American Elephants


Former President Obama Simply Can’t Let Go! by The Elephant's Child

I’m still playing around with the “power” theme. That’s what it’s all about now, is it not? The millionaire football players kneeling at the national anthem, the pay gap for women, the claims of racism and white supremacy, the claim that the president said “hellhole” in more scatological terms and should therefore be censured by Congress. What if what he actually said was “hellhole”? Apparently no one but Illinois Senator Dick Durbin actually heard him say the ‘s’ version. It is all about Donald Trump winning the election and putting the Democrats out of power at all levels.

I wrote back on the first of January about former President Obama’s reluctance refusal to return to civilian life, as president’s do when their term of office is done. He is apparently the first, ever, to refuse to do so. Jimmy Carter insisted on commenting frequently, but Obama is doing something quite different, and unprecedented.  It must be a bit galling to find your successor cancelling your misguided programs and having the economy take off as a result. Democrats are insisting that the economy is acting in response to Obama’s efforts, but the people who make the economy go have no hesitation in telling what they are responding to.

Here’s Politico: Since leaving office, Barack Obama has struggled with how to do what no modern president has: take on his successor.

Obama and Eric Holder are fully engaged in the effort to challenge every GOP redistricting effort in court to claim they were (of course) racist and therefore illegal. You have surely noticed the extreme reappearance of charges of racism. It is not due to any evidence of racism, but of the “Black Lives Matter” protest group, which is also orchestrated. Every business in the country is eager to hire minorities, if only to prove that they are not discriminating. Unemployment claims for Blacks are the lowest in recorded history, and Black employment is at all time highs.So that’s not what this is about, it’s about power—having it and losing it.

Do read the whole Politico article. It’s a glimpse into the Leftist view. I wish it was about how to fix things, and get our huge deficit under control, but of course, it is not. It’s just about power.

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Jordan Peterson on the Patriarchy and the Pay Gap by The Elephant's Child

Here is Jordan Peterson again, in an interview with a British feminist named Cathy Newman. She is utterly fixated on the idea of the pay gap that favors men and how utterly unjust it is. She has real trouble hearing what Professor Peterson says, expects him to be disseminating and misleading and he actually means exactly what he says. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating conversation and I learned a lot about some real differences between men and women that careful research shows. Especially interesting for women to watch. You may even find it helpful.



Why Globalism Fails: Jordan Peterson by The Elephant's Child

I really enjoy Dr. Jordan Peterson. He is deeply interested in getting to the very essence of things. How things really work underneath it all. What makes people tick and why. And why they don’t. I like listening to him, and I like watching him. He talks with his hands. I don’t think I do that at all, and I don’t know why some people do and some people don’t—besides being Italian. Enjoy.



This Is Why The “Swamp” Needs Draining! by The Elephant's Child
January 16, 2018, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

The only thing to come along in the news is the President’s physical exam, and his doctor had the nerve to say the President was in fine health, had excellent cognitive health, and remarkably good genes. He suggested that if President Trump improved his diet some, he would probably last till he was 200.

Argggh! Unacceptable information. Trump is Insane. The unacceptable media has their own take and nothing favorable to this president will do. CNN’s Jim Acosta even suggested that the doctor was lying. So that prompted a quick return to the president’s “racist”comments.

Racist? What racist? “Shithole” countries. Only Dick Durbin, the senator from the Democrat State of Illinois, who is well known to be a devout Democrat, heard that. Everyone else described “tough talk” but not those words. Another media great to-do about nothing. In any case, the words described a country—not a people.

And one might mention that the UN had a campaign in 2017 (last year) to establish a World Toilet Day — to establish Sanitation Safety and Planning to implement the 2006 WHO guidelines for Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater. Today 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. That’s aside from corrupt government, extreme poverty,

And as far as the people escaping from those troubled countries, recall the Left’s treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali who received international attention as a critic of Islam, who opposed forced marriage, honor violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation. She escaped Somalia for Holland. But allowing her to speak at American universities was unacceptable.

There was a priceless bit of humor, however, in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen was grilled over Trump’s comments, as reported by CNN. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont commented on “the most vulgar and racist thing ever heard from a president of either party” — If you believe that one, I have a cute little bridge in San Francisco that I’d be willing to sell you, cheap.

When Secretary Nielsen began speaking, some wit behind Senator Leahy held up a big sign with a picture of the President, saying “Trump: Why Allow Immigrants from ‘Shithole’ Countries?”

Democrats lost the working class voters in the last election. They are terrified that they might lose the minority vote, and are going all out on the “racist” and “white supremacy” theme to make sure that minorities believe that any loss or failure in their lives can be blamed on the dread Republican Party. That seems to be how politics is played today. Would be nice if they would just do their jobs.



There are Some Serious Objections to Obama’s Presidential Center. by The Elephant's Child

Back in mid-October, I posted a picture of former President Obama’s proposed presidential library in Chicago. It was to be built on the South Side of Chicago, and to do some neighborhood revitalization as well as be a park, a hub for artists like Springsteen, Chance, and Spike Lee. A lagoon would have paddle boats and skating in the winter, and Michelle wants a sledding hill, something she always wanted as a kid.

It is apparently not going to be a presidential library, but a celebration of Obama, and the papers and records will be somewhere else. The tall building looks like a takeout bag for a Chinese dinner, but I don’t know who the architect is. It has morphed from  a library into a 20 acre “private center.” The supposition is that the city will quickly approve it, since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used to be Obama’s Chief of Staff.

Well, not so fast. Behind the scenes, a heated battle is taking place.

Here’s our bottom line. If the Obama Foundation wishes to construct this center on Chicago’s South Side, that’s fine, but not on parkland held in public trust. The University of Chicago, which orchestrated the winning bid for the project, has plenty of land on the South Side that they could and should use. Instead, they’ve been adamant since day one that they must have historic public parkland for the purpose,” Charles Birnbaum, president and founder of D.C.- based nonprofit, the Cultural Landscape Foundation, told the Washington Examiner in a written statement Saturday.

There are other groups: Friends of the Parks, Jackson Park Watch, Openlands, National Association for Olmsted Parks, Save the Midway, Landmarks Illinois, and Preservation Chicago, all of whom have raised serious concerns about the project. Also 200 faculty members from Obama’s former employer, the University of Chicago, issued a formal letter stating its opposition to the presidential center being built at this location.

The Obama Foundation Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. will have to get approval from the Environmental Protection Agency under the National Environmental Policy Act and this is now the Trump administration’s EPA.

The problem is that this is historic parkland, originally designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, Sr., and Calvert Vaux (New York’s Central Park fame), designed in 1871 and Olmsted wrote in 1895 that the Museum of Science and Industry was intended to be the only “dominating object of interest in the park. There was another Section 106 compliance review in 2012, and officials decided it should not be touched. They said the remaining defining characteristics such as the overall plan depicted on the 1905 map must be respected.

The Obama Foundation has made dozens of changes including road closures within the park, a revamping of the landscaping, and a redesign of the main building which is now 23 stories tall. Since the presidential papers are to go somewhere else, the 23 story building must have some other purpose, like classrooms for teaching community organizing or for instruction on the effort to ‘fundamentally transform the United States of America’. That one didn’t work out so well.

If this seems like a continuation of the theme of power and how it corrupts, you are correct.



And About Draining the Swamp… by The Elephant's Child

Lord Acton (1834 – 1902) said memorably: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”

“Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality”

“Everybody likes to get as much power as circumstances allow, and nobody will vote for a self-denying ordinance.”



The Left Always Goosesteps! by The Elephant's Child
January 14, 2018, 6:42 am
Filed under: Freedom, History, Military, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: , ,

Nazi Germany, 1943, the “Goose Step”

Adolph Hitler reviewing the troops

China, troops in review

Cuba, Salute to Castro

Cuba, again

North Korea, Troops in Review


North Korea, Women’s troops


Vietnamese troops

American Expeditionary Force in Vladivostok, January 1918


U.S. Army, St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

ADDENDUM: Why do the world’s worst dictators want their military to do the goose step? If you’re at home, try it. It’s painful. Would take weeks of practice to get it right. Then try it with an imaginary rifle held across your chest, (a yardstick or mop handle would do) Then try to imagine the mind of the dictator. Free countries in the West just don’t do that nonsense.




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