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My thoughts on the news of the day, both local, Colorado, national and international.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain and (new this week) Bacon Time, for the Rule Five links!  This week finds Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. in the less-than-welcoming environs of Chicago, although we are ensconced in a reasonably peaceful northern suburb.  We’re here until Friday, when we fly back to our temporary lodgings in (ugh) New Jersey.  Observations from this location may follow as events warrant.

We speculated about this several times recently, but now here we are; a Profa radical has attacked an ICE facility, and paid the price for it.  Excerpt:

William van Spronsen, a 69-year-old Antifa radical who was arrested for assaulting a police officer at a protest last year, was shot dead Saturday after he attacked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Tacoma, Washington, with molotov cocktails. New York Times:

The police fatally shot a man who was attacking an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday morning, the authorities said.

The man, who was armed with a rifle, was throwing unspecified “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a police statement. The man, identified by officials on Saturday afternoon as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island, Wash., continued throwing lit objects at buildings and cars, the statement said.

“One car was fully engulfed in flames,” said Officer Loretta Cool, a spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department. “He was also trying to ignite a big propane tank but he was not successful.”

Seattle Times:

Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen’s for about 20 years, described him as an anarchist and antifascist, and believes his attack on the detention center intending to provoke a fatal conflict.

That last sentence may well be correct; this looks an awful lot like suicide-by-cop.  But, here we are, what we’ve been anticipating has just happened.  What’s next?  A group of Profa assholes with rifles and improvised explosives?

Van Spronsen may well be a martyr for the Profa crowd now.  Granted, there’s one thing all martyrs have in common – they’re dead – but an important line has been crossed here.

Granted that most of these goons are not, collectively, the sharpest knives in the drawer.  All you have to do is read the Twitter conversations about this incident to see that.  But it doesn’t take a mental giant to take the next logical step, from one nut with a rifle and incendiaries to a bunch of nuts with rifles and incendiaries.  But the thing is this; we can’t count on them being stupid enough to attack an ICE facility staffed by armed officers.  They might attack a protest or rally by some group they don’t agree with.

And right now, the Presidential campaign season is ramping up, with President Trump presiding over yuge rallies all over the country.

What happens next?

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

A few random tidbits from the morning news crawl:

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Goose!

Wild Canada geese are delicious if prepared properly.  Some Canadians are adamant in defense of the big birds, however (language alert):

I Was Wrong (and I Bet You Were Too.)  Not only is the world today a better place than lots of folks think it is; the article here is also a description of the value of skepticism in critical thinking.  It’s important to know when you’re wrong and adjust your thinking; I know that if I’m ever wrong, if that far-away, unlikely day ever comes, I’ll be the first to admit it.

Billionaire Democratic donor: Bernie Sanders is a ‘disaster zone.’  And so the autophagia begins.  (He’s not wrong, though.)

Kamala Harris has a sincerity problem.  So what?  So does pretty much every other member of Congress.

And here’s something that maybe Harris ought to read.  Excerpt:

Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and America’s first black billionaire, praised President Donald Trump for the roaring economy and criticized Democrats for moving “too far left.”

“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble. “And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate (I’m supporting) in the party at this time. I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.”

Oh, there is one candidate in the 2020 race who has the potential to unite Democrats – President Trump.  But given the show members of that party are putting on in their three-ring primary, I suspect that’s asking too much even of Donald J. Trump.

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

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Back in the Nineties, there was a guy who was Trump before Trump was, a successful, wealthy businessman who saw the country on a bad heading and who decided to do something about it.  He was Ross Perot, and while he’s mostly remembered for (probably) handing the 1992 election to Bill Clinton, he actually was pretty prescient on at least one issue – debt.  And he passed away yesterday.  RIP, Mr. Perot.  Excerpt:

A billionaire by his mid-50s after he sold a controlling interest in the data processing business he founded to General Motors for $2.5 billion, Perot’s foray into presidential politics made him one of the more colorful political figures of the 1990s.

His Texas twang, populist platform — he memorably railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement, warning of a “giant sucking sound” of American jobs to other countries if passed — and frequent TV appearances brought him wide recognition, and his 1992 campaign, in which he garnered nearly 19% of the vote and finished third behind Bill Clinton and incumbent President George H.W. Bush, remains one of the most successful third-party bids in American history.

For years, Bush blamed Perot for his defeat, saying in a 2012 HBO documentary that he believed Perot “cost me the election.” Election experts and scholarly research, however, has challenged that theory: The New York Times found Perot’s effect on the outcome of the election “appears to have been minimal,” and The Washington Post reported Clinton would have still won by a large margin if Perot hadn’t run.

I remember the 1992 election very well; the senior Bush managed to honk up his re-election effort even after his 90% approval ratings only a year earlier, at the end of the first Gulf War.  He ran a perfectly execrable campaign and was up against one of the best political operators of the late Twentieth century – I think Bill Clinton was a less-than-fair President and a lousy, undisciplined person but he was and is intelligent, glib and charismatic.  Perot took a lot of the blame for his loss, but I always thought that Bush 41 needed to lay the blame closer to home.

Perot, illustrating a problem.

Perot had a damn good point through most of this campaign:  That the nation was facing a debt problem that had potential to become an existential crisis.  We can argue the rightness of his claim all day, but now, today, we are facing 22 trillion in debt instead of 4 trillion, and the Imperial government seems less worried about this than ever.

Would a Perot Presidency have set us on a saner course?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  The Imperial City swamp is deep, cloying and filled with parasitic creatures.  But he tried, he came a damned site closer to succeeding than any third party candidate before or since, and when you get right down to it, that’s not a bad legacy.  Not bad at all.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

This past four-day stretch had Mrs. A and yr. obdt. passing the time in Quebec, where we wandered in beautiful country and fished in some beautiful lakes.  The fishing was, as they say in Quebec, not so good.  You evidently have to fish private areas with an outfitter or make reservations for park lake fishing spots months in advance to get good fishing there.  But the land was gorgeous, the people were friendly, Mrs. A got to measure the European French she learned in school against Quebecois French, and we had a great time.  Photos follow.  Enjoy! Continue reading Goodbye, Blue Monday

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

Over at Glibertarians you can now read the latest in my series, Profiles in Toxic Masculinity!  This installment presents a character from the Old West who was quite a bit different than the movie depiction.

Meanwhile, here are some tidbits from the day’s news:

Democrats don’t want to talk about the economy.  That’s no surprise, since the economy is humming, and their proposals would be pure disaster.

Left-wing violence won’t stop with Andy Ngo.  Of course not; it didn’t start with him.  It won’t stop until one of two things happens:  The thugs of the contradictorially-named Antifa are arrested, tried and jailed, or some counter-protestors start exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.  That latter would lead to some really, really nasty scenes.

But this is a little over the top:  Progressives Are Leading America To Her Demise.  Progressives aren’t leading anything; the Democrats have a small majority in one house of Congress, and that only because they were smart enough to run moderate candidates in swing districts.  They do, however, have control of education, entertainment, the legacy news media and much of the bureaucracy, and that’s concerning.

On a lighter note, this guy has earned a Deluxe Platinum Man-Card.  For life.  Interestingly, black bears are actually more likely to attack you with predatory intent that grizzlies.  A griz may attack you because you’re too close to its cubs, or to a carcass he’s claimed, or just because you pissed him off.   But a black bear may well want to eat you.

And from the world of science – actual science, not pseudo-science nitwittery – GMO crops are yielding huge benefits in Spain and Portugal.  That ought to make some heads explode.

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

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

Some more random thoughts and tidbits from last night’s and this morning’s news crawls:

Eric Swalwell is an idiot.

Ilhan Omar is an idiot.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex is an idiot.

Mind you, in all three cases, I’m belaboring the obvious here.  But what the hell.

Food is not art.  I’m inclined to agree, seeing as to where it ends up.  I’ve eaten some damn fine meals in my day, but really, it’s all just fuel.  Back in my days in Uncle Sam’s service, we used to say about particularly useless troops that all they did was “suck up oxygen and turn food into shit.”  Well, no matter what the input…

Although most of reason I’m inclined to agree with this is because of the ridiculous celebrity worship of asshole prima donna “chefs.”  Fuck those guys.

A Nebraska school district plans to start randomly testing students for nicotine.  Fuck off, slavers!  And here’s the kicker:  In Nebraska, e-cigarettes are legal for users 18 and up, but lawmakers are trying to raise the age to 19.  Oh, for crying out loud.  More graduated age-of-majority horseshit.  More overbearing nanny-state government.  And in Nebraska, even.  What assholes.

You can’t beat this headline:  Horny Teacher Sentenced to Prison.

Nice.

Now imagine the reporting if the sexes of teacher and student were reversed.  The likely outcome is left as a thought exercise for the reader.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, just keeps piling up the security violations.  It would be nice to think that she might somehow, someday face some kind of consequences for this; most folks would be in Leavenworth by now, making big rocks into little rocks.  But we all know that petty laws don’t apply to the Clintons.

And on that rather discouraging note, we return you to your Thursday, already in progress.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

President Trump has saved the taxpayers a bunch of cash by negotiating down the price of the F-35 fighter.  Excerpt:

Trump never had any trouble understanding the operational advantages of a supersonic, multi-mission fighter that is invisible to radar. But from day one, he was not happy with the trillion-dollar price-tag attached to the program for buying over 2,000 planes and then keeping them in operation through 2070. Even after it was explained to him that much of that cost was inflation estimates for future years, he still thought the price was way too high.

So he decided to do something about it. In fact, Trump began his campaign to lower the cost of F-35 even before he was inaugurated. In a tweet he wrote on December 12, 2016, the President-elect said “billions of dollars can and will be saved” by pressing contractors for a better deal. Lockheed Martin, the company building the plane, saw its share price plummet 5%, and CEO Marillyn Hewson soon found herself meeting with a grim Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort to explain why the fighter cost so much.

As old Groper Joe might say, this is a big fuckin’ deal.

The military procurement process is badly busted and has been for decades.  It takes forever to push a new program through the increasingly complex, Byzantine procurement system; back in World War II a new fighter could go through the process from concept to squadron service in a matter of months, where now it takes years.  Granted aircraft now are much more complex than they  were then; but maybe, just maybe, this instance of a President actually sitting down with a defense contractor and saying “you know, I think you can get us a better deal” might be the start of something.

Of course the President won’t get the credit for it; as the article concludes:  It’s a safe bet that President Trump won’t get any more credit for his F-35 triumph from the mainstream media than he has gotten for creating six million new jobs or eliminating regulations. But his administration has now positioned its biggest weapons program to reap huge savings as production ramps up for America’s joint force and its allies. This is the kind of efficiency that the people who originally conceived the F-35 fighter had hoped for, but it took Trump to make it happen.

Credit is as credit does, but in the end, a few bucks were saved.  Now if he could only apply that to the rest of the Imperial government.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Programming note:  This coming Friday Mrs. A and yr. obdt. will be heading to Missouri for a few days of sun, relaxation, fishing and boating at Lake of the Ozarks; so next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there will be some fulsome totty placeholders.  Regular news posts will resume on Thursday the 27th, probably with some scenery from that event.

Moving on:  The descent of the once-Great Britain continues apace; now British police are fighting domestic violence by handing out blunt-tipped knives, which will presumably make domestic abusers less stabby.  Excerpt:

The latest example of how far the UK has fallen? It’s handing out blunted knives to the victims of domestic abuse to reduce stabbings.

Victims of domestic violence will have their kitchen knives replaced with blunt utensils to prevent their partners attacking them in their own home.

Nottinghamshire Police are piloting the scheme where around 100 ‘no point’ knives will be handed to victims who have either been threatened or attacked with a knife.

Police are concerned about the high level of knife-related incidents that happen in the home, and are hoping the new scheme has the potential to save lives.

Domestic violence knife crime makes up more than 17 percent of incidents reported to Nottinghamshire Police.

In 2018/19, out of 900 reports of knife crime, 159 were related to domestic violence.

Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the new knife crime strategy manager for Nottinghamshire Police, who is overseeing the scheme, said: “We do see a fair amount of knife related incidents in domestic abuse not just on the streets.

Wow.

I mean, it’s almost like banning guns did nothing to reduce violence. Who would have thought?

Oh, wait, I did. So did a ton of other people.

Instead, bad people shifted over to a different tool to commit acts of violence. Now the British police are pushing these “knives” onto people to use instead. All I see are the scissors we buy for little children to use at school.

Oh, Britain, what happened to you?  This is the land that gave us Jack Churchill, W.D.M. Bell, Horatio Nelson and T.E. Lawrence.  Now you’re fighting crime by reducing your citizens subjects to the level of kindergartners.

What’s next?  Screwdrivers?  Cricket bats?  Pointed sticks?  Bananas?

Meanwhile, Britain’s crime rate creeps ever upwards.

This, True Believers, is what you see in a nanny state run amok.  And hang on to your hats, because there are plenty of pols who would put the same kind of insanity in place here.

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

It’s a busy week, so instead of something that requires me to think about a topic in depth, here are some (shallow) random notes.

First:  Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, once more demonstrates a self-awareness rating of zero.   Best line:  Grandma needs a nap and maybe a brain transplant.   Heh.

A while back Oberlin College tried to ruin a local businessman who tried to prevent one of their students from shoplifting.  Now they’re suing the school for damages.  Hopefully this court decision will go their way; hopefully some heads will roll at Oberlin as a result of that, but I wouldn’t be too hopeful about that.

Imperial spending has blown through $3 trillion.  The deficit is at $738 billion.  National debt is at $22 trillion and climbing fast.  We’re waaaaay past the point of no return here, folks.

And, just in case you were wondering how things could get any worse…  Bear in mind the policies that drove Venezuela off this cliff will sound awfully familiar to anyone who has listened to the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont.

Speaking of Venezuela, our good friend Jillian Becker has some thoughts on their current predicament.

Apparently daffy old Groper Joe Biden is now a miracle worker; he has promised to cure cancer if he’s elected President.  Uh huh.  Presumably some kind of laying on of hands is involved.

Robert Stacy McCain weighs in on why the GOP is called the Stupid Party.  Hell, the Colorado GOP has been in a circular firing squad ever since Bill Owens left office.  But they may have one thing that will save them in this election cycle; the Democrats have apparently gone barking nuts.

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

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Yesterday I stumbled across another article bemoaning the lack of high-speed rail across the United States; while the argument is in a video, the headline on RealClearWorld blares, The Whole World Is Getting High-Speed Rail. Why Not the US? 

Here’s the video:

Here’s the main reason we don’t have high-speed rail:  The American people don’t want it.  The article bemoans how the American car companies and the rise of the Interstate highway system led to the death of the American passenger rail system.

But whether any of that is true or not, now we are a nation in love with our automobiles.  The only long-range passenger rail service, Amtrak, is heavily subsidized, notorious for lousy service and uncomfortable travel, and loses money every year.  Why?  Because people don’t use it.  And the less said about Moonbeam Brown’s California nowhere-to-nowhere high-speed train the better.

The video complains as well about emissions, claiming that high-speed rail is more ecologically friendly than automobiles or airplanes.  Even if that’s the case – and I don’t accept that at face value – this whole idea smacks of having Top Men tell us what’s good for us.

Every argument in this video points in one direction:  Imperial diktat telling us how and when to travel.  To that there can only be one reply:

Fuck off, slavers!