Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — September 17, 2019

Today, September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day in these United States.  (If my use of the word “these” sounds odd to you, then that illustrates how much congress and the courts have destroyed the 10th Amendment since 1861.)

Oh, and if you value your Constitutional rights, then please take some time today to contact the President and your congressional representatives (House and Senate) and let them know how you feel about the current push for  “Universal Background Checks”, magazine restrictions, and Red Flag laws.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 84  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 84 ends on September 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. Patriots are obsessively focused on the exercising our 2nd Amendment rights when we should be exercising our 10th Amendment right. Bill Buppert said it best, ‘The only vote that ever mattered in history is secession.’

  2. Congressman Jim Jordan may be the only one presently in Congress to hold his seat, the rest, not so much, and most, not at all. Have a listen, it’s not long.

    Secession may be the only thing that can bring the feds back in line with the powers they are limited to. Individual states can work/trade with each other. The hard part I see is them becoming much like the EU. The original idea was a good one but we know and have seen in our lifetimes how fast it has deteriorated. The way I see it is in order to secede, a state and it’s people will have to step up to the plate and take responsibility for themselves without applying to the feds and the rest of the country for handouts when things get a little stressful. At present each state is too dependent upon the rest for their wellbeing… Just my view! Our Declaration Bill of Rights, and Constitution work, but only if we are wise enough to know and understand how and why it works….. It was written for and by a moral and educated people…..

  3. I stopped using the phrase “The United States” a long time ago. “The” United States refers to an area approximately 10 miles square, plus a few territories. “These” United States refers to the individual 50 states. It was always “these”, even after the dictator Lincoln got through with his tyranny. It was “these” well into the 20th century. I think it actually changed during the time of the globalist-racist Woodrow Wilson and his version of the Alien and Sedition act.

    Use “these” always in conversation. Make a practice of it. This simple innocent act of rebellion might just catch on. If asked why you use “these” explain that it is actually the use of proper English. After all, we are 50 states, there is no singular State of America.

    1. Properly it is “these united States”.

      As you correctly said the “United States” is the corporate monstrosity that occupies the ten square miles of D.C.

      The corporate United States only has jurisdiction and authority in the ten square miles of D.C., in some “federal” territories, and in “federal” enclaves (military bases and etcetera) in the several States united. Otherwise the several States united are sovereign over their own affairs.

      These “united States” refers to the several States united under the Constitution.

      This is revolutionary stuff. America will only regain its liberty when this is understood.

      And acted upon.

    2. Charles K, sadly the War of Northern Aggression and Reconstruction(destruction) didn’t end with the Traitor lincoln but continues to present day with a country that is in actuality a corporation(lincoln was a corporate lawyer and converted us to a corporation) controlled by a corporation(Federal Reserve) with ignorant masses calling for “free everything” and “reparations” for historical events or perceived slights. Otherwise I agree that the use of accurate words and phrases is a positive step.

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