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Palate Cleanser: Coyote and Badger Go A-Hunting

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:03 pm

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If you’re looking for a little refuge from politics, take a look at this frisky coyote urging his little badger pal to hurry up and follow him on a hunt:

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the relationship between coyotes and badgers is a mutually beneficial one:

Coyotes and badgers are known to hunt together and can even be more successful hunting prairie dogs and ground-squirrels when they work in tandem.

Studies have shown that this unusual relationship is beneficial for both species. The coyote can chase down prey if it runs and the badger can dig after prey if it heads underground into its burrow systems.

Each partner in this unlikely duo brings a skill the other one lacks. Together they are both faster and better diggers than the burrowing rodents they hunt.

These partnerships tend to emerge during the warmer months. In the winter, the badger can dig up hibernating prey as it sleeps in its burrow. It has no need for the fleet-footed coyote.

I love how playful the coyote appears to be. I live in an area where the coyotes come out at dusk or in the wee hours of the morning. They are always moving with a purposeful, stealthy caution. At night, successful hunts are accompanied by piercing screams of excitement that follow the fading cries of their doomed prey. Their victory yips are unnerving as they echo far and wide through the dark, silent stillness of night.


Iowa: Absolutely Unbelievable [UPDATED]

Filed under: General — JVW @ 1:04 pm

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We haven’t talked about it yet, but what a friggin’ mess. I’m going to assume that everyone here is generally conversant with the big picture: we’re now more than sixty hours removed from the end of Monday’s Iowa Caucuses (or, as Rush Limbaugh always styled them, “the Hawkeye Cauci”) and the Iowa Democrat Party is still unable to give a final tally. At this writing, nearly 97 percent of the votes have been reported, and it would appear that Bernard Sanders and Peter Buttigieg are battling it out for the final lead. There doesn’t appear to be any schedule for finalizing the results.

A few random tidbits for discussion:

– This is a huge embarrassment for the Iowa Democrat establishment. As plenty of wags have pointed out, a party that wants to manage a health care system for 350 million Americans can’t even figure out how to count the votes of roughly 170 thousand caucus participants. Some long-time Iowa caucus observers believe that this is the end of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status in the Presidential sweepstakes, and that the state will move to a primary system next cycle.

– With failure of the caucus app, produced by Clinton campaign team alumni, precinct chairmen have been reporting final numbers either through call-ins or via email. But the New York Times is suggesting that these reports are not always tabulated correctly at the precinct level, and that some of the reported results are not possible under the caucus rules. It’s worth noting too that apparently Bernard Sanders has received the greatest number of votes in first-round voting, but Mayor Petey has surpassed him as “non-viable” candidates’ votes get reapportioned. Shades of 2016 for some Bernie Bros and Babes, no doubt.

– DNC Chairman Tom Perez is now “ordering” a recanvass of Iowa, but the state party does not believe that he has that authority and will only consider this request if it comes from one of the candidates. The Joe Biden campaign has been the most vociferous in questioning the results, but most observers at this point believe that was more of a strategy for trying to explain away his tremendously unimpressive performance.

– Speaking of Slow Joe, pundits (who, we can’t stress enough, are quite often dead wrong) are starting to draft his campaign obituary. The only silver lining for the former VP is that it appears likely he will avoid finishing fifth by staying ahead of Amy Klobuchar, thus avoiding a repeat of his 2008 finish which brought his second Presidential campaign to a swift end. Polls released since Monday suggest that the Boy Mayor and Comrade Bernard are surging in New Hampshire, and that the surge is coming at the expense of Barack Obama’s former insurance policy and comedy relief running mate.

Anyway, pop the popcorn and settle in for the rest of the fun.

UPDATE – The Sanders campaign claims to have raised $25 million in the month of January. That is an awful lot of lettuce coming allegedly from small donors, but if true then I think we need to see Senator Sanders as a very formidable candidate. Indeed, Nate Silver now has Comrade Candidate as the favorite to win the nomination.

UPDATE II: Uh-oh, Lieawatha reportedly has had — ahem, ahem — “women of color” resign from her Nevada campaign over the past several weeks because they believe they are being marginalized. I guess when your base consists of college professors and entitled middle-class feminists it can be difficult to get the hierarchies of intersectionality just right.


Trump vs. Bill Clinton on How to Behave After Being Acquitted

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:48 am

Bill Clinton in his first statement after being acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial:


I want to say to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events, and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and on the American people.

Donald Trump in his first statement after being acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial:

Washington Examiner:

Later, after former American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks gave an address wherein he implored attendees to forgo contempt for their opponents, the president took the opportunity to deliver a decidedly different message.

“Arthur,” Trump smiled, “I don’t know if I agree with you.”


As everybody knows, my family, our great country, and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.

. . . .

I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say, “I pray for you,” when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on. And I’ll be discussing that a little bit later at the White House.

His spokesperson has given a little preview of what he’ll be saying at thw White House: namely, people should pay:

The humility just jumps out at you, doesn’t it?

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