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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newsweek finds an acorn. And PJMedia’s Bryan Preston weighs in: Wokism 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.