And we’re back!

Ah, Michigan, I almost forgot why I left it. What a conga line of punishment for my error!

It began snowing just as I arrived, requiring a drive home in blizzard conditions. The temperature hit 70 degrees two days later. That same day, the house caught fire. No one was hurt, but the outside of one wall was completely destroyed.

I failed to observe a single day without overhearing at least fifty racial slurs. It was a climate of severe political unrest. Numerous people casually discussed civil war, war against the government or assassinating President Obama.

The chronic shortage of bullets in stores has been laid directly at the feet of the government as a mass conspiracy to keep people from stockpiling ammunition in preparation for the coming battle.

My sleeping patterns have been badly messed up.

Safe to say I’m not doing that again in the near future.

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2 thoughts on “And we’re back!

  1. The chronic shortage of bullets in stores has been laid directly at the feet of the government as a mass conspiracy to keep people from stockpiling ammunition in preparation for the coming battle.

    That is such unbelievable horsecrap. They don’t know jack shyte and, worse, the vendors and manufacturers aren’t correcting their ignorance. The chronic shortage of ammunition all over the country is because paranoid schmoes are buying it all up faster than the manufacturers can restock it, despite the increasing price of ammo. There are/were *lines* at Cabela’s the likes of which you see at Apple Store openings, hours before opening, just so people could buy up what ammo is in stock and feeds their favorite guns: 9mm, .30, .45, 5.56mm, 7.62mm of various flavors…. What’s more unforgivable than the conspiracy theories are the manufacturers and vendors who are letting such talk go on, just to get them to stockpile more ammo when it’s available at a higher price.

    (If any of these vendors and manufacturers were as patriotic as they claim to be, and want nothing more than to arm ad equip patriots against the inevitable government clampdown, they’d be all but *giving*away* ammunition instead of jacking up prices.)

    A long time ago, I heard Thom Hartmann speculate that ideological tension in a society will inevitably (at least under our current paradigm) lead to conflict and violence. I don’t want to believe that’s true, I want to believe that we as rational human beings can make a more perfect Union together, despite disagreements (which the Founding Fathers had. In multitudes.) But if they see it as some Hobbesian “war of all against all” then there’s no impetus to avoid the inevitable bloodshed that is their wet nightmare. I almost want it to just happen so we can get on with things… except it would destroy us as a nation, as a society, and as a people. Maybe peaceful secession would be a better solution. But how to do it, when the *cities* trend left and everywhere else trends right?

    • The thought definitely occurred to me that this is a self-made problem. They hear the DHS is buying bullets, they freak out and buy up everything. The store owners can’t restock everything, so the next group of people freaks out and snaps up everything they can get. The store owners can’t restock everything, so . . . each group of people who arrives during the next effort to restock is convinced that the limited supplies are proof that they need to buy up everything now before it’s no longer available.

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