A Red and Blue Coalition?

On June 20, 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote to William Crawford: “If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation … to a continuance in union, I have no hesitation in saying, ‘Let us separate.’” Jefferson thought secession can be a good thing. Lincoln in his first inaugural presented secession as something always bad: “Secession,” he said, “is the essence of anarchy.” In saying this, Lincoln and the Lincolnian legacy placed, in effect, a “Berlin Wall” around the American States. Once in the Union, a State could never secede. The Civil War was a show of force to demonstrate that if a State tried, it would be shot. Less than fifty years later, Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance (1892) as a schoolhouse indoctrination to teach children the meaning of the Civil War which. He said it could be reduced to three words: “one nation indivisible.”[i]

If anyone is an American, Jefferson is, and if anyone is an American, Lincoln is. But their visions of what America is and ought to be are incompatible. We have inherited a fractured constitutional memory. And the question is: “To which of these visions are we to give our allegiance?” From 1776 to 1860 the Jeffersonian vision prevailed in America. From 1865 until the 1990s, Lincoln’s vision prevailed, but then something entirely unexpected happened.

In 1991, 15 states seceded from the Soviet Union. This was the greatest peaceful revolution in modern history. American political elites did not see it coming even though Soviet officials told them what was about to happen. Their minds were so controlled by the notion that a modern state is “one and indivisible” they could not imagine peaceful secession. That Soviet secession occurred peacefully had a ripple effect, and soon after a number of peaceful secessions occurred in Europe and more secession movements have arisen. The result is that secession is now thought of in Europe as a neutral act to be evaluated on its merits rather than as something necessarily bad as Lincoln classified it when he identified it with anarchy and a threat to government as such. Today even Americans are beginning to think of secession in a neutral way, despite Lincoln and the Pledge of Allegiance.  A Zogby poll taken in 2008 found that 22 percent of Americans said they thought a State had a right to secede from the United States. Ten years later in 2018, a Zogby poll found that 39 percent believed a state had a right to secede, and 29 were unsure. That means 68 percent of Americans are open to consider the right of secession. Only 32 percent thought that military force could be used to force a state back into the Union.[ii]  Evidently more and more Americans are identifying with the Jeffersonian side of their political tradition over the Lincolnian side.

That fact is exemplified in a growing number of secession movements such as “Calexit” in California and “Texit” in Texas, as well as a revival of various forms of State nullification. And there is a serious effort to invoke Article V and entirely bypass the central government by calling a convention of the States to propose amendments to the Constitution, something that has never been done. All of this State activity is a serious challenge to Lincolnian America which is based on the denial of State sovereignty in favor of national sovereignty, but it is at home in Jeffersonian America. If further developed, this paradigm shift could radically change the character of political discourse.

For example, Marcus Evans, the leader of Calexit, is urging a coalition between Red and Blue States to put their policy differences aside for a common interest in restoring state sovereignty. Calexit wants to leave the US and govern itself. They know the Red states would be more than happy for California to leave. The Reds would have more power in the Union, and would be free of such characters as Pelosi and Feinstein, and Californians would be able to pursue their own leftist agendas undistracted by the “deplorable” Jesus loving, gun loving, Red states.

Even if secession does not occur, such a coalition can revolutionize how we think about politics and each other. Ever since Lincoln, all political talk has been “nationalist” talk. There is one central government with the final say over what its powers are. Politics is thought of as a struggle between a nationalist left and a nationalist right with an occasional “bipartisan” compromise. Today in multi-cultural America where “diversity” is said to be our strength, there is no longer a “nation” of the sort the Lincolnian tradition could presuppose in nationalist politics.  Politics is now a struggle between Red States and Blue States to gain control of the supreme power to do unto their opponents what will be done unto them if they lose.

But what if we think in decentralist, Jeffersonian terms? What if instead of Red and Blue states fighting for control of the center to stick it to their opponents, they cooperate with each other to reduce central power and strengthen state sovereignty, even to the point of recommending secession? Neither can ever control the whole on impose a one-size-fits-all regime on an aggregate of 328 million people. Yet the effort to gain sufficient power at the center to do so means that every power gained in victory by one party will be augmented for its own purposes when it takes control. And so with every turn, more power and revenue is sucked to the center leaving less wealth and liberty at home–and leaving both sides more frustrated and desperate.

The question raised by Calexit is why not stop the absurd cycle of ever increasing centralization, unwittingly fueled by both the desire of Red and Blue states to control supreme power? Why not work to enjoy life in Red and Blue states?  Conflicts in America have reached a greater moral depth and complexity than in the 1850s. A coalition of Red and Blue on behalf of State sovereignty is the only way these two will ever agree on anything. Such agreement, though limited, is not to be despised. It builds mutual respect and that, in turn, can open the door to understanding the “other” from his point of view.

These and other topics regarding secession and decentralization will be explored at an Abbeville Institute conference to be held in Dallas November 10, 2018. Speakers include Jeff Deist, Allen Mendenhall, Michael Boldin, Kirk Sale, Donald Livingston, Dan Fisher (former primary candidate last June for governor of Oklahoma on a strong State’s rights platform), and Marcus Evans, leader of Calexit, who will talk about how California secession would be good for American federalism. This is the issue of the 21st century, and there is no better time to start the conversation.

[i] Francis Bellamy, “A Brief Synopsis of the Story of the Origin of the Pledge taken from the Detailed Narrative by Frances Bellamy, Author of the Pledge”. Congressional Record 91 (1945) House: 5510–5511.

[ii] http://johnzogbystrategies.com/new-poll-on-americans-support-for-secession-webinar-on-tribal-analytics-and-trump-report-card/

The ShieldWall Network will have a representative at this conference. 

Generation of Sacrifice

By Shaun Yeager

Inside the minds of many Nationalists, there is a trend. A trend of anger, a trend of embitterment, toward the fact that they are not able to enjoy and promote what their ancestors fought and died to protect – their birthright.

This is especially apparent in Ethno-Nationalist groups and organizations. Generation Identity are a classic example of this. The Generation Identity I’m going to be talking about here is not the pathetic, surrender-rat organization it is now, but the organization that is described in Markus Willinger’s “Generation Identity: A Declaration of War Against the ‘68ers”, back when they were relatively proud Ethno-Nationalists (even though they attacked National Socialism).

The “’68ers” mentioned within this manifesto are the baby boomers. Those who sold the future of their children so they could live the high-life – so they could live a life without struggle, strife or hardship. You can really feel the anger and embitterment Willinger has towards the boomers in this short excerpt from the manifesto:

“We live in a world you dreamed of, yet this world disgusts us. Thanks to you, we could develop free from all social obligations and values; thanks to you we go lost and lonely through life. You’ve destroyed everything that could have offered us identity and refuge, yet you’re shocked that we’re unhappy.”

This excerpt was from chapter 2, On Loneliness.

If you haven’t already realized, the “you” Willinger is referring to are the ‘68ers (baby boomers). This notion of “it’s all your fault!” permeates through the entire manifesto. Along with the weak, yet somewhat defiant statement of “For we are Generation Identity”, at the end of every chapter.

I’m not saying that baby boomers aren’t partly responsible for the mess we are in today, but this stance of “it’s all your fault” is really pathetic. Yes, we all know that they’re selfish, immoral, hedonistic, naive megalomaniacs. We all know they’ll do almost anything to make their lives easier or to extend their blight of an existence at the cost of our children’s future. We know this. But as a wise Englishman once said, “if you concentrate on pain and defeat, you will breed resentment.” And that’s exactly what’s happened with Generation Identity. They have built an army of embittered White, middle-class men and women who have become a living embodiment of the idea that their world was taken away from them – the living embodiment of sorrow and pain and defeat. And you can see this in the ranks of Generation Identity if you know where to look.

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The National Socialist youth of today have a different view of things. We know, even if we’re unable to articulate it, that we are the Generation of Sacrifice. That even though we have had our birthright taken away from us, we must take the pain, sorrow and defeat that the bourgeois ranks of Generation Identity cling to, and destroy it through an act of our own will – to absorb it like a fire.

What emerges from the ashes of pain, sorrow and defeat is joy, pride and passion. Not just for one’s own Race, but also for struggle itself.

National Socialism is the application of Natural law to every area of society. And the highest law of Nature is to struggle for the existence of one’s own kind. National Socialism adds to this law. We say not only must we struggle for the existence of our Race – of our Folk, but also for their advancement.

You may have noticed that there is nothing “national”, about what I’ve just said, but that’s where you’re wrong. National Socialism understands that the people are the nation – its beating heart. If a state is physically destroyed it can be rebuilt by the indigenous people. Its unique identity is stored in their hearts, minds and souls. But if the indigenous people are destroyed (physically and/or spiritually), once that nation falls, it can never be rebuilt – it can never be again.

English National Socialist, Colin Jordan, said that “struggle is the elixir of National Socialism”. And how right he was. The evidence of this can be found in the final hours before the allied capture of Berlin, where members of the Hitler Youth, children as young as fourteen, picked up rifles and defended the bridges over the River Spree that American soldiers were trying to cross. Fourteen years old! Women and children who were not members of any elite unit also took up arms against the allied invaders. The American “Thunderbird” division suffered heavy casualties as a result of German National Socialist civilians (men, women and youth) arming themselves to fight side-by-side with the SS in brutal street combat. The almost superhuman and fanatical SS units threw back nine American assaults while defending the Reich Chancellery. It’s almost unbelievable but the evidence of these courageous feats can be found in the book “The Spear of Destiny”, written by Trevor Ravenscroft.

I will use several excerpts from the Last Will and Testament of Adolf Hitler to sum-up the reality-defying heroics of the German National Socialists:

“After six years of struggle, which in spite of all reversals will go down in history as the most glorious and most courageous manifestation of a people’s will to live.”

“I cannot separate myself from the city, which is the capital of this Reich. Because our forces are too few to permit any further resistance against the enemy’s assaults, I desire to share the fate that millions of others have taken upon themselves, and that I shall remain in this city. Furthermore, I do not want to fall into the hands of enemies who for the delectation of the hate-riddled masses require a new spectacle promoted by the Jews. I have therefore resolved to remain in Berlin, and there to choose death of my own will at the very moment when, as I believe, the seat of the Fuhrer and Chancellor can no longer be defended.”

“I die with a joyful heart in the awareness of the immeasurable deeds and achievements of our soldiers on the front; of our women at home. The achievements of the workers and the contribution unique in history of our youth which bares my name. It goes without saying, that I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”

The most important sections of the above excerpts are the following:

“After six years of struggle, which in spite of all reversals will go down in history as the most glorious and most courageous manifestation of a people’s will to live.”
“I die with a joyful heart in the awareness of the immeasurable deeds and achievements of our soldiers on the front; of our women at home. The achievements of the workers and the contribution unique in history of our youth which bares my name. It goes without saying, that I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”

In these two excerpts, struggle is a constant theme. “A people’s will to live” is a people’s ability – a people’s desire, to struggle for their existence, just as Nature decrees. “The immeasurable deeds and achievements of our soldiers on the front; of our women at home”. This excerpt again features struggle. While the man’s struggle is mostly fought on the battlefield, the woman’s struggle is mostly fought during labour and in motherhood, and through her struggle to promote life within the fatherland.

Regrettably, the women of National Socialist Germany had to endure a lot more during the final hours and during the “denazification” period. The racial pride National Socialist women had was so strong that the allies and the communists (no difference really) had to literally rape it out of them, and even then, some did not break. Those that didn’t break were subjected to beatings and more rape until they were finally killed. Anything for democracy, right?

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If you’re interested in the lengths the allies went to in the name of democracy, you will find all you can stomach written in Savitri Devi’s “Defiance” and “Gold in the Furnace”.

For German National Socialists, struggle was everything. They welcomed it with open arms and always fought to the glorious end. This is the view that National Socialists still have today. Although, we haven’t truly accepted struggle, but we are getting there. With each passing day our respective governments become more oppressive and more blood-thirsty. We are now at the point where they are actively and openly hunting us down. National Socialism is on the rise and the System is already starting its “denazification” process because they know what we stand for, how fanatical we are in our beliefs, how unbreakable our women are when imbued with racial pride, and above all, they know that we will do absolutely anything to return our folk to Nature’s arms once again.

We have no reason to obtain full-time jobs – to save for a future we do not have. No reason to keep our heads down – to try and fit into a world we hate. No reason to live a “normal life” – to obey an elite that wants us dead. No reason to care whether we live or whether we die. Yet, despite all this, we smile and we laugh.

We do not wallow in pointless sorrow. We do not fixate on toxic pity. We do not focus on what could have been. We bask in the glory of our past, we find joy in struggle and we focus on what can be – on what will be!

We expect to lose our jobs and to be ostracized. We are ready!

We expect our doors to be kicked in. We accept it!

We expect to be vilified. We welcome it!

Our father is struggle… and we love our father!

We are the Generation of Sacrifice…

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From The Purity Spiral

Firearms Training: The 9-Hole Barricade

In combat, or in any armed confrontation for that matter, you may find yourself unable to stand flat-­footed and launch rounds willy-­nilly as you have practiced at the range. Getting shot at will wake you up if you are lucky enough to survive the first volley.

The smart person seeks cover or concealment as fast as they can, but the fight isn’t over. You must get back into the fight, quickly. This is where the Viking Tactics (VTAC) Barricade comes in as a training tool.

The VTAC Barricade was designed to give shooters an easy, range-­worthy, training tool that can be used frequently to help develop the ability to return fire from awkward, nonstandard positions.

The barricades are made from wood, so accidently shooting a hole through it won’t be the end of the world, but failure to maintain muzzle awareness will be rewarded with a blast and a hole in the barricade.

All safety rules must be adhered to with reverence as you use these devices to enhance your survivability and combat effectiveness. These barricades are here to ingrain good practices and to help you learn and adapt to potential situations.

A quick history of the VTAC Barricade: I stole this idea from Bennie Cooley, a fellow shooting instructor and good buddy of mine. He had a great barricade design, but I didn’t think it was quite hard enough to shoot through. So, we added more holes that were more restrictive and at some crazy angles. So, there you have it; very simple. So, how can we use these barricades to enhance our abilities?

9-­Hole Drill

The 9-­Hole Drill is an easy exercise (ease is relative) that can be used to teach a few things to our shooters. You will take the VTAC barricade and fire one or two rounds through each hole in the barricade at a piece of steel positioned at 50 to 100 yards away.

For close-quarters-battle (CQB) distances out to 25 ­yards, paper targets work great if you want to score close-range engagements from cover. Normally, we use steel for quick feedback as well as ease of training. I prefer to have the steel at a minimum of 50 yards but 100 yards separates the best shooters from the pack.

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Using AR500 steel helps shooters get several repetitions in quickly on the barricade drill. The immediate feedback will get you moving in the right direction without the need to reset anything down range.

When used correctly, shooting steel is a great facilitator to speeding up the amount of time on the gun. Some would lead you to believe you don’t have to shoot a lot to become a good shooter. I disagree with this view. I believe repetition builds habits, good and bad. However, with live fire, shooters can see what works and what doesn’t. That ring of the steel (or the lack of) as well as the numbers on your timer tell the story. Neither will lie to you.

What are we trying to accomplish? 

First and foremost, we want to find the positions that work for you. I want students to experiment with different positions to see what works. You can also change the difficulty of the drill by adding support side shooting on the last low hole or shoot the entire drill from the support side.

Another goal with this drill is to get shooters to call their shots. With the act of calling shots comes speed in movement from hole to hole.

As we squeeze the trigger, we watch our sights. If the sights lift from an acceptable area of the target, which means you have a hit, quickly pull the firearm from the hole and get moving to the next position. I cannot emphasis the importance of this enough. Only those that can make this happen will get a good overall time on the drill.

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With steel at 50 yards, I want everyone to shoot this drill in under 60 seconds. More than likely, a shooter won’t make it on the first attempt. I have seen some students shoot one shot per hole (with good hits) and complete this drill in under 30 seconds. That is a smoking run.

I push shooters to move the firearm from hole to hole quickly. With a carbine, this translates into pulling it up over your shoulder, then driving the gun to the next target. If you leave the carbine on your shoulder and move your entire body to get to the next hole, it is going to be slower than driving the gun from port to port. This applies directly to movement inside of a vehicle, a confined space or around cover. Ensuring that your safety on the carbine is engaged before moving to the next hole. (Safety first.)

As you work your way around the barricade with the carbine, ensure that your barrel doesn’t touch the barricade. This will have serious accuracy and impact effects on even a stiff-barreled carbine. If you are shooting around the barricade with a pistol, use positions that don’t rest on the barricade. If you must get extra support to make a longer pistol shot, use your thumb or knuckles on the barricade for support. Do not use the dust cover or slide of the pistol.

The VTAC Barricade can also be used for simpler drills to increase speed and comfort shooting from the support side. Transitioning from strong to support side seems easy, but when you have to go back and forth from side to side, changing knees etc., it can become a workout. This is exactly why we practice. When you are feeling wore out, it is a good way to see how strong your position is. Smoothly moving from side to side is key.

Huffing & Puffing

Running from barricade to barricade during a scrambler is an eye opener. Once you are winded, you can stabilize your carbine or pistol to make that perfect shot by taking a deep cleansing breath as you come into the position and use body parts with the barricade for stability.

What I like to do on the front of the gun, is to make a simple “C-­clamp” effect with my hand. The rear of the carbine will be stabilized by keeping the my back knee up. This may be different than you have previously been instructed, but take the time and try it, you might just like it.

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If this seems all too easy, wait until Beginning Morning Nautical Twilight (BMNT), otherwise called “last light,” “sunset,” or “nighttime.” Now try the drill again.

You may have to use paper to see the targets since they will need to be a little closer for use with gun-mounted lights. If you are issued night vision goggles, the drill will teach you even more. With lights or infrared lasers, it isn’t only about the shooting, it is about how to activate these devices as you get into and out of positions, or how dust effects the ability to see with your devices. Learning how to deactivate the light or laser when you are moving from port to port could mean life or death in a real fight.

In the end, these drills build much needed combat confidence. Once you are comfortable with the VTAC 9-Hole Barricade drill, safely increase speed and difficulty. Try using the barricade as cover and stay behind it. Increasing the levels of difficulty is really the only way to get better. So, get out there and train!

From Guns and Ammo

AR Myths Debunked

The AR world has by far the biggest following of all the gun niches out there. With that, you get a large mix of people ranging from brand-new gun owners with zero experience to Special Forces operators having fun outside of work. However, too many people are learning from movies and television shows. There are a lot of rumors and just bad information being spread around by those who lack formal training.

Hopefully this will clear up a lot of the common misconceptions you may have heard and believed. There are countless misconceptions out there, but these are the eight most common sayings or beliefs that you may have heard, and I’ll explain why they are either true, false or somewhere in the middle.

AR Myths: “I’m going to pick out parts from different manufacturers and build the perfect custom gun.”

Sometimes true. Not all brands are created equal, nor with they always get along with each other. Unfortunately, there is a lot of trial and error involved here. Some parts will mix perfectly fine, but sometimes mixing brands won’t go very well. Your best bet here is to check forums or with the manufacturers themselves. If you are looking to mix two different brands together, chances are you aren’t the first one to try it. Check to see how it went for the people before you. Websites like ar15.com have forums for almost every possible category.

Most of the time you won’t have any problems and the gun will come together just fine, but it never hurts to double check before buying. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive parts out there to have a good rifle, there are definitely brands to shy away from for different reasons. So, while you may know someone who has a hobbled-together AR that works fine, it’s more luck than a tribute to the brands involved. Also, sticking with all mil-spec parts with help with compatibility.

AR Myths: “If I build a mil-spec carbine, I’ll have a replica of what the U.S. military uses.”

Not exactly true. There are actual mil-spec products you can buy, such as buffer tubes and buttstocks, etc., that will work on actual military M4s, but components like receivers aren’t going to be 100-percent “mil-spec.” Aside from an entirely different trigger mechanism (the military uses an automatic A1 setup) the very milling of the receiver itself is different—which is intentional. This keeps military guys from taking M4A1 parts home from work and dropping them into their civilian ARs to make them fully automatic.

There are minor differences here and there, but military and civilian models are fairly close. You will definitely need to pay attention to accessories like buttstocks. I have two Magpul stocks in my inventory that I used from my time in Afghanistan, but they won’t fit on my civilian ARs unless I switch to a mil-spec buffer tube. Just remember to double check before buying a product to know if it will fit.

AR Myths: “Bigger is always better, especially in terms of caliber.”

Not true. Don’t listen to all the haters here. Take the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO, for example. People hate on it because of its size and say it lacks knockdown power. But you can get rounds that drastically boost its power and range. Special Forces have confirmed kills at 700 meters with a single 5.56mm shot.

Moving up in size, the 300 Blackout is good for suppressor use and packs a lot of power for shorter distances. The 6.8 SPC has medium-high power and a little better trajectory for medium ranges, and the 6.5 Grendel has medium-high power for medium to long ranges. Choose your calibers based on your personal needs, not on the biased opinion of others. Go with what will work for the primary role of your rifle. You may find that dropping down in caliber size is optimal.

AR Myths: “Using reloaded ammo is fine. Plus, it’s cheap!”

Mostly false. Is it really cheaper if you have to replace your gun because yours blew up when you pulled the trigger? This is an extreme example, of course, but it’s by no means unheard of. You know how a lot of guys with ARs wish they were “operators?” That applies here as well. While there are some out there who can reload well, too many cannot. Far too many.

Many learn to reload from YouTube, where some sloppy and carefree people do what they think is “good enough” work. But you can seriously mess up your gun or cause injuries with even the slightest miscalculation. And I don’t want to buy reloaded ammunition from the guy who doesn’t think it’s a big deal if his casings get just a little too much powder in them, or who doesn’t completely clean out his equipment between working.

It is generally a good rule of thumb to stay away from reloaded ammo all together. The only exception is if it is professionally reloaded through an actual company like Black Hills Ammunition.

AR Myths: “I can use Simple Green or other ‘all-purpose’ cleaners to clean my weapon.”

False! Just because you can buy it and use it doesn’t mean you should. Your weapons have special finishes to protect them. Whether your weapon is black, tan, green or any other color, you do not want to take away from the integrity of the finish. If a product wasn’t made to clean a gun, don’t use it. Many household cleaners have a lot of acidic chemicals in them that will slowly eat away at the finish over time.

The same goes for oil. You need to use the right oil. You wouldn’t put gun oil in your car, so don’t try to put car oil in your gun. In the military, we had different oils for different firearms. Small arms used CLP, the .50-caliber Browning M2 used LSA, and the MK19 40mm grenade launcher used LSAT. These guns could normally run with the others in a pinch, but it certainly wasn’t the best for them. Use the right oil type, with the right viscosity, for your firearms just like you do with your car. If you are a penny pincher, Rem Oil is super cheap and works just fine. You can then explore what else is out there later on that are a step up from that.

To the people who haven’t cleaned their guns “and it’s been 50,000 rounds”—just stop. No one believes you, and bragging about being too lazy to take care of your firearms isn’t something to be proud of.

AR Myths: “The shot should surprise you.”

Mostly false. A negligent discharge will surprise you. Aiming and taking down a target should not surprise you. You need to have full control over your weapon and know exactly when you are on target and when you want to fire. If you are in a hostage situation and there are other people around—especially in your own home, for example—you need to have full control of your trigger. Spend more time at the range and get comfortable with your weapon. Don’t let your weapon scare you. You should know when your trigger is about to break and let a round loose.

AR Myths: “I got a high-power scope, so I’ll shoot better.”

False. The scope doesn’t shoot the rifle; you do. I compare this to finances. If someone has trashy spending habits and loves debt, a consolidation loan or even the lottery won’t save them from bankruptcy—in fact, the opposite often happens. The crappy spending habits follow them no matter their status. The same goes with firearms. If you aren’t hitting a target with a short-range scope or iron sights, you won’t hit it with a longer-range optic. Chances are your fundamentals aren’t quite where you think they are.

 

source: tactical-life.com

ShieldWall Network End-Of-Year Meeting

The ShieldWall Network end of year meeting will be held on Saturday, December 1st, to slide neatly between everyone’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. This will be a family friendly potluck social and meeting, held on secure private property in central Arkansas. RSVP to roper_billy@yahoo.com for details.

Video of Speech at 2018 ArkLaTex Regional White Unity Conference

Billy Roper speaking at the 2018 ArkLaTex Regional White Unity Conference

Topics covered include the importance of IRL networking and public activism, the coming civil war, prepping, the ShieldWall Network, balkanization, doxxing Antifa, and future White ethnostates. Just over a half hour. Filmed with a cell phone by a volunteer present at the meeting, so you have to pay attention!

AR Pistols or SBR. Which Is Better?

The Roper Report

I’ve been a fan and strong advocate for short-barreled rifles (SBRs) for a long time, especially in 5.56mm NATO.

For realistic applications, a 16-inch barrel is about 6 inches too long for me. I served as a law enforcement officer for decades, and the most practical 5.56mm carbines seem to have barrels between 10.5 to 11.5 inches long. Modern ammunition keeps these weapons ballistically efficient yet short enough to be handy in close spaces, and they can still be reliably suppressed.

I’ve used SBRs to consistently engage targets out to 500 yards. In other words, they meet the needs of all but the most specialized tasks. Shorter barrels (7 to 9 inches) can be useful for dedicated law enforcement entry work as well as home and vehicle defense. Advancements in bullet and ammunition technology have made SBRs excellent options when your targets are inside 100 yards, but you can still stretch your…

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Homemade Grass Suit Erases your Visual Imprint.

Your visual imprint is anything that differs from the environment you are in.

Hunters, Military and Spies, all try to hide their visual imprint.

But I believe nothing can erase your visual imprint, like what only the most elite sniper uses.

You can’t buy it.

But it completely erases you.

Josh shows you how to make it right here.

So you can become invisible if you need to.

(you can also hit the red subscribe button on the youtube video page, then the bell, to get all our self sufficiency videos for free, the second they are published)

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Stay Prepared,

-Lou

P.S. You can use materials you have right at home…

… and it won’t cost you a single penny to be able to disappear instantly.

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Like a good neighbor, ShieldWall is there!

Great story from the Washington Post about being a good neighbor…but we would add, A. Move to a rural area where there is no homeowner’s association or city rules and ordinances to follow, and more space between neighbors. B. Organize a Neighborhood Watch, whether you think you need one, or not. C. Homogeneity is our strength. 

By Daniel Bortz   Washington Post

October 2

To live in a great neighborhood — and enjoy all the comforts that come with being part of a tightknit community — you have to be a good neighbor yourself.

There’s certainly no shortage of examples of bad neighbors in TV shows and films (think Homer Simpson or any neighbor from “Desperate Housewives”). But what does it mean to be a genuinely good neighbor?

Here, etiquette experts share ways to build and maintain positive, long-lasting relationships with your neighbors. (It requires more than lending someone a cup of sugar.)

Share important information

One of the best ways to welcome new neighbors is by providing them with a “need-to-know” checklist, says Diane Gottsman, author of “Modern Etiquette for a Better Life.” If you know a great housekeeper, handyman, dry cleaner, dog walker or lawn-mowing service, give your new neighbor a sheet with their contact information. Also include suggestions on the best and nearest grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies.

Keep up your curb appeal

Just one ugly home in a community can reduce property values for the entire neighborhood. Hence, you don’t want to become known as the owner of “that ugly house” — i.e., the one with knee-high grass, overflowing gutters, dirty windows, peeling paint or toys scattered across the front yard. “You should be cleaning up the front of your house as much as possible,” says Lizzie Post, co-president at the Emily Post Institute, a Burlington, Vt.-based etiquette-training business.

Be a responsible pet owner

“Pets can be a big bone of contention between neighbors, so you need to keep them in check,” says etiquette consultant Lisa Mirza Grotts.

Start with pet etiquette 101: Clean up after your pooch. “When you take your dog for a walk, do not deposit your dog’s poop bag into someone else’s trash can,” Gottsman says. “It sounds basic, but it happens a lot.”

Organize a service project

You may want to attend block parties, community cookouts and other neighborhood events so that you can mingle and form friendships. But to go an extra mile, suggests Elaine Swann, founder of the Swann School of Protocol , coordinate a community-wide project that neighbors can participate in together, such as decking out your neighborhood’s playground for Halloween.

Live by a senior citizen? Assemble a group of neighbors to help spruce up their yard or hang holiday lights.

Invite your neighbors over

Recently moved in? One way to build rapport is by inviting your neighbors over for a housewarming party (instead of only inviting your friends). But, “Let people know that you’re not accepting gifts,” Post says. “This should be simply a social event.”

Once you’ve established a relationship, you could form a neighborhood book club or weekly softball game to deepen friendships.

Don’t be the town gossip

Part of being a good neighbor is avoiding gossip. However, Post says there’s a difference between “good” gossip and “bad” gossip. “If a neighbor’s mother passes away, communicating that news to other neighbors so that people can attend the funeral is good gossip,” she explains. Bad gossip, meanwhile, spreads negative rumors (e.g., “I heard Jerry got fired from his job. I can’t say I’m surprised”).

Be a respectful party host

Keeping music at a reasonable noise level when you’re throwing a party is common sense. An aspect people frequently overlook, though, is minding where their guests park. “The last thing you want is for your guest to block your neighbor’s driveway,” Gottsman says. You also don’t want your guests’ cars to take up the entire block, which is why Gottsman suggests hiring a valet service.

Abide by community rules

When you live in a homeowners or condo association, you have to comply with the community’s rules. Still, a lot of people don’t take the time to review their association’s rules, Swann says. These rules may dictate parking restrictions, trash and recycling schedules, landscaping requirements, move-in procedures and more.

Breaking your association’s rules can not only result in fines but also ruffle feathers with neighbors. “It’s your responsibility to police yourself if you want to avoid conflict,” Swann says.

Also, check local codes to make sure you’re following city ordinances, particularly regarding noise. (For example, Arlington prohibits shouting, yelling and other loud noises from midnight to 9 a.m.) A new survey by Improvenet.com showed that six of the top 10 complaints people have about their neighbors involve noise, whether from music, voices, parties, kids, pets or the TV.

Handle conflict judiciously

No matter how friendly you are, you may have disagreements or quibbles with neighbors. Handling these conflicts with tact is crucial.

Generally, if you have an issue with a neighbor, your first line of defense should be to try to resolve the problem with the person directly. This should be done face-to-face — not over text message or email, where messages can get misconstrued, Swann says.

Let’s say your neighbor’s dog is peeing on your garden. Broach the subject by starting with a compliment, and then suggest working together toward a solution: “Duke is such a sweet dog. However, I have noticed that he’s been peeing on our begonias, and I would really love to curb that behavior so that my flowers don’t die on me.” If you can’t resolve the issue one-on-one, contact your homeowner’s association.