Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we’ll have a placeholder post.  Regular posts will resume as usual for Rule Five Friday.

Short post today, as family pre-Thanksgiving activities beckon, but here’s a happy ending for you.  Excerpt:

Tan Ho, the owner of Spokane’s Hai’s Mini Mart, told KXLY he stays ready to defend himself, keeping both a handgun and a machete at close reach under the counter.

Ho, who told reporters he had previous experience scaring off an armed robber about a year ago, refused to be a victim when confronted last Tuesday at the shop when facing off with a man holding a knife and demanding money.

“I pulled out my gun — like this — and I pointed it right at him, and he ran,” said Ho. When prompted, he showed off his handgun, which looks to be an IWI Jericho 941 that he keeps in a leather thumb break holster attached to the counter.

There’s video:

I love a happy ending.  Happy Thanksgiving, True Believers!  We’ll catch you all on Friday.

Animal’s Daily Ironic News

Irony, thy name is Tijuana.  Excerpt:

In blunt contrast to the warm reception thousands of migrants received as they made the arduous journey through Central America to Mexico – getting food donations and well wishes from locals – the nearly 3,000 people who reached the Mexican border with California in recent days have been met with marked hostility.

The majority of migrants, who have been on foot for more than a month, are sleeping on a dirt baseball field at an outdoor sports complex in Tijuana by the newly-fortified barbed wire fence that separates Mexico from the United States. A truck parked on the street is providing showers for women, while the men are told to use newly established outdoor showers near the field.

Reports of insults being shouted, rocks being hurled and even physical fist-fighting has escalated over the weekend.

The reception has left many in limbo – afraid to return to their homeland, which for the vast majority is Honduras, yet unwelcome in Mexico and uncertain if their U.S. asylum requests will be granted. The U.S is said to be processing around 100 claims per day.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has referred to the arrivals as “bums” and questioned whether a referendum in the city of 1.6 million is needed to determine whether or not they should be allowed to stay.

“Human rights should be reserved for righteous humans,” Gastelum lamented last week.

How do you say schadenfreude in Spanish?

Here’s what the article linked above misses.  When they make this statement:  In blunt contrast to the warm reception thousands of migrants received as they made the arduous journey through Central America to Mexico – getting food donations and well wishes from locals

Those people didn’t necessarily get a “warm welcome” from those mostly impoverished locals.  They got a “keep on moving” from those locals.  I suspect the predominant attitude was feed them, find them a ride, and move them along.

In any case, the blanket offer of asylum from the Mexican government has invalidated any claim any of these people have on the United States.  They fled their home countries – while waving the flags of those countries – to demand accommodation in the United States.  But now they are running into a border fortified with concertina wire (and trust me, that stuff is no fun) and an administration determined to make them follow American law for entry or go home.

But the Mexican response in Tijuana – that’s a game-changer.  Now the “asylum-seekers” are camping in their neighborhoods, and wandering around their neighborhoods.  It’s going to be very, very interesting to see how this unfolds.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Moving along:  I’ve often thought that there are certain levels of stupid that should be physically painful.  Here’s one.  Excerpts, with my comments:

Rick Hummer, an emcee at a flat Earth conference in Denver, looked into a sea of people and asked them to repeat three words.

“I’m not ashamed,” Hummer said.

The crowd eagerly responded.

“I’m not ashamed of ridicule,” they chanted. “I’m not ashamed of mockery. I’m not ashamed of insults.”

They should be ashamed.  They should be embarrassed.  I’m sure their families are.

After Hummell led his call-and-response, he introduced Rob Skiba. A popular YouTube character in the flat Earth community, Skiba pulled up a PowerPoint called “Debunking Flat Earth 101.” Then he whipped out a white lab coat.

“I have no academic credentials,” he said. “But I do have a cloak of credibility.”

If you didn’t burst out laughing after reading that, you have more self-control than I.

Charles Whitehead, who traveled from New Jersey, thought the theory was ridiculous when he heard it in 2016.

Then he listened to the rapper Bobby Ray Simmons – aka B.o.B. – talk about it. Whitehead watched some videos and realized he couldn’t prove the rapper wrong.

If you’re taking the world of a marginally literate fuckhead who calls himself a “rapper” on cosmology, then you really, seriously need to take a long, hard look at your life.

In all honesty, how can nitwittery of this sort even survive today?  People have known about the Earth being a sphere (well, actually, an oblate spheroid) for about five thousand years now.

I know I’ve harped on this particular stupidity before, and probably will again.  But this took place in my own Colorado, not very far from the Casa de Animal.   That brings a big group of idiots far too close for comfort.

Rule Five Three-Time Loser Friday

A long-time adviser to Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, said earlier this week that Her Imperial Highness will run for President again in 2020 – and that she’ll lose again.  Figures.  Excerpt:

Mark Penn, a top Democratic pollster and senior adviser to the Clintons and Andrew Stein, a Democrat who endorsed Trump in 2016, detailed why they think Lady Macbeth is ready for another go at the White House (via WSJ):  (Note:  The WSJ piece is paywalled.)

Expect Hillary 4.0 to come out swinging. She has decisively to win those Iowa caucus-goers who have never warmed up to her. They will see her now as strong, partisan, left-leaning and all-Democrat—the one with the guts, experience and steely-eyed determination to defeat Mr. Trump. She has had two years to go over what she did wrong and how to take him on again.

Richard Nixon came back from his loss to John F. Kennedy in 1960 and won the presidency in 1968. He will be the model for winning again. Mrs. Clinton won’t travel the country in a van with Huma Abedin this time, doing small events and retail politics. Instead she will enter through the front door, mobilizing the army of professional women behind her, leveraging her social networks, and raking in donations. She will hope to emerge as an unstoppable force to undo Mr. Trump, running on the #MeToo movement, universal health care and gun control. Proud and independent, this time she will sideline Bill and Mr. Obama, limiting their role to fundraising.

The generation of Democrats who have been waiting to take over the party from the Clintons will be fuming that she is back and stealing their show. But they revealed themselves to be bungling amateurs in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight, with their laughable Spartacus moments. She will trounce them. Just as Mr. Trump cleared the field, Mrs. Clinton will take down rising Democratic stars like bowling pins. Mike Bloomberg will support her rather than run, and Joe Biden will never be able to take her on.

Don’t pay much attention to the “I won’t run” declarations. Mrs. Clinton knows both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama declared they weren’t running, until they ran. She may even skip Iowa and enter the race later, but rest assured that, one way or another, Hillary 4.0 is on the way.

President Trump is no doubt salivating at the very idea.

The Democrats, if they have a single brain cell among them, must already be figuring out who in their party is going to bell the cat and tell Her Imperial Majesty to shut up and go home.  All they need in the 2020 election is Her Royal Highness cackling, shambling, stumbling, hectoring, being carried up stairs and fainting through another election.  Her 2016 campaign was a weird, surreal combination of Weekend at Bernie’s, Sally from Mystery Men and The Devil Wears Prada.

Her Imperial Majesty never had the campaign skills her husband wielded so effortlessly.  While it would be roundly amusing to see her bumble another Presidential run, the Democrats won’t allow it.  Their bench is pretty thin for 2020, but let’s be honest; of a list of bad candidates, she’s the worst.

It’s way past time the Dowager Empress retired.

Animal’s Daily Single-Payer News

Hello, Nurse!

National treasure John Stossel has weighed in on the single-payer health care issue, and as always, it’s worth the read.  Excerpt:

America needs single-payer health care, say progressives. That’s a system where government pays doctors and hospitals, and no sick person has to worry about having enough money to pay for care. After all, they say, “Health care is a “right!”

“Who pays for it?” asks Chris Pope, “And that’s really not a rights question.”

Pope studies health care systems for the Manhattan Institute. In my newest video, Pope explains that although many Americans think that Canada and most of Europe have single-payer systems, that’s not really true.

“In Germany, employers provide most of the health care … just as they do in the United States,” he says. France and Switzerland also offer multiple options, public and private, and most people buy private health insurance. Some of the Swiss government subsidies are similar to those of Obamacare.

But Canada, England, Norway, Cuba and a few other countries do have genuine single-payer. I’m constantly told that it works well — people get good care and never have to worry about a bill. They spend less on health care and live longer.

Pope says that claim is naive.

Yes, the claim is naive, yes, Pope and Stossel debunk it; but what isn’t mentioned here is the moral issue.  Namely – how is another person’s health care my responsibility?  Stossel discusses a few ways to improve the funding of health care, and let’s be clear about one thing, the issue with health care in the United States today isn’t how we deliver care, it’s how we pay for care.

But what he doesn’t discuss is why the government should pay for health care.  Something can’t be a “right” if your exercising of that “right” requires that the government, through the use of force, to confiscate a portion of your wealth/property to pay for it.  (And yes, the use of force; try not paying your taxes and see how long it takes them to send men with guns out looking for you.)

In other words, your exercising of a “right” that you can’t afford on your own requires me to labor on your behalf.  I have no choice in this equation; for that portion of the year I am simply required to labor on your behalf, with no recompense for me.

There’s a word for that.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Thanks to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the link!

In our ever-increasingly technological age, want to know what’s coming next?  Smart toilets.  Yes, really.  Excerpt:

AI that screens out spam and recognizes your mom’s face is so 2017. Get ready for smart toilets that’ll scan your poop using artificial intelligence to save you a trip to the doctor.

That’s what Sanjay Mehrotra, chief executive of memory chipmaker Micron Technology, expects as AI spreads to yet another corner of our lives.

“Medicine is going toward precision medicine and precision health,” Mehrotra said at the Techonomy 2018 conference in Half Moon Bay on the Pacific coastline south of San Francisco. “Imagine smart toilets in the future that will be analyzing human waste in real time every day. You don’t need to be going to visit a physician every six months. If any sign of disease starts showing up, you’ll be able to catch it much faster because of urine analysis and stool analysis.”

OK, I have a question:  How long do you suppose it will be before some statist fuckwit gets the bright idea to propose that all smart-toilets be networked into a monitoring system?  Say you don’t eat enough fiber one week, or the potty informs Nanny that you binged on an entire gallon of ice cream last Friday night.  What then?  Will the health police start monitoring your output, the better to control your intake?

Well, that’s probably pretty unlikely.  But this really seems like a solution in search of a problem.  Instead of messing with smart toilets, how about just lifting the damn one-gallon flush regulation so we can get a loo that will actually flush with some force?  Back in the day we had toilets that would flush a cinder block.  Those damn things flushed with some force.

Ah, those were the days.

Animal’s Daily Fallen Legends News

Sad news today, as we wish a fond farewell to comics maven Stan Lee.  It’s not often you can say of a man that he literally created a whole world, but Stan Lee and Marvel Comics certainly did that.  Excerpt:

In the late ’50s, DC started reimagining its heroes — kicking off what comics historians call the “Silver Age” of the business — but those figures were still, largely, otherworldly and two-dimensional, living in made-up places such as Metropolis and Gotham City.

In the early ’60s, Lee was asked to come up with a team of superheroes to compete against DC’s Justice League. With the notable help of artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he helped instigate a revolution, though Lee didn’t see it that way at the time.

“If my publisher hadn’t said ‘let’s do superhero stories,’ I’d probably still be doing ‘A Kid Called Outlaw,’ ‘The Two-Gun Kid’ or ‘Millie the Model’ or whatever I was doing at the time,” he told CNN in 2013.

Marvel revitalized the comics business with a series of flawed, more human superheroes. Its figures lived in the real world — a few were based in New York City, with all its dirt and clamor — and struggled with everyday challenges, whether it was paying the rent or wondering about their purposes in life.

First came the Fantastic Four, a superhero team probably most famous for the grumpy, rock-skinned Thing. Following that success Lee and Marvel introduced such characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and Daredevil.

So long, Stan.

As a kid I spent many a happy hour poring over the adventures of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America and the Avengers.  And every month there was a bonus, as Stan the Man always penned his regular column, Stan’s Soapbox, printed in the back of each comic.  There Stan passed on Marvel news, anecdotes and pithy bits of his own brand of wisdom.  In fact, the term I often use to refer to you readers, “True Believers,” is cribbed from Stan’s Soapbox.

Later, with the advent of Marvel movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he became famous for the “Staneo,” appearing in every Marvel movie, even if just for a moment.

He was a piece of our youth, and he’ll be missed.  Excelsior, Mr. Lee!  Excelsior!

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links, and a warm welcome back to the blogosphere to our good friend Wombat-socho, who compiles those links over at The Other McCain.  Glad to see you back in action!

Here are a few odds and ends for this Monday morning.

“Democratic Socialist” darling of the Left Ocasio-Cortez bemoans the high cost of living in the Imperial City.  It’s important to note that some of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. are those right around the Imperial City, which makes one wonder how the hell there is so much money to be made in government?  Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, whatever her bleatings about “income equality,” will almost certainly follow the pattern by which Imperial representatives (of both parties, let’s be honest) leave government service inexplicably wealthier than they came into it.

Grandpa Clark, 1917

Our good friend Jillian Becker has a great piece on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, and how that event formed the roots of Europe’s ongoing suicide.  Go have a read.  I greeted the anniversary of that Armistice with some reflection, as my paternal grandfather was a WW1 veteran.  Grandpa would be 124 were he alive today.

Armistice Day is now of course Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., where we honor not just WW1 veterans but all who have worn Uncle Sam’s colors.  And that’s a good thing to take notice of.  Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt., veterans ourselves, observed Veteran’s Day with a quiet day in our temporary New Jersey (ugh) digs.

Meanwhile, Florida continues to lead the charge into a banana republic electoral system, with Georgia hot on their heels.  Comedy, tragedy or farce?  There are elements of all three in this fiasco.  Now the various Republicans are shouting about election fraud, probably not without reason, but you know what?  These people pull this kind of shit because they keep getting away with it.  A few prosecutions and prison terms would greatly cut down on the shenanigans.  Want a likely candidate, pour encourager les autres?  Look at Broward County.

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

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