You guys will remember my post the other night featuring the shot across the bow issued to the Shasta County, California board of supervisors by a fed-up local business owner. Well, Gerard ran across a more complete transcript of this fine American’s stirring warning, plus video. I consider the unexpurgated version well worth putting up.
I wasn’t gonna speak but I was asked to speak here. Sheriff, good to see you. I’m telling you guys, I’m pretty appalled with what’s going on. At first we sat as concerned citizens, we all wanted to figure out how to navigate our way through this whole Covid thing. And as we realized that it’s not quite as dangerous as we thought it’d be, I was absolutely appalled at the cowardice. You’re just sitting there with your masks on. I don’t blame you for wearing masks because I’d be hiding my face too if I were you, for what you’re doing. It’s absolutely horrendous what you’re doing to these people. I’m a business owner and I’m telling you, our families are starving. You guys can sit here with your jobs, you can sit here and you’re getting paid, you can fall asleep in your chair like that gentleman’s doing behind his mask right there. And I’m telling you right now, that right now we’re being peaceful. And you better be happy that we’re good citizens, that we’re peaceful citizens.
But it’s not gonna be peaceful much longer. This isn’t a threat, I am not a criminal, I’ve never been a criminal, but I’m telling you: good citizens are gonna turn into real concerned and revolutionary citizens real soon. And nobody else is gonna say that. I’m probably the only person that has the balls to say what I’m saying right now. That we’re building, we’re organizing, and we’ll work with law enforcement or without law enforcement. But you won’t stop us when time comes because our families are starving.
And if you don’t hear the seriousness in my voice, I hope you open your ears. You absolutely listen to what I’m saying. Because this is a warning. For what’s coming. It’s not gonna be peaceful much longer. It’s not gonna be “rah-rahs,” it’s not gonna be speeches, it’s not gonna be gathering outside saying the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s not gonna be waving flags. It’s gonna be real.
When you’ve seen the things that I’ve seen — I went to war for this country. I’ve seen the ugliest, dirtiest part of humanity. I’ve been in combat. And I never wanna go back again. But I’m telling you what, I will to save this country. If it has to be against our own citizens, it will happen. And there’s a million people like me. And you won’t stop us.
Open the county. Let our citizens do what they need to do. Let owners of businesses do what they need to do to feed their families. Take the masks off. Quit masking and muzzling your children. The psychological damage you’re doing to them is horrible. I’ve had six friends kill themselves since it’s happened. Veterans who lost their jobs. How do you feel about being complicit in perpetuating that. The greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people. And you’re part of it while you wear your masks. In Shasta County, we’re supposed to be Red country up here. Not Blue country, we’re Red country up here.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
There’s no shortage of western themes movies to talk about, so for now, let’s stick with westerns.
In the comments last time, there was a mention of older, classic, westerns, as compared to the more modern offerings. Where’s the line? Is it when they went to color film? Is it the move away from having having a clear hero? I think of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns as the dividing line, but I can’t exactly say why. Where would you draw the line? And what are your favorite classics?
Let’s pick another one I’ve always liked and I think stands the test of time. The Outlaw Josey Wales. It’s the tale of a man who sees his world destroyed and the quest it takes him on. There’s a lot of interesting things about this movie but one of the best is the portrayal of Native Americans. Chief Dan George plays his role with some self depreciating humor. Geraldine Keams is more silent and is no nonsense throughout. The best of the featured native actors is Will Samson who plays the character 10 Bears.
This isn’t a clip from the movie, it’s a series of interviews and a bit of a documentary about the making of the movie. It captures the story in a way that makes me want to watch the movie again.
(yes, among my best westerns ever list….)