Saturday, March 19, 2011

Washington makes you wear dirty clothes

(Via Claire Wolfe)

In which the folks who always know better ruin the washing machine--and your clothes.

And yes, I have one of the stinky, moldy front loaders. While it does clean as well as the last top loader we owned, and while it does use less water, it take 3 times the time to do a load. What used to take a morning now takes all day. And it saves no hot water, because we usually wash everything in cold anyway.

But that's Washington for you--improving your life whether you ask for it or not.

Can you has nite vision?

Yes, we can now see in the dark, at least after a fashion.

The Bushnell Night Watch is a Gen I unit in terms of performance. However, unlike the old Vietnam-era "starlight scopes", it's in a handy, compact package and has a handy, compact price. (I paid about $175 including shipping for mine, as always, Google (Products) is your friend.)

There are a number of folks out there who will tell you that if it isn't a Gen III it's a worthless piece of crap and you're wasting your money. These generally tend to be the same folks who tell you if it isn't a Wilson Combat, or you haven't moved into the far west a tank of gas from the nearest Walmart or whatever, YOU'RE GONNA DIE WHEN TSHTF!!!

Sorry, not buying it. Yes, I live too near a Walmart. I don't own a Wilson Combat 1911. And I don't own a Gen III night vision optic. Maybe if things go all Mad Max on us, I'll only make it 5 minutes longer than the next guy. Maybe not.

I do know that I'm better set than any of my neighbors to be able to hole up and wait out a bad situation. I know I'm far better equipped to do without grid power, grid water or grid sewer. This is because, in part, I don't spend $3500 on a AN/PVS-7 when the $175 less capable version will do what I really need it to do. I'd rather have my cheap night vision, 5 ARs and a dozen cases of .223 than an AN/PVS-22 and a Moisin with two boxes of ammo.

I don't need night vision to plop down on the rail of an AR so I can go all high speed low drag in a TEOTWAWKI situation. I am not an operator, nor did I sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. I am not going to be crashing the Spiky-Haired Mutant Cannibal Bikers Convention on The End + 4. I will not be going zombie hunting.

What I am going to be doing is quietly watching the area around my blacked out and deserted-looking house to see if that bump in the night is something I really need to worry about--or is is just Roddy Raccoon raiding the trash again.

There are some folks out there who do not prepare for bad times because they simply don't have the money--or at least think they don't. When faced with $1000 rifles, $300 cases of ammo and all the rest, they throw up their hands and resign themselves to dying because they think they can't afford to live.

You don't have to do that. Yes, it's getting harder everyday as food and energy prices continue to skyrocket, but You. Do. Not. Have. To. Start small--a couple of cans of beans extra this week, 5 pounds of flour next week. A box or three of ammo when the tax refund shows up. A good LED flashlight instead of the lottery tickets for a month.

Or a $175 piece of night vision and money left over for other things, like more food. Remember, if you're prepared at all you ahead of most people. Get ahead now.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let's see here...

Your kid is a bully. He starts to believe his own propaganda and takes on a kid twice his size, and gets body slammed for his error in tactical judgment. The event has gone viral on the Intertubz because people are getting sick and tired of the kind of crap your kid perpetrates and are tickled to death to see someone fight back successfully. And you want an apology?

I think I see how your kid got to be the way he is. Up yours, Mom.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Want to help the Japanese?

Roberta X can show you how to get the t-shirt that gives.

And I'm telling you, they're going to need the help. I was appalled by the destruction in New Zealand just weeks ago, but this is utterly beyond belief (link via Drudge). I'm amazed that so many of the Japanese are just keeping on keeping on, and I have to wonder if we would do as well.

It's also worth saying, this is why folks like me prepare for the worst. Because it might just show up on your doorstep and make itself at home.

Welcome to "just in time"

(Via the Drudge Report)

General Motors Co. says it suspended production at its Shreveport, La., plant for the week of March 21 because of a parts shortage stemming from last week’s earthquake in Japan.

Expect to see more of this soon.

Skin in the game

"I may not be at this table, probably won't be, in 2015, but I'll tell you that my son is in uniform, and Lieutenant Petraeus just completed a tour in Afghanistan, which thankfully we were able to keep very quiet, and left in November after serving as an infantry platoon leader. We're very proud of what he did. He thinks he was doing something very important."

Shut up, Walter, You're making North Carolina look bad again.

For the Evil Party

All's fair--all the time. Because they're smarter than we are, more sophisticated than we are, and they should rule.

Don't believe me? Just ask them.

Dear Nannies

Do you think you mind your own business--you know, like fixing the Federal budget--instead of stomping the guts out of the Tenth Amendment yet again?

A thought for your St. Patrick's Day

"Don't be angry about growing old. Many are denied the privilege."

An old Irish Proverb (so I'm told)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I lol'd

A voice of sweet reason

In a sea of OMG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!

...But don't go on the television and tell me that in an area where the houses and roads have been destroyed, harbors filled with debris and water, gas and electric mains destroyed, that I should mostly be worried about "radiation," especially when the affected area had already been largely evacuated. There are people in Japan still missing meals, without proper sanitation or sufficient water and these are immediate concerns about which something can be done.

In never ceases to amaze me how the blogosphere usually manages to come up with more realistic and balanced views on the occurrences of the day than the professional media. (And my fellow preppers are even worse. I can't even go in Timebomb right now without wanting to Stooge Slap 100 idiots per page.)

That's not to say the situation in Japan isn't bad, although it really isn't. It's half past horrific and heading down in a hurry. (Link via SurvivalBlog.) Every critical human need from shelter to food and water is in short supply and getting shorter--and snow's on the way. The Japanese are suffering like they haven't since our grandfathers had to teach them that military adventurism was a Bad Thing.

So can we shut up about the radiation, runs on potassium iodide/iodate pills and so on? Because that's all a side show when people are freezing in the dark.

Monday, March 14, 2011

In the country formerly knowns as Great Britain...

(Via Survival Blog)

Man finds a "gleaming" round of .22 LR, PSH immediately occurs.

Do you realize how much fun you could have over there with a milk carton of Remington Golden Bullets--and you'd never have to actually fire one.

But why would you need to carry a gun in your own home?

Because the Bad Guys know where you live and that you have good stuff.

A few years ago I would have just raised an eyebrow at those who advocated carrying in your own home. This and other incidents tell me that it is past time to reconsider it.