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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we highlight a new listing for a farm house on 120 Acres in Ohio.

Cops: Burglar Used Drone for Aerial Recon

A hat tip to DSV for spotting this one: Cops: Burglar Used Drone For Aerial Recon.

Farm House on 120 Acres in Ohio

A new listing at Contemporary Farm House on 120 Acres. (See the photo at the top of this column.)

Police Confiscate a Man’s Guns for Posting ‘Joker’ Memes

Linked over at the great news aggregation site: Red Flag: Police Confiscate Washington Man’s Guns For Posting ‘Joker’ Memes Online. A quote:

“So, this 23-year-old kid does what all 23-year-old young guys do – he posts a meme about the #1 box office move in the country online that mocks the media’s relentless push to prove violent “Joker” represents Trump supporters, and someone online reports him to the authorities, and next thing you know, his guns are taken away.

There’s a very good reason why American patriots rallied against federal red flag laws when President Trump signaled he was open to supporting them after a string of mass shootings.

Red Flag laws are an infringement of our Constitutional rights. There is no due process. Authorities can just come and take your guns away based on an “extreme protection order.” After that is carried out, you have to go through a lengthy and sometimes costly process to get them back.”

Twitter Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

Wolf Street reports: Twitter “Unintentionally” Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

Dick’s Anti-Gun Policy Shrank Company by $250 Million

Reader H.L. sent this news item: Dick’s CEO Says Anti-Gun Policy Shrank Company by a ‘Quarter Billion Dollars’. The article begins:

“The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods told CBS News this weekend that his decisions to stop selling certain guns and hire lobbyists to push for new gun bans have cost his company roughly $250 million.

CBS Sunday Morning host Lee Cowan asked Dick’s CEO Ed Stack how much his company lost after the retailer decided to stop selling firearms to anyone under the age of 21.

“About a quarter of a billion,” Stack replied. “Pretty close.”

Stack also said the company destroyed $5 million worth of rifle inventory because Stack believed no one should be allowed to own them.

“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,'” he told CBS.”

JWR’s Comment: Our move as gun owners is simple: Boycott Dick’s Sporting Goods. If they are so opposed to our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, then they deserve to be starved of our purchasing dollars. Let’s put them out of business! We’ll just spend our money at pro-gun retailers, instead.

Active Shooter Drills Used to Push Civilian Disarmament

How active shooter drills are used to terrorize the public into supporting gun control.

Supremes Debate a Uniform Right to Trial by Jury

Another from H.L.: SCOTUS Debates Whether the Right to Trial by Jury Should Mean the Same Thing in State and Federal Court. A snippet:

“At issue in Ramos v. Louisiana is an aspect of criminal procedure known as the unanimous jury rule. According to a long line of Supreme Court cases, the Sixth Amendment requires a unanimous jury verdict before an individual may be convicted of a crime in federal court. At the same time, however, in Apodaca v. Oregon (1972), the Supreme Court held that state criminal convictions do not require a unanimous jury. Ramos v. Louisiana centers on whether this two-track approach is constitutional when it comes to criminal juries.”

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  1. Maybe with all of these business startups in Montana we will climb from being 2nd from last in income. Of course the cost of land will probably still be astronomical

    1. Big Mike, the federal government believes that it owns roughly 40% of the Redoubt. After secession each State would have an opportunity to make land more available for private ownership by its residents (not Californians and the rest who think our lands are just their playgrounds and we are their servants). It’s not just land costs. Today residents are hamstrung with federal regulations. The days of young couples buying a piece of land and roughing it as they build and add utilities are gone. We could get rid of many overbearing regulations and the in-State government parasites living off them.

      The only vote that has ever mattered in history is secession.

      1. Montana Guy,
        Be careful what you wish for. Ever try hunting in Washington State?. It’s a joke, there is no public land to hunt, its all private, get caught, go to jail and lose all your stuff too.. Idaho has TONS of State land and Forest service land too, It would be a shame if No trespassing signs and fencing started popping up all over the place

        1. Larry, I agree with your concerns. The closer to the people (State, County, Local, Private) where decisions are made the better in my book. The first move in that direction is the removal of the federal government from States.

          Also as I’m sure you are aware, private property does not necessarily mean ‘No Hunting’. Folks just need permission from the owners as we do on our private land. I’ve lived in many States and the majority of my hunting has been on private land.

  2. Good take on Dicks sporting goods. I believe that if I was a stock holder I would sue the CEO for breach of Fiduciary Responsibility. It has been done before and a defeated CEO would have a hard time finding another job. A message well sent.

    1. Thought same thing,buy 1 share of voting stock and sue this idiot out of a job and to recover for malfeasance. Saw part of “interview” was more softball worship session than anything mildly serious.

  3. “They are not coming for your guns. You’re just being paranoid. ” a direct quote from an acquaintance in 2016. He now says that they are only after the guns of dangerous people and that everyone should get on board with “common sense gun control.”

    It’s amazing how dense some people can be. There is a reason that the Founding Fathers made firearms the Second Amendment, right up there at the top of the list. They knew.

  4. I live in Idaho. I have boycotted Dicks for a long time — ever since they told me that they required to know for an ammo purchase if I was a citizen. I have other managers in other national chains in Idaho saying “well all private sales of guns at gun shows are illegal. If you buy a gun privately you will be arrested as you leave the gun show. That was our corporate training with the ATF in regards to gun sales” I think the feds are already laying the groundwork for a national ban on private sales of firearms under any conditions.

    1. ANONYMOUS,If you can get sworn affidavits to this you could end the career of quite a few BATFE special agents and do a great service to your country and fellow citizens.

    1. That’s what they want; for everyone to be afraid to speak freely. It’s called self-censorship. Make us so afraid of expressing our opinions that only “approved” ideas are voiced.

    1. Our boycott of Dick’s is a rare win for Liberty. Of course it was easy with all the competition still available. Wake me up when ‘patriots’ ready for a REAL boycott? How about a boycott of government schools?

  5. Does anyone ever think about the correlation of what happened in pre WWll Germany and the situation nationwide present day? From about 1935 onward I’ve noticed very close similarities to policies and action by German gummint and present day gummint right here in the good ole USA. Including the onset of the [Gestapo] – aka – swat, red flag laws, etc. So who’s the one defining who is a danger to themselves or others again? Most likely someone you have never met or even seen. But they can attest to your danger to the public….. Stay grey and limit exposure in and around crowds….

  6. So, let me see:

    The 4th amendment (to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures) is now null and void,

    as well as

    the 5th (“nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”),

    the 6th (the right to confront your accusers (the state can’t be the accuser)),

    the 7th (maybe, trial by jury?),

    the 8th (no excessive bail or excessive fines),

    the 9th (my rights are vast State and Federal governments are small by comparison),

    the 10th (if any polity can do this it’s the States, I think not even the States),
    oh and don’t forget

    the 14th (“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”).

    The Feds can’t do this, the States can’t do this, nor the counties or local governments can do this. And yet they do, and the Supreme Court is also questionable.

  7. Re: Active Shooter Drills

    Don’t know what I think about that.

    On the one hand, I am a fan of emergency training of all kinds. It always surprises me how clueless many people are about so many things. To at least teach people the difference between concealment and cover is a good thing.

    On the other hand, eliminate gun free zones and you probably eliminate well more than half the problem. Something like 90% of mass shootings occur in gun free zones. I think some shooters would still try it even in an armed area but the number would be reduced. But you still need the training.

    As far as traumatizing the children, I suspect a few are but the media always finds the outliers in most situations. IMO they very often fail to capture the “average” person’s response in a situation and instead find the whiner, jerk or attention getter. And even when they find that average person, they cherry pick the words or the person fumbles around with the words and real communication does not happen.

    I have seen media coverage two times in my workplaces over the years and in both cases I felt they failed to communicate the true situation. Including one instance where the coverage was just to write a benign positive feel good Sunday feature article.

    You cannot walk into a situation you know nothing about and talk to people you do not know and reliably describe a situation IMO. What you as a stranger see as the key or dominant elements of a situation are very often not the same as the people familiar with the situation see as key or dominant even if you are unbiased.

  8. Re: SCOTUS

    I had no idea you could be criminally convicted by a majority vice unanimous decision anywhere in the US. Seems rather shocking to me.

    This will be interesting in a couple ways. First I don’t think anyone should be convicted without unanimous decision. But perhaps more important is the question of incorporation.

    For years prior to Heller, it was pretty much accepted law that the 2nd Amendment was not incorporated. That it was not a personal right that could not be infringed on by anyone including the state governments. Heller said BS to that.

    I was unaware that other rights were viewed as not being incorporated. It would seem our judicial system has been playing fast and loose with incorporation in more ways than I knew ever since the 14th Amendment was passed. And it would appear they got away with it. Perhaps for racist reasons as most gun control started out but then applied to everyone. And it would appear that maybe just maybe some of this s*%t will be cleaned up by this court. Just depends on how broad this decision turns out.

    1. JBH,don’t worry if the gov. doesn’t get the jury vote they want they just pull the jurors and replace them as they wish,this is why they have “alternates” standing by to assure conviction.

  9. I need a couple of things this week to round out my hunt.. Shooting sticks and a chair blind, But there is no way on Gods Green earth I would step foot in a Dicks sporting good store for them.

  10. Hello from southern OHIO- I bought a place for my son near Pomery several years ago for 180 K was recently reappraised by county for 70K for taxes so be sure to see what taxes are since the area has lost lots of jobs and people are trying to sell etc..

    1. Amazon, we also have a place in SE Ohio and the taxes have gone out of sight. I guess all the oil & gas money there the government wants to be sure and wet their beak. I’m very angry

  11. Surprised that no mention of the NBA’s literal Kowtowing to China,the slightest mention of HongKong freedom and they Communally and individually fall over each other to bow and scrape.

  12. Aerial Surveillance:
    There should be an opportunity for someone to write an article about using a >tethered, helium balloon, and an inexpensive camera. … A number of cameras provide a stable picture [Skydivers wear cameras on their helmets].

    It’s legal in many places to ‘fly’ a tethered unmanned balloon to a certain height. A >night ‘lift’ should reveal any people generated lights in the area. A >daytime lifting of the balloon would draw attention to yourself. (I don’t know about needed lighting at night.)
    If any neighbor asks, ‘What’s up?’ = Take along your kids and say it’s a school project. = ‘Measuring wind-speed or temperature.’

    I use to know someone with an airplane. Apparently up in the hills, a surprising number of homes reveal themselves during the night. The homes are NOT so visible during the daytime [unless directly overhead].

    A nighttime survey might be good EXTRA security out in the boonies. A helium balloon with a camera might be relatively inexpensive. A night lift and look would draw less attention (if any). The Google maps and the USGS maps are >good, but a nighttime look might provide more information.

    Anyone living out in the boonies has the risk of living near an illegal marijuana patch, that is guarded during the day, and tended at night.
    [People use lights at night. +Very few criminals have the discipline of the US Military, or the equipment for nighttime operations.]

  13. I have boycotted Dick’s long before the anti-gun policy. Actually, I stopped buying at Wal-Mart type stores also. We are far better off spending a little extra money supporting our local like minded businesses. And that is what I do.

    I fondly remember the days of my youth visiting the local Mom & Pop gun shop. It was a magnet for local hunters and sportsmen. The old guys in overalls talking about upcoming or past hunts, the best shotgun or the biggest buck. Their sage advice was exciting and enlightening.

    I sure miss America.

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