Sure, it doesn’t really make sense, but sometimes….

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

you root for the outlaws.  I was kinda hoping this lot didn’t get caught.  Not even sure why,really….but yes…

Outlaws, I think, hold a fascination especially for Americans.  This crew wasn’t even all that successful at being outlaws- and sure enough, they were-er- not bright enough to use the interstate and go to Colorado, where law men do not fuck around.  I think, for me, maybe cause the oldest (and seemingly most unhinged) of the lot was a female, and they were a family, made them interesting to me  (not to mention the being from FL part).  But yeah, Americans, we have a lot of famous outlaws and people sometimes fancy them more than the police looking for them.  I wonder why that is sometimes.

  1. No, I was totally rooting for them too. When I got home yesterday, maman said, “They caught your friends.” I was like, “Damnit all!” I’m not sure why either, but it may have to do with being outlaws ourselves.

  2. polly says:

    Hi Ren, this is kind ofa slight diversion, but we’ve recently had an outbreak of complete sanctimonious bullshit, sorry rioting, over here (we are assured that it has made worldwide headlines, but I doubt it has quite frankly). And OH THE CRAP that everyone has been coming out with about what is mostly minor criminality has been driving me insane. There have been some serious incidents yes, but there has also been a lot of looting of electrical goods and expensive clothing. Which isn’t good, but you know if it’s from big shops, they’re insured, and they’re already ripping plenty of people off with selling something that was probably manufactured by an exploited third world worker for £2 for £300. But huge swathes of folks, often quite liberal have been denouncing the people who did this as ‘scum’ and ‘feral rats’ no matter how much you point out that they are usually from areas which are disadvantaged hellholes. And no matter how much you point out that the kind of people doing the denouncing probably think it’s ok to fiddle their tax return, or their work expenses, or exaggerate an insurance claim.

    Which is a long winded way of saying yes I often root for the outlaws. Because at least they aren’t full of shit.

  3. polly says:

    Well you can see how UTTERLY TERRIFYING (sarcasm) they were from this footage. Seriously, I was round the corner waiting to get home when this happened and it wasn’t really scary at all.

  4. There is the coolest scene in Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” wherein Kris Kristofferson is startled by his own reflection and thinks its James Coburn.. so he shoots the mirror. I love that, implying that the lawman and the outlaw are really the same; so much so that they thought their own reflection was in fact their nemesis… and maybe it IS. The whole movie was about how alike they were, and how obsessed with each other they were.

    Also love that concept in John Wayne’s THE SEARCHERS (which I blogged about last week) and Clint Eastwood’s “Tightrope”… the good guys get so wrapped up in tracking the bad guys, that you start to wonder which is which. (And maybe the *only* difference is that one is given government license, and the other isn’t?)

    In short, I think people realize on a subconscious level, there is no bright line between the bad and the good and to quote Orwell (Wikipedia says the source of the quote is in question, but it has historically been assigned to him since it sounds like something he would say): “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

    I think on some level, we know ALL the men doing the violence (for and against us), are very similar people, temperamentally.

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