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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I can’t believe this is already the last Hump Day post of 2023!  Watch, though, for Friday’s Rule Five post, as we will be announcing some changes and some fun new stuff for the sight.  Rest assured our Blue Monday, Hump Day, Rule Five Friday and Saturday Gingermageddon displays of toothsome totty will continue, as well as me bringing you my take on the events of the day.

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Programming notes: As this is the last Wednesday before Christmas, I’ll just note that there won’t be any regular posts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day proper (Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, anyway, when I normally don’t post) but I will bring you some toothsome holiday totty on those days.

In between the holidays, regular posts will be going up as usual, including next week’s Hump Day links compendium and Rule Five Friday.  New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will repeat the Christmas totty schedule, then on Jan 2nd, 2024, regular posts resume.  In other words, I plan on battering away at my keyboard over the holidays pretty much as usual, here and at RedState.

2024.  Can you believe it?  What the hell happened to 2023?  Oh, and with the New Year, we’ll do our annual traditional celebration of diversity on our Saturday posts, so you all have that to look forward to.  And in the new year, we’ll have some changes on the site, and some new stuff for you all to look forward to.

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping notes: A week from today we’ll be flying to Iowa, leaving our house-sitters in place here, where we will spend a week with the entire Animal family at our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas family reunion.  Posts will be scheduled for the balance of next week, and the week of the 27th will be taken up with some placeholder totty.  Regular posts will resume Monday, Dec 4th.

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Animal’s Daily Shoulder Brace News

Guns Not for Sale.

Before we start, check out the final installment of Riding the String over at Glibertarians!

Now then: The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has been handed a loss over its nonsensical shoulder-brace ban. My RedState colleague Bonchie brought us the news.

In a major win for Second Amendment rights, the Biden administration’s pistol brace ban has been struck down nationwide. A previous ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had given the plaintiffs relief but left everyone still risking a felony by holding onto their pistol braces. 

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmarky of Texas delivered the nationwide injunction, a decision that saves millions from having to destroy their pistol braces or guns altogether.

Millions of law-abiding gun owners who were turned into criminals overnight under the Biden administration’s new pistol brace ban have temporary relief after a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction preventing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from enforcing it.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled on Wednesday that the unelected bureaucrats’ attempts to legislate by regulation instead of enforcing the gun laws already on the books were unlawful and, in the case of pistol braces, must cease immediately.

The ATF’s rule, enacted earlier this year, sought to jail and fine any of the estimated 40 million U.S. pistol brace owners who refused to reclassify their weapons as short barrel rifles, which require registration with the government and a $200 tax stamp, or destroy the pistol brace. Gun owners in the 21 states with SBR bans were forced to choose between relinquishing their weapons or destroying their pistol brace-equipped firearms to avoid penalty and punishment.

Full disclosure; as any of you who have read these virtual pages knows, I am not and never have been a Tacticool aficionado, and don’t give two hoots about pistol braces in and of themselves. But from the Second Amendment standpoint, and from the standpoint of the Constitution itself, I care a great deal about massive overstepping by an Imperial agency that, if you care about the Tenth Amendment, shouldn’t even exist.

Armed and Sexy.

That being the case, this is a pretty significant win.  The entire hooplah over these things was based on the assertion that a pistol brace somehow made a short weapon (most of these things are used on AR-15 “pistols,” a device for which I can’t really see much use, but every cat its own rat) more deadly.  How that worked was never clear; the cartridge fired remains the same, the operation of the weapon doesn’t change; the brace doesn’t make the weapon more or less accurate in and of itself.  What these braces were designed to do, and what they actually do, is to allow a disabled shooter to handle the weapon with greater ease and improved functionality.

That’s all.

This is a win. But the war for the Second Amendment continues.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Note:  Since I have two weeks worth of my RedState posts here, this will be lengthy, but you can see it all beneath the cut. And I will also say this: It’s great to be home. I still love the Colorado mountains and had a great time, but we also spent a few days in the Denver area visiting friends and family, and boy have three years in the Great Land changed my perspectives on Denver.  Big cities are noisy, and they stink.

We’re really glad to be home, in Alaska.

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Happy Hump Day!

I’ve written before about the possibility of small, modular nuclear reactors and their possible use in providing clean, reliable electricity to remote communities – like, say, much of Alaska.  Here’s another interesting piece on that topic.

SMRs are advanced nuclear reactors that have a power capacity of up to 300 MW(e) per unit, equivalent to around one-third the generating capacity of a traditional nuclear reactor. SMRs are much smaller than traditional reactors and are modular, making it simpler for them to be assembled in factories and transported to site. Because of their smaller size, it is possible to install an SMR on sites that are not suitable for bigger reactors.

If these live up to expectations, they could be game-changers for small rural communities.  But that’s a pretty big ‘if’ – and don’t underestimate the odds of the government regulating them out of existence.

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Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping note:  Since my Wednesday links posts have always been long, and are getting longer, I’m going to try sticking the actual links below a “Click to Read More” tag.  This will help me to keep my already crowded front page a tad less cluttered while I consider how to go about a more involved revamp of the site. I’m still using the 2014 theme for WordPress, and while I like the looks of it, it may be time to update.  It’s been almost ten years since the last major site revamp, so we’ll see.  And, of course, please do let me know in the comments if you like/dislike and changes or have any other comments.

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Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, 450th Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, Flappr and The Daley Gator for the Rule Five links!  And welcome to this, our 450th Blue Monday post.  Almost nine years of Blue Mondays!

Have a look at this:

Bear in mind that the executive order of one President can be undone by the next President.  This, however, is an action that would rightly be strangled in the crib.  The BATFE has no authority to simply pass a rule disallowing the private sale of private property, and at some level someone in the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has to know this.

As a tactic, though, this kind of rule-making is becoming all too common. Pass a rule that will certainly be overturned, and make your political opponents spend years and millions fighting it; when it’s overturned, find another window and repeat the process.

Do you need any more evidence that our government is out of control, that Constitutional principles are daily ignored, and that we are governed by the very worst people the country has thus produced?

Stay tuned. I suspect you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’m going to do something I haven’t yet done, and that’s feature one of my own RedState pieces here:  2 US Navy Sailors Arrested for Selling Intel to China (also linked in my RedState section below). Give it a quick read.  I’ll wait right here.

Back?  OK, then, now that you see what I’m talking about, I’ll just say something that RedState’s editorial standards don’t allow:  Fuck those shitheads, both of them. I hope that if we can’t get them executed, that they at least rot in damp, shitty jail cells for the rest of their natural lives.

In better news, grouse season opens here in the Great Land tomorrow. With a bit of luck and cooperation from the weather I’ll get out to shoot some toothsome sprucies this weekend.

There.  I feel better.  Now then…

On To the Links!

It might not be a bad bet.

Don’t bet on this one, unless you’re betting on the GOP to deliver another Strongly Worded Letter.

That’s nothing new.

Is America Headed for Civil War?

Welcome Back, Ron DeSantis

Countdown to war in Africa.

Would you get bored?  I’d never get bored.

The longest-ranged sniper rifles in the world. Not sure I agree with all of these, but interesting all the same.

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  Two Sets of Laws for Two Americas

Welcome to six months ago.

We’re not locked in here with you.  You’re locked in here with us.

What if Trump Stops Playing Along?

I love a happy ending.

Some specifics would be nice.

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson reveals the remaking of America.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

My RedState stuff:

Biden’s BATFE Gets Dealt Major Blow in Pistol Brace Case

Canada PM Trudeau and Wife Announce Separation – on Instagram

SNAP Benefits, Incentives, and Reform

Hunter Biden, Class(less) Act

Stopping Looters: We Ain’t Gonna Take It, Any More

2 US Navy Sailors Arrested for Selling Intel to China

Which Side Would Win a Second American Civil War?

Trump Campaign Pulls Strings to Ensure Primary Delegate Counts

Sweden’s Vigilantes Deal With Street Crime

Amending the Constitution: A Proposal

Maine Residents Alarmed by Mysterious Purple Haze

Driving, the Younger Generation, and the Glorious Freedom of Mobility

BREAKING: Unconfirmed Reports of Wagner Group Personnel Aiding Coup in Niger

Sunday Gun Day II – Curios and Relics

Oregon Drivers Now Allowed to Pump Their Own Gas

Spain’s Supreme Court Rules: Gender Theory in Schools Now A-OK.

National Purple Heart Day – Some Personal Reflections

Japan Releases ‘Defense of Japan 2023’ White Paper, And It’s An Interesting Read

Supreme Court Ruling Allows ‘Ghost Gun’ (For the Time Being)

This Week’s Idiots:

Vox’s Ian Millhiser (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New York TimesRachel Laser is an idiot.

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

The New Republic’s Matt Ford is an idiot.

Washington Monthy’s Robert Shapiro is an idiot.

No shit, Sherlock.

The Nation’s Charlie Heller is an idiot.

The Hill’s Bill Press is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Not only was Frank Zappa a dozen different kinds of musical genius – he carved his own initials deep into rock & roll, he endlessly parodied other artists, his own music was never played the same way in any two concerts, and oh, by the way, he wrote and conducted his own symphonies – but he also did some amazing covers.

Now, everybody who’s anybody in music has covered the 1971 Led Zeppelin hit Stairway to Heaven. It’s one of the greatest rock & roll songs ever produced, and it’s been covered endlessly.  But Zappa, in his 1991 live album The Best Band You’ve Never Heard In Your Life, did the best cover of Stairway ever done, anywhere, ever.  Here it is – enjoy.