Minuteman: August 2004

The Minuteman

The Newsletter of the Patriot Movement

Editor: Irish Jaeger

August 2004

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
Mark Twain


Well, here it is, august already. Wow, this year is flying by. This is the 5th issue of "The Minuteman"...hard to believe. As usual, I hope you all enjoy this issue, and I'd like to solicit ya'lls help, If you find something you think others may benefit from on the web, please email it to me?and also as usual J keep passing this newsletter out. Thanks!
Irish Jaeger

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Oshkosh police say 'Sorry' for trampling citizens' rights in door-to-door gun confiscations.

Oshkosh, Wis. -- In what appears to be an admission of wrong-doing by the Oshkosh Police Department, Fox 11 WLUK (Green Bay) has reported that area resident Terry Wesner was offered an apology by the department.

Police evacuated citizens from their homes within a quarantined area near Smith Elementary School Saturday night (July 17, 2004) to conduct a broad gun sweep of the neighborhood following the shooting of Oshkosh police officer Nate Gallagher.

Residents reported returning home from area shelters -- where they were herded by police -- to find their guns gone.

Others watched in awe as police took their firearms after giving police consent to search. Some were told by police their firearms would be subjected to ballistics tests, and would be returned.

"However, the bullet that hit officer Gallagher was not found," said Corey Graff, executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners Inc. "So how can police conduct ballistics tests if there's no bullet with which to match the results? It defies logic."

Graff said the biggest issue is what he calls the department's "Guilty-until-proven-innocent" posture towards citizens.

In what appears to be a blatant knee jerk abuse of police power, the department unleashed the dogs - literally - when the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) showed up with its K-9 Unit to begin house-to-house searches.

According to media reports, the suspect fled on foot into the neighborhood, and has not been apprehended.

Warrants for searches were issued for at least two homes, (perhaps more) but homeowners in the area reported having all their firearms taken by police.

Some witnesses said the whole neighborhood was evacuated by force and citizens were being told - not asked, but told - to hand over their guns. Some weren't even asked.

"That's what makes me so mad," said resident Terry Wesner in an Oshkosh Northwestern report (July 20, 2004). "They had no reason [to remove firearms] without a warrant. . .I didn't know they removed anything until my buddy, who's staying with me, noticed they were missing. I thought you had to have a warrant to take someone's guns." [Emphasis Added]

In a subsequent report, another resident, who worked the late night weekend shift, reported he came home to find a scene that looked like his home had been burglarized - he said personal belongings were thrown about - and his gun safe was empty.

"They didn't even leave a note, telling me what was going on," the man said on camera.

An elderly woman said she woke up to find police - who were reported to be dressed in black, quasi-military gear - conducting a search in her home in the early morning hours.

"Did the fact that this poor senior citizen happened to live in the immediate area of the crime warrant "Reasonable Suspicion" or "Probable Cause" that she could have committed this heinous act?" asked Graff.

"Is Grandma taking pot shots out her kitchen window? Is she hiding something in the cookie jar?" He said.

In the same Oshkosh Northwestern report (July 20, 2004) Oshkosh Police Captain Jay Puestohl was reported to have, "declined to say on what grounds officers had the right to remove the firearms?"

"If officers were acting honorably and respecting property owners' rights, why not say so? Why not be upfront? Why the secrecy?" Graff said.

One resident in the neighborhood may have found himself the subject of the investigation simply by refusing to consent to a search (entirely within his rights) according to the news report.

The Oshkosh Northwestern story quoted one neighbor - who suspected homeowners who exercised their right to refuse consent to the heavy-handed searches, were presumed guilty by police - as saying:

". . .[T]hey've been downright rude to us. . .You don't treat so-called civilians this way." [Emphasis Added]

The news story goes on to say that Captain Puestohl ". . .declined to say whether officers pursued the warrant because the residents refused a consent search."

This hysteria-driven Oshkosh neighborhood gun grab could establish a nightmarish precedent for a wide-open abuse of police power to be unleashed upon Badger State gun owners said WGO.

The silence from other gun rights groups on this issue is deafening. "The institutional gun lobby is just as scared as the poor people in that Oshkosh neighborhood," Graff said. "They might be thinking, 'If I speak out, will my guns be next?'"

Wesner, one of the brave gun owners to speak out against the rash of gun confiscations that occurred after the shooting, said police confiscated his guns after entering his home without a search warrant.

He reported in a Thursday, July 22 television interview with WLUK-FOX 11, "They [the police] are not going to come in my home again [without a warrant]."

That same report stated that the police "acknowledged a lack of proper procedure [in not obtaining a warrant]."

Wisconsin Gun Owners Inc. said the most effective response for gun owners is to join and contribute to the organization's bold, no-compromise educational crusade.




Shooting of Oshkosh police officer results in knee jerk neighborhood gun grab Oshkosh, Wis. -- Following the shooting of an Oshkosh police officer Saturday night, area residents were forced from their homes, their lawful firearms being confiscated by police.

The Oshkosh Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Unit responded to the area, with a K-9 police dog in pursuit of the perpetrator who was reported to have fled on foot.

Citizens' guns were seized through searches of area homes. The police promised to return the firearms after forensic tests proved they were not involved in the crime. The injured officer's name was withheld, but media reports indicate his condition is not life-threatening.

"The message is: Hand over your guns, now!" said Corey Graff, executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners Inc. "This is a blatant case of guilty-until-proven-innocent and an abuse of police power."

Still, residents in the area are furious about the home invasions by police and what they see as theft of their property. Although early reports are unclear, they indicate a search warrant was issued for two homes, yet additional home owners also had firearms confiscated.

"We want the perpetrator of this crime caught and brought to justice just like everyone else," said Graff. "But that doesn't mean the police should trample citizens' 4th amendment protections, steal lawful private property and enter the home without reasonable suspicion or warrant."

One homeowner in the area said his guns were taken by police, guns that hadn't left his gun safe since last hunting season. Another victim of the police searches -- an elderly women -- reported waking up to officers' searching her home in the early morning hours.

The Oshkosh Northwestern reported, "Residents were not being allowed to return to their homes by press time."

Folks, this is a poem that'll make ya'll think.


by Thelen Paulk

I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed
He took off his three cornered hat, and speaking low he said:

"We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave"

You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent
Although you have no voice in choosing, how the money's spent."

"Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S."

"Your money is no longer made of Silver or of Gold.
You trade your wealth for paper, so you life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our Nation, turn from God in shame.
You've taken Satan's number, as you've traded in your name."

"You've given government control, to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail."

"Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors, so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery, and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars."

"Can you regain the freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage, or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children, to live in fear and be a slave?"

"People of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our Great Republic, and God-Given Right!
And pray to God, to keep the torch of Freedom burning bright!"

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came
His words were true, we are not Free, we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants, trample each God-Given Right!
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside, in a dream, while you're asleep,
And wonders what remains of our Rights he fought to keep
What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave:
"Is this still the land of the free and the home of the brave???"


Chicken and Dumpling Stew

This recipe is particularly good in the fall or winter, and can be prepared with most game birds as well.


3cups chicken meat, diced
½ cup butter
2cups diced onions
2cups diced celery
½ cup flour
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups biscuit mix
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Prepare 2 cups of biscuit mix such as bisquick, according to package directions. Once biscuit dough is formed, place in a bowl, cover with clear wrap and set aside. In a 7-quart cast iron Dutch=oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté 5-10 minutes until cooked and lightly browned. Add onions and celery. Saute until vegetables are wilted approx. 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle in flour, and blend well into the vegetable mixture. Add chicken stock, one ladle at a time, until all is incorporated. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and reduce heat to simmer. Add carrots and potatoes. Continue to cook 10-15 minutes. Season mixture to taste with pepper and salt. Spoon the biscuit mix into the pot in the shape of dumplings. Cover and cook approx. 1 hour. Serve in a soup bowl with a generous amount of the vegetables and a couple of dumplings.

Prep Time: 1 ½ hours
Serves: 8



by Kurt Saxon ©1977

In the 1950's, several thousand people had nuclear fallout shelters built, usually in their back yards. At first they met only ridicule by those neighbors who considered themselves above such hysteria.

In time, however, it occurred to those neighbors that something had changed in their relationship with the shelter builders. Often, those who had been friends for years came to despise each other.

It usually started like this: Sam would say to Paul, the shelter builder, "Paul, I don't believe there's going to be a war. But if it happens, I'll know where to come."

Paul would say, "But Sam, it's not a matter of belief. If it happens, it'll happen, and if it doesn't happen, it won't. Neither of us believes our homes will burn down some night. But we both have fire insurance. So my shelter is simply my nuclear war insurance."

"What if you had fire insurance and I didn't? If my house burned down, without insurance, I could never rebuild. Would you allow me to move my family in with you on a permanent basis?" Sam might say, "But that's a poor analogy. I'd be glad to put you up for a few weeks and even help you to rebuild."

"But," Paul would reply, "We both make about the same wages. What if I bought a boat instead of fire insurance, thinking, "What the hell, I'd rather play with a boat than sit around home worrying about an unlikely fire. Besides, good old Sam will bail us out. He's our ace in the hole."

"Would you want to be our ace in the hole if we left our welfare up to you while we ran around in a damn boat while you sat home worrying about a fire?"

"Harping on the boat again," says Sam. "I said you could use it."

"Forget the boat," says Paul. "The point is, that you considered the boat more important than nuclear war insurance. You have all kinds of insurance but you don't seem to know what insurance is. It's not negotiable. You have hospital insurance and I don't and I get sick; tough on me. You buy fire insurance and I don't and my house burns down; your insurance company wouldn't rebuild my house."

"Like your life insurance, my shelter is nuclear war insurance which covers only my family. If you want that kind of insurance, buy it. Don't expect to use mine."

By now, Sam is seeing that friendship has its limits and he resents it. "Okay," he says, "Just suppose your war should break out. So I haven't prepared. But we've been friends for years and I never put you off when you needed help. And you've always been on hand to help us. But now, when it's a matter of life and death, our friendship isn't worth a bo-diddly? Is that what you're telling me?"

"It's not a matter of friendship," says Paul. "My shelter was built for my family of five. It's for two weeks; maybe four if we absolutely had to stay longer. You crowd your family of five in there and we'd all be dead in a week."

"Maybe so," says Sam, "but the point is, you would just keep us out, knowing we would all be sprawled around the door, dead as mackerels. (He breaks into sobs.) And my littlest, Jenny, she's only five, you know. Before I'd let you close her out, I'd come with a gun."

Such arguments would go on to the point where the neighbors were no longer friends. I never heard of a case where, rather than break up as friends, the other neighbor built a shelter.

Telling the improvident their time is running out seldom motivates them to prepare. The improvident are the improvident. That's their nature. They know their basic helplessness, but will seldom admit it. They are more likely to react with hostility to survival advice than to begin their own preparations.

The difference between one who prepares and one who doesn't is more important than a difference of opinion. If you prepare to survive, you deserve to survive. Those who can, but won't prepare, don't deserve to survive and the species would be better off without them. If you have the kind of intellect that's geared to survival, it may be a matter of genetics. Your neighbor may lack these survival genes. Therefore, becoming his means of survival could not only doom both of your families to death, but if you should make it, you would have enabled a non-survival type to further pollute the gene pool. That's a no-no, although you might take in one of his brighter children if you really have enough room. If you are really in a position to save someone, you ought to be selective. But don't be too callous. Without basic human compassion, you might not be worthy to survive, yourself. Aside from making you seem callous towards others, your preparations put you out the Good-time-Charley field and you are seen as a part of the establishment. You are then no longer a buddy, but someone to use when things get rough. It's hard to explain but it's sort of like when you go into business for yourself; your wage-earning friends tend to drop away. You have a kind of security they can't aspire to. So they either drop away as friends or become actually hostile.

So you see, friendship ends when you establish a permanency and security your friends can't aspire to. Maybe they don't care to put out the extra effort or money. Maybe they're just lazy or stupid. It doesn't matter why they drop away. Just recognize the fact that Survivalists are likely to see their friends drift away.

So don't expect to impress a friend with your preparations. It's far better to get him sold on the idea of making his own preparations.

It's verly likely you can't get your friend to exert himself to make any survival preparations. Serious preparation would upset his whole lifestyle.

Most neighbors would rather rationalize away the danger than do something about it. Say you bought a house on an earthquake fault. So a guy comes and tells you you'd better move or get shook to pieces.

So there you are, with everything you have threatened with destruction. A survivalist would move, taking his losses in money, energy, and time.

But the average person would rationalize away the danger and never bring up the subject again. If he was smarter than average he would try to unload the property on some sucker, of course, never mentioning the fault.

So if you broach the subject of survival to a friend and he gives you the horse-laugh, just think of him as one who knows his house is built on an earthquake fault. He'll give you nothing but rationalizations as to why nothing will happen. Best just to ease away from him and tell him nothing further of your plans.

Since survival is the most important subject today, and only a few recognize it, you can't waste time with friends who have little potential as allies. The time is coming closer when if a neighbor isn't an ally, he's highly likely to become an enemy.

Only those who are working on their own survival programs are fit to associate with at this point. I'm not suggesting you snub your friends or give up on non-survivors altogether. This would be rude and stupid. Besides, an intelligent friend might finally come around to your way of thinking as things get worse.

So just be businesslike when talking survival. It's very serious, so the drinking buddy would be more likely to be offended than interested.

In survival programs, an ally is worth any number of friends. In the coming months, you will learn to sort out your allies, who are aware of the coming crash, from your friends, who think you're a nut if you worry about anything but where your next baseball ticket is coming from.

As you come in contact with more Survivalists, you will be bored with your old buddies, anyway. And they will be bored with you, too. So don't feel panicky at the thought of your old cronies drinking without you.

Of course, your first choice of allies should be among your friends, especially neighbors. If you and your neighbor both had a roomy, livable shelter, you could link them up with a tunnel.

Such a setup would enable you to share the burden of buying supplies. Tools, books, and the various items of hardware could be shared, rather than having to buy two complete sets for two families.

Linked shelters would also permit visiting for moral support and economy. They would also be handy to resist assault. If one's shelter were under assault by the mob, the other could go through the tunnel and help fight them off. When the mob finally gave up and went off to die of radiation sickness, life in the shelters could become downright social.

In this way you can see how a neighbor who is an ally can be of great benefit. But a neighbor who depends on you to save his bacon is not only not an ally but he could become your worst enemy.

One way to help a neighbor to become an ally is to introduce him to other Survivalists. Then he will feel that you're letting him in on something. Also, if you have three or four guys in your home talking survival, your neighbor will feel he's the isolated minority in his stand that this is the best of all possible worlds. Even if your area is an unlikely target for a nuclear bomb and underground shelters are not in your plans, the ally principle is still very important. You just can't waste time with a friend who is of no use in your survival plans.

An ally can be a person you don't even like socially. But if your ally shares your enthusiasm for survival, he will be far more useful to you than a friend who agrees with you on everything but survival.

Joke of the Month:

How To Clean The Toilet

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse".

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.


The Dog


Logistics, part 4 - Dead Drops

By airforce

In previous installments in this series, it was pointed out that keeping a 16-man squad in the field for any length of time will require more food, water, and other supplies than one might first think. It was also discussed that some level of security precautions must be taken into account with every re-supply mission.

In this article, we will discuss one method of re-supply. The dead drop. Obviously, it would be best if the supplies could be handed directly to the field unit. This, however, will rarely be practical either from the standpoint of security, or the problem of coordination between the supply personnel and the field unit. In this case, some sort of short or medium-term cache should be used.

Dead drops, of course, are a staple of spy fiction. The anonymity inherent with a dead drop may also work for militia re-supply efforts; it is not necessary for the re-supply personnel to know who the field force personnel are, and vice versa. Some sort of prior coordination, however, is vital. In addition, there is a certain amount of risk that your supplies will be discovered by the wrong people. This could lead to the loss of your vital supplies, or worse.

Finally, let me restate the obvious: Every dead drop or cache should be "sterilized." If it is discovered by the enemy, there should be nothing in it that could point to either the person who placed it there, or the person who is to retrieve it.


Unless you have a team of pack mules--or a tribe of natives to carry your supplies--your provisions will have to be brought in by cars and/or trucks. Note the plural; just the water for a 16-man squad over a 15-day period will likely require at least two truckloads. This also means that your re-supply point will have to be at or very near a road. (In some cases, boats on a navigable waterway may be feasible.)

Generally, it is best to find someplace where your vehicle is not visible from a road. There are usually plenty of these places around, though you may have to do some scouting to find them.

In most cases, a nondescript vehicle would probably be best. No camouflage paint jobs or memorable bumper stickers. In urban areas especially, delivery vehicles of all types are common. If someone in your group has access to a commercial truck or van, or perhaps even a taxi, this could prove a plausible "action cover" for your delivery.

In rural areas, an action cover may be a problem. You could start work on an action cover well in advance--take up bird-watching, mushroom hunting, or the like--and let folks get used to seeing you in the area. Another plausible action cover, of course, is visiting a friend or relative.

Rural Hides

As stated previously, re-supply caches will not be buried like long-term weapons caches are. Still, some consideration should be given toward protection from the elements, as well as keeping them out of sight.

Culverts may be a good location for a hide. Anything placed in a culvert should be elevated somewhat, to keep them out of water, and it should be "critter-proof." (Don't use culverts during trapping season; culvert sets are quite common.)

If a supply point will be used repeatedly, a "buried box" can be used. Construct it out of marine plywood, and bury it at the desired location so that the top is a few inches underground--just under the sod, for instance. a removable top will give easy access to the box, and leaf clutter or sod can be replaced over the box to conceal it.

Old barns or sheds may be a possibility. Sometimes old mines or rock quarries may offer a concealed, sheltered place for short or medium-term caches.

Urban Hides

Under normal circumstances, transportation on city streets and proximity to sources of goods, should make re-supply in urbanized areas considerably easier.

Short and medium-term caches in urbanized areas are relatively easy to find. Parked cars and trucks, for instance, can provide a relatively secure dead drop.

If a member of your group is a real estate agent, rental property manager, or building superintendent, the possibilities are almost endless. Any vacant house, apartment, office, or janitorial closet can become a secure hide for supplies. (It is no accident that intelligence services are quick to recruit real estate brokers and property managers; "safe houses" become much easier to find!)

A mini-storage unit would, at first, seem like an ideal place for a dead drop. In fact, however, I don't recommend them. For one thing, Most of them are monitored by surveillance cameras. Which could be a problem from the standpoint of anonymity and security. In addition, these places are prone to the "smash-and-grab" burglary. For most patrons, the loss will be covered by insurance--which may be of little consequence to your unit.

Onward and upward,


"It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" ----but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!"
Patrick Henry-March 23, 1775


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