Rollin' Like Sisyphus

When The Fix Is In, Get Out

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on April 28, 2015
Hold still.

Hold still.

Compare and contrast:

But when one reporter asked to comment on how Baltimore police responded to the protestors she said she instructed officers to allow protestors to express themselves and that “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”


[M]y greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The two perspectives are more in cahoots than you think.
Now would be a good time to remind y’all, and myself, about certain OPSEC preparations, should you find you and yours in an unexpected riot “mostly peaceful” display of civil rebuke.
1. Carry. While I had typically refrained from bringing along my pistol in the day-to-day commute through areas of Southern California most prone to riots “mostly peaceful” displays of civil rebuke, I’m back at it again. I don’t have a permit for LA county, getting caught carrying can and likely will lead to serious legal consequences, but if a riot “mostly peaceful” display of civil rebuke breaks out with myself in the middle, I’d rather live and sweat the jail time later.
2. Have at least three routes to safety. This requires that you know where you are and the surrounding areas well enough to traverse without having to fumble for turn-by-turn directions on your phone. If at all possible, map each route in a different direction so that you always have options. Stay the fuck away from any business and commercial centers; if you see a Subway, run in the opposite direction. You don’t necessarily have to make it home immediately, just have several possible “safe” options to get out of the flashpoints. Riots “mostly peaceful” displays of civil rebuke tend to concentrate in localized areas, which means you can hopefully flank the perimeter of the riotous mob downtrodden and dispossessed, rebuking the civic order and then hoof it to safety. Be wary of the movements of the riotous mob downtrodden and dispossessed, rebuking the civic order. While they tend to concentrate, they move fast, and what was the perimeter a few minutes ago can quickly become ground zero.
3. If you’re driving, don’t stop. Don’t roll down your windows. Don’t exit the vehicle. Keep the gun easily accessible. Keep moving.
4. Don’t pretend to be a member of the riotous mob downtrodden and dispossessed, rebuking the civic order. You will be beaten, robbed, possibly killed.
5. Avoid travel. If you must traverse an area in or near a riot “mostly peaceful” display of civil rebuke, don’t go alone, don’t go unarmed. And bring more than just a pistol.

All of this is common sense, but worth remembering, at least for myself.
Most of y’all won’t ever have to worry about riots “mostly peaceful” displays of civil rebuke, so rock on.


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  1. El Borak said, on April 30, 2015 at 10:27

    If you’re driving, don’t stop.

    Exactly correct. And keep enough gas in your tank that you won’t have to stop until you arrive somewhere safe. As my old man used to say, it doesn’t cost any more to fill the top half of the tank than it does the bottom.

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