I give you the microcosm:
Helena Arkansas is under a 24hr per day curfew; Mayor James Valley has effectively declared martial law:
Thursday night, 18 to 20 police officers carrying M-16 rifles, shotguns and night-vision scopes patrolled the "curfew zone." They arrested about eight people and confiscated drugs and loaded weapons.
Remember the old jokes about "Stupid signs"? A fella is said to have done something stupid and the comedian hams the line, "Here's your sign!" somewhat akin to the running "You might be a redneck..." gags.
Here's your sign: