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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

One week ago today we completed our initial journey to the Great Land with truck and trailer, and things just couldn’t be going any better.  We still have to deal with a lot of snow on the ground – we haven’t even been able to get to, much less into, our greenhouse yet – but even here in Willow, winter is losing its grip on the countryside.  The snow is melting, a little bit day by day, and before we know it, the wildflowers will be blooming.  On Sunday last, in fact, a great mass of snow finally slid off our roof, partially blocking the drive and requiring a fair amount of shoveling.

Oh, and we had a lynx walk through the yard, right past the house.  We didn’t see him but found his tracks the other morning.

Now, with that out of the way…

On To the Links!

As many as I can, while I can.  I think this guy has plenty of company.

On his own petard, hoisted he is.

Study:  Cops aren’t racist murderers.

No Gestapo here!

Why penises are shrinking around the world.  Yipes!

Add to that The Scourge of Chronic Scrotal Pain.  Yipes again!

Will we use Asimov’s Three Laws?

Ammo manufacturers address ammo shortage.

Some sports-ball guy makes a pretty good point on race relations.

Uh, bribery?

Pregnant while pregnant.  One would think being knocked up would preclude getting knocked up, but biology is a funny business.

“Or?”

Thanks to our blogger pals at The Daley Gator for the link!  If these guys aren’t on your daily read list, they should be.

This Week’s Idiots:

Delta’s CEO be-clowns himself on voting security laws.

John Brennan is an idiot.

Crazy Eyes, in addition to being an idiot, is one of the least effective members of Congress.  Well, duh.  That might explain why some of her fellow Dems are ditching her.

Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo proposes a new tax plan that is a giant steaming pile of idiocy.

Hunter Biden is a liar, a grifter and a crack-raddled idiot.

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte is an idiot.  But then, we already knew that.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot. 

The Nation‘s Dave Zirin is an idiot.

These guys are idiots.

The New York Times’ Jamelle Bouie is an idiot.

And So:

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (who, as we recently noted, also played with Tom Petty) performed as Eurythmics, and had kind of a neat style.  Not my usual cup of tea, but they had talent, and a unique kind of sound.  Here’s a good example of their work; this is 1983’s Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This.)  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Bacon Time, Pirate’s Cove and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!  Now then:  Iowa’s Governor has signed into law an act adding my old home state to the list of Constitutional-carry states.  Excerpt:

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Friday a law that loosens regulations on gun ownership by eliminating the need for a permit to buy or carry handguns in the state.

The new law takes effect July 1, with many calling it a “constitutional carry” bill.

“Today I signed legislation protecting the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” Reynolds said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The Republican acknowledged that the bill will not stop “bad actors” from acquiring handguns, but that it will protect her citizens’ rights.

The bill does not provide blanket freedom to purchase guns without some hurdles.

Here’s where the usual suspects chime in:

Democrats and gun violence prevention groups had called on Reynolds to veto the legislation.

“A person could be able to purchase a firearm from a private seller with no background check and then carry that firearm anywhere in public without any type of firearms proficiency training if this bill is adopted,” State Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, told Reynolds on a call, according to the Des Moines Register.

Well, OK then – according to USACarry.com, sixteen states have some variation or another on no-permit-required, Constitutional carry, including our own adopted home of Alaska.  Surely it would be the simplest of things for this Wahls character to assemble some statistics on the horrible increase in accidental shootings and crimes committed with guns in those states following passage of these laws.

So why hasn’t he?   Probably because no such statistics exist.  As is always the case, the dire predictions of the gun-banners never come to pass.

This is an issue affecting a  natural right, one enshrined in the Bill of Rights.  Strict scrutiny applies.  On that score, Mr. Wahl, you fail.  Our rights take precedence over your paranoia.

Rule Five Second Amendment Friday

Wow.  January 2021 set a new record for point-of-sale background checks for gun purchases – and who knows how many purchases were legally made between private parties without those checks?  The gun and ammo market is booming.  I wonder why?  Excerpt:

Democrats control both chambers of Congress and the White House. One of their top priorities, outside of another coronavirus relief package, is pushing a radical gun control agenda. Once again, Americans are rejecting that policy position and showing support for the Second Amendment, as evidenced by the latest numbers released from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The FBI conducted 4.31 million background checks in the month of January, its highest on record since November 1998.

And:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, adjusted the numbers to get a better idea of how many background checks were conducted solely for firearm purchases. It pulls out background checks used to obtain a qualified alternative permit, which allows a permit holder to purchase a firearm without additional background checks. As of now, 25 states allow such a permit under the Brady Act.

The number of NICS checks solely for the purpose of purchase was 2.05 million, a 75 percent increase over January 2020’s number of 1.17 million.

Here’s the onion:

According to Mark Oliva, the NSSF’s Director of Public Affairs, the Biden administration and their anti-gun stance have fueled Americans’ purchasing decisions, especially when it comes to firearms.

“It can’t be discounted that many of these background checks for the purchase of a firearm are attributed to threats by the Biden administration to enact the most radical and far-reaching gun control agenda ever proposed. Americans are continuing to purchase firearms at a blistering pace. That’s undoubtedly connected to President Joe Biden’s plans to attack the firearm industry by undoing and rewriting regulations and executive actions to target the firearm industry, which started with freezing the publication of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s “Fair Access” banking rule,” Oliva said in a statement. “The Biden administration interfered with an independent government agency to further an agenda and perpetuate the illegal Operation Choke Point by farming it out to corporate banks. That was just the opening salvo.”

Considering that President Biden(‘s handlers) have threatened to appoint Beta O’Rourke, the Irish tortilla – he of “hell yes we’re going to make you turn in your AR_15s” fame – as some kind of Gun Czar, it’s understandable how would-be buyers are clamoring for a supply.

As further evidence, look for ammo on the shelves of any store that would normally sell ammo.  There’s just none to be had.

Now, some on the Left will try to sell this as some horrendous “OMG the white supremacist racist far-right militias are stocking up for an attempt to overthrow the government,” when any sane person would object that people intending nefarious acts against our government would hardly want to subject themselves to any government scrutiny ahead of time; that same sane person might speculate that last summer’s peaceful protests riots and the fact that those riots were ignored at best, and excused or outright supported at worst, by most of the same Left, as a rational reason to arm up.

I guess I’m a sane person, because here I am pointing out both of those things.  But if there’s one thing we know about sane people, it’s that there are damn few of them in government.

Rule Five Second Amendment Friday

It seems Joe Biden plans to appoint Beta O’Rourke, the Irish jalapeno, as “gun czar.”  Excerpt:

Democrats now have single-party control of the federal government. President Joe Biden styled himself as the most moderate candidate his party had to offer. And still, during the campaign he promised to put Beto O’Rourke – the man who blurted out “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s” in charge of his administration’s gun policies. 

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties. The congressmen who ducked, covered, and cowered – in now iconic photos – when protestors entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not – like Congresswoman Lauren Boebert – realize that their safety is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore carry arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so. 

No, they will act based on an intensified fear and perhaps even loathing of their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them proved capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendment at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take up action against perceived tyranny. 

For discussion, I’d like to home in on one particular statement, and give some thoughts that derive from a discussion among my best online buds over at Glibertarians, a great site that has somehow, so far, escaped being “deplatformed.”  The statement:

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties.

Now, plenty of gun owners worry – rightly – about an outright ban and confiscation, including jackbooted thugs showing up at your door with a list of firearms they know or suspect you own.  But such a scenario would almost certainly be disastrous; with 200 million gun owners in the country, if only one percent of those folks resist with force, with the guns the government is trying to confiscate, then there is a two-million-strong rebellion in place.

The first steps are likely to be far more insidious:

The Biden campaign promised to “hold gun manufacturers accountable.” Certainly, car manufacturers are – and should be – accountable when a defect that they knew about gets people killed. But we don’t hold Toyota accountable when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If we did, then Toyota wouldn’t exist.

That’s exactly what the Democrats are hoping to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, then gun companies would have almost no choice but to go out of existence. And – believe me – there is really a clear path to this actually happening.

The thing is this:  Most gun companies aren’t really big companies.  Such a policy of lawsuit-enabling, and a round of suits funded by well-heeled Democrat supporters (let’s very quietly mention the name ‘Soros’ here) may well drive most or all of those companies out of business.

Next, let’s say they put in a big tax.  Not on guns, not even on ammo – let’s say they just tax primers.  Primers are a huge bottleneck.  They aren’t something the typical gun owner can easily reproduce, and they are absolutely essential.  Without primers, your AR-15 – or your Belgian Auto-5 – is just an expensive club.

Finally, a “violence tax.”  This may be the last straw.  Say you’re in your place of employment, and the sweet little lady who runs HR drops by your desk to tell you that the Imperial government has just instituted a “violence prevention tax” that will take, oh, 20% of the income of anyone who has ever been the subject of the instant background check required for a gun purchase – which tax applies unless you surrender or dispose of all firearms that the government most assuredly has a record of your owning.

This isn’t a case of government thugs showing up at your door with a confiscation order.  And you can’t open fire on the little old HR lady who brought you cookies last week.  If things come to this juncture, you have very few if any good options.

And if you think for a moment that this likely course of action is not being considered, then you’ve got another think coming, and I think the Biden Administration may well be about to disabuse you of that notion.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted before, holy crap but you accumulate a lot of stuff when you’ve lived in a house for twenty-three years, and have raised four kids in that house.  On the weekend past we filled a thirty-foot roll-off dumpster with old crap from garage and workshop.  A lot of stuff has been given away or sold, and a fair amount more will be disposed of the same way.

What’s interesting about this move is taking firearms and ammo through Canada.  Most moving companies will handle firearms but not ammo, meaning we have to take our substantial ammo supply through Canada.  For most of our stuff, the bureaucratic hoops aren’t too bad.  The AR-15s would have been problematic but they are already safely stored up north.  To any of you considering this move, though, I’d offer the following advice; firearms can be transported via the airlines in checked baggage, and that’s probably the least troublesome way to make this particular move.  We’re moving as much of our collection that was as we can manage, just to save the trouble.  If much of your collection is Tacticool instead of our assortment of old shotguns and hunting rifles, that advice goes double.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Because, you know, elected officials must not be held accountable for their actions in any way.

Stukach!

Rush Limbaugh:  The Left is still scared of Trump.  In light of the lengths to which they are going to silence him, I’m inclined to agree.  And it’s funny, because if the last election is any judge, the best tactic the Left can follow is to say as little as possible.

The masks are rapidly coming off.   Healing and reconciliation, my middle-aged white ass.

California doesn’t seem to happy with their Governor.  Can’t say as I blame them.

From our online pal Wombat-socho:  Night of the Digital Long Knives.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the current state of affairs.

Biden claims he’ll ‘defeat the NRA.’  Plenty of liberal pols have claimed that, and the NRA is still there, still with millions of members.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Yorker‘s David Remnick is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

Vox‘s Fabiola Cineas is an idiot.

Mozilla CEO Winifred Mitchell Baker is an idiot.

And So:

1974.  I was thirteen, and every Saturday night that we could my friends and I stayed up to watch The Midnight Special.  Here, from that year and that show, is David Essex and his song Rock On.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Second Amendment Friday

Should convicted felons be prohibited from owning guns?  Many staunch Second Amendment supporters would say “yes.”  My reply is, “well, that depends,” and one of the things it depends upon is whether the person in question is a violent felon.  Which brings us to an ongoing Second Amendment court case, one in which the newest Supreme Court Justice may be a deciding vote.  Excerpt:

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a longstanding precedent on Nov. 24 that convicted felons are not permitted to possess firearms after Lisa M. Folajtar asked the court to decide whether Congress can prohibit individuals like herself who are convicted of tax fraud from legally owning a gun.

The appeals court ruled that they could find “no reason to deviate from this long standing prohibition in the context of tax fraud” and rejected her claim.

Folajtar pled guilty in 2011 to making false statements on her tax returns, according to the court’s ruling. While the crime carries a prison sentence of up to three years,  she was instead sentenced to three-years’ probation, among other sentences. However, current law says that people convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison are prohibited from owning a gun.

Folajtar sued in 2018, arguing that the law violated her Second Amendment right to carry a firearm. The court dismissed her claim, sending Folajtar to appeal to the Third Circuit. However, the divided court ruled that since the felony is a serious crime, she is not protected.

Lawyers for Attorney General William P. Barr told the appeals court that the right to bear arms can be forfeited if the individual has committed a crime.

“The right to keep and bear arms is analogous to other civic rights that have historically been subject to forfeiture by individuals convicted of crimes, including the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury and the right to hold public office.”

However:

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Kanter v. Barr in which the court upheld that Rickey I. Kanter was prohibited from owning a firearm because he committed mail fraud. However, Justice Barrett dissented, arguing that history does not support revoking Second Amendment rights to felons convicted of a non-violent crime.

“History is consistent with common sense: it demonstrates that legislatures have the power to prohibit dangerous people from possessing guns,” Barrett wrote in her 2019 dissent. “But that power extends only to people who are dangerous.  Founding-era legislatures did not strip felons of the right to bear arms simply because of their status as felons.”

I’ve long been of the opinion that a felon, once their time is served, should be able to go through a process in which their full civil rights are restored – all of them, including the right to own a gun.  I’ve also long been of the opinion that this should probably be a higher hurdle for people convicted of violent crimes.  Violent felons should be scrutinized rigorously through this process, but sometimes people do change, and there are cases in which former thugs have changed their ways and gone on to become upstanding citizens.

But in this case, where the crime was a white-collar crime, I’m inclined to think that another form of strict scrutiny applies; that being, is this person a danger to themselves or others?  If the answer to that is no, then I can’t see the stripping of their constitutional rights.  Any of them.

It will be interesting to see if this comes to the Supreme Court and, if so, how the various Justices vote.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Tomorrow, as all good Americans know, is Thanksgiving.  Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt., along with two of our kids and one kid’s fiancee, will be enjoying our Thanksgiving repast at the home of Mrs. Animal’s parents. My in-laws are two of the finest people who ever drew breath.  They value seeing the family together more than anything, and while all of us show no symptoms and have been prudently washing hands and keeping a short distance from strangers, I’ll be damned if we’re going to give up our usual family holiday meal.  Anyone who doesn’t like that, well, you can kiss my middle-aged white ass.  And if Governor Polis wants to send someone to check on us, they’d better have a ruttin’ warrant.

We’ll have a placeholder post tomorrow on the holiday.  Regular posts will resume Friday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Look at all these California Sheriffs who have had enough of Newsom’s never-ending lock-downs.

The legacy media has already started frantically tonguing Joe Biden’s anus.

Duck.

Duck.

Goose!

I do get a kick out of Lindsey Graham 2.0.

This is called protesting by punching yourself repeatedly in the face.

This, on the other hand, is righteous and roundly entertaining.

John Cleese rocks the house.

I’m shocked, shocked, to find law enforcement soliciting bribes in a may-issue jurisdiction!

Oh, sure, you couldn’t have told me that when I was six years old.

Stuffed camel.  For your multicultural Thanksgiving.  (I’ve had camel, I don’t recommend it.)

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman is still a hack, and an idiot.  (I’m getting a little déjà vu here.)

The Hill’s Amy Hanauer is an idiot.

Californey Governor Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.

These “activists” in Seattle are all idiots.

Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.

And So:

One of my favorites from back in the day is a guy who is amazingly still touring now.  I’m speaking of Boz Scaggs; here, from his best-ever album, Silk Degrees, is one of my favorites of his tunes, Lido Shuffle. Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

For some time I’ve been keeping my eye out for a fine old English side-by-side double for upland bird hunting.  On Sunday last I finally found the right combination of gun, price and cash on hand, as I was the successful bidder on a Henry Tolley hand-made 12-gauge double, made around 1902 in Birmingham.  This is a one-of-a-kind piece, a true sidelock with a Deeley-style action and Damascus barrels sleeved for smokeless-powder 2 1/2″ 12 gauge shells.

In my own experience there are no shotguns that handle as sweetly as a well-balanced side-by-side.  I’m looking forward to shooting it.  I’m looking forward even more to taking it into the Alaska game fields for grouse and ptarmigan.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Peace in the Middle East – will the Saudis be next?  Maybe.  Will the President get any credit for it?  No.

Humans are regaining a third major artery in the forearm.  Interesting.  It’s not clear from the article whether a single gene or a suite of genes is involved, though, which would be interesting to know.

It’s getting to the point where it’s impossible to parody these people.

Yes, it’s too soon to start talking about President Pence.  Let’s get through this election first, the outcome of which I’m not terribly optimistic.

How We Lost Our Way on Human Rights.  Lengthy, but worth it.

Well, whattya know.  Now the WHO is saying Kung Flu lockdowns are a cure worse than the disease.  Stuart Varney has some thoughts on why that’s true.

Gird your loins – the Super-Pig Uprising is coming.  Wonder Wart-Hog was unavailable for comment.

Kamala Harris – anti-Catholic bigot.

Round-Heels Harris also beclowned herself at the Amy Comey Barrett hearings on Monday, but that’s no surprise.  You really can’t parody these people.

Speaking of those hearings:  Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) plans to screw things up, but we can already see those plans blowing up in his face.

Genetic Isopoints.  Cool stuff.

More Kung Flu quackery – now it’s rectal ozone.  Gwyneth, are you listening?

This Week’s Idiots:

Keith Olbermann is not only an idiot, he’s a dangerous idiot.  Seriously, what an arrogant fuckwit.

CNN’s Kathleen Dunn is an idiot.

Jacobin’s Matt Bruenig is an idiot.

The Nation’s Chris Gelardi is an idiot.

The LA Times Erwin Chemerinsky is an idiot.

And So:

In keeping with my now-apparently-a-tradition of leaving you with a song on Wednesday, here is Aerosmith, performing the one of the best versions ever of their best song ever, Dream On.  The video quality could be better, but the audio is more than enough.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Last Saturday Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. got up early and headed up to Grand County, where we engaged in the pursuit of Colorado dusky grouse.  Our efforts fell far short of hardcore, as we were more interested in enjoying a day in the mountains, away from the stress, strain and noise of the Denver area where we make our home.  In that sense the day was a roaring success.  We did see grouse, but only on private land on the drive in to the hunting area.

Typical of the country.

Again, not that disappointing.  A day in the mountains cannot be disappointing.  But the dusky grouse of the western mountains is indeed worth pursuing, especially early in the season.

Dusky Grouse

Early in the season these plump birds are eating grass seeds, grasshoppers and berries, and are very tasty.  I always recommend making them into a casserole or cooking them in a crock with a can of cream of onion or cream of celery tossed in; they are tasty but very lean, and if you cook them like chicken they’ll be tough and dry.  Later in the season, along about late October or November, the birds have moved into the heavy timber and are eating needles, which can give them an unpleasant taste.

Early in the season, again, the birds are pretty tame.  Mrs. Animal and I generally hunt them with .22 pistols, to make it interesting.  These grouse will often just sit on the ground looking at you, or if they fly, they generally fly up to a low branch and sit looking down at you.  In those circumstances they are very vulnerable to a well-placed .22LR standard-velocity target load.  I have a 12-inch .22LR barrel with a 2.5x scope for my Contender, and can hit birds out to 75 yards with that rig very easily.

Next weekend is North Park’s one-weekend sage grouse season.  I haven’t yet decided whether I want to go up and have a go at those big open-country birds.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, enjoy your day off, True Believers!

Animal’s Daily Political Execution News

Before we get started, check out my latest Profile in Toxic Masculinity over at Glibertarians.

Last weekend, the festering sore that is Portland saw an actual by-gosh political execution, right in the street.  Excerpt:

One person was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night as tensions between pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters boiled over.

The victim was pictured lying on the ground wearing a Patriot Prayer baseball cap, appearing to show support for the far-Right group which is frequently present during Portland protests. 

The Portland protest was one of many that Donald Trump‘s supporters staged across the country on Saturday, with hundreds of people congregating in Los Angeles, Georgia and beyond to celebrate their president and rally for his re-election. 

In Washington DC, Black Lives Matter protesters were tear gassed to push them away from the White House, while in Kenosha, Wisconsin – where Jacob Blake was shot on August 23 – protests continued, but were largely peaceful.

The White House announced that Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha on Tuesday – which many fear could exacerbate tensions in the city.

Here’s the onion:

In Portland – where there have been 95 nights of unrest in the wake of the May 25 shooting of George Floyd – more than 600 cars flying Trump flags and banners set off in a convoy around and through the city, after tense scenes at their meeting point and clashes with counter-protesters.

Now, let’s do a little thought exercise.

This counter-protest included six hundred cars and trucks from the suburban and rural areas outside the city (almost certainly.)  I’d bet next week’s invoice that none of those cars and trucks was occupied by only one person.  If we posit two people per vehicle, that’s twelve hundred citizens on the road.

That’s a big response.  And, by all evidence, their goal was simply to drive through the town and show the flag, although they were prepared with pepper spray to fend off attackers.

Bearing Arms

Now, let’s add to that the police “failing” to find this perp for several days, in spite of plenty of video evidence – and there is little mention of his arrest in June on firearms charges, when he was released with no charges filed by the DA.  Instead, the perp was apparently identified by photos and videos online and positively identified by his own family.

One of two things will happen here.  Either the out of town folks decide it’s not worth it and stay home, or the rage grows, and they return with more people, more vehicles, better weapons and a whole different ROE.

This is the kind of thing that results in people hanging from lampposts.

The fact is that the suburban/rural folks that have been repeatedly and continually demonized by Profa and BLM agitators have shown enormous restraint.  If they decide enough is enough – and political executions may well be the tipping point, when you add it to the utter lack of any action on the part of city and state officials – it may well result in these folks arming up and deciding to shut things down themselves.

At that point it’s Bleeding Kansas all over again.