Category Archives: Economics

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.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I like Lauren Southern.  She’s sharp, she’s savvy, and her looks certainly don’t hurt her any.  But recently, she released a video where she questions ‘veganism’ with a staffer of hers, and she leaves the best rebuttal just laying on the table.  Here’s the video:

Early on, the vegan crew member claims he follows his diet due to a libertarian principle – the non-aggression principle.  That’s a canard – the NAP involves dealing with other people, and all it states that it is incorrect to initiate the use of force, but not to respond to it with force in kind.

But that’s not the point.  The staffer makes the inevitable vegan assertion that his diet causes ‘less harm’ than a diet that includes meat, i.e. Ms. Southern’s diet.  Given this assertion, I would respond as follows:

“All right.  Let’s examine your assertion.  You are claiming your diet causes less harm to animals than mine.  OK.  So your diet has a level of harm to animals involved – let’s call that value A.  My diet likewise has a level of harm to animals – let’s call that value B.  Now you are asserting that A<B.  To establish this, you have to produce values for A and B.  And, you have to include all sources of harm, including animals killed in the processes of growing, harvesting and transporting your food.  So, go.  Show your work.”

That rarely fails to leave the ‘ethical’ vegans stuttering.

And so…

On To the Links!

Feed the world…  breadfruit?  Yeah, I’ll stick with cheeseburgers.

Har har har!

Cripple Fight!

Germany is committing national suicide.

The bill always comes due.

This headline is a massive understatement.

I love a happy ending.

No shit, Sherlock.

Bill Maher keeps making these warnings to the Left, and is increasingly going unheeded.

Robert Stacy McCain on ‘good’ schools.

DeSantis 2024!

Maybe we will be able to dump Murkowski.

Are they any good to eat?

Two million.  In one year.

This Week’s Idiots:

Lindsey Graham is fucking up.

Politico’s Jack Shafer is an idiot.

The NY Times’ Farhad Manjoo is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this week he doubles down on idiocy.

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

Alexandria Occasional Cortex has been and remains an idiot.

MSNBC’s Nayyera Haq is an idiot.

The Denver City Council are all idiots.

USAT’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Grio’s Olayemi Olurin is an idiot.

The “Park Slope Panthers” are apparently all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the early Eighties, the genre of “tech-rock” began to surface, inspired by acts like Devo and the Talking Heads.  I didn’t much care for Devo, as they struck me as kind of a one-trick pony.  I did kind of enjoy the Talking Heads, though.

Their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues was pretty good, and my favorite of that disk was the single Burning Down the House.  There was, of course, a typically early-Eighties music video to go along with the song, and here it is – enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Inflation/Recession News

Before we get into it, check out the first installment of a new fiction series over at Glibertarians!

Moving right along:  Listen to investor/businessman Charlie Munger on the current economic situation.  It may be one of the most thought-provoking things you’ll see this week.  Maybe this month.

Take a look at that lead-in:  “Most people will lose everything.”  Personally most of our resources are in land and equipment, but both Mrs. Animal and I do have investment accounts, and what this video predicts is alarming:

Some of us (like me) are old enough to remember the recession of 1981-82.  Paul Volcker hammered interest rates up high enough to drive down inflation, and it hurt; President Reagan took a lot of heat for the economy early in his first term, but by fall of 1984 things had turned around enough to give the Gipper a 49-state landslide re-election.

This time?  Mr. Munger is afraid it will be worse this time.  And I’m leaning towards being convinced he’s right.

Watch the video.  Think it over.  Discuss in comments.  Personally, I’m keeping a good supply of precious metals (brass and lead) on hand.  If nothing else, Mrs. Animal and I will be able to eat; there are plenty of moose and other game around hereabouts.

The major cities won’t be so lucky.

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 Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Watch this:

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is an American treasure, and he has more intellectual power on his worst day than either Joe Biden or Heels-Up Harris ever did on the best day they ever lived.  In this clip, he lays out something I’ve been saying for years, only Dr. Hanson does it far more eloquently – and he brings receipts.  Give it a listen.  It’s worth fourteen minutes of your day.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Yeah, he’s running.

Get woke, go broke – the streaming services adjust.

Here we go again.

Arizona, doing the jobs the Imperial City is supposed to do but won’t.

Beef – it’s what’s for dinner.

Abolish the FBI.  Yeah, I think we’ve likely come to that point.

Robot dogs.

Do the elites want to stave us to death?

That’s actually racist.

Good guy with gun.

No shit, Sherlock.

Probably not.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

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

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

The New Republic’s Jason Linkins is an idiot.

Dan Goldman is an idiot.

Vox’s Rachel Cohen is an idiot.

This idiot fails to understand:  We want the (un)civil service gutted.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of the most talented songwriters and performers of the Seventies was Carly Simon, best known for tunes like Anticipation and You’re so Vain.  But one of my favorites of her work is the 1971 tune That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be, from her debut album Carly Simon.  I enjoy the song in spite of its rather pessimistic outlook on marriage, which I don’t share; my parents enjoyed a happy marriage for 71 years, and while my first marriage ended after only six years, I have been married to my own dear Mrs. Animal for over thirty years and we couldn’t be happier.

Anyway – I still really enjoy this song, and Carly Simon’s vocals.  Here is a live performance, again from 1971, in which Carly Simon shows eloquently how beauty and talent can go together.  And you know what’s great?  Look at that audience.  No cell phones held up, no heads turned down towards their little screens, just a lot of people watching the show.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Ruffed Grouse

Note:  We’ll talk more about the Mar-A-Lago raid in tomorrow’s post.  I’ve been reading about the incident and its implications, and I have some thoughts.

Now then:   Alaska grouse season, at least here in our game management unit, opens today.  I probably won’t get out until the weekend, but boy howdy am I ever ready to get after them.

Willow Ptarmigan.

We have several kinds of grouse.  Hereabouts we have Spruce Grouse and Ruffed Grouse.  The limit is fifteen birds per day (!) of which no more than two may be ruffies.  Up north there are Sharptail Grouse, and down on the panhandle we have Dusky Grouse, the same toothsome birds I hunted back in Colorado.  At higher elevations and farther north we have three kinds of ptarmigan:  Willow, Rock and White-Tailed.

If I never hunted anything but birds up here, I’d never get bored.  And I have no notion of limiting myself to birds.

And so…

On To the Links!

Oh please please please pretty please.

Show me in the Constitution where the Imperial government is allowed to do this.

The best whiskeys to drink this August.  Kind of partial to Pendleton, myself.

Fuck Around and Find Out II, Electric Boogaloo.

It’s open season on gun laws.  Good.

Shots fired in Mall of the Americas – outside the Nike store?  Hmm.

We can hope. 

I’m a big fan of the DeSantis 2024 idea.  Every day, more and more.

But, yeah, Trump’s running again.

This kid has a bright future.

As jokes go, this was the wurst.

This is some banana republic shit right here.

What could possibly go wrong?

This Week’s Idiots:

The Hill’s Michael Starr Hopkins is an idiot.

She seems nice.

Hypocrites and idiots.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  Related:  The Atlantic’s Tom Nichols is an idiot.  To clarify:  Brittney Griner is not a “political prisoner.”  She is an idiot, who brought an illegal substance into a sovereign nation.  We lock up people who do that here, too.

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

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve always kind of liked Miranda Lambert.  While later in her career she cultivated kind of a “outlaw country” vibe, earlier on her songs were a little more peppy and upbeat, but still with an authentic country feel.

One of my favorites is New Strings, from her 2005 album Kerosene.  It’s a lively tune, enjoyable and optimistic, and one senses, maybe a little autobiographical.  Here, then, is the official video for that song.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’m thinking of bear hunting.

Specifically, I’m thinking of hunting a certain area about sixty miles north of here, where a walk-in-only trail system leads down to the brushy banks of the Chulitna River.  The problem is, it’s really brushy.  The few people I’ve talked to familiar with this particular area have said that both blacks and griz are abundant in the area, and that you may well smell them before you hear them.  So, I’m thinking the BullWhacker (Marlin 1895G, .45-70) is in order.  The BullWhacker has been customized with a large lever loop, ghost ring sights and a forward-mounted IER scope – colloquially known as a “Scout Scope.”  Seems like the appropriate piece for sneaking through dense brush after big, tough, toothy critters at short range.  Thoughts?

Now that I’ve placed that before you all…

On To the Links!

“We’ve really got him this time!”

City of Broken Windows.

Yes, nuclear is the key to our future.  I’ve been saying this for years.

What would you do?  Granted state lotteries are essentially a tax on stupidity for the most part, but there’s probably no  harm in spending a couple of bucks for the chance to fantasize about what you’d do if you got a few hundred million bucks dropped in your lap.

What could possibly go wrong?

“Please, B’rer Fox, don’t throw me in that there briar patch!”

They’ll want to tighten security on this find.  Contact Chief Inspector Clouseau immediately!

“Heterosexual men seeking to introduce themselves to women should be direct and maybe even a tad vulnerable, while heterosexual women approaching men can essentially say anything they want. “  No shit, Sherlock.

Nothing can fix Twitter.

DeBlasio already did that job for you, you Bronze Age assholes.

Tulsi Gabbard is a sane Democrat, which is like finding a unicorn these days.

When seconds count, the cops are only hours away.

Watch your taxes go up.

GEICO bails on California.

I love a  happy ending.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

Yes, you idiot, that means we’re in a recession.

USAToday‘s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Joy Reid (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem (I’m sensing a pattern here) is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

California is run by idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Mrs. Animal and I have seen the Blue Man Group twice, once at their regular venue in Las Vegas, and once at their traveling show in Denver.  On that latter show they shared the stage with VenusHum, a ‘synth-pop’ band that saw some success in the early Aughts.

We saw this song on the traveling show; it was later released on the Blue Man Group’s 2003 album The Complex, and it’s probably the best cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love ever done; to tell the truth, I prefer it to the original.  Anyway, here; make up your own mind, and feel free to let us know in the comments.

Rule Five Oil Bonanza Friday

This is interesting:  There have been some big oil discoveries in the Caribbean; MasterResource’s Vijay Jayaraj has the news.  This will affect global energy prices, but here in the U.S., we may still have some other problems.  Excerpt:

The poverty-stricken Caribbean countries of Guyana and Suriname have hit the jackpot with the discovery of huge offshore oil reserves that are on track to produce revenue for decades.

Opposition from the United Nations and other anti-hydrocarbon entities might hamper the pace of production but won’t stop it. The global need for more crude is too great, and the economic situation of the two South American nations is too dire.

Suriname has been experiencing double-digit inflation for a while now (35 percent in 2020). The inflation rate is now above 50 percent due to the ongoing global energy crunch. Suriname’s economy shrank by 3.5% in 2021. Guyana’s economy is in a similar situation, with 40 percent of Guyana’s 800,000 living in poverty.

All this could change now, thanks to the oil discovery.

Equatorial Guyana and Suriname—situated side-by-side and bounded by the equator and Atlantic Ocean — have combined oil reserves estimated to be 17 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Together this represents the world’s largest oil discovery in the last two decades. Some call it the “the most promising oil discovery hotspot on earth.” Others say it is “the most exciting oil frontier on earth.” In addition, there are gas reserves of more than 30 trillion cubic feet.

That’s great news, but there’s a stumbling block:

The biggest hurdle to the extraction of these reserves could come from lack of capital. Both Suriname and Guyana have an “underdeveloped capital market with limited financing options” for new projects.  These nations will be under severe financial stress if the international climate-industrial complex takes a strong stand against their extraction plans and their own governments acquiesce.

In summary:  The wealthy developed nations of the world wil go RHEEEEE at the very idea of impoverished Third World nations lifting themselves out of poverty by developing their own natural resources, and the USA will likely lead the pack, at least as long as loony “green” activists and the Democrat Party hold any influence at all.  And even if Guyana and Suriname tell the wealthy developed nations to get stuffed and proceed with development, those same self-absorbed First World nations may well clamp down on possible sources of capital.  In the article, Guyana’s President is making noises about inviting the Saudis to invest.

There’s a lot of money to be made here, and it’s a fair bet that most of the developed world’s capital investors won’t be making any of that money, and that will make if harder for Guyana and Suriname to develop these resources and, by the way, lift many if not all of their citizens out of poverty.  Because it’s an inevitable law of nature and economics that growth is dependent on cheap and abundant energy, and these two nations are set to start supplying a lot of that.

Vijay Jayaraj concludes:

This will prove to be a win-win for global supply and the development of local economies. “Suriname’s nascent oil boom is gaining momentum” and will deliver a “significant fiscal and economic windfall,” says Matthew Smith at Oilprice.com,

“Guyana will materialize as a leading global oil exporter with its petroleum output far exceeding domestic demand, while government coffers will swell with annual income expected to be over $10 billion annually in less than a decade,” he says.

The ability of Guyana and Suriname—and their right—to develop economically by utilizing their oil reserves should not be impeded by the climate-frenzied.

We can hope.  And we can hope that this will drive down global oil prices, oil being a highly fungible commodity, and we can hope that this will have a positive effect on the USA’s energy picture – and maybe undo a little of the damage the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has done.  I’d prefer to get back to our Trump-era energy independence, but that will take a little more effort, not to mention a few honest elections.

Animal’s Daily Own Nothing News

Issues & Insights is fast becoming one of my favorite daily reads.  Here’s a bit that illustrates why,  ‘You Will Own Nothing, And Like It’ — The Real ‘Clean Energy’ Future, from their actual by-gosh editorial board.  Excerpt:

“We’re going to build a different future with one — one with clean energy, good-paying jobs.”

That was President Joe Biden talking about the climate “crisis” and how it “is literally an existential threat to our nation and to the world.”

Right about the time Biden was giving this speech, the World Economic Forum painted a picture of what Biden’s future would look like.

Suffice it to say, if you like socialism, you’ll love it. Because it involves a radical transformation of our economy that brings the end of private ownership of things like cars, phones, laptops, and other electronic devices.

The WEF article begins by admitting something that the left usually refuses to acknowledge: There aren’t enough metals around to power everything with “clean energy.”

“This transition from fossil fuels to renewables will need large supplies of critical metals such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, to name a few. Shortages of these critical minerals could raise the costs of clean energy technologies,” writes Winnie Yeh, the World Economic Forum’s head of responsible sourcing.

Let me just go on record here by saying, “Fuck the World Economic Forum, and the horse they rode in on.”  But wait!  There’s more!

Just how large a supply is she talking about? Even assuming that all the metals in use today are recycled, the World Bank estimates that the production of these minerals would have to increase roughly 500% by 2050 to meet the demand for “clean energy” technologies.

That means massively mining the stuff, which as we’ve pointed out repeatedly in this space, is hugely damaging to the environment — and far, far more damaging than drilling for oil.

“Mining has been called the ‘blind spot’ of the green energy transition,” Yeh writes. “On land, it has been associated with biodiversity loss, overuse of water resources, tailings waste, labor, and geopolitical issues.”

The stuff also can be mined from the ocean, but more than 100 environmental groups are opposed to deep-sea mining and more than 653 marine science and policy experts from over 44 countries have called for a moratorium on it because of the harm it would cause.  

So, if raping the earth and ravaging the seas to get the minerals needed for “clean energy” are off the table, what’s left?

Well, I’m guessing, since you’re here reading these virtual pages, you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s left – your standard of living, and my standard of living, and everyone else’s standards of living.  Here’s the onion:

Just get everyone to give up ownership of their cars, cell phones, and other stuff that needs power to operate. If we all shared the stuff, we’d need less of it.

“More sharing can reduce ownership of idle equipment and thus material usage,” Yeh says.

Other leftists have been singing the same song. Late last year, a transport minister in the United Kingdom declared that we had to move away from “20th-century thinking centered around private vehicle ownership and towards greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport.”

Of course, getting people to give up their cars for the “good of the planet” won’t be easy.

OK, I’m just going to speak for myself and Mrs. Animal here, but were we posed with this question by this Winnie Yeh asshole, my reply would be this: “We live in rural Alaska.  How the hell are we supposed to ‘share’ our vehicles?  How about our ATV?  Boat?  Should I ‘share’ my tractor, that I use to mow, move stuff around, till the garden plot and clear snow in winter?  Should I ‘share’ all my equipment?  With whom?”

I suspect that answer should be that I should give up my rural lifestyle and move into some rabbit warren of a city.  Well, if they want to drag Mrs. Animal and me out of our home back in the woods and into some city – even Anchorage – they are going to have to come a-shootin’, because we aren’t leaving.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It seems a new bridge has opened in the Los Angeles area, and much like a new proctologist’s office, it quickly started attracting assholes.  Specifically:

The 6th Street Bridge is a downtown Los Angeles viaduct that connects the Arts District and Boyle Heights. It’s been open less than two weeks and has been plagued by “street takeovers,” vandalism, drag racing, and criminal activity. The police have been forced to shut the bridge down twice, including Saturday evening as mobs threatened to get out of control.

Yeah.  Our major cities are pretty much hosed.  Remind me, who’s in charge in all these big cities that are experiencing meltdowns?

As for the assholes, maybe Napoleon had a point, and a “whiff of grapeshot” is in order here.

And now:

On To the Links!

Aww, too bad.

Where are the parents?  Well, Big Daddy Government removed any real need for fathers, so there’s half the problem.

How to erode the world’s greatest military.

Paul Pelosi’s graft spurs call for ban on insider trading.  “Rules for thee, not for me” is the operating assumption in the Imperial City now; it’s past time that stopped.

Kamala “Heels-Up” Harris richly deserves mocking, but honestly, I can’t take seriously some horse’s ass who calls himself “Charlamagne Tha God.”

Is our NATO membership really necessary?

Good guys with guns.

Heh heh heh.

Revenge?  No.  Accountability?  Yes.

Yo quiero Taco Bell.

We can hope.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos is an idiot.

New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Jackie Calmes is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Jessica Glenza is hysterical, and an idiot.

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

Juan Williams is an idiot.

Tallahassee attorney Bob Reid is an idiot.

Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin is an idiot.

Gabby Giffords is full of more shit than a Christmas goose.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I have many fond memories of Ray Stevens’ unique comedy music over the years.  He immortalized fads such as streaking (The Streak) television adventure drama (Along Came Jones) and service organizations (Shriner’s Convention.)

 One of my favorites, though, takes a few gentle pokes at small-town churches.  That song would be The Mississippi Squirrel Revival.  Here’s the official video.  Enjoy.