Category Archives: Alaska

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Working on the firewood.

We’re quickly sliding into autumn here in the Great Land.  That means laying in a supply of firewood, of course.  While our property isn’t expansive enough to allow us to take all our firewood needs here, at least this year there were a few down birches the power company cut for being too close the power lines.  In such cases the downed trees are left for the landowner, and so now I have a good supply of decent stove wood that just needs to be cut, split and stacked.

That’s the work part of autumn.  The fun part, at least this year, is this:  Last Sunday, Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. took a drive up Denali way, to see the fading summer and enjoy a late Sunday breakfast at a favorite place of ours a ways north of Cantwell.  It was a gorgeous, clear day in between the usual run of clouds and rain we get this time of year.  Since we probably won’t go up much north of Talkeetna in the winter, we wanted to make sure to have at least one more drive a little ways north before snow falls.  It was a perfect day, and another reminder of why we moved here.  Here, have a look:

And now…

On To the Links!

President Biden(‘s handlers) still trying to blame Trump for their fuck-ups.

Who’s falling faster – Afghanistan or Joe Biden?

This is not Saigon.  It’s worse.

But hey!  No more mean tweets!

What We’ve Learned About Team Biden’s Incompetence.  Some of us saw this coming.

This could fill several volumes.

It’s not a loophole, dummy.  It’s called “the law as it’s written.”

No, he’s not fit to lead the nation – in fact he’s not fit to haul guts to a bear.

When your opponent is making a fatal mistake – let him.

DeSantis 2024!

This Week’s Idiots:

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

Salon‘s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

Keith Ellison and all his et als are all idiots.

(Retired Air Force general and former CIA and NSA chief) Michael Hayden is an idiot.

Queen Nancy and all of her court are all massive hypocrites and idiots.

CNN’s Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein is an idiot.

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

Eric Holder is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Alaskan I am now, but at heart I’m still a rural/small-town kid from eastern Iowa, and I suppose I always will be.  One place I remember well from my youth is Grundy County.  This place contains some of the world’s finest farmland and, back in the day, had some great pheasant and rabbit hunting.  Most of my family lives in eastern Iowa today, and I’m pretty pleased to see the grandkids growing up in farm country, involved in 4H, and living a clean, healthy life far away from our ever-more-screwed up cities.

Back to Grundy County.  Here, from country singer John Michael Montgomery, is a look at that agricultural world, wrapped around his song Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident.)  And boy howdy can this girl dance.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Here in the Great Land, our summers are short and mild, while our winters are long and cold.  We know that and expect it – this is Alaska, after all, not Miami Beach.

What a lot of people don’t get about the summers here, though, is how wet they are.  It’s been raining on and off pretty much the last two weeks.  During that time, at the gas station and our favorite lunch spot/watering hole, I’ve heard a few summer vacationers express surprise at that, although every vacation guide cautions visitors to bring rain gear.  Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. knew that when we moved here, but then we had spent a lot of time here pre-move.

Alaska’s state flower – the Forget-Me-Not.

Unlike a lot of places – those with April showers bringing May flowers – Alaska’s driest month is April.   The wettest is September.  In October it starts to snow.  And that’s OK.  After thirty years in arid Colorado, it’s nice being someplace green, and the rain and snow is what makes that happen.

We just keep learning more and more about this place, and every day, for a wide variety of reasons, we’re happy to have made this move.

And with that…

On To the Links!

What the actual fuck is wrong with these people?

President Biden(‘s handlers) destroy U.S. oil production, then go hat-in-hand to OPEC.  You just can’t make this stuff up.

Science!

This mammoth, in his lifetime, walked far enough to have circumnavigated the planet – twice.  Neat.

Near-perfect cave lion cub uncovered.  Neat.

Yellowstone isn’t really a “super” volcano.  Neat!

America’s woke generals are a disaster.  No shit.

Biden is failing.  Again, no shit.

Haw haw haw!

OPEC to President Biden(‘s handlers):  Fuck off.

Gosh, who could have seen this coming?

Nothing.  Fuck off.

No shit, Sherlock.

On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.

This Week’s Idiots:

The LA Times‘ Virginia Heffernan is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

Mother Jones’ Michael Mechanic is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a sawed-off jerk, and an idiot.

Salon’s Cody Cain is a particularly egregious idiot.

The Hill‘s Nancy Altman is an idiot.

Jonah Goldberg is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

If you’re talking about country music, you only need two words:

George.

Strait.

George’s career spans decades.  His style hasn’t changed much – his voice is butter-smooth, his lyrics speak to us folks in flyover country.  And, unlike a lot of celebrities, his personal life is… well, normal, not the train wreck that seems to afflict so many in show business.

Here, from his 2001 album The Road Less Traveled, is one of my favorite George Strait songs:  Run.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last weekend we had two of our four kids visiting, so on Sunday we took them down to Seward to the Alaska Sealife Center.  If you’re ever in the Great Land, I recommend a visit.  The Center has some neat actual animals in residence, including sea lions, harbor seals, and a big variety of sea birds, fish and other marine animals.  There’s a touch display that the little kids really enjoy, and plenty of info on the sea life native to the Gulf of Alaska and other Alaska waters.

Also, the town of Seward itself is interesting.  It’s got a kind of touristy little main drag, with lots of souvenir shops and a few really good restaurants.  If you want to look around for some kitschy little Alaska doodads or some t-shirts, and then maybe have some fresh halibut and chips for lunch, Seward is a decent place to do that.

And so…

On To the Links!

Nothing will come of this.  Bet on it.

Nothing will come of this, either.  Bet on it.

Top.  Men.

Chimps are killing and eating gorillas.  Our closest genetic relatives, folks.

I’m sure everything will be honest and above-board.

President Biden(‘s handlers) does precisely what President Trump was impeached for doing.  Reaction from the legacy media can be found here.

The Imperial debt is now larger than the entire economy.

A majority of Americans are now pessimistic about the direction of the country  over the next year.  There may be hope for us after all.

People are also sick and tired of the Kung Flu lockdowns.

Religion of Peace.

Is Queen Nancy on her last legs?  We can hope.

How do we know what Neandertals looked like?

More on President Biden’s meltdown.

The many ways in which President Biden(‘s handlers) misunderstand basic economics.

Aww, po widdle ESPN baby upset by da flag.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New York Times‘ Michelle Goldberg is an idiot.

Peter K. Enns and Jake Rothschild are both idiots.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont still doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.

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

The Atlantic‘s Katherine Wu is an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is an idiot, and everything she touches gets worse.

The New York Daily News presents , who are both idiots.

Maureen Dowd has another attack of idiocy.

The New York Times‘ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Ilhan Omar (Ungrateful Twat – MN) is an idiot.

The ACLU is descending further into idiocy.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Once in a while I go on a nostalgia kick, music-wise, and one of my go-tos for those times is Glen Campbell.  In 1977, he released what I’ve always considered one of his better tunes.  Hearing it always takes me back to the summer I was sixteen, and careering around northeast Iowa in a pickup truck, stirring up lots of dust from those gravel roads.

The song in question tells a tale of Campbell’s own youth in rural Louisiana.  Here, then, is that song, from the album of the same name:  Southern Nights.  Enjoy.

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 Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Spring at the Casa de Animal.

Spring doesn’t last long up here in the Great Land.  Summer doesn’t, either.  But it’s great while it’s here.  Right now the birches and poplars are fully leafed out, with that bright green so characteristic of late spring and early summer.  We have ferns and wildflowers coming up all over, along with some irises and various other plants around the yard.  The greenhouse won’t get much use this year, as we don’t have seeds and equipment in time to get things started, but next year we’ll be making use of it.

After thirty years in semi-arid Colorado, it’s amazing how green everything is here in the Susitna Valley.  There’s a lot more moisture, obviously, what with all the snowfall and the frequency of wet, drippy days.  Still, like the old saying about April showers bringing May flowers, in Alaska it may be May showers bringing June flowers but it still holds true.  Things are pretty here now but in a few more weeks they’ll be really gorgeous.

There’s always something, though.  This shook the house for the better part of a minute.  No damage to the Casa de Animal or the surroundings.  My reaction to the possibility of future tremors?  Worth it.

And so…

On To the Links!

Corruption?  In New Jersey?  Really!?

Nobody’s going to watch your melodrama after you’ve killed off the villain.

What do you expect from a self-professed Socialist who owns three mansions?

Plastic-Driven Sperm Apocalypse May Not Be Nigh.  Also:  “Plastic-Driven Sperm Apocalypse” would be a great indy rock band name.

Florida Man Strikes Again.

A graduate of the Anthony Wiener School of Commercial Airline Pilots.

 Yeah, we’re fucked.

Water.

Here’s the problem with big proposals like this; if it were economically viable, someone would have already done it.  If government has to pay for it, we shouldn’t be doing it.  This one doesn’t pass the bullshit test.

Speaker Trump?  I’d like to see that, just to watch leftist heads explode.  Imagine President Biden mumbling and maundering his way through a State of the Union with Donald Trump sitting right behind him.  If that wouldn’t bring the lulz, I don’t know what will.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, presents us with the latest in a lifetime of whoppers.

It’s only wrong when Republicans do it.

Fuck off, slaver!

I love a happy ending.

Chicago continues its ongoing meltdown.

No shit, Sherlock.

Ever wondered what the hardest language is for English-speakers to learn?  Turns out Japanese is one of the toughest, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

Guess which states have the lowest unemployment rates. 

The Hunter Biden saga ain’t over yet.  Not by a long shot.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is an idiot.

The Week’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

CNN’s Eli Zupnick is an idiot.

The Nation’s John Nichols is an idiot.

Heels-Up Harris steps on a rake.

Juan Williams is an idiot.  I used to like Juan Williams; he seemed like a guy with principles, as opposed to politics, and I respect people with principles even if I don’t agree with them.  But these days Juan seems to have devolved into just another partisan hack.  That’s too bad.

Salon‘s Michael Camp is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charlotte Alter is an idiot.

This “artist” is a con man, and the people who fell for it are all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Very few bands have ever matched the immortal Led Zeppelin.  This is one of the greatest of their works, one in fact used to great effect by director Taika Waititi in Marvel’s tongue-in-cheek Thor:  Ragnarok.

In 1978 or 79 – the exact year is a little fuzzy at this distance in time – I had the pleasure of seeing Zep live.  My buddies and I managed to work our way up pretty close to the stage and at one point were about twenty feet from Robert Plant, who was on stage, hair flying, wailing in his best Seventies rock-band fashion.  It was a neat experience.  Here’s The Immigrant Song.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Spent the weekend just past back in Colorado, helping my own dear Mrs. Animal get what’s left of my workshop organized for the movers.  In so doing, I almost certainly spend my last couple of nights in the house that was our family home for twenty-three years.  That bears a moment’s reflection.

First, Colorado:

I moved to Colorado in September of 1988, after a stint in the Army.  Back then it was South Wyoming, although some of the urban rot was starting to creep into the Denver area, and Boulder was already pretty nutty, although the nuttiness was at least contained.  I moved west for the fishing, the hunting, all the outdoors activities, and Colorado did and still does have those and to spare; in fact, I’ll still come down regularly to join loyal sidekick Rat on deer and elk hunts.

But the state has gone too far left to suit me now.  It’s East California these days.  Plenty of people are looking to places like Texas and Florida now when dealing with blue-state blues, but Mrs. Animal and I have always been drawn north, and indeed began looking with thoughtful eyes at Alaska since well before Colorado went off the deep end.  So here we are.   We are moving north for the fishing, the hunting, all the outdoors activities, and Alaska, even more so, does have those and to spare.

Second, the home:

Mrs. Animal and I actually bought our first house together the month before we got married, a small, three-bed, one-bath starter home in Aurora.  It was a nice little house, but it was a little house.  We had a growing family, so about a year after our youngest was born we started looking for a bigger place.  In the spring of 1998, my career was taking off and we started house-shopping.  We did examine some properties with acreage out on the plains east of the city, but the commute (this was before work-from-home was a possibility, much less a preference for anybody) and the fact that the areas we were looking at were already being zoned up for development deterred us.  “If we’re going to live in town,” Mrs. Animal said, “we may as well live in town.”  So we eventually found this place, the big, rambling, 4600-square foot barn of a house where we raised our family.

Sunset from the house.

Our kids all remember it as the house they grew up in.  To them, it’s home, even though they all have their own homes now.  To Mrs. Animal and I, it’s a twenty-three year store of memories, of our kids, our grandchildren, of work, of happy events and sad ones, of life lived and family loved.  A big part of us will always be there with that house.  When you’ve lived in a place that long you become a part of it, and it, a part of you.

So it’s kind of a thoughtful moment.  But life is water, not stone, and I’ve always been the kind of guy who prefers to look ahead instead of back.  And now we look ahead to our golden years in the Great Land, breathing the free air of Alaska, and knowing some reflective moments but not a moment’s regret – no, not one single moment of regret.

Animal’s Daily Return to Normal News

Before we start, check out the latest in the Mystical Child series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Alaska is moving back to normal.  Excerpt:

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a proclamation on Friday ending the COVID-19 disaster declaration in Alaska, immediately after he signed House Bill 76.

“Today I took immediate action to end the COVID-19 disaster declaration. Alaska is in the recovery phase where an emergency declaration is no longer necessary,” said Dunleavy. “Our systems are fully functioning with vaccine distribution, adequate testing, and health care capacity. It is important our focus remains on getting Alaska’s economy back on track and welcoming summer tourism throughout our great state. I am confident in our state’s future as we move forward.”

The Senate passed HB76, a bill extending Alaska’s disaster declaration on Wednesday followed by passage in the House on Thursday. A press release issued by Dunleavy’s office cites the ability of Federal COVID relief funds without charge back costs from the state treasury, estimated at $100 million on 2021.

“The House Coalition worked collaboratively with frontline health workers, hospital leaders, and business owners to provide practical tools needed to end the pandemic,” Speaker Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) said. “Unfortunately, the governor opted for politics over policy and decided to gamble with the health of Alaskans and with our economic recovery.”

Senate President Peter Miccciche and Representative Cathy Tilton were in attendance for the signing of Dunleavy’s proclamation. By ending the disaster declaration after passing HB76, Dunleavy aims to continue vaccination distribution including SNAP benefits and offer “comprehensive liability protection” for Alaskan businesses. The proclamation follows a recommendation from Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum.

“While COVID-19 is still present in Alaska, the urgent nature of the pandemic has passed and we are no longer anticipating the widespread emergency that Alaska faced earlier in this pandemic,” wrote Commissioner Crum in a memo to the governor. “As a result of the state’s early containment efforts, we have established a comprehensive public health infrastructure to respond to COVID-19 that will remain in place as we continue to strive to keep infection rates low, testing availability high, and protect the capacity of our health care facilities to address cases of COVID-19, while accommodating all medical and health related issues that the residents of our state encounter.”

So, not everyone agrees – big surprise – but Alaska’s moving back to normal.  One thing that has changed immediately is that people, both residents and non-residents, flying into Alaska are no longer required to have a negative ‘rona test prior to arriving, although tests are available free to residents and non-residents at Anchorage airport (at least) as an option, if travelers choose to take it.  Quarantine plans are likewise no longer required.

As with so many issues, on the matter of the ‘rona, Alaska is a bit unusual.  A particular worry early on in this mess was the bush communities, where a sudden severe illness may require a long trip by bush plane or boat to any treatment.  Another concern is the summer tourist season, which sees a lot of people coming to the Great Land from a host of other locations, and while that’s always a concern where communicable illnesses are concerned, it’s also an economic consideration, as a lot of the state’s economy depends on this.

Were I to summarize Governor Dunleavy’s action in my own words, it would be “we’re moving back to business as usual, but will keep an eye on things.”  Not an unreasonable way to divide that particular baby.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Since our move to the Great Land, I’ve been thinking about the Old Man a lot.  He would have loved this place.  I would worry that our owning only a tad over two acres may have made him feel hemmed in, but the fact that there are thousands of acres of state land just behind us that he could have wandered at will would have eased that problem.  Yesterday I was having a look ’round in my woods – that’s a great feeling, to be able to say my woods – and told Mrs. Animal, “there are a couple of dead birches I’ll have to knock down and cut up for firewood.”  “You sound just like your Dad,” she said, and I’ve never received higher praise than that.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Now this, this is some first-rate trolling.

It’s like they want to provoke some kind of national divorce.

Ice Age hyenas hunted in the Arctic.

How Denisovan DNA spread into Oceania.

Our nearest stellar neighbors may be a good place to look for life.

How giant pterosaurs’ long necks worked.

I’m pretty happy with Alaska.

A rare moment of sanity?   Eh, probably not.

No shit, Sherlock.

No shit, Sherlock 2.

We have ranked voting here in Alaska now.  Not sure how it’s going to work out.

There shouldn’t be any Imperial funding for science, unless (maybe) there’s a national security issue at stake.

Things you need to know, Part 1.

You forgot the oldest profession.

Cha-ching!

Bill Maher finds an acorn.

Mummy returns:  Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life, first words from mummy:  “Epstein didn’t kill himself.”

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs, like wolves.  Imagine that!

Let them come on up to the Sustina Valley and try it.

This Week’s Idiots:

Leftist British MP Claudia Webbe is an idiot.

House Democrats resort to idiocy.

Extinction Rebellion’s Alison Plaumer is an idiot, as are all the members of Extinction Rebellion.

Jerry Nadler is a whiny little crybaby, and an idiot.

The Baltimore Sun‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

Idiots being idiots.

The appearance of this image of a wood-chipper is purely coincidental.

Idiot Maxine Waters incites insurrection.  Why is this moron not in a Federal jail?  If this isn’t a damned clear-cut case of fomenting an insurrection, then I’m the Queen of Denmark.

Michael Wood, who is apparently the Administrator for the Oregon Department of Occupational Safety and Health, is an idiot.

CNN’s Mitch Landrieu is an idiot.

CNN’s Van Jones is an idiot.  Again, seeing a pattern.

You stupid, pusillanimous fuck!  What ever happened to due process and presumption of innocence, you cheap, crooked hack?

Guilty on all counts – and at least two idiot politicians made his appeal case for him.

And So:

You don’t see a lot of Aussie culture up this way, but back in the Eighties, the Aussie band Men At Work got a fair amount of play on American radio (and on MTV, back when MTV was still ‘Music Television.’)  Here is that band with their 1980 hit Down Under.  I’m not sure why the Aussies haven’t yet made this their national anthem.  Enjoy!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

One week ago today we completed our initial journey to the Great Land with truck and trailer, and things just couldn’t be going any better.  We still have to deal with a lot of snow on the ground – we haven’t even been able to get to, much less into, our greenhouse yet – but even here in Willow, winter is losing its grip on the countryside.  The snow is melting, a little bit day by day, and before we know it, the wildflowers will be blooming.  On Sunday last, in fact, a great mass of snow finally slid off our roof, partially blocking the drive and requiring a fair amount of shoveling.

Oh, and we had a lynx walk through the yard, right past the house.  We didn’t see him but found his tracks the other morning.

Now, with that out of the way…

On To the Links!

As many as I can, while I can.  I think this guy has plenty of company.

On his own petard, hoisted he is.

Study:  Cops aren’t racist murderers.

No Gestapo here!

Why penises are shrinking around the world.  Yipes!

Add to that The Scourge of Chronic Scrotal Pain.  Yipes again!

Will we use Asimov’s Three Laws?

Ammo manufacturers address ammo shortage.

Some sports-ball guy makes a pretty good point on race relations.

Uh, bribery?

Pregnant while pregnant.  One would think being knocked up would preclude getting knocked up, but biology is a funny business.

“Or?”

Thanks to our blogger pals at The Daley Gator for the link!  If these guys aren’t on your daily read list, they should be.

This Week’s Idiots:

Delta’s CEO be-clowns himself on voting security laws.

John Brennan is an idiot.

Crazy Eyes, in addition to being an idiot, is one of the least effective members of Congress.  Well, duh.  That might explain why some of her fellow Dems are ditching her.

Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo proposes a new tax plan that is a giant steaming pile of idiocy.

Hunter Biden is a liar, a grifter and a crack-raddled idiot.

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte is an idiot.  But then, we already knew that.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot. 

The Nation‘s Dave Zirin is an idiot.

These guys are idiots.

The New York Times’ Jamelle Bouie is an idiot.

And So:

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (who, as we recently noted, also played with Tom Petty) performed as Eurythmics, and had kind of a neat style.  Not my usual cup of tea, but they had talent, and a unique kind of sound.  Here’s a good example of their work; this is 1983’s Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This.)  Enjoy.

Animal’s Travelogue Day 5

And finally, we wrap up this epic journey with details of the drive from Tok, Alaska, to our own new home in Willow!

We arose early to get a good start on the road, leaving the Alaska Highway at Tok and heading for Glennallen, there to take the Glennallen Highway for Palmer, Wasilla and home.

I was a bit surprised to not see a recreational marijuana shop in Tok.  I mean, if there’s any place in Alaska that should have a now-legal pot shop, you would think it would be Tok.

There was a snag – when we got up on Tok, it was snowing.  That’s hardly unusual in Alaska in March, mind you.  There was a couple of inches down and we had some mountainous country yet to traverse.  But we struck out, cautiously, slowly.  We crawled over the snow-packed road to Glennallen, where we turned west for Chickaloon, Palmer, Wasilla and home.  The roads slowly improved until, by the time we hit Palmer, things were wide open.

And then, finally, we pulled onto the Parks Highway, heading north for Willow and our new digs.  We arrived at mid-afternoon, exhausted but happy, to begin our new life in the Great Land.

We’re home at last.  After this tiring, exhausting, fascinating, beautiful and long, strange trip, we’re home at last, in Alaska.