Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — August 25, 2020

August 25th is a birthday shared by novelist Frederick Forsyth (born 1938), humorist Bret Harte (born 1836), and the late American humorist Patrick F. McManus (born 1933). Forsyth (pictured) was the author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil’s Alternative, and many others. McManus was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, so his books could be classified as American Redoubt humor.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 90 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First 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 Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their 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 (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready 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 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.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. 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. 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)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 90 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. Patrick McManus books are laugh out loud funny. It is well worth your time to get these books to brighten your day. ‘The Night The Bear Ate Gumba’ will leave your stomach hurting from laughing so much.

  2. If Pat McManus isn’t the funniest guy who ever picked up a pen, please tell me who is so I can get some of their books. the only time I’ve laughed so hard was Mark Twain’s Roughing It when he was describing the comb hanging in a stage stop, “If I had to descrive that old patriarch or die I believe I’d ask to see a selection of coffins.”

    I first started reading Patrick McManus before he had any books published when he wrote for Field and Stream. “The Further Teachings of Rancid Crabtree” was my first story. I bought his first book as soon as it was published, A Fine and Pleasant Misery and I highly recommend this as a good starting point for anyone interested in laughing your guts out. You’ll soon buy his other books. I have 11 and as Kevin said, they’ll brighten your day when your down. He also has the occasional heart-touching story such as The Miracle of the Fish Plate. You’ll love his writing. If you have a weak heart it’s best to avoid McManus, unless you don’t mind laughing yourself to death. Which wouldn’t be a bad way to go in my book!

    1. We, too, have all of his writings, even most his Field and Stream articles passed along by my folks. As we live in the hinter-boonies we go through a lot of audio books when going anywhere and McManus is our family favorite. The only rule we have: absolutely no eating or drinking when Dad puts McManus on! The mess from sudden bursts of hysterical laughter are too much!

      The Skunk Trap and How to Go Splat are great!

      1. Another fan here . . . . been reading his works for over 30 years. One of the highlights of my short time living in north Idaho was meeting Mr. McManus at a book signing in Spokane Valley. The couple of books he signed for me are keepsakes. I will say, after living there a short time I can better appreciate some of the references he makes to Blight County.

  3. Select links/comments from Matt Bracken’s Gab page:

    WATCH: Shots Fired as Rioters Torch Businesses Near Residential Neighborhoods in Kenosha
    Rampant arson and looting continued in Kenosha, Wisconsin for a second night, as rioters focused their destruction on small businesses in residential neighborhoods.

    Just after 11 PM local time, rioters set fire to a warehouse at the end of a street that was next to a row of houses. Footage showed the fire and the videographer warning residents to call the fire department given the delayed response times.

    Jorge Ventura is a reporter for the Daily Caller.
    His Twitter feed covering the Kenosha Arson Riots is amazing.
    You can just scroll from video to video: dozens of cars torched. Banks torched. Businesses torched.
    National Guard nowhere to be seen.
    Why is this barely seen on the national media?


    Drew Hernandez: Welcome to the new norm
    Where you are mandated to stay indoors because of a virus
    Where Leftists want to disarm you
    As BLM and Antifa riot and burn buildings
    While local elected officials tie the hands of law enforcement
    And you are on your own
    Get the picture yet?


    DO NOT MISS the Drew Hernandez / @livesmattershow
    Twitter feed. It’s just mind blowing what’s going on in the Kenosha Arson Riots, with patriots armed with AR-15s now standing off against Antifa/BLM commie scum who are torching buildings and vehicles.

    What makes it especially shocking, is there is barely a minute spent on these riots on the Marxist Media, and barely any more on Fox. Is this because they are too cowardly to send “real” reporters, and they are ashamed that the only real footage coming out is shot by amateurs with guts?


    Andy Ngo [Video] “Some woman is angry in Kenosha that this man tried to stop the mass violence.”
    [Dudes with serious scoped ARs, one with night vision, protecting property from the Antifa/BLM commie scum. CW2 could pop off at any time.]


    Tucker: When do we get America back?
    Aug. 25, 2020 – For Americans living under coronavirus restrictions, it’s a question too rarely asked. In fact it’s actively discouraged.

    1. …and Hillary Clinton says Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances.

      Why would she talk about concession if she didn’t already see the writing of Biden’s defeat on the proverbial wall?

      We can see where this is headed, and it’s not a happy place. Even so, we must remain steadfast and forward moving. It will be a long, hard slog, but we must persevere.

    2. Cont….
      Antifa/BLM Commie Scum: “This Is How We Get Them To Bend The Knee”
      They are telling you as loudly as they can, almost begging you to understand, that from their perspective – and they are the ones doing it all so they should know – this has nothing whatsoever to do with the police.
      Are you dense, or do you understand yet?

      2 comments posted:

      On August 25, 2020 at 11:27 am, Bad_Brad said:

      These morons are now setting fires to apartment buildings with families occupying them. That’s attempted murder. Residential homes will be next. Appropriate action needs to be taken on sight.

      On August 25, 2020 at 11:37 am, Uncle Al said:

      It was good to read that some of the Kenosha residents are pushing back, even if only a little. When rioters drove to more residential areas to spread their mayhem, on at least two occasions the homeowners opened up with a few warning shots (not that I’m a fan of warning shots). Business owners and their supporters are facing up to approaching mobs.

      Perhaps I’m over-emphasizing the resistance a bit, but it is good to finally see reports of resistance.

      Tunnel Rabbit comment:
      Just in case it is not yet obvious, uncontrolled rioting will only encourage more of the same. This is the opening stages of WROL. It is coming to liberal city near you. Will entire cities have to burn before action is taken? The escalation is deliberate. To gain moral authority, they intend to provoke armed citizens to fire first. Once the shooting starts, what ammo remains on the shelves will be gone and not available at any price. Then even silver won’t buy lead. I’ll be buying what little I can until it is all gone, but that could be sooner than expected. They need the shooting to start before the election so Trump can be blamed and their voters motivated. Also, the chaos may cause the election to be postponed. Whatever happens, Trump will be blamed and declared illegitimate. They will demand that he be removed. And if the election is not postponed, they they will cheat. If they still lose the election, the riots will continue. At some point the shooting starts. Leave the big cities now, or become a refugee latter.

  4. To SB community… please note the posted link begins at the 37 minute mark… listen carefully… this presentation took place in 2017… consider what has taken place since that time in terms of World Economic Forum meetings… formation of CEPI..September 2019 ID2020 with partners initiate program to provide digital ID with vaccines…Event 201 in October 2019…The Military World Games in Wuhan, China in October 2019… December 2019 Netflix documentary series “ Explained” that raised the question of a global pandemic from a wet market in China…World Economic Forum 2020 / “ Great Reset “… and events that have taken place in our country and throughout the world since the ‘appearance’ of the virus

  5. From Mike Adams:
    “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi just declared all Republican lawmakers and the President to be “enemies of the state,” unveiling her plan to remove Trump by force, followed by mass arrests of all GOP members of Congress.

    The full-blown treason of the Democrats is now right out in the open, and they plan to sow chaos and confusion to obscure the election results, then seize the White House by force and claim power.

    Armed patriots across America are going to be required to defend this nation and stop the treasonous insurrection of the lawless Democrats.

    (Link goes to two videos of Pelosi telegraphing their intentions)

  6. Protect YOUR Home During SHTF: 10 Layers of Home Defense
    (YouTube Video, 14:23)
    Aug 25, 2020
    Canadian Prepper

    What is your score on home defense, watch the video and let us know in the comment section! In this video I discuss in greater depth the concept of layers of home defense a concept I first introduced in previous home defense videos.

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