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Supreme Court Rejects Democrats Attempts to Protect Vote Fraud by American Elephant

Supreme Court of the United States of America

The Supreme Court has rejected Democrats ridiculous claims that requiring voters to show identification, proving they are actually entitled to vote, is somehow unfair to minorities, the elderly or the poor. The 6-3 decision upholds an Indiana law intended to prevent vote fraud.

The Indiana law was passed in 2005. Democrats and civil rights groups opposed it as unconstitutional and called it a thinly veiled effort to discourage groups of voters who tend to prefer Democrats.

Yes, a thinly veiled effort to discourage illegal aliens, dead people, pets, comic book characters, convicted felons aka “groups who prefer Democrats.”



The Wrong Direction? by American Elephant

It’s true — America is heading in the wrong direction.

They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and Democrats have by far squeaked the loudest the past several years. While undermining the war effort with all their might, they have screamed, more than squeaked, that the war is lost, the surge can’t work, won’t work, isn’t working.

While leaking national security secrets and trying to create scandal out of the lawful defense of the nation, they have screamed that General Petraeus is a liar and a traitor.

While blocking health care reforms that would make Americans better able to afford healthcare, they have screamed that we must make even more people dependant on the government for their healthcare — precisely the formula that has resulted in the skyrocketing price of medicine we now seek to address.

While blocking each and every attempt to increase domestic energy production and update infrastructure, and then increasing punative taxes and regulation on energy producers, they have wailed about the price of energy and our dependence on foreign sources of oil. And on, and on, and on…

And while I congratulate President Bush for not sinking to their level, and for keeping his campaign pledge to “bring a new tone” to Washington, the result has been that Democrats ceaseless barrage of demagoguery, lies, false accusations and histrionics has gone largely unanswered. But a lie oft repeated becomes truth as they say. And in the absence of self defense, people are left with only the lies to believe. If you don’t defend yourself against your accusers, people can only assume the accusers are right.

This has been the biggest failure of the Bush Presidency.

And the result has been a Democrat congress, the strong possibility of a Democrat presidency, and all that entails. The promised biggest tax hikes in history, over $900 billion or $1 trillion in promised new spending (depending on which candidate becomes the Democrat nominee), the governmental take-over of the health care industry, protectionism, price controls, massive amounts of promised new regulation, the dishonestly named “fairness” doctrine, real economic hard times, and outsourcing at unprecedented levels.

So yes, America is absolutely heading in the wrong direction: a liberal one.

The important question is, what are we going to do to change that?



The food police strike again! by The Elephant's Child
April 28, 2008, 3:53 pm
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When the socialist state orders school children to eat the foods that the state considers healthy, guess what happens? Little capitalist kids erupt all over British schools.

After a tip from a head teacher at a Dorset secondary who broke up a “seriously big smuggling operation” run by a schoolboy, the Times has uncovered several similar contraband schemes. The head, who did not want to identify his school, was convinced that the switch to a healthy menu and the policy of keeping pupils on the premises at lunchtime had created an opening for entrepreneurs.
He became suspicious when he noticed two 14 year-old boys approaching the school weighed down with Lidl carrier bags. “The thin wiry creatures, in full uniform but with shortened ties, shirts hanging out , were walking a heavily laden bicycle. The bags were dripping off the bike’s handlebars, crossbars and saddle like a scene from some desperate endeavour on foot and mule to reach a lost city in the Peruvian mountains,” he said.

I don’t know why anyone is surprised. Any mother who has tried desperately to get her kids to eat their vegetables knows a thing or two about kids that oblivious administrators apparently miss. Read the whole thing, it’s pretty funny.



Campaign Chaos by American Elephant

Democrats are panicking.

The Crypt at Politico is reporting that Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean are threatening (are you sitting down?) to write a joint letter to superdelegates, trying to force them to declare their endorsements by June. Now, don’t laugh. This is serious business. Writing a letter is bad enough, writing a joint-letter is pulling out the big guns in the liberal arsenal.

They want desperately for this contest to be over. They know the damage it is doing to their chances to win the presidency come fall. This election was to be a cakewalk for Democrats, now McCain is tied or leading in the polls.

Hillary and Obama supporters are growing increasingly bitter and angry with each other. The more truth comes out about each candidate, the more bitter their followers get, and the less Americans like them. Obama did a remarkable job of getting to the top of the heap divulging virtually nothing about himself, his views or his policy proposals. As the facts are coming out, his sheen is fading, and many who have already voted for him are having buyer’s remorse.

But now that Hillary has given Obama a spanking in Pennsylvania, things are bound to get more chaotic, not less. He still has more delegates, but she can factually claim that more people have voted for her.

It’s Florida 2000 all over again! Except this time around, it’s Democrats arguing that we should ignore the popular vote and stick with the electoral college! (superdelegates) and arguing that Florida and Michigan’s votes should not be included because they didn’t follow the rules. How quickly they abandon their principles!

What happened to counting every vote?

And so, as Reid, Pelosi and Dean’s threats are making clear, the possibility of an ugly, contentious, and bitter Democrat convention is becoming more real every day. They have undoubtedly realized you don’t get a “convention bump” when the delegates are brawling and the building is on fire.

But whoever wins this joyous affair, the other side will feel the nomination was stolen from them. And truth be known, they would be justified. After all, the Democrats designed their entire “superdelegate” system following McGovern’s ’72 win precisely so the party elite could steal the election from the ignorant masses should they ever nominate another McGovern again.

Whatever the outcome, the longer Hillary and Obama duke it out, the more Americans get to know them. And that can only be good for Republicans.



Campaign Courtesy by American Elephant

A minor kerfuffle developed over a campaign ad the North Carolina Republican Party had planned to air criticizing Barack Obama over Reverend Wright (and in turn criticizing two local politicians over their support for Obama.)

Well, of course, Democrats went berserk and demanded McCain denounce the ad. Howard Dean attempted to make additional political hay by claiming that if if McCain didn’t force the NC GOP to pull the ad, that it shows he isn’t qualified to be president:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today issued the following statement calling on McCain to exercise real leadership and pull the plug on this ad:

“This is a test of leadership for John McCain. If he can’t pick up the phone and make members of his own party stop airing a television ad he claims to oppose, how can he lead our country through an economic crisis or the war in Iraq?

Which, of course, is a ridiculous assertion — McCain is campaigning to be President of the United States where speech is still free. Perhaps Dean is confused because his party has such dictatorial tendencies. Nonetheless, both McCain and the RNC have denounced the ad and the NC GOP has since agreed to pull the ad.

Conservatives are understandably upset, because there’s nothing wrong with the ad. Obama should be criticized for his relationship with the deeply offensive Reverend. His relationships, and then his refusal to dissociate himself from Wright and Ayers show profoundly bad judgment and raise legitimate concerns about his own views. Democrats claims that the ad is racist are ridiculous and show just how much damage the Wright issue has done their candidate.

But what McCain seems to understand, and my fellow partisans on the right do not, is that voters are sick to death of the poisonous political atmosphere that not only pervades Washington DC, but has spilled over into their everyday lives, and it will be a major issue in the November elections.

Perceptions matter. It is irrelevant that the ad raises legitimate criticisms of Obama, all that matters is what voters think. And since most Americans haven’t seen the ad (and won’t), with the media carrying their water, Democrats will most likely be able to successfully, albeit dishonestly, smear the ad as “racist” or, at the very least, “dirty”. In that respect, McCain and the GOP are right to distance themselves from it.

The problem will be making sure Obama continues to be held accountable for his very close and personal association with the racist and anti-American Wright. He still to this day has not sufficiently answered the question of why he remained in that pew for 20 years when it was so obvious what Wright was teaching, quite frankly, because there’s no good answer. He did it and refuses to say he was wrong. Americans are rightly disturbed by Wright’s vitriol, and rightly unpersuaded by Obama’s refusal to condemn or divorce himself from a purveyor of such radical hatred.

But because Republicans seem unwilling to defend the legitimacy of the issue, and Democrats are certain to try to paint anyone criticizing Obama as racist, it looks as though it will be up to independent groups and alternative media to keep Obama’s long and close association with Wright front and center.

We are more than happy to perform that service.



It Used to be Bigger than that! I swear! by Emerald City Elephant
April 24, 2008, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, News | Tags: , , ,

Witch Doctors in Africa stealing/shrinking men’s penises:

“It’s real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny,” said 29-year-old Alain Kalala,

The Jokes write themselves, but the story really isn’t funny:

Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

…Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs.

It’s a glimpse into the distant past for the West — when belief in witchcraft and superstition were widespread — but a dangerous reality in present-day Africa. The same sort of pervasive, ignorance and superstition remains one of the biggest challenges to slowing the spread of AIDS on that troubled continent.



Educating Obama by The Elephant's Child

Barack Obama

Barack Obama has entranced Americans with his ability to inspire an audience. He is the finest orator in recent memory. It’s when he doesn’t have a teleprompter that things get a little dicey. Which may be the reason for his refusal to debate in South Carolina in favor of town hall style meetings.

“Yes, We Can”, and “We are the change that we seek”, in that resonant voice, are magical phrases that promise, well, something swell anyway.

But the primary responsibility of a president is not oratory, although that can help, it is the foreign policy and security of America. Obama has, perhaps with appreciation for his own speech-making ability, promised to talk to almost everybody. He wants to speak to a summit of Muslim nations, to find out what is bothering them. The thing is, he seems a little confused about what we are doing and what we have done.

Michael Ledeen points out that “Senator Barack Obama wants to talk to our Middle Eastern enemies, notably Iran. He can’t imagine a happy resolution of the war without such talks. And he seems to think this desire is something new, maybe even revolutionary.”

He apparently does not know that it is not at all new, and certainly not revolutionary. It is instead the fully tested “policy” of the United States for the past thirty years, ever since the seizure of power by the mullahs in 1979. We have had high-level and low-level talks, public and private talks, talks conducted by diplomats, by spooks, and by a colorful array of intermediaries ranging from former Spanish President Felipe Gonzales to nephews of Rafsanjani, Iranian-American businessmen, former NSC and CIA members, and others with more dubious qualifications.

All failed. [Read the whole thing]

Obama has said that “foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain”. That experience, apparently, comes from living in Indonesia for four years when he was in the early years of grade school. Knowing the leaders, he asserted, is not important. I’m not clear on this. Because you negotiate with…?

He also believes that al Qaeda was not in Iraq until we invaded, that we shouldn’t be in Iraq because al Qaeda is only in Afghanistan. Never mind that al Qaeda in Mesopotamia is called that because they are in Mesopotamia — Iraq. He’s said he would invade Pakistan in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, although we cannot cross the border into Pakistan, particularly now when there is such unrest in Pakistan. He believes that the Sunni Anbar Awakening occurred only because of the “Surge”, though it was well advanced before the surge began. And that there was no military solution to the conflict between Sunni and Shi’ia factions.

In South America, Columbia is a solid ally that has made great progress, yet is facing terrorism from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and Ecuadorian Marxist leader Evo Morales. Obama opposes a free trade agreement with Columbia to please U.S. unions who are big donors. He also wants to “re-negotiate” the NAFTA treaties with our closest allies and neighbors — also a union demand.

It is encouraging that Obama is confident about his foreign policy abilities. I wish I were.



Happy Earth Day… Now, Get a Grip! by The Elephant's Child
April 22, 2008, 4:54 pm
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This interview with Professor Carter was shown on New Zealand TV on Friday, April 18, 2008. He makes a lot more sense than Al Gore.



Wafflegate: Obama Refuses To Answer Tough Questions by American Elephant
April 22, 2008, 1:46 pm
Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: , ,

Desperate not to screw up anymore before today’s election in PA, Obama has apparently been ducking the press for 11 days now, refusing to give press conferences, evading reporters even while flying with them, and dodging the few tough questions he gets:

In an exchange in a Scranton diner that may well lead to Obama being dogged by hapless young Republican volunteers dressed in foam waffle costumes come the general election, Aswini Anburajan of NBC asked the presidential hopeful what he thought of Jimmy Carter meeting Hamas. Visibly annoyed, Obama responded: “Why can’t I just eat my waffle? I’m just eating my waffle here.” Realising he was being videoed, he then winked at Anburajan and tried to make a joke of the moment. But it was too late.

Tony Harnden at the Telegraph has the whole story. And kudos to those in the MSM who have actually stepped up and started doing their job.



Europe Signs Away Sovereignty by The Elephant's Child
April 22, 2008, 3:38 am
Filed under: Europe, History, Socialism | Tags: , ,

The heads of all the states in the European Union have signed up to the Lisbon Treaty. Once this treaty is finally ratified, the EU acquires a constitution and becomes a legal entity, in effect the United States of Europe. Politicians and their bureaucrats in Brussels have settled the matter behind closed doors. None of the 27 countries involved was allowed to hold an election to say whether or not their people approved of the surrender of national sovereignty that is at the core of this unprecedented political experiment. Several countries, Britain among them, had promised to hold a referendum, but all, again led by Britain, found some crafty way to cheat on their promise.

The preceding paragraph opens a column by David Pryce-Jones on National Review Online. Do read the whole thing.

It is really hard for Americans to understand why the British or the Continentals go along with this sort of thing. Do I only imagine that I would refuse to sit passively by as I was deprived of the right to vote on my own future and that of my family? That we would just turn it all over to a bunch of unelected bureaucrats to decide about our laws and security and customs?

Our own notions of freedom and rights came from our British heritage. Now you have Labour Prime Minister Brown trying to figure out how to give the British people back some sense of patriotism, of Englishness. (In the meantime, they have dumped Winston Churchill out of the school curriculum as unimportant.) Gordon Brown commissioned a review of citizenship in order to find ways of “increasing a shared sense of belonging”.

According to Melanie Phillips, suggestions are that schoolchildren should swear an oath to the Queen and promise to obey the laws in a ceremony similar to those for new immigrants. Apparently British ministers look enviously at the way Americans pledge allegiance and proudly fly their flag, and feel that the right kind of loyalty oath will increase a feeling of Britishness.

But Gordon Brown misses the point. Americans rally to the flag, not because of a pledge, but because of great pride and belief in what their country stands for. We love our country for what it represents — freedom and equality — which are just superior to anything else. And because we believe so strongly in the importance of freedom, we are prepared to fight and die for it.

The facts of our history have thus made it easy for us to assume that our national life, as distinguished from that of the European peoples who trace their identity to a remote era, has had a clear purpose. Life in America — appropriately called the American Experiment — has again and again been described as the test or the proof of values supposed to have been clearly in the minds of the Founders. [Daniel Boorstin: Hidden History]

Never, Boorstin suggests, has there been a nation which so firmly believes that it was founded on a full-blown perfect theory. The words of Lincoln in 1863 affirm that “our fathers brought forth on this continent , a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”.

It is worth reflecting on this a little at a time when sovereignty supposedly is so unimportant, and patriotism is derided. When former presidents are chatting with the enemy, and some make a big deal out of a decision not to wear a flag pin. There are many in our own country that believe that sovereignty is not a big deal and that international law and international governance might be desirable.

Tratado de Lisboa



I’m Afraid These Children are the Future… by Emerald City Elephant
April 22, 2008, 1:29 am
Filed under: Education, Humor, Liberalism, Pop Culture | Tags: , , ,

Remind me never to have surgery done by a University of Colorado graduate. Or anything else for that matter.



How NOT to campaign for McCain by Emerald City Elephant
April 21, 2008, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Humor, News, Politics | Tags: , ,

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels demonstrates the wrong way to rally Republicans.




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