Fred on AnarchoTyranny
Jerry Pournelle points to a Fred on Everything column
that describes the descent of the US into anarchotyranny.
Where easily enforceable rules are enforced (searching
granny at the airport because she might be a terrorist),
but real killers are set free or not pursued because of fear
and political correctness. Here's Fred:
“Yahoo News, Fri Apr 29: “CLOVIS, N.M. - A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito. Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High.”
Yeah. The kid, one Michael Morrissey, had made a thirty-inch burrito for some sort of assigned project, presumably of preternatural stupidity and unrelated to the purposes of school. Anyway, jalapeños, tomatoes, things like that. Scary things.
Armed officers on rooftops? Snipers? I imagine the chief talking by radio to a swatted-out rifleman.
Chief: “You see him, sergeant?”
Sniper: “Yessir. He’s got the weapon under his arm. It’s wrapped in newspaper. I got a clear headshot. Do I have a green light?”
Chief: “No, not yet. If he does anything threatening….”
Sniper: “Hold on! Hold on! He’s unwrapping the weapon.”
Chief: “Green light! Take him out!”
Sniper. “Roger that. Wait. He’s eating it….”
If I were a cop, and had to take part in something so clownish, I wouldn’t admit it. Instead I’d tell my wife I’d spent the afternoon in a brothel.