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How many of you woke up to prepping before anyone else around you did? As I have shared on the pages of the Prepper Journal before, I started getting into Prepping back in 2008. There were no specific events that I can think of that made me start prepping, but the financial crash probably played into my overall concern. As I tried to learn as much as possible about the threats to our society that I had previously been completely ignorant of I became more and more troubled about how my family would fare if various disasters happened. I guess you could say that I started thinking about my family at that time from a different perspective.

It was for me an awakening to a world that posed far more threats than I had thought about ever in my life. I was happy to go along as are most people thinking that sure bad things do happen but never to me. I started to look at my family and how simple disruptions in supplies could leave them without food. Realizing the number of things that I had taken for granted hit me like a ton of bricks so I started researching everything prepping or survival related I could get my hands on.

In the beginning of my journey to becoming a prepper, I focused mainly on internet sites. That led me to books and my first book was John Lofty Wiseman’s “SAS Survival Handbook”. I purchased this book because at the time my vision of survival was being stranded in the wilderness. Since that time my thoughts and perspective have changed, but the information in this book was invaluable and led my mind in other directions as well.

All of my research was filling my head with ideas and potential scenarios to plan and prepare for but my wife was almost completely unaware of what I was thinking. By the time I got the nerve to talk to her about everything I was worried about, and what I planned to do about it, I was pretty worked up. Instead of subtly trying to convince her or making a compelling and rational case for doing anything I blurted out a whole list of problems and conspiracies at bedtime when she was settling in for the night. Needless to say it didn’t go over well and my wife thought I had lost my mind.

At this point I had ruined one opportunity to get my wife on board with prepping but I was not deterred. I planned to keep working on her but it would take some time. Meanwhile, driven by my new belief and compelled to action I began to prep without her knowing.

Cater to their intellect

My wife is a smart woman so if I was going to spend any money it had to be on things she saw value in. I had to figure out how to prepare without giving her my deep down reasoning behind the need. We pretty much agree on just about any purchases we make although I get an allowance and she gets her own allowance so a lot of my prepping supplies were purchased through my monthly stipend. There were some items that I was able to prep by convincing her of their necessity for a very common and real event; power outages.

Some of the purchases I was able to make like a Kerosene heater and candles and lanterns were directly related to a winter storm. We had experienced lots of people we knew who had gone without power for weeks after winter storms and our children were much smaller back then. I was prepping for power outages, but I never mention prepping. I was stocking up with supplies that would see us through a disaster but my wife was only thinking about keeping our young children from freezing. I removed the psychological barrier to the word prepping or survival and just let her consider how best to keep her children warm in the middle of winter without any power. This didn’t have anything to do with government conspiracies, it was simple common sense and allowed me to kill two birds with one stone. I was prepping and she knew about these purchases I was making but in her mind it was different or at least perfectly logical.

Almost any prepping supply has dual use

A lot of my prepping supplies were purchased with the stated reason of a camping trip. I told my wife that I wanted to take the family backpacking and she thought that would be fun. She didn’t know that I was getting bug out bags, sleeping gear, food preparation tools, water filtration and cold weather gear. Of course I was, but I wasn’t prepping again, I was purchasing items for the family vacation! No problem!!

Majorities of prepping items have dual use and if you can frame why you are purchasing them in a way that has nothing on the surface anyway to do with prepping you might get less push back. My water filter for camping would also work in a bug out bag or grid down scenario. Our sleeping bags could keep us warm if we lost power or were forced to leave home but were purchased to keep us comfortable in the woods on our trip. Speaking of leaving home, the tents provided our shelter too that would keep us sheltered on the trip and additionally when we bugged out.

Food has a single use, but stocking up on extra food is almost uniquely a prepper identified trait. The way I got around this was by framing bulk purchases as saving money on our food budget. This doesn’t work on everything but I got a Sam’s membership several years back and started buying food we routinely use in bulk. This way I was able to save money (on most items) and I could tell my wife that I was just taking advantage of the awesome savings on 10 can rolled tubes of chunk tuna. I bought 25 pound bags of sugar, big bags of flour, bottles of honey and salt because these were all staples that we use daily. I could do the same thing with ketchup and pasta and even aluminum foil. My wife went along with the purchases because she thought they were a bargain, but I was building up stores of food we could eat off of for much longer than a normal trip to the grocery store.

Use the news

Was my wife really falling for my arguments? Probably not entirely, but I gave her plausible excuses to buy the rationale for my purchases. At the same time all of this was going on I would mention current disasters that were happening anywhere in the world and casually say things like “that would be horrible to go through that and not have any food, wouldn’t it?” when watching the latest disaster somewhere in the world.  At the same time on our backpacking trips I was letting my family experience bugging out and they didn’t even know it. They were learning to carry bug out bags through the woods, make fires with our Swedish fire steel, filter drinking water and cooking over a fire.

Often I think that people only object to prepping (assuming money is not a problem) when they believe that the prepping supplies only have a use in the highly rare event of a disaster. Most people don’t like thinking a disaster can happen in the first place, much less want to potentially waste money on something they believe is unlikely at best and crazy at worst. I still maintain that as someone who is interested in Prepping you have a duty to prepare and provide for your family or the people you plan to be responsible for in a disaster scenario. I hope the advice above doesn’t come across as dishonest and I wouldn’t be combative about anything you are trying to convince your wife or husband that is important to you. You can still prepare without the reason being zombies. You can still take steps to be ready for emergencies if you go about this in a little more stealthy way.

Hopefully this will give some ideas. I’d love to hear how you prepped if your spouse or significant other was against it.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: How to Prepare without Your Spouse Knowing

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By  – The Organic Prepper

If you’re new to preparedness, you may be reading some of the excellent and informative websites out there and feeling quite quite overwhelmed.  While many sites recommend a one year supply of food, manual tools, and a bug out lodge in the forest, it’s vital to realize that is a long-term goal, not a starting point.

A great starting point for someone who is just getting started on a preparedness journey is prepping specifically for a two-week power outage.  If you can comfortably survive for two weeks without electricity, you will be in a far better position than most of the people in North America.

Even if you aren’t convinced that hardcore preparedness is for you, it would still be difficult to argue against the possibility of a disaster lasting for a couple of weeks.  Major natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy down to lesser storms like last year’s derecho in the Metro DC area are  incontestable – storms happen and all you can do is be ready to weather them.  As well, a large western US power company recently announced that they did not foresee the ability to keep up with electrical demand this summer, and may institute rolling blackouts to cope with it.  If you are prepared for two weeks without power, you are prepared for a wide range of short-term emergencies, including quarantines, interruptions of income, or civil unrest.

To prepare for a two week emergency, think about what you would need if the power went out and you couldn’t leave your home for 14 days. Once you begin creating your plan, you may be surprised and discover that you already have most of what you need to batten down the hatches for a couple of weeks. It’s just a matter of organizing it so you can see what you need.

Use the following information to create your personal 2 week preparedness plan.  Modify the suggestions to adapt them to your particular home, family, and climate.

Water

Everyone knows that clean drinking water is something you can’t live without. In the event of a disaster, the water may not run from the taps, and if it does, it might not be safe to drink, depending on the situation.  If there is a boil order in place, remember that if the power is out, boiling your water may not be as easy as turning on your stove.

Each family should store a two week supply of water. The rule of thumb for drinking water is 1 gallon per day, per person.  Don’t forget to stock water for your pets, also.

You can create your water supply very inexpensively.  Many people use clean 2 liter soda pop bottles to store tap water.  Others purchase the large 5 gallon jugs of filtered water from the grocery store and use them with a top-loading water dispenser.  Consider a gravity fed water filtration device and water purification tablets as well.

Food and a way to prepare it

There are two schools of thought regarding food during a power outage.  One: you need a cooking method that does not require the grid to be functioning.  Two: you can store food that doesn’t require cooking.

If you opt for a secondary cooking method, be sure that you have enough fuel for two weeks.  Store foods that do not require long cooking times – for example, dried beans would use a great deal of fuel, but canned beans could be warmed up, or even eaten cold.

Learn more about building your pantry HERE.

Click HERE for a short term food storage list

Click HERE to find a list of meals that require no cooking.

Heat (depending on your climate)

If your power outage takes place in the winter and you live in a colder climate, heat is another necessity.  During the first 24 hours after a power outage, you can stay fairly warm if you block off one room of the house for everyone to group together in.  Keep the door closed and keep a towel or blanket folded along the bottom of the door to conserve warmth.  You can safely burn a couple of candles also, and in the enclosed space, your body heat will keep it relatively warm.  As well, dress in layers and keep everything covered – wear a hat, gloves (fingerless ones allow you to still function), and a scarf.

Click HERE to learn how to stay warm with less heat.

However, after about 48 hours, that’s not going to be enough in very cold weather. You will require back-up heat at this point in certain climates.  If you are lucky enough to have a source of heat like a fireplace or woodstove, you’ll be just fine as long as you have a supply of wood.

Consider a portable propane heater (and propane) or an oil heater.  You have to be very careful what type of backup heat you plan on using, as many of them can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used in a poorly ventilated area. Also invest in a CO2 alarm that is not grid-dependent.

Learn more about off-grid heat options HERE.

Sanitation needs

A common cause of illness, and even death, during a down-grid situation is lack of sanitation.  We’ve discussed the importance of clean drinking water, but you won’t want to use your drinking water to keep things clean or to flush the toilet.

For cleaning, reduce your need to wash things. Stock up on paper plates, paper towels, and disposable cups and flatware.  Keep some disinfecting cleaning wipes and sprays (I don’t recommend using antibacterial products on a regular basis, however in the event of an emergency they can help to keep you healthy.)  Use hand sanitizer after using the bathroom and before handing food or beverages – there may be a lot more germs afoot in a disaster.

Look at your options for sanitation.  Does your toilet still flush when the electricity is out?  Many people discovered the hard way that the toilets didn’t work  when the sewage backed up in the highrises in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  At our cabin, the toilet won’t flush without power because the pump is electric.

If you are on a septic system, with no risk of the toilet backing up into the house, simply store some water for flushing in the bathroom.  (At the first sign of a storm, we always fill the bathtub for this purpose.)  Add the water to the tank so that you can flush.

If this is not an option, another solution is to stock up on extremely heavy duty garbage bags (like the kind that contractors use at construction sites) and kitty litter.  Place a bag either in your drained toilet or in a bucket.  Sprinkle some kitty litter in the bottom of the bag.  Each time someone uses the bathroom, add another handful of litter. Be very careful that the bag doesn’t get too heavy for you to handle it.  Tie it up very securely and store it outside until services are restored.

Light

Lighting is absolutely vital, especially if there are children in the house.  Nothing is more frightening than being completely in the dark during a stressful situation. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest things to plan for, as well as one of the least expensive.

Some lighting solutions are:

Tools and supplies

Some basic items will make your life much easier during an emergency. Here are some things that are essential in the event of a power outage:

If you’d like to expand on the basic supplies, a more detailed list of tools and hardware can be found HERE.

First Aid kit

It’s important to have a basic first aid kit on hand at all times, but particularly in the event of an emergency.  Your kit should include basic wound care items like bandages, antibiotic ointments, and sprays.  As well, if you use them, keep on hand a supply of basic over-the-counter medications, like pain relief capsules, cold medicine, cough syrup, anti-nausea pills, and allergy medication. Particularly important if sanitation is a problem are anti-diarrheal medications.

If you want to put together a more advanced medical kit, you can find a list HERE.

Special needs

This is something that will be unique to every family. Consider the things that are needed on a daily basis in your household. It might be prescription medications, diapers, or special foods.  If you have pets, you’ll need supplies for them too.  The best way to figure out what you need is to jot things down as you use them over the course of a week or so.

Get started today

You can start right now – this very minute – all you have to do is grab a pad of paper and a pen.

  1. Begin by personalizing the suggestions above to fit your family’s needs and make a list of your requirements.
  2. Next, do a quick inventory – as I mentioned above, you may be surprised to see that you already have quite a few of the supplies that are recommended.
  3. Make a shopping list and acquire the rest of the items you need.  If you can’t afford everything right now, prioritize the most important things first.
  4. Organize your supplies so that they are easily accessible when you need them.

The peace of mind that comes from being prepared for a disaster before it happens cannot be measured.   You won’t have to fight the crowds or be faced with empty store shelves. You won’t have to sit there, cold and miserable, in the dark.  You won’t be hungry or thirsty.  You will be able to face the event with the serenity that readiness brings, and this will also make it less traumatic for your children when they see that you aren’t afraid.

If you’ve dealt with a long term power outage, what were some of the items that you found the most important?

Learn more about getting prepared with Tess Pennington’s new book, The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

About the author:

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: Getting Started: Prepping for a Two Week Power Outage

BIG Weather

By  – SurvivoPedia

One of the basics of survival is knowing and being prepared for upcoming weather events. Depending on what area of the country or world you live in, weather can create an event that is life-changing. Tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards can knock out power, destroy homes and cause casualties.

In a post-SHTF world, you’re not going to have a local weatherman to tell you what’s up. Knowing how to read nature’s signs to predict weather can quite literally save your life.

There’s an old joke about this that we found funny, but it does prove our point:

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: When Nature Predicts, Learn to Read the Signs

Does Your Rifle Out-Perform The Military-Issue M4?

By Travis P – Off The Grid News

When you read a headline, “Army quits tests after competing rifle outperform M4A1 carbine,” you might think that the Army took a cloak and dagger approach to canceling the tests simply because a rifle outperformed the M4.

Let’s take a look.

As The Washington Times reported, a competing rifle actually did beat the M4A1 variant in a couple of different fields of reliability. This was not a test the Army actually wanted to do, but was pushed by Congress — and I doubt that many in Congress has ever pulled a trigger for a living.

The Army and the military in general are littered with what troops constantly call the “good idea fairy.” These fairies usually have a product that is supposed to be the next wonder gear but it is often heavy, expensive and useless. So it’s hard to make a lot of people support a change in gear, especially when an outside source like Congress is pestering it. The Army even cheated midway through the contest by changing the ammunition used for testing without warning the different rifle developers.

But what does all this have to do with prepping and survival? Well, I doubt the logistics of arming over a million soldiers is your concern. A single person learns much faster than an organization. The question, though, is what is the best rifle out there? For people looking to buy their first defensive rifle, it’s an important question

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: Does Your Rifle Out-Perform The Military-Issue M4?

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By Daisy Luther

(NaturalNews) With the threat of an Ebola outbreak looming over our heads, lots of people who never even considered “prepping” as a worthwhile endeavor are stocking up on N95 masks, nitrile gloves and impermeable shoe covers. Because Ebola kills in such a rapid and gruesome fashion, it’s the stuff of horror movies — in fact, the clever new name for the potential pandemic is World War E.

Since social distancing is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from exposure, now is the time to prepare for the possibility that you might need to stay in your home for an undefined amount of time. Despite the claims of Big Pharma, which is feverishly concocting vaccines that will be promoted — perhaps forcibly — to one and all, the best way to avoid contracting the virus is to not be exposed to it.

However, there’s another reason why you might need to go into a voluntary family quarantine, and no one is talking about it.

That reason is widespread civil unrest the likes of which we’ve never seen in this country before.

What does the breakdown of civilization really look like?

We’ve all read about the looting and chaos that erupts in the wake of a natural disaster. Just a short-term disruption in public utilities, the just-in-time food delivery system and government aid can result in pandemonium. Throw in a bunch of people dying a gory death, and we’ll see exactly how thin our veneer of civilization really is. We recently saw a glimpse of what could be coming our way during the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, but that was mild compared to the potential scene in the event of a pandemic.

In her article, “Anatomy of a Breakdown,” Tess Pennington, a preparedness expert who formally trained with the Red Cross in emergency and disaster response, writes of the four phases of any breakdown of society. Initially, there is the warning phase, during which people are told by the government that an event is pending; this is the point during which you see the run on supplies at the stores as folks rush in to buy water and non-perishable food.

Next, Pennington writes, is the “shock and awe” phase. During this immediate aftermath of the event, many people will be somewhat paralyzed and unable to function. Some will be awaiting rescue by government agencies, while others will simply be looking for direction. This is a phase of cognitive dissonance, as their mind struggles to cope with their new reality.

The real danger comes during the third phase: the Breakdown. Pennington says that this phase generally occurs 3-5 days after a disaster. She writes:

Have you ever heard the saying, “We’re three days away from anarchy?” In the wake of a disaster, that’s all you have is three days to turn the crazy train around before crime, looting and chaos ensue. In reports during the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, residents from Staten Island were pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing.

“We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!” Donna Solli told visiting officials. “You don’t understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It’s been three days!”

Similar stories of looting occurred during the tornado in Joplin, MO, of 2011. This time, the looting occurred from National Guard soldiers patrolling the area.

“The night of the tornado, as emergency responders rushed from one shattered home to the next, Steve Dixon sat outside his father’s destroyed house with a baseball bat. They wouldn’t see me sitting here in my chair, I was in the dark,” he told NPR. “I’d turn my bright spotlight on them and tell them they needed to move on. Then when the police came by, I’d tell them which way they went.”

Multiple factors contribute to societal breakdowns including failure of adequate government response, population density, citizens taking advantage of the grid being down and overwhelmed emergency response teams.

For whatever reason, 3-5 days following a disaster is the bewitching hour. During this short amount of time, the population slowly becomes a powder keg full of angry, desperate citizens.A good example is the chaos that ensued in New Orleans following the absence of action from the local government or a timely effective federal response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In such troubled times, people were forced to fend for themselves and their families, by any means necessary. This timeline of Hurricane Katrina effectively illustrates “the breakdown,” and within three days, the citizens of New Orleans descended into anarchy, looting and murder (Source).

If this scenario isn’t bad enough, at the end of this time frame, there will be an increase in illnesses due to cramped living quarters from emergency shelters,sanitation-related illness, compromised water sources and exposure to natural elements. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, sanitation- related [sic] epidemics became a large concern for the disaster victims. In fact, the outbreak erupted into the world’s largest cholera epidemic despite a huge international mobilization still dealing with the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake (Source).

Now, the above scenario relates to an isolated local disaster, like a terrible storm or earthquake. Multiply this by a widespread, perhaps even global, event. In such an event, the following things are likely to occur:

Transportation of goods will grind to a halt. In a 2012 industry report, the American Trucking Association pointed out exactly how dependent our country is on timely deliveries of goods like food and medicine. Mac Slavo of SHTFplan wrote of the report, “A shut down of truck operations as a result of elevated threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report, have ‘a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation,waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.'” In the event that the transportation of goods halted, once the store shelves are bare, supplies won’t be coming to replenish them anytime soon. Your supplies will consist only of what you already have, so be sure to have food, water and medical supplies. (You can find a checklist HERE.)

First responders like police officers, firemen and paramedics will be taking care of their own families. In the event of a true breakdown, you won’t be able to rely on 911, whether someone is breaking into your house, a structure is on fire or a family member has suffered a medical emergency. You need to be prepared to deal with these things on your own. Consider stocking home fire extinguishers, weapons and ammo, and a first aid kit with trauma supplies.

Communications systems may fail. Not only are communications important for staying in touch with loved ones, but reliable news and information can be vital to keeping your family safe. If the power goes out, the television and radio stations will only have a limited amount of fuel. This means that, once they run out, sources of information will be extremely limited. By adding secondary communications devices to your preparations, you have a far better chance of receiving information and being able to contact family members. One of the most highly recommended communication methods during a disaster is a HAM radio.

Utilities like water and electrical power may be interrupted. If there is no staff to maintain utilities, chances are good that they won’t be reliable. If public utilities are inoperable, the following risks increase: people will succumb to extremes in climate; food will spoil; sanitation will become an issue; and desperate people will drink bad water, setting off a secondary pandemic of waterborne illnesses. When preparing for utility outages, consider the following priorities: heat, cooking, light, water, sanitation and waste disposal. You can learn more HERE.

Government response agencies like FEMA will be too overwhelmed to meet the needs of all affected. There are two major issues with relying on a government entity to save you. First of all, the larger the affected population is, the thinner the finite supplies must be rationed. It is most likely that the supplies will be doled out in large metropolitan areas, leaving outlying vicinities to cope without assistance. Secondly, whoever owns the sustenance is totally in control. Parents will do pretty much anything to feed their hungry children, and that includes toeing the line under martial law and giving up freedom in exchange for food. Having your own supplies buys you a kind of independence that those looking for a government handout will never have. (Learn more about how food has been used to control the populace throughout history.)

Voluntary acquiescence will dissolve as people become increasingly hungry, frightened and desperate. By voluntary acquiescence, I mean that, in normally functioning society, the laws are not enforced every minute of every day. There aren’t guards protecting your home at all times. Your home is not broken into because people voluntarily follow the law for a variety of reasons. You can walk down the street without overwhelming fear of rape, robbery or violence, because people voluntarily conduct themselves in a non-violent fashion. Obviously, there are exceptions when people do opt to commit crimes, but the majority of the time, most people choose not to perpetrate these types of offensives. In the midst of a civil breakdown, however, this norm would shift dramatically the other way, in that you may be more likely to be the victim of a crime than not. People who are starving, afraid or hysterical will be less likely to behave in a lawful fashion. Since 911 is unlikely to respond in this type of scenario, you can only depend upon yourself. During the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the only businesses left unscathed by rioters were the ones in which the owners stood armed and ready to deter the criminals. If you aren’t proficient with weapons, it’s of vital importance that you get some instruction and prepare to defend yourself. Furthermore, you have to prep for this devolution of ethical behavior by creating a defense plan specific to your home and property. Graywolf, a military veteran and the author of Graywolf Survival, wrote, “If you’re trying to defend a homestead or bug out location with a small group, you need to improve your odds by what are called force multipliers. One of the best ways to fight like a larger group is to prepare your battlespace.” You need to be ready to defend your home, property, and family with lethal force should it become necessary. (You can learn more about how to apply these military force multiplier strategies to your own property HERE.)

You can only rely on yourself

The bottom line is this:

In a widespread pandemic, you will have no one to rely on but yourself. The services, availability of supplies and public utilities that we have come to depend on may not be there, so you need to have alternatives in place. You don’t want to be out there in the midst of a pandemic, battling it out for limited resources.

Here’s a list of basic supplies to have on hand:

Taking steps to prepare now can mean the difference between waiting it out, secure at home with your family, and risking exposure to a deadly virus and civil unrest for a meager bottle of water and an MRE.

Sources:

http://www.biodefense.com

http://readynutrition.com

http://www.shtfplan.com

http://undergroundmedic.com

http://graywolfsurvival.com

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca

http://www.amazon.com

About the author:
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives on a small organic farm in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives on a small organic farm in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.

This article first appeared at Natural News: World War E: Are You Prepared for the End of Civilization?

Alton Alexander Nolen - Photo from Facebook

By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

Anti-gun liberals of the world please take note – it was a man with a gun that stopped the Oklahoma beheader from beheading another woman.  If a man with a gun had not been there and had not shot 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen, he would have finished his attack on his second female victim.  And after that, Nolen would have probably kept beheading people for as long as he could before the authorities arrived.  Of course this detail has been greatly played down by the reports in the mainstream media.  They never want to say anything good about men with guns.  But I’ll bet 43-year-old Traci Johnson sure is thankful that there was a man with a gun there to prevent her from losing her head.

The hero in this situation was an Oklahoma County reserve deputy named Mark Vaughan.  But because he was a man with a gun, he is getting very little attention from the big news networks.  The following is from a local news report that described what happened when Nolen went after his second victim…

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s, obviously, a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Another aspect of this incredibly disturbing incident that the mainstream media is playing down is the fact that Nolen was a radical Muslim.

Nolen was a recent convert to Islam, but it is being reported in local news reports that he zealously attempted to convert his coworkers to his new religion.

And despite the fact that his Facebook page is absolutely filled with Islamic terror material, CNN is reporting that authorities are ruling out any connection to terrorism…

While his Facebook page included images of Osama bin Laden and an apparent beheading, there’s no indication that Nolen was motivated by terrorism, a second law enforcement official said.

Are they serious?

Of course it would not be politically correct to say that Nolen was motivated by Islamic terror, but any rational person would come to that conclusion after looking at what he had posted on Facebook.

Many of the images that he shared on Facebook are too gruesome to post in this article, but the following is one example that I can share…

Jah'Keem Yisrael - Photos posted on Facebook

There are a lot of people out there that are eager to make apologies for Nolen and for the Islamic community that he was involved with in Oklahoma, but the truth is that Nolen got this ideology from somewhere.

Was it his local mosque?  The following is reportedly testimony from an individual that has attended that mosque

I went to the same mosque the Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded his co-worker today. I live ten minutes away!

The Imam was Imad Enchassi the last I heard. He was a friend of mine. He is a Lebanese-born Sunni who hates Israel. He once gave a sermon that the Israelis were trying to collapse al-Aqsa mosque by digging tunnels underneath it. They have no issue with Palestinian suicide bombings because, as it was explained to me, that is the only weapon the Palestinians have.

They sold Milestones in the book shop while I was there, which as you know calls for replacing all non-Islamic governments with Islamic ones. I remember listening to a tape a friend of mine, Yahya Graff, another white convert to Islam, had that prayed for the destruction of Israel and America.

The imam when I first converted, Suhaib Webb, is hailed as a moderate by liberals in the United States but he was the one that explicitly told me that according to Islam, three choices are to be given to non-Muslims: convert, pay the jizyah tax and live under Islamic rule, or jihad. They try very hard to whitewash Islam when the media is around, but they believe in their religion and the ultimate goal of an Islamic caliphate.

If you are against tyranny, you should be against tyranny in all of its forms.

The ideology embraced by Nolen is utter tyranny.  And it was his ideology that led him to take the actions that he did.

And is it just a coincidence that another 30-year-old Muslim in Oklahoma was arrested for threatening to behead a woman on Friday?  According to media reports, he told his potential victim that beheading people “is just what we do”

The woman said she asked him why they kill Christians and he replied, “This is just what we do,” the detective reported.

“The victim said Jacob asked her what time she got off work and she replied by asking him in a joking manner if he was going to kill her,’ the detective wrote. “Jacob told the victim, ‘Yes,’ he was going to cut her head off. The victim asked Jacob what he was going to cut her head off with and he said, ‘A blade,’ then told her after he did it he was going to post it on Facebook.

All of this comes on the heels of the decapitation of an innocent great-grandmother in the United Kingdom by a Muslim just a few weeks ago.

Look, I don’t know about you, but when Muslims start running around cutting the heads off of innocent women I am going to get upset about it.

Many liberals accuse Christians of engaging in a “war against women”, but the truth is that the real “war against women” is going on in the Middle East.  Every single day, women over there are being raped, tortured and executed by crazed jihadists.  Just check out the following example

While some Democratic Party lawmakers use the “war on women” slogan to score political points, women in war-torn Iraq, Syria and other Muslim nations are being tortured, raped and murdered by Islamist terrorists, the most recent victim being human rights attorney Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, according to reports including one from the United Nations on Thursday.

Human rights activists the world over are condemning the unimaginable torture and cold-blooded public execution by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of the legal services volunteer, Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, an attorney who worked pro-bono for the human rights of Iraqi women.

But the same liberals that love to point their fingers at American Christians are extremely hesitant to ever say anything negative about Muslims.  If pressed, they will say that these kinds of acts do not represent “true Islam” even though violent jihad is being taught to hundreds of millions of Muslims in mosques all over the planet.

With each passing day, our world is getting a little bit crazier.

And sadly, there are going to be more psychopaths like Alton Alexander Nolen that want to commit unspeakable acts against innocent people.

Hopefully if someone like Nolen ever comes after you or a member of your family, there will be a man (or woman) with a gun there to stop him.

This article first appeared at End Of The American Dream: A Man With A Gun Stopped The Oklahoma Beheader From Murdering Another Woman

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

 

 

By Brian Lada

The same system that brought severe weather to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains on Monday will deliver another round of severe storms to the Plains on Tuesday.

Thunderstorms are set to erupt from eastern South Dakota to the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday afternoon before weakening and tracking eastward during the overnight hours.

Due to the timing of the storms, wind, rain and hail may impact traffic along portions of I-29, I-70, I-35, and I-27 around the same time as the evening commute.

Motorists across this area should stay alert of changing weather and use extra caution when driving through these storms.

Wind gusts exceeding 60 mph and hail as large as golf balls should be expected with thunderstorms that develop across this large swath of the Plains.

A few of the more intense storms in the northern extent of this area may spin up a few tornadoes late in the afternoon with the tornado threat diminishing during the evening.

There is a risk of a thunderstorm reaching Kansas City, Missouri, before the end of Tuesday evening, where the first wild card game of the 2014 MLB post season will take place.

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The threat of severe weather in the Plains will not end after Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast to develop on Wednesday afternoon around Kansas and Missouri, then shift eastward from Illinois through Arkansas for Thursday.

Similar threats should be expected both days in terms of severe weather, but Thursday may bring greater impacts as Thursday’s storms are forecast to affect a larger area.

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