Even when it provides disquieting confirmation that Something Is Up (don't miss the comments). Given Lawdog's day job, you have to take his thoughts seriously.
Being retired has certain perks, one of them being that I get to do things more on my schedule than I did when I was working. Today I went to the barber shop after lunch for an overdue haircut. Another nice thing about being retired is that I don't have to be as concerned about "Did I get a haircut this month?"
At any rate, there are some folks with jobs that allow them similar scheduling flexibility. One of those groups are those who, like Lawdog, work in law enforcement. There are quite a few that frequent my barber. We've all been getting haircuts together for longer than any of us care to admit and as a result, we talk more freely among ourselves than a given group of customers might, even though we may not see each other for months at a time.
At any rate, there's always a TV on, and while I was there, a news story on the pipeline protesters in North Dakota came on. Silly me was under the impression those idiots had left for warmer climes, but no, some of them were hardy enough, or maybe stupid enough, to brave a North Dakota winter in shanties and tents.
As you may have heard, today was the day North Dakota finally decided the remaining idiots were going to be evicted, forcibly if necessary. Watching this event provoked the predictable sorts of comments from the few of us present this morning. One of the attendees is a serving officer in a local PD.
"Boys, we can laugh now, but this summer, you'd better be ready."
Now there's a conversation starter if there ever was one. Someone asks him what he's talking about. It seems he's thinking along the same lines as some of the things I've posted here about civil unrest/civil war, the same things that Michael Bane has talked about when he's discussed "chumming for monsters" and the same thing Lawdog is talking about.
There are entirely too many people thinking along these lines for me to be all warm and fuzzy. When this many people start drawing the same conclusions from a given data set, it's time to pay attention. We may be in for a long, hot summer that exceeds the ones I remember as a kid in the 60s. Those "Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" may not be so lazy, just hazy with smoke and way too crazy. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.