Check your sources

New Jovian Thunderbolt has a bit about overreaching jackbooted feds. Maybe I missed a snark tag…

Talk about overreach:
“During the winter of 1927–28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions at a Massachusetts seaport. The public first learned of it in February, when a vast series of raids and arrests occurred, followed by the deliberate burning and dynamiting—under suitable precautions—of an enormous number of crumbling, worm-eaten, and supposedly empty houses along the abandoned waterfront. Uninquiring souls let this occurrence pass as one of the major clashes in a spasmodic war on liquor.”
Secret prisons, like Gitmo? Destruction of private property without due process? Disappearing US citizens without trial? All for the War on Booze. What bureaucrat from the Coolidge administration could craft such a policy, for the love of King Phillip! Smacks of Waco.

…but being a Lovecraft fan (and for professional reasons having some recent familiarity with his work), I thought that looked awfully… familiar.

Yep. The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

I hope that post was snark. Or he was just trolling to see if people would get worked up over a decades-old piece of fiction.

(Side Note: I also wish bloggers would stop requiring a Google account or OpenID to post comments. I dislike OpenID, and hate Google.)


3 thoughts on “Check your sources

  1. wdg3rd September 14, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    Recognized the source maybe three quarters into the first line. Bought my first anthologies when the label was Beagle.


  2. Bear September 14, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    I recognized Lovecraft, but had to double check which story.

    Oh dear. Over at NJT, a commenter apparently still thinks this was a real report and ‘inspired’ Lovecraft; she missed that it’s a direct quote from HPL.


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