Preparing…for what?

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Even though they have been around since the dawn of mankind, there seems to be an increased popularity of the survivalist, or “Doomsday Prepper”. This group of individuals tries to prepare for any and all eventualities. Good luck with that!

Anyone that thinks that they can rathole enough food, water, clothing, shelter and medical needs to outlast even a small catastrophe is fooling themselves. There is no way to predict what kind of event will hit. Disease, meteor strike, electromagnetic pulse, global warming or zombie apocalypse, each scenario presents its own set of unique challenges, as well as its own degree of preparedness.

But the real bottom line is this, what are the chances that a prepper will be at their cache of supplies at the time of disaster? Mediocre at best. You could be at the mall, at work, on vacation, etc., etc. So, the event hits, and you find yourself making your way to your cache. 300 million people, just in America, are trying to find their loved ones, seek shelter, make their way home, or generally running around in a screaming panic. It does not matter how much stuff you have squirreled away, if you are not trained properly, chances are that you won’t make it a mile before you become an unpleasant statistic.

If you do make it to the place you have expended all of time, money and effort to designate as your last stand, think about this…how many folks know about it? Your kids? How many of their friends have they told? Your wife? Her friends? Other friends and relatives? The point is, now you have another group of folks, in case they haven’t been “prepping” themselves, that will seek out your supplies, shelter, medicine, etc. Are you willing to kill for a can of Spam? Most people aren’t. What about folks who just happen upon your spot days, weeks, months after the inital event? Are you equipped, as well as mentally and physically prepared, to defend your stock of aftermarket MRE’s against a desperate and hungry horde of men, women and children?

Let’s say you have stockpiled dozens of AR-15’s, shotguns, handguns, deer rifles and 10,000 rounds for each and every gun you own. Can you use, at best, more than 2 of these guns at a time? What about the time it takes to reload? Remember the desperate, hungry hordes?

In this area, I am sympathetic. My preparation used to consist of accumulating as much ammunition as I could afford at any given time. I believed the bumper sticker that read, “AMMO…the Currency of the New Millenium”. My philosophy was that with enough ammo I could “buy” everything my family and I could need. My thought process finally changed when I really began to give these type of situations the thought and research they required.

Each type of disaster brings its own set of challenges. I can’t possibly cover every eventuality, but consider the following…

1. In a true survival situation, you only need to worry about 4 basic needs; food, water, protection from the elements and first aid.
2. I have a few friends that part of their “plan” includes generators for lights, heaters and other powered devices. A person would expend so much time and energy scrounging for fuel and maintaining their generation equipment, they won’t have enough time and energy left over to hunt, forage or farm.
3. Nuclear disaster: Would you really want you and yours to survive this, only to suffer through radiation sickness?
4. Communicable disease: Smallpox, Ebola, plague, to name a few. Would you want to endure having to watch a loved one, or loved ones, “live” through something like that?

I am not a pessimist. I am a realist. Again, you cannot prepare properly for every possible scenario, much less expect to be within arms reach of your “stuff”.

I am not against preparedness of any kind. But, I do think that each person, and their family, needs to prepare for whatever is most likely to be immediate-vicinity, short-term disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, weather-related power outages).

I feel that if you decide to truly become a “prepper” the only way to really prepare is to completely remove yourself from “civilization” immediately, and begin living your end-of-the-world utopia. At that point, you wouldn’t even know that you were surviving when the ship hit the sand.

I believe that my time, money and effort is better spent living in the now, and enjoying life to the fullest (in whatever form that takes for each of us). I am prepping by doing absolutely nothing.

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…and so it begins.

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

I thank God that I do not live in state like New York. They have outlawed property that was perfectly legal to own yesterday. They have mandated that you must get rid of some of your property. They have mandated a time limit, and where you must dispose of your property. They have mandated that you will be cited if other property still in your home doesn’t meet their standard.

I’ve said it before, if simply making something illegal was effective there wouldn’t have been approximately 314 gun related homicides in NYC, in 2011. Stringent gun laws were already in place, yet people were killed. How did that happen? Didn’t the criminals know that guns are illegal there?

During the same year, there were over 50,000 arrests for marijuana alone in NYC. That doesn’t include other illegal drugs. How did that happen? Again, don’t the dealers know that drugs are illegal?

Not to sound paranoid or alarmist, but when the goverment, at any level, sees fit to tell me I must get rid of property that I legally acquired. Or how to get rid of it. Or when to get rid of it. It is quickly becoming time to let the goverment know that “We the People” have given them consent to govern, and we will gladly take it away from them.

One day wonder!

Posted: January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I don’t even know where to start!

I had a guy work for me for one day…one day, six months ago, or longer, and has filed against us for unemployment!

He was a retired gentleman, looking to work just for something to do more than anything. He came in, I showed him around, explained his duties and told him about future plans for the position. He worked his 8 hours and said, “I’ll see you in the morning”. Never came back, didn’t call, nothing. I called him a few days later, out of concern if nothing else, to ask if he was coming back. He told me that he wasn’t. He’d forgotten how stressful working was, wanted to stay retired, blah, blah, blah. Now, he wants us to pay towards his unemployment.

I cannot pretend to understand the sense of entitlement mentality of folks these days. Not just in America, but worldwide. All one has to do is look at Greece, Spain, Portugal, Soviet Union, etc, etc to see what this kind of pathetic, socialist thinking will do to a society.

All you hear on the news is, “Fiscal Cliff!”. Yet, the meat and potatoes remains the same…raise taxes on what few American citizens and companies that are still working, and give it away to others that refuse to do their share. Spend more than you earn. It’s the governments version of not living within their means.

First shot.

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s difficult to keep from having a knee jerk reaction when something offends your sensibilities. Although, that doesn’t seem to be too difficult for the few that make policy in this country.

Due to a rash of horrific crimes, the powers that be, on both ends of the political spectrum, are racing to be the first one to come up with a “solution” to gun related crime in America. First off, banning any kind of weapon is not the answer. 9/11 happened; airliners are still legal. The tragedy in Oklahoma City happened; fuel, fertilizer and rental trucks are still legal. If people want to hurt another person, they can, and will, make a weapon out of just about anything. Secondly, creating some kind of Big Brother database of guns and gun owners is not the answer. The guns used on those poor children in Newtown, CT belonged to the shooter’s mother. How would a registry have prevented that? The nut that set his own house on fire, then shot firefighters as they tried to put it out, was a convicted felon. The weapons he used did not belong to him. Again, how would a registry have prevented that?

I have heard different potential fixes from a wide variety of people, professional soldiers, lawyers, politicians, law enforcement folks, and many have merit. But trying to “prevent” random acts of violence committed by evil people, mentally ill people or religious zealots is simply an unattainable goal.

I don’t claim to have any answers to these complex issues. But, I do know what some of the answers aren’t. I guess that if we keep eliminating solutions that won’t work, we just might be left with one that will.