Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #81. Thank for stopping by to spend some time with us this week. We are under a week until the national election and I'm not sure we know anymore now then a month or six months ago. Covid-19 is increasing
Ms. Lucy and I enjoyed a trip over to Northwestern, GA to meet some new like minded preparers. We spent one day providing eight full hours of preparedness training and day two was visiting a family of preparers to discuss and assess their preparedness plans. Any time we can spend with like minded preparers is great and its like being with family. It was a great trip and always comforting to meet new folks who are putting forth the effort to become prepared and self-reliant. We appreciate all the hospitality and great food and friendship. More on the food topic in "thoughts for the week."
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HFS YouTube - I posted two new videos to the HFS page this week for your viewing. You can check them out at https://youtu.be/PK4RTWsLW8g
Thursday Zoom Rallies – HFS continues the Thursday HFS Zoom Virtual rallies weekly. We completed week 29 with a great Zoom meeting. This weeks zoom featured a special guest to discuss being a post-apocalyptic author, pilot, and homesteader. Mr. Steven Bird, retired Navy, current aviator and DD-12 Post-Apocalyptic author, spent about two hours of his valuable time with the HFS Zoom group to share thoughts on homesteading, writing his books and answer questions. The HFS Zoom group and I personally thank Steve for taking time out to share his story. You can check out Steven's work at www.stevencbird.com
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Moving along …
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Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week –
We are less than one week from the upcoming 2020 Presidential election and this could be the most important election of our lifetime, so far. We thought 2016 was critical, but this one tops that one. By far. Personal opinion.
Because of uncertainty to where I will be on election day, I went ahead and decided to vote by absentee here in Alabama while I'm here. Alabama does not have early voting. I went on the website and printed out my forms, filled them in, and headed for the county courthouse to take care of it. WOW. Shocker. My simple trip lasted 4 1/2 hours. The line for absentee voting was well over 500 people and I was told it has been this way daily since the option opened two weeks ago.
A few observations from the court house:
Security was very controlled and tight. Lots of city and county police officers on foot and in vehicles surrounding the approach paths and actual court house. So a show of force was apparent.
Across the street from the court house (on one of the four sided building with voters standing in line around all four sides waiting to reach a single point entry, two shiny black suburban's remained parked. Outside one could see several black males, dressed alike, monitoring the personnel waiting in line. A friend told me these gents stood waiting to address any issues to minority voters in line who may face voter oppression.
Based on appearance and apparel it was obvious far more Biden/Harris supporters stood waiting their chance to cast their vote. Why was it so obvious? They dawned BLM face mask, shirts, and others sported t-shirts with the Biden/Harris logo with the red and blue design. I did not see a single red Make America Great logo, hat, or shirt. I witnessed one hat with Don't Tread on Me. I asked another voter "isn't it illegal to be at or near a polling or voting assembly wearing or carrying any clothing or material with slogans indicating a candidate of choice?" Nothing was said and it was allowed during the period I was at the court house.