Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 BK in KC 0
oldasrocks wrote:
The muzzies held off while obozo was president as so not to embarrass him.

Really?

Little Rock, Arkansas, June 1, 2009. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and murdered one soldier, Army Pvt. William Andrew Long, and injured another, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, at a military recruiting station in Little Rock. Muhammad reportedly converted to Islam in college and was on the FBI’s radar after being arrested in Yemen–a hotbed of radical Islamic terrorism–for using a Somali passport, even though he was a U.S. citizen. In a note to an Arkansas judge, Muhammad claimed to be a member of al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemen chapter.

Fort Hood, Texas, November 5, 2009. Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot up a military base in Fort Hood and murdered 14 people. Hasan was in contact with al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” as he fired upon the soldiers on the Fort Hood base. After being sentenced to death, Hasan requested to join ISIS while on death row. It took six years for Obama to acknowledge the shooting as a terror attack instead of “workplace violence.”

Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. Tamerlan and Dhozkar Tsarnaev set off two bombs at the 2013 Boston marathon, killing three and injuring over 260 people. The Tsarnaev brothers later shot and murdered Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier. The Tsarnaev brothers were self-radicalized through online jihadist propaganda and through a mosque with ties to al-Qaeda.

Moore, Oklahoma, September 24, 2014. Alton Nolen beheaded a woman, Colleen Huff, at a Vaughan Foods plant and stabbed and injured another person. While Nolen’s motives are unclear, he appears to have been another radicalized Muslim who was obsessed with beheadings.

Queens, New York, October 23, 2014. Zale Thompson, another self-radicalized Muslim, injured two police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead by other cops. Thompson reportedly indoctrinated himself with ISIS, al-Qaeda and al-Shabab–a Somali jihadist terror group–websites and was a lone wolf attacker.

Brooklyn, New York, December 20, 2014. Ismaayil Brinsley shot and murdered two police officers execution-style and his Facebook page featured jihadist postings and had ties to a terror-linked mosque.

Garland, Texas, May 3, 2015. Two gunmen shot up the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, where a Mohammed cartoon contest was taking place, and were killed by a police officer. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and a sailor at a military base in Chattanooga and was believed to have been inspired by ISIS.

San Bernardino, California, December 14, 2015. Two radical Islamists, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, shot and murdered 14 people and injured 22 others at an office holiday party.

Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire at a gay nightclub, killing 49 and injuring 53. The FBI investigated Mateen twice before his rampage, but did not take any substantive action. Officials believe Mateen was self-radicalized but he pledged fealty to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before his death. “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west,” Mateen posted on his Facebook page after committing his heinous act at Pulse nightclub. “I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” he wrote.

St. Cloud, Minnesota, September 17, 2016. Dahir Ahmed Adan, a 20-year-old Somali refugee, began hacking at people with a steak knife at a Minnesota mall, injuring nine people before he was shot dead by off-duty police officer Jason Falconer. The FBI said numerous witnesses heard Adan yelling “Allahu akbar!” and “Islam! Islam!” during the rampage. He also asked potential victims if they were Muslims before inflicting wounds in their heads, necks, and chests. The FBI believe he had recently become self-radicalized. (As the Daily Wire highlighted, the Minneapolis Star Tribune attempted to blame “anti-Muslim tensions” for his murderous actions.)

New York City/New Jersey, September 17, 2016. Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, set off multiple bombs in New York and New Jersey. In Chelsea, his bomb resulted in the injury of over 30 people. Rahami wrote in his journal that he was connected to “terrorist leaders,” and appears to have been heavily influenced by Sheikh Anwar, Anwar al-Awlaki, Nidal Hassan, and Osama bin Laden. “I pray to the beautiful wise ALLAH, [d]o not take JIHAD away from me,” Rahami wrote. “You [USA Government] continue your [unintelligible] slaught[er]” against the holy warriors, “be it Afghanistan, Iraq, Sham [Syria], Palestine … “

Columbus, Ohio, November 28, 2016. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an ISIS-inspired 20-year-old Somali refugee who had been granted permanent legal residence in 2014 after living in Pakistan for 7 years, attempted to run over his fellow Ohio State students on campus. After his car was stopped by a barrier, he got out of the vehicle and began hacking at people with a butcher knife before being shot dead by a campus police officer. He injured 11 people, one critically. ISIS took credit for the attack, describing Artan as their “soldier.” Just three minutes before his rampage, Artan posted a warning to America on Facebook that the “lone wolf attacks” will continue until America “give[s] peace to the Muslims.” He also praised deceased al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki as a “hero.”

oldasrocks wrote:
The left will immediately blame Trump if something happens.

Exactly right. PatrioticStabilist was on an earlier thread holding Trump responsible for North Korea’s ICBM nuke program before he had even been sworn in. Expect Trump to be blamed for every Obama failure going forward.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: HOW DID YOU SURVIVE THE RECENT STORM

January 29, 2017 peekachoo 0

It is endless what can be done with propane. A propne company was trading out old tanks and selling new tanks and selling me the old ones for $50 each. I made grain silos,water tanks, goat sheds, BB pits, feed bunks, air tanks, and even rebuilt some for propane tanks..We were driving out in Utah and ran out of gas in our 1979 Bronco. We had propane tanks on our pop up camper on the back. I converted the Bronco to propane and we drove 50 miles to the next gas station. Generators and pumps can be converted to propane for less than $20. We try to keep 2 years worth of propane on hand at all times.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Not concerned about Russian intrusion?

January 29, 2017 -ANACONDA- 0

Hitler’s Germany vs Putin’s Russia: the comparison of two Nazi countries. VIDEO

The video draws parallels between the social life in Germany of 1930’s and Russia in 2010’s and shows the striking similarity between the Hitler’s Nazi Germany right before the Second World War and the present-day Putin’s Russia.
It compares the social life in Germany of 1930’s and Russia in 2010’s, and tries to analyse the factors that turn people into a herd of fascists with recent illusive achievements who start to believe in their own superiority.
This video is a reminder of how an uncontrollable power of one sick man supported by millions of brainwashed masses can lead to a big disaster
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOvoBKIqSPA

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 29, 2017 Illini Warrior 0
kenjabroni wrote:

RayMac1963 wrote:

Cin wrote:Belvita cookies

My wife is addicted to these things. She found them on sale tonight at Meijer and bought 10 boxes.

Oh how I wish they had Meijer down here in Texas…….

I got a coleman cook stove at the auction today for 10 bucks. Missed out on a few of the coleman lamps. People were going nuts over those, but didnt even look twice at the stove. I also got a percolator that can be used on a cooktop, grill or fire. Two nice things to add. Now time to go get some coleman fuel.

in regard to stove/lantern fuel … if you have anything like the Amish around – off grid people by the bushel basket – see if you can find refined naptha sold in bulk by a fuel distributor or maybe a local gas station – not the Sunnyside crap sold in the paint department – it’ll be less than half $$$$ of Coleman ….

also for the longer SHTF possibilities – vehicle fuel injector cleaner mixed into regular lead-free gas will extend the life of the Coleman generator part … a few bottles go a long way …. you should have a few replacement generators in the spare parts kit – a definite problem part …

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Natural Disasters • Re: 12 hour notice sun flare. what would you do?

January 29, 2017 Illini Warrior 0
Major French wrote:
Would the following tactic to protect electronics? A. Unplug electronics B. put them in ziploc or plastic bags to protect from moisture, C. Put in a cellar, basement, storm bunker, safe room, or fallout shelter until the danger is announced over radio to have officially passed. Cheap analog transistor AM/FM radios could prove invaluable in this scenario, too. Why risk a $500.00 TV or a $300.00 computer when you could use a yard sale transistor radio instead?

thinking that electronics would be shielded in a cellar? …. NORAD has moved their entire operation back into Cheyenne Mountain facility – upgraded all the EMP shielding to survive the new 21st Century enhanced EMP nuke weapons that’ll be used …. buried under a rock mountain won’t get the job done by itself ….

put your transistor radio into the zip lock – maybe pad it for shock – put everything in a candy/cookie tin and it might survive ….

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Gardening • Re: Garden 2017

January 29, 2017 IceFire 0

We’ve got a LOT of trees on our land…unfortunately, it’s mostly mesquite! While it makes good firewood (It’s a “ironwood”, so VERY hard) that burns long and hot, and the “beans” can be ground to make a high-protein, gluten-free flour, it ALSO tends to be allelopathic…keeps other plants from sprouting. I’m in the process (very SLOW process) of removing a lot of it. So far, what we’ve removed has gone into brush piles to provide habitat for rabbits and quail. I’ll be planting berry bushes along the perimeter fence lines (nice THORNY ones, that people will NOT want to tangle with) as well as olive trees–both height and width make a nice “privacy screen”. The orchard trees go farther in, closer to the house. When the SHTF, I plan on trapping rabbits FIRST, before I start butchering my own. That will serve to both provide us with a free source of meat, PLUS reduce the threat to my garden, orchard, and vineyard.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 29, 2017 IceFire 0
Cin wrote:

IceFire wrote:Didn’t really do anything to prep today…just spent the evening shooting people.

:gunshooting:

For the reenactments or with a camera?

For the reenactments. You were quick to catch on! Our group did 3 skits yesterday evening. It was fun, but I was glad to get home and get out of that corset! Plus, it was COLD out. Good thing I had my wool outfit on, plus WinterSilks underneath!

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Michigan Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Where is everybody

January 29, 2017 Scoutmaster 0
I wasted endless hours trying to encourage uninterested and lazy people. Lesson learned – it is now all about me and mine.
But you can not make them follow.

No truer words where ever spoken and my adapted number one policy, They either is or they ant by now Dive Dive Dive the SS minow is finish picking up passengers

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 Stahlrosen 0
IceFire wrote:

Blondie wrote:Dear protestors:”If you like your refugee immigrant, you can keep your refugee immigrant”.

Please take them home with you, feed them, clothe them, make sure you are paying all expenses incurred.

‘Cause I’m tired of paying.

AMEN, sister!

Double AMEN!!

I was watching a video of B. Clinton last night from 1995, where he was promoting what Trump just did. That we need a better vetting process and shouldn’t be letting illegals in free flow. Guess the libs forgot about that tid bit of history.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 oldasrocks 0

I have to agree that there are probably planned attacks coming. The muzzies held off while obozo was president as so not to embarrass him. If President Trump handles it right blaming the past administration to allowing the terrorists in it will work out. The left will immediately blame Trump if something happens.

Who knows who has green cards? Previously unvetted terrorists? Fake green cards? Who issued the green cards? TS, I want them all checked out.

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General Preparedness Discussion • An already prepped house for auction

January 29, 2017 Cin 0

We talked about setting up a BOL and I had mentioned that if you can’t or don’t have time for it and had some money, to go buy another prepper’s set up when they got old, tired, or sick of prepping.

Take a look at this – It is gorgeous…

http://utahcliffhouse.com/

If any of you decides to put in a sealed bid and you win…I expect an invitation to come visit. :D

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Gardening • Re: Garden 2017

January 29, 2017 theoutback 0

Ya, I knew they were there, I was just joking. However it is a good passive step in prepping that we do not ever talk about.

If you have the land, there are tons of things you can do to make your land more attractive to wildlife. Example: Cutting trees (I know you may not have them down there) down for firewood allows for more browse to come up,raspberries, blackberries, etc..That’s good habitat for deer, quail, grouse, rabbits etc. piling up the branches not used for firewood makes great homes for rabbits and fowl. I’ve got several around my property, and have lots of rabbits too. The thicker your woods the better. Humans think old growth forests are attractive, but animals do not. No food (other than nuts), no cover in mature woods.

Also planting food plots or frost seeding fields with more tasty plants such as white clover make fields much more attractive to deer and rabbits. Planting fruit trees, apples, pears, oaks, chestnuts, also make your property more attractive to wildlife and give you fruit as well.

Having your property wildlife friendly is a great prep. Many hunters know about these practices. Also, besides a little work, you do not have to feed them. Should the shtf these areas will be a great source for food and others may not recognize it. Your gardens, high tunnels and the like will be more apt to be seen and raided.

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Okie’s Law • Re: Protection from Rogue Officers

January 29, 2017 Major French 0

Think Like a German U-boat Commander. All windows tape so no light can leak. All noise making devices shut down. Doors locked, outdoor pets crated inside. You can use children’s benadryl squirted by syringe down the throat to keep pets sedated. Furthermore, vrsting makes dogs feel secure because it’s denning-naturally hiding in a cave. Less liable to bark that way. If you cannot function without a blare of music. practice it now.

Donot answer the door if they knock. hide in windowless rooms. If you must in windowed room, get in the closet or lie in the floor flat, lights and noise off. Keep weapons handy, but engage the enemy as a last resort. If you must kill a renegade LEO, strip the body nude and make sure its electronics are off too. Keep the radio to track any cop movements. Stuff the corpse in a sewer after dark. WIth societal chaos, it will be months or decades before it’s found. Burning or burying could get risk. drone attention. cut it up its uniform and ditch them after dark in different place. If you can, spray paint the badge a neon color, so as to make it toy-like but hide it still. If it has a tactical vest, remove it’s ID marks and make it you’re own if that’s feasible. If not, hide it in a closed room, but then dispose of it quietly after the disaster has passed. Think swamps, flea markets, quicksand…

Weaponry isn’t difficult to hide. Many smaller PD and some State police forces use symbols embedded in the grips of handguns to mark ‘s tape them as police property. Use electrician’s tape to hide the grips and later replace them with standard replacements. If the frame isn’t marked for cop useage; you got a free pistol, too. If the frame is marked for cops usage, hide it and later hide in a vehicle at a car crusher’s. OR sell it a flea market, preferably out of state. Long guns can hidden until you can finish the cop ID[not the serial numbers!]and then you can either use them your self or pawn them off at a pawn shop you don’t commonly use, too.

Jewelry can be pawned off easily. It’s best to use at least an out of town pawnshop , too. Eye glasses can be given to eye glass donations booths at the Lion’s club and the shoes can be donated to Good Will. Clean up the shooting with paper, because you can easily destroy when it safe to do safe.

Vehicles turn off their electronics and quietly drive them to a remote place and abandon them. preferably at least large rural brush. cars have so remained hidden for decades.

While my ways may sound grim, the rogue cops committed the sin of Home Invasion when they entered without your permission. THey chose their own deaths.

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Natural Disasters • Re: 12 hour notice sun flare. what would you do?

January 29, 2017 Major French 0

Would the following tactic to protect electronics? A. Unplug electronics B. put them in ziploc or plastic bags to protect from moisture, C. Put in a cellar, basement, storm bunker, safe room, or fallout shelter until the danger is announced over radio to have officially passed. Cheap analog transistor AM/FM radios could prove invaluable in this scenario, too. Why risk a $500.00 TV or a $300.00 computer when you could use a yard sale transistor radio instead?

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Introduce Yourself • Checking in from the Central WV sector:

January 29, 2017 Major French 0

My handle comes from the Twilight Zone Episode ‘The Old Man in the Cave’. Born Again, two small dogs, and an elderly amputee Dad. 1 1911a1, one modded WASR-10, One Canik 55 TP 9, One heavily modified M&P 15 Sport II. Disabled, but I refuse to let that stop me. Former Kanawha Valley Communication member, secretary, radio operator and third team leader. Armed civilian search and rescue

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Emergency Communications • Ham Radio Stealth Dipoles for preppers by preppers

January 29, 2017 timortiz 0

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Gardening • Re: Garden 2017

January 29, 2017 IceFire 0
theoutback wrote:

IceFire wrote:

Stahlrosen wrote: Who knew rabbits ate onions? Sigh……

Stahlrosen, about the ONLY thing in my garden that the rabbits DIDN’T eat was the asparagus. They absolutely devoured everything else, but the asparagus they didn’t touch.

Good job raising those freerange rabbits Icefire. Sounds like you have plenty of meat should the shtf! :thumbup:

theoutback, the rabbits were already here when we got here…along with the quail, javelina, doves, and occasional deer. Oh, and the coyotes (fortunately, so far they’ve been staying on the OTHER side of the fence, because I do NOT need them going after my chickens or goats! Although, seeing the way my doe reacted to the dog, I’d say the coyotes would be in trouble. She may not have horns, but she is deadly accurate with her head!) Plenty of “wild” meat around here, as well as what I’m raising.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Blondie wrote:
Just read the judge’s TEMPORARY order. Allows those being detained at airports and those in transit back to the US to enter. Her ruling DOES NOT permanently lift the ban.

My 2 cents:this was a threat based ban.

daaswampman wrote:
More Hogwash and BS Headlines! Did anyone read what the judge did? Limited to those already in our airports from being returned to their countries at this time! Swamp

Not sure if it’s a threat-based ban, but certainly noticed that it was a ban on those ALREADY in the AIRPORTS. So I’m assuming they get in … others will not.

And, as we all saw, tonight … tensions are rising yet again as MORE protests are in the streets. Can’t help but wonder how thin the tension wire is going to get before it breaks. :glare: -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 BK in KC 0
tidewaterva wrote:
I expect much or all of Trump’s immigration executive orders to be overturned in the next few days.

When Obama did the exact same thing there wasn’t a legal challenge. DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions for the Visa Waiver Program (February 2016)

Release Date: February 18, 2016
For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.

Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security had sixty days to determine whether additional countries or areas of concern should be subject to the travel or dual nationality restrictions under the Act. After careful consideration, and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that Libya, Somalia, and Yemen be included as countries of concern, specifically for individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011. At this time, the restriction on Visa Waiver Program travel will not apply to dual nationals of these three countries. DHS continues to consult with the Department of State and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to develop further criteria to determine whether other countries would be added to this list.

Last month, the United States began implementing changes under the Act. The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals.

President Trump is not suspending visas from countries his team selected, they are simply suspending visa approval from countries President Obama selected. President Trump did not select seven countries – the US Congress and Obama’s Department of Homeland Security had singled out these countries. Nowhere in President Trump’s executive order does he single out any country for VISA suspension. Instead what his XO does is say he’s suspending visa approvals from countries already outlined by the Obama administration as representing a specific threat.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: HOW DID YOU SURVIVE THE RECENT STORM

January 29, 2017 rj5156 0
peekachoo wrote:
We have several 500 gallon tanks with belly valves and filler hoses. We can fill the 20 lb bottles for about $5 or $6. We have 4 propane livestock water tank heaters. The ice gets 5 or 6 inches thick without them. We fill all the tanks in the summer when propane is the cheapest. The propane trucks cant get here in the winter.

Peekachoo we did not get the filler valve on our 500 gallon tank. We got it basically free in a 3-way trade so it isn’t like we can complain. Bet you love it!

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 tidewaterva 0

ReadyMom,

Your family really paid its dues to immigrate and establish itself here and I like your balanced perspective on this subject. Already today, a federal judge has struck down part of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Both Obama and so far Trump are relying too heavily on executive orders to accomplish policy which would not be so easy to have passed through Congress. As respected commentator Charles Cooke stated today “it is precisely because legislatures debate, dissent and legislate policy better that immigration policy should remain with them”. He also points out that when federal legislation is enacted on immigration it is less liable to be overturned by the judicial branch. As much as we might think that Congress is a bunch of incompetents who cannot accomplish anything worthwhile, it will take them acting to get a better immigration policy enacted, withstand judicial review, and become enforced. I expect much or all of Trump’s immigration executive orders to be overturned in the next few days. I do believe that more strict policy on immigration is needed, but it may take a large number of concerned citizens letting their voice be heard to their representatives and senators to create legislation that will stand.

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Stories and Fiction • Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

January 29, 2017 rj5156 0

Am I the only one who hides when I eat snacks? I forgot today and got out a jar of dry-roasted peanuts. We don’t eat a lot of snacks, or a lot of salt, but I can sure enjoy me some dry-roasted peanuts. Trouble is Syd bird adores them and we worry about HER eating that much salt. And she begs so pathetically that we have a hard time saying “NO. NONE!” All that gets us is howling anyhow.

Syd heard the jar rattle and she was on it. “I’d like some!” DRAT. I gave her six, which I am sure is six too many. She can count at least to six, and six is the approved number. We buy her unsalted nuts but those are not an acceptable offering when we are eating dry-roasted peanuts.

We eat pretty healthy to begin with. We eat a lot better on Syd’s behalf. 50 years old and we do stuff like eat celery stalks, peeling the strings and going on about how “I just LOVE celery! Would you like some, Syd?” We add helpful information about how eating celery helps everyone potty – and that’s a huge deal for a cockatoo who has to lick that off the outgoing end if we feed her too much junk food. It works. Syd eats celery and most other healthy food we offer her.

Actually she wants ME to wash it off for her if we feed her too much junk food. Beak over hands right up on the cage top, hikes her tailfeathers in the air and waits patiently while I spritz and blot and work with a damp cloth. Thus we go on and on and on about carrots and celery and the joys of raw vegetables and whole grains.

And we hide outside to eat snacks.

Someone in Brian’s family told us a joke about why married couples love to put kids to bed early. Once they get the kids tucked in they take their pack of candy bars and box of brownies into the bedroom, lock the door and eat them all, hiding the wrappers when they finish!

Wouldn’t work with Syd. She KNOWS. Back to the joys of raw veggies and whole grains. Or hiding outside to eat snacks. Sigh.

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Michigan Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Where is everybody

January 29, 2017 daaswampman 0

Oh Please – How hard can it be! If your not a Prepper now, you will be! Just add hot water, stir, for delicious hot meals and it comes in a bucket that lasts for years! I wonder how many bought that salty crap and never thought about having water, getting it hot or cleaning up their messes?

I wasted endless hours trying to encourage uninterested and lazy people. Lesson learned – it is now all about me and mine. Swamp

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Stories and Fiction • Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

January 29, 2017 rj5156 0

I have not changed anything at all beyond editing a little spelling and punctuation. Not really planning to. Many who read this are going to recognize it, afraid Dad named a number of them who won’t be recognizable by anyone who doesn’t already know them.

Changing their names isn’t going to help because anyone who already knows them will know EXACTLY who they are no matter what we call them.

Everyone involved will remember it differently of course. I’m not going to quibble much with artistic license and individual memory. I will say if we used bad grammar or diction or failed to speak “clearly and distinctly” there would be a lecture given – and TV was basically forbidden in our home from day one unless parents blessed something which was rare. We might have snuck in a few episodes of Gilligan’s Island – and there were lectures if we were busted – but there wasn’t much opportunity and we lacked much interest.

Indeed, there were lectures so common that they were numbered for convenience of parents who were tired of saying it all!

Hope this was a fun one for ya’ll. I laugh some and cry some and laugh again. Even focused on the typing, it hits right where I grew up. It was for me an idyllic childhood.

I am thankful for that and have long appreciated that I was a fortunate child.

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Stories and Fiction • Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

January 29, 2017 rj5156 0

A Little More Common Sense… (continued)

BOOM! The rifle shot rang out too close for comfort. The bull staggered. I couldn’t see the shooter, or anybody else. I dropped to the ground to stay out of the line of fire, with a wary eye on the bull who was still full of fight. More shots came, each one staggering the bull, but he refused to go down!

“Hit ‘im again!” I yelled, “He’s still on his feet!” I got one eye clear of snow to watch the lunging bull who couldn’t figure out which way to go after his opponent. He’d lost track of me when I hit the ground, but he could easily trample me by accident. I dared not get up to run, lest I risk being in the line of fire. I rolled behind a small tree, and the bull seemed to spot the motion, turning my way.

“SHOOT HIM, DAMMIT!” I yelled at Jimmy, who had been reloading. The bull had turned, exposing his side to Jimmy, who promptly planted two perfect heart shots right behind the foreleg. The bull swayed, but kept his feet, still turning in a circle, searching for enemies. BOOM! The shot was perfectly timed as the bull’s head swung directly away from Jimmy, who put a round directly into his brain stem. Bull dropped like a rock, but was far from dead. His legs thrashed and pawed the snow, trying for a foothold to get up, bellowing his rage all the while.

Jimmy burst into view for the first time, laying aside his rifle. Hunting knife in hand, he leaped astride the bull’s neck, and stabbed it home, deep into the neck. He grabbed the bull’s nostrils with thumb and fingers, pulled his head back, and yanked the knife sideways, nearly severing the bull’s head! Blood poured out, and the thrashing stopped. Jimmy jumped away behind the bull, still not certain he was dead, and yelled, “NOW get up you ornery bastard!”

But the bull was finally dead. As the fact soaked into our heads, we descended on him with skinning knives and began the hard work of butchering. We had no idea where we were, or how far it was to a road. Everyone caught their breath, then tried to figure out how we were going to get half a ton of beef out of the woods. Very simply, we’d have to take them out in pieces, so the cutting began.

Soon both calves were quartered, but even with a safari-style carrying pole, it was all four men could do to carry one of the big bull’s front quarters. The spring was 200 yards from the road, and it was uphill all the way, but we managed to carry out the small calf. Jack’s four wheel drive pickup made it to a nearby field, so we only had to go through a hundred yards of drifts with the big bull’s quarters.

It was late that night when the beef was finally hung up to cool in our barn. We spent two more weeks of evenings getting the meat cut up and wrapped in meal size packages. The weather was colder than we needed, so the meat froze while hanging. For two weeks we had huge legs of frozen beef in the living room floor, thawing it for slicing.

The girls made wry comments about our room decoration, and said they thought this so-called “free” beef was an awful lot of hard work! By the time we were finished, I agreed. We were not in any hurry to tackle butchering again but we’d learned a lot of ways not to do it! That would make it easier next time. Anyway, spring was on the way with problems of its’ own.

Statistics: Posted by rj5156 — Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:33 pm


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Stories and Fiction • Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

January 29, 2017 rj5156 0

Well we’re gonna get the “I’m a potty mouth” bot on this one – but I was THERE and it IS true. Potty-mouths were present. I already knew all the words but I heard them a lot more often than usual that day.

As usual I’m racing forward, not looking back. I will get these edited but I’m not backing up to do it. Rather I’ll post the edited versions on Dad’s sites, and links to those here. Afraid ya’ll are getting the preview and the first-run is not usually the perfect one.

Statistics: Posted by rj5156 — Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:26 pm


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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human

January 29, 2017 daaswampman 0
ReadyMom wrote:

daaswampman wrote: For most people, social distancing and sheltering in place may be their best options, unless your bug out location is free of birds! Swamp

Swamp, in a pandemic, social distancing & sheltering wouldn’t be just the best option for everyone. Until a viable vaccine is made for the strain moving through, it would be the only option.

For those not familiar w/ pandemics, don’t get fooled into thinking once it moves through your area, it’s all clear and gone away. Pandemics come in ‘waves’.

          Wave 1: the first time it comes through and creates illness & death.
          Then everyone thinks it’s gone through and all is oke. They begin to go out and socialize. Interaction with each other again.

              THEN:

          Wave 2: comes through because there is still no immunity to the virus, until it either burns out by killing all who have no immunity & leaving behind only those who are immune, or population is vaccinated against the virus.

Sometimes the second wave is more severe than the first. Each wave can last several months at a time. Sometimes there are more than 2 waves.

Pandemics & EMPS. Both have the same devastation to population. Massive deaths. :( -k

I agree unless you get out early and have a remote location. Thank You for bringing up the time element! I agree it could be months before it is safe to get out. Then there is a problem when and if a vaccine becomes available! You really don’t want to get exposed until the vaccine has had a chance to build your immunity! No different than people waiting until the flu is in their community to then rush out for a flu shot and then complain it didn’t work or it gave them the flu!

Even that may be a the optimistic outcome, this could be far more complex due to inter-species transmissions and expected transfers and mutations! If one cuts loose, there could be multiple waves of similar yet different bugs. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:24 pm