American Elephants

Is the current situation leaving you a little out of sorts? by The Elephant's Child
April 12, 2021, 11:11 pm
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There are expressions that we use, that may just be family expressions, unknown to others or perhaps they are common, but unexamined. The one that brought this on was “feeling a little out of sorts”. Probably been using the expression all my life without ever giving it the slightest thought or attention. What on earth does “out of sorts” mean? Odd. Is this an expression you use? or don’t use but you’ve heard it before? Have no idea? The meaning is simple enough, feeling a little ‘off.’ not quite right, that sort of thing. And it’s descriptive because its so vague.

That seems to describe the current period in our history rather well. A little out of sorts. Things are a little off. President Biden has essentially invited the citizens of Central America to come to the United States and we will invite them in, give them jobs, maybe citizenship, and apparently even stimulus checks. Central America doesn’t seem to be particularly flush with high paying jobs, excellent governance, great schools, and the people have responded directly to President Biden’s invitation, so enthusiastically that it has created a huge crisis on our border, a degree of fury from the border states that can hardly cope, a border patrol that is overwhelmed. and now President Biden is thinking about paying them just to go back home. Out of sorts indeed.

The most recent flap, and they seem to come along all too frequently, has been in Georgia and the state’s attempt to tidy up their voting regulations. States are responsible for setting their own regulations, it’s not the federal government’s task.

The election in Georgia was controversial, there were questions about the integrity of the vote, some ballots were scanned more than once, suitcases of ballots turned up after things were counted, lots of questions, so the state government wanted to straighten it all out and restore confidence.

They intended to tidy up the hours of voting, add some clarification of who was entitled to vote and where. In other words, when were the polls to open and for what hours, and how did you make sure that only those who were entitled to vote got to do so in the right precinct. They adjusted the hours so that working people had time to vote and still do their jobs, with the opportunity to vote on their way to work or after work. Seemed simple enough. And to make sure that they were entitled to vote because that was their precinct, they asked voters to show I.D. to identify themselves.

Because this is an “out of sorts” time, some large businesses assumed that this effort was a racist attempt to keep blacks from voting, and because businesses are extra sensitive to accusations of racism, they decided, without any effort to actually read the law as rewritten to proclaim it racist and unacceptable and the National Baseball League pulled their big tournament out of Georgia, and Delta Airlines, Coca Cola made a stink, and the national news piled on. And apparently not even the national newsmen bothered to actually read the new regulations. Massive nothingburger.

My point is that there’s a remarkable amount of stuff going on where no one has bothered to read what was actually said. Newsmen call in their celebrities to sound off on events that never happened. Big Tech, being closely involved with the news is also terrified of being blamed for something, and has gathered scads of “fact checkers” who may not know any more than the rest of us do, to proclaim what is true and what is false. And than everybody will act on that which has been proclaimed to be fact, but very well may not be and it’s probably racist anyway.

That’s what I mean by “Out of sorts”.

I Suppose We Could Call it “Infrastructure” by The Elephant's Child
April 11, 2021, 9:18 pm
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Having created an immense border crisis, Joe Biden is apparently now considering paying the illegal aliens to go back home. I suppose we could call it “infrastructure”. Infrastructure seems to be the name of the big program where you stuff everything you want to do. Should work, because when you call it infrastructure, people think roads and bridges, and don’t concern themselves much with the actuality. We’ve been here before, but I don’t really remember lots of photos of newly repaired bridges and new highways.

I have, today, seen accusations that many of our roads are “racist”, but there was no explanation of that one. Just a uniform accusation to throw out when you can’t find the right evidence, I guess. A road goes through a black neighborhood? A road avoids a black neighborhood? Dunno.

At the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman asks: “How Many Jobs Will Be Lost to Biden ‘Infrastructure”? He says sometimes the president calls his next proposed spending blowout an “infrastructure bill” and sometimes he calls it a “jobs: program”. The Biden plan may end up destroying plenty of both. The Wharton School projects it dragging wages down by 0.7 percent in 2031 and 0,8 percent in 2050. Other analysts disagree. I think that’s where the term “throwing money at the problem” came from. Mr. Biden is racking up a pretty big bill for the taxpayers. Remember my oft-repeated nostrum: “The Federal Government has no money of it’s own.”

FDR, the ultimate hero for the Democrats, had a lot of “jobs programs” during the Great Depression — The WPA, the ECW, the CCC– which critics at the time called “the use of 100 men shoveling dirt to create a road rather than using a road grader”. Didn’t shorten or end the Depression, Pearl Harbor did that. Not generally a good idea to appear weak in your enemies’ eyes. And, oddly, not everything can be solved by throwing money at it.

Another headline from the Wall Street Journal: “Inflation Arrives, Is It ‘Transitory’?” Producer prices up 4.2% in the last year, with goods prices up 7%. Unfortunately, that’s where throwing money at the problem ends up. People are already noticing the increasing price of gas.

Cause and Effect and Celebrity by The Elephant's Child
April 11, 2021, 2:17 pm
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The climate crisis is upon us. President Biden is doing much of what he is doing because of the “climate crisis” — the XL pipeline, the thousand of lost jobs, the offshore wind farms, the efforts to shut down the oil industry, the rise in the price of gas for your car, the efforts to switch our cars and trucks to electricity instead of petroleum.

Wind and solar do not work. Been there, done that. Look up the evidence of Solyndra, (enter “Solyndra” in the space over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar). Moving wind offshore might produce a little more wind than mountain passes, though I don’t know that to be true, but neither wind nor solar can produce enough energy to run a modern society, And think about major factories as well as your own power and light. The Japanese had an edict to move their automobiles entirely to electric power in the next five years. Investigating deeply, they discovered that they were completely unable to ever produce enough electricity to run the nation’s transportation system. They have been desperately trying to warn us, but the Biden administration is not paying attention.

Greta Thunberg, the autistic Swedish child who came to America to scold the United Nations, got her portrait painted on the side of a building in San Francisco, and became a world noted celebrity. New laws, new regulations, frightened people. And all in the wake of what, exactly?

According to the best scientific evidence, there is no climate crisis. The climate has warmed by about one degree Celsius in the last 100 years. Slight increases in CO2, carbon dioxide, which is a natural fertilizer for plants, are helping to grow bountiful crops which are feeding a hungry world. The Thunberg child was mistaken, but she has become a celebrity.

Reporters want their stories to get published, and to get attention. That’s why words uttered by a “celebrity” are apt to get more attention than words uttered by the U.S. Representative from the other side of the state. So, what exactly is a “celebrity”? A celebrity is someone whose name is known. That’s it, in its entirety. Cher strikes me as the perfect example. She’s quite political, and loves to speak out on political matters. Does she have any special qualifications to be listened to? Not that I know of. i vaguely remember “Sonny and Cher” but not who nor what they were, something in music of the time, I guess, which was not my thing. Whatever it was they did, they undoubtedly had fans. But the fact that her name us recognizable will get the reporter a spot on a page, because people are more apt to look at a story about someone whose name is familiar. That is specifically where celebrities come from and why reporters look for a “celebrity” to get their story printed, even if it’s a nothing story.

This has an unfortunate effect on the “celebrities”. They start believing that what they say is important, and that they need to speak out, which means we get more “celebrities” speaking out. George Clooney has been emailing advice to the lawyers for George Floyd’s family, on what tactics to use to convict Derick Chauvin. Does George Clooney have any special knowledge about anything whatsoever regarding the trial. No. But he is a “celebrity” and thus feels entitled.

Your state representative in Congress from the other side of the state may have something important to say, but since he didn’t live in your county and you didn’t vote for him, you may be unfamiliar with his name. That, specifically is the problem with “celebrity.” It works for reporters, so it will continue, but it’s why the news is so warped. The only remedy, apparently, is to completely ignore stories about celebrities, and hope that it gradually changes reporters’ behavior.

End all single-family zoning because of racism. by The Elephant's Child
April 10, 2021, 7:32 pm
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Did you know that President Biden’s big “Infrastructure” Bill is aimed at ending single-family zoning? Get rid of those “exclusionary” suburbs and get everybody into apartment living. Back in the 2020 presidential campaign this was brought up, and then Biden went silent on it and the Democrat press denied that he had any designs on single-family zoning at all. President Biden calls it “exclusionary zoning.” And , of course, assumes that it all has a racist basis.

How did “racism” come to be such a hot-button issue?

Joe Biden insisted that he was going to choose a black woman as his vice president, and chose Camilla Harris. He has also chosen his cabinet members and advisers not on what we would normally call their qualifications, but for some “inclusionary” goal. See, see, I am not prejudiced at all, see who I have appointed. There are some clearly selected for their “inclusionary” role, when one would feel more confident were they chosen for their skills.

A remarkable lot of silly stuff going on. The outrageous flap over Georgia’s voting regulations was ridiculous. The regulations were changed slightly to be more inclusive and responsive to voter needs, while demanding I.D. for simple identification. Most of those screeching about how biased the new regulations were, were completely unaware that they only called for I.D. for simple identification as someone who was entitled to vote in that precinct. Certainly nothing exclusionary at all. Those who got so indignant from Baseball management to Coca Cola and Delta Airlines, did not bother to look into the regulations enough to find out what they actually required, and made themselves look like fools.

There is, or should be, more emphasis in our schools on looking stuff up, just knowing what you are talking about. Or maybe kids do their homework in school and don’t get the lesson that you have to do your homework throughout life. Trying to make everyone equal in their lifestyles as well as their influence us the very definition of Socialism. And Socialism just doesn’t work either.

The Border Wall: Construction, Costs and Migration. by The Elephant's Child
April 6, 2021, 10:26 pm
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The Washington Times reported that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told his departmental employees that he may restart border wall construction to plug what he called “gaps: in the current barrier”.

In a conversation with ICE employees last week, Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall and he said that while Mr. Biden has canceled the border emergency and halted Pentagon money flowing to the wall, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.”

Donald J. Trump left office with 460 miles of border wall constructed, but in many difficult spots, gaps were left open to be filled with different equipment or streams to be diverted, stuff like that. The open gaps, of course, are a magnet for illegals or drugs to cross without interference and cannot all be manned 24/7. Contracts were issued to construction companies to deal with whatever the cause of the gap, and finish up the wall.

Construction contracts involve big costs like moving in heavy equipment, some rented at immense cost, hiring workers, that sort of thing, so they are firm, and involve significant cost. In the current case, the contracts to close the gaps left in the constructed wall are costing taxpayers about $6 million a day, because they have been halted. That can add up to a rather hefty sum rather quickly, which probably has something to do with Secretary Mayorkas’ announcement.

Enter Victor Davis Hanson with an article at American Greatness titled “Donald J. Trump: Joe Biden’s Best Friend”, which is a hilarious account of President Biden’s efforts to blame anything and everything that might embarrass the administration on the former president. Biden was even trying to claim that Trump didn’t do anything significant about the vaccine and he, Biden, was the one who was actually saving America from Covid-19. And there was Biden in late December, not yet inaugurated, getting his second vaccination shot.

Back in 2015, Christiana Figueres, General Secretary of the IPCC, announced at a press conference that the Climate Crisis presented the best opportunity to rid the world of dreaded Capitalism. 2021, and the world is trying desperately to get into the dreaded Capitalist country because it offers better pay, more opportunity, more peace, free schooling, little things like that. She undoubtedly knew back then that there was no real climate crisis.

President Biden says that the root causes of migration are hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. Unfortunately migration itself breeds more migration, and migrants write back to say how much better they’re doing. The unaccompanied children at the border are often there because a parent is already in country, and paying coyotes to get them across. One of the common myths is that South-North migration is driven by poverty and under-development, but most migration does not occur from the poorest countries nor the poorest segments of the population. Actually development and modernization initially lead to more migration, not less.

The migration legislation of all of the countries surveyed [El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico] requires parental authorization for all minors traveling outside of the country. The laws of Mexico and Guatemala make possession of a passport a mandatory requirement for travel, and Honduran law prohibits the travel of unaccompanied minors.

Unfortunately the president has a lot of misunderstandings about Migration matters. It would surely help if Democrats were not so anxious to increase their control of Congress and the country, by increasing their numbers of voters and congressional representation. Congress has set formal limits on the number of new immigrants the United States can receive in a year. I believe it was a million immigrants a year. That has more or less gone out the window with big flows of temporary workers, illegal immigrants, visitors overstaying, and special workers for the Tech industry who work for less than our own Tech graduates, I guess.

Then there are the little matters of who gets what. Do all these temporary workers get a stimulus check? Have you received a stimulus check? Do all the illegals get a stimulus check, or do those just go to actual citizens? That seems to be completely unclear. President Biden is apparently unconcerned about the enormous National Debt he is racking up with stimuluses and infrastructuring and offshore wind farms and trying to get rid of carbon dioxide and welcome migrants. Some of the people he has put in charge of the energy sector seem to think we should push for a change to all-electric cars promptly, but the Japanese who just had an edict for a complete change-over to a transportation system run on electricity instead of petroleum products, but have found out to their terror and astonishment that they do not have enough electricity to accomplish that, nor the ability to produce enough and are trying desperately to warn the Americans who pay no attention. Joe Biden is pushing for offshore wind farms off all three coasts. The current administration seems to be completely unfamiliar with Solyndra.

And then there’s the little matter of actually getting the American people all vaccinated.

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” by The Elephant's Child
April 5, 2021, 9:30 pm
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Back when I was just another corporate worker-bee, I had occasion to notice that our chief executive received a thin little magazine that purported to inform him of the important news of the day. I don’t remember but perhaps he left it on the table in the lunchroom. What I remember was being shocked at the paucity of what the magazine considered necessary reading for chief executives, who theoretically may have to take actions on what is happening in the world. And of course today we have a lot of chief executives speaking out on things they know little, if anything, about.

What brought this to mind is, of course, the “outrage” by executives about Georgia’s new “racist” voting regulations. Major league baseball pulled out of Georgia because of it. Delta airlines considered moving their headquarters. President Biden was outraged, Coca Cola was outraged. Yet no one, apparently, had even bothered to read a single paragraph of the State of Georgia’s new voting regulations, which simply required that voters show I.D. in order to vote.

The bill actually expands weekend voting, and makes Sunday voting law, and protects a voter’s ability to cast an absentee ballot without providing a reason.Strange to talk about when the teachers unions mostly have our public schools shut down. I suppose one’s attitude depends on whether or not you liked school when you were there. Those who had called in for tickets to be held for them at the stadium, had to show I.D.s in order to purchase them.

ADDENDUM: The picture was chosen because I wish my den looked like that. Doesn’t and not going to happen, but I can dream….

Georgia isn’t quite as peachy as usual. by The Elephant's Child
April 3, 2021, 10:06 pm
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The 2020 election in the state of Georgia was very controversial as many questions came up about the integrity of the vote. There were concerns that ballots were scanned multiple times, mysterious suitcases full of ballots being counted after GOP observers had left. That sort of thing. Absentee and mail in ballots were counted in spite of lack of identification requirements. 1.3 million voters in Georgia mailed in absentee ballots in the 2020 election. There was understandably a long delay in election results being certified.

U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene said the reforms were essential because too many absentee ballots were “mailed in without verification. She said you have to show an I.D. to buy alcohol, to buy tobacco, to show and have a driver’s license to drive. President Joe Biden promptly labeled the bill “Jim Crow in the 21st Century, and claimed it was an atrocity. ( having to show ID? ) and said the Justice Department was “taking a look as well.

Naturally, Major League Baseball is going to remove their tournament, movie people will just not film their movies in Georgia, but in China instead. Delta Airlines made a stink until the Assembly mentioned reducing their discount on aviation gasoline. There was lots more childish behavior, but I was struck by the ignorance and the refusal to be bothered with studying up slightly to find out what they were talking about. That seems to be the nature of flaps or protests these days, and it’s more than a bit frightening to discover just how our nation is being run.

Absurdity piled on Absurdity. Governance today. by The Elephant's Child
April 2, 2021, 7:34 pm
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President Joe Biden has announced that he plans to raise taxes significantly to help pay for his proposed $2.5 trillion infrastructure spending bill. “Infrastructure” is of course one of those new words that is meant to cover whatever politicians want to do. He defended his proposal with the following absurd words:

“Raising taxes, studies show, will not slow the economy at all … It will make the economy function better and will create more energy” he said.

The president’s plan would raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, and raise taxes for individuals making more than $400,000 a year. He argued that the tax hikes were necessary in order to help pay for his dramatic spending proposal.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would fight Biden’s proposal, at a press conference in Kentucky on Thursday. He said way too much of the proposed spending was simply focused on leftist climate and green energy proposals and simply raising taxes. Biden has announced plans for a huge offshore wind farm on the East coast. Getting it offshore is supposed to guarantee more wind, but I don’t know if that is so. But clearly we must stop using fossil fuels because CO2 and the Swedish kid, Greta Thunberg, says CO2 is going to destroy the earth shortly.

There is no climate crisis. CO2 is a natural fertilizer for plants, and is helping to grow bountiful crops all over the world which are feeding the hungry and relieving poverty. It has been much warmer in the past, and much cooler as well.

“Raising taxes will create more energy.” Will that go down in history as Joe Biden’s most significant statement? Blanket permission for partisan Democrats.

Pete Buttigieg, the new Transportation Secretary, arrived in D.C. for a meeting, and parked his SUV in a quiet spot, and unloaded his bicycle so he could be seen biking to his meeting. More appropriate for an earnest Transportation Secretary, who may still have presidential ambitions.

President Joe Biden and the Climate: by The Elephant's Child
March 29, 2021, 10:21 pm
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I think that Joe Biden is shaping up to be one of the worst presidents in American history. He has clearly invited the population of Central America to come to the United States and he will make them all citizens eventually. He wants to be a president who rescues refugees, and he seems to regard anyone from another country as a refugee. Refugee from what is another question. There are no wars and no particular tyranny is Central America. They are just poorer, and would like to make more money and take advantage of Americas free public schooling and health care, and the opportunity for better jobs.

He obviously has no interest in full employment and is willing to eliminate jobs in the interest of climate change, and attack whole industries as well. And no, we cannot just dump petroleum and run our cars on electricity. Most of our power plants run on fossil fuels. The Japanese had an edict to switch entirely to electric run cars in the fairly near future, and discovered to their dismay that they did not have enough electricity to run the nation’s automobiles.

Biden clearly believes in an upcoming climate change disaster, without any effort to investigate the actual science. Climate activists are quite sure that CO2 is shortly going to destroy the world without any understanding whatsoever that Carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer for plants and is greening the earth, and creating bountiful crops that are feeding the hungry all over the world.

Where we got so far off, I think, is when some scientists started worrying because the CO2 in the atmosphere increased slightly, and the government began giving out grants to climate scientists to explain what was happening. Well!. Government grants meant new lab equipment, perhaps even an assistant, prestige, and climate scientists ran for their computers. They put in what they knew about the climate for sure, and then they put in their best guesses about what was up, and some intelligent estimates for what they didn’t know, and filled in the gaps with some plain old guesswork, because there really was a whole lot about the climate that they didn’t know at all. And clearly the government needed information to work on. And of course some of the climate scientists got a little more ambitious than others, more prestige for a neglected branch of science was enticing.

It has been much warmer in the past, and much colder too. We know about ice ages and can see the evidence from the distant past, but we didn’t start keeping records of temperatures until well into the 1800s, The first thermometer was invented in 1714, by appropriately, Daniel Fahrenheit, Now temperatures are measured all over the world, as this map from Dr. Roy Spencer shows: Interesting to see where they care and where they do not.

Dr. Roy Spencer is at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and runs the satellites that measure temperatures all over the world for NASA. Fascinating to see where there is serious attention and where there is not.

Do visit Dr. Spencer’s website for serious information on climate, and also Climate Depot and Watts Up With That, all listed in the sidebar. Each of them lists other websites from other serious scientists, so it’s not hard to find information, just hard to make the effort, I guess.

ADDENDUM: I should have explained this map, The yellow dots represent officially reporting temperature stations.

Is it our schools? Some days it seems like we’re turning into a nation of crackpots! by The Elephant's Child
March 27, 2021, 6:31 pm
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Did you watch President Biden’s long-avoided press conference? I found it, frankly, frightening. He is clearly not up to the job. And that is how the comments from the media went, ranging from comments about the many lies he offered, to the impossibility of his aims. His aims seem mostly to be about undoing anything and everything done by Donald Trump. without the slightest understanding that many of the things Trump did were just what the economy needed. President Trump had a border under control, and well on the way to being very much improved, and now it’s wide open with Biden inviting all of Central America to come on in. And they all seem to be coming.

Biden is planning to take “aggressive action” to ensure that the United States achieves a “carbon pollution free power sector” by 2035 and a “net zero economy” in just 15 years later. Unfortunately renewable energy is way too inefficient to be of any real use, and utterly dependent on subsidies from governments already drowning in debt. A “net-zero” economy isn’t going to happen. There is no climate crisis. CO2 is not an upcoming climate disaster, but simply a natural fertilizer for plants that is feeding the world better with bountiful crops.

Joe Manchin, Senator from West Virginia, stands in the way of Biden’s desire to get rid of the filibuster, so President Biden has offered Manchin’s wife an important and well-paying job in the administration, spelled b-r-i-b-e.

So far, Biden’s actions from the XL Pipeline executive order that destroyed something like 11 thousand high-paying jobs and his other actions have jacked up the price of gas, so it’s costing all of you more to drive, and undoubtedly there will be more price increases in the cost of gasoline. Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s Transportation Secretary, wants to tax you on your mileage to fund Infrastructure spending. I haven’t heard that bridges are falling down and freeways crumbling, but I have noticed that we always seem to have a need to spend large amounts of money on “infrastructure.” I have no confidence in Buttigieg either. Biden claimed that Trump left Migrant children to “starve to death” in Mexico, which is also nonsense. Why does he say silly things like this?

The Democrat Mayor of Oakland, California, Libby Schaaf, has announced a program that offers poor minority families $500 a month. Unless you are white. Poor white folks are out of luck, but illegal aliens will qualify. Can you explain that one?

Wind Energy is a Nice Idea, Doesn’t Work. by The Elephant's Child
March 24, 2021, 5:37 pm
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Many of our visitors are interested in the old post about abandoned wind turbines. Wind turbines are a major problem. First of all, the turbines only turn when the wind is blowing, preferably about 35mph, if I remember correctly. You have surely been outside, how often have you experienced that? Doesn’t happen. even in the windiest places, which is where they attempt to place turbines. Which is largely why wind does not produce enough energy to fulfill the needs of a modern industrial society. Machines that run on electricity need steady dependable electricity, including your household. If a turbine breaks down, it costs about $35,000 to dismantle one.. The turbines are not recyclable, and must be buried in a landfill.

Everybody probably imagines the old Dutch windmills that provide us with a history and vision, but those windmills were not there to provide energy, but to grind grain. It’s lovely to think of the natural wind and the sun as providing all the energy we need, but it just isn’t so. CO2 is not a poison, but a natural fertilizer for plants, and crops are growing more bountiful all over the world, feeding hungry people. Add Climate Depot (climate ) to your regular list of essential websites and visit daily. Marc Morano, the proprietor, has a new book just out that you might consider, called Green Fraud. with a picture of AOC on the cover, and a foreword by Mark Steyn.

The Japanese are warning us, from their own experience. They had an edict to switch entirely to electricity for the nation’s vehicles, and discovered that to be completely impossible. They simply do not have enough electricity to power their nation’s vehicles. Can’t do it.

People get all excited about an idea without checking the facts and the science. You wouldn’t do that if it was your bank account, why let the government do it? It is still your bank account that they hope to charge for their dreamy ideas.

ADDENDUM: The image is not a random mountain and lake shot, but the country where I grew up. That is the Seven Devils Mountains, and the prominent peak is, I believe, the She Devil. There are really seven of them. Pretty country.

There is a Very Real Crisis at the Southern Border by The Elephant's Child
March 22, 2021, 8:10 pm
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There is a crisis at the southern border. Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed, and there is a huge influx of illegals because they believe that President Biden has opened the borders for them. The facilities are overwhelmed, and the people who live along the border are overwhelmed. Ranchers have people crossing their lands. Border towns are overwhelmed and the governors of Border states are trying desperately to cope.

There is, of course much talk about the children at the border, particularly the “children in cages bit”. Unaccompanied children cannot be turned lose on their own. But the “unaccompanied children” are mostly not little children, but teenagers looking for work. In some cases, the father is already in the U.S. and has paid a coyote to get his children to the border. The Border Patrol verifies the relative that the young people are supposed to be going to, before a child can be released.

DHS has also acknowledged that suspected Islamic terrorists are crossing the southern border. The Press tries to contact Border Patrol agents to get straightforward information, DHS tries to keep that from happening. There are numbers of illegals from Syria and other terrorist havens, confirmed.

Joe Biden, we are told, believes that those coming to the border are “refugees” and the United States being a nice country, never turns away refugees. Just what they are supposed to be refugees from is not clear. There are no wars nor civil strife in Central America that we know of. They seem to believe that a higher paying job, free health care, free school for their kids makes the effort worthwhile and they believe that Biden has invited them to come. There is some confusion about whether or not illegals will each get a “Stimulus check”. If you think this is not going to hit your pocketbook, you are mistaken.

DHS has acknowledged that suspected Islamic terrorists are crossing the southern border, some on the terrorist watch list, and have been doing so for some time. That is of some concern to Americans who remember 9/11 all too well.

Because there is a crisis, the press is very much focused on the border and anxious to talk to individual border patrol officers to get straight information. DHS is very determined to prevent that from happening. Biden has reportedly issued a gag order for the Border Patrol.

Mayorkas’ comments that migrant suspects on U.S. terrorism watch lists cross the border came amid the latest round of controversy about the terrorist infiltration claim, which began when a delegation of 13 Republican lawmakers, returning from the border, relayed that Border Patrol agents told them that three Yemeni migrants and a Serb on the U.S. terrorism watch list had been apprehended since October. Major media such as ABC News and the Washington Post quickly published stories, largely featuring Democratic lawmakers and self-described border security experts lashing out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other delegation members as lying and re-disseminating a disproven conspiracy theory.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week asserted that suspected Islamic terrorists can and have crossed the porous southern border for years, a claim that major media organizations and lawmakers widely pilloried as a fear-mongering falsehood when President Donald Trump and his administration made the same claim in 2019.

“Weird as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and a border state member of Congress haven’t heard anything about this,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat who represents the Phoenix area. “Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying.”

Secretary Mayorkas went on to say that he was “much more concerned about domestic terrorism than about the border”. I am concerned about President Biden’s appointments, especially this one. Mayorkas also testified before Congress, and refused to admit that there was any “crisis” at the Southern Border.

Mayorkas said “We will not abandon our values and our principles. We will not abandon the needs of young children. …We are executing our plan. It does take time. It is difficult. Our plan includes the deployment of the Federal Emergency Management Administration, FEMA to assist HHS in building its capacity more rapidly to shelter the children. But it is taking time, and it is difficult because the entire system was dismantled by the prior administration. There was a system in place in the Republican and Democratic administrations that was torn down during the Trump administration. That is why the challenge is more acute than it has ever been.

The problem, of course is Donald Trump, who successfully managed an agreement with Mexico for would be illegals to wait in Mexico for their hearings, started successfully building a successful wall, which Joe Biden is desperately trying to destroy, Joe Biden has determined that not another bit of the border wall will be built. The usual spite. But not completing approved contracts has big costs too,currently around six million each day, specifically for not building the wall.

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