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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #164

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #164. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. As we go towards Memorial Day, please be safe wherever you are and whatever you do. The roads will be full of travelers and that means lots of law enforcement as well to help keep you safe. If you are tired or get tired pull over to a safe place. We need you all back safe and happy after the holidays. I do believe we will be at home this weekend after a grueling month of travel and work. More to come in June.

It was another busy and crazy week for Ms. Lucy and me as we spent last Thursday through Sunday in Waynesville, NC at Heritage Life Skills, then I departed for Huntsville, AL on Monday morning and back to East TN on Tuesday and Ms. Lucy headed to WV to spend time with family visiting from South Africa. Needless to say, a weekend at home will be nice for a change. I'm sure we will burn some dogs and burgers and probably spend time with some HFS family close by to us.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, please take a moment to give respect and remembrance to the ladies and men who died in the line of duty, and mostly on foreign soil. They didn't get to say goodbye or say that last, I love you to family. They died for the freedoms you and I enjoy each and every day. Many of these heroes never got to see the birth or hold their child and many families never got to bury their loved one. Say a special prayer for the families who will remember their loved one this Memorial Day. Always remember, the freedom we enjoy each day is not free. Someone paid the ultimate price at some location around the world. God bless their souls and protect their families. I can tell you this, if you have ever witnessed death on the battlefield, you will never hear TAPS the same.

I always listen to this historical moment each Memorial Day.

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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 see a typo or lost comma, forgive me but I'm focused more on telling you the truth.

Let's play the game of "imagine." You can apply the "you" to either a male or female.- It is an autumn day and the skies are gloomy with light showers and some occasional thunder. Life is passing day by day and you go about your life doing all the things you normally do. Everyone in your household goes about their daily functions as normal, headed in different directions with work and school (if applicable). You drive your route to work, as you always do, thinking about the day ahead and things you must work on for your boss. Everyone arrives to their destinations to start another day. The day is cloudy with random showers. Another dull autumn day is apparent as the hours tick by minute by minute.

Shortly before lunch hour, the power goes out and the emergency generator kicks in to bring the lights and computers back online. You then hear a loud crash sound from your window. You turn to look towards then window when you notice several cars wrecked at the intersection in front of your company location. It appeared several cars entered the four-way crossing together. Why would this be? Traffic was at a standstill, but it was likely because of the multiple car wreck. Hmmm, the power failure included the traffic lights. No emergency vehicles arrived on scene yet.

As you head to the break room to grab your lunch from the refrigerator, you look at your watch and notice the time is behind the time on the wall clock. You take your lunch to a table and begin to lay out your food. Keeping with your normal routine, you take out your cell phone to check messages while eating. Your phone is turned off which is odd. You attempt to turn the phone on but it won't power up. Another oddity but it doesn't register yet. You continue eating and then return to work.

A coworker passes your desk commenting how they went out for lunch but their car wouldn't start so they didn't get lunch. They attempted to call their spouse to let them know about the dead car but their phone wouldn't work either. You look at your watch again and see the time was still frozen at the time you previously found in the break room. You think the situation through in your head and then comment to your coworker how your watch was stopped, your cell phone was dead, your coworkers car was dead, and no traffic was moving on the street in front of your building. You go back to the window again and notice several people on the street looking at their phone but no one was talking. Things are now seeming odd.

After several hours your computer goes dead and the lights in the office work area goes dark. You get up and walk to the window and notice the wreck from earlier remains in the intersection and everything remains stopped. No police, no wreckers, no traffic lights, nothing. You decide to pack it up and head to your car to start your 30-minute drive home. You need to stop at the store to buy some fresh vegetable for your planned evening family meal. The trees are showing signs of the seasonal change which means the evening sun will turn dark sooner. You hope to finish work and get your shopping done quickly so you can arrive home before dark.

You arrive to your car and hit the keychain remote to unlock the door and you don't hear a beep and the door remains locked. You insert the key in the door and it unlocks. You sigh a breath of relief. You place your phone on the car charger but still get no results. What is going on, you think to yourself. You insert your key to the ignition and nothing. You try again and get nothing. You think to yourself, is it a coincidence your watch is stopped, your phone is dead, and now your car won't start.....just like your coworkers car earlier. You go back in your work building and stop at the nearest phone to call your husband to report the dead car. You stop at the lobby phone and find it dead as are the other phones you pick and attempt to dial from. Nothing. What on earth is going on, you think to yourself.

You return to your car to gather your personal items and decide to walk a few blocks to catch a neighbor at her workplace and hopefully catch a ride home. The trip to the store will have to wait at this point. You have bigger issue to resolve. You look for your umbrella or a rain parka to help keep you dry, however you find nothing. Then you remember you left them in your husband vehicle from the weekend. You have a momentary mental flash to a conversation a friend shared a while back about the need for having an extra bag in your car with a change of clothes, comfortable shoe, weather gear, and other items. You blew it off because your friend tended to talk about crazy things that could happen. You laugh and think maybe you should have listened. It will be a miserable walk in the rain and elevated shoes. You begin your walk at a fast pace that quickly slows due to pained feet from your shoes.

As you walk in the rain you observe no lights or vehicle movement. People are standing around dazed and unsure of what is going on. You reach your destination and ask at the front desk to see your neighbor. The clerk informs you the person didn't come to work today. You ask to use their phone to call your husband. The clerk informs you their phones are dead. You start to feel panic and what you should do next. You slowly walk out the door not sure if you should start walking towards home in the hope someone you know offers you a ride or if you should return to your work building to seek refuge until you decide what to do next. You are currently living in a situation where everything around you has changed from your normal comfort zone to the unknown. You are stuck and have no plan in place. You can't communicate with your husband or anyone else. Walking home in bad shoes and inclement weather would take at least four or more hours in the dark. You are now entering panic mode.

I want you to pick the ending to this story that feel is best for you. -

Choice 1 - You decide to return to your workplace which is closer and your safest choice. Because you have no clue what is going on, you feel returning to your workplace provides a safe and secure atmosphere. You can get dry and if someone possibly comes looking for you, they will know it is the likely place to find you. It is getting dark, and you don't want to be on foot walking through miles of neighborhoods where anything could happen. You will scavenge around the workplace to see what you can find to aid in your possible walk home once the sun comes up. Upon arrival, you enter the facility and immediately lock the door. You proceed to your desk and start writing down things you want to look for around the building. Moving around the building will be slow because it is dark now because the generator fuel depleted. You want to find something to carry items in, a flashlight, comfortable shoes possibly, rain gear, water and snacks, a first aid kit, some form of protection such as pepper spray or mace, and possibly something to use as shelter. Your list has more items, but you are likely to not find the items around the workplace. Once you gather your resources you return to your desk to write a note to share what you plan to do once you leave in the morning. You get a good night of rest and wakeup at sun rise. You gather your resources and head out.

Choice 2 -You are standing outside the business location where you tried to locate a neighbor friend and feel panic ensuing. You decide to walk towards the local police station that is several blocks away. You figure they will know what is taking place and can provide you refuge and guidance. Once you arrive you find few police cars in the parking lot and the door locked. After beating on the door a officer comes to the door and informs you a state wide emergency is in place and a 24 hour curfew was declared by the Governor until further notice. You ask if the police can help your situation and the officer states they have no ability to help at this time because critical infrastructure is their directed priority and recommends you find shelter immediately. Your level of panic elevates. What will you do?

Choice 3 - You are standing outside the business location where you tried to locate a neighbor friend and feel panic ensuing. You decide to walk home and head in that direction. Each step forward reminds you of the pain in your feet. You are wet, hungry, and miserable. You have hours of walking ahead of you and you are not prepared for this journey. It is nearly dark, and you notice it is quiet and dark. You wonder why the streetlights are not working. You have walked nearly one hour when you approach your first small community. You must cross the short bridge where it appears a light is shining on the bridge. How do they have power and no one else does? As you approach the bridge you realize the light is a fire burning and you start hearing the sound of voices talking from the bridge. You are close to the bridge when you hear a scream, and you stop immediately. The scream is coming from the bridge where you hear laughing and screaming. What is it and should you do? You can walk across the bridge and take your chances or go below the bridge and hide. You realize the bridge crosses a river and you are not prepared to cross it and especially not in the dark. What will you do?

I could continue this story and input more failures to the characters situation, but you hopefully get the point. Most people are living within the day and have no backup plans and have never addressed the many single points of possible failure in their daily routine. Like most Americans, who live life daily without realizing how much of their life is dependent upon something or someone else. Have you ever thought about it? Utilities, sanitation, electricity, transportation, computers, automobiles, coffee makers, alarm clocks, hot water heaters, microwaves, ATM machines, credit cards, hair dryers and curling irons, refrigeration, dialysis machines, operating rooms and more. Simple needs overlooked as always being available but provided by someone or something else. Imagine losing all of these resources at the drop of a dime. You are now living in the 1800s with no immediate fix available. Think months to years. Crazy huh? Go tune in to a few episodes of Little House on the Prairie and see if you feel motivated yet.

Thousands of Americans are entrenched with post-apocalyptic stories by numerous authors. They love to read or hear stories about the Electro Magnetic Pulse or better known as the EMP. Another potential event that could yield the same result is the Coronal Mass Ejection caused by the sun. But for the point I'm making let us stick to the EMP. It is real and we are vulnerable as a nation from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. HFS members are aware of this threat and how to prepare the best they can, however most Americans are not. Why? Because the government is not sharing this major vulnerability and that the cost to fix the problem is relatively cheap compared to the cost in lives and dollars post event. Years ago the U.S. Congress conducted a study that states 90% of the U.S. populace would die within the first year of a pan demic or EMP. Think about it. Today, could you survive a single year living in conditions of the 1800s? All you have to start the journey is what you have right now. Can you do it? Do you have food and water? Do you have the ability to provide security to protect your home and family? Have you established a community team to protect your neighborhood and work together to grow a community garden? Can you go days, weeks, months, or years without communicating with your family located outside your community?

You may ask, "why is the EMP so devastating?" To keep it simple, depending on the altitude and size of the blast, it fries the grid system. The U.S. does not build replacement transformers in America and would have to find a way to get new ones from Germany or China. Many preparers buy protection to place near their home circuit breaker box, however, if the home doesn't have back up power alternatives the protection serves no purpose. Furthermore, would you be prepared to have power and everyone around you does not? Some preparers also put EMP protection on their automobiles which is good, especially if the person has planned with fuel tank capabilities at home.

Now, a real head scratcher is this. The US government has stated publicly that China is currently the greatest threat to our nation. China is imbedded in almost every part of our society today. Government, education, sports, entertainment, and they are buying up mass quantities of land around America. Why? To make matters worse, China not only designed the software protecting our grid from hackers, but they also have the contract to provide monitoring services to our grid. What? Yes, they control both key aspects to our grid protection. They also have a kill switch to our grid which gives them the ability to shut down our grid with the push of a button.

Over the past years, the US government has held dozens of working groups to resolve this problem, but they continue to shelve recommended solutions. More groups, more meetings, possible solutions, and no action to date. I have been told by individuals who are members of the presentations to the US Congress in hearings, the problem is on the private side and utility companies refuse to do the work to apply security fixes to the national grid system.

David Womick, EMP expert, has been working on a docu-series for a few years and just released a short introduction to the series to be released soon. You can click on the link, put in your email address, and watch the 20-minute video packed with experts sharing their concerns. You will testimonies from EMP expert Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, military leaders and C.I.A experts to support the concern of our grid's vulnerability. It is worth your time to learn from this informative production. Watch Episode One - This video is only available for free until midnight on May 31, 2022 so check it out now.

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Heritage Life Skills 2022 was conducted May 20-22, 2022, and what a success it was. Always exciting and a great opportunity to meet likeminded individuals, new and old. For Hope for Survival, it is a family reunion of sorts. I stopped counting at 72 HFS members. Time is never enough when trying to get around and have quality conversations with everyone. Time flies and then it's over. It was great to spend time with HFS family from Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Texas and meet new friends from Wisconsin. So many awesome Patriots gathered together. I had the honor of teaching nine classes over the three days, and I must admit, it was easier five years ago at my first HLS than this year where my body was wiped out by Sunday afternoon. A part of me is always sad when the time comes for all my HFS family depart in different directions to different states around America. Thanks to everyone who attended.

It was awesome to see four other HFS members teaching classes this year. They covered topics in medical, packing long term storage dried meals, building your own fuel cells, making your own charcoal, and building your own smoker. A wife of one of the instructors emailed me today to share she stepped out of her comfort zone to help her husband teach. She survived and lived to talk about it. I'm proud of her and all the folks who stepped out to teach a class. As are most preparers, HFS is blessed with so many talented people and I hope others will consider signing up to teach their skills next year. You are blessed with skills and valuable information to share to others. Think about it.

Lastly, I want to give a shout out and thank Carolina Readiness Supply of Waynesville, N.C. for putting on this first-rate event. It takes many days of hard work and planning to pull this off year after year. Great job and well done. I'm honored to know these fine Christian Patriots.

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Are you preparing for what could be the collapse of America? Seems our neighbors are doing just that. Some still fail to heed all these warnings something is wrong.

First, President Joe Biden warned the US could face food shortages this summer: President Biden Warns 'Real' Grocery Shortages Are Coming — Eat This Not That

And we are enduring baby formula shortages in America: Rock-a-Bye Trade Restrictions on Baby Formula | Cato at Liberty Blog

And the government recently warned our Number 1 agency available to respond to disasters in America is unprepared to do so. Why the U.S. Disaster Agency Is Not Ready for Catastrophes - Scientific American

Now, our neighbors to the north in Canada or preparing for the collapse of the United States: and this is being reported by a left leaning news agency. Canadian national security task force is preparing for the collapse of the United States (

People better stop focusing on the Ukraine war, Washington DC, and Trump get reelected in 2024 and start focusing on their own abilities to care for their family. The picture is growing uglier by the day and many are ignoring it.

These are facts, not fear porn. You can only lay it out as it is. A square only fits in a square hole four ways; each side is labeled with the odds, never, maybe, likely, it will. You can take your pick of likely percentages and I hope you pick the right one. It is a personal choice, but I ask you, what risk are you willing to take to not being able to taking care of yourself and your family? You decide.

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It is garden season and I have posted several articles on growing gardens, when to plant, what to plant together, germination periods, and building raised beds. As your garden goodies start to mature and become ripe for picking, we should know how long our food will last once picked. Here is a chart to help you out.


We have endured another mass shooting and this time at a school. My heart is crushed at the thought of innocent children being gunned down by a deranged psychopath who obtained a firearm through an illegal method. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families and responders to this tragic event. Life lost so innocently and quick. No choice or chance in the matter. Another unprepared school to protect children dropped off each day and put in the hands of authorities to protect them while educating them. The liberal politicians didn't even give the victims to turn cold before they started shouting gun control. No respect for the families whatsoever. Why do we never learn?

Another shooting and immediate political posturing by government officials. The scream is echoed across the airwaves to the need of gun control and stricter laws. Same noise, same results. Nothing. Why is the cry to crack down on law abiding citizens and not weapons purchased in alleyways and crime ridden streets around America? We hear the same message year after year, just by a different face. The GOP had a school safety bill working through house Chuckles Schumer blocked it. Reports are coming out the on-scene police officers refused to go into the school while the shooting was taking place. Parents, why are you taking your child to a public school? This is the second mass school shooting in recent years where on scene police officers refused to enter the school. I'm not doubting the officers on scene because I wasn't there. What I'm saying is children aren't safe and parents need to be parents and protect their children. Remember, it was just recently our Vice President told the nation in a press conference that once a child is dropped off at a public school, the school owns them. Again, parents, why on earth are you placing your child in the hands of unprepared schools?

Criminals commit crimes and then they are caught, processed, and released. Criminals killing police officers, citizens and children, yet liberal court systems are sending them home. Why? Criminals with criminal records already on the books, yet they are set free. Criminals with noted psychological records and they are still released back into civilization. Guns do not kill people. People use guns as a choice of weapon to commit a crime. The government wants to ban gun access through legislation and corrupt courts yet innocent law-abiding citizens are targeted for ownership and against their Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights.

Why is crime higher in liberal led cities? Why are criminals cradled in liberal led cities? Why has state governments failed to get gun crime under control in liberal led cities? Look at the increase in violent crime in the past 20 months in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and many more. What is the commonality amongst these cities and who wants to take away guns? Why is the answer to my questions the same answer? Target the innocent and let the gun toting criminals walk free. Sounds like a winning formula, right?

In the strictest gun-controlled cities in America, violent crime is off the radar. These are liberal cities and if you still live in one you better get out. They want to disarm law abiding citizens of their 2nd Amendment right when it was written in the Constitution for reasons like this. They refuse to talk about mental health or why todays males are being purposely feminized. Nor will they discuss the moral breakdown of our society, yet they support drag queens performing in elementary schools. Americans refuse to turn on the light and face the problem under the hood because the reality is to damaging, and they can't handle the truth. The shooter in this case made threats via his Facebook page yet it was not flagged or stopped, yet, Facebook will shadow ban or delete post by conservative voices discussing God. Think about it. They can only scream for disarming gun owners and let me tell you this, it will be a cold day in heck before it happens. Armed Patriots will never disarm or bow down to the cry for disarming America. .

John from Warrior Poet Society offers some outstanding thoughts and recommendations to all of us to hopefully prevent or stop an incident of this nature while it is happening. If you are a licensed gun owner and do not conceal carry daily, why do you own a gun? You may be the single gun owner closest to an incident of this nature and you won't be able to respond because your firearm is at home in a safe.

This sums things up pretty well. This is a product of the US Concealed Cary Association.

BTW, I read a storyline asking how does an 18-year-old unemployed drop out cross-dresser living in his grandmother's basement own two Daniel Defense AR-15s (estimated value $5 k) with ammo and optics, along with a $70,000 Ford F 250? Something stinks in this script.

I rest my case.

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

Preparedness News

1. From Bill White - Survivopedia - Living in a World of Ongoing Food Shortages - Survivopedia - Here is a good breakdown of the current situation we are in and facing.

2. From Michael Snyder - The Economic Collapse - The Apocalyptic Global Food Crisis That We Were Told To Prepare For Has Already Started In 2022 ( - We can discuss who is responsible and why the system failed, or was it planned, but the most important thing to do is prepare and be dependent on your own self and not a corrupt system that failed you. Here at HFS we started warning members well over a year ago to the fact this problem was here and what to expect.

3. From Old World Garden Farms - Succession Planting - How To Keep Your Garden Productive All Season! ( - Yes, it means hard work, but wouldn't it be great to have fresh vegetables year round? Here you go.

4. From Derrick James - SHTF Blog - Storing Salt Long-Term – How Preppers Do It ( - Good guide on storing salt long term. This is good information to print and put in your paper library.

5. From Derrick James - SHTF Blog - How to Store Coffee Long Term - Prepper Style ( - Here is another good guide to print for your paper library. Have you ever had old stale coffee? Ugh, it doesn't start your morning off very well.

6. From Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - Visualizing The Science Behind Cultured Meat | ZeroHedge - Imagine living in a pretend world where nothing is real, to include what you eat. Especially meat. You have a fake bun, lab grown vegetables, and something that looks like a hamburger but has no meat. I just hope its not a unhappy meal where you get a pretend toy. Little Johnny is going to be crying all the way home.

Other News -

1. From Citizen Free Press - Bannon | The system is collapsing… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS - Click the Steve Bannon video and hear it firsthand, the system is collapsing. Are you still not sure about all of it? I don't know what more it will take. (Thanks, Festus, for this submission)

2. From Spartan Armor Systems - Body Armor Laws By State 2022 - Know Your Rights - Spartan Armor Systems - You may want to check out your state laws on owning body armor. (Thanks to a Patriot Sister in VA for this submission)

3. From Jeremy Tanner - Newsnation - Summer blackouts could hit these US states, regulators warn | NewsNation ( - What else can the government warn us about this summer. Food shortages, fuel shortages, now brown and black outs. Hope you don't own a electric car this summer. Ouch

4. From Brannon Howse - Frank Speech - Are We At War With Our Government To Protect Our Freedom? ( - Constitutional Attorney John Whitehead from the Rutherford Institute joins Brannon Howse to discuss how the government is attacking American citizens freedoms. Good discussion to take in, especially for anyone still not believing what is going on.

5. From Ethan Huff - Newstarget - Conditions “worse” than Arab Spring coming to a city near you, warns UN food head amid worsening inflation ( - Here is another source sounding the alarm on the coming food crisis. Keep this in mind, when a government entity sounds the alarm, the reason for the alarm is typically worse than they broadcasted message.

6. From Charles Hugh Smith - Of Two Minds - oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Consent of the Governed Is Slipping Away - Great piece and goes along with what HFS has been teaching and encouraging for two years now on establishing your five-mile radius as well as meeting your local sheriff. (Thanks Festus for this submission)

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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.

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.


Bravo Echo Out,

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