Tuesday miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on August 7, 2012 · 47 comments

Gun owners: ‘We are your neighbors, co-workers, friends’ : “We’re your neighbors, your co-workers and your friends,” Lidke said. “We’re moms and dads. We’re responsible, ethical and educated.” Thanks to Southern Belle for the link.

4 Little Known Factors Driving The Price Of Silver : “Silver is one of the world’s best-known commodities, though it is often overshadowed by the presence of gold. The metal is used both as a safe haven investment as well as a play on larger macro economic trends, as silver has a significant role in the industrial world. But there are a number of price drivers behind this white metal that investors may be unaware of.”

Silver Price Forecast: Is a Big Breakout Just Around the Corner? : “Ahhh… The smell of quantitative easing (QE) is in the air.. And another round of money printing and bond buying from the European Central Bank (ECB) in the coming weeks would almost certainly mean big things for silver prices in the near term.”

Midwest Heat Wave 2012: Thousands Of Fish Die In Hot Weather : “Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees.” Thanks to Gwen C for the link.

Economist Richard Duncan: Civilization May Not Survive ‘Death Spiral’ : “Richard Duncan, formerly of the World Bank and chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Mgmt., says America’s $16 trillion federal debt has escalated into a “death spiral, “as he told CNBC. And it could result in a depression so severe that he doesn’t “think our civilization could survive it.”

U.S. Woefully Unprepared for a Blackout Like India’s  : “Two major blackouts last week left hundreds of millions of Indians in the dark. PM contributor Glenn Harlan Reynolds says despite its advanced grid, the U.S. needs major improvements in infrastructure and preparedness to be ready for a major power loss.”

At Amazon.com, Emergency Power and Fuel .

Obama: America needs “soul-searching” on guns : “President Barack Obama said on Monday that mass killings like the shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were occurring with “too much regularity” and should prompt soul-searching by all Americans, but he stopped short of calling for new gun-control laws.” In other words… after the I win the election, I will push for sweeping gun bans and restrictions.

47 comments

Hunker-Down August 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

“Obama…soul-searching on guns”:

How many ‘gunmen’ have fired on a crowd of people when they know a few in the crowd may be carrying? How many states have seen a decrease in violent crime when they legalize concealed carry? How many states have seen an increase in violent crime where concealed carry is against the law?

Is it politically incorrect to run the numbers? Thank you Main Street Media.

TDL and like minded sheep are searching for an answer up their collective rectum.

riverrider August 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

yeah, and the white shooter is a terrorist(it is a hate crime for sure) but the muslim one(ft.hood) is not? the fbi says they “found nothing to warrant a further investigation of the wisconsin shooting”. folks, thats fedspeak for “we investigated and it led to us, oops.” …nothing to see here, move along…..glad to see that the sihks fought back, too bad it was a butter knife instead of a gun……soul searching? you first jackwagon, my conscience is clear. is your’s? …..dang, i was hoping silver would stay low until i can get a few more shiny round things….so much for me staying outta things, huh vi?LOL!

village idiot August 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Hahaha….may have to get you one of those permanant blood pressure cuffs and keep it connected, river. As for silver, it’s still low compared to what it could be. There is a slight possibility of deflation, which would hurt gold and silver. Keep some cash for that possibility. I would count deflation as a less than 5% possibility, as it would require the sheeple to be cut off the gooberment cheese. Can’t see that happening. The likely scenario from Benny is print..print..print…until the greenback is near worthless. Then your silver will shine brightly. I also like MENTAL MATT’s idea of having some Canadian currency, and I bought some today.

riverrider August 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

vi, more like a valium iv :)

Tinfoil Hat August 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I’m thinking of converting those troublesome fences around Tinfoil Manor into 10 foot walls with machine gun turrets every 25 yards…..this whole shebang is headed for hell in a handbasket faster than Obama cashes a George Clooney check…

riverrider August 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

LOL!

Mexneck August 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

+1 ROFL

JP in MT August 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Guns & ammo: If Obama wins it will be 2008 all over again in the firearms industry. So, buy now, buy more, buy enough.

Hunker-Down August 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

JP in MT,

I was in the sporting goods section at Walmart today and overheard the clerk tell a customer that Walmart has issued a memo to stores saying that they are having trouble getting ammo. She told the guy that she placed and order with their warehouse and it has not been processed.

axelsteve August 8, 2012 at 12:37 am

JP I was at the walmart in my town a few hours ago and it had not much 22 at all. They have a lone box of 222 that has been there a few weeks that I know of.

Shawn August 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Just a rumor, but I heard Walmart was going to stop carrying 7.62×39. If true, could other “military” calibers be too far behind?

Nightshift August 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I am a retired LEO and 100% pro gun for responsible citizens…and anything they want. I am so sick of the political machine trying to weaken us. Let the secret service go non-gun and put your money where your mouth is Obama. To dangerous? You get armed protection but don’t want your citizens to have it.

I think I am at 23 guns? Got some evil black guns and some AK-47s too. Have more than 50 rounds of ammo too. Dare I admit to loving God and being a conservative……I hear helicopters….

Rant off.

SurvivorDan August 8, 2012 at 1:53 am

Ditto for that blowhard, Bloomberg. Walled estate and private armed security. And now as mayor he has LEOs to protect him in a caravan of Suburbans wherever he goes. But he doesn’t think the ‘useful idiots’ should be able to protect themselves.
Guns are bad except for the ones he keeps all around him.
Hate all these hypocrites…..

SurvivorDan August 8, 2012 at 1:57 am

Hate is a harsh word. Despise……….that’s it.

Mama J August 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

I got black helicoptors flying over my farm every year for owning a large greenhouse and growing 400 tomato plants.

If they only knew what was inside the house, they would not hover so low.
So annoying.

M.D. Creekmore August 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

Mama J,

Between the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” we have no freedom or privacy left. And they (the government) are still saying we should give up more of that freedom and privacy so that we can be safe. Personally, I fear “our government” more than some hippy smoking a blunt or the threat of terrorism.

SurvivorDan August 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I occasionally rant about only buying food, food supplements, fuel, medical supplies, ammo and such as my ‘investments’. But, this silver post is edging me towards purchasing some silver.
I can buy a lot of ammo and fuel for $3,000 but a little diversity couldn’t hurt, I suppose.

Tinfoil Hat August 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

SD

I’m far from the smartest or best prepper on this site, actually, I’m kind of a leach here when it comes to getting info for little or nothing in return, but I know silver. My old man started hoarding junk for us kids while we were kids. I’m the first to say you can’t eat it, but if you got a good base of preps, GET IT. Start with junk, then move to 1 ounce coins. Minimum $50 face value pre65 quarters and dimes avoid war nickels. Then move into 1 oz coins. I consider silver to be the most likely form of currency, after ammo. While I also believe that the average American is clueless about Junk, I don’t think of will take long AT ALL for folks to figure it out. Buying power is just that…power. Remember the law that survives all collapses is the Golden Rule. He who has the gold, makes the rules. For good or ill…

SurvivorDan August 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Good advice TH.
I think I will stop being stubborn and get some silver.

SurvivorDan August 8, 2012 at 2:00 am

Kind of a leech? Hardly.
You constantly contribute your solid observations and good common sense TH.

riverrider August 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

+1

SurvivorDan August 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

“According to polls, the average American is sensing danger. A recent survey found that 61% of Americans believe a catastrophe is looming – yet only 15% feel prepared for such a deeply troubling event. ”

Amazing. And most of these sheeple (the strongest) will become the marauding mobs. After begging the FEDs doesn’t work. Eventually, many of those prepared for it will still be overrun. Things look bleak.

Endeavor to persevere?
I’m thinking a communications network, fall back positions and ultimately unifying for strength in numbers. Being a paranoid/perceptive cautious bunch, how the heck do preppers unify?
I don’t see any other way to survive a precipitous Collapse. Short of hiding out – way – way back in the boonies. :(

riverrider August 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

sd, yeah i brought that up before but we’re too damn independent and we don’t want to blow opsec, so it got shot down. the further in the boonies you are, the thinner the herd will be when it gets to you. by then you will have honed your defenses on the local riffraff. i’ll do my part to thin the herd for you. just remember me in your memoires.

SurvivorDan August 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Yeah good for you rr. I’ll do the best I can as well. What does a pissed-off warrior do if his base is being overrun by some scum and re-positioning is impossible? Maybe I will have an epiphany and realize that THEY are just people too and surrender my stuff and my castle? Nah!
I have a lot of dark thoughts on the subject but I will keep it to myself.
Hey…..I feel positively civilized and PC.

new prepper August 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

There is strength in numbers..The question of how to unify is puzzling. It would be helpfull in bartering and many other areas and would increase the chances of survial to create a better world. ???? but how to do it.

SurvivorDan August 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Not usually so negative. Sorry. I have decent preps and am armed to the teeth and well prepared by experience and inclination to repel boarders. But how many boarders? And for how long?
Prep, pray and hope for the best?
I suppose that will have to be enough.

Cosmolined August 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Survivor:
You defined it. Prep, pray and know it’s in God’s hands. What more can you do? God Bless, Cos

SurvivorDan August 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Thanks Cos. The good Lord has put it in my head to ruminate over this issue and seek a solution …..so I will give it some thought.
And prayer.

Waterboy August 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

What would Obama know about soul searching? You need a soul and a heart to do that.

axelsteve August 8, 2012 at 12:48 am

Amen Waterboy. You need a soul to search for one.

Trashman August 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Is it my paranoia or have events picked up like a frieght train on greasy tracks……………….

riverrider August 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

nine out of ten voices in my head agree with you.

(Blank Space) August 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Went to Wally World, Target and the Local Big Box hardware store to get some canning jars. All were sold out 100%. Target was also sold out of Sugar and Cider Vinegar. Meanwhile gas jumped here 20 cents over night. There’s still food on the shelves, but I’m wondering for how much longer?
While folks are focused on the economy, the Fed/ silver markets, and drought/food supply, the war in Syria is also of concern to me. Obama/Hillary seem content to push Putin’s buttons. Everything I’ve read say’s that old ex-KGB Vlad really hates the U.S.
In his own words, “The fall of the Soviet Union was the worst tragedy ever to happen in history”.
Russia sees the fall of Syria as on more step towards taking Iran, which would then lead to the peeling off of Russia’s southern Republics. (The southern Republics are where a lot of Russia’s oil is). In the past Putin has said thru his Generals that they would consider Syria’s fall enough to start WW III over.
So let’s say that the economy does crash in 6 months to 2 years while the drought gets worse. Maybe civil unrest happens after the election, or during an attempt to ban firearms. Maybe even a full blown Civil War?
Wouldn’t that be a good time for Russia and Iran to get a little “payback”. Say nuke Washington, Jerusalem, Paris, and London, then divide up the world with China. BINGO-WE HAVE A WINNER!

riverrider August 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

b, putin has to make sure tdl gets re-elected first. remember the comment tdl made to him about having more flexibility after he wins the election? then tdl will scrap our nukes and turn the defense shield in poland off…..”behold, the bear from the northland came, riding chariots of fire and steel”

(Blank Space) August 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

RR,
I’m sure that mad Vlad would want Barry in from am idiological point of view, over Mittens. Problem is, Barry is twisting the Bears tail real hard by trying to take away Ivan’s only navy base on the Med in Syria.

The U.S. and Russian Federation are really at loggerheads over Syria. Plus the Iranians are in the mix which makes things worse.

riverrider August 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

nostradamus predicted this exact situation. there will be war, a terrible one. tdl can’t find russia on a map and hillary is a walking international incedent. vlad is intent on making russia a world power again. with iran he will wage war on the western world. the entire muslim world will join iran against us. france, germany and spain will fall quickly, having large muslim populations inside already. italy will be attacked from the north and south, the pope killed. after the new city and the city of lights across the sea are destroyed by a great fire from the sky, the free french will be key in overcoming the russians to the point of near annihilation. the muslim situation will be settled once and for all, but not until 2/3 of the population is killed. the muslims will use chemical and bio weapons against us, many will die and those let will wish for it…..at least thats one interpretation…..

T.R. August 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I like Putin , he is smarter than both of them combined and isnt afraid to tell them to go suck an egg . More countries need to tell us that .

T.R. August 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Another interpretation is that , the ” antichrist ” will rise up and take controle of the middle east , rally muslims from all over the world to join his cause forcing nations with large muslim populations ( even in europe ) to also join in order to avoid civil wars within their own nations . Israel , the US and an old enemy have to join forces to defeat him , its unclear weather that is Russia or China . The King of the West and the King of the East will shake hands and the King of the Orient will tremble …..something like that …….been a long time sense I read it .

riverrider August 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

tr, very true. nostrodamus said the muslim war might not be the last war and that russia’s navy will fail after two years. it could go either way but my gut goes with a prophecy made by my stepfather many years ago, that us and russia will have to bury the hatchet in the chinese one day. it would after all be much easier for the chinese to invade russia than come across an ocean to take us. he hasn’t been wrong yet.

T.R. August 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

This makes sense als culturally , the US is by and large still of european decent , and asians are a bit too hard for our culture to relate to or understand . But Historically , the Chinese have rarely been an externally agressive people , but rather most of their wars and strife have been internal . Whereas the Russians are different in that respect .Just sayin , I think we should have buried the hatchet with Russia right after the Soviet Union collapsed .

T.R. August 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Along that same deal , as your stepfather’s thinking goes , it would be very easy for us to pump in troops and equipment through the back door in Alaska we used in WW2 to supply the Russians . Actually much easier than trying to ship everything in ourselves to a separate front .

(Blank Space) August 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

If you are wondering if this could happen, take a look at O’s new defense budget. After the election he guts the “fighting”military and gives the Pentagon a new mission as Climate Change headquarters. Money that was to go to purchase cutting edge gear for our guys instead goes to fund “green” bailouts.

T.R. August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Obama saying ANYTHING is like a Nazi propaganda poster I once saw , it had Waffen SS soldier with a big smile on his face with his hand outstretched as if to shake the viewers hand . Sort of how , I would guess countries around the world look at us right now ………….just like the Nazi poster ………..who is he kidding ? Obama OUT 2012 ( walking or carried , makes no difference )

J Stuart August 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Silver is nice, but I still like lead, the other white metal.

Trashman August 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

Jeesussss TR….. do a self audit ok…. that last (………….) is how the federalies will justify shuting this blog down. I got my opinions too and I think we share some of em…. but…. this is not a free country anylonger. Careful out there.

T.R. August 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

Like my confederate ancestors…………………better to die free than cow tow and roll over , Do an audit on yourself , and take your nuts out of storage , the time is coming soon when the talking and negotiating will be at an end ……………at that point , there will be only 2 kinds of people ………those that roll over , and those that resist . As far as this blog goes ……….you cant fight an idea , the Romans learned that about Christianity , and we slowly are learning that about radical islam in the middle east …….we are doing about as well as the Romans did trying to stamp out an idea ………you cant .

Mexneck August 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

“Do an audit on yourself , and take your nuts out of storage ”
+1

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