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Rule Five Second Amendment Friday

It seems Joe Biden plans to appoint Beta O’Rourke, the Irish jalapeno, as “gun czar.”  Excerpt:

Democrats now have single-party control of the federal government. President Joe Biden styled himself as the most moderate candidate his party had to offer. And still, during the campaign he promised to put Beto O’Rourke – the man who blurted out “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s” in charge of his administration’s gun policies. 

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties. The congressmen who ducked, covered, and cowered – in now iconic photos – when protestors entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not – like Congresswoman Lauren Boebert – realize that their safety is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore carry arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so. 

No, they will act based on an intensified fear and perhaps even loathing of their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them proved capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendment at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take up action against perceived tyranny. 

For discussion, I’d like to home in on one particular statement, and give some thoughts that derive from a discussion among my best online buds over at Glibertarians, a great site that has somehow, so far, escaped being “deplatformed.”  The statement:

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties.

Now, plenty of gun owners worry – rightly – about an outright ban and confiscation, including jackbooted thugs showing up at your door with a list of firearms they know or suspect you own.  But such a scenario would almost certainly be disastrous; with 200 million gun owners in the country, if only one percent of those folks resist with force, with the guns the government is trying to confiscate, then there is a two-million-strong rebellion in place.

The first steps are likely to be far more insidious:

The Biden campaign promised to “hold gun manufacturers accountable.” Certainly, car manufacturers are – and should be – accountable when a defect that they knew about gets people killed. But we don’t hold Toyota accountable when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If we did, then Toyota wouldn’t exist.

That’s exactly what the Democrats are hoping to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, then gun companies would have almost no choice but to go out of existence. And – believe me – there is really a clear path to this actually happening.

The thing is this:  Most gun companies aren’t really big companies.  Such a policy of lawsuit-enabling, and a round of suits funded by well-heeled Democrat supporters (let’s very quietly mention the name ‘Soros’ here) may well drive most or all of those companies out of business.

Next, let’s say they put in a big tax.  Not on guns, not even on ammo – let’s say they just tax primers.  Primers are a huge bottleneck.  They aren’t something the typical gun owner can easily reproduce, and they are absolutely essential.  Without primers, your AR-15 – or your Belgian Auto-5 – is just an expensive club.

Finally, a “violence tax.”  This may be the last straw.  Say you’re in your place of employment, and the sweet little lady who runs HR drops by your desk to tell you that the Imperial government has just instituted a “violence prevention tax” that will take, oh, 20% of the income of anyone who has ever been the subject of the instant background check required for a gun purchase – which tax applies unless you surrender or dispose of all firearms that the government most assuredly has a record of your owning.

This isn’t a case of government thugs showing up at your door with a confiscation order.  And you can’t open fire on the little old HR lady who brought you cookies last week.  If things come to this juncture, you have very few if any good options.

And if you think for a moment that this likely course of action is not being considered, then you’ve got another think coming, and I think the Biden Administration may well be about to disabuse you of that notion.

Animal’s Daily Truthiness News

National treasure Dr. Thomas Sowell, one of my personal heroes, weighs in on the current state of affairs.  Excerpt:

It is amazing how many people seem to have discovered last Wednesday that riots are wrong — when many of those same people apparently had not noticed that when riots went on, for weeks or even months, in various cities across the country last year.

For too many people, especially in the media, what is right and wrong, true or false, depends on who it helps or hurts politically. Too many media people who are supposed to be reporters act as if they are combatants in political wars.

Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That has certainly been so in the media — and in much of academia as well.

One of the most grotesque distortions growing out of this carelessness with the facts has been a removal of Abraham Lincoln’s name and statues from various places, on grounds that he saw black people only as property.

Such criticisms betray an incredible ignorance of history — or else a complete disregard of truth.

I suspect it’s some of both, but there is plenty of complete disregard for the truth going around.  Take, for example, last week’s events at the Capitol.

The legacy media would have you believe this event, which was for the most part better defined as hooliganism than terrorism, was some kind of historic first; when in fact the Hart Senate Office Building was invaded only in 2018 by anti-Kavanaugh protestors, Senators were confronted in elevators and all this was accepted as “free speech.”  Not to mention that only earlier this year D.C. was literally on fire, and this was described as a “mostly peaceful protest,” in one case by a reporter who literally had a burning car in frame behind him.

So to answer Dr. Sowell’s question:  No, the truth does not matter any more.  To pols in both parties, honestly, The Narrative is what matters.  But the actions of the Democrats and their supporters in the legacy media have been, for some time now, particularly egregious.

Animal’s Daily Speech Suppression News

Before we start, make sure to check out my latest over at Glibertarians – this time, a preview of something you might find interesting.

I’ve been dabbling around on Parler (pronounced par-lay, from the French, meaning “to speak.”)  You can in fact see my Parler works by following the link on the left, although I confess most of my activity is just reposts from here.  But now Apple and Google Play are deplatforming Parler; fortunately the url works just fine.  Excerpt:

Twitter banned President Trump on Friday and prominent conservatives like Mark Levin have been encouraging followers to move to Parler, an app dedicated to protecting free speech. Now, cancel culture has enlisted Apple and Google in its fight to eradicate the left’s opposition. 

The New York Times reported that Apple and Google have removed the social networking app Parler from the companies’ app stores, preventing countless conservatives from finding an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. 

On Saturday morning, Parler was listed as the No. 1 iPhone app as millions of the president’s followers search for a friendlier alternative to Twitter and Facebook. Despite Parler’s popularity on the app store, Apple said it banned the app on Saturday. 

“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”

Parler CEO John Matze responded to Apple’s decision.

“Apple, a monopoly, provides no alternatives to installing apps on your phone other than their store … big tech tyrants coordinate moves and work together to stifle competition in the marketplace,” Matze wrote in a statement.

This kind of deplatforming has nothing to do with “threats of violence and illegal activity.”  If it was, Twitter would have long ago banned AntiProfa and BLM activists.  This is speech suppression, pure and simple, and both Apple and Google wield enough power to make their suppression effective.

Honestly, I’m underwhelmed with Parler, which is why my contributions are limited to reposting.  The noise-to-signal ratio isn’t really any better than Twitter – in other words, awful – and I hate the text-limited, bumper-stick format.  When I feel strongly about a topic, I tend to go on at some length, and that platform doesn’t allow me to do so.

But here’s the thing:  All of this started with the moves to silence President Trump, and is now moving on to silence anyone with views to the right of center.  These aren’t the actions of people who are convinced of the rightness of their views.  These are the actions of people who are afraid.  They are afraid to let contrary ideas spread.  Why, do you suppose?

Maybe they understand that silencing people who are already angry is not the way to peace and reconciliation.

Animal’s Daily HOLY CRAP News

Yesterday:  Pro-Trump Protestors Storm Capitol Hill, Clash with Police.  Excerpt:

As Congress debates the 2020 Electoral College vote, legions of Trump supporters descended into the nation’s capital for the Save America rally, which was addressed by President Trump. Now, they’re marching on Capitol Hill—and pandemonium has broken out. Capitol Police are besieged and overwhelmed. The Madison building has been evacuated. Elijah Schaffer of the Blaze captured one melee. This is an increasingly dangerous situation.

Right now, the Senate and House are debating for up to two hours the Electoral College results of Arizona after an objection was lobbed by congressional Republicans. We can expect this to happen at least three times today.

Our own Julio Rosas is on the ground as well, capturing Trump supporters rushing the Hill.

As some senile old fart once said, this is a big fucking deal.

There are reports of at least one fatality.  One woman was reportedly shot in the neck, presumably by Capitol Police.

I’m suspecting this is Stage One of a major shitshow. And I’m not entirely certain where it will go.

A few years before he died, the Old Man told me that he and Mom were lucky to have lived through America’s best years.  This from a WW2 vet and a child of the Depression.  I think he was probably right.  We’re on the down-slope now.

So, True Believers – thoughts?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We’ll be a bit abbreviated this week, as I’ve only started gathering the weekly links on Sunday.  Too much fun last week with family to pay attention to current events; these days it’s not that often these days that we can get all four daughters in one place with sons-in-law and grandchildren, so I was enjoying my role as benevolent head of a large and growing family too much to worry about the rest of the world.

So then…

On To the Links!

Well, we’re pretty fucked now.  Thanks a heap, Georgia.

How Long Does Sex Normally Last?  Uh…  No, I’m not going to comment.  Nope.

Lin Wood has apparently gone nuts.  I have to agree.

80-year-old Granny Boxwine (love that moniker) again elected as Speaker.  Another poster child for term limits.  Seriously, what is it with the Dems electing leaders who are bordering on full-blown senile dementia?

The best American whiskeys have something in common.  This is a subject in which I’ve long been keenly interested.

Well, she’s just following Joe Biden’s plagiarism example, right?

Antifa dirtbags threaten a mother and newborn baby.

Robert Stacy McCain weighs in on the “Stolen Land” argument.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Hill’s Sukyi McMahon is an idiot.

Paul Krugman continues to be a partisan hack, and an idiot.

The Atlantic‘s Tom Nichols is an idiot.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Horse’s Ass – MO) is an idiot.

Alastair Moock, Dog on Fleas, and the Okee Dokee Brothers are all idiots.

St. Louis DA Kim Gardner is an idiot.

And So:

I’ve long been a fan of the Grateful Dead.  Mrs. Animal and I were fortunate enough to see them live in the old Mile High Stadium in the summer of ’91.  They were a bit of the American Dream made good, a Bay Area garage band that made the big time and toured incessantly; for the Dead, it was all about the show.  Here, also from 1991, is a live clip of one of the songs most loved by their fans, Uncle John’s Band.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Defenders of Civilization News

Before we start, check out the latest of my Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  From national treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson comes this piece on the current state of affairs.  Excerpt:

In just a year, thousands of memorials and icons have vanished. Names have changed, words are banned. Careers were ruined. As new totalitarian rules were enshrined, old freedoms became despised.

Yet most of the country sat in lockdown quiet, as it was told that it, and its history, were toxic and culpable—and by whom exactly? Moralists like Labron James? Steve Kerr? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Were Americans in their 244th year suddenly to write checks, apologize, and pay penance to their angry self-described moral superiors?

A few schools apparently are no longer to be named after Abraham Lincoln, the president who saved the Union, destroyed the slave-holding Confederacy, and freed the slaves at a cost of nearly 700,000 American lives. Now 155 years after his assassination, the present generation—the most leisured, entitled, and wealthiest cohort in civilization’s history—deems him unworthy and unfit for any commemoration. Do any of the street-brawling Antifa radicals seem tough guys in comparison to the Union troops at Gettysburg or those who marched with Sherman?

Who or what does the Left offer in place in Lincoln—Che? Fidel? Malcolm X? Cesar Chavez? Margaret Sanger? Xi Jinping? FDR? Barack Obama? All would fall well short of the alleged standards applied by cancel culture. So what are we left with other than nothing? Diversity Academy A? Equity High School No. 3? Inclusion College IV? Campus 1619?

By all means, read it all.  You won’t come out of the far end of that exercise content or hopeful, but read it all anyway.

As a scholar specializing in the classical era, Dr. Hanson has a valuable perspective here.  Ancient Greece and the Roman Republic (and later the Empire) collapsed through many of the same issues we see here, today, in the once and former Land of the Free.  As Dr. Hanson asks:

Is there some common denominator in our malaise? A look back at Athens 340 B.C., or Rome 440 A.D., or Constantinople 1440, or France 1940? Perhaps.

I’ve done a fair amount of reading myself, particularly about the second Roman civil war and the tyranny that resulted from it.  I’ve read a lot about the fall of the Roman Empire, too, and there are too many similarities to be comfortable with, from the debasing of the currency to the collapse of coherent Roman cultural values.

Granted the rest of the world has plenty of problems as well.  The United States primary competition, Russia and China, are both sick giants, if not dying ones.  Russia is a gas station with some nuclear weapons, while China’s economy is a massively leveraged house of cards.  Both countries are about to fall off a demographic cliff.

The fall of the Roman Empire led to a Dark Age.  I’m hoping we can avoid another.  I’m afraid Dr. Hanson isn’t too sanguine about that prospect, and he’s studied the possibility a lot more than I have.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  And as we had placeholders last holiday week, be sure to check out last week’s entry over at Glibertarians.

So, hey, folks, it’s officially Twenty-Twenty-One, and has been for a few days.  Things have to be looking up, right?  Things couldn’t possibly be any worse than the dumpster fire that was 2020 – right?

Actually 2020 wasn’t bad for us here at the Casa de Animal.  We had a profitable year thanks to a long-term project that was amenable to remote work and was, in fact, planned to be mostly remote prior to the Kung Flu.  We have our retirement home in the Great Land, and in the next few months everything we’re taking north will be moved and the Colorado house sold, rendering us mortgage-free.  So honestly 2021 is looking pretty good for us, personally.

As for the nation?  Well, Dems would have us believe that Joe Biden, apparently soon-to-be President Biden unless the Trump people can pull some really amazing last-second shit, is just the guy to lead us out of the Kung Flu crisis.  Joe Biden couldn’t lead us to the fridge where his pudding cups are stored, much less lead the nation out of a crisis.  And while his campaign kept him mostly safe and secluded until they absolutely had to Adderal him up enough to withstand a debate or a softball interview, he won’t be able to manage a meeting with Putin or Xi without drooling.  Watch for a 25th Amendment solution to be offered within the first couple of years, with the resulting President Harris.  If the thought of that doesn’t horrify you, well, then I guess nothing will.

So, sure, 2021 may be pretty interesting.  Better than 2020?  Maybe.  But maybe not.  And that’s making the Great Land look pretty damn good.  Hang on, True Believers – I think we’re in for a pretty interesting time.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This will probably be the last regular post of the year, unless something really amazing happens that I just can’t wait to discuss.  The holidays beckon, and I have kids and grandkids to see, Kung Flu be damned.  Next year Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. will be in the Great Land and winter travel more… complicated.

For now I’d like to use this space to thank all you True Believers for reading and commenting throughout this train wreck of a year.  Best and heartiest wishes to you all from the Casa de Animal for a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, productive and profitable 2021.  Enjoy some holiday totty from now until January 4th, and we’ll see you in the new year.  Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!

And with that…

On To the Links!

The first domino to fall?  Well, not yet, but this is interesting.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  But he (Biden) will face Nemesis in a way that few other presidents have ever encountered the cruel Greek god. Biden’s hubris and that of the media/Democratic Party fusion almost guarantee such divine retribution.

Guardians.

Members of the new U.S. Space Force to be addressed as “Guardians.”  I can only accept this if the highest-ranking member of the Space Force carries the title of “Star-Lord.”

CDC tracking allergic reactions to the new Kung Flu vaccines.  Just like every vaccine ever developed, some people will be allergic.  As of last Saturday, there have been six reactions out of 272,000 doses.  Speaking as someone who has been in the business for thirty years, that’s not out of the ordinary.

Neandertals may have… hibernated?  Color me skeptical.

We continue to mortgage our grandchildren’s futures, and history will rightly damn us for it.  Here’s a short list of crap that has no business being in a Kung Flu relief bill, like the Appropriations Committee’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” and “Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery.”  This, True Believers, is why Congress-critters have approval ratings somewhere between cockroaches and polecats.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman is and always will be a cheap hack, and an idiot.

Salon‘s Amanda Marcotte is an idiot.

The Conversation’s David Hope & Julian Limberg are idiots.

If these idiots do this, this is actually racist.

NBC New’s Michael Mann is an idiot.

The Hill’s Joe Concha is an idiot.

Robert Reich remains an idiot.

And so:

There’s been a lot of talk about how the GOP should proceed, after a much-better-than-expected set of Congressional elections and a apparent narrow Presidential loss tainted by a yet-to-be-determined amount of shenanigans in several big (and blue) cities.

I do, as it happens, have some thoughts on that, and maybe we’ll explore those in the new year.  Bear in mind that I’m not a regular conservative but a minarchist libertarian, so my ideas may be quite a bit different than how most of the GOP may be thinking.  But as for demeanor, well, Alice Cooper may have some advice for Congressional Republicans, and I think they may want to listen to him.  From 1990’s Alice Cooper Trashes the World, this is No More Mr. Nice Guy.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Next Step News

Before we start, check out my latest over at Glibertarians – this time, a profile of one of the West’s most notorious figures, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok.

Now then:  Newsmax’s Christopher Ruddy has some interesting thoughts on what President Trump should do next.  Excerpt:

So where does Trump go from here?

Well, the answer is upward.

I believe Trump can accept the imperfect Constitutional process while still disputing results. Accepting Joe Biden as the 46th president upon Congress’ certification does not mean he believes the election was fair.

Trump could also attend the Inauguration ceremony. By doing so, he will steal the show and put himself foursquare behind the Constitution.

Predictably, buyer’s remorse will quickly set in during a new Biden presidency.

Reflection will re-focus Americans on Trump’s many achievements as president – from getting the Arabs and Israelis to make peace, to ushering in the strongest economy since World War II, to reforming Washington like never before, among many achievements.

Donald Trump probably fulfilled more promises than any other man to sit in the Oval Office. And in four years, no less.

After his presidency, Trump will also become an unequalled global political and media force.

Trump will be surprised how much influence he has as a former President, without the limitations placed on being the actual President.

Now, Mr. Ruddy leaves out one possibility:  Trump running again in 2024.  But a post-Presidency Trump, to be sure, could be enormously influential.

Imagine former President Trump holding his traditionally massive MAGA rallies from coast to coast, holding Biden’s feet to the fire for every gaffe, every policy screw-up, every failure, every intrusion into the lives of the citizenry – and there will be plenty to work with.  He will have considerable influence on down-ballot races, especially primaries, and if he doesn’t run in 2024 himself, he would have enormous influence on who got the GOP nod – he would, in effect, be the kingmaker.

Previously it was traditional for Presidents to go quietly into retirement after leaving office.  Presidents up through George W. Bush mostly observed this tradition, but Barack Obama cast that tradition to the winds – and if anyone doesn’t think he’ll be one of the primary puppet-masters for the Biden Administration, they’re kidding themselves.

So, why shouldn’t Trump follow that example?

Rule Five Options Friday

It’s increasingly looking like President Trump’s legal challenges are sputtering out, and that next month we’ll have an arguably senile old C-lister inaugurated as the (figurehead) President.  But that’s not what’s really significant about all this – the number one takeaway from this 2020 event is that we no longer have an honest and effective election system in this country.  The Presidential election process has descended into banana-republic territory, and at this point it’s hard to see what we can do to fix it – given that it would take action by the very people who allowed it to be broken and, indeed, who benefit from it being broken.

So what options remain for our tottering Republic?  As I see them, there are three:  Submission, secession or civil war.  Let’s look at them one by one.

Submission.

This is, sadly, the most likely option.  I’m not saying it’s the best option, mind you; just the most likely one.  A great deal of the electorate is not engaged much in the process, while a strong plurality was in favor of the “whatever it takes” approach to removing President Trump and doesn’t give much of a damn that it took electoral fraud to do it.

The implications of that are serious.  No matter the outcome of any election, anywhere in the country, both sides will presume that any outcome they don’t like was due to fraud, and in many cases they’ll be correct.  The Left in particular has now taken the mask off.  They have shown that they will do whatever it takes to gain power and retain power.  That’s not a recipe for maintaining the liberty of the people. 

But if the ordinary people of the nation accept this, then the United States as we know it will gradually devolve into an authoritarian state.  End result:  The U.S. ends not with a bang but a whimper.

Secession.

Let’s assume for a moment that we’re not talking about an 1861, South Carolina-style secession, but rather the “peaceful divorce” option already being floated in Texas and other places.  Take a look at the map of states that supported the Texas-initiated lawsuit that was just struck down a week ago today; most of the states are contiguous, excepting our own soon-to-be home state of Alaska.  A peaceful divorce of some sort would leave a nation on the northeast coast, one around the upper Midwest (call it Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan) and the West Coast. 

The free states would have good ports at Galveston, Corpus Christi, Mobile and Savannah on the golf and east coasts, and Anchorage on the Pacific.  (I may have missed a few, or maybe a few dozen ports there, but you get the point.)  The free states would also have most of the continent’s agricultural land, energy production and a lot of the manufacturing capacity.  The not-so-free states in the East would have… well… the legacy media, a fair amount of the old academia institutions, and the peripatetic victim classes.  The West Coast states would be set up a little better with some agricultural lands – assuming the new national governments allowed farming – and some industry, along with several good Pacific ports.

But how would the military be divided up?  Would there be any mutual defense pacts?  The new Blue nations would almost certainly devote little or nothing to defense; how long before China looks with envy at the undefended West Coast?  There are a million things that would have to be worked out.  Even so, I see this as probably the best way out of the current predicament, even as it is not a very likely one.  The down side is a global power vacuum, as the superpower that once stood astride North America like a Colossus would be gone for good.  End result:  Two, three or more nations where one once stood, the sum of those parts being rather less than the whole had once been.

Civil War.

This is by far the worst, and fortunately least likely, option.

Any such conflict would be, unlike the 1861-1865 war, a true civil war.  It would not be uniformed armies maneuvering in open country and fighting conventional battles; it would be much more like the various third world conflicts of the last century.  It would be a conflict involving atrocity piled upon atrocity; it would be fought on the streets of the cities, and spilled out into the countryside and the small towns.

This event would see the rise of local warlords; a partial or complete collapse of conventional authority would likely result.  Some percentage of the military would go to each side, likely – depending on actions of commanders – taking some military equipment and vehicles along with them.  The cities would be cut off, and as starvation set in, the urban cohorts would head into the country, assuming there was food there, but having no idea how to obtain or produce that food for themselves, and running into armed landowners when they try to appropriate that food.

And no matter which faction managed to wrest out some local victories, the United States, in this option, ends with a bang, not a whimper.

The Odds?

I’m engaging in pure guesswork here, but my estimate of the odds of each of the above scenarios, right now, are as follows:

  • Submission – 75%
  • Secession – 20%
  • Civil War – 5%

I’m probably pegging the odds of civil war a little too high.  My first gut reaction is to place that probability at 1% or less, but I’ve spent the last week watching reactions, and I have to say in my almost-sixty years I’ve never seen such a reaction to an election.  The primary reason I place the odds this high is that it’s arguably already started, with the Profa thugs of the Democratic Party’s brown-shirt enforcement wing already rioting in the streets. 

The main reason I don’t put the odds higher is that Profa has shown themselves to be rather egg-like; externally they have a hard shell, but when confronted and the shell cracked, they are pretty squishy and runny inside.  Things could well spiral out of control even so, and while I still think it’s unlikely to devolve to that point, I wouldn’t rule out some kind of preference cascade leading to the unthinkable becoming thinkable, and one thing that could lead to that is the ordinary citizenry realizing that their municipal governments aren’t going to do anything about the brown-shirts, and taking matters into their own hands.

So.  Thoughts?