MVT West: Upcoming Classes

Max Velocity Tactical West training, out of the Spokane area, has some firearms classes coming up soon.

Combat Rifle Skills – Aug. 12-13, 2017, Sep. 16-17, 2017

Combat Rifle Skills (CRS) is a two day flat range class for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced shooter. It will teach you to safely and competently operate your rifle. This class takes the student from running their rifle on the bench, to practical combat applications that will put both rifle and shooter through their paces. Max Velocity Tactical specializes in the teaching of proven, adapted, legitimate combat tactics, techniques and procedures; as such, this class is designed as part of the progression to Combat Team Tactics.

This class is primarily focused on increasing individual weapon handling / shooting skills and competence.

Night Firing a 5pm – 10pm class – Aug. 12. 2017 , Sep. 16, Oct. 21, Nov 18

This is an optional class that takes place after the training day. Available September thru April only. Class start time is confirmed at close of play of Friday’s training / depending on time of year. Note: this class is designed for you to bring your own equipment. ROUND COUNT: 400 rounds COST: $200 NIGHT OPTICAL DEVICE FIRING NODF is designed to introduce students to their night vision, weapon and aiming devices. Students will learn how to integrate different systems to allow them to effectively use their weapon at night. Students will also be shown combat proven TTPs for night time operations. Students will get the most out of this class if they come with quality night vision, a reliable weapon and some form of infrared aiming laser.

 

Fr. John Peck: The Early Christian Martyrs Who Refused to Make Pottery for a Pagan Festival

From Fr. John Peck’s blog The Early Christian Martyrs Who Refused to Make Pottery for a Pagan Festival:

Ss. Justa and Rufina were sisters born to a poor Christian family in Seville, Spain in the 3rd century. They helped support their family and many of the city’s poor by making pottery.

Remember that this was before Constantine, so Christians were still a persecuted minority and paganism reigned. Which is why it wasn’t particularly strange that they were asked to make pottery for a local pagan festival.

What should they do? The festival was important for their town. But as Christians, they believed the pagan festivals were gravely immoral and they wanted nothing to do with them.

Continue reading at frjohnpeck.com by clicking here

Ben Yu: Cryptocurrency 101

Over at Medium.com, Ben Yu has written a cryptocurrency primer called Cryptocurrency 101. It is a long read, but it has much good history and other background information to enhance your understanding of the reason for and value of cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin was designed, essentially, as a better ‘digital gold’. It incorporates all of the best elements of gold — its inherent scarcity and decentralized nature — and then solves all the shortcomings of gold, in allowing it to be globally transactable in precise denominations extremely quickly.

How does it do this? In short, by emulating gold’s production digitally. Gold is physically mined out of the ground. Bitcoin is also ‘mined’, but digitally. The production of bitcoin is controlled by code that dictates you must find a specific answer to a given problem in order to unlock new bitcoins.

In technical terms, bitcoin utilizes the same proof-of-work system that Hashcash devised in 1997. This system dictates that one must find an input that when hashed, creates an output with a specific number of preceding zeros, among a few other specific requirements.

This is where the ‘crypto’, incidentally, in cryptocurrency comes from. Cryptographic hash functions are fundamentally necessary for the functioning of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as they are one-way functions. One-way functions work such that it is easy to calculate an output given an input, but near impossible to calculate the original input given the output. Hence, cryptographic one-way hash functions enable bitcoin’s proof of work system, as it ensures that it is nigh-impossible for someone to just see the output required to unlock new bitcoins, and calculate in reverse the input that created that output.

Read the entire article by clicking here

A Night Out – Community Charity Event – Sept. 9th, 2017

Save the date and get ready to come out and support your community at this charity fundraising event.

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Yellow Rose Nursery, Prosser

Award Winning pouring wineries, breweries & distilleries

Gourmet Dinner, Music & Dancing

Live and Silent auction benefiting the NW Community Foundation

This is one of Washington Wine Country’s premier charity events, hosting over 450 guests from across the Northwest. Last year’s event was a huge success because of people like you who gave generously of their finances, products, services and time.

Join us at our Wine Country Gala reception and Silent Auction along with award winning wineries, NW Micro Breweries, & Hors d’oeuvres in the stunning display gardens of the Yellow Rose Nursery.

Reservations will be accepted in the order of return receipt. All seating will be assigned so please let us know with whom you wish to be seated.

Friendship tables for 8 are $1,200, Couples for $200.00 and Individual seats are $100.00, Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted.

Online ticket reservation coming soon. Reserve tickets by calling our message line at (509) 786-8499.

Show your support for our local communities by donating a Live or Silent Auction item.

Heat Danger

With temperatures expected to rise to between 101 to 109 degrees this week, it is a good time to remind readers of how to recognize heat related illnesses and how to react to them.  From the CDC:

Heat-related illness

What to look for

What to do

Heat stroke

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

 

  • Call 911 right away- heat stroke is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

 

Heat exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Headache
  • Fainting (passing out)

 

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water

 

Get medical help right away if:

  • You are throwing up
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour

Heat cramps

  • Heavy sweating during intense exercise
  • Muscle pain or spasms
  • Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
  • Drink water or a sports drink
  • Wait for cramps to go away before you do any more physical activity

 

Get medical help right away if:

  • Cramps last longer than 1 hour
  • You’re on a low-sodium diet
  • You have heart problems

Sunburn

  • Painful, red, and warm skin
  • Blisters on the skin

 

  • Stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals
  • Put cool cloths on sunburned areas or take a cool bath
  • Put moisturizing lotion on sunburned areas
  • Do not break blisters

Heat rash

Red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples on the skin (usually on the neck, chest, groin, or in elbow creases)
  • Stay in a cool, dry place
  • Keep the rash dry
  • Use powder (like baby powder) to soothe the rash

Stay cool. Stay hydrated.

Related: Two Die From Heat in Franklin County After Becoming Dehydrated

Fire Near Mabton Could Be Contained This Evening, July 31st, 2017

From the Yakima Herald

Update 1:45 p.m. Containment could come as soon as this evening, a spokesman for the state Type 3 management team handling the fire said.

Firefighters from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, state Department of Natural Resources, Yakima, Kittitas, Clark, Okanagan counties and contractors spent Monday strengthening the lines around the fire and mopping up hot spots, said spokesman Guy Gifford.

The state incident management team assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. Monday.

The fire is burning 2 miles southwest of Mabton.

Update 10:40 a.m. The fire southwest of Mabton is now estimated at 10,000 acres.

High temperatures throughout the day are expected to pose a hazard to fire crews, according to a news release from the Incident Response Team.

Parts of Glade Road within the fire perimeter are closed.

Update 10:25 a.m.: The Glade 3 fire is at 20 percent containment, and crews are expected to bring it into full containment Tuesday, said Guy Gifford, spokesman for the state Type 3 Incident Command Team in charge of the fire.

“We have a lot more fire fuel because of the wet spring,” Gifford said. The fire is burning through grass and sagebrush on slight slopes.

A total of 191 firefighters are working the fire, with 29 engines, three hand crews and three water tenders.

An outbuilding was destroyed by the fire, but no one has been injured, Gifford said.

Busting the Bugout Myth: Basics of Personnel Recovery for Preppers and Survivalists

Brushbeater on having to bailout to a friend/family and some considerations of the same.

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In the same vein as the last post on ‘bugging out’ and a lot of the un-reality that surrounds it, the very real crossover skill of conducting a personnel recovery, or at a minimum, how to link up with friendlies, needs to be taught in lieu of the “look at muh bugout stuff!!!” that frequently goes on among rank amateurs. Building a bag and sitting it in the corner, or better still, pontificating on which “one gun and knife combo am I gonna use???” really does absolutely nothing for us if a) I have nowhere realistic to go; b) I have few if any relevant daily practiced skills; and c) I have no people who also have those skills to help me. Gear is nice and makes us feel good when we buy that new piece of kit (I’m an admitted knife nut, one day I’ll find…

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Marble: End of US Empire and Building Community

JJS over at Radio Free Redoubt shares Rep. Matt Shea’s speech at the Marble God & Country Celebration.  Mr. Shea discusses the end of the US empire, building community and Christian leadership. Matt Shea’s speech begins at the 17:50 mark. Click the play arrow below to begin playback.

 

Related:

US Military Establishment Study: The American Empire Is ‘Collapsing’

Fate of Empires by Sir John Glubb (pdf)

Excerpt from John Mosby’s “Forging the Hero”

Lies of Omission, Freedom Documentary, Now Available on DVD

http://www.liesofomission.com/

The one thing this documentary is not, is a hysterical, finger-pointing accusation, it is more of a reasoned, compelling argument for freedom, individual rights and an explanation of how they are disappearing and why they need to be defended. This is a message that the next generation of this battle is not being taught in school and even if it were, it would not be taught by people who truly understand the nuances like this community does. We are seeking a diversity of points of view to help drive the message home so that no matter where the viewer lands on the spectrum of beliefs, they will have a voice and a reason to consider the arguments.

Interviewees in the documentary include Kit Perez, David Codrea, Mike Vanderboegh, Claire Wolfe, Larry Pratt, and Matt Bracken

Click here for a table of contents

WA Gun Bills Go into Effect

From the NRA-ILA

Source – NRA-ILA – click for article

Related – Home Alone in Washington State

Prosser Airport DBE Teleconference, July 26th, 2017 10:30am

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 10:30-11:30am

The Port of Benton is proposing a 2018-2020 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) 3-year goal for the Prosser Airport of 0.00% (Race Neutral) for the Taxiway A Relocation Design project at the airport. In keeping with 49 CFR 26.45(g), an open teleconference will be held on July 26, 2017 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am PDT.  During this time, interested parties may call in to discuss the proposed 2018-2020 DBE 3-year goal.  The telephone number for this teleconference is 1-877-366-0711. The participant code is 82074064#. The intent of the call will be to obtain input from various groups on the methodology of this goal setting, and consider any suggestions or changes that may need to be made prior to submission of this goal to the FAA Civil Rights Department.

A copy of the proposed DBE goal and the calculations used to determine this goal may be obtained by contacting Kimberly Silvester at ksilvester@jub.com

Link to pdf of the Port of Benton Disadvantaged Business Enterprises plan

Prosser Blood Drive, July 21st, 2017

If you are able, please consider donating blood.  The Red Cross will be at Friendship Baptist Church for a blood drive on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Date: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 5 p.m.

Friendship Baptist Church
1801 Patterson Rd
Prosser, WA 99350

There is a critical need for blood donors now. In fact, someone is counting on you at this very moment to give the gift of life.  All blood types are needed, but type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage.

You can schedule an appointment to give blood through this link.  Click that link then click Friendship Baptist Church and choose a donation type and time.

Brushbeater: The Shura

More good words from NC Scout over at Brushbeater blog.

Shura: (shūrā) is an Arabic word for ‘consultation’. It is a gathering of Leaders among a Tribe or Group which contemplates an issue, agrees upon a solution, and rallies their groups towards that goal. The agreement reached provides the community’s consent to action, recognizing the authority of the community and accepting the burden of consequence.

Despite the few of you out there scratching your heads, this concept is not at all foreign to the West- gatherings to resolve issues based upon common, recognized places at that table, is fairly commonplace. We do it everyday informally and formally- humans are social creatures by nature and react with hostility to accepted norms being violated.

Therefor it is not without too much effort we can extend such a concept to our defensive postures. For Survivalists, Preppers, Militia-types or just those with a broad concern of the condition of things, and for that there’s plenty among us, an entire subculture exists focused upon self reliant defense. And that’s where the confusion comes in. For some this requires being every bit as cool as a Soldier of Fortune cover. Going back to our definition above, it’s the consent of the community that’s commonly forgotten or simply written off (because it’s easy to fancy oneself as a hero if that’s overlooked) and the last part, that burden of consequence, is never recognized. Ever. The community bears the consequence of what you do or fail

Source: Brushbeater: The Shura – click to continue reading

Radio Free Redoubt: Training Courses for Patriots

From Radio Free Redoubt and Rep. Matt Shea comes this list of educational resources.

The following information was graciously provided by WA State Rep. Matt Shea. The compilation of invaluable training and education resources stemmed from an on-stage panel we were in, fielding questions from the audience. One question came up asking what we can do to reach our youth. This list is not just for youth, as you can see. While some of them are oriented toward bringing up the next generation in the truth of our blessed heritage, many/most are also critical resources for ALL AMERICANS.

The following list is yet another example of Rep. Shea’s leadership and commitment to make this and the next generation one which relearns our history and heritage, and restores our great constitutional republic in a God-honoring way, so He may restore to us the blessings of liberty.

-John Jacob Schmidt

 

Training Courses for Patriots

The following is a suggested order of training:

 

Basic Training

  1. The American Heritage Series
  2. Building on The American Heritage Series
  3. Foundations of Freedom
  4. The Truth Project
  5. CSG Level 1: Foundation in Self-Governance
  6. CSG Level 2: Macro-Understanding of Centralized Self-Governance
  7. FEE Economics 101
  8. Western Center for Media Journalism Boot Camp (2 Days)

Training in Government (Law & Politics)

  1. NCCS The Making of America
  2. NCSS A More Perfect Union
  3. NCSS 5000 Year Leap Basic
  4. NCSS 5000 Year Leap Advanced
  5. IOTC Complete Constitution Course
  6. Patriot Academy (3 Days) – Age 15-25
  7. CSG Level 3: Team Building & Performance for Effective Self-Governance
  8. CSG Level 4: Inside Gaming & Planning for Effective Self-Governance
  9. CSG Level 5: Outside Gaming and Planning for Effective Self-Governance

Training in Business (Economics)

  1. FEE Economics of Entrepreneurship
  2. Home Study Course in Austrian Economics
  3. Virtual Mises University (1 Week)
  4. Northwest Liberty Academy (3 Days) – Age 12 and Older

For source and downloadable pdf click here.