Monday miscellany

Anarchy Along The Jersey Shore And On Long Island In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy : “Hurricane Sandy is another reminder of just how incredibly fragile the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis really is. Many of the hardest hit areas along the Jersey shore and the coast of Long Island have descended into a state of anarchy.”

‘Dozens’ of Colorado Romney Voters Claim Machines Changed Votes to Obama : “Dozens of voters in Pueblo County, Colorado have claimed electronic voting machines have changed their votes for Mitt Romney to votes for President Barack Obama.”

The Third Term : Obama’s Secret Plan to Retain Power Through 2020.

The Doomsday “Preppers” Portfolio : “An apocalypse seems to be breathing down upon us in multiple forms: economic, societal, environmental, or prophesized. There’s plenty to be tense about. People go home at night, watch the news and are understandably afraid. One time bomb after another has gone off. So, it’s no surprise that over the last several years, a new trend emerged: Preparing for the worst. These are the “Survivalists”… The “Doomsday Preppers.”

72 Hours Later: Starvation, Supply Shortages, Food Lines, No Clean Water, No Gas, & Transportation Standstill : “A recent study noted that the majority of people have enough food in their pantries to feed their household for about three days and that seemingly stable societies are really just nine meals from anarchy. With most of us dependent on just-in-time transportation systems to always be available, few ever consider the worst case scenario. For tens of thousands of east coast residents that worst case scenario is now playing out in real-time.”

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Hope and change – should we stay the course? Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation.

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Comments

  1. HomeINsteader says:

    I do not know whether or not this actually happened, and I do not know whether or not this is another “plant” aimed at inciting civil unrest; this headlines DOES come from a GOP feed, so, make of it as you will; but I share it so that if anything like this DOES happen when YOU go to vote, you will be prepared:

    NAACP Takes Over Polling Location
    By GOPUSA Staff November 5, 2012 7:19 am

    As early voting continued in Houston on Friday, an incident occurred that should serve as a shocking reminder that there are those who care nothing about voting rules and integrity. Members of the NAACP took over a polling location and broke multiple election laws. Despite repeated requested by a poll watcher, to halt their activities, the NAACP members continued with their pro-Obama rhetoric and moving certain people from the back of the line to the front. This is what Americans need to watch for in the closing days.

    As report on Townhall.com, poll watcher Eve Rockford was absolutely stunned by what she saw going on at her polling location:

    According to Eve Rockford, a poll watcher trained by voter integrity group True the Vote, three NAACP members showed up to the 139 precinct location with 50 cases of bottled water and began handing bottles out to people standing in line. While wearing NAACP labeled clothing, members were “stirring the crowd” and talking to voters about flying to Ohio to promote President Barack Obama.

    After watching what was occurring, Rockford approached Polling Supervisor Rose Cochran about what she was seeing.

    “I went to the polling supervisor and let her know that it was not appropriate that they were in the building handing out water. She ignored me. I repeated my statement. She told me that she would handle it. She did nothing. I then went to the assistant supervisor and he stood up, walked over to another table and then sat down. I then walked into the waiting room and they were reloading another dolly with more cases of water,” Rockford said in a True the Vote incident report.

    After handing out water and advocating for President Obama, the NAACP members started handpicking and moving people to the front of a long voting line inside the polling place according to the incident report. After multiple complaints from voters about the line cutting, Rockford received a phone call from downtown telling her to “stand down.”

    Rockford says she later received a phone call stating that it was ok for the NAACP to be doing what they were doing and that she should back off.

    This is law and order in America? If election laws can be so blatantly violated, what happens next?

    http://www.gopusa.com/freshink/2012/11/05/naacp-takes-over-polling-location/?

    • I saw that story over the weekend. Really annoying the NAACP can get away with that but a lone woman can’t wear a t-shirt to the poles that says something about voting (and not for any specific candidate or party).

    • village idiot says:

      Court-appointed Republican poll-watchers are being kicked out of black precincts in Philadelphia this morning, and Black Panthers are out again intimidating voters. I saw a photo of some of them at polling places in Philadelphia. More voter fraud to make sure Obama wins Pennsylvania.

  2. People were told that Sandy would be a large, destructive storm. Yet we still find people that espect “instant” relief.

    Plus the story about electrical workers being turned back because they were no-union causes me to shake my head, but somehow doesn’t surprise me.

    • The non-union electrical workers being turned away happens EVERY time there is a problem in the NE. Georgia and Alabama regularly send workers to other states every time there is a problem. The unions hate that they aren’t union and get really pissy about it. If it’s the difference in someone living or dying, I’m sure most people wouldn’t care one way or the other if the worker is with the union or not.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        According to the piece posted locally on WLBT-3, the problem was that the Decatur, AL crew of six were given a document that they thought they to sign in order to work “with” the IBEW workers; that document, however, came from “Electric Cities of Alabama, a coalition of the state’s municipally owned utilities”. NY and NJ had nothing to do with this, apparently; it would seem that it was a foul-up straight from my Alabama neighbors. Much as I’d rather blame NY and NJ, it doesn’t sound like it was their fault in any way, and, according to this, no crew has been or will be turned away. Although I did see on local news today that Texas teams have only TODAY been put to work. Why? I have no idea.

        You can read the WLBT-3 (Jackson, MS) report here:

        http://www.wlbt.com/story/19981857/some-nonunion-ala-crews-turned-away-from-sandy-recovery

    • How about this one?

      http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/military_helpers_stripped_mLCcBppGJPy9IMwjH2ZgCN

      Ain’t it great they got their priorities straight?

    • PJ Prepper says:

      We are a society that has become conditioned to expecting “instant” everything. Instant relief from the government, instant coffee, instant food, instant customer service when we call the bank, instant feedback etc etc. Even you and I are conditioned to some extent…

      What happens if you click on a link and your page doesn’t load within half a second? Instant information: expected.

      PJ

      Prepper-Resources.com

  3. HomeINsteader says:

    OH, man! Don’t these cookies sound YUMMY! ? From: The King Arthur Company post Mon. Nov. 5 2012

    Nutmeg Bites
    Nutmeg cookie dough
    • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 large egg, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    Rum icing
    • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons rum
    Directions
    1) Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
    2) In the bowl of your mixer, combine all ingredients and blend on medium speed until a soft, smooth dough forms, about 2 minutes.
    3) Wrap and chill the dough for 1 hour. Towards the end of the chill time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
    4) Drop tablespoon-sized dough balls onto your baking sheet. A teaspoon scoop makes this job a snap. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. The edges will be slightly browned and the cookies will be round and domed.
    5) Cool the cookies completely. Prepare the icing by blending the softened butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add rum one tablespoon at a time until you have a spreadable icing. Top each cookie with a dollop of icing and a dash of nutmeg. If you prefer not to use actual rum, you can use heavy cream and a few drops of rum flavoring.
    Yield: Approximately 3 to 4 dozen cookies.

  4. HomeINsteader says:

    WARNING! Liberal News Outlets Now Predicting Election May Not Happen

    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=11979

  5. HomeINsteader says:

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  6. HomeINsteader says:

    I was doing some reading on a site that sells freeze dried foods, including meats, and I came across this “Warning”, which I had not really given a great deal of thought, but, something about which we all need to be aware:

    “If you are going to consume freeze dried meats, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you also consume a great deal of fluids with it.”

    Makes sense, doesn’t it? Don’t want those dried meats to consume too much fluids from your stomach and/or other body parts, especially in a SHTF scenario.

    File that in “Stuff to Remember When SHTF”, I suppose?!

  7. HomeINsteader says:

    Seasoned Citizen Prepper is starting a 6-part series on what it’s REALLY like to live “off grid”; “Off Grid Part 1 of 6: The Start of an Adventure; if you have never had to live like this, I think you may find it most helpful in understanding the realities, and, thus, being better prepared – because the S IS going to HTF! Soon.

    Posted by: Rourke | on November 5, 2012 (Rourke is one of the other survivalist blogmasters, in case you didn’t already know that!)

    http://seasonedcitizenprepper.com/off-grid-part-1-the-start-of-an-adventure/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SeasonedCitizenPrepper+%28Seasoned+Citizen+Prepper%29

  8. I think we could ask anyone affected by the storm Sandy, a 72 hour supply of food, fuel, water, etc. is not enough. It’s now been a week and lots of folks are still not anywhere NEAR back to normal, or even comfortable. I think a weeks worth of supplies would just be enough to get passed the immediate trauma, then another weeks worth to last until the power is back on, and then who knows? Maybe another weeks worth til the stores are restocked? Personally, I think a one month supply of everything would be the bare minimum.
    I am so grateful to be a prepper.

    • The LDS Church recommends that you have a three month supply of food and necessities at a bare minimum. I agree whole heartedly with this. I keep telling my kids to stock up with this amount to start.

    • DJV…I’m with you on that one. I’m working on putting together at least a months supply of both food and water. Of course, if something comes along that wipes it out, then what? Some of those folks lost everything…house a pile of sticks, and everything washed away or burned. I’m giving that some thought. With my limited budget, multiple stashes are not realistic. But I think I might put together a small amount for two other places where I could put them.

      Sandy is definitely food for thought. And there’s another Nor’easter on its way there!! I can’t imagine being in the situation many folks are up there, and having another substantial storm come.

      • Mt Woman, that is when you listen to the radio when they tell you a storm is coming, you make sure your car is filled with gas and you get out before the storm hits. Some of this is so self inflicted. I feel bad for those that couldn’t get out………no car, no $ for gas or too old to drive or have nowhere to go or no one to take them in etc. but when you look at who is doing the most griping on the news………ya gotta wonder what they were doing before hand.

        If you have someplace to stow something in another location, even if it just a little, it gives you hope……….

  9. Uncle Charlie says:

    I had to chuckle at the “The Third Term” audio. It was nothing but a flat out sales pitch to sell their services. I was under the impression that Obama was against “fracking” for gas and oil but I suppose he could change that position in order to get a third and forth term etc. Of course, there is that pesky constitutional problem as well. Unlike Putin in Russia, he can’t run as vice-president after his second term, IF he has a second term. It’s neck and neck right now. I heard on the news last night that it may take 10 days to finalize the vote in Ohio. I already voted and plan on avoiding all news outlets for the next few days just to avoid all the lies and allegations coming from both sides. Like most Americans, I’m just glad it’s over.

    The only good news about Sandy was that it knocked the election off the front page for a couple of days. I certainly feel sympathy for all the people in the northeast who were affected by Sandy, but I must say I was surprised by all the gas lines. With a week’s warning, I would’ve filled up all my vehicles and then siphoned that off into smaller containers (not necessarily gasoline approved containers) and then filled up the vehicles again. But maybe I missed the party why they could not.

    • riverrider says:

      i watched one middle aged woman whining and wringing here hands and screaming “why aren’t they helping us?”. the reporter asked what she needed and she just let off a list of trivial complaints like she had to come out to the street to charge here cell phone (att set up charge stations) and theres boats in her yard, and finally said “i just want someone to tell us what to do”. totally helpless w/out someone telling them what to do? geesh!

      • SurvivorDan says:

        The Sheeple. While I once responded to major disasters with relief operations, and sympathize generally, I can’t stand the hand wringer – whiners who want ‘someone’ (the gov’t) to do for them. I was at Katrina. While I still consider it an honor and a privilege to have been allowed to go and help, I was disgusted by the majority sentiment. “What took you so long?” and “I want more free stuff! (paraphrased)”
        I saw plenty of local folks sitting around waiting for ‘stuff’ instead of helping their neighbors who were even worse off. Disgusting….

        • Watching Katrina unfold and unwind is what made me a prepper. Not that I hadn’t already been through a couple of earthquakes and some close calls on floods already and had a few good ideas tucked away in my tiny little mind. But that was so awful that it challenged belief! The worst part of prepping is that you can be someplace else when it happens. I was in SF when we had the shaker there. I had to go south and then east to go north and then west to get home…….long trip and yeah I had a change of clothes and some $$ with me, but it was a long night and a part of another day to get it done. Glad I wasn’t on a bridge when it let loose.

          • SurvivorDan says:

            Yup. Katrina was my catalyst too. I don’t ever want me or mine to be waiting on the Gov’t and then begging hat-in-hand on food/water lines.
            Glad you made it through the SF quakes worrisome.
            Better all the different directions of travel than ….straight down!

      • My mostly retired (can WFH) left-wing sil way out & north on Long Island called last night and complained bitterly to the dh that she only has half a tank of gas (in her big crossover van). Good thing she wasn’t speaking me because I would have replied, “but others have greater need.” She wouldn’t have gotten that line at all.

        And several years ago, my dh’s niece-in-law by marriage, a charming college graduate, exclaimed that she wished the government would tell her what she should think. Too late, she’s reproduced.

    • Yeah, Stansberry is always good for a laugh. Especially with that conviction for fraud.

      http://briandeer.com/stansberry/stansberry-research-scam-1.htm

      • I always like how his presentations have about 5 minutes of bs that gets repeated over and over again before you hear anything that has any substance and there is no way to fast forward thru the bs. I fell for his crap one time and never again!!!

  10. Tactical G-Ma says:

    I am so sorry if your home was torn apart by Sandy. Or burned by a forest fire set off by lightening. Or destroyed by an earthquake. As neighbors, we will help you, as a church family we will help you. As a nation we will help you. What we cannot be is you. You have to deal with finding a safe and suitable dwelling. You have to deal with the insurance. You have to wait in line for the free food. Etc, etc, etc.
    The problem is the same everytime. Some people cannot cope, thieves and conmen crawl out of the wood work, it takes a long time to rebuild a city or large community. Some us never experience loss and others seem to attract it. I hate seeing a person on TV screaming at the government rep. to do something. YOU do something. We will help.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Right on G-Ma!

      Sheeple! Please get off your backsides and do for yourselves and your neighbors. We will help you, but you have to put out some effort.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Oh, and SD,
        Another pet peeve is:
        “We need clothes but only brand new.” I guess you’ll have to go buck a** naked then, cause I buy my own clothes at Goodwill!

        • HomeINsteader says:

          Goodwill is o.k., but yard sales are better! Wearing some of yard sales favs right now! I paid $1.00 for a beautiful, brand-name top that some other goofball bought on sale for about $25, which had an original price tag of $40. Go ahead. Have a yard sale! See you there.

          Did you know that most of the “good” stuff donated to Goodwill never ends up in the stores? They get sold online: http://www.shopgoodwill.com

        • SurvivorDan says:

          I draw the line at under garments! ;)

          • SD:

            You say that now. Wait until 12months after you can’t get any. You’ll start to really rely on your laundry soap!

          • HomeINsteader says:

            Yeah, that kind of creeps me out, too, SD!

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            You guys were definitely not sub-sailors. The old diesel boomers would go out for 3 months and they had to make do with inside, outside, forward, reverse, and maybe each other’s skivies. Gave a whole new meaning to team work. Haha!

            • HomeINsteader says:

              I get claustrophobic in an elevator; I can’t imagine how people actually survive for months on these things – though I’ve known several who have and have explained how they adapt; I still can’t imagine doing that! Bless ‘em all!

      • Uh, why in the world would sheeple want to do that?

    • +10

  11. I’ll hope for the best , but I dont think Romney ran a good campaign …….he was way too weak on the attack . He just wasn’t loud , dirty , or tough enough . my 2 cents

    • Sort of like having the enemy in your sights , but being too lazy to load the rifle when you have plenty of ammunition so send his way .

  12. SurvivorDan says:

    My daughter lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan. She laid in additional food, candles, Sterno, water, batteries, etc (on top of the emergency supplies she already had) in the week leading up to the hurricane. Folks had plenty of warning…including the sheeple!
    My daughter is back to work today. She spent the latter part of the week helping those in lower Brooklyn (nearer the water). When you are prepared (though some say we are selfishly prepping for ourselves) you can help others.

  13. SurvivorDan says:

    I told my daughter not to bother with a solar charger as she lives in a row house with little sunlight.{I’m an expert… ;) } She got one and tied it on her day pack while she moved around, thus recharging her cell phone. What do I know…?

  14. ConnecticutYankeeinGeorgia says:

    The Northeast is a wreck right now – my family up there only recently got power back; they’re lucky considering so many lost their homes. The worst has got to be all of the looting going on. It’s scary how easily the veneer of civilization is rubbed away and man’s callousness and indifference to others really rears its ugly head.

    As for all the election, I’m praying for a Romney win but preparing for a victory by comrade Barry. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people who are still enamored with him (especially in my age group) and will come out to the polls in droves. There’s no reasoning with them – they hear what they want to hear, shut out what they don’t (ok well the media helps with that), and act like a rabid Vandal on bath salts when anybody tries to disagree with them.

    • Kind of interesting , have a friend that lives in Maine , I was talking to her last week and she said they had an earthquake up there .

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  16. worrisome says:

    Prayers go out to Mental Matt. I hear that things have been really rough there with people in fist fights, pointing guns at each other, etc.

  17. HomeINsteader says:

    Let me take your mind off the worry of the direction of our nation today. Here’s something else you can worry about, instead:

    If you’re sucking down diet drinks, eating foods with artificial sweeteners, you need to go ahead and make arrangements for long-term care, as I promise you, I promise you! you will be diagnosed with Alzheimers, seizures, epilepsy or some similar “disease”, before it’s over.

    I can tell you from personal experience that artificial sweeteners – all of them – no exceptions – are neurotoxins – they interfere with the transfer of signals from one part of the brain to the other, making it look like the brain is not properly functioning; at some point, it attacks the central nervous system and you become unable to perform simple functions, because the synapses of messages is incomplete from the brain to the nerves to the muscles involved.

    How about a nice cancer to deal with? Keep sucking it down, and you will.

    That said, here’s more from Mercola on the subject:

    Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/07/aspartame-causes-blood-cancer.aspx?e_cid=20121107_DNL_art_1

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Okay HomeINsteader. Don’t know if this is all accurate but you scared me off aspartame. Just threw out the last of it. I hope to get this stevia or Lo Han at Trader Joes. Fortunately I have never enjoyed pop. But I do use aspartame in my coffee. Thanks for the warning.