Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #166

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #166. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. As we roll through June the craziness continues more and more. People are losing it around the nation. Gun violence is increasing as we near a scheduled November election. Will it happen or will be locked down again and require mail in voting? Why does gun violence increase just before midterm and four-year elections when Democrats hold the office of the Presidency? Hmmm, just wondering.


As I put the final pieces of this week's PENL together I watch the DOW Jones tank and my wonders of what next week will bring. The current news is not good. Shipping indexes around the world are terrible, and now we hear of possible soil shortages. Fellow Patriots the nation is going mad, and our personal preparedness investment is looking better by the hour.


Life is still pretty hectic for us here in East, TN, but it is what it is, no complaints. I'm thankful for each day with loved ones, HFS family, and our good friends. Each day seems to be a trial to stay focused and make things happen on the family side, preparedness side, and keep HFS moving forward. I appreciate all the support passed our way in text, phone calls, emails, and phone calls. You certainly make this time in life more comforting. Thank you.


I traveled back to East TN late this week to tend to a few things at home and spend my birthday with Ms. Lucy. I will travel back to VA around the time the PENL post for this week's edition. Festus provided the lead article below and its one you should read and give some inner thought about. I appreciate Festus help and support. HFS wants to continue providing the PENL to you weekly to hopefully encourage you to continue preparing and building your plans.


I do want to give a shout out to a few members of the HFS Franklin group who packed up and went on an overnight hiking/camping journey. Three adults, one ten-year-old child, and a dog, took off up and down the trails with gear and a lot of rain. It didn't dampen their spirits or willpower to test skills and equipment against the weather to survive as needed. I applaud the Patriot mom to the young daughter because she has been training her children for several years in different areas of preparedness. Great job for your effort and a job well done.


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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.


Mountain Musings, by Festus

78 years ago, on June 5, General Dwight Eisenhower launched Operation Overlord. Allied forces hit the beach in the early morning hours of June 6. Commonly known as the D-Day invasion, the momentum of World War II shifted in favor of the Allies on that day. The undertaking of this operation was enormous. Information from the National Archives states:

“By May 1944, 2,876,000 Allied troops were amassed in southern England. The largest armada in history, made up of more than 4,000 American, British, and Canadian ships, lay in wait, and more that 1,200 planes stood ready.”

Can we draw inspiration and guidance from the “greatest generation” to deal with our problems and the immense dangers this country is facing today? Here is the radio address that General Eisenhower presented to the United States the evening of June 6, 1944. Read it carefully and contemplate if any part of it can be applied to today and if so, how.


Text of Radio Address - Prayer on D-Day, June 6, 1944:

(emphasis mine)


"My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.


And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:


Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.


They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.


They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violence's of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.


Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.


And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.


Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.


Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.


And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.


And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.


With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the scheming’s of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.


Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen."


Seems like General Eisenhower is speaking to us today and the challenges and hardships we are and will be facing and the battles and war yet to win.


Are there enough freedom loving Americans to effectively push back against the dark forces that conspire to control and monitor every aspect of our lives? Will they draw the strength, wisdom, and determination from the same source that created this country and has seen it thru multiple wars since then? Are there descendants whose hearts still pumps the same blood line of our ancestors and calls upon same God of strength and provision they did?


Can we again have leadership like we did in our darkest days of World War II?


I think we can if everyone who has been awake for a while and even those just now waking up would become active at the local level. Encourage strong character and constitutionally educated people to run for public office. Demand accountability from elected officials and don’t back off when they try to deflect. Do what needs to be done to persuade officials that they work for you, you don’t work for them. Support each other and attend local city council meetings, county commissioner meetings, school board meetings, etc.


If pastors do not teach their congregations straight from the word of God and do not lead their congregations in applying the Bible to their everyday lives and communities then find one who does. Or maybe become one yourself. I believe a pastor’s job as the shepherd of his flock, is to lead his flock. So, if your pastor is not leading people in his congregation to attend the meetings mentioned above and push for Biblical positions on issues, WHY NOT? We have talked about the Black Robe Regiment for several years. If you are not familiar with this term, look it up.


Do you support businesses that support causes that you do not? If there is an alternate place to get what you need then WHY do you support that particular business?


Butch and I have talked for years about why there is little to no real reaction/push back on things that are clearly wrong. Seems that everyone is waiting on a leader to step forward on a national level. For many, that nameless and faceless leader seemed to be Q-anon. At first Q seemed on target and well positioned. However, as time went by, it became obvious that something wasn’t right with Q. There were many promises of mass arrests of well positioned people that certainly seemed deserving of arrest and probably conviction. But it never happened. Many promises of ….just wait, plans are in place to do something very visible. But it never happened. Many pleas to just remain calm and let “the plan” come to fruition. But it never happened. Could Q have been a psychological operation designed to keep conservative people placated and inactive? Just waiting for a national leader to spring forth? So the result was Trump was pummeled on every front and most constitutionally minded people just sat at home waiting for something to happen, somewhere.


When Trump was elected, I heard a pastor say that he thought Trump was placed there to be a doorstop for the country. God used him to keep the door open a crack to push back on the dark forces and regain the country and return to God. If that was the case then we failed, as collectively we let Trump keep the door cracked while he got crushed and everyone else just stayed in the recliner waiting for who knows what. Not enough people got active and helped Trump push the door open wide to retake the country beyond. Yes, I know, there were plenty of positives and negatives with Trump and his record but he is what we had. How many people now think his administration were the good ‘ol days?


So maybe “leaders” will be developed at the local level, which is where long lasting change originates. The Bible states that to whom much is given, much is expected. So starting small, at the local level is a great training ground.


And let’s not forget that by helping others in learning, observing, and preparing that we are walking with them, leading them, teaching them, and learning from them. Thus we become leaders where we are. So keep moving forward.


Remember General Eisenhower’s words……….. help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. ……… Help us to conquer the apostles of greed…… Lead us to the saving of our country……. invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.


Festus out.


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The past week I have been in the WV/VA area dealing with my ailing father. I am doing my best daily to keep my head in the game and be sympathetic to family and their needs while staying focused on the nation spiraling downward daily. Okay, hourly it seems. It is difficult. I don't want to come across being uncompassionate with what is transpiring within my family, but, I remind myself this could happen to me or any of you when the things tank around us. It's real, fellow Patriots. If you haven't gripped reality yet you may wish to test your luck and grab a ticket and hope you win the big prepackaged preparedness set up with all the needed resources you should have by now.


I still have people telling me million things wrong with this country while the slurp on a 3,000 calorie shake while munching on a triple decker. I hear a minute or two of their rambling and then ask, "so what are you doing to protect you and family." The triple decker turns to a nothing burger with a side of crickets. These are the people who die in the first year of a collapse. They could be a family member, a neighbor, or close friend.


Have you been in a local gas station yet to witness the young mom counting out change to buy a single gallon of gas? Or the young mom counting out change to buy a box of cereal and a small milk for her children? It's real. The pain is here, and one must ask just how long the change will last before panic begins. I was at a local stop-n-rob store the other day and witnessed a young mother counting pennies to buy gas. And, while this occurred inside the store, drug dealers sold drugs out of car windows like checking tickets to get into the big stadium game. Welcome to America fellow Patriots. The dealer was in a Cadilac while most of the drug consumers rode up on bicycles.


An observation I wanted to share with you now is this. While teaching or talking about building your five-mile radius around you, I talk about the intelligence side of things. Observing what takes place around you is one of the important steps. Are your neighbors on board? If not, put out an extra lawn chair on your porch for them to relax while you bag up food from your cub bard to feed them. Your neighbor who wouldn't listen to you will now want to be your best friend. Congratulations.


Something easy to observe in your area without asking any questions to attend your local yard sales around you. See what your neighbors are putting out for others to buy. If they are getting rid of yard tools, shovels, rakes, and gardening tools, buy them. But more importantly, remember who they are because most likely they aren't growing food and live for today, not what's coming. This is your chance to gobble up good deals on things you will likely need. Remember, one is none, two is one, and three is better. Stay with it and keep preparing. The screwdriver is cranking down the screws to our morals, beliefs, justice system and way of life. If you disagree, take a number and get at the end of the line. I really don't have time for your debate, and I don't want to hurt your feelings when you lose.


One last thought I want to pass off to you. This one fired up my spenders and I wanted to throw a chair through the television. Oh, I was in the Critical Care Unit every day the past week. When the medical team would come into the room to do certain medical steps to dad, I would have to step out to the waiting area. On a particular day, MSNBC was spewing hate and vomit as fast as the streaming could process it. Did you know it is racist to speak out and protect your children and family? On this particular topic, MSNBC blasted conservative Christians for speaking out against the transgender performing in churches and schools. YOU have no right to pull your child from any facility, school, or church, when transgenders show up half naked with boobs and sideburns to brain wash your child. Let me put this another way fellow Patriots, if you attend a church that allows such activities to take place and promotes it, find another church. Run, run fast, and don't look back. Satan is alive and well and comes in many forms. Any church that turns it back on scripture to promote this garbage should be empty if attendees are true believers and Christians.


The left and the media will wait and pounce on every opportunity to attack and push more garbage legislation through the system. It was just a few years ago when a gun toting liberal gunman attacked the annual Congressional softball game in VA. Remember that? More madness from the mentally ill yet all we hear is taking away the rights of the law-abiding citizens. Now we have madman caught as he went to execute a Supreme Court Justice in his home. Imagine we could silence our government and media for six months. Why can't we hold elected officials accountable for their lies and misdeeds? Yea, I know, we can vote them out. Tell me how well that is working out for us.


What if we lived in a nation where the government pulled every car off the highways because drunk drivers are out while drinking? Does that make any lick of sense? What if we pulled all children out of schools because pencils often get out of control and automatically stab kids in the eye. Like I said in a previous newsletter, our government does not want to solve the gun control problem and they continue to use the mass shootings as a tool to go after law abiding 2nd Amendment supporters. Anyone who willingly hands over their firearms at this point in time is not American or a Patriot. We can take every firearm owned legally across America and turn them in and crime in Houston, Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and the remaining liberal cities, and gun crimes will not decrease. It is that simple. You must decide where you stand but if you don't pay attention and get prepared, well the rest of this doesn't matter one bit. It's your decision to make.


Just saying.


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Several folks are still in the beginning stages of food preparations. At this point, you should have no less than three months and building quickly towards six months. Last week I shared all the links with you on the different problems the government is warning us about in the months ahead. Isn't it funny how the government and media destroyed Alex Jones as a conspiracy nut? Aside from the fact he was fairly on target over the past 20 years, he is probably on a high mountain saying, "I told you so."


Preparing food and looking for good deals doesn't stop. I'm back and forth to VA and WV and always looking for good deals, sales, discontinued items, canning jars, and other food related sources ensure we continue building our food plan and resources. In case you haven't noticed while shopping or while on Amazon, there is no longer a brand of food labeled Lazy. The replacement brand for Lazy is Hurry. If you aren't sure which type of Hurry to purchase, look for the small print saying, "Your time is running out" and this is what you need to purchase.


I provided the following information in greater detail in my first book but wanted to share some of it here to hopefully help folks just starting out in food preparedness. There are several ways you can do it. This is how I put my plan together and it has worked for me.


Stage 1 – Short Term Preparedness


This is your basic level of food preparedness. Stage 1 food preparedness equates to preparing for a Level 1 event or up to twelve months. This is an initial disaster event cutting off some degree of your access to normality. Things you should remember would be: what is the direct threat to you? How are you and your way of life vulnerable to the threat? How will you possibly mitigate any portion of the threat that is impacting your way of life? Is there a short-term fix? Do you have the ability to monitor the event as it continues or progresses? This is important because you must monitor any changes that advances the event past the Level 1 stage.

As previously stated, the Federal Government recommends you maintain a ten-day supply of non-perishable food and water to take care of you and your family during periods where events change day-to-day to life. This was a three-day recommendation two years ago and has since increased to ten days. In some geographically isolated areas, there is a fourteen-day recommendation. You may wish to monitor this periodically to ensure any changes will not impact you. If you are at Level 2 and going to Level 3, it will not matter because you are far past the fourteen-day requirement.


In your initial effort to get you to the fifteen to thirty-day food storage goal, ensure you avoid foods that will make you thirsty and choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with a high liquid content. You can visit www.ready.gov/food for more suggestions and recommendations.


Keep the focus straight, you want to be a part of the 10% group and not the 90% group. You want to stay a step ahead of the unprepared, always. The 90 % group will not prepare or have extra food stocked for any given reason. This is not a slam against them. It is a reality in life, and you do not want to be standing in the checkout aisle while people fight over the last tootsie roll or plastic Cheetos tank.


During your initial food purchase, if you can afford to start with a two-week minimum supply and if possible a thirty-day supply, go for it. Get yourself over the initial hurdle that puts you past the government’s recommendation of ten days. This will get you past the initial surge of citizens not preparing.


Another consideration is to not only stock your home or bug in location, but also keep a three-day supply of food and water in your Ready Bag (Go Bag or Mobile Bag) in case you are stranded and cannot get home, or you must leave your vehicle behind and begin the walk to home. Plan for every imaginable possibility.


Because situations change, you should tailor your food plan according to your family and specifics. When developing the different levels of your food supply, include some dehydrated meals high in protein and calories in the event you must transition between home and an alternate location. In this case, you are leaving behind your primary food stock and anything other than dehydrated meals will add more weight. This does not include energy bars, nuts, sprouts, or things of this nature. You will have a fair selection of individual meals, bucket meals, and #10 can food selections to choose from. There’s Augason foods, Mountain House, Wise, Mary Jane Foods, Harmony House, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and others. Try a couple brands to find one or more that you like and that your digestive system can handle. Personally, I use an assortment of brands to fit my multi-faceted food plan. I also included sprouts in my food plan for my Ready Bag.


During your planning phase, think about possible threats to impact your home that would impact your ability to prepare meals. If your threat is a loss of power, fires, ice, and floods is your food supply tailored around this possibility so you can still utilize the food? What are your cooking options after the above events? Do you have a propane grill? Gas? Fireplace? Solar? Build this capability into your plan.


Just as importantly, can you protect your food stock during your preparedness period and Level 1 event? Keep your plans and efforts to yourself. Remind your children not to speak of the resources. Better yet, store the resources out of sight and consider not sharing it with your children. You do not want your 12-year-old sharing a picture of your 500 Twinkies stocked beside the 500 Slim Jim’s on the internet.


When the societal system breaks down and citizens become hungry, they will search high and low, and hurt or kill anyone in their path to find something to eat. As previously stated, the Federal Government noted in a study that 90% of society will die in the first 12 months of a long-term disaster such as the EMP, a pandemic, or a total collapse.


Stage 2: Mid-Level Preparedness


Following all the previous guidance and thoughts in preparing your food supply, Stage 2 is preparing for one to three years. This would be resources required for a Level 2 event. Storage space becomes a bigger issue as your stock builds. You must also consider maintaining stocked supplies at multiple locations in the event you are robbed, or you suffer a disaster at your home. Imagine stocking a three-year supply of resources and your home burns. When you are in the 1-3-year stage of preparedness, you should consider the fact you may have to relocate from your “Bug In” location. If so, can you physically move your supplies if you haven’t previously cached them at another site?