Animal’s Red Thursday News

Next week’s RedState traffic, like next week’s traffic here, will be a tad slower than normal, as I have an old buddy coming to visit.  He lives on the East Coast, and this is his first real chance to observe wild Alaskans in their natural habitat, so he may be in for a shock or two.  Ought to be fun.

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping note:  My old medical manufacturing industry buddy is coming to visit next week, so my output both here and at RedState may be reduced while he’s here.  There will be, after all, beers to drink, stories to tell, and some Alaskan sights and experiences to share.  But I’ll be back to full speed on the 30th.

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Animal’s Daily Europe Trending News

Before I get into the Old World and that state of affairs, be sure to check out the conclusion of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.  My fiction writing over there will be on hiatus for a few weeks in order to present some other great work, so stay tuned, because I’ll be tossing that work some linkage as well.

Now then: Is there hope for Europe after all?

The president of France was forced to call an emergency election as populist right-wing parties made stunning gains in elections held across Europe Sunday.

President Emmanuel Macron announced he would dissolve his National Assembly and hold elections next month after he was humiliated by voters in the European Parliament election.

The anti-immigration, anti-EU National Rally party led by Macron’s arch-rival Marine Le Pen is projected to get at least 31% of the votes — more than twice as many as the president’s pro-European centrist party.

“The French people have sent a very clear message. They no longer want a technocratic, out-of-touch European construction which results in a loss of influence, identity and freedom,” Le Pen said, according to The Times.

In Germany, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party took second place in the polls with 16.5% of the vote despite being mired in controversies — even placing ahead of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party.

Germany’s left-of-center governing coalition parties are estimated to barely secure a combined 30% of votes.

The Greens environmental party, the second-biggest in Scholz’s coalition, only secured 12% of the vote.

Well, this is interesting, isn’t it?

People talk a lot about that famous old political pendulum, but in recent years it seems like it swings a little farther to the left with every cycle.  But maybe – just maybe – there’s a larger cycle, and maybe that larger cycle will now start moving the Overton Window back to the right.

Europe!

Since 2016, I’ve been saying that Donald Trump was a reaction, not a cause, to America’s woes.  The various EU “far-right” pols, who would probably be considered moderates Stateside, are also reactions – but they are reactions to ethnic Europeans who are tired of seeing their nations invaded by Third World lunatics who clog streets to demand Sharia courts, engage in grooming rape gangs, and maybe just for fun burn the odd police car or two.

We can hope. But after the European Parliament elections, some of the various member nations, like France, are going to have some navel-gazing to do – and they may find themselves facing a new direction, politically.  And if Europe is to remain European, they may have to.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, The Daley Gator, Pirate’s Cove, Flappr, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

On education, Texas is showing us the way.

A wave of Republican incumbents fell to conservative challengers in the Texas House in last week’s primary run-offs, turning an already red legislature crimson and threatening the state House GOP leader’s hold on power. Those who helped lead the intra-party Texas fight now have their sights set on defeating centrist Republicans in other red states, including Tennessee, Georgia, Idaho, and South Carolina.

A concerted joint effort by Gov. Greg Abbott, outside groups, and a deep-pocketed donor flipped the seats of 14 Republicans who had opposed Abbott’s school-choice measure – a state record.

Abbott’s effort to pass school choice died last fall when 21 House Republicans – mostly from rural districts – voted to strip a voucher program out of a larger education bill. Of those 21 voucher opponents, 15 now aren’t returning. The coalition defeated six GOP incumbents in March, then three more in last week’s run-offs. Additionally, the group filled four of the five retiring Republican seats with voucher supporters, and then a voucher backer won a special election run-off.  

It seems Governor Abbott’s school choice agenda was a big part of the crimson tide that overtook Texas’s primaries.

The leading factor in these Republicans’ historic defeats hasn’t been making the most national headlines or even the most local news. It’s unrelated to Abbott’s border fight with President Biden, state Attorney General Ken Paxton’s resentment over efforts to impeach him, or even widespread local protests over the state’s skyrocketing property taxes.  

Those issues all played out in the election, but school choice was far and away the most lethal campaign issue across the Lone Star state. Its impact was especially potent considering the totality of political spending and blitz of advertisements focused on school vouchers and related issues dominating the Texas airwaves and inundating inboxes.

This is an issue that the GOP should take nationwide. If there is any issue that will gain support among lower-income urban voters who are concerned with the failing schools in our major cities, this is it, and since Democrats are essentially owned by the teacher’s unions, it’s not an issue they can take up.

Teacher’s unions, by the way, have been more harmful to education than any other single organization in the nation.

I’d prefer to see government out of education altogether, but that’s probably not going to happen any time soon. Vouchers are a step in the right direction, though; we should watch events in Texas with great interest.

Rule Five Defining A Woman Friday

What is a woman? A woman is an adult female of the genus Homo.

It’s a trifle baffling (and, yes, the choice of discussing this on Rule Five Friday is deliberate, as you can see a vivid example of womanhood in the illustrations) that so many people have trouble with this simple concept; in fact, some of them are supposedly judges.

My RedState colleague and friend Becky Noble penned a piece on this very topic the other day.

Judge Sarah Netburn is a United States Magistrate Judge. She has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a very prestigious nomination indeed. But there is just one problem: Recently, during her nomination hearing, when given a series of questions by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of those questions pertained to wording in a ruling from August 2022 that directed a biological male prisoner to be housed in a women’s prison.

“In your Report & Recommendation, you open your ‘Factual Background’ section by stating: ‘At birth, people are typically assigned a gender.’ … Is it possible to determine a person’s sex by only analyzing their chromosomes?”

Judge Netburn’s response may sound like a road we have been down before. She replied, “I have never studied biology, and therefore I am unqualified to answer this question.” Never having “studied biology” appears to be a qualification for Biden judicial appointees. If you recall, now Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson also had trouble with simple biology when asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” To which Justice Brown Jackson replied, “Can I provide a definition? No, I can’t.” When Blackburn pressed her, she now famously, or infamously added, “Not in this context, I’m not a biologist.”

What utter drivel and goo.

Prevarication of this sort should instantaneously result in her being disqualified. This isn’t exactly cutting-edge science;  this is something that has been known on an instinctual level since long before our most distant ancestors came down from the trees, as it were.

But then, this woman (for that is what she is, her legal or biological education or lack thereof notwithstanding) is interviewing, in effect, for a job that will have her deciding such things as whether men should be allowed in women’s private facilities, like bathrooms and locker rooms. And, I remind you, her track record on that is not good:

It might be one thing to rattle off a ridiculous response like that in the environment of a hearing, but in Judge Netburn’s case, it has very real ramifications. The potential inmate in question pleaded guilty to molesting a nine-year-old boy, a class B felony, raping a 17-year-old girl, and criminal deviate conduct in the rape case; both are also class B felonies. The suspect was sentenced to two consecutive 18-year prison terms in an Indiana state prison and was released on parole after 18 years, but violated the terms of parole by having internet access in his apartment and was resentenced to six years.

This idiot judge put this idiot rapist in a women’s prison.

There is no sane universe in which Sarah Netburn should be presiding over any legal proceeding, anywhere, ever.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Joe Biden seems to have suddenly discovered that he does, in fact, have some authority to do something about the mess at our southern border.  Can you believe it?  It had to actually get to the point where it was threatening his rapidly-diminishing odds of re-election before he could be arsed to do anything.

November can’t come fast enough.

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Animal’s Daily Nutbag News

Before I get into this, check out the latest installment of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.  There will be one more episode, then I’ll be on hiatus at the Glibs for a while while one of my able colleagues over there fills the Monday fiction time slot; watch for links to that.

Now then:  One of the most egregious cases of belaboring the obvious is found in this statement: Maxine Waters is an idiot.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., claimed former President Trump was instigating violence in the U.S. and suggested that his supporters were “domestic terrorists” who should be investigated for possibly preparing for a “civil war.” 

“I’m worried that he’s so divisive and that he’s talking about retribution, and they’re talking about revenge and I think that that’s dangerous. He’s even mentioned civil war at one point, talked about there would be bloodshed,” Waters said on MSNBC Sunday, referring to Trump’s rhetoric.

During the media appearance, the congresswoman vowed that she would ask the “criminal justice system” to find out what is “going on with the domestic terrorists,” seeming to refer to the presumptive Republican nominee’s supporters. 

“Are they preparing a civil war against us?” she continued. “Should we be concerned about our safety? What is [Trump] doing with this divisive language? It is dangerous.” 

Pot, meet kettle.

Waters has also been accused of violent rhetoric, having caused controversy in 2021 after telling protesters to “get more confrontational” if ex-Minneapolis police Derek Chauvin was acquitted in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was stabbed by an inmate in federal prison and seriously injured in 2023 after he was convicted for Floyd’s death, which set off more violent protests across the country. 

Maxine “Mad Max” Waters is not someone who should be taken seriously.  She foments hatred and division; she sees anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky as an existential threat to the entire planet, maybe the entire observable universe.  She complains about the motes in others’ eyes while ignoring the plank in her own, and does all this with a room-temperature IQ.  Go figure.

This is how Maxine Waters views Trump supporters:

And that’s the big difference between us and Mad Max.  She thinks the message in this is scary and bad.  We think that, actually, it’s pretty damn cool.

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