I had a conversation with someone last week that involved me asking them what they were in “The Movement” and their “State militia” for. My direct question was “Are you in this for “Substance” or the “Perception”? The answer I was given was “Substance”, so we then discussed why State and National level martially “organized”(cough) groups have a lack of reality in their “Substance” and they are more about “Perception”. I know it should be obvious why being about the “Perception” is wrong, but lets review.
How many of you have seen guys claiming to be militia while running around in the latest and greatest camo (usually some form of multicam), with the coolest of cool looking unit, ideological, and morale patches and rank available. Even if the guy isn’t grossly overweight (not a majority, but a good many in 4XL “tent sized” BDU’s), most are still overweight, and show no plans to fix that serious health situation. When I say overweight, I mean guys who are 30+ lbs overweight (especially ones under 40), not guys that are in their 50’s with some extra pounds. It’s not supposed to be easy, but it’s very important to square it away. That’s all I’m gonna say about PT!
Next, let’s talk about uniforms. Besides the fact that in peacetime, if you are wearing a set of BDU’s that are currently issued, and wearing a unit patch and rank on them, it is illegal ( I didn’t make these rules guys, they’ve been around for a while). Imagine being captured if you are fighting the US government and what would happen to you under the rules of warfare. You sure you want to be wearing the issue US military uniform? Do the math. Besides, Why would you wear the same thing as someone you think is going to be your enemy, this isn’t North Vietnam, and you are not part of a CCN recon team wearing black pajamas to throw off the “Gooks”.
If you absolutely need or desire a camo pattern, use an older US issue one like woodland or desert, or use a foreign patterns like DPM or Flecktarn, or just a regular hunting pattern. I’m a fan of and use solid colors too. I like olive drab, or coyote, preferably mixed, but if you need a “uniform”, and like tradition, go with OD. Nock off the EVERYTHING multi cam BS. You look silly, and are spending a Hell of a lot more on that due to royalty costs (about 30% more) than you will on other effective camo patterns.
The “Rank” amateurs are some of the biggest offenders in the “perception” racket. First they start off with their “Constitutionally authorized Moolisha” BS, then they start talking about historical precedents saying a county commander was usually a Colonel. Ok, let’s go down that road. Historical and Constitutional precedent has the Officers being appointed by the Governor, correct? “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICERS, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;” You are not a General, a Colonel, or a Captain (the most popular ranks I’ve seen), and you sure as Hell aren’t getting any authority or training from the state, are you? Get over your “Wanna Be” selves! This type of stuff just shows you’re more concerned about perception ( a Colonel with 6-16 people in the unit shows a lack of organizational understanding, and not being in touch with martial reality) than substance. If you have to use a title, use you Duty Position (Commander, Team Leader, Group Leader, etc).
It’s one thing to have a unit or group patch that is basic and describes what you are. It is something completely different when you copy some SF patch, or give yourselves a name with the words that sound cool/highspeed, but have nothing to do with your capability or METL (if you even have one or know what it is). Hell, I have a “Mason Dixon Longrifles” scroll for the OpFor guys I use in MDT’s defense classes, and I also give it to students who take those types of classes. I used a scroll because it has a lot of historical precedent (Yes, before the recent 1970 incarnation of the Ranger Regiment was even around, dumbass), and the word “Longrifles” because it’s also an American term with history, not some Brit or French BS. Put some thought into it, and leave out the “Wanna be”, cool factor BS. It doesn’t impress anyone. What impresses people is situationally and tactically aware individuals who show they train hard TOGETHER. That’s “Substance’!
Do you go around teaching things of which you don’t even have a basic level of competence ( I had a guy tell me that he was teaching things he learned in a recent class of mine), let alone a tested proficiency in, simply because you read a book, watched a video, or took a class? I know plenty that are doing just that. Just because someone has no clue in how to perform infantry tasks, doesn’t mean you are qualified to teach them those tasks based on one class you took. Being “well read” in a topic doesn’t make you a teacher, instructor, or an “expert”, especially when it comes to performing in the non academic arena. Find someone who has the experience, and ask them for help. You might have to pay for it (example: There’s a lot of former grunts out there that might help you with infantry, or basic rifleman skills for free, but there aren’t many out there who have taken Mil Intel experience and adapted it to civilian use like Sam Culper has, and BTW, it does need adapted). Taking a class on something like Intel from someone who can’t give bona fides is an exercise in futility, and you should question someone who won’t give any facts based background info.
I found this post posted by Curtis today, and got a pretty good laugh out of it. It pointed out the penchant for petty BS that emanates from The Hypocritical Hyman. An ExCon who wants you to believe he was targeted for arrest, due to his patriot stance and because “Big Money/Wall Street” had it in for him. He has the nerve to talk crap about “commies”, namely, those that have admitted they were wrong to be communists, but The Hyman has never taken responsibility for his own misdeeds. He only gives excuses. MBV made a mistake, he’s said he was wrong, and tried to make amends. What has Hyman Kerodin done? He’s continued to come up with ways to acquire your money, using your desire to help “fight tyranny” as the wedge. Here’s a good example from the IIIPSFA FB Page. Note the date the question was asked, but no response has been given, even though other posts have gone up on that page.
Maybe the answer would be something like this answer concerning who decides to spend the money when talking about the Burns donation situation.
Like everything else he does, he goes for “perception”, not “substance”. He was doing it in 2003 when he was approximately 34-36 years old, (I’m told he is 46 or 47 now, so you do the math) and he’s doing it now.
You want the guy that gave the prediction below teaching you how to perform intel ops?
This guy can’t even keep track of his own blog sites (check the screenshots below, and look at the link placed there in red), and what the recommended reading list is. Does he actually think anyone believes he left me “breadcrumbs” (like he posted) to find out he was “Courtland Grojean”? Sure he did……. Speaking of Courtland Grojean, I wonder how the “Death Merchant” book sales are going over at Kerodina Press now that someone calling themselves “Richard J Camellion” is writing the books. I wonder who RJC is? Not really. Obviously from the excerpt of the book, the new writer sucks ass. Maybe he should throw in some Nyteorchid from the book he wrote as “Sam Kerillion” at http://sexecutioner.com/ .
So tell me, “Perception” or “Substance”?
Why am I using the Kerodin’s Hyman as an example in this post? Well because he’s the most glaringly obvious example that I’ve seen in the “Patriot/Liberty movement” of an all “Perception”, no “Substance” actor. He puts out so much dumb crap, of course I’m gonna point out the ridiculous and outright BS. He does talk a good game, as Gaston Boisson says here,
But if he had no office, what does this from his website at that time tell you?
But…but…but….it says he has an office……and it sure looks…..official….
In the end, the “Perception” people will leave you feeling the way Matt Valley did after he found out the truth.
Hyman Kerodin is the Caccolube (designed to destroy) in the engine of the Liberty movement. If you let him slip into your “gas tank” or “under the hood”, you and yours will grind to a halt in a short while. We need “Substance”, not “Perception”. The “Perception” BS is what got the Liberty movement the inept rep it has now. There was nothing to back up the rhetoric and appearance, so those involved have been discounted as nothing but fluff. We don’t need State or National Level groups having their little infighting rifts that start from bitch fights (some, literally) or dick measuring arguments.
Get with those in your area, come up with a protection plan for the “When”, not the “If”. You can only count on those within walking distance (I’d say 50 miles or so at the most), or those who plan on evacuating to your site (for God’s sake leave a day or an hour early, not a minute too late). If you think you can count on the militia group that is 150 miles away, but it can’t support its own logistics requirement for a weekend training without having to half ass it and make excuses, you are deluding yourself. Keep emotion out of the equation.
You’re preparing for a neighborhood group defense, not a martial offense. You want to know where the best “Substance” for the buck is? It’s in your realistic preps. It’s in your realistic assessment of your physical shape, and how to make it better if possible. It’s in you getting with family, friends, and neighbors to plan and train to protect what is important to you. There is no Damned exit strategy it is a “hold until relieved!” proposition. No matter what you might think about our nation, and the screwed up soup sandwich that we call our government, and all the other faults you want to name. It’s still the beats the Hell out of anywhere else in this screwed up world, and I’m doing what I can to help secure and protect my little piece of it.
Train Prepare Pray
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE
“Sam Kerodin, III Percent Society”