Arizona Survivalist and Prepper Expo coming to Prescott Valley.

arizona-survivalPRESCOTT VALLEY - A storm is coming and Lance and Lisa Baker want you to be ready. So much so that they began the Arizona Survivalist and Prepper Expos drawing together demonstrations of various emergency supplies in one location.

In an interview with Off The Grid News, Lance explained:

I used to host car shows and cruises here in Arizona, and grew tired of the hobby after 35 years. With the economy and everything else changing way too fast starting in 2007, I saw a need to get prepared, but was not sure where to get supplies, etc.Realizing that hosting a “survivalist / prepper” event would be no different than a car show, the idea was born. I have always had an excellent working relationship with the Commemorative Air Force Museum here in Mesa, Arizona—home of the famous WWII bomber Sentimental Journey. And since it is where I hosted many car shows, this was the perfect venue, and a great fund raising mechanism for the “all volunteer” museum. They have a huge hanger that we use and the back drop of the planes is phenomenal.

He started these expositions in May of 2012 and the show at Tim’s Toyota Center represents his seventh; the second in Prescott Valley.

His expos are among others featured in the episode Selling Survival of the National Geographic series Doomsday Preppers. Episode 8 at the link features a segment on the Prescott Valley expo.

Lance told us in an interview that the show actually brought many of the vendors to national prominence. It actually helped their businesses flourish to the point where they have actually hired people to assist. Particularly Gear Up in Scottsdale.

Lance is an unabashed survivalist and wants to be ready for any man-made or natural disaster—including civil unrest. He wants to bring that ability to other citizens of Arizona. “It is good that people are preparing for disaster,” he said. “But that does not necessarily mean that they know what to have or how to use the items. That is what our shows are about.”

In addition to the vendor displays, there will be lectures on the use of the items and survival techniques.

The expositions are not all about making money, though. The commitment of the Bakers to making Arizona families aware of disaster preparation is shown in the pricing. The cost of the expo is $10 with children under 12 free. While other shows charge the entry fee for each day, the $10 wrist band gets you in for both days. The low cost he charges his vendors has attracted about 174 potential vendors from the initial 58 that appeared at his original show. His shows have expanded to two days because at his initial one-day show, people were asking if they could get in with the wristband on the second-day. His site includes quite a few links including one to an interesting site called USA Emergency Broadcast network.

“These vendors are committed to the Arizona market and work to keep prices low,” Lance said. “While we have vendors from other States, such as Utah, California and Florida, about 98% of the 174 vendors I have are Arizona businesses.”

Much of the negative specter surrounding the word “survivalist” comes from government propaganda concerning conspiracies. Take into consideration, though, the many people who depended on the federal government in the Katrina disaster which was seen as an epic failure and waste of money. Even FEMA has a web site which covers basic supplies they feel might be necessary for you to have in a natural or man-made disaster.

What you store and how you do it, however, depends largely on your budget, abilities and personal needs. It also depends on what you feel might be a disaster looming in your area. In northern Arizona with the lack of snow this winter, a fire could be sparked by almost anything which might cause you to have to “bug out.”

Expositions such as this not only give you an idea of what is available to help you get through a disaster, but some of the items might be useful for simple camping, hunting, and even fishing trips—such as solar power panels and water filtration.

ACLJ: Decision to Hold Former IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress “Justified”

Lois LernerWASHINGTON D.C. - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents 41 organizations in a federal lawsuit challenging the IRS, said today’s decision by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress is “justified” for failing to cooperate with Congressional investigators to provide information regarding her role in the unlawful targeting of conservative and tea party groups.

“The decision to hold Lois Lerner in contempt comes 11 months to the day since she revealed this unlawful scheme with a question she planted at an ABA meeting,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “From the very beginning, she has ignored a Congressional subpoena – refused to answer questions on two occasions by pleading the Fifth Amendment. We believe – as many others do – that she waived her constitutional right to remain silent because she invoked it after she publicly proclaimed her innocence. Lerner has misled the American people and Congress from the very start. Contempt is justified and the appropriate sanction in this case.”

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. The measure now goes before the full House for consideration.

Today’s action comes just one day after the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to send a letter to the Attorney General saying Lerner should be prosecuted for her actions in the unlawful targeting scheme.

The contempt vote comes as the ACLJ has heard from more than 70,000 people in just several days calling on Congress to hold Lerner in contempt.

The ACLJ federal lawsuit, which also names Lois Lerner as a defendant, is progressing. The ACLJ represents 41 organizations in 22 states. Of the 41 groups, 24 organizations received tax-exempt status after lengthy delays, 11 are still pending, 5 withdrew applications because of frustration with the IRS process, and 1 had their file closed by the IRS after refusing to answer the unconstitutional requests for more information.

See Also: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups

American Pastor Saeed Writes Easter Message as a Prisoner in the Darkness of Iran

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American Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote the following Easter message from his hospital room serving an eight year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.

Read the message at the American Center for Law and Justice blog.

From Bunker Hill to Bunkerville – Americans Fight Back!

Opinion by Lyle Rapacki

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When the call arrived that Bureau Land Management (BLM) agents intended to begin a “Dynamic Raid” on the Bundy Ranch in Clark County, Nevada, I responded because of several responsibilities: I am an Oath Keeper, as well as a member of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the presidents of both organizations asked for assistance. I also was responding to the call, as I coordinated the movement of several Arizona Legislators who, on their own and with their personal funds, made their way to the Bundy Ranch at Bunkerville. There were many citizens from across the western United States who also answered the call, and there were citizens and Oath Keepers and former military who came from the East Coast! U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar from Arizona also arrived. Besides Arizona Legislators, legislators from four other western states also heeded the call to Bunkerville, Nevada. Two County Supervisors/Commissioners from Arizona went, as did a couple more from other states; a couple of former state legislators from western states, a land commissioner, along with state coordinators of several patriot and Tea Party groups, at least a half dozen pastors including Chuck Baldwin, a dozen or more long-time (100-years+) ranchers, and a goodly number of teenagers from various states…we all met in a dry, windy, dusty, and hot place named Bunkerville, Nevada.

What drove us all there…what possessed thousands of people from across the country to forge their way to this remote part of the west? The reason as I see it is rather simple and eloquent; FREEDOM RISING! The Freedom Movement for this generation began in earnest a week ago at the Bundy Ranch. The Freedom Movement answered the call to stand firm against tyranny by a centralized federal government our Forefathers feared could raise its’ diabolical head if not kept in check, and it has not been kept in check by WE THE PEOPLE, who, are the true government of this exceptional Nation! Somehow, someway, WE THE PEOPLE became lazy and content being able to go to Starbucks and McDonald’s at will, and leave the governing to, well, government! The results are obvious to all who stood post at Bunkerville. The Federal Government of the United States has become mean spirited, vindictive, corrupt beyond belief, vile in its’ hatred of free speech and citizens challenging its’ authority. The Federal Government of the United States has worked diligently to become all-powerful, all-knowing, all-dictatorial, and all-militarized against its’ own citizens who dare to question the decisions and behaviors by its’ agents and representatives. The Federal Government of our country has chosen a hidden agenda to be implemented that goes directly against the values and principles by which our country was founded, and directly against the good for the people.

Read more at The Olive Branch Report

Pavement work on SR 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde Tuesday night

The Arizona Department of Transportation will perform maintenance work Tuesday night to improve a two-mile section of State Route 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

SR 260 will be narrowed to one lane between Thousand Trails Road and Coury Drive (mileposts 211 to 212) from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Flaggers and a pilot car will direct traffic in alternating directions using the single lane that is open. The speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph and drivers can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

Bill Williams Mountain Men prepare for a trip to the State capitol.

WILLIAMS - The Williams Mountain Men have been a fixture in Williams, Arizona for a number of years. They make up the stuff of myth and legend. Today they are a popular addition to the parades in Williams, Arizona.

Goldie’s Route 66 Diner recently published an article and photos they found from photographer C.M. Whitaker who ran the photography studio in Williams for a number of years.

The City of Williams was named after William Sherley Williams—known commonly as Bill Williams or Old Bill. Some local historians contend that Bill Williams probably never visited the area of the City of Williams. Bill Williams mountain, they say, was probably named after him by a fellow trapper.

A statue of Bill Williams stands in the Williams Memorial Park on the west end of town across the street from Safeway along with the new Veteran’s Own memorial.

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SHERLEY WILLIAMS, known as old Bill Williams spent nearly 25 years in the Rocky Mountain country. As a young man he had been for a time a preacher in backwood Missouri; in his old age he was famous even among the Mountain men themselves for his rugged individualism.

Old Bill and many of his colleagues liked to make their trapping camps together, it meant added protection against the Indians, help in case of injury or accident.

About all the worldly possessions that Old Bill had was his traps, rifle, knife, powder and lead and most of the time he had one horse and a mule to pack his beaver pelts and supplies.

Read more at Goldie’s Route 66 Diner

Montana Congressional candidate shoots down a drone.

matt-rosendale4MONTANA - Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale shoots down a drone in his campaign ad. Just to prove a point.

Whether or not it garners him any votes, it certainly might resonate in the western States on the heels of the Bundy Ranch incident in Nevada. The incident brought out militia members from around the country alongside citizens and legislators from various States. The rock band Madison Rising appeared to perform at the site.

The action caused a Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands in Salt Lake City which included at least nine western States.

Drones have been a sore point since they have been appearing as part of the surveillance network and was used to kill an American citizen overseas.

Nevada range war: Western states move to take over federal land

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Like a mustang tied to a fence post, many westerners for years have resisted Uncle Sam’s control of land they say more properly belongs to states or counties – or to nobody at all except the ranchers, miners, and loggers who work the land for its natural resources.

The tussle over Cliven Bundy’s 400 cows – grazing on federal land, although he refuses to pay the required fees now amounting to more than $1 million – sharpens this debate, which has featured state legislators, county officials, environmentalists, and federal judges (all of whom have ruled against Mr. Bundy).

In Salt Lake City Friday, representatives from Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington met for a “Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands.”

“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder said at a news conference. “We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms.”

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor

2014 Virtual Urban Farm Tour Contest

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FLAGSTAFF - Attention local urban farmers and gardeners: Flagstaff Liberty Alliance is happy to announce their 2014 Virtual Urban Farm Tour Contest! This contest is open to the public and it is free to enter.

To enter the 2014 Flagstaff virtual urban farm tour, submit pictures of your urban farm including: gardens, fruit trees, chickens/livestock, and harvest/preserves!

Go to flagstafflibertyalliance.com to submit your photos and vote on your favorite entry!

First place winner will receive a $50 gift card to Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed and be featured in the Flagstaff Liberty Alliance 2015 Urban Farm Calendar. Runner up will receive a $25 gift card to Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed.

Entries for the Urban Farm Tour will be accepted through September 15, 2014.

Read more at Flagstaff Liberty Alliance

Still time to get in on some of the Easter egg hunt

bunnyaWILLIAMS - The Easter egg hunt is still going on at the Williams Recreation Center. Most of the eggs, however, have been found. There is still time to get in for barbeque chicken, hotdogs, cole slaw and other treats.

High above the event the Zip Line is running and drawing a crowd.
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There is also a yard sale at the First Baptist Church of Williams on Grant street across from Safeway.

You still have time to partake of some of the activities.