Thursday, March 14, 2013

Let me toss something out there to scare you out of your wits

Please step over to Tam's site and look at this post.  Feel free to read it if you want, but I just need you to look at the picture.

Now, I want you to consider this.  Roughly half the people in the US own firearms, and it's only a subset of those who have went out the last few weeks and bought the shelves of pretty much every store that sells ammo bare.  That's because not every one who owns a gun is a shooter.  It's only those of us who like to hear things go "Bang!" a lot, plus some folks who are afraid that they may never get to buy more or who never bought it in the first place who've done this.

Imagine something hitting the news along the lines of this:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we break into your regularly scheduled programming for this announcement.  The Food and Drug Administration has discovered that terrorists have contaminated the output of a number of food processors, meat packing plants and other food production facilities.  Because of this threat to the public health, food shipments from all food processing facilities will be halted until the safety of the food supply can be ensured."

Just how long do you think it will take for your local grocery store to look like this?  That is if the riot to get in the store and stock up on food doesn't lead to it's outright looting and/or burning?  Because it isn't going to be some fraction, even a sizable fraction, of people trying to buy food.  It's going to be everyone + dog.

You think you've seen a crowd and panic buying at gun shows lately?  Yeah right.  If this happens, it will get ugly at warp speed.

If you're not one of the lucky first hundred people to get there, what will you do?  How will you feed yourself and your family for the days, possibly weeks, it will take to get things back to normal?

Just something to think about.  Got your preps in line yet?

Hypocrites gonna be hypocritical, the sequel

In a way, it's sort of sad.  Before her unfortunate run-in with a homicidal maniac, former Arizona Congresscritter Gabrielle Giffords decided that she needed to "toughen up" her image.  As with so many of the more leftist bent, she decided to go with props over substance.  What props, you might ask?

AR-15s.  You know the same gun her husband Mark Kelly wants to see banned because ZOMG EVIL!

After the photos were extracted from the depths of her publicity records and publicized, she posted them on her Facebook page with an explanation apparently written by the Brady Bunch.

Like I said, sad.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Armageddon sewing

When my Dad died, among the many things I inherited was a pair of treadle sewing machines.  One was my grandma's (my mother's mother) and one was from somewhere on his side of the family.

When you're sorting through your parent's belongings, the hardest thing you face is separating your memories of your parents from their physical stuff.  I was able to do it to some extent.  I decided to give the one from Dad's side of the family to Mountain Man's Lovely Bride and to keep my grandma's.

I also decided to keep my Dad's old reel-type push mower.

Now, I've told you all that so I can tell you this.  My children, who both take after their father in the "sense of humor" area, promptly dubbed the two items as the "Armageddon Sewing Machine" and the "Armageddon Mower".  They both know and I believe mostly understand their father's position on the whole "Our society is cruisin' for a brusin'" thing.  They also understand that, prepping or not, life must go on and that one can not live their life in fear and dread.

In return, I have told them both that I am spending my inheritance foolishly, and that they will inherit their grandfather's substantial collection of pipe wrenches, cold chisels and mismatched screw drivers.  I have also informed them that his collection of odd screws and bent nails were donated to the poor-and-starvin', so not to expect those.

Of course, any tool is useless without some basic knowledge, so earlier this week I was delighted to stumble over granny-miller.com and her Treadle Sewing Machine Advice.

Now I can relax, knowing that I comfortably hold the title of "Most effort expended by a blogger to clear one tab on his browser".  :-)

Hypocrites gonna be hypocritical

At least until they get caught and the bright light of day is shined all over their butt.

It seems one Mark Kelly, whose primary claim to fame is his marriage to Gabriel Giffords, was seen in a local militia armory gun store, buying a 1911, a mythical "assault weapon" and equally mythical "high capacity magazines".

After the story broke all over the Intertubz, Mr. Kelly has promised to turn the incarnation of evil over to the Tuscon (AZ) PD.  No word on the magazines or the 1911.

Asshat.