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How Will Trump Deal With The Migrant Caravans? by The Elephant's Child

With three or more “caravans” of migrants from Central America heading up the west coast of Mexico towards our southern border, there are lots of questions about immigration. President Trump wants to eliminate birthright citizenship for those who are not born to citizens.

A few years back, more than five but I can’t remember how many, a Russian oligarch arrived in New York harbor in his gigantic yacht, anchored and shortly rushed to a New York hospital so his mistress could have an American citizen baby. Somehow that just didn’t seem right.

This election has made it clear just why the Left is so determined to favor any and all illegal aliens who arrive, and want them to become citizens. The issue of vote fraud has been very clear in California, Florida and quite a few other states, with non-citizens illegally voting. For the current crop of Democrats, being in control is all important, and they are willing to go to any lengths to make sure they are.

Migrant family apprehensions in October are up 378 percent over last year. That’s before any caravan has reached the border. The Left has insisted on portraying the caravans as peaceful migrants, but a hundred migrants have disappeared from the march. Someone rolled a truck up, told the migrants they could get a free ride, and no one has seen them since. The kids can become a “family unit” for traffickers, the women cn go to a brothel and the men may end up as drug mules or in mass graves. Massive numbers do not necessarily promote safety.

So President Trump has sent troops to the border, wants to end “birthright citizenship”, wants to build a wall to make it harder for illegals to get in. What can he do? What are his legal powers? Dan Cadman at the Center For Immigration Studies has spelled out the President’s powers: The Background, The Use of the Military, the Enforcement Powers, The Use of Force, and Border Agent Force Multipliers and other Executive Powers of the President. He can close the border.  This is a very useful view of the President’s Executive Power. Do read the whole thing. It will serve you well, as Democrats start trying to eliminate ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the border police, and change the nation’s laws because they want to assure their own power. This is a very troubling period.

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Wildfire? Homes Burned, People Killed? Must be Global Warming. by The Elephant's Child

California  Governor Jerry Brown has said that “hundreds of billions” of dollars could be needed to adapt to man-made global warming in “the span of a few years” The Democrat added that “And it’s not millions, it’s billions and tens and probably hundreds of billions even in the span of a few years. We’ve got lots of work to do.”

California does have a “Climate Adaption Strategy” that is supposed to reduce the vulnerability of populations to the effects of future global warming like higher sea levels, more intense storms and more crop failures.

President Donald Trump said he’d pull federal funding if California did not “remedy” its wildfire problems, which Trump blamed for poor forest management practices for large wildfires.

Brown did mention that better forest management was necessary to getting fires under control, but then went on to say “those who deny” man-made global warming were “definitely contributing” to the deadly wildfires.

“Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth drought — all those thing, they’re going to intensify,” Brown said. “Predictions by some science are, we’ve already gone up by one degree. I think we can expect half a degree, which is catastrophic, over the next 10 to 12 years. We have a real challenge here threatening our whole way of life, so we got to pull together.”

Lefty billionaire Tom Steyer said the President Trump’s skepticism on climate change is grounds for impeachment during an appearance on CNN this weekend.

The fires in California have been horrific, with way too much loss of life and homes destroyed. Photographs of the fires from space really demonstrated how huge the fires were.

A long time resident of, I believe, the Carr Fire area in Redding, wrote that his community used to take down timber too close to the town, and tried to eliminate brush that came too close to areas where there were homes and buildings. However environmentalists demanded  that residents apply for permission to cut down trees, and demanded that the woods and brush be preserved to protect the wildlife. He didn’t include the name of the town in his post, but that sounds very probable to me.

It seems unbelievable that the governor of a state where forest fire can be a major problem, and a billionaire out advocating  around the country for the impeachment of the president cannot make the effort to study up a little on the science, before they shoot off their mouths.

Hurricanes and tornadoes are not caused by global warming. The Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years. The slight rise in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO²) in the atmosphere has been a great benefit to mankind, as it is a natural fertilizer for plants. It makes food crops in the world grow a little better and feed more hungry people. CO² is what we exhale each time we breathe in air, use the oxygen, and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants and trees use the carbon dioxide for fertilizer and release oxygen. You are supposed to have learned about photosynthesis in high school. Greenhouses pump extra CO² into their greenhouses because they are in the business of growing big healthy plants. They may have as much as 1,000 ppm in the greenhouses. No sign of dead nurserymen.

Recent studies have noted that throughout the Pacific, the ocean is not rising around islands and atolls. Many of the climate thermometer stations have been badly located next to air-conditioning outlets or reflective concrete walls, on airport pavements and consequently their recorded temperatures are way too high. Many of the climate estimates come from computer programs that started with the kind of program that estimated stock market movement. They put in what agreed upon facts they knew, a lot of things they hoped were correct, and a lot of guesswork for all the things we don’t understand – like the action of clouds.

There seem to be a lot of true believers out there, who don’t read any science but simply accept as holy writ whatever is said by climate alarmists, without checking contrary opinion at all. I keep mentioning that Christiana Figueres, General Secretary of the IPCC, let the cat out of the bag a few years back when she admitted that the goal of climate alarmism was to eliminate Capitalism. Others have confirmed that.



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.



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.




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