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Here’s the score:

  • We’re now in Month 6 of “Two weeks to flatten the curve.”
  • Our governor acts like a king, dictating to us what we can do, how many we can do it with, and what we should wear.
  • Businesses have died (including mine).
  • The RULES keep changing.
  • We engage in Safety Theater by wearing masks in public even though their effectiveness is in dispute.
  • A black man died from an overdose in Minnesota which started a wave of protests that quickly turned into riots across the country.
  • In Portland, the government has let rioters do their thing every night for three months.
  • Police across the country have been muzzled and prevented from doing their jobs.
  • Now the election season has started in earnest.
  • Everyone is on edge.

In 2016, I killed this blog because things were getting completely nuts and I had clients to keep happy. Now I have no clients, so I can, in theory, say whatever the hell I want.

I’m trying to maintain a positive outlook. Even though I clearly have unpopular opinions which I frequently share, I try to avoid the flame wars that usually follow.

But sometimes, it’s fun to light the match to see what happens.

A few weeks back, I shared on this blog the following chart I created (based on Larry Correia blog post).

political strategies graphic

I got the feeling that post didn’t get much attention, and I really liked that chart. So I posted it to Facebook without comment. I wanted to see who’s fire it lit.

I had a pretty good idea who that would be.

Sure enough, my intended target, the communist living in Vietnam mentioned in the former post was almost immediately triggered. He fired back:

“Have you ever lived in a ‘communist’ country? Because your direct relative has for 7 years. We are safe and we are working. Because we give a shit about each other. Because the government cares more about saving lives than your bullshit ‘freedom.’ What, exactly, are you ‘free’ to do that I am not. [sic]”

I replied, “I can buy a gun.”

I’m still waiting for his snappy comeback. It’s been two weeks. Perhaps it’s not coming.

Also, I must note that he is given to exaggeration. He refers to himself as my “direct relative”. In truth he is the son from a previous marriage of the man currently married to my wife’s cousin. If I were to diagram my family tree, he would be the thistle growing near the trunk that I’d pull out and burn.

About the Author


Topdog is the online persona of Steve Merryman, a semi-retired graphic designer, illustrator, and winner of over ninety regional and national awards. Living in the woods just west of Idaho (USA), Steve keeps busy on projects that interest him (tell him about yours – he might take it on!). Steve spends his spare time painting; writing; chopping firewood; shooting guns; hiking with his dogs; savoring the occasional beer; searching for the perfect cheeseburger; and wondering where he left his pants.

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