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

Animal’s Daily Loony Flat-Earther News

Any of you True Believers from Australia? (We do get a few dozen hits a day, on average, from Down Under.)  If so, you may be surprised to hear that you apparently don’t exist.  Excerpt:

Australia is one of the biggest hoaxes ever created, and you have all been tricked. Join the movement today, and make it known that they have been deceived.

Make it known, that this has all just been a cover-up. The things these “Australian” says to be doing, all these swear words and actions based on alcoholism, MDMA and bad decisions, are all ways to distract you from the ugly truth that is one of the greatest genocides in history.

162,000 people was said to have been transported to this imaginary land during a mere 80 years, and they are all long dead by now. They never reached that promised land.

Tell the truth. Stand up for what is right.Make sure to spread the world – Australia is not real. It’s a codeword for the cold blooded murder of more than a hundred thousand people, and it is not okay. We will not, accept this.

Stand up for the ones who died. Let it be known, that Australia does not exist. [sic]

Uh huh.

Matthew Quigley begs to differ.

Now, to be clear, the article linked isn’t supporting the flat-earth view; it is, like we are doing here, poking fun at it.

What’s really odd is that there are actual organizations out there supporting this horseshit; see here and here for examples.  In this amazing modern era we live in, the idea that anyone could actually believe such an enormous, steaming pile of codswallop is… baffling.  But don’t worry overly much, Aussies; I haven’t been Down Under yet myself (it’s on my bucket list, though) but several people I know and trust have been, and they all tell me that yes, you really do exist.

As for the flat-earthers, well, there are people out there who believe all sorts of weird shit.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Yes, yes,  President Trump is at the moment either a blatant traitor to Truth, Justice and the American Way, or the best 4D chess player ever, with almost nobody taking anything like a middle ground.  I get that.  I’ll probably have something to say about the Helsinki thing after the overt RHEEEEEEE from, honestly, both sides has stopped, and I’ve done some reading and had some time to think things over.  I’m of a rather deliberate nature concerning these things.

But in other news, it turns out that there may well be something like a quadrillion tons (or tonnes, if you prefer) of diamonds in the ground.  Problem is, we can’t reach them.  Excerpt:

Cratonic roots are the most ancient sections of rock under tectonic states, shaped like upside-down mountains.

The researchers estimate that the roots may have 1-2% diamond, meaning that about a quadrillion tons of diamond are buried there.

Given that a ton of diamond is 50,000,000 carats, worth at least £3,000 each, that comes out at a tasty £150,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 by our relatively unscientific calculations.

‘This shows that diamond is not perhaps this exotic mineral, but on the [geological] scale of things, it’s relatively common,’ says Ulrich Faul, a research scientist in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

‘We can’t get at them, but still, there is much more diamond there than we have ever thought before.’

The researchers concluded that there were diamonds down there due to an anomaly in seismic data – where sound waves seemed to speed up.

Faul and his colleagues calculated that the anomaly could be caused by 1%-2% of diamonds in the ‘cratonic roots.’

My first thought was, “well, OK then.”  Can’t see how this is much of a concern any way you look at it.

But just imagine someone managed to figure out how to get down that far and found, yes, diamonds by the metric shitload (a metric shitload, in case you were wondering, is 1.14 Imperial shitloads) were down there; postulate a real-life Tony Stark came up with a Reverse-Gungaplexic Force Modulated Hyper-Drill that was able to reach these very roots of the Earth’s crust and bring up tons and tons of diamonds.

What an economic mess that would be.  The DeBeers folks wouldn’t be too happy about it, but the implications would go a lot deeper.  This would throw world markets in a tizzy, when a previously rare, extremely valuable resource suddenly becomes as common as gravel.

Here’s the catch; there are giga-tons of precious metals and other valuable stuff out in the asteroid belt, and that stuff is actually easier to get to.  Now think on that.

Our kids and grandkids may see some interesting times.

Animal’s Daily Clueless Socialist News

It seems “Democratic Socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know the difference between ass and face where the Israel/Palestine issue is concerned.  Anyone surprised?  Anyone?

Look, this is what happens when you take a clueless 28-year old part-time bartender and put them in the running for a seat in Congress.  Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been a bartender and a “community organizer” (sound familiar?) and, other than that, she hasn’t done a damned productive thing in her life.

In other words, she’s not only qualified to run for Congress as a “Democratic socialist,” she is arguably overqualified.  I mean, she has at least been a bartender.  That’s honest work.

Not that the GOP hasn’t had some embarrassing candidates – nominating Roy Moore for a Senate seat was a monumental fuck-up – but the Democrats seem to have a knack for putting up some real oddballs.  Their leader in the House is arguably senile; they have a Rep from the LA area who is openly advocating harassment of Trump Administration officials; they have a Representative who worried about overpopulation making the island of Guam tip over.

Seriously, folks.  Where do you get these people?

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Meanwhile, nutty old Dame Pelosi is continuing her long, strange descent into senility.  Excerpt:

We’ve all gotten tongue tied, and had verbal slips now and again. But this?

While attacking Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Pelosi had trouble saying “effectively.”

“His kowtowing to the president, esffect, esffectively saying…” she said.

Moments later, while attacking the Trump tax cut, she said, “…the GOP tax scam for the rich that added 2 children dollars more” to the deficit.

Pelosi suffered more speech problems as she was criticizing Trump.

“The president said he was going to move for negotiation, ‘I’m going to nego— negotiate,’ what was it,” she asked a staffer. “Like crazy,” she continued after prompting.

“Families across America are getting a raw deal from the Republicans. Democrats are pres— prosing a better deal,” she said.

After having trouble saying “Tienanmen” Square, she confused America’s adversaries.

“Instead of empowering the Russians, excuse me the Chinese in this case, instead of empowering the Chinese to, um,” she said, suffering a brain freeze, “hurt our industries,” she continued.

Moments later, she confused the countries again.

Talking about the trade deficit, she said, “It’s 80% of our products going into Russia— China, it just is, it’s just wrong.”

The question isn’t whether Pelosi can handle the speakership if Dems retake the House. She can’t. The question is who will be behind the scenes pulling the dummy’s strings. Her mouth may move but the words will be someone else’s.

One wonders just how incompetent you have to be before someone from your own party quietly takes you aside and says, “Nancy, bubby, you’re hurting.  Not helping . You need to retire.  Now.”  While they’re at it, someone from the Democrats needs to have the same talk with Maxine Waters.  And, just to be fair, the GOP needs to send someone to talk to John McCain; full props for his long service, but he’s battling a terminal condition and can’t even show up for votes.  It’s time for him to retire and let a replacement be named until the next election.

This is a problem you get when you have career politicians in the Imperial City, not citizen-legislators who serve for a while and then go back to the real world.  These people are so ingrained that they think the seats they hold belong to them, not to the voters, and they feel entitled to stay in them no matter how senile, how deluded they become.

Need another good argument for a term-limits amendment?  Just look at Nancy Pelosi.

Rule Five Lying Journalist Friday 2.0

A while back, I chronicled my thoughts on sack-o-crap Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News, lying about having fired an AR-15.  Now this week we saw another sack-o-crap, Christine Lavin of the San Francisco Chronicle, lying about owning a Glock.  Excerpts follow, with my comments.

I had come to Oakland from Texas, where having guns was part of the culture. When you go to a church or a bar in Texas, you usually see a sign saying “Leave your guns outside.” I bought mine at a gun show, with no background check, just cash on the barrel, so to speak. I took a gun safety class and started to target-shoot for a hobby. I got pretty good. Eventually, I became an instructor in gun safety and taught classes on weekends.

A couple things; I haven’t spent much time in Texas for quite a few years, so any True Believers from that state, enlighten me; have you ever, ever seen a church with a sign stating “Leave your guns outside?”  Unless someone tells me different, I’m calling bullshit on that one.  Also, the buying of the gun at a gun show?  I suppose she may have bought one cash on the barrelhead from another private party, but this stinks a lot like a backhanded swipe at the whole “gun show loophole” horseshit.  In other words, I ain’t buying it.

But here’s the real knee-slapper:

I opened my glove compartment, took out my Glock 17, and flipped off the safety. It was the first time it had ever come out of the glove compartment for any reason other than target practice. I rolled down the driver’s window and held the gun in front of my chest in both hands, as I’d been taught.

Let that sink in for a moment.  Ready?  When I read that, my initial thoughts were these:

What.

Fucking.

SAFETY?

For those who may not be familiar with Gaston Glock’s designs, the Glock 17 – indeed, any Glock – has no external safety.  This is, as was Kuntzman’s column, pure horseshit.  Ms. Lavin does not and never has owned a Glock of any kind.  She made up, out of whole cloth, the entire damned story.

Is it any wonder that journalists don’t exactly enjoy the unqualified trust of the American people any more?  Why the hell would Ms. Lavin put out such a transparent, easily disprovable lie?  What was she trying to prove?  What point was she trying to make?

I guess it’s unfathomable to people who, you know, don’t lie to try to make a point.

You know, those of us who actually know something about firearms have of late been accused of “gunsplaining” when confronted with would-be gun-banners who generally don’t know the difference between ass and face where guns are concerned.  That’s been the case for a long time, and we’re kind of used to it.  But when someone writes what seems to be a sort of pro-gun article for a liberal paper, and stuffs it with horseshit like this, that’s just baffling.

Animal’s Daily Transparent Goofball News

Blogger pal Doug Hagin over at The Daley Gator brought this to our attention the other day.  Original article here.  Excerpt:

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin said that her family was “targeted” over the Fourth of July holiday with people yelling the “n-word” at them.

The comments came during a panel discussion Monday about how the co-hosts spent their holiday and week off from the show. Hostin explained that her family had rented a house on the beach in a predominantly black neighborhood, and during the fourth, a group of people ran by their home yelling the racist comment at them.

“We were there celebrating, and some kids — about 20 of them — ran in front of our home and started yelling the n-word at us,” Hostin shared.

She then showed home video of her family asking a group of kids if they knew who the culprits were after realizing the people were “targeting them.”

Prodded by Joy Behar, Hostin said the kids yelled, “This is America, we are patriots, this is our holiday — things like that.”

In a word:  Bullshit.

First of all; in this area of near-ubiquitous cell phone cameras, nobody – I mean nobody – evidently whipped out a phone and hit “record” to document what would have objectively been a little group of assholes was doing?  Nobody?  That strains credulity.  Second, there have been just too many “racist incidents” made up out of whole cloth lately, to just take the word of some talking head.

I’m not sure what Ms. Hostin is trying to achieve here.  I do know that I ain’t buying it.

Oh, and tune in tomorrow for more horseshit from a journalist; this one we don’t have to doubt, we can show damn well how they are lying.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve discussed the likelihood of a possible breakup of the United States before in these virtual pages before, but here’s a pretty interesting take on the topic.  Excerpt:

The problem? In short, there are no red states; there are no blue states. There are instead, counties and neighborhoods and streets and the couch versus the bedroom after an argument with a spouse or significant other over political matters.

“And so what?” asks the Pollyanna-ish reader. He (or the rarer idiot she) observes, “We split up and then there’s no more reason to fight?”

That’s wrong for several reasons. One is that it is the moderate and right-wing tendency in the red areas that politically constrains the left-wing tendency of the blue. Remove the red from the blue and the real reds of the bluest blue states run amok, with moderates and moderation suppressed.

Think here: Stalin in Birkenstocks, the spirit of Ho Chi Minh coming down from his gas tank in Boston,4 or a Pol Pot cognate with a degree in journalism from Harvard or Yale, rather than École Française d’Électronique et d’Informatique. Remember, too, that Bill Ayers’ Weatherman expected and, I daresay, wanted to kill twenty-five million Americans, one in eight of the population, one in five adults, to create their preferred society.

It should not need to be said, in a world of bright people, but, sadly, we don’t live in that world: I am pretty sure that the same happens in the red states, where the removal of the political Left leaves all kinds of wingnuts, to include of the white-sheeted, pointy-hatted variety, to create or recreate their own particular fantasies, and run roughshod over moderates there.

Yes, it’s true; a major societal collapse, and a civil war sure as hell would be one of those, would be a shitshow beyond imagining; and yes, it’s very likely that in plenty of areas the nuts would rise to the top.  Plenty of areas would be run, not by elected leaders, but by warlords who managed to accumulate enough guns and followers to cow the rest of the population.

It’s just too bad that some folks have some weird idea that a civil war would be some glorious reclamation of the United States’ founding principles.  It wouldn’t be the beginning of a renewed U.S., it would be the end of the U.S. in any recognizable form.  I’m not saying it will never happen; I am saying I hope I don’t live to see it.

Animal’s Daily German Meltdown News

The decay of Germany’s military continues apace.  Excerpt:

The German magazine Spiegel recently revealed that most of the Luftwaffe’s—the modern German air force’s—128 Eurofighter Typhoons are not flightworthy.

In fact, only about ten of the aircraft are ready for operations, Spiegel said. This raises doubts about Germany’s ability to meet its NATO defense commitments.

“The problem is complicated,” according to Spiegel.

“Put simply, all Eurofighters have a sensor on the wings that detects enemy jets or attacks and warns the pilot. About half a year ago, it was discovered that the pod is no longer properly cooled. Since it is central to the self-protection system and this must be active in all operational flights, the number of operational jets drops.

In addition, “although the technicians could replace the defective pods on the wings, they needed a specific spare part to seal the cooling circuit. However, this, according to the sobering response of the industry, is currently unavailable because the manufacturer has been sold.”

Somewhere, Carl Von Clauswitz is spinning in his grave.

Not for much longer.

Germany has been, for better or worse, the pivot on which European history has turned since they were unified in the nineteenth century.  That’s probably ending now, but honestly, Europe is probably ending now – certainly within a generation or two.  Frau Merkel has already let the barbarians into the gates, and ethnic Europeans are losing the demographic battle through apathy.

The decay of Germany’s once-proud military tradition and, incidentally, their shirking on their NATO obligations, is a symptom of a much greater collapse in progress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

It’s beginning to look like Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, may be considering another run at the Imperial Mansion in 2020.  Excerpt:

Hillary Clinton is up to something.

Five times in the last month alone, she sent e-mails touting her super PAC’s role in combating President Trump. Most seized on headline events, such as the family-separation issue at the southern border.

Under the message line, “horrific,” she wrote June 18: “This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.” She said she warned about Trump’s immigration policies during the 2016 campaign.

Three days later, she was back again, saying that her group, Onward Together, raised $1 million and would split it among organizations working to change border policy, including the American Civil Liberties Union and a gaggle of immigrant, refugee, Latino and women’s groups.

And the day after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Clinton introduced a newly minted resistance partner. Called Demand Justice, it promises to protect “reproductive rights, voting rights and access to health care” by keeping Senate Democrats united in opposing any conservative Trump nominee.

Let’s be real about this; Her Imperial Majesty doesn’t give two hoots about the well-being of your average America nor about the finscal well-being of the nation.  That’s not why she’s doing this.  I really think it’s more her Brobdingnagian sense of entitlement that keeps her coming back. 2016 was like 2000 in one respect; in both cases, the election’s loser was driven to a mental breakdown by the unexpected loss.

Her Royal Highness’s thinking is along the lines of “But I was supposed to win! I WAS SUPPOSED TO WIN!” And she just can’t let it go.

Unlikely as it seems, President Trump should be hoping beyond hope that the Democrats are unsavvy enough to nominate Her Imperial Majesty for another run.  Not only is she the most deeply and fundamentally corrupt political figure since Huey Long, her cascading health issues, low energy and abrasive personality would pretty much guarantee the President a second term.  It doesn’t help that Her Royal Highness comes across as a shrieking harpy whenever she tries to address a crowd.

So, yes, Your Imperial Majesty, please run again!  Another Clinton campaign will surely provide some of the best unintentional comedy.

Rule Five Walk Away Friday

There have been a lot of pixels expended on the leftward swing of the Democratic party, as evidenced by the primary victory of Alexandria “She Geuevera” Ocasio-Cortez or the rise of that daffy old socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Well, maybe – just maybe – a backlash has started, in the form of the “Walk Away” movement.  Excerpt:

White millennials are equally divided between supporting Republicans and Democrats in this year’s critical mid-term elections, as a campaign urging people to “Walk Away” from the Democratic Party has picked up steam online.

Young people do not like President Donald Trump, but whites between the ages of 18 and 34 said they are equally likely to vote for a Republican as for a Democrat in the elections for Congress this November. A full 39 percent said that “if the election for U.S. Congress were held today,” they would vote for the Republican in the district where they live. Another 39 percent said they would vote for the Democrat.

This represented a nine-point shift away from Democrats since 2016. That year, only 33 percent of young white voters said they would elect a Republican to Congress, while 47 percent said they would choose a Democrat.

Young white men made the greatest shift toward the GOP. In 2016, nearly half of them (48 percent) said they would vote for a Democrat, while only 36 percent said they would vote Republican. This year, 46 percent said they would choose a Republican, while only 37 percent said they would vote Democrat — a 21 percent shift in favor of the GOP.

Here’s the real kicker:

However, there are signs that Republicans may win the 2018 mid-term elections as the anti-establishment underdog. How? By campaigning against the excessive Trump derangement syndrome across the media, Hollywood, and college campuses.

This is the premise of the “Walk Away” campaign. Brandon Straka, a gay man from Nebraska, identified himself as “The Unsilent Majority” and launched a campaign urging people to reject the Left — for the same reasons he became a liberal.

By all means, go watch Straka’s video.  You and I and any number of other people may disagree with him on any number of issues, but one suspects that the disagreement would be cordial and, at worst, end with a decision to agree to disagree.  I have in the past mentioned that one of my best friends is a deep-blue, East Coast urban progressive; Paul and I, by the estimations of many folks, shouldn’t even be able to speak to each other civilly, but we share more things that not and remain good friends despite – or, maybe, because of – many late-night political discussions over beers.  We disagree on many policy issues but find that no bar to friendship; there are many more things to life than politics.

Demonizing and demeaning people because of their political opinions certainly isn’t unique to the Left.  I’ve been called all manner of things by commenters identifying as conservatives due to my minarchist libertarian stances on issues like the War on Drugs and education.  But the Left seems to becoming more and more unhinged since, oh, November of 2016 (What was it that happened about then?) and it only looks to be getting more strident as we go into the first mid-terms of President Trump’s tenure.

So, yes, if you’re sick of the RHEEEE, walk away.  Just walk away.  There’s more to life than politics.