Preparing for the flames

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Over at Ace of Spades, DrewM has a post up titled What does Let it Burn mean?.

This entry pretty much nailed how I feel about the situation unfolding before our eyes.

A few points really resonated with me. The first one was this:

One foundation of conservatism is to see the world as it is, imperfections and all, and not the way we wish it to be. Unless we can admit the reality of the country we are living in, Let It Burn makes no sense.

If you think we’re just one or two tactical moves and a great candidate away from political victory, you’re not in the Let It Burn camp.

Prior to the election, I was effectively in the “If we just did this….” camp he’s talking about. I say “effectively” because deep down I was far too jaded and pessimistic to believe it in my gut.

I DESPERATELY wanted to be wrong. I really wanted another “Reagan fixing Carter’s mess” dynamic even though Obama is ten times as destructive as Carter and Romney a tenth of the man Reagan was.

And in yearning for that, I violated that first foundation of seeing things for how they are, believing it, and acting accordingly.

Standing back upon that foundation now, many things are painfully clear:

1) The Republicans are going to cave on everything Obama wants, and get eviscerated when the bad times start in earnest OR they will hold out to some degree and get eviscerated when the bad times start in earnest.

This is self evident. We’ve already got calls from the spineless fucks in DC to give in. Boehner is removing anyone with actual conservative convictions from as many cabinet positions as he can to pave the way. Even when they have leverage all they do is bicker about the speed at which we increase spending money we don’t have, never actually shrinking the scope of federal government. Which brings up another point brought up in the article I have reluctantly come to realize as truth:

We need to start disassociating conservatism from the GOP. We’ve tried it for 30 years. It hasn’t worked.

The GOP as it stands today is going to die. Right now skid stain licking pieces of shit like Boehner are doing everything they can to simply position themselves as The Loyal Opposition and keep their power. The real reason they are so upset about the fiscal cliff is that they STILL don’t truly understand that Obama will never, ever, EVER compromise on ANYTHING unless it sets up an environment that provides him with an opportunity to damage his enemies (IE: Them) even more later. Damaging the country in the process is fine as long as it’s done in a way he can sell as the GOP’s fault (which is depressingly easy when you have the one-two punch of The Stupid at the polls, and a lickspittle media that feeds on Obama’s dick cheese like it’s ambrosia coated cocaine). They simply cannot comprehend that Obama doesn’t want a Loyal Opposition, he wants to be worshiped as a god with any heretics burned alive in a carbon neutral sacrificial kiln designed and constructed with green energy grants by a campaign donator.

This is already starting a civil war in the GOP between those with even a modicum of conservative principles, and those who treat their platform as simply a strategy to keep them in Washington. I predict a no confidence vote in the house on Boehner by April at the latest as those who are being marginalized strike back. Whether he survives that or gets pushed out of the speaker postition is ultimately irrelevant. The battle will create a fractured cesspool of infighting clusterfuckery which will be, again, pointed to as The Reason Shit Ain’t Working™ by the Ministry of Propaganda.

This is the fucking PLAN folks. Who cares how many of the peasants it hurts as long as the Enemies of Progressiveness suffer?

Perhaps conservatism will eventually win this fight, and the GOP will be dominated by those who actually practice what they preach. Or true conservatism has to find a new path altogether, which means that for many of us we may not see it in power again during our lifetimes. For now, however, the fact that this battle needs to be fought at all means that we’ve lost (at least in the short term).

I’m done doing my minuscule part enabling this bullshit simply to stave off the pain for a few more years/months/week/days….

Again, DrewM states my feelings on the matter perfectly in his closing statement:

Let It Burn isn’t an option, it’s an eventuality. The questions are will we be complicit in it any longer and do we want to delay it? I say no. Let the liberals own it. Very few things are made better by delaying the day of inevitable reckoning.

The sooner it burns, the sooner we can try and rebuild.

And that said:

2) Something Wicked This Way Comes

We’re in for some bad times ahead. How bad is open for debate, but best case scenario is a LONG period of economic depression that will make our descendants look upon the usage of the “The Great Depression” to describe the economic collapse of the early 20th century as we today look upon “The War to End All Wars” as a ridiculously naive label for World War I.

Worst case scenario is the eventual utter collapse of the nation.

My personal view is that it’s going to fall somewhere between those two, probably more towards an extended depression with at least one successful foreign terrorist attack during our time of reduced capability that will make 9/11 look like a fender bender. This is almost inevitable since our borders are basically just a line on a map.

The fact that a large portion of my fellow citizens are NOT part of The Stupid is the only thing that keeps me from descending into the Worst Case Scenario camp. That, and the fact that there is absolutely nothing I can do to adequately prepare myself and my loved ones for a total collapse. I have neither the financial, networking, or on-hand material resources to create a realistic prep plan for a total collapse of the Nation. Total Collapse can mean many things: nuclear/biological devastation, totalitarian reorganization of the government into a true dictatorship, asteroid hit, zombie apocalypse, etc.

To truly delude oneself into thinking along those terms is to wind up becoming one of the Threeper Red Dawn set, screaming “Sic Semper Tyranis….Wollllllverines!!!” in your tacticool pajamas. I will do my best to be part of The Remnant and help rebuild when I can, but I have no desire for the fall to come so I can be part of some grand “rebuilding” of the world as I see fit like so many of these fucktards. Erinyes summed this up quite nicely here:

It’s enough to make your brain hurt that these people feel they are so goddamned special that they and theirs are immune to disease and will survive the “coming apocalypse” because they have a “go bag” with clean undies and freeze-dried food and a “battle rifle”.

Having a go bag is a great idea (one I have not implemented…yet), but I have run into FAR too many mall cop wannabe survivalists who use cosmoline as masturbation lube while reading Soldier of Fortune magazines they had someone else buy for them so the security cam footage at the 7-11 didn’t get them into a database.

Rave and I live in an apartment. In Illinois. Only 70 miles from Chicago. We’re not moving to a compound in Idaho or North Dakota anytime…. ever. We’re both going to continue going to school to better ourselves. We’re still going to live our lives.

We’re just going to prepare. We prepare how and for what we can because any effort and planning is better than no planning at all.

And that’s where this long ass post has been leading to folks.

In the months to come, many MANY of my posts will be prep related. Other than some food stores and camping gear (being F&I/Rev War era reenactors results in having quite a bit of good shit to fall back on when the power is out) we haven’t really started prepping yet, and I figured I’d share what I can of our efforts in case it may help anyone else out there (and/or result in others sharing ideas with us).

The main things I feel we need to focus on (and I will be exploring in depth) are:

1) Food security (canning/storing supplies, looking at daily supplies for four adults for a minimum of three months and the ability to cook without power/gas). Gardening as we can (going to start one in my father’s backyard). If nothing else, food IS going to get more expensive as our currency continues to be devalued and inflation kicks in, buying large quantities of non-perishable foodstuffs while the prices are still relatively low is just a good idea.
2) Water Security (short term stored supplies due to space considerations, long term means to purify obtainable sources- filters that don’t rely on electricity… been looking at several for some time now)
3) Shelter security (ways to keep from freezing to death in an apartment if we have no power/gas for extended periods of time during the winter. Also where we can go if our home is destroyed or we get evicted for some reason)
4) Personal protection/protection of supplies (IE: How to keep goblins from taking our hard earned supplies. This is far more than simply being armed, although I am looking forward to training Rave to properly use firearms and shopping for a sidearm for her in the hopefully near future). I WON’T be posting everything we do in this regard for reasons that should be obvious.
5) Go to hell plan: Go bags and get the hell outta dodge plans. We don’t have any good ones. Yet.
6) Financial prep: NO DEBT (we’re actually on good footing here… we’re broke, but we don’t have car payments or a mortgage either). Building up supplies of things that can be bartered as best we can.
7) Medical supplies and first aid training. (We’re both CPR/First aid trained and have a fairly decent on hand supply of stuff including antibiotics, I would like to have more protective equipment on hand in case of a breakout of disease. Don’t need my own clean room and NBC suits, but a handy supply of gloves and masks can’t hurt).

Just posting this basic incomplete list off the top of my head most likely puts me into the same category as the uni-bomber to folks who’d rather stick their heads in the sand. Fuck em. Nothing I’m proposing to do is a major waste of money or time. Even if the worst thing that happens is being out of power after a storm for a week (which happened to us a year ago), I choose to err on the side of caution. I actually worry about those types worse than straight up criminals. Even in Illinois, if someone breaks in my home and I give them high velocity lead poisoning I have a pretty good chance of not being charged as long as I don’t plug the asshole in the back as they run away down the street. The same folks who sneer at prepping are the first ones to decry “hoarding” when the music stops and they don’t have a chair. So part of what I am looking into is effective ways to hide all this shit when The Stupid starts clamoring for the federales to go door to door collecting involuntary donations For The Common Good

It’s going to be a long and bumpy ride folks.

20 Responses to “Preparing for the flames”

  1. Excellent post.

    “I really wanted another “Reagan fixing Carter’s mess” dynamic”

    That’s pretty much where I was as, but the scales have fallen from my eyes, as it were. If I must live in Realville, at least the neighbors are nice. ;)

    Looking forward to your prepping posts; we’ve just begun the process.

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  3. Most of these prep items are something every family should have, regardless of the circumstances. Far more likely than total collapse of the nation would be some sort of natural disaster that would disrupt infrastructure and normal life for an extended period of time, and everything you named is a sensible preparation for such an event. I will always call BS on the man-made climate change doomsayers, but we do seem to be in a cycle of more severe weather events, and that is something we should always be prepared for. But the best thing we can do right now rather than freak out is take the aforementioned precautions, and then go about living, loving, and enjoying our lives like we do every day.

  4. Exactly, Dave. We already have some of this stuff, just not enough.

    I also refuse to become one of these folks living in spider holes on Doomsday Preppers. If that’s what it takes to survive, we’re so fucked it’s kind of pointless anyway.

  5. Prudence in prepping for post-catastrophe events is fine. Here in the Keys we did so prior to Isaac. BUT if a Cat 5 hurricane comes, we have a place to go here. We won’t be leaving. Simply can’t afford to. So trying to afford to prep for doomsday like some of these clowns is completely out of the question, even if we wanted to.

    Which we don’t. It’s all too Fifties-bomb-shelter for me.

    Thanks for the linkage. Much appreciated!

  6. Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!

    We have a month supply of food and water at the house, a bb-gun and a few bb’s. I don’t fear the Commies but maybe my neighbors. Won’t be any riots in my neighborhood. I’ll sit on the roof in a lawn chair wearing only underwear and a falk vest, bottle of Wild Turkey and my Model 70 Winchester. I’ll gut shoot the first in a mob and that should take care of the rest.

  7. I like your style, Nick!

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  9. Part of my long term plan is to buy cigarettes and use a food sealer to seal them up so they don’t dry out. I figure there will come a point where an alternate economy springs up, and barter and alternate currencies (cigarettes, ammo, toilet paper, who knows) will be used to pay for other things when paper money becomes all but worthless.

  10. Speaking of BB’s, 100 or so packed on top of 100 grains of 2F blackpowder in my flintlock may not be exactly what people consider a home defense round, but it will give a crowd something to think about while I switch the to the .44 mag…

  11. If a mob comes, the only tough decision to make will be which firearm I use. They want my stash of Twinkies and Canadian Club Whiskey then “COME AND TAKE IT!”

  12. Hell yeah. I can see you come busting out of the house with an antique gun. The crowd would think (rightly) that you are nuts. A big flash of smoke from the smoke pole, some noise, then the crowd hollering and scrambling like roaches. I love it.

  13. I only WISH I had a 1 bore like a buddy of mine. Packed with shot it’s a claymore mine on a stick….

  14. You need to get off your ass and post some more

  15. +1 BigFred. Need more posts here.

  16. +2 Big Fred & Jack Brown! Grammy, get off yo ass! World is burning.

  17. We need you.

  18. I use this place to find good information on anything that I need for my storage. I also built a storage place with over a few thousand dollars worth of just food inside.

  19. We still need you, Grau.

  20. I second Big Fred’s last comment. Get back in the saddle!

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