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Ooo! Buy me it, please

This beautiful object is described as “Antique Taxidermy Weasel Stoat with Tiny Saint’s Crown Perched on a Golden Branch Cabinet of Curiosities Wunderkammer.” For sale on Etsy in Spain for a mere £117.59 (that’s $176.38 of your yankee dollars). Be sure to hit the link and check out the side view. Stoatily majestic!

Yeah, you know how I got there. I got there through a Google images search for “snarling weasel.” But, to be honest, my heart isn’t in it tonight. Oh, I’m cranky enough, I just don’t have anything original to add.

It’s not so much gay marriage per se, it’s this observation of Ace’s (and Allahpundit’s): by this ruling, the court has invalidated the whole idea of the state referendum. They can’t have meant to do that, can they?

The arrogance and detachment of our masters is on par with royalty of old. Then it was all, “clearly God wanted me to rule men, or I would not have been born a lord. Plus, look at all this gold and this big house and shit!”

Now it’s “I went to the right schools, I learned the creed, I smooched the proper asses, I crawled up the greasy pole and so have clearly proved my right to tell lesser men what to do.” If I said the Tree of Liberty was looking a little droopy these days, I’d probably call down the NSA on my ass, wouldn’t I?

Hmmm. You know, every time I look into that sweet weasel’s face I hear Peter Lorre laughing.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 26, 2013, 11:12 pm

I can’t stop a line from an old TV show from running through my head: “The people should rise up and slaughter their oppressors.” Suck on that, NSA.

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: June 26, 2013, 11:14 pm

Wait, that wasn’t supposed to go up as anonymous. That was me.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 26, 2013, 11:43 pm

Sad news, lovers of American fiction. The wonderful Richard Matheson died on 23rd June.

For reasons I can’t quite put my claw on, his death has moved me muchly. Stephen King made a fine comment – that Matheson was his father, in the way Bessie Smith was Elvis Presley’s mother.

Time to re-read a great body of work and mourn the passing of a master.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:05 am

Paula D., it believe it’s coming to that. I truly do not want to have oppressors that need to be killed but it’s looking more and more as though I won’t have any choice.

And I’m not alone. I have a few friends who are now themselves making comments (and in some cases making plans) that, had they heard someone else making them just a few years ago, would have prompted them to call the police, FBI, or Secret Service.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:14 am

I hear increasingly strident voices, too. But I run all the scenarios in my head, and I don’t see anything good coming out of it.

Atlas is dying to shrug, but can’t see how.

Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:32 am

Here in the heart of Texas, my pals in law enforcement are of the opinion that it’s all going to hit the fan, and they are just going to have a coffee and sit out the calls. The overlords are not happy the the chattering class aren’t following the rules, and they might have to lower the boom and teach us all a lesson in subserviance. That might not go as well as they might expect.

Got another big box of M885 62gr .556NATO from the delivery man on Monday.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:44 am

LOL.. That looks like one of the Giant Killer Shrews in FOOD OF THE GODS…. 😉

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:44 am

Well, I’ve shrugged to a small extent: I moved to Texas in February and took my state income tax revenue with me. Go suck, Illinois. Texas is no libertarian paradise, but I believe that when it was in high school it was voted State Most Likely To Secede.

Where do you buy all that pretty brass, Clifford?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:56 am

And a small shrug from me, too. Last fall left the gorgeous but infuriating state of California and moved to Florida. Not quite Texas, but close: no income tax, pro-gun, quite business-friendly.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 27, 2013, 1:03 am

Looks like Mandela just assumed room temp…


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: June 27, 2013, 1:37 am

Ah Mandela goes just in time for oblowme’s visit. Betcha dollars to donuts he makes it to the festivities. I have a feeling they were just chillin’ him until the big guy got there.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 27, 2013, 1:52 am

he basis of the Prop 8 decision is simple.

Scalia and Roberts guessed (or knew) that in a ruling on the merits, Kennedy and the liberal bloc would invent a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

To avoid this immediate calamity, they produced a ruling on standing which satisfied Kagan, Breyer, and Ginsberg. It voids the District Court ruling. While it basically allows the District Court to strike down Prop 8 for want of a defense, it leaves open the the possibility of a renewed defense by someone with a different claim to standing.

It screws Californians and residents of any other state with the initiative, but that’s long term damage.

After seeing Kennedy’s opinion on DOMA, this was probably the best possible outcome. Someone at Volokh wrote that it was hard to understand Kennedy’s reasoning. It’s actually simple. “Gay is OK! Anyone or anything that is not Pro-Gay! is Bad. And the Constitution prohibits anything the Right People (like me) think is Bad.”

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: June 27, 2013, 1:59 am

I need another mandela source!!!!

Comment from mojo
Time: June 27, 2013, 3:11 am

“Snarling Weasel” would make a great indian name. It sure would.

Prop. 8: Wait, the thing was initiated and approved by the general populace, but those peons don’t have standing to defend their own will? How’s that work again?

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 27, 2013, 3:32 am

I think I liked science too much as a kid. They beat into me the notion that humans come in only two flavors – male and female. And if you got them naked, it was easy to tell which was which. I understood!

Then they beat into me that the big difference I saw was in the “sex organs”. And yes, I understood male and female sex organs were really easy to tell apart!

After that the science lady regaled me with the notion of sexual relations. I was all ears, so to speak. It involved combining one of each of the two types of organs. I recall learning that for sex to happen, you HAD to have both kinds. Two of the same kinds just don’t fit. Its a no go like plugging a lamp into another lamp. The plug needs a socket for things to work.

I just can’t unlearn all that. When I see a man marry another man, well, its pretty clear they’re not having sex! They can’t, the parts don’t fit. Oh sure they can simulate sex. Or imitate sex. Or pretend to have sex. But sorry guys, its not the real thing cause your parts are all wrong.

Its actually a sad thing, I think. Nature has defined the way and given most of us instincts to follow that way. But for these few, its all messed up. Their marriages will not include that fundamental part of being human. They have to live in a pretend world that its “just the same”, that the law makes it the same, but its all make believe. It sad, it just is.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 27, 2013, 3:41 am

It’s funny you posted this…been arguing about privatizing the CBC here in Canada and getting it off the taxpayer’s teat…I said we should have a straight question on the ballot of the next election and he said ‘Canadians aren’t stupid enough to “mob rule by referendum” the way they do in California’…LOL…I think he was thinking about the Prop 8 thing…so when it’s going their way it’s “democracy in action” but when it’s not, it’s “mob rule by referendum”.

Anyway, it started off with some guy saying how much he loved the CBC…they’ve always been hyper liberal biased but since the Conservative majority in parliament, they’ve toned it down a lot, lest they get the boots.

I made the best arguments I could…I get such bad headaches arguing with liberals, it’s hard to concentrate…the thread is here if you feel like getting in some shots on promoting “mob rule by referendum”. –> http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28409637-Why-I-Love-CBC-Radio …you’ll have to sign up and log in though.

Comment from dissent555
Time: June 27, 2013, 4:09 am

Looks to me like that weasel could use a good hot bowl of cream of tomato soup.

Comment from Oldcat
Time: June 27, 2013, 6:38 am

I’ll chip in 20 pounds for the saintly stoat for you, SWeasel!

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: June 27, 2013, 6:43 am

I’ll kick in $5.00.

Comment from steve
Time: June 27, 2013, 11:59 am

This whole gay marriage thing is, well, backwards…..

Marriage predates government, and it is one of those “universals” across this great big globe. From the most remote recesses of the Amazon rain forrests, to the frozen wastelands of Siberia, human societies have recognized and celebrated some form of marriage ritual.

Probably it goes back to the dawn of man on the planet.

As tomfrompv mentioned, there is a certain “gazinta” that is a prerequisite to the whole marriage thing, and there has always been a certian “be fruitful and multiply” exhortation affiliated with the marriage ceremony.

As religions started to get their fingers in the proverbial “marriage pie”, there were invocations of the good auspices of dieties, various, upon the marriage, to ensure/enhance that whole “fruitful and multiply” benediction.

As government got involved, thigs have begun spiraling down the drain. (Government involvement has that propensity, no matter where their involvement.)

Now we have a bunch of giddy activists who are praising this (literal) construction of a thing (gay marriage) that has never existed in society, since the dawn of time, or thereabouts. And all it took was a bunch of dimwitted jurists to allow a falacious argument to presume that cohabitation among same sex individuals has equal foundation with marriage.

The better (non-fallacious) argument would be for the activists to get government out of the marriage business, altogether.

So when a couple of gay people want to play dress-up, and pretend that they are really married, “just like man and wife”, they could do so, just like when they want to play “How to Host a Murder” with a bunch of friends, two weeks later.

But there is no equating marriage with gay live-ins.

And governments are destabilizing of society for their incessant meddling in this thing that they just do not understand. While the courts are stupid in their reasoning.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 27, 2013, 12:30 pm

I don’t give a damn about gay marriage per se. I do give a damn about marriage tax incentives et al. I’ve long thought that the answer for any two young guys in college (or just out of school) is to get “married” to save on expenses. There’s no social stigma, you save on taxes and insurance (car insurance too is cheaper if you’re married) and you can still sleep with all the chicks you want to.

If you find a girl you like, you can get a divorce from your room mate and married her.

Oh and Ms. Weasel – DO PLEASE set up a PayPal account so we humble minions can make a contribution. We needs a pagan idol image of ya to worships…. and that is IT!

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 27, 2013, 3:29 pm

My main concern is that they’re turning the 14th amendment into a rule that requires everything, everywhere to be legal.

And yeah, marrying your room mate to save money is a reasonable option now, one that would not just be acceptable to people but would probably get you amused responses from your peers if you’re college age.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 27, 2013, 4:46 pm

I second the motion for S.Weasel to install a PayPal button 🙂

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 27, 2013, 4:52 pm

Motion to have S. Weasel install a PayPal button has been made and seconded. All in favor say ‘Aye’.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 27, 2013, 6:30 pm


Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: June 27, 2013, 6:48 pm

Paula – Hoarders at the SO . . .

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2013, 6:58 pm


I’m all for finding a way to pitch in and help, but managing a PP acct can be an aggravating time sink if it isn’t a steady income. Her Stoatliness may well value not dealing with PP higher than having that delicious grotesque.

So – let’s ask the lady herself. Hey, Sweaze – how can we best help you get that coveted creepy creature?

on edit: would it be enough for each of us to hit Zazzle for a couple of T-shirts?

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 27, 2013, 7:32 pm

Is PayPal accounting harder to manage than Zazzle accounting?

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: June 27, 2013, 7:59 pm

If anybody deserves that masterpiece, it’s you, Miss Weasel. Sadly, the only guys making money on the Oregon coast are the government employees. We trawled 70 miles last weekend, and saw no fish on the sonar. We caught one tiny lingcod.

We’ve had a cold wet late spring/early summer, and today is the first in weeks with blue sky. I am hopeful. Albacore season approaches, and that can be a bonanza.

Awww, what the hell. I’m chipping in $10.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: June 27, 2013, 8:06 pm

I’ve never had trouble with paypal, except for forgetting my password. I hope Stoaty has an account, because my tenner is coursing it’s way through the innerwebs as I type.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 27, 2013, 8:11 pm

There’s nothing to managing your PayPal, you can either buy something using your PayPal balance directly, or you can transfer the funds to your linked bank account…nothing to it, what’s the big deal?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2013, 8:23 pm

Awwww, you guys. I totally do not need two hundred bucks worth of moth-eaten taxidermy, but it’s awfully sweet of yez to offer. Especially sneaky Bob there, who took a shot in the dark and sent moneys to stoaty@sweasel.com. (Nice try, Bob).

If ever I do start fleecing my readers, it will be for necessities, like codeine and vodka.

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 28, 2013, 12:58 am

Don’t be silly, weas. We’re not like Congress – there’d be no earmarks on any monies. You could spend it all on church raffle tickets and I’d be more than fine with that.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: June 28, 2013, 3:43 am

You just better get that money! If you don’t, Paypal will keep it, and make several cents a year on it. They invest all parked money in short-term municipal paper.

You can use it for “necessities” if you like.

When I’m feeling low, and midget lesbian porn fails to lift me, and drunk hillbillies getting tazed like 20, maybe 30 times fails, I come to your site and am invariably lifted from my dark place.

I guess I could buy some Zazzle stuff if you don’t, but I’m really trying to streamline. You’ll notice I deleted my twitter and blogspot accounts.

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