Saturday, March 28, 2015

A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End

Observing the world around them, many folks have come to the conclusion that the End is near - the End of the dollar, the End of freedom, the End of Western Civilization, the End of the current economic and political systems, etc... Whether this is intentionally planned by the Elites or the inevitable result of decades of bad decisions & general incompetence, its easy to see why many feel this way...

So, how can we prepare? Here is a quick, no frills down & dirty guide to preparing for the End:

1) Stock up on food, water, cleaning & hygiene supplies, first aid supplies, medicine & medical supplies, flashlights, radios, batteries, tools, sturdy clothes & shoes, etc. The End will mean a massive disruption in the supply chain for goods and services. In other words, the shelves at Wal-mart, Target, Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears, and your local grocery, hardware, and clothing stores will quickly be emptied, and likely will not be re-stocked for months, if ever. Stock up now for an extended period of time in which you will not be able to buy what you need.

2) Buy a gun and learn how to use it. Stock up on ammo. Chaos & violence will be a major feature of the End. And the police won't be there to protect you (and may even be a big part of the problem). The protection of yourself & your family will be - IS - your responsibility.

3) Stock up on fuel. Gasoline, diesel, oil, etc., will get EXTREMELY expensive, if it is available at all. Keep your tanks topped off, and store extra if you can do so SAFELY. Even a few 5-gallon gas cans full will be a tremendous help.

4) Find a relatively safe place to ride out the End. A big city or urban center probably won't be a safe place. Consider instead an out-of-the-way small town or rural area. You may want to go ahead and move there, or at least have a good bug-out plan and vehicle to get their as the End comes.

5) Turn you paper wealth into tangible wealth. Cash, stocks, bonds, etc. will become worthless, so turn them into real, tangible, wealth before the End. This means the food, guns, ammo and other supplies. It also means a home/homestead/land - somewhere relatively safe & productive to ride out the End. It may also mean buying gold, silver, and other tangible storehouses of wealth.

6) Figure out who you can really trust and depend on in a crisis. Crises bring out the best in some people and the worst in others. Desperate people don't always make the best choices. How well do you know the people in your life? Build your team, community, tribe, network, or whatever you want to call it, now. Plan together now for what to do when the End gets here. Plan on how to safely communicate with each other.

7) Pay attention to the world around you. The timing of converting your paper wealth to real wealth is the real trick. Exactly when the End will come is uncertain. Could be next week, next month, next year... You will need some cash to pay bills and live off of until then, so don't go out and immediately get rid of ALL your cash. You still need it. You'll have to pay close attention to what is going on in the world around you. Get your economic and political news from a variety of sources, and think things through using commonsense and reason.

8) Learn as many skills as possible, and work on improving your health & fitness. While waiting for the End, be diligent in improving your health & fitness, and learning a variety of skills. Stop smoking now. Address any addictions you have. Start eating right. Build your strength & endurance. Learn first aid and CPR. Learn self-defense shooting, and other self-defense skills. Learn to garden, to preserve food, to hunt & fish, to sew, to maintain & repair your vehicles,

And that is the no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End. There are lots and lots of details that can be added. Lots of different strategies and tactics within this framework of preparing for the End. Your exact details will be determined by your own unique circumstances and personal concerns. Whatever you do, start getting ready NOW. Time may be running out.

Start taking responsibility for your own life now. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Julia Ward Howe wrote the poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1861, after visiting a Union Army camp. It quickly became a very popular patriotic song, set to the music of an earlier song, "John Brown's Body," about abolitionist John Brown.  The sung version contains a chorus not in the poem. It is interesting to note that many modern versions of the song have changed the lyric "let us die to make men free" to "let us live to make men free." 

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal";
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.

Chorus from the Sung Version

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah.
Our God is marching on.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

History Declared

Today, a new twitter account has been launched - @HistoryDeclared. It will tweet Real History facts, quotes, trivia, and links to websites, books, videos, & other resources, a few times a day (always less than 10, spread throughout the day). The tweets will avoid the ideological spin and political correctness used by progressives to distort and rewrite history to support their worldview.

The rewriting of History has been going on for decades. History has been watered-down by political correctness, and distorted by the cherry-picking of facts, and even the invention of lies presented as facts, in order to promote the progressive and collectivist worldview. History Declared is intended as an antidote to this false History taught in schools for many decades.

Learn Real History - follow @HistoryDeclared today!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Odd, Checkered History of the Pledge of Allegiance

The Original 1892 Pledge

The Pledge of Allegiance has an odd, checkered history that most folks don't realize. It was originally written in 1892 by a former Christian minister, Francis Bellamy, and read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Francis Bellamy was a socialist, and he intended the Pledge to be not just an American pledge, but rather a pledge that could be recited by any citizen of any country. Notice the generic wording of the original Pledge: "my Flag" instead of "the Flag of the United States of America." The Pledge was intended by Bellamy to promote a collectivist ideal, with citizens swearing fealty to their country rather than to God, their families, or their own self-interests, and thus promoting collectivism over individualism. .

In 1891, the year before he wrote the Pledge, Bellamy had been forced out of the ministry due to the Socialist nature of his sermons and lectures, with titles such as "Jesus the Socialist," "What is Christian Socialism," and "Socialism versus Anarchy." He would later leave the Church entirely, supposedly because of what he considered racism within the Church. Bellamy was a proponent of Worker's Rights, favored the redistribution of wealth, and was a founding member of the Society of Christian Socialists, serving as its first Vice-President.

Note that the original Pledge, as written by Bellamy, did not include the phrase "under God."

The Bellamy Salute and Its Replacement

The original pledge was intended to include a special salute with the arm extended outward toward the flag, palm up, as the words "to my Flag" were recited. This salute was replaced during World War II with the hand-over-the-heart gesture, because of the unfortunate similarity of the Bellamy Salute to the Nazi salute.

(Socialist movements historically have used a variety of salutes of an arm extended, with either the hand stretched outward or balled into a fist.)

1923 Changes

In 1923, the words "my Flag" were replaced with "the Flag of the United States of America." The revised Pledge read:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

1954 Changes

In 1954, President Eisenhower asked Congress to add the words "under God" to the Pledge. This was done response to the Communist dogma of atheism, and created the Pledge as we know it today:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Current Controversies

Several challenges have been made in recent years by atheists on the grounds that the phrase "under God" violates the separation of Church and State, and that it constitutes a form of discrimination against atheists. Thus far, the Courts have ruled that it does not violate the separation of Church and State because it is a patriotic exercise, not a religious exercise. The Courts have also ruled that it is not a form of discrimination as long as one is not forced to recite the Pledge, nor punished for not doing so.

The use of the Pledge has also been criticized by some Libertarians and Conservatives, pointing out its promotion of collectivism over individualism, and its Socialist origins.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Suicide Bombers Attack Two Churches in Pakistan

Fifteen Killed, Dozens Wounded After Suicide Bombers Attack Two Churches in Pakistan

3/16/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that fifteen people, including eleven Christians and four Muslims, were killed and over 70 others were wounded following the bombing of two churches in a predominately Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan yesterday, March 15. Following the bombings, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and warned of more to come.

At around 11:18 a.m., St. John's Catholic Church in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, was attacked by a suicide bomber. Shortly after the bombing at St. John's Catholic Church, at approximately 11:20 a.m., Christ Church, also located in Youhanabad, was similarly attacked. According to a local source, as many as 3,000 Christians were gathered at these churches for Sunday prayers.

At both locations, the assailants were prevented from entering the churches by security details set up outside the main gates. Samuel Masih, who witnessed the attack on St. John's Catholic Church, told ICC that, "Three men attacked the church. Two opened fire and tried to enter the church compound. However, thank God they failed to enter because damage to the Christians could have been very high scale."  

Dr. Salamat Gill, a local activist, paid tribute to Aakash Bashir, age 22, who sacrificed his life to save many others by preventing a suicide bomber from entering St. John's Catholic Church. Dr. Gill said, "Aakash volunteered his services for the church's security. He is a hero of the Christian community and we will never forget his sacrifice."

Father Francis Gulzar, a priest at St. John's Catholic Church, told ICC that, "Three policemen were assigned on the main gate of the church to conduct body searches. However, instead of preforming their duty, the policemen were busy watching the Cricket World Cup on television at a nearby hotel." Father Gulzar went on to take Pakistan's government to task over providing better security to Christian places of worship and taking more affirmative action to curb terrorism.

Ayub Khokhar, who witnessed the attack on Christ Church, told ICC the attacker looked like a modern young man wearing eastern style clothing. Khokhar went on to say, "The attacker first opened fire at people around the church. He tried to get into the church compound, but failed and had to blast himself on the road."

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the Wall Street Journal, the group's spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said, "These attacks will continue until there is an Islamic system in Pakistan."

Following the attacks, enraged Christians took to the streets in protest. Two unidentified men, accused of being involved in the attack, were beaten to death by protestors and their bodies were set on fire. Protestors blocked main roads, damaged local property, burned tires, and called on the government to provide their community with better security. Christian communities in both Karachi and Islamabad have organized protests in solidarity.

Christians and other religious minorities have often been the targets of terrorist groups in Pakistan. In September 2013, over 100 Christians were killed at All Saints Church in Peshawar when two suicide bombers attacked the church compound following a Sunday worship service. Once again, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

This article is adapted from a press release by International Christian Concern.