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

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

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

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

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

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

And so…

On To the Links!

Yes, your cat might eat you.

Science!

Anthony Fauci:  “I AM SCIENCE!”

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

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

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

The Democrats’ Filibuster Con.

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

No shit, Sherlock.

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

News Flash: Trump Was Right.

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

It Feels A Lot Like 1977.

Eww.

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

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

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

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

This Week’s Idiots:

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

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

Robert Reich is an idiot.  (Repeat Offender Alert)

The Week‘s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

Vox‘s Jariel Arvin is an idiot. 

Vox‘s Rob Arthur is also an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

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

The New York Times’ Bill McKibben is an idiot.

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

Seriously, do these idiots have nothing better to do?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

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

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

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

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

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

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

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

And so…

On To the Links!

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

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

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

More people need to hear this guy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago continues its meltdown.

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

No Shit, Sherlock.

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

This Week’s Idiots:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Guardian brings us more from idiot Carol Anderson.

Barack Obama beclowns himself again.

The New Yorker‘s Sue Halpern is an idiot.

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

Jimmy Kimmel is an idiot.

CNN’s Mari Aponte is an idiot.

NY Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

CNN’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

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

Al Franken is an idiot.

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

The New York Times’ Mara Gay is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

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

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

Animal’s Daily Infrastructure News

President Biden(‘s handlers) have an infrastructure plan.  But there’s a problem:  It’s utter horseshit.  Excerpt:

After two painful recessions and ever greater national discord, there is considerable support for a new beginning, even if it takes massive federal spending. The question we must ask now is what kind of spending makes sense given the character of the country, its geography, and its economic challenges. America remains a vast and diverse place, and decisions that make sense for one locale do not necessarily make any sense in others. A dispersed country needs dispersed decision-making, not edicts issued from on high by the D.C. nomenklatura.

Unfortunately, Joe Biden’s ballyhooed “infrastructure” plan, coupled with unprecedented stimulus spending, is cast by the obliging media as being about the middle class but seems oddly detached from how the overwhelming majority of the middle class lives, which is in lower-density, automobile-dependent neighborhoods. This dynamic was intensifying even before the pandemic. But Biden’s plan seems mostly about serving the relatively small sliver of transit-riding apartment dwellers living in denser neighborhoods. Overall, dense residential areas accommodate no more than 10 percent of the nation’s population.

Rather than emulate Roosevelt’s New Deal, as Biden’s handlers insist, the plan renounces much of what drove it. The New Deal, whatever one thinks of it, was about improving the material quality of life for most Americans, such as by spreading the benefits of homeownership to an ever-broader part of the population. In contrast, the Biden plan focuses on permanent redistribution through ever more entitlements and dependency — something Roosevelt opposed. It is likely to reduce our competitiveness by boosting energy and regulatory costs as well as taxes.

In other words, these people have no idea what they’re doing.  You can rely on the political class for that:  When faced with a failure of government, usually in an area where government has no business being involved, the political class’s response is predictable:  Government harder. 

Here’s the onion:

Historically, both parties have looked with favor on suburbs and the notion of a country where most people own their own home. Franklin Roosevelt insisted that a “nation of homeowners” would be “unconquerable.” But this view began to change under President Obama, who decided that suburbs needed to become denser and home to more poor people. Many Democrats, reading the mainstream media, assumed they were riding a “back to the city” wave that would transform American geography as well as politics. Some deep-blue jurisdictions — Minneapolis, California, Oregon — have moved toward eliminating single-family zoning. At the same time, in deepest-blue California, a citizens’ movement with determined support from minority neighborhoods has so far thwarted such heavy-handedness from Sacramento.

The Left’s embrace of forced density reveals a serious misreading of demographic and geographic trends. Despite what you might read in the New York Times, Americans on the whole never went “back to the city.” In fact, in not one year since 2000 have more people moved into the urban-core counties than moved into suburban and exurban counties. Between 2010 and 2020, some of the largest metro areas — including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, and San Francisco — lost domestic migrants, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. Critically, as new research shows, the people most likely to move are the educated young, previously thought to be permanently urbanistas.

I’m sure the fact that many of our major cities have become riotous, crime-ridden shitholes have nothing to do with it.  Right?

It’s been a popular talking point for some time now among the political Left to favor policies pushing increasing urbanization.  And their infrastructure plans, such as they are, as well as their energy policies, seem to be intended to make rural dwellers (like yr. obdt.) lives more difficult.

These policy proposals are, actually, a good argument for federalism.  What works for Connecticut won’t work for Wyoming – or Alaska – and that’s something that the GOP should run on.  Infrastructure is properly a State, not an Imperial, matter.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Bacon Time, Pirate’s Cove and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links as well as our pals over at The Daley Gator for their link to our commencement speech post!  If I’ve missed your weekly linkback, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the roundup.

Now then:  A bunch of Oregon counties have voted to leave Oregon and join Idaho.  Excerpt:

Five eastern Oregon counties voted Tuesday in favor of considering becoming part of Idaho. Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties join Union and Jefferson, which voted last year to require county officials to study or promote joining Idaho.

Grant voted 1,471 to 895 for county officials “to meet and discuss relocating Idaho border.”

Lake voted 1,341 to 463 for the “relocation of Idaho border” to be taken up in “county board of commissioners meetings.”

Malheur voted 3,050 to 2,572 for “county court meetings regarding relocation of Oregon-Idaho border.”

Sherman voted 429 to 260 in favor of “promoting moving Oregon-Idaho border.”

Baker voted 3,064 to 2,307 for county commissioners “to meet three times per year to discuss a proposal to include 18 counties, including Baker, as part of Idaho,” the Baker City Herald reported. Baker County results are not yet available from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

The grassroots group Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho wants to flip Oregon’s mostly rural eastern and southern counties — plus a few northern counties in California — into Idaho, believing they’d be better off in Idaho’s more conservative political environment. It’s hoping that political pressure from county initiative votes will lead to negotiations between Oregon and Idaho to move the border between the two states, putting up to 22 of Oregon’s 36 counties in Idaho.

While this may be a good idea for the affected counties – and while it fits in well with the principle of self-determination – this probably won’t happen.  In addition to these votes described, it would also require the approval of all the relevant state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, which probably ain’t gonna happen.  The blue state legislatures would surely erect an electoral Berlin Wall around the upstart red counties.

It sure seems to me, however, that we’re seeing more and more of these kinds of initiatives.  There is the back-and-forth over secession, by either red or blue states depending on who is in the Imperial Mansion at the moment, but a reallocation of counties may actually help hold the country together.  States like Oregon and Washington – and our former home of Colorado – have large, sparsely populated but strongly red counties overwhelmed by relatively tiny but densely packed urban areas, and those rural counties are growing restive.  Maybe a nation-wide effort to redraw state lines, more in accordance with populations, may be in order.

Add that to a list of things that aren’t going to happen, of course.  In those states I mention above, another commonality is that the blue urban areas aren’t going to be willing to allow the red rural areas to exercise that right of self-determination.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been toying around some with “alternative” social media, mostly Parler and Gab, and I’m ready to give up on both.  Here’s why:

First, Gab.  The layout is generally OK and I like the “Groups” feature, but the “batshit-crazy” ratio is a little too high to suit me.  Anyone who claims that aren’t nutbars on the Right just as there are on the Left clearly isn’t paying attention, although the Right doesn’t seem as willing to elect them to office.  (But only just.)

Second, Parler.  Parler was a little more sane, with again, a decent layout but no “groups” or sub-fora that I was able to find.  But then Parler re-did their login procedure from an annoying “click every panel that contains a bicycle” CAPTCHA to the even-more-annoying “enter the code we sent to your cell phone.”  I never provided them a phone number and refuse to do so, so now I’m not able to log in to Parler at all.  Repeated requests to their customer service folks have gone unanswered.

So, by way of conclusion:  Sure, we have alternatives to Derpbook and Twatter now.  Big deal.  I decided early on to ignore those platforms because the terrible noise-to-signal ratio, and from what I’ve seen, those two new alternatives are no better.

I hate discussion by bumper sticker, and I’ll be damned if I’ll engage in it.  So, True Believers, I guess if you give a damn about my thoughts on anything, you’ll just have to come here Monday through Saturday and read them.

Well, for that and the occasional Rule Five imagery, too.

And so…

On To the Links!

Ferry from Twatt in the Orkneys to Scotland, and then you can drive south down through Cock Bridge, Dick Place, Cockermouth, move through Penistone and Cock Alley, slide east into Slutshole Lane, down through Fingringhoe, and end up on the south coast at Ass Hill and Shitterton.

That guy in the Imperial Mansion continues to improve his impression of an actual potato.

Also:  President Biden(‘s handlers) are off to a bad start.  If you ask me, I’m guessing it’s gonna get worse.  Maybe even worse than the Carter years.

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

Hard pounding, this.  Let’s see who pounds longest.

Everybody’s different, but I sleep a lot better with my own dear Mrs. Animal beside me.

Some folks want to bring jaguars back to the United States.  I doubt they’ll make it as far north as the Susitna Valley, so, meh.

Humans in apartment fire:  “We are all gonna die!”  Cat in apartment fire:  “What’s this we shit, Kemosabe?”

I’m not a fan of “doxxing” anyone, but it is possible to push someone too far.

Fuck off, slaver.

This kind of shit is why we left Colorado.

You know, maybe some people are ‘rona ‘vaccine-hesitant’ because assholes in government keep telling them they’ll still have to wear face-diapers and socially distance afterwards.

Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun.  Sad that one innocent person died, but many more could have if not for a good guy with a rifle, and if you look around, the legacy media is ignoring this.  The Narrative must persist.

Dammit, Piers Morgan, stop making me agree with you!

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s John Nichols and Senator Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY ) are both idiots.

NBC’s David Mark is an idiot.

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.  Amazing how often her name pops up in this section.

Maxine Waters (Crazy Old Bat – CA) is an idiot as well as a serial abuser of government employees.

“Pothole Pete” Buttigieg is an idiot.

Apparently everyone at CNN are idiots.

The Squad’s Rep. Cori Bush is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ross Wiener is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

There never will be another Frank Sinatra.  Nobody since has even come close.  While his fellow Rat Pack members were all possessed of tremendous talent, even in that company Mr. Sinatra stood out.  Here, from 1966, is the Chairman, performing Luck, Be A Lady.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

So, Walmart and some other national chains are quietly dropping their mask mandates after the latest CDC guidance.  Excerpt:

Walmart, Costco and Trader Joe’s are among the stores allowing both customers and workers to enter the store maskless if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, they are not requiring proof of vaccination to enter the store without a mask.

Costco will still require masks to be worn in its healthcare sections, which include pharmacy, optical and hearing aid departments.

As Walmart noted in their statement, according to Business Insider, stores are still subject to restrictions put in place by local and state governments.

However, not all store headquarters are on board with the new CDC guidelines. Macy’s, Target and Starbucks are among those that will maintain mask requirements for customers and employees, even if they have been fully vaccinated. 

Other stores, such as Kroger and CVS, are not adamant about keeping mask requirements but have yet to lift the mandate. 

Up here, outside of Anchorage, the masking thing dropped below 0.5 out of 10 on most folk’s Give-A-Shit-O-Meter some time ago.  And now even Anchorage and Juneau (sort of) have lifted their mask mandates.

Yesterday I went in to the Walmart in Wasilla to get my second ‘rona shot, in the hopes one day that international travel opens back up, and almost nobody except the pharmacist who gave me the shot was masked.

Plague Mask.

Our local grocery story chains, Carrs and Fred Meyer, are owned by Safeway and Kroger, respectively.  Both still have “masks required” signs on the entrances.  Both still have probably 80% of the customers maskless.  Last Friday I went into Fred Meyers for some supplies and about a third of the employees, required to wear masks as a condition of employment, had let their masks slip under their chins.

The theater is coming to an end, folks.  The CDC’s new guideline, I think, is not so much the result of further research but rather bowing to the inevitable:  People have had enough.  And the longer I live in the Great Land, the more I find that Alaskans in general are folks who don’t like people in the forty-eight telling them what to do, and that’s a sentiment I find very refreshing.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

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

Turdus migratorius

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

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

And so…

On To the Links!

OK, this is somewhat alarming.

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

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

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

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

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

Eight facts about the AR-15.

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

Paging Mr. McAfee, Mr. John McAfee.

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

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

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

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

New Neandertal find near Rome.  Cool.

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

We’re going to need a bigger woodchipper.

Yeah, we’re probably fucked.

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

Roger Daltrey, still rocking.

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

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

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

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

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

Too true to be funny:

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

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon‘s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

The Grio‘s Preston Mitchum is an idiot.

These idiots have some hard, hard lessons coming.

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

The New York Times’ Charles Blow is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is still an idiot.

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

CNN’s Chris King is an idiot.

Bill De Blasio is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Something a little different this week.

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

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

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

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

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

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

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

Just another weekend in Alaska.

And so…

On To the Links!

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

Ninth Circuit panel lifts ban on ghost gun blueprints.

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

Begun, the pizza wars have.

Well, I’m glad that’s solved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April gun sales continue to shatter records.  Good.

So, where is everybody?

It’s probably a little too late for that.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

Newsweek‘s Meggie Abendschein is an idiot.

Vox‘s German Lopez is an idiot.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

These people are idiots.

John Podesta is an idiot.

Salon‘s Jon Skolnik is an idiot.

CNN’s Clay Cane is an idiot.

Stupid people demand stupid shit.

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

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

Time‘s D. Markovits is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

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

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

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Now then; we’ve had occasion to wonder if America is headed for a second civil war.  France has had civil wars in the past, and may be a little farther down that path than we are, with the possibility of a military coup thrown in for good measure.  Excerpt:

In France this week, 20 retired military generals, 80 officers, and 1,000 lower-ranking soldiers signed an open letter expressing concern over “mortal dangers” they say face the Republic. President Macron’s government has instructed the army chief of staff to discipline the signatories for inciting insurrection.

The letter bears close attention on several grounds. Although the signatories warn they wish to act only after the outbreak of civil conflict, Macron’s response shows the government understands the situation has already deteriorated to a point where a true coup or uprising—an event quite unlike the shambolic ordeal in Washington on January 6th—might erupt at the slightest provocation. This fearsome possibility is made all the more apparent by Harris Interactive polling that shows 58% of the French people support the letters’ signatories. Despite strenuous elite attempts to delegitimize even thinking such thoughts, 84% of those polled can see that violence in the country is increasing daily. A full 73% agree France is in decline.

The article reproduces the referenced letter in full, and I’ll do so here as well, because it’s damnably important:

Mister President,
Members of the Cabinet,
Members of Parliament,

The hour is late, France is in peril, threatened by several mortal dangers. Though retired, we remain soldiers of France, and cannot, under the present circumstances, remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country.

Our tricolor flags are not simply a piece of fabric; they are a symbol of tradition—the tradition of those who, throughout the ages, whatever the color of their skin or their religion, served France and gave their lives for her. On these flags, in golden letters, is inscribed the motto, “Honor and Fatherland.” Today, our honor rests on denouncing the crumbling-apart of our fatherland.

Crumbling-apart through a certain kind of anti-racism, which has an explicit goal: to sow malaise on our soil, up to and including hate between communities. Today, some speak of racialism, of indigenism, and of anti-colonial theories, but with these words, those hateful and fanatical partisans seek to foment a racial war. They despise our country, her traditions, her culture, and want to watch her dissolve by tearing her away from her past and her history. Thus, by attacking statues and analyzing words from several centuries ago, their true goal is to undermine our ancient civil and military glories.

Crumbling-apart through Islamism and the hordes from the Banlieues. Several patches of our nation have been detached and turned into territories put under submission to dogmas contrary to our Constitution. Every Frenchman, regardless of belief or non-belief, must be everywhere at home in France; there cannot and must not exist any city, any neighborhood, where the laws of the Republic do not have writ.

Crumbling-apart, when hate replaces fraternity during protests, when the regime uses police as jackboots and scapegoats, against yellow-vest-wearing compatriots who seek only to express their hopelessness. This even though ski-mask-wearing individuals infiltrate those protests, destroy businesses, and threaten the police. And yet, the police only follow the sometimes-contradictory policies set out by you, holders of political office.

The peril rises, violence increases every day. Who could have predicted, ten years ago, that a teacher could one day have his head cut off as he left his middle school? As servants of the Nation, who have always been ready to pay the ultimate price for our service, we cannot remain passive spectators of such actions.

Therefore, the leaders of our country must absolutely find the courage required to eradicate those dangers. To do so, it is often necessary only to apply existing laws without weakness. Do not forget that, like us, a great majority of our fellow citizens is incensed by your cowardice and your guilty silences.

As Cardinal Mercier, Primate of Belgium, once said: “When prudence is everywhere, courage is nowhere.” Ladies and Gentlemen, stop equivocating—the hour is late, the work ahead is immense. Do not lose time, and know that we are ready to support political leaders who would undertake the rescue of the Nation.

However, if nothing is done, heedlessness will continue to spread its poison throughout society, inexorably. In the end, there will be an explosion, and our comrades in active military service will be forced to step in and undertake the perilous mission of protecting our civilizational values and the lives of our fellow citizens.

It is easy to see that the time for hesitation is over. Otherwise, tomorrow, civil war will put an end to this growing chaos, and there will be thousands of deaths, of which you will bear responsibility.

Emphasis added by me.  And yes, it’s true; members of France’s military are threatening a military coup, to protect the rights and safety of the French people, rights that are being ignored by the French government.

I gotta say, this bears watching.  The French government will be cracking down on the generals that wrote this letter, to be sure, and what that crackdown will consist of remains to be seen.  But they can’t crack down on the French people, a majority of whom apparently agree with the sentiments expressed in this letter.

So, what does that mean for us?

Well, one could argue that during the Obama years, the upper echelons of the military were purged, if you’ll allow the word, of wrong-thinkers.  Peacetime generals have always been more politician than soldier, never more so than now, as witness the current round of SJW nonsense being foisted on the line troops.

It would be frankly shocking to see a display of testicular fortitude as shown in the letter reproduced above coming from our PC generals.  And that’s the state of things, True Believers; our top-ranking military has been outdone in ballsiness – by the French.

Animal’s Daily Government Theft News

A case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court may drive a nail in the coffin of a horrendous abuse of power that flies in the face of the Fifth Amendment – civil forfeiture.  Excerpt:

Does due process require a prompt hearing after the government seizes a vehicle through civil forfeiture?  That is the question the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will consider addressing in Serrano v. Customs and Border Patrol, a lawsuit appealed by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of its client, Gerardo Serrano, who had his new truck taken from him at the Mexican border in 2015.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) didn’t like that Gerardo took photos at the border, which he planned to share on social media with relatives in Mexico to let them know he would see them soon.  Two agents objected and, after stopping Gerardo’s truck, physically removed him from it, took possession of his phone, and repeatedly demanded the password.  Gerardo, a staunch believer in civil liberties who has run for elected office on a platform of respect for constitutional rights, suggested that the agents obtain a warrant.  The border agents responded by telling Gerardo they were “sick of hearing about [ ] rights.”  In retaliation, they went through his new Ford pickup with a fine-tooth comb searching for any excuse to seize his vehicle.  They found five low-caliber bullets, which they absurdly called “munitions of war,” and used them as an excuse to take his vehicle.  (There was no gun in the vehicle.)  For the next two years, despite Gerardo’s repeated requests, the government never gave him his day in court to prove his vehicle’s innocence or to force the government to justify its actions before a judge.

Here are the details of the legal claim:

Shortly after Gerardo filed a class-action lawsuit against the CBP (Serrano v. Customs and Border Patrol), the agency tried to moot Gerardo’s case by returning the vehicle.  But the trial court held that the case was not moot—as Gerardo could move forward with class-action claims on behalf of all U.S. citizens who have had vehicles seized at the border—and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.  Still, having rejected the government’s attempt to moot the case, both courts held that due process does not require government to provide a prompt post-seizure hearing after seizing automobiles.  That ruling is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“In the criminal context, after the government arrests you, it must hold a probable cause hearing shortly after the arrest—even if the criminal trial follows later,” said Rob Johnson, an IJ attorney.  “We are saying the government must provide the same kind of prompt hearing after it takes your property.”

The Fifth Amendment states in part that no citizen shall “…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”  It’s pretty damn clear to me that seizing property without a warrant, a court order or a trial is a violation of that right; there is little or no due process involved in the seizure, and innocent citizens sometimes face a wait of years before recovering their own property.

Government only has two legitimate purposes:  To protect the citizenry’s lives and property.  Civil forfeiture is a clear violation of those purposes.  This court case, should it be decided in Gerardo et al‘s favor, will be at least a start towards ending this unfair, corrupt and unconstitutional practice.