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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #224

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #224. Here we are, another week, and the craziness continues around us. Lies, lies, and more lies, being spouted from about every angle towards us. The question is, what do you believe? Have you figured out that much of what you have believed from the past is now questionable and everything new is further from the truth than before.

Though our focus is on preparedness and helping citizens build self-reliant preparedness postures, we still must remain aware of things occurring and how they will impact our daily life. Earthquakes, fires, floods, severe heat and drought, and growing crop shortages continue to mount. Aside from our faith, we are our future and depending on a failed system to save you is out of the question.

Through many conversations from different regions in the east and southeast I'm hearing more stories of specific crops refusing to grow or typical annual crops growing about 30 days behind schedule. Is it the heat? Lack of rain? Is there something in the rain impacting our crops? Is it our soil and particles being dropped during the dark to impact our soil? Voices far smarter than my own are suggesting serious weather manipulation is occurring around the clock. One voice suggests we will never return to regular weather patterns in our years ahead. Why?

We have a lot to think about and consider going forward, don't we? How should we move forward in planning our gardens, especially for families totally dependent on production for survival. The answers are imbedded deep and covered up in layers for sure, surviving in the future is going to require altering how we grow food today. That much is very clear and evident.

This version of the PENL will be on auto post again. Ms. Lucy and I will be in western NC supporting and attending Heritage Life Skills-Lite 2023 for three days. Hopefully everything works out okay to get this to you on time.

Writers - If you would like to submit a story or article to the PENL about your preparedness journey, no matter how short or long of time you have been preparing, we would love to hear your story and why you got started in preparing. I typically sanitize the submissions to protect your identify and location. Let us hear from you.

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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 -

Mind Manipulation or not - Think about something. It is now easier to get cocaine into the White House than process through security at your local airport. The term cash is King is now a thing of the past. Quickly I'm seeing more and more local establishments going completely digital. While we can't seem to investigate and find the guilty in any case showing the law being broken by the current administration, they are capable of tracking your phone and spending without a doubt. Think about this, you can follow GPS and get lost in the middle of a cornfield when GPS tells you it has lost the signal yet some secret system is tracking you at the same time.

I'm old school and I prefer to stick to the basics. Cash is King to me and always will be as long as it lives. I'm not into slapping a credit card down against a pod to charge for my purchase. I don't do it and I'm not going to do it. I'm not anti-development or advancement. I simply like life the way it is so leave me alone.

Years ago, I remember taking a new ceiling fan to my parents' house to help move them in to the future. Now, air conditioners had already hit the market. I just didn't want to move them along to fast to have them give up on the technical challenges of learning how to operate a ceiling fan. Then it was voicemail that hit, and I gifted them an answering machine. Now, 30 years later the answering machine is still in service and being used.

When I would start telling them about future technology already out and available, I would lose them almost immediately. Email. Cell phones. Text messages. Debit cards. Transferring funds from account to account via their phone. Auto payment vs a paper check. The list goes on and on. How could they be so negative to change and learning new technology and the benefits of it.

Forty years later, I'm in my parents' shoes. I'm starting to understand how they felt. Though, I did have to learn and use a lot of advanced military technology in my former life. Did I accept it because it was professional? I don't know. I needed it to survive at the moment. Like I said, I'm not anti-technology and development for the future. I just believe advancement has its place and in my personal life is not the place. This is the difference today in many of us over 50 years of age vs the younger generations.

What does this have to do with anything? Over the past 10 years, Festus and I, have been watching, reading, and monitoring events that are changing our landscape quickly and drastically. Something that caught our attention was the number of CEO's and corporate leadership stating their concern over the security aspect of future technology and how the brainiacs designing and building future programs and the advancement of technology failed to recognize the need for a security apparatus in the new systems and software. This falls in line with the direction the global leaders are taking us. A one world society under a single mechanism to control people in their private lives.

We have been following and updating what we believe is ahead for years now. Most recently under the HFS banner the past 4 1/2 years. Some read and ignore while others ask questions and get aboard. Many are still waiting in the shadows for a sign or something to tell them on x day and year, it's going to happen. Regardless, it's a personal choice and no matter how you look at it, it's coming, and it will be here very soon. You must decide for you and your family what you will do about it.

I was recently attending a community meeting with about 160 other local citizens. The meeting offered a couple state voices and one who is from the state but who has worked as an appointee to a former President of the United States. The group attending included two state elected representatives. It was impressive to see so many citizens attending the event on a hot and humid evening. The event was held outdoors under a pavilion.

As the evening went forward, I was probably the only participant with a smile on my face. The news being delivered was not good and glancing around at other attendees demonstrated my perceived understanding of the news shared. The future direction is not good and what is going to happen is coming quickly. Keep in mind, this was not a preparedness type event. Why was I smiling? Most of what was being shared to the group are things HFS shared here in the newsletter the past four plus years and on other HFS platforms. This was confirmation to the message we have been sharing. It was just coming several years later. It was another confirmation to the fact it is real, and it will not be good.

In a nutshell, if you want to be part of the future society you will have to become part of the coming digital finance world and eventual 15-minute cities. You are going to be controlled and do as told or else your ability to travel, function, and survive, will be curtailed or cutoff as punishment for not obeying the global system. Are you ready for it? If you answered no, what is your plan and what are you waiting on? Only you can decide for yourself what all of these changes means to you and your family.

Just imagine, you plan to take your family to the coast on a short vacation to end the summer season. The trip is about five hours from your home location. The date arrives and you pack up the car and family and head out. You stop to gas up the car and try to fill your tank. The gas meter stops at 2 gallons of fuel. You try again and no fuel comes out. Why? Your limit on available fuel to leave your 15-minute city is controlled and you are not approved to leave the area because of something you posted on social media or something you said against the ideology of the ruling regime and now you are restricted from leaving. Or, imagine trying to log on to the internet to post a new job resume or turn in work for your existing job and your internet is down. You find out you are being punished for an action on your part and now your internet time is restricted. Better yet, you are almost out of food and you are shopping to stock your home. You go to check out and your purchase is refused. You find out access to your financial account is suspended for an action on your part that is not in line with existing policies. Or, maybe you or your family member needs a medical appointment with a specialist but its outside your 15-minute city. You try to schedule what could be a lifesaving procedure and you are denied the appointment because your travel is restricted. Why? Again, because you are not in line with policies and rules of the ruling. Are you getting the point here? Want me to give more examples?

This all sounds crazier than the person who designed it, right? Crazy stuff. Guess what? I told you about it a long time ago and I just heard it straight from the mouths of now preparedness minded voices who are out now fighting it. This is not a state or federal program. This is a global program with the power and finances to pull it off. It is already in place and coming to a town near you soon. You can research and find far more reasons these are good changes and for the betterment of society. You will have to decide what is or isn't better for you.

Someone recently fact checked what I am sharing here and responded by saying none of it is true. When I shared how the internet has been scrubbed and is now controlled media, they looked at me like I had lost my mind. Yep, smart people with good intentions who are clueless to the world around them. Sometimes I just have to step back and let the dog bite when a person refuses to believe the sign that reads "Beware, Biting Dog."

Just like with family for many years, when I try to explain or even show people in writing what is coming, I hear, "they didn't talk about this on CNN so it can't be true." People in general are not open to change and like the past, they trust everything they are told by authorities and the evening news. Change, good or bad, typically goes with the flow of the government and media. The hope we once shared with confidence behind the shining light on the hill is gone. It was never about the light on the hill. It was about "we the people" and what we stood for and represented. We have lost that ability today. We truly believed for many years we could change the direction of the country through elections and changing the person at the top. Wrong. The nations government has been infiltrated and saturated with America hating communist and socialist impacting the long-term direction of our nation. At the moment, we have lost. We have removed God from almost every aspect of government and society. We took our eye off government and trusted all decisions without questioning their motives. We are a nation of depleted morals, industry, education, finances, military strength, societal understanding and willingness to do what is best for America. We have reached a point where it appears we may even have traders within the hen house giving away all our eggs.

A very dear Patriot brother reached out to me this morning to thank me for staying the course to reveal the truth and try and wake up the many sheep who are asleep. He went on to share some research he had concluded on human nature dating back to World War 1. Oddly, one of the guest speakers I heard at the local meeting I attended this week shared the same type of historical research on human nature and how quick the tide can turn because of human nature and their ability to sway the mindset of humans. Humans are smart beings, right? We are the same humans who watched over 60 million babies to be aborted in our nation over the years. How smart are we, really?

Former C.I.A. Director Casey who served in the director capacity 1981-87 once said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” In my former life I worked in the world of John Casey and using psychological operations to sway and misinform a populace. The populace today is the American people and the world. We have reached the point Mr. Casey was speaking about year ago. Now, you must ask yourself will you be a part of it or not. You decide.

You can decide if what I have provided is fear porn or not. Just remember, HFS is here providing you with information for free. No charge. I get nothing or gain nothing if you do or don't believe what is provided in the PENL weekly.

Preparedness -

Gardening and why it is important - Are you tired of me talking about my raised bed garden yet? Well, let me tell you something. None of this is about my garden. It is about you and motivating you to grow food regardless of your location, situation, or ability. If I can do it, you can do it. It is that simple. Gardening is fun, rewarding, hard work, and it takes patience and understanding along the journey.

I still hear voices telling me they may try to grow something next year. What? Please don't take an hour of my time telling me how the world is upside down and all jacked up yet you aren't putting food away and/or trying to grow some form of a garden. Box, upright, vertical, original tilled garden and beyond. Don't complain if your excuses are a list of why you didn't attempt some level of growing food. Heck, I've had individuals tell me they have six months of coffee put away yet no food. They shared how much coffee they consume while watching podcast X and Y. Personally, I have no urge to convince these mindsets otherwise. Knock yourself out. Heck, I will mail you a box of ding dongs to go with your coffee.

I have been having lots of conversations the past few weeks regarding changes we are enduring with this growing season. Things that typically grew are not. Things that typically didn't grow well are growing in abundance. Is it the weather? Seeds? Water? Air? Imagine if you have four hungry faces looking at you for food and you had no food stocked and your garden didn't produce as you planned and expected. The HFS motto is "one is none, two is one, and three is better." Get that? What is your plan to the plan and what if it fails also. What is your emergency plan to feed your family when all else fails?

A Patriot brother who gardens annually and depends on what he grows told me this morning a hailstorm and high winds hit his area recently and he lost about 70 percent of his crops. Gone in the blink of an eye. He will get no yield from his effort. The good news is he is prepared and has back up resources to offset his loss. Can you?

I learned a lesson this week and maybe it was more of a reminder to me than a lesson. My body took on a crud, near pneumonia, and it knocked me down for several days. Now, the "what if" thoughts kicked in to me. The heat was over 90 degrees with 90% humidity and Canadian smoke blowing through. I couldn't breath outside. It was not possible to trek to the garden and care for the food or pick the blessings provided from above. What was my backup plan in this case. I was reminded this could have impacted our food availability. Our neighborhood security posture a well. Many things could be impacted.

As I shared in the spring, we are growing in raised beds mostly and each box is roughly 4 ft x 8 ft. It is a combination of soil, mushroom compost, and decomposing logs as a base. We added worms last year and use only natural food to the soil base, such as coffee grounds, eggshells, banana peels, and beet juice. We have been blessed so far to not have a bug problem this year and we have an abundance of bees all spring and summer so far. Garden vegetables, fruit trees, and bushes, all covered in bees. This is a good thing.

What's wrong. Typically, we have an abundance of squash and zucchini. Not this year. Zero. After about seven to eight plants in different areas for growth testing, we have no production so far. This would also include spaghetti squash as well. Last year we enjoyed watermelons and no cantaloupe. This year, no watermelons and so far, our cantaloupe is in day 85 and growing. Why? No bugs, equal rain that is comparable to last year, plenty of bees, and fairly equal temperatures. This year may be a bit hotter.

We have noticed the deer that frequents our property at night are even eating differently this year. Things they normally pass up for another plant are being eaten this year. Elderberry and blackberry bushes eaten to the ground, briers and all. I also noticed several leaves from our fig tree also eaten. The fig tree is in the path of the deer approaching our main yard and growing areas.

Production so far is acceptable and a blessings indeed. Let me say we typically can in pint jars because its normally two of us consuming the item in the jar. So far this year we have canned straight pints. To date, we have canned about 30 pints of green beans off of a 4 ft x 6 ft raised box. This is roughly 20 bean plants. We also canned about 10 pints of beets, and about picked about 25 lbs. of blueberries which Ms. Lucy converted to blueberry and honey jam. If you have not tried this combination, give it some thought. It is outstanding. A Patriot sister and brother gifted us some outstanding honey for Christmas 2022 and she used it in the jam. Nothing added, and all natural. I've also canned about 20 pints of pickles.

I have tomatoes and cukes out of my ears at the moment. We also had success with turnips this year. We also got our first head of cabbage which typically does not grow well for us.

Did you know recently 13 nations voted to ban agriculture growing to help offset global warming or climate change? A nation has opted to stop growing food to keep citizens alive. Get that? How about closer to home where in the northeast of the United States, Massachusetts, the governor is asking citizens to open their homes to house immigrants. Another program is suggesting communities plant gardens to grow food for immigrants who are homeless and foodless. Hmmm. Do you realize many nations empty their prisons and send them to other nations? How about that. Maybe we all should take two or three into our home and expose our children. What about the free cash cards being distributed at the border? Better yet, what about the many veterans who are homeless in America today?

The moral of the story is what are you doing to better prepare yourself by growing food in some version? Next year may be to late. Just saying....

So, on this dark rainy day and a counter full of veggies, I am hoping Ms. Lucy pulls out her Magic Chef hat and uses up the tomatoes on some salsa and makes the Ol man a tomato pie.

UPDATE: Guess what? I had to run to town for a while this morning and upon my return I found this beautiful view in our kitchen. Guess what this is? The start of salsa and the other is the start to a tomato pie. I'm blessed. It doesn't take much to please me.

Homemade Salsa from garden tomatoes
Garden tomatoes sliced and drying for tomato pie

Thats all Patriots...

Preparedness News -

1. From Rebekah P. - Ask a Prepper - Stop Storing These Foods In Their Original Packaging - Ask a Prepper - These are essentials to any food plan medium or long term. It does make me wonder how long certain dry goods such as cornmeal or baking powder are packaged and stored in a warehouse before arriving to a grocery store for consumption.

2. From Jull Winger - The Prairie Homestead - The Best Garden Trio for Building Healthy Soil • The Prairie Homestead - I do believe one of the biggest hurdles or mental failures of a person planning to grow food is the assumption all soil is good and will grow food 100% of the time.

3. From Survival Blog Contributor - Survival Blog - Third World Living: Austerity Lessons, by T.S.. Off-grid power. ( - How many will fail mentally and/or physically....or both?

4. From 1776 Patriots USA - Getting Ready: Planting and Growing Blueberry Plants - - Good article. Fruit is not quick or guaranteed. We are on year five of our blueberry bushes and this is our largest crop yet at roughly 25 lbs on four bushes. Soil, location, sun access, birds, and a host of other things contributes to the success or failure of your berry crop.

5. From Rhonda Owen - Preppers Will - How To Extend Your Growing Season ( - Gardening can be exhausting yet rewarding for many. Having the ability to extend the growing season is beneficial and should be considered.

Other News -

1. From Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - Globalists Suggest "Finance Shock" And Climate Controls To Launch Their Great Reset | ZeroHedge - Excellent read and perspective offered. Sadly, as real as this is, I still hear Al Gore from the deck of the Titanic screaming "you all are going to die."

2. From Nick Hamilton - Slay - IMF Suggests Countries Will Be Able to Use Chinese Yuan for Debt Repayment - Slay News - Do you see the writing on the wall? This gives a new meaning to drive through Chinese food.

3. From Sierra Marlee - BPR Business and Politics - Fury when Trump announces he’s J6 grand jury target: Trying to 'take him out' before the election ( - Have you taken the time to investigate who is Jack Smith? Do so and it will tell you all you need to know about the man who is driving the downfall of former President DJT.

4. From Tristan Justice - The Federalist - Biden Admin: Military Has ‘Sacred Obligation’ To Abort Babies ( - Think about this.

5. From Sally Pipes - I and I - Senate Democrats Take One More Step Toward Socialized Medicine – Issues & Insights ( - Can you say Canada? Great Britain? Are you ready?

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.

The HFS family needs lots of prayers right now. We have several sisters and brothers in great need of uplifting.

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.

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 faith and 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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