Incredulity: “The Reports of My Death…”

Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) once famously wrote:  “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Pondering that, I’m posting this brief piece as a notice to my readers. Please take the following to heart:

If you ever hear that I stopped posting because I lost interest in blogging…

Then don’t believe it! I intend to blog for many years, and then pass on SuvivalBlog to some fellow freedom-loving Christian that I genuinely trust who will keep up its standards.


If you ever hear that I stopped posting because I was demonetized or otherwise couldn’t make a living at it…

Then don’t believe it! I’ll keep blogging even if means doing so at great personal expense.


If you ever see SurvivalBlog change in a distinct way, indicating that I’ve had some change of political affiliations and want to make nice with the socialists, statists, and collectivists…

Then don’t believe it! My blog site would then have been co-opted.


If you ever hear that I’ve “gone into hiding” or “fled the country” but then you don’t hear anything from me (directly or indirectly) within three weeks…

Then don’t believe it! At that point, I’m probably being held against my will, or have been killed. Please note my intention: I will do my best to continue blogging on a fairly regular basis, even if I’m forced into exile.

If you ever hear that I committed suicide…

Then don’t believe it! I would never do that.


If you ever hear that I was “killed in a shootout with authorities” but that none of them were killed or injured…

Then don’t believe it! That means that I was dry-gulched or ambushed in some other way.


If you ever hear that I was arrested and later “found strangled, suspended by a bedsheet”…

Then don’t believe it! (Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide, either.)


If you ever see a video of me saying outlandish things, like threatening a public official.

Then don’t believe it! I have not and will never do that. So, what you are watching is most certainly a deepfake.


If you ever hear that I was arrested for “child pornography”, “rape”, “child molestation”, or anything else immoral…

Then don’t believe it! I have not and will never do those sorts of things.


If you ever hear that I’ve been arrested and have “pled guilty” to a felony…

Then don’t believe it! I will always put up a valid legal defense.


If you ever go to but you see a zombie advertising page or a “This domain name is available” page…

Then don’t believe it! We lease a dedicated server overseas, and also have a backup server in CONUS. We always keep our domain registrations up to date.


Now, in contrast:

If you ever hear that I’ve been arrested and have “pled not guilty” in a criminal trial…

Then you can probably believe it! I will challenge jurisdiction first, and then the merits of the case.


If you ever hear that I’ve been arrested, and that I cannot be contacted — or that I’m often being moved from jail to jail…

Then you can probably believe it! They call that Diesel Therapy.


If you ever hear that I’m in jail but incommunicado, and that I’ve gone on a hunger strike…

Then you can probably believe it! But I most likely wouldn’t do so to the point of death.


If you ever hear that I’ve died of a heart attack…

Then you can believe it, but only if you hear that in a post from my wife — backed up by other credible sources who know me personally.


If you ever go to but the URL does not resolve or returns a “404” message page…

Then we’ve probably been hacked. In most cases, we’ll be back up within 36 hours. Be patient. But if you don’t hear anything from me within a week —  directly or indirectly (through the fellow bloggers that I often mention) then my blog has surely been taken down by some force other than just private hackers.


If you ever go to and see our page replaced with a static “takedown” warning page from some agency of government

Then beware. Other blogs and websites will probably get “un-personed” at the same time. It might be time to load your guns and head for the hills — or vote from the rooftops.


Lastly: The only way to be sure that you’ll always be able to read the SurvivalBlog archives is to either build your own archive of the blog and put it on a 32+ gigabyte USB stick, or get one of the waterproof archive USB sticks that we sell.


  1. JWR the subtext of this blog post is concerning.

    Please consider posting a public key to your blog sooner rather than later so that readers can verify its you when you resurface if you ever do go offline for a while.

    Engrave the private key on a physical material without chemistry and bury it in a remote cache. Keep no other copies of that private key.

  2. It is sad that all of us feel we have to post or tell our families what we will or won’t do because the powers that be are so full of evil. I am a nobody, but I sat my kids down and gave them my list of what I will never, ever do.

    Ordered the stick this morning.

  3. Thanks for posting it publicly. Sobering that you have to… Only thing I’d add, if we ever hear that you have gone on some “spiritual retreat” and subsequently embraced some “truth” OTHER than the Biblical knowledge of the ONE true living God, His Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit… yeahhhh we’ll know it’s not you.

    Check’s written for the USB stick – did that BEFORE making coffee, even! 😉

  4. I’m probably all wrong here, but after watching and voting for the last 50 or so yrs and listening to all the complain promises made by all the politicians that wanted my / your vote and seeing what they did do after they were elected and especially this latest fiasco, I’ve last faith in the judical system and the political system and pretty much the economic system. Everything is fixed, so that the little guy is pooped on no matter which he turns or what he does. And on the subject of religion, I’m looking cross eyed ( so to speak ) at the catholic church, based on family history, personal experience and what I have been ready so far. EX. during the first stimulis pay out, they received a money to stay afloat ( so to speak ) and all the while they are sitting on in excess of $10 billion dollars. So much for religion and being pious and poor and helping the needy. Biden and Nancy P are guilty of murder of untold number of babies because of their legislation. Basicaly, all the little guy is just another cash cow for government to tax so they can throw money at problems that don’t exist and buy friendship from peoples and countries that don’t like us and our way of life. there is more to my grip, but there isn’t enough room here.

    1. I suggest you read you bible, not Catholic approved, but a King James version or even an ESV. Compare what the bible teaches to what the Catholic church teaches. Pray and trust God (not the church) to give you answers. I don’t know where you are so I can’t recommend a church, but if you decide to look for one, try to find a small nondenominational with conservative, biblical principles.

    2. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with some people professing to be Roman Catholic. The vast majority of Catholics try to live their faith to the best of their abilities.

      Now, if you had a problem with the Catholic faith itself, then perhaps we should discuss that.

      As a side note, with the invasion of Muslim settlers and Communist (read “socialist” to be more PC is a greater concern.

      1. Thank you for posting that. As with all things left in the hands of men, there will be good leaders and bad. Good members of the flock and bad as well. There’s also a lot of misinformation for the institution itself.

        While this isn’t the thread to get into a debate on the church – I will say this… Now more than ever, we who are followers of Jesus Christ must all put aside our squabbles and stand together in support of one another. Satan and his minions want us divided and conquered. Let’s not help them do it.

  5. The threat(s) are real, not conspiracy.

    If you’re not part of the lefts group think and lock-step then you’re a menace to society and deserve every thing thrown in your direction both legal and illegal, slander and deceit, false and more false, media lies and made-up-on-the-spot government laws until your eventual disappearance or demise.

    I trust very, very little of anything the media or a single bureaucrat in ANY branch of government says…

    Be aware and be gray

  6. God bless you, Lily, and your family.
    I remember when I first was aware of you. My small private bookstore had a copy of your book on survival featured by the register. I bought it, was impressed, and the Lord put upon me to share your extraordinary advice and vision, so I went back and bought more copies to distribute to friends. On a lark, I googled your name and found this blog. Yours is the first place I go in the morning. To be without this site would leave a tremendous empty space in my day, like not doing devotions.
    You are a gifted man, a patriot, a writer, and a damn good family man.

    1. “Yours is the first place I go in the morning. To be without this site would leave a tremendous empty space in my day, like not doing devotions.
      You are a gifted man, a patriot, a writer, and a damn good family man.”

      Hear hear!!

      *raising coffee cup aloft* alllll together now:
      For he’s a jolly good fellow
      For he’s a jolly good fellow
      For he’s a jolly good fellow…

  7. Good morning everyone,

    I just finished ordering one of each of the archives sticks BEFORE I even read this part.

    Please know that we all are so grateful for you, Lily and your family for bringing us all together here. We have all become a family here and I can’t even imagine us being torn apart . Even though these ugly things are happening all around us at warp speed these days, this is my comfort place to go and hear from others and occasionally add in my thoughts. I would truly be devastated if our family here was torn apart

    I’m praying for all of us here

      1. Krissy,

        You are always thinking of all of us, it’s time that we step up and think of you. I hope the rest of the week is better for you.

        Your friend

        1. RKRGRL68, Once a Marine, and Bear,

          Your prayers and words of encouragement are dearly appreciated. I am cognizant that dark thoughts are not from the Holy Spirit. Spiritual warfare to be sure.

          Thanks for receiving my transparency with uplifting words, Krissy

        2. Krissy… RKRGRL68 is so right. You think of all of us, and pray for each and every one of us. You are a gentle spirit and a bright light in a world all too often struggling in darkness. Thank you for being you! We are also lifting you up in prayer!

      2. Krissy, I join RKRGRL in this prayer chain for you. Even as you may struggle, breathe in the Holy Spirit and know that you are loved.

        Carry on in grace

      3. Aww, I’m sorry bout your week. 🙁 Sending a big squishy virtual hug your way. And prayers for comfort and strength and the ability to just pause and breathe sometimes when you need to…

    1. I would truly be devastated if our family here was torn apart

      I’m praying for all of us here

      Me, too, RKRGRL. And, no matter what happens, I will continue to pray for you and your immediate family. I tell people about the kindness and tenderness I experience here with you and so many others. They struggle to believe we can do thatonline. And, yet…

      Carry on in grace

      1. You said it, Once A Marine! This is truly a one of a kind community. You all have been so kind to this smartass new (relatively) kid on the block. 🙂 Personally I have learned a TON from very wise people, and been ministered to by fellow believers whom I might not even meet this side of Heaven, and been encouraged on dark days, and sometimes even near bust a gut laughing.

        May God bless us, every one!

  8. “I ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”


    “I, (state name of enlistee), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (So help me God).”

    Millions of Americans have taken an Oath to defend the US Constitution. The USA has the ~best military in the world, because of the personnel.

    Lyin’ Joe took this oath recently:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    [Oaths taken from the Internet.) … SurvivalBlog has good recommendations about prepping. The general recommendations can be reviewed at the ‘heading links’ at the top of the page.
    USB computer sticks are available from SurvivalBlog; they contain excellent information (if or when) the Internet is closed to the truth.]
    (GGHD) = Who is making all the decisions at the White House? … Lyin’ Joe has the characteristics of a Senile Old Man.

    1. N.C. Wyeth, created the Legend:
      A man couldn’t live out in the Far West, unless he had the accoutrements of, a big cowboy hat, Winchester Rifle, Colt Peacemaker, a leather vest (For the purpose of carrying his Bull Durham Tobacco Pouch in one of the pockets), and looking tough (Really tough ~> capable of climbing big rocks in cowboy boots). … The King of The Hill was up on top, because he was the best shot!

    2. The ‘oath’ is a mere formality these days that is violated by all who take it. All oath breakers seem to forget the part about domestic enemies. The last patriots that took the oath seriously are the ones mentioned in the Battle For Athens Tennessee in 1946. Btw, the United States is a corporation, not a country. All of our Presidents take an oath to protect the corporation and its constitution while ignoring Americas Constitution for the united states of America.

      1. Gold Prospector, the Military Oaths are taken seriously and for life by the people joining the Military, and also the vast ~majority of Americans honor the ‘oath’ to the United States.

        Families and nonrelated Americans support people in the US Military for life. … We support the Veterans through their retirement, through the Veterans Administration. (and in death in all the Military Cemeteries).
        … … One of the great success Donald Trump had as President was ensuring the Veteran’s Administration was more responsive to ~>Veterans. The VA had deteriorated into a government bureaucracy serving the employees of the bureaucracy and NOT the veterans.

        I’m aware of the shoot-out in Athens Tennessee, when the Veterans came back from WW2. … It was a particular event for Athens Tennessee, and would not work elsewhere. … We need to stay politically active to have honest elections.

        Americans are mostly peaceable. Donald Trump was able to stop the ‘useless and endless wars’ being fought by the ~>loyal Americans; who take the enlistment oath seriously.
        …….. It seems some of our politicians arranged for the (endless and useless) wars to be fought on behalf of their cronies; NOT the American people. [I’d like to see the crooked politicians ~Waterboarded!] … We need an truthful explanation about the wealth accumulated by lyin’ Joe and his family.

        As I said in my comment, ‘The people in the USA Military is what makes America so good at war.’ … It’s NOT the equipment and the uniforms; it’s the personnel. … Donald Trump said he could WIN the war in Afghanistan in two weeks, but he (Trump) didn’t want to kill 10 million people. … God Bless America, and God Bless President Trump. … Americans are basically peaceful people.

        We are a country, and as Honest Abe said, “Of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We are a Democracy; a Republic is a form (or type) of Democracy. We vote for the people who represent us in Washington DC in a Republic form of Democracy.

        As I remember the ‘legal case’ and laws about ‘incorporation’ involved establishing a process, for developing a system for streamlining legal liability, in cases involving the Federal Government.
        Gold Prospector, you might have more information, and have correct information about the USA Government incorporation; please share you information.

        There are a few honest politicians in our country. … The many dishonest politicians have descended on Washington DC like a plague of locusts, in ancient Egypt of the Bible. … Maybe, we’ll have to escape to the Redoubt Region, like the ancient Israelites crossing the Jordan River.
        [It’s a mismatched analogy; but it works for me]

          1. RCB5472TN, thank you for the reply and link. But as I said in my first comment, I recalled the act was to help people in liability cases, when dealing with the Federal Government.

            For clarity of the comment, it would be nice of people would ~explain in their comment the purpose and ~effect of the Act of 1871. Is it still good law? Why should I have to look up the Act of 1871? I think the USA is a democracy (or is suppose to be, in spite of thievin’ Biden and his cronies).


            People sometimes say things without a substantive explanation about their comment.
            For instance, often on some sites, people will say the USA is NOT a democracy; the USA is a Republic. [Asking the nature of republic, becomes an unusual conversation with such people.]

            The USA was founded and still is a democracy. A government, of the people, for the people, and by the people.

            When I went to school long ago:
            A direct democracy was when issues were placed directly before the voters. Think of the old time churches, where everyone in the congregation would have a meeting and take a vote on the issues.
            …….. Some governments are so small the citizens can actually meet together and directly vote on issues.

            A republic may occur, when a government is so large in area, the people vote for their ~representatives to vote on the issues. … The representatives are morally obligated to vote the desires of their constituents. Our government is called a Republic, because it’s such a democracy.

            At the time of the founding of our country, the USA was a large area, and an experiment in democracy. [The founders called it a Republic. Unfortunately, people are still a little confused]

            The USA was set up to ‘limit’ the process of government, and the direct (sometimes emotional) actions of the voting citizen.

            The founding fathers had an education about Aristotle’s ideas about Emotion and Reason by people. Aristotle thought the attribute of Reason should govern society. People and societies should NOT be so easily swayed by emotions of the moment. … The founding fathers of the USA agreed.

        1. GGHD – Since there is no reply feature on your post below regarding America being a “democracy”, I’ll reply to your comments here. Who do we pledge allegiance to when we recite the ‘Pledge’ ? Nowhere in our Founding Documents is the word “democracy” used.

          Our founders feared democracy where majority rules and 51% of the populace can deny rights to the remaining 49%. We are a Republic where 99% of the populace cannot deny the rights of the remaining 1%. The individual has unalienable rights that no man can take.

          Unfortunately, these rights are only protected if We the Sheeple are willing to fight for and demand them. Our public indoctrination camps have done an excellent job supporting the collective and the state, rather than the individual when it comes to our liberties.

          1. Thank you for your reply, Gold Prospector.
            “We are a Democracy; = a Republic is a form (or type) of Democracy. We vote for the people who represent us in Washington DC, in a Republic form of Democracy.”

            My original comment still is my opinion. The ‘Founding Father’ could have called the USA a ‘Banana Cream Pie’ ~ and it would still be a form of a democracy; a Republic form of a Democracy. The USA is NOT a direct Democracy.

            In the early days, the USA was more of a ‘Federal Government’ with the States being the source of Voting Rights. The people elected the politicians at the State level. Often, these people chose who went to Washington DC. and had the ‘voting’ rights in Congress.

            NO WHERE do we find the phrase unalienable rights in the US Constitution. That idea comes out of the idea of ‘Natural Law’ ~ the ~idea of which is used in the Declaration of Independence. Our ‘creator’ is the source of our inalienable rights.

            As I recall, the Supreme Court has decided the US Laws start with the Constitution as the founding legal document, for deciding law cases.
            [As a sidenote: The Supreme Court has no legal right to declare any law Unconstitutional ~> in the Constitution itself.]

            Our rights can be taken away, by ~>5 people on the Supreme Court. There are NO guaranteed rights, except those granted by the Supreme Court. That’s why there’s always a political dispute about the people appointed as Judges.

            There has been big changes to our society through decisions by ~Judges. The voting citizens have been removed from much of the politic process.

  9. Living in what used to be a small, midwestern, college town, it sometimes feels like we are losing the battle and the war. Having access to your site, your insight and a like-minded ideology helps keep my desire to press on strong. Thank you for what you do and as long as like-minded individuals draw breath, America will never die.

  10. You left out,
    “If I’m ever abducted by space fairies…”

    If that ever happens, I expect you to commandeer the spacecraft and drive it back to earth… just don’t land it anywhere near Area 51.

    1. LOL! I know we can’t post .gifs here and I don’t want to link to YouTube just for this, but you sent me on a merry few minutes looking up clips of Will Smith’s character in Independence Day…

  11. A good post. All of us, even If we’re not in the public eye, like the Rawles family, should leave a similar set of instructions with trusted family and friends.

  12. Good reminder to “get right…” not only with the Lord, but with family, friends, associates, etc. As for hoping things get better, they will not; not for a very long time. Not until the very end actually. “It is written” Read Revelation – all of that will come to pass. Our job is to “get right” and be as ready as possible. Even Jesus had his moment (Matthew 26:39). I pray he blesses us with the same strength and courage to do what we must.

    As for courage, remember courage doesn’t mean not being afraid. In fact, there can be no courage without fear! Courage means feeling the fear but doing what is right in spite of that fear. Stay strong sisters and brothers!

    1. Lima-10, I think and feel just as you do. It kind of shocked me reading your comment, because it was as if you read my mind and then commented. In addition, to lift others up, I have long explained courage to others exactly as you said. Courage is one of my favorite words. You are way more articulate than I, and I am so happy you posted.

      May the Lord bless you, protect you and give you success, Krissy

      1. Krissy, Thank you for posting that! Actually, I kinda needed a lift today, so your timing and kind words are sincerely appreciated. Keep the faith. Blessings for you and yours too.

    1. Unfortunately, because we use a WordPress database installed on our server, we must use floating IP addresses. So it is now impossible for us to provide a “dotted quad” static address that will let you access SurvivalBlog. Sorry!

  13. sadly, I believe all Christians, conservatives and “right wingers” are in the same mindset as you…we MUST stick together through this leftist PURGE!! They told us they were coming for us and this is one campaign promise the will keep…Stay safe fellow Patriot..keep blogging the truth…the Truth comes with COSTS!! We all know that yet we accept the price. OUR Lord and Savior is with us and is our FUTURE..Peace, Health and Safety for ALL! Shadowfaxhound

        1. Big Mike, I heard of someone, who, a few weeks ago, was very sad when reading in the news about a young, beautiful wife and mother who died suddenly of an embolism while pregnant. It was on the front page of the news.

          Anyways, this person told the Lord about it, and asked the Lord, if instead of taking young, beautiful mothers home, couldn’t He do away with some of the NWO evil people instead?

          Shortly thereafter, I think it was the next day, a Mr. Rothschild in Switzerland suddenly died of a heart attack.
          The Lord works in mysterious ways…

  14. Believer Patriot, we may lose a battle, or a thousand, BUT we will never lose the war! “Warriors don’t lose wars, politicians do!” WE ARE NOT POLITICIANS! Reestablish ‘The Declaration of Independence’ as the battle cry of the New Republic.

  15. You and yours are in my prayers Mr. Rawles. It does look as though the time we have prepared for is upon us. I have been reading your blog, books and interviews since you began this journey. Have always enjoyed and have learned a great deal. Be safe, will continue until we can’t is a fine motto! God bless


    1. A note to all commentators: Please don’t use “cap s Lock” for comments. It is more difficult to read and it LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING. Thanks.

      1. JWR, you suggested “fratricide” in this incident. I wondered at the time, then read this from your link: When FBI Special Agent Barry Lee Bush was shot and killed in a >friendly fire incident<in 2007, he was the first FBI agent to be fatally shot on the job in 10 years.

        So, there is precedent. Hmmm.

        Carry on

      2. Recommending a VPN with a “kill switch”. If the VPN goes down, the “kill switch” prevents internet access instantly. We have this system set up on our router so that all our networked computers are protected. We also run Linux systems with the firewall enabled.

        If you’re running Windows without a VPN or your firewall has not been enabled, the risks are serious.

        It probably needs not be said, but just in case… Do not use public Wi-Fi. Period.

    “Though the origins of the fire are still unclear, in a propaganda maneuver, the coalition government (made up of Nazis and the Nationalists) blamed the Communists. They exploited the Reichstag fire to secure President Hindenburg’s approval for an emergency decree, popularly known as the Reichstag Fire Decree, that suspended individual rights and due process of law. The Reichstag Fire Decree permitted the regime to arrest and incarcerate political opponents without specific charge, dissolve political organizations, and to suppress publications. It also gave the central government the authority to overrule state and local laws and overthrow state and local governments. The decree was a key step in the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship. Germany became a police state in which citizens enjoyed no guaranteed basic rights and the SS, the elite guard of the Nazi state, wielded increasing authority through its control over the police.”
    Take a look into the past to take a peek into the future.

    1. Pivot- i agree, look to the past for what will happen again. Even the Bible shows that we live in a repeating pattern of behaviors. Until… And it is why they don’t teach history or if they do it has been rewritten.

  18. Thank you for the archive. I bought one a loooong time ago and still have it. It’s good to get an updated one. WordPress has been in the business of deplatforming many conservatives. I hope they don’t bother you.

    It’s snowing cats and dogs here, so I reminded myself to go outside, look up, appreciate the miracle of snowflakes, glory in the winter wonderland (even though it’s gray!), and set myself toward productivity today even though I’d rather drink hot cocoa, eat cookies, and do absolutely nothing.

    I took a fall about 2 days ago and I’m sore. I am very thankful nothing broke as one of my legs ended up bent backwards at the knee with me on top of it while the other leg stretched out to the right (ice at the bottom of my wooden stairs!). There’s no reason why nothing is broken. As I laid there in that strange position, I recall wondering why nothing hurt! I can only thank the Lord’s angels who cushioned my body in the fall. Getting up was quite a feat in the awkward position I was in due to the ice. I was semi-laughing and grunting and telling myself to *never* go get wood without the proper snow boots on! I knew better. So, I have a lot to be thankful for today!!

    1. It’s folks using the WordPress hosting Servers who are being de-platformed, not those using their software program which is essentially public domain. However, you never know in today’s climate…

    2. SaraSue,

      We received snow last night, too. It’s a winter wonderland. I dragged out my skis once again. I shall see if it’s too wet and clumpy for skiing in a little bit. I’m very thankful to our Lord that He protected you in your fall caused by the ice on the bottom step. Yep, we’re getting to that age when one needs to dress in the proper protective gear to go outside or work. It’s a pain in the tush sometimes, but needs to be done… Reminder to myself. 😉



      1. I’m so glad you still have your strength!! I watch the locals with their cross country skis on, taking their “walks” that way. Before my several illnesses, I was a distance runner and ran at least 20 miles per week, did distance bike rides, swam, and occasionally did the downhill skiing. I think that exercise then is what is helping me now, even though I cannot physically do what I used to do. Ha! I consider my stairs (indoors and outdoors) my exercise now. Which is huge, as a couple of years ago I couldn’t make it up the stairs (it’s a red blood cell thing – Lymphoma squeezes out the red blood cells which provide oxygen to the body, leaving the body anemic, weak, and exhausted). I don’t lament because I am so much better now that I am grateful for every day!! Although, honestly, I’m occasionally jealous of what others can do – then I squash those thoughts because God has me where He wants me. He uses us wherever we are, however we are, and it’s a blessed relief to know that I am valuable to Him in my current form.

        1. Well,

          I cannot hike above five thousand feet without feeling it keenly. I also don’t hike up mountains much any more, though I would like to. We’re too much of nervous Nellies, to go out without Jim. We have several businesses to run that don’t like us to leave the helm for more than three hours. So, it’s one or two hour hikes here and there, usually on the flat, since our mountains are so steep and high and have long trails that seldomly do loops…and we don’t always want bushwhack hikes.

        2. SaraSue, I am in awe of the Lord touching your body during your fall and making you like Gumby! Amazing that you didn’t get seriously injured. Thank you, Lord!!!

          I believe just like you that He uses us however we are. I learned this by reading Elizabeth Elliot’s, “A Chance to Die,” about the life of Amy Carmichael. The last twenty years of her life she was bedridden, and still she ministered to thousands, encouraging others everyday.

          You are a special gift to us here on the blog. Stay safe. We need you.

          I’m with you in spirit enjoying the beauty of the snowfall, Krissy

        3. So thankful you were not seriously hurt. I too was a fitness nut years ago, biking and martial arts among other things. Now do to serious spinal issues that’s just not possible anymore. The Lord has used it to bring me closer to Him and to trust Him more. It has also provided opportunities to serve Him in New ways. God truly is good.

    3. SaraSue I’m glad your fall didn’t immobilize you! It’s tricky out there on the ice and snow. I have a pair of rubber boots that I keep cleats on during the bad winter because I am a clutz and have always been one, but now with one hip and one knee made of “airplane parts”, I’m even more clumsy. : )
      We got 6” of heavy, wet snow here last night. The power went out in the middle of the night and just came on a few minutes ago.
      In response to this blog post, who would have ever thought, years ago, when we were crouching under our desks waiting for the Russians to nuke us, that we would come to this day in our country when we would have to be careful of what we say and be open targets because we were Jesus followers and/or conservatives?
      Mama always said life is stranger than fiction.

    4. SaraSue,
      Wishing you a speedy recovery. You were surely being watched over. Years ago I was leaving my department lot to answer a violent domestic call and slipped on the snow covered asphalt. Broke my left knee, which required surgery. I was in too much of a hurry.

      Everyone continue praying. We’ll stick together.

      I’ve been on SB far less time than most of you.
      But it’s also important to me, every single day.

      God Bless All.

      Semper Fi

      1. Batteau, Is there any good news on your sister? Any improvement? I know medicine can take a while to kick in, but have been praying she overcomes this pneumonia and covid. Praying for mercy and healing, Krissy

        1. Krissy
          Thanks for inquiring. It’s our daughter with pneumonia
          and she is slowly improving.
          We’ve had several family members, scattering around the country, who have/had Covid. One has passed. Our granddaughter’s (who lives with us) other grandmother who resided in a southern state passed before Christmas.
          We just cannot risk traveling at this time to assist, but then again, we may have to.
          Thank you for your concern.

          Take care everyone. God Bless All.

          Just found out about FOX firing several.

          Semper Fi

    5. “…and set myself toward productivity today even though I’d rather drink hot cocoa, eat cookies, and do absolutely nothing.”

      Wait wait wait…those things AREN’T productivity?! Well bother…time to revamp my to-do list, and I can’t even blame the snow! *pouts*

      SO glad and relieved you weren’t hurt seriously from your fall. God is good!!!

      1. he he he… I *do* think cookies and hot cocoa are called for in many circumstances!!! Some people like chocolate and wine. Everything in moderation, so I’ve heard, but I can eat homemade cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! LOL

      1. Thank you. It’s actually my 4th fall. LOL. I am very careful, don’t rush, count the steps, but all it takes one mistake. I guess when we get older, our ability to catch ourselves degrades. I’m looking for a single level home, so steps aren’t an issue. We’ll see what God has in mind for me!! But thank you to everyone who has been so kind.

  19. Yiddish proverb, “You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” Suspect we’ll all be doing quite a bit of “tacking” the next few years but, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
    Continued obedience to the Lord God Almighty with whom we have a unique relationship through accepting His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will assure us a true course for the rest of our lives.
    Just made online purchase for USB archive.

  20. a)
    I trained as a LawEnforcementOfficial.
    I worked at several corrections institutions.

    Diesel Therapy:

    * is disciplinary
    * is designed to isolate the inmate from support such as friends/family or legal counsel
    * often includes a black-out hood
    * often includes ankle shackles chained to wrist restraints… twisted to shorten to force the inmate into a permanent crouch for the duration of the transfer
    * includes handcuffs shackled to the floor
    * often includes the floor-shackle shortened through twisting so the inmate head is lower than the hip
    * includes an adult diaper to eliminate ‘comfort stops’ during the transfer
    * often includes injections of tranquilizers by untrained non-medical persons
    * often includes the longest route… and days/weeks later, the ‘transfer’ often concludes at the originating facility
    * includes verbal abuse
    * includes physical abuse through abrupt vehicle maneuvers
    * uses calorie, fluids, sleep deprivation

    Diesel Therapy rarely removes the inmate out of the secure van/bus.
    No walks, no showers, no outside contact.
    No release from the crouched position.

    The American Constitution, Geneva Convention, UCMJ?
    Not observed.

    Access to legal counsel?
    The ‘in transit’ phase reduces the attorney’s ability to locate the inmate.
    I heard corrections officers and for-profit contractors brag about their ability to abuse inmates with zero-zero-zero accountability or supervision.


    ‘vote from the rooftops’

    Any target is merely a puppet.
    The puppet-masters could be pulling the strings from another continent.

    Names such as pelosi, clinton, netanyahu, ayers/fonda/hayden — or thousands of others — are just puppets.
    Any name you read or photograph you see are puppet diversions.
    The puppet-masters never reveal their identities.

    A ‘vote from the rooftops’ is fighting World War The First, a war of attrition against cannon-fodder.

    Let’s say… deplorables whack a million MARXISTS the first day.
    The second day, the MARXISTS whack a million deplorables.
    Who wins?
    My money is on the de-population crowd.
    For one, bill gates comes to mind.
    But, remember… if we know their names, they are merely another layer/level of puppets.

    1. But, remember… if we know their names, they are merely another layer/level of puppets.

      LM, I so appreciate your fierce insight. In the face of that, we might fall into despair.

      However, we are bonded to each other, both on SB and in our lives. Also, we are guided by the Holy Spirit, whenever we tune in. No HAM or CB antenna required, each of us is already internally wired to hear Divine guidance.

      Carry on in grace

  21. If we ever hear that the Rawles homestead was consumed in a deadly explosion, we will know that a Deep State drone was utilized. The authorities will determine the cause to be a ‘gas leak’.

        1. Oh oh, word’s gotten out I figured out how to bounce the beam off geosynchronous satellites. When I get it fine tuned and you start seeing messages on the dome of the Capitol which look like they were done with a wood burning kit… I won’t know anything about it.

  22. Hey JWR, what a sad day for our country and our species when you find it necessary to post what you have. I wish more of our county sheriffs would do something similar and take a public stand now that they won’t enforce ridiculous mandates like mask laws, and get ahead of the curve to say they won’t enforce any gun-grabbing laws, etc.

    There are a lot of us who appreciate your and your family’s mission, including a lot of lurkers who don’t post, and for the platform you provide for us to find friends who think alike in many ways, and decrease the feelings that we are lone-dogging it in a crazy world which is unlike anything we ever imagined. Yes, we read about it in 1984 when we were in junior high, but we never really thought it could occur here. Yet here we are, “halfway through the book” so to speak and on a downhill roller coaster that picks up more speed with each passing day and each new election.

    1. StF,

      On the contrary, I consider it a great day for JWR to post what he did so openly to so many witnesses. Yes, each of us is a witness.

      People who speak the truth have been abducted, pushed down stairs, and murdered in our lifetimes. J. Edgar Hoover would have something to say about that. So too, the KKK. Just to mention two in our country. One could go on calling out Pol Pot, Josef Stalin, Augusto Pinochet, and others

      I applaud you for your foresight and trust in us, JWR.

      Carry on

  23. Capt. Rawles & Ms. Lily; well said sir, and should you EVER need it, if at all possible get some sort of message to me (even through snail mail) and I will come to your aid as well as that of OUR Republic, until I am no longer able, which means I am presently, and for all eternity, residing underground. You Can Believe it!

    You provide an excellent example and guidance throughout your sphere of influence. I and I believe many many others here will remain eternally grateful.

  24. Honestly JWR, I think anyone who has read the Blog consistently already understood your positions. I am hoping it doesn’t come to that but preparing for the eventuality. Be safe and continue the mission, your efforts are very appreciated.

  25. Dear Jim and Lily:

    Thank you again for all you do to keep us informed and spiritually vigilant. I just ordered my SB USB stick (15th anniv. edition) and will look forward to receiving it. I’m glad that it is both waterproof and EMP proof. I’m also pleased that it includes 8 GB of extra space for storing important personal records.

    As some of you may know, we had widespread and fast-moving wildfires in Oregon last September. Some of the folks in Southern Oregon had very little warning — they barely had time to escape with their “Grab and Go” bags before their homes were engulfed in flames. I’m reminding myself (and encouraging others) to: scan in copies of key photos & documents, store them on the USB stick, and place it in a well stocked bug-out bag.

    We are certainly living in perilous times. May God help each of us to prepare accordingly. May we also pray for — and encourage — each other as we “fight the good fight of faith.”

    Blessings to each of you. 🙂
    Cliff (in Oregon)

    “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
    My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3

    1. CDM,

      “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
      My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3

      This was such a timely and perfect scripture for me. Thank you. Krissy

  26. James, few people have impacted my thinking and attitudes more than you have. I moved to the American Redoubt because I saw the logic behind your arguments to that end; I began to taking the necessity of wisely accumulating well reasoned preps and skills to use them seriously; Your blog taught me to plan for and anticipate events instead of leaving me to react to them in the panic of a shattered normalcy bias.
    Because of your commitment to this Blog my family is more secure and I am an asset to those in my sphere of influence including my Church and like-minded community.

    James, Lily, Thank You!

  27. Look to South Africa. Not just for the U.S. but for Europe too. That is your future. It happened slowly getting worse all the time. We have done this to ourselves (we= U.S. and Europe [Australia and New Zealand too]). We have given up on law and order and we have allowed unfettered and uncontrolled immigration. It is happening here slowly. There are places in America you cannot go especially at night. The number of places like this will increase and then slowly it will become unsafe everywhere. It is important that you understand what is happening in South Africa, not just the crime stats, read what actually happens to innocent people in South Africa. Then maybe you will understand why you must resist.

  28. Ephesians 6:13
    “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
    Such a relief when I read Ephesians to realize I don’t have to be brilliant, strong, or brave. For, what He needs from me, is just that I stand.

    Kinda like, when Michael goes to the hospital? And finds his dad, the Godfather, in bed, near death, in a deserted hospital ward being set up for an assassination? He swiftly pulls into action Enzo, a meek and timorous florist, who was bringing flowers to his Godfather.

    Michael and Enzo stand at the front entrance with hands in pocket as if holding guns. Enzo’s shaking and a quaking, but the ruse worked- when the hit team pulled up and got a look at the them, then swiftly drove off.

  29. Can you add MeWe to your ability to share ? Facebook cannot be trusted !among others ..A holdover patriot in Washington State, and a Pastor with the Black Robe Regiment…
    God Bless !

  30. Wow, so sad things have come to this. We will be keeping a safe watch over you. Refresh my memory, which bloggers would we check with?

    I have been reading your web site for a long time and it has been critical to my learning curve. Just ordered two sticks.

  31. Jim, the world is loaded with Maynard Hutching’s types. They’re in government, the cities and probably a few in the country. We knew that evil would show itself as soon as Trump was out of office. And in a way we never saw it while Trump was in office.
    You are obviously a target by those that don’t agree with you. Especially the non believers. This has put you and your family in a uncomfortable spot. If I may,I encourage you to lean into God in these perilous times. I mean really lean into God. You all have done a good job of educating and sharing knowledge with us all. The ministry you provide is saving more souls than beans, bullets and bandaids. Not that they aren’t important because they are. So…from Oregon we thank you and will keep you all in prayer.

  32. JWR & AL,
    Thanks for this article, very thought provoking. It’s been a long day, and a rough 3 weeks (actually 3 months), but thank you both for all you do every day. Between appointments earlier, I ordered the USB stick, and mailed the payment, along with payment for the 10 cent challenge.

    As always, hoping we all…
    Seymour Liberty

    1. I agree that it has been a hard three months. I very much dislike the end of November through January. But life is looking up in general. I hope February and the rest of the year will be better for you, despite all that is happening in the World.

      1. Agreed, and thank you for the well wishes. I hope the rest of the year is likewise better for you and yours! HopefuIly, the rest of the year will be better for our whole SB community.

        As always, hoping we all…
        Seymour Liberty

  33. Your comment read loud and true and I have taken heed. As a longtime SBlog reader (and having ordered from Clearwater Trading!) I somehow feel close to you.

    I respect you, your family and lifestyle as an Alamo of sorts. I wish I could ride in like David Crockett and reinforce you and your way of life.

    But as alternative, I’ll support you in other ways.

    Thank you for everything you fine folks do!

  34. Long time SB reader but not a poster. Many thanks to JWR and AL for all of your hard work on keeping the rest of us informed. I enjoy reading the many comments, suggestions, prayers and shared information on all topics. I’ve also smiled and chuckled out loud at postings by the witty regulars. I’ve learned much over the years and SB is the first thing I read each morning with my first cup of coffee. I ordered the USB stick this morning and made a donation. Keep up the great work. Stay safe

  35. Have not read the 105 comments above mine, so apologies if this was mentioned.
    Have you considered posting on the “dark web” aka .onion?
    Hope you can continue this blog for many years to come.
    Prayers to you, AL and all involved.

  36. We so appreciate all you and Lily have done to keep up prepared. Perhaps now is the time to say ‘thank you’. Been reading for many years. We know your heart (glad you explained it) regarding these new threats…..God is with us. Remember, Goliath is a mean foe, but he is also a big target.

  37. JWR,

    You can use a fixed quad address (we call that an octet) for hosting and simply use router tricks, or DNS worst case, to direct to WordPress. I do it all the time.

    You generally don’t want your WordPress database server directly exposed anyway. First rule of cybersecurity. Contact me for more details.


  38. Great post. Very forward thinking. I’ve said many of those same things to my friends and family for years. You aren’t paranoid if they really are out to get you. And it looks like the proverbial “they” ARE out to get us. We as a country really are in trouble aren’t we? God speed, my friend.

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