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A Sign

August 20, 2009

This is me (on the left) and my brother Luke (right) getting ready to go hunting this last Fall. We were in the coastal mountains north of the Bay Area, on a piece of BLM land that’s called the Knoxville Tract.

The guy who took this picture was a co-worker who had never hunted before. I’d asked him if he wanted to go hunting with us, and he’d accepted. He was looking forward to the outing, and was only sorry that he was not able to take the mandatory Hunter’s Safety Course to get his hunter safety card, which you need to get a license and tags.
This is the sign that greeted us at the sportsmen’s access gate. The hand is of my co-worker, James, a black man. The sign reads:

“Obama President: No Niggers in office. Get all niggers out of state [sic] of California.”

I asked James if he wanted to go hunting with us this year. He said, “Nah, just take some pictures and show me when you get back.”

  1. David Wheeler-Reed permalink
    August 20, 2009 3:14 pm

    Wow… thanks for sharing this… I’m not surprised…

    BTW Matt though I don’t like guns, that doesn’t extend to those who hunt and do so responsibly like you do…

    Funny thing though… and I’d like your take on this one… I just got a call from the NRA asking me, “Do you think Hillary Clinton and 3rd World Dictators in the UN are trying to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights?”

    Any thoughts on this one?


  2. Matt Talbot permalink*
    August 20, 2009 3:37 pm

    “Do you think Hillary Clinton and 3rd World Dictators in the UN are trying to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights?”

    My thoughts? Make. It. Stop. Stuff like that is one reason I canceled my NRA membership years ago. Yeesh. I imagine the next call will mention black helicopters and the phrase “sap and deplete our precious bodily fluids.”

  3. David Wheeler-Reed permalink
    August 20, 2009 3:52 pm

    Well… what’s also quite confusing is how the NRA thinks the United States will even listen to the UN. If the US didn’t listen to the UN when the UN refused to back Iraq, why would anyone think the US would listen if the UN told the US to get rid of its guns!?!?

    I’m mainly miffed because 2 months ago I asked the NRA to stop calling me. I tried telling them that their excessive calls where a violation of my privacy… but that didn’t work out all that well…



  4. David Wheeler-Reed permalink
    August 20, 2009 6:35 pm

    Gerald: I’m already on that… I’ve even used that line, “Hey… I’m on the Do Not Call list…” I’ve even tried turning them in… doesn’t work… sigh…


  5. August 20, 2009 9:14 pm

    Why does the NRA call you? I’ve never received a call from them. I’d kind of like to get a call from them…

  6. August 20, 2009 9:49 pm


    That’s strange. I haven’t had any trouble with nettlesome calls on my cell for over 15 years. And yes, I had one of those bricks and paid $1.00 per minute on a 50 minute per month contract! Normal conversation: “Hello … yes, i understand … I’ll be there … Later.”

  7. August 20, 2009 10:18 pm

    I would dearly love the NRA to call me…

  8. digbydolben permalink
    August 20, 2009 11:00 pm

    The NRA calls my brother asking for donations because he IS a hunter. He told them he wouldn’t join or give them money any more because of their lies regarding gun ownership in Britain and Europe in general. (He imported six shotguns into the UK while he lived there in the nineties, registered them and used ’em for hunting in Scotland.)

    But they keep calling. So what he does now, when he has the time, is have fun with them. For instance, he whiles away the time in banter by saying, “Well, maybe I’ll join and contribute, if you can tell me how I can get an anti-aircraft gun for my rooftop. I really want one of those…”

    The idiots actually fall for such nonsense.

  9. doug permalink
    August 20, 2009 11:22 pm

    That’s an absolutely horrible sign! But why would anyone put that on a gate to BLM land? That’s just whacked.

    At any rate, I hope you have a successful hunt this year. I doubt I’ll get out at all. In my short hunting career I’ve gotten two rabbits. They were tasty, though.

  10. August 20, 2009 11:29 pm

    digby – I like to screw with callers as well. I once received a call from Motorola. The woman was trying to get me to buy a new cell phone. After she told me about some new phone model, I kept asking her whether their phones had such-and-such a feature, e.g.:

    ME: Nah, I don’t really need a phone that can do that. But you know what I could use is a cell phone that has a built-in electric razor. Do you have any of those lying around?

    HER: Um, no sir, we don’t have any phones like that right now.

    This went on for about 20 minutes and she hung in there and took seriously my every question and comment.

    That is, until I told her that I really would like to support the company she works for because I think it’s really cool that they also make parts for bombs that kill civilian populations.

    HER: Have a nice day, sir. [CLICK]

  11. Gerald A. Naus permalink
    August 21, 2009 6:04 am

    Berating an underpaid woman in some cubicle hell isn’t exactly sticking it to ‘the man’, Michael. If anything, she’ll get brownie points for putting up with you for that long.

  12. doug permalink
    August 21, 2009 8:51 am

    Gerald, as long as no firearms are involved in berating the telemarketer, it’s actually an act of “non-violence” to bring about social change in conformity with Gospel values.

  13. zak permalink
    August 21, 2009 11:00 am

    The people making these calls generally get paid based on productivity, so when you keep them on the line for no reason, you’re probably ensuring they get paid less.

    Non-profit organizations like the NRA (and polling/research firms) are exempt from the Do Not Call registry.

  14. August 21, 2009 11:12 am

    zak – Yes, you’re right. It’s probably my fault.

  15. August 21, 2009 11:53 am


    i don’t mind calls from non-profits, but I don’t get many. Increasingly, I think organizations are moving away from the telephone to the other forms of social communication. I read an article the other day where the author predicted an end to telephone polling because it had become too unreliable.

    I noticed Glenn Beck took a “sudden vacation” for calling the President a “racist.” Advertisers were barraged with warnings from consumers and in about 10 days he lost more than 20 sponsors for his program on FOX.

    Social communication works in many creative ways these days. Another example: Twitter and Iran.

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