August
18
2014

The War on Childhood Part Two: Hypersexualization

August 19, 2014

While the Sexual Revolution was overthrowing American traditions of morality, sexual chastity, marriage, and temperance, the “Sex Ed” revolution that was quietly taking hold in public schools.

2istock_nicolesy-6-boy-hiding-his-eyes-behind-his-hands-frustrated-c One of the tactics Progressives use to weaken individuality is to strip away the traditions that moor us to our familial, religious, and national identities. Without such moorings, people tend to drift on whatever winds of social change prevail.

The most crucial traditions are those we learn first, as children. Family traditions such as holiday celebrations, religious observances, rites of passage, and structured interactions such as reunions and vacations, help form solid identities and a sense of security in children. But the most important of all traditions are moral traditions such as service, work ethic, honesty, faith, prayer, charity, love, modesty, chastity, and proper parental guidance in relationships and sexuality.

Progressivism, with its affinity for powerful government and powerless citizens, went for the throat of American morality, first by persuading women to abandon their identities as mothers and wives, and then by supplanting parental instruction in the sacred topics of sexuality and marriage with “Sex Ed” in public schools.

Although early in the 20th Century the National Education Association (NEA), a progressive teacher’s union, began pushing for sexuality education in public schools, the trend did not become widespread until the early 1960′s.  While the Sexual Revolution was overthrowing American traditions of morality, sexual chastity, marriage, and temperance, the “Sex Ed” revolution that was quietly taking hold in public schools. Though less visible and dramatic than the Sexual Revolution, the Sex Ed Revolution nevertheless laid a progressive foundation that would ensconce social experimentation where the nuclear family once reigned as the key institution of civil society. And some six decades following the Sex Ed Revolution, childhood itself  is unrecognizable from what my generation knew as years of innocence and safety when parents stood as a bulwark against all the scary, harmful things of the world.

During the the last decades of the 20th Century, the Silent Majority, complacent with prosperity and confident in public institutions, dozed as progressive theories and materials were infused into all subject areas taught public schools. American History was corrupted with what Dinesh D’Souza calls the “shaming of America.” American traditions and celebrations were diluted by multiculturalism, and reproductive biology– Sex Ed–became a backdoor for sexualization, and sexual activism, condom worship, and the gutting of moral traditions for children as young as the K-5 crowd.

Bill Clinton, bless his perverted little heart, for all his shenanigans finally awoke Americans to the impact public figures and policy have on our culture. When, during the Lewinsky brouhaha, middle schoolers started having oral sex on campus and saying “it’s not really sex” the dots were connected, and parents woke up and began to pay attention to what was being taught to their children in the schools which, for decades, they trusted and deemed wholesome. But the poison seeped in, little by little:

  • The AIDS scare of the 1980′s  brought forth condoms and “safe sex” as the best and only answer to the spread of HIV, and all the confusion and fear that came with it. Condoms, placed on a pedestal as the cultural symbol of safe sex, were introduced into schools in the early 1990′s, distributed in middle and high schools by 1995, and made part of early childhood curricula by the 2000′s. Youngsters’ exposure to mock (and real) male genitalia, and sexual intercourse resulted in the stripping away of natural modesty that most kids have as an innate shield to innocence. Sex was relegated to be a joke, a pastime, a sport, a “release,” and in the minds of vulnerable young people, lost its value as the bonding act of marriage and the essential and sacred act of procreation.
  • Pop culture has objectified teenagers as hyper-sexual creatures, for whom sexplay is the driving force behind everything they do. Progressive education teaches children that early sex is all right as long as you have a condom and the boy doesn’t become a rapist in the process. With no regard for the physical, emotional, or spiritual damage done by early pre-marital sex, or the cultural dangers it poses as both boys and girls are objectified as sex partners first, and humans second, movies, television, teen magazines, websites, chat rooms, and even some misguided parents fostered amorality and the resulting lack of understanding of and respect for commitment,  marriage, family and the proper order for them all.
  • Entertainment targeting teens and tweens glorifies promiscuity, bizarre sexual relationships, and extreme depravity (including rape) as the be all, end all of youthful aspirations while minimizing the value of boys and girls and men and women as individuals and mocking traditional, biologically-rooted roles. From MTV, which offers little more than offensive reality shows with a parade of reckless, perverted, sexually repugnant teenagers as role models, to Grand Theft Auto which legitimizes violence and rape in stomach-turning scenarios that deaden the senses and kill compassion, children are becoming increasingly isolated from the safety, tenderness, and respect that once defined romance.
  • All progressive social movements; Feminism, Socialism, LGBT Culture, Atheism of necessity function according to the laws of situational morality. In moral world where truth dictates law and law dictates justice, progressivism falls apart, so naturally its advocates try to convince people that there is no good nor evil, no absolute moral authority, no God. Public schools, the entertainment industry, the Internet, and media have spoon-fed American children the rationalizations that defy traditional mores. When there are no absolutes (“define what “is” is”) children lacking a moral measuring stick against which to judge behavior become prey to any adult with an agenda which seeks to exploit them. The North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is the perfect example of this. Planned Parenthood’s policy of the non-reporting of incest, statutory rape, and attack rape is made possible because children have learned that their bodies are not sacred, and sex is just another thing that happens. Though Progressives often use “it’s for the children” as a lie in which to couch their big government agenda, it is children that suffer most when their policies are implemented.
  • Divorce sometimes results in exposure to sexual abuse, or sexually inappropriate behavior by adults. Though individual divorces are not necessarily based on sexual immorality or other indiscretions, the absence of family structure resulting from it often leads to early sexualization of the affected children. Sexual and physical abuse of children is often at the hands of live-in boyfriends of divorced moms. Divorce has longer-term implications as well. It’s no accident that fewer and fewer young adults are choosing not to marry. Experience has taught many that marriage will inevitably lead to divorce, and they wrongly believe that it was the marriage itself that devastated their young hearts. Our current social welfare system also discourages marriage, and rewards women for having multiple children out of wedlock, often by multiple men. The tangent of community decay that results is correlated to generational poverty, learning problems, drug abuse, alcoholism, chronic unemployment, juvenile crime and imprisonment.
  • Pornographic and perverted Sex-Ed texts, if not stopped by the outcries of parents in local school districts are making their way into classes as early as 5th grade. Graphic illustrations of naked models in various states of sexual arousal, sex acts including lesbianism, homosexuality and bisexuality, and masturbation have been approved by may state and local school boards across the country. The texts include: Your Health Today, It’s Perfectly Normal, Heather has Two Mommies, Daddy’s Roomate

It’s impossible to tease out every cause of childhood early or hyper-sexualization, but one thing is clear; the culture no longer supports good parenting and strong families, and in many ways actively fights against the first and last bastions of character in America. There are answers, however, and they lie in individual responsibility. Strong families and safe children are made possible by faith, proper parenting, awareness and supervision, and self-reliance. Moral virtue still stands as a bulwark against misery and national decline, but our culture no longer supports these things and in many ways parents have little to trust other than God Himself to help them fight the war to save their children.

Next in the series, The War on Childhood: Debt

by Marjorie Haun 8/19/14

August
18
2014

Shock Poll: Alien 47% Predator 53%

Alien: Parasite, #Occupy the Planet

Predator: Hunting Enthusiast, Pro-2nd Amendment

August 18, 2014

This Alien brute has a tendency to Occupy Outer Space, and will wreak unbelievable havoc and destruction where ever it goes.

Good luck taking a break from the pre-election grappling that has us all brain-numbed and burned-out. The holidays only bring a greater sense of urgency to the battle between dark and light, evil and good, Liberal and Conservative. And the time has come for Americans to make up their squishy minds and back the best candidate in this perpetual bid for the supremacy of the Earth. Who will it be; Alien or Predator?

 

The vetting process of a lethal organism from an inscrutable hell hole in a far galaxy is imperfect at best, but let’s give it a try!

 

Alien

  • The Alien race is matriarchal with a queen as its head who, in the total absence of a biological father, breeds offspring in huge, dank incubation sites, which are the Alien version of overcrowded daycare centers. Once the Aliens colonizes a planet they are very difficult to exterminate. These deadly brutes have a tendency to Occupy Outer Space, and will wreak unbelievable havoc and destruction where ever they go.
  • The life cycle of the Alien organism involves a period during which it requires a host to incubate its parasitic offspring.  The Alien overtakes, and forcibly lays its egg in the stomach of the host. The offspring feeds off the very life of the host, sucking up everything for itself. At the end of the process, the Alien offspring bursts out of the still-living host. After using the resources of the host, absorbing everything  for its own sustenance, the Alien then kills the very thing that has given of itself to support the parasite.
  • The Alien is an unpleasant, ill-formed creature, largely unchanged for eons. It eschews technology and relies on primitive and animistic approaches in battling its enemies. It lives in filthy, sprawling colonies, and Alien is small-brained and reactive, skulking about in the shadows and waiting for its unsuspecting prey to walk by.
  • Alien has a seemingly endless mouth, with row after row of razor-sharp teeth, and flesh piercing retractable jaws which are fearsome and hideous. A human example of this feature would be Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is purportedly from another far off galaxy as well.
Looking at the features of Alien, it becomes clear that it is the Liberal candidate for Supreme Life Form of the Universe.

Predator

  • Predator is a hunter, an organism that uses technology to give itself the edge over its prey. It is skilled in feats of survival and does not depend on others.
  • Predator is an expert with weapons, probably a member of the NRA, and enjoys a masterful command of the art of war.
  • Predator plans ahead, can predict the actions of its prey and/or its enemies, and understands which approaches work and which fail.
  • Predator is self-reliant. It is not parasitic, and when hunting and killing, it is systematic and swift. Predator does not occupy planets which belong to other races, and it leaves quickly after cleaning up its mess.
  • Predator is physically fit, has gnarly dreadlocks and a badarse bod.
When establishing the strengths and “wow factor” of Predator, it is clear that he is the Conservative candidate for Supreme Life Form of the Universe.

By Marjorie Haun 8/18/14




August
17
2014

This Scary Movie is Not for Entertainment

August 17, 2014

This article originally published as “The Heritage Foundation’s 33 Minutes – The Most Terrifying Movie of the Year” on Blogcritics.org

For truly frightening cinematic fare you don’t have to go to the movie theater or wait until the wee hours of the morning, just follow your browser to “The Heritage Foundation Presents: 33 Minutes.”

The Heritage Foundation, a privately-funded think tank in Washington, DC, is hardly known for producing horror movies. “33 Minutes” is the unintentional exception to that rule.  Produced with the skill and input of numerous experts from the Heritage Foundation, this movie is both chilling and thought provoking.

The opening images of this 60-minute video are from the point of view of a ballistic missile as it screams into the heart of an American city. “33 Minutes” begins its narrative with an historical review of missiles and rocketry; from the modern threats of Iran and North Korea, to the first successful rocket built by Robert Goddard, further back still to the “rockets’ red glare,” of the War of 1812.  Interspersed with the narrative are pointed interjections from political figures such as former Attorney General Edwin Meese, and Margaret Thatcher.  The Heritage Foundation’s own Dr. James Carafano, an expert on nuclear ballistic missile warfare, makes the heady concepts of missile technology, and the dangers of nuclear proliferation in rogue states, understandable, and fascinating to the average viewer.

The central premise of 33 Minutes is the Constitutional directive to “Provide for the Common Defense.”  The movie argues for increasing America’s capability to defend against nuclear, biological, and chemical missile attack with a robust system of preemptive missile defenses. “Providing for the common defense requires anticipating new threat conditions and developing effective counter measures.” Powerful narration such as this is delivered against an artful backdrop of historical images and news flashes.  “33 Minutes” is humanized by intermittent “man-on-the-street” commentaries.  Most Americans can identify with the bewildered individuals who attempted to answer basic questions about ballistic missiles, the nature of the threats they present, and the present state of America’s defensive shield.  The Heritage Foundation produced this frightening movie for the purpose of educating an unconversant public about the terrible dangers posed by intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The movie’s title comes from the estimated time it would take for a ballistic missile launched from any point on the globe, to reach the United States mainland.  Dr. Carafano describes the ramifications of a nuclear attack on Manhattan.  The devastating, long-term effects of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) resulting from a high altitude nuclear burst are detailed.  The ugly aftermaths of explosive, biological, and chemical missile attacks are also illustrated.  These disquieting scenarios are amplified by the very real possibility that terrorist organizations have, or will have, ballistic missile technology at their disposal.

By this juncture in 33 Minutes, you may be feeling a little anxious.  The dangers to the United States are almost innumerable.  This, however, is not a horror movie whose protagonist is helpless.  The deus ex machina of “33 Minutes” is just that, a machine, or more accurately, cutting-edge technology.  In 1983, during the height of Cold War tensions, Ronald Reagan declared an initiative that would place anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defenses into space, where missiles could be shot down before their 33-minute trip was completed.  The Strategic Defense Initiative, SDI or “Star Wars,” was the answer to the threat of attack from the Soviet Union at the time.  The initiative was supported by the logic that if effective defenses were in place that no enemy would incur the expense of attacking the United States and that, over time, nuclear arsenals would decrease simply because they would lose their strategic importance.

Produced in 2008, the timeline in 33 Minutes, follows the stops and starts, since Reagan, in the development of anti-ballistic weapons technology.  By 2008 the technological ability to “hit a spot on a bullet with a bullet,” had been reached.  Land and sea-based anti-ballistic defenses were well on their way to becoming functional, though they were imperfect and not fully deployed.  The next push would be for space-based Star Wars defenses to be developed. There would then exist a comprehensive array of ABMs that could shoot down entire salvos of missiles before they re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.  This would provide the psychological deterrent to nuclear proliferation as well as a physical shield against harm to America.

The man-on-the-street interviewees were asked how much they thought it would cost to fully implement SDI; billions, trillions?  In fact, since 1983 100 billion defense dollars have been spent on ballistic missile defenses.  That amounts to about 3 1/2 billion per year.  In comparison, the cost in damage to Manhattan from the 9/11 attacks cost 83 billion.  You can be left a little breathless by the disclosures in 33 Minutes. And one is left to ask, “what price can be put on the survival of the United States, and her millions of souls?”

The Heritage Foundation made “33 Minutes” prior to the election of Barak Obama . In an unfortunate footnote, one of President Obama’s first acts was to cut defense spending.  More specifically, he took $1.5 billion out of ABM programs and cut by one-third the number of ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and California. 33 Minutes, in an ironic twist, had been produced shortly before the United States would become even more vulnerable to ballistic missile attack.

If you want to pass the time with a scary movie this summer, 33 Minutes is your best bet.  But just so you are not left feeling like a sitting duck, you can visit the website and see that there are a number of actions you can take to get the message out. The American electorate will be empowered by knowing about our vulnerabilities in a nuclear proliferation world. The answer to this dilemma lies in technology which already exists.  With proper funding, political will, and a little time, the unimaginable effects of a ballistic missile attack can be relegated to the realm of the imaginary.

By Marjorie Haun 8/17/14

August
16
2014

Whacking Eagles: How the Right can Capture the Environmental Narrative

August 16, 2014

Knowing what we know about the true agenda of the environmental movement, it’s no surprise that they, and their Democrat apologists, remain silent about the species and habitat destruction by green energy companies. There is no excuse, however, for the true political descendants of early conservationists–Conservatives–to remain mum about the problem.

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The Ivanpah Solar Electricity plant on the Nevada California border is sure to cook your goose. No, really, it will cook your goose. The $2.2 billion solar plant is arrayed on 5 square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas.  With 3-40 story towers and 350,000 huge mirrors which reflect sunlight to boilers at the top of the towers, temperatures around the towers can reach over 1,000 degrees F. Casualties of the latest experiment in “green” energy range from grebes to songbirds to hawks to peregrine falcons.  Although federal regulators are purportedly conducting a two-year study on this solar bird nukification, the outcry from the animal-rights Left is…nonexistent. Wildlife slaughtering green energy projects present a problem for the Left. This problem, if navigated with principle and consistency, gives the pro-development, pro-fossil fuel Right a golden opportunity to regain the high ground on environmental policy.

 

Problem #1: 

Conservationism, the ideology of smart management and conservation of natural resources conceived by, among others, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, has been snatched from conservatives by socialists and anti-capitalists and turned into “environmentalism.” Modern environmentalism is less about the natural world than it is about limiting human population, controlling human movement, and quashing  human progress in the name of a pristine environment.

Beyond the fact that a “pristine,” unchanging environment is contrary to the very nature of earth and its systems and is impossible to achieve, the environmental movement is littered with fallacy, man-made natural disasters (which is not an oxymoron, and you will see why) and economic ruin. Greg Walcher, president of the Natural Resources Group, and an expert in the public lands, wildlife, and forestry, reveals in his book “Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back,” that the environment, and its complex systems, are not the true concerns of environmentalists. Walcher, given the tasks through his public offices, to tackle the problems of threatened and endangered species, presented solutions to committees of so-called natural resource and environmental experts, which identified species depletion and the causes, and methods for repopulating the declining species. Walcher’s approach t-boned the entrenched environmentalists, whose modus operandi has always been to simply halt all human activity within the regions where threatened and endangered species are found, by offering up solutions which they could not oppose without revealing their true, socialist agenda.  They balked when Greg Walcher and his team turned the focus of environmental policy away from shutting natural lands and resources off from human use, to the actual reclamation of lands and restoration of threatened and endangered animal populations.

Though late in the game, Walcher, and a few other genuine conservationists, are finally bringing attention to the undeniable duplicity of the environmental movement. True conservationism, where authentic sustainability and environmental well-being are promoted, is a conservative principle, but few on the Right have been able to articulate these concepts in a compelling way, until now.

Problem #2:

The most adored pet project of the environmentalist Left, green energy, is turning out to be a major threat to thousands of animals and their habitats. Wind turbines kill thousands of birds and bats each year, many of them endangered species. Solar farms are disorienting and killing migrating bird populations, and scorching to death countless acres of open land.  Solar arrays have resulted in the erosion of large swaths of desert soils, the stunting and destruction of plant life, and the loss of numerous ground-dwelling animals. Knowing what we know about the true agenda of the environmental movement, it’s no surprise that they, and their Democrat apologists, remain silent about the species and habitat destruction by green energy companies. There is no excuse, however, for the true political descendants of early conservationists–Conservatives–to remain mum about the problem. The fact that green energy is whacking eagles presents a golden opportunity to take back the high ground regarding land and wildlife issues.

Some Western politicians, such as Scott Tipton, U.S. Congressman (R) of Colorado, are introducing legislation to bring common sense back to taking care of our forests with smart management of resources as well as allowing natural burn and regrowth processes to take place with minimal intervention. But, although we love our forests and mountain environs, the way to the hearts of citizen voters is through cuddly critters. There are hundreds of videos available on Youtube.com documenting the slaughter of birds by wind turbines. There are numerous articles in respected publications documenting habitat destruction and the killing of species by other green energy systems. My advice to any organization, political or otherwise, which is truly concerned about our precious earth and its creatures, is to go on the offensive against the companies responsible for this mass slaughter and ruination, as well as the politicians who look away and refuse to fine these companies, and even go so far as granting them waivers for killing endangered species.

The Bald Eagle is our national symbol, and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, as an emblem of a revitalized patriotism on the Right. It’s time for the Right to save the eagles from being whacked by the crony-capitalist Left.

by Marjorie Haun  8/16/14

August
14
2014

Bullhorn for the Common Man

August 14, 2014

Luke 12:3

Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

At the risk of inciting indignation in Classicists, I’m going to compare the Internet to the printing press. Most people are able to connect the dots from the invention of the rudimentary printing press, invented in the West by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th Century, and his subsequent dissemination of the Bible to many ordinary folk in Europe, to the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the Space Age. Following the Space Age is the Information Age, in which we now live. Not unlike the education of the masses through Biblical studies, made possible by Gutenberg and his Bible Project, the Information Age is about the sharing of knowledge and data with everyone who can be called human who gives a dang. So, before you historians put me on the rack, consider the ways in which the Internet gives power and influence to the common man:

  • Like utilities such as electricity, phone, and water, the Internet is now considered an everyday necessity, and people regard it as such, paying for Internet service often in a bundle with phone and television service. People use it for banking, shopping, and communication. Since Internet  service is considered a necessity, most people budget for it, thus making it affordable.
  • The Internet requires no specialized knowledge to use. Unlike printing presses during the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment, which required great wealth, skill, and the luxury of time, the Internet can be used, for good or ill, almost instantaneously, by anyone who has a point of view, or who wants to enact social change of one kind or another.
  • The Internet is the most democratic form of mass media ever devised. Once the stronghold of thought and data, Print-based Media  is dying in the West. Expensive and cumbersome in comparison to the Internet, newspapers are ignored because people are opting to become their own watchdogs, their own filters, picking and choosing through the Internet smorgasbord of information, what is important to them and what they want to believe. The mainstream media once controlled the flow of “news” to citizens. Now little more than the PR firm for the Left Wing, it’s death is not mourned, but celebrated as Internet outlets go cyber to create a new Free Press.
  • The Internet places responsibility on the individual to choose wisely to a greater degree than at any other time in human history. It can be a sewage pipe into your home, or a ray of knowledge and information, depending on how its used. Because the Internet, like all things in life, has aspects which are good and aspects which are evil, its users have to become more educated in cultural and political matters than ever before. The foundation for self-taught wisdom are products of the printing press: The Bible, The Founding Documents, Democracy in America, and modern books such as The Naked Communist, which warn people against the evils of unlimited government, as well as poison texts such as Rules for Radicals, the Feminine Mystique, and anything by Noam Chomsky or Howard Zinn, direct people to paths where they discover either truth or tripe.
  • The Internet knows no class. Poverty is no barrier to influence. Anyone can create an Internet presence with a little innovation, ingenuity, and time. Internet celebrities, including those nobodies who rise to stardom and monetize their Internet popularity, often do so out of obscurity. If a disfigured kitten can rise to worldwide notoriety through the power of social networking, made possible only by the Internet, anyone can.
  • Anyone can become a reporter of events which have international importance. Political narratives, as well as world events, can be Internet driven. Twitter, once thought a silly distraction, is a resource for instant news. Twitter can be used to share news stories reported by traditional and non-traditional sources, but ordinary folk as well as those who consider themselves citizen journalists, can tweet text and pictures of events, such as natural disasters and war happenings, well before paid journalists arrive at the scene. It’s not unheard of for a report on the evening broadcast to be old news because it already made its way through the social networks starting with a tweet from an ordinary person.
  • The Internet holds government accountable. Despite the fact that legislators have attempted many times to control Internet content and devise way to punish those people who post content they don’t like, they’ve been largely unsuccessful. Our government, the executive branch and its agencies are, no doubt, out-of-control. But their attempts to destroy our liberty would have much more impact without the Internet shield which keeps the worst tyrants at bay. Each time our government has attempted to destroy our First Amendment rights, it’s been rebuffed by leaders and citizens combining their voices through the power of the Internet. Every time Leftist politicians have used a tragedy to try to nullify the Second Amendment, they have been stopped by outpourings of opposition made possible through the instantaneous communication and concentration of activism via Internet websites and social networks.
  • The Internet encourages the wise to be more publicly moral. For good or ill, Internet shaming is a reality. Thousands of instances of overreactions by law enforcement officers and faux pas by politicians are uploaded onto various video websites every year. Some public videos are harmful to their subjects, but often those in positions of trust and power are forced to be kinder, more circumspect, and better behaved while under the scrutiny of citizens. Careers and lives and be made or destroyed in the blink of an eye through the power of the Internet. The advice dished out by by older generations carries more weight than ever: Honesty is the Best Policy. Don’t do anything to embarrass your family. Behave yourself.

The Internet, like other technological breakthroughs of the last few decades, has changed our lives in unimaginable ways.  Self-discipline, character, solid core principles, and temperance are more important than ever. The following verse should be very sobering to everyone.

Luke 12:3

Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

by Marjorie Haun  8/14/2014

 

August
14
2014

First Steps to Surviving an EMP Attack

August 14, 2014

Originally posted on PrepperResources.com on 1/2/14

7 actions to take immediately following an EMP strike

The threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) strike on this country is a very well documented one, I have written about the threat in the past and have used information from the EMP Commission report which was published in 2004 in several of my articles.  Most recently I read an article published over on the Economic Collapse Blog which sums up nicely what impact an EMP strike would have on our country.

1- Use your cash.  In the first few days after an EMP strike cash will still have value.  Take all of your cash and that radio flyer wagon your kids have and walk down to the corner store.  Avoid the big retail stores, I suggest finding the corner gas station or local drug store.  The owner of the store will no doubt be there, concerned that the items in the store are unprotected during a power outage.  Explain to the owner that you are in need of some supplies, can pay cash and do not require change.  Tell him/her that you will give them an extra $100 to allow you to “shop” for a few minutes.  Load up your wagon with anything you can find to include medication, candy bars, water bottles, pop tarts, lighters, hand sanitizer etc etc.  Of course you should be well stocked at home but you might as well get rid of your worthless paper money in exchange for any amount of extra supplies you can get your hands on.  In a week (maybe less) most stores will be completely looted so you need to take advantage of this moment.

2- Fill up the tub(s) with water.  Hopefully you have a water bob for each bath tub in your home in addition to several other water storage devices and water purification/filtration devices.  Remember a down grid means that fresh water will stop flowing to your home very quickly.  Fill up your tub as soon as you can, that extra hundred or so gallons could prove invaluable.  If you are concerned about the quality of the water remember you can add 8 drops of regular Clorox bleach per gallon to help purify what you have in the tub.

3- Talk to your neighbors.  This step is absolutely critical, you have to get out and talk to your close neighbors and explain to them what is going on.  They will be in denial for the most part, hopefully you have copies of the EMP report printed off which you can distribute as you go door to door.  Explain to them what is going on and that time is critical, let them know a worst case scenario means that there will be no help coming for quite a long time.  Additionally mention the following to them.

a. Discuss a neighborhood watch.  Tell them that in a few days or weeks things will get dangerous with hungry people roaming the streets.  It is essential that you define your neighborhood’s boundaries and set up a neighborhood watch of sorts, assigning people to different shifts.

b. Offer to hold a meeting.  Set a time that you will have a meeting at your home, say every day after sunrise in your garage.  Tell them they are invited and that every day you will be there passing out information.  At first you might not have anyone attend these meetings, in a few days there will be a handful and in a week you might have 50 or more hungry, scared, tired people demanding answers.  If you are going to assume the role of a leader, be prepared to do just that.

c. Tell them to use their cash.  Much like you should have already done, tell them that their cash will soon be worthless and that they need to get down to the market to spend it.  Most people have no cash on hand, so this probably won’t be a real issue.

d. Tell them to inventory their supplies.  Most people have 3 to 5 days food on hand in their home.  You should mention that they need to start rationing what they have, and taking inventory of everything else.

e. Start identifying those with skills.  I wrote about how to organize a survival community as well as what skills will be valuable after T-SHTF in a few recent articles  While making the rounds in your neighborhood you should start identifying who has special skills and make note of it.  Cops or military personnel could help with security, Doctors have obvious value, and so on and so forth.

4- Start rationing food.  Hopefully you have at least a 1 year supply of food for your family, if not more.  Start rationing immediately because more than likely you will have to share some of your food with your neighbors.  It will be unavoidable, you will need their help to survive as a community and there is absolutely no way that they will starve while watching you and your family live high on the hog.  This doesn’t mean that you cannot oversee how some rations are distributed, or seek out other sources of food, but just remember nobody gets through SHTF alone.

5- Hygiene preparations.  Consider where you are going to dispose of your human waste, it might be a good time to start digging that pit.  Also consider where you will dispose of your trash and if you will bury it or burn it.  Remember the trash man won’t be around next Sunday and your toilets will stop flushing very quickly.

6- Listen to your weather radio.  Prior to the EMP strike you had a small solar/hand crank weather radio secured in an old microwave in the basement, it still works.  You should monitor NOAA Weather Radio frequencies throughout the day in case there is information being published which you can use to stay informed.  Maybe the strike only covered 500 square miles and help will be on the way in a week, or maybe there is nothing but static…not a good sign.

7- Consider your own security plan.  Despite all of the actions you are taking, trying to help those within your community by reaching out to organize them, realize that not everything goes to plan.  There could be dissenters within your neighborhood or those outside of your community who might choose to take advantage of the situation.  Looting will become prevalent very quickly and no neighborhood will be immune.  Consider your security plan, this is no time to rely on the charity and goodness of mankind.  Remain suspicious of all activity and never walk around unarmed.  Never allow your family members to venture out alone and remember to stay in after dark.  All of that said I would caution against using deadly force unless absolutely necessary.  Protect yourself and your family but remember that there will come a time when the power does come back on and people will be held accountable for their actions.

Please read the full article on PrepperResources.com

Posted by Reagangirl.com  8/14/14

August
13
2014

The Growing Threat of an EMP Strike

August 13, 2014

Protect and Defend the U.S. from EMP Threat

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High altitude nuclear detonation over North America resulting in a cataclysmic EMP

The United States could find itself in a precarious position much worse than the recent D.C. earthquake if attacked by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. An EMP would  cause current and voltage surges and burn out the semi-conductor chips of all electronic devices within the line of sight. A single nuclear weapon detonated at a high altitude has the potential to instantly send the United States back to the 19th century. The Heritage Foundation recently devoted one of its public events to this important issue. As James Carafano, Baker Spring, and Richard Weitz argue, despite the EMP Commission’s 2004 and 2008 recommendations, hardly any progress has been made in protecting the country from the consequences of an EMP attack.

A long-range ballistic missile shot from Iran, Russia, China, or North Korea could deliver a nuclear payload to an altitude high enough to cause an EMP blast. Less technologically challenging short-range nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, launched from vessels such as freighters, tankers, or container ships off U.S. shores, could cause an EMP effect.

The best way to address the EMP threat is to build a robust missile defense system, comprised primarily of Aegis ballistic missile defense capable ships;Aegis Ashore, a land-based missile defense component; and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capabilities. So far, the Obama Administration’s record is questionable. It has made massive cuts to the U.S. missile defense program and cancelled some of the most promising programs.

An EMP could be inflicted without an organized group behind it. With the right equipment, a lone terrorist could cause a blackout of a city—and he would not even need a nuclear weapon. The EMP effect can also be created during an electromagnetic solar storm—known as a Carrington effect—and could impact the grid the same way as a nuclear weapon.

It is imperative for the United States to prepare for an EMP attack. For about $200 million, the United States can harden the major transformers associated with major metropolitan areas. This relatively minor investment could save millions of American lives.

August
12
2014

Immigrants and their Big Government Pharaohs

August 12, 2014

Unacquainted with the responsibilities affixed to true liberty, these immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere, vote for candidates who promise to recreate the failing authoritarian regimes which they left behind.

2Moses1   Did Moses make a mistake in leading the Israelite masses out of Egyptian bondage? After all, he was dealing with countless people who had lived for centuries among the polytheistic Egyptians, conforming to their civil laws and working side by side with them day in, day out. For generations the Egyptians tolerated the presence of the fecund Israelites, partly in honor of the beloved Joseph who preserved them in the midst of a regional famine, and partly because they were compliant neighbors.

The Children of Israel had their religious traditions and held their ethnic identity separate from the Egyptians, but nevertheless, pagan doctrines and worship practices seeped into their culture, and they inevitably became comfortable living under a powerful monarch which rejected the God of Israel but offered plenty of food and political security. The Hebrews failed to recognize that their freedom had eroded during 400 years under Egyptian rule, until a Pharaoh arose who feared that with their great numbers they would join other nations and overtake their host government. Placing the Children of Israel into servitude, reckoned the Pharaoh, would place Egypt in control of its guest worker program, dampening any potential for insurrection.

Although they groaned under the burden of slavery and longed for something better than their increasingly dire predicament with a paranoid Pharaoh in charge, the Israelites did not openly rebel. They continued to live, humbly as ever, with the oversight of their governors who meted out their daily food, assigned them jobs, and protected their nation from foreign enemies. In their deprivation the Hebrews enjoyed a measure of security in Egypt, and though they complained and lived daily with the sting of injustice, it would take Moses, a prophet called of God, to incite an insurrection.

Through Divine manifestations of curses and miracles, Moses persuaded Pharaoh that he had no choice but to free the Israelites, and they made their Exodus from their homeland of 4 centuries. The Israelites passed through the Red Sea, with the pursuing Egyptians swallowed up in the deluge, never again to rule over them. For a moment they rejoiced, but looking out at a vast and empty desert, they must have thought, “What the hell did we just do?”

Within days, exposed to the elements, hungry, and beset with uncertainty and infighting, they returned to Egypt, at least in a form of worship. Like saplings trying to grow where only slivers of light penetrate the thicket, the Children of Israel were spiritually stunted, spindly and undernourished. They turned to what they knew from the land of their memory, idol worship. Moses didn’t have the time to prepare their minds for the uncertainties of liberty. Overtaken with despair they balked, wishing they had never been freed, craving the security of their former bondage.

The Israelites lacked the confidence required to understand that they were free to create for themselves a great nation in a land flowing with milk and honey. With their social structure shaken, their meager, yet certain homes far behind them, they longed once again to have a Pharaoh to take care of them. Forty years they wandered, not as a matter of punishment, but that the corrupted generation, the Israelites who remembered and yearned for their lives in Egypt, would pass away and a new crop of faithful Hebrews, accustomed to the wilderness of freedom, would remember no more the abundance of Egypt and the superintendence of Pharaoh.

New York City, November 5, 2013

Bill De Blasio, uber Socialist, big government Democrat is elected mayor of the largest city in America. Democrats vote overwhelmingly for the extreme leftist, De Blasio, and of those 96% of blacks and 85% of Latinos in the city opted for the command-and-control Progressive.

New York  is a city of immigrants. It’s as difficult to find an English-speaking bystander in New York as it is in Mexico City or Montreal. The latest wave of immigrants flooding into New York and other major U.S. cities are from nations where either socialism or tyranny is the rule. Opportunity and freedom are magnets, no doubt, but generous social programs and promises of free healthcare, food and housing attract countless millions, legal and illegal, who seek a mix of personal liberty and government support.

Like the Children of Israel, many 21st Century immigrants long for the security provided by the dictators or socialist democracies of their homelands. Unacquainted with the responsibilities conjoining true liberty, these immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere, vote for candidates who promise to recreate the failing authoritarian regimes which they left behind. Freedom is a scary thing. For people reared in nations with cradle-to-grave programs dictating every aspect of life, it can be overwhelming.

Victories by little dictators like De Blasio in immigrant-heavy cities are exploding the myth of the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The liberated Israelites knew freedom only as an intellectual concept. When exposed to the uncertainties of its reality, they rejected it , pining for Pharaoh.  Immigrant populations, alien to rugged individualism, self-reliance, and the hazards of freedom, are busy in America electing their own little pharaohs into political office.

by Marjorie Haun  8/12/14


 

 

 

August
11
2014

A Plea From the People Stranded on Sinjar

August 11, 2014

Walid Phares, a Lebanese-born American and one of the worlds foremost scholars of Global Terrorism and Middle Eastern Affairs, just minutes ago posted this on Facebook.

This is a plea for immediate prayers and forthcoming support from the American Military to help the imperiled Iraqi civilians stranded, starving and helpless on Mount Sinjar. This is a plea for a miracle to save our fellow humans in the midst on a holocaust.

Tonight, while we in the peaceful West sleep, hundreds of imperiled innocent babies, women, and men will die from exposure, thirst, hunger,  and the brutality of Islamo Fascist radicals under the banner of ISIS.

 

Posted at 10:48 mountain time, 8/10/2014 by Reagangirl.com

Yazidi civilians carry bodies of dead and dying children Photo from the Daily Mail

Yazidi refugee camp Photo AFP/Getty

August
10
2014

“Threatened” Species Threatening Energy Interests

August 10, 2014

The article below is of particular interest to those in Colorado concerned about how various “threatened” (meaning anything from “iffy” to “robust”) sub-species of sage grouse are being used by the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and environmental lobbying groups as a weapon against western fossil fuel interests.

From the Daily Signal

How a ‘Threatened’ Species Is Threatening Jobs in One State

A red male, lagopus perched on driftwood. (Photo: Newscom)

HOXIE, Kan.—These days, when Kyle Randa scouts a new location for an oil well, his schedule is a little different.

He still gets up early to drive out to the spot. But rather than get right to work, he sits for a few hours and listens. And hopes he doesn’t hear the booming call of the now-infamous lesser prairie chicken.

Like countless others in western Kansas, Randa’s job has been upended by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision last March to list this small grouse as a threatened species. With the decision came new rules, regulations and the threat of fines for disturbing the bird.

Folks in the oil and gas industry are now restricted where they can work—it costs as much as $45,000 in fines to tear up a single acre of lesser prairie chicken habitat. But it goes beyond that. Randa, who works for Mull Drilling of Ness City, used to start his days by 6 a.m. or earlier, but now he and other oil patch workers are barred from going anywhere near a rig before 9 a.m.

What happens if, say, there’s a fire? Randa just shrugs and said it’s not worth inviting fines. They’ll just wait it out.

Under the scorching summer sun, restricted hours mean hotter, longer days with fewer jobs to go around.

“It’s going to change our lifestyle, how we operate,” Randa said. “They’re trying to set the hours you can work. They’re going to restrict where you can and where you can’t work. We don’t work 9-5.”

Although the initial impact of the USFWS ruling is being felt by the energy industry, a ripple effect is inevitable. Oil and gas are huge economic factors in communities across western Kansas. They provide not only reliable employment, but make up a substantial chunk of the tax base. Ed Cross, president of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, said in July 2013 the industry employs as many as 67,000 Kansans.

Until May 12, at least some of those jobs were spread across about 15 oil wells near Oakley, right in the heart of lesser prairie chicken habitat.

“We stopped because we don’t want to be their [USFWS] poster boy,” said Mark Hammerschmidt, a driller with Pelican Hill Oil and Gas.

“We’ve got guys on drilling units that don’t have jobs now because there’s so many that have backed off,” he said. “Each well, you’re affecting maybe 100 people by the time you get all the service, all the guys on the rig. There’s a whole lot more to it than just drilling a hole and putting a pumping unit on it. There’s a lot of service industries that are affected by this.”

But even more unsettling than the threat of fines—which can range upwards of $25,000 for just disturbing a lesser prairie chicken, Randa said—is the uncertainty. Folks aren’t sure exactly how things will be enforced and just how closely the federal government will follow the letter of the law.

But if you ask Jim Carlson, the whole decision is wrong from the start.

Carlson heads the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition, a group of 31 Kansas counties that have banded together to fight the perceived power grab by the federal government.

“The science doesn’t support the listing,” Carlson told a crowd of worried individuals during a KNRC meeting in Hoxie on Thursday.

The official USFWS report detailing the lesser prairie chicken listing is a staggering 600 pages long, but at the very core is one simple number: 18,000. That’s how many birds government officials say they counted in Kansas last year, down from 34,000 birds counted in 2012.

Here’s a secret: In reality, they have no way of knowing just how many lesser prairie chickens reside in Kansas, and the methodology they use to count the birds is shaky at best.

According to surveys conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the birds are counted by listening for their calls within a given area, under a few assumptions:

  • Only males are counted
  • All males attend leks (mating grounds)
  • There are as many females as males
  • All leks within the survey area are detected.

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Travis Perry

@Watchdogorg

Travis Perry is a reporter for Watchdog.org, a national network of investigative reporters covering waste, fraud and abuse in government. Watchdog.org is a project of the nonprofit Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.

Posted by Reagangirl.com  8/10/14

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