Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You know, if you’re working on the 2024 Trump presidential campaign, the polls have to be a source of good cheer right now.  I’d hope they aren’t getting too cocky, though; polls have been pretty bad at predicting the last few cycles. But RealClearPolitics has a page where they present the average of a whole bunch of polls, and if you use that to look not at snapshots but at trends… Well, things are still looking pretty good for Trump.

Now then…

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Animal’s Daily Infotainment News

Before I get into this, go read the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.

Now then: Here in the wonderful world of the interwebz, you sometimes have to wade through a lot of crap to find the odd gem.  YouTube is not only not an exception to that but may be one of the worst offenders, especially where the comments sections are concerned.  But, as I said, there are the odd good channels, and one of them is run by an Army veteran who calls himself the Fat Electrician.  His tagline, “I Shout History,” is apt, and he has a talent for delivering rapid-fire history lessons and commentary.  Here are a couple of my favorite examples.

And now I have to head to town for an appointment, so… well, enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

I’ve often found the idea of a “generation ship” interesting, at least from a sci-fi standpoint.  While in my own work, I tend to lean on the likely-impossible idea of superluminal travel (see: Device, Plot, 1 each) an enormous ship capable of sustaining a population for several generations is a more likely way of scattering human populations among the stars.

The idea of having multiple generations of humans live and die on the same spacecraft is actually an old one, first described by rocket engineer Robert Goddard in 1918 in his essay “The Last Migration.” As he began to create rockets that could travel into space, he naturally thought of a craft that would keep going, onward, farther, and eventually reach a new star. More recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA launched a project called the 100 Year Starship, with the goal of fostering the research and technology needed for interstellar travel by 2100.

Here’s where I see a problem: By the time our population of humans gets to their destination, they will have changed, culturally, maybe even physically.  Maintaining a one-gee simulated gravity wouldn’t be easy; one would think that the best a ship could do would be some fraction of one-gee, which would result in later generations being taller, slimmer, and more lightly built.  And consider our own society a hundred years ago; things were quite a bit different than they are now.

The result of this, if it succeeds, would be populations of… well, humans, but not humans like the ones that live on Earth.  The result would more likely be planets, separated by decades of radio or laser signal, likely by centuries of travel, and those populations would be so widely spaced that they would gradually become unrecognizable to one another.  Languages would diverge, and humans physically may even diverge due to differing conditions on other planets, to the point that there are far-flung speciation events.  The people on those planets would still be human – but not H. sapiens anymore. Maybe they would be H. taucetiensis, maybe something else.

It’s an interesting problem.


Rule Five VP Gabbard Friday

Issues & Insights, you guys know I love you, but sometimes you just plain get it wrong – like suggesting, for Donald Trump’s 2024 Veep pick, former Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.

Donald Trump either has a short list or a long one, depending on the media source, in his search for a running mate. Either way, he could do a lot worse than Tulsi Gabbard. At least she knows, unlike many establishment Republicans, just how malicious Democrats are, since she used to be one and saw the depravity up close.

Maybe Trump will choose Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, or New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. He might turn to Ben Carson, a Cabinet official in his previous administration, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, or South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. All would be acceptable, as would other Republicans not named.

It’s possible, however, the best candidate isn’t even a member of the party.

Gabbard was for eight years a Democrat representing Hawaii’s second congressional district in the U.S. House. She ran for the White House in 2020 as a Democrat, but has since left the party, declaring her independence in October 2022.

Yes, I know, Donald Trump was himself a Democrat until not long before he ran for President in 2016.  Yes, I know, Ronald Reagan, the Gipper himself, was once a Democrat.  People can change.  I’m just not buying that Tulsi Gabbard – and yes, I recently saw her speak at CPAC, which isn’t a bastion of the Left – has been all that red-pilled.

The 42-year-old pointed out that her former party is at perpetual war with First and Second Amendment rights, and the current administration is focused on “discriminating against people of faith, especially Christians, arresting peaceful pro-life protesters.” More recently, at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, she declared “our democracy is under attack,” and identified “the perpetrators” to be “those who in the name of saving our democracy are destroying it.”

OK, yes, I&I points out that the United States is a republic, not a democracy, but hell, everybody seems to get that wrong; I won’t get wrapped around the axle over that.

Look, I like Tulsi Gabbard. I like her grit. I like that she doesn’t mince words.  I respect her military service, in which she didn’t shy away from duty in a combat zone.  But she ran for President as a Democrat.  She endorsed Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud, that daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont.  I have a hard time believing that someone can change their spots that quickly and that thoroughly.

Trump’s VP pick is going to be key.  He needs to pick someone with untarnished conservative or libertarian credentials, someone who will be ready to pick up the torch in 2028 and keep things moving forward, and preferably someone who will bring a swing state along to the Electoral College count.

Tulsi Gabbard ain’t that person.

This election, this 2024 contest, is rather a big one.  Oh, I know, it’s common enough for politicians and pundits alike to thump their chests and shout about how “this is the most important election in our nation’s history!” But this election, while maybe not the most influential – I don’t think it will be as potentially huge as, say, the 1864 election, which, if McClellan had won, may have seen a negotiated end to the Civil War with the Confederacy retaining its independence as a separate nation – but this is a big one. The future direction of our nation for a generation or more is on the table.  Trump needs to pick his sidekick carefully.  Tulsi Gabbard would be the wrong choice.

Animal’s Red Thursday News

This mess in Baltimore is already spawning some loony conspiracy theories.  Some of the better ones I’m seeing include the ship’s captain being a secret Ukrainian (what possible reason a Ukrainian would have for dropping a bridge across an American port is left unsaid), that the bridge was wired with explosives, and, of course, “THE JOOZE!”  It’s all getting just a bit tiresome.

Also, I had a hell of a week at RedState.  Things were a’poppin’.  Have a look.

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

If you haven’t yet brought yourself up to speed on last weekend’s attack on the Crocus City Hall concert venue in Moscow, do so at once.  Some of the links below will get you up to speed on that, and there will be more links on Red Thursday tomorrow.

And yes, it’s going to happen here.  Sooner or later, it’s going to happen here.  And, depending on who is sitting at the Resolute Desk when it happens, the response to it may be an ass-kicking, or it may be a complete and utter dog’s breakfast.  Either way, nothing will ever be the same once this happens.

And so…

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Animal’s Daily They’ve Got It Coming News

Before I get into the serious stuff, check out the second installment of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians. Also, if you’re not checking out Glibertarians’ morning and evening links, you should be!

By now you will have heard, of course, about the Moscow terror attack.  Now we see that some of the attackers have been caught, and it looks like the Russians beat the hell out of them in the process. And one can hardly blame them.

Russia has charged four men it says attacked a Moscow concert hall and killed at least 137 people.

All four appeared to have been beaten and one was brought to court in a wheelchair. They were charged with committing an act of terrorism.

The Islamic State group, or IS, said it carried out Friday’s outrage at Crocus City Hall and posted video evidence.

There will be a trial, sure, but it’s likely that the trial will be perfunctory, and that these guys will be un-alived pretty quickly.  That’s fine; if these are the guys who did carry out that attack, I have no particular problem with the Russians revoking their birth certificates.

Putin, though, seems determined to pin some of this on Ukraine, which as I pointed out in this piece, doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

Russian officials have claimed, without evidence, Ukrainian involvement. Kyiv says the claim is “absurd”.

In a statement on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the attackers were being helped by Ukraine and Kyiv had “prepared a window” to allow them to cross the border and escape into its territory.

I’m skeptical about that part of it. The attackers are said to come from Tajikistan; which, in case you don’t have a map handy, is way east, sharing borders with Uzbekistan, China, and Afghanistan.  There have to be a million easier ways to infiltrate Russia than to go all the way west to Ukraine and try to cross through an actual freaking war to get to where you’re going.

Still, stranger things have happened. I’ll keep an eye on it and keep all you True Believers posted.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Now then: It sure seems like folks are trying to avoid Boeing airliners lately.

Some fliers nervous to travel aboard Boeing aircraft following a stream of flight problems in the last three months say they try to book flights on other planes while others say they’ve turned to prayer or medications to get through their trips.

The shift in response toward Boeing took off in January after a panel plugging the space reserved for an unused emergency door blew off an Alaska Airlines jetliner 16,000 feet above Oregon. While pilots landed the Boeing 737 Max 9 safely, the incident has left a mark on many travelers.

“I just can’t step on that plane,” Leila Amineddoleh told NBC News, referring to Boeing aircraft. “Even if the chance of getting hurt on a Boeing flight, even with all these incidents, is slim.”

The last deadly crash involving a U.S. airliner occurred in February 2009 in an industry that saw 9.6 million flights last year. More Americans die in motor-vehicle crashes each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Yeah, air travel is, statistically, pretty safe.  In my previous, non-journalism career, I traveled a lot – lots of it international travel – and never was involved in an incident where I felt I was in any danger.

The problem with air-travel events is that they are pretty spectacular.  When an airliner goes down hard, typically everyone dies, and that’s hard to swallow.  It makes people nervous, just as it’s making people nervous right now, with stuff happening like emergency doors blowing off in flight and tires dropping off the landing gear.

In the end, it probably won’t make a great deal of difference.  Take us – if Mrs. Animal and I want to see our kids and grandkids, who are all down in the lower 48, we have to fly to go see them.  Not seeing them is inconceivable.  So fly we will.  We may feel a little nervous about it, but we’ll fly.  And, I imagine, so will plenty of other folks.

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