Mission creep

"Vegetable oil on your snow shovel will prevent snow from sticking to the blade" Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

“Vegetable oil on your snow shovel will prevent snow from sticking to the blade” Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Readers with long memory may recall that on September 11, 2001, muslim terrorists attacked our country and killed thousands of people. As part of our response to that attack, the federal government established what was called the “Department of Homeland Security” and billions were spent to secure our borders and protect us from further attacks.

Yesterday, Obama’s choice for the head of Homeland Security issued the following warning to her subjects, presumably to advance the safety of us all:

Tips for what to do during #winter storms and extreme cold #weather from @readydotgov:twitter.com/DHSgov/status/…

— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) January 23, 2013

During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

– Stay indoors during the storm.

– Walk carefully on snow, icy, walkways.

– Avoid overexterion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a hear attack–a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

– Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

– Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.



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26 responses to “Mission creep

  1. Al Dente

    Is there a leaflet on what wine to serve when Muslims come to a barbecue at my house?

  2. Robert

    At least her recent pronouncement differs from the “Shit on the shingle” propaganda DHS shovels down our throats through the MSM on most every other occasion.

  3. Anonymous

    DHS just placed an order for an additional 7,000 AR-15s. Since they don’t protect the borders anymore, what are they planning with all those guns and all that ammo?

    • anon

      The AR purchase pales in comparison to the brand new F-16 fighter jets the USA just gave to Egypt. We are so crazy to encourage Morsi. Why can I see that and Obama can’t? [Rhetorical question]

    • JRH

      You conspiracy theorists make me laugh. “Since they don’t protect the borders anymore . . .” DHS is in charge of border security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a DHS agency. So is the Federal Protective Service, which provides security for federal buildings and the people who work in them. DHS also houses the Secret Service, and the United States Coast Guard. Maybe that’s what they need guns for. Or Obama’s creating a network of reeducation camps. Probably that!

      • I believe the point is that border control, particularly the Mexican border, is so lax as to be non-existent. As for (some) of your other questions, the Coast Guard is presumably subject to the same Geneva Convention rule banning dum dum bullets as the rest of our military and thus unable to fire any of those 1.4 billion hollow points ordered by the DHS. The Secret Service may have to unload on a Hinkley type bad guy now and then but that exigency is unlikely to require even 500 million rounds, let alone 1.4 billion.

        • AJ

          Not so lax on the northern border, but then Canadians are not clamoring to come in to take low skill jobs at slave wages. Canada does not have indigent masses that can be brought into the country to help destroy the economy.

        • JRH

          Nah, this is much ado about nothing. For one thing, the Geneva Convention doesn’t ban hollow-points, the Hague Convention does, and only in international warfare. Many law enforcement agencies around the country use these bullets and they’re not breaking any kind of international law. (Plus, since when do you people care about international law?) And is there any real confirmation about this 1.4 billion DHS bullet story? Seems to me like this is coming only from infowars. Can you find a source that isn’t wearing a tinfoil hat and yelling about black helicopters while stashing enough water for a hundred year war against the New World Order?

          • JRH, I’ve linked several times to pdfs of the request for bids and such. As for hollow points, if the military can’t use them abroad – and they can’t – I don’t imagine they’d lay up a supply for domestic use – too confusing. Of course you’re quite right about our cops and even private citizens using them – they have stopping power.

      • AJ

        Or Obama’s creating a network of reeducation camps. Probably that!

        Indeed they are JRH, exactly that. Google FEMA camps and then notice which way the barbed wire is facing in these empty for the time being concentration camps. For your own elucidation, you should make a thorough examination of what’s going on.

        • JRH

          You’re nuts if you believe that, buddy.

        • AJ

          So what do you think they’re for, JRH? What’s you’re explanation for 800 of these newly constructed, concentration / re-education camps, or prison camps if you prefer, facilites? Why would they do that? What are they for? Why is anyone who mentions it crazy? But what’s really nuts is clinging to you’re Blue Team like they’re some sort of Linus’ secuity blanket that’s even remotely related as a solution to fixing anything — too big too fail? — and even slightly different from your despised Red Team is what’s really nuts.

    • ML

      The AR-15 is the civilian version. Why would they place orders for that one? Please send the article.

  4. JustSaying

    Posturing for consideration for the next Supreme Court vacancy

  5. Fred2

    Also in the news, DHS thinks we are too stupid to come in out of the rain.

  6. Peg

    I look forward to the pamphlet that advises us whether to use Charmin or Cottenelle. Onward and upward with the Obama Nanny State of America!

  7. AJ

    A good little clip about being careful what you wish for, and being played:


  8. Mark B.

    Now wait a minute…
    “- Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.”
    I experienced all that the last time I was in a pub in Ireland.

  9. Who gave the order to stand-down at Benghazi? Action starts at around 34:00.