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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #265

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #265. Welcome to May 2024. Thanks for stopping by for this week's edition of the PENL. We appreciate your support.

Ms. Lucy and I returned home safely after a 9-day whirlwind vacation through five states. It was a great trip with the opportunity for some relaxation, thinking, achieved objectives (for me, more below in Thoughts for the Week) and a few first for Ms. Lucy. She got to go up in the St Louis Arch, take in a St Louis Cardinal baseball game, visit Branson, and knock off three states on her US states visited list. So, it was good.

We had a great visit with one of our original HFS families near Tulsa, OK. Great preparedness conversations, fellowship, and chats on faith and the world today. It was wonderful to see and hear all the fantastic preparedness steps they have taken and continue to make happen for self-reliability and their family preparedness insurance policy. Words, plans, action, results. It won't happen on its own and this family has gone the extra mile. I did learn two new books of the Bible. 1st and 2nd Bologna. That's right. Summed up, it's all the people who claim to know the Bible and practice faith, yet only stand for God's word when it's convenient to their cause. Thanks for your hospitality and sharing your home with us.

We ended our trip by stopping on the Cumberland Plateau to visit Mrs. and Mr. Festus for about four hours. It was a wonderful visit. Life has been so busy since the start of 2024 that I didn't realize until driving down their driveway I hadn't had the chance visit with them face to face since January 2024. So, it was very nice to spend time together.

Thanks to everyone who helped us make this trip a great vacation. It was really special having one of our hometown neighborhood HFS families in Branson, MO during our visit. We got some really good quality time together and enjoyed the meals and boat ride much.

I would tell you how many weeks left till Christmas. More importantly, we have about 17 more weeks until the Presidential election 2024. Can you believe it? We are roughly 26 weeks from picking our next leader. Some may ask if we should keep our current President or nominate a change in direction and a new leader. I would add a third category. Do you believe our nation will actually have the next election? While driving home from Oklahoma recently we listened to a podcast who had a conservative Constitutional attorney discussing the current case in NY and the one at the Supreme Court on Presidential immunity. This guy is not a conspiracy guy nor alternative news voice. At the end of his interview, he was asked to give his thoughts on what the future held. The thing that stuck out to me was when he said "anyone voting in the upcoming election should vote early or at the first opportunity available because the government may cause some level of event on election day to stop the voting." You can think about that and come up with your own meaning to his words.

Books for kids - Many of you often speak about getting children involved in preparedness at a young age. Fellow Patriot James Walton has written a new 1st book to be part of a series. James is a good guy who works hard in the prepper community to educate people. I was honored to be a guest on Jim's podcast a couple years ago and enjoyed it much. Here is a link to go check out and decide if you want to purchase a book. The World of Ready: Book 1 Go Bags: 9798323305056: Walton, James: Books

Let us move along....

Upcoming Preparedness Events:

Mountain Readiness Expo - May 03, 2024, 9:00 AM – May 05, 2024, 12:00 PM

VanHoy Campground, 742 Jericho Rd, Harmony, NC 28634, USA - Mountain Readiness Expo 2024 | Mountain Readiness

Kentucky Bushcraft Revival

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Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)

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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.

Thoughts for the week -

I would like to give a big shout out of thanks to Dr. Tracy for again providing a part 2 to her series on preparedness. It's great reading thoughts from other preparers. Thanks, Dr. T. I owe you. (Smile)

Dr. Tracy Part II

So here’s a scenario for you….What would you do if you knew when the crap was really going to hit the fan?

So far you have been preparing with an all hazard mindset that includes natural disasters, power outages, terrorism, extreme weather events, EMP, economic collapse and everything in between.  Great job!!  Give yourselves a hand! 

Can we talk about the reality of the world we live in and what is the most likely scenario that we have not really looked at?  We have been so focused on preparing for an event and surviving the event not for preparing to live in the day to day after the event.  So here’s your scenario based on real threat assessment and open intelligence sources.

In three years' time there will be a major trigger event, most likely China and North Korea will invade Taiwan.  On day 1 of that event, you now know that in 3 weeks World War 3 begins.  On day 19, America receives a nuclear decapitation strike against military bases on US soil and power is taken out across the nation.  Cities are not included in this first strike.  Within 72 hours without power the population within the cities begin to move from house to house looking for food and water.  Within a week, that population begins to suffer mass casualties from the lack of food and potable water, violence, and weather-related exposures.  Sewers have begun to back up into residential structures making apartments and houses uninhabitable.  Disease from raw sewage now begins. By day 15 Food borne illnesses and dysentery are rampant and the population is becoming more feral. The economy has collapsed and there is no way to get or give currency nor are there goods to purchase.  The last news from the government is that they have retreated to bunkers to maintain continuity of government and have told the nation that they are working hard to win the war and for God to bless us all.  They have not indicated that any help is coming and the message is clear that you are on your own.  It is now 31 days in and you have just heard that America is under occupation by any number of factions, the Chinese, the United Nations, the Cartels and other Marauders.  Without word from the government you are assuming it to be true.  You are now in an Occupied Zone.

1.      What can you do now within that 3 year countdown to better prepare and have resources available for your family or community?

2.      Have you considered how to manage the contingency of sewer systems backing up into your home without electric pumps to keep that from happening if you are on city sewer lines?

3.      Are you prepared for the house to house searchers and how you will deal with them?  Hint: shoot them all is not the answer……

4.      Are you prepared for the weather related exposures whether high heat or freezing temperatures?

5.      Have you ever considered the prospect of Occupation by a foreign group or Gang?  Have you mentally prepared for that scenario?

6.      Where will you get your official information or news from to be able to discern fact from fiction or fear?

7.      What skills do you or your group have now that will make you stronger and able to hang on?

8.      What skills do you or your group need to put in place to ensure your ability to live?

9.      Have you considered that a new form or a foreign government may be in power in the aftermath of such events?  Especially if under occupation.

10.  Have you considered that at some point with the best case scenario, you last outside of the fray for at least 3 years, what role you will be required to play in a new world under a new or foreign government system?

11.  Have you considered what you will do when you are eventually found or have to rejoin society?

12.  What does it look like if  we are sold out or conquered as a nation?

These are all hard questions and those who live will have gone through some terrible things just as those who have gone before us have.  The point is that others have gone through these same scenarios in every war before us. The hostages taken on October 7th are going through it now.

We need to develop our mindsets now to prepare.  Reading the Word of God and historical accounts of others and receiving inspiration from a people who documented the struggles of exile and occupation and war in victory and defeat.  How we live through it matters.  Last time I talked about putting down guiding principles to live by as a group.  Those are the reason we live and tell the tale.  Our integrity and our faith and our principles are the things that go with us and help us not to become feral, defending yourself is good and righteous but outright slaughter of innocents is not a goal or principle that I could live with.

All wars end and to the victor goes the spoils and it is the victor who writes the history.  I can write the victory of the battle even if I lose because I know how I fought it.  I can choose to be part of the healing of a nation or I can choose to be the victim of the oppressor.  That’s something that no one can take from you….your ability to choose how you will react or respond to the awful.  I expect to be violated and mistreated by someone who has declared me an enemy and vowed to destroy me without ever meeting me.  When your heart and mind are set on war and on dominating another there is little room for dialog or humanizing the one you intend to defeat.  I don’t expect fairness or compassion from those who seek to harm me and my family or my community.  I don’t expect to escape or to come through any of it unscathed.  I expect to be betrayed and that no one is obligated to be loyal to me in any way.  Saying that doesn’t mean I give anyone permission to throw me under a bus or that I want to be a martyr!   I intend to fight and be fierce if I can and to live but I won’t do it without the understanding of what it really is.  We are just the next part of the war that has raged for millennia. The enemies we face will be brutal and have no mercy…whether that enemy is starvation or a soldier’s sword.   I hope to fight the good fight and keep the faith and do my best to maintain a spirit that is focused on the eternal things that I hope will remain.  Faith, hope and love.

We have 3 years make them count.


Preparing with Tony at Sub Tera Organics - Another good video from Tony on preparing and planting your tomatoes.


Let us move along to some other news.

Preparedness News -

1.From Linda Loosli - Food Storage Moms - Very Basic Steps for Starting Emergency Prepping - Food Storage Moms - Here you go. Just getting started on preparedness?

2. From Tom Marlowe - Survival Sullivan - 12 Alternatives to Communicate After the Grid Goes Down - Survival Sullivan - The continued hot topic of communications.

3. From Rebekah Pierce - Homestead Survival Site - 25 Pioneer Items We'll Need Again Someday ( - Great list. Having these resources is one thing. Knowing how to use them is another.

4. From Prep School Daily - Prep School Daily: The Medicinal Uses of Usnea - Another addition to check out and consider if you want it in your medicinal kit.

5. From Elizabeth Grant - Ask a Prepper - Never Feed This to Your Chickens - Ask a Prepper - Do you treat your chickens like family? If you are dependent on eggs or meat, you might want to reconsider what you are feeding them.

Other News -

1.From Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - It's The End Of The Foreign Exchange Reserves As We Know It... Don't Feel Fine About It | ZeroHedge (Thanks Festus, for this submission.)

2. From Kevin Stocklin - Epoch Times - Meet the Lawyers Taking Big Government to the Supreme Court—And Winning | The Epoch Times - (Thanks Festus, for this submission.)

4. From Cortney Weil - Blaze Media - Votes at United Methodist conference may pave way for LGBTQ+ clergy, weddings in US: 'This is God's vision' - Conservative Review - Anyone paying attention could see this coming a few years ago.

5. From Tristain Justice - The Federalist - Left-Wing Dark Money Groups Bankroll Anti-Israel Demonstrations ( - Again, no surprise here. Let's go back to Portland, Seattle and Minnesota to get started.

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.

Our HFS family has many prayers needs for health and moral. We love you all and continue praying for each of you.

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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