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An Officer Stocking Up

Saw this tonight, and thought that you all might be interested.

I've just cut and pasted the facts, but there is commentary too, if you want to read it.

 

http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2009/02/a-strange-encounter-at-cost...

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My teenage son and I were grocery shopping this evening. There was a
man, a [high-ranking officer] in his full uniform, who was clearly
buying a food supply. He had 4 gallon size jars of pickles, 2, 25 lb
bags of rice, stacks of cases of canned things and so on. We kept
passing back and forth and picking up same items, having to wait on
each other for things, like canned soup and so on. One time I said,
"Wow! Are you feeding an army?" He laughed and said some smarty comment
back about 'being' the army... you get the picture. It was friendly
chatter.

Finally I asked him if he was buying a food supply. He clammed up.
I would not have been surprised if he'd given me his name, rank, and
serial # and then shut up. He was not acting embarrassed. My son even
perceived his resolute lack of response. So I said, "Can I ask you yes
or no questions? Are you buying all this food because of the economy?"
He said, "No, it's not because of the economy. There are going to be
some very interesting events in the next year."

So that loosened up conversation, but he told me he would not tell
me more than that there would be these interesting events in the coming
year, and that everyone would be wise to have a year's supply of food
.
So I told him some of the food sources my husband and I have found
locally, and about how perilous the food supply and distribution
network is. After that he told me that logistically it would be
difficult to get sufficient food to us quickly in the event of a
crisis. Huh? We parted, and then on the next aisle he wanted to know
what church we went to. I immediately thought he might be Mormon, hence
the food supply, but he turns out to be Evangelical.

So Rod, I have read about people advising food supplies, and a
wealthy family member for whom money to buy food will never be an issue
advising the same thing: stocking up food because its availability will
be in doubt in the event of a serious crisis. I see all the bad news
economically. I just haven't actually seen a high ranking officer in
the military laying in a supply of food in anticipation of shortages!
And saying that there is some mysterious, interesting event(s) coming
as an explanation for his actions. And that we all should have food
storages. It freaks me out honestly. I wish I'd asked him more
questions, but I think I got as much information as I was going to get.

What do you think? Could he be an over-excited Evangelical preparing
for the rapture who just happens to be a high-ranking officer in the
military? Could he know about some coming domestic situation coming
where supplies would be limited? Maybe he's a fearful Obama hater
paranoid about what Obama may do as president. Or maybe he's in on
logistics planning that has made him decide to protect his own family
in the event said plans have to be executed. He did say something about
trying to balance buying supplies so you don't start a panic, with
having to put your family first. What do you think this was about?

...

And yet, the Grocery Major said this isn't about the economy. Hmm...

 

 

 

 

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I think he just got the tail end whiff of the problem... who knows?  If we don't know "what he knows" then who cares?  Another guy just stocking up or he read some classified info we arent' privy to.  We'll never know... why focus on someone we can't find, and even if we could find him he'd give us the same answer.... by trouble yourself over this?

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rl, that's interesting. It's hard to know what or if he knew anything, or whether he was just expressing opinions.  But it's still interesting! 

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Maybe he's just one of us....a Martenson faithful......

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This is much to do about nothing.  My friends are high ranking officers... This is all relative, "high ranking officer" could be a Major or Lieutenant Commander in someones eyes.  A Navy Captain or Air Force Colonel  are a dime a dozen at the Pentagon.  They get the coffee. 

Cat 

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Seeing people stock up at Costco isn’t anything unusual,
even in the UK.  There are a number of “reports”
about 2009, but then, with all this talk it could become a self fulfilling prophecy. 

I'm sure there is still more to unravel.........

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rl wrote:

Saw this tonight, and thought that you all might be interested.

I've just cut and pasted the facts, but there is commentary too, if you want to read it.

 

http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2009/02/a-strange-encounter-at-cost...

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What do you think this was about?

...

And yet, the Grocery Major said this isn't about the economy. Hmm...

Too bad the article wasn't complete and stated what rank the officer was and where the encounter took place.

Here in Virginia Beach we live within 10 miles of 5 military installations.  The likelihood of running into a uniformed service member in a local business is pretty high.  As Cat said above - high ranking is relative.  To a junior Seaman a 25 yr old Lieutenant is high ranking.  Within the military, "high ranking" is typically used to describe flag officers - Rear Admiral Lower, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, Admiral, Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General and General - or O-6 (Captain, Colonel) serving in major command.  And even that is relative.  

This is a tempest in a teapot and likely the product of an overly active imagination from someone who either has an agenda or likes throwing a turd in the soup pot - or both.

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Im with Cat and Dogs on this one.  This article is sketchy at best.   All of us are worried about something really bad happening, so one scared officer ( whether 2nd Liutenant or a 4 start General ) doesnt even register on my radar screen.  Even if it this officer knows something it doesnt change anything for me.  Im not running to sams club tonight to buy more pickles and rice.

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Here's a hypothertical. Assume -- purely for discussion purposes --
that some sort of officially-sponsored, martial-law event is being
planned. Several dozen high rankers with top security clearances are
involved. Secrecy and surprise are essential.

Is it really likely that one of these insiders would go to Costco, in uniform, conspicuously
loading up on survival supplies -- and even gratuitously warning
another shopper that 'interesting events are coming'?

If so, this
guy should have his security clearance yanked instantly. He is a risk
to the project. With advance warning of an event, the appropriate thing
for an insider to do would be to lay in supplies in multiple,
inconspicuous visits. He, or family members who usually do the
shopping, would buy only 'normal' amounts at a time, and pay with cash
or different credit cards each time. The objective would be that even
if the family were under surveillance, nothing unusual would be
detectable. This is basic security consciousness.

Conclusion --
the officer was just acting on his own beliefs or instincts. The key
players in super-secret projects are not out survival-shopping at Costco in
uniform. In fact, they probably would have guaranteed reservations for
themselves and their families in government bunkers. Otherwise, it
would difficult to ensure their loyalty, if they thought their project
would put their families in danger.

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machinehead wrote:

Here's a hypothertical. Assume -- purely for discussion purposes -- that some sort of officially-sponsored, martial-law event is being planned. Several dozen high rankers with top security clearances are involved. Secrecy and surprise are essential.

Is it really likely that one of these insiders would go to Costco, in uniform, conspicuously loading up on survival supplies -- and even gratuitously warning another shopper that 'interesting events are coming'?

If so, this guy should have his security clearance yanked instantly. He is a risk to the project. With advance warning of an event, the appropriate thing for an insider to do would be to lay in supplies in multiple, inconspicuous visits. He, or family members who usually do the shopping, would buy only 'normal' amounts at a time, and pay with cash or different credit cards each time. The objective would be that even if the family were under surveillance, nothing unusual would be detectable. This is basic security consciousness.

Conclusion -- the officer was just acting on his own beliefs or instincts. The key players in super-secret projects are not out survival-shopping at Costco in uniform. In fact, they probably would have guaranteed reservations for themselves and their families in government bunkers. Otherwise, it would difficult to ensure their loyalty, if they thought their project would put their families in danger.

WOW!  Good point and very DEVIL'S ADVOCATE!!  Nice thinking!

Good job!!

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This may be what the officer was on about --

A respected pastor, best-selling author and founder of a major ministry to teens predicts an imminent "earth-shattering calamity" centered in New York
City that will spread to major urban areas across the country and
around the world – part of what he sees as a judgment from God.

David Wilkerson, author of "The Cross and the Switchblade," a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells
readers of his blog this weekend that he is "compelled by the Holy
Spirit to send out an urgent message" about his prediction.


"An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen," he writes.
"It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble – even
the godliest among us."

Wilkerson's vision is of fires raging through New York City.

"It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New
Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience
riots and blazing fires – such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles,
years ago," he explains. "There will be riots and fires in cities
worldwide. There will be looting – including Times Square, New York
City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a
depression. We are under God’s wrath.
In Psalm 11 it is written, "If
the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91097

I'm not competent to comment on religion. But I have observed that
end-time prophecies are highly correlated with economic crises. In 1974
near Mena, Arkansas, a pastor prophesied that the world was going to
end in Feb. 1975. The economy was in deep recession, as it is now. His
congregation sold their homes and gathered at the pastor's house to await the rapture. I
saw nearly two dozen cars parked outside his place on Hwy. 71, on my way home from college
at Christmas break.

The forecast date came and went. Obviously, we are still here.
Someday, the world really will end. This is one of those 'no-win'
forecasts, because if the world burns up, nobody will be around to
give you credit for being right.

Having appreciated this existential asymmetry, Wall Street and your local professional
Realtors always foresee better times and higher prices ahead. As do I,
Lordy; as do I. Gimme a hallelujah, bruthuh Joebaba! Buy now, before prices go up.

 

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The Chinese are buying the homes here, machine.

 

Hablo Mandarin?

 

SG

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rl wrote:

.....He had 4 gallon size jars of pickles, 2, 25 lb bags of rice, stacks of cases of canned things and so on. We kept passing back and forth and picking up same items, having to wait on each other for things, like canned soup and so on. One time I said, "Wow! Are you feeding an army?" He laughed and said some smarty comment back about 'being' the army... you get the picture. It was friendly chatter.

Finally I asked him if he was buying a food supply. He clammed up. I would not have been surprised if he'd given me his name, rank, and serial # and then shut up. He was not acting embarrassed. My son even perceived his resolute lack of response. So I said, "Can I ask you yes or no questions? Are you buying all this food because of the economy?" He said, "No, it's not because of the economy. There are going to be some very interesting events in the next year."

After re-reading the article, I have come to another plausible explanation.

Perhaps his wife is pregnant and wanted pickles and rice????

I think most would agree that the birth of a baby qualifies as an interesting event.

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It was probably the store manager dressed like a military officer pretending to stock up on food all day and acting a bit mysterious to scare customers into buying more food.

Or

In the aluminum foil hat thread (tin foil went out years ago) Lindsey Williams was talking about the coming food shortage so this could also be what it's about.

Or

 A large spaceship of over ten million reptilians are about to land on earth which because of the fact that they eat100 times as much as we do this will cause a food shortage, I found this here,

Greg

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Greg -

My favorite - and the most important part of the You tube clip occurs at 2:26

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Dogs,

 So this is where you get your name....light bulb goes on!  Smile

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