Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s a lovely time of year up here in the Great Land.  As we move into August, the leaves on the birches, poplars and alders around the place are turning from the bright green of spring and early summer to the darker green of late summer, and in a few places there is a bit of yellow starting to creep in.

Alaska fireweed

Meanwhile, the fireweed is growing up thick and fast everywhere.  Mrs. Animal is starting to gather the blossoms for fireweed jelly.  Fireweed grows pretty much everywhere up here.  It takes its name from being the first plants to move in to burn sites, and in late summer it turns all the roadsides this lovely purple.  We have quite a bit of it around the edges of the yard.  I’d like to get some Indian Paintbrush and some Forget-Me-Nots planted as well.

In another week or two, the berry season starts.  Alaska just continues to prove itself better and better.

And so…

On To the Links!

Not just mayoral politics.

A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.  And a metric buttload of inflation.

The Ginsu missile.  It slices!  It dices!  It even makes Julienne fries!

RIP, Dusty Hill.

RIP, Ron Popeil.  Two great Americans gone.

Where have we heard this before?

No.  No, they won’t be legal.

It looks like Liz Cheney is on her way out.  Now if we can just manage to dump Murkowski up here.

Dirty Business: China’s Dominant Coal-Fired Solar Panel Industry Belches More Net Carbon Than Oil or Gas.  But hey, go on feeling great about those solar panels!

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson nails it again.

Stupid ideas are stupid.  Film at eleven.
The Space Race Among Billionaires Is Just Beginning.   Good!  Let them compete.  I’ve always said that the next big breakthroughs in space exploration will (and should) come from the private sector.

This last Monday from our good friend and fellow blogger Jillian Becker:  A Reign of Stupidity.   Go read it all, but here’s my favorite bit:

Now, in America, under a leftist Democrat federal government – the stupidest government the republic has ever had with a doofus gone senile for a president, a cackling fool for a vice president, a childishly vindictive harpy for speaker of the House, all supported by mass media staffed with parrots and toadies – generations are being raised to be ignorant and dumb. Illiteracy and innumeracy will be conditions of honor; ability, talent, mastery, mere proofs of “white privilege” and “white supremacist” ambition.

This is why Jillian’s blog is on my daily reading list.

Boy, karma is a real bitch, ain’t it?  Honestly, though, I wish Ms. Griffin a speedy and complete recovery – because that’s what decent people do.

No shit, Sherlock.

California just keeps on fucking up.

Dolly Parton is and always has been a class act.

Team DeSantis nails it.

It’s hard to see how Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo can slime his way out of this one, but then, he has a “D” after this name, so…  Then again, lots of people are calling for his resignation – including one incoherent senile old fart.

You know what they say about blind hogs and acorns.  As for Cuomo:  It couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshole.  Seriously, fuck that guy.

Fuck you, cut spending.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s David Perry is an idiot.

CNN’s Stephen Collinson is also an idiot.  Beginning to see a pattern here?

Slate‘s Adam Sobel is an idiot.

The New York TimesAtossa Araxia Abrahamian is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is also an idiot.  Seeing another pattern?

The New Yorker‘s Mike Giglio is an idiot.

Maureen Dowd is an idiot.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is a hypocrite, and an idiot.

The Hill‘s Albert Hunt is an idiot.

The Miami Herald‘s Leonard Pitts is an idiot.

Maxine Waters (Moron – CA) is and always has been an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of, if not the best female vocalist alive today is Mary Fahl, formerly the lead singer of the 90s alternative band October Project.  Mary has had a modest solo career since leaving OP, mostly playing small venues around the country and releasing a few albums.  Mrs. Animal and I have seen her live twice, and it’s neat; she played both times to audiences of less than a hundred people, and stayed afterwards to chat with members of the audience.

It’s important to note that Mary has had not one day of formal training.  Just a lot of practice and natural talent.

She also does larger shows, such as one of her live albums recorded at New York’s Mauch Chunk Opera House.  Here, from that show, is the closing number, Be My Hero.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Dissident Right News

Before we start:  Be sure to check out my latest over at Glibertarians!  This week we bring you a little travel dialogue about Seward, Alaska.

Now:  This came in over the weekend from American Greatness:  The Dissident California Right Is the Future.  Maybe?  Excerpt:

Despite appearances, the Right in California is actually the closest to offering a solution to the Left’s war on civilization. Of course, I do not mean the GOP when I say “the Right.” The GOP is more or less nonexistent in the Golden State. But perhaps this is also why almost all of the most vibrant, confident, and influential writers on the Right today are from California. 

The strongest institutions on the Right, inoculated as they have been against the disease of wokeness—institutions like this magazine and the Claremont Institute—originated in California. Californian writers like Victor Davis Hanson and Angelo Codevilla were the first to describe the defining political struggle of our time between the ruling class and the country class, the great oligarchy and the plebs, the bicoastal masters and the great servant interior, as all of these national struggles were present in California decades ago. California native Michael Anton was the first to describe the actual parameters and ramifications of the 2016 presidential election. Sadly, the Californian with perhaps the most exemplary attitude towards the Left is no longer with us. Andrew Breitbart knew wokeness was best combated with confidence and laughter.

California is the capital of the new Right, and the rest of the country will have to get to where we are before anything constructive can be done. Because we don’t have to guess about how bad things can get. We know.

I should say they know.

Actually one of my favorite commenters on the political Right is in California, that being Bill Whittle.  And, of course, the linked article mentions American treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson as well.

But here’s the problem with California:  The Left has managed to rig the election system so as to assure one-party rule, most particularly with the “jungle primary” system that frequently results in two Democrats running against each other in the general election.  Still, though, there’s a very interesting recall election in just a few weeks, and in this case that same kind of system may backfire on California Dems.  If the feckless and dimwitted Newsome is recalled, then the highest vote-getter on the ballot is Governor, which may set up conservative radio host Larry Elder to step into that role.

I’ll point out here that as a staunch minarchist libertarian, I have more in common with the mainstream Right than with the loony Left, but also some key differences; mainly, that given the chance I would reduce government to a minimum undreamed of by Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals.  As I see it, government only has two legitimate purposes:  to stop people from hurting me or taking my stuff.  That’s it.  That’s all.  Government should be restrained, always restrained, by the overriding principles of Liberty and Property.

As a practical matter, though, I generally vote for GOP candidates, as they at least pay lip service to the idea of limited government, and generally serve as some kind of check to the ever-more-unhinged Democrats.

I hope that this article makes a good prediction, and they make an excellent point that political movements are built on what they can produce, not what they can destroy.  But California conservatives face a challenge where the odds are stacked against them.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  As ever, if I’ve somehow missed your weekly link, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the roundup.

Now then:  Here. for your amusement, are President Biden(‘s handlers) “accomplishments” in eight charts.  Excerpt:

Months after President Joe Biden supposedly “rescued” the country from the COVID-19 pandemic and promised that he’d bring the country together, how is the nation doing? Well, there are several indicators on the rise. Unfortunately, they are all indicators of trouble.

The news Thursday that the GDP gained 6.5% in the second quarter (the first full quarter since Biden signed his American Rescue Plan) is good. But it is well below economists’ forecasts. The Blue Chip Consensus forecast was above 9%, and other surveys pegged Q2 growth at 8.5%. It was also just barely above the gain in Q1 — which was before any of Biden’s policies had taken effect.

Still, other things are on the rise under Biden, too, many of them well above expectations.

The misery index is up, for example, so is inflation, pessimism, and financial stress. Illegal border crossings are up and murders are way up. Oh, and cases of COVID-19 — the disease Biden said he would slay — are increasing again.

Naturally, while taking credit for the good GDP number, the Biden administration is trying to pin the blame for all these other things on President Donald Trump. But how convincing can that be, when Biden ostentatiously broke with just about every one of Trump’s policies and did so in ways that had an immediate effect?

We’ve put together seven charts that help tell this story, starting with the inflation rate.

It seems the current administration has not one brain among them.

Read the entire linked article, of course, but the upshot is this:  By ever metric used to measure the public’s satisfaction with the country’s direction, the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is screwing the pooch.  Inflation is the big worry right now, at least for yr. obdt., and the current crop of nitwits in the Imperial City is doubling down on dumping trillions of fiat dollars into the staggering economy.

Buy durable goods, folks.  If things go really, really sideways, and at this point I’m not ruling anything out, crypto-currencies won’t get you much, and your stocks of gold and silver may only be worth melting down for fishing sinkers.  Based on the current demands, the best investments in precious metals is likely to be brass and lead.

And if you had asked me, even one year ago, if I had thought things could turn this bad this fast, I probably would have laughed.

What an utter cluster-fuck.

Rule Five Vaccine Skeptics Friday

Been wondering who all these Kung Flu vaccine skeptics are?  Hint:  They ain’t who that vacuous twit Jen Psaki would have you believe.  Excerpt:

The Biden administration, stung by missing its vaccine targets and the rising COVID-19 cases, has decided to blame Republicans. That’s not surprising. But it’s traditionally Democratic groups – minorities and the young – who aren’t getting vaccinated, and it’s leftists who are the most influential anti-vaxxers on the planet.

As Politico reported recently, “the Biden administration is casting conservative opponents of its COVID-19 vaccine campaign as dangerous and extreme.”

The administration points to state immunization rates as proof that anti-vaxxers on the right are to blame for the problem. “State vaccine rates fall along red, blue divide,” is how The Hill reported it.

But wait a minute. The states with low vaccination rates also tend to have larger minority populations. And blacks are the least likely racial or ethnic group to have been vaccinated, with Hispanics the second least likely, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

And:

Still more evidence that Republicans are not entirely, or even mostly, to blame for low vaccine rates: A recent Monmouth poll found that blacks and other minorities are much less likely to report having gotten a shot. The poll found that 70% of whites say they’ve received at least one dose, but only 59% of those in minority groups. (Among Republicans, the share saying they’ve gotten a shot is 60%, among independents, it’s 59%).

This isn’t because of a lack of availability – as some have speculated. At least some of the disparity is the result of different levels of vaccine “hesitancy.”

The Monmouth poll found, for example, that 26% of whites say they likely will never get a COVID shot or plan to “see how it goes” before getting one. But 37% of the minorities feel this way.

Some of these folks might point to historical events – like the unconscionable Tuskegee syphilis studies – as justification for their hesitancy, but really, the reason for their hesitancy, which this article spends a fair amount of time discussion, isn’t the issue.  The issue is the breathtaking abandon with which the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is lying about the folks who are exchewing the ‘rona vaccines.

Full disclosure:  I’ve had the vaccine, so has Mrs. Animal, and so have all four of our kids.  But that was our choice made with our understanding of the facts, a choice based on our knowledge and our own assessments of the risks either way; it’s not a choice I would presume to make for anyone else, nor would I want to.  Nobody should be forced to take this, and I’d point out that not only is it not the political Right driving this hesitancy – at least not to the levels claimed by that ditz Psaki – it’s only the Left that is tossing around ideas of mandates.

Here’s the onion:

Then there’s this: The “dirty dozen” of anti-COVID vaccine influencers compiled by one research group is made up of people such as: a Nation of Islam member, a regular columnist at the left-wing Huffington Post, the head of the Urban Global Health Alliance, a “holistic psychiatrist,” a former owner of an organic farm, several alternative medicine quacks, and long-time anti-vaxxers including … Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Not exactly a bunch of right-wing Trump supporters. In fact, some in this “dirty dozen” have targeted the black community with anti-vax messages.

Really, the utter lack of basic messaging competency in this administration is just breathtaking.  And, well, maybe that’s a good thing; this is, in my lifetime, the Presidency most willing to implement unconstitutional and totalitarian measures, while simultaneously being the most incompetent group of halfwits, mendicants and nincompoops to ever inhabit the Imperial Mansion.  That, at least, is a little cause for hope.

Animal’s Daily Gun Control Stupidity News

This just in from Law & Liberty;  New Gun Control Efforts: Prudence of Performance?  Excerpt:

Biden repeatedly calls for reviving federal bans on both magazine capacity and “assault weapons.” Defining an “assault weapon” has proven challenging even for the president’s proposed ATF director, but supporters of the ban would probably identify them (and their high capacity magazines) from movies and television. As photogenic as they are, police departments like to display them when confiscated. However, the now-expired ban did not prevent the sale of the guns but only the inclusion of features like bayonet lugs or flash hiders. Admittedly, there were no criminal bayonet charges during the ten-year “assault weapon” ban.

The firearms industry calls these weapons “Modern Sporting Rifles” (MSRs). Hunters may have conflicting opinions about them, but gun buyers love MSR’s: there are about 20 million in circulation. Though cameras may shoot a lot of these guns, the guns very rarely shoot people; murderers almost never use rifles. Even though MSR’s have been used in highly publicized mass shootings, the Rand Corporation discerns no effect on violent crime by banning either these rifles or high capacity magazines. One leading gun control advocate recently explained the opportunity cost of this proposal when he said, “It is both wrong and counterproductive for advocacy organizations and elected leaders to use the moments when the public is focused on gun control to push an assault weapons ban.” In short, insisting on a 1990s-era policy ignores what 27 years have taught us about the disconnect between assault weapons and violent crime.

Some of us didn’t need that intervening 27 years to understand how stupid and pointless the ’94 AWB was.  Among other proscribed fittings, that now happily dead law outlawed bayonet lugs.

That’s right.  Bayonet lugs.

I suppose the goal was to protect the American voting public from a sudden rash of criminals lining up and conducting bayonet charges against honest folk?

While I agree broadly with the arguments put forth in the article – they are good arguments, especially while arguing the specific case of modern semi-auto rifles – the final argument is simply found here:

Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

End of discussion.

But in the Imperial City as well as in state capitols around the nation, the arguments continue.   Add that to a long, long list of things the various levels of government do to waste our time and money.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last weekend we had two of our four kids visiting, so on Sunday we took them down to Seward to the Alaska Sealife Center.  If you’re ever in the Great Land, I recommend a visit.  The Center has some neat actual animals in residence, including sea lions, harbor seals, and a big variety of sea birds, fish and other marine animals.  There’s a touch display that the little kids really enjoy, and plenty of info on the sea life native to the Gulf of Alaska and other Alaska waters.

Also, the town of Seward itself is interesting.  It’s got a kind of touristy little main drag, with lots of souvenir shops and a few really good restaurants.  If you want to look around for some kitschy little Alaska doodads or some t-shirts, and then maybe have some fresh halibut and chips for lunch, Seward is a decent place to do that.

And so…

On To the Links!

Nothing will come of this.  Bet on it.

Nothing will come of this, either.  Bet on it.

Top.  Men.

Chimps are killing and eating gorillas.  Our closest genetic relatives, folks.

I’m sure everything will be honest and above-board.

President Biden(‘s handlers) does precisely what President Trump was impeached for doing.  Reaction from the legacy media can be found here.

The Imperial debt is now larger than the entire economy.

A majority of Americans are now pessimistic about the direction of the country  over the next year.  There may be hope for us after all.

People are also sick and tired of the Kung Flu lockdowns.

Religion of Peace.

Is Queen Nancy on her last legs?  We can hope.

How do we know what Neandertals looked like?

More on President Biden’s meltdown.

The many ways in which President Biden(‘s handlers) misunderstand basic economics.

Aww, po widdle ESPN baby upset by da flag.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New York Times‘ Michelle Goldberg is an idiot.

Peter K. Enns and Jake Rothschild are both idiots.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont still doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Atlantic‘s Katherine Wu is an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is an idiot, and everything she touches gets worse.

The New York Daily News presents , who are both idiots.

Maureen Dowd has another attack of idiocy.

The New York Times‘ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Ilhan Omar (Ungrateful Twat – MN) is an idiot.

The ACLU is descending further into idiocy.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Once in a while I go on a nostalgia kick, music-wise, and one of my go-tos for those times is Glen Campbell.  In 1977, he released what I’ve always considered one of his better tunes.  Hearing it always takes me back to the summer I was sixteen, and careering around northeast Iowa in a pickup truck, stirring up lots of dust from those gravel roads.

The song in question tells a tale of Campbell’s own youth in rural Louisiana.  Here, then, is that song, from the album of the same name:  Southern Nights.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Inflationary News

Before we begin, go check out the latest in the Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  This recent piece from Issues & Insights gives us a look at the Biden Inflation.  Excerpt:

Excessive taxes, spending, and government regulation have once again gripped America thanks to the policies of Biden, Harris, and the progressives.  The predictable result is higher prices for everything and a repeat of the Carter Misery Index from which President Reagan rescued us beginning in 1981.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and as confirmed by Americans for Tax Reform, since January 2021:

  • Gasoline prices have increased by 45% and other energy prices by 24.5%
  •  The price of bacon has increased by 8.4% and seafood prices by more than 6%
  •  The price of fresh milk has increased by 7.5% and fresh fruits by 8.4%
  •  Prices for major appliances are up 14% and furniture and bedding have increased 8.5%
  •  Airfares have increased by nearly 25%

The root of inflation is too much money chasing too few goods, as our economist friend Milton Friedman frequently observed.  The New York Times warns that inflation also results in long-lasting damage if wages don’t keep up.

Driving this inflation is the largest federal budget since World War 2.  President Biden proposes not only new infrastructure expenditures but rapidly expended direct payments to families in child tax credits and for elder care as well as other “cradle to grave” welfare support.

Biden claims all this new spending will ease inflation.  We’re wondering what economics principle he is citing to make this outrageous conclusion.  If simply spending more money cures these recent price hikes, why not spend more?  Why not another $60 trillion instead of only $6?  Preposterous.  We’re currently suffering these record-setting price jumps precisely due to the $6 trillion we have already juiced into the economy.  The last thing the economy needs is more liquidity.

Of course, “Biden” isn’t claiming anything; he’s being set up to make these claims, on the occasions they shoot him full of whatever psychotropic cocktail they are using to make him semi-lucid long enough to mumble through a press conference.

But even so; it’s rapidly becoming apparent that we’re in the beginning stages of a Nixon/Ford/Carter era stagflation cycle, and the people in the Imperial City have damn few notions as to what’s happening or how to fix it.  And those of us who lived through the Seventies might remember how that cycle was broken; the deliberate imposition of a recession and high interest rates to break the cycle.

The longer the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration continues to mess things up, the greater the likelihood that whoever inherits this calamity will have to destroy the village in order to save it.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

I found this mildly interesting; Russia is now issuing the latest version of the famous Kalashnikov series of battle carbines, the AK-12.  Excerpt:

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” could describe most AK variants. Inside the AK-12 lies the same long-stroke, gas-operated system that has long made the AK such a doll on the battlefield. It’s an effective close bolt, air-cooled system that’s not fancy, but it’s effective. The AK-12 also keeps the AK’s classic paddle magazine release, the right-side charging handle, and big safety.

Image from article.

At its core, it’s still just another AK series rifle. This is great for Russian forces because training between the two platforms will be identical. No one in the Russian infantry won’t know how to wield an AK-12 when they turn in their AK 74 series rifle for the latest gear. Predictably, the AK-12 also uses the same Russian 5.45x39mm ammunition as its AK 74 successor. While the rifles feature a lot of the same internals, the new AK-12 has some design changes worth noting.

One of those interesting changes was the addition of a two-shot burst mode, so the iconic big-fisted AK safety now includes Semi (pew) Burst (pew pew) and Auto (pew pew pew.)  Yes, you read that right – not a three-round burst like some versions of the M16-M4 platform, but instead a sort of auto-double tap.  Honestly I’m not sure what I think of that.

The original AK-47 was a singular weapon:  Brutally tough, simple, easy to operate; it was a budget lead-chucker designed for use by poorly trained peasant soldiers, leading to its popularity by both military and revolutionary operators in Third World shitholes all around the planet.  But the AK-12 seems to be shedding some of that in favor of more accessorization and more complication – in other words, trying to do what the M16-M4 platform does while retaining most of the AK ergonomics.

I’ve had the chance to handle a bunch of semi-auto, civilian market AKs and a couple of full-bull select-fire military versions.  Not my cup of tea, but they can be fun.  How will this new update play out?  No idea.  But it’s an interesting update on an old theme, all the same.

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