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Animal’s Daily “He’s Back” News

Before I get into today’s topic, be sure to check out the latest of my Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

Former President Trump spoke at CPAC on Sunday.  I listened to part of it, but Stephen Green of Vodkapundit fame listened to it all.  It was a barn-burner.  Excerpt:

Did you watch his keynote speech? Did you at least listen to it?

That was Trump at his best. This wasn’t the angry, flailing Trump we saw belatedly address the nation on January 6. This was the Trump we saw during the GOP convention last summer: Positive, energetic, and showing he’s still just head-over-heels in love with this country.

I was about to call Trump “Reaganesque,” but that’s not quite the right word.

Trump was Trump.

His return to his best form erased all memory of the worst moments from the post-election fiascos and proved the sunny fighter is still there, and still spoiling for a fight.

Trump was Trump…

…and that’s how he makes his comeback.

If you thought the Left went ape-stuff crazy the first time Trump did this, by 2024 the bat-guano is really gonna hit the fan.

It’s important to note that Donald Trump will be 78 in 2024.  That’s the same age President Biden is now.  But Trump still appears to be pretty sharp, whereas President Biden – well, he is becoming a matter of concern more and more each day, with even foreign commentators wondering if he’s lost too much capacity to do the job.

Personally, I don’t think he ever had the capacity to do the job.

The take-away from CPAC is pretty simple:  It’s Trump’s party now, and the 2024 nomination is probably his for the asking, unless he seriously steps on his crank.  If he selects someone like Kristi Noem as a running mate, that, True Believers, would be a really, really interesting campaign.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

And now:  Oh, for the luvva Pete, this is ridiculous.  Now they’re coming after Dr. Seuss.  Excerpt:

Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s author that has taught generations of Americans to love reading at very early ages, has suddenly come under fire for supposedly displaying “racial undertones” and “white supremacy.” A radical education group associated with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a report that declares Dr. Seuss books display troubling signs of “Orientalism” and “anti-blackness.” Now at least one school district, with a board dominated by liberals, has instructed its libraries to remove Dr. Seuss books from its shelves.

The Daily Wire reports:

Learning for Justice — a left-wing educators group — is demanding that Dr. Seuss be canceled. A prominent Virginia school district has taken marching orders and ordered its schools to avoid “connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss.”

Loudoun County Public Schools, one of the nation’s most affluent school districts, announced that it will no longer recognize Dr. Seuss on his birthday. In an announcement obtained by The Daily Wire, the school district said that Dr. Suess’s children’s books contain “racial undertones” that are not suitable for “culturally responsive” learning.

Learning for Justice, formerly known as Teaching Tolerance, is the education arm of the SPLC. It issued a report critical of Dr. Seuss in advance of the national Learn to Read Day, which coincides every year with his birthday on March 2. The group has been at this effort for a while. In a 2019 article,Teaching Tolerance wrote:

Until recently, Read Across America Day was—in everything but title—National Dr. Seuss Day. It’s even celebrated on March 2, his birthday. If you’re like me, you remember teachers wearing the iconic Cat in the Hat top hat/tie combo. You might recall school librarians or administrators dressing up as Thing One and Thing Two or a school lunch when Green Eggs and Ham were served. This is America, and it’s probably not much of a stretch to guess that you probably have a favorite Dr. Seuss book (mine is probably Hop on Pop).

You may have noticed that Read Across America has looked a little different for the last few years. Rather than exclusively celebrate the works of Dr. Seuss, as it had done since 1998, in 2017 the NEA shifted its focus to “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.” They began prominently featuring titles focused on diverse American experiences.

Now this here is some stupid, stupid shit.

Consider the source, though:  The Southern Poverty Law Center, a notorious sack-o-crap whose members shriek “RACIST!” at any statement or output from anyone to the political left of Leon Trotsky.

What’s left when these people are done proscribing anything that might, at some point, ever, given offense to the most hypersensitive among us?  I think the safe and, indeed, prudent answer to that is “nothing.”

When I was in high school, a group of parents was going around trying to get signatures from parents on a petition to have The Grapes of Wrath removed from our school’s curriculum and the school library.  Why?  Because it used naughty words.  John Steinbeck, in the course of writing that book, actually spent time with displaced farmers working as transient labor in California in the 1930s and he represented their language as they actually spoke.

I was always pleased that when they came around to our place and stated their intentions and presented their petition, the Old Man politely and not in so many words, told them to go fuck themselves.

Accuracy and truth are apparently no proof against drawing the ire of the cancel-culture crowd.  As to where this ends, well, Ray Bradbury had an idea.

Rule Five Stumbling Into War Friday

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson wonders if President Biden(‘s handlers) might be about to blunder into another war due to incompetence.  Excerpt:

If, even unwittingly, President Biden projects the image that the Pentagon is more concerned about ferreting out wayward internal enemies than in seeking unity by deterring aggressors, then belligerents such as China, North Korea, and Iran and others will likely—even if falsely and unwisely—wager that the United States will not or cannot react to provocations, as it has done in the past. And accordingly, they will be emboldened to provoke their neighbors with less worry about consequences. 

Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 on the false assumption that Stalin had been too busy purging his military elite, starving his own people, or executing both rivals and friends. He certainly did all that and more. 

Yet despite Soviet cannibalism, nonetheless, Hitler was apparently unaware that the chaotic Russians could still field an army twice the size of his own. Stalin’s tanks and artillery were just as or more deadly than Hitler’s—and soon far more numerous than the assets of Blitzkrieg. A spirited, defiant and, yes, united populace was determined to protect Mother Russia from the invader. The British Empire and America were far more potent allies than Hitler’s Mussolini and Tojo. 

So wars are deterred when all the potential players know the relative strengths of each and the relative willingness to use such power in defense of a nation’s interests. Lack of such knowledge leads to dangerous misjudgments. And war then becomes a grotesque foreordained laboratory experiment to confirm what should have been known in advance.

Wars begin when aggressive powers believe that their targets are weaker, or give the false impression that they are weaker, or at least stay inert in the face of provocation. What were Argentina’s generals or Saddam Hussein thinking when they provoked the United Kingdom or the United States during the Falkland War and First Gulf War? No doubt, they assumed that their more powerful targets were too busy elsewhere, played out, or insufficiently concerned to react. In aggregate, a lot of damage and death followed in those two respective brief wars of 1982 and 1991—and all to prove what should have been obvious.

Read the whole thing, of course.  Dr. Hanson’s insights in this arena, as with so many others, are invaluable.

But as an old soldier myself, I have some insights as well.  The hard truth is that the United States is weaker than it was in 1991, when we fielded the largest expeditionary force the U.S. military had produced since World War II.  A generation of “peace dividends” followed up with even reservists dealing exhaustively with deployment after deployment after deployment in some of the worst shit-holes in the world have brought us to this pass.  Now the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s Top Men seem more concerned to wring their hands about “white supremacists” in the military than they are with making sure that the armed forces are able to carry out their primary purpose – to kill people and break things – or that they are only sent out to do so when there is a vital, compelling national interest in doing so.

We now have soldiers, Marines and airmen in some of the worst places in the world with no clear mission, no exit strategy, and serving no defined national interest.  It’s no wonder the armed forces are having retention problems.  But that’s OK – we can just keep lowering standards for new recruits, right?

Dr. Hanson concludes:

Biden would do better to apprise quietly his friends and enemies of America’s force and determination. He should resist comprehensive deals with China and Iran that have unrealistic chances of success given their agendas. And he could claim Trump’s successes as his own and continue their current trajectories, rather than court favor abroad by distancing himself from a largely successful foreign policy guided by Secretary of State Pompeo. 

Otherwise, the alternatives will become increasingly dangerous.

President Biden(‘s handlers) will, of course, do none of those things.  And yes, they are very likely to blunder into some kind of conflict.  And, yes, young soldiers will pay the price for this administration’s incompetence.

Animal’s Daily Rhino Horn News

Bob didn’t use rhino horn.

John Stossel tells us of his recent conversation with someone concerned with rhinos – the problem is, their policies are actually making things worse.  Excerpt:

Today’s environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.

Like the African rhinoceros.

Poachers kill them to get their horns, which can sell for as much as $300,000. Poachers mostly sell in China and Vietnam, to people who carve them into ornaments or sell them as aphrodisiacs. By the way: The aphrodisiacs don’t work.

When I started Stossel TV, my first video covered one man’s attempt to reduce rhino poaching by flooding the market with fake horns.

Matthew Markus argued that his 3D printed rhino horn would reduce demand for real horns.

“One way to devalue something is to create a lot of it,” he explained. “When things are abundant, people don’t fight, kill or steal.”

True. Bootleggers and Al Capone’s thugs disappeared when America ended Prohibition.

South Africa, home to the largest number of rhinos, once tried something similar. For 20 years, they allowed people to own rhinos and sell their horns. Rhino farmers put the rhinos to sleep with tranquilizer darts, sawed off their horns (the horns grow back) and sold the horn.

Farmers had an incentive to protect rhinos. South Africa’s rhino population quadrupled.

But in 2009, under pressure from “environmental” groups, South Africa banned sales of horn again.

The sad result: Poaching increased sharply. Poachers also killed park rangers who tried to protect rhinos.

An old man who had hunted in Africa several times in the Sixties and Seventies told me once that the safari companies in Botswana and South Africa in those days had a wink-and-nod agreement with the local authorities, namely that poachers would be shot on sight by the professional hunters and left for the hyenas.  One would think that would de-incentivize the poachers, too, but it might also start a shoot-first race these days.

Education would be great – get ignorant assholes to stop thinking that powdered rhino horn would cure boils or make their dicks stay hard longer.  That’s just some stupid, ignorant shit.  But also, why the hell now acknowledge reality and do what’s best for the rhinos, if we really do want to keep them around?  The fake rhino horn seems like a pretty damn good angle on it.  Flood the market with the stuff.  Make the poachers find some other line of work.

Markets work.  They aren’t perfect, but they usually get things right in the long run.  The people concerned with rhinos should take advantage of that, and abandon the stupid RHEEEE CAPITALISM knee-jerk.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Today, first of all, we recognize the passing of a giant:

Rush Limbaugh, 1951 – 2021

RIP, Rush Limbaugh.

Mark Steyn weighs in on Mr. Limbaugh’s passing.

Rush Limbaugh Was My Radio Dad

The most-listened-to host in radio history.

I did listen to Rush some, on and off over the years.  I didn’t always agree with him, but I always found him interesting listening.  He had a way of making you think, even – maybe especially – when you didn’t agree with him.  He also single-handedly invented modern talk radio.

El Rushbo was a titan, and lots of folks will miss him.

Well then…

On To the Links!

Lockdowns today, lockdowns tomorrow, lockdowns forever.

Turns out wind turbines don’t work well during winter weather.

Renewable energy’s biggest failure.  To blame?  Not winter weather or even climate change; no, it was Communism.

I’m liking Lauren Boebert more and more all the time.

Possible Kung Flu herd immunity by April.

Why we can’t make Kung Flu vaccines any faster.

Related:  Kung Flu cases are dropping like rocks.  Good news indeed; from that article:

Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March….

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

Pretty good takedown.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

Rolling Stone‘s Bob Moser is an idiot.

Salon‘s Patricia Roberts-Miller is an idiot.

Paul Krugman continues to beclown himself.  Seriously, I’m constantly having to come up with new ways to deride this asshole, just to avoid repeating myself.

The Atlantic‘s David Graham is an idiot.

Al Franken is an idiot.  But then, everybody already knew that.

Hey!  Where’s my bourbon on the rocks!?

Rep. Ro Khanna (Elitist Prick-CA) is an idiot.

And So:

This seems appropriate after last week’s Arctic cold snap that hit most of the Forty-Eight.  In 1976, America’s Songwriter Bob Dylan was busy proving he could do rock & roll in the Rolling Thunder tour.   And, indeed, how many songwriters can boast of a Nobel Prize for Literature?

In 1976, I was fifteen, and this was right around the time my older brother got me started listening to Dylan.  My brother, being an old hippie, was more into Dylan’s acoustic folk music work, but I always enjoyed his electric rock-band music.  Here’s a good example from a 1976 show in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  This is the rock version of his tune Shelter From the Storm.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Minimum Wage News

Don’t forget to check out my latest over at Glibertarians, especially if you’ve ever thought of taking up trapping.

Now then:  The administration of President Biden(‘s handlers) is looking into a $15 Imperial minimum wage, which is the latest stupid idea to be tacked on to a long list of stupid ideas coming from this administration.  Excerpt:

The minimum wage is the biggest issue the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has lobbied on recently, the group told the Daily Caller News Foundation. After a series of pandemic-related victories on Capitol Hill, capped off by the December stimulus package that included $284.5 billion for small businesses, NFIB decided to lobby Congress to “do no harm.”

“Minimum wage is the biggest issue,” Jeff Brabant, NFIB’s manager of government relations, told the DCNF. “There are other issues further down the pike we’re worried about, but we’re trying to stay focused on minimum wage.”

“If your goal is to shut down independently owned mom and pop shops on Main Street and grow the market share of big-box megastores then I can think of nothing better than passing a federal $15 minimum wage today, because it will devastate small businesses,” Brabant said.

Feature, not bug.

It surely has occurred to these horse’s asses in Washington that a near-doubling of the Imperial minimum wage would have a disparate impact on small businesses, and much less impact on major corporations.  And what do we know about small businesses?  Well, they tend to be run by entrepreneurs, who tend to be independent-minded people who aren’t enamored of being dependent on a bunch of grifters in the Imperial Capitol – or, as in my case, of being the employee of a major corporation.  I did my years as a Faceless Corporate Puke, and I’ve no desire to go back to that.

And if you wanted to hurt small business, you could hardly choose a better single issue with which to do so.

Here’s the onion, though:  More than small business, it will hurt low-income workers.  Why?  Because the actual minimum wage is zero, and pricing relatively unskilled workers out of the market is the primary real effect of a high minimum wage.

Do you want more burger-bots?  Because that’s how you get more burger-bots.  And, more people dependent on government.

Again:  Feature, not bug.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

It seems the notoriously bat-shit crazy Gwyenth Paltrow now has a treatment for “Long COVID,” whatever that is.  Excerpt:

In a recent blog post, Paltrow revealed that she fell ill with COVID-19 “early on” in the pandemic and is now suffering from long COVID. Specifically, she says she has experienced fatigue and brain fog in the aftermath of her infection. That’s very unfortunate, and she has our sincere sympathies. Luckily, though, she seems to be managing her prolonged illness extremely well, staying physically active, social over zoom, focused on improving the look of her skin, and involved in creative business projects.

In fact, she has even found an evidence-free but certainly effective treatment regimen for her long COVID. And she’d just love to tell you about it in a post loaded with products from her lifestyle e-commerce brand Goop and affiliate links.

To help develop the regimen, the actor-turned-peddler of exploding vagina candles consulted with a chiropractor (naturally). The chiropractor, Will Cole, set Paltrow on a part-fasting, part-keto dietary plan that’s somehow “plant-based,” except that it includes “fish and a few other meats.” To complement this “freewheeling” diet, Paltrow also gulps a $102 fist-full of vitamins and supplements, which get washed down with a $60 “detoxifying” powder mixed with water.

Even though Paltrow says that she felt “energized, healthier” before even starting the diet, Cole informed her that based on her “labs” she needs a lot of healing, which will take “longer than usual.” Because, of course, who even needs evidence of benefits in the short term when you can just sign yourself up indefinitely for a pricy, unproven, long-term treatment that will pay off… someday… probably?

I think Gwyneth has been suffering from brain fog for a long, long time, and it’s not because of the Kung Flu.  I’ll grant you that she’s a competent actress and easy on the eyes, but if there was anyone that ever was walking proof that talent and good looks don’t necessarily go hand in hand with brains, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow.

The whole Kung Flu thing has sure generated a surfeit of horseshit, but honestly, Gwyneth Paltrow, she of the exploding vagina candles, sure has a knack for taking horseshit to a whole new level.  What’s sad is that there are actually people that are stupid enough to be taken in by this crap.

Goop, indeed.  The real Goop is between Gwyneth’s ears.

Rule Five Patent Pending Friday

The U.S. Navy, apparently, has patents on some weird shit.  Excerpt:

The U.S. Navy has patents on weird and little understood technology. According to patents filed by the Navy, it is working on a compact fusion reactor that could power cities, an engine that works using “inertial mass reduction,” and a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” Dubbed the “UFO patents, The War Zone has reported that the Navy had to build prototypes of some of the outlandish tech to prove it worked.

Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais is the man behind the patents and The War Zone has proven the man exists, at least on paper. Pais has worked for a number of different departments in the Navy, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR/NAWCAD) and the Strategic Systems Programs. (SSP) The SSP mission, according to its website, is to “provide credible and affordable strategic solutions to the warfighter.” It’s responsible for developing the technology behind the Trident class nuclear missiles launched from Submarines.

The patents all build on each other, but at their core is something Pais called the “Pais Effect.” This is the idea that, “controlled motion of electrically charged matter via accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin subjected to smooth yet rapid acceleration transients, in order to generate extremely high energy/high intensity electromagnetic fields.” 

Essentially, Pais is claiming to use properly spun electromagnetic fields to contain a fusion reaction. That plasma fusion reaction he claims to have invented will revolutionize power consumption. Experts theorize that a functioning fusion reactor would lead to cheap and ubiquitous energy.

One of Pais and the Navy’s patents described what the propulsion system and fusion drive would be used for—a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” According to the patent, the craft could travel land, sea, and outer space at incredible speeds. Other patents invented by Pais and filed by the Navy include a “high temperature superconductor,” a “electromagnetic field generator,” and a “high frequency gravitational wave generator.”

It all sounds like science fiction, and the Navy has been skeptical too. Navy authorities called bullshit on Pais’ inventions and his patents went through a lengthy internal review at NAVAIR. The War Zone obtained emails about the bureaucratic fight between Pais and the Navy through a Freedom of Information Act Request and revealed that the mad scientist won. According to the patents, some of the technology is “operable.” That means the Navy is claiming some of Pais’ wild tech works and has been demonstrated to Navy officials.

Color me skeptical.  This stuff clearly falls into “I’ll believe it when I see it” territory.

Still, though:  Consider what Dr. Pais is calling the “Pais Effect”:

“…the controlled motion of electrically charged matter via accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin subjected to smooth yet rapid acceleration transients, in order to generate extremely high energy/high intensity electromagnetic fields.” 

Author James Blish, for the Cities in Flight stories that were originally published starting in 1956, postulated something called the “Dillon-Wagoner Graviton Polarity Generator” or “spindizzy” as an interstellar drive/artificial gravity/atmosphere screen, that could lift entire cities off of their native planets and allow them to wander the stars.

From the Wikipedia article (I’ve read all of the fictional works in question, and the Wiki article is accurate with respect to Blish’s work):  Blish’s extrapolation was that if rotation combined with mass produces magnetism via gravity, then rotation and magnetism could produce anti-gravity. The field created by a spindizzy is described as altering the magnetic moment of any atom within its influence.

Sounds (very) broadly similar, at least to a non-physicist.  Could this be another case of science fiction foreseeing science fact?