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Happy Hump Day!

I got a chuckle out of this:

Meet Ace Biden.

The Original Lying Dogfaced Pony Soldier now has a new title. Ace Biden – fighter pilot legend equal to Pappy Boyington and Chuck Yeager. It’s a well-known fact in the Air Force that a Chinese Spy Balloon is worth five fixed-wing aircraft. God’s truth. It’s a fact, man.

Cartoon at link.

Reminds me of someone else:

Ace Rimmer, from the great BBC comedy series Red Dwarf, was a parody.  We can’t even say that about the President any more.  He’s gone well beyond parody.  Joe Biden always was a legend in his own mind, and now his mind is going.  It’s downright embarrassing at this point.

Well, it’s been an eventful week, lots of ground to cover, so…

On To the Links!

Bigfoot may be bears.

When looking for causes, you always watch for a common theme.

Fuck off, slavers!

The mistake is letting Biden speak in the first place.

Actual headline from Iceland ReviewPolice Called Out to Investigate Sound of Resident Pounding Pork.

How much is that worth in pieces of silver?  Also, how the ever-loving hell does Biden(‘s handlers) have any authority to offer any part of Ukraine to Russia?

Gotta love the guy.

I have no problem with ugly people wearing masks.

A bit of good news.

The earliest fossilized brain.  As opposed to the fossilized brain that sits in the Imperial Mansion.

Auto insurance costs are another inflation marker.  Honestly, this isn’t one that would have occurred to me; as Mrs. Animal and I are in our late fifties and early sixties, respectively, with stainless driving records and living in rural Alaska, our auto insurance cost is pretty damn low.  Two of our kids live in a small town in Iowa, and there’s still isn’t terrible, but our youngest two live in a suburb of Denver and now that I think on it one of them mentioned to her Mom that their car insurance had gone up noticeably.

I love Japan.

Scientists grow human mini-guts inside mice.  Now if they could only grow some in the RNC.

Speaking of:  Ted Cruz on guts, and President Biden(‘s handlers) lack of them.

Don’t mess with Texas.

Dems have lost hope for Heels-Up Harris.  What, just now?

The U.S. military is literally out of ammo.

Someone broke ChatGPT!  It reminds me of the old Star Trek bit where Captain Kirk talked the androids into shutting down.

Talk about henpecked.

This Week’s Idiots:

David Frum is an idiot.

The Hill’s Brent Budowsky is an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

AOC beclowns herself again.

Ilhan Omar likewise beclowns herself.

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

USAToday’s Anna Kaufman is an idiot.

The New Yorker’s Amy Sorkin is an idiot.

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

The New Yorker’s Amy Sorkin is an idiot.

Well, the White House is staffed with morons, so…

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

From 1972 to 1979 the Grateful Dead counted among their number Donna Jean Godchaux, their only female member.  Reviews of her singing voice when in support of the guys in the band were mixed, but she had a wonderful voice on her own.

The best example of her work I can find was on the 1977 album Terrapin Station, in which she had the lead vocals role in the great song Sunrise.

But hey, don’t take my word for it – listen for yourself.  Enjoy!

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This gave me a chuckle.  The business environment in California (see yesterday’s post) has gotten so bad that Jerry Garcia’s Grateful Dead cannabis brand is pulling out of California.  Relevant statement from the story:

Eli Melrod, the CEO and co-founder of Solful dispensary chain, said the brand’s exit from California was a sign that it’s a struggle for even good cannabis brands to make money in the state.

Hell, it’s a struggle for anyone to make money in California!  The state Assembly has been working like hell to make it as difficult as possible to make money in California, and now it’s gotten to the point where you can’t even make a profit selling dope.  This is just rich.

Now then…

On To the Links!

We should be debating every damn penny of government spending.

Things aren’t looking good for China.

The Pelosi Act.  Seriously, read this one; the name really is priceless.

You asked for it, asshole, so suck it up and deal.

Have some answers to questions you never asked.

House GOP opens up the amendment process.  This is a good thing.

War with China in 2025?

I love a happy ending.

Dems  never saw a spending idea they didn’t like.

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson to the Left:  “You’re The Man now.”

Are you really against fossil fuels?

Fuck around and find out!

Consumers are getting skittish.

To be fair, they thought this in 2016, too.

Self-awareness rating:  Zero.

Bawk bawk.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

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

Idiots gonna idiot.

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

Salon’s Heather Digby Parton is an idiot.

Race hustler Dr. Umar Johnson is an idiot.

Salon’s Matthew Rozsa is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

Van Jones is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

The early Eighties were the glory days of girl bands, and in those years there were few better examples of that genre than the Go-Go’s.  They are, in fact, still around – in 2020 through 2022 they were on a reunion tour, although they are obviously a little longer in the tooth than they were in their heyday (but then, who among us ain’t?)

One of their better known tunes is the 1981 song Our Lips are Sealed, from the album Beauty and the Beat. The video here is typical of the time, just pretty girls doing pretty things with sun and water.  Enjoy!

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Happy Hump Day!

We’re a month past the winter solstice now, and you can see the sun beginning its long march north.  We’re still seeing some long nights right now, as the sun is rising today at 9:41AM and setting at 4:44PM – but on the day of the solstice it rose at 10:14AM and set at 3:41PM, so we’ve already gained back well over an hour.

Sunshine!

Best of all, the sun is higher in the sky.  One of the first signs of returning spring here is when the afternoon sunshine actually hits our driveway in front of the house, which as you can see here, it did last Saturday.  Spring is on the way!

Don’t get me wrong, I do love Alaska winters.  But by this time of year I’m always ready for spring to come along.

And so…

On To the Links!

Yeah, the Big Guy is losing it.

This headline is a massive understatement.

How dinosaurs fought.

Bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye.

Never.  Apologize.

Tucker nails it.

Seriously, fuck these guys.

Yeah, pouring billions of dollars into a corrupt European shithole is in our best interest.

Rare blonde moose sighted here in Alaska.

Michael Shellenberger nails it again.

Bill Maher dishes out some sense.  The guy’s a liberal, but he’s not a proggie nutbag, and he has been hammering the far left pretty hard.

AntiProfa tried, but Atlanta ain’t having it.

Haw haw haw!

When you’ve lost MSNBC…

New discovery sheds some light on modern bird development.  This is cool stuff.

Who’s next?  Someone equally stupid and useless, no doubt.

This Week’s Idiots:

Rolling Stone’s Kara Voght is an idiot.

CNN’s Julian Zelizer is an idiot.

The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino is an idiot.

The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel is an idiot.

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

Reason’s Billy Binion is an idiot.  Alec Baldwin had that gun in his hands.  He was responsible for knowing the status of that gun.  He is responsible for Halyna Hutchins’ death.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues to beclown himself.

CNN’s Paul LeBlanc is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Bill Gates can fuck right off.

California is run by idiots.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I liked Little Feat a lot back in the day.  (Still do.)  A while back I presented in a Wednesday post my favorite of their tunes, Representing the Mambo.  But they did a lot of good tunes; here’s a song one of you True Believers mentioned at that time.  This is from the 1973 album Dixie Chicken – here is Fat Man in the Bathtub.  Enjoy.

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I’m not sure how these assholes could be any more hypocritical.  This is the punch line:

The World Economic Forum gets underway Monday in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday as hundreds of world leaders, business titans, and politicians will gather to privately discuss the issues of the day and make recommendations to reduce climate change, hunger, and poverty.

And:

But how do all these leaders get there? Do they fly commercial then take a train, the likely option if you or I were to go? Do they rent a car, or ride alongside the unwashed masses on a bus?

Nope. Many of them drive in surrounded by huge convoys of gas-guzzling vehicles, while another bunch flies in on private jets, some of them on incredibly short flights. An estimated 1,500 private flights flew in and out of nearby airports in the pre-pandemic year of 2019, while Greenpeace puts the 2022 number at around 1,040. (When the radical environmental group highlights the incredible hypocrisy of the folks shaming you on climate change, you know they’re on shaky ground.)

There really is nothing I can add to that.  Except, of course, to say what I’ve been saying for some time:  I’ll believe there’s a climate crisis when the people who keep telling me there’s a climate crisis start acting like there’s a climate crisis.

Now then:

On To the Links!

This ties in with last Friday’s post:  Is Japan prepping for war?

Also:  South Korea could build nukes fast.  (So could Japan.)

Good guys with guns.

Why are the Dems now bringing out the long knives?

I’m coming over shortly, because I am a portly, you promised you could fit me in a fifty-dollar suit!

Oh, this ought to be entertaining.

Dems are wackadoodle on economics.  In other news, water is wet, the sun rises in the east, and Joe Biden is senile.

Thanks, John Deere.  I should now be able to fix my own damn tractor.

That’s because he is careless, shady and hypocritical.

“Biden” and “think” are two words that don’t belong in the same sentence.

And if pigs had wings, we’d all carry umbrellas.

Eight Senate seats most likely to flip in 2024.  Maybe.

Can Weimar America save itself?  Color me skeptical.  I think we passed the point of no return some time ago.

California’s budget surplus has vanished.  No surprise there.

Border crossing deaths are skyrocketing.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Mark Green is an idiot.

Vox’s Rani Molla is an idiot.

Rep. Hank Johnson (Moron – GA) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

The Nation’s Chris Lehmann is an idiot.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Horse’s Ass – RI) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones is an idiot.

David Brooks is an idiot.

The Bulwark’s Amanda Carpenter is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Daughter #2, while in high school a few years back, got interested in Germany and German culture, and so took four years of German language lessons.  As a part of this cultural exploration, she became interested in German music – specifically, German metal bands.  One of them I remember is the gothic-rock band Rammstein, who were given a movie cameo in the Vin Diesel/Samuel L. Jackson grenade XXX, in which they performed their song Feuer Frei!

Yeah, I know.  Kids.  Anyway, take a look at the official video, and tell me if you think they’re serious or satire.  I’m not sure.

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These two Wyoming fellows have earned their Man Cards for life.

Image from article.

Excerpt:

Kendell Cummings and Brady Lowry were attacked by a grizzly Oct. 15 while hiking in the Shoshone National Forest outside Cody. Cummings was able to rip the bear off Lowry, who was attacked first, leading to a head-to-head showdown with the carnivorous beast himself.

For his heroics, Cummings took the brunt of the bruin’s assault.

Read the whole thing.  All I can add is that wow, these two young men have some balls.  We could use a lot more like them.

Now then:

On To the Links!

I like this guy!  Also, Cori Bush is a classless, racist bitch.

We are now suffering under an administration marked by incompetence.

This is actually racist.

John Bolton and his forever-war boner are running for President?

Because he’s full of Schiff.

The authorities are going after Jordan Peterson for wrongthink.

I love a happy ending.

Guys – have you been enjoying these Hump Day posts?  Apparently that’s racist now.  What the hell ain’t?

Look up “abuse of power” and this story should be the first link.

Murder City, USA.

Woof woof!

About damn time.

This should come as a surprise to no one.

Note:  Kevin McCarthy has his faults, but he’s no Nancy Pelosi – by which I mean, he isn’t a demented, drunken, power-crazed lunatic.

Biden(‘s handlers) Administration ponders banning gas stoves.  Fuck off, slavers!

I love a happy ending Part Deux.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Andrew Gawthorpe is an idiot.

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

Slate’s Alexander Sammon is an idiot.

Jon Chait is an idiot.

Maxine Waters (Lunatic – CA) is increasingly unhinged, and an idiot.

The Grio’s Sophia Nelson is an idiot.

Juan Williams is an idiot.

CNN’s Alice Driver is an idiot.

The Nation’s Chris Lehmann is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve long been a fan of the Grateful Dead.  Lots of folks can take them or leave them, but they had a great American story, being literally a garage band that made it big.  And they were all about the tour, the shows and the fans, preferring to be out playing rather than in studio, and their dedicated fan base responded to that.  Mrs. Animal and I actually saw them perform in Denver in 1991, and it was a fantastic show, lasting well over four hours.  Having Carlos Santana as the opening act didn’t hurt.

One of my favorite Dead albums is the 1990 concert compilation album Without a Net, and the last piece on that two-CD set was the sixteen-minute concert staple Eyes of the World.  Listen to Jerry Garcia’s guitar work on this piece; it brings to mind an image of a clear mountain stream running over pebbles.  Just listening to it relaxes me.   Here it is, then; enjoy.

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2023.  Did ya ever think?

Sunday morning, Mrs. Animal and I were musing about this new year of 2023 and how much the world has changed in our lifetimes.  I’m of the last cohort of Baby Boomers (b. 1961) and Mrs. A is from the first cohort of GenX (b. 1966).  And, yes, in our time the Information Revolution has swept the world.  If you had taken aside eighteen-year-old me in 1979 and told me the following:

New Years Eve 1979

“Listen, kid.  When you are sixty, every American home will have at least one computer in it, and it will be connected to a global network that will allow you to socialize, pay your bills, play games, work, and find information on almost anything.  The world will be at your fingertips.  Oh, and you’ll be able to shop, too, and have your purchases delivered to your door – sometimes, depending on where you live, on the same day.  But wait!  There’s more!  Everyone will also carry a small device on their person, which will not only allow you to make calls the way your home phone does, but also to send messages by text and conduct all of the same things that computer does.”

I would have laughed in your face.  But if you had also told me the following:

“Oh, and the country will have as President a senile incompetent, with a cackling imbecile as Vice President.  The Imperial government will be using the Constitution as asswipe, and there have been multiple rounds of riots and ‘occupations’ of portions of major cities that could only be classed as insurrections.  Oh, and most of our major cities have become crime-ridden shitholes that are effectively unlivable to civilized people.”

Well, that part wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.  1979 was, after all, during the Carter years.

And so…

On To the Links!

Get woke, go broke applies to comic books, too.

There’s a reason we call them SouthWorst.

Speaking of the worst…

Exercise is now a sign of white supremacy. 

Your tax dollars at work.  What an obscene fucking waste.

Why did you stop going to the movies?  Well, I’ll only speak for Mrs. Animal and myself, but when you have to drive 40 miles to get to a theater, it takes something pretty great to make the effort worthwhile – and there just hasn’t been anything that great for a while.

His motivation is still in question.

Colonel Schlichter’s 2023 predictions.

Dogs can smell when people are stressed.  If you’ve ever had a dog, this comes as no surprise.

The correct answer is “who gives a shit.”

Joe Biden Should Be Terrified About What’s Coming in 2023. Here’s Why.  My prediction:  Nothing.  Will.  Happen.

Diversity of skin tone, but no diversity of opinion – that is not allowed.

This Week’s Idiots:

If that cheap partisan hack Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) says inflation may be breaking, we’re well and truly fucked.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And he’s an idiot twice this week!

The LA Times’ John Blumenthal is an idiot.

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

California keeps passing stupid laws.

MSNBC’s Jordan Rubin is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

While Frank Zappa had a long and varied career, being as he was one of the most innovative and talented musicians of a generation, some of his best work was done in the early Seventies when he had the gifted backing of Flo and Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan).  Some of the best of their combined work was on the 1971 album Just Another Band from LA.

It took me a while to pick just one song from this great album.  Finally I decided on Call Any Vegetable (language warning)!  This tune shows off not only Flo and Eddie’s hilarious vocals, but also Zappa’s genius guitar work and the fantastic backup band.  Here it is, then; enjoy.

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Slow news week this week, so links are sparse.  Congress isn’t in session and so can’t hurt us any more.  Most folks are (rightly) more concerned with family and friends than making headlines – although the Imperial Mansion did manage to put out a cringe-worthy, awkwardly staged moment.

Why the hell anyone thinks these kinds of things are good ideas is utterly beyond me.

Now then…

On To the Links!
WTF, Japan. Seriously.

This lends a whole new meaning to the term “explosive diarrhea.”

No shit, Sherlock.

Yeah, no thanks.  As long as there are moose, snowshoe hares and grouse in the woods, salmon and trout in the rivers, I’m not eating any lab-grown meat.

No, more taxes are never a good idea.  Fuck off.

I don’t understand most of this, but it sounds cool.

Queen Nancy delivers address while visibly sloshed.  How the hell do these people keep getting elected?  Wait, wait, I know – it’s San Francisco.  They have a long history of idiotic voting patterns.

The eight most annoying people of 2022.

Let’s be honest – they can, but they won’t.

This is beginning to look like a pattern.

I love a  happy ending.

2022’s political losers.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Hill’s Caroline Nagy is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.

Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.

Idiot leftist of the year.

Salon’s Paul Rosenberg is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Nicholas Goldberg is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

When I was a kid in the Seventies, one of the high points of my week was on the occasional Friday night when I was able to stay up late enough to watch Johnny Carson.  Johnny wasn’t like today’s typical run of late-night talk show hosts; he had class.  He always had a wide variety of guests on, and while politics rarely entered the discussions, when it did Johnny was always pretty even-handed, as he made fun of both sides.

I stumbled across this clip a while back and, after cudgeling the old brain around some, I’m pretty sure I saw it on the air.  Here, from 1974, are some great moments Johnny shared with two show business immortals:  Jack Benny and Mel Blanc.  Enjoy.

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Dec 16, 2022

The Great Alaska Snowmageddon of 2022 is over, but on the heels of that we have enjoyed clear skies and below-zero temps for the past week.  Saturday morning we awoke to -19 at our house out here in the sticks (it was a balmy -17 over at the airport).  Yesterday morning?  -26.

I’m OK with that.  You don’t have to plow subzero cold.  And we have plenty of good, warm, high-quality cold-weather clothing.  Incidentally, I really recommend Duluth Trading for this kind of stuff.  Also, full disclaimer, I receive nothing for these recommendations; I only recommend stuff I use personally because I like it, and for no other reason.

We have a few more days of Arctic lows to look forward to.  By Saturday, though, we should be seeing some clouds move through, and temps should be moving back more into the usual teens and twenties.  Maybe a few flurries.  Back to a normal Alaska winter!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Now that’s an Alaska way to go.

Good.  They need it.

DeSantis 2024?

You were never a slave, you asshole, so shut the fuck up.

The Russians are laughing at us.

I love a happy ending.

This has to be a joke.

Probably not.

Top ten dinosaur discoveries (dinocoveries?) of 2022.  I’m still just as crazy about dinosaurs as I was when I was a little kid.  Neat thing is that now my three-year-old grandson Bubba is also a dinosaur nut.

What doesn’t kill him, makes him stronger.

Judge slaps Gavin “Hair Gel” Newsom down.

This is a big win for Kari Lake, but as to whether anything comes of it, well, that remains to be seen.

Now they’re photoshopping old Joe.  Also, old Joe indulges in a little stolen valor.

From Master Resource:  Energy and Environmental Review, Dec 19, 2022.

The difference between science and scientism.

This Week’s Idiots:

Vanity Fair’s Abigail Tracy is an idiot.

Financial Times’ Jemima Kelly is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones is an idiot.

Sabine Hossenfelder is an idiot.  Talk about fission and maybe you’ll begin to make sense.  Then again, maybe not.

The Nation’s Jumaane Williams is an idiot.  Why do these assholes always think the problem is “messaging” and not their horrible policies?

Joe Biden just can’t stop lying.

CNN’s Kara Alaimo is an idiot.

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

Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

David Frum is an idiot.

The Nation’s Ross Barkan is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Readers of these virtual pages should know by now that I’m a big fan of Bob Dylan, America’s Songwriter.   I couldn’t possibly pick my favorite Dylan tune, or even my top ten favorites, but one tune I always enjoy was his 1971 song Watching the River Flow.  This song first appeared in a studio recording on the 1971 album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II, and has appeared on a few compilation albums since then.  It’s a fun song, a rollicking romp that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Here, then:  Listen and enjoy.

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We’re still digging out up here.  It was a pretty good snowstorm, even for Alaska, but we’re used to such things and boy howdy, do the summers ever make up for it.

We woke up Monday morning to about fourteen inches of new snow.  The roads were still closed.  I cleared paths to the woodshed, to the propane tank and to the office.  Plowing the driveway proved to be more than our little utility tractor could handle, so I had our snowplow guy come in.

Down Anchorage way, they’re calling the last week or so “Snowmageddon.”  Granted they got hit worse than we did.

Now it looks like we’ll get another three to five inches before Friday, and then we should have a breather, possibly until the New Year.

That’s Alaska for you.  And, yes, totally worth it.

Now then…

On To the Links!

“Tough shit.”  That’s a quote.  Haw haw haw!

“This is not leadership, it’s cowardice.”  Another quote!

Prediction:  Nothing will come of this.

All of these women have one thing in common.

What happened with President Trump and Twitter.

This won’t amount to a hill of beans.

The Left, justifying censorship.

Elon Musk keeps kicking ’em and taking ’em.

This is actually racist.

Why Democrats lost rural America – because they’re utterly clueless as to what rural folks value?

Well, that didn’t take long.

Good – now hang the asshole.

Lauren Boebert dials it back.  Probably not the worst idea, considering the squeaker of an election she just won.

This mother should tell CPS to fuck off.  Geeze, when I was twelve I would disappear into the woods for two or three days with a .22 rifle and a couple of sandwiches.  When I was sixteen I tied my canoe on top of my old car and went up to the Boundary Waters for a couple of weeks.  Whenever my Mom expressed any concern about my absences, the Old Man always reassured her that “…he’ll come home when he gets hungry.”  I always did.  And somehow I survived it all without interference from busybodies.

Japan continues dialing their military in.

About time they fired this asshole.

This Week’s Idiots:

Jennifer Lawrence is an idiot.

Randi Weingarten is an idiot.

Van Jones is an idiot.

Adam Schiff (D-Shit for Brains) is an idiot.

The Nations’ David Zirin is an idiot.  Brittney Griner was likewise an idiot, was rightfully detained, and should not have been exchanged for a notorious arms dealer.

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

The New York Times’ editorial board is staffed with idiots.

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

We’re all laughing, Juan.  We all are.

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

Hypocrites gonna hypocrite.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I can neither confirm nor deny being the inspiration for this song.  ‘Nuff said.  Have a watch.

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Happy Hump Day!

Back in the Great Land, and the state has gone full-on into winter, with overnight temps frequently in the teens – below – and almost a foot of snow in the last couple of days.  But up until a week ago we were in the relatively balmy environs of eastern Iowa, getting some quality grand-parenting in.

I’ve warned our kids – at least, the two that have already reproduced – that as time goes on, Grandpa is going to do his best to convince grandkids to move north.  We’d love to have the kids move up sooner, of course, but all four of them are pretty settled in place for now.  So I’ll be working on the next generation.  Having my stout grandsons around to help pack moose meat out of the bush as I get older and more crotchety would be a help, among other benefits.

Now then…

On To the Links!

If you really wanted to destroy the US, how would you go about it?

The bloodletting at CNN continues apace.

Granted, Elon Musk has gotten pretty good at telling people to bugger off.  That’s one of the things I like best about him.

Now they’re killing bats.

One of the richest countries on the planet, planning to spend the winter cold, bored and hungry.

Indiana Jones 5 is going to be a huge pile of suck.  Lucas should have stopped after The Last Crusade, but his ever-increasing neck has taken over all his creative processes.  He’s more monster than man, twisted and evil.

They know you’ll surrender freedom of movement after they make it unaffordable.  Feature, not bug.

Bullfrogs.

Elon Musk is my new hero.  And more.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

I can see reasons for moving to Florida, although I’ll stick with Alaska.

From John Lott:  The ‘Crazy, Right-wing Shooter Myth.’

Philly gas station hires armed security to protect against thugs.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Jen “Peppermint Patty” Psaki is an idiot.

This is a damnably stupid idea, and this entire “committee” should be run out of the state on a rail.

Liar, liar, pants on fire – and an idiot.

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

Joy Reid (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The stupidity is just staggering.

The Nation’s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the day, one of the off-the-wall bands I was interested in was Traffic.  Formed as a “psychedelic rock” band in 1967, Traffic originally included lead singer/keyboards/guitarist Steve Winwood (formerly of the Spencer Davis Group), drummer/singer/writer Jim Capaldi, guitarist Dave Mason and woodwind player Chris Wood.

Traffic is probably best known for tunes like Dear Mr. Fantasy and The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, I’ve always been fond of one of their lesser-known pieces.  Shanghai Noodle Factory was originally released in 1969, on the album Last Exit, and then later re-released on the 2007 compilation album Feelin’ Alright:  The Very Best of Traffic.  Here, then, is that wonderful, off-beat tune.  Enjoy.