American Elephants


Governor Christie’s Town Hall. Difficult Questions? No Problem! by The Elephant's Child

Governor Christie is showing the way to getting control of the New Jersey budget.  He’s not firing people, not closing needed programs.

(I don’t know about your state, but in mine — the first thing they claim is necessary is to close state parks — especially the most popular ones).  They don’t freeze salaries, they don’t let go the obscene number of people they hired, they shut down those things that will most disturb the taxpayers, with the claim that if we just raise taxes, then we wouldn’t have to inflict these troubles on you.  Got a popular program for the kids — cancel that and show those voters just who is in charge!

That is possibly why I am so impressed with Governor Christie.  The people of New Jersey should appreciate what they have.



The Doctor Who Linked Autism to Vaccine Has Been Banned in Britain. by The Elephant's Child

The doctor whose flawed study which purported to link the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism, has been banned from the practice of medicine in Great Britain.

AP medical writer Maria Cheng talks about the implications of Andrew Wakefield’s claims.  She notes that as a result of Wakefield’s study, ” legions of parents abandoned the vaccine, leading to a resurgence of measles in Western countries where it had been mostly stamped out.”

Parents, fearful for their children, took these steps without realizing that Wakefield’s study was flawed and his conclusion wrong.  Wakefield’s “central claim — that there could be a link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine — has largely been discredited,”  reported Jeannie Whalen in the Wall Street Journal.  Outbreaks continue in Europe every year, and there are sporadic outbreaks in the U.S.

Celebrities lent their names to his cause, and many in the media devoted far more coverage to Wakefield’s paper and shoddy scholarship than to numerous peer-reviewed studies that showed no relationship. The media, always ready to print stories about new studies, often neglects to find out if the study is reliable.

Tevi Troy points out U.S. vulnerability in our efforts to fight bioterror.  Vaccines are a key component in our efforts to protect against weaponized agents such as anthrax and smallpox.  Effective vaccines and citizens willing to take those vaccines are essential in our ability to combat such threats.



Here’s What They Are Doing at the Deepwater Horizon Spill Site: by The Elephant's Child
May 26, 2010, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Politics

If you are trying to follow the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil rig disaster  and the efforts of BP to stop the leak and cap the well;  here is a diagram that explains how the maneuver works.  I do love a nice clear diagram.

In all the blame game,  we really need to pause and give a little credit to the engineers and  oil-spill specialists who are devising their best solutions to the problem and then subsequent solutions if that one doesn’t work.  Remember, this is a mile down, in uncharted territory where humans cannot go.



Governor Chris Christie Explains His Style. by The Elephant's Child

After Governor Christie finishes cleaning up New Jersey, perhaps he can take on out federal government. Like New Jersey, we don’t have a problem with too little taxation, we have an immense problem with way too much spending.

Governor Christie’s candor, his straight talk, his bluntness and his sense of humor are entrancing people across the country. Which only demonstrates how rare such qualities are in the public arena. The contrast with another state in financial trouble on the left coast is immense. California is broke, and simply cannot stop throwing money away on one green scheme after another.

I am entranced. Watching this story as it unfolds may explain America to Americans in a way that they have not seen before.



Obama Starts Democrat GOTV Efforts by American Elephant
May 26, 2010, 6:21 am
Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Obama announced yesterday plans to jump-start the Democrats’ 2012 Get-Out-the-Vote efforts — or as other news outlets put it — he’s sending 1,200 Guardsmen to the Mexican border to “improve border security.”

The problem is that most Americans’ idea of “improved border security” and the SEIU/ACORN Community Organizer in Chief’s idea of “improved border security” are two very different things. When Obama says he wants to improve border security, it means he’s sending the Guard to the border to run interference for “undocumented Democrat voters” and prevent racist Arizonans from disenfranchising them.



“Plug the Damn Hole!…I’m Going on Vacation!(Again)” by American Elephant
May 26, 2010, 5:54 am
Filed under: Military, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

Apparently all the parties, golfing and vacations are tuckering poor Obama out…or perhaps the people running the administration are just tired of him getting underfoot, because this is the second time they’ve sent him away on vacation since his disastrous delay in responding to what is now, because of that delay, the biggest oil spill in American history.

But give him a break! Destroying health care, the auto industry, the housing sector, the economy, banking, international relations, individual liberty, the rule of law, your life savings and the environment is hard work!

Besides, it’s not like he didn’t leave the country with a clear, decisive plan of action in his absence — “Plug the damn hole!” he explained.

And people said he wasn’t qualified!

But before you worry that Obama is neglecting important duties to steal away another vacation in time of crisis, rest easy. While it’s true the Commander in Chief didn’t feel he could spare the time from his vital vacation obligations to honor our war dead at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington — he WILL, thankfully, make it back just in time to honor Paul McCartney at the White House and was able to squeeze in yet another fund-raiser for Barbara Boxer.

Nice to see he still has his priorities straight.




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