Survivalists. Militia And Perception, Then And Now

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When I was in my teens, I remember seeing the above video which aired on Brit TV in 1982. With a few exceptions, the basic premise of the video implied that “Survivalists are nuts”. Even as a kid, I never fell for that premise, quite the opposite in fact. I believed that it made good sense to be prepared for hard times, and I thought the “Nuts” were the ones who just wanted to “Eat drink and be merry”, without any thought to planning ahead.

In order of appearance in the video, it showed Bruce Clayton (Life After Doomsday) the majority of the documentary was on the (CSA) Zarephath-Horeb Community Church (James Ellison and the Covenant the Sword and the Arm of the Lord), There was a former SF guy who was an Asst Prof at a Cali Univ., The Survival Store was depicted, they interviewed Kurt Saxon (Poor Man’s James Bond series, The Survivor series), an interview with an L.A. army surplus warehouse owner, you met Fred Kurpsy (mountain top guy), and they topped it off with General Mitch WerBell III (Sionics and Brigade Quartermasters) and his instructors from Sionics.

Bruce Clayton, along with Mel Tappan, Ragnar Benson, Duncan Long, and Kurt Saxon, was one of the more well known Survivalist writers, especially in the ’80’s, and his book, “Life After Doomsday” was one of the best books written on nuclear war survival skills and retreat type living. Although Cresson Kearny’s book “Nuclear War Survival Skills” is right there alongside Clayton’s book on good nuclear war preparedness skills, I would not call Kearny a “Survivalist writer”. Clayton is one of the only ones interviewed in that documentary that gave any semblance of being “right in the head”.

James Ellison of the Z-HC Church (polygamists) is obviously nuttier than a ten year old fruitcake. He’s one of the typical “God told me to do this” leaders (Ammon Bundy anyone?), and at the time of the interview in the winter (Jan/Feb) of ’81, believed “It’s gonna happen” soon (he said, “In the late ’60’s, God began to deal with us about the economic judgement, collapse and upheaval that was comin’ upon all the world, especially on this country.”). One of his guys even made this statement, “I don’t like to set dates, but it’s feelin’ kinda spooky, and it might be tomorrow, and or sometime in ’82, but it could last another ten years, but I don’t think so.”

I believe their (CSA) downfall came from two areas. First, they allowed the interview in the British documentary, which gave them a huge “footprint” with the Feds. Two, they got involved with Christian Identity, and then, “The Order” (whether they were physically involved with the crimes they are tied to and convicted of, I don’t know, but involvement with these groups put them in the crosshairs none the less). These two things made them a huge target for the Feds, and on April 19th, 1985 (imagine that), they got raided by FBI, ATF, and local LE.

That being said, if they had kept out of the spotlight and not become part of groups who were being watched and under scrutiny, they had a pretty good thing going (except for the polygamy thing, that’s nuts LOL). I’ve always said if I had my choice, my survival group and retreat area would be something along the lines of the movie “The Village”, except it would be both well armed and trained.

Not a whole lot to say about the former SF Asst Prof. (Global earthquake guy) other than he seamed more concerned about showing off his toys to his students and the interviewer, than using the time to present a good message. Of course that could and probably was because of how it was edited (remember, the edit is everything to how you are perceived to the public).

Kurt Saxon is a character and a half, and was known for a number of books that had detailed info on anything from poisons and homesteading info, to explosives, and hardening your vehicle. He definitely had an interesting and harsh opinion about his fellow man, but who knows, maybe he had a reason. Regardless of his opinion of society, he put out info that would have been difficult to find anywhere else. He apparently resides in a nursing home now after having a stroke about five years ago.

Ah, “Fred the mountaintop guy”. Although I could see where Fred was coming from, I’m glad he did not have to put his “Mountaintop retreat” theory to the test in the last 36 years. His logistical issues could have been deadly in a real world SHTF scenario.

Gen. Mitch WerBell III, (OSS, Merc….) Video 1, 2, 3. Although a lot of people would look at the General with a jaded eye leaning towards a label of “Nut”. I’d say Mitch III had a better take on the real world than most of the people out there. From what I remember about what I read was covered in the curriculum of the course mention in this documentary, it was pretty well rounded in survivalist skills and more importantly, their practical application. Unfortunately, he died in ’83, but his Sons, Mitch IV and Geoff WerBell  are the guys who ran Brigade Quartermasters (one of the most popular Surplus/Mil Gear outlet’s in the 80’s and 90’s) for 35 years, and Mitch IV is still involved as a Director after it’s sale to Ira Green Inc. in 2010.

So what was gleened from watching this video? My take initially when I was a kid was, “Hey, I’m not alone in thinking it’s smart to do the Survivalist thing.” Now I look at it and think, “This is why prepping should be done in moderation, you should use as many durable, long lasting goods as possible, and have a ‘Rotation of supplies’ plan.”. Think about this. That video was from 36 years ago. Think of all the preps that can go bad within ten years. That five year supply of freeze dried food (EXPENSIVE) is great if you plan on using it within 20 years (I actually ate some of my Backpacker Pantry FD food from 1993 in 2013, and it was OK, but not what it was in the first 5 years), but what is more practical, making the majority of your food stockpile canned goods that you eat every day and will rotate through, or putting back freeze dried food you’ll never eat unless there’s an apocalypse?

Unless you’re spending a buttload of money on the high end batteries (lithium, etc), think of all the money wasted by “Mountaintop Man” if he had bought alkalines for SHTF. Just like the canned goods rotation idea mentioned above, rotating batteries (especially the cheaper ones) is a prerequisite for having your supplies actually serve you well in a crisis.

This is one of the reasons I am not a fan of items that are considered “disposable”. Unless it is a “one time use” item designed for an emergency (emergency survival kit for example), planning on using gear that is not durable will be a problem down the road. How many of you plan of using “100MPH” duct, or black electrical tape to secure items to your gear or your weapon? How many have gear that uses elastic bungee cord to secure items like magazines (Taco pouches anyone?)? What does your extra duct tape, electrical tape, or elastic bungee material supplies look like? Tape and elastic items that will wear out, even if only in storage, and velcro wears out pretty fast under hard use when compared to buckles and snaps. Also the adhesive on velcro is notorious for coming off of the surface it’s attached to within months.

At least in this video from 2011, Survivalists are cast in a good light (a long way from the previous one). I have mentioned a number of times that only morons will put their info out there to the media, and expect anything other than being vilified as a “Crazy”, “paranoid” or a “White Supremacist”. I was recently made aware of a “militia” group in upstate PA that had a two part story done by a NYC NBC affiliate. To my surprise, it actually spun them in a good light. They are the “2014 Pennsylvania State Militia”.

Although my advice to groups is don’t play around on social media, what I saw of their FB page was generally just recruiting announcements (not those dumbass rants from legends in their own minds), and the recruiting is for the two North Eastern counties in PA where they are located, not the whole State of PA. Unlike Christopher Hershman of “Kernal of Korn” fame, the guy who runs this group is prior service, doesn’t say he represents the whole State of PA (probably should have picked a different name huh?), and actually gets out and trains with his guys.

A few things I noted that could be problematic for this group. They are using a uniform that is used by our present military, and saying they are a military force (anyone who uses the term “militia” needs to be aware of that perception), but are not part of the military and this could be an issue, according to 10 USC, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 45, Sections 771 and 772 (look it up) the legality is also questionable and one of the reasons I recommend people use older “no longer issued” patterns. From what he told me, they have never operated outside of PA, except for a presence in DC in 2014 (I think it was the “Barrycade” protest), and not going out of the State is as it should be. His desire to go to the border is understandable, but considering their lack of authority from any government entity, it’s probably not a good idea.

One of the things I said to him was “I dont care what a group calls itself as long as they don’t act like they have some form of gov authority, and they don’t act like they are “operators”. Just train Damn it!”. I have gone on ad nauseam concerning my thoughts on why you should call your groups a “Neighborhood Protection Team”, Survivalist group, or Prepper group, so I will not reiterate it all over again. What I will say is this. You are better to call yourself what you are, than what you might aspire to be wh3n it’s something that in reality is just what you’d like it to be, or is your fantasy. Ultimately, like I said in my comment to him, I don’t care what you call yourself, just be about the substance, not the perception.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by BIRTH

HAM Advice From Warrior Capitalist

Here’s some good HAM advice

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PRIVATE DEFENSE NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS

QUICK STEPS TO YOUR AMATEUR RADIO (HAM) LICENSE.
The ham radio license seems one of the bigger preparedness mysteries. Communications will be very important in any event, whether a local event, a regional event (usually weather), or an all out, nationwide event. The previous requirement of knowing Morse Code was enough to scare many away. Fortunately things have changed for the better, at least for Private Defense Network (PDN) purposes.

An amateur radio license is really a license to experiment. This does not concern us, initially. Many of you will get hooked and go on to experiment, and we encourage that. There is much to know about ham radio and best learned on the job.

This article is designed to get you on the air in a week or less, with a radio, for around $100. Usually less.

Since we are taking a different approach attaining your ham radio license, we suggest you first get a radio. You’ve seen this if you’ve been looking: The Baofeng is probably the best beginner’s radio. Well, it’s cheap and it works well enough for a first time user. After you get your license you may find yourself in a spiral of more capable and expensive radios, but the Baofeng will work. Breaking a thirty some dollar radio is much better than breaking one that costs several hundred dollars. (Trust us: We’ve done it.) Buying the Baofeng will give you something tangible to play with while studying for the test. You can program it and listen to radio traffic. Instructions and videos are available on the net. It’s cheap, you’ll outgrow it quickly, but it will make an acceptable start and an adequate backup when you upgrade to an ICOM, Yaesu, Motorola, etc.
How and where to begin

Earning your license requires you to pass a test. There are three different licenses available. This study method works well for the first two, the technician and General license. The third, the Extra Class license, is its own animal. The technician license will get you talking regionally and will be most useful for local communications in a disaster: Getting news in and out of the area or communicating with family members in a bad situation. The General class license opens up regional and worldwide communications, independent of infrastructure.

The tests are structured to help you earn your license without spending months or years understanding the subject. The technician test consists of 35 questions from a pool of 426. Each question has four multiple choice answers. Passing the test requires you to answer 26 of these questions correctly. These tests are administered monthly by Volunteer Examiners from the American Radio and Relay League (ARRL). There is no charge for the license, but the ARRL charges $15 to cover the costs of administering the test. That $15 and the $50 or so dollars you spent on the Baofeng and accessories gets you to the “100 dollars or less”.
Step 1: Finding a testing location

Finding a test in your area is quite simple. Go to ARRL.org, enter your zipcode, and pick a convenient location and time. Some tests require pre-registration. Pick a test that is a week or more out and commit to it. Note that DSI can administer the test at your location.
Step 2: Finding the questions

There is an excellent resource out there that will be the focus of your study: hamstudy.org The site is easy to understand and contains all of the questions on all of the tests. We will focus on the technician exam. Selecting the technician section will yield three choices: study test questions, read test questions, and practice test.
Step 3: Familiarizing yourself with the questions

Some with an electronics background might instantly recognize the answers to the questions. For others, it might seem like gibberish. We’ve personally directed people to this site and all who have committed to the test have passed. For some it took a just a few hours of study, for others it took up to a week, but that was for the general exam. (Note that you must pass the technician exam to take the general, and so on.). Assuming you can dedicate an hour or two a day for a week, spend the first study period using the read question option. You will quickly determine whether this will be easy or require more effort. All of the questions are presented with the answer as well as the incorrect answers. You should be able to read through the all of the questions in your first study period.
Step 4: Flash Cards

After your first study period, move on to the flash card section. The questions presented to you cover the different subject areas of the test. You can click on the answer you think is correct and it is graded, the correct answer shown, and context. Your progress will be shown on the right side of the page.

Many of the questions fall into the common sense category. You will also notice that the questions that directly concern ham radio such as specific regulations, frequencies, and schematics will present an obvious answer with three not so plausible distractors.

On the last two study sessions before the real test you to want to move to the practice test section. These questions are specifically chosen from the pool as they appear on the actual test. You will be presented with 35 questions. Each question is selected from the different subsections, so this is more accurate in predicting your score on the actual test.

Each exam is graded upon completion, with the questions you missed linked to their sub section. You have the option to review the test: Please use it. The question you answered incorrectly will be shown with the correct answer. Remember, you must answer 26 of the 35 answers correctly on the exam. Before grade inflation, we called this a C. For the last two study sessions, take the tests over and over until you can pass 9 out of 10. We haven’t had a person who followed this method fail, yet.
Step 5: The Test

If you’ve diligently put in seven honest days of study, you should recognize the correct answers. You may have found that a few nagging questions you can never seem to get right, but for the most part you can answer the questions by just seeing the first few words of the question. Please read the entire question anyway. It helps with nerves.

Don’t forget to bring your $15 IN CASH with you to your test. When you arrive, you will be greeted by three Volunteer Examiners. These are three fellow amateur radio operators that have taken time to administer your test. You will be handed a booklet containing the questions, and a bubble sheet for answers.

We recommend you take tests, especially multiple choice tests, in this fashion: Sit down, relax, organize your scratch paper and pencil (It helps to jot down any formulas.), and take a look at the first question. If your studying has produced an amateur radio expert, the answer should be readily apparent. If it isn’t, don’t despair: SKIP the question. Move on to question two, same here. Ensure you don’t mark a skipped question inadvertantly. It helps to check every five or so questions. Answer the questions for which you are POSITIVE and SKIP the ones for which you are not sure. Do this all of the way to the end of the exam. When you get to the end, go back and count the number of questions answered. Our observation is most of people answer at least 26. Go back and make you best guess on the remaining questions. Even if you weren’t POSITIVE of at least 26 you are close, and logic will get you over the hump. You may wish to look online for test taking strategies. Our goal is to get you licensed, then trained, not to make you engineers.

Your test will be graded by each of the Volunteer Examiners. If you breezed through the technician exam, you can take your general exam on the same day if you wish. You won’t have to pay an additional $15 (cash) to take it. Many take all three exams in one sitting.

Getting a license isn’t difficult. If you are willing to put in a few hours over the course of a week, you are on the way to a stronger PDN. We realize this article is more about studying and test taking than amateur radio, but the resources listed tell you everything you need and take the mystery out of the process. Becoming a skilled ham is a lifelong process.

Don’t forget to join a local club. This is fun, as well as important, and hams love to help.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Selco’s Questions And Guidance For SHTF

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In SHTF, will you have this option?

Question #1, Can you survive for a few days with what you have on your person and with what you know?

Question #2. Do you have survival supplies and resources stashed in a place that cannot be accessed by anyone but you and maybe a trusted friend or family member?

Question #3. If you had to, could you take wild game with the concealed carry gun that you carry every day (you do carry it every day…. right)?

Question #4. What defines your ability to survive? Is it your accumulation of gear and supplies, your accumulated skills and training, or a combination of both?

Question #5. How long can you survive in the city or the woods without interacting with others, and where are you better off?

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When SHTF (whatever that may be), which will you more than likely be dressed like?

Here’s some of Selco’s thoughts,

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I wrote my first survival article-comment some 7 years ago, and I still remember why I wrote it, what “pushed” me to sit down and write it so people who read/discuss survival over the internet for years can read my opinion.

I was checking the survival forums to learn something about wilderness survival because I found I missing lot of knowledge there, and then I stumbled upon discussion about what real SHTF looks like and will look like in the future.

And simply there I realize how whole survival movement foundation is messed up, or built on the wrong perception.

It is like digging through a whole bunch of other people good skills and opinions (together with wrong ones of course) but completely misplaced and misguided.

After writing that first article years ago, I am still writing and trying to point out my view of things, and my way is learned through the experience of 4 years of civil war in a destroyed society.

I still do not know lot of things, I do not know how to operate 20 different weapons, I am not ex special forces member, I do not know how to survive in prolonged period in wilderness, and I am still learning lot of things from different kind of people, on internet and forums and in physical courses too.

But I know how I survived SHTF and how real SHTF looks like, and the real problem is that it definitely does not look like majority of preppers imagine it.

Over time, a lot of my articles are telling the story about same thing on different ways, and it might look like I am telling same story over and over, but again, I am writing from real experience and there are good reasons why I am pointing out the same things often.

So please allow me to address again some common misconception about SHTF.

Changing From “Before to Now”

Starting problem about SHTF misconception is that people have problems to imagine something that they are not experienced in, so if you have not experienced collapse of society you will “build” your opinion about it based on many things: other people experiences, books, movies, documentaries…

When you add to this a whole survival industry of selling things for “doomsday” you going to end up forming your opinion about how life in collapse will look like based on some weird things, and as an result your prepping and expectation may be completely wrong.

For example, you have been bombarded with information from internet that if you buy some product you’ll be not only safe when SHTF but also you’ll thrive and you gonna have something like best time of your life in the middle of collapse.

Now when you multiply this with many numbers (products) you end up buying peace of mind for yourself built on fact that someone wants to earn money from your fears.

And it is not biggest problem, real problem waking up one morning in the collapse realizing that you have whole bunch of things that simply do not work for your situation.

I like to use example that I have read long time ago, about transportation in city when SHTF. One guy offer idea of using skateboard in urban SHTF as transport, and lot of other folks commented that is good idea.

On first look it is great idea, no fuel, no cars or buses, so skateboard as a transport means looks good.

Only problem here is that probably man who mentioned it never experienced real urban SHTF so he can not know how useless idea it is.

Or to put it really short:

When SHTF city services will collapse, street are pretty soon simply full of everything, there are other people in the city too, because services are gone there are not enough resources and because of that other people will simply almost always mean possible danger, so point is to avoid people, or to be quiet when moving, so…

You need to stop to think in terms of normal times, you need change your priorities when SHTF, it is a different time.

For example moving fastest (or most comfortable) stops to be priority, new priority is to move safest (or quiet) or you need to stop to think about having coolest things but new priority is to have things that will work for your situation best.

Value Of The Things

Again it is about thinking in new terms, in the terms when SHTF, and those terms are completely different then in normal times.

I have kind of survival philosophy where my goal is to be ready to survive with as least things as possible, and it is like everything else based on my experienced SHTF.

What that means?

By developing and learning skills and techniques I am trying to be less depended on physical things.

In reality that does not mean that when SHTF I will immediately  bug out to the wilderness with knife only, no, I too have preps and things, stashes and plans, weapons, meds etc.

It means when times come I am READY  to leave all of that, EVERYTHING – all my possessions, and move away in split second if that means I will save my life.

Are you ready for that?

Are you gonna be able to leave all your preps that you were buying for years, all your fancy weapons, stashes of cans etc and run with what you have on you?

Or you gonna die in “blaze of glory” defending simple physical things?

Survival is about resilience, to move on and on, to overcome difficult situations and come back again.

Do not get attached on physical things, no matter how expensive they are, or how fancy they are, or even if people promised that you’ll “survive and thrive” if you own that things when SHTF.

Life is precious, things are just things.

Problem here is that survival movement today is built on the way that preppers are “forced” to believe that they can not survive if the do not own particular survival product, so as an result there is gonna be bunch of preppers get shot because they defending physical things that someone told them they really need to have when SHTF.

I was refugee more then once, I still remember the moment when all my possessions were an old Browning pistol with three rounds, T- shirt, boots (with wet socks inside) and pants that could stand on its own because of how dirty they were…

I have lost all my other physical possessions, everything was torched or taken away, If I stayed my life would be taken away too in a very painful way.

I run, and survived, and fought again for survival.

And you know what? I bought all the things again.

Things can be obtained again, life can not.

Sometimes you just have to move on and forget on physical things that are dear to you.

Faith

One of the topics that I’m most reluctant to discuss about because I find it really personal, but it is there, it is important, so some things need to be considered.

And I’ll be short here, because it is personal for me, and every one of you should think about it for itself.

Yes, there were times when I simply had to reach deep in myself and connect to something higher, to find some sense, to have faith in order to not lost my mind or kill myself because everything was falling apart around me.

So faith is important, or spirituality, or some kind of moral values-call it as you like.

You need to have something!

But problem here is that people often think if they are good folks by the nature, everybody else is good by default (until proven otherwise?).

Through my experience I adopt opinion that everybody is bad until proven different (even if I am good guy)

Or let me put it like this, in really bad times, when everything going to s…t you ll see more bad folks then good folks, so be prepared for that…

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Will you be fortunate enough to have some basic gear, and maybe even a dog who can help with camp security?

Selco mentions his experience of having everything taken from him, and only surviving with what he had on his person (pistol, t-shirt, pants, wet socks, boots). The reason for not having all your eggs in one basket is clearly illustrated here. This is an obvious reason for having a multiple “bucket cache” system in place in a number of areas that will be accessible in a time of need. A smock kit like the one illustrated in this post would also be awesome to have in a pinch.

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While a Kel Tec P3AT .380ACP pistol is a great little lightweight carry pistol, it’s abilities don’t really extend beyond self defense. Not much bigger, but definitely better than the P3AT for small game is the Kel Tec PF-9 9mm on the right.

The reason I asked about your ability with your concealed carry pistol is simple. Although a .32ACP or a .380 is as convenient as it gets in the concealed carry category, accuracy and range are two things they are not known for (the .380 PPK is the exception in my experience in the accuracy department). Except for my Kel Tec .380, I know all the pistols I carry will accurately take small game because I have done just that with them. While having an understanding that what you carry for self defense will take game is good, the primary purpose of your concealed carry pistol is to defend ones self, and the model and caliber you select should be picked primarily for that attribute.

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Great, you’ve got a battery of weapons for SHTF, but what if you can’t get back to them. If you have to take off, one long gun and two handguns is about the limit you’ll be able to carry.

What would be some of the bucket cache items you would want to secret away? Three things I can think of right off the bat would be traps some fishing gear, and a compact survival rifle like an AR-7. Those items along with a few types of fire starters, some freeze dried meals, a stainless steel canteen and cup set for collecting and purifying water, a few first aid supplies, and a good poncho and space/casualty blanket with some 550 cord and your bucket cache would make a huge difference in your survival if you only had the clothes on your back when you recovered it. Below is shown the Henry AR-7 .22LR Survival Rifle in it’s stored form on the left, and ready for use on the right.

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The traps talked about in this post

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Yo-Yo “set and forget” fishing reel

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You can’t just have theoretical knowledge of survival skills and expect to survive in the wilds. You have to get out and practice them.

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There is no excuse to not get out and start learning and practicing some basic survival skills. The hunting and butchering of big and small game is a good place to start.

These are just some thoughts on what Selco had to say. Practice and preparation is what Survivalists do. If you don’t, you definitely can’t call yourself a Survivalist.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

The Requirement For, And Application Of Standards

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1. something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.
2. an object that is regarded as the usual or most common size or form of its kind: We stock the deluxe models as well as the standards.
3. a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment: They tried to establish standards for a new philosophical approach.
4. an average or normal requirement, quality, quantity, level, grade, etc.: His work this week hasn’t been up to his usual standard.
5. those morals, ethics, habits, etc., established by authority, custom, or an individual as acceptable: He tried to live up to his father’s standards.
 Over the centuries, society has had many standards of which one of the big ones was “Conduct”. Many will dispute this, but the fact remains that Western society is based on the standards of conduct that are espoused in Christianity. Look at Europe. Why are they having the issues they have now? Europe has gotten away from the standards by which their societies lived for centuries. Without the standard that Christianity originally provided, they are at a loss for where to turn now that they are under attack by others that not only have a standard, but apply a standard that goes against everything Christianity (their original standard) stands for.
 Starting at a young age, I was required to comply with a standards of appearance, conduct, and training. In school, in the military, and in my LE career, I was expected to comply with standards of appearance (uniform, personal grooming), standards of conduct (rules of conduct and discipline in school, the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the Service, and codes of conduct as a law enforcement officer), and standards in training (State and private institution educationally required standards, training requirements for different Military Occupational Specialties and the ever present physical fitness requirement in the Service, and the Federal and State training requirements as a law enforcement officer and a LE training instructor).
Societal standards consist of everything from what is considered proper etiquette when a man takes a woman on a date, all the way up to what is considered criminal in the eyes of that society. Not only have the standards of interaction between those of the opposite sex, and what is legal or illegal (and the punishment for breaking that law) in society become less regimented or strict, they have also come to practically mock the Christian heritage from which a lot of them were first derived.
 “Malum in se” law is Latin referring to an act that is “wrong in itself,” in its very nature being illegal because it violates the natural, moral, or public principles of a civilized society. An example of this would be murder, rape, burglary, and robbery. Although they are still on the books as “Malum in se” crimes, the standards and punishments these days for things like murder, generally do not reflect what would have been the punishment 200 or even 100 years ago. Death for murder was the standard back then. These days, it is unusual to see someone get the death penalty even for 1st degree murder (premeditated), and thus shows a lessening or lowering of the standard that society uses to judge those within it.
 “Malum Prohibitum” is Latin meaning “wrong due to being prohibited,” which refers to crimes made so by statute. Speeding, running a red light, using illegal drugs (alcohol legality or illegality in the 18th and 21st amendment) fall under the category of societal prohibitions. If you’ll notice, most of the regulatory violations used for community revenue enhancement haven’t been reduced in severity like the malum in se violations have (I wonder why?).
 I was recently made aware of a situation at a local private Christian school that in a number of ways, shows how society really doesn’t understand the purpose of standards, especially as they apply in an educational environment. At this school, the high school students and their parents sign a pledge that the student will, among other things, not participate in premarital sex, or the use of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. A female student became pregnant, and through her Father (the President of the Board), made the principle and the Board aware of it back in February.
 The student was placed on suspension during the period that the Board decided (two days) what punitive action would be taken, and after two days of talking it over, the parents and the Board came to the decision that the student would step down from her leadership position in the student societies that she was a member of, and she would not be allowed to walk on graduation day. The student, who has a 4.0 GPA, was not being expelled or barred from graduating, she was just barred from walking across the stage during the actual ceremony.
 Then the liberal news finds out, and all “Hell” breaks loose. The school is being vilified for trying to “shame” the student because “Who in their right mind would punish a high schooler for getting pregnant?” right? A few of the things I’ve seen people say are “Jesus said, he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”, or “Mary and Joseph (the parents of Jesus) had to stay in a stable when Jesus was born because she was pregnant and unwed.” OK, for the record, “Google Scripture” is not the place to get your come backs for this type of argument. In the first place, Jesus was stopping men from STONING TO DEATH a woman for committing adultery (because that situation is so similar to this student, right?), and second, Jesus was born in a stable because the Inn was full, due to it being tax time (No room in the INN).
 A number of people have made ridiculous statements like, “Well, you know the other students in her class are having sex too they just didn’t get caught, so none of them should be able to walk.”. That is one of the most asinine displays of “Logic” I have observed in this situation. Because we “Know” other kids are or have violated the rules, they should be punished just like the girl who got caught.
 Tell you what, think about your own life and the multiple times from childhood on that you got away with something, whether it was a rule violation, or a crime. Now tell me how it should have been handled if the world was “Fair”. I am no saint, and have made many mistakes in my life. I have gotten away with breaking the rules, and I have been caught violating the rules. The difference between being a responsible adult and being a juvenile is accepting responsibility for your actions, and THAT is what this school has taught for decades.
 The whole point of enforcing the rules with children is teaching that for every choice in life there is a consequence. Choose to follow the rules and you generally will reap the rewards. Choose to violate the rules and you run the risk of getting caught and being punished. That is what the student in question did. She chose to violate a rule she was well aware of, and she will now have to comply with the consequences the institution imposes on her due to her violation. It’s not about whether you agree that they should or should not have had that rule to begin with. The time for dealing with whether the rule was fair or not was at the moment of signing the pledge, not after violating it.
 The main stream media is trying to vilify this school for enforcing a standard that everyone involved was aware of, and also signed that they agreed to. The only reason the MSM is attacking them and making it a headline is because it is a Christian school. If this was a military prep school that had a similar incident in which a student signed a pledge and then violated it (no matter what the act was), it wouldn’t even make a news story, let alone one of national significance.
 I keep hearing people screaming “The school needs to show ‘grace’ to this student.”, or “Yeah, but if it was a guy, the school wouldn’t have done anything.”. The irony of the situation with this Christian school is that I know for a fact that if the school had followed precedent, they would have expelled the girl. I believe they did show “grace” by not expelling her and I think they did it for two reasons. First, her parents and her told the administration about it early on (they didn’t try to hide it), and Two, she is obviously a very conscientious student, having a 4.0 GPA. I actually know a guy that was kicked out of the school as a Junior because he had gotten a local public school student pregnant, so there goes your “Discrimination” against her ‘because she’s the girl” scenario.
 This situation isn’t about Christianity, it is about having standards that are adhered to. The student and her parents knew about and said they’d comply with the standards in the pledge they signed for years (this wasn’t her first year there). If they didn’t like or agree with them, they should have spoken up then. The Christian school in question has maintained a high standard for decades, and shouldn’t be vilified for continuing those standards simply because people that are not Christians don’t “Get it”. Even as recent as 30 years ago, public schools didn’t allow pregnant students to walk in the graduation ceremony, so get over your perception of how archaic this Christian school’s rules are. They didn’t deviate away from the “Norm” society has, out of convenience and expediency.
 Allowing our society to fall away from it’s Christian heritage and rules for societal interaction is going to be the death of our civilized society. We are seeing it now in spades in Europe, and we are starting to see vestiges of it here. No one is saying you need to be a Christian, but I will tell you that if our society gets back to what Western society was founded on and follows a number of the basic Christian principles that are laid out in the Bible, non-believers will be far and away better than the chaos that will ensue if something like sharia law or the “Rules for Radicals” becomes the norm.
 JCD
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE
 P.S.
This weekend is the time we remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. It matters not whether you agree with what our nation has, does, or will stand for. The bottom line is those that have died in the service of our great nation at the least, deserve our respect, if not our gratitude and affection.