Mar 052009

Today I went out to do some grocery and hardware shopping. I found a few odd things:

1) At the Smith & Edwards, a big-ass hardware/suplus/outdoor/clothing store, there were some changes in the displays. Prominantly displayed up front were books on the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, the coming threat of socialism, and survivalism. In the gun department, .45 caliber ammo was not to be had. In fact most pistol ammo was greatly depleted. Camping and emergency rations were selling at a brisk pace. Numerous people in the gun department looking at pistols.

2) At the Ace Hardware, most of the pistol ammo was gone, including all the .45 ammo. Several people in the gun department looking at pistols; overheard a staffer talking to another customer on the phone, telling them that whatever gun he was talking about had a waiting list.
3) The Kent’s supermarket had stocked up on 9mm ammo, but were sold out of .45. Also Kents, which formerly had sold pretty much the usual run of the mill processed foodchows, now has large new displays set up for long-term-storable emergency food, sold by the 5-gallon bucket.

Obviously, the optimism brought on by Teh One is infectious.

 Posted by at 2:01 am
  • sferrin

    Smith & Edwards is something. For years they had a tank out front. Don’t know if that’s still there though. I too was motivated by The Messiah and bought me a few firearms. If the first month of his, pardon me “His” administration is any indicator God help us by the end of four YEARS of this $hit. He’s already spent more than both wars put together and He’s just getting warmed up. Welfare state here we come.

  • admin

    Yup, they still have the tank, just barely visible here:,-95.677068&sspn=36.452734,79.101563&ie=UTF8&ll=41.333975,-112.035959&spn=0.000528,0.001207&t=h&z=20

    Zoom out a few steps, and note the empty lot just to the north, and the less-empty lot just to the south. These are the S&E “scrapyards.” When I went by on vacation in 2001 (three years before moving here), I couldn’t help but notice the north lot… it was packed to the gills with surplus stuff of all descriptions. Three years later, the lot was effectively empty. It’s my understanding that in the intervening years the lot was sold off in bulk to the Chinese for scrap metal.

    I can’t help but be vaguely disturbed by that.