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry.

They held the site for 71 days, trading gunfire nightly with the United States Marshals Service, FBI agents, and other law enforcement agencies that had cordoned off the area.

They weren’t just protesting civil rights violations.
They were bringing attention to losing their land, their language and forced to abandon their spirituality and adopt the christian religion under terroristic means.

Today it seems like there’s an endless parade of people, groups, races and genders who are claiming grievances of every kind. Identifying oneself and or their ancestors as a “victim” who’s owed something appears to be the new trend in feeling special.

I do think there are some legitimate, terrible transgression against people because of their race color and sex. That is not in dispute and I’m not in denial about that. With that being said, I think the Native American People have a pretty rock solid complaint that trumps all the others.

Why do I bring this up? I bring it up because I wonder if any protest movement will ever have the “balls” that the AIM did in 1973.
Anyone can see that there’s a low hum of discontent vibrating in this country and history proves time and time again that Violence Solves Problems.

This concerns me because during times of civil unrest and war, civilians suffer the most.

“Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.”
― Robert Heinlein

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The DNC’s S.H.T.F. Mistake.

The Democratic National Committee just created a monster.

A monster we should all be concerned about.

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The Bernie Sanders supporters, the Berniacs, just ran smack-dab into reality.

They are now feeling the real burn from wikileaks exposing that the DNC rigged the primary against them.

They will not forget this deep betrayal and just go away.  This movement will hurt (maybe cost) the DNC in this election and defiantly come back to haunt them in the next election.

The best thing you can do to inspire a young person full of piss & vinegar to enact revenge upon you, is to lie to them and cheat them and tell them they don’t matter. Good job DNC!

Good news! According to a new study, holding a grudge burns more calories than not holding one.

Many Democrats scoff at the young naive Bernie supporters and say…

“Welcome to the big leagues.”

“Grow -up!”

“If you don’t like it, why don’t you do something productive about the election process instead of whining and rabble rousing.”

I believe it’s a huge mistake to discount the “Bern-E-Acts”.

We should be careful what we wish for. Those tech savvy “kids” will have 4, maybe 8 years to marinate their anger, grow up, contemplate and organize.

They won’t be the same next time you see them.

They just had their knickers pulled down and got buggered by the DNC in the shower room on their first day in the big leagues.  All while the world watched and dismissed them as a side show.

That surprised look on their faces is already turning to anger.

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These young political revolutionaries have just been taught by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party that you have to cheat to win.  They have taught these young, impressionable youths that corruption and crime really does pay.  And it pays off BIG.

Those socialistic millennials wont make the same mistake twice. Which should be more concerning to freedom loving capitalists than a Trump presidency.

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They won’t enter the big league shower room again unarmed and alone.  They wont be without protection.

I do agree, their generation is filled with a plethora of hipster slackers wanting everything for free.  However, I’m more inclined to not dismiss them.  I (begrudgingly) give them a little more credit.

Now that they know that their political leaders cannot be trusted, politicians fight dirty and the game’s rigged against them from every direction, I feel that they’ll react like histories disenfranchised children have always reacted. We’ve given them no other choice.

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They’ll change the game…or burn it down.

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You Ain’t Moving in With Me!

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Here’s a refugee intake worksheet so you know who’s who and who’s got what, when those people you say “You’re Not letting In” arrive at your bug-out location.
Like it or not, you’re going to have people who show up at your door during a SHTF disaster.
You’ll have friends, family and acquaintances showing up in your drive way looking for a handout.
Shutting the lights off and pretending your not home won’t work.  They ain’t going nowhere.  You’re stuck with them.
The way you should look at this is like the old saying about life giving you lemons.

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No!  No tequila shots for you.
You’ve got lots of work to do.  You need to put a tribe together and fast.  People do much better in groups.
You now have a labor force desperate for help.
Here’s your FREE downloadable refugee in-processing worksheet for when your guests show up at your door.  “PDF Refugee Intake Worksheet”

Here’s some things to keep in mind.

People will arrive with their decision making ability compromised. They will be suffering with mental trauma and stress.
Blood is thicker than water but you need to stress community before family.

Inventory

What are they bringing with them?
-Illnesses and special needs.
The number one issue will be feeding everyone.
Confiscate all their supplies. You’re a tribe now.
The number two issue will be keeping your food.
Inventory guns and ammunition.
Who can do what?
What talents are they bringing?
Immediately establish a Work Detail.  Assign jobs to people. Preferably jobs that suit their talents.  You’ll need security, medical, sanitation, communication, food prep, and day care.  The list goes on.
You’ll have to tailor your tribe to your specific needs and vision.  But don’t forget to have a second in command man or woman and some captains.
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You can’t do it all yourself.  You’ll burn out fast and lose control of your tribe.  Make sure you delegate.
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The Legend of Ol’ Butch.

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On my 49th birthday, I purchased Ol’ Butch from my long time, adventurous, globe trotting, scoundrel pal Thomas Moore. He was about to leave the U.S. for parts unknown and not returning.
I was both surprised that he wanted to let Ol’ Butch go and happy that he thought of me first.  I’d been after him to auction off Ol’ Butch for about 7 years.
Here’s the story of this legendary, well travelled blade in Thomas Moore’s own words.

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Ol’ Butch

By Thomas D. Moore
(aka Tomahawk, Pathfinder Tom, Whiskey Jack)
I was sitting around yesterday afternoon, sippin’ a Whiskey and soda, with my Green river knife “Ol’ Butch” hanging around my neck. the sun was warm on my chest, I began to notice a slight tainted fat smell…..I soon discovered the source of the Ambiance as the handle on my Green river Knife.
Unsheathing the blade, I took a long sniff of the handle, and was flooded with memories of past expeditions, wilderness adventures, countries, people, war zones, horses and mules, skinned deer, elk and moose – the list goes on.

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This knife has been with me for 23 years. I bought it in a junk shop in Moab, Utah back in 1989 for the ridiculous price of $6.00. Later on I made a sheath for it from some raw hide salvaged from a dead horse I discovered while on a trip in the Utah desert. The handle has always been used as the socket for hundreds of my bow and drill, friction fires.
My knife has been to 87 countries, 6 war zones and 5 continents.
Ol’ Butch is a comforting friend and a constant companion.

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I have to kinda chuckle at the knife kooks I read about online that ask silly questions like;
“How do I force a patina on my new Mora?”
– First of all – throw away the Mora, get a Green River and USE IT. Get off of your computers, get out into the woods, deserts, jungles and mountains. Split some wood, cut some meat (and a finger or two), build some fires, defend yourself, and simply USE the Knife!
Tomahawk – Scouts out!

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So that’s the story of Ol’Butch.
The lesson here is to go buy or make yourself a blade and get out and use the dern thing.
Brought to you by “The SHTF Art of War“.
It pays to be the smartest guy in the room (with a knife).
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Everyone For Themselves

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The average citizen is clueless to their surroundings and has never entertained the idea of what they’d do in a disaster or life threatening situation.

These individuals will lose half their IQ points as soon as the emergency tones go off on their radio.  Tunnel vision and panic will cause them to freeze up and be in your way.

When panic sets in, your average person gets tunnel vision and their field of vision can shrink up to 70%.

Stress hormones are like hallucinogenic drugs that compromise their decision making capability.

You, assuming you’re of the preparedness mindset, will be surrounded by average citizens in complete denial about their reality and they will not be able to cope, adapt or overcome.

“Did you know that the biggest threat to your life if you survive a plane crash isn’t the fire or the smoke?  It’s your everyday average citizen blocking the isles and exits as they try to get their carry-on luggage out of the overhead bin.”

What is your disaster personality?

Will you endanger yourself or your family to help others?

Will you be able to push women and children out of your way to get to safety?

Or will you be the person to allow just one more person into the lifeboat so that it sinks?

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10 Commandments for the Con-Artist

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The key to survival for the charismatic leader without a stash of bullets, beans, bandaids and booze, is to extract resources from other peoples labors.

10 Commandments for Con con artists set out by Victor Lustig a con-legend who once took $5K off Al Capone and sold the Eiffel Tower twice.

1. Be a patient listener (it is this, not fast talking, that gets a con-man his coups).

2. Never look bored.

3. Wait for the other person to reveal any political opinions, then agree with them.

4. Let the other person reveal religious views, then have the same ones.

5. Hint at sex talk, but don’t follow it up unless the other fellow shows a strong interest.

6. Never discuss illness, unless some special concern is shown.

7. Never pry into a person’s personal circumstances (they’ll tell you all eventually).

8. Never boast. Just let your importance be quietly obvious.

9. Never be untidy.

10. Never get drunk.

It pays to be the smartest guy in the room.

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You’re Not a Grey Man.

Here’s how I spot the failed grey man.

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Those idiotic para-cord bracelets.

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A hat with velcro patching.

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Mil-spec boots.
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A knife clipped to the pant’s pocket.
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A shemagh. (you might also be a hipster)
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A dive watch that you think a Navy SEAL would wear.
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Anything that says “Don’t Tread on Me.”
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Oakley sunglasses.
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And the biggest give away is if you’re wearing anything from the 5.11 tuxedo collection.  If you’re wearing 5.11 attire, that tells me you’re a cop or some kind of wanna-be cop or contractor wanna-be.
What does all this mean to me?  It means if I spot these telltale signs of tactical-ness, I put you into three categories.
  1. A cop or worse yet a young cop.
  2. A Dueshbag wanna-be cop or blackwater wanna-be contractor who spends too much time on youtube watching gun videos.
  3. A Military serviceman who hasn’t been taught how to be low profile when off duty.
My situational awareness radar has a default setting that red flags and lumps anyone wearing this tacti-cool garb into the category of “moron-with-a-gun” until proven otherwise.

Depending on the scenario, you offer me these assets and liabilities.

You’re the idiot that’ll pull a gun at the wrong time and make a bad situation worse at 200 mph.
Or the bad guy will recognize these failed grey-man clues and shoot you first.
The plus side of that is that you’ll put a spot light on where the bad guys should shoot and buy me time to exit the kill zone.
Don’t get me wrong here.  I like the rule of law and the men and women who bravely enforce it.  I’m pro 2nd amendment and absolutely for an armed citizenry.

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My concern is that the majority of gun carrying Americans do not have the training to engage bad guys effectively.  I hope and pray that if I find myself in an environment where armed resistance is needed to stop evil, that whoever pulls a gun that day, can perform that task with professional skills and confidence.
However the reality is that the odds are against that actually happening and so for now, I’ll be looking out for number one.

It pays to be the smartest guy in the room.

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