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Bracken: A Review Of “A Failure Of Civility”
Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | February 24, 2013 | Matt Bracken

Posted on 02/25/2013 9:37:20 AM PST by Perseverando

“A Failure of Civility” A Book Review by Matt Bracken

First, let me apologize for the poor writing quality of this review. Normally, I write an essay and spend days and days polishing it. Not this time. I’m currently in between my “pretty” essays, but this review is just pure business, like a claw hammer you picked up at Home Depot to bang nails. Pretty has nothing to do with it, so let’s get on with the job.

Second, let me apologize to the other very kind authors who have sent me their books to review over the past months. I have read them all, most of them are worthy of their own reviews, and I hope to get to them when I can.

A few months ago, I received a copy of the new book “A Failure of Civility,” by Mike Garand and Jack Lawson. It is subtitled “How to defend and protect you, your family, friends, neighborhood and America during a disaster or crisis.” Other than receiving this unsolicited book in the mail, a book I had never even heard of before that moment, I have no connection whatsoever to the authors or to the book.

“A Failure of Civility” grabbed my attention on the first page. It begins, “A few notes to our readers…. Consider reading this book as if the authors have parachuted into your backyard as special operations soldiers to assist you in forming a cooperative protection of your neighborhood. That’s one of the things that special ops soldiers are best at…covert insertion into isolated areas to train people in how to defend themselves against inequitable justice and malicious aggression. The authors’ combined life experiences, military and law enforcement, span 80 years. With this book, we give you the tools of knowledge to enable you

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Matt really likes it!

Matt Bracken: "Let me just say that I would trade a dozen loaded AR-15 magazines for it and think I had gotten the better of the deal. And after the lights go out, its value would only increase."

1 posted on 02/25/2013 9:37:31 AM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

Read this on Western Rifle Shooters this morning and ordered immediately.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 9:50:09 AM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Perseverando

I have often wondered how to approach my neighbors about a proactive response to the impending SHTF and TEOTWAWKI scenarios without sounding like a paranoid flake. Trying to organize after the Zombie Apocalypse could be too late.


3 posted on 02/25/2013 9:50:39 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Perseverando

Ordered.


4 posted on 02/25/2013 9:51:40 AM PST by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: Perseverando

The wise know the time is now to finalize training their spirits, minds and bodies. Just added this to my library.


5 posted on 02/25/2013 10:04:29 AM PST by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: Perseverando

bttt


6 posted on 02/25/2013 10:05:37 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Perseverando

Ordered! Anything to help me preserve life in crisis is invaluable.


7 posted on 02/25/2013 10:09:52 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Perseverando

Bfl


8 posted on 02/25/2013 10:12:38 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Perseverando

Matt has real ‘street cred’ here, I don’t. Let’s get that said up front. But as a civilian, I strongly recommend the book.

Having read the book, I can only STRONGLY recommend you read it and put it into action. I will never have a DD214 as I was NPQ, so I brought an “interested civilian” perspective to the review.

For what it’s worth, I would likely qualify as an “Alpha, Roving and Response Guardian” and a fire captain.

I posted a comment. See below:

http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/bracken-a-review-of-a-failure-of-civility/#comment-40416

As a civilian ‘dad’ I found the book very informative, sobering, actionable and comprehensive. It’s a practical, executable call to action. They have obviously thought this through (based on real-world experiences) and then effectively put pen to paper. I have never “seen the elephant” but sadly may ‘soon’ find the elephant at our door under very tragic circumstances. This book is a remarkably readable layman’s guide to survive, sustain and ‘win’ during a failure of civility.

Unlike Matt, I have only been through the book once, but it’s already highlighted and dogeared. I plan to remove the pages from the binding, drill them, and construct a sectioned three-ring binder. This will be a working document and tool.

To me the book is most valuable because it is *practically* instructive and motivating. I can turn this into a project plan and make the right progress. Now.

I read this not as a veteran, but rather as a civilian dad living in a typical middle-class Atlanta commuting suburb. The houses in our neighborhood are brick-front, stick-frame, multi-story, “five/four and a door” structures … with lousy ballistics resistance and quite burnable. We happen to live in an large planned community of rolling hills, fully-surrounding three 50+ acre, stream-fed freshwater lakes. We are 2.5 miles from Interstate 85, 22 miles from ‘urban’ Atlanta, and .5 miles off a main secondary road. In short, we are an accessible, attractive target to the Horde. Because of the prior conditions, our Plan A has long been to bug out to our place in the NC mountains. This book applies quite well for our plan A, as we WILL need a NPP even for that location on the edge of the Nantahala forest. (Frankly you need a NPP wherever you stop, even en route.) *BUT* if we get caught here, circumstances change, whatever, and we need or ought to bug-in here, we need a good plan. This is it.

My greatest concern for success with an NPP is that our neighborhood is culturally and politically diverse, and I have real doubts about our ability to gain and sustain adequate OPSEC and secure the perimeter due to others not sharing ‘our’ perspective and definition of “outsiders” … and the threat there from.

Secondly, how do ‘we’ realistically plan to deal with starving, pathetic refugees under the age of 6? Forsten deals with this in “One Second After.” Not sure our neighbors would join ‘us’ in similar actions and postures.

NET: buy it. Read it repeatedly. Turn it into practice and actions.

Thanks for ‘listening’


9 posted on 02/25/2013 10:20:23 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Perseverando

If Matt recommends it, it must be good.


10 posted on 02/25/2013 10:38:11 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Perseverando

Don’t ever worry about copying my complete stuff.

From Matt Bracken:

“A Failure of Civility”
A Book Review by Matt Bracken

First, let me apologize for the poor writing quality of this review. Normally, I write an essay and spend days and days polishing it. Not this time. I’m currently in between my “pretty” essays, but this review is just pure business, like a claw hammer you picked up at Home Depot to bang nails. Pretty has nothing to do with it, so let’s get on with the job.

Second, let me apologize to the other very kind authors who have sent me their books to review over the past months. I have read them all, most of them are worthy of their own reviews, and I hope to get to them when I can.

A few months ago, I received a copy of the new book “A Failure of Civility,” by Mike Garand and Jack Lawson. It is subtitled “How to defend and protect you, your family, friends, neighborhood and America during a disaster or crisis.” Other than receiving this unsolicited book in the mail, a book I had never even heard of before that moment, I have no connection whatsoever to the authors or to the book.

“A Failure of Civility” grabbed my attention on the first page. It begins, “A few notes to our readers…. Consider reading this book as if the authors have parachuted into your backyard as special operations soldiers to assist you in forming a cooperative protection of your neighborhood. That’s one of the things that special ops soldiers are best at…covert insertion into isolated areas to train people in how to defend themselves against inequitable justice and malicious aggression. The authors’ combined life experiences, military and law enforcement, span 80 years. With this book, we give you the tools of knowledge to enable you to teach you and others how to defend yourselves, your family and neighbors. We want you to help save lives and to keep America strong.”

Wow, what a tall order! As a long-ago Navy frogman, I wondered if they could truly match that claim in their book. They do, and much more. I read the book cover to cover—twice!—in the first week. In fact, I am so impressed with it that I have been hauling it around for the last few months, trying to encourage my friends and relatives to buy it. It’s not cheap – it costs $30. Let me just say that I would trade a dozen loaded AR-15 magazines for it and think I had gotten the better of the deal. And after the lights go out, its value would only increase.

The book is big; it’s eight by eleven inches and 394 pages long. It’s printed in oversize 14 point font. Why? Because when you really need this book, you might be in a cold, dark place, huddled by a fire. They could have printed it in a smaller format and put it out at a lower price, but they decided not to. I completely understand why, and it makes total sense to me, having read it, and understanding the conditions it is intended for.

Now, if you are a former special ops soldier yourself, some of the material in this book might be stuff you have already considered. But even in that case, when you will really need the knowledge contained in it the most, you might be shivering in the cold, malnourished, sick and stressed out, at a point when your brain will be firing on half its cylinders at best. And that’s exactly when the information inside this book will be of the most value to you and to your family. Not now, warm and on a full stomach, but later, just to assure yourself even while you are in a debilitated state that you have covered the bases and that you are making the best possible decisions for your family and for your neighbors.

If you are not a former special ops soldier, then the value of this book simply cannot be stated in 2013 dollar terms. What is the value of your family’s life, of their very survival? Pretty damn high, right? Well, that’s the value of this book. A hypothetical example of its value and its utility came to my mind since I have college-age kids. In the hands of one smart and motivated ROTC cadet at a university, the information in this book would permit the cadets to turn their campus into a fortress that would be able to hold out against almost any foreseeable calamity.

This is not just another handbook on how to build a remote fortress on a mountaintop, beginning with a fantasy budget. It takes a completely different tack, namely, how to survive in place, where you are, on your current budget. How to “bug in,” not bug out. It postulates, and I agree with this, that no single family can survive alone, hidden in a remote fortress or bunker, no matter how large their pre-SHTF budget. It assumes that you will stay in your house and in your neighborhood. And it theorizes that no single house can be fortified to hold out against hordes of criminal bandits once the SHTF. You cannot get through TEOTWAWKI on your own.

That means that you must think in terms of defending your entire neighborhood, whether that neighborhood is in an urban, suburban or rural area. A remarkable thing about this book is that it begins planning the defense of your neighborhood even before the SHTF. You simply can’t wait until the lights go out to defend your area. The book lays out plans for cleverly laying the seeds for neighborhood defense in depth now, before the crisis strikes with full fury.

I could spend thousands of more words summarizing the chapter contents of the book, but I won’t, for the sake of brevity. Please take me at my word that the contents are not another rehash of other “surviving TEOTWAWKI” books. It’s not just a collection of chapters like, “first aid” and “food storage.” It’s so far beyond that basic level that it’s hard for me to express without going on for pages and pages more. It’s full of thought-provoking material on critical subjects that you have never considered, please believe me on that.

Besides survival and defense information, the book also contains first-hand survival stories about life in a city during wartime with no power, major urban riots, and other grim topics, just to mentally prepare the reader for what to expect. A true “failure of civility” will potentially usher in a new Dark Age, when there is no law, and desperate, starving people will do literally anything to survive, including resorting to cannibalism in the extreme situations. The authors are not writing high literature, but a textbook for survival in the most horrible conditions imaginable, yet it’s always engaging and even engrossing.

At the beginning of this review I apologized for not spending days refining it to my usual standards, but I have already delayed too long in writing it. My goal here is not to impress you with my wordcraft. My goal is to encourage you to get your hands on this book while you can.

I think every American family should have at least a few months of food on hand, so that they won’t have to go out foraging during the worst periods of TEOTWAWKI. I believe that every American family needs sufficient heating material to get them through at least one winter with no electricity and no fuel deliveries. I believe that every American family needs enough firearms and ammunition to hold desperate, starving criminals at bay. And I believe that every American prepper needs a copy of “A Failure of Civility” as a reference manual for survival during the most trying times ahead. Along with the Bible, I consider it the most important book that I am personally aware of for getting through the dark days that we may be about to experience.

Every word I have written, in all of my novels and essays, has been meant as a warning to the reachable to get ready for the heavy weather that many of us see coming. Please, buy this book. It’s not cheap, it’s $30 and it’s not on Amazon. The authors are not book pros, they are just some guys with invaluable knowledge to share who are producing the book on their own. Get it now, while you can. I have zero connection to the authors, other than I believe the contents are important beyond measure. If there are other books as valuable as this one for surviving the coming storm, I haven’t seen them yet. I’m not saying they are not out there, but I have missed them so far.

My fondest hope is that in five years, the few people who remember me will laugh and say, “Matt Bracken, what a paranoid jerk he was.” A hack writer of cheap alarmist fiction, the author of a few quickly forgotten novels and essays. I hope and pray that in five years, America will be as strong, prosperous and free as it ever was.

But if not, and if you find yourself at some point cold, hungry, sick and very, very afraid, hiding in a blacked-out basement while you are rereading your dog-eared copy of this book by lamplight, you will be thanking me over and over again for encouraging you to buy it. My cheap and unimportant works of fiction won’t matter a damn at that point, but you will be damn glad that you have a copy of “A Failure of Civility.” You, your family, and your entire neighborhood might pull through the coming storm just because of this one book.

Sorry for dashing off this badly written review, but I have been putting it off for too long already, and time is one thing we are running out of, in my opinion. And sorry to the other authors who have sent their books; I hope to get to them soon. But this review can’t wait any longer. Please buy the book. And buy an extra copy or two to send to “reachable” family members. Tell them to wrap it in plastic, and save it for a time that we hope will never come.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 10:38:38 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Perseverando

BFL. Thanks for posting.


12 posted on 02/25/2013 10:41:24 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Blueflag

Nothing is guaranteed to be easy, that’s for sure. Moral dilemnas will come from many directions. No book can answer every question for every situation. But you and I will agree that this book will solve many of the thorniest riddles when they appear, so that we can save our mental energy for the toughest questions that our unique NPP situations will encounter. This book will put us miles ahead of folks who have to stumble into every new crisis without a plan. This book contains the plans. It’s invaluable. Not a guarantee—there will be no guarantees for anybody, anywhere—but it will gives us a tremendous leg up on the unprepared.


13 posted on 02/25/2013 10:44:19 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Perseverando

Knock, knock ...(Neighbor door opens)

(Safety minded citizen speaks): “Sir, we are forming a rapid response team for alien invasion and fed/gov firearms confiscation raids...”

(Response from frightened neighbor): “What are you? Some kind of nut?” (He whips out his cell and dials 9-1-1): “I’d like to report a disturbed neighbor. I think he may have a GUN...”

(11 minutes later several police cars show up; officers emerge with weapons drawn...): “Place your hands behind your head. Lace your fingers and kneel...”

* * *

(After action assessment): I pictured this turning out differently.

[I ordered the book to see how they suggest initial contacts should be made and followups.]


14 posted on 02/25/2013 10:48:52 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: Travis McGee
McGee BTT. Copied to a few friends.

Well, dang it, I can still fantasize about my bunker. I wuz gonna have crystal chandeliers. Dual fuel, of course.

15 posted on 02/25/2013 10:50:09 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks Matt, you’re very generous as always.

At the risk of being called a blog pimp by some, it seems only fair that the source site gets a hit or two for hosting the article (except when it’s a liberal site). I’m also aware of your affinity for WRSA by your frequent article posts. It’s a great site!


16 posted on 02/25/2013 10:54:08 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Travis McGee

Matt—

Agreed.

We won’t have the luxury to “learn by doing.” This book takes us WAY up the learning curve as civilians *IF* we act on the wise plans contained in the book.

FWIW, I have thumbed thru the book so much making notations that the pages are falling out of the binding. Makes it easier to three-hole punch it ;-)


17 posted on 02/25/2013 10:54:26 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: nonsporting

The book is all over the topic of your concerns. It suggests staying far away (at this stage) from the slightest hint that you are forming any kind of neighborhood militia or vigilante team.

Rather, it suggests a very low-key approach, suggesting that your neighbors might look into various options for what it calls a “neighhood protection plan.” The time for this is after your area has suffered a spate of burglaries or other crimes. Baby steps, at first. Find out who is “on board” with a NPP.

Thank those who are not interested, and move on. They are not mentally ready to digest even the baby steps, so ignore them for the time being. If and when the SHTF, most of them will suddenly realize that the NPP was a great idea all along. At that point, these timid types will be joining the already existing NPP as junior members. The very most timid or passivist might not go along with the NPP at all, ever, so you will just have to work around them.


18 posted on 02/25/2013 10:58:59 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Perseverando

Don’t worry, WRSA will get tons of hits from all kind of other blogs that will link the review. But hey, this is Free Republic, and I’m not going to ever ask Freepers to link to something I wrote.


19 posted on 02/25/2013 11:00:35 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee; nonsporting
Rather, it suggests a very low-key approach, suggesting that your neighbors might look into various options for what it calls a “neighhood protection plan.” The time for this is after your area has suffered a spate of burglaries or other crimes. Baby steps, at first. Find out who is “on board” with a NPP.

Yes, forming a "neighborhood watch" would be a not-so-controversial first step.

Those who are on board for "neighborhood watch" could then be chatted with about various "what-if" scenarios, like contingency plans for natural disasters. The ones who can't read between the lines would not be people you would want, anyway.

20 posted on 02/25/2013 11:15:43 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


21 posted on 02/25/2013 11:16:26 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


22 posted on 02/25/2013 11:17:11 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Travis McGee
Thank those who are not interested, and move on. They are not mentally ready to digest even the baby steps, so ignore them for the time being. If and when the SHTF, most of them will suddenly realize that the NPP was a great idea all along. At that point, these timid types will be joining the already existing NPP as junior members. The very most timid or passivist might not go along with the NPP at all, ever, so you will just have to work around them.

Even those who are not candidates for "neighborhood protection teams" may agree to be part of "neighborhood watch", observing and reporting suspicious activity. It all comes down to seeing what level (if any) they are willing to participate at, and maintaining opsec about activities that they would be uncomfortable knowing about.

23 posted on 02/25/2013 11:22:19 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Perseverando

From the time I was a small kid, I liked to fantasize about having to survive on my on, or even better with one of the beautiful girls who made our high school so scenic.

One day I was hunting at the edge of the Eglin AFB reservation. I was 16 and had a drivers license. I had parked my old car and gone into the woods. After only a few minutes my dog treed a squirrel. I crossed a creek, shot him and realized I was turned around. The sky was totally overcast.

I finally found the creek and crossed again not realizing the creek had forked and I was still on the South side of it. I wandered around for a couple of hours, completely lost. I finally came across an old logging road. There was nothing to decide. I was going to follow it no matter where it led. I finally came out to the highway about 12 miles down from where my car was parked.

Walking back, several times I saw my old mutt framed in a car’s headlights. It was a job keeping him off the highway.

What I learned that day is that I knew nothing. If I had in fact been dumped in the middle of nowhere with nothing but my gun, I would have been in very serious trouble.

I still loved to fantasize about surviving and did in fact begin to study the written advice from many sources.

One thing I do know is that I never want to be away from my home and tools etc. Also that those who have been there and done that are far great resources rather than my imagination.


24 posted on 02/25/2013 11:29:20 AM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Travis McGee; Perseverando

Thanks. Ordered.


25 posted on 02/25/2013 11:39:44 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: nonsporting
You need better neighbors. ;)

I'm blessed that my neighbors are all for neighborhood protection, from the local free-lance socialists, to those that might want to confiscate firearms. Most of us have known each other for 30+ years.

/johnny

26 posted on 02/25/2013 11:40:03 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Travis McGee
I still love this picture!
I do hope, though, that Michael Westen saved your book before he burned his loft down.


27 posted on 02/25/2013 11:52:58 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: reed13

bfl


28 posted on 02/25/2013 11:55:06 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: PapaBear3625

A “NPP” is a subtle but major step up from a purely passive “neighborhood watch.” But it still sounds (at first) ilke a nice, soft, “non-offensive” plan.

A “watch” implies that you are only going to report suspected criminal activity to the police.

When a NPP will be critical is when the police are nowhere to be found, and you are on your own. The “protection” will be done by the neighbors themselves.

When the SHTF, a NPP will in fact be a neighborhood militia. During normal civility (now) you just can’t walk around your neighborhood—yet!—recruiting for the neighborhood militia.

But that’s what the NPP really is, IMO.


29 posted on 02/25/2013 11:59:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Lancey Howard

Weston burned his loft down? Say it ain’t so!


30 posted on 02/25/2013 12:00:46 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You’re lucky. My next-door neighbors are awesome, but there are a few other neighbors who “report” to the police the hunters (friends of mine) they sometimes see on my back acreage. Fortunately, the cops around here know how to roll their eyes and pat the usual complainers on the head.

It also reminds me to go out back to my little shooting range and let off some loud steam and keep my arsenal fresh.


31 posted on 02/25/2013 12:04:31 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Travis McGee

Last season. He had to seriously cover his tracks.
I love that show.


32 posted on 02/25/2013 12:06:34 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Travis McGee
I'd like to join Commander Riker in applauding your most excellent post:

Incidentally, The Bride is ordering this book tonight!

33 posted on 02/25/2013 12:13:21 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Perseverando

I bought it a while back. Good read. The problem is that all but one other person on my block won’t see the need for it even when their front door is being broken down. And the vast majority pride themselves on being conservatives. Conclusion: I need a new neighborhood. BTW, I live in Germantown. Yeah, the Germantown from Matt’s third book. Go figure.


34 posted on 02/25/2013 12:23:43 PM PST by ebshumidors
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To: Perseverando

bfl


35 posted on 02/25/2013 12:38:07 PM PST by SwankyC (NO PROGRESSIVES. This Means Liberals and Republicans! Same Thing.)
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To: Travis McGee

Ordered it

(Last year my neighbors thought I was nuts, now I’m teaching them First Aid, how to make soap, establish firing lines and canning... they are seeing the light)

TT


36 posted on 02/25/2013 12:41:28 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: Travis McGee
The book is all over the topic of your concerns. It suggests staying far away (at this stage) from the slightest hint that you are forming any kind of neighborhood militia or vigilante team.

I suspected this topic would be key and focus on what pitfalls to avoid. And even a "neighborhood protection plan" might be considered by many as over-the-top. As you suggest, Be civil and move on.

37 posted on 02/25/2013 12:44:30 PM PST by nonsporting
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To: Travis McGee; All

I will be ordering some. I hope to get a case of the original printing, as now that your review is going viral in the conservative community, I suspect they will be doing another printing very soon.

It is a problem I have been thinking about for years, as I have assumed that neighborhood/local militias would form nearly spontaneously in times of a serious breakdown of order.

I much appreciate your review and have posted it on some other sites.


38 posted on 02/25/2013 12:48:44 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Perseverando

Thanks a million! After having noticed the recent national interest in prepping, I’ve been trying to think of ways to “prep” in the offensive as apposed to the standard defensive posture.


39 posted on 02/25/2013 12:52:09 PM PST by The Toll
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To: Travis McGee
Great post. Thanks for the info. Ordered. Regards,

TS

40 posted on 02/25/2013 1:02:10 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: Perseverando

BOOKbump


41 posted on 02/25/2013 1:04:31 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS.)
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To: Travis McGee
Matt, I read your review and some of the sample pages at the site. I ordered it.

Matt, you are a true Patriot and a treasure at Free Republic.

This book will be a very valuable resource. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

42 posted on 02/25/2013 1:16:21 PM PST by sand88
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To: Perseverando

FR needs a “library” where people can list and discuss favorite books. This sounds like a book everyone needs to have.


43 posted on 02/25/2013 1:31:10 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Perseverando

FR needs a “library” where people can list and discuss favorite books. This sounds like a book everyone needs to have.


44 posted on 02/25/2013 1:31:27 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Tammy8

You can say that again.


45 posted on 02/25/2013 1:54:48 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Perseverando

Looks interesting.

But when I got to the page where they wanted my credit card information I didn’t have the little symbol that the link was “ultra secure” like they said.

I’ll wait for it to get to Amazon.


46 posted on 02/25/2013 3:31:58 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Perseverando

Thanks for the review, Matt. I’ve sent it around to those on my email list I think might be interested.


47 posted on 02/25/2013 3:34:02 PM PST by Gritty (The 2nd Amendment protects the right to shoot tyrants effectively, not deer-Judge A. Napolitano)
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To: PapaBear3625

Exactly. Neighborhood watch groups/leaders can and do approach the topic of such “what if” emergencies. We have discussed it and have a method to our madness. : )

I’m getting this book because Matt recommends it.


48 posted on 02/25/2013 4:26:12 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Perseverando
Bttt.

5.56mm

49 posted on 02/25/2013 4:28:07 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Travis McGee; JRandomFreeper; yorkiemom

Thanks, Travis, for the heads up on the book. I’ll get the book for the information as to what an individual can do to have better self defense. I’m in a group of 61 townhomes with an entry gate. When power goes off that gate is left open.

Most of the people in here are elderly and when a hurricane comes through, family members come and take them away. At least half the townhomes are empty for that, for sure, all the widows are gone. In a major disruption for any reason, those people will also be gone. Yes, I’m elderly in years, too, but don’t tell me because I don’t know it.

It’s almost impossible to defeat my security, but if a zombie gets that door open, he will laugh at my PINK rifle pointed at him and that will his last laugh on earth. As far as being able to kill someone, I wouldn’t have a problem if he gets through my door (and he can’t get through my one window on the front). I’ve also got the high ground upstairs and windows there to see what’s going on.

There should be some elderly couples left in here and a few that aren’t elderly, and I think I’d become Joan of Arc to get the men together. Really, I have gone over and over such a scenario.

I’ll bet all the old men here were in some war or another, and bet they all have firearms (this is Texas you know).. There’s nothing tougher than an old veteran who wants to kill something. They aren’t going to have water and food. That’s a problem. Maybe that book will give me some ideas. We do have a 17,000 gallon swimming pool in here and I’ve got a Big Berkey water purifier.


50 posted on 02/25/2013 4:51:30 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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