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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted before, holy crap but you accumulate a lot of stuff when you’ve lived in a house for twenty-three years, and have raised four kids in that house.  On the weekend past we filled a thirty-foot roll-off dumpster with old crap from garage and workshop.  A lot of stuff has been given away or sold, and a fair amount more will be disposed of the same way.

What’s interesting about this move is taking firearms and ammo through Canada.  Most moving companies will handle firearms but not ammo, meaning we have to take our substantial ammo supply through Canada.  For most of our stuff, the bureaucratic hoops aren’t too bad.  The AR-15s would have been problematic but they are already safely stored up north.  To any of you considering this move, though, I’d offer the following advice; firearms can be transported via the airlines in checked baggage, and that’s probably the least troublesome way to make this particular move.  We’re moving as much of our collection that was as we can manage, just to save the trouble.  If much of your collection is Tacticool instead of our assortment of old shotguns and hunting rifles, that advice goes double.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Because, you know, elected officials must not be held accountable for their actions in any way.

Stukach!

Rush Limbaugh:  The Left is still scared of Trump.  In light of the lengths to which they are going to silence him, I’m inclined to agree.  And it’s funny, because if the last election is any judge, the best tactic the Left can follow is to say as little as possible.

The masks are rapidly coming off.   Healing and reconciliation, my middle-aged white ass.

California doesn’t seem to happy with their Governor.  Can’t say as I blame them.

From our online pal Wombat-socho:  Night of the Digital Long Knives.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the current state of affairs.

Biden claims he’ll ‘defeat the NRA.’  Plenty of liberal pols have claimed that, and the NRA is still there, still with millions of members.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Yorker‘s David Remnick is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

Vox‘s Fabiola Cineas is an idiot.

Mozilla CEO Winifred Mitchell Baker is an idiot.

And So:

1974.  I was thirteen, and every Saturday night that we could my friends and I stayed up to watch The Midnight Special.  Here, from that year and that show, is David Essex and his song Rock On.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We’ll be a bit abbreviated this week, as I’ve only started gathering the weekly links on Sunday.  Too much fun last week with family to pay attention to current events; these days it’s not that often these days that we can get all four daughters in one place with sons-in-law and grandchildren, so I was enjoying my role as benevolent head of a large and growing family too much to worry about the rest of the world.

So then…

On To the Links!

Well, we’re pretty fucked now.  Thanks a heap, Georgia.

How Long Does Sex Normally Last?  Uh…  No, I’m not going to comment.  Nope.

Lin Wood has apparently gone nuts.  I have to agree.

80-year-old Granny Boxwine (love that moniker) again elected as Speaker.  Another poster child for term limits.  Seriously, what is it with the Dems electing leaders who are bordering on full-blown senile dementia?

The best American whiskeys have something in common.  This is a subject in which I’ve long been keenly interested.

Well, she’s just following Joe Biden’s plagiarism example, right?

Antifa dirtbags threaten a mother and newborn baby.

Robert Stacy McCain weighs in on the “Stolen Land” argument.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Hill’s Sukyi McMahon is an idiot.

Paul Krugman continues to be a partisan hack, and an idiot.

The Atlantic‘s Tom Nichols is an idiot.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Horse’s Ass – MO) is an idiot.

Alastair Moock, Dog on Fleas, and the Okee Dokee Brothers are all idiots.

St. Louis DA Kim Gardner is an idiot.

And So:

I’ve long been a fan of the Grateful Dead.  Mrs. Animal and I were fortunate enough to see them live in the old Mile High Stadium in the summer of ’91.  They were a bit of the American Dream made good, a Bay Area garage band that made the big time and toured incessantly; for the Dead, it was all about the show.  Here, also from 1991, is a live clip of one of the songs most loved by their fans, Uncle John’s Band.  Enjoy.

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.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You have to love Chuck Norris, whose entire appearance in The Expendables 2 was one great big Chuck Norris joke.  His legend continues today, even in the Kung Flu environment; apparently Chuck has taken to wearing a mask, not to protect himself from the virus, but to protect the virus from Chuck Norris.  Now we have this:  Chuck Norris comes out of the closet, reveals that he is even more manly than previously thought.  Excerpt:

Scientists worry that if Chuck Norris chooses to outwardly live as his fully manly self, it could be the end of all life in the universe as we know it. Chuck Norris has assured us that if he does accidentally end the universe with his epicness, we don’t have to worry because he’ll just slap together a new one.

While it’s true that Chuck Norris never has to turn on the shower – he stares at it until it cries – I have been told that, in person, he is one of the nicest, most even-tempered people you’re likely to run across.  I’m sure that’s true, as he can afford to be whatever he wants, being, after all, Chuck Norris.

With that…

On To the Links!

As Justice Elena Kagan pointed out in Gundy if the conservative justices bring back the nondelegation doctrine, “most of Government is unconstitutional.”  Hooray!  Most of what the Imperial government does is unconstitutional.

Looks like most of our vulnerable population could have the Kung Flu vaccine made available to them by the end February.

Walter E. Williams, RIPHis last article.  And his best friend, Thomas Sowell, another great American, commemorates Williams.

The Californey exodus continues; now Hewlett Packard bails for Texas.

SETI astronomer and astrophysicist Seth Shostak is betting a cup of coffee that we’ll find evidence of alien civilizations by 2035.  Well, I’ll be 74 that year, so if he’s right, I should live to see it.

Something might kill you in the next few years, but it almost certainly won’t be a killer asteroid.

A modern-day dinosaur.

How dinosaurs thrived in the snow.  Dinosaurs in fact still thrive in snow today; there are more species of dinosaurs alive now than there are mammals, and a lot of them live in snowy environments.  We call them birds.

Colorado restaurants to Colorado governments:  “Fuck off, slavers!”

Adolf Hitler wins election in Namibia.  Yes, really.

There is no problem that cannot be solved with a suitable application of high explosives.

“For sale – .22 revolver – still in the box.”

Bonus Section:  This is Getting Downright Interesting.

SCOTUS rejects PA election lawsuit.  But this may be why:

Texas sues battleground states over election irregularities.  Excerpt:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the battleground states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in the U.S. Supreme Court over unconstitutional changes to election laws. 

“The four states exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election,” a press release states. “The battleground states flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.”

Louisiana Joins In.

Alabama Too.

And more, it seems!

Assuming all this is true – I’ve only seen actual filings in the original Texas suit – who knows what will happen next?  Hold on to your butts, True Believers, history’s in the making.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New York Daily News editorial staff are all idiots.

Idiot brings a knife to a gun fight.

The Mayor of Austin, TX, is a hypocrite, and an idiot.

Florida state Rep. Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs, is an idiot.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is an idiot.

CNN’s Paul La Monica is an idiot.

(Insert standard Paul Krugman idiot statement here)

And So:

Bob Dylan, America’s Songwriter, has had one hell of a career.  He released his first album the year I was born (and I am admittedly no spring chicken) and is still producing original music today.  His performing style may be something of an acquired taste, but I’ve always enjoyed his work.  His voice conveys emotion in a way that’s not often heard in today’s auto-tuned, carefully tweaked young performers.  In 1983, he released his twenty-second studio album, Infidels, which included this song, Sweetheart Like You.

What’s interesting about the composition of this video is that Dylan’s apparent audience consists of one person, a sixty-ish cleaning lady who manages, with only a pose leaning on a mop and a blank expression, to somehow convey that she was once a beautiful young girl, the object of the song – and not only that, but that that beautiful young girl is still there, inside the shell of the old woman.  It’s a neat bit of performance art.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

One of the things I will miss about Colorado is the winters.  In the current Casa de Animal, on the high plains just east of Denver, we are routinely seeing temps in the fifties and sunny skies, even now in the first week in December.  At the site of our new Casa de Animal, in Willow, Alaska, this week has temperatures in the twenties and snow throughout the week.

I can live with that.  Aside from the more extreme daylight hours, the winter weather in the Allamakee County, Iowa of my youth was arguably no worse than southern Alaska, which has some benefit of warming from Pacific Ocean currents.  Those daylight hours, though; today, in Willow, sunrise is at 9:55AM, sunset at 3:44PM.  That’s not a lot of daylight for the inevitable choring required in a rural residence.  But, boy howdy, do the long, long summer days make up for it.

OK, then…

On to The Links!

I have no problem with this.

Ten hypocrites.

Turns out when you defund police, the crime rate goes up.  Who knew?

Would you miss it?  Seriously?

Hydroxychloroquine study finds that the drug reduced hospitalizations by 84%.

This was a census year, and redistricting is going to be… interesting.

No.  It was bad policies.

“If only we’d known about Hunter Biden!”

Well, how about that – Tokyo turns out for President Trump.

Fuck off, slavers!

Iowa Republican leads in recount results by… six votes. This, True Believers, is why no amount of election fraud is acceptable.

Well, duh.

The center cannot hold.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Pope (sorry, any Catholics reading) indulges in idiocy.

The New York Times’ Charlie Warzel is an idiot.

Paul Krugman is still a hack, and an idiot (this is getting to be a habit.)

San Francisco is still run by idiots.

These “kids” are idiots.

Rashida Tlaib (D-PLO) is an idiot.

And So:

When it comes to country music, you really only need two words:  George Strait. Unlike a lot of musicians, George is the real deal.  An Army veteran, George started out in music in rock & roll (!) before finding his feet as one of America’s greatest country & western performers.

George Strait is America’s Troubadour, and here, bearing that out, from his album of the same name, is his elegy Troubador.  Enjoy.

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 Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This from here:

CNN scared of new right-wing media, bashes Parler as ‘threat to democracy’

Brian Stelter — two parts potato, one part experimental estrogen replacement therapy gone tragically wrong — is worried about you poor, slobbering rubes, and what you might be allowed to read.

“People are going more and more into their own echo chambers, more and more into their own bubbles, especially Trump voters,” Brian Stelter recently lamented on CNN.

“There’s this new social media app called Parler getting a lot of attention, because conservatives are leaving, saying they’re leaving Twitter and Facebook, going off to Parler, because they believe Parler is a safer space for them. What we’re seeing is even more of a bunker mentality in right-wing media. And ultimately that’s not good for the country.”

Well, we can’t have the rubes out there deciding for themselves where to interact with other, like-minded people.  Our betters don’t like it!

Now that that’s all out in the open…

On To the Links!

Fuck off, slaver!

Fuck off, slaver, Part Deux!

Democrats?

President Trump may go all Grover Cleveland in 2024.

Before then, the GOP may see some good news in 2022.

I’m not even going to pretend I understand half of this, but it’s kind of cool.

“To be frank, the paper is crap that should not have passed any competent peer review,” Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and energy systems analyst, said.

The rise of Parler.

Well, pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er.

Knifefish really, really suck.

The Devil went down to Georgia.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

I LOL’d:

What’s the minimum wage for robots?

This may be the saddest thing ever.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman is still a hack, and an idiot.

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte is an idiot.

CNN’s Jim Acosta is still an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey is an idiot.

Appointing the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont as Labor Secretary has to be one of the most idiotic ideas I’ve heard of in a long damn time.

And So:

For this week’s musical selection, let’s focus on percussion.  The history of rock & roll is full of great musicians.  There are great vocalists, lead guitarists, bass players, keyboards, you name it.  But when it comes to drummers, I can only offer four words:  Neil Peart stands alone.  Here is Rush and their hit YYZ, featuring the Neil Peart cam, from a live performance in Rio.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Boy howdy, when you’ve lived in a house for twenty-three years, you sure find you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff.

With a 3,500 mile move in the offing, and a big portion of that through Canada, we’re making a concerted effort to pare down our stuff to bare essentials.  The problem is, that list of essentials includes a rather extensive gun collection, all of my Dad’s paintings that I have here, and a library of between 1500 and 2000 books, that’s still a lot of stuff – and we aren’t even taking any furniture except one futon frame and a white oak rocking chair my Dad made for Mrs. Animal the year after we got married.  And by the way, does anyone out there have any idea how to get a rather large amount of ammo through Canada?

The guns will be the interesting bit.  There are a couple of moving companies that specialize in moving military and ex-military people and who have the necessary permits and so on to transport things that a general traveler can’t bring into Canada, like most handguns.

As loony as Colorado is getting, it will be a reflective moment when we leave this house for the last time.  Mrs. A and I have both lived here longer than anywhere else in our lives.  We raised four daughters in this house.  We’ve loved this house, as we’ve lived and loved in this house.  But a house like this one needs a family in it.  It’s come now to the time when our great big barn of a Colorado home moved on to have another family grow up within its walls.

Life is an unending series of big and little transitions.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Banana Republic I.

Banana Republic II.

Banana Republic III.

Banana Republic IV.

Banana Republic V.

Banana Republic VI.

Want evidence of voter fraud?  Here’s evidence of voter fraud.

Because, you know, fuck federalism.

Failing to see the down side here.

RIP Alex Trebek.

Finally, some good news!

Weirdest headline I’ve seen in a while, and also a great indy band name:  Ants Slurp Their Butt Acid.

This Week’s Idiots:

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to prove he’s an idiot.

Jake Tapper is an idiot.

Chicago Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton is an idiot.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid outdoes herself in idiocy – again.

And So:

My Dad actually had a great singing voice, one in a long list of his native talents and most assuredly one he did not pass on to me.  From the time I was very young he was fond of singing this little ditty, which always made my Mom cringe a little when small children were around.  This is Oscar Brand’s Humoresque (Passengers Will Please Refrain.)  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Well, it’s all over but the shouting.  And some remaining counting.  And maybe a little rioting and looting.  As of yesterday morning, my prediction was a narrow race; I figured we’d see a narrow Trump win but reckoned a narrow Biden win possible, which if that was to be combined with a Democrat Congress, well then Katie-bar-the-doors, because we’re probably fucked.

One of the nicer things about being in Alaska, where we are house-hunting this week, is that East Coast returns start coming in at 3:00PM, and you don’t have to stay up late to get a pretty good idea of who is winning.

And, well, now we know.  It sure as hell looks like a toss-up.  As of this writing, Trump needs to hold Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and flip either Wisconsin, Michigan or Nevada to win.  Arizona, despite being “called,” is still supposedly in play.  Good news:  The GOP holds the Senate, so a supposed President Biden will have some brakes on what stupidity he can commit.

More election analysis on Friday, and believe you me, it will be worth every penny you paid for it.  And so…

On To the Links!

Forced Monkey Labor would be a great band name.  Also, fuck PeTA.

Hoisted on their own petards.

Bizarre ancient animals.  Cool stuff!

R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery.  The end of an era.

There could be 300 million habitable planets in our galaxy.  Cool.

Richard Grenell calls out that asshole Wolf Blitzer.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the (mid-Triassic) water.

This Week’s Idiots:

Keith Ellison is an idiot, but he may have a point here.  Let’s hope.

Mother Jones’ Kara Vought is an idiot.

James Clyburn is still an idiot.

These people are all idiots.

Now then:

This week we bring to you probably the best American railroad song ever written, City of New Orleans.  While the song was written by Steve Goodman for his 1971 album, I’ve always liked how Arlo Guthrie did it.  Enjoy.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In two weeks, we might know who will be President for the next four years.  Then again, we might not.

At this point I’m not sure what to think.  I see the polls, sure, but then, I saw them in 2016 too.  We were out elk hunting on Election Day 2016, having filed ballots in advance, and I went to bed that night pretty depressed at the idea of Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, actually sitting in the Imperial Mansion.  Next morning, I went out and started up Rojito, flipped on the satellite radio, and was flabbergasted; when loyal sidekick Rat opened the other door to climb in, I looked at him and said, “Holy shit, he actually pulled it off!”

I also see a huge enthusiasm gap.  President Trump is speaking to thunderous crowds of tens of thousands, while Groper Joe is speaking to tepid crowds of tens.  And, in a stunning admission of his campaign’s low energy levels, he has again called a “lid” – this time from Monday morning until after tomorrow’s debate.  Four whole days!

I hope the President can pull it off again.  If the Democrats once more gain control of the Congress and the Imperial Mansion, they clearly intend to rig it so they never have to give it up again.  They’ve said as much.

Go vote!

Now that I’m done venting about that…

On To the Links!

Don’t let the screen door hit your ass on the way out, “Boss.”

OMG OMG OMG

Axios demonstrates some rare self-awareness.

I found this interesting, partly because my father-in-law (as fine a man as ever lived) is an albino.  He makes the best Santa Claus.

Maybe don’t leave your guns in your car?  Just saying.

Adam Schiff once more proves he’s full of more shit than a Christmas goose.

The DNI on Hunter Biden’s laptop:  Whatever it is, it isn’t Russians.

War in space would be… complicated.

This is a surprising supporter for President Trump.

Another reason we’re leaving Colorado.

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

Our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator point out some University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse idiots.  I grew up about forty miles from LaCrosse; in my day it wasn’t totally inhabited by pussies.

The NY Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

Lindsey Graham was recently accosted by idiots.

And So:

This week’s song comes from one of the best (and completely self-taught) female vocalists alive today, Mary Fahl. Mrs. Animal and I have seen Mary perform live twice, and she’s amazing; both times we had the opportunity to chat with her after the show, and she’s as warm, friendly and charming as she is talented.

This audio-only cut  comes to you from a live performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in New York; this is Be My Hero.  Enjoy.