Saturday, March 23, 2013

Training With the Utah State Miltia

In these troubling times, it is important to find like-minded citizens and organize.  The Second Amendment recognizes the right for the citizens to form militias.  The Utah State Militia is one such militia.  It's mission is to protect the Constitution of these United States and defend the rule of law in this nation, and in the state of Utah.  Unlike other so-called "militias," the Utah State Militia is not merely a rag tag armed group of people.  It falls under the definition of a well-regulated militia due to the scope of it's mission.  Everything is above board and legal.  There is no nefarious agenda, no racism, no hatred, and no law-breaking.  The people who comprise the Utah State Militia are concerned citizens, patriots, and 3 Percenters.  They love their country, and are willing to do whatever it takes to preserve it as originally intended.

I knew about the field training exercise (FTX) a few weeks ago.  Prepared to head out today, I found an inch or two of snow on the ground, I awoke to a little more than I bargained for.

By 06:00, there was already accumulation on the ground at my house.  I could only imagine the snow levels in the canyon we were supposed to train at.  The freeway was a mess, but we managed to get there safe and sound.  Yes, my wife came out to freeze her butt off with the rest of us patriots.

Getting set up was a bit slower than it would have been.  Temperatures were below freezing, and the snow was piling itself on.  We arrived at the muster point about a quarter to 08:00, and by the time we finished with formation, and getting all our gear situated (about 09:00), there was already 4" of accumulation on the roof of my Jeep Cherokee.  Needless to say, the makings of a very interesting day were in process.

At the start, we received some basic instruction on triage and first aid.  It was pretty basic, but much of the information made for a great refresher course for me.  I imagine that others with less first aid experience learned a lot of new things.  I also learned some really good things about triage, and determining who receives aid first on the battlefield, as well as how you know to triage someone out.  That's code for letting someone die because there is no way to treat them in the field, and you can't waste resources when other lives can be saved.

After our first aid lesson, we formed up into two separate squads.  One squad would head out on patrol to train on basic infantry movements and how to search and destroy the enemy position, a la Marine Corps style.  The Utah State Militia's SOP centers around Marine Corps theories and practical application because many of the commanders are US Marines.

I volunteered to be on the first patrol, and since my wife was attached to me, she came with.  My good friends both ended up in the same squad with me.  Given that we've taken to calling ourselves the Dirty Rotten Bastards, I knew this patrol could be very interesting to say the least.

Now mind you, this FTX is rudimentary and basic on purpose.  Many of us involved have never served, and while we have a general idea of how patrols are conducted, there were many things I did not know before that I know now.

Our goal was to march from "home" to a position and engage the enemy as we moved along.  Of course, there were no enemy combatants, so we designated deer sightings as contact, in addition to our commander telling the point main to engage in various enemy contact scenarios as we went.  Eventually, we ended up taking a restroom and establishing a perimeter around it.

The snow kept falling throughout the patrol, and didn't let up until we had made our way back "home."  The snow made it really interesting because as we would maneuver during enemy contact scenarios, we really couldn't tell what sort of stuff we might be stepping on beneath 5-7" of the white stuff.  At one point, I got up and tripped as I began my rush.  I'm glad my sling was squared away because I pitched my rifle into the snow and buried it.  As I stood up, I moved forward, blew the snow out of my Aimpoint lens, and provided cover for my buddy, who ran up to my position in some really dense scrub oak.

Throughout our patrol, we learned basic tactics on how to move when overtaking an enemy position, and moving beyond to avoid artillery fire.  We learned some basic ambush tactics and how to use the terrain to our advantage.  One thing I really took from all this was when scanning the area ahead and around me, I need to ask myself, if I was going to ambush me, where would I be?  Again, to the experienced warrior, this is very basic, but for me, and the patriots with me, the lessons we learned were priceless.

Aside from just learning basic infantry tactics, I got to know my gear a little better, and how my system interacts with me, my rifle, and my ability to use them all effectively.  They were the little things - like my idea that the Aimpoint lens covers should flip down because they create a lower profile wasn't such a great idea when I tried to flip down the rear cover.  I couldn't do it with winter gloves on because the brightness adjustment knob was too close.  Before I ended up turning the lens covers around so they flip up instead, I had to use my knife to open it.  That sucked.  However, I'm glad I moved my knife to the right hand side of my chest rig instead of the left.  That was a lesson I learned last time I took the rig out.

After we returned to our stationary point, we took a break for some lunch.  Some of these guys are a riot to bullshit with when we don't need to be serious.  My good friend Robert, shown left, is one of the most interesting guys that was up there.  And no rest for this US Marine.  He wore his body armor while cooking up a stew.  That's dedication right there!

I wasn't totally surprised with how little water I was using up there.  The cold air just didn't leave me all that thirsty.  Eventually, I forced myself to drink from my Camelbak so I wouldn't dehydrate.  Some of the work we were doing was really tough.  Running through the woods with our load-outs wasn't exactly easy.  Let's just say I have a lot more respect for the men who wear this crap every day and kick in doors for a living.  My plate carrier is on the way, so my load-out is only going to get heavier.  Time to hit the stair climber at the gym.

After lunch, we switched roles with the other squad and worked on defensive tactics and how to set up a defensive perimeter.

The lesson included a lot more than just defensive perimeters.  It looked at how to set up ambushes, communication, radios, etc.

One of the guys got an idea into his head that we should set up an ambush on the squad that should have been returning by the time we concluded our lesson.  We had a natural choke point right outside the stationary position, so myself and two other guys headed up to the top of a ridge, and dropped down into some thick trees, getting ourselves sufficiently set up to make an effective ambush.  To other guys were stationed down on the road in good fighting positions.  After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I gave the signal to my buddies that the patrol was in my sight.  Now, mind you, no live fire was conducted during this FTX.  So we basically waited until they were in the kill box and yelled "BANG! YOU'RE DEAD!"  It was a fun exercise to say the least.

All in all, it was a good time.  I met many fellow patriots who were willing to brave the cold and snow to make it out to where we were training today.  Nobody was injured, and everyone sucked it up without complaints, despite the cold.

I also want to add a final note.  Someone on Facebook saw a picture I posted, and criticized our lack of snow camouflage.  This was my response to him:

I should point out that all this gear is expensive. It took me well over a year to square away my first chest rig. When you have a family, a house, cars, and every other expensive thing that takes money out of your minuteman budget, like eating, you find that accumulating gear, especially gear that works, takes some time. In the meantime, however, we can train and learn the basics. And when we have the gear, and we've fully vetted it into our system, then no problem. Until then, we run what we brung. And I'll never EVER criticize a fellow patriot that comes out to one of these FTX missions with nothing more than blue jeans, a t-shirt, and a rifle. In my humble opinion, fancy gear is not a prerequisite for patriotism.


Monday, March 18, 2013

MRCOLIONNOIR NRA News Episode 1: Politics and Ignorance

MRCOLIONNOIR has this way of putting things so bluntly and eloquently.  Love this guy!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Media Portrayal of Patriots Vs Reality

In my last entry, I went to great lengths to talk about how the patriot in modern America is not a hate monger, and typically patriots are not part of hate groups.  Now, I will say that there are some hate groups out there.  But they are not patriots.  They are hate groups.  However, the vast majority of patriots and Three Percenters are just average citizens who care about this country and are preparing to defend her.  However, the mainstream media doesn't seem to care about the truth.  They are the fear mongers and they are the ones spreading the message of hate in this country.  Watch the video below and you'll see what I mean.  Also pay attention to the commentary afterwards from youtuber ThinkOutsideTheTV.  He makes the same argument I do.

After the beginning of that video, did you see how they painted patriots as a bunch of extremist KKK members and nut jobs who want to blow up buildings and cause all kinds of panic?  Did you get that vibe from this video?  What this man has said couldn't be further from the truth.  Take a look at this next video and watch me say exactly what we are, and take a look at the people in attendance at the Gunstock Rally we were at in Utah yesterday.  Click the link and the video will open in a new window:

At 1:24, I made a statement that is quoted as follows: "We've been characterized as extremists, racists, terrorists, and that's not what we are at all. We are families. We are husbands, We're wives, we're fathers, mothers, children - and all we care about is getting back to a constitutionally limited government."

And that statement is true.  Take a look at these pictures.  I've compiled them all in one place from our last few 2nd Amendment rallies and protests in Utah this year.

And now here's some photos from around the country, as liberty loving patriots gather to exercise their 1st Amendment right to protest.  I snuck in a couple more from Utah because... well, I have them.

I don't know about you, but I didn't see one KKK member clad in a pointed hood or some neo nazi in any of these pictures.  What I see are a bunch of people.  They are people like you and me.  They are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, fellow church goers. and they are families.  If you changed these signs around to any social issue that you champion - equality for instance - they'd looks like the people YOU'D be protesting with!  Just because these people feel the current administration is going too far with the gun control issue doesn't make them bad people.  It makes them people who care about this country.  It makes them people who are willing to show up to exercise their fundamental, inalienable right to tell their government enough is enough.  If it was something that championed the media's agenda, like gay rights or amnesty for illegals, or an Obama campaign rally, they would paint it in the best light they could.  They'd show how much the people care and how big their hearts are.  I tell you now, if you think that demonstrating for gun rights makes us heartless and cruel people, then you need to check your priorities.  The 2nd Amendment backs the first amendment.  Without it, your right to protest can be taken away with the simple stroke of a pen on a presidential executive order.

Our cause is more than just gun rights.  Oh sure, gun rights are part of it.  But the bigger issue we are fighting for is the cause of liberty.  Without liberty, you will be subjugated to the will and whims of the government.  You will no longer be the master of your own life.  Your destiny will not be your own.  That is reality.  It only takes a few minutes to go back through history too see how people suffered under totalitarian rule and tyranny.  Whether you like it or not, we patriots are on your side.  We are demonstrating for your right to protest as much as ours.  We are prepared to do whatever it takes to defend liberty so that you can have a voice.  We do this all for you, though you may hate us for it.

We can live with that.

-James III%

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Patriot Movement - The Three Percenters

The patriot movement has been gaining a lot of steam lately.  With the insanity surrounding the current administration, it's no wonder why people are waking up to the fact that they are at risk of losing the basic liberties that we've all taken for granted for so long.  So far this year, I've witnessed our President, as well as local governments, put our right to assemble, due process, keep and bear arms, right to be free of unwarranted search and seizures, right of state sovereignty, as well as a litany of other essential liberties being threatened and perverted in such a manner that the Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves right now.

Recently, the SPLC release a revised list of "extremist groups," which they somehow determined through whatever means I don't know.  Many anti-patriot groups have come out telling America that the modern American patriot is a racist and a conspiracy theorist, who bases their opinion on fabrications and hatred.  In fact, the list of hate groups in the state of Utah, where I live, went so far as to include entire counties as well as cities, which includes Salt Lake City.  How do you define an entire city as a hate group?  Did the Department of Homeland Security go through the area and count the number of Obama stickers stuck to the back of Toyota Prius's or something?  Or is is due to the fact that Utah, by and large, didn't vote for Obama?  It's been proven that if you are not in lock step with this president, you get ridiculed and booted out of his cabinet.  The Constitution Party is on this list.  How can that be?  When you look at the policies of this emboldened administration, you come to realize that since the Constitution Party seeks to return our republic to a constitutionally limited government, you bet the SPLC put them on an extremist list, IE: terrorist watch list.

Of course, militias of all kinds are on that list as well.  Now, in some cases, that may be founded in good information.  Some militias are nothing more than armed gangs.  They can be disorganized, hate mongering, groups of racists.  I get that.  But then there are others, like the Utah State Militia, which are bona fide militias in every legal sense of the word.  I can't speak to other state militias, but I can for the Utah State Militia.  If you go to their website ( and scroll to the bottom of the home page, you will find something of interest.  It is a warning to racists, anti-government, potential terrorists, and hate mongerers alike.  It clearly states that while they may not like those who are currently running the government, they respect the system and the seats in government.  In short, the Utah Militia is an organization, dedicated to the preservation of our form of government.

Modern patriots, by and large, are not racists.  We are not hate groups.  We are not anti-government.  In fact, the exact opposite is true.  We are families.  We are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who care about this country and are concerned about the direction it is heading.  We are hard working, independent thinking people.  We are your neighbors.  We are the people who come to your house when your furnace breaks down, or the real estate agent you know.  We are the people up the road that you can count on when you need to borrow an egg or a cup of sugar.  We are the first ones you call when you need a quick hand with a project in your back yard.  The difference between us and the rest of the mainstream people is that we are awake now, and we are concerned about what is happening to our country and liberty.  We are afraid that if we don't make a stand now by actively engaging in our political process, demonstrating, protesting, and voting, we will lose what we have left in terms of essential liberties that are supposed to be inalienable.

I want to talk about myself for a moment.  No, this isn't some need for me to satisfy an ego.  I have a blog.  I have a voice, and I want to make my voice heard.  If you've ever followed this blog before, I have spent considerable time talking about the importance of family.  I've also spent a considerable amount of time talking about the importance of self reliance and the need to be your own protector.  But now I want to get a little personal, because I feel it is the only way I can really talk about what the patriot movement is all about.  Now, of course, there are those with different beliefs than my own, and some may not even believe in God, but that's the beautiful thing about the modern American patriot movement.  We, who have come from all different backgrounds and who have different ideas can agree on one thing: liberty.

I, myself, I am a Christian.  I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  That's a Mormon.  Shocking, isn't it?  A Mormon living in Utah.  Yeah, I know.  But more than that, I'm a father.  I'm a husband.  I'm a career-driving hard working man, who puts 110% out there every day to provide for my family in the best way I know how.  I have always been involved in the political process.  The first campaign I actively engaged in was a draconian handgun law in the state of Washington.  I was in high school at the time, and even though I couldn't vote, I put the word out.  I passed out fliers, and debated the matter.  I made sure that I reached as many people as I could.  Through the collective grassroots efforts of so many like me, the bill was put down, and the rights of gun owners in Washington State were preserved.  I've walked this line many times in my life.  It seems that as soon as one critical liberty has been saved, it, or another, comes under fire in two more years when new leadership is sworn in.  It's tiring.  It's monotonous, and it's frustrating.  But it's also a responsibility.

Too many people have given their rights away willingly.  The number 1 problem in America is that only 20% of the people actually get out and vote.  That's pathetic!  And when you look at how the votes are done, you see a lot of leftist elements rounding up the poor in buses and trucking them over to the polling places.  They are told to vote for such and such a candidate or such and such a bill, and you will be rewarded.  Because the people that these left wing extremist groups round up are either ill-informed or uninformed, they simply do what they are told.  Why?  Because they are not used to thinking for themselves!  They have become so accustomed to being told what to do that the mere thought of trying to figure out their own destiny scares the ever loving hell out of them.

The country, by and large, is pretty conservative.  It pretty much runs right down the center.  And you need it that way.  Too far in one direction, you have communism.  Too far in the other, you have fascism.  You need that happy medium of enough liberty to truly be free, and enough governance that you do not have anarchy.  Many people, if you asked, would run right down the center too.  The problem is that they themselves may be so wrapped up in their own lives that they "don't have time" to get involved.  Or maybe they are used to being spoonfed propaganda on CNN, MSNBC, or FOXnews that they don't feel it's necessary to do independent research and find out what the real deal is.   Maybe they themselves haven't really looked in a mirror and asked "Just who am I and what do I stand for?"  These people are the vast majority of folks.  They are good people, by and large.  It's just that they haven't been awakened to the serious problems that face America today.  They are more worried about who wins in American Idol or who the next Bachelor is going to pick.  They haven't yet been rocked to the core.

But they are starting to wake up.

More and more, my fellow coworkers have been coming up to me with information.  They have asked me, "hey have you seen this" or "did you hear about that" or "Can you help me figure out what gun I should buy for protection?"  I consider myself in pretty good company in the State of Utah.  My father in-law is a city councilman, and he knows a lot about the current leadership in the state.  People here are more friendly to the idea of the patriot movement.  Heck, people here are just more friendly than Washington State, where I escaped from.  In my work travels, I've gone from western Nevada and back, up to Wyoming, and out east in Utah, almost to Colorado.  I've covered a lot of ground, and I've helped spread the word, as well as take in the opinions and points of views of others, who live in these areas.  People have been so receptive out here, and people seem to have a common goal of getting back to limited government - not some overgrown monstrosity that serves to do nothing more than run our lives from cradle go grave, and tax & fine the very livelihood out of us every step of the way.

Most patriots agree, this nation has way overstepped it's constitutional limitations.  And most patriots agree, it's our own damn fault.  We have been asleep at the wheel far too long.  Luckily, fellow whistle blowers, and other patriots have been honking the horn loud enough that we might all wake up just in time to avoid the ditch that the current administration is driving us into.  All over America, people are starting to organize, to plan, to prepare, and they are watching our leaders like a hawk, speaking the praises of good leaders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Allen West, and calling for an end to the careers of turncoats like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and the downright enemies of liberty like Dianne Feinstein.

It's not with just our words that we are exercising our freedoms.  We are exercising in through our actions as well.  Many people have been led to believe that preppers and patriots are terrorists in the making, but the exact opposite is true.  We are liberty loving men and women who want to see the rights that we have enjoyed for so long preserved for our children, and their children.  We are engaging politically.  But we are also preparing for a worst case scenario.  Much like the men and women of colonial America, we are not going to be caught off guard or left unprepared.

Three Percenters

I am a Three Percenter.  That doesn't make me a terrorist.  It makes me a patriot.  It makes me a concerned citizen of these United States.  It also means that I have vowed to protect liberty.  By ballot or bullet, we "threepers" are dedicated to the cause of liberty.  And to put it bluntly, we have not ruled out violence as a last resort in our political process.  "When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty."

When King George sent British troops to put down the rebellion that started the Revolutionary War, it took just three percent of the population to harass, fight, demoralize, and force the British to leave America.  The modern III% movement is a group of citizens who will not disarm in the face of draconian gun legislation.  We will do our civic duty to what we must to insure that liberty is preserved.

Today, the III% movement is larger than three percent.  However, if only three percent of the nation decided to act upon the example of the Founding Fathers, then that still amounts to a substantial fighting force of about 3 million men and women.  In September of 2011, the total fighting forces of all military branches in the United States was about 1.5 million strong.  Keep in mind, that a very good portion of those military men and women are on the side of the patriots.  They won't shoot Americans.  They will join them!

I will remind you that the Three Percenters are not war mongering hate groups.  We are citizens who are working hard within the limitations of our laws and government to restore it - not destroy it.  We want to see a return to our constitutionally limited government.  We are waking up the sheep.  We are activating.  We are organizing, and we are training.  We are not interested in killing innocent people.  We are only interested in preserving liberty and defending the rights we have left.  If you think that language is extreme, then chew on this: The Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling billions and billions of hollow-point ammunition, is purchasing large amounts of the very rifles that the government is seeking to take away from us or ban completely, has purchased thousands of armored vehicles and retrofitted them for use on American roads, and they have done all this in spite of the fact that our government spending is out of control and while the economy is in a deep recession.  Why does the DHS need enough rounds of ammunition to engage in a hot war for over 20 years?  Hollow-point bullets are banned by the Geneva Convention.  They can't be used in war.  And because hollow-point rounds are expensive, they aren't practical for target practice.  Just some food for thought.  If the DHS and the government haven't ruled out violence as a means to a political end, then we Three Percenters are preparing to match them force on force.  Believe it or not, rebellion is a part of our political process.  The Second Amendment makes that perfectly clear.  It is a final check and balance, should the executive, legislative, and judicial branches all fail us.  WE THE PEOPLE are the final check.

And it wouldn't have to be this way, except so many are just willing to roll over and let the government do what it wants because it's for the greater good.  The problem with the greater good is that we are a constitutional republic.  That means that even if 9 out of 10 people wanted an outright ban on guns, the government has a responsibility to uphold the Constitution and tell them that they can't do it because it violates the supreme document that we use for laws and governance in this country.  You need to stop watching Piers Morgan make an ass out of himself when he tells the American people that you need to do what Congress tells you.  It's the opposite, folks.  Congress was put there to do the will of THE PEOPLE!  They are public servants!  They are not royalty.  And if the masses would get their asses out and vote, the bad leaders in this country would get pink slipped in just one or two election cycles, guaranteed!

I truly believe that the Founding Fathers were inspired men.  It is no coincidence that this group of men were all in the right place and the right time to change history for the better.  No matter what you believe, America is still the greatest country on earth.  Despite her faults, and there are many, no one in the world still enjoys the most basic and simple liberties as we do.  Just the idea that we have the ability to think and act as we please, to create our own destiny, and to exercise our political might is completely foreign to people who still live under monarchical rule or other soft tyranny.  A good example of this is what my father in-law told me last night.  He and his wife were in Dubai on vacation recently.  While participating in a dune run, they asked the driver of the Toyota they were four-wheeling in if he liked his job.  The man's response was "I have to like my job."  It was a simple thing, but it spoke volumes of the freedoms we have taken for granted in this nation.

Because I believe the Founding Fathers were inspired men, I do not believe they have simply abandoned us because they are dead.  I firmly believe that they are working on the other side to inspire men like me, as well as the other patriots in this nation, to become vocal about the preservation of liberty, and to do whatever it takes to make that happen again.  God is on our side because God inspired these men.  God will not fail us if we do not fail him.  If this offends you, I do not apologize.  It is my belief, and you can take it or leave it.

Now I'm not saying it won't get any worse.  I think it will get a lot worse before it gets better.  Things aren't hard enough for the citizens who are still in a deep deep slumber.  Something extreme will have to happen to awaken them.  And it won't be something the Three Percenters will do.  It's something the government will do.  It's something the government has done.  With more and more draconian laws and bills coming at us from every direction, it's only a matter of time before our constant vigilance fails us, and they sneak something by us in the middle of the night to subvert our liberties.  They have been going after the low hanging fruit.  They are going after magazines for guns, soda pop for fat people, internet restrictions, etc.  They have voted to make it easier to label someone a terrorist so due process gets thrown out the window.  Three Percenter?  Drone strike!  It's legal now.  Go look it up.

Some folks have said I need to stay quiet about this if I intend to see myself free in the future.  They say I'm going to be put on a watch list or some crap.  Well, if I'm on a watch list, there is a good chance I won't get off this list.  And if this be our end, then I choose to die a free American than live on my knees as a slave to a government that wishes to leech the last ounce of freedom I have before it spits me out and throws me into a dumpster.  The time for being quiet is over.  We need to let our voices be heard. We need to shout it loud enough so that the propaganda machine is drowned out.  We need to organize, prepare, and we need to show the nation that we are just normal people who care about this country and want to see it preserved, not just for ourselves, but for those who hate us.

Many people voted for Obama, or other senators and representatives based on one reason, ignoring the 25 others that affect them in ways they do not yet know, nor care about.  Gun rights?  Eh, who needs em?  But abortion on demand?  I can get on board with that!  Seriously, folks, that's how some people think.  They are so hyper-focused on one thing that they cannot see the forest through the trees.  As for me, my only focus is liberty.  You can be a conservative, democrat, or liberal, but as long as you support liberty, I support you.  Because my support of liberty gives you and me all the rights that we hold dear to us, I am working for you, even if you hate me or disagree with me.  But that's fine.  Should the day come where I have to take up arms to preserve liberty for you, my only wish is that you understand that if they find me face down in the dirt with an empty magazine and a hot barrel, I did it for you.

James III%

Monday, March 11, 2013

American Freedom Designs

I'm going to take a moment to plug a cool business that my wife created.  It's called American Freedom Designs.  It's a vinyl graphics business dedicated to celebrating patriots all across America.  Started at the beginning of this year, American Freedom Designs was born from the realization that there is a need for patriots to show their pride in a unique way.  It started with the purchase of a vinyl cutting machine, and a custom graphic for me.  You can see it below.

The snake, wrapped around an AR-15, with the words "Molon Labe" (Come and get them) below, was a design I wanted to adorn my 5.56mm ammo box.  Of course, after posting it on Facebook, it spurred a controversy among some of her "friends" and we knew we had a hit.  I have seen her make this snake as big as you see on this standard size Cabelas ammo box to really small - small enough to fit on the back of a cellphone.  Her plotter is capable is making some really intricate vinyl decals for your car, truck, ammo box, laptop computer, or anything you can imagine.  With standard pricing for graphics that she's already designed, she can also make custom vinyl decals with pricing available depending on size.  I encourage you to take a look at the American Freedom Designs (AFD) website at:

Our 2001 Jeep Cherokee.  Adorned with a couple examples of what AFD is capable of doing for you.  Of course, the company logo and website are center stage.  The logo itself is a Spartan Basher Shield.  The purpose of the Basher Shield was mostly defensive, but because of it's weight, and sharp edges, it could be used to kill or maim an opponent.  Obviously, the Basher Shield was a natural choice for the company logo because it represents, not only a patriot's willingness to defend themselves, but the ability to take the fight to the enemy, should our political system fail us completely.  This shield was also used by the legendary 300 Spartans, who defended Thermopylae from the Persian hoards of King Xerxes army.  Fighting to the death, King Leonidas and his brave 300 killed over 20,000 Persians before eventually being overrun, giving Greece enough time to muster armies to come to her defense.  Molon Labe was the battle cry for this epic battle, as King Leonidas defiantly told the Persian army's demands for the Spartans to surrender their weapons.  This same battle cry is echoed over thousands of square miles in these United States as patriots defiantly, and openly, tell our draconian government to "Come and get them" when new anti-gun legislation is introduced.

A signature design made in collaboration with the Utah State Militia and American Freedom Designs, the Three Percenter logo is surrounded by 13 stars with 1776 below it.  Around those stars is the saying, "When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty."  This is the cornerstone of the modern Three Percenter movement.  Getting its heritage from the militias of the Revolutionary War, only 3% of the colonies actually rose up to fight the British.  The guerrilla war that followed demoralized the British Army, as well as Parliament back in England.  The war became so unpopular that eventually the British gave up and left America to its own devices.  The sacrifice of the Three Percenters in those days secured for us the mechanism that allowed the new American Government to draft the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - the supreme document that this nation was founded upon.  Modern Three Percenters believe in getting back to liberty and fundamental constitutional laws.  With the sudden and far reaching movements by the liberal left, and their leaders in government, the modern Three Percent movement is gaining steam.  Their message is liberty.  They want to be left alone, but they are not going to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that liberty isn't at risk of being destroyed.

A customer took this photograph for AFD.  This is actually two vinyl designs combined to make one seriously awesome logo.  A fellow Threeper, he is not ashamed to show the world he is a patriot in every sense of the word.  The words, "Give me liberty or give me death" are credited to founding father Patrick Henry, who used the words in his speech to the Virginia Convention and swayed the vote to deliver American troops to the Revolutionary War.  Among those in attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.  Both men would go on to be the leaders of these new United States of America.  This phrase helped embolden patriots to stand up for their country and put down tyranny.  We owe these men nothing less than our best.

Other designs are shown on the American Freedom Designs website.  I also encourage you to take a look at the photo gallery: A couple of more notable pictures there are the snake with Molon Labe, custom designed to fit on the back of a cellphone.  Another are the little Molon Labe stickers that are about 3" across, and can go anywhere.  The AFD Jeep has one on it's liftgate strut, so even when the tailgate is open, you know that if you want our weapons, then come and get them!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

When the news hit that Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was killed on a rifle range on Feb 2, 2013, a range of emotions came over me.  It was weird because I had only really heard of Chris Kyle a couple of times before.  I knew he was a SEAL and that he served admirably in the Iraq war, but I didn't know very much about him beyond that.  I was pissed off because his death seemed very suspicious and tragic to me.

I didn't know this at the time, but he had written an autobiography about his experiences in the Iraq war.  I decided to buy the book because of two reasons: I felt it necessary for me to do some catching up and really understand this hero.  I also felt that by purchasing the book, I'm helping out his family in a small way.

I dove into the book after it came to my house.  I read it on and off during those periods at work where all I was doing was monitoring equipment as it operated.

Without getting into too many details about specific missions, Kyle went to great lengths to put as much nitty gritty details about what life in Iraq was like, and just how dangerous places like Ramadi and Sadr City were.  He was involved in 6 explosions that he notes, and shot twice.  He also soldiered on with injured knees after a wall collapsed on him during a fight.

Racking up an impressive number of confirmed kills, he is credited with 160 out of what is commonly said to be 255 claimed.  I believe it.  Kyle was such an effective sniper, and bad ass warrior, that the Iraqi insurgents officially dubbed him Shaitan Ar-Ramadi (Devil of Ramadi) and put a substantial bounty on his head.  Kyle took the title and bounties as badges of honor.

In the book, we also get his wife's point of view.  Written in italics in various places around the book, his wife Taya gives a no BS description of what it was like to be alone with two kids while her husband was away at war.  I think it is a perspective lost on many other accounts of what war is.  Oftentimes, we focus so much on what the warriors are doing that we forget the ones they leave behind.  I appreciated her no BS approach to her feelings and just what she felt.

Kyle served 4 tours in Iraq and served with distinction on SEAL team 3 for the bulk of it.  His longest shot in the war was 2100 yards.  He claims it was dumb luck that got him that kill.  He shot an insurgent after watching him to ensure that the Rules of Engagement were followed.  His shot was taken with a .338 Lapua rifle.

Though Kyle talks of war as if it was fun for him, he wholeheartedly believed that every person he killed was evil and deserved to die.  He hated the insurgents and from how he describes what he saw, I can't blame him.  The fact that he had very few questionable kills (which were then determined to be within the ROE) suggests that he truly believed in what he was fighting for and that he was an honorable man.

I think the part that saddens me the most was when I was reading toward the end of the book.  Kyle talked about his plans and aspirations for the future with his career and his family.  He spoke of teaching his son to shoot, and raising his daughter.  I think that saddened me the most.  The man was a family man, and after his honorable discharge, he switched gears from the warrior to the father and husband.  I think if he was alive today, he would still be one of the best fathers and husbands that this nation could have at a time like this, when all hell seems to be breaking loose.  We lost a good American in a senseless tragedy.  Though I've gone on record to call it an assassination, and I still stand by that claim, the fact that remains is a good man died far before his time.

Today is March 2, 2013.  Flags at half mast in honor of a great warrior, father, and husband.