Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Day after Tomorrow Will Be Better, 2

Continued from "The Day after Tomorrow Will Be Better"

Once when Alex and I were driving through the suburbs of Modrice, a group of young German hoodlums about fifteen years old threw stones at us. Our car windows were open, but fortunately,we were able to duck. A policeman was on the corner and Alex stopped the car immediately to ask him to arrest the boys.

The officer explained that it was impossible because Czech police were not permitted to arrest German-speaking citizens. That was disturbing. We were in our own country, and yet a minority siding with our professed enemy seemed to be gaining the upper hand. The incident upset us profoundly. (Zdena Kapral, Tomorrow Will  Be  Better, p. 43)

The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway. (Deuteronomy 28:33)

Under the Mosaic Covenant, God told His people that unfaithfulness to Him would result in subjugation to aliens, even within their own land. Did they ever give heed? 

Have we?

If you have followed the news these last few weeks, you know that in the southernmost regions, our own ATF has deliberately allowed large numbers of firearms to be shipped south of the border to the drug cartels. Our leaders, no doubt will note the increased firepower and call for greater restrictions on gun ownership among the citizens.

You may have also read, in addition, that bureacrats have pretty much disallowed the arrest of those crossing the border illegally. But don't you try to take a day trip into Canada and expect to return to your homeland without a passport. If your papers are not in order, you could end up in the pokey for an indeterminate amount of time.

In the northernmost regions (i.e., Michigan), Muslims have assaulted Christian evangelists distributing Gospel literature. When the police arrived, they arrested the Christians.

Is God trying to tell us something? If so, I don't think it has anything to do with voting Republican -- even "Tea-Party Republican" -- in 2012.

The answer to our problems does not lie in political elections or political revolution. It lies in finding where we have strayed -- in our personal, family and church lives -- and then repenting and getting on board with God's objectives and agenda as laid down in Scripture.

. . . or as an alternative we could all learn Spanish and Arabic and get used to bowing and scraping to bureacrats and aliens.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fish, Cut Bait or Get out of the Way

Optimist: "The cup is half full."
Pessimist: "The cup is half empty."
Gravelbelly: "Why are we using a leaky cup?"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Made in America

Here is a link to one really cool commercial

Made in America

Here's a .22 I'd love to have:

Pump with Octagon Barrel

And one that would be more fun than a barrel of ammo:

Mare's Leg

Friday, April 22, 2011

Timely Quotes

At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.  -- Jesus (John 14:6)

Welcome to the revolution. -- Gravlebelly

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Another Plug for the Shotgun

Yesterday, I read Richard Johnson's article in Guns & Patriots called "Guns for Disaster: What to Have When Katrina Comes to Your Town."

His comments on owning a shotgun make the perfect follow-up to my post on Monday:

A pump shotgun is probably the most versatile single weapon you can own.  With a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun you have a single tool that is well suited for taking birds, varmints, deer, bear and stopping bad people from doing bad things.
I like tactical guns as much as the next guy, but if money is tight, find a good condition, used Remington 870.  With a very small investment, you can get a second barrel to compliment the one it came with, giving you something short (18-20”) to protect the home, with something a little longer for hunting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Committees of Safety

I was interested to see the following article by Amelia Foxwell in Guns & Patriots:

Americans Take Back Their Country with Committees of Safety

What interests me is that I wrote on the topic two-and-a-half years ago, with the idea of an order of Christian warriors who would each take a neighborhood under his wing. You can read my post here:

Christian Vigilance for the 21st Century

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Model 37 Has Arrived (Finally!)

Laura & I picked up our new Ithaca Model 37 last Thursday. It looks just like the picture I posted in my previous blog entry entitled Home Defense Shotgun.

The unfinished, black walnut stock eagerly drank in three separate rubbings with tung oil, and looks beautiful.

A young friend recently asked me about my suggestions for acquiring firearms, and I wrote back about why I put a shotgun at the top of the list. I thought you might be interested in my answer:

Why the shotgun first? Well, it's the ultimate home defense weapon. Last night on the phone, my barber informed me that in all the time they've been keeping records on such things, there has been only one gunfight in which it took more than one shot from a shotgun to end the fight. The single exception took two shots.

Compare that to the scores of horror stories you can find about multiple hits by handguns -- of any caliber -- that did not stop the aggressor.

When I lived in Texas, I became friends with a neat guy who had served with the Marine Corps in the South Pacific. He had carried a shotgun at Guadalcanal. Some of the deadliest Spec Ops people you will ever meet favor the shotgun -- not for long range, of course, but for the close-in kind of fighting that you're more likely to see inside your house or in your yard.

In addition, a 2 & 3/4 inch shell loaded with # 8 shot is relatively cheap, will stop someone in your house as certainly as #00 buck, and is much less likely than a handgun to penetrate a wall and kill your mom or sis in the next room.

Also, the general public along with many authorities do not view the shotgun in the same category with "assault rifles". Shotguns are for hunting pheasants and geese, and people tend to view them with less suspicion than some other weapons.

For that reason, when I ordered my Ithaca Model 37, I specified the wood stock rather than the synthetic. I don't want it to dress it up like an assault rifle, either. If someone sees it, I want their first reaction to be "Oh, do you hunt?" rather than "Oh my! Are you one of those?" The first question is much easier to answer: "I'm not really a hunter. I just keep it for snakes and varmints around the garden and chicken house."

Finally, let me say that although the shotgun is a great weapon, you DO need to train with it just as seriously as you would with a handgun. I've been running through the basics with my wife, along with a couple of suggested drills from my barber. I want to  make it a daily habit, just as we do with family worship. How to hold, load & unload (in the dark) and use with a flashlight.

Friday, April 15, 2011

An Observation

Possible reason atheists are so cranky: They realize that even if they were right, they'd never be able to say, "I told you so."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

From the Barber's Chair: Every Day Carry

Many of you who read this identify as sheepdogs -- protectors of family, neighbors and the brethren. You have the skills and, presumably, the weapons to fulfill that role.

But how many contingencies are your prepared for? My barber has made EDC a study and a practice.

What is EDC? Here's an explanation from a blog dedicated to the topic:

Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.

My own EDC items include my Taurus .38, pocketknife, watch, tactical flashlight and Zippo lighter (fire in your hand!). After reading my barber's comments below, I realize I should start on an EDC FAK (First Aid Kit).

I always EDC to the church on my days off. My aid kit is a $2.00 pre-packed johnson&johnson safe traveler kit,that I bought mostly for the plastic container at the dollar general store. I hacked it into an enhanced bump-type kit for everyday use. The music director's pen leaked,and covered her hand in ink. I threw her three alcohol prep pads which remove ink. The other folks around the table remarked that I appear to be well prepared. I declined to show them my Glock 17,and the two surefire flashlights I was CCWing at the time in my tactical tailor three-day pack,my EDC. Thought you'd get a kick out of this....

Even more recently, he sent me another report of using his FAK. This time, he was exploring an old abandoned building with some buddies when the floor collapsed beneath them.

The large,hand-hewn floor joists prevented me from falling an additional 20 feet! That and the Prayers I said before we went in!. Anyway,I had several "dirty" wounds,so I had my EDC bag with us the whole time,so I pulled out the FAK,and used the alcohol prep pads to clean the wounds,continue the mission,and discover the vaults. The punch line is that I think I should just have a 3-day pack full of alcohol prep pads,and dump the rest of the gear!

Okay, now you have the idea of what EDC is about. I'm sure some of you may have already practiced EDC without knowing it had a name.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for EDC? Things you yourself carry, or think maybe you ought to carry?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Prayer for Our Warriors

My Barber's son is a captain serving in Afghanistan. I received this communication today:

It's official.  He will recieve a half-paycheck on the 15th.  Soldiers don't serve for the money...

The video excerpt from Blackhawk Down (below) was attached to the email. What words of disgust can do justice to a C-in-C who promised to begin bringing troops home as soon as he took office, but instead has expanded undeclared war on behalf of the profits and globalist vision of his puppet masters?

I do not recommend for any young American Christian to go into the military, because odds are he will end up fighting for the wrong side. For a long time, now our armed forces have existed to profit the military industrial complex and to submerge our country in a godless, globalist state.

Nevertheless, we owe respect and support to those military personnel who have entered service with good -- albeit mistaken -- motives. No leader with any sense of honor would do what their C-in-C has done to them.

I would like to see every officer in the service resign his commission in protest. Please pray that God will bring our warriors home physically, mentally and morally intact. This is my daily prayer for my barber's son.

(CAUTION: Speaker in video curses twice, taking God's name in vain. Minor readers, please consult parents/follow your family policy.)

While we're on the subject of prayer, I have a young friend who is going through a rough patch. He is a believer who has the mindset of a Christian Martialist, so please pray -- right now, while you're thinking about it -- that God will bring him through his present trials as a mighty man in service to the King.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Christianity vs. Islam: A Strategic Assessment

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:4-5)

My pastor emailed me a copy of an essay by Jeff Myers entitled Fatherhood and the Implosion in the Middle East. It makes some insightful connections between a culture's worldview, the stability of families and the consequent effects on society. (Click the link above to read it -- highly recommended.)

One particular passage struck me.

Meanwhile, the demographic time bomb is ticking. Ironically, a faulty view of fatherhood doesn't seem to correlate with actual biological reproduction. Christians have stopped having babies. Muslims have not. Christianity is aging. Islam is youthful.

Whereas youth make up about 20% of the American population, more than 2/3 of the population of Iran is under 30, 25% under 15. Across the Middle East and North Africa, the average age is 20-25. In a matter of just a few years, the majority of Americans will be retired, and these other nations will be in their prime.

Demographics aren't necessarily destiny, but if they were, the future of the world will look a lot less like everyday life in America and a lot more like what is happening in the Middle East.

In the providence of God, some Christian parents cannot have children. But if the low birth rate in America indicates high levels of infertility, we must reckon with the fact that this is one more sign of God's judgment on a morally corrupt nation.

If, on the other hand, Christians choose not to have children or to severely limit the size of their families because they don't want to sacrifice their toys or their lifestyle, that's another matter entirely. They put themselves in the position of rejecting a blessing from God (Deuteronomy 28:11).

They also put all of us at a strategic disadvantage in terms of fulfilling the Great Commission. Within a generation, there will be so few of us, that Islam -- or any other ism -- could conceivably overrun us.

Although this WARSKYL blog tends to focus more on tactical considerations, I want to suggest that defending our families, churches and nation from militant Islam will require a lot more than weapons and tactics. It will require a host of believers with the faith and character of a Charles Martel or a Charlemagne.

If you, as a Christian Martialist, want to be part of the strategic solution rather than the problem, you need to carefully consider the size of your family. And please don't think in terms of numbers alone. You should have as many children as you can faithfully train as disciples of the King.

Your objective, in other words, is Rearing Faithful Children.

Monday, April 4, 2011

From the Barber's Chair: Rules to Live By

My barber saw the following on a survival forum:

Rule number 9: Never go anywhere without a knife.

His comment was,

Kinda' makes me wonder what the previous 8 rules were.......this is a guy's forum signature line.....

Well, it makes me wonder, too. They must be pretty important to push carrying a knife down to the number nine slot.

I think one of them should be, "When out and about, sit with your back to the wall."

What do you think? Do you have a favorite personal survival rule? Does it have to do with mindset, behavior, gear?

Please, add your suggestion(s) to the comments section.