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Here’s A Very Special Video for Veterans’s Day by The Elephant's Child

Thanks to Maggie’s Farm and Bruce Kessler for finding this video. It’s memorable and very special.

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There’s a Lot Of Humor in Here Somewhere by The Elephant's Child

James Acosta is Indignant, enraged! How does the President of the United States dare to remove his press pass! Why he is a certified journalist, and is thus entitled to run the president’s press conferences, keep other reporters from speaking, push away a White House Intern trying to do her job. No fair. James Acosta and CNN are suing the president to make him take it all back.

Jim was just attempting to tell the president that he was wrong, and shouldn’t be calling the Caravans from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador “invaders”, in spite of the fact that if they were seeking asylum, were obligated under international law to accept asylum in the first country they came to, which was Mexico, which offered asylum, though most turned it down. Caravan members have said they are going right on to the United States and going right on through any borders, while they carried and waved their own national flags — which makes them aliens, that is, owing their allegiance to a country other than the United States, and having not applied to become immigrants properly, they are illegal — illegal aliens.

Democrats do like to change the names of things or the definitions, to properly change the way you think about those things. If you think about the vast mobs of people working their way up the west coast of Mexico to forcibly break through our southern border, you must think of them as poor refugeeees, fleeing to America, a “nation of immigrants” (no, we are a nation of citizens who mostly came here legally, with way too many illegal aliens among us. Democrats want them all to come in and vote for Democrats, as too many have just done in Florida.

So Jim Acosta, who was wrong about the illegal invasion, extraordinarily rude, and unprofessional, not giving the rest of the press members their turn, is suing the President of the United States, in his official residence, who decides whether to have press conferences at all, and to whom to give press passes, is having a law suit to get more publicity out of it. Sad.

And some are attacking the president as being racist for not properly supporting “Beto” O’Rourke instead of the Hispanic Ted Cruz. Uh huh.



Thomas Sowell Has Some Explaining for Us: by The Elephant's Child

This is an oldie, but worth reviewing for its appropriateness for today. A fascinating interview with Thomas Sowell about “intellectuals”. Do make time to watch the whole thing, It throws a lot of light upon what is happening in our present day, how to consider what’s going on. Whats the matter with intellectuals anyway? Aren’t they smarter than the rest of us? Shouldn’t we listen to them?

So whose opinion matters? See the previous post on “Opinion.



Another View of Immigration and Becoming a Citizen by The Elephant's Child

There’s a splendid essay on “Citizenship and Choice” by Angelo Codevilla at American Greatness (Excellent website) Angelo M.Codevilla is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University and the author of To Make And Keep Peace (Hoover Institution Press. 2014) on immigration and citizenship. Here’s an excerpt from his essay:

My friend, Peter Schramm, recalled his father—realizing that the 1956 revolution against the Soviets was going to fail—telling the family that they would flee to America. Now Peter, who was 10 years old at the time, would have gone anywhere his father asked him to go, but he was confused about why his dad had chosen America, so he asked, “Why America?” His father’s answer is instructive: ““Because, son. We were born Americans, but in the wrong place.”

My own experience confirms his. On the foggy morning of August 8, 1955, as the S.S. Constitution slipped past the Statue of Liberty, I stood with a couple of hundred other immigrants on the port rail of the third-class section. There were tears, and not a few sobs. None of us spoke any English. I was 13 and, like the others, had seen America in the movies, had heard stories, and had gone through the extensive screening process. We knew the basics: equality, freedom, opportunity, non-stop work, and utter seriousness. Having chatted with many of the others over the 10-day voyage, it seemed that I was already an American patriot in the company of American patriots.

Had we read what Lincoln had to say about immigrants becoming citizens, “equal in all things with us,” we would have cheered even more than did his 1858 audience: “When they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’ and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, [loud and long continued applause] and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together.”

Do read the whole thing, it’s not much longer. It is a proper and useful contrast to the histrionics of the Left who want all immigrants admitted at once without screening, or order, want ICE abolished  because “ripped from their mothers’ arms” has become their theme, because new immigrants are likely to vote Democrat, and the only goal of the Left is to be fully in control.

Like Alexandria Ocasia Cortez, newly elected to Congress, they want free college for all, free health care for all, and have no clue about where the money will come from. It will come from somewhere, and we’ll just pay for it. She is currently somewhat indignant because she will need an apartment in Washington DC, and doesn’t know who is going to pay for it.



“Enemy of the People” Or Just Failing to Do Their Assigned Job. by The Elephant's Child

The removal of Jim Acosta’s Press Credential has become a very big deal for the Democrats, they have turned it into a “talking point” which they hope to use to denigrate President Trump, of course. That CNN’s Acosta behaved very badly indeed in trying to hijack a Presidential Press Conference was a disgrace. Still chafing from the suggestion that the press was not truthful and “the enemy of the people” he wanted to disagree with the President because he called the migrant caravan an “invasion,” so he took it upon himself to argue with the President and tell him that he was wrong, while hogging the press conference and the ability to ask questions.  Extraordinarily rude.

Reporters are there to ask questions of the President, and get him to clarify his answers, but not to take control of the press conference. Acosta, having had his turn, refused to turn the microphone to a White House Intern, assigned to pass it on to another reporter waiting for his turn. He didn’t choose to give it up, and there’s disagreement over whether or not he shoved her, or just yanked the microphone away. Obviously a matter of earthshaking political concern. Mr. Acosta, if he cared to investigate the opinions of many Americans, might be astonished to learn that a vast majority of the public are concerned about the extremely partisan reporting by the media, and angry about it.



They’re Not “Invaders” Quite Yet, But It’s What They Intend by The Elephant's Child

Jim Acosta tried to tell the President of the United States that he was wrong – to call the three massive caravans moving towards our Southwest Border aiming to take it by force – “Invaders” instead of the softer term “Caravans.”

About those Caravans and just what they are. On June 24, 2016, in the last year of President Obama’s administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a 3-page memorandum to ten top  law enforcement chiefs responsible for border security. The subject line indicated the concern was about a terrorism threat at the country’s borders.

The Secretary ordered them to form a “multi-DHS Component SIA Joint Action Group to take on this new threat. The threat was SIAs or Special Interest Aliens. Migrants from Muslim-majority countries were being smuggled across our southern land border. Nothing  happened because of the election of Donald Trump, and most of the agency heads were being swept out of office by the change. There are three major Muslim majority areas considered “countries of interest.” Africa: Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Middle East: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, Syria and Turkey.  South Asia: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines and North Korea. Media reports, failing to address homeland security implications, show that Syrians and Iraqis have been reaching the Southwest Border for years with the aid of smugglers, perhaps in the number of thousands. Democrats who rail about the horrors of ICE “ripping little children from the arms of their mothers” fail to understand that it is ICE that is working hard to identify and reject those who have been smuggled to our Southern Border, to hopefully protect us from another 9/11.



The Florida Election Count by The Elephant's Child

Florida Governor Rick Scott has taken legal action against the irregular vote counting operation in two of the most liberal counties in the state. A Florida judge has ruled that Broward County has violated election laws. The elections supervisor in Broward County illegally destroyed ballots in 2016, and has remained in the same office. She has refused to release information about the number of ballots cast and how many ballots had yet to be counted. Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips found that Snipes violated state public records laws. The Judge ordered Snipes to provide that information to the Scott campaign by 7:00 p.m.

Democrats, of course, claim there is no such thing as vote fraud. Those people who vote in their winter residence in Florida as well as their home residence in another state are committing vote fraud. Illegal aliens who are not citizens are committing vote fraud if they register to vote and do so. Election supervisors who destroy ballots they don’t like are committing vote fraud. One of the first things a candidate needs to know is how many ballots were given out, how many people actually voted, and something about absentee ballots. California has been issuing voter registration with drivers’ licenses, which are issued to non-citizens.

The European press has reacted to our election about as expected. Trump is demanding that NATO members cough up their agreed-upon contribution to defense instead of failing to pay, which means that their governments have less to distribute around their own country and as favors to the press. What follows at the link are snips from the major European outlets.




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