RULES FOR DATING MY DAUGHTER (Amended byTheGr8Goat)

Figured I would post these so I can refer potential suitors to them with ease.  I figure I will take them down when my last daughter is 25…..

Rule One:
If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.  If you forget this rule and honk, leave immediately when you remember it; you may still have time to get away…if you’re lucky and the rifle I grab is not zeroed.

Rule Two:
You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes, hands or any other part of your anatomy off of my daughter’s body, I will remove the offending part(s) with the instrument of my choosing.  This will probably be a hand grinder or a wood chipper.

Rule Three:
I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. If you come to my door dressed in such a manner I will sic my dogs on you.  Further dating will not be one of your concerns.  Medical care, stitches, rabies and tetanus shots will be at the top of your list.

Rule Four:
I’m sure you’ve been told that in today’s world, sex without utilizing a “barrier method” of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, I am the barrier and I will kill you much faster than AIDS (it will still take a couple of days).

Rule Five:
It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is “early.”  If, however, you’d like pointers on long distance sniping, room entry techniques, how to choose the best handgun, assault rifle or explosive for a given situation or how to kill a man with your bare hands, then feel free to strike up a conversation.

Rule Six:
I have no doubt you are a popular fellow with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry. I am a computer expert and what I do to you will torture you for years.

Rule Seven:
As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process that can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of just standing there, why don’t you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car, cleaning my guns, sharpening my knives, or polishing my military decorations?  Alternatively, you could just leave and call the whole date off.

Rule Eight:
The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there are no parents, policemen, or nuns within eyesight. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka – zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided. Hockey games are okay. Church events are better.
Rule Nine:
Do not lie to me. On issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless deity of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. See Rule Ten.

Rule Ten:
Always keep in mind that I have access to my family’s land with hundreds of acres out in the middle of nowhere, full of coyotes and rattlesnakes.  I have a large gun collection (some might call it an “arsenal”).  I also have access to tractors with backhoe attachments and access to hogs with a terrible appetite.  If I decide to make you disappear, you will never, ever, ever be found and no one will hear your screams when the coyotes or hogs start gnawing hunks off of you.  Well, no one that cares anyway.  I am sure a few head of cattle or the prairie dogs or a kangaroo mouse will hear…

 

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Where Do We Go From Here? Part II

As I wrote in my last entry, “Where Do We Go From Here?“, I believe that we are missing a strategy.  A strategy allows one to produce detailed plans of attack and then provides input into when to coordinate various plans and in what order to execute them to achieve optimal effect.

Constitutional Conservatives, aka NOT RINOs and not necessarily Republicans, have been waging a defensive holding action for the last 40-50 years.  Actually, I would argue we have been on the defensive since the New Deal.  This has caused us to consider the act of stopping or slowing the communists/nazis (liberals/progressives) to be victories.  This could not be further from the truth.  A victory is one in which ground is taken back from the enemy.  A successful defense is a stalemate.

We have not taken significant ground back from the enemy in a very long time.  The most recent “conservative” president, Bush II, actually established a new government agency that is rapidly becoming a national, militarized police force with armored vehicles and massive stockpiles of ammunition and weapons.  I could elaborate further on the failures of the last several “conservatives”, such as Reagan’s debt spending orgy and Bush I’s New World Order, Nixon’s EPA and normalization of relations with China, etc. but I won’t……

Instead I would like to propose several potential strategic goals and start thinking about which to take on first.  I’ll organize these into packages:

  1. Constitutional Liberties Package
  • Balance the budget
  • Abolish the DHS
  • Reduce United Nations funding to the minimum level required to retain an ambassador there and ask them to leave the United States
  • Re-privatize the TSA
  • Eliminate the IRS and establish a flat tax
  • Reign in the NSA. CIA and DIA inside the United States
  • Strengthen Posse Comitatus, especially as it relates to information gathering and usage of drones
  • Sell the DHS stockpiles of ammunition via the Civillian Marksmanship Program
  • Prosecute State and local governments that are abridging the Second Amendment
  • Abolish the BATFE and turn its legitimate enforcement activities over to the U.S. Marshal’s Service
  • Abolish the BATFE’s Form 4473 (federal form for purchasing a firearm aka backdoor registration)
  • Mandate the destruction of all existing form 4473s in the possession of Federal Firearms Licensees and those in the possession of any federal or state government
  • Officially remove the political muzzle from churches and other tax-exempt organizations
  • Revoke FAA permission for local law enforcement to use drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for federal law enforcement to use drones
  • Pass legislation defining the proper use of the “Interstate Commerce Clause” and possibly an Amendment to the Constitution to clarify it.

2.   “Great Society” Deforms Package

  • Balance the budget
  • Provide federal funds to States for requiring legitimate State identification for voting purposes
  • Withhold federal funding for all States that provide a State ID that can be used for voting to illegal aliens.
  • Eliminate the Department of Education
  • Eliminate Obamacare and reign in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Eliminate the Department of Transportation
  • Eliminate much of the FDA and create a not-for-profit entity to establish guidelines for the testing of drugs and food products to ensure safety.

3. Bare Essentials Package

  • Balance the budget
  • Abolish the DHS and re-privatize the TSA
  • Eliminate the Department of Education
  • Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Sell the DHS stockpiles of ammunition via the Civillian Marksmanship Program
  • Reign in the NSA. CIA and DIA inside the United States
  • Strengthen Posse Comitatus, especially as it relates to information gathering and usage of drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for local law enforcement to use drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for federal law enforcement to use drones
  • Eliminate Obamacare and reign in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Reign in the BATFE and cut 30% of jobs there in enforcement arms that ran Fast and Furious
  • Restrict the Federal Reserve’s printing authority

The Bare Essentials package has the most popularity with the general public, in my opinion.  Perhaps the strategy should include everything I have listed and more but the first set of initiatives should be the Bare Essentials.  These changes would make an immediate impact on the lives of Americans and every one of them would be good.

Conservatives have a significantly enhanced ability to communicate to the average American right now.  Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, social media and such have given us an alternative stream to get our ideas out there.  More importantly, they provide us with an ability to educate Americans without filters but with plenty of debate.  We should pick a list of initiatives and start educating folks about them.  The process may take several years but the result will be worth the effort.

I may be off on some of the areas listed above but the message I am trying to send is this: If we continue to play defense we are going to continue to lose.  Our children will pay for our lack of motivation and our lack of ability to make an impact.  They are already paying for our losses to-date and I don’t want to be a part of making their burden any heavier than it already is.

The Goat

Where Do We go From Here?

Twitter is tweeting it. The blogosphere is boiling with it. Facebook is all atwitter about it. What is it? “It” is what the progressives are doing. They are granting amnesty to ILLEGAL aliens, they are trying to take our guns, they are trying to tax the Internet, they are trying…..

Do you know what NOBODY is talking about? Nobody is talking about what conservatives are doing. When someone does talk about something conservatives are doing it is because we are REACTING to something the liberals have done.

Newt Gingrich has his failings. I don’t like the man, personally, but you have got to give him kudos for the Contract. He energized folks. He laid out a series of steps. My only criticism is that it wasn’t bold-enough and he didn’t follow through. He should have kept it up but the liberals in Republican suits wouldn’t let him. He let them derail his agenda for the country. If he hadn’t we might well have seen a President Gingrich following Klinton.

We need another Contract. We need big, bold initiatives that energize the Conservative base. We need to present a plan to revive America. We need to believe again and sing it from the rooftops. We need to stop telling people what is wrong with the liberal agenda and start telling them what is right with ours. We need to break the problem down into its parts and solve the puzzle of how to come back one challenge at a time but execute the solutions to these disparate problems simultaneously. Shock and Awe, folks. Shock and Awe.

Having the House gives us immense control but we aren’t excercising it.  Our institutions are running us ragged begging with their hands out for more money but NONE of them produce results.

Well, I make my living breaking big problems down into small problems and then solving them.  I guess it is time to focus some of that on something that matters a bit more.

That is the only way we will re-take the initiative.  Mobilize to drive an agenda instead of to react to theirs.  Progress comes from forcing reactions, not reacting.

Stay tuned.  I have that tingle…….

The Goat

On Gun Control and Sandy Hook

The tragedy in Connecticut this past week left anyone with any compassion in them at all numb. Unfortunately, it will be used for political purposes by the left in our nation. Rather than actually solving the problem, they will attempt to implement more meaningless laws and try to restrict gun ownership even further.

Accoding to the FBI, there are more than 200,000,000 guns in this country. I can tell you, for a fact, that their estimate is very low. They primarily focus on guns that have been registered at one point or the other and there are a LOT of older guns that were never registered.

Knowing that there were multiple federal laws circumvented or broken in the unspeakable tragedy that occurred and knowing that there are significantly more than 200,000,000 guns in the United States, propsing additional anti-gun laws is a perfect example of form over substance, which is what the left and liberal Republicans are all about. Another “Gun Free Zone” law won’t help. Another “Assault Weapons” ban won’t work. Banning the sale of firearms won’t work (there are already more than 200,000,000 out there) and any attempt at confinscation will result in a civil war.

We can’t station a police officer in every classroom. Not only is it too expensive but I doubt the officers would be willing to do it. We can’t lock our schools down like a prison. They weren’t built with the type of security necessary in mind. Schools have large panes of glass that, when shattered, allow easy access to the building. We also can’t stop sending our children to school.

Even if, somehow, we can confinscate all of the guns without a civil war we still see school massacres in “gun-free” societies such as China’s. We still have the problem of protecting our children.

Every State that has passed concealed carry laws that enable more citizens to carry firearms has seen a reduction in crime. Evey nation that has outlawed firearms has seen an increase in crime. Gun confinscation will, in addition to causing a civil war, result in higher crime and more brutality. It will also remove the restraints this places on our government and, don’t forget, there has never been a government that didn’t, sooner or later, start killing its own people.

The only thing we can do is arm teachers. They are the only ones on site that can intervene in a timely manner and it is the only solution that will actually solve the problem. I understand this will be met with resistance but it won’t be as much resistance as gun confinscation will meet with; it won’t cause a civil war and, again, it will actually work.

Why are we so unwilling to give up our guns? That is not the question, in my opinion. The question is “Why are we so willing to allow our children to be under the care of people who are incapable of protecting them?” or “Why is the left so adamantly opposed to requiring teachers to pass a police course and carry a concealed firearm?”.

The gun control debate in this country exemplifies the failure of Constitutionalists in education. How difficult is it to teach others that when someone wants to eliminate your ability to resist they are “evincing a design” to do that which is against your free will (i.e. make you a slave)? I know that the word “slave” evokes a strong emotional response. It is not my intention to denigrate the term; rather it is my intention to spark concern.

Let’s look at it from another perspective: The perspective of law enforcement and tactically trained professionals. Prior to allowing their officers on the street, every law enforcement entity requires that, among other training, the officers receive training in weapon retention. In other words, they get training on how to keep the bad guys from getting their gun. The entire concept of this training is that if someone wants to take away the officer’s gun, they want to do something that the officer would otherwise keep them from doing. In fact, officers are taught to assume that any attempt by someone to take away their gun is to be understood to be an immediate attempt to take that officer’s life and deadly force is authorized to stop the attempt. This is a concrete example proving our government agrees with the concept expressed in Chapter III, Section 17 of John Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Government:

…he who attempts to get another man into his absolute power, does thereby put himself into a state of war with him; it being understood as a declaration of a design upon his life: for I have reason to conclude, that he who would get me into his power without my consent, would use me as he pleased when he had got me there, and destroy me too when he had a fancy to it; for no body can desire to have me in his absolute power, unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the right of my freedom, i.e. make me a slave.

We see, almost daily, evidence that they who wish to disarm us carry guns for their own personal defense. I challenge anyone who doubts this to execute a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request for the Carry Permits issued to their representatives. These hypocrites carry firearms but are absolutely convined that the average American is not intelligent-enough to carry one themselves without accidentally performing an act of self-mutilation or losing control of their temper and illegally using it to harm others.

The constant cry that “assault weapons” have no legitimate sporting use is yet another instance of our failure to educate. The purpose of the Second Amendment has never been to secure the Rights of citizens to hunt and engage in sporting pursuits: The purpose of the Second Amendment is, and always has been, to protect us from our government. from each other and to deter foreign entities from coming here to do us harm. The assault weapon’s legitimate purpose is to protect us from our own government and others with assault weapons (obtained legally or illegally).

My proposition is simple: require 50% of the teachers and 100% of the administrators to go through a police firearms course. Prepare them to use deadly force in a school setting. Require all of the thus trained individuals to carry concealed and require a biometrically locked weapons rack with more accurate and heavier firepower to be located in the office. Have certain members of the administration take training on these weapons to ensure they are effective in their use. Restrict access to those with the training. Require all trained individuals to re-certify quarterly.

This resolves the entire problem. It protects the children against the bad guys, the teachers against other teachers (or their sons, etc.) and serves as a deterrent to those that may seek to harm our children. It also ensures that the American People remains a deterrent to tyranny.

Remember: Slaves aren’t armed, right? Armed slaves don’t stay slaves. It is impossible to enslave an armed people without first taking away their arms.

It isn’t politically correct but isn’t it time we set politics aside and start thinking about realistic ways to ensure the safety of our children? Arm the teachers. Stop the politically correct insanity that allowed Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook.

A Lack of Common Sense

The United States is currently running a $16,29,608,500,895 national debt (as of September 15, 2012 at 9:24 am Mountain).  That is a per-taxpayer debt of $140,190.  We failed to “build nations” in Iraq and Afghanistan.  China is rapidly becoming the world’s most powerful economic force and they are spending more on defense than the United States.  The world is questioning the US Dollar as the de facto international currency and the jobless rate stands at about 13% in the US.

We are being attacked by terrorists that we trained and armed in Syria, Afghanistan, and too many others to count.  The wealth built-up by our grandparents and great-grandparents is being redistributed to China, Mexico, etc. through “free” trade and WTO/GATT agreements.  Our trade deficit with China sits at $237,173,665,000 and counting—that is money sent there.  Redistribution of wealth, period.  Our Social Security liability is at $14,519,415,900,000 and counting.  Our unfunded liabilities (money we have spent without a source for paying for it) are at $120,604,666,900,000 or $1,054,787 per citizen.

Check the US Debt Clock for the latest, scary, numbers.

With this backdrop both political parties, who share responsibility equally, are accusing the other of being “too extreme”.  I would say the only extreme things here are the shared stupidity of the major parties and the slobbering morons who vote for them and the positions we are currently occupying. Folks must remember that suggesting that we reverse some of the ultra-radical changes that have been made to our system so that we can get back to a rational government that at least resembles what the Founders envisioned is NOT extreme. The changes that were made over the last 70 years have been extreme. Those changes are responsible for the national debt. Those changes are responsible for the undeclared wars in Greece, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Guatemala, El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Columbia, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia, ande even more places that I can’t remember.  I mean, who can keep track of all the places we are engaged in combat in? . Those changes are also responsible for the “free” trade that has redistributed our jobs and our wealth, the radical entitlements that drain our treasury, the offshoring of our jobs, the drunken distribution of foreign aid and profits of “free” trade, the arming of terrorists that have turned against us, the transfer of technology and wealth to China that has made them the single largest holder of our external debt, etc. Heck, those changes are the REASON we have external debt. 

 It is time to end the radical experiments from both sides of the aisle and return to the vision of the Founders. Change is necessary but along with change one must have the courage to admit when the change has been bad and the courage to reverse course when the change is causing serious problems such as the massive debt, bad economy, joblessness and basically the loss of four undeclared wars. We literally can’t afford to continue to occupy the radical positions our major parties have moved us into. Going back to a “known state” is not bad. “Progressing” with changes that are obviously causing serious damage to the nation IS bad.

In the days of the founders the Democrat Party wouldn’t have existed and the Republican Party would have been considered dangerously far left wing.  The changes that have broken this country have been extreme.  Because most of you morons haven’t listened to reason and know your football stats or Kim Kardashian’s love life better than the Constitution the changes required to save this country will also be extreme.

With this in mind I have compiled a list of the most destructive changes to this country.  I sincerely hope that folks from both sides of the aisle will look at these and give serious consideration to addressing the problems this nation faces before it is too late, if it isn’t already.

  1. The MTV, Survivor, Jersey Shore, Kim Kardashian crowd.  Need I really say more?  WAKE UP!
  2. US Education not teaching the foundations this country was founded upon                             A. Too many US Citizens have an entitlement mentality                                                                 B. Too few US citizens understand basic economics
  3. Re-ordering of the financial system under Roosevelt
  4. Trade: WTO/GATT and NAFTA
  5. 14th Amendment (Representatives apportioned by population)
  6. 16th Amendment (Income tax)
  7. 17th Amendment (Direct election of Senators)
  8. 26th Amendment (18 y/o voters)
  9. Social Security and Medicare
  10. Undeclared Wars
  11. Our internationalist forays as seriously begun under Woodrow Wilson
  12. Disaster relief
  13. Welfare
  14. Military spending (must have the best or the best of the best—arm the citizens and we won’t need the best of the best of the best)
  15. Eradication of all religious influence in our public institutions—especially schools
    1. a.       No, I do not believe in theocracy but I know that a civilization must have shared values to exist.  Don’t like it? May you take a long dive off a short cliff—or leave, either one.  I prefer the dive option.  Hate to think the cancer here could go on to infect others.

 

 

Constitutional Conservatism Explained

“Conservative” is NOT synonymous with Republican–although I’ll grant you that the terms have become confusing.  There are fiscal conservatives and “neocons” (emphasis on the “con”), Christian Conservatives and run-of-the-mill social conservatives, Inte(R)nationalists, bluedog defectors and “free-traders”, “log cabin” folks and legacy voters (as in “daddy was a Republican so I am too”) in the Republican party but the original “Conservatives” are Constitutional Conservatives, (Goldwater Conservatives, Classic/Enlightenment Liberals, Anti-Federalists).

Constitutional Conservatives believe in limited, Constitutional government. We understand that the First Amendment allows freedom OF religion–not freedom FROM religion but we also understand that no religion can ever be established and enforced by the government.  We know, from our history, that the “living Constitution” is living in that it can be amended–not overruled by a judge or modified by legislation. We believe in Natural Rights and that these Rights are inalienable (because they originate from God).  Government does not provide Rights, they restrict them by the very act of governing.  Rights are things one can do in a world with no government (anarchy).  To live in society we agree to surrender some Rights to the government and to allow the government to excercise them for us.  At the same time, there are some Rights that must be reserved to the individual such as the Right of self-defense.

The Constitution limits the federal government by specifically defining rightful actions of the federal government. The 10th Amendment reserves all other powers to the States and the people.  This is NOT debatable because the debates ALREADY HAPPENED.  Read the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers, as well as the Debates in the Federal (Constitutional) Convention of 1787, to get the arguments from both sides–yes many of them go back that far.

Constitutional Conservative philosophy is also properly called “Classic Liberalism” or Enlightenment Liberalism. This should not be confused with the Hegelian Progressives (Communists) that identify themselves as “Liberals” today, but rather should be thought of in the light of such folks as Thomas Jefferson.

The Libertarian philosophy is similar to Constitutional Conservatives.  So similar, in fact, that there are estimates that as much as 38% of the Libertarian Party is comprised of Constitutional Conservatives that have left the Republican Party (like me).

Do not confuse the Constitutional Conservative with a “neocon”.  Neocons are reformed liberals that have faced reality.  Most of the Republican party that voted for “Don’t take Baghdad” Bush, George (I created the DHS) Bush, John McCan’t and the current nominee, Romney, are a mixture of legacy Republicans (party line robots), Inte(R)nationalists. bluedog defectors and neocons (The folks Constitutional Conservatives think of as RINOs).  When I think “neocon” I think Bill Kristol.

The Constitutional Conservative should also not be confused with the Christian Conservative.  The Christian Conservative tends to want to use the government to enforce Christian values, while Constitutional Conservatives tend to be what is considered Libertarian–with the notable exception of abortion.  It is not that we want to take away women’s Rights, it is that we don’t want to take away the Rights of the unborn.  There is no more permanent way to take away Rights than to kill the being entitled to them.

The Constitutional Conservative should also not be confused with the Fiscal Conservative, although Constitutional Conservatives ARE primarily Fiscal Conservatives, too.  The deviation here is the adherence to the “Free Trade” philosophy.  Constitutional Conservatives understand that there are perilous national security implications to free trade and that free trade is a wealth redistribution system.  Constitutional Conservatives do not believe in the Keneysian economic philosophy that is the basis of deficit spending.  We also abhor the income tax and would rather replace it with tarrifs and duties on imported and exported goods–the opposite of free trade.  This is the system for funding the government set up by the Founders–they were STRONGLY against the income tax.

Constitutional Conservatives love this country.  We believe this is the best country in the world.  Are there flaws?  Of course there are but it is the best thing going and we have to be careful to not throw the baby out with the bath water.  Change is sometimes good and sometimes bad.  The key is to approach change logically and be willing to reverse a policy if it proves to be bad.  Rapid change is destabilizing–but we also acknowledge that it is sometimes necessary.

If you see a progressive walking away from someone with a dazed, confused, shocked and hurt look on their face that someone is probably a Constitutional Conservative.  To really be one you have  to have common sense and understand history, philosophy, Christianity and law.  When that combination is achieved liberals get vaporized when arguing with them.  It was, no doubt, after a debate with a Constitutional Conservative that Saul Alinsky decided to advise radical leftists to not debate “the enemy” on the facts–because the facts are ALL on our side.

So now we all understand Conservatives, right?  Clear as mud…….

Survival–What I Can Tell You in a Few Minutes

1. What type of disaster are you preparing for?

1a.  The type of disaster is critical because the conditions often limit potential resources, make egress routes more difficult, etc.  Try to organize your potential responses by identifying the most likely disasters for your area and creating responses for each.  Some portions of the responses will be shared across all scenarios.  You should identify a safe destination for each scenario, including at least one long-term destination outside of the impacts or safe from the impacts of all of your scenarios.  Always start with planning what you will need to have at your objective, or destination, and plan backwards to understand how you will need to get it all there, how you will procure it and what you need.

2. You really need a good defensive position for your long-term destination. The basement of your house in suburbia is not going to work for you—just ask the folks in Tuzla, Bosnia or any number of other places that witnessed the excrement hit the fan.  Be sure that your destination is at least four hours outside of any city of more than 300,000 and well off of main roads (preferably an hour or more).  Look for a position that offers concealment for your main camp and an area with long sight lines over all approaches that allows sentries to keep an eye on avenues of approach.

2a. Here is some guidance for urban areas if you wait too long to leave and find yourself stuck in a city for a time.

2b.  Here is some guidance for rural areas and choosing/creating good defenses.

3. Water. Water. Water. You need to be able to purify large quantities on your own. A piece of defensible land with a network of fresh springs is best. I hear some of you thinking “I’ll boil it”. Be sure you have fuel to do so wherever you’ll be doing it and enough filtration or purification pills to provide what you need until you can boil enough to get you through.  Plan for about 3 liters of water per day, per person.  That’s what an active person needs for drinking and conservative hygiene.  Plan an additional two liters/person for a quickie shower once every week too.  The bump to morale a shower provides is a great thing.  Purified water isn’t necessary for a shower but you should strain it and boil it anyway;  there are some critters that live in water that you don’t want to make the acquaintance of without good medical care.

4. Think about teaming up with your trustworthy friends and family. Share the load, so to speak.   If you are a “professional” with no real ties to those around you then I suggest you start making some.  Right now.

5. I hear a lot of you also thinking “Guns.”. Well, technically you only need one. That’s enough to be able to get more. Stick to NATO/law enforcement rounds for survival situations (5.56x45mm, 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 7.62x51mm, .300 WinMag—I would say .50 BMG/12.7mm but if you have that you probably don’t need this little primer).  I also recommend a couple of good, accurate .22 LRs rifles or carbines and a 12 ga shotgun with interchangeable short (18 in.) & long (24+) barrels.  A .22mag is also nice to have or a .44 Magnum lever action.  These are for hunting.  A .22 mag is sufficient for a good shot to bring down game up to and including deer at close ranges (under 175 meters) and a .44 mag rifle with good ammunition will bring down almost anything in North America within the same range. With solid bullets and good shot placement you can even kill small game like rabbits and pheasant without completely destroying the meat with a .44 mag carbine.

6. Think through all four seasons and remember that the staying local option may not be open or may close after a period.  Do NOT go into the mountains in the late summer, fall or winter without having a place prepared with food, fuel etc.  For more information on why this is, Google the “Donner Party”.

7. Remember that everything needs to be mobile—perhaps without gasoline. A market will spring up in the mid to long term but until then you may end up abandoning or caching whatever you can’t carry.

8. Precious metals and gemstones—but only if you can protect them. Focus on silver rather than gold.  Gold is just worth too much and is hard to trade.  Folks that have spent time in Bosnia or Beirut (in the 80s) say that ammo becomes currency.  Get a bunch of .22 LR and you’ll not regret it.

9. Cattle and other livestock are good if they will be there when you get there and if you can protect them. They are a requirement for sustained living over a longer period of time, as is the ability to grow food during the growing season.

10. Have rally points for your friends and family. Think about locating a cache near one or more of the probable rally points.

11. Have a “Go/No Go” decision tree made in advance. Don’t allow your emotions to get in the way of survival. Make one and stick to it. Be sure your significant other/trustworthy friends and family agree to it without reservation and have them sign it.  Be prepared to make the hard choice to leave folks behind if they won’t act when the trigger conditions are met.

12. Think. A lot. Most situations can be survived if you have thought about them in advance. Adrenaline is a poor substitute for planning—although any action can sometimes be better in a survival situation than doing nothing.

13. GPS is nice, while you have batteries and the satellites are flying. If you don’t know what terms like “magnetic deviation”, “pace count” and “dead reckoning” are and don’t own at least two milspec lensatic compasses then you need to do some studying and practicing and think about taking a course in land navigation.

14. Boots, boots and boots. Footwear is a treasure in survival situations—especially long term. Wool socks too.  100% wool.  Lots of them.  Foot powder.  These three things are essential to your survival.  They are as important as water and more so than food, in the short term.

15. Stop thinking about living and start thinking about existing.  Make the change in your mindset now.  Challenge yourself to cut back on thongs and find simple things to enjoy, like playing cards (not gambling) and dominos or reading.  Things that can take your mind off of your situation that are available anywhere.

16. Do not do things like climbing, etc. that cause you to be in danger when you are in a survival situation. You are in enough as it is.  Don’t take silly chances when medical care/rescue are not an option.

17. Take care of your feet and your back. This is one of the most important things I have said. If you have sores on you back from your pack, stop and disinfect and bandage them.  Fix the pack so it doesn’t cause these any more. If your feet are wet, stop and dry them as soon as it is humanly possible and apply foot powder. If you have blisters, stop moving for a few days, if possible. Yes, it is that important.  Yes, really.

18. Never stand where you can sit, never sit where you can lay down and never lay down without going to sleep.  Keep someone on watch at all times.  Stay low.  Always.  When you stop, take a knee.  Face outward.

19. Fires are for cooking, killing your night vision and drawing bugs—and possibly drawing unfriendly people. Make the fire out of very dry fuel in a sharp depression where the smoke will diffuse through living tree boughs and put it out when the food is ready. Make fires only during daytime with really dry wood to minimize smoke. Cook enough to eat for your dinner too.  Try to only light fires when there is a good breeze and you have a good line of sight downwind from the fire.

20.  FAT is necessary to long-term survival.  Not fat on you but fat in your diet.  You cannot survive long-term on venison, rabbit, birds, etc.  You have to have fat from bears or beavers or cattle/buffalo, etc.  Fat from milk or dairly products is great if you have some cattle or goats to get it from.

Good stuff to have in a rally point cache: (Remember the rule: two is one and one is none.  Always have two backups if you can carry them—since one is none)

1. A real, honest-to-goodness Bowie knife that is sharp-enough to shave the hair off of your arm (replaces hunting knife, machete and hatchet)

2. A good sharpener and leather strop.

3. Water purification tablets.  Enough for everyone x2 + 20%

4. If you don’t have a weapon with you, you’ll need one here with a minimum of 128 rounds of ammo and no more than 250/person (too heavy).

5. Disposable rain ponchos in dark colors and a couple of bright ones. Have a few extras.

6. Emergency space blankets—have extras

7. Gorilla tape: 3-4 rolls

8. Bandanas (yes, bandanas). They are useful in all kinds of situations from keeping your face warm and acting as a sling, compress or tourniquet to straining large particulates out of water before purification. No matter how purified it is, crunchy or chewy water is never good–trust me on this.

9. If you can get your hands on it, 1 large roll of 300 lb Kevlar string (medical supply store). If not, ~ 50’ good rope (not climbing-grade) and some dark colored nylon string.

10. Really basic fishing supplies (hooks & fishing line) and a book on snares.

11. GPS and lensatic compass (remember the rule)

12. Backpack(s) that fits everything with a frame

13. Good hiking boots and extra socks

14. Paper currency and some silver

15. A serious multi-day first aid kit with first aid manual unless you are a paramedic. Be sure it has blister bandages or pack your own)

16. Foot powder—Gold Bond- 2 per person + 20%

17. A bottle of Absorbine Linament (get it from a veterinary supply store)

18. The Ranger Handbook (with each page laminated with holes punched in the corner held together with a D-ring) (expensive to do but priceless)

19. Flashlight with red and green lenses

20. Hand crank Shortwave/AM/FM/Weather band radio

21. Batteries and hand-crank or solar charging device

22. 1 gallon and storage size Ziplock bags

23. Boy scout style flatware and cook set

24. Quite a bit of paper and pencils and pens

25. Set of good Motorola radios (35 mile range)

26. Package of road flares

27. Several Lighters and matches

28. A few of the good Igloo 5 gallon or larger water containers. These can be used to bury everything in and then re-used as water or gasoline containers.  Seal them with bathroom/kitchen caulk when burying everything.

29. Salt and lots of it.  Bags, not packets.

30.  Best to bury stuff on land that you have legitimate access to and is not close to any major roads.

One note: I have been through all of this before. We all thought Clinton was going to come for us or we were going to get nuked or Red Dawn was going to happen and before that there were many others (or so my dad said). I don’t really believe that anything is going to happen, anymore. I also know the price of being unprepared if it does. Be prudent but not paranoid and dial every rumor you hear down about 5 notches.  The stuff above is good for a long time. You only need to replace it about every 5 years (batteries maybe more often). Put the perishables (first aid kit, absorbine, duct tape, compass, batteries, etc.) together so you have less digging to do when the replacement time comes. The Foxfire books are good to have around as well. All kinds of knowledge such as how to make lye soap (rendered fat and fine ash aka potash) how to preserve meats by salting, smoking, etc., how to tan hides, make clothing, medicinal herbs, fungus and plants and how to dig a root cellar for food and medicine storage, building a log cabin or dugout, etc.. All kinds of good information in them for long-term survival.

Take a Bible too.  It is a very comforting thing to have when SHTF.