Category Archives: Economics

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In the interest of better access to Alaska’s hunting and fishing grounds, Mrs. Animal and I have been looking for an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) to get us farther afield, faster.  Such are popular and, in some cases, near-indispensable for accessing good Alaska terrain.

Something like this.

Problem is, there isn’t much in the way of used inventory available.  So we bit the bullet and ordered a new 2022 Polaris ATV.  At least, as I reckon it, buying a new one and taking good care of it should ensure that it will last, well, as long as I’ll need it to.  We should have delivery of it in late August, just in time for hunting seasons.  Watch this space for narratives!

And so…

On To the Links!

I love a happy ending.

Fucking savages.

Well, this isn’t good.

Taxation is theft.

Why Democrats are losing.  Because they’re horribly out of touch and their policy positions are shit?

Wild boars are ransacking Rome.

Hybrid war – I guess it goes farther than electric war but not as far as gas-powered war?

We get $5/gallon gas, they get free Peloton memberships.

Maybe because of that “Latinx” horseshit.

Somalia?  Somalia?   Fucking Somalia?  What possible reason is there for even one U.S. soldier to be in Somalia?

Maybe so, but never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

How can you tell a politician is lying?  His lips are moving.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

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

The Nation’s Bryce Covert is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler (You can always count on MSNBC for idiots) is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jake Bittle is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1991, just after we got home from the General Schwarzkopf Traveling Road Show’s Highway of Death Tour, Mrs. Animal and I were able to catch one of America’s most famous concert events when we saw the Grateful Dead at the old Mile High Stadium in Denver.

It was a hell of a show.  As I recall we paid $17 for tickets.  Carlos Santana opened; he played for 90 minutes.  The Grateful Dead, backed up by Bruce Hornsby on keyboards and Branford Marsalis on sax, played for almost six hours. For comparison, I remember reading that same summer Michael Jackson did a show in Las Vegas.  Tickets started at $65 and he was actually on stage for less than an hour.

Here, then, from the live album Without a Net, recorded on that same tour, is the 16-minute epic Eyes of the World.  It’s probably my favorite Grateful Dead tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted (only yesterday in fact), spring comes late to the Great Land.  But we share a  harbinger of spring with most of the upper tier of the Forty-Eight, that being the return of our robins (Turdus migratorius).

Our robins have only been back for a week or so, and they’ll depart in mid-September, if last year was any gauge.  They’re mostly ground-feeders and depart about the time snow starts to fall.  We had them in our old digs in Colorado, too, but there they were year-round residents.

Here, they are again the sign of spring that they were in the northeast Iowa hills of my youth.  There’s one singing in the top of one of our big birch trees as I write this, and it’s nice to hear him; they have a cheery, pleasant song, and it’s a promise of warm, sunny days ahead.

Now then…

On To the Links!

I live in a free speech zone.  It’s called the United States of America.  Still, good for Georgia.

Maybe.  Maybe not.  The GOP hasn’t exactly been on fire about pursuing corruption.

WH Tacitly Endorses Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices.  I can’t add anything to that.

Biden speaks, a nation groans.  Yeah, with embarrassment.

Well, this wouldn’t be good.

This wouldn’t be good either.

Get woke, go broke.

Oh, rats!

Eleven corrupt speed-trap towns.  What assholes!

Dammit, Bill Maher, stop  making me agree with you!

Human brains were bigger 3,000 years ago.  No television, I’m guessing.

On de-extinction.  Good, I want to go mammoth hunting!

Phrases you never heard before:  “Mouse sperm hook.”

Mob secrets coming to light.

Groomer breakfast cereal?

This Week’s Idiots:

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

The Nation’s Sasha Abramsky is an idiot. 

The Nation’s Joan Walsh (I’m sensing a pattern here) is an idiot.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

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

New York Magazine’s David Klion is an idiot.

USA Today’s Richard Wolf is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Leber (I’m sensing another pattern here) is an idiot.

USA Today’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones (I’m sensing yet another pattern here) is an idiot.

Salon’s Chris Hedges is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In his eponymous 1980 album, Peter Gabriel had a number of good tunes, but one I’ve always found interesting is the song Games Without Frontiers. 

While this song is often described as an ‘anti-war’ song, and it is that, it seems to me to spend more verses poking fun at the whole world of international relations, not only war but also our attempts at diplomacy.

It’s an interesting listen, and the video – well, the video is very Eighties.  Here, check it out:

Rule Five Gas Prices Friday

I stumbled across this from The Heritage Foundation the other day, explaining how high gasoline prices appear to be the result of intentional acts on the part of the Imperial City.  Honestly, if you wanted to drive gas prices through the roof, what would you do differently?  Excerpt:

Throughout his presidential campaign, Biden promised to wage war on the U.S. energy industry. “I want you to look at my eyes,” he said. “I guarantee you. I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.” That’s pretty unequivocal. And his policies reflect that.

On his first day in the Oval Office, Biden pulled the plug on the Keystone XL pipeline and put a “temporary moratorium” on oil and gas activities in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve. A week later, he “paused” new oil and gas activities on federal lands and waters and set in motion an army of regulators to begin the process of restricting financing for, access to and use of conventional energy.

Also in January 2021, Biden formally recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Accords, the global carbon-reduction agreement that, if taken seriously, would cripple the U.S. oil industry and the entire economy—and do so without the consent of Americans’ representatives in the Senate. His nominee to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve famously argued that the central bank should restrict access to capital for energy companies—“a dying industry,” she called them—to punish them for their sins against the climate.

See what I mean?  From literally the very beginning, every action the Biden(‘s handlers) administration has increased energy costs.

But wait!  There’s more!

None of these choices was forced on the president. In every case, he intentionally sought policies and personnel who he knew would cut domestic production of and access to fossil fuels—even as the world’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic drove global demand for energy ever higher throughout 2021.

Nor could Biden have any doubt that his regulatory war on fossil fuels would, indeed, drive up the price of fossil fuels. In California, where successive progressive governors and legislatures have restricted drilling, mandated renewable fuels, capped carbon emissions, blocked new projects and hiked taxes, gas today costs not $4 per gallon, but $6. Gov. Gavin Newsom is developing a plan to ban the sale of internal combustion engines from the state altogether—even lawn mowers—no matter the inconvenience or expense.

These are the same kinds of laws that Biden and his team want to impose on the whole country—and with them, $6 gas prices.

Let’s be clear about one thing:  Laying this at President Biden’s feet is probably a tad unfair.  It’s become very clear in recent weeks that he has very little capacity to understand, much less direct, these actions.  He is little more than a mouthpiece for unelected persons behind the scenes who are, yes, very likely deliberately driving this agenda.  They reckon, after all, that it won’t affect them; they demonstrate here the same blindness that affects many in leftist movements, who always seem to have to learn the hard way that, when the glorious People’s Revolution comes, they won’t be the apparatchiks with the clipboards, but more likely the ones tied to posts looking at rifles from the wrong side.

Here’s the onion:

Politicians aren’t engineers or scientists. They can’t make renewable energy better and cheaper. But they can make oil and gas more expensive—ideally, so expensive that the “sustainable” energy sources they like seem comparably affordable.

The Biden energy agenda isn’t a conspiracy. It is an uncomplicated array of policies all aimed at one obvious goal—a goal that Biden himself, his party and the Left openly support. Anyone confused about why the president isn’t acting to lower gasoline prices in the near term and boost America’s energy production and infrastructure in the long term already have their answer.

The only problem Joe Biden sees with $4.23 gas is that it’s too low.

And that’s the crime behind the whole thing:  These people would be much happier with $6.00 gas.

There’s an apocryphal story about the Duke of Wellington, in which he rails against passenger railways, claiming they would “promote unrest by allowing the lower classes to move too freely about.”  What an asshole!  And that’s the same kind of attitude that’s driving this crap in the Imperial City today.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Casa de Animal, and we’ve got some busy weeks ahead.  Snow is still melting, but we’re starting to see patches of actual yard surface.  Getting hit by two major winter storms in February left a lot of snow on the ground even for south-central Alaska, and with the snow’s melting comes a lot of spring cleanup.

We’re also tilling up the garden plot and prepping the greenhouse for sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes and whatever else we can grow.  Right now, given the current state of national affairs, being as self-sufficient as possible just seems like a good idea.

If possible, True Believers, I suggest you do likewise.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Grafters gonna graft.

The New York Post belabors the obvious.

Welcome to the 1970s.

Why humans sleep less than other primates.  Interesting.

I’m not anxious to try Windows 11, and my big main computer is “not compatible,” but if you’re wondering how the roll-out is going, here’s where to find out.

DeSantis on Constitutional Carry in Florida.

Color me skeptical.

Imagine a Darwin Award for an entire state.

Sooner or later this kind of shit is going to explode.

Joe Manchin (D-WV) endorses a Republican.

It took a Carter to bring us a Reagan.

I’m your huckleberry.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Siva Vaidhyanathan is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Daniel Strauss is an idiot.

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

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

Brian Stelter (Repeat Offender Alert) is a potato, and an idiot.

CNN’s David Zurawik is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s C. Miller-Idriss is an idiot.

Biden deserves no respect, Juan, you idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of my favorite John Wayne movies for a number of reasons (at least one of which should be obvious) is the 1960 film North to Alaska, which also starred Stewart Granger and featured a great performance by Ernie Kovacs as Frankie Cannon, the slimy antagonist of the piece.  Check out the trailer:

One of the best bits of this film was the soundtrack, led off by Johnny Horton’s song of the same name, North to Alaska.  Here, then, is that song – enjoy!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Normally I would stick this in the “This Week’s Idiots” section, but the recent action of the Washington state legislature and government were so egregiously stupid that I felt the need to comment a little more.  What did they do?  They banned the word “marijuana.”  Why?  Because it’s racist, of course.  Excerpt:

“The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” Washington state Rep. Melanie Morgan claimed last year during testimony on the legislation she sponsored. “As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants.”

Uh huh.  Because no white people have ever smoked marijuana.  Honestly, this is Richter-scale stupid, right here.  You just can’t make this shit up.

And so…

On To the Links!

DeSantis punches Mickey in the face. 

Teflon Don.

Nothing will come of this.  Something should – we know it should – but it won’t.

Nothing will come of this, either.

How about “just do your damn job and be proud on your own time”?

Gosh, I wonder why?

Better chocolate through technology!

Who is pulling Joe Biden’s strings?  That’s something plenty of folks would like to know, because someone sure as hell is.

Super Gonorrhea!  Fortunately I’m in the lowest of low-risk groups.

Wait, swearing makes us stronger?  Fuck!

So, work camps?  Know who else set up work camps?

Open season.

French President Macron snubs President Biden(‘s handlers).  Is anyone still taking this guy’s calls?

This Week’s Idiots:

This Milwaukee school district is run by idiots.

USAToday’s Carli Pierson is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Smith is an idiot.

Fang Fang’s boy-toy Eric Swalwell is a liar, and an idiot.

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

Slate’s Jim Newell is an idiot.

Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

The Philly Inquirer’s Will Bunch is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of the most liberty-minded songs in rock & roll history is Charlie Daniel’s 1974 tune Long Haired Country Boy.  Consider the refrain:

‘Cause I ain’t askin’ nobody for nothin’,
If I can’t get it on my own.
If you don’t like the way I’m livin’,
You just leave this long haired country boy alone.

 Charlie Daniels had a long and distinguished career, bending away from rock and over to country as he aged.  He’s probably better known for The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Simple Man, as well as for his amazing work with a fiddle.  But Long Haired Country Boy is still my favorite bit of his long discography.  Here, then, is that fine old libertarian tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last week I finally filled a space in the gun safe that’s been empty a while, when I successfully bid on a Savage 24B-DL.  This is a neat little combination rifle/shotgun, sporting a .22WMR barrel over a 20 gauge shotgun barrel.  Just the thing for casual pokes through the woods for grouse and showshoe hares.

This is an early model of the 24, with nicer wood than the later models, not to mention a more robust frame-mounted selector.  I’ve already ordered a wide-angle, low-power scope to go on the rig, to better accommodate my aging optics, although it occurs to me that a peep sight would work well too.

I like the .22WMR over the more common .22LR in this gun, favoring as I do that little extra punch on big snowshoe hares or maybe, now and then, a sleek winter fox or pine marten.  I suspect this rig will see a lot of use in the Alaska woods – there’s a reason these old combo guns are very popular in the Great Land.

And so…

On To the Links!

Escape from LA II, Electric Boogaloo.

Well, this is encouraging.

Down, down, down, down.

Up, up, up, up.

Cool bit of speculation:  What might aliens look like?

LA keeps getting worse.

Ben Franklin’s greatest invention.

Time Crystals. 

Nigel Farage asks a damn good question.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Bawk bawk.

Heck’s Angels.

It seems archery was vital to the survival of our ancestors. 

China seeks Earth 2.0.

A (Trump-appointed) Federal judge has struck down the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s travel mask mandate.  And the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has caved.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.  Double dose of Krugman idiocy this week.

The Guardian’s Thomas Zimmer is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

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

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

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

MSNBC’s (I’m sensing a pattern here) Ja’han Jones is an idiot. 

Maureen Dowd is feeling the Bern – and embracing the idiocy.

The Seattle Times’ Clyde Ford is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Heilweil is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Some songs have popular covers that are better (well, that I like better) that the originals.  Aerosmith did Come Together better than the Beatles, as Joe Cocker did the best version of A Little Help From My Friends.

Another example is Grand Funk Railroad’s version of The Loco-Motion.  While “Little Eva” Boyd did it first, in 1962, and did it pretty damn well, I still like Grand Funk Railroad’s 1974 version better.  And so, without further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Tax Day News

Before we start, check out Part 3 of The Deal over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  Yesterday was tax day.  Our taxes were filed in February, Mrs. Animal being very efficient and a master at making sure we pay every penny we are required by law to pay, and not one penny more.  But not every family has a Mrs. Animal with her uncanny ability to navigate the complications of filing not only our personal taxes but the also to find her way through the Byzantine corridors of filing for a small LLC.  Most folks have to have professional help, and that costs a lot of money.  Excerpt:

Filing taxes this year is expected to cost taxpayers and businesses about 6.5 billion hours at a cost of $210 billion, a staggering — and record — paperwork burden.

With the deadline to file coming Monday, rules and regulations involved in filling out taxes are choking the nation like never before, according to an analysis by Dan Bosch, the director of regulatory policy for American Action Forum.

“Costs grew dramatically from 2021 to 2022, topping $200 billion for the first time. The $18.4 billion increase is the biggest year-over-year change since 2018, when costs exceeded 2017 levels by $24.3 billion,” said Bosch’s report, Tracker: The Cost of Tax Paperwork.

Here’s the fun bit:

While it wasn’t in his report, Bosch told us that costs to individuals for preparing tax returns were high. “The average tax filer spends $242.96 and 12.5 hours on their return each year,” he said.

Multiply that by the number of individuals filing income tax in the United States today.

This shit just isn’t funny.  It’s a horrible drain on our citizenry, and is criminally complex.  Why?  Because for some time now, the tax code has been a vehicle for rewarding some groups, punishing others, and picking winners and losers in the economy.  Not surprisingly, I have some thoughts on how to fix this.

  1. Eliminate withholding.  Everyone, every quarter, has to send money to the IRS.
  2. Eliminate “progressive” taxation.  Implement a single-rate flat tax with no exemptions or deductions for individuals.  Everyone pays something.
  3. I’d be willing to consider exempting the first, oh, $40k from taxation, if that’s what it took to get it done – in return, I’d want major welfare reform, to include lifetime limits and severe restrictions on how public aid is delivered – no more open-ended debit cards.

Who am I kidding, you ask?  Well, sure, in the existing political environment, none of this will happen.  There’s no way either major party will vote to give away the power they now hold.  The power to tax is the power to destroy, and both parties are, honestly, too damn anxious to hold on to that power.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Spring is coming to the Great Land, surrounding us with melting snow, swelling buds on the birches, swans flying overhead and mornings full of birdsong.  Meanwhile, down south, California’s decline continues apace.  Excerpt:

Once among the most egalitarian regions in the country, Silicon Valley has become among the most segregated places in the country. CityLab has described the technology hub as “a region of segregated innovation,” a trend becoming more pronounced, according to recent research. Silicon Valley now boasts its own underclass of those who clean its buildings and provide food service. Nearly 30 percent of its residents rely on public or private financial assistance.

Similarly, according to the Brookings Institution, San Francisco, the technology industry’s most important urban center, has experienced the most rapid growth in inequality among the nation’s large cities in the last decade. The California Budget and Policy Center has named the city first in California for economic inequality; the average income of the top one percent of households in the city averages $3.6 million, forty-four times the average income of the bottom 99 percent, which stands at $81,094 in a city and state with a high cost of living.

The situation is worse elsewhere in the state. Over the past decade more than 80 percent of California jobs paid under the median income, and most under $40,000 annually, a poverty wage in California. Worse yet, as demonstrated in our analysis, California lags all peer competitors – Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Nevada, Washington and Colorado – in creating high wage jobs in fields like business and professional services, as even tech growth begins to shift elsewhere.

The biggest losers in California have been those industries that historically provided the best opportunities for working-class people – manufacturing, construction, energy – as well as agriculture, the state’s historic economic powerhouse. On a per capita basis, California builds only a fraction of the housing compared to its main rivals, while corporate new investment, suggests a new Hoover Institution study, has shriveled to a rate one-tenth Texas and one-sixteenth that of Ohio.

California does have some great scenery.

This should, of course, come as a surprise to no one who has been paying attention for the last couple of decades.  I’ve worked in California, have spent a lot of time in the Los Angeles and Bay areas, even maintaining second residences in those places for some time.  In 2017, I spent the entire year working in Silicon Valley, and maintained a one-bedroom furnished apartment, for all 800 square feet of which I paid a bit over five grand a month.  Ten years earlier I leased a similar residence for eighteen months in the north end of the LA area (Valencia) for about three and a half K a month.

That’s just crazy.

I can see why California appealed to people at the outset.  The country is pretty, the weather is salubrious, and the state offers space from mountain to beachfront to desert.  But the lunatics running that state have driven it into the ground – and the next generation will only see things made worse.

As was once said about South Carolina, California is too small to make a nation and too big to make an insane asylum.  But the lunatics are nevertheless in charge.

 

Animal’s Daily Stupid Idea News

At least California has some decent scenery.

It seems California’s campaign to drive every productive business out of the state is kicking into high gear.  Excerpt:

A proposed bill winding its way through the state Legislature could make California the first state in the nation to reduce its workweek to four days for a large swath of workers.

The bill, AB 2932, would change the definition of a workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours for companies with more than 500 employees. A full workday would remain at eight hours, and employers would be required to provide overtime pay for employees working longer than four full days.

The bill was authored by Assembly Members Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Evan Low (D-San Jose). At the federal level, a bill by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) is pushing for similar changes under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Reached by phone Friday, Garcia said the idea was prompted in part by the exodus of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom were seeking a better quality of life. More than 47 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We’ve had a five-day workweek since the Industrial Revolution,” Garcia said, “but we’ve had a lot of progress in society, and we’ve had a lot of advancements. I think the pandemic right now allows us the opportunity to rethink things, to reimagine things.”

Here’s the quote that takes the stupid cake:

Garcia and other proponents say a four-day workweek would lead to an increase in productivity and profits, and point to case studies already underway in Iceland and at companies such as Kickstarter. (The Times’ editorial board in September argued that the concept was worth a try.)

Of course, The Times‘ editorial board is staffed with economic illiterates and idiots.

Garcia’s quote, of course, is just hot air – she has no idea, not even the glimmering of one, of what effect this law would have.  But that doesn’t matter, not a bit.  And why?  Because California does not exist in a vacuum.

If Nevada and Arizona are even half-way on the ball, they’ll be running ads enticing every business owner currently operating in ever-more-loony Californey to relocate.  And a fair number of them will – Garcia’s information-free, unsupported assertions notwithstanding.  This law will be (rightly) seen as an unreasonable burden on business, and all they have to do to duck it is to open their facilities in a state that is more business-friendly.  Which is to say, almost anywhere in the USA.  Except maybe New York and New Jersey.

Of course, if private companies (see Kickstarter, above) want to do this voluntarily, cool, more power to them.  Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t.  But that calculus should not be a part of deciding government coercion.

Honestly, if you were trying to drive every productive citizen out of California, what would you do differently?

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

For some time now, I’ve been looking for a compact lever-action carbine in .45 Colt, to go along with my pair of revolvers in that round.  Wanting a lightweight, slim piece that’s easily portable while woods-loafing, I’ve been looking at the various 1892 Winchester clones out there.  The company that calls itself Winchester nowadays makes one, as does the Brazilian manufacturer Rossi, but both of those are marred with extraneous (and ugly) external safeties.  As I have always held that a gun with an external hammer requires no added safety – and in any case, the only safety a shooter can really rely on is the one under his hat – I’ve been looking at the various clones offered by Uberti and Chiappi, which are made with more care to the original plans.

Chiappi’s 1860 Spencer

Then I had a chance to look over one of Chiappi’s replicas of the 1860 Spencer carbine, likewise modified to shoot the .45 Colt.  It’s a neat little thing, a little different in operation than ‘traditional’ lever guns, as it is fed by a tube magazine in the stock and the side-mounted hammer must be manually cocked for each shot.  But it’s a little different and unusual, and being a little different and unusual myself, I kind of like it.  So I’m focusing my efforts on those at the moment.  Watch this space for more.

And so…

On To the Links!

Peppermint Patty Psaki leaving the Imperial Mansion for MSNBC.  She’ll no doubt double their viewership – from two to four!

Why Have Female Animals Evolved Such Wild Genitals?  I literally, figuratively and in all other ways have nothing to add to that.

They should, but they probably won’t.

No shit, Sherlock.

Sounds like a good idea to me.  Everyone should have some skin in the game.  Alternative idea:  You don’t pay taxes, you don’t vote.

Documenting the ongoing disintegration of New York City.

Rats continue to flee this sinking ship.

Sarah Palin gains a key endorsement.

Colonel Schlichter documents the Dems stepping on a series of rakes.  Best line:

The Democrat’s 2022 congressional polls are dire, with numbers as foul as the interior of Eric Swalwell’s Prius on the way home from a chili cook-off at Fang Fang’s condo. And the Democrats refuse to crack a window. They are hotboxing a Republican wave so mighty that even the Republicans can’t screw it up. 

These people should be prosecuted, but we all know they won’t be.

H.R. 7366. A bill to ban the imposition of any State or local liability insurance, tax, or user fee requirement for firearm or ammunition ownership or commerce; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.  But we all know it’s not going anywhere.

I wish I could say this was a surprise.  Maybe we’ll succeed in ditching Murkowski this year.

These people should be prosecuted, but we all know they won’t be.

“Amy Schumer” and “funny” are two words that should never be used in the same sentence.

I’ll start believing climate change is a crisis when the people who keep telling me climate change is a crisis start acting like climate change is a crisis.

This Week’s Idiots:

Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world!

Predictably, Gov. Newsom reacts with an idiotic irrelevancy.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board is evidently a raft of idiots.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi is an idiot.

Slate’s Fanilla Cheng & Yuliya Panfil are both idiots.

Juan Williams continues his sad decline into idiocy.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is an idiot.

Peppermint Patty Psaki runs cover for idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve presented this before, probably more than once, but it bears repeating.  Hank Williams Jr.’s A Country Boy Can Survive has always been an elegy for those of us who live the rural lifestyle, and probably always will be.  The dazzling urbanites (yes, that’s sarcasm, as well as a Blazing Saddles reference) may not understand it, but they don’t have to, just as I don’t have to understand why anyone would choose to live in the hellholes that our major cities are becoming.  But if bad becomes worse, my money’s on rural and small-town folks coming through it better than the urbanites, because as Bocephus puts it:

Because you can’t starve us out,
And you can’t make us run,
‘Cause we’re them old boys raised on shotgun.

Boy howdy.  Here he is.  Enjoy.