Category Archives: Education

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

An indubitable sign of spring only Monday past, as our juncos have returned.  Dark-Eyed Juncos are somewhat migratory; they stay rather late in the fall and are usually the first migratory birds to return in spring.

Junco.

It’s interesting.  In all the years I lived in the city, I paid only nominal attention to the turn of the seasons.  Since returning to a rural lifestyle, I’ve become much more aware of the great circle the year makes, not just with the weather but with the creatures around us.  Soon the robins will return, then the swallows, the sandhill cranes will be overhead on their way to Arctic nesting grounds, and we’ll be in the full bloom of our short, mild, beautiful Alaskan summer.

And so…

On To the Links!

Brits go full retard.  Never go full retard.

24 months of pay cuts.

Just blame the dog.

What minds?

Will Disney lose another one to DeSantis?

Oh, now she’s alarmed?

President(ish) Biden says he’s known for two things.  That’s true:  Stupidity and senility.

Bring it, asshole.  Fuck around and find out.

Let’s face it, equal treatment under the law is long gone.

Whatever happened to “disperse or you will be fired upon”?

This is one of the most Alaska things that can happen.

Bill Maher finds another acorn.  I don’t often agree with the guy, but lately he’s been making some good points.

Colonel Schlichter:  Playing by the rules is for suckers.  He may be right.

Is Trump imploding?  It’s beginning to look that way.

More fuss over Cleopatra’s skin color.  If only there were some contemporary depictions we could look at!  Oh, wait:

San Francisco Target store locks up its entire inventory.

This should be fun to watch.

A desiccated old weirdo runs for President.

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Jarvis DeBerry is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Janai Nelson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Katelyn Burns is an idiot.

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

I’m sensing a pattern here.

USAToday’s Rex Huppke is an idiot.  Wait, USAToday is still a thing?  Who knew?

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

OK, plenty of folks have been saying that it’s time for the political Right to start playing hardball, me among them.  (This is relevant, I promise.)  Too many in the GOP seem to be worried more about continued invites to Georgetown cocktail parties than adhering to what are supposed to be ‘conservative’ principals – much less, you know, promoting actual liberty.

If they want some inspiration, they should tune in to the 1975 Nazereth tune Hair of the Dog.  The refrain includes:

Now you’re messin’ with a
A son of a bitch.
Now you’re messin’ with a son of a bitch.

The Right could learn a thing or two from that.  I think they need a few more sons of bitches in the Imperial City – and yes, I think that was part of Donald Trump’s appeal.  Here, then, is that tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Threat Assessment News

Before I get into today’s piece; I’m now a contributor over at American Free News Network.  Check out my first piece for them, and of course look at all their great content!

Now then:  Newt Gingrich has an interesting piece on what threats face the United States today.  Here’s the one that concerns me:

Almost every big city has schools in which no students perform at grade level. This is a function of ideology, unionization, and bureaucracy. These school systems spend huge amounts of money. Baltimore City spends more than $23,000 per student and has 23 schools in which no students are proficient in math. New York City is in a similar boat and plans to spend $38,000 per student next year – with no stated measures of improvement in student achievement. Adding money to failing schools does not educate children. Without a transformation in our educational achievements, we can’t possibly compete in the world that is emerging.

Mr. Gingrich lists several other possible upcoming threats to the well-being of our country, but it seems to me that the failure of our educational system is at the base of everything else.  Our education system, beginning to end, is no longer (with a few exceptions) a system for producing capable young adults with marketable skills, but rather a system of socialist and “woke” indoctrination, then none of the other problems may be solved no matter how much ink is spilled proposing solutions.

The Imperial Department of Education has been a failure from Day One.  Our system of government education has failed.  It’s time to try something new.  Vouchers and charter schools are a good start; of course the best answer is to get government out of education altogether.  (I know I’ve said this many times.)  Privatize the lot, and let a thousand flowers bloom.  If you want to send your kids to the Dylan Mulvaney School for the Terminally Woke, go for it.  If you want to send your kids to the Academy of Engineering and Hard Sciences, more power to you.  And if a recent graduate wants to go to a tech school for a welding certificate or Oberlin College for a degree in Underwater Ethnic Dog-Polishing, let them fly free.

But that won’t work unless they are forced to face the consequences for their decisions.  No student loan forgiveness.  If they can’t find a job with their useless degrees, no bailouts, no handouts from the public treasury.  They made decisions, now there are consequences.

Until we fix education – from which all our other issues are downstream – nothing else can be repaired.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’m not sure what I think of this.

Granted, Alaska is all about aviation.  The Great Land wouldn’t be what it is without aviation, although most of what makes the state work isn’t big airliners but the smaller civil aviation types, including the famed bush pilots.  But I never would have thought of taking a big airliner and turning it into housing.  Excerpt:

The plane, donated by FedEx to the University of Alaska’s Aviation Technology Division, made headlines for its 2013 landing at Merrill Field in Downtown Anchorage.

Jon Kotwicki, the owner of FLY8MA Flight Training in Big Lake, purchased the airliner as part of a housing project for students who attend the training facility. The 727 will join a DC-6 and DC-9 already parked at his property, and has big plans in store for it.

“That is our flight school that we are building there off of Hawk Lane and Big Lake,” Kotwicki said. “[The planes] will serve as student housing for students who are coming to do flight training with us from afar as well as an Airbnb.”

I guess it makes a certain amount of sense; go to flight school, live in an airplane.  I guess we’ll see how it works out.  Now then:

On To the Links!

Alaska is essential to US energy security.  No shit, Sherlock.

Some cancers shouldn’t be treated.

Well, Chicago, it was nice knowin’ ya.  Aw, who am I kidding?  Chicago was always a shithole.  Now they’re just doubling down on lunacy.

More guns do not lead to more deaths.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson describes our French Revolution.

Inside the carbon cult.

Going up.

Gas prices will be going up again.  Yay.

Six things the Left doesn’t want you to know about ‘climate change.’

This is one of the most Alaska things that can happen.  And so is this.

Manufacturing is not “booming” under President Biden(‘s handlers.)

Pelosi heckled.  Well, she is a sad old drunk.

Whoo-hoo!  Bikini baristas win in court!

Mostly peaceful.

This should come as no surprise.

Drip…  Drip…  Drip…

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson on fiddling while America burns.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Atlantic’s Quinta Jurecic is an idiot.

John “Lurch” Kerry is an asshole, and an idiot.

Karine Jean-Pierre is an idiot.

CNN’s Clay Cane is an idiot.

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

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

Chicago’s new Mayor-elect is an idiot.

Idiotic TikTok landwhale complains about airline seats.

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

Salon’s Lawrence Goldstone is an idiot.

Slate’s Richard L. Hasen and Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) are both idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I never was a huge fan of Billy Joel.  He was good enough, but I just never really got into his style of music.  But most artists good enough to get album deals usually have at least one good song in them, and boy, howdy, did Billy Joel have at least one great song in him.

That song, of course, was Piano Man.  It’s a wonderful, iconic tune that put Billy Joel on the map, and whatever I think of his general style, he deserved the fame this song brought him.  Here, then, is that tune; enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’m toying with the idea of buying one of these.

This is the Uberti 1873 Cattleman Bird’s Head revolver, in .45 Colt.  The basic gun is a clone of the famous Colt Model P.  I’d prefer to have the 3″ barrel option, even though that would preclude my hot .45 Colt loads; I think the gun would handle it but it would be a handful to shoot.

Why do I want one?  I’m not entirely certain.  It would make a nice backup piece to my belt guns in the big .45 Colt (a Smith & Wesson 25-5 and a Ruger Vaquero) or a decent CCW piece in its own right.  But I think I’d like to have one mostly because I think they’re cool.  And that’s reason enough, right?  Of course right.

And so…

On To the Links!

Check out my bonus post this week over at Glibertarians; this one is another Profile in Toxic Masculinity starring one of my personal heroes, Theodore Roosevelt.

Point of order:  Chicago doesn’t have a sensible candidate for Mayor.  Just more of the same.

Of course Xi is prepping China for war.  You’d have to be an idiot not to see it.

If this isn’t an impeachable offense, I don’t know what is.

Fuck off, slaver!

Now this is heroism.

San Francisco should fix their own damn problems.

The more I read about Winsome Sears, the more I like her.

Are Democrats Really This Dumb Or Just Evil?  I’d point out that the two are not mutually exclusive.

You really can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

A touching story of a television legend.

OPEC cuts production.  Hold on to your butts.

The two are not mutually exclusive.

I love a happy ending.

Florida is now a Constitutional carry state.  That makes a majority of states with permitless carry.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

Rolling Stone’s Ron Kuby is an idiot.

I’ll stick with real beer.

The marketing people for Bud Light are all idiots.  Honestly, who still drinks this stuff?  It’s “sex in a canoe” beer – fucking close to water.

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

Kesha Ram Hinsdale is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Last week’s Eddie Money video prompted a comment from a reader, pointing out that the red-hot Latina in the video was actually Apollonia Kotero, who co-starred with Prince in his 1984 film Purple Rain.  I might have spotted her before if I had seen that film since I originally did, in 1984, at the Midnight Movie in the old Waterloo Theater in Waterloo, Iowa.  The theater served beer at the Midnight Movie, and there was usually a joint or two being passed around, which added a little… flavor to the experience.

In those days I listened to a bit of Prince as he got a lot of radio play, in addition to being a regular feature back when MTV was new and actually, you know, had music.  I recognized his talent even though I wasn’t an enormous fan of his style (he was a quite good technical guitarist in addition to being a dynamic performer) but I did, and still do, kind of like the song Little Red Corvette.  Here, then, is the official video for that song, just like you might have seen on MTV back in the day – enjoy.

 

Animal’s Daily Written English News

Before we start, check out the first installment in a new series (a sequel to an older series) over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  I have a busy day with errands in town and responses to write to several bids for work, one of which may have me traveling again; more on that later.  So today’s post will just be a little musing.  On what topic, you ask?  Well, I’m going to tell you a few of the reasons I weep for the death of written English.

First:  What has happened to the question mark?  I’m seeing more and more people write what appears to be a query, but framing it thus:  “Why would anyone want to ride a bicycle in a big city.”

That’s wrong, of course.  The correct punctuation would be “Why would anyone want to ride a bicycle in a big city?”  But for some reason the question marks is going away.  I’m seeing this more and more, including by some folks who should know better.

Second:  “On accident.”  No!  This is wrong!  Stop doing it!  It should be “by accident.”

Third:  ALL CAPS.  It just makes the writer look like a strident asshole.  I’ve long had a rule here on this blog, which I hasten to note is my personal property, that people who comment in ALL CAPS will have their comments edited to remove the ALL CAPS.  I won’t change their wording, but I hate ALL CAPS and will remove them.  So there.  And what bugs me almost as much are people who can’t be arsed to use caps at all, even where it’s proper to do so.

Capital letters should be used appropriately.  Doing so makes the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

Fourth:  Apostrophes.  Here’s a guide to using them correctly:

Read it, learn it, live it.

Fifth:  Stupid use of single letters.  I’m talking about “u” for “you” or “r” for “are.”  It’s two furshlugginer keystrokes.  Type it out, so you don’t look like a moron.

I suppose I’m more persnickety about this stuff than a lot of folks.  Being a writer who is married to an editor and publisher has something to do with that, I’m sure.  But think on it:  Here in the virtual world, the only thing we have to judge one another on is the skill with which we employ the written word.  It’s in our best interest, if we want to be taken seriously, to do a good job of it.

Just to ease your minds after that rant, enjoy a little totty from the archives:And with that, I return you to your Tuesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Take a look at this.  Key excerpt:

John Kerry speaks at Davos.

Speaking of that, there was also Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, who during a Friday interview with Yahoo News insulted the intelligence of every American by not only cheerleading forthcoming new climate mandates from Biden, but also by proclaiming that it was okay for global warming fanatics to be wildly hypocritical because not only do they allegedly do the “carbon offset” thing but also because “they are working harder than most people I know to be able to try to effect this transition…”

And:

This prompted a response by media critic Joe Concha, who hit the nail on the head.

“They can still work harder and get to Davos by flying the middle seat in coach on Aer Lingus,” Concha tweeted. “The elitism is utterly breathtaking…”

Breathtaking, if anything, is a gross understatement.  Seriously, fuck these Davos assholes, and fuck John “Lurch” Kerry (who, by the way, served in Vietnam, as he constantly reminds us) and while we’re at it, fuck all the horses they all rode in on – and by horses, I mean gas-guzzling private jets.

And so with that off my chest…

On To the Links!

“Organic” agriculture is bullshit.  If you’da asked me, I could’a told you.

The SMOD may be closer than we think.

Second Amendment advocates go on the offensive.

It doesn’t matter whether a wealth tax would “work” or not – it’s illegal.  Why are we still talking about this?

And Putin gives not even one single fuck.

I love a happy ending.

Ahead, Troll Factor Eight!

Democrats v. parents.

Insane reparations math in Californey.  I mean, the whole idea is nucking futz.

You fucked up!  You trusted us!

I love a happy ending.

Neandertals may have collected cool animal skulls.

Ron DeSantis isn’t tired of winning  yet.

Get woke, go broke.

Nothing will come of this.  Equal treatment under the law is a dead letter in this nation.

Holy crap!  Hint:  Don’t buy aftermarket reverse-offset wheels for your vehicle.  Really hard on bearings and axles.

There may be a lot of water on the Moon.

This Week’s Idiots:

We have a bumper crop this week!

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And it’s a twofer this week!

The LA Times’ Jackie Calmes is an idiot.

The Massachusetts DMV is apparently staffed with idiots.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Shamann Walton is an idiot.  San Francisco voters are getting the government they wanted, good and hard.

Cori Bush is an idiot.

Sheila Jackson Lee is an idiot.

The Tampa Bay Times’ Caroline Light is an idiot.

Juan Williams is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

Stacy Abrams doesn’t know her ass from her face about energy, so…

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1978 or so, I went to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with a couple of buddies.  We were there to see the main act, Foghat, and what a great show that was!

But that’s not who we’re going to present here today.

Before Foghat came on stage, the opening act came out.  I remember one of my buddies looking at me and asking, “Eddie Money?  Who the hell is Eddie Money?”

“Isn’t he that Two Tickets to Paradise guy?”  I replied.

“Oh, yeah.”

Eddie went on to have a pretty decent career after that, before his untimely passing in 2019.  One of my favorites of his tunes was from his 1982 album No Control, the song being Shakin’.  I remember listening to it quite a bit while wearing Uncle Sam’s colors, and I still give it a listen from time to time now.  Here, then, is the official video (the smoking-hot Latina gal doesn’t hurt any, either) – enjoy.

Rule Five Once-Golden State Friday

In a recent special edition of City Journal, Californian Michael Shellenberger – who I’ve quoted here before – had quite a treatise on the state of California and how best to fix it.  A couple of excerpts, with my comments, follow.

Now the state has become America’s shadow self. True, it is more prosperous than ever, surpassing Germany last year to become the world’s fourth-largest economy. But Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and smaller cities are today overrun by homeless encampments, which European researchers more accurately describe as “open drug scenes.” Crime has become so rampant that many have simply stopped reporting it, with nearly half of San Franciscans telling pollsters that they were a victim of theft in the last five years and a shocking one-quarter saying that they had been assaulted or threatened with assault.

This is, of course, news to precisely no one who has been conscious the last decade or so.  I’ve often related how my Old Man would talk about visiting San Francisco not long after VJ-Day in 1945, and his impressions on what a beautiful, prosperous city it was, and how bemused and disappointed he was when he lived long enough to see the rot really take hold.  And the rot has some easily identifiable sources:

These pathologies are just the most visible manifestations of a deeper rot. Less than half of California’s public school students are proficient in reading, and just one-third are proficient in math (with a stunning 9 percent of African-Americans and 12 percent of Latinos in L.A. public schools proficient in eighth-grade math). Education achievement declined precipitously in California in 2021, as the state kept children studying at home well after kids in other states had returned to the classroom. Californians pay the most income tax, gasoline tax, and sales tax in the United States, yet suffer from electricity blackouts and abysmal public services. Residential electricity prices grew three times faster in 2021 than they did in the rest of the United States. And the state government, dependent on income taxes, faces a projected $23 billion budget deficit that will only grow if the nation’s economy enters a recession. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given these trends, California’s population stopped expanding in 2014 and has slightly declined since, resulting in the loss of a congressional seat after the 2020 Census.

All of these things – every damn one of them – can be laid at the feet of California’s Democrat party politicians.  They have managed to twiddle the election system in the once and former Golden State to ensure them a super-majority; every bit of policy in California was put in place by them.  There is no escaping this conclusion:  The Democrats screwed this state up, and now they are going to have to fucking own it.

Here’s my concern, and it’s where I part ways with Shellenberger:  Can California be saved?  Color me skeptical.  Shellenberger writes:

It is thus understandable why so many have given up on California and treat it simply as an example of what not to do. But change in the U.S. often starts in California and moves east. And neither party has set forth a compelling alternative to the California model. Anti-woke liberals and conservatives alike who have chosen to stay in California should take the opportunity to build a new political movement based on a clear-eyed assessment of the situation, an expansive vision, and first principles. A political coalition that differentiated itself from the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, while retaining support from moderate Democrats, could command immense political support by focusing on two issues alone—homelessness and schools. Add public order, nuclear energy, water desalination, and sensible housing policies, and such a movement could be of generational importance.

While the author is right to point out that neither party (in California, at least) has set out a comprehensive reform program, I would counter that as long as California’s jungle primary system guarantees one-party rule of that state, the California GOP has very little reason to bother.  As I pointed out earlier, the Dems have a solid supermajority, as long as the jungle primary system is in place they will likely continue to hold that supermajority, and as long as activists can cash in on all of the many and varied “crises” in this state – homelessness, crime, education, rolling brownouts and so forth – the legislature has no compelling reason to change anything.

Of course, Herb Stein’s law applies here:  What can’t continue, won’t continue.  But the “fix” isn’t going to be neat, clean or easy.  It’s going to be messy, likely violent at times, and it may end up with California going through quite a catharsis before any semblance of sanity is restored.  I may be wrong on that – I hope I am – but I’m afraid I’m not.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Alaska’s state flower – the Forget-Me-Not.

As of Monday, spring is here!  Not just in the Great Land, mind you, but all over the Northern Hemisphere.  Fishing plans for this year include some river and lake fishing for trout and (when the runs start) salmon, and hopefully some ocean fishing for halibut and maybe rockfish and ling cod.  Fish is good for you!

I have friends who live in places like Florida and Arizona, and that’s great – every cat its own rat.  But I’ve always preferred living where there are seasons.  I think they define the year.  Granted here in Alaska, we joke that the four seasons are “Ice Out, Mosquito, Road Work and Winter” but we still love it here.  And, I will admit, we look forward to the return of the sun.

Now then…

On To the Links!

This will be good for Alaska.

Yeah, clubs were probably a weapon of choice.

Forget the ‘norm.’  Bailouts shouldn’t be a thing, period.

Fuck off, slavers!

Who funded the BLM riots?

Are there any good options for dealing with Bidenflation?

Their lips were moving?

Nothing will come of this.  Nothing.

At light speed, nothing makes sense.  I once saw a great documentary about the young life of Albert Einstein; here’s a relevant clip.

The return of the wealth tax debate.  There really isn’t any debate; without an amendment to the Constitution, a wealth tax is illegal.  End of debate.

Stolen Valor woman sentenced.  Once in a while, some asshole gets what’s coming to them.

Yeah, good luck with that.

Banana republic status confirmed.

Some people are nucking futz.

The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is full of incompetents, item #1,283,928.

I love a happy ending.

This Week’s Idiots:

Liawatha Warren is an idiot.

Absolute fucking lunacy.  I’ve paraded some real nitwits in this section, but the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has to be the biggest collection of drooling morons to date.

The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration once again doubles down on stupid.

The Center for American Progress (towards socialism)’s Jenny Rowland-Shea is an idiot.

Rich Lowry is an idiot.

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

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Thomas Chatterton Williams is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of America’s most lasting and iconic rock & roll bands is Fleetwood Mac, having had a long and varied career as a group until the sad passing of Christine McVie a while back.  They got an awful lot of radio play back in the Seventies and Eighties when I was a young fellow, and their 1977 album Rumours is still one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Gypsy as a pup.

In 1982 they released the studio album Mirage, which took a generally softer tone than their previous album, 1979’s Tusk.  Also in 1982, I went looking for a hunting dog, and ended up buying a beautiful little tricolor English Springer Spaniel pup who would be my closest hunting companion for almost eighteen years; a better dog never lived.  Due to the pup’s tricolored coat and feathered ears and legs, I named her after a song from Mirage that was popular at the time; both song and puppy were Gypsy.  I’m still of the opinion that this song (among others) really cemented the notion that Stevie Nicks, while an accomplished performer, was primarily a gifted songwriter.

Fleetwood Mac released an official music video for that song that I always thought was well-done.  See for yourselves:

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

March 1st already?

We’ve had a fair amount of snow over the last week or so.  But the days are getting longer, the sun is up later into the evening (soon to be amplified by the imposition of the retarded Daylight Savings Time crap) and soon, all the snow will start to melt, the rivers and creeks will open up, and then – it’s time for fishing!

We love the winters up here.  The snow stays a lovely, pristine white all winter, and the stillness and peace of a winter day is just wondrous.  But by March, every year, I’m ready for spring.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Only in Alaska.

I hope she sues this freak-show into the next solar system.

China’s Mars rover is busted.  Sort of like their demographic profile.

Yeah, let’s just keep pouring billions in taxpayer dollars into Ukraine.

Inflation continues to make life harder.

Canadian Super Pigs.  Yes, really.

Most gun control laws don’t work.  If you’da asked me, I coulda told ya.

This is a sad “wildlife encounter” from Florida.

Trump doing what Trump does best.

Haw haw haw!

There aren’t enough of the rich to pay for everything the Left wants. 

Yes, biology is real.  It’s nice to see some push-back.

Yeah, he’s running.

File this under “We are so fucked.”  This is how the rest of the free world looks at the current administration:

Tired of having your intelligence insulted?

Inflation is rearing its ugly head again.

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

WaPo’s Eugene Robinson is delusional, and an idiot.

Rolling Stone’s Ernest Owens is an idiot.

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

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

Salon’s Jeff Cohen is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

Greta Thunberg is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Carol Burnett is one of the greatest comedians of all time.  When I was a little tad one of the very few television shows the Old Man would even look at was The Carol Burnett Show, and during that show was one of the few times I ever heard my notoriously reserved and taciturn father laugh out loud.  Part of her genius was that she worked with equally talented comedians, not least of which was the brilliant Tim Conway.

Here, from a 1979 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, is a great and little-known presentation not only of Carol Burnett and Tim Conway’s comedy genius, but also the considerable talent and class of Johnny Carson.  Here, then; enjoy!

Animal’s Daily Student Loan News

Here, from the Mises Institute, is a fun little fable on student loans.  Excerpt:

A student goes into a bank. He tells the personal loan banker, “I want to borrow $7,500 per year for the next four or five years.”

“That’s at least $30,000 over time,” the banker says. “Personal loans have a 10 percent interest factor.”

“For my loan,” says the student, “I need an interest rate close to a home mortgage, like 6 percent. Also, I don’t want to be charged interest for the first four or five years of the loan.”

The banker asks, “How long will this loan be for?”

“A twenty-year payoff after graduation or shorter,” replies the student.

The banker asks, “Do you have any collateral assets to secure the loan?”

The student says, “No collateral, but I promise to pay it off when I get a job.”

The banker is incredulous. “Anything else you want to tell me about your plans?”

“Yes,” the student says, “there is a 10 percent chance that I will totally default in the first year and a 30 percent chance that I won’t finish my degree. And I may default a few times paying off my loan.”

The banker looks ready to pass out.

It gets worse from there.

At the risk of repeating myself (something I’ve never had trouble doing in any case) I’ll state the obvious answer to this, in fact the answer that would also put paid all of the stupid, useless Underwater Ethnic Dog-Polishing Studies degrees:  Privatize education and the financing of education.  All of it.

Right now, on student loans, the risk of default is borne by the taxpayer; there is no risk to the lender.  If we made that one change, so that the risk of default is borne by the lender, you’d see a big sea change in the way student loans were approved and disbursed.

Conversations like the one in this fun little fable would then be very, very different.

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