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Surviving Open Waters in a Bug-Out Boat

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Todd’s Note: This is a guest post.

Safety-conscious people prepping for a survival situation usually have a bug-out bag and vehicle packed and ready to go on the quick. The ideal choice for a bug-out vehicle is a small RV with enough power and versatility to provide adequate shelter and transportation in an emergency scenario. And sometimes, a more compact and affordable version—think converted van or bus—can be equally as effective. But what about a bug-out boat? In some cases, it’s the perfect solution.

Bug-Out Boats

For those who live along the coasts or around the Great Lakes, a bug-out boat is a great option. Boats offer a quick escape while providing plenty of room for storage and survival essentials, should a high-risk scenario occur. A boater education course in Wisconsin, along with a sense of adventure, can give you the ultimate bug-out conveyance. Bug-out houseboats can be found for prices that are comparable to that of RVs, and the advantage of having a boat is that it provides the opportunity to physically remove yourself from nearly all human contact with little effort. Surviving long-term on a small boat has advantages over land survival, but also comes with caveats of its own.

Staying Afloat

We’re only human, thus the number one priority in open-water survival scenarios is to stay above water. Magician David Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes on the Oprah Winfrey Show, while world record holder Tom Sietas clocked over 22 minutes submerged under water. Unfortunately, the average human can hold their breath for only one minute.

The more floatation devices there are on the boat, the more safety and peace of mind it brings to occupants. Each person should have their own life vest, while two inflatable life boats should be located at opposite ends of the vessel. They are lightweight, inexpensive, and take up little storage space. Your boat should also be equipped with life preservers and a rescue line. A man overboard may be stricken with panic and thus too strong for another swimmer to rescue immediately.

Always try and relax when overboard. The human body can naturally keep itself afloat with the nose and mouth above water as long as one remains calm. Lie on your back or use the face-down survival float, depending on water and body conditions. Help yourself relax by lifting your head entirely out of the water whenever possible to take a breath. Prepare your family with several floating techniques through open-water swimming lessons which are offered across the country.

Defense

Another beneficial part about bugging out on a boat is that you’ll be able to spot potential enemies before they make contact. Defensive 12-gauge slugs are available in sizes big enough to damage another boat that gets within a 30- to 40-yard range. Parts kits are also available online for a build-your-own M79 grenade launcher — these are inexpensive, legal, and though they should be used as a last resort, they can potentially save you and your family from an unfortunate encounter at sea.

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Angry Woman Speaks the Truth?

abI first heard of Ann Barnhardt when she folded her company, BCM in 2011.  Quoted in an article on the Blaze website,

“The reason for my decision to pull the plug was excruciatingly simple: I could no longer tell my clients that their monies and positions were safe in the futures and options markets – because they are not. And this goes not just for my clients, but for every futures and options account in the United States. The entire system has been utterly destroyed by the MF Global collapse. Given this sad reality, I could not in good conscience take one more step as a commodity broker, soliciting trades that I knew were unsafe or holding funds that I knew to be in jeopardy.”

Since shutting down her company, she can be found online discussing the economy and matters of faith.  She is very outspoken and a strong proponent of her Catholic faith.

I recently watched a video that was recorded in December 2012.  In the video, she talks about the US, taxes, faith and our duty as Christians.  I feel there is a lot of truth in what she says!  The video is 1 hour long and full of thought provoking ideas and actions for the liberty minded person.  I challenge you to watch it all the way through the Q & A section and then share your thoughts below.

 

 

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Democracy In America

Dad and I went to watch Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, America, Imagine the World Without Her.  I will say that I enjoyed the movie.  D’Souza begins with elaborating on the 4-5 big arguments that America Haters (my words, not his) use to come against the US.  He says that all these views came about separately, but have come together in our time to make it seem like the US is one evil empire.  He then tears down all the arguments with facts and historical evidence.  It is amazing how many of the things people take as fact, are not.  Just because some professor writes a book, it doesn’t make it fact.  However, some of these revisionist and America Haters have a direct route into the schools and psyche of unknowing Americans.  D’Souza’s book and movie combat this false information.  I can say that when the movie comes out on DVD, that I will sit the whole family down to watch it.

In watching the movie, D’Souza talks about Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who traveled the US in the 1800′s and published two volumes, Democracy in America – Volume 1 and Volume 2, published in 1835.  He wrote the book so that the French could understand America’s new democracy.  But in doing so, he wrote about his observations and shared, for all history to know, how America was so different than any other nation on earth till that time.

Today I decided to look up de Tocqueville’s book on Amazon and found it to be free.  I wanted to pass it along.  If you don’t have a Kindle, or at least a tablet, you can purchase the book on Amazon as well.

Democracy in America – Volume 1 – Kindle – Free

Democracy in America – Volume 2 - Kindle – Free

Democracy in America – Purchase the Book

And if you get a chance and find that D’Souza’s movie is playing in your city, got check it out.

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How Will You Remember? or 5 Ways to Celebrate Memories When the SHTF!

Todd’s Note: This article is inspired by The Liberty Seed presentation and the book Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer.

 

About 8 months ago, I purchased a GBoom speaker.  It is a big speaker, with a rechargeable battery and connects to devices through bluetooth.  I often use it outside when I’m bbq’ing by the pool. I mostly use Pandora and listen to a reggae or the Bob Marley station.  When I do this, being outside by the pool, in the Houston, Texas humidity, it bring back memories of the time my family took a cruise out of Galveston to the Caribbean.  It was a fun time and we still talk about it.  If I really want to remember specifics, I can pull up the many pictures we took on our digital cameras.  But if the SHTF and we don’t have access to Pandora and our digital devices, how will we celebrate our important memories?  We might get some ideas by looking at our past.

In 1765, during a time when the American colonies were experiencing an economic downturn, the British Parliament decided to levy taxes on the colonies, causing even more economic strain on the population.  The Townshend Acts were not well received.  As a result, a letter written by Samuel Adams, known as the Massachusetts Circular Letter, circulated among the colonist.

In the Circular Letter, Samuel Adams argued that the Townshend Acts were unconstitutional because the colony of Massachusetts was not represented in Parliament. Adams maintained that Parliament’s status as the supreme legislative body of the British Empire did not permit it to violate the British Constitution and the natural rights of the colonists. Adams made it clear that he was not advocating colonial representation in Parliament: because the American Colonies were “separated by an ocean of a thousand leagues” from Great Britain, he thought it was impractical for them to be properly represented in Parliament. Instead, Adams argued in favor of the previous arrangement, where the colonies were taxed only by their own provincial assemblies in which they were already represented. Source: Wikipedia

Of course, King George didn’t like the Massachusetts Circular Letter being circulated and he demanded that the letter be rescinded.  The Massachusetts Legislature refused the demand by a vote of 92 to 17.  To commemorate this moment, The Sons of Liberty commissioned Paul Revere, a silversmith, to make a bowl to commemorate the “Glorious 92.”  The Rescinders’ Bowl is a an American icon, one that you probably haven’t heard about.

Click on Image to Listen to Audio of The Rescinders' Bowl - Museum of Fine Arts - Boston.

Click on Image to Listen to Audio of The Rescinders’ Bowl – Museum of Fine Arts – Boston.

The Rescinders’ Bowl tells a story.  It helps us to bridge our time and the time of 1765 and helps us to understand some of the important steps that led up to the American Revolution.  Although casting and engraving a big silver bowl is probably out of our reach, what can we do now, and even when the SHTF to help remember and commemorate our important events, our memories?

5 Ways to Celebrate Memories When the SHTF

Become A Story Teller

The spoken word is very powerful.  Being able to share a family or other memory in a form of a story is a great skill.  But, telling a story is easy to remember too.  Every culture has their oral traditions.  For a lot of our “human” history, the spoken word or oral tradition was all that was available.

When we go out to the country and sit under the stars, dad loves to recount his stories.  Over the years, I’ve heard many stories.  But there are times when he shares a story that I haven’t heard before.  Times like this allow us to know a little bit about our parents and grandparents or family that we might not have otherwise known.

When I get together with my wife’s side of the family, quite often they just sit around a recount stories from the past too.  In the living room or outside under the patio, everyone gets into the story by adding to it or asking clarifying questions.

What story would you share?  Have you practiced what you would say?

Keep a “Memories” Journal

Journaling and keeping a diary has always been a way for individuals to write down and remember their day.  Keeping up with every day events could be a little more than most would like to commit too.  But, keeping a journal of memorable events is definitely doable.  The journal can be kept by the person recording the event at the time that it happened, or a family member, who wants to be able to remember the stories of a grandfather or old uncle would be appreciated by future generations.

Imagine…

“One day, it was time for Uncle Pete to slaughter the pig, Ms. Pudge.  He entered the pen and placed a rope around the huge pig.  Ms. Pudge came willingly at first, but right before Uncle Pete exited the pen, Ms. Pudge jerked.  She must have known what was going to happen because she didn’t want to move. 

Uncle Pete was holding on to the rope so tight that when Ms. Pudge jerked, it made him fall and land right in a pile of poop!  Uncle Pete has poop on his face and all over his clothes.  Aunt Laraine wouldn’t allow him in the house since he smelled so bad.  She made him wash off outside with the water hose.  But his clothes were so nasty that she had him burn them in the burn bin.  Those were his favorite overalls!  By the way…Ms. Pudge made some great bacon!”

Engrave a Shingle

A while back I linked to a video on how to use a shingle fro.  Basically, it makes a wood shingle out of a log.  You can make the shingle as thick or as thin as you like.  But by making a shingle, you create a flat surface that is easily carved.  It’s not a silver bowl, but you can easily carve out a scene or words to help commemorate a special date like a wedding.

Link Memories to High Emotions

We don’t usually remember the mundane.  Life comes and goes, the sun rises and falls and we quickly move from ordinary to ordinary.  But we do remember and recall the highly emotional times.  We easily remember time when we are really happy or times when we’re really sad.  So for example, you might remember very specific details of the day your child was born 20 years ago.  But you probably won’t remember what you had for lunch last Tuesday.  Again, this can happen with really sad or stressful moments as well as the happy times.  That’s why we remember things we don’t want to.  So, the key here is to link the things you want to remember to something very emotional in your life.

Do It in Song

Even when the SHTF, people are going to make music.  The best songs tell a story.  Using a guitar, with three chords, you can write a memorable song.  And it is very easy to memorize songs!

From drawings on a cave to oral stories to libraries of books, we love to memorialize important events.  But memorable events don’t have to only include ancient histories, it should include YOUR history.  Slow down, relax and make some memories…then take the time and share it!

 

 

 

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Tyranny & The Battle of Athens, Tennessee

BattleofAthensHow will the future look back on our time?  Will we be the people who recognized the times?  Will we be people who realized the slow disintegration of our rights and freedoms that then moved to a tsunami of laws and government involvement in every aspect of our lives from dictating which milk we can drink to if we can harvest the water off our own roof?  Or, will we be the people who as long as our AC was pumping cold air and McDonald’s was serving up Big Macs that we were content with sitting in front of the TV watching the latest show that allowed our minds to veg and decay?  Only time will tell where we end up.

But we are not the first example of a people who encountered tyranny.  In fact, this isn’t our first go around here in this nation!  We just celebrated July 4, the day we celebrate Independence Day from the tyrannical rule of King George III of England.  We remember the sacrifice of many men, who would have rather lost EVERYTHING (some did) instead of live with the chains of bondage.  But now, fireworks, hamburgers and apple pie have taken the place of God, country and freedom.  Sometimes it seems we have taken too much for granted in exchange for a life of “ease and safety.”

Maybe we are too weak!  Maybe we have lost the fire and sense of purpose that the Founding Fathers exhibited.  Or, let’s not even go back that far.  Maybe we should be like the “Greatest Generation” that experienced the depression and World War II?  They got things done, like the men of Athens and Etowa, Tennessee.

A recent comment on If They Mean to Have A War, Let It Begin Here!, brought to my attention the events of August 1-2, 1946.  Until the comment, I had never heard of this incident.  But it is a true story that everyone should hear!

The Battle of Athens

What do you expect from GI’s that have been serving their country all over the world?  What should we expect from men who were on a mission to free the world of a crazed, tyrannical leader?  We should expect that they come home and get to experience the same freedoms that they were helping to secure across the ocean!  But, that’s not what the GI’s of Athens and Etowa, Tennesse experienced!

Background

After experiencing corruption by the McMinn County Sheriff department and multiple election years of voter fraud, which were reported to the Department of Justice with no follow-through, returning GI’s decided to help their county become corrupt free by forming the GI Non-Partisan League and supporting veteran Knox Henry in the August 1946 election for Sheriff.

The Battle

As the polls closed, deputies seized ballot boxes and took them to the jail. Opposition veterans responded by arming themselves and marching there. Some of them had raided the National Guard Armory, obtaining arms and ammunition.[9] Estimates of the number of veterans besieging the jail vary from several hundred[9] to as high as 2,000.[7]

When the men reached the jail, it was barricaded and manned by 55 deputies. The veterans demanded the ballot boxes but were refused. They then opened fire on the jail, initiating a battle that lasted several hours by some accounts,[7][9] considerably less by others.[10] In the end, the door of the jail was dynamited and breached. The barricaded deputies—some with injuries—surrendered, and the ballot boxes were recovered.

Source: Wikipedia

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Results

The veterans were successful in bringing change and reform.  However, the change the GI League supported, fell apart soon after the election.  The “political machine” returned!  The point here is that men fought against a tyrannical system, with firearms, because they HAD to, and won!  We can’t  forget that!

For more info. on the Battle of Athens – Click here

Real patriots don’t want to pick up their guns at the first sign of pain.  History has shown that patriots do it as a last resort.  But even as recent as 1946, men realized that it was necessary to pick up arms to defend what was right.  The question is, will THIS generation, or if necessary, future generations, take up arms to do what is right?

Extras

I noticed on Wikipedia that Hallmark made a movie “based” on the events of the Battle of Athens.  I was able to find it on the AR15 Forums and I’m linking it here below straight from Youtube.  Since it’s Hallmark, I’m thinking “date movie!” ;-)

 

 

Peace,
Todd

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