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

Animal’s Daily Colorado Baker News

This is interesting news; an Imperial judge has ruled that Colorado baker Jack Phillips has standing to sue the State of Colorado for religious bias.  Excerpt:

Last week, a federal judge ruled that Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, could proceed to sue the state for anti-religious bias.

Phillips previously fought a case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission cited him for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. The Supreme Court found that the commission discriminated against Phillips for his religious views.

On the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take Phillips’ appeal, Denver attorney Autumn Scardina requested Phillips to bake a cake that celebrated gender transition with a blue outside and an pink inside, the Western Journal reports. After Phillips refused, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission cited him again.

Despite Phillips winning his case at the Supreme Court, the state still decided to prosecute him, causing him to file a lawsuit.

And:

Campbell added that Phillips serves all customers regardless of their lifestyle but doesn’t create custom cakes that express messages that conflict with his religious beliefs.

You know, it’s illustrative to reverse the roles here.  Imagine an LGBTQX baker that refused to make a custom cake for a traditional heterosexual couple’s wedding.  Would the state of Colorado descend on them with the same fury they have visited on Phillips? Of course not!  And in that case, as opposed to Mr. Phillips’ case, the state would be correct; it is a clear violation of freedom of association to force a private business to enter into an agreement that violates their personal sense of ethics.

It doesn’t matter what their ethics system is based on:  The Bible, the Kama Sutra, the Books of Bokonon or the rantings of a street-corner drunk.  The state only has two legitimate purposes:  To protect the safety and the liberty of the citizen.  In this case, nobody’s safety or liberty was threatened by being denied a custom cake – except, of course, the liberty of Mr. Phillips, in the sense that the state attempted to deny him freedom of association.

“But Animal,” you might ask, “where do we draw the line?  Should a baker be allowed to refuse to provide a custom cake to a mixed-race couple, because he’s a (actual, as opposed to the usual, modern definition) racist?

“Yes,” I would reply, “…because bigoted pricks still have freedom of association.  No victim, no crime.  I may join you in a protest in front of that guy’s shop to deprive the bigoted prick of customers, but I’ll never say he isn’t within his rights to refuse – and there are plenty more bakers in Denver.”

The entire discussion should stop right there.  No victim, no crime.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links – and check out my latest part in the “History of The Six-Gun” over at Glibertarians!  In fact, you should check the link to the right to read all my Glibertarians articles.

Meanwhile, California’s descent into lunacy continues apace.  Excerpt:

This is the state that told McDonalds they could no longer give away Happy Meal toys, all because a politician said it was hard for him to tell his children “No” as they drove by the Arches. (McDonalds instead charges for the toys, and they actually move MORE of them, while turning a larger profit as a result.) This is the state that recently criminalized restaurants serving drinks with plastic straws.

Now the next micro-managed policy is being forwarded. An assemblyman by the name of Phil Ting has latched on to the next big crisis to rock the Golden State, and we thank the stars he is there for the goodness of the residents.

All the elements are in place, from the fact-challenged statistics to the catchy rhyming hashtag!

And please, enough cannot be said about the shaming of the intern by posing on a stool as an anthropomorphic CVS receipt!

I have to agree on the mental and emotional abuse of the intern; that poor schmuck looks absolutely mortified.  And California residents will also feel mortified if this crap becomes law, another useless, feel-good measure intruding on how businesses conduct their affairs.  This will cost businesses more money to transition, once again jacking up the prices of consumer goods in the Golden Loony State, and making it harder on the margins for small businesses to compete.

Why the hell does anyone even attempt to do business in Californey any more, anyway?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Thanks again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five link!

So Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed out on opening arguments for the first time in her 26 years on the Supreme Court, due to her ongoing health issues.  She’s 85.  Excerpt:

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

Ginsburg was discharged from a New York hospital on Dec. 25.

Chief Justice John Roberts said in the courtroom Monday that Ginsburg would participate in deciding the argued cases “on the basis of the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments.”

Ginsburg had two earlier cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 that did not cause her to miss court sessions. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.

The court said doctors found the growths on Ginsburg’s lung when she was being treated for fractured ribs she suffered in a fall at her office on Nov. 7.

After past health scares, Ginsburg has come back to work relatively quickly. In 2009, she was at the court for arguments on Feb. 23, 18 days after surgery for pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg, one of the Court’s liberals, has been in declining health for a while now.  While she certainly has our sympathies, it’s painfully obvious that she’s hanging on by her fingernails because she doesn’t want President Trump to name her replacement.

Think about that.  She is reducing the effectiveness of the Court for political reasons.

Here’s the thing:  The Supreme Court should not be a partisan body.  In an ideal world, it wouldn’t be.  But this isn’t an ideal world, and there is a huge ideological chasm between judges President Trump nominates for the Court and the ones Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I would have nominated.

That’s the main reason I voted for President Trump, incidentally, and from conversations I’ve had with conservatives and libertarians, I’ve got a fair amount of company there.

But enough is enough.  It’s time for Justice Ginsburg to hang it up.  Her family would thank her for it, and the country should thank her for it (although many on the left won’t.)  She has had a long and distinguished career, but it’s time.  Retire, Justice Ginsburg.  It’s time.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links, and to our pals over at The Daley Gator for the linkback!  Also, go read my latest article over at Glibertarians.com.

Now, with all that said…

On January 1st, the new “assault weapons” ban in the People’s Republik of Boulder took effect.  Independence Institute leader and Boulder resident Jon Caldera, having previously announced his intention to do precisely that, is refusing to comply.  Excerpt:

My strong belief in my Second Amendment rights is core to who I am. I know that is not understood by many today, however I am not asking to be understood. I’m asking to be left alone.

I am asking for progressives who run city government to live up to their assertion of tolerance and just let me be.

Because I own a long gun with a pistol grip and a detachable magazine, I had to the end of December to self-identify to the police, present myself for investigation and my gun for inspection, pay fees in order to receive a police-issued permission slip, all to avoid jail time, monetary penalties, and the confiscation and destruction of my gun.

I have never been convicted or even charged with a crime in my 54 years of life, but this week I became a criminal. I am no different then potentially thousands of other Boulderites who cannot bring themselves to submit to this ugliness. And yes, I know, most people today don’t see this as ugly or intolerant, but simply a reasonable thing to do about this “epidemic.” After all, something needs to be done.

For publicly stating that I will not comply, my daughter has been targeted at her Boulder school, the one with posters celebrating tolerance and diversity all over the walls. My refusal to submit has been commented on by teachers in front of their classes. She has been ganged up on by students and bullied because “her father is a murderer.” She is worried that I will be taken to jail. As a single dad to her and her handicapped brother, I have to admit I’m worried about that too.

Now illegal in Boulder.

And Mr. Caldera has company.

I’ve said it before, but the four words “I Will Not Comply” are some of the most powerful words in the English language.  Our own Denver suburb of Aurora has not yet given in to this nitwittery, but if they were to do so, I’d have to join Mr. Caldera and the legion of “gun toting hippies” in refusing to comply.

I can’t say as I’m optimistic about all this.  Local and state governments (see New Jersey, California and Washington for recent examples) will continue passing stupid laws, and more and more people will join the ranks of those who will not comply.  I’m looking for a way this can end without violence, but I’m damned if I can see one.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Well, sort of.  I’m not certain how hump day works when this Mittwoch is also basically this week’s Monday.  Regardless, let’s move along.  First up, thanks once again to The Other McCain for our first 2019 Rule Five links!

So let’s look at some 2018 highlights:

Here from PJMedia are the 20 Worst Quotes of 2018.  My favorite:  “Almost every single person I’ve ever heard of with an AR-15 has been a mass murderer.” — Author Nina Burleigh.  There are, best guess, somewhere between 10 and 20 million AR-pattern rifles in the United States.  Since we can only conclude that there have not been between 10 and 20 million mass murders, we can only assume that “Author” Nina Burleigh is a hyperbolic horse’s ass.

Speaking of horseshit:  “Psychic” Nikki, whoever that is, has some predictions for 2019.  As is normally the case with this kind of crap, her “predictions” are so vague as to be meaningless.   Except this one:  And if we can’t find someone on this planet to be nice to, perhaps someone from somewhere else will come into our lives. “…You’re going to hear more voices coming from outer space.” And not just voices, either. Psychic Nikki is certain of that. “We’re going to see more UFOs coming to earth… I wouldn’t be surprised if a spaceship landed by the end of 2019, 2020 for sure. I don’t think it’s going to be anything to be scared of. I just think there’s another planet like us out there.”

I can make a prediction too:  This won’t happen.  But the kind of nitwits that pay attention to “psychics” don’t notice when they’re wrong.

Here from Campus Reform are the five craziest college campus stories of 2018.

Of course, you can’t overlook Dave Barry’s Year in Review.

And, here, from the Washington Examiner, are the top five worst journalistic fuckups of 2018.  The worst, of course?  The media’s handling of the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and what a travesty that was.

Anyway, work beckons; Q1 2019 lies ahead, and it’s going to be busy.  Watch these virtual pages for more of all you’ve come to expect, True Believers!  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Goodbye, Blue Monday – and Goodbye, 2018!

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Not really a true-Blue Monday, because it’s New Year’s Eve, and plenty of folks are still off work.  But not our friends at Pirate’s Cove who are still favoring us with Rule Five links!

2018 wasn’t one of our best years.  Business was slow, with a several-month dry spell over the summer.  And we had a couple of losses in the family, primary of which was my Dad, the finest man I’ve ever encountered.

But 2019 is here now, and I’ve always been the sort to look ahead, not back.  Mrs. Animal and I already have some plans for the year which will in time be chronicled here.

In the meantime, thanks for reading!  I’ve always said that I keep this blog up mostly for my own amusement, but that doesn’t mean I lack appreciation for all you True Believers who come here to read every day (and, I’m sure, to once in a while look at some pretty girls.)

So, thanks!  May 2019 be a good year for you all:  Healthy, happy and profitable!

Animal’s Daily Exercise in Futility News

As the title notes, file this one under “Exercises in Futility.”  Excerpt:

A D.C. District Court judge slammed dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime with a $501 million bill today to the family of tortured and murdered American hostage Otto Warmbier.

The family of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student held hostage by North Korea and returned to the United States just days before he passed away filed a wrongful death lawsuit in April against North Korea.

Warmbier, who visited the communist regime as part of a tour group, was seized by North Korean officials on Jan. 2, 2016, before his flight was supposed to take off from Pyongyang. He was paraded before cameras the next month for a tearful “confession,” admitting he took down a propaganda banner that was hanging in the hall of his hotel. “I made the worst mistake of my life,” he said.

North Korea claimed the student took the poster as a “hostile act” to disturb DPRK unity at the behest of the CIA, a college group and a church in his home state of Ohio. He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor and reportedly fell into a coma shortly after his sentence began.

The 46-page ruling handed down today by Judge Beryl Howell noted that Warmbier was “blind, deaf, and brain dead” when returned by North Korea.

Let’s be real about this for just one moment; the judge didn’t “slam” the Norks with anything.  The North Koreans will not give one ounce of rat’s pee about this ruling, except maybe to enjoy a few rounds of laughter over it.

Seriously, though, why do people who should know better visit shitholes like North  Korea and Morocco?  In what insane universe did they think things would end well?  Countries like North Korea are always looking for an opportunity for internal propaganda against the United States, and as for Morocco, it’s in a part of the world that, frankly, is populated by fucking savages.

North Korea, of course, won’t be following any order issued by a U.S. court.  They will instead answer it with derision, and, to be honest, the U.S. government won’t do anything about it.  Sad as this whole situation was, anyone with a lick of sense could have seen the strong possibility of a bad ending the moment Otto Warmbier set foot in that batshit-crazy country ruled by a stunted little gargoyle with bad hair from a long line of stunted little gargoyles with bad hair.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Boxing Day!

Will California be the next Detroit?  Sure seems possible.  Excerpt:

California has a $16 billion deficit that no one seems to notice. Brown’s budget “assumes” that California voters will pass massive tax increases on themselves. If they do not, the 2013 deficit becomes a mind-numbing $20 billion. The budget, mandated to balance by the Calfornia Constitution, has been billions in the red for 10 straight years. How could Californians re-elect the same politicians year after year that produce budgets with multi-billion dollar deficits?

To protect the endangered Delta Smelt, a fish known better as bait, water has been diverted from the Central Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Orchards in the Central Valley have been allowed to wither and die, resulting in unemployment in the Central Valley as high as 40 percent. Imagine Californians living in what was the breadbasket of American now living on food stamps. California voters rejected Republican Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senator in 2010. She ran Hewlett Packard. Instead, they re-elected Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer ,who vowed to protect the Delta Smelt at the expense of the Central Valley.

California has 519 state agencies, like the state Blueberry Commission, that pay each of their commissioners more than $100,000 per year. State politicians, when asked to make cuts, fire teachers and fire fighters to inflict maximum pain on its citizens, while leaving these patronage commissions intact. State politicians have elevator operators in the state capital to push the buttons for them. Their solution for the overcrowding of the state’s prisons is to release inmates or transfer them to local facilities in already bankrupt cities. Yet, they are re-elected by California voters in numbers consistently higher than the old Soviet Politburo.

California’s public education system, once the envy of the world, now ranks 49th in the nation. Its business climate, according to 650 CEOs measured by Chief Executive Magazine, ranked dead last. Apple will take 3,600 new jobs to Austin, Tex. at its $280,000,000 new facility. Texas ranked first in the same survey.

Californey seems to be prone to a unique lunacy.  the once-and-former Golden State has plenty to offer; beautiful scenery, gorgeous weather, generally just a salubrious place to live.  But the tendency of California voters to keep putting the same lunatics back in charge of the asylum is troubling.

And the residents of that asylum will be calling on the Imperial government for help when the inevitable crash occurs.

The correct response from the Imperial City, of course, would be “you assholes made your bed – now go lie in it.”  But that probably won’t happen; whoever sits in the Imperial Mansion when that day comes will probably continue to enable the asylum’s behavior by making some nebulous claim as to how the entire nation’s economy depends on propping California up, and funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to the Left Coast.

And things will just keep going on the same old way.  California’s not too big to fail.  The rest of the country should let it.  There’s an object lesson in there for the other forty-nine states.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Good news for Bruce Lee fans!  Nunchuks are now protected by the Second Amendment.  Excerpt:

A federal judge found last week that New York’s 45-year old ban on a popular martial arts weapon is unconstitutional when squared against the right to bear arms.

Judge Pamela K. Chen found in favor of James M. Maloney in her 32-page ruling on Friday, arguing that the sale, use, and possession of nunchaku or chuka sticks — a simple weapon consisting of two sticks connected by a length of chain or rope — is protected by the Second Amendment. As such, New York’s ban on such weapons, enacted in 1974 after their popularity in martial arts films of the time, went too far and is an unconstitutional restriction.

Maloney, a college professor and an amateur martial artist, created his own martial arts style of which he is the sole practitioner. Key in his style is the use of nunchucks for self-defense, which are illegal to possess or sell in the Empire State. As he wants to both train his children in the art and possess the weapons in his home legally, he filed a lawsuit back in 2003 in an effort to overturn the law and, last Friday, the court sided with him.

As part of his case, witnesses for Maloney advised that at least 64,890 factory-produced metal and wood nunchakus were sold to individuals in the U.S. since 1995, that they are legal and in common use in 48 states — only New York and Massachusetts bans them — and some 5,000 martial arts schools train their users. The devices are even carried by police in California and Colorado.

Carried by police?  Really?

Archery may be affected.

This case is interesting to me, at least, not because I give two hoots about nunchuks – I don’t – but because it expands the concept of “arms” beyond guns.  By defining arms to include two sticks connected by a bit of cord or chain, they have made it more difficult for those who would restrict the Second.

We’re not just talking about guns anymore, folks.  Take this decision to its logical conclusion, and you have to include archery tackle, all manner of martial arts gear, replica swords, all sorts of things.  And all of those things have people who enjoy using them and don’t want them restricted.

And if you don’t think the government would restrict archery tackle, look at what’s happening in Britain right now with knives.

Animal’s Daily Taxifornia News

The cabal of nitwits that passes for Californey’s government is at it again, this time proposing to tax text messages.  Yes, really.  Excerpt:

Why do people call California “Taxifornia”? Here’s one reason: California regulators wanted to tax cellphone text messages. They were even considering making the tax retroactive. It just shows there’s nothing in California that can’t be taxed.

As always, the state government had what it believed is a good reason for imposing the tax: It would subsidize phone service for low-income Californians. And it suggested that the tax is so small — “just” $44.5 million a year — that cellphone users wouldn’t even notice it.

California has turned the richest state in the union, and once a middle-class haven, into a state with the most poor people and fully a third of all the nation’s welfare recipients. Now middle-class Californians are fleeing. Pretty soon no one will be left to pay for “low-income Californians.”

The California Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) dropped its plan to vote on the measure in January, but only after the Federal Communications Commission ruled that text messages can’t be taxed as a telecom service. Nevertheless, the PUC will soon need money. Why? Its spending on the so-called Public Purpose Program budget has soared from $670 million in 2011 to $998 million in 2017, a 49% increase.

California is certainly following the Reagan comment about government:  “If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  If it stops moving, subsidize it.”  But the real idiocy of this is that, as the article notes, folks will just switch to other methods.  Facebook apparently has a messenger app, and if this were to pass you’d see a wealth of messaging apps pop up like clover blossoms after a spring rain.

And, clear as day, when this happens I can see the taxers wanting to either ban those apps or tax them as well.  There’s just no end to the stupidity.

Sometimes I think that the entire California legislature has not one brain among them.