Some days, the “news” just wears me right out – and today is one of those days. Here are some animal stories, plucked fresh from teh interwebz for your enjoyment.

Something a little different from the usual Russia!Russia!Russia! stuff, but still Russian, a biker bear!

A bizarre video has emerged of a huge brown bear sitting in the sidecar of a motorbike – and he looks like a seasoned rider.

The clip – reportedly filmed in the city of Syktyvkar in Russia’s Komi Republic – shows the giant predator happily playing the role of pillion.
Eyewitnesses were reportedly left gobsmacked at the unusual sight, with many of posting footage of it on social media.

The bear even seems positively happy in the sidecar , which is attached to the Russian-made IMZ-Ural motorcycle.

Nicholas Pasynkov, who captured some footage explained he was “driving Saturday in Syktyvkar when he spotted the large bruin calmly riding in a motorcycle sidecar that had been designed to resemble the face of a wolf.”

It was later revealed to have been a charity PR stunt by local biker club, the Polar Wolves, and a visiting circus to raise money for a children’s psychoneurological clinic in the city.

The circus reportedly provided the 22-year-old bear, which was decided to have the ideal temperament for the role as it has spent its entire life performing.

Locals were happy about it, but animal rights advocates were not. Read more about it HERE.

Escaped pigs caused mayhem on a Japanese highway after escaping a truck bound for the slaughterhouse:

It was a case of little piggies not going to the market – at least on schedule – as 19 of the 37 creatures on board executed a daring breakout, according to local media.

Traffic was halted as the defiant pigs opted for a more scenic route to the slaughter house and frolicked on the side of the highway, oblivious to the commotion they were causing motorists.   MORE

No word in the article about whether any of those pigs got a reprieve.

A horse is a horse, of course of course, and what better name for a horse, of course, than Horsey McHorseface – and it’s a winner!

The unforgettably named Horsey McHorseface had its maiden win in at a race in Cessnock, Australia, on Monday, proving that yes, even things named after a joke can actually win events.    RTR

They are calling him “The People’s Horse”, and I think that’s pretty cool.

 

I hope you enjoyed the break. Here is my dog Bellah, who thinks she is people, to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy:

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

I was not interested in watching yesterday’s Comey public theater. There are several reasons why, and they all add up to we are being played.

Here are four reasons why I did not watch:

  1. Two cable news channels were so hell-bent on hyping it that they had a countdown clock on the bottom corner of their screens.
  2. Each political side had already made up its mind.

  3. The guy got fired. People who have been fired have an axe to grind.

  4. Comey was going to have hours on television on which to cause the most damage in the most subtle way. Comey has decades of experience as a master operator in D.C. As such, he was not going to display Pres. Trump’s head on a pike a la Kathy Griffin; instead he was going to gather a dark cloud big enough that he could leave it there so it could cause a storm.

Face it, we’re being played.

And Comey is a player.

This would not be the first time Comey aimed to control the Washington weather: Last year he famously listed the case against Hillary Clinton and aimed to disperse the incoming storm that would have caused by essentially saying, “no matter” since no judge would indict her.

Scott Johnson looks at Comey’s latest dark cloud:

We learned yesterday that once he was fired by President Trump Comey himself sought to engineer the appointment of a special counsel. Mission accomplished.

Comey has met with Mueller and turned over his memos of conversations that he had with Trump while serving as FBI Director. Comey conveyed the impression that Trump is a current subject of Mueller’s investigation for obstruction of justice based on Comey’s firing and Trump’s subsequent remarks. John Podhoretz reads the tea leaves here. There are complications with this line of thought.

I am troubled by Comey’s confidence that the obstruction train is going down the tracks. Alan Dershowitz considers the issue here and here, Andrew McCarthy here.

In that sense, Comey’s performance was a success.

Hosea 8:7 has something to say about the weather,

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Time will tell.

UPDATE

Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

So James Comey testified under oath yesterday and here is what we found out for sure.

  1. Donald Trump was not in fact the target of the Russia investigation no matter what the MSM said.
  2. AG Loretta Lynch asked James Comey to misrepresent the investigation of the Clinton E-mail scandal.

  3. James Comey arranged for the leaking of conversations in the hopes of causing an independent counsel investigation of this administration.

All of these things are facts that Mr. Comey swore to under oath.

So what is the front cover of the NY Daily News? Is it based on any facts given by James Comey?

Nope, their front cover is based upon an opinions given by Mr. Comey, because the facts don’t help out their narrative.

On the plus side this is consistent with my predictions from yesterday so perhaps I should thank them.

Cue cox and fordum again