Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Trump’s trial is winding up; as of this writing, there hasn’t been any verdict.  But when there is, I’ll likely have some thoughts.  Keep an eye on RedState for up-to-the-moment stuff, including from some of the great legal minds we have there; I will likely have some more colorful comments here.

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Animal’s Daily IQ Test For Congress News

SleepyBefore I dive into this, check out the penultimate chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  Over at RedState, my colleague Margaret Clark (no relation) reported on a particularly stupid statement from the infamous Ilhan Omar (Moron – MN).

Some people should have a read-only internet. Rep. Ilhan Omar is one of them.

On Memorial Day, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted some wonderful wishful thinking for all those honored on this day. (The tweet has since been taken down, but here is the link; below is a screenshot.) It read:

On #MemorialDay, we honor the heroic men and women who served our country.

We owe them more than our gratitude – they have more than earned access to quality mental health services, job opportunities, housing assistance, and the benefits they were promised.

Honestly, how is a person who is this poorly informed sitting in a chair in the House of Representatives?  Margaret said it perfectly well:

Of course, the problem is that dead people don’t need those benefits.

Commentators quickly took to correct the congresswoman, but the damage was already done. This is an outrage. How is this person an elected official in our country?

Because the largely Somalian immigrant community in her district elected her, of course, and they didn’t come here to become Americans, as one need only drive through the Somali neighborhoods in Minneapolis to see for yourself; there’s a reason some of the locals call it “Little Mogadishu.”

Ilhan Omar, along with her fellow Moron Squad members, is the best argument I can think of for making a minimum IQ a requirement for being in Congress.

There’s an old joke that applies.  St. Peter is sitting out a boring afternoon at the Pearly Gates, when up walks his first customer. “What’s your IQ?” St. Peter asks with a yawn.

“181,” the applicant replies.

“What did you do in life?”

“I was a brain surgeon,” the applicant answered. St. Pete waved him in.

The second applicant got the same questions. “177,” he replied. “I was a rocket scientist.”  He was likewise waved in.

The last applicant rolled up just as St. Peter’s shift was almost up. “What’s your IQ?” St. Peter asked.

“71,” the applicant replied.

St. Peter looked him over. “What the hell,” he said. “Go on in, Senator.”

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Now then: Right here in the Great Land, specifically up at Denali National Park, a transplant from Portland, Oregon has started some shit.

The crew working on a 475-foot-long bridge in Alaska’s Denali National Park was recently told that they could no longer fly the American flag from their trucks or heavy equipment, which are being used in the $207 million Federal Highway Administration project.

The bridge is being built by Granite Construction, after a 2021 rockslide took out a portion of the popular Denali Park Road that is used by visitors and tour buses to access more remote areas of the national park.

Here’s the onion:

According to the contractor, Denali National Park Superintendent Brooke Merrell contacted the man overseeing the federal highways project, claiming there had been complaints about the U.S. flags, and notifying him that bridge workers must stop flying the stars and strips from their vehicles because it detracts from the “park experience.”

And then this happened:

“Here I am in a national park, and we’re being told we can’t fly the American flag,” the contractor continued. “I understand there are rules for contractors working in the national parks, but you wouldn’t think flying the American flag would be part of those rules.”

He blamed Superintendent Merrell, who took control of the park in 2022. At the time, she was celebrated as the first-ever female to serve as superintendent in 105-year-old park.

Merrell moved to Alaska in 2009 as a transportation planner and environmental coordinator. A Pennsylvania native, she received a master’s degree in urban planning. Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked for the City of Portland and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, along with left-leaning environmentalist and social justice groups such as DNA People’s Legal Services and Columbia Riverkeeper.

“When these liberals get in charge of these parks, that’s how it is,” the crewman said.

Portland.  What is it with fucking Portland, that it seems to breed these assholes?  Granted I’m not at my most detached on this topic, but this, honestly, should be grounds for disciplinary action, if not outright dismissal.  Who the hell thinks it’s appropriate to order the cessation of displaying the American flag – in a United States National Park?

However, Alaskans, in their own way, are dealing with it.

Despite a decision by Denali National Park officials to bar construction workers in the park from displaying American flags from their trucks, Old Glory will be on full display on May 26.

In the wake of park officials’ decision to ban U.S. flags from construction vehicles, Alaskans are planning a patriotic convoy to the park’s main entrance.

One convoy is set for a two-hour drive from the Fairbanks Walmart to the park.

This is the way.  Show them how it’s done, Alaska, and to the National Park Service, you’d better either discipline this horse’s ass, and if this isn’t grounds for dismissal, then you had damn well better transfer her to some locality where her stupid ideas won’t enrage a good portion of the population.  Hell, send her back to Portland.  They wouldn’t know a patriot down there if one punched them in the head.


Rule Five Neanderthal Language Friday

I’ve been interested in paleoanthropology since I was a little kid, having picked up the bug from my Dad, who was likewise interested. Dad and I spent many a happy hour talking over the latest finds and the latest results of the analyses of those discoveries.

One of our favorite topics was our close cousins, the Neanderthal. The notion that we shared much of Europe and the Middle East with these people, who were people but not us, for so long is intriguing.

Now we see a new study on Neanderthal language abilities that presents some interesting possibilities.

New anatomical evidence indicates the Neanderthals had vocal tracts and auditory pathways not significantly different to our own, indicating that, from an anatomical perspective, they were as capable as us at communicating through speech. The discovery of Neanderthal genes in our own species indicates multiple episodes of interbreeding, which implies effective inter-species communication and social relationships.

The discovery of Neanderthal wooden spears, and the use of resins for making tools from separate components, have also enhanced our views of their technical skills. Pendants made from bird talons and the likely use of feathers as body adornments are claimed as examples of symbolism, along with geometric engravings on stone and bone.

The most striking claim is that Neanderthals made art, painting red pigment on cave walls in Spain. But several of these cave art claims remain problematic. The evidence for Neanderthal cave art is compromised by unresolved methodological issues and is unlikely to be correct, in my view.

Here’s the fun part of all this: It’s pretty much accepted that the Neanderthal were able to speak.  The difference seems to be in what they had to talk about; this piece refers to the use of metaphor being an indicator of a capacity to understand symbolic logic, on which the jury is most decidedly out, where the Neanderthal is concerned.

But there’s a more interesting issue, as far as I’m concerned; the differences in brain wiring may make it difficult to even communicate with a Neanderthal.  Fundamental differences between the two species may make learning each other’s languages difficult, if not impossible.

It’s not a topic that’s liable to come about outside the realm of science-fiction, sadly.  The chances of cloning a Neanderthal as so slim as to be practically impossible, and even if we did, the resulting person – for it would be a person, even if not us – would have no grounding in what being a Neanderthal was like.  We are products of our genes but also of our environments, and that poor cloned Neanderthal would be the loneliest lonely person that was ever lonely; they may have other humans around, but they would likely be humans so different as to be, for all intents and purposes, aliens – and no one around to teach that unfortunate man or women about being a Neanderthal.

So all this language work is interesting speculation – but it’s probably best that it stays that way.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The Trump trial is wrapping up. The defense rested on Tuesday, and next Tuesday the jury will convene for final instructions and to begin deliberations.  And what, do you suppose, all those jurors will be doing, reading and watching between now and then?  In deeply liberal New York?

This is going to be a troubling outcome no matter what happens.

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