Thursday, August 23, 2007

Worst Case Scenario

You wakeup one morning, turn on the TV and hear the following. Terrorist blew up a large building in a major city last night and president bush has declared Martial Law.

Your reaction?

48 Comments:

Blogger American Scot said...

Start looking for anything and everything to use as a weapon against the bastards!

August 23, 2007 3:00 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

I believe it is coming, building or not a pre-determined event will happen, and we will know what Hell is like once Bush has total control over our lives.

Good question!

August 23, 2007 4:10 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Load my guns.

August 23, 2007 4:24 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Find a spot in the mountains where not too many people are and just stay there until I die or he does.

August 23, 2007 4:29 AM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

Here, read all about it.

NSPD-51

One Pissed off Veteran

This is the New Fema Martial Law Plan for the continuation of government.

God Bless.

August 23, 2007 4:41 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

POP --- your crystal ball is set to Jan 19, 2009

I hear Iceland is nice these days

August 23, 2007 4:57 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

I used to not ever worry about things like that. Now that Bush and his lunatic league of hunchmen have control, I find that scenario plausible, and it wouldn't surprise me if something happened, they cancel the next election, and they declare Marshal Law. Wouldn't surprise me at all.

The terrorists win. Bush handed them victory long ago, and his actions only serve to make them stronger. What a phony!

August 23, 2007 4:59 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

It's the first thing I check for when I get on the intratubes.
Coming soon...

August 23, 2007 5:24 AM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

first, i will say "FUCK!!!!!". then i will go out in the streets to view this 'democracy in action'. then i get on the phone and start calling and calling and calling.

August 23, 2007 5:43 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Ahhhh, but we're a "Democracy" envied by All the World.......

Gulp! ; (

August 23, 2007 5:57 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

I feel sickened by recurring thoughts of paranoia and have been for some time.

It grows worse.

It could happen here.

August 23, 2007 6:19 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i have a feeling something akin is coming. they have predicted they will 'rule' for a century. folks like that have plans that they don't let us 'common folk' in on- but they sure want to control us don't they? it's coming.

August 23, 2007 6:59 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

WOW- you think too darn much! First find out whats going on, cause by the time I hear about it, I will be totally confused! Knee jerk reaction is prayer first then realy find out what all the fuss is about. all the cursing, shaking of fists doesnt accomplish anything. AS united citizens we must continue to be united! Even if it takes getting rid of George and his cronies!

August 23, 2007 7:02 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

me, any family that can get here, dogs, horses, guns, to the hills. try to get as far away from them as possible. hope to reach that golden status of the guerilla, become more trouble to bring in than we are worth.

August 23, 2007 7:03 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Seriously, I have no idea what we would do. The thought of it is sickening. I'm not sure there is enough military presence in the US to do very much, and I'm not sure those that are here would be so inclined. I would hope for a coup followed immediately by elections.

August 23, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

The honest truth? At my age and health - kill myself.

August 23, 2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

Great question, PoP.

My answer: I have no idea what I would do. No idea.

August 23, 2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger SadButTrue said...

My question is this: Why are you asking this as a hypothetical? It has already happened, nearly six years ago.

The USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, and dozens of signing statements handing virtually unlimited authority to pResident Bush (or Cheney if Bush happens to be in the can, which coincidentally he always is when a real decision is made) are already in effect. The Constitution is in tatters, checks and balances have long been rendered ineffective.

The thing about martial law is, it's easier to implement if you don't actually declare it openly.

August 23, 2007 8:24 AM  
Blogger roger said...

you don't suppose that the news of late about an ammo shortage in our country is related do you? nah. me either.

August 23, 2007 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Jim DeRosa said...

I live in Los Angeles I am assume you mean my town. We've been expecting it.

August 23, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Sweet Jeebus, it's time to head for the hills!

...and Jim, imho it's a tossup between NYC and LA and SF. I keep telling hubby that it's just too dangerous living downwind of NYC.

August 23, 2007 9:04 AM  
Blogger windspike said...

Maybe we should go back into Vietnam.

August 23, 2007 11:32 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

My reaction? I'd call my friend Lea and say "I told you so - you owe me a quilt, biotch!!"

Then I'd start packing my car for that extended trip to Canada.

August 23, 2007 11:38 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

I wish I didn’t think it was possible, but given what I’ve watched since 2001, I can’t put it past Cheney to try. Don’t know what I’d do. I more worried about what some other people would do: like the Supreme Court justices, the joint-chiefs, members of congress, state governors and mayors.

In an effort to pick a fight with the alarmist orthodoxy, I’ll list a few reasons to be optimistic:
1. Gates is at Defense and not Rumsfeld.
2. I think there are still a number of Republican senators (at least) who will balk.
3. Although military officers are deeply loyal to the service, they took an oath to defend the Constitution , and I expect their education anticipated the possibility of constitutional crisis.
4. Condoleezza Rice is just waiting to rediscover the content of her character. She claims to have been born in Alabama.
5. I think Justice Kennedy might shift the majority on something this important.
Just so nobody gets too relaxed:
1. I might be wrong about Justice Kennedy.
2. After September 11, I was taken aback by the willingness of many—maybe most—Americans to cede their civil liberties in exchange for some perceived protection from assault.
3. Alberto Gonzalez, Mike McConnell , Stephen Cambone, idiot Democrats who are too lazy to read the legislation they vote on and too spineless to stand for anything other than reelection, Rupert Murdock , AIPAC, and Dick Cheney.
4. Did I mention Dick Cheney?

August 23, 2007 12:09 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I'm with the "head for the hills" crowd. I don't own guns, and I wouldn't want to fight the govt/police/etc. who'd take over. I would just pack all the food I could, find a quiet place in a remote wood, pitch my tent, and start building a greenhouse so my family could eat in the winter. I can only hope this option will be available to us.

August 23, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

starrrrtt drinking, lots

August 23, 2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

If Martial Law was ever declared, some of the first people rounded up would be the progressive bloggers and peace activists. They know we won't remain silent, so they will take us away or suspend internet use. Maybe we need a FEMA plan too (Freedom Evacuation Meeting Agenda). I will not be at all surprised if Martial Law isn't imposed - probably soon after we bomb Iran.

Also, I thought I would stop by and let you know that your blog was one of the featured spots on the very first BWR at my new place. Drop by any time!

August 23, 2007 5:38 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Whatever, I'm self reliant and my gun is loaded and by the door. It's not likely to happen in this small town but who knows. And I've got lots of friends and we can band together and function well as a unit. That always makes things easier, sharing skills and working together.

August 23, 2007 6:12 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

suspended communication within a country is the first rule of thumb for martial law-better dust off the ham radios.
And be glad I all ready live in a secluded area.

August 23, 2007 6:25 PM  
Anonymous pidomon said...

I'm with Sparky. I would hope there's enough beer in the fridge, drink it, pass out and when I wake up hope I just heard it wrong.
If not I'd get back to my family in TX and start to get the f*ck out of here

August 23, 2007 6:33 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

I think I'm with Sewmouse on this one--well not the quilt thing. After 20 years of fighting, I don't have much fight left if me. I'd probably emigrate, if they let me.

August 23, 2007 6:45 PM  
Blogger fashiongirl said...

I bet he'd pronounce it martini law in his speech and I'd start shaking me a big one!

August 23, 2007 6:52 PM  
Blogger Mathman6293 said...

We move off the grid and quietly slink away. The boat people in reverse.

August 23, 2007 7:24 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

What minstrel boy said. Been preparing for years, and have safe places well away from population with running water and plenty of game.

August 23, 2007 8:07 PM  
Blogger Nvisiblewmn said...

I don't think I would be too surprised, really. Would really start sucking up to the few Canadians I know.

August 23, 2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger BadTux said...

Come now! This is the Bush administration. They don't ever use words like "torture" or "martial law". Instead, they use words like "enhanced interrogation" or "enhanced law enforcement." And the majority of the sheeple will look up, say "meh, doesn't affect me", and go back to grazing...

- Badtux the Language Penguin

August 24, 2007 12:05 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Instant rage! And then I'd do something akin to praying that Canada would open it arms. But they don't want millions of Americans invading their country...we might try to bomb or overtake them you know!

August 24, 2007 1:48 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

grab my shaker and Bombay Sapphire....throw on a couple of Monty Python dvds....

hunker down...march the next day while hung over. then if I'm shot, I'll probably appreciate it.

August 24, 2007 2:44 PM  
Blogger Weasel said...

Then I'd start packing my car for that extended trip to Canada.

Makes two of us. Me, Prime and the cat would pack up and off we go. =/

Either that or get shit-faced, toilet hugging drunk. If I'm gonna get shot, I don't want to feel it.

August 24, 2007 7:39 PM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

Viva la France!

August 24, 2007 9:20 PM  
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August 25, 2007 5:15 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Bush has already eroded decades (if not centuries) of common law protection and human rights (not just abroad, but for Americans too).

You're right though...a significant event and the spooks will rule the day.

Interesting how in Britain (where more acts of violence have occurred, even if smaller), they have moved to 'criminal' language, away from 'terrorist' language. And they don't panic or freak overnight. Maybe it's because they had the hell bombed out of them in WWII - 911 would have been one bad night of many. Americans have exported violence, but since the Civil War have not seen it in their streets...

August 25, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

PoP, I figure that, if that announcement comes, I'll get to watch it from behind the wire, where I'll probably get to meet you in person. If not, I will be posting the truth until they pick me up.

August 25, 2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger G. said...

Can I watch it all go down from the pub?

G.

August 26, 2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Oceanshaman said...

I'm off to the wilderness . . . off the radar . . . off the grid . . .

August 26, 2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger angry ballerina said...

Kill my neighbors and steal their Corvette.

August 26, 2007 3:45 PM  
Blogger Jersey Guy said...

Utter lack of surprise. And, oh yeah, frustration. OTOH, I wake up every day, realize that sentiment for impeachment isn't gaining traction and am totally frustrated. What Michael Vick did was horrible, but it pales in comparison with the crimes of Cheney/Bush. Not even on the same planet. OTOH, had Vick been white and done the same thing, everyone would be crying out for "understanding" and a spirit of forgivenes. The divides in U.S. society are huge and seem beyond repair in the near future. Martial law would be just another annoyance.

JG.

August 27, 2007 12:59 AM  
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