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Animal’s Daily Hand-Count News

Our own Matanuska-Susitna Borough is dumping their automated ballot machines in favor of hand-counts.  Excerpt:

Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents have made it clear by speaking during the public testimony portion of recent assembly meetings that they want election voting machines out of their precincts. An ordinance sponsored by Assemblymember Ron Bernier would do just that — requiring ballots to be counted by hand instead of run through voting machines.

Ordinance 22-119 would require ballots to be counted by hand only and has passed by a vote of 6-1, with only Assembly Member Stephanie Nowers opposing.

The assembly also passed a motion to have a special meeting on January 17, 2023, at 3 p.m. about elections.

The legislation would amend Title 25 of the Mat-Su Borough Code which focuses on elections, and is being discussed at Tuesday’s regular assembly meeting.

Also:

The ordinance comes after the assembly already passed a resolution directing the clerk to perform a hand recount of the upcoming Nov. 8 elections. Assemblymember Stephanie Nowers — who was in favor of the resolution — thinks the borough might be getting ahead of itself by introducing the new ordinance before the recount takes place.

“The assembly, including myself, just approved doing a full hand recount for this election to double-check the machines,” Nowers stated. “I think it would be good to sit down after this election, look at how it went, and decide the best way forward for next year’s election.”

The measure is expected to pass, and Borough Mayor DeVries is expected to approve it.

Could the Mat-Su be showing the path forward for lots of different regions?  In Alaska, I’d say… maybe?  In other places?

With a tad over 107,000 residents in the Mat-Su, we’re not looking at a huge number of ballots – in the 2021 election for Mayor (the only Borough-wide election) we had 15,652 votes cast.  That’s not an enormous number, election-wise.  Easily countable.  But as has been famously said, over and over, what matters is who is doing the counting.

Here in our Borough, I’m reasonably confident in the results.  Were I in Philadelphia, or Chicago, or Pittsburgh, or Atlanta?  Not so much.

Part of the Mat-Su – about two miles from the Casa de Animal.

While I’m glad to see the ImageCast machines going away here in the Mat-Su, the nation’s problems with election shenanigans are larger than just the method used to tally ballots.  And while in a small community like ours, one can be reasonably confident in the tally, in plenty of places, you can’t.

So what would help?  Well, we have to show ID to vote in Alaska.  That would be helpful.  Having poll watchers from both parties would help.  Calling “bullshit” on crap like “water leaks” that leave no trace behind would help, too.

Voter fraud goes as far back as the Greeks.  We’ll probably never be able to eliminate it.  The best we can hope for, probably, is to keep it to a minimum.  Here, in the Mat-Su, this move to return to hand-counting is a good start.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The political season is (thankfully) in the home stretch, but I have noted one person whose career is going to be worth watching:  Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

Watch the video embedded in the linked story, in which the Republican Lake trounces a reporter asking a loaded question.  She’s good at this:  Smart, informed, articulate and fearless.  I expect she won’t stop in Arizona.

Imagine a DeSantis/Lake ticket for the Imperial Mansion!  What I would love to see is a VP debate between Kari Lake and Heels-Up Harris.  It would be a bloodbath – although some prominent Dems are already calling for Harris to drop out.  Frankly they’d do better if Joe Biden dropped out, too.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Hispanics are turning to the GOP.

Bill Maher:  It’s time for Heels-Up Harris to step away.

Newt Gingrich thinks CO Senate candidate Joe O’Dea will beat incumbent Dem Michael Bennett.  I’d like to see this happen, but color me skeptical – Colorado is a pretty blue state now.  That’s one of the reasons we left.

Graveyard of dead stars.  No, it’s not in Beverly Hills.

Cheaters are everywhere.

Yes, weak rural turnout could hurt the GOP on Election Day – but I doubt we’ll see weak turnout.

Chicago is still a shooting gallery.

Embarrassing is something of an understatement.

Because they are growing monstrously rich on insider trading.  See:  Pelosi, Nancy.

Probably not.

I love a happy ending.

Ancient Scots reconstructed.  Cool!

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Chris Lehmann is an idiot.

NY Mag’s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

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

The New York Times’ Jeff Shesol is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Ezra Klein (Repeat Offender Alert) is also an idiot.  Why is the Left’s answer to every problem always “OMG more taxes”?

Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

He who represents himself at trial has an idiot for a client.

The Philly Inquirer’s Will Bunch is an idiot.

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

Vox’s Emily St. James is an idiot.

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

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Paul Simon has had quite a career, beginning with his partnership with Art Garfunkel and continuing on to a great solo career.  He’s produced some serious tunes and some more light-hearted stuff.  I like the light-hearted stuff better, and my favorite in that vein is his 1986 tune You Can Call Me Al, from the album Graceland.

What makes the video for this song fun is the coordination between 6’4″ Chevy Chase, lip-syncing Simon’s lyrics, and the 5’3″ Simon, who mimes playing various instruments.  Every time I watch the video it prompts a chuckle.

Here it is, then.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Thin Veneer News

Don’t forget to check out the conclusion of my latest fiction series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson recently had some things to say.  Excerpt:

Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life.

To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad and safe at home — only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.

Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.

So the great achievement of Western civilization — consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit — was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.

But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.

As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded — as civilization went headlong in reverse.

We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.

Think food alone.  Forget the rest; think for a moment about just eating.

Oil reserves.

Here in the United States, we are fortunate to have some of the world’s best agricultural land, and lots of it.  Even here in Alaska there are a lot of very productive truck farms (potatoes, onions, carrots and so forth) and dairy farms, mostly around Palmer in the Matanuska valley.

But the land is just one link in the chain.  To feed a population of 330 million people, we need modern chemical fertilizers, modern agricultural equipment, extensive and fast transportation chains.  All of those things are reliant on one thing:  Petrochemicals.  And plenty of them.

Civilizational collapses always start somewhere.  Much of the developed world is facing a demographic crisis; people in places like Japan, Germany, Russia and the UK just aren’t having babies.  As scribe and commentator Mark Stein is fond of pointing out, the future belongs to those who show up for it, and much of the developed world has opted out.

But the food problem, should the various anti-drilling nutbars get their way, could dramatically accelerate the issue.  A serious reduction in petrochemical production could put agriculture back to the level of say, 1900 – at which point we’d be able to sustain a 1900-level population.  67 million, not 330 million.  Remember, there’s more to this issue than just fueling tractors and combines; petroleum is the source for fertilizers, various lubricants, components of repair parts, a million other things that cannot be easily replaced.

So, 67 million instead of 330 million.  What happens to that excess population?  Well, I’m pretty sure you can work that out.

Rule Five Inflation Reduction Friday

Here, from Alex Epstein, is a great refutation of leftist claims about the misleadingly-named Inflation Reduction Act.  Read the whole thing, but here’s the first of twelve myths about that Act:

The Inflation Reduction Act is one of the worst energy policies in American history.

Its supporters are trying to hide this by spreading myth after myth about it being beneficial.

Here’s how to answer them.

  • Myth 1: The Inflation Reduction Act will lower the cost of energy.Truth: The Inflation Reduction Act will rapidly raise the cost of energy via
    • Policies that coerce us into using costly, unreliable “green” options
    • Policies that increase fossil fuel costs
    • More power for energy-obstructing bureaucrats and activists

The Inflation Reduction Act coerces grids and consumers into using costly, unreliable solar/wind electricity that they wouldn’t otherwise choose because it’s too expensive.

E.g., it indefinitely extends costly subsidies for unreliable solar/wind that defund and shut down reliable gas/coal plants.

  • At the same time the Inflation Reduction Act is promoting the shutdown of reliable electricity generation, it is—insanely—promoting far more use of electric cars via subsidies. California recently previewed the Inflation Reduction Act by telling citizens there wasn’t enough power for EVs even at 3% market penetration.1
  • The Inflation Reduction Act adds numerous taxes and restrictions on fossil fuels that will increase the cost of producing them.These include new or higher taxes on crude oil, on natural gas, on drilling on federal lands—all during an energy crisis where fossil fuels are desperately needed.2
  • Not only does the Inflation Reduction Act make energy more expensive by restricting fossil fuels directly, it does much more damage indirectly by giving much more money/power to anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats and activists—who will eagerly restrict fossil fuel investment, production, and transport.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act gives anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats/activists a new level of destructive power via language authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict any activity that emits CO2–which means anything the administration wants—under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act.3
  • The Inflation Reduction Act also gives anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats/activists a new level of destructive power via $10s of billions for anti-fossil-fuel “environmental justice” causes.According to a WH-commissioned environmental justice report we must “sunset investment by 2030 in fossil fuels, plastics…and nuclear energy”!4
  • All claims that the Inflation Reduction Act will lower energy costs simply deny the obvious cost increases from:

    • Policies that coerce us into using costly, unreliable “green” options
    • Policies that increase fossil fuel costs
    • More power for energy-obstructing bureaucrats and activists.

Read it all.  Share widely.

This Act, it is apparent, is the back-door implementation of much of Alexandria Occasional Cortex’s “Green New Deal.”  It’s blatantly anti-nuke, anti-oil, anti-gas, anti-automobile, anti-American – you name it.  And the Democrats did this on purpose.

As I’ve always said, I’ll give the Dems credit for one thing:  When they get a chance to act, even with the narrowest of majorities, they take full advantage of it.  They squeezed this abomination through with the help of a few GOP turncoats, and they’ll do more if possible.  We already have one “diversity” Supreme Court pick, who seems to have been nominated and confirmed mostly for her plumbing, skin color and leftist politics – and hopefully that will be all the Supreme Court picks President Biden(‘s handlers) get.

But energy is a hot topic right now.  Gas prices are trending upward again.  The folks that provide us with heating oil have warned us of a significant increase this year.  Fortunately we have plenty of firewood.  Remember, also, that the price of fuel affects the price of everything else, and oh, by the way, the Imperial government wants you to give up your current vehicle for an expensive electric one.

Some days “fuck off, slaver” just doesn’t seem strong enough.  Hopefully in November we’ll turn enough of these bastards out to at least give us a reprieve – for a while.

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.

Rule Five Silent Majority Friday

Could pollsters be dramatically underestimating the right-of-center vote?  The Daily Wire’s John Rigolizzo has some thoughts.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow.

In a Twitter thread, Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert C. Cahaly said that President Joe Biden’s recent attacks on so-called “MAGA Republicans” will make polling supporters of former President Donald Trump even harder to poll than in previous years. Cahaly pointed out that in the last two presidential election cycles, name-calling and threats from prominent Democrats contributed to the phenomenon of the “shy Trump voter.” But as the 2022 midterms have begun in earnest, Biden’s escalating rhetoric against Trump supporters, accusing them of embracing “semi-fascism” and being a threat to America, will make these voters even harder to reach in polling.

“In 2016 Trump supporters were called ‘Deplorables’ and other unflattering names,” Cahaly wrote on Twitter. “This was a major contributor to the ‘shy Trump voter’ phenomenon that ‘most’ polling missed which resulted in a major loss in public confidence for polling flowing the election.”

I’m not certain Mr. Rigolizzo is on the mark here – at least, not completely.  Characterizing these voters as “shy” may not be accurate.  While I can speak authoritatively only for myself, I can do that, and I can say that personally I don’t have any damn time for pollsters, and ever since Reagan was President I have routinely refused to speak to them, rhetoric about my views (or the Left’s caricatures of them) aside.  Frankly, I have better things to do with my time, and I include such better things as watching birds at the feeder or just looking out the window.

“I call this new group ‘submerged voters,’” Cahaly went on. “They aren’t putting stickers on their cars, signs in their yards, posting their opinions, or even answering polls. At this point I think it’s fair to say that Biden’s pursuit of and attacks on ‘MAGA Republicans’ has created an army of voters who will be virtually impossible to poll (even for us) and more difficult still to estimate.”

”The 2022 Republican turnout will likely be higher than any of the polls or models are showing,” he concluded. “All polls (including ours) will understate the impact of these ‘submerged voters.’”

Again, speaking only for myself:  I’ve never put signs in my yard nor bumper stickers on my truck.  In fact, I don’t mess up my vehicles with bumper stickers of any kind, for any reason, in concordance with Animal’s Law of Inverse Bumper Sticker Intelligence.  I have my own views on a variety of topics, and I feel no need to advertise them to my neighbors; instead, I put them here, where anyone can choose to read or not to read them, as suits them.

Here’s the onion:

Other independent pollsters endorsed Cahaly’s assessment.

“Yes, call them an enemy of the state one month, and next month participation [falls],” Big Data Poll director Richard Baris said in response to Cahaly’s comments. “And those who do claim to be ‘undecided’ across the board.”

“Voter demonization leads to devilish difficulties in surveying,” Rasmussen Reports replied, promoting Cahaly’s thread.

Now this is a cogent point.  I follow politics like lots of guys follow sports, and have done so since the Carter Administration.  I have never seen the level of vitriol from the Left as we have seen since 2015, and it seems to grow worse day by day.  We are beginning to see some small adoption of the same tactics by the Right, but for the most part the Right’s response has been in the form of actions; see the shipping if illegal immigrants to the various sanctuary jurisdictions, for example, where those illegals are not exactly welcomed with open arms.  That’s some epic-level trolling right there, and it’s exposing the hypocrisy of these left-dominated locales.

I’m old enough (barely) to remember Richard Nixon’s appeal to the “Silent Majority.”  President Trump, who will almost certainly be tossing his hat in the 2024 ring, is using the same phrase.  And this may well turn out to be the case, if Mr. Rigolizzo’s assertions are anywhere close to the mark.

But the key will be November.  The concealing of people’s views will end on Election Day, and then the Left will be able to see the bitter fruits of their demonization of political opponents.

We can hope, anyway.

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.

Rule Five Tyranny Friday

Over at Law & Liberty the other day, authors Daniel Klein and Michael C. Munger had some things to say about a possible U.S. descent into totalitarianism.  Not surprisingly, I have some thoughts.  Excerpt:

It is tempting to think “it (tyranny) can’t happen here.” But Americans are more concerned about that than they have been in decades. In July, a CNN poll indicated that 48 percent of respondents think it is “likely” or “somewhat likely” that state actors will successfully overturn the results of a US election because their party did not win.

We, the present authors, are worried that putatively upright countries today are in danger of descending into tyranny. A tyranny—once capacities for control and despotism are constructed, in some cases including expansive government employment, dependency, and largesse—can be nearly impossible to reform. The key to the descent into tyranny, and the stability of tyranny once it is achieved, is this: Tyrants use tyranny to fortify their keep and to protect themselves against the sanctions due them for their crimes.

Calling tyranny “stable” may seem paradoxical. Tyrannies suffer from chaotic upheavals and violent paroxysms. But the state of tyranny itself is stable, like a capsized canoe. Ordered liberty is better for everyone—aside, perhaps, from the despotic faction and their affiliates. It is difficult to restore the rule of law once it is debased. Rectification would call for changes in personnel, operations, and attitudes. The relative power and privilege of the despots would disappear with rectifications. Tyrants use the tools of tyranny to protect themselves against the sanctions due them.

Does that last bit sound familiar at all?  Say, Nancy Pelosi refusing to name any details as to how she and her drunk-driving husband grew so monstrously rich while Queen Nancy was in the House of Representatives, and exempt from insider-training laws?  Or Hunter Biden’s inexplicable escapes from prosecution for any of a number of obvious, well-documented crimes?  Equal protection under the law is a dead letter in this country, and has been for some time.  Thus have the would-be tyrants used tool of tyranny to shield themselves and their corrupt relations from any consequences of their crimes.

Here’s the onion:

It is not just dystopian fiction—Orwell’s 1984, Richter’s Pictures of a Socialistic Future, Huxley’s Brave New World, Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”—that has furnished us with the image of a once-liberal civilization now capsized. Some of the great liberal writers have warned us against the very real march toward a capsized civilization, writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Hilaire Belloc, C.S. Lewis, and F.A. Hayek. May we heed their warnings. They told us that the governmentalization of social affairs is a tool of would-be despots, and that it hatches despotism even if not by design. We must bravely speak out against the governmentalization of social affairs and against the unjust sentiments and beliefs that forward it.

OK.  Speak out.  Got it.

How?

It has become apparent, over the last few years, that the time where ‘speaking out’ has likely passed.  Plenty of us are speaking – but nobody in the Imperial City is listening.  We vote, but every year it seems a few more of us lose faith in the electoral process.  As with the tax code, more and more stupid twists on the “one man, one vote” principle open more and more elections up for more and more shenanigans.  Look at our own Alaska, where ‘ranked-choice’ voting has resulted in our deep-red state being represented in the House by a liberal Democrat.

I’m getting more worried by the day as to what might happen next.  Only a couple of years ago I dismissed the possibility of major civil unrest or even a dissolution of the United States as the longest of long shots.  Since 2020, I’m beginning to change my way of thinking on that.  I see the odds as increasing, week by week, month by month.  The trigger?  If the shellacking the Left is due to take in the 2022 mid-terms doesn’t set it off, a GOP Presidential victory in 2024 very likely will.

I’d advise everyone reading these virtual pages to note those dates, look around you, and prepare accordingly. 

Animal’s Daily Hunter’s Illegal Gun News

If this doesn’t raise a “oh, for crying out loud” out of you today, I don’t know what will:  Court nixes public release of info about investigation of Hunter Biden’s “lost” gun.  Excerpt:

The case of Hunter Biden’s missing handgun and the ATF investigation that followed has been a curiosity for many in the Second Amendment community since we first learned of the 2018 incident in which a pistol belonging to Biden was allegedly thrown into a trashcan by his late brother’s widow… only to turn up missing when she reported it to police. The gun was recovered a couple of days later, but as POLITICO reported last year, not before the Secret Service apparently intervened in the investigation.

But a curious thing happened at the time: Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact.

The gun store owner refused to supply the paperwork, suspecting that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime, the two people said. The owner, Ron Palmieri, later turned over the papers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which oversees federal gun laws.

The Secret Service says it has no record of its agents investigating the incident, and Joe Biden, who was not under protection at the time, said through a spokesperson he has no knowledge of any Secret Service involvement.

Days later, the gun was returned by an older man who regularly rummages through the grocery’s store’s trash to collect recyclable items, according to people familiar with the situation.

The incident did not result in charges or arrests.

“The incident did not result in charges or arrests.”  No shit.

In case you’re still mulling it over, here’s the thumbnail:  Hunter Biden lied on a 4473, later “misplaced” a firearm, both incidents that would result in the arrest and prosecution of normal folks.  But Hunter gets a pass, even gets the Secret Service running interference for him, because he’s a Biden.

We could do away with a lot of this flouting of equal treatment under the law and the influence-peddling that spawns it by doing away with the pols having the influence to peddle.  And there’s a simple, step-by-step guide to doing that, if the Imperial government ever rediscovers it and, unlikely as that is, adheres to it.

I don’t see that happening, though – nor do I see Hunter Biden ever being called to account on his many and varied crimes.  That would set a precedent, a precedent that who you are related to doesn’t entitle you to special treatment, and let’s be honest, nobody in either party wants that precedent set.

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