A Few Words from the Sunday Night Curmudgeon

 

I look at this New York Post story and, in a way, see the totality of the Biden regime; a thoroughly dysfunctional family and an equally dysfunctional administration.

A  cabinet, picked for its “diversity”, has shown itself to be the most incompetent in this nation’s history.  A Defense Secretary who places “wokeness” over combat readiness; an Attorney General who enforces the law only when it benefits the Democratic Party; a Secretary of State who sits meekly as his Red Chinese counterpart insults him and the United States of America; a Secretary of Transportation who goes on an extended maternity leave during the worst supply chain crisis in the last 80 years; a Secretary of Energy who laughs loudly when asked how she will help solve the current fuel crisis; a Secretary of Commerce who cheerfully states her intent to turn over more of this nation’s manufacturing capability to the Red Chinese.

All of this; a dysfunctional family and a dysfunctional government is presided over by a doddering dullard who is better suited for the Restful Arms Nursing Home than the White House.

We didn’t deserve this; we didn’t deserve this imbecile or the Democratic dolts (including the RINOs) who voted for him.

Hopefully, we will be able to vote this dunce and his henchmen out of office.  However, even if that were to happen, we will still face the might of a corrupt media and a deep state who fought our last President at every turn.

In @seawriter‘s post yesterday, I saw several ideas concerning survivability in the (possible) coming apocalypse. While I understand the concept of stockpiling food items and the like, I’m not sure how anyone could stockpile enough for three years (or more).

Since I turned 75 (one day ago, as a matter of fact), I realize that I don’t possess the energy to store large amounts of food or anything else.  (In fact, I don’t see this as any kind of strategy.)  Instead, I would suggest that Conservatives adopt a Josey Wales strategy, “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win.  That’s just the way it is.”

Here in Ohio, I’m beginning to see the 2022 (and probably, 2024) strategy of the Democrats: “We’re the party of the working man and woman”; “We’re the party that will protect women’s rights”; “We’re the party that will protect minorities”; etc. This needs to be stepped on and stamped out by any means necessary.  If it means a return to the days of “Willie Horton Ads” and “Swiftboating”; fine.  Has anyone ever noticed that the more truthful a negative ad is, the louder Democrats scream?

When I look at Biden and his cabinet and realize that there are still millions of people who would keep them in power, I have no interest at all in trying to reason with liberals/Democrats.  They are evil and must be defeated, again, by any means necessary.  This will never be done by stockpiling food and going into a cave.  Conservatives have been on the run for decades.  Many have attempted to justify their cowardice through various intellectual exercises that have amounted to little more than retreat.

I guess I’m getting too old to retreat any further.  I’ve watched my country begin to crumble, due (in large part) to an elite that takes more than it has ever given.  I’m disgusted; too disgusted to indulge these parasites for another second. Perhaps this admission moves me from the Right to the Far Right but I think that is where I’ll stay for now.  My days are coming to a close; I don’t wish to spend a single day more than I have to living in a country being governed by the fools that we presently have.

I believe that most people my age realize that we were born into the greatest country in the world but that we have frittered away that country due to a succession of questionable wars, a reckless fiscal policy, an idiotic social policy, and an intellectually bankrupt education system.

When an American leaves this earth, they should at least be comforted that they are leaving the country in a better place than it was when they entered it.  Today, that’s not going to happen thanks to the cretins otherwise known as the Democratic Party.

To quote the immortal words of SFC Hulka (in Stripes), “I’m too old for this #%@*!”.  I hope that many of you feel the same way.

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  1. Seawriter Contributor
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    I don’t think you can stockpile three years worth of food. You can stockpile a month’s worth easily and several months without too much trouble.  In most cases a month’s worth of food will see you through the empty-shelves crises I suspect will be happening over the next two years. A lot of these problems are going to be a lot like the effects of a hurricane or an earthquake, only with an incompetent Federal government managing relief efforts. Certainly here on the Gulf Coast we stock up on supplies to get through a week or two of hurricane worse case

    At worse case, even if a neighborhood goes full 1990s Bosnia with a month’s worth of food you can shelter in your home for a few weeks while the worst of the madness passes. You can concentrate on protecting your home. If it doesn’t get better after a month you are dead anyway.  Is that likely to happen? Probably not in Red states. What happens in a Blue is iffier. I could see civil order collapsing to the point where truckers refuse to take loads into major cities. Then what happens? It won’t be good. As I wrote earlier this year “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”

     

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  2. Django Member
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    I don’t think you can stockpile three years worth of food. You can stockpile a month’s worth easily and several months without too much trouble. In most cases a month’s worth of food will see you through the empty-shelves crises I suspect will be happening over the next two years. A lot of these problems are going to be a lot like the effects of a hurricane or an earthquake, only with an incompetent Federal government managing relief efforts. Certainly here on the Gulf Coast we stock up on supplies to get through a week or two of hurricane worse case

    At worse case, even if a neighborhood goes full 1990s Bosnia with a month’s worth of food you can shelter in your home for a few weeks while the worst of the madness passes. You can concentrate on protecting your home. If it doesn’t get better after a month you are dead anyway. Is that likely to happen? Probably not in Red states. What happens in a Blue is iffier. I could see civil order collapsing to the point where truckers refuse to take loads into major cities. Then what happens? It won’t be good. As I wrote earlier this year “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”

     

    How much potable water can one store? 

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  3. Ole Summers Member
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    We may each have our view of what the survival supplies might be and we each have our own situation and opportunities. But you have expressed the core of what matters. We will always have fights and crisis to take on. that is the nature of not just life but certainly life lived in Liberty. But this is our crisis, our fight. And it not only can be lost, it has been on a losing track for long enough that this point is a time to know the Josy Wales attitude has to be at the core of our actions, plans and intentions. We are not assured a specific outcome just for us anymore than those whose took that mantle so many times before were. The assured outcome goes with not taking that attitude. This was not intended to be a nation of compliant subjects. Angry and mad does not mean you lose your head or give up. It does give us a chance to measure ourselves, our belief, our purpose and our will. Because there is no doubt, they are coming for us. And I dont intend to either lose or die because of their kind. 

    I suspect you and a few more I have in mind would be good people to share a fire with someday ….. lol, but right now you have probably cause me to miss my evening turn-in, I might have to make a few notes! 

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  4. kedavis Coolidge
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    For myself and others in similar situations, it’s probably more important to have supplies of prescription medications, rather than food.

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  5. Arahant Member
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    Happy birthday.

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  6. Seawriter Contributor
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    Django (View Comment):
    How much potable water can one store? 

    Quite a bit, actually  if you have a day or two’s warning. I have a water bib I use during hurricane season that I can put in the bathtub. That lets me fill the bathtub with water. (No baths in that tub during that time, but we have two.) Plus I typically have 3 36-bottle cases of 20-oz water bottles I accumulate prior to June 1 and keep available until October. I also save empty 1-gallon water bottles in February and have about 20 or those on hand right now. Going full water rationing I suspect I could last a month with that.

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  7. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    I switched around my vegetable garden this year to grow a lot of dry beans.  Now I deliberately chose varieties that are not sold, or are hard to find, in grocery stores.  I can buy plenty of pinto and black beans but I’ve never seen (or tried) Good Mother Stallard beans and Swedish brown beans are hard to find.  We had some food stored that I went through when things were shut down, even canned goods long past their expiry date.

    I’ve been following the news and have been buying an extra item or two to store, mostly bags of flour (I like to bake) and cooking oil (because it seems to be a panic item).  It’s easy to just add a can of tomatoes or a bag of rice each time I shop, and it doesn’t take up a lot of room in the basement.

    As for water, a few years ago my hometown had a boil order because of an algae bloom on Lake Erie.  I bought a Water Bob.  You need a bathtub to use it, and if the water stored isn’t potable we can use it to flush toilets.

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    CACrabtree: I guess I’m getting too old to retreat any further.  I’ve watched my country begin to crumble, due (in large part) to an elite that takes more than it has ever given.  I’m disgusted; too disgusted to indulge these parasites for another second. Perhaps this admission moves me from the Right to the Far Right but I think that is where I’ll stay for now.  My days are coming to a close; I don’t wish to spend a single day more than I have to living in a country being governed by the fools that we presently have.

    Hear! Hear! I’m with you, CA! No more retreating!

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  9. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):
    How much potable water can one store? 

    You can make water potable with a filtration system.

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  10. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    CACrabtree: a thoroughly dysfunctional family

    My respect for Hunter’s judgement went up, when I read this.   Maybe Hunter really is the smartest person that Joe knows.  

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  11. She Member
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    I read the article.  Apparently he called his stepmother names in a text to his uncle James, after “she urged him to go to rehab and kick his drug habit,” and he repeated the names in a text to his sister-in-law Hallie, widow of the sainted Beau Biden, with whom Hunter had a brief relationship after his brother died, in which he called Hallie a “silly, stupid, entitled c—” as well.

    Other, equally unpleasant, texts are quoted at length.

    And yet, for the past six years, it is Donald Trump’s family which has been under the media microscope, with its supposedly (among other things) mysogynistic patriarch being blamed for the coarsening of everyday discourse, and the breakdown of our societal norms.

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  12. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
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    CACrabtree: I guess I’m getting too old to retreat any further.  I’ve watched my country begin to crumble, due (in large part) to an elite that takes more than it has ever given.  I’m disgusted; too disgusted to indulge these parasites for another second. Perhaps this admission moves me from the Right to the Far Right but I think that is where I’ll stay for now.

    I don’t really see what the point is of the “Center-Right.”

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):
    I don’t really see what the point is of the “Center-Right.”

    Potential for further conversion . . . 

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  14. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):
    I don’t really see what the point is of the “Center-Right.”

    Potential for further conversion . . .

    Which direction?

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):
    I don’t really see what the point is of the “Center-Right.”

    Potential for further conversion . . .

    Which direction?

    Silly guy. To the right, of course. . . 

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  16. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):
    I don’t really see what the point is of the “Center-Right.”

    Potential for further conversion . . .

    Which direction?

    Silly guy. To the right, of course. . .

    One hopes, but . . .

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  17. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    How much potable water can one store?

    Quite a bit, actually if you have a day or two’s warning. I have a water bib I use during hurricane season that I can put in the bathtub. That lets me fill the bathtub with water. (No baths in that tub during that time, but we have two.) Plus I typically have 3 36-bottle cases of 20-oz water bottles I accumulate prior to June 1 and keep available until October. I also save empty 1-gallon water bottles in February and have about 20 or those on hand right now. Going full water rationing I suspect I could last a month with that.

    We have essentially an unlimited supply from our windmill.  It’s a couple of hundred yards from the house so hauling water would get old.  I’ve been meaning to plumb it into the water system.  I guess I need to get on that, once summer is over.

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  18. kedavis Coolidge
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    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    How much potable water can one store?

    Quite a bit, actually if you have a day or two’s warning. I have a water bib I use during hurricane season that I can put in the bathtub. That lets me fill the bathtub with water. (No baths in that tub during that time, but we have two.) Plus I typically have 3 36-bottle cases of 20-oz water bottles I accumulate prior to June 1 and keep available until October. I also save empty 1-gallon water bottles in February and have about 20 or those on hand right now. Going full water rationing I suspect I could last a month with that.

    We have essentially an unlimited supply from our windmill. It’s a couple of hundred yards from the house so hauling water would get old. I’ve been meaning to plumb it into the water system. I guess I need to get on that, once summer is over.

     

    How sad that at least one generation has grown up thinking something else is a “windmill.”

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  19. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Happy birthday.

    Thanks.

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  20. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Happy birthday.

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  21. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Happy birthday.

    Thanks man.

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