Category Archives: News

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

Rule Five Data and Facts Friday

Facts are pesky, persistent things.  Coleman Hughes has examined some facts, and ended up changing his mind on some things, to his credit.  Excerpt:

Two things changed my mind: stories and data.

First, the stories. Each story in this paragraph involves a police officer killing an unarmed white person. (To demonstrate how commonly this happens, I have taken all of them from a single year, 2015, chosen at random). Timothy Smith was killed by a police officer who mistakenly thought he was reaching into his waistband to grab a gun; the shooting was ruled justified. William Lemmon was killed after he allegedly failed to show his hands upon request; the shooting was ruled justified. Ryan Bolinger was shot dead by a cop who said he was moving strangely and walking toward her; the shooting was ruled justified. Derek Cruice was shot in the face after he opened the door for police officers serving a warrant for a drug arrest; the cops recovered marijuana from the property, and the shooting was ruled justified. Daniel Elrod robbed a dollar store, and, when confronted by police, allegedly failed to raise his hands upon request (though his widow, who witnessed the event, insists otherwise); he was shot dead. No criminal charges were filed. Ralph Willis was shot dead when officers mistakenly thought that he was reaching for a gun. David Cassick was shot twice in the back by a police officer while lying face down on the ground. Six-year-old Jeremy Mardis was killed by a police officer while sitting in the passenger seat of a car; the officer’s intended target was Jeremy’s father, who was sitting in the driver’s seat with his hands raised out the window. Autumn Steele was shot dead when a police officer, startled by her German shepherd, immediately fired his weapon at the animal, catching her in the crossfire. Shortly after he killed her, bodycam footage revealed the officer’s despair: “I’m f—— going to prison,” he says. The officer was not disciplined.

For brevity’s sake, I will stop here. But the list goes on.

And:

You might agree that the police kill plenty of unarmed white people, but object that they are more likely to kill unarmed black people, relative to their share of the population. That’s where the data comes in. The objection is true as far as it goes; but it’s also misleading. To demonstrate the existence of a racial bias, it’s not enough to cite the fact that black people comprise 14 percent of the population but about 35 percent of unarmed Americans shot dead by police. (By that logic, you could prove that police shootings were extremely sexist by pointing out that men comprise 50 percent of the population but 93 percent of unarmed Americans shot by cops.)

Instead, you must do what all good social scientists do: control for confounding variables to isolate the effect that one variable has upon another (in this case, the effect of a suspect’s race on a cop’s decision to pull the trigger). At least four careful studies have done this—one by Harvard economist Roland Fryer, one by a group of public-health researchers, one by economist Sendhil Mullainathan, and one by David Johnson, et al. None of these studies has found a racial bias in deadly shootings. Of course, that hardly settles the issue for all time; as always, more research is needed. But given the studies already done, it seems unlikely that future work will uncover anything close to the amount of racial bias that BLM protesters in America and around the world believe exists.

It’s nice to see someone discussing this issue that’s willing to use reason instead of emotion.  It’s also rather refreshing to see someone that can change their mind when confronted by facts; that’s something we all find difficult at times.  I’m certainly no exception.

Speaking of facts:  As a biologist the entire concept of “race” in humans puzzles me a little.  Well, more than a little.  Humans – as in our species, Homo sapiens – once went through a population bottleneck, probably in the Middle Paleolithic; for thousands of years there may well have been fewer H. sapiens on the earth than their are orangutans today, maybe as few as 2,000.  Why do I mention this?  Because humans have, as large mammals go, very little genetic diversity.  We have less genetic diversity than any of the great apes; less than chimps, less than bonobos, less than gorillas.

So why do the disparities in populations, in one nation, like those described above, still persist?

There’s an obvious answer:  These aren’t racial differences, at least not as biologists understand this rather nebulous term.  These are cultural differences.  In the last few decades there has been a distinct tendency in our major cities to adopt what I can only describe as a toxic urban “thug” culture, one that sneers at education, glorifies violence, prompts young men to father children and not support them, to be violent and misogynist; this culture also glorifies substance use and the criminal activity that surrounds the black market of drugs.

That’s the problem.  What’s the solution?

I can think of a few:

  1. Eliminate the “war on drugs” and the enormously profitable black market that results from it.  This won’t solve the cultural issues around drug abuse, but it will go a long ways towards drying up all the violence around gaining and controlling drug-sale turf.
  2. Let urban parents send their kids to better schools.  The teacher’s unions and their Democrat allies in Congress and state legislatures have squashed charter schools and voucher programs at every opportunity, while urban school districts lurch from failure to failure.  Let the parents, not politicians, choose what’s best for their kids.
  3. Recognize that law-abiding urban citizens have the same right to self-defense, and the arms that make that possible, as citizens living in friendlier jurisdictions.  Meanwhile, provide harsh penalties – and enforce those penalties – for those who use weapons in acts of violence.

The unfortunate police interactions we’ve seen lately are a symptom, not a cause.  Even in the most libertarian society, there are behaviors that cannot be tolerated; we should stop tolerating them.  The strange, violent “thug” culture of our inner cities is one of these.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

More relevant now than ever:  The Roof Koreans of 1992.  These brave people have evidently been largely forgotten by today’s rioters, but we could sure see a resurgence of this sort of thing if the current unrest continues.  Excerpt:

The riots of the spring of 2020 are far from without precedent in the United States. Indeed, they seem to happen once a generation at least. The 1992 Los Angeles Riots are such an example of these “generational riots.” And while most people know about the riots, less known – though quite well known at the time – were the phenomenon of the so-called “Roof Koreans.”

The Roof Koreans were spontaneous self-defense forces organized by the Korean community of Los Angeles, primarily centered in Koreatown, in response to violent and frequently racist attacks on their communities and businesses by primarily black looters and rioters during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Despite their best efforts, over 2,200 Korean-owned businesses were looted or burned to the ground during the riots. It is chilling to imagine how many would have suffered the same fate had the Koreans not been armed.

Standing on the rooftops of Koreatown shops they and their families owned, clad not in body armor or tactical gear, but instead dressed like someone’s nerdy dad, often smoking cigarettes, but always on alert, the Roof Koreans provide a stirring example of how free Americans of all races can defend their own communities without relying upon outside help.

The Koreans of Los Angeles were the ultimate marginalized minority group. They were subject to discrimination and often victimized by the black community of the city. Due to language barriers and other factors, they lacked the political clout of other minority groups, such as the large Mexican community of Los Angeles County. This in spite of their clear economic success in the city beginning in the 1970s and 80s.

Roof Koreans.

This, folks, is the Second Amendment in action.  When we can’t rely on civil law enforcement, we have to rely on ourselves.  Forget the whole idiotic “abolish the police” movement.  The police in some of these jurisdictions are abolishing themselves.  The L.A. Korean community did just that in 1992, and I have little doubt they’d do it again.

Apparently, today, in several of our major cities, anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky is “marginalized.”  And apparently, today, in several of our major cities, a “marginalized” community is fair game for mayhem and looting.

The “roof Koreans” in 1992 knew how to deal with that.  Today, how many folks will do the same?   And what will be the result?

Rule Five Abolish the Police Friday

CNN, the Airport News Network, is trying to carry water for the Minneapolis City Council members morons who want to abolish the city’s police department by pointing out a couple of examples of other cities that have, supposedly, done the same.  There’s only one problem:  CNN is full of shit.  Excerpt:

I found this story to be particularly ripe for a closer look by yours truly because I’ve lived quite close to and visited both of them. I even worked at an office based in one of them for a few years. And I’m here to tell you that there’s more to each of these stories than meets the eye from CNN’s descriptions.

The first one is Camden, New Jersey. I lived about ten miles from there for a few years back in the eighties and it’s an experience I would prefer to be able to forget. Camden is far smaller than Minneapolis, but at roughly 75,000 people I suppose it still qualifies as a city. And as CNN notes, it’s true that they did, in fact, break up their entire police department in 2012.

Yes, in 2012, Camden’s totally dysfunctional police department was dismissed. But unlike what Minneapolis is considering, it was only done so it could be immediately replaced by a new police department under new leadership. (They did hire back roughly 100 of their old officers, though.) So the total time that Camden was actually “without” a police department was the period of time it took to sign a few papers. Under new leadership, they have managed to decrease the crime rate by more than half, so God bless them. Of course, considering where that rate started, it’s still a pretty dangerous place to go for a stroll.

And then:

The second “city” that’s mentioned in the article is Deposit, New York. That’s less than an hour from where I live now. We drive past it regularly and have even found the occasional reason to go there. And as CNN correctly notes, they “dissolved” their police department just this year.

Here’s the thing to know about Deposit, New York. It has a total population of 250. No, I don’t mean 250 thousand. I mean 250 men women and children, give or take a few. The number of both horses and cows there is considerably larger. If you click on this link it will take you to a Google Maps aerial photo of the village. I will warn you in advance that the picture is zoomed in to the point where the entire area displayed is roughly two miles across. The street light (singular) in the center of town functions adequately and you’ll rarely be tied up in traffic unless some of the horses managed to get loose from the stables on the north side of town.

So, CNN’s “examples” consist of:

  • One New Jersey shithole that did not in fact “abolish” the police, but rather re-organized them, and is still a shithole, and
  • A tiny village of 250 people that are very adequately covered by the county Sheriff’s office.

Really, it’s a wonder these people have enough brainpower to draw breath.

The Minneapolis City Council of Idiots apparently thinks it a good idea to send social workers and counselors out to domestic violence calls, and recently one of these fuckwits even claimed calling 911 in the case of a home invasion “comes from a place of privilege.

Oh, kiss my middle-aged white ass.

My advice to anyone living in Minneapolis:  Ignore CNN.  Ignore the platitudes spouted by the horse’s asses on the City Council.  Get out.  Get out now.  Get while the gettin’s good, and before it’s too late.

Animal’s Daily Chicago Shit-Show News

Wow.  Just wow.  Excerpt:

Distraught Chicago officials complained to Mayor Lori Lightfoot — as looting and rioting in response to George Floyd’s death swept through the Windy City — pleading for help and warning that the vulnerable had lost access to food and medicine.

According to a tape obtained by WTTW News of an online conference call among the city’s 50 aldermen and the mayor, one alderman could be heard weeping while others angrily decried what was going on in the city.

“My ward is a s–t show,” one alderman says. “They are shooting at the police.”

After the death of Floyd in police custody last month, riots and protests broke out in cities across the country, with many being overwhelmed by the scale of the looting and violence — even though largely peaceful protests have returned to the streets after that initial surge of unrest.

The call in Chicago was held Sunday, May 31. That day alone, there were 699 arrests — primarily looters —  132 officers injured, 48 shootings and 17 homicides, according to CBS Chicago, as well as widespread damage to businesses and other property.

Mayor Lightfoot’s reply has been less than sterling:

On the call, others took aim at Lightfoot herself for her response to the crisis. One man, identified by WTTW News as Ald. Raymond Lopez, demanded that Lightfoot develop a plan to stabilize Chicago’s neighborhoods for five days, calling his Southwest Side ward “a virtual war zone” where armed gang members were threatening to shoot black people.

When he demanded she respond to the remarks, Lightfoot told him he was “100 percent full of s–t.”

“Well, f–k you then,” Lopez responded.

This, True Believers, is a classical case of governmental autophagia.  Chicago is descending into chaos, and the Mayor and aldermen are all pointing at each other.

Honestly, you didn’t expect any of these people to accept any responsibility for this mess, did you?  Pols in our major cities seem to have gotten awfully good at abject fawning before angry mobs, but seem to have very little idea how to determine the causes behind the mob’s anger; they also seem all too willing to cave in to the demands of said angry mobs.

Because that always has worked out so well in the past.

Sooner or later, folks, someone will come along offering a solution to the ills of our major cities, if only the voters will concede complete power – or if they can seize total power through some other means.  And, sadly, a fair number of people, especially people in the major cities who are tired of the nonstop cycle of crime and riots, will probably be accepting of the idea.

Because that always has worked out so well in the past.

Don’t think for a moment that this particular Rubicon can’t be crossed at the national level, either; a particularly talented demagogue could easily point to the success of totalitarian control of a major city and promise similar results on a larger scale, selling a level of security in return for the surrender of freedom.  And again, a fair number of people who are tired of the animating contest of liberty and prosperity will probably be accepting of the idea.

Because that always has worked out so well in the past.

Chicago may well be a bellwether.   Minneapolis, too.  Watch those places closely over the next year or so.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Colorado big-game drawings have happened, and once again, eleven years into the process, I haven’t drawn a moose tag.  I did draw a September bear tag for the area south of Eagle down to Basalt, encompassing several Game Management Units (GMU) and loyal sidekick Rat and I have black-powder season buck deer tags for a GMU down on the New Mexico border.  The black-powder season is in early September, so weather down there should be beautiful; a certain change of pace from last year’s rather cold and snowy hunt.

Shiras Moose.

The moose tag thing is a little frustrating, though.  It takes ten to twelve years, on average, to draw a bull moose tag in Colorado, and I should be damn close now; but Alaska beckons, where there are more and larger moose, so I think I’ll give this application process one more year before I give it up, along with my Colorado residency.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…

On To the Links!

Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?

As of earlier in the week, it was sure looking like a V-shaped post-plague recovery, although that data was pre-looters.

Everything’s better with beer.

Remember how the French Revolution ended?  Lots of people being guillotined.  No thanks.  The problem idiot “revolutionaries” frequently have is that they always think they’ll be the ones standing around with clipboards instead of tied to posts, staring at rifles from the wrong end; ask Maximilien Robespierre how well it all worked out for him.

Our latest weapon in the fight against Kung Flu:  Cows.

A Georgia State Trooper:  “I only kneel for God.”  I may not share your belief, sir, but I sure as hell admire your convictions.

This Week’s Idiots:

Here is an Aussie porn star who is also an idiot.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is an idiot.

CNN’s David Gergen is delusional, and an idiot.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is an idiot.

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender is an idiot.

This woman is quite likely a dangerous idiot.  Seriously, how stupid does one have to be to loudly proclaim and broadcast your rage at the fact that small business owners have taken up arms to prevent one from looting?  What a horse’s ass.

And So:

I don’t have any more deep thoughts at the moment, so here’s something from the archives to further brighten your day:

With that, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Daily Small Business News

Be sure to check out my latest over at Glibertarians – this week we examine the Origins of Beer.

Moving along:  Here are ten minority-owned small businesses wrecked by looters in the recent unpleasantness:

  1. Private Stock Premium Boutique, a black-owned clothing store based in Austin, Texas, was looted and left in ruins during the riots.
  2. Bole Ethiopian Cuisine, an ethnic restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was burnt, vandalized, and destroyed during rioting.
  3. Guns and Roses Boutique, a Dallas, Texas boutique, was started by a black businesswoman who built her fashion enterprise from the ground up. It was looted and left in ruins during riots.
  4. Go Get It Tobacco, a black-owned tobacco store in St. Paul, Minnesota, was vandalized, robbed, and left in tatters.
  5. King’s Fashion, a Philadelphia boutique, was burned and left layered in soot. Its minority owners had “built the business over two decades, working seven-day weeks.”
  6. MN Fashion and Jewelry, a jewelry store in Minneapolis, Minnesota was raided and looted, leaving its owner, Masum Siddiquee, to pick up the pieces.
  7. Scores Sports Bar, a Minneapolis sports bar, was the brainchild of a black firefighter who used his life savings to start it. He had planned to open it in June. Rioters burned it to the ground, and the owners did not have insurance.
  8. Healing Path Wellness Services, a South Minneapolis minority-owned mental health clinic, was burned, looted, and destroyed.
  9. Ihman’s Hair Studio, a Philadelphia hair salon, was looted and ransacked. The owner wrote that she is “hurt and angry that my people would vandalize and destroy a black-owned business.”
  10. Kane’s Barbershop and Altatudes, a minority-owned barbershop in Austin, Texas, was burned during riots and extensively damaged.

Now – from this story:

Several black-owned businesses had been destroyed in this area — considered the heart of the city’s black community — in recent fires that investigators have deemed “suspicious.” Neighbors suspect right-wing militias, and social media has been abuzz with purported — but unverified — sightings of masked white men in pickup trucks holding semiautomatic assault rifles.

Obviously right-wing militias now have advanced cloaking technology, because despite cell phone cameras being ubiquitous and despite almost every second of every one of these protests being recorded on video, somehow not one bit of footage of these “right-wing militias” destroying black-owned businesses has surfaced.  What footage we do have tells quite a different story.

As a committed civil libertarian, I think the fact that these neighborhoods have set up patrols and have taken responsibility for their own security to be just fine; frankly they should have been doing so well before this.  But the WaPo is revealing their own disgusting hypocrisy in referring to these groups with the innocuous term “neighborhood patrol,” when they would certainly use the term “right-wing militia” or “vigilante” if the same kind of activity were to take place in, say, Pocatello, Idaho.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links, and to our pals over at The Daley Gator for the blogroll link!

Townhall’s Derek Hunter had an interesting piece yesterday, but I think he missed a few salient points.  Selected excerpts, with my comments, follow:

Wouldn’t you think that, after generations of complaining about the “school to prison pipeline,” someone should look into the school part? If there’s really this pipeline feeding minority children into prisons, rather than letting people who’ve broken the law out of prison, maybe reform the institutions feeding them into prisons in the first place?

Of course, to do that you’d have to actually want to educate minority children so they could improve their lives on their own. With complete Democratic Party control for 50 to 60 years in most of these areas, you’d think that thought would have occurred to someone. It has, obviously, but it hasn’t resulted in action for some weird reason.

In fact, the best thing to happen to kids trapped in poor-performing schools – charter schools – are in the crosshairs of the Democratic Party; set for sacrifice on the altar of campaign contributions from teachers’ unions. The very same people who’ve failed to educate kids are sinking the lifeboats. Isn’t that a problem? Of course, it is.

Of course, there’s a far better solution than charter schools, although they are a step in the right direction.  But the end goal should be to eliminate government involvement in education altogether.  Eliminate government schools and the taxes that fund them, and let a thousand flowers bloom.  Will some parents choose to send their kids to substandard schools that teach hyper-PC liberal orthodoxy or religious nutballery over actual education in trades, arts and sciences?  Sure.  Will those kids have marketable skills once their education is complete?  Probably not.  Is it my responsibility to subsidize the mistakes of those parents?  No.

Solutions aren’t the Democrats’ objective. What does it say about a party that benefits more from the escalation of a problem than its solution? Again, I’m just asking questions. I would like to have a serious conversation, as I suspect many of you Democrats who mainly vote for Democrats because you’ve always voted for Democrats or you think Republicans are somehow the problem, would like to as well.

While I understand that Mr. Hunter is engaging in a bit of Socratic dialogue here, I can’t see the value in asking questions to which we already know the answers.  The fact that the political left, and statists in general, profit more from the escalation of a problem than its solution, is a feature, not a bug.  Both parties do it.  Both sides of the political spectrum engage in it, because, if you aren’t part of the solution, there’s big money to be made in prolonging the problem.

The people you are addressing don’t want a “conversation,” or a “dialogue,” Mr. Hunter, as I’m sure you know very well.  They want to lecture you, browbeat you, force you to submit; they have no compunction about using force, and they have no intention of allowing you to respond.  And if these people seize governmental control, then free discourse as we know it has ended.

Here’s a better answer:  Take a meat axe to the size and power of government.  Strip these assholes of their power.  We’re Americans, dammit; most of us are perfectly capable of managing our own lives.  And if an angry mob shows up on the street in front of our businesses, well, most of us know the answer to that as well.

Rule Five Line Up for Guns Friday

One of the more interesting things to come out of the most recent round of urban riots is this:  A long, long line for guns at a Long Island gun shop.  (There are gun shops in Long Island?  Who knew?)  Excerpt:

In the last several days we’ve seen many people on social media say that they’ve called the police and have been told the response either wouldn’t happen or would take a long time. It seems now more than ever that Americans increasingly aren’t relying on the police to protect them and are taking things into their own hands. 

And here’s the kicker:

The 2nd Amendment will definitely remain.

It’s probably no coincidence that the rioting is happening in urban areas, mostly in blue states, where the peasantry faces numerous hurdles to jump through if they have the temerity to want a firearm for defense of life and property.

“But why, Animal,” you may ask, “would the rioters so limit themselves?”  Well, there are a couple of reasons, not least of which is that urbanized areas have far greater amounts of stuff to steal, concentrated in smaller areas.  But, do you suppose, the AntiProfa fascists and the accompanying bummers that trail after them would have an easy time looting a small town in Texas, or Idaho, or Alaska?

They would almost certainly be met with gunfire if they tried.

For a historical example, let’s cast our optics back to the year 1876.  On September 7th of that year, a notorious outlaw gang set their sights on the bank in a small town.  That town was Northfield, Minnesota, and the gang was the James-Younger gang, consisting of Cole, Jim and Bob Younger, Frank and Jesse James, Charlie Pitts, Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell.

At 2:00PM on the afternoon of September 7th, Bob Younger, Frank James and Charlie Pitts entered the bank, guns drawn, while the rest of the gang stood guard outside.  They murdered a bank employee when he refused to open the safe, but wasn’t the only way in which the robbery didn’t go as planned.

The town was aware of the gang’s presence, and quickly figured out what they were up to.  A civilian named J.S. Allen shouted, “Get your guns, boys, they’re robbing the bank!”

The James-Younger gang attempted to flee, but as they rode hell-for-leather out of Northfield, there was a rifle behind every corner, and firing from every window.  Miller and Stiles were killed, and every other member of the gang wounded and all but Jesse and Frank James were consequently arrested.  That was the end of the infamous James-Younger gang, laid low by armed citizens.

It’s important to note that the robbery was not motivated solely by greed.  The Northfield bank had been rumored to hold the deposits of a former Union Army general, Adelbert Ames, among others; most of the James-Younger gang had fought for the Confederacy.  So there was a political motive lurking behind the attempted theft.

Sound familiar?

Imagine a similar response from business owners today.  Imagine a mob of rioters and looters appearing in a business district, to be greeted with cries of “grab your guns, boys, they’re looting!”

Imagine how short that stint of looting would be.

Now think for a moment about that long line of gun buyers outside that gun store in Long Island.

It’s not impossible that we may be about to witness a repeat of some of the more notorious episodes of the Wild West, only this time in an urban center in the east.  And, frankly, I have no problem with citizens taking up arms to defend their lives, homes and businesses; that’s one of the reasons the Second Amendment was born.  And, with this evidence, it looks like the right to bear arms will a little safer, at least for a while.

Animal’s Daily Local Hero News

Now this lady qualifies as a local hero; she took to a megaphone to call out protestors in Philly after another night of looting.  Excerpt:

The woman arrived briskly to the scene and immediately confronted a white, female protester before beginning her speech. She accused the protesters of creating havoc and violence, which closed businesses and prevented underprivileged families from getting necessities.

“They closed the CVS!” The woman exclaimed to the protester. “How are people supposed to buy soap?” The protester first called the woman a “f—ing wimp” and said that CVS was a bug business and could fix their broken storefront. Of the people who needed access to the looted and boarded up stores and city districts, the protester only said that there were “other places” people could go.

Sufficiently annoyed by the encounter, the woman strode to the middle of the National Guard line and picked up her microphone. First she gestured to the guardsmen saying they weren’t here because of crimes against black Americans, but that they were here because of rioting and looting.

“I’m gonna tell you about Black Lives Matter, cause I’m black,” she said. “90 percent black on black crime…where are you Black Lives Matter? why don’t you march on my f—ing block where they’re shooting everybody?”

“You’re not out here for racism, you’re not out here for oppression,” she said, “you’re out here utilizing racial injustice for your own self…every day we kill each other, where are you?”

“You have Americans committing acts of domestic terrorism,” she said of the rioters. “So hell, f—ing yeah, the military is coming to town mothef—er. Because nobody takes America. Nobody. That flag on their arm means something that you don’t understand.”

Note the first paragraph:  She confronted a white female protestor.  A black woman calling out a white protestor.

Here, watch:

Here’s how she concluded:

“Stop putting your black and white hands up, cuz you don’t know what the f— this means,” she said. “As long as black people are killing each other, don’t…raise that f—ing fist. As long as black people are selling drugs and poisoning their communities, don’t raise that f—ing fist.”

“There is no power in killing your own race. There’s no power in poisoning your communities. Now put your f—ing fists down.” She ended her speech to subtle applause and jeers from the mostly white protesters who continuously lobbed insults at her as she expressed her frustration.

“Have a nice f—ing day,” she said as she left the scene.

Were I in Philly, I would seek this gutsy lady out, buy her a nice dinner and the adult beverage of her choice, because she’s saying things that need to be said.

It’s just too damn bad she doesn’t have more company.

And the whole thing is more than a little saddening, as these rioters and looters aren’t just closing down businesses now.  A lot of these businesses won’t come back.  Next, we’ll see protests because there are no grocery stores or restaurants serving these areas – and I can’t blame even one single business or business owner for refusing to rebuild a store wrecked by looters.  And in a lot of cases, small businesses won’t be re-opened, as many insurance policies specifically exclude covering damage due to civil unrest.

Oh, and remember all the riots and looting when Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American Minneapolis police officer, fatally shot Justine Damond, an unarmed white woman?  No?  Me either.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We arrived back in Colorado just in time for the riots (see yesterday’s comments on that travesty) but, to our good fortune, none of the violence and looting have come near us.  But things are tense enough that we are keeping firearms handy; anyone that tries attacking the Casa de Animal will find violence does indeed beget violence, as we are prepared, in the words of the late Colonel Cooper, to ensure “...that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy. ”  Meanwhile, out of an abundance of caution, we are (as always) armed whenever stepping out of doors.

This situation, True Believers, is an ideal illustration of why the Second Amendment is still vital to our nation’s security.

With that said:

On to The Links!

Here are ten thousand commandments of Imperial regulation.

Lindsay Wagner’s boobs – not bionic.

The quest for bionic boobs.  Jaime Sommers was unavailable for comment.

More bionic boobs.

Still more bionic boobs.

Who knew there were so many stories about bionic boobs?

This is interesting; signs of allosaur cannibalism and scavenging.

Also:  The oldest known land animal is a millipede.

Denver’s mayor says, officially:  “You know what, fuck property rights!

Meanwhile, LA’s mayor cries “Uncle!”  And then asks for the National Guard, a few days too late.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Frida Ghitis is an idiot.

Slate’s Steven Thrasher is an idiot.

Vox’s Dylan Scott is an idiot.

And So…

One of the down sides – one of the very few downsides of moving from our temporary New Jersey lodgings back to our own Colorado is the necessity of re-acclimating.  While the New Jersey place was at a couple hundred feet above sea level, the Casa de Animal is more like 5,800 feet above sea level.  So Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. can expect a week or so of being short of breath, not to mention the dried-out sinuses from the near-desert climate.

While it’s good to be home, recent events have made our move north (even if it’s just part-time) a little more urgent.  More on that to follow.  In the meantime, there’s still a lot to love about Colorado:

Colorado!

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