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Rule Five Federal Overreach Friday

The Imperial City, under the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, is planning another unconstitutional intrusion into state sovereignty and private property rights, called the 30×30 plan.

Liberty Matters News Service: Fifteen Governors signed a joint letter noticing President Biden that section 216 of the Climate Crisis Executive Order (14008), to conserve 30 percent of America’s lands by 2030, “infringes on the sovereignty of the states and rights of the citizens.”

Led by Nebraska’s Pete Rickets, who was the first Governor to oppose 30 x 30, the letter was signed by the Governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Representing both federal land and private land states, the Governors have united to defend State sovereignty and private property rights. They are heroes in this battle to push back the radical environmental agenda.

It is well worth your time to read the strong stand they have taken on our behalf, and make sure you thank them for doing so.

Here’s the letter.

A few tidbits from that letter, with my comments:

On January 27, 2021, your Administration issued Executive Order 14008 (“Order”), “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” (86 Fed. Reg. 7,619). Included at Section 216 of the Order, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and other senior officials, was directed to develop a program to conserve at least 30 percent of the lands and waters in the United States by 2030.

The undersigned are not aware of any constitutional or statutory authority for the President, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or any other federal agency to set aside and permanently conserve 30 percent of all land and water in the United States, and no authority is referenced in Executive Order 14008.

This is hardly new for the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, and to be fair, it’s nothing new for the last several Presidential administrations.  As far as the guy in the chair in the Imperial Mansion is concerned, the Constitution hasn’t existed for some time.

It’s also important to note that there is no statutory authority, either – not that the Constitution wouldn’t override that in any case – or even in the President’s own executive order.

The Order directs the Department of Interior to submit a report to the National Climate Task Force within 90 days, “recommending steps that the United States should take, working with State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, agricultural and forest landowners, fishermen, and other key stakeholders, to achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.”

I’m not a Governor of one of the states affected, of course, but if I were, I think my reply to the Imperial City would end with the words “…and the horse you rode in on.”

Congress determines land use policies for the federal lands, while states have sole regulatory authority to govern other lands within our states. Nowhere in the laws of our nation is the authority delegated by Congress to the President or executive agencies to unilaterally change the policies governing land use in America. Section 216 of the Order appears to be a clear overreach of executive authority, which infringes on the sovereignty of the states and rights of the citizens. We cannot and will not allow this to happen.

This is of particular concern here in the Great Land, since our state has – by quite a wide margin – more Imperially-owned and controlled land than any other state.

Just another day, just another Imperial power grab, and the really outrageous thing about all this is that it’s purely arbitrary and based on several faulty premises.

The letter concludes:

We encourage your Administration to focus on better management of the lands the federal government already controls and to be more proactive in working with states. States are not simply additional stakeholders to consult in your policy development; states are essential partners and the leaders in developing innovative policies that already appropriately conserve lands, waters, and wildlife for the American people.

To the undersigned, I can only say, “Don’t hold your breath.”  The Imperial City, of late, does what it wants, the Constitution and the states be damned.  They are under pressure from base elements in their party, primarily “environmental activists” who generally live in big cities and have very little experience with the actual environment.

It seems like lately, it’s another day, another outrage from Washington.

Animal’s Daily Bleached Cows News

Before I get into this, check out the latest chapter of License to Kill over at Glibertarians!

Now: I don’t know what to make of this, but apparently a feud between two Wyoming ranch families has led to cows having, among other things, penises bleached into their skins.  Yes, really.

Two criminal complaints filed last month in the Sundance Circuit Court allege that Patrick Sean Carroll, who is 66 this year, and his son Tucker Kye Carroll, who is 34 this year, funneled 189 heifers and six bulls into a chute and bleach-dyed them to get a neighbor’s attention after three years of having the cattle cross onto their land.

Some of the heifers had penis shapes bleached onto their bodies, according to an evidentiary affidavit written by Crook County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Jessen.  

Here’s a bit of the history leading up to this:

Habeck has leased the ranch neighboring Carroll’s since 2014. But over the past three years, the number of cows that get through the fence onto Carroll’s property has increased to the point that hundreds cross over at any given time, Carroll said, according to the affidavit.  

Carroll grew frustrated. When he would call Habeck to let him know, Habeck would be “laid back like it’s not a big deal,” says the document.  

“It sometimes takes Philip (Habeck) a few days to move his cows back,” the affidavit relates from the interview.  

Thus, bleach penises.

I guess this is one of those cases where the penis mightier than the sword (hah) but this is a part of the country that has a history of people actually grabbing guns and shooting it out over rangeland, so maybe bleached penises – if a bit immature – aren’t all that unreasonable.

Good fences, as they say, make for good neighbors, and this is a case where the opposite is true.  Hopefully now that some public light is shining on this, the two families can solve this problem without gunplay.

Animal’s Daily Great Tits News

Great Tit

I can’t come up with anything that’s funnier than the actual headline, so here it is:

Nudists spot plenty of great tits as they strip off for sponsored bird walk

Yes, there actually is a bird called the Great Tit. In fact tits are a widespread, large family of small passerine birds that are found all over; we have some pretty nice tits right around here, as both our Black-Capped and Boreal Chickadees are tits.

Back to the story:

Naked walkers went in search of great big birds in a nature stroll to remember.

Nudists took part in the charity walk to spot great tits and other British beauties to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Nature lovers stripped off for the charity march in late July at the RSPB Rainham Marshes, a former MOD firing range now turned into a reserve for wildlife to flourish.

The British Naturism group say the event, attended by 39 of their members, was a “great success”.

Speaking on their website, they said: “The reserve is a former MOD firing range which has now been taken over by the RSPB.

“On the southern perimeter is the Thames and walkers viewed a huge cruise ship pass by, heading to the sea, as they walked round the flat marshland amongst the pools and viewing hides.

If you’re at work, I don’t recommend lingering on the accompanying photos.

I imagine some people might get a bit exercised about folks wandering about in the all-together looking at tits, but I can’t see much issue in it.  They apparently had it arranged in advance, and seem to be trying to stay abreast of any local objections to the practice. And I’m sure the outing will provide some great mammaries for all participants, long into the future.

Maybe on their next outing, they could go look for Boobies.

Animal’s Lightning News

Before we get into this hot topic (hah) check out the latest chapter of Sweetheart over at Glibertarians.

Now then: Ever wonder what happens if you get hit by lightning?  I’ve come close a time or two, but happily have avoided the experience.  Maybe that’s why I found this interesting:

Most people who die from lightning strikes are killed instantly by cardiac arrest, as the bolt’s massive electrical voltage short-circuits the heart’s natural rhythm. Humans hit by lightning may also have their eardrums blown out by the incoming pressure wave, their respiratory system paralyzed, or suffer secondary burns as their hair or clothing catches fire. 

But lightning doesn’t kill all of its victims; around 90% of people struck survive. A lightning bolt can pass through your body within mere fractions of a second — often, not even enough time to leave a mark. 

However, people who survive are usually left with nerve damage, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and neurologic symptoms “similar to the post-concussive injuries that football players get,” such as impaired judgment and difficulty concentrating, Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, a lightning safety specialist at the National Lightning Safety Council and emerita professor of emergency medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told Live Science. It is unclear exactly how these brain injuries occur, Cooper said, given the low number of lightning strikes and relative lack of funding for research. However, experts think that they are probably caused by some combination of tissue disruption from the current and blunt force trauma from the abrupt barometric pressure change.

When I was a young man, I knew a guy who had been hit by lightning three times – once while riding his Harley, once while fishing, once while walking across a plowed field.  Local folks called him “Sparky” and he was a bit… off.  Guy had some amazing scars, classic Lichtenberg figures, and his eyes didn’t track with each other.  He would be talking to you and make eye contact with his right eye while the left eye wandered nervously skyward, presumably looking out for lightning.

Fortunately your odds of being hit by lightning are pretty low, over an 80-year lifespan, the chances of this are about 0.0065%.  Just stay away from tall trees and open fields during a thunderstorm, and you’ll be fine.

If you were struck, though, you might be able to light up a light bulb by putting it in your mouth.  That would be a great party trick.

Animal’s Daily Shooting Irons News

First of all – check out my latest installment of The Painter over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Bearing Arms recently had a review of something called the Aero Precision Bolt Action SOLUS Competition Model.  If you look at Aero Precision’s web site, this piece has a recommended retail price of $1,999.

Wow.  Excerpt:

The SOLUS Competition Model is an improvement upon the former iterations of the SOLUS rifle. So this is not Aero’s first foray into the world of bolt actions, but I’m going to guess their former success made them realize there’s a market for these rifles built by them. Why wouldn’t there be? After all Aero is a trusted and high-quality manufacturer of firearms, firearm parts, and everything that goes bang.

After chatting with the representative for a bit about the rifle, he handed me a loaded box magazine and I bellied up to the bench where the SOLUS Competition rifle was sitting. The rifle comes in different chamberings with the one at industry day in 6.5 Creedmoor. The rifles are based on the Remington 700 short action footprint and are configured to accommodate AICS/AIAW magazines. The model was also outfitted with one of Aero’s new suppressors, a Lahar-30.

OK, so it’s a bolt gun in Tacticool trim, and that’s groovy, if that’s your thing.  You could point to my own favorite bolt gun, the veteran Thunder Speaker, with its Kevlar stock and question my demurring on Tacticool, but Thunder Speaker has a traditional rifle form, a hunting-style scope, polished, blued steel and a 1908 DWM Mauser action.  The Kevlar stock is the only concession to modern furniture on what is 100% a hunting rifle, and I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about that concession.

See, here’s the kind of thing I like in a rifle:If Tacticool is your thing, that’s great.  More power to you, and I hope Aero Precision sees nothing but success with this model and, indeed, with their entire lineup.  But if I’m spending $2k on a rifle, I want it to look good.  I know some folks (correctly) point out that function has a beauty all its own, but I still love nice walnut and polished, blued steel.

As my late Grandpa used to say, “every cat its own rat.”

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You almost certainly noticed last week’s placeholder totty instead of regular posts.  That was because Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. were in Michigan, where daughter #3 married her long-term beau.  It was a great time, with a radiant bride and a beaming groom, and another incident with an adjacent wedding that made me chuckle; see the cultural edification segment below.

The happy couple pulling in a salmon together.

On the Monday after the wedding, the father of the groom invited us all on a charter fishing excursion on Lake Michigan.  That was great fun.  It was a gorgeous day, the kids caught some good-sized king and coho salmon, I hooked a big steelhead that leaped twice and threw the hook on the second leap, but it was still great fun.

It was a great trip, and it was even greater to see a child happily married.  This makes three of four!

Now then…

On To the Links!

1977 called, they want their economy back.

I love a happy ending.

Hunker down, folks.

And nothing will be done about it.  Honestly, yes, John “Lurch” Kerry broke the law, and he will face zero consequences.  Zero.  Zip.  Nada.  None.

The red wave is rolling.

President Trump stands for the Second Amendment no matter what.

Six facts about global warming.

We can hope.

Now they’re after your 9mm handgun.  Apparently a 9mm can “blow a lung out of your body.”  What horseshit.  I wonder what they’d think of my heavy .45 Colt loads, which I can state from experience will let daylight in both sides of a big corn-fed Iowa whitetail, the long way.

Related:  Fuck off, slavers.

No shit, Sherlock.

It’s like the Democrats are trying to get completely blown out of the water in November.

Fuck off, slavers, Part Deux.

File this under “belaboring the obvious”:  CNN doesn’t know jack shit about firearms.

This Week’s Idiots:

 

 

 

 

 

Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.

Chuck Schumer is a sanctimonious prick, and an idiot.

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

Meghan Markle:  Self-awareness rating, zero.

What.  An.  Asshole.

Haw haw haw!

Stupid person, stupid idea.

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

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

Senile or stupid?  Why not both?

The Nation’s David Cole is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

So, I mentioned the wedding.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan venue the kids chose for the wedding is pretty big, and as it happens there was another, larger wedding taking place on the same evening.  Just after our wedding concluded and the families (family, now) were enjoying the reception, eating and talking, there was a fuss over at the wedding on the other side of the venue, where it turned out the best man had misplaced the rings.

I found out about the misplaced rings when I heard singing in the open area outside where we were eating.  Our newly-married daughter, her maid of honor (and sister) and her bridesmaids had found out about the missing rings and were dancing and singing this song, although not where the other party could hear it – no sense in rubbing it in.  Still, I laughed.  Our kids are often cynical and sarcastic.  We’re very proud.

Animal’s Daily Fur, Fish & Game News

Today’s outdoor magazines all seem to look alike these days.  Some of these mags I had subscribed to since the early Seventies, but have dropped in the last few years for a number of reasons.  I dumped Sports Afield after they went all-in for “assault weapon” bans.  I lost interest in Outdoor Life after they became Craig Boddington Takes Yet Another Expensive Guided Exotics Hunt to Advertise Guns and Gear I’m Not Interested In Buying.  Add to that the fact that most of these slick, shiny rags are more advertisement than content; even the content is selling something.

But there’s one good outdoor journal for the Regular Guys among us still on the market.

I’m referring to a little magazine (available in digital format too) named Fur, Fish & Game.  I can’t say much more to describe them than they do themselves:

Since 1925, FUR-FISH-GAME has been highly acclaimed as the magazine for practical outdoorsmen. We cover a wider variety of outdoor pursuits than any other magazine. And we are the only national outdoor magazine that still publishes a new issue each and every month of the year. All because we know that when you truly love the great outdoors, there is no such thing as an off-season.

Bear in mind that I’m not advertising for Fur, Fish & Game.  Well, I sort of am, but I’m not receiving anything in return other than the satisfaction of spreading the word about a publication I enjoy a great deal.

A big part of what I enjoy about them is that they aren’t aiming for the high-dollar, guided hunt market.  They’re providing good info on hunting, fishing and, yes, trapping for regular folks.  The current (February) issue includes tips on hunting hares in rough country, trapping desert ringtails, hunting javelina in Arizona and catching big catfish at ice-out.  Regular stories for regular folks, lots of good information, and what ads they do run are ads for quality outdoor clothing and equipment – no Viagra or hair-restoration ads.

If you’re an outdoor guy, check them out.  They’re the only outdoor magazine worth paying for these days.

Rule Five Useless UN News

Issues & Insights has some great… insights on the imminent meeting of the frankly useless UN Climate Summit.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

Later this month, private- and public-sector “leaders” will meet in Glasgow, Scotland. Nearly all will fly to the conference, many in private jets. And what will they talk about? Saving the climate from greenhouse gas emissions, of course.

The United Nations Conference of Parties on ​​climate change, the 26th version of this long-running clown show, starts Oct. 31 and will run through Nov. 12. Media coverage will be both intense and obsequious; attendees, especially the ever-smug John Kerry, “special” climate envoy to the president, will speak in somber tones due to the seriousness at hand; warnings of impending doom will be issued; and absolutely nothing will be accomplished.

This is because there’s nothing to accomplish.

John “Lurch” Kerry, of course, being the biggest hypocrite on this issue since Al Gore, will almost certainly fly to this summit on his private jet, after departing from one of his several mansions.  Is he up to three yachts yet, or is it only two?  You know, the ones he keeps docked in Rhode Island to dodge the Massachusetts port taxes?

“An existential threat is one that threatens the very existence of mankind. Something that is simply a challenge or an inconvenience is not an existential threat,” explains University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass. “An existential threat must have the potential to undermine the very viability of human civilization.”

Mass believes “global warming is a serious problem” that will have “substantial impacts,” but he says “in no way does it seriously threaten our species or human civilization.”

“With reasonable mitigation and adaptation, mankind will continue to move forward – reducing poverty, living healthier lives, and stabilizing our population.”

For those who haven’t noticed, humanity has been enormously successful at adapting to, and in many cases, overcoming an environment that is hostile to its existence.

Humans are the most adaptable species to ever walk the planet.  While remaining, biologically, a relatively hairless African savannah ape, we have moved into every climate on the planet, from the Arctic Ocean to Tierra Del Fuego.  We’ve conquered mountain ranges and oceans; I think we can handle a change in the weather.  And besides, who the hell are we to determine what the Earth’s “correct” temperature is?  This planet is about 4.55 billion years old, and through most of that time it’s been a lot warmer than it is now.

But here’s the real onion:

It will also be a gathering of hypocrites. Attendees of the 2008 climate meeting in Copenhagen needed 140 private jets and 1,200 limousines to get the “job” done. Travel to and from the 2015 climate talks in Paris emitted about 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Nearly 1,500 private jets were flown to Davos, Switzerland, in 2019 for the World Economic Forum, where climate was one of the chief topics.

That’s a lot of fossil fuel burned in the name of cutting fossil fuel emissions.

Ay, there’s the rub.  It’s not the science that’s astounding; it’s the hypocrisy.  This is a gathering of unrepentant elites, dreaming up policy positions that they smugly assume will never be applied to their own lifestyles.  Like the old Soviet Politburo, they reckon that the rules will apply to the masses, but not to them, and were they to have their way, that’s exactly what would happen – and any kulaks and wreckers better watch out, because it’s a damned short step from “good intentions” to “do what you’re told or else.”

Oh, and this just in:  They are using Diesel generators to charge the fleet of Teslas that are being used to shuttle people around the conference.  I swear, you just can’t make this shit up.

I’ve long been in favor of extricating the U.S. from the UN.  This useless, hypocritical climate summit is just one more damn good reason to do so.