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ENDGAME: AMERICA (Part 1 of 2)
Free Republic Original Content | October 7, 2013 | by Laz A. Mataz

Posted on 10/07/2013 8:54:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz

Near-silently, I padded through the grasslands, crouching down low, the chill air frosting my breath with every exhale. I hoped -- nay, prayed -- I would be unseen by the hastily-deployed military and civilian martial-law enforcement squads.

Following the roads was simply not an option. The checkpoints were placed every few miles leading out of Atlanta, and every one of them had armed personnel with ballistic armor. Some even had lightly-armored vehicles. No matter if you went by back roads or expressway, there they were - and all of them had a school bus or two to ferry you to either a camp, or simply back to Atlanta.

I saw two patrolling martial-law troops in the distance, and, knowing they had infra-red detection, threw myself quickly into a small gully, hoping to break the line of sight to me.

I waited. I listened. After a time, I heard them re-enter their vehicle and drive off. I had not been seen.

It was my goal to make it to the coast and somehow -- any way possible -- flee the country of my birth, the United States of America. Something horrible had happened to her, and that which we believed "could never happen here", happened here. We had become a brutal, oppressive tyranny whose underpinnings were now communist. We had squandered the gift of freedom.

I remembered the events of the last few weeks: How, on October 1st, 2013, the government shut down. I seldom paid attention to the news, and when I did -- tuning into CBS or NBC for the nightly updates -- I had always viewed the constant political struggles between the Republicans and the Democrats to be nothing more than posturing and politics, all nonsense, and all meaningless to my life.

How wrong I was.

The shutdown dragged on, and frankly, I didn't know who was at fault. It seemed the White House and the Senate were being obstinate and unwilling to compromise, but I also wondered why the Republicans couldn't simply let go of their desire to delay or defund Obama's health care plan. Sure, I had looked at the plan, and it seemed simply awful -- but politics always had a way of fixing the unacceptable over time, or so I thought.

Soon the shutdown went against something the talking heads called the 'debt limit', and again -- not being an accountant -- I paid little attention to it all. The problems started in November of 2013.

I had noticed on various internet news sites, that Obama's White House had been shutting down things that didn't seem to make sense -- a private monument known as the World War II memorial, highways near Mount Rushmore, and even a stretch of ocean eleven-thousand square miles large. None of these needed Federal funds, so why were they shut down? It seemed petty and vindictive to me, and I was surprised at the petulance and arrogance of Obama -- a man I had voted for in 2008.

The White House announced it would 'be forced' to stop all Social Security, Medicaid, and EBT funding in November, because of the debt limit, and because funding had stopped. The Republicans quickly gave in to all of the White House and the Senate's demands. Strangely, even though the Democrats got every single thing they asked for, they refused to approve the funding bills and the debt increase. They claimed that there was more they now wanted.

Republicans rushed bill after bill out of the House, and each time, the Senate rejected the funding bill. I began to see that the press on which I had relied, all these years, might not be impartial after all. To every increased demand by the Democrats, the press reacted with approval, and when the Republicans met that increased demand, the press savaged their 'intransigence'. It all seemed so bizarre to me.

November the first passed, and reports began to emerge of seniors being evicted, and EBT food stamp cards not working. Sporadically, I heard of small riots. These began to grow in number, even in Atlanta. On the third day of these increasingly-common riots, I started to get concerned. I contacted a friend, asked if I could stay at his house in the countryside -- he said yes -- and contacted my boss to get a week vacation until all the strife blew over.

I was gathering my belongings for my little 'vacation', including my prized AR-15 rifle, and was packing my car, when I noticed smoke starting to rise from the Atlanta skyline. What was going on???!? I went back into my house, turned on the local news, and was greeted with a live broadcast of a major riot that seemed to stretch for miles. The news helicopter was showing numerous fires burning, and people -- so small from the camera's altitude -- milling about. The news reporter in the chopper seemed aghast. She was saying, in a trembling voice, that many murders and assaults were being reported, that there was widespread looting, and that the National Guard had been called in.

I decided not to leave yet. I wanted to know that it was safe before I left. I scanned various national news channels, and was greeted with reports of similar riots occurring in many major cities. People were angry, violent, and things were quickly spinning out of control.

As I watched these events unfold on live TV, about six hours after the first reports, an Emergency Broadcast Bulletin came on. I was warned to stay in my home, that there was a twenty-four-hour-a-day curfew in effect. Soon afterwards, a national news figure came on, and reported that President Obama had invoked the Emergency Powers Act.

I sat, stunned, and suddenly very chilled. I, a good liberal, had payed a lot of attention to this Act. Born decades earlier, the intent was to give a President a chance to resurrect America after a nuclear war. It allowed the President absolute, dictatorial powers. The Congress and the Senate were removed from the decision-making process and all American assets could be seized by the President. I had been terrified when Bush -- that damned idiotic monkey -- had been in office, that he would use some excuse to invoke this Act.

But the Act had been invoked by MY guy. I felt betrayed and terrified. I made a decision to quickly escape to my friends house, then... perhaps... flee the country for a while, until America returned to normal. I grabbed my passport and some money I keep in the house. My rifle, ammunition, food and water, and changes of clothing were already in the car. I got into my vehicle and made for the expressways.

I found quickly that the expressways leading out of Atlanta were jammed. No traffic was moving. I pulled my car off to the side, grabbed as much food and water as I could carry, and my rifle. Luckily I lived on the outskirts of Atlanta and could make my way out by following a path that occasionally had stretches of woodlands, where I could move undetected.

I saw many people who had made my decision -- some armed, some unarmed -- and we slowly migrated out of Atlanta. After about a day of walking, we were well outside the Perimeter. Some of us huddled in a circle, and they held a vote on where to go and decided to remain as a group. They asked me to join, but I declined. I had always been a bit of a loner.

The next few days consisted of my hiding and trying to escape the carnage in Atlanta. I traveled by night and slept by day. I avoided contact with all other people -- I had enough food and water to last five days, I figured -- and I especially avoided anyone in a uniform. I observed, and went around, military checkpoints. Once in a while I'd stop to see what they were doing. Generally, they were getting people out of cars, frisking them for weapons, and putting them on school busses. When a bus would fill up, it would depart for points unknown and a uniformed man would pull up a new, unloaded one.

This was awful. I didn't quite know what was going on, but I sure didn't like the look of it.

But that was then. This is now. My food has run out, and my stomach is growling. I saw a small house standing alone and silhouetted against the rising half-moon, and I decided to see if anyone was there -- and get a meal, somehow, any way I could. I began to make my way there.

I had almost reached the house when I heard the thrumming of helicopter blades getting closer, and heard vehicles roaring towards me from several directions. In a matter of minutes I found myself surrounded, the helicopter blazing a light at me and clearly showing my position. Soldiers poured from the vehicles, armed with rifles, all pointed at me. A loudspeaker ordered me to place my rifle at my feet, and show my hands. I was outnumbered, and clearly outgunned. I did as they asked, was taken into custody, and was brought -- bound with plastic handcuffs -- to a checkpoint. I was rudely pushed onto the bus, and took my seat, uncomfortably.

So this is how America ends, I thought. We are now a full-on tyranny.

I had time to think, as the bus filled up, about what had happened. In retrospect, it was clear that my voting for Barack Obama the first time had been a tragic mistake. I didn't vote at all in 2012 -- I really didn't like Mitt Romney -- but I couldn't bring myself to vote for Barack Obama again. But, in 2008, I -- like many of my peers -- thought that the chance to 'do penance' for all the wrongs visited on people of color, over all of America's history, was a way to right a multi-generational wrong. Little did I know I would be voting for a bloody, horrible tyrant.

The bus engine fired up. and lurched forward.

I wondered, quietly, what would become of me.


TOPICS: FReeper Editorial; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
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This is a different kind of Freeper Editorial. It has all the editorial content I normally pen, but is in the form of a short fictional story.
1 posted on 10/07/2013 8:54:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz

Fictional for how long?


2 posted on 10/07/2013 8:57:55 AM PDT by Paulie
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To: TheOldLady; Cyber Liberty; CatherineofAragon; melissa_in_ga; Slings and Arrows; ...
This is a different kind of Freeper Editorial. It has all the editorial content I normally pen, but is in the form of a short fictional story. It was chilling to write it, and all-too-possible an outcome for the current situation unfolding in our Nation.

The Official Lazamataz Sometimes-Funny, Sometimes-Disturbing Ping List
225 Satisfied Customers!™


3 posted on 10/07/2013 8:58:11 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Paulie
Fictional for how long?

I'm figuring about five weeks.

4 posted on 10/07/2013 8:58:44 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz; Travis McGee

Are you going to end up putting an Anthology on Amazon too?

:p


5 posted on 10/07/2013 8:58:51 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Lazamataz

BTTT


6 posted on 10/07/2013 8:58:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Lazamataz

Can you add me to your mental patient ping list?


7 posted on 10/07/2013 9:00:07 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Lazamataz

Nicely done!

One question, though.. why would “I, a good liberal” have an AR-15?


8 posted on 10/07/2013 9:01:08 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Lazamataz

Well written! I’m anxious for part 2.


9 posted on 10/07/2013 9:01:10 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: humblegunner

Occasionally, a leftist buys an AR.


10 posted on 10/07/2013 9:01:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: GeronL; Travis McGee

If the system survives, over time, Travis might find me a worthy competitor. :)


11 posted on 10/07/2013 9:02:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: EEGator
You are the 226th Satisfied Customer!™
12 posted on 10/07/2013 9:03:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Well Laz, it’s not so far-fetched. The Park Service has shown what we all knew from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

People in uniform follow orders.

George Lucas, of all people, made millions of dollars with science fiction movies that showed the same thing. But he thought it would happen under the watch of his political enemies, not his friends.


13 posted on 10/07/2013 9:03:36 AM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: henkster; Travis McGee
Well Laz, it’s not so far-fetched.

This is not truly a fictional piece, but a predictive one. It is meant to steel you for the possibility of this unfolding as I have written. Get prepared and stay frosty.

Matt, I will ping you on the other thread where you commented to me, and also send you the work by other electronic vectors.

14 posted on 10/07/2013 9:06:05 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz
This picture is intended to serve as a thumbnail on Facebook.


15 posted on 10/07/2013 9:08:07 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Danke.


16 posted on 10/07/2013 9:09:32 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Lazamataz

I hope it has a happy ending.


17 posted on 10/07/2013 9:10:47 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Lazamataz

This scares the bejeebers outa me.


18 posted on 10/07/2013 9:11:40 AM PDT by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: murrie

Your bejeebers SHOULD be scared.


19 posted on 10/07/2013 9:12:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

They have been for quite some time


20 posted on 10/07/2013 9:13:02 AM PDT by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: Lazamataz

Please ping me Laz. I’m wondering where you take “us”. I really dislike this feeling that you’re giving us the taste of a possible soon-to-be reality and yet I can’t avoid looking at it. Cheers.


21 posted on 10/07/2013 9:13:21 AM PDT by martian622 (The Revolution is being televised.)
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To: windcliff

The next editorial, part two, will not be a continuation of the story, but instead, an editorial connecting the dots that lead me to write this.


22 posted on 10/07/2013 9:13:40 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

bttt


23 posted on 10/07/2013 9:13:59 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: martian622

I wrote this because I feel there is a chance that this will actually be our future, and I thought of no better way to capture the reader than a piece of decent fiction.


24 posted on 10/07/2013 9:14:49 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Nice job there Laz. Sadlly, not too far fetched either. Instead of protecting this country they seem intent on tearing it down.


25 posted on 10/07/2013 9:16:10 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Lazamataz

Where is the second chapter where the bus arrives in Las Vegas and you are given a big bag of chips and escorted into the Casino where you are greeted by beautiful women with Chanpagne?


26 posted on 10/07/2013 9:16:39 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Lazamataz

27 posted on 10/07/2013 9:17:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Lazamataz

Riveting. Looking forward to part 2!


28 posted on 10/07/2013 9:18:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: GeronL

Perhaps Laz will be so fortunate as to meet up with Travis and they head for the sea.


29 posted on 10/07/2013 9:19:18 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Lazamataz
Very good, thank you.

Former resident of HotLanta...

30 posted on 10/07/2013 9:20:14 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I envy you, being in Germany, at this time in American history.


31 posted on 10/07/2013 9:21:01 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Travis McGee

If Travis and I actually did hook up and expat, we could produce ONE HELLUVA series of books, intended to be passed around America in the old Soviet way — from person to person, clandestinely.


32 posted on 10/07/2013 9:23:34 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

lol


33 posted on 10/07/2013 9:23:42 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: henkster

We also saw the public tell them to go to hell. They weren’t even the well ARMED public!


34 posted on 10/07/2013 9:24:20 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: Lazamataz
Well Done Mr. Mataz.

 

Along the lines of this body of work. Also worth reading.

"Alas, Brave New Babylon" new fiction by Matt Bracken
Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | August 26, 2013 | Matthew Bracken
 

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 8:20:36 AM by Travis McGee

35 posted on 10/07/2013 9:25:31 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: GeronL
lol

You have an odd sense of humor, FRiend.

36 posted on 10/07/2013 9:25:36 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Your work in “Alas” is truly spectacular. This was a hurriedly-created work, and I see a few flaws in it now. However, I wanted it in front of people sooner rather than later, so they might remove the “Normalacy-Bias Goggles”.


37 posted on 10/07/2013 9:27:26 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

We want to retire in America when our daughter starts college there (she is 4 years old now).

Prayers for America.


38 posted on 10/07/2013 9:27:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: henkster
George Lucas, of all people, made millions of dollars with science fiction movies that showed the same thing. But he thought it would happen under the watch of his political enemies, not his friends.

Even to the point of childishly naming one of his villains "Nute Gun-Ray" (Gun-Ray=Ray-Gun=Reagan).

What a dope.

39 posted on 10/07/2013 9:28:53 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Lazamataz

Like a car wreck, I have to see what happen(s)(ed). Please add me to your ping list.
Thanks.


40 posted on 10/07/2013 9:29:07 AM PDT by ssschev (Pick up the can, throw out the trash.)
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To: humblegunner
One question, though.. why would “I, a good liberal” have an AR-15?

I was about to ask the same question.

41 posted on 10/07/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Lazamataz

Hey Laz! Please add me! Thanks!


42 posted on 10/07/2013 9:31:01 AM PDT by The SISU kid (I think they taste like Barbie dolls smell.)
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To: Lazamataz; All
Great read. Anxiously awaiting next chapter...

But, hey folks, the moral of the story is:DO NOT WAIT to get out.

If you're to stupid, to timid, to “in can’t be happening” to get out in time, DO NOT head for the highway - didn't you see the first episode of “Revolution”? LOL

If you haven't gotten out and settled somewhere long before TSHTF, at least have an escape route plotted and a destination in place. Hopefully, you‘ve not only squirreled away some supplies, but practiced some self-sufficient skills. (I'm teaching my granddaughters how to knit, how to make laundry soap, hand soap bars, butter - using just cream and a glass jar, etc. You need more than supplies, you need to know to replenish supplies.

And don't just pick out a place on the map to head to. You may think you can melt into the wilderness and no one will know you're there. Guess again. Every square inch of land is owned by someone. The more remote, the fewer locals, the more they all know if a strangers around and they might not cotton to strangers just showing up and expecting to be allowed to squat on their land and using their resources. -

Establish a relationship, get a piece of land, arrange to use a piece of land, (might even want to think of this 'piece' across the border.) well before you NEED it - because, in actuality, you NEED IT NOW.

43 posted on 10/07/2013 9:31:34 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Windflier

I know liberals who are gun-aficionados. I live in Atlanta, after all.


44 posted on 10/07/2013 9:31:47 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz - got a ping list for this? Please ;o)


45 posted on 10/07/2013 9:32:09 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Lazamataz

Hang in there, maybe Travis can save you.

:p


46 posted on 10/07/2013 9:33:36 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: maine-iac7
But, hey folks, the moral of the story is:DO NOT WAIT to get out.

Exactly, you have identified one message. I want my kindred and like-minded Free Republic friends to be able to make it through whatever comes.

The second message is to be aware that this exact scenario has a chance of actually happening in real life, and to be prepared for it.

47 posted on 10/07/2013 9:34:34 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: martian622

Great comment. Thanks.


48 posted on 10/07/2013 9:36:52 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
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To: GeronL
Huh.

Okay.

49 posted on 10/07/2013 9:36:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz
Your bejeebers SHOULD be scared.

Truth in humor - or humor in truth?


50 posted on 10/07/2013 9:38:06 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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