Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"Festivities" unavoidable? Dress for Success, or, What I wore to the Riot: A primer for Preppers, Survivalists and Trump Rally attendees

Dress for Success
...or, "What I wore to the Riot"
when the Festivities were unavoidable
A primer for Preppers, Survivalists 
and Trump Rally attendees


This article is inspired by a tweet in my twitter feed @Partyzantski where some person was asking what martial art to study in the wake of the recent San Jose mob action riots against Trump supporters.  My reply was essentially that NOW is TOO LATE to pick up the study of a martial art for immediate application, and that I questioned the wisdom/sanity of wanting to mix it up in a riot.

I am stating up front that I was in a riot at Guantanamo Bay (Operation SEA SIGNAL) back in 1994.  I was a impromptu radioman at the time (who wants to carry the PRC-77 for the 2nd LT today?  OOhhh! I will!  Poof... yer a radioman).  The "migrants" were throwing a regularly scheduled riot to draw attention away from their escaping comrades who would try to slither through the staked concertina rolls and I found myself in the middle of a hail of sizeable rocks.  Thank God for kevlar helmets and riot face shields!  It was chaotic.  Adrenaline holds off the pain of impact until later.  As having been through that and working to subdue a few such other events, I bring to you my opinions on the subject of riots.


The first point that needs to be made and absorbed is that riots are EXTREMELY dangerous.  I don't care who you are, how big you are, how well trained you are... a riot is an (largely) uncontrolled event at the tactical level (in most cases).  You will be swamped, wore out and the potential to be very badly hurt/maimed/killed is well above zero.  You do not want to go looking for a riot, nor do you want to create one.  The mayhem gets innocent people hurt or killed.  The Trump supporters may have not acknowledged the seriousness of the situation or understood it immediately, leading to terror and injury.  Know well that the forces of international socialism WILL bring a lot of pain to the street.  They are vulnerable in the preparatory phase to discovery and disruption.



Russel Crowe in "Gladiator"


If you are at an event (such as the San Jose Trump rally) and the scene outside is reminiscent of Christians vs. Lions DO NOT EXIT THE BUILDING.  Call 911.  Do not play into the hands of the leftist mobs.  The organizers should recognize this and shelter you.  They subject themselves to crazy lawsuits if they eject you into that whirling miasma. 

If you are in a group (you are in a group, right?), stay together at all times.  Keep accountability of each other.  Everyone in said group needs each other's support and cell phone number.  Don't get left behind!  Don't dawdle!  Don't be that person left on the sidewalk by herself to get beaten and pelted with missiles.  You have a family to go home to, make sure you can do that at the end of the day.


All that being said, if there is some expectation that you may cross paths with a riot or the event you are at may be targeted by rioters... maybe you want to reconsider what you are doing.  However, if go you must, here are some pointers from experienced rioters on how to dress for success at the next riot and prevent much of the injury that could befall you.

A review of the literature is summarized here for you information only.  Places you may want to go to read the available manuals are here, here (arabic version of first) and analysis of same... and here is a Denver PD document on Police tactics that you may see and need to understand. 

Here is an academic paper on social media use in protests.  It is instructive to get inside the mindset and training of the protest groups so that you can understand what they have been taught, how they think and how they are organized.  For that, I direct you

here (youth activism manual)

here (skeptical activism campaign manual)

here (animal liberation front)

here (Anon riot guide)

and here (crimethinc guide to organize an insurrection).







Amazon Purchase Link for The Activists' Handbook

You can also begin by educating yourself on how to identify people who may be a risk to you, your family and your organization.  My previously published review of "Wolves among the Sheep" discusses a well organized resource for laypeople beginning the process of human intelligence analysis and tools for screening and vetting individuals, as well as understanding the foundations of terrorism, riots and spree killers and tools to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Wear a white shirt.  Your blood photographs better on the light background and will make it easier for your lawyer to civilly sue the bejeezus out of your attacker(s).  This is also a good way to ensure good propaganda value for any blood spilt.
Write your attorney's number on your arm in permanent marker.  How do you get an attorney?  See one ahead of time and pay him a retainer.  He won't give you cooties (probably not, anyway).


Wear loose clothing that is comfortable.  These Dickies brand work trousers have double knees in them and if they get trashed, they won't break the bank.  They come in a multitude of colors, I use khaki here because it shows best in this format.  I'd probably go with the chocolate brown, silver or dark navy.  I'd get a good, wide leather belt or "rigger's belt" to go with that.  You don't want to look like a fool such as those that wear pants at full sag.  You run slower with saggy pants and will get hurt.  I have pants like this that I wear in my itinerant career that work nicely.  Carhartt makes similar ones.



Shin guards that cover the instep are invaluable.  Really good guards cover the sides of your ankles.  This is why you wear loose fitting trousers.  Keeps it all more low key.  Not much takes you immediately down like an instep stomp.  Protect thyself.


Boots.  Wear them.  Get something with a steel or composite toe.  You want ankle support.  Tie them up right and tuck the laces away, you don't want to have to mess with an untied boot under stress.  These boots from Reebok have a composite toe (fiberglass-like) and meet ASTM F2413 safety standards.  Riots are not the time to have sandals or tennis shoes on your feet.  Just think about the last time you stubbed a toe, ripped off a toenail or stepped on legos at 0300.  Then ask yourself if that is too much to pay for boots.  Your feet, your life, your choice.




Gloves.  I recommend wearing decent work/mechanics gloves.  If you fall, you will rip up your hands bracing for impact.  Wear gloves, they will also keep substances off your skin.  They keep your hands clean, your manicure intact.  Gloves are well worth your time, even if you go for something basic.  Higher cost usually means better protection, materials and dexterity, though.  They give you much better grip as well.



Eye Protection is mandatory.  Get something with some side protection that is impact rated.  God gave you two eyes... keep them.  It will also prevent degenerate 3rd world scum from spitting into your eyes and infecting you with God knows what.  It also gives you a fighting chance if riot control agents are getting sprayed. 

A helmet.  Helmets are important for warding off blows.  Rioters are less likely to punch you in the head if they have to hit a helmet.  It also helps you shrug off reasonably sized rocks (as I found out in Cuba).  A motorcycle helmet is inconspicuous and incorporates several features, but can limit peripheral vision and hearing.



A small backpack.  These are good to keep a "camelbak" water system in.  Riots use up lots of energy and water, so have some on hand.  May also want to put some hydrogen peroxide in there to irrigate cuts/scrapes, or wash off "fluids".  A bottle of saline is also good in case you need to wash your eyes out.


A Gas Mask is de rigeur.  You may have to face riot control agents, clouds of CS gas and the like.  As it is not specific in target, a cloud may waft over you and make you miserable.


The first rule of surviving a riot is to NOT BE IN ONE.  See and avoid.  Anticipate your enemies actions.  It is your moral duty as a citizen of this Republic to not engage in riots or to have your head up your butt and be oblivious to the mortal hazard they present.  If you find it unavoidable or of high probability (do your own mission analysis), you should dress for the party.  You can spare yourself and maybe help other innocents who just did not get the memo to safety.

While in the vicinity of a riot, it is good propaganda practice to get a lot of images.  Propaganda images can be sold to the media at a tidy profit, as we are all journalists now.  The barriers for entry are so low, even I have become one.  Maybe I should even power point up some "PRESS" credentials, they'd be as legit as ABC/CBS/CNN's anyhow.  Just google "press credentials" to see what real ones look like.

Being physically fit will always be an advantage, and you may enjoy reading my previously published review of "The Naked Warrior", a highly rated physical strength and stamina training plan written by a former Soviet Special Forces instructor you can begin in the privacy of your own home, using only your own body as "equipment".

You may also enjoy reading my previously published posts "Baltimore, Foco Theory and Contemporary American Urban Unrest", "The Red in the streets of Chicago" and Trump, Chicago and Rahmbo which confirmed that the riots/unrest are a planned event with the support of Progressives at the helm of local governments.


Written by StopShoutingBlog contributor and #FAB50 Blog Award Winner Partyzantski, coolest cat on teh inner webs, retired Mustang, former FID embedded military Advisor, SASO trainer and scenario developer, Electronic Warfare Aviator, PME instructor, certified Force Protection and Anti-terrorism officer and combat seasoned USMC (0202) field grade intelligence officer. When not blogging or maintaining weapons proficiency at the range, he enjoys cat herding and travel to off-the-beaten-track locales. 

You can follow him on Twitter @Partyzantski  

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been lurking on this blog for several months and have learned an enormous amount from the information provided. I have been looking for an opportunity to "give back" to the community but never felt I had the knowledge to comment intelligently until now. I wanted to add something to the self-defense portion of this article. I have been training in varying martial arts since I was around 9 (I am 40). Really from necessity as I was picked on in school from 3rd grade up until about the beginning of high school. Fortunately my father had the foresight to enroll me in a basic tae kwon do class and my interest took off from that point.

It is 100% correct that it is too late to study a formal "traditional" art and hope to get any practical self defense knowledge in a short amount of time. However a work around exists. A RBSD system (reality based self defense) can give you some tools quickly to defend yourself from a violent attack. Some of them are garbage but a handful are excellent and can teach you some bare bones moves.

I would really recommend staying away from traditional martial arts (Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, Jujitsu, etc) Not because they are bad, but because it generally takes years to get proficient. Each system contains many flaws that stem from the specific country of origin and its cultural norms (Japan, China, Philippines etc...)

I would highly recommend anything by Tony Blauer and his SPEAR system. You can look him up on youtube but eventually you should look into purchasing some of his DVD's as he has much more information on them (join his mailing list and he occasionally runs specials). He is associated with crossfit but in my opinion his material is absolutely the best on learning to defend yourself quickly.

Also Rory Miller has several excellent DVDs but I would recommend you read his book "Meditations on Violence". If you read nothing else about the Martial Arts read this book!!!

This material will not help you in a riot per se, but it will give you the tools and mindset to survive a violent confrontation. Whether it is with a leftist thug or a psychopathic criminal who decides you or your family is his next victim.


Anyways, just my two cents (BTW, I do not have any financial interest with either of these authors or material)

Anonymous said...

I have been lurking on this blog for several months and have learned an enormous amount from the information provided. I have been looking for an opportunity to "give back" to the community but never felt I had the knowledge to comment intelligently until now. I wanted to add something to the self-defense portion of this article. I have been training in varying martial arts since I was around 9 (I am 40). Really from necessity as I was picked on in school from 3rd grade up until about the beginning of high school. Fortunately my father had the foresight to enroll me in a basic tae kwon do class and my interest took off from that point.

It is 100% correct that it is too late to study a formal "traditional" art and hope to get any practical self defense knowledge in a short amount of time. However a work around exists. A RBSD system (reality based self defense) can give you some tools quickly to defend yourself from a violent attack. Some of them are garbage but a handful are excellent and can teach you some bare bones moves.

I would really recommend staying away from traditional martial arts (Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, Jujitsu, etc) Not because they are bad, but because it generally takes years to get proficient. Each system contains many flaws that stem from the specific country of origin and its cultural norms (Japan, China, Philippines etc...)

I would highly recommend anything by Tony Blauer and his SPEAR system. You can look him up on youtube but eventually you should look into purchasing some of his DVD's as he has much more information on them (join his mailing list and he occasionally runs specials). He is associated with crossfit but in my opinion his material is absolutely the best on learning to defend yourself quickly.

Also Rory Miller has several excellent DVDs but I would recommend you read his book "Meditations on Violence". If you read nothing else about the Martial Arts read this book!!!

This material will not help you in a riot per se, but it will give you the tools and mindset to survive a violent confrontation. Whether it is with a leftist thug or a psychopathic criminal who decides you or your family is his next victim.


Anyways, just my two cents (BTW, I do not have any financial interest with either of these authors or material)

Celeste said...

Excellent information. Being In the Trenches for years I know that what you have shared is vital. Keep up the good work! Celeste

Michael Spitler said...

It's nice you recommend the scanner radio, however there are some big caveats with them. Depending on the location you are at, it may not work for what you want to listen to. This scanner has a maximum frequency of about 512 MHz looking at the specs. In many areas, especially urban ones like where I live, public safety agencies use 800 MHz band radios. This scanner won't work for those frequencies.

Also, this scanner is made to only pick up what are called conventional frequencies. This is where an agency uses fixed frequencies for different channels. For example, police dispatch will have a specific frequency that they use, and it doesn't ever change. A tactical channel will have another frequency, and EMS will have another, and so on. It cannot handle trunked radio systems.

So, what the hell is a trunked radio system? Essentially, you have a pool of frequencies which are not assigned for any specific agency or purpose, that are dynamically assigned on an as-needed basis. Since not everyone talks at the same time, a bunch of different agencies can share a small pool of frequencies. This allows much more efficient use of radio spectrum. But what does it mean for a scanner?

Even if you had all the channels for a trunked radio system programmed into this scanner, you would not be able to follow radio traffic for a specific group, such as police dispatch, as each time the dispatcher keys up, she will likely be on a different channel. If she is the only one talking, you'll be fine, but if somebody from utilities starts talking your radio won't know which one to pick, and everything will be jumbled up. What you need in that case is what is called a trunking capable scanner, which can understand the signalling a trunked system uses and follow along with whatever group you want to listen to. These radios tend to be much more expensive, unfortunately.

And then you have the agencies which have gone digital. Most trunking scanners are also capable of decoding digital, but only if the agencies aren't using encryption. In that case you're just SOL, my friends.

In any case, I highly recommend going to radioreference.com and looking at what the database shows for your area. That way you can get an idea of what is being used and buy the right scanner for the job.

Stop shouting... said...

@Michael:

Thanks for the feedback, and sharing! Good information to know, I hope people will follow your suggested link and find something that meet their specific local needs! I know that several Preppers are tweeting out their local scanner reports as a community resource, so that's something to look into following as well, if someone is kind enough to do that for your area!

Best,
YTZ