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Liz Cheney is Removed From GOP Leadership by The Elephant's Child
May 12, 2021, 10:40 pm
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A very odd news day. A Cyber attack was directed at the Colonial pipeline, an important East Coast pipeline, which led to gasoline shortages up and down the southern coastal states. Gas prices soared, but many stations just ran out. President Joe Biden proposed more spending on education, when asked how to end the gasoline shortage.

I think that this shows that I think we have to make a greater investment in education as it relates to being able to train and graduate more people proficient in cybersecurity, Biden said when asked how to alleviate the crisis.

I think that one of the most important things we have to do to reclaim our place as the leading innovator in the world is to have a better educated workforce. By Tuesday, Biden officials said there was not a shortage but a “crunch.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp remarked that the President could reauthorize the XL Pipeline, and remove the whole problem.

Most of the day was devoted to the drama of Liz Cheney, and would she be removed from her conference chair responsibilities. Liz Cheney, the Democrats and the Never Trumpers all claim that the Big Lie is the contention that the 2020 election was not a fair election. They follow that up with the idea that Donald Trump tried to promote the violent overthrow of the government on January 6 at the Capitol.

This mostly shows that Cheney has not done her homework and studied up carefully on what actually happened. President Trump invited his supporters to come to Washington DC and march down Pennsylvania Avenue. He did not invite nor suggest that they invade the capitol. A lot of Democrats have tried to claim that he did, but the facts do not bear that out.

Conrad Black, long time Canadian-British newspaper publisher and writer wrote a piece for American Greatness that you may find interesting.

There was, of course, a lot of fraud in the 2020 election, there probably always is. There is plenty of evidence of some. Enough to change the results? Probably not. I’m still chafing about the gentleman who voted and had his vote counted, who was born in 1824. That one just strikes me as a little too much. People vote for their dead relatives, if they think they can get away with it. People vote at their own residence and their summer residence as well. I think our ability to keep the vote honest is improving slowly, but the need to WIN is powerful, and being in charge offers all sorts of benefits to the winning party.

So Liz Cheney is out of Republican leadership, and how she will do in the coming election in Wyoming is a question. I want representatives who work hard at being well informed and highly responsible to their supporters back home. Glad she’s out.

In the meantime, consumer prices have jumped 4.2 percent. I don’t think you can fix that with more education.

You Have an Obligation to Read by The Elephant's Child
May 10, 2021, 3:19 pm
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In the United States of America, we offer free public school for all children for grades one through twelve. Of course it’s not really “free”, we pay for it with our taxes to the federal government, the state government, the city or local government. We have direction from the federal government, the state government and the local government, and elect a school board for close local control.

You have probably noticed even if you do not have a school age child, that Covid has played hob with the schools. School has essentially been moved online, the schools are closed, teachers still get paid for “teaching” online classes though it’s uncertain who is learning what, if anything. Schools remain closed. The assumption that everyone has a computer and access, is clearly wrong, since when there is a riot and looting, computers seem to be the object most looted. Do we know what proportion of households have no computer access?

That aside, the assumption is that having taught young Americans to read and write, and supposedly to think, they will do so. After 12 years of being taught how to read, you have an obligation to read and be informed. I’m not convinced that is happening. I am a reader, always have been, and never without a book at hand. My dad liked Westerns, which he called “Blood and Thunders” and when I ran out, I’d read his. I grew up very rural, and there was no library, but the State had a “traveling library” in the basement of the Capitol building, and I’d borrow a stack and mail them back. I notice that many websites include with their news stories a note on just how much time it takes to read a particular piece, which suggests that they aren’t getting read. How much time to you spend online and how much do you read to feel informed?

You have probably noticed that most every online website now wants you to subscribe. They had been counting on Google advertising to pay them for their website efforts, but Google advertising is not working as well as was expected. There are only so many people who want a tee shirt with a cute saying, or a printed kitty climbing out of a printed hole in the tee. Products to be sold successfully online and online method of advertising have not come to a friendly relationship. I have never responded to an online ad, though I was once tempted by a company that makes and sells toy soldiers, but decided I already have too many tsochkes. I’m a sucker for anything elephant or pig. Home office is all elephant and kitchen is pig.

What percentage of American homes have a computer? When there are riots and looting, computers seem to be the most looted objects. Are they getting their first computer or simply upgrading? There are some people who really do not like to read, are they simply ill-informed, or do they rely on radio? You see pictures of people at sidewalk tables or in parks, reading a newspaper obviously just purchased at a stand. I no longer subscribe to a newspaper, though I receive free ones in the mailbox, weekly? monthly? Not sure. I’d love to hear what you think.

A Happy Mothers Day to All! by The Elephant's Child
May 9, 2021, 12:26 am
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Biden Policies Are Causing Problems by The Elephant's Child
May 6, 2021, 12:14 pm
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President Biden has just banned the annual POW/MIA memorial motorcycle ride in Washington D.C.The American group AMVETS has staged the event every year to remember and honor all prisoners of war and all missing in action veterans, by denying them the usual use of the Pentagon parking lot for their vehicles. Odd. He went to great lengths to adopt a couple of shelter dogs because he thought the appearance of presidential pets was important, like FDR and “his little dog Fala”. The dogs embarrassed him by biting White Hose personnel and pooping in the sacred halls, and had to be banished to Delaware.

President Biden’s Open Border is fueling the “deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History. A dozen Texas counties have declared emergencies due to the increase in human trafficking. Now the opioid fentanyl, highly addictive and lethal, is flowing across the border. More than 90,000 Americans overdosed on illicit drugs last year. Biden’s policies have led to less cooperation between American and Mexican drug interdiction agencies.

Americans usually notice pretty quickly if an administration raises the income tax rates, but administration caused inflation might as well be an official tax, and people are not as apt to notice although it affects the pocketbook just as much. In February, a 3/4″ standard sheet of plywood cost $72.49. In March it was up to $83.49 and in April it is $95.98 a sheet. That’s a 252% price increase in one of the most used pieces of common lumber for construction. Officially known as “inflation.” Widely used and quickly flows through society affecting other prices. We call it “inflation” but it should more accurately be called a tax.

Mark Zuckerberg continues to assume that his social media platform is more important than the office of the President of the United States. His “oversight board” continues to lie about the January 6 “riot” and continues to ban former President Donald Trump. Clearly, it’s time to do a bit of regulating of Big Tech. Their egos have gotten out of control. They may be very rich, but they are not as important as they think they are, and Mark Zuckerberg does not outrank the President of the United States.

P.S. Take a moment and write your congressmen and senators. It’s simply and And hearing from constituents is how we effect change.

When in Doubt, Blame Trump! by The Elephant's Child
May 5, 2021, 12:22 pm
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Jen Psaki, President Biden’s press secretary, ventured into fantasy land yesterday at a press conference. She said that the influx of immigrants at the southern border was “something that began during and was something that was exacerbated by the Trump administration.” (That’s apparently why so many illegal immigrants when asked why they are choosing now to try to get in, say that Joe Biden invited them to come. And obviously the border wall that President Trump had been building along the southern border was meant as a special welcome?

She added “After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and is building a fair, orderly and humane immigration system. That’s our objective. After coming into office, our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border—something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration.” How embarrassing! There are some whoppers that even a dedicated press secretary should find embarrassing to utter.

The Border Wall that Trump was successfully building (and Biden is trying to tear down) is imaginary, those tee shirts that everyone kept wondering about that said something about “Biden let me in” were a figment of the imagination, and somehow Trump is responsible for the migrants that he tried so hard to keep out? The influx has been massive and devastating to the border states and towns. The Border Patrol is overworked and deeply frustrated with the lack of help and support from the current administration. And the increased flow of drugs is devastating.

Clearly, Democrats started hating Trump even before he was elected. They hated him throughout his presidency, gave him credit for nothing, while having their lives saved by “Operation Warp Speed”which set records in the speed of development of successful vaccines.They blamed him for an invasion of the capitol building which he did not cause, and impeached him for that invasion, which he had noting whatsoever to do with.

The Covid crisis began a few miles north of my house in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, when someone returning from Wuhan, China came to visit relatives in the nursing home, and infected many patients and staff. President Trump recognized promptly what was happening and slapped a ban on any flights from China. As soon as it was identified as a virus, he initiated “Operation Warp-Speed” to develop a vaccine. The most successful effort ever.

When it became clear that we were having a problem with illegal immigrants, and drugs coming in over the Southern Border, he started building a wall to control the influx. It is Joe Biden who halted the wall being built, it is Joe Biden who is responsible for the sharp rise in drugs coming in over the border. The illegal immigrants succeeding in getting across the border believe that Joe Biden invited them to come. But apparently Jen Psaki didn’t get the message. If, however, you are a Democrat, instructions are apparently to blame anything the public doesn’t like on Donald Trump.

Three Experts on What to Expect! by The Elephant's Child
May 2, 2021, 7:11 pm
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Here’s a fascinating discussion with Victor Davis Hanson, Conrad Black and Bill Bennett, talking about the economy, where we are and what is happening. Not what you are reading in the news, but what is actually going on out there.

It’s about half an hour long, but worth every minute. Inflation, Biden, Debt, college admissions, a little shocking and disturbing. But we are better off knowing more about what to expect, aren’t we? When do we get the American people angry enough to talk back to their representatives in Washington DC and tell them that they are not happy with the progressive plans of President Biden, or don’t you mind major inflation?

It’s already noticeable in the rising price of gasoline, but also becoming noticeable at the grocery store. And the cost of a sheet of plywood is going through the roof!. Which means rising home prices and remodeling costs, and eventually everything else. With a lot of governors raising taxes, it’s going to get very interesting out there.

President Biden’s Speech to Congress was not well received. by The Elephant's Child
April 30, 2021, 9:12 pm
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President Biden’s speech to Congress was not well received by the general public, in spite of his promises that he was going to have a job for everybody. Democrats seem to believe that full employment is created by government action and government promises, but the people mostly know better. Democrats believe in a powerful central government that does everything, and Republicans are apt to believe just the opposite, that a big powerful government is a major problem, and keeping government interference to a minimum is the correct goal.

Our founders came from countries with powerful governments, and that was just what they wanted to escape in coming to a new world. They tried hard to create a new kind of government that responded to the needs of the people rather than directing the people in how to support a rich and powerful government. They wanted to leave the people free to create their own lives, and tried to design a government that would help them to do that, rather than training them in how to support the government. That’s the origin of America’s free enterprise economy, and we are blessed because of it.

The big and prosperous businesses of America often began with a single person with an idea. The genius of the American founding was the recognition of that fact, and the idea and the desire to help it to happen and prosper.

Here are a couple of familiar examples of people who did just that: Jeff Bezos and his wife famously loaded up the trunk of their car with books, and set out. We had some mail order catalogs at the time, so just how his ideas developed into Amazon, and made him a billionaire is not clear. Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward died. Of course the Covid crisis helped, when people where locked up at home and had to depend on Amazon and delivery services to get by, but Amazon clearly would have succeeded anyway, and did.

Mike Lindell had an idea of a way to make a better bed pillow. and made a great success of it. His success, of course is not so much celebrated because he was a big Trump supporter, but it is nevertheless a good example of Americans taking an idea of their own and turning it into a successful business. There are, of course, hundreds and hundreds of small businesses across the country that just putter along, struggling to survive. That’s how America grew and became a big and powerful country. We came from other countries with other kinds of governments, and our founders weren’t a bunch of control freaks. They had come to a new land and rejected the rule of kings that they had left behind, and they wanted something different Lots of struggles and mishaps along the way, but it has turned out pretty well.

There have always been those who believe that it is the government that makes things happen, and those who believe that one of our major problems is too much government. That seems to end up with one political party deeply in love with the functions of government, and the other that sees too much government as a major problem. That’s how the parties line up. President Biden is thinking in terms of what the government should do for the people, rather than how the government can support the people in their own goals and beliefs. There is a major difference.

President Biden Spoke to Congress. by The Elephant's Child
April 29, 2021, 12:25 am
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I watched all of President Biden’s speech to Congress. He told them how he was going to create jobs for everybody, ignoring, of course all the jobs he had destroyed by banning the XL Pipeline in the illusion that would somehow save the planet from the ravages of Global Warming by banning fossil fuels. Unfortunately the Canadian oil will now just be transported by train from Canada to American refineries and on to the gulf, which is more subject to accident and oil spill.

President Biden is going to create jobs for everyone, with a wave of the presidential pen. But it becomes clear that he is not very intimate with just how that works. Very clear on spending lots of tax money, and will need lots more of it, but not all that familiar with the basic economic works that would bring all those jobs he’s counting on, other than just signing some papers at his desk in the Oval Office. Just what creates jobs or does not in an economy seemed a little beyond him.That was just my impression. Jobs will be created though, as he reassured us, and things will be much better as soon he has undone everything that the former president did. I just didn’t get the impression that he understood the economics of what Trump did, nor why it was or was not the correct thing to do.

He took credit for the jobs that have come back as the lockdowns from Covid ceased, which makes it an easy way to create jobs, and creating jobs was pretty much the only subject of interest. He again assigned Kamala Harris to take charge of something or other, which she may or may not do. The American public has pretty much lost any faith in the possibility of Harris being in charge of much of anything.

Joe Biden Wants to Ban Hamburgers! by The Elephant's Child
April 27, 2021, 8:22 pm
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Lawrence Kudlow reported in The New York Sun, that President Biden was going to ban eating beef. Beef! In the interest, of course, of saving the planet from the ravages of Global Warming, in which President Biden fervently believes. Cow flatulence, you know. CO2. Which is not how it works anyway.

Carbon dioxide, CO2, is plant food, and creates more food for humans and animals. It does not create “global warming.” The warmth of the atmosphere is created by the action of the sun. “Global Warming” has it’s origins in the computers of the science labs of some universities, competing for federal grants, and has not much of anything to do with the real atmosphere. When they started trying to understand Global Warming, the scientists in the universities put what they knew for sure about the climate, which was not all that much, and then they added a lot of informed guesses, and the rest was what they they thought might be probable. This is not what is usually defined as the best science.

Christiana Figueres, who was once General Secretary of the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) admitted to a press conference back in 2013 or 2015. somewhere in there, that the object of the climate change thing, was to get rid of capitalism.

No telling what this administration will come up with next. Of course I’m not sure they know what they will come up with either. Their goals are a little unclear, other than putting the Democrats in charge.

Anyway, getting rid of beef? I grew up in cattle country. Not bloody likely. Improve the fence around the back yard a little, buy some hay, and get a calf. I don’t know, you can train a puppy, but a calf is something different. Fortunately the press, or the president changed their minds, and said they didn’t plan on outlawing beef after all. Good. Americans are rather fond of their hamburgers. That would not go down well. And Thousands of McDonalds customers would certainly vote for someone else.

The supposed change of presidential mind came so quickly, that I assume they got a whiff of public reaction to this “brilliant” idea. There will be more. President Biden seems to really believe in the need to do something about a non-existent climate problem The climate is controlled by the sun, not by a number of Herefords on Western ranches. Leave the poor cows alone.

Nobody Watched the Oscars! by The Elephant's Child
April 26, 2021, 5:07 pm
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The Oscars were last night, and apparently nobody watched. Not interested. It may, of course, have been a reflection of the Covid shutdown, and nobody has gone to the movies, or conversely, people may be sick of so-called “celebrities” one has never heard of, mouthing off about politics that they clearly know nothing about.

Reporters have learned that if they can insert a “celebrity” into a story, it is apt to get more clicks that a story that doesn’t have one, simply because a familiar name attracts attention. That’s all a “celebrity” is, is someone whose name may be familiar. You are more likely to click on familiar than unfamiliar.

However, being a celebrity and thus familiar, does not mean that we want to listen to the works of their minds. Your views on politics are not welcome, and when they are stupid, as often happens, we reject the views and the celebrity as well. That could account for a lack of interest in the Oscars.

The current political battles are about words, and attempts to change the words people use to describe their beliefs. I just noticed a new one. The words “husband” and “wife” have been banished in favor of the currently ubiquitous “partner”. That is designed to eliminate any prejudice or disapproval of same-sex couples. Inclusiveness is good, disapproval is not acceptable, unless it is disapproval of the correct people. Trying to change a society is difficult, and the language must be controlled to make the necessary changes. I really don’t like attempts to redefine my language.

Sorry, I don’t welcome thousands of illegal aliens either. I welcome immigrants who apply properly to become citizens, not those who sneak in by the back door. I don’t welcome huge increases in the national debt and the raised taxes to pay off the unnecessary spending. If “infrastructure”, roads and bridges, need fixing to keep people safe, that is one thing, if you’re just trying to buy votes by scattering cash around, it’s quite another.

I expect people to “study up” and know what they are advocating. In the past 100 years, the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere had increased by about one degree Centigrade. The planet is fine, and controlled by the action of the sun. We do not need to banish fossil fuels, and America is fortunate to have enough to sell to other countries. We have had slightly warmer eras in the past, and cooler ones as well, and done just fine. If you recall, we have even had ice ages that shaped the Rocky Mountains, and left us lots of beautiful lakes. Unfortunately, wind turbines don’t work and cannot supply the energy needed by a modern society. It costs about $35,000 to take one down, and they have to be buried in a landfill because nothing is recyclable. I wrote a post in July of 2013 about abandoned wind turbines (the ones pictured were in Hawaii) that has proved to be perennially popular, I hope as a negative case for wind energy which just doesn’t work well enough for a modern society to depend on.

It’s hard to be well-informed. Some of what you read will be wrong. Your own prejudices may well lead you astray. You may be influenced by the wrong ideas. And you just have to read a lot to understand what is right and what is not. There are a lot of people out there who just don’t like to read. I’ve noticed that many articles now have a “reading time” and an effort to keep it brief for busy people. An attempt to be helpful, that’s a little scary. I’m a big reader, always have books I’m reading or re-reading. Always have. But I do recognize that many find reading to be a task rather than a pleasure.

Do read this post at Breitbart. by The Elephant's Child
April 25, 2021, 5:17 pm
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AWR Hawkins has a wonderful post at Breitbart. about all the fences and walls the Hollywood “celebrities” have erected to protect themselves from the common folk out there, during the Oscars. Great pictures, riotously funny! I haven’t seen a movie at a movie theater this last year, and seldom before that. Watch some old movies now and then online.

I do not want to hear from Hollywood “celebrities”, not now, not ever. I may find their acting in someone else’s story of interest, but the work of their minds—no thanks. They may be “click bait” because their names are familiar, but their ideas? Oh please.

“President Mean Tweets?” by The Elephant's Child
April 25, 2021, 4:38 pm
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Some wag has recently called President Trump “President Mean Tweets”, and it seems to have caught on a bit. Not fair, but funny. Yes, he did. But did you notice that his “mean tweets” were usually in response to a vicious attack, and if attacked, President Trump was not inclined to just let it ride. And he was viciously attacked consistently and steadily, from his first day in office till the present.

When the Covid Crisis first appeared in America in a nursing home a few miles north of my house, a number of people in the nursing home died after someone coming from Wuhan, China infected them with a disease that turned out to be a pandemic. As soon as it became clear that someone from China had brought an infection, Trump banned all flights from China to immediate vast accusations of racial prejudice and unnecessarily creating fear, but he was right, and it saved a lot of lives.

As soon as it began to become clear that it was an infectious disease, and other people were getting sick, President Trump got automobile factories producing ventilators, which turned out to not be needed, and invented and ordered what came to be called “Operation Warp Speed” to get the big pharmaceutical companies working on developing vaccines, and getting the stuff that got in the way of their work out of their way. He sent hospital ships to the major ports, made arrangements for temporary tent hospitals, kept the cruise ships in port, and worked hard at finding the right advisors for all of the tasks so rapidly appearing.

A plan for vaccinating the American people had to be developed and implemented. The States had to be informed about what we knew, and plans developed for how to proceed in each state, and who would be in charge of what. When you think back on it all, it was a huge and vastly important undertaking. There were, of course drawbacks and confusion, some things didn’t work. Trump got Covid himself. How much should they lock down, what about requiring masks, closing restaurants, hotels, shops. It didn’t all go smoothly, of course.

The rest of the world was also reacting and trying to cope. Everybody made mistakes, but we learned quickly what worked and what didn’t. Lots went wrong, and had to be fixed. Nations and States learned from each other. Travel shut down for the most part. There will be lots of books yet to be written that will elaborate on what happened and how we coped.

We will compare the states and how they fared and how they reacted, and the federal agencies will be examined to see how they responded. We have had a few pandemics before, and undoubtedly there will be others in the future, even if of diseases as yet unknown and undreamed of. Will they be bringing back infections from other planets? We can’t know the future, but only prepare for it by trying to learn the correct lessons of today.

President Biden desperately wants the credit for ending the Covid 19 epidemic and has tried to blame the whole thing on Donald Trump, and has tried to stamp out any Trump accomplishments and when he can, claim them for himself. I think Democrats believe that if they can just get people outraged enough over the “invasion” of the Capitol, claiming that Trump urged it or started it or something like that, then they can keep Trump from coming back, or challenging them again. Donald Trump did not cause the Capitol invasion, he invited some of his supporters to come to Washington DC and march down Pennsylvania Ave. with him. No connection to what actually happened at all. But they will keep trying to blame it all on Trump. President Mean Tweets, indeed.

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