American Elephants


The Aussies Are Having Border Problems Too. by The Elephant's Child

We are not alone. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is now picking on Australia for not inviting uninvited immigrants to stick around. After an assessment at sea, 41 Sri Lankans were rejected by the border patrol and handed over to the Sri Lankan authorities.

I always find it fascinating that our friends in Russia can take the most severe actions and nobody criticizes, but when one of the world’s freest nations dares to insist that their borders mean something and that  you need permission to enter, all hell breaks loose.

Australians welcome immigrants as we do. But there is a legal way to do it. You go to an embassy and tell them you want to immigrate. It may take some time, but you will be welcome when the time comes. We just don’t have room for all the people in the world who want to live in a free country. We cannot handle all the claim jumpers currently bidding for our compassion. The U.N. should butt out.



The UN Wants Us To Designate The Illegals as Refugees! by The Elephant's Child

Officials of the United Nations are pushing for many of the Central Americans “fleeing” to the U.S. to be treated as refugees who have been displaced by armed conflict. An official designation that is meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Well, thank you very much, United Nations.

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees.

A more accurate assessment would note that the migrants who are trekking North are lured by the American president’s talk of amnesty. They have been coached to talk as if they are displaced by armed conflict, but as soon as they have recited the phrases taught them, they cannot elaborate on their statement.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are dependent on remittances that immigrants send home to their native country.

As to what has caused the huge increase from Central American states, Michael Ramirez targeted it quite accurately!

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The Federal Language Police Strike Again—Inappropriately. by The Elephant's Child

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The chaos at the border continues. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been directed to no longer refer to illegal immigrant children crossing he border alone as “UACs” (unaccompanied alien children). Well, the language police have disposed of “illegal,” that’s judgmental or demeaning or something. Now “alien” has to go. They are to be referred to as “unaccompanied children” in official correspondence, according to an internal ICE email. Customs and Border Protection is still using “unaccompanied alien children” (ages 0-17 years old) as an official term as it counts the numbers it is apprehending at unprecedented levels along the southwest border. I hate the politically correct attempts to make a silk purse out of the proverbial sow’s ear. Apparently “immigrants” is out and “migrants” is in.

From October 1 to June 15, more than 52,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been detained. The majority of the minors are over 14 years old.

After they have been “processed” if they have an address or a phone number in this country, they are put on a bus for that address with the order to return in 15 days for a hearing. Less than 20 percent actually turn up for the hearing, and the address and phone number turn out to be phony. They simply add to the numbers of illegals in the country.

The White House is not planning to reassess its strategy for handling the thousands of illegal teenagers, kids and adults.  according to press secretary Josh Earnest.

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) wrote to the president last month, asking him to visit and survey the areas where thousands of immigrant children had crossed into the U.S.

Earnest would not say whether Obama planned to visit the border during his trip to Texas for a fundraiser next week. The press secretary added:

Those individuals who are concerned about border security and concerned about the situation at the border, that the most important thing they could do is not offer public invitations, but actually to lend their public support to comprehensive immigration reform. Those people who are focused on border security understand that passing comprehensive immigration reform would allow for a historic investment in our borders. And that’s one of the many reasons the president has strongly advocated for Congress to make progress on that.

This is getting really tiresome. We have this influx of illegals because of the actions of this president. He has withdrawn border security, it is his “Dream Act” and his proclamations that if Congress wouldn’t pass it, he would implement it himself that brought this flood to the country. It is his ICE and Border Patrol who are being forced to put them on a bus and send them to a relative who doesn’t exist, and who will then blend into the population. The mothers with young children will be on welfare, for they have no money and no means of support, and will not be able to work.

Border Patrol officers have been re-directed from enforcement to processing, which creates “a very porous border where dangerous criminals and dangerous drugs are entering our country undetected and making their way into our communities,” according to Border Patrol agent Hector Garza.

Once Obama believes something, he is very dogmatic about it. He does not change his mind. While many presidents, confronted with such a precipitous drop in the polls, and such disapproval from the people, would reassess their policies. Obama does not reassess. He knows he is absolutely correct. It is mind-boggling at a time when there are such big problems erupting all over the world. The reason that Republicans will not pass immigration reform is because the American people know the president will not enforce it. He refuses to enforce the laws on the books.

There are currently 92,129,000 Americans of working age — not working and no longer looking for work. So we want to import more workers to take the available jobs? Most of  the available jobs for the past years have gone to immigrants. We had a 288,000 job gain last month, but that is fewer jobs than the increase in the population of working age people. More Americans are stuck in part time work. Jobs are easier to find, but hours remain in short supply. Thank you ObamaCare.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, but the unemployment rate for blacks is 10.7%. With Congress’ refusal to extend unemployment benefits, more people are finding jobs. People are not so apt to search for jobs if they are getting by on federal benefits. That’s a correct response to Obama’s consistent calls for longer and more generous benefits for staying unemployed. Sometimes we need a kick in the behind to go find a job.



Obama Calls It a Humanitarian Crisis, But He Brought It Upon Himself. by The Elephant's Child

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The Medical staff at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has been threatened with arrest by a government-contracted security force if they  divulge any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp that is housing illegal alien children.

There were several members of the medical staff who wanted to talk about the camps, but the security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services made it clear they would be arrested. They ordered us to say nothing. Workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.

The kids had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat and lice. They are contagious, and are overwhelming the system.  The counselor said the refugee camp resembled a giant emergency room, off limits to the public. The counselor filed a Child Protective Services report and quit her job. She said the last straw came when camp officials refused to hospitalize several children who were suicidal.

She kept a detailed journal about what happened. Federal agents demanded that she return to the military base and hand over her journal. She declined to do so.

Those who are hoping to join family members are being put on a bus. and ordered to  report to ICE in fifteen days.



Stop Making Speeches, Mr. President, And Tend to Business! by The Elephant's Child

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Seems like everything is heating up. There are all these enormous problems that are just coming to our attention,  a lapdog media who ignore the problems, and there’s our natural reluctance to stop playing and pay attention. They are collectively going to get a lot worse before they get better, if they do.

— Obama has appointed a man who seems qualified to attempt to fix the problems at the Veterans Administration Health network. Robert McDonald is a former CEO of Proctor and Gamble, so large organizations are nothing new to him. He is a West Point graduate, and served in the military for the required 5 years post graduation. The limited military experience is unusual for the post which is usually filled by a former general or at least a colonel.

The big problems at the VA are 1. unionized employees, 2. a culture that plans to go home around 4:00 and schedules no operations after 2:00 pm and 3. has no way to measure efficiency except by wait-time for appointments. The bigest problem is that it is a big-government 340,000 employee  bureaucracy, which may preclude its ever becoming an efficient health care program.

ISIS , the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, has erupted out of the Syrian crisis and swarmed its way across Iraq, executing and beheading opponents, crucifying members of the opposition, or throwing them alive off cliffs. This is the new Middle East caliphate, a religious and political successor to the prophet Mohammed and sovereign over all Muslims. They have stripped banks, captured military equipment and stockpiles, and captured oil fields. The current al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri once said a new caliphate would signal a turning of world history “against the empire of the United States and the world’s Jewish government.”

A bunch of fanatic thugs, perhaps, but a well-funded and equipped bunch intent on creating an Islamic state as a launching pad for attacking the U.S. homeland, according to a new congressional report. Four analysts at the Congressional Research Service made that assessment relying on intelligence reports and the words of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, (ISIL). Wealthy Sunni sheiks in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have funneled money to the group to help it bring down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Alawite , an offshoot of Shia Islam. They already have many hundreds of jihadists with Western nation passports. The Russians have sent military advisors to Iraq. This is a crisis of Obama’s own making, and he’s not really prepared to deal with it.

“President Obama’s recently announced energy and environment policies have been tried in many countries with the same result: abject failure. Yet when critics point this out, explaining that “the U.S. economy will lose millions of jobs and billions of dollars in growth,” Obama simply waves their objections away. Every European economy that has followed the same green agenda has faltered badly. In 2013, Germany built six more coal plants. China and India build four new ones every week, yet Obama can’t wait to shut down the coal industry. He remains deeply concerned about global warming.

Canada gave up on getting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Obama, and is building the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to send their oil to Asia. Major job loss for the U.S. and a major economic loss for the country. Another. Now, inconveniently, scientists and studies are predicting global cooling ahead — Russia’s Pulkova Observatory: ‘We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years.’  A new solar theory predicts imminent global cooling. The reason is the dramatic fall in solar radiation that started around 2004.  If the temperature on Earth is entirely controlled by solar effects, the cooling will return us to the temperature levels of the 1950s or even the 1920s, undoing the warming of the last 50 or 100 years in nothing flat. A sharp cooling effect is apt to hit in the next five years. There has been no warming at all in the last 17 years. We will need more power to keep us warm, and it’s a remarkably poor time to start shutting down coal plants for no reason. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and has been much higher in the past, and seems to have little, if any, effect on the climate.

And then there is the crisis on the border. The Obama administration planned ahead for the subsequent flood of illegal children, older teenagers, gang members, Chinese and who knows who else. Homeland Security requested contractors as “escort services” for 65,000 unaccompanied children in January. The government cannot find enough places to put them, seems to have no real intention of returning them. Apparently children who have come across the border can effectively remain in the U.S. for years before they face a risk for deportation. In the meantime the federal government will take care of them?

Obama wants amnesty, and blames the whole surge on Republicans for not “reforming broken immigration laws” that Obama refuses to enforce because he wants amnesty and a flood of Hispanic immigrants. He stubbornly intends to get his way with executive orders.The problems are a direct result of his failure to enforce the borders, forbid the Border Patrol from preventing the influx, and he essentially told the Border Patrol and ICE that they may not do their jobs. This is not going to end well.



The Administration Wants Immigrants, Shows No Concern for the Jobless by The Elephant's Child

We have added more than eight million people to the working-age population of the United States since 2007. Yet half-a-million fewer people are employed. 531 fewer people have jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes anyone over 16, excluding inmates in penal or mental facilities, and active duty members of the Armed Forces. For their analysis, the Budget Committee compared data from the Labor Department and the Commerce Department manually to exclude persons over 65.

The first Baby Boomers began retiring three years ago. In today’s economy, some may be reluctant to retire, and in some professions there is no push to retire. I would guess that more people are currently unwilling to retire at 65 than might normally be the case. Statistics are one thing, and the real world is another.

Employers, especially in high technology, are pressing Congress to increase the number of people admitted on H-1B visas. The administration on Wednesday, presumably in response to employer demands, proposed to give perhaps 100,000 additional foreign workers, none being admitted because of their skills, permission to work in the United States. These are not highly skilled workers—these are their wives already living in the United States—H-4 spouses, most are women and most from India because most H-1B workers are from that country.

It just seems as if we should sharply reduce the numbers of our unemployed before we increase either the H-1B workers or their wives. We have an excess of STEM graduates who can’t find STEM jobs. Perhaps the High Tech companies could start their own training classes if our STEM grads don’t have the right skills — or are the H-1B workers willing to work for a lot less money?

In a period of high unemployment it seems as if we should make jobs for our own people first. I welcome legal immigrants, and believe they add vitality to our communities, but it is not racist or hateful to believe that Americans should get first crack at the jobs before we increase immigration numbers.



If You Want More Jobs, Stop Destroying Them. Incentives Matter. by The Elephant's Child

ObamaCare is not a popular subject, and as people actually begin to interact with it, it’s going to be a lot less popular. Democrats are desperate to make their stand for the mid-term elections about something entirely different. They have decided on the culture wars.

Today it is “Equal Pay for Women” which everyone thought was dead as a doornail after it became illegal to pay a woman differently than a man for the same job— way back in 1963— when the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed. President Obama is out there again today trying to claim that women are paid only 77¢ for the same job for which a man was paid $1.

Since that is against the law, it’s hardly surprising that the only place it still happens is in the increasingly lawless White House, where female aides are indeed paid less than male aides.

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Obama brags about the Lily Ledbetter Act which he claims was to make equal pay for women a reality, but it actually only eliminated the time limit for filing discrimination claims — and was more correctly referred to as a law to benefit trial lawyers (who donate to Obama).

Nevertheless you constantly hear the 77¢ claim. Why? It is a statistical anomaly. When you look at male and female careers, men are apt to do the dangerous or high risk jobs. They have traditionally been in logging, mining, high-rise construction, linemen, explosive experts —jobs that pay way more because of the risk involved. Women are more apt to be secretaries, teachers, social workers. Women frequently drop out of the job market to raise children, for a few years or for longer periods.Women just assume more responsibility for child-rearing than men. The 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act recognized that fact.

The 77¢ number comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure refers to the annual earnings of full-time, year-round workers. It doesn’t compare comparable men and women, and does not reflect that full-time men work 8%-10% more hours per week than full-time women.

The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) is based on the faulty idea that “It’s Not Fair” in the interest of capturing more votes from women. The bill forces employers to raise women’s pay by sharply reducing their ability to defend what they believe is a justified differential in pay based on merit.  The PFA limits the use of work experience or education to discriminate by requiring employers to demonstrate that they are job-related ‘necessities.’ The bill authorizes grants to supporters of the bill like the AAUW for training women in negotiation skills. Men are excluded. It will increase the cost of employing women, and so reduce job opportunities. It will also provide a bonanza for lawyers.

If you make it more costly to hire someone, employers will hire fewer someones. The current theme in the media is the continuing dearth of jobs, the Great Recession with few jobs, why aren’t there more jobs? No one seems to point out that Obama is passing more and more laws and more regulations that eliminate jobs. Whether the Affordable Care Act, the continuing drive to shut down coal-fired power plants and destroy the entire coal industry in the name of climate change, or the simple refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline — Obama talks jobs, but his ideas are that only government really creates jobs. Then we’re back at “crumbling roads and bridges,” job-training programs, and improving education. Same old talk.

It drags on. Businesses I patronized regularly close. Supposedly the job situation here is fine, but health clubs are closing and the biggest ones are increasing their advertising. If you pay attention to new advertisers, you can tell what businesses are hurting.



The Uncomfortable Facts of Demographics by The Elephant's Child

de·mog·ra·phy n. The study of the characteristics of human populations,as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics.

The perpetually discontented are sure that if they can just get enough new low-information voters through reforming immigration laws so the borders are more open and friendly, then they will be able to perpetually win all elections. But there are other trends in the world, one of the more notable is demographic, and is changing the world as we know it.

Our president has declared that his objective is to fundamentally transform America. What liberals really mean is they want a different society, made up of different people. They want people who are more like them, who do not disagree and argue, and who truly appreciate their enlightened government and how much they are improving things, or will improve them as soon as they get their next regulations in place and their next laws passed.

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From Moonbattery:

The article aggressively advocates childlessness. This fits smoothly with the liberal campaigns to promote abortion and to normalize homosexuality (if only in the weakest of minds). Not having children also allegedly protects the planet from imaginary threats that the liberal press has sacrificed much of its credibility to convince us are real. Plus it saves money!

The Nazis were impatient. They wanted the groups they considered undesirable to disappear immediately. Liberals learned from the failure of their fellow progressives. They are willing to wait a few generations for Americans to fade into nonexistence.

North America will still be populated, even if the liberal ruling class has its way. That’s where the push to erase our borders completely through amnesty comes in. After America is gone, its place will be taken by a gloriously diverse Third World hellhole consisting of peasants and their oligarchical collectivist rulers. The future will look like a cross between Zimbabwe, Guatemala, and the Soviet Union. Or at least, that’s a politically correct statist’s dream.

No one who wants to disarm you means you well. The same goes for anyone who does not want you to reproduce. The liberal ruling class that excretes publications like Time is the sworn enemy of every American, including those who consider themselves part of it.

Interesting juxtaposition.

They used to make movies about large happy families: (Consult Netflix). You might enjoy Meet Me In St. Louis, (1949), Life With Father ((1947), Cheaper By the Dozen (1950), Bells On Their Toes (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), The Seven Little Foys (1955), Spencer’s Mountain (1963), The Sound of Music (1965), Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).

What’s the last movie about big families you have seen besides the Weasley family in the Harry Potter series?  What’s the last movie you have seen about happy families?  How many big families do you know?  Big defined as more than three.  Just something to think about.



Here’s Who We Were in 1790, According to the Census. by The Elephant's Child

In the census of 1790, only 60 percent of the white population of over three million remained English in ancestry. (1,800,000)

700 thousand were of African descent.

Tens of thousands were native Indians;

All the peoples of Europe were present in the country.

  • 9 percent German,
  • 8 percent were Scots
  • 6 percent were Scots-Irish
  • 4 percent were Irish
  • Over 3 percent Dutch
  • the remainder: French, Swedes, Spanish, and people of unknown ethnicity

From Gordon S. Wood: Empire of Liberty

 




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