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It appears that Dictator Obama may be willing to use Executive Orders to implement new gun control measures, including: Stronger background checks, a meaningful ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines
“I’m confident there are some steps we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president,” Obama said in a news conference in the East Room of the White House. (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/14/obama-willing-to-use-executive-orders-on-gun-control-issues-warning-to-republicans-to-raise-debt-ceiling/)
While this comes as no surprise, since he issues executive orders whenever he feels Congress won't give him what he wants, he reminds me of the little boy that takes his ball and goes home when the other kids don't want to play his way. This idea is well illustrated in the linked article above, as Herr Obama says he will not negotiate with Congress on raising the debt ceiling, and played his standard tune of threatening that military members & social security recipients would not get their checks if the ceiling was not raised.
Obama also demanded that lawmakers raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that “Social Security benefits and veterans’ checks will be delayed” if they don’t and cautioning Republicans not to insist on cuts to government spending in exchange.
The debt limit might not have to be raised if he would quit trying to turn this into a socialist nation, where everyone is dependent on the government for basic needs. Cull your needless spending programs!!!
Looking at the data available on Google's Flu Trends map, US Flu activity overall is rated as "Intense".
What is your strategy for avoiding (or surviving) the flu this year? 
Did you get vaccinated? Why or why not?
Do you have any of your own remedies that alleviate symptoms?
Please share in the comments.
According to The Blaze, Boston Mayor, Tom Merino, says that VP Joe Biden "guaranteed" him that Pres Obama will pass sweeping gun control legislation by the end of January, 2013.
“He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino reportedly said at City Hall on Thursday. “They’re going to get it done.”  (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/boston-mayor-says-biden-guaranteed-him-obama-will-pass-major-gun-control-reform-by-end-of-january/)
One good point made in the article is that Obama does not have to care whom he upsets with this term, as he cannot run for re-election anyway.  Between him, and Feinstein out in CA, we could be looking at sweeping legislation by Executive Order, regardless of the protections guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

New legislation seems more than a little hypocritical though, given that the administration does not even obey the existing laws in place regarding purchase of firearms, and supplies them, illegally, to Mexican drug cartels, who then use them to kill Federal officers.

Anyone have any further thoughts or insight? Please share in comments.
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"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
~ JRR Tolkein


"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
~ JRR Tolkein
These quotes seem to resonate with me today, given our uncertain times, the "fiscal cliff", unemployment, the economy in general, and the state of general unrest and uncertainty in the US and the world as a whole.

Anyone else?

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It dawned on me that I hadn't yet posted what you should have on hand to meet your basic preparedness needs (3-5 days). Here's a short list:
  • Prescription Medication - At least 1 week's worth for each person AND pet
  • Potassium Iodide pills (In case of meltdown / attack at nearby nuclear power station)
  • Water - Minimum 1 gal per person, per day (1x 5gal jug per person). May want to double that for cooking, etc.
  • Wet wipes / sanitizing wipes for cleaning your body without using water
  • Plastic sheeting & Duct tape in case you need to seal off a room, window, or entrance to your home (or the air vents)
  • First aid kit (splints, bandages, gauze, tape, band-aids in various sizes, tums/rolaids, Immodium, Pepto, Ibuprophen, Tylenol, Aspirin, burn cream, antibiotic ointment, cold compresses, suture kit, snake bite / sting extractor kit, scissors, forceps, moleskin pads, smelling salts, mini tubes of super glue gel, Epi-pen)
  • 2 or more N-95 or better respirators / masks for each person
  • Ample food for a week that does not require cooking (although cooking may be preferred). I recommend things like canned beans, beefaroni, franks & beans, deviled ham or chicken spread, bread, rolls, or the like (for home only)
  • Lantern(s)
  • Camping stove
  • Propane for lanterns & stove(s)
  • Can opener (x2)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Minimum 1 flashlight per person
  • Extra batteries for all battery powered items (3 sets for each)
  • Generator / Solar / Wind Turbine (Optional)
  • Ice or frozen water bottles already in freezer to preserve food iin fridge / freezer longer.
  • Battery powered fans (nice to have)
  • "Pump up" personal misters (Nice to have, especially in AZ)
Feel free to add in the comments :)

Here are a few camping supplies you might not think to include in your regular camping kit, bit they can prove to be incredibly useful...
  • Extra large, black, trash bags
    Not just for trash... can be repurposed as a poncho with a couple of cuts. You can also put your sleeping bag inside them for an extra layer of warm insulation & waterproofing.
  • 100+ feet of Paracord
    Hundreds of uses... repairing tent guy lines, constructing lean-to's,
    hanging lanterns, triplines, snares, alarm systems (with some empty cans), and many more.
  • Extra tarp
    Used as an extra rain barrierr when your tent leaks
    (The rain fly waterproofing usually is not that good), or to build a lean-to, rain cover for picnic table.
  • Extra backpack or duffel bag
    Bear bag... Use to store food high above ground level to keep bears and other animals out.
  • Road flares
    Auxilliary fire starters (Will dry out and ignite even wet wood), also for signalling if you run into trouble.
  • Solar powered / crank powered weather radio / gadget charger
  • Flint & Steel
    What happens when you fall & crack the case on your Bic lighter or lose your Zippo?
  • 9V battery & fine steel wool
    Touching the battery to the steel wool causes it to become hot enough to ignite your fire tinder. (A cell phone battery & steel wool may be used in an emergency)
Any to add? Let me know in the comments.

Here in Arizona, we are officially (as of June 15th) in Monsoon (rainy season). A clear, hot day can quickly turn violent as monsoon storms sweep into the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. High winds and blowing dust can knock visibility down to mere feet and send dangerous debris flying through the air. After the winds can come very heavy rain, hail, thunder, and our beautiful, but oh so treacherous lightning.

Beautiful as these storms can be (I love sitting on the porch watching them and photographing the lightning and clouds), and as much as we need the rain they provide, there are many issues that can arise as a result of them.

Common problems:
- traffic accidents
- downed power lines & poles
- fires from lightning strikes and power lines
- widespread power outages
- Flash floods

Are you prepared to survive these incidents?

If driving in a bad dust storm, drive slowly and steadily, pull off the road to the shoulder when safe to do so. Put your vehicle in park and shut off your lights. Keep your foot off the brakes too. Many drivers attempt to follow the faint glow of the tailights in front of them. If you are stopped with tailights on, your car just became a magnet for the car behind it. Ensure that you do not pull off into a wash or flash flood zone (typically well posted on Arizona roads).
At home you should have ample supplies to remain comfortable for an extended power outage (2-3 days)...
Flashlight in each room & hallway
A box of candles
Sufficient food and medication for a few days
At least 1gal of water per person per day... You will drink more if the power is out as you will have no air conditioning.
A couple of bags of ice in freezer, which can be moved to well-insulated coolers with perishable foods.
Gas or charcoal for your outside barbeque for cooking.
Battery powered radio with weather band
Battery TV?
Extra batteries
At least 1 old fashioned, corded phone that does not require power beyondthat supplied by the phone jack.
Fully charged cell phones AND car/auto chargers for them
Extra batteries
More water
More batteries
Matches / lighter
Board / card games or puzzles for entertainment
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