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The Warrior's Battle For Control
"Thought versus Emotion"
Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD wrote "It is
a shame for the soul to be first to give way in this life, when your
body does not give way."
is a constant struggle for us to become masters of our thoughts.
Emotions are the challenge. Emotions are very powerful and often battle
for control, but emotions only allow us to appreciate things. They have
no intelligence or content, only feelings. To master control of one's
thinking, first the warrior must learn not to depend on his emotions.
His emotions depend on him. This means that thinking must always
dominate the warrior's feelings. The warrior is most vulnerable when his
emotions dominate him, meaning he has stopped thinking. When emotions
take control common sense and rational behavior are absent, creating a
dangerous environment where he acts on his feelings. This leaves the
warrior open to reacting to things and situations, which will only end
with disastrous results, instead of calculated responses to make the
most of their situations.
"The prime principle then in
man's constitution is the social. And the second is not to yield to the
persuasions of the body, for it is the peculiar office of the rational
and intelligent motion to circumscribe itself, and never to be
overpowered either by the motion of the senses or of the appetites, for
both are animal; but the intelligent motion claims superiority and does
not permit itself to be overpowered by the others. And with good reason,
for it is formed by nature to use all of them. The third thing in the
rational constitution; is freedom from error and deception. Let then the
ruling principle, holding fast to these things go straight on, and it
has what is its own."
- Marcus Aurelius
must learn to control his feelings through thought, which is where
courage comes from. Courage is the ability to think under pressure. This
does not mean that a warrior will not have fear, but he does not give
control over to fear. He conquers his fear by controlling it through
Like a computer the mind is dependent on the information
fed into it. Thought sorts out the bad information from the useful and
develops courses of action. Through experience the mature warrior has
learned there is; no intelligence in emotions, just feelings, which
means fear is left in control, then allowing panic to set in.
how much more pain is brought on us by the anger and vexation caused by
such acts than by the acts themselves at which we are angry and vexed.
let this truth be present to you in the excitement of anger, that to be
moved by passion is not manly, but that mildness and gentleness, as
they are more agreeable to human nature, so also are they more manly,
and he who possesses these qualities possesses strength, nerves, and
courage, and not the man who is subject to fits of passion and
discontent. For in the degree to which a man's mind is nearer to freedom
from all passion, in the same degree also is it nearer to strength and
as the sense of pain is a characteristic of weakness, so also is anger.
For He, who yields to pain and He who yields to anger are both wounded
and both submit."
- Marcus Aurelius
We have many
types of emotional feelings. The warrior must always remember there is
no content in emotions, just feelings. Emotion cannot cope with pressure
and suffering it often becomes bitter and lashes out at everything.
Most of us have experienced someone letting their emotions take over
only to see this person become unreasonable and inflexible. You try and
reason with them but you meet stubborn resistance. When emotions are in
control, you are now only dealing with feelings that have no reason. The
only hope you have, is to get them back to reality and thinking.
"I do my duty; other things do not trouble me; for they are either things without life, or things without reason, or things that have rambled and do not know the way."
- Marcus Aurelius
from the moment they start basic training learn self control. Often,
the soldier feels he is being treated unfairly, but he knows if he
reacts emotionally, it will bring him more trouble so he learns to take
it and if he does, he usually makes it through his training. The same is
true of combat the soldier that relies on his training and does what he
was trained and rehearsed to do, has a much better chance of survival
then the soldier who allows his emotions to dominate his thinking.
no one can impede the things that are proper to the mind. Neither fire,
nor iron, not tyrant, not abuse, touches it in any way."A sphere once
formed remains round and true." - Marcus Aurelius
hard to perfect their skill and knowledge. In time they advance, adding
more depth to their knowledge, giving them more options to win, when put
to the test. As the warrior advances, he knows that his skills are only
good, if he can perform under pressure. This takes great self control,
achieved through thought dominating, his emotions. Performance under
pressure is what separates the boys from the men.
"When you have been compelled by circumstances to be disturbed in a
manner, quickly return to yourself and do not continue out of tune
longer than the compulsion lasts for you will have more mastery over the
harmony then by continually returning to it."
- Marcus Aurelius
mature warrior, knows from time to time emotions will get the better of
them, which means the warrior must learn to recognize when he is giving
control over to his feelings and resist that urge and if he can't, the
next best thing is to recover his thinking as soon as possible, the
sooner the better. When a warrior lets his feelings take control it's
the same as a bad habit that needs to be broken. The less he gives in to
the emotions, the stronger he will become.
"How can our
principles become dead unless the impressions (thoughts) that correspond
to them are extinguished? But it is in your power continuously to fan
these thoughts into a flame. I can form the opinion that I ought to have
about anything. If I am able to do so, why am I disturbed? The things
that are external to my mind have no relation at all to my mind. Let
this be the state of your affects, and you will stand erect. To recover
your life is in your power. Look at things again as you used to look at
them for in this consists the recovery of your life."
- Marcus Aurelius
who have not had the proper upbringing and training often rely on their
feelings and emotions. The problem with this is that there is no
intelligence or content in emotions to reason with. So, they go through
life running solely on their emotions. They go through life making
decisions based on how they feel. Unfortunately, when this happens,
feelings demand more feelings or stimulation. At this point, the
emotions have won control and the mind is enslaved.
now in control enslaving the mind the person goes into a frantic search
for magical answers to life and things to make them feel good. This
covers anything that brings stimulation, from adopting bazaar religions,
grooming standards, attire, to drugs, and perverted behaviors.
Basically anything that makes them feel good or gets them attention.
us observers, we wonder what are these people thinking, well they are
not! They are dominated by their emotions. They will never be satisfied,
so they generally become more extreme and bazaar in their behaviors as
time goes on. Therefore, they will never find the magic answer to life
that they have been searching for. Truth is only what is real, and can
only be discovered through humility and objectivity, not through
"If any man is able to convince me and show me
that I do not think or act right, I will gladly change; for I seek the
truth by which no man was ever injured. But he is injured who abides in
his error and ignorance."
- Marcus Aurelius
mature warrior knows that the battle is often going to be between the
control of his emotions and his enemy. If he allows his emotions to take
control, he is now vulnerable and this will lead to his downfall. But,
if he can create fear, anger or discouragement in his enemies, they will
become vulnerable and he will defeat them. Most of us have used this
technique against our opponents in life or sports, causing the opponent
to become emotionally unstable.
"There are four principal
aberrations of the superior faculty against which you should be
constantly on your guard, and when you have detected them, you should
wipe them out and say on each occasion thus: this thought is not
necessary; this tends to destroy social union; this which you are going
to say comes not from the real thoughts-for you should consider it among
the most abused of things for a man not to speak from his real
thoughts. But the fourth is when you shall reproach yourself for
anything, for this is an evidence of the diviner part within you being
overpowered and yielding to the less honorable and to the perishable
part, the body and its gross pleasures."
- Marcus Aurelius
"If it is not right, do not do it! If it is not true, do not say it! Let your impulse be, in your own power!"
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It's that time of year again!!
Believe it or not, it is
time to start planning for the 2nd Annual Cocktails for Courage to
benefit the Captain Kyle R. Van De Giesen Memorial Award Fund.
This Fund was started in 2009 after the death of Captain Kyle R. Van De
Giesen. Kyle knew from the age of 6 that he wanted to be a pilot
in the Marine Corps, and that is exactly what he did. Kyle was a
loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin. He was a
devoted husband, a dedicated father, a loyal friend, and an accomplished
Marine. He epitomized class and had a smile that lit up a
room. Kyle was a man of conviction who valued family and country
above all else. Sadly, on October 26, 2009, Kyle was killed in a
helicopter crash in Afghanistan. He was less than a week from
returning home to his wife, Megan and 17 month-old daughter, Avery to
await the birth of his first son, Colin Joseph. Kyle was an
amazing man, and all of us who loved him will keep his memory alive by
The focus of The Captain
Kyle R. Van De Giesen Memorial Award Fund is to perpetuate the legacy
of Captain Kyle R. Van De Giesen, USMC Cobra Pilot. Kyle lived every
aspect of his life by the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and
commitment, and the Captain Kyle R. Van De Giesen Memorial Fund strives
to recognize individual(s), programs, charitable organizations, and
causes that best symbolize Kyle's devotion andunwavering commitment to
these core values.
Due to the overwhelming
success of the 1st Annual Cocktails for Courage, and the generosity of
so many people and local companies, The Captain Kyle R. Van De Giesen
Memorial Award Fund was able to donate more than $25,000 in awards
including awards to high school seniors, Scribble Time, The Semper Fi
Foundation, Heroes in Transition, North Attleboro Junior Football, and
The Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos Foundation.
In order to continue to
achieve this level of giving (if not exceed it), we are looking for
donations for our raffle and silent auction to be held as part of the
2nd Annual Cocktails for Courage to be held Friday May 27, 2011, with an
attendance of 500-750 people. Anything you are willing and able
to contribute would be greatly appreciated. We are working hard to
carry on Kyle's legacy, and any help is a BIG help. Please feel free to
send any information or questions to rememberKRV@yahoo.com
Tara Orton, Volunteer, Marine Wife
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Thanks to the guys at VBSS team on board
USS STERETT for sending us this picture.
|Word of Truth|
By Rev G.J. Rako
What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What is our purpose? Did
God create man and then just walk away, abandoning us to our own
devices? On the other hand, does God have a plan for our life? Is there a
greater meaning, purpose and definition for our lives?
understand these questions and obtain answers we must study the
scriptures. The creation of intelligent beings has order and precedence.
God created the angels first. We do not know how long the angels
existed before God created man, maybe millions of years. However, we do
know there was a great conflict, war, or revolution led by Satan,
Lucifer son of the morning, the devil.
Satan was the greatest,
most intelligent, most powerful angel ever created. He was the guardian
of the very throne room of God. He was God's right hand man. In his
greatness, he became arrogant. He believed he could be God, and started a
revolution in heaven.
Isaiah 14:13 "But you said in your heart,'
I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north".
convinced one third of all angelic creation to follow him against God.
Judged by God and sentenced to the lake of fire, Satan must have
appealed this sentence. He probably said something like, "how can a
loving God cast his creatures into eternal fire?" You can hear people
echo this, Satan's thinking, when they question suffering in the
resolve this angelic conflict, God created a lower form of life, man.
God prepared the Garden of Eden. Only one sin was possible, eating from
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan, the father of lies,
(John 8:44) deceived the woman and she ate from the forbidden tree
first. Then, Adam followed her into sin by taking the fruit from her
Omniscient God knew in eternity past that these events
would take place. He provided a redemptive solution for man prior to the
creation. A man, born perfect, as Adam was created perfect would live
without sin and thus be qualified to die in place of man. After the fall
of Adam, all men except One are born physically alive but spiritually
dead. We all need the redemptive solution provided by God. That solution
is faith alone in Christ alone. The first mention of God's redemptive
solution appears in Gen 3:15.
John 3:36 "He who believes in the
Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see
life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
Acts 16:31...believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
usurped Adam as the ruler of this world when Adam fell. He has been
deceiving the world and instituting his policy of evil ever since.
12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is
called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown
down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
angelic conflict rages throughout human history. In this very real but
unseen conflict Satan, attempts to deceive the world with respect to
God's plan of salvation for mankind, and His provision of the spiritual
life for the elect. Satan does all he can to thwart the plan of God. He
attempts to abrogate God's promises to man. Satan wins the angelic
conflict if just one promise of God is not fulfilled. An unfulfilled
promise makes God a liar and so, no better than Satan.
Messiah had to be born true humanity to qualify as the perfect,
efficacious, substitutionary sacrifice for all mankind. Nothing short of
absolute perfection and true humanity would propitiate the perfect
justice of God.
Satan's angels infiltrated humanity by procreating with the daughters of men.
6:2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful;
and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.
Their offspring were a human-angelic hybrid, the basis for the mighty men of mythology.
6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward,
when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore
children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of
This insidious plot was so successful that had it not
been for God's judgment of the flood in Noah's day, there would be no
true humanity. Only true humanity is qualified to die as a substitute
Having failed at wiping out true humanity, Satan turned
his energy to destroying the future birth of the Messiah. Satan inspired
Herod to kill all the babies two years old and under to stop the
Messiah, the king of the Jews.
Matt 2:16 Then when Herod saw that
he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and
slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity,
from two years old and under, according to the time which he had
determined from the magi.
Failing at this Satan's last hope was
and is to kill every Jew alive, wipe them off the face of the earth.
This has been the story of human history. With no Jews on earth, God
cannot fulfill His promises to the Jews, the Abrahamic, Davidic, and new
covenants to the Israel. This is why the world hates the Jews. This is
the purest form of Satan's evil thinking. Hatred of the Jews represents
the plan, and policy of Satan. Whenever you hear of anti-Semitism you
are hearing Satan's emissaries on earth. The very fact that there is one
Jew alive on earth is a testimony to the grace, and veracity of God.
Try as they may, the Jews will never be destroyed. God has a plan,
purpose, and destiny for the Jewish people.
The strategic victory
of Christ on the cross ensures the failure of Satan and his plans. The
war has been won. The sentence of the lake of fire will be executed in
God's perfect time. The battle now is for your soul. Who will you follow
in the last days of the angelic conflict, God or Satan, good or evil?
The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah, and that He would suffer for our sins before the promised Kingdom.
53:5-7 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was
crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon
Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone
astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD (God the
Father) has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (God the Son).
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent
before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
Isaiah 53: 12
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide
the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, and
was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of
many, and interceded for the transgressors.
To reject Christ, is to reject God's perfect and only plan of salvation.
4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name
under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
All other options are the lies and deceptions of Satan and lead to the lake of fire.
25:41 Then He will also say to those on His left, " Depart from Me,
accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the
devil and his angels;"
Rev 20:10 And the devil who deceived them
was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the
false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever
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To be continued...
Editor's note: Sgt. French will be back next month.
In the meantime, we've provided another article for your
reading pleasure. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!
Defeating the Taser in Combat
by on March 2, 2009
I want to preface this
article by acknowledging that I am uncomfortable in discussing the
following tactics in an open forum, where potential criminals can
access them. Realizing that criminals are already sharing their own
tactics for defeating the Taser, I decided to go ahead and publish this
article. I hope you find it helpful.
With Taser's being sold
to civilians and the potential of an officer having his Taser taken
from him, it is only a matter of time before an officer is assaulted by
a suspect with a Taser. Having taken a hit, I would feel completely
justified in drawing my weapon and shooting a suspect threatening me
with a Taser, but my first priority must be avoiding getting hit by the
Taser while drawing my gun. Taser's are extremely effective and can
cause complete incapacitation, so what if anything can an officer do to
- A moving target is hard to hit. Moving
straight towards or away from the threat gives the appearance that you
are standing still and makes you relatively easy to hit. If you can
move laterally from the threat, you will be much harder to hit.
the effective range of the weapon. The law enforcement model, Taser
X-26, has a maximum effective range of 25 feet and fires a 5-second
cycle, while the civilian model, Taser C2, has a maximum effective
range of 15 feet and fires a 30-second cycle. If you can position
yourself outside the effective range of the weapon, you can avoid being
- Full incapacitation versus localized pain. If
you are ambushed by a suspect armed with a Taser at close range and you
do not have time to move far enough back to avoid the reach of the
weapon, remember that the smaller the spread of the two prongs, the
fewer muscle groups are disrupted. As a last option, you can move
quickly towards the threat to limit the spread of the prongs. You must
be prepared to control the suspect's Taser to prevent a drive stun,
while you neutralize the threat.
- Face the threat. If
you are hit, you need to concentrate on breaking the wires or removing a
probe with your hand before you fall to the ground. You will have
limited ability to move your arms, so focus on making a sweeping motion
with your lower arm and rip the wires away from your body. This would
be extremely hard to do if you are shot in the back by the probes.
National Geographic has an excellent series called "Fight Science". A
recent episode featured former Navy Seal, Chris Caracci, attempting to
defeat the Taser. Caracci had previously been exposed to the Taser, so
he knew exactly what to expect. In this experiment, Caracci takes a
few minutes to mentally prepare himself before taking the hit. In real
life, you are going to be pumped full of adrenaline and you will not
need to get psyched up. Watch the video here
the lightning in a training environment. If you have never taken a
voluntary exposure with the Taser, then good luck. As you try to deal
with this new sensation, your OODA loop is going to be violently
disrupted. While having been exposed before is no guarantee of success,
it does give you a better understanding of what to expect and can give
you a slight edge. Surviving an ambush situation is all about playing
the odds and setting them in your favor as much as possible. If you
know what to expect, you will be better prepared mentally to deal with
Above all else, adopt a
survival mindset. Know that you will not die and refuse to lose the
engagement. Even if you are incapacitated by the Taser, be prepared to
continue fighting as soon as you regain the physical ability to do it.
Originally Posted on www.Spartancops.com
Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses,
Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper
Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French
served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation
Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable
experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching
operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.
very important I think we should always think about when we choose our
Leaders and they choose our Generals and Admirals.
say that the art of war is susceptible to two points of view. One point
of view relates entirely to the knowledge and genius of the general, the
other to matters of detail.
is the same in all ages, and with all nations, whatever be the arms with
which they fight. Hence it follows that great commanders have been
governed by the same principles in all times.
of detail, on the contrary, are under the control of existing
circumstances. They vary with the character of a people and the quality
of their arms and to prove that nothing is problematical in war, but
that failure and success in military operations depend almost always on
the natural genius and science of the chief.
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takes command of Special Forces at Fort Bragg in the 1950's. He
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become, modern day U.S. Army Special Forces.
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S.P.P. Survival Concepts
is the core concepts that are inherent of any viable survival strategy;
spiritual, physical and practical (S.P.P.) concepts that outline a more
detailed strategy based upon individualistic factors. Without
acknowledging one of these core principles within your overall
preparedness of survival strategy, you'll see a breakdown in your
overall ability to implement other concepts. Think of S.P.P as a
"survival triangle"; if any one of the points is not taken into account
when developing your long term survival or preparedness strategies, the
triangle fails as will your planning and/or implementation.
Spiritual Survival: Weather or not you believe in God, there is a spiritual component to the art of staying alive. Without
faith, hope and love in and for something or someone; there is no
purpose in life. If we make grandiose plans to survive a nuclear
holocaust, economic collapse or zombie apocalypse simply for the sake of
"living" or "making it"; we'll surely fail. For me, as a Christian, I
do not make plans to simply stay alive or keep my loved ones safe,
because Jesus said if we seek to save our lives, simply for the sake of
living as the world does, we shall surely lose them in the end anyway
(Luke 17:33). The Bible teaches that to gain life, we must first lose
it; for me that meant coming to know Jesus as my savior, learning His
word and then learning what His plans are for our families survival and
What I'm about to share
may be a bit much, but I have a feeling some may need to hear it. I was
never an arm chair survivalist before becoming a Christian. I had zero
interest in any of it as a matter of fact. I got started in learning
outdoor skills and survival concepts because I began to have spiritual
dreams and visions that I saw coming to pass all
around me. I started to receive phone calls from people out of the blue
on the phone that didn't know me telling me that God told them to call
me to tell me something related to 'getting ready', 'survival',
'gardening', etc. This process lasted a couple years before I decided to
act on the things I was hearing (spiritually speaking) and what people
were saying to me. This is what lead me to found Hunt Survival, Inc. and
is why I left the church ministry I was accustomed to- I have a mandate
to be a Survival Chaplain I guess you could say...
Surviving simply for the
sake of staying alive in the face of impending apocalypse isn't enough;
we must have faith. Faith in something or someone, somewhere that we
believe hears us in our time of need, distress, and anguish. Faith that
what we are doing is the right thing to be doing, right now, in this day
and age even when everyone on the news, in the government and even in
your church is saying you're an extremist or cult leader because you
stockpile food, clothing, etc. for a rainy day. We must have hope, that
there is a better tomorrow, there is a solution to life's problems and
that we will weather the storm, however it may come and we'll do so in
good health. And, we must have love, love for those with us be it
family, friends or neighbors and also compassion for those we find along
the path that are in need. We may be able to teach them a skill, share a
meal, or give a blanket.
I'm struggling not to
preach in this section; my faith, hope and love has a name, that name is
Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) and I can proudly say that it was the
Bible that taught me the reasons that survival skills are important.
Jesus is a survivalist!
Can you physically do what you're planning to do? If you plan on running
into the mountains with nothing but a back-pack with everything you
need for surviving a year after marauders burn down your home after an
economic collapse how big will that backpack be? Look at all the junk
you have around you now, all the cool gadgets you bought for your
bug-out-bag or kit. Now look at your guns, ammo, summer and winter
clothing, blankets, underwear, socks, basic food. You've probably
already exceeded 150lbs on your back and you pack will only carry
50lb... Now factor in your wife, girlfriend, kids, mom, dad, grandma,
etc. Still going to the mountains?
Okay, we stay home... No
electricity, no running water, no phone, cable, internet, satellite-
whatever; some guys knocks on the door asking for food for his starving
family. You have plenty, but before you can offer to help he sticks a
gun in your face and two more of his buddies come to the door- now what?
Not only must we be
physically capable of being mobile in a survival situation but we must
also know how to fight. I don't mean just defend ourselves; I mean kick
someone's ass in a bad way so they ain't following me or getting up to
try again. Proficiency with firearms of several types is also a great
skill to know for hunting and defense. Not just the family patriarch or
head honcho needs to know this stuff either- EVERYONE needs to have at
least a solid basic foundation. So mama needs to learn to kick in teeth
too. Everyone needs to walk or jog the hills around them for basic
endurance every now and then and everyone needs to experience at least a
couple times a year how bad it sucks to pack around a 50-75lb backpack
up a hill both ways.
The basic principle is- we must be physically prepared to do what is necessary when it is necessary!
I'm married with four kids under age ten, the youngest being three. I
had this idea that when the SHTF I would go live it out in the mountains
here as long as I could. That plan was fine for me, but not at all
realistic or practical for the family. One of my favorites movies is
called "Defiance"; it's about a small band of Jews that his in the
Polish wilderness during WWII. This small group started with four
brothers and they went on to endure two years in the woods, saving over
1200 people. Looking at what they endured I had to ask myself "Could my
wife and kids do the same? Could I?" My conclusion was "PROBABLY NOT"-
so I changed tactics, I must plan and prepare as practically as possible
where I am now. Thankfully I'm blessed with ample land out in the
country an hour away from a major city; I'm uniquely placed to be able
to see oncoming threats due to the layout of the property and because
I'm a firefighter, I'm typically the among the first to know when
something is getting ready to go down.
So, now that I know
where my base camp is; what do I have available now to make surviving a
reality? What can I build? What can I afford to buy? All these things
must be taken into serious consideration. Many say they want cattle or
goats in a survival situation; and while that's fine- I would ask if
they know how to care for them when they cannot get medicines for their
infections and how they will feed them when there's no feed to be had. I
cannot afford to stockpile a year's worth of cattle or goat feed- it
probably wouldn't last anyhow due to the way you'd have to store it.
But, I can afford rabbits and chickens. Both are pretty hardy little
critters and if you get the right type, they can provide a sizeable meat
source. They'll eat grass and garden scraps and anything else just
How are you going to
take the browns to a bowl game (Take a dump)? Will you dig a cat hole,
make an outhouse, will you refill your toilet tank with rainwater?
What's practical for you NOW? What tools do you have, what do you need,
what can you afford...
Stocking food is always a
great way to start any survival or preparedness program. It lets you
see instant progress, serves as a reminder that you're engaged in an
active project and serves as a backup grocery store for mom when she's
low on something. The key is to only buy foods that you know you will
eat- and buy in bulk. It's also a great idea to have at least 12 meal
that you can make from scratch using basic ingredients and stock up on
those ingredients. Why 12? Because you'll only eat each meal twice in a
given week and just about anyone can deal with that for a long time.
Just add more if you like more variety- but remember to make it from
food you know you'll have which means from scratch- flour, baking soda,
water = bread, chicken = meat + can of green beans = meal.
I'm not a gardening
ninja so I don't depend a great deal on my ability to can my own stuff.
While I do can some, I have purchased most of my stocks in carts like
this one from my last trip. In there we have a few dozen cans of soup,
spaghetti-o's, canned ham, chicken and beef, and chicken and dumplings,
corn and cool aid packets along with 25lb all purpose flour and 25lb
brown sugar. We also grabbed some milk and candy for the kids this trip
(on top). This cart cost $193 and will provide two+ months of readily
edible food. We could easily stretch this to three+ months by making
breads and by including seasonal veggies. We're not talking starving
here either, two solid meals a day.
Start wherever you are
able. Even if its $10 a week, start there and take that money and invest
it in your survival/emergency program, it will build quickly. Gather
tools that you use frequently and maintain them. Get alternatives to
power tools (hand crank drills, Axe, etc!), get adequate water storage
in place NOW while you have time. If you're in a city, make use of what
space you have available- maybe an unused closet, under a bed, behind a
sofa. In today's economy and the times in which we live, a disaster or
emergency can strike at any moment and a real survival situation can be
at hand. Take the time you have now to get prepared, don't wait, and
start today because tomorrow may be too late.
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THE DOG AND THE SHADOW
A DOG, crossing a bridge
over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in
the water and took it for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat
double his own in size. He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely
attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him. He thus lost
both: that which he grasped at in the water because it was a shadow; and
his own, because the stream swept it away.
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- Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)
American speaker and motivational writer.
"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."
- Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)
"He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
German-Swiss philosopher and writer.
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British poet and playwright.
"I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor."
- Tolstoy, Count Leo (1828-1910)
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Clichs of Socialism
Clichs of Socialism
"Employees often lack reserves and are subject to 'exploitation' by capitalist employers."
IS FREQUENTLY argued that an employee is at a bargaining disadvantage
when he seeks a favorable employment contract because he has less of a
reserve to draw upon than does an employer. It is said that the employee
needs bread for his family's supper, whereas the employer needs nothing
more urgent than a new yacht. The effect of such dramatization is to
draw attention from the subject of the employer-employee relationship.
The employee wants the use of tools and managerial services, and the
employer wants the workman's services so that together they may create
something useful in exchange for bread, yachts, or whatever else either
of them may choose to buy with his part of the product.
is true that some employees have little except their weekly wages a
buffer against bill collectors. And if the loss of a week's wages is
that serious to a man, it may be a sign that he isn't a good enough
manager or, for some other reason, prefers not to try to make a living
by working at a business of his own. Thus, he is in this sense dependent
upon job opportunities create by others. But in a competitive society, a
person is not bound to continue working for others, nor is he bound to
depend upon any one employer for an opportunity to work. Some employees
of course, prefer not to change jobs; free men have that choice. Unless
competition has been strangled by coercive intervention, employers will
be competing against one another for the productive services of
employees. This competition between employers for an employee's
productive capacity is the thing that constitutes the employee's
reserve, just as the reserve value of capital depends upon the
competition for the use of that capital.
this connection, it may be interesting to speculate for a moment as to
just how an employee's reserve compares in dollar value with a reserve
fund of capital. For instance, let us assume that a young man might
reasonably expect to find regular employment for a period of forty years
at an average weekly wage of $100. For a nonworking to draw a
comparable income from a trust fund-assuming that it earns interest at
the rate of three per cent and that the principal also is to be used up
over the period of forty years-an original capital investment of
$120,000 would be required. The fact is that a man who is willing and
able to work does have a kind of reserve-in a sense, a better reserve
than is available to the man who has nothing except money or capital.
Robinson Crusoe could have salvaged the ship's silver, but as a
nonworking capitalist, he would have starved. According to the story, he
saved his life by digging into his reserve capacity to work.
same principle applies in our own king of a complex society where each
of us depends more or less upon exchange for his livelihood. If a man
owns a million dollars, yet refuses to offer it in trade, he may go
hungry, just as an employer may be faced with hunger if he refuses to
turn his services to productive use. The market does not automatically
guarantee subsistence to those who stop producing and trading while
waiting for a better opportunity to present itself. An employee who
chooses not to work may properly complain that he has no other means of
support, but he ought to confine his complaint to the person who is
solely responsible for his sad plight-himself. No one else has any right
to make him work, nor any moral obligation to support him in his
employee who wants to sit until an employer comes forth with a more
attractive job offer may say that he doesn't have the reserve to enforce
his demand, but what he means is that he doesn't have control over
other employees who are willing to accept the jobs which are offered.
true nature of the employer-employee relationship may be understood by
those who see that individuals are involved-two individuals-each of whom
owns and controls something of value.
employee is an individual who has a right to offer his services for
exchange-a right which is or ought to be recognized by the employer.
Labor, thus voluntarily offered by any person, is a form of property-his
property-and he may offer it as a marketable commodity. If a man
voluntarily offers his services for sale, that doesn't make him a slave.
It is simply an expression of his right to his own life.
employer also is a worker who has a right to offer his services for
exchange. In some instances, it may happen that the employer is also the
owner of capital goods-land, plant facilities, raw materials, and
tools. A man has a right to own private property-as much of a right a
any man can claim to the product of his services. But whether or not the
employer also is the owner of productive tools and facilities, he
doesn't create job opportunities for others except as he offers his own
managerial services in the competitive effort to please customers. The
manager offers his services, just as any other employee offers services,
and the object of their bargaining is to determine a satisfactory
exchange rate for what each has voluntarily
P. L. P.
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|In Memory of...|
Of COMBAT SWIMMING - and Man who Coined the acronym SCUBA - Christian
Lambertsen, M.D. former Maj. AUS, Inventor of Scuba Precursor,
Dies at 93
American commandos slipped into the sea off the coast of Burma in the
last months of World War II and swam underwater to attach explosives to
Japanese vessels, Capt. Christian J. Lambertsen often led them. After
all, he had trained them to dive and had invented the breathing device
that allowed them to stay below the waves...." Read More On why he was The Father of Combat Swimming >>More Information >>
|The Father of Combat Swimming|
:Note: As the Father of Combat Swing "Doctor" Lambertsen was a
great leader and friend to the entire U.S. Combat swimming
community a he was also great mentor. As I kept in good touch with
him fairly often he was like one of those indomitable spirits
that would always be here...and thus I was shocked to learn of his
passing nearly a month after he left us. A kind of a Numbing that
happens when family or kindred souls go on to the great adventure
Without "Doctor L
" most all history of
Americas first SCUBA wearing combat swimming operatives would never have
had the their place in Americas 's history of Combat swimming. In his
later yuears He did more to ensure the memory and legacy of
the Office of Strategic Services Mairitme Unit and its Operational
Swimmers Groups and Flotilla Legacy would continue than
any he needed to. He created a research center for such within his
offices which I contributed greatly too and whichwe should all
hope will continue for along time to come.
his Swimmers did more in 36 months to propel the United States
into combat swimming based special operations than have been done
before or since. As the defacto
surviving senor officer
of the Highly classified OSS Operational Swimmer Groups he was the torch
the few still left from his outfit looked to for
insight. Every SCUBA diver knows Cousteau. But
few know the what makes Christian Lambertsen a Giant
in the underwater world as he is the man
Lambertsen AUS & OSS, R, wearing British Davis rebreather rig while
OSS Swimmer & Coastguardsmen James Talmadge, L, wears
Lambertsen's LARU MK 10 Ceylon , 1945|
invented the first really well performing system that married
itself to a established group of free divers whose skill
sets in breath hold diving were incorporated with his SCUBA during
wartime, to become one to create a model instruction
program that inthe post war era, went on into navy circles world
wide and became the basis for every SCUBA program world
whether military , government or civillian that all divers
benefit from. His LARU
SCUBA rig and diving physiology
was the gold standard to which most diving physiologists or SCUBA system
designers looked up to since he stepped onto the undersea
stage over 75 years ago... and every Army , Air Force, Coast guard
Marine and Navy SCUBA diver wheather SEAL Combat Diver /swimmer
or underwater diver tech owes there existance to the work and
equipment he pioneered.
Heres to "Doctor L"
and the very few that served with him ! They and HE
were cut from very special cloth a one of a kind ! As a personal mentor and friend, he will be sorely missed.
"Fair winds and Following Seas Doctor Lambertsen as heaven surely awaits."~SFGNL Editor ES
3rd SFG (Airborne) Soldiers receive valor awards
Soldiers from 3rd SFG (A) received the Silver Star; 19 Soldiers
received the Bronze Star with "V" device for valor; 18 Soldiers will
receive the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for valor, and five
Soldiers received the Purple Heart.
the ceremony, four battles involving members of the Group were
highlighted in vingnettes presented by a team member who witnessed and
recounted what occurred and the actions performed by each man receiving a
medal. One engagement with enemy forces led to the entire
Operational Detachment's receipt of an award for his heroic actions
during a firefight.
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EGYPT WOKE UP
WHY HAVEN'T WE?
Friends, would you believe that Lee Iacocca is 82 years old and is still kicking butt?
Check out his latest rant:
Too right! Elections have consequences.
as true today as it was when his book first came
out. He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman! Often we
need to be reminded of Iacocca's words.
Lee Iacocca, the man who escued Chrysler Corporation from its
death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book,
'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'
Lee Iacocca Says:
I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's
happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called
president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a
gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our
ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate
gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a
ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26
billion of the taxpayers' money, much less build a hybrid car.
instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their
heads when the politicians say, 'trust me, the economy is
You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the
damned 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the
Democrats out, along with Obama!'
You might think
I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I
have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this
The most famous business leaders
are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs.. While we're
fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their
nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to
do. And the liberal press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking
not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours
traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How
go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if
you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to
have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine
C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)
are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis.
It's easy to sit there with thumb up your ass and talk theory.
Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen
a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your
world comes tumbling down.
September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any
other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us
out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.
immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no
plan for leaving.. But our soldiers are dying
We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day!
lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great
companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are going to skyrocket again, and nobody in power
has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem.
This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we
cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought
by the flea-hugging environmentalists.
Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers' union.
Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegal's amnesty and free healthcare.
The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the
leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators?
Where are the people of character, courage, conviction,
omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for
alliteration, but I think you get the point..
me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than
making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our
spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy,
and all we know how to do is react to things that have
hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will
make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy. Deal
me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we
can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would
have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big
Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this
happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it!
me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying
down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the
health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are
the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the
middle class dry.
have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to
turn this country into a losing European Socialist state.
What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or
CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you
guys show some spine for a change?
Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom
here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out
because I have hope - I believe in America .. In my lifetime, I've
had the privilege of living through some of America's
greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst
crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the
'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,'
the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years
your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know
and care about. It's our country, folks, and it's our future.
Our future is at stake!!
Top Shot: British Sniper Takes Out Two Taliban With Single Bullet
On a remote road in the
notoriously dangerous Helmand Province of Afghanistan, the bodies of
two dead Taliban soldiers lay in the dust - one a known insurgent
commander. But the scene doesn't tell the amazing story behind the
expert marksman who pulled off the "Quigley," a trick shot deriving its
name from a Tom Selleck cowboy film. Two dead with just one bullet.
From a distance of 196
meters away, British sniper "Mark Osmond" picked off the two insurgents
as they tried to flee on a motorcycle.
The circumstances are
described in a new book, "Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real
Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan":
'On September 12, a known Taliban commander appeared on the back of a motorcycle with a passenger riding pillion.
'There was a
British patrol in the village of Gorup-e Shesh Kalay and under the
rules of engagement, the walkie-talkie the Taliban pair were carrying
was designated a hostile act.
they drove off, Osmond fired warning shots with his pistol and then
picked up his L96, the same weapon - serial number 0166 - he had used
in Iraq and on the butt of which he had written, "I love u 0166".
deliberate aim, he fired a single shot. The bike tumbled and both men
fell onto [sic] the road and lay there motionless.
'When the British patrol returned, they checked the men and confirmed they were both dead, with large holes through their heads.
7.62 mm bullet Osmond had fired had passed through the heads of both
men. He had achieved the rare feat of "one shot, two kills" known in
the sniping business as "a Quigley."' ...
snipers used suppressors, reducing the sound of the muzzle blast.
Although a ballistic crack could be heard, it was almost impossible to
work out where the shot was coming from.
'With the bullet travelling at three times the speed of sound, a victim was unlikely to hear anything before he died.
"Osmond" and his
colleague "Potter" were praised by their company commander as the
"epitome of the thinking riflemen" his regiment sought to
produce. "They know the consequences of what they're doing and
they are very measured men. They are both highly dedicated to the
art of sniping. They're both quiet, softly spoken, utterly
charming, two of the nicest men in the company, if the most dangerous."
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