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Rule Five Unimaginable, Inevitable Friday

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson recently spoke with City Journal’s Brain C. Anderson to talk about his latest book, titled The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation.  As you might guess from the title, this was a serious topic.  I can’t go through the whole interview – read it, by all means – but here’s the intro, and the real kicker:

Brian Anderson: So, in this new book, The End of Everything, you chronicle the demise of four civilizations, classical Thebes, Punic Carthage, Byzantine Constantinople, and then the Aztecs. And there can be, you write, degrees of obliteration, and you described them in each of these examples, but there are also striking similarities in the wartime destruction of whole societies. So I wonder, just to start out, how do you define the total destruction of a culture? What do you mean by that?

Victor Davis Hanson: Well, it’s different than just the obliteration of their infrastructure or the mass killing, as we saw during World War II when we firebombed Japan and we bombed Dresden and we left the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire a shell of their former selves, but we quickly allowed them to recalibrate under democratic auspices. And today there’s a thriving German culture. In some ways, there’s a continuity all the way back to the beginning of a united Germany. And the same is true of Japan. But what I was interested in is these rare occasions in history when a society, a civilization, a city state, an empire, a nation goes to war and they lose. And they not only lose their infrastructure—either it’s destroyed or simply absorbed and swallowed by the victor—but the civilization disappears. And by that, in the ancient world, in the pre-modern world, that’s usually either by mass murder or killing during combat in addition to enslavement. In all these cases that proved to be true.

This sounds a lot like what Hamas attempted on October 7th of last year.  It sounds a lot like what they would do to the United States, were they given the opportunity.

Consider also that the barbarians are already inside our gates.  While the Biden(‘s handlers) administration has literally thrown open the doors, illegal immigration has been a problem for decades; it’s probably inevitable when a wealthy, advanced nation shares a two-thousand-mile border with a poor, failed narco-state.  That doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort, though, to enforce that order, or to kick illegals the hell out when they are caught.

The point is at this point, we have millions of people in the country who are here illegally.

We have very little idea who most of them are.  We don’t always know where they really came from, where they intend to go, or what they intend to do when they get there – but in some of those cases we had better assume the worst.

Dr. Hanson concluded:

I don’t think we have the ability to ensure that people are not coming into our country with ill intent. And I say that as someone who lives 12 miles away from a biolab in Reedley, California of all places, a little tiny agrarian town. Right in the very packing house where I worked as a kid, they found a Chinese biolab with vials on the floor of cholera, malaria, HIV, Covid, SARS virus, every deadly type of pathogen, and dead genetically engineered mice, right in the middle of this little town. And it was somebody with connections with the Chinese government who claimed that he was trying to create a testing service, but there was no evidence of that. No one to this day knows what it was all about, except it was very dangerous.

I think Dr. Hanson is a master of understatement.  Having been educated in biology, and also having been through the U.S. Army’s Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare training, I will say that bugs scare me more than nukes or gas.  Bio-weapons are horrible; lethal, self-spreading; if they don’t scare the absolute kapok out of you, you need to read more on the topic.

Dr. Hanson is, I’m afraid, a voice crying out in the wilderness, as are many of us in the right-leaning media.  What’s coming may be inevitable, it’s for sure unimaginable, and it may be impossible to avoid.

Animal’s Red Thursday News

Next week’s RedState traffic, like next week’s traffic here, will be a tad slower than normal, as I have an old buddy coming to visit.  He lives on the East Coast, and this is his first real chance to observe wild Alaskans in their natural habitat, so he may be in for a shock or two.  Ought to be fun.

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping note:  My old medical manufacturing industry buddy is coming to visit next week, so my output both here and at RedState may be reduced while he’s here.  There will be, after all, beers to drink, stories to tell, and some Alaskan sights and experiences to share.  But I’ll be back to full speed on the 30th.

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Animal’s Daily Europe Trending News

Before I get into the Old World and that state of affairs, be sure to check out the conclusion of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.  My fiction writing over there will be on hiatus for a few weeks in order to present some other great work, so stay tuned, because I’ll be tossing that work some linkage as well.

Now then: Is there hope for Europe after all?

The president of France was forced to call an emergency election as populist right-wing parties made stunning gains in elections held across Europe Sunday.

President Emmanuel Macron announced he would dissolve his National Assembly and hold elections next month after he was humiliated by voters in the European Parliament election.

The anti-immigration, anti-EU National Rally party led by Macron’s arch-rival Marine Le Pen is projected to get at least 31% of the votes — more than twice as many as the president’s pro-European centrist party.

“The French people have sent a very clear message. They no longer want a technocratic, out-of-touch European construction which results in a loss of influence, identity and freedom,” Le Pen said, according to The Times.

In Germany, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party took second place in the polls with 16.5% of the vote despite being mired in controversies — even placing ahead of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party.

Germany’s left-of-center governing coalition parties are estimated to barely secure a combined 30% of votes.

The Greens environmental party, the second-biggest in Scholz’s coalition, only secured 12% of the vote.

Well, this is interesting, isn’t it?

People talk a lot about that famous old political pendulum, but in recent years it seems like it swings a little farther to the left with every cycle.  But maybe – just maybe – there’s a larger cycle, and maybe that larger cycle will now start moving the Overton Window back to the right.

Europe!

Since 2016, I’ve been saying that Donald Trump was a reaction, not a cause, to America’s woes.  The various EU “far-right” pols, who would probably be considered moderates Stateside, are also reactions – but they are reactions to ethnic Europeans who are tired of seeing their nations invaded by Third World lunatics who clog streets to demand Sharia courts, engage in grooming rape gangs, and maybe just for fun burn the odd police car or two.

We can hope. But after the European Parliament elections, some of the various member nations, like France, are going to have some navel-gazing to do – and they may find themselves facing a new direction, politically.  And if Europe is to remain European, they may have to.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

On education, Texas is showing us the way.

A wave of Republican incumbents fell to conservative challengers in the Texas House in last week’s primary run-offs, turning an already red legislature crimson and threatening the state House GOP leader’s hold on power. Those who helped lead the intra-party Texas fight now have their sights set on defeating centrist Republicans in other red states, including Tennessee, Georgia, Idaho, and South Carolina.

A concerted joint effort by Gov. Greg Abbott, outside groups, and a deep-pocketed donor flipped the seats of 14 Republicans who had opposed Abbott’s school-choice measure – a state record.

Abbott’s effort to pass school choice died last fall when 21 House Republicans – mostly from rural districts – voted to strip a voucher program out of a larger education bill. Of those 21 voucher opponents, 15 now aren’t returning. The coalition defeated six GOP incumbents in March, then three more in last week’s run-offs. Additionally, the group filled four of the five retiring Republican seats with voucher supporters, and then a voucher backer won a special election run-off.  

It seems Governor Abbott’s school choice agenda was a big part of the crimson tide that overtook Texas’s primaries.

The leading factor in these Republicans’ historic defeats hasn’t been making the most national headlines or even the most local news. It’s unrelated to Abbott’s border fight with President Biden, state Attorney General Ken Paxton’s resentment over efforts to impeach him, or even widespread local protests over the state’s skyrocketing property taxes.  

Those issues all played out in the election, but school choice was far and away the most lethal campaign issue across the Lone Star state. Its impact was especially potent considering the totality of political spending and blitz of advertisements focused on school vouchers and related issues dominating the Texas airwaves and inundating inboxes.

This is an issue that the GOP should take nationwide. If there is any issue that will gain support among lower-income urban voters who are concerned with the failing schools in our major cities, this is it, and since Democrats are essentially owned by the teacher’s unions, it’s not an issue they can take up.

Teacher’s unions, by the way, have been more harmful to education than any other single organization in the nation.

I’d prefer to see government out of education altogether, but that’s probably not going to happen any time soon. Vouchers are a step in the right direction, though; we should watch events in Texas with great interest.

Rule Five Defining A Woman Friday

What is a woman? A woman is an adult female of the genus Homo.

It’s a trifle baffling (and, yes, the choice of discussing this on Rule Five Friday is deliberate, as you can see a vivid example of womanhood in the illustrations) that so many people have trouble with this simple concept; in fact, some of them are supposedly judges.

My RedState colleague and friend Becky Noble penned a piece on this very topic the other day.

Judge Sarah Netburn is a United States Magistrate Judge. She has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a very prestigious nomination indeed. But there is just one problem: Recently, during her nomination hearing, when given a series of questions by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of those questions pertained to wording in a ruling from August 2022 that directed a biological male prisoner to be housed in a women’s prison.

“In your Report & Recommendation, you open your ‘Factual Background’ section by stating: ‘At birth, people are typically assigned a gender.’ … Is it possible to determine a person’s sex by only analyzing their chromosomes?”

Judge Netburn’s response may sound like a road we have been down before. She replied, “I have never studied biology, and therefore I am unqualified to answer this question.” Never having “studied biology” appears to be a qualification for Biden judicial appointees. If you recall, now Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson also had trouble with simple biology when asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” To which Justice Brown Jackson replied, “Can I provide a definition? No, I can’t.” When Blackburn pressed her, she now famously, or infamously added, “Not in this context, I’m not a biologist.”

What utter drivel and goo.

Prevarication of this sort should instantaneously result in her being disqualified. This isn’t exactly cutting-edge science;  this is something that has been known on an instinctual level since long before our most distant ancestors came down from the trees, as it were.

But then, this woman (for that is what she is, her legal or biological education or lack thereof notwithstanding) is interviewing, in effect, for a job that will have her deciding such things as whether men should be allowed in women’s private facilities, like bathrooms and locker rooms. And, I remind you, her track record on that is not good:

It might be one thing to rattle off a ridiculous response like that in the environment of a hearing, but in Judge Netburn’s case, it has very real ramifications. The potential inmate in question pleaded guilty to molesting a nine-year-old boy, a class B felony, raping a 17-year-old girl, and criminal deviate conduct in the rape case; both are also class B felonies. The suspect was sentenced to two consecutive 18-year prison terms in an Indiana state prison and was released on parole after 18 years, but violated the terms of parole by having internet access in his apartment and was resentenced to six years.

This idiot judge put this idiot rapist in a women’s prison.

There is no sane universe in which Sarah Netburn should be presiding over any legal proceeding, anywhere, ever.