Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #175

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #175. Here we are approaching mid-August already. Folks used to always tell me as you age life goes faster. Do you think time is going faster because our days are filled with so much negative news and craziness? Our responsibilities may be more than the past therefore our occupied busy time is more. Sometimes I wonder if my squirrel friend Wilson is coming in and swinging from the clock arms messing up the time. Speaking of which, I can't believe how our youth are not being taught to tell time using a standard clock with the hour, minute, and seconds, arms.


While you are here, grab something good to eat and settle in with us. We appreciate it. Personally, I eat healthier during the weekdays and then let my hair down a bit if I choose to enjoy breakfast on Saturday. Some days Ms. Lucy might mix us up a good smoothie to start the day. It has to be a good one to sway me away from fresh eggs, bacon/sausage, biscuits and gravy. Hope you enjoy something that makes you happy.


When is my week not crazy? Maybe this is normal for many. I had to make a 24-hour trip to West Virginia to attend another funeral of a family member. A dear aunt who spent the last years of her life battling dementia earned her wings and departed this earth in beautiful fashion. My only morning in WV started just after sunrise and as always, the view from my family members deck was amazing. The fog resting in the valley between the hills was beautiful. It looks like a huge lake. God's paintings are beyond description.


Kentucky Disaster Relief - Last Chance


I want to thank everyone who donated to this cause to help the many Kentuckians in dire need of help and support.


Ms. Lucy and I, as well as HFS, will be dropping off our monetary donations on Sunday morning. for the Kentucky Relief efforts. Multiple trucks went out already headed that way. The folks have been surviving on donations to this point. The region we live in East TN has numerous former Kentuckians and many are from the flooded region. The stories and pictures of the devastation is terrible to put it mildly. Sadly, parts of the flooded region received more heavy rains in the last 72 hours.


I recorded a YouTube interview with my HFS Patriot brother-in-law to talk about what he went through running a collection point in 2016 during the 1000-year flood in southern WV and why our efforts outside the disaster zone are so important to help those in need. Here is the link.

https://youtu.be/yWO1bOAo2oc


If you would like to make a contribution to the ongoing effort, please use the donate button on the webpage and make sure you identify what the donation is for. Kentucky Relief Efforts. I will consolidate funding and donate 100% in your name and location. You can follow this link to donate. Donate (paypal.com)

If you would prefer, you can mail a check to me made out to HFS and I will deposit and convert it to the appropriate destination.


NOTE: THANK YOU to the HFS Zoom Patriots who donated. Bless you for your kindness.


Okay, let us move along.


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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 -


I'm happy to announce I will be doing a series of YouTube videos with author John Dyslin - Nehemiah Strong author, in the coming weeks. We had a nice long discussion this week and plan to do several videos discussing preparedness from a Biblical perspective. The first video should be posted next week. Hope you enjoy them. I will also be joining John in North Carolina in September at an event he will be guest speaking and then leading the Sunday morning sermon. More to come on this event.


72-Hour Heads Up - It's let's play pretend time once again. I tell the story and you pick which choice works for you. There is no pass or fail in pretend land, but there certainly is in real life.


As summer winds down you decide to take a last-minute trip with your family. It's August and the summer heat is breaking records across must of the East, Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest. The family decides a last trip to the Gulf Coast for some added tan before winter will feel good. Let's do it.


As you pack your vehicle for the 600-mile drive, you get your car serviced and fueled up. The cost of gasoline has dropped below $5 per gallon so things seem to be getting back to normal. At least the local and national news is telling you as much. You are reviewing your SUV for needed vehicle space in your head and figure all the bags and extras will fit in the back. Your four children can fight over the two rear bench seats. To make sure you have room and extra space you pull out your hiking gear used for weekend outings just to be safe.


At dinner that evening you discuss the trip with family, and everyone agrees to pack light to ensure personal bags are light and small. Since most of your time will be on the beach, lots of other clothing will not be needed. Shorts, tanks, flip flops, and a couple swimsuits. Maybe take one nice outfit for dinner out one or two evenings.


You are running your mental checklist on the eve of your trip and decide you are ready to roll. You are taking minimal cash since your primary financial functioning in life is through credit cards. You decide $100 is plenty to have on hand. You close your eyes with a smile. What feels better than planning and taking your family on a last-minute vacation.


Loaded up and ready to roll you pull out of your driveway in the Western NC mountains heading south. The kids are all on ear buds listening to their own music or playing games. You think to yourself how you hope this holds out most of the drive. You reach down and turn on the radio and tune to a local station being broadcast out of Waynesville, NC. A commercial is being broadcast for a local business named Carolina Readiness Supply. Your wife speaks up and jokingly ask you "is this for real?" You laugh and comment that many believe the United States is collapsing and spends a lot of money on survival food and resources for Dooms Day. She says "really?" You tell her you don't agree with it because the United States government has built in so many fail safes to ensure they can respond during any natural or manmade disaster. She said "I thought so as well." She closes her eyes, and you drive on.


You reach the Georgia state line crossing into Florida as the sun sets on the day. You had planned to arrive to your destination in Destin, Florida before sundown but your family decided to spend longer than normal at dinner. You finally arrive about 10 pm and get checked in to your rental. Unloaded and unpacked, the family decides to go take a moonlight walk on the beach. You are thinking to yourself, how could life be any better. A happy wife is a happy life, and your children are laughing and getting along. Even your pet poodle Walrus is wagging his tail with joy. You lean down and pat Walrus on the head and get a happy bark. Life is good.


Your eyes open to the sound of crashing waves. It's almost as if you slept on the beach. You immediately notice how humid and hot you are. Did the air conditioning stop working? Maybe your wife cut the air up because she was cold. You reach to the Nite stand for your cell phone to check the time and notice it has been powered off. You smile thinking your wife turned it off to let you sleep in a bit. You push the power on button and wait a minute and then notice your phone didn't power on. Hmmm, you wonder if your phone is dead. You had it plugged in all night. You roll out of bed to the surprise your wife and children are gone. You notice she didn't make morning coffee which was unlike her. You see a note on the counter and head over to read it. "Honey, we walked down to the beach to enjoy the morning tide and sea gulls. Come on down when you wake up. We thought you would enjoy sleeping in to start the vacation. Oh, please check the fuse box, I think the outlet for the coffee maker is not working. See ya when you wake up. PS - Don't forget to put the sand booties on Walrus before you bring him down with you."


You get dressed and head for the door to depart and then decide to grab a cold water from the fridge. You walk back to the kitchen and reach to open the fridge door and pull it open. Hmmm, no lite in the fridge. You grab a water and notice it is cool but not cold. You open the freezer to find moisture dripping from around the borders inside the freezer box. Interesting. Your phone is dead, coffee maker won't power up and now the fridge appears to be off. You grab your water and Walrus and head out. You walk to the main office and go to open the door as you notice no lights on and the door locked. You didn't find a note on the door either. Odd.


You turn and head down the boardwalk to the beach. You arrive to your family and notice Walrus wagging his tail and jumping with joy. Everyone is happy, for the moment. You grab a chair and relax in the sun for a few hours. Two of your children want to head back to the room and grab lunch while the rest of the family takes in the offerings of the beach.


Several hours pass and since no one seems to know the time, your stomach reminds you it must be getting towards dinner hour. You ask your wife what she wants to do for dinner, and she suggest eating in the rental unit since they stopped and purchased groceries before arriving. Sounds good to you. No driving or dealing with crowds. Shortly after the dinner decision the children return from getting lunch and you ask if someone possibly fixed the outlet controlling the fridge and coffee maker. The children respond they had enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips. They didn't know the answer to your question.


Your family packs up and heads to the unit for the evening and dinner. Everyone is hungry and tired. Upon arrival everyone starts showering. Your teenaged daughter comments the unit had no hot water, just warm. She also commented the unit provided hairdryer wouldn't work either. You laughed and said, "welcome to rental life." Your wife walks from the kitchen and comments that everything in the fridge is getting warm because the fridge is inoperative. You tell her you will go to the office again first thing in the morning to get help. She suggests grabbing a few bags of ice from the ice machine on the exterior landing. You comment it was a great thought and ask your teenaged son to go grab some ice. While he is away you grab your cell phone and attempt to power it up again. Still nothing. You tell your wife you will need to use the car charger in the morning to charge your phone.


Your son returns with a bucket of ice that appears to be melting. He states the ice machine had puddles of water beneath it and hands the ice to his mother. Not long after, your wife calls everyone to dinner. She comments that she is tired and prepped cold cuts, cupped fruit, and chips for dinner. As the sun sets, you attempt to turn on the lights to the main large room and discover the light switch is dead. Quickly, one of your teen children immediately suggest using the candles located in the kitchen. She suggests power must be an issue since management placed the candles in the quarters. Candles are placed around a table, and you play card games with the family as the evening winds down. The candles are blown out and everyone retreats to their rooms.


You wake up early in the morning and decide to walk to your SUV and charge your phone. You place your dead phone on the charger and insert your key in the ignition and turn it on. The air conditioning will feel great. You don't notice there is no beep or sounds when you turn the key on and watch to see if your phone starts to charge. Nothing. Hmmm. Maybe your phone has died. It is five years old after all. You take the phone from the charger and decide to walk across the street to a small market called Luckies to grab a few coffees for you and your wife. As you walk through the door you notice a sign saying cash only. You get to the coffee bar and see a sign hanging staying the machines are out of order. Dang, you really wanted fresh coffee. You shrug your shoulders and head for the door. As you walk away you notice all the fuel pumps are inoperative also and bags are placed over the gas pump handles. You continue walking to cross the street and it must be your lucky day because there's no traffic this early in the morning. Darn, you had planned to ask the store clerk for some recommendations to consider for dinner that evening but you forgot. You arrive back to your unit to find Walrus all snuggled up to a blanket on the sofa. You think to yourself that you are glad Walrus isn't a hunting dog because that dog just wouldn't hunt.


About an hour later everyone is awake and ready to head back to the beach. Everyone packs up their possessions and the journey begin. The beach seems less crowded today compared to yesterday. You are wondering why when you notice a four-wheeler going down the beach broadcasting something through a bull horn. You can't hear the message because of the noise coming off the waves. You and your family spend the day munching on snacks from the beach bag and taking in the warm and humid gulf weather. The day passes quickly and before you realize it the family is packing up from day 2 at the beach. Wow, you realize you have been at your destination going on 48 hours.


Once everyone is showered and cleaned up, you suggest the family walk up the street a couple blocks to a pizza and brewery spot. You note there is an ice cream parlor beside it and the family can grab ice cream after dinner. Your wife reminds you everyone is in flip flops or sandals so walking very far could become a challenge. You take note of her input and the family heads out the door to dinner. You spend fifteen minutes walking and arrive to the pizza place and once again see a sign stating cash only. Your children are excited because the pizzas are being made over hot coals outside on a patio. Perfect, you think to yourself. You go to pay, and your bill is $80 dollars with a tip. You comment to your wife you are glad you grabbed the $100 before leaving home. You state you will have to hit an ATM machine soon since your cash is basically gone. You depart to get ice cream and see a closed sign on the door. Bummer, you think out loud. You tell your family you will make it up to them before you leave the vacation.


The evening winds down, the same as the night before and everyone heads to bed. The unit is a bit stuffy since the air conditioning unit is on the blink as well. You hadn't really noticed it before because the sliding doors had been open to welcome the Gulf Coast breeze. Another night and soon you will be in day 3 of your vacation. You are thinking to yourself, why does time go so fast when you are doing family time and enjoying it so much. You whisper to your wife how enjoyable it has been to not have your phone ringing and work-related text messages arriving constantly. You doze off eventually.


You wake up to day 3 of your vacation to a knock at the door. You shake off the cobwebs and get dressed quickly. You open the door to find another vacationer standing staring at you. You ask the visitor if you can help them. The person asks you if you own the green SUV parked in the lot with NC tags. You answer yes. The man states you may want to go to the parking lot and check your car because several of the vehicles parked in the lot appear to be vandalized. Your heart rate immediately increases. You grab your sandles and head for the parking lot. Walking closer you take your key fob and click on the door open tab. Nothing. Hmmm, maybe the battery is dead in the fob. As you get closer you notice several vehicles, mostly SUVs, with rear windows smashed out. Your heart races more as you walk to the rear of your SUV to find your rear window smashed out and your rear tires sliced. You stop, drop your head, and reach for your phone to call the police. Then you realize your phone doesn't work and now you have no transportation. About that time, you hear loud noises coming from across the street at Luckies store and see several men coming from the store with bats as they smash out windows and yell, they are the new landlords to the area. You hurry back in the rental unit and lock the door. Your heart is beating fast, and you don't know what to do.


Would you:


- Tell your family to pack up while you go find a taxi to take you to the airport?


- Get dressed for another day on the beach and hope the police shows up soon to take a report on your SUV?


- Climb under the bed with your dog Walrus and hope it all goes away?


- Wish you had paid attention to those who continue warning you to get prepared?


Those who are preparers would have recognized several "no, no" steps the father took before ever leaving home. Then along the way other choices should have stood out to you as "alerts" to something being wrong. I included numerous bell ringers in this story line that most would catch and hopefully take action on. We all are different, and it all depends on our mindset to every situation. We always want to stay outside the box and left of bang. How about you?


This scenario was based on a grid down type event such as the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) which Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are all currently capable of deploying. Or, it could be a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) type event from the sun, which has also been in the news a lot the past six months. Either way, you must recognize these type events within the first 24 hours of taking place. If you are not home, or if you live in a suburban or urban setting you better have a plan in place to get out of the populated areas, especially if you do not have a community team.


This is not a "it will get fixed in a week or month" type event. The transformers needed to fix these problems must be shipped from overseas and some estimates are it will take six months or longer. You will be living in the 1800s and appreciate reruns you watched about the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Government studies conducted by Congress in the past states 90% of the US population will die in the first year of a grid down or major pandemic event. Your goal and preparedness steps should be to survive a minimum of one year.


This type of event and others are why you build plans for disasters. Its your choice. What will it be?


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Food- Yesterday, today, and tomorrow - I find it very funny how as we age, we seem to talk about food, more and more. When do we eat? Where do we eat? What are we going to eat? Would you like to go eat with us? It goes on and on. Food is important, don't you think?


I have been talking about food a great deal lately. Growing it, canning it, dehydrating it, freeze drying it, food plans and on and on. I have also elaborated the need to putting food away for rainy days as we see grocery store shelves becoming empty week by week. Food is a very important part of our daily life.


Last week I shared how our garden and pear tree had been very giving to us so far this summer. Part of the work is what do you do with God's blessings once you have been gifted them. We have lots of options available to us, right? Over the past week I spent a lot of time canning and water bathing canning jars willed with pickles, pear jam, salsa, and potatoes. Ms. Lucy surprised me by making a pear cobbler that was yummy. Good stuff. Then I was mowing grass and stopped by the fig tree and hit pay dirt. Our first figs since planting the tree a few years ago. The fig started out as a sprout from my Patriot brother in Huntsville, AL. It is now over 7 feet tall and beautiful. Do you love this time of year? Does it make you feel good to carry in a basket with garden and fruit tree goodies?


I continue researching and finding lots of bad news ahead regarding our food supplies and the availability of future food needs around the world. Ranch owners are downloading beef as fast as they can find buyers and we are growing far fewer major gardens around America and the world. The national foodbank controlled by the United Nations is sounding the alarm on global food shortages and projects upwards of 1 billion humans could die of famine over the next 12 months. Four times as many nations are applying for global food support as in previous years. I was reading a Facebook post from an Eastern TN rancher who is advertising 1/2 a beef for $1,300 dollars. Folks, that is twice what we paid for our 1/2 beef 16 months ago. The longer you snooze, the more you will pay if you can even find the product.


Here is an excellent podcast discussing the state of the beef industry and some efforts being made to get around the current effort of the federal government to shut down those raising cattle for producing beef to consumers. What? They would never do that would they? Do your own homework and see what you find out. If you don't believe recent comments made at the Global Economic Forum and other locations who are saying "you will eat bugs and like it," then keep drinking the Kool-Aid and let me know how it works out for you. Also let me know if you prefer grub worms or salamanders with your green weeds. I'm curious.


Here is the link to the video discussing the food issues around the world and how the entire supply system was changed years ago and is now biting us in the behind. Ep. 2176 Food Supply Problems Coming? What to Do | Tom Woods


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Imagine - I have to imagine what our nation would be like if many Christians got up off their duffs and stopped being so weak and timid. Stewardship is a Godly requirement expected of one claiming to be a Christian. This includes the one standing at the front of the church as the leader and those resting in the pews, row by row. Don't cry and complain about the war if you aren't willing to get in the fight. It is that simple. Crying from the rafters does no good. It is like crying on deaf ears. You, me, and the rest of our sisters and brothers better pull up our spenders and get ready because the fight is coming to us quickly. If you are unsure what role you plan to play, I would encourage you to quickly figure it out.


If you honestly believe the corporate line of why the federal government needs an additional 87,000 IRS Agents to collect additional taxes from the wealthy, then I have a pet squirrel who will come to your house and sing and dance for the feds when they knock on your door. If you believe in the Holy Bible, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and flag your American flag high, you are likely on a list and don't be surprised when your doorbell rings or phone rings and you hear, "good evening Mr/Mrs xxxxxxx I'm XxXx from the IRS." Just remember what former President Reagan always said, if you hear "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you" then you better run fast. This is not about anything you did or didn't do. This is about believing in something higher than the ideology of the current administration.


You better look in the mirror and decide now what you stand for and what is your personal red line because you will need to know very soon. Sorry to ruin your day. The events of Mar-o-largo last weekend demonstrated the gloves are off and the left is willing to ignore all forms of laws and do as they wish. You can agree or disagree with why they went. The point is, the federal government and US Justice Department just raided the home of a former President. If they are willing to ignore all protocols and historical events, past and present, to conduct this raid, do not think for one second, they will not do the same, or worse to you. You do not have to commit a crime or be a fugitive to earn this visit.


Something else, do not claim you are a Christian if you refuse to walk out your door and vote. I know, it's so hard to go vote for a sinner (rolling eyes) and someone who just doesn't fit your perfect picture to become President. I get it. I really do. Being perfect is a really hard task Ya know. I would guess you can't even hold your nose and get past the fifteen seconds it would take you to vote.


In recent history, hundreds of thousands of voters claiming to be Christian refused to get out and vote for a Mormon in the 2012 election. Post-election statistics revealed the margin of loss for the Mormon candidate could have exceeded the total votes needed to win had registered Christian voters actually voted.