An Experiment in Scotch

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Signs of the Apocalypse

At my pre­vi­ous job, one of my co-workers was kind of a con­spir­acy the­o­rist ala Dale from King of the Hill. He was sure the black heli­copters would be sweep­ing in over the hori­zon any day and he was always ready to repel them for as long as he could. Now, I’m all about self-sufficiency and being pre­pared for all kinds of sce­nar­ios that will prob­a­bly never hap­pen (just ask my wife…on sec­ond thought, nix that). But I always just assumed that guy was crazy.

Then I read sto­ries like this where the S.W.A.T. team was sent in to take an 11-year old child away from a fam­ily for court ordered med­ical treat­ment that ended up being com­pletely unnec­es­sary. Really? A S.W.A.T. team? What the fuck is the mat­ter with our coun­try? This is the log­i­cal con­clu­sion to the ongo­ing mil­i­ta­riza­tion of our police forces. If you give peo­ple in power more power, chances are they will find a rea­son to use it. This is a dis­gust­ing over­reach of power and peo­ple ought to lose their jobs over it.

We live in a coun­try that was sup­pos­edly founded on life, LIBERTY and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness along with a few other use­ful con­cepts (check out the First, Sec­ond and Fourth Amend­ments, specif­i­cally) and hav­ing S.W.A.T. bust into a home to take out an 11-year old child goes against all of that. The ongo­ing nan­ni­fi­ca­tion of our soci­ety as well as the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of our police will even­tu­ally be the down­fall of said soci­ety. That once seemed like so much hyper­bole but the more I read about grossly inap­pro­pri­ate use of S.W.A.T, the more I won­der. Between wrong house raids and idi­otic uses of S.W.A.T, you have to won­der what the state of indi­vid­ual rights is com­ing to in this country.


  1. Wait, we have rights? Why wasn’t I informed???

    Get your .22 shells, 12gauge shells, cig­a­r­rets and liquor ready… 😉

  2. I think that first one is also a reflec­tion of the state of Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices. Being grossly under­staffed, over­stretched and under­funded can lead to ter­ri­ble mis­takes and deci­sions, such as send­ing a SWAT team to save a boy from a bruise or over­look­ing chil­dren stuffed in a closet.

    How­ever, those other two.. hooo boy.

  3. This is the log­i­cal conclusion

    Oh, I think there is a lot of logic to go before we get to where we can even start look­ing for the conclusion.

  4. RB’s sage advice came from the crazy guy at your last job. Bul­lets, booze and tobacco will be as good as gold after Y2K v2.0.

    Speak­ing of police raids, go take a look at

    It’s dis­gust­ing.

  5. Scotch Drinker

    January 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Yeah, I’m not stock­pil­ing any of that yet but if the state of affairs around this coun­try get much worse, I might. I have enough to last me if I had to go to the hills but trad­ing it as cur­rency might be pretty useful. :-)

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