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.

Animal’s Daily Venezuelan Meltdown News

Barter has taken over, as the wreckers and kulaks in the Worker’s Paradise of Venezuela are exploring every possible alternative to the train wreck that is that nation’s “official” economy.  Excerpt:

“There is no cash here, only barter,” said Mileidy Lovera, 30, walking along the shore with a cooler of fish that her husband had caught. She hoped to exchange it for food to feed her four children, or medicine to treat her son’s epilepsy.

In the hyperinflationary South American country, where bank notes are as difficult to find as chronically scarce food and medicine, Venezuelans are increasingly relying on to barter for basic transactions.

Payment for even the cheapest of goods and services would require unwieldy piles of banknotes, and there simply are not enough of those in circulation.

But it seems the problem is just that the government is not printing money fast enough:

Economists say the central bank has not printed bills fast enough to keep up with inflation, which according to the opposition-run congress, reached an annual rate of almost 25,000 percent in May.

Once one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries, Venezuela’s economic collapse under President Nicolas Maduro’s government drove nearly one million people – 3 percent of the population – to emigrate between 2015 and 2017.

Maduro, reelected to a fresh six-year term in May in elections condemned by the United States, blames spiraling consumer prices and constant shortages of food and medicine on an “economic war” led by the opposition and Washington.

The economic meltdown in Venezuela is due to one thing:  Socialism.  Socialist systems always end in this kind of a meltdown; even in a country as enormous, as rich in resources as the once and former Soviet Union, was perpetually in the “stand-in-line-for-beets” economic stage. With socialism, it is always steak yesterday and steak tomorrow, but never steak today.

Mark Twain is reputed to have once said “History seldom repeats, but it often rhymes.”  We’re seeing it rhyme now, in the colossal socialist failure that is Venezuela.

Animal’s Patriotic Hump Day News

Happy ‘Merica Hump Day!

This idea about splitting California up into three states just won’t go away.  Excerpt:

In a midterm season marked by primary upsets and the prospect of Democrats claiming a congressional check on President Trump’s power, another sensational development has been the momentum behind a ballot measure to split up the unwieldy, high-tax state of California.

The California secretary of state last month verified almost a half-million signatures collected by Cal3 initiative backer Tim Draper, qualifying it for the November ballot.

But could the seemingly quixotic bid to split California into three separate states become reality?

Californians shouldn’t worry about getting their driver’s licenses redone quite yet – the initiative has plenty of hurdles to surmount, even if it beats the odds and is approved by voters in November. 

“There are a lot of what-ifs,” Citizens for Cal3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande acknowledged.

Yeah, there’s one major what-if, Ms. Grande:  Congress.

The U.S. Constitution, Article Four, Section 3, Clause 1, states “New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

Now let’s break that down, because there area couple of hurdles this movement would have to overcome.  Here’s a big one:  “New states may be admitted by Congress… but no new states shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned…”

Will the California Legislature approve this breakup?  I’m inclined to believe they won’t.  Both gubernatorial candidates are against it.  The ballot initiative involved here is, frankly, not worth the pixels it’s printed on.

But even more so. that clause concludes with “…as well as of the Congress.

Congress won’t approve this.  Not a Republican Congress, not a Democrat Congress, not any Congress.  The GOP doesn’t want four more likely Democrat seats in the Senate and four more Electoral College votes; the Democrats don’t want to take a chance on the Central Valley overcoming San Diego and turning one of those three states red.

The California Legislature won’t approve this.  Legislators from the northern counties and the Central Valley, tired as they are of being ruled by the wealthy coastal elites in LA and the Bay Area, aren’t going to go along with a scheme that carves the state up to try to maintain that control.

This is a bad idea; fortunately it’s a bad idea that’s not going anywhere.

Animal’s Daily Tree Chicken News

Thanks once again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

Invasive iguanas have been a problem in South Florida for some time, and for some time I’ve been offering a solution to the problem:  Tell the local rednecks that they are good to eat.  Such solution, with a few variations, seems to be in the works.  Excerpt:

While many people view South Florida’s invasive iguana population as an annoyance at best and a pandemic at worst, Ishmeal Asson sees something else: lunch.

The Fort Lauderdale resident and native Trinidadian considers eating iguanas to be a way of life. Growing up, Asson learned to roast the island critters at roadside and backyard gatherings. Iguana is a staple in the Caribbean, where the reptiles are a native species and are known as “pollo de los árboles,” or chicken of the trees. Their meat contains more protein than chicken, and members of some cultures believe it has medicinal properties.

In South Florida, Asson is hardly alone in his taste for cooked iguana. He has more than a dozen friends who eat the animal, and they frequently hunt them using nets, snares and traps. “We are having a cookout this weekend,” he said earlier this week.

Asson said he and his friends use a traditional method of preparing iguana. “First, we cut off the head, then roast [the body] on the fire. You have to roast it with the skin on because it’s easier to take the skin off once it’s roasted,” he said. “Then, we cut it up into pieces and season it with a lot of fresh produce like chives and onions. I love to season it with curry and hot pepper, too. It tastes like chicken.”

As someone who has eaten iguanas his entire life, Asson still finds humor in eating the prehistoric-looking reptiles. “I prefer to eat it with the skin on,” he said, “because then I know what I’m eating. It kind of gives you a sense of humor, like, ‘This is iguana,’ you know?”

I’d try it.  I’ve eaten all sorts of critters in my day, from raccoon to opossum to rattlesnake to javelina, and dozens of others; iguana would just be one more, and there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t be tasty, properly prepared.   Iguanas are plant eaters, the ones I’ve seen in the wild in places like Puerto Rico (where they are also an invasive species) look big, meaty and healthy.

Since these are an invasive species, and since no license is required to hunt or trap them and there are no bag limits, maybe a trip to Florida with a really good .22 rifle is in order.  Any True Believers down that way who might be able to direct me to a good hunting ground?

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

A week from today, President Trump is expected to announce his next Supreme Court pick.  There’s a name I’d like to see offered up that isn’t on the list:  Judge Andrew Napolitano.  Still, the President appears to be doing his due diligence.  Excerpt:

While the president told reporters a day earlier that it was possible he would interview one or two candidates at Bedminster over the weekend, the official said that as of Saturday evening no presidential interviews with candidates had taken place, and that such meetings weren’t expected on Sunday either. Trump returns to the White House Sunday evening.

Trump said Friday he’d narrowed his search for a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy to about five finalists, including two women, and will announce his pick on July 9.

A person familiar with the process said Friday that White House officials were focused primarily on five federal appeals court judges — Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar.

“I like them all but I’ve got it down to about five,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. In response to a question about Barrett, he called her “an outstanding woman.”

At this moment I’m resisting the urge to advocate that the President nominate Roy Moore just to enjoy the industrial-grade RHEEEEE and the sound of leftist heads exploding – even though I think Moore would be a terrible candidate for the spot myself.  That would, however, be some epic-level trolling by a President who is candidly pretty good at that art.

But seriously, why not consider a libertarian justice like Judge Napolitano?  That would really rattle some of the ideological underpinnings of Court decisions; Judge Napolitano would be solid on the Second Amendment and skeptical on such examples of Imperial overreach as the War on Drugs.

My own preferences aside, though, here is a bit of advice for all you True Believers:  Have a good supply of popcorn ready for a week from today.  No matter whose name the President places in nomination, the outcry from his political opponents will be epic.

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