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

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

Just a few random notes, stories and thoughts for the day.

Want to improve your memory?  Try walking backwards.

John Bolton is out as National Security Advisor.  Bolton was arguing to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan with no clear mission and no exit strategy.  The President – his boss – disagreed.  So, this was obviously going to happen.

Want to improve your memory?  Try walking backwards.

Democrats are blaming airplanes, meat and business for climate change.  Guess which three of those things aren’t going anywhere.

Seriously, is that what Dems are running on in 2020?  Do they want more Trump?  Because that’s how you get more Trump.

In Normandy, scientists have uncovered a bunch of preserved footprints – from Neandertals.  This is pretty cool stuff, because while bones give us an idea of what the Neandertal looked like and how they moved, and their tools give us an idea of how innovative they were, footprints record behavior – they are like signatures, saying I was here. It’s a really groovy find.

Want to improve your memory?  Try walking backwards.

Quantum gravity may be the key to time travel.  I will be the first to admit that my understanding of all this is somewhat less than rudimentary, but color me skeptical.

Turns out naps could be good for your heart.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a cat having a heart attack, and all they seem to do is nap, so…

Want to improve your memory?  Try walking backwards.

The Brits in Parliament seem to have the most fun.

Back home, the Denver City Council seeks to emulate San Francisco in nutballery.  At least we don’t have shit-choked streets and discarded needles everywhere – yet.

To ease your transition back to the real world, here is a bit of totty from the archives:

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

Animal’s Hump Day News

Some random links to stuff I found interesting over the last day or so:

Robert Stacy McCain skewers the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Not that they don’t need skewering – they do, every day and twice on Sunday.

Bill de Blasio is an idiot.

Jerry Nadler is an idiot.

Joe Biden is possibly senile, and an idiot.

Rahm Emanuel finds an acorn.  Rahm went on record saying that “Medicare for all” is a losing campaign issue for Dems – and you know, he’s not wrong.

Baltimore continues to deteriorate.  No surprises.

Mad Dog Mattis slaps down MSNBC.  Eh heh heh heh.

All is not well in Palin-land.  Having been divorced myself, all I can say is no matter the reason, that’s never an easy decision for anyone.

Illegal immigrant apprehensions at the southern border are way down.  Now, who was it that has been making immigration policy lately?

Meanwhile, the “migrants” find other destinations.  Go figure.

Our good friend Jillian Becker weighs in on recycling.

Violence for Thee But Not for Me.  Excerpt:

The domestic rise of various violent groups is a symptom of ideology taking precedence over authentic and rational thought. A recent example of this rather disturbing trend was the attack on the journalist Andy Ngo. Ngo was reporting from Portland, Oregon on a series of protests and counter-protests in the city when he was accosted and attacked by a far-left group, Antifa (which has been responsible for many acts of violence at other events). Ngo sustained injuries to the head, which landed him in a hospital. 

Go read.

Just because, here is some windy Rule Five imagery from the archives.

On that breezy note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Meanwhile, in the once-Golden State of California, Los Angeles has continued its slide into a literal Third World condition.  The latest affliction?  Leprosy.  Excerpt:

“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.

Multibacillary leprosy (MB) cases outnumbered paucibacillary leprosy (PB) cases by nearly eight to one (88.6% vs. 11.4%, respectively), and Latino patients were more likely than non-Latino patients to have MB, as were patients from Central or South America (versus other regions). 

Most patients (80.7%) received multidrug therapy, and most (92.6%) received antibiotics for more than two years, especially if they had MB.

Only about half of patients (56.7%) had World Health Organization (WHO) grade 0 disability (no signs or symptoms suggestive of leprosy or disability) at the one-year follow-up, whereas 16.0% had grade 1 disability (loss of protective sensation) and 26.2% had grade 2 disability (visible deformity) at the last follow-up.

Among the patients who lost protective sensation, 87.7% (50/57) did not regain it following therapy.

Think on that a moment.  Go on, take a minute and really think about that.  I’ll wait right here.

All done?  OK, good, because I have a few things to say about this utter failure of a city.  Not only have they been not only allowing but encouraging bums and winos to camp endlessly on the streets of the city – not only have they been allowing those street people to pile garbage and discarded needles on the sidewalks – now they have been visited by a relic of the 19th century, a literal Biblical plague.  The only thing they are missing are the cries of “Leper!  Unclean!”

And it’s important to note that the latter follows from the former.

Maybe we can trade the California coast, say, from Huntingdon Beach to the Golden Gate, to Denmark for Greenland.  We can keep San Diego, the Central Valley and most of the northern part of the state – the State of Jefferson portion.  The problem is, I don’t think Denmark (or anyone else) wants California.

Hell, I’m not so sure most non-Californian Americans want it.  Judging from the ongoing exodus of the productive from that state, I’d say there’s evidence for just that.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Red flag laws are generally a bad idea.  They are a symptom of a malady pols on both sides of the aisle are all too likely to indulge in nowadays – the pathological need to be seen as “doing something.”  In fact, these laws violate a number of Consitutionally-guaranteed rights.  Excerpt:

Under pressure to “do something” about mass killings, some Republican politicians have followed their Democrat counterparts by endorsing red flag laws. These laws authorize confiscation of firearms if a judge finds the owner poses a risk to himself or others.

But the history of red flag laws should make those politicians reconsider.

Modern red flag laws deny gun owners prior notice or a chance to defend themselves against an initial confiscation order. A judge may issue the order after an uncontested hearing. In some states, the person seeking the order is held to a relatively low burden of proof.

This disregard for due process would be wrong even if red flag laws were proven effective. But the few studies on the subject suggest they are not. One study even concludes that these measures may increase rape.

In politics, if we know a proposal doesn’t serve its advertised purpose, then the advertised purpose usually is not the real one. In this case, the dominant motive seems to be to take guns away from people, despite the undeniable role of firearms in self-defense and crime prevention.

Ironically, by adopting the term “red flag law,” promoters inadvertently admitted their real motive is not safety.  This is because the phrase “red flag law” has been proverbial for an enactment masquerading as a safety measure but really passed for more sinister reasons.

These laws violate our Bill of Rights guarantees in several ways:

  • 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • 5th Amendment guarantees of due process
  • 6th Amendment right to confront an accuser.

But, at least, politicians can claim to have “done something.”

As we’ll examine in more depth on Friday, there is little or no impetus at any level of government to actually identify the underlying causes of things like mass shootings – and nobody in politics or media seems to give an ounce of crap about the death tolls in places like Baltimore or Chicago, which experience the equivalent of a highly-publicized mass shooting on any given weekend.

Instead, the media’s concern is ratings, and the pol’s concern is grandstanding.  Facts be damned.

It’s a fine damn pass we’ve come to.

Animal’s Daily 4th Amendment News

Before we proceed, go read my latest over at Glibertarians – this week I discuss the Gold Standard of pump shotguns, the Winchester Model 12.

On (heavily subsidized and losing money regardless) Amtrak, DEA agents are conducting searches, seemingly-but-not-really at random.  Excerpt:

Cops patrolling train stations are typically using a tactic that law enforcement calls the “cold consent encounter,” so named because they approach people cold, on thin evidence they are drug couriers, and passengers consent to the searches, at least according to the officers’ versions of events.

It’s a legal loophole of sorts, commonly used by DEA agents working mass transit to get around the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects people from unreasonable searches. (Travelers can’t decline a search once a drug dog makes a positive hit, however.)

The American Civil Liberties Union has described cold consent encounters as “definitely cold, not so consensual.” And the ACLU of New Mexico criticized Amtrak in particular for its “insidious alliance” with the DEA, after some information about the DEA’s monitoring of train travelers came out in a drug trafficking trial in 2001.

ACLU New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said that travelers who are approached on the train or other mass transit often don’t know that they have the right to refuse police searches. Especially troubling to him is research showing that police, when acting on hunches rather than hard evidence, are more likely to let subconscious racial bias creep into their work.

I don’t often side with the ACLU, but they’re right in this case.  In part because of the utter failure of our education system to teach Civics, including such things as the Fourth Amendment, most travelers don’t realize that they have the option to say “no” when asked by a badge-bearing Fed if he can look in their luggage.

Of course, these days we put up with all sorts of invasions of our privacy.  If you go through security at an airport, you are effectively giving consent to have TSA agents paw through your luggage – and maybe your person.  But these Amtrak riders seem all too willing to meekly agree to searches.

I could tell you a story about when I was seventeen, and drove to a town in a neighboring county on a Saturday night to see if Howard County girls were any prettier than Allamakee and Winneshiek County girls.  (I didn’t notice much difference.)

A local cop, seeing a kid and a car he didn’t recognize, pulled me over on the pretext that the fog lamps on my car may have been too close to the ground and he wanted to measure them.  When that was done, and when he not-too-subtly played his flashlight beam around the inside of my car, he asked if he could look in the trunk.

“No,” I told him.

“Why not?” the cop asked.

“Because I don’t have to let you,” I replied.

Even then, in the late Seventies, I don’t think he expected that answer from a teenage boy.  But I maintain to this day it was the right answer.  It’s too bad more of these Amtrak riders don’t realize that.

Goodbye, Blue (Labor Day) Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!  Thanks also to our blogger pals Doug and Ed over at The Daley Gator for the linkback.  If The Daley Gator isn’t on your blogroll, it should be.

On Saturday last I took my new (old, made in 1942) Winchester Model 12 Black Diamond to the trap range.  I shot two rounds of 12-yard singles, hitting 23 and 23.  Not too bad, considering it’s the first time I fired the gun.  A couple of things  stood out:

  1. In those years, when Winchester said “Full choke,” they meant full-damn-choke.  The choke on that gun is as tight as a bull’s ass in fly season.  On a lot of my hits I was just ticking the edge of the bird.  You have to be right on the bird to dust it.
  2. The straight-grip stock will take some getting used to.  I’ve only owned shotguns with what we think of as standard pistol-grip stocks.
  3. The big wide rib and contrasting beads make picking up the birds quickly almost ridiculously easy.

I’m going to like this gun a lot, even if it is, as a dedicated trap gun, kind of a one-trick pony.

Model 12 Black Diamond

It’s Labor Day, so before we get on with all the nothing we’re planning to spend today doing, here are a few links.

Why do people believe in curses?  Well, I can think of two reasons:  Ignorance and stupidity.  Pretty much the same reasons people think of socialism as an effective economic system.

What it feels like to eject from a plane.  Not something I’ve ever been tempted to try, personally.

Amazon lists unauthorized cell phone signal boosters.  Unauthorized?   OMG UNAUTHORIZED!  We need more government over here STAT!

And on that note, we wish you a safe, happy and restful Labor Day.

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

We had an evening flight last night and I have an early morning teleconference in an hour or so, so today it’s random notes and links.

Upside:  Mrs. A and yr. obdt. are home in Colorado for the long weekend.  I have a new shootin’ iron, a 1942 Winchester Model 12 Black Diamond trap gun, so I’ll be going out to the club to shoot a few rounds of trap; watch these virtual pages for a report.

Now, on to the links:

Our species, it has long been known, once went through a pretty tight genetic bottleneck.  Now there are some more details about what may have caused that bottleneck.

Crows are getting high cholesterol.  From cheeseburgers.  Yes, really.

Elsewhere, feral hogs are, well, making pigs of themselves.  As a public service, I offer aid to any landowners with feral hog problems; I have a good rifle and am willing to arrange a time to come remove some of the beasts in question.

Taxes are going up in many states, but the roads still suck.

From one of my fellow Glibertarians, some thoughts on competition and the public sector.

Also, if you aren’t reading the morning and evening links over at Glibertarians, you ought to be.  There’s a wealth of other good content as well, plus you can read the comments without losing IQ points, which is more than I can say for most poltical/social commentary sites.

Today’s purely gratuitous totty is for blogger pal and long-time reader Andrew Pearce; Andrew, I believe you spotted the young lady in the center here in Tuesday’s post:

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

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

If there’s even a hint of truth to this, the schadenfreude will flow like the sweetest of sweet wines.  Excerpt:

A Washington, DC, mom says her political-consultant husband left her for Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to a bombshell divorce filing obtained by The Post.

Dr. Beth Mynett says her cheating spouse, Tim Mynett, told her in April that he was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative — and that he even made a “shocking declaration of love” for the Minnesota congresswoman before he ditched his wife, alleges the filing, submitted in DC Superior Court on Tuesday.

The physician, 55, and her 38-year-old husband — who has worked for left-wing Democrats such as Omar and her Minnesota predecessor, Keith Ellison — have a 13-year-old son together.

“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers say.

So, Representative Omar committed adultery?  That’s worse than marrying her brother to aid him in committing immigration and student loan fraud, I think, and would get her stoned to death in the Third World shithole she left behind when she came here to begin her career of bad-mouthing her adopted homeland.

But here’s the onion:

The 37-year-old congresswoman and mom of three paid Tim Mynett and his E. Street Group approximately $230,000 through her campaign since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, internet advertising and travel expenses.

Omar was spotted enjoying time with Tim Mynett at a California restaurant in March.

So not only is Rep. Omar an adultress, she is arguably guilty of fraud in what has to be an instance of her feathering her love nest.

Really, folks, if the Nut Squad didn’t exist, one would hope someone in the GOP would have had enough wit to invent them.  (That probably assumes facts not in evidence.)  President Trump should, in the course of his campaign, be slapping his opponent with the Nut Squad at every turn; campaigns on both sides have always used painting with a broad brush as a tactic, and it’s a tactic at which the President excels.

The silly season hasn’t even really started yet, and already, things are getting pretty entertaining.

Animal’s Daily Random Notes News

Be sure to check out my latest at Glibertarians, Profiles in Toxic Masculinity IV: Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis.

Some random notes from this (early) morning’s news crawl:

This just in from the New York Times – bedbugs.  It would be funny if it wasn’t so ironic.

There’s a new Star Wars Episode something-or-other trailer.  I’m not sure what to think.  Check it out for yourself:

Robert Stacy McCain’s linkage compiler and our good friend Wombat-socho has some thoughts on protecting the conservative and libertarian blogosphere.

Duck.

Duck.

Goose.

Crazy Eyes opines on the Electoral College, once more proving Abraham Lincoln’s thesis that “…it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Remind me again, who is the party of peace and tolerance?

Not my monkey, not my zoo.

Not my pig, not my farm.

America’s poor:  Some of the richest people in human history.

The two young ladies pictured below have nothing to do with any of the stories above.  Their appearance here is purely gratuitous.

On that watery note, we return you to your Tuesday, already in progress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Justice Ginsburg is having more health issues; if she dies or is forced to resign, David Axelrod is claiming that the next Trump appointee will face a battle that makes the Kavanaugh hearings look like a schoolyard scrap.   Uh huh. Excerpt:

A former Obama adviser set the stage for a potentially nasty confirmation fight in the Senate next year within an hour of the Supreme Court announcing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently completed three weeks of radiation treatment after doctors found a localized cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

“If there is a SCOTUS vacancy next year and @senatemajldr carries through on his extraordinary promise to fill it-despite his own previous precedent in blocking Garland-it will tear this country apart,” David Axelrod said in a tweet Friday afternoon.

He was referring to how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this year that the Senate would consider a presidential nominee to fill a vacancy on the court if one occurred in 2020.

“Oh, we’d fill it,” the Kentucky Republican said at an event in May.

That upset Democrats who remember the role McConnell played in blocking consideration of then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. At the time, he defended Republicans’ decision not to hold a confirmation hearing for Garland because it was a presidential election year.

To the paragraph immediately above I can only say this:  Politics is a nasty business, and were positions reversed, I’m abso-damn-lutely certain Chuck Schumer would have done the same thing.  When worn on the other foot, the shoe pinches.

But, yes, should President Trump get another appointment, which he almost certainly will, watch – the long knives will indeed come out.  It won’t matter who he nominates; the Democrats will dig into every possible aspect of the nominee’s background, down to and including his/her kindergarten teacher:  “Judge (Name), I have hear a sworn deposition from Mrs. Karen McGillicuddy, your Goforth Elementary school kindergarten teacer, that you once refused to help clean the chalkboard erasers alongside a student of color.  Now we demand a response to these allegations!”

It’s going to be epic.  And it’s going to be silly.  And, barring some sort of upset in the Senate in November 2020, which doesn’t look likely, Trump will eventually win, and his nominee will be seated on the Court.