Survival Mindset Should Be In Every Home

Survival Mindset Should Be In Every Home — A retired Green Beret living in Chester County, Pa. has written a must-read book for all who are used to a corner Wawa open 24/7.

Peter Crittenden’s Survival Mindset, A guide on What to do When Things Go Wrong, Bushcraft/Survival, Emergency Planning and Situational Awareness focuses on the mindset.

Yes, it includes very good how-tos. It describes what plants can be eaten (dandelions, yum); and animals, yes the flesh of all frogs is tasty and wholesome. It tells how water can be purified in a clear plastic bottle left in direct sun for six-hours. There are directions on building fires, tying necessary knots, and other things.

Crittenden’s main point, though, is the mental aspects summed up by the acronym S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L: Size up the situation; Use all senses; Remember where you are; Vanquish fear and panic; Improvise; Value living; Act like the natives; Live by you wits/Learn basic skills.

Survival Mindset Should Be In Every Home
Peter Crittenden as a security consultant in the Congo

He gives three real life examples of average people surviving likely fatal events by using parts of S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L.

Survival Mindset is unique among fieldcraft or survival guides in that the principles of emergency planning and priorities for survival tasks and preparation are identified and clearly presented

Crittenden retired as a sergeant first class after 25 years in the U.S. Army. He was a SERE school instructor; tracked war criminals in Bosnia and evacuated missionaries from Côte d’Ivoire during its first civil war.

Crittenden was born in Australia and grew up in ex-pat communities in Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh due to his father’s engineering jobs.

He described killing cobras — the little ones — in his backyard in Bangladesh, and experienced coups-d’etat and civil wars in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand.

He emigrated to the United States and became a draftsman but didn’t see a future in it so he joined the Army in 1983.

“I found a home,” he said.

He started off in infantry in the 82nd Airborne Division, then Special Forces where he served as an engineering sergeant and then an intelligence sergeant.

After retirement, he worked as a security consultant. This is what inspired the book, which is based on military manuals and his experiences.

He says his clients often enthused about training sessions.

Survival Mindset is published by Blacksmith Publishing and can be found on Amazon. The Kindle edition is less than half the price of the traditional book but this might be a case where you want to splurge.

One never knows when the power might go out.

Chesco Sued For Unmonitored Drop Boxes

Chesco Sued For Unmonitored Drop Boxes — America First Legal (AFL) and counsel Wally Zimolong, Sept. 15, filed a second lawsuit in Pennsylvania on behalf of registered voters in Chester County, Pa. against the Chester County Board of Elections and its board members to compel their immediate compliance with Pennsylvania’s election laws in connection with ballot drop boxes.

Chesco has 13 drop boxes authorized for usage in the November general election. Voter services, however, failed to monitor two of them during the primary, according to the suit, to ensure they were being used in full compliance with the Election Code, including Pennsylvania’s statutory requirement that only one person was delivering his or her own ballot. 

Especially damning was that these boxes were open 24/7.

There were security cameras impotently watching which recorded 330 individuals depositing void, invalid, or multiple ballots at once without repercussions, according to the suit.

Chesco Sued For Unmonitored Drop Boxes
Chesco dropbox being stuffed on May 12

AFL seeks the court’s immediate action to enjoin the Election Board from accepting, counting, or canvassing any ballots that contravene the lawful use of drop boxes or to receive invalid ballots from drop boxes in Chester County and commingling these with validly cast ballots and to compel the County to put into place the following measures:

  • Drop boxes must be physically monitored in-person to assure that the person delivering the ballot is only delivering his or her own ballot or is an authorized agent of a disabled voter with the proper affidavit signed by the voter and verified by the election board.
  • Chester County Election Board shall otherwise fulfill its statutory duties to ensure that void and invalid ballots are not commingled and counted in all future elections.

The lawsuit can be found here.

Chesco Sued For Unmonitored Drop Boxes

Rick Loughery Has Young Republicans In Turmoil

Rick Loughery Has Young Republicans In Turmoil — Val DiGiorgio’s legacy is metastasizing as the Young Republican National Federation has succumbed to its poison.

DiGiorgio resigned as Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman in 2019 after a sex scandal. Before his unfortunate promotion to state boss, he ruled the Chester County GOP, also unfortunately as his friends were not the friends of the little guys and gals who depend on political leaders to watch their backs.

Rick Loughery Has Young Republicans In Turmoil
Rick Loughery

Val’s handpicked successor as Chesco party boss was Rick Loughery who was the county recorder of deeds, as well as head of the Pennsylvania Young Republicans.

Val’s fall, though, didn’t stop Rick from rising. He became chairman of the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) in 2019.

And since then, the YRNF has been beset by turmoil. The Florida chapter — a state where Republicans have doing particularly well — has declared its intent to withdraw, and an insurgency is challenging the leadership team placed by Loughery.

Oh Val, we were hoping we could forget you.

Rick Loughery Has Young Republicans In Turmoil

Chesco Audit Finds Shortage Of GOP Ballots In Primary

Chesco Audit Finds Shortage Of GOP Ballots In Primary — The Chester County Election Board failed to comply with state election law in the May 17 primary, according to an audit performed by attorney Carmela Ciliberti.

Mrs. Ciliberti used the state’s right-to-know law to acquire primary ballot order spreadsheets, manuals, the ballot printing production proposal, and Election Day call logs and emails.

State law requires that every county’s board of election keep a supply of ballots at least 10 percent greater than the highest number of ballots cast in any of the three previous equivalent elections.

Voter Services was notified 6:30 a.m., election day that there were no Republican ballots at precinct 825 West Chester 2-W. This required ballots to be printed at 8:20 a.m., an hour and 20 minutes after the polls opened.

How many had to leave the line to get to work? Were they able to come back? How many were disenfranchised?

At precinct 410 W Nottingham, only 100 ballots were ordered for 959 registered Republican voters. The 100 ballots were used by 11:30 a.m. and voting couldn’t restart until 2:30 p.m.

The problem is serious and thank God someone is calling attention to it.

Chesco Audit Finds Shortage Of GOP Ballots In Primary

Chesco Audit Finds Shortage Of GOP Ballots In Primary

Unionville-Chadds Ford Ending Immunization Exception?

Unionville-Chadds Ford Ending Immunization Exception?

UPDATE — At the recommendation of School Director John Murpny, the board tabled the motion due to confusion about the solicitor’s legal advice and public concerns.

We’ve been informed that a vote will be held tonight, Aug. 15, by the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board to end the district’s moral-philosophical exemption from immunizations.

The meeting starts at 7:30 at 740 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348.

A strong case can be made that the Covid-19 vaccine is more dangerous for the young than the disease itself.

Unionville-Chadds Ford Ending Immunization Exception?
Unionville-Chadds Ford Ending Immunization Exception?

Raffi Terzian Beats Establishment Incumbent To Take Chesco GOP Chair

Raffi Terzian Beats Establishment Incumbent To Take Chesco GOP Chair — Raffi Terzian overwhelmingly beat incumbent and establishment favorite Gordon Eck to win chairmanship of the Chester County Republican Party, Tuesday (June 28).

It was part of a Republican insurgency sweeping the Philadelphia suburbs as party bosses in Montco and Bucks had to pull all stops to save their jobs.

The success by the Chesco rebels can likely be laid at the brain-dead decision Eck’s faction made in May to accuse Ron Vogel of being a Nazi racist for posting a Downfall parody in 2012 to mock the Pittsburgh Penguins while a college student.

Raffi Terzian Beats Establishment Incumbent To Take Chesco GOP Chair
The winning team in Chesco

Vogel won 58-percent of the vote in a straw poll to get the party’s recommendation in the May 17 primary to take on against incumbent Chrissy Houlahan in the 6th District congressional race. The establishment, however, of which Eck is a part, wanted Guy Ciarrocchi. Vogel was smeared, and his name left off the sample ballot and the Chesco GOP website.

Ciarrocchi won the primary.

And the committeepeople remembered.

Winning with Terzian were John Emmons as executive vice chair, Paula Tropiano as vice chair, Norman MacQueen as treasurer, Barbara Spall as financial secretary, Ann Marie Franciscus as secretary, Patricia Milanese as assistant secretary.

Also, let it be known that the Chesco vote, unlike in Bucks, was by secret ballot.

Raffi Terzian Beats Establishment Incumbent To Take Chesco GOP Chair

John Lawrence Pressed On Voting Concerns In Chesco

John Lawrence Pressed On Voting Concerns In Chesco — Good for Carmela Ciliberti who is keeping the pressure on Pennsylvania State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13), especially regarding voter integrity.

She sent the below letter in which she pointed out that Chester County’s Board of Elections provided an insufficient amount of Republican Primary ballots to the West Nottingham precinct and that for hours Republicans were turned away from the ballot box.

“Were these voters notified when more ballots were delivered?” she said. “How many of these voters had the ability to return to cast their ballot?”

She says the cause of the issue is Act 77, a law for which Lawrence voted.

“Prior to Act 77, the county board would have been required to provide 1,100 Republican ballots to the West Nottingham precinct; enough to cover the increased voter participation during the the May 17 Primary,” she said. “However, due to Act 77, the county board was only required to provide approximately 100 Republican ballots thereby preventing hundreds of Republican voters from exercising their constitutional right.”

Carmela ran an unsuccessful challenge to the establishment-favored incumbent in the May primary.

John Lawrence Pressed On Voting Concerns In Chesco -- Good for Carmela Ciliberti who is keeping the pressure on Pennsylvania State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13)
John Lawrence Pressed On Voting Concerns In Chesco

Republican Cowardice Can’t Be Ignored

Republican Cowardice Can’t Be Ignored — Carmela Ciliberti sent the below letter to Pennsylvania State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13) challenging him to explain why he found it in himself to condemn the Jan. 6, 2021 protests at the Capitol but let the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh pass by with out a peep.

That’s a fair question. The suspicion is that condemning the protests got him brownie points with the establishment and their media pets, and that he saw no gain in expressing concern about the real political violence involving Justice Kavanaugh.

Or the real political violence agains Steve Scalise and Rand Paul for that matter.

You know, this political violence strongly tilts in one direction. Even at the Jan. 6 protest, the only ones killed were protestors.

Carmela ran an unsuccessful challenge to the establishment-favored incumbent in the May primary.

Republican Cowardice Can't Be Ignored

Republican Cowardice Can’t Be Ignored

Hospitals Endangered In Delco, Chesco

Hospitals Endangered In Delco, Chesco

By Bob Small

West Grove’s Jennersville Hospital closed on Dec. 31 and Caln’s Brandywine Hospital closed on Jan. 31.  These institutions in Chester County are owned by Tower Health and lost $42 million in the last fiscal year. 

In my Delaware County, Crozer Health Systems which operates Crozer- Chester, Delaware County Memorial, Springfield, and Taylor hospitals, along with outpatient centers and physician practices is being sold to ChristianaCare Health System. 

While Delaware County Memorial has closed its maternity ward, and Taylor has ended its hospice program, the hospitals are remaining open for the time being, according to Kevin M. Spiegel, chief executive officer of Crozer Health.

Hospitals Endangered In Delco, Chesco

We should note that Crozer Chester is the hospital for Chester, Pa., one of the poorest cities in the nation.  All four of these hospitals serve, or served, a population with limited medical coverage mobility, who were unable to use their coverage in other hospitals.

In the mean times, and these will be mean times, some of us have coverage that let us use hospitals in say, Delaware or Philadelphia.  Most in Chesco and Delco do not. Many of these residents will be scrambling to find a hospital to use.  Some may fail. For some, these are just regular routine tests, but for others…..

Since we started this article, Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Edward Griffith has given hope to saving Brandywine and Jennersville hospitals by ordering Tower Health to resume negotiatons with Canyon Atlantic Partners. A sale fell through in December.

At a Feb. 15 town hall, State Senator Tim Kearney (D-26) responded, D-26, responded to my query about asset striping, citing the Hahnemann Hospital case, by saying that the State Legislature had various pending bills to address this.  He favored hospitals being run by non-profits such as ChristianaCare rather than for-profit entities like Crozer Health.

Hospitals Endangered In Delco, Chesco

Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election

Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election — Despite a pretty good showing by Republicans state-wide, Nov. 2 — note Drew Crompton appears to be losing his Commonwealth Court seat — voting irregularities are being found.

Chester County GOP Chairman Gordon Eck is calling for a full forensic audit of his fiefdom.

Where were you last November/December/January, Gordon?

Anyway, election mistrust is the greatest crisis this country is facing and the audit should be done.

Also:

  • By-right mail voting should end.
  • Poll watchers should be given state-wide jurisdiction, rather than be limited to the county in which the reside.
  • Certified ballot counting observers should be allowed as close as they want to be to the ballots being counted.
  • Election transparency should indisputably takes precedence over corporate intellectual property (IP). Amazingly enough, the IP claim was used to stifle investigation into voting machines in the 2020 election. It’s just  one of the reasons many of us think Trump is the rightful winner.

Here is the letter the Chesco GOP sent to its committee members:

Good Morning Committee Members,
I wanted to give you a quick update on the election process. 
As you have probably seen by now, Chairman Eck is calling for a full forensic audit of Chester County due to the many irregularities that we have witnessed over the past week. 
As of this morning, all eligible mail-in, provisional, and overseas ballots have been scanned. This process has occured in many stages and over several days. Voter Services has updated their totals online occassionally, but not fully as each stage was completed. Therefore, this morning they will zero out the total mail-in ballots received and counted numbers on the Voter Services Election Portal. Then, all mail-in, provisional, and overseas ballots will be uploaded at one time and final numbers will be posted. 
They are completing the process in this way because reconciliations between systems on the number of ballots were not tying. The county is hopeful that uploading everything at once will provide them with a better figure to which they can reconcile. It is my understanding that these figures will be provided as “unofficial results” to the PA Department of State today. 
People want to know what they can do at this point. I would recommend that people call Commissioner Marian Moskowitz’s office at 610-344-6691 Commissioner Josh Maxwell’s office at 610-344-6151 to demand an audit of the election process that took place this year. Commissioner Michelle Kichline has already expressed concern over irregularities, but you can always contact her office as well (610-344-6031) asking her to fight for transparency and clear processes. Additionally, you could attend the Commissioners Meeting today at 3:30 to address them in public comment.
Finally, thank you for hanging in there over the past week. I know everyone has wondered what’s been happening. I’ve tried to provide updates as often as I could. Thanks also to the many volunteers who have participated in the observer process over the last week.
Felice FeinVice Chair

Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election
Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election
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