American Elephants


There’s a Bloodbath in Syria! by The Elephant's Child
April 26, 2011, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Islam, Middle East | Tags: , , , , ,

In Syria, the Assad regime made a fateful decision this week.  They used their army —even including tanks —to kill civilians protesting peacefully.  Bashar Assad made the decision that it was better to kill hundreds of unarmed Syrian citizens than to risk the fall of his regime.  This is the man whom Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton thought was a peaceful reformer. As Elliott Abrams says:

In Syria and Lebanon, there is confusion about the American position. Many believe we are Assad well-wishers, and certainly Obama’s policy for 2009 and 2010 lent credence to that view. Now, the administration is coy: It talks of new sanctions but does not impose them yet. It talks of U.N. action but it is the U.K. and France that introduce the resolution, not the United States. It will not recall the U.S. ambassador who was so foolishly dispatched to Damascus late last year.

Two weeks ago, al Jazeera turned against Assad and is doing what it did in Egypt — broadcasting whatever it can get its hands on about the brutality of the regime and the courage of the protesters.  The Amir of Qatar owns the station.

Syria is closely allied with Shia Iran, and with Hamas and Hezbollah, but the Syrian population is 74 percent Sunni. If the Alawite regime were to fall, it would be widely interpreted as a step toward the fall of the ayatollahs, so what happens in Syria is hugely important for American interests in the region.  The president is, um, testing the wind, thinking about sanctions. He could recall our ambassador. He could pressure Turkey very hard to distance itself from the regime.  He did say that Mubarak and Quaddafi must step down, he hasn’t even suggested that Bashar should.

He did issue a travelers’ warning.



Pay-For-Play Brings Down Obama Commerce Nominee. Clinton Next? by American Elephant

Richardson is out. The man Obama touted as  “the best man for the job” of Commerce Secretary is withdrawing his nomination amid a grand jury investigation into a pay-for-play scandal in which it is alleged that as governor, Richardson granted a transportation contract worth $1.48 million in exchange for political contributions. But the investigation was well-known to Obama when he announced the Richardson nomination, so the explanation that Richardson didn’t want an investigation to, “delay the confirmation process,” is nothing but deep-dish Chicago-style horsehockey. Something has changed.

The most logical assumption is that Richardson is guilty and the investvestigation may turn into indictment.

Meanwhile, it is being reported that Secretary of State designate, her royal thighness, Hillary Rotten Clinton, may be embroiled in her own pay-for-play scandal:

A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.

Hillary Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse.

She also helped secure a provision in a highway bill that set aside $5 million for Destiny USA roadway construction. [read more]

The Clintons? Corrupt?! Who woulda thunk!

Add these scandals to the Blagojevich appointment selling, and the upcoming Rezko and Hsu sentencings, and Obama, as president-elect, is already involved in more real corruption than the Bush administration saw in all eight years.

Precisely the kind of “change” those of us paying attention to Obama’s record warned he would bring.



Is it over? by American Elephant
June 4, 2008, 5:31 am
Filed under: Election 2008, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Well, technically, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.

Democrat pundit, Bob Beckel, claims he’s heard credible rumors that some new bombshell about Michelle Obama will surface — perhaps as soon as today. He naturally blames Republicans, but won’t say what  the bombshell is. Rumors are, there’s possibly a video of her using the term “whitey” as a pejorative in an appearance with Farrakhan.  Ed Morrisey at Hot Air doubts it’s for real.

Who knows! I certainly wouldn’t put it past the senator’s wife, given some of the other things she’s said. But one thing is for sure, if such a tape did surface it would devastate the Obama campaign and put Hillary right back in the race. It would certainly explain why she’s still hanging on.

But I agree, it sounds a little fishy.

I suppose we will find out soon enough.



Hillary Trounces Obama Again by American Elephant

Hillary Puerto Rico

Hillary has beaten Barack Obama in yet another landslide victory. This time in Puerto Rico, where the former first lady beat the upstart senator from Illinois by a two-to-one margin. Coming on the heels of other decisive victories, including Indiana and a shellacking in Kentucky and West Virginia, and with Obama’s victories getting fewer and farther between, you would think someone would stand up and say, wait a minute! This ain’t over!

You would think.

Yet the Democrat elite machine is determined to deliver the nomination to Obama. The narrative is set. This weekend’s rules committee debacle determined that voters from Michigan and Florida would only count as half a person, and conjured a slate of Michigan delegates for Obama out of thin air towards just that end. You see, if Democrats count the votes in those states, and count them equally, Obama’s lead falls into question.

So much for counting all the votes. For that matter, so much for democracy in the Democrat party. Democrats fervently believe the people are too stupid to be trusted with decisions like these. That’s why Democrats concocted super-delegates to begin with.

For all intents and purposes, the Democrat nomination was decided this weekend by the rules committee, regardless of who is winning or eventually wins the popular vote.

In related news, showing he knows on which side his bon bon is buttered, Ricky Martin came out, so to speak, in support of Hillary, endorsing her just prior to Puerto Rico’s primary.

What a weekend!



Is Obama’s 20 Year Lapse in Judgement Finally Over? by American Elephant

Obama's Judgment

Well, unfortunately, no.

I was hopeful when I saw the headline, “Obama Quits Trinity United Church of Christ.”

I thought, Finally! after 20 years of sitting in the pews, listening to the hate, racism, anti-Americanism and antisemitism spewed by the Wrong Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Wrong Reverend Michael Pfleger and others — after 20 years of a congregation cheering the damnation of America, cheering as their pastors blamed America for everything from 9/11 to AIDS — that finally Barack Obama realized that he could no longer condone such hate and lies with his continued membership.

But, I was wrong.

Yes, he finally quit his church, but he made very clear it wasn’t because he was denouncing the church or their hate, anti-Americanism, racism or antisemitism, but to protect them…

“I’m not denouncing the church and I’m not interested in people who want me to denounce the church,” he said, adding that the new pastor at Trinity and “the church have been suffering from the attention my campaign has focused on them.”

Sigh.

And this is the man who claims it is his judgment that qualifies him to be President of the United States?

If you had good judgment, senator, you would have stood up and walked out of that church as soon as you had heard the kind of bile they preach and as soon as you had seen the congregation raucously applauding it. If you had good judgment, sir, you wouldn’t have been married by Reverend Wright, your children would not have been baptized by that racist, nor would you allow them anywhere near his hateful, dishonest teachings. If you had good judgment, Mr. Obama, Rev. Wright wouldn’t have been your “spiritual guide,” nor your mentor, and you certainly wouldn’t have made him a campaign adviser because you would have denounced him long ago.

If you had good judgment, sir, you would realize there is a great deal to denounce about Trinity United Church of Christ.

The truth is, senator, you have horrible judgment.



Chaos by American Elephant
June 1, 2008, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Election 2008, Politics | Tags: , , ,

A Hillary supporter displays a little righteous indignation upon learning that the Democrat party has decided to treat Michigan and Floridian voters as half a person, as party elites help Barack Obama steal the nomination from the candidate with more votes.

I think riots in Denver are looking increasingly likely.



The Recession That Wasn’t by American Elephant

What if Democrats threw a recession and nobody came?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy logged slightly better — but weak — growth in the first quarter, spurred by improved sales of U.S. products overseas. While that’s heartening, the country is still far from being out of the woods.

In fact, a closer look behind the 0.9 percent increase in the gross domestic product during the January-to-March period revealed much caution on the part of consumers who have been clobbered by the housing, credit and financial debacles.

Clobbered by? No, the vast majority of American consumers haven’t been clobbered by the housing, credit and financial debacles — they have been clobbered with them. Clobbered over the head almost daily by a mainstream media determined to elect a Democrat. Contrary to what you hear from the media, it is only a tiny portion of Americans who are in foreclosure — 0.51 percent of homeowners  —  the other 99.49 percent are not. And for the most part, the increase has been among speculators who intentionally jumped into the “house flipping” gold-rush, taking loans they knew they couldn’t afford in the hopes of getting rich quick.

But you wouldn’t know that from the hysterical reporting would you? It’s no wonder consumers are skeptical when on top of increasing gas and food prices, the media are daily insinuating that half the country are losing their homes, and telling us we’re in a recession that the facts don’t bear out.

The fact is that a recession is defined by two consecutive quarters of negative growth. So far, we haven’t even experienced one. This past quarters’ 0.9 % growth is up from the previous quarters’ 0.6 % growth. Sluggish, yes, but growth nonetheless.

So what should Americans do in times of economic uncertainty and slow growth?

The last thing they should do is elect politicians who are promising to raise taxes drastically and increase spending by over 900 billion to over a trillion dollars as both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, respectively, have promised to do. The best thing Americans can do is vote such people, virtually all the Democrats, out of office, not in.




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