The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we focus on a 4GW Reading List.

Another Ninth Circuit Farcical Finding

This report was troubling: Appeals Court: Police Do Not Need A Reason To Place Americans On A Suspicious Person List.  It seems the statist Ninth Circuit Court has fully abandoned the spirit of the Fourth Amendment. Presumption of Innocence is one of the main bulwarks of American jurisprudence. Hopefully, this will be appealed to the supreme court. If it is allowed to stand, it does not bode well for our liberty.

Trainjacking Attempt in California

Tim J. sent us the link to this odd news from California: Intoxicated man arrested for jumping aboard moving Amtrak train and taking over controls. 

A 4GW Reading List

Also from Tim J.there was this, over at the Western Rifle Shooters Association (WRSA) web page, which referenced an American Partisan article: A 4GW Reading List.  One of the comments from a WRSA reader (later deleted) was priceless:  “Those who do not know what ‘zero a rifle’ means should not instigate a civil war with those who do, and have.”  That, I should mention was a variant of something famously said by a fellow novelist and a former U.S, Navy SEAL, Matt Bracken: Soyboys who don’t know what ‘zero a rifle’ means shouldn’t start a civil war.”

Seattle Prepares for “Snowpocalypse”

Peter from Seattle sent us this: Photos: Seattle prepares for “snowpocalypse”Peter’s Comments:  “I went shopping to get a few extra things last night.  The trip was later than desired since I had a busy day at work.  Several types of items (e.g. produce, milk, eggs) were simply sold out at the store. We still have sufficient supplies.  It’s an expected phenomenon I haven’t seen in greater Seattle before, and a good reminder of what will happen after a major event such as an earthquake.”

Church Security Training Available

A reader wrote to mention:  “Last week I attended a Church Security Workshop taught by Faith Based Security Network. There were over 100 church security team volunteers there from more than 20 churches. Taught by Carl Chinn (and others) who was in charge of security at a mega church in Colorado where a killer came to murder innocent churchgoers. The killer got two victims in the parking lot before coming inside to kill the hundreds still milling around after church. The killer was shot dead by a Church Security team member with a Concealed Carry Permit. The information presented is excellent. To obtain their DVDs and other resources available, or to arrange a clinic in your area, visit”

Kentucky Driver Tries to Destroy Snowman Built on Tree Stump

Several readers sent me this humorous bit of news: Kentucky driver tries to destroy snowman built on tree stump.

We Read These Headlines Every Winter…

Mike in Alaska sent us this: California couple rescued from Mendocino National Forest after being stranded in snow for 5 days in their Jeep.  When will they ever learn?

Connecticut Bill Would Hike Ammunition Sales Tax to 50%

Lastly, over are Truth About GunsConnecticut Bill Would Hike Ammunition Sales Tax to 50%.

SOCOM Needs Better Propaganda

Mike suggest this piece: SOCOM needs to step up its propaganda game, Pentagon deputy says.  Here is a quote: “‘We need to move beyond our 20th century approach to messaging and start looking at influence as an integral aspect of modern irregular warfare,’ Andrew Knaggs, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism, said at a defense industry symposium Tuesday. The shift will require cooperation with civilians rarely approached by SOCOM, as well as new technology and strategies to isolate enemy disinformation campaigns before they catch the public’s interest in an area of operations. ‘It will also require new partnerships beyond traditional actors, throughout the world, through efforts to amplify voices of [non-governmental organizations] and individual citizens who bring transparency to malign activities of our competitors,’ said Knaggs, who also served as an Army Green Beret with 5th Special Forces Group.”

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  1. I read a totaly different account about the jeep.
    They were experienced campers familar with the area.They left a plan/timeline with parents.They had cold weather gear,extra fuel and a battery,chains,food and water.
    They stayed with a bright yellow jeep that was visible,insulated it with snow around the bottom.Had heat and shelter.Remained calm.

    A SPOT transponder may have been the only thing missing.

    They were prepared and survived..seems like a win to me.

    There was nothing in the article I read about melting snow for water..but thats what you are supposed to do.

    1. yes if they had a SPOT or InReach it could have been a same day rescue. I wonder how experienced they were with snow wheeling though since they got themselves stuck and could not recover. A shovel, winch, aired down tires, and maybe some traction boards and they could have rescued themselves.

  2. March 8-9 at Coeur d’Alene is the next Redoubt course, Sheepdog Seminar, by the Faith Based Security Network.

    My wife kept thinking I was talking about Border Collies, which we used to have.

    No. This is about how safety and survival for church people, single moms, church staff and leaders, your family.

    ‘Sheepdogs’: These individuals place great value on human life, and because they do, they take the necessary steps to prevent others from being victimized by violence. They are the Sheepdogs: they love the Sheep, and will do whatever is necessary when the Wolf comes after the flock.

    Hope I see you there!

    God Bless, and always carry.

  3. Church security teams: It is a shame we have come down to this in America. Here in Middle Georgia many Churches, both large and small, work closely with our local PD on active shooter training. My Church has an off-duty Sheriff, and roving/stationary team members. All have training and constant radio communications.

    1. You have to understand that when the Bible was sued out of the public schools, children expelled for reading the Bible, and upholding christian principles have become a Principle Office visit–all to usher in the LEFTs principles is when we had mass shootings in the public schools. Oh, yeah! Almost forgot when the LEFT took hold of the school curiculums we also have rapes, stabbings, murders, illegal drugs, abortions, gang rapes, homosexual children under age 5, legally drugged students by the state to make them sit, bombings, shootings, and fill in the blank!

      When the children were taught Christian principles we had ZERO gun control and ZERO gun incidents.

      Write your Congress critters and tell them GUN CONTROL must stop because the LEFT orchestrated all this violence against your children– YOUR CHILDREN! Hello! write these people!

  4. Ok, full stop on the soyboy thing, do people not understand the numbers disparity? Did they stop teaching that at OCS?

    I’m not going to look it up, but the population of NYC is probably larger than North and South Dakota combined. And Idaho.

    1. Yes Vagus what is your point?

      If you had to guess what “side” (assuming you have to pick one side or the other) most of the military, police, veterans, first responders, militia, 3%, bikers, gun owners, and prepares are on. Democrat or Republican. So they better be careful how far they want to push it….

      Try to be intellectually honest with yourself on this one…

    2. “Did they stop teaching that at OCS?”

      No. And neither did they stop teaching logistics.

      “but the population of NYC is probably larger than North and South Dakota combined. And Idaho.”

      And transporting 1000:1 from the eastern seaboard to the plains and Rockies would be one hell of a combat movement. Your equation is flawed in that those 1000’s would have to be as motivated to take lives and arms after a long ambush filled ride as the 3% would be to keep their own lives and arms while preparing on home turf.

  5. Thank you for the church security resources. My church is struggling to address the real concern about active shooters but is reluctant to enact any useful policy. Hopefully this will give them some resolve.

  6. I live in the mountains east of Seattle and it’s crazy how people wiped out the stores and pretty much overstocked for an event that really isn’t that bad. Imagine if a real disaster strikes.

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