Category Archives: Guns

Shooting Irons!

Animal’s Daily Stupid Ideas News

Before we get into President Biden(‘s handlers) latest stupid statement, check out the next installment of The River over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Last week, President(ish) Biden made another stupid statement about guns and how police use them.  Excerpt:

Joe Biden knows nothing about guns. It’s rather concerning that he’s so ignorant and yet, he’s in the position he’s in — talking about policy and laws, as well as constantly pushing gun control.

Biden was at the White House on Friday, talking about “retraining” police.

But first, with Joe Biden being Joe Biden, he faced the battle of the microphone and just being able to speak clearly.

But even as he’s talking about “retraining,” he has no idea what he’s talking about. He said that police need to be trained not to “shoot to kill,” but to “shoot to stop.”

This is of course ignorance of the highest order; police are trained to shoot center mass to bring the criminal down, and you don’t fire unless you are prepared to kill the subject because of the threat. Biden seems to have some farcical belief that you should shoot people in the leg, rather than shooting to kill. He doesn’t understand that makes it unlikely you would hit a moving target, much less stop them, plus that wouldn’t guarantee that you wouldn’t kill the person anyway, if you winged them in the femoral artery.

“Shoot to stop” is the standard already; that is, shoot until the threat is gone.  That means shooting for center mass, to maximize your chances of an effective hit.  And that also  means you keep shooting until the threat is neutralized; if that also means dead, well, so be it.

Biden – along with most Democrats – know bugger-all about guns or about defensive shooting.  It’s not a target range or a friendly plinking session in the cornfield.  The shooter may be taking return fire.  It’s more than likely dark.  The shooter may be crouching or prone, adrenaline will be rushing through his body, his hands will be shaking; he’s shooting at unknown range but likely close enough that the attacker may be able to reach him and negate the one advantage you have, being able to keep an attacker at a distance.  The assailant may be jacked up on drugs, or just berserk with rage.  The shooter doesn’t know.

If one tried to “shoot to wound,” then the shooter may be risking their own life.  You shoot to stop the threat.

Shooting to wound or shooting the gun/knife out of an assailant’s hand may have worked for Randolph Scott – and I do love those old Westerns where the hero does just that.  But those are fiction, and have no impact on the real world.  But then, Joe Biden increasingly seems to have an only tenuous connection to the real world himself.

Animal’s Daily Stupid Party News

This just in from Scott McKay at the American Spectator:  Thom Tillis Is Why That Red Wave Didn’t Materialize.  Excerpt:

I bring this up often, but I’ll do it again because this is yet another example. Here’s how legislative negotiations work between Stupid Party Republicans like Tillis and Mitch McConnell, who isn’t stupid but stands as one of the most egregious political point-shavers in American history as the leader of the GOP caucus, and the Democrats:

Democrats: We want 100. Give us 100.

Republicans: What are you offering in return?

Democrats: Nothing. But we want 100 and you have to give it to us.

(Or maybe the Stupid Party even skips the question about what they’ll get for the 100.)

Republicans: What if we gave you 10?

Republican voters: Excuse us, but why are you offering these people anything? This is stuff we have to pay for, and we don’t want you to give it up.

Democrats: Shut up, you racists!

Republican voters: See? Why would you sell us out to these jerks?

Republicans: Forgive our voters. How about 20?

Democrats: We can’t even discuss this without getting at least 30.

Republicans: Well …

Republican voters: DON’T YOU DARE TAKE THAT DEAL!

Democrats: Terrorists! They’re terrorists! Send in the FBI!

Republicans: Will 30 seal the deal?

Democrats: We’ll have to see …

Democrat voters: Should we riot? Firebomb a care pregnancy center? Send in idiots in red t-shirts to harass people in the Dirksen Building?

Democrats: Sure. Knock yourselves out.

Republican voters: This is who you idiots want to do a deal with? You really are the Stupid Party.

Republicans: Well …

Democrats: Sure, we’ll take 30.

Republicans: Excellent! Glad we’ve been able to come together.

Republican voters: Come together for what? What did we get out of this?

Republicans: We got 70! Isn’t that great?

Republican voters: If you’d walked away from the table at the very beginning we’d have 100. You got taken to the cleaners, you morons, and we just got stuck with the bill.

Republicans: Yes, but look at this nice writeup in POLITICO.

This ridiculous pantomime has gone on for literally decades, and it fools absolutely nobody but the Thom Tillises of the world.

Negotiating, to the Democrats, means “you give us what we want and shut the hell up, or else we’ll call you racists, Nazis, fascists and whatever other terms we’re using as synonyms for ‘doody-head.'”  This isn’t a new thing; this is exactly how we went, in ninety years,  from being able to buy a Thompson sub-machine gun in a hardware store to having to beg the government permission and wait for weeks to exercise a Constitutional right.

 

Here’s the thing, though:  It’s not just a matter of “voting out the RINOS.”  It’s gone well past that.  Look at the voting maps.  We’re well into a social and political divide the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1860, only this time the divide is urban vs. rural, with the suburbs as unwilling and often unwitting referees.  The “squish” Republicans all too often represent states, like Susan Collins’ Maine, where they are the only kinds of Republicans that can get elected.

Yes, the GOP Charlie Browns needs to quit running at that football that the Democrat Lucys are just going to yank away.  But they damn well better learn how to make some inroads into those increasingly-dominant suburban and urban areas, or they’re going to keep producing disappointing results come Election Day.

 

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.

 

Animal’s Daily Iowa Gun Rights News

Before the story of the day, check out the latest installment of Season of Ice over at Glibertarians!

Now:  I found this interesting, mostly because I grew up in Iowa and still have family there.  Excerpt:

A majority of likely voters say they would support a proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would add the right “to keep and bear arms” — and go beyond the protections contained in the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment — if the election were held today.  

A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 58% of likely voters plan to vote for the proposed amendment in the Nov. 8 midterm election. Thirty-seven percent of likely voters would vote against it, and another 6% are not sure.

The poll asked likely voters if they would vote “yes” or “no” and included the full language of the proposed amendment, which states: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.” 

This, honestly, is how the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment should have been worded.  But we work with the Constitution we have, not the one we want.

Alaska’s Constitution already has a similar provision:

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of the State.

The right to bear arms and preemption, all in two concise sentences.  I like it.

There’s a larger issue here.  While I’m gratified to see these evidences of Federalism in action, it shouldn’t be necessary.  The Second Amendment alone should cover this ground.  But the fact is that it is necessary, the Imperial City seems all too often inclined to ignore those parts of the Constitution it finds inconvenient, including, recently, the separation of powers.  So the states take matters into their own hands.

Sooner or later there is going to be a showdown between several states and the Imperial City over these matters.  The question remaining is what form that will take.  The courts give us one option.

There are others.

Rule Five Trump VP Friday

Over at the New English Review recently, scribe Roger L. Simon explored the possibility of Tulsi Gabbard becoming President Trump’s 2024 running mate.  As will surprise none of you, I have some thoughts, which begin with “not only no, but hell no!”  Excerpt:

At the least, the choice of Gabbard would make a striking comparison on many levels to Kamala Harris, though it’s highly unlikely our current vice president will be anywhere near the 2024 Democratic presidential ballot.

That party tries to keep her out of sight as much as possible now, but even when they send her as far as the border of North and South Korea, she seems to have trouble remembering which is our ally. A second vice presidency isn’t in the cards.

Notwithstanding Harris, however, the case for Gabbard isn’t frivolous. Her video statement on formally leaving the Democratic Party is as eloquent and well-taken as any potential Republican vice presidential candidate I can think of:

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party. It’s now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism, who actively worked to undermine our God-given freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, and who are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, who demonize the police who protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans who believe in open borders, who weaponize the national security state to go after their political opponents, and above all, are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.”

Amen, sister!

Tulsi isn’t wrong in any of that quote; she accurately sums up what has become of the Democrat Party.  It’s become a party that Harry Truman wouldn’t recognize.  Indeed, Truman would be considered a far-right reactionary by today’s Democrats.  But Mr. Simon, much as I like and respect him, only hints at one of the major problems with this idea:

I write this well aware that I may not agree with Tulsi on everything. (I don’t even agree with myself on everything.) I write it in a desire to move things forward in the worst of times.

I’m also well aware there are several other worthy potential Republican vice-presidential candidates, notably Gov. Ron DeSantis, who certainly deserves to be president someday. He would be a great one. He’s done a superb job in Florida and has continued to do so with Ian, miraculously restoring electricity to the state within days.

In 2024, assuming Trump runs again, he would be well-advised to make Ron DeSantis the heir apparent.  In fact, I’d bet serious folding money that Governor DeSantis will one day occupy the Imperial Mansion, and when he does, he will likely be the most consequential President since Ronald Reagan.  But even if the Governor declines, Trump should not pick Tulsi Gabbard.

Don’t get me wrong.  I admire the principled stand Tulsi Gabbard has taken on leaving a political party that has gone insane.  She is leaning into taking the red pill to some small extent; a recent video shows her shooting an AR-pattern carbine, among other weapons.  From what I read, she is personable as well.  Sensible people like her, even those who disagree with her on policy positions.  Were I to have the chance to speak with her, I expect it would be a polite exchange of ideas without rancor.  Like me, she’s a veteran with combat-zone tours under her belt.

But she shouldn’t be the VP candidate for a GOP President.

Her positions on gun control have been (hah) a moving target, but she is generally in favor of bans or at least restrictions on “assault weapons,” she is in favor or higher marginal tax rates, her economic stances in general are well to the left of center.

Ms. Gabbard’s leaving the ever-more-loony Democrats shouldn’t lead one to believe that she’s switching sides.  I don’t think she is.  I think she’s stayed the same, a reliable liberal as the term was defined in the Nineties and early Oughts.  As she stated herself, the party left her, not the other way around.  She’s not a conservative or a libertarian, and she likely isn’t and won’t be moving in that direction.

Should Donald Trump run again in 2024 – and I’m guessing he will – the last thing he should do is embrace a liberal to the Presidential bosom.  And, to be fair, I doubt Tulsi would be interested in the gig in any case.

Animal’s Daily Liberty Doll News

Before we begin, check out the latest in my new fiction series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  The other day, I stumbled across a YouTube channel by a young woman calling herself “Liberty Doll.”  Her videos are fun, entertaining and informative, even if she can be a bit… distracting.  Here’s her recent video on the whole Utica, NY gun “buyback” silliness; check it out.

This approach wouldn’t work for everyone (it sure as hell wouldn’t work for me!) but one takes advantage of one’s personal assets, and Liberty Doll has great assets.  But she’s also smart, engaging, charming and well-informed, so don’t think her channel is all cheesecake.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cheesecake.

Her take on the Utica gun “buyback” was a good example.  The whole debacle was eminently ridicule-worthy, especially the fellow “Kem” who sold them $21,000 of 3-D printed junk.  That, to my thinking, is a great way to illustrate the absurdity of this kind of program, and to make some serious cash on the side.  I’d give it a go myself, as I’m pretty sure I have enough pipe and scrap wood in the garage to cobble up some convincing-looking “zip guns,” but Alaska is an unusually sane state where guns are concerned.  There aren’t likely to be any “gun buybacks” here in the Great Land.

Go take a look at Liberty Doll’s channel.  Toss her a subscribe if you’re so inclined.  Anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky is having a hard time on YouTube these days, so it’s worth supporting those folks who are toughing it out.

Rule Five Protection, Life and Property Friday

Issues & Insights has become one of my regular reads.  This article is one of the reasons why.  A week or so back, one “Winston Reilly” (a pseudonym) wrote a great piece on self-defense, life and property.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

The philosophical evolution from allowing the protection of one’s personal property as well as the right to life into a sole focus on threats of physical harm is a far more profound change than it first appears. If one cannot protect one’s property, is it really owned at all? If a stranger can lay claim to my property and be immune from consequences solely by avoiding deadly threats, and I must somehow prove that I was, in fact, in grave danger in order to protect that property, how is the property mine? And if the notion of private property is so vulnerable, have we not evolved into a communist society in the true sense of the word?

I do not mean this to advocate vigilante justice. Once the owner and property are separated and any threat removed, it becomes the job of police to investigate and prosecute the criminal(s). But at the time that a piece of property is being stolen in the presence of an owner, there is no reasonable doubt of the criminal’s intention or culpability. I submit that if the perpetrator is menacing in any way, refuses to relinquish the property, or there are two or more perpetrators involved, that by definition there is a threat to life that justifies the use of deadly force.

I have a little problem with this statement:  Once the owner and property are separated and any threat removed, it becomes the job of police to investigate and prosecute the criminal(s).  In too many cases, in too many of our major cities, the police are overwhelmed, if not flatly indifferent – or ordered to stand down.  Now I get the “any threat removed” statement, but in our increasingly anarchic cities, there’s always the chance that a criminal may be fleeing with life-sustaining property – food, or transport, or (most of all) medicines.

But this:  I submit that if the perpetrator is menacing in any way, refuses to relinquish the property, or there are two or more perpetrators involved, that by definition there is a threat to life that justifies the use of deadly force.  Yes – and the shooter in this case should never lose a moment’s sleep over the event.

Mr. “Reilly” continues:

The idea of private property is essential to a society that values the rights of the individual. The public officials who enact laws to restrict the concept of self-defense or use existing statutes to intimidate people into allowing property to be taken are contributing to the anarchy that is increasingly making living in and doing business in many cities untenable. A relatively simple (though highly consequential) change in the codes related to self-defense and how it applies to property will go a long way toward restoring the orderly society that seems to be disappearing by the day.

As I’ve said so often that it’s become my mantra:  Liberty and property.

Too many of our major cities are, as Mr. “Reilly” advises, intimidating people to allow theft of their property by ever-more-bold criminals.  In places like Los Angeles, criminals have gone from bold to arrogant, and the problem has expanded to include the mentally-ill, substance-abusing “homeless” population.  It’s come to the point where small businesses – the lifeblood of any economy – are shutting down and fleeing.

And in those same jurisdictions, the common citizenry is legally denied their right to self-defense and defense of property.  Indeed, their property is not really theirs any more.  Not when the municipality holds to policies that favor the criminal over the law-abiding, and force business owners to tolerate drug-dealing in their neighborhoods and feces on their doorsteps.

Mr. “Reilly” writes about the right to armed self-defense, and does so well.  But the issue is much larger.  It’s not only that the law-abiding and small business owners are denied the right to defense of themselves and their properties; it’s that they are denied even the basic decencies recognized in civilized societies since the times of the Romans.

That’s not tenable.  It can’t last.  The question is, what comes next?

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.