Escape from Home takes you into the current situation for Lisa and Tom and their small band of survivors. Just as things start to look good them…well, you have to read it to find out.
Now this is the part that I’ve been really looking forward to! And before I get too far along I want to share a few thoughts first…kinda like to set the stage properly. And before I do that, if you didn’t read the original SitRep of 6/15, I am going to suggest that you read the SitRep that is generating this Part #2 post. <click here to read it>
#1 – I am just a fairly normal person. I have no special insights that come from divine sources. I have had no dreams or visions of the future, especially not concerning what I write in this post.
#2 – I am speaking of my own views and opinions and what I can do to make things a little better. In other words…these solutions are based on what I think I can/should do. Plus a thought or two for you to consider.
#3 – Please take everything I say and ponder it a lot before you consider taking the same or similar action. What is right for me may not be right for you. You have to do the right things for you.
#4 – Please provide feedback…especially if you think I am off the mark. If you see me going down the wrong path (in your opinion) then talk to me about it. We might be able to find a better solution working together…undoubtedly.
OK, that is out of the way. Now, let’s talk about some general solutions to what I outlined in the 6/16 SitRep.
First and foremost…stay away from fringes. In other words…moderation in all things. And yet another way to look at it…no extremes, no radical(isms), no abnormal behavior. Yeah, I know, that can be very subjective. But you my friends are intelligent well-grounded folks and you know what I am talking about. Think “balance”.
Example: Not ever using a bank. That is radical and extreme…and no common sense to it. There is nothing wrong with using a bank. Now, depending on it for everything and having all your liquid/cash resources in a bank is just as extreme. Find a good balance for you.
Next, use common sense. If you are reading this article on this website you are probably pretty intelligent, pretty well educated (not necessarily “schooled”), and pretty well grounded. That implies that you have a heavy dose of common sense. Use it! If something doesn’t seem to make sense…well, it’s probably nonsense. If something sounds too good to be true…it is.
Example: Someone that you know tells you they have had a dream that you should put all your money into dandelion oil futures. Does that make any sense at all? Nope! First, making an investment decision on someone’s dream is plain stupid. Investing in something as off-beat as dandelion oil is pretty far-fetched as well. But, futures in dandelion oil…come on! Really? Use your God-given common sense.
But, the bottom line is this…know what you believe and why. The “why” can be tricky. If you base your foundation on situational ethics your foundation is weak…made of sand. But, if your foundation is built of rock…well, it’s solid.
Example: Is it okay to kill people? Most folks will say “no!”…but why would they (including you and me) say no? For me…it violates the 6th Commandment (of the 10 Commandments). Why do I put so much stock in the 10 Commandments? Because I believe in God. So my foundation is rock solid…it won’t change based on situational ethics. Now, is it ever okay to kill someone? Yes. A God-given right is the right to defend ourselves. So taking a life in self-defense is acceptable. What about war? War is another example of self-defense. What about defending our family? Yes, the scriptures and Prophets tell us we are responsible to protect our families. So you get the point.
A last example would be the Governor of a state, President of a country, or leader of a military unit simply giving an order to kill someone who was no threat, or it is otherwise illegal to do so. You then would have a moral obligation to refuse to kill that person. And if your foundation is built on a rock…you will be willing to accept the consequences of your decision.
Now…let’s get into specifics for each category of the original 6/16 SitRep.
Flood & Food –
First off, if you have food storage the flood issues wouldn’t affect you anyways. But, that being said the best way to avoid reacting inappropriately to this kind of issue is Situational Awareness (SA). Knowing that the vast majority of crops that are being affected are corn and soy beans. So going out and panic buying a year’s supply of wheat wouldn’t solve anything. And most of the soy beans affected are normally exported as well. So the panic of flood and the prospect of food shortages declines from panic to mild concern.
When you hear of catastrophes, but before you panic react, know what you are dealing with and its true effect on your world. That is good SA! A series of articles to help you know more about Situational Awareness, and how to use it, can be found at <click here>
The #1 way to be objective about economic and financial situations/issues is to understand that everyone that talks about it in the media has an agenda. And they, along with politicians, are seeking money and power. So when you hear about economic data the first question would be something along the lines of…”If I take this information as true, and act on it, who benefits the most in terms of money and power?”
So, when you hear that unemployment is at historic lows…what do you believe and what do you do about it?
Let’s employ my question…”If historically low unemployment numbers are true, who benefits the most in terms of money and power from those low unemployment numbers?” Answer that one honestly and objectively and you start to understand where those numbers come from and why. Once that is done then you can look at what you do, or don’t do, in regards to that information.
Now, if I am right about the economy and financial systems being in trouble do you believe it and what do you do about it? Well, for me and my family we do the following:
1 – Get out of debt. Debt is a cruel master that can cause serious trouble for you in everyday life. Generally speaking debt would not affect you very much in terms of emergencies or disasters…unless your ability to recover from either is reduced, or eliminated. Meaning…you don’t have an emergency fund to repair damages, replace items, or buy necessities. For a grid-down event…I don’t see debt being a significant problem, at least initially. If you have a lot of debt let’s say after an EMP event, how would that negatively affect you? My opinion…not much. As time goes on the lust for power and money will grow. And, if you are in debt (i.e. mortgage) and can’t pay it…you could have your house repossessed and your family is now on the street. Same could be true for anything that is held as security for a debt. And worse of all…same could be true if you can’t pay taxes. You have real-estate taxes wherein you could lose your home. You have income taxes where you could be put in jail. And one I want you to really think about…if you have a car loan, and it goes unpaid, you could lose your transportation.
2 – Have a cash emergency fund. The amount is dependent on your individual situation. And yes, I mean cash…not a bank balance. But yes, you can have funds in a bank…that is fine. But, have a cash emergency fund available.
3 – Have an IRA/401k. You don’t know, I don’t know, no one knows for sure, when the system crashes. Yes, it will crash but you aren’t smart enough to know when…I know I’m not. But, you do know that you will retire…prepare for it. A self-funded, self-directed retirement fund is imperative. If you don’t have one, and refuse to get one, you are setting yourself up for a disaster at some point in your life. We use Fidelity and for growth we use an S&P index based mutual fund. And please…don’t spout off nonsense about stocks, mutual funds, and such gibberish. They have a good history of performance over a long period of time. Can they go bad? Sure. Will they go bad? Absolutely. And we don’t have a clue as to when. Till they do…use them to your advantage! And prepare for what you know has a very high probability of happening…retirement.
4 – Precious metals. Have some, but not too much. Historically precious metals have been a good way to transfer/maintain wealth during difficult times. But, for me personally…precious metals should NOT be viewed as an investment. Precious metals are a commodity NOT a currency. Precious metals are similar to insurance (wealth insurance) they are NOT intended to make you money. Don’t have more than 10% of all your investments in precious metals…ever! Do not own any precious metals until all other seven areas of preparedness priorities are met. <click here>
5 – Pay more attention to macro-economic indicators. Individual tax rates going up or down is a micro indicator. The amount of tax revenue being sucked out of the private sector to the government is a macro indicator. Yes, more income tax flowing out of the private sector into the federal government is bad, very bad. GDP is a micro indicator (albeit a decent one). The annual federal deficit is a macro indicator. Unemployment numbers are a micro indicator. National debt is a macro indicator. I am not saying to ignore micro indicators, just put much more importance on macro indicators. It is the macro indicators that will point more accurately to the true state of the economy and the financial system.
6 – Have access to land that you can grow food on.
It is inevitable…and it is already taking place. We have multiple hot wars right now. While limited in scope, they are shooting wars all the same. And one thing I completely avoided mentioning in the original SitRep is this…in a very real sense we are already at war with Russia…and have been so since 2015 in a noticeable way…digital warfare.
Digital warfare is much more subtle but can be far more effective…and much cheaper to wage. A “David” could slay a “Goliath” in digital warfare and relatively inexpensively. We know pretty conclusively that Russia interfered with, as in “influenced”, the 2016 Presidential election. No, they didn’t get Trump elected. But, we do know that they had a concerted and successful effort via Internet media to influence voters and political topics. We also know that they probably hacked into several states’ voting systems. We have a very good idea that they hacked DNC computers.
Considering the rate of technology growth what do you think they are capable of now, four years later? How about what Russia might do in the 2020 elections? Have no doubt…that kind of activity is warfare just as much as firing a missile at a ship is.
So what has our country’s reaction been? We have launched cyber-attacks and cyber-reconnaissance against Russia…and to a lesser degree China. We are engaged in digital warfare with both of our major world opponents. And if one side begins to lose in a significant way…what do you think the other side will do? If one side’s ability to wage an appropriate cyber based response…what do you think their option(s) would then be? Could digital warfare morph into a shooting war?
OK, now all that being said…what is the solution? Sadly, at the individual level there is virtual no solution for this issue since it is controlled on a national and international level. What you can do is:
1 – Vote for politicians who appear to be least likely to get us into useless wars.
2 – If a useless war begins to take shape, protest against it.
3 – Generally be a well-prepared prepper in case the war (digital or shooting) begins to seriously affect the US.
4 – Voice your opposition to useless war whenever engaging in conversation about it.
Dang! This issue just plains sucks! I hate trying to come up with suggestions on this one because all politics just sucks and I hate it all. But, I promised I would provide some potential solutions, so here goes…
1 – Base political beliefs on fundamentally correct principles. I base my political beliefs on the Constitution. I am an originalist and a literalist in regards to the Consitution. I believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights as originally written and intended by the Founding Fathers. If it isn’t in the Constitution, if it is not authorized in the Constitution, then it is not just illegal, it is immoral. If a politician doesn’t support the Constitution as such…then I won’t support the politician. Or, at the very least I will highly criticize them as appropriate.
Examples: The Civil Asses Forfeiture laws are clearly anti-Constitutional, violating a number of the 10 Bill of Rights amendments. Any law that infringes on the right to own a gun is clearly anti-Constitutional. If a politician supports CAF laws or any gun control law…then that politician does NOT support the Constitution nor our founding pricinples. And that is a huge Red Flag!!
2 – Understand who politicians are. All politicians lust for power and/or money. Yes, even the well-intentioned politicians lust for power…even if it is the power to change things for the better. As we well know through our knowledge of the nature of man…give a man a little power and he always wants more. There is very little in this life that corrupts a soul faster or more completely than power.
When looking at what a politician does or proposes, ask yourself this…Who gains power and money through this proposal or action?
3 – Understand power exists only in one place at a time. When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution the vast majority of the power rested with the individual and then the states. Now where does the vast majority of power reside?
As the federal government has grown in power it has shifted from the individual citizen to the federal government. And it has also shifted from the states to the federal government.
Power is not created, it can only shift from one owner to another. The individual (rightful owner) is far more trustworthy with power than the federal government any day! The founders knew that and tried to write the Constitution to prevent the federal government from being as powerful as it is. While their effort was gallant, tireless, and paid for in blood…they failed. The Constitution has become corrupted and we have an all-powerful federal government that makes 1770’s England look passive.
Know when the individual and/or state is losing power to the federal government…and resist it.
4 – Never trust what a politician says. Politicians will say anything to get elected and stay in power. They will also lie to pass their legislation. Watch what a politician does…that will show his character and intentions.
5 – Don’t support the “impeach Trump” effort in any way. Not only is it a political scheme by radical democrats…it is an actual coup. It is an effort by democrats to forcibly remove a sitting President from office outside of the electoral process. Why? Because the democrats want that power. It is nothing more than that…a power struggle. It is NOT a fight of good vs. evil…it is only about the struggle for power.
6 – Pay close attention to what is happening politically. Along with that…”who” is on “what” side of the political spectrum. Your good friend who is a moderate democrat today could well be the radical violent democrat protesting on the street and participating in the coup against Trump tomorrow. And how might that person begin to view your political beliefs? And what might they decide to do about it?
OK, that’s enough for now.
One part of technology that I kinda skimmed over in the original SitRep is social media. I didn’t want to get into that subject. But, I think I better state a couple thoughts…maybe just one. Social media is a very dangerous environment. Companies can learn virtually anything about you via your social media activities. And that means any government agency has access to that information as well. Don’t for a moment think that the federal government isn’t monitoring social media…THEY ARE!
The secret police agencies of the federal government (mostly the FBI, CIA, & NSA) monitor every form of social media, record all that activity, create files on individuals containing that activity, and can use it against anyone at any time for any reason. And that means you and I !!! You cannot hide your social media activity…it’s impossible. You can’t mask it, you cannot trick them, you can’t avoid them tracking you.
I am not telling you to get off all social media…or even reduce your activity. I just want you to be aware of what is happening. Remember this…as we’ve clearly seen, the federal government has weaponized the FBI, CIA, NSA, and even the IRS against anyone they view as an “enemy” or “potential terrorist”. Who’s that? <click here> Be aware and decide for yourself how easy you want to make it for them to target you.
Now, generally speaking what is my solution for the problem of technology?
1 – Clearly understand that the purpose of AI, as stated by technology companies, is to replace humans with AI controlled machines. And many of those machines are designed to be robots…some that are eerily similar in appearance to humans, some quite lethal.
2 – Make sure you have the capability to conduct your daily life 100% free of any and all technology.
3 – Make sure your prepping can be 100% technology free.
4 – Do not trust technology, those that are developing it, or especially their so-called mission statements for AI technology.
5 – When you start to see inflammatory statements by high-profile people, especially national leaders, STOP!!! Think about what they are saying. Does it sound rational and does it make sense? Could it be sourced from a deepfake environment?
This is going to be one area where I undoubtedly will make some folks uncomfortable…others will go completely off their nut. I hope a few find some useful information.
1 – Develop a firm foundation for your belief system. I believe, for me at least, it is Christianity. And I don’t mean some Taliban form of it. And I certainly don’t mean some mushy form of it. For me it is simple…the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, and the Beatitudes provide a great foundation. If people would follow those simple, clear, and practical guidelines there would be virtually no problems in the world today.
2 – Do not be a CBB. I coined a new term…Christians Behaving Badly. By this I mean try to live up to #1 all the time. That being said, allow others to believe as they wish. I am not referring to Carte Blanche behavior. What I am referring to is simple…don’t attack others when they don’t agree with your opinion. And when I mean attack…I mean personally attack, demean, criticize, etc…especially publicly. Why? For crying out loud, do I need to explain that!? Ask yourself this, if you find yourself about to be publicly critical of someone you think is wrong on a spiritual subject…is what you are saying helpful to that person or not?
Those that engage in CBB activities are often deluded in to thinking they are being some great advocate for Christ. They are not! They are behaving in a very un-Christian manner.
And there are a few, fortunately very few, who would try and justify their wrong-hearted behavior by saying, “Yeah but Christ contended with so and so, or got violent with the money changers!” Yup, He did…and you are NOT Christ! You do not know the heart of the person you are attacking, you don’t know their intention. Heck…you don’t even know if they misspoke or mistyped! They might be a poor communicator. Or you may have jumped to a wrong conclusion.
Rather than lash out in a manner that would make Satan smile, use your heart and your head. Discuss in a loving manner the principle, your view, and substantiate it through scripture or other authoritative sources.
If you are a Taliban Christian (CBB) try reading Colossians 3:12, Romans 15:5, Galatians 5:22-23 and a long list of other scriptures. But, most of all think about the Golden Rule. Then ask yourself…What are the results of your behavior…for your target…and for you?
If you are a CBB…Stop!
If you encounter CBB treat them like you would any weak-minded, cowardly bully. First, don’t engage them. They are acting this way due to a mental and/or spiritual problem…and you are highly unlikely going to be able to change them. Heck, don’t even try to change them, leave that up to their family, close friends, their spiritual leadership, a professional councilor, etc. Second, support the person they are attacking. Find something about the other person that you can complement them on, agree with them on, or in some other way let them know that they are not alone. A CBB is nothing more than a misguided bully. But, their target needs to know that Christians are good people and don’t behave that way. Defend them publicly, but also reach out to them privately. I’ve seen victims of CBBs get really down due to the attack. Don’t let Satan win! Let good Christians know that other good Christians are there for them…that they are not alone!
3 – Understand democrats and act accordingly. Remember I consider democrats to be Progressives, Liberals, Democrats, and RINOs. Democrats desire to overthrow the US government, via democracy, into a socialist/Communist country…then establish a complete totalitarian regime. They want nothing less!
There are no moderate democrats. ALL members of the democratic party support, directly or in-directly, the same goals and policies. And that includes infanticide. Some democrats are more vocal than others in speaking the truth about their goals…but the support is unanimous…whether they think so or not.
4 – Conservatism is not a good thing. Our Founding Fathers were not conservatives. They were classical liberals.
For the record… “Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade.
Conservatism as it is known today is not classical liberalism. Libertarians are a much closer match to our Founding Fathers. Remove the anarchists that have hijacked part of libertarianism and you would have a nearly perfect match.
Fortunately, many people who claim to be conservatives are actual libertarian in their beliefs. If you add the belief in a civil society to libertarianism (civil-society libertarianism) then you have a match with many people who think they are conservatives.
Think about politicians who claim to be conservatives…do they match the definition of “classical liberalism” or do they distort it? Do they justify variances to it? Or, do they advocate for more law and order vs defending rights and liberties? Do they advocate war, police actions, military interventions, democracy building? Do they defend freedom of religion, regardless of the consequences…or do they vote in favor of reducing religious liberties/rights? Do they favor Civil Asset Forfeiture laws and other violations of due process…or do they support private property and the rule of law?
It is not hard to determine who is a friend of the Constitution and believe in our founding principles…and who are the enemies of the same. Figure out who is who…and who you choose to support politically.
5 – Get to know people for who they really are…not who they say they are. This will be incredibly important as time goes on. It will have the ability to prevent misunderstandings and help avoid being easily deceived by people.
6 – Stick with the scriptures and authorized servants of God. Don’t get sucked into paths that lead away from the gate to heaven. Do not trust in the arm of flesh. Do not get caught up in spiritual fads. Learn the difference between spiritual feelings and emotional feelings. Follow spiritual feelings, question emotional feelings.
7 – Be careful of, leery of, cautious of, people who claim dreams and visions. Many who believe in these things will quote Joel 2:28 from the Bible. And they neglect, maybe purposely ignore, the context and prior verses. Namely who these people will be, what they have to go through, and what type of people they are, and the environment in which it all occurs. And be even more doubtful and disbelieving of what they claim they saw in these visions and dreams (i.e. content).
Why? Because the Bible also tells us to expect false prophets in the last days. And what is the purpose of false prophets? To lead people astray from God…into Satan’s grasp.
So are there people who are legitimately entitled to messages from God through dreams and visions? Absolutely, 100% there are. Who are they? People who have the right to such. Namely, everyone has the right to receive guidance from God for their personal life. Parents have the right to guidance from God for their family. The leader of a congregation same thing. An entire church, same thing. There are people who are authorized servants of God who are perfectly entitled to receive messages from God via dreams and visions. My faith states as a core belief… “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.”
The key to this point is this…is the message from God (i.e. spiritual), or a sincere/honest desire of the person (i.e. emotional), or nefarious (i.e. commercial venture or lust for power)? And the only way to determine that is a process.
First- is the message clearly supported by scripture?
Second- is the message clearly supported by current authorized servants of God?
Third- is there a “right” to receive this message, are they authorized to receive the message?
Fourth- is this message and its delivery method free from commercial gain?
Fifth- is this message free of any shift of power, or God-given right, from yourself to another?
Any “no” is a huge Red Flag!
If all five answers are “yes” then the message is probably good. But, this is only a start to figuring out if the message is from God or not. A good question to follow-up the above five with (if you’ve received five yes answers)…”Why this person? What makes them so special for God to speak through them to me? Why didn’t God speak directly to me?”
If you have others saying that so and so is special, has a special path to God, sees visions/dreams, and then they testify that they are from God…Red Flag! You may be deceived into believing the person testifying vs. testing the validity of the message itself.
Yes, I am urging much caution in this area. There has been an alarming increase in the numbers of people being led astray by false prophets in the last 10 years. Please don’t be one of these that put your trust in someone, or your belief in someone, that is a false prophet.
Now, conversely…if you have someone teaching messages from scripture or if you have an authorized servant of God talking to you about things that are corroborated in scripture…you are probably on safe ground. But, be safe…kneel in prayer to God with an honest and sincere heart, asking if what you are hearing is true. God will not fail you when it comes to revealing truth. The Comforter will bear witness. Just make sure it is the Comforter and not your emotions.
Solutions Summary –
We are in the last days. We are experiencing wars and the probability of more wars grows almost daily. There are some very bad people in our world trying to do many bad things. The US government is no longer a government of, or for, the people. Financially we are on very unstable ground. Wicked forms of government are taking root and getting stronger. People’s hearts are failing them and becoming cold and hard. Calamities and chaos is all around us.
At the same time…there are some incredible people out there doing amazing things, selfless acts of kindness, pouring out mercy, and miracles occurring. We have some of the best and sweetest souls on earth that we have ever seen. Opportunities to prepare, help others, and gather useful information has never been greater.
Many people I talk with are experiencing nothing short of miracles in their lives. They are doing God’s work and spreading His word. People are leaving old ways and embracing God’s plan by the tens of thousands each moth, if not each week. Technology is allowing more people to hear God’s messages more than at any time in the history of the world.
We have more opportunities to help others, to be kind to others, to minister to others, and to be His children than can be imagined. We need but to seize those opportunities.
I ask of you a few simple things:
1 – Learn the principles of preparedness.
2 – Become prepared and ready to help you family, neighbors, and community.
3 – Grow closer to God.
4 – Grow closer to your family.
5 – Build a strong foundation of beliefs.
Remember a couple of things:
1 – It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing.
2 – The harder right is worth more than the easier wrong.
The storm is coming…sooner than many think. Please be prepared for all that is to come. You won’t regret it.
Note: I am not expert. I am just a guy sharing his opinions and views with you. I hope in some small way I’ve helped.
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It has been a very long time since I did any new original articles and even longer since a SitRep has appeared on the site. But, that changes today! Why? Because a SitRep is needed, sorely needed. I started writing this SitRep on Saturday morning, finished it late Sunday…with lots of editing during the process. I didn’t want to write it too quickly after the most recent bombing in the Gulf, and I didn’t want to publish it too quickly and not get the right material in it. So here we go…
But, I want to answer a popular question first…
Why has there been little in the way of new website content? That is simple…I’m building the house my wife and I are going to retire in (January 2020). I started clearing and prepping the building site in late February. I just got back from a 5-week stint where I accomplished about 70% of the siding, roughed in the electrical, and completed the utility shed along with a lot of the infrastructure to a nearly usable point. And doing that by yourself when you are 64 years old ain’t easy! Everything takes more time…and plenty of Aleve each day.
One of the benefits to this time building the house is solitude. I have lots of time to think, ponder, and reflect since my wife is 320 miles away. Another benefit is no TV and no proverbial talking heads trying to sound important as well as knowledgeable…and almost always failing. And yet another positive aspect…I am able to read “news” on my schedule and as in-depth as I want. As the last two trips (5-weeks & 6 weeks respectively) have unfolded I have seen some very serious trends developing…and I am becoming ever increasingly concerned. Seriously concerned.
Now, one of the things that I’ve also been thinking about are “people.” But, in a slightly different way than you might be thinking. I’ve also had people ask for more solution oriented SitRep posts. I’ve even had a few folks express their…well…let’s just say disappoint that some of my SitRep posts seem fatalistic. They appear to think that I am somehow suggesting that they do nothing about the current world/national situation. That one surprised me. So, this SitRep will be my normal view/opinion of what’s happening and more details on a “solution”…or more accurately “solutions”.
And…of course I will probably step on a few toes in the process. And that should come as no surprise. If I was simply trying to make ya’ll happy I wouldn’t be honest…I would just be another target-audience pandering website.
And once again…if you are not willing to read this entire post to the end…including the “Summary/Solution” (Part #2) please don’t read any further. And yes, this is going to be a fairly long SitRep…not a simple fluff piece…be prepared to read a bunch. And sorry, I am not putting in pretty pictures for entertainment purposes.
So are you ready to rumble??????!!!!!!!
Flood & Food –
I figured I better get this one out of the way right off the bat.
I am not concerned about the current flooding in the US as it applies to food production. The US is a very large country with many areas able to produce the food that is being affected in the Mississippi flood plain. While individual farmers are facing terrible conditions, crops wiped out, cropland unusable for this growing season, etc…the nation as a whole is not suffering the same fate. As such, I don’t see a significant and worrisome condition as it pertains to available food due to flood conditions.
In a strange way the reduction in food exports to China due to the tariff wars has to a degree mitigated the reduction in food production due to abnormal flooding this year.
He we go again! If you were to listen to one particular group of financial “experts” you would think our country has never been in better shape financially/economically. Yeah, and it is motivated by, and originates from, a political viewpoint. But, if we are in such great shape as a country…
1 – Why do 60% of US citizens have mental anxiety and/or physical stress over their financial condition according to a recent poll? And especially when 55% approve of Trump’s handling of the economy?
2 – Why is private debt reaching an all-time high?
3 – Why are annual federal budget deficits running at record levels? Especially considering that tax money is flowing out of the private sector (citizens and companies) to the federal government at historic levels?
4 – Why is the national debt skyrocketing the last couple of years? Well, actually for a couple of decades now? But, I am more concerned about the later year figures.
5 – Why is GDP softening and so dramatically falling below projections/expectations?
6 – Why is the Federal Reserve making it public that they are considering lowering interest rates?
7 – Why is the IMF announcing a softening in the US economy and reducing its projections of US economic growth?
8 – Why are new and existing home sales dropping? Why are pending home sales dropping? (Yes, according to national NAR statistics.)
I could go on but you get the idea. Now, if you are a political ideologue you either applaud my questions/implications or you think I am full of crap. Yes, that implies I am calling you a Trump hater or a Trump lover. And you would be dead wrong! I am simply pointing out substantial financial/economic information that objectively clarifies where we are financially/economically as a country. And my friends………it ain’t good!
The #1 concern of mine is “debt”…and that means private and public debt. Both are at record levels! And the private debt quality is getting lower. That means a combination of amount of and days that payments are delinquent, and it includes the amount of sub-prime debt. Those two figures, and trends, are in critical territory as far as I am concerned…and getting worse by the week.
And what happened the last time debt became this much of an issue combined with a weakening housing market? I am very, very concerned about the state of the US economy and our overall financial situation. I think it could tumble very easily. And when it does (notice I didn’t say “if”) it will go down hard and fast. I believe the probability of that happening has increased significantly over the last year and is growing more unstable by the week.
This is one that I’ve not talked a whole lot about in the past…but now I must.
First, let’s talk reality…we’ve been at war continuously for nearly 20 years. The longest time period of US war footing in the history of the United States! And more to the point…What does the United States have to show for it? We’ve lost thousands and thousands of American military lives in that time frame. Tens of thousands more have been gravely injured and lost limbs, etc. Tens of thousands of families have been destroyed due to repeated deployments to war zones. Veteran and active duty suicides are at record highs. Conservative figures place the current suicide rate at a minimum of 20 per day….every single day we have our military folks killing themselves. That means more of our military people are dying from the aftermath of war than the war itself.
Next, reality check…What have we gained for 20 years of war? Well, we completely destroyed Iraq and hundreds of thousands of civilians died in the process. We opened that country up to one of the biggest scourges that this world has ever seen…ISIS. And we rained destruction down on Afghanistan…as if you could tell since it was a desolate country to begin with. We eliminated al-Qaeda and beat back the Taliban…just for the country to be ruled over by war lords and corrupt politicians. And then to have the Taliban reemerge as we withdraw. Then we went after Syria. Again…our military crushed them as they were asked to do. But, what did we accomplish? Did we change their leadership? No. Did a whole lot of civilians die? Yes. Did we make the country/region ripe for ISIS? Yes. Did we eliminate ISIS? For the most part, but they still exist and are still operational in some limited area in Syria. And tell me again…what else did we accomplish in Syria? And yes, I could go on and on referencing a long list of other countries where the so-called “fight against terrorism” continues. And what could you state has been our significant accomplishments in those many conflicts?
And now the toughest question…Realistically, can you honestly say that our accomplishments over the last nearly two decades of continuous war warrant the horrendous cost to the lives of our military men and women?
Now, factor in the trillions and trillions of dollars spent to rain down all this destruction -the trillions and trillions that our federal government borrowed- and ask yourself this, “Besides the terrible cost in lives…was it all worth the $’s spent?”
My God…I hope you answered a resounding “No!” to the last two questions.
If you can’t be honest enough with those two questions through a “No!” answer, then the rest of this post will be of absolutely no value to you and I urge you to read no further.
As we look at the potential of yet another hot war (i.e. Iran) we can see ourselves being able to crush them militarily…but their terrorist activity would increase significantly because Iran will not go down quietly. And remember, they clearly won the last time we engaged them (1980), and they directly killed hundreds of our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria (2003 – 2018) at relatively minor cost. And there is a wildcard when going after Iran in a shooting war…Russia. What will/can they do in supporting their close ally Iran? If Russia abandons Iran they lose all hope of influence, and credibility, in that region…and I don’t see Russia willing to accept that.
Now let’s talk about war with China. And please…only reality talk. I don’t want to factor in anyone’s dream or vision of some fantasy in this regards. There are other venues for that, but not here.
What has happened the last two times when we slapped tough financial sanctions on an Asia country? Simple answer…war. In 1949 sanctions went into effect against the Soviet Union and its allies. (Don’t forget, a large swath of the old Soviet Union [Russia] was in Asia.) So what happened? In 1950 the Korean War broke out, and shortly thereafter Vietnam. In 1940 the US imposed sanctions on Japan. In 1941 Japan attacked the USA and a brutal world war erupted. So what exactly do you think will happen if we continue to battle China in an economic war through sanctions?
How much more does it take before we, as a country or us individuals, get sick and tired of useless war and say, “Enough is enough!”?
Well, as long as we have war mongers like John Bolton in positions of influence we will continue to have devastating wars, and threats of war…with few, if any, accomplishments to show for it.
What are the chances of going to war? First off, we are already in numerous wars. Second, we could end up in war with Iran any day. The US government has been pushing very hard for military action against Iran. Granted, Iran is a “bad guy”…an evil regime of which there is no doubt. And, we (the US) have bad guys as well pushing for war with them, John Bolton is at the head of that list. Over the last few months there have been numerous attacks on oil infrastructure in the Middle East. They include attacks on refining facilities, shipping facilities, and shipping. Most recently Iran attacked several oil tankers with mines…indisputable proof of such activity via drone footage. War with Iran could break out any day, they’ve already fired missiles at our drones. One was shot down in Yeman. We will strike them…then it will be up to Iran if we go to war.
I am saying it plainly…We are already at war, and there are three more potential wars that could spring up overnight. And if those wars would involve Russia or China…we will not win. If any kind of major conflict would develop with either country we will lose. Maybe not militarily, but the end result would be devastating to the US and to the rest of the world.
Why would the US government seek more war? Oh come on! You know the answer to that question already. War is a primary tool of any government to distract its own citizens from internal strife. ALL politicians are capable of using that tool when they feel their power is in jeopardy…no exceptions. And if that isn’t enough…the military-industrial complex make huge profits during times of war. Money and power…the root of politicians…and evil.
Right after the inauguration of Trump I laid out the coup that was taking place against him. And I identified the major players on the ground. I was 100% correct then, and I even identified the players by name and position who were waging the coup against him. And I believe I am just a correct as I share the following with you.
But first, let me clear up a misconception. You will hear many folks speak of a “soft” or “hard” coup. I don’t believe those terms to be correct. A coup is a coup…period. And any attempt to remove a President from office outside of the electoral process is a coup…period. Now, there is a difference in the means of a coup. But, not aligned with soft or hard terms. Coups are either violent or non-violent. An impeachment attempt of a President is a non-violent coup. An assassination of President is a violent coup. So, let’s be clear…way back after Trump was elected a non-violent coup began in earnest with the Whitehouse, DOJ, CIA, FBI, DNI, NSA, as well as others. Its plan was to create such a cloud of “treason” against Trump that he would never become President. I also believe that there were plans for a violent coup in the inner circle of conspirators as well…and that would include the armed intelligent agencies; CIA, DNI, & FBI with the assistance of the NSA.
The initial non-violent coup has failed. Although the second non-violent coup (impeachment) has the democrats -meaning Democrats, Progressives, liberals, RINOs- still fighting that fight. What we have to look at is the renewed resurgence of the non-violent impeachment coup via additional activity of the House of Representatives towards that end. They have somehow taken the Mueller Report results and convoluted them into the foundation of their coup efforts.
Even if the House impeached Trump they know that a conviction in the Senate would be highly, highly unlikely. However, the impeachment alone would be enough to destroy Trump’s chances of reelection in 2020. In the event of impeachment there would be little impact on Trump’s base, but it would rally the democrats for the election to a fever pitch. And most importantly, it would ruin Trump’s chances with the bulk of independent voters for their support. Why? Conflict…people would be tired (if not already are) of conflict and controversy and ready from some peace and quiet. And that would be the democrat’s mantra.
What shows up on my radar as dangerous are the recent calls for 100+ rallies for “Impeach Trump!”. And this could turn into a violent coup attempt. Granted, there were only a few dozen rallies that actually occurred that weekend. But, the important note of that is…there were a few dozen rallies that occurred that weekend. If the street level “Impeach Trump!” movement begins to gain a head of steam what do you think will happen? If you said violence you are exactly right. Remember, historical facts show the Democrats are the party of violence and war. And what would the reaction to that protest/rally violence be? Yup, increasing violence coming from both sides…then from law enforcement. This scenario is a threat that many folks haven’t looked seriously at as of yet.
Now, second to last in the political arena…the 2020 elections. There will be no winner in the 2020 presidential election. Certainly not the country. There will be only two outcomes if Trump runs…he wins, or he loses.
First, if Trump wins…the democrats will go absolutely crazy, out of their mind, insane. And the more extreme of those radicals will go violent. Another issue will be, not maybe, a violent coup. There are still many, many deep state (shadow state) players in the government. The DOJ, DNI, FBI, NSA, and CIA are full of them. And they have the training, capability, and motivation to carry out a violent coup against Trump…they just need a spark.
Second, if Trump loses…there are some very radical Trump supporters fully capable of violence. Perhaps not nearly as many, nor as insane as democrats, but they are there. What do you think they will be motivated to do? And how newly empowered do you think the democrats will be? They are already talking about prosecuting Trump once he is out of office, do you think they would follow through with it? If they did, what do you think the radical right’s reaction would be?
If Trump doesn’t run…there is only one reason he would not run…he knows he would lose. And that knowledge might come from polling, from impeachment, or from blackmail. If Trump doesn’t run, democrats win by default. Why? Because if Trump doesn’t run his 4-years as President will be seen by Independents as a failure. And that vision will be all the motivation they will need to go for a democrat.
And now the unpredictable…what if the democrats win the Senate? Look out! Couple that with them winning the Presidency and the country is 100% screwed…at the speed of light. And what do you think some of the crazies on the right might do when they see that happening?
Once more…there is absolutely no winner for the 2020 elections. I think the campaign will be extremely turbulent at best, extremely violent at worst. Be prepared!
Note: I think the 2020 election will be one of accountability. Yes, which political party will be held the most accountable for their actions. But, I also firmly believe that we, as individuals, should look at being held accountable for who we vote for…regardless of the office in question. I would like to lay this out there for your consideration…vote for the person who most closely mirrors your personal and political beliefs. I mean in terms of ethics, morals, and the Constitution…vote for that person regardless of party affiliation. Basically…vote your conscience.
Final point in this political category…the Electoral College disbandment. Before I get started I want to make sure that you understand a very, very important point…the United States of America is NOT a democracy! The USA is a Constitutional Republic. There is a massively huge difference. If you don’t know that the USA is a Constitutional Republic, or you don’t understand the difference…PLEASE research it out now.
One key aspect of preventing the destruction of the USA is the fact it is not a democracy and was never intended to be such. The Constitution was specifically written to prevent that. And one of the key elements to prevent the USA from degenerating into just another sewage based country is the Electoral College. It was designed with the intention to prevent mobocracy (a synonym for democracy). It was also designed to prevent a single party being able to so deceive the public into bring back a monarchy or some other undesirable form of government.
And so what are the democrats up to…continuing to destroy the USA…which they have been working at for over 100 years. This time they are trying to do it through the elimination of the Electoral College. There are 15 states now, controlling 195 electoral votes, with laws that require their state to cast their Electoral College votes for the popular vote winner. That is in 100% direct opposition to the Constitution. And the democrats are 100% behind it!
So, why are democrats so intent on this move? Simple, they want to change America into a socialist country to be able to implement totalitarianism. And they have a plan to do that through the destruction of the Constitutional Republic via instituting democracy.
This particular category has risen in my opinion as being one of the biggest threats to freedom the world has ever seen. Actually, one of the biggest threats to humanity that the world has ever seen. Yes, there are many good things about technology and its uses…there is no denying that. But, it is being used for evil (and will be more so in the very near future) far more than it is being used for good. How?
There is a two-pronged attack via technology in the war against the human race taking place right now that are very significant in nature. And I mean it in every sense of the term “war” in a very real sense.
First, there is the refinement of Artificial Intelligence (AI). And within this first point is:
1 – AI being used more and more to replace humans. No, not supplement humans…replace them.
Emerging and increasing popular use of armed machines, controlled by AI, used to kill people. We see the technology used widely in the war on terrorism in the form of armed “drones” which are now capable of making independent “kill” decisions. We are also seeing AI used in law enforcement work. We saw that back in 2016 the Dallas PD used a robot to kill a suspected gunman. The technology has refined exponentially since then. Then there is the law enforcement agencies use of computer software, AI based, to predict criminal activity. That has been going on for at least a couple of decades on a community level but has recently made a quantum leap on the individual citizen level as AI has evolved to truly scary point.
2 – And a very weird category of AI is in the use of sex robots. While mostly ignored, usually scoffed at, it will have more impact on civilization/humanity than all military and law enforcement use of AI combined. It is already shown through studies that humans are increasingly more favorable to robots as sex partners than humans. Think of those implications. Enough said.
Second, the dramatic creation of refined “deepfake” media. Deepfake media is media produced that is not real (i.e. fake) but appears to be 100% real and true. The form of deepfake that I am most concerned with is visual media. Do you remember watching comedy based TV shows where they would take someone’s face and superimpose moving lips to say jokes, sing a song, etc.? That was kindergarten stuff!
The technology now exists to make videos using someone’s entire face/body and they appear to say whatever the creator wishes. It is almost impossible to notice any superficial movement to the lips/body or in voice manipulation. And since the voice is actually the person’s real voice whose words are being manipulated it sounds like them in every sense of the word. Now, all that being said, the software (powered by AI) is currently being refined to make it impossible for the average person (i.e. without the aid of sophisticated technology) to tell the difference between a person giving an actual speech or one that is completely fabricated through the use of deepfake technology.
The truly frightening aspect of this will come to play in politics. Politicians, including national leaders, will appear to give a speech or comment…and the question will be…is it true or not? Unfortunately, most people will be fooled into thinking that deepfake media will be true media. And, I believe it will appear in the 2020 elections to some degree. And both foreign governments and US based political operatives will use it against the public.
Now, the horrifying aspect of this technology will come to light as governments begin to use it through its national level intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Think of the prospect of US agencies having the technology to present media to the public that is completely fabricated and indistinguishable from the truth. How far do you think the US government would go using this kind of technology against its citizens? Now, if you don’t remember what I laid out in the “political” category go read it again. Then ask yourself…How far would the US government go with deepfake capabilities…based on what they have already done that we know to be historical infamous fact?
Why is it so scary? Shortly, very shortly, you will not be able to believe what you see or what you hear. So then, how are you going to discern truth from lies? Reality from fantasy?
This is the most disheartening category that I will write about in this SitRep. Why? Because it is so disappointing to see people changing so much lately.
Before I get started I want to publically thank the Catholic Church. While it does have serious issues and problems right now that are very public, they are leading the public fight against abortion/infanticide. For that valiant fight defending the unborn children…Thank you!
First group I am worried about…democrats. Remember, I include Progressives, Liberals, Democrats, and RINOs in this collective term. Why? Because it is applicable and an easier to term to use when typing.
Democrats have become the party/group of evil about 100 years ago. And yes, I mean evil in the true sense of the word. They are the backers of infanticide. They are trying to eliminate the Electoral College and hence destroy our very Constitutional Republic itself. And let us not forget…they want to install Communism in the US…and violently if needed. Penny Kuzmich, Colorado democrat politician, made that clear in June 2019.
The Democrats have corrupted the education system in the USA. Remember John Dewey is regarded as the father of public schools? Yeah, did you know that John Dewey was a rabid socialist/Communist? Did you know the ideas he brought to America to establish government education here were based on European fascist government’s original development of the so-called public education system? Yeah, I hope you did…but many don’t. To this day teacher unions are some of the most socialist/communist based organizations in the country. And it is they who are educating the vast majority of our children…and have done so for well over 100 years.
Results: by a large majority Millennials (Democrats or Republicans) view socialism more favorably than capitalism. And in terms of all age groups of Democrats…they are evenly split 50-50 as seeing socialism as a more favorable form of economic system than capitalism. That means we are losing our country to the forces of evil…and thanks in great part to our government school system.
And most disturbing and disgusting of all people and their behavior…democrats lauding and bragging about infanticide. It is utterly disgusting that democrats so wholly and enthusiastically support this worst of human crimes. More and more so-called Christians are embracing abortion. It simply can’t be! You cannot be both a Christian and pro-abortion…period…end of story. The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids the shedding of innocent blood. There is nothing more innocent that an unborn baby in a mother’s womb. End of story.
And now another group of people that I am increasingly aware of…some Christians. And within that group are two concerns…first, shrinking number of Christians. I pointed that out some months ago what is happening to the numbers…they are shrinking and an alarming rate.
The other trend I am seeing is Christians behaving badly. Not in a general term…for we all sin and fall short. What I am referring to is Christian-on-Christian behavior. I am becoming more aware of some Christians treating other Christians in a way that is wholly inappropriate, ever increasing, and something to be worried about as a prepper. Not that long ago I saw a debate between two people, both professing to be Christians. One person in the discussion pointed out evils committed by a government agency using historical facts to support their claim. Another person disagreed with the first person but used only opinion, not a single fact. The first person came back and stated again that his opinion/view was based on actual documented historical events. The second person (defender of government agency) came back with a very personal attack and threatened to turn the person into the government agency in question. Think about that for a minute…let it sink in.
Why do I think that is a bad thing? Ravening wolf in sheep’s clothing (Mathew 7). These are those individuals that after an emergency, disaster, or grid-down event occurs, will be the first in line to turn in neighbors and fellow Christians to the bad guys to win some disagreement. In a hard grid-down they will see themselves as doing a great community service to let government authorities know who has food and water storage, guns, ammunition, or who have expressed anti-government sentiments in the past. They will be the “Judas” of their time against fellow Christians. Sad, but true.
Another type of person I am starting to see more of is the self-righteous, deluded protector of truth. This type of person takes the position of being perfectly right on every subject/point of Christianity and demeaning all others who don’t agree with them on every point. Normally that kind of person would only be viewed as obnoxious, irritating, or pitied. However, when viewed in a larger picture…they can be dangerous. What, if after grid-down, this person decides that you aren’t sufficiently Christian enough…and they are in some position of power? What if you are living in a Christian community and somehow he becomes the developer or enforcer of rules/laws of the group? When I think of people who take the position of self-righteous, deluded protectors of religious truth and attack others for not living up to their standard…well, I think of the Taliban. That is exactly the kind of behavior those monsters (the Taliban) displayed…to the fatal detriment of others…mostly women and the weaker.
Unfortunately, some of these folks are well-intentioned, well-meaning, but harm fellow Christians none the less. Then there are others who view, and excuse, the inappropriate behavior as simply being strict, obsessive, a little over the top, gruff, etc. But don’t kid yourself! These “protector” folks are suffering from mental and/or spiritual maladies. And in a pre or post prepping environment they could easily end up being very dangerous to you and your family.
Now, don’t get me wrong…generally speaking there are great people in this world alongside the dirt bags! At our property we have one neighbor that is basically a jerk for a number of reasons. Then there is another neighbor, an Army combat vet who is a gem. We work on our common fence together, he has helped me with projects, and I have helped him to do the same. We’ve shared family time, meal time, laughs around camp fires, and a couple vet-to-vet moments. Who do you think is the person you more likely can count on when the world falls apart? Who would likely be a problem?
What my point is…figure out who your friends, neighbors, and associates really are. Can you trust them, are they a danger, are they an asset, etc.? It is better to have an idea ahead of time rather than when your family’s lives are on the line.
There is another group of folks, Christians also, that I am also worried about. These folks end up following, like sheep, other people and trusting in the arm of flesh. They allegedly receive confirmation by the spirit that they are doing the right thing and the person they follow is inspired. But here is the rub…other folks put in the same position with the same person receive confirmation that it is a bad situation and that they should not get involved with that person. So what is the problem? Trusting in the arm of flesh and/or not being able to discern spiritual vs. emotional feelings. There are too many false prophets out there today and we know there are more to come.
The number one red flag I see in this regard is a person claiming some special knowledge, path, information, etc. that is contradicted by, or not supported by, scripture. The number two red flag shows itself when they attempt to make money off their specialness.
In my view…with these people you are dealing with the two basic problems that the world has in general…power and money. So I ask myself, “Would an Apostle of Jesus Christ, such as Mathew, have attempted to sell his writings or freely give them to the world?” or, “Would the Apostle John have written a book concerning the last days (i.e. The Book of Revelations) and sell it through Amazon for $24.95?” I think you know the answer. So would somebody who claims to have special spiritual information such as dreams of heaven or a vision of the last days charge you money to learn of such? Would that indicate a true Christian spirit or one lusting for money and/or fame, perhaps seeking power?
Note: If their work is available for free in some form for people to read (i.e. posted on the Internet) but is also optionally published in a book for people to reference…well, I see that as far, far more acceptable. Why? Because they are making it available for people to learn from without using it to make money off of special spiritual matters. In other words their alleged spiritual event(s) is not solely a commercial venture.
FYI…I am an author. My first 2 books were available free online, but in a limited environment. They were subsequently published at the request of quite a few people. My third book was exclusively published on-line, on this website, available completely free. My fourth book will be also available on this website 100% free! When the fourth book is finished being published online I will then publish books #1 and #2 online, free as well. There is valuable information in those book (IMHO) and I want it to be freely available and not restricted based solely on a person’s ability to pay.
For years now I’ve shared with you my opinion on when this country falls apart. And, as so goes the United States…so goes the world. My opinion has been consistent, I believe two basic paths wherein the country falls apart. First, the continued slow descent into totalitarianism that started in earnest back in the Woodrow Wilson administration and continues, albeit accelerating, today. Secondly, would be a single event -mostly unexpected- that will plunge us into a national disaster overnight. I still hold that two-path belief today…more than ever.
During the years I’ve been monitoring those two distinct, but same destination, paths I’ve seen the probabilities of each swing. What I mean by that is this…sometimes we are more likely to experience a single event vs. a continual decline. At other times, the slow decline is far more probable with no single event on the near horizon to plunge us into oblivion. Recently, on any given day, those rather stable “probability” views of mine have swung widely. Why? The events of each day, and the manipulation of those events, are growing increasingly dangerous. And I can’t even tell which is more dangerous…the event itself, or the manipulation of a specific event. What I do know…it is getting worse…exponentially worse.
With the renewed push by radical, extremist Democrats (which means all of them) to continue their overthrow of our US President…it could explode overnight based on their ever increasing call to action (violent and otherwise). As we look at the potential of yet another hot war (i.e. Iran), two cold wars (Russia and China), and two economic wars (China and Mexico), we see that, again, an overnight event could explode right in our faces. Our economic situation is more tenuous than I’ve ever seen it. We’ve never been more in debt, we have huge annual federal budget deficits, and all the while draining more money out of the private sector via federal income taxes. Our GDP is quickly softening to dangerous warning levels. And most of all…our country’s morals make Sodom and Gomorrah look like a Girl Scout camp. Simply put…we are ripe for destruction.
So there is the summary part…not so different than my other SitReps over the last couple of years. But, I want to make this perfectly clear…I believe the chance of an “overnight event” occurring to the degree that it could bring down our Constitutional Republic is greater than it has ever been in my lifetime…and that covers 64 years.
So what is the “solution”????? Ah yes…there is the key. And that will come in Part 2!
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Great question 🙂
Beginning in late February I headed to our RHBOL (retirement home, bug out location) and started building our house there. Starting with a history setting blizzard and ending with getting the roof on…it was a very busy time.
I set the website up to get some articles posted while I was gone and to finish up my online book Escape from Tucson. Remember those automatic postings were written and schedule well in advance…gives the impression I am still around and working on the website. Hope it worked 🙂
But, I am headed out for another month after a very brief visit home to shower and recover a little bit. So, when I get back I will edit a few old articles write a couple new ones, and continue Escape from Home. Yup, you heard it right! I’ve been working on the sequel to Escape from Tucson….Escape from Home. I think you will like developing story-line, the thrills, the twists, the information…along with some real heartache. Look for it in late June.
In the mean time…there are people that need us right now. Answer the call, do your best, prepare for what is coming, and know that we can not just survive….but thrive!
If you haven’t read part 1, read it from yesterday’s post.
Washington politicians, and most state-level politicians, have absolutely no desire to uphold the Constitution. Actually, most politicians have no true understanding of the Constitution to begin with. To Progressives the Constitution is a hindrance to their remake of society to match their vision; a vision that should scare the hell out of any thoughtful, reasonable and intelligent person. A vision that will make Communism and Nazism look like picnic partners. However, going into the details of their vision, or scaring you about its content, is not the intent of this post. I am here to tie today’s politicians into the support of the recent anti-Constitutional LGBT threat of violence and their destruction of all who stand in their way.
In my last post of this 2-part series I went into detail about how violent and destructive the LGBT extremists can be and how much of a threat they will be after a “grid-down” event. I cautioned you to not underestimate the violent LGBT element and their just as extreme Progressive co-conspirators. If you have not already read that article I would suggest you do.
So how do politicians tie into the LGBT community, the recent events in Indiana and how does that all threaten preppers?
Seriously? Really? I have to explain that?
OK, enough of my sarcastic approach to humor. I can explain it quite easily. Here we go…
Harry Reid – In 2012 Harry Reid claimed Romney hadn’t paid income taxes in 10 years. Reid knew at the time it wasn’t true and didn’t provide a single shred of evidence or name a source to prove that it was true. His outright lie contributed to the defeat of Romney in his Presidential bid to unseat Obama. Then in March of 2015 Harry Reid admitted he told that lie. And he went on to say he didn’t regret having said the lie. Then he admitted that the intention of the lie was to help defeat Romney. And finally he gloated about the fact that he had blatantly lied in order to influence a presidential outcome…and it worked. The last tidbit of information came in the fact that Reid told the lie on the floor of the Senate. Due to that fact Reid can never be prosecuted because there is a wavier for Senators lying while on the floor of the Senate…even outright, blatant fraud.
Obama – The sheer volume of Obama’s lies is too long to list in this article. However, from Obamacare to Benghazi to Iran to a huge list of other subjects he has lied about – he is the consummate liar. He has lied about his childhood, his domestic terrorist ties, his radical Marxist beliefs, his college years, his church participation and everything in-between. It will take years to uncover all the lies this man has told in his lifetime. He is the perfect Progressive in every possible evil way you can imagine.
Hillary Clinton – In 2012 Hillary Clinton told an absolute undeniable lie about what happened in Benghazi the night our Ambassador and three others were killed. It was a lie then, she knew it was a lie and she told it multiple times since then. She got away with it. In 2009 she was appointed Secretary of State. Immediately she broke the law by establishing her own private email address and email server, then using it for official US government business. In 2015 she repeatedly lied about the contents of theemails, the server, and her use of both the server and her email account. However, she comes by lying honestly, she is married to an impeached President…Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton was a blatant liar throughout his entire political career; during his Presidency and was impeached for lying.
James Clapper – In March 2013 James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, denied that the NSA spied on Congress while testifying at a Senate hearing. In the fall of 2013 it was revealed by Clapper’s additional testimony that not only did he lie to Congress that the NSA does in-fact spy on Congressmen but that the White House is fully aware of the illegal spying and approved of it. Let me digress for a moment, in the 1990’s he held several key positions in intelligence agencies under President Bill Clinton. In 2010 President Obama appointed Clapper Director of National Intelligence which oversees the NSA. You have a man appointed by a known liar and perjurer to a powerful intelligence agency leadership role. Then 10 years later the most rabid Progressive extremist president appoints him to head the most powerful intelligence agency in the country. All three men involved are proven, known liars.
George W. Bush – A conversation about liars cannot be complete without a hefty reference to President George W. Bush. His use of the Patriot Act, secret FISA courts and the National Defense Authorization Act is well known to have killed most rights under the Constitution. And his repeated lies that it was all to keep Americans safe is the ultimate lie. His actions were nothing more than a well-orchestrated agenda to deny citizens some of our most basic and cherished Constitutional rights. He was the man who secretly grewthe NSA and the DHS to the horrific monsters that they are today. The same NSA that Clapper is now in charge of. The same Clapper that was used by both Clinton and Obama. And then in February 2015 Jeb Bush (President George W. Bush’s brother) clearly expressed his unequivocal love and appreciation for the NSA and the work that they do. He also reiterated his unyielding support for the NSA and DHS missions.
I have touched on just a couple of folks in Washington D.C. politics. But I have tied them all together in their shadow world; the world of immense power to spy on and crush the American people at will. The same shadow agencies (DHS/FBI/NSA/CIA) that describe domestic terrorists in America as:
- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;
- Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
- People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);
- Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
- Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;
- People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty;”
- Anti-abortion advocates (aka Pro-Life);
And let us not forget the 2009 FBI report that had these listed as potential American domestic terrorists:
- Bulk purchasers of food;
- People who pay with cash;
- People who want internet privacy;
- People who display “liberty” or “freedom” oriented bumper stickers;
- And my personal favorite…”people who display the American flag.”
And the most despicable of all characterizations of potential right-wing domestic terrorists…”returning military veterans.”
Now, let’s go back to my first article wherein the LGBT extremists so easily targeted Indiana’s religious freedom law. Remember how the LGBT extremists were so successful in destroying a pizza shop owner and violently threatening not only the owner’s family, but the man who tried to help them. Look at all the long list of names of Progressives so ready and willing to stand by the hateful and violent LGBT community…and their desire to destroy not only the law but the lawmakers and the Christians that support it. Then look at the ties that the Progressives have with each other and the most powerful intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice. Then look at how they, the Progressives, have labeled the most patriotic Americans, those that believe in God, those that believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and those that believe in sanctity of life. Then look at the lists describing what our federal government and all the federal law enforcement agencies consider to be the prime domestic terrorist suspects.
“Preppers” are square in their sights as their prime terrorist suspects.
Why have they done that? It is a propaganda move as old as the use of propaganda itself. You demonize the enemy to make easier to kill them. Michael Bhatia in his book Terrorism and the Politics of Naming says, “Demonetization – In other words, portraying the enemy as malicious and repulsive creates feelings that makes killings easier.” But the practice actually goes back 2000+ years where Thucydides writes “It is a banal fact that political leaders of nations fighting wars habitually demonize the enemy.”
So why would our own government, law enforcement, and political leaders, along with the entire Progressive movement, label so many good patriotic American freedom-loving Christian Americans as potential domestic terrorists?
Now, consider for just a moment when the grid goes down who will they come for first? What will a government full of dangerous proven liars do?
Situational Awareness (SA) is key to understanding what is coming and when it will come. A “plan” is the key to surviving when it happens.
What is your plan?
Food for thought…Let me leave you with a visual on who the liberals, democrats and progressives really are deep in their heart –
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I wanted to take some time before commenting on the recent assault on religious freedom in the USA. It has now been long enough to allow the players to show their hand and allow the opposing sides to develop their strategy. It is now time for me to share my thoughts.
There is a lot more at play here and some other seemingly unrelated events and people that tie into it. In other words, I am trying to connect the dots. And some people won’t like it, some will refer to me with unpleasant names and many of you won’t read any further than this. And that is OK, I am writing to those that want to see a bigger, longer-term picture of what is happening in the world as we speak.
It has been all over the news for the last week or so that somehow Indiana has committed a heinous hate crime against those in our society that wish to practice sexual activities that many believe to be sinful, or at least not normal. And if you adhere to the word of God, the sexual activities of the group that I refer to, commonly called LGBT, are sinful. If you are any thoughtful, intelligent person you know that LGBT sexual activities are not normal. Yes, you heard me right. By their own admission the LGBT community is no more than 10% of the population at most. If you believe various poll and survey results, the LGBT community is actually only about 4 – 5%. Either way, when 90 – 96% of the country’s citizens behave one way, the other 4 – 10% is not the norm. Hence the phrase “not normal” is used in this context.
But, whether the LGBT folks are sinful or not-normal is not the focus of this post, I want to expose the danger LGBT and their supporters pose to the country in general and Christians specifically. And yes, I said “danger” without any qualification or hesitation. In my series “POST-DISASTER PERSONALITIES” I went into considerable detail explaining the kind of people that pose the most threat in a post-event, “grid-down” environment. The LGBT community fits into the “wolves in sheep clothing” category perfectly. Why?
Ah, yes, great question and one that must be asked and answered with full knowledge of what is to come. But first, why is there even a “LGBT” designation? Because they are a special interest group that desires to legitimize their behaviors. They want their abnormal behavior accepted by the overwhelming majority of people that don’t participate in their activities. Yes, simple as that, they are a special interest group that is advocating for their belief system and acceptance into the mainstream. Well, that and they also desire special treatment, rights, and protections under the law.
Again, why do they advocate? Because they want special attention, special protection and special rights that other citizens won’t and don’t have. And they want all of that by denying others their Constitutional rights. And that is the “rub” as the saying goes.
In my series of posts “Power, Politicians, People…and ‘Prepping’ I explained how “power”, as it relates to people and government, is not created, it moves from one person to another. Or, it can also move between people and government. That means for someone to gain power, someone has to lose it. If government gains power it does so by taking it from individuals; hence, people lose that power to the politicians and bureaucrats.
In this case it means that over the years the LGBT community has gained power through laws that they advocated for, lobbied for and purchased at the federal level and in the state legislatures. And in so doing other people lost power; namely, Christians. And the power the Christians lost are rights still guaranteed under the Constitutional Bill of Rights, namely the freedom of religion.
Now there was amazing event that took place in Indiana, rights protecting legislation was passed and signed into law. A law that reinforced Christians, and others of faith, to have their freedom of religion supported and guaranteed. In other words, that freedom of religion would not be encroached upon by the legal system. And before the ink was dry the LGBT activists were in full-on war mode. They, along with their Progressive activist buddies, immediately attacked the legislation, the governor, the state, and anyone who even remotely supported the law. Companies threatened, and in some cases, pulled their business from Indiana. Another state forbid its employees from traveling there. And other financial extremists’ activities took place.
And exactly why again? Religious freedom. And just for review purposes “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (First Amendment Constitutional Bill of Rights)
Here we have a group of special interest activists, the LGBT folks, demanding that they be allowed special rights and privileges. Neither of which are granted via the Constitution. Those “rights”, empowered by law, will force Christians to behave in ways that are acceptable to the LGBT community. Then we have the religious folks who simply ask that they not have their free exercise of religion be restricted. And whose position is the very first right guaranteed in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. So who should win and why?
The religious folks should win this fight without any hesitation or reservation, period. Their rights are far far more legally superior than those of some special interest group. How so? Because the LGBT community is not adversely impacted (i.e. they suffer no loss) as the religious community exercises their right of living their religion. So what happened and why?
All over the world we see Christians under intense persecution, literally. Christians are being slaughtered all over the middle-East and Africa, including death by crucifixion. Christianity is virtually non-existent in Europe. And here in the USA there is a very very intense war against anything Christian. And the LGBT extremists are at the leading edge of the battle against Christians here in the USA. And they do so through the court system, through the legislative system, and through financial and physical violence as well. Violence? Yes.
The owner of a small business in Indiana called Memories Pizza was interviewed by the media. In the interview they made a statement to the affect that it was against their religion to support gay marriage. Accordingly, they wouldn’t cater a gay marriage or reception if asked because it goes against their religious beliefs.That sounds perfectly legitimate and acceptable, don’t force anyone to do something that is against their religious beliefs. That is a Constitutional protected right.
However, as soon as the interview hit the air the hate from the LGBT community and other Progressives started. Then it escalated into threats of physical violence against the pizza shop family. The man was so concerned for the lives of his family that he closed his pizza shop because of the threats of physical harm from the Progressives and LGBT community. How’s that for your Progressive bunch? But hold on, it gets worse.
A well-intentioned man felt the shop owner was being unfairly treated and began a campaign to support the shop owner by starting a “go fund me” page raising funds for the pizza guy and his family. Well, that guy then immediately began being attacked and threatened. By who? Yup, the LGBT and their co-conspirator Progressive buddies. And FYI, the guy that started the “go fund me” page is black. So where are all the race advocates now?
How does any of this have anything to do with “prepping” and related activities? Absolutely nothing! But, it has everything to do with a post “grid-down” event which will affect “preppers.”
In this horrific example of power shifting from a Constitutional right of religious freedom of a group of Christian citizens…to a special interest group. A group that is demanding and advocating for special recognition and special privileges based on sexual lifestyle. Once again, the Constitution loses, religion loses, the citizenry loses, and the Progressives win. And it will continue to get worse, much worse.
Let me explain why it will get worse. Groups like the LGBT community and their fellow Progressive & liberal extremists are violent, very violent, by nature. Their intolerant view of the world emboldens them to feel that their rights and beliefs are superior to anyone and everyone’s else’s rights, even those rights guaranteed in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. And those folks are perfectly capable of, and feel justified in using, financial warfare and physical violence against anyone who doesn’t bend, bow and submit to their vision of society. That makes them an extreme threat to worry about when the grid goes down. They will come for your food, your water, your gear, your equipment and they will stop at nothing to take it all. And they will not hesitate to threaten you, financially ruin you or kill you to do so. Or they may come after you simply because they see you as conservative, libertarian or any other group people they hate. The Progressives have no tolerance for anyone who thinks or behaves differently than they think and behave.
You must see liberals and Progressives (and their various sub-cultures) for who they are, and be prepared to deal with them. Know that they will stop at nothing, including force and violence, to get their way. They have proven that clearly over and over again. They do not respect “rights” of others and they will forsake the Constitution at their first opportunity. They have proven it again with the issue in Indiana. They have no problem using force, whether financial destruction or threat of, or actual physical violence, against Christian families. They will and do put their special interest desires above the Constitutional rights of Christians. And it will only be worse when the grid goes down.
The LGBT and Progressive violent extremists are a clear and present danger once the grid goes down. Do NOT underestimate their power and ability. The Progressives and all their special interest groups have a huge numerical advantage over “preppers.”
So who are their Progressive buddies in Washington and why do they pose a threat? Read the next post in this 2-part series.
If any of you are reading this and you are an owner/master in sheep’s clothing just waiting for the right opportunity post-disaster to emerge and make power play know this…you will be found out. And when you are found out you won’t like the way you are dealt with. People will not tolerate evil, and owner/masters are evil…current blatant or latent.
For those of you that are sheep, I would strongly suggest you find a shepherd and get to know them well and join whatever organization they are currently leading; most probably a church. As a sheep you can be productive and useful, but only in the right group can you also be safe and happy. Consider taking the training to become a sheepdog. You probably have the capability inside you, it just needs to be nurtured and developed.
For those of you that are currently herding dogs I would suggest you change your ways. You may not even realize that you are a herding dog, you may think you are a sheepdog. Please review the article or judge yourself based on what you feel is right. But herding dogs have a hard time realizing who they are. It is tough looking in the mirror and making that call. It all boils down to attitude and who you are doing that job for. If you say to yourself or others “Hey, I have to go home to my family at the end of the day.” Or “Hey I’m just doing my job.” Or “They are dirt bags and deserve it.” Or “I’m just following orders.” Or you look at everyone with suspicion, or believe that “stop & frisk” is a great police tactic…then you better question yourself.
If you look at the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a hindrance to doing your job you are probably a herding dog. If you think criminal defense lawyers are scumbags you are probably on thin ice. If all you worry about it overtime and retirement then you are for sure a herding dog. If you enjoy pulling people over for traffic tickets and enjoy DUI checkpoints then you are probably a herding dog. If you are “badge heavy” you better take a hard look at yourself,there is no doubt you are a herding dog. You might think that you will make a great sheepdog…well, don’t count on it. You will probably be even more of a herding dog post-SHTF. And the worst of it, you will think you are doing a great service to the flock that you are part of.
If you don’t know that you are a sheepdog, that is OK. When the crap hits the fan some sheep will turn into sheepdogs because deep down inside they have been all along and there just was no opportunity for that to come out in today’s world. If you want to become a sheepdog, then go find one and do what he does. Let him mentor you and guide you. Although he may be reluctant to do so due to his humility.
If you are a predator your days are numbered. Sheepdogs will hunt you down and we will eliminate you. You will lose…eventually.
If you are a hybrid you better think twice, change your ways because sheepdogs won’t tolerate you for very long. You will either forsake your evil ways or sheepdogs will stop you.
If you are a politician and the grid goes down just shut-up and become a sheep. No one wants to hear any of your crap. It is probably your fault that got us into the mess to begin with. Once a politician, always a politician. And politicians suck!
Same goes for an owner/master – we will stop you one way or another. It is best you try and change your ways now. But you won’t, your ego won’t let you. But sheepdogs will stop you when the time comes. Period! Look for them, they will stop you.
If you are a sheepdog, don’t do anything, you don’t have to. You have your own sense of self-worth and feeling of accomplishment in this world and the one to come. Thank you.
If you are a shepherd you are a very blessed person and one who deserves a lot of thanks and appreciation. There are very very few of you. We need more. Those that are sheepdogs are looking for you. For sheepdogs to do their jobs to the best of their ability…they need you to be leading the flock.
I hope this has been of some value to you giving you a perspective that maybe you haven’t considered before. If you would like to comment or discuss I would love to hear from you.
Thank you to all those in my life that have helped me to understand people and personalities.