Not-So-Monday Mania – 7.20.2016

This week on Not-So-Monday Mania: It Hit The Fan, Now What?, Bugging Out: Staying Ready for Evacuation, The Rule of Law, Trash Cans – Overlooked Survival Tool for Preppers?, Survival Recipe: How to make Buckaroo Beans with Storage Foods, In a post SHTF world, when should I travel, during the day or night?, & 10 More

Not-So-Monday Mania – 7.20.2016

Welcome to another week of Monday Mania (even though I am a couple of days late)!

I have found that I feel a more urgent need to be prepared for the unexpected as the world seems to continue to de-stabilize. This seems to be the result of many things, but the recent attacks on police officers in Dallas, TX and Baton Rouge, LA is particularly unsettling to me and the fact that there has almost been a #BlackLivesMatter insurgency that has started is even more troubling.

As I watched the initial press conference about the Baton Rouge shootings on Sunday, I think that Sheriff Sid Gautreaux of the East Baton Rouge, LA Sheriff’s Office probably said it best when he said, “This isn’t so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts.”

There is a lot of truth in that. Guns have been around for hundreds of years without these types of events happening. Even if guns were illegal, there are still plenty of mass killings that have occurred in history that were carried out without a single firearm.

My bottom line is that it is vital to take the steps to get prepared for troubling times because I am believe they are here, and they will only get worse as time goes by.

I am going to close this out with my tin foil hat on…

Over the last year or so, and as we get closer and closer to the election in November, I have heard more about the idea that martial law will be implemented prior to the presidential election. This would in turn lead to the ability of Barack Obama to remain as the POTUS past the expiration of his second, and final, term in office.

When I first starting hearing this, I honestly did not buy into the idea that this would realistically be a possibility. I did not think that the American people would ever really let this happen. My confession here is that this does not seem like such a stretch anymore.

Here’s why…

There was a prediction that I made before the identity of the Dallas shooter was revealed, it was that the shooter was a military veteran who had deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. My assumption was also that the shooter was black (based on the claim that the goal of the shooter was to kill white police officers).

Insert rant here ↓

I realize that I said black and not African-American. It is just like the fact that I am white and not Anglo-American. Like most Americans, I am not a first generation American. This makes me more American than any specific group or skin color. Therefore, if you would like to lump me into a smaller group than Americans, you will have to probably go with my skin color which is “white.”

If you would like to subcategorize me even further, you can use my religion (Christian), my sexuality (heterosexual), and gender (male). Does that make you feel any better or worse about me? While I may not agree with all the decisions that other people make, you are who you are (just like the next guy or gal, is the next guy or gal) and to make a decision about you without knowing you, is asinine.

I will even take things an additional step further and say that if we chose to treat others how we would like to be treated, we would find ourselves in a much better world. I truly believe that the only reason that racism continues to be a problem in America is because, in some areas, many believe that we still have to put labels on things. But just like I should be shamed if I say all mankind, as opposed to humankind, when addressing all humans (men and women), it should not be so acceptable to address people by their skin color.

Rant complete.

Unfortunately, I was correct with my earlier prediction and assumption about the Dallas shooter.

As the news of the attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, LA spread on Sunday, I found myself thinking that we were going to find out that we would be in the same situation…a shooter that was a military veteran, who served in combat, and was black. Two strikes. I was right again.

As humans, our concern should be for the completely unnecessary loss of anyone’s life, regardless of any set of identifiers. At the same time, we need to look at each situation objectively and not rush to specific conclusions based on the fact that a law enforcement officer felt forced to take a specific action. One that, realistically, they probably would rather have not taken but, like most of us, that officer is going to do what it takes to survive and make it home to their loved ones at the end of the day.

With all of that said, the continued occurrences (of what I would call a “race war”) will do nothing to solve anything. But they could potentially lead to the imposition of martial law. Think about it, if there are continued attacks on law enforcement agencies across the nation, along with everything else that is already going on, would the idea of martial law be so far-fetched? Would it seem unreasonable at that point to empower the military to lock the country down and reduce, if not remove, most of the constitutional rights of the American people?

It doesn’t sound so crazy now, does it?

Hopefully this is a true tin foil hat moment and not a preview into the future.

I hope y’all have a blessed week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

It Hit The Fan, Now What? – I wrote this article as my monthly contribution to Bob Livingston’s Personal Liberty Digest about some of the immediate actions that should be considered following a disaster or emergency.

Bugging Out: Staying Ready for Evacuation – The ability to get out in a few minutes time is a valuable advantage when faced with an immediate need to leave home, work, etc. The absolute last thing that you want to have happen is for an emergency occur and you have to scramble to gather your things and hope you don’t miss anything.

The Rule of Law – This is an interesting look at the rule of law and how it is breaking down right in front of us. Current events of the last week really paint a good picture of how the rule of law does not apply when those in power do not want it to.

Trash Cans – Overlooked Survival Tool for Preppers? – Trash cans are like buckets (only bigger), and the use of buckets in survival and preparedness is almost endless. I found the idea of growing potatoes in a trash can particularly interesting.

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Survival Recipe: How to make Buckaroo Beans with Storage Foods – This recipes sounds pretty good to me but I think that I might change the beans up a little bit, I am not a fan of kidney beans (thanks mom for forcing me to eat them as a child!).

In a post SHTF world, when should I travel, during the day or night? – My personal thought is to travel by day. If the military or law enforcement is on the “other side,” traveling at night will be a bad idea.

Beating The Heat Old-School Southern Summer Style – It’s the middle of summer and I know that we are trying to beat the heat here in the south. If you are looking for ways to deal with the heat, there are a few good tips here, especially if you are without air conditioning.

Bug Out Bag Documents: The Most Important Papers For Surviving – Keeping vital documents with you in your bug out bag is something that requires serious consideration. Be intentional when making the decision on whether to keep these documents in electronic form, paper form, or both.

Bugging Out: Staying Ready for Evacuation – I like this article because it not only addresses the need to remain ready to evacuate, there are a couple of elements to staying ready for an evacuation highlighted that should be a part of your plan.

5 items You Probably Should Not Stock Long Term – While a short list, it is good to know the limitations in storing items like bleach and some medications that are important to emergency preparedness planning.

Should You Pack Emergency Gear While on Vacation? – This is a question that I find myself pondering every time I go out of town. My belief is that there are definitely some preparedness items that should go with you on vacation. A few items that I try to ensure that I always have with me include a small first aid kit, tape (electrical or duct), paracord, extra glasses, some extra clothing, water, and some snacks.

How to Make and Use Pine Pitch – While not something that I have much experience with (other than getting it in my hair and on my clothes as a kid), these are some great uses for a naturally occurring product.

Are You Prepared for Lockdown? How to Stay Safe When Chaos Erupts in America – The need to be able to shelter in place seems to be more important now then it ever has before. Looking into the future, I see the information in this article being very useful.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Marine Officer Under Fire Wants Same Treatment as Hillary Clinton – This makes plenty of sense to me. She wants to be the POTUS and as the Commander-in-Chief, if the treatment she received is acceptable, then the same should be done for anyone in the military. It’s too bad that we already know that will not happen. During my own military career, I have personally seen numerous occurrences of a leader getting different treatment and what often turn out to be more leniency when compared to a subordinate in the same situation.

Students scared of cops on campus force university to take drastic measures during RNC – This is just ridiculous. Really? The students at Case Western are scared that the 300 police officers brought in as additional security for the RNC will be a threat to them? It is thinking like this that has people thinking it is a good idea to ambush and kill police officers.

INTERESTING READING: 

Musings of a Southern Anti-Federalist on the Presidential Election – This is a well-written piece about the current state of the United States, states’ rights, and the system of “creditism.”

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Monday Mania.

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Never Lose Your Freedom

Never Lose Your Freedom

I absolutely love my country and the amazing freedom we enjoy. In my opinion, the United States of America is the greatest country in the world.

It is this pride and love of country is why I was willing to join the U.S. Army and literally, sacrifice everything if that is what happened. I love these United States so much that I still get goose bumps when hearing the National Anthem and patriotic songs. The 4th of July is such a great day and the opportunity to celebrate our independence and the freedom to live the life that we choose to live.

Please take today as an opportunity to reflect on what others have done for us to give us this great life.

I really like this version of the Star Spangled Banner that is performed by Madison Rising.

I know what it took to form the Constitutional Republic that we are able to enjoy. I have seen war and conflict. It is not enjoyable. It is not something to be taken lightly. Unfortunately, military action is sometimes necessary and, to out benefit, our Founding Fathers did what it took to obtain our independence as a nation. This established the foundation to make our country whatever we want it to be.

When observing the actions of my fellow citizens, I do not see the pride that we once had. It has been almost 15 years since the U.S. was attacked in the worst possible way. Following the terrorist attacks on our country, there was a dynamic surge of Americans who were proud and wanted to show the world that America is a great nation. Where has that gone? I see people leaving their hats on during the National Anthem. There are people who think that letting other nations overwhelm us with immigrants is a great idea.

What happened to America? What can be done to regain the national pride we once had in our country?

WE, the people hold the key to our freedom.

There is infinite freedom available for those who are willing to do what it takes. I do not see a scenario where armed conflict is necessary. We do not need another civil war. If you truly would like to never lose your freedom, stand up and make a difference.

While not my thing, I believe that the legalization of marijuana for recreational use is the greatest example of the power that the individual states posses to create the state they want to be. There is a precedent set to allow individual states to do what they want. The federal government decided that marijuana is illegal and yet there is no enforcement of federal law occurring in these states.

Making the conscious decision to fight for what you believe in and to maintain your freedom is the only way that we will be able to maintain the life that we enjoy. Start at the local level and work your way up. Find your representatives and find out what they stand for and how they are representing you. The grassroots efforts of everyday Americans is what will make the difference.

Will you Never Lose Your Freedom?

More than our freedom here and now, what freedom will you enjoy in eternity?  Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice and paved the way for you to enjoy ultimate freedom and spend eternity in heaven.

John 3:16 (New Living Translation)
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 10:9-13 (New Living Translation)
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the scripture tells us, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced." 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Remembering Those We Lost

REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST

Memorial Day 2016

With a never ending cycle of 24 hour news, it can be easy to miss key events. This never-ending inundation of propaganda is further confused by the need for every person, group, and organization to be validated in one way or another. Most often, this is achieved by giving months, weeks, and days specific designations in the United States.

As an example, in the U.S., May 2016 is Date Your Mate, Foster Care, and Older Americans Month; along with National Barbecue, Bike, Blood Pressure, Hamburger, Photograph, Recommitment, Salad, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

We also get to celebrate Nurse’s, Wildflower, Bike, Police, and Emergency Medical Services Week and just to narrow it down even further, May 30 is Water a Flower Day, Mint Julep Day, and Loomis Day. Let us not forget the 26 medical causes that have May as their month, week, or day.

With all of these special designations, we have created an environment where it is easy to gloss over the more important things to reflect on.

Above all else, today is Memorial Day, an opportunity to stop and reflect on the men and women who we have lost in service to our nation. Today is especially important to me because of my service during combat operations in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in  2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2007-2008 as a combat medic.

As a combat veteran, I saw many lose their lives. As combat medics, we fought to make sure that every Soldier made it home. We were very good at our jobs but we were not perfect. In war, there will be casualties.

All gave some, some gave all.

There are many Americans who are sometimes confused about the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Today is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not come home to their loved ones. It is always appreciated to know that our service is appreciated but, please honor us on Veterans Day.

Today I ask that you join me to honor those who answered the call from our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are forced to move on without them, without the chance to even share one last moment together. These men and women are the reason that we celebrate Memorial Day.

Human Capital & The Golden Rule

Human Capital & The Golden Rule

It is unfortunate but there will be no Monday Mania today. I am at the VA ALL day today! I just hope that I am on the secret list.

That said, I would like to share one thing with you all. Cliff Ravenscraft, of the Cliff Ravenscraft Show, recently interviewed Aaron Walker (life and business coach) about the fact that we all have a story to tell. For clarity, the Cliff Ravenscraft Show is very much focused on podcasting but, the Aaron Walker interview transcends podcasting and applies to each and every one of us because we do all have a story to tell.

I am sharing this because I feel like there is great value, on a human level, in listening to this interview. What particularly spoke to me was when Mr. Walker spoke about his dad’s story, a man who spent his life in business but never made any money.

The remarkable part (to me) in this story was the fact that when Mr. Walker’s dad was laying in the funeral home, there was a 1 1/2 hour wait, for 6 1/2 hours, for people to come through the line. Not one person had anything to say but great things about the elder Walker. It was not about tangible items, every person had something to say about how their lives had been better as a result of their interactions with Aaron’s father.

This ties into preparedness because it is human capital. Don’t you think that as a result of his investment in others, Mr. Walker could have rallied the community together or receive any assistance that he may have needed?

It is vital to remember that being prepared isn’t just about having a certain amount of stuff or skills, the ability to connect with others in a meaningful way can far outweigh stuff in many circumstances.

Life life by the Golden Rule and it will serve you well.

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Have a great week and God Bless!

-Tom

Monday Mania – 5.16.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way, Turn a Car Battery Into an Emergency Power Source For the Home, Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food”, How to Tie a Monkey’s Fist to Weight a Throwing Line, & 15 More

Monday Mania – 5.16.2016

Welcome to another week of Monday Mania!

I’m starting this week out with an interesting idea that I have been tossing around in my head for a long time.

I have been a guest on a couple of podcasts but I really would like to start one of my own. The thing that has been stopping me is the fact that I would like it to be interactive, meaning at least having one other person to discuss topics with. I would even love it if it became a round table type discussion.

That said, I have no candidates in mind so I would like to open up this opportunity to you all. As readers of the blog here, you probably have a bit of an idea of what I am about. My vision is to do a podcast that is an hour or less, once a week. We can record at a mutually beneficial time (hopefully) like the evening or weekend. I’m game either way!

If I seem like someone you could work with, and this seems like something that you are potentially interested in, please shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com with the subject “podcast.”

As far as the last week has been, it seems like we are spending a lot of time at my house just trying to get by. It is almost like we never really gain any ground because we are always just spinning our wheels trying to keep up with today.

When the opportunity presents itself, I am determined to adjust my lifestyle to live more intentionally. Instead of living to work, I want to work to live. As long as my basic needs are met and I have a secure foothold on life, why is there a need to do more at work? Unless I am working on my own project, why would I continue to put my health, my family, etc. on the line?

That sounds good right? We will see what happens but I know that I can make it happen. It’s just a matter of how soon I can do so.

Thank you all for your support! I appreciate all of you who continue to read and show an interest in what I do. Even if it is only once in a blue moon. More than anything, I hope that my work at least helps someone become more prepared for a difficult time.

I hope y’all have a blessed week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way – Definitely a great skill to learn but the process seems to be long and smelly. DO NOT miss out on the download link for the Improvised Munitions Handbook.

Turn a Car Battery Into an Emergency Power Source For the Home – Here is a quick primer on how to use a car battery as an emergency power source. I’m not smart on electricity though so I am not sure how long this will last. If you do know the answer, please leave a comment for us all.

Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food” – This is a good example to share with those who don’t necessarily buy into the idea of emergency preparedness.

How to Tie a Monkey’s Fist to Weight a Throwing Line

Enemy at the gates: Preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidency – This is an article that I wrote for personalliberty.com. You can catch my monthly contribution there on the 3rd Monday of every month.

9 Reasons Why Every Prepper Should Have a Stash of Alcohol (Even if you don’t drink)

15 Explosive Recipes for Preppers – This is absolutely for informational purposes only. Any science experiments you try to do are on you. The Prepared Ninja does not condone use of any of this information.

How to Use Amazon for Economical Purchasing- Part 1

How to Use Amazon for Economical Purchasing- Part 2

Prepper Candidate Appeals to “Americans Deeply Concerned About What Is Coming”

ITS Tactical – The Grey Man Concept, Consumable Gear and Pairing Cigars with Scotch

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

“Unconstitutional”: Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Illegally Funded Without Congress Authorization – Hopefully, the truth will set us free from our ObamaCare nightmare.

Presidents Are Selected not Elected: Rothschilds Hold $100,000 Per Plate Fundraiser for Guess Who – This should really not come as a surprise.

$15 Minimum Wage Forces Wendy’s to Introduce Self-Service Kiosks

A Satanist Is Running for State Senate in California – Good ol’ California!

Caught: Philadelphia Police Tried to Disguise This Spy Vehicle as a Google Streetview Car

DARPA Creepiest Programs For Human Control: “How Dark Will Our Future Be?” – This is not secret information. If you would like to see more about DARPA’s research projects, check our their website.

INTERESTING READING:

You’re More Likely to Die in a Global Disaster Than a Car Crash

This Unusual Indicator Confirms That The Tech Bubble Has Burst: “The Answer Lies In Ping-Pong”

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Monday Mania.

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