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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.

Rule Five Lousy Mass Shooting Study Friday

Last week, City Journal’s Ian Kingsbury presented us with an example of a lousy “mass shooting and structural racism” study, and told us why it was a lousy study.  This is an essential read if you’re on the Second Amendment side.  Some highlights, with my thoughts:

Is there any limit to the degree to which “researchers” will discredit themselves to prove their woke bona fides? A new study published in JAMA Surgery suggests not.

The study, “Association Between Markers of Structural Racism and Mass Shooting Events in Major US Cities,” purportedly seeks to understand whether evidence exists that “structural racism” plays a role in mass-shooting events.

To test their theory, the researchers quantitatively examine the correlation between mass shootings and “structural racism.” They define mass shootings as any incident in which four or more people are shot, and they define “structural racism” according to various factors, including the percentage of black population in a major metropolitan area, the proportion of children living in a single-parent household, the violent crime rate, and measures of segregation and income inequality.

The definition of mass shootings looks a lot like the one the FBI uses, but the definitions of “structural racism?” Some of those might be racial, others economic, others cultural.  So their initial, operating assumptions are crap.

Worse, it apparently assumes that people can’t or don’t migrate out of those areas.

The assertion that metro-area demographics are a measure of structural racism is especially problematic. It ignores the fact that the Great Migration featured millions of blacks moving from the rural South to the industrialized North in search of greater tolerance and opportunity. In other words, freedom of movement has existed for generations, and the escape from structural racism largely defines black migration in the twentieth century.

But the authors of this study don’t let the lousy definitions and ignoring of historical trends color their conclusions.

A reasonable person would conclude that this analysis fails to find a link between structural racism and mass shootings. Instead, the authors claim that demographics themselves (that is, the metro areas that black people choose to reside in) are an “imperfect” indicator for structural racism. They conclude that “structural racism appears to be associated with MSE (mass shooting event) incidence.”

In other words, “the study data didn’t support the hypothesis, so we bullshitted our way into the conclusion we wanted.”  This isn’t science, this is naked, partisan propagandizing.

And, of course, the legacy media snapped it up.

The researchers’ sloppiness didn’t get in the way of media coverage for the study. CNN plugged a story on it within hours of its publication. It’s only a matter of time, no doubt, before judges cite the study in their rulings or policymakers use it to craft the “science-based” policies that progressive activists purportedly favor. This study’s proper function, however, is to serve as a prime example of the medicalization of social issues and public health’s growing penchant for policy-based evidence-making.

Read the whole article.  Bookmark it.  Make notes.  It’s a good counter to a bad study.

Too much of the social sciences and medical worlds no longer have even a nodding acquaintance with actual, evidence-driving-the-conclusion science.  The study, by the way, was carried out by these supposed medical professionals:

Michael Ghio, MD; John Tyler Simpson, MD; Ayman Ali, MD; Julia M. Fleckman, PhD, MPH; Katherine P. Theall, PhD, MPH; Joseph I. Constans, PhD; Danielle Tatum, PhD; Patrick R. McGrew, MD; Juan Duchesne, MD; and Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MS.

This isn’t science, and it certainly isn’t medicine.  This is naked propagandizing, it’s unworthy of anyone purporting to be a medical professional, and it’s sure as hell unworthy of anyone professing to be a scientist.  But just watch, True Believers, and be aware and ready to respond, because this “study” will end up in the quivers of the would-be gun-grabbers, and the Second Amendment community should stand ready to refute it.

Fortunately Ian Kingsbury has given us some ammo (hah) of our own to counter this crap.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In this, our third summer in the Great Land, we’re still getting used to how short the warm season is. Here we are on August 2nd, where most of the country is sweltering (and it’s supposed to hit 77 here, which is pretty damn warm for the Susitna Valley) and we’re going to be moving into cooler, wetter weather soon. The swallows are gone, the trees are turning from the bright, vibrant green of late spring and early summer to the darker, dustier green of late summer.  We may see snow as early as six weeks or so from now.

That’s Alaska, and we love it here more every day, long, cold winters and all.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Is the WaPo collapsing?

This is probably a safe assumption for China to make.

Oh, yeah, that’s sure to end well.

Yeah, it’s time for the Murder Turtle to hang it up.

Ten Senate seats mostly likely to flip.  We’ll see.

Judge to Hunter Biden:  “Get a job, stay sober.”  Hah!

EVs piling up at dealerships.

I love a happy ending.

We can hope.

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson.

No shit, Sherlock.

Did China get their money’s worth?

RIP, PeeWee Herman.

The question isn’t “how big a problem is Biden’s age,” it’s “how big a problem is Biden’s dementia, and his family’s shocking corruption?”

Ford losing $4.5 billion on electric vehicles this year.  That’s “billion” with a “B.”  Or:  $4,500,000,000.

Yellow Freight shuts down.

China’s coal use hits new record.

Animals – delicious, delicious animals.

My RedState stuff:

Is China Resurgent? Or Is the House of Cards Collapsing?

Commander, the Wonder (Bite) Dog

Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Their Endless Chutzpah

The Facebook Files: How the Biden Administration Cracked Down on Free Speech

China Abandons the Paris Climate Agreements; America Should Be so Lucky

Of Pendulums and Politics

Politics: You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

California’s Marxist Math: The Once-Golden State Is Past the Point of No Return

China, Biology, Illegal Labs and the Coming Conflict With the US

Anchorage Mayor Proposes Sending Homeless to California

Sunday Gun Day I – Great Reading for Shooters

Grown-Up Children and Permanent Minors

Great Migrations: The Grapes of Wrath, Book Two

There May Be Many More Gun Owners Than We Thought.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Margaret Sullivan is an idiot.

Washington Monthly’s David Atkins is an idiot.

The Hill’s Eugene Fidell is an idiot.

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.  And again.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

The LA Times Robin Abcarian (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Sidney Blumenthal is an idiot.

The Nation’s Luis Feliz Leon is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

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

I should have put this up before now.  I’ve written on the topic of Jason Aldean’s tune over at RedState, and so has my friend and colleague Brandon Morse.  Read both articles.

Jason Aldean makes a great point in this song.  This shit may fly in the big cities.  It won’t fly out here in the hinterlands.  We won’t put up with that shit, and we have the gear and the determination to stop anyone who tries it.

And, in case you’ve forgotten, old Bocephus had much the same message forty years ago.

Animal’s Daily Alaska Emergency News

Before we get started, check out the wrap-up of Sweetheart over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  Good news up here in the Great Land, as Governor Dunleavy has signed into law a measure prohibiting the closing of gun stores during an emergency.

Regarded as a win for Second Amendment supporters and Alaska residents, House Bill 61 — which was championed by Republican House Speaker Cathy Tilton and backed by the NRA — came in response to business closures in Alaska and other states during the coronavirus pandemic and protects a plethora of firearm businesses throughout the state.

“Today is a remarkable day for Alaskans, NRA members, and Second Amendment advocates,” Aoibheann Cline, the NRA Alaska State Director, told Fox News Digital in a statement. “A decade has passed since the last major pro-Second Amendment legislation, House Bill 24, was signed into law on April 11, 2013, reinforcing our ‘Stand Your Ground’ rights. Now, with the NRA-backed House Bill 61, championed by Speaker Cathy Tilton, we witness another significant milestone.”

Alaska has always been a gun-friendly state, and now it’s a bit more so.  We also have Constitutional carry, along with the Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws; but plenty of Alaskans are concerned with having guns around for hunting and protecting property from aggressive wildlife than from people.

Part of the Mat-Su – about two miles from the Casa de Animal.

In an emergency, you can see how being able to shoot your dinner would be extremely valuable.

I can tell you for sure and for certain that everyone in our little neck of the Alaskan woods already has guns and knows how to use them.  But this law is an important step in making sure that, should things go south, Alaskans who need guns or ammunition for feeding their families or defending their communities will be able to obtain them.  You know, like free people have the right to do.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Wow.  Think apex predators today are weird? Have a look at this guy:

Anomalocaris canadensis

This is Anomalocaris canadensis, a top predator of the Cambrian, about 500 million years ago.  Kind of a big death-shrimp, running up to two feet long. It very likely chased around soft-bodied critters in the Cambrian seas, skewered them with those big spiky grabbers on its front end and slurped them down.

One wonders how they’d taste, but you’d need a big pot and a lot of drawn butter.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Riots in France have cost businesses $1 billion – so far.

Oh, his age is a joke all right – just not the way he’s trying to say.

So, end it.

To improve public schools, end public schools. I don’t think they can be saved.

What Stop Oil Now wants is the end of our modern, technological civilization.

Job growth wobbles.

Fuck off, slavers!

Causes of low voter turnout in Alaska’s 2022 election.

I wonder what he’ll do to embarrass the United States this time.

We can hope.

Bidenomics.

More military diversity hires.

Nothing will ever “cure inequality.”  Not in economics.  We can strive for equal treatment under the law, and that is all.

My RedState stuff:

Pronouns ‘They/Them’ Make Resumes More Likely To Be Ignored

Electric Vehicles, Taxation, and Government Intrusion

Using AI to Turn the Tables on Scammers

An Alaska Independence Day Tradition – the Glacier View Car Huck

The Savagery of Automating Genital Mutilation Surgery

‘Assault Weapons’ and Hogging the Spotlight

Donald Trump – Our Horatius at the Bridge?

New Poll on Unity and Disunity – The Divided States?

The Decline and Fall of Joe Biden

Ghost Guns and Inconvenient Truths

Living Alone and Human Nature

Ghost Guns: A New Wrinkle

Rights and the Individual

2024 and the Kennedy Problem

Germany and the Rise of the Right

This Week’s Idiots:

Newsweek’s Dallas Ducar is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Keisha Blain is an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont is still an idiot.

The Los Angeles Times’ Jean Guerrero is an idiot.

One.  Heartbeat.  Away.

The Nation’s Chris Lehmann is an idiot.

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler is an idiot.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Alden Loury is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ll be brief here: The summer I was eighteen, I had a ‘liaison” that lasted about two months, with a divorcee who was exactly twice my age. This was before the term ‘cougar’ was coined to describe this sort of thing, but boy howdy, if that ain’t exactly what she was. I spent a few Friday and Saturday nights (overnights, that is) at her apartment, but her ex kept coming around with bunches of flowers, trying to patch things up, and that was awkward. So the relationship kind of unraveled, although we stayed friends until I eventually moved away from Iowa for good a few years later. I don’t know where she is now, and she’d be pushing eighty.  Wow.

I will say I learned an awful lot that summer…

Anyhoo…  The pack of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells I called my friends teased me a fair amount about this liaison, and regularly greeted me when I showed up someplace by singing this song; if you remember the 1967 film The Graduate, you’ll understand why.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Wow.  John Lott Jr. nails it again:

A week ago, President Biden explained how when you “put a pistol on a brace, it turns into a gun.” Of course, a pistol is already a gun. Or how about his claim that the brace “Makes them where you can have a higher-caliber weapon — a higher-caliber bullet coming out of that gun”? Of course, if you are worried about recoil, why not just use a rifle — heavier guns dampen the recoil, and rifles weigh more.

But while it is easy to dismiss Biden as not knowing what he is talking about, you have to wonder if others are deliberately misleading people.

Hint: They are trying to deliberately mislead people.  And since, when doing so, they are talking to people who A) are committed supporters to The Side, and 2) also have zero knowledge about firearms, they can get away with it, and they’ll keep doing so.  Maddening.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Yeah, equal treatment under the law is dead.

CNN hasn’t fact-checked Biden for months.  Of course not; CNN is still a de facto arm of the Democratic party.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson on waking up to woke.

No one is above the law – except Hunter Biden.

And who could blame them?

These things always backfire.

California has been getting jolts of Marxism for decades now.

Maybe try punishing shoplifters?

More on that: No, probably not.

It is unfair and wrong, and the Left doesn’t care.

Hell, I don’t want either of them, either. But if forced to choose, I know which way I’d go.

Where’s Hunter?  Nobody seems to know.

Get woke, go broke.

More interest rate hikes likely.

My RedState Stories

Greta Thunberg’s War on Prosperity

Housing And Other Issues in San Francisco and Tokyo: A Tale of Two Cities

Guns, Tyrants, and Joe Biden’s Lies

Biology, Bipolarity, and Accuracy in Education

Alaska Salmon Fishermen Score Victory Over Environmentalists in Ninth Circuit Case

The Next Big Thing in Urban Planning: Wood

Homeless in the Great Land: It Happens Here, Too

We Can’t Save Russia From Itself – Or Ukraine – Nor Should We

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and the Future

Wealth, Wealth Taxes, and Wealth Mobility

Science and Climate: Shattering the Climate Change Narrative

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Republic’s Matt Ford is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Smith is an idiot.

The Nation’s Kali Holloway is an idiot.

The LA Times Jackie Calmes is an idiot.

Because they’re idiots.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

HuffPost’s Daniel Marans is an idiot.

Washington Monthly’s David Atkins is an idiot.

The Daily Beast’s Michael Cohen (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

SFGate’s Madilynne Medina is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

 I liked the work Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn did as Brooks & Dunn, and one of their best albums was the 2005 platter Hillbilly Deluxe.  I suppose I like this album and the song that goes by the same title not only because it’s a fun tune, but also because the song really captures Friday nights in the small towns near where I grew up, in Allamakee County, Iowa.

It’s a great song and elicits memories of good times.  Here’s the official video for Hillbilly Deluxe.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Writing for RedState has been a lot of fun so far.  As I said Monday, in the list of links below you’ll see a new section with my RedState works.  While a few are paywalled (unless you have a Townhall Media Group VIP membership) most are not, so go give them a read!

And, to help me stay abreast of breaking news, I also (sigh) reactivated my Twitter account, which I started and never really touched.  Here it is.  If you twit, or whatever they call it, toss me a follow, I’ll follow you back.

Now then…

On To the Links!

On having cake and eating it, too.

And nothing will come of it.

DeSantis calls the dog out.

War is profitable, as long as you’re not in the middle of it.  That’s probably why we see so much of it.

Humans have secret stripes.

Bud Light sales still dropping.

Tucker on wannabe dictators.

More on the Bud Light issue.

Energy:  Virtue Signals Vs. Market Signals.

Well, duh.

The Utter Failure of Merrick Garland,  Failure?  How about incompetence?  Deliberate malfeasance?

Fetterman (The Lump – PA) has lost it.

Real work requirements mean real work.  Who knew?

Is America Faltering?

Yeah, nothing will come of this.  Hunter might get a slap on the wrist. If that.

My RedState Stories

The Bud Light Fiasco – Why Companies Go ‘Woke’.

Student Loans – Pay Your Own Debts!

Russia and The WW3 Watch.

Ethics and Synthetic Embryos.

How Science Is Bent to the Will of Activists.

In Economics, There Are Three Kinds of People: Takers, Fakers, and Makers.

Father’s Day Reflections.

Equity and Identity Politics: The Real Meanings.

Ranked-Choice in the Great Land.

To Meat or Not to Meat? The Consummate Hypocrisy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Capitalism: The Only Economic System Consistent With Liberty.

Biden/Harris: A Succession Not Worth Contemplating.

Statistics: Figures Can Lie, and Liars Can Figure.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

Eric Swallwell (Fang Fang – CA) (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Vox’s Emily Stewart is an idiot.

Vox’s Fabiola Cineas is an idiot.

U.S. Non-voting Representative from the Virgin Islands Stacey Plaskett (Dimwit – Virgin Islands) is an idiot.  But she did at least (accidentally) say the quiet part out loud.

The LA Times’ Jackie Calmes is an idiot.

Whitney Phillips, Mark Brockway and Abby Olheiser are all idiots.

Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy is an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In the late Eighties and early Nineties, the Aussie band DiVinyls made something of a splash.  This was when the music-video thing was hitting its high-water mark, and the DiVynils certainly made the most if it for their tune I Touch Myself.  Smoking-hot lead singer Chrissy Amphlett played a central role in a variety of sexy outfits, making the video one big smoke-show, and one that elicited a… strong reaction from young men.  I was a young man at the time and can personally confirm this.

This was, of course, a time when a beautiful woman could just be beautiful and sexy on screen without drawing the ire of shrieking harpies of both sexes RHEEEing about ‘exploitation.’  Well, not as much as today, anyway.

Sadly, Chrissy died of breast cancer in 2013, but her performance lives on.  Here it is; enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Well, this is close to home.  This is the bit that concerns me:

In a September interview with the Pentagon’s news agency last fall, Iris Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Arctic and Global Resiliences said Chinese leaders have “been trying to insert themselves into the Arctic.”

“So, we’re being very mindful about their activity and in wanting to ensure that our interests are protected in the region,” Ferguson said.

China seems to be very interested in what goes on here in the Great Land, although they have nowhere near the sea-lift capacity to land troops here, and so won’t find out one thing that aren’t betting on, that being a few hundred thousand heavily armed Alaskan civilians – but they sure as hell seem to want to know what assets we have up here.  That’s disconcerting as hell.

Anyhoo…

On To the Links!

Nothing left to cut.

Trump steps on his dick again.  It’s like he’s trying to lose.

Four times.  A day.

Why is Biden so unpopular, even among Democrats?  Well, probably because he’s stupid, senile and incompetent.

The FBI is running cover for the Bidens.

Oh, the irony.

Squinted?

It’s aliens.

I take it you’re planning to lose the next war you’re in.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Wheee!

Who is John Galt?

Rum, sodomy and the lash.

Well, that’s a horrifying thought.

I’m not even sure at this point if the US is seeking primacy within its own borders.

Companies must do no such thing.  Mind your own damn business.

The next big crash?

Mike Pence files to run for President.  Well, the world’s got no shortage of windmills to tilt at.

Not sure why an American news network is covering these inbred mutants.

He’s going nowhere.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Bulwark’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

The Hill’s Niall Stanage is an idiot.  The only place Chris Christie could be a wild card is at a buffet table.

Idiots gonna idiot.

Alexandria Occasional Cortex persists in idiocy.

The Guardian’s Mark Weisbrot is an idiot.  (Also, his name literally means ‘white bread.’  Too funny.)

MSNBC’s James Downie is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Will Hutton is an idiot.  I’m starting to see another pattern.

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

James Comey is a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Charlie Dent is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I was never big on the Carpenters, but they sure sold a lot of records back in the day.  Karen Carpenter’s sad 1983 death from anorexia nervosa received a lot of publicity, and for a few years instances of anorexia, especially among teenage girls, spiked.  Some call this a ‘social contagion,’ when a few highly-publicized events, usually among celebrities, lead to a spike in instances of an emotional/mental disorder.

Sound familiar?

Back to the music, though.  Karen and Richard Carpenter did have a light, easy style that was relaxing and thoughtful.  While I was more of a head-banger – back in these days I was much more into Led Zeppelin, Foghat, Van Halen and the like – I’ve developed more of an appreciation of gentler music as I’ve gotten older.  I do kind of like their song Rainy Days and Mondays, from their 1971 album, Carpenters.  Here’s the official video, which presents kind of a touching photographic tribute to Karen to go along with her rich, butter-smooth voice.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You can tell it’s spring at last here in the Great Land when the sound of snow machine motors is replaced by ATV motors.

Our ATVs.

We don’t yet have a snow machine (in the 48 you call them snowmobiles) but we have two ATVs, a big six-seat Polaris Ranger for taking guests on tours, and a neat, agile little Polaris Sportsman that I mostly use for getting out in the woods after grouse or just indulging in one of my favorite activities – woods-bumming.  If you like the outdoors and live up here, one or both of these machines is a hell of a handy thing to have.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Florida Man rides again.

And in the end, we’ll go further and further into debt.

And nothing will come of this.

Sanctuary city, my ass.

Another one leaving Chicago.

Impossible.  IEDs are against the law.  And I’m pretty sure this is a no-IED zone.

Because they are ruled by morons.

Atlas is shrugging.

Just when you think you couldn’t get any more disgusted.

Senator Murphy:  Come on out here to the Susitna Valley and try to take our guns.  Let us know how that works out for you.

OK, is there anybody in this group who isn’t a Fed?

This isn’t a good sign.

“Missing?”  One wonders if cement overshoes are involved.

The red-pilling of Elon Musk continues apace.

Haw haw haw!

I’ll take my chances.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

Whoever thought this was a good idea is an idiot.

Minnesota is run by idiots.

An actual photo of Brian Stelter.

Brian Stelter is an idiot.  And a potato.

New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

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

Policies designed by morons result in epic cluster-fuck.  Film at eleven.

Slate’s Michael J. Socolow is an idiot.

How can you tell when Joe Biden is saying something stupid?  His lips are moving.  And again.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I love Japan.

This is Masayuki Suzuki, who does a lot of soundtracks for Japanese television and so forth, in addition to pure musical work.  I’m not sure what genre he falls under, but these two songs are from the soundtrack of an anime called Kaguya-sama:  Love is War, they’re kind of fun, and a little different than our usual servings.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This could be, as someone once said, a “big effin’ deal.”  Bonchie over at RedState had this to say:

In the biggest news to come out of the Supreme Court of the United States since Roe v. Wade was overturned, the Court has granted a review of Loper Bright Enterprises vs. Raimondo. In its deliberations, the court will deal with the question of whether to overrule the infamous Chevron Doctrine, a ’70s-era precedent that granted broad powers to the bureaucratic state to interpret vague, often narrow statutes with near zero accountability.

This would of course affect my own industry a great deal, but I suspect it won’t happen overnight; even if the Supreme Court follows the Constitution and rips the guts out of the bureaucratic state, it will take years for the necessary implications of that decision to trickle down.  The libertarian in me loves this, even if the compliance-consultant side of me is a bit concerned about my living (yes, the irony of that is not lost on me) but as I say, it will take a while, and I expect I’ll retire before too much changes.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Asa who?

Well, she’s done.

My hovercraft is full of eels.

No shit, Sherlock.

What could possibly go wrong?

This kid is a genuine hero.

Elon Musk from the top rope.

I’m sure this won’t lead to anything bad happening.

Stupid idea yields bad results.  Film at eleven.

So frickin’ glad we got out of Colorado.

Good and hard.

Another bank fails.

Punishing the responsible to reward the irresponsible.

Then they came for your leaf-blower…   Hang on to your woodchippers, we may need them.

Ahead Troll Factor Eight!

RIP Tim Bachman.  Bachman Turner Overdrive always brings back memories of the Seventies.

French riot over being expected to be productive past sixty-two.  I’d refer the French to Stein’s Law.

Will anyone notice?  Hollywood hasn’t produced anything original in years.

Fuck you, cut spending.

12-year-old sense of humor activated.

Not for me, it’s not.

This Week’s Idiots:

Fang Fang was unavailable for comment.

The Oregon state legislature clearly contains a large proportion of idiots.

This is one of the stupidest ideas to come out of an administration known for stupid ideas.  This is industrial-grade stupid.

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

The Nation’s Jeet Heer (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

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

MSNBC’s Norman Eisen & Josh Stanton are both idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Warren Zevon was badly underrated.  He made some pretty good tunes, and while he’s best known for the rollicking Werewolves of London and Excitable Boy, my favorite of his works (from the 1978 album Excitable Boy, in fact) was Lawyers, Guns and Money.  

I’d point out that, in a just world, Hunter Biden would be singing a similar tune; except that his situation has not arisen from bad luck, but from bad judgement, and therefore his own damn fault.

Anyway.  Here is that great tune.  Enjoy.