Preparedness Notes for Thursday — October 3, 2019

October, 3, 2019 is the 26th anniversary of the Mogadishu, Somalia raid. The 18 Americans killed were: MSG Gary Gordon, 1st SFOD-D SFC Randy Shughart, 1st SFOD-D SSG Daniel Busch, 1st SFOD-D SFC Earl Fillmore, 1st SFOD-D MSG Timothy Martin, 1st SFOD-D CPL Jamie Smith, 3/75 Ranger SPC James Cavaco, 3/75 Ranger SGT Casey Joyce, 3/75 Ranger PFC Richard Kowaleski, 3/75 Ranger SGT Dominic Pilla, 3/75 Ranger SGT Lorenzo Ruis, 3/75 Ranger SSG William Cleveland, Jr. 160th SOAR SSG Thomas Field, 160th SOAR CW4 Raymond Frank, 160th SOARD CW3 Clifton Wolcott, 160th SOAR CW2 Donovan Briley, 160th SOAR SGT Cornell Houston, 10th MTN DIV PFC James Martin, 10th MTN DIV

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

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  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),
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  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

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  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.
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  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 85 ends on November 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. Mogadishu was/is a tragedy for the people killed and wounded; their families suffer too. …. Many of our politicians only worship, money and political power. … Some politicians fail to fully understand the motivating power of a belief in a Transcendent God.

    [Wisdom from YouKnowWho] = “I generally recommend that people pick religious people for neighbors because they’re going to be the most law-abiding and trustworthy in a crisis, because they’re God-fearing. If I had a Bahai as a next-door neighbor, I’d feel much safer than someone who was a Marilyn Manson fan.”

    Of course, if your neighbor’s religion considers you to be a follower of the Great Satan, there could be a problem in the future. …. [Also from YouKnowWho] = “Seek out people that share your outlook and morality. Living in close confines with other families is sure to cause friction but that will be minimized if you share a common religion and >norms of >behavior.”
    ……… [The key to understanding the statement is = “outlook and morality” and “Norms of Behavior.” It’s NOT a specific religion or denomination. There’s a lot of false accusations from the >Fake News on the Internet.]

    People have a basic understanding of the Natural Law placed into their hearts. Some people just rip out understanding with increasing villainy.
    The founders of our country understood the Natural Law. =
    The Declaration of Independence: “…the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them …” & ” … We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness …”

    May God continue to Bless America. God desires >all people to live in peace with one another. Choose wisely where you live; SurvivalBlog has some good recommendations.

  2. There were a lot of mistakes by command and in the ranks. There were lessons to be learned.
    We ceded control to UN commanders and troops.
    We lacked adequate intel and took the risks anyway.
    Individuals choose to leave some of their protection and ammo behind to lighten their load.
    Under estimated the enemy and those who sponsored them.

    Also this was a cluster-F BUT it was also a blowout. Literally hundreds of enemy combatants were killed. It is billed and the movie supported that it was a terrible failure but in spite of all the errors the U.S. troops kicked their butt. If the enemy thought that this was some kind of victory for them they also knew that they couldn’t afford any more victories like this.

  3. Mogadishu, Somalia is 7,800 miles from Washington DC. Most Americans couldn’t tell you what continent it is on. Tragically 18 U.S military soldiers died there.

    Yet no one answers these fundamental questions.
    Specifically how and from whom does the U.S. Military get the right to invade or occupy any foreign soil?
    In this case specifically how did this raid protect Americans back home?

    Please spare the personal attacks. I’m old. I have no time to waste. Neither does the men, women and children living under the 121 bombs the U.S. Military drops every day.

    1. The UN involvement and then our involvement in Mogadishu was the result of video evidence of rape, murder and starvation by the war lords there. The world didn’t like what they saw and wanted to save lives especially little children and women’s lives. But I agree with you, we should have just watched thenm tortured to death, right!

      1. OneGuy, let’s start with Baltimore a well-documented bastion of rape, murder and starvation. You would be OK with UN troops coming to Baltimore and policing that city? Then they could move onto Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis and on. That would be acceptable to you?

  4. Montana Guy you are correct but the underlying reasons and purposes were the Clintons’ illegitimate use of US resources to destroy a country then to use them in a blood feud for a UN dictator(Anon) against his personal enemies(no legal basis for our actions).

    1. VT, I honestly expected Clinton to become Secretary General of the UN when he left office.

      Something is seriously wrong when Americans will not answer these fundamental questions. Again on this post OneGuy dodged the questions.

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