Category Archives: Economics

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Well, this is close to home.  This is the bit that concerns me:

In a September interview with the Pentagon’s news agency last fall, Iris Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Arctic and Global Resiliences said Chinese leaders have “been trying to insert themselves into the Arctic.”

“So, we’re being very mindful about their activity and in wanting to ensure that our interests are protected in the region,” Ferguson said.

China seems to be very interested in what goes on here in the Great Land, although they have nowhere near the sea-lift capacity to land troops here, and so won’t find out one thing that aren’t betting on, that being a few hundred thousand heavily armed Alaskan civilians – but they sure as hell seem to want to know what assets we have up here.  That’s disconcerting as hell.


On To the Links!

Nothing left to cut.

Trump steps on his dick again.  It’s like he’s trying to lose.

Four times.  A day.

Why is Biden so unpopular, even among Democrats?  Well, probably because he’s stupid, senile and incompetent.

The FBI is running cover for the Bidens.

Oh, the irony.


It’s aliens.

I take it you’re planning to lose the next war you’re in.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.


Who is John Galt?

Rum, sodomy and the lash.

Well, that’s a horrifying thought.

I’m not even sure at this point if the US is seeking primacy within its own borders.

Companies must do no such thing.  Mind your own damn business.

The next big crash?

Mike Pence files to run for President.  Well, the world’s got no shortage of windmills to tilt at.

Not sure why an American news network is covering these inbred mutants.

He’s going nowhere.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Bulwark’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

The Hill’s Niall Stanage is an idiot.  The only place Chris Christie could be a wild card is at a buffet table.

Idiots gonna idiot.

Alexandria Occasional Cortex persists in idiocy.

The Guardian’s Mark Weisbrot is an idiot.  (Also, his name literally means ‘white bread.’  Too funny.)

MSNBC’s James Downie is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Will Hutton is an idiot.  I’m starting to see another pattern.

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

James Comey is a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Charlie Dent is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I was never big on the Carpenters, but they sure sold a lot of records back in the day.  Karen Carpenter’s sad 1983 death from anorexia nervosa received a lot of publicity, and for a few years instances of anorexia, especially among teenage girls, spiked.  Some call this a ‘social contagion,’ when a few highly-publicized events, usually among celebrities, lead to a spike in instances of an emotional/mental disorder.

Sound familiar?

Back to the music, though.  Karen and Richard Carpenter did have a light, easy style that was relaxing and thoughtful.  While I was more of a head-banger – back in these days I was much more into Led Zeppelin, Foghat, Van Halen and the like – I’ve developed more of an appreciation of gentler music as I’ve gotten older.  I do kind of like their song Rainy Days and Mondays, from their 1971 album, Carpenters.  Here’s the official video, which presents kind of a touching photographic tribute to Karen to go along with her rich, butter-smooth voice.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Best line in a story this past week:

Children can go to California to have their bodies irrevocably altered by surgery and be pumped full of drugs that could cause health issues in the immediate and distant future that could ruin their lives. Crime is rampant and the streets are full of homeless encampments, needles, and human waste. The term “Golden State” could soon refer to the fact that everyone there has contracted hepatitis. BUT the kids will be safe because they can’t get a bag of Skittles.

Read Lincoln Brown’s take on this stupidity here.  ‘Nuff said.

And so…

On To the Links!

How about no bail-outs for anything or anyone, ever?

We can hope.

There is no danger of default.

RIP, Tina Turner.

Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus.

RIP, Ray Stevenson.  I’ll always remember him as Titus Pullo in HBO’s amazing series Rome.

Can California be turned red again?  Color me skeptical, but still…

The Supreme Court makes a 9-0 ruling (Sackett v. EPA) and Democrats immediately start lying about it.  Hey, you jackasses, look up the difference between “concurring” and “dissent.”

No shit, Sherlock.

This will be interesting to watch.  Full disclosure:  I’m on Team DeSantis, but if Trump gets the nomination, I’ll vote for him.  The alternative is unthinkable.

And Trump might not have as tight of a lock on things as he thinks.

Debate is not allowed at debates.

Arguing with someone on Twitter is like competing in the Special Olympics.  Even if you win, you’re still a retard.

My blogger pal Robert Stacy McCain has a neat piece on the Golden Age of Hollywood.

I remember when sitzpinkler was an insult.  Hell, I live out in the woods.  I pee outside more than in the house.  Kind of hard for a dude to sit for that.

Natural Gas Forecast – not good news.

State Farm gives up on California.

Our illiterate college students.

My friend Brandon Morse has an excellent piece on Memorial Day.  Yes, that’s me in the comments.

This is what happens when you de-criminalize theft.

More signs of the Biden family’s breathtaking corruption.

Equal treatment under the law a dead letter in the US, Exhibit #211,293.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Atlantic’s Charlie Warzel is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jennifer C. Berkshire is an idiot.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

The LA Times editorial staff are all idiots.

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

Hanoi Jane is still an idiot.

The people who run Lululemon (whatever that is) are all idiots.

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

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

The Nation’s D.D. Guttenplan & John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) are both idiots.  Biden doesn’t need to remake his candidacy – he needs to resign, for the good of the republic.

If this little idiot tried this in Alaska, he’d likely become shot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the day – and still today, in fact – one of the most powerful male singers was the Welsh master Tom Jones.  He projected his voice like few today can, and he also combined style and class with talent.

One of his best-known tunes is actually a cover of Paul Anka’s 1970 tune She’s a Lady, but Jones, in 1971, recorded what would be far and away the most popular take on this song.  Here, then, is that tune.  Oh, and as a bonus, take a look at Tom Jones on the Ed Sullivan show in 1968, with his signature song It’s Not Unusual.  Enjoy!

Goodbye, Blue… Tuesday

Goodbye, Blue Tuesday!

Not sure how this works when it’s technically the beginning of the work week, but I work as the need hits me and don’t always pay attention to weekends.  Anyway:  Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, The Daley Gator, The Other McCain, Flappr and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then:  There is a “debt limit deal,” and it’s…  awful.  PJMedia’s Matt Margolis reports:

The deal, which was finalized Saturday night, would raise the debt limit through the end of 2024 in exchange for a cap on annual discretionary spending for two years and raising it by 1% in 2025. A series of cuts demanded by Republicans were also part of the deal. The White House had long opposed including spending cuts as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling, describing such cuts as “devastating.”

“We still have a lot of work to do,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. “But I believe this is an agreement in principle that’s worthy of the American people. It has historic reductions in spending, consequential reforms that will lift people out of poverty into the workforce, and reins in government overreach. There are no new taxes, no new government programs.”

Sorry, Mr. Speaker, but you just can’t polish that turd enough to make us think it’s ice cream.  Here are some things we don’t see in this “deal”:

  • Actual spending cuts, as opposed to reductions in the rate of increase.
  • Holding anyone accountable for this mess before the next election.
  • Eliminating the 87,000 new IRS agents.

And much more.  It’s a fucking joke.  The debt limit has long since been meaningless, as it just keeps getting raised and raised.  We’re still mortgaging our grandchildren’s future.  $31 trillion in debt will probably surpass $35 trillion by the next election.

These people are utterly out of control.   Sadly, the founders of the Republic put in place a system intended for educated, thoughtful, well-informed people, and too many Americans today are none of those things.

And those people vote.

Granted this is just another boulder in the fiscal avalanche that is going to hit us, sooner or later.  What can’t continue won’t continue, and this situation can’t continue.  And the longer we wait to finally fix it – by which I mean, swing a big, broad axe at the Imperial government – the worse the crash will be.

I wish I could be more optimistic.  I’m normally a pretty optimistic guy.  But this crap, with Speaker McCarthy going on about how he pwned the libs when he basically just gave away the farm, is just too much.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Well, this is a stupid idea.  Here’s the part that I find particularly angrifying:

Beginning in the 1990s, the federal government made the disastrous mistake of promoting and increasing the amount of risky mortgage loans in the pursuit of increasing home ownership, notably requiring Fannie and Freddie to buy more and more such loans. The riskier loans were promoted as “innovative” mortgages by the Clinton administration. That push was a major contributor first to the housing bubble and then to the housing finance collapse of 2007–09.

And now they are proposing doing it again, only rather more so:

In this case, the FHFA wants to politically manipulate Fannie and Freddie’s Loan-Level Price Adjustments (LLPAs). The LLPAs are meant to be credit risk-based adjustments, which reflect fundamental factors in the credit risk of a mortgage loan, to the price of getting Fannie or Freddie to bear the credit risk of the loan. They are an adjustment to the cost of the loan to the borrower, supposed to be based on objective measures of risk.

Welcome to More Government Interference in Markets, Version 6,927,394.  This kind of crap was the genesis of the 2008 housing market crash.  Now we’re looking at economic illiterates in the Imperial City again doubling down on stupid.  I swear, it’s idiots all the way down.  Read the whole thing, and if it doesn’t piss you off, you probably aren’t really paying attention.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Chicago is committing suicide.

This should come as a surprise to no one.

The latest leftist fraud.

I’m glad to see Alaska helping with this effort.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Our schools continue to fail.

We’ve known this was coming for years, and nothing will be done.


Sour grapes from Netflix.

Grotesque is a major understatement.

This gets more and more embarrassing by the day.

Unconstitutional, evil and stupid.

“Disgraceful” doesn’t begin to cover it.

If by “deep bench” you mean “an astounding collection of incompetents,” then, yes.

When worn on the other foot, the shoe pinches.

Bottomless Pinocchios.

Probably not.

I would be curious to know more about this.

Inept hypocrisy, indeed.

This Week’s Idiots:

TikTok users are idiots.  Film at eleven.

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

When your target market is basically “BroDudes” and you go visibly woke in your marketing, you might be an idiot.

Rep. Cori Bush (Moron-MO) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

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

MSNBC’s Frank Figliuzzi is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer is an idiot.

Al Sharpton is and always has been a disgusting hustler.

Juan Williams continues his descent into nutballery.

Vox’s Ellen Ioanes is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen is an idiot.  Is it just me sensing this pattern every week?

OK, that’s all the stupid I can take this week.  I really do read these, you know.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Summertime is coming!

Those of us of a certain age remember acts like Mungo Jerry, who are probably best known for their 1970 hit In The Summertime.  Lead singer and writer Ray Dorset later claimed he wrote the song in ten minutes, and if you give it a listen, it’s not really an implausible claim.  Still, it’s a fun little tune, and still gets my toe tapping, even fifty-some years after I first heard it.  Oh, and Dorset rocks those big Seventies ‘burns.  Here it is – enjoy!


Animal’s Daily Absurdities News

Before we begin:  Check out the finale of Fire and Ice over at Glibertarians, and my Ninth Annual Commencement Speech has appeared again at the American Free News Network.

Now then:  National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in again, this time on the well-named Absurdities of Our Age; in a section on California’s fiscal stupidity he states:

How could a dysfunctional state like California even contemplate $800 billion in reparations?

The state currently faces a $31 billion annual deficit—and it’s climbing. The state’s $100 billion high-speed rail project is inert, a veritable Stonehenge of concrete monoliths without a foot of track laid down.

California’s income tax rates are already the highest in the nation. Its sales taxes, electricity rates, and gas taxes and prices are among the steepest in the country. And for what?

Crime, homelessness, and medieval decay characterize the once great downtowns of San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is now not safe to walk alone in any major California city after dark.

Shoplifting and smash-and-grab theft are no longer treated as real crimes. The result is the mass flight of brand stores from our downtowns and inner cities, with all the accustomed cries of “racism,” even as racist public prosecutors pick and choose whether to indict the arrested on the basis of race.

California infrastructure, once the best in the county, is now among the worst. Decaying and crowded freeways, inadequate water storage, and pot-holed streets are the new norm. Once robust gas, oil, mining, and timber industries are nearly inert.

The state’s public schools are dysfunctional. Once premier public universities are spiraling headlong into decline—junking scholastic tests for admissions, using illegal racial quotas to warp admissions, and institutionalizing racialized dorms and graduation ceremonies.

Read it all, obviously.

California, as I am wont to repeat endlessly, serves as an object lesson in the evils of one-party government (such examples are legion, but this is a relevant one at the moment) and every day they seem to descend farther and farther into lunacy.  Oh, and the Democrats are fond of pushing California Governor Gavin “Hair Gel” Newsom as a Presidential candidate, in case you were wondering how the occupants of the Imperial Mansion could go from bad to worse.

But Dr. Hanson has much more to discuss than California.  And he’s right in his assessment; the Imperial City is only a long step (maybe not that long) behind California in fiscal stupidity.  We have mortgaged our great-grandchildren’s futures, and history will rightly damn us for it.  Equal treatment under the law is a dead letter.  Congress has been using the Constitution for ass-wipe since about 1860.  The nation is “led” by a senile incompetent, and that faltering heartbeat is the only thing protecting us from having a cackling imbecile running the Executive Branch.

We could escape all this by returning government to within its Constitutionally defined limits.  But nobody – nobody – in either major party is putting this on the table, and granted, it would involve unpacking a hundred and fifty years of unconstitutional malfeasance.

So, where do we go from here?  Dr. Hanson doesn’t seem to  have an answer.  Neither do I.  We live in interesting times, True Believers.  Interesting times indeed.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You can tell it’s spring at last here in the Great Land when the sound of snow machine motors is replaced by ATV motors.

Our ATVs.

We don’t yet have a snow machine (in the 48 you call them snowmobiles) but we have two ATVs, a big six-seat Polaris Ranger for taking guests on tours, and a neat, agile little Polaris Sportsman that I mostly use for getting out in the woods after grouse or just indulging in one of my favorite activities – woods-bumming.  If you like the outdoors and live up here, one or both of these machines is a hell of a handy thing to have.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Florida Man rides again.

And in the end, we’ll go further and further into debt.

And nothing will come of this.

Sanctuary city, my ass.

Another one leaving Chicago.

Impossible.  IEDs are against the law.  And I’m pretty sure this is a no-IED zone.

Because they are ruled by morons.

Atlas is shrugging.

Just when you think you couldn’t get any more disgusted.

Senator Murphy:  Come on out here to the Susitna Valley and try to take our guns.  Let us know how that works out for you.

OK, is there anybody in this group who isn’t a Fed?

This isn’t a good sign.

“Missing?”  One wonders if cement overshoes are involved.

The red-pilling of Elon Musk continues apace.

Haw haw haw!

I’ll take my chances.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

Whoever thought this was a good idea is an idiot.

Minnesota is run by idiots.

An actual photo of Brian Stelter.

Brian Stelter is an idiot.  And a potato.

New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

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

Policies designed by morons result in epic cluster-fuck.  Film at eleven.

Slate’s Michael J. Socolow is an idiot.

How can you tell when Joe Biden is saying something stupid?  His lips are moving.  And again.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I love Japan.

This is Masayuki Suzuki, who does a lot of soundtracks for Japanese television and so forth, in addition to pure musical work.  I’m not sure what genre he falls under, but these two songs are from the soundtrack of an anime called Kaguya-sama:  Love is War, they’re kind of fun, and a little different than our usual servings.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Urban Renewal News

Before we begin, check out the latest chapter of Fire and Ice over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  CNN’s Nathaniel Meyersohn has decided to lecture us on the real reason stores are closing in big cities, and as you might expect from CNN, he’s full of shit:

Several forces are pushing chains out of some city centers: a glut of stores, people working from home, online shopping, exorbitant rents, crime and public safety concerns, and difficulty hiring workers.

To reinvent downtown retail, drastic changes may be required.

That means denser neighborhoods with a broader mix of affordable housing, experiential retail, restaurants, entertainment, parks and other amenities, which won’t happen overnight.

“Once [these cities] become true urban neighborhoods, then you will find retailing start to come back in different ways and forms,” said Terry Shook, a founding partner at consulting firm Shook Kelly.

How policymakers remake their downtowns — with retail as a crucial attraction — will be crucial to cities’ fiscal health and regional economies.

Hey, Nathaniel, here’s a thought:  How about we do something about the rampant, consequence-free shoplifting?  How about the rampant drug use, people overdosing on the sidewalks?  How about the tent cities lining city streets, the decrepit RVs parked all over?   How about the unhoused bums dropping trou and shitting on the sidewalks?  How about the open gang warfare in some neighborhoods?  Don’t those seem like more important tasks to take on than building “true urban neighborhoods?”

This piece of crap article is the very definition of fiddling while Rome – or Los Angeles, or San Francisco, or Detroit, or Baltimore – burns.  I’d offer more in rebuttal, but this clip has already summed this up very well.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Now then:  Budget shenanigans are not just limited to the Imperial City.  Even here in the Great Land, the second most taxpayer-friendly states according to Kiplinger, the state legislature doesn’t seem to be able to cut a budget deal.  Here’s what Alaska’s News Source has to say:

With the Alaska Legislature session quickly heading toward the 121-day mark, the House and Senate chambers are yet to pass a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It’s a looming deadline set to expire in less than a week.

In April the state House passed a budget featuring a $2,700 Permanent Fund Dividend payment for qualifying Alaskans, based in part on the so-called 50-50 plan, which splits a transfer from the permanent fund — one half for dividends and the other half for services.

According to Sen. Bert Stedman, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the House’s budget as it stands would create an $800 million deficit.

“The last thing we want to do is go out with a big bomb saying ‘Well here’s your great big check but you may not get one in five years,’” House Minority Rep. Alyse Galvin said during a press conference Wednesday. “We don’t want to go down that path because it’s just so irresponsible. We’re not looking at just get re-elected, we’re looking at the future of Alaska.”

You can see Alaska’s 2022 budget here.  A quick glance through that budget shows a lot of distributed interests that are probably legitimate items on which the state should spend taxpayer money; some, however, are not.  I think we could probably get along without spending a cool million on the “Clean Water Capitalization Grant Subsidy”, never mind almost six million on the “Drinking Water Capitalization Grant Subsidy.”  Although, I admit, I’m not terribly familiar with either of those programs, except that nobody from Juneau has ever come around our place inquiring as to how pure our well water is.

A lot of Alaskans are concerned as well as to what the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) payout will look like.  And that’s a valid concern; it’s a program that is required by state statute.  It’s not as big an issue for Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. than it may be for some lower-income folks, I admit, although we sure aren’t turning it down.

I haven’t gone through any of the issues in the proposed 2023 budget in any detail.  I probably will go through the final budget when it’s published.  Alaska’s fiscal woes concern plenty of folks here in the Great Land, but they’re pretty small beans compared to the fiscal lunacy in the Imperial City.  So we watch, we read, and when November comes, we vote accordingly.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Best headline of the year so far:  Giant phallus-shaped iceberg floating in Conception Bay surprises residents of Dildo, Canada.  Image from story:

Yes, it’s true, my sense of humor has not changed significantly since I was twelve years old.  On that subject I am not only unapologetic, I embrace it.

Now then…

On To the Links!

There’s a first time for everything.

This, however, is nothing new.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in.

I’m pretty sure cartels have control of a lot of the border now.

And everyone on the Left yawns.

To each according to his needs.

Tell him to demand in one hand, shit in the other, and see which hand fills up first.

That would be a mistake.

Dunning-Kruger rides again!

No.  No, he cannot.

We can hope.

Fuck off, slaver!

Don’t mess with Texas.

I love a happy ending.

Or, you could just mind your own damn business and leave me alone.

This Week’s Idiots:

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont goes full Commie.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

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

Natural Stupidity appointed to oversee Artificial Intelligence.

Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.  Sure, let’s just keep borrowing, and borrowing, and borrowing, world without end, amen.  What a dipshit.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

While I was a bit on the young side for most of Cream’s work, having older siblings exposed me to a lot of stuff from the late Sixties I may not have readily picked up on otherwise.  My older brother had several of Cream’s albums, and that combination of Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker produced some neat stuff.

I always thought their 1967 album Disraeli Gears had some good songs.  One of my favorites is the side 1 opening tune Strange Brew.  Hearing this song always takes me back to when I was a kid hanging out with my big brother.  Here, then, is that tune; enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Stupid Idea News

Before we start, check out the latest installment of Fire and Ice over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  California’s stupidity with “reparations” is still moving forward.  The San Francisco Gate tells us:

California’s reparations task force voted Saturday to approve recommendations on how the state may compensate and apologize to Black residents for generations of harm caused by discriminatory policies.

The nine-member committee, which first convened nearly two years ago, gave final approval at a meeting in Oakland to a hefty list of proposals that now go to state lawmakers to consider for reparations legislation.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who is cosponsoring a bill in Congress to study restitution proposals for African Americans, at the meeting called on states and the federal government to pass reparations legislation.

“Reparations are not only morally justifiable, but they have the potential to address longstanding racial disparities and inequalities,” Lee said.

First:  Barbara Lee is an idiot.  Second:  The entire country, let alone California, can’t afford to pay out what this convocation of fools is recommending.  Third:  There is no one alive today who was held in slavery in the United States or in any territory that is now part of the United States, nor is there anyone alive today who has held anyone in slavery in those places.

I owe nobody anything because of my Scots-Irish-German ancestry, and nobody is owed anything because of their African ancestry.  This whole discussion is stupid beyond words, and basing it on this parody of Original Sin – another concept I don’t accept – makes it even sillier.

Here’s an estimate of the cost, from that same article:

Some estimates from economists have projected that the state could owe upwards of $800 billion, or more than 2.5 times its annual budget, in reparations to Black people.

I’d bet a sawbuck that it would be more than that, but even that amount is insane.  And, at some point, some vestige of sanity will kick in and even the California legislature will have to give this whole idea a pass.

My question is, what happens then?  I can see two things happening:  Another “summer of love,” with looting and burning, and California’s Congressional delegation joining with the delegations of other blue states to demand that the Imperial government do something about this.

I’d like to think that the Imperial City hasn’t yet sunk so far into stupidity to even consider this idea, but recent events are making me skeptical.

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