Category Archives: News

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

Animal’s Daily Equal Protection News

In ever-more-loony Los Angeles, a rare act of sanity has occurred; a judge struck down California’s insane law requiring a certain percentage of women on corporate boards.  Excerpt:

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California’s landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional.

Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law that would have required boards have up to three female directors by this year violated the right to equal treatment. The ruling was dated Friday.

The conservative legal group Judicial Watch had challenged the law, claiming it was illegal to use taxpayer funds to enforce a law that violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution by mandating a gender-based quota.

David Levine, a law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, said he was not surprised by the verdict. Under state and federal law “mandating a quota like this was never going to fly,” Levine said.

All well and good; this idiotic law never should have seen the light of day in the first place, as quotas of any kind, for any reason, fly directly in the face of the founding principle of equal treatment under the law.    But then, get a load of this asshat:

State Senate leader Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, said the ruling was disappointing and a reminder “that sometimes our legalities don’t match our realities.”

In matters such as this, you imbecile, the legalities are the realities.  You tried to put in place a law that anyone with enough brains to drool would know is a Constitutional violation, not just of the Federal but also the California Constitution.  You tried something stupid and  you got smacked down.  Once in a while, something sane does happen on the Left Coast.

But wait!  There’s more!

“More women on corporate boards means better decisions and businesses that outperform the competition,” Atkins said in a statement. “We believe this law remains important, despite the disheartening ruling.”

OK, let’s see some data for this “better decisions” and “outperforming the competition” claim.  I want details.  Numbers.  Names and dates.  You know, evidence.

Of course, there is none.  This is just another leftist California pol taking a dump; she knows it, we know it, and with a little bit of luck even voters in California will eventually figure it out.  Meanwhile, good for Judge Duffy-Lewis.  We’re not accustomed to seeing much in the way of sanity come out of the once-and-former-Golden State.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In the interest of better access to Alaska’s hunting and fishing grounds, Mrs. Animal and I have been looking for an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) to get us farther afield, faster.  Such are popular and, in some cases, near-indispensable for accessing good Alaska terrain.

Something like this.

Problem is, there isn’t much in the way of used inventory available.  So we bit the bullet and ordered a new 2022 Polaris ATV.  At least, as I reckon it, buying a new one and taking good care of it should ensure that it will last, well, as long as I’ll need it to.  We should have delivery of it in late August, just in time for hunting seasons.  Watch this space for narratives!

And so…

On To the Links!

I love a happy ending.

Fucking savages.

Well, this isn’t good.

Taxation is theft.

Why Democrats are losing.  Because they’re horribly out of touch and their policy positions are shit?

Wild boars are ransacking Rome.

Hybrid war – I guess it goes farther than electric war but not as far as gas-powered war?

We get $5/gallon gas, they get free Peloton memberships.

Maybe because of that “Latinx” horseshit.

Somalia?  Somalia?   Fucking Somalia?  What possible reason is there for even one U.S. soldier to be in Somalia?

Maybe so, but never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

How can you tell a politician is lying?  His lips are moving.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

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

The Nation’s Bryce Covert is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler (You can always count on MSNBC for idiots) is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jake Bittle is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1991, just after we got home from the General Schwarzkopf Traveling Road Show’s Highway of Death Tour, Mrs. Animal and I were able to catch one of America’s most famous concert events when we saw the Grateful Dead at the old Mile High Stadium in Denver.

It was a hell of a show.  As I recall we paid $17 for tickets.  Carlos Santana opened; he played for 90 minutes.  The Grateful Dead, backed up by Bruce Hornsby on keyboards and Branford Marsalis on sax, played for almost six hours. For comparison, I remember reading that same summer Michael Jackson did a show in Las Vegas.  Tickets started at $65 and he was actually on stage for less than an hour.

Here, then, from the live album Without a Net, recorded on that same tour, is the 16-minute epic Eyes of the World.  It’s probably my favorite Grateful Dead tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted (only yesterday in fact), spring comes late to the Great Land.  But we share a  harbinger of spring with most of the upper tier of the Forty-Eight, that being the return of our robins (Turdus migratorius).

Our robins have only been back for a week or so, and they’ll depart in mid-September, if last year was any gauge.  They’re mostly ground-feeders and depart about the time snow starts to fall.  We had them in our old digs in Colorado, too, but there they were year-round residents.

Here, they are again the sign of spring that they were in the northeast Iowa hills of my youth.  There’s one singing in the top of one of our big birch trees as I write this, and it’s nice to hear him; they have a cheery, pleasant song, and it’s a promise of warm, sunny days ahead.

Now then…

On To the Links!

I live in a free speech zone.  It’s called the United States of America.  Still, good for Georgia.

Maybe.  Maybe not.  The GOP hasn’t exactly been on fire about pursuing corruption.

WH Tacitly Endorses Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices.  I can’t add anything to that.

Biden speaks, a nation groans.  Yeah, with embarrassment.

Well, this wouldn’t be good.

This wouldn’t be good either.

Get woke, go broke.

Oh, rats!

Eleven corrupt speed-trap towns.  What assholes!

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

Human brains were bigger 3,000 years ago.  No television, I’m guessing.

On de-extinction.  Good, I want to go mammoth hunting!

Phrases you never heard before:  “Mouse sperm hook.”

Mob secrets coming to light.

Groomer breakfast cereal?

This Week’s Idiots:

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

The Nation’s Sasha Abramsky is an idiot. 

The Nation’s Joan Walsh (I’m sensing a pattern here) is an idiot.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

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

New York Magazine’s David Klion is an idiot.

USA Today’s Richard Wolf is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Leber (I’m sensing another pattern here) is an idiot.

USA Today’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones (I’m sensing yet another pattern here) is an idiot.

Salon’s Chris Hedges is an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take this week.  I actually do read these, you know.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In his eponymous 1980 album, Peter Gabriel had a number of good tunes, but one I’ve always found interesting is the song Games Without Frontiers. 

While this song is often described as an ‘anti-war’ song, and it is that, it seems to me to spend more verses poking fun at the whole world of international relations, not only war but also our attempts at diplomacy.

It’s an interesting listen, and the video – well, the video is very Eighties.  Here, check it out:

Animal’s Daily Leaky News

There’s a lot of bandwidth being expended on the (likely) Supreme Court decision that was leaked, ostensibly overturning Roe v. Wade.  But it’s not the possible overturn that I find concerning – I agree with those who think Roe was a massive overstep of authority by the Court, but what I’m concerned with is the leak itself.  Excerpt:

Almost to a person, from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on down, Republicans have condemned the unprecedented leak. Hawley clerked for Chief Justice Roberts and still remembers the lecture he received on Day One of his clerkship. Long story short, he told RCP, “You are ethically bound never to disclose the details about an opinion or a case.” Each of the clerks, usually a number between 27 and 36 per term, knows the rules. It is why the high court is considered leak-proof. It is also why when Hawley heard the news, he was left “in shock and disbelief.”

The Supreme Court operates in secrecy. One relatively recent and former clerk told RCP that discretion is necessary for justices to debate in good faith, often trading incomplete drafts of opinions between themselves and across the ideological spectrum. Take that away, the former clerk added, allow the court to leak like, say Congress, and “it is very dangerous both for how it functions but also for the justices’ individual personal safety.”

Hawley agreed on the immediate practical matter. He called on Congress to provide the justices with additional security if needed, and then he declared that his old boss was weathering “unprecedented pressure tactics,” an attack “on the integrity of the court.” Roberts condemned the leak in a statement, calling it “a betrayal of the confidences of the Court.” He directed the Marshal of the Court, security police answerable strictly to the judiciary, to immediately launch an investigation into the source of the leak. Hawley said his legacy hangs in the balance.

Note again the lead sentence in that second paragraph:  The Supreme Court operates in secrecy.  Whoever has violated that trust must be identified, charged, prosecuted, and punished.  If possible under the law, I’d like to see the leaker barred for life from working in any legal or legal-aide position, anywhere.

What’s concerning about this isn’t necessarily the leak itself.  It’s the (almost certain) reason behind the leak.  Whoever leaked this, and I’d bet serious money on this, did it to try to intimidate the Court into changing this draft opinion.  And that assessment of intent is supported by the uncanny speed with which pro-abortion protestors showed up at the Supreme Court building.  So, not only a breach of security – not only a blatant attempt at intimidation of Supreme Court Justices – but likely a criminal conspiracy as well.

I’d ask where this all ends, but history is replete with examples as to how this kind of thing ends, and it never ends well.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Casa de Animal, and we’ve got some busy weeks ahead.  Snow is still melting, but we’re starting to see patches of actual yard surface.  Getting hit by two major winter storms in February left a lot of snow on the ground even for south-central Alaska, and with the snow’s melting comes a lot of spring cleanup.

We’re also tilling up the garden plot and prepping the greenhouse for sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes and whatever else we can grow.  Right now, given the current state of national affairs, being as self-sufficient as possible just seems like a good idea.

If possible, True Believers, I suggest you do likewise.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Grafters gonna graft.

The New York Post belabors the obvious.

Welcome to the 1970s.

Why humans sleep less than other primates.  Interesting.

I’m not anxious to try Windows 11, and my big main computer is “not compatible,” but if you’re wondering how the roll-out is going, here’s where to find out.

DeSantis on Constitutional Carry in Florida.

Color me skeptical.

Imagine a Darwin Award for an entire state.

Sooner or later this kind of shit is going to explode.

Joe Manchin (D-WV) endorses a Republican.

It took a Carter to bring us a Reagan.

I’m your huckleberry.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Siva Vaidhyanathan is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Daniel Strauss is an idiot.

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

Dr. Charles Darwin, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Brian Stelter (Repeat Offender Alert) is a potato, and an idiot.

CNN’s David Zurawik is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s C. Miller-Idriss is an idiot.

Biden deserves no respect, Juan, you idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of my favorite John Wayne movies for a number of reasons (at least one of which should be obvious) is the 1960 film North to Alaska, which also starred Stewart Granger and featured a great performance by Ernie Kovacs as Frankie Cannon, the slimy antagonist of the piece.  Check out the trailer:

One of the best bits of this film was the soundtrack, led off by Johnny Horton’s song of the same name, North to Alaska.  Here, then, is that song – enjoy!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Normally I would stick this in the “This Week’s Idiots” section, but the recent action of the Washington state legislature and government were so egregiously stupid that I felt the need to comment a little more.  What did they do?  They banned the word “marijuana.”  Why?  Because it’s racist, of course.  Excerpt:

“The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” Washington state Rep. Melanie Morgan claimed last year during testimony on the legislation she sponsored. “As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants.”

Uh huh.  Because no white people have ever smoked marijuana.  Honestly, this is Richter-scale stupid, right here.  You just can’t make this shit up.

And so…

On To the Links!

DeSantis punches Mickey in the face. 

Teflon Don.

Nothing will come of this.  Something should – we know it should – but it won’t.

Nothing will come of this, either.

How about “just do your damn job and be proud on your own time”?

Gosh, I wonder why?

Better chocolate through technology!

Who is pulling Joe Biden’s strings?  That’s something plenty of folks would like to know, because someone sure as hell is.

Super Gonorrhea!  Fortunately I’m in the lowest of low-risk groups.

Wait, swearing makes us stronger?  Fuck!

So, work camps?  Know who else set up work camps?

Open season.

French President Macron snubs President Biden(‘s handlers).  Is anyone still taking this guy’s calls?

This Week’s Idiots:

This Milwaukee school district is run by idiots.

USAToday’s Carli Pierson is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Smith is an idiot.

Fang Fang’s boy-toy Eric Swalwell is a liar, and an idiot.

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

Slate’s Jim Newell is an idiot.

Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

The Philly Inquirer’s Will Bunch is an idiot.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of the most liberty-minded songs in rock & roll history is Charlie Daniel’s 1974 tune Long Haired Country Boy.  Consider the refrain:

‘Cause I ain’t askin’ nobody for nothin’,
If I can’t get it on my own.
If you don’t like the way I’m livin’,
You just leave this long haired country boy alone.

 Charlie Daniels had a long and distinguished career, bending away from rock and over to country as he aged.  He’s probably better known for The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Simple Man, as well as for his amazing work with a fiddle.  But Long Haired Country Boy is still my favorite bit of his long discography.  Here, then, is that fine old libertarian tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Twitter News

Before we start tweeting (hah) check out the final installment of The Deal over at Glibertarians!

I’ve said for a long time that Twitter has the worst noise-to-signal ratio on the Internet, excepting (possibly) YouTube video comments.  Well, as reported by RedState.com’s “Bonchie,” now closest thing we have to a real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, is buying Twitter.  Excerpt:

The social media giant confirmed Monday the Tesla CEO and billionaire will acquire the company in a deal worth $44 billion. Once the deal is complete, which is expected by this year, Twitter will become a privately held company.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” said Musk in a statement. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.” 

Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% in afternoon trading Monday. 

“Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world,” its CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet. “Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important.”

Earlier Monday, Musk said: “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

OK, Elon, then now that Twitter is to be your personal hobby business, let’s see you fix the “algorithms” and “misleading information” decisions made by plenty of Twitter employees of late.  I know that ownership transfer isn’t instantaneous, but we’ll know when it happens – and will be expecting a level playing field, according to your own words here.

Now, predictably, lefties from every corner of the internets are threatening to leave Twitter.  While I’m inclined to say “good riddance,” we all know they won’t.  Of course none of those people are going to flee Twitter, just as all the assholes who routinely threaten to leave the country if (insert GOP Presidential candidate) is elected President never actually leave.  They’re just taking a dump; they know it and we know it.  And honestly, the worst thing the Left can do for its own cause is to stay there and keep talking.

I’m not sure what to think of this.  Elon Musk, remember, is no friend to liberty-minded people.  I enjoy the guy poking fun at the Left, but he’s no conservative, either; what positions he has taken on the issues of the day are all over the map.

Of course, the one thing he has made very clear is his support for unfettered, uncensored free speech.  If he ends up owning Twitter, as seems is going to happen, he’ll be in a position to make this policy.   Don’t get me wrong – Twitter will almost certainly remain horrible in the noise-to-signal department – but it might improve some.  We’ll see.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Whores and Ale, Bacon Time and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!  And thanks to our pals at The Daley Gator for the call-out.

Up here in the Great Land, we recently had our GOP state convention.  Sounds like Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka wowed them.  Excerpt:

At the Republican State Convention’s opening breakfast, Tshibaka said that she has visited over 50 communities in Alaska, that she is hearing from people who are tired of feeling like their government is against them, rather than for them. Tshibaka said that Lisa Murkowski, by her votes to confirm 90 percent of President Joe Biden’s nominees, has hurt Alaska families repeatedly. She mentioned Murkowski’s vote to confirm Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was devastating to Alaska.

Tshibaka addressed the millions of dollars Murkowski has in her campaign war chest.

“She cares so much about being popular with the leftist insiders in DC that she votes a large majority of the time with Chuck Schumer and is taking substantial campaign contributions from Big Tech, radical environmentalists, and leftist organizations,” Tshibaka said. “She’s also getting millions of dollars from [Mitch] McConnell and his team of D.C. insiders. I expect Murkowski and her surrogates will use those millions to continue attacking the endorsed Republican in this race … They’ll use it to continue mocking my faith, launching personal attacks, and making up more allegations against me. But they aren’t really attacking me, they’re attacking us and our Alaska values. And fundamentally, McConnell is attacking the decisions our Republican Party has made – to formally censure Sen. Murkowski for all her votes against the interests of Alaska and to officially endorse me as the Republican candidate for Senate,” she said.

I hope she pulls it off – I’d like to see Murkowski gone, and most of the folks I know from around here would like that as well.  The wild card in this whole thing will of course be the new “ranked-choice” voting system.  Nobody (at least, nobody who’s honest about it) really knows how this is all going to shake out.

Hopefully Murkowski won’t pull enough support from Anchorage and Juneau Dems and independents to keep herself in the Senate.

I’m not certain about the “unity” message.  To Dems, “unity” means “Republicans do what we want.”  To Dems, “compromise” means “Republicans do what we want.”  And to Dems, “democracy” means “shut up and do what you’re told, peasants.”  They aren’t really interested in unity.  Kelly Tshibaka may be better off promising to go scorched-earth.

Be that as it may – we’ll see what happens in November.  As for my vote, well, Murkowski isn’t anywhere on the list.

Rule Five Barking Nuts Friday

This “Les Knight” asshole and his promotion of “voluntary human extinction” have been around for a while; I remember reading some of his nutballery when I was writing Misplaced Compassion back in the late Nineties.  Well, he’s back, and he’s got company.  Excerpt:

“Imagining a low-carbon world, then, means reevaluating our conception of freedom itself,” wrote Audrea Lim in “The Ideology of Fossil Fuels” (Dissent, Spring 2018). The modern energy world of oil, natural gas, and coal, says another deep-ecologist, has created ecocide, akin to the genocide of Germany in World War II.

How about the lowest of the low–a world without human life? This is the plea of one Patricia MacCormack in The Ahuman Manifesto: Activism for the End of the Anthrocene” (Bloomsbury Academic: 2020), a book that

…embraces issues like human extinction, vegan abolition, atheist occultism, death studies, a refusal of identity politics, deep ecology, and the apocalypse as an optimistic beginning.

“This book is a delightful provocation and invitation: to imagine a world without humans and to think of what we can do to get there,” says Christine Daigle, Professor of Philosophy, Brock University, Canada. “It is an urgent call for action.”

Wow …. If this is starting to sound like a B Horror Movie, you are a normal person. But all too often the crazies (sorry, but there is not a scholarly term for this) hold academic positions and are funded by private foundations, if not public money. Maybe even a few get MacArthur Genius Awards, doled out by the likes of John Holdren (class of 1981).

Les Knight: Deep Eco-Nut

Add another nut to the fruitcake. It comes from one Les Knight (as told to Freya Pratty) in The Guardian under the title Experience: I campaign for the Extinction of the Human Race (January 10, 2020).

Knight is founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which advocates an end to childbearing to rid the wounded planet of its disease. (“With us gone, other species will have a chance to recover,” he says).

“Les Knight” writes:

Fifty years ago, I concluded that the best thing for the planet would be a peaceful phase-out of human existence. We’re causing the extinction of hundreds of thousands of other species. With us gone, I believe ecosystems will be restored and there will be enough of everything. No more fighting over resources. The idea wasn’t as well received as I had hoped.

Lead by example, Mr. Knight!  Honestly, this guy shouldn’t be walking around unsupervised.

Here’s the thing, though:  While this guy is unarguably a nut, he’s on the edge of a manner of thinking that appeals to all too many.  There’s a slang term for many “environmental activists” who have never been out in the actual environment, and that term is ‘watermelon’ – green on the outside, red on the inside.  It’s appropriate, and it’s because most of these nutbars aren’t content to apply these ideas to their own lives.  No, they use the claimed “crises” – and there is always another “crisis” waiting to be trotted out – to force you to apply their ideas to your life, as well.

You know, for the planet.

I doubt “Les Knight” is going to draw much attention, even from the “environmentalist” Left.  The idea of phasing out humanity is, still, well beyond the pale.  But there is still the main body of the environmental Left, and they’d happily force you into their favored way of living, which probably won’t involve any kind of pleasant environment.  These people, after all, almost never know anything about the actual environment themselves, being as they are almost without fail urban-dwellers.

We know how to defeat people like “Les Knight,” though.  Mrs. Animal and I have done our bit – four kids, six (so far) grandkids.   If, in so doing, we’ve managed to stick a thumb in the eye of assholes like “Les Knight,” so much the better.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last week I finally filled a space in the gun safe that’s been empty a while, when I successfully bid on a Savage 24B-DL.  This is a neat little combination rifle/shotgun, sporting a .22WMR barrel over a 20 gauge shotgun barrel.  Just the thing for casual pokes through the woods for grouse and showshoe hares.

This is an early model of the 24, with nicer wood than the later models, not to mention a more robust frame-mounted selector.  I’ve already ordered a wide-angle, low-power scope to go on the rig, to better accommodate my aging optics, although it occurs to me that a peep sight would work well too.

I like the .22WMR over the more common .22LR in this gun, favoring as I do that little extra punch on big snowshoe hares or maybe, now and then, a sleek winter fox or pine marten.  I suspect this rig will see a lot of use in the Alaska woods – there’s a reason these old combo guns are very popular in the Great Land.

And so…

On To the Links!

Escape from LA II, Electric Boogaloo.

Well, this is encouraging.

Down, down, down, down.

Up, up, up, up.

Cool bit of speculation:  What might aliens look like?

LA keeps getting worse.

Ben Franklin’s greatest invention.

Time Crystals. 

Nigel Farage asks a damn good question.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Bawk bawk.

Heck’s Angels.

It seems archery was vital to the survival of our ancestors. 

China seeks Earth 2.0.

A (Trump-appointed) Federal judge has struck down the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s travel mask mandate.  And the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has caved.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.  Double dose of Krugman idiocy this week.

The Guardian’s Thomas Zimmer is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

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

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

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

MSNBC’s (I’m sensing a pattern here) Ja’han Jones is an idiot. 

Maureen Dowd is feeling the Bern – and embracing the idiocy.

The Seattle Times’ Clyde Ford is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Heilweil is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Some songs have popular covers that are better (well, that I like better) that the originals.  Aerosmith did Come Together better than the Beatles, as Joe Cocker did the best version of A Little Help From My Friends.

Another example is Grand Funk Railroad’s version of The Loco-Motion.  While “Little Eva” Boyd did it first, in 1962, and did it pretty damn well, I still like Grand Funk Railroad’s 1974 version better.  And so, without further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.