Circus Music & Clowns

Circus music along with clowns always made young Gumshoe experience feelings of anxiety deep within the pit of his belly.  A definite queasiness to be sure.  Yuk!

Note:  Don’t get Gumshoe started on his response to The Russian Saber Dance.

Adolescent Gumshoe never knew why.

Even to this present day, old Gumshoe’s belly still has this “anxiety pit” when circus music strikes up and whenever the large pack of clowns exit that teeny-weenie car.  Queasiness alert!  Gumshoe does not trust or like clowns.

But of course, it’s just not the rushed notes that assault Gumshoe’s ears that feed his onslaught of anxiety nor even the pancaked makeup faces of the mob of Clara Bells.  It’s something else entirely folks.

Gumshoe now can answer that unfathomable “Why?” question from his youth.

The real harbinger of this terrible trepidation is the current state of our state.

Abe Lincoln once said that there can never be a right to do wrong.

Gumshoe invites my gentle readers to look around the environment and take stock in “situational awareness”.  You can’t miss it, pilgrims.  Wrongs aplenty abound.  Icebergs ahead!

You will readily observe all of the “wrongs” that are now considered “rights” in our American society.

Bizarro land too be sure! Can you hear the circus music and see the clowns? Can you feel the queasiness in your gut?

On countless past occasions, Gumshoe along with his brother and sister police officers encountered wrongdoers in utter chaotic situations. We collectively “righted” the situation and the wrong-doers through positive police action. We lived up to the old moniker of “peace officers”.  Amen!  Peace restored.

The street warrior term was to “take names and kick ass” with no question asked. Collective society applauded.

Eventually, the Rodney King riots via videotape put an end to the kick ass and take names police philosophy.  Good riddance for sure for some Gumshoe supposes?

The “broken window theory” soon was an adopted police practice that proved to be quite effective and with fewer broken bones and civil lawsuits.  Society once again applauded.

It was not rocket science to arrive at the realization that when you take care of the small stuff you won’t have to worry about taking care of the big stuff.  This is a true life lesson to be practiced.

Well, folks, the small stuff started to be ignored thanks to the videotape of George Floyd and one rouge cop.  Behold the ensued bedlam buckaroos.

Riots and looting, oh my!
Riots and looting, oh my!

“Defund the police!”, was the absurd battle cry of PC political nincompoops accompanied chorus by the Antifa idiots and the Marxist BLM con artists.

Restorative justice via leftest prosecutors makes the criminal the victim.  No bail, cannot fail!

Surprise! Now the big stuff is overwhelming and has permeated our once respected institutions.

The clowns have been in charge (for now) and they are allied with the deep state morons, the corrupted media, the big tech gurus, the progressive CRT educators, the politicized (in)justice department, and the clueless elites dancing to the mind-numbing circus music … and the band plays on!

Has the pit of anxiety developed in your bellies dear readers?

Now since Gumshoe started this missive by quoting from “Honest Abe”, it only seems fitting to end this posting with a quote from Fredrick Douglas:

A man’s rights rest in three boxes:  the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.

Words to ponder my friends.  Maybe some “Pepto Bismol” of a different variety is the remedy?

Always remember to love the ones who love you and to really try to love the ones who don’t.

Coram Deo!

PS:  My Catholic Rosary weapon stands ready to do battle!


Danny Pitocco
Danny Pitocco
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  1. I think the song “Send in the Clowns” is appropriate for your article. Remember when we went to the circus and there was a Ring Master and three rings?

    In Ring #1, We have an administration that talks about the rule of law, ie “No one is above the law” , yet they are so hypocritical when it comes to enforcing the law. The Southern Border is one example. NYC is another example as this morning the shithead that sucker punched the man outside the restaurant and caused very serious injuries (brain bleed, fractured skull, in a coma) had his charges reduced from Attempted Murder(No Bail) to assault, freed without bail and out on the street. A dirt bag that has been arrested 42 times including sexual assault.

    In Ring #2, Our children and grandchildren are being taught in our schools that our country is inherently evil. The Pledge to the flag or prayer in our schools is evil. Not allowed to think for themselves but are indoctrinated to hate this country. Washington and Madison were evil Presidents. Even Abraham Lincoln is denigrated.

    In Ring #3, The Left has stated time and time again that if you are of a certain political party, you are racist, a threat to our democracy, on and on.
    They are against the second amendment but have no problem killing the unborn (out of sight out of mind). The bible is now evil.

    All the while the show is going on the clowns are out there entertaining and sometimes distracting what is going on in the three rings.

    So as we continue with the circus that is going on right now, like all circus events they eventually come to an end when the Ring Master thanks everyone for coming to the show.
    Hopefully this current circus will come to an end when the people of this country go to the polls in November and make their voices heard loud and clear.
    If not then God help us cause we will have no country.
    Semper Fi

    • Spot on my brother in blue! You adeptly described all three rings of this demon-cratic circus Tom. The American people can only tolerate these clowns only for so long until they reach a “tipping point”. God-willing the upcoming midterms will reverse this downward spiral. The 2024 presidential election will ultimately determine our nation’s future. Thanks again Tom for your commentary. Semper Fi and goodnight Chesty wherever you are!

  2. Danny: I understand your point (s). However, having known several circus clowns, I think it is a serious disservice to them to compare our elected and appointed politicians and bureaucrats to them. The real purpose of the circus clown is to make people smile and add a touch of lightness to their lives (though I grant you that intent sometimes goes amiss). Those running our country, at all levels, are a collection of devious, self-serving evil people, of course with a few exceptions. How do we fix it? Prayer doesn’t seem to have worked yet. The ballot box has had only limited success, the jury box has often failed due to some judges and lawyers. That seems to leave the cartridge box as an option. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

    • Good points my friend. I did a disservice to clowns when I compared them with the present crop of misanthropes ruining our country. My concerns are for our grandchildren who will have to inherit this mess. My friend Ronnie Reagan said it best when he opined that our freedom can be lost within the next generation. I pray that God will once again bless and ordain that “city on the hill”. Until then, praise the Lord and “store” the ammunition to paraphrase a WWII ditty. Thanks for keeping me honest Ken.

  3. For those that run our country, or those that seek to serve in various vocations, there are many who hide their defects through false pretense. No one can serve two masters Mathew 6:24, for one will hate one and love the other. You article speaks of the anxiety in the pit of the belly, which needs to be resolved through consequences because of sad choices. Clowns give me a sense of fear in that I have not met one that is faith based, but hide their defects even from themselves. God article dear Gumshoe

    • Thank your dear Nightingale for your pithy comment. You are correct in the points that you made and we both do not tolerate the godless clowns.

  4. Amen Bro! All of our present difficulties, frustrations and obstacles are meant to draw us Christian’s closer to God. His love letter to us (the Bible) is inerrant and true. Interesting times and challenges for all people of faith bro. Thanks for your message!

  5. As a FDFOC (Full Devoted Follower of Christ) I believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. All else is man-based opinion and, as such, can be right or wrong. I believe the God who created the universe is fully capable of preserving His Word down through the centuries and I believe His Word is our human ‘ownership manual’! It teaches us about the nature of God, about salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and a wealth of other life lessons. The Bible is not your typical book – it has the ability to literally transform the way we think and act. As a Christ follower I believe everything in this life – good, bad and all of the in-between stuff, is meant to grow us (Christians) and prepare us for ministry here and now and for what lies beyond this earthly existence. That being said, my prayer (when it comes to politics) is that God would remove people from power who are not there for the good of those they represent and replace them with those who are – my preference, of course, is that they would be replaced by those who believe that this country is, unapologetically, a Christian nation. Good words bro.