Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Alaska is mostly known for big game hunting, as would any state with healthy populations of moose, caribou, black and grizzly bears and so on.  But it’s a great place for small game as well.

Spruce Grouse, almost in our back yard.

The Great Land has good populations of birds – spruce grouse, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, as well as willow, rock and white-tailed ptarmigan.  There are snowshoe and arctic hares in many parts of the state, and this space precludes me describing all the various kinds of waterfowl.  It’s really an outdoorsman’s paradise here.

Wandering afield with a good scatter-gun looking for birds or hares isn’t as glamorous as heading into the bush with a heavy rifle looking for grizzlies, but it does have one good benefit for a guy my age – you can shoot a grouse, drop it in your game bag, and go looking for another.  Shoot a moose, and even if you have it in a spot where you can get your ATV and meat trailer right up to it, there’s still a lot of strenuous work ahead.  So, yeah, I’ll be hunting the big stuff – but plan on doing plenty of looking about for birds as well.

And with that, it’s…

On To the Links!

Testing early gunpowder recipes.  Interesting.

Welcome to the Weimar Republic, Teil Zwei .

Turns out that maybe Fred Flintstone’s pet Dino wasn’t that far off after all.

It was a stupid idea before, and it’s still a stupid idea.

Smarter people favor free markets.  Morons favor socialism.

To be fair, politicians of all sorts say lots of dumb things, but the Democrats seem to be trying to outdo themselves lately.

Will the EU ever learn to defend itself?  Probably not.  It’s probably too late for Europe.  The barbarians are already inside the gates, Europeans aren’t having babies, they have effectively surrendered.  Too bad.

No shit, Sherlock.

Big, scary, toothy critters.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is now a political prisoner.

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Zachary Carter is an idiot.  Seriously, who the hell can call the Biden(‘s handlers) economic plan “centrist” with a straight face?

CVS is evidently run by idiots.

Joe Biden thinks trillionaires exist.  What an idiot.

The Guardian‘s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

MSN’s Jonathan Chait (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The LA Times’ LZ Granderson is an idiot.

Maxine Waters (Repeat Offender Alert) is and always has been an idiot.

Juan Williams is an idiot.  Funny, Juan used to seem like a decent guy – a lefty, but not obnoxious about it.  Nowadays he just seems to be losing it.  Sad.

Squad members persist in proving themselves idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Remember when Southern Rock was a thing?  Back in the Seventies and early Eighties, bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ram Jam, Molly Hatchet and yes, ZZTop defined the popular genre.  Today, the closest you get is some country bands, like Blackberry Smoke.

One of the founding bands of Southern Rock was, of course, the Allman Brothers.  They were influential and popular, getting a lot of Top Forty radio play back in the day as well as (unlike a lot of Top 40 acts) actually being a pretty good band.

Here, from a 1991 performance, is the Allman Brothers Band with their tune Blue Sky, one of my favorites.  Enjoy.