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Animal’s Red Thursday News

This post goes in early because in a few moments, Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. will be off to cover the famous Glacier View Car Launch. Watch for some exciting videos of this great Alaska tradition. Fireworks aren’t really too practical here, as it doesn’t get dark in the Great Land in early July. So, the obvious option? Throw junk cars off a cliff!

And now, on to the Independence Day Red Links!

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Tomorrow is Independence Day, and instead of the normal display of patriotic totty, we’ll have Red Thursday as usual, especially since that’s something I can set up ahead of time. So, if you’re reading my RedState work (and you should be) you will still have at your fingertips a wealth of links, just as you do today.

Also on Thursday, my wife and I will be covering the famous Glacier View Car Launch, so stay tuned for an Animal Magnetism Live segment as well as a RedState post on that!

Now then:

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Animal’s Daily Immunity News

Before I get into this, check out my buddy UnCivil Servant’s latest chapter of Prince of the North Tower over at Glibertarians!

Now then: A recent Supreme Court decision will throw a block under the wheels of some anti-Trump lawfare, and despite the hysterical whining of the left, actually does have some significant implications.  Several of my RedState colleagues, who are more legally-minded (in several respects) than me have already covered this better than I ever could:

Jake Tapper Pushes the Idea That SCOTUS Ruling On Immunity Means Biden Can Assassinate His Rivals

Justice Thomas Uses Presidential Immunity Case to Question the Legality of the Whole Trump Prosecution

BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules on Presidential Immunity

And, of course, the legacy media is chiming in:

In a monumental decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that former presidents enjoy a presumption of criminal immunity for official acts while in the White House, handing a win to former President Trump.

The move is likely to delay Trump’s federal election subversion case in Washington, D.C. by sending the case back to a lower court to decide whether his actions on Jan. 6 merit protection from criminal prosecution for decisions he made while in the White House.

Trump’s appeal froze that indictment, where a federal court has charged him with conspiring to subvert the 2020 election results, preventing it moving ahead toward trial.

The Supreme Court’s ruling comes four months before Election Day, when Trump hopes to retake the White House, giving him the authority to stop his prosecutions from proceeding and possibly fire special counsel Jack Smith.

My take?  This is just another nail in the coffin of daffy old Joe Biden’s re-election effort.  This slams the door in one major piece of lawfare against former President Donald Trump, and after last week’s horrendous debate performance, well, let’s face it, lawfare is all the Demos have left, aside from outright rebellion.

And let’s be honest, rebellion isn’t going to work out well for them.

It’s still a long time to go until November, but things are continually edging Trump’s way, at least so far.  But if he wins, well, I’ll just repeat my standard caution: If you can, get the hell out of the cities.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, If You Are Left You Ain’t Right, The Other McCain, Bacon Time, and Flappr for the Rule Five links!

Yesterday, my RedState colleague Susie Moore, who is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, gave us a look at the 2024 Presidential polling numbers, post-debate, and it’s getting interesting.

CBS News is out with its latest poll following Thursday night’s presidential debate — and it paints a grim picture for President Joe Biden. 

For months before the first debate, the nation’s voters repeatedly expressed doubts over whether President Biden had the cognitive health enough to serve.

Today, those doubts have grown even more: now at nearly three-quarters of the electorate, and now including many within his own party.

And today, after the debate with former President Trump, an increased number of voters, including many Democrats, don’t think Mr. Biden should be running for president at all. Nearly half his party doesn’t think he should now be the nominee.

Since the debate, Biden’s shown a 7-8 percent decline in the number of registered voters who believe he has the mental and cognitive health to serve as president. The latest numbers indicate only 27 percent of those polled believe he does, with 72 percent believing he does not. 

What’s shocking about this is that anyone, anywhere, thinks Joe Biden is fit to blow his own nose, much less continue serving as President of the United States. His embattled Vice President is no better. The Democrats are in a debacle of their own making, here, and it’s not going to be easy to turn it around.

It’s too early, though, to draw many inferences from these polls. It will take a few weeks to let the trends appear, and those will show up in the RealClearPolitics averages. But I will essay one opinion right now: The Biden ticket will continue to bleed support, and we’re at the point now where it would be very, very difficult for the Dems to replace him.

Rule Five Terms You Shouldn’t Use Friday

I have run this piece a couple of times in the last few years, and thought it was time to trot it out as a reminder.

English is a language that’s forever changing; it’s been said that while other languages adopt words and phrases, English chases other languages down dark alleys, hits them over the head and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.  (This observation is made more poignant for yr. obdt. as this Friday finds my own dear Mrs. Animal and me in Japan, where I am functionally illiterate and struggle to make myself understood because I don’t savvy the lingo.)

But even English has standards, and as a popular American talk-radio guy is fond of saying, words mean things.  So here are some words and phrases that people need to stop abusing.

Capitalism

This, like many on the list, is bandied about by plenty of folks who should know better.  Here’s the reason people should stop usingthis word: “Capitalism,” unlike socialism and communism, doesn’t have an underlying ideology or set of dogma.  There’s no -ism there; it’s just liberty.  What we call capitalism is in fact the free, unfettered, lassaiz-faire of people doing exactly what they choose to do with their own skills, abilities, finances and resources, unfettered by government, unshackled by regulation.  It is people freely choosing what the do with their wealth.  It is the result of free trade, where people exchange value for value by choice, in voluntary transactions in which both parties gain.  It is a market unhampered by any meddling, where the economic trends are not forced from above by fiat but the results of millions of people making trillions of economic decisions, ever hour, every day, in a great freewheeling machine that no person or group of people could ever hope to control without screwing the whole thing up.  This has been demonstrated time and a-damned-gain, see Venezuela, Cuba and Zimbabwe for recent examples.

Gun Violence

Guns are inanimate objects.  There can be no such thing as “gun violence.”  There is only violence, planned and perpetrated by people.

This one is especially egregious as used in policy debates today, because, even though far more people un the United States today are murdered by fists and feet, nobody talks about “fist violence.”  It is only when guns are involved that this term is dragged out.

Whether deliberate or intentional, the term distracts from the real problem – that bad people do bad things – and focuses instead on chunks of plastic, wood and metal that can take no action and possess no moral agency or capacity.  A gun by itself is a moral null; it can take no action and left alone, will never hurt anything or anyone.  It is only when a human being picks up that gun and uses it for good or ill that any judgement of violence can come into the picture.

Privilege

Deriving from a Latin term that translates loosely as “private law,” this is another term that is badly abused in today’s discourse, mostly be people who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

American treasure Thomas Sowell noted that “privilege” is the idea that a white coal miner in West Virginia has some unseen advantages over a black Harvard graduate in New York.  As used in such a manner, it trivializes people and assigns them arbitrary categories based on their skin color, ethic background or religious affiliation; in other words, it’s bigotry, pure and simple.  As a middle-aged white male, I am supposed to meekly acknowledge the benefits of “privilege,” even though my Dad was a farmer most of his life, I went to college on the GI Bill and have worked for and earned everything I have.  I guess my privilege isn’t firing on all cylinders.

Decimate/Decimation

Decimation is a term that originated in the Roman army.  When a legion was seen to have failed in courage, one soldier of every ten was executed, pour encourager les autre.  (Voltaire would have loved these guys.)  The literal meaning of the term “decimate” means exactly that – to reduce in number by ten percent.

So, when a vapid talking head on a news program makes that claim that a certain terrorist group has been “decimated” he is saying that they managed to engage a nation-state’s military and only took ten percent casualties.  That’s a pretty good performance by a bunch of illiterates with AK-47s and an absolute cluster-fuck on the part of any modern military.

Democracy

The United States is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy.

In fact, our Constitution, probably the most effective governing document in the history of mankind as it was originally written, contains specific safeguards against direct democracy.  The Senate is one of those safeguards.  The Electoral College is another.

Noticed, have you, that those are two institutions that the political Left in this country would like to do away with?

We do not nor should we have government by direct democracy.  That is no more than mob rule or, as Benjamin Franklin was rumored to have said, “two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.”  We have a Republic, with a Constitution that clearly defines the roles and the limitations on the various branches of government.  We have a Senate that was originally supposed to represent the interests of their states, and we have an Electoral College to make sure that a few high-population states don’t end up dictating to the entire country.  Let’s keep it that way.

This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list.  But it’s a good start.

Any suggested additions?

Animal’s Red Thursday News

Tonight’s the first presidential debate, and we can expect to be treated to Donald Trump eviscerating befuddled old Joe Biden, despite whatever cocktail of pupil-dilating drugs they give him to try to keep him lively and semi-coherent.  However, I won’t be watching, as we have company, but I’m sure I will watch clips after the fact and bring you some comments, both here and at RedState.

And so…

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The mess on the border has created quite a stir lately.  It’s not just the numbers of illegal immigrants, it’s not just the driving down of wages or even the crowding of these people into fancy hotels and having the taxpayers foot the bill for their room and board. It’s the crime!  It’s the crime!  It’s the crime! It’s the crime!

This situation can’t and won’t last.  People are already starting to take care of it themselves.  And, maybe, in the end, that will be the right solution.

Therefore, it’s…

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Animal’s Daily Changing Sides News

Reminder, I’m on hiatus at Glibertarians, but don’t let that stop you from reading some great fiction; check out UnCivilServant’s work Prince of the North Tower, in which Chapter Two is now available, and it’s a great read!

Now then: As the election cycle kicks into high gear, sides are being chosen, and some interesting folks are hopping aboard the Trump train.

An ex-Obama fundraiser who helped raise millions in donations for his campaign announced that she is “divorcing” the Democratic Party and plans to vote for Trump in the upcoming election.

“Like any divorce, there’s not just one thing, there’s a series of things that led up to it,” Allison Huynh said on “Jesse Watters Primetime” Wednesday. 

Huynh, who created Willow Garage, a company that created robotics and AI systems, which were later sold to Google, along with her then-husband Google programmer Scott Hassan, helped raise millions of dollars for the Obama campaign in 2008 by hosting elaborate “$50,000- and $100,000-per-plate dinners,” for Silicon Valley giants, the New York Post reported.

Here’s the onion:

“The Democrats were policing the wrong things,” she said. “The things that we need to police are violent criminals that are scattered throughout the streets of San Francisco, people defecating, shooting up heroin in front of me and my kids, and allowing criminals to go in and steal from our grocery stores, shutting down grocery stores,” she said.

“I love to cook, and when I wake up in the morning, there’s no grocery stores to go to.”

In 2008, Huynh purchased a Shepard Fairey piece of artwork inspired by the Obama “Hope” posters, paying more than $1 million for the work on canvas. She told Fox News in an earlier interview that her nature as a “hopeful” person and what she called former President Obama’s “great ideas” focused on equality for women and people of color led her to support the then-candidate.

But with her diminishing enthusiasm for the party, the 48-year-old Vietnamese immigrant is auctioning off the mixed-media piece and is planning to vote for former President Trump.

That’s rather a long quote block, sure, but it’s worth noting.  This is a former Democrat donor, a big-city liberal, who has apparently been mugged by reality.  It’s not enough that Gavin Newsom has literally turned first San Francisco and then California into a shithole; you also have daffy old Grandpa Badtouch in Washington just fucking up right and left.  It seems that everyone in the Biden(‘s handlers) administration just starts their day with a fuckup before breakfast, then fucks up all morning, breaks for lunch, spends the afternoon fucking up, has some supper and a drink, and probably takes time for one more really big fuckup before bed.

It’s telling. People are starting to notice.  November 5th is going to be very, very interesting.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once more to The Other McCain, If You Are Left You Ain’t Right, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, and Flappr for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Sometimes it’s mildly interesting to see what the rest of the world thinks about us, especially where guns are concerned.  The Second Amendment is kind of unique in the nations of the world, after all.  So here are a few insights.  An example:

The legalization of gun possession in the United States has brought mostly atrocity to its citizens.”

First, it’s a right. There is no “legalization” because the right to keep and bear arms has always been legal here to some degree or another.

Then we have the claim that gun possession in the United states has “brought mostly atrocity to its citizens.”

No, it hasn’t.

Depending on which estimate you favor, there are at least hundreds of thousands to millions of people who defend their lives with a firearm each and every year here. Is that an atrocity, too? I’d personally say it’s not. Especially as the estimates of defensive gun uses far outstrips the number of people whose lives are taken with a firearm.

Guns Not for Sale.

That’s all well and good, and by all means read the entire article (full disclosure; Bearing Arms is part of the Townhall Media Group and therefore the author, Tom Knighton, is a colleague of mine.)  But as I’ve said many times, while things like the number of defensive uses of firearms are great arguments, this is all the argument we need:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

That’s it. End of story. It’s all we need. It’s in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has upheld it, end of discussion.  We have this right because we are citizens, not subjects, and Europe and all the other nations of the world can, on this topic and others, fuck right off if they don’t agree.

We’re Americans. We’re keeping our guns.