Rule Five Street Violence Friday

Ever wonder why leftist mobs tend to shit where they live?  Ah, but Tabletmag has the answer!  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

The Democratic Party has had a problem. It’s a small, incoherent, and privileged clique funded by billionaire oligarchs to push policies that even mainstream Democratic voters oppose. How to bridge the gap? The solution they chose, which party officials made clear this week, was simple: the way third-world elites always do—by using street violence to keep their clients in line.

There’s a long history of radical political and social movements doing precisely this; it’s a cruel tactic to retain control, not to gain control.

This week, pro-Palestinian demonstrators auditioned for the chance to join already established Democratic Party militias antifa and Black Lives Matter by attacking Jews in New York and Los Angeles. Apologists for the violence reason that the demonstrators are angry about the deaths of innocent Palestinian babies under Israeli fire in Gaza so they’re taking their frustrations—admittedly misplaced!—out on American Jews.

That is not what’s happening.

Who knows how many of the activists waving the Palestinian flag as they beat Jews and detonate fireworks in front of Jewish-owned businesses are genuinely Palestinian Americans? Maybe some aren’t even Arab or Muslim, but that’s irrelevant—they are staking their claim to recruit, promote, and represent Arabs and Muslims as an interest group. And so the flag they’re really flying isn’t for the Palestinians but rather for the Democratic Party.

Precisely so.  It’s not about principles; none of this is.  There are no principles involved, only politics, and it’s all about The Side.  And yes, they shit where they live, but the present situation is a little different than it has been in other places, at other times, and here’s why:

ince the late spring, many have noted that these blue militias have typically avoided laying waste to red regions. And it is strange, if you think the Democrats have mobilized criminals and psychopaths and other semitragic misfits to target those they claim are the true enemies of democracy, tolerance, and brotherly love—the more than 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. Presumably, blue militias know that if they campaigned in rural or even suburban America they would be met by a well-armed citizenry.

That’s one reason; I can tell you that I wouldn’t want to be the poor AntiProfa son of a bitch who tried to march a bunch of danger-hair rioters through the Allamakee County hills of my youth, or into my present stomping grounds in the Susitna Valley.  It would surely end badly for the rioters.  But there’ s a larger purpose being served:

Still, why burn down their own neighborhoods? Again, here the Middle East is the key to understanding. And if you know anything about that region, you know that the answer is because that’s their job—not to confront their alleged red state enemies, but to remind their neighbors and fellow Joe Biden voters that their security, indeed even their lives, depend on them keeping the faith, no matter how much the party’s pet projects might hurt or offend them personally.

Ay, there’s the rub.  The idiots organizing these peaceful protests riots aren’t smart enough to realize this, but their political enablers in the Democratic party are; they provide cover for the goons pour encourager les autres, to make sure the regular folks in those areas continue to play their parts.

It’s a protection racket, nothing but.  “Nice home, small business and community you’ve got there,” is the message, “be a shame if anything… happened to it.”

But the red areas will continue to be left untouched, for the most part.  I’m reminded when some Antifa types showed up in Greeley, Colorado, not all that long ago, and were turned away by the townsfolks pretty smartly – no guns involved, just a vigorous response.

This, True Believers, is another aspect of the urban/rural divide that is our current political situation.  The cities have the numbers but the rural areas have the food – and the guns.  And the very real danger, one that is coming to seem more likely than I could have possibly imagined a year ago, is that the very tools the political Left is using to keep folks in the blue cities in check is the one that will blow up in their faces – and when it does, it will blow up in ours, too.  It won’t end well for the rioters – but it won’t end all that well for us, either.

Animal’s Daily Infrastructure News

President Biden(‘s handlers) have an infrastructure plan.  But there’s a problem:  It’s utter horseshit.  Excerpt:

After two painful recessions and ever greater national discord, there is considerable support for a new beginning, even if it takes massive federal spending. The question we must ask now is what kind of spending makes sense given the character of the country, its geography, and its economic challenges. America remains a vast and diverse place, and decisions that make sense for one locale do not necessarily make any sense in others. A dispersed country needs dispersed decision-making, not edicts issued from on high by the D.C. nomenklatura.

Unfortunately, Joe Biden’s ballyhooed “infrastructure” plan, coupled with unprecedented stimulus spending, is cast by the obliging media as being about the middle class but seems oddly detached from how the overwhelming majority of the middle class lives, which is in lower-density, automobile-dependent neighborhoods. This dynamic was intensifying even before the pandemic. But Biden’s plan seems mostly about serving the relatively small sliver of transit-riding apartment dwellers living in denser neighborhoods. Overall, dense residential areas accommodate no more than 10 percent of the nation’s population.

Rather than emulate Roosevelt’s New Deal, as Biden’s handlers insist, the plan renounces much of what drove it. The New Deal, whatever one thinks of it, was about improving the material quality of life for most Americans, such as by spreading the benefits of homeownership to an ever-broader part of the population. In contrast, the Biden plan focuses on permanent redistribution through ever more entitlements and dependency — something Roosevelt opposed. It is likely to reduce our competitiveness by boosting energy and regulatory costs as well as taxes.

In other words, these people have no idea what they’re doing.  You can rely on the political class for that:  When faced with a failure of government, usually in an area where government has no business being involved, the political class’s response is predictable:  Government harder. 

Here’s the onion:

Historically, both parties have looked with favor on suburbs and the notion of a country where most people own their own home. Franklin Roosevelt insisted that a “nation of homeowners” would be “unconquerable.” But this view began to change under President Obama, who decided that suburbs needed to become denser and home to more poor people. Many Democrats, reading the mainstream media, assumed they were riding a “back to the city” wave that would transform American geography as well as politics. Some deep-blue jurisdictions — Minneapolis, California, Oregon — have moved toward eliminating single-family zoning. At the same time, in deepest-blue California, a citizens’ movement with determined support from minority neighborhoods has so far thwarted such heavy-handedness from Sacramento.

The Left’s embrace of forced density reveals a serious misreading of demographic and geographic trends. Despite what you might read in the New York Times, Americans on the whole never went “back to the city.” In fact, in not one year since 2000 have more people moved into the urban-core counties than moved into suburban and exurban counties. Between 2010 and 2020, some of the largest metro areas — including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, and San Francisco — lost domestic migrants, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. Critically, as new research shows, the people most likely to move are the educated young, previously thought to be permanently urbanistas.

I’m sure the fact that many of our major cities have become riotous, crime-ridden shitholes have nothing to do with it.  Right?

It’s been a popular talking point for some time now among the political Left to favor policies pushing increasing urbanization.  And their infrastructure plans, such as they are, as well as their energy policies, seem to be intended to make rural dwellers (like yr. obdt.) lives more difficult.

These policy proposals are, actually, a good argument for federalism.  What works for Connecticut won’t work for Wyoming – or Alaska – and that’s something that the GOP should run on.  Infrastructure is properly a State, not an Imperial, matter.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Spring at the Casa de Animal.

Spring doesn’t last long up here in the Great Land.  Summer doesn’t, either.  But it’s great while it’s here.  Right now the birches and poplars are fully leafed out, with that bright green so characteristic of late spring and early summer.  We have ferns and wildflowers coming up all over, along with some irises and various other plants around the yard.  The greenhouse won’t get much use this year, as we don’t have seeds and equipment in time to get things started, but next year we’ll be making use of it.

After thirty years in semi-arid Colorado, it’s amazing how green everything is here in the Susitna Valley.  There’s a lot more moisture, obviously, what with all the snowfall and the frequency of wet, drippy days.  Still, like the old saying about April showers bringing May flowers, in Alaska it may be May showers bringing June flowers but it still holds true.  Things are pretty here now but in a few more weeks they’ll be really gorgeous.

There’s always something, though.  This shook the house for the better part of a minute.  No damage to the Casa de Animal or the surroundings.  My reaction to the possibility of future tremors?  Worth it.

And so…

On To the Links!

Corruption?  In New Jersey?  Really!?

Nobody’s going to watch your melodrama after you’ve killed off the villain.

What do you expect from a self-professed Socialist who owns three mansions?

Plastic-Driven Sperm Apocalypse May Not Be Nigh.  Also:  “Plastic-Driven Sperm Apocalypse” would be a great indy rock band name.

Florida Man Strikes Again.

A graduate of the Anthony Wiener School of Commercial Airline Pilots.

 Yeah, we’re fucked.

Water.

Here’s the problem with big proposals like this; if it were economically viable, someone would have already done it.  If government has to pay for it, we shouldn’t be doing it.  This one doesn’t pass the bullshit test.

Speaker Trump?  I’d like to see that, just to watch leftist heads explode.  Imagine President Biden mumbling and maundering his way through a State of the Union with Donald Trump sitting right behind him.  If that wouldn’t bring the lulz, I don’t know what will.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, presents us with the latest in a lifetime of whoppers.

It’s only wrong when Republicans do it.

Fuck off, slaver!

I love a happy ending.

Chicago continues its ongoing meltdown.

No shit, Sherlock.

Ever wondered what the hardest language is for English-speakers to learn?  Turns out Japanese is one of the toughest, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

Guess which states have the lowest unemployment rates. 

The Hunter Biden saga ain’t over yet.  Not by a long shot.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is an idiot.

The Week’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

CNN’s Eli Zupnick is an idiot.

The Nation’s John Nichols is an idiot.

Heels-Up Harris steps on a rake.

Juan Williams is an idiot.  I used to like Juan Williams; he seemed like a guy with principles, as opposed to politics, and I respect people with principles even if I don’t agree with them.  But these days Juan seems to have devolved into just another partisan hack.  That’s too bad.

Salon‘s Michael Camp is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charlotte Alter is an idiot.

This “artist” is a con man, and the people who fell for it are all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Very few bands have ever matched the immortal Led Zeppelin.  This is one of the greatest of their works, one in fact used to great effect by director Taika Waititi in Marvel’s tongue-in-cheek Thor:  Ragnarok.

In 1978 or 79 – the exact year is a little fuzzy at this distance in time – I had the pleasure of seeing Zep live.  My buddies and I managed to work our way up pretty close to the stage and at one point were about twenty feet from Robert Plant, who was on stage, hair flying, wailing in his best Seventies rock-band fashion.  It was a neat experience.  Here’s The Immigrant Song.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Spending Spree News

Goodbye, Blue… Tuesday?

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, The Other McCain and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!  And don’t forget to check out the series finale of the Mystical Child series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  President Biden(‘s handlers) have presented a budget, and it’s a jaw-dropper.  Excerpt:

Of all President Joe Biden’s awful economic policies, none will have as nasty and lasting an impact on average Americans as the sheer growth he’s proposing for the federal government. His newly unveiled budget lays bare once again the Democratic Party’s sharp socialist turn.

Biden’s budget is, in a word, mammoth. It proposes a total of $6 trillion in spending next year, with a budget deficit of $1.8 trillion. That’s a 36% rise above the pre-pandemic spending of $4.4 trillion in 2019. By 2031, the Biden plan sees spending of $8.1 trillion, while annual deficits will remain above $1.3 trillion every year for all 10 years.

Numbers crunched by the Congressional Budget Office show that Biden’s spending plans would add $22 trillion to our deficits over and above current levels in the decade.

That translates into a massive, unsustainable increase in publicly held federal debt, from an estimated $22.6 trillion this year to just under $43 trillion in 2031. For comparison, it took the U.S. more than 210 years to reach $5 trillion in total federal debt. In the 22 years since then, we’ve added 3.6 times that amount.

Put still another way, our debt will go from 108% of our total GDP to over 130%, a level most economists see as fiscally dangerous, even for a country as well-off as the U.S.

“In just a little over 100 days in the White House Biden has won the mantle as the most fiscally reckless president in American history,” as our friends at The Committee to Unleash Properity put it. “He’s making Barack Obama look like a piker. If his red ink schemes pass Congress, he will have added more to the national debt than the previous five presidents combined.”

This is unsustainable – and inflationary.  And the GOP isn’t helping matters any:

That the Republicans can now offer a “compromise” infrastructure bill close to $1 trillion, one of the largest spending bills in American history, and still have both the media and their Democratic Party allies call it “small” and “flimsy,” shows just how low we’ve sunk, fiscally speaking.

Yeah, we’re probably hosed.  It’s hard to see a way back from the fiscal cliff; our front wheels are already over the edge and the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is stomping on the gas.

There are only two ways out of this mess.  We can grow our way out of it – unlikely, as both parties now seem to have embraced growing government rather than growing the private-sector economy – or we can inflate our way out of it, which hasn’t worked out so well, historically.

It seems to be a rule of history that great nations rarely are destroyed solely by outside forces; the wrecking begins from within.  It’s just too bad that the current crop of pols seems determined to accelerate the process, just to buy more votes from the economically illiterate.

Rule Five White Man’s Burden Friday

In a staggering bit of First World paternalism, EU nations are effectively denying African nations access to technologies that could make them prosperous.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

In the bizarre maze of modern cultural geopolitics, European progressives spend a lot of time rending garments about their history of colonialism, slavery, and exploitation while engaging in it – using financial blockades if former colonies do not comply.

If a small trading partner wants to export food to Europe, it cannot use any science that Europe bans, and European progressives have a level of control over science that American activists only wish they could attain.

There’s one big big problem with that; it cripples small countries. They are already at a disadvantage that science can fix. Europe prevents them from using it.

Well, of course.  Then thinking of Africa, it’s common for Westerners to think of tropical jungles, dry savannas or deserts, but Africa is a huge damn place, and contains a lot of excellent farmland.  But African farmers are effectively locked out of the world markets by this and other stupid policies.

For those not lucky enough to be born in Europe, science is the great equalizer. It can help land prone to drought or previously only suitable for grazing grow enough to feed people, and even grow enough to export it. Unless European activists use logic like ‘science we paid to get banned in Europe is still used in other countries and it should not be imported here.'(1)

Despite knowing how important it is, affordable food is what Europe is against for developing nations. How much does it cripple other countries? Up to $4 trillion a year – just from invasive species.

That’s 150 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all African countries combined – lost. The tangible losses due to food being choked out are obvious; things like corn, maize, cassava, and mango. The real killer in productivity is labor. With unchecked invasive species that aren’t allowed to be killed by chemicals, laborers must do it by hand.

The one thing not mentioned in this article:  Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Speaking as a biologist:  Every food crop grown by humans today is genetically modified; only the techniques have changed.  And already, today, in Africa and Asia, modern GMO crops like insect-resistant cotton and insect-resistant and drought-tolerant corn and rice are changing the way Africa and Asian farmers produce.  But ignorant activists in the EU and North America still work tirelessly to shut these crops out of world markets, and in so doing condemn these nations to permanent Third World status.

For a nation’s economy to develop into modernity, the first thing that must happen is for modern agricultural technology to greatly reduce the portion of each person’s resources required for food.  This happened in the U.S. and Europe a century ago, and now well-meaning but stupid policies are preventing it from happening elsewhere.  Another major step is entry into global markets, and idiots in Europe are now preventing that as well.

It’s funny.  I thought we were supposed to ‘follow the science,’ but in this case as in many others, that’s clearly not the case.

Animal’s Daily Historical News

If you’re interested in military history, like I am, you’d do well to check out the works of Dr. Mark Felton. He is a military historian who specializes in the Second World War, and has a knack for finding obscure bits of wartime lore that most folks have never heard of.  Here, for example, is a video (yes, I know, YouTube, but what can you do?) talking about the Dirlewanger Brigade, an SS unit formed of convicts, psychopaths and sociopaths that even most of the SS looked on with some horror:

Most of Dr. Felton’s videos take the same form; an in-depth, detailed presentation of some obscure happening that most people never heard of.  Ever wonder what became of the bodies of Nazi war criminals executed at Nuremberg?  Did you know about the first attempt by the Allies to invade Hitler’s Fortress Europe?  The Japanese copy of the infamous Tiger tank?  The last battle involving the WW2 German Panzer tank – in 1967?  You can find all that and a lot more.

I can’t recommend Dr. Felton’s work enough.  I have not yet started on his lengthy list of non-fiction books, but they’re on my list.  Speaking of which:  His written works include:

  • Yanagi: The Secret Underwater Trade between Germany and Japan 1942–1945 (Pen & Sword: 2005)
  • The Fujita Plan: Japanese Attacks on the United States and Australia during the Second World War (Pen & Sword: 2006)
  • The Coolie Generals: Britain’s Far Eastern Military Leaders in Japanese Captivity (Pen & Sword: 2008)
  • Japan’s Gestapo: Murder, Mayhem & Torture in Wartime Asia (Pen & Sword, 2009)
  • Today is a Good Day to Fight: The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (The History Press, 2009)
  • The Real Tenko: Extraordinary True Stories of Women Prisoners of the Japanese (Pen & Sword: 2009)
  • The Final Betrayal: Mountbatten, MacArthur and the Tragedy of Japanese POWs (Pen & Sword: 2010)
  • 21st Century Courage: Stirring Stories of Modern British Heroes (Pen & Sword, 2010)
  • Children of the Camps: Japan’s Last Forgotten Victims (Pen & Sword: 2011)
  • The Last Nazis: The Hunt for Hitler’s Henchmen (Pen & Sword: 2011)
  • The Devil’s Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners-of-War (Pen & Sword: 2012)
  • Never Surrender: Dramatic Escapes from Japanese Prison Camps (Pen & Sword: 2013)
  • China Station: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom 1839–1997 (Pen & Sword: 2013)
  • Guarding Hitler: The Secret World of the Fuhrer (Pen & Sword: 2014)
  • Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two’s Most Daring Great Escape (Icon Books: 2014)
  • The Sea Devils: Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Icon Books: 2015)
  • Holocaust Heroes: Resistance to Hitler’s Final Solution (Pen & Sword: 2016)
  • Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini’s Colditz (Icon Books: 2017)
  • Ghost Riders: When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World’s Most Famous Horses in the Last Desperate Days of World War II, (Da Capo: 2018)
  • Operation Swallow: American Soldiers Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Center Street: 2019)
  • Chapter 8: The Perfect Storm: Japanese Military Brutality in World War II, Routledge History of Genocide, Ed. C. Carmichael & R. Maguire, (Routledge, 2015)

Check out books and videos both.  Dr. Felton has a real gift for uncovering these little bits of military history, and his work rewards the viewer.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Welcome to our 350th Hump Day News!

I started this Wednesday tradition with nothing more than the mid-week application of suitably-themed and totally gratuitous Rule Five totty, then expanded it to a links post, very shortly thereafter adding the “This Week’s Idiots” section and the cultural edification at the end, until, well, here we are.  350 posts in – that’s almost seven years of Hump Day News. I think that Wednesday posts have now achieved their final form.  Hope you all like it.

And so…

On To the Links!

Meanwhile, in Russia…

Ford is making an all-electric F-150.  Fine, but it won’t work out too well out here.

Tucker nails it.

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

If you need a dose of horrifying, now we have sex-crazed zombie cicadas with disintegrating asses.

Tardigrades can survive an 1,825 mph impacts.  These are pretty amazing little critters.

Only government can coerce.

More than a third of California’s restaurants are never coming back.

The ‘Wuhan Lab Leak’ Theory Looks More Credible Than Ever.

FL’s DeSantis: Critical Race Theory Teaches Kids to Hate Their Country.  No shit, Sherlock.

Robert Gates Sees “Very Little Prospect” Of Peace Between Israel And Palestinians.  No shit, Sherlock, Part Deux.

Making nuclear power even safer.

Who didn’t see this coming?  Well, anyone with enough brains to pound sand saw it coming, which I think is the author’s point.

Empathy, compassion and tolerance!

Dokumenty, pozhaluysta!

Papiere, bitte!

“You’re not the right minority.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is a racist cunte, and an idiot.  Seriously, put this shoe on the other foot – say, the white mayor of a major city granting one-on-one interviews only to white journalists.  The media would (rightly) be outraged.  That’s the difference between politics and principles.  Mayor Beetlejuice and the complicit Chicago media has the former, not the latter.

Vox‘s Emily Stewart is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland is an idiot.

George Will is an idiot.

CNN’s John Harwood is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

We’ll always have Lou Reed, right?  Imagine his 1972 tune Walk on the Wild Side being released today.  Here are the first two verses:

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
Said, “Hey, honey,
Take a walk on the wild side.”

Candy came from out on the Island
In the back room she was everybody’s darling
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
Said, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
And the colored girls go
“Doo do doo do doo do do doo…”

It would almost be worth it to hear the RHEEEEEE from the SJW crowd, wouldn’t it?  Here’s the entire song; enjoy.

Deep thoughts, news of the day, totty and the Manly Arts.