Tuesday miscellany

1. Todays deals : Emergency Food Warehouse is offering 5% off and free shipping to The Survivalist Blog.net readers, and Camping and Survival has 25% off Mountain House cans. Check them out.

2. Abolish The Income Tax: “You Won’t Believe Who Is Getting Away With Paying Zero Taxes While The Middle Class Gets Hammered : The federal income tax is a bad joke and it needs to be abolished.  All over the nation, hard working American families are being absolutely crushed by oppressive levels of taxation, and our politicians are constantly coming up with new ways to extract money from all of us every single year.”

3. Feds Buy Two Billion More Rounds of Ammunition : “Something strange is going on. Federal non-military agencies have bought two billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months.”

4. Gun dealers report shortages of ammunition : “Gun shops are running low on ammunition from a run by customers fearful of potential gun-control legislation, according to gun retailers and customers. Prices have more than doubled over past year in some shops, retailers are putting limits on the amount a customer can buy, and some common types of ammunition, such as .22-caliber long rifle shells, are hard to get.”

5. Time to get rid of your TV and read a book! Comcast pulls gun shop ads from cable network : “Comcast announces it’s dropping all gun shop ads from its nationwide cable network.” :no:

6. Folks this has to be the most sickening video that I’ve watched in a long time, the first instance is ridicules, cop shoots man 13 time in front of his house and he is lying on the ground dead and a bunch of cops are still holding their weapons on him for what seems like ten minutes. Talk about over kill 13 shots at least 4 shots in the back while he was already on the ground. Officer cleared of all wrong doing, of course… Warning : very graphic video.

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  1. Mystery Guest says:

    #3. 2 billion —— someone with math skills how many does that make in total now for each person in the United States?
    #5. So now we have to avoid Comcast, Ebay, and Amazon for their stance on guns. Good, I got rid of comcast months ago the over charging rip off artists, don’t do business on e-bay, Amazon from now on will get nill from me (going over and now to delete my wish list).

  2. 2 billion…enough to fight the Afganistan war for 30 years! These are the total amounts of the contracts, they haven’t taken pocession of the ammo. That way the feds can manipulate the civilian market, drive up prices and control supplies.

  3. @Mystery Guest,

    The government has bought 2 billions rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months. (With no real explanation that I know of except that they are getting a bulk discount, and want to save us money) United States population is approx 315 million, so the government can pump approx 6.4 bullets into every man, woman and child in the country.

    • Mystery Guest says:

      But is this 2 billion on top of what they have already or does this include the previous purchases?

    • I don’t think that’s enough!! They need to buy at least a few more billion cause you know those “non military” people are going to be lousy shots. They will probably hold their guns sideways and it will look like an old western where they shoot a couple hundred rounds and don’t hit the side of a barn!

    • The big question should be who’s the prepper in charge of ammunition procurement for the government….lol.

    • Sorry Greg you’ve got the math all wrong… that’s 1 bullet for each man, woman, and child who doesn’t own a gun, which is plenty, which leaves what, about 1.8 billion bullets for the rest? So say 15-20 bullets per gun owner, which is probably woefully inadequate for them to be effective.

  4. Hunker-Down says:

    #5. Comcast is not in our area so I don’t know anything about them. That said; does Comcast prohibit movies and programs where guns are being discharged towards a person, or war-game adds?

    They should be sued for discrimination.

    • +1

    • HomeINsteader says:

      I have Comcast and I hate the service. Only “utility” I have that you must pay for 100%, even though it is down a significant part of the time. I could do without cable. If only DH were “on board” with that plan. NETFLIX, y’all!

      • We have super basic Comcast and Netflix. Comcast only because getting regular channels with an antenna is about useless and DISH is down more than it is up from what I hear from others. The really annoying part is when everything went digital here, a LOT of channels we were getting with our basic package suddenly required us to use an extra box AND it made our lifetime TiVo useless.

        • GA Red, here, where I am in Cali, Dish is the only reliable one. Our cable service is comcast and it is down every time there is a raindrop and an antenna will get you 2 channels snowy and 1 more extra snowy.

          • HomeINsteader says:

            roger that. We don’t have snow issues, but, like you, worrisom, every time a raindrop falls…down she goes.

    • We have Comcast and to watch Military,Outdoor,and Sportsman channels you have to buy a higher tier. Discovery channels had gun shows but cancelled them after Obama started his crap, even the hunting shows are going away on sports channels, like NBCsports.
      Comcast, Discovery, NBC, and the others were making lots of money from the shows that they turned their backs on, and some that are still on the air like, Wild West Alaska.
      They’re outting the screws to the little people but wouldn’t dare upset the big movie companies.
      Looks like I’m gonna start looking for a new TV and internet provider.

  5. #6 That is what you get with the militarization of the police. Soon a droid would have done that. A friend of mine has brother who joined the local police dept after he returned from viet nam and is nothing like these A holes. He knew that he was dealing with american citizens mostly and he never treated anyone like they were insurgents.They way they treated the wife was repugnant.

    • Here’s an old vid of Oscar Grant getting the summary execution treatment. The claim is that the officer mistook his gun for his taser. Really? I think I can tell a hunk of plastic from a glock.

      Nevermind that he was already handcuffed on his stomach.

      The officer is appealing his involuntary manslaughter charges.

  6. #3) i’m thinking this isn’t ammo at all. if you remember, the gov bought some super secret crap from GE a couple of years ago by using a false bid for ammo. it cost so much it had to be spread over several contracts and they were afraid that the appropriation would give away the secret. idk, but it seems over the top for an ammo contract. i guess they could be trying to strangle the market, but i don’t give them credit for being that smart.
    4) my copngresscritter is trying to get a balanced budget bill amendment passed as well as toss out the tax code altogether and start over. the codes won’t ever be fixed because there are too many lawyers, cpa’s and tax preparers, plus the irs would become irrelevant. too much power against any reform. like many wrong things in our gov, it will only be fixed by revolution now. the foxes are guarding the henhouses.
    6) well we saw/heard it with dorner:”burn him!” . they wasted no time with negotiations, just brought up the heavy equipment and lit him up. do we know he even did it? any witnesses? he could have been framed, i don’t think so, but he should have been given due processand THEN executed if guilty. but as you see, judge dredd is on the loose. the law has become the lawless. wrap your head around this for later.

    • Cant wrap my head around it. It would overheat my head due to the tinfoil hat.

      One of these days I hope the general population wakes up and see’s whats going on around them. Until they do we are screwed. Everyone wants to say… it’s not about me, but what the fail to realize… if they don’t stand up for someone elses rights then there wont be anyone left to stand up for their rights when they try and take them away.

  7. HomeINsteader says:

    Perhaps we should be more like Muslims and threaten to behead those who offend our faith? OK, I know that’s over the top…just makin’ a point here.

    Does NBC hate Christians?

    I pondered that question over the weekend as I sat on my couch and watched Saturday Night Live blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody – just three days after Ash Wednesday.

    The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans in classic Tarantino-style. Blood and gore and profanity spewed from flat screens from coast to coast – at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half.

    “Critics are calling it a less violent ‘Passion of the Christ,’” the announcer declared. “I never knew how much Jesus used the n-word.”

    Offending Christians is apparently what passes for entertainment these days.


    • HomeINsteader says:

      Galatians 6:7
      Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

  8. HomeINsteader says:

    O.K., y’all … don’t kill the messenger, but, I have to share this. You may or may not agree with my premise, but I must share it.

    I am personally NOT in favor of any procedure done for the sake of doing a procedure, and I’m not at all quick to agree with the American Medical Model on much of anything (you probably picked up on that). I believe our system of “medicine” is sick and can’t be fixed because those holding the purse strings will never allow it to be “fixed”.

    That said, it is the time of year during which our modern medical system is promoting “colonoscopies”. Is it a good idea? Not in my opinion. Why have these become so prominent? Could it be because the insurance companies will still pay for them? Make no mistake about it, it’s very lucrative. And when the insurance companies put the brakes on these procedures, the “system” will promote something else they can still get people to do, and still make money on. It’s not about your health, it’s about money. Make no mistake about it.

    About four years ago, I watched a man die a very slow and painful death from a botched colonoscopy procedure in a hospital, while I was there caring for a family member; I had no connection with this man, but my heart was broken for him, and for his family. I’m sure there are worse ways to die…would not care to meditate on them. I understand that most don’t end like this; IMHO, this was one too many.

    So, do with this as you will:

    Avoiding the Serious Health Risks from Colonoscopy Screening


    • I agree in living healthy and being responsible for your own health.
      I must disagree most agressively that colonoscopies are un nessessary and dangerous. No more un nessessary than pap smears, breast exams, mammograms, prostate screenings and full blood panels every year.
      Especially if you have insurance! It is part of our personal responsiblity to our own health and to our families to stay healthy and find a Physician that we trust.
      What happened to the poor man you spoke of is terrible and my heart goes out to his family. Doctors are humans and humans make mistakes.
      The cost of a Colonoscopy is $1500.00/ $200 lab work. Most insurance will pay 80%. If you have AFLAC they cover the rest. Hardly lucrative. My daughters tonsilectomy was $15000.00.
      It is outpatient, you get a day off from work, a full colon cleanse, and peice of mind for the next five years.
      They do not ask that people have one until they are 50, unless they have other risks.

      My husband has had two and can’t wait for the next one. giggle.

      • Last time I went to the Dr. with what I considered a serious problem (I wont go unless I think Im dying) he was stuck on stoopid. For over a week I had been run down with absolutely NO energy…. to the point that I was calling in sick to work and sleeping pretty much all day long.

        Because I had my reptile breeding business at the time he was hell bent on it being salamanilla (sp?) when with the exception of “no energy” none of the symptoms fit. He wouldn’t even draw blood to see if something was wrong. Just wanted me to crap in a bag and bring it back to them. He wouldn’t even entertain it being anything else.

        I went home pissed an threw the crap he gave me in the trash. Called in sick for two more days and started to feel better. To this day I have no clue what I had… but it took seeeping 18-20 hours a day for almost a week to get rid of it.

        As for the colonoscopy and prostrate exam… I gotta die of something and I plan on dying with my dignity.

    • Colonoscopy: getting everyone accustomed to BOHICA

  9. Mystery Guest says:

    Went looking for information on how much ammo the military buys. All I could find was (guess) on Survivalboards forum discussion on 7-12-2012.
    The amount was 900 million rounds above their annual allottment.
    And it was pointed out why do they need the extra if they are pulling out?
    Some said it was because we are leaving Afganistan supplied.
    I wonder how much extra ammo the military has bought since 2008?
    I wonder how much is stored in that government bunker?
    Do any of you know how to find out?

    • Mystery Guest says:

      under answers.yahoo.com/questions/index?qid+20090827115551AAO8hSN
      The question was: Does the US miitary have to buy it’s ammunition from U.S. manufactures?
      No. They have bought from South Korea, Canada and Israel. (Iraq war).
      (2009) as of now Lake City Army Ammunition plant in Independance Missouri manufactures 100% of the ammunition they use. 1.4 billion rounds.

    • It’s pointless to concern yourself whit the amount of ammo the military buys or stores. They are supposed to have a lot of ammo so I would be far more concerned if they did not. The issue is non-military government departments buying what appears to be excessive amounts of ammo. THAT should concern you. Don’t conflate the military purchases with Homelad Security purchases.

      • Mystery Guest says:

        I only wanted to compare the amount the military had as a force to the amount that is being bought by the feds.

  10. If you are not a business owner, the US tax code is not your friend. It was designed by business, for business. If you want it to be otherwise, it must be totally revised.

    If you are paying income tax, welcome to the status of “wealthy”. If you check your history, it was sold to the American public as a tax on the wealthy. Sound familiar. Be careful of what you wish for, you may end up being the victim of your own greed.

  11. Where are you hearing about this ammunition shortage? From the Media? And you still believe them?

    We are having a “shortage” of some types of ammo. The days of cheap, bulk ammo are over for a while. But that is due to the same market factors as the last several shortages; people are out buying the supply chain. And the media hype means people are paying rediculus prices for ammo and reloading gear.

    I was just on ebay and a conversion kit, that costs $92 delivered from the manufacturer, is selling for $152 = s&h! And they are available from the supplier!

    What will things look like when the S really does HTF?

  12. PGCPrepper says:

    Man guns down intruders; not too far from me.


  13. #2… I fully agree that “Income Tax” should be abolished… what should be in place is an all ‘Sales Tax’ system.
    Sure, items will become more expensive up front, but then ‘everyone’ will be paying taxes each time an item is purchased, especially those who find cash paying ‘under the table’ jobs trying to beat the current system.
    Some people argue that a sales tax system is unfair to people with less funds… not necessarily true… the more you make, the more you tend to spend; the taxes on a high end vehicle will be that much higher than the tax on a used car purchased at the local reseller… The taxes on a steak and lobster dinner at the 5-star restaurant will be higher than the taxes on a meal at the local buffet, the taxes on a bottle of 1957 Dom Perignon will be much more than on a bottle of 2009 Korbel Brute… you can identify any number of other comparisons.
    This way, even illeagal aliens, or to be more Politically Correct ‘undocumented workers’ will still have to pay taxes when they buy clothes, food, gas… whatever.
    IMHO a singular tax system based only on sales will be more equitable overall… no more loopholes to find and take advantage of, no more credits because you were able to purchase an energy saving vehicle/house, etc., no more varied rates based on income and investments; the varied rates may be applied to homes, where if you purchase a $3.2 million home the sales tax will be that much higher than if you purchase a $250,000 home… the more you spend, the more tax you pay.

  14. I watched the video with mixed feelings of horror, regret, fear and anxiety. My own bad memories.
    It left me will with alot of questions.
    The Officer clearly shot too many times. Maybe he was afraid.
    My sister is an Officer and I trust her to stay safe the best she can. Would she be capable of this kind of (for lack of a better word) overkill?
    We don’t know the whole story. It is possible that this man was such a Monster that anyone here would have empty every magazine they had into him?
    Sure his Wife was hysterical. That situation is terrible. Cops deal with terrible everyday, all year.
    I think the Officers did what they are trained to do. With the exception of the shooter. She was a risk to them hysterical or not. She could have pulled a gun out of her/his clothes and opened fire.They had to embrace the suck, they HAD to contain the situation. They would not be doing their job if they allowed the fellow LE to be injured.
    If someone was coming after my kids and I knew for a fact they meant them harm, I would empty a mag into them. It would be justifable to me. Maybe not so much to others on Youtube.
    We may find ourselves in the same situation, many many times if SHTF.
    Just sayin

    • Mama J,

      One thing is certain – if it had been one of us – even if he was in OUR from yard – and we shot him 13 times at that distance and 4 times in the back while he was on the ground and not a threat we would be in prison for 25 to life. For it to have been justifiable the victim (the guy the cop shot 13 times) would have had to be within arms length with the knife (I could not see a knife) and capable of injuring the cop at that moment. The victim looked to be about 10 yards from the cop and was not even coming toward him when the cop started shooting.

      The same laws of using lethal force should apply to everyone… I would not have shot him unless he started toward me than yes I would have shot him until he stopped coming forward… There are some good, honest police but unfortunately many are not…

      • You definitely have a point. This Officer should have been punished. We certainly would have been.
        I have a habit of trying to see both sides of a situation, disecting it and trying the believe the best. Sometimes I get it so muddled I can’t see it anymore.
        I was thinking out loud about how people behave under stress. We have had LE that were trigger happy. They didn’t last long.

  15. Some people just should not be issued badges & guns. Don’t these clowns have any self-control at all????

  16. 2. In all of history those in power have gouged, extorted and robbed those under them in the form of taxes. Even if the peasants, serfs, workers or whatever you want to call them rise up and slaughter the PTB, as soon as the new power structure forms the same old cycle resumes. Meet the new boss same as the old boss. Until human nature is changed everything will stay the same.

    5. Been without tv service for many years now. If I want to see a show I can get it off the internet and, as a side benefit, with no commercials.

    6. Used to be cops were actually helpful. Nowadays I place no trust in them and view the majority as more of an adversary than a asset.

  17. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Today’s miscellany has me with more questions than answers and my brain aches. And after hearing the remarks about the video, I am not even gonna watch it. My nightmares are already over the top.

  18. This teen has a hard road ahead of her… and she’s already traveled over some very bumpy terrain. My guess is she’ll be moving out shortly.


  19. Greedy govts at their best.

    The city of Missouri City, Texas — a suburb of Houston — is going to start charging drivers for responding to car accidents, according to KHOU.com.

    The fee, known as a “crash tax,” is meant to cover the costs of the first responders that come to aid in the event of an accident. And it’s not cheap. According to KHOU, the fee can range from $500 to $2000 depending on the severity of the accident, and will be charged even if drivers don’t call for help.


  20. I thought this stuff was illegal and wasn’t supposed to happen with their “gun safety” laws: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/19/4-dead-in-california-shooting-spree/%20?test=latestnews

  21. Backwoods Prepper says:

    Did a CIA Predator Drone Really Level Homes in Indianapolis?

  22. Stealth Spaniel says:

    My 25 yro cousin thinks that I am crazy for paying any cable/dish bill. She has Apple TV-pays nothing monthly, other than her initial $100 for Apple TV, and misses nothing. She simply zaps programming from her tablet to the TV. Miss J is visiting later this year, so maybe she can catch me up on this phenomena.
    Income tax in this country is brutal and elitist driven. Notice how the Elites punish “gaining” wealth and NOT “accumulated” wealth??They don’t want their wealth to disappear-just yours. Everyone should pay a 10% tax on consumption. Every hooker, drug dealer, horse trainer, politician, cook, actor, etc.- EVERYONE !!-should pay this 10% up front. Never again would the Federal Government be able to bitch about “additional revenue”, and never again could any hack determine your tax bill for you. Want a new car? Be prepared to pony up the tax. Don’t want to pay the tax-drive the old car. This would eliminate the need for tax collectors, tax auditors, tax doctrine, tax buildings, tax secretaries, tax clerks, tax reviewers: you get the idea. The progressives have been destroying the country for 100 years. It is time to stop!

  23. Backwoods Prepper says:

    Got a good one I thought I had to share with yall tonight. DW works part time for wally world. So I go to pick here up at 2:30 and Im talking to the lady in sporting goods asking here what ammo was on tonights truck. She goes to the office and brings back a list and tells me she is getting 11 boxs of TULA .223 for 5.27 for a 20rd box. 9:00pm I tell wife and she says she can get them tonight she will get someone to pull them to sporting goods, I say cool. She said how many you want I said as many as you can get. Mind you I told her .223 and that was it. she texts me a few minutes later and said I could only get four boxs. I say ok thats fine. She texts back a few minutes later and said they where 34.97 a box. I said do what!!! you got the wrong thing and she said it says right on the box .223 55 grain 100 rds federal. I said oh hell yeah you did good.

    • Good deal! Have you have a problem with the Tula .223 misfiring? Or jamming?

      • Backwoods Prepper says:

        I have never had a problem with TULA or WOLF my gun Likes them both however a friend had problems with his stag arms we where using something called American Tactical made in turkey. I love WOLF ammo and I have never had a Failure to Feed or a Failure to Fire in my Windham Weaponry or my DPMS or my Kel-Tec SU16C

        • HomeINsteader says:

          “American Tactical”, made in Turkey…sounds so familiar…an American president who isn’t…..

          • HomeINsteader:

            Just a word about American Tactical; the ones I own are quality weapons. I’ve had no complaints.

            • HomeINsteader says:

              I’m glad you are well pleased, JP. I do find it deceptive in name, however. Why not, “Turkish Tactical”?

  24. Senator Ted Cruz visited LaRue Tactical today. Moreover, Cut and Paste from LaRue Tactical FB page from Texas follows:

    LaRue Tactical
    02/08/2012 LEANDER, TX.

    Updated Policy for State and Local Agency Law Enforcement Sales:

    Due to the recent and numerous new Anti-gun/Anti-2nd Amendment laws passed and/or pending across our country, LaRue Tactical has been forced to reconsider how we provide products to state and local agencies.

    Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement / government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess.

    State and local laws have always been a serious focus of this firm, and we are now dovetailing that focus with the constitutional rights of the residents covered in their different areas by the old and new regulations.

    We realize this effort will have an impact on this firm’s sales – and have decided the lost sales are less danger to this firm than potential lawsuits from erroneous shipments generated by something as simple as human error.

    Thanks in advance for your understanding.

    Mark LaRue

    * * This policy does not apply to Military / Federal Agencies * *

  25. I have talked to a friend that works in the sporting goods department at our local Wally World, they all get a chuckle at how many people show up weekly to look for ammo. I think he even teases people and says they will be putting out quite a bit, when he knows they didn’t get any. What a jerk……

    • HomeINsteader says:

      I don’t know..I might have to remind the jerk that these people are here looking for AMMO.

  26. For those looking for AR-15 riffles, we have been getting a few to sell at the gunshows. And it seems that the prices are dropping a bit, still no bargains to be had yet. It looks like the average price is about $1300. So keep looking out and don’t overpay horribly. Yes they were going for upwards of $2000 around the Kansas City, Mo area right at the first of the year. It is a little better and hopefully it will continue to drop.

  27. I was talking with some friends about the ammo issue. I have said for a number of years that to establish civilian “gun control” through the control of firearms is expensive, inefficient, and very public. Controlling the ammo supply, through taxes, purchases, or regulation of manufacture, make much more sense.

  28. Tactical G-Ma says:

    I was told about a year ago that I needed to start loading my own ammo. But now that ammo is in short supply, the materials to reload may become scarce. Some are cutting back on their practicing and sitting on their preps. Of course, Dh and I nolonger have firearms after our visit with Axelsteve and that awful accident with riverrider and the gang.

  29. T G Ma. I saw a sign yesterday that said. SINCE THE STEEP INCREASE IN AMMO PRICES LATELY WE WILL NO LONGER USE WARNING SHOTS. Not yelling at you the cap button stuck on me. Also the local pawnshop has 3 boxes of fed bulkpack 22 525 rounds for 129 dollars. I did not know that he was that big a lowlife.

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