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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.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I swear, you can’t make this shit up.  Take a look:

I distinctly remember Ronald Reagan meeting Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland.  Reagan landed first, and was waiting when Gorbachev’s Aeroflot airliner landed – in the Icelandic wind.  Gorbachev deplaned in a typically Russian heavy overcoat and fur hat (say what you will about the Russians, they know how to dress for cold weather) and Reagan was outside waiting for him in a regular business suit.

As Gorbachev approached, he slipped on a patch of ice.  He did not fall, but before his aides could react, the older Reagan ran to his side and steadied him, as though he was the younger, stronger man, representing his younger, stronger country.

It was a great visual.  Now we have doddering, senile old Joe Biden, sending the world just the opposite message.

Great.  Just great.

With that…

On To the Links!

Yeah, that’s not going to work out the way you think.

And that’s not likely to work out at all the way you think.

The epidemic that wasn’t.

Well, this is embarrassing.  If you’re not feeling like this, you should be.

No shit, Sherlock.

No shit, Sherlock II.

From the time of dinosaurs, and before.  Cool.

Holy shit!  Watch the embedded video – there was sure as hell automatic weapons fire on the Mexico side of the river.  Believe me, I’ve heard it before – and not an automatic rifle.  That was an M-60 or something of that sort, a crew-served machine gun.  (But they have such strict gun control in Mexico!)

Neandertals took good care of their teeth.

Well, you bought a house in loony California, so…

Fuck you, China.  Right in the neck.

This is actually racist.

1.  Read riot act.  2.  Order rioters to disperse.  3. Open fire.

Another one bites the dust.

Baghdad Bob at the southern border.

Meanwhile, immigrant facilities are apparently full of giant baked potatoes.

Joe Biden(‘s handlers) can’t keep covering this shit up.

The Navy is still looking into fusion.  Not surprising, the Navy operates a lot of reactors and has plenty of nuke experts.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Stephen Collinson is an idiot.

Newsweek‘s Michael Dyson is an idiot.

The Guardian‘s David Smith is an idiot.

USA Today‘s Nicole Carroll is an idiot.

Notorious blowpig Michael Moore is still an idiot.

Colorado farmers and ranchers respond to Gov. Polis’s idiocy.

Slate‘s Pedro Gerson is an idiot.

Slate’s Jane Hu is an idiot.  I’m sensing a pattern here.

Everyone involved with this bill is an idiot.

The Week‘s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal is an idiot.

And So:

Boy, this one brings back some memories.  I remember going to the Ben Franklin’s Five and Dime when I was a little kid.  They had bins of little plastic toys, dinosaurs, birds and the like.  My Mom would give me a nickel each trip, if I had behaved myself, so I could buy one.

Later, as a teenager, I worked at the Woolco in Cedar Falls, selling guns and fishing gear.  Woolco was, of course, a branch of the famous Woolworth chain of five and dime stores.  I never fell in love with a co-worker there, although I did date one of the girls from the Garden Center for a while.  Nanci Griffith did a wonderful song about that happening, however; this is Love at the Five and Dime.  And (let’s say this softly) compare this marvelous display of talent, class and skill with what passes for music today, say, for example, at the recent Emmy Awards.  Anyway.  Enjoy.

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Variety is the spice of life.

Colorado (and much of the central part of the country) is still recovering from one of those spring snowstorms that, pronouncements of some weather-readers aside, really aren’t that unusual.  This week finds Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. in Colorado, packing up for our drive up the Alaska Highway in a week and a half (stay tuned for more on that topic next week) and we have done a fair amount of shoveling.

The Old Man with his payloader

Things, snow-wise, will be a lot different in our new home in the Great Land.  Winters are a different deal up there, with wintertime accumulations of three to four feet not at all uncommon.  Forget shoveling, except maybe the little bit right by the entry doors to your house; plowing is called for, and frequently actual snow removal, where you need a front-end loader of some kind to physically remove snow from your driveway and parking areas.

The Old Man on the tractor

So I’ll probably be buying some equipment.  And that’s OK – I like equipment.  I grew up on a place where the Old Man kept some equipment around – not just an old Ford utility tractor with front-mounted hydraulic loader, but also an old 1948 Hough four-wheel-drive payloader and a 1957 Ford 3-ton dump truck.  My new place isn’t as big as the old place in Allamakee County, but I do think that a small tractor will probably still be in order.  More and more I’m going back to my roots, and I’m loving that.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Ahead, Warp Factor Eight!

No Shit, Sherlock.  Seriously, Mrs. Animal and I have been happily married for almost thirty years – and I still pay more attention to her when her nipples are erect.

John Stossel rocks.

Pot to kettle:  “You’re black!”

He’s an armless lumberjack and he’s OK.

Prediction:  Andrew Dice Cuomo will skate on all charges.  These days, having a “D” after your name is a damned effective get-out-of-jail-free card.

Still, Andrew Dice Cuomo is taking a beating in the social-media world snakepit.  He’s learning that, when worn on the other foot, the shoe pinches.

Strange bedfellows, indeed.

Fuck off, slaver!

A 2024 GOP likely nukes President Biden(‘s handlers) threats of more lockdowns.

They can’t do that to our pledges!  Only we can do that to our pledges!

So, where are all the girls in boy’s sports?

Haw haw haw!  Couldn’t have happened to a bigger dimwit.

When I wore Uncle Sam’s colors, we were told, constantly:  Never make a public political statement while in uniform.  Never become involved in political matters using your status as a service member.  Well, some today have evidently not learned that rule.

The Great Uniter strikes again.

A bit of sanity may be creeping into this issue at last.

“It is no secret that Joe Biden is not in charge of the executive branch.”  No shit.

Florida v. California on lockdowns.

Interesting critters that lived before the dinosaurs.  Cool.

Neandertal art.  Also cool.

Life on Jupiter’s moons?  Extremely cool.

Best takedown of the year so far (Note, Nia Renee Hill is Bill Burr’s wife):

This Week’s Idiots:

NY Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

California Governor Gavin Antoinette Newsom is an idiot.

Fuck you, you idiot, you nincompoop, you imbecile, you sniveling, cowardly douche-bag. Fuck you, your parents, your grandparents, any brothers and/or sisters, your first and maybe even your second cousins, and the horse you rode in on.  Seriously, if we’ve learned one thing from cancel culture insanity, it’s this:

NEVER.  APOLOGIZE.

The New York Times editorial board is (still) a collection of idiots.

The New Yorker‘s Doreen St. Felix is an idiot.

HuffPost‘s Laura Robbins is an idiot.

Salon‘s Bill Blum is an idiot.

CST‘s Mary Mitchell is an idiot.

Robert Reich is and always has been an idiot.

Stacy Abrams is a morbidly obese idiot.

And So:

A good song should elicit an emotional response.  This one does, and I’d be willing to bet I’ve got company.  As evidence, just watch the faces in the audience shown in this week’s video.

A while back, one of my daughters sent me a link to a music video by a country artist, telling me, “Dad, this song reminds me of you and Grandpa.”  And indeed, it does a pretty good of describing my relationship with my father, who was the finest man I ever knew.  This is Luke Combs, with Even Though I’m Leaving.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Today, first of all, we recognize the passing of a giant:

Rush Limbaugh, 1951 – 2021

RIP, Rush Limbaugh.

Mark Steyn weighs in on Mr. Limbaugh’s passing.

Rush Limbaugh Was My Radio Dad

The most-listened-to host in radio history.

I did listen to Rush some, on and off over the years.  I didn’t always agree with him, but I always found him interesting listening.  He had a way of making you think, even – maybe especially – when you didn’t agree with him.  He also single-handedly invented modern talk radio.

El Rushbo was a titan, and lots of folks will miss him.

Well then…

On To the Links!

Lockdowns today, lockdowns tomorrow, lockdowns forever.

Turns out wind turbines don’t work well during winter weather.

Renewable energy’s biggest failure.  To blame?  Not winter weather or even climate change; no, it was Communism.

I’m liking Lauren Boebert more and more all the time.

Possible Kung Flu herd immunity by April.

Why we can’t make Kung Flu vaccines any faster.

Related:  Kung Flu cases are dropping like rocks.  Good news indeed; from that article:

Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March….

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

Pretty good takedown.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

Rolling Stone‘s Bob Moser is an idiot.

Salon‘s Patricia Roberts-Miller is an idiot.

Paul Krugman continues to beclown himself.  Seriously, I’m constantly having to come up with new ways to deride this asshole, just to avoid repeating myself.

The Atlantic‘s David Graham is an idiot.

Al Franken is an idiot.  But then, everybody already knew that.

Hey!  Where’s my bourbon on the rocks!?

Rep. Ro Khanna (Elitist Prick-CA) is an idiot.

And So:

This seems appropriate after last week’s Arctic cold snap that hit most of the Forty-Eight.  In 1976, America’s Songwriter Bob Dylan was busy proving he could do rock & roll in the Rolling Thunder tour.   And, indeed, how many songwriters can boast of a Nobel Prize for Literature?

In 1976, I was fifteen, and this was right around the time my older brother got me started listening to Dylan.  My brother, being an old hippie, was more into Dylan’s acoustic folk music work, but I always enjoyed his electric rock-band music.  Here’s a good example from a 1976 show in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  This is the rock version of his tune Shelter From the Storm.  Enjoy.

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Happy Hump Day!

Life right now involves a lot of airline miles between Colorado and the Great Land as we prepare to move the majority of our crap up in March and April.  Boy howdy!

Here’s the thing:  I have accumulated enough award miles that, if only United Airlines offered service to Jupiter, I could probably fly there on points.  Mrs. Animal is a ways behind, but she has plenty of award miles as well.  At some point Mrs. Animal and I will have to figure out what to do with all those miles; fortunately, once the Kung Flu panic dies down (assuming it ever does) we have plenty of bucket-wish destinations in mind:  New Zealand, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, and we always enjoy visiting Japan.

But we’ll have to see what happens with the dreaded Kung Flu over the next few months, I guess.  Now then…

On To the Links!

Oh yeah.  He’s running again.

Turns out governing is a lot harder than criticizing.

Haw haw haw!

Pelosi and Schumer propose to eliminate a few million more jobs.  What colossal horse’s asses they both are.

Turns out corvids (jays, crows, magpies and ravens) may be a lot smarter than we thought.  Probably smarter than Pelosi and Schumer.

In the Kung Flu news:  Vaccinated people don’t need to quarantine (no shit) according to the CDC, and broad distribution of vaccines should be in the works by April.

Heh:

Ted Cruz nails it.

What goes around comes around.

What an asshole.  Seriously, what a huge, gaping asshole.

Seems all those windmills don’t work when it is cold outside.

This Week’s Idiots:

Another bumper crop of idiocy this week!

Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck to make amends!

Project Syndicate‘s Eric Posner is an idiot.

The Nation‘s John Nichols is an idiot.

The Conversation‘s Karen Ragoonaden is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Dick Meyer is an idiot.

If Nikki Haley had a dick, she would have just stepped on it.

USAToday‘s Jason Sattler is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer is an idiot.

Funny how we just keep seeing some of these same names over and over again.

And So:

1964.  I was three years old when the MaCoys released Hang On Sloopy, but it was a popular enough song that it was still getting plenty of play on rock&roll radio stations when I was in high school in the Seventies.  What’s not well known is that the MaCoys released a music video for this song, featuring some… interesting pre-disco dance moves by a lovely (and braless) young lady.  So, enjoy!

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Happy Hump Day!

Colorado’s own firebrand Representative from District 3, Lauren Boebert, now has a District concealed-carry permit. And that, folks, is interesting.

Worth watching.

As I’ve said, I will be avidly following Mrs. Boebert’s career.  She came to Washington with a mission and doesn’t seem to care much who she pisses off, and that alone makes her interesting in itself; combine that with a big helping of staunch Second Amendment advocacy, something I care a great deal about, and she has the potential to rattle more than a few cages.  And those cages need rattling, True Believers, every day, and twice on Sunday.  Her newly-licensed pistol-packing is just the icing on the cake.

Which reminds me, we need to find a time to drive to Rifle and visit her Shooter’s Grille before decamping for good and all for more northerly (and freer) climes.

Now then…

On To the Links!

How about cutting spending, Newt?  When will the GOP get back to talking about cutting spending?

We had to destroy the election to save it.

In the House, the game is still afoot.

Scientists look at Neandertal poop.  Yes, really.

I’ve always liked Rand Paul.  I like him more lately.

Seems legit – the problem is, you’re counting on these state GOP-led legislatures not rolling over and baring their throats when the Left screeches “RAAAAACIISSSST!”

Bacon and eggs – their deliciousness is no accident.

Mostly Peaceful™

Oh, for crying out loud, what nonsense.

What a Shiff-head.

President Biden seems to be underwater and sinking.

Really, let’s just get rid of all the warning labels and let these things sort themselves out.

Paging Dr. Darwin, Dr. Charles Darwin.

Demand in one hand, shit in the other, see which hand fills up first.

We may be losing the rat race.  Speaking as a biologist, well, yeah.  Like cockroaches, rats will always win in the end.

Organic foods are not worth the extra money.  If you had asked me, I could have told you.

This Week’s Idiots:

Maxine Waters (Daffy Old Bat – CA) is and always has been an idiot.

CNN’s Gina McCarthy is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Virginia Heffernan is a self-absorbed, vacuous twat, and an idiot.  Seriously, she should just fuck right off.  I hope her neighbors spend the rest of the year plowing her driveway shut.

Robert Reich is and always has been an idiot.

Chron.com’s ShaCamree Gowdy is an idiot.

And So:

In the wonderful world of bluegrass, there are some good acts, there are some great acts – then, there are The Cleverlys.  Remember that old 1980s hit by The Bangles, Walk Like an Egyptian?  Here, in a fun double-feature for today’s musical entry, is that original video (Eighties big-hair Rule Five!) followed by The Cleverlys’ bluegrass cover.  Both are fun.  Both are very different.  I’m sure the song itself is today supposed to be racist, or cultural appropriation, or some other such horseshit, but honestly, who cares?  Enjoy.


Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

There’s been a lot of discussion the last week or so about the various social media outlets de-platforming anyone with views to the right of Leon Trotsky.  (And given events that will be happening later today, expect to see more of this.)  Plenty of this is indeed going on; I had a desultory presence on Parler for a while. That platform seemed to be sleeping with the fishes for a while, but seems to be working its way back online.  I have signed up for Gab and find it an interesting format, although the noise-to-signal ratio isn’t all that great, especially if you’re a long-winded old fart like me.  If you are on Gab, though, shoot me a follow and I’ll happily reciprocate.

What’s troublesome here is the precedent involved.  Attempting to silence people you disagree with comes from a position of fear and weakness, not strength; and weak people with power are one of the most terrifying things in the world.  Make no mistake, these are weak, small people, and they are afraid.  Such people are dangerous.

The short-term answer is independent, free-speech-respecting platforms like Gab.  But that also leads to both sides retreating into their own echo chambers, with very little actual discourse between the two sides.  This is a recipe for both sides drifting even farther apart – and for more radicalization on both sides.  It won’t end well.

With that off my chest…

On To the Links!

The deep state is rattled.  Good.  They deserve it, every day and twice on Sunday.

And the money printer goes brrrrr.

Tardigrades continue to show how awesome they are.  Seriously, from a biology standpoint, these are really fascinating little critters.

Booze:  Savior of Mankind.  Let’s have a shot!

California’s train wreck of an economy “points the way forward” for Biden.  We are so fucked.

Electric eels hunting in packs.  If that’s not cause for alarm, I don’t know what is.

Meanwhile, in Japan, hordes of poisonous millipedes are stopping trains.

And on top of it all, cocaine hippos.  Yes, you read that right:  Not hippies, hippos.

I’m not sure which is more horrifying:  Cocaine hippos, poisonous, train-stopping millipedes or electric eels hunting in packs.

Because Germany has such a great record with detention camps.

The Kung Flu may end up as another iteration of the common cold.

It’d take a miracle!

Speaking of which:  It’s a miracle!

Honestly, is anyone else just a little suspicious of this latest round of liberal politicians from blue states and cities suddenly clamoring for re-opening?  Doesn’t it seem just a little… convenient?

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Fred Kaplan is an idiot.

Granny Boxwine Pelosi is deranged, and an idiot.

Hint:  The pigeon is the smartest one involved.

AOC/Crazy Eyes continues her preparation for her second career as an actual acorn.

Paul Krugman is still a partisan hack, and an idiot.

Robert Reich is also still an idiot.

The Nation‘s John Nichols is an idiot.

Steve Cohen (Stupid Ass – TN) is an idiot.

And So:

This one’s for Kamala Harris.  Hah.

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Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted before, holy crap but you accumulate a lot of stuff when you’ve lived in a house for twenty-three years, and have raised four kids in that house.  On the weekend past we filled a thirty-foot roll-off dumpster with old crap from garage and workshop.  A lot of stuff has been given away or sold, and a fair amount more will be disposed of the same way.

What’s interesting about this move is taking firearms and ammo through Canada.  Most moving companies will handle firearms but not ammo, meaning we have to take our substantial ammo supply through Canada.  For most of our stuff, the bureaucratic hoops aren’t too bad.  The AR-15s would have been problematic but they are already safely stored up north.  To any of you considering this move, though, I’d offer the following advice; firearms can be transported via the airlines in checked baggage, and that’s probably the least troublesome way to make this particular move.  We’re moving as much of our collection that was as we can manage, just to save the trouble.  If much of your collection is Tacticool instead of our assortment of old shotguns and hunting rifles, that advice goes double.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Because, you know, elected officials must not be held accountable for their actions in any way.

Stukach!

Rush Limbaugh:  The Left is still scared of Trump.  In light of the lengths to which they are going to silence him, I’m inclined to agree.  And it’s funny, because if the last election is any judge, the best tactic the Left can follow is to say as little as possible.

The masks are rapidly coming off.   Healing and reconciliation, my middle-aged white ass.

California doesn’t seem to happy with their Governor.  Can’t say as I blame them.

From our online pal Wombat-socho:  Night of the Digital Long Knives.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the current state of affairs.

Biden claims he’ll ‘defeat the NRA.’  Plenty of liberal pols have claimed that, and the NRA is still there, still with millions of members.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Yorker‘s David Remnick is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

Vox‘s Fabiola Cineas is an idiot.

Mozilla CEO Winifred Mitchell Baker is an idiot.

And So:

1974.  I was thirteen, and every Saturday night that we could my friends and I stayed up to watch The Midnight Special.  Here, from that year and that show, is David Essex and his song Rock On.  Enjoy.

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Happy Hump Day!

We’ll be a bit abbreviated this week, as I’ve only started gathering the weekly links on Sunday.  Too much fun last week with family to pay attention to current events; these days it’s not that often these days that we can get all four daughters in one place with sons-in-law and grandchildren, so I was enjoying my role as benevolent head of a large and growing family too much to worry about the rest of the world.

So then…

On To the Links!

Well, we’re pretty fucked now.  Thanks a heap, Georgia.

How Long Does Sex Normally Last?  Uh…  No, I’m not going to comment.  Nope.

Lin Wood has apparently gone nuts.  I have to agree.

80-year-old Granny Boxwine (love that moniker) again elected as Speaker.  Another poster child for term limits.  Seriously, what is it with the Dems electing leaders who are bordering on full-blown senile dementia?

The best American whiskeys have something in common.  This is a subject in which I’ve long been keenly interested.

Well, she’s just following Joe Biden’s plagiarism example, right?

Antifa dirtbags threaten a mother and newborn baby.

Robert Stacy McCain weighs in on the “Stolen Land” argument.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Hill’s Sukyi McMahon is an idiot.

Paul Krugman continues to be a partisan hack, and an idiot.

The Atlantic‘s Tom Nichols is an idiot.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Horse’s Ass – MO) is an idiot.

Alastair Moock, Dog on Fleas, and the Okee Dokee Brothers are all idiots.

St. Louis DA Kim Gardner is an idiot.

And So:

I’ve long been a fan of the Grateful Dead.  Mrs. Animal and I were fortunate enough to see them live in the old Mile High Stadium in the summer of ’91.  They were a bit of the American Dream made good, a Bay Area garage band that made the big time and toured incessantly; for the Dead, it was all about the show.  Here, also from 1991, is a live clip of one of the songs most loved by their fans, Uncle John’s Band.  Enjoy.

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Happy Hump Day!

Like a lot of folks, I like a cold beer from time to time.  Following our upcoming (can’t be soon enough) move to the Great Land, the distance to a source for those cold beers will be expanded by an order of magnitude.  In our current Colorado house, there is a liquor store with a reasonable selection a five-minute walk away; following the move, the nearest store will be about a fifteen-minute drive.  So, planning would seem to be the order of the day, as it is with all things around a rural life.  We figure we’ll have to go down to Wasilla for our regular trading every other week or so, depending on how well-stocked with fish and game our freezer is at the time.

But the other option, of course, may be brewing my own.  That might be a fun little hobby, along with benefit of ensuring my supply regardless of what challenges winter weather may bring.  So, if any True Believers have any advice on this front, I’d welcome such in the comments.

I also like a nip of good whiskey now and then, but that’s probably a whole ‘nother prospect, when it comes to making my own.

Now then:

On To the Links!

Abstain?  From BOOZE?  In RUSSIA? Good luck with that!

File this under “stuff you never really wanted to know but still find strangely interesting” – the oldest animal sperm.

1. Public reading of riot act.  2. Order miscreants to disperse.  3. Disperse by force.  Easy.

Fuck off, slaver!

What an asshole.

Time Magazine begins the frantic ass-tonguing of the presumed Biden Administration.

Unintentional honesty.

Paul Krugman is optimistic about the economy. We’re fucked.

Holy crap!

RIP Charley Pride – one of the all-time greats in country music.

RIP Chuck Yeager – one of the all-time greats in aviation.

Even Piers Morgan thinks the Hunter Biden cover-up stinks.

Sorry, no, I won’t consider drinking 2% beer.

Slaves.  Picking cotton.  In China.

This Week’s Idiots:

Traditional masculinity is the only reason insipid, ungrateful soyboy fucks like this live peacefully and in comfort.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board are all idiots.

Rashida Tlaib (PLO-MN) is still an idiot.

Slate’s Jordan Weissmann is an idiot.

Biden’s economic team are all idiots.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

And So:

I have a small mental list of the top five best guitar players that ever lived.  While that list includes Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, the only member of my list still breathing is the great Carlos Santana.

Carlos is still around and still producing great music.  Here he is with someone named Rob Thomas on vocals, with his 1999 hit Smooth.  Enjoy.