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My thoughts on the news of the day, both local, Colorado, national and international.

Rule Five Climate Rule Friday

Well, sometimes there’s cause for hope.

In Kentucky, a judge, one Benjamin Beaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, slapped down the Biden administration’s rule clamping down (again) on emissions from motor vehicles.

In a sweeping judgment late Monday, Judge Benjamin Beaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ordered the Federal Highway Administration to stand down on the rules, which the agency finalized in November. The ruling represents a major victory for the State of Kentucky, which challenged the regulations alongside 21 other states.

“President Biden’s radical environmental agenda has lost touch with reality, and Kentucky families, farmers and workers are paying the price,” Republican state Attorney General Russell Coleman said on Tuesday. “Like all Americans, Kentuckians love our trucks, cars and vans. With this victory in court, we’re slamming the brakes on the Biden administration’s politics that make no sense in the commonwealth.”

It’s a start.  And the basis of the suit is that the Biden administration’s rule exceeds statutory authority, nothing new for this administration.

Kentucky filed the lawsuit in December, one month after the FHWA finalized the regulations. According to the lawsuit, the FHWA overstepped its legal authority in attempting to regulate vehicle emissions since it attempted to force states to implement federal regulations.

Beaton agreed in his ruling, declaring that the regulations exceed the FHWA’s statutory authority and are “arbitrary and capricious.” Instead of granting plaintiff states’ motion for preliminary injunction – which would have blocked the rule during litigation – he granted their motion for summary judgment, vacating the rule immediately.

OK, that’s great, and it’s a step in the right direction; the Biden(‘s handlers) administration has been ignoring any statutory limitations since, well, the day they took office.  But there’s a bigger issue: What about the constitutional issues?  Why is nobody talking about those?

Here.  Show me anywhere in there where the federal government is authorized to pass laws or make regulations governing the emissions of privately owned vehicles.  Go ahead, have a look; I’ll wait right here.

Back already?  OK.  You didn’t find it, did you? That’s because it’s not there.  Now, square that lack with the 10th Amendment:

Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Why is nobody bringing this up?  Why is nobody – well, almost nobody, since obviously here I am talking about it – talking about this callous disregard for the Constitution, which is supposed to be the highest law in the land?  We can amend it, but we cannot ignore it – and yet the federal government has been ignoring it since at least 1860.

This ruling is a good start.  But at some point, it has to come back to the Constitution.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, The Other McCain, and Flappr for the Rule Five links! And please, if you can, toss a little help to our blogger pal Doug Hagin over at The Daley Gator.

Now here’s a genius for you.

Green Party member U.S. Senate candidate for New Jersey Christina Amira Khalil went viral after posting a theory to social media that the earthquake that rocked New York and New Jersey on Friday was caused by climate change.

Prominent social media users mocked the post, which also received an X “Community Note” fact check providing the real reason for the event.

Khalil took so much criticism for the post that she ended up deleting it and switching her account to “protected” mode so that the public couldn’t view her posts any longer. 

Following the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that was felt New York, New Jersey, and other northeast U.S. states, Khalil posted on X, “I experienced my first earthquake in NJ. We never get earthquakes. The climate crisis is real. The weirdest experience ever.”

The aspiring politician’s theory went viral only hours after it was posted, gaining millions of views thanks to the help of big accounts sharing it for the sake of mocking it on their feeds.

I don’t know what I could say that would make this nitwit look any dumber than she already does.  But an X/Twitter commenter, Paul Szypula, summed it up very nicely.

It’s true, folks; just when you think these people couldn’t possibly get any dumber, someone goes and drops the bar lower still.  At this point, it’s somewhere around the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

It’s belaboring the obvious to point out that this idiot is in no way fit for a position as Third Assistant Dogcatcher in Bumfuck, Lower Slobovia, but I’ll point it out anyway.  She’s beyond parody – and nuts.

Rule Five VP Gabbard Friday

Issues & Insights, you guys know I love you, but sometimes you just plain get it wrong – like suggesting, for Donald Trump’s 2024 Veep pick, former Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.

Donald Trump either has a short list or a long one, depending on the media source, in his search for a running mate. Either way, he could do a lot worse than Tulsi Gabbard. At least she knows, unlike many establishment Republicans, just how malicious Democrats are, since she used to be one and saw the depravity up close.

Maybe Trump will choose Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, or New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. He might turn to Ben Carson, a Cabinet official in his previous administration, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, or South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. All would be acceptable, as would other Republicans not named.

It’s possible, however, the best candidate isn’t even a member of the party.

Gabbard was for eight years a Democrat representing Hawaii’s second congressional district in the U.S. House. She ran for the White House in 2020 as a Democrat, but has since left the party, declaring her independence in October 2022.

Yes, I know, Donald Trump was himself a Democrat until not long before he ran for President in 2016.  Yes, I know, Ronald Reagan, the Gipper himself, was once a Democrat.  People can change.  I’m just not buying that Tulsi Gabbard – and yes, I recently saw her speak at CPAC, which isn’t a bastion of the Left – has been all that red-pilled.

The 42-year-old pointed out that her former party is at perpetual war with First and Second Amendment rights, and the current administration is focused on “discriminating against people of faith, especially Christians, arresting peaceful pro-life protesters.” More recently, at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, she declared “our democracy is under attack,” and identified “the perpetrators” to be “those who in the name of saving our democracy are destroying it.”

OK, yes, I&I points out that the United States is a republic, not a democracy, but hell, everybody seems to get that wrong; I won’t get wrapped around the axle over that.

Look, I like Tulsi Gabbard. I like her grit. I like that she doesn’t mince words.  I respect her military service, in which she didn’t shy away from duty in a combat zone.  But she ran for President as a Democrat.  She endorsed Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud, that daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont.  I have a hard time believing that someone can change their spots that quickly and that thoroughly.

Trump’s VP pick is going to be key.  He needs to pick someone with untarnished conservative or libertarian credentials, someone who will be ready to pick up the torch in 2028 and keep things moving forward, and preferably someone who will bring a swing state along to the Electoral College count.

Tulsi Gabbard ain’t that person.

This election, this 2024 contest, is rather a big one.  Oh, I know, it’s common enough for politicians and pundits alike to thump their chests and shout about how “this is the most important election in our nation’s history!” But this election, while maybe not the most influential – I don’t think it will be as potentially huge as, say, the 1864 election, which, if McClellan had won, may have seen a negotiated end to the Civil War with the Confederacy retaining its independence as a separate nation – but this is a big one. The future direction of our nation for a generation or more is on the table.  Trump needs to pick his sidekick carefully.  Tulsi Gabbard would be the wrong choice.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Flappr, The Other McCain, The Daley Gator, Pirate’s Cove, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then: It sure seems like folks are trying to avoid Boeing airliners lately.

Some fliers nervous to travel aboard Boeing aircraft following a stream of flight problems in the last three months say they try to book flights on other planes while others say they’ve turned to prayer or medications to get through their trips.

The shift in response toward Boeing took off in January after a panel plugging the space reserved for an unused emergency door blew off an Alaska Airlines jetliner 16,000 feet above Oregon. While pilots landed the Boeing 737 Max 9 safely, the incident has left a mark on many travelers.

“I just can’t step on that plane,” Leila Amineddoleh told NBC News, referring to Boeing aircraft. “Even if the chance of getting hurt on a Boeing flight, even with all these incidents, is slim.”

The last deadly crash involving a U.S. airliner occurred in February 2009 in an industry that saw 9.6 million flights last year. More Americans die in motor-vehicle crashes each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Yeah, air travel is, statistically, pretty safe.  In my previous, non-journalism career, I traveled a lot – lots of it international travel – and never was involved in an incident where I felt I was in any danger.

The problem with air-travel events is that they are pretty spectacular.  When an airliner goes down hard, typically everyone dies, and that’s hard to swallow.  It makes people nervous, just as it’s making people nervous right now, with stuff happening like emergency doors blowing off in flight and tires dropping off the landing gear.

In the end, it probably won’t make a great deal of difference.  Take us – if Mrs. Animal and I want to see our kids and grandkids, who are all down in the lower 48, we have to fly to go see them.  Not seeing them is inconceivable.  So fly we will.  We may feel a little nervous about it, but we’ll fly.  And, I imagine, so will plenty of other folks.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, The Other McCain, The Daley Gator, and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

Now, to answer what appears to be a rhetorical question: No, it’s not only suckers that buy electrical vehicles (EVs) but a large number of suckers do buy electrical vehicles.

The latest evidence that electric vehicles are nothing more than environmental snake oil can be found in a recent Wall Street Journal article pointing out that these “clean” cars are actually more polluting than their gasoline-powered brethren.

By polluting, we mean actual pollution, not carbon dioxide emissions – which is not pollution but plant food.

The Journal was highlighting a study from 2022 that, naturally, was ignored by the mainstream press at the time. What the study found was that “brakes and tires on EVs release 1,850 times more particle pollution compared to modern tailpipes.”

Why? Because EVs are as much as 30% heavier than gas-powered cars, which means more stress on their “regenerative” brakes and much faster tire wear.

Sure, that’s a problem. I have and still do maintain that there are circumstances in which an EV may make sense – for instance, someone who has an urban/suburban commute of, oh, 10-12 miles and who can charge their vehicle overnight.  Wouldn’t be my choice, but for that person, an EV may make sense – or at least, for them, the choice isn’t downright stupid.

The pollution problem remains, though:

Car buyers expect their tires to last 40,000 miles. But EV owners are finding that they last only 13,000 miles. Not only does that significantly increase the cost of ownership of an EV, but it also adds to air pollution.

That’s because tire wear, in case you didn’t know, is a major source of “fine particulate matter” – often called soot – which the Environmental Protection Agency, in case you didn’t know, considers “one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution and it’s linked to a range of serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including asthma and heart attacks.”

This, True Believers, is known as “unintended consequences.”  Of course, the people who design these cars, presumably being, you know, automotive engineers, should have known this and disseminated this information long before now.

Feature, not bug.  When embarking on an agenda like this, there are always one or two facts best suppressed until the agenda is at least partly accomplished – and that sure as hell looks like that is what happened here.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Whores and Ale, Bacon Time, Pirate’s Cove, and The Daley Gator for the Rule Five links!

Now here’s a topic after my own heart, among other things; it seems someone named Sydney Sweeney (no idea who she is) is bringing boobs back.  Now that is something I can get behind – or in front of.

Sydney Sweeney made engagement farming easy with her cleavage-revealing curtain call this past weekend as the host of Saturday Night Live. If you spend any time online at all, I’m sure you’ve seen the video. Wrapped in a revealing little black dress, Sydney thanks the cast, the crew, Lorne Michaels and giggles and bounces in familiar ways I haven’t seen in decades. For anyone under the age of twenty-five, they’ve likely never seen it in their lifetime — as the giggling blonde with an amazing rack has been stamped out existence, a creature shamed to the brink of extinction.

Well, I’ve seen it, and am happy to see it again; here’s a sample.

The girl is gifted, and that’s for sure and for certain.

Pretty girls are their own justification.

Readers of these virtual pages know that I have long been and still am a big fan of the Feminine Aesthetic.  Protestations by some malcontents notwithstanding, there’s nothing wrong with an appreciation of pretty girls doing pretty things.  Girls dressed to attract attention, as Miss Sweeney is in this video, are going to draw attention.  Speaking for myself, yes, I will pay attention, but these young women should also know that I’m not going to sidle up to them or try to sniff their hair, like someone I could name.  For my part, pretty girls are like kittens and wildflowers, something to be admired because they are pretty.  And the other thing a young lady like Miss Sweeney has in common with a kitten is that I don’t want either of them in my damn house.

I like pretty girls. But where my life’s journey is concerned, there is no replacing my own dear Mrs. Animal; I wouldn’t trade her for all the houris of Paradise, and that is a natural-born fact.

Animal’s Daily Macroglossia News

Before I get into this mouthful of a story, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Plague Ship over at Glibertarians!

Now then: I know, I know – you’re all wondering what the hell Macroglossia is.  Well, here.

Macroglossia, sometimes called giant tongue or enlarged tongue, is a rare condition that typically affects more children than adults. Most people have macroglossia because they have other conditions, such as Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome or Down syndrome. Treatment for macroglossia varies depending on the underlying cause.

Now that we have that definition, an Oregon woman just won a Guinness World Record for the greatest tongue circumference. Yes, really.

Image from article.

An Oregon woman earned a Guinness World Record for her unusually sized tongue, which has a circumference of 5.21 inches.

Portland resident Jenny DuVander said she was reading the 2023 Guinness Book of World Records with her son when she saw there was a category for largest tongue circumference.

DuVander said she always knew she had a large tongue, and after measuring it at home she suspected it might be record-breaking.

Her dentist performed the official measurement by wrapping dental floss around her tongue and then measuring the length of the floss.

She officially earned the record with a 5.21-inch circumference.

Now that’s a hell of a thing to put on your online dating profile.

Jenny DuVander is, of course, a flautist.  I’m not sure why that’s not surprising, but it’s not.

Look, for once I’m somewhat at a loss for words.  It’s impossible to comment on this without indulging my inner 12-year-old.  One has to wonder, though, if Jenny DuVander has ever entered a tongue-twister competition and, if so, the judges gave her a tough sentence; it’s hard to say.  But a claim like this, to be sure, has some teeth in it now that it’s confirmed by the Guinness people.

That’s all.  Try the veal.  Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, The Daley Gator, Flappr, Whores and Ale, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Who the hell thought this was in any way appropriate?

Deer Creek School District released a statement Friday afternoon after a video was sent to Fox 25 that showed students licking toes during an event for the school’s Wonderful Week of Fundraising.

“It was surprising,” an anonymous student told Fox 25. “I didn’t think they were going to do all that. I was just shocked. I didn’t really have like a feeling. I was kind of disgusted, and then kind of glad I wasn’t over there.”

“Whenever she told me yesterday that was happening, I had to ask her, ‘Wait, what? They’re licking peanut butter off of toes,” an anonymous parent said. “What?”

The week was spent raising money for Not Your Average Joe Coffee, which employs people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.

“I am all for fundraising and all for really fun and silly things, but that right there just seems a little excessive,” the parent said.

What the actual fuck?  Here’s the video:

The statement claims that no Deer Creek teachers or faculty took part in this disgusting exercise, which begs the question: “Then who did?”

Oklahoma’s State Secretary of Schools had the right reply:

Damn right, this needs to be cleaned up.  Anyone in the school system who enabled this in any way should be cashiered, forthwith.  If the schools, or indeed any organization want to use school-aged kids for fundraisers, let them do sack races, or chili cook-offs, or something sensible.  For example:  Here in the Great Land, every April there is a gun show down in Big Lake, that raises money for the Big Lake High School boy’s hockey team.

Plenty of folks on the left will no doubt rheeeee about that, but it’s sure as hell a lot saner and healthier than having school kids lick peanut butter off adults’ toes.

Honestly. Just when you think you’ve hit Peak Stupid, some shit like this comes up.

Rule Five Murder Turtle Friday

It’s official: As of November, “Cocaine Mitch” McConnell will step down as the Republican Senate Leader and, while he’s remaining in the Senate (presumably) he is stepping back from leadership duties. If you ask me, this is good; he’s been slipping a little in the last few months, and it’s frankly time for some new blood.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he’s stepping down as the upper chamber’s GOP leader after November’s elections, ending a 17-year run that made him the longest-serving party leader in Senate history and often the most powerful Republican in Washington.

McConnell, who turned 82 last week, announced his decision on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

“I always imagined a moment when I have total clarity and peace about the sunset of my work. A moment when I’m certain I have helped preserve the ideals I so strongly believe,” he said. “That day arrived today.”

In emotional remarks, McConnell reflected on his 40 years in the Senate, saying that when he was first elected to the chamber in 1984 he “never could have imagined” becoming the longest-serving senator to represent Kentucky in the state’s history.

“To serve Kentucky in the Senate has been the honor of my life, to lead my Republican colleagues has been the highest privilege,” he said, before announcing that this would be his last term as the Senate GOP leader.

Honestly, at 82, he should not be seeking re-election, but that’s another issue.

In his floor speech, McConnell said he plans to remain in his post until his party selects a new leader, who would be elected in November and take the helm in 2025. He said he plans to stay in the Senate to “finish the job” that the people of Kentucky elected him to do, suggesting that he’ll remain in the chamber until his term expires in 2026.

“Father time remains undefeated. I’m no longer the young man sitting in the back hoping colleagues would remember my name,” McConnell said. “It’s time for the next generation of leadership.”

The leader said he has “full confidence” in his conference to choose his replacement, though he did not endorse a successor.

“I still have enough gas in my tank to thoroughly disappoint my critics and I intend to do so with all the enthusiasm which they have become accustomed,” he said.

As far as a successor, if I had my druthers, I’d love to see Rand Paul (one of the few pols I actually like) in that slot. But at this point, it’s up in the air, and the Senate Republicans have some time to dope all that out.

While Mitch McConnell could be a damnably effective political knife-fighter when he put his mind to it, I’m damned certain that Trump, Resurgent was part of his decision to step away from leadership. McConnell and Trump have been at odds before and likely would have been again, and it’s become damned obvious that Trump is going to be the GOP standard-bearer in this fall’s election, for better or worse.

But for all of Mitch McConnell’s swamp creature status – and make no mistake about that, he is part of the Swamp – I will forever be grateful to him for one thing:

Merrick Garland will never sit on the Supreme Court.

For that, Senator Mitch “Murder Turtle” McConnell, I thank you.

Animal’s Daily Trump Triumphant News

Before I get into this, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Plague Ship over at Glibertarians!

OK, well, maybe he’s not altogether triumphant yet, but it makes for a good headline. The high point, of course, of CPAC 2024 was Saturday’s speech by none other than former President Donald Trump, and he was up to his usual Trumpisms.

See for yourself:

That evening, the once and (it’s looking more and more likely) future President went to South Carolina, where primary voters handed him a victory and their former Governor Nikki Haley a pasting.

Super Tuesday is coming up fast. By mid-March, Trump could easily have enough delegates in his pocket to cinch the nomination. As the late, great Dr. Charles Krauthammer said of Trump in the 2016 primary season, which you may remember had a much larger field, “…it’s beginning to look as though he might just pull this off.”

Meanwhile, and speaking of pulling it off (hah) Joe Biden is giving young White House staffers advice on sex.

At CPAC, as I’ve already reported, Trump was predictably Trump, right down to showing up almost an hour late. He gave a noteworthy speech, showing humor, a penchant for story-telling, some needle-pointed jabs at Joe Biden, and in short, came off as what he is – a real-estate guy from Queens.

Whatever you think of Trump – and you all may remember that in these virtual pages, I was a DeSantis man until he dropped out – he’s almost certainly going to be the GOP candidate, and unless the Dems find a way to ease befuddled old Joe Biden out the door and follow up by ousting the cackling imbecile he chose as VP, then he’ll likely win a Grover Cleveland-like nonconsecutive second term.

My concern in the short term over a Trump victory is this: If he wins, and it’s looking more and more likely, then it’s Katie-bar-the-door, because the cities may well erupt in “peaceful protests” that will make the 2020 Summer of Love look like a Girl Scout jamboree.

Get out of the cities!