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Sandy's Lesson
Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly

Posted on 11/03/2012 4:10:19 AM PDT by Kaslin

Here's the big lesson from mega-storm Sandy: Mother Nature sneers at high tech, mocks modern convenience and couldn't care less about what kind of person you are. She will smack you if she wants to.

As we have become addicted to machines, many of us have forgotten about nature. We must have gizmos. Sandy laughed and took them away. Power, gone. Internet, dark. Cellphones, not happening. Even your landline phone, not available, because "all circuits are busy."

Suddenly, it's 1850 with one exception: battery-operated flashlights and radios.

So what is the lesson here?

Actually, there are a few.

First: No government agency can help you when disaster strikes. Any assistance will be after the fact and painstakingly slow.

Second: In order to ride out any storm effectively, you should be self-reliant and resilient. That means you have to anticipate problems and have some solutions at the ready.

For example, where I live on Long Island, the power infrastructure is a disaster and has been for years. The power company, LIPA, simply cannot keep the juice flowing under duress. I have accepted that, and so I bought a generator. However, during Sandy, the generator did not work. You can imagine how many four-letter words were uttered. But I had a Plan B. I know some guys who can repair generators, and they fixed mine very quickly. I have a long-term relationship with these guys and will reward them.

So, I rode out the storm pretty well, and that's good because there are children in my home.

Not once did I think the local, state or federal government was going to help me in any way. When President Obama speaks about government being there for you, I roll my eyes. In the history of mankind, no government has ever been there for the individual. Ever.

Sadly, we are becoming a nation dependent on other people and very reliant on machines. Sandy's destruction brought us back to the 19th century, as the collapse of the machines was something to see. Many people were lost without their appliances because they are not self-reliant. They do not think ahead. They do not figure out Plan B because they don't even have a Plan A.

Life is hard, and then you die. But while you're alive, you'll be far better off if you forget about the big-government nonsense, deemphasize the machines and begin incorporating the discipline of self-reliance into your life.

Sorry for the lecture, but my father always said that out of bad things can come some good. Americans need to wise up, and with the election just a few days away, we have an opportunity to do so.

We the people need leadership that will solve problems, be fiscally responsible and promote individual responsibility. The charlatans that promise big-government protection will always be around, but they are no match for Sandy and her furious friends.

That is the lesson of this terrible storm.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 2012; biggovernment; elections; hurricanesandy; individual; lessons; oreilly; preppers; responsibility; sandy; selfreliance

1 posted on 11/03/2012 4:10:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Here's the big lesson from mega-storm Sandy: Mother Nature sneers at high tech, mocks modern convenience and couldn't care less about what kind of person you are. She will smack you if she wants to.

"With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down

Helpless people on subway trains
Scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

Oh, no, they say he's got to go
Go go Godzilla
Oh, no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla

Oh, no, they say he's got to go
Go go Godzilla
Oh, no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla

Oh, no, they say he's got to go
Go go Godzilla
Oh, no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla

History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man Godzilla!
History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man Godzilla!"
- Blue Oyster Cult

A popular musical group agrees with you - and so do I. Government is like Mommy to a little kid; eventually you'll get some of what they think that you should want, but not on your schedule and not necessarily what you would choose for yourself. I enjoyed having Mommy take care of me when I was little and could not do it myself, but I absolutely love being an adult and making the adult decisions for my own life, as I have done for several decades. Why would any sane person choose dependency?

2 posted on 11/03/2012 4:28:57 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
The Gods of the Copybook Headings
3 posted on 11/03/2012 4:31:24 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin
In order to ride out any storm effectively, you should be self-reliant and resilient.

That sounds like something Romney should teach this country. The Mormons know how to do prepare long term.

4 posted on 11/03/2012 4:35:37 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Kartographer

Ping


5 posted on 11/03/2012 4:58:53 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


6 posted on 11/03/2012 5:08:40 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Right Wing Assault

I had the good sense to marry an ex-Mormon. Growing up in the Midwest, my Grandmother had a root cellar. “What’s this?” “Well, people didn’t always have super markets and had to can food from their garden to get through the winter.” Thankfully, I don’t have to can (I’ve done it and it was a pain),I just buy in bulk.


7 posted on 11/03/2012 5:17:25 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: Kaslin

Another lesson: If you bask in the envy of your friends because you live near a body of water, don’t go to them begging for help when that body of water bites you in the ass, as bodies of water, even small streams, have a tendency to do from time to time, so that you can rebuild and once again bask in their envy.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 5:26:00 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Kartographer

Sandy’s lesson is right before your eyes just as it was with Katrina; You either prepare and stand on your own or you can depend or a bunch of self-serving politicos, third class bureaucratic and chance to provide your basic needs.

Me I don’t want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly don’t want to have to kiss some ‘gubberment’ third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I don’t want some ‘jack booted’ thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I don’t want to be shut up in with a bunch of ‘zombies’ and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.

Its your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo. Maybe while you stand there you will get a chance to a prop in some politico’s photo op and even get your picture on the national news.

For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:

http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf

NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!

For those of you who haven’t started already it’s time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, gas cans, cooking stove/fuel, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.

As the LDS say “When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.”

Or as the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3

I also like to recomend FReeper’s ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom (Please Blog Police let this one slide!) Where you can get lots of useful information like:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2011/11/20/8-morale-boosters-for-any-worst-case-scenario/

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/02/02/survival-priorities-the-rule-of-three/

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/12/29/normalcy-bias/

And More

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.
Underestimation can be fatal.”


9 posted on 11/03/2012 5:28:32 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kaslin

The lesson is, that Obamacare will do to our American medical systems (plural) what hurricane Sandy did to the east coast.


10 posted on 11/03/2012 5:33:09 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Godzilla

you’ve been mentioned...


11 posted on 11/03/2012 5:37:31 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Right Wing Assault
The Mormons know how to do prepare long term.

Yet; where are the stories of them munching away on their year supply of food they have stored away?

12 posted on 11/03/2012 5:38:58 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

They do, its called rotation.

Besides what makes a better headline?

Family dips into food stock they prepared for bad times

or

Family forced to dumpster dive to feed themselves


13 posted on 11/03/2012 5:49:23 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Pollster1

How ironic ... Blue Oyster Cult was from the place where Bill O’Reilly lives, and he describes in his piece (Long Island, NY).


14 posted on 11/03/2012 5:50:05 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Elsie

My husband’s family was Mormon back to the 1700s. Originally, they were told to have a 2 year supply of food. The government eventually took issue with that. It was negotiated that the church would back it down to a one year supply. They buy what they eat and rotate stock. For example, I don’t have a year’s worth of Marmite/Vegemite because no one here would eat it. I do have some Spam for in a pinch, having lived in Hawaii. Growing up in the Midwest, living through bad snow storms, tornadoes, etc., we’d lose power for days. I’m not an Apocalypse prepper, but I do have a very well stocked pantry. I buy what we eat and rotate so that the earliest bought can is used first. It just seems like common sense to me.


15 posted on 11/03/2012 5:58:17 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: Elsie
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. Proverbs 21:20
16 posted on 11/03/2012 6:11:37 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

“They do, its called rotation.

Besides what makes a better headline?

Family dips into food stock they prepared for bad times

or

Family forced to dumpster dive to feed themselves”

Indeed, the MSM won’t report that. I lived through the Auckland blackout in 1998. It was 5 weeks long. The power company told people to go live with “rellies” in the country. Well, I was a foreigner with an infant living in a 9th floor apartment. We hit a camping store to tide us over till we could make arrangements to move. I currently have a gas grill and a propane tank. Having lived through the black out, and lived in a 4th world country with spotty electricity, it’s saved to warm up beans, not cook my steaks. I also have clothes line and hangers. I know what it’s like to haul water to flush a toilet, too. The MSM will print whatever will get them attention.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 6:33:11 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: Kaslin
"So what is the lesson here? "

Computer models of the atmosphere are pretty good for 5 days out.

18 posted on 11/03/2012 6:54:11 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

One thing I’ve been accumulating are human-powered tools - drills, saws, hammers, sandpaper, etc. If the power ever goes out here, I’ve got tools that are not dependant on the power company or batteries to function.

I MIGHT draw the line at a chain saw; I just can’t find the two-handed kind.


19 posted on 11/03/2012 7:13:42 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NTHockey
I just can’t find the two-handed kind.


Crosscut Saws

20 posted on 11/03/2012 7:29:45 AM PDT by deport
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To: NTHockey

A well-stocked pantry, rotated on a continual basis, makes for very sound sleep.

I’ve got a generator with a few extra jerry cans (with fuel stabilizer) and kerosene to power the hurricane lamps. (Yep, that’s what we call them in New England!) Buying a generator at the last second is rather pointless, since a generator without a Transfer Switch installed in the house isn’t good for much. (My Transfer Switch gives me back six of my circuit breakers when the generator is running. Furnace, water heater, refrigerator, coffee pot, etc. Every generator owner needs one.)

I was appalled to think that people were dumpster diving for food after only four days. Even if the story proved false, the possibility was there. What the hell did these people do during the days of warning before the storm? Ant and the Grasshopper.

You don’t need to be a whacko “doomsday” prepper to be prepared. Granted, I won’t be in very good shape in the event of a nuclear zombie apocalypse, but I can sure ride out a bad storm with subsequent power outage. In fact, we even put up a few relatives until the power was restored.


21 posted on 11/03/2012 7:40:25 AM PDT by DNME (Something wicked this way comes ... and soon. Finish your preps.)
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To: Daveinyork

Sometimes it’s not the water biting you in the butt but the humans operating the water. Too many times along our waterways they’ve moved the eyes on the scene a hundred miles away to watch a computer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called them to report a rise in the water that I’m witnessing at that very moment only to be told I’m stupid and don’t know what I’m talking about because their computers don’t show it.


22 posted on 11/03/2012 8:17:38 AM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: DNME
I was appalled to think that people were dumpster diving for food after only four days. Even if the story proved false, the possibility was there.

Look closely at the pictures. Those poor starving dumpster divers have huge smiles on their faces. They're laughing and having a grand time playing it up for the cameras.

23 posted on 11/03/2012 8:24:48 AM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: DNME

I went the transfer switch route, too. Probably have the same one. With that and a 5.5kw gen set I can run everything but the central air. I added a tri-fuel kit to mine so I can run it on propane or natural gas in addition to gasoline.

You might want to look into one. It took me about an hour to install andit works just fine. One look at the lines at gas stations tells me it was a good purchase.

Good luck.


24 posted on 11/03/2012 8:56:23 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Kaslin

I think we have had a preview of what will happen if Obama tries to change the election date or tries to declare Martial Law.


25 posted on 11/03/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: pops88

Mormonism wasn’t invented till the 19th century.


26 posted on 11/03/2012 10:01:04 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: Kartographer

good point


27 posted on 11/03/2012 10:34:33 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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