Monthly Archives: February 2015

Random Thoughts on ISIS, Ammo Shortages, and Maintaining Skills

The following two images should erase any doubt whatsoever for the need to form or join a local Neighborhood Protection Team (NPT).  These incidents are (not might) coming to the continental United States.


Approximately 80% of the country still identifies themselves as ‘Christian.’  Read the caption above and substitute, “Baptist,” “Catholic,” “Methodist,” “Episcopalian,” “Non-Denominational,” etc, for ‘Egyptian’.  If you’re not the religious type, know that their version of ‘inclusiveness’ excludes any of the lifestyles currently enjoyed here in the USA.  Fill in the blank and you can pretty well be assured that your personal pet lifestyle is considered to be an abomination worthy of death to these people.

These guys want to have this kind of parade in your home town.  They want to cut your head off.  They want to cut off your children’s heads.  Your spouses heads.  Your mothers, fathers, siblings, cousins, grandparents heads.

This is not hyperbole.  This is from their own statements and writings.  This is what is coming here.  You cannot hold yourself as uninformed.



I’m curious…do you think there’s a function within ISIS or anywhere in the ‘Caliphate’ (so-called) that is attempting to curtail the supply of ammunition to their people?  I wonder if the people pictured above have any concerns over the inability to acquire ammunition.


There’s a good reason to write your elected representative and BATFE and courteously demand this nonsensical denial of commonly available ammunition to American citizens:  Our inherent right to self-defense and the tools with which to carry out that defense against people like the ones above who wish to cut off our heads.  If you’re going to write them (which you should), do not lose your temper, make veiled or blatant threats, or otherwise help them in their mission.  Be professional and courteous.  Every letter and phone call to your elected representative presented in a courteous, professional, polite but direct manner works wonders for the goal of defeating this initiative.

So…as the current shortage of common ammunition continues, think about increasing your dry fire practice and cutting your range time down to 4 times a year and limiting your consumption to what you need instead of what you want to expend.  Example:  I’ll shoot twice this year on a square range and perform an AQT type course of fire along with a “No Default Response” drill expending no more than 100 rounds for each event and then twice on a fire and movement range with no more than 75 rounds for each event.  350 rounds for the year, coupled with regular dry fire.  That’s a significant drop, as I try to shoot about 1K rounds annually.  YMMV.

What are your ideas to keep your skills up while conserving your personal supply?



General Douglas MacArthur’s Prophetic Warning to the American People



Quoted from here.  We were told.  By great leaders.  The Nation turned inward toward its own selfish interests, and here we are.  Sobering.

Timothy A. Pope, 16 Feb 15

Love him or hate him, the indomitable General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), an indelible military genius, was a great American—perhaps one of the greatest. He was a patriot, a warrior, a statesman, a rebel, a leader, a brilliant commander and a poet who never minced words nor failed to accomplish the mission at hand. He excelled at everything he put his hand to, and set the bar high and lofty for all men and women who are desirous to be actively engaged in the animating contest of Freedom. MacArthur lived in tumultuous times and presided over great struggles and battles fought for reasons up to and including the preservation of Liberty in every clime and place.


Sourced from my own personal copy of Reminiscences by Douglas MacArthur, (McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, NY, 1964), First Edition, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 64-22955, pp. 414-418:

“Seductive murmurs are arising that it is now outmoded by some more comprehensive and all-embracing philosophy, that we are provincial and immature or reactionary and stupid when we idealize our own country; that there is a higher destiny for us under another and more general flag [the United Nations]; that no longer when we send our sons and daughters to the battlefields must we see them through all the way to victory; that we can call upon them to fight and even to die in some halfhearted and indecisive war; that we can plunge them recklessly into war and then suddenly decide that it is a wrong war or in a wrong place or in a wrong time, or even that we can call it not a war at all by using some more euphemistic and gentler name [humanitarianism]; that we can treat them as expendable, although they are our own flesh and blood; that we, the strongest military nation in the world, have suddenly become dependent on others for our security and even our welfare.
Listen not to these voices, be they from the one political party or from the other. Be they from the high and the mighty or the lowly and forgotten. Heed them not. Visit upon them a righteous scorn, born of the past sacrifices of your fighting sons and daughters. Repudiate them in the market place, on platforms, from the pulpit. The highest encomium [praise] you can still receive is to be called a patriot, if it means you love your country above all else and will place your life, if need be, at the service of your Flag.”


“The capitalistic system has hence become the great target, although it has never failed to provide the resource for an ever increasing standard for human life, has never failed to maximize the fruits of human energy and creative enterprise, has never failed to provide the sinews for victory in war. It has built this nation far beyond the wildest dreams of its architects; it has through the scientific means of communication closed the international geographic gap to permit rapid and effective trade and commerce among the people of the world, has elevated the laborer, the farmer and the tradesmen to their rightful station of dignity and relative prosperity, and has established the pattern for modern industrialization and scientific development.
The first prominent component of capitalism was Karl Marx who shunned the use of violence and sought the voluntary acceptance of the principle of communal ownership of the sources and means of production. The innate common sense of the human race, however, rejected this principle and the element of force was injected by the Bolshevik after the close of the first World War. Then was combined the theory of Karl Marx with the principle of Nihilism [anarchy; revolutionary insurgency] under which the control of public policy was sought through terrorism and violence. This combination known as Communism has had many successes. The minority, the Communist Party, in many sectors of the globe has been able to establish its rule over the majority. Only where the concept of human liberty was most deeply rooted and greatly advanced were such minority pressures decisively thrown back.”


“It began in this country with the Federal Income Tax Law of 1914 which gave unlimited access to the people’s wealth, and the power for the first time to levy taxes not for revenue only but for social purposes. [The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, 1848, Chapter II, Proletarians and Communists, plank #2: “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.”] Since then the sphere of government has increased with a kind of explosive force.
Karl Marx, while planning the destruction of all constitutional government, said: “The surest way to overturn the social order is to debauch the currency.” And the Russian dictator, Lenin, that implacable foe of the free enterprise system, predicted as early as 1920 that the United States would eventually spend itself into bankruptcy.
Karl Marx referred, of course, to the process of inflation, induced by extreme taxation; the process of “planned economy” [known today as social engineering]; the process of controlling economic conditions and thereby controlling the lives of individuals—a control of fiscal, monetary and general economic forces which produce higher prices and a gradual devitalizing of the purchasing power of money. The continuing rise in the cost of living is due to our drift deeper and deeper into inflation [the hidden tax] until today our whole economic, social and political system is infected by an inflationary mentality. “Taxation with its offspring inflation,” said Lenin, in support of the basic thesis of Karl Marx, “is the vital weapon to displace the system of free enterprise.”—the system on which our nation was founded—the system which has made us the most prosperous people of all history—the system which enabled us to produce over half of the world’s goods with less than one-seventeenth of the world’s area and population—the system which gave our people more liberty, privileges and opportunities than any other nation ever gave its people in the long history of the world. To destroy it is the sure road to Socialism. And by Socialism is meant the forcing of a centrally controlled economic life upon all persons in the nation under an authoritarian monopoly that is politically managed. Actually, there has been through the direction of our own public policy an incessant encroachment on the capitalistic system. Most officials of our government over the past years will deny, and justifiably, any intent to establish in this nation the basis for the emergence of a Socialistic, much less a Communistic State, but the course of fiscal policy has done just that. The fact is unmistakable and clear that if the capitalistic system—free enterprise—is to be preserved to the future generations of our people, the course of government must be oriented to foster and preserve adequate incentive to encourage the thrift, the industry and the adventure which brought our nation to its present pre-eminence among all of the other nations of the earth and which alone can carry it forward in peace and security and progress.”


The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of governmental power. Through the ages the constantly expanding grasp of government has been liberty’s greatest threat. Daniel Webster once said on the floor of the Senate:
“Our security is our watchfulness of executive power. It was the Constitution of this department, which as infinitely the most difficult part in the great work of creating our present government; to give the executive department such power as should make it useful, and yet not such as should render it dangerous; to make it efficient, independent and strong, and yet to prevent it from sweeping away everything by its union of military and civil authority, by the influence of patronage, and office, and force. . . . I do not wish to impair the power of the President as it stands written down in the Constitution. But, I will not blindly confide, where all experience admonished me to be jealous; I will not trust executive power, vested in the hands of a single magistrate, to keep the vigils of liberty.”
He spoke those words 129 years ago; but they could as well have been spoken but yesterday.
There are many who have lost faith in this early American ideal and believe in a form of socialistic, totalitarian rule, a sort of big brother deity to run our lives for us. They no longer believe that free men can successfully manage their own affairs. Their thesis is that a handful of men, centered in government, largely bureaucratic not elected, can utilize the proceeds of our toil and labor to greater advantage than those who create it. Nowhere in the history of the human race is there justification for this reckless faith in political power. It is the oldest, most reactionary of all forms of social organization. It was tried out in ancient Babylon, ancient Greece and ancient Rome; in Mussolini’s Italy, in Hitler’s Germany, and in all communist countries. Wherever and whenever it has been attempted, it has failed utterly to provide economic security, and has generally ended in national disaster. It embraces an essential idiocy, that individuals who, as private citizens, are not to manage the disposition of their own earnings, become in public office supermen who can manage the affairs of the world.
The fundamental and ultimate issue at stake is liberty, itself—liberty verses the creeping socialization in every domestic field. Freedom to live under the minimum of restraint! A least common denominator of mediocrity against the proven progress of pioneering individualism! The free enterprise system or the cult of conformity! The result will determine the future of civilization. It will be felt on every human life. It will be etched in blazing rainbow colors on the very arch of the sky.

And here we are; the social engineering minority MacArthur spoke of, having been able to firmly establish its rule over the majority in this country and in most other countries throughout the world. At the time of the writing of this book, the U.S. federal government’s national debt was $312 billion, and in contrast stands today (at the time of this writing) at $18 trillion, with the future prosperity of our children replaced by indentured servitude and debt slavery.

How have they been able to accomplish this? If you think about it and critically analyze the players and the agenda, you will arrive at the answer of your own volition. If not, you need to turn the television off and stop going to the movies. Stop buying the news papers and magazines of perception management, and watching the controlled mainstream news “programming” by pathologically lying “anchors” such as NBC’s CFR member, Brian Williams and others in the Communist News Networks.

Read your history and research the principles and ideals upon which this great nation was founded. Then you will know how it was possible for the minority to establish its rule over the majority, because those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it, and those who George Orwell predicted were “without general ideas,” whose “activities were without importance” and would allow petty distractions to “fill up the horizon of their minds” are very easy to control.

English philosopher, John Locke, known as the “Father of Classical Liberalism,” espoused the view that government is morally obligated to serve the whole of the people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property. John Adams wrote in A Defense of the American Constitutions (1787): “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” In Essay on Property (1792), James Madison wrote that the end of government was “to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals,” and “that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.” And in his first inaugural address in 1801, Thomas Jefferson said: “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned—this is the sum of good government.”

What fools these mortals be who have forgotten the fundamental conventions of our forebears.

The Patrol – Chapter 3 – Movement To the Mission Support Site


I signaled the two junior members of the patrol, Al and Andy, to pull security while Jim and I lay on the ground behind our rucks, close to the southern edge of our RON.

“Jim, I said quietly, show me today’s route.”.

Jim pulled out his map case, opened it and studied the map under the clear plastic cover for a few minutes.  Then, looking around into the thick fog enveloping us, he struggled to get his bearings from the terrain around us in order to orient the map. Finally he gave up due to the poor visibility, he just couldn’t make out any of the terrain features. He took his primary compass from the same case and after opening the top, he placed it on the map with one edge of the compass lined up with the maps north-south grid lines. He rotated the map until the needle and the lines matched…

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on Global Currency Wars

Interesting times, indeed.  When the fed responds in kind, just imagine how the already low purchasing power of your dollar will be affected.  Definitely will impact the ability to buy preps.  In the original article, here, there are a couple of good videos, too.


Sweden cuts rates below zero as global currency wars spread

Morgan Stanley warns that the world is revisiting the “ghosts of the 1930s” as one country after another tries to steal a march on others by devaluing first


4:58PM GMT 12 Feb 2015


Sweden has cut interest rates below zero and launched quantitative easing to fight deflation, becoming the latest Scandinavian state to join Europe’s escalating currency wars.

The Riksbank caught markets by surprise, reducing the benchmark lending rate to minus 0.10pc and unveiled its first asset purchases, vowing to take further action at any time to stop the country falling into a deflationary trap. The bank presented the move as precautionary step due to rising risks of a “poorer outcome abroad” and the crisis in Greece.

Janet Henry from HSBC said the measures are clearly a “beggar-thy neighbour” manoeuvre to weaken the krone, the latest such action in a global currency war that does little to tackle the deeper problem of deficient world demand.

The move comes as neighbouring Denmark takes ever more drastic steps to stop a flood of money overwhelming its exchange rate peg to the euro and tightening the deflationary noose.

The Danes have cut rates four times to minus 0.75pc in a month to combat fall-out from the European Central Bank’s forthcoming QE. They have even taken the unprecedented step of halting all issuance of government bonds.

Jens Nordvig from Nomura said the Danish central bank has spent €32bn so far this year intervening in the exchange markets to defend its euro peg in the Exchange Rate Mechanism, almost 10pc of GDP. “This is the fastest pace of reserve accumulation by the Danish National Bank in its history. There is no doubt that the pressure on the krone is very significant, and that the fight for the peg will be tough,” he said.

Steen Jakobsen from Saxo Bank said a rupture of Denmark’s euro-peg would be dangerous since the country’s private pension system is heavily invested in EMU bonds and assets, yet its liabilities are in Danish krona.

“There is a currency mismatch which could leave some of these pension funds technically insolvent. I wager that if push comes to shove, Denmark would rather join the euro than allow a 10pc revaluation. It could happen very fast if things come unhinged in Greece,” he said.

The fall-out from QE in Europe has already smashed Switzerland’s currency defences, triggering a 14pc surge in the franc against the euro and threatening to erase the last safety buffer for struggling Swiss exporters.

Exchange rate mayhem in Europe is matched by a parallel saga in Asia, where Japan’s vast monetary stimulus and barely disguised efforts to drive down the yen are causing heartburn in China.

The Chinese yuan is linked to the US dollar through a “dirty float”. Yet the dollar is rising relentlessly against other Asian currencies as the prospect of monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve lures a flood of capital into the US, a replay of the strains that led to the East Asia crisis in 1998.

This is compounding China’s problems at a delicate time when the economy is already facing a property crunch. The country’s factory gate deflation has deepened to minus 4.3pc.

China’s yuan has jumped 50pc against the yen since early 2012. There are growing fears that China may be forced to drive down the yuan to protect its export base and avert a possible hard-landing. This would transmit a deflationary shock worldwide, given the sheer scale of China’s excess capacity.

Manoj Pradhan, Morgan Stanley’s global economist, said the world is revisiting the “ghosts of the 1930s” as one country after another tries to steal a march on others by getting in devaluation first. “The lesson from the 1930s is that those who do so early benefit at the expense of those who wait too long,” he said.

Mr Pradhan said it is becoming harder to extract advantage from this ploy now that “everyone is doing it”. China faces strong pressure to defend itself while it still can. “The longer they wait, the harder it will be for China’s policy-makers,” he said.

The United States has so far acquiesced in the surging dollar but there are growing calls for a shift in policy on Capitol Hill. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress back new legislation that introduces binding currency rules for trade deals and imposes punitive import taxes on countries deemed to be “currency manipulators”. The move is explicitly aimed at China and Japan, but might also include Germany given the size of its current account surplus.

Sweden also risks falling foul of Washington. The Riksbank’s move has raised eyebrows since the bank itself says economic growth is picking up. The country is in the midst of a property boom and mortgage debt is already 81pc of GDP, one for the highest ratios in the world. It is extraordinary to launch QE in such circumstances.

The Riksbank insists that the only motive is to stave off deflation but there are widespread suspicions that Sweden is in fact protecting its industrial and export base. It is no stranger to controversy. The oldest central bank in the world, it took radical action early in the 1930s to liberate Sweden from the constraints of the Gold Standard. Its prescience shielded the country from the worst of the Great Depression.

Stephen Lewis from Monument Securities says the emergency actions are getting out of hand: “The chief threat from a global currency war is that it will lead central banks to take up monetary stances so extreme that they damage the smooth functioning of financial markets. It is remarkable that they should be closing their minds to the possibility that they are undermining the basic motive to save and invest as they blindly wage their currency wars.”

Ignore the Chatter and Stay Focused on Your NPT’s Training

From time to time when skipping around the net in liberty/patriot/prepper blog land, one will see consistent comments or posts so angry they can only be purposed for one of two goals:  Cathartic venting or instigation.  The long term effect of both can be distracting you, the NPT member or leader from your objective:  Completing your NPP and distracting you from equipping, prepping, and training your NPT.


To be sure, cathartic writing/posting  for some folks is great tool for the purging of emotions built up from the frustration of seeing the daily news and watching our elected representation bumble about as if they were playing a game of, “Blind Man’s Buff” (or ‘Bluff’, depending on where you come from).  Most rational people can see when an article, bog post,  or comment is just that and, after a while, as people tire of the vitriol, they move on to more productive and focused information, such as the, “how to’s” of setting up a Neighborhood Protection Plan (NPP) and a Neighborhood Protection Team (NPT) ; getting the requisite skills and material to ensure their little corner of the country can mitigate conditions in scenarios that no sane person wishes to see.  The cathartic writer then, finally vented for a time, can also move  on to more useful writing and activities.


Instigation, on the other hand, which is the purposeful, and many times, subtle urging of people (other than the writer, of course) to take various matters into their own hands and, ‘straighten things out’ is not rational, but it is nevertheless real, and is purposefully attempting to get people to do their bidding at the cost of themselves and their families.  Tragically, these ‘agents provocateur’ are sometimes effective, because  the agenda and narrative provided seems to point to a resolution with a cost (none of which affects the AP, however).  Recent examples include, but aren’t limited to, the Hutaree and Georgia Militia cases.  If one looks carefully at various sites, there’s never a shortage of incendiary commentary on what ‘others’ should or may have to do, or vilifying entire professions such as the military, law enforcement, federal services, etc, rather than calling out the individuals who are corrupt or violating our laws for action by local, State, or federal government powers.  You can also see the purposeful division among commenters and the formation of ‘circular firing squads’, so to speak.  To fall prey to these instigators is truly tragic.


Stay focused on your primary objective of setting up your NPP/NPT.   It is almost inevitable that you might have contact with someone who’s not who they claim to be, or has a hidden agenda.  Clair Wolffe has a great little pamphlet that you might consider reading, called, ”Rats.” Here’s a snippet:

This book is for you if …

You are a non-violent person engaged in any activity that may be controversial, illegal, or merely “sensitive” or unconventional. These days, anything out of the ordinary can make you a target. Some people who could use this book: Anti-war or environmental activists Recreational drug users Participants in the underground economy or anybody who does business in cash Critics of local or national powers-that-be Anyone whose profession involves “sensitive” information or activities Gun owners or dealers Third-party or “fringe” political activists Hobbyists who work with dangerous materials Photographers/videographers Religious dissidents People with offshore or unconventional investments (including perfectly legitimate ones) It doesn’t matter where you fall in the political spectrum or even if you’re apolitical. If police might target you or your activities, you need to you need to understand how snitches could mess up your life.

This book is NOT for you if …

You aim to commit violence against innocent people. In that case, reporting on you isn’t snitching, it’s self defense.

You can get it here, free.

Remember this when forming your NPP or NPT:  Anyone who starts to tell you or your members that they can help you get things going by providing illegal or dangerous items, or is overtly attempting to ingratiate themselves to the point that your red flags go up, is most likely doing it for a reason, and it’s not to help you out.  The only way to rationally handle something like that is tell them in no uncertain terms:

“We are not interested in, nor do we wish to discuss, anything illegal.  If you bring the subject up again, you’re out.  End of story.  We are not interested in developing or participating in some sort of ‘half-assed’ plot against the government.  We are concerned with preparing our neighborhood and families to deal with a WROL scenario that could be brought about by a great number of things. Either accept that or leave now.”

Now, once you do that, walk your talk.  Don’t put up with anything that seems to ‘nudge’ your NPT in that direction.  Stay focused on your purpose, and you’ll do well.

That’s one of the reasons we endorse, “A Failure of Civility” and use it as a primary source for training.  It is a sane and rational reference for people who are concerned with various SHTF/WROL scenarios to use in preparing to protect and defend their own community.

Keep your eyes peeled and resist the temptation from the instigators out there.

Training the Trainer: Can You Be Effective Without a .mil Background?

The question:  “Is a long list of military credentials and qualifications required to be a good NPT trainer?”

Short answer:  No.

It helps, but isn’t essential in learning to be part of or to train a NPT.  Credentials, for as far as they go, are fine, and give a good indication to observers what the possessor who was formally trained and evaluated in certain skill sets should be able to competently perform or teach.

In the corporate world, credentials typically provide confidence to people wishing to employ a person for a particular position or to study a particular skill set under that person in order to increase individual skill or knowledge.

When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t really matter whether it’s a college or martial arts degree, a .mil qualification badge, tab, or medal, or a technical skill certification or certain initials following a name in a signature block, the bottom line is that credentials are only an indicator, not a guarantee, that the person holding them can perform the skills or pass along the information in a manner consistent with adult learning requirements when teaching.  The proof in the puddin’, so to speak, is what the trainer does with the people he’s teaching and how well they absorb and retain the information.  Too many times people believe, for instance, that a ‘hot shot’ fighter pilot rated as an, “Ace” (5 enemy aircraft shot down) will be a great instructor pilot or a unit commander.  Unfortunately, in many cases, it turns out just the opposite:  the ‘Ace’ is a lousy instructor or unit commander, because they lack in critical areas of leadership and training expertise.

Master Instructor 2

Good instructors, meaning instructors who constantly work and study to provide their students with the best information or process for skill performance possible and also answer the ever present question of, ‘why?’, sometimes fall under the jaundiced eye of people or persons who, for whatever reason, find fault with the presentation or instructor.  Usually, this is a style versus substance conflict, but sometimes can be substantive in nature.  In the substantive case, when professionally presented (such as not during an active class and with the object of increasing the erring instructor’s knowledge and capability rather than being destructive to the reputation of the instructor or the class being conducted), a lot of good can come out of an objective critique, because good instructors, when presented with information such as described, will change course material to reflect the new and better information or process.   Other times (and more rarely), the derogatory statements or critique stems from professional jealousy or prejudicial refusal to acknowledge the credentials of the instructor because of parochialism or a lack of knowledge of the organization that provided the initial credentials.  In short, it’s unprofessional behavior, and has no value in the NPT training world.

There’s a few things you can do, though, when you believe your training ability is challenged.  The advice comes from a man named Rick F. Tscherne, aka, “Ranger Rick,” who wrote a series of pamphlets called, “The Ranger Digest”  (available on amazon, here, for those interested) popular during my last few years on active duty.  When it comes to performing in front of, or around, or under the watchful, jaundiced eyes of those who are hoping you fail or make an error or say something in a way they  wouldn’t, he has some advice in Volume VII, page 54.  Here are a few excerpts:

Ranger Rick

“Why were they so anxious to see me screw up?  Oh, I guess like all envious and jealous leaders, so they could tell their fellow officers and SF buddies that good ‘ol Ranger Rick [e’ffed] up.  Or so they could say, “Hey Ranger Rick, that’s not the [e’ffing] way we did it back at Bragg or in SF.”

“…thanks to these fellas, because I knew they were watching me like a hungry hawk…..I would always triple check my work….not only did the Bosnians learn a lot of training tips and tricks from me, but so did these senior trainers and SF dudes…they’ll never admit to anyone they have…..because their [sic] too proud and think they’re better than everyone else.”

“…It doesn’t matter if you’re an officer, NCO, Enlisted, or if you wear a Special Forces, Ranger, Airborne, or “no tab” at all.  It’s how you use your brain and impress [the training to] the troops that makes you stand out from the rest.

And when you do, there will always be some leaders who will try to put you down or make you look bad so they’ll look better.  [Eff] these guys, don’t worry about ’em, the troops you train and lead know who are the good and the bad leaders and instructors.  Believe me, they know.”

So, as you’re training your NPT, make sure you research and study your subject thoroughly, practice your presentation, be open to objective and constructive criticism, gratefully acknowledge appropriate contributions to your training presentation by your students, welcome the observations of more experienced instructors on how to be better as a trainer, and constantly look for ways to improve your own skills and knowledge.  As for your detractors?  Take Ranger Rick’s advice above.

People Skills

We must have entered the twilight zone, because the R&D guy (speaking in third person of course) is posting twice in one week . . . unreal.

Anyway, I came across this outline listed below and wanted to share it.  Mosby has suggested this book on several occasions -“How to Win Friends and Influence People” – Dale Carnegie (which is spot on advice – and if I remember correctly it was mentioned on Forward Observer’s most recent Podcast ).  When it comes to dealing with people at work, at home, or in a disaster situation, the principles contained in this book are absolutely vital to a mutually beneficial outcome in any conflict.

The people that I look eye to eye everyday, the ones that I can’t do an internet style rant and come unhinged with, (because in the real world it could cost a job, a divorce, split up family, loss of friends and disintegrate an community support network) are worth my best effort to apply the principles listed below.  Without the practice of the principles in this book there is no leadership, at home, at work, in training or in the pursuit of community network building.

Learning “people skills” aren’t as sexy as learning small unit self-defense skills for an NPT, but they sure can keep one from having to sing “I am a rock, I’m an Island . . .” (although it’s a good song)

Like all skills, these ones have to be honed as well.

How To Win Friends And Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

This may be the single greatest business book ever written. You could probably read it every year, and its advice would still help you out. It is so good that these notes are simply a summary of the notes already included in the book at the end of each section.

Part One

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

  1. Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain. (It rarely helps the situation)
  2. Give honest sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Part Two

Six Ways To Make People Like You

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. (This is the secret to being a great conversationalist.)
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  6. Make the other person feel important—and do it sincerely.

Part Three

Win People To Your Way Of Thinking

  1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. (Because even if you win, you aren’t going to get what you want.)
  2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
  3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically. (A good way to start is to admit that you could be mistaken.)
  4. Begin in a friendly way.
  5. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
  6. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
  7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
  8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
  9. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
  10. Appeal to the nobler motives. (Even if deep down they make the decision based on the baser ones. Everyone wants to be the hero of their own story.)
  11. Dramatize your ideas. (A picture and a story are worth a thousand words.)
  12. Throw down a challenge. (Do this when all else fails.)

Part Four

Be A Leader: How To Change People Without Giving Offense Or Arousing Resentment

  1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  2. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
  3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  5. Let the other person save face.
  6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
  7. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  8. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  9. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

End notes:

The ability to speak is a shortcut to distinction. It puts a person in the limelight, raises one head and shoulders above the crowd. And the person who can speak acceptably is usually given credit for an ability out of all proportion to what he or she really possesses.

An alternate summary from Farnham Street:


  • Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment. …. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

That reminds me of this famous quote by Thomas Carlyle: “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.”

Dealing with people

  • When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.


  • [T]he only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.

The secret of success

  • If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.


Preparing Against the Day Civility Fails

From time to time, it’s good to refocus on the primary purpose one does or does not do a thing.  Here at DTG, our primary purpose is to provided preparedness training against the day civility fails either through natural or man made disasters.  Some of the training involves learning basic light infantry skills; some of the training does not.  In any event, DTG stands with the authors of, “A Failure of Civility,” Mike Garand and Jack Lawson in stating the need for, and training people to establish Neighborhood Protection Plans and Teams.

To be sure, there are other references available; many ways to peel this onion, however, for the average person working every day trying to make ends meet and at the same time, assuage any concerns of his family or neighbors about, “what if?,” we’ve found that “AFOC” more than meets those needs.  In fact, Garand and Lawson put it very succinctly as to what we train for, what we are, and what we are not:

“1-You’re not a Militia or law enforcement…[t]he Neighborhood Protection Plan (NPP) should not be interpreted by you as your Neighborhood Militia, forming a Militia or acting as law enforcement. You are simply citizens protecting against fire and maintaining civility, law and order in your neighborhood and protecting yourself, your family and property within your neighborhood. You are not citizen soldiers… you are your Neighborhood Guardians.

Keeping the opening statements of the first chapter in mind will come in very handy when going through the rest of the book and keeping to its focus and goal.  Yes, you’ll learn and practice various skills that are the same as those learned and practiced by other, less locally focused groups and organizations, but your mindset, if you stay focused, will demonstrate the difference between you and your NPT and others.

And in doing so, you embody the principles within the unanimous Declaration (aka, ‘Declaration of Independence’) and the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  You are supporting your community, taking up when those typically charged with maintaining order are unable to do so in times of extreme emergency.  Helping keep the helpless ones safe from harm is a noble calling.

Otherwise, this is what they (and you) face once amoral people decide to take what is yours because there is nobody to stop them:

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If you haven’t read or purchased the book, you can get it at the AFOC link above.  It’s well worth the money, and will help you immensely.