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Animal’s Daily Election Day News

Before we start, go check out the latest installment of Season of Ice over at Glibertarians!  And if you’re not checking out the morning and afternoon links (and other great content) on that site, you should be!

Now then:  This is it.  The Big Day.  I won’t say much today, other than expressing some hope that the Red Tsunami will overcome the margin of fraud and that we’ll see some slight semblance of sanity return to the Imperial City.  The Left will predictably be screaming about fascists taking over, but here, from this piece over at Issues & Insights, is a good takedown as to why the Left is full of shit on this (as well as many other things.)

In contrast to the left’s campaign of disinformation, we present some facts:

  • Fascists don’t cut taxes, deregulate, and shrink government. Republicans, even “MAGA Republicans,” run on those issues, and are devoted to the principles, even if too often the policy agenda fails (because of Democratic and media opposition).
  • Fascists are socialists, and it’s the Democrats who are wed to socialist policies. They constantly agitate for higher taxes, more government control of the means of production, ever-deeper government intrusion into private affairs, and incontestable political power. They don’t want voters to know that fascism’s father Benito Mussolini said that “socialism is in my blood,” or that the Nazis were national socialists.
  • Politicians and media figures hungry for raw power will call those who question an election that they won “deniers” while themselves denying that they did exactly that in previous elections.
  • A party that wishes to destroy America would, as Walter Russel Mead wrote a month after Donald Trump took office, limit fracking as much as possible, block oil and gas pipelines, and try to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran. The GOP has done none of that. The Democrats are guilty of all three.
  • A party that would abolish democracy would crush dissenting voices and opinions, and constantly smear its opponents – which is what the Democrats have done. (And yet again we have to reiterate that the U.S. is not a democracy. That is an infantile construction used to deceive. We are a republic.)
  • White supremacists don’t appoint minorities to their Cabinet. Trump had one black Cabinet member, two Asians and one Native American. George Bush had four black Americans in his Cabinet. Neither do white supremacists brag that during their administration, black unemployment reached a record low. Trump did.

I can’t add anything to that.  Mrs. Animal and I will be off to town later today, to do our civic duty and with a bit of luck, shed Alaska of the grifter Murkowski and the liberal Peltola.  Go, then, True Believers, and do likewise.  Vote!  Vote as though your liberty depends on it.  Because it does.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

So, tomorrow is the big day.  David Harsanyi has some ideas as to how we got to the (likely) turnout tomorrow.  Excerpt:

Last night, the President of the United States, a man whose pathological lying has been ratcheted up to surreal levels lately, gave one of the most transparently toxic partisan speeches in memory. Biden, quite paradoxically, warned that American “democracy” could only survive if the nation functioned under one-party rule. Despite historic early turnouts, the president lied about widespread attacks on voting rights, preemptively engaging in the kind of election denialism he contends is “un-American.” Biden has probably forgotten that virtually every major Democrat was an “election denialist” not only in 2016 but in 2000, as well.

The president then blamed the actions of the mentally ill, drug-addled individual who viciously attacked the husband of Nancy Pelosi on all of MAGAdom — which, according to Democrats, includes everyone who disagrees with any of their positions, including a pro-life movement that’s been around forever. Biden, who has likely engaged in more blatant executive abuses than any post-war president, leads a party that makes little distinction between “democracy” and its own power, treating any deviation, whether it be by the courts or voters, as illegitimate and “undemocratic” — a word that has been sapped of any real meaning.

Go, then, and read it all – there are some good arguments there.

I’ve been a politician-watcher since the late Seventies, and never in my life have I seen a political party overstep so badly, so quickly.  Tomorrow’s results – assuming we get results beyond the margin of fraud – will reflect that.

President Biden(‘s handlers) deserve a lot of the credit, of course.  The man himself, I don’t think we can rightly place too much at his feet; he doesn’t even know where his feet are any more.  Every time we see him speak he seems to be getting worse, and I’ll be a bit surprised if he doesn’t step down in 2023, citing health or some other reason.  Or, if Frau Doktor Professor Jill tries to put on the pressure to stay in her Edith Wilson role, the 25th Amendment may be invoked.  Either way, I’m skeptical about him lasting his full term.  Old Joe’s disintegration has become too obvious.

Which, of course, leaves us with the dry-heave-inducing Heels-Up Harris as POTUS.  She, of course, also deserves some of the blame for the drubbing the Dems will almost certainly take tomorrow.  She is at least consistent -every time she opens her mouth something stupid comes out (decorum prevents me from speculating about anything proceeding in the opposite direction).  In that case, she’ll be the lamest lame duck that ever ducked, with no hope of getting a Democrat VP through the GOP-controlled Congress.

But back to the kinked article; watch, now, the reactions from the Left when the GOP is through kicking some and taking some on Tuesday.  Watch the major cities.  I expect to see some “mostly peaceful” unrest, and I expect to see the apocalyptic rhetoric from the Left ratcheted up.

When Bill Clinton was confronted with a similar drubbing in his first mid-term, he triangulated, moderated some of his stances and ended up having a modestly successful Presidency.  Nobody involved in the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration or their enablers in the legacy media is that smart.  Their reaction to proggie policies being rejected will be to prog harder, and we’ll see how far that gets them – I’m guessing it will get them to a Republican President in 2025.

Go vote tomorrow!

Rule Five Barn Burner Friday

Now for the fun one:  I seem myself delivering this one at a shout.

Take a look at the signs waved by some of the protestors, rioters and arsonists plaguing our major cities today.  Take a look at some of their positions – anti-capitalist, anti-business, anti-freedom.

Now take a look at the protestors themselves.  Ask yourself how many of them actually do any productive work.

These people toil not, neither do they spin.  They are, by and large, parasites on the productive members of society that they demonize at every turn.  But there’s something they are missing, a key point that we, the productive, understand, that they do not.  And I say this to those parasites:

You need us.  We don’t need you.

To you folks out there in the audience today, I say this:  We – you and I – not they, are the people who make this economy run.  We grow the food these parasites eat.  We make the clothing they wear.  We make the cell phones and tablets they use to plan their riots.  We write the code for the social networking sites on which they plan their riots.  And I say this to those parasites:

You need us.  We don’t need you.

You look down your noses at the people who feed you.

People like my father, who raised Black Angus cattle, corn, and soybeans for much of his life.  The people who sell the seed and take the steers off to the packing plant.  The people who make fertilizer, who build the farm machinery in factories like the huge John Deere plant in Waterloo, Iowa.  You look down on the truckers who haul supplies to the farms and ranches and food to the distributors and stores.

And to that I say to you:  You need us.  We don’t need you.

You look down your noses at the people who transport you.

People like the thousands who work in the plants of Ford, GM, Chrysler, and the other various manufacturers all around the country.  The people who refine the gasoline and Diesel fuel that move the vehicles, the people who fix your car when it breaks down, the driver of the wrecker who comes out to help you because you lack the skills to do something as elementary as changing a tire – a skill I learned at about ten years of age.

And to that I say to you:  You need us.  We don’t need you.

You look down your noses at the people who clothe you.

Thousands more grow cotton, raise sheep, to make the cloth.  Workers all over the world make your “stylish” tattered blue jeans, maybe even some of those really expensive ones with fake ground-in dirt on them to make it look as though you’ve actually done a day’s work at some point in your lives.  Thousands more package the clothing, deliver it to stores, where retail clerks deal endlessly with difficult customers at little pay to provide you with the clothes you wear while lecturing the rest of us.

And to that I say to you:  You need us.  We don’t need you.

You look down your noses at the people who keep you warm.

I’m talking about the thousands that work on the Alaskan oil fields, in the shale formations in the Dakotas, and on drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.  The people who build the pipelines, who move heavy equipment from site to site, who work in the refineries and who move heating oil and natural gas from those refineries to its final point of use – not to mention the scientists and engineers who design and build the equipment and discover new sources of valuable fuels.  You not only look down on these people but demonize them for their contributions to some nebulously defined ‘climate change,’ even as the United States is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions not because of climate worries but because of cleaner fuels and vastly increased efficiencies, brought to you by those workers, scientists and engineers.

And to that I say to you:  You need us.  We don’t need you.

You look down your noses at the people who make it possible for you to communicate.

From Silicon Valley to your local cell phone store, an entire industry is devoted to our modern, highly connected lifestyle.  People all around the world build the cellular phones you use and write the software that runs them.  Thousands more maintain the phone towers, the internet hubs, the connections, the wires, fiberoptic cables and wireless networks that transmit the data.  Their efforts make it possible to make your plans to riot and loot, to attack the very businesses, stores, and restaurants these productive people count on in their own productive lives.

And the irony of you decrying capitalism while using this technology, unprecedented in human history, that could only be the product of a free market, capitalist system, is beyond description.

And to that I say to you:  You need us.  We don’t need you.

I’m going to presume for a moment that the parasite-protestor class, those with the Gender Studies degrees and trust funds, is actually capable of active thought.  To them, I say this:  I want all of you parasites to think, long and hard, about the implications of that statement:

You need us.

We don’t need you.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s coming down to the nitty gritty now, isn’t it?  In a little less than a week we’ll know whether we as a nation have been given a little breathing room or whether the OMG MUH DEMOCRACY crowd has more license to keep running us over a fiscal cliff.

It’s going to be interesting.  I expect by a week from today, we’ll have a pretty good bead on things, although it may be some time before us Alaskans have an idea who will be representing us in the Imperial City, thanks to the ranked-choice voting stupidity.  Maybe now that this election-season mess is over, we can look to getting shut of that stupid idea.

Now then…

On To the Links!

The Mighty Oz has spoken.

With good reason.

No shit, Sherlock.

EVs are not “zero emissions.”  Anyone who understands the Second Law of Thermodynamics knows this.

Less than a week to go now.

Wealthy African-American takes the helm at Twitter.

I love a happy ending.

DUCK!

I’m in favor of this, of course.

In this matter, “Dems and media” should go fuck themselves.

I suspect this won’t work out like they’re hoping it will.

Welcome to three weeks ago.

One week left.

Oh, fuck off.

Kari Lake is awesome.  That is all.

Nothing should stop the Supreme Court from ending affirmative action.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Ross Barkan is an idiot.

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

MSNBC’s Emma Gray is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues his descent into idiocy.

The Atlantic’s Lee Bollinger is an idiot.

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

Vox’s Nicole Naria is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky is an idiot.

The GOP’s attacks on the Left on crimes are working because they are accurate, you idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Boy howdy, if this ain’t all that far off from Saturday nights when I was a teenager.  Brooks & Dunn  have produced some great old country music, but I confess Hillbilly Deluxe is one of my favorites.  While it’s fun to get some boot-scootin’ boogie going on over the course of a small-town weekend, you just plain can’t beat slick pick’em up trucks.  Here, then, is the official video for that tune.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

The story of the attack on Paul Pelosi just keeps getting stranger.  Excerpt:

There’s some more curious information about the case of the attack on Paul Pelosi in his home in San Francisco.

The Director of News for the San Francisco Chronicle, Demian Bulwa posted some links to the audio calls that were made to police regarding the incident. According to Bulwa, the suspect supposedly said he was waiting for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the home. “RP” references Paul Pelosi.

“RP stated there’s a male in the home and that he’s going to wait for his wife,” the audio says. “RP stated that he doesn’t know who the male is but he advised that his name is David and that he is a friend.”

A friend?

Now I’d like to say without reservation that I’m glad Paul Pelosi was not seriously injured and wish him an uneventful recovery.  Any attack like this on an elderly person is inexcusable, regardless of the victim’s politics or relations.

But with that said, though, it’s true that the whole thing just keeps getting weirder.  Now there’s a statement on the 911 transcript that David DePape, a “nakedness protestor,” hemp-jewelry maker and chronic homeless drug user, was a “friend” of Paul Pelosi?  Seems a bit off, no?  Even if Mr. Pelosi suspected that DePape was listening, the 911 call alone would have been enough to rouse the worthless invaders ire – as it obviously did.

Why is DePape a “friend?”

Bear in mind also that, Queen Nancy being in residence or otherwise, the Pelosi home doubtlessly has all manner of security, including cameras, alarms and barriers.  How did DePape get in?  I’ve heard a rumor that he got in through a window – really?  A window?  An unbarred window in San Francisco, which has one of the highest rates of residential burglary in the country, and in the home of the person who is, as Speaker of the House, arguably one of the most powerful politicians in the nation?

I ain’t buying it, True Believers.  I suspect the whole story will never come out, but there’s a lot more to this than we’re hearing.

Rule Five Campaign Speech Friday

I’ve put this up every recent election year, so here it is again.  In fact, on these last two Fridays before the mid-terms, I’ll present this, my calm, reasoned speech first, then next Friday (Nov 4th) I’ll give you my shouted, gesticulating barn burner.  This week’s topic:  What kind of a campaign speech would I give if I, your humble servant, were running for President?  It might go something like this:

Ladies and Gentlemen – friends – Americans – citizens.

I stand before you on this two hundred and thirty-first year of our Republic.   I stand before you to announce my intention to seek the Presidency of our Republic.  Most important of all, I stand before you to tell you why I intend to seek this thankless, stressful job, and what I intend to do with it.

I’d like to take this time to tell you the undying principles upon which I will base my policies, and upon which I will base legislation that I will propose to Congress:

First:  Liberty.

Liberty means you are free to do as you please, so long as you cause no harm, physical or financial, to anyone else.  As Thomas Jefferson said, “If it neither picks my pocket nor break my arm, it’s not my concern.”  This is a coin with two sides:  Nobody gets to tell you what to do, but neither do you get to tell anyone else what to do.  Marry who you like.  Work where and how you like.  Start businesses and create new products and services as you like.  It’s nobody else’s business – and it sure as hell isn’t the government’s business – until you hurt someone else.  We currently live in a nation where you are required to obtain permission from a government bureaucrat to cut hair, to paint fingernails, to sell lemonade.  I call bullshit.  This must stop.

Second:  Property.

That means the following:  The fruits of your labors are yours.  They do not belong to some government bureaucrat, nor to some shouting agitator, nor to some ivory tower academic.  They are yours.  Government, to be effective at the few things they are required – absolutely required – to do, must tax you for some small amount of the fruits of your labors, but that taxation must be strictly limited, strictly fair, simply defined, and some must be collected from every single citizen.  Everybody contributes.  Nobody skates.  There are too many in the nation who have no skin in the game, and our elections have become auctions, with candidates falling over each other promising voters more of other peoples’ property.  I call bullshit.  This must stop.

Third:  Accountability.

Government, at all levels, serves you.  You do not serve the government.  I stand here today not as someone seeking to be your master, but as someone applying for a job – and you will be my employers.  I am applying for the job of CEO of the world’s largest Republic, and you, the citizens of the Republic, are the world’s largest Board of Directors.  I answer to you, not the other way around.  Every single government employee, from the President to the third assistant dogcatcher in Leaf Springs, Arkansas, answers to you.  And so as one of my first acts in office I will personally visit every office, every facility, and every installation that falls under the control of the Executive Branch.  I will personally speak with the Federal employees at those offices, facilities and installations.  Any employee that cannot satisfactorily answer two questions:  “What is your purpose?  What are you doing right now?” will be fired on the spot.  Any Executive Branch employee at any level who breaks the law, any law, will be fired and prosecuted.  Government employees have, for too long, been held to different standards than the electorate.  I call bullshit.  This must stop.

Fourth:  Efficiency.

The Federal government has become a bloated Colossus.  Washington is littered with extra-constitutional agencies, the purpose of which is to regulate, to dictate, to interfere with the free citizenry.  There is no constitutional justification for many of them, and many of them actually work at cross purposes.  The result is that every single business enterprise in the nation has to have an army of accountants and attorneys to help them navigate the twisted pathways of regulation and taxation; that every citizen has to puzzle through pages upon pages of Federal guidance in so prosaic an action as filing their annual tax return.  The Federal government has only a few, a very few, legitimate roles:  To protect private property, to ensure liberty, to protect the citizens from foreign interference.  That’s all.  But not today; no, not today.   The Federal government has indeed become a bloated Colossus, but I intend to cut it down to size.  As one of my first acts in office I will call upon Congress to eliminate the Federal Departments of Commerce, of Energy, of Education, and any others that I deem to be extra-constitutional and that add no value to the proper roles of government.  And believe you me, this is only the beginning.  Our government is too big.  I call bullshit.  This must stop.

Let me be very clear on my intent.  I intend to reduce the Federal government to a minimum.  I’m not talking about trimming around the edges.  I’m sure as hell not talking about “reductions in the rate of increase.”  I’m talking about swinging a meat axe, and I am serious as hell about it.  All the extra-constitutional agencies set up by previous administrations will be gone.  Not reduced, not repurposed – gone.  Education?  Gone.  Energy?  Gone.  Commerce?  Gone.  Health and Human Services?  Gone.  Labor?  Gone.  Housing and Urban Development?  Gone.  Environmental Protection?  Gone.  Homeland Security?  Gone.

There are three cabinet-level agencies that the Federal government is justified in retaining:  Defense, Treasury, and State.  The rest can go.  Veteran’s Affairs can be rolled into Defense.  As for Federal law enforcement, we already have an agency for that:  The U.S. Marshals.  The borders?  Roll the Border Patrol into the Marshals.  One headquarters, several missions, but that’s doable.

I intend to take the Federal government back to the level it was in 1850.  In that year, the Federal government’s expenditures were about 3% of GDP.  Now we are 23 trillion in debt, and Federal spending is 20% of GDP.  I call bullshit.  This must stop.

That will be the genesis of my campaign slogan:  THREE PERCENT!

So, if you value liberty and property, and want accountability and efficiency in your public servants, vote for me.  If you want Free Shit, vote for someone else.  That’s all.

In all honesty, even if I wanted an elected office, I’m effectively unelectable in any case (think the country would elect an atheist minarchist libertarian President?  Not hardly!)  But I’d love the opportunity to give this speech in a big enough venue to make media talking heads explode and proggie commentators start running around like their hair is on fire. 

Animal’s Daily Sore Loser News

Dick “Darth Vader” Cheney’s daughter keeps proving herself to be a sad, embittered little plonker.  Excerpts from her recent interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd follow, with my comments:

Chuck Todd — “Donald Trump ends up the nominee in 2024. You’ve said you won’t be a Republican anymore, so it implies you think the party can be saved.”

Cheney — “I think the party has to come back from where we are right now, which is a dangerous and toxic place, or the party will splinter, and there will be a new conservative party that rises if Donald Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party, the party will shatter, and there will be a conservative party that rises in its place.”

Yes, it may very well shatter.  Alaska’s (hopefully outgoing) Lisa Murkowski has already all but changed parties.  She’s even endorsing the short-time incumbent for our at-large House seat, Democrat Mary Peltola, in an act of betrayal that surprised, well, no one.

I wouldn’t object to seeing the GOPe peel away from the younger, more energized party members.  Let the Murkowskis and the Cheneys go join the Democrats, where they will likely feel more at home.  The resulting new GOP will be more motivated, more conservative, more attuned to free markets and American enterprise and, who knows, may actually do something besides just pay lip service to the notion of a smaller, less intrusive (and less expensive) government.

“What would it take for you to run for president?”

Cheney — “I’m going to be focused on all the things we’ve been talking about. I care deeply, as I know you do, as millions of people do about this nation and about the blessing we have an a constitutional republic. So whether that means helping other candidates, helping to educate people around the country, I have been on a number of college campuses, very inspired by the young people, but I’m focused on what we have to do to save the country from this very dangerous moment we’re in, not right now on whether I’m going to be a candidate or not.”

The only “dangerous moment” the United States is in results from out of control spending and totalitarian impulses on the part of the Left.  Look at where we are now; gas again approaching $4 a gallon nationwide (over $5 here in the Great Land), inflation spiraling out of control, the Imperial government running up trillions in unsupportable debt, and never-ending engagement in foreign adventures that are none of our business.  I haven’t heard of you speaking on any of those things.

Sure, Liz.  Run for President.  You’d be the most successful candidate since Alf Landon.  In January, when you leave the office the voters of Wyoming just wisely tossed you out of, maybe you can get a sweet gig as a talking head for MSNBC, where I’m sure you’ll feel a lot more at home.  But your political career is over – and good riddance.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

There’s a lot to love about Alaska, but here’s one of the ones people from outside the Great Land associate with our home:

This photo was taken last Saturday, by me, from our bedroom window, at about 6:30AM.

The auroras are always amazing, but last Saturday’s were a bit above the ordinary.  From what I understand the first really good displays generally start in October (they happen in summer, but it’s too light to see them) and continue on through the dark, dark nights of winter.

Saturday morning, Mrs. Animal and I stood for half an hour, enthralled, watching as these streamers of light danced, whipped and flickered overhead.  What an amazing show.  Every day we find new reasons to be happy we are finally here in the Great Land.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Here come the tantrums.

The Sin Eater.

Now the Skwerl Mafia is sending in suicide skwerlz to disrupt the grid.  It’s nuts!

Haw haw haw!

No, Alaska is not “swinging towards the Dems.”

In a few more years, China may not even be a nation.

This is cool – first photos of a black lynx.  We have lynx around here; one got into our neighbor’s chicken coop last winter and ate a couple of prime laying hens.  No black ones, though.

Eric Swalwell (Fang Fang – CA) was unavailable for comment.

This is how you define “delusional.”

Bawk bawk.

How out-of-staters prevent Alaska drilling.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  I have very little sympathy for someone who knowingly smuggles a controlled substance into another country, especially when the other country is a totalitarian state like Russia.

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley is an idiot.

A leftist idiot predicts what a GOP majority in Congress will do.  Self-awareness rating:  Zero.

NY Mag’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Melissa Grant is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice (Repeat Offender Alert) is still an idiot.

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

Stacy Abrams continues to beclown herself.

Mother Jones’ Pema Levy is an idiot.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First of That Name, Dowager-Empress of Chappaqua, is losing it.

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

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Robert Plant is best known (deservedly) for being lead singer for Led Zeppelin, but he did release some solo work as well.  In his solo work as with Zep, he put his distinctive voice to good work.  His second album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, included the song Big Log.

It’s a different sort of tune, which in spite of featuring Plant’s distinctive vocals, didn’t carry a lot of Led Zeppelin influence.  Here, then, is the official video for that song.  Enjoy.

 

Rule Five Trump VP Friday

Over at the New English Review recently, scribe Roger L. Simon explored the possibility of Tulsi Gabbard becoming President Trump’s 2024 running mate.  As will surprise none of you, I have some thoughts, which begin with “not only no, but hell no!”  Excerpt:

At the least, the choice of Gabbard would make a striking comparison on many levels to Kamala Harris, though it’s highly unlikely our current vice president will be anywhere near the 2024 Democratic presidential ballot.

That party tries to keep her out of sight as much as possible now, but even when they send her as far as the border of North and South Korea, she seems to have trouble remembering which is our ally. A second vice presidency isn’t in the cards.

Notwithstanding Harris, however, the case for Gabbard isn’t frivolous. Her video statement on formally leaving the Democratic Party is as eloquent and well-taken as any potential Republican vice presidential candidate I can think of:

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party. It’s now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism, who actively worked to undermine our God-given freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, and who are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, who demonize the police who protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans who believe in open borders, who weaponize the national security state to go after their political opponents, and above all, are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.”

Amen, sister!

Tulsi isn’t wrong in any of that quote; she accurately sums up what has become of the Democrat Party.  It’s become a party that Harry Truman wouldn’t recognize.  Indeed, Truman would be considered a far-right reactionary by today’s Democrats.  But Mr. Simon, much as I like and respect him, only hints at one of the major problems with this idea:

I write this well aware that I may not agree with Tulsi on everything. (I don’t even agree with myself on everything.) I write it in a desire to move things forward in the worst of times.

I’m also well aware there are several other worthy potential Republican vice-presidential candidates, notably Gov. Ron DeSantis, who certainly deserves to be president someday. He would be a great one. He’s done a superb job in Florida and has continued to do so with Ian, miraculously restoring electricity to the state within days.

In 2024, assuming Trump runs again, he would be well-advised to make Ron DeSantis the heir apparent.  In fact, I’d bet serious folding money that Governor DeSantis will one day occupy the Imperial Mansion, and when he does, he will likely be the most consequential President since Ronald Reagan.  But even if the Governor declines, Trump should not pick Tulsi Gabbard.

Don’t get me wrong.  I admire the principled stand Tulsi Gabbard has taken on leaving a political party that has gone insane.  She is leaning into taking the red pill to some small extent; a recent video shows her shooting an AR-pattern carbine, among other weapons.  From what I read, she is personable as well.  Sensible people like her, even those who disagree with her on policy positions.  Were I to have the chance to speak with her, I expect it would be a polite exchange of ideas without rancor.  Like me, she’s a veteran with combat-zone tours under her belt.

But she shouldn’t be the VP candidate for a GOP President.

Her positions on gun control have been (hah) a moving target, but she is generally in favor of bans or at least restrictions on “assault weapons,” she is in favor or higher marginal tax rates, her economic stances in general are well to the left of center.

Ms. Gabbard’s leaving the ever-more-loony Democrats shouldn’t lead one to believe that she’s switching sides.  I don’t think she is.  I think she’s stayed the same, a reliable liberal as the term was defined in the Nineties and early Oughts.  As she stated herself, the party left her, not the other way around.  She’s not a conservative or a libertarian, and she likely isn’t and won’t be moving in that direction.

Should Donald Trump run again in 2024 – and I’m guessing he will – the last thing he should do is embrace a liberal to the Presidential bosom.  And, to be fair, I doubt Tulsi would be interested in the gig in any case.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

My time in Uncle Sam’s colors was mostly at the end of the Cold War.  I remember the purpose of the Army in those days very well, as it was hammered into us in training:  “To close with and destroy the enemy by fire, maneuver and shock effect.”  Now it seems the purpose of the Army is… well, something else.

Yr. obdt. 1991

The Army – no, scratch that, the military in general, all branches, must be mission-oriented.  That means “to close with and destroy the enemy.”  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, all of us.  That’s the job.  If any policy or practice enhances the mission, it’s good.  If it doesn’t, then it’s bad.  It’s not complicated.  But this turn of stupidity?  Army Secretary Christine Wormuth needs to find a more suitable line of work.  Maybe Berkeley needs another Underwater Gender-Fluid Dog-Polishing professor.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Fetterman is a fuckup.  In other news, water is wet.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Maybe, but don’t expect it to change their vote.

A decent blueprint for education reform.

A map of 56,000 galaxies.

Wah wah.

We can hope.

In Pennsylvania, it looks like Dr. Oz v. Uncle Fester is going to come right down to the wire.

No shit, Sherlock.

Eel migrations.  Yes, really.

Lithium price spiking.  I wonder why?

I love a happy ending.

I doubt the open CO Senate seat will flip red, but if it does, it will be as part of a much bigger shift to the right.

More corruption.  Geeze, these people may even be worse than the Clintons.

Grifters gonna grift.

Let’s call this what it is:  Bio-weapons research.  I mean, what the fuck, BU?  First you inflict AOC on us, now this?

Well, this is a surprise.

This Week’s Idiots:

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.  And here he doubles down on stupid.

Washington Monthly’s David Atkins is an idiot.

Newsweek’s Nicholas Creel is an idiot.

Slate’s Lawrence Lessig is an idiot.

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

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky is an idiot.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues his descent into idiocy.

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is an idiot.

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

The Bulwark’s Sarah Longwell is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Hat tip to regular reader Andrew Pearce for the suggestion on this week’s song.

Hailing from Louisiana, Tony Joe White, also known as ‘The Swamp Fox’, was one of the progenitors of what became known as Swamp Rock.  He was a talented musician but also a better than average songwriter, producing such tunes as Old Man Willis and Rainy Night in Georgia. 

As you will probably find unsurprising, I do have a favorite tune from among his work.  White’s premiere 1969 album Black and White included his song that made the charts in that year, that being Poke Salad Annie.  It’s an interesting tune, sort of the archetypal story of a poor girl from the Deep South in the mid-twentieth century.

So, without further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.