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Showing posts with label Political realities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Political realities. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

These are sad days ...

... for anyone old enough to recall an America of peace, prosperity, and liberty ... when bad guys were recognized and punished ... and good guys were, well, the good guys were us and we didn't have to try to make a case for that fact or apologize.

Today's norm? ... Fear of traffic stops, regularly scheduled "Days of Rage," open season on law enforcement, sanctioned racial warfare, overturning of natural laws, and the judicial denigration of the Bill of Rights. 
Many of us saw this coming, though it is still shocking to see it come to fruition the way it has. It's why Safecastle came about and why we have grown and we continue to provide what is possibly going to save countless  lives in the not too distant future. Stay safe!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ted Koppel's new book "Lights Out" available October 27

I recently received a review copy of a book by Ted Koppel (of Nightline fame) that will be on sale October 27. The title: "Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath."

I was asked by the publisher to review the book and help get the word out if I liked it.

I have found the book to be critical reading for our times. In a nutshell, Koppel lays out the convincing case for a very likely and imminent cyber attack on America's electrical grid. When it happens, it will be devastating and an undeniable act of war.

This may not be news to most folks who read this blog or who are Safecastle customers, but the way Mr. Koppel does an excellent job of fact-based, authoritative, and time-sensitive reporting is eye-opening.

He goes beyond the expected risk overview. He adroitly moves to the general lack of governments' preparedness for this threat out there and then talks in some detail about the need for individual preparedness and how to survive what is coming.

This is not fiction. This a reporter's investigative report that confirms the need for individual preparedness and much more. Highly recommended for most any American today--prepper or not. If you're not into personal preparedness today, you will be after reading this book.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Oath Keepers Going Operational by Forming Special "Civilization Preservation" Teams

If you are needing a kick in the pants to get through your current malaise and disillusionment with the sad state of affairs out there, then you NEED to read this entire communication on the Oath Keepers website.

In a nutshell, the 30-thousand members of Oath Keepers are ramping up their action teams, based loosely on the U.S. Special Forces "A Team" model. Click on that link in the first paragraph here to learn more about what that means.

I am simply pasting here a portion of that communication here:

In addition to this being part of our mission anyway, we feel like we are flat running out of time and we need to get as prepared as possible as fast as possible. The Oath Keepers national Board of Directors war-gamed what we think is the most likely move by our enemies to scrap the Constitution. On the BOD at the time were a Special Forces Major, an Army Ranger, and a Marine Scout-sniper veteran, as well as a retired Navy Commander and several Vietnam combat vets, and several other combat arms veterans. Playing devil’s advocate, and putting themselves in the enemy’s shoes, we estimated that the most effective course for “them” to follow would be to:
1. Intentionally trigger a catastrophic economic collapse as an economic “neutron bomb” (kills the people, but leaves the land intact). With the current intentional lack of a Strategic Grain Reserve, our population is in a strategic “checkmate” position where an economic collapse could be a near-extinction event for our population. During the Cold War, the U.S. government maintained three years worth of grain in a Strategic Grain Reserve for the entire US population because they knew that in the wake of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union, it could take three years to recover and grow crops again. Without that reserve, those who survived the exchange would starve to death before they could possibly restart growing enough food. We now have no such Strategic food reserve, which means that any catastrophic interruption in food delivery could kill millions of Americans. Such a disruption could occur because of even a limited nuclear exchange, an EMP strike (either man-made, or natural, as a result of solar activity), or, an economic collapse.
Currently, our economy is in such a weak state that an economic collapse could be intentionally triggered at any time. Because of the lack of a food reserve, and because few Americans store food on their own, such a collapse would lead to mass starvation, just like in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange.
The US government is spending billions of dollars on ammunition, armored vehicles, and weapons for DHS and local police. It is spending nothing on food for the people. They are preparing to control and contain us, and to shoot us, but not preparing to feed us. Why is that?  You know the answer.
2. Let the country descend into chaos. A national economic collapse would be like a “national Katrina” but lasting far longer, and because it is nation-wide, it would be far more intense. The cities would implode. All the government would have to do is contain them and let them implode. in the midst of that chaos, they could also do a decapitation strike on the leaders of the liberty movement, but other than that, “They” could just sit back and wait a month, two months, or three to be really sure the people are at a maximum level of starvation, weakness, and chaos, and then:
3. Ride in like the cavalry, to “save” us by means of martial law and scrapping our constitution once-and-for all. They could blame the collapse on the so-called “free market” and on not having enough government power, and they could blame delays in relief on the “extremists” in the patriot movement (i.e. “we would have gotten the food trucks in sooner, but the extremists were ambushing our safety check-points and resisting the necessary relocation to relief camps”). Their ready to go solution would be a world-wide version of the Fed, and scrapping what’s left of the Constitution.  People would be told to “just turn in your guns, and you’ll get food” and “just turn in the extremists, and you’ll get food.”
ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS: To the above, we now add Brandon Smith’s insight that with a war in Syria, the elites can trigger an economic collapse with a war – with Russia and China using economics as a weapon in retaliation. All China would have to do is dump US treasuries and refuse to trade with US dollars. That would begin the final death-spiral of the dollar.
The Chinese would be blamed for the collapse, rather than the banksters. “They” would tell the American people that the evil Chinese are to blame for the death of the dollar, and anyone who resists the “emergency measures” by the US government would be accused of aiding the enemy. They would say “domestic extremists took advantage of the Chinese economic attack on us to push their own racist and extremist anti-government agenda, making the collapse worse by attacking peace-keepers and international relief volunteers, and by attacking and resisting US officials who were trying to restore law and order.”
It is because of the systemic weakness of the American people, and our strategic checkmate position of having no strategic food storage and no effective local security, that we feel the need to take Oath Keepers operational and put our focus on each chapter being a training cadre to get their communities as prepared and organized as possible in whatever time we have left.
We urge you to presume the worst in the short term, and to work in three or four month sprints – assume that a collapse will be triggered this fall/winter and do all you can to get yourselves and your communities ready.
If it doesn’t happen in the next four months, then do another sprint, of three or four more months of preparation. And keep going until it happens – which it will eventually, no matter what anyone does. The dollar is doomed.
We encourage each individual to build a food reserve, to set aside food for their neighbors (10% of their food is for others), and to have basic communications (at least a hand-held dual band radio), basic medical, and water purification, shelter, and weapons and ammo.   We will post more details on our recommendations for preparedness in a follow-up post.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Don't be Vulnerable to Fear and Intimidation ... Prepare, Grow, Stand for What's Right

It's increasingly obvious even to the administration's previous lapdogs (Bill Maher, Piers Morgan) that they and indeed WE the voters have empowered a boldly tyrannical executive branch to run roughshod over traditional American values, our Constitutional liberties, the judicial system, and to American citizens of all demographics who stand in the way of their frightening vision for our country.

Deception and manipulation were the recognized political methods in play in this administration's first term in office. This second term has quickly shifted public awareness to the forceful, lawless power projection being used against opponents via any and all tools available at the administration's disposal.

Few individuals inside or outside the system have had the courage to stand up to defy this clear and present threat to America. Those who have have been abused and pilloried.

Yet, the series of outrageous scandals erupting in the media in the last two weeks have put these thugs on notice that there is still some fight left in us and that maybe, just maybe, we aren't going to take it anymore.

I pray that is the truth of the matter.

How to Solidify YOUR Stance

If you intend to be a part of the solution going forward, then you need to ready your stance right now.

1.  Prepare ... in any and every fashion your circumstances allow. I shouldn't need to tell you what that means, but I'd suggest a complete look at everything from laying up personal resources and supplies to bolstering your self-defense capabilities and firming up your spiritual foundation.

2.  Gather your resolve ... This fight may get ugly. Pain and suffering may be paying many of us a visit. Ask yourself right now if our objective--saving the America we grew up to know and love--is worth that price. When you come to the correct conclusion, get busy fortifying your inner determination. In other words, get your game face on.

3.  Be heard ... Fear and concern over losing a personal, comfy way of life keeps many silent in the face of oppression and tyranny. Stand and be heard now while your voice still counts for something. There is power in numbers. Your silence implies consent to the powers that be. Many times throughout history such acquiescence by populations have eventually resulted in genocide. Don't think that it cannot happen here. Don't let that even become a possibility.

Prepare and fortify for a fight that is still political but that could conceivably morph into a crisis not seen in this land by anyone still breathing.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Come Armed, Come Masked


Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings

This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. On that same day, FFL holders and public officials holding electronic firearms records will simultaneously erase those records, permanently and irretrievably. (Using special file erasure software such as Blancco, X-Ways, and Stellar Wipe, or though the physical destruction of disk drives.)

Spontaneous Gatherings, Spontaneous Combustion

This burn barrel day--likely to be held the day after the President signs any new draconian legislation--will include speeches, public prayers, and the blessing of those who have gathered by ministers, rabbis, and priests.

The core of the activities on that day will be stalwart public defiance of any new unconstitutional law(s), the open and notorious destruction of records that might be used to enslave us, and vocal public affirmations of solidarity of free men and women, in the face of tyranny. This will be a defining moment for America--a line drawn in the sand. We will forthrightly declare that we will not obey any unconstitutional law and that we will treat it dismissively, as if it had never been enacted -- nunc pro tunc. We will pledge ourselves to the defense of liberty, both individually and collectively. We will vow that if ever called to jury duty, we will nullify any unconstitutional laws, vacating the charges against the accused, in accordance with our long-standing right as jurors. (See:

The Law is On Our Side

We will publicly re-affirm some long standing precepts of American jurisprudence, to wit:
"The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. 
Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it... 
A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby. 
No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." - 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256
Never Again!

Recognizing the many sad lessons of civilian disarmament and subsequent genocides in the 20th Century, we will make bold and forthright statement: Never Again! We will not submit to the unlawful decrees of tyrants. We will not meekly go their jails and internment camps. We will fight for our liberty, to our dying breath.

Come Armed, Come Masked

I recommend that all adults who publicly assemble at these burn barrel events do so armed, as is our right. And those who come armed should also wear masks, to protect themselves from malicious prosecution. I plan to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, but you can wear a bandana, face muffler, or the face mask of your choice. Joining you, also wearing masks, will be many mayors, sheriffs and their deputies, chiefs of police and their officers, town council members, clergy, and people of all walks of life. We vastly outnumber the tyrants. The tyrants deserve nothing but our scorn and derision. Their fate is already sealed.

Plausible Denial

After this fateful day has come and gone, FFL holders and public officials will be able to recount: "I had no choice. My records were taken by men with guns who were wearing masks!" (So they'll have no excuse if they don't cooperate with this nationwide display of civil disobedience.)

God Bless The Republic. Down with Tyrants. We Will Prevail!

- James Wesley, Rawles - January 28, 2013

Note: Permission to reprint or re-post this piece in full by any method (printed or electronically) is granted by the author (James Wesley, Rawles), as a long as it is not altered in any way and it is reproduced in full.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Near-term Forecast for Severe Outbreak of Adversities

One day recently I woke up, looked in the mirror, and realized that I had literally become a graybeard. My lovely wife of many, many calendars tells me she likes how it looks (when neatly trimmed) and that my wisdom had finally started to show. Forever my inspiration, that girl.

These years have started to tumble by ever more quickly. The gray, the paunch, and the creases around my eyes are a constant reminder of the lengthening road at my heels. But where the physical wear and tear manifests, so too does the mental, emotional, and spiritual progress become more evident. Wisdom and true understanding do require deeper roots.

In the Preparedness and Intelligence Fields

I'm a Cold Warrior ... intell officer from way back. I was trained as an analyst by the best of the best more than 35 years ago. At the time, I was pretty much still a kid. But the wheels of time pushed and pulled. I learned and grew and moved on in life, usually two steps forward one step back ... all the while bestowing valuable experiences in various, mostly insignificant corners of the big, round world.

Recognition that civilization as we knew it had crested the hill and was on the backside of the shining mountain came very early. Some of that early recognition was "insider" info, I guess. And soon thereafter came the understanding that there really was no such thing as a benevolent government out there ready to keep us from hurting ourselves. Eventually I even came around to seeing the danger that growing behemoth was posing to freedom.

Needless to say--crisis preparedness grew to be a personal passion. Then it became an outreach effort and finally a very fulfilling business operation as well.

All of this background is to simply set the stage for what I want to say very clearly today to those who have yet to see the warning signs all around us.


Loud and clear--in all my years of advising high-ranking military and corporate officers, and customers, peers, and others seeking my insight as an analyst, consultant, business partner, or friend, I have never before been so acutely alert to the imminent dangers right on our doorstep today. "Our" meaning any and all of us living today on this planet earth.

There are so many urgent crises on the verge of spilling over the multitude of rickety, makeshift dams that have been erected to buy more time, that it is simply mind-boggling to me that we are now reaching the point when they could all conceivably breech their containment structures all at once.

The collapsing economy around the world ... the fast-building tensions in the Middle East about to erupt in a war that could quickly engulf the world ... simmering social stresses tearing communities and nations apart ... ballooning governmental police-state mentalities sweeping through all levels of authority ... extreme climate conditions leading to very dangerous food shortages ...

I'm not a Mayan end-of-the-world believer ... the farthest from it. But it's quite the coincidence how our reality is about to be turned absolutely inside out at this particular time, isn't it? God works in mysterious ways.

It's Time

Friends, date-setting is an almost certain way to make an ass of yourself. That said, right now I have to get this off my chest, simply and fully:  I don't see us getting to 2013 without going through some very drastic upheavals and convulsions in our current state of global equilibrium. Near term--the next few months--is about to get violently ugly out there, I fear.

I have felt for many years that I was pretty much as prepared as I could be. That's why I have been devoting so much of my time to helping others get ready for crises. I've always remained hopeful that somehow most of us could avoid ever having to actually fall back on our preps, but now, I think perhaps I was naive. And I'm back to doing a number of things right now that I had let slide in my own situation ... moving with urgency on some last-stage preps.

Anyway--it is what it is at this point. All we can do is steel ourselves for what is coming. I encourage all of you to seek God's will for you in prayer and make preparations accordingly.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Constitutional Crisis to Be Instigated by White House Over Supreme Court Striking Down Obamacare?!

I just happened to catch the tailend of an expert-panel discussion on Megyn Kelly's March 28 show on Fox News at around 2:30 eastern time. The panelists were discussing the pending Supreme Court decision on the legality of various or all Obamacare provisions.

The discussion ended with one of the panelists adding that the White House today is actively setting up their strategy at this very moment to attack the Supreme Court as partisan and as an invalid authority to judge this matter! I did not catch the man's name who was saying this and will look for video of that segment to appear on the Fox News site. But whoever he was, he reiterated forcefully that if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, he "guarantees" that that will be the White House's studied reaction ... that the President--a so-called bonafide Constitutional law expert--is better suited to decide such matters--and that the legally constituted Supreme Court of the United States is a partisan and invalid authority.

I say ... what?? If this is indeed what is about to happen--and the White House is actually about to try to castrate the Supreme Court over what they will try to characterize as right-wing, partisan politics, then I would have to suggest we are at the end game.

Just thought I'd better offer this as a timely heads-up. All we can do is watch what happens now and be ready to do whatever is necessary in your AO.

Stay safe.

April 3 Update: Obama Attacks SCOTUS; Judge Napolitano Slams Obama's Dangerous Challenge to Supreme Court's Validity

April 4 Update: White House/Justice Department must answer today  to Federal appeals court whether they believe judges have the right to overturn federal laws 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"US intel: water a cause for war in coming decades"

Looks like I scooped CNBC and their intell sources by almost a week on this story. But I will happily take this confirmation. Note however, that I am not folding "climate change" into my call as they are ...

An assessment reflecting the joint judgment of federal intelligence agencies says the risk of water issues causing wars in the next 10 years is minimal even as they create tensions within and between states and threaten to disrupt national and global food markets. But beyond 2022, it says the use of water as a weapon of war or a tool of terrorism will become more likely, particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The report is based on a classified National Intelligence Estimate on water security, which was requested by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and completed last fall.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Water Scarcity will Kill Millions and Result in Wars & Mass Migrations within 15-20 Years

It's an obvious but understated issue of the times ... many populated regions of the world are on the verge of running out of water.

If you think the worst-case scenarios for future international entanglements will hinge on economics, oil, or ethnic differences, think again. All of those things are surely emotionally charged and critical, dynamic issues that do stir up strife. But in the end, they are all negotiable.

However, extreme water crises are without realistic solutions when they reach the point of no return. Without water, people die. Within a few days.

There are geographies where water remains clean and plentiful ... where people can eat and drink and take it for granted. While in neighboring regions, cultures, economies, and nation states are painfully withering away. Peak water is near-term life or death.

In the next 10 years, there are going to be major populations at severe existential risk. Quite simply, they will need to migrate in large numbers to areas where water and food supplies are available and at least theoretically sustainable. But the big question--will those mega-migrations strain available resources and put those areas at risk?

Clearly this issue is in the fast lane toward geopolitical catastrophe. How long, if at all, will borders remain open to welcome those migrations?

This is soon to become a top-line global issue--haves and have-nots in one the most far-reaching, basic "us or them" confrontaions the world has ever seen. You may be in an area where water is not in short supply, but do not think for a moment that this issue will not reach out and change your life.

Friday, March 09, 2012

FBI Director: I Have to Check to See if Obama Has the Right to Assassinate Americans on US Soil

Things are spinning out of control, folks. First I see this (referring to the titled piece above):

Then I top that off with a nauseating helping of ABC News gibberish (a frightening hit piece on anyone who looks to "obscure laws," the Constitution, or the Bible as justification for fighting big government--not with guns, but with protests or other non-violent means):

Now tell me everything's going to be just fine.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Economist Williams: "This is End of the World Stuff"

Economist John Williams, CEO of, in an eye-opening interview: "This is a no-win situation ... I guarantee you, the US government is bankrupt ... Have a back-up of at least several months of supplies ... Buying canned food is a better investment than buying a treasury bill."

Sunday, October 02, 2011

"Meltdown": Watch All Four Episodes

Very important viewing here--a documentary produced by CBC Canada regarding the grim global impact of the financial crash of 2008, which is now returning with a vengeance.

Part 1: The Men Who Crashed the World

Part 2: A Global Financial Tsunami

Part 3: Paying the Price

Part 4: After the Fall

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry vs. President Zero

I'm a long way from zeroing in on any politician to support in next year's presidential election ... but I do know who has zero chance of getting my support ...

 Get Ready ... Seriously --

Friday, September 16, 2011

Reclaim the Constitution from Scofflaw Government

From Richard Viguerie & Mark Fitzgibbons:

Dear fellow conservative,

We wanted you to be one of the first to receive a copy of something we believe could change the 2012 election -- and many elections after that. It's about reclaiming the Constitution from scofflaw government.

The political establishment is now openly contemptuous in its disregard for the Constitution. Elected officials, judges and bureaucrats have corrupted the law that is supposed to protect society and our freedoms. Many private lawyers commit the moral equivalent of legal malpractice by aiding lawbreaking by the political establishment.

In some political campaigns we now hear talk about American exceptionalism and constitutional conservatism, but too few candidates explain the link between these important ideals. The left wants to destroy American exceptionalism, and attacks constitutional conservatism. We need candidates who understand and can articulate what constitutional conservatism is all about.

We've written what we think is a comprehensive and defining pamphlet of principles, purpose and proposals for constitutional conservatives. It articulates some key ways to reclaim the Constitution from scofflaw government, and to preserve American exceptionalism.

The pamphlet starts this way: "Government is the oldest, largest and most pervasive lawbreaker in America."

We take on the entire political establishment in our no-holds pamphlet describing how government is now society's biggest lawbreaker; so big that nothing is a close second.

Based on decades of experience fighting government lawbreaking in the name of free market conservative principles, we set forth some new ways of thinking, and perhaps confirm what others already know, about why America's exceptionalism is in decline, and how the constitutional conservative movement is the last, best chance to save our country.

We put these ideas in the context of what constitutional conservatives know to be true. Our pamphlet links great thoughts and ideals from the 18th Century English giant, Sir William Blackstone, through James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, to the modern conservative movement that began in the 1950s, and now to the Tea Party. We have set forth these ideals in a way that applies right now.

It's called "The Law That Governs Government: Reclaiming the Constitution from Usurpers and Society's Biggest Lawbreaker."

Here is a link to an excerpt from the introduction, which we call "The People's Opening Argument."

The entire pamphlet itself, which is available at, includes one appendix with 30 questions people may ask candidates for federal and state office to test their knowledge of, and fidelity to, the Constitution and constitutional conservative principles. We provide another appendix with over 200 items showing government lawbreaking, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of our scofflaw government.

Our pamphlet describes how the political establishment shows contempt for the Constitution, how it rigs the rules to protect and hide its lawbreaking, and why reclaiming the Constitution as the law that governs government may be the most important goal for conservatives if we are to govern effectively.

Above all else, our pamphlet is about what James Madison described as the remedy obtained from the people for the violations of law, the theft of our rights, and usurpation of constitutional authority.

Our principal goal in writing this pamphlet is to help launch an effort to push the Constitution into the center of the 2012 election.

We're planning a major marketing, PR, and advertising campaign to make the failure of most of our political leaders to follow the Constitution an important issue in the 2012 primaries and general election.

To begin this effort, we're writing to people of influence such as yourself, urging them to do what they can to inform and educate others.

To encourage you and others to get this message out, we're not copyrighting our pamphlet. We want to encourage you to make whatever use of it you wish with or without attribution.

Saving America is what's important -- not who gets credit for this or that. The selflessness and the sacrifices of our Founders should be an inspiration and encouragement for all of us.

This Constitution Day, it's time to do more that curse the problem. It's time to reclaim the Constitution.

Please join us in this endeavor to save America from lawbreaking government.


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