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A What The Hell political journal ~ Nov. 2, 2016


Yesterday we learned that Trump had a server hooked up to a Russian bank. Nothing to see here, folks.

Last week a jury in Oregon acquitted the Bundy Gang — you remember, those yahoos who took over a bird sanctuary in some kind of sovereign citizen land grab — and now federal employees all over the west are afraid of copycats trying the same thing, guns a’blazin’.

Heck, we freaked out last week when we saw two guys getting out of their truck with rifles at a trail we walk on. They were dressed in camo and looking just like Bundy boys, begrizzled and driving a big camo Scout. Our dog delayed us at the trailhead, long enough for the men to approach and pass us. I tried to look cool and said, “What’re you guys huntin’ today?” Hoping they didn’t say, “Libruls.”


“Deer!” they said. And it seemed odd they could hunt deer in a public park at noon, with hikers and bikers all around. What could possibly go wrong?

Can’t wait for the open-carry era that’s coming, when self-appointed heroes strut around the mall with AR-15s hanging off their shoulders. Who’s going to give them any guff? It’s a power thing. Like the Bundys daring the FBI to shoot ‘em like at Waco. That went so well.

And here where I live, a high number of people are voting for Trump with no conflict in their minds that he’s a pussy grabber and a tax cheat. He wears the uniform of their team, so. Meanwhile they look at my Bernie Sanders cap and go, “Medicare for all. You mean wealth redistribution, right?”

Maybe I do. If they want to seize public lands, maybe it’s okay if I want to spread the wealth around a little more equitably.

But I think what’s really going on is sort of a virtual reality game. Political candidates are like our avatars in a first-person shooter, and we’re working out some of our frustrations and hostilities as we creep through blighted urban blocks with our laser sights trained on the enemy’s heart.

You only have to look at the angry faces at Trump rallies to see that some of us don’t think it’s a game.


15 comments on “A What The Hell political journal ~ Nov. 2, 2016

  1. pinklightsabre
    November 2, 2016

    Ah, that painting. The subtle swoops in lines, maybe not so subtle. I guess he was crossing a bridge with a couple friends that day he was inspired to paint this. Must have been good company, huh? Good for a light.

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 2, 2016

      I can hear his buddies going, “Ed, listen, can we talk about something besides your existential terror for a change?”

      • pinklightsabre
        November 2, 2016

        I know, poseurs.

  2. kingmidget
    November 2, 2016

    The Oregon verdict was a stunner. It’s one that I’ll never understand and the message it sends to the right-wing, militant yahoos …

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 2, 2016

      They must have had a bona fide jury of their peers. I hear the feds still have a crack at them in February, though …

      • kingmidget
        November 2, 2016

        Yes. They still face charges over their earlier standoff at the Bundy ranch.

  3. 1WriteWay
    November 2, 2016

    I was first shocked and then disgusted by the acquittal, especially in comparison to what is happening in North Dakota. Talk about a double-standard. I don’t blame federal workers (especially those at public and wildlife friendly refuges) for feeling nervous. I mean, it was an effing bird sanctuary for goodness sake! And then they (Bundy et al.) that the nerve to say it would be given back to the Native Americans (I forget the tribe) and the Native Americans were like “WTF?”
    (By the way, I just deleted all my extra spaces … I’m trying.)

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 2, 2016

      Yeah, and I hear today that Bundy says, “We’re gawn keep standin’ up.” You do that, pal. You do that.

      Do you miss your spaces? They made your character count artificially large!

      • 1WriteWay
        November 3, 2016

        I haven’t completely exorcised my spaces. A very hard habit to break!

  4. John W. Howell
    November 2, 2016

    Texas has an open carry law and I have yet to see anyone carrying anything. Of course in California, I would be concerned especially anywhere near the Meth cookers. I had to laugh out loud at your description of cool when the Duck Dynasty guys walked by.

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 2, 2016

      Maybe they have ankle holsters …

      Yeah, they were a lot like Duck Dynasty. I felt like Mitt Romney when he went “huntin’ for varmints”!

  5. Woebegone but Hopeful
    November 4, 2016

    Those fellows in Oregon got lucky.
    You can never tell when a government decides “Okkkay, you want to play by the Big Boys ‘n Girls rules…Let’s dance then,”
    Just needs a few officials to be in a collective grim mood.

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 4, 2016

      Sadly, I think Waco has rendered the feds fairly impotent on these matters. That might change, now that they see local juries setting these doofuses free.

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        November 4, 2016

        You can never tell with governments. Folk often think ‘You can’t do that!’
        Reply (unspoken) ‘Wanna bet’
        (I did 40+ years in the UK civil service at very low level, and even at that limited viewpoint it is very salutary what a govt will achieve if it feels like)

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