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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Another week east of the Mississippi, which isn’t my preferred area of operations; but needs must when you have a mortgage to pay.  We were thinking of going to a massive gun show down towards Philadelphia this Saturday, but at the moment spending a day wandering a crowded venue with 3-4,000 random strangers just doesn’t seem like the greatest idea.  At least we can lose ourselves drinking from that fire hose of information that is The Intarwebz.  And so:

On To the Links!

Colorado’s own John Caldera:  The initiative process in Colorado could be a dual-edged sword.

Brain-eating songbirds.  Yes, really.

What happened to Lieawatha Warren?  Well, she was a terrible candidate:  Shrill, hectoring, and pushing horrible policies.

The more I read about Dan Crenshaw, the more I like him.

Welcome to Armageddon.  No, it has nothing to do with the Coronavirus.

This is why idiots think that billionaires can pay for everything.

I’m not saying it’s aliens…

What a stupid idea.

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC host Brian Williams and New York Times Editorial Board Member Mara Gay are both idiots.

Chuck Schumer is an arrogant prick, and an idiot.

Rachel Maddow is an idiot.

Jim Bakker:  Still an idiot after all these years.

Paul Krugman is an unprincipled hack, and an idiot.

The New York Times editorial board is populated by idiots.

And so…

We’re still adjusting to the dark mornings and increased light in the evenings.  I’m not a fan of the first part, although I rather like the last.  I like it well enough, in fact, to think it a good idea year-round; which begs the question, why the hell are we still doing the Daylight Savings bullshit?  Pick a time and stick with it, already!

But at least it’s a sign that summer is coming.

I love Japan.

And on that sunny note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Meanwhile, daffy old Groper Joe Biden continues to be increasingly befuddled.  Honestly, it’s getting embarrassing.  Excerpt:

Many people have questioned Joe Biden’s mental fitness as he campaigns for the highest political office in the country. In the past few weeks alone, the candidate declared repeatedly that he was running for the U.S. Senate, confused which state he was in, said there were 150 million gun deaths in America since 2007, called Super Tuesday “Super Thursday,” and announced that he would have the ability as president to appoint the first African American woman to the United States Senate. 

Of course, as president, Biden will not have the ability to appoint senators. And even if Biden did have that ability, he would not be able to appoint the first African American woman to the U.S. Senate since Carol Moseley Braun was elected in 1993.

Biden’s team should prevent the candidate from going anywhere near a microphone, or a small child for that matter.

But this is the sad part:

“… We cannot get re-elect, we cannot win this re-election, excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump,” Biden said to his bewildered supporters. The candidate himself seemed caught off guard by his inability to keep his train of thought.

At the same event, Biden referred to himself as an “Obiden Bama Democrat.”

At what point does the DNC pull the plug?  At what point does old Joe’s family take him aside and tell him what is becoming increasingly obvious to anyone not co-hosting The View, namely that Joe Biden is no longer mentally fit for the campaign, much less elected office?

My siblings and I were extremely fortunate as our parents aged, as neither Mom nor Dad ever lost any mental acuity beyond the normal slight impairment of short-term memory common among the extreme (over 90) elderly.  But I had two aunts who slid into Alzheimer’s and eventually died of the complications of that horrible malady.  Both of them were dear people who the family loved, and I remember very well the beginning stages of that descent into dementia.

And this is what it looked like.

Honestly, this shouldn’t be a political calculation.  This is an issue of simple decency.  Joe Biden isn’t fit for this campaign and he sure as hell isn’t fit to sit in the Imperial Mansion.  It’s well past time for someone with some sense (and, yes, some compassion) to intervene.

Rule Five Reboot Friday

Could we reboot Illinois?  RealClearPolitics’ Richard Porter thinks so.  Excerpt:

We need to reboot Illinois so that families and businesses that love this area and want to stay aren’t punished for doing so. Illinois can be restructured using a variation on the legal technique the federal government employed in its reorganization of GM — call it the “old state, new state” Illinois reorganization plan.

Recall some founding principles: 

1. The U.S. Constitution, our supreme law, provides that “the United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government.” 

2. A republican form of government is, as Abraham Lincoln stated at Gettysburg, “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” When paying creditors becomes the government’s primary function, that’s government for creditors, not the people.  

3. In a republic, people, not their government, are sovereign; all people are created equal and are endowed with unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence states, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….” 

4. Illinois was granted statehood in 1818 by residents living here with the concurrence of Congress.  The Constitution empowers Congress to admit new states to the union, and provides that new states may be formed out of existing states with the concurrence of the state’s legislature and Congress. 

5. The “state” of Illinois was created by residents and Congress, not God or science. Before 1818, it didn’t exist — and if it no longer works for the people living here today, we can replace it with the concurrence of Congress. 

6. Congress has the power to annul or impair contracts to which state governments are party. Bankruptcy courts impair contracts, and, just a few years ago, Congress passed legislation setting up a process for impairing Puerto Rico’s contracts to resolve its financial failure. Congress has the power to wind down the existing government of Illinois and to establish a process for adjusting or impairing the state’s contracts. 

What does this mean?  We can reboot Illinois.

It’s an interesting idea, and a possibility that shouldn’t be limited to Illinois, but should be considered in other states that are suffering from overwhelming debts and irresponsible state governments (California, anyone?)

Now, this is (like many good ideas) a long shot.  Either this would take an unprecedented action by Congress to essentially declare Illinois a state in rebellion against the republic’s founding principles – or the pols in the Illinois state government would have to vote themselves out of power.  Neither is likely, frankly, and to be fair, if that first happened, where would it stop?  One can easily see an eventual leftist-controlled Congress taking the same action against, say, Wyoming, for refusing to enact an Imperial gun-confiscation law.

But if one could reform a state like Illinois, I can think of a couple of things that might help steer the rogue state onto a more stable fiscal path:

  1. Abolish and outlaw public sector unions.
  2. No defined-benefit pensions for state employees; they get 401k plans like their private-sector counterparts.
  3. Place a balanced-budget requirement in the new state constitution.
  4. Strict term limits for state politicians, with no pension or benefits after leaving office.

There’s a lot more that could be done, but this would be a start.

Nothing of the like, of course, will happen.  At least, not until Illinois suffers its inevitable Stein’s Law collapse, after which, hopefully, the Illinois voters will finally, hopefully, take the keys away from the lunatics that are running that asylum.

Still, this is an interesting proposition.  It’s become painfully obvious that states like Illinois and California won’t fix their fiscal problems themselves.  Maybe a declaration of insolvency by the Imperial government should be the cudgel wielded to fix things?

Animal’s Daily Daffy Joe News

Daffy old Groper Joe Biden came out of Super Tuesday in pretty good shape; the Dem’s field is now down to him, the loony old Bolshevik from Vermont, Fauxcohantas Warren and Tulsi Gabbard, who is looking remarkably like the only grownup in the room despite being the youngest candidate in the race by a wide margin.

But a Biden nomination could be setting the stage for another 2016.  Excerpt:

Will Trump voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and elsewhere feel that the President has delivered what the candidate promised in 2016? The country is prosperous, and that might be enough. But Trump’s appeal four years ago was rooted in the idea that America was no longer as great as she should be, and Trump was the man to return us to greatness.

Trump was an insurgent on the offensive; playing defense this year may be a very different game, especially if he can’t draw the sharp distinctions between the political insiders and outsiders that he drew when he ran against the Republican establishment and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Complicating Trump’s effort will be his own campaign, which promises to be more professional and less imaginative than the ramshackle yet successful campaign he ran four years ago. Republican campaign pros who gave Trump a wide berth even after he won the nomination in 2016 are eager to work for him now — these are specialists in how to lose elections, and even a losing campaign for an incumbent president looks great on a résumé. You can charge top-dollar for that. The fleas and ticks that found Trump’s populist blood poisonous in 2016 have developed a taste for him since he turned out to be a winner.

There are, of course, a few things that this article don’t mention:

  1. Joe Biden’s Ukraine shenanigans will certainly come to light now that he’s the presumptive Dem nominee.  There’s just no way what Hunter Biden did was legitimate, and there’s just no way Joe didn’t know about it.  He laundered Ukrainian bribe money through his son, and those chickens will be coming home to roost.  Bawk bawk.
  2. The Non compos mentis factor will play in.  Joe Biden is increasingly bemused, confused and befuddled.  It’s becoming embarrassing; Joe is mixing up places, dates and people with alarming regularity.  His time for political office was twenty years ago.  Now?  His ducks are clearly not all in a row.  Quack quack.
  3. In 2016, Her Imperial Majesty faced a Donald Trump who had no record to run on, a skimpy campaign fund, and hesitant support from large numbers of Republicans.  Now he has a huge campaign war chest, four years of impressive economic success, and pretty much universal support from the GOP.  He’s no longer the black sheep of the 2016 primary season; he’s the President.  Baa baa.
  4. Bernie may well stay in the race as an independent, which is after all what he actually is, and be a huge spoiler.  Even if he doesn’t, plenty of his supporters may hesitate to vote for the supposedly-moderate Biden; although Bernie as a third-party dark horse will appeal to the loony Left who want to say “neigh” to the establishment.

No matter what happens in the remaining primaries, the Dem nominee will have a big damn hill to climb.  It’s not impossible; November is still a long way off.  But I’d say it’s pretty damned unlikely, given the likely candidate.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Sunday saw us flying on the Friendly Skies back to our temporary lodgings in New Jersey, where we still will maintain this second household until the end of May.  And yes, it still sucks here, despite some really great Italian restaurants in the area.  But, I still have a mortgage to pay, so we soldier on.

With that said, it’s…

On To the Links!

The “gun show loophole” is bullshit.  Tell us something we didn’t already know.

The U.S. has signed a preliminary peace deal with the Taliban.  I’m wondering how well this will work, but upside, we get a lot of our folks out of a third world shithole that we’ll never, ever be able to reform.  And, to be fair, you don’t make peace deals with your friends, you make them with your enemies.

Turns out that on Castro, as on so many other topics, the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont is full of shit.  Health care, too.

On the Coronavirus:  Don’t panic.  Don’t buy into wacko conspiracy theories.  Seriously, folks, exercise a little common sense and everything will be fine.  Wash your hands.  Avoid traveling to Wuhan.  That sort of thing.

Protein found in a meteorite!  This is a first.  What does it mean?  Who knows?  That’s part of what makes it interesting.

No.  It’s just lousy beer.  Seriously, this is what we call “sex in a canoe.”

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, is getting deposed on her email shenanigans.

This Week’s Idiots:

Pete Davidson is an idiot.

Joe Biden is an idiot, and possibly senile.

Lieawatha Warren is an idiot.

And now…

I’m drawing a bit of a blank on witty commentary this morning, so here’s a bit of totty from the archives instead:

And on that sunny note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Daily Fauxcohantas News

Princess Lieawatha is doubling down on her dumpster fire of a campaign, leading our good friend Robert Stacy McCain to weigh in on the whole thing.  Excerpt:

My only question is, what can I do to encourage Warren and her advisers to double-down on this far-fetched scenario? This is every Trump supporter’s wet dream, and please forgive me for using the phrase “wet dream” in a post about Elizabeth Warren. Anything that prevents the Democratic primary campaign from becoming a head-to-head contest between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders is good, in terms of helping re-elect Trump. Mike Bloomberg wasting millions of dollars to run a three-minute nationwide commercial on Sunday night? Perfect.

If Bloomberg’s campaign has any positive impact, it will be to help convince us that billionaire oligarchs like him should not exist. It’s bad enough that an oligarch can buy up airtime; to do so in order to exploit a pandemic for your presidential campaign is disgraceful.

What percentage of the Super Tuesday vote will Bloomberg get? Hopefully, enough to prevent Biden from winning several states, and thus moving Democrats closer to the brokered-convention scenario that the Warren campaign is fantasizing about. Of course, a comeback victory for Biden can’t be ruled out, but nobody on the Republican side should worry about that, either, as it has become apparent that Biden is completely senile. The best-case scenario, in terms of Trump’s re-election, is for Sanders to get this close (holding thumb and forefinger half-an-inch apart) to the nomination, only to be cheated out of it by a backroom deal at the convention. Whatever happens to the Democrats, however, the most likely scenario in November is that Trump wins:

About half an hour into his speech Saturday afternoon at the 48th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), President Trump spotted a familiar face in the crowd. “My friend over there — you are the greatest,” the president said, and urged the man to stand. “Look at him … Does everybody know Jeffrey? Jeffrey Lord” (38:10).

The Dems that drop out of the race, as they inevitably fall one by one, are endorsing daffy old Groper Joe Biden as they do so, inasmuch as they’ve endorsed anyone; that helps Fauxcohantas excuse staying in the race, as she’s competing not with Groper Joe and his ever-increasing senile dementia, nor for Little Mike Bloomberg or any of the other supposed “moderates,” but instead with the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont.  They are two of a kind, and one wonders if Lieawatha is just staying in the race to try to clinch the Veep spot.

Today’s Super Tuesday, True Believers.  By evening we’ll have a pretty good idea how this whole thing is going to shape up.  And it’s going to be popcorn-worthy, no matter what happens. Hold on to your butts!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

This week finds Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. back in our own Colorado.  While our adopted home state is increasingly blue, we did at least receive our primary ballots; we are registered as Republicans to give us the chance to vote in the primaries and, one would hope, have some influence on the local party.  In this primary there was only one selection, that being for President.  Status quo agreed to.  And so…

On To the Links!

Thanks to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the linkback!  If you’re not reading The Daley Gator daily, you should be.

Nevada Democrats continue the party’s slide into madness.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is losing his shit.

MSNBC viewers are losing their shit.  I don’t know about you all, but I’m looking into investing in popcorn futures.

A fair number of Democrats think their party is losing its shit.

Meanwhile, the DNC prepares to screw Bernie over again.  And Nanny Bloomberg intends to be a part of that.

The Supreme Court has upheld the “Public Charge” rule.  Thumbnail:  No job, no green card.

Fuck off, slaver.  And have a quick read over the First Amendment while you’re at it.

Will Crazy Eyes be redistricted out of the House?

This Week’s Idiots:

Californey Governor Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis is an idiot.

Ohio State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria (education) is an idiot.

The Earth is round, and now this idiot is flat.  The Darwin Awards people have been notified.  I reported on this nut a few years ago, at which time I predicted:

Here’s my prediction: Hughes won’t get out of that launch alive.

Called it!

And Now…

It’s great to be home for a few days.  But with every trip back, I’m seeing less of the dramatic difference between Colorado’s state government and the state government in our temporary New Jersey lodgings.  The increasing level of kookery coming out of Denver these days is saddening.

But, it’s always possible to vote with one’s feet.  We still have that freedom, at least.  For now.

And so, on that somewhat less-than-optimistic note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!

Moving on:  Of all the dumb mistakes made by all the Democratic candidates in the 2020 election, the calls to ban fracking may be one of the dumbest.  Excerpt:

Modern fracking — horizontal hydraulic fracturing — combines two technologies in a way that only a few decades ago would have sounded more like witchcraft or alchemy than a viable business proposition. It was devised in the late Nineties by Texas entrepreneur George Mitchell, the son of Greek immigrants (his father had been a goatherd), who set out to solve a seemingly impossible problem: how to make the richly abundant but apparently inaccessible pockets of gas trapped in America’s shale formations economically viable.

After spending $6 million on research and development, Mitchell found the solution. He combined the existing process of fracking (invented in the 1940s) — forcing liquid at high pressure into the shale so as to break up the rock and release the gas — with horizontal drilling. Everyone told him he was wasting his time and money but Mitchell was vindicated. As the Economist wrote in 2012, the year before his death, ‘Few business people have done as much to change the world as George Mitchell.’

Here’s the kicker:

On the contrary, most of the Democratic presidential hopefuls either want to curtail its use or ban it altogether. Mike Bloomberg says that ‘gas isn’t as clean as we thought’. He wants to ‘get [it] out of as many homes and buildings as we can’ and stop the construction of new gas plants. Elizabeth Warren would like to take things a step further and has pledged to ban fracking as part of her $3 trillion ten-year plan to take America zero-carbon. Bernie Sanders also plans to ban fracking as part of his Green New Deal, which will nationalize the utility industry and end fossil-fuel use in buildings by 2030. Billionaire Tom Steyer — part of whose fortune was built on fossil-fuel investments, causing fracking tycoon Harold Hamm to label him ‘the world’s biggest hypocrite’ — hasn’t yet committed to banning fracking. But fracking seems unlikely to escape unscathed from the ‘national climate emergency’ that he plans to declare on day one, in the highly unlikely event that he ends up as president.

Seriously, if these people wanted to throw the 2020 election on purpose, they could hardly do a better job.  By all means, campaign on returning us to a colder, darker world!

Cheap and abundant energy is one of the biggest, easiest ways to assure economic prosperity.  The Democrats commit a threefold sin when weighing in on “climate change”:

  1. They ignore the developing nations, including Brazil, India and China, who are the worst offenders in carbon emissions, and who are increasing, not decreasing, emissions.
  2. They wallpaper over the fact that their various “green” energy initiative will never make up for the deficiency caused by the loss of natural gas.
  3. They ignore nuclear energy, which is not only safe and reliable but also clean.

But hey, by all means, campaign on this!  It’s a donation in kind to the Trump 2020 campaign.  Morons.

 

Animal’s Daily Smackdown News

Former President Obama went to Twitter the other day to claim credit for the current economic upswing that started almost the moment he left office – after eight years of blaming President Bush for the lousy recovery that lasted almost the entire eight years he was in office.

President Trump was not amused.  Excerpt:

President Trump didn’t mince words and accused Obama of “trying to take credit” for the Trump economy.

“Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration,” Trump tweeted. “He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers ever.”

“Had to rebuild our military, which was totally depleted. Fed Rate UP, taxes and regulations WAY DOWN,” Trump added.

Simply put, Trump is right. There have been eleven recessions since World War II, each of which was followed by a recovery. We did experience an economic recovery under Obama—it just happens it was the worst one. Here are the facts: All jobs lost in post-World War II recessions were recovered after an average of twenty-five months. But, it took seventy-seven months for employment to return to pre-recession levels, making Obama’s recovery the slowest recovery of all of them, and by a wide margin. Obama is also the only president in U.S. history to have never had a single year of 3.0 percent or greater GDP growth.

To be fair, it can’t be easy for President Obama to see his “legacy” being systematically dismantled by the successor that he still can’t quite believe beat out Her Imperial Majesty for that seat at the Resolute Desk.  And it can’t be easy to see the current crop of nitwits, harridans, buffoons and nincompoops that are angling for the 2020 Dem nomination.

But if there was ever a President whose accomplishments with phone and pen deserved to be dismantled, it’s Barack Obama.

And the fun part is, it appears plenty of Americans agree with President Trump:

If Obama thinks he can claim credit for the booming economy—and that it will work—he’s got another thing coming. A recent Gallup poll shows that most Americans credit President Trump for the economy.

As I’ve been saying, it’s going to be an interesting election cycle.  But then, aren’t they all, these days?

Animal’s Daily Election Theft News

Robert Stacy McCain points up nicely how the Democrats appear to be preparing to pull the skids out form under the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont – again.  Excerpt:

Bernie Sanders got the most votes in the Iowa caucus, but somehow — it’s just so mysteriousPete Buttigieg got more delegates.

Besides the actual vote-stealing, of course, Democrats are also deploying their powerful media allies to hype Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, as potential fallback establishment candidates, now that Joe Biden’s campaign is clearly approaching its Hindenburg-at-Lakehurst finale. Of course, the “Anybody But Bernie” narrative is being driven by Team Clinton, working behind the scenes to torpedo Sanders. Hillary cannot forgive Bernie for challenging her in 2016, so her allies and operatives are doing everything they can to make sure Bernie doesn’t win in 2020.

“In New Hampshire, Democratic Voters Are Paralyzed by Fear of Making the Wrong Choice” — well, here’s a hint: They’re all wrong.

Plenty of Democrat primary voters (see: New Hampshire) don’t seem to get the long, long odds of an old Communist being elected President, and are listening a little too closely to Bernie singing his songs of Free Shit, and not troubling themselves too much as to how Bern plans to pay for their Free Shit.  The history of socialism, of course, tells us very plainly how high that price can be.

But let’s set that aside for a moment, and talk about the consequences of what might befall the Democratic Party if they fuck Bernie over again.  The Dems are already talking about giving the superdelegates – something the GOP doesn’t use – a vote in the first go-round, reversing an earlier decision that these elites would only get a vote if a clear winner didn’t come out of the first ballot.  Why could that be, if not to squeeze out the insurgent that isn’t even a Democrat?

Like it or not, Bernie has plenty of grassroots support.  If the Dems fuck him over again, they’re going to really lose an election that they are primed to lose in any case – and the party will be due for a damn good shake-up in the aftermath.

Although, I mush admit, making sure Bernie is never President is laboring in a good cause, whether it’s intentional or not.