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Animal’s Daily Open Border News

So, President Trump is doing what President Biden(‘s handlers) and Heels-Up Harris won’t – visiting the southern border.  Excerpt:

Donald Trump has accepted Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s invitation to join him on an official visit to the United States’ southern border, he announced in a statement. The visit will take place Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history,” Trump said. “It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.”

“We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release. We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world. Biden and Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes,” Trump said. “Drug dealers, MS-13 gang members, human smugglers, sex traffickers, and the criminal elements of the world now have free reign.”

“Hospitals and schools are getting crushed and public health is being sacrificed all in service of a radical left anti-borders agenda. Our brave border agents and courageous ICE officers have been illegally stopped from doing their jobs. Our Nation is now one giant sanctuary city where even dangerous criminals are being cut loose and set free inside the U.S interior on a daily basis,” Trump continued.

Trump’s planned visit stands in stark contrast to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s refusal to visit the border. Kamala Harris was reportedly put in charge of the border crisis (though the administration won’t call it a crisis) but has made no visit there, even as migration centers (you know, what were previously considered cages) have become overcrowded with migrant children, who have been forced to endure deplorable conditions, including lack of exercise, fresh air, or adequate bathing. There have also been reports of sexual assaults at these facilities.

This sure looks like a guy who is planning to run again in 2024.

I suspect Trump is doing this to highlight the utter ineptitude of the current administration as much as to understand the real disaster along the southern border.  For one thing, I think Citizen Trump already has a pretty good handle on the border.  He hasn’t been out of office that long.  Also, well, frankly, the ineptitude of President Biden(‘s handlers) and their administration is pretty low-hanging fruit.  This is the most clueless, inept Presidential administration of my lifetime, and I lived through the Carter years.

Now I suppose it’s possible that they may eventually hit their stride and start giving the appearance of knowing what they’re trying to do.  But I’m not seeing any signs of that yet.

For 2022 and 2024 clues, folks, the southern border will be one of the places to watch.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last week, a semi tractor belonging to the moving company hauled a big cargo container into our driveway.  Five guys came in and filled our house and the workshop and office buildings up with boxes and various appurtenances. 

On the one hand, it’s great to have this done, and it feels even more real now that all our stuff is here.

On the other hand, it’s going to take months to get everything unpacked and organized.

But it’s done; we can take our time setting stuff up, but the hard part of the move is complete.  The only way I’m moving from this house is in a body bag.  We’re home, here in the Great Land, to stay.

And so…

On To the Links!

Yes, your cat might eat you.

Science!

Anthony Fauci:  “I AM SCIENCE!”

Lauren Boebert continues being Lauren Boebert, and nobody does it better.

Florida mom destroys state school board over racist Critical Race Theory. And Florida has banned the teaching of racist Critical Race Theory, so that’s a win.

As Job Openings Soar, Gov’t Pays Us To Not Work.

The Democrats’ Filibuster Con.

Dammit, Bill Maher!  Stop making me agree with you!

No shit, Sherlock.

Missouri tells the Imperial City to take their gun laws and shove ’em.

News Flash: Trump Was Right.

Don’t Make Econ. Policy If You Haven’t Been Dancing Chicken.

It Feels A Lot Like 1977.

Eww.

Rifles and Miniguns Adapted to Fire Longer-Range 6.8mm Ammo.

I sure hope this is wrong, because Europe is looking pretty hosed these days.

Well, this doesn’t look good.  The Chinese are assuring us nothing is wrong.  Uh, where have we heard that before?

Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world!  (We are so hosed.)

This Week’s Idiots:

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

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

Robert Reich is an idiot.  (Repeat Offender Alert)

The Week‘s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

Vox‘s Jariel Arvin is an idiot. 

Vox‘s Rob Arthur is also an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

Is this the blind leading the stupid, or the other way around?

The New York Times’ Bill McKibben is an idiot.

Idiots gonna idiot, or:  Fools and their money, Part 3,490,201.

Seriously, do these idiots have nothing better to do?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Any of you True Believers who have been reading these virtual pages for any time, and who have been paying attention to my cultural offerings, already know that I have wide and varied tastes in music.  And while I watch very little television, I do confess a fondness for the Canadian production Letterkenny, an irreverent look at life in a small town in Ontario that translates well into small-town life most places.  They make fun of almost every social issue at one point or another, and it’s refreshing to see a show where the main character is an unabashed “good ol’ boy” who doesn’t shy away from solving confrontations with his fists.  And who wouldn’t love a show with characters named Squirrely Dan, Joint-Boy and Jivin’ Pete?

Anyway – one of the things I enjoy about the show is the soundtrack, where you will find clips from a variety of artists; some I don’t care for, some I find I enjoy, and I through the show I have discovered some Canadian indy acts I enjoy quite a bit.  One of those is the show’s opening theme, which takes a few bars from the beginning of the song Who Needs A Girl Like You from the group Indian Wars.  Here, for your enjoyment, is that song.

Animal’s Daily Woke Madness News

Before we start, check out the latest of the Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

That said:  National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson has some thoughts on the “woke” madness that’s infesting our institutions.  Excerpt:

Whether in the corporate boardroom or in Hollywood casting meetings or in the campus president’s office, race-based obsessions mostly reflect intramural wars between elites for the lucrative spoils of the one-percent’s news anchorships, roles in TV shows and commercials, diversity deanships, and admissions quotas to the Ivy League.

As a result, class considerations have vanished. They are replaced by absurd racial reductionism. For example, CNN mediocrity Don Lemon, by virtue of his race-mongering, can pose as a multimillionaire victim. The anonymous white deplorables at Walmart, caricatured as smelly in the Lisa Page-Peter Strozk text trove, are his proverbial anonymous oppressors.

Apparently, we can only prevent the tragedy of thousands of young black males killing each other and hundreds of innocent bystanders each year in our major cities—if Oprah, at her $90 million estate, conducts a series of TV interviews with Meghan Markle (denizen of a $15 million mansion) about the psychodramatic slights she feels she received from the Royal Family, or if Black Lives Matter founder and Marxist Patrisse Marie Khan-Cullors Brignac gets her $35,000 new fence around her new Topanga Canyon home, in an era when “walls don’t work.”

The elite Woke are now obsessed about race because of leftist failures in the past to galvanize a permanent class of victims of the grasping rich—given the upward mobility and expanding economy of the United States.

Race, in contrast, is deemed immutable. The Left sees it as permanent proof, a stamp of victimization and thus deserving of reparatory government action. LeBron James may be worth $1 billion, but he will always be a needy voice of the helpless given his race. Or so the woke would have us believe.

Another national treasure, Dr. Thomas Sowell, once pointed out that “white privilege” is the idea that a white coal miner in Appalachia somehow enjoys societal benefits and privileges that are denied to an Ive League-educated black attorney in Manhattan.  Dr. Sowell is not only more eloquent than I but more polite, as I simply would describe the theory as “bullshit.”

Seriously, watching a billionaire like Oprah Winfrey whine about how she feels oppressed is just giggle-inducing.  This woman in particular is a good object lesson; she literally made her billions absorbing sob stories from middle-aged women, and now she positions herself as the victim of some nebulously defined “racism.”  Ditto for the fabulously-wealthy yet not very bright LeBron James.  I could name many more, but you get the idea.

“Victimhood” has become a fashion accessory for wealthy liberals.  That’s plain enough.  Their whining is, as Shakespeare pointed out, “…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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!

Now then:  I rarely read the comments sections on the news stories I talk about here.  There’s generally nothing to be gained from doing so.  (I do read all comments that are posted on this site, and I have to say you True Believers are several cuts above average.)

But if one does choose to comment on a news story, and I sometimes do, I have a few tips for would-be commenters to help avoid being dismissed out of hand.

Bear in mind that, on the intarwebz, the only thing we have to judge you by is your presentation of the written word.  Some really dedicated critic might look at your posting profile if the site uses something like Disqus (which we use here) to get a better grip on your positions, but that rarely happens.  The words you post are what people judge you by.  So pay attention to a few simple things.

Punctuation.  It matters.  Not only should you use it where appropriate – and remember, a question should be noted by use of a question mark (?) but don’t abuse it.  Don’t put a space between the last word in a sentence and the punctuation.  Don’t indicate a pause by a string of periods – or commas, which I find very baffling.  You were all taught this stuff in grade school, folks.  And when you use an exclamation point, use only one.

Capitalization.  The first word in a sentence and proper nouns.  That’s all.  (And no, “black” as applied to people is not a proper noun, and I will not capitalize it, and you shouldn’t either; I don’t give an ounce of rat’s pee what the Washington Post says.)  Proper capitalization is important.  It’s the difference between helping your uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.  And ALL CAPS should never, ever be used.  If you want to emphasize, italicize.

Spelling.  You’re writing your comment with the world’s largest dictionary at your fingertips.  Use it.  If you aren’t sure how to spell something, it takes literally seconds to look it up.  Also, learn the difference between you’re and your, between it’s and its, and so on.

I’m fond of pointing out that stupid people should be conspicuous.  But some of this is just plain carelessness, and some are bad habits that need to be unlearned.  But it’s simple enough to not look like a dope on the internet.  Unless, of course, the quality of your argument does so – but I can’t help you with that.

Rule Five Why Did It Have To Be Guns Friday

From time to time I peruse the web site of libertarian author L. Neil Smith.  Here’s one of my favorites of his works, Why Did it Have to be … Guns?  Follow the link and read it all.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

Make no mistake: all politicians—even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership—hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it’s an X-ray machine. It’s a Vulcan mind-meld. It’s the ultimate test to which any politician—or political philosophy—can be put.

If a politician isn’t perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash—for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn’t your friend no matter what he tells you.

If he isn’t genuinely enthusiastic about his average constituent stuffing that weapon into a purse or pocket or tucking it under a coat and walking home without asking anybody’s permission, he’s a four-flusher, no matter what he claims.

What his attitude—toward your ownership and use of weapons—conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn’t trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

And, yes, it’s all about trust.  Even the most Second Amendment-friendly pols on tap today eventually hit that issue of trust.  There is always some point beyond which they don’t trust the population at large.

If he doesn’t want you to have the means of defending your life, do you want him in a position to control it?

If he makes excuses about obeying a law he’s sworn to uphold and defend—the highest law of the land, the Bill of Rights—do you want to entrust him with anything?

If he ignores you, sneers at you, complains about you, or defames you, if he calls you names only he thinks are evil—like “Constitutionalist”—when you insist that he account for himself, hasn’t he betrayed his oath, isn’t he unfit to hold office, and doesn’t he really belong in jail?

Sure, these are all leading questions. They’re the questions that led me to the issue of guns and gun ownership as the clearest and most unmistakable demonstration of what any given politician—or political philosophy—is really made of.

He may lecture you about the dangerous weirdos out there who shouldn’t have a gun—but what does that have to do with you? Why in the name of John Moses Browning should you be made to suffer for the misdeeds of others? Didn’t you lay aside the infantile notion of group punishment when you left public school—or the military? Isn’t it an essentially European notion, anyway—Prussian, maybe—and certainly not what America was supposed to be all about?

And if there are dangerous weirdos out there, does it make sense to deprive you of the means of protecting yourself from them? Forget about those other people, those dangerous weirdos, this is about you, and it has been, all along.

It’s always about someone else.  It’s always about criminals, or nutjobs, or anyone else other than the regular citizen who happens to have an old 12-gauge stuck in a closet somewhere.

But what Mr. Smith doesn’t bring up is the outcry from would-be gun-grabbers to institute all of their policies at the Imperial level.  “All laws should apply to the whole country,” they cry, claiming that places like Chicago have high crime rates in spite of having strict gun laws because criminals are apparently organizing convoys to buy and import guns from Indiana, where gun laws are much less onerous but for some mysterious reason the crime rate is much lower.  These pols would put in New Jersey-style gun laws for people like me, in rural Alaska, where I can guaran-damn-tee you the result will be massive and defiant non-compliance.

So, yes, the Second Amendment is a good litmus test for political candidates.  But if it’s important at the state and local level, it’s goddamn vital at the Imperial level, where they have the ability and the will to screw with all of us.  After all, if your state pisses you off, you can find another – as Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. just did – but finding a new country is quite another thing.

Animal’s Daily Zebra News

Ever wondered why you can’t find saddle zebras for sale?  Here may be the answer.  Excerpt:

Like horses and donkeys, zebras belong to the Equidae family (known as equids). The three species are so closely related that they can interbreed and form hybrids such as a zedonk (a cross between a male zebra and a female donkey), a zorse (the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse), and zonie (hybrid between a zebras and ponies). But unlike their cousins, zebras resisted submitting to humans. Why is that? After all, zebras are native to Africa, the cradle of humanity.

It may all have to do with natural selection. Zebras and horses diverged from a common ancestor around 4-4.7 million years ago, and each became adapted to their particular environments. Herds of wild horses in North America and Europe were initially kept as food animals, but later became accustomed to humans. After the advent of agriculture 12,000 years ago, horses proved their worth in transportation and warfare, which prompted humans to invest time and effort into domesticating them by selectively breeding the tamest individuals.

But unlike wild horses, zebras in the open African savanna had many more predators to worry about, including fierce lions, lightning-fast cheetahs, and cunning hyenas. As such, natural selection forged zebras into very reactive animals that are ready to leap at the slightest sign of danger. Zebras are particularly feisty and will greatly resist getting captured.

Despite their poney-like size, some zebras have managed to kill attacking lions with a single back kick. They’re not less menacing from the front either, as they’re known to pack a savage bite. Zebras also have a hardwired ducking reflex, which greatly hinders their capture by lasso or other methods. Finally, zebras have no family structure and no hierarchy, unlike wild horses that live in herds and have a structured order.

I suspect that last may have a lot to do with it.

Look at dogs.  Wolves, from which domestic dogs descended, live in a rather looser social order than most folks think, but they are still social animals.  Cattle are herd animals, and wild bovine herds generally follow a matriarch.  Horses likewise.  But zebra herds aren’t really “herds” so much as just big gangs, sticking together for mutual protection.  From what little I’ve read about them (full disclosure, I studied Biology with a strong emphasis on behavior in college) they don’t have a herd matriarch (or patriarch, for that matter) and are no more a structured herd than a school of fish.

It’s an interesting little behavioral phenomenon, when two animals are close enough to produce offspring, albeit sterile offspring, and yet so different behaviorally.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

With a national debt crisis looking on the horizon, I’m seeing a fair amount of talk about selling Imperial assets (like the vast tracts of National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands in the West) to pay off the national debt.  I’m not in favor of this, for one selfish reason and two practical reasons.

First, the selfish reason:  I have and do spend a lot of time on those public lands, which are at the moment mostly wide-open for recreational use including hunting, fishing and camping.  If these lands went to private owners, I have no doubt that they would immediately be closed off to such use.

Second and third, the practical reasons:  Placing land on the market at such a massive scale would drop prices, quite possibly to the point where the proceeds wouldn’t be nearly enough to get us out of the twenty-three trillion hole we’re in, and bear in mind that the Imperial government isn’t about to stop digging.  Any deduction of the debt from such a sale would be temporary unless we could find a way to cancel Congress’ credit card.

And finally, most of all, I have precisely zero faith that the House of Representatives, who are responsible for spending government revenues, would use one penny of that money to address the Imperial debt.  They would use that money as they use all money:  Buying votes.

And so…

On To the Links!

From national treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  Never Let A Plague Go to Waste.

I’ll tell you what this will look like:  Putin will eat Biden’s lunch.

AntiFa thug hit squads pursue a journalist.  Blackshirts instead of Brownshirts, but you get the idea.

More people need to hear this guy.

Not fat-shaming, but blob-shaming, and accepting reality.  I like this outlook.

California’s “assault weapons” ban struck down.  Now this will only lead to more legal wrangling, but it’s still a win.  For now.

Actual headline:  Woman Does Karate In Walmart Parking Lot, Kicks Out Police Car Window While Son Strips Naked Inside & Dog Steals Cornbread.  Wisconsin, not Florida.

Heels-Up Harris greeted in Guatemala with jeers, pro-Trump signs.  The schadenfreude, it is strong with this one.

Human hibernation is possible.  Hell, I do it every winter.

Canadians see UFOs, too.  Must be something in the poutine.

Oh, for fuck’s sake, could Heels-Up be any more full of herself?  (And is that better or worse than her being full of Willie Brown?)  Also, Heels-Up blows a fuse when a reporter has the temerity to question her never having once visited the southern border that she’s supposedly the czar of.  This harpy is in so far over her head that she can’t even see the surface.

Chicago continues its meltdown.

Is Biden Setting Harris Up for Failure in 2024?  No, Harris is setting Harris up for failure in 2024.  Biden doesn’t know where his after-nap snacks are coming from.

No Shit, Sherlock.

California:  “Let’s double down on our green energy lunacy!”  New York:  “Hold my beer.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Boy howdy, they’re coming out of the woodwork this week.

“Notice: if I see you in a public indoor space not wearing a mask, I’m judging you.”  My reaction:

California continues to produce idiots.  Watch for California housing prices to rise to even more insane levels.

Some idiots are concerned about birds with racist names.  Honestly, some people have way too much time on their hands.

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

CNN’s John Blake and author Carol Anderson are both idiots.

The Guardian brings us more from idiot Carol Anderson.

Barack Obama beclowns himself again.

The New Yorker‘s Sue Halpern is an idiot.

The Hill‘s Michael Hopkins is an idiot.  Seriously, a mandate, Hopkins, you stupid fuck?  A dead tie in the Senate and a razor thin majority in the House is a mandate?  OK, sure, ahead Tard Factor Eight!

Jimmy Kimmel is an idiot.

CNN’s Mari Aponte is an idiot.

NY Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

CNN’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

CNN’s Brian Stelter, preparing for his second career as an actual potato, asks Press Secretary Jen Psaki:  “How far can we journalists insert our tongues into your ass?”

Al Franken is an idiot.

Whichever one of President Biden’s handlers wrote this is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Mara Gay is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Remember when at least some of our conversations regarding race were all about uniting, about our common humanity, how bonds of love should overcome differences of skin tone, religion or national origins?  The O’Jays do.  Take a listen to their 1972 hit Love Train.  This was originally cast as an anti-war song (not unusual in 1972) but it had another message as well.  Listen to the lyrics.  Tell me how that song would fly with today’s race hustlers.  Plus, it’s just a pretty good tune.

We could frankly use a little more of this kind of message.

Animal’s Daily Chinese Defector News

Don’t miss the latest installment of the Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

Now then: This is interesting.  Excerpt:

A person believed to be among the highest-ranking defectors ever to the United States from the People’s Republic of China has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for months, sources inside the intelligence community have told RedState on condition of anonymity. The defector has direct knowledge of special weapons programs in China, including bioweapons programs, those sources say.

The information provided to RedState corroborates and clarifies Thursday evening’s reporting by journalist Adam Housley.

RedState’s sources say that’s partially true. FBI Director Christopher Wray was “ambushed” with the information, they say, and Langley was also unaware. Sources say DIA leadership kept the defector within their Clandestine Services network to prevent Langley and the State Department from accessing the person, whose existence was kept from other agencies because DIA leadership believes there are Chinese spies or sources inside the FBI, CIA, and several other federal agencies.

Did you get that last?

Here, in case you missed it:  Sources say DIA leadership kept the defector within their Clandestine Services network to prevent Langley and the State Department from accessing the person, whose existence was kept from other agencies because DIA leadership believes there are Chinese spies or sources inside the FBI, CIA, and several other federal agencies.

Yes, that’s right.  We are now at a juncture where our Imperial intelligence-gathering agencies don’t trust each other.

Granted, it has always been the standard practice to compartmentalize sensitive information like this.  “Need-to-know” applies, after all.  But the stated reason here – if it’s corroborated, so far this is all hearsay from an anonymous source – is that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) didn’t trust the other alphabet soup agencies specifically because they were worried about Chinese spies or sources inside those agencies.

Normally I would think that this all sounded a bit paranoid, but we just had a Congressman who was found to have been sleeping with an actual by-gosh Chinese agent for some time, and not only is he still in office but still holds all his privileged committee assignments.  If that doesn’t show how deep the rot has gone in the Imperial City, I don’t know what does.

It’s still early on this latest business.  But it will be interesting to see what develops.

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!

It’s long been popular for those on the political Left to point to Europe as the model for how nations do things.  What, then, about voter ID?  Turns out the countries in the EU overwhelmingly require it.  Excerpt:

Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe — a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy — all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote. The exception is the U.K., and even there voter IDs are mandatory in Northern Ireland for all elections and in parts of England for local elections. Moreover, Boris Johnson’s government recently introduced legislation to have the rest of the country follow suit. 

Criticisms of the British leader’s voter ID push are similar to those heard in the U.S. The Scottish National Party claims his voter ID push targets “lower income, ethnic minority and younger people” who are less likely to vote for Johnson’s conservatives and therefore represents “Trump-like voter suppression.” 

Yet despite such pushback, Britain looks set to follow countries in Europe and elsewhere with stricter voting regimes, few of which temporarily relaxed any of their voting rules during the pandemic.

Seventy-four percent of European countries entirely ban absentee voting for citizens who reside domestically. Another 6% limit it to those hospitalized or in the military, and they require third-party verification and a photo voter ID. Another 15% require a photo ID for absentee voting.

Similarly, government-issued photo IDs are required to vote by 33 nations in the 37-member Organistion for Economic Co-operation and Development (which has considerable European overlap). Only the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia currently do not require IDs.

And those last three nations do have far tighter requirements than most of the United States.

The whole “ID required to vote – racism” argument is horseshit in any case, as anyone with enough brains to pound sand understands.  It’s almost impossible to do business in our modern society without a government-issue ID.  You can’t open a bank account, you can’t buy a house, you can’t travel on a commercial airline, you can’t do much of anything.  And even those who don’t have an ID – the number of which probably falls into the range of a rounding error – then my take on that is that if you can’t be bothered to go get a state ID, then you probably shouldn’t be voting in any case.

The Constitution guarantees the states “…a republican form of government.”  We can’t have that without the citizenry having faith in our elections.  Election integrity means election security.  Election security means knowing who votes, and ensuring that all legal votes are accurately counted.  Verifying a voter’s identity is the first, but not the only, step in ensuring just that.