S.42: How a Freedom Becomes a Felony

The U.S. Congress is now on the cusp of passing a horribly unconstitutional law. It is designated H.R. 8 in the House and S.42 in the Senate. These bills would criminalize the American tradition of private party sales, trades, and gifts of firearms. It would become a felony crime to transfer any post-1898 firearm without first visiting a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder to fill out an ATF Form 4473, paying a transfer fee, and having that FFL phone the FBI to conduct a background check on the transferee. Without a “Yes you may” response from the ‘Mother May I?” Nanny State, it will be illegal to buy a gun, even from your next door neighbor.

EupHemistic Buzz Phrases

The mainstream media has been ceaselessly parroting the Brady Campaign buzz phrases: “Universal background checks”, “Common sense gun laws” and “Closing the gun show loophole”. They don’t dare accurately refer to this bill as a “private party gun sales ban.” Instead, by using their soft sounding buzz phrases, they have horribly duped the American populace. Polls now show that 90% of our countrymen support the legislation. Of course, as with all polls, it all depends on the polling universe selected, and how a poll question if worded. The result of asking: “Do you support Universal Background Checks?” is substantially different than if they had asked: “Do you support banning the private sale of guns inside your state?”

H.R. 8 / S.42 would have wide-reaching effects and most likely some unintended consequences. If nothing else it will essentially destroy gun shows, as we now know them. In essence, every gun show in every state will be reduced to the level of a New Jersey gun show. To wit: You can look at guns, but can’t buy them, unless the seller visits a willing licensed dealer, hands the dealer the gun, you then pay a fee (unspecified and unlimited in the law) for the privilege of the transfer, you fill out sworn Federal paperwork, you provide current government-issued identification, and you pass a phoned-in background check call to the FBI. Then, and only then, can you take the gun home. Skipping any step of this process would be a felony.

Very Few ExEMPTions

Based on my reading of the bill and associated federal statutes, the only exemptions from the private transfer ban would be:

    • Any transfer of pre-1899 antique guns. (Not considered “firearms” per Title 18 U.S. Code.)
    • 80% complete receivers. (Not considered “firearms” per Title 18 U.S. Code.)
    • Official duty-related transfers to military service members, police officers, and security guards.
    • Gifts of modern (1899 and later) guns within immediate families
    • For executors of wills or trusts.
    • Very short term loans of guns while hunting or target shooting while you are present.
    • Very short term loans of guns to prevent imminent death or bodily injury.

The legislative juggernaut orchestrated by Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer is now rolling along at high speed. H.R. 8 is being rushed through committee, for a short debate and a vote on the House floor. On February 13th, it passed out of the House Judiciary Committee today on a vote of 23 to 15. Now, a simple majority of 218 votes is needed for passage. Alarmingly, the bill already has 231 co-sponsors, including five Republicans. Thus, passage in the House is almost certain. But the Senate version can be stopped if sufficient pressure is applied by constituents.

As I’ve mentioned before in SurvivalBlog, there are many flaws in H.R. 8 / S.42.   First and foremost is of course that it is a gross violation of the 2nd Amendment. Our right to keep and bear arms also implies the right to acquire them without hindrance. Something as simple as a glitch in the telephone system or in the FBI’s computer database could deprive us of a fundamental right. Next, the pending bills are an unconstitutional expansion of congressional power specified in teh Commerce Clause of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Therein, congress is granted oversight of interstate commerce. But the sale of firearms between two private parties living in the confines of the same state is clearly intrastate commerce. (Not interstate!)  This simply is not within federal jurisdiction.

H.R. 8 / S.42 would create a modification of existing Federal gun laws, codified in Title 18, U.S. Code. The authority for all of Title 18 USC is based on the Commerce Clause in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Thus, passing this law, congress would certainly be exceeding their authority. And therefore, by extension, they would be creating a law that is null and void, ab initio. An unconstitutionally bad law is not really a law.  “Lex Mala, Lex Nulla!”

A Bitter Irony

Many unconstitutional laws are eventually struck down by the courts, but until they are, we have to live with them, under the shadow of their penalties. In this case the penalty is a federal felony conviction with prison terms of up to 10 years, lifetime loss of voting rights, and lifetime loss of all firearms rights. The bitter irony of this legislation is that by exercising a right that predates even the Constitution itself, you could face the penalty of complete loss of your right to own any gun.

The new law also has implications for 4th Amendment and 5th Amendment rights. Taking what was formerly a private transaction and making it a privilege that is catalogued in permanent FFL paperwork is a violation of our 4th Amendment right to privacy. And forcing all gun buyers to answer a long series of Yes or No questions and then signing their name, under penalty of perjury, compromises our 5th Amendment right to be free from self-incrimination.

Even though these bills give lip service to not forming a gun registration database, the net effect in the long term will be de facto registration,  Why? Because completed Form 4473s must be kept on file permanently by licensed dealers. And when any dealer eventually goes out of business, by law, all of their records are sent to a permanent  repository at the ATF’s Out Of Business Records Center. And those records are gradually being OCR scanned and hence are traceable.

The New Law, in Real Life

The changes in Federal law that H.R. 8 / S.42 will create will have some unanticipated drama for what are presently almost universally recognized as purely innocent acts and “the way things have always been” in our country. Here are some examples of how life will be after the new federal law goes into effect:

  • For $250, you buy the entire contents of a local storage unit that was in arrears on its rental fees. You take many of the un-opened boxes home to sort through them. A few days later you find that there is a Glock 9mm pistol in amongst the clothes, shoes, books, tools, and Beanie Babies. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • An elderly widow in your neighborhood asks you “what to do” about her late husband’s deer rifle and shotgun. You visit her and she offers you the pair of them to you for $300. You pay her cash and take them home. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • You go hunting with some friends. One of them needs a shotgun to use. You lend him your spare Remington 870. He is grateful. You begin your hunt, but you are called home, for an emergency. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • An ad in the local Penny Saver newspaper catches your eye: An antique Winchester Model 1894. You visit the seller’s home, to see the gun. The seller says that he is “pretty sure” that the rifle was made before 1899. You like it, so you pay him and take it home. After getting home you look up the serial number range. It turns out that it was made in 1901. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • Your father offers to trade deer rifles, since he knows that you’ve want a pre-’64 Model 70. You trade him your nearly identical post-’64 rifle. To make up for the difference in value, you also give him $100. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • Uncle Bob–your elderly great uncle who lives in a nearby town–gives you his Hi-Standard H-B .22 target pistol as a Christmas gift. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • At a local gun show and buy a big box of assorted AR-15 parts. It is marked “$600 for all.”  Since you can see that the box contains two complete uppers, extra furniture, and dozens of small parts, and a scope on a Picatinny mount, you think it is good deal.  You pay cash. After you get home, you go through the box in detail and find a stripped AR-15 lower receiver wrapped up in a cloth. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • You are paid to clean out a house that had belonged to a now deceased hoarder. You are told that you can keep what you want and haul the rest to the dump. In one of the closets, you find a Mossberg 500 shotgun. It has a lot of wear and some pitting. But you decide to take it home to refinish the stock yourself, and pay a gunsmith to re-blue it. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • A friend of yours gets busted for Marijuana possession. He asks his wife to give you his S&W Model 659 pistol, because he can no longer legally own it. He says: “I just want to get it out of my house.” Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited holds an annual fundraising dinner. You win a Door Prize of a shotgun. You take it home without filling out a Form 4473 or a background check. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • While out metal detecting, you find a rusty old Savage .32 ACP pistol. You take it home to clean it up. Now you are an unconvicted felon.
  • Your brother will soon be married and is short on cash to buy a wedding ring. He sells you his spare scoped deer rifle. You hand him your personal check for $700. Now you are an unconvicted felon.

Do any of those sound plausible or even vaguely like your own experiences?  The way that S.42 is written, the foregoing would all be federal felony crimes.

Deep Schumer

Please contact both of your U.S. Senators and remind them that they took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Voting for passage of this bill would be spitting in the face of our Founding Fathers. If this bill passes, our precious American Liberty will be in Deep Schumer. Oh, and if it does pass, I predict that the national legislators will give the final vote tally thunderous applause.

After possible passage in the Senate, our only hope will be a Presidential veto. At that stage, we will need to absolutely jam the White House switchboard with calls, voicemails, FAXes, and e-mails, 24 hours a day.

Plan B

Although I’m doing my very best to fight passage of the private gun sales ban bills, I’m a realist. I recognize that Congress goes off the deep end with gun restrictions once in a while. They clearly did so in 1934, 1968, 1986, and 1994. Will 2019 be next? Perhaps. Plan A is stopping enactment. Plan B is mitigating its effects.

If this bad bill does become law, then be ready:  We will probably have only 180 days before it goes fully into effect. This will create a six month window of opportunity for those of us living in any of the 41 still free States (with private party sales) to gather up as many un-papered guns as possible, for our families. So start drafting your shopping list, now. Build that list with your children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchilden in mind. Start checking gun show calendars for your state. During the purchasing window of opportunity, stock up on as many up-papered black rifles as you can afford. Stack them deep. And once the window closes, then shift to buying pre-1899 cartridge guns that are in common (still factory made) chamberings. Those are bound to go up in price dramatically, once people realize that these will be our last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy. – JWR

 



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”.  Today, we focus on travel freedom.

Oklahoma May Adopt Constitutional Carry

Reader DSV sent us this great news at Truth About Guns: Oklahoma Clears Another Hurdle Toward Becoming the 15th Constitutional Carry State.

US Army’s Newest EW/SIGINT Tactical Vehicle

At Zero Hedge: US Army’s Newest Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle Was Tested At Fort Irwin. JWR’s Comments:  Note the H-Adcock array time-of-arrival DF antennas atop the accompanying Humvees. The one that is tilted is an embarrassment. I’m surprised thathe Army approved release of that photp. You see, to provide accurate DF, an H-Adcock antenna has to be level. The U.S. Army’s EW-RSTA program managers still seem to be obsessed with cramming a lot of intel gathering and jamming equipment into one vehicle. This platform development strategy dates back to their 1980/90s Ground Based Common Sensor (GBCS) boondoggle. At least Prophet was a relative success. I reckon that they’ll get it right with lighter, more distributed sensor systems, with a reactive jamming system mounted on a separate platform. That will probably be in another decade or so. At that point they will have come full circle– back to what Army tactical ASA units fielded some 40 years ago. That was the days of the TRQ-32 and the TLQ-17A. History doesn’t repeat, but it often rhymes. (Thanks to Gregg for the link.)

Argentina Retrospective

Our own H.J.L. suggested Jerry Rye’s 2015 slideshow retrospective of 80 years of mismanagement: Argentina.

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” – Revelation 19:10 – Revelation 20:4 (KJV)

 



Preparedness Notes for Saturday – February 16, 2019

February 16th is the birthday of Edgar John Bergen, (1903-1978) an American actor, comedian, and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He is also the father of actress Candice Bergen.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which 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 www.TOUGHGRID.com (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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Sundries For Survival, Part 2, by 3adScout

Part 2

(Continued from Part 1, posted on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.)

With the many disaster and TEOTWAWKI scenarios, we can’t be 100% sure of everything that we will need in a post-event life. But the goal is to be as close to that 100% as possible. Another good saying to apply to prepping is that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Having a diverse on-hand stock of sundries can allow us to improvise and adapt those items to what we need. When at the hardware store I like to go down the aisles and look at items and think if they have a potential use for survival. This is a great way to exercise your mind in some outside-the-box thinking. Some of the more interesting items that come to mind that I have picked up and stocked for TEOTWAWKI are pipe hanger tape in both metal and plastic. This stuff is very versatile and inexpensive. PVC pipe and fittings are also very useful for applications besides plumbing. Rolled aluminum and copper flashing in various widths is also something that can have numerous uses outside of its normally intended purpose. Flexseal is also great and comes in different applications from spray can, tube and tape forms. Again, the applications are endless.

My Own Hardware Store

My ultimate goal is to have my own “hardware store”. This way, if something breaks, I need to fabricate something or I lose a nut or bolt, I don’t have to run into town to the hardware store to get supplies. Obviously, this means acquiring and storing a lot of stuff. We literally have large totes full of various types and lengths of rope and cordage as well as spools of para-cord and other cordage. Boxes of wire/cable and as well as cable clamps and ferrules, thimbles, shackles, and hooks.

Nothing irritates me more than working on a project and needing something and having to stop and go into town to get it. My nephew was helping install a propane gas line at the BOL and he ended up needing a few parts that he had not picked up when getting the black pipe for the project. Into my stores I went and I had 4 of the 5 items he was looking for. But we had to waste an hour and a half just in travel to pick up a bushing. That was in “normal” times with modern conveniences. That same trip into town post-TEOTWAWKI might not be possible. When we got there, I picked up replacements for the items that I used and of course several bushings in different sizes. If you need it once, then there is a good chance you will need it again.

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Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

JWR Reports

This week was dominated by snow plowing.  Lots of snow plowing! we’ve received more than 3 feet of snow in the past week. A month ago, it looked like just a mild winter. But now that the Jet Stream has shifted, we are getting the brunt of it. This is turning out to be a long, snowy winter. Thankfully we have a good-running pickup with studded snow tires, and a very reliable 7-foot Western brand snow plow blade that is very easy to use.  (It has a pushbutton hand-held controller, at the end of a cord.)  It also helps that our pickup’s heater, windshield wipers, and radio all work quite well. When those “little things” go wrong, it can transform a joy to uncomfortable drudgery. I feel blessed to still be in Joy Mode.

This week I ordered a few more gun parts and full capacity magazines. With the new Congress in session, my Comfort Level of stocking has shifted upward, substantially  That reminds me to mention this once again: Please pester your two U.S. Senators regularly about S.42. That Senate bill is horribly unconstitutional. At its core, by criminalizing private gun transfers, it would transform a right into a felony. I’ll post more about that tomorrow. That pending bill must be stopped!

Avalanche Lily Reports

Dear Readers,
Since last Friday, we have received over 40” of fresh snow and by the time you read this, we’ll have received perhaps, another 10 inches on top of that. Real winter has finally come, and I love it!  While Jim has been plowing, I have been shoveling out the entrances to the barn, chicken coop, sheds, and greenhouse. (The kids shovel, too, some, but they also have to do school.)

Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”



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”.  Today, we focus on Prep Smartz Emergency Response Planning Software.

New Emergency Response Planning Software

I was recently given a demo copy of the new Prep Smartz Emergency Response Planning Software. This commercial software was developed by a long-time reader of SurvivalBlog. It is ideal for anyone who is preparedness-minded and who wants to develop a formal Threat Matrix method of planning and risk mitigation for their family or retreat group. It is inexpensive and available for both PC and Mac. I’ve tried it, and it works very well. I should also mention: At their web site they also have a small but quite useful library of reference web pages dubbed The Academy. Check it out!

Army Reveals More 6.8mm Carbine and SAW Plans

Thanks to Gregg for spotting this at Zero Hedge: US Army Set To Field “iPhone Of Lethality” Assault Rifle By 2022. JWR’s Note: Still no word on which 6.8mm cartridge they’ve chosen. Or even if it will even use a traditional brass case. (It might be caseless.) Oh, and if they adopt a different magazine body than that used by the current M16 family of rifles, and that comes after the imposition of a Federal magazine ban, then I’ll be quite miffed. That would limit us Mere Mortals to 10-round magazines–for any of us that want to buy a 6.8 Whatitzz.

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” – Genesis 3 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Friday – February 15, 2019

Gun developer Richard “Dick” Casull was born on February 15, 1931. Casull passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Dick Casull’s fame came from his design and manufacture of the .454 Casull revolver, along with many other handgun and rifle designs. He held 17 firearm patents.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which 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 www.TOUGHGRID.com (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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Sundries For Survival, Part 1, by 3adScout

This article centers on logistics. This is not a list of what you need, but rather an inspiration to get us to think about a category of supplies that isn’t discussed a lot. Beans, bullets and band-aids are definitely key in survival but when you consider many of the items we will discuss in this article, they support our ability to raise, process or prepare food, ensure we can use our bullets if needed by having maintained and operational firearms and providing an ounce of prevention by supporting our health, safety and hygiene so we don’t have to use our band-aids (medical supplies). Having a deep stock of diverse sundries will enhance our ability to be prepared and to save time in a post-TEOTWAWKI world.

There is an old rhythmic poem about a nail that reads:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
for want of a shoe the horse was lost,
for want of a horse the knight was lost,
for want of a knight the battle was lost,
for want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
All for want of a horse shoe nail.”

I use this old poem, when I teach disaster logistics. It is such a clear and concise example of how the need for something so simple can have such huge impacts. Applying this quote to a TEOTWAWKI events, we can see that, for the want of a sundry item such as a chainsaw spark plug; a CR2030 Button cell battery; a spare wick for a kerosene heater; or numerous other seemingly minuscule and obscure items, our battle to survive can be lost. For many preppers being ready for a disaster revolves around a bug-out-bag. Having a bug-out-bag should not be construed as being prepared, since it just simply will not have the depth and ability to provide you with the wide range of resources that will be needed to survive post-TEOTWAWKI. Additionally, many of us have the traditional “Beans, Bullets and, Band-aids.” Having food, ammunition and medical supplies definitely increases our chances for survival in a disaster or post-TEOTWAWKI world but the reality is that our survival will also hinge on a plethora of seemingly trivial items. These items only seem trivial until you need one and Lowes has long been looted clean.

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Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today’s focus is on the implications of a possible resurgence of Fed Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP.)

Precious Metals (NIRP):

Simon Black: Reason #437 to Own Gold: The Fed Wants Negative Interest Rates. The article begins: ”

“And just like that, it seems we’re headed back to quantitative easing… After cutting interest rates to nearly zero following the 2008 crisis, the Federal Reserve starting raising rates near the end of 2015 (from 0.25% to 2.5% today).

Following the most recent hike in December 2018, Chairman Powell seemed hell bent on further tightening, saying “some further gradual increases” were in the cards.Then the stock market promptly fell nearly 20%.

Investors were in panic mode and calling for the end of the world. The pain was too much… Last month, the Fed left rates unchanged… and Powell removed any language about further hikes. Already Powell is capitulating.”

(Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

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Gold Forecast: Gold Prices Likely To Test $1360 In February

 

Economy & Finance:

Wolf Street reports: Bond Funds Are “Potential Source of Financial Instability,” after Years of Global QE and Low Interest Rates: Fitch

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At Zero Hedge: Turkish Government Wages War With “Price-Gouging Terrorist, Traitors” As Food Inflation Soars. The article begins:

Food prices in Turkey have been soaring since the lira’s sharp, violent depreciation last summer. The rise in prices is not only a result of the currency’s depreciation which made the Turkish lira one of the worst performing currencies in the world, but is also a result of price gouging that has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, feeding on itself, over the last 6 months. According to Bloomberg, the price of eggplants, cucumbers and tomatoes in Turkey has jumped 81%, 53% and 39% monthly, respectively. Overall, food inflation in Turkey is at 31% annualized.”

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Sweden’s Cashless Experiment: Is It Too Much Too Fast?

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Number one, we need to get in shape, number two we need to shoot, number three, we need to learn self-defense, and number four, we need to study small-unit tactics… If you do not have 5,000 rounds of .223, 5,000 rounds of .22 and 1,000 rounds of handgun ammo, as a minimum, you’re wrong. We need to train our families how to shoot as well. We need to get food. We need to have a year’s supply of food, two years supply of seeds, we need to have a year’s supply of sundry items. That’s what it means to be an American. We prepare for the worst but hope for the best.” – Washington Rep. Matt Shea



Preparedness Notes for Thursday – February 14, 2019

February 14 is the birthday of Medal of Honor recipient Jack Lucas (born 1928, died June 5, 2008). During the Iwo Jima campaign, this 17-year-old won the Medal of Honor for unhesitatingly hurling himself over his comrades upon one grenade and for pulling another one under himself. One of the grenades exploded, and Lucas absorbed the entire blasting force of it with his own body. PFC Lucas was the youngest Marine ever to receive the Medal of Honor. (He was just 13 when he forged his mother’s signature to enlist.)

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  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 Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which 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 www.TOUGHGRID.com (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. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, 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.



Telling You a Thousand Times Wasn’t Enough – Part 2, by Orofino

Part 2

(Continued from Part 1, posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.)

I have recently been giving this subject a great deal of time in introspection. I was motivated when John Lovell at the Warrior Poet Society web site recently urged his followers to “weaponize consistency”. As if on cue, I recently read a well-written piece, from an author who recounted receiving a charge many years ago, from a sage Japanese gentleman that, “An elephant doesn’t bite, but fleas do.”

Consequently, I resolved to incorporate those congruent principles into my personal training, before overtly encouraging my tribe to do likewise. I began in December and have now been maintaining my regimen for a month. I realize that it is at my ego’s great personal peril, since every reader will undoubtedly criticize my choices and my rigor, as I will share the explicit details of my goals and failures. I share only to show what I am doing, your agenda may be entirely different. Following the SMART mnemonic for setting goals, I admittedly made the goals very achievable. Also, I have been plying these same wares in varying degrees for quite some time, but I wanted to emphasize consistency.

Fitness First

I made fitness my primary goal; if you are not healthy, what else matters? I submit that when legendary strength trainer, Mark Rippetoe asserted that “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general”, he was spot on. Further, since the mantra of this generation is, “There’s an app for that”, I decided to employ apps toward that end. I have been using My Fitness Pal for years with success. Why not utilize and incorporate others?

My secondary goal was self-defense, I had the epiphany that since I am the sole agent responsible for the executive protection of my family, (you get what you pay for), that I had better prioritize those skills.

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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”.  Today, we focus on the emerging threat of fusion center surveillance.

Details of Fusion Center Surveillance Revealed

I saw this article mentioned at the FreeZoxeeFriends site: Details of Fusion Center Surveillance Revealed. Here is a key passage from the article:

“In 2012, a special white paper was submitted to the House of Representatives wherein the DHS was encouraged to embark on an “evolving mission” away from its ostensible purpose of fighting terrorism, toward becoming the administrator of an enormous domestic intelligence agency resulting from an integration of the country’s local and state law-enforcement agencies.

This report was written by the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, co-chaired by former DHS chief Michael Chertoff. The blueprint promoted in the White Paper pushes Congress toward green-lighting the growth of the DHS and the dissolution of local police and sheriffs.

The organization described in the paper, entitled “Homeland Security and Intelligence: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission,” is reminiscent of more draconian governments. For example, one section of the report calls for a transition in the mission of DHS away from protecting the country from the “terrorism” of foreign militants and toward “more specific homeward focused areas.” Additional sections of the report lay out the plans for building a DHS/police hybrid agency that can monitor Americans in any town and prevent threats from fellow citizens.

In order to achieve their ultimate aim, the globalists demand that the DHS or some other federal agency take control of the personnel decisions currently made by local police chiefs and county sheriffs. “As the threat grows more localized,” the report claims, “the federal government’s need to train, and even staff, local agencies, such as major city police departments, will grow.” Put another way: The federal government will run your local police department and sheriff’s office.”Continue reading“The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:”