Wednesday, 27 July 2016

09:28 – We’ve now been two full days and nights without air conditioning. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be an issue in Sparta, NC, but the heat wave that’s affecting most of the country is also affecting us. Our indoor temperatures have been around 86F (30C), which is at least 10F too high for comfort. The AC guy is supposed to be out this afternoon to fix it.

We’re building biology kits in our work area out in the garage today. Ordinarily, when it’s very hot outside we do stuff in the house and wait for a cooler day to do garage stuff. At this point, it makes no difference because it’s as warm in the house as it in the garage. This whole thing hasn’t been as much a problem for me as it has been for Barbara. My optimum room temperature is 74 or 75F, while Barbara’s is more 68 to 70F. So, while 82F is warm for me and 86F is sweltering, those temperatures are extremely uncomfortable for Barbara. At 86F yesterday evening, it was actually warm enough that I considered switching from long pants to shorts. I think I may have some shorts around, although the last time I wore shorts was probably 30 years ago.

We just added another country to our science kit business total. We got an order overnight for a biology kit and a chemistry kit to ship to Sri Lanka. I think that takes our total countries to something like 40. Of course, a lot of those are onesies and twosies. Probably 98% of our shipments outside the US go to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and western Europe, with an occasional one to India, Japan, or eastern Europe, and one every once in a great while to other Asian countries, Pacific island nations, or Africa. But, other than Antarctica, we have shipped to all continents.


09:49 – I think it was Dave Hardy who first pointed me to the Woodpile Report. I came across the following yesterday, extracted from Remus’s post #436.

This week I’ve been vacuum-packing even more dry foods in Mason jars. There must be room in this place for one more five-foot stack of flats. Um, somewhere. Next up is more oatmeal, cornmeal and shelled nuts. And as backup for my backups, I got a bunch-o’-Ramen noodle soup, slit the packages and ran ’em through the FoodSaver. They’re cheap and take up little room. Add water, 190 calories. Not a gourmet treat, but they’re calories.

Calories are everything when prepping for a food deficient future. When it all hits the fan, those who think they need an interesting variety of food are in for an epiphany. Food isn’t entertainment. They’ll not only eat much the same thing day after day, they’d crawl over broken glass to do it. Choosiness will be a barely credible memory. Today’s over-hydrated generation with their no fat, gluten-free, low calorie diets will have their teachable moment, as will those who demand a balanced diet at every meal. Calories first, nutritional nuances second. And sometimes there is no second, to wit:

Pan Am Post – Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger. The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. Six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger.

Activist Post – Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. Many began to suspect the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”

Only a fool would believe they could prepare “just in time”. Remember how the ammo shortage started. First, prices began to rise as inventory fell. “It’s only a blip. Things will soon get back to normal, they always have.” Then there were empty shelves here ‘n there. No big deal, if one outlet didn’t have it, another one did. Until they didn’t. When the ugly truth was obvious to all, panic buying began and the bottom of the bucket fell out. The cause of the ammo scarcity doesn’t matter. What matters is foolishly depending on normalcy. It’s okay to expect normalcy, not okay to rely on it.

“Shocking, instant, and dramatic” can’t be discounted either. The list is long. Another New Madrid earthquake could take down bridges over the Mississippi—it’s surprising how few there are—and hundreds of others. Or maybe another Carrington event or a nuclear EMP by a rogue regime will take down the grid, perhaps for years. Not to be overlooked is war itself [see “World War III, The run up” below]. Or a sudden, catastrophic economic failure could freeze everything in place for the forseeable future, a repeat of the 1930s. Or it could be something we don’t even have a name for.

Solve food and the specifics matter much less. The prudent will stock a deep larder using home canning, dehydrating, vacuum dry packing, salting, smoking and a goodly supply of commercial long term storage foods. Regional events elsewhere suggest survival will be a more intense version of life itself, a marathon of hard work and routine, with occasional run-ins with dangerous people. As the well known and obvious truth has it, “there’s no long term without the short term”. Those who make it through the first year okay, and who use that year well, have the best shot at surviving the storm altogether.

Next item please.

There’s considerable overlap of preparationalism and survivalism. A pure survivalist is a nomadic, resourceful minimalist ‘living off the land’, most dramatically in hostile territory. There are good uses for this expertise, escape and evasion for one, but in the main they’re “cammies, camp ‘n carbine” people, old west mountain men as opposed to frontier settlers. They’re mostly adventurers of the Hugh Glass variety but some band together in modern day Freikorps, closer to partisans than survivalists. Best case, real survivalists add a bit of color and a viable alternative to what will otherwise be a dreary slog through unenviable times. Worst case, they’ll devolve into guerilla raiders.

At the other extreme are the “Mount Olympus” preppers, affluent groups with remote, upscale compounds outfitted to continue their present life style without the annoying inconveniences a civilizational collapse is bound to incur. They’re well staffed and elaborately equipped, often underground, with high-tech comms and power generation, huge stores of food, fuel and supplies, good medical facilities, their security entrusted to a cadre of ex-military and a “nine” in every nightstand. It’s essentially an all-in bet their capsule will outlast the unpleasantness. There’s no Plan B, it would mean settling for second best, so it ain’t happenin’.

In between are the prepper-survivalists who live in, or move to, unfashionably distant rural venues and live a robust, largely self-sufficient life. Some are children of hippies who’ve Learned Their Lesson, others live as “armed Amish” or as they imagine their great grandparents lived, except with solar power and antibiotics, still others have always lived this way, often with a run of destitution in their history that fuels a seriously prudent outlook and provides a ready store of cautionary tales. Common to them all is a “borderlands mentality”, meaning self reliance and cellular-level distrust of secular authority. It’s with these misfits the odds makers should place their bets.

Out of the running are urban people. They have no real chance. Cities are densely inhabited reservations supplied from the outside, run by committees of niche experts at the behest of clueless blowhards. Commerce consists largely of distributing, selling, stealing, replacing and disposing of stuff they neither built nor grew. The rest talk or peddle palliatives for a living. Networking is everyone’s second profession, few are employed on merit alone. What it pleases them to call “street smarts”—mental equipage for an alternative reality—is about the extent of their survival know-how.

The aware among them are convinced they’ll see the approaching calamity before everyone else and hie themselves to their uncle’s place on the lake while civilization collapses in their rear view mirror. No one will hassle them on the way because they’re good people. And they know a guy. They imagine it’ll be like camping. When they get to the village they’ll load up on food and supplies. After the authorities make everything okay again they’ll return home tanned, fit and refreshed, with lots of stories to tell. Their friends will marvel at their shrewd resourcefulness and seek their guidance in other matters. As said above, they have no real chance.

I don’t agree with everything Remus has to say, but it’s always worth thinking about.




82 thoughts on “Wednesday, 27 July 2016”

  1. My plan for years has been to be in jail, dead, or working at the South Pole by the time my daughter turns 13, because I don’t want to deal with a teenage daughter. If I choose the last of those options, sometime in the next four years I’ll see if I can place a kit order from Antarctica.

  2. Here’s another guy who has been living the life for a long time. He’s slowed down posting but still has good things to say. Some of his old posts are well worth the time.

    http://www.commanderzero.com/?p=3415

    “Article -Confessions Of A Former Apocalypse Survival Guide Writer” — linked because of this one quote from the actual article — ” Prepping is big business, with Yahoo! Finance reporting that as many as 3.7 million Americans identified themselves as “preppers” in 2013, fueling demand for a multi-billion dollar industry. ”

    I wonder what the number is now?

    and more along the lines of a typical post from CZ

    http://www.commanderzero.com/?p=3417

    …you are ‘off the grid’ and ‘self-sufficient’ or you’re ‘on the grid’ and screwed. There hasn’t been a term for that in-between stage. I think that term is ‘less-than-dependent’. It implies that you aren’t self-sufficient, but you are more resilient to an infrastructure failure than those who are 100% dependent on that infrastructure. Let me give an example…

    nick

  3. I agee more with the comments than with the article. We’re none of us independent, and haven’t been for tens of thousands of years.

  4. We have a ways to go here to be Less Dependent. My priorities now are more food plus wotta storage and a genny hooked up to the well pump. Then, on top of the regular maintenance and repair issues here, like with the electrical and plumbing systems, we need to replace/reinforce the front and back doors/frames/strike plates and hinges.

    This is slow and difficult, thanks to the one income now, less than total buy-in from the spouse, and a gigantic PITA issue with our Fed and state taxes.

    But it’s a beeyooteeful day on the bay again with blue skies and I’ll be on the outside yard stuff as long as I can stand it after it hits 90+. We could use a couple of days of steady soaking rain.

  5. I was in the early Beta program for these capers, mostly providing enlisted aircrew gunner support for pararescue guys and FACs:

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2016/07/mil-160726-afns02.htm?_m=3n.002a.1776.be0ao08rl2.1mt5

    1974-75 for me. 56th Special Operations Wing, the alleged military wing of Air America. Ancient history. Two years prior to that, the Easter Offensive and Operation Linebacker. This is properly known as the Second Indochina War.

    Homework exercise: how many actual wars and various “Operations” have been conducted by our rulers since my time?

    Extra credit: what percentage of them resulted in definitively positive results and was well worth it in terms of blood and treasure expended?

  6. Ok, here are a couple that might have some lessons learned in them for us.

    “Two hero soldiers and war veterans shot dead defending a woman from armed attacker at a South Carolina bar”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3709529/Two-hero-soldiers-war-veterans-shot-dead-defending-woman-armed-attacker-South-Carolina-bar.html

    -guys are in a bar, woman runs in, she’s being attacked by a guy, so they rush to help-

    “Judge and Prins interfered, along with several other patrons of the Frayed Knot bar, when they saw Mills assault a woman at around midnight on Sunday.

    The 25-year-old suspect then pulled out a gun and allegedly opened fire on the Good Samaritans, striking the two soldiers.”

    — BUT here’s what the shooter has to say

    “‘I never meant for it to happen like that,’ Mills told a judge. ‘I was being lynched by eight people because I was chasing a girl who grabbed drugs off the seat and took off running.’

    No indication that the soldiers were CHL holders, but I’m reminded from my CHL class that it doesn’t give you superpowers, or the wisdom of Solomon. You DON’T know the whole story. Be careful what trouble you take on.

    Anything becomes a weapon with the right mindset:

    “Shocking video shows man defending himself against carjackers by spraying them in the face with a HOSE

    Michael Davis stopped the theft at a car wash called Oasis in Shreveport, Louisiana, at approximately 2am Wednesday
    He says a man with a gun told him to give over his keys and money
    Davis, however, sprayed the man as well as another man”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3709936/Shocking-video-shows-man-defending-against-carjackers-spraying-face-HOSE.html

    — couple of things to think about here. WHY was this guy washing his car at 2am?? Why wasn’t he better armed? If he was, did he make good choices?

    — his situational awareness was probably pretty good.

    — if he’d been shot, or had to shoot, the video would have made a big difference. Got a dashcam?

    Personal security- got a spare key hidden under a mat? What about that plastic rock? Flower pot? MOVE IT NOW and get something else. Anything is better than just hiding it. If you have to hide it, put it somewhere away from the door.

    “Gun-wielding rapist used spare key from under doormat to get into woman’s home before asking ‘do you want to be killed or be raped?’

    Brooklyn rapist uses key under doormat to gain access to woman’s Bushwick apartment
    The victim, 29, was asleep about 1:30am Monday when she heard her front door open
    The attacker flashed a silver gun and asked if she wanted to be ‘killed or be raped’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710796/Gun-wielding-rapist-used-spare-key-doormat-woman-s-home-asking-want-killed-raped.html

    A security system would have prevented this. So would a simple deadbolt. Defense in depth. Concentric rings.

    I note that when someone has the drop on you it’s hard to fight back, and in this case she survived the attack. BUT depending on the good will of a home invader and rapist is not a good defensive strategy.

    Note also the importance of video to catching this guy.

    http://www.thehomesecuritysuperstore.com/home-security-solutions-key-hiders-c=29

    https://www.guesty.com/academy/airbnb-self-check-in-lockboxes-key-safes/

    Key lockboxes are fairly easy to overcome if you know how but they are way better than leaving a key out.

    Finally, for general situational awareness:

    “Prosecutors drop ALL charges against remaining three cops in Freddie Gray case

    Prosecutors’ decision came as pretrial motions were scheduled to begin for Officer Garrett Miller
    Freddie Gray, 25, died after suffering a broken neck in the back of a police van in April 2015 in Baltimore
    A judge had already acquitted three of the six officers in the Gray case
    Lieutenant Brian Rice was cleared of all charges earlier this month
    Police van driver, Caesar Goodson, who was charged with ‘depraved-heart’ murder over the death, was acquitted in June
    Officer Edward Nero was acquitted of misdemeanor charges in May
    Officer William Porter had been facing a retrial after a jury failed to agree on manslaughter and other charges ”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710882/All-charges-dropped-against-cops-Freddie-Gray-case.html

    This is likely to be used as a rallying cry for the BLM agitators. Eyes open.

    nick

  7. Ooh! OOh!

    Too many.

    One. Arguably. The positive results part. Grenada did one thing and GTFO. Was it worth it? I dunno. The Western Hemisphere is more in our interest than the East.

    Desert Storm was effective – gas prices came down, which is in our interest. Justified? I don’t think so. None of our business, and most of it was our fault in the first place.

    edit: Spelling. I need to proof better before I post.

  8. Well, I don’t know any numbers. I’ve never been involved in a declared war, but I’ve been under fire and done the whole dead bodies thing and all that.

    The closest I’ve been to a declared war is the year+ in Korea. SFAIK, that war was never officially ended even now. I did come under fire twice in Korea, but both times was “friendlies” doing it.

    (No, it wasn’t my charming personality that got me shot at. One was during a field exercise in which we came under artillery fire. Us younger guys looked up, looking for clouds to accompany the thunder. The older guys said (paraphrased) “Goodness gracious, incoming! Hit the dirt!” We never did find out who was shelling us, nor whether we were in the wrong valley or they were shelling the wrong valley.

    The other time was when I was inspecting the perimeter fence around Camp Casey. The guards, rent-a-cops, frequently slept even during the day and were useless at night. I shouted that I was inspecting as I approached one tower, shouted again, shouted again, and then finally got a reply: “Yabber jabber! Yabber jabber! BLAM!” The BLAM part was not shouted, though it was followed by some shouted profanities from my general location. I beat feet outa there and refused to do any more inspections without an armed guard providing cover as I walked up to the towers.)

  9. Extra-extra bonus question: how many of the various wars and “Operations” BEFORE my time were worth the time, effort, blood and treasure expended by our rulers and had definitive positive results in our best interests?

  10. @OFD

    “we need to replace/reinforce the front and back doors/frames/strike plates and hinges. ”

    Don’t wait. At the very least, take 10 minutes and replace a couple of the short screws in each piece of metal (hinge etc) with longer screws- 3″ deck screws or “structural” screws in preference to drywall screws. But if all you have is drywall screws use them. (Drywall screws are hard and brittle, and are relatively easy to shear or break, deck screws or structurals are stronger.)

    This is a very simple upgrade and takes very little time or money.

    Next step is to reinforce the strike plate and (possibly) the door around the lockset. If your door hardware and door were installed in the last 30 years, a strikeplate or metal sleeve for the door should fit without any work. They are cheap too, and easy to install. (Dave, I know your’s isn’t, but an off the shelf plate might still work.)

    https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Line-Products-10385-Accommodates-Centers/dp/B00D2K33NG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1469633391&sr=8-5&keywords=door+strike+plate

    https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Line-Products-10539-Reinforcer-Stainless/dp/B006GDULOK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1469633578&sr=8-2&keywords=door+reinforcement+plate

    full reinforcement:

    https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Line-Products-11026-Reinforcement-Construction/dp/B00FB29LZW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1469633596&sr=8-3&keywords=door+reinforcement+plate

    If your hinge pins are on the outside (door opens outward) you can replace the hinges with non-removable pins or retrofit this:

    https://www.amazon.com/HINGEMATETM-DOOR-SECURITY-PINS-PACK/dp/B01HRPW5D0/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1469633455&sr=8-8&keywords=security+hinge+pin

    Which is easy and quick and cheap.

    If your door is non-standard, and none of the door jamb reinforcement strike plates work for you, it’s pretty straightforward to make your own. I had to do this for my front door.

    A piece of flat steel, about 3 ft long, 1 1/4 inch by < 1/8"thick, a 1" metal cutting hole saw, and a 1/8" drill bit for the screw holes, and a bigger bit or a countersink bit to recess the screws, and bob's your uncle. Hold it up to your door jamb, mark for the strike and deadbolt locations, lay out some screw holes (a bunch, spread out) and do the drilling. Most of the door openings I've looked at have plenty of room for the metal strip without recessing it into the wood. Install with long screws. Total project cost should be about $40 if you own the drill. I've commented before on the aftermath of a door kick daylight burglary of my rental house. The wooden jamb held up pretty well, the deadbolt wedged into the metal strike plate, and the force basically PULLED the deadbolt out of the door (along the axis of the bolt). The door was destroyed by the area around the lockset 'folding' but the actual failure was the deadbolt pulling out. I've since upgraded the jamb, added a long strike plate, and replaced the hollow core door with a solid wood, steel skinned door (with a beautiful TX star glass insert) and a security storm door. NONE of the upgrades are visible from the street. I was able to do the install work, and I got the door at Habitat (new but discounted), but had to buy the security storm door at retail from Lowes. It wasn't a cheap upgrade but it made the tenants feel safe again, and was far less than the cost of the stolen property. nick

  11. “Homework exercise: how many actual wars and various “Operations” have been conducted by our rulers since my time?”

    I might just know about a few Seal Teams delivered by submarine to places to remain unnamed. A few times there were extra body bags with them when the Seal Team was recovered. We also might just have had additional corpsmen along for the ride.

  12. And there are a couple of interesting revelations in this article:

    “Three men arrested for stealing $5million in cash and jewelry during two daring bank heists

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3709296/Feds-NYC-bank-burglars-stole-5-million-cash-diamonds.html

    Mainly–

    The FBI had been watching the home of Mazzara for the past two years

    A camera set up outside the man’s Gravesend home reportedly caught the three men coming back from the heists with the stolen goods — check out the picture of the camera at the bottom of the article

    they learned that plywood used by the burglars was bought at a nearby Home Depot —they traced the plywood!

    and that torches from a Brooklyn welder were used to poke into bank vaults. — and the torches!

    as well as video surveillance of two of the men buying supplies used in one of the burglaries — they really do seem to be watching the video from inside big box stores, just like Bracken says in his books…..

    Investigators said they relied in part on telephone and financial records, cellphone data and a confidential source to build their case. — still using cell phones? and I guess the aphorism that 2 people can keep a secret if one of them is dead still applies…

    and one last parting observation—“$5million in cash and jewelry” — if it’s in a bank deposit box, you WON’T be able to get it if there are problems with the banking system, because the bank will be closed.

    nick

  13. “One. Arguably. The positive results part. Grenada did one thing and GTFO.”

    Grenada also taught the SOC that just ’cause they are elite warriors, they can’t do everything, esp hasty missions they haven’t trained for. Unfortunately it took the loss of life to do so.

    nick

  14. Thanks, Mr. nick:

    Our doors may not be 200 years old like the house but they’re certainly more than half a century and it’s tricky because the house has “settled” a bit over the decades, wherein there is a noticeable tilt down from right to left looking at the front of it. Reinforcing wood piling bigger than railroad ties at a couple of points in the cellar. So this has, of course, affected the doors and frames.

    I’m gonna mos def replace the hinges ASAP but the rest of the stuff is likely gonna involve entirely replacing both doors and frames, and then installing new strike plates and deadbolts. It’s a cut or two above my carpentry pay grade so we’ll have a pro handle that end of it. Ditto with the electric panel in the cellar and floor outlets upstairs. I’d attempt fixing our kitchen faucet myself but I wanna replace the whole sink anyway, so will have a pro do that gig as well.

    So right now I’ll be doing the minimum for the doors, and will have to be lobbying simultaneously for the generator, which will run us probably half the cost of our wood stove. Putting big new (used) windows into her studio/shed is wunnerful (and I lobbied to also put a new railing on the back stairs, also beyond my current carpentry pay grade), but we really gotta put more $ into basic human needs.

    So my lobbying points:

    1.) Railing = safety issue

    2.) Generator = power for the well if it goes out more than a couple of days (with gas and propane storage capability)

    3.) Electric = fire hazard (got new smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers installed meanwhile)

    4.) Doors = security in the face of more reported break-ins, home invasions, and dope dealing activity in the AO

    5.) Firearms = see #4 above, so let’s get to the range and get some training, hon.

  15. Don’t let the fact it’s not perfect stop you from doing something now…. especially low cost low commitment things that don’t preclude you doing more in the future….

    ^ advice to everyone. Don’t let ‘paralysis by analysis’ keep you from doing something to prep. I’m not saying to just run out and do anything, but if you have a couple of recommendations from trusted sources, that’s enough!

    Nothing is ever perfect. And what was close to perfect on july 19, 1999, may not be anywhere near close for you on July 28th, 2016.

    which brings up another point.

    It’s important to reevaluate your assumptions and preps periodically.

    I’ve mentioned that I have a sort of mental list, and I get in the habit of doing something like picking up an extra peanut butter jar every time they are in stock. Then one day I realize I’m WAY overstocked on peanut butter (or colman stoves.) What are you doing by rote that might need a fresh look?

    On this trip (I’m home now) I found that my ‘daddy bag’ had clothes that were now too small for the kids in it. I also went thru and simplified some of the toiletries I was carrying, as I’d been in the habit of ‘just add this one thing, just in case’ for a while. I had a lot of heavy redundancy. By cleaning out those things, I had room for one of my small shortwave radios. (reception was bad, despite the coastal location)

    Go thru your BOBs, replace seasonal items. Can you now upgrade items? Are there things that were ‘panic buys’ or gimmicks that you need to replace?

    What changes in your family or your circumstances have occurred? Do they mean changes in your preps?? My kids are out of strollers now, and I don’t need to stock diapers, but the baby wipes continue to have 1000s of uses. A bug out will still have more in common with a medical evac, but the kids are at least mobile on their own.

    Does that make for changes? They are in different schools, with different access protocols now. Time to rethink routes? Are there different threats?

    The kids’ summer daycare doesn’t do their fire drill until the middle of the summer. In the mean time, the new kids haven’t been told what to do. And this camp doesn’t do ‘intruder’ drills at all. So I’ve talked to the kids about what to do. (and to the caregivers about the failings in their policies.)

    I’m working with the 7yo on awareness of her surroundings. Watching where she is going, making note of landmarks, asking if she knows where home is when we walk, pointing out animals and plants so she looks at her surroundings, etc. We’ll be working on exit path awareness too. Are your kids getting old enough for some ‘stealthy’ instruction on good habits? Do the books you read with them emphasize traits you want emphasized? If not, there are other books.

    yikes, another long comment that probably deserves a whole post.

    nick

  16. “Selling Past the Close”
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/148050318231/selling-past-the-close

    “I’ve been watching the Democratic National Convention and wondering if this will be the first time in history that we see a candidate’s poll numbers plunge after a convention.”

    “On the surface, the convention is going great. Michelle Obama made a speech for the ages. Bill Clinton was his masterful self. Bernie gave a full-throated endorsement of Clinton. The whole affair has been a festival of inclusiveness. The media is eating it like cake. All good, right?”

    “That’s how it looks on the surface. And if you’re already a Clinton supporter, it probably looks great all the way down.”

    “But if you’re an undecided voter, and male, you’re seeing something different. You’re seeing a celebration that your role in society is permanently diminished. And it’s happening in an impressive venue that was, in all likelihood, designed and built mostly by men. Men get to watch it all at home, in homes designed and built mostly by men, thanks to the technology that was designed and built mostly by men. I mention that as context, not opinion.”

  17. Active shooter resources.

    https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

    (I haven’t reviewed the material, but from the email that linked to the page, it is likely to be common sense and useful.)

    nick

    Whole email below

    Question and Answers for the Active Shooter (AS) Office Emergency Plan Webinar 6 JULY 2016

    What if there are multiple AS? And what if the AS has more than just guns?

    If there are multiple shooter and you suspect multiple weapons – the Run, Hide and fight method still applies. You take the best method for your current position in relation to the shooter.

    Where can the active shooter guide be found?

    The Active Shooter Guide in addition to other Active Shooter reference material are found at https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

    What do you think about a “play dead” strategy?

    This particular strategy comes up often, in particular after someone survives an Active shooter incident/event. However, most experts have failed to recognize the “play dead” strategy because it does not have enough statistical analysis or data to prove its effectiveness during an active shooter events

    What have you found to be best practices for overcoming objections about doing training because of concerns about causing alarm?
    Normally try to use best practice Business Continuity /Business Crisis Continuity management (BCM/BCCM) standards for all training.
    Is there a way I could receive the PowerPoint presentation.

    Submit a request to FEMA NCP: FEMA-ContinuityWebinar@fema.dhs.gov

    Is it appropriate to pull the fire alarm in an active shooter event?

    The guidance provided by law enforcement (LE) regarding this question – No, fire alarms are never activated in an AS event unless there is an official announcement stating that it should be activated.

    The connectivity has been intermittent and I’ve missed a lot of the presentation as a result. I’d like to be able to view the presentation in its entirety. I can be reached via email at Rachel_Pick@saa.senate.gov. Question answered above
    I am new to my company and have been told by others that management has been resistant to institute an active shooter response plan citing they don’t want to scare people – it’s not part of the culture. I think this is silly given what is going on in the world so I am planning to revisit this topic with them -. Can you provide any suggestions on how to go about this?

    Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself to equip you when addressing the importance of an active shooter plan with management: Do you know the mindset of the organization? Is the workforce safety minded and if not why? Business Continuity Crisis Managers (BCCM) should concentrate on barriers to training such as, workforce mindset, flexible plans, training and expected actions, and finally communication. If you have these answers prior to a discussion with management, you can now effectively break down barriers by providing solid examples and reasons to train the workforce.

    Many of the active shooter training resources available use fear as a motivation to learn what to do. Do you have any resources that you would recommend which are based more around empowerment? I agree that fear is not an idea method of motivating change. The more awareness, training and prepared a workforce is, the greater the response and survivability of any incident. The intent is not to instill fear but to provide awareness and information. An informed workforce – organization that has a plan, employees know plan… the actions necessary in the event of and an active shooter incident, trained are more likely to survive with only minimal injuries/ death.
    What do you do recommend to maintain accountability at a building where the govt. worker consistently pushes back on the very tools you can use, such as PIV Readers or a good solid PACS System, to account for them in the event of such as Active Shooter or Building Emergency where time is of the essence?
    Accountability of personnel is rooted in consistency and supervisors/ managers all have different methods that work based on the organization’s requirement. People typically want to do the right thing; therefore, when we show the significance of daily accountability standards most workers will comply, for their welfare is a stake. I tell me to think of accountability as insurance; you pay for it and never see a return until you have an accident. Therefore, you pay for insurance not because you will have an accident but rather when you haven an accident, you will be covered.
    How can we get the booklets available?

    The booklets are at this URL: https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

  18. @lynn, I noticed the subordination of men too.

    I also noticed who the featured guests were- and they are primarily drawn from ‘urban’ culture. Almost all from ‘entertainment.’ Not a thinker in the group.

    It was very clear to me who the DNC thinks is their audience. They might be right, and they had almost zero chance of converting me before, but they’ve got less than zero chance now.

    I thought the RNC went out of their way to address undecideds and people who wouldn’t normally vote. It looks like the DNC has chosen to preach to the choir, and celebrate the things that are most likely to drive off undecideds and passive voters.

    I guess we’ll see which approach works when we see the turnout numbers and how they break down.

    nick

  19. I have had lock strikes like those for a while.
    I just looked at them and I was reminded of the idea
    to dull the finish of any new lock hardware (if only
    with a black marker) since shiny new locks could
    easily suggest shiny new items of interest, behind
    the locks, to a thief.
    I tend to dull padlocks’ finish, too.
    No need to attract attention.

  20. @spook, good reminder.

    You don’t want to draw attention to your defenses. Painting them to blend in or aging them appropriately is a good idea.

    Similarly, don’t put out trash that advertises new purchases! (TV boxes are the canonical example)

    your neighbors DO see what your trash looks like and they DO take notice.

    nick

  21. The other time was when I was inspecting the perimeter fence around Camp Casey.

    My old stomping ground around ’85 for my first tour there. Ever swing by the “Mile High Club” by the main gate, hosted by the Aviation Battalion. I was the S-4. Back in the days we kept our own ASP right next to us. That was when the NORKS were really starving and we were always on alert. The NORKS kept threatening to invade take all the rice. Eventually South Korea sent a big convoy of rice to them.

  22. Grenada also taught the SOC that just ’cause they are elite warriors, they can’t do everything,

    I received the classified debrief while still in the mil. Our code name for the op after, was “The Clusterfuck in Grenada”. Most of the loss of life and equipment were from fuckups. Can’t tell you more under penalty of Future Queen of the World Cankles emptying a mag in my ass.

  23. 85? Huh. I was there Feb 85-Mar 86. Staff officer in the 1-17th Infantry Bn (which was renamed to some other regiment just before I left).

  24. “” You don’t want to draw attention to your defenses. Painting them to blend in or aging them appropriately is a good idea. “”

    Or, spend the extra money for the fancy “antique bronze” finish !
    From a distance, that’s good camo, but up close it will likely
    show up as deep-pockets defense.

  25. and will have to be lobbying simultaneously for the generator,

    Sams Club has a 10Kw propane powered gennie for $799. Would that work? Smaller maybe.

  26. How much do you have to hate yourself to put up with something like this?

    “‘White people to the back of the march’: Black Lives Matter protest leader calls for racial segregation of her supporters during demonstration outside the DNC”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710701/White-people-march-Black-Lives-Matter-protest-leader-calls-racial-segregation-demonstration-outside-DNC-Philadelphia.html

    “Before the march set off, the woman told white people: ‘Take your rightful position, behind us.’

    Standing in front of a black and red anarchist flag, she said: ‘I want to see all of the white folks at the back of the crowd.’

    ‘White people, get to the back. Black people, come to the front.’ “

  27. Staff officer in the 1-17th Infantry Bn

    We possibly did some Air Assault stuff together. I qualified in Blackhawks just before arriving. That was the year the rotor blades started flying off ‘Hawks and they were mysteriously crashing and were grounded late in the year. The rear stabilator electrics were not shielded (like Seahawks) and powerlines were causing the stabilator to program down. When you’re flying at 100 kts at 50’ and it programs down, you are in the dirt in a second. The main rotor hub where the blades attach are hollow and were cracking. One crack with tons of centrifugal force and the blade would fly off. A bolt was installed right through the hub and attached to the blade to relieve the force.

  28. hmm, I remember hearing that the blades flying off was traced back to a tech cutting the protective film off the blades, and scoring them right at the root…..

    Could be another helo with blades flying off….

    ‘nick

  29. “Sams Club has a 10Kw propane powered gennie for $799. Would that work?”

    Less then a third of the cost of our woodstove; good selling point for Mrs. OFD. I’m still researching this stuff and would prefer a dual-fuel unit. Another lobbying point I’ll be hammering at is the need for a man/tool shed where we can also store fuel containers, along with the usual garden and yard stuff, which currently gets put under the back porch for the winter under tarps. Because she TOOK the “man-cave” (shed) that the previous guy here had built for himself and made it her jewelry crafting studio. I am relegated to the attic work space and am in the process of trying to make that work for me; it’s an oven up there right now.

    “Standing in front of a black and red anarchist flag, she said: ‘I want to see all of the white folks at the back of the crowd.’”

    Yeah, OK. I’d be handing out copies of the late Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech back there along with a one-page sheet with bullet points refuting the BLM mythologies and militant Afrikan-Murkan “history” agitprop. Say, what’s with the masks on these geeks, bad city air?

  30. Could be another helo with blades flying off….

    Probably some other bird. The thickness and composite structure of a ‘Hawk blade makes it hard to miss sabotage or damage. You’d have to do something during the actual manufacture of the blade for something like that.

  31. “I qualified in Blackhawks just before arriving.”

    Huey and Huey Cobra por moi! Also C47 and AC130.

    And 1985-86, hah, youngsters!

    I was then wrapping up my last year in the wild, wacky and wunnerful world of nighttime urban “law enforcement” after previous escapades in “industrial security” investigations, and doing a rural small-town Buford Pusser imitation.

    In ’86 I started my first full-time gig in the the brave new world of information technology, lol.

    Thirty years gone now, tempus fugit irreparabile. And now 63. How the fuck did THAT happen???

  32. There are kits to make my Honda 2K multifuel. Lots of instructions on Youtube. I’m sure there are kits for larger gennies, but it probably is make specific unless you are a hacker kind of guy.

  33. We possibly did some Air Assault stuff together.

    Indirectly, maybe. 1-17 was heavy, and APCs don’t air assault very well. However, I was a control officer (or whatever it’s called) a couple times when the light infantry units were doing exercises. At least one of those featured an air assault. 1-23 in Fall 1985 maybe?

    Re the Blackhawks, yah. Lost a classmate in the Middle East when a chopper self-destructed. From a passenger’s POV Blackhawks are pretty cool (and fast) but there’s something to be said for riding in the Hueys, facing outward with the doors open and the pilot trying to make the passengers barf — er, avoiding possible enemy fire. I never rode Blackhawks “for real”. Just as well, I guess. It’d be bad but acceptable to be shot by The Guys We Aren’t At War With But Are Helping To Overthrow™, but just plumb embarrassing to die splatted in the sand because of a friggin design defect.

    Years later, I consulted with a company (Automated Dynamics) that made carbon fiber items, including mandrels for military helicopter rotors. I was involved in the software which translated an AutoCad drawing into move-by-move instructions for the machines.

  34. “What caliber is your Shield by the way?”

    9mm. I was a revolver guy long ago and had no use for Euro-caliber crunchentickers but am a convert with all the new ammo that is available now and the increased capacities. CCW works great with it, esp. in this gawd-awful heat. I have a LaserMax laser on it.

    Another 9 I have is the 4″ CZ-P09 which I like a lot and also CCW sometimes, usually in cooler weather than this; looking forward to the cold-weather CCW of the 6″ Glock 40 (10mm). Both of these have Streamlight TLR light/laser combos on them.

  35. However, I was a control officer

    The trained guys were Pathfinders and went to school and got a little patch. They set up LZs and coordinated the air assault on the ground portion.

  36. I’m sick of hearing about the “Historic” DNC convention. It’ll be “Historic” if tRump hands her ass to her, also.

    tRump 2016! “Call the Russians to recover Hillary Rotten Clinton’s email”

  37. Cool air coming out of the vents again. It was a blown cap.

  38. The trained guys were Pathfinders and went to school and got a little patch. They set up LZs and coordinated the air assault on the ground portion.

    No, not a control officer for the air assault, one of the control officers for the entire exercise. Responsibilities included scoring with the MILES gear (eg, tallying up who’d been shot), triple-checking that marches and nighttime setup areas were in the approved areas, and telling a company commander that he wasn’t allowed to “shoot at” the air assaulting troops because it would make those girly-men helicopter pilots cry like little babies. (I didn’t do that last part, actually. One of the other control officers, more senior than a 2LT, said that. In more or less those words.)

  39. Just spent 30 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back looking at Facebook.

    How can people be so blind in the face of the facts wrt hillarity? Is it the vagina? ’cause half the world’s population has one. They’re as common as dirt. Nothing special there.

    People talk about ‘low information voters’ but I don’t think that’s it at all. The people posting the pro-hillarity, anti-trump stuff on FB are educated, many with careers and life experience. Is it possible that they don’t know she’s repeatedly broken really serious laws? or is it just that they don’t think laws are important? Or they don’t know about the coverups, the influence peddling, the disdain? Or is it that they don’t care because of the vagina? Like black voters unable to see past the half-black president’s skin color, are women REALLY so shallow and capable of ignoring all the lawlessness and corruption to vote just on the basis of sex? I sure don’t think so, and don’t want to be proven wrong. And I understand the motivation of men to vote for her even less.

    What an incredibly toxic swamp of intolerance, sexism, hate, and lies.

    nick

    (not gonna do that again for the next five months.)

  40. Caps get hot, they leak and blow up.

    Hopefully he installed a better one than what came with the system to give you a bit more fault tolerance. (or explained what unusual event caused this one to fail)

    Kind of early for something to die, wasn’t they system new?

    nick

  41. I’m sure the HVAC was installed when the home was built in 2006. I’m sure they sized the system for expected temperatures here, which sustained mid-90’s are not.

  42. Our A/C unit was installed in 2004. That cap on it blew in 2010. It really shredded itself too and took out a couple of wires as well. Luckily, my brother is a handyman and has had experience with that sort of thing before. He had it diagnosed and replaced within about 2 hours of it blowing.

  43. oh, for some reason I thought you had it installed before moving in.

    For most ordinary forced air AC systems, there are only a couple of things that routinely go wrong and they are fixable with a little youtube research and modest skills.

    The fan motor in the outdoor condenser seizes- replace motor (and blades as they are almost impossible to get off without wrecking them.

    The condenser fan motor starter capacitor fails- motor buzzing or humming, no motor spin, but after shutting off power to the unit, motor spins freely by hand. Replace cap, easily found online. This is the easiest fix by far.

    Indoor blower motor seizes- replace motor. Straightforward but mechanically difficult. Lots of swearing and dinged up knuckles. I think I’d pay someone to do this next time, esp in a hot attic. Replace cap at the same time.

    It’s also happened to me that the main control board had a diode fail. While I was able to find the burnt part, and replace it with one from my junk pile, I eventually swapped out the board. Easy to find online, and straightforward to swap.

    In the last 13 years, I’ve done the starter cap on my rental 2 times, and once on my house; replaced the condenser fan motor at my rental and my house, and replaced the inside blower motor at my house twice.

    It’s probably worth ordering a replacement cap and taping it inside your condenser for next time. They are generally not expensive, and replacing one as troubleshooting won’t preclude calling a pro if it doesn’t solve the issue.

    Depending on your tolerance for spending money and not having AC, it might be worth ordering a condenser fan motor, esp if you think supply lines might be disrupted, but power stays on. If you order the motor and fan, the swap takes about half an hour and is a couple of nuts, and moving a couple of electrical connectors.

    Since AC is not a critical item for you (rbt not the general ‘you’ of the rest of this comment) and you’ve got better things to spend time on than repairing appliances, you might just wait until the next failure, which is probably a few years away. If however, you have sick, or elderly, or young children, and you live in a hot climate, AC might be higher up your priority list, and having a couple of things in stock to get it running quickly might make perfect sense.

    nick

    Personally, I’ve got a bunch of caps that would work if I couldn’t get one delivered or at a local store, and I haven’t stocked any fan motors. That’s entirely because I can get the parts in 1-3 days thru commercial channels, and because the spouse and I have been considering replacing the AC anyway, and I’ve got a window unit as backup. YMMV

  44. “What an incredibly toxic swamp of intolerance, sexism, hate, and lies.”

    Yup. I got off FaceCrack a good long while ago and don’t miss it at all. At best, you and your “friends” are just agreeing with each other, or, in the case of most “conservatives,” infighting, back-stabbing and excommunicating each other for various teensy-weensy reasons. While the Left is a solid mass, all intuitively living, breathing and working from the same playbook, a totally united front for the most part on most issues. I remember the libertarians arguing very obscure and arcane points in regard to various Austrian School economics stuff, and the “traditionalist” Roman Catholics doing the same with liturgical practices and what color robes the priest is supposed to wear on a Maundy Thursday in a leap year without upsetting the Novus Ordo people.

    “The people posting the pro-hillarity, anti-trump stuff on FB are educated, many with careers and life experience. Is it possible that they don’t know she’s repeatedly broken really serious laws? or is it just that they don’t think laws are important? Or they don’t know about the coverups, the influence peddling, the disdain? Or is it that they don’t care because of the vagina? Like black voters unable to see past the half-black president’s skin color, are women REALLY so shallow and capable of ignoring all the lawlessness and corruption to vote just on the basis of sex?”

    Those are all good questions and in the case of Mrs. OFD, she’s allegedly frightened by Trump and what he allegedly says and what he allegedly might do. That still doesn’t excuse it, though, in light of the knowledge concerning her felonies, thefts, chicanery, outright blatant lying her entire life, her utter weirdness and wickedness, the arrogance, the treason, or the fact that she’s a war criminal. This is all “trumped” by whatever terrifying spectre has captured their minds of a Trump presidency. They seem to get the vast bulk of their nooz and “facts” from the usual MSM agitprop organs and social media like FaceCrack, and most of them seem to have been raised and educated in the Eastern and Kalifornia coastal metropoles.

    So in essence, they are going to vote for an evil creature who has a documented RECORD of evil her entire life because of what they perceive as facts given to them by entities who are entirely for that evil creature.

    In other words, they’d rather have Stalin than Mussolini, because Stalin’s press told them Benito was a very bad man and would do bad things to them.

  45. “In other words, they’d rather have Stalin than Mussolini,”

    Or maybe Stalin rather than Walt Disney, someone else they only know by reputation…

    n

  46. “4K watts might be enough for a smaller well pump.”

    That’s just it; this is a one-shot purchase for us, so we have to be sure it will run the well pump, and the less noise the better, and I’d prefer dual-fuel out of the box. We spent $3,000 on the wood stove and it will heat the entire house once it gets going, so I can probably lobby to spend as high as a couple of grand. It would also be nice if we could hook it up, if need be, to the furnace, if we were running the oil. Running other stuff in the house would just be gravy; I can’t see relying on the fridge or freezer if the Grid is down for a long time. But from what I’ve seen, a couple of grand might buy a big enough and quiet enough genny to run a bunch of stuff at once.

    And again, as with the solar panels, we run into the spare parts and repair issues down the line. And storage of fuel. And where to get the fuel in the event of SHTF.

    “I’ve always opposed allowing women to vote.”

    Ditto Ann Coulter, IIRC. The more I see and hear, the more I’m inclined to agree. Yikes, this won’t fly up here. But hell, she is rarely home to vote, anyway.

    Disenfranchise women and all non-citizens and make the rest of us take citizenship tests on the basics of supposed Murkan gummint, i.e, the Constitution and Bill of Rights and other Amendments. But this is all hopelessly moot; the Empire is disintegrating; could fall apart next year or thirty years from now. But it’s falling.

  47. As far as Cankles:

    1. Vagina
    2. Feminism
    3. First Woman

    The Dumbocrats are ignoring the nonpartisan voters and it could cost them the election. tRump sucks, but Cankles sucks “dead bunnies.” Redumblicans are, believe it or not, being more inclusive. Cankles won’t win just because of “VAGINA!” I can’t wait to see the Klinton Krime Machine in action against tRump. This is going to be a glorious election cycle.

  48. As far as gennies, I have, and use that sweet, sweet Honda setup. One day soon we hope to rent a recreational vehicle and cruise up and down the west coast giving keynotes and classes out in the field to the pickers.

    I haven’t sprung for the multi-fuel conversion kit. Yet. There is a Youtube video where you can compare the sound levels of gas vs propane.

  49. “One day soon we hope to rent a recreational vehicle and cruise up and down the west coast giving keynotes and classes out in the field to the pickers.”

    No chit, hombre? Wow. When you get tired of that, slide on over this way; we got us some pickers out in the fields here, too. There is even a Spanish mass for them at one of the RC churches over in the “city.” Because otherwise we wouldn’t have any Hispanics around these parts; it’s Quebecois Frenchy descendants who came down fifty, a hundred, or two-hundred years ago and assimilated; their English is a sound to behold. Like they have a mouthful of marbles. Most of them stocky little short munchkins, too. They mixed with the existing rural English, Irish and Scottish settlers long ago. Whereas Mrs. OFD is entirely Irish and I’m mostly English and a quarter Irish.

    But the pickers work all day out there and live in kinda crummy barracks-type housing and couldn’t, until recently, IIRC, have motor vehicle operator licenses. We don’t see much of them. We see more of the regular Quebecois that come down to shop, the women with unnaturally jet-black hair and weird clothing fashions. They’ll also take up the middle of an aisle at the supermarket and chatter loudly in their crappy French and either pretend they don’t see you or don’t give a damn that the person bearing down on them is about three times their size and has a short fuse and is armed. Ballsy little fuckers.

  50. “4K watts might be enough for a smaller well pump.”

    That’s just it; this is a one-shot purchase for us, so we have to be sure it will run the well pump, and the less noise the better, and I’d prefer dual-fuel out of the box. We spent $3,000 on the wood stove and it will heat the entire house once it gets going, so I can probably lobby to spend as high as a couple of grand. It would also be nice if we could hook it up, if need be, to the furnace, if we were running the oil. Running other stuff in the house would just be gravy; I can’t see relying on the fridge or freezer if the Grid is down for a long time. But from what I’ve seen, a couple of grand might buy a big enough and quiet enough genny to run a bunch of stuff at once.

    Did you ever find out if your well pump is a 120 volt or 230 volt system ? And what the breaker is rated ? The actual pump motor info would be best but those are hard to get sometimes.

  51. I’ve always opposed allowing women to vote.

    I see that we are living large today. How do you feel about women driving ?

    I am a big fan of women voting. Coincidentally, I would like to wake up tomorrow.

  52. I don’t mind them driving but they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, serve on juries, or hold elected or appointed public office.

  53. I don’t mind them driving but they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, serve on juries, or hold elected or appointed public office.

    That is how I feel about lawyers.

  54. Let’s just compromise here, shall we, and agree that no women and no lawyers, and especially no women lawyers. I bet Ann Coulter would agree, and she’s a woman lawyer, too.

    “Did you ever find out if your well pump is a 120 volt or 230 volt system ?”

    An “H2How-2” Precharged Water System Tank, 1/2 HP, 230 volts, from Franklin Electric, and installed in 2001. The company doesn’t seem to make these anymore. Still don’t know how deep the well is, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that it was 140 feet but haven’t been able to re-locate where I saw that in any of our paperwork.

  55. they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, serve on juries, or hold elected or appointed public office.

    That is how I feel about lawyers.

    That’s exactly what I said a couple days ago on another blog.

    It’s actually disturbing to me that the same conversations are going on in several of the blogs, news feeds, and other venues I read. It means I’m filtering my inputs too much.

    However, what’s the alternative? Spending time reading Gawker, Free Republic, and Slate? Sure. And I could swim in a septic tank, too, as long as I’m at it.

  56. Don’t forget Vox. lol! They’ll Voxplain Field Marshal Rotten’s vagina to you.

    tRump 2016!

  57. An “H2How-2” Precharged Water System Tank, 1/2 HP, 230 volts, from Franklin Electric, and installed in 2001. The company doesn’t seem to make these anymore. Still don’t know how deep the well is, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that it was 140 feet but haven’t been able to re-locate where I saw that in any of our paperwork.

    If it is truly 1/2 hp (seems small) then a 2 kw generator should cover you. Except, most 2 kw generators do not have a 230 volt power outlet. And you will need to get a plug attached to your water pump for the generator.

    You might need this bad boy to get the 230 volt power:
    https://www.amazon.com/Honda-Inverter-Efficient-Generator-iMonitor/dp/B00YY9SDVG/

    My water well is 3 hp but it will flow 30 gpm.

  58. “And you will need to get a plug attached to your water pump for the generator.”

    We’ll probably have the electrician take a look at the setup anyway when we get one in here for the other stuff.

  59. “It remains my contention that the establishment will do whatever they have to do to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. And now that the general election looks like it will be much closer than anticipated, we may get to see what lengths the establishment is willing to go to in order to get rid of a “problem candidate.”

    Hillary Clinton is an utterly evil and extremely corrupt politician, but the establishment absolutely loves her. She would say and do just about anything to get elected, and the establishment knows that she will do their bidding.

    So we shall see what happens between now and November, but personally I don’t see any way that this is going to end well…”

    http://freedomoutpost.com/michael-moore-explains-why-donald-trump-will-win-in-november-and-it-actually-makes-perfect-sense/

    Sure, they’ll have it rigged in the Electoral College, fraudulent voting machines, hanging chads, coupla guys hauling boxes of ballots out the back door, whatever it takes for this creature to win.

  60. Sure, they’ll have it rigged in the Electoral College, fraudulent voting machines, hanging chads, coupla guys hauling boxes of ballots out the back door, whatever it takes for this creature to win.

    I don’t trust those eslate voting machines whatsoever. We just had an election here in Texas with 1,800 more votes than voters.
    http://www.empowertexans.com/around-texas/nearly-1800-more-votes-than-voters/

    “A month after county officials were unable to answer questions raised about discrepancies in the March election results, a hushed meeting was held last week between a ballot machine vendor, county officials and representatives of the incumbent state representative… but did not include those who uncovered the problems. Texas Scorecard‘s Tony McDonald first reported on Thursday that county records indicate nearly 1,800 more votes were cast in Hill County than there were voters.”

    I suspect what happened is that they forgot to clear the machines from the last vote. But, who knows ?

  61. Indeed. Dirt People don’t need to know.

    As I’ve said before, if the rulers want Cankles, she’s in like Flynn. If they want the wrestling promoter with the orange bouffant, he’s gonna get it. They may have already make a final decision but they might wait the next thirteen weeks out to see what other chit goes down here and overseas.

    We do know, however, that the Bernie people were played for utter fools by their guy; maybe Trump is doing the same gig.

    I also just saw a Tube video of what looks like Cankles having a mini-seizure, and I know what those look like and what they feel like, having had one myself and having an epileptic sister. You can see the surprise on the peoples’ faces around her, too. She smiles throughout and appears to “recover.” Freaking weird.

    The sad fact is that she could be flying through a hospital maternity ward with a chainsaw on live tee-vee with bats flying out of her mouth and screeching Latin backwards and we’d still have at least half the voters marking their ballots for her, because the MSM which supports her told them that Trump was a very bad man and likely even worse. Much worse.

  62. BJ Klinton’s hands really had the shakes during his keynote. He is not well. I wonder what his illness is? More Klinton Krime Syndicate coverup. Can’t have a sickly “First Gentleman” now can we? First Pervo is more like it. Cankles is hoping he croaks right after her coronation. Then Huma can move right into the bedroom.

  63. Yeah, Fauxcahantis was having tremors too. Guess that’s why she took herself out of the VP running.

    Bunch of sick fucks in every sense of the words.

    nick

  64. Now that the Freddie Gray case is dead, Mosby is crying about “it’s everybody else’s fault but mine”. Just like every other power hungry fukstik, the buck stops not at her desk, but everybody under her. She brought the shitty case forward purely for political gain by pimping the BLMers. I wonder if that will end her career? She can always start a law practice specializing in getting WHITEY!

  65. “BJ Klinton’s hands really had the shakes during his keynote. He is not well. I wonder what his illness is?”

    He more than likely has HIV and it’s in the beginning terminal stages, which should be no surprise to anyone, least of all him. His ramblings with whores, trannies, children, etc., began back when there were no cures, and his money has probably kept him going this long and this far. But it didn’t help Freddie Mercury or a host of others and it ain’t gonna help him now. Not to mention his maniacal drug use back then, unknown about now, but again, wouldn’t be a surprise.

    “Bunch of sick fucks in every sense of the words.”

    Except for the The Donald; he appears to be the very picture of bumptious health and viggah.

    “She can always start a law practice specializing in getting WHITEY!”

    That didn’t pan out well for her this go-round, though, and she’s now tainted legal goods. Might be lucky to get an ambulance-chaser job after this, or MD malpractice chit. Hey, dint we all figga riots and chit if it came down like this? Also, dint we all figga riots and chit at the RNC fandango in Cleveland? WTF? Sumthin’ funny goin’ on?

  66. “http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/07/how_democrats_steal_elections.html

    Yes, we know. We also know the Stupid Half goes along with it.

    Just one more reason to vote, amirite? We’ll VOTE ourselves out of this mess, you bet!

  67. Damn, I need to get into politics … STAT! That’s where the real money be at.

    Game over, man, game over.

  68. “Damn, I need to get into politics…”

    No can do, kemosabe; wrong sex, wrong race, wrong ethnicity, grievous and horrid political beliefs, and what’s THIS? A veteran, TOO? Fuggedaboutit!

    Off to vets group tomorrow; we’ll run it ourselves, as we do roughly once every couple of months, when our psychiatrist moderator is off to a meeting, seminar, training, or vay-cay. He’s a good egg and we made him an Honorary Combat Veteran. He’s certainly seen and heard enough of our chit for a long time now.

    We have a FNG, Army Infantry from the Suck. Struggling with drinking. Our other two desert-vet chillun are working either part-time or full-time at jobs now but they sometimes drop by.

    Lost about five pounds today weed-whacking and mowing in 90+ heat and humidity.

  69. “I don’t mind them driving but they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, serve on juries, or hold elected or appointed public office.”

    I think that’s a bit harsh. They should be allowed to hold an elected or appointed position, like town dog catcher. Under male supervision, of course.

  70. “BJ Klinton’s hands really had the shakes during his keynote. He is not well. I wonder what his illness is?”

    It’s probably syphilis for both of them, they are in the tertiary stage*. I doubt HIV as my inside sources say that they both avoid the needle.

    IIRC, many “rulers” in history had syphilis. @Dave Hardy could probably provide a scholarly rundown.

    *http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/guide/syphilis

  71. O’Rourke showed himself years ago to be a “rebel” and “contrarian” only in name. I’ll leave the “libertarian” part of the description alone because the word has ceased to have any meaning.

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