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The Post-Election Public Mood: Itís About to Hit the Fan
Freedom Outpost ^ | December 3, 2012 | Gordon Runyan

Posted on 12/04/2012 4:27:33 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Freedom Outpost has previously reported on the fact that gun sales represent at least one booming sector of the American economy since the re-election of Barak Obama. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to interpret that piece of data in terms of sociology: What must people be thinking? That’s a legitimate question, and it’s easy to think of an answer.

Horror icon, Stephen King, has a theory that the same sort of “weather vane” indication of the public mood can be discerned from the popularity, or lack thereof, of current scary movies. In his nonfiction book about creating horror fiction, Danse Macabre, King theorizes that if horror flicks are enjoying a great deal of success, that’s an indication that the public at large is nervous or fearful. If the horror industry tanks, that means the public is generally optimistic about the future. (And, by the way, horror flicks have been doing really well since about 2008. I’m just sayin’.)

I believe I’ve stumbled onto another bit of information that says a great deal about the public mood. And that is, as a writer whose wares are on sale at Amazon.com, it behooves me to keep an eye on what’s selling and what isn’t. What are the hot topics?

Well, before the November election, books about President Obama and about political theory in general were flying off the shelves. But now, checking the same bestseller lists that used to show those books doing well, it is plain that the mood has shifted. Those sorts of books have been supplanted and upstaged to a large degree. And the genre or theme that has replaced them is [insert drumroll here] Disaster Preparedness.

Books about how to assemble a “survival preparedness kit,” or more popularly, a “bug-out bag,” are all the rage. Freedom Outpost, as always, is here to help. Save your money: the information is widely available for free. In fact, here is a link to the aptly named Bug Out Bag List website which has done a good job of consolidating it for you.

Caution: As I perused the provided links, I noted that my computer started acting “wonky” when I tried to access the list provided at the Ready.Gov site (the third link on the “other lists” list.) You might stay away from that.

So, here you go: A short list that represents what experts seem to agree are the absolute essentials of disaster preparedness. Of course, the number of other items that might well be extremely useful is endless. But this seems to be the general consensus on critical items:

As you’re considering this, recall that the folks affected by Sandy were without basic services like water and electricity for a lot longer than 72 hours…

Is this the perfect list for you? That’s doubtful. The perfect list is the one that fits your needs to take care of your family.

But back to our sociological experiment. Let me ask, what’s going on in the public mood that prepping is suddenly all the rage? I’m guessing the answer is probably the same as with all the gun sales. Is there some alarmism involved? Probably. But I think it’s more about people simply coming to the realization that they can’t really depend on anyone, especially the government, to make sure they survive a crisis. It’s still good American advice: Trust in God and keep your powder dry.

For more discussion about how Bible-believing patriots specifically ought to respond to darkening skies, caused by their own government, get the book, Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers, for less than a decent cup of hipster latte’.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: collapse; mybigfatgreekcountry; obama; obamavictory; preparedness; preppers; prepping; shtf; survival; teotwawki; ussa
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1 posted on 12/04/2012 4:27:40 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Kartographer; blam; Marcella; JRandomFreeper

PING!


2 posted on 12/04/2012 4:28:19 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Kenyan is going to make guns illegal by fiat. People are buying guns while they can. Next come confiscation. That’s when the shooting starts.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 4:42:58 AM PST by y6162
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To: y6162

i heard recently from someone whose husband bought a gun from a shop that had Obama’s picture up on the wall with a sign saying EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH. i LOLed.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 4:49:56 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ping again!


5 posted on 12/04/2012 4:51:40 AM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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6 posted on 12/04/2012 4:53:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What will you do when all the middle class obuma liberals are chased out of the big cities by savagery, and they show up at your doorstep begging for food and protection? Some will have babies and little kids in tow.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 4:56:07 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: xsmommy

LOL! Thanks for that, much needed.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 4:57:22 AM PST by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: sergeantdave

Invite them in for dinner, the tender ones that is.


9 posted on 12/04/2012 5:04:11 AM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: sergeantdave

Feed the kids immediately.
Put the parents to work digging ditches and pulling weeds, then feed them.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 5:08:37 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

Yeah, you’re right... if by “tender” you mean repentent, then yes.


11 posted on 12/04/2012 5:09:23 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

mark


12 posted on 12/04/2012 5:13:39 AM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

I was wondering if they would ever be “chased” out of the city.

Tots are tasty.
Not just the tater type.

Seriously, ever hit a grocery store after midnight? The aisles are loaded with pallets of stuff coming in. If that stopped even for two days, the shelves would be empty.

People cannot now conceive how insane and how quickly it would all happen. If it were to happen right now, by this weekend there would be dead bodies by the side of the road.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 5:20:39 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: MrB

“Feed the kids immediately.”

Those “parents” would snatch the food right out of the kids hands. If they voted for obama, they certainly couldn’t give a crap about their kids.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 5:21:17 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel

Ah, but the same restraint that would keep them from snatching the food out of your hands (you being heavily armed) would restrain them from snatching from their kids.


15 posted on 12/04/2012 5:22:42 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: djf

“People cannot now conceive how insane and how quickly it would all happen. If it were to happen right now, by this weekend there would be dead bodies by the side of the road.”

The veneer of civilization and society is very thin.


16 posted on 12/04/2012 5:24:52 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Gold and Silver Eagle coin sales are up as well.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/12/us-eagle-gold-coins-sales-strongest.html


17 posted on 12/04/2012 5:30:07 AM PST by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: djf
People cannot now conceive how insane and how quickly it would all happen. If it were to happen right now, by this weekend there would be dead bodies by the side of the road.

After Sandy, I most certainly could. Two weeks after the storm the shelves were still sparce in Monmouth County.

18 posted on 12/04/2012 5:35:07 AM PST by jersey117
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To: djf

People cannot now conceive how insane and how quickly it would all happen. If it were to happen right now, by this weekend there would be dead bodies by the side of the road.


You are absolutely correct. And so many can’t look at localized disasters and mentally expand that to the National Scale.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 5:35:27 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: sergeantdave

That is when you will have to be a leader and make the hard decisions.

Liberal socialist are enemies of the United States of America. I they show up at my home, the adults will be target practice and the children will be retrained and armed with enough information to become independent, something their parents should have taught them.


20 posted on 12/04/2012 5:38:18 AM PST by paratrooper82 (We have been deserted by this WH and left to fend for ourselves in Afghanistan! Both hands tied!)
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To: djf
Look at what happened in NY after Sandy: it was only a few days before there were pictures of people dumpster diving. Now that was an area wiped out by a disaster, but empty store shelves after a couple days will cause the same thing.

Picture Korean store owners on rooftops with rifles....it won't take long for that to happen.

21 posted on 12/04/2012 5:45:58 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: sergeantdave
The urban libs are like the proverbial frog in a pot of water. By the time the pot boils, it will be too late for them to get out.

Here at the -- mostly red -- Jersey shore, it was unpleasant being without power after Sandy, but somehow we survived without resorting to cannibalism.

I'd want to avoid living under any of those blue spikes, in any case.


22 posted on 12/04/2012 5:47:43 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle; jersey117; The Working Man; All

My best advice is pay attention to it, but don’t let it take you over.

True story.
My wife died in 2000. I made it through that, barely.
Late summer 2001 I found I had alot of extra space, so I decided I should stock up on stuff. Went to the store and bought about 100 bucks of canned goods, and arranged it in a closet.

One week later two planes slammed into the WTC towers.

Since then, I have stored a pretty good amount of food and tools and water, etc. I wonder if it’s worth it.

If you get into survival-at-all-costs mentality, you are constantly wired. You are on a hair trigger, thinking any event, might signal the end.

It’s an existence, but not a cheerful one.

Sometimes ya gotta just sit back and smell the roses!

For those who still have family, today you should just hug them like there’s no tomorrow...


23 posted on 12/04/2012 5:49:39 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: djf

And then get yur rear to the store and buy a case of beans!!!

;-)


24 posted on 12/04/2012 5:51:43 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: spankalib

i know, i’ve been depressed too!


25 posted on 12/04/2012 5:54:21 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: djf

“For those who still have family, today you should just hug them like there’s no tomorrow...”

Absolutely. We are all very finite on this Earth.
I’m sorry about your wife. I’m sure that there are times 2000 seems like yesterday.


26 posted on 12/04/2012 5:56:28 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: SW6906
Within hours after Sandy here at the Jersey shore, one of the larger local supermarkets was open, on generators, and with their ice machine going at full-speed.

FEMA hadn't even gotten out of bed, yet. I give the market an A+.

FEMA (and the phone and power companies) get a D-.

27 posted on 12/04/2012 5:59:27 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: xsmommy

Now that’s funny.


28 posted on 12/04/2012 6:07:30 AM PST by tiki
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To: sergeantdave
"What will you do when all the middle class obuma liberals are chased out of the big cities by savagery, and they show up at your doorstep begging for food and protection? Some will have babies and little kids in tow"

Aim lower and don't lead them as much.

29 posted on 12/04/2012 6:10:43 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: djf
My wife was a Girl Scout and a Scout Leader. After 9/11, we had most of the stuff that Homeland Security recommended (and people were laughing about) already on hand. After the disaster of 11/08, we added a shotgun. Now after Sandy, we'll add a generator -- probably guaranteeing that we'll never need one again.

My contention is that out here in "red country" in the suburbs, exburbs and rural areas, most people have skills. We don't need the cities nearly as much as the cities need us.

If Camden NJ and Detroit disappeared tomorrow, would they be missed? Why?

30 posted on 12/04/2012 6:11:34 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222

Thanks for posting the incredible map.

For others, here is the link to the article about it:

Technology Review highlights 3D Purple America election map

http://eqn.princeton.edu/

http://eqn.princeton.edu/2012/11/technology-review-highlights-3d-purple-america-election-map/


31 posted on 12/04/2012 6:12:09 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: djf

Sound advice all my FRiend.Thank you, and please accept our condolences on the loss of your wife.

May God bless and keep you.
Tatt


32 posted on 12/04/2012 6:13:19 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: djf
There is a reason for those 800+ FEMA camps. Make no mistake about going off the cliff to a SHTF moment.

The government, especially the 0bama regime has had years to lay in their plans to deal with this. They already know the hotspots, New Orleans showed them what to expect.

They will let chaos reign in the hotspots for about a week, cordone off escape and then load people onto busses or trains for the camps.

33 posted on 12/04/2012 6:19:57 AM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: sergeantdave
What will you do when all the middle class obuma liberals are chased out of the big cities by savagery, and they show up at your doorstep begging for food and protection? Some will have babies and little kids in tow.

I've been preparing for Muslims to show up when the other 6 billion people on the planet get tired of taking crap from the 1 billion Followers of the Prophet and vote for the Final Solution.

My mother, greatly moved by the holocaust, has prepared me to make the right decision on that day.


34 posted on 12/04/2012 6:41:16 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppe’s PING!!


35 posted on 12/04/2012 6:44:34 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: EBH

Whatever the cost - DON’T BE A REFUGEE.


36 posted on 12/04/2012 6:46:50 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kartographer

Look what is happening right before your eyes and take heed. There’s a Great Storm coming you can feel it.

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

One of the things that will hurt is the fact that many will not except that a breakdown is occurring even as they watch it happening before their eyes. Why don’t they realize it?It’s caused by a condition called ‘Normalcy Bias’ a mental state people enter when facing a disaster.

It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

A good article on ‘Normalcy Bias’ is on our own ChocChipCookies Blog The Survival Mom:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/12/29/normalcy-bias/

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 their ‘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 shut up 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.

Its your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo and maybe you can even get your picture as you stand there on the national news.

For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpful. 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.”

Again I like to recomend FReeper’s ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom (Please Blog Police let this one slide!) Where you can get lots of useful information like:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2011/11/20/8-morale-boosters-for-any-worst-case-scenario/

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/02/02/survival-priorities-the-rule-of-three/

And More

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.
Underestimation can be fatal.”


37 posted on 12/04/2012 6:50:35 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: All

It’s ABOUT to hit the fan?

I took my mom to a Christmas concert last Saturday. Y’all remember Christmas, right? Holly-jolly Christmas? Ho-ho-ho?

Everyone there (and I mean everyone) was grim and standoffish. It took the performers a long time to get the audience to relax and enjoy the show. And that was a festive event. The attitudes I routinely encounter on the street range from sullen to outright hostile!

Now I could understand if this were a conservative town - considering the magnitude of our loss. But I live in liberal la-la town where the average Seattlunatic’s feet rarely touch the ground. These are the bastards who won. They should be full of gloat (in addition to being full of shiite).

I’d say it’s already here.


38 posted on 12/04/2012 7:00:19 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

More importantly:

1. At least 1 firearm per family member, the more the better. A good combo of rifles and shotguns (for close in work) and a handgun or two.

2. Plenty of ammo, preferably your weapons are a common caliber or two.

3. Rope or parachute chord, tarps, and axes/chainsaws.

4. Two way radios, both for family uses and contact with other defenders.

Now when you run out of stuff give the libs a dose of their own medicine and take their stuff.


39 posted on 12/04/2012 7:11:27 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Forgot maps because expect GPS and internet access to be non-existent.


40 posted on 12/04/2012 7:12:29 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: EBH
They will let chaos reign in the hotspots for about a week, cordone off escape and then load people onto busses or trains for the camps.

They will let things settle down--either the bad guys will be eliminated or they will prevail--or some sort of truce will happen.

Simple enough--get out of those hotspots if you can't really hide well (like from thermal imaging).

41 posted on 12/04/2012 7:29:46 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: djf

If anyone thinks you are nuts have them check out what happened with hurricane Rita in 2005.

People were like locust moving across the land.

Convenience stores shelves were emptied in just a couple of hours.

Fuel tanks ran dry and there was no way to get more fuel delivered.

Tens of thousands of cars ran out of fuel and were pushed to the side of the road.


42 posted on 12/04/2012 7:36:25 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: sergeantdave; Kartographer; blam; The Duke; WakeUpAndVote; JRandomFreeper; Bride Of Old Sarge; ...
What will you do when all the middle class obuma liberals are chased out of the big cities by savagery, and they show up at your doorstep begging for food and protection? Some will have babies and little kids in tow.

Very easy decision to make: RUN THEM OFF.

The kids are just props. Like good New Socialist Parents, the kids will be used as window dressing, to garner sympathy from those of us who had the maturity to prepare. "It's for the children!" they cried while they indoctrinated them in their government schools.

If you give them even so much as an Obama Happy Meal, you just told them that you've got stash. They will think, "what ELSE have you got"? And they will come back in the night, with their boyfriends in tow, and they will kill you, your family, even your cat, and take all you have. It's their "fair share", they are "entitled" to what you have.

Tell them to go to the nearest FEMA shelter and show their voter ID card (if they have them). Their liberal creds can get them helpings from Obama's stash. After all, the gibmedats wanted it that way.

43 posted on 12/04/2012 7:46:51 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: djf; Kartographer; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; JRandomFreeper
Seriously, ever hit a grocery store after midnight? The aisles are loaded with pallets of stuff coming in. If that stopped even for two days, the shelves would be empty.

People cannot now conceive how insane and how quickly it would all happen. If it were to happen right now, by this weekend there would be dead bodies by the side of the road.

I just watched "The War of the Worlds" (Tom Cruise version) this weekend. The scene near the bridge when he came through the crowd with his car was very instructive. Civilization's veneer is very thin - you see proof of that just going for a parking spot or trying to merge into traffic every day. We see it yearly on Black Friday, as people turn on each other just to save $5 or $10 on the latest piece of garbage for their kids. People are just smart animals, and we are generally ruled by fear and greed.

I don't want to be near any crowds at all when the SHTF - the best way to walk away from a fight is not to avoid it in the first place.

Oh, and there were very few guns in The War of the Worlds - which is not reflective of reality at all, even in the Northeast (where I grew up). In the South and West there are generally more guns than people. The carnage during food shortages will be shocking to most. Stock up on your bullets, beans and band aids and practice your skills NOW, while there's time to do so.

44 posted on 12/04/2012 7:49:28 AM PST by Ancesthntr (You liberal morons wanted Obama, now you get to deal with the consequences.)
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To: sergeantdave
"...and they show up at your doorstep begging for food and protection? Some will have babies and little kids in tow."

They get a bag of rice, 2 liters of potable water, a disposable lighter and a warning. Tell no one where you got it and don't come back. Next time a bag of rice won't be what you get. Harsh but true.

Now, depending on circumstances that basic protocol could change. If they were injured, if they had screaming babies, if there were hostiles roaming the area, etc.

Different considerations would also be given for folks who have something valuable to bring to the party.

45 posted on 12/04/2012 8:08:00 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: Ancesthntr
We didn't need Hollywood to show us how the low-lifes would react to a crisis. All we needed to do was remember the videos of Katrina. Even cops were looting. And they knew order would be restored within days, if not hours.

Imagine how those animals will act when they think order and the rule of law will never be restored.

46 posted on 12/04/2012 8:16:01 AM PST by RavenATB
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To: freeangel; MrB
Those “parents” would snatch the food right out of the kids hands. If they voted for obama, they certainly couldn’t give a crap about their kids.

The welfare types already do that. Seen it myself.

47 posted on 12/04/2012 8:16:35 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If nothing else, a stash of food is a hedge against inflation, especially if it is long-term storage food, and groceries if you suffer a sudden downturn. Unlike gold or silver, it is an investment you can eat...
48 posted on 12/04/2012 8:18:42 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: metmom; freeangel

I can’t see that type having the wherewithal to walk out of the city to where the food is.


49 posted on 12/04/2012 8:20:09 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Horror icon, Stephen King, has a theory that the same sort of “weather vane” indication of the public mood can be discerned from the popularity, or lack thereof, of current scary movies. “

Recently, we’ve had Paranorman released, The Walking Dead is a huge hit, Warm Bodies is coming soon as well as World War Z.... all zombie movies/shows.

The real zombie apocalypse is coming.


50 posted on 12/04/2012 8:21:08 AM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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