Posted On: Saturday - April 4th 2020 7:01AM MST
In Topics:   US Police State  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
It was eerie driving through town at 5:30 this morning. I'm used to being able to hit mostly green lights when I occasionally need to go this early. However, normally there are still quite a few cars on the road at that hour, not enough to slow me down, but a fair share. Vehicles were sparse this morning. I can't recall if some of the lack of lighting is normal or due to closings of even normally-open gas stations. ("Yes, we are open 24 hours, Sir, but not in a row.")
Speaking of gas, it is as cheap as it's been nominally since a short period after the very large drop in the summer of 2008. In real dollars, it's probably the cheapest since before I was born, with sometime in 1998 being a close second.* With the roads wide open, especially the normally-clogged portions of Interstates that go through or around cites, and this cheap gas, is this not an ideal time for a road trip? Shake those Corona Blues, and hit the open road!
Back to this morning, I had a thought come to me: didn't my wife, and a friend too, say something about a curfew? I would think the hour of 5:30A would be included. It's not like anyone should pay attention to this stuff. In fact, the more people that don't, the better I feel about this country. Better yet, it'd be so great to have a population that would fight a ruling of this sort the legitimate way (I can dream...) As I wrote, the cars were sparse, but I wondered if the cops had thought about stopping people during a possible curfew time. It'd be a good excuse for revenue collection, as they're likely to find a violation somewhere (can't get the registration sticker for one vehicle as the county office is closed - more "working from home").
It'd be some serous Police State stuff though, getting stopped and asked to state your business. I don't think it would go to well either. I've been trying to go along and get along during traffic stops for years and amazingly have had a multi-year streak of not getting pulled over at all. In this case though, I'd have had to bring out my thoughts about this being some Nazi or Commie shit, and "how do you like being part of it?" Oh, and, as a friend who got pulled over the other day (yeah, he laid on the pedal of the Maserati, so 110 in a 60 or something) told the deputy when asked what he was doing, "I'm keeping my social distance". ;-} (Yeah, $350 and 6 points)
I am so blessed to have a phone that doesn't get any amber alerts, red alerts, Deep Purple alerts (latest concert information?), or anything else of the sort. I've tried to keep off the infotainment regarding this Kung Flu, so all I had to go by regarding this possible curfew is what my wife and a friend said. I'm not concerned. "Papers, please?"** "Nigga, puhlease ..."
PS: I checked later at my destination. Yes, there's a curfew through 6 A. It has an exception for those First Responders*** and, more broadly, anyone going to or from work. Does that not eliminate almost everyone now? Who's allowed to go to work?
* That link goes to the 2nd of a 2-part Peak Stupidity post on the history of gasoline prices in America. Here is Part 1. Note that in Peak Stupidity's 2nd part, the graph is in inflation-adjusted dollars.
** Another link bomb here for you - here are 3 posts on the great pundit Vin Suprynowicz and his thoughts on the encroaching Police State: "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" and memories of Mr. Vin Suprynowicz, "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" - Part 2, and "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" - Stories from the real deal.
*** Curmudgeonry regarding the "First Responders" is a series of 5 posts itself, so here: Firemen, Ambulance Drivers, Cops, and 9-11, the phone number