I realize this story about a Louisiana sheriff using parish resources to start a militia movement to fight "terrorism" is a serious story. "Fighting terrorism" is obviously a code, and these homegrown militia movements are better at encouraging real terrorism. But I couldn't help but laugh my ass off at their training routines.


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I defy you to find anything funnier than a bunch of middle aged rednecks fantasizing about being fighting machines while trying vainly to get their underused legs to rise to the level of their impressive beer guts to weakly kick whatever you call that kick-boxing padding thingie. In their minds, they're Matt Damon playing Jason Bourne, but to the rest of us, they're Homer Simpson with fewer wiles.

What immediately came to mind was watching a bunch of LARPers screw around in the park.

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But really, the comparison is unfair. LARPers are guilty of nothing more than dorkitude. But unlike the rednecks in the first video, they don't actually believe their playtime is real. And they're harmless; they make their weapons out of cardboard, but the rednecks buy real ones that they can actually hurt people with. LARPers fight against imaginary governments, but these guys aren't hiding that they mean that President Obama and his supporters are basically "homegrown terrorism". Rachel Maddow had Frank Schaeffer on, and it was obvious after listening to him why this militia is called "Operation Exodus".

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In sum, the sheriff who started this has cited the book of Exodus as the reason. Of course, the point of the book of Exodus is that the Hebrews chafed under the unjust pharaoh and had to separate from Egypt. Not as subtle as this guy thinks. But again, point LARPers, who at least have the imagination to draw inspiration from a whole host of fantasy materials, instead of just sticking to that one, albeit entertaining, work of fantasy fiction known as the Bible.