Animal’s Daily Bad Deal News

Congressional Democrats are pushing back against the Trump Administration with something called a “Better Deal”, which apparently is NewSpeak for “more government.”  Excerpt:

Fittingly, top Democrats were back in D.C. this week to offer more detail on “A Better Deal.” At a Wednesday press conference in front of the Capitol, they outlined plans for an “independent trade prosecutor” to investigate businesses that shift jobs overseas, and an unelected “American Jobs Council” to investigate foreign investments in American businesses.

The American Jobs Council, Schumer said, will “slam the door shut on foreign companies who want to buy-up American businesses and harm our workers.” The council appears to be the centerpiece of a seven-point plan that includes penalties for federal contractors who outsource jobs, guarantees that taxpayer-funded subsidies flow only to American-based companies, and creates a public “shame list” for companies that move jobs offshore, according to The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, who reported on some of the details of the Better Deal plan this week.

In other words, more bureaucracy and more regulations aimed at trying to freeze a dynamic economy and halt the flow of capital and goods around the world.

Maybe this is, as Slate has suggested, the basis of a plan “to campaign against cable companies, airlines, and other things everyone hates,” but I’m not seeing it. It seems more like the basis for a campaign that says government bureaucrats know what’s best for a country, or one that promises to centralize more rulemaking at the expense of businesses and workers.

The focus on preventing outsourcing—something Trump and the Democrats have in common—ignores the benefits of being able to produce goods in places where labor is more inexpensive. That makes it possible for Americans to buy products that would otherwise be unaffordable, but it also allows global supply chains to lower the cost of living for everyone. Government controls over trade drive up costs and raise prices for the very low- and middle-income workers the Democrats (and Trump) claim to be trying to help.

As a purely political matter, if Democrats are trying to turn Trump’s economic populism their direction, this seems like a misguided effort.

Out on a limb.

Democrats have never seen a government regulation or tax on the business world that they weren’t in favor of.

Granted, at the moment this is pure political theater.  There isn’t the slightest chance Congressional Dems will even get this bill/bills out of committee, much less on the President’s desk to be vetoed.  But there are two things the Democrats have always been good at; two things the GOP could stand to take a few pointers on:

  1. Solidarity.  The Dems hang together.
  2. Persistence.  The Dems never give up.

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight needs to buy a vowel and get together on a few things, like tax reform; instead, it looks like they are going to wander around some more.  To paraphrase an old gag:  “I don’t belong to an organized political party.  I’m a Republican.”

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Over at The Daley Gator, our blogger pal Doug Hagin has a great example of leftie racism – yes, racism.  Excerpt:

Start with an ignorant racist tweet by a sjw Ijeoma Oluo:

(Note:  Screencap inserted, as when caught, racists have the tendency to delete tweets and pretend they didn’t happen.)

Good grief woman, could you be more racist? Wait, what am I asking here? No your entire identity is based on your hatred of Whiteness, and America of course. Here are two bits of advice. First, never eat at Cracker Barrel. No, not because too many damn White folks eat there, but because their food, excepting their breakfast, sucks. It is always cold, and a poor excuse for Southern food frankly. See, I grew up eating great Southern food, cornbread, collard, mustard, and turnip greens, black-eyed peas, fried chicken, catfish, fried pork chops, salmon patties etc. That was great food. Cracker barrel? Not so much.

My second bit of advice? You need help, serious mental health help. You are suffering from Racial Obsession Syndrome. A severe case of it frankly. Funny it is that the folks who cooked all that great food I grew up on, my grandparents, great aunts were great people. People who would have gone out of their way to help you. Would they have given the first damn about your skin color? No. They would have helped you because they had something you do not posses. Decency.

Racism is racism, and just as ugly when espoused by a horse’s ass like Ijeoma Oluo as when it’s put forth by the vilest Klansman to ever wave a sheet.

But here’s the real clincher:  Jackasses like Oluo are incapable of judging people as an intelligent person does:  As individuals.  Instead she judges millions of people by a single characteristic – melanin content of their skin – and attributes the possibility of not only discriminatory but even murderous intention, based solely on that insignificant characteristic.

Like our friend Mr. Hagin, I had many family member – parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – who not only enjoyed such fare as he described above, but who likewise would have gone out of their way to help a person genuinely in need.  I would say that, because of that fact, that I’m offended by the content of Oluo’s tweet, but there’s a catch.  For me to be offended, I’d first have to give an ounce of rat’s pee about her opinion.

And, obviously, I don’t.  The opinion of a racist horse’s ass isn’t worth consideration.

Rule Five Self-Defense Myths Friday

Recently The Daily Caller presented a pretty good article on three self-defense myths that you still see bandied about.  Here they are, with some of my comments.

Myth No. 1: Hit him anywhere with a .45 and it will knock him down.

This myth probably started with the advent of the .45 Colt back in the 1870s, but it has been repeated most often when people refer to the .45 ACP. Nowadays, you will hear it touted regarding the .44 Mag., the .41 Mag., the .40 S&W or whatever new pistol cartridge that has just been introduced.

The truth was discovered way back in 1687, when Sir Isaac Newton published his third law of motion. Newton simply stated that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, if a bullet shot from a handgun was so powerful that it could actually knock a person down, it would also knock the shooter down.

Part of the reason you still see this line of horseshit served up is because you see it in the movies and on television so often.  One of the best portrayals of an old Western gunfight is in the excellent Costner/Duvall flick Open Range; it shows a real gun battle, with old guns made with varying tolerances and inconsistent black-powder ammo, with opponents literally just blasting away at each other at short range until hits are scored.  But there is a scene that ruins the whole thing; Robert Duvall fires his double-barrel 12 gauge through a plank wall at a bad guy, and the blast picks the baddie up and slams him against a wall.  Not even a 12-bore at a range of about six feet will do that; not even close.  More on that in the next bit:

Myth No. 2: There’s no need to aim a shotgun, just point it in the general direction of the bad guy and fire.

The shotgun is an awesome firearm that is altogether too often overlooked by today’s defensive shooters. However, it is not a magic wand. People who claim you don’t have to aim a shotgun have simply never done patterning tests with their favorite defensive smoothbore.

When shot exits a shotgun barrel, it does so in almost one solid mass. That mass is smaller than a man’s fist. It is only as the shot travels downrange that it begins to spread apart, and it spreads much more gradually than a lot of people expect.

A shotgun can be absolutely devastating at close range; I can attest to this from personal experience, having personally taken a hit to the leg from a 12-gauge at a range of about three feet.  (It was just a minor difference of opinion; call it a misunderstanding and leave it at that.)  But it’s not a damned paintbrush.  A good tight aim is still required.

Myth No. 3: If you have to shoot a bad guy in your front yard, drag him into the house before calling the cops.

As ridiculous as this may sound, it is one of the self-defense myths that just won’t go away. A student brought it up once in a defensive pistol class. There are couple of good reasons why this is a terrible idea.

We live in a time when any halfway-awake forensics weenie can reconstruct your life history from the remains of your gerbil’s three-week-old fart, and people are still spouting this nonsense.

Here are a couple of additions of my own:

Don’t ever fire a warning shot.

Daffy old Uncle Joe Biden’s advice on the topic notwithstanding, this is a bad idea.  For one thing, you may well be guilty of negligent discharge of a firearm.  But more to the point, if things are bad enough that you have produced a firearm to deter a threat, if you are called upon to fire your first shot should be center mass.  Shoot to stop the threat; a shot in the air does nothing to that end.

Understand the laws of your jurisdiction.

In Colorado, we are fortunate enough to have what liberals call the “Make My Day” law; state law gives home and business owners the right to use force to defend themselves on their property, without requiring one to retreat.  Your state may differ; some places require you to flee before using force, which to my thinking is a horrendous abuse of government authority and a denial of a basic human liberty.  But if you don’t want to end up in the crowbar Hilton yourself, know your local laws.

It’s a damned shame that so many folks who write about guns don’t seem to know much about them – including some that should know better.

Animal’s Daily Overthrow News

There has been plenty of hyperventilating about some kind of coup ever since Donald Trump was elected President.  None of it will amount to anything, which makes this two-part scenario a tad silly.  Excerpt:

But how would one pull off a coup d’etat in the United States? Most of the political hacks had no idea, while the military experts understood the massive challenge. Some answers were obvious – in the Third World, the first thing the plotters take control of are the radio and TV stations and the newspapers. In America, the media was already in the bag. Hell, they would cheerlead a coup. But the actual seizure of power? That was more complicated.

“You just send in some soldiers and take over everything,” said the younger and, astonishingly, stupider California senator. “You know, with guns. How hard can this Army stuff be?”

Retired – actually, fired by Trump – General Leonard Smith, who had been promoted by Obama after failing to win in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who successfully spearheaded the transsexuals in foxholes initiative, tried to explain.

“Look, it’s a matter of numbers. We take all our land forces in CONUS…”

“What’s CONUS?” asked a former Clinton Deputy Assistant Undersecretary of Defense.

“The continental United States,” the general replied, annoyed. “We have maybe 45 brigade combat teams total available, counting everything active and reserve, Marine and Army. Less than one per state. And a city takes a brigade to control – at least. New York would take ten. And that’s assuming they were all loyal to us. There’s police and federal law enforcement too, but we also have 100 million armed Americans who might object.”

“Ridiculous,” sniffed the senator. “How can a bunch of citizens armed with their deer rifles stop a modern army?”

 “Oh, I don’t know, Senator. Ask the Vietnamese. Or the Afghans. Look, we need speed and focus. Step one is to decapitate the government by eliminating the current leadership, via capture or … otherwise. Step two, take the the key control nodes before the administration can react. Step three, use the inertia of the military and law enforcement. We get them on our side – whether they know it or not – and keep them moving and following orders so they do not have time to reflect and react against us. But you need to understand and to go into this with your eyes open. If we do this, people will die. Are you ready for that?”

OK, here’s where this scenario falls apart:  Our military and hell, much of our civil law enforcement, would never involve themselves in a violent overthrow of the United States government.   For one thing, the oath our military members take is to the Constitution, not to any specific leader (not that this seems to have much effect on elected pols who take a similar oath).  I’m damned certain the vast majority of the armed forces would repel, not aid, any such armed insurrection.

Here’s the second reason the scenario falls apart:  The insurrection is formulated and executed by the political Left.  You know – the people who don’t have all the guns.  The author nods at that fact with the line quoted above about Vietnam and Afghanistan, but America’s legal gun-owning community is far better armed and better practiced than the denizens of either of those places.

Any such attempt at a coup would be brutal, short, and not to the benefit of the would-be rebels.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You can’t make this stuff up:  Now just not being stupid is some kind of “privilege.”  No shit.  Excerpt:

Here’s the Daily Iowan. The college paper of the University of Iowa. And where better to denounce “cognitive privilege” than a college paper.

There are many kinds of privilege besides white privilege: cognitive privilege, for example. We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. … Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart.

Dan Williams, the author, of this piece, is justly not proud.

Now you might think that this is satire. It has to be satire. But these days there really is no way to tell.

We do in fact have a significant degree of control over our intelligence. Just as we do over our muscles. You may be born with athletic aptitudes, but if you spend your life eating giant chocolate cakes while watching Netflix, it probably isn’t going to happen. Likewise if you abuse whatever native intellectual potential you have by believing leftist ideology, you have only yourself to blame for your lack of cognitive privilege.

 

Nobody is born “equal”. But we develop our abilities. That’s where the merit part comes in.

There is something to be proud of for sinking that basket or composing that piece of music or being able to note the witless privilege of the left. It’s the pride you take in learning and achieving through your own efforts. 

If Dan Williams’ piece is satire, it’s hard to tell, because too many campus SJW nitwits are so effectively and unwittingly self-parodying.

Still – even if we accept this young jackwagon’s premise, that simply not being a drooling imbecile constitutes “privilege” – a privilege to which it is manifestly unclear applies to Mr. Williams himself – then what does he propose we do to address the supposed injustice?

Almost certainly the answer will involve taking someone’s property away through force of law and giving it to someone who did nothing to earn it.

Animal’s Daily Bat-Guano Crazy News

Nancy Pelosi, that daffy old birdbrain from the Bay Area, is at it again.  Excerpt, with some of my comments interspersed:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fires back at those Democrats calling for her to resign. Following Democrat Jon Ossoff’s loss this week in the race to fill the Congressional seat vacated by HHS Dept. head Tom Price, many Democrats cast blame on Party leaders like Pelosi. Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for her minority leader position last year, said Pelosi is “toxic” to Democratic candidates and that the party would lose in 2018 if Republicans could make the House minority leader its face. Pelosi disagrees, singing her own praises as a “master legislator” and “astute leader” who is “worth the trouble.”

Dame Nancy, she of “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” infamy, is a “master legislator?”  She’s not even a journeyman legislator.

“My decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday morning. “I love the arena. I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion.”

Former (for which we should all be grateful) Speaker Pelosi never has welcomed any discussion unless the participants already agree with her.  To be honest, in that she has plenty of company in the Imperial City.

“You want me to sing my praises, is that it?” she added. “I’m a master legislator. I’m a strategic, politically astute leader.”

Pelosi added that Republicans always attack “the most effective” leaders in the Democratic Party and that her experience makes her “worth the trouble, quite frankly.”

First, let me present this short clip that summarizes my reaction:

Seriously, though, True Believers.  I’ve always maintained that the country is better off with two strong political parties.  Right now we don’t even have one strong political party.  The Democrats have drifted off somewhere to the left of Leon Trotsky; they claim to embrace working men, Millennials and minorities, but their leadership is the oldest, whitest bunch you’re liable to find this side of a KKK rally.  Meanwhile, the GOP continues their impression of The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

But the GOP has been doing something the Democrats don’t seem to be able to manage in the last few years – they’re winning elections.

The Dems would be well advised ot find some new blood, and show the old dinosaurs like Pelosi the door.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

It’s hot here in the San Jose area this time of year,  but if one is seeking a break from the heat you can always drive down to the coast at Santa Cruz (leave early to avoid the beach traffic) and enjoy the uniformly cool 65-70 degree days on the coast.

On Saturday last Mrs. Animal did just that.  We visited the rather wonderful University of California/Santa Cruz Arboretum.  It was cool and slightly foggy while we were there, but not too foggy for photos.  If any True Believers are in the area, it’s worth a visit.

We followed up the Arboretum with a drive up the coast.  Photos follow beneath the fold.
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Rule Five CCW Friday

Every time the subject of concealed carry comes up, you hear the same arguments from opponents of this overwhelmingly successful public policy:  The same old carp about a return to the Wild West (which was actually a pretty peaceful place) shootouts over parking spaces and the like.

That’s all bullshit, of course.  John Lott Jr. has recently released another study showing just how full of shit these arguments are.  From the abstract:

There are now over 16.3 million permit holders, a record 1.83 million increase in permits since last July. Nationwide, 6.5% adults have a concealed handgun permit. Outside of California and New York, 8 percent of adults have a permit. Permits for women and blacks are increasing much faster than they are for men and whites. There are also significant differences in not only the number of permits issued but also who gets them when politicians have discretion in granting them. Los Angeles County provides a vivid example of how women and Hispanics are given few permits when politicians decided who can defend themselves. We also provide evidence that death threats don’t let people get permits for protection and how incredibly law-abiding permit holders are and how crime rates have changed in the states that have had the largest increases in concealed handgun permits.

Take a look at this sentence from the abstract:

Los Angeles County provides a vivid example of how women and Hispanics are given few permits when politicians decided who can defend themselves.

When politicians decided who can defend themselves.

That, True Believers, is a recipe for tyranny.

The full paper by Dr. Lott is behind a free membership; you have to sign up to view the entire thing, but I’ll give you a few key bits here:

In 2013, LA Weekly obtained a list of the 341 concealed carry permit holders in Los Angeles County, California.  That is only about 0.0045% of the 7.7 million adults living in the county in 2013.  LA Weekly pointed out that the people given permits were judges, reserve deputy sheriffs, and a small group who gave campaign contributions or gifts to then-Sheriff Lee Baca.

That’s what happens when politicians decide who can defend themselves.  Your Constitutional rights, on auction, to the crony with the biggest purse.

Another:

Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000. That is just 1/7th of the rate for police officers. But there’s no need to focus on Texas and Florida—the data are similar in other states.

In other words, whatever worries anyone may have with the misuse of firearms, legal concealed-carry permit holders are not and never have been a problem.  Trying to make that case is dishonesty of the first water; trying to restrict the issue of permits to the political elite and their cronies flies in the face of individual liberty.

Download the entire report.  Add it to your arsenal of pro-CCW arguments.  As usual, Dr. Lott presents some great data.

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