Category Archives: Alaska

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This gave me a chuckle.  The business environment in California (see yesterday’s post) has gotten so bad that Jerry Garcia’s Grateful Dead cannabis brand is pulling out of California.  Relevant statement from the story:

Eli Melrod, the CEO and co-founder of Solful dispensary chain, said the brand’s exit from California was a sign that it’s a struggle for even good cannabis brands to make money in the state.

Hell, it’s a struggle for anyone to make money in California!  The state Assembly has been working like hell to make it as difficult as possible to make money in California, and now it’s gotten to the point where you can’t even make a profit selling dope.  This is just rich.

Now then…

On To the Links!

We should be debating every damn penny of government spending.

Things aren’t looking good for China.

The Pelosi Act.  Seriously, read this one; the name really is priceless.

You asked for it, asshole, so suck it up and deal.

Have some answers to questions you never asked.

House GOP opens up the amendment process.  This is a good thing.

War with China in 2025?

I love a happy ending.

Dems  never saw a spending idea they didn’t like.

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson to the Left:  “You’re The Man now.”

Are you really against fossil fuels?

Fuck around and find out!

Consumers are getting skittish.

To be fair, they thought this in 2016, too.

Self-awareness rating:  Zero.

Bawk bawk.

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

Idiots gonna idiot.

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

Salon’s Heather Digby Parton is an idiot.

Race hustler Dr. Umar Johnson is an idiot.

Salon’s Matthew Rozsa is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

Van Jones is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

The early Eighties were the glory days of girl bands, and in those years there were few better examples of that genre than the Go-Go’s.  They are, in fact, still around – in 2020 through 2022 they were on a reunion tour, although they are obviously a little longer in the tooth than they were in their heyday (but then, who among us ain’t?)

One of their better known tunes is the 1981 song Our Lips are Sealed, from the album Beauty and the Beat. The video here is typical of the time, just pretty girls doing pretty things with sun and water.  Enjoy!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We’re a month past the winter solstice now, and you can see the sun beginning its long march north.  We’re still seeing some long nights right now, as the sun is rising today at 9:41AM and setting at 4:44PM – but on the day of the solstice it rose at 10:14AM and set at 3:41PM, so we’ve already gained back well over an hour.

Sunshine!

Best of all, the sun is higher in the sky.  One of the first signs of returning spring here is when the afternoon sunshine actually hits our driveway in front of the house, which as you can see here, it did last Saturday.  Spring is on the way!

Don’t get me wrong, I do love Alaska winters.  But by this time of year I’m always ready for spring to come along.

And so…

On To the Links!

Yeah, the Big Guy is losing it.

This headline is a massive understatement.

How dinosaurs fought.

Bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye.

Never.  Apologize.

Tucker nails it.

Seriously, fuck these guys.

Yeah, pouring billions of dollars into a corrupt European shithole is in our best interest.

Rare blonde moose sighted here in Alaska.

Michael Shellenberger nails it again.

Bill Maher dishes out some sense.  The guy’s a liberal, but he’s not a proggie nutbag, and he has been hammering the far left pretty hard.

AntiProfa tried, but Atlanta ain’t having it.

Haw haw haw!

When you’ve lost MSNBC…

New discovery sheds some light on modern bird development.  This is cool stuff.

Who’s next?  Someone equally stupid and useless, no doubt.

This Week’s Idiots:

Rolling Stone’s Kara Voght is an idiot.

CNN’s Julian Zelizer is an idiot.

The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino is an idiot.

The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel is an idiot.

The Nation’s Joan Walsh is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern.)

Reason’s Billy Binion is an idiot.  Alec Baldwin had that gun in his hands.  He was responsible for knowing the status of that gun.  He is responsible for Halyna Hutchins’ death.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues to beclown himself.

CNN’s Paul LeBlanc is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Bill Gates can fuck right off.

California is run by idiots.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I liked Little Feat a lot back in the day.  (Still do.)  A while back I presented in a Wednesday post my favorite of their tunes, Representing the Mambo.  But they did a lot of good tunes; here’s a song one of you True Believers mentioned at that time.  This is from the 1973 album Dixie Chicken – here is Fat Man in the Bathtub.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Wildlife News

Before we start, check out my latest over at Glibertarians!

Add this to the list of “reasons we love Alaska.”  Last Sunday, a young bull moose spent the day relaxing under the big spruce tree behind the workshop.  Here’s a photo:

Now, a couple of precautionary notes on that photo:

You really don’t want to try approaching one of these animals, even a young one like this.  A big mature bull in his prime can weigh close to half a ton, and they are frequently ill-tempered.  Even a cow can weight 7-800 pounds and will vigorously defend any calves she has in the area.  I should note that when I took this photo, I was:

  • Behind a six-foot pile of packed, plowed snow.
  • A couple of steps away from being able to duck behind the tractor.
  • A short distance away, using a 300mm telephoto lens.

Even so, it’s great living in a place where you can have visitors like this, even if it does require some caution – and a good sidearm, just in case.

Oh, and as for photography; while so much seems to be done with the ubiquitous cellular phone camera now, and while I do a lot of that my own self (it’s nothing if not convenient) a really good digital SLR just can’t be beat.  Ours is a Canon EOS Rebel, which brand we chose as we’ve had good luck with their film cameras – Mrs. Animal still has her 35mm setup which is based on a Canon A-1, one of the best 35mm film cameras ever made.  While the megapixel rating may not seem much different than a newer phone camera, the light-gathering ability of the big lens and the ability to use wide-angle and telephoto lenses makes it vastly easier to get really good photos.  Like this one:

Well worth the cost, if you like catching those moments.

Rule Five Alaska Independence Friday

Note:  Cross-posted over from Glibertarians.

The Great Land

One of the most appealing things about Alaska, at least for Mrs. Animal and me, is the big wide streak of “leave us the hell alone” present among the denizens of the region.  In fact, Alaska is one of the fifty states that could, arguably, make a pretty good show of going it alone, although we’d be largely dependent on an extraction economy.

When we moved up here and were going through the voter registration process, I noted the presence of an “Alaska Independence Party.”  I was intrigued, so I investigated it – I was, of course, presuming that their primary goal would be securing Alaska’s independence from the United States.  Well, that’s not quite what they’re after.  In fact, it’s not really clear what they are after.

History

Here’s the history of the party from their web site – as you’ll see, they haven’t been around all that long, and haven’t achieved much of a record of electoral successes – in fact, they’ve never elected anyone to any office, as far as I can find out.  Although they did surprisingly well in 1990, for some reason.

According to the Alaska Divisions of Elections they only have the history as below … We have been in existence since the 70s and have run candidates before the state declared the AIP a “political party.”

    1984 – Recognized Political Party per emergency regulation 6 AAC 25.150, effective 6/14/84.

    1986 – Vogler / Rowe (Governor / Lt. Governor candidates) received 5.5% of votes cast for Governor, retaining Recognized Political Party status.

    1990 – Hickel / Coghill (Governor / Lt. Governor candidates) received 38.8% of votes cast for Governor, retaining Recognized Political Party status.

    1994 – Coghill / Ward (Governor / Lt. Governor candidates) received 13.0% of votes cast for Governor, retaining Recognized Political Party status.

    1998 – Sullivan (Governor candidate with no Lt. Governor running mate) received only 1.92% of the votes for Governor, but there is a sufficient number of voters registered under the party name to retain Recognized Political Party status.

    2002 – Wright / Denardo received less then (sic) 1% but there is a sufficient number of voters registered under the party name to retain Recognized Political Party status.

    2006 – Wright / Welton received less then (sic) 1% but there is a sufficient number of voters registered under the party name to retain Recognized Political Party status.

So, in recent years, the party has held on to the level of voters registered to retain Recognized Political Party status by the skin of their teeth.  Probably not the best recommendation for the beast to which top hitch your wagon.  It’s worth noting, though, that the party did elect one Governor – Wally Hickel, who served from 1990 to 1994.  Since then, their performance has been underwhelming.

As of the most recent count, the Alaska Independence Party has about 19,000 members, making them the third-largest party in the state.  That is, however, out of 383,000 registered voters, giving them not quite five percent of the electorate.  That’s a pretty distant third.

But wait – what is it that the Alaska Independence Party wants to do?

The Platform

For the best summary of what these folks actually want, you can go read their proposed Alaska Constitution here (pdf). Following are some key excerpts, with my comments.

Article I: THE NATURAL LAW

The sole purpose of a republican form of government is to protect the Life, Liberty and Property of the people. This Constitution is dedicated to the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence of these United States of America. The Natural Law, from whom God is the Author, is the basis of all just law, and may never be violated.

Look at the bolded words above – my emphasis.  Now this, on the face of it, looks to me like a problem.  Sure, I’m a big fan of natural law, don’t get me wrong; our rights derive from our status as moral agents, and are ours by virtue of our humanity.  But naming (which one?) God as the author – what if you don’t accept the existence of any God?  Are you then ineligible for public office, in their eyes?  The rest of the Constitution doesn’t say that, but this seems to be to leave it open, although the U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits any religious test for public office.  Maybe it’s me being persnickety, but I just don’t see what they are gaining by adding those six words.  The United States, while culturally is broadly Judeo-Christian, has a secular government, and it should remain that way.

Further on, Article I states:

This Constitution recognizes the hierarchy of law, in that within the family of laws there are those that possess authority over others, in such order:

  1. Natural Law
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Statutory Law
  4. Common Law
  5. Case Law

OK, then.  I get it.  And I even agree, to a point.  But if we’re making that statement, that Natural Law precedes and has authority over all other laws, then where are we codifying the individual rights protected by that law?  How can Natural Law supersede any other laws when we don’t know what that Natural Law states?  Because I suspect that there will be a wide variety of opinions on that topic.

The proposed Constitution goes on to advocate a raft of other changes to the existing state government, including re-organizing Alaska’s Boroughs into twenty Counties, each with an elected sheriff – not sure how popular that idea is going to be, as we seem to be doing very well without them at the moment.  The proposed Constitution also slams the Federal Government in a few specific areas:

The State of Alaska declares that ownership of property by the United States, in violation of Article I, Section 8, clause 17, of the Constitution of the United States, is unlawful.

Good luck with that.

The State of Alaska declares that the alleged Amendment 14, the alleged Amendment 16 and the alleged Amendment 17 of the Constitution of the United States, were fraudulently ratified, according to the guidelines of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, and are therefore null and void.

Not sure what the deal is with the 14th Amendment, except perhaps doing away with “anchor-baby” citizenship – that goal could probably be done with statute, but it would have to be done at the Federal Level.  I’d dearly love to see the 1th and 17th Amendments go away, but states can’t just claim that those amendments were fraudulently ratified and refuse to acknowledge them.  No court in the country will agree with that, and the Supreme Court sure as well won’t.  The only way those two amendments will be overturned is with another amendment.

Anyway.  Read the whole thing.  You’ll certainly find a few other problems.

But wait – this party is called the Alaska Independence Party.  That’s what caught my attention in the first place.  What do they have to say about Alaskan Independence?

Alaskan Independence

Well, here are their goals:

The Alaskan Independence Party’s goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:

  • Remain a Territory.
  • Become a separate and Independent Nation.
  • Accept Commonwealth status.
  • Become a State.

The call for this vote is in furtherance of the dream of the Alaskan Independence Party’s founding father, Joe Vogler, which was for Alaskans to achieve independence under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences.

 I really like this part:  … under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences.

But the vote?  We just aren’t going to have that.  It’s not on the list of options available to us.  Alaska is a state.  We have one Representative in the House and two Senators.  We have a Governor.  We are the 49th State.  In this case there are no do-overs.

The folks running the Alaska Independence Party seem to be basing all their hopes for the Great Land on somehow obtaining a mulligan on statehood.

In Conclusion

What the folks behind the Alaska Independence Party don’t seem to get is this:  Politics is the art of the possible.  Most of the agenda laid out in their goals and the proposed constitution just ain’t gonna happen.  It’s just not realistic.  In some cases that’s a shame, in others, well, it’s probably just as well.  While that’s not uncommon among would-be third parties (hello, Libertarian Party) it’s one of the primary reasons they retain “other party” status.  And, for the time being, the Alaska Independence Party will probably remain on the fringe.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Slow news week this week, so links are sparse.  Congress isn’t in session and so can’t hurt us any more.  Most folks are (rightly) more concerned with family and friends than making headlines – although the Imperial Mansion did manage to put out a cringe-worthy, awkwardly staged moment.

Why the hell anyone thinks these kinds of things are good ideas is utterly beyond me.

Now then…

On To the Links!
WTF, Japan. Seriously.

This lends a whole new meaning to the term “explosive diarrhea.”

No shit, Sherlock.

Yeah, no thanks.  As long as there are moose, snowshoe hares and grouse in the woods, salmon and trout in the rivers, I’m not eating any lab-grown meat.

No, more taxes are never a good idea.  Fuck off.

I don’t understand most of this, but it sounds cool.

Queen Nancy delivers address while visibly sloshed.  How the hell do these people keep getting elected?  Wait, wait, I know – it’s San Francisco.  They have a long history of idiotic voting patterns.

The eight most annoying people of 2022.

Let’s be honest – they can, but they won’t.

This is beginning to look like a pattern.

I love a  happy ending.

2022’s political losers.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Hill’s Caroline Nagy is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.

Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.

Idiot leftist of the year.

Salon’s Paul Rosenberg is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Nicholas Goldberg is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

When I was a kid in the Seventies, one of the high points of my week was on the occasional Friday night when I was able to stay up late enough to watch Johnny Carson.  Johnny wasn’t like today’s typical run of late-night talk show hosts; he had class.  He always had a wide variety of guests on, and while politics rarely entered the discussions, when it did Johnny was always pretty even-handed, as he made fun of both sides.

I stumbled across this clip a while back and, after cudgeling the old brain around some, I’m pretty sure I saw it on the air.  Here, from 1974, are some great moments Johnny shared with two show business immortals:  Jack Benny and Mel Blanc.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

I don’t have too much to say on this wintry Alaska Boxing Day, except this:  Merry (belated) Christmas to you all, and may your 2023 be happy, healthy, and profitable.  It’s been a… different sort of year, but I’m reminded as I look out the window that, no matter what happens in the world of Man, Alaska is always there, patiently waiting just outside the office door.  There’s something outside your door, too; keep that in mind as we roll into 2023, with all the weirdnesses and headaches that will no doubt come along.  Take an even strain!

Come back tomorrow for the resumption of regular posts.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Dec 16, 2022

The Great Alaska Snowmageddon of 2022 is over, but on the heels of that we have enjoyed clear skies and below-zero temps for the past week.  Saturday morning we awoke to -19 at our house out here in the sticks (it was a balmy -17 over at the airport).  Yesterday morning?  -26.

I’m OK with that.  You don’t have to plow subzero cold.  And we have plenty of good, warm, high-quality cold-weather clothing.  Incidentally, I really recommend Duluth Trading for this kind of stuff.  Also, full disclaimer, I receive nothing for these recommendations; I only recommend stuff I use personally because I like it, and for no other reason.

We have a few more days of Arctic lows to look forward to.  By Saturday, though, we should be seeing some clouds move through, and temps should be moving back more into the usual teens and twenties.  Maybe a few flurries.  Back to a normal Alaska winter!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Now that’s an Alaska way to go.

Good.  They need it.

DeSantis 2024?

You were never a slave, you asshole, so shut the fuck up.

The Russians are laughing at us.

I love a happy ending.

This has to be a joke.

Probably not.

Top ten dinosaur discoveries (dinocoveries?) of 2022.  I’m still just as crazy about dinosaurs as I was when I was a little kid.  Neat thing is that now my three-year-old grandson Bubba is also a dinosaur nut.

What doesn’t kill him, makes him stronger.

Judge slaps Gavin “Hair Gel” Newsom down.

This is a big win for Kari Lake, but as to whether anything comes of it, well, that remains to be seen.

Now they’re photoshopping old Joe.  Also, old Joe indulges in a little stolen valor.

From Master Resource:  Energy and Environmental Review, Dec 19, 2022.

The difference between science and scientism.

This Week’s Idiots:

Vanity Fair’s Abigail Tracy is an idiot.

Financial Times’ Jemima Kelly is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones is an idiot.

Sabine Hossenfelder is an idiot.  Talk about fission and maybe you’ll begin to make sense.  Then again, maybe not.

The Nation’s Jumaane Williams is an idiot.  Why do these assholes always think the problem is “messaging” and not their horrible policies?

Joe Biden just can’t stop lying.

CNN’s Kara Alaimo is an idiot.

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

Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

David Frum is an idiot.

The Nation’s Ross Barkan is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Readers of these virtual pages should know by now that I’m a big fan of Bob Dylan, America’s Songwriter.   I couldn’t possibly pick my favorite Dylan tune, or even my top ten favorites, but one tune I always enjoy was his 1971 song Watching the River Flow.  This song first appeared in a studio recording on the 1971 album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II, and has appeared on a few compilation albums since then.  It’s a fun song, a rollicking romp that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Here, then:  Listen and enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We’re still digging out up here.  It was a pretty good snowstorm, even for Alaska, but we’re used to such things and boy howdy, do the summers ever make up for it.

We woke up Monday morning to about fourteen inches of new snow.  The roads were still closed.  I cleared paths to the woodshed, to the propane tank and to the office.  Plowing the driveway proved to be more than our little utility tractor could handle, so I had our snowplow guy come in.

Down Anchorage way, they’re calling the last week or so “Snowmageddon.”  Granted they got hit worse than we did.

Now it looks like we’ll get another three to five inches before Friday, and then we should have a breather, possibly until the New Year.

That’s Alaska for you.  And, yes, totally worth it.

Now then…

On To the Links!

“Tough shit.”  That’s a quote.  Haw haw haw!

“This is not leadership, it’s cowardice.”  Another quote!

Prediction:  Nothing will come of this.

All of these women have one thing in common.

What happened with President Trump and Twitter.

This won’t amount to a hill of beans.

The Left, justifying censorship.

Elon Musk keeps kicking ’em and taking ’em.

This is actually racist.

Why Democrats lost rural America – because they’re utterly clueless as to what rural folks value?

Well, that didn’t take long.

Good – now hang the asshole.

Lauren Boebert dials it back.  Probably not the worst idea, considering the squeaker of an election she just won.

This mother should tell CPS to fuck off.  Geeze, when I was twelve I would disappear into the woods for two or three days with a .22 rifle and a couple of sandwiches.  When I was sixteen I tied my canoe on top of my old car and went up to the Boundary Waters for a couple of weeks.  Whenever my Mom expressed any concern about my absences, the Old Man always reassured her that “…he’ll come home when he gets hungry.”  I always did.  And somehow I survived it all without interference from busybodies.

Japan continues dialing their military in.

About time they fired this asshole.

This Week’s Idiots:

Jennifer Lawrence is an idiot.

Randi Weingarten is an idiot.

Van Jones is an idiot.

Adam Schiff (D-Shit for Brains) is an idiot.

The Nations’ David Zirin is an idiot.  Brittney Griner was likewise an idiot, was rightfully detained, and should not have been exchanged for a notorious arms dealer.

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

The New York Times’ editorial board is staffed with idiots.

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

We’re all laughing, Juan.  We all are.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off little runt, and an idiot.

Hypocrites gonna hypocrite.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I can neither confirm nor deny being the inspiration for this song.  ‘Nuff said.  Have a watch.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Back in the Great Land, and the state has gone full-on into winter, with overnight temps frequently in the teens – below – and almost a foot of snow in the last couple of days.  But up until a week ago we were in the relatively balmy environs of eastern Iowa, getting some quality grand-parenting in.

I’ve warned our kids – at least, the two that have already reproduced – that as time goes on, Grandpa is going to do his best to convince grandkids to move north.  We’d love to have the kids move up sooner, of course, but all four of them are pretty settled in place for now.  So I’ll be working on the next generation.  Having my stout grandsons around to help pack moose meat out of the bush as I get older and more crotchety would be a help, among other benefits.

Now then…

On To the Links!

If you really wanted to destroy the US, how would you go about it?

The bloodletting at CNN continues apace.

Granted, Elon Musk has gotten pretty good at telling people to bugger off.  That’s one of the things I like best about him.

Now they’re killing bats.

One of the richest countries on the planet, planning to spend the winter cold, bored and hungry.

Indiana Jones 5 is going to be a huge pile of suck.  Lucas should have stopped after The Last Crusade, but his ever-increasing neck has taken over all his creative processes.  He’s more monster than man, twisted and evil.

They know you’ll surrender freedom of movement after they make it unaffordable.  Feature, not bug.

Bullfrogs.

Elon Musk is my new hero.  And more.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

I can see reasons for moving to Florida, although I’ll stick with Alaska.

From John Lott:  The ‘Crazy, Right-wing Shooter Myth.’

Philly gas station hires armed security to protect against thugs.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Jen “Peppermint Patty” Psaki is an idiot.

This is a damnably stupid idea, and this entire “committee” should be run out of the state on a rail.

Liar, liar, pants on fire – and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Joy Reid (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The stupidity is just staggering.

The Nation’s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the day, one of the off-the-wall bands I was interested in was Traffic.  Formed as a “psychedelic rock” band in 1967, Traffic originally included lead singer/keyboards/guitarist Steve Winwood (formerly of the Spencer Davis Group), drummer/singer/writer Jim Capaldi, guitarist Dave Mason and woodwind player Chris Wood.

Traffic is probably best known for tunes like Dear Mr. Fantasy and The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, I’ve always been fond of one of their lesser-known pieces.  Shanghai Noodle Factory was originally released in 1969, on the album Last Exit, and then later re-released on the 2007 compilation album Feelin’ Alright:  The Very Best of Traffic.  Here, then, is that wonderful, off-beat tune.  Enjoy.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

At this time of year, the only flights to the 48 out of Anchorage are red-eyes.  At least, on our airline.

There’s supposedly a reason for this, and the reason supposedly is that there are fewer people traveling from the Great Land to Outside and vice versa this time of year (in the summer there are daytime flights) and the overnight flight to wherever you’re going, be it Frisco, Chicago or Denver, allows you to have plenty of leeway to catch any connecting flights.  Tonight, we’ll be taking one of those red-eyes and connecting in Denver for a flight to Des Moines, where we will spend the holiday with our kids and grandkids.  So, as previously mentioned, look for some placeholder posts next week.

I get the reason for the red-eye.  Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

</gripe>  And now:

On To the Links!

When you dine at the devil’s table, you don’t get to choose the menu.

Good.  It’s a dirty business.

No, it won’t.

Trump welcomed back to Twitter.  It was as if millions of pearl-clutchers suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.  And, yes, I have a funny feeling Elon Musk gives not even one single fuck.

The PA GOP blew it.  What can they do better next time?  How about picking a Senate candidate that’s actually from the state?

Yes, natural gas is the solution to Africa’s energy woes, if idiots from the developed nations will just leave them alone.

Life finds a way.

Key Democrats losing their committee seats.  About time the GOP started playing hardball; the Dems have been doing it for years.

Cruz 2024?  Maybe.

This piece expresses concern about Joe Biden’s age, but let’s be real – Biden isn’t in charge of anything.  He’s a maundering, senile figurehead.  It doesn’t matter how old he is, as long as he can be propped upright.

Well, that’s disconcerting.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Robert Borosage is an idiot.

If by “political star,” you mean “deeply and fundamentally corrupt, petty and childish,” then, sure.

Maureen Dowd is an idiot.  I used to enjoy reading her stuff; I almost never agreed with her but she seemed to usually be well-spoken and reasonable.  Nowadays, though?  Full blown Trump Derangement Syndrome.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Harry Litman is an idiot.

This is one of the most idiotic pieces of public policy I’ve seen in years.  Maybe decades.

CNN’s Seth Fiegerman is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Anand Giridharadas is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve mentioned my fondness for the immortal Frank Zappa here before.  He produced many, many albums and was an inveterate concert act, but the first exposure I had to this genius of rock was when my cousin picked up a copy of his 1972 album Over-Nite Sensation.   One of the tunes on that track was Montana, which told the tale of a protagonist’s plan to move to that state to grow dental floss:

I might be movin’ to Montana soon
Just to raise me up a crop of
Dental Floss

Raisin’ it up
Waxen it down
In a little white box
That I can sell uptown

By myself I wouldn’t
Have no boss,
But I’d be raisin’ my lonely
Dental Floss

The backup vocals, by the way, on this studio recording?  Uncredited, but widely known and acknowledged later by all parties to be Tina Turner and the Ikettes.  Here, then, is that tune; enjoy.