Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

And not one pocket watch in the bunch.

My Grandpa’s actual by-gosh pocket watch. I still have it.

Seriously, who pays this kind of cash for a watch?  I carry a pocket watch, and I didn’t skimp on my most recent one; the labeled price when I found my current good watch was $1,275, but since the jewelry store where I found it had maintained it in stock for three years, I talked them into letting me have it for $350.  I gather nobody besides me carries a pocket watch any more.

I have a much cheaper watch (around $30) that I carry in my overalls bib pocket when I’m choring, as I reckon the chance of losing or breaking it when working outdoors is a lot higher.

Pocket watches are kind of passé, sure, but I guess I’m a little odd in not liking anything on my hands or wrists.  I don’t wear any rings either, and I’m not even a fan of long sleeve shirts, although here in Alaska they are kind of necessary most of the year.

But seriously – who pays $4-5-6,000 for a watch?  I’d be paranoid beyond words that I’d lose it or break it.  I ask you, True Believers, can any of you explain this?

And so…

On To the Links!

I love a happy ending.

President Biden(‘s handlers) is full of shit on “assault weapons.”

What the Egyptian pyramids originally looked like.

Doesn’t surprise me; Mrs. Animal is the most awe-inspiring person I know.

There are too many deer?  The one solution that’s only hinted at and never discussed:  Let people hunt them!  These locales get deer population reduced, people get healthy, tasty, free-range venison – win-win!

Only half?

No shit, Sherlock.

Get woke, go broke.  Tough shit, Mickey.

If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  If it stops moving, subsidize it.

I’m shocked – shocked!

Joe Manchin is pissed.  What he shouldn’t be is surprised that Senate Dems fucked him over.

Governor Youngkin has another good idea.

A global minimum tax is a catastrophically stupid idea, and it should be strangled in the cradle.

I love a happy ending.

No, slaves didn’t “build this country.”

It begins.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

The NY Times’ Michelle Goldberg is an idiot.

MSNBC’s James Downie is an idiot.

HuffPo’s Erin Kaplan is an idiot.

Manish Bapna is an idiot.

Hey, stupid, it doesn’t matter if the Supreme Court is in tune with public opinion or not.  That’s not their job.  Their job is to decide issues against the Constitution.  Seriously, watch some Schoolhouse Rock.

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Look up “loser” in the dictionary…

Vox’s Umair Irfan is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  I’m sensing a pattern here.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Let’s have something a little different this week.  Anyone who has been following along on my cultural tidbits on Wednesday already knows I’m a fan of classic rock and country music, but I’m also fond of classical music.  One piece I really like (despite not being Catholic) is Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, which I understand is meant to be an operatic presentation of the Catholic funeral mass.

A while back, while on a classical music binge, I found this version by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.  Take a look at all the amazing talent in this one concert hall; it’s awe-inspiring.  Now, classical music is probably racist or something, even when composed by an Italian guy.  Putting that lie to bed is this great rendition which, at about 36:00, reveals their amazing lead bass, who appears to be Japanese.  Singing in Latin, of course.

This is an hour and a half long, but if you want to hear the best bit, skip to about 9:39 for the movement Dies irae.  Enjoy!