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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

At this time of year, the only flights to the 48 out of Anchorage are red-eyes.  At least, on our airline.

There’s supposedly a reason for this, and the reason supposedly is that there are fewer people traveling from the Great Land to Outside and vice versa this time of year (in the summer there are daytime flights) and the overnight flight to wherever you’re going, be it Frisco, Chicago or Denver, allows you to have plenty of leeway to catch any connecting flights.  Tonight, we’ll be taking one of those red-eyes and connecting in Denver for a flight to Des Moines, where we will spend the holiday with our kids and grandkids.  So, as previously mentioned, look for some placeholder posts next week.

I get the reason for the red-eye.  Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

</gripe>  And now:

On To the Links!

When you dine at the devil’s table, you don’t get to choose the menu.

Good.  It’s a dirty business.

No, it won’t.

Trump welcomed back to Twitter.  It was as if millions of pearl-clutchers suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.  And, yes, I have a funny feeling Elon Musk gives not even one single fuck.

The PA GOP blew it.  What can they do better next time?  How about picking a Senate candidate that’s actually from the state?

Yes, natural gas is the solution to Africa’s energy woes, if idiots from the developed nations will just leave them alone.

Life finds a way.

Key Democrats losing their committee seats.  About time the GOP started playing hardball; the Dems have been doing it for years.

Cruz 2024?  Maybe.

This piece expresses concern about Joe Biden’s age, but let’s be real – Biden isn’t in charge of anything.  He’s a maundering, senile figurehead.  It doesn’t matter how old he is, as long as he can be propped upright.

Well, that’s disconcerting.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

The Nation’s Robert Borosage is an idiot.

If by “political star,” you mean “deeply and fundamentally corrupt, petty and childish,” then, sure.

Maureen Dowd is an idiot.  I used to enjoy reading her stuff; I almost never agreed with her but she seemed to usually be well-spoken and reasonable.  Nowadays, though?  Full blown Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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

The LA Times’ Harry Litman is an idiot.

This is one of the most idiotic pieces of public policy I’ve seen in years.  Maybe decades.

CNN’s Seth Fiegerman is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Anand Giridharadas is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve mentioned my fondness for the immortal Frank Zappa here before.  He produced many, many albums and was an inveterate concert act, but the first exposure I had to this genius of rock was when my cousin picked up a copy of his 1972 album Over-Nite Sensation.   One of the tunes on that track was Montana, which told the tale of a protagonist’s plan to move to that state to grow dental floss:

I might be movin’ to Montana soon
Just to raise me up a crop of
Dental Floss

Raisin’ it up
Waxen it down
In a little white box
That I can sell uptown

By myself I wouldn’t
Have no boss,
But I’d be raisin’ my lonely
Dental Floss

The backup vocals, by the way, on this studio recording?  Uncredited, but widely known and acknowledged later by all parties to be Tina Turner and the Ikettes.  Here, then, is that tune; enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping note:  Next week being Thanksgiving week, you may rely on regular posts through Wednesday.  We’ll post some toothsome holiday placeholder totty through the holiday and possibly through the following week; I have some personal business that may require full involvement the first part of that week.  If there are regular posts, they may be on the Spartan side.  Regular posts should resume with that week’s Hump Day news.

In fact this week’s linkage is a little terse.  I’m just now picking back up on my normal daily news crawl.  And so…

On To the Links!

Student loan forgiveness struck down as unconstitutional.  Duh.

Fucking savages.

Doubtful.

Well, the Senate is gone.

The Ukraine War is not WW3.  So then why are we pouring billions of dollars into it?

They can, but will they?

I love a happy ending.

Crows are friggin’ smart.  People, I’m not so sure about.  Maybe we should put the crows in charge.

Fucking savages.

Yeah, good luck with that.

Yeah, good luck with that Part Deux.

About damn time.

This Week’s Idiots:

Chicago crime is out of control, and their Mayor is an idiot.

Liawatha Warren is an idiot.

Michael Moore (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a bloviating blowpig, and an idiot.

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

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Politico’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in 1985, we were still in the early years of video music, when the band Dire Straits did something neat – they released a computer-generated, animated video for their song Money for Nothing, from the album Brothers in Arms.

Give this song a listen (and enjoy the neat video) and ask yourself the likely outcome should Dire Straits release it today.  Just look at this verse:

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy, that’s his own real hair
The little faggot got his own jet airplane
The little faggot, he’s a millionaire

I still think it’s a good tune, and I still enjoy the video, even after all these years.  Here it is, then; enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Programming note:  As I compile the Wednesday links posts throughout the previous week, and generally more or less complete them on Tuesday evening, I don’t have any comments (yet) on the elections yesterday – other than holy cow, what a cluster-fark.   But tomorrow’s post will be devoted to my thoughts on yesterday’s elections, and boy howdy, do I ever expect to have some thoughts.

I imagine plenty of other folks will have some thoughts, too, and I’ll probably comment on those as well.  Stay tuned!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Job Biden’s last hurrah.  We can hope.

And every man under the age of 122 replied with “I’ll be in my bunk.”

I’ll start believing 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.

President Biden shouts and sprays spit, reaches speed of 130 lies per hour.

Gee, ya think?

Those Denisovans really got around.

File this under “Yipes!”

Next, home prices start to drop. 

Frog, meet scorpion.

Why pollsters keep getting it wrong.

The obvious things that leftists don’t understand about oil.

De-industrialization may be the least bad thing happening to Europe.

Feature, not bug.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Robert Weissman is an idiot.

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And again.

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

New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

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

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont remains an idiot.

Whoever Rita Omokha is, she’s an idiot.

These idiots can’t figure out that it’s not the messaging, it’s the message.

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

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

The Guardian’s Cas Muddle (Seriously?  That’s what you went with?) is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Not exactly music today.  Although there is music in the clip below.

A while back I stumbled across a YouTube channel called Lumber Capital Log Yard, which features a family of hard-working folks running a sawmill in north-central Pennsylvania.  Now, it doesn’t hurt the channel’s popularity that the family includes three very attractive young ladies.  I don’t know as I’d choose to work around the kind of machinery shown here in shorts and a tank top, but I do appreciate the display of both good old American hard work and the Feminine Aesthetic here.

Here’s a sample.  Toss them a subscribe if you’re still on YouTube.   

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s coming down to the nitty gritty now, isn’t it?  In a little less than a week we’ll know whether we as a nation have been given a little breathing room or whether the OMG MUH DEMOCRACY crowd has more license to keep running us over a fiscal cliff.

It’s going to be interesting.  I expect by a week from today, we’ll have a pretty good bead on things, although it may be some time before us Alaskans have an idea who will be representing us in the Imperial City, thanks to the ranked-choice voting stupidity.  Maybe now that this election-season mess is over, we can look to getting shut of that stupid idea.

Now then…

On To the Links!

The Mighty Oz has spoken.

With good reason.

No shit, Sherlock.

EVs are not “zero emissions.”  Anyone who understands the Second Law of Thermodynamics knows this.

Less than a week to go now.

Wealthy African-American takes the helm at Twitter.

I love a happy ending.

DUCK!

I’m in favor of this, of course.

In this matter, “Dems and media” should go fuck themselves.

I suspect this won’t work out like they’re hoping it will.

Welcome to three weeks ago.

One week left.

Oh, fuck off.

Kari Lake is awesome.  That is all.

Nothing should stop the Supreme Court from ending affirmative action.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Ross Barkan is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Emma Gray is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues his descent into idiocy.

The Atlantic’s Lee Bollinger is an idiot.

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

Vox’s Nicole Naria is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky is an idiot.

The GOP’s attacks on the Left on crimes are working because they are accurate, you idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Boy howdy, if this ain’t all that far off from Saturday nights when I was a teenager.  Brooks & Dunn  have produced some great old country music, but I confess Hillbilly Deluxe is one of my favorites.  While it’s fun to get some boot-scootin’ boogie going on over the course of a small-town weekend, you just plain can’t beat slick pick’em up trucks.  Here, then, is the official video for that tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

There’s a lot to love about Alaska, but here’s one of the ones people from outside the Great Land associate with our home:

This photo was taken last Saturday, by me, from our bedroom window, at about 6:30AM.

The auroras are always amazing, but last Saturday’s were a bit above the ordinary.  From what I understand the first really good displays generally start in October (they happen in summer, but it’s too light to see them) and continue on through the dark, dark nights of winter.

Saturday morning, Mrs. Animal and I stood for half an hour, enthralled, watching as these streamers of light danced, whipped and flickered overhead.  What an amazing show.  Every day we find new reasons to be happy we are finally here in the Great Land.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Here come the tantrums.

The Sin Eater.

Now the Skwerl Mafia is sending in suicide skwerlz to disrupt the grid.  It’s nuts!

Haw haw haw!

No, Alaska is not “swinging towards the Dems.”

In a few more years, China may not even be a nation.

This is cool – first photos of a black lynx.  We have lynx around here; one got into our neighbor’s chicken coop last winter and ate a couple of prime laying hens.  No black ones, though.

Eric Swalwell (Fang Fang – CA) was unavailable for comment.

This is how you define “delusional.”

Bawk bawk.

How out-of-staters prevent Alaska drilling.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  I have very little sympathy for someone who knowingly smuggles a controlled substance into another country, especially when the other country is a totalitarian state like Russia.

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley is an idiot.

A leftist idiot predicts what a GOP majority in Congress will do.  Self-awareness rating:  Zero.

NY Mag’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Melissa Grant is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

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

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

Stacy Abrams continues to beclown herself.

Mother Jones’ Pema Levy is an idiot.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First of That Name, Dowager-Empress of Chappaqua, is losing it.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Robert Plant is best known (deservedly) for being lead singer for Led Zeppelin, but he did release some solo work as well.  In his solo work as with Zep, he put his distinctive voice to good work.  His second album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, included the song Big Log.

It’s a different sort of tune, which in spite of featuring Plant’s distinctive vocals, didn’t carry a lot of Led Zeppelin influence.  Here, then, is the official video for that song.  Enjoy.

 

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Issues & Insights has some insights on how electric car mandates screw over working folks.  Excerpt:

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, who announced he plans to run for president if President Biden does not run for a second term, mandated a state-wide ban on gas-powered vehicles by 2035, a target date recently echoed by his New York counterpart Kathy Hochul. 

This massive government intervention forces every Californian and New Yorker — whether they can afford it or not — to purchase an electric or other similar vehicle.  But the reality is that the average electric vehicle (EV) is still financially out of reach for most working families.  As of this year, Kelley Blue Book found the average price of an electric car is $66,000, nearly $20,000 more than gas-powered cars.  

Compare this to the median household income in California of $78,672 in 2020 and $71,117 in New York.  Put another way, the average cost of an electric vehicle is about 84% of an entire household’s annual income in California and 93% in New York.  Underserved communities, by definition, have it worse.  For example, the median income for a Hispanic American household is $57,981, meaning a family at this income level would need to spend 114% of their yearly income to satisfy Newsom and his allies.

Yeah, but Newsom and his allies don’t care.  They are set on their agenda and they’ll carry it out no matter who gets screwed over.

Even so, I hope Newsom persists.  I hope that state-wide ban on gas/Diesel vehicles goes into place.  As Mencken said, democracy is the theory that the people know what government they want and deserve to get it good and hard, and I have zero sympathy for California voters who keep voting in activist, nutbar Democrats like Newsom.

Although, I do feel bad for non-Dems who are stuck in the once-Golden State and who object to these policies.  To them I can only say “talk to your neighbors, folks.  Tell them exactly how this policy is screwing you over, and present numbers.”  Don’t make it political.  Make it personal.

It might make a difference.  It might not.  But the lunacy in California (and New York, and in plenty of other blue-dominated locations) won’t end until the voters kick the lunatics out.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

My time in Uncle Sam’s colors was mostly at the end of the Cold War.  I remember the purpose of the Army in those days very well, as it was hammered into us in training:  “To close with and destroy the enemy by fire, maneuver and shock effect.”  Now it seems the purpose of the Army is… well, something else.

Yr. obdt. 1991

The Army – no, scratch that, the military in general, all branches, must be mission-oriented.  That means “to close with and destroy the enemy.”  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, all of us.  That’s the job.  If any policy or practice enhances the mission, it’s good.  If it doesn’t, then it’s bad.  It’s not complicated.  But this turn of stupidity?  Army Secretary Christine Wormuth needs to find a more suitable line of work.  Maybe Berkeley needs another Underwater Gender-Fluid Dog-Polishing professor.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Fetterman is a fuckup.  In other news, water is wet.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Maybe, but don’t expect it to change their vote.

A decent blueprint for education reform.

A map of 56,000 galaxies.

Wah wah.

We can hope.

In Pennsylvania, it looks like Dr. Oz v. Uncle Fester is going to come right down to the wire.

No shit, Sherlock.

Eel migrations.  Yes, really.

Lithium price spiking.  I wonder why?

I love a happy ending.

I doubt the open CO Senate seat will flip red, but if it does, it will be as part of a much bigger shift to the right.

More corruption.  Geeze, these people may even be worse than the Clintons.

Grifters gonna grift.

Let’s call this what it is:  Bio-weapons research.  I mean, what the fuck, BU?  First you inflict AOC on us, now this?

Well, this is a surprise.

This Week’s Idiots:

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.  And here he doubles down on stupid.

Washington Monthly’s David Atkins is an idiot.

Newsweek’s Nicholas Creel is an idiot.

Slate’s Lawrence Lessig is an idiot.

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

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky is an idiot.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues his descent into idiocy.

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is an idiot.

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

The Bulwark’s Sarah Longwell is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Hat tip to regular reader Andrew Pearce for the suggestion on this week’s song.

Hailing from Louisiana, Tony Joe White, also known as ‘The Swamp Fox’, was one of the progenitors of what became known as Swamp Rock.  He was a talented musician but also a better than average songwriter, producing such tunes as Old Man Willis and Rainy Night in Georgia. 

As you will probably find unsurprising, I do have a favorite tune from among his work.  White’s premiere 1969 album Black and White included his song that made the charts in that year, that being Poke Salad Annie.  It’s an interesting tune, sort of the archetypal story of a poor girl from the Deep South in the mid-twentieth century.

So, without further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As we move further into fall, we’re getting the usual change-up of summer birds for winter birds.  While the redpolls and boreal chickadees aren’t around yet, we have had a trio of Gray Jays coming to the suet feeder.

One of our actual by-gosh gray jays.

Grays are neat birds.  Unlike most jays, they are quiet, mild-mannered, and actually pretty tame.  They’ll come around several times a day, and frequently sit right at the feeder while Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. stand just inside the glass door, watching from four feet away.

Like most of our birds, we like having them around.  We have some of their magpie cousins around as well, but they seldom come to the feeders, and they’re a tad noisy and boisterous.  We like the quiet grays.

Now then…

On To the Links!

2022 will be bad for Dems.  2024 will be worse.

OPEC tells President Biden(‘s handlers) to fuck off.

No.  We just need nuclear.  Nukes don’t kill eagles.

No.  It won’t.

This demented old fool keeps trying to mumble and stumble us into WWIII.

Yes, Hunter Biden will probably only get a wrist slap.  If that.

This could be the beginning of the end of what we know as Europe.

Philly Democrat endorses Dr. Oz.

Yeah, we should back away from Ukraine.  I don’t see where we have a dog in this fight.

Seven days of mayhem.  Our cities are melting down.

More on this:  Tyson is bailing out of Chicago.

So, why are so many Democrat candidates refusing to debate their Republican opponents?  I could offer a few guesses…

The correct answer is “who gives a shit?”

Tulsi Gabbard bails on “cowardly” Democratic party.

This Week’s Idiots:

New Yorker’s John Cassidy is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Chris Geidner is an idiot.

Prospect’s David Dayen is an idiot.

Given NYC’s long-standing “sanctuary” status, that idiot Mayor Adams should STFU.  You’re getting what you said you wanted, New York, good and hard.

MSNBC’s Barbara McQuade is an idiot.

The NY Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

When I was in high school in the late Seventies, the rock band Foghat was riding pretty tall in the saddle.  I had several of their albums on LP (in fact they’re still around here someplace) and cassettes with their tunes were always on hand in my and my friend’s cars and trucks when we were out riding around on Friday and Saturday nights.

In 1978 they released their eighth album Stone Blue, which quickly got added to the obligatory cruising collection of Midwestern teenagers.  One of the fun tunes from that album was a tune written by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverett, also titled Stone Blue.  It’s a fun, rollicking piece, even if it lacked some of the technical complexity of bands like Led Zeppelin or the bizarre genius of Frank Zappa.  It’s nevertheless a good example of late Seventies rock.  Here it is, then; enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The political season is (thankfully) in the home stretch, but I have noted one person whose career is going to be worth watching:  Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

Watch the video embedded in the linked story, in which the Republican Lake trounces a reporter asking a loaded question.  She’s good at this:  Smart, informed, articulate and fearless.  I expect she won’t stop in Arizona.

Imagine a DeSantis/Lake ticket for the Imperial Mansion!  What I would love to see is a VP debate between Kari Lake and Heels-Up Harris.  It would be a bloodbath – although some prominent Dems are already calling for Harris to drop out.  Frankly they’d do better if Joe Biden dropped out, too.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Hispanics are turning to the GOP.

Bill Maher:  It’s time for Heels-Up Harris to step away.

Newt Gingrich thinks CO Senate candidate Joe O’Dea will beat incumbent Dem Michael Bennett.  I’d like to see this happen, but color me skeptical – Colorado is a pretty blue state now.  That’s one of the reasons we left.

Graveyard of dead stars.  No, it’s not in Beverly Hills.

Cheaters are everywhere.

Yes, weak rural turnout could hurt the GOP on Election Day – but I doubt we’ll see weak turnout.

Chicago is still a shooting gallery.

Embarrassing is something of an understatement.

Because they are growing monstrously rich on insider trading.  See:  Pelosi, Nancy.

Probably not.

I love a happy ending.

Ancient Scots reconstructed.  Cool!

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Chris Lehmann is an idiot.

NY Mag’s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

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

The New York Times’ Jeff Shesol is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Ezra Klein (Repeat Offender Alert) is also an idiot.  Why is the Left’s answer to every problem always “OMG more taxes”?

Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

He who represents himself at trial has an idiot for a client.

The Philly Inquirer’s Will Bunch is an idiot.

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

Vox’s Emily St. James is an idiot.

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

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Paul Simon has had quite a career, beginning with his partnership with Art Garfunkel and continuing on to a great solo career.  He’s produced some serious tunes and some more light-hearted stuff.  I like the light-hearted stuff better, and my favorite in that vein is his 1986 tune You Can Call Me Al, from the album Graceland.

What makes the video for this song fun is the coordination between 6’4″ Chevy Chase, lip-syncing Simon’s lyrics, and the 5’3″ Simon, who mimes playing various instruments.  Every time I watch the video it prompts a chuckle.

Here it is, then.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Inflation Reduction Friday

Here, from Alex Epstein, is a great refutation of leftist claims about the misleadingly-named Inflation Reduction Act.  Read the whole thing, but here’s the first of twelve myths about that Act:

The Inflation Reduction Act is one of the worst energy policies in American history.

Its supporters are trying to hide this by spreading myth after myth about it being beneficial.

Here’s how to answer them.

  • Myth 1: The Inflation Reduction Act will lower the cost of energy.Truth: The Inflation Reduction Act will rapidly raise the cost of energy via
    • Policies that coerce us into using costly, unreliable “green” options
    • Policies that increase fossil fuel costs
    • More power for energy-obstructing bureaucrats and activists

The Inflation Reduction Act coerces grids and consumers into using costly, unreliable solar/wind electricity that they wouldn’t otherwise choose because it’s too expensive.

E.g., it indefinitely extends costly subsidies for unreliable solar/wind that defund and shut down reliable gas/coal plants.

  • At the same time the Inflation Reduction Act is promoting the shutdown of reliable electricity generation, it is—insanely—promoting far more use of electric cars via subsidies. California recently previewed the Inflation Reduction Act by telling citizens there wasn’t enough power for EVs even at 3% market penetration.1
  • The Inflation Reduction Act adds numerous taxes and restrictions on fossil fuels that will increase the cost of producing them.These include new or higher taxes on crude oil, on natural gas, on drilling on federal lands—all during an energy crisis where fossil fuels are desperately needed.2
  • Not only does the Inflation Reduction Act make energy more expensive by restricting fossil fuels directly, it does much more damage indirectly by giving much more money/power to anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats and activists—who will eagerly restrict fossil fuel investment, production, and transport.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act gives anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats/activists a new level of destructive power via language authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict any activity that emits CO2–which means anything the administration wants—under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act.3
  • The Inflation Reduction Act also gives anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats/activists a new level of destructive power via $10s of billions for anti-fossil-fuel “environmental justice” causes.According to a WH-commissioned environmental justice report we must “sunset investment by 2030 in fossil fuels, plastics…and nuclear energy”!4
  • All claims that the Inflation Reduction Act will lower energy costs simply deny the obvious cost increases from:

    • Policies that coerce us into using costly, unreliable “green” options
    • Policies that increase fossil fuel costs
    • More power for energy-obstructing bureaucrats and activists.

Read it all.  Share widely.

This Act, it is apparent, is the back-door implementation of much of Alexandria Occasional Cortex’s “Green New Deal.”  It’s blatantly anti-nuke, anti-oil, anti-gas, anti-automobile, anti-American – you name it.  And the Democrats did this on purpose.

As I’ve always said, I’ll give the Dems credit for one thing:  When they get a chance to act, even with the narrowest of majorities, they take full advantage of it.  They squeezed this abomination through with the help of a few GOP turncoats, and they’ll do more if possible.  We already have one “diversity” Supreme Court pick, who seems to have been nominated and confirmed mostly for her plumbing, skin color and leftist politics – and hopefully that will be all the Supreme Court picks President Biden(‘s handlers) get.

But energy is a hot topic right now.  Gas prices are trending upward again.  The folks that provide us with heating oil have warned us of a significant increase this year.  Fortunately we have plenty of firewood.  Remember, also, that the price of fuel affects the price of everything else, and oh, by the way, the Imperial government wants you to give up your current vehicle for an expensive electric one.

Some days “fuck off, slaver” just doesn’t seem strong enough.  Hopefully in November we’ll turn enough of these bastards out to at least give us a reprieve – for a while.