19 April 2024


Officially, Patriot Day is recognized every September 11th in memory of the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. While I certainly wouldn't dream of taking anything away from the nearly 3,000 people that perished as a result of that event, I have often wondered how, exactly, they determined that "Patriot Day" was a fitting name to commemorate it. In my mind, Patriot Day would more appropriately be recognized on 19 April, today.

First and foremost, my reasoning stems from the fact that it was on this day in 1775 that the Battle of Lexington and Concord ushered in American Revolution 1.0 and the fight for a new country's freedom from tyranny was on. 

For reasons known only to God, April 19th has also been the date of a significant number of other notable events...

* In AD 65, Gaius Piso's plot to kill the tyrant, Emperor Nero, who so richly deserved to die, was foiled by a freed slave that betrayed him.

* In 1506, the Lisbon Massacre began where accused Jews were slaughtered by Portuguese Catholics.

* On this day in 1608, O'Doherty's Rebellion began in Ireland.

* In 1782, John Adams convinced the Dutch government to recognize the newly formed United States of America as an independent government. The house that he had purchased there became the first American embassy.

* Considering the state of our Nation today and the current degradation of morality and social values, I found this one particularly interesting. On this day in 1927, Mae West was jailed for 10 days, convicted of "obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth" for her portrayal of a prostitute in a Broadway play. My, how times have changed!

* The first blood of the Civil War was shed during the Baltimore Riot of 1861. Anti-war Democrats and other Confederate sympathizers attacked state militia regiments on their way to Washington.

* 19 April 1942, the new Vichy Government, in an attempt to bring French insurgents in line with Nazi rule, Pierre Laval promised them protection from the Nazis.

* On this day in 1943, the largest uprising of Jews against their German oppressors began. This was known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and lasted 4 weeks.

* Interestingly, on this day in 1960, students in South Korea staged a massive protest against the newly elected President, Syngman Rhee. The students claimed that the election was fraudulent and ultimately forced Rhee to resign. 

* You may remember, 1989 is when the gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa killing 47 sailors.

* 19 April 1993, the assault on the Branch Davidians, by numerous federal agencies, began. 

* 19 April 1995, marks the day of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

* The first Boston Marathon was run on this day in 1897. Coincidentally, it was also on this day in 2013 that the Boston Marathon bomber was taken onto custody.

There are many, many more interesting events that happened on this date, but most of these are significant to us in some way. 

So, now that we have established the significance of this day in history, let me tell you why I'm writing this today. I started to make a long Facebook post but decided that I would put it here and make it easier to share with non-Facebookers and for me to preserve it.

Late yesterday, it was announced that a major Chinese cyber attack was imminent and could affect many aspects of American lives. We have known of their potential capabilities and some of the mischief that they have created for many years, but now is different. Very, very different. With an election coming up and everything else in America being terribly unstable right now, I see this as a monumental, possibly insurmountable problem, posing a clear and present danger to the country and to the people.

Not only are we currently in danger of a very disruptive cyber attack, I think this could help clear the way for a major, physical terrorist attack, or multiple concerted attacks. I believe this to be inevitable and possibly imminent right now. The influx of 100's of thousands capable, military aged, foreign actors into this country over the last few years makes this even more probable.

I don't know how much more encouragement some of you need to get serious about your training and preparations for extended hard times, but if I were you, I would consider my choices of travel and expenditures of time, money and resources very, very carefully.

It can be argued that we are on the brink of Civil War 2.0 and/or another revolution and I agree that those are serious considerations, but this is about survival.

DAMMIT! What are you waiting on?

Chinese Cyber Attack

In Liberty, Cope Reynolds (@Desertscout1) 

Colts and Kimbers are what you show your friends.  

GLOCKS are what you show your enemies!

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