Monday, February 16, 2009

An Intervention for THE LAW

Whether it was the Buddy Holly-less Crickets, The Clash, or even the Bobby Fuller Four… whole hoards of folks have lined up to take on The Law, only to slink away with their tails between their legs when The Law opened up a can of whoop ass on them.

The Law's reputation as an undefeated badass was fairly well established, until Judas Priest started bragging. I cannot help but feel that singular act started the downward spiral that we have seen in The Law.

I think Judas Priest's "Breakin the Law" planted a seed that has manifested itself into self-doubt that has all but crippled The Law.

Recently I ran into The Law and found the carefree character committed to justice that we all knew from our youth was now just a broken down neurotic hermit obsessed with his arms.

Years ago it was recognized that The Law had arms of unequal length. However, it was understood that the Long Arm of the Law was sort of an overly powerful, bionic arm, as opposed to being a case of the short arm being a handicap. Yet the last time I saw The Law, it was favoring the short arm like a useless, little, floppy appendage. To those who hadn't seen the law in its more vigorous, youthful days, they would have thought the short arm was the remains of a non-viable parasitic twin.

I realize now I should have intervened at that moment, but I didn't think it was my place.

I wish now I had confronted The Law. Had I done that, here is what I would have said:

"Stop it. Stop it right now. I'm getting really sick of your complaining about your short arm. You have a fully functioning arm that is just slightly shorter than your long arm, yet you are going around like some kind of freak. It's not like you're a T-Rex, for crying out loud. Is that what you want? You want to be treated like a Tyrannosaurus Rex… like both arms are so short you can't brush your teeth or scratch your ass? You need to snap out of this victim mentality. You are STILL The Law. Don't you remember when you fought Bobby Fuller and his band of street toughs? You not only won; you kicked their butts. So Judas Priest broke you??? So what??? You gotta get back up, fella. If you don't start taking care of yourself, you are going to end up rotting away. I didn't want to tell you this, but your Uncle Torah was having identity problems, and Exodus told me that he heard Leviticus and Deuteronomy were talking of seceding. You know if they go, anarchy will start to reign. Why it wouldn't be long before the second and third parts will leave your cousin Thermodynamics, too. Then, once they're gone, everyone will start to question all of the Newtonian family of laws.

You have to be the stop gap. You're The Law!!!!!!!!

Listen, Buddy, you've been through too much to give up now. Think back to your days sitting there on Capitol Hill. Remember when you were just a Bill? Back then, you didn't care about arm length, and you weren't worried about being broken by Judas Priest. Back then you were ready to do whatever you had to do to climb above being just a Bill and to rise above all of the unproven theorems and the sea of postulates.

You're still The Law, and we need you, Buddy. Without you, we wouldn't have Kinematics, Physics, or a host of restrictions as to where and when we can buy alcohol.

Here's what you do…

Put together a Rube Goldberg weight lifting machine in the cab of your big rig, and start flexing that long arm the way Sylvester Stallone did in "Over The Top." You can come back even stronger than you were before. In fact, you should do that.

Start pumping iron now, and do not stop until you are stronger than you ever were. For only when you are an overbearing, omnipotent, oppressive force like your cousin Sharia, can free men everywhere get back to being the mindless hamsters that Big Brother wants them to be.

We need you, Law…for only you have the power to overextend yourself and impose your will on man in a way that cripples creativity, compassion, and free thinking.


ges695 said...

What the hell????

Jeff Skiver said...

Well, Pops, here is the story...

Two weeks ago the phrase "Long Arm of the Law" popped into my head and I figured there had to be a bit there. (At least a couple of one liners.) But I never did anything with it; things have been REALLY busy for me lately.

Then, yesterday, on the same day that Muzzammil Hassan is charged with beheading his wife in New York because she had the audacity to file for divorce, Pakistan announced it will impose Sharia law in some of northwest territories.

So despite my not having made an update in two weeks...this was just too much for me to pass up.

Admittedly, there were quite a few references that you probably wouldn't have known, given you never really followed Judas Priest (or Beavis and Butthead, either).

Sorry for any confusion.

Technically, as my father... under Sharia law you are allowed to have me publically stoned for writing this.

Jeff Skiver said...


I forgot to ask....

Did you like the original artwork I included with this piece?

That is a Skiver original.

However, the eyes on "The Law" are straight off of Snoopy.

Under Sharia Law, the descendents of Charles Schulz could have my hand cut off.

JasonB said...

At first, I felt inadequate for not really understanding the point of this post. But now that I see your own father didn't get it either, I'm feeling a little better.

Jeff Skiver said...

Wow... you guys act like you have never read a cynical, libertarian rant on a woodworking blog before.

Ya know... by law, in some areas of the world I could pluck out your eyes for that.

jasonb said...

Well, after your reminder about Pakistan enforcing Sharia Law, your post makes sense. I just didn't make that connection without your help.

As for the eye plucking, I am not concerned... I follow "Norm's Law" and always wear my safety glasses.

Anonymous said...

Good old Hassan. To think he founded a TV station to "portray Muslims in a more positive light."

And, here we go. (I apologize in advance, but I just can't get these out of my head any other way. Rim shot after each, please.)

I see he headed off to the Law station as soon as his wife lost her head.

I've heard of divorce costing an arm and a leg, but...

That's one way to make a headline.
"Heads or tails?" he asked.

And, "I was just trying to keep ahead." Or, maybe she should have planned ahead?

He hit it right on the head.

The marriage was just too much overhead.

He was not level-headed when he did this.

Is this what she gets for sticking her neck out?

Maybe she should have buried her head in the sand?

The story of Hassan - from Wedding to Beheading - this Thursday on A&E.