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Rule Five Why Did It Have To Be Guns Friday

From time to time I peruse the web site of libertarian author L. Neil Smith.  Here’s one of my favorites of his works, Why Did it Have to be … Guns?  Follow the link and read it all.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

Make no mistake: all politicians—even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership—hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it’s an X-ray machine. It’s a Vulcan mind-meld. It’s the ultimate test to which any politician—or political philosophy—can be put.

If a politician isn’t perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash—for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn’t your friend no matter what he tells you.

If he isn’t genuinely enthusiastic about his average constituent stuffing that weapon into a purse or pocket or tucking it under a coat and walking home without asking anybody’s permission, he’s a four-flusher, no matter what he claims.

What his attitude—toward your ownership and use of weapons—conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn’t trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

And, yes, it’s all about trust.  Even the most Second Amendment-friendly pols on tap today eventually hit that issue of trust.  There is always some point beyond which they don’t trust the population at large.

If he doesn’t want you to have the means of defending your life, do you want him in a position to control it?

If he makes excuses about obeying a law he’s sworn to uphold and defend—the highest law of the land, the Bill of Rights—do you want to entrust him with anything?

If he ignores you, sneers at you, complains about you, or defames you, if he calls you names only he thinks are evil—like “Constitutionalist”—when you insist that he account for himself, hasn’t he betrayed his oath, isn’t he unfit to hold office, and doesn’t he really belong in jail?

Sure, these are all leading questions. They’re the questions that led me to the issue of guns and gun ownership as the clearest and most unmistakable demonstration of what any given politician—or political philosophy—is really made of.

He may lecture you about the dangerous weirdos out there who shouldn’t have a gun—but what does that have to do with you? Why in the name of John Moses Browning should you be made to suffer for the misdeeds of others? Didn’t you lay aside the infantile notion of group punishment when you left public school—or the military? Isn’t it an essentially European notion, anyway—Prussian, maybe—and certainly not what America was supposed to be all about?

And if there are dangerous weirdos out there, does it make sense to deprive you of the means of protecting yourself from them? Forget about those other people, those dangerous weirdos, this is about you, and it has been, all along.

It’s always about someone else.  It’s always about criminals, or nutjobs, or anyone else other than the regular citizen who happens to have an old 12-gauge stuck in a closet somewhere.

But what Mr. Smith doesn’t bring up is the outcry from would-be gun-grabbers to institute all of their policies at the Imperial level.  “All laws should apply to the whole country,” they cry, claiming that places like Chicago have high crime rates in spite of having strict gun laws because criminals are apparently organizing convoys to buy and import guns from Indiana, where gun laws are much less onerous but for some mysterious reason the crime rate is much lower.  These pols would put in New Jersey-style gun laws for people like me, in rural Alaska, where I can guaran-damn-tee you the result will be massive and defiant non-compliance.

So, yes, the Second Amendment is a good litmus test for political candidates.  But if it’s important at the state and local level, it’s goddamn vital at the Imperial level, where they have the ability and the will to screw with all of us.  After all, if your state pisses you off, you can find another – as Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. just did – but finding a new country is quite another thing.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been toying around some with “alternative” social media, mostly Parler and Gab, and I’m ready to give up on both.  Here’s why:

First, Gab.  The layout is generally OK and I like the “Groups” feature, but the “batshit-crazy” ratio is a little too high to suit me.  Anyone who claims that aren’t nutbars on the Right just as there are on the Left clearly isn’t paying attention, although the Right doesn’t seem as willing to elect them to office.  (But only just.)

Second, Parler.  Parler was a little more sane, with again, a decent layout but no “groups” or sub-fora that I was able to find.  But then Parler re-did their login procedure from an annoying “click every panel that contains a bicycle” CAPTCHA to the even-more-annoying “enter the code we sent to your cell phone.”  I never provided them a phone number and refuse to do so, so now I’m not able to log in to Parler at all.  Repeated requests to their customer service folks have gone unanswered.

So, by way of conclusion:  Sure, we have alternatives to Derpbook and Twatter now.  Big deal.  I decided early on to ignore those platforms because the terrible noise-to-signal ratio, and from what I’ve seen, those two new alternatives are no better.

I hate discussion by bumper sticker, and I’ll be damned if I’ll engage in it.  So, True Believers, I guess if you give a damn about my thoughts on anything, you’ll just have to come here Monday through Saturday and read them.

Well, for that and the occasional Rule Five imagery, too.

And so…

On To the Links!

Ferry from Twatt in the Orkneys to Scotland, and then you can drive south down through Cock Bridge, Dick Place, Cockermouth, move through Penistone and Cock Alley, slide east into Slutshole Lane, down through Fingringhoe, and end up on the south coast at Ass Hill and Shitterton.

That guy in the Imperial Mansion continues to improve his impression of an actual potato.

Also:  President Biden(‘s handlers) are off to a bad start.  If you ask me, I’m guessing it’s gonna get worse.  Maybe even worse than the Carter years.

Answers you didn’t want to questions you never asked.

Hard pounding, this.  Let’s see who pounds longest.

Everybody’s different, but I sleep a lot better with my own dear Mrs. Animal beside me.

Some folks want to bring jaguars back to the United States.  I doubt they’ll make it as far north as the Susitna Valley, so, meh.

Humans in apartment fire:  “We are all gonna die!”  Cat in apartment fire:  “What’s this we shit, Kemosabe?”

I’m not a fan of “doxxing” anyone, but it is possible to push someone too far.

Fuck off, slaver.

This kind of shit is why we left Colorado.

You know, maybe some people are ‘rona ‘vaccine-hesitant’ because assholes in government keep telling them they’ll still have to wear face-diapers and socially distance afterwards.

Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun.  Sad that one innocent person died, but many more could have if not for a good guy with a rifle, and if you look around, the legacy media is ignoring this.  The Narrative must persist.

Dammit, Piers Morgan, stop making me agree with you!

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s John Nichols and Senator Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY ) are both idiots.

NBC’s David Mark is an idiot.

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.  Amazing how often her name pops up in this section.

Maxine Waters (Crazy Old Bat – CA) is an idiot as well as a serial abuser of government employees.

“Pothole Pete” Buttigieg is an idiot.

Apparently everyone at CNN are idiots.

The Squad’s Rep. Cori Bush is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ross Wiener is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

There never will be another Frank Sinatra.  Nobody since has even come close.  While his fellow Rat Pack members were all possessed of tremendous talent, even in that company Mr. Sinatra stood out.  Here, from 1966, is the Chairman, performing Luck, Be A Lady.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Second Amendment News

Before we proceed, check out the next installment of Mystical Child over at Glibertarians!

For the first time in a decade or more, the Supreme Court is taking up a Second Amendment case.  Excerpt:

The Court decided to take up the case New York State Rifle et. al. v. Corlett, focusing on the question of “Whether the State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

Robert Nash and Brandon Koch applied for licenses to carry firearms outside their homes in New York, SCOTUS blog reported. The licensing officer denied their requests after determining that, under New York law, they had “failed to show ‘proper cause’ to carry a firearm in public for the purpose of self-defense, because [they] did not demonstrate a special need for self-defense that distinguished them from the general public.”

Lower courts ruled against Nash and Koch but Nash, Koch, and the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association asked the Supreme Court to take up the case in order to clarify lower court decisions on the strength of Second Amendment protections outside the home.

This case will give the Supreme Court an opportunity to issue a powerful defense of Second Amendment rights. Yet if the Court does rule in favor of New York Rifle, it will also exacerbate Democratic demands for limits on gun ownership.

One would hope that the Court will rule against the very concept of carry permits, as a fundamental right that requires government permission to exercise is a right denied.  But it’s unlikely the Court will go that far, especially with the GOP-appointed squish John Roberts in the Chief Justice’s chair.

But with (we hope) a narrow pro-Second Amendment majority, we could hope for a decision that strikes down the idea that one has to present some suitable justification for being allowed to exercise a Constitutionally-defined right.

It’s a fine pass we’ve come to, wherein courts across the nation struggle so to parse what is after all some pretty simple language:

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.

It seems obvious that being required to provide justification is an infringement.  We’ll see what the Court says, but I’m prepared to be disappointed.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Here’s an interesting bit, wherein our good friend Robert Stacy McCain describes a police shooting in Omaha.  Excerpt:

The loaded .45 Jones was carrying on the night of Nov. 19, 2020, had been purchased by his brother. We do not know — the article in the Omaha World-Herald doesn’t tell us — whether the brother acted as a “straw man” purchaser to provide his criminal brother with a weapon, which would be a federal felony. Liberals are always proclaiming they want “common sense” gun-control laws, and prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms is about as common-sense as it gets. Need I explain the relevance of this to the death of Kenneth Jones?

  1. Contrary to what liberals would have us believe, there are already numerous laws — federal, state and local — which regulate the sale and possession of firearms.
  2. Criminals do not obey gun-control laws. If it were in their nature to obey laws, they wouldn’t be criminals, would they?
    and
  3. The way to prevent “gun violence” (a phrase beloved by the liberal media) is to enforce existing laws.

Guess whose job it is to enforce laws?

Oh, wait — it’s the police! And liberals hate the police.

The fact is this:  Bad guys will always find a way to arm themselves.  And, predictably, those armed criminals will generally do something stupid, and get themselves killed.

I remember a conversation I had many years ago with a retired career law-enforcement officer, the father of a buddy of mine.  He told us that every criminal he ever encountered combined three primary personality traits:  Greedy, mean, and stupid.  Proportions may vary but those three are invariably present.  Kenneth Jones clearly had those three traits, but it sure seems like stupid was a big part of it.

Mr. McCain concludes:

How often have you heard liberal advocates of gun control speak about the need to “get guns off our streets”? Well, how do they suppose this is going to happen? Whose job will it be to apprehend criminals and confiscate their weapons? Cops, that’s who. And what will happen when, predictably, criminals don’t cooperate with the program?

Most gun-control advocates don’t think that clearly about this issue.  It’s largely an emotional position.  The “get guns of the street” stance is predicated on the idea that all that need be done is passing yet another law, and somehow this time it will be different, and the magic words will somehow make all the bad guns go away, ushering in a glorious era of peace and harmony in our major cities.

And to that I can only reply with two words:  Utter.  Horseshit.  The greedy, mean and stupid will always be greedy, mean and stupid.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Spring seems to be (finally) coming to the Great Land.  After weeks of prevailing winds blowing out from south-central Alaska into Cook Inlet, dragging cold air down from above the Arctic Circle, the last few days have finally dawned warmer.  By the weekend we should have temps in the low fifties and sunshine.

Sunset the other night.

That, of course, is a recipe for wet and muddy surroundings, but at least the new house is on high ground.  According to the folks who we bought the house from, who left us detailed notes, the slope keeps the yard and the upper driveway fairly dry during snow-melt.  Over the next few days, we’ll see for ourselves.

And yes, we still love it here.  More than we expected we would, and we expected we would love it a great deal.  Breathing the free air of Alaska is like taking a step into a new world.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Gee, I wonder why?

This is cool:  Possibly the earliest map in Europe.

Hungry?  Try slapping your meat.

Monkey See.

Monkey Do.

Fuck you, Joe.  And the horse you rode in on.  Also:  How can you tell President Biden(‘s handlers) is lying?  His lips are moving.

Governors push back – including here in Alaska.

Nuclear fusion by 2030?  Maybe, but that’s a song we’ve heard before.

How to woke-proof your kids.

Casting for Indiana Jones and the Nursing Home of Doom is under way.  Or will it be Raiders of the Lost Bedpan?  Kingdom of the Crystal Colonoscopy?  Either way, this is a franchise that jumped the shark on the last installment and needs to just drop.

Good point.  Markets aren’t always “fair” but usually get things right.

Equality and the Criminal.

Apparently being oppressed pays really well.

Letting Hunter Biden Off Is A Message To Us Peasants.  Indeed.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon‘s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

Salon’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.  (Anyone else sensing a pattern, here?)

Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo continues to pursue idiot policies.

It’s not about safety, you idiots, it’s about control.  Relevant:

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

The Biden(‘s handlers) administration just seems to keep stacking stupid idea on stupid idea.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) responds to idiots.  Honestly, Senator, don’t bandy words with morons.  You’ve proved nothing when you’ve bested a fool.

Idiot David Hogg gets his comeuppance.  Haw haw haw!

The New York Times’ Jonathan Alter is an idiot.

And So:

Man, I had the hots for Debbie Harry back in the day.  Here’s a representative piece of her work, also from back in the day; this is Blondie’s 1980 hit Call Me, from the soundtrack of the Richard Gere – Lauren Hutton grenade American Gigolo, an execrable movie but not a bad song.  Best of all, Call Me featured a smoking hot lead singer, the aforementioned Debbie Harry.  Enjoy.

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.