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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!

Food just keeps getting more expensive.  Here’s a tidbit from this story:

We asked CNN readers how inflation has impacted their eating habits, and many mentioned dining out less often, buying less meat and giving up splurges. Some said they are very worried about the future.

Food prices have spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released in mid-September by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8% in that period.

Even burgers cost more these days.

Mrs. Animal and I are, through dint of hard work, still liquid enough to enjoy our traditional Saturday afternoon luncheon at a lodge up north of here.  But their prices have increased as well, maybe even more so, as everything here that can’t be grown locally has to come up by ship or rail.  Plenty of Alaskans grow much of their own food, supplemented with local fish and game.  But most urban Americans don’t have that option.

This is something that the GOP, if they aren’t stupid, should be hammering home until November.  But note that qualifier; you’ll rarely see a group of people so adept at seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.

With that said…

On To the Links!

People keep correcting President Biden because he’s senile and doesn’t know what he’s doing from one moment to the next.

What happens when Dems abandon a city to crime.

I’m just going to leave this here:

The economy was booming until Democrats took over.

If so, I predict massive non-compliance.

This guy gets it.

Honestly, California has been the butt of America’s jokes for a while now.

Who is really in charge in the Imperial City?

Probably not.

Could climate lockdowns be a thing?

The red wave may be a thing in Europe, too.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Liz.

Yeah, we’ve known this for some time.

Mother Jones finds an acorn.

Probably because pollsters are blowing it again in 2022.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Herman Schwartz is an idiot.

What’s left unsaid here is that these idiots are lying to their employers, which is grounds for immediate termination.

MSNBC’s “host and super-sleuth” Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this makes it twice, in one week.  Clearly Hayes Brown is setting the standard for stupid.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten is an idiot.

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

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

Time’s Andrew Whitehead is an idiot.

Stupid NY vs. stupid NJ.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Thomas Dolby had a few interesting tunes in the early Eighties, and managed to make some fun music videos to go along with them.  My favorite bit of his work was She Blinded Me With Science, from the 1982 album The Golden Age of Wireless.  Interestingly, the video features one Magnus Alfred Pyke, OBE FRSE FRIC, as the “scientist” in the piece – and Mr. Pyke was actually a nutritional scientist and advisor to the UK government.  Pyke was criticized by some for ‘trivializing’ science by playing this role, but did it anyway.

It’s a fun song and a fun vid, anyway.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

By now you will all have seen this controversy – namely, the Canadian shop teacher who has taken to wearing grotesque fake breasts.  There’s been some pushback.  Excerpt:

Oakville Trafalgar High School is located in a nice, upscale neighborhood in a suburb of Toronto. It was a quiet little town where nothing important ever happened.

That is, until “Kayla Lemieux” — known as “Stephen Hanna” when he played a man last year — started the job of shop teacher at the school. It appears that Mr. Hanna’s transformation into Kayla Lemieux included a set of the most outrageous fake breasts available.

Naturally, the fake breasts — $1,000 online — are not serious medical prosthetics. There is no reason for Hanna/Lemieux to wear overtly sexual clothing — tight-fitting sweaters and shorts — except to attract the attention and sexually arouse the underage boys in Hanna/Lemieux’s classes.

So why does the Halton District School Board tolerate it?

Here’s the thing I think everyone is missing here; this nutjob, “Kayla Lemieux,” is doing this on purpose.

You might think I’m belaboring the obvious here – I mean, of course this person is doing this deliberately.  But – and granted I’m not too familiar with Canadian tort law – I wonder how much of this blatantly obvious publicity stunt is aimed at getting Lemieux fired, so he/she/it can claim aggrieved status and go after the school district legally, claiming discrimination.  I really think this person may be angling for a big payout, perhaps even thinking that the school district may make a handsome settlement to avoid a highly-publicized court case.  It wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened.

I can’t think of any other reason, save for serious mental illness, that anyone would engage in such grotesquery.

Any of you True Believers out there familiar with the Canadian legal system?  Got any thoughts?

Animal’s Daily Reparations News

Recently, in a discussion over the newly-minted King Charles III’s multi-billion dollar inheritance, British royal commentator Hillary Fordwich had some interesting remarks when CNN commenterdroid Don Lemon asked her about using some of that wealth for “reparations.”  Here, watch:

In case you don’t want to watch Don Lemon beclown himself in that video – I can’t blame you – here’s the text of her reply, from the story linked above:

Her response was epic. After initially giving the impression that she agreed with Lemon, she schooled him royally.

“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of if people want it, though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain,” Fordwich replied. “Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.”

She continued, “Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them. And I think you’re totally right.”

The look on Lemon’s face was priceless. Fordwich succeeded in agreeing with him, although for different reasons than he was obviously suggesting. And she wasn’t done with the lesson.

“If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages?’ Absolutely. That’s where they should start. And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died at the, in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time.”

After she was done, Lemon sat there, stunned for several seconds, before responding, “It’s an interesting discussion, Hillary, Thank you very much, I appreciate it.”

In plain English – American style English, that is – Don Lemon just got his ass handed to him.  In thin slices.

In 1800, slavery was legal pretty much everywhere.  I’d like to think that it would have eventually been outlawed in the civilized world even if Great Britain had not led the way, but the fact is that they did, and the fact also is that a lot of African slaves were sold into slavery by their own people.  The fact also is that this is a practice than continues in sub-Saharan Africa to this day.

But that doesn’t fit The Narrative.  And shallow, weak thinkers like Don Lemon are all about The Narrative.  Once in a while, it’s nice to see that exposed.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I like Lauren Southern.  She’s sharp, she’s savvy, and her looks certainly don’t hurt her any.  But recently, she released a video where she questions ‘veganism’ with a staffer of hers, and she leaves the best rebuttal just laying on the table.  Here’s the video:

Early on, the vegan crew member claims he follows his diet due to a libertarian principle – the non-aggression principle.  That’s a canard – the NAP involves dealing with other people, and all it states that it is incorrect to initiate the use of force, but not to respond to it with force in kind.

But that’s not the point.  The staffer makes the inevitable vegan assertion that his diet causes ‘less harm’ than a diet that includes meat, i.e. Ms. Southern’s diet.  Given this assertion, I would respond as follows:

“All right.  Let’s examine your assertion.  You are claiming your diet causes less harm to animals than mine.  OK.  So your diet has a level of harm to animals involved – let’s call that value A.  My diet likewise has a level of harm to animals – let’s call that value B.  Now you are asserting that A<B.  To establish this, you have to produce values for A and B.  And, you have to include all sources of harm, including animals killed in the processes of growing, harvesting and transporting your food.  So, go.  Show your work.”

That rarely fails to leave the ‘ethical’ vegans stuttering.

And so…

On To the Links!

Feed the world…  breadfruit?  Yeah, I’ll stick with cheeseburgers.

Har har har!

Cripple Fight!

Germany is committing national suicide.

The bill always comes due.

This headline is a massive understatement.

I love a happy ending.

No shit, Sherlock.

Bill Maher keeps making these warnings to the Left, and is increasingly going unheeded.

Robert Stacy McCain on ‘good’ schools.

DeSantis 2024!

Maybe we will be able to dump Murkowski.

Are they any good to eat?

Two million.  In one year.

This Week’s Idiots:

Lindsey Graham is fucking up.

Politico’s Jack Shafer is an idiot.

The NY Times’ Farhad Manjoo is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this week he doubles down on idiocy.

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

Alexandria Occasional Cortex has been and remains an idiot.

MSNBC’s Nayyera Haq is an idiot.

The Denver City Council are all idiots.

USAT’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Grio’s Olayemi Olurin is an idiot.

The “Park Slope Panthers” are apparently all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the early Eighties, the genre of “tech-rock” began to surface, inspired by acts like Devo and the Talking Heads.  I didn’t much care for Devo, as they struck me as kind of a one-trick pony.  I did kind of enjoy the Talking Heads, though.

Their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues was pretty good, and my favorite of that disk was the single Burning Down the House.  There was, of course, a typically early-Eighties music video to go along with the song, and here it is – enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Turkey country.

Things are going to be a little lean today, as I only returned from the fall turkey hunt late last Thursday and between having visiting family here,  catching up on work business and coordinating some repairs on the house, I haven’t been reading as much as usual.

The turkey hunt didn’t go well.  We were limited to a small (35k acres – small by Western standards) state wildlife area, daytime highs were in the nineties, and the birds were all up higher in the mountains instead of down in this fall/winter range.  So we miscalculated that one rather badly – but we had a nice relaxing time camping out in the boonies for a few days, and that’s never not worth doing.

And so…

On To the Links!

This is interesting:  Differences in sapiens and Neandertal brains.

No shit, Sherlock.

Fucking savage.

Hoaxers gonna hoax.  Why are these “racial slur” events almost always hoaxes?

Ain’t that the truth.

Well, whattya know.

Do we want things to get worse?

We can hope.

Inflation:  8.3% in August.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Chris Cillizza (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Ruth Braunstein is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer is an idiot.

Juan Williams continues to beclown himself.

The Daily Beast’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.

Illinois is governed by idiots.

CNN’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I posted a video from the Japanese girl band Tokyo Groove Jyoshi a while ago, but it’s been a while, so here’s another.  I do enjoy Japan, and not least of what I enjoy is the abundance of lovely young Japanese women.  In this case, the artists mix that loveliness with talent and style – here they are with Funk No. 1.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

RIP, Queen Elizabeth II.  I abhor the concept of royals (seriously, fuck all ‘nobles’ and all such assorted horseshit) but I will say that the Queen always handled herself with style, class and grace.  Her reign began in 1952, when Harry Truman was President (!).  Imagine that – serving as head of state for seventy years.  The Brits I have been friends with over the years all admired her personally, even those who were opposed to the concept of royalty.  My mother was fond of pointing out that “Lilibet,” as she was known to her family at the time, was a WW2 veteran of sorts, having served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Setting aside the whole outdated concept of royalty, she was a remarkable person that the British people – and others – admired, and we note her passing with respect.

Now, to drop the other shoe:

It’s official:  King Charles III.  There’s no way this jug-eared bonehead won’t fuck this up.  The crown, were they to keep it – and obviously they are – should have been passed on to Prince William, who inherited the better genes from that family, having his mother’s looks and his grandmothers’ brains.

The less said about that ingrate fuck Harry the better.

It’s fortunate for the formerly-Great Britain that the Royal Family has little real power any more.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

First, a housekeeping note:  This evening, I’ll be traveling the Friendly Skies to Colorado, and thence to an area near the New Mexico border.  There loyal sidekick Rat and I will indulge in a fall turkey hunt.  We’ve spent a fair amount of time in the area, and every time we’ve been there the turkeys have been abundant.

783 Marlin

Colorado allows rifles in the fall season.  Rat doesn’t have a suitable piece, but fortunately I’ve got two:  The Savage .22WMR/20 gauge combo I bought recently, and an old Marlin .22 WMR bolt gun I’ve had since I was fourteen.  So, prospects are good.  Watch this space for placeholder totty posts while I’m out, and then for a hunt report on my return.  I have posts scheduled for tomorrow and Friday, along with the usual Saturday Gingermageddon.  Regular posts will resume Monday, September 12th.

And so…

On To the Links!

The GOP needs to get their shit together.

Yes, good riddance.

It wouldn’t be the first time.

This just in:  People are assholes.

So much for “sanctuary” cities, eh?

Meanwhile, Biden(‘s handlers) Administration officials insist “the border is under control.”

I love a happy ending.

Virginia made a winning pick with this guy.

More on Alaska politics.

What a day for a daydream.

I’ll believe there’s a climate crisis when the people who keep telling me there’s a climate crisis start acting like there’s a climate crisis.

NYC banks are closing their ATM vestibules at night to stop bums from shitting in them.

This Week’s Idiots:

Atlantic’s Joseph Stiglitz is an idiot.

California is run by idiots.

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

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

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is an idiot.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Julian Zelizer is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Jedediah Britton-Purdy is an idiot.

Charlie Crist is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve long been a fan of Frank Zappa.

Zappa, because of the compound weirdness of his musical style, is often misjudged as a mere showman, when in fact he was one of the most brilliant and innovative musicians of the modern era, as well as a great songwriter, composer and a brilliant technical guitarist.  He wrote symphonies – and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in recording his first symphony album, simply titled London Symphony Orchestra – Zappa.  In concert, Zappa would show up with a 12- to 16-piece band and a bunch of different musical genres in his pockets like playing cards, which he would mix, match and play like a poker hand.  Brilliantly.

One of his standard concert pieces was Florentine Pogen, an… interesting piece.  Zappa never performed the same song in the same way twice, but one of my favorite versions of this tune can be found on the 1991 live album The Best Band You’ve Never Heard In Your Life.  This cut really shows off what Zappa could do on a stage, in large part because he always chose to work with very talented people.  The entire album rates a listen, as it also includes some great covers, including Ravel’s Bolero, Stairway to Heaven, and what was rumored to have been Johnny Cash’s favorite cover of Ring of Fire.

But for today, I had to pick one song.  So here is Zappa’s own Florentine Pogen.  Enjoy.

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Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

On a rather less than optimistic note, over at johnkassnews.com, writer Greg Ganske has some thoughts about a possible overt conflict with China.  Excerpt:

What if China declares a naval and air “quarantine” on Taiwan, not just of weapons but of trade? This past week, Communist China did a dry run of exactly that. They used a diplomatic visit to an independent Taiwan by Speaker Pelosi as a pretext to surrounding the island with its navy, repeatedly violated its air space, and sent 11 live-fire missiles over the island into the Sea of Japan. These military exercises continue.

Why should this send shivers down our spines? What would be the U.S. response? This wouldn’t exactly be an invasion but sure could lead to war. Once war starts there is no telling where it ends. Not too long ago President Biden said the United States would help defend Taiwan should China invade it, though his administration subsequently said the ambiguous “one China” policy was still in place.

Here’s what I see as the major economic concern over this:

Taiwan is Beijing’s 5th largest trading partner and the 10th largest partner of the U.S. at $85 billion. Its importance far exceeds the size of its trade. Taiwan dominates 60 per cent of the world’s foundry market of semiconductor chips. Last year Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) alone accounted for 54% of the world’s total foundry revenue. It counts Apple, Qualcomm and Nvidia as its customers.

Semiconductors are critical components that power electronics from computers to smartphones to brake sensors in cars. TSMC is even more important because it makes some of the world’s most advanced chips essential to our military like those in our Air Force F-35 fighter jets. Chips are critical to manufacturing of nearly everything. Why are people waiting so long for their new cars? The global shortage of chips has forced many automakers to stop production. Taiwan’s high-tech products simply keeps our global economy moving. Imagine the CCP controlling it, think about the disruption to the supply chain with a war in the South China Sea!

Two things make me skeptical of China making such an attempt, though:

  1. They need us as a market more than they would gain by having us as an enemy.  China’s economy is largely dependent on selling cheap consumer goods to the US and, to a lesser extent, Canada, Europe and the other Western nations.  Without those markets, their own economy would be in trouble – and if the United States’ economy crashed as a result of actions like the invasion of Taiwan and the resulting disruption of micro-processor production, the world’s economy would go with it.  The Chinese have to know this.
  2. While China has been attempting to dial their military in, in particular their Navy, they still aren’t really in a good position to project power.  They don’t have a great deal of sealift capacity, and one would hope that our vaunted fast-attack submarines alone would be able to prevent crossings of the Taiwan Strait.  Otherwise, what do we have them for?  The Chinese  have to know this.

Measure that, though, against the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s fecklessness and weakness.  If China were to make an attempt on Taiwan, now would be the time to do it.

The Chinese have to know that, too.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

One of the bountiful late-summer harvests around here are berries.  While Alaska has a rich assortment of edible berries, we have on our own property a good supply of raspberry brambles.  The advantage in these is twofold, in that 1) they are delicious and useful in preserves, pies and muffins, and b) we don’t have to go anywhere to get them.

So far we have gathered in between a gallon and a gallon and a half of the rich, luscious fruit, with more to come.  Come the depth of our sub-Arctic winter, Mrs. Animal plans to use some of these to bake fresh raspberry muffins, so that we can enjoy a little taste of summer.   I’m looking forward to that.

And so…

On To the Links!

How bad are the emissions from green activists private jets?  Pretty bad.

The Return of Trump.

Sanctuary Cities… aren’t.

I love a happy ending.

Gutfeld shuts down Geraldo.

Ahead, Troll Factor Six!

Florida isn’t making Democrats look bad.  Democrats are making Democrats look bad.

How much of the US have the Chinese infiltrated?  More than we’re comfortable with, that’s for sure.

Four reasons Brian Stelter was sent off to prepare for his second career as an actual potato.

No shit, Sherlock.

George Orwell chortles from the grave.

Frankly, we can’t afford either party in Congress.

A fish rots from the head.

Fucking savages.

He’s on vacation – again?

This Week’s Idiots:

A bumper crop this week.

Slate’s Nitish Pahwa is an idiot.

CNN’s Adam Sobel is an idiot.

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

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

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

CNN’s Casey Michel is an idiot.

This is the stupidest damn thing I’ve seen in quite a while.

Time’s Philip Elliot is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Richard Wolffe is an idiot.

The Grio’s Michael Harriot is an idiot.

Probably not, Juan.  Sorry about your continuing TDS.

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

Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

OK, that’s enough of that.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

The name Stuart Leslie Goddard may not mean much to you, but if you were watching the music scene in the early Eighties, as in back when MTV was still playing music, you’ll recognize his pseudonym, Adam Ant.  In those early days of music video, Adam and The Ants were a thing, combining a sort of semi-punk sound with Adam’s trademark flamboyant, swashbuckler style.

As should surprise no one, I have a favorite from Adam’s discography, that being the 1982 single Goody Two Shoes.  It’s not a tune you should be taking too seriously, and it’s not a rigorous example of the craft of music, but it’s peppy and fun, and the accompanying video is entertaining.  Here it is, then – enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Watch this:

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is an American treasure, and he has more intellectual power on his worst day than either Joe Biden or Heels-Up Harris ever did on the best day they ever lived.  In this clip, he lays out something I’ve been saying for years, only Dr. Hanson does it far more eloquently – and he brings receipts.  Give it a listen.  It’s worth fourteen minutes of your day.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Yeah, he’s running.

Get woke, go broke – the streaming services adjust.

Here we go again.

Arizona, doing the jobs the Imperial City is supposed to do but won’t.

Beef – it’s what’s for dinner.

Abolish the FBI.  Yeah, I think we’ve likely come to that point.

Robot dogs.

Do the elites want to stave us to death?

That’s actually racist.

Good guy with gun.

No shit, Sherlock.

Probably not.

This Week’s Idiots:

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

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

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

The New Republic’s Jason Linkins is an idiot.

Dan Goldman is an idiot.

Vox’s Rachel Cohen is an idiot.

This idiot fails to understand:  We want the (un)civil service gutted.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of the most talented songwriters and performers of the Seventies was Carly Simon, best known for tunes like Anticipation and You’re so Vain.  But one of my favorites of her work is the 1971 tune That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be, from her debut album Carly Simon.  I enjoy the song in spite of its rather pessimistic outlook on marriage, which I don’t share; my parents enjoyed a happy marriage for 71 years, and while my first marriage ended after only six years, I have been married to my own dear Mrs. Animal for over thirty years and we couldn’t be happier.

Anyway – I still really enjoy this song, and Carly Simon’s vocals.  Here is a live performance, again from 1971, in which Carly Simon shows eloquently how beauty and talent can go together.  And you know what’s great?  Look at that audience.  No cell phones held up, no heads turned down towards their little screens, just a lot of people watching the show.  Enjoy.