Grifters always find the best transitions.
Call it debt-ceiling profiteering. With the federal government just days away from defaulting on trillions of dollars in borrowings, survivalists are bracing for chaos. And the $500-million-dollar-a-year “preparedness” industry is flooding the blogosphere with ads for ammunition, gold bullion, antibiotics, freeze-dried food, sling shots, prefab bunkers, and countless other products to help you brave the impending mayhem.
But one company has been particularly aggressive about capitalizing on preppers’ paranoia, particularly those preppers who see Barack Obama as the first horseman of the Apocalypse. Last week, an anonymous email solicitation went out to readers of the conservative news site, GOPUSA.gov. It warned:
There are three hidden signs that Obama
is about to throw you into a FEMA camp.
They’re on his secret agenda.
But once YOU know these three signs…
youre already one step ahead.
You’re in control.
You can beat them at their own game.
Click here to check them out now,
before its too late.
The link leads to a slick marketing website-cum-infomercial for a video called the Patriot Survival Plan, which is also being promoted on popular conservative sites, such as World Net Daily. The infomercial claims that America is about to experience “a crisis unlike any other in history, a catastrophe that will overshadow, Katrina, Pearl Harbor, 9/11, the Great Depression, even the Civil War.” What’s more, this “financial Hiroshima” is “barreling down on us like a freight train in just 10 months or less…Unless you take some very specific steps it’s virtually guaranteed that you will be left penniless, hungry, and fighting desperately for your life.”
What steps are those? The infomercial doesn’t say.
Instead, it delves into a rant about the Federal Reserve, claiming it’s part of plot by greedy bankers to “rig the entire U.S. economy in their favor” by luring the country into a gargantuan debt it can never repay. Worse, this “Massive Ponzi scheme” is about to “come crashing down.” When it does, neighbors will fight each other to the death over a single can of tuna.
But never fear. There’s a “simple yet stunningly powerful method” that will have intruders “running away from your home like scared little girls.” And you can learn it from “the comfort of your own home,” all for a mere $37.
Stevens’ book, Making the Best of Basics, may be the closest thing the survival industry has to a bible (aside from the actual Bible). It has sold more than 800,000 copies since hitting the shelves at Kmart during the gas crisis in 1974. Stevens is not actually a doctor, and, come to think of it, he’d rather you not call him a “prepper,” which he considers a slur meant to impugn self-reliant folks like himself as paranoid loons. But it’s become part of the lexicon, and Stevens is somewhat paranoid about where the United States is headed (he foresees a borderline tyrannical second Obama term that begins with massive gun confiscation and ends who-knows-where), so he’s rolling with it. As he puts it, “I don’t really like cuss words, but I know how to use them and I know what they mean.” Besides, it’s good for business.
I met Stevens at the Self Reliance Expo in Mesa, Arizona, one of the nation’s leading “readiness” trade shows, where attendees (about 5,000 over two days) shop for bulletproof vests and dehydrated peas or practice suturing an open wound on a severed pig’s foot. Stevens’ cosponsorship amounts to a sort of papal blessing for the event. “He’s the bomb, he’s the godfather,” says Tony Tangalos, the Phoenix-based host of The Prepper Patch, an AM radio show. “He’s like the Elvis Presley.”
Over the past four years, Stevens has witnessed something of a renaissance, coming out of retirement to hawk an expanded edition of Basics and a water-filtering system that’s so efficient, he tells me, it could make urine taste like bottled water. The product has netted Stevens and his partner $1.5 million in profits in just over a year. And he’s far from the only one making a living off the coming collapse of civilization. Sites like Revolutionary Realty and Survival Realty list rugged properties with amenities such as a “defensible hillside location.”
Wingnut Outrage: MSNBC Airs Interview Calling for the Political Imprisonment of Conservatives and Tea Party
85 year old Harry Belafonte makes an unfortunate remark during an MSNBC interview and the right sees certain proof of an upcoming Kristallnacht for the right (their term, not mine). I think Belafonte was just trying to emphasize how few options Obama really has for dealing with Congressional nuts, but it was not a good choice of terms. Note how the crazed freepers connect this off-the-cuff statement by an elderly outsider directly to the President and his policies.
Posted on Tue Dec 11 2012 11:32:09 GMT-0600 (Central Standard Time) by ct_libertarian
“That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people [Republicans, Conservatives, and The Tea Party], the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don’t know what more they want. The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a 3rd world dictator and just put all these guys in jail.” — Harry Belefonte (sic) interviewed by Al Sharpton on MSNBC
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I’ve been shouting to anyone who would listen that, since the sham re-election of Obamugabe, there is a Kristallnacht coming for The Tea Party. Everyday I see more and more proof.
The Freeper masses are in no doubt about how to respond:
#8 It doesn’t matter anymore. Eventually every petty dictator grows so paranoid that he tries to kill everyone. It’ll start with white males, TEA party members, Republicans. Then it’ll move on to Hispanics and ‘uppity’ blacks. Then anyone remaining will be targeted. My advice to people I care about: arm yourself (heavily), be proficient in marksmanship, have ample ammo, have an escape plan, stockpile food, learn HAM radio basics, and wait. It will come. We, as a society, are on a downswing.
#12 The only question I have is how high will the stack of bodies be when they attempt to implement their real plans.
#16 ‘What’s next the next iteration of the Cheka?’
National Police Force.
Something is going to happen in the US that will justify its creation. They tried with OWS, but since no one cared there was nothing to do.
But it will happen and will start in Chicago.
#20 I am violence on a frayed leash and these morons are sawing at the rope…
Let them be this stupid. The repercussions will be spectacular.
( That last one must have heard of Oppenheimer and the Bhagavad Gita: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”)
#47 Spoken like a true Bolshevik, kill the ‘enemies of the people!’ What’s next the next iteration of the Cheka?
It’s called “Homeland Security”.
The latter is a little ironic since Belafonte himself once referred to DHS as “the new Gestapo.”
And, finally, someone spells out the options for a final solution to the ancient lib celebrity problem:
#51 Then there is lynching, a hate crime by racists.
For America the decision could be thought to be……. imprisonment of conservatives or lynchin’ of liberals?