April 2018 Notes

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April FTX will commence at 1200 on the 21st and run thru 1600 on the 22nd at Training Area North.  Some items for discussion  are water purification methods and Intelligence Data Collection and Processing.  The weather should be fair, but since it’s still spring, plan on things changing quickly.

 

 

One bad thing that happened in Eurabia this month can be seen in a chain of events, starting with  Martin Sellner, of Generation Identity, being detained for three days then banned from entering the U.K. where he was scheduled to deliver a speech.  At the same time, Brittany Pettibone was also detained and banned from entering the U.K.  Then not long after that, Tommy Robinson delivered that speech before 3000 folk at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London.  Predictably, pandemonium ensued.  Then shortly after that,  Lauren Southern was detained and refused entry into the U.K., permanently.  Then, shortly after that, the Austrian Police raided the house of Martin Sellner in Graz, and confiscated his phone and computer.  He is facing up to 3 years in prison for criticizing islam with peaceful actions.  What do all those events have in common, you might ask?    Short and simple —  Free speech.  All of these people have spoken out on the Islamisation of Europe.  Why does this matter, you might ask?  Short and simple —  We’re next.  Way too many webpages and  videos to point out here, but it definitely would behoove you to look some of them up while you still can before they get scrubbed from the internet.

 

 

 

One good thing that happened in Eurabia this month was in Hungary, Victor Orban won that country’s  presidential election again and with a wide margin.  If any country is on the bleeding edge of making every effort to keep their country just like it is, Hungary is #1.  The President Junkers of the EU has threatened to pay them a little visit in June to somehow force them to take 80,000 “immigrants”.  So unless you see Hungary starting to dismantle any of that six rolls of razor wire that form the border wall surrounding their country, it’s probably safe to assume that answer is “No”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And something good on the calendar in these parts is the 13 th NC PATCON in Tarboro over the weekend of June 2nd.  Make your plans to attend and send your money into Brock ASAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 2018 Notes

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March FTX will commence at 0900 on the 24th and run thru 1600 on the 25th at Training Area North.  The Aerographer  promises dry weather the week before so after gear inspection, we will practice a little Two-Squad perimeter patrolling.

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of interesting newsbits in the past few weeks.  Most of it just that – bits, not details.  No backstory.  Hard to make sense of some of it cause it’s the first cousin to propaganda –  a manufactured bald face lie with just enough believable details to be (mis)taken as factual reporting.  These are the days of 4GW  and the “News” is rarely the news.  And that’s the thing about wars.  They usually get a lot worse before they get any better.

 

 

 

 

John Robb wrote of this earlier this year. 

Why Social Networking will get Worse

 

“In 2018, over 4 billion people are now using social networking, and the newsfeed is now the main conduit for news and information for over half the planet.  However, these users aren’t using the simple reverse chronological newsfeed we had in the first social networking product. 

At Facebook, in particular, the newsfeed is actively managed and sorted — by algorithms and increasingly, AIs — to maximize the time people spend on the network and the revenue generated by their interactions.  That effort is why the Facebook newsfeed has become a chaotic soup yielding unpredictable outcomes.”

 

 

 

 

Small Wars Journal has two stories of interest.  The first simply points to a New York Times article about the top 5 international destinations from the Safe Cities Index, created by The Economist Intelligence Unit, that you are advised to avoid.  The list reads like the Megacities list for future wars, and surprise!, the number 1 city to avoid is Karachi, Pakistan.  The number 2 city, also no surprise, is the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas.

 

 

The second story is more interesting and closely follows some of the planning scenarios for these parts for the future wars. 

 

 

The Future ODA 2035-2050

 

“This paper briefly examines a single future ARSOF Unit of Action in the 2030 – 2050 timeframe. It shapes the discussion with the following questions. What is the military problem? What does the Future Operating Environment (FOE) tell us? What will the Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) look like in 2035 -2050? It concludes with an operational vignette.”

 

And one more recent story that also would be good material for the planning scenarios for these parts for the future wars. 

 

Knowing is Half the Battle

 

“We are facing a dark future. One thing that is shown again and again is that people who disarm are at the whim of those who don’t. You as a gun owner/prepper/survivalist have to come to grips with what you are willing to do (and not do) and what you are willing to endure to see that you hold to your decisions. Simply deciding to not comply is just the first step. Now the real hard decisions come.”

 

 

 

And while we’re thinking about “that”…..  locally we have another good candidate for the “You’re Doing it Wrong” award.    “Dwayne” teaches anthropology over at UNC.  An easy subject to teach to students  that know nothing of history, except the history they learn at UNC.  Seems one of his recent field trips was to Charlottesville last year.  Probably a short list of his pupils that went with him.  As “a leader in the Redneck Revolt”, there might be a little funding by the  Center for American Progress.  Must be nice.   Won’t link to them, as with any lefty organization.  But  FarLeftWatch has the story on “Dwayne” and his Redneck Revolt “militia” buddies, complete with a nice poser picture.  Nice assortment of Closet Queens (the rifles, not the students……or, maybe….)   All that’s missing is their Che Guevara shirts.  They do have that crazy look down pat.

 

 

 

This UNC Professor is part of a far-left militia group

 

 

“If you are a student or the parent of a student at the University of North Carolina and the presence of a professor who is part of a violent militia group makes you feel unsafe we encourage you to express your concerns to the University of North Carolina. You can submit a formal complaint or contact dean Kevin Guskiewics directly at asdean@unc.edu or 919.962.3082.”

 

 

 

Next month we will discuss a little about recent developments in the E.U., as events are accelerating towards the June deadline set for the Visegrad Group.  Many of the challenges they’re facing will be near enough the same as our future challenges, and should be watched very closely.  One big example, occurring right now in England, that quite possibly is heading our way, reported at Mike Miles:

 

U.K. Embraces ISIS Returnees, Cracks Down On Right-Wing Journalists

“2017 was full of terror for the island nation. There were multiple car attacks and a suicide bomb targeting young girls leaving a Ariana Grande concert. Instead of looking at ways to restrict possible extremists from entering the country, British officials vowed to go after internet speech as their top priority. (RELATED: Theresa May’s Answer To Terror: Restrict The Internet)

Translation: they were going to put extra effort into suppressing right-wing dissidents instead of reforming their immigration policies.

Plenty of people already go to jail over online political speech in U.K. In 2016, at least 3,395 people were arrested for comments made on the internet, and more are likely to be jailed in the future.

This absurd system can only be justified by valuing multiculturalism over the freedoms of your own citizens. Unfortunately, that seems to be the priorities of Britain’s elite.”

 

 

Elsewhere, a little farther east…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2018 Notes

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February FTX commences at 1500Z on the 24th at Training Area North and runs thru 1600 on the 25th.  Training Topics include how to keep your gear dry in wet conditions.  The Aerographer says all bets are off on what the weather might be.  Still a little sloshy in these parts with the three inches of rain we’ve had in the past six weeks.  Not including that ten inch snow we had.  Been 20 degrees above normal for over a week. And the long-term temperature map shows a huge mass of -30F air sitting over the Parry Channel just waiting for the next Siberian Express to pull down this way in March.  Aahhh…  Springtime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For starters, while we’re sitting around in 70F shirt-sleeve weather,  this picture is either the new guy on the team getting the roof watch while the rest of the team is down stairs taking his picture, or this is the new guy on the team getting the roof watch doing his best to distract you from the rest of the team who are watching you.  Your guess.  Choose wisely.

 

A small item of kit we’re about to test out this FTX is a molle pouch from Mission Darkness.  Under $100 from Amazon.  Holds a goodly bit of your necessary items, especially for those with nomophobia.  The new phones are made such that it’s rather inconvenient, if not impossible,  to remove the battery to insure that Little Pocket Devil (LPD)  is really off.  This bag hopefully will put an end to your LPD’s ability to squeal on you, if only temporarily.  Does Schrödinger’s Paradox hold true for LPD’s?

 

   

Currently, it’s a buyers market for guns and ammo.  Most dealers have on hand all those wonderguns from HK, CZ, Glock, RIA, Remington, and Taurus.  Even the DSA SA58 is on the shelf waiting for you to pick it up.  A man’s rifle right out of the box. (Note: there are no man’s rifles available in Calif.)

 

   

   

Speaking of small arms, the U. S Army is at it again.  “Envisioning the Deep Future of Small Arms 2022 to 2042”, by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Mary J. Miller.  Essentially the notes of a one day  B.S. session on small arms development and deployment around the supposition, “If we had something better than we have right now, could we do this type of mission differently in the future, maybe even better?”. 

   

   

   

   

   

Every page has the phrase “Technological Overmatch” in a way that screams “If we use made up meaningless jargon and use it a lot, it will sound like we’ve hit on the next Advanced Combat Rifle.”  Hope this conference didn’t cost a lot of money.  Despite this report, the Marines are toying with the H&K M27 as their designated Improved Automatic Rifle.  Claims to have a farther effective range (by 10%) over the M16A4 variant, plus a fully automatic fire feature, and a gas piston system.  So, oh hell yeah, bring back “spray and pray” with an over penetrating round for ground fighting in the mega-cities wars of the future.  Have we learned anything from the last 60 years of combat?  Your guess is as good as mine.  But you can have either the  DSA SA58 above or two Century Arms C39 rifles (see below) and the bad guys won’t need a medic.  If your Squad Tactics depends on everyone playing machine gunner, and you didn’t bring actual machine guns –  with crew support, then you’re playing video games again.  Where’s my soapbox?

 

 

 

 

 

 

A final note, on the subject of keeping small arms.  Way back in 2008, maybe 2009, when the N.C. Ranger Corps were starting to get their act together state-wide, we were making fun of the videos put out by the Southern Michigan Volunteer Militia. The most referenced one was where they each in turn would hurriedly round the corner of some building or tree, fire a shot from their trusty AR’s and say, “We will not support the New World Order!”,  or something along those lines.  They were a premier militia, with a large membership,  who dearly held up the  scenario that the U.N was planning on sending in troopies, in those cute blue helmets, that were then going to round up all us gun-toting incorrigibles, and load us into those train cars headed to FEMA camps for internment and re-education.  Or worse.

 

Well here we are, ten years later, and we’re still not in the U.N.’s internment camps.  But we have learned of the Globalists that are behind it all, pushing their agenda in all four corners of the world.  Europe, Africa, South America, and here in the U.S. of A.  It’s difficult to see, when those things they do in all these places look different.  But they all point here, towards us, with the full intent to marginalize then replace us.  Water down the ideas that are the foundation of western civilization until they are gone and forgotten.  A new age of opportunity for them.  The trail into obscurity of the Neanderthals for us.  Maybe the Southern Michigan Volunteer Militia weren’t that wrong after all.  One good example:

 

 

 

 

One good answer, in the form of Christmas humor:

 

 

    And happy St. Valentine’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2018 Notes

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January FTX will be a one-day event commencing at 1500Z on the 27th,  at  Training Area North.  Gear check and a little target practice, followed by a briefing on this years events and training goals.

  

   

Happy NewYear.  Expecting great things to happen this year.  Also expecting more “great moments in cultural enrichment”  this year.  Undecided whether to write the book now myself or wait till the historians write it 400 years from now.

 

 

Ol’ Remus over at the Woodpile Report offers this tidbit for us to ponder while warming our feet around the pot-belly stove.

 

 

“There’s an ugly, unavoidable reckoning building. The cynic in me says however remote you are, or self-sufficient you are, however well-appointed your hidey-hole, however much ammo you have, however deep your deep larder, however much training and comms and meds you have, it probably ain’t enough for what’s coming.”

 

Beyond the scope of the “Alamance Ranger Notes” to delve into the whys and wherefores of the culture wars.  Only to point towards the planning and preparing for the day it gets “past resolution by normal means”.  For now, for most folk, this is just a small sore spot that makes suitable material for humor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To that end, this spring we’ll be adding some ideas from the GO-RUCK people to our road-work and trail-work.  Seems they sell some real pretty gear for those city-dwellers that want the experience of getting outdoors for the day and can afford to look good while doing it.  For those of you that already have a nice sturdy pack filled with 30-80 pounds of important crap, ( yes, looking right at you) you can skip the shopping on their site.  But do look at their chart for “rucking”.

 

 

 

 

 

Max has amended his training classes to now include a minimum level of fitness as a condition for enrollment.  Maybe a good idea when you’re training 20 people who have paid real dollars and expect to get the most for that money.  Bear in mind that “others” have also altered their training standards to achieve their new goals, though not necessarily for the better.  No insult taken here.

 

Brushbeater has pointed out that while low-power portable radios are highly desirable for field operations, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for us noobs to learn basic skills on one of the standard 100 watt hf rigs.  And this type of radio can be had, used and in very good condition, for not a huge investment.  Some examples from ebay —

   

 

A used Kenwood TS-440 for just $270.

 

 

A used Yaseu FT-897 for $395.

 

And a used Icom IC-706 also for $395.

 

There are many other sources of used equipment in good shape.  Most Hams take very good care of their equipment and most is very well constructed and nearly idiot proof.   Well suited for those just learning to operate a radio, especially in digital modes.

 

And ITS Tactical has a good background story that tells you some of the basics for when you go shopping for your gear.

 

 

And, and, and….. you’re in such luck.  Winter Field Day 2018 is the weekend of the 27th and 28th.  Imagine that.  Mostly aimed at the lower bands and any/all modes with the point of making as many contacts as possible without really caring who is on the other end, or what kind of antenna they’re using, or if they’re running 10 watts or a thousand.  Just like most contests.  It’s an exercise in listening too!

 

 

 

 

Finally,  just a reminder — these cold winter nights sure would be a good time to work on some of that free FEMA training and/or studying for that General class exam like you’re supposed to be doing.  Just saying….

 

 

 

December 2017 Notes

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As is tradition, there is no December FTX. However, the 2018 Training Schedule is complete and we will once again  get busy out in the field working on both old skills and new.  Until then, celebrate the Christmas season whenever you can.

 

 

   

   

Had a wee bit of snow early this month.  First time in seven years according to that weatherman.  The best kind of snow for these parts is just enough to be pretty to look at,  but be gone in a few days. 

 

 

Things you can still  study on in the meantime —

 

 

A fellow Ranger has a box full of some mighty fine, top of the line Safariland drop-leg holsters made under Government contract, and a favorite of many contractors because they fit about any pistol, from John Brownings‘s original to a more modern Glock of HK.  Makes a good Christmas gift at half the original price.   And looks good with those Khakis.  Jump over to Armslist and buy a couple.

 

 

 

 

ITS Tactical has a good story about learning to see your surroundings and sketch like a sniper.  Only in the movies does it ever work when your plan is to just walk up to the front door and blast your way in (or out).  By learning to pay attention to how things are laid out, with an eye to traffic, natural funnels, and dead ends, you can make a plan on where to move to when”something sudden and unexpected” happens.  The seconds spent figuring out an exit plan before you go in may be the seconds that save your life on the way out.

 

 

 

 

That girl with a great pair of Glocks had a short post of some good quotes just before Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

“That nation is surest to live in peace, that is most capable of making war; and a man with a sword always by his side, shall have least occasion to make use of it.”

John Trenchard

 

 

 

“Given power over their fellow men, most discover within themselves evil impulses, of which they had been previously unaware.”

Arthur Custance

 

 

And something from the 1989 farewell speech of Ronald Reagan is a timely reminder for today.  He definitely had a good understanding of how a culture of people made a political system work and that any threat to that was far worse than any gun or bomb.

 

 

1950s Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan (Close up) posing leaning against a fence at their Malibu Canyon Ranch “Yearling Row”

 

 

“Finally, there is a great tradition of warnings in Presidential farewells, and I’ve got one that’s been on my mind for some time. But oddly enough it starts with one of the things I’m proudest of in the past 8 years: the resurgence of national pride that I called the new patriotism. This national feeling is good, but it won’t count for much, and it won’t last unless it’s grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.

 

An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-sixties.

But now, we’re about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren’t sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America is the right thing to teach modern children. And as for those who create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. Our spirit is back, but we haven’t reinstitutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs production [protection].

 

So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important — why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, 4 years ago on the 40th anniversary of D – day, I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, “we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.” Well, let’s help her keep her word. If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.

And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.”

 

More next month.  Celebrate Christmas like it was your last.  Or learn to celebrate Eid al-Fitr like you’ll have to do it the rest of your life if you want to live.  Take your pick.  Choose wisely.  See you at the Cafe Van Gogh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2017 Notes

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FTF for November will be held at 1400 on the 26th in the park.  The major topic for discussion will be the 2018 Training Schedule.  Somehow we need to work in more of the things we had fun with this past year AND work on those things that we struggled with AND not go to four FTX’s each month.

 

 

 

Deer season (gun season anyway) just opened.  Opening day was really cold but windless.  Way too many people are waiting all year to hunt on this one day and not making the time to practice their hunting and shooting skills.  Trail cameras are worth every penny and should be put out in August right after your deer food plots get cleaned and planted.  In these parts, bucks will get noticeable antlers in August, and does have fawns three or four times each year.  Scrapes and rubs can be easily found in September.  The Wildlife Commission estimates there are a million deer in the state and hunters spend $300 million each year hunting them. Both Alamance and Caswell Counties are estimated to have deer populations of over 45 animals per square mile.  Trail cameras  show there are three herds that regularly make their circuit here around the lake.  One has 3 generations of does with one young buck and one old buck.  Healthy critters all.

 

 

 

Poor planning still makes for poor performance.  Never forget there are many other animals living along that creek near the pond.

 

 

And one missed shot may be all you get some days.

 

 

 

 

Some folk like to go four-wheeling down the forest roads scouting the deer trails.  “Keep the shiny side up!” is hard to do in the very early light some days.

 

 

 

In other news……. back around Halloween, what started off as a sophomoric prank took on a life of its own, apparently hitting a nerve on some college and university commons.  The backlash was unpredictably off the scale and only added hilarity to the episode.  The socialists can be so entertaining some days.

 

 

    

 

Meanwhile, in Poland, they were celebrating their 100th National Independence Day.  A yearly event, but this year took place just after the very well received visit from President Trump.  The 60,000 person march by Poland’s far-right was spectacular to say the least.  And there-in lies another lesson to be learned.  Study it well.  There will be a test later.  Tommy Robinson can’t do it all by himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And even more recently, a group of European intellectuals published a conservative manifesto with 36 tenets defending ‘old Europe’ and its values, and it was posted over at Zerohedge.  Very much worth the read.  You can start at the end, then work your way back up to the top.

36. We must take responsibility.

In this moment, we ask all Europeans to join us in rejecting the utopian fantasy of a multicultural world without borders. We rightly love our homelands, and we seek to hand on to our children every noble thing that we have ourselves received as our patrimony. As Europeans, we also share a common heritage, and this heritage asks us to live together in peace as a Europe of nations. Let us renew national sovereignty, and recover the dignity of a shared political responsibility for Europe’s future.

 

This seems like a logical evolution of several speeches made by Kai Murros starting back in 2010 in Moscow.  He deserves more credit for taking the lead on this subject with his classic style speeches.

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually – eventually we will be standing at the head of this footpath, here in these parts, that the Europeans have tread for many years.  The luxury of ignoring these problems (and there are many) has evaporated.  Or just maybe, we’re already a ways up that path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2017 Notes

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October FTX will begin at 1200 on the 28th at Training Area North and run thru the 29th at 1500. Subjects to cover are radio communications as a function of small unit tactics and movement, Recon Patrol, and of course more Map and Compass work with Land-Nav.  HF and VHF Communications will be set up so we can get back into routine communications.  Our Aerographer is predicting a soggy weekend starting about sundown, so would be good to bring a hat.

 

The fuss and mess in Iraq and Syria, which some of you are very familiar with, is once again winding down to rest on its laurels thinking that there is finally an end to the mission in sight.  Just a little review of nearly 40 years of history will tell you otherwise.  Of all places, USA Today has a piece explaining how al-Qaeda and ISIS are moving to where their work is easier.  Egypt, Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Mali.  Might want to dig out your old maps of Mogadishu.  And of course around that “secret drone base” in Niger from where most of the drone strikes over the past five years in the area originate.

 

 

 

If you believe in coincidences, the 33rd annual Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Special Program (JLASS-SP) gamed a future scenario of this very thing just last year.  Set not that far off in the year 2023, the Lincoln Tunnel gets truck bombed from both ends during morning rush.  Over a thousand people killed or injured. The usual suspects take credit.  By mid-June we’re landing an expeditionary force in Mauritania, and we’re off to the races again.  Links and even more details via The Intercept.

 

 

 

Travel to our regional warzone known as Washington, D. C., is again cautioned against the first week in November.  According to many sources over the past few months, “The violent Commie group plans a “day of riots” on November 4th, to “forcibly remove” President Trump from office.”  Make some popcorn and get ready to be entertained.  Northern California Regional Intelligence Center report (Unclassified)  from Public Intelligence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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