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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sudden Gray Phantoms


“If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, and check for your ID,” police chief Todd Stovall told a December town hall meeting. As if to render the implementation of a visible police state more palatable, Stovall assured residents that police stops would not be based on any profiling: “We’re going to do it to everybody,” he said.

Reminded me of this:

He was within a block of his destination when the lone car turned a corner quite suddenly and flashed a fierce white cone of light upon him. He stood entranced, not unlike a night moth, stunned by the illumination, and then drawn toward it.

A metallic voice called to him: "Stand still. Stay where you are! Don’t move!"

He halted.

"Put up your hands!"


"What are you doing out?"

"Walking," said Leonard Mead.


"Just walking," he said simply, but his face felt cold.

"Walking, just walking, walking?"


"Here." There was a sigh, a pop. The back door of the police car sprangwide. "Get in."

"Wait a minute, I haven't done anything!"

"Get in."


"Where are you taking me?"

The car hesitated, or rather gave a faint whirring click, as if information, somewhere, was dropping card by punch-slotted card under electric eyes.

"To the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies."


The car moved down the empty river-bedstreets and off away, leaving the empty streets withthe empty side-walks, and no sound and no motion all the rest of the chill November night.

I, for one, cannot wait for our dystopian future to manifest itself...


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