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The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping
The American Dream ^ | 5-21-2012 | Robert Wenzel

Posted on 05/21/2012 10:35:51 AM PDT by blam

The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping

Robert Wenzel
May 21,2012

With the way that things are heading in this country, it is not surprising that there are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today. What is surprising is that there are not more people prepping. The economy is rapidly falling to pieces, the national debt is absolutely soaring, the earth is becoming increasingly unstable, a major war could erupt in the Middle East at any time and the fabric of our society is coming apart right in front of our eyes.
We have become incredibly dependent on technology and we have become incredibly dependent on our economic system. If a major natural disaster, a killer pandemic, an EMP attack or the imposition of martial law caused a significant transportation disruption, America would literally change overnight. We live during a time of tremendous global instability, and yet most people still see no need to start prepping at all. Most people just continue to have blind faith in our leaders and in our system. But what happens if our leaders fail us? What happens if our system collapses? What are they going to do then?

The number of preppers in the United States today is steadily increasing, but the vast majority of people out there still see no reason to start getting ready for "the end of the world as we know it". Most people just assume that things will always somehow get better or that they will somehow be immune to whatever calamities are heading our way. Most people always seem to have a "good excuse" for why they do not need to prepare.

The following are the top 50 excuses for not prepping....

1. "The U.S. Economy Is The Greatest Economy On The Planet - There Is No Way That It Could Ever Collapse"

2. "Once Barack Obama Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"

3. "Once Mitt Romney Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"

4. "When Things Get Really Bad The Government Will Take Care Of Us"

5. "When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing"(ahem)

6. "The Rapture Will Be At Any Moment So I Don't Have To Worry About Prepping"

7. "The Economy Has Always Recovered After Every Recession In The Past And This Time Will Be No Different"

8. "The People That Are Running Things Are Very Highly Educated And They Know Exactly What They Are Doing"

9. "Wal-Mart Will Always Be There"

10. "Our Politicians Are Watching Out For Our Best Interests"

11. "The 2012 Apocalypse Is Almost Here And We Are All Doomed Anyway - So Why Even Try?"

12. "Preppers Do Not Have A Positive Mental Attitude"

13. "If An Economic Collapse Comes I Will Just Go On Welfare"

14. "There Are Some Things You Just Can't Prepare For"

15. "Prepping Is Too Expensive"

16. "We Are Not Like Other Countries - U.S. Cities Are Designed To Withstand Major Earthquakes"

17. "I Need To Save Up For Retirement Instead"

18. "The Stock Market Has Been Soaring So Why Worry?"

19. "I Don't Have Room To Store Anything"

20. "Prepping Is For Crazy People"

21. "I Don't Believe In Conspiracy Theories"

22. "All The Food I Store Is Going To Go Bad"

23. "I Would Rather Spend My Time Watching American Idol"

24. "All The People Who Freaked Out About Y2K Look Really Foolish Now, Don't They?"

25. "I Don't Want To Look Like Those Idiots On 'Doomsday Preppers'"

26. "An EMP Attack Could Never Happen"

27. "There Will Never Be A Nationwide Transportation Disruption In The United States"

28. "Instead Of Being So Paranoid, I Would Rather Just Enjoy Life"

29. "If Society Falls Apart I Wouldn't Want To Continue To Live Anyway"

30. "There Will Never Be Another World War"

31. "I'm Too Lazy To Grow A Garden"

32. "If You Assume The Worst Is Going To Happen Then You Don't Believe In America"

33. "Deficits Don't Matter"

34. "I'll Always Be Able To Get A Job In My Field"

35. "If There Is A Financial Collapse All Of My Debts Will Be Wiped Out So I Might As Well Live It Up Now"

36. "If Things Hit The Fan I Will Just Go Move In With My Relatives Who Have Been Busy Prepping"

37. "Those That Believe That There Will Be Massive Riots In American Cities Someday Are Just Being Delusional"

38. "My Spouse Would Think That I Have Finally Lost It"

39. "I Don't Know Where To Start"

40. "I'll Just Deal With Problems As They Arrive"

41. "I Don't Have To Prepare For A Natural Disaster - That Is What FEMA Is For"

42. "We'll Never See Martial Law In The United States"

43. "I Don't Want To Scare My Children"

44. "Once I Get Rid Of All My Debt Then I Will Start Thinking About Prepping"

45. "My Relatives Already Think That I Am A Nut Job - I Don't Need To Make It Any Worse"

46. "If People At Work Find Out That I Am Prepping It Could Hurt My Career"

47. "If There Really Was A Good Reason To Prepare They Would Tell Us About It On The News"

48. "People Have Been Predicting Doom And Gloom For Years And It Hasn't Happened Yet"

49. "The United States Is The Greatest Nation On Earth - There Is No Way That It Could Collapse"

50. "I Don't Plan On Becoming A Card Carrying Member Of The Tin Foil Hat Brigade"


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: collapse; economy; finance; preppers; prepping; survival

1 posted on 05/21/2012 10:35:53 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I’ve heard this one the most:

51) I’d rather just die than live if that happened.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 10:40:34 AM PDT by bgill
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To: blam

There are more than 3 Million Preppers in the U.S.

There is no accurate means of measuring, as there are various degrees of “prepping”.

Mormons - 7 years of food.
The non-extreme variety, that don’t have multiple rooms of supplies and gear.
But, could get by for a while, before “bugging out” became necessary.


3 posted on 05/21/2012 10:41:34 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: blam
I live in North Dakota


4 posted on 05/21/2012 10:41:56 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Kartographer
Rawles: “It Would Be Impossible To Disarm The People Of This Country”
5 posted on 05/21/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

You try to tell people that the hull is thinnest at the stern but they insist on going to the bow...


6 posted on 05/21/2012 10:45:24 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!


7 posted on 05/21/2012 10:48:12 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Last Dakotan

I’ll bet it’s tough to get a pizza delivered. LOL


8 posted on 05/21/2012 10:54:46 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: blam
My favorite: "5. "When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing"

Don't these people understand that guns/ammo top most prepper lists?

9 posted on 05/21/2012 10:55:04 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: bgill

The one my parents use is “We would never be able to prepare enough, so why prepare at all?”


10 posted on 05/21/2012 10:56:34 AM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: blam

rice and beans give me gas.


11 posted on 05/21/2012 10:59:25 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: blam

1, 5, 6 and 29 are what I hear the most often, followed by 14, 24, 27, 36, 48 and 49.

You either prepare and stand on your own beholden to no one or you become dependent on others to provide your basic needs and become thier‘serf’. Me I don’t want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly don’t want to have to kiss some ‘gubberment’ third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I don’t want some ‘jack booted’ thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I don’t want to be herded in with a bunch of ‘zombies’ and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.

Now anyone thinking that prepping is foolish ask you what’s easier telling your children and loved ones why you prepared or explaining to them why you didn’t?

But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

But then someone has to stand on the bridge waiting for FEMA to bring them a bottle of water, an MRE and a warm blanket so as to provide the Network Anchors their background ‘Money Shot’. I wonder how that will workout for them?

Face it we’ve kicked the financial can so far down the road that we are running out of road and the can which was once the size of a soda can is now the size of an oil drum (Try kicking that!)

For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:

http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf

NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!

For those of you who haven’t started already it’s time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, a extra couple changes of oil and filters for your car, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.

As the LDS say “When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.”

Or as the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3

Lastly this for the doubters and the scoffers.

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.

Underestimation can be fatal.”


12 posted on 05/21/2012 11:00:32 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Last Dakotan
Also North Dakota
13 posted on 05/21/2012 11:00:42 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Mich Patriot
Hey thats my excuse. ;)

Actually, although gear/supplies is important, I believe that survival skills is far more important than anything else. Sometimes you see these 300 lb guys with diebetes, armed to teeth with 15 years of food stashed in a bunker. A lot of them put too much emphasis on stuff rather than developing the ability to live like an Indian (the 200 years ago variety), ie off the land with nothing but a stone knife and self-made bow.

Not to say that supplies aren't extremely important and will likely save your life, but you can't forget how to survive is you end up with...Nothing.

Regards,

Cope

14 posted on 05/21/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Mich Patriot
"5. "When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing"

15 posted on 05/21/2012 11:04:16 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: bgill

Looks a lot like #29.


16 posted on 05/21/2012 11:07:36 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: bgill

Some who are on critical medications will die when the wheels come to a stop. If they don’t die, some will wish to die when the pain or effects of the disease they are fighting become unbearable.


17 posted on 05/21/2012 11:09:31 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: palmer

Good “barter item” when TSHTF...


18 posted on 05/21/2012 11:10:43 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: bgill
I’ve heard this one the most:

51) I’d rather just die than live if that happened.

I've always thought that one was particularly pathentic because they are not taking into account the fact that the disaster may only be temporary.

19 posted on 05/21/2012 11:13:46 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: blam

15, 19, and 36 are my excuses. My husband is in seminary right now so we can’t afford to buy a lot of excess food. We are moving frequently for the next few years so moving a lot of food would be a pain. Currently we are in a tiny apartment with no storage.

36—the whole relatives thing? My dad is a prepper and he has specifically invited me and hubby to join him in the event of a crisis.

I do believe something big is around the corner—but my husband and I have no other option now than to rely on God’s good grace.


20 posted on 05/21/2012 11:16:35 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (25 and conservative. I guess I have no heart, Oh, well, makes shooting the bad guys easier.)
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To: listenhillary

When my three month supply of meds is consumed, I will be on borrowed time. If my diabetes doesn’t get me, then my heart will. Although, I am in cardiac rehab now and hope to be in better physical shape before teotwawki. Mostly I hope I survive long enough that I can clear most of the pond scum from our immediate area so as to let my wife and kids get clear.


21 posted on 05/21/2012 11:18:57 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: Kartographer

The answer for “that guy” is

you may be a bigger badass than any one of us,
but you’re not a bigger badass than all of us.


22 posted on 05/21/2012 11:21:52 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Zippo44

insert inherent “I’m not a doctor” disclaimer

I’ve heard some great results from people who had diabetes who have gone “paleo” in their diet.
Fat & meat & veggies - few to no carbs.

search on “paleo solution”


23 posted on 05/21/2012 11:33:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Zippo44

bttt


24 posted on 05/21/2012 11:33:58 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: Conservaliberty

#6 - counting on it, but hedging my bets.

I’m going to live a better life, if times get tough, or even if they don’t.

Growing your own food is prepping, but it’s also living better.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 11:34:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: carriage_hill
A bought another "new" tiller this morning.

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26 posted on 05/21/2012 11:43:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Conservaliberty

We are moving frequently for the next few years so moving a lot of food would be a pain.-——

Freeze dried is kinda of expensive(not if you count per serving and the cost of energy to do it yourself, and you’re own energy to get the food processed, and vaccuum sealed in cans)
but anyway, freeze dried is very very lightweight, easy to move...

Need water source.


27 posted on 05/21/2012 11:44:11 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: cripplecreek

You must be a mechanic... :)

Have you looked into “minimal tillage” alternatives?


28 posted on 05/21/2012 11:45:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: blam

How about these comments
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2885944/posts?page=151#151


29 posted on 05/21/2012 11:52:46 AM PDT by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Hold Rs to promises, don't watch O keep his.)
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To: MrB

I’ve experimented with a little guerrilla farming with limited success. Hiding small patches of various veggies in the weeds.

My neighbor and I do a lot of co prepping. We figure that between his small garden tractor and plow, 3 tillers total, and his son, we can wipe out around 5 acres in a day.


30 posted on 05/21/2012 11:54:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
If it runs fine, and you just got it, then it's "new". Looks like the ¾-hp unit I have, but in grey Rustoleum fish-oil primer.
31 posted on 05/21/2012 12:06:15 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: blam
If TSHTF, you will have to be a simpering, disgusting p*$$y to try to hunker down at home instead of serving with a military faction restoring our freedoms.

No matter what your age or sex.

Semper Fidelis.

32 posted on 05/21/2012 12:07:58 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: carriage_hill

This one is a Troy-Bilt my other tiller is a Techumseh that my great grandfather bought new back around 1947.

I like the heavy old tillers. They can really eat some dirt.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 12:22:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MrEdd

” instead of serving with a military faction restoring our freedoms “

Show us one of those, and a lot of us will sign up...

Individuals fighting, or ad hoc local guerilla groups, against an organized military may seem romantic as hell, but without command & control, and logistics, it’s just retail suicide...


34 posted on 05/21/2012 12:28:32 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike

An AWFUL LOT of us would sign up.

There is an enormous “militia movement” just waiting to get started. All it would take is a patriotic, charismatic leader with military credentials and the game would be afoot!

Every cop in town couldn’t hold the line against a committed band of raiders. But every gun-owner in town could.


35 posted on 05/21/2012 12:55:37 PM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: Uncle Ike
Those will arise if TSHTF.
That is how it works.

As to guerrillas, well, quite properly combatants not in uniform using the populace as cover need to not be extended an offer of quarter in most cases. Asininely abandoning that Hallmark principle of western civility is one of the blunders GWB made that caused the recent wars in the middle east to go so slowly and turn into the messes they have become.

On our own soil, we who serve will not have the luxury to be that stupid.
You go around endangering civilians here by cowardly performing strikes undetectable to those you face..and not only will I be willing to put you down myself (even with common foes) ... I will explain to your survivors why what you did was wrong and how your demise was a good thing.

A little less cowardice people. We are all going to die at some point anyway. Try to have at least a smidgen of honor.

36 posted on 05/21/2012 1:04:32 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: bgill
51) I’d rather just die than live if that happened.

Until the moment comes for them to depart, then it is "SAVE ME! I DON'T WANT TO DIE!".

It's the same mentality of the druggies, who say "It's MY body. I can do what I want with it!" and then call 911 when they get a bad hit.

37 posted on 05/21/2012 1:17:01 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: MrEdd

Where’s the honor in allowing TSA to fondle and molest our Mothers, Wives, Daughters, all women for that matter as well as children everyday and not saying or doing a thing to stop it.


38 posted on 05/21/2012 1:26:49 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: DNME

” All it would take is a patriotic, charismatic leader with military credentials and the game would be afoot! “

At risk of repeating myself - please show us one...

There’s no argument that we desperately need a John Adams, a Thomas Jefferson, a Thom Paine, a George Washington... But all we get is Romney and Gingrich and McConnell and Boehner... (sigh)


39 posted on 05/21/2012 1:55:26 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Mich Patriot

>>>>My favorite: “5. “When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing”

>>Don’t these people understand that guns/ammo top most prepper lists?

Heck, most preppers already had guns and ammo. They’re just broadening their scope.


40 posted on 05/21/2012 7:09:28 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Marcella

book mark


41 posted on 05/21/2012 7:16:03 PM PDT by Marcella (Romney: God wouldn't vote for Romney so I won't, either.)
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To: MrEdd

Every fighter needs support, whether that’s in the form of supplies, medical care, intel, or other things. Some of us have physical issues that would make us useless on the battlefield but which we can work around enough to run a homestead. Watch the blanket assumptions.


42 posted on 05/21/2012 8:05:59 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: blam

My excuse is, “51. Aliens raped me. I’m too depressed.”


43 posted on 05/21/2012 8:11:18 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: MrEdd
MrEdd said: " a military faction restoring our freedoms."

Civilian councils, not military, will need to be formed in every community. Initially, such a council may only encompass an area of several blocks. There will be few areas so small that they cannot police themselves.

There will be areas, mostly liberal urban areas, where the civilian leadership will be incompetent or ineffective. That is not a military problem, that is a cultural problem.

Martial law is not a concept with which I am comfortable. It will only be tolerated when imposed through force and perhaps not even then.

44 posted on 05/21/2012 8:29:14 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: palmer
rice and beans give me gas.

... which I collect and use to cook the next pot of rice and beans.

45 posted on 05/21/2012 8:53:14 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: blam

36 is what I hear most, from my relatives and adult step-children. Trying to adequately prepare for 4 people is hard enough. Harder still when that number balloons to 13-20.

I can say I have the stones to turn family away, but I don’t think I actually will.

Time to scrimp, save, and stockpile some more to take care of the deadbeats in my own family. Such is the duty of the paterfamilias, I suppose.


46 posted on 05/23/2012 9:52:39 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow (Can't afford a ticket back from Suffragette City)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
"Time to scrimp, save, and stockpile some more to take care of the deadbeats in my own family. Such is the duty of the paterfamilias, I suppose. "

You're not alone.

47 posted on 05/23/2012 10:43:39 AM PDT by blam
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