Après Moi, La Merde

Our guest columnist is Tim Thomas, who plays a professional sport beloved by Canadians, and who refused to visit the White House with his team yesterday to celebrate winning a trophy named for Lord Stanley of Preston, the 1892 Governor General of Canada.

I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic.

Tim Thomas [Facebook]

On a day for team, Thomas left them shorthanded [Boston Globe]


So would that be Sir Tim Thomas or Lord Tim Thomas or some other titled nobility? Obviously meeting with the much lower-paid hired help is too far beneath his lofty social status. Forgive me for being a latecomer to Downton Abbey. I didn’t anticipate seeing it play out in the NHL.

I honestly wonder what I would think of a similar situation regarding President Bush. Happily, I can just lay on the hockey-baiting and leave it at that.

That “Free Citizen” stuff — isn’t that from the loony bin fringe of the teabaggers (no insult to Canadian money intended).

@Dodgerblue: Libertarian. Although it is hard to tell them apart.

If Tim played a real sport it would involve a ball not a small black muffin, n’est pas?
The goalie obviously has taken one too many pucks to the head, eh?

@Dodgerblue: Also, Rights, Liberty and Property is a very Lockean way to put it. The Founders did some editing on that one, which Mr. Thomas seems to overlook.

ADD: Okay, “property” shows up in the Fifth Amendment. Fair enough.

@nojo: Every now and then, you see a news story where one of these “Free Citizen” guys gets stopped for a traffic violation and informs the cop that, as a Free Citizen, he is not subject to the local traffic laws. He then gets an opportunity to experience cognitive dissonance.

@Dodgerblue: You’re right:

Sovereign Citizen Resists Traffic Stop Arrest As A ‘Free Citizen On A Free Highway’

I think we’ve been underplaying this. Sir Tim is not just a bog-standard Libertarian/Teabagger.

Who gives a shit? No, seriously, why should anybody from Barack Obama to the apolitical guy wearing a Bruins jersey getting shitfaced in a Southie bar give a damn whether one guy opts out of an off-season, non-mandatory photo opportunity?

The columnist chastising Thomas for not being a “team player” looks like an idiot and is only giving him a larger platform for his political views. The only person who should care about Thomas’ statement is his English teacher.

@nojo: I’ve run into these clowns in some of my enforcement cases.

One guy showed me his registered letter sent to the Post Office renouncing his zip code. He then sent us a number of semicoherent screeds about Free Citizenry and the Buck Act.

He ended up in jail.

@Walking Still: One guy showed me his registered letter sent to the Post Office renouncing his zip code.

Please, please, not when I’m sipping coffee. My keyboard isn’t protected against spit takes.

@Walking Still: did he derenounce his zip code after his disability check started showing up too late in the mailbox?

@jwmcsame: While such a result would be fitting, regrettably the Post Office doesn’t actually do anything in response to these requests.

It’s just as well, I needed proper delivery of my return receipted official correspondence.

This guy also staged and videotaped what he called a “reenactment” of an official inspection of his property. I wasn’t there, but I highly doubt that the Fish and Game Warden actually slammed him to the ground and cuffed him as soon as the inspection began.

I saw the video. It was pretty entertaining – a cross between COPS and Wild Kingdom with Ed Wood production values.

@JNOV is like, Peace?: If I can find a copy.

This was from the pre-digital era, so who knows what survives.

@Walking Still: Fish and Game Warden? Was he catching wild fetuses?

@Walking Still: “One guy showed me his registered letter sent to the Post Office renouncing his zip code.”

What nojo said. I just sprayed a mouthful of vodka martini on the couch in trying not to let it hit my new laptop. Mr. SFL has to deal with those people *all* the fucking time at his job, the ones who think we don’t need government scientists when sardines and cats can predict volcanoes and earthquakes, dontcha know… When I worked on the Hill many moons again, we called them “margin writers” – in the pre-Internet days, they’d cut out random articles in the newspaper and write ranting incoherent messages in the margin of the article, and send it in. Since I was the lowly intern opening and sorting the mail, I got to see some crazy shit.

And find that videotape. Even if it’s Betamax. I’m sure Nojo or Silent Creative Partner or somebody has the technology to transfer it to digital.

@JNOV is like, Peace?: This was a dumping-garbage-in-wetlands case. We get all excited about that out here.

@SanFranLefty: I had dinner tonight with my comrade in arms in that case. He says the records did not survive, which is a shame.

@Walking Still: My buddy who was at the DA’s office up in NW New Mexico used to carry around a police report describing the investigation and arrest of a guy for fucking dogs in order to produce an alien hybrid.

@redmanlaw: I’m wondering what special tasks he envisioned would be performed by the alien hybrid.

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