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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 The Other McCain and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!

Image from her web site.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decentralize

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

To put it in one word:  Federalism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

So apparently the various despots, lickspittles and mendicants at various levels of government are planning another series of Kung Flu lockdowns.  In some places even family gatherings are being restricted to ten people or less.  Churches are being shuttered.

Here’s the problem.  No one, not any elected or appointed official, at any level of government, has the authority to do this.  No President, no Governor, no state legislature, no state or local health officials, nobody, nowhere, in this country, has any authority to order these lockdowns.  Why?  Here’s why:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

No law means no fucking law.

A good friend and fellow Glibertarian recently described a tactic to take in a hypothetical court challenge:

*Puts constitution on desk, spins it around and stabs finger on “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“Pay special attention to ‘Congress shall make no law…prohibiting…the right of the people to peaceably assemble.  They can assemble for religious, economic or personal reasons. You see your honor, they don’t have the power to do this”

Judge – “They have been granted emergency powers by law, so yeah, they can.”

“OK, so you are saying the legislature made a law that they are specifically forbidden to make and that is why they get to do what they want? What are you? A fourteen year old sociopath? Did you go to law school?..Yeah? At this ‘school’ did they have any books? Yeah? Did you read any of them? Ahhh, now I am being cited for contempt because I am seeking to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Imagine that.”

America needs more assholes in the citizenry and fewer in government.

I really can’t add anything to that.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Last week was a dismal week, to be sure, and this week looks to be more disturbing still, at least on the political front.  Look for more info on the increasingly-banana republic feel of the last election in the Wednesday links.

Which makes the timing of our activities last week all the more timely.  Last Thursday, we put a bid on a big house on two acres of land in the woods a few miles from Willow, Alaska.  That bid has been accepted, and we have a contract.  We’ll probably move in May, when we can drive the Alaska-Canada Highway safely with truck and trailer.

Granted the reason for the move is not politics; that’s just a fringe benefit.  We’ve been planning this for twenty years.  Mrs. Animal and I wanted to spend our golden years in the Great Land, near wondrous hunting and fishing, in a place where we can breathe free air.  And now we are in a position to do that.

Not too far from our new place.

My goals for the Animal Compound were basic:  I wanted to be able to shoot guns off my deck, brew my own booze (yes, I will be building a still) grow a lot of my own veggies, and enjoy great hunting and fishing.  I can do everything but the last two on my own place, and the last two are within a few minutes’ drive.

So, for my message to the influx of idiots that made Colorado unlivable, and to the various entrenched political machines around the country that have handed us this sham of an election, I paraphrase the great Davey Crockett:

“You may all go to hell.  I will go to Alaska.”

Animal’s Daily Early Warfare News

Let’s set politics aside for a moment and look at another side of human conflict – warfare.  It seems our species and the Neandertals, our cousin species, may not have always gotten along.  Excerpt:

It’s exceedingly unlikely that modern humans met the Neanderthals and decided to just live and let live. If nothing else, population growth inevitably forces humans to acquire more land, to ensure sufficient territory to hunt and forage food for their children. But an aggressive military strategy is also good evolutionary strategy.

Instead, for thousands of years, we must have tested their fighters, and for thousands of years, we kept losing. In weapons, tactics, strategy, we were fairly evenly matched.

Neanderthals probably had tactical and strategic advantages. They’d occupied the Middle East for millennia, doubtless gaining intimate knowledge of the terrain, the seasons, how to live off the native plants and animals. In battle, their massive, muscular builds must have made them devastating fighters in close-quarters combat. Their huge eyes likely gave Neanderthals superior low-light vision, letting them manoeuvre in the dark for ambushes and dawn raids.

Finally, the stalemate broke, and the tide shifted. We don’t know why. It’s possible the invention of superior ranged weapons – bows, spear-throwers, throwing clubs – let lightly-built Homo sapiens harass the stocky Neanderthals from a distance using hit-and-run tactics. Or perhaps better hunting and gathering techniques let sapiens feed bigger tribes, creating numerical superiority in battle.

We know that there were some friendly relations between H. sapiens and Neandertals, as today’s humans of European and Asian descent have some Neandertal DNA, while many Asian populations have genetic markers from the mysterious Denisovans.

But it’s interesting.  Human history has long been a history of conflict.  That extends back to the time when there was more than one human species running around, at least in the forests of Ice Age Europe and the Middle East.  Now, today, as contentious as this year’s election cycle has been, at least humans aren’t running around clubbing each other over the heads…

…yet…

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 Daily Election Day News

Make sure to catch my latest over at Glibertarians – this week it’s a review of the 1961 Gun Digest.

Today’s the day, True Believers.  Today – we hope – we’ll find out just how fucked we are for the net two years.  I say two, not four, because in two years we’ll  have Congressional elections, and those can have as much if not more impact than Presidential elections.

But, yeah.  If we see a blue sweep today, my official prediction is that the Dems will make damn sure they never have to surrender power again.  They have a model – California – they are after power, and they mean to get it and to keep it.

The polling has been all over the place, but most of it showing the President running behind.  Color me skeptical.  Some of the most recent polls show the President opening up a lead, and if true, tonight could be very, very interesting.

The gold standard cited by so much of the legacy media and a lot of the new media, is the RealClearPolitics average, and in that Trump has been making up some ground but is still trailing in the swing states.

But the 2016 polls showed much the same.

And the one thing from the most preliminary of preliminary returns are showing may well be misleading, that being the number of ballots returned from registered Democrats vs. registered Republicans; people on both sides touting those numbers are all operating on the assumption that those people are casting votes in alignment with their party of registration.  That’s not necessarily so; I suspect there will be a fair amount of registered Democrats voting Trump (I personally know of several) and, to be fair, there will probably be some crossing the other way as well, although I think the former will far outweigh the latter.

RealClearPolitics, by the way, has started blocking you from viewing the page unless you disable your ad-blocker.  That pisses me off, and, while RCP is a pretty good news aggregate site and have every right to support their site by running ads, they do have too many auto-play video ads to suit me, which is why I run the ad-blocker in the first place.  Those things are annoying as hell.

But, I digress.

Here’s my final prediction:  Based on the most recent polling I’ve seen, it’s going to be a squeaker.  The most likely scenario I see has Trump winning about 279 EC votes, unless the fraud machine in PA can flip that state to Biden.

Watch Florida.  If Trump wins Florida, he’s on his way to a win.  If he loses Florida, his path to re-election gets a whole, whole lot tougher.

We’re in the end-game now, folks.  Hang tough.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Tomorrow, True Believers, we may just know who will occupy the Imperial Mansion in January.  Then again, we may not.  We’re on a semi-vacation this week, looking at houses up here in the Great Land, but I imagine Mrs. A and I will watch the election returns tomorrow night, just to see how fucked we are for the next couple of years.  Anyway, due to the house-hunting and enjoying the clear, free (and cold!) air of Alaska, posts will be a bit terse this week.  I’ll probably let my election recap wait for Rule Five Friday.

But, today, just as an illustration as to which candidate is having fun in this election season (as a counterpoint to the one that seems to be pissed off all the time) I’ll just leave this here.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

A week from today, we should – maybe – know who will be President for the next four years.  Although, I’m suspicious that, should Groper Joe actually win, he’ll be “resigning for health reasons” a day or two after the two-year mark, enabling Round-Heels Harris to serve the rest of his first term and still run for two more terms.  And that, True Believers, is a horrible thought.  The polls are narrowing but what’s really obvious is that the enthusiasm is all with the President.  Let’s hope he pulls it out.

But the GOP did get one thing of note done this week, and I can sum it up with five words:

  1. Associate.
  2. Justice.
  3. Amy.
  4. Coney.
  5. Barrett.

Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) can eat shit.  Seriously, what an asshole.

With that said…

On To the Links!

James Clyburn (Asshole-SC) is a mendacious piece of shit.  Seriously, what an asshole.  (I seem to be saying that a lot lately.)

Betcha twenty bucks she was off banging some guy she has on the side.

RIP James Randi.  A good summary of the man from the article:

His message: Mind readers are frauds. Fortunetellers are frauds. Faith healers are frauds. Dowsers are frauds. Spoon benders are frauds. Mediums are large frauds. Astrology is baloney, as is psychokinesis, precognition, channeling, psychic surgery, astral projection and anything and everything else that asserts the ability to harness supernatural forces.

RIP Jerry Jeff Walker.

Baby tyrannosaurs.  Neat!

Pro-Trump rallies in the…  NYC Orthodox Jewish community?  Cuomo did this, make no mistake about it.

I wonder if Hollywood twit Chelsea Handler realizes what a racist comment this is.

NPR delenda est.

Career bureaucrats delenda est.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Elie Mystal is an idiot.

Michael Steele is an idiot.

Tablet’s Carly Pildis is an idiot.

Slate’s William Saletan is an idiot.

Clinton creature Robert Reich is an idiot.

DaNang Dick Blumenthal is an idiot.

And so:

This song was originally done by a band called Nine Inch Nails, with whom I’m not overly familiar, but when Johnny Cash did a cover of it for his swan song, the songwriter, one Trent Reznor, reportedly said “it’s Johnny’s song now.”  You can see why, for yourselves.