We’re seeing hints of spring up here in the Great Land, with temps in the upper thirties and forties and quite a bit of melting. That’s not to say that we won’t see some sub-zero temps yet; this is Alaska, after all, and we can see nighttime lows below zero into April, as we did only last year. But for now, it’s pretty balmy for early March, and things are pretty drippy.
With spring on the way, Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. are thinking of booking a May halibut/Pacific cod/rockfish charter out of Seward or Valdez. It’s not cheap, typically running over $300 per person, but that’s a whole day fishing for the delicious flatfish, cod and the rather odd-looking rocks. There’s nothing like good homemade fish and chips. Plus a (cold) day out on the water is good for what ails you.
That’s how it is here, at any rate – spring comes to the land and all thoughts turn to fishing. There are a bunch of wondrous lakes, rivers and streams close by where one can pull up fat trout, delicious salmon and delicate little grayling. It’s a great place to be outdoors.
On To the Links!
It’s true: Democrats are now “the Establishment.”
Practice saying “President DeSantis.”
Biden(‘s handlers) have no chance at redemption. They’ve fallen too far, too fast.
What do you do when the nuclear option is actually the nuclear option? And Putin has his nuke forces on high alert.
And on that note, the Blessings of Ste. Javelin.
Seattle is nearing Third World Shithole status, and this guy has the film.
Trump is back. Honestly I’d rather see DeSantis run in 2024, but I’ll take another Trump run, just for the lulz. And honestly, who are the Dems going to run against him? Biden will be drooling into a sippy-cup by 2024. Kamala’s approvals ratings (and her IQ) are somewhere between dryer lint and verrucas. Will Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First of That Name, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, try for a third failed run?
The red wave is forming in Florida.
When you’ve lost George Stephanopoulos…
Should we kill every mosquito on Earth? Probably not possible, but get back to me in mid-June and I’ll be willing to give it a try. Our Alaska mosquitoes are so big they show up on air-traffic radar.
Yeah, it’s probably too late. Besides, by the time the mid-terms roll around, Biden(‘s handlers) will be looking at Jimmy Carter’s record with envy.
Tyrannosaurus rex may have been three species.
Stone Age totty: The Venus of Willendorf revealed.
Exit question: Are voters as stupid as Democrats think they are? Well, sure, enough them are. Look at Congress right now.
This Week’s Idiots:
John “Lurch” Kerry is an idiot.
The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.
Idiot Eric Swalwell couldn’t even manage to kick a Chinese spy out of his bed, but wants to kick Russian students out of the United States.
The Guardian’s Moira Donegan is an idiot.
Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.
Politico’s John Harris is an idiot.
The American’s Erwin Chemerinsky is an idiot.
Heels-Up Harris (Repeat Offender Alert) continues to prove she’s an idiot. Best reply: “Obama picked Biden because Biden was the only Senator dumber than him. Biden picked Harris because….” A heartbeat away, folks. A heartbeat away.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
Trains figure quite a bit into American folk and country music, more so back in the days when they were still a primary passenger service. Probably (in my opinion, anyway) the best American train song ever written is Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans, written in 1971 and recorded most famously by Arlo Guthrie in 1972.
My best friend from school (and still to this day) spent a career as a trainman, later a conductor, on the old Illinois Central. One of his career goals had been to, one time, serve as conductor on the City of New Orleans, which ran from Chicago to New Orleans. It’s not well known, and nobody ever wrote a song about it, but that same train, on its return trip, was known as the City of Chicago.
Anyway. Here, then, is the famous 1972 Arlo Guthrie recording of City of New Orleans, one of Guthrie’s best pieces and probably the best train song ever. Enjoy.