Category Archives: Culture

Culture for the cultured and uncultured alike.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The equinox is in a few weeks, where the sun hits the halfway point on its long march south.  At these latitudes it is quite a journey, and just now the sunset has moved south of the power lines and is giving us some pretty views:

My summertime’s drive for fishing is now being overtaken by my drive to get out in the field after some birds, but I have to wait for full residency, which comes one year after switching my Colorado driver’s license for an Alaska one; specifically, on February second.  I understand the reason for that law, but the beautiful fall weather, the big stretch of borough land behind us and the hand-crafted Tolley side-by-side double in my gun safe are egging me on.  Next year, dammit!

And with that said…

On To the Links!

Peter Boghossian shows us the difference between politics and principles.

The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration just keeps building back better!

I love a happy ending.

Autophagia.

Ever wondered what happens when you dangle a rhinoceros upside-down?  Well, now you know.

Somehow, I suspect most Texans don’t give two shits about what the SFGate thinks.

We can hope.  Having the GOP in control of Congress will… well, it will slow down the decline of the U.S. some.

Beer.  Is there anything it can’t do?

Fauci can fuck right off, the government does not have this authority.

Inflation is skyrocketing.  Nobody should be surprised by this.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

Harry Reid is still a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.

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

USAToday’s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

The New Republic‘s Timothy Noah is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is and always will be an idiot.

It’s idiots all the way down.

MSNBC’s Kavita Patel is an idiot.

The kind of stupidity shown at the VMAs (whatever those are) should be physically painful.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex continues to be a tone-deaf idiot.

New York’s new Governor is apparently an idiot with no clue as to the proper role of government.  What is it with that state, anyway?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of style and grace; she was more beautiful in jeans, sweater and a towel over her hair than many women are in evening gowns, as you’ll see in this week’s selection.  And she wasn’t without pluck; during World War 2 she raised money for the Dutch underground during the German occupation of the Netherlands, an activity that may well have gotten her shot had she been caught in the act.

In the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn played the iconic character Holly Golightly opposite a very young George Peppard, with a brief appearance by the remarkable Buddy Ebsen.  It’s a great film featuring a great star, and at one point she gives voice to the song Moon River.  Here, in a clip from that film, is that lovely, classy lady and that beautiful song – enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In difficult times like these, it’s helpful to look closer to home, at the good things in our lives.  Your mileage may vary, but of late I’m taking more and more pleasure in our regained rural lifestyle here in the Great Land.  Every morning, walking over to the office requires going outside, rain, snow or shine.  We had our first frost last Friday, the leaves are turning, and it’s a great time to be outdoors.  And that’s a good thing; every day we breathe the free air of Alaska.

Chickadee

Our most regular visitors at the feeders this time of year, as we are exchanging summer birds for winter birds, are juncos, red-breasted nuthatches and black-capped chickadees.  Chickadees are my favorites, and like the nuthatches and juncos they are year-round residents.  They seem immune to winter weather in spite of being one-ounce bundles of fluff and feathers, and they punctuate the morning with their cheery calls.  I enjoy having them around.  Also, we have one nuthatch we call Mr. Noisy, as he keeps up a constant flow of chatter as he flies to and fro, and even as he’s eating.  It’s amazing that such tiny creatures can have personalities, but they sure do.

News and politics aren’t everything, True Believers.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of that.  Relax.  Look out the window.  Take a deep breath.  Things aren’t all bad.

Now that we’re all re-grounded…

On To the Links!

If you ask me, Ilhan Omar should have her passport revoked and be deported back to the shithole she and her brohusband came from.

The United States effectively has no President.

When you’ve lost CNN…

Good for Greg Gutfeld.

Yes, Biden(‘s handlers) and the generals should be held to account, but we all know they won’t be.

Speaking of Biden(‘s handlers) I’ll be surprised if he finishes out the year, much less one term.

Well, sure, how could Chicago possibly get any worse, anyway?

Yet another reason for Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. to be damn glad we got out of Colorado.

I swear, this administration could fuck up a wet dream.

Democrats aim to drive American business out of the country – again.

Larry Elder may be California’s last hope for any semblance of sanity in government.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Afghanistan debacle.  Always worth the read.

Well, here’s a piece of good news.

Documenting the fall of the House of Biden.

There are reasons they are keeping Heels-Up Harris out of the spotlight.  Well, her stupidity, for one.

Well, what could possibly go wrong with this?

Bill Maher finds an acorn.

Biden Will Not Recover.  I’ll be mildly surprised if he lasts until the end of the year.

Why the hell should we resettle Afghans in the U.S.?

Answers you never wanted to questions you never asked.

This Week’s Idiots:

I don’t know who David Rothkopf is, but he’s an idiot.

are both idiots.

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

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

Washington Monthly‘s Luisa Deprez is an idiot.

Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic is an idiot.

Neil Young can fuck right off.  Further proof that talent and intelligence aren’t necessarily linked.

Van Jones is an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Vox‘s Rebecca Leber is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I think we could all use something cheerful, don’t you?

Paolo Conte is an Italian singer, pianist, composer, and lawyer.  I can’t speak for his lawyering but his music is kind of fun; he has a gritty voice, and his music has a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it.  You can almost picture yourself seated at a table at Alassio or Levanto, enjoying a glass of white wine, watching the ocean and listening.  Not my normal cup of tea, but something I could appreciate, given the chance.

Here, from his 1990 album Parole D’Amore Scritte A Macchina, is the song Happy Feet.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Freedom of Association Friday

I found this piece by Theodore Dalrymple at The New English Review to be an interesting take on freedom of association.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

Some years ago, I sat next to a pleasant Norwegian lady who had just moved to London. Her father had been against the move.

“How,” he had asked her, “can you bear to live in a fascist country in which they still permit men-only clubs?”

“And how,” I replied, “can your father bear to live in a fascist country in which men are not allowed to belong to men-only clubs?”

Unlike many modern people, the Norwegian lady saw the point: that a society in which people are not permitted to form voluntary associations whose membership they choose must be a highly dictatorial one.

But in England, a group of prominent women, including Cherie Blair, the wife of the former Prime Minister, has signed a petition to “force” the Garrick Club to admit women as members, which it has so far refused to do.

We’re seeing the same kind of agitation in the States, of course.  Busybodies want to use the political force of government to compel private clubs to admit all and sundry as members – private clubs, mind you.  Freedom of association is also freedom of disassociation, right?  But not in the eyes of people like Cherie Blair.

The Club, which is nearly two centuries old, is named after David Garrick, the famous eighteenth-century actor, and has long had theatrical and literary associations. Dickens, Thackeray and Trollope were members, for example.

The petition contains the following words: “We believe that membership of the Garrick cannot be consistent with a commitment to equality and diversity.”

This suggests to me that the women, though prominent lawyers, are not very intelligent, or at least not very careful with their words: for by definition a club is committed to inequality and, if not quite to uniformity, at least to exclusivity.

A club to which everybody could be admitted would not be a club at all, but more like a voters’ roll, a street meeting or a mass demonstration.

Leaving the liberty issues aside for a moment, how would one presume these women would be treated by the existing membership, having used the force of government to, as it were, crash the gates and force their way in?  Do they anticipate a warm welcome?

Mr. Dalrymple continues here with the really interesting bit:

The petitioners’ resentment blinds them to the obvious corollary of their complaint: women’s only clubs or associations could not exist, at least if any men wanted to join them.

According to their principle, private voluntary associations ought to be forced to accept as members anyone who felt himself to be unjustly excluded.

A Christian or Moslem club or association could not admit only Christians or Moslems, for to do so would be to discriminate on religious grounds.

A law to prevent discrimination in private associations would mean that the very idea of private associations would have no application, and a certain kind of illiberal liberalism would have achieved the point of dictatorship.

I have, however, thought of a swift remedy for the petitioners’ resentment: a two-week sojourn in Afghanistan.

That would cure these gals of a lot more than their resentment, and that’s for sure and for certain.

But that’s not the point.  A free society, one that actually realizes the goal of individual liberty, is incompatible with the kind of intrusion-by-government-force that these women propose.  In a truly free society, men are free to form or join men-only clubs, women, women-only clubs.  Christians can form clubs to admit only Christians, and so on.  That’s freedom of association, and if someone whose sex/faith/whatever falls outside of that club’s stated roster, they can always engage in another essential aspect of a free society and mind their own damn business.

And that’s the crux of the issue.  I never for the life of me will understand the compulsion some people have to be buttinskis.  So someone formed an exclusive club that you can’t join unless you have hazel eyes, or unless your last name begins with “Z.”  So what?  Form your own damn club that you can’t join unless your last name begins with “R,” and shut the hell up about what other people are doing in their private clubs, which is 1) not harming you, and is B) none of your damn business!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

What with the nature of small-game hunting in Alaska, I’m toying with the idea of seeing if I can find an old Savage 24 combo gun, preferably in .22LR over 20 gauge.  Why, you ask?  Well, I’m a-gonna tell you.

Savage 24

Small game seasons here in the Great Land are long, with generous limits.  Spruce grouse and snowshoe hares are plentiful and good numbers of them can be found withing walking distance of where I sit at this moment.  But both are also known for occasionally stupidly sitting still and looking at the hunter, while others will run or fly.  It seems, that being the case, that having either a .22 or a shotgun load interchangeably at hand might well be the order of the day.  Or, it may just be a good reason to buy another gun, one that I’ve always found interesting.

Anyway, with that said…

On To the Links!

You’ve gotta love Rand Paul.

Japan develops freeze-dried mouse sperm postcards.  Best headline of the week.

Biden Voters Are Already Showing Signs of Buyers’ Remorse.  I damn well bet they are.

Andrew Dice Cuomo’s problems just keep piling up.

Inflation may be worse than we already know.

It’s easy to be a thief in California these days.

Kung Flu cases along the Texas-Mexico border are exploding.  I wonder why?

Fuck off, slaver!

Hypocrites gonna hypocrite.

What a bunch of condescending assholes!

To quote a friend:  Big ideas require a big hammer and sickle.

Piers Morgan is an unapologetic leftie, but when he’s right, he’s right.   Especially with this bit:   “I think Cuomo should have gone after it emerged that he ordered nursing homes to accept thousands of potentially COVID-positive patients when they were discharged from hospital during the first wave of coronavirus in March last year, without requiring the residents to test negative for the virus first – thus condemning countless old, vulnerable people to needless death.”  I couldn’t agree more.

Dokumenty, pozhaluysta.

Chicago cops turn their backs on Mayor Beetlejuice as wounded cop’s father berates her.  And, she had all that coming, and then some.

This from The GuardianCan Biden Beat Republicans in the War of Words?  Honestly, President Biden(‘s handlers) couldn’t beat a four-year-old in a game of Pick-Up-Sticks.  I’ve never seen an administration whose messaging was so inept.

Don’t buy the latest climate-change alarmism.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

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

The Texas fleebaggers are pompous assholes, and idiots.  “Risked our lives?”  Seriously?  Pull your fingers out of your asses!

The Hill‘s Brad Bannon is an idiot.

Salon‘s Igor Derysh is an idiot.

The people who agitated for moving a rock are all idiots, and so are the university staff who gave into the idiots.

Rep Cori Bush (Imbecile – MN) is an idiot.

Rep Alexandria Occasional Cortex (Crazy Eyes – NY) is also an idiot.  She’s also a hypocrite, but then, we already knew that.

Brian Stelter continues prepping for his second career as an actual potato.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take for this week.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

This sorta-kinda predates me; in 1965, I was four years old, and not paying too much attention to popular culture.  In later years, though, I did develop an appreciation for Welsh singer Tom Jones.  He’s got a big helping of talent and charisma and, last April, at 81 years of age, he released a new album, Surrounded by TimeThat, True Believers, is staying power.

Back to 1965.  Following the release of Jones’ first album, Along Came Jones, Tom appeared on the famous Ed Sullivan show.  It’s important to note that the TV in these days was generally broadcast live; this is a true live performance, unlike a lot of the lip-synced horseshit that became routine later.  Here is the great Tom Jones, with It’s Not Unusual.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s a lovely time of year up here in the Great Land.  As we move into August, the leaves on the birches, poplars and alders around the place are turning from the bright green of spring and early summer to the darker green of late summer, and in a few places there is a bit of yellow starting to creep in.

Alaska fireweed

Meanwhile, the fireweed is growing up thick and fast everywhere.  Mrs. Animal is starting to gather the blossoms for fireweed jelly.  Fireweed grows pretty much everywhere up here.  It takes its name from being the first plants to move in to burn sites, and in late summer it turns all the roadsides this lovely purple.  We have quite a bit of it around the edges of the yard.  I’d like to get some Indian Paintbrush and some Forget-Me-Nots planted as well.

In another week or two, the berry season starts.  Alaska just continues to prove itself better and better.

And so…

On To the Links!

Not just mayoral politics.

A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.  And a metric buttload of inflation.

The Ginsu missile.  It slices!  It dices!  It even makes Julienne fries!

RIP, Dusty Hill.

RIP, Ron Popeil.  Two great Americans gone.

Where have we heard this before?

No.  No, they won’t be legal.

It looks like Liz Cheney is on her way out.  Now if we can just manage to dump Murkowski up here.

Dirty Business: China’s Dominant Coal-Fired Solar Panel Industry Belches More Net Carbon Than Oil or Gas.  But hey, go on feeling great about those solar panels!

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson nails it again.

Stupid ideas are stupid.  Film at eleven.
The Space Race Among Billionaires Is Just Beginning.   Good!  Let them compete.  I’ve always said that the next big breakthroughs in space exploration will (and should) come from the private sector.

This last Monday from our good friend and fellow blogger Jillian Becker:  A Reign of Stupidity.   Go read it all, but here’s my favorite bit:

Now, in America, under a leftist Democrat federal government – the stupidest government the republic has ever had with a doofus gone senile for a president, a cackling fool for a vice president, a childishly vindictive harpy for speaker of the House, all supported by mass media staffed with parrots and toadies – generations are being raised to be ignorant and dumb. Illiteracy and innumeracy will be conditions of honor; ability, talent, mastery, mere proofs of “white privilege” and “white supremacist” ambition.

This is why Jillian’s blog is on my daily reading list.

Boy, karma is a real bitch, ain’t it?  Honestly, though, I wish Ms. Griffin a speedy and complete recovery – because that’s what decent people do.

No shit, Sherlock.

California just keeps on fucking up.

Dolly Parton is and always has been a class act.

Team DeSantis nails it.

It’s hard to see how Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo can slime his way out of this one, but then, he has a “D” after this name, so…  Then again, lots of people are calling for his resignation – including one incoherent senile old fart.

You know what they say about blind hogs and acorns.  As for Cuomo:  It couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshole.  Seriously, fuck that guy.

Fuck you, cut spending.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s David Perry is an idiot.

CNN’s Stephen Collinson is also an idiot.  Beginning to see a pattern here?

Slate‘s Adam Sobel is an idiot.

The New York TimesAtossa Araxia Abrahamian is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is also an idiot.  Seeing another pattern?

The New Yorker‘s Mike Giglio is an idiot.

Maureen Dowd is an idiot.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is a hypocrite, and an idiot.

The Hill‘s Albert Hunt is an idiot.

The Miami Herald‘s Leonard Pitts is an idiot.

Maxine Waters (Moron – CA) is and always has been an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of, if not the best female vocalist alive today is Mary Fahl, formerly the lead singer of the 90s alternative band October Project.  Mary has had a modest solo career since leaving OP, mostly playing small venues around the country and releasing a few albums.  Mrs. Animal and I have seen her live twice, and it’s neat; she played both times to audiences of less than a hundred people, and stayed afterwards to chat with members of the audience.

It’s important to note that Mary has had not one day of formal training.  Just a lot of practice and natural talent.

She also does larger shows, such as one of her live albums recorded at New York’s Mauch Chunk Opera House.  Here, from that show, is the closing number, Be My Hero.  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!

Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.  Yes, you read that right, they want to monitor our text messaging.  I don’t see any other way to read that.

Fuck.  Off.  Slavers.

This is some Gestapo-level shit right here.  We generally presume that our personal communications are, you know, private, and now the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration and the DNC as much as admitted that they are not.  What’s more, they as much as admitted that they want to spy on our personal messages.  For our own good, of course!

By the way, who died and yielded any authority to the DNC to do any of this?  They aren’t a government agency, or anything close to it.  They have zero business being involved in this tom-fuckery at all.  And what the hell are these “Biden allied groups?”  What groups?  Who are they?  Why are they involved?  Under whose authority?  Where in the Constitution is any of this horseshit authorized?  Oh, wait, it isn’t!

I can only hope for some serious backlash in 2022, but at this point, as I have been for some time, I’m preparing for the worst.

And so…

On To the Links!

Never underestimate the GOP’s capacity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

What’s missing in this story?

Spectator’s William Murchison nails it.

I’ll bet that stinks.

Mars Burps Methane.

Major inflation has arrived.  I wonder if printing trillions of fiat dollars could have anything to do with that?

DACA ruled illegal.  No exporting of people already in the program, but no more applications to be accepted.

Dr. Darwin, please pick up the white courtesy phone – Dr. Charles Darwin, pick up the white courtesy phone, please.

The schadenfreude, it is strong in this one.

From panzers to pussies in three generations.

These people are dissembling assholes, and should be hounded out of office.

This is going to be fun to watch.

There’s only election fraud when Democrats lose.

Aspiring rapper who was about to turn his life around?

Sauce for the goose. 

Speaking of:

Duck!

Duck!

Goose!

This Week’s Idiots:

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

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

My next truck, because fuck that guy.

If I wasn’t already planning to go out and buy a huge honkin’ F450 Diesel 4×4, I would be now, just because of this asshole.  I’ll be damned if I will ever justify any purchasing decision I ever make to pencil-necked gamma males like this prick.

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

Time‘s Eric Dean Wilson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross is an idiot.

Project Syndicate‘s Courtney Radsch is an idiot.

Alexandria Occasional Cortex (Stupid Twit – NY) is a hypocrite and an idiot.

Now this here is some weapons-grade stupid.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve never been a big Jimmy Buffet fan.

He has a singular style, of course, and has put out a few good tunes, but I never really got the whole “island hillbilly” shtick. Still – he’s earned his success, having had a long and successful career.

But Buffet had a music career going before he want all-in Caribbean, and one of the better tunes to come out of that period was his 1974 song Come Monday, from his album Living and Dying in 3/4 Time.  And, so, with no further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Drug dealers and growers are running amok in Los Angeles County.  But get this line from the story:

Another resident said the issue they run into with reporting the illegal farms is that there are so many that law enforcement puts them on a list and they do not know which ones are a priority to get rid of. (Los Angeles County Sheriff) Villanueva (a liberal Democrat) said he prioritizes the farms that are nearby the residential areas along with loosening the “may-issue” requirements for residents to obtain concealed carry firearm permits so they can better protect themselves.

Wait wait wait – so now, in extremis, when citizens are being confronted by armed cartel members literally on their doorsteps – now is the time to loosen up the issue of carry permits?

Welcome to reality, Sheriff Villanueva.  Here’s a thought:  How about the people of LA County tell their obviously failed law enforcement to get stuffed, get a citizen’s militia together, photograph the cartel guys from drones, publish their photos and putting a $1,000 bounty on each one – dead or alive?

OK, so with that off my chest…

On To the Links!

Good Guy with Gun.  The Left claims these don’t exist.

I’m guessing this is going to be a long, hard slog.

So, sort of a Secret State Police, then?  (Just for fun, in German that’s Geheime Staatspolizei.)  But hey. no more mean tweets!

Gas prices are expected to keep going up.  But hey, no more mean tweets!

Democrats dig themselves in deeper on election integrity.  But hey, no more mean tweets!

Speaking of integrity, and the lack thereof…  Bear in mind that this is Obama‘s former ethics chief speaking.

AntiProfa attacks demonstrators at an LA spa.  Because free speech can’t be allowed!

Yeah, this will end well.

New poll shows 78% of Americans are racists, bigots and probably pick their noses.

For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.

Read this, and picture Putin literally throwing back his head and laughing until he can’t breathe.

And they fall for it every time.

Of course they’re being played!  It’s what the GOP does best.

Ow ow ow ow ow!

No shit, Sherlock.

Why don’t they just change their name to KGB and have done with it?

And here’s some more Soviet-level bullshit.

Could these assholes be any more blatant in their hypocrisy?  What.  Assholes.

Liberal Writer to Progressives: ‘What Happened to You?’

Well now, this is interesting.  Larry Elder as Governor of California?  Longest of long shots, but if there are debates, they’ll be fun to watch.

This Week’s Idiots:

USA Today‘s Kevin Cokley is an idiot.

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

Slate‘s Lili Loofbourow is an idiot.

What idiot thought this up?

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

Raytheon is apparently run by idiots.

Not just idiocy:  Absolute fucking lunacy, described at Battleswarm.

The New York Times’ Michelle Cottle is an idiot.

Scientific American‘s A. Hopper is an idiot.

The Atlantic‘s Ibram Kendri (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison is an idiot.

Heels-Up Harris continues to say idiotic things.  Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people?  Mrs. Animal and I live out in the sticks – the post office doesn’t even deliver here, we are technically classified as “remote” – and we have a solid internet connection and a full modern office with computers, a scanner and printer, all the modern doodads.  And everyone out here has cell phones with cameras.  Just how disconnected from reality is this twit, anyway?  It’s fucking embarrassing!

Strong Man populism?  Colonel Schlichter may have a point, but there are plenty of possibilities how this, too, could head south.

Juan Williams’ meltdown continues.

The Hill‘s Bill Press is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Rebecca Gordon is an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont doubles down on stupid.

Keith Olbermann is a whistle-ass peckerhead, and an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take for this week.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Genesis, led by front man Peter Gabriel, formed in 1967 but didn’t really gain traction until the 70s, with a couple of additions to the group that notably included drummer Phil Collins.  In 1983 the group released their twelfth album, the eponymous Genesis, which included the jarring tune Mama.

It’s an odd song, especially considering the mostly upbeat tone of the band, typified in their previous (1981) album Abacab.  Mama features a thumping, almost overwhelming synthesized drum beat, a wavering guitar lead, tremulous keyboards and, most of all, Phil Collin’s jarring vocals set off by a laugh that’s downright unsettling.  It’s an odd song, set off by a video that sets a mood that is…  Well, you decide.  Here it is.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

While progressives in the U.S. and Europe whine about those of us who identify as ‘Rural-Americans’ with our big SUVs and flag-flying Super Duty pickups (about which we are unapologetic and have no intention of giving up), it seems several Asian countries are fixing to go big on coal-fired power plants. Go big or go home!

Carbon Tracker, a financial thinktank, has found that China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam plan to build more than 600 coal power units, even though renewable energy is cheaper than most new coal plants.

I don’t buy that renewable energy is cheaper than most new coal plants for a second, by the way; if renewables are cheaper, why the hell do we have to subsidize them?

It’s fun, though, watching American and European enviro-weenies whining about this when Asia cheerfully plugs along bringing reliable power to millions.  And still – still – nobody in the West wants to discuss real clean energy in the form of nuclear power.  What a bunch of schmucks.

And so…

On To the Links!

By the way, if you’re not checking the morning and evening links (7 days a week!) over at Glibertarians, you should be!  There’s plenty more good stuff between the links, too.

Fuck off, slaver!

Do you want more racists?  Because this is how you get more racists.

Oh, no, he’s not senile!

Oh, no, he’s not corrupt!

Oh, no, he’s not laundering bribe money through his crack-head son!

Oh, no, he’s not an insensitive, mendacious fuck!

Oh, no, he’s not a chronic liar!

Oh, no, he’s not constantly making stupid policy decisions!

He spent the other half on crack, booze and hookers.

Lauren Boebert lets fly.  There may be hope for Colorado yet (I’m not moving back though.)

Target is closing all of their San Francisco stores.  A retail establishment in a town where shoplifting is legal?  Not a good business model.

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson remains an American treasure.

No shit, Sherlock.

Over. Not under. Now it’s official.

Well, at least that’s settled.  The paper goes over the roll, dammit!

Well, it’s a new record for Independence Day weekend.  Look at the cities named and see what they all have in common.  At least one Chicago alderman is calling it like he sees it.

Oh, fuck off, already.

This Week’s Idiots:

Politico‘s Gary Peller is an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is an idiot.

Wyoming, please primary this idiot.  I know, I know, we’re still working on ditching Murkowski.

The San Jose City Council is populated by idiots.

Rep. Val Demings (Horse’s Ass – FL) is an idiot.

Most of these “students” are idiots.

Rep. Cory Bush (Shit-For-Brains – MO) is an idiot.

San Francisco is run by idiots, and these are the results.

I don’t know who Toure Neblett is, but he’s clearly an idiot.

The New York Times’ Astra Taylor is an idiot.

The Nations’ John Nichols is an idiot.

33% of young people are apparently idiots.  This is our future.

Terry McAuliffe (Douchebag) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

1991 found me invited to a big party courtesy of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who had taken it in his head to invade his neighboring Kuwait.  This necessitated a bunch of folks, prominently featuring the U.S. Army of which I was then a member, to go kick him out.

Post-fracas, while waiting for the Freedom Bird home, my then-new best gal (now my own dear Mrs. Animal) found ourselves gassing with three guys from one of the Armor divisions.  These three outstanding soldiers made up part of an M1 tank crew.  They had some great stories, but one of the best was their description of the crossing of the border from Saudi Arabia into Iraq and going into the attack with The Clash song Rock the Casbah playing on a boom box in the turret.  Here, from their 1982 album Combat Rock, is that appropriate song.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Living the rural life, especially in the Great Land, entails dealing with some things that urban folks often don’t.  Two examples:  Mosquitoes and dandelions.

Violet-Green Swallow

What’s fun is that we can use nature against nature, so to speak to deal with these issues.  Mosquitoes, for example; while I have used some buckets of water containing mosquito dunks to lessen the local population (and mind you, Alaska mosquitoes are so big they show up on air-traffic radar) the primary means of control is feathered.  Around our property are a bunch of nest boxes, intended to attract a summer visitor, the Violet-Green Swallow.  These show up in April, occupy the nest boxes and their first broods generally fledge in mid-June, when the mosquito population booms – and they spend their days in acrobatic flight, swooping about, hoovering up the biting bugs as they go.

Pine Siskin

Now, the dandelions; that’s even easier.  Wherever I’ve lived or worked, even in Silicon Valley, I’ve generally run a bird feeder.  I like having the little guys around; their presence adds to my day.  But here, in the Great Land, the feeders attract not only chickadees, woodpeckers and juncos but big flocks of Pine Siskins, who after visiting the feeder spend a lot of time around the property eating the seeds off the dandelion seed-heads, greatly reducing the spread of that weed.

I’m not against using modern methods against weeds and bugs, mind.  But I do enjoy having the birds around.

And so…

On to The Links!

A modern-day Jonah.  Wow.

President Biden(‘s handlers) may have paid for crack-head son Hunter’s nights of hookers and blow.

RIP John McAfee, you magnificent bastard.  He was a coke-head and a nut, but he was our coke-head and nut.

What, you didn’t see that coming?

President Biden(‘s handlers) threaten to use F-15s, nukes on American citizens.

Banana Republic Part 23,404.

More information on the Denisovans.

Larry Elder drops some truth bombs.

Joe Rogan likewise drops some truth bombs.

More on this:  Heels-Up makes a swift pass in the general vicinity of a relatively untroubled section of the southern border, calls it a “visit.”  Wall of Voodoo was unavailable for comment.

A possible new human species with a cool name – Dragon Man.

Inner city violence is not at all unfathomable.  It’s the inevitable consequence of the policies of the people running those cities.

What the actual fuck.

Screw Nike.  Personally I only wear Justin ropers and Chippewa boots.

BARF!

P.J. O’Rourke on President Biden(‘s handlers) jobs plan.

I have to admit, this gave me a chuckle.

No shit, Sherlock.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Atlantic‘s Ibram Kendi (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Hold my beer and watch this!  I know all about crazy rednecks – I grew up amongst them – but while many supposed crazy rednecks are pretty good folks, the people described in this article are, objectively, being idiots.

Poll:  Majority of Vaccinated Democrats Are Idiots.

are all idiots.

Slate’s Jordan Weissmann is an idiot.

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

The Los Angeles Times‘ editorial board is composed of idiots.

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

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

AOC:  “Herp herpity derp derp, herpity herpity derp.”

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I always admired David Bowie’s talent, even though I had mixed opinions of some of his actual songs.  But when he had a good tune, he often had a really good tune.  Everyone knows the older stuff he did in his Ziggy Stardust days, but he also turned out some great stuff after dialing things back a little in the Eighties and Nineties; songs like Let’s Dance, China Girl and Heroes are all worth a listen.

Here, though, is one of his songs I’ve always liked in particular, because reasons, I guess – music likes and dislikes being pretty subjective.   From Bowie’s 1983 album Let’s Dance, this is the single Modern Love.  Enjoy.