Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #163

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #163. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. This is Heritage Life Skills week in Waynesville, NC so when you likely read this week's PENL, Ms. Lucy and I will be down in North Carolina with a lot of the Hope for Survival family. This is a great week because the attendees get to take three days, 10 hours per day of preparedness training. If you couldn't make it this year, I hope you can schedule things to attend next year. This is my fourth-year teaching at the event, and it is always a blast, though exhausting.


For the second year in a row, HFS members rallied in Waynesville Thursday evening for a potluck dinner, some bartering fun, and a few hours just to hang out and catch up after a long winter. Roughly 55 folks traveled from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina for the evening event. We missed those who could not attend this year and other coming in later in the evening. We will catch up to everyone else over the next three days of classes.


Thanks to everyone who could attend. Carolina Readiness Supply puts on a great event each year and HFS wants to give Ms. Jan and her staff a big "thank you" for bringing it all together.


Thanks for your loyalty and support to HFS. We appreciate it much.


Okay, let us move along.


Thursday Zoom Rallies – Zoom call #88 was conducted with a special guest speaker discussing the importance of the mindset and why it is important. He also discussed the world today. Thanks to those who could attend.


Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:


Facebook – Hope for Survival

YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival

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Odysee - Hope for Survival (odysee.com)

Parler - Preparedness101


Check out the newest HFS YouTube video at this link. If you have not, please hit subscribe and support our efforts to get the preparedness message out. Thanks. https://youtu.be/TKayDFymR7I


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Guest and Newcomers


If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional

information offered through HFS. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com/post/guest-and-newcomers-information-page


Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (hopeforsurvival.com)


Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)


Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)


HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (hopeforsurvival.com)


We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.


Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.


Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...


Thoughts for the week - Relax. Pull up a chair and let me share some thoughts with you about my amazing week.


If you have followed Hope for Survival, read my books, attended training classes or participated in the HFS Zoom 88 week series, you should know the first step in preparedness is knowing who you are and be confident in your mindset for preparedness. Understanding your mindset means knowing yourself physically, spiritually, and psychologically. I have beat the psychological point until it no longer bleeds. The physical point can't be specific because we all are different. Age, physical abilities and limitations often controls the degree of physical conditioning. The bottom line is get up off the sofa, throw away the Chitto's, and start putting one foot in front of the other. If you are badly out of shape, start by walking to the mailbox or folding laundry. Just start doing something physical to get your blood flowing and your heart rate out of sleep mode. You owe it to yourself and your family.


I want to discuss the spiritual side of this equation. Now, if you are not the spiritual type, consider it. Be open minded and stop holding past events and negatives against your mindset on faith. I know good honest people who refuse to address their spiritual position. Maybe a pastor hurt their feelings, or someone said something offensive to a child. I could ask them if the Bible list the pastor or the church friend who hurt their feelings. Using excuses for a reason to not go back pretty much sums up the individual's true belief and faith in many ways. That is an individual issue that the person must work out. I just hope they have time. We are held accountable individually for our choices and acts, not what someone in church said to us that hurt our feelings.


I started talking about my theory on the Five Mile Radius and building a community near you about 18 months ago. A community working together is much safer and gives you much better odds surviving a natural or manmade disaster. When one can't row the boat, the team around you can pick up the slack to help you reach your destination.


Just as building your Five Mile Radius and community is very important, building your spiritual warriors around you is equally important. Have you ever been down and out, sick, or injured, and someone around you says "I'm praying for you?" Or maybe you are in a church service and the pastor says "we need to pray for sister Maybel because she is sick." Folks who remember will include sister Mabel in a prayer hopefully. I see, read, and hear, many mention prayer in conversations on blogs, talk shows, and other places when not forbidden by the powers above.


As time passes and society continues its plunge off the cliff of immorality, more and more voices speak of "good vs evil." Some say we are living through a spiritual war here on earth. I don't disagree on any account, but I do know enough about history to recognize many of the current problems being part of the take down of our Republic and steps out of the Socialist playbook. In the big picture, it is in fact good vs evil.


While it is extremely important to have food, water, shelter, and security, along with other resources, plans, and the right mindset, you must equally build a team of prayer warriors around you. Personal body armor is great to stop the fired bullet from hitting key organs and ending your life. You also must have spiritual armor to protect you from Satan's constant attacks 24 x 7. Just as a bad guy will watch you and look for your vulnerabilities to determine when to attack you, Satan is equally, if not more focused on that crack in your spiritual armor. We all need prayer warriors around us to lift us up when we are weak, to tell us when a visible armor crack is spreading without our recognizing and addressing it, and group prayer. This is a topic that Fesus and I have talked about over the years, and we look out for one another in this realm.


When playing tug of war, it is easier to hold the line and win with a team holding the line. Surviving in an immoral corrupt world as a Christian is not and will not be easy. We all will need and must have a team of prayer warriors around us going forward. Just as your home security system alerts you to intruders, your prayer warriors will blanket you with spiritual uplifting and protection. If you disagree, just do some research and identify the number of pastors and churches who sold out their faith for money, glamor and popularity. Just think, these individuals even had a church and prayer warriors around them. We all are vulnerable and must stay focused constantly.


Ahh, before I forget, when praying for vision and clarity, don't forget to pray for thanks.


Next ....


I typically avoid politics here on the website for many reasons. The point of what I'm sharing below is not about the political side, but the fact people are incapable of using their own God given eyes and ears to receive and process the truth from reality. Think about it, over the past six years we have watched the 2020 election, the Jan 6 fiasco, left wingers being transported to Gitmo, the last President getting ready to pop from the magician's hat, Elvis is still being alive, and Princess Di is actually alive and married to President Trump. It goes on and on. I'm not knocking the points above. I'm pointing these things out to make my point. What we believe to be true often decides our mindset, direction and priority.


Let me continue....


Define Ugly - I suppose how this is defined will depend on the messenger most likely. The Left could define ugly as people on the right and the right could define ugly as people who do not wish to play by the rules. Yea, I know, they still do not get it. They are being steam rolled by the left with no rules and, well, need I say more? The national and global system is collapsing around all of us, and the elected right still wants to play by the rules. The global food crisis has been getting worse by the day and now India has stated they will not ship wheat or food outside of India while Sri Lanka is starving. The L.A. Times is publishing articles on "what meal to miss to offset paying for higher fuel." I could go on but it's not the point of this thought. Who is speaking on behalf of the American people?


This may not matter to you, but it should. One of the areas I have encouraged fellow Patriots to focus is their local community. Know the people around you, build a five-mile radius, know your sheriff, get involved in your local school board, city council, and chamber of commerce. I said it before and will say it again, Washington D.C. is corrupt and only getting worse by each passing day. We have a choice. We can stay aboard this train wreck or get off. It is likely not fixable in our lifetime. Good people go bad. You can find corruption without the magic crystal ball. Just like with disasters, politics should also matter and be managed at the local level.


We are all human and imperfect beings, though many still ignore the world around them and quiet simply could care less. Washington is shipping baby formula to the southern border for refugees and oil to Europe, yet Americans are going about life complaining about everything. God put eyes and ears on our body to see and hear. Why are so many humans not believing what they see or hear? They would rather believe what corrupt officials and paid off media states as being the truth. American citizens appear incapable of identifying or accepting the truth. Let me give you a bit of advice. Live life not by lies. As time passes, I am reading and hearing more voices calling out pastors to be honest with their flock. Your freedoms of choice, religion, and beliefs are being swept away and when you do state your feelings and views you are deemed a racist and many other names. This is a repeat in history and if you don't know what I am talking about do your homework. What is the truth worth to you? I will make it easier for your research. Go study the history of Russia. It won't be long before you will hide in your home and only voice your true feelings in privacy. Just don't forget all your smart devices that will be monitoring for buzz words. What is the old saying, "speak now or forever hold your peace."


If you don't think politics and media controls many aspects of life, check out some of the state and national elections taking place now. After some early morning prayer, I typically start my day listening to my Marine Corp veteran brother from another mother, Chris, who host the Christopher Scott Podcast out of Philadelphia, PA, Independent Talk Radio Podcast | Christopher Scott Show. He has been a loyal friend and promoter of HFS on his podcast over the past two years. I had Chris on the HFS Zoom rally early on to talk about the importance of leadership. Chris has been involved with and sharing information on some political races in Pennsylvania. Much of what is going on we will not hear about and maybe even not care about, but we should because this happens all over America. No candidate is perfect, however good candidates are being crushed.


Chris has been sharing a story of a particular Pennsylvania race between Army Veteran Kathy Barnette and television personality Dr. Oz. Ms. Barnette is African American, and Dr. Oz is endorsed by former President Trump. One would think this isn't even a race, but it was. Notice I said was, not is? Ms. Barnette is a conservative voice and tells a compelling story of her life. Her mother was raped at 11 and Kathy was born to a mother of 12 years of age. Dr. Oz entered the race with lots of money and financial backing. When Ms. Barnette started polling even with Dr. Oz the big guns started rolling in and the dirt started flying. The cancel culture and the social justice warriors (SJW) today can remain hidden and fire torpedoes to destroy good candidates. People should stop and ask, who do we want to send to Washington, candidates representing the people of the district voting or a face from Washington D.C. endorsing the candidate. Ms. Barnette had a few key endorsements supporting her platform and when the evil powers outside the state started targeting her, the endorsements went in to hiding.


Are we now a society where culture dictates and controls the narrative? Absolutely. Like Chris states on his podcast, "what do we stand for as people and individuals?" The Senate race between Ms. Barnette vs Dr. Ozz is a perfect example of people, friends, neighbors, and family. Do your own research and find a candidate who truly represents your personal values. If you are complaining of Washington being broken, why on earth support another candidate being endorsed by Washington? Our nation is in trouble and we all must decide if we are Democrats (not), Republicans, or do we want what is best for America? Which candidate represents our own and American values. The American people better pull up their spenders and put some marbles in their pockets or else they will no longer have marbles or a voice to speak up. Live life not by lies. Here is one of the recent smear articles from the National Review on this particular political race in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Primary: Republicans Create Mess in Winnable State | National Review. This is just one of many around America. Washington and campaign dollars appear to determine who is out and who is in. This is one example of "we the people" losing our voice.


If we, as Americans, truly believe our position is the best and worth fighting for, why are we becoming weaker and less vocal? What we are living through reminds me of the story "sing a little louder." I have written on this story previously but in short, when the Nazi's rolled their trains from village to village picking up Jewish citizens for their final ride, the Jewish people in the villages would sing a little louder to drown out the sound of the approaching train engines and whistles.


Close your eyes and imagine, what you see and hear is true, but your mind tells you it is a lie. Huh? What you see is not what you think you see. Is it real? Yes. But is it disguised to be more? Are people ignoring reality to live in the digital world of make believe? Has the power of psychological operations captured so many minds of our citizens that we no longer can distinguish truth from lies? I often think back to a comment made by former C.I.A. Director Casey who served in the director capacity 1981-87, "William Casey, CIA director from 1981-87: once said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” Through modern day technology it is much easier to deliver lies for truths. The longer this is the method of disinformation, the quicker clear minds grow to believe lies as reality. As long as citizens ride the wave and fail to do their own research on topics of interest, the quicker the disinformation campaign is declared a success. The people of this great nation are no longer in charge. We have handed over the keys to the people who work for us. Disinformation campaigns are dividing numerous groups within our nation and further distorting the minds of millions.


I guess we can all rest easy now that the Federal Government has a Disinformation appointee under the Department of Homeland Security. This is good, right? We get the best to serve in these capacities to protect the interest of the American people, right? As ESPN College Gameday long time voice Lee Corso always says, "not so fast my friend." Here is another example of a good reporter digging and doing homework others neglect to do. Check out some information we all should know about the new Disinformation Manager and her past work. Busted: Biden's "Minster of Truth" Nina Jankowicz Participated in Secret NATO-Funded Cabal to Subvert Western Democracies Using Disinformation as Cover - Revolver How can we live life not by lies when all we see and hear are lies? Most people will not invest the time to cross check topics to find other sources to validate or negate a story.


Think about it, what do you stand for? What do we stand for? Is this nation worth the effort to stand up and save for our children and grandchildren? Time will tell. A good starting point is to stop living within the lies.


And that's my thoughts for the week....


Preparedness News


1. From Contributing Author - Survival Blog - Widowhood: Surviving a Transition to Solo Prepping, by JPK (survivalblog.com) - This is a must read. Most individuals and families in to preparedness are over the age of 50. Many are past 60. There's no guarantee we will see tomorrow, right? This is a story of a married couple who started preparing during Y2K and continued on afterwards. I will let you read the rest. This is something we all must think about and a big reason why I continually beat the drum on documenting plans. If all your plans are in your head, what good are they to others? (Thanks to our Patriot brother from the Atlanta region for this submission.)


2. From Steve Nubie - Homestead Survival Site - Hurdling: A Food Storage Technique That Extends Shelf Life By Years (homesteadsurvivalsite.com) - Interesting concept. We all like to hear new ways to make things last longer, right? Check out this method and decide if it works for you.


3. From Linda Loosli - Food Storage Moms - 5 Incredible Food Preservation Methods (foodstoragemoms.com) - Here is another method to consider for preserving your food. Remember, one is none, two is one, and three is better. Have a backup plan ready.


4. From Amazon. com - Canned Meat - Amazon.com : canned meat - I am getting lots of questions on meat. The price, availability, storage, long term storage, and the works. It is something you must decide but you need to determine where your protein will come from in your food plan. I am reading messages and comments on blogs, to include the HFS Signal chat forum how people are starting to panic over food prices and availability. I'm sorry, but if you have been paying attention, HFS has been warning of the existing cost increases for nearly 18 months. You can visit the link above and start purchasing canned meats now. I don't want to sound like a broken record but what are you waiting on?


5. From Prep School Daily - Prep School Daily: Proper Siting of a Latrine—Keeping SHTF from Getting Worse - Ahhh, the topic no one addresses or thinks about until the pain hits. No running water, no city sanitation, and the thought of using a home toilet with no water just doesn't seem like a good plan now. What will you do? You better have a plan or the pain mentioned above will be much worse than finding a toilet.


Other News -


1. From Chritopher F. Rufo - Imprimis - Laying Siege to the Institutions | Imprimis (hillsdale.edu) - Great read and worth your time. Hillsdale College is a conservative intuition for conservative education and values. To read this article and understand the authors points made is surprising. The drums of "now is the time" and "what are you waiting for Constitutionalist" is sounding louder and louder. (Thanks Festus for this submission)


2. From John Whitehead - The Rutherford Institute - The Rutherford Institute :: Predictive AI Technology Puts a Target on Your Back | By John & Nisha Whitehead | - Are you still encountering family and friends who are clueless with discussion on artificial intelligence and the surveillance state spying on our citizens? So many good tax paying citizens who obey the law yet simply shrug their shoulders and say "nothing I can do about it so let them spy on me."


3. From Mr. Smith - Peak Prosperity - Violence: Why History and Politics Predict It’s Going To Get Worse | Peak Prosperity - Most Americans watch the television in awe of what is happening yet as long as its not in their town or city, they just talk about it on Facebook.


4. From Luis Miguel - New American - Jan. 6 Panel Threatens Subpoenaed GOP Lawmakers with Criminal Contempt (thenewamerican.com) - I wondered why it took so long to reach this point. What will your reaction be when the Jan 6 Panel starts the process of removing all conservative law makers who knew about, spoke about, took part in, or supported anything related to Jan 6. By the time they are finished they will hold the super majority and a conservative may never see another federal seat in our lifetime.


5. From Victor Davis Hanson - American Greatness - The Cycles of Revolutions in Our Midst › American Greatness (amgreatness.com) - In 20 years, one may say denial is the major cause for the fall of America. Denial. So many remain in denial. Hey, I can still get my favorite cheese puffs and Frosty root beer soda pop, so what is so bad? A lot of Americans must raise the blinds from their basement perch and their parents already moved and left them behind. The nation is changing faster than the stock market. Yawn......I feel like a broken record.


Drum roll...........


That's all my Patriot brothers and sisters.


Prayers - Please keep our great nation, our elected leaders, military and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. We pray for good health and wisdom. Please pray for our leadership to find answers and guidance to the problems facing our great nation. May your faith remain strong and answers to the unknown provided. God is good and may our prayers blanket and protect you and your circumstances. I pray for each, and every one of our Patriots.


May we pray for all the blessings and things in life to be thankful about and continued hope for revival around the world. We must continually pray for the unsaved, our family and friends who live each day without the protection for eternal life and salvation.


Please keep our Patriot brother and sister in Northern Alabama in your prayers. We also need to pray for our Patriot sister and her family in Western, N.C. as they mourn the loss of their teenage child. This is a painful period for the family and our prayers are much needed. We also need to pray for our Patriot sister in Northern Alabama who took a tumble this week and is now dealing with a fractured collar bone. Get well sister. Please keep our fellow Patriots traveling to and from Waynesville, NC for HLS in your prayers and pray for a safe and successful event.


As Patriots we must stay strong and never give up. Our home, community, and nation need us now more than ever. Stay focused on your local community and things that will impact you around the nation. Don't allow the events around you to create fear in your life. Build your own self-reliance and focus on hope. Remember we are a blessed nation, and we must continue to be great people today and make a better tomorrow. Keep charging.


Blessings,


Bravo Echo Out,

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