Preparedness Notes for Sunday — December 13, 2020

December 13th is the birthday of Sergeant Alvin York.

By way of Pat Cascio, I just heard of the passing of Professor Bradley J. Steiner, at age 74.  He was legendary in the martial arts world. Our condolences to his family.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 92 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  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 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 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. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. 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.
  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. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. 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 92 ends on January 31, 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. The legacy of Sergeant Alvin York inspires to this day. In the late nineties and 2000’s, my boys loved watching the Gary Cooper movie, “Sergeant York.” The dramatic turning to God scenes, after much hellfire living, was unexpected the first time we watched it. Whether completly accurate, I do not know but the movie espouses Sergeant York as a hardworking, honest, God fearing man. His exploits were amazing, PTL.
    As my boys loved this movie, many a time throughout the years, one brother would say to the other, “Alvin, Ma wants ya.” Lol

  2. Are the Canadians as bad as the Taliban?

    It is interesting about the Canadians allowing Dominion Voting Systems Corporation to operate within it’s borders.

    Didn’t the U.S. invade Afghanistan because the Taliban allowed Al-Qaeda to operate within it’s areas of authority, and attack the U.S. on 2001-09-11.

    Maybe the U.S. should declare war on Canada???

    War crimes tribunal for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party…

    What about reparations from Canada for their part in the U.S. November 2020, election fraud.

    If we do not deter this kind of behavior, then it will continue to happen…

  3. May come to this. We should be prepared.

    By the way, my wife ordered two of JWR’s books as Christmas presents for me. Can’t wait to read them by the fireplace.
    This is late response for the handgun article by Pat. When I began my law enforcement career I carried a Model 19 S&W revolver in a standard holster and no backup gun.
    I was dispatched as the first responder to a bar fight. Upon arriving I made contact with four subjects outside the front door. It was the standard pushing and pulling struggle by drunks, no weapons visible and I had not been warned of weapons involved. The mistake I made was not being aware of a larger fight involving ball bats just around the corner. I was soon in a fight to get free from six or seven subjects. Several people were grabbing at my sidearm, others striking me with clubs, and the weapon came free from the holster. I tried to hold the gun to my chest with my arm but it fell free. I was then stabbed in the back and the knife glanced off my spine into my right lung. I turned to see two of my attackers, one still holding the knife. Others were retreating but one thug who hadn’t fled was pointing my handgun at me, shooting twice but missing, then fleeing.
    Not anything I want to experience again. I was released after 11 days in hospital and then off duty for 6 more weeks.
    During the off time I purchased a S&W Model 59, with an external safety, and a safety holster for same. Before returning to duty I also acquired a .380 Backup and special duty belt holster made by Tex Shoemaker Leather in Texas. Most never realized that was a holster. I still have it. Tell you what, if you’ve seen Sneaky Pete holsters, that’s pretty much it.
    I had a cousin at the time working for a State Police agency. They were one of if not the first major agency to carry semiautomatic handguns… S&W Model 39. And why? Because of the external safety.
    You can probably still find articles ref. bad guys trying to kill officers with the officer’s own semiautomatic handguns, pushing the mag release button instead of the external safety.
    Everyone has to make his/her own decisions just as I did.
    God Bless President Trump and our great country.
    Take care out there and be observant.
    Oh yes, my revolver was recovered but not the knife.
    Good article, Pat.

    Semper Fi

    1. You really should expand that into a full-length article (1,500+ words) for our writing contest. I believe that the SurvivalBlog readership would learn a lot from that!

      1. I wholly agree, my Semper Fi brother. In this time of recovering from grievous body insult inflicted by the virus, your path to recovery may be instructive.

        Carry on

    2. Great comment; we can all learn from other people explaining their life and death struggles. … … +The Kyle Rittenhouse videos teach us the importance of having a sling on a rifle, for weapon retention. The villains in both reform school and prison learn to grab weapons, through their jailhouse gab.
      An accessible back-up weapon can be a life saver.

      God Bless the Marines.

  4. Saddened to hear about Professor Steiner. I studied American Combato (Jen Do Tao) from him for three years at his North Seattle dojo. He had a wonderful NYC sense of humor and he was brutally realistic and pragmatic about street fighting. At least one of the black belts (I never quite made it that far before moving to the Redoubt) did their thesis on improvised weapons. Professor Steiner even had a favorite brand of pen, one tough enough to stab, long before the rise of all of the “tactical” pens with glass breaker tips.

    One of Steiner’s big lessons was to feign a chronic injury. Not only do you get to carry an impact weapon with no repercussions (a cane or stick), you build your legal case (I told them I had just had surgery, yer Honor) and put your attacker at ease right before you go on the offensive and put that cane or axe handle into their temple, throat, or kneecap.

    He was also very much of the Jeff Cooper school with defensive pistolcraft: point shooting with a 1911 loaded with 230gr ball. He told me and others many stories of coming to the door in a bathrobe with a 1911 hidden under a newspaper pointed right at the (clueless) person on his doorstep. Steiner did not fool around and did not play fair! He will be missed.

    1. Tunnel Rabbit, there has been information on InfoWars by Pieczenek, that Trump has the ‘Fraudulent Election’ problem under control. [God Willing]

      There is even more information elsewhere on the Internet. Read, the ~ConservativeDailyPost~ December 12, 2020. article by GEORGETTE WALRATH.
      The article is titled: ~Get Ready: There’s A Reason Trump Isn’t Worried… And It All Boils Down To 13848 E.O.~
      “A very important thing happened during Trump’s “most important speech” last week… and this brilliant man always knew what was coming.”

      The article is a quick read. My thoughts (GGHD) = 1. Either Trump is going to have to use the Military, if our Congress and Courts will ~NOT act; … OR … 2. Senile Joe becomes President. …. +3. Kamala Harris has NOT resigned or indicated a date for her resignation from her California Senator Office.

      The Trump Voters will NOT consent to a theft of the USA. It will be a long slog, but we’ll have a mostly peaceful recovery of our government.

      Trump looks confident. The people close to Trump seem confident that Trump will retain the Presidency next year. The villains will be exposed.
      We need to let the crisis play out, at the Moment, the crisis is OUT of our hands.

      There is also information on the Internet, that the Democrats are now playing a Bluffing game with Trump and the American people. … Plus, there’s information that much of the ‘Biden Charade’ is for the sake of the Communist Chinese Paymasters. There’s 100s of millions of dollars invested in this election. … The economics of China’s Slave Laborer Factories involves ~Trillions of dollars.

      From the Internet, it’s said, Trump is NOT bluffing with the traitors. Trump is willing to use the US Military and 13848 E.O.
      …….. We’re waiting now on the final decision by our Judges and our Legislators. [Lord have Mercy on us!]

      We can ‘peacefully’ NOT consent to Biden and his cronies. … Now is the time to check our preps. Buy some more ‘short term’ items used everyday. The type that storage will be used. i.e. Toilet Paper, Soap and such.

      The Fake News is controlled by the Globalists. I recommend the article cited, and listening to the last few Pieczenek appearances on InfoWars. … The Fake News makes it sound like Trump will be escorted out of the Whitehouse and replaced by Senile Joe.
      ……. We can wait we can wait a few more weeks for the outcome.

      We can recover our Government Peacefully. … This is a sentence from the article recommended: “CIA director Gina Haspel admitting to election interference in a full confession which has now been acquired. (This is covered in the Dec. 3rd Situation Update podcast, above.)”

      Pieczenek also mentioned Gina Haspel in his Alex Jones appearances; He said the military grabbed her. … …
      We don’t know with certainty what is occurring.
      …….. But, at the moment, we should prep and hold fast ready to NOT give our consent to a ‘Steal of the Election’~ …..
      We need to be ready for Peaceful demonstrations and public strikes.

      The 80 million Biden voters are illusionary. The Trump 74 million voters are real. The Trump voters work at productive jobs. = A big rig Truck Strike will stop the country in its tracks. … Just one example of a peaceful protest.

      We need to wait just a few more weeks. … We’ll know the outcome by then. … I don’t intend to sound like a naysayer, but let us not act rashly.

      1. Thanks for that. I am well aware of all of it and more, yet much of that fits into my speculation category. I certainly hope some of that proves to be true, yet as the Q phenomenon proves, there is a psy-op in progress that causes many patriot to not be concerned, that Trump has it all in control and patriots need not do anything. They have used psy-ops successfully. Need proof? Much of the population is wearing masks and is fearful of the virus, and does what they are told. Trump has also said that he would step down if the electoral college voted against him. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

        No, Trump is not playing 4D chess. He has made many serious mistakes, so like us all, he is only human and should not be worshiped. I would not make the mistake of believing that there is nothing patriots can do. Doing nothing is the biggest mistake we could make at this time. And that is why psy-ops should be recognized as an effective weapon of war. Psyops are apart of modern warfare. Most of the population has MK Ulta’ed, and are zombies. Psyops work.

        If Trump gives up power, at that moment, in my eyes, the Republic is officially dead. There will never again be a free and fair election. There will no next time, and Commie-rats will rule this country. Do not underestimate the enemy. This is the biggest mistake most people make.

        Here is a little something I commented on about 2 hours ago. Hope it helps.

        An article over at MaxVelocity:

        WHERE WE ARE:
        Let’s keep things simple, shall we.

        We are facing the end of the Republic. It is easily argued that it already expired, the point being that now we face a deep state coup, massive election fraud, huge corruption, an attempted Marxist takeover, and foreign control from China.

        Democrats are traitors to the Republic. Republicans are not much better. The rule of law is dead: nothing that Trump has attempted to do has been done. He is surrounded by the deep state. The three letter agencies (of which so many of you are so afraid) have sold out to the dark side. They are part of the deep state.

        (See the rest here:

        Tunnel Rabbit comment:

        This is an excellent article. However, it is not over until it is over. On Jan 21, it will be over. I have been working hard for years attempting to train people up in many ways, yet sadly there is not much interest. There are plenty of guns and ammo, but not enough food, and other critical supplies. We are not ready. Because I saw this coming years ago, I am prepared to hold out for many years. Less than one half of one percent have a long term survival plan, and can be self sufficient. The people are dumbed down, soft, and narcissistic. If we cannot take it back swiftly, the prospects for victory is low.

        Although Trump may not listen, we should demand that Trump invoke the Insurrection Act. If we can some how show him the kind of massive support, a peaceful show of raw potential force as did the rally at Richmond demonstrated, a potential militia force that would back him, it just might be enough moral support Trump needs to pull the trigger on the Insurrection Act. It would also embolden the military and the people, even if it does not impress Trump. This is our second last chance. Fight for this now (the Insurrection Act), or fight until you are dead.

      2. Employing the Insurrection Act has great danger. Read it below.

        Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws, either of the United States, or of any individual state or territory, where it is lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia for the purpose of suppressing such insurrection, or of causing the laws to be duly executed, it shall be lawful for him to employ, for the same purposes, such part of the land or naval force of the United States, as shall be judged necessary, having first observed all the pre-requisites of the law in that respect.

        Now, tell me, what incentive do the military commanders have to turn power back over to Congress and the president? Imposing martial law has led to what you fear in many countries over the years. If you fear the “end of free and fair elections” under a Democratic president, you can count on it under martial law.

        I assure you, in the Marine Corps, we were not given a vote in what policies were enacted. That means NO elections.

        Carry on

        1. I’ve been listening to and reading the fine work of KrisAnne Hall, an attorney and constitutional authority/educator. She assures that martial is not what we want. It sets a precedent and bad things issue. I believe her and you. Are you saying that in ML situation the Generals won’t give power back leading to a version of totalitarianism? Sounds like it.

          1. I am pointing in that direction. Many countries have instituted martial law to manage times of great stress. Few later held free and fair elections in the next ten years. Myanmar is a recent example.

            So, I ask what incentive do the military commanders have to relinquish control over us once they have secured it?

            Carry on

  5. Thank you for your long reply, Tunnel Rabbit.

    We shall see in the near future, whether America stands or falls. … It’s NOT an actual worship of Trump by most of his supporters; Trump is just the man fighting in the public arena for all loyal Americans.

    The Good Book: “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that ~~>wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” Psalms 37: 9, KJV. [Or, as senile Joe would say, ‘Palms’]

    In all the Churches during the service, there’s a moment of silence, when people are given the opportunity to listen to God. … The Church sounds stop; = at that moment particularly, people should be listening and asking the Holy Spirit for discernment.

    “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
    And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
    And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
    [2Peter1: 5~7 KJV]

    ……. The USA is at that point of waiting in regards to, the outcome of the attempted steal of the 2020 election by the Democrats. … There is a need for patience for the next few weeks. The 74 million Trump voters are real voters (Not Globalist ghost voters).
    ……. Trump has the support of most Americans that get out of bed and go to work at productive jobs. +Trump has the support of many people in the US Military and the Police.

    As a rhetorical question: ‘If someone was standing in line at a DMV office, and the government bureaucrats went on strike, how long would take for the waiting person to figure it out?’
    To explain, MK Ulta’ed, to everyone (me included):
    “Project MKUltra (or MK-Ultra), also called the CIA mind control program, is the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects that were designed and undertaken by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, some of which were illegal.
    ……….Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control.”

    A Heavenly God has been taken out of our public schools, and public spaces. The Democrats have been in the vanguard of closing the Churches, through a government order, because of the PLANNEDemic of the China Covid-19. … Even viable treatments for the China Flu have been ~throttled and prevented by the Democrats.

    A treatment rather than a preventive vaccine might be a better option for people. … [I’m also in a waiting attitude about the new vaccine. I plan to wait it out, as long as possible.]
    I do recommend patience at this moment. But, we should still be worried about many of the people marching in lockstep with the enemies of the USA.

    Many people now days, think there are ~too many people in the world. … Such ideas are commonly taught in the public schools, and are part of, the zeitgeist, spirit of our age, for books, television and movies.

    +The Rich and Powerful in the technological Internet companies, along with their minions, are using their great wealth to create an Ubermensch.
    [To be honest, they don’t use that descriptive word, or say forced eugenics.]
    ……… Ubermensch = “The ideal superior man of the future who could rise above conventional Christian morality to create and impose his own values, ~ originally described by Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra.” [Internet]
    The Globalists and their minions are mentally deranged; like all the famous dictators and mass ~murders.

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