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Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Image from her web site.

Moving on:  Here in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District we’re represented by a Democrat, Jason Crow, which means folks like Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. have little or no representation on issues that we feel strongly about – and, to be fair, that’s how the game is played.  But the 3rd District, which encompasses much of the Western Slope, now is represented by Rep. Lauren Boebert, who won her election handily and is already shaking up the Imperial City.  Aspen’s own Glenn K. Beaton has some thoughts on that.  Excerpt:

Lauren Boebert is a petite 33-year old wife and mother of four boys. She gave birth to the third in the front seat of their pickup. She holds a GED in place of a high school diploma. Until last week, she’d never been to Washington, DC. She carries a Glock sidearm. (It’s a very fine piece, though I personally prefer my Beretta 9 mm, in stainless of course).

She’s also the newly elected congresswoman representing us here in Aspen and the rest of western Colorado. To get elected, she first had to beat a five-term GOP congressman in the primary. There was nothing wrong with that congressman.

But there’s a lot right about Ms. Boebert. In fact, the New York Times calls her “hard right” which is good enough for me. (To the Times, of course, anyone who votes Republican is “hard right” in contrast to their “moderate right” columnists who vote for Democrats. By the way, when’s the last time they called anyone “hard left”?)

Boebert’s occupation has been to help run the family business in a town called, naturally, Rifle. That family business is a small restaurant called “Shooters Grill” where guns are worn by not just Boebert but also the waitresses.

She’s never held elected office but now that Colorado has elected her to the United States House of Representatives, Boebert and her Glock are going to Washington. She’ll take her piece inside the Capitol Building, which is discouraged but allowed for representatives.

Some years ago, one of Colorado’s Senators was a fellow named Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member of the Northern Cheyenne nation who switched from Democrat to Republican, claiming as others have that he didn’t leave the early Nineties-era Democrats but rather than they “left him.”  He had a ponytail and rode a Harley, and was roundly criticized for going on a March of Dimes fundraising run with the Hell’s Angels.  He didn’t give a shit.  My reaction at the time was that the U.S. Senate needed more guys with ponytails who rode Harleys, and I supported Campbell pretty enthusiastically.

And were I in her district, I’d support Mrs. Boebert the same way.  The Imperial City is for the better with a Glock-toting, GED-packing Western Slope restaurateur who proudly proclaims that she and her husband are “…raising their four sons to be men.”

This is diversity, folks.  Not the shallow, stupid claim of diversity of melanin content – diversity of background, outlook and ideas.

I will watch Lauren Boebert’s career with great interest, even after our pending move north.

Rule Five New Amendment Friday

I’d like to propose a few constitutional amendments, to hopefully help to unscrew the jug-fuck the Imperial government has become.  I’ve done this before, but much like Barack Obama on same-sex marriage, my views have ‘evolved’ some.

Bear in mind that I have absolutely no illusion that these will ever come to fruition; this is purely a pie-in-the-sky wish-list of things I would implement were I Dictator For A Day.

So, without further ado, here they are.

Amendment 28 – Term and Service Limits
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The President is limited to one six-year term.  Senators are limited to one six-year term.  Representatives are limited to three two-year terms.  Following the allowed terms, all such persons are forever prohibited from holding elected, appointed or hired office at the Federal level, nor shall any such persons receive any benefits or pensions once leaving office, except in the event of a service-connected permanent injury or disability.

Purpose:

No more ‘political class,’ obviously.  No more lifetime pols suckling at the Imperial teat for life.  A true citizen legislature; you spend some time in office, then go back and live in the mess you made.

Amendment 29 – Qualification of Voters
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The franchise is limited to those citizens of the United States who have attained the age of eighteen on the day of the election, who possess a government-issued photo ID and present the ID at the polling station, and who have filed a tax return on the year previous to the election showing a net payment of taxes at the Federal level.  All votes shall be cast in person at a designated polling station.  Ballot harvesting and mail-in voting, excepting requested absentee ballots, are prohibited.

Purpose:

No skin in the game?  You don’t vote.  Add a healthy dose of election integrity to that; the 29th Amendment wouldn’t make cheating impossible, but it would make it a lot harder.

Amendment 30 – Constitutional Tribunal
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A fourth branch of government is established, the Constitutional Tribunal, consisting of three Tribunes from each State:  One elected by the eligible voters of the State, one appointed by the State legislature, and one selected at random from the rolls of eligible voters.  The purpose of the Tribunes are to determine the Constitutionality of all new laws and regulations, as defined in Amendment 31.

Purpose:

In our current system, career pols freely pass laws that cannot and should not pass Constitutional muster.  Unfortunately someone with “standing” has to challenge those laws to get them tossed out, and the people who passed those laws face no consequences.  So let’s have a new branch of government who does nothing else but determine Constitutionality of new laws and regulations, and let’s have the selection of the members be split among various groups with differing priorities.  Which leads us to…

Amendment 31 – Constitutional Challenge of Laws/Regulations
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All new laws and regulations from any source are considered to be potentially unconstitutional and shall not take effect until approved by a 2/3 vote of the Constitutional Tribunal.  In the event of a law or regulation being determined to be prohibited by the Constitution, any elected officials who sponsored or co-sponsored the legislation, or any appointed or hired officials who authored the regulation, shall be immediately removed from office and henceforth prohibited from any elected, appointed or hired office at the Federal level.

Purpose:

As noted above:  Consequences.  Pass a law or write a regulation that you haven’t absolutely determined is in concord with the Constitution?  No soup for you!  You are out on your ass, and proscribed from ever holding such a position of authority again.  I did not include, but am willing to consider, including any President who knowingly signs an unconstitutional bill into law.

So.  Thoughts?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Tomorrow, as all good Americans know, is Thanksgiving.  Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt., along with two of our kids and one kid’s fiancee, will be enjoying our Thanksgiving repast at the home of Mrs. Animal’s parents. My in-laws are two of the finest people who ever drew breath.  They value seeing the family together more than anything, and while all of us show no symptoms and have been prudently washing hands and keeping a short distance from strangers, I’ll be damned if we’re going to give up our usual family holiday meal.  Anyone who doesn’t like that, well, you can kiss my middle-aged white ass.  And if Governor Polis wants to send someone to check on us, they’d better have a ruttin’ warrant.

We’ll have a placeholder post tomorrow on the holiday.  Regular posts will resume Friday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Look at all these California Sheriffs who have had enough of Newsom’s never-ending lock-downs.

The legacy media has already started frantically tonguing Joe Biden’s anus.

Duck.

Duck.

Goose!

I do get a kick out of Lindsey Graham 2.0.

This is called protesting by punching yourself repeatedly in the face.

This, on the other hand, is righteous and roundly entertaining.

John Cleese rocks the house.

I’m shocked, shocked, to find law enforcement soliciting bribes in a may-issue jurisdiction!

Oh, sure, you couldn’t have told me that when I was six years old.

Stuffed camel.  For your multicultural Thanksgiving.  (I’ve had camel, I don’t recommend it.)

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman is still a hack, and an idiot.  (I’m getting a little déjà vu here.)

The Hill’s Amy Hanauer is an idiot.

Californey Governor Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.

These “activists” in Seattle are all idiots.

Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.

And So:

One of my favorites from back in the day is a guy who is amazingly still touring now.  I’m speaking of Boz Scaggs; here, from his best-ever album, Silk Degrees, is one of my favorites of his tunes, Lido Shuffle. Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Rotting Apple News

Before we start, thanks again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links, and be sure to catch my latest over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  It seems the Big Apple is increasingly full of nasty worms.  Excerpt:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is blaming school and business closings for the uptick in violence. This from the man who got the city council to cut $1 billion from the police budget, leading to hundreds of officers being taken off the job.

“It’s almost like a perfect storm,” Alfred Titus Jr., an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD homicide detective, previously told Fox News. “We had bail reform, then defunding the police, which cut the amount of officers on the streets and the overtime that could be made, and now we have COVID-19.”

Lack of enforcement for minor offenses hasn’t reduced the violence. The number of shootings has doubled since last year and the number of people shot went from 828 during all of 2019 to 1,667 this year through Nov. 15. There were 295 murders in all of 2019. There have been 405 so far this year.

Those are just the raw statistics. It’s what the violence is doing to the quality of life that has many frightened for themselves and their families.

In another incident, a 70-year-old woman was hit in the face by a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon while riding a bus in Brooklyn. Two suspects are being sought.

A pair of parolees with multiple arrests allegedly broke into a home in Queens on Tuesday and held a family hostage during an hours-long standoff with police.

Earlier this month, a 64-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint in Queens. The suspect violently grabbed her as she was walking and put a knife to her throat. He appeared to flee empty-handed, according to the New York Post.

Part of the problem, of course, is the horse’s ass that the people of New York elected as Mayor.  And, of course, part of the problem is the economic crash by all the business shutdowns ordered by that horse’s ass.

Granted New York’s subway system, where several of the incidents described in this article took place, has always been a haven for all manner of lunatics.  But things sure seem to be getting worse.  Apparently it’s not hard to destroy a major city:  Just keep raising taxes, use horrible housing policies to make living space unaffordable, defund law enforcement and shutter the last remaining successful businesses.

For the Bolshevik De Blasio, the question is this:  Are these moronic policies intentional, or are they simply the result of incompetence and/or stupidity?

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

According to Justin Murray of the esteemed Mises Institute, it’s not too late for Biden supporters (and the Left in general) to secede.  Excerpt:

Despite the Biden victory, the Democrat Party at the time of this writing not only failed to change the makeup of the Senate, they lost ground in the House and even lost a governor to the Republicans. Further, the Biden win was not delivered by an outpouring of support by the coveted minority demographics, which Trump won in larger numbers across every ethnic category compared to the prior election, including an astounding doubling of the LGBTQ vote, but by a shift in the voting patterns of white men. Couple this with the complete lack of any real enthusiasm for the prospect of a Biden presidency, and it’s apparent that the Democrat president-elect didn’t win on the strength of the Democrat platform but because enough people were put off by President Trump’s abrasive behavior.

In other words, the Blue Wave not only failed to manifest, it turned into a slightly lower tide.

Because of these trends, short of something major happening over the next four years or the Republicans nominating another Donald Trump–style candidate, a Biden presidency is looking to be a one and done, with a Republican likely finding his way back to office in 2025.

But why is it I’m here, raining on your parades? Simple, it’s to give you advice on how to blunt the pain of this inevitability.

Decentralize

The best way to remove the pain of a future political opponent controlling the machine is to shut down the machine. And by this I mean radically decentralize. As it stands, very little done at the level of DC cannot be done, and done better, at the state level. As it stands, most federal spending is little more than collecting taxes from states and sending it back with instructions on how to use it. Nothing needs to be recreated since the state organs manage the day-to-day operation of all the various programs, and there would be an immediate benefit once the federal bureaucracy has been removed from the equation. All they’re doing, after all, is tumbling the money the state could collect directly itself and skimming off the expenses for all the bureaucrats.

To put it in one word:  Federalism.

I take issue with the Institute’s characterization of the 2024 election:  Because of these trends, short of something major happening over the next four years or the Republicans nominating another Donald Trump–style candidate, a Biden presidency is looking to be a one and done, with a Republican likely finding his way back to office in 2025.  I think it very likely that the 2024 candidate will be none other than Donald Trump himself, and four years of a Biden/Harris administration will give him plenty to work with; he is at his best when campaigning as an outsider.  But that’s as may be.  Here’s the gist of Mr. Murray’s argument:

The United States is already uniquely situated for a clean split as governance structures exist at the State level. As noted above, States are already handling nearly everything done at the DC level, so the institutions exist to handle this. Breaking up into ten to twelve different nations would not only be a relatively smooth process, it would lead to a happy electorate, as they’re no longer having to compete with culturally different people all over the continent for central policy. California will no longer have to hope that a friendly administration in DC will keep high-speed rail funded while losing the local funding it could have used to the federal maw.

Further, this idea is no longer a radical notion pushed by a few Texans or weird “The South Shall Rise Again” types. It’s gaining traction on all segments of the political spectrum, so it will be just that much easier to gain agreement on a mutual split.

Sure.  I’ve mused over this possibility before, essentially a Balkanization of the United States.  Bear in mind that no nation lasts forever, and I still think such a Balkanization is the most likely end for ours.  But it won’t end the way a lot of people think.  The way it will likely end is with a fractured continent, and a huge power vacuum in the world, to be filled by… who?  China?  That’s not clear, as China has their own problems, including a demographic crisis and an inability to project power.  Russia?  Double the demographic crisis and add in a moribund economy.  Today’s Russia is essentially a giant gas station with an aging population and some nuclear weapons.

However:  Consider the fact that a leftist West Coast nation would almost certainly not spend a shekel on defense, leaving them wide open for anyone who would like to set up a presence in North America.  Alaska could probably go it alone, for a while, but a lot of that would depend on what’s left of the United States.  And even Canada would likely suffer, as they are under the U.S. defense envelope.

The kind of divorce put forth here may make some folks happy – for a while.  But that happiness wouldn’t last.  Nothing, of course, ever does.

 

Rule Five Great Unifier Friday

Groper Joe Biden has been selling himself as the guy that can unify the country.  In a word:  Horseshit.  One of my personal heroes, Denver talk-show host and columnist Mike Rosen, has some thoughts on that.  Excerpts, with my comments:

Assuming Joe Biden’s election withstands voting challenges and Republicans hold their US Senate majority after the impending runoff elections in Georgia on January 5, the stage will be set for legislative gridlock in the next session of Congress. That’s a good thing for now. Clearly, the financial markets approved with stock indexes staging a substantial post-election rally. Had Bernie Sanders been elected president those indexes would likely have plunged. Gridlock is a barrier to extremist upheaval.

Had Democrats won the presidency and the Senate to add to their House majority, there’d have been nothing to stand in the way of their radical transformation of America — to the joy of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, AOC and the rest of their ascendant, loony left-wing faction.

Not to mention Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) who wants to be Senate Majority Leader, so he can “change America!”  (Not for the better, mind you.)

So, now all the campaign babble is over (thank heavens) and actions are what matter. Biden will have trouble even unifying his party much less the country. The Democrats’ Marxist cohort — far to the left of the American mainstream — is already threatening him. They’re rabid, impatient and primed to take to the streets again to have their demands met. Rejecting the utopian socialist fantasies of this crowd, which certainly wouldn’t unite the American public, may require more fortitude and will than Biden possesses.

Given his age and mental health, Biden will likely be a one-term president, if he even makes it that far. That affords him some independence and liberates him from reelection considerations. While Obama promised to “fundamentally transform America” in a statist, leftward direction, Biden could help mitigate our country’s divisions by pushing Democrats back toward the center if he truly means to be a uniter.

But he doesn’t.  There’s already talk about appointing the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont as Labor Secretary, which would be – not to put too find a point on it – a fucking disaster.

And Dementia Joe won’t be actually in charge of anything.  Let’s be real about this; he’ll be a mouthpiece.  Nothing more.  The guy was a third-rater in his prime, and is being handed the Presidency by virtue of not being Trump, and almost certainly due to electoral shenanigans in four or five major cities.  Someone or someones in the Imperial City will have their hand up Joe’s ass, making him talk according to the latest leftist talking points, and then his staff will call a “lid,” after which Joe will be put back in his West Wing bedroom with a glass of warm milk and a pudding cup.

The Republican Senate Majority will block Democrats from packing the Supreme Court and prevent statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico, which would add four more Democrats to the Senate. For obvious reasons that’s not negotiable. But so many other things are. A symbolic signal and a practical way to restore congressional collegiality might start with House Democrats voting to replace Pelosi as Speaker. She’s certainly no uniter and has burned too many bridges.

That last is something of an understatement, but as usual, Mike gets the important point right:  If the Dems really want to be taken seriously about dropping partisan harangues and really “unifying” the country, they can start by dumping the hyper-partisan Queen Nancy – and maybe sticking a muzzle on Crazy Eyes and her “Squad,” assuming such a thing is possible.

Animal’s Daily Debt Cancelling News

“Cancelling” student debt is a stupid idea, and here’s a good explanation as to why.  Excerpt:

An unthinkable conundrum is our reality: the dumbest people in your high school class are now in political power, making the same thoughtless demands they made back when you thought it was just their hormones. 

“I don’t feel like paying my debts because it’s too hard,” is the summary of their I WANT FREE STUFF demand du jour. 

“OK, so who should pay your debts?” you ask. “That’s selfish and racist,” is the response. Seriously. 

This would all be a fantastical, hysterical story, if it were not real.

In anticipation of Biden’s looming presidency, leftists began organizing their FREE STUFF priority lists. On the top of many lists you will find cancellation of student loan debt and free healthcare. Where do they think the money will come from? Why, your wallet, of course! Biden is expected to raise taxes to pay for that “free” stuff. 

Never forget this: the understanding that they must take money from the working to pay for the debts of those not working (or not earning as much) — is in itself proof that they know “free” or “cancel” is a lie. There is no such thing as free because someone always pays for it, and leftists know this. That’s why they call to raise taxes “on the rich” — a puffed lie because it is not wealth that is taxed yearly, but earnings, income, work product. It is work that is taxed, not “wealth.” 

The article makes a good point; advocacy of “cancelling” student debt is a direct subsidy of Gender Studies degrees by plumbers, carpenters, car salesman and every other productive citizen in the country.  That’s bad enough to condemn the idea in and of itself, but the most important thing that makes this a bad idea is missed in the linked article:

Responsibility.

Every damn one of these mindless brats yelling to have their loans paid by someone else – make no mistake, that’s what they are asking for – signed a furshlugginer loan agreement, detailing terms of repayment, interest rates, conditions for forbearance, and so on.  It’s the law.   Now they want a mulligan.

What’s next?  Will they buy a new Mercedes, and demand to have their car loan forgiven with no consequences?  Their mortgage?  To hell with that.  As go any loans, so go student loans:  You signed.  You agreed to the terms.  You pay.  End of story.