WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Deputy Dougs

Let me tell you a little story about life in America, circa 2021.

I get this from a reliable source (NextDoor! 😆): A lady of 67 years was driving through our local canyon on her way home from the nearest town when two men (I’m guessing in a pickup truck) started harassing her and ultimately forced her to pull over. They pinned her car in so she couldn’t get away and informed her that they were making a citizen’s arrest because she’d been driving too slow on the two-lane road.

Obviously the woman was terrified. Two angry men coming out of nowhere and keeping her there against her will until the police arrived. Imagine it. And imagine what these two dudes probably looked like: chunky white guys with greasy-brimmed MAGA hats and Oath Keeper tattoos creeping up their necks. (I embellish for dramatic effect.) What would you do?

When the police arrived, they settled everyone down and told the men they were out of line. But they failed to cite them. In fact, those men had committed a crime, since the much-misunderstood concept of “citizen’s arrest” is supposed to apply only to felonies. Just because you have chronic road rage doesn’t mean you can pull over anybody who’s not bending to your will. And besides—who made you boss of the world?

We’re living in a time when, for a variety of reasons, individuals feel like they need to take it upon themselves to right every wrong. Kyle Rittenhouse didn’t like the sound of a Black Lives Matter protest and thought he’d better get up there to Kenosha with his AR-15 to keep the goddamn peace. And the McMichaels down in Georgia saw a Black man running through their neighborhood and knew he must be up to no good. They grabbed their guns and wound up murdering Ahmaud Arbery, who had done nothing remotely close to committing a felony. They’ll likely be spending the rest of their lives in prison.

What we’re witnessing is a power struggle on a block-by-block level, or worse, an assertion of supremacy. Little Napoleons feel like they’re not being heard, not being respected, and so they’re moved to take matters into their own hands. Like the man asked at a recent MAGA-adjacent event: “When do we get to use the guns?”

It wouldn’t surprise me at all, especially in red states where open-carry is legal, like my native Missouri, if posses of local “protectors” or “guardians” set up road blocks to make sure anyone coming in belongs there. They’ll be decked out in their camo and strap-on Kevlar vests, peering into your car, and asking questions they have no business asking, but what are you gonna do? Get sassy with an armed hothead who more than likely has buds in law enforcement (or is an off-duty cop) and knows from his military experience where to put a kill shot? You won’t be winning that tête-à-tête. (I bring this up because it’s already happened.)

Freedom of movement. Freedom of association. Freedom of thought. So much is at risk when your own neighbors don’t respect the laws that ensure your rights. When bands of self-appointed enforcers interpret the law instead of accountable police officers and judges, we’re headed for big-time trouble.

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31 comments on “Deputy Dougs

  1. thecovidpilot
    December 13, 2021

    “who made you boss of the world?”

    It’s called “citizenship.” It gives us certain rights and responsibilities. Misdemeanors and traffic infractions fall under corporate law. It’s up to corporations to enforce them.

    People undervalue citizenship nowadays. And people do stupid stuff. Like trying to enforce corporate laws. Or trusting what pharma says about its clotshots. Now the FDA is being forced to disclose the Pfizer data. 1223 deaths from the Pfizer clotshot alone. In the FIRST THREE MONTHS. That doesn’t include the deaths from Moderna or J&J clotshots or Pfizer clotshot deaths since March. The FDA is still hiding all that info.

    Reagan told us to trust, but verify. Lefties now seem to be in bed with pharm–“Trust and no verification is needed.” And people are dying and having severe chronic problems from the clotshots. People between 30-50 mostly. Soon it will be young adults and children.

    • kingmidget
      December 13, 2021

      Regarding your first paragraph … ummm, no. Fundamentally untrue.

      • thecovidpilot
        December 13, 2021

        Lefties are weird. They live in Lalaland.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Anybody who thinks that misdeamanors are a part of corporate law and for corporations to enforce isn’t a credible source of facts or opinion.

      • thecovidpilot
        December 13, 2021

        You are obviously ignorant about the law.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Feel free to cite your source for your contention that misdemeanors and traffic infractions are part of corporate law.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Or at least explain your conclusory statement that it is.

      • thecovidpilot
        December 13, 2021

        All corporate entities, including local governments, are incorporated. They are governed by corporate law. Misdemeanors fall under corporate laws of local governments.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Local governments in California are not corporate entities. Besides, most criminal statutes, including traffic infractions and misdemeanors are adopted at the state level, not the local level.

        Hate to break it to you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 13, 2021

        Thanks for setting him straight on the law, Mark. Not that he’ll believe it.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        No he won’t.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Still waiting for a source.

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 13, 2021

        I 86’d him because he was getting nasty. You won’t be hearing from him again, but I’m sure you know: he has no source to offer. 😡

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Did he say anything more today?

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 13, 2021

        Yeah. Crossed a line …

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 13, 2021

      READERS: I almost deleted this comment because it’s so ridiculously off-topic and takes an opportunity to misinform people about the covid vaccines. The writer is a Trump troll who appears now and then to bellow at my lefty leanings. He’s not worth engaging because he’s a disingenuous debater. But I’ve decided to let the comment stand because I think a purpose is served by letting people see the mindset of his cult. Apparently he’s incapable of imagining, say, a couple of antifa foot-soldiers pulling his wife over on the way home from the Piggly Wiggly because one of her taillights is out. Somehow I don’t think he’d cast them as “concerned citizens” trying to make the neighborhood safer. Citizenship is about respecting the law, not attempting to enforce it according to your own interpretation.

      • thecovidpilot
        December 13, 2021

        You are reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible.

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 13, 2021

        READERS: This citation is from a news outlet based in Moscow. Consider the source.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        Talk about somebody has consumed the Koolaid. He/she reminds me of the sovereign citizen whackos who kept sending letters to the office I used to work at. They’ve been fed a line of such insane lies and propaganda and they believe it without thought.

      • Marie A Bailey
        December 13, 2021

        I’m glad you didn’t delete the comments because I actually found the exchanges entertaining … in a sick sort of way. Had to laugh when he/she/it referred to you as “reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible.” Oh, PUL-EEEZE. And then to dump a Russian on your blog … actually that one you might want to delete since it’s hyperlinked.

        These trolls have way too much time on their hands …

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        This is why I get sucked into these exchanges. The entertainment value of demonstrating their “reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible,” as well as wholly inaccurate views and opinions. We’re living in a fact-free zone!!

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 13, 2021

        Who needs facts when you have ivermectin?!

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        I am feeling kinda wormy.

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 13, 2021

        Truth is, I AM reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible. Just not in the way he means it. 😆

      • Marie A Bailey
        December 15, 2021

        🤣

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 13, 2021

      READERS: PolitiFact has examined claims that the vaccines have caused thousands of deaths and has determined these claims to be false. Read the explanations here: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/dec/10/instagram-posts/theres-no-basis-claim-thousands-have-died-covid-19 .

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2021

        A few months ago I saw a couple of claims that the vaccine was causing heart attacks. The number which came from a Tucker Carlson piece was something like 954 – over a six month period. Which comes out to about five per day. Sounds horrible. Until you discover that over 800,000 people in America have a heart attack each and every year – more than 2,000 per day, each and every day. Makes one realize that those five daily heart attacks “caused by the vaccine” are likely just part of the daily number and nothing special.

  2. kingmidget
    December 13, 2021

    67-year-old woman driving too slow. You know what that will lead to? Kids throwing spit wads. And you know what will lead to? Looting and pillaging and plundering and … the dominoes are just starting to fall, Kevin, must stop the slow 67-year-old!!!!

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