Category Archives: Culture

Culture for the cultured and uncultured alike.

Rule Five Animal Farm Friday

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson has some thoughts, as he usually does, on our current situation.  Excerpt:

Assimilation and integration are not our goals. Instead, we are to ferret out “cultural appropriation” and the odious culture of “white supremacy” and “unearned privileged.” “All men are created equal. But some are more equal than others” is now posted on the electric barn wall.  

Deprogramming 74 million “whites” and “Republicans” is the advice on the pages of the progressive Washington Post. Don’t like an idea? Then wash clean the polluted minds of those who embraced it.

The new and improved ACLU’s job is to encourage the suppression of conservative free speech. ACLU trains its handlers not to protect unfettered speech, but to spot “hate speech.” 

To advocate burning or destroying a book is not some nightmare from Fahrenheit 451, but a woke way to “stop the hate.” 

A new Orwellian phrase is “free speech is not free reach”—as leftists become the intellectual inheritors of the racists of the open-housing fights of the 1950s and 1960. The old racist boilerplate of apartment owners and realtors was “You can live anywhere you want, just not here.” The new hate mantra of Silicon Valley cartels is, “You can tweet or socially post anywhere you like—if you can manage to find a place.”

Surveillance and spying are now good. How else to ferret out “right-wingers,” “white supremacists,” and “insurrectionists”? 

So the FBI and CIA have transmogrified into heroic agencies run by stalwart social activist fighters like John Brennan, the old Gus Hall supporter, James Clapper, James Comey, and Andrew McCabe. They cut to the quick to achieve social justice, without the messy give and take of Congress, or that albatross, the relic Constitution.

Read the whole thing as it is worth it – Dr. Hanson’s work always is.

But there’s something missing.  Dr. Hanson concludes:

The media? It is a Ministry of Truth. Informers and readers beg the Great Leader to let drop his favorite flavor of ice cream or the details of the Oval Office makeover. There is no need for censorship: the media are the censors. Whatever sinister idea a paranoid politician has for muzzling journalists, reporters themselves have already trumped it. Pravda is their model. Who can be disinterested when there is a war to be fought for diversity and equity, against climate change and white supremacy?

The revolutionary animals are now running the farm in a way that would be nightmarish even to Farmer Jones.  

They won. They are now one with—but also far, far worse than—what they rebelled against.

Indeed.

But what are we to do about it?  Dr. Hanson offers no solutions.  And that’s a bit disappointing.

Vote?  2020 revealed to us how well that works out, with tech giants and legacy media conspiring to “fortify” elections.

Protest?  Well, the Left can do that; indeed, they can set fires, destroy businesses and attack cops with little or no consequence.  But the Right cannot; equal protection under the law is a dead letter.

Fight in the courts?  It hasn’t happened yet, but the Dems are already talking about packing not just the Supreme Court but district courts as well.

Secede?  A difficult prospect, one that many folks thought was ruled out in 1865, but one that’s being brought up more and more lately; but it’s a solution that would mean the end of our nation in any recognizable form.

Civil war?  Again, no matter the outcome, this would mean the end of our nation in any recognizable form.

Dr. Hanson’s perspectives here would be worth reading.  He is a renowned student of classical times, and his insights, fueled by his impressive knowledge of ancient times (for example, the rise and fall of ancient Greece) would be invaluable.

So, how about it, Dr. Hanson?  We all have a pretty good grip on what’s happening.  What do you propose we do?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s cold up here in early February.  Temps right now are down around zero at night, in the teens in the afternoon.  And the days don’t last long.  The sun comes up hereabouts at about 0930, and is down by 1700.  Plenty of snow on the ground, which I expect will stay until mid to late April.

But boy is it quiet.

The winters here, though, honestly aren’t any worse than those I grew up with in northeast Iowa.  The daylight hours are the main difference, but we’ll make up for that with twenty-hour days in midsummer.  I think we’re making a good trade, especially considering how loony Colorado (and, frankly, most of the 48) is becoming.

Moving right along, then…

On To the Links!

Haw haw haw!

No thanks, I had bugs for lunch.

President Biden continues doing his impression of an actual potato.

Stop the third party insanity.

Now do water fountains!

No shit, Sherlock.  I’m reminded of an early-Eighties-sometime interview of David Lee Roth, done by some Rolling Stone putz-head.  Roth had talked about his and his Van Halen band-mates working-class youths, and the contrast with how much money they were making with the band.  “You know, Dave,” the interviewer pontificated, “they say you can’t buy happiness.”  “Maybe,” Roth replied with his trademark grin, “…but I can buy a yacht big enough to sail right up next to it.”

They guy really did know how to command the stage.

What the Left really means by “equity.”

Yeah, Portland’s probably fucked.

Even if California kicks out Gavin Newsom, anyone who takes his place would be likely just as horrible.

Liberal reporter calls out Crazy Eyes for being a lying piece of shit.  Well, not in so many words, but the message is clear.

This Week’s Idiots:
It’s not commonly known that John Kerry once pursued an acting career.

John Kerry is an idiot.  He’s also an arrogant, elitist fuck.  But Ted Cruz did a pretty good job of dismantling the asshole.

I actually burst out laughing at this idiocy.  Paywalled, but the headline is all you need.

Idiots have to be warned against doing idiot things.

Crazy Eyes continues in her usual idiocy.

USAToday‘s Rachel Mikva is an idiot.

Wired‘s Malkia Devich-Cyril is an idiot, and an idiot who has no fucking idea what the concept of free speech means.

Barney Frank is an idiot.

And So:

Just the other day our oldest daughter reminded us of this song, saying that it always reminded her of her Dad.  It probably applies even more now that we’re abandoning suburban life for rural Alaska, and it is in fact at least a half-hour to a Walmart or a grocery store.  This is Aaron Lewis with Northern Redneck.  Enjoy.

Rule Five More Civil War Friday

Here’s another take on the current political and civil unrest in the United States today, this one from Michael Vlahos at SAIS:  Civil War: Death Match between Continuity and Change.  Excerpts, with comments, follow:

Practical politics support equipoise. First, the reality of many contending change agendas must mean much balancing, encouraging a politics of equilibration. Second, historical custom should disfavor escalating conflict beyond certain thresholds — our very mythos itself discourages partisan agendas whose fulfillment puts the constitutional order at risk. Third, no vision or partisan agenda seeking to breach continuity or force change by fiat can be permitted. In other words, we took essential steps so that our political order would not be threatened by an unyielding existential issue — since the 1850s — for a reason.

Yet the United States today is skirmishing its way into just another such existential fight. This is a battle over the nature and direction of change itself: Over where society and its constitutional order are going, and how the legitimacy of republican rule, in its essence, is to be defined.

I know I’ve harped on this issue a lot lately, and I still stand by my prediction that things probably won’t devolve into open civil war, although I wouldn’t completely rule out some kind of “troubles” like Northern Ireland in the Seventies.

But this is the phrase that caught my eye:  This is a battle over the nature and direction of change itself: Over where society and its constitutional order are going, and how the legitimacy of republican rule, in its essence, is to be defined.

I don’t think the fight is over the nature of the change.  The fight is over direction, to some degree, but the nature of the change from both major political parties is towards increasing government oversight of us and our lives, and towards catastrophic fiscal irresponsibility.

Hence, knowing that our great and bloody national clashes are still yet ahead, this marginal man can only sense three ends, with no assurance of clarity, or even finality, in the denouement:

1-Secession: Some agreed — whether polite or desperate — coming apart of the old Union into local, state, or other-based constitutional entities, perhaps still federated, if more loosely than a nation. While this arrangement is increasingly acknowledged by commentators as potentially avoiding the worst of civil war, its realization nonetheless requires a form of civil war. There is no avoiding war.

2-Blue triumph: The ultimate subjugation of Red by main force, achieved by the preponderance of wealth, ruling institutional leverage, and military power. A social revolution as well as a political transformation: The full outcome must likely reconstitute our constitutional order in ways unrecognizable to us today.

3-Thermidorian Reaction: Exhausted by civil conflict, American society takes a modest counter-revolutionary turn, in which repudiated old traditions are [at least partly] reinstated, and a measure of political toleration and overall equipoise returns to national life, along with constitutional accommodations and firewalls to forestall another descent into civil strife.

The first of these results in the end of the United States as we know it.  Some kind of alliance will probably exist between the fractured states, but at this point I’m guessing the divisions are too deep;  I doubt, for example, the People’s Republic of California will be too interested in any cooperation with the Republic of Texas or the Alaska Free State.

The second of these also results in the end of the United States as we know it, ending as it would with a totalitarian state in form if not in name, and probably – indeed, almost certainly – with Northern Ireland-style “Troubles” in plenty of formerly red regions.

The third of these is the most hopeful.  We can maybe return to some semblance of civility and normal levels of discourse – but consider how much the Overton Window has already shifted, with President Trump, who for policy purposes was mostly a Nineties Democrat (compare his policies with Chuck Schumer circa 1995 and with the exception of gun control you won’t see much daylight between them, except that 1995 Schumer opposed same-sex marriage while Trump was in favor of allowing it) was demonized as a flaming right-winger, if not an outright Nazi, for his entire term in office.  I’m not sanguine about the odds of any return to some semblance of sanity in the Imperial City.

Taken all in all, the tone isn’t very optimistic.  I just wish it wasn’t quite so likely to be accurate.

Animal’s Daily White Pill News

Morning links maven Banjos posted this yesterday over at Glibertarians, and I found it interesting enough to comment on.  By all means read it all.  Excerpt:

For those of you still black-pilling (doom and glooming) with the encroaching totalitarianism of mainstream social media keep one very important thing in mind.  Gab is still alive and growing at a pace that they cannot keep up with.  Gab had everything thrown at them over the last four years in the just the same way Parler recently did—and they survived it all. The reason being simple:  without government intervention, it is impossible to create a monopoly.  There will always be a small alternative.  These small alternatives will cater to the needs of the ousted and grow themselves.  Even Standard Oil had small companies compete against them.  I would not be surprised if Parler returns and overcomes the same obstacles that Gab overcame.

The recent assault by Big Tech should ultimately not be seen as a Black Pill, it should be viewed as a White Pill.  The grasp that the Cathedral holds on the public is tenuous at best.  They are dying and desperate.  Instead of yelling at the sky, ask yourself how can you quicken their demise?

First, use alternative tech as much as you can.  Use Duck Duck Go, use Brave, use Telegram or the myriad of alternative social media.  Use Bitchute, use Rumble.  Get your friends and family to do so as well.  I am not tech savvy; many of you are.  It would be great if one of you could start a new forum on Glibs on alternative tech.   Avoid buying and using products from people that hate you.  Stop giving page views to NYT, WaPo, CNN, MSNBC.  If you noticed, most of my morning links are from non-Cathedral sources.  Homeschool your children especially if your local public schools are toxic. Start your own businesses.  You do not have to go full Congressman Massie and go off the grid, but there are many things that you are capable of doing that is within your power.  You have far more power than you realize.

I see the primary point here, and commented on it myself the other day; all of the cancelling, the attempts to silence dissent, those aren’t the acts of people who are confident in authority.  They’re the acts of small people who are afraid, but who have managed to attain power and are willing to do anything to keep it.

Anything.

I do wish I could share the optimism, though.  Maybe if a healthy majority of Americans weren’t distracted by the endless panem et circenses we are subjected to, and maybe if a few more people bothered to actually run down sources instead of blithely accepting what they are fed by hair-sprayed talking heads on television, I’d have a little more hope.

But we’re well into the “weak people make hard times” stage of society.

At this point it’s hard to see where this is all going.  Now-President Biden is apparently going to ramp up his term by trying to undo everything with Trump’s name on it, without troubling himself (or, more accurately, his handlers won’t trouble themselves) to determine whether those actions were helpful or harmful.  If Trump did it, it’s bad, because The Side is paramount over all, and it’s all principals, not principles.

It’s possible America has just gotten too big to be governed by one central authority in the Imperial City – at least, not with any pretense of republican government.  The only answers I can see  to that are either dissolution or tyranny.  And I think the next few years will tell the tale.

Animal’s Daily Defenders of Civilization News

Before we start, check out the latest of my Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  From national treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson comes this piece on the current state of affairs.  Excerpt:

In just a year, thousands of memorials and icons have vanished. Names have changed, words are banned. Careers were ruined. As new totalitarian rules were enshrined, old freedoms became despised.

Yet most of the country sat in lockdown quiet, as it was told that it, and its history, were toxic and culpable—and by whom exactly? Moralists like Labron James? Steve Kerr? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Were Americans in their 244th year suddenly to write checks, apologize, and pay penance to their angry self-described moral superiors?

A few schools apparently are no longer to be named after Abraham Lincoln, the president who saved the Union, destroyed the slave-holding Confederacy, and freed the slaves at a cost of nearly 700,000 American lives. Now 155 years after his assassination, the present generation—the most leisured, entitled, and wealthiest cohort in civilization’s history—deems him unworthy and unfit for any commemoration. Do any of the street-brawling Antifa radicals seem tough guys in comparison to the Union troops at Gettysburg or those who marched with Sherman?

Who or what does the Left offer in place in Lincoln—Che? Fidel? Malcolm X? Cesar Chavez? Margaret Sanger? Xi Jinping? FDR? Barack Obama? All would fall well short of the alleged standards applied by cancel culture. So what are we left with other than nothing? Diversity Academy A? Equity High School No. 3? Inclusion College IV? Campus 1619?

By all means, read it all.  You won’t come out of the far end of that exercise content or hopeful, but read it all anyway.

As a scholar specializing in the classical era, Dr. Hanson has a valuable perspective here.  Ancient Greece and the Roman Republic (and later the Empire) collapsed through many of the same issues we see here, today, in the once and former Land of the Free.  As Dr. Hanson asks:

Is there some common denominator in our malaise? A look back at Athens 340 B.C., or Rome 440 A.D., or Constantinople 1440, or France 1940? Perhaps.

I’ve done a fair amount of reading myself, particularly about the second Roman civil war and the tyranny that resulted from it.  I’ve read a lot about the fall of the Roman Empire, too, and there are too many similarities to be comfortable with, from the debasing of the currency to the collapse of coherent Roman cultural values.

Granted the rest of the world has plenty of problems as well.  The United States primary competition, Russia and China, are both sick giants, if not dying ones.  Russia is a gas station with some nuclear weapons, while China’s economy is a massively leveraged house of cards.  Both countries are about to fall off a demographic cliff.

The fall of the Roman Empire led to a Dark Age.  I’m hoping we can avoid another.  I’m afraid Dr. Hanson isn’t too sanguine about that prospect, and he’s studied the possibility a lot more than I have.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This will probably be the last regular post of the year, unless something really amazing happens that I just can’t wait to discuss.  The holidays beckon, and I have kids and grandkids to see, Kung Flu be damned.  Next year Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. will be in the Great Land and winter travel more… complicated.

For now I’d like to use this space to thank all you True Believers for reading and commenting throughout this train wreck of a year.  Best and heartiest wishes to you all from the Casa de Animal for a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, productive and profitable 2021.  Enjoy some holiday totty from now until January 4th, and we’ll see you in the new year.  Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!

And with that…

On To the Links!

The first domino to fall?  Well, not yet, but this is interesting.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  But he (Biden) will face Nemesis in a way that few other presidents have ever encountered the cruel Greek god. Biden’s hubris and that of the media/Democratic Party fusion almost guarantee such divine retribution.

Guardians.

Members of the new U.S. Space Force to be addressed as “Guardians.”  I can only accept this if the highest-ranking member of the Space Force carries the title of “Star-Lord.”

CDC tracking allergic reactions to the new Kung Flu vaccines.  Just like every vaccine ever developed, some people will be allergic.  As of last Saturday, there have been six reactions out of 272,000 doses.  Speaking as someone who has been in the business for thirty years, that’s not out of the ordinary.

Neandertals may have… hibernated?  Color me skeptical.

We continue to mortgage our grandchildren’s futures, and history will rightly damn us for it.  Here’s a short list of crap that has no business being in a Kung Flu relief bill, like the Appropriations Committee’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” and “Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery.”  This, True Believers, is why Congress-critters have approval ratings somewhere between cockroaches and polecats.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman is and always will be a cheap hack, and an idiot.

Salon‘s Amanda Marcotte is an idiot.

The Conversation’s David Hope & Julian Limberg are idiots.

If these idiots do this, this is actually racist.

NBC New’s Michael Mann is an idiot.

The Hill’s Joe Concha is an idiot.

Robert Reich remains an idiot.

And so:

There’s been a lot of talk about how the GOP should proceed, after a much-better-than-expected set of Congressional elections and a apparent narrow Presidential loss tainted by a yet-to-be-determined amount of shenanigans in several big (and blue) cities.

I do, as it happens, have some thoughts on that, and maybe we’ll explore those in the new year.  Bear in mind that I’m not a regular conservative but a minarchist libertarian, so my ideas may be quite a bit different than how most of the GOP may be thinking.  But as for demeanor, well, Alice Cooper may have some advice for Congressional Republicans, and I think they may want to listen to him.  From 1990’s Alice Cooper Trashes the World, this is No More Mr. Nice Guy.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Options Friday

It’s increasingly looking like President Trump’s legal challenges are sputtering out, and that next month we’ll have an arguably senile old C-lister inaugurated as the (figurehead) President.  But that’s not what’s really significant about all this – the number one takeaway from this 2020 event is that we no longer have an honest and effective election system in this country.  The Presidential election process has descended into banana-republic territory, and at this point it’s hard to see what we can do to fix it – given that it would take action by the very people who allowed it to be broken and, indeed, who benefit from it being broken.

So what options remain for our tottering Republic?  As I see them, there are three:  Submission, secession or civil war.  Let’s look at them one by one.

Submission.

This is, sadly, the most likely option.  I’m not saying it’s the best option, mind you; just the most likely one.  A great deal of the electorate is not engaged much in the process, while a strong plurality was in favor of the “whatever it takes” approach to removing President Trump and doesn’t give much of a damn that it took electoral fraud to do it.

The implications of that are serious.  No matter the outcome of any election, anywhere in the country, both sides will presume that any outcome they don’t like was due to fraud, and in many cases they’ll be correct.  The Left in particular has now taken the mask off.  They have shown that they will do whatever it takes to gain power and retain power.  That’s not a recipe for maintaining the liberty of the people. 

But if the ordinary people of the nation accept this, then the United States as we know it will gradually devolve into an authoritarian state.  End result:  The U.S. ends not with a bang but a whimper.

Secession.

Let’s assume for a moment that we’re not talking about an 1861, South Carolina-style secession, but rather the “peaceful divorce” option already being floated in Texas and other places.  Take a look at the map of states that supported the Texas-initiated lawsuit that was just struck down a week ago today; most of the states are contiguous, excepting our own soon-to-be home state of Alaska.  A peaceful divorce of some sort would leave a nation on the northeast coast, one around the upper Midwest (call it Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan) and the West Coast. 

The free states would have good ports at Galveston, Corpus Christi, Mobile and Savannah on the golf and east coasts, and Anchorage on the Pacific.  (I may have missed a few, or maybe a few dozen ports there, but you get the point.)  The free states would also have most of the continent’s agricultural land, energy production and a lot of the manufacturing capacity.  The not-so-free states in the East would have… well… the legacy media, a fair amount of the old academia institutions, and the peripatetic victim classes.  The West Coast states would be set up a little better with some agricultural lands – assuming the new national governments allowed farming – and some industry, along with several good Pacific ports.

But how would the military be divided up?  Would there be any mutual defense pacts?  The new Blue nations would almost certainly devote little or nothing to defense; how long before China looks with envy at the undefended West Coast?  There are a million things that would have to be worked out.  Even so, I see this as probably the best way out of the current predicament, even as it is not a very likely one.  The down side is a global power vacuum, as the superpower that once stood astride North America like a Colossus would be gone for good.  End result:  Two, three or more nations where one once stood, the sum of those parts being rather less than the whole had once been.

Civil War.

This is by far the worst, and fortunately least likely, option.

Any such conflict would be, unlike the 1861-1865 war, a true civil war.  It would not be uniformed armies maneuvering in open country and fighting conventional battles; it would be much more like the various third world conflicts of the last century.  It would be a conflict involving atrocity piled upon atrocity; it would be fought on the streets of the cities, and spilled out into the countryside and the small towns.

This event would see the rise of local warlords; a partial or complete collapse of conventional authority would likely result.  Some percentage of the military would go to each side, likely – depending on actions of commanders – taking some military equipment and vehicles along with them.  The cities would be cut off, and as starvation set in, the urban cohorts would head into the country, assuming there was food there, but having no idea how to obtain or produce that food for themselves, and running into armed landowners when they try to appropriate that food.

And no matter which faction managed to wrest out some local victories, the United States, in this option, ends with a bang, not a whimper.

The Odds?

I’m engaging in pure guesswork here, but my estimate of the odds of each of the above scenarios, right now, are as follows:

  • Submission – 75%
  • Secession – 20%
  • Civil War – 5%

I’m probably pegging the odds of civil war a little too high.  My first gut reaction is to place that probability at 1% or less, but I’ve spent the last week watching reactions, and I have to say in my almost-sixty years I’ve never seen such a reaction to an election.  The primary reason I place the odds this high is that it’s arguably already started, with the Profa thugs of the Democratic Party’s brown-shirt enforcement wing already rioting in the streets. 

The main reason I don’t put the odds higher is that Profa has shown themselves to be rather egg-like; externally they have a hard shell, but when confronted and the shell cracked, they are pretty squishy and runny inside.  Things could well spiral out of control even so, and while I still think it’s unlikely to devolve to that point, I wouldn’t rule out some kind of preference cascade leading to the unthinkable becoming thinkable, and one thing that could lead to that is the ordinary citizenry realizing that their municipal governments aren’t going to do anything about the brown-shirts, and taking matters into their own hands.

So.  Thoughts?

Animal’s Daily Urban Flight News

According to libertarian scribe Kirsten Tate (and plenty of other folks) people are fleeing the major cities like never before.  Excerpt:

What developed this year is a cascade of residents leaving large cities in blue states. Among the biggest losers this year, in terms of total population loss, were New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and the District of Columbia. New York lost at least 300,000 residents this year. San Francisco saw 90,000 postal changes of address out of the city, while its median apartment rent took a nosedive of 20 percent in 2020. Los Angeles recorded more than 25,000 moves out of the city, while Chicago logged over 20,000. Even the District of Columbia lost 15,000 residents. Other cities that had sustained growth in the last decade also face severe drops in interest.

Residents who fled large cities in blue states overwhelmingly relocated to red-state cities, mostly in the Sun Belt or the West outside of California. Phoenix, already booming before the coronavirus, retained its spot as the fastest growing city in the country; its metro population now displaces Boston. The other overall winners in the demographic game this year are Nashville, where home prices continue to surge while real estate inventory is down 40 percent; Las Vegas, which tempted Bay Area techies to follow the Raiders to Sin City; Charlotte, which now has a larger population than San Francisco; and the greater Charleston area, which is likely the home of Boeing’s next expansion and has benefitted from manufacturing jobs moving south.

The Kung Flu influenced this, to be sure, but the trend was already in place, for two reasons:

  1. Advances in technology have made telecommuting more and more practical for a great number of office jobs, and the ‘rona just accelerated both the trend and the acceptance of the practice in business circles.
  2. People are sick of being asked to pay through the nose for the privilege of living in the mega-cities.  Look at the pattern of the relocations; from high-tax to low-tax jurisdictions, in every case.

To be sure, Mrs. Animal are now a part of this relocation, but more for personal reasons than political or financial ones, although I admit that’s a nice fringe benefit.  And one of our kids, just this year, decamped the Denver area for greener pastures (literally) in Iowa, where they can maintain the same income level and enjoy a much lower cost of living.

The precautionary note in all this, of course, can be seen in the results of the last election – and in the unfortunate fate of the very Colorado that Mrs. Animal and I loved for so long.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Like a lot of folks, I like a cold beer from time to time.  Following our upcoming (can’t be soon enough) move to the Great Land, the distance to a source for those cold beers will be expanded by an order of magnitude.  In our current Colorado house, there is a liquor store with a reasonable selection a five-minute walk away; following the move, the nearest store will be about a fifteen-minute drive.  So, planning would seem to be the order of the day, as it is with all things around a rural life.  We figure we’ll have to go down to Wasilla for our regular trading every other week or so, depending on how well-stocked with fish and game our freezer is at the time.

But the other option, of course, may be brewing my own.  That might be a fun little hobby, along with benefit of ensuring my supply regardless of what challenges winter weather may bring.  So, if any True Believers have any advice on this front, I’d welcome such in the comments.

I also like a nip of good whiskey now and then, but that’s probably a whole ‘nother prospect, when it comes to making my own.

Now then:

On To the Links!

Abstain?  From BOOZE?  In RUSSIA? Good luck with that!

File this under “stuff you never really wanted to know but still find strangely interesting” – the oldest animal sperm.

1. Public reading of riot act.  2. Order miscreants to disperse.  3. Disperse by force.  Easy.

Fuck off, slaver!

What an asshole.

Time Magazine begins the frantic ass-tonguing of the presumed Biden Administration.

Unintentional honesty.

Paul Krugman is optimistic about the economy. We’re fucked.

Holy crap!

RIP Charley Pride – one of the all-time greats in country music.

RIP Chuck Yeager – one of the all-time greats in aviation.

Even Piers Morgan thinks the Hunter Biden cover-up stinks.

Sorry, no, I won’t consider drinking 2% beer.

Slaves.  Picking cotton.  In China.

This Week’s Idiots:

Traditional masculinity is the only reason insipid, ungrateful soyboy fucks like this live peacefully and in comfort.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board are all idiots.

Rashida Tlaib (PLO-MN) is still an idiot.

Slate’s Jordan Weissmann is an idiot.

Biden’s economic team are all idiots.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

And So:

I have a small mental list of the top five best guitar players that ever lived.  While that list includes Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, the only member of my list still breathing is the great Carlos Santana.

Carlos is still around and still producing great music.  Here he is with someone named Rob Thomas on vocals, with his 1999 hit Smooth.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Old Rules/New Rules Friday

This came out over on Freethepeople.org a little over a week ago, but I took a little time to absorb it:  The Rules of Politics Don’t Matter Anymore.  Timely, indeed.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow.

When Virginia decided to secede from the Union, 50 counties in the western part of the state were generally in disagreement with that decision. They formed their own government and held votes to create their own state. They were admitted into the Union in June of 1863 by the vote of Congress. The challenging part of this is that the Constitution in Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1 states the following:

“New states may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.”

Legally, if Virginia had seceded and was not a part of the Union, then the congressional vote to admit it was void because the government established in West Virginia was make-believe. Virginia was part of a different country and therefore the West Virginian contingent was as phony as wax fruit. The Confederacy hadn’t given West Virginia permission to secede from the Confederacy. If, as Lincoln claimed, the state of Virginia was in rebellion, then the state still bound by the Union had not given its permission as required by the Constitution. Either way, the state was formed illegally and should not have been admitted into the Union.

Now this is an interesting bit.  Author Aaron Everitt points out that, while the separation of West Virginia may well have been prohibited by the Constitution, it’s certainly not going backwards now.  But the larger point is the precedent that was set:

Here is the basic problem with those of us who still want to play by the rules of the Constitution… We still want to play by the rules. When courts say we can’t secede any longer, we accept our medicine and say it isn’t a workable idea because it would break the rules. Last I checked, the advancement of most social changes in the United States were not because we changed the Constitution (like the rules say we should). Instead, they have come by executive order, Congressional law, or judicial fiat. As rule followers, we scream and holler that the other ideologues are “not playing by the rules.” Still, the advancements keep coming and the government gets larger and more out of control. We get on our blogs and talk radio and yell about how the progressives are destroying our country! We insist they play by the rules of the Constitution, and we watch the world shift underneath our feet. We keep hoping they will play the game we want to play, by the rules we think we all should play by—instead they show up ready to do whatever it takes to win; the rules be damned.

So why haven’t the political right learned to do the same thing?  And if we do, how then are we any better than the left, who set this standard?  What price political victory?

If that is the game we are playing, why not take a page from West Virginia? What if, in this era of larger and more overwhelmingly authoritarian government, we decided to do what West Virginia did and just break apart regardless of the rules? What would stop Morgan county in Colorado from just becoming its own country or state? They can’t do it because the Constitution says so? Since when has that mattered to those on the other side of the ideological spectrum? Wouldn’t these places be wise to become defiant and say “We are leaving”? A better question still is, who will stop them? Will the federal government really send the troops in to preserve the Union? I have a hard time imagining tanks rolling through the middle of Eureka, California to make sure they stay beholden to Sacramento let alone Washington D.C. Most of the people in San Francisco would be glad to see those people leave. They generally frustrate their utopian ideals and stop them from creating their socialist paradise. I struggle to see the cafe and croissant crowd demanding that Morgan County in Colorado remain a part of the state. I see no moral imperative to holding this massive country together any longer. There isn’t a crusade that anyone can rally behind with enough energy to stop the departure of places that are insignificant to the elites.

This is a sentiment that you see kicked around a lot right now.  I think it’s largely an expression of frustration, especially after the shenanigans surrounding the recent elections, but there’s always the possibility it could become more than that; there’s a trip wire that could be crossed.  The article here concludes:

We used to have an “invisible fence” for our dog. For years the dog was trained through its own trial and error that it could go no farther than a certain point in our yard or it would get shocked. A few years into having the system, the wire was severed and the line stopped working. However our dog had become so accustom to being shocked in the past that it never crossed the line—even though the system was useless. I wonder if we, as Constitutionally-minded people, aren’t in the same predicament as my dog? So afraid to change because we want to obey. But if we take these thoughts from Jefferson to heart, perhaps it is our right, if not our duty to start the breakup.

Ay, there’s the rub.

Even now, after this sullied election, with the growing urban/rural divide, the United States is one nation.  But the bounds of this nation are like the invisible fence that Mr. Everitt used as  a metaphor, and there’s another phenomenon that may lead to us ignoring that fence, that being a preference cascade, one that leads us to break the bonds.

And once that’s done, there’s no going back.  The only question will be whether America remains, afterwards, in any recognizable form.