End of Western Civ

Not referring to the class you slept through in your undergrad studies.

Comments are enlightening. Hat tip to CA @ Western Rifle Shooters. Glad you are out there.

See part six of this series. Sorry, I cannot do a direct link with their kooky flash stuff (my emphatic vote for HTML5). Lots of good parallels in there that will help shape the conversation about the Gates of Vienna article. Please, take the time to listen to Andy after you read the above and following comments.

“Capitalism with a conscience…”

Defining our tribe now and helping them prepare will help lessen the doom. Though, it is brutally hard to see what is coming and know that at the core it could have been prevented and that you are powerless to stop it from happening.

Caching Essential Gear

Since transitioning into a different day job a year ago, I fond myself having to travel to the west coast on a regular basis from Atlanta. The TSA being what they are and the security theater being what it is, I long ago decided to cache some essentials with a co-worker.

Here’s the list in case you are interested:

1. Good backpack with a 3 liter hydration bladder, USGI poncho, USGI MSS, USGI poncho liner, hammock

2. Spare water purifier with a small bottle of bleach and one extra filter

3. Match case, firesteel, tinder kit, lots of paracord

4. Ultra-light AR Carbine with light (extra batteries) & sling, cleaning essentials, a few spare, loaded PMags, 500 rounds of match ammo

5. Good carbon steel fixed blade with field strop and stone

6. A good pair of broken in boots, several pairs of good wool socks, and an old pair of Vibram Five Fingers – DO NOT knock these until you try

7. Sealed and packed venison jerky, dried beef, beef jerky, high fat trail mix, and various other staples that last forever and a day when stored

8. SAC (Swiss Army Knife)

9. Compass & GPS (spare batteries)

10. Clothing – various for different seasons

These are merely the first ten essentials to this. YMMV. My goal in doing this is to keep enough gear out west that would facilitate a walk to a better location feasible. Would I be able to walk to Atlanta? Not sure. I doubt it, but having all of this out there helps my peace of mind when I get on that Delta flight out of Hartsfield.

One might venture to say that the AR is a bit much. Sure is, but I had an extra one and my co-worker did not. These things work themselves out. In the event that something happens out his way while I’m not there to take advantage of the gear, he gets a good rifle to use. Who says your tribe has to all be local?

Since I’m out west this week I thought I would share.

About Japan, but read my pull out quote…

Denninger strikes again. Karl, buddy, I’m glad you’re out there.

What this means is that when, not if, things go sideways you have had a demonstration in bright lights and bold neon paint that governments will at best do nothing useful and at worst will expend resources in the wrong places compared to the most-important agenda items toward stabilization of the situation at hand.

In short when things go pear-shaped you will either help yourself or you will suffer from whatever circumstance arises.

If that is not a compelling reason to get your house in order in the shortest possible term, please, continue charging against your Visa/Amex/MC/Discover – everything will be just peachy…


Nice Weather you Have There

Yesterday was beautiful. Simply gorgeous. You could not have asked for a better first day of spring if you had had a word with God himself.

I took advantage and checked my zero. 3 to 6 inch groups at 400 yards. Pretty good and getting better all the time.

I planted my garden and some permaculture around my little suburban compound.

I spoke with my neighbors about the upcoming fight and asked them how prepared they were.

Today’s vote is an intolerable act. It might be the last one if the III% get their way…