Category Archives: Alaska

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Food just keeps getting more expensive.  Here’s a tidbit from this story:

We asked CNN readers how inflation has impacted their eating habits, and many mentioned dining out less often, buying less meat and giving up splurges. Some said they are very worried about the future.

Food prices have spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released in mid-September by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8% in that period.

Even burgers cost more these days.

Mrs. Animal and I are, through dint of hard work, still liquid enough to enjoy our traditional Saturday afternoon luncheon at a lodge up north of here.  But their prices have increased as well, maybe even more so, as everything here that can’t be grown locally has to come up by ship or rail.  Plenty of Alaskans grow much of their own food, supplemented with local fish and game.  But most urban Americans don’t have that option.

This is something that the GOP, if they aren’t stupid, should be hammering home until November.  But note that qualifier; you’ll rarely see a group of people so adept at seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.

With that said…

On To the Links!

People keep correcting President Biden because he’s senile and doesn’t know what he’s doing from one moment to the next.

What happens when Dems abandon a city to crime.

I’m just going to leave this here:

The economy was booming until Democrats took over.

If so, I predict massive non-compliance.

This guy gets it.

Honestly, California has been the butt of America’s jokes for a while now.

Who is really in charge in the Imperial City?

Probably not.

Could climate lockdowns be a thing?

The red wave may be a thing in Europe, too.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Liz.

Yeah, we’ve known this for some time.

Mother Jones finds an acorn.

Probably because pollsters are blowing it again in 2022.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Herman Schwartz is an idiot.

What’s left unsaid here is that these idiots are lying to their employers, which is grounds for immediate termination.

MSNBC’s “host and super-sleuth” Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this makes it twice, in one week.  Clearly Hayes Brown is setting the standard for stupid.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten is an idiot.

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

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

Time’s Andrew Whitehead is an idiot.

Stupid NY vs. stupid NJ.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Thomas Dolby had a few interesting tunes in the early Eighties, and managed to make some fun music videos to go along with them.  My favorite bit of his work was She Blinded Me With Science, from the 1982 album The Golden Age of Wireless.  Interestingly, the video features one Magnus Alfred Pyke, OBE FRSE FRIC, as the “scientist” in the piece – and Mr. Pyke was actually a nutritional scientist and advisor to the UK government.  Pyke was criticized by some for ‘trivializing’ science by playing this role, but did it anyway.

It’s a fun song and a fun vid, anyway.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

No news stories today, just a little bit of omphaloskepsis.  Last Friday evening, our oldest daughter and her husband wrapped up a week-long visit to the Great Land when they boarded a red-eye flight back to their home in the upper Midwest.  It’s gotten awfully quiet around here already.

Yr. obdt. (left) and our son-in-law, overlooking the Matanuska River near Chickaloon.

Just about the only drawback of living up here in the Great Land is that all of our kids and grandkids are down in the 48.  Not that it isn’t worth it, mind, as long as we’re able to fly down there or they, up here, on occasion.  But it’s mid-September now.  The tourist season is wrapping up as big-game seasons end, and our guest room will be empty now until spring.  In a month or snow it will start to snow, and about then I’ll start the wood stove up and we’ll start making our way through the roughly two and a half cord of firewood I have stacked up.

Winter has its compensation.  Our favorite eating spots are less crowded on Saturdays.  The whole area goes kind of quiet, but the locals – a group we can now count ourselves among, after all those years of planning and saving – take a bit of enjoyment in having Alaska to ourselves, at least until the Iditarod shows up and kicks off another year of visitors.  And winter is kind of fun, as Mrs. Animal and I do our daily routines here in our rural Alaska home, just the two of us.  Sometimes we go a week or ten days in winter without seeing another person, and that suits us just fine; we really do have a remarkably happy and stable marriage.

Life is like the drive-through lane.  You just need to keep moving forward.  Right now, it’s forward into another winter.  And that’s just fine.

Animal’s Daily Mat-Su News

Before we start, check out the conclusion of my latest fiction series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  The Matanuska-Susitna Borough school board has passed a resolution stating that school kids here will use the locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with their birth sex (note:  Words have gender, people have sex.)  Excerpt:

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District School Board voted to suspend a policy that previously allowed transgender students to use the gendered bathroom which corresponds with their own gender identification.

The school board’s vote on the agenda item was 5-1. Board member Dwight Probasco was the lone no vote and Board President Ryan Ponder was not present at the meeting. Members Jim Hart, Ole Larson, Tom Bergey, Jeff Taylor, and Jubilee Underwood all voted in favor of rescinding the previous bathroom policy for transgender students.

In a letter sent to parents on Thursday, Superintendent Randy Trani noted that the agenda item was proposed by the school board’s policy committee. The statement provided by the policy committee noted that a decision by a federal judge triggered the policy revision.

“That Court action affords the Committee an opportunity to review its current policies regarding such matters, and for the District’s administration to review its guidelines regarding student use of communal bathrooms/locker rooms that match their gender identity,” the policy committee’s statement said. “The Committee believes that the District’s Guidelines should be placed on hold pending such reviews.”

The removal of the policy now means that any transgender students within Mat-Su schools must use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth, but allow “to continue offering those students use of school bathrooms that provide individual locked access and privacy.”

This is how things are supposed to work – locally.  Here, one of the Borough’s few tasks are to manage the schools, and here in the deep-red Mat-Su, the Board seems to be responding to the parents.  And in the case of every school system, everywhere, it is the parents who should be seen as the customer; they are, after all, paying the bills.   Well, all of us who pay property taxes pay the bill, but if we could only privatize education, that would change – but that’s an argument for another day.

Local government is responsive to the voters.  This is just another illustration of that.  I can talk to our Borough rep.  I can talk to the Borough mayor.  I can talk to my state Representative.

But try to get an appointment with your Congressman, or one of your Senators.  Try to gain the ear of anyone in the Imperial City.  You can’t really do it.  They days when an Englishman could ‘Cry Harold!’ are long gone, at the Imperial level and, in plenty of more populous states, at the state level.

But the Mat-Su gives me some hope – at least for south-central Alaska.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

First, a housekeeping note:  This evening, I’ll be traveling the Friendly Skies to Colorado, and thence to an area near the New Mexico border.  There loyal sidekick Rat and I will indulge in a fall turkey hunt.  We’ve spent a fair amount of time in the area, and every time we’ve been there the turkeys have been abundant.

783 Marlin

Colorado allows rifles in the fall season.  Rat doesn’t have a suitable piece, but fortunately I’ve got two:  The Savage .22WMR/20 gauge combo I bought recently, and an old Marlin .22 WMR bolt gun I’ve had since I was fourteen.  So, prospects are good.  Watch this space for placeholder totty posts while I’m out, and then for a hunt report on my return.  I have posts scheduled for tomorrow and Friday, along with the usual Saturday Gingermageddon.  Regular posts will resume Monday, September 12th.

And so…

On To the Links!

The GOP needs to get their shit together.

Yes, good riddance.

It wouldn’t be the first time.

This just in:  People are assholes.

So much for “sanctuary” cities, eh?

Meanwhile, Biden(‘s handlers) Administration officials insist “the border is under control.”

I love a happy ending.

Virginia made a winning pick with this guy.

More on Alaska politics.

What a day for a daydream.

I’ll believe there’s a climate crisis when the people who keep telling me there’s a climate crisis start acting like there’s a climate crisis.

NYC banks are closing their ATM vestibules at night to stop bums from shitting in them.

This Week’s Idiots:

Atlantic’s Joseph Stiglitz is an idiot.

California is run by idiots.

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

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

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is an idiot.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Julian Zelizer is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Jedediah Britton-Purdy is an idiot.

Charlie Crist is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve long been a fan of Frank Zappa.

Zappa, because of the compound weirdness of his musical style, is often misjudged as a mere showman, when in fact he was one of the most brilliant and innovative musicians of the modern era, as well as a great songwriter, composer and a brilliant technical guitarist.  He wrote symphonies – and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in recording his first symphony album, simply titled London Symphony Orchestra – Zappa.  In concert, Zappa would show up with a 12- to 16-piece band and a bunch of different musical genres in his pockets like playing cards, which he would mix, match and play like a poker hand.  Brilliantly.

One of his standard concert pieces was Florentine Pogen, an… interesting piece.  Zappa never performed the same song in the same way twice, but one of my favorite versions of this tune can be found on the 1991 live album The Best Band You’ve Never Heard In Your Life.  This cut really shows off what Zappa could do on a stage, in large part because he always chose to work with very talented people.  The entire album rates a listen, as it also includes some great covers, including Ravel’s Bolero, Stairway to Heaven, and what was rumored to have been Johnny Cash’s favorite cover of Ring of Fire.

But for today, I had to pick one song.  So here is Zappa’s own Florentine Pogen.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Alaska Politics News

So some preliminary results are in, and it’s looking… odd.

First, the House special election.  As of this writing, the first round of tallying in our new (stupid) ranked-choice voting is in, and shows Democrat Mary Peltola leading with about 38%, Sarah Palin with 32%, and Mark Begich at 29%, give or take.  Now, that’s not as good for Democrat Peltola as it would seem, because next we go to the second round, which will eliminate Begitch and toss the Begitch voters second choices into the ring – presumably, most of them will go to Palin.  If that’s true – and one should never underestimate the fickleness of the electorate – that casts Palin well over the 50% margin for the win.  Down side:  That second round won’t happen until August 31st.

We really need to re-think this whole process.

Bear in mind that there is still a primary for the November election for this same House seat, which is Alaska’s only House seat.  We have a “jungle” primary now, again a stupid idea.  In this primary the top four vote-getters proceed to the ranked-choice general election.  Again, Peltola has about 35%, to Palin’s 31%, Begitch’s 27%, and in a distant fourth, Republican Tara Sweeney with less than 4%.  Again, when we come to the (idiotic) ranked-choice general, the same assumptions apply.

But look at those two House elections, special and regular.  In both cases, the GOP candidates are rolling in with about 60% of the vote.  It’s probably a safe guess that most of the Republicans who selected Begitch for their first choice will pick Palin over Peltola for their backup pick, which lands Sarah Palin in the House of Representatives, where I predict she will arrive with a large splash.

Now, on to the Senate.  Here things are a little disappointing, as I was hoping to see a quick knockout for GOP squish Lisa Murkowski, but no such luck; as of this writing she holds a narrow lead, 44% to challenger Kelly Tshibaka’s 40%.  All other candidates are in single digits.  What happens now is that the top four vote-getters go to the ranked-choice general, which to be honest will be a contest between Murkowski and Tshibaka.  And that’s the rub:  Murkowski still gets a lot of crossover votes from Anchorage and Juneau Democrats who know that the Dem candidates won’t win in red Alaska.

As I’ve said before, Alaska is a red state, but it’s not a red state in the sense that Alabama or Idaho are red states.  Alaskans, at least outside Anchorage and Juneau, are pretty much “leave me the hell alone” types, leaning as much or more libertarian than conservative.  But we do have those blue dots in the state, and as in so many other states, those blue dots are population centers.  We also have the huge but sparsely populated remote areas which tend to vote blue, the only reason I can think of for that being the siren song of Free Shit.

So that’s where we are.  Were I to offer my honest opinion on our first run at the ranked-choice and jungle primary systems, I’d describe it as an utter cluster-fuck.  What can be done about it remains to be seen.

Check back around the first of September, True Believers, at which point we’ll know more.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Links may be a little sparse today, as we have a dear old friend visiting from the Forty-Eight.  Catching up with her and showing her the wonders of the Great Land is taking up a lot of really enjoyable time this week, so I’ve had rather less time at the desk.

Denali.

On Sunday last we went up to Healy, which is just north of the entrance to Denali National Park.  While the weather wasn’t the best, we enjoyed the drive, what scenery we did get to see was beautiful, but boy howdy is that whole area a tourist trap.  It’s funny because the town of Cantwell, just a few miles south of the park, is just a typical little Alaska town; it somehow seems to have eschewed most of the tourist stuff.

Still, if you’re in the area, I recommend visiting this part of the state, and touring the park if possible.  There really isn’t anywhere else in the country quite like it.

And so…

On To the Links!

Further proof that an Ed.D is the Dane Cook of graduate degrees.

Dazed and Confused.

We need rope and lampposts in Uvalde, stat!

Wholesale prices up 11.3% in June.  That’s not good.

Honestly I’d be more worried if there wasn’t a teen out there somewhere breeding frogs for the world’s largest frog army.

What the hell has this guy been eating?

Ship sinking:  Check.  Rats leaving:  Check.

Good guy with a gun.  You know, the kind of thing the gun-banners claim never happens.

Robert Reich finds an acorn.

I love a happy ending.

As aptly stated by one of my fellow Glibertarians:  Bugger off,  ya git!  Seriously, we fought a bloody revolution so that we wouldn’t have to listen to “royal” assholes like this.

Florida:  Winning!

Yes.  The US is in a recession.

The amazing – and confusing – hoatzin.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Begala is an idiot.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The “Center for American Progress”‘s Ashfaq Khan is an idiot.

No, it won’t,  you idiots.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky is an idiot.

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

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont is as crazy as ever.

Here, both interviewer and interviewee are idiots.

Jonah Goldberg is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Speaking of Dazed and Confused:  I had the great good fortune to see Led Zeppelin in 1977 or 78 (the year, at this distance in time, is unclear.)  While the late Seventies show was great, in 1970, Led Zeppelin were at their peak. That year they performed at, among other places, London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Among the great songs performed at that show was the hit Dazed and Confused.  That song seems pretty apt today, as the term very accurately describes the current resident of the Imperial Mansion.  Here, then, is that tune from that show.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Stacking firewood when it’s eighty degrees isn’t any fun.

Working on the firewood.

Not that the prospect of spending a morning stacking firewood exactly makes me want to dance a buck and wing in any case, but it’s been unusually warm and dry here in the Great Land over the last few weeks, and this warm/dry spell arrived right about the same time as two cords of firewood.  So, I’ve been putting it away in the early mornings, before it gets too warm, but bear in mind that the sun is coming up at a little after 4:30 in the morning right now, so…

Well, that’s part of the rural life, getting dirty, hot and sweaty from time to time.  I hear tell it builds character.

And so…

On To the Links!

You know what?  No thanks.

No shit, Sherlock.

Micheal Shellenberger nails another one.  I’m starting to like this guy; he’s no libertarian nor conservative, and I disagree with a lot of his economic and social stands, but on energy he’s right on.  And he says what he thinks, with no bullshit.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Well, duh.

World War 2 veteran weeps for his country. 

NPR gets a clue.

Jordan Peterson is now one of my heroes.

Quo Vadis, America?

They should, but they won’t.

Good.

Some promises aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s John Sutter is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

“Oregon health officials,” whoever they are, are idiots.

Alexandria Occasional Cortex (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Liz Cheney (Delusional – WY) is an idiot.

Juan Williams is an idiot.

Robert Reich remains a sawed-off little runt, and an idiot.

Vox’s Nicole Narea, Li Zhou & Ian Millhiser are all idiots.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.  He’s not wrong about the ever-increasing red-blue divide, though.

USAToday’s António Guterres is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1982, The Who released their album It’s Hard, and the sixth song on that album is my favorite song by that band.   Eminence Front was a neat tune, featuring Pete Townsend on lead vocals rather than the more usual frontman Roger Daltry.  It’s an interesting piece, kind of a statement of the fronts put on by the rich and famous, to hide not only their personal weaknesses but in a lot of cases, their self-destructive tendencies; speaking of the song later, Pete Townsend did not exclude himself from that criticism.

Anyway.  Here’s a great live version.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Special Election News

And then there were three.  Excerpt:

The dust has settled in Alaska’s special U.S. House race, with the three final candidates meeting for two forums on Sunday and Monday before they scattered across the state to begin another chapter in a campaign that has continued to surprise and sometimes confound voters and election officials.

“Every day seems to be a new chapter of this race. We don’t seem to even get two consecutive days of the same chapter,” said Mary Peltola, the Democratic candidate who is facing Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich.

The three candidates used the forums — one hosted virtually by the Alaska Black Caucus and the other held in-person by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce — to draw attention to their differences while still praising one another repeatedly.

Image from linked article.

“I’m very, very thankful that we have great candidates up here,” said Palin, a former governor and vice presidential candidate making her return to Alaska politics after a 13-year hiatus. “You guys have good choices, kind of can’t go wrong.”

Energy – especially gas prices – will be a big, big factor in the general elections this November, and on that ground, there seems to be little daylight between the three candidates:

Begich said, “We need to start unlocking energy production with the United States,” and “Alaska has a huge role to play as it related to our energy security.”

Palin said her goal is “to win the war against President Biden’s anti-energy independence agenda” and that “Alaska needs to be tapped into.”

Peltola said, “We’ve got to be developing positive relationships with other members of Congress in order to impress upon them the importance of Alaska’s oil and gas resources.”

Alaska fireweed

Mary Peltola, of course, should she win the seat – unlikely, I should think, but not impossible – she will be badly hampered in her pro-Alaskan energy hopes by her own party, while either of the other two candidates would be among the mainstream of the GOP on this issue.

And, of course, it’s maybe a special election, but it’s still an election, and the candidates are all politicians.  Promises and policy statements grow as fast as Alaska fireweed springs up along the roadsides this time of year.  I do think energy will be a, if not the issue.  Abortion isn’t that much of a much here; abortion access is already a matter of law in Alaska, and I don’t see too much talk about overturning that pre-Roe law.  Gun control is a non-starter in the Great Land, and I’m not seeing much talk about that.  West Virginia v. EPA could end up being a significant issue, but it will remain to see what happens in that quarter.

And, of course, all of this is just setup for November.  Alaska’s politics don’t figure all that much on the national scale, sadly; but whoever wins this special election and gets that brief stint in the Imperial City gains a big advantage for November.

Animal’s Daily Local Level News

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

Before we get started, check out the conclusion of my latest fiction series over at Glibertarians – and next Monday, a new series begins.

Now then:  This is one of the reasons I’ve always said that the best government is that which is closest to the people:  Mat-Su school board bans transgender girls from school-sponsored girls teams and sports. Excerpt:

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board held a second reading of a proposal Wednesday night, banning transgender girls from school-sponsored girls extracurricular and co-curricular activities in the district.

The proposal — Board Policy 6145 — was initially introduced at a school board meeting on June 1, where it received overwhelming support among the board members.

However, a large portion of those who provided public testimony spoke out against the policy, saying it would open the district up to potential lawsuits.

After public comment had concluded, every board member voted in favor of passing it — a 6-1 tally — except for member Dwight Probasco, the lone vote in opposition.

The board states that there are significant biological and physiological differences between males and females including strength, speed and endurance capabilities, giving males a competitive advantage.

“I would like to thank the board for bringing forth this fairness in sports bill,” Rhonda Witt said. “I think it’s very important for our girls.”

The one council member who voted in opposition questioned whether this was even an issue in the Mat-Su:

Probasco questioned how many transgender girls are currently competing in sports around the district, and requested a legal opinion on whether the proposed revision to extracurricular and co-curricular activities would interfere with BP 0410 — a Nondiscrimination in District Activities and Programs — which requires activities and programs to “be free from discrimination based on sex… sexual orientation, or any other consideration.”

“I believe strongly that this policy is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist right now so I will not be voting in favor of it,” Probasco said.

He may well be right, but that’s not the point.  This policy is just as fair and effective as pre-emption as in reply.

This, True Believers, is the stuff of which cultural revolutions are made.  Pushing back against the entire biological-boys-competing-as-girls nonsense will best start at the school board level, and work up from there; it’s much more effective than hounding the Imperial City to take some nebulous action that won’t be enforced.  Of course, for this to happen, parents and serious folks have to start paying attention to their local school boards and, when necessary, taking them over in the elections – and gosh, haven’t we been seeing some of that lately?

Let the Mat-Su show the way, folks.  You can call up  your local pols and talk to them.  Try getting an appointment with one of your Senators.  That’s why government should be as close to the people as it can be, as much as possible.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

It looks like the final field for Alaska’s special Congressional election is set:

  1. Sarah Palin       27.5%
  2. Nick Begitch   19.2%
  3. Al Gross             12.6%
  4. Mary Peltola    9.4%

Excerpt:

Republican Sarah Palin maintained her lead over the rest of the field, even as the total percentage of votes she’s corralled shrank slightly, going from 28.19% of all ballots cast on Wednesday to 27.59% Friday. The former Alaska governor leads by over 12,000 votes over her nearest election competitor, Republican candidate Nick Begich, who now holds 19.27% of all ballots.

The latest count by the Division of Elections shows 150,036 ballots counted, up from Wednesday’s count of 134,179, in the race to decide who will finish out the term of the late Rep. Don Young. The 150,036 ballots currently counted represents a 25.55% voter turnout.

Behind Palin and Begich are nonpartisan candidate Al Gross with 12.65% of the vote and Democrat Mary Peltola with 9.44%. The top four vote-getters advance to the Aug. 16 special general election.

Peltola’s lead over Republican Tara Sweeney grew slightly, going from over 4,000 votes to now more than 5,000 — Peltola currently has 14,133 votes to Sweeney’s 8,671.

The Associated Press on Wednesday declared Palin, Begich and Gross would advance. On Friday, AP called the final spot for Peltola.

Now, of course, the whole thing goes over to our new (and ill-advised, if you ask me) “ranked-choice” election process, and I’ll be damned if I can muster a confident prediction as to who will come out on top of that deal.  From my own informal polling (by which I mean, folks I know around the neighborhood and people I’ve talked to in town, and so forth) support for Sarah Palin is pretty strong here in the Mat-Su.  I know Mary Peltola has strong support in the Native communities, and Nick Begitch comes from an old Alaska political family.  He’s a strong Second Amendment guy, which can only help here in the Great Land, but he’s easily tarred with the “GOPe” brush.  Al Gross musters a surprising amount of support, but to my thinking, a guy running “non-partisan” in a state as red as Alaska translates to “Democrat but doesn’t want to say so.”

My ranked choice will probably be exactly the same as the ranking you see above.  As I’ve said before, a first-term Congresscritter can’t really do much, but sending Sarah Palin to the Imperial City will make a lot of leftist heads explode, so it’s worth doing if for no other reason than that.

If I was forced to place a bet right now, the numbers would make me lean pretty strongly towards Mrs. Palin.  But I guess we’ll find out for sure on August 16th.

Deep thoughts, news of the day, totty and the Manly Arts.