Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Yesterday our good friend and fellow blogger Jillian Becker (I highly recommend her book Hitler’s Children – the Story of the Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang) over at The Atheist Conservative presented a great deconstruction of the meltdown of the legacy media in the Age of Trump.  Excerpt:

The Left has been trying for a long time now to substitute their own version of what is happening in America and the world for what is actually happening. The Democrats, now a far left party, stepped up the attempt when Donald Trump was elected president. They had been so sure they would win the 2016 election that their failure seems to them to be impossible, a terrible mistake of the cosmos, a breakdown of the laws of the universe. They knew that one of their own – the corrupt Hillary Clinton – would be the next president, so their multitude of deceits would continue to be covered up and their devious plots implemented. Oh, what a shock they got when rude Reality brought Donald Trump to power!

They still refuse to accept the fact that Donald Trump is president. Something must be done to rectify the cosmic error. New fictions are required. So wild stories of Trump perfidies spring out of newspapers and TV screens.

But it is insane to believe that a false description of reality can replace the Real.

Reality goes on accruing its consequences, and sooner or later the truth bursts through the lies.

This week the devious plot – involving a total fiction without a trace of a fact to give it any credibility whatsoever – invented to frame President Trump as a traitor selling out his country to Russia, has been burst open.

Anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky, politically, can’t help but to feel a little schadenfreude at the ongoing meltdown of the legacy media.

CNN carelessly published a story about President Trump’s Russia connections!  They breathlessly ran a story based on an anonymous information source.

And it turns out that the whole thing was completely fabricated.

Ms. Becker nails the reason for all this.  It’s also the reason that big swaths of the American Left have been so unglued of late; they went into November 8th confident that their creature, Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, had a lock on the election.  Hell, I figured the same thing myself.

So when the rude, loud, uncouth Donald Trump ended up winning – well, I haven’t seen the Left so unhinged since the contested 2000 election.

Come on, American liberals.  We survived eight years of President Obama.  You’ll survive eight years of President Trump.

Animal’s Daily Immigrant Welfare News

President Trump is on record as proposing a five-year moratorium on welfare benefits for new immigrants to the US.  Excerpt:

President Trump announced Wednesday night that he will soon ask Congress to pass legislation banning immigrants from accessing public assistance within five years of entering the U.S.

“The time has come for new immigration rules that say … those seeking immigration into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” Trump told a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Trump’s proposal would build on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which allows federal authorities to deport immigrants who become public dependents within five years of their arrival. Many of that law’s provisions were rolled back during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, but Trump’s proposal would make more categories of federal benefits off-limits to immigrants.

Here’s the thing on welfare and immigrants:  You can either have a welfare state, or you can have a liberal immigration policy.  You can’t have both.  Unfortunately, both is what we have right now, and while plenty of immigrants come to the U.S. seeking opportunity and work, plenty more come seeking Uncle Sam’s Gravy Train of Free Shit, and that just is not acceptable.

The linked story cites this study by the Center for Immigration Studies, maintaining that 51% of households headed by an immigrant receive some welfare benefits, as opposed to 30% of native households.  That number, if it can be verified, is revealing.  (I did a cursory search but have been unable to find said verification.)  If this is the case, then it seems 51% of immigrant families are on the aforementioned gravy train, at least to some extent.

We aren’t so desperate for more immigrants that we need to offer free handouts to all and sundry.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks again to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

Saturday was an interesting Bay Area day.  Since my own dear Mrs. Animal is here with me for a six-week stint, we decided to go adventuring.  Up north of the bay, across the Golden Gate Bridge, lies Muir Woods National Monument.  We went there Saturday, had a nice long walk followed by lunch up in San Rafael at a wonderful place called Terrapin Crossroads, owned by Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh.  Photos follow.

Rule Five I, Claudius Friday

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson presents an interesting historical comparison to President Trump.  Excerpt:

Claudius was an unusual emperor, the first to be born outside Italy, in Roman Gaul. Under the Augustan Principate, new Caesars—who claimed direct lineage from the “divine” Augustus—were usually rubber-stamped by the toadyish Senate. However, the outsider Claudius (who had no political training and was prevented by his uncle Tiberius from entering the cursus honorum), was brought into power by the Roman Praetorian Guard, who wanted a change from the status quo apparat of the Augustan dynasty.

The Roman aristocracy—most claiming some sort of descent from Julius Caesar and his grandnephew Octavian (Caesar Augustus)—had long written Claudius off as a hopeless dolt. Claudius limped, the result of a childhood disease or genetic impairment. His mother Antonia, ashamed of his habits and appearance, called the youthful Claudius “a monster of man.” He was likely almost deaf and purportedly stuttered.

That lifelong disparagement of his appearance and mannerisms probably saved Claudius’s life in the dynastic struggles during the last years of the Emperor Augustus and the subsequent reigns of the emperors Tiberius and Caligula.

The stereotyped impression of Claudius was that of a simpleton not to be taken seriously—and so no one did. Claudius himself claimed that he feigned acting differently in part so that he would not be targeted by enemies before he assumed power, and to unnerve them afterwards.

Contemporary critics laughed at his apparent lack of eloquence and rhetorical mastery, leading some scholars to conjecture that he may have suffered from Tourette syndrome or a form of autism. The court biographer Suetonius wrote that Claudius “was now careful and shrewd, sometimes hasty and inconsiderate, occasionally silly and like a crazy man.”

Sound familiar?

It is an interesting comparison.  I’ve read a fair amount of Roman history myself, although most of my reading has to do with the Republic, not the Empire, as in prior to the second Roman Civil War.  But I agree that there are parallels between President Trump and Claudius.

Both were/are political outsiders.

Both were/are considered rude and uncouth by the political elites of their times.

Both were/are the subject of relentless attacks by those same political elites.

Of course, there is one major difference; President Trump was elected to office by the citizens according to a republican Constitution in place for nearly two hundred and fifty years.  Claudius was installed in office by the Praetorian Guard, over the objections of the Roman Senate, who were the last badly weakened vestige of the old Republic.

No comparison is perfect.  But this is an interesting one, and it’s important to note the road the Romans went down – and it’s not dissimilar (especially in fiscal matters) than the road the United States is on now.

Animal’s Daily Nork Nutbar News

A few days back, I wondered (and still do) what possesses people like Otto Warnbier to travel to dangerous third world shitholes like North Korea.  Now young Mr. Warnbier has died of whatever the hell the bat-guano crazy Norks did to him.  And now American nutbars on the left are claiming that he died because the Norks denied him his “white privilege.”  What a bag of crap.  Excerpt:

Ebony magazine took things farther, insisting that the takeaway was not about frat-bro privilege but “white privilege.” In a story reprinted from the site Kinfolk Kollective, the author LaSha argued:

I’m willing to bet my last dollar that he was aware of the political climate in that country, but privilege is a hell of a drug. The high of privilege told him that North Korea’s history of making examples out of American citizens who dare challenge their rigid legal system in any way was no match for his alabaster American privilege. When you can watch a white man who entered a theatre and killed a dozen people come out unscathed, you start to believe you’re invincible. When you see a white man taken to Burger King in a bulletproof vest after he killed nine people in a church, you learn that the world will always protect you….

What a mind-blowing moment it must be to realize after 21 years of being pedestaled by the world simply because your DNA coding produced the favorable phenotype that such favor is not absolute. What a bummer to realize that even the State Department with all its influence and power cannot assure your pardon. What a wake-up call it is to realize that your tears are met with indifference.

What a steaming pile Ebony published.

But that’s not really what I wanted to say, not on this occasion of the death of an American at the hands of a ruthless Stalinist regime.  Idiocy of this kind is all too common.  But if I had the chance for a face-to-face with the stunted little gargoyle with bad hair leading North Korea today, here’s what I would love to say to him:

“Fuck you, Kim Jong Dogshit.  Fuck you, your stunted insane father and your stunted insane grandfather.  Fuck all the twisted assholes that keep your fat, bloated, insane ass in power.  The death of one American cannot be repaid by the entire wealth of your whole damned, country, and that’s your fault, yours and your family’s – your fault that your people are eating grass, that your people would risk their lives to flee to China, to Russia, anywhere.”

And then I’d like to kick his teeth in.

I still wonder what possesses someone to go, voluntarily, to a place like North Korea.  But Mr. Warnbier’s death at the hands of these people is an outrage, even if he was ill-advised to go there.  To hell with the Nork regime; to hell with them all.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Thanks again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

Moving along:  some folks aren’t interested, but I find this fascinating; the latest Kepler survey has revealed thousands of possible new exoplanets.  Ten of those may be earth-like.  Excerpt:

This is the most comprehensive and detailed catalog release of candidate exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, from Kepler’s first four years of data. It’s also the final catalog from the spacecraft’s view of the patch of sky in the Cygnus constellation.

With the release of this catalog, derived from data publicly available on the NASA Exoplanet Archive, there are now 4,034 planet candidates identified by Kepler. Of which, 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets. Of roughly 50 near-Earth size habitable zone candidates detected by Kepler, more than 30 have been verified.

Additionally, results using Kepler data suggest two distinct size groupings of small planets. Both results have significant implications for the search for life. The final Kepler catalog will serve as the foundation for more study to determine the prevalence and demographics of planets in the galaxy, while the discovery of the two distinct planetary populations shows that about half the planets we know of in the galaxy either have no surface, or lie beneath a deep, crushing atmosphere – an environment unlikely to host life.

I’d have to add “life as we know it” to that last sentence.  But it’s still amazing.

When astronomers first started looking for exoplanets (planets outside or solar system) nobody knew what to expect.  Nobody knew if planets were common or rare; nobody knew if our life-friendly little solar system was typical or rare.

Now we know that many, many stars have planets.  I suspect it’s only a matter of time before we find a small rocky planet with the spectral lines for oxygen and water coming to us from its atmosphere.  That’s not a sure sign of life, but it’s a pretty decent one.

I hope I’m around when that happens.

Animal’s Daily Free Speech News

The Supreme Court hits one right in the ten ring, with an 8-0 vote no less:  In Major Free Speech Victory, SCOTUS Rules for ‘The Slants’ and Strikes Down Federal Trademark Restriction.  Excerpt:

At issue in Matal v. Tam was a federal law prohibiting the registration of any trademark that may “disparage…or bring…into contemp[t] or disrepute” any “persons, living or dead.” The Patent and Trademark Office cited this provision in 2011 when it refused to register a trademark in the name of The Slants, thereby denying the band the same protections that federal law extends to countless other musical acts. Justice Samuel Alito led the Court in striking down the censorious rule. “We now hold that this provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment,” Alito wrote. “It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

Justice Alito demonstrated little patience for the federal government’s position. The government’s arguments, Alito observed, boiled down to this: “The Government has an interest in preventing speech expressing ideas that offend.” As Alito noted in response, “that idea strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.'”

Now, let’s extend that reasoning on to the various hate-speech proposals and campus speech codes out there.

College campuses (campii?) one must note, are overwhelmingly public-funded institutions, and so must comply with the First Amendment.  One must also note that this principle doesn’t apply on private property.  I’ve been known to tell visitors to the Casa de Animal that there is no First Amendment in my home; say whatever you like, but if you say something I don’t like I have the right to throw you the hell out.

The Imperial government cannot do that.  Trademark law is subject to the First Amendment, but the key component of this ruling is Justice Alito’s statement that “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.”

This is a good ruling.  Hopefully it will be extended in future rulings, as far and as wide as we can make it go.  We all live in a free speech zone.  It’s called the United States of America, and it’s nice to see the Supreme Court remembers that.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks to our blogger pal Doug Hagin over at The Daley Gator for the linkback, and as always to Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links.

A really, really early flight beckons, so just a few random tidbits this morning.

Congressman Steve Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from Critical to Serious.  That’s good news.  Hopefully a full recovery is in the cards.

Two fugitive escaped convicts and murderers have been caught – by an armed citizen.  Not a happy ending; they left two dead peace officers in their wake.  But at least a satisfactory one.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I compares herself to Wonder Woman.  Gag.

Fauxcahontas Warren warns President Trump that “he ain’t seen nasty yet.”  That’s as may be, but thanks to Lieawatha, we’ve sure seen plenty of stupid.

Media Shows Glaring Ignorance on Guns After Alexandria Shooting.  No shit.

Here from the folks at Reason are five cliches used to attack free speech.

Texans can once again legally carry Bowie knives.  Because, Texas.

And on that razor-edged note, we return you to your Monday, already in progress.

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