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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In the interest of better access to Alaska’s hunting and fishing grounds, Mrs. Animal and I have been looking for an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) to get us farther afield, faster.  Such are popular and, in some cases, near-indispensable for accessing good Alaska terrain.

Something like this.

Problem is, there isn’t much in the way of used inventory available.  So we bit the bullet and ordered a new 2022 Polaris ATV.  At least, as I reckon it, buying a new one and taking good care of it should ensure that it will last, well, as long as I’ll need it to.  We should have delivery of it in late August, just in time for hunting seasons.  Watch this space for narratives!

And so…

On To the Links!

I love a happy ending.

Fucking savages.

Well, this isn’t good.

Taxation is theft.

Why Democrats are losing.  Because they’re horribly out of touch and their policy positions are shit?

Wild boars are ransacking Rome.

Hybrid war – I guess it goes farther than electric war but not as far as gas-powered war?

We get $5/gallon gas, they get free Peloton memberships.

Maybe because of that “Latinx” horseshit.

Somalia?  Somalia?   Fucking Somalia?  What possible reason is there for even one U.S. soldier to be in Somalia?

Maybe so, but never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

How can you tell a politician is lying?  His lips are moving.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

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

The Nation’s Bryce Covert is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler (You can always count on MSNBC for idiots) is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jake Bittle is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1991, just after we got home from the General Schwarzkopf Traveling Road Show’s Highway of Death Tour, Mrs. Animal and I were able to catch one of America’s most famous concert events when we saw the Grateful Dead at the old Mile High Stadium in Denver.

It was a hell of a show.  As I recall we paid $17 for tickets.  Carlos Santana opened; he played for 90 minutes.  The Grateful Dead, backed up by Bruce Hornsby on keyboards and Branford Marsalis on sax, played for almost six hours. For comparison, I remember reading that same summer Michael Jackson did a show in Las Vegas.  Tickets started at $65 and he was actually on stage for less than an hour.

Here, then, from the live album Without a Net, recorded on that same tour, is the 16-minute epic Eyes of the World.  It’s probably my favorite Grateful Dead tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted (only yesterday in fact), spring comes late to the Great Land.  But we share a  harbinger of spring with most of the upper tier of the Forty-Eight, that being the return of our robins (Turdus migratorius).

Our robins have only been back for a week or so, and they’ll depart in mid-September, if last year was any gauge.  They’re mostly ground-feeders and depart about the time snow starts to fall.  We had them in our old digs in Colorado, too, but there they were year-round residents.

Here, they are again the sign of spring that they were in the northeast Iowa hills of my youth.  There’s one singing in the top of one of our big birch trees as I write this, and it’s nice to hear him; they have a cheery, pleasant song, and it’s a promise of warm, sunny days ahead.

Now then…

On To the Links!

I live in a free speech zone.  It’s called the United States of America.  Still, good for Georgia.

Maybe.  Maybe not.  The GOP hasn’t exactly been on fire about pursuing corruption.

WH Tacitly Endorses Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices.  I can’t add anything to that.

Biden speaks, a nation groans.  Yeah, with embarrassment.

Well, this wouldn’t be good.

This wouldn’t be good either.

Get woke, go broke.

Oh, rats!

Eleven corrupt speed-trap towns.  What assholes!

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

Human brains were bigger 3,000 years ago.  No television, I’m guessing.

On de-extinction.  Good, I want to go mammoth hunting!

Phrases you never heard before:  “Mouse sperm hook.”

Mob secrets coming to light.

Groomer breakfast cereal?

This Week’s Idiots:

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

The Nation’s Sasha Abramsky is an idiot. 

The Nation’s Joan Walsh (I’m sensing a pattern here) is an idiot.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

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

New York Magazine’s David Klion is an idiot.

USA Today’s Richard Wolf is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Leber (I’m sensing another pattern here) is an idiot.

USA Today’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones (I’m sensing yet another pattern here) is an idiot.

Salon’s Chris Hedges is an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take this week.  I actually do read these, you know.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In his eponymous 1980 album, Peter Gabriel had a number of good tunes, but one I’ve always found interesting is the song Games Without Frontiers. 

While this song is often described as an ‘anti-war’ song, and it is that, it seems to me to spend more verses poking fun at the whole world of international relations, not only war but also our attempts at diplomacy.

It’s an interesting listen, and the video – well, the video is very Eighties.  Here, check it out:

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Casa de Animal, and we’ve got some busy weeks ahead.  Snow is still melting, but we’re starting to see patches of actual yard surface.  Getting hit by two major winter storms in February left a lot of snow on the ground even for south-central Alaska, and with the snow’s melting comes a lot of spring cleanup.

We’re also tilling up the garden plot and prepping the greenhouse for sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes and whatever else we can grow.  Right now, given the current state of national affairs, being as self-sufficient as possible just seems like a good idea.

If possible, True Believers, I suggest you do likewise.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Grafters gonna graft.

The New York Post belabors the obvious.

Welcome to the 1970s.

Why humans sleep less than other primates.  Interesting.

I’m not anxious to try Windows 11, and my big main computer is “not compatible,” but if you’re wondering how the roll-out is going, here’s where to find out.

DeSantis on Constitutional Carry in Florida.

Color me skeptical.

Imagine a Darwin Award for an entire state.

Sooner or later this kind of shit is going to explode.

Joe Manchin (D-WV) endorses a Republican.

It took a Carter to bring us a Reagan.

I’m your huckleberry.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Siva Vaidhyanathan is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Daniel Strauss is an idiot.

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

Dr. Charles Darwin, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Brian Stelter (Repeat Offender Alert) is a potato, and an idiot.

CNN’s David Zurawik is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s C. Miller-Idriss is an idiot.

Biden deserves no respect, Juan, you idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of my favorite John Wayne movies for a number of reasons (at least one of which should be obvious) is the 1960 film North to Alaska, which also starred Stewart Granger and featured a great performance by Ernie Kovacs as Frankie Cannon, the slimy antagonist of the piece.  Check out the trailer:

One of the best bits of this film was the soundtrack, led off by Johnny Horton’s song of the same name, North to Alaska.  Here, then, is that song – enjoy!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Normally I would stick this in the “This Week’s Idiots” section, but the recent action of the Washington state legislature and government were so egregiously stupid that I felt the need to comment a little more.  What did they do?  They banned the word “marijuana.”  Why?  Because it’s racist, of course.  Excerpt:

“The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” Washington state Rep. Melanie Morgan claimed last year during testimony on the legislation she sponsored. “As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants.”

Uh huh.  Because no white people have ever smoked marijuana.  Honestly, this is Richter-scale stupid, right here.  You just can’t make this shit up.

And so…

On To the Links!

DeSantis punches Mickey in the face. 

Teflon Don.

Nothing will come of this.  Something should – we know it should – but it won’t.

Nothing will come of this, either.

How about “just do your damn job and be proud on your own time”?

Gosh, I wonder why?

Better chocolate through technology!

Who is pulling Joe Biden’s strings?  That’s something plenty of folks would like to know, because someone sure as hell is.

Super Gonorrhea!  Fortunately I’m in the lowest of low-risk groups.

Wait, swearing makes us stronger?  Fuck!

So, work camps?  Know who else set up work camps?

Open season.

French President Macron snubs President Biden(‘s handlers).  Is anyone still taking this guy’s calls?

This Week’s Idiots:

This Milwaukee school district is run by idiots.

USAToday’s Carli Pierson is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Smith is an idiot.

Fang Fang’s boy-toy Eric Swalwell is a liar, and an idiot.

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

Slate’s Jim Newell is an idiot.

Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

The Philly Inquirer’s Will Bunch is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of the most liberty-minded songs in rock & roll history is Charlie Daniel’s 1974 tune Long Haired Country Boy.  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.

 Charlie Daniels had a long and distinguished career, bending away from rock and over to country as he aged.  He’s probably better known for The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Simple Man, as well as for his amazing work with a fiddle.  But Long Haired Country Boy is still my favorite bit of his long discography.  Here, then, is that fine old libertarian tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last week I finally filled a space in the gun safe that’s been empty a while, when I successfully bid on a Savage 24B-DL.  This is a neat little combination rifle/shotgun, sporting a .22WMR barrel over a 20 gauge shotgun barrel.  Just the thing for casual pokes through the woods for grouse and showshoe hares.

This is an early model of the 24, with nicer wood than the later models, not to mention a more robust frame-mounted selector.  I’ve already ordered a wide-angle, low-power scope to go on the rig, to better accommodate my aging optics, although it occurs to me that a peep sight would work well too.

I like the .22WMR over the more common .22LR in this gun, favoring as I do that little extra punch on big snowshoe hares or maybe, now and then, a sleek winter fox or pine marten.  I suspect this rig will see a lot of use in the Alaska woods – there’s a reason these old combo guns are very popular in the Great Land.

And so…

On To the Links!

Escape from LA II, Electric Boogaloo.

Well, this is encouraging.

Down, down, down, down.

Up, up, up, up.

Cool bit of speculation:  What might aliens look like?

LA keeps getting worse.

Ben Franklin’s greatest invention.

Time Crystals. 

Nigel Farage asks a damn good question.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Bawk bawk.

Heck’s Angels.

It seems archery was vital to the survival of our ancestors. 

China seeks Earth 2.0.

A (Trump-appointed) Federal judge has struck down the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s travel mask mandate.  And the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has caved.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.  Double dose of Krugman idiocy this week.

The Guardian’s Thomas Zimmer is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

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

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

CNN’s Chris Cillizza (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s (I’m sensing a pattern here) Ja’han Jones is an idiot. 

Maureen Dowd is feeling the Bern – and embracing the idiocy.

The Seattle Times’ Clyde Ford is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Heilweil is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Some songs have popular covers that are better (well, that I like better) that the originals.  Aerosmith did Come Together better than the Beatles, as Joe Cocker did the best version of A Little Help From My Friends.

Another example is Grand Funk Railroad’s version of The Loco-Motion.  While “Little Eva” Boyd did it first, in 1962, and did it pretty damn well, I still like Grand Funk Railroad’s 1974 version better.  And so, without further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We’ve had a few new visitors around the bird feeders lately.

First up, a while back some new chickadees started showing up along with our usual chickadees, the black-capped variety.  The newcomers, slightly smaller and with brown caps instead of black, are Boreal Chickadees, a type found only in the north.  I’d never seen one before moving here, so their late-winter presence has been fun.

The second was a Bohemian Waxwing, another bird of the north, and another I’d never seen before.  Back in the Iowa of my youth as well as the Colorado I lived in for so many years, we had Cedar Waxwings as frequent visitors, but this is my first look at the Bohemian Waxwing.  I hope they stick around; waxwings are so beautiful that they don’t look quite real.

As I’ve said so often, I like having our birds around.  They punctuate our days with song and color, and life is better for their presence.  Now then…

On To the Links!

Don’t mess with Texas!

While we’re at it, don’t mess with Florida!

This is cool – a fossil of a dinosaur actually killed in the asteroid strike.

Heels-Up Harris’s vice presidency is like a train wreck ran into a shitshow and pushed it into a dumpster fire.

2 acquitted, jury hung on 2 more in Whitmer kidnap plot.  The FBI stepped on a rake on this one.

How can you tell Barack Obama is lying?  His lips are moving.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is real.  For evidence, just look at Congress.

I love a happy ending.

1981 called, they want their inflation back.

Gas prices get worse.

Mortgage rates are going up, too.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Thom Hartmann is an idiot.

Vox’s Emily Stewart is an idiot.

Brian Stelter continues to prepare for his second career as an actual potato.

Five times Brian Stelter (still preparing for his career as an actual potato) and CNN shamelessly promoted lies.

Salon’s Kathryn Joyce is an idiot.

American Prospect’s Robert Pollin is an idiot.

Slate’s Oliver Milman is an idiot.

AG Merrick Garland beclowns himself on “ghost guns.”

Watch Peppermint Patty Psaki spew an enormous, steaming pile of horseshit.

The Nation’s Kyle Paoletta is an idiot.

Rolling Stone’s Andy Kroll is an idiot.

American Prospect’s Ramenda Cyrus is an idiot.

OK, that’s enough for this week.  I actually do read these, you know.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Glen Campbell was a man of rare talent, which I have showcased before in these virtual pages.  While he’s best known as a country balladeer, with songs like Wichita Lineman and Southern Nights under his belt, what I find fewer people know about him is his excellent technical guitar work and occasional forays into other genres – like classical music.

Here, from a performance of unknown year but obviously later in his career, is Glen Campbell backed up with a full symphony orchestra, and his take on The William Tell Overture – complete with a bit of commentary on Glen’s youth and the Lone Ranger.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

For some time now, I’ve been looking for a compact lever-action carbine in .45 Colt, to go along with my pair of revolvers in that round.  Wanting a lightweight, slim piece that’s easily portable while woods-loafing, I’ve been looking at the various 1892 Winchester clones out there.  The company that calls itself Winchester nowadays makes one, as does the Brazilian manufacturer Rossi, but both of those are marred with extraneous (and ugly) external safeties.  As I have always held that a gun with an external hammer requires no added safety – and in any case, the only safety a shooter can really rely on is the one under his hat – I’ve been looking at the various clones offered by Uberti and Chiappi, which are made with more care to the original plans.

Chiappi’s 1860 Spencer

Then I had a chance to look over one of Chiappi’s replicas of the 1860 Spencer carbine, likewise modified to shoot the .45 Colt.  It’s a neat little thing, a little different in operation than ‘traditional’ lever guns, as it is fed by a tube magazine in the stock and the side-mounted hammer must be manually cocked for each shot.  But it’s a little different and unusual, and being a little different and unusual myself, I kind of like it.  So I’m focusing my efforts on those at the moment.  Watch this space for more.

And so…

On To the Links!

Peppermint Patty Psaki leaving the Imperial Mansion for MSNBC.  She’ll no doubt double their viewership – from two to four!

Why Have Female Animals Evolved Such Wild Genitals?  I literally, figuratively and in all other ways have nothing to add to that.

They should, but they probably won’t.

No shit, Sherlock.

Sounds like a good idea to me.  Everyone should have some skin in the game.  Alternative idea:  You don’t pay taxes, you don’t vote.

Documenting the ongoing disintegration of New York City.

Rats continue to flee this sinking ship.

Sarah Palin gains a key endorsement.

Colonel Schlichter documents the Dems stepping on a series of rakes.  Best line:

The Democrat’s 2022 congressional polls are dire, with numbers as foul as the interior of Eric Swalwell’s Prius on the way home from a chili cook-off at Fang Fang’s condo. And the Democrats refuse to crack a window. They are hotboxing a Republican wave so mighty that even the Republicans can’t screw it up. 

These people should be prosecuted, but we all know they won’t be.

H.R. 7366. A bill to ban the imposition of any State or local liability insurance, tax, or user fee requirement for firearm or ammunition ownership or commerce; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.  But we all know it’s not going anywhere.

I wish I could say this was a surprise.  Maybe we’ll succeed in ditching Murkowski this year.

These people should be prosecuted, but we all know they won’t be.

“Amy Schumer” and “funny” are two words that should never be used in the same sentence.

I’ll start believing climate change is a crisis when the people who keep telling me climate change is a crisis start acting like climate change is a crisis.

This Week’s Idiots:

Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world!

Predictably, Gov. Newsom reacts with an idiotic irrelevancy.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board is evidently a raft of idiots.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi is an idiot.

Slate’s Fanilla Cheng & Yuliya Panfil are both idiots.

Juan Williams continues his sad decline into idiocy.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is an idiot.

Peppermint Patty Psaki runs cover for idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve presented this before, probably more than once, but it bears repeating.  Hank Williams Jr.’s A Country Boy Can Survive has always been an elegy for those of us who live the rural lifestyle, and probably always will be.  The dazzling urbanites (yes, that’s sarcasm, as well as a Blazing Saddles reference) may not understand it, but they don’t have to, just as I don’t have to understand why anyone would choose to live in the hellholes that our major cities are becoming.  But if bad becomes worse, my money’s on rural and small-town folks coming through it better than the urbanites, because as Bocephus puts it:

Because you can’t starve us out,
And you can’t make us run,
‘Cause we’re them old boys raised on shotgun.

Boy howdy.  Here he is.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Late last week, a bunch of airline CEOs and other representatives of the various airlines jumped on the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration to drop the masking requirements, already.  They state in part:

The persistent and steady decline of hospitalization and death rates are the most compelling indicators that our country is well protected against severe disease from COVID-19.  Now is the time for the Administration to sunset federal transportation travel restrictions…that are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment.”

To which I can only say, “about damn time.”  The whole thing entered well into the theater of the absurd months ago.  I’m flying rather less than I did a few years ago, but Mrs. Animal still flies regularly to Denver to take her elderly parents to doctor’s appointments and so forth, so we bought some of these to (technically) meet the stupid face-diaper requirement.  We like them a lot – you can still actually breathe through them.  If you have to wear a face diaper, wear one that doesn’t really feel like a face diaper.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Tulsi Gabbard dishes up some reality.

Corruption, thy name is Clinton.  And Biden.  And Obama.

Why we need the patriarchy.

What is the coldest place in the universe, after Hillary Clinton’s heart?

I’ll start thinking climate change is a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.  John “Lurch” Kerry, I’m looking at you and your private jet.

Women and minorities hardest hit.

The Dying Dems.

These people’s approval ratings are somewhere between polecats and syphilis.  If you ask me, that’s too high.

Five myths about spicy food debunked.  Pass the chicken vindaloo, please.

The Hunter Biden saga just keeps getting worse.

The Clintons:  “Let’s set up a crooked fake foundation to finance our jet-setting lifestyle and only actually send a small portion of it to charitable work!”  The Bidens:  Hold my beer!

Now physical fitness is racist.  You can’t even parody these people any more.

Owls in daylight.  We have a diurnal owl around here, the Northern Hawk Owl.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Malcolm Harris is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an idiot.

This idiot is going to mumble and stumble us into World War III.

Centenary University is apparently staffed with and by idiots.  And if you read the subhead, some folks at Fox News aren’t all that sharp, either.

An idiot announces a major policy change without knowing it.

The Hill’s William Becker is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler is an idiot.

The Bulwark’s Jonathan Last is an idiot.  Seriously, anyone with enough brains to pound sand can see how President Biden(‘s handlers) are making a complete hash of this thing.

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.  As I’ve said before, I’ll start believing climate change is a crisis when the people who keep telling me climate change is a crisis start acting like climate change is a crisis.

Newsweek’s Allan Katz is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Cyndi Lauper is best known for her Eighties work, with songs like She Bop and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun getting lots of radio play, as well as prime-time feature on MTV back when it was actually Music Television.

But what a lot of people don’t know about  her is that, when she wasn’t affecting the scratchy, nasal tone of the aforementioned tunes, she actually has a lovely, earthy, almost Joplin-esque voice.  In her 2003 album At Last, we finally go to see what she was capable of, especially when she was paired with an artist like Tony Bennett.

Here, then, from that album, is the title song, At Last.  Enjoy also, as a bonus, her duet with Tony Bennett on Making Whoopee.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Gas prices have gotten pretty ridiculous here in the Great Land, as they have almost everywhere.  Down in Wasilla they are at about $4.80 as of last weekend, and up here in the Susitna Valley they’re about a dime more.  And we’ve got tons of oil, but the Imperial City has slammed the brakes on exploration and extraction.

Yr. Obdt, tending to some chores

And, as I noted in yesterday’s post, they’re blaming everyone else – Putin, Trump, pixies, leprechauns, you name it.  Diesel for my tractor is running higher still, and I’m not sure why, since 1) it was lower than gasoline as recently as last fall and b) Diesel is easier and faster to refine than gasoline.

We are still a great nation – a nation of workers, of innovators, of risk-takers, a nation of solid people, who happen to have as “civic leaders” the greatest collection of fraudsters, hucksters, mendicants, idiots, harpies and nincompoops ever assembled.

Go figure.  If I were religious, I’d say “God help us.”  I’m not, so I’ll just say “Holy shit, I hope we survive this.”

OK.  Enough griping.

On To the Links!

The New York Times gets served a big helping of crow.

Honestly the Fed shouldn’t even exist, so…

Clueless just doesn’t cover it.

Your tax dollars at work.

For once the GOP is doing something half-way smart.

Duck.

Duck.

Goose!

Belarus piling on?

This is why I never tried bull riding.

No shit, Sherlock.

Sooner or later they’re going to have to give some answers about this shit.

The bill always comes due.

Feature, not bug.

The first Americans may have come from Siberia, by boat.  If you find this interesting, check out Michael Collins’ Across Atlantic Ice.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Republic’s Melissa Gira Grant is an idiot.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Marie Antoinette-Bloomberg is evidently staffed by idiots.  And another take on the same thing:  “Take the bus.”   I live in rural Alaska, you assholes.  What fucking bus?   And no, I’m not eating lentils.  Kiss my ass.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Dim Bulb – WA) is an idiot.

Anyone who tries to take on a “TikTok Challenge” is an idiot, and should be treated as such.

Whoever put up these posters is an idiot.  But then it’s San Francisco, where there is a surfeit of idiots.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex (Nincompoop – NY) remains an idiot.

Vox’s h is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou (I’m sensing a trend here ) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve never been a big fan of overtly political music, but Lynryrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama is one song with a kinda-sorta-political message that I do sort of like, mostly because it was written and performed to stick a thumb in Neil Young’s eye.  Don’t get me wrong – Neil Young has produced some great tunes, along with a big list of only so-so ones – but I can’t abide his politics, and worse, his bloviating.

Back to Lynyrd Skynyrd.  The band has been through a lot of members and the ones that are still playing are mostly getting pretty gray now (there’s a lot of that going around) but they can still put on a show.  Here, from a 2015 concert in Florida, is the song in question.  Note the Confederate battle flag on Johnny Van Zant’s mike.  Enjoy.