The American Crisis by Thomas Paine


December 23, 1776

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

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There are too many ineffective churches

The bad side of being “one”.
In my previous article I wrote about being one, one voice, one who stands up. You can read it here –

Now “one” can be bad too. Over the course of human history many “ones” that brought in disciples and caused much harm. You should know about those “ones”, Adolf Hitler (, Benito Mussolini ( and Pol Pot ( just to name a few. Continue reading There are too many ineffective churches

Bug Out Bags, Get Out Of Dodge and Bailout Bags – Part 2

In Part 1 I covered I covered your EDC, Bail out Bag and briefly a CERT bag.

In the second installment I want to cover Bug Out Bags and Get Out Of Dodge bags.

Bug Out Bags (BOB) are for getting from point A to point B. Usually these are “3 day” bags. Their primary purpose is to get you from where you are to home in about 3 days. So you should build your bag accordingly. These should be backpacks so you can carry your needed items and have your hands free. Personally I use an old Woodland Alice pack with frame that I paid $35 for. I highly recommend the pack have great padded shoulder straps and a hip / waist belt. Continue reading Bug Out Bags, Get Out Of Dodge and Bailout Bags – Part 2

your guide to Every Day Carry, Bail out Bag and CERT packs – Part 1

Out on the web you can find all types of advice on “survival”, “Prepping”, or plain old preparedness. Whose advice you should take is up to you.

If you want to learn or take my 2 cents, here it is.

First let’s start with defining the different types of bags. These are my definitions and yours and others may vary, for me each has a very specific reason for existence. Continue reading your guide to Every Day Carry, Bail out Bag and CERT packs – Part 1

Peaky Blinders

This week we have another article by our guest writer Dan McNeil, this time it is his take on gangster flicks.

If you like gangster flicks with lots of gritty atmosphere, check out a superb Netflix program call Peaky Blinders.

Ya gotta love gangster flicks.  They were especially huge back in the 1930’s when Al Capone and the boys were shooting up Chicago.  Actors like Jimmy Cagney made a living off of them. Continue reading Peaky Blinders