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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last week, a semi tractor belonging to the moving company hauled a big cargo container into our driveway.  Five guys came in and filled our house and the workshop and office buildings up with boxes and various appurtenances. 

On the one hand, it’s great to have this done, and it feels even more real now that all our stuff is here.

On the other hand, it’s going to take months to get everything unpacked and organized.

But it’s done; we can take our time setting stuff up, but the hard part of the move is complete.  The only way I’m moving from this house is in a body bag.  We’re home, here in the Great Land, to stay.

And so…

On To the Links!

Yes, your cat might eat you.

Science!

Anthony Fauci:  “I AM SCIENCE!”

Lauren Boebert continues being Lauren Boebert, and nobody does it better.

Florida mom destroys state school board over racist Critical Race Theory. And Florida has banned the teaching of racist Critical Race Theory, so that’s a win.

As Job Openings Soar, Gov’t Pays Us To Not Work.

The Democrats’ Filibuster Con.

Dammit, Bill Maher!  Stop making me agree with you!

No shit, Sherlock.

Missouri tells the Imperial City to take their gun laws and shove ’em.

News Flash: Trump Was Right.

Don’t Make Econ. Policy If You Haven’t Been Dancing Chicken.

It Feels A Lot Like 1977.

Eww.

Rifles and Miniguns Adapted to Fire Longer-Range 6.8mm Ammo.

I sure hope this is wrong, because Europe is looking pretty hosed these days.

Well, this doesn’t look good.  The Chinese are assuring us nothing is wrong.  Uh, where have we heard that before?

Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world!  (We are so hosed.)

This Week’s Idiots:

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

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

Robert Reich is an idiot.  (Repeat Offender Alert)

The Week‘s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

Vox‘s Jariel Arvin is an idiot. 

Vox‘s Rob Arthur is also an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

Is this the blind leading the stupid, or the other way around?

The New York Times’ Bill McKibben is an idiot.

Idiots gonna idiot, or:  Fools and their money, Part 3,490,201.

Seriously, do these idiots have nothing better to do?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Any of you True Believers who have been reading these virtual pages for any time, and who have been paying attention to my cultural offerings, already know that I have wide and varied tastes in music.  And while I watch very little television, I do confess a fondness for the Canadian production Letterkenny, an irreverent look at life in a small town in Ontario that translates well into small-town life most places.  They make fun of almost every social issue at one point or another, and it’s refreshing to see a show where the main character is an unabashed “good ol’ boy” who doesn’t shy away from solving confrontations with his fists.  And who wouldn’t love a show with characters named Squirrely Dan, Joint-Boy and Jivin’ Pete?

Anyway – one of the things I enjoy about the show is the soundtrack, where you will find clips from a variety of artists; some I don’t care for, some I find I enjoy, and I through the show I have discovered some Canadian indy acts I enjoy quite a bit.  One of those is the show’s opening theme, which takes a few bars from the beginning of the song Who Needs A Girl Like You from the group Indian Wars.  Here, for your enjoyment, is that song.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

With a national debt crisis looking on the horizon, I’m seeing a fair amount of talk about selling Imperial assets (like the vast tracts of National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands in the West) to pay off the national debt.  I’m not in favor of this, for one selfish reason and two practical reasons.

First, the selfish reason:  I have and do spend a lot of time on those public lands, which are at the moment mostly wide-open for recreational use including hunting, fishing and camping.  If these lands went to private owners, I have no doubt that they would immediately be closed off to such use.

Second and third, the practical reasons:  Placing land on the market at such a massive scale would drop prices, quite possibly to the point where the proceeds wouldn’t be nearly enough to get us out of the twenty-three trillion hole we’re in, and bear in mind that the Imperial government isn’t about to stop digging.  Any deduction of the debt from such a sale would be temporary unless we could find a way to cancel Congress’ credit card.

And finally, most of all, I have precisely zero faith that the House of Representatives, who are responsible for spending government revenues, would use one penny of that money to address the Imperial debt.  They would use that money as they use all money:  Buying votes.

And so…

On To the Links!

From national treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  Never Let A Plague Go to Waste.

I’ll tell you what this will look like:  Putin will eat Biden’s lunch.

AntiFa thug hit squads pursue a journalist.  Blackshirts instead of Brownshirts, but you get the idea.

More people need to hear this guy.

Not fat-shaming, but blob-shaming, and accepting reality.  I like this outlook.

California’s “assault weapons” ban struck down.  Now this will only lead to more legal wrangling, but it’s still a win.  For now.

Actual headline:  Woman Does Karate In Walmart Parking Lot, Kicks Out Police Car Window While Son Strips Naked Inside & Dog Steals Cornbread.  Wisconsin, not Florida.

Heels-Up Harris greeted in Guatemala with jeers, pro-Trump signs.  The schadenfreude, it is strong with this one.

Human hibernation is possible.  Hell, I do it every winter.

Canadians see UFOs, too.  Must be something in the poutine.

Oh, for fuck’s sake, could Heels-Up be any more full of herself?  (And is that better or worse than her being full of Willie Brown?)  Also, Heels-Up blows a fuse when a reporter has the temerity to question her never having once visited the southern border that she’s supposedly the czar of.  This harpy is in so far over her head that she can’t even see the surface.

Chicago continues its meltdown.

Is Biden Setting Harris Up for Failure in 2024?  No, Harris is setting Harris up for failure in 2024.  Biden doesn’t know where his after-nap snacks are coming from.

No Shit, Sherlock.

California:  “Let’s double down on our green energy lunacy!”  New York:  “Hold my beer.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Boy howdy, they’re coming out of the woodwork this week.

“Notice: if I see you in a public indoor space not wearing a mask, I’m judging you.”  My reaction:

California continues to produce idiots.  Watch for California housing prices to rise to even more insane levels.

Some idiots are concerned about birds with racist names.  Honestly, some people have way too much time on their hands.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s John Blake and author Carol Anderson are both idiots.

The Guardian brings us more from idiot Carol Anderson.

Barack Obama beclowns himself again.

The New Yorker‘s Sue Halpern is an idiot.

The Hill‘s Michael Hopkins is an idiot.  Seriously, a mandate, Hopkins, you stupid fuck?  A dead tie in the Senate and a razor thin majority in the House is a mandate?  OK, sure, ahead Tard Factor Eight!

Jimmy Kimmel is an idiot.

CNN’s Mari Aponte is an idiot.

NY Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

CNN’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

CNN’s Brian Stelter, preparing for his second career as an actual potato, asks Press Secretary Jen Psaki:  “How far can we journalists insert our tongues into your ass?”

Al Franken is an idiot.

Whichever one of President Biden’s handlers wrote this is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Mara Gay is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Remember when at least some of our conversations regarding race were all about uniting, about our common humanity, how bonds of love should overcome differences of skin tone, religion or national origins?  The O’Jays do.  Take a listen to their 1972 hit Love Train.  This was originally cast as an anti-war song (not unusual in 1972) but it had another message as well.  Listen to the lyrics.  Tell me how that song would fly with today’s race hustlers.  Plus, it’s just a pretty good tune.

We could frankly use a little more of this kind of message.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Spring at the Casa de Animal.

Spring doesn’t last long up here in the Great Land.  Summer doesn’t, either.  But it’s great while it’s here.  Right now the birches and poplars are fully leafed out, with that bright green so characteristic of late spring and early summer.  We have ferns and wildflowers coming up all over, along with some irises and various other plants around the yard.  The greenhouse won’t get much use this year, as we don’t have seeds and equipment in time to get things started, but next year we’ll be making use of it.

After thirty years in semi-arid Colorado, it’s amazing how green everything is here in the Susitna Valley.  There’s a lot more moisture, obviously, what with all the snowfall and the frequency of wet, drippy days.  Still, like the old saying about April showers bringing May flowers, in Alaska it may be May showers bringing June flowers but it still holds true.  Things are pretty here now but in a few more weeks they’ll be really gorgeous.

There’s always something, though.  This shook the house for the better part of a minute.  No damage to the Casa de Animal or the surroundings.  My reaction to the possibility of future tremors?  Worth it.

And so…

On To the Links!

Corruption?  In New Jersey?  Really!?

Nobody’s going to watch your melodrama after you’ve killed off the villain.

What do you expect from a self-professed Socialist who owns three mansions?

Plastic-Driven Sperm Apocalypse May Not Be Nigh.  Also:  “Plastic-Driven Sperm Apocalypse” would be a great indy rock band name.

Florida Man Strikes Again.

A graduate of the Anthony Wiener School of Commercial Airline Pilots.

 Yeah, we’re fucked.

Water.

Here’s the problem with big proposals like this; if it were economically viable, someone would have already done it.  If government has to pay for it, we shouldn’t be doing it.  This one doesn’t pass the bullshit test.

Speaker Trump?  I’d like to see that, just to watch leftist heads explode.  Imagine President Biden mumbling and maundering his way through a State of the Union with Donald Trump sitting right behind him.  If that wouldn’t bring the lulz, I don’t know what will.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, presents us with the latest in a lifetime of whoppers.

It’s only wrong when Republicans do it.

Fuck off, slaver!

I love a happy ending.

Chicago continues its ongoing meltdown.

No shit, Sherlock.

Ever wondered what the hardest language is for English-speakers to learn?  Turns out Japanese is one of the toughest, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

Guess which states have the lowest unemployment rates. 

The Hunter Biden saga ain’t over yet.  Not by a long shot.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is an idiot.

The Week’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

CNN’s Eli Zupnick is an idiot.

The Nation’s John Nichols is an idiot.

Heels-Up Harris steps on a rake.

Juan Williams is an idiot.  I used to like Juan Williams; he seemed like a guy with principles, as opposed to politics, and I respect people with principles even if I don’t agree with them.  But these days Juan seems to have devolved into just another partisan hack.  That’s too bad.

Salon‘s Michael Camp is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charlotte Alter is an idiot.

This “artist” is a con man, and the people who fell for it are all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Very few bands have ever matched the immortal Led Zeppelin.  This is one of the greatest of their works, one in fact used to great effect by director Taika Waititi in Marvel’s tongue-in-cheek Thor:  Ragnarok.

In 1978 or 79 – the exact year is a little fuzzy at this distance in time – I had the pleasure of seeing Zep live.  My buddies and I managed to work our way up pretty close to the stage and at one point were about twenty feet from Robert Plant, who was on stage, hair flying, wailing in his best Seventies rock-band fashion.  It was a neat experience.  Here’s The Immigrant Song.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Welcome to our 350th Hump Day News!

I started this Wednesday tradition with nothing more than the mid-week application of suitably-themed and totally gratuitous Rule Five totty, then expanded it to a links post, very shortly thereafter adding the “This Week’s Idiots” section and the cultural edification at the end, until, well, here we are.  350 posts in – that’s almost seven years of Hump Day News. I think that Wednesday posts have now achieved their final form.  Hope you all like it.

And so…

On To the Links!

Meanwhile, in Russia…

Ford is making an all-electric F-150.  Fine, but it won’t work out too well out here.

Tucker nails it.

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

If you need a dose of horrifying, now we have sex-crazed zombie cicadas with disintegrating asses.

Tardigrades can survive an 1,825 mph impacts.  These are pretty amazing little critters.

Only government can coerce.

More than a third of California’s restaurants are never coming back.

The ‘Wuhan Lab Leak’ Theory Looks More Credible Than Ever.

FL’s DeSantis: Critical Race Theory Teaches Kids to Hate Their Country.  No shit, Sherlock.

Robert Gates Sees “Very Little Prospect” Of Peace Between Israel And Palestinians.  No shit, Sherlock, Part Deux.

Making nuclear power even safer.

Who didn’t see this coming?  Well, anyone with enough brains to pound sand saw it coming, which I think is the author’s point.

Empathy, compassion and tolerance!

Dokumenty, pozhaluysta!

Papiere, bitte!

“You’re not the right minority.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is a racist cunte, and an idiot.  Seriously, put this shoe on the other foot – say, the white mayor of a major city granting one-on-one interviews only to white journalists.  The media would (rightly) be outraged.  That’s the difference between politics and principles.  Mayor Beetlejuice and the complicit Chicago media has the former, not the latter.

Vox‘s Emily Stewart is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland is an idiot.

George Will is an idiot.

CNN’s John Harwood is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

We’ll always have Lou Reed, right?  Imagine his 1972 tune Walk on the Wild Side being released today.  Here are the first two verses:

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
Said, “Hey, honey,
Take a walk on the wild side.”

Candy came from out on the Island
In the back room she was everybody’s darling
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
Said, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
And the colored girls go
“Doo do doo do doo do do doo…”

It would almost be worth it to hear the RHEEEEEE from the SJW crowd, wouldn’t it?  Here’s the entire song; enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This second week of May is finally seeing off most of the winter’s accumulation of snow here in the Great Land.  Robins have returned, the birches and alders are greening up, and every afternoon sees more and more of our yard exposed.  In a few more weeks, wildflowers will be blooming.

Turdus migratorius

Of course, that means spring clean-up.  It’s a little more work this year than will probably be the case most years, as the previous owners left us some stuff that, due to the midwinter sale, they were unable to clean up, although due to that they have kindly offered to help.  But suffice it to say the burn barrel will be seeing some extensive service the next couple of weekends.

The good news is that we’ll have ample firewood for the coming winter, as the unusually heavy snow last winter broke off a couple of trees on the back of the property, so with those, some alders taken down by the power company, and what was left from last winter, we’ll be well-stocked.

And so…

On To the Links!

OK, this is somewhat alarming.

Why Do People in Relationships Cheat?  Well, extra nookie would be my guess, although granted it’s only a guess.  I don’t play those games myself, and not just because Mrs. Animal is a really good shot.

Joe Biden, tax-dodger.  Fair share, my middle-aged white ass.

The ‘rona has also caused the great 2020 Baby Bust.  Funny, that, you’d think that when people were staying home, with little to do…

Newsweek finds an acorn.  And PJMedia’s Bryan Preston weighs inWokism rejects character and life’s complexities and subtleties. It places humans in boxes and categories based entirely on their race, not the content of their character or the actions they take. It rejects even the possibility of redemption. Wokism doesn’t allow for an individual’s character to matter at all. It’s segregationist, not unifying.  Ten.  Ring.

Florida jumps on the election integrity bandwagon.  Florida Democrats run for their fainting couches.  DeSantis 2024?  I think that may be in the works. Former Governors, historically, have been the most effective Presidents.

Eight facts about the AR-15.

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

Paging Mr. McAfee, Mr. John McAfee.

Scotland to vote for independence.  Well, that could be interesting.  If the English decide to use force to hold Scotland in line, they should pick someplace suitable to fight it out – say, Culloden Moor.  I think the Scots would like some payback for that one.

Jeff Epstein didn’t kill himself, round 12,394.

This is what happens when the government sends the message that rental contracts don’t mean anything.

Crocodile Dundee wants to go home.  Can’t blame him, I’d want to get out of that shithole, too.

New Neandertal find near Rome.  Cool.

The greatest human invention was not fire, or the wheel – it was language, and it’s been around a long time.

We’re going to need a bigger woodchipper.

Yeah, we’re probably fucked.

This is probably a good idea, which means it won’t happen.

Roger Daltrey, still rocking.

Piers Morgan finds another acorn.  Hey, when he’s right, he’s right.

The Maricopa County election audit has the Dems freaking out.  Here’s why.

Nearly half of U.S. counties are now Second Amendment sanctuaries.  Hell, all of Alaska is.

Do you live east of the Mississippi?  Fill your gas tank.  1977 called – they want their gas crisis back!

Harris Faulkner:  Does the border feel closed?  The border:  Nope!

Too true to be funny:

Maybe they could skip the pretense and just publish an approved government newspaper.  They could call it, I don’t know, maybe, Truth?

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon‘s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

The Grio‘s Preston Mitchum is an idiot.

These idiots have some hard, hard lessons coming.

Margaret and her husband will be vaccinated and wearing masks and socially distanced from other guests, but they cannot take a first dance together.  But making the two-backed beast later that night is perfectly safe.  Got it.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is still an idiot.

Here’s another damn piece of idiocy we’re supposed to care about.

CNN’s Chris King is an idiot.

Bill De Blasio is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Something a little different this week.

Folks who have read these virtual pages for any time at all know that Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. are both fond of the Land of the Rising Sun, of the land, the people, the culture, the food, the drink, and everything else.  Recently one of our kids, also a Japanophile, sent us this; I’m not entirely what it’s a tutorial of, other than being Japanese, adorable, and good at producing synced front and back videos.  This is NiziU, with Make You Happy.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

On Saturday afternoon last, I was out on my deck with an ice-cold beer and a fine cigar, enjoying a fine, sunny Sustina Valley afternoon.  After a bit, I heard a motorcycle stop on the road out in front of the property. Then I heard someone’s voice calling to something, and heard him crashing into the brush. So I went down to see what was going on.  The motorcycle rider had seen this guy, whose left wing was broken.  Near as we could figure, he had made to drop on some prey critter and had clipped the power line.

One of the neighbors came along, said they had a big dip net and a wire kennel. So they went and got it, then motorcycle guy and I managed to get the bird calmed down, into the net and then into the kennel. Meanwhile, the neighbors made some phone calls, and found they could take him down to Houston to the rehab center.

So off he went. Motorcycle guy and I both petted him on the head and told him everything was going to be OK.

And I really, really feel like I personally helped America.

He probably won’t fly again, they almost never do once a wing’s broken, but if not, he’ll have a comfortable career as an ambassador bird for the Matanuska-Sustina Borough schools, teaching kids about raptors.

Just another weekend in Alaska.

And so…

On To the Links!

Lumber prices are skyrocketing.  Because supply chains are a thing, and the Imperial and local governments have wrecked them with the Moo Goo Gai Panic.

Ninth Circuit panel lifts ban on ghost gun blueprints.

Why do the big nuts rise to the top of the bowl?  Metaphor for government?

Begun, the pizza wars have.

Well, I’m glad that’s solved.

Cancer may have been more common way back when than we thought.

Well, here’s one of President Biden(‘s handlers).  Plenty of folks are wondering who is pulling the old fool’s strings, and here’s one of them.

No, Biden Doesn’t Have a Mandate to Remake America.  No shit.  They lost seats in the House, barely maintaining control, and managed a 50-50 tie in the Senate – only technically a majority because Heels-Up Harris holds the tie-breaking vote.  Dems got roundly trounced at the state level.  That, True Believers, does not a mandate make.

Speaking of, it looks the the $4T spending plan proposed by President Biden(‘s handlers) will be going into the trash, where it belongs.  We hope.

Racist!  President Biden(‘s handlers) impose racist travel ban on India.  I mean, travel bans were racist when Trump did them, right?  Sauce for the goose, baby.

Texas mulls over Constitutional Carry.   Predictable pants-shitting from legacy media ensues, even through several states already have this (including our own Alaska) and somehow the predictions of bodies lining the streets haven’t come to pass.

Do you want real racism?  Because this is how you get real racism.

Hypocrisy, thy name is John Kerry.  What an asshole.

April gun sales continue to shatter records.  Good.

So, where is everybody?

It’s probably a little too late for that.

This Week’s Idiots:

Man, it’s a bumper crop of idiocy this week.

Newsweek‘s Meggie Abendschein is an idiot.

Vox‘s German Lopez is an idiot.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

These people are idiots.

John Podesta is an idiot.

Salon‘s Jon Skolnik is an idiot.

CNN’s Clay Cane is an idiot.

Stupid people demand stupid shit.

The New York Times‘ Charles Blow always was and remains an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

Time‘s D. Markovits is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Music is a great vehicle for conveying emotion.  Nobody can dispute this.  And the love song is, of course, a great example of that principle.

But love songs are not all created equal.  In my not-so-humble opinion, the best love song ever written can only be Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors.  Here, have a listen:

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

President Biden(‘s handlers) have released the draft of a “climate plan,” a feature of which is a limit on how much red meat we citizens subjects serfs will be allowed to eat.  To wit:

Americans may have to cut their red meat consumption by a whopping 90 percent and cut their consumption of other animal based foods in half. 

Nope. Not giving this up.

Gradually making those changes by 2030 could see diet-related greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 50 percent, according to a study by Michigan University’s Center for Sustainable Systems.

To do that, it would require Americans to only consume about four pounds of red meat per year, or 0.18 ounces per day.   

It equates to consuming roughly one average sized burger per month. 

There are apparently requirements for electric vehicles, and so forth.  I’d sure like to see someone explain how an electric vehicle will work here in our rural Alaska home, but let’s leave that for another time, because the deprivation of cheeseburgers is a damnably serious issue. And my reply to President Biden(‘s handlers) on that score is simple:  They can fuck right off.  You can have my delicious cheeseburgers when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.  In fact, I think I will start eating more red meat now, just out of defiance.

Did I mention that they can fuck right off?

Now then…

On To the Links!

Hunter Biden (big surprise) wusses out.

Why Can’t We Celebrate the Most Spectacular Scientific Miracle of the 21st Century?  Because Orange Man Bad!

President Biden: Actually, We May Not Be Able to Keep Our 4th of July Plans After All.   My reply:  Fuck you, Joe, we don’t need your permission.

So imagine you’re just driving along, and suddenly a turtle crashes through your windshield.  Second-most-surprising thing about this story:  The turtle was fine, and was released into a nearby body of water.

The Minimum Wage Is Always Zero.

Existing Home Sales: Trend Is Rising, But How Long?  As long as the bubble doesn’t burst before our Colorado house is sold, I’ll be content.

This is actually racist.

Democrats Defend the Right to Stab Each Other.

President Biden (‘s Handlers) Dismal Start.

New Jersey, still trying to tax itself into prosperity.

We may be looking at a cycle of inflation.  President Biden(‘s handlers) should beware.

Supply and demand is still a thing.

The Biden administration is like an angry chimpanzee at a chess tournament — it isn’t going to win the match, but that isn’t what we should be worrying about.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Maxine Waters is not just an idiot – she’s a treasonous and dangerous idiot.

Vox‘s Tiffanie Drayton is an idiot.

Slate‘s Jordan Weissman is an idiot.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley is an idiot.

Californey Governor Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

Urban Decay – and people acting like idiots.

The 2020 census results are in, and they’re making Democrats act like idiots.

Some people are idiots about chickens.  Really big idiots.

And So:

This is probably the most libertarian song ever written.  Consider the refrain:

‘Cause I ain’t askin’ nobody for nothin’
If I can’t get it on my own
If you don’t like the way I’m livin’
You just leave this long haired country boy alone

Can’t add too much to that.  This is Charlie Daniels, with his 1974 tune “Long Haired Country Boy.”  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Since our move to the Great Land, I’ve been thinking about the Old Man a lot.  He would have loved this place.  I would worry that our owning only a tad over two acres may have made him feel hemmed in, but the fact that there are thousands of acres of state land just behind us that he could have wandered at will would have eased that problem.  Yesterday I was having a look ’round in my woods – that’s a great feeling, to be able to say my woods – and told Mrs. Animal, “there are a couple of dead birches I’ll have to knock down and cut up for firewood.”  “You sound just like your Dad,” she said, and I’ve never received higher praise than that.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Now this, this is some first-rate trolling.

It’s like they want to provoke some kind of national divorce.

Ice Age hyenas hunted in the Arctic.

How Denisovan DNA spread into Oceania.

Our nearest stellar neighbors may be a good place to look for life.

How giant pterosaurs’ long necks worked.

I’m pretty happy with Alaska.

A rare moment of sanity?   Eh, probably not.

No shit, Sherlock.

No shit, Sherlock 2.

We have ranked voting here in Alaska now.  Not sure how it’s going to work out.

There shouldn’t be any Imperial funding for science, unless (maybe) there’s a national security issue at stake.

Things you need to know, Part 1.

You forgot the oldest profession.

Cha-ching!

Bill Maher finds an acorn.

Mummy returns:  Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life, first words from mummy:  “Epstein didn’t kill himself.”

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs, like wolves.  Imagine that!

Let them come on up to the Sustina Valley and try it.

This Week’s Idiots:

Leftist British MP Claudia Webbe is an idiot.

House Democrats resort to idiocy.

Extinction Rebellion’s Alison Plaumer is an idiot, as are all the members of Extinction Rebellion.

Jerry Nadler is a whiny little crybaby, and an idiot.

The Baltimore Sun‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

Idiots being idiots.

The appearance of this image of a wood-chipper is purely coincidental.

Idiot Maxine Waters incites insurrection.  Why is this moron not in a Federal jail?  If this isn’t a damned clear-cut case of fomenting an insurrection, then I’m the Queen of Denmark.

Michael Wood, who is apparently the Administrator for the Oregon Department of Occupational Safety and Health, is an idiot.

CNN’s Mitch Landrieu is an idiot.

CNN’s Van Jones is an idiot.  Again, seeing a pattern.

You stupid, pusillanimous fuck!  What ever happened to due process and presumption of innocence, you cheap, crooked hack?

Guilty on all counts – and at least two idiot politicians made his appeal case for him.

And So:

You don’t see a lot of Aussie culture up this way, but back in the Eighties, the Aussie band Men At Work got a fair amount of play on American radio (and on MTV, back when MTV was still ‘Music Television.’)  Here is that band with their 1980 hit Down Under.  I’m not sure why the Aussies haven’t yet made this their national anthem.  Enjoy!

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.