Of course, Paul Hay was spoofing right wing paranoia when he wrote in a letter to the CDT the other day that President Barack Obama was firing all generals who disagreed with him so that he could safely put the country under martial law and declare himself Emperor Obama.
Mr. Hay said one thing, though, that to me was no laughing matter. His parody said Obama’s “civilian army” is armed to the teeth and that 73 federal agencies have “armed individuals.”
Our son was one of those guys!
Before he retired, he worked for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 25 years or so as a wetlands biologist in Alaska. Out in the field in Alaska, the biologists are required to carry a .45 caliber pistol in hopes of slowing down grizzlies and black bears, and sometimes a local is hired to stand guard with a rifle.
In fact, our son did have a close call once with a grizzly when working in a wetland near where the Alaska pipeline comes down to the sea outside Valdez. It was a close call because he had forgotten and left the .45 back on the dashboard of the pickup truck.
John N. Rippey